Created By: aurora369 on December 5, 2012 Last Edited By: Gatomon41 on January 22, 2013
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Renegade Splinter Faction

The more evil, crazy or fanatical subsect that splintered from a more decent organization

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Faisil: Now he's formed his own splinter faction called Crimson Jihad.
Gib: Guess he thought the other terrorist groups were too warm and fuzzy for his taste.

Basically, a group who separates from a larger organization - holding the main beliefs or goals of the original, but are wholly or mostly evil.

There are two common ways of applying this trope:
  1. The Doylist Angle: The writer doesn't want to paint some organization, nation or religion black. It may be a real-world institution, or an institution from this fictional world which was previously described as at least semi-decent. But the author still wants villains belonging to it, so they invent a renegade group.

  2. The Watsonian Angle: A faction that operates without authorization, and their methodology differs from the main body. Often they are extremists: escalating a conflict, willing to break the rules, far more infamous than their mother alignment - but this isn't always the case.

Note that it doesn't apply to out and out turncoats: the faction must still keep the general ideas of the original; only with less benevolent policies. If the factions are religious in nature, related to The Heretic. Can result in Enemy Civil War.


Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Gundam SEED has two major samples:
    • Blue Cosmos, an anti-Coordinator terrorist group and movement within the Earth Alliance. Many in the Alliance don't share such extremist views. Sadly, Blue Cosmos ends up gaining enough influence to control the policies of the government.
    • The Clyne Faction. Originally the Moderates within ZAFT, they broke off when the Zala extremists came to power. Subverting the trope, they're outright good guys. The Faction managed to form a underground resistance, steal key equipment, and join up with the heroes.
  • The Treize Faction in Gundam Wing. A splinter group of OZ / the Romafeller Foundation, the Faction opposed the introduction of automated mecha. An inverse of the trope, the splintering had made Foundation come off as increasingly villainous.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 provides several examples:
    • La Eden, a violent right-wing political group within the AEU, though not supported by the Superpower. The group commits a series of terror attacks to stop the protagonists. Celestial being responds by simultaneously curbstomping the entire faction.
    • Team Trinity claims to be part of Celestial Being, sharing the similar technology and goal of eliminating warfare. However, the Trinities are much more ruthless - attacking without provocation nor mercy. Eventually, the two groups come into conflict.
    • The Innovators were originally part of Celestial Being. But thanks to the events of Season 1, the two groups splinter, with the Innovators causing most of the problems for the next season.
    • The ESF Coup detat Faction. Splintering off from the Federation military, the Coup seeks to expose the A-Laws' atrocities. Like the Trieze Faction, their going "renegade" makes the Earth Sphere Federation come off as increasingly antagonistic.
  • The Titans in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Though officially part of the Earth Federation serving as a special security force, the group was used by a corrupt politician to gain control of the Earth Sphere. Their actions were zealous, which including gassing an entire colony. Eventually they went full renegade after they were exposed by the AEUG.
  • The sinister Beylin Fist faction in Metal Fight Beyblade. The group had splintered from China's Beylin Temple training school.
  • In Digimon Tamers, the protagonists thought that since the Devas were serving one Digimon Sovereign, then all four might be against them. It turns out Zhuqiaomon, the Sovereign who the Devas serve, is acting on his own. He and the other three leading Digimon couldn't agree on a single defense strategy against the D-Reaper.
  • WILLE of Rebuild of Evangelion, consisting of former NERV agents who oppose the progenitor agency. An inversion of the trope, WILLE goals are benevolent compared to NERV.

Comics
  • Nextwave split itself off from H.A.T.E. when they learned that HATE was actually owned by the Beyond Corporation, which was a cover group for S.I.L.E.N.T., their ostensible nemesis. Nextwave tries to do good when they're not on the run from their employers.
  • The Sand Blast City Freedom Fighters in Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog. Unlike the other Freedom Fighters, the Sand Blasters are ruthless and their actions questionable. It was because of their abusive treatment that the deroboticized Robians joined the Eggman Empire. Yes, it got so bad that the former slaves entered into an alliance with their former master.
  • In Marvel Comics, Hydra has had several splinter groups: AIM, the Hand, and the Secret Empire among others.

Film
  • The Crimson Jihad in True Lies is a splinter group that broke off of a larger Islamic terrorist organization, apparently because their leader Salim Abu Aziz didn't think the bigger group was crazy enough.
  • General Chan Lu from the remarkably silly Battle Beneath The Earth is an example of the Renegade Chinese version.
  • Given that the Klingons are Cold War analogs, the renegade Klingon commander on Star Trek V: The Final Frontier counts as a sci-fi version of this trope.
  • The various permutations of the Judean People's Front from Monty Python's Life of Brian.
  • In Captain America: The First Avenger, HYDRA breaks away from the Nazis.
  • In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, the Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as a "renegade and terrorist" due to the events of the previous film. The likely reason why the Ambassador doesn't claim the entire Federation is on a conspiracy to "annihilate the Klingon species" is political tact.
  • The crew of the Narada in the 2009 Star Trek. When Captain Pike confronts the Narada, he states that the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire are not at war with each other. However, Nero replies that his crew do not represent the Empire, as they "stand apart".

