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17th Nov '16 7:24:48 PM KillerClowns
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* Bleden Mark, the Archon of Shadows, in ''VideoGame/{{Tyranny}}''. His job is killing potential threats to Kyros, but as long as the player doesn't merit that title, he's an affable-if-enigmatic sort-of-friend to the Fatebinder's ascent. In the [[OmnicidalNeutral anarchist]] path, he's the Fatebinder's main "questgiver", pointing them towards useful artifacts [[spoiler:and possibly becoming one of the Fatebinder's CoDragons along with Tunon]].
17th Nov '16 1:04:53 PM Morgenthaler
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* Solomon from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' -- he's mysterious, {{Badass}}, tends to pop in and out of things, and is overall the least malevolent of the three main villains (himself, [[GeneralRipper General Steel]], and [[GalacticConqueror General Modula]]). He ends up [[spoiler: becoming an ally of the heroes after they save his life against an EldritchAbomination during an EnemyMine]] and is [[spoiler: solidified as a minion rather than a mastermind in his own right when the episode "Fortress of Decepion" revealed he had a boss, who's plenty enigmatic himself]].

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* Solomon from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' -- he's mysterious, {{Badass}}, badass, tends to pop in and out of things, and is overall the least malevolent of the three main villains (himself, [[GeneralRipper General Steel]], and [[GalacticConqueror General Modula]]). He ends up [[spoiler: becoming an ally of the heroes after they save his life against an EldritchAbomination during an EnemyMine]] and is [[spoiler: solidified as a minion rather than a mastermind in his own right when the episode "Fortress of Decepion" revealed he had a boss, who's plenty enigmatic himself]].
27th Oct '16 7:05:22 PM WillKeaton
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* Faybol in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' fic series ''Legacy of the Sith'' has many elements of this- mysterious, powerful, pops in and out of the story seemingly at will, etc. [[spoiler: He turns out, however, to be almost completely evil and is one of the BigBad's most loyal minions- he's just secretive by nature. Said BigBad is also the only one who can be said to know ''all'' his secrets, though the reader now knows quite a bit about him too]].

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* Faybol in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' ''StarWars'' [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Expanded Universe]] fic series ''Legacy of the Sith'' has many elements of this- mysterious, powerful, pops in and out of the story seemingly at will, etc. [[spoiler: He turns out, however, to be almost completely evil and is one of the BigBad's most loyal minions- he's just secretive by nature. Said BigBad is also the only one who can be said to know ''all'' his secrets, though the reader now knows quite a bit about him too]].
23rd Sep '16 9:31:42 AM StFan
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* Folken in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''.
* Joker in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca''.

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* %%* Folken in ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne''.
* %%* Joker in ''Manga/FlameOfRecca''.



* Laplace's Demon in ''Manga/RozenMaiden''. He doesn't appear until the second season in the anime, but in the manga, he shows up before five of the dolls do -- and we ''still'' don't know what he's doing.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laplace%27s_demon Possessing absolute causal knowledge of the universe, of course.]]
** In anime he mucks around dolls and their game in such a way one can suspect he is [[spoiler:Rozen's servant]] with too much quirks. Well, either that or he just amuses himself with the show.

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* Laplace's Demon in ''Manga/RozenMaiden''. He doesn't appear until the second season in the anime, but in the manga, he shows up before five of the dolls do -- and we ''still'' don't know what he's doing.
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doing. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laplace%27s_demon Possessing absolute causal knowledge of the universe, of course.]]
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]] In anime he mucks around dolls and their game in such a way one can suspect he is [[spoiler:Rozen's servant]] with too much quirks. Well, either that or he just amuses himself with the show.



* Kyuzo fills this role for much of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''.
* Christopher Armalite (early on) and Cz (later on) from ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''.
* Ikuto from ''Manga/ShugoChara''.
* Mystogan from ''Manga/FairyTail'' one of his biggest mysteries, is if he's really using his true strength against his opponents. But [[WordOfGod if you really want to find out I suggest you better be either really powerful, or have a decent escape plan.]]
** It should be noted that Mystogan is most definitely not a villain, nor was he ever hinted as such. He's basically an EnigmaticMinion for the BigGood, Makarov, that the main characters know next to nothing about [[spoiler: at first]].

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* %%* Kyuzo fills this role for much of ''Anime/SamuraiSeven''.
* %%* Christopher Armalite (early on) and Cz (later on) from ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''.
* %%* Ikuto from ''Manga/ShugoChara''.
* Mystogan from ''Manga/FairyTail'' one of his biggest mysteries, is if he's really using his true strength against his opponents. But [[WordOfGod if you really want to find out I suggest you better be either really powerful, or have a decent escape plan.]]
**
]] It should be noted that Mystogan is most definitely not a villain, nor was he ever hinted as such. He's basically an EnigmaticMinion for the BigGood, Makarov, that the main characters know next to nothing about [[spoiler: at [[spoiler:at first]].



