Castor: Let's be honest, Arudin, you're more evil than most of the villains we face.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 a 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. They also provide Your Approval Fills Me with Shame for when the heroes are getting too pragmatic and forget their morals. 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, Anti-Villains and yes, outright Villains who can fill this role. Regardless of character type, the mainstays of this role are usually: snarkiness, jerkiness, violence, 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 and loud way. 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:
Khagoth: Meaner too.
Arudin: I am not evil! I am just... colorfully pragmatic!
Khagoth: Meaner too.
Arudin: I am not evil! I am just... colorfully pragmatic!
— Dungeoncrawl Inc.
- 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.
- Sometimes, the friendship is established during the show, at which point the purely money-hungry evil teammate will "tip his hand" and save his friend rather than get the idol.
- The evil friend is actually The Starscream and is simply using the heroes as a 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. This may be as simple as a group of rebels fleeing the Evil Empire being joined by a guy who is trying to escape a punishment that he actually deserved. It depends on the heroes' luck if this guy doesn't turn out to be a Wild Card.
- 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 Grey 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.
- The evil member is a captured former enemy the heroes consider too dangerous to be left unsupervised, but too useful or important to be killed so they add them to the team (often with insurance) to keep an eye on them.
- They are former villains whose code of honor keeps them on the heroes' side for one reason or another, but does not extend to any other traditionally "good" behaviors.
open/close all folders
Anime & Manga
- 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.
- Nguyen from the Area 88 manga and OVA. Even by mercenary standards, he's an unhinged sadist.
- Russia from Axis Powers Hetalia, based on Real Life. With a Freudian Excuse, to boot. On the other hand, the rest of the Allies aren't much better.
- Mayuri Kurotsuchi's moral code is non-existent if it means obtaining scientific breakthroughs. 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.
- In Brave10, Kamanosuke is an amoral, hedonistic Ax Crazy Jealous Guy who nobody likes or understands but they keep around because he's not bad in a fight other than that Leeroy Jenkins habit of his. Although in the sequel, even he manages to get showed up here by the late addition of former Big Bad Hattori Hanzo to the team, who assaulted and severely traumatized several members of the Braves.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Diethard and Rolo are this for The Black Knights.
- 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.
- 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.
- Dragon Ball:
- Vegeta became this after his Enemy Mine with the good guys against Frieza. Until the last part 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. It's even lampshaded at one point that he's done more damage than the supposedly evil Androids.
- Lunch qualified in the pre-Z portion of the series. Well, half the time.
- In Dragon Ball Super, as a result of Majin Buu falling asleep before the Tournament of Power during the Universe Survival arc, Universe 7's all-hero team ends up replacing him with, of all people, Frieza. Being killed twice hasn't changed his attitude any; he only joins up on the condition the heroes wish him back permanently with the Dragon Balls.
- Vegeta became this after his Enemy Mine with the good guys against Frieza. Until the last part of DBZ, the only reason he helps the heroes is because no one else can kill Goku.
- Among the exorcists in D Grayman we have Winters Socalo, a former death-row inmate. He was spared thanks to being an accomodator for the innocence and kept by the Black Order. The guy has showed no concern for his disciple who died in battle and even outright mocks them in front of their coffins.
- 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 emasculating 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.
- 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.
- Laxus and his Raijinshuu are this for Fairy Tail until the end of the "Battle of Fairy Tail" arc. Character Development then sets in.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hallelujah from Gundam 00. An odd version in that he's just Allelujah's Superpowered Evil Side.
- Kikuri of Hell Girl is this to the rest of Ai's minions. Where the other minions are a fairly nice bunch aside from their job and sometimes sympathize with the clients, Kikuri is rude, malicious and hyperactive. She's even directly responsible for the Downer Endings of a few episodes. The spider sent her to keep tabs on Ai and he can possess Kikuri if he decides to intervene directly.
- 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.
- Narciso Anasui from Part 6 of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure.
- 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.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple': 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.
- 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.
- In Magical Girl Apocalypse, 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.
- 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.
- 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 Kid and Trafalgar Law briefly teamed up with Luffy. Kid 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 of 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 opens him to their quirks.
- During the Impel Down arc, we had Crocodile, who, in a textbook example of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, didn't get along well with Luffy at all. Or with Jimbei for that matter.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Gold Saints, in the meantime, have Deathmask, who decorates his house with the souls of his victims turned into wailing faces. He's still a defender of mankind.
- 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.
- Chizuru in Seitokai no Ichizon her main role being The Gadfly. Unless you happen to be Kurimu.
- The Keroro Platoon in Sgt. Frog 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.
- 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, and he's a Monster who in turn works for more powerful monsters. 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.
- Case in point, Slayers Try when Xelloss actually did betray Lina in order to recruit Valgav. When Lina found out, she merely hit him on the head a few times.
Lina: Xelloss is a monster, so we expect that of him.
- Case in point, Slayers Try when Xelloss actually did betray Lina in order to recruit Valgav. When Lina found out, she merely hit him on the head a few times.
- 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.
- Ragnarok, following Crona Heel–Face Turn, can also be viewd as this.
- 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.
- Zebra from Toriko possibly counts.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hiei in YuYu Hakusho. The way he shows off his ruthlessness makes him almost just Even Evil Has Standards, at least until later on.
- 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.
- As of the Eldritch Moon storyline, Liliana Vess is now this to The Gatewatch, with mixed reactions. Gideon distrusts her, Nissa vocally dislikes her, Jace (who was the one who vouched for her to join) is cautious of her. Chandra seems to get along with her well enough, but actively tries to hold her back from killing people, while Liliana in turn tries to convince her to be darker. Like when she tries to convince Chandra to murder the man who killed her parents.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In whatever incarnation of The Avengers he is in, Superior Spider-Man serves as this.
