Creepy Good

"That dude... scares me."
Spider-Man about Wolverine, who's slashing up robot mooks while laughing maniacally, Marvel Ultimate Alliance

The good guys don't always have to be warm and cuddly, or even all that attractive for that matter. Sometimes, they're even downright scary.

This trope mostly applies to Friendly Neighborhood Vampires, Noble Demons, Uncanny Valley Girls, etc. Nonhuman characters get this a lot, but it can also apply to full humans who unnerve allies and audience members with their methods or mannerisms. It can also follow a Heel–Face Turn, if the character switching to the side of good retains some moral ambiguity or monstrous traits. Psycho Sidekicks and good-guy (or at least harmless) versions of Stalker with a Crush can fall under this, as well.

Contrast Villain with Good Publicity, which is an inversion, and Face Monster Turn, in which a good character changes sides after becoming creepy. Creepy Awesome may also apply, especially in the case of particularly Badass characters.

Compare Good Is Not Nice and Dark Is Not Evil, which are sister tropes, and the Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant, who is usually also Creepy Good (unless, of course, they're evil). If it's the main character who's Creepy Good, it's a case of Horrifying Hero or Terror Hero.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • One Piece: Zoro and Robin are the only members of the Straw Hats to have killed in the past. Usopp, Nami, and Chopper frequently find them both "creepy" or "nuts" depending on the situation.
    • Nico Robin was an assassin (and still doesn't have any problems with snapping the Mooks' necks), used to be The Dragon, and frequently makes morbid comments about the current situation with a cheerful smile on her face. Her power to grow body parts from any surface also adds to her creep factor.
    • Zoro is willing to chop his own feet off to join a fight and creeps others out with his sheer determination, willpower, and bloodlust, not to mention his monstrous strength.
    • Brook, despite actually having quite a polite and humorous disposition, is also creepy pretty much by default as a result of being a reanimated skeleton (though him asking every pretty young woman he meets if he can see her panties certainly doesn't help). Some of his powers also include being able to put himself back together, detach his soul from his body, and freeze his opponents with the ghostly chill of the underworld.
    • It's worth noting that Luffy does not find any of the three of them, nor those particular quirks, to be creepy; he thinks they're cool (Brook in particular).
  • Hiruma from Eyeshield 21: "So scary... and yet so reliable!"
  • My Hero Academia has some:
    • Shouji Mezou is a six armed 6'2'' foot tall hero in training. Between the fleshy membrane connecting the arms and his creepy mask(which a design book mentioned that he wears because his face put off people and was considered villainous) it would be hard to see him as good if he wasn't such a Gentle Giant.
    • Tokoyami Fumikage is a bird headed goth with a tendency to talk in a creepy way using over dramatic figures of speech and uses his powers to summon a giant shadow bird. He is nonetheless, a hero in training.
    • Gang Orca is the 10th top hero. He is a gigantic Orca/human hybrid, whose disturbing looks made him voted in 3rd place in an in-universe pool to choose heroes with the face of a villain.
  • Bleach
    • Usually Played for Laughs, Captain Unohana is The Dreaded to everyone who threatens her ire. A smile from her sends chills down the spines of even the 11th Division. When she fights, she lets down her hair and transforms into Yachiru, a truly eerie, blood-powered Blood Knight who was the original Kenpachi of the 11th division.
    • Senjumaru Shutara, with her Creepily Long Arms, damn-near robotic levels of serenity, and penchant for mutilation, is so intimidating that even the creepy Mayuri is off-balanced by her.
    • Kisuke Urahara usually poses himself as an easygoing and friendly person... which may fool most until they learn about his previous jobs like his employment in the Soul Sociaity's asylum and leading the Science Division, making incredible progress in area of artificial souls or he commits something incredibly disturbing like cutting Ichigo's soul from his body and to reawaken his shinigami powers, but putting him in a very real risk of becoming hollow .
  • In Sailor Moon, Hotaru Tomoe is an innocent young girl who just happens to be the messiah of destruction. Sometimes her eyes even glow red. It doesn't help that she also happens to be part robot.
  • Caiman from Dorohedoro is a large man with a reptilian head who has no qualms with brutally cutting up magic users in the hopes one of them happens to be the one who cursed his head. At the same time he's a very easygoing, goofy guy who just wants to learn about his identity and eat gyozas.
  • Dr. Franken Stein from Soul Eater. To put this into perspective, he routinely 'experiments on people' and told his partner he switched two of his toes when he was sleeping. He didn't; he was just screwing with him, but the fact that everyone found this a believable thing for him to have done says it all. At the same time, he's also one of the DWMA's most powerful and reliable members, right up until he goes insane.
  • Faust VIII from Shaman King joins up with Yoh, The Protagonist, despite him introducing himself by trying to vivisect Yoh's sidekick. He looks and acts depraved but is generally good-natured otherwise.
  • In Gunslinger Girl, the cyborgs.
    Alphonso: It's just the thought of these little girls who can kill terrorists and speak three languages, and here they are singing Beethoven in the bitter cold. It's a shame they have to be cyborgs.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Al (a disembodied soul bonded to a suit of armor) tends to scare people whenever they take off his helmet and find nobody inside the suit. But he's really an innocent kid who just wants his human body back. His sweet childlike voice removes a lot of the creepiness.
    • Van Hohenheim is a human Philosopher's Stone who draws his powers from the souls of sacrificed human beings. To be fair, he never wanted to become a Philosopher's Stone, and he has made peace with the souls who power his alchemy and knows each soul by name.
  • Even after his Heel–Face Turn, Gajeel from Fairy Tail is one of the series' more brutal, bloodthirsty characters who jumps into a fray with a wicked grin and cackle, so it takes a while for his comrades to trust him (that, and he destroyed their guilhall and assaulted three of their most defenseless members earlier). This becomes most evident when Gajeel eats Rogue's shadow and gains his powers, giving him a downright nightmarish face that freaks out his friends, and a Badass Boast to remind Rogue just how terrifying he is.
  • In some continuities of Cyborg 009, such as the 1980 Legends of the Super Galaxy movie, Albert Heinrich (Cyborg 004) has a dark personality. Averted in the 2001 series, which softened his personality considerably.
  • Attack on Titan: The Rogue Titan that appeared during the Battle of Trost is utterly terrifying in both it's appearance and fighting style, but it has no interest in attacking humans and instead runs around beating the crap out of the regular Titans. That's because the Rogue Titan is Eren Jaeger.
  • L, the Hero Antagonist from Death Note. He has No Social Skills, and Looks Like Cesare, and (although not above the use of torture, and shown to not actually care about justice), is the good guy.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman
    • Some interpretations of Batman's membership in the Justice League are portrayed this way. Everyone has their seat at the table, and Batman's off in a corner being quiet (if you notice him at all). This crosses with his status as Crazy-Prepared. The rest of the League is creeped out that this guy has files on how to kill/maim/disable the rest of them. That, and being creepy is Batman's schtick.
  • In DC Comics, we have The Creeper, adequately enough. The guy is so batshit loco that even The Joker considers him a lunatic!
  • In the early days, Spider-Man was often seen as creepy by many fellow heroes in the Marvel Universe, even as recently as The '90s, as seen when he and Nova fought the Tri-Sentinel. Prominent reasons for this were his face-covering mask with giant menacing bug-eyes and his penchant for contorting himself in strange ways, his ability to cling to any surface, and his knack for showing up out of the blue, to say nothing of the fact that he is often a Hero with Bad Publicity.
  • When Iron Man made his debut, he had an all gray suit of armor. A passerby mentioned how creepy he looked in such a dark color so he repainted the suit gold in order to avert this trope.
  • Marvel Comics also has the Legion of Monsters, which is what it sounds like. Mostly they just try to protect their own kind from over-zealous monster hunters, but they're basically good people (and Morbius the Living Vampire is an occasional full-blown superhero).
  • Varies with Doctor Strange. He often unnerves muggles and other superheroes without intending to. When he does try, he's frightening enough to un-hulk and completely alienate Red She-Hulk with a few whispered words. Depending on the Writer, the unsettling effect he has on others does not trouble him at all and is just another tool he can use to his best advantage; in other depictions it makes him unhappy and increases the burden of loneliness and isolation he carries as Sorcerer Supreme.
  • Green Lantern Abin Sur of Earth-20 from Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1. He keeps his distance from the inhabitants of Earth because he's aware that he resembles the world's interpretation of Satan and doesn't want to freak anyone out. Doc Fate doesn't care what he looks like and considers him an ally.
  • In his early days, Wolverine was the creepy member of the X-Men. His berserk temper and willingness to kill often freaked out his teammates.