* [[MonsterClown Hisoka]] from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''
* Ribbons Almark, Alejandro Corner's right hand in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. [[spoiler:Who turns out to be the ''[[ManBehindTheMan true]]'' evil mastermind in the end... ''[[DidntSeeThatComing fucking Ribbons]]]]''.

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* %%* [[MonsterClown Hisoka]] from ''Manga/HunterXHunter''
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
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Ribbons Almark, Alejandro Corner's right hand in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. [[spoiler:Who turns out to be the ''[[ManBehindTheMan true]]'' evil mastermind in the end... ''[[DidntSeeThatComing fucking Ribbons]]]]''.



* Nagi from ''Anime/MaiHime'' is like this throughout most of the show, even after TheReveal.

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* %%* Nagi from ''Anime/MaiHime'' is like this throughout most of the show, even after TheReveal.



* Isako from ''Anime/DennouCoil''.
* Rakshas in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' fits this role in the new Band of the Hawk. He seems to be playing both sides, admits to joining Griffith just so he can [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou make sure to be the one to kill him,]] and is nowhere to be found during the current battle.
* Shiner from ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' fits this dangerously well.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''

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* %%* Isako from ''Anime/DennouCoil''.
* Rakshas in ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fits this role in the new Band of the Hawk. He seems to be playing both sides, admits to joining Griffith just so he can [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou make sure to be the one to kill him,]] and is nowhere to be found during the current battle.
* %%* Shiner from ''Manga/{{Psyren}}'' fits this dangerously well.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':



* Abelia from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. She's an intelligent woman and capable leader. She's also unflinchingly loyal to an obviously insane despot, seeming for all the world like a extraordinary dark take on the PunchClockVillain. [[spoiler: The series ends without a stitch of explanation, much less backstory, in explanation. She does eventually have a HeelFaceTurn of sorts. Her insane boss is about to be drowned and is crying out for her to save him. She's more than capable of doing it, but chooses not to.]]
** It's heavily hinted that Hamdo wasn't always batshit crazy. It's also heavily hinted that she used to have a BodyguardCrush on him, and spends the whole series hoping that he'll return to the man he used to be.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''

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* Abelia from ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere''. She's an intelligent woman and capable leader. She's also unflinchingly loyal to an obviously insane despot, seeming for all the world like a extraordinary dark take on the PunchClockVillain. [[spoiler: The series ends without a stitch of explanation, much less backstory, in explanation. She does eventually have a HeelFaceTurn of sorts. Her insane boss is about to be drowned and is crying out for her to save him. She's more than capable of doing it, but chooses not to.]]
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]] It's heavily hinted that Hamdo wasn't always batshit crazy. It's also heavily hinted that she used to have a BodyguardCrush on him, and spends the whole series hoping that he'll return to the man he used to be.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':



** Zetsu also fits this trope pretty well. He seems to be part spy, part... [[ManEatingPlant trash disposal]] for the Akatsuki. The only clue we've been given about his motives is Pain saying his reason for fighting is "land". [[spoiler:Ultimately he is revealed to contain the will of Madara, allowing him to direct Tobi after his death]].
*** [[spoiler:And even ''that'' is a lie. Chapter 681 reveals that he's been playing ''everyone'' for fools. His true master is not Madara -- it's ''Princess Kaguya''.]]

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** Zetsu also fits this trope pretty well. He seems to be part spy, part... [[ManEatingPlant trash disposal]] for the Akatsuki. The only clue we've been given about his motives is Pain saying his reason for fighting is "land". [[spoiler:Ultimately he is revealed to contain the will of Madara, allowing him to direct Tobi after his death]].
*** [[spoiler:And
death. And even ''that'' is a lie. Chapter 681 reveals that he's been playing ''everyone'' for fools. His true master is not Madara -- it's ''Princess Kaguya''.]]



* Nathan Mahler in ''Anime/BloodPlus''.
* Carrossea Doon in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''.
* [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Beatrice's]] BattleButler, Ronove has a servile and snarky tone towards her. It's not clear how deep his obligation toward her is, but he often lampshades clues or leaks important information for Battler.
* El ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'' fits this, posing as Karin when he is out to help her and being El to oppose her
* Aika seems to be one while following after Athena in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. Her motives are yet unexplored.

