Let's be honest, Arudin, you're more evil than most of the villains we face. Khagoth:
Meaner too. Arudin:
I am not
evil! I am just... colorfully pragmatic! Khagoth:
We're going to bed, Captain Evil.
— Dungeoncrawl Inc.
Just because the main characters are fighting to oust the Big Bad doesn't mean they're heroes
... at least, not all of them
In a team composed of good members, there will often be one Token Evil Teammate. Narratively, this character can serve as an distinct and amoral foil
to his more strait-laced colleagues. If the Heroes start putting Honor Before Reason
, the Token Evil will often remind them that sometimes unpleasant methods are needed to save the world.
These characters are often Played for Laughs
as the Heroic Comedic Sociopath
. A lot of the humor they provide is of the Crosses the Line Twice
variety, doing obscenely wrong things because it's shocking and unexpected, as well as a form of escapism. On the other side of the fence, a very serious character that fills this role might see it as Dirty Business
, and do what they have to
on behalf of the hero.
Despite the name, the Token Evil Teammate has a lot of leeway as to his Character Alignment
. There are many kinds of Anti-Heroes
and yes, outright Villains
who can fill this role. Regardless of character type, the mainstays of this role are usually: snarkiness
, and a tendency to become the Butt Monkey
for their behavior. It should also be mentioned that "treachery"
was not on that list. The thing with the Token Evil Teammate is that evil does not mean incapable of friendship. While they are usually out for themselves first, they will often have reasons to stay loyal to their team as a whole, or at least individual members.
Sometimes they'll (very
) begrudgingly admit that they like their teammates, or at least find them less intolerable than they say, and frequently they find their association either lucrative, entertaining, or even enjoyable. If it's pointed out by somebody that they're not as bad as they make themselves out to be
though, they'll generally tell them to shut up, or to take it back. For extra points, this can be done in either a very cold, aloof or very rude
If they do betray their teammates, expect The Captain
to tighten the Morality Chain
or Restraining Bolt
and use various threats like Death Glares
to bring them back in line. Why don't they kill him or at least kick him out? Because sometimes you just need the firepower, and they can "do more good than malice" (or at least less harm) on the good guys' side than dead or cut loose. Kind of like controlling a brush fire to good ends.
Some variations include:
- They're Only in It for the Money. Or the opportunity to loot, pillage, and plunder. Bribes and financially based threats keep them in line.
- Psycho Sidekick: They have a mutual friendship, or family relationship, with one of the heroes that survives despite their basically evil orientation. But don't expect them to be helpful for anybody else.
- The evil friend is The Starscream and sees the heroes as the best way to topple the existing Big Bad.
- The Poisonous Friend is the Well-Intentioned Extremist of the party, willing to do anything for his buddy's ideals.
- They were recruited because they have skills, cunning, and general attitude that the heroes know will be useful, even if they hate having them around.
- They have an ulterior motive for joining the heroes, and the heroes' plans will further their own agenda.
- They have a grudge against the Big Bad, or they may want to put a stop to them because Even Evil Has Standards.
- Sometimes they're just in it For the Evulz. The hero is on an exciting, heroic quest that will save the world, but it also involves a lot of killing mooks, and they've got nothing better to do right now. They want to cause chaos and rain down carnage, and this is the best way to do it.
- Alternatively they are a type of Blood Knight or Psycho for Hire and joining the heroes allows them to turn their violence towards the heroes enemies rather than innocents.
- On rare occasions, Who Watches the Watchmen? In a setting where a Balance Between Good and Evil matters, or just any setting with Gray and Gray Morality, having somebody on your team with some shaky morality can help keep things in perspective. See Your Approval Fills Me with Shame, and Even Evil Has Standards.
Contrast Big Bad Friend
for where the team-mate's evil nature is a shock revelation. For the inversion
, see Token Good Teammate
. For extremes on the spectrum, see Good Is Not Nice
and Affably Evil
. Usually, but not always, a Nominal Hero
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- Mayuri Kurotsuchi's moral code is non-existent if it means obtaining scientific break throughs. He turned his subordinates into human bombs without their knowledge. He conducted quincy experiments by torturing them to death. He'll even kill 28,000 people in the name of world soul-balance. His results are undeniably useful, but his methods are completely evil. Word of God stated that Mayuri is his exploration of the concept of "necessary evil".
- Kenpachi Zaraki is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight who has no problem physically assaulting his own underlings. He doesn't care whether people are friends or enemies. All he cares about is finding the strongest fighters so that he can enjoy fighting to the death. If he finds a Worthy Opponent, such as Ichigo, he'll go all out to arrange circumstances to ensure he gets the chance to fight that person, even if it means turning on his own people to achieve that goal.
- Ikki from Saint Seiya is a milder version of the Aloof Big Brother and Loners Are Freaks variety. While he was purged of much of his evil in the first tournament arc, his involvement in the service of Athena is usually restricted to making sure his younger brother is safe...and killing off his attackers in brutal ways.
- Another (sort of) milder version is Mugen from Samurai Champloo. He has no restraints and is more of a Wild Card than his chivalrous companions
- Xellos from Slayers, Calling him a teammate is a bit of a stretch but he does hang around the heroes and they often work together. Considering how powerful he is (one step or two steps below Big Bad depending on the season) it would be hard and dangerous to make him leave. Most of the time he's Affably Evil and dicking around with them for lolz so they tolerate him.
- Hiei in YuYu Hakusho. The way he shows off his ruthlessness makes him almost just Even Evil Has Standards, at least until later on.
- Code Geass: Technically, they're all villains to some extent, but among the Knights of the Round, you have a conflicted ex-idealist, an amiable Ace Pilot, a Martial Pacifist, a Rei Ayanami Expy, three lady knights we don't know much about but seem nice enough... and then there's Luciano Bradley, aka the Vampire of Britannia, aka the Homicide Genius, who specifically joined in order to kill people.
- Diethard and Rolo are this for The Black Knights.
- Diethard once again is this along the leader himself when he joins Schneizel. He's the one who justified sacrificing their official leader claiming that baits are not allowed to talk.
- In Ouran High School Host Club Kyoya is a slight subversion. It is commonly accepted amongst the group that everything he does is for the sake of personal gain and profit, but Haruhi manages to prove otherwise on occasion.
- Darker Than Black: Milder example, but November 11 plays the Best Evil Friend Variety when working with police officer Kirihara who is one of the few people he'd risk his life for and go out of his way to help. In general, Contractors are supposed to be the Token Evil Teammates of the intelligence agencies which use them for their powers and ability to kill without remorse. The main character of the series, Hei, is a slight subversion. Contractor-hating human Huang is Hei's Handler and frequently berates him for having qualms about missions and not acting as evil as a Contractor is supposed to be.
- In The Prince of Tennis, Hiyoshi Wakashi is kind of the Hyoutei team's token evil teammate (his not so secret aim is to "overthrow" the captain, and he tends to be quite cynical). Also a Sixth Ranger.
- Initially even more so, Akutsu Jin for the Yamabuki team (serves rocks at people, is rude to his mom, prone to violence), although it's safe to say he's revealed to be not that bad, deep down. Specially in the presence of one Takashi Kawamura or one Taichi Dan.
- Barry the Chopper in Fullmetal Alchemist. While most of the cast are trying to do what's best for the country, Barry just wants to get rid of the Homunculi so he can be free to start killing again. Although his true intentions for wanting to hunt down his own body are mostly unknown.
- Also later, Greed to a lesser extent.
