->''"Doesn't it say something ugly about me, if I make a pretty excellent villain and a crappy hero?"''
-->-- '''[[ReformedCriminal Weaver]]''', ''Literature/{{Worm}}''

The MinionWithAnFInEvil became a PunchClockVillain because EvilIsCool, but his PetTheDog personality [[SpannerInTheWorks foils]] his bosses' plans. The Hero with an F in Good is also (usually) a nice person deep down, and sometimes daydreams of becoming one of TheHero's TrueCompanions, or being the hero by himself; but serious character flaws make it a poor career goal. He doesn't have a problem with doing heroic things, but he does have trouble when it comes to other aspects of being good.

Typical Characteristics:
* The Hero with an F in Good has redeeming qualities that make part of him want to be a hero out of a desire to do good or the right thing, in other words a JerkWithAHeartOfGold rather than a {{Jerkass}}. They may also be close to a JerkassWoobie.
* This character almost invariably has a checkered or mysterious past, or a [[HeroWithBadPublicity bad reputation]], [[ReformedButRejected which makes it difficult for authorities and other heroes to trust them.]] Perhaps the character was once a villain or NobleDemon who has more recently done a HeelFaceTurn.
* They often find that BeingGoodSucks and just obeying the law and community decency standards can be difficult or trying at best.
* If the character has recently done a HeelFaceTurn, because EvilCannotComprehendGood, "behaving themselves" is new to them, and it's hard to unlearn the old ways. Sometimes the character WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency.
* The Hero with an F in Good tends to get themselves kicked out of the Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica, [[Franchise/StarWars Rebel Alliance]], etc. for 'minor' offenses (theft, destruction of property, etc.).

This character differs from other related tropes as follows:
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: both are genuinely well-intentioned characters with a negative reputation, but only the Hero with an F in Good deserves it.
* DesignatedHero: both want to be seen as the IdealHero, but while the Hero with an F in Good honestly tries and fails, the DesignatedHero does not care and still gets away with their laziness. Furthermore, the DesignatedHero's flaws are obvious only to the audience, whereas the Hero with an F in Good's flaws are noticed by the other characters. The former character type is subjective, while the latter character type is objective.
* KnightTemplar: Has a vision of "Good" that is fanatical and not compatible with actual good guys. Unlikely to want to be with the good guys unless it is as a PoisonousFriend.
* MrViceGuy: both are hard to approach at first because of being flawed, yet have good hearts. Unlike the MrViceGuy, however, the Hero with an F in Good is never excused for their flaws as they directly interfere with their status as a hero.
* NobleDemon: while the NobleDemon cultivates their negative reputation, the Hero with an F in Good dislikes their negative reputation. However, if the former character type does a HeelFaceTurn and realizes they do not know a thing about being a hero, they can become the latter character type.
* PunchClockVillain: neither character type is inherently malevolent; villainy is just a job. However, the Hero with an F in Good usually hates this job, and does it because it is the only one that sufficiently pays the bills.
* VillainBallMagnet: it isn't the universe that paints the Hero with an F in Good as a villain, it is their own flaws.

Allowing them entry into a SuperHero organization, etc. may cause serious problems for the group's reputation, cohesiveness, etc., so instead they sometimes become {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into a recurring IneffectualSympatheticVillain who the heroes can still count on when the BigBad crosses the MoralEventHorizon, because EveryoneHasStandards.

Compare TheTeamWannabe. Contrast NominalHero.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'':
** Isaac Dian and Miria Harvent work on atoning for their previous (harmless) crimes by stealing large amounts of cash and goods from wealthy families JustLikeRobinHood.
** Half of this show's cast fits this to varying degrees, as even the protagonists are often TheMafia, a NobleDemon, a liquor bootlegger etc. Also note ''Durarara'''s entry as well. The author, Ryhogo Narita, is in love with this trope.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': Don Kanonji was a harmless version. He believed he was a role-model for children everywhere, a hero who made life bearable for children everywhere by showing there that there was someone in the world who stood up to the monsters that go bump in the night. And then he [[CharacterDevelopment learned]] the tactics he was using were actually [[NiceJobBreakingItHero creating the very monsters he thought he was fighting]].
* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'': Juzo Sakakura, the Ultimate Boxer. He's on board with the team that investigates the corruption within [[AcademyOfEvil Hope's Peak Academy]]... but [[ViolenceIsTheOnlyOption he's extremely prone to violence]] and [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom tends to unwittingly make things worse with it]] that he came off like a TokenEvilTeammate {{Jerkass}}.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Shizuo Heiwajima is definitely a nice guy underneath judging from his inner monologues (maybe even too nice) -- it's just that his [[HairTriggerTemper massive anger issues]] and UnstoppableRage tend not to discriminate between bad guys and innocents. After all, how accurate can you be with a thrown vending machine?
