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->''"Zhe healing is not as rewarding as zhe hurting."''
-->-- '''The Medic''', ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''

You should never trust anyone with "[[BadPowersBadPeople Bad Powers]]"; more often than not they're villains, and ''at best'' will be [[DarkIsNotEvil dark but not evil.]] Instead, you should [[HorribleJudgeOfCharacter completely trust]] that lovely person dressed [[ManInWhite all i]][[WomanInWhite n white]] with the happy Light based powers, like granting life to the fallen and [[HolyHandGrenade raining down beams of judgement from the heavens]]... [[LightIsNotGood which they're using to raise an army of undead]]. Wait.

Believe it or not, good powers do not necessarily make you a good person. Whether it's the EmpathicHealer, BarrierWarrior, someone with powers fueled by [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2004/11/27/8-bit-chronicles-3-of-3/ love]], light, or other traditionally positive ElementalPowers, it's ultimately personality and choice that determine whether the character is good or evil. And boy, have they ''ever'' chosen to be evil. In many ways this makes them worse than villains with "bad" powers; whereas the evil applications of say, a death touch or the ability to summon demons are obvious, someone with "good" powers has had to sit down and carefully think of ways to use their naturally beneficial powers to harmful ends.

Maybe they ask for money in exchange for healing, or outright extort villagers for payment in order to "solve their problem". Beyond this merely mercenary outlook, a Bad Person with Good Powers might use their powers for outright evil or to aid evildoers, or find a way of twisting their previously squeaky clean power (say, PsychicSurgery) into a {{squick}}y mean torture. Lastly, any KnightTemplar with "Holy" powers might be [[BlueAndOrangeMorality so dogmatic in their belief]] that they twist their holy mandate into things like [[FinalSolution ethnic cleansing]] of "AlwaysChaoticEvil" races.

This can be considered a form of WhatTheHellHero (well, [[FaceHeelTurn villain]]), with the [[AmbitionIsEvil evil of using powers to make money]] [[DependingOnTheWriter varying by writer]]. To put it another way, it's like a personified version of a CrapsaccharineWorld, as the initial vision of someone whose powers seem well-meaning belie more heinous intent.

The opposite of BadPowersGoodPeople.

Compare YinYangBomb, CutLexLuthorACheck, LightIsNotGood, PowerPerversionPotential. Contrast NoCureForEvil. See also LethalHarmlessPowers.



[[folder:{{Anime}} & {{Manga}}]]
* [[EvilutionaryBiologist The]] [[MadScientist Doctor]] of ''Manga/BlackCat''. He can heal people of injuries, even going so far as to reattach severed limbs. What does he do with this power? Serves as [[BigBad Creed]] [[NietzscheWannabe Diskenth's]] [[TheMedic primary healer]] and resident EvilGenius, going so far as to actually outdo his master in the scope of [[LackOfEmpathy his depravity]].
* Fran Madaraki from ''Manga/FrankenFran'' is an ObliviouslyEvil version of this. She has implausible skills as a surgeon and considers saving lives her first priority. Unfortunately for her patients, she has no idea on what [[FateWorseThanDeath acceptable quality of life means]]. Her sister Veronica [[WhatTheHellHero calls her out on this]] in chapter 14.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Father can heal people and repair things, but he views people as being so lower than him that he doesn't care about mankind and is in fact willing to murder millions of people to achieve his goal. Bonus points for [[LightIsNotGood white clothes and appearing surrounded in light in the second anime]].
** There's also the Gold-Toothed Alchemist who knows medical alchemy, but is a MadDoctor who loyally serves Father because it gives him a chance to do terrible things ForScience.
** In [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]], [[spoiler:Dante]] is an expert on medicinal herbs and constructive alchemy and taught Izumi. [[spoiler:Who [[BodySurf hijacks bodies]] and would likely have taken Izumi's had she not left first.]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': [[AloofBigBrother Sesshomaru]] gets [[HealingShiv Tenseiga]], a sword that can bring the dead back to life. As he is on a quest to make himself as powerful as possible, having a sword that cannot kill infuriates him. That the sword is willing to choose him as its master baffles everyone who knows him, until it becomes clear over time that he's developing compassion.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Yakushi Kabuto is a medic; he is also the DragonAscendant to the first major big bad, "biologist" Orochimaru, and one of his specialties is using "healing" powers to kill.
** The Rinnegan is able to ([[ComboPlatterPowers among MANY other things]]) resurrect people without any real drawbacks, but the wielder of the Rinnegan is the BigBad of an arc [[spoiler: and loses it to TheManBehindTheMan for the series.]]
