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[[caption-width-right:295:The original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, clockwise from top-left: [[BigBad Magneto]], [[TheDarkChick Scarlet Witch]], [[TheBrute Quicksilver]], [[TheEvilGenius Mastermind]], and [[TheDragon Toad]].]]

Heroes aren't the only ones who enjoy bonding in groups of five. Villains do it, too, and this {{trope}} is the EvilCounterpart of the FiveManBand. This isn't necessarily done to mirror the heroes or provide any sort of advantage; in fact, many Five-Bad Bands are in place even before the FiveManBand is. Note also that Five-Bad Bands are more fluid than Five Person Bands, open to more roster changes. However, if there are not five of them, it's not a FiveBadBand.

The roles in a Five-Bad Band are:

* [[BigBad The Big Bad]] - Counterpart to TheLeader or TheHero, or if present sometimes the BigGood. LargeAndInCharge, with an inner circle of {{mooks}} to do their bidding and often also an [[TheEvilArmy Evil Army]] as well. Often will be more difficult to identify early on because of the very nature of a BigBad.
* TheDragon - Counterpart to TheLancer, or on occasion TheHero if the BigBad v BigGood thing is going on. Usually more physical than their boss, and commonly the most trusted member of the bunch. Good for leading {{Mooks}}. If the BigBad is a Barbaric Psychopath, then the Dragon will likely be the most '[[WickedCultured classy]]', and Vice Versa. Much like TheLancer, in the absence of a SixthRangerTraitor, TheDragon is the most likely to betray the team (''especially'' if they're TheStarscream), and may bear their share of resentment towards the BigBad[[note]]although if there's more than one Dragon, odds are at least one will be fully loyal[[/note]]. More likely to be TheHero's EvilCounterpart or WorthyOpponent within the context of the story than the BigBad is.
* [[EvilGenius The Evil Genius]] - Counterpart to TheSmartGuy. Operates the weapons or acts as MissionControl for the others. Often essential to the evil scheme; they're screwing up could mean the entire thing falls apart. Most likely of this group to be BadBoss'd for this very reason. Ironically, being less manically evil doesn't make them a better candidate for a HeelFaceTurn, as they are often just completely amoral. More prone to insanity or [[BunnyEarsLawyer other quirks]] than others. Very likely to be a MadScientist (or an EvilSorcerer in fantasy-oriented works).
* TheBrute - Counterpart to TheBigGuy. If {{the Dragon}} doesn't [[MookLieutenant lead]] the {{Mooks}}, they will. While likely not better in a fight than TheDragon, is often the most physically powerful and often the most sadistic. Likes to fight and get his hands dirty, and is usually second best to {{the Dragon}} at doing so. Oh, and they are [[GiantMook big]], and sometimes ([[GeniusBruiser but not always]]) [[DumbMuscle pretty dim]].
* [[DarkChick The Dark Chick]] - The counterpart to TheChick, they can vary quite significantly, and is chiefly defined by looking or acting wildly different from the other members, adding color to the group. It's this member that stands out for one reason or another, and may be considered the "freak" or loose cannon of the group, particularly by her own members. If in an [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism optimistic setting,]] she will be the one most likely to be [[HighHeelFaceTurn redeemed and not die horrifically]] (and probably hook up with TheHero or TheLancer). If not, then she becomes a one part [[DatingCatwoman Dominatrix]] and one part {{Yandere}} for TheHero if she holds any type of [[VillainessesWantHeroes romantic interest]] towards him at all. It's also possible for her to be in love with TheDragon or the BigBad. Doesn't necessarily have to be female.

Also frequent is for the group to get a SixthRanger of its own -- possibly a SixthRangerTraitor. Sometimes there'll even be a more classical [[TheLancer Lancer]]. Just like with the FiveManBand, the former can either be a FaceHeelTurn or just simply a third entity that eventually joins them and the latter is a member that undergoes a HeelFaceTurn (although the member doesn't necessarily have to join the heroes opposing the organization). It's extraordinarily rare for a Five-Bad Band to get a TeamPet, though. However, when they do, [[FluffyTheTerrible it]] will be out on the field of battle trying to ream {{redshirt}}s of the team to death or is seen consuming {{mooks}} like treats.

In general this team is the ultimate enemy to defeat, being [[FixedRelativeStrength equal and opposite]] their enemies. However, if they are a group sent out by the BigBad and have a leadership structure but are nothing more than a dangerous group to cause trouble then it is a QuirkyMinibossSquad. A Five Bad Team can double as ThePsychoRangers, the collective EvilTwin of a FiveManBand.

When adding entries to this list, please follow the order as listed above. Also remember, the individual character {{trope}}s are very specific character types. It is tempting to match one or two possible characters and then shove other characters in a QuirkyMinibossSquad to fit this {{trope}}. Like the FiveManBand, they have a team dynamic, not just vague personality quirks.

Compare and contrast with a StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy.


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