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18th Apr '18 7:24:49 AM infernape612
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* [[spoiler:Nasir]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', who appears to sincerely support or betray the player party on an unpredictable whim. Ultimately a subversion, as there is a consistent pattern to his actions, but it's not until the final cutscene that all the pieces come together: [[spoiler:his actions reflect consistent loyalty to his granddaughter Ena, who in turn serves the BigBad because the villain's mount is her enslaved, feral Laguz fiancée. If you know his loyalties in advance, Nasir's actions make perfect sense on a [[RewatchBonus repeat playthrough]]]].

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* [[spoiler:Nasir]] in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance]]'', ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', who appears to sincerely support or betray the player party on an unpredictable whim. Ultimately a subversion, as there is a consistent pattern to his actions, but it's not until the final cutscene that all the pieces come together: [[spoiler:his actions reflect consistent loyalty to his granddaughter Ena, who in turn serves the BigBad because the villain's mount is her enslaved, feral Laguz fiancée. If you know his loyalties in advance, Nasir's actions make perfect sense on a [[RewatchBonus repeat playthrough]]]].
7th Apr '18 3:46:00 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Averted with Varys. Varys has definite goals in mind that he does not sway from, but must play the role to keep his enemies guessing.
--> '''Varys:''' My role is to be sly, obsequious and without scruples. I'm a good actor, My Lord. As I said, I'm no hero.
18th Mar '18 8:10:24 PM Tightwire
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* Airachnid from TransformersPrime is certainly evil, and technically a Decepticon, but she's got her own personal agenda that doesn't involve the war. She just likes killing things. When she was forced to return, one of the first things she did was start scheming against Megatron to try to take over.
1st Mar '18 4:51:07 AM RedScharlach
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* BystanderSyndrome: "As long as that rampaging evil beast doesn't get in my way, it's not my problem. But if it does… well, the good guys just got a new ally."

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* BystanderSyndrome: "As long as that rampaging evil beast doesn't get in my way, it's not my problem. But if it does… does... well, the good guys just got a new ally."



* Ymir from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', due to playing her cards ''very'' close to her chest. While most can agree she's devoted to [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Krista]], her true motivations and alliagences are a mystery to everyone. [[spoiler: As an unfilitated Titan Shifter, it seems she's got loyalty to all of two people: Krista and herself. Her HeelFaceRevolvingDoor and unwillingness to share what she knows leaves everyone but Krista justifiably suspicious of her]].

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* Ymir from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', due to playing her cards ''very'' close to her chest. While most can agree she's devoted to [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Krista]], her true motivations and alliagences are a mystery to everyone. [[spoiler: As an unfilitated unaffilitated Titan Shifter, it seems she's got she has loyalty to all of two people: Krista and herself. Her HeelFaceRevolvingDoor and unwillingness to share what she knows leaves everyone but Krista justifiably suspicious of her]].



* While she's not quite a typical Wild Card, the direction the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' storyline is going is pretty much dependant on what Casca's going to do after she regains her sanity in the coming chapters. There's a strong possibility she's going to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]], but no-one is quite sure how yet.

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* While she's not quite a typical Wild Card, the direction the ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' storyline is going is pretty much dependant dependent on what Casca's going to do after she regains her sanity in the coming chapters. There's a strong possibility she's going to [[CameBackWrong Come Back Wrong]], but no-one is quite sure how yet.



* ''Manga/FukushuuKyoushutsu'': Miho, the strange quiet girl who is one of the BigBad of the manga. She has made actions helping Ayana and those against her, but it's not clear what her endgame is.

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* ''Manga/FukushuuKyoushutsu'': Miho, the strange quiet girl who is one of the BigBad {{Big Bad}}s of the manga. She has made actions helping done things that help Ayana and those against her, but it's not clear what her endgame is.



* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' in many of his comic portrayals proves to be something of a AntiHero Wild Card -- while usually on the side of [[ComicBook/XMen the good guys]], he's violent, dangerous, unreliable and extremely intelligent. While he may not swing fully from Villain to Hero and back again, like many Wild Cards enjoy doing, his comic incarnation especially has a high number of team affiliations, and he has frequently worked on his own.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'' in many of his comic portrayals proves to be something of a an AntiHero Wild Card -- while usually on the side of [[ComicBook/XMen the good guys]], he's violent, dangerous, unreliable and extremely intelligent. While he may not swing fully from Villain to Hero and back again, like many Wild Cards enjoy doing, his comic incarnation especially has a high number of team affiliations, and he has frequently worked on his own.



* ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'': In a alternate World War II fought with titular super-soldiers, Maria Andreeva aka Katyusha is one on none's side but her own. Originally a Soviet sniper that was sent to a gulag to be mistreated before being turned into an Battleship-class Uber (the most powerful kind in existence), she quickly went rogue and attacked any Russian troops that tried to capture her. However, she sided with them to [[EnemyMine fight against the advancing Nazis]] and was instrumental in beating them back. Since then, one of the most important players in the war, since she is the only Uber in existence capable of replicating the rare substance that creates more of their kind, but her alliance with the Soviet Union is shaky and uneasy at best, since nobody is capable to control her and she does whatever the hell she wants.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Uber}}'': In a an alternate World War II fought with titular super-soldiers, Maria Andreeva aka Katyusha is one on none's no one's side but her own. Originally a Soviet sniper that was sent to a gulag to be mistreated before being turned into an Battleship-class Uber (the most powerful kind in existence), she quickly went rogue and attacked any Russian troops that tried to capture her. However, she sided with them to [[EnemyMine fight against the advancing Nazis]] and was instrumental in beating them back. Since then, one of the most important players in the war, since she is the only Uber in existence capable of replicating the rare substance that creates more of their kind, but her alliance with the Soviet Union is shaky and uneasy at best, since nobody is capable to control her and she does whatever the hell she wants.



* Diana from ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' is a CardCarryingVillain, but she hasn't done anything truly, overtly evil, at least not relative to some of the people [[TheSociopath she hangs out with]]. She acts as the [[BigBad Caine's]] chief assistant and seems to genuinely care for him, but helps the heroes from time to time so Caine's TheDragon, who has a sadistic fixation on her, will have someone else to target. [[spoiler: And, although she has an apparant HeelFaceTurn in ''Plague'', it seems to mostly be because she can no longer control the BigBad]].

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* Diana from ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' is a CardCarryingVillain, but she hasn't done anything truly, overtly evil, at least not relative to some of the people [[TheSociopath she hangs out with]]. She acts as the [[BigBad Caine's]] chief assistant and seems to genuinely care for him, but helps the heroes from time to time so Caine's TheDragon, who has a sadistic fixation on her, will have someone else to target. [[spoiler: And, although she has an apparant apparent HeelFaceTurn in ''Plague'', it seems to mostly be because she can no longer control the BigBad]].



** William Bell's true allegiances are never really clear. On one occassion, he's fighting against Walternate and helping Olivia, on the other, he's the very man who [[spoiler:created the shapeshifters]]. He's also behind some of the show's more... ''morally questionable'' acts.

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** William Bell's true allegiances are never really clear. On one occassion, occasion, he's fighting against Walternate and helping Olivia, on the other, he's the very man who [[spoiler:created the shapeshifters]]. He's also behind some of the show's more... ''morally questionable'' acts.



** And from their sister series ''Series/TheJokersWild'', the titular Joker acted as this -- if you spun one or two, you could make it double as a category symbol and play that category for double its' value. You could also use a Joker to call for a category that hadn't been spun (termed "going off the board"). Spinning three Jokers pretty much won the game, though you needed to give a correct answer to win.

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** And from their sister series ''Series/TheJokersWild'', the titular Joker acted as this -- if you spun one or two, you could make it double as a category symbol and play that category for double its' its value. You could also use a Joker to call for a category that hadn't been spun (termed "going off the board"). Spinning three Jokers pretty much won the game, though you needed to give a correct answer to win.



** In the promotional deck of cards that came with special editions of the game, the Courier and [[MeaningfulName Benny]] (who's lack of success makes him more a SpannerInTheWorks in the grand scheme) are depicted as the Jokers.

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** In the promotional deck of cards that came with special editions of the game, the Courier and [[MeaningfulName Benny]] (who's (whose lack of success makes him more a SpannerInTheWorks in the grand scheme) are depicted as the Jokers.



** Malory Archer. She is the head of ISIS , but had an ongoing affair with the heads of both rival agency ODIN and enemy agency the KGB for years before the series even started, and often alternates which one has more influence on her behaviour.

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** Malory Archer. She is the head of ISIS , ISIS, but had an ongoing affair with the heads of both rival agency ODIN and enemy agency the KGB for years before the series even started, and often alternates which one has more influence on her behaviour.



* Boxter Hamdon from ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' would on occasion support the Episode's villian because he dosen't like when [=SheZow=] steals his thunder.