* Lance of the Elite Four in ''Anime/PokemonSpecial''. He has the power to understand the hearts of Pokemon, to heal them by laying his hands on them, and he's plotting the complete genocide of all humans on Earth.
* Rezo of ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' studied up on healing magic and got himself a wonderful reputation in the search for a cure for his blindness before JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope.
* ''Spunky Knight'' has [[SquishyWizard Delfas,]] who theoretically could be the ultimate doctor due to his HealingHands and mad scientist-level of technology in an RPG-like world, [[EvilutionaryBiologist however, he uses such abilities to craft the ultimate sex slaves right down to being able to speed up a pregnant woman's gestation period with the intention of her giving birth on the auction block.]] To date, Phaia was the only one to survive the process.
* While he normally just uses his power for pure destruction, Majin Buu of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' is shown at several points to be just as adept at healing as he is at killing. He even manages to give sight to a boy who is suggested to have been blind from birth. Which makes sense since it is implied that those powers come from the Kais he absorbed.
* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': In the manga, Future Zamasu is shown to possess HealingHands. Simply put, this Zamasu [[{{Understatement}} isn't the nicest guy around]], so don't expect him to use that power on anybody but himself or [[spoiler: Goku Black, who's basically himself anyway.]]
* Noi from ''Manga/{{Dorohedoro}}'' is kind, friendly and cheerful woman with powerful healing powers... which doesn't stop her from working as a "Cleaner", which involves killing people, who mess with mafia. Her magic can't hurt people, but allows her to [[HealingFactor quickly recover from life-threatening injuries]], which, coupled with her [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower enormous strength]] makes her a truly terrifying opponent.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Beyond the ubiquitous telepathy, individuals with a magical talent are rare in ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'', but the most well-known sort among all tribes are healers. The series' BigBad, Winnowill, is the most powerful healer alive; while most with this talent only know one way to apply it (lay on hands, subject gets better), Winnowill takes great pleasure in using her powers to twist and deform organisms, subjecting them to unimaginable tortures.
* ''Comicbook/{{Hitman}}'' has a single-arc villain called Scarlet Rose, who has the power to make roses grow. She mostly uses it to horribly kill people by making roses grow inside their bodies.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'', a young man named Humbert T. Jones became known as the Miracle Boy who could heal anything with just a touch. As you would imagine, he became a worshipper of a Eldritch Abomination and caused the Frog men to come into being.
* Dr Light (AKA Arthur Light), a villain from the Franchise/DCUniverse, is a guy using a suit that grants him light-based powers. Turns out he also is a rapist and a villain so vicious that the Justice League ended up blocking his personality so he wouldn't be dangerous anymore. Ironically, DC also has a female superhero named Dr Light, who is pretty much a JerkAssWithAHeartOfGold and has fought her evil namesake on occasions.
* Similarly to Dr Light, the Living Laser from the MarvelUniverse is a guy with the power, well, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin to turn into a being made of pure light]]. And he is pretty much a bad guy, one of IronMan's enemies to be precise.
* Elixir, a healer on the ComicBook/XMen, wavers between good and bad. A lot of his problems are caused by tragedies in his life, though, and getting drafted into ComicBook/XForce was ComicBook/{{Wolverine}}'s attempt to help.
* ''Comicbook/PoisonIvy'' may be a PoisonousPerson, but those aren't the only powers she has- she can also [[GreenThumb grow plants and any other vegetation]] on her command, even when the soil around her isn't at all conducive to plant life, such as deserts and ruined soil. This is the kind of power that could be used in fabulously heroic ways, but unfortunately, like most ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villains, Ivy is insane. She would rather spend her time [[MisanthropeSupreme trying to kill humanity]] [[HumansAreBastards to protect nature]].

* The BigBad in ''Fanfic/TheManWithNoName'' turns out to be [[spoiler:an alien of a species known as [[EmpathicHealer empaths and healers]]]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' {{fanfic}} tends to [[{{Fanon}} posit]] [[HandicappedBadass Ming-Hua]] as the [[RenegadeSplinterFaction Red]] [[BombThrowingAnarchists Lotus]]'s resident HealingHands. While she ''is'' the one with [[MakingASplash the requisite bending element]] (and the one ''other'' known waterbender associated with the group[[spoiler:—who, at any rate, had [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness sold the others out]] thirteen years prior and was ''[[KarmicDeath dead]]'' by the time they were officially introduced—]]explicitly did ''not'' have the skill), she also stands out even among a group that's TheDreaded in-universe as a [[DarkActionGirl scary]] little BloodKnight.
