* Done twice on Manga/SchoolRumble.
** Tougou organized the "Outlaw" basketball team to oppose the school's all-girls basketball team.
** The evil exchange students in the Kyoto arc resembled some of the students of class 2-C.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', Gaara is the titular character's evil counterpart, as a boy who spent his childhood tormented by the demon inside him and abused by those around him. He represents what Naruto would have become if not for his TrueCompanions.
** Kabuto too, in an inversion. Realizing that Naruto is practically a good counterpart to himself, decides to take on Orochimaru's cells to mimic being a jinchuriki like Naruto. [[spoiler:He also undergoes training under the White Snake Sage to become a Sage just like Naruto.]]
** Nagato is also an evil counterpart to Naruto, especially since [[spoiler:he's an Uzumaki.]] He plays DarkMessiah to Naruto's Christ figure.
** Aaand now [[spoiler:there's Obito as well, since he was explicitly compared to Naruto earlier in the story, before we knew he was a villain. And by villain, we mean the mask wearing Tobi who would've killed a minute old baby and sic a massive demonic fox on a woman weakened from pregnancy if he wasn't stopped. '''Ouch'''. And the parallels just keep on mounting with Obito becoming a Jinchuriki and being revealed that he is also an orphan who never met his parents.]]
** Madara is this for Itachi, as both were prodigious Uchiha ninja that cared for their brothers over everything else and survived a ninja holocaust. While Itachi became a pacifist, Madara became a warmongerer.
** Danzo to his contemporary Hiruzen Sarutobi. Hiruzen saw the ninja of Konoha as his family, while Danzo saw them as soldiers. Hiruzen was also a very genuine person, gaining strength from hard work and forging relationships through understanding; while Danzo has artificial upgrades and manipulates people into giving him what he wants.
** Practically every antagonist has some quality that represents how one of the good guys could have gone horribly wrong.
* Tsubasa in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' is Souma's evil counterpart as well as his older brother.
* Vicious is Spike's Evil Counterpart in ''Anime/CowboyBebop''. They share identical histories as crime syndicate assassins, and once worked together. Spike gave up his killing life after a near-death experience, but Vicious never did, and holds Spike in contempt for betraying his "true nature".
* Similar to Vicious, Creed serves as Train Heartnet's Evil Counterpart in ''Manga/BlackCat'', both were ruthless assassins in a morally ambiguous organization who had tragic histories. While Train becomes more humanized due to Saya's influence, Creed becomes more and more unhinged.
* The anime ''GateKeepers'' features a Dark Gate Keeper known as "Shadow", who it turns out became embittered with humanity by a family tragedy that he tried (and failed) to avert.
* Tullece from the third ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' movie, ''Anime/TheTreeOfMight''. His entire character was based on the idea of what kind of person Goku would have grown up to become if he had never cracked his skull and gotten amnesia.
** Yajirobe meanwhile was never a villain, but was a short, dim-witted and spiky-haired man who lived alone in the middle of nowhere, phenomonally strong and obsessed with food, mirroring Goku at the start of ''Manga/DragonBall''. The contrast here was that Yajirobe was lazy, cowardly and generally much less pure compared to Goku's much more earnest demeanor. A kind of ChaoticNeutral Counterpart.
** Both Piccolos were the evil counterpart of Kami. That is, before Piccolo makes his {{Face Heel Turn}} and they remerge.
* Yugi's opponent Pandora in ''Anime/YuGiOh'' used an alternate art version of Dark Magician that seemed to be an evil version of Yugi's own, having blood-red robes and a maddening expression, compared the the royal purple attire and gentle face of Yugi's version.
** Malik is an even stronger example, embodying some of Yugi's less heroic traits from the early series, right down to the third eye, spiked-up hair and [[MindRape Penalty Games]]. While Yugi values his friends as people, Malik only values his allies as tools.
** Kaiba is a softer one for Jonouchi. Both are BadAssNormal gamers who started off as Yugi's enemies before coming around (Kaiba's journey was longer and more subtle, but the feelings of camaraderie were there). Both had abusive fathers and care for their younger siblings. The difference being that Jonouchi grew up in squalor and takes risks, while Kaiba grew up in privilege and makes calculated decisions. Both also have coloured dragons as their signature monsters.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Whenever someone turns evil, 9 times out of 10 they'll acquire an evil version of whatever cards they usually play:
** Yuuki Juudai: Elemental Heroes/Evil Heroes (after becoming Haou)
** Marufuji Ryou: Cyber Dragons/Cyberdark Dragons (when he becomes Hell Kaiser Ryou)
** Johan Andersen: Gem Beasts/Advanced Gem Beasts [[spoiler:(after he becomes possessed by Yubel)]]
** There's also the Sangenma (Sacred Beasts) and Wicked Gods, direct counterparts to the Egyptian God Cards in the anime and ''Yu-Gi-Oh R'' manga.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'', Number 96 is very much an EvilCounterpart of Astral. This is emphasized in the dub version, where both characters have the same voice actor.
* ''Manga/RaveMaster'':
** Lucia Raregroove is the EvilCounterpart of the main protagonist Haru Glory, [[SinsOfOurFathers a fate not unlike the one suffered by their fathers before them]]. He even wields an EvilKnockoff of Haru's sword.
** Also the Dark Bring Pool, which seals away (then drowns) anyone stupid enough to dive into it's ominous purple water while producing a darker copy.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' introduces Mu La Flaga and Rau Le Creuset. Rau isn't just an Evil Counterpart, he's [[spoiler:a faulty clone of Mu's father]]. Le Creuset actually manages to be the EvilCounterpart to 3 characters. As a cold-blooded subversion of TheObiWan, he's a counterpart to BigBrotherMentor La Flaga. He also however, is the counterpart to BornWinner Kira Yamato, demonstrating how badly the kid could have turned out if he hadn't had decent parents. Finally, he's the [[ThePhilosopher philisophical]] opposite of [[AllLovingHero Lacus Clyne]], [[DarkMessiah preaching a gospel]] of [[NietzscheWannabe nihilism]], [[MisanthropeSupreme misanthropy]] and [[OmnicidalManiac Omnicidal Mania]] in contrast to her [[TechnicalPacifist Technical Pacifism]] and [[RousseauWasRight humanism]].
** The Evil Counterpart trope doesn't just apply to characters; the ''Archangel'', the cool ''battleship'' of the main characters, gets an Evil Counterpart in the ''Dominion'' which is identical to ''Archangel'' in every way except for one: [[DarkIsEvil it's black instead of white]].
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' is none too subtle in setting up the Epyon to be Wing Zero's evil counterpart. Wing Zero's back mounted thrusters make it resemble an angel (made ridiculously blatant by the Wing Zero Custom), while the Epyon resembles a devil and a dragon while transformed. The 2 suits are similar in their construction: they both can transform into a jet mode, and they both contain a version of the extremely powerful [[MindRape and dangerous]] ZERO System. However, they are also opposites: Wing Zero has a super-powerful gun, Epyon has a super-powerful sword. Also, the two ZERO Systems are hinted to work in different ways, with Wing's "showing you the future", and Epyon's "showing you your death".
** Interestingly though, the OnTheNext narration for Epyon's introduction episode says it's evil "just like Zero"; presumably this refers to the ZERO System rather than Wing Zero itself.