  • The Gravekeeper in Age Of Strife. He's a well-known defender of the innocent and gave Dia important warnings as to the role of Chaos, but he's also a crazy skull collector with a habit of appearing behind people un-announced.
  • In Operation: There Is No Operation, a Codename: Kids Next Door fanfic, V8 is this to the rest of the KND, being the local Exalted Torturer who works with them.
  • Child of the Storm has a fair few. Prominent examples include:
    • Loki, post Heel–Face Turn, who for all his genuine nature as a kindly uncle, benevolently snarky brother and good friend, retains a capacity for ruthlessness with no equal on this Earth, a willingness to use Cold-Blooded Torture and psychological warfare.
    • Doctor Strange is, on the face of things, a Gentleman Wizard, Deadpan Snarker and generally a fairly genteel fellow who makes a point of never lying. He's also a deeply mysterious figure who comes and goes as he pleases, often out of nowhere with absolutely no warning, never lies, yet is almost never honest, sometimes appears merely as a shadowy figure amongst a swirling cloak with a pair of Glowing Eyes staring out of the darkness, seems to know quite literally everything and due to his justified reputation as the Magnificent Bastard, the very possibility of his involvement is Paranoia Fuel among good guys and bad guys alike. In short, he is a profoundly unsettling man.
    • Agent (later Director) Peter Wisdom a.k.a. Regulus Black of MI 13 fits this trope to a T. He's a good guy, but he's also got a reputation for making 'Inspector Javert look like Mother Teresa' and the rest of the British intelligence services don't trust him because they don't know anything about him. He's also a member of the Trenchcoat Brigade, almost exclusively wears black and is The Unfettered, being entirely indifferent to both morality and the prospect of his own death when it comes to doing what needs to be done. One incident showcases this, when he lures a HYDRA assault team into an ambush and sneaks up behind the last surviving member of the team and hisses 'I'll let you in on a secret, sunshine. That intel? It wasn't good', before opening the man up with his 'hot knives', blades of burning hot energy, which he's using as Wolverine Claws.
    • In a flashback, Harry Dresden remarks on this about himself, noting how he's NBA tall, clad in a long black duster and carrying a staff that is six feet of solid oak, which makes for a very intimidating first impression. Also, there's the fact that he almost never meets anyone's eyes because of the whole Soulgaze thing - but only a very few ordinary people know that - and knows far too damn much. The ability to roast horrifying monsters from the netherworld is a mere courtesy detail at this point.
    • Harry Potter/Thorson. On the face of things, he is a genuinely sweet, warm-hearted and friendly young man with Undying Loyalty to his friends and who steadily learns to open up and express his emotions more. However, after chapter 45, he develops a presence that isn't quite human and is consequently unnerving, the ability to use a strange 'double voice' that can shut up the Weasley Twins and Psychic Powers that mean he tends to be uncomfortably knowing. He's also got a hatred for injustice and bullies which, combined with over a decade of suppressed rage, fear and trauma from life at the Dursleys and several Near Death Experiences, can manifest as a kind of cold and borderline homicidal rage that is uncomfortably reminiscent of a young Magneto (to whom comparisons are made) and often features unnerving World Of Cardboard Speeches that make it very clear that it is a very good thing that he's got people holding him in check and that he's downright terrified of what he's capable of. Any doubt about this is dispelled in chapter 74 when Jane just about manages to persuade him from executing a HYDRA assault team with their own weapons after that team put Thor in a coma with a magic bullet, tried to kidnap the three of them, then took a child hostage to try and force their compliance and chapter 76 when he snaps at Gravemoss, who is undoubtedly pure evil, and telekinetically opens his ribs up like a book and rips his heart out. Gravemoss being Gravemoss, he's fine, but Harry's friends and allies, though understanding, are both worried and disturbed and disgusted, because it's kind of gory. He's a good guy, he's very kind to pretty much everyone and he'll do anything to protect his friends, even someone he barely knows. That last part is kind of the scary part.
  • Nobody Dies: Rei and her sisters. Everyone in the story reacts like they're the scariest things around (even the Angels are considered less threatening), what with the Stealth Hi/Bye, the kidnapping people through air vents, and general strangeness. Even the fans refer to this version of Rei as Terrifying!Rei. However, they're all good and kind at heart (even if they have possibly the most bizarre ways of showing it), and would do anything to protect those they care for.
  • In Terminal Justice, a Harry Potter/Justice League of America crossover, Harry was interpreted as this by the League members a lot of the time, chiefly due to his gray morality and his ownership of a sword that could turn into a scythe and a motorcycle that could turn into a ghost horse.
  • Life After Hayate notes that most Bureau servicemembers are frightened of the Wolkenritter to the point they'll go for a weapon or seek cover even though the Wolkenritter are on their side. They were the Bureau's nightmare scenario for nearly sixty years before. In one chapter, the mere presence of a Wolkenritter is enough to terrify a member of the Bureau's most wanted into surrendering. In another, after their owner is injured, they proceed to blow through Jail's first-generation combat cyborgs in seconds and might have killed them all if they'd had just a few moments longer.
  • In The Shadow Wars My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic universe, during the last third of the Shadow Wars practically all the Changelings are allies of Equestria. The Ponies accept them as allies, but still find them creepy.
  • In the Worm x Dishonored crossover fanfic, A Change Of Pace, Taylor has the ability to teleport at the edge of vision silently, summon a Swarm of Rats, and has a creepy mask. She's also an independent hero.
  • Post-Winter Soldier Bucky Barnes in Infinite Coffee And Protection Detail. Barnes just wants to live his life free of HYDRA and protect Steve, and he even tries to abide by Thou Shalt Not Kill, which is not obligatory for heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He even helps friendly old people with home repairs and Jerkass landlords. But his way of protecting Steve leaps over the boundary between Mysterious Protector and Stalker Without a Crush, and while Barnes is a lot less lethal nowadays, he's still a highly trained cyborg assassin with an abiding fondness for edged weapons.

