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->''"I wanted to lull the audience into a false sense of security with who this character was. We had seen him in [[Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs the films]] and [[Literature/RedDragon the literature]] post-incarceration where the world knows exactly who he is and what he is and what he's capable of. He had no motivation to hide any of it, so I wanted to really get the audience into Hannibal's corner as a likeable character. Then when he does terrible things, you've already fallen in love with him and like him as a character. So you have to then juxtapose what you've just seen against what you've experienced in the previous episodes. But the first time he smashed Alana Bloom's head against the wall, it's startling. It's like, 'Oh, yeah. We're watching Hannibal. He's that guy.'"''
-->-- '''Creator/BryanFuller''' on his characterization of '''Dr. Hannibal Lecter''', ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''

You're watching a movie or something, and there's some character named Bob who may or may not be rumoured to be kind of evil, but you don't know for sure. All you know is what he's doing right this minute is kind of endearing from an audience perspective. He's fun, he's cool. Quirky, maybe, but in a good way. At this rate, he'll be a runaway favourite with the fans. Yeah, he's okay. We like him. He's...

Wait, what is he doing now? Why has he cornered [[TropeyTheWonderDog Tropey]] in the old mill? [[NoodleImplements What's with the bicycle pump, oven mitts and three pounds of feathers?]] ...oh. Oh, no. Oh God, [[KickTheDog not the dog]]! NOT THE DOG!! [[BigNo NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!]] [[MoralEventHorizon Bob, you horrible bastard! How could you do such a thing?! I can't believe I used to think you were cool!]]

Did the cunning writers set you up to sort of like the villain just so it would be even more jarring when you realized he was, well, ''evil''? That's this trope.

Kind of a cross between PetTheDog and KickTheDog, but the PetTheDog action needn't be nice -- any combination of [[RuleOfCool cool]], badass and [[RuleOfFunny funny]] works just as well, as long as it's all calculated by the writer to get you on this character's side. Kind of a bait-and-switch technique for viewer sympathy. Distinct from FaceHeelTurn because the character was always this much of a psycho, but the audience just hadn't seen it yet, though [[InformedAttribute they may have heard]] that they did something bad {{offs|tageVillainy}}creen. It's generally always done purely to accentuate a KickTheDog moment--you see a bit of personal quirkiness or interesting {{backstory}} that has you liking this character, that has you 'on their side', and then they do something really really nasty, and as a viewer you feel worse because you're guilty by association. This is anything that makes you squeal, 'But we liked him!'.

This can sometimes lead into EvilIsCool, if the baiting gave birth to a well done and legitimately threatening villain with all the 'cool' evil toys in their disposal, or if [[GoodIsBoring the previous self was considered not good/exciting enough for the audience.]] The inversion can also be true, however, because when done to a character who used to have an EvilIsCool traits, [[MoralEventHorizon the 'cool' traits may be revoked and the character becomes downright despicable not meant to be viewed with good awe for villain standards.]]

Compare/contrast the other TropeyTheWonderDog tropes, ''especially'' PetTheDog and KickTheDog. If it's the series itself that seems relatively harmless until ''[[GutPunch it]]'' happens, there may be a DeadStarWalking indicating that AnyoneCanDie. Can induce MoodWhiplash. Also compare and contrast with VillainyDiscretionShot; oftentimes the only line separating this trope from that one is that we see the [[KickTheDog dog kicking moment]] in gory detail. A Bait the Dog moment can subvert an EstablishingCharacterMoment, or it might show that the character is more complex than first apparent. Often a BitchInSheepsClothing, ironically, or perhaps fittingly enough. Also see EvilAllAlong and FauxAffablyEvil. Compare DevilInPlainSight, where the character is blatantly evil but nonetheless fools most of the other characters.

This is ultimately a {{Betrayal Trope|s}} (of audience expectations if not other characters in-universe), so there will be spoilers. Sensitive details are spoiler-tagged, but many names are not.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Griffith in the Golden Age Arc is a charismatic mercenary captain who comes across as the most cool, likable, and admirable person you've ever met, especially as seen through the eyes of the protagonist Guts, so that it really hits you for a curveball when you're occasionally reminded how ruthless and scary he can be. He's a brilliant battlefield commander and swordfighter, he makes Guts feel right at home with the Hawks in no time, he risks his life to save Guts twice, all of his followers practically worship him, and he's a hit with the ladies including Princess Charlotte whom he woos in a courtly manner. Then he asks Guts to assassinate Count Julius, the King's brother who had just made a failed attempt on Griffith's life, in which Guts also accidentally kills Julius' young son Adonis. When Griffith hears the news from Charlotte's maid Anna he briefly flashes a wicked grin, indicating that he isn't bothered by a child's innocent blood on his hands, that he assassinated Charlotte's uncle, or the fact that he used Guts for such a dirty mission -- in fact, it is speculated by Judeau that [[MurderTheHypotenuse he may have actually wanted the boy dead along with Julius because he was being groomed to marry Charlotte, who Griffith wanted for himself]]. The way he deals with the Queen's conspiracy against him is similarly chilling, as he uses Minister Foss' daughter as a hostage to make him betray the conspirators, kills the Queen and her plotters by trapping them in a burning building, and then has Guts kill the men he hired to kidnapp Foss' daughter so the evidence won't lead back to him.
*** The scary thing is that Griffith goes for another round in this. Take all these and you may still think he's just a hopeless dreamer in the CrapsackWorld that is Midland. He might be viewed as a MagnificentBastard with shades of EvilIsCool, but overall still comes off pretty antiheroic and can earn respect. But then comes [[NightmareFuel the Eclipse]] and [[MoralEventHorizon and a betrayal of every one of his followers that is so utterly horrifying that any kind of respect from the audience is probably gone.]]
** Bishop Mozgus is a fanatical KnightTemplar inquisitor who is infamous for having no reason or mercy in his hunt for heretics, and the scary thing is he's really convinced that he's torturing and executing people in order to [[SoulsavingCrusader save their souls]]. One time when his subordinate Farnese catches a bunch of starving refugees attacking a supply cart, he takes pity on a woman with a starving baby and promises to get more aid for the refugees. His reassuring fatherly concern makes it seem for a moment like maybe he has a compassionate side to him after all, but then he shows just how sick his sense of justice is when he escorts her into the torture chamber (by far ''the'' most nightmarish place in the entire Tower of Conviction) and tells her she still needs to pay for her blasphemy, even if she spoke it for the sake of her child. Afterwards, Farnese finds the woman back among the refugees having lost her mind from the torture and carrying her dead baby in her arms.
* Embryo from ''Anime/CrossAnge'' appears to be more reasonable than the [[OmniscientCouncilOfBickering the council of world leaders]], and appears to be genuinely shocked when [[TheEvilPrince Julio]] orders a massacre over Arzenal, to the point he gives Ange the coordinates to his location, letting her bring her brother's rampage to an end. He also revives a few of the casualties, including [[ShrinkingViolet Chris]] and the kindergarten children Ersha was mourning. He also rescues Salia after she has been left sinking into the sea in defeat after trying to stop Ange and abandoned by [[BadBoss Alektra]]. All three girls [[FaceHeelTurn are turned over to his side]] by his seemingly selfless acts. His true insidious nature as hinted by [[FallenHero Alektra]] and [[LastOfHisKind Tusk]], however, comes into full view, as we learn that he's been responsible for pitting the Norma and [=DRAGONs=] against one another to fuel the World of Mana, is just using the girls he recruited to his side, and has abandoned multiple Earths to their destruction after declaring its humanity a lost cause (this includes the Earth inhabited by what are now [=DRAGONs=]), treating any survivors with extreme prejudice and is preparing to give the World of Mana the same treatment by [[TheMagicGoesAway severing their magic]] and merging both the new and old world together to create a new one.
* Nena Trinity from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''. She was introduced as cute, quirky (she kissed the protagonist upon first meeting him) and seemed like a GenkiGirl [[WarIsHell caught in a bad situation]] ([[spoiler: which is confirmed in the side-stories that explains the Trinities' DarkAndTroubledPast]]) but [[StepfordSmiler trying to smile]] [[PowerTrio to her two older brothers and herself]] (and further supported that [[PigeonholedVoiceActor she has the voice of]] Creator/RieKugimiya, a popular voice actress known for heroic {{Tsundere}} young girl roles, which also makes people think she's going to be great). Then, in the very next episode when flying over a civilian wedding, says, "How dare you have fun while I'm working! You should just die." and then promptly [[DeathFromAbove shoots it]]. ''Twice''. All the attendants but a young girl are killed, and even that poor kid loses one of her hands and her mind. And then, when asked by her teammates (and brothers) why she did it, laughs and says, "Oops! I guess I pushed the wrong button!". She's a CuteAndPsycho TykeBomb, if the watchers don't get what this scene totally says.
** Technically, the episode ''before'' the wedding incident [[EstablishingCharacterMoment already established her as a psychopath.]] The next episode just [[MoralEventHorizon hammered it home.]]
* Johan Liebert of ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' indulges in this trope on more than one occasion. He's hardly ever shown as anything other than an awful psychopath who enjoys murdering people for little more than shits and giggles. However, during the university arc, we see him lovingly playing with children, and helping an old man and his illegitimate son reunite for the first time. However, [[spoiler: this is quickly subverted when we see that he manipulated said children into playing a game by which they would attempt to balance themselves on the sides of rooftops, whereby many children fell to their deaths, and that he merely brought the father and son together so that it would be easier to kill them both (he fails on the second part, but still)]]. He also gives money to a sickly homeless woman... because he can tell she's a heroin addict, and would almost certainly spend the money to buy more.
* Speaking of monsters, ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' has Shira pulling a ''literal'' dog bait as his EstablishingCharacterMoment: Rin is feeling uncertain about whether she's strong enough to go through with her {{revenge}} quest, so Shira treats her to some wild boar and tells her that he became a strong swordsman by killing humans, that their deaths became the strength that allowed him to survive, and that the wild boar they're eating is no different: Its death is now allowing him and Rin to grow strong and survive. And then, just as Rin eases into the fact that she'll have to get over the fact that she's out on a quest to kill someone and has to become more like Shira, he reveals that the meat she just ate wasn't wild boar after all but ''her pet dog''... Why did he do it? Because he ''likes'' messing with people's heads; he does it routinely whenever he interacts with confused or uncertain characters and, considering the fact that it's ''far'' from [[SerialKiller the worst thing]] [[{{Sadist}} Shira]] [[SerialRapist likes doing]], it's kind of amazing how often he can fool even readers into thinking that he might have a decent bone in his body... The quite possibly only reason this works so well is because ''Blade of the Immortal'' runs on GreyAndGreyMorality, with even the worst villains having redeeming qualities, making Shira's pure evil very unexpected and out-of-place.
* Occurs at least twice in the ''Manga/ElfenLied'' manga.
** The first one involves a man who is first introduced as a ChivalrousPervert with an odd sense of humor, then turns out to be a rapist assassin with a gun that fires spiked balls dosed in extremely painful toxins.
** A chapter ending introduces a few techs at the Diclonius research facility, along with their boss, a quirky, joking {{Bishonen}} with a fondness for candy sticks. All is well and good... until a RevealShot reveals that they're working, joking and laughing in [[spoiler:an office with a window showing an endless train of mutilated and uncensored Diclonii torsos for that radar system rattling past.]]