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* %%* Nathan Mahler in ''Anime/BloodPlus''.
* %%* Carrossea Doon in ''Anime/{{Madlax}}''.
* [[VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry Beatrice's]] ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'': Beatrice's BattleButler, Ronove has a servile and snarky tone towards her. It's not clear how deep his obligation toward her is, but he often lampshades clues or leaks important information for Battler.
* %%* El ''Manga/{{Shitsurakuen}}'' fits this, posing as Karin when he is out to help her and being El to oppose her
* %%* Aika seems to be one while following after Athena in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler''. Her motives are yet unexplored.



* Mikage, and especially Mamiya, in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.

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* %%* Mikage, and especially Mamiya, in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''.



* Kamisama in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''

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* %%* Kamisama in ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''



* Comic example: In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' universe, Mister Sinister serves this function in a number of arcs.

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* %%* Comic example: In the ''Comicbook/XMen'' universe, Mister Sinister serves this function in a number of arcs.



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* Tarot in the ''Pokémon'' fanfic ''TheDarknessWithin''.

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Tarot in the ''Pokémon'' fanfic ''TheDarknessWithin''.''Fanfic/TheDarknessWithin''.



* Masque of ''FanFic/PokemonStormClouds'', a mysterious Team Rocket agent who specializes in brainwashing Pokémon to serve the Team, yet doesn't seem to actually care about Giovanni's agenda. [[spoiler:Giovanni calls him on this and it turns out that Masque is EvilerThanThou by a great deal. He reveals that the army of Pokémon brainwashed to serve Team Rocket are more loyal to Masque himself, and takes up the mantle of BigBad.]]
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' has Blankman, the dark wizard who [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] hires to serve as the [[TheSyndicate Shadow Hand's]] foreman. We know next to nothing about him (not even his real name), and whenever he does get any focus, it just raises more questions and makes him seem more mysterious. In later chapters, Hak Foo and even Jade herself are starting to realize just how much of an unknown factor he is in the grand scheme of things.
* ''FanFic/NightsFavoredChild'': [[TheDragon The Inquisitor]] is this ''in spades''. Among other things, Nightmare Moon doesn't even remember when he started working for her -- it's like he's been there all along. On top of that, he [[spoiler: ''knows her as Luna'']], something that [[WrittenByTheWinners shouldn't be possible]].
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicalGirls'': Starscream is this for the Shadowbolts. While Gilda is driven by her desire for revenge against the Emerald Flame Dragons, and Lightning Dust is run by greed (and develops a personal grudge with Rainbow Dash), Starscream lacks any apparent motivation to fight the mahoushoujo in fact, during the fight in Loyalty 9, she doesn't even participate. Combined with her mysterious identity and powers, there is very little we know about her.

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* Masque of ''FanFic/PokemonStormClouds'', ''Fanfic/PokemonStormClouds'', a mysterious Team Rocket agent who specializes in brainwashing Pokémon to serve the Team, yet doesn't seem to actually care about Giovanni's agenda. [[spoiler:Giovanni calls him on this and it turns out that Masque is EvilerThanThou by a great deal. He reveals that the army of Pokémon brainwashed to serve Team Rocket are more loyal to Masque himself, and takes up the mantle of BigBad.]]
* ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'' ''Fanfic/QueenOfAllOni'' has Blankman, the dark wizard who [[VillainProtagonist Jade]] hires to serve as the [[TheSyndicate Shadow Hand's]] foreman. We know next to nothing about him (not even his real name), and whenever he does get any focus, it just raises more questions and makes him seem more mysterious. In later chapters, Hak Foo and even Jade herself are starting to realize just how much of an unknown factor he is in the grand scheme of things.
* ''FanFic/NightsFavoredChild'': ''Fanfic/NightsFavoredChild'': [[TheDragon The Inquisitor]] is this ''in spades''. Among other things, Nightmare Moon doesn't even remember when he started working for her -- it's like he's been there all along. On top of that, he [[spoiler: ''knows her as Luna'']], something that [[WrittenByTheWinners shouldn't be possible]].
* ''Fanfic/FriendshipIsMagicalGirls'': Starscream is this for the Shadowbolts. While Gilda is driven by her desire for revenge against the Emerald Flame Dragons, and Lightning Dust is run by greed (and develops a personal grudge with Rainbow Dash), Starscream lacks any apparent motivation to fight the mahoushoujo -- in fact, during the fight in Loyalty 9, she doesn't even participate. Combined with her mysterious identity and powers, there is very little we know about her.



[[folder:Film]]
* Baron Samedi in the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
* Kobayashi in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
* Magenta in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. We know her brother hated their master, but just whose side Magenta's on is never quite clear...
** ''We'' know Riff Raff hated Frank, but apparently Magenta is about as unclear on other people's allegiances as she is on her own.
--->'''Magenta:''' "[[spoiler:You killed him!]] But ''I'' thought you ''liked'' him! He liked ''you''."\\
'''Riff Raff:''' "''He didn't like me! He '''never''' liked me!''"