* Sōsuke from ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'' on his best days. He's mostly a good person at heart, but he's also a ChildSoldier who was trained as an assassin by the KGB, brought up as a freedom fighter in "Khazakhstan", and was working as a freelance mercenary by the time he reached his teens. As such, he approaches every situation as a battlefield operation and is ''completely incapable'' of understanding civilian life, with the result that outside of actual combat situations he frequently does more harm than good with his disproportionate applications of violence.
* Shinn Asuka from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' wants to do the right thing, and protect innocent people. Unfortunately, his anger issues and [[BlackAndWhiteInsanity inability to see shades of grey]] coupled with the fact that his boss is a Machiavellian VillainWithGoodPublicity, sees him on the wrong side for most of the series, advancing the agenda of the series' BigBad while remaining unaware of it.
* Katsuki Bakugou from ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', was gifted with a [[SuperPowerLottery powerful quirk]], and has the ambition to become one of the greatest heroes, however he also has plenty of {{Jerkass}} tendencies that leave many wondering if he is fit to be a hero. [[spoiler: This eventually leads to him being kidnapped by the villain alliance because they think being a villain would fit him better.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Itachi might not be what he appeared to be at the outset, but there's still the fact calling him "one of the good guys" is quite a stretch. [[spoiler: While Itachi killed the Uchiha family to prevent a devastating civil war (although wholesale genocide as a peacekeeping measure is rather fucked up, too) rather than simply as a way to test his own powers, he made some rather ''complicated'' decisions regarding sparing his little brother Sasuke; rather than simply kill him, Itachi decided to spare his life and try and make Sasuke hate him enough that he could commit SuicideByCop later to turn Sasuke into a hero and let him live free of the shadow-conflict that consumed their family. Unfortunately, he did this by inflicting '''horrific''' MindRape upon Sasuke on the night of the massacre and later on, emotionally crippling Sasuke for the rest of his life, and Itachi's eventual suicide at Sasuke's hands was implied to be just as much for Konoha's sake and his own self-loathing as it was out of any affection for Sasuke. Unsurprisingly, a lifetime conditioned into obsessive hatred for his brother to the exclusion of all else means Sasuke goes completely batshit insane once Itachi's gone and Tobi gives him a slanted account of Itachi's life, but Itachi turns out to have had a plan for this; using Sasuke's erstwhile best friend Naruto as the delivery system, if Sasuke failed to become the hero Itachi wanted him to be, Itachi left behind a posthumous genjutsu that would ''brainwash'' Sasuke into protecting Konoha with his dead best friend's mind-controlling eye.]] While he is depicted as a man who made many sacrifices and tough choices, [[spoiler: Itachi]] is still dangerously close to just being a ManipulativeBastard with an OmniscientMoralityLicence.
** When he was revived [[spoiler:via Edo Tensei]], he eventually acknowledged that he was wrong, and realized that the most he could do was hope Naruto would fix everything.
** Danzo is an even worse example, being the guy who influenced Itachi; He's a WellIntentionedExtremist who's methods can be condensed into "If it's dangerous to the Leaf, destroy it" and "If it can be useful to me, force it under my control". Unsurprisingly, these coldhearted policies have given Konoha more enemies than allies, as basically every flashback involving Danzo shows that his actions are connected to the StartOfDarkness for such villains like Pain and Kabuto. And Danzo's definition of "Village" goes only as far as what he controls directly; everyone else is "Acceptable losses". When he goes to an international summit as substitute Hokage, he causes an incident getting caught trying to hypnotize the meeting moderator.
* ''Manga/TentaiSenshiSunred'' is a short-tempered bum with a pachinko addiction who survives day-to-day on the sufferance on his girlfriend Kayoko. His glory days of {{Sentai}} leadership long behind him, he now fights the monsters of [[HarmlessVillain Evil Organization Florsheim]] simply because they won't leave him alone, and mostly tends to treat it as an annoyance he'd rather be without. That said, he has some PetTheDog moments.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': Strikeman, the self-proclaimed hero, only causes more damage than good on anything.
* ''Anime/TanteiOperaMilkyHolmes'': Also known as "Magical Policegirls Who Have An English Detective Motif But Could Not Sleuth Their Way Out Of An Unlocked Room", the ONLY thing competent about these magical girls is their exceptional talent in magic artes. The anime explores their lives during a period when they lose their powers - absolute FAILURES in basic detective work, broke and living in their mom's attic, and constantly making friends with celebrity criminals because they outright paste the paper-thin disguises if the villains don't have one. Powers or not, they are an utter disgrace to the good name of legendary detectives everywhere.