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* Boxter Hamdon from ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'' would on occasion support the Episode's villian episode's villain because he dosen't like it when [=SheZow=] steals his thunder.



** [[UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}} Yugoslavia]] began the Cold War as a Communist state and strong Soviet ally. However, because Yugoslavia had expelled the Germans independently, the Soviets had never had the opportunity to establish their own satellite regime there. The Yugoslav leader Tito strongly opposed Stalin's nationalist tendencies and opted to participate in the Marshall Plan, leading the Soviets to expel Yugoslavia from the Communist Information Bureau. The two countries somewhat improved relations after Stalin's death, but Yugoslavia never joined the Warsaw Pact, remained neutral, and opened trade and travel with the west.

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** [[UsefulNotes/{{Yugoslavia}} Yugoslavia]] began the Cold War as a Communist state and strong Soviet ally. However, because Yugoslavia had expelled the Germans independently, the Soviets had never had the opportunity to establish their own satellite regime there. The Yugoslav leader Tito strongly opposed Stalin's nationalist tendencies and opted to participate in the Marshall Plan, leading the Soviets to expel Yugoslavia from the Communist Information Bureau. The two countries somewhat improved relations after Stalin's death, but Yugoslavia never joined the Warsaw Pact, remained neutral, and opened trade and travel with the west.
26th Feb '18 2:37:34 AM RacattackForce
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** The Ice King is originally presented as a villain with a stereotypical penchant for [[SaveThePrincess kidnapping princesses]]. It slowly becomes clear that he's less evil and more mentally ill, and he never intentionally ''harms'' anyone, so he's more like an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, and he'll even pitch in to help against existential threats to Ooo or the Candy Kingdom. Problem is, even when he's more or less "good," he's still ''crazy'', so [[UnwantedAssistance his "help" is often unhelpful]], or he might get confused about what the "good" side is. [[spoiler: His alter-ego Simon Petrikov is unambiguously good, but he's very seldom in control]].
** Similarly, Marceline the Vampire Queen, while she cares about her friends, is whimsical and at times amoral. Despite being one of the more powerful beings in the Candy Kingdom, she very seldom pitches in against even the most powerful threats unless she's got some personal stake. Notably, when her Dad, [[SatanExpy Hunson Abadeer]], seems intent on sucking out the souls of every living creature in Ooo, she tracks him down only to retrieve her treasured axe.
** Even Jake the Dog can be like this; he's generally good at heart, but very irresponsible and lazy. He'll sit out entire episodes if he doesn't feel like helping, usually when[[StoryBreakerPower his powers could resolve the conflict too quickly]].

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** The Ice King is originally presented as a villain with a stereotypical penchant for [[SaveThePrincess kidnapping princesses]]. It slowly becomes clear that he's less evil and more mentally ill, and he never intentionally ''harms'' anyone, so he's more like an IneffectualSympatheticVillain, and he'll even pitch in to help against existential threats to Ooo or the Candy Kingdom. Problem is, even when he's more or less "good," he's still ''crazy'', so [[UnwantedAssistance his "help" is often unhelpful]], unhelpful]] or he might get confused about what the "good" side is. [[spoiler: His alter-ego Simon Petrikov is unambiguously good, but he's very seldom in control]].
** Similarly, Marceline the Vampire Queen, while she cares about her friends, is whimsical and at times amoral. Despite being one of the more powerful beings in the Candy Kingdom, Land of Ooo, she very seldom pitches in against even the most powerful threats unless she's got some personal stake. Notably, In one episode, when her Dad, [[SatanExpy Hunson Abadeer]], seems intent on sucking out the souls of every living creature in Ooo, she tracks him down only to retrieve her treasured axe.
** Even Jake the Dog can be like this; he's generally good at heart, but very irresponsible and lazy. He'll sit out entire episodes if he doesn't feel like helping, usually when[[StoryBreakerPower when [[StoryBreakerPower his powers could resolve the conflict too quickly]].



* The eponymous hero of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'', who is as equally likely to fight against the villains of Miracle City with his superhero father as he is to go about causing trouble with his supervillain grandfather [[ToxicFriendInfluence (often at the suggestion of Frida)]]. However, when push comes to shove, he'll do what's best for his family.