- Avengers A.I. features a Doombot as part of that particular team, who is kept in line by a miniature black hole in his chest.
- 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.
- Caballistics, Inc.: Two of them. Solomon Ravne is an immortal sorcerer who is also a former Nazi, while Jenny is possessed by a demon who initially keeps herself hidden from the others.
- Doctor Doom becoming a member of the Future Foundation is the very epitome of this trope.
- Due to events in Great Lakes Avengers and Axis respectively, Deadpool and Hobgoblin are considered reserve members of The Avengers. While Deadpool has more or less redeemed himself some time ago, Hobgoblin has only become a good guy because he's realized that he could make even more money as a "hero for hire" and is thus still willing to resort to all his old villain tricks to get the job done.
- Green Lantern once featured the New Guardians, a team comprised of one member from each of the Corps, and Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps was this trope for the team.
- 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.
- Magog served as this for the Justice Society of America, though he eventually got kicked off the team.
- The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Both Hyde and Nemo are Sociopathic Heroes, but it's the Invisible Man that really takes the cake.
- 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 the New 52 Justice League, Lex Luthor is this to the rest of the League, having discovered Batman's secret identity and used the knowledge to blackmail his way on to the team. Captain Cold, who Luthor insisted on bringing along, serves as a downplayed example in comparison.
- 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.
"She is not to be physically harmed S'ym. Beyond that, use your imagination." — following the team's capture of the Enchantress.
- An adult version of Magik from an alternate universe filled this role for a while in Exiles.
- There tends to be at least one in Teen Titans during any given period. Rose Wilson (Ravager) and Damian Wayne (Robin) were the most recent.
- 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.
- The Monsterbot Repugnus is this to the rest of the Autobots in The Transformers, a violent, antisocial, bitter, insubordinate, foulmouthed loner who actively enjoys committing the sort of acts required of unpleasant, morally questionable missions. He's singularly worse than about half of the Decepticons and regularly gets kicked out of the Autobots for his meanness, but they keep taking him back because they need someone who's willing to get their hands incredibly dirty without question.
- Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has a Token Evil Teammate on the crew of the Lost Light in the form of Whirl, the mentally unstable, ex-Wrecker with a Dark and Troubled Past. He's said to hate everybody, suffers from considerable self-loathing, and enjoys ticking people off. He's had a number of Pet the Dog moments though, and hasn't really crossed the Moral Event Horizon yet. He also has regular sessions with the ship psychiatrist.
- Prowl ends up as this as well. While some of his crimes were committed while he was being mind controlled by Bombshell, he'd switched from By-the-Book Cop to Well-Intentioned Extremist before then, and unlike Whirl he has crossed the Moral Event Horizon. After circumstances forced Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Mirage, and Sunstreaker to merge with him to form Optimus Maximus, Prime threw him in prison as soon as they'd separated.
- 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.
- 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 vs. Cynicism.
- 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.
- Princess Lucinda for the line-up of the second volume of Witch Girls Tales.
- 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.
- The X-Men like this.
- Sabretooth 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.
- Young Avengers:
- The 'Team Sociopath,' Tommy Shepard AKA Speed. He is the kinda-sorta brother of the Billy Kaplan AKA Wiccan the team wizard.
- There was also one of the Token Chaotic Neutral variety with Kid Loki. Or rather, considering it was a personality copy of old Loki, one of the biggest bad guys in the Marvel Universe, in the body of his younger self, straight token evil teammate. To make things more complicated Loki definitely thought himself evil and was source of around 80% of the team's problems (but only half of that was deliberate, he had issues)... but he also failed at evil miserably saving their asses more than once.
- Hsu and Chan: Though Hsu and Chan aren't exactly the most moral duo, Gila Mobster fits this role perfectly in their misadventures, using methods which the title brothers insist that he keep to himself. He's also carrying out several odd jobs for local mafias and corporations, which actually leads to him trying to murder Hsu in Brand Loyalty.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami has Jadeite as both a straight example, and as something of an inversion. As part of his Shades of Grey theme, he learns empathy and gains a more uplifting world outlook due to Mercury's influence. Regardless, he is by far the most straightforward, pragmatic, and blunt of Ami's advisors in regards to her goals and resorts to dubious methods at times if the situation warrants it.
- Mana Ryougi is this to The Emiya Clan. She, like her mother, had a very skewed morality, but unlike her mother, she mostly works as a contract assassin, trading blood for money with few restrictions. The others have mixed feelings about her. Kiri and Aleksi have issues with her lack of loyalty to any particular cause and her willingness to interfere with them if she is paid to. On the other hand, Touma idolizes and respects her for her efficiency, iron will, and dedication to standards that she hammered into him when she trained him as an assassin. Everyone else is somewhere in between.
- In That Epic Plan Beyond Birthday is this for the Kira Taskforce-at least in theory. In practice he's Light's Dragon.
- Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons has the Ax-Crazy berserker Rampage and the tormented Rogue Drone Lacunae.
- Exaggerated in the Doctor Who fanfic Gemini where the Villain Protagonist - Ax-Crazy Serial-Killer Killer Captain June Harper - is in charge of the team rather than any of the Hero Protagonists. Deconstructed in that the Hero Protagonists are on the run from the universe's various law enforcement agencies for the fact that they are aiding and abetting a super-powered serial killer.
- In the fanfic The Misadventures of Cell and Frieza, the eponymous duo become this in order to defeat Majin Buu. However, this is mainly because they want to destroy the Earth and the Z-fighters themselves.
- Ike of the Pokémon fanfic Pedestal first met the protagonists by attacking the narrator and ferociously declaring that he would rip them to shreds. After joining the party, he still plans to murder Namnar after a certain period of time, and after years of working with Des and Carlita, still comes very close to attacking them. Eventually, Ike morphs into a Sour Supporter.