- Faye Valentine of Cowboy Bebop occasionally is this. There are times when she seems to genuinely care about the crew, while other times she's a Jerkass to everybody and seems to only care about herself. She has also stolen bounties that rightfully belonged to another crew-member at least a couple of times as well. Though, honestly, she isn't that much worse than them.
- Also, she's barely a team member in the strict sense. Half the time she's on the Bebop, she's restrained while they check her belongings.
- Evangeline of Mahou Sensei Negima!. Since she plays the role of the Old Master in the protagonist team, she makes token attempts to bring The Hero over to the dark side. (Which seems to have worked.)
- And Haruna, who displays some sadistic tendencies and is apparently determined to Take Over The Magic World. She's not malicious, but she's extremely ambitious and manipulative, to the point that she's mostly on the good side out of convenience.
- Since Rousseau Was Right in this series, it actually manages an evil example in Tsukuyomi.
- Dragon Ball Z: Vegeta after his Enemy Mine with the good guys against Frieza,. Until the very end of DBZ, the only reason he helps the heroes is because no one else can kill Goku.
- That, and the fact that he has no interest in letting a villain destroy the Earth since, you know, he lives there now with his family.
- Lunch qualified in Dragon Ball. Well, half the time.
- Chizuru in Seitokai no Ichizon her main role being The Gadfly. Unless you happen to be Kurimu.
- Russia from Axis Powers Hetalia, based on Real Life. With a Freudian Excuse, to boot.
- Narciso Anasui from Part 6 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- The Keroro Platoon in Keroro Gunsou has Sergeant Major Kururu, a Jerk Ass Mad Scientist with a fondness for tormenting his teammates, and pretty much everyone he comes in contact with. One of the earliest excuses for the frogs not making progress is that Kururu won't invent anything useful unless it strikes him as interesting at the time.
- And the frogs themselves are, at least in theory, a Token Evil Team to the Hinata household, seeing as they're supposed to be taking over the world. They don't really ever make much progress, though.
- Yulia Tymoshenko in The Legend of Koizumi. She frightens Vladimir Putin.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: Mukuro Rokudo has explicitly stated that the only reason he is working with Tsuna and his group is so that he can eventually steal Tsuna's body. In a similar vein, Mukuro's counterpart from the first generation of Guardians, Daemon Spade, was stated to be a backstabber.
- Despite what some fangirls will tell you and despite the fact he's almost always accompanied by an adorable bird pet, Kyoya Hibari isn't a much better person than Mukuro and Daemon. However, the first Cloud Guardian, Alaude, was said to be similar to him in his younger days but he got better (despite remaining cold and aloof), so it's possible Hibari might grow up as a decent person. As it stands, however, Kyoya is not one.
- Eyeshield 21 has Yoichi Hiruma, the scheming, trigger-happy, demon-faced captain of the Deimon Devil Bats. Agon Kongo becomes this in the World Cup arc; he only joined Team Japan because he wanted to win the three million dollars, and isn't above threatening his own teammates to do so.
- Hallelujah from Gundam 00. An odd version in that he's just Allelujah's Superpowered Evil Side.
- There have been several Token Evil Teammates throughout the various Gantz rosters, but the two that stick out the most are Nishi and Izumi. Nishi is an extremely nihilistic jerkass whose actions are on occasion at least somewhat understandable, whereas Izumi is far more damaging.
- After Ayato Naoi joins the SSS in Angel Beats!, he still retains his snarky, Jerkass personality, regularly insults the entire SSS ("except you, Otonashi!"), and uses hypnosis on the other members mostly For the Lulz.
- Diana, one of the Selacao from Eden of the East is introduced as a Serial Killer known as the "Johnny Hunter", who has been killing men by castrating them with a cigar cutter. She turns out to be a Serial-Killer Killer of sorts, only targeting rapists. In the film, The King of Eden, she's become considerably nicer and is a loyal ally to the heroes, but notwithstanding this and her selectivity of victims, she's still a mass murderer.
- Zebra from Toriko possibly counts.
- In Flame of Recca, Recca has control over 7 dragons, all of them are more or less amiable (One of them is his Bumbling Dad), except one certain dragon named Setsuna. He hates Recca, wants nothing more than to kill him and be free, and resume his old life... as a sociopath mass-murderer. Recca still beats him down to submission.
- Arlong in One Piece was this in the Sun Pirates. While there were other unsavory characters in that group, Arlong would be the first one to suggest violent terrorism towards humans. He even wanted to kill a slave just for being human.
- At Sabaody, The Supernovas Eustass Kidd and Trafalgar Law briefly teamed up with Luffy. Kidd seemed to be this at the time, with his evil apparently nothing more than an Informed Ability. It wasn't. More recently, Law made a return as an ally and is a minor version this, being a much colder character than any of the Straw Hats, and acting as a foil for their playfulness. But, to his chagrin, he's found that spending too much time with them Not So Above It All opens him to their quirks.
- During the Impel Down arc, we had Crocodile, who, in a textbook example of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, doesn't get along well with Luffy at all. Or with Jimbei for that matter.
- Nguyen from the Area 88 manga and OVA. Even by mercenary standards, he's an unhinged sadist.
- Laxus and his Raijinshuu are this for Fairy Tail until the end of the "Battle of Fairy Tail" arc. Character Development then sets in.
- History's Strongest Disciple Kenichi: The Shinpaku Alliance has one as the leader, Nijima. Various other characters in their orbit could also be considered as such depending on how strictly you ascribe the term "teammate" to them. These can include three members of YOMI; Tanimoto Natsu, Rachael Stanley and Kushinada Chikage. All of them have friendly dealings with Kenichi and the rest of the Shinpaku Alliance even if they have yet to renounce their ties to YOMI.
- Dark Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh!, in the manga at least.
- Weevil/Haga and Rex/Ryuzaki served as this in the first third of the anime's Doma arc, up until joining Doma.
- Wolfwood, while not an "evil" character, actually serves as this in Trigun Maximum. Although in the anime the revelation that he was working with the Gung-Ho Guns was saved until late in its run to make it a surprise twist, the manga on the other hand revealed this almost immediately after his first appearance. Although he is helping Vash against the other GHG members, he is actually following orders to keep him alive no matter what the cost (even if it involves killing the rest of the GHG). It's only much later (after most of the other 'Guns have been killed) does he completely abandon the antagonists' side and fully start working with Vash.
- Dr. Stein on Soul Eater. Most of the time he's more of a sociopathic Cloudcuckoolander than truly "evil", but he is much more morally-ambiguous and prone to insanity than the rest of the characters. In the anime, he even has a temporary Face-Heel Turn, but he was not fully in control of himself at the time.
- InuYasha: A stretch, but the title character himself was kind of this to his group at the beginning of the series, making it clear on multiple occasions that he was only helping Kagome track down the scattered shards of the Shikon Jewel so he could use them to become a full-fledged youkai. Of course, he gets better.
- Card Captor Sakura: Ruby Moon is perhaps the closest to being genuinely antagonistic out of Eriol's posse; she intentionally interferes with Touya and Yukito so she could steal Touya's power for herself and let Yue, and Yukito by extension, fade and die. When she realizes the futility of her efforts, however, she backs off and limits herself to aiding Eriol.
- Break Blade has Girge. He is more than a little insane, the best pilot of the whole team and a real Badass. He is also not above killing teammates if he feels like it.
