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->''"And I do not know what ''thy Father'' will say..."''
-->-- '''Beelzebub''', ''Literature/GoodOmens''

He's TheAntichrist, the spawn of {{Satan}}, a demon destined to bring about the doom of all men and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the end of all things]].

But he just doesn't ''feel'' like it. [[IHateYouVampireDad Maybe the relationship between him and Dad is strained.]] Maybe he was [[RaisedByNatives raised by humans]] and [[UpbringingMakesTheHero shown the ways of love and justice.]] Perhaps there are just more interesting things to do? The sheer ''{{irony}}'' of [[RebelliousRebel the ultimate rebel's offspring rebelling against him]] is delicious. Likely they are only partly demonic and there is some humanity in them, influencing their very nature. Or maybe, they'd simply reply the way Hellboy would when someone tells him YouCantFightFate: "Says who?"

Whatever the reason, this {{Antichrist}} doesn't feel like it and says, "ScrewDestiny! I'm not causing {{the End of the World as We Know It}}!" He might even sacrifice himself just to thwart the End of Days, thus [[MessianicArchetype dying for our sins]].

The Forces of Evil[[TradeSnark ™]] often [[VillainousDemotivator make it really difficult for themselves;]] by demanding that their champion [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten kill their lover, their friends, and anyone who is nice to them]]. The Anti-Antichrist didn't want to join their club in the first place; how is this supposed to convince them? What did they [[WhatWereYouThinking think]] the response was going to be? They don't consider it at all. It's part of the [[AndYourLittleDogToo rules]], dagnabit. If they promised and delivered BetterLivingThroughEvil, they might have had more success.

BewareTheNiceOnes and the VillainWithGoodPublicity. Even though they've turned against their destiny, it's InTheBlood. It's especially bad if the morons around them know about their "destiny" and decide to [[BullyingADragon Bully A Dragon]].

While an Anti Anti Christ may side against Team Evil, they are not required to be good or nice. Even if they are nice, members of Team Good (often a KnightTemplar) may see their turn as inevitable and seek to [[HeelFaceDoorSlam end them before they can turn]]. They may also be accused of playing on Team Good's sympathies and are often the first people to be looked at when something goes wrong... [[ThenLetMeBeEvil which may in and of itself cause them to turn evil]].

Often overlaps with ApocalypseMaiden, which many Anti-Antichrists are by nature. Compare IAmNotAGun, where a war machine refuses to follow its programming to destroy everything. See also TheUnchosenOne.

Not to be confused with SatanIsGood, which is distinguished by having the apparent bringer of evil be a covert force for good, whereas Anti-Antichrists generally represent ''actual'' forces of evil.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* What [[IdiotHero Tatsumi Oga]] is ''trying'' to teach the eponymous baby ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'' to eventually become - often with hilarious results.
** It helps that Beel doesn't seem to be inclined to ending the world. He's content to follow Oga around and act like a normal infant. Then again, he ''is'' an infant.
* [[BadassAdorable Rin]] from ''Manga/BlueExorcist'': He only learns his true parentage after Satan himself comes to claim him, killing the exorcist who was his [[BadassPreacher foster-father]] – a priest and member of the local ChurchMilitant – in the process. Determined to never be in that position again, Rin vows to become an exorcist himself in order to (in his own words) "KICK SATAN'S ASS!" Naturally he can't tell anyone at the [[WizardingSchool exorcist academy]] about this, least of all his classmates (at least one of whom has devoted himself to killing Satan). Eventually, this gets out, but after some angst, his friends prove to be TrueCompanions and it looks like he'll stay on the side of good.
** His "headmaster", Mephisto, [[spoiler: who is also his second eldest half-brother [[TimeMaster Samael]]]], also arguably qualifies, as he ''likes'' humans and so wishes for them to continue onwards. Mostly because they are [[ForTheLulz entertaining]] in his opinion.
** Rin's younger twin brother Yukio is a [[AvertedTrope aversion]] since he is human [[spoiler: ...or so it was believed. And ever since he's started showing his power, he's also started showing some [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope madness]]...]]
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'''s Goddess First Class Urd, Celestial [=SysAdmin=] and self-styled Goddess of Love, is understandably estranged from her mother Hild (the "CEO of Niflheim, Inc.", aka the ruler of Hell) at least in part out of fear that love for her would [[LoveMakesYouEvil tip the balance in her soul]].
** The nature of the [[BalanceBetweenGoodAndEvil market-share war]], as well as Urd's own priorities, might mean that she's thinking more of her love of her sisters than being a harbinger of doom. Even her childhood friend Mara (a full-blooded demon) laments that they're no longer able to actually be friends.
* ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'' centers around invoking this trope by raising the various possible "Anti-Christs" in a loving family environment. Well, a wacky loving family environment.
* ''Manga/MythicalDetectiveLokiRagnarok'': Loki, bringer of Ragnarok in Myth/NorseMythology, ''doesn't want to''. Interesting in that it isn't the "Devil" character who wants/expects him to do it, but the God, Odin. The massive psychological contortions of the other gods of Asgard as they argue simultaneously that the only way to stop Ragnarok is to kill Loki...but that YouCantFightFate in that he can't choose not to start it. He chooses not to regardless, which ''drives them nuts''.
* Greed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. His father (actually called Father) is an EldritchAbomination / sort of [[GodIsEvil evil god]], and Greed has fallen out with the [[WellDoneSonGuy old man]]. Because he is "greedy", Greed isn't interested in his father's [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt plans]], and because of his massive ego, wants to accumulate a large number of followers, unlike Father, who views humans as insects and wants to wipe them out. For Bonus points, Greed even gets a CrucifiedHeroShot.
** In one of the final chapters, we find out [[spoiler:(after much pestering from Ling) that accumulating a large number of followers/ becoming [[TheEmperor the king of the world]] / taking Father's place and [[PhysicalGod consuming God]] wasn't what Greed really wanted at all. In fact, Greed admitted that all he ever wanted was "to have friends like them".]]
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', it is ultimately revealed that the organizations Vintage and Satyr broke the Weiss' prison for the sole purpose of reviving a specific Old Demon, a creature whose power exceeds all others and who could bring about untold destruction if they chose. In the past, this being had killed millions, but was never allowed to say no or turn from their assigned task. [[spoiler: when the prison was broken, Dokuro found this Weiss, erased her memories and for the first time gave her a normal life as the New Demon Elsea, who would play an instrumental role in stopping Satyr before finally wishing to Retcon reality to make herself Keima's legitimate sister.]]
* The Dark King Ixpellia from ''Audioplay/StrikersSoundStageX'' of ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Prophesized to lead [[NightOfTheLivingMooks an undead army]] to raze the lands and consume all who are in their way. Shame that said Dark King had grown weary of all the needless bloodshed, eh?
* [[spoiler:Kaworu Nagisa]] of ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' essentially embodies this trope, coming within about a foot of causing Third Impact before [[spoiler:realizing what was going on and asking Shinji to kill him to prevent it]]. Possibly even more so in the manga where the sequence of events is slightly different. There's a reason why "[[MessianicArchetype he died for your sins]]".