*** It ''was'' under the influence of ZERO that Quatre went AxCrazy. Wu Fei, on the other hand, just used it for a vision quest.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has Schneizel vi Britannia, who sometimes seems like a ''good'' Counterpart when compared to his MagnificentBastard of a little brother, Lelouch, a fact mirrored by their color preference in chess.
** It's possibly a closer match with Charles, Lelouch's father. Once he takes the spotlight, we see that his past and personality are surprisingly similar to Lelouch's, except that Lelouch never reaches the point where he'd marry his buxom subordinate.
*** Speaking of buxom subordinates, it wouldn't be a stretch to say that [[spoiler: Marianne]] is ''Kallen's'' EvilCounterpart. Both are highly capable insanely hot ActionGirl Knightmare Frame pilots that are completely devoted to their NonActionGuy men. The crucial difference is that [[spoiler: Marianne]] is a LadyMacbeth with no moral compass while Kallen's moral framework is so strong that she chooses her belief in what's right over the man she loves.
*** According to WordOfGod, Kallen might have actually done the same thing as [[spoiler: Marianne]] if Lelouch had actually came out and said that he loved her. [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim That's why he doesn't say it]] -- he doesn't want to drag her down with him [[spoiler:as he enacts his ThanatosGambit]].
** The Geass video game introduces twin princes Castor and Pollux, who are more directly {{Evil Counterpart}}s; like Lelouch, they're amoral {{Chessmaster}}s with MagicalEye powers, but unlike him, they have absolutely no problem using their Geass to make people their slaves.
** Mao is another EvilCounterpart to Lelouch. He's not only the same age as Lelouch (even though he looks older than 17), but he also represents [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity what would happen if Lelouch lets his geass drive him mad]].
** The PowerTrio of Lelouch, C.C. and Suzaku are opposed by Charles, V.V. and [[spoiler:Marianne, who like Suzaku is CursedWithAwesome]]
** In spinoff Code Geass Akito The Exiled, this applies from Lelouch to Shin and Akito to Suzaku.
* This trope appears in Season 2 of ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''. (Warning: '''major''' spoilers.)
** [[spoiler:Kuze is really similar to the Major, the series protagonist. They both were the 2 only survivors of a plane crash as children of about the same age who became friends in the hospital until they both got their first cybernetic bodies and lost contact. While the Major became a police officer working for the government, Kuze became a terrorist opposing the state. Both share the same goals of helping and protecting the people from corruption and crime, their only differences being which side of the law they chose to stand on.]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': [[AntiHero ACCELERATOR]] AND FLIPPING [[TheHero TOUMA KAMIYAN!!!]]
** In some ways they're polar opposites!
*** Accelerator, having a [[SuperpowerLottery power]] that could almost qualify as a GameBreaker were it not for one OUTRAGEOUSLY simple [[KryptoniteFactor weakness]] known as the "reverse punch method" where [[http://toarumajutsunoindex.wikia.com/wiki/Accelerator one only has to stop their attack on Accelerator right before it would actually make contact.]] And whilst Accelerator has this unbelievably devastating power, Touma's [[AntiMagic ability]] has a [[BlessedWithSuck side effect some would call fatal.]]
*** The companion parallel: Touma saved Index and Accelerator saved Last Order, whom are eerily similar in almost every way aside from [[MagicVersusScience one strange reverse.]]
*** Heaven Cancellor notes that they're 2 sides of the same coin. Both want to protect their loved ones, Accelerator by killing or at least maiming anyone who threatens them, Touma by simply beating them up and then locking them up or befriending them.
** Following Accelerator's HeelFaceTurn, Teitoku Kakine became ''his'' evil counterpart. Both have won the SuperpowerLottery making them far stronger than all of the other espers in the city (even the five other level fives), and both have a tragic past (although Kakine's is never elaborated on). The difference is although Accelerator is [[AntiHero still a little bit evil]] he now [[EvenEvilHasStandards refuses to kill innocent people or allow anyone else to do so]], while Kakine is willing to kill or torture anybody who gets in his way and doesn't care if he kills bystanders.
** Umidori Kuroyoru is an evil counterpart to both Saiai Kinuhata and Accelerator. She has the same power as Saiai, but uses it more aggressively and is a jerk compared to the more cheerful Saiai. Accelerator notes that Umidori's personality and fighting style is identical to his prior to his HeelFaceTurn.
** Fiamma of the Right is another counterpart to Touma, who even compares their powers and draws attention to their similarities. Both use their Right Hands to shatter something that someone worked desperately to obtain, except Touma uses his to solve the problems around him and Fiamma his own personal problems — selflessness versus selfishness. In their final battle, Touma points out the biggest difference between them: Fiamma observed the world and was disgusted by what he saw, so he wanted to "save the world" by [[KillAllHumans wiping out the human race]]. Touma observed the world and saw evil people to fight and good people to protect.
** The [[WordOfGod author's notes]] explain that Aureolus Izzard is what Touma would have become if he had failed to save Index.
** Touma gains yet another evil counterpart in Othinus. Their powers both involve misfortune. Touma doesn't need a reason to help people. Othinus doesn't need a reason to destroy.
* This happens to Optimus Prime from ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' quite a bit, most especially in the Japanese series. In ''Robots in Disguise'', this takes the form of Scourge, who mirrors Optimus's appearance and strength. The fact that he's not outright identical to Optimus keeps him from being an EvilTwin.
** However, Nemesis Prime from ''TransformersArmada'' IS an Evil Twin, with his coloration being the only difference, as is the one that crops up in the backstory for ''Alternators/Binaltech''.
** Motormaster from the Generation 1 cartoon could be considered the original Evil Counterpart for Optimus Prime. He had the same alternate mode and was built to be just below Megatron in power.
*** Motormaster's entire Stunticon crew was specifically built as [[PsychoRangers a team of counterparts]] to the Autobots.
* ''Literature/HaruhiSuzumiya'' In the later novels, the whole SOS-Brigade is revealed to have an EvilCounterpart group--alien interface, esper, {{time travel}}er, and "''god''" ([[spoiler:whose powers had for some reason transferred to Haruhi]]). They aren't really ''evil''; they just have opposing goals. The only one not represented in this dysfunctional group is Kyon, who they try to win over in the latest novel.
** Well, not all of them are evil. Kyouko seems to have bitten off more than she can chew, Kuyou is much more ambiguous but seems to run on BlueAndOrangeMorality, and Sasaki [[spoiler:is actually not evil at all, and is secretly on Kyon's side]], but [[TimeTravel Fujiwara]] [[spoiler: goes completely insane and tries to kill Haruhi in order to remake the timeline in his own image. He also claims to be related to his counterpart, but we don't know if that's true or not.]]
** Also, Ryoko Asakura for Yuki Nagato.
* Aion in ''ChronoCrusade'' is clearly Chrono's evil counterpart; even their time manipulation skills are opposed or complementary in the anime. In the manga their powers don't seem to be quite as related, but instead it takes the ForWantOfANail path if you [[FridgeBrilliance think about it]] -- as revealed near the end of the manga, [[spoiler:Aion became bent on his path for remaking the world and Pandaemonium when he received visions of Pandaemonium's memories on his coming-of-age day. If Chrono is his twin brother, that means that he probably was lined up to have the ceremony, as well. He never had a chance because of the hubbub Aion caused, but if Chrono had gone first instead of Aion, Chrono probably would've been the one to go crazy, and Aion would've been the "good" twin.]] The fact that Aion refuses to tell Chrono the truth and says it's "better this way" probably shows that he, himself, is aware of how close Chrono came to being like him.