- Tsukiyama becomes this to Kaneki's group in Tokyo Ghoul, after his pseudo Heel-Face Turn. The rest of the group definitely don't trust him, and he's excluded from living with the rest of the group as a direct result. He's only there because of his obsession with Kaneki, and allowed to stick around because Kaneki relies on him to help do the dirty work. When the others in the group ask him to delay going to help Kaneki and attempt to use The Power of Friendship to convince him.....he responds that he'll simply kill them and blame their enemies for it.
- In Mahou Shoujo of the End, Akuta is a corrupt cop who doesn't care about anybody and is constantly sexually harassing girls. The survivors have no choice but to tolerate him and let him join them because he's a total badass who can slay zombies and magical girls with ease.
- Legend of Galactic Heroes has the utterly amoral Paul von Oberstein, one of the most extreme Well-Intentioned Extremists in animation. All of Reinhard allies hate him, but tolerate his presence because his methods work.
- Magic: The Gathering: Crovax, in the short time between becoming a vampire and undergoing a Face-Heel Turn.
- Deconstructed later on in the story arc, in which Urza takes a team of the multiverse's most powerful planeswalkers to Phyrexia to perform a raid on the plane in his efforts to destroy Yawgmoth...including the Evil Sorceror Tevesh Szat, who had posed issues to Dominaria in the past. As it turns out, he ends up turning on his comrades and slaughtering a few of them. And Urza was fully expecting this to happen - he hired Szat just because he had hoped he would betray the team so that he'd have an excuse to siphon out the souls of Tevesh Szat and his victims and use them as bombs. Really, by this point the only thing keeping Urza anywhere close to the side of good was the fact that he was doing this in order to kill someone a hundred times worse than he was.
- The X-Men like this. Sabertooth has been on the team at least twice (though one of those times it was a situation where they didn't want to kill him, but didn't trust anyone else to deal with him - he was an involuntary teammate).
- Juggernaut, Magneto, Mystique... at least Juggernaut and Magneto went to genuine Heel Face Turns.
- The Young Avengers has their 'Team Sociopath,' Tommy Shepard AKA Speed.
- There's also one of the Token Chaotic Neutral variety with Kid Loki. Or rather, considering it's old Loki, one of the biggest bad guys in the Marvel Universe, in the body of his younger self, it's straight token evil teammate.
- Also X-related, Magik from the New Mutants spent her whole time on the team battling her demonic side, but that didn't stop her from being the first to suggest killing some bad guys. When the other kids would tell her they don't kill, she would compromise by sending the villain to Hell.
- An adult version of Magik from an alternate universe filled this role for a while in Exiles.
- The Comedian of Watchmen, who even went as far as to try to rape one of the other members of the team. Whether or not the other members are any better than the criminals they go after is debatable (excepting both Nite Owls, whose biggest flaw in both cases is being largely ineffective), but The Comedian is definitely the worst of them and seems to thrive on torturing and killing people. He even kills a pregnant woman (carrying his own child!) back in Vietnam. He's also more or less the exact opposite of Captain America (consider his stars-and-stripes patriotic outfit), inverted on the Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism.
- Azula, fills this role in the Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Search. She has lost none of her cruelty or manipulation abilities, but has gone a bit insane as well.
- L.E.G.I.O.N. had the Comedic Sociopath Lobo working as a core member of the team because he lost a bet to team leader Vril Dox... and Lobo never goes back on a promise.
- Feral from the first X-Force team fit the bill perfectly. She was a Face-Heel Turn waiting to happen (and it eventually did).
- And in X-Statix, there was a bizarre inversion-subversion mix with Arnie Lundberg, the Mysterious Fan Boy, as a token good teammate in a team made up of people who don't care about morality at all. Arnie is an idealistic kid who believes being a hero is its own reward, and as such is easily the most moral member of the team ever. He's also easily the one who has inspired the most fear, having terrorized his hometown with his Reality Warper powers with a total lack of remorse. Eventually friend of the team Lacuna takes it upon herself to kill him before he can cause any more harm.
- Though Hsu and Chan aren't exactly the most moral duo, Gila Mobster fits this role perfectly in their misadventures, using methods which the titular brothers insist that he keep to himself and carrying out several odd jobs for local mafias and corporations which actually leads to him trying to murder Hsu in Brand Loyalty.
- Loki "Trust me! I'm the God of Lies!" Laufeysson in the Danish comic Valhalla, based on Norse Mythology. Mostly saved from being hateful by being comically inept.
- Princess Lucinda for the line-up of the second volume of Witch Girls Tales.
- When the six Infinity Gems were split after The Infinity Gauntlet, they were split among five known members of Adam Warlock's Infinity Watch, with the Reality Gem given to an unknown sixth member, eventually revealed to be an extremely potent version of this trope: Thanos - not only an enemy of Adam Warlock, but the one who Adam had taken the Gauntlet from.
- There tends to be at least one during in Teen Titans during any time. Rose Wilson (Ravager) and Damian Wayne (Robin) were the most recent
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Both Hyde and Nemo are Sociopathic Heroes, but it's the Invisible Man that really takes the cake.
- Karla Soften AKA Moonstone was this after the Thunderbolts turned good, having turned on Zemo out of her own self-interest and never quite making the jump to being a good person.
- Doctor Doom becoming a member of the Future Foundation is the very epitome of this trope.
- Green Lantern now features the New Guardians, a team comprised of one member from each of the Corps, and Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps is this trope for the team.
- Blackblood of ABC Warriors was a robot literally designed to be evil, and as such has turned on his teammates on several occasions. He's quite openly said that he'd like to kill Hammerstein, the leader.
- Ladytron in various incarnations of Wild CATS. An extremely powerful and volatile cyborg, she was mostly recruited onto the team because the alternative is not having her on your side. It took weeks of holographic simulations to break her down into a somewhat manageable, not-so-murderous state, but she's still only "good" in name and because her teammates force her to be.
- Darkhell from Les Légendaires briefly filled this role when he agreed to become The Champion for the Guardian with his Good Twin Elysio during their crusade against Anathos; the only reason he agreed to do this was because he was given more power, brought back to life with a new body and had to kill his Arch-Enemies the Legendaries as the main mission due to them being candidates to become the hosts for Anathos' reincarnation. Ironically, he and Elysio both end up doing an Heroic Sacrifice to save the Legendaries.
- In The Movement, Katharsis is this to the titular group. She is the most violent and is willing to kill or at least maim her enemies. The others have to keep her from going over the edge.
- In whatever incarnation of The Avengers he is in, Superior Spider-Man serves as this.
- Magog served as this for the Justice Society of America, though he eventually got kicked off the team.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has a Token Evil Teammate on the crew of the Lost Light, and surprisingly, it isn't Cyclonus (who's more of an Anti-Hero in this series), it's Whirl, the mentally unstable, ex-Wrecker with a Dark and Troubled Past who is indirectly responsible for the entirety of the Great War itself (and also been voted Most Autobot Likely To Defect twice). He's had a few Pet the Dog moments here and there, and hasn't crossed the Moral Event Horizon yet, but still remains the most morally black member of the team.
- Damian Wayne and Jason Todd tend to be this to the Bat-Family. How? On several occasions they have not only killed enemies, but they've also attacked and/or attempted to murder members of the Bat-Family, most notably (and frequently), Tim Drake.
- In the New52 Justice League, Lex Luthor is this to the rest of the League, having discovered Batman's secret identity and using it to blackmail his on to the team.
- Captain Cold, who Luthor insisted on bringing along, serves as a downplayed example in comparison.
Films — Animation
- Mittens from Bolt is an example only in the titular dog's mind, but she sure plays the role to its hilt.
