Running TheEmpire is hard work. No Dark Lord, no matter how powerful and feared, can manage everything on his own and a military-style hierarchy is usually the best of delegating tasks to the various henchmen and minions. As a result, if the heroes wind up having to topple TheEmpire, they'll end up going against a StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy.

Unlike a FiveBadBand, which tends to be fought as a group, a StandardEvilEmpireHierarchy is defined by the roles they have within a larger Imperial hierarchy. Each member will be encountered individually, either with their assembled mooks or by themselves. In addition, the members rarely deal with each other unless the Emperor calls them for a joint meeting. [[EvilVersusEvil Infighting]] is common as they all attempt to assert their authority and it's not unheard-of for one boss to aid the heroes, [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder only to turn on them afterward.]]

One of the hallmarks of the hierarchy is that there is often [[CoDragons no clear-cut Dragon role]], as all of the bosses answer directly to the Emperor himself. The hierarchy usually consists of:
* TheEmperor: The BigBad himself. Although he might not be an actual Emperor, he is the undisputed ruler of TheEmpire and the heroes won't reach him until very late in the game, if not the very end. His Imperial Highness will [[OrcusOnHisThrone very rarely do much himself]], putting things in the hands of his generals and various subordinates. Is very likely to be TheChessmaster and EvilOverlord, naturally.
* The Right Hand: Commonly the Emperor's bodyguard, the Right Hand will often exist outside of the official military and police structure. While his position makes him most likely to be a clear-cut Dragon, it's also possible for him to be [[TheBrute dumb muscle]] that's sent to calm down a particularly troublesome situation. A common device is for him to face the heroes mid-way through, [[HopelessBossFight sometimes winning]], and then pop up again right before the Emperor. If he is TheDragon, having [[DragonWithAnAgenda his own agenda]] or [[TheStarscream plans to take over]] will be much more likely due to his more independent nature.
* The General: Leader of the Empire's military. Most likely to be portrayed sympathetically, The General could very well be a WorthyOpponent, though a GeneralRipper is also common if the setting runs on BlackAndWhiteMorality. A MookLieutenant is rare, as The General is usually portrayed as being competent, morality aside. Common for him to be TheDragon, TheBrute and TheSmartGuy rolled into one, though never an EvilGenius since his smarts come from his strategical and tactical abilities. In settings with more than one military branch (army, navy, air force) there can be more than one General.
* The Guard: In contrast to The General, who is in command of the field armies, The Guard is in command of a high-profile prison, fortress or other stationary strong-point. They will likely contrast with The General and be portrayed far less sympathetically, sitting back in their comfy, well-protected stronghold. Expect him to be any combination of AxCrazy, a DirtyCoward or simply incompetent. They will usually be encountered and defeated early on, to make it clear that TheEmpire is evil before the heroes encounter a more sympathetic member of the hierarchy.
* The Security Officer: Is in charge of the StateSec and its DoomTroops, stamping out internal dissent and rebellion in the Empire. Often he is also in charge of spies and commandos, one of whom is likely to be the next character on this list. Often he is also The Guard of The Oddball.
* The EvilCounterpart: Whether he's a RivalTurnedEvil, SixthRangerTraitor, {{Turncoat}} or simply someone who happens to have similar powers and abilities, he's someone with similar powers and abilities as the heroes, often times creating a MirrorMatch. Could fall under any of the other slots depending on the setting, but most commonly The Right Hand or The Oddball.
* The Oddball: If The Right Hand or The Psycho Ranger don't fall under this, expect The Oddball to be a DarkChick or EvilGenius, wielding powers far different from the others, either [[EvilSorceror dark magic]] or [[MadScientist science.]] They will have their own agenda and they will be unpredictable, even for their own allies. Alternatively, they could be a mercenary or other form of lowlife hired to track down the heroes, in which case they'll employ the standard weaponry but use unconventional tactics. Either way, the emphasis is that they're connected to TheEmpire but different.
* TheManBehindTheMan: If TheEmperor really isn't the TrueFinalBoss, expect this one to be. Often times TheManBehindTheMan will be allied with TheEmperor, promising dark powers and victory if TheEmpire aids him in his quest to recover an ArtifactOfDoom or unlock some SealedEvilInACan. TheManBehindTheMan is far more common if TheEmpire is shown to be in command of forces that would be outside what's considered mundane by the standards of the setting.

