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Evil Counterpart: Live-Action TV
  • In Smallville, Clark's powers were temporarily transferred to a klutzy high schooler (Shawn Ashmore, brother of Aaron), who didn't handle it as well. Bizarro, General Zod, and his Kryptonian stooges also make requisite appearances.
    • Lionel Luthor was patterned as a dark mirror to Jonathan Kent. Both died, but one expired by natural causes while the other got shoved out a window by his kin. Whoops.
  • From Tower Prep, the Rook leader in episode five is this to Ian, right down to the same power.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel had the following.
    • Buffy = Darla (bubblegum-blonde Honey Trap), Drusilla (also has a past with Angel) and Faith (Slayer who became Drunk with Power. Whereas Kendra was the polar opposite of Buffy in nearly every way, Faith was meant to represent Buffy's "road not taken", a living embodiment of what Buffy might have been had her life's circumstances been different.)
    • Angel = pre-Heel-Face Turn Spike. One's paying for a century of being evil, the other is a Blood Knight Bruiser with a Soft Center who despite is viciousness is considered not as bad, in comparison to other vampires.
    • Giles = Ethan Rayne (former teen rebel), Gwen Post (corrupt ex-Watcher), and The Mayor (father-mentor to a Slayer).
    • Willow & Tara = Amy (mistress of the dark arts who enables Willow's magic addiction, while Tara encouraged Willow to slow down on the magic).
    • Oz = Veruca (unfettered werewolf)
    • Riley = Forrest (Forrest remains utterly loyal to the Initiative. This doesn't end well for him.)
    • Dawn = Glory
    • Anya = Halfrek (fellow vengeance demon except that Halfrek has no empathy for her victims. She is essentially Anya before becoming human.)
    • Gunn = Gio (overzealous vampire hunter)
    • Cordelia = Harmony (intensely stupid bimbo who also moved to the big city and ended up working in an office).
    • The Scoobies = The Trio
    • Kumiko (evil Japanese sorceress who tried to wipe out the forces of good once and for all) = Willow (the most powerful witch in the world who even when she had gone dark did the wrong thing for the right reasons.)
    • Ampata = Buffy.
    • Roden = Giles. The former hired a evil Slayer to kill Buffy, the latter hired Buffy's own Evil Counterpart in Faith to kill said Slayer and Roden.
    • Simone = Kennedy. One wants to kill Buffy for keeping Slayers defenseless before turning them into vampires, the other gives them the guns and training to be employed as guardians and offers Buffy and Faith high paying jobs.
  • Xena: Warrior Princess had Draco, Callisto, Najara and Ilainus. Recurring Amazon ally Ephiny had Valeska.
  • The Charmed Ones had the Demon Charmed Ones back in season 1.
    • And then there was the Mirror Universe miniarc, in which the Charmed Ones were harbingers of evil, and the demons were the good guys.
  • 24
    • Jack - Stephen Saunders in Season 3, Christopher Henderson in Season 5, Tony Almeida in season 7, and Cheng Zhi in season 9.
      • In season 8 Jack becomes one to Cole Ortiz.
    • Michelle Dessler - Carrie Turner. She's not really bad but her ruthless effort to climb the ladder at CTU bordered on treason.
    • Karen Hayes - Miles Papasian
  • Chuck had his old flame Jill Roberts who was also a reluctant spy.
    • Sarah had Daniel Shaw because they both hide their passions behind a veneer of professionalism. As well as her former high school bully turned criminal Heather Chandler.
    • Stephen Bartowski and Alexei Volkoff both tested Intersect prototypes on themselves but the latter turned evil.
    • Morgan had Emmett Milbarge. They are both aware that they are in a dead end jobs at the Buy More but while Morgan (for a while) quit to follow his dream of being a chef, Emmett ruthlessly climbs the corporate ladder.
  • In season nine of Stargate SG-1, the Ancients were discovered to have been holding another group of ascended beings called the Ori at bay for tens of thousands of years. The Ori have all the reality warping powers of the Ancients and none of their (questionable) ethics, having discovered a way to harness lowers' worship to increase their own powers.
  • The Vampire Diaries
    • Even though she's the main character, Elena is the Good Counterpart to Katherine especially now that she's a Vampire
    • Stefan is the Good Counterpart to Silas. Stefan is the doppelganger of Silas.