* In the first episode of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Prince Clovis is introduced giving a powerful speech condemning an act of terrorism by the Japanese [[LaResistance resistance]] which seems pretty conciliatory, as he underscores how loyal Japanese are equal citizens of Britannia. Then a moment later, he is shown going back to socialize at a party, demonstrating that all of that pathos was a put-on. By the end of the episode, he shows his TrueColors as a neurotic nutjob, by despairing due to C.C's escape to the point of ordering a murderous pogrom on the Japanese ghetto to cover it up. Unlike many of these examples though, Karma catches up with him quickly so [[SacrificialLamb he doesn't make it very long in the series]].
** Clovis's older brother, Prince Schneizel, was kind of the same. He was introduced as a seemingly nice guy who many fans speculated was a heroic AntiVillain in contrast to Lelouch, a ruthless AntiHero. Then, he starts [[spoiler: [[EvilMentor manipulating]] the mentally unbalanced TVGenius Nina into building a nuclear weapon, uses [[AchillesInHisTent a critical momentary absence of Lelouch to turn the Black Knights against said leader,]] and eventually reveals his plan to nuke millions of people and declare himself God. And using his half-sister Nunnally, also very unstable at the moment, to such an end]]. Of course, there was at least one sign prior to this: his [[DissonantSerenity smile]] as the Avalon prepared to nuke both Suzaku and a pinned-down Zero in the first season.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''; While we see fairly early on that the Amestrian military is a fairly ruthless and potentially dodgy organization, its leader, Fuhrer President Bradley, presents himself (despite his [[PuttingOnTheReich title]] and kickass fighting skills) as a more-or-less benign individual who does what he thinks is best for his country and his beloved family. He even offers to help our heroes fight the conspiracy inside the military. Then it's revealed that he's [[spoiler:a homunculus and part of the aforementioned conspiracy, not to mention the one who ordered the Ishval civil war and subsequent genocide campaign]]. Despite this, [[spoiler:he's among the most human (not necessarily sympathetic) of the homunculi and it seems that his love for his wife, in the manga at any rate, is genuine]].
** To add to that, Bradley is shown to be shaking during [[spoiler:Hughes' funeral]], one of the major {{Tear Jerker}}s of the series. When Mustang brings this event up, it is revealed that he was in fact shaking with anger [[spoiler:at the noise that Hughes' daughter Elicia was causing, as she cried over her father being buried.]]
** Amazingly, the series manages to one-up this. Selim Bradley is a cute little kid who looks up to his father, studies hard so he help the country when he grows up and fanboys other characters with big sparkly eyes. Which makes it all the more horrifying when the reader learns that [[spoiler:not only is he a homunculus, but the ''oldest'' of the second-generation homunculi and arguably the most powerful and evil. His actual body is a living shadow that tore a group of Briggs soldiers to pieces and left the survivors so traumatized that they were almost ''insane!'' That cute little boy form is more like a shell that he moves within, animating with his shadows. ]]. Worst of all, his poor mother has no idea that [[spoiler:her family are evil homonculi ([[MoralityPet although they both seem to care about her in their own ways]])]].
** Shou Tucker initially appears to be a kindly state alchemist with a loving daughter Nina and her equally adorable dog Alexander, who the Elric Brothers eventually end up meeting. Even when it turns out that his wife left him, it could be argued that he had learned from his mistakes since then and that he was still a good father even if he wasn't a good husband. [[spoiler: Then it turns out that his wife hadn't actually left him. Shou Tucker had condemned the rest of her life to one of pain and suffering after he transformed her into a Half-Human Hybrid. And as if that wasn't enough, he later does the same thing to Nina and Alexander. Notably, he is the only character in the franchise the "In Memoriam" omakes don't depict going to Heaven...instead, he's burning in Hell.]]
** Inverted in one scene involving Kimblee. When he gets out of prison he expreses his "gratitude" for "taking care" of him by alchemically creating a bomb attached to wrist of one of the guards. "Bomb" turns out to be a toy and Kimblee sugests giving it to guard's kid as a present.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Marshall D. Teach aka Blackbeard, our story's likely true BigBad first started out as a rather jolly BoisterousBruiser and at least AffablyEvil type, always encouraging Luffy to get stronger, caring for his crewmates, etc. Then fast-forward to the Maineford Arc, where he [[spoiler: mocks Whitebeard, feigns sympathy with him, then gleefully ''and'' brutally murders the old man who he once called father for well over 20 years plus with his crewmates, then steals his Devil's Fruit, revealing himself to be always just a power-hungry megalomaniac]]. And it's likely this won't be the first thing he does like this, before and after either.
** Eustace Kid, at first presented as being disgusted with the [[MoralEventHorizon World Government Slave Auctions]] and setting himself up as a worthy opponent to [[TheHero Luffy]] and [[EnsembleDarkHorse Trafalgar Law]]. Roughly a hundred chapters later he's seen crucifying pirates attempting to flee the ludicrously dangerous sea of the New World. WordOfGod is that the only reason Kid's bounty was higher than Luffy's is that Kid leaves a trail of corpses wherever he goes. When he said that he kills anybody who laughs at his dreams, he's not joking.
** While his most acts of horrific violence have been off screen, it was soon obvious that Trafalgar Law himself isn't the mellow pretty boy he acts. He sent the hearts of 100 pirates to the world government to become a Warlord of the Sea. It was later revealed that by his power, these hearts are possibly still beating and the people who lose them are still alive but now at the mercy of the one who holds their heart, who can crush it to kill them. No word on how many of the hundred victims are still alive. It's also worth noting that in his first appearance, the other Supernovas were as wary of him as they were of Kidd. The trope seems to have been ultimately subverted with Law, as while he can be terrifying to deal with, he turned out to be a WellIntentionedExtremist who was simply doing all he could to [[spoiler: take down Donflamingo, who killed Law's savior and father figure Corazon]] and instead became an HonoraryTrueCompanion of the Straw Hats. Unlike Kid, his HiddenDepths showed a softer side.
** Inverted with Jinbe. When we first heard of Jinbe, being Arlong's former captain and the one who let Arlong run wild in East Blue, it seems like Oda was setting Jinbe up to be a major villain. Who would have thought that he would actually be a honorable and a decent person, become one of the Straw Hats' biggest allies but also [[spoiler: be invited by Luffy to join the crew]]?
** [[spoiler:Vice-Admiral Vergo]] did this to G-5. Pretended to be a kind, virtuous marine who was AFatherToHisMen, it turns out that he was [[spoiler:none of those things, and was instead a [[TheMole mole]] for Dolfamingo. He mercilessly slaughtered most of his subordinates and had no qualms of sending children to be experimented on.]] [[ItsPersonal Let's just say Smoker didn't take this betrayal very well and leave at that.]]
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' does this in the new season with the team of Japanese agents. While immediately established as antagonist's to Hei, this isn't really a strike against them for sympathy points, given the GreyAndGrayMorality of the series. Mina is a badass fighter and provides [[GirlOnGirlIsHot lesbianism]] and Genma is highly [[AffablyEvil affable and funny]] and seems to be a LovableSexManiac. Then, in the third episode, you have them ambushing a squad of Russian soldiers. Genma hijacks a train and as he uses it to kill, you see the mangled body of the conductor next to him. Then, after Mina shows up and slaughters several more soldiers, Gemna creates a gas explosion to kill the remainder and during this whole time, finds this carnage absolutely hilarious. This is shockingly violent, even for Contractors and conveys [[LackOfEmpathy total lack of empathy for human life]]. Finally, while Genma initially ''seems'' to be a LovableSexManiac, he's really more like a ''[[PaedoHunt pedophile]]''.
** There's also the token human, Yoko. "Look at me, I'm all shy and glasses-y and {{Moe}}! A girl kissed me and I liked it!" Then boom. [[spoiler: She {{DePower}}s Hei PAINFULLY and seems [[ForScience absolutely thrilled]] by it, like he's a guinea pig as opposed to a person.]] Not to mention Episode 6, when she starts pulling ScaryShinyGlasses and generally looking like Gendo Ikari was reincarnated as an early twenty-something year old girl.
* Izaya Orihara in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}'' is introduced acting like a nice guy and seems to be comforting a troubled girl named Rio Kamichika. Then, it turns out that he had persuaded Rio into a SuicidePact, and he tells her that all the nice things he said was just him screwing with her, which pushes poor Rio to ''really'' attempt suicide (she survives unharmed, but no thanks to him) after he announces that he really doesn't care what she does with herself. After this scene, he is generally more [[LaughablyEvil comically evil]], but the show has moments once in a while to remind you what a creepy, sociopathic person Izaya is.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', Aizen's a pretty nice guy right up until he [[spoiler: stabs Hinamori]].
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has Kyubey. He looked innocent and overall the typical mascot pet, though with something sinister about him, [[spoiler:until [[WhamEpisode Episode 6]] reveals really nasty things about him.]]
* ''Manga/FutureDiary'':
** Yuno Gasai manages to pull this on her beloved Yukiteru and the audience not just once or twice, but continuously throughout the story. On one hand, it doesn't take long for Yuki to find out that Yuno is AxCrazy and totally {{Yandere}} for him. However, since every other diary holder is trying to kill him and Yuno's skill at fighting is the only thing keeping him alive, Yuno maintains the status of NominalHero and he comes to rely on her more and more. What's more, she is deceptively charming towards people who don't know her dark side, for example completely fooling Yukiteru's mom into thinking she'd make a nice girlfriend for Yuki. Even Yuki thinks from time to time that it's been a while since she did something evil and she's really protecting and taking care of him, so maybe she's not so bad after all, [[TemptingFate right]]? Then just when Yuki and the audience have forgiven her for the last KickTheDog and start to trust her, she does something horrible to remind everyone that yes, she may have her good points but she is still totally nuts. The gradual reveal of her FreudianExcuse goes a long way toward expaining why she's like that and helps to preserve a certain amount of sympathy for her.
** Yukiteru's dad. At first, he looked like a genuinely nice person who was just trying to help his son. Then it is revealed that [[spoiler:he is trying to find and destroy Yukiteru's cellphone to erase his debt. In his defense, he was not aware that destroying his son's phone would kill him.]]
* Sabertooth as a whole gets this in ''Manga/FairyTail''. Initially just the strongest guild that Fairy Tail must compete with, full of members who have all sorts of cool powers. Then we see exactly how they deal with failure. Special mention goes to Sting, who was introduced as a new dragon slayer who was once a fan of the main character, and is far more interactive than his companion Rogue. After Sabertooth's collective bait the dog moment Sting is seen laughing at the misfortune of the girl they booted out (this despite his having failed worse than her and gotten off with a warning) and claiming she deserved it for being weak while Rogue insists that as a guild they ought to look out for their members.
* In the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' manga, Robin Wolfe is polite and friendly toward Phoenix when Phoenix comes to defend him when he is about to be accused of killing his employee Eddie Johnson, but increasingly suspicious hints pop up about him. His wife is cold and distant toward him, his daughter pokes holes in his claims about Eddie, and Eddie's brother confronts him about his role in Eddie's death. While Robin denies his brother Bobby's existence, the "Den of Spiders" built and maintained at considerable expense, seems to be a PetTheDog moment as does his having him run an errand near the time of Eddie's death, but then Phoenix sees that the Den of Spiders has a chair with restraints that is used on Bobby to keep him out of sight of guests. By the end of the night, Phoenix and Maya are essentially convinced Robin drove Eddie to his suicide... and around this, time [[AssholeVictim Robin]] [[KickTheSonOfABitch gets]] {{k|armicDeath}}illed.
