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Two races, one AlwaysLawfulGood and one AlwaysChaoticEvil, which are specifically counterparts of each other. Essentially an EvilCounterpart on a species wide scale, and related to CainAndAbel and other sibling rivalry tropes.

While ElvesVsDwarves is about HarmonyVersusDiscipline, this is about good and evil, at least from the elves' point of view. Often subverted by a DefectorFromDecadence or deconstructed when it's discovered that the 'good' race is not so harmless, or the evil one has a case of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch (or is [[DarkIsNotEvil merely dark and not evil]]).



[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* Green Martians like the ComicBook/MartianManhunter J'onn J'onnz are wise, peaceful, and obscenely powerful (with one exception: OmnicidalManiac and EvilCripple Malefic). White Martians have all the powers of their green cousins, but are monstrously evil (also with, to date, a single exception). No, the respective exceptions are not in any meaningful way counterparts. However this depends on the incarnation, in some versions the white martians are simply subject to a prejudice.
* Daxamites are descended from [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Kryptonian]] colonists, and gain the same powers at the same levels when exposed to the light of a yellow sun (though they're vulnerable to lead instead of [[KryptoniteFactor kryptonite]]). Unlike Superman, Supergirl, Power Girl and other Kryptonian heroes, though, Daxamites are rabidly xenophobic, to the point of murdering an alien who accidentally crashed on their planet. When a Korugarian Green Lantern helped liberate them from an alien conqueror, they merely demanded she leave the planet rather than killing her, as a show of gratitude. This really bites them in their collective asses when the Sinestro Corps invaded.


* ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': Presumably what the dark elves of the Dark underworld are, to the normal elves of the Light surface.

[[folder: Film ]]
* The urRu (the "Mystics")_ and the Skeksis of ''Film/TheDarkCrystal.'' They're actually the good and evil halves of the same species, brought about by the species's attempt to purify themselves through use of the Dark Crystal.
* ''Film/TheSmurfs2'' has [[BigBad Gargamel]] creating the Naughties, who are two ChaoticEvil grey-skinned Smurf-like beings.

[[folder: Literature ]]
* In H.G. Wells' ''Literature/TheTimeMachine'', the pilot of a prototype time machine discovers himself in AD 802,701, where humans have apparently evolved into two species, the Eloi and the Morlocks. The Eloi are childlike, harmless people preyed upon by the subterranean, predatory Morlocks.
** In the original novel this was depicted as necessary symbiosis, since the Eloi can't live without the Morlocks running the machinery that keeps their home so idyllic. It's a major TakeThat at the late Victorian society where few aristocrats could enjoy luxuries of "natural" lifestyle at the cost of thousands of workers living in squalid, artifical conditions for all their lives. Today, similar comparisons could be drawn between the developed countries and the Third World.
** The Eloi incidentally aren't "good", but useless and childish, beautiful but meaningless. The morlocks, in contrast, are [[GeniusBruiser hideous brutes technologically advanced enough]] to turn the surface world into a paradise for their [[HumanResources cattle]], and build and maintain an extensive [[UndergroundCity underground civilization]] powered by incomprehensibly advanced and vast machinery. This has been heavily {{flanderiz|ation}}ed in the subsequent adaptions that omit the DownerEnding, to the point of {{Disneyfication}} and even inversion of Wells' intended message that the morlocks were the ''real'' {{Ubermensch}}en, for better or worse.
* In ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'', because '[[EvilIsSterile the Enemy cannot make, he can only mock]]', some villainous races are literally bad counterfeits of good ones, such as Orcs of Elves and Trolls of Ents. There does not appear to be a set for Dwarves and Men, presumably because the Enemy was able to corrupt some of them directly, though some characters speculate that Saruman's 'goblin-men' Uruk-hai represent a blending of the races of Orcs and Men.
* Not races but rather nations, the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series has the two worlds which follow "The Church of Humanity Unchained:" Grayson, which is mostly just "heavily conservative", and Masada, which is violently misogynistic. It was an ugly schism.
** In the same series, Beowulf and Mesa. The parallels with Grayson and Masada are [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]].
* In the Literature/FirebirdTrilogy, the Shuhr are originally presented as the evil counterpart to the Sentinels. Brennen Caldwell, a high level Sentinel, even remarks once that the Shuhr provide a prime example of what the Sentinels would be like if not for the Sentinel's strictly enforced self-imposed moral and ethical codes. However, the trope is played with in the earlier books, as we see both {{Face Heel Turn}}s and a HeelFaceTurn, and ultimately subverted in ''Wind and Shadow'', where it is shown that only the upper level of the Shuhr were despicable, with the rest of the people being normal.
* From ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:the "Endarkened" Shadowhunters that Sebastian Morgenstern creates using the Infernal Cup and Lilith's blood. They are stronger and faster than regular Shadowhunters, but cannot use their Runes or angelically aligned weapons. They are given demonic equivalents]].
* Each of the Angarak nations in Creator/DavidEddings' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' map quite well as the evil equivalents of one of the Alorn kingdoms:
** The Thulls are evil counterparts to the Sendars, as they're both the dedicated peasant race of each faction.
** The Murgos are evil Algars, their Kings are ArchEnemies, both cultures prize horses, they're the two sides that come into conflict most often, and they both use a fake city to deceive their enemies: the Algars have a giant fortified city to act as ShmuckBait, and the Murgos built Rak Goska to look like a normal city and create the illusion that the Murgos weren't a race of soldiers planning to attack the West at any moment.
** Nadraks are evil Drasnians, they're both sneaky, mercantile-oriented and the most secular faction on each side (the evil thing ''is'' downplayed in that the Nadraks end up [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn going over to the side of the good guys]]]] in the Belgariad itself).
** The Mallorean Empire acts as a counterpart to both the Chereks, as the "original" Angaraks and Alorns respectively, and to the Rivans, since the Mallorean Emperor and Rivan King are each generally considered the rulers of the East and the West.
* Subverted in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. The Moroi are presented as a good race of vampires and the Strigoi as their evil counterparts. Goes along with the Moroi having nature-friendly powers and a pacifistic philosophy, while the Strigoi are predators and are abhorred by nature itself. But the Moroi themselves turn out to be a not AlwaysLawfulGood race. They have their share of cruel individuals and outright villains.
* A somewhat unusual case in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series is of the [[{{Hellhound}} Darkhounds]], aka TheWildHunt, which are the specific counterpart of ordinary wolves. While wolves are not exactly good by human standards, they are absolute enemies of the Shadow and fight on the side of Light in the Last Battle.