[[folder: Comic Books ]]
* [[ComicBook/AntMan Hank Pym]] from ''Comicbook/TheAvengers''. He tries to be a hero but his unstable personality sometimes makes him more of a menace. He is another one who's getting over it, what with leading the last Mighty Avengers incarnations who, in-universe, nearly overshadowed [[ComicBook/DarkReign Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers]]. However, his tendency to screw up things is still there too... Case in point: [[MyGreatestFailure Ultron]]. It's something he'll likely regret for the rest of his life.
* ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} in general. They are supposed to be a super police force to respond to super human threats, but they regularly screw up, or make things worse, or were the cause of it from the beginning.
* Magog from the ''ComicBook/JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' exemplifies this in his modern incarnation.
* ComicBook/PlasticMan from the ''Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'' is frequently this, betrayed by his criminal background and frivolous, comedic personality.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bizarrogirl}}'' in the eponymous ''ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}'' storyline. Bizarrogirl's more genuinely stupid than suffering from the usual Bizarro backwards logic. She's ''pretty'' destructive even if she doesn't usually mean it. As she grows to understand other people she becomes more genuinely heroic.
* DependingOnTheWriter, ComicBook/{{Deadpool}} can be this when he tries to be a good guy. He's too violent and psychotic to really pull off being a hero, too conflicted and silly to really be a villain, and tends to swing between AntiHero and AntiVillain like a pendulum. Most of the heroes of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse can't stand working with him (Cable and Siryn being rare exceptions), and considering it's a CrapsackWorld where even guys like ComicBook/ThePunisher and The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk are afforded some respect and trust, that's saying something. F in Good or in evil, depending on your side: during the ComicBook/CivilWar storyline, he becomes a registration enforcer... then he attacks superhero groups because he doesn't check they ''had'' registered!
* Max Damage from ''[[ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}} Incorruptible]]''. He got scared straight when the resident CaptainErsatz of Franchise/{{Superman}} snapped and went on a rampage. The book's about his struggle to redeem himself, but all he knows about being good is "do the opposite of what you used to do".
* ''ComicBook/TheSpectre'', God's Angel of Vengeance, has such a horrifically skewed sense of proportion and priorities that he needs to be kept bound to a morally upstanding human soul just to reach the level of GoodIsNotNice SociopathicHero. That's right, not only did he get an F in good, but God gave him a cheat sheet, and he's still only getting Cs and Ds. The [[Franchise/GreenLantern Hal Jordan]] version of the Spectre is a lot less vengeful, but makes up for it by being incompetent, such as the time he restored [[Franchise/TheFlash Wally West's]] secret identity by making everyone in the world forget who the Flash was. Including Wally.
* ComicBook/BoosterGold before he grew out of it. Aside from being big on corporate sponsorship, Booster once opened a Justice League themed casino using the entirety of the League's funds without the League's consent to use the funds or their endorsement. He also stole all the tech he uses to fight crime as well as the time machine he used to escape to the past. His partner in the casino venture, ComicBook/BlueBeetle, would fall into this category too, but he had a longer history of heroism and only got into this sort of trouble when Booster was around.
* During Marvel's event ''ComicBook/{{AXIS}}'', many characters get their morals and personality traits inverted, and in the process Carnage becomes this. He feels a desire to do good and help people, but he is TERRIBLE at it, and is still incredibly violent.
-->"They can't rob the bank if I burn it to the ground first!"
* Dr. Octopus during ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. He wants to prove he can be a hero, even more be a better Spider-Man than Peter Parker ever was, but his ego and overthinking the situation causes him to make things go down the drain and destroys any goodwill Spidey had brought up.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'': Riddick. He is a full-grown SatisfiedStreetRat -- a [[TheUnfettered vicious and remorseless]] human predator who has killed hundreds of people at torture range. What makes him a "hero" is that though he is a genuinely AxCrazy KnifeNut who lives to tear people to shreds simply for the joy of it, he has no interest in killing those who cannot defend themselves, finds [[FriendToAllChildren children to be amusing distractions]] (especially since [[ChildrenAreInnocent those feelings are usually returned]]), and treats those that ''do'' kill the defenseless as animals. He thus finds himself regularly rescuing loads and loads of people by accident despite never intending to.

* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfThomasCovenant'':
** Thomas Covenant becomes one of these in the first trilogy, after an act that many consider a rare "heroic" MoralEventHorizon. Covenant himself is sickened and guilty over what he's done and ''tries'' to make up for it where he can, but he generally just winds up making things ''worse''. [[spoiler:For example, he's trying to atone for his rape of the village girl Lena. He knows that Lena loves [[CoolHorse the Ranyhyn]], so when he's able to command them at one point, he tells them to visit her annually. Problem is, they're still held by this command when the BigBad is on the verge of destroying the world, and it keeps them from fleeing to safety. This nearly leads to the extinction of the Ranyhyn.]] It's worth noting that while Covenant does turn out to be a good person, (very) deep down, it takes three whole books for either him or the reader to admit it.\\\
In a very real sense, the entire point of the first trilogy is the psychological redemption of an utterly broken man into someone who can live with himself -- the first book setting him up as someone the audience very likely hates as a reflection of how badly he already hates ''himself''. And since the series very strongly straddles the line between reality and psychological allegory (and occasionally argues that both answers are valid), by definition saving the Land saves his own soul -- ''and vice-versa''.
** This entire framework continues into the second trilogy - except instead of being Covenant's redemption, it's the story of how Linden is ultimately tested and redeemed (and no, all the references in the series to alloys and forging aren't coincidental at all). It's hard to tell if the third (and final) tril... err, tetralogy follows the same pattern, and if so, precisely WHO is being redeemed. As of the third book, [[spoiler:it's clearly not Joan, Jeremiah shouldn't ''need'' to be redeemed, and Roger shows absolutely no sign of showing an ounce of remorse or growth. If anything, the true harrowed character (if any) might be Lord Foul himself, "She Who Must Not Be Named", or the entire world of The Land as a whole.]]
* ''Literature/ArtemisFowl'': For a while, Artemis's HeelFaceTurn was impeded by his love of [[ThePlan devious plans]], until he realized that a {{Chessmaster}} doesn't have to be a villain.
* ''Literature/TheOnceAndFutureKing'' describes Tristam as one of these. Basically, he's got the rough idea of the KnightInShiningArmor, but doesn't really understand ''why'' he should act like one -- particularly when sex is involved.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Molly Carpenter; nice girl, not very good with using moral methods to present moral outcomes. There's a reason there's a death sentence over her head if she gets out of line. It starts with using mind control to get a friend off Heroin, which ended up being more MindRape. Oh, and Black Magic is addictive too. She keeps trying to use MindRape several books later when she feels its worth it (it never is), despite knowing that if she gets caught (and she's terrible about not getting caught), not only will she be executed for it, but so will Harry.
* In the obscure children's book ''Simson and Samson'', Sir Simson looks like and does his best to be a classic heroic knight. He's not very good at it, generally wreaking so much incidental havoc that the peasantry desperately hopes he ''won't'' try to help them with their problems.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'':
** Rachel is the [[ActionGirl strongest, most gung-ho member of the team]], but her courage starts to melt into darker forms of thrill-seeking, and by the end of the series she has become virtually a full-fledged SociopathicSoldier.
** Rachel's the most powerful example, but really, they all get this way after a while, particularly Marco and Jake. It's one of the running themes of the series -- and the great thing about a series that's 52 books long is that it happens so slowly and gradually that there's never really a moral event horizon. It just happens. One of the themes is that WarIsHell and you become less... ''you''... as time goes on, one IDidWhatIHadToDo moment at a time. Worse, (well, ''best'' in terms of writing, worst in terms of what it's like to live in that world) it's hard to say that any of the things they ended up doing were unnecessary.
* Fino of ''LightNovel/ICouldntBecomeAHeroSoIReluctantlyDecidedToGetAJob'' is the daughter and heir of the late Demon King, and much of what she had been taught in the past [[RaisedByWolves was to groom her to become one as well]]. As such, even though she wants to leave behind that lifestyle and become a hard worker at a department store, she still has a tendency to fall back into old habits.
* ''Literature/TheLostStars'', a spinoff of ''Liiterature/TheLostFleet'' series, gives us "Planetary CEO" turned President Gwen Iceni of the Midway star system. She led a successful coup d'etat against the brutally repressive [[OneNationUnderCopyright corporatist]] oligarchy known as the Syndicate Worlds in the first chapter of Volume 1, and then spent the rest of the book trying very hard to stop herself behaving like a brutally repressive oligarch out of sheer force of habit, and not always succeeding.
* ''Literature/TheBadGuys'' series has Mr. Wolf, Mr. Shark, Mr. Snake, and Mr. Piranha. Originally villains that the population were afraid of, the four of them decided to [[HeelFaceTurn turn to the side of good]]. Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and they have issues doing heroic deeds, but they slowly start to ease into their roles throughout the series.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** In the comics, Illyria's road to heroism hits a few roadblocks. To prevent a demon from leeching off of Jeremy's energy, she dutifully punches a hole clean through Jeremy's chest. Ouch.