** In the Investigations manga, Chase Clink seems like a friendly and reasonable police chief, until Emi St. Cloud is murdered and he suspects Shawn Southern. When Edgeworth protests his haste in declaring Shawn the suspect, Chase derides him for spending so much time around Gumshoe. [[spoiler:Chase is also the actual murderer, who killed Emi St. Cloud and had Shawn framed in order to cover up a secret that he thought would sully the police department's name.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Mizuki's first line is suggesting that Iruka let Naruto pass despite not being able to make clones, a suggestion [[SternTeacher Iruka]] shoots down. Soon afterward, he has a talk with the depressed Naruto, trying to get him to understand why Iruka is as strict as he is. He then offers an alternative way for Naruto to graduate- all part of his plan to steal the scroll of forbidden jutsus.
** At first, Tobi seems to be a [[TheDitz silly]], likeable, eager-to-please ButtMonkey with a 'lollipop mask' who ''clearly'' doesn't quite fit in with the rest of the [[BlackCloak Akatsuki]]. [[HeroKiller It doesn't last.]]
** Every time it seems like Sasuke is becoming a better and less self-centered person. Even Sakura and Naruto have caught on to this [[spoiler:and don't seem ''too'' surprised by his betrayal in chapter 692]].
* In ''Anime/MaiOtome'', Tomoe initially seems fairly humble about being the second ranked student in Garderobe and welcoming toward Arika, in contrast to the top-ranked Nina, who says she only sees her classmates as rivals. When Arika's uniform goes missing and she's suspected of selling it, Tomoe seems unwilling to believe that it's the case. Then comes the scene when Tomoe berates the girl she bullied into stealing the uniform for deviating from the plan and slaps her, and Tomoe goes downhill from there.
* In the manga for ''Manga/ACertainScientificRailgun'' we're introduced to the scientists in charge of the Sisters/Level 6 development project. They're friendly, affable, serve one of the Misaka clones an expensive tea and chat with her... and then without missing a beat they ask her to clean up the corpses of half a dozen of her brutally killed sisters. Those who have read or watched ''Index'' before ''Railgun'' will probably see it coming, but for first time readers it's quite the shock.
* ''Anime/AkameGaKill'' is filled with GrayAndGreyMorality characters, but one of the characters on the side against the Night Raid is Seryu. She is first shown as a nice girl with a tragic backstory of losing her parents and a strong belief in justice. She is even shown getting along with one of the Night Raid members (unknowingly) and helping out citizens of the Empire. She is also shown being a lab rat for the Empire's research. All this makes her seem TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth. [[spoiler: Then comes the reveal that Seryu is a bloodthirsty [[AxCrazy psychopath]] who enjoys hurting and murdering anyone who stands against the Empire. Her upbringing led her to believe that [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity the Empire is the side of justice and anyone who stands against it deserves to die, no matter how small their part]]. And if the audience was holding out for a HeelFaceTurn moment, those hopes end after she is shown [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill brutally murdering Sheele]] and enjoying every minute of it.]]
* Shiro of ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'', She is introduced as a ManicPixieDreamGirl, [[spoiler: but is actually a sociopath killer, know as the Wretched Egg/ Red Man.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ComicBook/TheJoker does this a lot. As one comic writer said, "The Joker's job is to make the audience laugh, then feel ashamed about it afterwards."
** This is DependingOnTheWriter. Other versions of the Joker have his sense of humor be too ghastly for any sane person to appreciate--he [[MagnificentBastard has flair]].
* In a 2006 ''Franchise/CaptainAmerica'' ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' story, Steve Rogers is a soldier during the Civil War era, part of a group ordered to attack some American Indians. When he expresses doubt about this, his superior officer Colonel "Bucky" Barnes appears to understand. Later, it's shown that [[spoiler:the Colonel not only allows the attack to happen, but in fact has his men surrender the loot to him as well]].
* ''ComicBook/TheTransformersRobotsInDisguise'' Zig-zags this with Starscream. First and foremost, he's Starscream, Jerkass, backstabber, and only in it for himself. However, in this series the war is at it's tentative end, and he goes into politics, juggling his ambition with what's best for the people, being a cocky arrogant prick, but also trying to befriend fellow candidate Metalhawk and raise the people of Cybertron out of the crappy shambles of a city they've made. In Issue 16, allies with the Autobots against the Decepticons who are attempting an uprising, and he saves Metalhawk [[spoiler:before coldly murdering him and blaming it on the Decepticon/Autobot war, and rallying the people against his former comrades and enemies and sealing power for himself]]. In spite of that, when we next see him, he admits that he feels guilty for what he's done, and his new position puts him under massive amounts of scrutiny from former soldiers who've stayed in the city, the press and the encroaching [[ComicBook/TheTransformersDarkCybertron Dark Cybertron Prophecy]].
* One of the longest-term and most emotionally powerful examples was Cassidy in ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'': he was a LovableRogue for practically the whole first half of the story, but the second half was devoted to a very unpleasant FaceHeelTurn coupled with increasingly grotesque and horrific revelations about his actions in the backstory.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': In ''Boyhood of a Superfiend'', Judge Death had an impressively cruel one of these during his day as a trainee Judge in court, where he [[HangingJudge executed every single one of the 27 defendants who were brought before him]]. The last case was couple who filed for divorce, but tried to save themselves by getting back together and canceling the motion. Death smiles and wishes them a long and happy life together... then blows out their brains anyway because they wasted his time.
* The trope picture is Franchise/{{Superman}}'s enemy Doomsday, during [[EstablishingCharacterMoment the very first full scene]] he appears within ''Comicbook/TheDeathOfSuperman''. After luring a poor, unsuspecting bird to his hand, he crushes it to death instantly. The poor thing.
* In the ''Magazine/DoctorWhoMagazine'' comic strips, Count Jodafra is introduced as Destrii's kindly uncle, a LovableRogue, and the only one of her horrible family who she likes. He gradually is revealed as more and more evil, until in his final appearance he tries to feed some innocent children to an EldritchAbomination in exchange for magic powers, and savagely beats Destrii and leaves her for dead when she objects.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Downplayed in ''FanFic/TheCATverse''- while he is clearly a villain from the start, most of the Scarecrow's worst actions [[VillainyDiscretionShot take place offstage or are implied]], the stories are mostly BlackComedy, and he has sympathetic moments with his [[MoralityPet henchgirls]]. His actions in ''Small World'' - strangling his mother to death and torturing her child, all with no remorse whatsoever and with [[DownerEnding no happy ending]] to mitigate them - are downright ''[[KickTheDog brutal]]'', are played dead seriously, and are a reminder to the reader that Jonathan Crane is still a '''very''' bad man.
* Daemon Bridges in ''FanFic/ItsNotTheRaptorDNA'' is introduced as a CorruptCorporateExecutive who, while bordering on AxCrazy, has some sympathetic and humanizing characteristics - namely, his genuine concern for Sobek, an aging ''Spinosaurus'', and his desire to see him well cared for. Then [[spoiler: he and a henchman murder Blake, an ACU officer who was [[HeKnowsTooMuch in the wrong place at the wrong time]]]], and he feels no remorse for the crime.
* ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'': While Clayton is introduced as a villain from the beginning, the reason for Kersea's hatred of him is not immediately apparent. Slowly however, it is shown that he is [[{{Yandere}} violently obsessed with her]] and gets so irrational in this that he is far from the ReasonableAuthorityFigure and NobleDemon he appeared to be at first.
* Fans who don't give Sonata Dusk the DracoInLeatherPants treatment do this for her a lot. For example, in [[https://www.fimfiction.net/story/376709/not-so-sweet Not So Sweet]] we see her[[note]]In a flashback, this story takes place after the Dazzlings HeelFaceTurn[[/note]] sink a ship just because it might have treasure in it and becomes happy when her sisters congratulate her.

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. Prince Hans of the Southern Isles is a NiceGuy who bonds with Anna over being shut out by their older siblings and ends up asking her to marry him--which is the catalyst for Elsa accidentally losing control and freezing the entire kingdom. Anna leaves him in charge while she goes to search for Elsa, and he's shown helping the common folk and standing up to the Duke when the old man tries to accuse Anna. He later goes after the sisters himself when Anna's horse comes back without her, [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure stops Elsa from killing the Duke's men who had attacked her]], stops one of the men from shooting her, and then later when Elsa is imprisoned pleads with her to stop the eternal winter and seems nothing but sympathetic. Soon after Anna returns, near death since her sister accidentally froze her heart, and begs Hans for a kiss since only "an act of true love" can save her. Hans smiles, leans in... [[spoiler:and reveals he never really loved her, he just wanted to take over her kingdom since he would never be able to inherit the throne of the Southern Isles with 12 older brothers in the way. He planned to have Elsa killed after they were married, but now he can blame Elsa for Anna's death and do it openly while looking like a hero. He then locks Anna in and leaves her to die. Hans gets a lot more hate than other Disney villains who actually succeeded in killing people, and it's probably because of this trope; there is almost no indication before TheReveal that he is anything other than an {{Adorkable}} heroic standard Disney prince, so his betrayal hits the audience as hard as it hits Anna.]] The fact that Disney is usually pretty clear about who their villains are didn't help.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina|1992}}'' has Mona, a rat who gives Thumbelina shelter from the winter, but [[spoiler:her real intention is to sell her as a wife to Mr. Mole, regardless of her mission to save her people from a flood. Mona manipulates her with false amiability until Thumbelina realizes this and escapes with a swallow.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3''. After saving Lotso from being torn apart by shredders, he immediately shows them gratitude and later asks them to push him up a ladder so that he can save them all from an incinerator...[[spoiler:only to leave them to die by not pressing the emergency stop button and mockingly salute Woody as he makes his way out of the garbage dump.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Creator/QuentinTarantino admits to doing this with Mr Blond in ''Film/ReservoirDogs'', whose MoralEventHorizon moment involved [[spoiler: cutting off a cop's ear and slicing his face while he was gagged and duct-taped to a chair, then dousing him with gasoline and preparing to set him on fire before he was stopped]]. All of this is done after we get introduced via a little HowWeGotHere flashback and get to see him do the twist to some funky 70's music on the radio.
* And again in ''Film/JackieBrown'', we assume we're on Creator/SamuelLJackson's side, because he seems like his character in ''Film/PulpFiction'', with some funny lines about AK-47's and a stoner girlfriend, etc. He goes on to [[spoiler: shoot or threaten to shoot most of the characters in the movie]]. Creator/RobertDeNiro's character is the same, except we don't find out until much later on [[spoiler: when he shoots his/Ardell's girlfriend dead because she wouldn't stop talking]].
* Film/{{Nightcrawler}} has Lou Bloom -- a socially awkward, but nice, kid of recent generations, forced into thievery and petty crime by the horrible economy, something that everyone, from Millennials to Boomers, have felt. He's good with tech, and tries to make an effort to be nice, and social, and is eager to learn, right? Even though his job, and focus of the film, capitalizes on sensationalism and suffering, well, that's just something everyone in this economy's had to swallow, right? Surely, that doesn't include stuff like sexual extortion, evidence rigging, eliminating the competition, and [[spoiler:outright murder]], right...? He's not someone like Sheldon Cooper or Steve Urkel -- he's really Patrick Bateman. To be fair, he [[spoiler:murders a security guard to steal his watch]] right at the beginning of the film.