Compare and contrast with the FiveBadBand, StandardEvilOrganizationSquad and PowerStable.
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[[folder:Anime]]
* The [[EldritchAbomination D-Reaper]] from DigimonTamers
** TheEmperor: [[MotherOfAThousandYoung Mother D-Reaper]]
** The Right Hand: [[MouthOfSauron ADR-01]]
** The Guard: [[GuardianEntity ADR-09]]
** The General: [[TheBrute ADR-06]] & [[TheMothership ADR-08]]
** The Oddball: [[TooManyMouths ADR-07]]
** TheManBehindTheMan: [[MechanicalMonster Cable Reaper]]

* ''TengenToppaGurrenLagann''
** TheEmperor/The EvilCounterpart of Simon: Lordgenome (well, more WellIntentionedExtremist than evil)
** The Right Hand/The Oddball/The EvilCounterpart of ''Boota'': Guame
** The Guard: Tymilph
** The General: Adiane, Cytomander
** The EvilCounterpart of Kamina: Viral (not really evil, only racist; eventual HeelFaceTurn)
** [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan: the Anti-Spiral]] (again, a WellIntentionedExtremist)

* ''LegendOfTheGalacticHeroes'' actually subverts some of the roles, as TheEmpire is [[GrayAndGrayMorality not all that evil]]
** TheEmperor: Reinhard von Lohengramm ([[OrcusOnHisThrone who goes into battle quite frequently]])
** The Right Hand: Siegfried Kircheis ([[TheStarscream who is completely loyal]])
** The General: Wolfgang Mittermeyer and Oskar von Reuenthal
** The Oddball: Paul von Oberstein

* Britannia of ''CodeGeass''
** TheEmperor: Charles zi Britannia
** The Right Hand: Marianne vi Britannia, later Bismarck
** The General: Schneizel el Britannia (EvilCounterpart to Lelouch)
** The Guard: Clovis la Britannia
** The Security Officer: Cornelia li Britannia
** The Oddball / TheManBehindTheMan: V.V.

* The Marines in OnePiece:
** TheEmperor: The "Five Elder Stars", the head of the World Government.
** The Right Hand: The Cipher Pol groups, which act as MIB for the World Government.
** The General: Commander-in-Chief Kong, who serves directly under the Gorosei as head of all World Government forces including the Marines (under Fleet Admiral Sengoku/[[spoiler:Sakazuki]]), Impel Down, and the Shichibukai.
** The Guard: At opposite ends of the SortingAlgorithmOfEvil lies [[AdvancingWallOfDoom Magellan]], Chief Warden of [[TheAlcatraz Impel Down]] and, much earlier, StarterVillain Lieutenant Morgan.
** The Oddball: The Shichibukai, a bunch of very powerful Privateers. Also Vegapunk's forces.
** The EvilCounterpart (or rather, Lawful Counterpart): Various Marines and the Shichibukai; Commodore Smoker and Tashigi, and Coby and Helmeppo to Luffy and Zorro (A Fruit-user and a swordswoman, and a ''Haki''-user and a Kukri-wielder to a Haki- ''and'' Fruit-user and a swordsman). Mihawk to Zoro.
** TheManBehindTheMan: Possibly [[MadScientist Vegapunk]], whose creations have vexed our heroes but who remains shrouded in mystery. Otherwise, the founders of the World Government, whose attempts to blot out the Void Century from history have generated a great deal of the plot.

* ''MobileSuitGundam'': The Principality of Zeon
** TheEmperor: [[NonActionBigBad Degwin Zabi]]
** The Right-Hand/The General: [[TheStarscream Gihren Zabi]]
** The Guard: [[TheBrute Dozle Zabi]], commander of Solomon Base
** The Oddball: Char Aznable and M'Quve (Char overlaps with The Evil Counterpart)

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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* ''NewGods'' : Apokolips
** TheEmperor: Darkseid
** The Right Hand: Desaad
** The General: Steppenwolf
** The Guard: Granny Goodness
** The Oddball: Kanto
** The EvilCounterpart: Kalibak
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* [[http://fanfiction.wikia.com/wiki/Hottie_3:_The_Best_Fan_Fic_in_the_World Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World]]
** TheEmperor: Emperor Vakudos. Later replaced by his daughter, Princess Lotora
** The Right Hand: Juicer
** The General: Carmen St. Cloud
** The Oddball: Dr. Madmind
** EvilCounterpart: [[RobotAndMonster Lucy]]