- Xibalba, of the Gods in The Book Of Life. He won't hesitate to indirectly ruin the lives of innocent mortals if it somehow benefits him. He changes by the end.
Films — Live Action
- Ed Harris' character in National Treasure 2
- The Indiana Jones series features a lot of Evil Teammates. Even after it comes to light that Allison Doody's with the bad guys, there's still some teamwork between her and both Indy and his father. It's pretty well established that Ray Winstone's character in the fourth Indiana Jones movie, but Indy takes him along for the ride anyways.
- Hannibal Lecter acts this way to both Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs and Will Graham in Manhunter and Red Dragon.
- In The Gamers: Dorkness Rising:
I am not evil! I'm Chaotic Neutral
! Everyone: (deadpan)
You are evil Paladin:
...and a whore.
- Ajax in The Warriors, who fits this role in so many ways. He was recruited for his brute strength and fighting ability, he's a lecher and potential rapist, he threatens to become the Evil Chancellor, and he's unexpectedly good-hearted toward weaker members of the gang.
- The Dirty Dozen:
- Archer Maggott is a bigoted, psychotic, woman-hating, murdering rapist, and Major Reisman knows it. But given that Maggott is also a trained G.I., and the operation needs all the help it can get, Reisman retains his services. Maggott doesn't mind volunteering for the mission once he realizes it could save him from the hangman. Ultimately he goes completely insane, attempts to kill his teammates, and almost sabotages the entire operation, but for a while at least he was a warm body with a machine gun.
- Victor Franko is a member of the Mafia (and a convicted murderer), has no respect for authority, and makes several attempts to escape and/or undermine Reisman's authority. He got better, though.
- In X-Men, Sabretooth's one the few pure evil members of the Brotherhood unlike the others who are simply Well Intentioned Extremists.
- In X-Men: First Class, Erik is part of Charles' team primarily because he has a personal grudge against Shaw, and views the youngsters' mutant powers as useful tools to topple the Big Bad.
- Although he's not evil, Mundungus Fletcher from Harry Potter is a criminal and a con artist. He was disliked by the other members of the Order of the Phoenix because he was considered untrustworthy. He did eventually end up stealing from a member of the Order, and unwittingly giving a horcrux over to Dolores Umbridge.
- He also abandoned Mad-Eye Moody during battle, possibly causing the latter's death.
- The Discworld novel Unseen Academicals introduces Dr. Hix, the Unseen University Professor of Necromanc— no, I'm sorry, Post-Mortem Communications. By university statute he is required to commit acts of moderate evil on a regular basis, which makes him the Faculty's designated Deadpan Snarker. The position of Official Dark Wizard exists in order to have someone who can deal with unofficial dark wizards. With fireballs.
- Hix was first introduced in Making Money, but as he wasn't yet on the University Council, his acceptable level of rule-breaking was much lower and he still spelled his name "Hicks".
- In the Dresden Files books, the gangster Johnny Marcone is this. Although he runs a criminal empire, and has no qualms about killing most people in cold blood, he is practical, Dangerously Genre Savvy and often works with Harry, in one case saving his life. Given that he Wouldn't Hurt a Child, and keeps his word, Harry has a hard time seeing him as a monster. And we see in Ghost Story that he goes much further by funding an organization devoted to defending Chicago.
- Lea. Especially in Changes. Turning everyone into hounds, ambushing fellow teammates, reminiscing fondly over past human sacrifices, all while greedily eyeing the Swords, she plays the role to perfection.
- By about halfway through the series, Rachel from Animorphs was getting there. It's heavily implied that she started out with nothing but a tendency towards pragmatism and ruthlessness that was slightly more pronounced than the other team members. But the group kept needing someone to do the smart thing, instead of the right thing, and Rachel kept volunteering, and it became a part of her character. As she put it in a later book, "They needed me to be the bad guy. And I needed them to be the good guys. Because if they were good guys, and I was on their side, then that meant that I was a good guy too. Even if I was different."
- Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance Chronicles.
- Mogget the white cat/albino dwarf from Garth Nix's Old Kingdom Trilogy, actually a powerful Free Magic elemental that attempts to kill the nearest Abhorsen whenever he is freed from his binding. He frequently travels with and helps the protagonists in his bound form (though sometimes, especially during the last book, his motives and loyalties seem questionable). Still, he does come through for the good guys in the end when he lends much-needed assistance to bind Orannis, because he just loves the living world too much.
- In the Druid of Shannara, Pe Ell plays this to Quickening's group, specifically inducted into the group because he was evil enough to bring about Quickening's necessary death.
- In Azure Bonds, the red dragon Mist is this, but as Akabar notes, Mist's evil was rather petty, especially compared to that of the vile god Moander, whom Mist laid down her life to destroy. Olive Ruskettle, however, is a much more serious example, as she does betray the heroes, although she eventually pulls a Heel-Face Turn.
- By Freedom, Loki/Gragg realises that he has become this, since the Darknet community has largely evolved beyond its early disaffected-and-misfits days to encompass many normal people and has little need of sociopathic hatchetmen like himself.
- Lokor in Star Trek: Klingon Empire. Of all the Klingons who consistently follow Klag's authority and have yet to pull a Face-Heel Turn, Lokor is basically the one guy who has the fewest scruples in screwing people over to get them to toe the line and not buck the system, and most of his methods are disturbing in their effectiveness. On the other hand, he's also unbelievably useful and indispensable to the point that Klag trusts him implicitly.
- In the tenth Haruhi Suzumiya novel, Kimidori revives Ax-Crazy Ryoko Asakura because "Your potential usefulness was marginally greater than the threat you present."
- The Reynard Cycle: Tybalt, who is a Jerk Ass at best. Reynard's continued association with him in book three is a pretty big red flag that all is not well.
- In A Song of Ice and Fire, Robb Stark has one in the form of the cruel and ruthless Roose Bolton, who's more than willing to use monsters like the Brave Companions and allows his soldiers to Rape, Pillage, and Burn freely. He even goes as far as to turn against Robb purely out of opportunism at the Red Wedding, with his forces joining the massacre of his former allies and him personally killing his former king.
- In the first N.E.R.D.S. book, Jackson Jones sort of counts, considering he was against the nerds before getting his braces, and being the only on a team of nerds to have been popular at one point.
- In The Year of Rogue Dragons, Brimstone become one for the heroic party when they're forced into an alliance with him.
- Best Served Cold has the Master Poisoner Morveer play this role in the band of anti-heroes led by revenge-seeking mercenary Monza. While everyone on the team is shady, and Monza starts out as a borderline Villain Protagonist, Morveer is an outright sociopath totally lacking in morals or a sense of loyalty, and very unpleasant to be around to boot. His status is made very clear when after tasked to poison a banker, he decides to do so by poisoning ledgers- and in order to make sure he reaches his target, he decides to poison all of the ledgers in the bank, killing dozens of innocent people. He cannot understand why anyone on the team would have a problem with this, especially given their overall lack of morality.
- Lohan in Oblivion. Scott to a minor extent too.
Live Action TV
- Alias: Sydney's mother, among others like Sark.