* Maman in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. A viewer might be slightly suspicious when this man is offering homeless children soda and giving them a home in an orphanage. You may think he's a little shady, but not too terrible when he has the children panhandle in exchange for food and board. Then when he really likes you, you get to sing for him. However, [[EyeScream he has a way]] to make every singing orphan worth double.
* ''Film/BartonFink''. [[spoiler: Charlie seems like a lovable oaf and becomes Barton's only real friend. Then it turns out he's a homicidal maniac who probably killed his girlfriend and gave her head to him in box.]]
* The 1945 American Propaganda film ''My Japan'', whose message is "Holy shit, Japan is badass" bookends scenes of Japanese brutality with tranquil koi ponds. http://www.archive.org/details/MyJapan1945
* ''Film/TheImaginariumOfDoctorParnassus'' brings us [[spoiler: Tony. He's introduced as a likeable chap who has a gift for bringing people in to be enlightened in the titular imaginarium. It's shown that he was involved in some sort of scandal about a children's charity, but he still comes off as a LovableRogue. Then it's revealed that he was selling the children's organs on the black market. The man triggers an EvenEvilHasStandards reaction in the Devil himself.]]
* Done deliberately with the film version of ''Film/SecretWindow''--according to the director, by the time [[spoiler:our protagonist finally snaps completely and kills his ex-wife and her boyfriend]], we were meant to be too involved with him to stop cheering him on.
* Any horror film where they don't show who the killer is before the big reveal. Especially in the ''Franchise/{{Scream}}'' film series where Ghostface turns out to be someone you wouldn't expect to be a homicidal mass murderer.
* In ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' Warden Norton is a hypocritical jerkass, but you can somewhat understand where he's coming from, and his dictatorial rule can be somewhat excused as the necessary actions of a man trying to maintain order over an institution of violent criminals. You get the feeling he's maybe not ''[[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk all]]'' bad when he talks to Tommy in private asking him if he'd be willing to testify to Andy's innocence. [[spoiler: When Tommy agrees, Norton has him shot by Hadley, just so Norton doesn't have to give up having Andy do his paperwork for him, and we know once and for all, no, Norton does not have ''any'' good intentions in mind, and he really is [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk rotten to the core.]]]]
* A subtle example in ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''. There's a MaleGaze shot of Silk Spectre in her form-fitting costume, then a cut to the Comedian leering at her. He's a cool superhero type, and he's also just a guy like us! Then, moments later, he tries to rape her.
* In ''Film/X2XMenUnited'', Magneto and the Brotherhood team up with the X-Men in an EnemyMine battle against a racist, genocidal military colonel. Magneto's more or less leading a rescue mission to save Professor Xavier, and the two teams fight together so well (the movie's even subtitled "X-Men United") that you can't help but cheer him on and start to wonder if, all things considered, he's really such a bad guy. And then he proceeds to remind the audience that yes, he really is a villain, when [[spoiler:instead of rescuing him, he tries to use the captive, brainwashed Xavier to kill every ''non-mutant'' on Earth]].
* In ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' we first see Einon as though he is like any other fantasy hero, who was given Draco's heart and the audience assumes it would be about ABoyAndHisX. But in a few minutes, we see that he is a [[RoyalBrat spoiled prince]] who is even more oppressive and cruel than his father. When he forces the rebels to help build his new castle, he has their leader blinded for good measure.
** Though the signs were present long before that. It was in fact the moment he came upon his dying father, and tried to steal his crown that got him injured badly enough to need a dragon heart transplant in the first place.
* The robber in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' is introduced to us this way. He's behind Peter in line at a convenience store, who is trying to buy a chocolate milk and is two cents short. The {{jerkass}} clerk won't even let him make up the difference from the "take a penny/leave a penny" jar because he hasn't paid enough. As Peter leaves, the robber tosses his money on the floor, making the clerk bend down to get it, empties the register while he is distracted, and tosses Peter the milk. Since the robbery was non-violent, the robber was nice to Peter, and the clerk was a jerk, you are tempted to like the guy and understand why Peter doesn't stop him. [[spoiler:Moments later he has murdered Uncle Ben for getting in his way.]]
* ''Film/GForce'', [[spoiler: Speckles.]]
* The Japanese horror classic ''Film/{{Audition}}'' perfectly fits this trope.
* The film ''Film/SideEffects'' proves to be this with [[spoiler: the main female protagonist Emily. The film seems like it's a cautionary tale about the dangers of prescription medicine with Emily being the tragic victim. Only to reveal that she used prescription drugs as cover to kill her husband, set up her psychiatrist to take the blame, and get rich off the stock market]].
* Annie Wilkes in ''Film/{{Misery}}''. She saves the author Paul Sheldon from a deadly car crash in the middle of a blizzard. She makes it clear to be a huge fan of his books. She seems dedicated and delighted to nurse his wounds until he makes a full recovery. Though she almost violently disagrees with Sheldon's new book, it's just the actions of a passionate fan. Nothing wrong with that, right? [[spoiler: Too bad she's revealed to be a psychopath that has no intention of letting Sheldon go or let anyone know he's still alive. Then it's revealed that she had a dark past where she poisoned her husband and was a nurse who poisoned many of her patients.]]
* ''Film/PansLabyrinth'': Captain Vidal is introduced as a stern militant, with a dash of MyCountryRightOrWrong to go along with his fascism. He's polite to Carmen and stern to Ofelia. When he finds a couple of hunters who his men have captured, he searches their bags, finding some tobacco and a beer bottle. He shushes them whenever they talk, and when the younger hunter insists that the other, his father is telling the truth, Vidal calmly walks up to him and beats his face in with the beer bottle. Then he shoots the man's father (not even bothering to warn the soldier who was standing right behind the man, who could have been killed by the exit wound if he hadn't moved away), and calmly shoots the first hunter. He later finds that they were only hunters, and tells his men to do a better job of searching before they bring people to him.
* In ''Film/HellraiserBloodline'', Pinhead appears to be petting a little white dove in one scene. He promptly feeds it to his hellhound the Chatterbeast.
* In ''Film/TheManWithTheIronFists'', Brass Body is introduced playing with some orphans and cheering them up. He is later shown to be a ruthless murderer and rapist.
* ''Film/PitchBlack'': So it seems like Riddick, after all this talk about how bad he is, might be an alright guy after all when he prevents Jack from getting killed and used as bait by Johns. [[spoiler: Then Riddick leaving the others to die as soon as it becomes a viable option really drives home the point of what a scumbag he can be.]]
* Several cases in the third ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy:
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': Kylo Ren, [[spoiler:revealed as Ben Solo, confronts his father on Starkiller Base. Han tries to talk him down, and Kylo seems to be listening, admitting to feeling conflicted and asking for Han's help. Then he murders Han, ensuring his fall to the Dark Side so he doesn't have to feel conflicted anymore.]]
** ''Film/TheLastJedi'':
*** Kylo Ren has another moment when [[spoiler: it's shown that even after murdering Han Solo, he still feels torn between the Dark Side and the Light. He passes up a chance to kill Leia, and when he murders his own master to save Rey's life and fights off the Praetorian Guard by her side, it seems like he's redeemed himself. Although he has sincere feelings for Rey, his next act is to deliver a completely sincere but sociopathic WeCanRuleTogether speech to her. When she declines, he takes over the First Order and demands they destroy the last survivors of the Resistance, including her.]]
** DJ is something of a slovenly jerk, but he fits right in with the grand Star Wars tradition of the [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold grumpy bear]] LoveableRogue. [[spoiler: [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk Then he sells the Resistance out to the First Order at a moment's notice to save his own skin]], apathetically telling Finn and Rose [[NothingPersonal "they blow you up today, you blow them up tomorrow."]]]]
* ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' is filled with this trope, both played straight and inverted. [[spoiler: The Prisoner is shown as a DamselInDistress. She is really TheDragon or arguably the BigBad of the movie. The Hangman is shown as a JerkAss, but he proves to be the BigGood of the movie. The Sheriff is shown as an PoliticallyIncorrectVillain, but was GoodAllAlong. The Mexican is shown as charming and misunderstood, but was EvilAllAlong, same with The Cow Puncher. And The Little Man is shown as a head of authority, but is really a Mook. The Bounty Hunter seems like a nobleman, but is really an AntiHero, or a SociopathicHero. And the Confederate is shown as a nice old man, until The Bounty Hunter shows up, then he reveals himself to be a RacistGrandpa. The first half of the film focuses on each of the characters, so that the viewer can grow attached to them, making the reveals later powerful.]]
* ''Film/RoboCop2'': When [=RoboCain=] runs into his former lover Angie in the warehouse shoot-out, he lowers his gun and tries to caress her face with his robotic hands, almost seeming like he'll let her live... before snapping her neck. Presumably out of frustration, since he can no longer enjoy a woman in his roboticized state.
* ''Film/BladeRunner2049'': While rather creepy and unsettling from the very beginning, [[BigBad Niander Wallace]] at first appears to be an AntiVillain BenevolentBoss like his predecessor Eldon Tyrell, cradling a newborn Replicant in his arms and tenderly wiping the birthing-fluid from her body while softly whispering "Happy birthday" to her. A few minutes later, he talks about the fact that his Replicants being [[spoiler: unable to reproduce]] makes them useless to him, whereupon he slices her abdomen open with a knife and [[CruelAndUnusualDeath lets her bleed to death.]]

* Literature/TheRadix: The Knight offers a street bum meal, shower, new clothing... Just to cut him up and use as a model for his painting of a Christian martyr. Later [[spoiler:TheDogBitesBack as one of the bum's pals recognizes him and reports to authorities]].
* Mr. Teatime in ''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'' is introduced with a badass sequence in which he sneaks into the head assassin's office, then turns out to be [[PsychopathicManchild a total psycho]].
** Of course, we only get a couple paragraphs of "what a badass" before "Oh my Om, what a psycho" sets in, because we first see him playing with some dogs; the character speaking to him expresses surprise, because on his last job he nailed one to the ceiling.
*** "He lost both parents at an early age. I think, on reflection, that we should have [[SelfMadeOrphan wondered a bit more about that]]."
* [[spoiler:Zakalwe]] from ''Literature/UseOfWeapons'' by [[Creator/IainBanks Iain M. Banks]]. Initially he comes off being a cool, badass secret agent with a rather [[BlackComedy dark]] [[DeadpanSnarker sense of humour]], and though his handlers seem to think he's a dangerous psycho, they seem totally off base. It's not until the very end of the story that we find out that [[spoiler:he's an ex EvilOverlord, with a penchant for {{flaying|Alive}} who was involved in a civil war with his brother. He ended that civil war by [[MoralEventHorizon murdering their sister and his ex-girlfriend, making a chair out of her corpse, and then having it sent to his brother, who kills himself.]] He then steals his brother's identity, and uses it to escape his past.]]