** For different reasons, Gendo Ikari might count too. Depending on your interpretation of A) his character and B) What the fuck is actually going on in the series.
** Rei actually double subverts this. She's raised to end the world but decides not to after Gendo betrays her. Then she does it anyway because Shinji - who recently crossed the DespairEventHorizon - ''asks her to''.
** Depending on your point of view, you could see Shinji himself as this, particularly in the [[Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion Rebuild series]] - His birth date contains an awful lot of sixes, and it is implied that he is the "chosen one" of an ancient apocalyptic prophecy. Abandoned by his conspiracy parents, he grew up to be a [[ShrinkingViolet crippingly timid,]] but kind young boy who never meant anyone any harm, but his fragile mind was not prepared for [[BreakTheCutie what]] [[CosmicPlayThing this]] [[TraumaCongaLine cruel]] [[GoMadFromTheRevelation world]] [[KillTheOnesYouLove would]] [[BungledSuicide send]] [[DespairEventHorizon his]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds way...]] chillingly, the Rebuild series reveals that even if he never had any intention of causing TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, or even went as far as actively striving to prevent it, the conspiring parties will ''[[UnwittingPawn make him]]''. Cue one of the most devastating MyGodWhatHaveIDone moments known to man...
* Piccolo Junior from ''Manga/DragonBall'' was meant to carry on his father's legacy as Great Demon King, and take over the world. He's more interested in beating Goku in a fight, especially after their first encounter, going from major villain to {{jerkass}} {{antihero}}, and after spending one year raising Gohan, a rather likable nice guy. Interestingly, the French dub (and by extension all other dubs based on it) calls him The Younger Satan (his father was Satan the Heartless).
** Note that Piccolo isn't just the son of the original, given the circumstances of his birth, he's also his father's ''reincarnation''.
** Goku fills the title well, too - he was sent as an infant to grow up and kill Earth's entire population so Frieza could sell the planet. But he hit his head, got amnesia and was raised with love and caring instead. Vegeta was understandably disappointed. That is what everyone believes, but truthfully he was sent to Earth by his parents to save him from Frieza. Given the Saiyans' nature, however, it's highly likely Goku would have still wipe the planet if certain factors haven't happened.
* Demon lord [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Exoda C. Claw]] from ''Manga/ShinaDark'' is supposed to wage war on the entire world when he wakes up... Turns out fishing and goofing about are a ''lot'' higher on his list of priorities.
* Hamel in ''Manga/ViolinistOfHameln'' is Great Demon King's Chestra's son, heir and successor, and is constantly harassed by the demon captains who hope to trigger a permanent berserker state in him (during which his body mutates horribly and he's virtually unstoppable, tending to attack anything that moves in a blind rage). Hamel has a couple words to say about that, and they usually require heavy censoring; thus they keep attacking him and trying to turns humans against him. None of this would have been necessary had they kidnapped Pandora away from his sight, and offered him asylum from the [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters bad bad humans]] afterwards, since he was just a freaking kid at the point. [[spoiler:It turns out to be a EvilPlan to make him more powerful from the constant conflict between his human and inhuman sides... so he'd make a tastier, more nutritious snack to his [[EldritchAbomination cannibal father]] after the latter's eventual release from PandorasBox.]]
* [[spoiler: Carrot]] in ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' is the [[{{Reincarnation}} reincarnated]] soul of the God of Destruction. The BigBad destroys his world, [[spoiler: kills his friends and family]] and tells him to get to destroying. Cue [[spoiler: his friends using their god powers to backwards reincarnate to return to him, the God of Destruction changing color]] and him saying....no.
* The character [[AccidentalPervert Akuto]] [[NiceGuy Sai]] from ''LightNovel/DemonKingDaimao'' is an incredibly misunderstood character who wants nothing more than to do good despite being [[SelfFulfillingProphecy the future Demon King]]. Because of this status, nearly all of the school despises him.
* Manga/{{Naruto}}, as host of the most powerful and evil of demons, is basically expected to be the AntiChrist (or the local equivalent). Instead, he's TheHero.
** Turns out that [[spoiler: the demon sealed in him isn't nearly as evil as advertised either]].
* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', six young children were kidnapped by the Mask of Ice (ArcVillain for the GSC saga), "chosen" to become his servants. While four of them go on to loyally serve the Masked Man, the remaining two, Blue and Silver, would run away and, as they grow up, would oppose him when his plans come into fruition.
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Hiei was [[spoiler: destined to return to his home village and destroy it, as he was the only male.]] When he finally got there to do just that, he [[spoiler: decided against it for the sake of ScrewDestiny.]]
* Lucy from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has shades of this, more in the manga than the anime. She is the "queen" of the diclonius - the only fertile member of her race - and her power is unrivalled by any of her peers. Lucy, however, isn't particularly interested in being the head of a new race and she winds up playing a big role in [[spoiler: destroying the diclonius race and preventing the destruction of humanity.]]
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has [[spoiler: Madoka Kaname herself]], who, no matter what [[spoiler: [[MakeAWish wish she would make]]]], is destined to become [[spoiler: a world-destroying [[EldritchAbomination Witch]] bent on subjecting all to [[MercyKill euthanasia]]]]. Yet in the end, [[spoiler: she made a wish to erase ''all'' Witches, including her own witch, at the cost of absorbing the despair with her own hands.]]
** [[spoiler: Homura]] in [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]. [[spoiler: The local SatanicArchetype [[AliensAreBastards Kyubey]] intends to turn her into an “unborn” witch that will trap Madoka (now a PhysicalGod) so they may learn how to control her. However, Homura ultimately [[TheNamesake rebels]] and teams up with her TrueCompanions to foil thier plot.]]
* [[spoiler:Izark]] from ''Manga/FromFarAway''. He's destined to [[spoiler:become the Sky Demon]] and bring destruction to the world, but he's a genuinely nice person (albeit being [[DefrostingIceQueen cold at first]]) and with some help from his TrueCompanions becomes a beacon of hope.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': [[spoiler:[[PersonOfMassDestruction Oz]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Bloodstained Black Rabbit]]]] was revealed to have been created from a child's stuffed animal to fulfill [[spoiler:Jack Vessalius']] and the unstable Will of the Abyss's desire to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt sink the world into]] [[TheUnderworld the Abyss.]] He ultimately subverts his role by instead sacrificing himself to restablize the world from the damage it received due to [[spoiler:Jack's]] activities and return the Abyss to the golden paradise it once was, making him more of a MessianicArchetype.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'' manages to combine this trope with ApocalypseMaiden: [[spoiler:The protagonist, Yuya Sakaki, is one of four reincarnations of Zarc, the Demon Duelist who fused with his dragons to become a being of invincible power and [[OmnicidalManiac nearly destroyed the Original Dimension]]. However, Yuya truly believes in peace and [[ForHappiness desires to make everyone happy,]] [[AllLovingHero enemies included.]] Two of the other reincarnations also have [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl good]] [[SpiritAdvisor intentions,]] but unfortunately what they want doesn't matter that much as Zarc [[ApocalypseMaiden can possess all his reincarnations and force them to bend to his will.]]]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The title character of ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}''. Whenever told by someone that he's destined to bring about the destruction of Earth and summon the [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Ogdru Jahad]], he usually responds by punching them in the face. It ultimately [[spoiler: costs him his life, but his sacrifice has given the human race a chance to actually ''survive'' the apocalypse.]]