** Of course, irrespective of who's mad, Chrno has a retiring personality and tends to do what he's told, while Aion is the bossy type, so even if Chrno were evil, the fight would be very different...Good Aion would probably lead the same set of {{Nakama}} he does as a villain, and Evil Chrno would [[LonersAreFreaks be utterly alone]].
* Vash in ''{{Trigun}}'' has his EvilTwin Knives, who gives a good idea of what Vash would've become if he hadn't been a [[FreudWasRight mama's boy]].
** In the manga, Knives has [[TheyWouldCutYouUp a much better motivation]] for [[KillAllHumans turning on humanity]], and at the time Vash [[GoMadFromTheRevelation reacted]] with the same level of horror and rage, but his first impulse was toward ''suicide''. Rem got in the way, got hurt, and the need to help her snapped Vash out of it, and [[AllLovingHero shaped pretty much the rest of his life]]. This meant that Knives woke up without her there to steady him--but maybe that wouldn't have helped, since rather than freak out, he pretended to have suffered EasyAmnesia until he had the chance to stage a slaughter.
** In the anime, Knives is an outright [[CreepyChild child sociopath]] whose hatred is as much about disdain as fear, and Vash's thought patterns come nowhere near mirroring his. They still have a lot in common, though. Being twin brothers and the only members of their species and all. Also, for some reason this version of Knives can [[UncannyValley keep up]] at GunKata with a [[TheGunslinger gunslinger]] who's been fighting for his life for a hundred years. It punches up the symbolism.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', Father is Hohenheim's EvilCounterpart. He's also even [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} weirder than him]]. Toward the end, Father becomes more like an evil counterpart to [[spoiler:Ed, as his bishonen "God" form looks like young Hohenheim except with Father's cruel eyes, and Father's arrogance and obsession with gaining knowledge at all costs is a dark reflection of Ed's tendency toward {{Pride}}]].
** Wrath is an EvilCounterpart of Ling. Both cover {{Charles Atlas Superpower}}s and impressive swordsmanship with a front of ObfuscatingStupidity, and Ling's actual PapaWolf attitude toward his friends and subjects is mirrored in Wrath's ''pretensions'' to being a FatherToHisMen. In reality, he really couldn't give a damn about his subjects. Also, just as Wrath is a human-turned homunculus, Ling gets turned into the second Greed. However, while Wrath lost his human identity in his transformation, Ling manages to maintain his consciousness and serves as TheConscience to Greed, since he willingly gave in. Wrath started life as the 12th candidate for Fuhrer and Ling is the 12th son of the Emperor.
*** King Bradley is ''also'' the EvilCounterpart to Roy Mustang. The first names are the biggest clue. They've got kind of a triad of kingship going, there.
** Kimblee comes across as something of an evil counterpart to Scar. Both have destruction-based powers (which are used to violently destroy people whom they touch, and rely on tattoos) and invoke LightIsNotGood (although Scar is at worst an AntiVillain). Also, Kimblee "created" Scar, delivering the injury that gave him his nickname and killing his whole family, and more generally the role of Kimblee and other State Alchemists in carrying out genocide against Scar and his people is the motivation for Scar's revenge.
*** To support this argument, look at the scene where [[spoiler:Scar is standing on the roof with Kimblee on the ground, with Scar himself pointing how their situations were reversed from in Ishval. Also, Scar moved on past his focus on revenge while Kimblee's obsession towards completing his job never waned]].
*** Scar has another evil counterpart in Bradley, who describes both of them as nameless warriors, and again, you have the perpetrator of genocide versus the victim of genocide.
* In ''[[Manga/TheDaughterOfTwentyFaces Chiko: Heiress Of The Phantom Thief]]'', the titular Chiko has something of an evil counterpart in Angie, who started off as a sweet happy-go-lucky girl befriended Chiko. She just happened to be the daughter of the head of security of the museum Chiko and her fellow thieves were casing. Chiko willingly betrays her and conducts the theft, leaving her behind. One WhamEpisode later, she's stuck on the top of a moving train with an AxCrazy Angie trying to drive an axe into her skull. Smooth, Chiko, smooth.
* Like ''VampireHunterD'', Rei-Ginsei is a weirdly beautiful [[TheHunter Hunter]] with supernatural powers. Unlike D, he's egotistical, completely amoral, only helps beautiful women and doesn't hesitate to try to torture a child to death to get what he wants.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' has [[spoiler:Lordgenome, the Spiral King, a Spiral Knight]] who might be considered what Simon would have become if he hadn't had [[spoiler:Nia to find the Anti-Spiral homeworld and therefore end the war in his favor]].
-->'''[[spoiler:Lordgenome:]]''' "There once was a man who fought like you, not realizing his actions would bring about the destruction of humanity."
** [[spoiler:Guame the Steady]] is [[spoiler:''Boota's'']] Evil Counterpart. [[spoiler:Guame is shown as a small critter accompanying a young Lordgenome exactly the way Boota does Simon.]]
** Another candidate for Simon's EvilCounterpart is [[spoiler: Rossiu]], although not so much evil as a WellIntentionedExtremist who is ''very'' WrongGenreSavvy.
* Sensui from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' is the protagonist's EvilCounterpart. Sensui was the spirit detective for Earth before Yusuke was and both had a strong binary belief of good/evil and human/demon. The main difference is that after Sensui accidentally witnesses the "Feast of Human Vices" those beliefs were shattered. Another 'more fragile and idealistic equals turning to the Dark Side.'
** A better and lampshaped example would be Younger Toguro, who Yusuke would be if he gave into his BloodKnight tendencies, and stopped caring for his TrueCompanions.
*** [[spoiler: Slightly subverted as he is a DeathSeeker as well.]] That is, both of them. Both villains. Not Yusuke, though at the start of his CharacterDevelopment he didn't really feel he had anything to [[FirstEpisodeResurrection come back to life for]].
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Setsuna has one in Tsukuyomi, the mad Shinmeiryuu swordswoman to match Setsuna in every major battle. Unlike Setsuna, Tsukuyomi is [[BloodKnight bloodthirsty]], direct and wins by any means necessary. Setsuna is quiet, humble and rarely fights for anything other than her charge, Konoka. Plus they're both lesbians, but Setsuna's [[BodyguardCrush innocent and taciturn]] while [[PsychoLesbian Tsukuyomi]] likes to speak in DoubleEntendre and {{Subtext}} and is willing to do ''[[AttemptedRape anything]]'' at all, at anytime she can (ironically, to Setsuna herself).
** Kotaro seemed to be an one to Negi during the Kyoto arc, although he has since done a HeelFaceTurn and become TheRival.
** In the Magic World arc, BigBad Fate Averruncus appears to be one to Negi, as each is a cute boy with a group of female partners backing them up.