* Creator/WilkieCollins did this in his novel ''Literature/TheWomanInWhite'' with EnigmaticMinion Count Fosco. Fosco is so friendly and charming that the heroines turn to him for help against the seemingly main villain, Sir Percival Glyde, who is a DastardlyWhiplash type. Turns out that Fosco is actually a master villain who is aiding Glyde. It's also shown that Fosco has cowed and abused his wife into becoming a StepfordSmiler and it has been argued by British critic John Sutherland that the discrepancies in time between what Fosco says it took for Anne Catherick's death and what another character reports is meant to suggest that Fosco killed her after a prolonged period of [[ColdBloodedTorture torture]] and rape.
* In the ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' novel ''Inheritance'', the character of Vlad von Carstein is introduced like a non-annoying version of an Anne Rice vampire, who practically sweats pure liquid awesome. He's philosophically inclined, a good fighter, looks cool, enters like a true badass, and ohmigod did he just slaughter hundreds of people in extremely sadistic manners and resurrect them as zombies?
* In George P. Pelecanos' novel ''King Suckerman'', ex-con Wilton Cooper appears to be a cool badass but is gradually revealed to be a rather frightening sociopath.
* When introduced in the first ''Literature/{{Gormenghast}}'' novel, ''Titus Groan'', Steerpike is not only the most dynamic character in the entire cast, with a clear and sympathetic goal (escape), but is the viewpoint character for most of the book, not to mention showing extreme skill at what he does. By the time he reveals himself to be a deceitful serial killer, the reader has been well and truly disposed to view him as the hero.
* In R.L. Stein's ''Fear Games'' trilogy (Part of ''The Nightmare Room''), the sorceress who is the trilogy's BigBad lures a seagull to her hand, pets it while she tells it her evil plot, then snaps the seagull's neck and throws it to the ground.
* In the Creator/DaleBrown book ''Air Battle Force'', General Gryzlov first appears as AFatherToHisMen, chatting with the aircrew of the bomber he's on. Then it turns out that [[spoiler: he's there to oversee firebombing the shit out of Chechens]].
* TabletopGame/{{V|ampireTheMasquerade}}entrue can only drink from a certain type of person. Jan Pieterzoon is a decent guy who happens to be a vampire, thrust into a bad position and doing the best he can. We even see him mourn for his aides when they die, which lasts until he decides that he needs a new source of blood: Jan can only feed on [[spoiler: rape victims]], so he [[MindControl Dominates]] the night manager into [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon raping the check-in girl]]]] so Jan can feed. But Jan feels bad about it, so it's okay... ?
** Not that it excuses it at all, but Jan was so badly damaged, he needed to feed right off or he wouldn't have lasted the night.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has Littlefinger. He's a schemer and whoremonger, but he's also a childhood friend of Catelyn, so he helps her out and gives Ned some brutally honest advice. He might be a weasel, but he's ''their'' weasel. [[spoiler:But he was all part of his scheme to completely betray the Starks and improve his own position.]]
* In ''Literature/TheDaggerAndTheCoin'', Geder initially appears to be a highly sympathetic character and obvious AudienceSurrogate- its a fantasy novel, and he's a young soldier who is overweight and nerdy and would rather read than fight, and is the target of cruel bullying by his fellow officers, all aristocratic jocks. Soon afterward, Geder shows a clever schemer side that gives him BadassBookworm cred, and is at the lead in taking an enemy city. Then, some people in the City protest against the occupation and burn Geder in effigy. His response- [[MoralEventHorizon order his troops to cover the streets with flammable material and close off all escape roots before burning the city to the ground. He listens calmly over the next couple of days as upwards of ten thousand people burn alive]]. After this, he [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain just keeps going]], and his moments of being friendly and mild-mannered make his monstrous sociopathy all the more frightening. Essentially, it takes what looks to be the origin story of an underdog hero, then turns it on its head by revealing it to be the origin story of the Dark Lord instead.
* [[spoiler:Denth and Tonk Fah]] from ''Literature/{{Warbreaker}}''
* [[SealedBadassInACan Darkstalker]] from ''Literature/WingsOfFire'' is feared by the [=NightWings=] [[spoiler: and [=IceWings=]]] in their legends for what he did 2000 years ago, but when Moonwatcher actually gets to telepathically talk to him he turns out to be a funny, cool, thoughtful dragon who is quick to point out that his crimes are largely [[WrittenByTheWinners exaggerated by history books written by his enemies]]. He quickly became a fan favorite. So neither Moon nor the audience took it well when he turned out to have [[spoiler: [[PsychicAssistedSuicide enchanted]] his [[{{Patricide}} father]] to [[CruelAndUnusualDeath disembowel himself]]]].
* In ''Literature/WolfHall'', Henry VIII comes off as a king who isn't so bad. He's willing to elevate a lowborn man like Thomas Cromwell, putting his abilities over his birth. While his temper is dangerous and he is sometimes easily influenced by whoever spoke to him last, he is genuinely affectionate to those in his inner circle (even going so far as to visit when Cromwell is recovering from a bad fever). But his darker side begins to dominate after Elizabeth's birth and Anne begins to miscarry. He flies into a screaming public rage at Cromwell, orders him to disregard legality in the case of Thomas More, and when he turns on Anne he hires the executioner from Calais even before her "[[KangarooCourt trial]]." Cromwell reflects that his odds of leaving court through honorable retirement are not so good.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': [[spoiler: Since revealed to be alive, Tony Almeida's been acting a little shady, but also has been doing everything in his power to aid Jack and the FBI stop the Starkwood conspiracy and destroy their bioweapon which has already infected Jack, personally taking out the main facility. Then someone escapes with a sample of the weapon and Tony teams up with FBI head agent Larry Moss to take him down. But when they corner the guy and Larry is shot, [[TheReveal Tony then proceeds to suffocate him to death and reveal he's working with the man who has the sample]].]]
* ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'': Happens a few times on the new show.
** First there's Cavil/#1, who's introduced as a DeadpanSnarker type and even seems to be one of the more sympathetic Cylons. As the story develops, we get to know Cavil for what he [[BigBad really is]].
** Then there's Tory, who [[spoiler: learns she's a Cylon, but manages to keep it together at first. When Cally has a breakdown upon realizing her husband Tyrol is a Cylon, she takes her infant son and prepares to toss herself and him out of an airlock. Tory shows up, talks Cally down-and then takes Cally's son before [[MoralEventHorizon ejecting her into space anyway]]]].
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'': General Melchett in the fourth series initially seems like a comically eccentric PointyHairedBoss, but his behavior in the second episode, in which Blackadder is court marshaled suggests that he is seriously mentally unstable. Although Melchett is at first a comic parody of the WeHaveReserves habit of UsefulNotes/WorldWarI generals, it's ultimately pretty clear that Melchett's not just incompetent--he's TheSociopath who couldn't [[LackOfEmpathy give a damn about his troops.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': When we first see Todd, he's a criminal but he is still unfailingly polite and genuinely nice to everyone he interacts with. [[spoiler:Then he casually executes a child as if it were no big deal.]]
* ''{{Series/Fargo}}'': This is essentially Lester's character arc. He's a put upon HenpeckedHusband who's constantly abused by those around him and he maintains the SympatheticPOV as he kills his wife and desperately tries to fix his life as it crumbles around him. As the episodes go on he just get's darker and darker culminating in him [[spoiler:framing his brother and sending him to jail]]. Then the TimeSkip occurs and he's successful happy and has put his life back together again [[spoiler:until a chance encounter with Lorne makes him a target again. Lester tricks his current wife into a fatal situation which ends with Lorne shooting her in the head.]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'': Had a good example with BountyHunter Jubal Early. It's clear that Whedon assumed that viewers would react to him with similar good will as was shown towards Boba Fett in ''Franchise/StarWars'', and when he first appears, he is an erudite and funny badass. Then he starts threatening to rape Kaylee and admitting to his love of torturing animals as a child, making the audience remember that, yes, someone like him probably ''would'' be a vicious psychopath.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Joffrey Baratheon proves to be this. In "The Kingsroad", he seems to act decently enough in front of Sansa. Then he gets to bullying the butcher's son...it later happens again as he proves to be a [[RoyalBrat bratty]], spoiled, prince that gets humbled and learned his lesson. He seems to get better and make an effort to be the kind of prince that would make a good king. [[spoiler: Only to reveal his true colors after he becomes king. He has Ned Stark beheaded for treason, despite seemingly promising Sansa Stark, his fiancee and Ned's daughter, as well as his own mother, that he would spare him. He then goes on to mentally and physically torment Sansa and others at court. And once he gets his crossbow...]].
** When Theon Greyjoy is captured by men who tortured, he is helped by a boy who saves him from the dungeons. The boy is later revealed to be Ramsay Snow the bastard of Roose Bolton, and he inflicts even more torture on Theon, and is an even bigger sadist than Joffery.
** Viserys' more sympathetic and tragic side is shown briefly during the bath scene with Doreah, in which he waxes nostalgic about the family and heritage that were stolen from him. Unfortunately, Doreah inadvertently asks the wrong question and Viserys reverts to his usual snide cruelty.
** After saving Arya from the Mountain's prison pen, spending a few weeks with her employed her as his cupbearer, mentioning how she reminds him of his own daughter at that age and generally making the audience smile at their semi-friendly interactions, Tywin leaves her with the Mountain again, with strict orders to stop him from ever getting drunk no less, regardless of his less-than-stellar record with children and females.
** Two humanizing scenes have Jaime bonding with Jory and having a friendly chat with his young cousin Alton Lannister. Jory gets a callous answer in the end and subsequently, both of them are rather casually murdered by Jaime.
** Initially, it seems that Tywin has changed his mind, he wonders if he was wrong about Tyrion being a stunted fool. He then appoints Tyrion Acting Hand and this drives Tyrion to do a magnificent job, personally saving King's Landing and thus allowing the Lannisters to keep fighting the war, despite having ''all the odds against him'' and almost everyone else trying to sabotage him out of idiocy or spite (or both). When Tyrion asks for his reward (which is actually his ''birthright''), Tywin proves that he hasn't changed one bit, bringing up his whoremongering, dismissing his successes and stating that Tyrion is a worthless freak who killed his mother and will never be more than the family embarrassment.
* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'': The title character is a ruthless, cannibalistic serial killer, but in every other capacity he's thoroughly helpful, polite and entertaining, not to mention an excellent chef and a great host who seems genuinely fond of the people around him in his own way. Then he manipulates and blackmails a traumatised teenager so she can act as his surrogate child, and upon discovering that Will has [[spoiler:severe encephalitis]], starts slowly {{Gaslighting}} him so he has a front-row seat to a mental collapse, and eventually [[spoiler:frames Will as a serial killer]]. The only thing more dramatic than how quickly Will lost his mind is how quickly the fandom's opinion of Hannibal went from DracoInLeatherPants to aghast at his utter evil -- even though the show had made no secret of it.
* In the ''Series/{{iZombie}}'' pilot, Blaine is portrayed as a sinister drug dealer who then turns Liv into a zombie after she rejects him (he himself becomes a zombie a few seconds before that thanks to his own product). At the end of the episode, Liv gets a vision of Blaine viciously attacking a guy in "full-on zombie mode". And yet, when he shows up in the second episode, he appears as this friendly and disarming guy who is just as confused about his new condition as Liv and is glad to have another zombie to talk to and compare notes with. He seems genuinely surprised that he is the one who turned her and seems to feel remorse. He also looks hurt that Liv doesn't trust him enough to leave him alone with her friend Ravi. It's not long that it's shown that, yes, Blaine really is a bad guy who uses his new strength and invulnerability to hunt his competition. He also [[spoiler:sleeps with a woman, turning her into a zombie through fluid contact intentionally to turn her, extorting her to pay exorbitant amounts of money for brains so she can remain sane and present as human. Brains that he gets from murdering people in a butcher shop. It's been heavily implied that many of the people he's been butchering are at-risk teens that he has a fellow zombie/drug dealer kidnap.]]