* ''FanFic/TheFallOfTheFireEmpire''
** TheEmperor: [[TheCaligula Dragon Empress Azula]]
** The Right Hand: [[DarkActionGirl The Mistress of the Chosen]]
** The General: [[NobleDemon High General Xia]]
** The Guard: [[SmugSnake High Admiral Yuan]]
** The Oddball: [[TheSpymaster High Minister Qing Xi]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''StarWars'', the original trilogy's empire
** TheEmperor: Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious
** The Right Hand/The EvilCounterpart: Darth Vader
** The Guard and The Security Officer: Grand Moff Tarkin. The EU novels have dedicated Security Officers, such as Ysanne Isard and Lord Hethrir.
** The General: Admiral Piett
** The Oddball: Boba Fett

* ''StarWars'', the prequel trilogy's Separatists
** TheEmperor: Darth Sidious
** The Right Hand/The EvilCounterpart: Count Dooku, who publicly plays TheEmperor's part.
** The General: General Grievous
** The Guard: Poggle the Brief. Viceroy Nute Gunray, as the [[DirtyCoward cowardly]] StarterVillain, might fit in a larger scale.
** The Oddball: Jango Fett

** ''Episode I'''s Trade Federation
*** TheEmperor: Viceroy Nute Gunray
*** The Right Hand: Rune Haako
*** The General: OOM-9
*** The Guard: Daultay Dofine
*** The Oddball/The EvilCounterpart: Darth Maul
*** TheManBehindTheMan: Darth Sidious

* ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': The East India Trading Company, while a business, has many traits of an empire, including the hierarchy:
** TheEmperor: Lord Cutler Beckett
** The Right Hand: Davy Jones
** The Guard: Agent Mercer
** The General: Admiral James Norrington
** The Oddball: Sao Feng
** Interestingly lacks the Evil Counterpart, as [[AntiHero Jack Sparrow's]] Evil Counterpart is Barbossa, who's actually [[EnemyMine allied]] with him in opposing the EITC.

* ''Film/TronLegacy''
** TheEmperor / The General / EvilCounterpart - Clu
** The Right Hand - Rinzler
** The Guard - Jarvis
** The Oddball - [[spoiler: Castor]]

* ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'': SPECTRE's Japanese branch.
** TheEmperor: [[DiabolicalMastermind Ernst Stavro Blofeld]]
** The Right Hand: [[TheDragon Hans]]
** The Guard: [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Osato]]
** The Oddball: [[TheDarkChick Helga Brandt]]
** TheManBehindTheMan: RedChina (Strongly implied.)
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[[folder:Literature]]
* LordOfTheRings:
** TheEmperor: Sauron
** The Right Hand: The MouthOfSauron
** The General: The Witch-King
** The Guard: Saruman (though he thinks himself Sauron's equal and seeks to overthrow him)
** The Oddball: Shelob

* TheSilmarillion:
** TheEmperor: Morgoth, also EvilCounterpart to Manw
** The Right Hand: Glaurung, [[TheDragon a literal Dragon]]
** The General: Gothmog, leader of the Balrogs
** The Guard: Sauron, Saruman being the same position for Sauron later is intentional
** The Oddball: Ungoliant, ancestor of Shelob
** EvilCounterpart: Carcharoth to Haun (But one could argue all Tolkien villains are evil Counterparts to someone)

* ''{{Literature/Animorphs}}''
** TheEmperor: The Yeerk emperor
** The Right Hand: Visser One (though Visser Three fit in to a point as well even before becoming Visser One formally)later Visser Three.
** The General: Visser Three, though a rather non-sympathetic variant.
** The Evil Counterpart: David, briefly.
** The Oddball: Taylor, in two books at least.

* Literature/BelisariusSeries
** TheEmperor: Skandagupta
** The Right Hand: Venandekatra the Vile
** The Guard: Possibly Nanda Lal
** The General: Damadora and Rana Sanga
** TheManBehindTheMan: Link
** The Oddball: Narses

* TheElenium
** TheEmperor: [[GodOfEvil Azash]]
** The Right Hand: Emperor Otha
** The Guard: Primate Annias
** The General / The EvilCounterpart: Martel
** The Odball: Princess Arissa and Prince Lycheas