** Fate's entire team is made up of Evil Counterparts, some obvious and some not. Anya's mirror is an EmotionlessGirl who looks quite similar to Anya and likes [[PlayingWithFire the same element]]. Yue and Nodoka's opposites are the panty-less EmotionlessGirl and the [[CatGirl panther girl]], respectively, although the only similarity between Nodoka and panther seems to be hair color and they hang out with their version of Yue. Haruna is vaguely connected to the girl with the lute, in that they are both artists (music vs drawing). Finally, as stated above, Fate is Negi's opposite. They both have female followers.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Aizen and Urahara are both extremely intelligent scientists whose conflict with each other consists of one protracted [[TheChessmaster chess game]]. The difference between them is that Urahara cares about the people he has to use whereas Aizen refuses to trust or bond with anyone. Aizen was willing to break the universe to fix it whereas Urahara didn't think that was the right thing to do.
** Aizen and Hitsugaya were both extremely powerful prodigies driven to loneliness and isolation because of that power. Aizen turned against the world because of that isolation whereas Hitsugaya worked through that isolation to find people he could bond with.
** Grimmjow, a hollow with shinigami powers is the foil of Ichigo, a shinigami with hollow powers. They are both determined to become the strongest fighter and both have BloodKnight instincts. However, Ichigo controls his love of battle, believing he should fight only to protect, whereas Grimmjow believes battle lust should be indulged for its own sake.
** Yumichika and Charlotte are both vain, narcissistic BloodKnights until MoodWhiplash reveals the truth. Charlotte shares the 11th division belief that "beauty" derives from physical prowess whereas Yumichika reveals that "beauty" derives from UndyingLoyalty. He's secretly a MagicKnight sacrificing himself for the sake of his division's anti-FunctionalMagic code.
** Szayelaporro is Mayuri's evil counterpart. Mayuri is an evil MadScientist who is motived ForScience The reason Szayel is far worse than Mayuri is because he believes science exists solely for him to achieve perfection whereas Mayuri genuinely wants to advance society's knowledge.
** Nnoitra and Kenpachi are both sociopathic BloodKnights who are seeking a WorthyOpponent. However, Nnoitra is a hateful, misogynistic {{Deathseeker}} whereas Kenpachi doesn't hold grudges, respects his opponents and forms close bonds with those around him.
** Starrk lampshades he and Kyouraku are [[BrilliantButLazy counterparts]] but is proven wrong. [[IJustWantToBeNormal Starrk]] simply wants companionship and friendship, so is [[HonourBeforeReason honest]] in battle because he doesn't want to fight. [[WarIsHell Kyouraku]] believes fighting means there's been a failure to find alternative solutions, so it's best to end the fight quickly by any means [[CombatPragmatist possible]].
** Ichigo and the Lost Agent ArcVillain have similar powers and origins, but the villain can't handle being mistrusted by Soul Society, goes off the rails and begins a process of revenge that harms innocents as well as warriors. Ichigo understood the necessity for Soul Society's monitoring of substitute shinigami and accepted it as part of the responsibility of wearing the uniform. He also keeps a fight personal rather than dragging in innocents and using them as weapons.
** Yamamoto and Baraggan. Both are old men that are revered by their subordinates and can kill anyone with their very prescence. Yamamoto however doesn't have Baraggan's god-complex and does not see his subordinates as inherently inferior, but as potential successors who just need an extra push.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' Light is the EvilCounterpart of L.
** And [[LightNovel/AnotherNote Beyond Birthday]] is L's ''other'' EvilCounterpart.
** Mello is the EvilCounterpart to Near.
* Buggy the Clown from ''Manga/OnePiece'' seemed to be introduced as an Evil Counterpart to Luffy; Indeed, their devil fruits are practically opposite in several ways, but similar in others (allow for long range attacking, provide invulnerability to certain kinds of attacks). While Luffy is irrepressibly cheerful, Buggy is constantly aggravated, etc.
** It looks like Blackbeard is shaping up to be Luffy's EvilCounterpart in addition to the BigBad. He's initially introduced as someone who has similar dreams to Luffy and similar ambitions, as well as the same BigEater nature (though with completely different tastes in food). Then it turns out he takes things a bit further and will actually betray his TrueCompanions and kill them to fulfill his ambitions. He even subtly points this out when [[spoiler: he and Luffy reunite in Impel Down]] and hints that they're NotSoDifferent. It helps that his crew mimics Luffy's as well, with [[ImprobableAimingSkills Van Augur]] as counterpart to [[LovableCoward Usopp]], [[AxCrazy Shiliew]] to [[BloodKnight Zoro]], etc.
*** The Blackbeard pirates [[spoiler: except perhaps the original members]] don't think of each other as nakama and some members has expressed an interest [[spoiler: in dethroning Blackbeard as leader]]. Some of them stated that if [[spoiler: Blackbeard wasn't able to steal Whitebeard's powers]], they would have just abandoned him to the Marines. Also, many of the members are {{Gonk}} in contrast with the Straw Hats who are good-looking, cool or cute.
*** Another similarity is that, despite being a {{Jerkass}} and [[DirtyCoward coward,]] he and the rest of the Blackbeard Pirates (Besides maybe the new members from Impel Down) all believe in destiny and dreams (Which seems to be a trait of the people who have the D initial)
** Frankly you could say that most every BigBad Luffy's encountered along the way was something of an EvilCounterpart with Crocodile being an embittered ruthless [[TheChessmaster Chessmaster]] that gave up on dreams and Moria revealing that he lost his beloved TrueCompanions in the New World. They seem to act as chilling reminders of what Luffy may become if he doesn't hold onto his dreams and his friends.
** Interestingly, Admiral Akainu could serve as one for Ace. Along with the [[PlayingWithFire heat]] [[MagmaMan powers]], they're both devoted to their own sense of justice; Akainu adheres to absolute justice, hunting down any criminal, while Ace was determined to take down Blackbeard for his murder of a crewmate. These codes even go beyond those of their superiors/captain, as Sengoku and Whitebeard both have their limits. What separates them is that Ace genuinely cares for others, while Akainu doesn't even hesitate to murder his underlings if they oppose him.
*** [[spoiler:Which makes it really harsh when the EvilCounterpart wins, and Akainu kills Ace.]]
** Lately, Hyouzou, the New Fishman Pirates' assassin, is this to Zoro. Both of them are powerful swordsmen, enjoy drinking and have a calm demeanor. However, Zoro has never been shown drunk while Hyouzou seems to become drunk very easily, putting him in a state where he blindly attacks anyone and everyone around him. Hyouzou only works with people who offer him the most money, while Zoro is only willing to fight for money at all when it's absolutely necessary, preferring instead to fight for his ambitions and his TrueCompanions.
* ''GaoGaiGar'': Each of the 11 Planetary Masters of Sol is an Evil Counterpart for a member of the main GGG crew, even though it's not immediately apparent which is which.
* Back when ''{{Kinnikuman}}'' was a superhero, Kinkotsuman was introduced as his villainous counterpart; He was just as bad at what he did as Kinnikuman was. Unlike Kinnikuman, he was unable to eventually find a more fitting profession and slowly became less prominent as more serious villains started showing up.