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' has Locke's long-lost father, Anthony Cooper. At first, he seems happy to finally meet Locke and starts giving him the family life he never had. Then it turns out all that was a con to steal Locke's kidney, after which he wants nothing more to do with his son. [[spoiler:Later, he [[MoralEventHorizon tries to kill Locke by pushing him out a window]], which led to Locke ending up paralyzed and wheelchair-bound.]]
* ''Series/{{Merlin 2008}}'': Morgause at first simply seems to be a WellIntentionedExtremist who wants Uther off the throne for the good of the people. Her first two attempts involve telling Arthur the truth about his parentage and putting all the residents of Camelot to sleep without hurting them and [[spoiler: she removes the spell to save her sister's life]]. But in season 3 we see how much of a villain she really is as she tries to drive Uther mad and get armies to invade Camelot. We also see her sadistic side through her treatment of Gwen and [[spoiler: [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Cenred]]]]. And to boot she corrupts [[spoiler: Morgana]] and turns her into the series' BigBad.
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Greg Mendell, who appeared to be an innocent, likeable {{Muggle}}. [[spoiler: Then it was revealed he actually had a tragic history with Storybrooke which led to him losing his father, and he became very sympathetic to fans. But ''then'' he was revealed as a KnightTemplar who seems more interested in eradicating magic than finding/avenging his father, and is willing to resort to ColdBloodedTorture and even mass murder to accomplish this.]]
* ''Series/PersonOfInterest'': Elias helps Reese save an infant, only to lock Reese and the child in a refrigerated truck to force Reese's assistance.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Throughout the first season, Tom Neville has been that sort of villain who just follows orders and doesn't seem to have anything personal with the protagonists. [[spoiler: Then he defects from the Monroe Republic to the Georgia Federation. Then he's working with the protagonists to stop his former boss, Sebastian Monroe. Then he exploits the fact that Monroe is terrible at being a leader to get himself put in charge of the Monroe Republic. Now, you might think that the situation will improve. However, first he tells Monroe loyalist Captain Mark Franklin that he'll be let go...and then murders him in cold blood and makes it look like self-defense. Then he promises his son Jason that he'll keep Charlie and Rachel alive...but then decides to have the protagonists all killed off anyway]]. A lot of sympathy for the character is gone by the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]].
* ''Series/SamuraiSentaiShinkenger'': There's Fuwa Juzou, who is a half-Gedoushuu and sets himself up as [[TheHero Takeru's]] WorthyOpponent, constantly seeking to fight him. With him not really getting along with the [[BigBad head honcho]] of Gedoushuu, Chimatsuri Doukokuu, plus building up some 'friendship' with [[DarkChick Usukawa Dayuu]] and the fact that he's half-human makes people think that since this is ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', he'd at least be shown as either a NobleDemon, or pull a HeelFaceTurn later. Then, he foils Akumaro's plan...by revealing that he ''revels'' on his Gedoushuu lineage, preferring to be a full-blooded Gedoushuu (which he did), and his sword Uramasa turned out to be his parents begging him to stop killing, but he ''doesn't care one bit'', liking his profession as a BloodKnight to the max and wants nothing more than kill and more killing. At that point, any hopes of him as mentioned above are dashed forever and he places himself as one of Super Sentai's monsters.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Actually an InvokedTrope when the writers thought that the recurring villain [[spoiler: Dukat]] was getting too popular with the audience as a perceived NobleDemon. Despite his charming demeanor and the fact that he truly cared for his illegitimate daughter, he was a hypocritical, crazed, sexually voracious dictator who [[AMillionIsAStatistic had thousands of people butchered directly and sent millions more to die in labor camps]] and didn't hesitate to sell his own people to [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast the Dominion]] which directly led to [[spoiler: his home planet winding up thoroughly demolished (perhaps even worse than they had done to Bajor, certainly faster) by the end of the show]]. The episode "Waltz" exists for the sake of showing the audience that, charm or no charm, this man is a monster, whose biggest regret in life is that he didn't wipe out the entire population of Bajor when he might have had the chance.
** The episode ends with Captain Sisko lampshading that, given the GreyAndGrayMorality and NotSoDifferent themes of the series as a whole, even he had started to forget that Dukat was one of the examples of real ''EVIL'' in the world, but he wouldn't make that mistake again.
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'': Captain John, who is So. Cool...and kills people for no particular reason. This is done on his first appearance in the show.
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'':
** Batiatus initially looks like an IneffectualSympatheticVillain or a JerkassWoobie. Then he crosses the MoralEventHorizon. With a smile. By [[spoiler:murdering the entire household of a guy who he owed money to, including a little boy, and then having Spartacus's wife Sura murdered to ensure that he only has glory to live for]].
*** And then, wouldn't you know it, they pull it off '''again''' with the exact same character in the second, prequel, season. The first episode depicts Batiatus as a scrappy underdog who isn't that bad at that point... and then in the second episode he [[spoiler:has poor Indus murdered in a particularly cruel YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, and you realise that yes, he already is that bad. Special extra points for that murder being the StartOfDarkness for poor Ashur, who actually was a scrappy underdog who wasn't that bad.]]
** Despite having started out as simply a spoiled BrattyHalfPint, Tiberius Crassus in the third season, War Of The Damned, gained a measure of sympathy when he was forced to kill his best friend in Decimation, on the orders of his own father. He proceeded to toss that away by [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil raping the slave]] who was his father's lover and had shown him kindness as a way at getting back at his father.
* In season 5 of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Bobby makes a deal with the demon Crowley for his soul so they can find the location of Death, the last of Lucifer's Horsemen. Then Crowley goes out of his way to give Bobby back the use of his legs even though Bobby never bothered to include it in their contract and even promises to give back his soul when everything's done. Except the next season Crowley fully intends to hang on to it and send Bobby to Hell in 10 years and Bobby has to spend the entire episode getting it back.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Grant Ward is set up to be an honorable, loyal agent. [[spoiler: Then, he is revealed to be a HYDRA mole]] in episode 17. Ward gets an even more extreme one in "Ragtag". [[spoiler:Garrett]] orders him to kill [[spoiler:Fitz and Simmons]], who end up locking themselves on the other side of a transparent door. [[spoiler:Fitz]] insists that they are friends and Ward still must care about them. After a PetTheDog flashback, Ward acknowledges that yes, he does care about them... it's a weakness. He then flips the switch to dump them out of the plane and into the ocean.
* On ''Series/{{Salem}}'', Increase Mather declares that Gloriana is not a witch and so she will not be tried; but since she is a prostitute she's hereby banished.
* ''Series/{{Utopia}}'': [[spoiler:Milner, the only trustworthy authority figure]], who turns out to be Mr Rabbit, the series' BigBad. [[spoiler:Also a DoubleSubversion in that The Assistant has been set up and revealed to play that exact role minutes before.]]
* ''Series/WolfHall''
** Thomas Cromwell is a loyal and highly intelligent man who is NiceToTheWaiter and uses his considerable talents for the betterment of the realm (as he sees it), and is even portrayed sympathetically when arranging to have Thomas More executed, pointing out that he's treating More better than More treated heretics. But in the final episode, Cromwell uses his cleverness to arrange the death of Anne Boleyn, and takes the opportunity to get revenge on five men whom he grudges mainly for having disrespected Cardinal Wolsey's memory... and there's no way to justify it as anything other than carrying out the whim of a tyrant.
** At odds with his usual portrayal as a debauched tyrant, Henry VIII initially seems like a decent guy -- sometimes a bit dim, and dangerously temperamental, but with a sincere desire to be a good king and genuinely affectionate towards the people in his circle. His darker side begins to dominate in Episode 5, when his reaction to Catherine of Aragon's death is only to mandate she be buried inexpensively and he later flies into a screaming rage against Chapuys and Cromwell. Then, in episode 6, he all but orders Cromwell to get rid of Anne by any means possible and reacts to her execution with a great big smile and hug for his right hand man.
* A mild example in ''JustShootMe'', when it's revealed that [[LovableSexManiac Finch]] has been writing for the "Miss Pretty" advice column. He gets uncharacteristically sincere and admits that he's afraid to reveal his sensitivity in real life, and so has to do it under a pseudonym. When she gives him a hug, he takes the opportunity to grope her. He responds to her shocked reaction by smirking and saying "It's me!"

* This was probably the intention of the famous Israeli song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8nIQvwiO7I The Snakeís Sough]]'': the narrator is described initially as a young man who just canít get the hang of staying in the rat race, wishing he could re-invent himself away from his current life... then near the end, [[spoiler:he turns out to be a fugitive, avoiding arrest after having severely injured his then-girlfriend, who was Ďa little wild, a little unclearí, with his car]]. However, some see this song as seriously downplaying the effect of the manís actions and trying to pass him as a sympathetic character.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* ForeignWrestlingHeel Tojo Yamamoto, during a show in Boaz, Alabama, gave a promo where he genuinely apologized for Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor. The crowd gave him a standing ovation...only for Yamamoto to then proclaim that he wishes that Japan instead bombed Boaz.
* Wrestling/KurtAngle once did this in a match with Wrestling/MariaKanellis that she was forced into by Eric Bischoff. He states that he didn't want to hurt her an it was a stupid match for Bischoff to make. Angle and Maria hug...only for his personal referee Daivari to order the bell rung so he could lay her out with an Angle Slam.
* The famous Wrestling/MarkHenry "fake retirement" promo, where Henry gave a believable promo about him retiring for good. He brings out John Cena to give him a hug...and instead decks him with a World's Strongest Slam, thus announcing that he was to challenge Cena at ''Money in the Bank''.

* Creator/WilliamShakespeare likes these:
** Chiron and Demetrius in ''Theatre/TitusAndronicus''. They're introduced as a couple of thick comedic teenagers fighting over some girl; ten minutes with TheChessmaster Aaron and they go on to rape and mutilate her.
** Edmund in ''Theatre/KingLear''. He starts off as somewhere between a LovableRogue and a MagnificentBastard (literally), then, just as the audience is rooting for him and his EvilPlan and wondering if he's shaping up to be an AntiHero, they're hit with a real KickTheDog moment, and confronted with their MisaimedFandom, when his scheming leads to the Duke of Cornwall gouging out the eyes of Edmund's own aged father, on-stage.
* Though this was far from M. Hugo's original intent, the musical of ''Theatre/LesMiserables'' gives its most upbeat, funniest, and catchiest musical number to [[BigBad Monsieur Thenardier]] and [[TheDragon his wife]], as they swindle, cheat, and serve questionable food to the patrons at their inn, and [[BreadMilkEggsSquick abuse and starve the little girl they're supposed to be taking care of]]. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFPsEwV38Q0 Watch and see if you can keep your feet from tapping.]]