Literature
  • Fëanor and his sons and followers in The Silmarillion are more or less a Renegade Faction of the High Elves.
  • The third book in The Flight Engineer trilogy reveals that the Fibians that have been helping the Mollies fight the Commonwealth are under the command of a renegade queen. Fleeing their pursuit, Peter Raeder and his crew blunder into contact with the Fibian central government, which after some deliberation decides to come to the rescue.
  • In the novel Patriot Games and it's film adaption, the Ulster Liberation Army is a Marxist splinter faction of the Provisional IRA. Naturally, the ULA is more ruthless than the group they left.
  • In the Frontier Magic series, the mainstream Rationalists simply believe that not being dependent on magic is a good idea; but an isolated settlement of fanatical Rationalists ends up condemning magic as evil.
  • The Faithful of the Church of Humanity Unchained, who settled Masada in the Honor Harrington series. Originally part of the Church of Humanity Unchained on the planet Grayson, they broke from the main church over theological disputes. In contrast to the Grayson church, the Masadans are such extremists that they've rejected all of the New Testament.
  • The Second Imperium, the Imperial faction from the Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights book series was retconned to be one of these, because another series, Hand of Thrawn, established that a peace treaty was brokered between the Republic and the mainstream Imperial Remnant under the leadership of the relatively nice mustachioed Admiral Gilad Pellaeon.

Live-Action TV
  • Section 31 of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is this for The Federation. A covert and officially nonexistent group, the Section deals with any threats to the Federation, even if it has to violate it's principles.
  • Another Star Trek example is the Maquis - a paramilitary group that oppose the Cardassians. Originally consisting former Federation citizens, the group also had Starfleet officers aiding them illegally.
  • The rogue NID of Stargate SG-1 was this for Earth. While the regular NID was rather shady, the renegade group outright criminal.
    • Eventually, the rogue NID finally splintered off into The Trust once their wealthy backers were arrested. Freed from any government restrictions, The Trust was even more violent - conducting chemical attacks and assassination. When their operatives were driven away from Earth by the SGC, the group managed to get themselves captured and implanted with Goa'uld. Ironically, Ba'al and Athena ended up in charge of The Trust, and headed several major corporations.
  • Homeguard in Babylon 5. The group was a xenophobic paramilitary faction within the Earth Alliance, committing attacks on aliens.
  • The Suliban Cabal in Star Trek: Enterprise, a terrorist faction that seeks to alter the timeline. Because of the tendency to lump the same species into one group, many assumed all Suliban were bad. It turns out the Cabal is just a renegade group.
  • Alias: SD-6 worked as a sometimes-splinter group of the Alliance of Twelve, since its head Arvin Sloane had his own agenda apart from the Alliance.
  • An episode of NCIS features a group called the "MAH" (Military At Home), who believe that America should focus on fighting crime and social problems, instead of policing the world. A group of MAH decides to take it a step further, plotting to destroy a communications tower to make a point, with no intention of harming anyone. However, the renegade group also had a splinter group who decide to attack people as well.

Tabletop Games
  • The Word of Blake in BattleTech, which broke off from ComStar. When the mother organization reformed to lessen focus on it's mystical aspects, the conservatives broke off. The Word eventually started an all-out war that affected in entire Inner Sphere.
  • The eponymous Delta Green. Once working for the government, it illegally continues its operations to defend America from the Mythos.
  • 2nd Edition Dungeons & Dragons supplement The Complete Druid's Handbook. The Shadow Circle is a secret society of druids within the larger druidic order. It sees Nature as a hostile, cleansing force that ensures the survival of the fittest and thinks that civilization has weakened humanity and the demihuman races. They support barbarians and think that people should go back to nature. They use evil and vicious tactics to carry out their beliefs.

