Simply put, the Evil Counterpart
to The Chick
is usually The Heart
and is usually good at reading emotions and doing something positive, like making people feel better or resolving fights. The Dark Chick is much more selective about who can cry on her shoulder. While she may have a soft spot for the Big Bad
, The Hero
, or another Morality Pet
, to others she's nonchalant about their emotional well being. If she doesn't outright ignore other peoples feelings she may play on them for mind-games and manipulation.
If she gets a lot of screentime, she's probably on her way to replacing The Dragon
as second in command (much to his chagrin) or is The Leader
of her Quirky Mini Boss Squad
. She can be set up as a foil to The Hero
for Dating Catwoman
or generally adding a layer of gender contrast to climatic encounters.
If not, she'll just be stereotypically a girl
, and stick around long enough for the Designated Girl Fight
The Dark Chick has a tendency to stand out from the rest of the Five-Bad Band
by their personality and motivations. If the other members are hardened warriors, she'll be more aloof in her own world,
or maybe even be smiling at the situation.
If the others are a Quirky Mini Boss Squad
, she's probably the most ruthless and competent one of them all.
If the others are in it For the Evulz
, she may be in it for money, personal background issues, or love, leading the others to question her allegiances. It's fairly frequent that the other members of the organization really dislike them, but put up with them because they get results or are needed for some facet of the plan.
Her skill set may also stand out from the others too. If the others are on the frontlines she may be a support unit or a liaison expert
or a spy. She's also typically good at convincing others to do what she wants, either through feminine wiles,
or as a no nonsense negotiator that people are afraid to have to deal with.
This character archetype almost always overlaps with at least one other. Most often, this is an Enigmatic Minion
that is given a large amount of importance. A Dark Chick will often be The Baroness
, a Dark Action Girl
, The Vamp
, a Femme Fatale
, a Perky Female Minion
, or an Alpha Bitch
(or any combination). Where The Chick
represents wholesome traditional feminity, the Dark Chick is represents what traditional patriarchy may be less comfortable with as far as power and sexuality.
Usually the first Five-Bad Band
member prone to the Heel-Face Turn
when they either realize that they just aren't fit for villainy or find that hooking up with The Hero
would be even more
fun. If the Dark Chick is romantically linked with the main villain this chance rises to a near certainty.
+ Dark Chick = Designated Girl Fight
There are some pseudo-male examples that stand out from their team by the personality and motivational contrasts above, but without the gender contrast obviously in male organizations.
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- Garma Zabi in Mobile Suit Gundam is about as close as you get to an evil version of The Heart and is the most sympathetic of his team, however his sister Kycilia plays the Dark Chick role straighter as far as usurping The Dragon, manipulating people, and generally being a pain to deal with, combining with some traits of the Evil Genius.
- Ninja heir Kyoichi Kunugi in Real Bout High School. His nickname, "Kunoichi" (which means "female ninja"), drives the point home.
- Both Kanon Maldini and Nina Einstein (mix of this and Evil Genius) from Code Geass fulfill this role for Schneizel El Britannia.
- Tayuya from Naruto. Foul-mouthed, arrogant, and
one of the least effeminate ninja the Sound village have ever produced (and one of the only females), she hates her teammates at least as much as she hates the enemy. Despite that she's also the second-in-command of the Sound Four and a Dark Action Girl, based on the impressively kinetic face-punching she inflicts on the titular character.
- And Kin, also from Sound. Interestingly, she is the only character from said village who was not subject to any mutations. Pre-mortem, anyway.
- Later on there's Karin, who is part this and Evil Genius. Her teammates abilities are mostly purely offensive or defensive, but hers are based on tracking and analysis (with some stealth and an emergency healing power). She's also mostly there because she wants to be with Sasuke (a lot).