** In the climax of "After the Fall", she reverts to her primordial demon form due to the machinations of Gunn and starts wrecking Los Angeles. The Senior Partners fix her so she returns to "normal".
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Spike from in seasons 5 and 6 frequently falls into this trope, often doing things not because it's right but because it's what Buffy would want.
--->'''Spike:''' I'm not sampling, I'll have you know. Just look at all these lovely blood-covered people. I could, but not a taste for Spike, not a lick. Knew you wouldn't like it.\\
'''Buffy:''' [[WantsAPrizeForBasicDecency You want credit for not feeding off bleeding disaster victims?]]\\
'''Spike:''' Well, yeah.\\
'''Buffy:''' You're disgusting.\\
'''Spike:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint What's it take?]]
** It starts back in season 4, when he's ''"forced"'' by his condition (he only could hurt monsters, but not humans) to fight alongside the good guys.
--->'''Spike:''' What's this? Sitting around watching the telly while there's evil still afoot? It's not very industrious of you. I say, we go out there, and kick a little demon ass. What, can't go without your Buffy? Is that it? Too chicken? Let's find her. She is the Chosen One, after all. Come on! Vampires! Grrr! Nasty. Let's annihilate them. For justice, and for the safety of puppies, and Christmas, right? Let's fight that evil. Let's kill something. Oh, come on!
* ''Series/{{Charmed}}'': Cole Turner. While, admittedly, he is the victim of double standards, he does have trouble doing good, even during the times he isn't being [[DesignatedMonkey treated unfairly]]. Often end up solving problems using violence.
* Tsukasa, the titular ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold at the best of times, but when he tries manipulating other people for the greater good, his rather extreme methods place him squarely in this trope.
* The First Doctor in ''Series/DoctorWho'' is this for most of the first season. He grows out of being the TokenEvilTeammate after his first story (where he [[AlienAbduction abducts two schoolteachers]], dumps them in the Stone Age and tries to bash a man's brains out with a rock because he might slow him down) but even in "The Daleks", where he takes a more heroic role and uses his brains to defeat a bunch of [[ScaryDogmaticAliens horrible racist tanks]], he deliberately sabotages his own TARDIS to persuade the teachers to explore a ruined city with him, and expects them to forgive him for it once he admits it. In "The Aztecs" he does his best to save the other travellers from the results of Barbara's meddling but still gives a warrior a sleeping drug to use to cheat in a fight, only deciding this might have been wrong when he finds out the opponent is Ian. He negotiates peace between two warring races, ousts a corrupt politician and gets proper treatment for a victim of MindRape in "The Sensorites", but still ends the story by attempting to dump Ian in the middle of nowhere just because Ian made a sarcastic comment about his driving skills. It's not really until in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", when he declares himself "a protector of Earth" while yelling at a Dalek, that he graduates to hero status.
* ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' Averted in "The Gang Gets Extreme Home Makeover Edition". The gang tried to do something nice by giving an immigrant family a home-make-over, only for it to lead to an AccidentalKidnapping situation. So you'd think it'd be this. But it was clear from the beginning that they're only doing it for some karmic reward and not the goodness of their heart.
* [[DrJerk Dr. Cox]] of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' may be an insensitive egomaniac incapable of what perceiving what "being good" truly is, but he always, ''always'' has his patients' best interests in mind. At least when it comes to their health. He genuinely doesn't give a crap whether they like him or not.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* After being voted PGWA's 2008 wrestler of the year by Pro Wrestling Digest, Josianne came to the (mistaken) conclusion that she had [[HeelFaceTurn become a fan favorite]] and sought Genni Right's advice on how to [[{{face}} wrestle like one]]. When Josianne proved to be bad at it, she blamed her new "manager".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Jowan of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] who, unlike the others you meet, is perfectly well-meaning and just wants to live a normal life and do some good. Unfortunately, his efforts at doing so all end in disaster. According to WordOfGod, Jowan was supposed to be a recruitable party member with the ability to teach mages BloodMagic and a possible love interest for the female PlayerCharacter. Time constraints have forced the developers to cut him down to an NPC.
* Yuffie from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' tries to be good, but she just accidentally gets an entire [[WutaiTheft trope]] name after her inability to do so.
* ''VideoGame/MadWorld'': Jack, according to himself:
-->'''Jack:''' I don't help people, I kill them.
* Illidan from ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' desperately wants to be revered and, if possible, be revered for being a hero. However, his attempts to be a hero always end with him crossing another MoralEventHorizon.