Videogames
  • This basically happened to Team Plasma in Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. N's Plasma just wanted people to stop using pokeballs, though they're still on the 'release your Pokemon' kick. Ghetsis' group wants to take over Unova.
  • The Brotherhood Outcast faction in Fallout 3 split off from Elder Lyons faction after he decided to actively involve himself in helping the people of the Capital Wasteland. The Outcasts consider themselves the "true Brotherhood" and believe that Lyons and his group have strayed from their original mission.
  • One mission of Command & Conquer: Generals has a renegade Chinese army (allied with the Middle-Eastern terrorist faction which is the villain of the game) as one of the enemies. In this game, China is one of the "good" factions.
  • The NSA in Perfect Dark. The director of the agency, Trent Easton, is in league with a shadowy conspiracy. And unlike today's NSA, Easton seems to have his own personal army. In order to accomplish their goals, Easton plans to replace the President with a clone as part of a larger scheme.
  • Mass Effect 2 reveals that the geth you spent most of the first game fighting are in fact a splinter faction considered heretics by the mainstream geth population, who call themselves the True Geth. The True Geth believe that they and all other creatures should be free to choose their own fates, whereas the heretics serve and obey the Reapers.
  • Guild Wars 2 has this for every player race: Humans have bandits, rogues, cutthroats, and other violent criminals. Charr have the dogmatic Flame Legion. Asura compete with amoral Mad Scientist types. Sylvari fight the alien Nightmare Court. Nords struggle against the vicious Sons of Svanir.
  • In Command & Conquer: Tiberium series, The Brotherhood of Nod has a chronic issue with these. Various factions of the Brotherhood end up fighting with each other for power; Kane is the only one to really unite them all. Here are a few notable examples:
    • The Black Hand, led by Anton Slavik. They go renegade when Hassan (Nod's leader and GDI puppet) tries to execute Slavik.
    • CABAL, after manipulating both sides to accomplish it's goals. It was so much of a threat that both GDI and NOD work together to eliminate it.
    • The Marcion-led Black Hand, which was but one of the many splinter factions after CABAL's defeat and Slavik's death. Believing the Brotherhood strayed from it's "pure" path, Marcion took the Black Hand into exile, and reformed the group into a religious order.
    • The Nod Separatists, who opposed Kane's alliance with GDI. They saw it as a betrayal to their own core beliefs.
    • GDI tends to be a rather stable bunch, but in Tiberian Twilight one GDI army goes rouge over the alliance with Kane, which leads to infighting within the organization.
  • Skullgirls lore has The Anti-Skullgirl Labs. They conducted research in order to understand the Skull Heart and develop weapons to destroy the Skullgirl it periodically creates. Unfortunately, they weren't exactly known for the humane treatment of their test subjects. After his wife became a Skullgirl and was subsequently killed, the King had a change of heart and decommissioned the Labs, but latter disappeared under mysterious circumstances. Several members of the ASG Labs took advantage of this and moved to restart the experiments, this time without official supervision and with even shadier laboratory practices.
    • Finally, one sect, Lab Zero, broke off entirely. The members of Lab Zero operate in complete secrecy, even from the other rogue Labs. Their methods are also much, much more heinous than the others.
    • It's implied that the restarted Labs may have reformed to be more ethical after Princess Parasoul came into power, making the situation an at least partially subverted example of the trope.
  • After the Covenant disbanded after their defeat in Halo 3, the Sangheili who did not ally with humanity broke away to form their own Covenant remnant, which are fought by Master Chief in Halo 4. They are unofficially called "the Storm".
  • In Star Control II, the victorious Ur-Quan conquerors are split in a Doctrinal War between the Kzer-Za, a faction that believes that their enemies should simply be enslaved as Battle Thralls, and the Kor-Ah, which believes they should be annihilated.
  • In Galactic Civilizations II, mirroring (and probably a deliberate Shout-Out to) the Star Control example, the Korath Clan, which believes that other races should be exterminated outright, rebels against the villainous Drengin Empire.
  • The human-supremacist terrorist organization Cerberus in the Mass Effect series started out as the black-ops division of the Human Systems Alliance.
  • The Majestic 12 from Deus Ex are that part of the Illuminati who shed "ethical inflexibility".

Real Life
  • Islamic extremism in Real Life. Islam as such does not command anyone to drop planes on trade centers.

Community Feedback Replies: 90
  • December 6, 2012
    Koveras
    • The Antitribu in Vampire The Masquerade are renegade vampires who go against the tenets of their respective clans (e.g. "Ventrue Antitribu", "Toreador Antitribu", etc.).
  • December 6, 2012
    Crowqueen
    Film
  • December 6, 2012
    Earnest
    ^^ To add wrinkles to that, all the antitribu of the Camarilla faction (Masquerade enforcing and on the grey side) who defected to the Sabbat (very much on the black side) are notably more prone to evil. Being a Crapsack World defection in the opposite direction (or as an independent group) in no way meant they were defectors from decadence.

    See also Enemy Civil War.