- Konan is this for Akatsuki: almost everyone else in the organization is based on offensive power (except Zetsu), her role is to be more on support and reconnaissance (though she eventually gets a chance to demonstrate her substantial fighting skills. Konan is also The Dragon to Pain who is the figurehead Big Bad. She's the most normal of the Akatsuki, not having any particular appearance quirks, fixations, or sociopathic tendencies. She's driven out of a genuine belief that they'll make the world better, and out of the memory for her lost friend.
- In Chrono Crusade, this role can either fall to Rizel (a Dark Action Girl whose tactics depend mainly on controlling people like puppets while the other warriors in the group are more direct) or to Shader (a Perky Female Minion who doubles as the team's Evil Genius and rarely does any fighting—and, in fact, doesn't seem to even like fighting in the manga).
- Soi in Fushigi Yuugi fulfills this role for the Seiryuu seishi. She's both The Dragon and a Femme Fatale, and is the most sympathetic villain, driven out of love for the wrong kind of person.
- In Black Cat Echidna Parass, Villainous Teleporter and Love Martyr to The Big Bad serves this role among the leadership of The Apostles Of The Stars. The only girl among the leaders, and present due to her crush on Creed, she's definitely the odd one out.
- Aaronerio Arrurei and Zommari Leroux are the Dark Chicks of Aizen's army in Bleach. Both are Token Minorities (Eldritch Abomination and Scary Black Man respectively) both are far less than stable, even for Arrancar, and both are definitely weird.
- Yumi, Neutral Female and ex-Hooker with a Heart of Gold is only a member of Big Bad Shishio's group in Rurouni Kenshin because she's in love with the psycho (who does, in fact, reciprocate). She's more or less an Anti-Villain is a group of villainous fighters, and serves as a Cool Big Sis to The Dragon during most of her on screen appearances.
- Zoisite/Zoycite of the Shittenou in Sailor Moon, especially in the anime's English dub where she had some serious schadenfreude.
- LadyDevimon from both Digimon Adventure and Digimon Adventure 02. In her first appearance she's the new Dragon to Piedmon after the other Dark Masters are eliminated, and both times she's really just there to have a Designated Girl Fight with Angewomon.
- In Fullmetal Alchemist, the second Greed fills the role as a male version of the Dark Chick, complete with a Heel-Face Turn.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Mai Valentine is this to Dartz's following the mental breakdown she suffered at Dark Marik's hands, being the only female member of his gang, as well as brainwashed. Among the Big 5, Crump fills this role, having a pathetic backstory and a truly strange obsession with penguins (although he's a Not-So-Harmless Villain when it comes to actually dueling).
- Most of the Smurfette Principle characters in the Pretty Cure franchise:
- Lady Kayura in Ronin Warriors, who's brought on to the Dark Warlord team and is much more competent and capable than they are. They begin to resent her for always one upping her, but she doesn't seem to care.
- Miss Notch, the resident Ninja Maid of Hollow Fields. She is actually Miss Weaver's most potentially dangerous underling: she's a more loyal dragon than Mr. Croach, a more competent brute than Stinch, and, unlike Miss Rickets, actually survives to the end. However, she also lacks malicious intent unlike the other Engineers, and follows Weaver solely out of Blind Obedience.
- In Kill la Kill, Nonon Jakuzure is pretty obviously this in the Five-Bad Band that rules Honnouji Academy. She's a tiny pink-haired girl with cutesey mannerisms - and a mean streak a mile wide.
- Scarlet Witch in the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
- Destiny in Mystique's New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
- The second Trickster in The Flash's Rogues. He's a Tagalong Kid who's one joke away from being freeze-rayed.
- Superboy-Prime never believed in the Sinestro Corps' cause. This lead to betrayal motivated by revenge.
- Wallace has two in the Sin City story, Hell And Back. Blue Eyes poses as the friend to The Chick in order to seduce and kill him. Mariah is more hands-on and simply tries to kill him on the spot. There is also Maxine in that story but she works behind the scenes. All three women work for the same organization and make catty comments about each other quite a bit (Blue Eyes mostly does it in a seperate story).
- Amora, the Enchantress, a villain of Thor, particularly when she was in the original incarnation of the Masters of Evil.