  • Glee has Santana, the Token Evil Teammate in the Glee club, who is a lesbian, a total bitch (and completely aware and proud of it), eager to sleep around, and freely enjoys screwing over her fellow club members' relationships For the Evulz... Come Season 3, this is somehow taken up a notch with Sebastian Smythe, who is gay, a dick, and instantly sets his sights on Blaine... He's also very much described as "a male Santana". In other words... he's the Evil Counterpart to the Glee Club's Token Evil Teammate. Yikes.
  • Person of Interest:
    • Finch had mob boss Karl Elias. Also, Root before she became an Anti-Villain.
    • Reese's supposed to be dead partner Stanton.
    • Fusco's counterpart is Simmons.
  • The Star Trek Mirror Universe is populated by shadow selves and outright evil counterparts of people in the standard universe.
    • In the ''TNG two-parter "Chain of Command", Picard is grilled by an interrogator who shares his interest in books and archeology. Most of it is a mind game, of course, but at one point the Gul expresses hope that the two of them can debate philosophy sometime. (Not likely.)
    • Ben Sisko's archrival on Deep Space Nine, Gul Dukat. Dukat once ran Deep Space Nine as a shogun-style warlord, but was deposed by the people he tried to subjugate. On his arrival, Sisko is hailed as the messiah to that planet's inhabitants. D'oh. Later, Dukat is made the Emissary to the Pah-Wraiths, evil aliens standing in opposition to Sisko's benefactors, the Prophets.
    • The U.S.S. Voyager came across a rogue Starfleet vessel, the Equinox, which had been using sentient beings as fuel to get home faster. Amusingly, their EMH has had his ethical subroutines removed.
  • Merlin has Merlin and Morgana, each fighting for the rights of magic-users, each on different sides.
  • Scandal: Huck discovers that his girlfriend Becky is this for him. They are both super-spies, they have the same skill sets, and they have both done their share of dirty business. However, Huck has a conscience and friends, while Becky is heartless and a loner.
  • Sherlock has a particularly fascinating version of one of the oldest of these pairs: Sherlock Holmes and Jim Moriarty.
    • Ditto in Elementary but with a twist: Moriarty is Irene Adler, who was Sherlock's girlfriend for a long time before faking her death in the most gruesome way possible.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Evil counterparts of the Doctor:
      • The Monk, the first evil counterpart encountered. A similar rogue time traveller and renegade from the Doctor's planet, and owner of a much better TARDIS than the Doctor's - and a similar tourist in Earth's history. The difference is that the Monk is interested in using time travel to fiddle with TemporalParadoxes, pit historical villains against each other and try to accelerate human technological development, and lacks the Doctor's respect for history. The New Eighth Doctor Adventures from Big Finish Doctor Who develop this further - it is shown that the Eighth Doctor and the Meddling Monk consider each other the evil counterpart. The Doctor interferes with history to help people, but mostly will leave history intact and tries to find peaceful solutions, without killing innocents. The Monk tries to "improve" history and has a The Needs of the Many mentality, such as helping Ice Warriors take over Mars by killing thousands of human colonists to prevent the Ice Warriors killing billions when they attack another planet. This could be more emphasised in Big Finish by the fact that in his earliest Big Finish stories, the Doctor saving someone supposed to die nearly destroyed history.
      • The Master, the Doctor's Friendly Enemy and his equal in intelligence and madness. The main difference is that the Doctor is benevolent and the Master is not. Some incarnations are more and less direct counterparts than others - the Delgado, Ainley and Jacobi Masters are equals but with very different personalities to the Doctor, and the Pratt/Beevers and Roberts Masters go in Body Horror and Came Back Wrong directions first with their mirror nature secondary, but the incarnation of the Master played by John Simm is a very direct evil version of the Tenth Doctor specifically, inheriting a lot of Ten's personality quirks and tics.
      • Davros - one aligned with the Daleks and one with the Time Lords, both MadScientists, one works as a military "scientific advisor" while the other had worked as that and quit, both able to have complicated moral discussions with each other, and both - in "Genesis of the Daleks" at least - have a bit of Messianic Archetype or Dark Messiah about them, with Davros willing to create the Daleks and kill billions in order to become above the gods, contrasted to the Doctor's unwillingness to kill the Daleks and save billions because it isn't his right to do so.
      • The Valeyard in "Trial of a Time Lord", a future incarnation of the Doctor which embodies all of his evil nature.
      • In "The Greatest Show in the Galaxy", Captain Cook is presented as this for the Seventh Doctor — both are intergalactic travellers with a young, rather troubled companion and a bit of a manipulative, egotistical side, but where the Doctor is ultimately compassionate, brave and cares for both Ace and the people around him, Cook is callous, cowardly, selfish and abusive.
