->''"There's always that one guy on the team too, he was a last minute replacement. He's not one of the original gang.\\
But one of the other guys vouches for him. 'No, no, dude... trust me, this guy's cool. He's solid and he's cool.' But he's not cool, is he? He doesn't really say anything ever, right?\\
He just stands there, looks cool... and then at one point he might be like... 'Let's kill these bitches.'"''
-->-- '''Dane Cook'''

Getting along with a group of people in everyday life is hard, working together with a group of people under stressful situations can be downright murder.

But that's where all the tension and drama is, right?

A group of survivors is rarely written as a cohesive group, or if they are, there's one little catch. One of them is emotionally fragile, and given the right situation, will have a psychotic breakdown, usually due to crossing the DespairEventHorizon. So now the group of survivors has to be wary of not only external threats, but an internal one as well, from someone who could possibly slaughter everyone in the group without knowing it. This character isn't (normally) evil, but they are a convenient obstacle for the protagonists. Usually, there's a tough decision on whether or not to kill the person in question. When it's someone whom you least expect to flip out, the trope becomes that much more chilling.

These characters come in two types:

Type I: These are seemingly normal people who for whatever reason becomes mentally and or emotionally unhinged and becomes a danger to the group. Before hand they were seemingly normal and sane.

Type II: These characters are probably loose cannons who goes over the moral line with their brutality and or hasty behavior. Usually overlaps with TokenEvilTeammate.



Could be a result of a [[GoMadFromTheRevelation maddening revelation]].

Contrast with TokenEvilTeammate, Could also overlap with AHouseDivided, and ZombieInfectee.
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!!Examples:

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* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' has Elpeo Puru. Normally she's a [[GenkiGirl hyperactive young girl]] with a sisterly attachment to Judau, but sometimes her obsession with him can go a bit... far. [[spoiler:The worst case was when she tried to kill Leina, seeing her as a rival for Judau's brotherly affections. Judau manages to stop this and calm her down, and Puru is heartbroken over Leina's supposed death a short time later.]]

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' has quite a few of these.
** Specifically [[spoiler: Ben brutally slaughters Billy, and before then he was seen killing a cat,]] and of course the group goes through the whole should we or shouldn't we kill him debate. Because MurderIsTheBestSolution. [[spoiler: Carl of course makes the decision for them while everyone was preoccupied.]]
** Michonne, and even Rick teeters on the brink of this sometimes, and possibly [[spoiler: Morgan and Carl.]]
** And of course, Carol.
** Shane as well

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[[folder:Film]]

* Ash from ''Film/{{Alien}}''.
* Rockhound from ''Film/{{Armageddon}}''.
** While he can be considered psychotic, he doesn't count. He is a trusted member of the team; and doesn't crack under pressure. It is the American astronaut who nobody knows, that is the problem. All the others have worked together for many years on the oil rig.
*** Except they didn't trust him to detonate the nuke.
* Quentin from ''Film/{{Cube}}''.
* Archer Maggot from ''Film/TheDirtyDozen'' is a Type II. He's clearly off-balance from the start, spouting off racist comments like nobody's business, but he really becomes a problem at the climax where he nearly foils the mission by stabbing a woman to death at the party...for no reason.
* Arguably Andre from ZackSnyder's ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004''.
* Pvt. Miguel Salazar from ''Film/DayOfTheDead''.
** Arguably Capt. Rhodes, although he's the most practical, and the only one that makes any sense.
** Logan as well.
* Ridley from ''Film/DiaryOfTheDead''.
* Dr. William Weir from ''Film/EventHorizon''. For the most part he was still sane up until the film's climax. In fact he was genuinely remorseful when he came across [[spoiler: Peters body]].
* Ian from ''FinalDestination3'' due to the loss of his girlfriend.
* Waingro in ''Film/{{Heat}}'', who the page quote is an indirect reference to.
* [[spoiler: Corporal Gallo]] from ''Film/{{Pandorum}}''.
* ''Film/PanicRoom'' - Raoul. Things would really have been a lot better if Junior hadn't gotten him involved.
* Mr. Blonde from ''Film/ReservoirDogs''. His response to someone hitting the alarm during the heist that makes up the movie was to go on a kill-crazy rampage, and so it's little wonder that a good 90% of anyone else's dialogue about the man is how psychotic he is. And that's before we get to the ColdBloodedTorture scene...
* Xavier from ''Film/{{Saw}} II''.
* Pinbacker from Danny Boyle's ''Film/{{Sunshine}}'', [[spoiler:who lost his marbles and killed his crew members]].
* Blair from John Carpenter's ''Film/TheThing1982''. Although there's a good chance he was right to act so crazy. At first, anyway.
* Harlan Ogilvy from Spielberg's ''Film/TheWarOfTheWorlds''.
* Goke from ''Film/TheZombieDiaries'', but he may have always been nuts.
* TheIncredibleHulk in ''Film/TheAvengers''.
* Snyder from the film ''Deep Star Six''.
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[[folder:Literature]]

* Aarfy from ''Literature/CatchTwentyTwo''.
* Craig Toomy in Creator/StephenKing's ''TheLangoliers.'' He's already bubbling on the verge of a breakdown before the story heats up, but he's pushed over the edge by the [[GoMadFromTheRevelation maddening revelation]] that [[spoiler:the stale-time-eating Langoliers he heard stories about in his youth are real.]]