- Moonstone is this on pretty much every team she's ever been on, including the heroic(ish) Thunderbolts squads. Even if the motives of the group as a whole are pure, Moonstone exists in a moral grey area at best.
- Grey Smurfette is this in The Smurfs story "The Smurf Threat", though she only has one appearance and the most that she does is antagonize Smurfette into having a fight with her.
- James Bond has run into quite a few:
- Animala, a Petting Zoo Person of indeterminate animal heritage (she's supposed to be made from four different forest creatures and acts most like a Catgirl) in The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra.
- In Back to the Future Part II, Griff's gang has "Spike", the girl who asks Marty Jr, if he has the 'scrot' to pull the robbery with them, and then grabbing him by the balls and lifting him off the ground.
- The Baroness from G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
- Lex Luthor has a fondness for unreliable Dark Chicks throughout the Superman films.
- Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises. She's a spy working for Bane initially, using her feminine wiles either as a meek maid in Wayne Manor or a Femme Fatale party girl, to get where she wants and his only named accomplice. She's not above killing but has a soft spot for her one friend and children, and eventually pulls a Heel-Face Turn after falling in love with Bruce Wayne.
- Valeria from Robot Holocaust.
- The Crow has an interesting example in Myca (Bai Ling), the Big Bad's sexy Chinese half-sister (who was not in the original comic). She at first appears to be in the film only for Fanservice, and tends to come off as The Ditz because at first she makes a show of barely being able to speak English ("I like the pretty lights"). But she proves to be a Magical Asian, having dark knowledge about the occult and black magic that the other gang members can't possibly understand - and it is she who divines that the titular black bird following Eric Draven around is the source of his zombie-like power, and nearly helps her half-brother triumph by kidnapping the bird, rendering Eric mortal and capable of bleeding when he gets shot.
- In Power Rangers, the villainesses tend to mix this with Dark Action Girl.
- And in Super Sentai, they have a lot! (The list is as long as that for Dragons)
- Farrah in Bioman
- Zonnette in Carranger
- Shelinda in Gingaman, she has reputation for most revealing outfit in the series.
- Venus in Gogofive
- And conversely, Lamie in Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger. In fact, since Battle Fever J, it became the norm for the villains to have at least one of these in the team, and the same holds true for the Power Rangers franchise.
- Mio Kuroki from Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon.
- Drusilla from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, especially as part of The Whirlwind, amongst Angelus, Darla, and Spike.
- While she isn't seen very much, Degrassi The Next Generation gives us Amy, who is mostly known for being Sean's rebound and giving Jay gonorrhea, which he then gave to Alex and Emma.
- On Leverage, Parker is the Dark Chick of the Anti-Villain Protagonists. The team all have, by season 2 at least, the desire help people for its own sake. But most of the crew are very sane and, although they enjoy the thrill of the chase, they really, really enjoy spending their earnings and living the high life. They also tend to be able to lead relatively normal lives aside from the addiction to con-jobs. Parker, meanwhile, is the loon who enjoys having and fondling money itself, rather than spending any of it. She enjoys the job itself more than any vacation and she has no understanding of any kind of life outside of committing crimes for their own sake.
- Kamen Rider
- Revenge: If you go by Alternative Character Interpretation, Amanda Clarke (real Emily Thorne) is this to Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke.
- General Kala of Flash Gordon, who flanks Ming the Merciless on the left slingshot bumper.
- Rouge the Bat in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. She's a spy and thief among villains that are usually mad scientists, grizzled anti heroes or member of a robot army. Openly flirts with the heroes, and makes her way through the ranks of whatever her organization, even being The Leader of Team Dark in Sonic Heroes. Even in her original appearance she was the first member of Team Dark to Heel-Face Turn against Eggman when it was revealed she was actually a mole sent by the government and began to develop feelings for Knuckles on the Good Guys side.
- Fire Emblem tends to buiild up its female antagonists this way
- Scarlet in Final Fantasy VII.