    • In "The Tenth Planet", Mondas is the evil counterpart of Earth. Mondas looks exactly like Earth but flipped upside down, and the Mondasians are humans but forced to replace their bodies with spare parts, becoming the Cybermen, in order to survive as their planet drifted to the edge of the universe. They are now abominations with no emotions and the inability to comprehend human feelings, and get to win their ethical arguments anyway. However, the Cybermen lost this characterisation later to allow them to fill the Dalek-shaped hole left after the Daleks got Exiled from Continuity in the Troughton era, becoming generic nasty robotic aliens/ a Dalek Suspiciously Similar Substitute race from "Tomb of the Cybermen" onwards.
    • Dr. Simeon from "The Snowmen" could be seen as a dark counterpart to Amy Pond: both encountered an extraterrestrial as children who made a huge impression on them. Whereas Amy grew as a person from her travels with the Doctor, Simeon was corrupted by the Great Intelligence, becoming callous and power-mad as an adult.
    • As a whole, the Time Lords have the Daleks as their evil counterparts. Note that this wasn't always true, but as the series drew on, it became more and more this way, before being cemented as such in the New Series.
  • Burn Notice. Michael has Psycho for Hire Larry, and Simon who will stop at nothing to take out everyone who (rightfully) burned him.
  • Rachel from Friends has her Manipulative Bastard sister Jill.
  • Many times in Cold Case the victim is killed by their evil counterpart.
  • Community
    • Jeff's ex-coworker Allen
    • City College and Dean Spreck to Greendale and Dean Pelton.
    • Annie Kim to Annie Edison in "Geography of Global Conflict". While both are ruthlessly competitive and Annie Kim might be better behaved than the prone-to-meltdowns Annie Edison, the former also lacks the humanising qualities that make the latter likeable and sympathetic despite her flaws.
  • The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Cromartie is this to Cameron.
  • The entire town of New Bern is this to Jericho. Jericho is a peaceful salt mining town. New Bern is under martial law and run by the sheriff. Their main export is gunpowder. White vs. black, get it?
  • Arrow. Oliver's evil counterparts are Huntress and the Dark Archer.
  • Stargate AtlantisSeries/''. Kolya is in may ways a counterpart to John Sheppard. Both are extraordinary soldiers, both command incredible loyalty from their men, and both have made difficult choices for the good of their people. Kolya just happens to also be an amoral bastard.
  • Super Sentai and Power Rangers have had several evil counterpart teams to the Rangers, though the evil team most people remember are the ones in Denji Sentai Megaranger and Power Rangers in Space, the Nejirangers/Psycho Rangers respectively.
  • In a dual example, Breaking Bad's final season gradually develops Todd Alquist and his uncle Jack Welker as the Evil Counterparts to Jesse Pinkman and Walter White, respectively. In addition to their individual similarities, Todd and Jack's relationship—with Todd clearly devoted to Jack as a surrogate father figure, and willing to do anything to please him—is very much a dark mirror of Jesse and Walt's relationship.
  • In season 4 of Haven, Duke Crocker gains one in his brother Wade. Both have the same Trouble, the ability to absorb blood to gain temporary Super Strength and the ability to completely erase a Trouble by killing one person who has it. When Duke discovers his Trouble, he resolves to only use it to help others, like when he absorbs blood from a woman's wound to become strong enough to free her from her crashed car, and only kills to defend himself or others. When Wade discovers his Trouble, he quickly becomes a Serial Killer, killing for no higher purpose than absorbing blood and getting high off the rush of strength. Their late father Simon was much like Wade, making him a posthumous evil counterpart to Duke.
  • Leverage has a number of counterparts to the main characters, although not all of them can be strictly called evil. A less ambiguous example is Chaos, a hacker of almost equal skill to Hardisson but completely lacking in ethics (in his first appearance, he tries to kill his entire crew to make off with the money). There's also Sterling who is just as smart as Nate (they used to be friends) and Dangerously Genre Savvy. The kick is, Sterling is actually working within the law (he even becomes an Interpol agent), while Nate constantly breaks them.
  • A two-part episode of The Sentinel introduces Alex Barnes, who has the same hyperactive senses as Jim but turns out to be a Classy Cat-Burglar. She's also willing to kill anyone who stands in her way, even someone who helped her get a handle on her abilities. She ends up finding an ancient Peruvian temple and performs a ritual that temporarily boosts her abilities Up to Eleven, but this ends up frying her brain.
