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Sometimes, the villainous organization doesn't go out and call itself TheEmpire or TheSyndicate. Instead, they prefer to give themselves a feeling of unity in their nefarious and evil purposes. Calling yourselves "The Brotherhood" doesn't ''sound'' that evil, but nevertheless it seems to be a popular name among evildoers in fiction. Though the name indicates an organization of equals, there still tends to be one [[BigBad "big brother"]] in charge regardless.

The BrotherhoodOfEvil may function like TheMafia, or as a secret society with shadowy rituals and complex codes of honor, and are much less likely to invoke WeHaveReserves on their "brothers" unless [[TheChessmaster their sinister leader]] [[UnwittingPawn is just using them]] for his own purposes. If they're [[CardCarryingVillain Card Carrying Villains]], they might put a "Dark" or "Evil" in their name just to be clear that they're not [[TrueCompanions the good kind of brotherhood]].

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!!Examples:

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* The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Magneto's supporters in the [[ComicBook/{{X-Men}} X-Men comics]], which [[CardCarryingVillain keeps the "evil" in its name]] despite often having sympathetic motives.
** This is averted in the films where Magneto tends to refer to it just as "The Brotherhood of Mutants."
* The Brotherhood of Evil from ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol'' (which started out as a international crime syndicate, but we only ever saw their top people.)
** Also showed up as {{Big Bad}}s of the final season of ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''.
* The Brotherhood of Metallix from ''SonicTheComic''.
* The Brotherhood of Dada in DCComics, opponents of the ''ComicBook/DoomPatrol''.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* In ''Film/{{Thunderball}}'', [[NebulousEvilOrganization SPECTRE]] has as "The International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons" as one of its covers.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The Grail Brotherhood from the ''Literature/{{Otherland}}'' series.
* The dark elves of [[TheRiftwarCycle Midkemia]] are known as the Brotherhood of the Dark Path.
* {{Gender Flip}}ped example: the Sisters of the Dark in ''TheSwordOfTruth''
* The predecessor of the modern [[Franchise/StarWars Sith Order]] was the Brotherhood of Darkness, elaborated on in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse''.

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[[folder: Tabletop RPG ]]

* ''TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu''. The Brotherhood of the Beast in the ''The Fungi from Yuggoth'' campaign (and its remake ''Day of the Beast'').

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[[folder: Toys ]]

* ''{{Bionicle}}'': The Brotherhood of Makuta under Teridax's rule.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''SonicChronicles'': ''The Dark Brotherhood''
* The Brotherhood Of Nod from the ''CommandAndConquer'' games.
** The third and fourth games subvert this a lot. They are still quite dark but have become the sole source of stability, welfare and support for many people around the world.
* The Dark Brotherhood, the assassin cult from ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''.
* The Brotherhood of the Dark Rapture from ''VideoGame/CliveBarkersJericho''.
* The Brotherhood of the Ninth Circle, a doomsday cult led by an insane vampire, from ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines''.
* Just about any organizations in video games that even involve the word 'brotherhood'.
** Although in ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'', the (relatively) good Assassins call themselves "The Brotherhood", while the Templar Order decidedly fits this trope perfectly.
* Played with in the ''{{VideoGame/Fallout}}'' series with the Brotherhood of Steel. They're not evil, per se, but they've made many enemies due to their aggressive hoarding of pre-war technology, and have been known to murder people to preserve their secrecy. On the other hand, they have wiped out troublesome raider groups such as the Vipers, and have played a major role in the defeats of the Enclave and the Super Mutants.
* The Brotherhood is one of the rival gangs in ''Videogame/SaintsRow2''.

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[[folder: Web Original ]]

* The Assembly of Evil from [[LessThanThreeComics LessThanThree Comics']] Brat Pack, although, to be fair, they are supposed to be used as a propaganda tool for when their boss runs for President.
* The Sith Brotherhood and Brotherhood of the Sith in ''TheGunganCouncil''.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' deters criminals from FOWL, the "Fiendish Organization of World Larceny."

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* TheMafiya is also known as "Bratva", which means, you guessed it, "Brotherhood".



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