* In ''Fanfic/BreakItDownButterfly'', as soon as Gabriel loses his miraculous, the Peacock Miraculous is activated and its user goes on a rampage. Understandably, everyone thinks she is just another akumatized civilian.

* In ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'', [[DangerousDeserter John Harrison]] cures a [[LittlestCancerPatient terminally ill nine year old girl]]... to coerce her father, Star Fleet officer[[spoiler:[[GovernmentConspiracy Section 31]] Agent]] Thomas Harewood, into bombing a Star Fleet archive claiming 42 lives, including Harewood himself. [[spoiler: Harrison's blood has [[HealingFactor regenerative properties]]. He is actually [[HeroKiller Khan]] [[SealedEvilInACan Noonian]] [[BewareTheSuperman Singh]]. ]]
* The "Stitcher" in ''Film/{{Push}}''. An icy aristocratic Englishwoman with the power to heal. She seemed to enjoy the pain the healing process caused, and [[spoiler: when paid to, had no problem undoing the healing on Nick (they can reverse their repair by touch) and trying to kill him.]]
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', Darth Plagueis was supposedly able to "keep those he loved from dying" through the unique abilities he had developed by mastering the Dark Side of the Force. The fact that he still ''had'' people he loved after becoming a Sith Lord [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget was unusual in and of itself]], although an alternative is that Palpatine was lying in order to ensnare Anakin.
** In the Expanded Universe book ''Literature/DarthPlagueis'', it's stated that those who he kept alive were mostly [[spoiler:his test subjects]].
* The killer in ''Film/MidnightMovie'' is an empath who uses his power to track his fleeing and hiding victims.

* ''Literature/LivesOfTheMayfairWitches'': Many of the Mayfair women were widely known as healers but did horrible things in the background, like performing experiments on the stolen corpses of stillborn babies, or giving their attendant spirit free rein to possess their disabled relatives.
* In Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Semirhage (one of the female Forsaken) was a master healer, but got off on torturing people with it. Another evil healer in the series has a signature habit of using her talents to stop hearts and boil blood. Likewise, Graendal (another female Forsaken) is so good at MindControl because she was a psychotherapist (though unlike Semi, she used to be a nice, if annoyingly ascetic, person).
** Perverted talent is rather a big thing among the Forsaken. Mesaana started out as an excellent teacher until she went bad (after being refused some kind of prestigious research appointment), at which point she used her talents to instruct children in acts that make the most fanatic of the Hitler Youth look like amateurs. Ishamael had an unrivaled knowledge of philosophy as it applied to the battle between Light and Dark, and used it extensively after joining the latter. While the ability to access the World of Dreams is used extensively by the Aiel Wise Ones for positive ends, the Forsaken Lanfear and Moghedien prefer to stalk people, give them nightmares, and possibly enslave people's minds... and Ishamael may or may not have used it to destroy some poor sap's soul.
* ''{{Literature/Touch}}'' has Father, a pretty thoroughly creepy man standing in the lead of a brainwashed cult/criminal empire. His power? Happiness aura.
* In Christopher Paolini's ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', the main character's mother is described as having once killed a dozen highly trained soldiers; her only weapon was knowledge of a healing spell. How did she do this? Well, she "healed" the assailants of everything that drove them to kill... and then slit their throats with their own daggers. This works because the LanguageOfMagic runs on ExactWords.
* In Creator/ChinaMieville's ''Literature/PerdidoStreetStation'' and [[Literature/TheScar other]] [[Literature/IronCouncil novels]] in [[Literature/BasLagCycle that universe]], there are professional magic users, thaumaturges, some of whom have impressive healing powers as well as the ability to perform transplants/surgery without risk of harming a patient. Unfortunately, this is a CrapsackWorld, and many thaumaturges with such powers are vile sadists. Instead of using their powers to heal, they play a role in the legal system, Remaking criminals as punishment for their crimes (i.e. painfully turning them into [[BodyHorror horribly disfigured biological or technological mash-ups]]).
* Used in ''Literature/BonesOfFaerie''. Liza must learn that the magic of the faerie is not evil in its nature, but how it is used.
* Done in great depth in Literature/TheDresdenFiles. However, its inverse is subverted: using powers for evil means you believe that's justified ''and'' it makes you believe even more that it's justified. That feedback reaction is why Warlocks are almost invariably killed, because having started down the wrong path, it's incredibly hard to come back. There are only two known examples; an enigmatic Necromancer who used her powers to keep someone alive long enough to receive medical attention, and [[spoiler: the Blackstaff, the White Council's super secret break-the-laws-of-magic enforcer]].