- In the Rango fanfic Old West, Rattlesnake Jake is hired by Sheriff Rango to help in protecting the town of Mud against the initially unknown threat. The notorious Grimm Reaper wouldn't otherwise care for the job if he hadn't been lately between jobs, and he makes it clear from the start that no-one should come between him and his targets. While Jake honors his contract and gradually shows his softer side to Grace Glossy and her son, he remains more volatile and homicidal than the rest of the heroes.
- Sailor Moon Abridged: Sailor Mars was originally a slightly bitchy Shinto priestess/Action Girl. Now she's an Ax-Crazy Goth Emo Teen Satanist. She makes no bones about her various attempts to kill Serena and regularly alludes to mass (offscreen) sacrifice of her temple's patrons. During her off-duty hours she regularly abuses drugs, gets off on enemy attacks and fantasizes about dying horribly and spending eternity in hell. And the viewers went wild.
- Slightly Altered has Azurai, who only helps Buwaro friends find their missing family members because Buwaro's his adoptive son. While he's nowhere near as bad as his canon self, he's still done some truly horrible things like murdering Buwaro's parents, hence why the kid's adopted in the first place.
- Stallions Of Harmony Verse has Sunset Shimmer being this towards Twilight Sparkle and Moondancer. When they got themselves into trouble, she was going to shift all the blame on herself, because everypony will blame her anyway. Twilight objects to that idea and reassures her that they are in this together.
- Averted in the fic Things Skippy the Dwarf can't do in the dungeon, the other party members won't let Skippy use this as an excuse to do evil things.
I was not placed in charge of the prisoners so that I could slaughter them and "the paladin wouldn’t get his hands dirty."
- In The Universiad, the Office of Special Resources is viewed as this In-Universe by some of the Forum's members or its allies who disapprove of The Unfettered extents to which they are willing to go to protect and advance the Forum.
- The Team mage in Wardens not only could care less about his fellow wardens and often sits back and lets them struggle...he actively murders other soldiers on a whim or turns them into bombs regardless of if they were dying or not. A very literal Blood Knight if you will.
- A Brighter Dark: Hans and his band of criminals are this for all of Nohr. Even when using them, Garon shows absolute contempt for their methods, and afterward gives Corrin his full blessing to kill Hans should they ever cross paths again now that he's no longer necessary to his plans.
- In Blood Man Luffy both Gin and Alvida are former members of far more ruthless pirate crews than the Straw Hats and it frequently shows. Gin immediately threatens to shoot Tashigi when she's taken hostage (though given his torture at marine hands, it's not surprising) and while Sanji only incapacitates Wapol's men, Alvida kills the ones she fights. To a lesser extent, Alvida's reasoning for wanting Robin as a crew member qualifies as well. While some don't want Robin to join due to how dangerous she is, Alvida's happy to have her on board because she's dangerous and thus useful.
- The Dragon King:
- Unlike his son Snotlout, who has doubts about being chief and the mistreatment of his cousin, his father Spitelout is, well spiteful. When he, Snotlout, Stoick and Astrid are rescued by Hiccup, Spitelout is the only one who stays antagonistic against Hiccup all the way through, claiming that he's leading them into a trap the entire time.
- Marva is an out and proud fan of Drago, so much so that she is insubordinate and rebellious to all of her father's decisions. When she volunteers for dragon training, she refuses to cooperate and listen to Hiccup, going on about how Drago's "beat the dog till it stops barking" approach to dragon training is superior and nearly gets everyone killed when she tries taming a wild Screaming Death this way. This reaches its apex when she betrays all of the clans and joins up with Drago.
Films — Animation
- Mittens from Bolt is an example only in the title dog's mind, but she sure plays the role to its hilt.
- Xibalba, of the three main 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.
- Diego the Saber-tooth from the Ice Age franchise, which is not surprising given that he's the only predator amongst the heroes, and an Apex one, no less. However, his ruthlessness is mostly an Informed Attribute, and he doesn't live up to his species' fearsome reputation as much.
- In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Plankton, being a superhero, is fighting alongside the protagonists in the climax. After they beat Burgerbeard, he has the chance to take the formula for himself. He does consider it, but ultimately gives it back to Krabs. Granted once SpongeBob returns the group home, he back to his usual villainy but by this point, it's just routine.
Films — Live-Action
- 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 The Gamers: Dorkness Rising:
Sorceress: I am not evil! I'm Chaotic Neutral!
Everyone: (deadpan) You are evil
Paladin:...and a whore.
- The Indiana Jones series features two Evil Teammates.
- Even after it comes to light that Allison Doody's character Elsa Schneider in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is 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 Mac in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is , but Indy takes him along for the ride anyways.
- Zed Mc Glunk in the Police Academy franchise; a criminal turn cop. He was the main villain of the second movie, yet he becomes a police officer in all latter installments, he is still kind of crazy and violent.
- "Ogre" in the Revenge of the Nerds franchise. Starts as a bully like all the other Jocks, but then eventually defects and join the Tri-Lambdas (the Nerds), yet he's still rude, tough and by far the most menacing of the Nerds.
- Hannibal Lecter acts this way to both Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs and Will Graham in Manhunter and Red Dragon.
- Loki becomes this for Thor and his friends in Thor: The Dark World, when they need his help to escape Asgard without the Bifrost.
- Ajax in The Warriors 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.
- 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.
- By the end of the series, Rachel from Animorphs considers herself this. She started out loving the fighting and adrenaline rush and ended up the go-to kid for death threats and assassination.
"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."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance Chronicles. Although he quit the party some time around his Face–Heel Turn.