    Possible page quote:
    Bruce Wayne: Bane was a member of the League of Shadows.
    Alfred: And then he was excommunicated. And any man, who is too extreme for Ra's Al Ghul, is not to be trifled with.
  • December 6, 2012
    Earnest
    • Inverted in Battlestar Galactica Reimagined. The season 3 renegade Cylon faction, who broke with the rest of their race over the unethical treatment of their Slave Race of bio-tech fighter planes. Out of necessity from being nearly wiped out they ally with the humans and become good guys... by the standards of the settings (and after a few hiccups).
  • December 6, 2012
    chicagomel
    This basically happened to Team Plasma in Pokemon Black2and White 2...N's Plasma just wanted people to stop using pokeballs though they're still on the 'release your Pokemon' kick. but Ghetsis' group wants to take over Unova.
  • December 6, 2012
    Duncan
    In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, Frau Farbissina is mentioned, in her introduction, as the founder of the militant wing of the Salvation Army.
  • December 6, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Real-Life example: The Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) split off from the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) in 1997 after the latter agreed to a cease-fire after decades of guerilla war. The RIRA sees itself as the only rightful successor to the original IRA and continues it's terror campaign. While the Provisional IRA was hardly considered decent, they at least laid down their arms while the RIRA is made up of hardliners who won't accept any other outcome than the unification of Ireland.
  • December 6, 2012
    Chabal2

  • December 6, 2012
    aurora369
    Clarification: defector factions (like the Antitribu or the Farsight Enclaves) are somewhat another animal. This trope is when they keep their general ideas but not their benevolent policies. I said "like the original but evil", not "sold out to another faction". For examples, the GK Ch P (a faction of Communist hardliners who tried to depose Gorbachev) were this trope, and the Vlasovites (a bunch of Soviets who defected to the Nazis) weren't.
  • December 6, 2012
    MrRuano
    Warhammer40K also had the lesser-known Chaos God known as Malal/Malice. Malal himself is a god of anarchy, and thus is opposed against the four main gods of Chaos. The warband Sons of Malice serves him and attacks both loyalist and other Chaos forces.
  • December 6, 2012
    StarSword
    May be a supertrope to The Heretic if the factions are religious in nature.

    • Mass Effect 2 reveals that the geth you spent most of the first game fighting are in fact a splinter faction considered heretics by the mainstream geth population, who call themselves the True Geth. The True Geth believe that they and all other creatures should be free to choose their own fates, whereas the heretics serve and obey the Reapers.
  • December 6, 2012
    Riddler
    Jack's group in LordOfTheFlies.
  • December 6, 2012
    StarSword
    ^Zero Context Example. I've actually read Lord Of The Flies and I don't remember what you're talking about.
  • December 7, 2012
    DracMonster
    Remove "The" from the title, it can make it more difficult to integrate into descriptions (if a group is "a" renegade faction.)
  • December 8, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ Good idea. I would also suggest calling it Renegade Splinter Faction, since this is specifically defined as "part of a larger organization gone rogue".
  • December 8, 2012
    StarSword
    Literature:
  • December 8, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    Real Life:
    • After the leaders of the Church of Latter-Day Saints found it expedient had a revelation to give up polygamy, breakaway sects retaining polygamy formed claiming to be the "true" heirs of Joseph Smith.
  • December 8, 2012
    Gatomon41
    (Restored Examples)

    Anime:
    • Blue Cosmos in Gundam Seed. They're an anti-Coordinator terrorist group and movement within the Earth Alliance. Many in the Alliance don't share such extremist views. Sadly, Blue Cosmos ends up gaining enough influence to control the policies of the government.
    • The Treize Faction in Gundam Wing. A splinter group of OZ / the Romafeller Foundation, the Faction opposed the introduction of automated mecha. An inverse of the trope, the splintering had made Foundation come off as increasingly villainous.

    Live Action TV:

    • Section 31 of Star Trek Deep Space Nine is this for The Federation. A covert and officially nonexistent group, the Section deals with any threats to the Federation, even if it has to violate it's principles.

    • The rogue NID of Stargate SG 1 was this for Earth. While the regular NID was rather shady, the renegade group outright committed atrocities. Eventually, it finally splintered off into The Trust once their wealthy backers were arrested. The Trust, freed from any government restrictions, was even more violent.
  • December 9, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Literature:
    • In the novel Patriot Games and it's film adaption, the Ulster Liberation Army is a Marxist splinter faction of the Provisional IRA. Naturally, the ULA is more ruthless than the group they left.

    Film:
  • December 10, 2012
    StarSword
    Calmer edit: rogue not rouge.
  • December 10, 2012
    Debatra
    Requesting clarification: Is this trope an evil group that came from a good/neutral group, from a less evil group, or either?
  • December 10, 2012
    StarSword
    ^Either. Or if it isn't it should be, to avoid Missing Supertrope Syndrome if nothing else.
  • December 10, 2012
    Gatomon41
    @Koveras: I agree, Renegade Splinter Faction sounds good.
  • December 10, 2012
    nitrokitty
    • The Brotherhood Outcast faction in Fallout 3 split off from Elder Lyons faction after he decided to actively involve himself in helping the people of the Capital Wasteland. The Outcasts consider themselves the "true Brotherhood" and believe that Lyons and his group have strayed from their original mission.
  • December 10, 2012
    Tiiba
    The Majestic 12 from Deus Ex are that part of the Illuminati who shed "ethical inflexibility".
  • December 10, 2012
    StarSword
    @Gatomon: Sorry about that. That particular misspelling just drives me nuts, is all.
  • December 10, 2012
    Gatomon41
    ^ My apologies about the misspelling. I didn't intend for that to happen.