* TheBelgariad: Angarak Kingdoms
** TheEmperor: [[GodEmperor Torak]]
** The Right Hand/The Guard: [[EvilSorcerer Ctuchik]]
** The General: Split between [[TheStoic Zakath]] and [[AxCrazy Taur Urgas]]
** The EvilCounterpart/The Oddball: [[JerkassWoobie Zedar]]
** TheManBehindTheMan: The Dark Prophecy (or rather, the cosmic entity represented by aforementioned Prophecy)

* ''Literature/JohnDevil'' (1862) by Creator/PaulFeval. [[DiabolicalMastermind Henri Belcamp]] intends to create an Empire
** TheEmperor: [[TheChessmaster Henri Belcamp]] (EvilCounterpart to [[GreatDetective Temple]])
** The Right Hand: Sarah O'Neil
** The General: Robert Surisy
** The Oddball: Ned Knob, who is his go between with [[TheSyndicate London's Criminal Underworld]]
** ManBehindTheMan: NapoleonBonaparte who he intends to free from St. Helena, but Henri's no mere Puppet.

* ''Literature/TheWheelOftime'': The Shadow as of the Last Battle
** TheEmperor: [[GodOfEvil The Dark One]]
** The Right Hand: [[TheAntiChrist Moridin]]
** The General: [[FourStarBadass Demandred]]
** The Guard: [[TheResenter Mazrim Taim]]
** EvilCounterpart: [[ProfessionalKiller Slayer]] for Perrin. All of the above characters also pull double-duty as someone's EvilCounterpart: the Dark One for the Creator, Moridin for Rand, Demandred for Mat, and Taim for Egwene ''and'' Logain.
** The Oddball: [[MouthOfSauron Shaidar Haran]] and [[TheStarscream Lanfear]], albeit for vastly different reasons [[note]]Shaidar is the Dark One's avatar and a unique being within the world of the series, but his ability to directly affect those who aren't already loyal to the Shadow is limited enough to keep him away from the front lines; Lanfear is nominally affiliated with the Shadow, but in practice spends more time playing both sides off each other for her own gain than actually advancing the Shadow's cause. [[/note]]
** Of course, considering how vast WOT's [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters cast]] is, even for just one faction, there are lots of other minions of the Shadow who don't fit into this configuration due to either being less important or simply focusing more on undermining the Dark One's enemies than leading the Shadow's forces.

* ''Literature/NewJediOrder'': The Yuuzhan Vong, circa ''[[GrandFinale The Unifying Force]]''
** TheEmperor: [[spoiler: Onimi]][[note]] By virtue of controlling Shimrra totally via the Force; basically TheManBehindTheMan taken to such extremes that he's Emperor by proxy [[/note]]
** The Right Hand: [[spoiler: Shimrra]] [[note]] Though officially Supreme Overlord of the Yuuzhan Vong, in practice he's eventually revealed as mouthpiece and enforcer of Onimi [[/note]]
** The General: Nas Choka
** The Guard: High Prefect Drathul and High Priest Jakan
** The Oddball: Nom Anor
** The Evil Counterpart: The [[PraetorianGuard Slayers]] collectively, to the Jedi.

* ''Literature/TheSundering''
** TheEmperor: Satoris
** General: Tanaros Caveros
** Guard: Vorax
** Oddball: Ushahin

* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''

** Joffrey's regime in A Clash of Kings:
*** The Emperor: Joffrey Baratheon
*** The Right Hand: Sandor "the Hound" Clegane
*** The General: Tyrion Lannister
*** The Guard: Gregor "the Mountain" Clegane at Harrenhall
*** The Security Officer: Varys
*** The Oddball: Vargo Hoat
*** The Man Behind the Man: Tywin Lannister

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The Zangyack Space Empire invasion force in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger''.
** The Emperor: Warz Gill for now, though technically he's the son of the actual Emperor
** The Right Hand: Barizorg
** The General: Damaras
** The Oddball: Insarn
** The Evil Counterpart: Basco
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The Government of Rapture, in ''VideoGame/{{BioShock}}''
** TheEmperor: Andrew Ryan
** The Right Hand: Bill [=McDonagh=]
** The General: Sulivan (technically, Rapture doesn't have an army, but Sullivan heads its security police)
** The Guard: Augustus Sinclair (Owner and manager of Persephone Detention Facility)
** The Oddball: [[MadArtist Sander Cohen]]
** TheManBehindTheMan: Frank Fontaine, AKA [[spoiler: Atlas]]