  • Elise in Insidious is a creepy old lady with Psychic Powers who talks about Things Man Was Not Meant to Know as if she's discussing the weather... but she's legitimately trying to help the protagonists save their kid from evil spirits.
  • Most of the characters of The Nightmare Before Christmas. The people of Halloween Town aren't evil (except for Oogie Boogie, who's ostracized by the rest of the townsfolk), but they're scary both by nature and because it's their job. They do nearly ruin Christmas, but out of lack of understanding rather than malice, and Jack eventually has a My God, What Have I Done? moment and sets things right.
  • Cameron Vale in Scanners is a seemingly-psychopathic drifter with terrifying psychic powers who talks in a Creepy Monotone and has little-to-no personality or outside interests beyond the main plot. The basic undercurrent of his character is that he's fighting the evil psychics because it's slightly more interesting than staring at the wall.
  • In many of the film adaptations of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Quasimodo is hideously deformed and socially inept, which makes him deeply unsettling to other characters. However, he shows himself to be heroic by protecting Esmeralda, defending Notre Dame, and giving Frollo his just desserts.
  • Meg in The Undead, who is a hideous witch but devoted to good and an ally of Pendragon.
  • Downplayed with Manolo in The Book of Life. He's a skeleton for half of the movie, but he's more cute, than scary.
  • The Thin Man from the Charlie's Angels movies - while he is clearly all kinds of creepy, by the second movie it turns out he is actually a good guy, attempting to save the life of a child under the Witness Protection Program, and is rather infatuated with Dylan, Drew Barrymore's character.