    Restored old examples.

  • December 10, 2012
    Lumpenprole
    In the Frontier Magic series, the mainstream Rationalists simply believe that not being dependent on magic is a good idea; but an isolated settlement of fanatical Rationalists ends up condemning magic as evil.
  • December 11, 2012
    Psychopompos007
    Video Game example : One mission of Command And Conquer Generals has a renegade Chinese army (allied with the Middle-Eastern terrorist faction which is the villain of the game) as one of the enemies. In this game, China is one of the "good" factions.
  • December 11, 2012
    Gatomon41
    I think it's time the entry should be updated to include examples. We should have enough now.
    Anime and Manga

    • Mobile Suit Gundam 00 provides several examples:
      • La Eden, a violent right-wing poltical group within the AEU, though not supported by the Superpower. The group commits a series of terror attacks to stop the protagonists. Celestial being responds by simultaneously curbstomping the entire faction.
      • Team Trinity claims to be part of Celestial Being, sharing the similar technology and goal of eliminating warfare. However, the Trinities are much more ruthless - attacking without provocation nor mercy. Eventually, the two groups come into conflict.
      • The Innovators were originally part of Celestial Being. But thanks to the events of Season 1, the two groups splinter, with the Innovators causing most of the problems for the next season.
      • The ESF Coup detat Faction. Splintering off from the Federation military, the Coup seeks to expose the A-Laws' atrocities. Like the Trieze Faction, their going "renegade" makes the Earth Sphere Federation come off as increasingly antagonistic.

    Live Action television
    • Homeguard in Babylon5. The group was a xenophobic paramilitary faction within the Earth Alliance, committing attacks on aliens.

  • December 12, 2012
    Gatomon41
    There seems to be plenty of examples, but the Entry itself needs updating.
  • December 13, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Comics

    • The Sand Blast City Freedom Fighters in Archie Comics Sonic The Hedgehog. Unlike the other Freedom Fighters, the Sand Blasters are ruthless and their actions questionable. It was because of their abusive treatment that the deroboticized Robians joined the Eggman Empire. Yes, it got so bad that the former slaves entered into an alliance with their former master.
  • December 13, 2012
    Gatomon41
    I have a write up all set for the trope:

    So a writer needs villain for a story. However, he doesn't want to have a nation, religion, or society to be portrayed as evil. One solution is the Renegade Faction - a splinter group originating from a larger, typically decent organization.

    The faction operates without authorization, and their ideas and methodology differs from the main body. Often they are extremists: escalating a conflict, willing to break the rules, far more infamous than their mother alignment - but this isn't always the case.

    This is not limited to real-world progenitor organizations, you can also have a Renegade Faction of a decent fictional organization or community. Supertrope of Renegade Russian. If the factions are religious in nature, related to The Heretic. Can result in Enemy Civil War.
    Since the suggested trope isn't Up For Grabs, I decided to post it here.
  • December 13, 2012
    StarSword
    ^I like.

    @OP: I'm not sure Crimson Jihad from True Lies counts as an example. They're described as a splinter faction coming off already malevolent Islamic extremists.
  • December 13, 2012
    Gatomon41
    ^ Thanks.

    As for the True Lies example, it's been a while but I do recall that the reason why Crimson Jihad splintered was because Aziz (the big bad) thought the other terrorist groups weren't fanatical enough. That's right, Aziz is too extreme for other extremists.
  • December 14, 2012
    Gatomon41
    So what exactly is the etiquette for updating the main entry? Should I leave it up to the sponsor, or could another User update it?
  • December 14, 2012
    StarSword
    AFAIK other users are allowed to make minor tweaks (spelling, grammar, namespaces, etc.), but I think big changes require sponsor approval or a mod hat.
  • December 16, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Literature

    Tabletop Games

    • The Word of Blake in Battle Tech, which broke off from ComStar. When the mother organization reformed to lessen focus on it's mystical aspects, the conservatives broke off. The Word eventually started an all-out war that affected in entire Inner Sphere.

    Anime and Manga

    • The Titans in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam. Though officially part of the Earth Federation serving as a special security force, the group was used by a corrupt politician to gain control of the Earth Sphere. Their actions were zealous, which including gassing an entire colony. Eventually they went full renegade after they were exposed by the AEUG.