** But as Harry keeps agonizing over, even mostly-good people can use good powers for evil and start down that slippery slope.
* Additive and Subtractive magic aren't inherently good or evil in the Literature/SwordOfTruth, but because nobody was being born with Subtractive magic, the only people who have it were ones who had made deals with the Keeper, and ''they'' are evil.
* In Creator/HBeamPiper's Paratime universe, narco-hypnosis can be used by those who are trained in it, like Dalla Hadron, for things like retrieving lost memories or easing grief over a loved one. It can ''also'' be used by agents for intertemporal criminal gangs to program assassins.
* Literature/{{Worm}} uses this along with all the various related tropes to drive home its divorce between powers and the person's moral nature. Probably best seen in [[EnfantTerrible Bonesaw]] of the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Slaughterhouse Nine]] who is young, cute and has implausible science powers in seemingly any biological field. She can perform impossible surgeries and even bring the dead back to life if their body is intact, unfortunately she has no apparent sense of morality and her idea of fun and interesting is...[[AndIMustScream ba]][[BodyHorror d]]. Very bad.
** Panacea is terrified that she is doomed to become this despite -or perhaps because of the psychological strain of- her massive healing powers.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Linderman from ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' has the power to heal, but his goal is to blow up New York. He usually uses his power to manipulate or control people by giving, withholding or revoking healing.
* Gideon from ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' is a healer and a well respected Elder. Unfortunately, he turned evil and tried to kill Wyatt and managed to kill Chris. He didn't so much turn evil as become a WellIntentionedExtremist--Wyatt ''was'' set to become the EvilOverlord of Earth in the future, after all. As it turns out, [[SelfFulfillingProphecy only because of Gideon's intervention]].
* In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', Deanna Troi meets a man who is a [[HalfHumanHybrid quarter Betazoid]], which makes him empathic like her (Troi is half Betazoid), and he uses that to win in political and economic negotiations. Troi calls him out on it, but he fires back that he's just using his natural abilities, that in his case all he's dealing with are property transactions, and that it is ''Troi'' who has an ethical problem because she uses her abilities to help her ship defeat enemy vessels and ''kill people''.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' features a Dark Fae who's a Landwight. They are nature spirits who take over a plot of land, and anyone who eats the food that grows there will gain incredible good luck. Being a Dark Fae, though, means that this Landwight has no compunctions about using humans as plant food.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is one of many potential elements of ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}''. There's absolutely nothing preventing a person from becoming exactly this, and in fact, there are mechanics that make it a likely conclusion for most, as exalts fall prey to power and hubris.
** Or starting that way. Even Solar Exaltation has as its only requirements that the human in question be (usually) physically fit to wield power, inclined to ''use'' the full power granted by Exaltation, and not want the complete destruction of Creation. You don't have to be at all good - just usable.
* One of the possible weapon enchantments in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is "merciful", which causes a weapon to deal a little more damage, but all of it nonlethal. Some sourcebooks recommend merciful weapons as torture devices, since they still hurt but don't leave scars or cause lasting harm. And the enchantment requires the Cure Light Wounds spell.
** And if the party hasn't got a cleric, expect healers to charge for their help or ask favors. DeathIsCheap, but Raise Dead is an expensive spell. Sometimes good clerics will do this "at cost."
** Belial, the father of the lady of the fourth hell (Fierna), was originally known as Belial the Merciful and appeared to use his healing powers for good. What he was actually doing, and still does do, is torturing and raping people then healing them and repeating the process until he had cracked their minds and made them his willing slaves.
** One of ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'s'' Darklords, Sodo, had this as a side effect of his Dark Powers' Provided Curse: take a guy (or doppelganger, in this case) who loves murdering via strangulation with his own hands, then make his touch not only healing, but also one of the few minimum-risk means to resurrect someone. (The victims usually come to thinking they woke up from a nightmare)
** With some work, a healer can be built that creates a pool of the elemental plane of positive energy on the material world that not only heals someone past full but eventually causes them to explode from life energy.
** Where in earlier editions paladins and clerics were expected to stay within the boundaries set by alignment and the strictures of their faith on penalty of potentially losing their powers by straying too far, 4th edition does away with this by making being invested with the power to work divine magic very much a one-time event that the god(s) in question ''can't'' then simply take back at whim. This makes it entirely possible for divinely-powered characters to eventually stray from their faith in any direction while ''keeping'' (and possibly expanding on) their old powers, at least until their former fellow followers take sufficient exception to do something about them in person.