  • Harry Potter
    • Luna Lovegood is a mild version of this, in that she spouts horrific conspiracy theories and seems to be attuned to whole levels of magic the other characters can't access. She even gets stuck with the nickname "Loony Lovegood" because everyone else thinks she's crazy. Some consider it a good thing that the movie left out the huge portraits of her friends she painted on her bedroom ceiling that were linked with chains made of the word "friends".
    • Harry's godfather Sirius Black. He's a falsely convicted mass murderer who, immediately after escaping prison, attempts to commit one of the very murders he was falsely convicted of. (The man Sirius tried to kill, who wasn't even dead, was the one who framed Sirius in the first place and was behind all the other murders Sirius allegedly committed.) He takes two forms: either an Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette who Looks Like Cesare and first appears in ragged prison garb, or a huge black dog that's often identified as a death omen. He lives in a creepy old house he inherited from his Dark Wizard ancestors, with house-elf heads mounted on the walls (though not by choice, he hates his old home). He once attempted to play a Deadly Prank on Severus Snape (and at the time the story takes place, Sirius doesn't show much regret for this incident). He sometimes seems a bit off his rocker due to the horrible years he suffered in prison. And yes, he's a good guy.
    • Severus Snape likes to hang out in the dark and creepy dungeons and potion laboratories, enjoys bullying helpless students such as Neville and Harry, and is frequently compared to an oversized bat in appearance — and it's not clear that he's a good guy until the very end of the series.
      • He was this since he was young. He was a Creepy Child with large ambition with pride issues, a massive and complex mutal hatred with James Potter and friendship/ one-sided love with Lily Evans before she couldn't stand him anymore.
  • Misha, the ghost boy in The Farwalkers Quest, fits. Ghosts aren't very common in the world, and he can only really communicate with the protagonist in her dreams, during which she sees his true form.
  • In the Inheritance Cycle, Elva is an infant with violet eyes and an adult's voice in a child's body, which scares the hell out of many adults. She is (ostensibly) on the good side, but she isn't above using her power of knowing what someone's future pain is, someone's fears, or hopes for manipulation of powerful people for her own benefit.
  • Nightside: Razor Eddie, "Punk God of the Straight Razor", is described as "an extremely disturbing agent of good. The forces of good didn't get a say in the matter". Fair enough, since he's a reformed — but not retiredSerial Killer who targets those who threaten children and the homeless and has been known to leave buildings soaked in blood but conspicuously absent of corpses.
  • Discworld
    • The Igors are (usually) good guys, but tend to creep out a lot of people, due to their Mix-and-Match Man prowess.
    • Carrot gives off this impression to some, if only because they're unable to tell if his seeming pure-heartedness is genuine, or an incredibly convincing ruse to get what he needs.
    • You don't get much creepier than a seven foot tall skeleton in a hooded black robe yet DEATH is Adorkable and unmistakeably on our side.
      • His granddaughter Susan as well. She started out as Creepy Neutral, and was rather cold and cynical. She has since become something of a Friend to All Children, taking jobs as a much-loved governess and school teacher, as kids have no trouble accepting her strange abilities. She still tends to freak out adults a little, as she hangs out as a bar for undead patrons, and her hair has an unsettling tendency to rearrange itself. (And she's still cold and cynical.)
  • The three spirits from A Christmas Carol each qualify, as their role is basically to scare Scrooge straight.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Subverted by Roose Bolton. In spite of being a creepy man from a house famed for skinning its enemies alive, he's on the side of our hero, the just and honorable Robb Stark. When Robb is wondering who to let lead his vanguard, his mother tells him that Roose is the kind of guy that will see him to victory. Robb admits that Roose scares him. Eventually it's revealed that Roose is actually much more interested in usurping Robb than leading his armies, and does a major Face–Heel Turn.
    • Tyrion Lannister, however, fits this trope to a T. Unlike his counterpart in the show, he is described as a deformed hunchback who gets worse as the series goes on. The wound that gave Show!Tyrion a facial scar utterly split Book!Tyrion's face open and left him without a nose. Still, he's one of the few genuinely good characters in the story who wants to be loved and accepted more than anything else.
  • The Laundry Files has Angleton, Bob's boss, the head of Counter-Subversion. Angleton never seems to age (there are pictures of him dating back to the Second World War, not looking a day younger), has a terrifying level of knowledge of Lovecraftian magic, and once punished a pair of scheming subordinates whose attempt at playing office politics ended up with a body count by shrinking down their heads and putting them on a Newton's Cradle on his desk; it's implied that they're still alive. Yet despite all of this, Angleton is one of the good guys. In The Fuller Memorandum, we learn his true identity: a Humanoid Abomination summoned into the body of a convicted murderer, who has voluntarily taken on the values and the ideals of an Englishman, serving the Laundry with inhuman loyalty and dedication.
  • The Jungle Book has Kaa, an enormous and ancient rock python. He's incredibly old, possibly thousands of years old in fact, and his hypnotic powers are downright terrifying, which is probably why he's subject to Adaptational Villainy in adaptations like the 1967 Disney version. That being said, in the book he's a wise and helpful mentor to Mowgli, and saves his life several times.
  • Spirit Mages and mediums in Elemental Masters, whose powers specialize in dealing with ghosts, but who focus on constructive activities like dealing with haunts and helping restless spirits find closure.