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', there's the CreepyTwins Yu Fan and Yu Lan, who are shown to have been through extremely similar wars and circumstances as Sousuke. Just like Sousuke, they're [[TheStoic rather emotionless]], extremely loyal to the person that took care of them, and their occupations are very alike. Main difference? Sousuke was adopted by [[AFatherToHisMen Kalinin]] and the twins were adopted by [[AxCrazy Gauron]]. Funnily enough, Gauron (as elaborated on in the novels) is revealed to have actually tried to take Sousuke when [[{{Shotacon}} Sousuke was young]], but Sousuke [[GenreSavvy refused]]. 5 years later, and Gauron is still [[StalkerWithACrush fantasizing and obsessing]] over "beautiful" Sousuke. If there's anything Sousuke did right when he was young, it was knowing who to accept as his father figure.
** Gauron himself is quite similar to Sousuke. They're both AlmightyJanitor soldiers with little allegiance to anyone except their own desires(at first). While Sousuke develops genuine bonds with other, Gauron is driven by his depraved interest in Sousuke.
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', the members of the Varia are meant to be tailored as {{Evil Counterpart}}s to the Vongola Family. Xanxus is Tsuna's counterpart, as both have similar Dying Will Flames and both are competing for the same position as the boss. The only one that is somewhat unclear is the EvilCounterpart to [[WildCard Mukuro]]--Mammon. Especially since Mammon is mainly motivated by money and isn't nearly as [[NietzscheWannabe cynical]] or [[AxCrazy scary]].
* Every major robot villain in ''Manga/AstroBoy'' is an evil, or at least [[AntiVillain morally ambiguous]] counterpart to some extent. What makes them interesting is how each one completely inverts a major aspect of Astro's personality or show what he'd be like if things had happened differently, or to underscore the fact that who he is rather than what he is makes him a hero, for example:
** Atlas, who has become Astro's biggest rival over the years. Though he was little more than a violent thug in his first appearance, he was later updated in the [[Anime/AstroBoy 80s anime]] as a CompositeCharacter of Atlas, Astro's "brother" Cobalt & the Blue Knight. In the 2003 series, with the Blue Knight retained as a separate character, though, their conflict was more personal than political. Both had terrible relationships with the men they called "father", but had very different ways of dealing with it; Atlas' involving kidnapping, industrial sabotage & attempted murder. What makes it more poignant is the fact that they were both based on the same technology, adding a layer of "there but for the grace of god go I" for Astro, that an advanced AI can choose between good & evil.
** Astro II, a "more human" version of Astro, including human vices such as lust & sloth.
* Nearly every season of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has a set of villain counterparts to the Inner Senshi. R has the Akayashi Sisters (Koan-Mars, Bertier-Mercury, Petz-Jupiter, Calaveras-Venus), S has the Witches 5 (Eudial-Mars, Mimete-Venus, Tellu-Jupiter, Villuy-Mercury), [=SuperS=] has the Amazoness Quartet (Cere Cere-Venus, Palla Palla-Mercury, Jun Jun-Jupiter, Ves Ves-Mars).
** This carried over to at least one video game adaptation, ''VideoGame/SailorMoonAnotherStory''. In that game, while it brought back all their old foes to that point as bosses, the main villains (other than the BigBad) were the Oppositio Senshi, 5 teenage girls with powers mirroring the Inner Sehshi, and names based on Babylonian gods and goddesses: Sin (God of the Moon), Nabu (God of Wisdom), Nergal (God of War), Marduk (God of Thunder and leader of the gods), and Ishtar (Goddess of Love).
** In the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], Queen Nehellenia of the Dead Moon Circus was seen as a shadowy, mirror reflection of Queen Serenity. Likewise, Nehellenia's kingdom of the Dead Moon was hidden inside the shadow of the moon's center.
** The Four Heavenly Kings were also supossed to be the evil spear counterpart of the senshi, but this was underplayed in the final story.
* In ''Manga/InuYasha'', this is the BigBad's motivation. Naraku seems to hate [=InuYasha=] specifically due to their similarities: they have the same half-demon nature, causing loneliness to both, but [=InuYasha=] forms bonds to soothe his loneliness, while Naraku destroys the bonds of other people to make himself feel better. Naraku's frustration over this is the reason why he never really does anything but try to power himself up or ruin [=InuYasha=]'s life (symbolically destroying his own half-breed nature). [=InuYasha=] also [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech points to this as the reason Naraku particularly disgusts him]] before their FinalBattle.
** Kikyo has an evil counterpart in the black priestess Chubaki.
* Jagi from ''FistOfTheNorthStar'' was initially built up as an evil counterpart to Kenshiro, having the same 7 scars and everything. Whereas Kenshiro uses his skills to protect the weak and punish villains, Jagi uses Hokuto Shinken to terrorize villagers. Subverted as it is revealed that Jagi never truly mastered Hokuto Shinken and that he's not the only other student to learn Hokuto Shinken from Master Ryuken.
* ''ArcadeGamerFubuki'' has a rival, who has her OWN version of the [[UnderwearOfPower Passion Panties]] except hers are [[GoodColoursEvilColours black]]. Also, she wears rollerblades so she can twirl around and [[PantyShot activate her passion panties herself]] rather than waiting for a friend with a fan.
* Both Commander Sazabi and Professor Gerbera are this to Captain Gundam from ''SDGundamForce'', Gerbera more explicitly so.
* Anemone is the EvilCounterpart to the titular character of ''EurekaSeven''. [[spoiler: Though it turns out she's not so evil after all, [[LoveRedeems at least not by the end of the series.]]]]
* Hei in ''DarkerThanBlack'' has a couple of characters who qualify as evil counterparts: There is Wei, a fellow Chinese {{Badass}} whose psychopathy contrasts with Hei's relative restraint. Like Hei, Wei is also one of the few contractors shown to be capable of emotion, but his are all negative to Hei's positive ones. Another character [[spoiler: Nick]] has the same power as Hei, the same nice guy persona, and has the same goal of finding his dead little sister, but he wants to achieve it through murdering people; Harvest, the BigBad of the interquel manga has the opposite power to Hei- while Hei's power involves creating material on an atomic level, Harvest's involves destroying it; Mina in season 2 wears a similar costume/shares similar weaponry to Hei and is also TheStoic, but is also a dark reflection of Kirihara, sharing a similar background of being TheOjou.
* Much of season 2 of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' (at least the first third to half) was spent seemingly building up Eriol, Ruby Moon, and Spinel Sun as [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] to Sakura, Yue, and Kero, respectively. [[SubvertedTrope However]], this was all or mostly a sham. Not only is Ruby Moon hardly as dangerous and ruthless as Yue is ([[InformedAbility usually]]) described as, at best coming off as merely [[TheScrappy annoying]] and [[DieForOurShip hate]]-[[YaoiFangirl worthy]], but Spinel Sun is often adorable and harmless, acting more as a [[BrilliantButLazy bored]] GreekChorus to the events. As for Eriol himself...[[OmniscientMoralityLicense opinions are divided on if he or his actions were "evil"]], but he's certainly not as different from Sakura as might have been supposed.
* In ''{{X1999}}'' Fuuma is evil counterpart to Kamui and Seishiro is EvilCounterpart to Subaru.