* Mr. Torgue from the ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'' DLC pack "Campaign of Carnage" is a nice guy, but a bit too reckless and [[TestosteronePoisoning testosterone-pumped]] for his own good.
* Captain Martin Walker, protagonist of ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', was sent in to Dubai six months after monster sandstorms wrecked the city to find out what happened to the 33rd Infantry Battalion, its commander Colonel Konrad, and the civilians they tried and failed to evacuate. Walker's orders are to simply find survivors, pull back and report in to his superiors, but when Walker blunders into a civil war between the rogue soldiers, he decides to get involved to try to fix things. He fails - first Walker kills US soldiers in self-defense when they mistake him for a CIA operative inciting the civil war, then he uses banned white phosphorus mortars on a camp between him and his next objective ([[spoiler:inadvertently massacring civilians in the process]]), and when he decides to help the local CIA team put an end to the conflict, [[spoiler:Walker accidentally destroys the city's water supply, dooming thousands to die of thirst]]. In short, everyone would have been better off if Walker had simply turned around after the game's first chapter.
-->'''[[BigBad Col. Konrad]]:''' [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech You're no hero]]. [[DestructiveSavior Your talents lie elsewhere.]]
* Peacock from ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'' is basically on the side of good, opposing [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Marie]] and [[TheMafia the Medici Mafia]], but she's borderline AxCrazy and frequently ends up in [[LetsYouAndHimFight fights with allies and potential allies]] who she deems to be in her way.
* With his penchant for believing obviously evil villains, Terra in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' is this. He eventually grows to a B- by the game's end.
* Strong from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'' is a [[OurOrcsAreDifferent super mutant]] who learned about "[[Theatre/{{Macbeth}} the milk of human kindness]]" and wants to be a better person. Unfortunately, compared to super mutant companions from previous ''Fallout'' games, he sucks at it because he's [[DumbMuscle too stupid]] to realise that cannibalism and random acts of murder aren't acceptable in most human company.
* David Madsen from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' genuinely wants and tries to protect his stepdaughter Chloe and the students of Blackwell Academy, but his paranoia makes him go too far. It's the reason why [[RefusedByTheCall the police rejected him]].

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Amya}}'': [[http://www.amyachronicles.com/archives/442 Vincent]] does his job because he needs to get paid - but when things start to go badly he doesn't hesitate to let his abductees loose.
* Oasis from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' does try, [[BrainwashedAndCrazy but]] [[{{Yandere}} she]] [[AxCrazy gets]] [[PsychopathicManchild an F-]].
-->'''Kareen Zalia:''' Great. Now ''you'' think she's some kind of SuperHero too!\\
'''Feng:''' No way. A superhero wouldn't cut a living human being's ribs out one at a time out of curiosity.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Belkar is a subversion. Being the TokenEvilTeammate, he finds a way to do what the rest of the party expects of him, but in the most evil -- usually violent -- way possible.
** Elan plays the trope straight, sometimes because he's TheDitz (to the point at which Roy briefly abandons him to his fate) and sometimes because he's ''too'' GenreSavvy.
* Gawaine in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. He ''understands'' why Arthur's code of chivalry is better than the old "might is right" philosophy ([[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1323.htm sort of]]) but well, he ''was'' [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0593.htm raised by Morguase and Lot]], so it's [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/0825.htm sometimes hard for him to act accordingly]]. [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1215.htm He does try though]], at least until [[spoiler: [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2766.htm health problems lead to him siding more with Agrivaine]]]].
* Vriska Serket from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' counts. She's on the side of good, but she's a manipulative, backstabbing, self-serving egomaniac all the same, and has quite a bit of difficulty getting over this.
* [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]] in the FanWebcomic ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}''. So much that it's a RunningGag... when he succeeds by some miracle the [[VillainBallMagnet power of]] NarrativeCausality gets him. Just take a look at this lovely [[http://asherhyder.deviantart.com/art/Roommates-105-Congratulation-159654767 banner]]. To explain he has a quite [[TheFairFolk inhuman personality]] and if he didn't want to be a hero this badly he would make a quite terrifying villain. ("This must be like being gender confused just with good and evil.")
* Cassiel of ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' is Satan's niece, and normally just bothers the main characters with PokeThePoodle evil plots (such as serving them sub-par snacks). When she decides to do nice things for her mortal friend, however, she ends up screwing things over pretty bad.
* In ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'', the main character could be the poster girl for this; while she dies as much as any super-hero [[DeathIsASlapOnTheWrist (as in, rather often)]] the Devil is a little [[http://nonadventures.com/2015/11/07/cruller-intentions/ bewildered as to why she's the only one sent to him each time.]]