** The TabletopGame/SpellJammer expansion takes this a bit further. In one of the crystal sphere settings, a natural anomaly connects with the Positive Energy plane, and can cure characters of any injury, ailment, or disease, but has a cumulative chance of creating incurable, disfiguring tumors. It is guarded, and worshiped by a Cult of Bane, a "dead" evil god.
** In 3rd edition any divine spellcaster was capable of using healing magic, though good clerics could convert any [[VancianMagic prepared spell]] to a healing spell there was also nothing stopping an evil cleric from preparing healing spells.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' a major BigBad, Yawgmoth of Phyrexia, was once one of the greatest healers in existence.
** In the prequel tie-in book that his origin is covered in, we find that he was actually a great ''surgeon'', not someone using healing magic, and the distinction is made clear from very early on. That being said, surgery is still (usually) considered a healing art.
** He was also a con-man, prone to introducing plagues specifically so he could heal them, and prone to fishing for sympathy based on the fact that surgeons were persecuted as scapegoats for a recent war. If he was a typical surgeon, they probably '''were''' responsible for starting the war.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' has Aekold Helbrass. His special ability is the breath of life, and he has the ability to heal himself and others around him. The catch is he's a champion of Tzeentch, who kills people with devotion and glee.
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' has [[StupidJetpackHitler Thulian Revanchists]], who have access to the [[{{Ubermensch}} improving]] and healing Axiom of Exelixi. NoCureForEvil '''Does not apply'''.
* In ''TabletopGame/TheDarkEye'', the sadistic too-evil-for-the-black-guild School Of Pains had healing magic as its main subject. Certainly helpful when studying the physical and mental limits of living beings or performing vivisections.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer 7}}'' plays with this trope, as the two main supernatural antagonists are both basically "Gods". However, Kun Lan, armed with the "good" power of life, uses it to create heaven smiles, hideous monsters used as living bombs, while Harman Smith, armed with the "evil" power of death, uses this to empower his assassins to destroy manifestations of evil in the world (said heaven smiles).
** The ending implies that the two sometimes switch which of them is "good" and "evil", which leads to [[BadPowersBadPeople the other tropes.]]
* Tech User, Techmaster and Dark Witch enemies from ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarIV'' are known to heal their allies in battle.
* In the ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series:
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'' and ''VideoGame/FireEmblemThracia776'' have the Deadlord Canis, a zombie who specializes in light magic. In ''Thracia 776'', if [[spoiler:Sara]] is killed or not recruited, her corpse is used to create Canis.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade'' has the minor bosses Orlo, Windham, and Martel, all Bishops. Orlo in particular is a SinisterMinister who believes that anything he does can be excused since he serves the gods.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'', one of the bosses you face is a light magic user by the name of Kenneth, an ex-bishop who denies the existence of all gods.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'', Riev is clearly this trope. Despite that he obviously ''looks'' evil, has been excommunicated from his country for practicing demon worship, and is TheDragon to the BigBad, when you fight him both times (one of which is actually optional), he uses Aura, a high level light magic tome.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', Oliver uses light magic exclusively and is probably one of the most repulsive villains in the game.
*** Villainous priests and bishops in the ''Fire Emblem'' games tend to be "skewed" iterations of the classic healer, switching out normal light magic for variations that steal HP, or poison. They also use Berserk or Sleep staves rather than healing ones.
*** It's worth noting that Oliver undergoes a... [[HazyFeelTurn sort-of-]]HeelFaceTurn in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemRadiantDawn'', wherein he joins Ike and instead ''defends'' the Herons. Essentially, he's a JokeCharacter, really, and this doesn't [[KarmaHoudini exactly excuse him from the stuff he did]]. Meanwhile, the other Begnion senators fit this trope a lot better, especially Lekain. The only exception is Hetzel, who thinks the Begnion senators passed the MoralEventHorizon but was [[DirtyCoward too afraid]] to step up and fight against them.
* The cast of ''Videogame/{{Touhou}}'' is composed primarily of {{jerkass}}es, so a weak version of this applies to most people who have "good" powers. But the strongest example would be Yuuka, the flower youkai, who is, depending on the game, anywhere from extraordinarily creepy to an outright OmnicidalManiac.
* The Scarlet Crusade/Onslaught in ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' 'verse are also fond of healing their torture victims to prepare them for the next session.
** Sir Zeliek of the [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse four horsemen of Naxxramas]] is also an example - sort of. It's really more good powers, good-person-controlled-by-bad-person. So by extension, it's Zeliek's good powers being used by a bad person (the Lich King).