  • December 18, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Video Games

    • The NSA in Perfect Dark. The director of the agency, Trent Easton, is in league with a shadowy conspiracy. And unlike today's NSA, Easton seems to have his own personal army. In order to accomplish their goals, Easton plans to replace the President with a clone as part of a larger scheme.
  • December 18, 2012
    aurora369
    Okay, sorry for waiting, I'm starting to reformat the YKTTW.
  • December 18, 2012
    aurora369
    Done.
  • December 18, 2012
    Gatomon41
    The article is getting there. Plenty of examples and variations, all that needs to be done is categorizing the examples by media. Then it should be set.
  • December 18, 2012
    ArcadesSabboth
    The examples need to be sorted into medium folders, with folder tags.
  • December 18, 2012
    StarSword
    And you missed a few.
  • December 19, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Video Games

    • In Command And Conquer Tiberium series, The Brotherhood of Nod has a chronic issue with these. Various factions of the Brotherhood end up fighting with each other for power; Kane is the only one to really unite them all. Here are a few notable examples:
      • The Black Hand, led by Anton Slavik. They go renegade when Hassan (Nod's leader and GDI puppet) tries to execute Slavik.
      • CABAL, after manipulating both sides to accomplish it's goals. It was so much of a threat that both GDI and NOD work together to eliminate it.
      • The Marcion-led Black Hand, which was but one of the many splinter factions after CABAL's defeat and Slavik's death. Believing the Brotherhood strayed from it's "pure" path, Marcion took the Black Hand into exile, and reformed the group into a religious order.
      • The Nod Separatists, who opposed Kane's alliance with GDI. They saw it as a betrayal to their own core beliefs.
      • GDI tends to be a rather stable bunch, but in Tiberian Twilight one GDI army goes rouge over the alliance with Kane, which leads to infighting within the organization.

  • December 20, 2012
    Koveras
    @ArcadesSabboth: Would you kindly add VTM example from my very first comment here?
  • December 20, 2012
    Gatomon41
    ^ I think more context is needed. Do the The Antitribu still hold the core beliefs or goals of the progenitor group? If so, what made them leave or change their MO?

  • December 20, 2012
    aurora369
    The Antitribu were left out because they are plain and simple turncoats from Camarilla to Sabbat.
  • December 20, 2012
    0blivionmobile
    • Guild Wars 2 has this for every player race. Humans have bandits, rogues, cutthroats, and other violent criminals, charr have the dogmatic Flame Legion, asura compete with amoral Mad Scientist types, sylvari fight the alien Nightmare Court, and nords struggle against the vicious Sons of Svanir.
  • December 22, 2012
    Gatomon41
    @aurora369: If you wish, I'm willing to categorize the examples in the main entry for you. Once we get that done, then it would be prepped for launch.
  • December 25, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Live Action TV

  • December 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Doctor Who the Slitheen are a crime family of Raxacoricofallapatorians. The rest of the species is perfectly nice as far as we know.
  • December 26, 2012
    Chernoskill
    • In the Battletech universe, The Word of Blake split off from instellar communications provider Comstar to follow their own interpretation of Comstar founder Jerome Blake's cryptic messages he left for the afterworld. Word of Blake wants their organization to be the sole keeper of advanced technology and thus are highly secretive. In the end, they wage a devastating Jihad against the Inner Sphere with a stockpile of battleships, outlawed weapons of mass desctruction and a vast regular army built in secret.
  • December 26, 2012
    LKArtillery
    • Skullgirls lore indicates this has happened twice to the same clandestine organization: The Anti-Skullgirl Labs. Secretly sponsored by the King of the Canopy Kingdom. The Labs conducted research in order to understand the Skull Heart and develop weapons to destroy the Skullgirl it periodically creates. Unfortunately, they weren't exactly known for the humane treatment of their test subjects.
      • After his wife became a Skullgirl and was subsequently killed, the King had a change of heart and decommissioned the Labs, but disappeared under mysterious circumstances some time later. Several members of the ASG Labs took advantage of this and moved to restart the experiments, this time without official supervision and with even shadier laboratory practices.
      • Finally, one sect, Lab Zero, broke off entirely. The members of Lab Zero operate in complete secrecy, even from the other rogue Labs. Their methods are also much, much more heinous than the others.
      • However, it's implied through ingame dialogue that the restarted Labs may have reformed to be more ethical after Princess Parasoul came into power, making the situation an at least partially subverted example of the trope.
  • December 26, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    • After the Covenant disbanded after their defeat in Halo 3, the Sangheili who did not ally with humanity broke away to form their own Covenant remnant, which are fought by Master Chief in Halo 4. They are unofficially called "the Storm".
  • December 26, 2012
    Gatomon41
    @Chernoskill: Word of Blake is already listed, but I do like how you provide a detailed explanation.
  • December 29, 2012
    Gatomon41
    Would this count:

    • In Star Trek IV The Voyage Home, the Klingon Ambassador tries painting Captain Kirk as a "renegade and terrorist" due to the events of the previous film. The likely reason why the Ambassador doesn't claim the entire Federation is on a conspiracy to "annihilate the Klingon species" is political tact.
  • December 31, 2012
    marcoasalazarm
    Dunno if it would count, but in the 'Rebuild of Eva' movie series, the organisation WILL-E was created by members of NERV (which include pretty much the majority of the 'heroic' cast) who just had enough of NERV's crap and Ikari's manipulations post-Third Impact and decided to save the world themselves (specifics elude me at the moment, but considering that the third movie ends with NERV almost triggering a FOURTH Impact...).