- Andromeda: More of a "token pragmatist", Tyr was both invaluable and tried to sell out the ship/crew at least once per episode. It helps that Nietzschian pragmatism can be used to justify any action. Even Beka Valentine, a Han Solo-esque rogue, had far more loyalty and backbone. But then, Tyr was himself inspired by Avon from Blake's 7.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Tom Zarek of the re-imagined show likes to portray himself as a staunch defender of the little guy, who had to resort to extreme measures to try to empower his disenfranchised people, and yet ordered things like bombing convention centers, tried to have the president assassinated when there were less than 50,000 known survivors of humanity, ran an illegal black market which had previously included the exploitation of children, and had sold his position numerous times. While he does seem genuine in at least some of his outspokenness, the fact that he could be blackmailed with this information says something about his character. And then, well... let's say season 4 gets a lot more definite on the subject of his character.
- Blake's 7: As referenced in the Andromeda example above, Avon might just be the prototypical sci-fi evil teammate: snarky, argumentative, cynical, and in favor of self-preservation over doing the right thing. He repeatedly claims that he’d sell out the rest of the crew in a heartbeat if it was to his benefit. It’s not clear how much of his attitude is a bluff, but he certainly is more… morally pragmatic than Blake is. Avon is a bit of an odd example because after season two, he’s the protagonist. In fact, the only thing that stops him from leaving the Liberator is the Liberator. In the final episode of season 2, he tells Blake he's done with Blake's revolution and will only help if he is given Liberator. Blake agrees and Avon is content enough to follow Blake on what could easily be a suicide mission.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Spike has been nearly every level of this. He started on the road with the one time team up variety. When he got a chip put in his head to prevent him from hurting humans, he joined the Scoobies as the Token Evil Teammate, since killing demons was the only way he could get his kicks. This didn't stop him from working with Adam or being a general asshole - they only kept him around because he was occasionally useful and they didn't want to kill someone physically incapable of fighting back.
- Faith believes that her Slayer powers give her the right to steal and generally run amok (eventually leading to the accidental death of a person). She soon goes from Token Evil Teammate to straight villain and The Dragon for Mayor Wilkins.
- Anya's pining for her lost vengeance demon powers and lack of sympathy for humans qualified her as an Evil Teammate to begin with. Soon enough, though, she was just as goody-goody as the rest of the group, just odd.
- Charmed: During his stay on the series, Cole Turner filled this role on a few occasions.
- Community: From time to time Pierce Hawthorne fills this role. Chang sometimes does too. For example, when Pierce endangered Annie's anti-drug play, it was Chang who saved it.
- Dans une galaxie près de chez vous: Being an Expy of Dr Smith, Brad Spitfire from this French-Canadian science-fiction comedy fits this trope completely: cowardly, greedy, power-hungry, Nazi-loving and all-in-all hated by every other members, the only reason hasn't been Thrown Out The Air Lock by now is because he is the only one scientist on board, and his skill are greatly needed.
- Doctor Who: Snarky, cynical Turlough is like this to the affable and vulnerable Fifth Doctor after making a deal with the Black Guardian to assassinate the Doctor. He redeems himself in the endnote , but throughout his run as a companion he's just as liable to run away or betray the Doctor as he is to heroically rescue his friends, and even strangers.
- The Doctor himself started out as Token Evil Teammate, and the First Doctor's character arc is about him shifting from Neutral Evil to Chaotic Good.
- Farscape: Everyone is quite morally ambiguous—especially by the final season. However, in that season, Scorpius definitely qualifies. Earlier on, there's Rygel, who constantly tries to sell out and undermine the rest of the team and unashamedly jumps on any opportunity for profit. Chiana plays this part in early appearances, first (implicitly) mirdering her custodian and then torching the captain of the Gammak base to a crisp.
- Firefly: Jayne is very much this for the main characters. He always points out when they're about to do something more honorable than profitable and was a prime example of Recruiting the Criminal... well, enemy criminal. He's Only in It for the Money, and is probably the staunchest proponent for getting rid of the Tams, though the one time he tried to do so in Ariel, he got betrayed by the guy he worked with and almost got Thrown Out the Airlock for it by a furious Mal. Also, in Serenity, after River gets triggered and Mal still keeps her on the ship, Jayne tries to kill her in order to get the Alliance off their backs. However, Jayne definitely shows that he has good in him. Whether it be his shame of betraying Simon and River after Mal was about to throw him out of the airlock (it wasn't just fear but legitimate shame), or him eventually advocating in favor of doing the right thing near the end of Serenity.
- Glee: Santana has increasingly become this in the second season. Quinn can flip in and out of this role.
- Gossip Girl: Chuck Bass is the Token Evil Teammate of the Non-Judging Breakfast Club. True he's mellowed, but a guy who's attempted to rape another team member definitely counts as evil.
- House: Oddly enough, this show features its main character Dr. Gregory House as one of these. Whatever his actual moral alignment may be, he's a brilliant diagnostician, but his demeanor is that of a snarky jerkass with an addiction to painkillers, and he's made it quite clear that solving complicated medical mysteries is pretty much just a fun game for him. Failing to save a patient's life is usually more of a blow to his ego than a source of sorrow.
- How I Met Your Mother: Has Barney Stinson, the embodiment of this trope. A
Ladykiller in Love The Casanova to the extreme who works for Mega Corp., which is implied to have all sorts of really evil things going on with North Korea and even somehow contaminating the drinking water in Lisbon for some reason? Yeah, pretty evil. The other characters occasionally wonder why they even hang out with Barney when he's being exceptionally assholish. The reason, of course, is that he's like family to them, and no matter how horrible he acts, they can't bear to abandon him, as Ted realized in season 3, and Marshall in season 6.
- Human Target: Guerrero. He is intensely loyal to Chance, but that seems to be about it as far as morals go. Threats, torture, murder? Check, check and check. He doesn't look like much, but his name is enough to cause an experienced thief to wet her panties.
- iCarly: Sam. If the plot requires anything that isn't lawful, Sam will suggest it and carry it out.
- The gang from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is full of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists (the least awful one being an insane Stalker with a Crush). But Dennis takes the cake. The man has shown symptoms of sociopathy and some screwed views on consent though he's only implied to be a rapist. He's also implied to be a Serial Killer too. The rest of gang, while obnoxious schemers, haven't killed or raped anyone. Well, except for the Serial Killer who had a twisted thing for blondes.
- Josie and the Pussycats: Alexandra is definitely this, only tagging along with the group because her brother Alexander manages the band. Every episode usually features her either trying to steal Alan away from Josie or sabotage the band in some way.
- Legend of the Seeker: Cara might qualify as this after her Heel-Face Turn. Although she's extremely loyal to Richard and eventually admits, albeit begrudgingly, that she cares a lot about her teammates, she seems to really enjoy killing and torture, and finds the other characters' displays of love and affection nauseating.
- LOST: Ben fits this trope in the sixth season. He's still a manipulative sociopath, but this time he's on the losties side. Also, Sawyer pretty much filled this role in the first season, or at least he was the token Jerk Ass.
- Lost in Space: Dr. Smith. While not outright evil, he's propelled largely by self-interest and tends to have such poor judgment it can become a real liability. The aborted movie franchise did make Smith substantially more malevolent and intelligent. However, this is really a case of Villain Decay. Early episodes showed him to be much more malevolent and the show itself was much more serious. It quickly devolved into slapstick. Also, in the earlier episodes Smith's unquestionably necessary skills as a doctor prevented the Robinsons from simply flushing him out the airlock, whereas in the later episodes he contributes nothing to the team and all he ever does is get in the way with his self-serving schemes.
- Luther: Has Alice Morgan, at least after the finale of the first series. Even though Luther's a policeman and she's an unrepentant murderer and sociopath, the two have an understanding and friendship of sorts and are perfectly willing to help each other with their various problems.