** Arguably, any healer in an evil organization (unless they use shadow based heals such as Dark Mending, like most undead healers tend to do) is one of these. While there tend not to be a lot of true evil paladins around (though some pseudo-paladin knockoffs do exist) except in the aforementioned Scarlet Crusade, evil priests, shamans, and druids with holy or natural based healing power are present for most evil races and factions.
** Note that the VideoGame/{{Warcraft}} universe uses both the LowestCosmicDenominator and AllMythsAreTrue systems, so it's especially true that LightIsNotGood. The Church of the Holy Light is almost Buddhist in its lack of belief in a personal god; the holy powers of priests and paladins is channeled via meditation and inner peace rather than the involvement of {{God}}. Anyone can use the Light's power, even really horrible people like {{Knight Templar}}s who are [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope long past the slippery slope of morality]] or having holy priests among the [[TokenEvilTeammate Forsaken Undead]], as long as they have the necessary training and sincere belief.
** In ''VideoGame/WarcraftIII'', Paladins have Divine Shield (a barrier of positive energy that makes them invulnerable) and Devotion Aura (strengthens the resolve of nearby units, increasing their armor). The other unit with those spells? The [[MonsterLord Bandit Lord]].
* ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' lets you cast Heal on your torture victims. Nothing breaks a do-gooder's spirit better than the knowledge he can't just bear the torture until he dies from it.
** You can also bless them with resistance to damage and increased speed... both of which are likewise not blessings in that situation.
* [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Exdeath]] is the BarrierWarrior of ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy''. He's also the villain of [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyV the game he originates from]], using his barriers here to [[GameBreaker block almost any attack]] and subsequently counter with his own attacks, which would otherwise be ''exceedingly'' slow to execute. He's quite firmly NeutralEvil, what with his desire to send everything to '''[[MemeticMutation THE VOID]]'''.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'' plays with this. [[spoiler:The final ScriptedBattle is against Chetyre, the dragon trying to keep people from leaving their underground society. If enough turns go by, he uses Kaiser Breath against you, a power that was the hero's signature attack in the second, third, and fourth games.]]
* TheMedic from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' can heal his teammates, make them invincible and cure them of most ailments. He only really does this to pay the bills, but it still rewards his sheer bloodlust and his desire to kill everyone through the violence his patients cause. The manual even states that the healing effect of his device is actually an unexpected and unintended side effect of whatever the hell that thing was ''supposed'' to do to people.
* Genlock Emissaries from ''Franchise/DragonAge'' have three Creation-school healing spells in addition to their stock of BlackMagic.
* In ''VideoGame/GuildWars'', we have General Bayel. He is very ObviouslyEvil, of course, especially given his [[AllThereInTheManual backstory]], but when you see him in cutscenes, you'll notice he's got caster weapons. When you fight him, he actually is a ''monk''. A smite monk, but a monk nonetheless.
** There are also a lot of enemy monks as well, such as margonites, demons, Mursaat, and White Mantle.
* [[spoiler: Elraine]] in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''. She's a holy priestess and healer for the goddess Fortuna [[spoiler: who's gone insane]] and is determined to provide "happiness" to humans, even if it means rendering them completely subservient to her will and stripping them of individuality.
* The Four Seraphim, and the angels in general, in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia''.
** Subverted with the Doctor in Flanoir who demands to be paid in full and in advance before he'll help Altessa. When Lloyd calls him on this, he calmly points out that being a doctor is his job and it's how he makes his living.
* In ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'', Holly Whyte of the Eternian Sky Knights is a haughty, cruel and sadistic woman who happens to be a WhiteMage. She [[FalseReassurance assures]] Tiz that Agnès's life will be spared if she comes quietly... as she intends to [[ColdBloodedTorture torture her within an inch of her life]], heal her, and [[FateWorseThanDeath do it all over and over until her mind snaps]].
* In pretty much all the {{Metroidvania}}-style games in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' series, a few monsters [[ElementalRockPaperScissors deal and/or resist]] [[LightEmUp Holy/Light damage]] (FallenAngels and creatures [[AGodAmI posing as/mocking]] God or other religious figures are often the ones that do this). May catch players off-guard when they first appear, since Holy is otherwise effective against a good chunk of the other monsters in the castle, and is rarely an element the player needs to worry about.

[[folder:Visual Novel]]
* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has an example of this: [[spoiler:Bernkastel, aka the Witch of Miracles, who can make [[RealityWarper ''anything'' happen as long as the possibility of the event occuring is greater than 0]]. She starts out seeming to be good, or at least neutral. Then she reveals her TrueColors, and reminds the audience that she never said that her miracles had to be good or bad. Guess which ones she favors?]]