[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* The ''Series/{{Star Trek|The Original Series}}'' episode [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Let_That_Be_Your_Last_Battlefield "Let That Be Your Last Battlefield"]] is an extreme case where Bele acts as if Lokai is a member of an AlwaysChaoticEvil race, despite it clearly being a case of GreyAndGrayMorality from the crew's point of view.
** Also in ''Franchise/StarTrek'', the Romulans to the Vulcans.
** In the Original Series, the Klingons to Humans.
** Also in the Original Series, the [[TheEmpire Terran Empire]] to the [[TheFederation Federation]]. Which technically ''is'' the Federation, [[MirrorUniverse in a way]].
** In the later series, the Cardassians to Humans. Cardassian history matches Earth's pretty well- they were both poverty stricken and war torn but dragged themselves up into an ordered and unified society at the center of a galactic superpower. The parallels are even closer when you consider that TheFederation and especially Earth have a clear socialist philosophy, and the Cardassians are Orwellian space communists.
** Within TheFederation's EvilCounterpart, [[TheEmpire The Dominion]].
*** The Changelings to The Prophets
*** The Vorta to Bajorans
*** The Jem'hadar to the Klingons.
*** The Dominion arc also introduced two profit driven races, the Dosi, evil counterparts to the Ferengi, and the Karemma, who are good counterparts!
** Not forgetting [[OurDemonsAreDifferent the Pah-wraiths]] to [[OurAngelsAreDifferent the Prophets]].
* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the Goa'uld vs. Tok'ra and the Ori vs. Ancients. In both cases the good race operated behind the scenes (the Tok'ra worked as spies and saboteurs since they lacked the numbers and the means to replenish them, and only a couple Ancients even tried to circumvent their self-imposed non-interference laws) while the bad race went around shouting "Worship me!"
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The original concept for the Cybermen made them [[EvilCounterpart Evil Counterparts]] to humans. Their home planet Mondas was literally [[CounterEarth Earth's twin planet]], and their gradual slide into becoming cyborg monsters was as a result of the most human instinct possible: survival at any cost. This aspect of them faded over time, but the Revival brought it back to the fore, with the Cybermen essentially being positioned as humanity's collective ArchEnemy, and almost every story depicting them as a result of people giving in to desperation or fear of death.
** The Daleks were initially positioned as this to the Thals, however, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks "Genesis of the Daleks"]] subverted this and made it clear that during the War, they were just as bad as each other.
** Similarly, the Revival initially upgraded the Daleks into this for the Time Lords, their equals in power and enemies during the Time War, but [[Recap/DoctorWhoNSS4E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]] demonstrated that the Time Lords had gladly [[EvilVersusEvil sunk to their level]].