- M*A*S*H: Major Charles Winchester. He's not above trying to get something out of his forced residence at the 4077th (especially if it's at the expense of his tent mates), but he does do his best to take care of the patients. Turns into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold later in the series. Also, Major Frank Burns (for whom Winchester was the Suspiciously Similar Substitute) is a better fit for this trope, given that he actually tried to get Hawkeye killed at least once (a depth to which Charles would never stoop).
- Misfits: Nathan isn't quite evil, but he's a bullying, self-obsessed, borderline-sociopathic Ted Baxter of epic proportions, who is regularly suggested to have some kind of undiagnosed mental illness.
- Person of Interest: Shaw as of season 3. She tends to argue the merits of just killing the perps rather than going to the trouble of aiming for non-lethal takedowns and prefers spending time with Bear to the rest of the team. Root also becomes this somewhat as she is working as an agent of The Machine and will do almost anything it tells her.
- Prison Break: T-Bag.
- Revolution: While not evil per se, Miles certainly is a Jerkass and an Anti-Hero. Major Tom Neville is a straight example as of episode 16. The good news is that he wants to take down Monroe. The bad news is that as his son stated, he doesn't care whose side he's on, as long as people kiss his butt. Episode 19 and the first season finale has Tom Neville successfully take over the Monroe militia, while his son Jason doesn't have a clue as to what he should do about this.
- The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Reprogrammed Terminators like Cameron, Weaver and those employed by the Resistance fit this category to a T. Cold, logical, unstoppable and brutally pragmatic (Cameron would kill anyone she even suspects of being a threat, and Weaver slaughtered an entire warehouse of people for working for Skynet when John Henry intercepts an unsecure communication) — be glad they're on our side. Of course, "Sometimes they go bad. No-one knows why."
- The Secret Circle: Faye from is a Subverted Trope: she has all the surface traits, but doesn't want to hurt anyone and is scared of losing control of her powers. Jake, on the other hand....
- Stargate Atlantis: Todd the Wraith occasionally allies with Atlantis versus Replicators, Genii, other Wraith clans, etc.
- Stargate Universe: Dr. Rush is the only person smart enough to help out his crew mates most of the time. Which he stranded them on in the first place. He also is arrogant, doesn't particularly care about what happens to anyone else on the ship and is insanely dedicated to carrying out Destiny's mission.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Gul Dukat works with the crew of Deep Space Nine and forms a mutual trust with Sisko to eliminate a greater evil far more often than Sisko should trust him. At some point in the series, the two become mortal enemies.
- Garak also qualifies, given his penchant for lying, previous job as a spy/torturer, and "ends justify the means" attitude. He had no qualms about committing extortion, blackmail, and murder to convince the Romulans to join the Dominion War, and when someone doesn't believe he'd shoot a man in the back, his reply is simply, "It's the safest way, isn't it?" Despite all this, he's almost always on the side of our heroes.
- Supernatural: Dances around this a lot. Season 3 gave us Bela, who while pretty evil wasn't exactly a team player, and Ruby, who turned out to actually be The Mole. Finally, however, season 5 gave us Crowley, who, while still perfectly willing to kill innocent people and send souls to hell, proved to be a valuable member of Team Free Will.
- Survivors: Tom Price in the 2008 remake of this BBC drama, only his position as the Big Guy of The Family has kept the other survivors from killing or permanently banishing him, and even then, only barely.
- The Thundermans: Max, Phoebe's evil fraternal twin, is in a family of superheroes but aspires to be a supervillain.
- V (2009): Hobbes is a mercenary wanted by the FBI who is forced to join the Fifth Column after the Visitors frame him for a crime he didn't commit... which is not to say that he hasn't also committed other crimes which were just as bad or worse.
- In the V: the Final Battle mini-series from the 80's, Michael Ironside portrays merc Ham Tyler, whose was initially distrusted by the Resistance as being a warmonger.
- The Vampire Diaries: Damon, in the beginning. He's not even LIKED by most of the team, and the main reasons they keep him around are that he's Stefan's brother, it means they know where he is and he'll lend a hand if it serves his purposes. In Season One, they just had to deal with having him around because he was too strong to fight. In Season Two he's more of a team player, but maybe that's because Bonnie has proven that she could (and almost DID) kill him if angry enough with him. Also, Elijah joins them in Season 2 despite being rather antagonistic earlier in the season.
- The Walking Dead: Shane Walsh in Season 2 and Merle Dixon (when he's with his brother's group) in Season 3. Merle makes a Heel-Face Turn at the last second and goes out like a hero, while Shane succumbs to his villainy, tries to kill Rick, and is stabbed by his former best friend as a result.
- Warehouse 13: H.G. Wells goes from pure villain to a member of the team. Artie is certain she'll betray them at any moment. And as it stands he was right. She eventually betrays the group to wield one of the most powerful and destructive artifacts there is that nearly causes a mass earthquake capable of wiping out all life on earth after (in her eyes) seeing the future world decay so horribly over the years from her time.
- White Collar: Similar to House, the main character (or one of them) is more or less this: Neal Caffrey is a Boxed Crook working with the FBI in exchange for not being in prison. Subverted inasmuch as Neal shows signs of reform—to say nothing of the fact that, as a good-natured forger and con artist, Caffrey wasn't terribly evil to start with. He is also extremely unwilling to use violence, which is a major factor in what makes him redeemable.
- Wizards of Waverly Place: She's the main protagonist, namely Alex.
- Young Dracula: Ingrid is this whenever she helps Vlad, which isn't often.
Myths & Religion
- In The Bible, Joab son of Zeruiah acts this way for David, ostensibly commander of David's army but doing evil things like disobeying David to kill David's son Absalom (who'd just staged a failed coup) and his intended replacement Amasa. Unlike many examples of the type, he does get killed for it once he outlives his usefulness (and supports a rival of the legitimate heir to the throne).
- In some interpretations, Judas followed Jesus more out of personal ambition than true belief, and he sold Jesus out when things weren't quite going like he expected.
- Loki seems to fill this role for the Norse Gods sometimes. Not that the rest of them are really paragons of virtue.
- In a lot of cases they were asking for it, really.
- CHIKARA King of Trios 2010, Night I, April 23, 2010 was supposed to have featured a match between Team Mexico (Skayde/Turbo/El Valiente) and the BDK team of Claudio Castagnoli, Ares and Tursas. Team Mexico didn't appear due to El Valiente getting double booked and wrestling on the CMLL show instead. Skayde apparently tried to hold up CHIKARA for more money, leading to the company cutting all ties with him. Names were drawn out of a hat for a replacement team. The first names were Well Dunn, but, sadly, Steve Dunn had passed away a year earlier. Then they drew Strike Force, who were not there. Then they drew CHIKARA regulars the Osirian Portal (Amasis and Ophidian), who, of course, were there and came out to the cheers of the crowd. Then Sara Del Rey's name was drawn, meaning the Portal was teamed with a BDK member against three BDK members. During the match, Sara broke up the Ophidian Death Grip on Claudio by kicking Ophidian low. She couldn't be DQ'd because it was her own partner. The BDK won, of course, with Ophidian taking the Ragnarok for the pin.
- Among the technicos regularly fighting said BDK group in Chikara was Eddie Kingston, who was really still a rudo, but one who prioritized taking down BDK over anything else, meaning he wasn't paired with other rudos during this time and had no designs on betraying the technicos.
- A Token Evil Teammate is a common occurrence in any group of players, regardless of system or original intent of the campaign. This is frequently a cause of friction inside the group, and certainly the cause of much interesting character development and actual role-playing. Why is the lawful good paladin working with Nazis? Let's find out!