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Baron Samedi in the Film/JamesBond movie ''Film/LiveAndLetDie''.
* %%* Kobayashi in ''Film/TheUsualSuspects''.
* Magenta in ''Film/TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''. We know her brother hated their master, but just whose side Magenta's on is never quite clear...
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clear... ''We'' know Riff Raff hated Frank, but apparently Magenta is about as unclear on other people's allegiances as she is on her own.
--->'''Magenta:''' "[[spoiler:You -->'''Magenta:''' [[spoiler:You killed him!]] But ''I'' thought you ''liked'' him! He liked ''you''."\\
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'''Riff Raff:''' "''He ''He didn't like me! He '''never''' liked me!''"me!''



* Agent Mercer of the East India Company in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has some qualities of an Enigmatic Minion, especially in the way he pops in and out of the story.
** Though unlike a lot of other examples, Mercer ''is'' truly evil, to the extent that death by tentacle felt like karma.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
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Agent Mercer of the East India Company in ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' has some qualities of an Enigmatic Minion, especially in the way he pops in and out of the story.
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story. Though unlike a lot of other examples, Mercer ''is'' truly evil, to the extent that death by tentacle felt like karma.



* Vergere from the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' [[spoiler: though she turns out to be more of a WildCard than a minion]].
* The Remover of Inconvenient Obstacles from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' by Creator/TadWilliams.

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* %%* Vergere from the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' [[spoiler: though she turns out to be more of a WildCard than a minion]].
* %%* The Remover of Inconvenient Obstacles from ''Literature/TheWarOfTheFlowers'' by Creator/TadWilliams.



* Literature/TimeScout: Chuck Farley, ever so.

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* %%* Literature/TimeScout: Chuck Farley, ever so.



--> "Working as I am for unspecified higher powers, the nature of my misguided plans remains frustratingly obscure, ha ha!"
* Chlorr of the Mask in the second and third ''OldKingdom'' novels- she serves [[EvilSorcerer Hedge]] because she's under magical compulsion to do so, but has a personal history and agenda that is constantly hinted at but never fully explained, on top of being a {{necromancer}} powerful enough to go toe to toe with [[BadPowersGoodPeople Sabriel]] fight her pretty evenly. [[spoiler: WordOfGod has confirmed she was an Abhorsen herself at one time, and she'll be getting her own prequel book to explain her history and what exactly her deal is]].
* The tempomancer is one of these in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'.
* The Orange Man in ''VenusPrime''.
* Angela in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' could be considered an inversion, as she serves as this except on the heroes' side. Same goes for the Twins, who turn out to be [[spoiler:enemy spies]].

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--> "Working -->'''Trix:''' Working as I am for unspecified higher powers, the nature of my misguided plans remains frustratingly obscure, ha ha!"
ha!
* Chlorr of the Mask in the second and third ''OldKingdom'' ''Literature/OldKingdom'' novels- she serves [[EvilSorcerer Hedge]] because she's under magical compulsion to do so, but has a personal history and agenda that is constantly hinted at but never fully explained, on top of being a {{necromancer}} powerful enough to go toe to toe with [[BadPowersGoodPeople Sabriel]] fight her pretty evenly. [[spoiler: WordOfGod has confirmed she was an Abhorsen herself at one time, and she'll be getting her own prequel book to explain her history and what exactly her deal is]].
* %%* The tempomancer is one of these in the ''Literature/MediochreQSethSeries'.
* %%* The Orange Man in ''VenusPrime''.
* %%* Angela in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'' could be considered an inversion, as she serves as this except on the heroes' side. Same goes for the Twins, who turn out to be [[spoiler:enemy spies]].



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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lilah definitely filled this role. Indeed, Wolfram & Hart as a whole could be considered enigmatic most of the time.

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* %%* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Lilah definitely filled this role. Indeed, Wolfram & Hart as a whole could be considered enigmatic most of the time.



* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In Season 2, Spike increasingly became an Enigmatic Minion after he was left wheelchair-bound and Angelus returned.

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* %%* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': In Season 2, Spike increasingly became an Enigmatic Minion after he was left wheelchair-bound and Angelus returned. returned.



* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
** The purportedly mute Haitian: working for the hidden higher power, [[spoiler:Angela Petrelli]], and looking damn enigmatic while doing it.
** HRG is this on occasion as well, especially in Volume 4.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
** Richard Alpert seems to have become one of these, despite being on the side of the resident villains. He's mysterious, kind and friendly, polite even when taking weapons off the heroes, and is the only Other to openly defy [[MagnificentBastard Ben]]. While some things about him are divulged as the show goes along, his true motives are very mysterious like every other thing on the show.