* Orion from ''ComicBook/NewGods''. Subverted in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'' when despite all his efforts at trying to democratize Apokalips, he still became [[{{ComicBook/Darkseid}} his father]]'s son.
* ComicBook/{{Raven}} from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is the daughter of Trigon, a [[GodOfEvil god-like demon]] and DimensionLord who gave birth to her for the sole purpose of preparing his invasion of Earth. Her mother didn't approve, however, so she had her daughter raised in the city of Azarath, where she learnt to keep her demonic side in check. Raven eventually joined the titual team in an effort to fight her father.
* Danny Wormwood from Garth Ennis' ''ComicBook/TheChroniclesOfWormwood'' is the Anti-Christ but has no interest in starting Armageddon, much to his father's chagrin, as it can't be started without him. He's even pals with [[RefugeInAudacity Black Hobo Jesus]].
* Semi-used in ''Chosen'', in which the Antichrist believes himself to be Jesus and wants to help people. Then his dad and a bunch of demons [[MoralEventHorizon rape him for years]] and it turns him evil.
* Tazio from Ronald Russel Roach's ''Armageddonquest''. The comic is complete and can be read here http://www.3rhp.com/aqhp/aq1.htm
* Creator/MarvelComics has this character named Daimon Hellstrom, '''Son of Satan'''! And frankly, with a name that's just barely not "Demon Hellstorm", what do you expect?
** Due to the nature of the Marvel Universe, [[spoiler:A certain fallen angel named Lucifer (who may or may not be the real thing) was weakened and split into many fragments after landing on Earth. These fragments compete with each other and several arch demons like Mephisto for the title Satan. Each has their own hell dimension to boot.]] The many hell lords made a temporary truce, and spent a great amount of time devising a way to get '''all''' their genetic material into one human baby, so that he truly would be the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin undisputed son of Satan]]. On his birth satanic cults moved to make sure Daimon was evil, but despite both the genetics and the upbringing, he ended up being a hero! [[spoiler: He later has a FaceHeelTurn and goes to simply being TheAntichrist.]]
*** Oh all that super natural genetic modifying ended up being more successful than thought, as "Satan" had a daughter too!... or not as Satana (eventually) turned on her fathers and became a hero too. [[TheDevilIsALoser Yeah evil is stupid]]. She's still a bit mean (and a member of the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}). To be fair, as ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'' pointed out, fallen angels are still ''angels''. Evil isn't something they're really designed for, and falling isn't something they're "born" doing.
* Inverted or perhaps subverted by Loki in ''ComicBook/EarthX''. After the reveal that GodsNeedPrayerBadly because they're really shapeshifting aliens, and Odin is a human who's enslaved them, Loki decides to bring about Ragnarok -- because it's the right thing to do.
** Loki in every version is destined to bring about the Ragnarök and in several had no intention to, but either [[BecauseDestinySaysSo destiny demanded it]] or was [[PutThemAllOutOfMyMisery pushed far enough]] to do so. Special mention goes to the [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard third-fourth incarnation]] who managed to both destroy and save Asgard with it at the same time.
* In the ComicBook/ChickTract [[http://www.chick.com/reading/tracts/1047/1047_01.asp?wpc=1047_01.asp&wpp=a First Bite]], Satan's ChosenOne gets converted to Christianity on his ''[[EasyEvangelism first mission]]''. {{Epic fail}}, [[MeaningfulName Igor]]!
* ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' was recruited by the armies of Hell to lead an invading army, but ends up becoming a superhero instead.
** But the devil is fine with that too, because every villain Spawn kills swells his army of evil with another soldier.
* ''ComicBook/{{Firebreather}}'': Duncan Rosenblatt doesn't want to follow in his father's enormous footsteps as king of the Kaiju.
* Genesis from the ComicBook/XMen [[spoiler:who is a clone from Apocalypse has turn out this partly because of his very superman style upbringing in a virtual reality partly because he doesn't know who he is. so far]].
** Also, Kurt/Nightcrawler, who is the son of the villainous Mystique and (despite widespread FanonDiscontinuity) the demon Azazel. Aside from being a superhero, he has also continually thought about becoming a Catholic priest.
* A mini-series "Magneto" was about Joseph pretending to be Magneto so he could make Magneto's Acolytes renounce their project, which would kill one million humans. At this time, Joseph himself believes he is an amnesiac Magneto.
* ''ComicBook/Marvel2099'' had Sam Fisk, disgusted by his grandfather Wilson (The Kingpin) and his life of crime, discover he has inherited the legacy. Sam politely tells the legacy to get lost and becomes the new ''Daredevil''.

[[folder: Fanworks]]
* [[Fanfic/GoddessRebornChronicle A signature character of Goddess Reborn Chronicle]], [[MeaningfulName Isa Gardener]] is the reincarnation of Lilith, who had become a [[OurSoulsAreDifferent component soul]] of Lucifer. She's more interested in [[WalkingTheEarth exploring the world with her friend]] than being part of Lucifer or [[MesACrowd Lilith's plans]].
* In both Fanfic/TheShadowWars (and the Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries from which it was derived), the Cosmic Concept of Discord incarnated himself among Ponies (as a Draconequus Avatar) to bring about their destruction. But he spent the first twenty years among Ponies who treated him kindly, shaping his surface personality into one of benevolence. Though this was not enough to prevent his StartOfDarkness, even after Awakening, Discord remained sufficently imbued with Pony values that he came to regret his own evil actions, and yearns for love and friendship. In Fanfic/TheShadowWars, he seems to be making a slow but definite HeelFaceTurn. The jury's still out on his ultimate alignment in the Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries.
* In ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'', [[spoiler: Sonic, Shadow, and Eric]] all become this and refuse to join Maledict.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Although not outright stated, it is heavily implied in the film that ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'' was created for the purpose of destroying planets with the amount of weaponry built into him. A deleted scene confirmed it with flashbacks. He fits in, in a symbolic way, because he ultimately rejects this path.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The cruddy TV movie sequel to ''Film/RosemarysBaby'' has Andy be pretty apathetic about being the Antichrist.
* The title character's brothers in the Creator/AdamSandler film ''Film/LittleNicky'' (with the twist that in the ''Little Nicky''-verse, {{Satan is Good}}). He wasn't always like that, and ''his'' father (yes, in ''Little Nicky'' Satan is a LegacyCharacter) was supposedly even worse. By the time the movie takes place he's mellowed out into NecessarilyEvil.