    Live Action TV 
  • Smallville, Homecoming, Brainiac 5. When he first appears, he starts off by performing some of his trademark Mind Rape. The fact that he keeps his Creepy Monotone doesn't help matters, and Clark immediately demanded that he leave everyone alone the moment he came in.
  • Glen Bishop's off putting behavior in the early seasons of Mad Men along with his odd mannerisms have earned him the name Creepy Glen, but his intentions have largely been benign and in the latter seasons has proven to be the most decent person in Sally's life.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The Doctor generally acts affably and charmingly, but we are constantly reminded that he is an alien with his own system of morality which only partially overlaps with human conceptions of good and bad. He seems to be rather a fan of the human way of doing things, even if he has no instinctive capability for it himself, which is the primary reason why he tends to take Companions in the new series. Some of his incarnations are particularly terrifying, such as his First self, who looks and acts like a Mad Scientist and does not seem to care about other people at all, his Fourth self who had strange bulging eyes and cared exclusively about his own freedom, his Sixth self who bordered on Monster Clown, his Seventh self, a Machiavellian Chessmaster who used a thin veneer of bumbling-fool to use everyone around him as pawns, and his Tenth self, who appears to be a dashing romantic but is at heart unspeakably ruthless. Several characters mention being instinctively afraid of the Ninth Doctor, with Rose even saying at one point that she found him scarier on first meeting than her first encounter with a Dalek.
      • The Twelfth Doctor is pretty much a reconstruction of this trope. Clara goes from being doted on by an appeasing old man with a handsome face to being pestered by a glowering, ruthless pragmatist with a paranoid streak. It takes her until the ending of episode 8 for her to understand he genuinely means to help as many people as possible with limited resources and isn't being a jerk for the sake of it.
    • A number of monsters end up being this, such as the Ood, and as revealed in "Time of the Doctor", most of the Silence. "The Sensorites" introduces us to a race of aliens that use psychic Mind Rape as a weapon and uses a closeup of a hideous Sensorite against the glass of the spaceship as its first Cliffhanger, but they turn out to be a rather sweet, vulnerable species who really just want the humans to leave them alone.
    • The fish people in "The Underwater Menace" horrify Polly, but it soon turns out that they're actually just human survivors of shipwrecks who were surgically converted to work as slaves by the Atlanteans. They aren't bad people and are persuaded very easily to go on strike in order to help defeat the Mad Scientist trying to blow up the earth For the Evulz.
    • The Rills from Galaxy 4. Fanged, amonia-breathing monsters with booming voices and hand claws that look like a cross between Jabba The Hutt and Satan's pet angler fish. Also sweet, hospitable, and eternally forgiving even after both the brutish Drahven's and the misguided Tradis crew repeatedly attack them and their droids.
    • Several companions fit this mould, too.
      • Turlogh was an exiled alien prince coerced into trying to assasinate the doctor. Even post Heel–Face Turn he still comes off as secretive and offputting.
      • Handles was the scooped out head of a Cyberman that the Eleventh Doctor liked to talk to when there were no humans around.
  • The title characters from Sapphire and Steel. It's explicitly stated a couple of times that they aren't human. What they are is never explained, but they verge on the Humanoid Abomination with their chilly personalities, somewhat unconvincing attempts to connect to humans, and tendency to Shoot the Dog.
  • Linder from The Bridge US is definitely on the side of the angels (working in a homeless shelter and moonlighting by smuggling abused women over the Mexican border into the US), but is undeniably creepy (speaking in a low Creepy Monotone, acting fidgety when asked too many questions about what he does, and showing a willingness to hurt people that get in his way). His associate Bob (who runs a safehouse for the women rescued) is a bit more charismatic, but apparently has a very Dark and Troubled Past (he used to be a drug addict, and he apparently assaulted someone using a dirtbike in Tulsa).
  • Played for laughs in Brooklyn Nine-Nine with Detective Boyle, who is a genuinely good-hearted, friendly and likeable man who only wants to please, but nevertheless has no social skills or internal filter whatsoever and at times seems determined to express himself in the creepiest ways possible.
  • Psych introduces us to Mary Lightly (it's a family name), a geeky, clingy psychologist who speaks in monotone and has no social skills. He appears in a few episodes to help the protagonists track the recurring villains Yin and Yang, with whom he might be a little obsessed. Main hero Shawn Spencer suspects that Mary is Yin since he knows so much about the two murdering fiends; these suspicions are allayed when Yin kills Mary during the season 4 finale.
  • Zigzagged with the Addams Family franchise. In the original comic strips they're just plain creepy while the series could be the codifier for this trope. The films lean more towards the creepy than the good, especially regarding Wednesday but still qualify.

