Jekyll and Hyde

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Jekyll and Hyde

A person whose personality drastically changes between good and bad. A reference to the main character in the book Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. Ever since Kyle became a teenager, he's turned into a real Jekyll and Hyde, and it's impossible to anticipate his mood at any given time.
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Jekyll and Hyde

someone with both an evil and a good personality. (From the novel The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson.) Bill thinks Mary is so soft and gentle, but she can be very cruel—she is a real Jekyll and Hyde. Jane doesn't know that Fred is a Jekyll and Hyde. She sees him only when he is being kind and generous, but he can be very cruel.
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Jekyll and Hyde

A personality alternating between good and evil behavior, as in You never know whether Bob will be a Jekyll or a Hyde. This expression comes from Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886). Also see lead a double life.
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It was a game of two halves, a Jekyll and Hyde performance.
Funke would refer to him as a Jekyll and Hyde because of his sudden outbursts.
At least once a week, usually more often, a patient in my clinic describes himself to me as a Jekyll and Hyde.
The transformative effect, however, is not purely pharmacological: for many a Jekyll and Hyde has told me that a quantity of alcohol taken as beer does not have the terrible consequences for his character as the same quantity taken as whisky.
I've heard "He's a Jekyll and Hyde character" as often as I've heard "I'm a Jekyll and Hyde character.
As for the person who claims that her lover is a Jekyll and Hyde, the metaphor serves to preserve and justify her love for him, despite all the evidence that he is unworthy of it.
Having a split personality, schizophrenia, is not a splitting of the personality into multiple parts, not a Jekyll and Hyde phenomenon, despite the popular hold of the Robert Louis Stevenson story.
A woman accused of killing her taxi driver husband told police he could be like a Jekyll and Hyde character after he had been drinking.