* In ''Film/TheDevilsAdvocate'' [[spoiler:Creator/KeanuReeves' character turns out to be an Anti-Antichrist.]]
* Christine York in ''Film/EndOfDays'' was raised from birth by Satanists to be Satan's bride. Unfortunately for them, they didn't drill this into her head from day one, instead raising her as a normal upper middle-class American girl. When the wedding day approaches, she [[RunawayFiance understandably rejects the proposition]].
* Inverted in ''Franchise/StarWars'': Anakin Skywalker is implied to be created by a Sith Lord in order to wipe out the Jedi. The Jedi discover him and believe he's the Chosen One who's supposed to destroy the Sith, but he ultimately chooses not to (out of love) and instead destroys the Jedi, ''then'' (again because of love) chooses to destroy the Sith. The oddest prediction turns out to be the most accurate, that he would 'bring balance to the Force' by making both sides start over again.
* Boxer from ''Film/SouthlandTales'', who for most of the film is suggested to be the [[MessianicArchetype Messiah]], and tries twice to save the bystanders when he realizes the real one is about to kill him.

* In Canon Press's ''Supergeddon'', a parody of the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, TheAntichrist suffers amnesia after his mortal head wound and becomes an evangelist, with the CaptainErsatz version of the Tribulation Force trying to convert him back to Team Evil so the end of the world can proceed as planned. Yeah, it's that kind of book.
* Adam of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's ''Literature/GoodOmens''. He's less Anti-Antichrist and more just good old-fashioned ignorance of his destiny for most of the story, but when he awakens, rather than bringing about the Apocalypse, he decides he [[StatusQuoIsGod really prefers the world the way it is]].
** Instead of becoming evil incarnate, he became ''humanity'' incarnate -- which throughout the whole book is pointed out as being far nobler than any angel can be, and far eviller than any demon.
** The book also hangs a lampshade on this trope, by pointing out that any child of Satan would be equally justified in being extremely ''good'', as Satan was an angel to begin with. The analogy they used says expecting the biological son of Satan to be automatically evil just because Satan's a fallen angel is like [[LamarckWasRight expecting a mouse with its tail cut off to only be capable of birthing baby tailless mice.]]
** In the end, the main angel characters conclude that this was actually AllAccordingToPlan on God's part; a ludicrous number of coincidences neither faction was responsible for had to take place for it to happen.
* Laura of the ''Literature/BetsyTheVampireQueen'' books (who's also the title character's half-sister) consciously chooses to "rebel" against her mother, Satan, by being the biggest do-gooder Pollyanna she can be. She also hates using her powers, even in a good cause, considering it "giving in".
** Ultimately subverted following [[spoiler:Satan's death]], when she took the throne as part of the circumstances surrounding the event and ended up being just like her mother.
* Merlin Satanspawn of Simon Green's ''{{Literature/Nightside}}'' series was born of the devil to be TheAntichrist, but he "refused the honor". Which isn't to say he's a nice guy by any definition, just that he's not his ''father's'' guy.
* Sam Linnfer from Catherine Webb's ''{{Literature/Waywalkers}}'' is literally {{Satan}}, shunned by gods, angels and humans alike for millennia. His divine power is immensely powerful and destructive but in the end [[spoiler: he uses it to save the universe, almost at the cost of his own existence.]] And people still hate him.
* Magiere of ''Literature/TheSagaOfTheNobleDead'' is a dhampir, born of human and vampire (with a little help from an EvilSorcerer) to be the general of an army of undead that would sweep the world of life in accordance with the designs of an EldritchAbomination. Mercifully, she just wants to be left alone and has no intention of pursuing her destiny, though various forces try to either rope her into it or destroy her to stop that from happening.
* In ''Son of Rosemary'' -- a direct sequel to the ''Rosemary's Baby'' novel, hence unrelated to the film sequel above -- Satan-sired baby Andy has grown up to run a global charitable foundation, and claims to be struggling to cancel out his evil side by doing good. Descendents of the cult from the first book seek to undermine his attempts to ScrewDestiny and be a good man. [[spoiler: In the end, his mother wakes up in 1965, to find that her child's conception and entire life were AllJustADream. It's implied that Andy pushed the ResetButton on the world, re-writing history, once his full powers as the Antichrist manifested, so he wouldn't have to bring on the apocalypse.]]
* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' gives us a double subversion in the form of Jacen Solo, son of Han and Leia Solo. Jacen trained as a Jedi under his uncle, and he grew into a pacifist at the end of the Vong war. But he started walking a dark path after a five-year journey to learn more about the Force, and he eventually became a Sith. Jacen initially didn't like the idea of becoming a Sith, but he embraced his identity as the one to remake the galaxy more as time went on, even after all his family started leaving him. He ultimately went back into Anti-Antichrist territory to rescue his girlfriend and their daughter from the Empire, but before he could, his sister, Jaina, killed him. [[spoiler:His family's safe.]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' is a subversion. In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', it was initially suspected that Harry was the Heir of Slytherin due to an incident where he revealed that he could speak in Parseltongue when trying to stop a snake from attempting to attack a fellow student. This caused even Harry to wonder if he is indeed related to Salazar Slytherin, and thus the Heir of Slytherin. Harry rejects the evil path that his heritage would be expected to bring. However, he is not the Heir. Dumbledore reveals that Harry was not actually a direct relative of Slytherin (the real reason he could speak in Parseltongue was because the same event where Voldemort's attempt to murder Harry backfired also resulted in a part of himself being transferred to Harry, which included Parseltongue). [[spoiler:The actual Heir of Slytherin was Tom Riddle, who was a student of Hogwarts fifty years prior and, more importantly, the person who became Lord Voldemort.]]