    Play-by-Post Games 
  • Honorable Hogwarts loves this trope. Jason, Aldous, Lena, Mandos, and Abel are just the main-character examples. And considering the site's aggressively gray morality, more characters will likely be introduced who fit this trope later on.


  • There's a serious reason why angels in The Bible always say "Be not afraid!" to mortals before trying to say anything else. While a few of them do embody the Theme Park Version of angels that so many of us imagine when hearing the term, a majority of angels were downright eldritch in their appearance. Some biblical descriptions of angels are almost identical to what today would be perceived by the public as a UFO sighting.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Warhammer 40,000: Eldar Harlequins are Monster Clown Dance Battler Ninjas, with horrifying weapons that can explode you in an instant or turn you into a drooling imbecile, wear grinning masks that reflect your deepest terrors and serve a god who is, for all intents and purposes, The Joker. They are also the best line of defense against both Chaos (servants of the gods of rape, murder, mutation, and disease) and the Necrons (former rulers of the galaxy returning to wage a genocidal purge of the current residents). Mind you, being Warhammer 40K, "good" is very much relative.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, other Gaia Garou find the Uktena tribe unsettling because of their strange gifts, love of secret knowledge, and close study of the Wyrm.

  • Onua from the BIONICLE series, at least in his first incarnation. He's a hunchback, his body is completely black, he lives underground, he has gigantic bladed claws for hands, and like all other Toa he wears a mask that completely obscures his face, but his mask looks like Jason Voorhees'. This is not made any better in his Toa Nuva form, in which he ditches the big claws for chainsaws. And through the series the poor guy is one of the most helpful, useful, and friendly characters. Seriously, though, in some of the promotional art he looks like a monster that's about to attack Tahu.