* Kirei Kotomine in VisualNovel/FateStayNight is the BigBad of two routes and mostly responsible for the third. He's in it ForTheEvulz, throws swords around, kicks puppies, tries to use the TokenMiniMoe to destroy the world and is a member of both the Church and the Magi's association, which is apparently a supreme heresy for both organizations or something. Oh, and the only magic he has any talent for whatsoever is healing wounds, as well as possessing the ability to exorcise unnatural entities. He's very good at healing people. In fact, he saves Sakura's life in Heavens Feel [[spoiler:because he knows she's essentially 'pregnant' with the devil and that if he saves her, Shirou will probably protect her and then she will unleash Angra Mainyu on the world and destroy it.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Redcloak semi-[[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this at the bottom of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0433.html this]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip. "Healing? No, they're going so they can zombify our dead. We're the bad guys, remember?" The moment where the 'good' powers of a cleric are used, however, are seen later when the clerics turn out to be entirely competent healers.
** Like all clerics, Redcloak has the ability to heal people (though evil clerics can do so less readily than good ones). In one strip he mentions that he will have to heal his captive O-Chul...so that he can survive his daily session of torture.
** Miko Miyazaki, a [[LawfulGood Paladin]] from the same series, is overzealous, prejudiced, and dangerously violent when given even a suspicion of wrongdoing.
** Rich Burlew describes a group of people in ''Start of Darkness'' as "good people who do bad things". He is likely referring to the Paladins' attempted genocide of the [[AlwaysChaoticEvil goblin]] people, as well as Redcloak (who ends up becoming much more malevolent by the end of the comic) and his band of goblins.
* Kore from ''Webcomic/{{Goblins}}'' is a paladin, which is supposed to be a paragon of Lawful Good behaviour. And yet he routinely exterminates anyone from a "monstrous" race he comes across whether or not they are harming anyone or even if they themselves are innocent. He even puts down people who have associated with monstrous races to prevent them from developing sympathies with them. WordOfGod has stated repeatedly that Kore is a paladin, and there's a reason he still has his powers.
** He uses Lay On Hands to heal Chief - in order to torture him, so Chief's screams draw the other goblins out of hiding. That said, his magical aura is a little... unusual.
* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/05/25/mercurial shows how it's done]].
* ''Webcomic/TrueMagic'' has the Priests of Lucideus, the Light Bringer. They stole his power and began a reign of terror over the land. And set people on fire.
* The Bitka Spirit Father from ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'' - the most powerful wielder of the Akta, a force for life and healing, among the orcs of Maltak. He's also a fanatical xenophobe.
* [[TheDragon Her Imperious Condescension]] from ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'' has the ability to extend life. [[AxeCrazy She]] [[TheCaligula is]] [[EvilOverlord also]]... [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen well, herself]].
** She uses her powers to extend naturally short livespan of Ψiioniic, making him live thousands of years... after [[FateWorsethanDeath he was turned into]] [[PoweredByaForsakenChild a living battery for her spaceship]]. Fact that she was genuinely enamored with him somehow makes it even worse.
** In that vein, the attributes given to players don't always correlate very well to what they do with those powers once they have them, and can in fact be subverted depending on the player's class. Vriska is a sometimes sadistically cruel hero of light (although the term appears to be synonymous with luck in-universe), and her light-aspect dancestor Aranea goes from being basically good-hearted and harmless to being a WellIntentionedExtremist. Of course, those pale in comparison to Eridan, whose class as a prince combined with his use of the hope aspect mean that he uses bright-and-shiny powers to ''destroy'' hope.
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': Olive Branch is a Florist, the [[{{Whatevermancy}} caster class]] associated with peace and pacifism- in fact, the spell we see Olive using most often is a [[MagicMusic magical song]] that prevents anyone who hears it from attacking anyone else [[RPGMechanicsVerse until Olive's next turn]]. She's also a scheming manipulator, determined to prove Flower Power's worth above all other disciplines of magic and willing to use poison and mind control to do it while using her magic to force pacifism on anyone who tries to kill her.
** Sister Betsy of Faq is a [[{{Whatevermancy}} Healomancer]], essentially the setting's equivalent of WhiteMagic. She's also a colossal {{Jerkass}}, to the point that not even [[NiceGuy Jack Snipe]] likes her, and then there's that time when she [[spoiler: linked her magic with [[PsychicPowers Charlie's]] to MindRape Jillian.]]