- Nomax from Dragons Lexicon Triumvirate, always seems to be the one who wants to kill things, and it's not a big surprise when he turns out to betray the rest of them.
- 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.
- In The Dresden Files, 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, cunning 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the tenth Haruhi Suzumiya novel, Kimidori revives Ax-Crazy Ryoko Asakura because "Your potential usefulness was marginally greater than the threat you present."
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Lannisters had a bit of this (from the Starks' perspective, at least), since they killed Mad King Aerys and (most of) his children and family, directly or indirectly. Ned admits that it had to happen, but still views them with suspicion. The situation is... a bit more complicated than that, but the Lannisters are not exactly nice. And not exactly teammates anymore either.
- 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.
- The aptly-named Cat Evil of The Traitor Son Cycle. While some members of the Red Company are crass and unpleasant to be around, he's an outright mysoginist, and at one point threatens to rape Blanche before Wilful Murder and Cully show up to make sure he doesn't do anything irreversible.
- In The Year of Rogue Dragons, Brimstone become one for the heroic party when they're forced into an alliance with him.
- In The Saxon Stories, King Alfred's nobles include one Uhtred, known as "Uhtred the Wicked". He's a savage brute, a Pagan who despises Christianity and loves their Viking enemies, and hugely arrogant. He several times murders unarmed priests (and boasts about it), beats and disowns his own son for being a Christian, professes to hate Alfred himself (although in time he comes to respect him), and likes to spend his spare time raiding, pillaging, and killing anyone who annoys him. He's only tolerated because he's a terrifyingly skilled warrior and brilliant general. Oh yes, and he's the hero of the series.
- 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.
- Illyria, in season 5, hangs out with the main cast because she's been denied the power to Take Over the World, and isn't really sure what to do with herself otherwise. Occasionally she helps them out. Though she sometimes seems to be more closely aligned to the heroes than she claims.
- Connor fits this in season 4, alongside being the Tagalong Kid, due to his unstable nature.
- Battlestar Galactica (2003): 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.
- 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 prčs 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 member, the only reason he hasn't been Thrown Out The Air Lock by now is because he is the only scientist on board, and his skills 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 end,note 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.
- The future Doctors seem to consider the War Doctor this in "The Day of the Doctor." After The Reveal that he didn't actually destroy Gallifrey but helped save it, however due to Timey-Wimey Ball he forgot it, he is forgiven. Just before that 10 and 11, after spending some time with him, admit he wasn't as bad as they thought.
- Not surprisingly the Master becomes this when circumstances dictate he and the Doctor work together, like when he accidentally set loose a field of entropy that threatened to destroy the universe but his skills were needed to stop it.
- Missy serves this role in the latest season, initially just offering advice, but after being released from the Vault and rescuing the Doctor and Bill from Mars, providing technical support and maintenance aboard the TARDIS.
- River Song is pretty insistent that she's this; she calls herself a psychopath, even though she has plenty of empathy and pulled a Heroic Sacrifice in her first appearance. She is the most violent of the Doctor's companions, and has a reputation that matches his own.
Dalek: You will be exterminated.
River: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.
Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.
River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
River: Say it again?
River: One. More. Time.
[a few minutes later]
Amy: What happened to the Dalek?
River: It died.
- 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.
- 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.
- Game of Thrones:
- House Bolton were definitely this for the North when they were fighting alongside the Starks. Roose Bolton's Establishing Character Moment is him encouraging Robb to start torturing prisoners for information as well as executing them, with some hints that he'd have them flayed. Deconstructed, because as it turns out, having a person that openly lacks any morals on your side just gives him the chance to betray you when you begin to show weakness and can't win a war. Even before the War of Five Kings the Boltons were seen as this to the North, though Ned Stark tried to get them to calm down by outlawing flaying. It didn't work.
- Rickard Karstark takes over for Roose Bolton as this in Season 3, due to child murder. As mentioned above, this is ultimately subverted, by Bolton himself, who (perhaps unsurprisingly) turns out to be even eviller in "The Rains of Castamere", and gets a Klingon Promotion to Warden of the North in the package. At least the Karstarks never killed their King.
- Locke and his men exemplify, like the soldiers that Brienne killed in the Season 2 finale, that not all those on the Designated Hero side of the Starks are good men. These are Stark counterparts to the Mountain and his men.
- 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 Lovecasanova 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.
- 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.
- Legends of Tomorrow: On a team of Superheroes, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and his partner Mick Rory/Heat Wave were both career supervillains before joining the team, and both only joined for the chance to steal priceless artifacts from history. However the first season gives them both a lot of Character Development and both eventually develop into more Anti-Heroic characters, and both try to pull a Heroic Sacrifice in the second to last episode of the first season, with Snart being More Hero Than Thou so his partner could survive.
- The Librarians: Ezekiel Jones. He might not be outright evil like the actual villains of the series, but prior to being recruited as a Librarian-in-Training, he was a (self-proclaimed) world-class-thief leading an successful criminal life, and hasn't lost the attitude at all upon joining the team. His hacking and break-in skills come in use quite a lot when retrieving magic artifacts, but he's just as likely to pickpocket his friends for his own amusement. He's egotistical, cocky, and mischievous, and the only reason he's even there is not because he wants to help people like the rest of the team, but because it's fun and he gets bored easily. The other characters find him a little annoying at times, but generally don't mind his immoral ways and don't particularly want him to change. In fact, his evil-ness has even come in handy a couple times, such as when they're dealing with an artifact that makes people evil by turning them into the worst versions of themselves, which has no effect on him whatsoever, or when they need someone to act as bait for a monster that goes after people who make Badass Boasts, which he's always ready to do.
- 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 Small Name, Big Ego of epic proportions, who is regularly suggested to have some kind of undiagnosed mental illness.