- In the original Dungeons & Dragons adventure The Keep on the Borderlands, there are opportunities for NPCs to join the party, and some of them are of evil alignment.
- In the same vein, Temple Of Elemental Evil (or at least Troika's computer adaptation) features many joinables, the majority of them are evil aligned (a few good joinables and several neutrals exist though).
- In the original AD&D, the Assassin is the most likely candidate for this role, as the class in question requires an evil alignment.
- Black Robe Wizards can fill this role in a Dragonlance game.
- Seltyiel, the Lawful Evil half-elven Eldritch Knight / magus in Pathfinder, who's canonically the paladin's pet project.
- The Scorpion Clan is this to the entire Emerald Empire. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they murder and they blackmail. All in the name of Loyalty and Duty. This is their job, to be the Underhand and do the dirty but necessary things that the other Clans will not.
- Among the sample characters given in GURPS 4th Edition, Baron Janos Telkozep seems to be one. He's a vampire who's backstory is that he's working for the good guys for purely selfish reasons, and close inspection of his character sheet suggests he's not a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire but rather a murderous, greedy bastard. Oh, and he's named after a god with two faces.
- The Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000 have two worthy nominations: the murderously psychotic Flesh Tearers and the hyper-arrogant and haughty Marines Malevolent. They're loyal to the Imperium of Man, but several of their actions are so brutal and immoral that you wonder sometimes why they haven't been declared Excommunicate Traitoris by the Inquisition.
- Speak of the devil. The Inquisition fill in this role for the Imperium as a faction. No-one in the Imperium is squeaky-clean apart from maybe some of the more rational and casualty-conscious Imperial Guard and PDF regiments, but if you have an Imperium character who opposes the protagonists or becomes too extreme even for them, chances are very, very, very high that it will be an Inquisitor.
- In the 5E Imperial Guard codex, every special character is either A Father to His Men or a Sergeant Rock. And then there's Commander Kubrick Chenkov, who's only real "tactic" could be summed up as We Have Reserves. His past atrocities include ordering his men to march into minefields to clear them for the tanks, sending them in hand-to-hand combat against the enemy to tie them up and then wipe them both out with artillery, and executing a million of his own men to build a bridge with their bodies. And if you show a hint of hesitation, he'll see it as cowardice and shoot you. Not only does he continue to survive despite leading from the front, but he is also repeatedly showered in commendations and rewards for his brutal tactics because they bring results.
- Of the Icons of 13th Age, the Crusader is the only major genuinely evil NPC to be considered a full part of the sort of heroic Dragon Empire, because even though he's listed as "the fist of the Dark Gods" in multiple places, he's at least kind of loyal to the Emperor and spends most of his time fighting demons rather than anyone else. To a lesser extent, the Three may qualify, because while they're malevolent chromatic dragons, they're still technically part of the Empire due to a past scheme of the Blue. Of the other evil Icons, the Lich King, the Diabolist, and the Orc Lord are much closer to being part of the problem than the solution.
- Arudin from Dungeon Crawl Inc. is this, though he insists he's "colorfully pragmatic." His most vile deeds occured years before he joined The Team, when he was an agent of the elven terrorist organization Eldreth Veluuthra. He did a Heel-Face Turn and nowadays he's mainly a snarky Jerkass.
- Black Mage of 8-Bit Theater is absurdly evil. In one arc, it is revealed that his Signature Move, hadoken, is powered by love. That is, he siphons love out of the universe to fuel his power. This has the added effect of raising the divorce rate with each blast. Of course, all the Light Warriors save for Fighter are amoral to some extent.
- Honestly, Thief and Red Mage are bad enough that classifying Fighter as the Token Good Teammate would probably be more accurate.
- While the Light Warriors as a whole are inept, stupid, violent, destructive and selfish, Black Mage stands out because he wants to destroy the world and everyone in it for no real reason. It's suggested that its his own presence that causes the rest of the Light Warriors to be what they are.
- Richard in Looking for Group (pictured above) is this. On page two, we see him use an innocent bystander as a human shield. He then gleefully considers the prospect of killing the man's wife and young son, to "complete the set." The rest of the party is grey or good (Cale).
- Oddly enough, despite Richard killing Cale the first time they met (he got better), and Richard's constant Crossing the Line Twice, by now Cale misses him so much when he is not around that he set his own hands on fire reminiscing. When Richard returned, there were hugs.
- Belkar in The Order of the Stick. A Chaotic Evil Card-Carrying Villain Jerkass, but Roy is allowed into heaven partially because his influence limited the amount of evil Belkar would otherwise have done. (Exactly how much would that have been? See this comic.) Interestingly, this may be the first non-intuitive trope used without at least a Lampshade Hanging.
- Also interesting in that it's played completely straight, bordering on deconstruction. The implications of a mostly good party putting up with the sometimes utterly despicable actions of a teammate who shows them little loyalty are thoroughly explored.
- And then Reconstructed with Roy giving a lecture not only on how Belkar can be controlled, but why it would be a bigger risk not to try.
- This status quo is gradually changing, with Belkar having recently undergone a Vision Quest where he's convinced that the only way he can continue getting away with what he does is by pretending to be more heroic, less sociopath. He's still a Jerkass, but considering he's inherited a Morality Pet in the form of Lord Shojo's Right-Hand Cat, he may have begun to genuinely change for the better. But only slightly, since he's still willing to deal with slavers when they don't threaten his cat.
- Nevertheless, Belkar still is very much "south of Neutral", in Haley's words - which is sometimes not a bug, but a feature.
- Later on in the story, he loses his status as the only evil character after Durkon becomes a vampire. In fact, Belkar's the only character to (rightly) suspect there's more going on there than just an alignment shift.
- Sluggy Freelance:
- Bun-Bun is a sociopath through and through, but the other characters keep him around partly out of sympathy, partly because his raw toughness comes in handy, and partly because he'd kick their asses for trying to get rid of him. Over the years, the cast has gotten quite good at "Bun-Bun-fu", arranging situations so that it's in Bun-Bun's best interest to help them.
Riff: I'm going to sweeten the deal! What do you think of this, Bun-Bun?
Bun-Bun: (unimpressed) It's an empty wallet.
Riff: (points to bad guy) And I bet his is full of cash and credit cards. And you've got to bodily throw one of us out.
Bun-Bun: Fair enough! Time to mug and take out the trash!
- Even more blatant during the ROKEN arc, where Bun-Bun goes up against Oasis under the guise of doing it only for a huge pile of cash, only when he finally encounters her he has this exchange:
Bun-Bun: I'll get right to the point, Red. You simply have to stop messing with and killing the dweebs in my life. They suck, I know, but they're my dweebs. You're making me mad. But you know what's going to make you madder than me? I know where Torg is and I'm not telling. So what are you going to do about it, Crazy-Pants?
- Each time he got drunk he would tell the rest of the cast that he actually appreciates them...
- Girl Genius: Baron Wulfenbach seems to keep Bangladesh Dupree on the payroll because it's better to have her using her destructiveness at his call rather than simply running loose. Of course, that leash isn't very tight.
- Luke from Freakangels decided one day human morals really weren't his thing and has been going downhill ever since.
- Bezzler the thief in Nodwick essentially stole everything he could get his hands on and nearly bankrupted his party several times before Yeager slipped him a "Magic Helm of C'ntrol-Ault-Delete" (and again until Nodwick dealt with him after this wore off). Although in day-to-day life Yeager seems to play this role despite not being officially evil (often helped by Artax), largely due to his tendency to treat henchmen as Acceptable Targets.