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* The eponymous hero of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigreTheAdventuresOfMannyRivera'', who is as equally as likely to fight against the villains of Miracle City with his superhero father as he is to go about causing trouble with his supervillain grandfather [[ToxicFriendInfluence (often at the suggestion of Frida)]].his best friend Frida)]]; his inability to decide whether to become a hero or a villain is even seen in the opening sequence. However, when push comes to shove, he'll do what's best for his family.
24th Feb '18 2:10:48 AM Hanz
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** Michael Thorton himself can potentially become this. By constantly forging and shifting alliances as well as changing your tone whenever necessary, the game will note that the characters have no idea where your true allegiances lie.
24th Feb '18 1:30:27 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Lapis Lazuli. [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe While she's more than willing to protect Steven]], she's more interested in her own self-preservation and living a peaceful life than anything else, and blames both the Crystal Gems ''and'' Homeworld for TraumaCongaLine the past 5,000 years have been for her. As a result, she's spent just as much time on the show being a serious threat that can distract from other important problems the characters are facing as she has an AloofAlly that can quickly take out whatever foe they're dealing with that week, sometimes being both at once.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Lapis Lazuli. [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe While she's more than willing to protect Steven]], Steven]] and [[spoiler:treasures her friendship with SixthRanger Peridot]], she's far more interested in her own self-preservation and living a peaceful life than anything else, and blames blaming both the Crystal Gems ''and'' and Homeworld for the TraumaCongaLine the past 5,000 years have been for her. As a result, she's spent just as much time on the show being a serious threat that can distract from other important problems the main characters are facing need to placate as soon as possible as she has as an AloofAlly that can quickly take out whatever easily crush any foe they're dealing with that week, sometimes being both ''both at once.once''.
24th Feb '18 1:21:54 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has Lapis Lazuli. [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe While she's more than willing to protect Steven]], she's more interested in her own self-preservation and living a peaceful life than anything else, and blames both the Crystal Gems ''and'' Homeworld for TraumaCongaLine the past 5,000 years have been for her. As a result, she's spent just as much time on the show being a serious threat that can distract from other important problems the characters are facing as she has an AloofAlly that can quickly take out whatever foe they're dealing with that week, sometimes being both at once.
18th Feb '18 4:35:19 PM Gosicrystal
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* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' has a few, but Haer'Dalis from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is a shining example of the trope. He's a tiefling (demonkin) from a wholly different plane of existence who joins the party to do some sightseeing, seduction, and provocation.
** Jan Jansen from the same game is also an example, although he's much more down-to-earth than Haer'Dalis.

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* ''Franchise/BaldursGate'' has a few, but Haer'Dalis from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is a shining example of the trope. He's a tiefling (demonkin) from a wholly different plane of existence who joins the party to do some sightseeing, seduction, and provocation.
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provocation. Jan Jansen from the same game is also an example, although he's much more down-to-earth than Haer'Dalis.



* Zevran in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is originally sent to kill the [[PlayerCharacter Grey Warden]], then surrenders to their command. Because this fantasy is [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism far too cynical]] to believe DefeatEqualsFriendship, his motivations and loyalty aren't convincing. He can do a genuine turn, but if his RelationshipValues are neglected, he remains the Wild card.

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* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'':
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Zevran in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is originally sent to kill the [[PlayerCharacter Grey Warden]], then surrenders to their command. Because this fantasy is [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism far too cynical]] to believe DefeatEqualsFriendship, his motivations and loyalty aren't convincing. He can do a genuine turn, but if his RelationshipValues are neglected, he remains the Wild card.



* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', this is a potential [[TakeAThirdOption option]] for The Courier to take towards the end. The line of quests is even known as "Wild Card." Indeed, working with ''all'' the factions and stringing them along for as long as possible before upending all their plans and seizing power without warning is the encouraged way to get that ending.

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* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', this ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'':
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is a potential [[TakeAThirdOption option]] for The Courier to take towards the end. The line of quests is even known as "Wild Card." Indeed, working with ''all'' the factions and stringing them along for as long as possible before upending all their plans and seizing power without warning is the encouraged way to get that ending.



* Delita from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is the ultimate ChessMaster; he manipulates absolutely everybody, and is more often on nobody's side than on any particular side.
** Ramza is himself a Wild Card in the Lion War, though for the opposite reason as Delita. Almost every faction wants him dead, and the main plot of the third chapter is, from his perspective, one long BlastOut. Delita is just happy to give him fuel and let him clear up the GambitPileup for him.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'':
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Delita from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'' is the ultimate ChessMaster; he manipulates absolutely everybody, and is more often on nobody's side than on any particular side.
** Ramza is himself a Wild Card in the Lion War, though for the opposite reason as Delita. Almost every faction wants him dead, and the main plot of the third chapter is, from his perspective, one long BlastOut. Delita is just happy to give him fuel and let him clear up the GambitPileup for him.



* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': The bounty hunter Vile really doesn't care whose side he's on, as long as it's neither X's nor Zero's. The remake of the first game, ''[[VideoGameRemake Maverick Hunter X]]'', even has a [[AnotherSideAnotherStory non-canon bonus mode]] where you play as Vile and fight Sigma's other minions just because they piss him off (and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wants to kill X himself]]). In his opening stage, he even explicitly identifies himself as such.
-->'''Vile:''' Incite rebellion. Split up the Hunters' forces. That's the way to get to X... But Sigma, I may be the wild card you hadn't counted on!

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* ''VideoGame/MegaManX'': ''VideoGame/MegaManX'':
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The bounty hunter Vile really doesn't care whose side he's on, as long as it's neither X's nor Zero's. The remake of the first game, ''[[VideoGameRemake Maverick Hunter X]]'', even has a [[AnotherSideAnotherStory non-canon bonus mode]] where you play as Vile and fight Sigma's other minions just because they piss him off (and [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he wants to kill X himself]]). In his opening stage, he even explicitly identifies himself as such.
-->'''Vile:''' --->'''Vile:''' Incite rebellion. Split up the Hunters' forces. That's the way to get to X... But Sigma, I may be the wild card you hadn't counted on!



* Ada from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' is definitely this character. She's basically a free agent who works for people only when convenient and always to further her own ends. Somewhat subverted by the fact that she seems to have feelings for Leon and helps him out whenever she can.
** In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', you see that while she works on her own, she does actually care about people to a certain degree and doesn't what sociopaths taking over/destroying the world.

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* Ada from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' is definitely this character. She's basically a free agent who works for people only when convenient and always to further her own ends. Somewhat subverted by the fact that she seems to have feelings for Leon and helps him out whenever she can.
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can. In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', you see that while she works on her own, she does actually care about people to a certain degree and doesn't what sociopaths taking over/destroying the world.



* [[spoiler: Roy and Meilin]] in ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}''.

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* [[spoiler: Roy %%* [[spoiler:Roy and Meilin]] in ''VideoGame/{{Terranigma}}''.
18th Feb '18 4:30:48 PM Gosicrystal
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* Archer in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. He pulls off a HeroicSacrifice in Fate, goes through ChronicBackstabbingDisorder in UBW and then does his job as a Counter Guardian in Heavens Feel. In all cases he's immensely powerful and knowledgeable and to a large extent drives the plot, mostly in the latter two routes. He has his own goals, but he's not ''quite'' willing to destroy the world to fulfill them.
** Rider as well in HF. Her goal is to keep Sakura safe and obey her. So throughout HF she's busy switching sides to ensure Sakura's survival and after she becomes unsure of what is the best option, she disappears despite presumably being on the good guy side at the moment. [[spoiler:Sakura/Rider combo ends up causing more bad ends than pretty much every other character, beating out Caster and Ilya by a narrow margin. But she saves Shirou's at the end and even gets to live in the True End]].

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'':
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Archer in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. He pulls off a HeroicSacrifice in Fate, goes through ChronicBackstabbingDisorder in UBW and then does his job as a Counter Guardian in Heavens Feel. In all cases he's immensely powerful and knowledgeable and to a large extent drives the plot, mostly in the latter two routes. He has his own goals, but he's not ''quite'' willing to destroy the world to fulfill them.
** Rider as well in HF. Her goal is to keep Sakura safe and obey her. So throughout HF she's busy switching sides to ensure Sakura's survival and after she becomes unsure of what is the best option, she disappears despite presumably being on the good guy side at the moment. [[spoiler:Sakura/Rider combo ends up causing more bad ends than pretty much every other character, beating out Caster and Ilya by a narrow margin. But she saves Shirou's at the end and even gets to live in the True End]].End]].
* Byakuya Togami from ''VisualNoval/DanganRonpa'' loudly proclaims his intent to graduate (which means killing someone) and is willing to meddle with crime scenes to "make things more interesting." However, he does [[SubvertedTrope eventually get over it]] and [[HeelFaceTurn join forces with the other students]] to escape.



** To a lesser extent, Byakuya Togami from the first game, ''VisualNoval/DanganRonpa'' may also qualify. He loudly proclaims his intent to graduate (which means killing someone) and is willing to meddle with crime scenes to "make things more interesting." However, he does [[SubvertedTrope eventually get over it]] and [[HeelFaceTurn join forces with the other students]] to escape.
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