** In the final book, this turns out to be an apparent ''double'' subversion, as it turns out that Harry and Voldemort are [[spoiler: each descended from one of the three Peverell brothers.]] As such, though they are likely several generations removed, Harry and Voldemort are unknowningly ''distant'' '''''COUSINS'''''. Hints at this are laid out at least as far back as ''Half Blood Prince'', which sees Marvolo Gaunt blatantly mention the "Peverell coat of arms", and indicate that it at one point belonged to Slytherin or to someone related to him. Gaunt was very proud of his relation to Slytherin at the very least. The Peverell coat of arms (actually a symbol for [[spoiler: The Deathly Hallows]]) actually indicates that the Peverells did actually own said objects. While nobody knows if the brother who had gotten the Wand from Death had any children, we know that two of them did, and that each passed down their Hallows along the family bloodlines: [[spoiler: The Resurrection Stone and the Invisibility Cloak of Death]] each wound up in the hands of direct descendants of these two brothers at least up until Marvolo's time, as he still possessed it. Presumably after his death the ring ended up in the hands of his son Morfin. At that point, Voldemort got hold of his ancestor's heirloom without ever knowing what he actually had after murdering his uncle. The other wound up in Harry's hands and he ultimately gained mastery of all three. This would have made him 'Master of Death' which sounds like it might be something akin to an anti-christ itself. And Harry rejects this as much as he rejected the idea of being the heir of Slytherin. Unlike Harry, Voldemort fully embraced the idea. However due to their very distant relationship, Harry actually ''could'' be considered to be an heir to Slytherin, though not necessarily the heir that would open the Chamber. Technically, he did do so, but he did it in order to rescue Ginny from Voldemort. Though Harry realizes his connection to the brother who originally owned his cloak, he never seems to put that together with his distant relation to Voldemort, since the Gaunts, and later Voldemort himself, are also descended from the Peverells. Voldemort, who knew nothing of the legend of the Hallows, never even has the issue cross his mind. So on one hand, we have the anti-anti-christ (Harry, Master of Death, who could have been a possible Heir of Slytherin due to his distant relation to the man), and on the other, the anti-christ (Voldemort, who legitimately ''was'' and ''embraced'' being the Heir of Slytherin). The fact that this ends up being revealed as a family feud, despite neither side knowing it, makes the situation that much stranger.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' has [[spoiler:Puzzle the donkey in the last book, who got duped into impersonating Aslan as part of a plot to manipulate the Narnians' faith. Since Aslan is literally the form Jesus takes in Narnia, this makes Puzzle effectively the Antichrist. But as mentioned before, Puzzle was duped; he was a pawn in the plan of Shift the ape (the actual Antichrist figure in the book). when Puzzle realizes the full implications of what he's doing, he stops impersonating Aslan immediately, joins the heroes, and ends up making peace with Aslan.]]
* Darren from ''Literature/TheSagaOfDarrenShan'', learned from Lady Evanna, that in the future either he'll become the Lord of Shadows, destroyer of the human world, or Lord of The Vampaneze will, depending on which one of them kills the other. [[spoiler: At the end of the final book, Darren managed to leathally wound the Lord of Vamapaneze, his EvilFormerFriend Steve. After learning that [[BigBad Mr. Tiny]] was both of their fathers, and he was the one who set everything up simply ForTheEvulz, Darren gouged and let the dying Steve [[HeroicSacrifice kill him]], saving the future from Lord of the Shadows.]]
* Nyroc from ''Literature/GuardiansOfGahoole'', son of [[BigBad Kludd]] and [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Nyra]]. He was trained all his life to be a Pure One and hate the Guardians Of Ga'Hoole, especially Soren, and eventually destroy them. But he goes on a journey and sees Nyra kill his best friend, he rejects the Pure Ones altogether and joins the Guardians by [[spoiler:becoming their king]]. Oh, and he changed his name to Coryn.
* This gets played with several times in ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant.'' At different points, both Valkyrie and [[OmnicidalManiac Lord Vile]] are proclaimed by the Necromancers to be their messiahs, or Death Bringers, destined to end death forever. Neither of them show any interest in fulfilling this role (for Valkyrie, the price was too high; for Vile, ending death was the absolute last thing he wanted to do) [[TakeAThirdOption which necessitated the Necromancers finding a third.]] In a darker example, there's also [[spoiler: Darquesse]], who is adopted by the Remnants as their own dark messiah due to several visions of her destroying the planet, only to discover that ''yes,'' destroying the planet means ''them as well.''
* In the ''Literature/StarlightAndShadows'' trilogy, the evil drow goddess Lolth chooses the priestess Liriel Baenre to be her champion, who will carry the dark magic of the drow to the surface world and allow them to subjugate all other races. Liriel, however, has no desire for conquest, simply seeking to explore strange foreign lands; and once she learns of her goddess's intentions, she begins struggling to break free of Lolth's influence.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The Shanshu Prophecy says Angel will play a pivotal role in the end times, and be rewarded with humanity - but isn't explicit on which side he'll be fighting on. At the start of ''Angel'', the idea of Angel willingly cooperating with the Senior Partners seems unthinkable. By the end of Season Four, Angel has darkened enough and his circumstances have gotten hazy to the point where he does join them. According to the comics, the jury's still out on whether the Shanshu prophecy spells doom for mankind in general. Wesley's father, Roger Wyndam-Pryce (or at least a close facsimile thereof) warned that Angel is "more dangerous than you realize."
** Connor. It was touch and go there for a while, but he ultimately rebels against Jasmine. The only problem is that doing so leaves the poor kid mired in nihilistic, homicidal despair.
* This is what Brother Justin on ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'' starts out as. Eventually he embraces his nature as the "creature of Darkness". Ben Hawkins' father, Henry Scudder, was the previous creature of Darkness and a more straight example of this trope, fighting against his nature until the end.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Sam certainly didn't ''want'' to lead a demon army against humankind, but he was intended to, and defied that fate despite what most characters expected. Too bad he was part of an [[EvilPlan overarching plot]] where he had been infected with demon blood due to a [[DealWithTheDevil deal]] before he was born, chosen aeons before [[spoiler:to set the Devil free and to act as his physical vessel during the [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt End of Days]],]] and set up so that his efforts to prevent the Apocalypse using [[PsychoSerum demon-blood]]-born powers actually [[NiceJobBreakingItHero caused]] the [[SignsOfTheEndTimes prelude to Apocalypse]][[spoiler:and released Lucifer from his Cage. Acquiescing to being possessed by Lucifer just so he could [[HeroicWillpower gain control]] of his body long enough to [[FateWorseThanDeath throw both of them]] [[SealedEvilInACan into the Cage]],]] Sam [[HeroicSacrifice managed]] to avert the Apocalypse [[spoiler:and the final battle to defeat Lucifer that would raze the world]]. Job well done.
** Another example is the child Jesse, who actually ''is'' the {{Antichrist}}. He's really an overall nice kid, if just slightly {{creepy|Child}}. [[spoiler: Sure, he [[RealityWarper made urban myths come true]], but he wasn't actually trying to do that, and he certainly didn't mean to kill anyone. He also turned Castiel into a little toy figurine, but that was only in self defense. He almost goes over to the demons, but does hear out the Winchesters' side of the story before doing so. He also voluntarily goes into hiding in order to protect his adopted parents.]]
** Jack from season 13 is another variation, being the literal son of Lucifer and a human woman, thus making him a half-angel. Dean is totally convinced that he's destined to turn evil, while Sam is convinced that they can teach him to be good. Jury's still out, but with more evidence pointing towards him being an Anti-Antichrist.
* Seven of Nine from ''Series/{{Star Trek Voyager}}'' counts as this, since her liberation by Janeway was actually a part of a [[EvilPlan larger plan]] by the collective to assimilate humanity. By the time this plan is supposed to be put in effect, Seven no longer identifies with the Borg, and refuses to help.
* From ''Series/{{Reaper}}'', the presumed spawn of Satan is fairly depressed to learn that it's his apparent destiny to end the world. He takes comfort from the fact that he's not really all that good at anything, so he'll probably suck at that, too. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Sam is not the only son of the Devil. Satan's been around a ''long'' time, and has a ''lot'' of kids. And he's disappointed in each and every one of them.]]
** But oddly enough [[spoiler: the Devil does seem to be proud of Sam most of the time, even when Sam stands up to him.]]
