Dark Chick

aka: The Dark Chick

"As the only female in Pazort's inner-circle, Kari possesses skills the others can only dream about."
Shining Wisdom manual, under "Minions of Evil"

Simply put, the Evil Counterpart to The Chick. She is often set up as a direct foil to The Chick, and a Designated Girl Fight will ensue if each sticks around long enough.

The Chick is often The Heart of the ensemble and is good at reading emotions, resolving fights, and keeping an eye on the big picture. The Dark Chick possesses all of these strengths, and weaponizes them:

  1. They are nonchalant about others' well-being and experts at sowing discord. If she doesn't outright ignore and belittle other peoples' feelings, she may prey on them for mind-games and manipulation.
  2. She's also typically good at convincing others to do what she wants, either through feminine wiles, or as a ruthless middle manager that people are afraid to have to deal with. The latter is particularly common if she doubles as The Dragon; e.g. the other members of the organization really dislike her, but put up with her because she gets results or is needed for some facet of the plan.
  3. 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, Honey Trap, or spy.

This character archetype almost always overlaps with at least one other, most often:

Just as The Chick may be part of a Power Trio with The Leader and The Lancer, the Dark Chick tends to promote to Co-Dragon, or just become The Dragon of her team. If the Dark Chick is somehow related to the main villain this chance rises to a near certainty. As do the odds of her leaving her boss to be with The Hero.

Where The Chick represents wholesome traditional femininity, the Dark Chick represents what traditional patriarchy may be less comfortable with as far as power and sexuality. Having this character prominent adds a layer of the Interplay of Sex and Violence particularly with male heroes in action series.


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    Comic Books 
  • 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.


  • 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.


    Live-Action TV 

  • General Kala of Flash Gordon, who flanks Ming the Merciless on the left slingshot bumper.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • The woman in the page photo is WWE's Ivory when she was a member of the Moral Guardians Heel Power Stable Right to Censornote  in 2000-2001. While she generally was a Heel before she joined the group, and was an excellent wrestler, she had also been Ms. Fanservice. In fact, as part of this run, she did not take part in the photo shoot for the 2001 Divas in Hedonism DVD.


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  • 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.

    Western Animation 
  • 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).

Alternative Title(s):

The Dark Chick, Hench Wench