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[[caption-width-right:350:The [[JudgeJuryAndExecutioner ultimate lawman]] meets the [[HangingJudge ultimate hangman]].]]

->"''Our methods have not differed as much as you pretend. I am but a shadowy reflection of you. It would take only a nudge to make you like me. To push you out of the light.''"
-->-- '''Rene Belloq''', ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk''

A character who has similarities to a good or not as evil character, but is evil(er). They may look like that character and have/had abilities and obstacles similar to them. Sometimes, but not always, a BigBad. Classically, an EmbodimentOfVice pitched against a correlating EmbodimentOfVirtue.

Frequently, the Evil Counterpart is the character equivalent of ForWantOfANail: he represents what [[TheDarkSide our hero could have become]] as a result of a very small change in his {{backstory}}. They also save creators the trouble of thinking up new abilities to give their villains, especially for comic book heroes and video games (where new abilities have to be implemented). Because TheHero and the Evil Counterpart are such great {{foil}}s for each other, the counterpart has an excellent chance of being the hero's ArchEnemy or a ClassicVillain, although this is not always the case.

Often leads to a NotSoDifferent moment.

Often a DarkMagicalGirl; contrast with the WorthyOpponent. Applied to an entire team, they are ThePsychoRangers. Applied to an entire race, they are an EvilCounterpartRace. This trope is not to be confused with the ShadowArchetype, but the two can overlap.

SisterTrope to EvilTwin (evil biological twin), EvilKnockoff (intentionally created evil duplicate), and CriminalDoppelganger (evil IdenticalStranger). In continuing works, has a chance of becoming ReformedButNotTamed.

[[InvertedTrope If the first character to be introduced is the evil one, the good one would be his Good Counterpart.]]

[[noreallife]]
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!!Examples:
[[index]]
* EvilCounterpart/AnimeAndManga
* EvilCounterpart/ComicBooks
* EvilCounterpart/FanWorks
* [[EvilCounterpart/AnimatedFilms Film - Animated]]
* [[EvilCounterpart/{{Film}} Film - Live-Action]]
* EvilCounterpart/{{Literature}}
* EvilCounterpart/LiveActionTV
* EvilCounterpart/ProfessionalWrestling
* EvilCounterpart/ReligionAndMythology
* EvilCounterpart/TabletopGames
* EvilCounterpart/{{Theater}}
* EvilCounterpart/VideoGames
* EvilCounterpart/{{Webcomics}}
* EvilCounterpart/WebOriginal
* EvilCounterpart/WesternAnimation
* EvilCounterpart/{{Tropes}}
[[/index]]
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