** {{Word of God}} says [[spoiler: he's not the son of Satan. His father is a demon who made a deal with the Devil to become (mostly) human (which is why he doesn't die: the Devil can't transform him completely), and Satan keeps him close because while Sam could be the Antichrist, he's also afraid of him. As a half-human, half-demon child, Sam can bring him down. So the closeness is because Lucifer wants to keep an eye on him and make sure he becomes the Antichrist instead of the Devil's downfall. This ignores the fact that Sam has a little brother, but then he did get [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Cousin Chucked]] after 2 episodes.]]
* This is the premise of ''Series/PointPleasant''. [[MeaningfulName Christina]] is protected from daddy's evil by her mother, her foster family and a hot Catholic priest.
* The main character in ''Series/ToddAndTheBookOfPureEvil'' has been named as the Pure Evil One by agents of the [=titular=] ArtifactOfDoom and is seemingly destined to destroy the world with the book's power. As of the first season finale, however, he is [[ScrewDestiny refusing to fulfill his destiny]], but it remains to be seen whether he can [[YouCantFightFate fight fate]].
* Aikawa Hajime from ''Series/KamenRiderBlade''
** In another, older series, two youths were unfortunately were subjected to "[[BodyHorror surgery]]", because they were chosen to become the leader of an evil cult. With the help of his father, one of them manages to escape, and decides to fight them as well as his so-called destiny. This is the story of Kotaro Minami, or, better yet, ''Series/KamenRiderBlack''.
** ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' is a confusing example: [[spoiler: thanks to amnesia, at different points [[TheHero Tsukasa]] ends up both [[PhlebotinumRebel fighting Dai-Shocker]] and [[BigBad leading Dai-Shocker]], and [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor rescuing all the other Riders then killing all the other Riders]].]]
* Torin from ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger''. Despite being the brother of [[BigBad Chaos]], he decided to turn on him and the Deboss Army upon arriving on Earth and seeing the beauty of life. He later became TheMentor to the current team of Kyoryugers, and eventually [[EleventhHourRanger becomes a Kyoryuger himself]] by transforming into Kyoryu Silver.
* Vlad from Series/{{Young Dracula}} is heralded as the Chosen One of vampires, and wants nothing more than to be human, or at least have humans and vampires living side by side.
* In the Filipino superhero series ''Series/JuanDelaCruz'', Juan is the last of the ''Tagabantays'' (Guardians), a HeroicLineage that can only wield the ''Bakal na Krus'' (Iron Cross), a powerful SwissArmyWeapon created to slay ''Aswangs''. However, his father is Samuel the ''Haring Aswang'', ruler and protector of the aforementioned monster race. While Samuel is a WellIntentionedExtremist at worst, there is a prophecy that his firstborn child (which Samuel eventually learns refers to Juan) is the ''Anak ng Dilim'' (Son of Darkness) that would allow the ''Aswangs'' to eventually conquer humanity. Juan's Aswang heritage also links him to the ''true'' BigBad of the series, Peru-ha, the ''Aswangs''' GodOfEvil, who seeks to use the ''Anak ng Dilim'' as her most powerful weapon, whether Juan likes it or not.
* Series/UltramanGeed is one such example, being the son of [[FallenHero Ultraman Belial]], who had wreaked chaos and had tried several times to destroy the Planet of Ultra. Geed, however, is heroic as they come.

* In some stories Myth/{{Merlin}} (yes, [[Myth/KingArthur that]] Merlin) ''was'' {{the Antichrist}} (rumor has it he's half demon, anyway). Instead of destroying the world, he became good and decided to help [[Myth/KingArthur some guy]] become the King of Britain instead.
** Merlin's mother was raped/seduced by either the Devil or some random demon, but she had Merlin baptized as soon as he was born. This relieved him of his Antichrist status but still let him keep his nifty magical powers. Since Medieval Christianity generally thought any sort of power must come from either [[HijackedByJesus God or Satan]], this story [[RetCon explained]] how Merlin performed his magical acts without being a saint.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Lucifuge faction from ''TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil'' are a group made up of exactly [[NumberOfTheBeast 666]] descendants of {{Satan}}, who use their innate abilities to fight supernatural monsters. Including (and ''especially'') relatives who decided to [[FamilyBusiness work for Dad]]. Ironically given the source of their powers, they actually are one of the most reasonable factions of hunters in a setting where KnightTemplar is a norm, precisely ''because'' of their demonic powers: they know for a fact it's possible to have BadPowersGoodPeople, so they typically avoid assuming the monsters they meet are AlwaysChaoticEvil and carefully studies them before deciding the best course of action.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'',
** It's always possible for an Abyssal or Infernal Exalted to defy the will of their [[OmnicidalManiac respective]] [[TheLegionsOfHell masters]] and do the right thing. Unfortunately, this tends to bite them in the ass -- Abyssals gain Resonance for adopting mortal trappings, and must bleed it off by adopting the trappings of death (e.g. sleeping in crypts, performing funerary rites) lest it explode and kill everyone close to them, and Infernals build Torment that can only be bled off by [[CardCarryingVillain doing villainous things such as monologuing, sticking people in death traps, etc]].
** Their [[FunctionalMagic Charms]] are not an inherent function of their Exaltation, but rather derive directly from their Yozi masters. This means that the Infernals have direct influence from their masters... but the relationship goes both ways, and if an Infernal developed their ''own'' Charm set that ''generally'' fell within their master's purview, there's a possibility they could change their master as well.
** The [[FaustianRebellion Heresy]] Charm set has shown up. One can only imagine the look on [[ManipulativeBastard the Ebon Dragon's]] face when he realizes the pawns of his master plan have discovered a way to sever all ties to the fetters of Hell.
** There is the Devil-Tiger option. Shattering all the control methods, feeble as they are, and transending into what is essentially a Primordial Mark 2 while retaining the power of the Exaltation. The Ebon Dragon's reaction when he realizes he made himself OBSOLETE will be priceless.

* ''VideoGame/BrutalLegend'': Eddie Riggs is either this or MessianicArchetype, [[ProphecyTwist depending on which translation of the prophecies you believe.]] [[spoiler: Makes sense, as he is the spawn of that world's previous hero and villainess.]]
* The ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow'' installments put you in the shoes of Soma Cruz, a man destined to be reincarnated as the next Dracula. Luckily, you happen to be playing as the one candidate for such who rejects the offer, and the two games follow his quest to take down the candidates who are all too willing to usurp his title, plus [[ScrewDestiny finding a way to resist his fate as the new Dark Lord]].
* Millenia takes up this role in ''VideoGame/GrandiaII''. As one of the pieces of the fallen dark god Valmar (the game's thinly-veiled Satan {{expy}}), she's supposed to be as evil as her master and trying to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. Then she [[spoiler:[[LoveRedeems falls in love with the hero]].]] Oops.
* [[spoiler:Ryoji]] from ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}''. [[spoiler:Turns out he has no choice in the matter, but that doesn't mean he ''wants'' to do it.]]