* In ''Manga/GirlsBravo'', the main character Yukinari and the BigBad Yukina, as if the similar names weren't a big enough clue. While in some ways they are complete opposites -- he's a powerless NonActionGuy who is allergic to women but generally doesn't hold a grudge against them ,and she's an ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl who is allergic to men ''and wants to kill all of them'' -- both of them have dealt with a great deal of pain in their lives that led to them both being AllergicToLove with the opposite gender. In the end Yukinari is able to stop her from committing gendercide simply by gently talking her down and helping her deal with the insecurities that created the situation in the first place. Unfortunately for Yukinari, his former EvilCounterpart falls in love with him and becomes a {{Yandere}} StalkerWithACrush with a bad habit of sneaking into his bed (naked) while he's sleeping. Also, while she isn't allergic to him, he is still allergic to her.
* The main characters of ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'' have ones in the demons Scanty and Kneesocks. Unlike the hedonistic ChaoticNeutral protagonists concerned either with [[LovableSexManiac sex]] and [[SweetTooth sweets]], the demons are strictly LawfulEvil, obsessed with [[TrrrillingRrrs Rrrrrrrrrules]] and evil schemes. Their TeamPet Chuck even gets one with Fastener, who's much less of a ButtMonkey.
* Truly explored in ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable'', where Nanoha, Fate and Hayate have EvilTwin counterparts for themselves. Stern the Destructor a.k.a. Material-S, Levi the Slasher a.k.a. Material-L, "Lord" Dearche a.k.a. Material-D. However, all of them turn out to be {{Anti Villain}}s in the second game.
** Subverted with Fate and Levi. While Fate and Arf suggest that Fate would become like Levi if she never met Nanoha and the others, Nanoha denies it because Fate would still have Arf and Fate is stronger than they think. In the second game, Levi becomes even less similar to Fate, as she has become a GenkiGirl, a DumbMuscle and a BloodKnight. Levi is the more or an EvilCounterpart to Alicia if she ever got Fate's magic skills.
** Also subverted with [[CheerfulChild Nanoha]] and [[TheStoic Stern]]. Despite they have similar powers, Stern has almost nothing in common with Nanoha, except their apparent [[BloodKnight love for fighting]].
** Hayate and Dearche are the closest example if you compare the the three Aces with the Materials. Both of them have their own guardians (Hayate's Wolkenritter, and Dearche's two retainers), both are the SupremeChef TeamMom for them, both have the highest magic power of the respective trio, they are the superior of the three, but they are also the SquishyWizard. [[spoiler:Both have also hacked into the system program of two extremely powerful [[PersonOfMassDestruction People Of Mass Destruction]] (Reinforce and Yuri), respectively, making them controllable. Nanoha thinks Dearche even invokes this when she calls U-D "Yuri" (that is her real name in the first place), assuming that she renames U-D like Hayate renamed the Book of Darkness to Reinforce.]] Dearche is basically Hayate if the latter is DrunkWithPower and gets an AwesomeEgo.
** The same can be said about Curren of Huckebein in relation to Hayate, both are caring heads of their respective groups, both have a family-like approach to them and both are apparently masters of [[GreatBigBookOfEverything mysterious ancient belkan books]], also their debut in battle during FORCE is precisely a very close encounter between the two. The difference comes as Curren have a much more gray morale and is perfectly ok with [[BackStab stabbing people]] InTheBack. But the real ice on the cake is that Curren, unlike Hayate, [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter shows to be able to defend herself in combat as also saving her family and giving them confidence and hope]]. [[spoiler:And both of them are WiseBeyondTheirYears]].
*** [[spoiler:Surprisingly, in ability wise, Curren can be considered to the ''Vivio'''s. Both have the ability change their body age, as much as they want. But unlike Vivio, she's lacking in maturity and complete [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]], while Vivio is WiseBeyondTheirYears and [[NiceGirl nice to everyone else]]]].
** Cypha seems to be deliberately designed as this to Signum. Both are busty swordswomen, but Signum is TheStoic RedheadedHero (pink, technically) with both eyes intact and a single Western-style sword, while Cypha is a AxCrazy {{Psychotic Smirk}}er [[BlondesAreEvil evil blonde]] with an EyepatchOfPower who {{dual wield}}s {{Katana|s Are Better}}.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' throws this trope at us a few times.
** Reitei Lyon (an ice mage trained by the same master) is this to Gray, in addition to RivalTurnedEvil.
** Gajeel, the Iron Dragon Slayer, is introduced as this to Natsu, the Fire Dragon Slayer, but after a HeelFaceTurn he becomes Natsu's [[TheRival rival]].
** In the Tenrou Island arc, Zancrow of Grimoire Heart is Natsu's, being a psychotic fire mage who can also eat flames like Natsu.
** Angel of the Oración Seis seems to be a pretty blatant one of the protagonist Lucy; they're both Celestial Spirit Mages that possess Golden keys. While Angel is overwhelmingly powerful, Lucy is still relatively naive and relies more on skill. The biggest difference seems to be in the treatment of their spirits. Lucy treasures all of them and treats them well, while Angel is willing to deliberately injure them to achieve victory.
** Master Jose of Phantom Lord was one for Makarov, before it became [[CurbStompBattle painfully apparent]] that Jose couldn't stand up to him in a fight. Most of his magic was [[DarkIsEvil darkness based]], while Makarov's spells (other than his size increase) are [[LightIsGood light based]]. The next one is [[LightIsNotGood Master Hades]] of Grimoire Heart. [[spoiler: In addition to being the previous guild master of Fairy Tail and Makarov's former mentor, he's the only one in the entire series to have beaten Makarov in a fair fight.]]
** It seems like they're building [[TheDreaded Bluenote]] [[GravityMaster Stinger]], Master Hades' [[TheDragon dragon]], into one for [[BigBrotherMentor Gildarts]] [[PersonOfMassDestruction Clive]].
** Erza Scarlet has one with Erza Knightwalker.
** Sabertooth gives us a lot of ones. Sting and Rogue, the Twin Dragon Slayers, for Natsu and Gajeel, respectably. Orga, who is the Lightning God Slayer, for Laxus. And Rufus whose Memory Make magic is creation based and is a counterpart for Gray. An unusual one is the Sabertooth guild master, Jiemma, who seems to be what Laxus would have turned into had he not been stopped from his takeover attempt by Natsu and Gajeel.
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has a few of these:
** Whereas Kenshin wants a peaceful Japan in which war will no longer be necessary, Shishio, the man who replaced him as hitokiri is TheSocialDarwinist and wants to create a Japan that is a proud warrior race. Also, while Kenshin has neat XMarksTheHero scars, Shishio was badly burned and wraps himself in bandages.
** Shishio's follower Soujirou Seta is also one to Kenshin. Kenshin endured a sad childhood and was orphaned before being adopted by a master who trained him in swordsmanship. In personality, Kenshin didn't start out all that happy but eventually took on a cheerful ObfuscatingStupidity. As a dark mirror to Kenshin, Soujirou grew up in an abusive family and found an EvilMentor in Shishio, who gave him the encouragement to become a SelfMadeOrphan. In terms of personality, Soujirou has a more extreme version of Kenshin's forced cheerfuless, being a StepfordSmiler who is incapable of showing (and to an extent feeling) any emotion.
** To complement this, Shishio serves as one for Kenshin's master Hiko Seijuro. Both are powerful and influential mentors who inspire ideologies in their pupils. While they're both hardened in some way, Hiko holds some optimism towards Kenshin's path. Shishio, while he does care about him, brainwashes Sojiro into his ideology. Hiko comically abuses Kenshin but respects his pupil's decisions.