* The Rapture Family, in ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock 2}}''
** TheEmperor: Sofia Lamb
** The Right Hand: Eleanor Lamb (or at least, a Right Hand in training)
** The General: Father Simon Wales
** The Guard: Grace Holloway
** The EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Augustus Sinclair- after his unwilling conversion into an Alpha Series Big Baddy]]
** The Oddball: Dr Gilbert Alexander

* ''House of the Dead 2''
** TheEmperor - The Emperor
** The Right Hand - The Magician
** The General - The Hierophant
** The Guard - Judgement & Strength
** The Oddball - The Tower
** TheManBehindTheMonsters - Goldman

* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''
** TheEmperor: Darth Malak
** The Right Hand: Darth Bandon
** The General: Saul Karath
** The EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Bastilla]]
** The Oddball: Calo Nord

* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'' has one for the first disc
** TheEmperor: Doel, the DiscOneFinalBoss
** The Right Hand: Kongol
** The General: The nameless Sandora Commander
** The Guard: Fruegal
** The EvilCounterpart: Greham
** TheManBehindTheMan: Lloyd, who himself is TheDragon for Emperor Diaz

* ''ShiningForce''
** TheEmperor: Ramladu
** The Right Hand: Kane
** The General: Elliot
** The Guard: Balbazak
** The Oddball: Mishaela
** TheManBehindTheMan: Darksol

* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'':
** TheEmperor: Prince Maximillian
** The Right Hand: Selvaria Bles
** The General: Berthold Gregor
** The Guard: Giorgios Geld
** The EvilCounterpart: The Enemy Aces
** The Oddball: Radi Jaeger

* ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChroniclesIII'': [[HeroOfAnotherStory Same as the above]], plus a few new characters.
** The EvilCounterpart: Adds Zig and [[spoiler:Gusurg]] into the list.
** The Oddball: Adds Dahau into the list.

* Loghain's regime from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''
** TheEmperor: Loghain Mac Tir
** The Right Hand: He's too paranoid to have one.
** The General: Ser Cauthrien
** The Guard: Arl Rendon Howe
** The Oddball: Uldred

* The Almenga Empire from ''VideoGame/ExitFate''
** TheEmperor: Siegfried
** The Right Hand: Brunhild
** The General: Gudrun
** The Guard: Ash
** The EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler:Leonius]]
** The Oddball: [[spoiler:Trevor and Sick]]

* TheEmpire from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI''
** TheEmperor: Emperor Gestahl
** The Right Hand/The Guard: Kefka
** The General: Leo
** The EvilCounterpart: Celes (though more of a CapuletCounterpart than an evil one)
** The Oddball: Ultros

* The Alexandrian Queendom from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''
** TheEmperor: Queen Brahne
** The Right Hand: Kuja
** The General: Beatrix
** The Guard: Steiner
** The EvilCounterpart: The Black Waltz
** The Oddballs / Security Officers: Zorn and Thorn
** TheManBehindTheMan: Garland

* The Archadian Empire from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''
** TheEmperor: Vayne
** The Right Hand: Cid (also doubles at the Oddball)
** The General: Zargabaath
** The Guard: Bergan, Ghis
** The EvilCounterpart: Gabranth
** TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler:Venat]]

* Los Illuminados from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''
** TheEmperor: Osmund Saddler
** The Right Hand/The EvilCounterpart/The Oddball: Jack Krauser
** The Guard: Ramon Salazar
** The General: Bitores Mendez

* Cerberus from ''Franchise/MassEffect''
** TheEmperor: The Illusive Man
** The Right Hand: Miranda Lawson (''VideoGame/MassEffect2''), Kai Leng (''VideoGame/MassEffect3'')
** The General: Oleg Petrovsky
** The Guard: Eva Core
** The EvilCounterpart: Kai Leng
** The Oddball: Dr Gavin Archer (''VideoGame/MassEffect2''), Henry Lawson (''VideoGame/MassEffect3'')
** TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: the Reapers]]

* The Covenant from the ''{{Halo}}'' universe
** {{The Emperor}}: The High Prophets (especially the High Prophet of Truth)
** The Right Hand: Tartarus
** The General: The Arbiter/Thel 'Vadamee
** The Guard: Ripa 'Moramee (''{{Halo Wars}}'')
** The {{Evil Counterpart}}: Tartarus
** The Oddball: 343 Guilty Spark