[[folder: Religion ]]
* [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Angels]] and [[FallenAngel fallen angels]][[OurDemonsAreDifferent /demons]] in a lot of {{works}}, though traditionally in Christianity they're the same species, just on different sides.
* {{Subverted}} in UsefulNotes/{{Islam}}. The Devil (called 'Iblis') and humankind are fated to be enemies, but the descendants of the Devil --the Djinns-- have free will just like humans, they can choose to be good or to be evil, thus they aren't human's Evil Counterpart Race. Of note is that they aren't counterpart to angels either, because Iblis was never an angel to begin with.
* [[OurGiantsAreBigger Jotuns]] have a similar role in Norse mythology as an evil counterpart of the [[ThePantheon Aesir]].
* [[LawfulGood Devas]] and [[ChaoticEvil Asuras]] in Buddhist and Hindu cosmologies.

[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a habit of doing this for ''everyone'', creating evil (and occasionally good) counterpart races for just about everything:
** Elves vs. Drow.
** Dwarves vs. Derro and Duergar.
** Aasimar and Tieflings from ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' onwards.
** The Githzerai and Githyanki - though that's more like "paranoid neutral isolationists" and their evil counterpart.
** [[GoodColoursEvilColours Chromatic (evil) and metallic (good)]] dragons in many D&D settings -- especially ''TabletopGame/{{Dragonlance}}'', where the chromatic dragons were corrupted versions of the original good dragons.
** Subverted with the Svirfneblin, the Deep Gnomes from the Underdark, the home of the drow. [[DarkIsNotEvil They aren't evil]] (generally neutral, actually), but certainly can be considered 'dark gnomes'.
*** But played straight with the Gnomes and Kobolds due to the fact that their gods hate each other.
** "The Book of Vile Darkness" gives us Jerren for Halflings and Vashar, who are a race of purely evil humans.
* ''TabletopGame/WarhammerFantasy'' has both High Elves vs. Dark Elves (with both being highly magical naval oriented empires who hate each others guts...) Oh, and incidentally humans usually can't tell them apart... And the dwarfish counterpart Chaos Dwarves (who are even more greedy than the regular variant) arguably the Vampire Counts also serve as a twisted reflection of Empire society, and the Beastmen serve a similar role for the Wood Elves.
** The bit about humans' difficulty in telling High and Dark Elves apart is odd, because their visual designs pretty much scream good guys and bad guys respectively. Of course they ''are'' the same race, the design differences are completely down to wearing different clothes.
** In ''Elfslayer'', a particularly naive High Elf couldn't tell a Dark Elf was a Dark Elf (and was severely reprimanded by his bodyguard for that). Then again, Dark Elf cultists frequently infiltrate High Elf society, so it's not just naive High Elves who can't tell them apart.
* Dark Eldar in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''. [[BlackAndGreyMorality Although the Craftworld Eldar aren't exactly nice guys either]].
** The Eldar and the Necrons.

[[folder: Toys ]]
* Franchise/{{Lego}}'s ''WesternAnimation/{{Mixels}}'' has the titular characters opposed by the Nixels, who represent conformity juxtaposed to the Mixels representing creativity. This is apparent in their black and white blocky appearance and their base looking completely blank inside.