* Raspberyl from ''VideoGame/Disgaea3AbsenceOfJustice'' is a demon delinquent. In other words, she's flaunting the rules of what a demon should be by being good to people, attending classes, etc. because she wants to rebel against the status quo for its own sake. It's all about getting a horrified reaction from her {{Card Carrying|Villain}} [[NobleDemon Wannabe]] peers.
* Zero from the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaManZero Zero]]'' series was originally intended by [[BigBad Dr. Wily]] to be the scourge of humanity that would destroy civilization. He instead becomes one of mankind's greatest defenders, and, ultimately and ironically, the one who ''brought true peace to the world''. Omega later represents what Dr. Wily fully envisioned Zero to be.
** It should be noted, however, that the virus he happened to bring with him wasn't so nice. It infects reploids and turns them into mavericks, and even infects ''humans'' (Not sure on how that works). Even if he himself is a good guy he's still responsible for what must have added up to ''billions'' of deaths, over ''a hundred years'' of wars and fighting, and TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', [[spoiler:your player character is the mortal shell that carries the Fell Dragon Grima. Or rather, it will be; he took over your body in an alternate timeline, then came back in time to make sure Lucina doesn't interfere with fate. However, even once knowing your purpose from birth, you still stay true to your friends and refuse to give in to Grima.]]
* ''You'' are given this choice in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne''. To his credit, [[LouisCypher The Old Man in the Wheelchair]] gives you plenty of time (and a few reasons) to refuse. If you choose to follow his request all the way through, however, you become the [[TheAntichrist aversion of this trope]].
* Eon from the early Playstation RPG ''VideoGame/TheGranstreamSaga'' is the reincarnation of his world's Satan, the "Mah Oh", from the previous version of the world. However, being adopted by the Old Hermit, he grows up good and just and defeats the current "Mah Oh".
* While not quite Satan, you are kind of given this role in ''Franchise/BaldursGate''.
** Both Baltazhar and [[spoiler: Imoen]] share it (given that they share a father with you), though with ''major'' variations. The second does it best, since she's just good, and not tricked into KnightTemplar actions that will backfire.
* [[spoiler:Zidane]] from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' is {{reveal}}ed as TheAntichrist late in the game, born for the sole purpose of spreading destruction on Gaia. He just taunts his creator at first, but said creator temporarily reverts him into what he "should" have been by [[spoiler:removing Zidane's soul.]] He gets better; [[spoiler:[[PowerOfFriendship encouragement from his friends]]]] somehow snaps him out of it, by pointing out all the [[BuffySpeak not-antichristy]] things he's done to help them.
** To a certain degree, Kuja qualifies as well, if what Mitoko states in the ending is anything to go by.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Sin, who was actually [[spoiler:the last Final Aeon, and a guardian before that - in this case, Tidus' father Jecht]]. Although Sin can't be controlled, [[spoiler: Jecht fights his role as best as he can, and encourages Tidus to kill him in order to save the world.]]
* You can choose to be this in ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah''. If you want to.
* In the tragically-underexposed PAL-only PSX Konami-Atlus survival horror game ''VideoGame/HellNight'' (Dark Messiah in Japan), the hero, a nebbishy underdog salaryman, discovers that he is in fact the reincarnation of the long-lost soul of the royal prince of the invading aliens, who was killed when their mother ship crashed on earth millenia ago, and that the monster which has been chasing him for the entirety of the game is actually his reanimated original body which has been seeking to reunite with its spirit. He turns his back on his former existence as the eponymous Dark Messiah of the title, and chooses to continue living as a human, even if it does mean remaining a "weak, pathetic, chaotic, and meaningless being".
* Emerl from ''VideoGame/SonicBattle'' is a Gizoid, a robot designed to mimic any combat technique he sees, and is able to do so with terrifying efficiency (he quickly outclasses the rest of the cast). He was considered to be the Ultimate Lifeform before Shadow [[spoiler: and was the strongest of his Gizoid brethren according to ''VideoGame/SonicChronicles''.]][[spoiler:Upon obtaining all seven Chaos Emeralds he's supposed to annihilate civilization.]] He was also [[UpbringingMakesTheHero raised by the good guys]] and slowly mimics bits of each of their personalities as well -- the result is a lovable NiceGuy who calls Amy "Mom", helps out around Tails's lab, ribs Knuckles for being dense, and is fiercely protective of his friends, most notably Cream.
** [[spoiler:And then Eggman blows it all by using an extremely powerful weapon to usurp control. This causes Emerl to go mad with power, having copied Eggman's superweapon, ''capable of destroying the planet and stars.'' In the end, [[ShootTheDog Sonic has to kill Emerl.]] [[TearJerker Expect to cry.]]]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has the Black Monster, but she's only killing infants to stop the ''real'' Antichrist. To explain, you must realize that every one of the OneHundredAndEight races is born from a fruit in the Tree of Life. The 108th fruit, the Virage Embryo, destroys all life and starts the cycle over. Naturally, your party also includes the Virage Embryo.
* The Law/Amane ending in ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has the main character [[spoiler:obtain the title of King of Bel in the same way as you do in the Chaos ending, except his first act upon obtaining it is to bow down to God and command all his demons to stop the War on Heaven. The ending claims that you go on to unite humanity as MessianicArchetype, and playing the UpdatedRerelease adds an additional day that shows the main character trying to make humans willingly atone and become better people.]]
* [[VideoGame/MetalGear Solid Snake]], although technically not created to destroy the world, was created for a nonetheless similarly sinister purpose: Initially to replace Big Boss should he leave the organization, and finally to kill Big Boss and thus cement The Patriots' control over the world. Eventually, he turns against The Patriots and ultimately saves the world, more or less.
* Marcus from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' is a lighter version of this. He was created as a super-soldier for [[BigBad the Master's]] army during ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}.'' After the Master was defeated, the army crumbled. Now he's arguably the highest-profile person in the ''Fallout'' world advocating for a peaceful coexistence between mutants and humans, instead of serving as an officer in a genocidal army.
** To a lesser extent, Fawkes fills the same role in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* It's revealed towards the end of ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'' that [[spoiler:the BigBad's goal for most of the game has been to prepare Stocke as a successor to help him carry out his plan to destroy the world. ''Every single thing'' he did towards this end had the exact opposite effect, [[MessiahCreep turning him into a kinder and more self-sacrificing person instead]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/SandsOfDestruction'', Kyrie was ''supposed'' to be the one to end the world; however, this is presented as a natural progression of things to those outside the system, only problematic to the mortals who happen to inhabit the world. Unfortunately, he's really not into the whole doom-and-death thing (and is ''very'' attached to at least one of the inhabitants of said world), and is ''desparate'' to find a way to control himself, [[spoiler:even including suicide. That doesn't quite stick, though, but he ''does'' eventually learn to control his powers to the point that not only is he able to avoid destroying the world, but is even able to correct the problems plaguing it.]]