* In ''Runewriters'', Jonan of Rusanne wields the Magic of Life, Necromancy and Nature Control (since it's fundamentally the same thing) but being an expert healer doesn't make this narcissistic sociopath a nicer person. He likes to use healing spells to seal shut the eyes and mouths of people who piss him off (say, by asking his help as a healer) or steal from him. Fortunately, the spells are only temporary, lasting a week at most. Unfortunately, he never realized that people can't go without water for a week.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Cheesecake, a member of the Vandolls from the ''Roleplay/GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse'', uses the PowerOfLove to burn out the brains of men, and then follows this trick up by feeding on their souls.
* ''{{Literature/Touch}}'' has Father, a pretty thoroughly creepy man standing in the lead of a brainwashed cult/criminal empire. His power? Happiness aura.
* Cytherea, at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] in the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. As the avatar (or reincarnation or something) of Aphrodite, she has the powers of the goddess of love. Which she uses to manipulate men, get herself out of trouble when she gets caught doing bad things, avoid work, cheat in her classes, etc....which is, of course, entirely true to [[Myth/ClassicalMythology most portrayals of the original Aphrodite as well]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' : One episode sees baby piglets ([[TastesLikeDiabetes in cute costumes, no less]]) using magic wands that fire glitter and rainbows. They happen to be very, very, evil.
* Similarly to his comic counterpart, Dr. Light in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series was a villain who while not a rapist, still had no problems abducting a super-powered teenager in one episode to [[PoweredByAForsakenChild exploit her as a power source for one of his machines]]. As to add to the irony, he also suffered a traumatizing experience when he was victim of MindRape... by Raven, who is a [[DarkIsNotEvil Half-Demon]] with a case of BadPowersGoodPeople.
* The Star Sapphire Corps in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' started out as a group of beautiful women dressed in pink who use the PowerOfLove. Except their conception of "Love" is to [[{{Yandere}} imprison their true loves in giant crystals so they won't get hurt by the outside]], and put a MercyKill on people whose true loves are already dead. Fortunately, they get better.
* Zig-zagged with Michael Morningstar in ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. In his first appearance, he uses light-based powers characterized by a gold colour. He turned out to be a villain, but he actually gets his energy by draining energy from schoolgirls, turning them into zombies in the process. After the girls turned against him and devoured most of his energy, he is left with dark energy-based powers. He does get back the golden version whenever he drains enough energy from something, though.
** [[MeaningfulName That surname]] should've been a [[{{Satan}} tipoff.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[spoiler: Unalaq, from season 2, has a natural affinity with spirits and specializes in a Waterbending technique used to purify and appease spirits. He also happens to be the BigBad of this season, trying to fuse with an EldritchAbomination so he can basically become TheAntichrist.]]
** Airbending is the least offensive and most spiritual of all the elemental abilities. Most airbenders are naturally pacifists. Season 3 gives us Zaheer, who shows us what airbending can do in the hands of a determined villain. And it's quite [[NightmareFuel horrific]].
* Master Brightmore in ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaijudo}}: Rise of the Duel Masters'', while not evil, is [[JerkAss the least sympathetic of the Duel Masters]], despite being the Master specialized in Light Civilisation Creatures. [[spoiler:He turns evil at the end of season 1.]]
* Played with in ''WesternAnimation/{{Grossology}}'' with [[WalkingWasteland Kid Rot]]. Since everything he touches withers and dies, he initially believes himself to be a [[BadPowersGoodPeople good guy with evil powers]]. However he soon learns whatever he rots becomes a ''hyper'' effective compost that causes plants to grow at a ridiculously fast rate and realizes his powers are quite good given the possibilities of this. ''Then'' the source of his powers, a parasite spreading throughout his body, begins to alter his mind and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy turn him into a psychopath]], landing him firmly in this trope.
* Hawk Moth from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' has the ability to [[TheEmpath sense the emotions of others]] and [[SuperEmpowering give them superpowers]] because he possesses one of the [[TransformationTrinket Miraculous]]. All the Miraculous are supposed to be used for good, and Hawk Moth's was intended to create superheroes. Unfortunately, he uses his powers to prey on people's negative emotions and turn them into super''villains'' instead. His goal is also to steal the Miraculous of the two heroes and add their powers to his own, although one of those two falls under BadPowersGoodPeople.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Van Kleiss has the ability to control the Nanites in all of his home country and most commonly uses them to manipulate the foliage. His debut had him walking across the land with flowers springing up from his FertileFeet. When the charade was dropped he shows all the grotesque killer plants he can unleash when he tries to kill the heroes and eventually displays the ability to mutate people with the control of life and the Nanites that he has.