    • Another episode has a Russian sniper named Yuri whom Blair even calls Jim's technological counterpart. Both have military training. While Jim uses his natural hypersenses, Yuri uses technology (e.g. binoculars, sniper scopes, heat sensors) to achieve the same level of awareness. They also previously tangled during Jim's military days, where Yuri outmaneuvered Jim's squad and killed the man they were supposed to protect.
  • Heroes gives us Peter Petrelli and his evil counterpart Sylar. Both wanted to be special, both are initially believed to be powerless at first, both have absorbing powers, and both want to do great things with their powers. Peter comes from a wealthy amoral family who view him as the underachiever, while Sylar comes from a poor religious power family. Peter goes against his family's wishes to pursue a career in nursing to help people, while Sylar becomes a watchmaker to appease his mother. Peter desires to be special, but he ultimately wants to use it to help people, while Sylar let is desire to be special to consume him and lead him to murder, manipulations, sadism, etc. Sylar initially kills people to steal their powers, while Peter absorbs people's powers by empathizing with them. As the series went on Peter and Sylar's stories always paralleled with each other. Part of the third season explored similarities and difference between them and how easily Peter could have become like Sylar or Sylar become like Peter.
  • MacPherson to Artie in Warehouse 13. They used to be partners and friends until both fell in love with the same woman. The break happened when the woman was trapped in a burning building, and Artie refused to ues the Phoenix, an artifact that would allow one to survive being burned but would kill a random person instead. MacPherson used the Phoenix to save her and was kicked out of the Warehouse. He has since spent years tracking down artifacts, like Artie. However, he doesn't want to put them away for safekeeping but to use them to further his own ends. He even has a Tesla of his own.
    • Brother Adrian is the head of the Brotherhood of the Black Diamond, a Vatican-based organization dedicated to keeping dangerous artifacts safe. Sound familiar? After Artie steals Magellan's Astrolabe from Brother Adrian to prevent the destruction of the Warehouse, Brother Adrian shows up and demands that Artie use the Astrolabe to revert his changes and starts to dismantle Artie's life's work with his own artifacts. Subverted in the end, though, when it's revealed that Brother Adrian never came to the Warehouse, and it was Artie's split personality who was doing the stealing and the killing, resulting in Leena's death.
    • Paracelsus to Claudia in Season 4. Like Claudia, Paracelsus is a scientist (of the mad kind) and likes to experiment with artifacts to find out how to use them better. It was his research that enabled safe bronzing of dangerous individuals (in a twist of irony, he became one of the first to be bronzed). However, Claudia is not willing to risk people's lives for her research, and Paracelsus most definitely is (he simply calls them casualties of progress). Paracelsus is also revealed to have been the Caretaker of Warehouse 9, a position that Mrs. Frederic holds in Warehouse 13. Claudia is being groomed as the next Caretaker. The finale of season 4 has Paracelsus taking control of the Warehouse and kicking everybody out, except for Claudia who stays behind to battle him.
  • iCarly has Nevel.
  • The Brit Brats are these to Sam & Cat.
  • Dr. Sam Beckett of Quantum Leap discovered in one episode that he had an evil counterpart leaper, complete with companion hologram who leaped from life to life to Make Wrong What Once Went Right until he convinced her to make a Heel-Face Turn. Then her hologram companion was leaped in to take her out, making her a second Evil Counterpart.
  • Once Upon a Time has several of these. Strangely enough, we have yet to have an evil counterpart to The Hero Emma Swan, but rather several to the Anti-Villains of the show.
    • First, there was Cora, who as Regina's mother also practices magic and does horrible things to the people around her. However, while Regina's love for Henry is a speck of light in her darkness for which she began to redeem herself, Cora only got worse as time went on, corrupting and killing like no other.
    • Next, there was Peter Pan, a contrast to Rumplestiltskin.
    • After that, it was Zelena, Wicked Witch of the West, who contrasted with her half sister regina in how much the latter has changed.
    • Rumplestiltskin could also count as this to The Blue Fairy in the past. Both give deals for the people they talk with, and both are the Big Good for the enchanted forest. The lines blur the more we learn about the two though.
    • Ruby's Granny and her mother Anita, teaches her opposing ways of handling being a werewolf, except Anita hates humans.
    • Jacqueline the giant killer, the Dark Action Girl counterpart of Snow White.
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