- The Mr. Potato Head Show: Jiblets is a character who delights in the suffering of others. When the show is cancelled in the finale, he laments that he's unemployable, and when Mr. Potato Head jokingly says "There's always politics", he quickly regrets it.
- Once Upon a Time. Regina and Rumpelstiltskin in Season 2. Lampshaded in Season 3 by Emma, who calls Regina a villain but still one that is needed to rescue Henry from Neverland.
- 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 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. But he's still a Wraith, meaning that his very survival requires humans' Life Energy.
- 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. Dukat works under the assumptions that he's a magnanimous leader and charming ladies' man who will swoop in and take back his former glory in due time. His narcisistic tendencies eventually catch up with him and he eventually teams up with the Dominion and later the Pah-Wraiths to perserve his delusions of grandeur.
- 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 willing to work with (or manipulate) the heroes to undermine the regime that ousted him.
- 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. Over time the Winchesters become downright blasé about constantly teaming up with the King of Hell.
- Castiel bordered on this through seasons 4-6. While always on the side of good, he was a lot more willing to kill than the Winchesters and at times felt like a Knight Templar. He became outright evil in the S6 finale, but also ceased being a teammate. After his resurrection midway through Season 7, he becomes more of a full-on good guy, arguably moreso than the Winchesters.
- The demon Meg also becomes this after teaming up with Team Free Will against Crowley in Seasons 7 and 8.
- 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.
- Terminator: 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 Thundermans: Max, Phoebe's evil fraternal twin, is in a family of superheroes but aspires to be a supervillain up until his eventual Heel–Face Turn.
- 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.
- Merle in particular recognizes what it means to be this trope: "Maybe these people need someone like me around to do their dirty work. The bad guy."
- 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.
- Z Nation: Murphy fills this role for the first two seasons, and the rest of the team is forced to put up with him due to his status as the Living MacGuffin around which their mission is centered. Though as of season three, he has fully succumbed to megalomania and Transhuman Treachery to become a full villain.
Myths & Religion
- The Bible
- King David's nephew, Zeruiah's son Joab, acts this way. Though ostensibly commander of David's army, Joab was 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. Judas is of the Wild Card brand.
- In the Book of Job The Devil himself is part of God's Court and can speak with him as any other angel.
- 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 tecnicos 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 tecnicos.
- After Donovan Dijak joined the The House Of Truth's ROH branch, it slowly underwent a collective Heel–Face Turn to the point every HOT member in ROH, including Truth Martini himself, was pretty much a face, except for Taeler Hendrix, who basically abandoned her original mission in favor of stunting Mandy Leon's career, something even the appointed enforcer Joey Daddiego stopped getting involved with.
- 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!
- Often goes too far and gives you one Token Good Player instead.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Legend of the Five Rings: 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.
- Pathfinder: Seltyiel, the Lawful Evil half-elven Eldritch Knight / magus, who's canonically the paladin's pet project.
- 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.
- Prior to the Horus Heresy, the Night Lords (sadistic experts in terror tactics) and to a lesser extent the Iron Warriors (mercilessly pragmatic siege experts with no concern for allied casualties) and World Eaters (crazed berserkers) played this role for the nascent Imperium. Then came the Heresy, and all three are now enemies of the Imperium for all time.
- In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, this is the Hat of the Red Talons tribe, whose intense Fantastic Racism makes them all determined to essentially slaughter humanity back to "manageable levels" (if not exterminate them entirely) and/or to wipe out humanity's technology. At least, this is their Hat in theory; in practice, many Storytellers and players consider them a tribe of Designated Heroes and so they are the tribe most frequently banned from being a player option, as their fluff is typically used as an excuse to be highly disruptive to the party.
- In Hunter: The Vigil, this is the Hat of the Ashwood Abbey Compact. Originating as a Hellfire Clubnote , they only got worse when they found out that monsters exist. Most other Compacts and Conspiracies hunt out of some semblance of honor, nobility or righteousness. The Ashwood Abbey hunts monsters because its fun, especially since, by the logic that "human laws only protect humans", there's literally no limit beyond their imagination to what they can do to the monsters they hunt. The sourcebooks openly describe the Abbey as some of the Vigil's most sadistic and depraved hunters, frequently engaging in drugging, raping, torturing and even cannibalizing their victims.
- In Assassin's Creed I, the Templars are comprised of Well Intentioned Extremists who truly believe they are making the world a better place, no matter how nightmarish their methods are. However, this is not the case for their agent Majd Addin, the regent lord of Jerusalem. Majd Addin routinely and personally conduct mass executions of his own people, not because they did anything wrong or because he believes it's the right thing to do, but because killing people is fun for him and it makes him feel like a god.
- Assassin's Creed: Syndicate:
- Maxwell Roth. He's supposed to be the Templars' mook handler, but he's basically Joker in the late 1800s.
- The Jack the Ripper DLC reveals that Jack himself was an Assassin who believed in enforcing the Brotherhood's will through the spread of fear and wanton murder. The fact that his existence tarnished the reputation of the Brotherhood is why his true identity is now a mystery.
- In Avengers Academy you can recruit Loki, Enchantress, and Taskmaster. They're usually villains, but here they're fellow students with the heroes. Loki and Enchantress, at least, are still arrogant, rather unpleasant people in line with their comics incarnations; and all three have taken trips through the Heel–Face Revolving Door in the comics so it's plausible they could work with the heroes at times.
- Baldur's Gate:
- Korgan Bloodaxe in Baldur's Gate II. His Chaotic Evilness is to the point where some people LEAVE YOUR PARTY if the right dialogue goes down. He is also immensely badass — just look at his name. Korgan will chase Aerie out of the party by verbally abusing her. If you're playing the expansion, however, Aerie instead starts verbally insulting him right back — at which point Korgan reveals it was a Secret Test of Character to see if she was able to stand up for herself or not — and now that she's proven that she does, he no longer has a problem with her.