    Video Games 
  • From Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel: Even after Soma makes a Heel–Face Turn and start helping the heroes, she's still creepy as hell, due in no small part to her spectacular Slasher Smile. Her Limit Break in particular is disturbing. Of course, it helps that she's a Monster Clown.
  • Faust from Guilty Gear is a freakishly tall, demented, sometimes Ax-Crazy Deadly Doctor who wears a Brown Bag Mask... and yet is still indisputably good.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins. She's a snarky Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette Ladyof Black Magic who views love as incompatible with her Darwinist outlook on life. She also happens to know fifteen different poisons that grow in the Kocari Wilds.
    • Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening:
      • The Messenger, one of the Disciples of the Architect, he's a sapient Darkspawn, that depending on the player's choices can actively aid the player in the final battle and if allowed to leave afterwards will become a Mysterious Protector, helping out random travelers on the road, albeit accidentally tainting a few of them.
      • Justice is an spirit inhabiting a decayed corpse. He also happens to be noble, just and genuinely looking to help mortals. However, by the start of Dragon Age II, he has changed.
    • Anders can be this himself at times in Dragon Age II, even without Justice's help. It is all but outright stated that Anders is practically obsessed with a romanced Hawke, even before the romance officially kickstarts. If in a rivalmance with Hawke he can make the remark, "I swear! I don't know whether to kiss you or kill you!". In another scene he can also say, "Why is it you can say nothing without making me want to wring your neck?". And then, in any romance, he can always make the extremely disturbing statement, "I would drown us in blood to keep you safe."
    • Cole from Dragon Age: Inquisition is the newest addition to this trope. He looks like a bedraggled scarecrow dressed in rags, with Blinding Bangs and glazed, feverish eyes. He is a spirit-like entity capable of sensing pain and often repeats people's thoughts out loud whether they want him to or not. However, he genuinely wants to help people and will go out of his way to do so, even if his deeds will not be remembered.
  • Skylanders has shades of this for some of his members. Most notably, the ones classified as "Undead", including Chop Chop, a skeleton knight; Ghost Roaster, a ghost who has the habit to eat other spirits; Hex, an undead elven Necromancer with bone-based spells and a taste for grim lines; and Cynder, a redeemed Black Dragon who despite being portrayed as a nice character is known to still creep out some of her teammates.
  • Tales of the Abyss: The setting's foremost retired Mad Scientist and widely believed to be a Necromancer, Jade Curtiss can definitely pull this off when he wants to, although he spends most his time as a Deadpan Snarker.
  • The Diablo series:
    • Diablo II allows the player to incarnate a Necromancer who uses bone-based spells, summons skeletons and golems made of blood, can use poison-based attacks, and has a liking for dark comments, but is otherwise a good guy.
      • In fact, the game's lore says that, among the magic users, necromancers are the least susceptible to demonic corruption. They don't fear death and they are only interested in balance rather than power for its own sake so the demons don't really have anything to tempt them with.
    • Diablo III introduces, as a player character, the Witch Doctor, who, in addition to summoning creatures such as spiders, poisonous frogs, or zombie dogs and bears, is a Nightmare Fetishist. Despite this he is portrayed as one of the nicest characters among the playable classes.
  • Planescape: Torment:
    • The Nameless One. Even if played as the nicest and noblest person ever, he will still be a corpse-like man covered by horrible scars.
    • Also Morte, who despite being a floating skull is the only party member who's actually good aligned.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • Twilight Princess:
      • Midna. She spends most of the game either as a creepy imp covered in strange markings, or as a Living Shadow. At one point in the game, she uses the Fused Shadows to transform into a borderline Eldritch Abomination. She possesses strange powers of darkness, and acts mysterious and disagreeable. But she's definitely on the side of good.
      • Link himself, who has the power to transform into a wolf with dark powers.
    • The cursed family from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time: they live in a dark creepy house and look like spiders, but they're harmless and will even reward you for breaking the curse.
    • And in the direct sequel, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask, we have the Happy Mask Salesman. Good? Most definitely, considering that he's the one who set you out on the quest to save the world. Human? Arguable at best... In fact, he'd be less creepy if it ever turned out that he wasn't human. At the very least it would explain why he is so creepy.
    • Batreaux from Skyward Sword is a type of bat-demon who lives in a creepy old shack beneath a graveyard, and also he's best buddies with a little girl. The whole questline associated with him is all about helping him turn human so he can safely befriend the residents of Skyloft instead of terrifying them with his very presence. note 
  • Sabrina from Pokémon, up until the Pokémon Gold and Silver remakes where her design was made more casual. She's possibly the most powerful psychic human in the games, has a whip in her original appearance, has red eyes, and her official art doesn't help her case. She is however a nice, if stoic, woman who is a Reluctant Warrior.
    • On the other side of the Fourth Wall, there's Missingno/'M. Despite causing all sorts of glitches just by encountering them, (including corrupting the player's Hall of Fame data) it also has the incredibly useful side-effect of duplicating the item in the sixth slot of the bag. Many rare candies and Master Balls have been copied via this.
  • Fire Emblem Awakening:
  • Persona has Igor. He's hunched, balding, has bulging bloodshot eyes, a long nose, and a Cheshire Cat Grin you could easily mistake for a Slasher Smile. He's one of the most benevolent figures in the franchise and only seeks to help the main characters through their hardships.
  • Mantorok in Eternal Darkness: An Eldritch Abomination that has coexisted relatively peacefully with humans for millennia, and is certainly better than the other three Eldritch Abominations you encounter.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's: According to a rather popular theory concerning the game, the animatronics are an example of this trope. Although they're prone to being downright terrifying between being practically the definition of uncanny valley and most likely being the ghosts of dead children using the suits as second bodies, the animatronics are actually trying to stop any potential criminal from harming another child. It's confirmed in Five Nights at Freddy's 3, where the hidden minigames show that the Marionette is the Big Good, but nevertheless creepy.
  • Killer Instinct has introduced Hisako, a vengeful Japanese spirit; however, rather than seeking to punish the living as a whole, her revenge is targeted at Ultratech and its agents and creations in the tournament, for disturbing her grave. Given the company's long list of sins, this pretty well puts her on the side of "good".
  • The Terror Mask of the Splatterhouse series. It is an Artifact of Doom giving its user super-strength (and in the remake, a Lovecraftian Superpower) and enjoys watching everything die. But nonetheless it helps Rick save his kidnapped girlfriend. But subverted in the third game, where it was Evil All Along.
  • A surprising number of characters in Bloodborne qualify for this, including the messengers, Gherman, the Plain Doll, Eileen the Crow, Djura (if you befriend him), and the chapel dweller.
  • Most of the twisted Wonderland characters who are still on Alice's side in American McGee's Alice and Alice: Madness Returns. Few characters have managed to dodge the physical effects of Alice's mental instability, but she has some very loyal allies nonetheless. Special mention goes to the Cheshire Cat: he now sports a Badass Baritone, skeletal appearance, Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness / Supernatural Gold Eyes, dark markings that accentuate just how insane he looks, and a Slasher Smile. The marketing for the first game featured him prominently (frequently with blood spattered all over his teeth), as an example for just how nightmarish the game is. He also retains the maddening habit of withholding information and speaking in riddles, making him a frustrating character for both Alice and the player. Despite all of this, he remains one of Alice's most reliable and devoted companions, and he tries to steer her back towards sanity as best he can.
  • Nick Valentine of Fallout 4 is a Hard Boiled Detective who also is an old-model synth, with eerie glowing yellow eyes and most of his skin off-colour or falling off entirely exposing the mechanical parts underneath. It all comes together to make him look like a zombie with prosthetics.. He's also one of the nicest people in the whole Commonwealth. Try not to think about how you can see where his throat should be.
  • In Cookie Clicker, it eventually turns out that the true form of Santa Claus is a twisted, be-tentacled creature; however, judging by the news feed and the wonderful benefits he gives the player, he's still the genuinely benevolent being he always appeared to be.