** Sanosuke has evil counterparts in Cho, one of Shishio's men, and later, Banjin, a follower of Enishi. Both of these characters have dress and hair styles clearly similar to Sanosuke's, and while Sanosuke is a BoisterousBruiser with a code, Cho and Banjin take a love of fighting to BloodKnight levels and have no real morals.
*** Monk Anji is also one of Sanosuke. They're both fist-fighters who suffered a the loss of loved ones; Sanosuke with Captain Sagara and Anji with [[spoiler: all of his adoptive children]]. To deal with this pain, they turned to violence. When they meet Kenshin and Shishio respectively, the dynamic is also reflected. Sanosuke, while vitriolic to Kenshin, trusts him completely. Anji is merely siding with Shishio for his own reasons.
*** Earlier then that, there's [[TheBrute Shikijou]]. Like Sano, he enjoys fighting and has immense loyalty to the one who defeated him (Aoshi), but the depths to which he's willing to go for strength disgusts Sano (this is played up more in the manga).
** Usui is one for Saitou. They're both stabbing specialists, and compared to the leaders of their factions (Shishio and Kenshin) are relatively indifferent. Saitou merely wants to take out Shishio because "he happens to be on the opposite side". Usui cares only about boosting his ego. Saitou's rivalry with Kenshin is a mirror of Usui's relationship with Shishio. However, Kenshin and Saito are mutual rivals, while Usui is chasing after Shishio. While both are consumed by their rivalry, only Usui allows it to define himself and mask his own insecurities. Usui shows what Saitou could've become if he lost his code and only focused on the past.
** Enishi Yukishiro, mentioned two points above, is an EvilCounterpart to Kenshin on an even more personal level than Shishio. Both he and Kenshin received lasting physical marks from the same incident [[spoiler:(the accidental death of Tomoe, Kenshin's wife and Enishi's sister, at Kenshin's hand)]]--Kenshin got the second part of his famous cross-scar, while Enishi got LockedIntoStrangeness via his hair turning white from the shock. However, while that same incident motivated Kenshin's future ThouShaltNotKill and TheAtoner mentality, Enishi turned AxCrazy and bent on revenge. To further the counterpart theme further, their animal motifs are traditional opposites ([[TigerVersusDragon Kenshin's fighting style is reminiscent of the dragon, while Enishi's is akin to the tiger]]) and Enishi's Watou-jutsu sword techniques are ''coincidentally'' perfectly able to counter Kenshin's Hiten Mitsurugi techniques.
** From early in the series we have Udo Jine, who was a hitokiri during the Bakumatsu like Kenshin. Unlike Kenshin though, Jine is an AxCrazy BloodKnight that could not give up his life as a killer after the Bakumatsu due to his bloodlust.
* Devimon and Ladydevimon to Angemon and Angewomon in ''Anime/DigimonAdventure''.
** Also 2 of Kurata's minions from ''Anime/DigimonSavers'' --[[BloodKnight Kouki]] to [[TheHero Masaru]] and [[EvilGenius Nanami]] to [[TheSmartGuy Touma]].
* In ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' Clifford D. Louis of The Pentagram is a pretty obvious EvilCounterpart to Hiruma of the Deimon Devil-Bats. They're both talented poker players and EvilGenius quarterbacks, who invoke BlondGuysAreEvil and love a good challenge. They even both wear #1 jerseys. The only real differences are Hiruma's preference for trick plays, and Clifford's greater speed. Before Clifford arrived, Marco of the Hakushuu Dinosaurs was a slightly less obvious one: he's a ManipulativeBastard to Hiruma's TricksterArchetype, and unlike Hiruma, prefers to avoid facing strong teams. At the same time, though, they both favour using any tactics necessary to win, use intelligent plays to compensate for a lack of natural talent, {{Determinator}} their way through crippling injuries, and get the very best out of their team. You could arguably throw in the Ojou White Knights' [[TheChessmaster Takami]] as a GoodCounterpart to the both of them, as he shares almost all of those same qualities, but without the penchant for brutality.
* Suitengu's motives in ''SpeedGrapher'' reveal him to be an AntiVillain counterpart to Saiga. They have more shared history than they know.
* ''MedakaBox'': Besides obvious parallels between the protagonist, Kumagawa is also a dark mirror of Zenkichi, sharing similar traits while sitll appearing to be complete opposites. While Zenkichi is a tsundere, Kumagawa is a compulsive liar. Similarly, they're both attached to some of the most powerful figures in the story; Zenkichi to Medaka, Kumagawa to [[spoiler: Ajimu]]. While Zenkichi doesn't think much his abilities, Kumagawa claims to be epitome of weakness, yet both are some of the most determined people in the series.
* ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'': Oriko and Kirika are either Evil or [[WellIntentionedExtremist Extreme]] Counterpart to Madoka and Homura, respectively. Both Madoka and Oriko have angelic magical appearance, both aim to save the world. Homura can stop time, Kirika can slow down time. Homura will do anything to save Madoka, Kirika will do anything [[spoiler:including mass murder]] for Oriko's vision. Homura's and Kirika's obsession has to do with Madoka and Oriko respectively [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe being nice to them]].
** From the series proper, Kyoko fills this role for Sayaka, who starts out as a [[TheCape fighter for justice, defeating Witches and Familiars indiscriminately like Mami]], only to be rudely interrupted by Kyoko... who insists she let the Familiars eat a few humans, for the sake of getting Grief Seeds. [[SocialDarwinist After all, humans feed Witches, which feed Magical Girls, so why save them?]] It's telling that their colour schemes are also [[RedOniBlueOni perfectly juxtaposed]]. [[spoiler:CharacterDevelopment nearly flips their places, as Sayaka becomes more jaded - [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie eventually becoming a Witch herself]] - while Kyoko starts to care about someone else, to the point of pulling a HeroicSacrifice so she can be TogetherInDeath with Sayaka]].
* The tragedy of the Count in ''{{Gankutsuou}}'' centers around Fernand's betrayal of Edmond out of love for Mercedes. Skip forward one generation, and Albert has many of the traits Edmond did (most obviously an [[MagneticHero amazing ability to attract friends and followers]]), with Franz as his Fernand and Eugenie as his Mercedes. The difference is that Franz is too loyal to Albert to do anything to harm him and it is due to this that [[spoiler:Albert retains his kind heart and life even after all the crap the Count puts Albert through and becomes an AllLovingHero who saves Edmond Dantes' soul at the end]].
* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', Paul is this to Ash more than any other Rival character. Ash is kind, helps others, respects his opponents, sees the true potential in all Pokemon, and travels with TrueCompanions, also treating his Pokemon as such. Paul is mean, out for himself, mocks those he beats as "weak" (including Maylene), tosses away Pokemon who don't immediately measure up, travels alone, and puts his Pokemon through TrainingFromHell.
** Gary and Trip were more provincial dicks, but were never shown to mistreat their Pokemon and grew out of their behavior once character development set in.
* ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has several examples, both among the teen fighters and the master-class warriors.