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', Mike is coming to the conclusion that [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07182012.shtml all Boston's superheroes]] [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07202012.shtml are sort of jerks]]. [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp07232012.shtml Including himself, obviously]]. (Mind you, it's the ones who [[BitchInSheepsClothing don't seem to be jerks]] that you [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05102012.shtml need to watch out for]].)
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', for centuries the Heterodynes were bloodthirsty conquerors who ravaged the countryside with their monsters. While the Heterodyne Boys were the first truly good Heterodynes, there is some evidence that their father, Saturnus Heterodyne, was trying to be good in order to impress his wife--he was just terrible at it. For example, during the Year of Three Winters, he kept the town from freezing to death by building a nice big bonfire...out of the town hall. The Corbettite monks are a religious order who provide free transportation everywhere and are insistent about always being on time. Saturnus built them a sapient train that doesn't need rails and can even build more of itself at any time... except it's a glutton that hates schedules.
-->'''Agatha:''' So it's an evil train. Of ''course'' it is. My ancestors couldn't have built a ''teapot'' without making it some kind of evil engine of destruction.

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* Captain Courage, of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse. He tries to be a hero, but he has so many illegitimate children and paternity suits that there are more wanted posters out for him than for most supervillains. In most places, he's now known as Captain Condom instead of his real codename.
* Jace from ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' qualifies for this trope -- he sincerely wants to be a good person, but has a ''very'' hard time knowing what is right and what is wrong.
* From ''Series/FlandersCompany'', you have environmentalist superhero Recycle-Man. Before a full FaceHeelTurn, his "heroing" consisted in violently beating up innocent people just for not recycling properly. He admits himself that maybe he had been slightly lacking in... tact.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'': Adam West/Catman believes himself to be a great superhero, but is little more than a cat-obsessed {{Cloudcuckoolander}}. He often mistakenly attacks innocent civilians while letting real crooks like purse-snatchers get away, and typically causes more trouble than he prevents. In fact, it's only thanks to Timmy and his fairy godparents that Catman has avoided jail time as long as he has. That being said, as shown in the episode "Catman Meets the Crimson Chin," he [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass actually does prove to be a competent hero]] when there are real villains to fight
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': In "The Old Man and the Lisa", [[RichesToRags after losing his fortune]], Mr. Burns unsuccessfully tried to be good. He tries his hand at recycling, and ends up using the plastic he recycled to overfish the nearby sea.
-->'''Lisa:''' When you try to be good, you're even ''more'' evil!
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Bender...
-->'''Fry:''' Now me and Leela are forming an awesome crime-fighting duo.\\
'''Bender:''' Wow, crime-fighting. Cool. You say you're a duo? Yeah duos are good. Of course sometimes they're a little short-handed. See ya. With two humans you'd think there'd be a robot in there... to balance things out. But, whatever. I have these three costumes you could use. But, I guess I'll just throw one away.\\
'''Leela:''' We'd love to have you on the team, Bender. But aren't you more on the supply side of crime?
** Zapp can be this when he's not an antagonist. Disturbingly incompetent and overtly contemptuous of his own men, he launches a war of aggression ForTheEvulz in "War is the H-Word".
* In ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', Bizarro thinks he's Superman, so goes around "saving" a building from what he didn't realize was a scheduled demolition, and "fixing" an opening draw bridge, thinking it was falling down, causing a ship to almost crash into it.
* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': When he plays the hero, WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck ends up as both this and a HeroicWannabe.
* Played for laughs in the cartoon "Stupor Duck". Daffy mistakes dialogue from a radio drama as the plans for a villainous MadBomber, so he sets out as Stupor Duck to "thwart" them. He rights a to-be-demolished building, stops a staged-for-filming railroad accident, forcibly surfaces a diving submarine, and finally gets sent to the moon on a rocket.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Zuko yells "Why am I so bad at being good?" after he accidentally burns Toph, but he may not fit the trope. Zuko did waver between bad and good, but it was more a case of wavering between MyCountryRightOrWrong and DefectorFromDecadence than wavering between AntiVillain and AntiHero. Probably helps that he was pretty [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain ineffective]] as a villain too. In the episode "Zuko Alone", he fits the bill better than usually, though. He's just beginning to find himself in that episode and gets reluctantly drawn into a conflict with some corrupt Earth Kingdom soldiers that are abusing their position in a small village. He struggles with not wanting to get involved (and of course hiding that he is a Fire Bender), but in the end, saves the day. Of course, his CrowningMomentOfAwesome, when he tells the Earth Bender EXACTLY WHO just beat his ass, turns sour when the townsfolk (including the little boy he just saved) no longer want anything to do with him after seeing his Fire Bending. On top of ''that'', the reason the boy was in trouble at all was because Zuko gave the child his own dagger as a parting gift and the boy threatened a guard with it.