    Inverted, just like the Gundam examples, in that this makes NERV even more villainous.
  • December 31, 2012
    Specialist290
    Taking note that "more decent" does not necessarily mean "saintlike itself":

    Video Games
    • In Star Control II, the victorious Ur-Quan conquerors are split in a Doctrinal War between the Kzer-Za, a faction that believes that their enemies should simply be enslaved as Battle Thralls, and the Kor-Ah, which believes they should be annihilated.
    • In Galactic Civilizations II, mirroring (and probably a deliberate Shout Out to) the Star Control example, the Korath Clan, which believes that other races should be exterminated outright, rebels against the villainous Drengin Empire.

    You might also want to note that this trope can be used to set up all sorts of fun little situations like Enemy Mine, Divide And Conquer, and Playing Both Sides.
  • December 31, 2012
    hevendor717
    In Metal Fight Beyblade, the sinister Beylin Fist faction that defected from China's Beylin Temple training school.
  • December 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Alias: SD-6 worked as a sometimes-splinter group of the Alliance of Twelve, since its head Arvin Sloane had his own agenda apart from the Alliance.
    • Nextwave split itself off from H.A.T.E. when they learned that HATE was actually owned by the Beyond Corporation, which was a cover group for S.I.L.E.N.T., their ostensible nemesis. Nextwave tries to do good when they're not on the run from their employers.
    • In Marvel Comics, Hydra has had several splinter groups: AIM, the Hand, and the Secret Empire among others.
  • December 31, 2012
    aurora369
    2 Gatomon41: Yeah, I'll be thankful if someone categorizes it.
  • January 1, 2013
    Gatomon41
    ^ Thank you, I'll get working on it :)


    • Another Gundam Seed example is the Clyne Faction. Originally the Moderates within ZAFT, they broke off when the Zala extremists came to power. The Faction managed to form a underground resistance, steal key equipment, and join up with the heroes.
  • January 1, 2013
    Gatomon41
    Updated the entry so it's categorized.
  • January 2, 2013
    StarSword
    Still missing the geth example I posted earlier.

    EDIT: Never mind, I went ahead and stuck it in. Also fixed namespaces and adjusted the True Lies example so it would make more sense to folks who haven't seen the movie.
  • January 2, 2013
    Gatomon41
    ^ Nice update on the True Lies example - it needed more context :)

    • Another Star Trek example is the Maquis - a paramilitary group that oppose the Cardassians. Originally consisting former Federation citizens, the group also had Starfleet officers aiding them illegally.
  • January 2, 2013
    ginsengaddict

    Also, 5th hat.
  • January 2, 2013
    MissMokushiroku
    • The human-supremist terrorist organization Cerberus in the Mass Effect series started out as the black-ops division of the Human Systems Alliance.
  • January 2, 2013
    Gatomon41
    @ginsengaddict: Other than the NID or The Trust?
  • January 2, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Nope, same guys.
  • January 2, 2013
    Met
    The Westboro Baptist Church. Baptists do believe homosexuality is a sin, however they do not believe it to be an unforgivable sin. True Baptists are not encouraged to picket funerals. They do not believe that upsetting the family members of the recently deceased has any intrinsic spiritual value. Baptists do not assume that a serviceman who dies is necessarily "going to Hell." Baptists believe in baptism by full immersion in water. Whatever the members of the Westboro Baptist Church believe- who knows.
  • January 3, 2013
    Gatomon41
    Once the rest of the examples are added, I think it's ready for Launch.
  • January 5, 2013
    Gatomon41
    Anime

    • In Digimon Tamers, the protagonists thought that since the Devas were serving one Digimon Sovereign, then all four might be against them. It turns out Zhuqiaomon, the Sovereign who the Devas serve, is acting on his own. He and the other three leading Digimon couldn't agree on a single defense strategy against the D-Reaper.

    Live-Action TV
    • An episode of NCIS features a group called the "MAH" (Military At Home), who believe that America should focus on fighting crime and social problems, instead of policing the world. A group of MAH decides to take it a step further, plotting to destroy a communications tower to make a point, with no intention of harming anyone. However, the renegade group also had a splinter group who decide to attack people as well.
  • January 11, 2013
    Gatomon41
    Film

    • The crew of the Narada in the 2009 Star Trek. When Captain Pike confronts the Narada, he states that the Federation and the Romulan Star Empire are not at war with each other. However, Nero replies that his crew do not represent the Empire, as they "stand apart".