- Ken in No Need for Bushido is a Sociopathic Hero jerkass who is something like a combination of Mugen and Prince Zuko but without either of their noble qualities. He's shown brutally mugging innocent people several times as a way to keep the group in-funds, and his good teammates are willing to tolerate this.
- Bob in Bob and George is evil, but still hangs out with his brother George and the rest of the main cast. He even saves George from trouble a few times. However, none of this stops him from occasionally trying to take over the world or kill everyone.
- At first, the Trolls in Homestuck seem to have one in Terezi "gallowsCalibrator" Pyrope. In Act Five, however, we meet the other Trolls; compared to Vriska "arachnidsGrip" Serket, Terezi is a saint. The worst thing Terezi has done was leading the protagonist to get himself killed by taking on enemies stronger than he could manage in an alternate timeline, and she did this knowing he would be back. Vriska, on the other hand, forced one of her teammates to jump off a cliff and paralyze himself, then mind controlled another teammate into murdering his lover, and forced Terezi into staring into the sun until she went blind. Terezi has killed trolls during her time as Vriska's partner in FLARP, but according to her, she only killed the "bad" ones, while Vriska just killed everyone.
- Also the Trolls as a whole are a race of violent Jerk Asses who have no qualms about infanticide or culling other "weak" members of their population. And they still all hate Vriska, and Eridan even more.
- By the end of Act 5, both Vriska and Eridan received Laser-Guided Karma deaths (albeit with a good bit of Alas, Poor Villain for Vriska), leaving Gamzee as the Token Evil Teammate of the survivors.
- For the Pre-scratch trolls Kurloz was probably the most outright evil, though Meenah and Damara were close behind.
- Mike from It's Walky! and Shortpacked!. While not exactly evil, he takes being a Jerkass Up to Eleven.
- When he's sober. When he's drunk, he turns into a nice guy.
- Galatea in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! seems to be very slowly growing a set of morals, thanks to her family's influence. She at least acknowledges that hurting innocent people is bad, but she still believes conquering a planet and setting yourself up as dictator is okay as long as no one gets (immediately) hurt. Bob pointed out that people would inevitably get hurt in the long run, and that gave her pause. So, she's gettin' there...
- Trudy of General Protection Fault, who was quite over-the-top evil in the first few years, literally as well as figuratively kicking dogs. As Cerebus Syndrome set in, she became a slightly toned down villain who was manipulating the rest of the cast to take over the world. After being defeated and forced on the run, her ex-boyfriend Trent took over her position, proving to be the most selfish and amoral of the GPF crew during his time there. The fact that both of them were in the same position gets lampshaded.
Nick: Do they make marketing people in a less maniacal flavor?
- The trope isn't played completely straight with Trent, however. Dwayne shows more patience with his antics than he really deserves, though it's fair to say his feud with Fred isn't entirely one-sided, but Trent [[ http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive/2005/08/17 does eventually push the Team Dad too far.]]
Trent: "Fired?! On what grounds?"
Trent: "I think I get the picture..."
- In Gods Playing Poker, Cthulhu himself is generally on the side of hurting people and eating souls, although the actual group doesn't do much literal heroing, being mostly composed of holy figures of various faiths.
- Most of the characters in The Last Days of FOXHOUND are at least a little evil, but either Psycho Mantis or Ocelot are the default evil guys.
- In Darths & Droids, Pete doesn't exactly play his character evil, but as more of an insane and completely ammoral psychopath. Though he doesn't seem to be aware that there is anything unusual about it. And it's R2-D2 of all people.
- Lothar Hex of Exterminatus Now.
- In One Piece Grand Line 3 Point 5, Cory plays Zoro as a Chaotic Neutral Blood Knight only out for himself. The only thing tying him to the party is his Undying Loyalty flaw; as Zoro didn't answer to anyone, Cory figured it wouldn't come up, and only realized after agreeing to follow Luffy what that meant.
- DM was also going to enter Kurahadol into the team, but instead illustrated some of the problems inherit to this; he was so excessively rude to his would-be party members that by the end of their first meeting, Luke was asking if they could just kill him off so she'd have to roll up a new character.
- Many of the characters from Red vs. Blue can occupy this role depending on their current motivation. Sometimes Church; most often, Tex. After season 2, when the teams are frequently allied against a greater threat, Sarge views the Blues as a collective Evil Teammate.
- In We Are Our Avatars, The Merchant counts as one for the Group but he didn't really cause a major amount of trouble, regardless of his alignment. Caim is the other Token Evil Teammate, being a Heroic Comedic Sociopath that often gets called out for his violent approach to... well, just about anything.
- Kirby from Sonic For Hire, who is a whole lot eviler in this series than he normally is. He doesn't mind swallowing or hitting innocent creatures or servants with umbrellas.
- Even though Nights has happily tortured people in the past, Krauzer still takes this title in AJCO - he's a jerk to everyone, including his allies, and has revealed that he murdered the man who raised him and taught him all he knows because he felt he was 'getting in the way'. Also killed his own parents aged four, but even he doesn't know that.
- The Undersiders of Worm are Villain Protagonists, but for the most part are Noble Demons. Then there's Regent, a sociopathic Deadpan Snarker who's a multiple-murderer, former rapist, and entirely incapable of remorse except in the most abstract sense.
- While the whole main cast of Flander's Company is made of Villain Protagonists, it's revealed in Season 2 that their Token Good Teammate possesses a Super-Powered Evil Side.
- Discussed in Counter Monkey, in which Spoony actively discourages letting a player make an evil character in a party of good guys since not only because the player simply just want to actively fuck with the party, there is no reason that a group of heroes would trust said character, especially if there's a Paladin or Cleric (who can cast Detect Evil) within the group. He does however offer some possible ways to make the character work (a Lawful Evil character or one who hates the current villain more than he does the party).
- Fallout Is Dragons has Doctor Fractured Tibia, more commonly called Tibbs. He'll often threaten other characters, including his so called allies, with painful death or torture, and has gone through with his threats on several occasions.
- There's also Famine, one of the leaders of the Four Horses raider gang. Which, given that the Four Horses were introduced as antagonists, is really saying something.
- Hat Films has Smiffy (Alex Smith), although "evil" might be an exaggeration. While (at least when playing Minecraft) the Sirs are mostly immoral and are at present the biggest threat to the rest of the Yogscast server, they have some limits. Smiffy, on the other hand, regularly sets things on fire, does cruel things for his own amusement, tries to weaponise anything that the trio makes (up to and including making nukes), trolls others on the public server and kills tamed animals for petty reasons.
- Gavin Free used to be considered this for Achievement Hunter, often trolling the others regularly in an effort to make videos more entertaining. Since then, however, Ryan Haywood has surpassed him, regularly making sadistic challenges for the others, imprisoning animals for petty reasons and constantly betraying the others For the Evulz.
- In Noob Gaea is not exactly this for most of the story despite her Manipulative Bastard status. Omega Zell is quite prone do underhanded behaviour himself and Arthéon's behaviour has several time implied that he could throw his benevolent Guild Master personality out the window if it meant getting back some of the status he lost in the backstory. They were also all equally guilty of considering that the Sparadrap was the sole reason of their lack of progress despite their respective flaws playing a big part in it also. She however definitely became the token evil of the team after Arthéon and Omega Zell left the guild and all the other remaining members were much more on the good side.