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* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'':
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''Series/{{Heroes}}'': The purportedly mute Haitian: working for the hidden higher power, [[spoiler:Angela Petrelli]], and looking damn enigmatic while doing it.
** %%** HRG is this on occasion as well, especially in Volume 4.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
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''Series/{{Lost}}'': Richard Alpert seems to have become one of these, despite being on the side of the resident villains. He's mysterious, kind and friendly, polite even when taking weapons off the heroes, and is the only Other to openly defy [[MagnificentBastard Ben]]. While some things about him are divulged as the show goes along, his true motives are very mysterious like every other thing on the show.



* ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'': Ian Nottingham in the TV adaptation starts out this way. Throughout the first season, he swings closer and closer to a HeelFaceTurn, eventually [[spoiler: sacrificing his life for Sarah.]]

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* %%* ''Series/{{Witchblade}}'': Ian Nottingham in the TV adaptation starts out this way. Throughout the first season, he swings closer and closer to a HeelFaceTurn, eventually [[spoiler: sacrificing his life for Sarah.]]



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* Yuber from the ''{{Suikoden}}'' series.

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* %%* Yuber from the ''{{Suikoden}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Suikoden}}'' series.



* [[spoiler:Ryoji Mochizuki]] from ''{{Persona 3}}''. He isn't even aware of his role ''himself'' for a while.
* Dante in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. While at first just doing his job to hunt you, he eventually realizes there's something fishy going on...

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* %%* [[spoiler:Ryoji Mochizuki]] from ''{{Persona 3}}''.''VideoGame/Persona3''. He isn't even aware of his role ''himself'' for a while.
* ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'':
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Dante in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. While at first just doing his job to hunt you, he eventually realizes there's something fishy going on...



* Mid-Boss from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', although he does a fair job of appearing pathetic rather than truly enigmatic.
** Zenon's masked underlings from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' fit the trope to a tee, however.
* Meta Knight, ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'''s mysterious recurring WorthyOpponent, sometimes fills this role; very much so in [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime]], ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa!''
* And as quoted, Hawke in his appearance in ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Dual Strike''. [[spoiler:He pulls a HeelFaceTurn when his boss tries to have him killed.]]
** Also, Hawke in the previous game (''VideoGame/AdvanceWars 2: Black Hole Rising'') as well. [[spoiler:After losing the battle for Green Earth, he leaves Sturm, only to come back at the end of the final mission and finish off sturm with his Super [=CO=] Power.]]

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* %%* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'':
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Mid-Boss from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'', although he does a fair job of appearing pathetic rather than truly enigmatic.
** %%** Zenon's masked underlings from ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' fit the trope to a tee, however.
* %%* Meta Knight, ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'''s mysterious recurring WorthyOpponent, sometimes fills this role; very much so in [[TheAnimeOfTheGame the anime]], ''Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa!''
* And as quoted, Hawke in his appearance in ''VideoGame/AdvanceWars: Dual Strike''. [[spoiler:He pulls a HeelFaceTurn when his boss tries to have him killed.]]
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]] Also, Hawke in the previous game (''VideoGame/AdvanceWars 2: Black Hole Rising'') as well. [[spoiler:After losing the battle for Green Earth, he leaves Sturm, only to come back at the end of the final mission and finish off sturm with his Super [=CO=] Power.]]



* Alex from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' fulfils this trope expertly; he nominally works for or with the villains but seems kind and decent, and shows sympathy to the heroes on numerous occasions. His motives are unfathomable, but it becomes clear that [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled he's using both sides]], and is ultimately [[TheChessmaster the most dangerous of the lot]]]]. At one point in the second game, there is a battle that can be optionally won or lost; if the heroes win, Alex will save the villains, but if the villains win, Alex will save the heroes.
** He'll also heal the player's party just before the fight, and if you mind read him, shows concern over Mia, who is in a trap at the time.
** It's interesting to watch him as you play through for the second time. You can start to see how everything he does fits into his plan.
** He comes back to the role in (''GoldenSunDarkDawn'') manipulating the Tuaparang agents to some unknown goal, but also helping the player by distracting them so the player can end the eclipse. Since Alex engineered the eclipse in the first place though, he assumedly accomplished some goal of his own between starting and ending it. It also features his first battle against an ally, in which he downs Tyrell with a single attack.