* The Covenant remnant from ''{{Halo 4}}'' has a new leadership
** {{The Emperor}}: The Ur-Didact
** The Right Hand: Jul 'Mdama
** The General: Gek 'Lhar
** The Guard: Parg 'Vol
** The Oddball: Dr Catherine Elizabeth Halsey

* [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Desperado Enforcement LLC]] from ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance''
** The Emperor: [[spoiler:[[DarkMessiah Senator Steven Armstrong]]]]
** The Right Hands: [[QuirkyMiniBossSquad The Winds of Destruction]] ([[DarkActionGirl Mistral]], [[WarriorPoet Monsoon]], & [[TheBrute Sundowner]])
** The General: [[LargeAndInCharge Sundowner]]
** The Guard : [[MechanicalMonster Metal Gear Ray]], [[DoomedByCanon Khamsin]]
** The Oddball: [[BloodKnight Jetstream Sam]] & [[MadDoctor Desperado Scientist]]

* [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] from ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas''
** TheEmperor: Caesar
** The Right Hand: Lucius
** The General: Legate Lanius
** The Guard: Aurelius of Phoenix, Dead Sea
** The Oddball and The Security Officer: Vulpes Inculta

* The Cipher Syndicate from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum''
** TheEmperor: Nascour
** The Right Hand: [[spoiler:Gonzap]]
** The General: Dakim
** The Guard: Venus/Ein
** The {{Evil Counterpart}}: Skrub/Fein
** The Oddball: Miror B
** {{The Man Behind the Man}}: [[spoiler:Evice]]

* The main villains of ''VideoGame/LegendOfLegaia'':
** TheEmperor[[labelnote:*]]The EvilPrince, though all but a SelfMadeOrphan[[/labelnote]]: [[spoiler:Cort]]
** The Right Hand: Jette
** The General / The Guard: Zeto and Dohati both play a mixture of both roles
** The Oddball: Zora
** The EvilCounterpart / RivalTurnedEvil: Songi

* House Godwin from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'':
** TheEmperor: Gizel Godwin (Lymsleia is a puppet queen who actually supports the rebels)
** The Right Hand: Dolph
** The General: Bahram Luger, Dilber Novum
** The Guard: Zahhak, Alenia, Childerich
** The Oddball: Miakis, Galleon [[spoiler: later Sialeeds.]]
** TheManBehindTheMan: Marscal Godwin, though he doesn't mind letting his son Gizel run the show.
** The EvilCounterpart: Almost everyone: Gizel is the Prince's, Dolph is Lyon's, Bahram Luger is Raja's, Dilber Novum is Boz Wilde's, Zahhak is Kyle's, Alenia is Miakis'.

* The Founders in ''VideoGame/BioShockInfinite''
** TheEmperor: Zachary Hale Comstock
** The Right Hand: Elizabeth Comstock
** The General: Cornelius Slate
** The Guard: The Songbird
** The EvilCounterpart: [[spoiler: Zachary Hale Comstock]]
** The Oddball: Jeremiah Fink
** TheManBehindTheMan: [[spoiler: Robert and Rosalind Lutece]]

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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* The Antagonists in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''
** TheEmperor/ TheManBehindTheMan: The Executor
** The Right Hand: Darth Snob
** The General: General Zodd and General Ferdinand von Turrell
** The Guard: Lame R. Prick
** The EvilCounterpart: Most of them counts: Turrell (to The Nostalgia Critic), The Executor (to Oancitizen), Darth Snob (to Luke Mochrie), Mechakara (to Linkara), Seven-of-Eleven (to Obscurus Lupa), and Ma-Ti (to Film Brain)
** The Oddball: Mechakara

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[[folder:WesternAnimation]]
* The Fire Nation in ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
** TheEmperor: Fire Lord Ozai
** The Right Hand: Princess Azula
** The General: Zhao
** The Guard: Boiling Rock's warden
** The EvilCounterpart: Prince Zuko
** The Oddball: Mai and Ty Lee

* Darth Maul's Shadow Collective, though an underworld empire, fits this better than FiveBadBand.
** TheEmperor: Darth Maul. At least until his power reveals his location to [[BiggerBad Sidious...]]
** The Right Hand: Savage Oppress
** The General: Pre Vizsla. Ends up trying to assert [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness himself as the leader.]] [[EliteMook A silent grunt takes his place.]]
** The Guard: Almec.
** The Oddball: Bo-Katan Kryze.
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