* ''Theatre/{{Assassins}}: Most of "The Ballad of Booth" paints John Wilkes Booth as having a legitimate grievance against Abraham Lincoln. [[spoiler: Then, near the very end of the song, he calls the President a "Nigger lover," and suddenly we realize how much of his hatred was motivated by racism.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Caesar's Legion in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' initally seem like a subversion. Their atrocties and reputation as powerful but mindless savages trying to topple civilisation seems to be their one defining attribute--until you meet Caesar himself and find out that he's a well spoken philosopher who wants to create a civilisation that won't implode on itself. But just annoy him a little and it turns out the Legion are every bit as self interested and nightmarish as their reputation suggested, endorsing everything from cannibalism, human sacrifice to rape. And just to kill any doubt that Caesar only sees this as a harsh necessity, he orders the peaceful town of New Canaan to be wiped out purely to torment his former Legate.
** Between his intelligence, respectful disposition and warrior's honour, many players would be fooled into thinking that [[TheDragon Legate Lanius]] would be a great leader of the Legion, even greater than Caesar himself. Should for some reason Caesar die and the Legion win, it turns out that Lanius' rule of Vegas is even more brutal than Caesar's.
* Kazuya Mishima of the ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' franchise (and his evil 'alter ego' Devil) qualifies. Starting out the series as an {{Expy}} of [[Videogame/StreetFighter Ryu]], you'd think he's TheHero, trying to topple his [[ArchnemesisDad father Heihachi's]] evil corporate empire and strive to steer it the right way. Cue the sequel, and it turns out he is ''far worse'' than Heihachi ever was, turning into a full-blown villain, and has remained that ever since. You could actually get a hint of Kazuya's evil side in ''Tekken 1'' if you bought the Playstation port and completed the [[Videogame/{{Galaga}} minigame]], whereas you find out that his alter ego is the Devil.
** Tekken 6 seemingly repeated this on Kazuya's son Jin. [[spoiler:However, his FaceHeelTurn turns out to be his BatmanGambit to awaken Azazel and destroy it with his cursed bloodline, subverting the trope ultimately.]]
* Arthas Menethil in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''. While he's first seen, he may seem to be a genuinely good person put through horrible circumstances to the point his desire to save his country makes him do a FaceHeelTurn and eventually gets promoted into the BigBad. It wasn't later that supplemental materials reveal that he's not as goody-goody as his debut game pre-insanity showed him to be, and it's heavily hinted that Arthas!Lich King's over-inflated sense of pride and ego comes from Arthas' own.
** In the opening cinematic of ''The Burning Crusade'' expansion for VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, you see a rather beautiful Blood Elf woman playing with a creature made primarily of mana in a graceful, Disney-Princess kind of way... and after about 8 seconds of this she forcibly drains the things essence out, killing it. This establishes the blood elves' sinister, mana-addicted nature hiding underneath their extravagant [[FiveRaces High People]] aesthetic.
** In ''Wrath of the Lich King'', Drakuru starts of as a morally dubious but generally affable troll who aids the player in taking down the forces of the Drakkari Trolls, who are large and dangerous enough to put up a fight even against the Scourge. After helping cleanse their forces, you find out [[spoiler: Drakuru is actually in league with Arthas to eliminate the Drakkari threat and turn them over to the Scourge. You get the chance to repay him for his betrayal during a quest line in Zul'Drak.]]
* (Aside from his flashback appearance) Kefka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' is introduced in the story as a quirky and colorful VillainousHarlequin like character, humorously demanding that his shoes be emptied of sand ''in the middle of a desert'' and generally acting like a goofy manchild. He later reveals himself as a [[PsychoForHire sociopath]] whose idea of fun generally revolves around [[OmnicidalManiac mass genocide]].
* [[spoiler:Lady Yunalesca]] of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' is known as the first summoner to defeat [[EldritchAbomination Sin]] and save the world (albeit temporarily). She waits in Zanarkand as a ghost to greet summoners at the end of their pilgrimage. Until we discover [[spoiler: she turns one of the summoner's guardians into a living statue forever and that she knows it's impossible to truly defeat Sin this way]]. When the protagonists refuse to go along with her, [[OneWingedAngel she does NOT take it well]]. And shockingly, she actually remains an AntiVillain the whole time.
* Subverted with Slayer in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear XX''. One of his intro sequences features him with an attractive woman clinging to him... who he then drains of blood until she's nothing but an empty husk. This ''seems'' like a straight application of the trope... until you get into the series story. The woman in question is his wife, who has the special ability that she simply ''can't die'', period. She kills parasites and disease-causing organisms just by being ''near'' them--to the point Eddie (a [[GrandTheftMe body-stealing]] bioweapon) tries to possess her in one of his endings and ''melts''--and being drained like this is, at worst, a minor inconvenience for her. Slayer ''is'' a villain by some readings (he's not just an assassin, he's the founder and former head of the guild), but his relationship with his wife is one of his better aspects.
* Carl Clover in ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' is a {{cheerful|Child}}, polite and idealistic child as long as one nods politely when he mentions [[BerserkButton his sister]]. Running is advised if [[MoreThanMindControl she starts to make suggestions]] to [[AxCrazy him]].
** However, he [[spoiler: aspires to become like Litchi in his story mode ending in Continuum Shift]].
** Which is kind of subverted later, [[spoiler:when people are introduced to Litchi, she displayed herself as a kind hearted woman who cared about everyone and would even sacrifice herself to save someone unknown as Carl at that time. Time by time, we are also told that she was trying to save her lover. Come Continuum Shift, however, said emotion became a catalyst for her to do a FaceHeelTurn, joining in Carl's father for a chance to save her lover, maybe to establish that she is not meant to be the sensible LoveYouAndEverybody MessianicArchetype, but a desperate lover to the level of near-obsession. Somehow she still retained her kind self, but it was probably a type of baiting provided by Arc System Works.]]
** In the first game, there's [[spoiler:that mild-mannered informant Hazama who merrily helped Noel... until suddenly in the True End, he reveals his true card, that being {{Troll}} extraordinary Terumi Yuuki, who's responsible for nearly every single depravity done to the world]].
* [=GlaDOS=] in ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}''. At first, you don't think much of the A.I. telling you how to use that handy little portal gun, outside of her advice and [[DeadpanSnarker sense of humor]]. Then, she sends you into a testchamber full of murderous turrets and you notice the RoomFullOfCrazy. Then she makes you murder your [[CompanionCube (non-sentient) friend]]. [[FromBadToWorse Then you reach the end of Test Chamber 19]]...
* Dimitri Rascalov in ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV''. At first, he seems like a decent guy, especially when compared to his boss, [[TheCaligula Mikhail Faustin]]. When he orders Niko to [[spoiler:kill Mikhail]], most players would think he's doing it for the right reasons. However, he then [[spoiler:betrays Niko to Ray Bulgarin, a human trafficker he ows money to, and becomes one half of the game's BigBadDuumvirate. And he later tries to make Niko's life hell with a series of progressively escalating KickTheDog moments.]]
* [[spoiler:Eva Beatrice]] in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' is introduced with a happy, innocent sounding tune and just seems so thrilled about her recent 'promotion' that even Battler applauds her. However, she turns out to be far worse than even ''Beatrice'' and disgusts an actual demon with her antics.
* Inverted and played straight for different characters in ''VideoGame/MuramasaTheDemonBlade''. In Momohime's storyline, we're soon introduced to a seemingly utterly vile VillainProtagonist by the name of Jinkuro, and a seemingly noble monk who helped save Momohime and seems committed to making Jinkuro pay for his crimes... but it quickly turns out that things aren't quite so black and white. Rankai, the monk, is actually just motivated by vengeance and will do anything to see Jinkuro die, including ''selling Momohime's soul to a demon'', while Jinkuro, although still very much a villain, isn't quite as callous and devoid of redeeming features as he first appears.
* In [[VideoGame/{{Penumbra}} Penumbra: Black Plague]] Clarence initially seems to be a harmless and funny, if somewhat crazy character (a bit like Overture's Red). However, when he finds out he can make Philip hallucinate and uses that power to play "hilarious japes", which begin with causing Philip to see enemies from overture and culminate in [[spoiler:tricking him into killing the Amabel Swanson, the one person who has been really nice to him in the whole game]], he suddenly becomes a lot more sinister.
* ''VideoGame/BrothersATaleOfTwoSons'': [[spoiler: The girl the brothers rescue from the cult helps them get to the Water of Life, only to reveal herself as a giant spider creature and mortally wound the older brother.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheWalkingDead'':
** In season one, the survivors meet up St. John family, who are a nice group who offered to invite the survivors to dinner. But [[spoiler: they are really a CannibalClan and plan to slaughter the group like livestock.]]
** A literal example in season two, Clementine finds a stray dog in the woods after being washed downstream. She quickly makes friends with him and it seems like he's going to become an AnimalCompanion of sorts. [[spoiler: Then she finds some food and the very hungry dog quickly turns feral the moment she tries to take the food off him; she's forced to fend him off and severely injure him to escape, [[ShootTheDog with the option to even kill him to put him out of his misery]].]]
* The intro of the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' Remake has Wesker stop while being chased by zombie dogs to shoot one that was about to kill Chris. Of course we find out much later the only reason he did this was to get Chris to the mansion to serve as a guinea pig to test the B.O.W's combat effectiveness.
* [[DiabolicalMastermind The Illusive Man]] and his group, Cerberus, from ''Franchise/MassEffect'', zigzag this trope. The first game in the trilogy has the group as a recurring villain for several side quests, where they appear to be mostly {{Mad Scientist}}s with a pro-human agenda. The Illusive Man puts in his first appearance in the second game where he brings [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] back from the dead, and is the only power player shown trying to help Shepard protect human colonies from the Collectors and Reapers. His interactions have him come off as an [[AffablyEvil affable]] MagnificentBastard and WellIntentionedExtremist, and he paints the evil actions of the cells Shepard stopped in the first game as rogue elements. Then the third game comes along and he reveals himself for the cold-blooded, human supremacist terrorist he really is. He repeatedly attempts to sabotage Shepard's efforts to unite the galaxy, indoctrinates soldiers to work for him, plans on controlling [[EldritchAbomination the Reapers]] instead of destroying them to ensure human domination over the galaxy, and commits some of his most heinous crimes to date, chief among them creating [[spoiler:Sanctuary. Advertised as a refugee center to keep people safe from the Reapers, it's really a facility built to study Indoctrination, using the thousands of men, women and children seeking refuge as test subjects.]]
* ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40K'''s orks have always been the ComicRelief characters and purveyors of most of the BlackComedy with their excessive love of fighting, chopping, and ridiculously awesome if explosion-prone guns. The skull-probes found in ''VideoGame/Warhammer40000SpaceMarine'' contain audio records that remind you just how horrible it is to be a civilian who ''can't fight back'' against them.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/FreedomToons'': "The Charitable SJW" shows a Social Justice Warrior writing a check for a homeless white person... so he can check his privilege for being a straight white male. She then [[EvolutionPowerUp levels up]] into a "Level 5 Tumblrista" .

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': The Jagermonsters often come across as goofy eccentrics who like drinking and fighting a bit more than normal guys... so sometimes it's easy to forget that they're hyperefficient killing machines who are only as moral as their master. They're a borderline example, as they're still likeable -- extremely dangerous, but honorable BloodKnight bunch. [[BoisterousBruiser Loud]], love fighting, but not malicious at all -- they [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20060703 readily admire]] foes who bested them and tend to ignore non-combatants altogether. Above all else, they are loyal.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' pulls one with Jack Noir, who we are first introduced to as a ComedicSociopath IneffectualSympatheticVillain. Hah, it looks like we're going to have a lot of laughs watching him freak out about his paperwork, right? ...wait, did he just [[spoiler:kill the Black Queen? Looks like he's going to be the BigBad, but at least he's pretty cool...''[[MoralEventHorizon what did he just do to Prospit]]!?!?'']]