    Tabletop Games
    • The eponymous Delta Green. Once working for the government, it illegally continues its operations to defend America from the Mythos.
  • January 11, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Don't think Nero's really an example. The Romulan Star Empire of his timeline doesn't exist anymore (canonically, mind you; Star Trek Online differs here), and the Romulan Star Empire of the alternate timeline doesn't know he exists.
  • January 11, 2013
    Gatomon41
    ^^ Nero's actions were so the Romulan people would survive and reign supreme once the Federation was wiped out. Though the Romulan government changed (very often), the Empire as a civilization and species remains, if in an alternative universe-timeline-thing. And considering their nature, the Star Empire would have no problem if the Federation was weakened.

    At the very least, Nero is supposed to be a Romulan bad guy, without trying to paint every Romulan as genocidal, hate-filled fanatics.
  • January 11, 2013
    StarSword
    Well, I still think it's a stretch, but I suppose it counts.
  • January 13, 2013
    Arivne
    Tabletop Games
    • 2nd Edition Dungeons And Dragons supplement The Complete Druid's Handbook. The Shadow Circle is a secret society of druids within the larger druidic order. It sees Nature as a hostile, cleansing force that ensures the survival of the fittest and thinks that civilization has weakened humanity and the demihuman races. They support barbarians and think that people should go back to nature. They use evil and vicious tactics to carry out their beliefs.
  • January 13, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    The Council of Shadows from The DaVinci Code is a cabal of Vatican cardinals devoted to eradicating the Knights Templar, and expunging all evidence that Jesus Christ ever fathered a child.
  • January 18, 2013
    Gatomon41
    Sent a PM to the Sponsor. Will wait a few days before taking any action.
  • January 18, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    Still missing the Rebuild of Evangelion example. Dunno if it really fits here, but WILLE *is* a splinter of NERV. Like several of the Gundam examples, the splinter is an inverted example-NERV fully embraces its status as a villainous faction as a result of it.
  • January 18, 2013
    Gatomon41
    ^ Does WILL-E support the basic concepts of NERV, ie. saving humanity or continuing their original goal?

    There are a lot of examples still not listed. If there's no reply from the sponsor, I'm going to go ahead and update the article.
  • January 18, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    By the time of the third Evangelion movie, NERV no longer is even trying to conceal the fact that it's out to create an Impact-level event and kill off what remains of humanity while the Big Bads running it ascend. WILL-E is 'the resistance', out to save the world (or at least prevent it from going even further down the drain).

    All of the douchebaggery that they do (and you can hear about everywhere, even on this page) during the movie is pretty much a combination of Idiot Ball and applying a hardcore demonstration that Good Is Not Nice on the wrong person to apply it to, considering the context.
  • January 19, 2013
    Gatomon41
    Having received permission from the Sponsor, I updated the examples.

    On the topic, I was wondering if we should even have real life examples. A topic like this is rather sensitive.
  • January 19, 2013
    StarSword
    I think we can keep them for now. They may end up having to be cut, but so far, so good.
  • January 19, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    I think that the WILLE example should have the note that it's an 'inverted/heroic' example, specially because the majority of the other examples and definition of the trope is that the 'splinter' faction is the one that is evil.
  • January 20, 2013
    Gatomon41
    ^ Updated the WILLE example with note.

    I think the main article could be organized a bit:

    Basically, a group who separates from a larger organization - holding the beliefs or goals of the original, but are wholly or mostly evil.

    There are two way of applying this trope:
    1. The Doylist Angle: The writer doesn't want to paint some organization, nation or religion black. It may be a real-world institution, or an institution from this fictional world which was previously described as at least semi-decent. But the author still wants villains belonging to it, so they invent a renegade group.

    2. The Watsonian Angle: A faction that operates without authorization, and their ideas and methodology differs from the main body. Often they are extremists: escalating a conflict, willing to break the rules, far more infamous than their mother alignment - but this isn't always the case.

    Note that it doesn't apply to out and out turncoats: the faction must still keep the general ideas of the original; only with less benevolent policies. If the factions are religious in nature, related to The Heretic. Can result in Enemy Civil War.

  • January 21, 2013
    StarSword
    Possible page quote from True Lies:

    FAISIL: Now he's formed his own splinter faction called Crimson Jihad.

    GIB: Guess he thought the other terrorist groups were too warm and fuzzy for his taste.
  • January 21, 2013
    Gatomon41
    ^ Works well enough. ---

    Would the conspiracy in Star Trek VI The Undiscovered Country be considered a renegade faction? It did involve several Starfleet (including the Head of Starfleet) and Klingon Officers.
  • January 22, 2013
    StarSword
    Addition to the Stargate SG 1 example:

    Then their operatives were driven away from Earth by the SGC and managed to get themselves captured and implanted with Goa'uld, and Ba'al and Athena ended up in charge of several major corporations.

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