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* Alex from ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' fulfils this trope expertly; he nominally works for or with the villains but seems kind and decent, and shows sympathy to the heroes on numerous occasions. His motives are unfathomable, but it becomes clear that [[spoiler:[[ItWasHisSled he's using both sides]], and is ultimately [[TheChessmaster the most dangerous of the lot]]]]. At one point in the second game, there is a battle that can be optionally won or lost; if the heroes win, Alex will save the villains, but if the villains win, Alex will save the heroes.
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heroes. He'll also heal the player's party just before the fight, and if you mind read him, shows concern over Mia, who is in a trap at the time.
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time. It's interesting to watch him as you play through for the second time. You can start to see how everything he does fits into his plan.
** He comes back to the role in (''GoldenSunDarkDawn'') (''VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn'') manipulating the Tuaparang agents to some unknown goal, but also helping the player by distracting them so the player can end the eclipse. Since Alex engineered the eclipse in the first place though, he assumedly accomplished some goal of his own between starting and ending it. It also features his first battle against an ally, in which he downs Tyrell with a single attack.



* Archer from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', especially in the Unlimited Blade Works route.



%%* Samir Duran from ''StarCraft: Brood Wars''.

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%%* Samir Duran from ''StarCraft: ''VideoGame/StarCraft: Brood Wars''.



* Garland becomes this in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', while somehow simultaneously being a LargeHam. He's surprisingly sympathetic, knows more about the nature of the universe than the gods themselves, and serves an even higher power. In fact, he has to [[spoiler:''personally'' explain the plot to the BigBad]]. The one difference is that he never passes up a chance to fight the heroes. His job is to fight, and [[BloodKnight he enjoys doing it]].

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Garland becomes this in ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', this, while somehow simultaneously being a LargeHam. He's surprisingly sympathetic, knows more about the nature of the universe than the gods themselves, and serves an even higher power. In fact, he has to [[spoiler:''personally'' explain the plot to the BigBad]]. The one difference is that he never passes up a chance to fight the heroes. His job is to fight, and [[BloodKnight he enjoys doing it]].



* In ''VideoGame/HeavenlySword'', General Flying Fox meets the criteria of being high-up in the BigBad's army despite not being trusted, and prone to turning up several times under rather unclear circumstances. However, while his exact motives are never explained, his general [[AxCrazy Ax Craziness]] in combat and his tendencies for murdering and sadistically toying with his victims [[spoiler: and his surprisingly unconcerned grace when he is eventually defeated]] suggest that he is just a BloodKnight who lives for the thrill of life-or-death combat and enjoys making people suffer.

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General Flying Fox meets the criteria of being high-up in the BigBad's army despite not being trusted, and prone to turning up several times under rather unclear circumstances. However, while his exact motives are never explained, his general [[AxCrazy Ax Craziness]] in combat and his tendencies for murdering and sadistically toying with his victims [[spoiler: and his surprisingly unconcerned grace when he is eventually defeated]] suggest that he is just a BloodKnight who lives for the thrill of life-or-death combat and enjoys making people suffer.



* Judge Hakari Mikagami (Justine Courtney in the fan translation) from [[Franchise/AceAttorney Ace Attorney: Investigations 2]] spends 4 out of 5 cases trying to take away Edgeworth's prosecutor badge. However, in the fourth case, she behaves strangely, often leaving hints for Edgeworth to pick up. [[spoiler:She finally reveals herself as GoodAllAlong: she's trying to take down her corrupt boss, Blaise, by spurring Edgeworth in the right direction]].



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%%* Archer from ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', especially in the Unlimited Blade Works route.
* Judge Hakari Mikagami (Justine Courtney in the fan translation) from ''[[Franchise/AceAttorney Ace Attorney: Investigations 2]]'' spends 4 out of 5 cases trying to take away Edgeworth's prosecutor badge. However, in the fourth case, she behaves strangely, often leaving hints for Edgeworth to pick up. [[spoiler:She finally reveals herself as GoodAllAlong: she's trying to take down her corrupt boss, Blaise, by spurring Edgeworth in the right direction]].
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* Phaxel is one of these in ''{{TTA}}'', but that could just be because he gets bored easily.
* Neopolitan from {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} serves as this to Roman Torchwick, along with happening to be a much more capable fighter than he is. A lot of mystery surrounds her and because she's mainly mute, its hard to see why she aids the White Fang besides being the [[SilentAntagonist silent antagonist]].

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* %%* Phaxel is one of these in ''{{TTA}}'', ''WebAnimation/{{TOME}}'', but that could just be because he gets bored easily.
* Neopolitan from {{WebAnimation/RWBY}} ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' serves as this to Roman Torchwick, along with happening to be a much more capable fighter than he is. A lot of mystery surrounds her and because she's mainly mute, its hard to see why she aids the White Fang besides being the [[SilentAntagonist silent antagonist]].