* ''VideoGame/YuGiOhBAM'' drops several hints that ''you'' are this. You have amnesia, every villain wants to capture and recruit you, and your BAM skills quickly become the stuff of legends. You also engage in some unscrupulous activity for good causes, like hacking into the villainous Marik's bank account.
* VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}: Main character, Ragna the Bloodedge is the reincarnation of an EldritchAbomination that nearly destroyed the world almost a century earlier in the setting, with its remains being used as his new replacement right arm. The second game reveals his destiny to be the harbinger of destruction and the catalyst to revive the beast to destroy the world. This makes him the enemy of nearly the entire cast. Naturally, he has a ScrewDestiny attitude and while he starts off as a vengeance fueled AntiHero, some CharacterDevelopment helps push him toward being a more straightforward hero and by the end of the fourth game, [[spoiler: has successfully managed to avert TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and restore the world to a more prosperous state.]]

[[folder: WebComics]]
* The title character from the Spanish web comic ''Webcomic/{{CROWLEY}}'' is one of these.
* In ''Webcomic/BrunoTheBandit'', the saintly hermit and former pope in the Church of Ailix Carlin is one of the only truly 'good' people in this CrapsackWorld. He's also the Son of Xu'buxx, the local version of Satan. Playing out the most literal version of the trope, he basically started rebelling against his satanic upbringing as a teenager, and wound up as a saint. His 'dad' tries a lot of tricks to make him come back to the side of evil, but so far without luck... The real kicker? Carlin's greatest desire is to ''redeem his father'' and bring him into the light of Ailix, the settings version of God/Jesus. He already did it with his mother, a high priestess of Xu'Buxx, on her deathbed.
* Webcomic/{{Underling}}'''s [[spoiler: Lazarus]].
* In ''Webcomic/EmergencyExit'' [[spoiler: Kyran]] gets to be one of these during the Webcomic/ParallelDementia crossover -- which is weird, since [[spoiler: he still thinks of himself as a [[AffablyEvil villain]]. Just not a monster.]]
* Damian from ''{{Webcomic/Zoophobia}}'' (no, not [[Film/TheOmen Damien]]) isn't too interested in ruling hell. He'd rather just hang out with his friends at school and torment his cousin Jack.
* Surprisingly, considering how he was introduced, Lil'E from ''Webcomic/Sinfest'' fits this archtype. Though originally introduced as a loony fanboy for the Devil, revealed back story and an encounter with Lethe water have caused his personality to do a complete 180. The kid has angel glitter as a weapon now.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', the ambitious black mage Jemuel is brought back to life as a revenant on behalf of the Underworld in order to allow the dead to invade the Land of the Living. However, Jemuel breaks free from the lich Drishnek's control and does some soul-searching, and he chooses to openly defy Drishnek and the Underworld and renounces some of his villainous ways because he has found kinship among the citizens of the Magicracy of Alent and doesn't want to plunge the world into darkness.
* Mystic detective and monster-hunter Jonathan [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Brimstone]] from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''. His father is [[{{Satan}} Lucifer Morningstar]]. His mother a drug-addicted cultist. According to prophecy, he is destined to overthrow all goodness and light in his father's name. Instead, he decided to give his father the bird and fight evil.
* Carmilla (Sara Waite), in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. She's supposed to be The Kellith, grand-daughter of [[EldritchAbomination Shub-Niggurath]], who will wipe the Earth of humans and repopulate it with her spawn. She doesn't want to. She's already fought The Kellith to the death.
** Her [[EldritchAbomination dad]] would logically be Anti-Satan. Or just regular Satan since he's rebelling against his own father and Co., this time for humanity.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[ShoutOut Damien]] from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' starts off embracing his Son-of-Satan persona, but eventually it's revealed that he just wants friends, acceptance, and stability.
* On ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans,'' Callie is the [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human daughter]] of the current Devil, but sort of ping-pongs back between this trope and a more traditional AntiChrist, apparently sort of confused about which she should be following. It's implied that she's purposefully trying to bring the Apocalypse on slower than necessary (which her father actually is okay with) and describes the End of Days as "more of a gray area" as far as demons are concerned.
** Later episodes showed that the demons considered the end of days to simply include the extinction of all human life. Since there's plenty of non-human life and even non-human sapient/sentient life on Earth (indeed, in Ugly Americans it seems about 1/3rd of the Earth's population is supernatural), it actually is a bit grey.
* ''WesternAnimation/LucyTheDaughterOfTheDevil''. Her boyfriend [[PunnyName DJ Jesús]] is the second coming of Jesus.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' Raven, or at least the closest you can get away with in a family-rated show. Notable in that she [[YouCantFightFate doesn't succeed in averting her apocalyptic destiny]], but instead helps the world [[ResetButton get better]] afterward.
* Beezy on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' is an InadequateInheritor to his father [[LouisCypher Lucius']] legacy.
* [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Vanessa]] on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' who resists her father's needling about [[DaddysLittleVillain becoming a supervillain]] like he is. Then again, she's pretty snarky and selfish herself.
* The ''Drak Pack'' consist of the nephew of {{Dracula}}, a close relative of the {{Wolfman}} and a relative of Frankenstein (and/or his monster, it's complicated). TheyFightCrime.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' Marceline the Vampire Queen inverts this: She couldn't care less that her father is the Lord Of Evil, she just wants him to apologize for [[FelonyMisdemeanor eating her fries]].
** This said, she has no intention of ever inheriting her father's powers or position. This might have to do with the fact that doing so would turn her into an out-of-control EldritchAbomination who dishes out pain and torture ForTheEvulz (as we discover when [[spoiler: her father tricks her into accepting them - and when Finn [[HeroicSacrifice takes the power himself in a desperate bid to secure Jake and Marceline's escape,]] it corrupts ''him,'' too!]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'', Orko accidentally summons an ancient demon named Daimar, in the form of a harmless-looking cute little creature. They spend the day playing together, but Daimar then spins a cocoon and emerges as a giant monster reminiscent of Chernobog from ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' and sets about opening a gate to "the Dark Dimension" to destroy Eternia, as he says [[BecauseDestinySaysSo he is predestined to do.]] He-Man, bless his heart, ''[[TalkingTheMonsterToDeath talks him out of it,]]'' reminding him of the friendship he formed with Orko, and telling him that [[ScrewDestiny he has free will]] and doesn't have to destroy ''anything'' if he doesn't want to. Daimar does a HeelFaceTurn and leaves in peace.
* Ashi from ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' and her sisters are born into a cult called the Daughters Of Aku, who preach that [[GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood Aku is good while Jack is evil]]. But after the death of her sisters and seeing Jack's kind personality, Ashi starts going through a HeelRealization, seeing that Jack isn't the evil being her [[AbusiveParents mother]] preached about. Then she finally joins Jack in his adventure back to the past. [[spoiler:Bonus points for her and her sisters being ''literal'' daughters of Aku. She ultimately ends up [[HeroicSacrifice sacrificing]] [[RetGone her existence]] to use her father's powers to take Jack back to the past so he can destroy Aku for good.]]