- Axem Pink in Super Mario RPG.
- In Kingdom Hearts Larxene is The Dark Chick of Organization XIII. She's the only female member of the group, toys with Vexen and Axel, and generally has a nonchalant attitude towards things. By the end she's also The Dragon to the Big Bad of Chain of Memories as Dark Chicks tend to be upwardly mobile people.
- Kariya and Uzuki in The World Ends with You.
- Veronica in Shadow Hearts 2.
- Belleza in Skies of Arcadia.
- Shannon in God Hand.
- Sniper Wolf in Metal Gear Solid.
- Ghost Widow, Dollface, Countess Crey, and Vanessa DeVore from City of Heroes. Note that DeVore and Crey are the leaders of their villain groups.
- Mz Ruby and Dmitri in the Sly Cooper games.
- Mimi in Super Paper Mario.
- Knights of the Old Republic:
- Wendy O. Koopa in the Super Mario Adventures comics and The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3.
- Fox, from the first Bloody Roar game. A sadistic transvestite in hot pink leather. Also considered his fox beastform "ugly", despite it being one of the most attractive animals to turn into — especially compared to the gorilla and boar.
- Barbariccia/Valvalis of the Four Fiends in Final Fantasy IV.
- In Final Fantasy VI, Kefka was the Dark Chick of the Five-Bad Band, despite the presence of Celes, the female general. In a twist, he also becomes the final Big Bad by killing another general and then the Emperor.
- He takes a similar role in Dissidia: Final Fantasy. In a cast of villains mainly consisting of cold schemers and Tin Tyrants, he stands out as a giggling, unserious, destruction-loving maniac that none of the villains seem to take seriously. Which is a big mistake; at one point he pulls a You Have Failed Me on an Eldritch Abomination.
- Another Dark Chick in Dissidia Final Fantasy is Kuja, whose flamboyance and comparative inexperience tend to separate him from the rest of the Chaos side. It does bear mentioning that, unlike most of the other villains in the series, both Kefka and Kuja actually succeed in inflicting lasting planetary-scale destruction in their original games.
- The villainous, ruthless crossdresser Flea, one of Magus's generals from Chrono Trigger.
- There's also some examples from Nintendo Wars like the playful Lash in Dual Strike who enjoys toying with her rivals as much as fighting them. She also makes the Heel-Face Turn.
- Whiptail from Heavenly Sword.
- While there are many examples in Cross Edge, Anesha is probably the best example.
- Persephone from Wild ARMs 5.
- Tamoko from Baldur's Gate: The only "minion" of Sarevok who actually cares about him and doesn't want him to go through with his somewhat insane plan. The others are presumably in it for a share of the power he's after. Tamoko has almost made a Heel-Face Turn by the time you first talk to her, and the PC can convince her not to attack at the end by being morally good enough.
- Rare PC example: Chloe from Mana-Khemia 2: Fall of Alchemy.
- Mara Aramov, Elsa Weissenger, and Trinidad in the Syphon Filter series.
- Colonel Masako in Red Faction, and Quill in the second game after her Face-Heel Turn.
- In Pokémon Colosseum and its sequel, Cipher occasionally recruits this kind of character as a "face" (not a Face), to ease the population and divert them from what's going on behind the scenes. Venus and Snattle play it straight, while Lovrina uses it as a cover (she's actually the Evil Genius.)
- Enchantress in Marvel Ultimate Alliance's version of the Masters of Evil.
- Mileena from Mortal Kombat, especially in Mortal Kombat 9, where her pre-battle quotes show that she takes a childlike joy in inflicting pain and is clearly insane.
- Valara from Baten Kaitos Origins, who is easily the most ruthless of the Machina Vanguard.
- Another male example: Yun from Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight. If you're on the Light Side path, he sacrifices himself to give you a fair chance against his mistress, Sariss (who's more of an Evil Genius herself).