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[[folder: Live-Action TV ]]

* [[MysteriousWaif River]] is the Psycho Party Member in ''{{Firefly}}''. After her [[MindRape treatment]] at the hands of the Alliance government, she is only sometimes sane and is apt to flip out at the slightest (if any) provocation. Most of the crew realize that her behavior is not her fault, and are protective toward her, but they do remain wary. The episode ''Objects in Space'' revolves a lot around the other characters beginning to seriously consider the threat River poses to them, and their [[ParanoiaFuel concern is increased]] by ''{{Film/Serenity}}'' when they find out that River was intended to be an [[TykeBomb elite assassin]].
* Despite it being about a group of survivors under ''very'' stressful conditions, ''Series/{{Lost}}'' averted this. Though Michael came ''so close'' in early season 2.
* Happens twice in ''ThePacific''. On Peleliu an unnamed Marine begins to freak out one night, and his comrades have to resort to bashing his head in with an entrenching tool to silence him. Later on Okinawa, Pvt. Peck snaps as a result of the rain, Japanese shelling, and hazing he's been receiving from Snafu, Sledge and Leyden, and begins screaming at the Japanese position across from them, even firing a few shots in their direction. While the others attempt to calm him [[spoiler: another replacement having better luck fitting in with the others, Pvt. Hamm, is shot and killed by the Japanese responding to Peck's breakdown]]. TruthInTelevision.
* Ronald Speirs in ''BandOfBrothers'' has this vibe going, and actually [[CrazyAwesome makes it work for him]]. His comrades speculate whether he's ''really'' as psychotic as the stories make him, or [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation if it's all just an act]]. As with the above, this is also TruthInTelevision, and to this day no one is really sure whether the stories told about Speirs during the War were true or if it was an image he allowed his subordinates to cultivate. He was certainly well-respected and [[AFatherToHisMen popular]] among the men of [[BadAssCrew Easy Company]].
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[[folder:Theater]]

* In BatBoyTheMusical, [[spoiler: Dr. Parker's already somewhat loose grip on reality is shattered when his wife takes Edgar's side over his, and he begins killing people and framing Edgar for the crimes.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Although it's hard to say for sure under all the UnreliableNarrator issues and MindScrew, Maria in ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' is definitely a little unbalanced. It's particularly clear in the first and fourth arcs; in the former, she doesn't react at all to the gory murders, and in the latter, she [[spoiler:kills (or at least appears to kill) her mother over and over and over in the meta-world.]]
* The [9]th Man of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' splits in as soon as the Nonary Game begins. He takes Clover hostage with a knife, and demands for their co-operation in him entering a door. By doing this, though, he breaks the rules of the game and dies horribly.
** Not only him, but [[spoiler: Ace, panicking after TheReveal, and Clover, who goes AxCrazy after her SanitySlippage of losing her brother.]]
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsRepublicCommando'' Scorch worries that Sev may be one of these in one of the loading screens:
-->'''Scorch:''' Boss, Keep an eye on Sev. He's been talking in his sleep lately, and I gotta tell you... it's scary stuff. Very scary stuff.
* [[ByronicHero Anders]] of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', due to being a [[DemonicPossession demonically possessed]] WellIntentionedExtremist.
* In a reference to Ash from ''Film/{{Alien}}'', above, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Darth]] in Cube's chapter of ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. [[spoiler:He turns out to be not only a good guy, but one of only two human survivors.]]

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[[folder:Webcomics]]

* Although he literally fits the trope name, Belkar of ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is usually the TokenEvilTeammate rather than this trope. [[DiscussedTrope As is frequently noted in-story]], this is because of [[TheHero Roy's]] ability to keep him in line. When [[spoiler:Roy dies and [[TheLancer Haley]] becomes the party leader]], Belkar moves into this trope. The first demonstration is when he randomly kills an innocent gnome merchant whom they meet on the road. When he then kills [[spoiler:[[TheOmniscient the Oracle]], whose help the party needed]], it's the last straw.
** [[InsufferableGenius Vaarsuvius]] fits as well, some of the time.
* Porkfry is/was this apparently for the ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' crew, according to [[http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2003/09/05 this comic]] where he suggests the best response to Tycho standing them up for Guys' Night Out is to kill him (Complete with brandishing a pocket knife)
-->'''Porkfry''': (''Disappointed'') We never do what I want to do.
-->'''Gabe''': Listen, if you wanted to go to Dairy Queen or something, fine, let's go. But no. You always want to fucking kill people. You never just want a Blizzard.
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[[folder:Web Original]]

* EverymanHYBRID brings you [[KnifeNut Evan]].
* The list of ''Blog/ThingsMrWelchIsNoLongerAllowedToDoInAnRPG'' contains some rather terrifying insights on the mind of the PsychoPartyMember.
-->1683. Killing the orc horde by drowning them all at once is heroic. Killing them by drowning them one at a time is an alignment check.

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