- In Throne of Bhaal, this extends all the way up to bringing the villain of the first game Back from the Dead as a recruitable party member!
- Edwin, snarky Gender Bender wizard who talks to himself frequently about fireballing the party as they sleep. He also hated Dynaheir, Minsc's partner in BG1; in BG2 she's dead, and he mocks Minsc about it, showing zero sympathy. He seems to be driven by ambition and thinks the PC is a quick route to power - and despite mutinous mutterings, Edwin is one of the most loyal NPCs in the game, and it is perfectly possible to go through the game with a Good party, high Reputation, good deeds left and right, and all Edwin will do is some amusing snarking about it.
- Viconia the Neutral Evil drow unless you're romancing her in TOB, which sends her to True Neutral.
- As of the true ending for BlazBlue: Continuum Shift, the main group of heroes have two of these in the cases of Jin and Kokonoe. Though to be fair, they're not so much evil as "total prick" and "amoral Mad Scientist", respectively. However, this might be subverted that Jin is put under tutelage of Jubei, one of the few unflappably good persons in the universe, meaning it's just a matter of time until he stops being a Token Evil Teammate. Kokonoe on the other hand is standing on the edge of the Moral Event Horizon and seems undeterred by that fact, too, so the only thing "good" about her right now is that she fights Terumi.
- Terumi was the Token Evil Teammate of the Six Heroes. He only allied with them out of necessity when he realized that the Monster of Mass Destruction that he had secretly created wasn't controllable, and since it was now indiscriminately destroying the world, as opposed to destroying it the way Terumi wanted it to be destroyed, it simply HAD to be put down. Also, one of the heroes, a witch named Nine, put him under a geas that he WILL have to obey her so he's steered to destroy his creation. When the monster finally had been killed, Nine managed to catch whiff of the fact that it had been Terumi who set it loose in the first place, so he simply HAD to kill her (that and he didn't take being mind-controlled that well)... Guess who of the two people mentioned in the above paragraph Nine was the mother of? Here's a hint: It wasn't Jin.
- It's revealed in Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasma that Azrael is one in Sector Seven. At least Kokonoe can be touted as a Nominal Hero. Azrael is already said to be a villain of the series, though he may be unrelated to whatever the main villains are planning.
- Nisha in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. While Claptrap, Timothy and Athena are largely moral, Wilhelm is purely mercenary and detached and Aurelia has some standards, Nisha just plain likes killing stuff.
- Borderlands 2 features DLC character Krieg, an escaped Hyperion test subject transformed into a mutant Badass Psycho, with all the power and insanity that implies. Salvador is up there as well, though he's not as insane and mostly in it for the guns.
- Ceville from the game Ceville is one. He, in fact, is the disposed former tyrant of the kingdom - your first act while playing as him is sending the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf into slave labor and stealing all their possessions. He never really changes his personality or attitude during the entire game. The only real reason he tolerates Lilly is because she's useful in his quest to get revenge and (sorta) take back his kingdom. Despite being a stereotypical evil tyrant though, Ceville shows quite the amount of intelligence and foresight; he's well aware that he can't just kill, say, his favourite cook if he wants food later and dwarven exploitation of the elves and the forests is bad (if only because they're greedier than he). Of course, once he comes to see how greedy and evil the senators can be, he starts to get appreciative of the new 'democracy' in his former kingdom. Paraphrasing his words, they're just as bad and decadent as he was, they just can hide it better.
- Magus in Chrono Trigger is more the Token Anti-Hero once you get to know him, since Dark Is Not Evil, but his priorities and goals don't really align with the party's besides "kill Lavos."
- The Silencer, of the Crusader series. An unusual example, given that he is the player character.
- Dangan Ronpa's Byakuya Togami dances the line between this and Anti-Hero; the snooty heir of the powerful Togami family, who quickly and ruthlessly takes to the game, openly telling the others that they mean nothing to him. While he does do a huge amount of detective work during the various investigations, he'll also refuse to divulge information and at one point even plants false evidence to throw off the investigation and make things more interesting. But then eventually even eviler Token Evil Teammate is revealed in the form of Fukawa's other personality, the Serial Killer Genocider Syo. Eventually, they both survive the game, and their personalities soften in the sequels.
- In Danganronpa IF, Mukuro Ikusaba, originally one half of Super High School Level Despair, undergoes a Heel–Face Turn after surviving her sister's murder attempt (which killed her in the original game). However, she's still played a major role in the world's destruction thanks to everything she did for her sister.
- Etna in Disgaea 2. Though not in the first one simply on the basis that you don't play the good guy.
- Dota 2:
- The Radiant side is full of characters that are either heroic or sympathetic. Some are a little bit more bloodthirsty such as Luna or Legion Commander, or fall into a more neutral category like Bounty Hunter. The only identifiably evil character in the faction is Troll Warlord. He is a psychopath that regularly threatens to kill his teammates, is the only hero in the game incapable of thanking people who help him, declares himself the one who carried the team to victory, and is the only hero who blames his team when he loses. If it's not obvious yet, he's also a parody of Internet trolls and the infamous Dota playerbase.
- On the Dire side, there are some characters that are extremely evil and stand out even among their peers, such as Terrorblade, Pugna, and Shadow Demon.
- Dragon Age:
- Dragon Age: Origins:
- Morrigan is the daughter of the infamous Witch of the Wilds, Flemeth, and while she claims to be an ultra-pragmatic survivalist, most of her actions show her to be rather cruel, disapproving of virtually anything you do that isn't sadistic and cruel. Oh, and you later learn that the only reason she joined you was so she could birth a child with the soul of an Old God. Of course, she does have standards... just not many.