- BlazBlue has two, post Continuum Shift. The first is Tsubaki Yayoi, who used to be good friends with Noel, but becomes a victim of Mind Rape and ended up Brainwashed and Crazy, while still struggling to maintain her sanity. The other one is Litchi Faye-Ling, being the Token Good Teammate who's in only for curing herself and Arakune, and is not really happy on her position. While many would peg her as an Evil Genius due to her doctorate, she is a woman who's more moved by emotions rather than intellect, thus putting her as the Dark Chick.
- And just like the rest of Five-Bad Band position, Hazama/Terumi fits here the same way Kefka fit his former position: In a place where nearly everyone else is all about keeping Order, he's a chaos-loving, blatantly Ax-Crazy psychopath.
- Heartless in Megaman Star Force 3, up until she betrays King and shoots him into outer space, making her the Sixth Ranger Traitor.
- Two members of Nightmare's gang in Soulcalibur IV fit this position Tira and Token Good Teammate Sophitia.
- Erim, the Sinistral of Death in the Lufia series. She happens to be the most vital of the Sinistrals, as she can revive the others if they are killed. Each game has her take a Heel-Face Turn to help the hero, though with different circumstances each time.
- The Undersiders in Worm are generally serious and more-or-less professional when they go about their business, rob banks, and beat up superheroes. Regent is the exception, being a wise-cracking Deadpan Snarker whose cheerful facade masks his sociopathy. So, not only is he the cheerful one, he's also the Token Evil Teammate.
- Mochi Mochiato in the Legion of Low Tide from Sushi Pack.
- Sometimes turns up in Transformers.
- Blackarachnia, who is both the Dark Action Girl and the Dark Chick - her characterisation is 'girl' and 'dark'. She's introduced as being much more competent than the other Predacons in adition to being a Femme Fatale. She ultimate pulls a Heelface Turn after falling in love with one of the Maximals. Given the amazing quality of the writing for Beast Wars this is not a bad thing.
- Blackarachnia in Animated, and she doesn't pull the Heel-Face Turn.
- And Slipstream, the female of the Starscream clone group, who seems to be based on Starscream's ability to bitch about everything.
- Blitzwing is a male example, being set apart from the rest of the group by his weird powers and insanity.
- Airachnid, a rogue female Decepticon from Transformers Prime whose hobbies include collecting endangered species.
- Quackerjack in Darkwing Duck, as part of The Fearsome Five with Negaduck, Megavolt, The Liquidator and Bushroot.
- The Baroness in G.I. Joe - seriously, that's what she's called.
- Bleez in Green Lantern: The Animated Series: Starts off as the leader of a Quirky Miniboss Squad before being promoted to The Dragon in the second story arc. Known for being particularly vicious, and much more competent than her cohorts.
- Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She one ups both Zuko and Zhao as the main Fire Nation Avatar chaser much to Zuko's chagrin, operates with ruthless efficiency and manipulates people through her charisma or just because they're plain terrified of her.
- Karai in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 who is Shredders adopted daughter. She usurps Hun and Stockman as The Dragon and has a love hate relationship with Leonardo on the good guys side. Unlike other villains who are in it for power or money, she's evil out of duty and honor to her father.
- In the 2012 series she again becomes The Dragon over Xever and Bradford, has a love hate relationship with Leonardo (Dating Catwoman made more complicated when he finds out she's his sister. While she's loyal through and through to Shredder, she also just likes causing chaos and seeking excitement and weirdness.
- Paige in TRON: Uprising. She's motivated out of duty to Tessler, has the Dating Catwoman thing going on with the hero, and is Co-Dragon's to the Big Bad.
- Crasher in Challenge Of The Go Bots.
- Babette (Darph BoBo's Daughter) on Tripping the Rift
- The Scarlet Witch in X-Men: Evolution's version of the Brotherhood of Mutants.
- Daisy Dingo from Blinky Bill.
- Nightshade from C.O.P.S. (bonus for having a romance with one of the heroes and no subsequent Heel-Face Turn - but then, she's a cat-burglar and far less evil than the rest of the hoodlums from the start).