* Coop of ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR''. He's a good guy, and far from incompetent (but still within view of it), he's just a DestructiveSavior to the ninth degree. One episode dealt with some alien superheroes mistaking him for an outright villain, and their [[OmnicidalManiac nemesis]] thinking he was trying to pull an EvilerThanThou.
* Plastic Man in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold''. Recently redeemed and enthusiastic about being a hero, but frequently exasperates Batman with his difficulties being competent and not stealing stuff.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': The Huntress gets kicked out of the League for attempting a revenge killing on a mobster who [[spoiler:killed her father]] but was going to [[KarmaHoudini escape punishment by ratting on his associates]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Princess Luna turns out to be this. She's a genuinely sweet and nice pony, but she's thin-skinned and her aggressive awkwardness comes off as creepy or threatening. When she's rejected, she has a tendency to lash out with hordes of spiders and lightning storms, then desperately try to cover it by joking about [[ItMakesSenseInContext getting the spiders in the net.]] She later decides to embrace EvilIsCool and RuleOfScary by playing herself up as a fake, pretend villain. Because [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas life's no fun without a good scare.]] In Luna's case, she's genuinely good at heart and doesn't have trouble ''doing'' things that are good, but there's the ''slight'' problem that (a) she used to be the setting's version of the devil, and (b) she is ''scarily'' powerful, to the point that the weather changes with her mood, her hooves cause the ground beneath her to crack, and if she forgets herself and ''uses her real voice'' it will send you flying, and ''that's'' when she's trying to be ''friendly.'' She's got a B+ in good and an F at reassuring the populace, until Twilight helps her with that.
** [[HeelFaceTurn Starlight Glimmer]] tries to complete friendship lessons by brainwashing Twilight's friends into doing her bidding.
* ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', in the episode The Good Guys. [[spoiler:Chow, Ratso, and Finn]], tired of constantly losing to Jackie Chan, attempt to [[HeelFaceTurn reform]]. At the end of the episode [[spoiler:they go right back to being evil, saying "We're just no good at being good."]] In the GrandFinale, they ''do'', however, finally reform.
* Jinx in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' to an extent. Part of why she became a villain in the first place was because her power to screw everything up corresponded the most with villainy. By series' end, she pulls a HeelFaceTurn and gets it mostly right this time (only to go back to being evil in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo''; though, she did have a fling with Cyborg for a while).
* Cartman's alter ego The Coon in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' is perfectly convinced he is fighting crime and making the world a better place, oblivious to the fact most of his acts of 'heroism' revolve completely around glorifying himself or harassing innocent people he mistakes for criminals (eg. attacking a "rapist" that was having a romantic moment with his girlfriend, or bullying HarmlessVillain Professor Chaos). Both of his appearances so far have culminated in him turning on another hero he believes is outshining him and more or less becoming the episode's villain in the process, still convinced he is the town's beloved hero.
-->'''Mysterion:''' You are the bad guy, Cartman! YOU!\\
'''Coon:''' I'm making the world a better place!\\
'''Mysterion:''' FOR YOU!!! You're making the world a better place FOR YOU!\\
'''Coon:''' (''beat'') [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Riiight, and that's what superheroes do.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/CareBears1980s'': When Beastly tries to join the care bears, they send him to their school so he can learn to be good. The teacher asks what to do upon seeing a bully picking on a little boy and Beastly says he'd help the bully to shove the boy into a mud puddle. After the teacher declares that answer wrong, Beastly asks if it should be [[ComicallyMissingThePoint a water puddle instead]].
* ''WesternAnimation/DonkeyKongCountry'': In the episodes "Get a Life, Don't Save One!" and "Bluster the Benevolent," [[RichBitch Bluster Kong]] tries to legitimately help DK and his fellow apes, but his attempts are so destructive (not to mention annoying and overblown) that WeWantOurJerkBack ensues. In one episode, Bluster successfully steals the [[MacGuffin Crystal Coconut]] and loses it. He then proceeds to work against DK and Diddy to retrieve it because he wants to be the hero, but just hands it over when asked by Klump out of fear. When it comes down to it, Bluster's selfishness and cowardice overpower any good he's attempting to do.
** Also, Klump in "Klump's Lumps"; when allowed to stay with the apes after being fired by King K.Rool, He proves to be just as big a bungler when it comes to doing them good as he was helping K.Rool's schemes.