    Web Comics 
  • Deep Rise: Cao, hands down, is one of few all-loving Evilutionary Biologist in media. She and her species are notorious for causing horror and inhumanity across the ages, but by Act III she's the Messianic Archetype, building enough orphanages and hospitals to get statues of her tentacle-self erected across the continent as a symbol of hope. She resorts to disturbing-but-understandable practices when the situation demands it, such as batman-style fighting during a war and mass-lobotomy when an entire colony goes spontaneously insane.
  • Schlock Mercenary
    • Lota ("Of The Apocalypse") may be the most reasonable AI around, but his quirks and choice of mechanical avatars don't exactly help him to win the trust of people.
  • In Wapsi Square, Shelly's conscience tends to appear as a creepy little girl, so even though she is unambiguously good, she tends to frighten people encountering her for the first time.
  • Goblins: Kin the Yuan-ti, who escapes a mook by creeping him out and then scaring him into dropping the leash that keeps her under Mind Control.
  • From League of Super Redundant Heroes, we have Spank the gimp superhero. He's definitely a good guy, but good luck getting a good night's sleep after meeting him.
  • All the Alternate Mothers from Awful Hospital.

    Web Original 
  • Worm: Admittedly, the goodness of most of The Undersiders is more easily measured in what they refuse to do then in any outright heroics, but they are mostly decent, despite the fact that their powers include Sensory Deprivation, Bug Control, and Lovecraftian Dogs. This isn't that unusual in the setting; a few heroes and a number of the more benevolent villains are naturally unsettling, though not to the same degree.
  • The Nostalgia Critic is an all-human Tragic Hero, but different parts of his personality have been explicitly compared to HIM from The Powerpuff Girls, Baby-Doll from Batman: The Animated Series and Elsa from Splice.
  • Magical Border Patrol: Jake Harrier is a teenager corrrupted by powerful magic into a greyskinned, dark eyed monster, but he's actually genuinely helpful.

    Western Animation 
  • Teen Titans: All of the other four members of the team find Raven unsettling to some degree. Also, their enemy Dr. Light is absolutely terrified of her. With good reason. After all, she sucked him into tentacly darkness.
  • In Adventure Time, Marceline is a vampire with terrifying shapeshifting abilites but she is still an ally, though Jake is still terrified of her.
  • Ben 10 occasionally has this. Several of Ben's alien forms are downright creepy: Wildmutt is a savage-looking beast with no eyes and impressive fangs; Ripjaws looks like a mermaid merged with a deep-sea angler fish with More Teeth than the Osmond Family; Big Chill is a skeletal-looking insect with a ghastly voice, ghost-like powers, and Grim Reaper-esque cape-wings; Swampfire and Wildvine are Plant Aliens with disturbing vine abilities; and three aliens Ben acquired (Snare-oh, Blitzwolfer, and Frankenstrike) are based on classic horror monsters. Ben remained a good guy while using all of these forms. That said, he has no problem taking advantage on his alien forms' creepiness to scare his opponents...
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Luna, who, aside from turning into Nightmare Moon, and having a hoodie made of bats, is a kind, just ruler. She's also quite willing to use her Dream Walker and Dream Weaver powers to give even young foals Nightmare Sequences if it means teaching them a valuable lesson.
    • Zecora the Zebra is ostracized and feared by almost all of Ponyville, wears a face-concealing cloak that makes her eyes look like they glow, lives in the middle of the Everfree Forest (home to countless dangerous critters and plants, and host to strange supernatural phenomena) in a hut covered with grimacing masks and sinister knickknacks, and speaks in cryptic, eerie rhymes. In truth she is nothing but a good samaritan who is willing to make plenty of effort to help anypony out.
    • In "Maud Pie", this is how Pinkie Pie's friends see her sister Maud after they get past her stoic and serious exterior.
  • South Park Episode "Insheeption": Freddy Krueger, of horror film fame, turns out to be a family man and a former goverment agent, who specialized in dreamscape operations. He did kill those teenagers, but it was done for the sake of national security, and it was the reason he left the service. He ends up saving the day.
  • Data 7 from Cyber Six, being a fierce-looking black panther, is this. He's actually quite friendly, and some of his interactions with Julian are down-right adorable.
  • On Over the Garden Wall, Auntie Whispers, who is mistaken for a villain before it turns out that her actions had a good cause.
  • Steven Universe: The Crystal Gems defend humanity and the planet Earth with all their might. Doesn't stop them from being a bit... well... off-putting.
    • Garnet is eight feet tall, super strong, rarely shows emotion, and tends to disregard any sense of tact.
    • Alexandrite has two mouths, six arms, is two stories tall, and has a tendency to argue with herself.
    • Rose Quartz would seem the most personable of the Gems - nine feet tall, yes, but beautiful, open, and sweet. But in "We Need to Talk," she reveals that she doesn't really understand how people work, at all, which casts her affection for humanity into a creepy light.

    Real Life 
  • Plague Doctors. They healed the plague, were some of the few decent people at that time... and happened to wear beak masks that were Uncanny Valley incarnate
  • For that matter, surgeons and pathologists also qualify, as their job is to dissect and work with people's internal organs, among other things.