I need a phrase to describe a person who has many faces such as good, bad, pure soul, kind but also evil. A person who can't be judged or categorised.

  • faces inside him? Wow, how would you even represent that graphically? multi-faced gorgon.
    – Lambie
    Oct 2, 2018 at 18:54
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    I'm struggling to see how a person can be both kind and evil. Do you mean a person who can act so that many people believe s/he is good, when their other actions show they really are not?
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    Oct 2, 2018 at 18:59
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4 Answers 4


Sound like a complex, multifaceted individual.



adjective 1 The definition of multifaceted is someone or something with many features or perspectives to consider. 
>A person who has many different talents in all kinds of fields and subject areas is an example of someone who would be described as multifaceted.


I used the term "mood swings" for such a person once.

The context was that their last name was "Morin", so I referred to them as "Mood swings Morin".

I think it should work with almost anyone though. Good luck.



Update: will-o'-the-wisp.

A person or thing that is difficult or impossible to reach or catch

So in this context the example

He was a will-o'-the-wisp, more of a concept than a man



The question isn't clearly defined. You know about the person, but also say "A person who can't be judged or categorised."

Two suggestions:

Impenetrable (meaning 2)

Her expression was impenetrable


Guy looked blankly inscrutable

Or perhaps a fake

Claiming to be something that one is not.

because someone can't be all of those things.


a person of many personalities

the sum total of all the behavioural and mental characteristics by means of which an individual is recognized as being unique

As in:

Her “Judge” was goofy, charming and sinisterly unreadable — perhaps her strongest-ever flexing of her ability to embody multiple personalities concurrently. New York TimesSep 13, 2018

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