[[folder: Video Games ]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}''
** Gnomes vs. goblins, and humans vs. orcs. The gnomes vs. goblins is more of a rivalry than outright hostility, though.
** Zigzagged with the Elves. Only specific factions of Blood Elves (those who followed Kael'Thas) and Night Elves (Highborne) have any claim to being evil. [[GreyAndGrayMorality It's all a matter of perspective, otherwise.]] Night Elves are, at the very least, the most aggressive of the three races, while Blood Elves are High Elf survivors who resorted to demonic magics in order to survive.
** There are also specific subraces like the Dark Iron dwarves (generally same look but black skin) or the several kinds of trolls opposing the Darkspear tribe that belongs to the Horde. And in Northrend there are several races heavily implied or outright stated to be the original of the player races, which developed on their own over time.
** Way back in ''Warcraft II'' trolls served as the Evil Counterpart Race for the elves (before the high elf/blood elf split and before we knew of the night elves), both races providing the main ranged unit and light naval craft for their respective factions.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Warlords}}'' games, as well as having High Elves and Dark Elves, has Dwarves and Dark Dwarves, the former being the typical ale-swilling axe-bearers, the latter being industrial {{Mad Scientist}}s.
* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', The Darkspawn are created when [[spoiler:a female of a race -Human, Elf, Qunari or Dwarf- is captured and turned into a [[FateWorseThanDeath Broodmother]] and spawns them.]] Each race has a Darkspawn equivalent that is [[spoiler:born of the Broodmother]] of that race- Human [[spoiler:Broodmothers]] produce Hurlocks, Dwarves produce Genlocks, Elves produce Shrieks, and Qunari produce Ogres. Dark''spawn'', indeed.
* A lot of Franchise/{{Digimon}} species are Evil Counterparts to other species:
** Devimon to Angemon.
** Deathmon and Demon to Seraphimon
** Lilithmon to Ophanimon
** Kuwagamon to Kabuterimon
** Tsukaimon to Patamon
** And, of course, the innumerable examples of cases where the evil counterpart's name is the good version's name plus the word 'black' (and coloring alterations to match), such as [=BlackAgumon=], [=BlackTailmon=], [=BlackToyAgumon=], [=BlackWarGreymon=], etc. Justified in that they are intended according to the fluff to literally have originally been of the respective good race, but were transformed by computer viruses.
* Goombas to Toads in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' Both mushroom folk, but with the goombas being the quitessential ''Mario'' {{Mook|s}} and... well... TheGoomba. There are games however where friendly goombas show up, such as the ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' series.
* The Inklings in ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' have the antagonistic Octarians, who are to octopi like the Inklings are to squids. While most of them show up as {{Gonk}}ish anthropomorphic tentacles, the Octolings exemplify the counterpart better, being female-only troops capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting between octopus and humanoid form, just like the Inklings can between squid and humanoid. ''VideoGame/Splatoon2'' features a friendly Octling and an expansion that has playable Octolings of both genders. [[spoiler: The Octarians aren't actually evil, they're just desperate after they were forced underground and their infrastructure is collapsing]].
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' has the Kokiri and the Deku Scrubs. Both are forest-based races with connections to the [[WiseTree Great Deku Tree]], but while the former are more human-like children who generally get along well with the few non-Kokiri with whom they interact, the latter are more plant-like monsters who spit seeds at anyone who approaches them.
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'' has the Nejirons, {{Rock Monster}}s that are basically meaner-looking Gorons that try to roll into you and blow up. Their [[MeaningfulName name]] is even the Japanese word "Neji" meaning "twisted" combined with "-ron."
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkBetweenWorlds'', the Maiamai are an inversion, being a good counterpart to the Octoroks. Both resemble land-based cephalopods with tube-like mouths, but while Octoroks suck in and spit out objects to hurt Link, Mother Maiamai sucks in and spits out objects to upgrade them for Link.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the [[LizardFolk Lizalfos]] have been redesigned into one for the [[FishPeople Zoras]]. Both are gangly swimmers who prefer spears to other weapons and like eating fish. Water-based Lizalfos will even spit bursts of water at Link in a manner similar to the previously evil Zoras from the 2D games.

[[folder: Webcomics ]]
* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Drowtales}}'', as explained in the no-longer-canon guide [[http://www.drowtales.com/worldsettingarchive.php?id=15 here]].

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* The Duloks as the evil counterpart of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}''.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'', fairies have two in the form of anti-fairies and pixies.
** Anti-fairies, as their names imply, are the blue-skinned polar opposites of fairies in terms of both morality and their respective fairy counterpart's personality, the most notable being the KnowNothingKnowItAll Anti-Cosmo to the [[TheDitz ditzy]] Cosmo, the hillbilly Anti-Wanda to the intelligent Wanda, and the charismatic Foop to Poof. Like fairies, they can have godchildren and grant wishes, but they're only assigned to mean people and they only grant wishes with sinister results, and they have a love of spreading bad luck amongst humans, so their favorite holiday is Friday the 13th.
** Pixies are an entire race of incredibly boring {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s that will only grant wishes if they conform to their strict standards and often attempt to take control of Fairy World to subjugate the fun-loving fairies. Because of their reliance on the system, they're frequently undone by [[HoistByHisOwnPetard loopholes in their ironclad contracts]].
* The violent and warrior-like Fmeks, the Evil Counterpart of the peaceful Arquilians in ''WesternAnimation/MenInBlack''; both races of {{Lilliputian|s}} size that use [[MobileSuitHuman giant (for them) suits to pass as humans]].
* The animated series the ''WesternAnimation/{{Monchhichis}}'', based on the popular Japanese toy series of cute monkey-like creatures has the Grumplins as the evil counterpart.
* On ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', the ponies are opposed by the insectoid changelings, who are similar in appearance and [[EmotionEater feed on the large amounts of love]] that the former produce. Where the ponies are presently ruled by princesses, the changelings are led by a [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen queen]] that wants control of Equestria, and almost succeeded in obtaining it the first time the race appeared. Season six introduced [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch a rogue changeling]] named Thorax who wanted to make friends, and [[spoiler: in the season 6 finale "To Where and Back Again", Starlight Glimmer and Thorax [[HeelRaceTurn convince the changelings to rebel against the evil queen Chrysalis]], who has been using them to hoard ThePowerOfLove for herself.]]
* In the animated series the Wartmongers seem to be an evil counterpart of ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs''.