* Veithel in {{Juathuur}}. Until the end, it's unclear if she cares for Ratheel and Dej or if she is willing to betray them for her father's benefit. [[spoiler: Both, actually. And she will sacrifice to save Dejoru AND follow her father's wishes for her.]]

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* Veithel in {{Juathuur}}.''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}''. Until the end, it's unclear if she cares for Ratheel and Dej or if she is willing to betray them for her father's benefit. [[spoiler: Both, actually. And she will sacrifice to save Dejoru AND follow her father's wishes for her.]]



* Gamzee Makara of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' definitely fits the wild card aspect of this. He's clearly an antagonist, but his relationships with some of the protagonists add ambiguity. [[spoiler: In addition, its now uncertain how much of what he did was mindcontrol and how much was his own initiative.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' has Gunther, an associate of the strip's main antagonist, Mistress Butterfly. He walks into the strip with no real introduction, backtalks Butterfly, effortlessly puts down a pile of {{Red Shirt}}s, has enough SuperStrength to take out a vault door with a single blow, and does it all with unflappable, mildly amused calm. Ultimately, he turns out to be a SuperSoldier rescued from death's door, utterly devoted to Butterfly and her husband, just perplexed and concerned at the [[TheDarkSide dark turn]] Butterfly's powers have recently taken.

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* Gamzee Makara of ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' definitely fits the wild card aspect of this. He's clearly an antagonist, but his relationships with some of the protagonists add ambiguity. [[spoiler: In addition, its now uncertain how much of what he did was mindcontrol and how much was his own initiative.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' ''Webcomic/Collar6'' has Gunther, an associate of the strip's main antagonist, Mistress Butterfly. He walks into the strip with no real introduction, backtalks Butterfly, effortlessly puts down a pile of {{Red Shirt}}s, has enough SuperStrength to take out a vault door with a single blow, and does it all with unflappable, mildly amused calm. Ultimately, he turns out to be a SuperSoldier rescued from death's door, utterly devoted to Butterfly and her husband, just perplexed and concerned at the [[TheDarkSide dark turn]] Butterfly's powers have recently taken.



* Bluejay of the Alphas, at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse. The Alphas are definitely evil, but Bluejay openly mocks the BigBad and performs a bunch of less-than-evil acts that he passes off with excuses. But he's still helping the bad guys and we don't know what he's really up to.

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* Bluejay of the Alphas, at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the WhateleyUniverse.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. The Alphas are definitely evil, but Bluejay openly mocks the BigBad and performs a bunch of less-than-evil acts that he passes off with excuses. But he's still helping the bad guys and we don't know what he's really up to.



* Sideways plays one of these in ''Anime/TransformersArmada''. He does so many sneaky evil laughs and sinister remarks while still being casually friendly with everyone that it's obvious he's TheMole, [[spoiler: for Unicron, surprisingly enough.]]

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Sideways plays one of these in ''Anime/TransformersArmada''. He does so many sneaky evil laughs and sinister remarks while still being casually friendly with everyone that it's obvious he's TheMole, [[spoiler: for Unicron, surprisingly enough.]]



* Tarantulas also plays the enigmatic cackler in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Even at the end of the series it's not completely clear whose side he's on, though there's good money he's only on Team Tarantulas. His MultipleChoicePast muddies things even further.
* Owen, the original [[WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}} Xanatos']] BattleButler.

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* ** Tarantulas also plays the enigmatic cackler in ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars''. Even at the end of the series it's not completely clear whose side he's on, though there's good money he's only on Team Tarantulas. His MultipleChoicePast muddies things even further.
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* Solomon from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' - he's mysterious, {{Badass}}, tends to pop in and out of things, and is overall the least malevolent of the three main villains (himself, [[GeneralRipper General Steel]], and [[GalacticConqueror General Modula]]). He ends up [[spoiler: becoming an ally of the heroes after they save his life against an EldritchAbomination during an EnemyMine]] and is [[spoiler: solidified as a minion rather than a mastermind in his own right when the episode "Fortress of Decepion" revealed he had a boss, who's plenty enigmatic himself]].

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* Solomon from ''WesternAnimation/SymBionicTitan'' - -- he's mysterious, {{Badass}}, tends to pop in and out of things, and is overall the least malevolent of the three main villains (himself, [[GeneralRipper General Steel]], and [[GalacticConqueror General Modula]]). He ends up [[spoiler: becoming an ally of the heroes after they save his life against an EldritchAbomination during an EnemyMine]] and is [[spoiler: solidified as a minion rather than a mastermind in his own right when the episode "Fortress of Decepion" revealed he had a boss, who's plenty enigmatic himself]].



* Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' is introduced as Zuko's AffablyEvil uncle and mentor who halfheartedly tags along on his nephew's quest to capture the Avatar. Over time, we find out details about his past, like the death of his son Lu Ten, and his experience as a war hero and a mystic. It's only later that we find out that he's [[spoiler:a leader in the Order of the White Lotus and an active opponent of the Fire Nation's campaign of conquest]]. [[TheSpook Combustion Man]] might count too, in that he's Zuko's hired minion with an ''extremely'' enigmatic backstory, but his agenda is pretty clear from the start: ''[[ProfessionalKiller kill the Avatar, get money]]''.

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Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' from is introduced as Zuko's AffablyEvil uncle and mentor who halfheartedly tags along on his nephew's quest to capture the Avatar. Over time, we find out details about his past, like the death of his son Lu Ten, and his experience as a war hero and a mystic. It's only later that we find out that he's [[spoiler:a leader in the Order of the White Lotus and an active opponent of the Fire Nation's campaign of conquest]]. conquest]].
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[[TheSpook Combustion Man]] might count too, in that he's Zuko's hired minion with an ''extremely'' enigmatic backstory, but his agenda is pretty clear from the start: ''[[ProfessionalKiller kill the Avatar, get money]]''.



8th Sep '16 4:46:50 PM dasuberkaiser
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* Mystogan from ''Manga/FairyTail'' one of his biggest mysteries, is if he's really using his true strength against his opponents. But [[WordofGod if you really want to find out I suggest you better be either really powerful, or have a decent escape plan.]]

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* Mystogan from ''Manga/FairyTail'' one of his biggest mysteries, is if he's really using his true strength against his opponents. But [[WordofGod [[WordOfGod if you really want to find out I suggest you better be either really powerful, or have a decent escape plan.]]
29th Aug '16 2:17:47 AM PaulA
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* ''Series/OliversTravels'': The mysterious Baxter, who shows up from time to time to make vaguely menacing conversation and warn Oliver and Diane off their investigation. After they trace the conspiracy back to Baron Kite, they learn that Baxter is Kite's chief of security. And then it turns out he has a personal agenda of his own.
22nd Aug '16 12:50:45 PM audriuska12
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The Enigmatic Minion falls somewhere between a villain and a WildCard in a story, and fills a mold similar to the LovableTraitor or ReliableTraitor. They may be constructed as a WorthyOpponent, although an extremely ambiguous one .

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The Enigmatic Minion falls somewhere between a villain and a WildCard in a story, and fills a mold similar to the LovableTraitor or ReliableTraitor.LovableTraitor. They may be constructed as a WorthyOpponent, although an extremely ambiguous one .
13th Aug '16 6:41:10 PM nombretomado
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* Garland becomes this in ''[[FinalFantasyDissidia Dissidia: Final Fantasy]]'', while somehow simultaneously being a LargeHam. He's surprisingly sympathetic, knows more about the nature of the universe than the gods themselves, and serves an even higher power. In fact, he has to [[spoiler:''personally'' explain the plot to the BigBad]]. The one difference is that he never passes up a chance to fight the heroes. His job is to fight, and [[BloodKnight he enjoys doing it]].

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* Garland becomes this in ''[[FinalFantasyDissidia Dissidia: Final Fantasy]]'', ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', while somehow simultaneously being a LargeHam. He's surprisingly sympathetic, knows more about the nature of the universe than the gods themselves, and serves an even higher power. In fact, he has to [[spoiler:''personally'' explain the plot to the BigBad]]. The one difference is that he never passes up a chance to fight the heroes. His job is to fight, and [[BloodKnight he enjoys doing it]].
31st Jul '16 9:39:49 PM eowynjedi
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* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', a number of people are willing to be Thomas Cromwell's associate or patron, but he keeps his past and motives largely to himself, and attempting to categorize him usually ends up concluding only that he is a "person" of some kind. The only person he trusted enough to let down his guard was Cardinal Wolsey, and Wolsey made things even more enigmatic for everyone else by making up outrageous stories about his right hand man.


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* As in the books, Thomas Cromwell in ''Series/WolfHall'' insinuates himself into Henry's service and nobody can quite figure out who he is or how he did it, nor why. The absence of the narration's internal monologue serves to make Cromwell just as enigmatic to the audience as he commits to ever more ruthless deeds while still having a more humane disposition than many of the people around him.
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': [[MadDoctor Qyburn]] serves as this to [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Cersei]]. He has a mysterious past, mysterious abilities that seem far beyond the realm of medical science, and his true agenda is vague.
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