Sometimes, the villainous organization doesn't go out and call itself The Empire
or The Syndicate
. Instead, they prefer to give themselves a feeling of unity in their nefarious and evil purposes. Calling yourselves "The Brotherhood" doesn't sound
that evil, but nevertheless it seems to be a popular name among evildoers in fiction. Though the name indicates an organization of equals, there still tends to be one "big brother"
in charge regardless.
The Brotherhood of Evil
may function like The Mafia
, or as a secret society with shadowy rituals and complex codes of honor, and are much less likely to invoke We Have Reserves
on their "brothers" unless their sinister leader is just using them
for his own purposes. If they're Card Carrying Villains
, they might put a "Dark" or "Evil" in their name just to be clear that they're not the good kind of brotherhood
- The Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, Magneto's supporters in the X-Men comics, which keeps the "evil" in its name despite often having sympathetic motives.
- This is averted in the films where Magneto tends to refer to it just as "The Brotherhood of Mutants."
- The Brotherhood of Evil from Doom Patrol (which started out as a international crime syndicate, but we only ever saw their top people.)
- The Brotherhood of Metallix from Sonic the Comic.
- The Brotherhood of Dada in DC Comics, opponents of the Doom Patrol.
- In Thunderball, SPECTRE has as "The International Brotherhood for the Assistance of Stateless Persons" as one of its covers.
- Call of Cthulhu. The Brotherhood of the Beast in the The Fungi from Yuggoth campaign (and its remake Day of the Beast).
- BIONICLE: The Brotherhood of Makuta under Teridax's rule.
- Sonic Chronicles: The Dark Brotherhood
- The Brotherhood Of Nod from the Command & Conquer games.
- The third and fourth games subvert this a lot. They are still quite dark but have become the sole source of stability, welfare and support for many people around the world.
- The Dark Brotherhood, the assassin cult from The Elder Scrolls.
- The Brotherhood of the Dark Rapture from Clive Barker's Jericho.
- The Brotherhood of the Ninth Circle, a doomsday cult led by an insane vampire, from Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines.
- Just about any organizations in video games that even involve the word 'brotherhood'.
- Although in Assassin's Creed, the (relatively) good Assassins call themselves "The Brotherhood", while the Templar Order decidedly fits this trope perfectly.
- Played with in the Fallout series with the Brotherhood of Steel. They're not evil, per se, but they've made many enemies due to their aggressive hoarding of pre-war technology, and have been known to murder people to preserve their secrecy. On the other hand, they have wiped out troublesome raider groups such as the Vipers, and have played a major role in the defeats of the Enclave and the Super Mutants.
- The Brotherhood is one of the rival gangs in Saints Row 2.
- The Assembly of Evil from LessThanThree Comics' Brat Pack, although, to be fair, they are supposed to be used as a propaganda tool for when their boss runs for President.
- The Sith Brotherhood and Brotherhood of the Sith in The Gungan Council.
- Darkwing Duck deters criminals from FOWL, the "Fiendish Organization of World Larceny."
- The Mafiya is also known as "Bratva", which means, you guessed it, "Brotherhood".