** [[PlayingWithATrope Hussie pulls an interesting case with Vriska]]. She's introduced as a evil bitch right off the bat--the first thing she ''does'' (crippling Tavros) is her MoralEventHorizon and it turns out she murders other troll kids. But post-TimeSkip, she seems to be nicer, even ''helpful'' in some cases, in her own strange Vriska-ish way, and gains some sympathy in that her murders were committed to feed her spider-lusus, who would otherwise have eaten ''her'' instead. Not to mention [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments falling in love with]] Nicholas Cage. All of this makes her seem like TheAtoner and that she was really a JerkWithAHeartOfGold all along, right? [[spoiler:''[[KillTheCutie Wrong.]]'' She finally offs Tavros for good.]] However, she later says that she feels guilty about ''that'' in a conversation where she pours her heart out to John. Conclusion? [[ZigZaggedTrope With Vriska, it's always hard to tell where you stand.]]
** And again with Eridan. The entire comic builds him up as a worthless ButtMonkey whose attempts at world domination are overly ambitious and doomed to failure, leading everyone to believe that he's an IneffectualSympatheticVillain (even having a quote from his introductory exposition on that trope page). [[spoiler:Then he announces he plans to betray his friends and join Jack Noir, we learn that he committed genocide on the inhabitants of his planet after he murdered a few for no reason, and he proceeds to beat up Sollux for being in his way and murder both his love interest and the one person whom he referred to as a friend.]]
** Doc Scratch is presented as a fairly polite villian who wants to help the protagonists ([[TheChessmaster to further his own ambitions]]), and is even kind to Spades Slick, who spent his time at Scratch's pad trying to light it on fire and attack the host. Towards the end of his narrative, we discover an AwfulTruth: [[spoiler:he's kidnapped and {{abus|iveParents}}ed Aradia's ancestor to the point where she becomes a {{Brainwashed}} DeathSeeker. This is best exemplified when he temporarily takes away her ability to breathe.]] Damn.
** Not to mention Caliborn. Not long after his introduction, he aggressively solicits Dirk to draw him some "pornography"--mundane depictions of human courtship, with no nudity or anything. His odd personality and over-the-top crudeness lead you to believe he's going to be a {{Cloudcuckoolander}} {{Jerkass}}... then he reveals that [[spoiler: he killed his sister by proxy. Laughing maniacally all the while. After that, it's not much of a surprise when it turns out he's [[BigBad Lord English]] as a child]].
* At the start of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Xykon seems like a crazy but slightly loveable and [[HarmlessVillain harmless]] EvilOverlord whose plans were [[FailureisTheOnlyOption invariably doomed]]. But if you thought that you were oh so wrong. The [[WhamEpisode Battle of Azure City]], where Xykon went full HeroKiller in some incredibly horrible ways, proved ''exactly'' how wrong that belief was.
** And Redcloak at first appears to merely be Xykon's DeadpanSnarker BeleagueredAssistant. Turns out he and his god are actually behind everything, and even using Xykon to their ends.
** In a meta sense, ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' author Rich Burlew essentially baited his audience. Burlew has occasionally written little essays on how D&D is played and storylines are formed on his website. In a number of these pieces he talks about giving depth to the villains, and how evil people can have friends, EvenEvilHasLovedOnes, and [[VillainousFriendship two villains working together aren't always just looking to turn on each other at the first opportunity]]. Combine that with scenes of [[BigBad Xykon]] and [[TheDragon Redcloak]] joking together, snarking each other, and commiserating when their cause seemed to be lost, and it seemed like might be such friends. Then the prequel story "[[BreakThemByTalking Start]] [[EvilerThanThou of]] [[MoralEventHorizon Darkness]]" came out and kicked that theory right in the nuts. Well played, [[MagnificentBastard Mr. Burlew]], well played.
** When General Tarquin was introduced he got a lot of fans for affability, [[GenreSavvy savvy]], and style. And of course [[spoiler: he's Elan's father]]. It's since become apparent that [[spoiler: he uses his position as de facto ruler of the Empire of Blood to force any woman he takes a fancy to to marry him, often through outright oturture. Which makes him ''rather less'' likable. Not to mention burning 30 slaves (possibly alive) to spell Elan's name out in lights--even [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Elan]] finally realizes it at that point.]]
** The same goes for his partner Minister Malack. He's polite, efficient, eschews Tarquin's theatrics, and one of the first things we learn about him is that he hates Nale for murdering his children. Then we learn [[spoiler: those weren't his ''biological'' children. He's a vampire. One who's planning to outlive the rest of Team Tarquin, inherit a unified continent and offer his god a thousand sacrifices a day. "I'm thinking of [[IndustrializedEvil developing some sort of special chamber by then to make the process more efficient]]..."]]
* Skippy the Demon from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was originally introduced as just [[http://beta.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=000604 a kind of dopey guy]] for the ''real'' BigBad, K'Z'K, to explain his plan to. But when he [[http://beta.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050814 shows up again later]], he's scarily devoted to reviving K'Z'K, bringing about the end of the world, and seeing that Zoe burns.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' has a somewhat literal example with Coyote. At first he comes across as a friendly, CrazyAwesome, and hilarious {{t|heTrickster}}rickster, especially when compared to his [[TheDragon lieutenant]], Ysengrin, who seems AxCrazy. However, as time goes on, more and more hints are dropped that Coyote is really a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality wild, unpredictable entity]] that ''only'' does things for his own [[ForTheLulz enjoyment]], regardless of who might get hurt in the process. His [[KickTheDog dog kicking]] has included treating the [[UndyingLoyalty loyal]] [[JerkassWoobie Ysengrin]] like garbage, [[spoiler:threatening to blow Annieís hand off if she tells anyone about the sword he gave her]], and [[spoiler:knowingly allowing Reynardine to walk into a trap set by the Court because he thought itíd be amusing.]] He finally seems to have crossed the MoralEventHorizon after TheReveal that heís been [[spoiler:forcibly removing Ysengrinís memories and eating them. This is complete with a visibly horrified Ysengrin begging Coyote to stop as the god reaches into his head while sporting a SlasherSmile]]. This has been {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by WordOfGod.
-->'''[[WordOfGod Tom]]:''' Reminder: Coyote ainít your bro.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Nebula}}'', Black Hole, despite her EvilLaugh and general creepiness, at first does nothing harmful onscreen. Given that Pluto was already shown to shunned and feared as a when he's just a MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold, it's easy for the reader to think that she's like him- strange, but not evil, and that the fear the planets have for her isn't based on truth. [[spoiler:And then she lies to Pluto, nearly kills all the planets, and actually ''does'' get Ceres killed in a way that cements her as a HumanoidAbomination ManipulativeBastard.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'', Michael-Lan is set up as a MagnificentBastard power behind the throne in heaven; he likes human music and culture, he is manipulating Yahweh and generally being cool. [[BreakTheCutie Then he gets a naive young angel hooked on heroin so he can force her into prostitution to support her habit.]] [[spoiler: [[TheChessmaster That was also part of his plan too.]]]]
* In ''[[Machinima/RedVsBlueTheChorusTrilogy Red vs. Blue]]'''s 11th season we meet Felix who at first starts out as a well meaning rouge who works for the New Republic, and is a mercenary counterpart of [[PsychoForHire Locus]]. But in the next season he finally shows his true colors when [[spoiler: he was really in league with Locus, and is an even worse psycho than him. He has no problems with killing people and would have nuked the entire planet for the lulz]].
* Freeza thins about invoking this trope at one point in ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged''. When contemplating how he'll rule [[TheEmpire his empire]] after wishing for immortality, Freeza decides he'll spend the first century or so going easy on his subjects, until they are lulled and decide he's [[ALighterShadeOfBlack not so bad]]. At that point, he'll go [[EvilOverlord full tyrant]] on them. And he has further plans for after that too...
-->'''Freeza:''' So, for the first century, I'll go easy on them, lull them into a false sense of security. And then when they think I'm not so bad... bam! I'll go full tyrant on them in the second century. After that I'll disappear for millennia and [[LegendFadesToMyth make them wonder if I ever existed to begin with]]. [[ShootTheShaggyDog Just to come back and kill them all]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In TheMovie of ''WesternAnimation/{{Ed Edd N Eddy|s Big Picture Show}}'' this is mildly applied. [[spoiler: Eddy's Brother is initially portrayed upon his introduction as cool older brother willing to help out Eddy and his friends. It almost seems heartwarming the way Eddy hugs his brother for promising to help them out. One minute later he's beating the hell out of his little brother, his brother's best friend, and has the rest of the cast watching in horror.]]
* In WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}, Xanatos seems honestly remorseful for what happened to [[spoiler:Derek]], and is trying to make a cure. Then comes the ending, and it's revealed that [[spoiler: he has no cure, he just wants to keep Derek close by for further testing and doesn't care at all what he did to him]]. If there was ever a moment you truly hated [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] on the cartoon, chances are this was it.
* Directly inverted by Razer in the third episode of ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries''. When Aya frees him from the prison and tells him Hal and Kilowog came to rescue him and need his help, he runs off to their abandoned ship, supposedly leaving them to die. [[spoiler:He was going back for his ring, and saves them.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'', the Green Goblin finally [[spoiler: tells his son the words that his son always wanted to hear: he's [[SoProudOfYou proud]] of him. Then he drops his son to his possible death right after]].
* WesternAnimation/TronUprising: Tessler, Dyson and Clu establish themselves as evil as early as possible, but then there's Pavel. Pavel's initially a DirtyCoward, LargeHam, and most ineffectual of the Occupation officers. He's a borderline ButtMonkey who's efficiency sees a temporary boost before he's knocked back down to IneffectualSympatheticVillain. As the show goes on he get's gradually worse, from his reveal as the TortureTechnician, to his actions in Rendezvous, which start with him walking into a prison cell and murdering the occupants just to test a weapon and go downhill from there.
* The ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode "The Last Mabelcorn" shows how the Author and [[BigBad Bill Cipher]] met and eventually became enemies. [[spoiler:Ford summoned Bill out of desperation once his research reached a dead end, the dream demon praising Ford's genius and saying how he would change the world. Ford was so happy that someone appreciated his intelligence for once that he and Bill began collaborating on the Portal Device, but an accident involving Ford's partner [=McGucket=] revealed that Bill had just been using Ford to bring about the Apocalypse and thought it would be funny to watch Ford try and stop him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': While the three Homeworld Gems avoid this, minor villain Eyeball played this straight. When the Ruby Squad show up they're all treated as incompetent borderline harmless henchmen who are easily lead in circles by the heroes. Eyeball and Army are confrontational but consistently played for laughs. Then came [[Recap/StevenUniverseS3E24Bubbled Bubbled]] wherein Eyeball and Steven are trapped together and while at first it seems Eyeball is coming around when Steven heals her, in actuality she draws a knife and goes after him. Unlike the other Rubies, Eyeball is played as a legit threat to the defenseless Steven being a fanatical and unhinged SociopathicSoldier who intends to kill him to achieve fame on her home planet.