** One of the earliest examples is an Evil Counterpart for Kenichi--Odin, the First Fist of Ragnarok [[spoiler:otherwise known as [[ForgottenChildhoodFriend Ryuto Asamiya]]]]. They were inspired by the same childhood incident (seeing a then-5-year-old Miu beating up adult thugs all by herself), but while Kenichi was motivated to fight for justice (something he wouldn't remember until years later in the present day), Odin was motivated to gain power. [[spoiler:Shortly after the aforementioned incident, the two had a fight for a yin-yang pin Miu had given Kenichi in exchange for a cat pin she wanted; Kenichi won the fight, but then offered the pin to Ryuto anyway and suggested to pretend that Ryuto had won--which only wound up offending Ryuto's pride and sparked his StartOfDarkness]].
** [[TheRival Natsu Tanimoto]], a.k.a. Hermit the Sixth Fist of Ragnarok, had a brief Evil Counterpart in [[TheDragon Berserker]], the Second Fist, after Tanimoto defected from Ragnarok; while Tanimoto advocated hard work and training, Berserker was a naturally-gifted fighter with no formal training who could nevertheless give Tanimoto a sound thrashing during their clash. (It's played with, however, in that Tanimoto is currently going through the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor.)
** [[KickChick Kisara Nanjo]] was originally touted as an Evil Counterpart to Miu back when she was Ragnarok's Eighth Fist, Valkyrie. Following her HeelFaceTurn, she got her own Evil Counterpart in Freya, the Third Fist, because she used to be one of Freya's underlings and also concerning their differing views on the use of weapons (Kisara, while not begrudging Freya for using weapons, simply didn't feel she herself should resort to weapons in order to stand alongside men as a fighter); eventually though, Freya had her own HeelFaceTurn and the two remain friends ([[LesYay maybe]]).
** Since Yami is the organizational Evil Counterpart to Ryozanpaku, by default the members of YOMI (all disciples of the One Shadow Nine Fist members of Yami) become Evil Counterparts to Kenichi. One of the more notable counterparts in this regard would be Sho Kanou; both he and Kenichi were motivated by affection for Miu [[spoiler:and Kanou even pulled a RedemptionEqualsDeath because of her]]. As well, Kajima Satomi (the disciple of the One Shadow) may eventually turn out to be this for Kenichi as well.
** The earliest master-class example would be [[DirtyOldMan Kensei Ma's]] [[CainAndAbel older brother]] [[BlackSheep Sougetsu Ma]]--both men are well-known fighters from China, but Sougetsu is considered a disgrace on the family name due to his embracing of the killing-fist philosophy and his turning to crime. [[spoiler:And now Sougetsu is a member of the Nine Fists, making him an even greater counterpart to Kensei]].
** Two members of the One Shadow Nine Fists group are Evil Counterparts for two members of Ryozanpaku--"God Fist" Akira Hongo for Sakaki Shio and Agaard Jum Sai for Apachai Hopachai. In both cases they're childhood friends of their respective good counterparts and [[RivalTurnedEvil fighting partners who turned to the dark side]]. However, in Agaard's case, he turned to the killing-fist philosophy out of pure instinct, a fact Apachai understands and respects; while Sakaki's and Hongo's differing philosophies came out of the same incident that tore apart their comradeship--[[spoiler:the death of their mutual friend at Hongo's hand during a fight to apply for a position with Yami, which prompted Sakaki to utterly reject the killing-fist philosophy]]. Both Nine Fists members are an interesting case, however, in that Agaard is an AffablyEvil FriendlyEnemy and Hongo is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who will PetTheDog occasionally [[EvenEvilHasStandards and has high moral footing]].
*** It's also played with where ''Hongo'' is concerned, as he gets his own Evil Counterpart: [[spoiler:Silcardo Junazard, the "Demon Fist" of the Nine Fists. Whereas Hongo [[AFatherToHisMen cares about his students]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold in his own way]] and has a strict sense of honor, [[SinkOrSwimMentor Junazard has killed students who failed to live up to his expectations]], [[BadBoss sacrifices henchmen as casually as if he were breathing]], and [[MoralEventHorizon tricked Hongo into almost killing Kenichi so he could kidnap and brainwash Miu]]. The last point is what prompts Hongo's EnemyMine with Ryozanpaku and his subsequent grudge match with Junazard]].
** Yet another master-class example: Alexander Gaidar, the One Shadow Nine Fists' resident Command Sambo master, is an Evil Counterpart to Ryozanpaku's judo master Akisame Koetsuji where appreciation of artwork is concerned. Both men are extremely talented sculptors, and are capable of making impressive pieces of artwork out of the steel and stone of their surroundings even while they're fighting each other.
** The [[BigBad One Shadow]] himself is an Evil Counterpart to ''three'' different people on different levels: [[spoiler:to his father [[BigGood Hayato Furinji]], since they're respectively the leaders of Yami and Ryouzanpaku; to his former best friend Koetsuji, since both are [[MartialMedic skilled in combat and medicinal applications]]; and quite possibly to Kenichi, who wears Saiga's former arm-guards and represents the kind of character Saiga used to have before his FaceHeelTurn, whereas Saiga represents what Kenichi could potentially become if he had a FaceHeelTurn [[LoveMakesYouEvil for the sake of a loved one]]]].
* Souji Mikage is one to Utena herself in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': both are duelists despite not being on the Student Council, both duel with sabers, and both fight for the sake of a loved one: Mamiya in Souji's case, and Anthy in Utena's.
* BusouRenkin's Kazuki has his AntiVillain counterpart Victor. Papillon is also the same as Kazuki in that they are motivated by the concept of a "second life". But while Kazuki was brought back to life by Renkin, Chouno wants to become immortal by becoming [[ImmortalityImmorality Homunculus]].
* {{Hellsing}}: Alucard's counterparts in Iscariot and Millienium are father Alexander Andersson and the Captain.
** Maybe it's the other way around. Alexander Andersson may be a psychotic BloodKnight, but he cares for the children at his orphanage. The Captain is one of the noblest characters in the series, but he works for [[ThoseWackyNazis Millennium]]. Given that Alucard is a VillainProtagonist whose sole heroic trait is his UndyingLoyalty to his master, [[BlackAndGrayMorality it's quite vague as to who the ''evil'' counterpart is supposed to be]].
* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler:the three Titan shifter moles]] are evil counterparts to the three main characters:
** [[spoiler:Annie the Female Titan]] to Mikasa -- the cold, exceptionally skilled, and ruthlessly efficient girls.
** [[spoiler:Reiner the Armor Titan]] to Eren -- the highly emotional physical powerhouses.
** [[spoiler:Bertolt the Colossal Titan]] to Armin -- the meekest and least skilled members.
* The Dark Precure in ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'' is this for Cure Moonlight.
* In the ''Manga/JunjiIto'' story ''Intersection Pretty Boy'' the main character strives to be that to the titular ''Pretty Boy'', a mysterious guy dressed in black spreading curses among girls asking him hints about their love life.
** Upon failure [[spoiler: it's mentioned he has evolved into another ''Pretty Boy'', this time a good one, able to spread blessings and good wills, thus finally opposing his enemy at his own level]].
* In one episode of ''Anime/KazemakaseTsukikageRan'', [[{{Samurai}} Ran]] and [[AnimeChineseGirl Meow]] are pitted against two female bandits, one a samurai like Ran and the other a martial artist like Meow. Meow is however less than pleased to find out that her counterpart is [[spoiler:a dumpy middle-aged woman]].