- Zevran is an assassin who initially opposes the party, but can eventually be convinced to join you. Even if he does, he never quite drops his "evil assassin" nature. Unless the PC manages to gain his approval and convinces him to turn against his old assassin's guild in the endgame, in which he becomes a bit Heroic Neutral.
- Dragon Age II is set in a Crapsack World with Grey and Gray Morality, but a few stand out:
- Isabela, a pirate who stole the qunari's most sacred relic and is willing to let the qunari go to war with Kirkwall to save her own skin (unless you convince her to pull a Changed My Mind, Kid).
- Anders is a Well-Intentioned Extremist mage possessed by a spirit of Justice whose inability to deal with human emotions is steadily turning it into Vengeance. At the end of the game, he commits a terrorist attack to spark mage revolution - you can kill him, tell him to go or let him rejoin you.
- Sebastian vows to recruit an army and raze Kirkwall to the ground if you spare Anders after the Chantry attack).
- Played with in Merrill's case, as despite being a Blood Mage who sought out a Demon to help her rebuild an Eluvian, Merrill frequently comes across as one of the kindest, most friendly members of the entire party:
Hawke: Merrill couldn't hurt you if she tried. At worst, she might make frowny faces.
- Dragon Age: Origins:
- Aisha as the Void Princess.
- Elesis as the Crimson Avenger.
- Add in all of his jobs. Whereas Aisha and Elesis were Slowly Slipping Into Evil over the course of those class paths and turned out evil as a result, Add's really only with the group to begin with in order to find a way to go back in time and because he's following Eve for her code.
- In Evolve we have Hyde, a pyromaniac who joined the military to avoid jail time and refused to wear a filter mask so he could look his foes in the eye as they died. It's safe to say that if the antagonists weren't so far removed from human he wouldn't have been considered one of the good guys.
- Reaver in Fable II: he's arguably more evil than the game's main villain, being not just a mass murderer but cold-blooded and sociopathic. The only thing that keeps him from being a far greater threat to the world is his lack of ambition and scope. He shows up again in Fable III, this time as a ruthless captain of industry who exploits, abuses, murders, and ridicules his employees to no end. And alas, you are forced into an alliance with him, and at the end of the game he once again walks away virtually unscathed from the events.
- Fallout has its own page.
- In the original translation of Final Fantasy Tactics, Gustav Margueriff seems to be this for the Death Corps. Aside from his Marquis-kidnapping shenanigans, which damaged the reputation of the Corps (just as the guy who was paying him off to do it intended), his Brave Story biography had it that he was kicked out of a knightly order for his war crimes (i.e. rape and pillaging) before joining up with The Idealist Wiegraf's forces. The new translation, however, completely inverts his background—the rest of the order was full of war criminals and Gustav left in disgust, though this doesn't stop him from making life difficult in the present.
- In Starcraft II Legacy Of The Void, Alarak is a ruthless Magnificent Bastard with questionable morality and an Obviously Evil appearance, but he serves as one of Artanis' generals after a Heel–Face Turn. He even gets a handful of Pet the Dog moments throughout the story.
- Fire Emblem:
- Path of Radiance/Radiant Dawn has a few. First is Izuka, the Mad Scientist from Radiance who ends up with Daein again in RD, who utilizes deplorable tactics for the cause, though he was serving two other causes at the time, all three of which sought very different ends. Second is Soren, who really seems indifferent to everything other than Ike, and is more suspicious of others' motives than his teammates. Finally Shinon, an unabashed racist who never (at least openly) repents even given the somewhat Anvilicious race-based events in the game.
- Lifis from Thracia 776. Every other recruitable Thief in the series is either a Gentleman Thief or Lovable Rogue, but it's clear Lifis is still an unrepentant slimeball. Saphy believe he's done a genuine Heel–Face Turn, but you later find out he only joined so he could turn Leif over to The Empire for a reward. After he gets his hands on Saphy, that is. Thankfully he's on the recieving end of a Kick the Son of a Bitch from Pahn later on. (Whose incidentally a much more likable thief.)
- In stark contrast to their usual depiction in the series, the two Dark Mages in Fire Emblem Awakening both fit this trope. Tharja is a Punch-Clock Hero who's openly Yandere for the Player Character and loves practicing curses and hexes on her own allies and even her own daughter in the Bad Future timeline. Meanwhile Henry is a crazy Blood Knight who always remains creepily cheerful even while brutally murdering his enemies. Interestingly the Japanese version game him a Freudian Excuse and Character Development that made him much more sympathetic, but the English version removed this. Both certainly fit the "Played for Laughs as Heroic Comedic Sociopath" aspect of this trope though, and they are good people under all that, especially compared to 90% of the Plegians you encounter and fight. And as it turns out, your player character is the vessel for the God of Evil and in one timeline goes full-blown evil. Your actions in the game are out to prevent that in this timeline.
- Each of the routes in Fire Emblem Fates have a downplayed example each. To wit:
- Peri in Fire Emblem Fates: Conquest. After her mother was murdered by a stalker servant, Peri grew into a childish, amoral serial killer who sees no problem in the slaughter of others. However, as mentioned above, she's a downplayed example, as she's still Affably Evil with her friends and can even grow out of her bloodlust via Character Development.
- Most of Hoshido is xenophobic to some degree, but Oboro is the only one who takes to an "all Nohrians are scum and deserve to die" mentality. After her parents were murdered by Nohrian bandits, she eventually grew into a rabid hatred for anything Nohrian, to the point that her Personal Skill gives her +3 damage whenever she's fighting a Nohrian class. She's also a major Hypocrite too: she immediately calls out Jakob for participating in a post-battle clean-up duty of any survivors, but she herself sees no problems in murdering Nohrians, because Nohrians are bad and deserve to die.
- Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage:
- Jagi becomes this for the Hokuto side in Dream Mode, choosing to take his chances with his brothers after royally pissing off Thouzer. Jagi was one of the biggest monsters in the series, although for this one mode, his brutality has been toned down with some hilarious moments.
- Raoh of the Hokuto Side, since by default, he's the ruthless Big Bad, and even when he's a Noble Demon, he's still got the evil within him.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, Mike is a Noble Demon with plenty of humanizing traits, and Franklin is an Anti-Villain with very sympathetic motives. Trevor, by contrast, is a complete psychopath who is motivated solely by For the Evulz (Mike and Frank at least admit they do crimes for money), and of the three protagonists, has the highest body count and most atrocities to his name.
- Margrid The Sly joins your party in Guild Wars. She's a member of the Corsairs, a ragtag group of bandits you've been fighting since level 1. It just so happens she can provide you with a quick escape from one mission, and she has no qualms with helping you as long as you can pay up. She ends up joining you permanently, though (she claims) it's more for money and treasure than the chance to be a hero.
- Nix in inFAMOUS 2.
- Nix is more of an Anti-Villain. While she is willing to kill it is more due to her traumatic experience and wanting to get revenge. After the plot twist, she is willing to sacrifice her life to stop the Beast who will destroy everything, compared to her counterpart Lucy, who joins with the Beast to save herself.
- Not really noble goals fighting the Beast. When you fight her in the Evil ending she basically says that she's only fighting the Beast because of desire for vengeance and because she doesn't want to be part of a crowd of Conduits.
- A lot of the hirable mercs in the Jagged Alliance games are either Ax-Crazy, massive Jerkasses, or both. They'll ignore orders if they're busy trying to kill a baddy, annoy other team members so much that they quit, or (in some instances) murder teammates that they dislike between missions.
- The King of Fighters: Iori Yagami plays this for his official teams in KOF 2001 and XI. Iori becomes this any time he allies with Kyo and Chizuru to form the Three Sacred Treasures Team. They're all descended from the three clans (Kusanagi, Yasakani, and Yata) responsible for sealing away Orochi, but the Yagami clan (formerly the Yasakani) made a deal with Orochi out of jealousy of the Kusanagi. In the present day, Iori hates Kyo with a passion, but he's joined forces with Kyo on at least four occasions ('96, '97, 2003, and XI) because a) Chizuru is somehow able to coax him into fighting for their cause and even act as less of jerk than normal (Shingo fulfills a similar role in XI) and b) no one gets to kill Kyo but him. As such, Iori's gradually progressed into Nominal Hero territory over the course of the series.
- Knights of the Old Republic:
- Canderous in both games; he's something of a Proud Warrior Race Guy. There's also HK-47, who is a Killer Robot. It's not the fact that his standard greeting in KotOR 2 is "Is there someone you want killed, master?", it's how viscerally he enjoys it...
- Kreia in KotOR 2 if the player character is light-sided, as she believes in balance above all else, and so gives "evil" advice when players do good things.
- There are others who start out evil, and can be redeemed, in KOTOR II - G0-T0 comes to mind.
- League of Legends:
- The faction of Ionia is filled with heroic characters who would usually oppose the evil factions like Zaun and Noxus. However, it's also home to three decidedly evil character:
- Dark Sovereign Syndra, a powerful, loose-cannon Lady of Black Magic who murdered her master for the 'crime' of teaching her self-control and plans to destroy the Ionian leadership for being wusses.
- Zed, the Master of Shadows, the only evil Ninja in the game, who drove out the old order of heroic ninjas (Shen, Akali and Kennen) and wants to convert everyone to his dark arts of ninja and kill anyone else who are weak or opposing him. Riot even states that he and Syndra are allies.
- Jhin, a professional assassin under the paycheck of Ionian's shadowy cabals who views killing as an art.
- Piltover is a tech-city home to several good champions like Caitlyn and Vi. But then there's Camille, a cyborg who also serves law but is far more ruthless than the other Piltover champions.
- The faction of Ionia is filled with heroic characters who would usually oppose the evil factions like Zaun and Noxus. However, it's also home to three decidedly evil character:
- In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny, everyone who had joined forces to fight the Unbreakable Darkness is doing it for good reasons, may it be to stop the Eldritch Abomination from destroying everything, to fix the mistake they did for unsealing her in the first place, or because they're completely loyal to both their master and their newfound friends and would like to have fun times after beating the threat. Well, everyone that is, except for Lord Dearche, the Evil Overlord-like Humanoid Abomination who's only doing it because she plans to take the unlimited power of the Unbreakable Darkness and use it to kill all her non-Material allies so that no one would stand in her way as she begins a reign of darkness! She was slightly annoyed when her fellow Materials protested her plans since that would mean that she'd kill their new friends too. Damn minions straying from their original mission of bringing chaos to everything and becoming all nice behind her back...
- Marvel: Avengers Alliance:
- Magneto becomes this. He reluctantly joined forces with the Avengers as the Syndicate he used to side committed one thing he wouldn't cross: reviving Red Skull.
- Magik, if you get her, in a weird way. When she joins you, she could count as a normal heroine. However, as of Avengers vs. X-Men, Magik turned out to be Evil All Along, so she could've counted. However, for the game, her 'evilness' has been toned down a bit, subverting this trope.
- Green Goblin and Venom from Spider-Man eventually join your group in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 after you free them from being controlled by the Fold, a hive mind of nanite-possessed people. Judging from their dialogue with other characters, where they're total Jerkasses, they're not too happy about it. The partnership between them and the heroes is a strict Enemy Mine to take down their common foe.
- Mass Effect 2 gives you the psychotic former lab rat Jack, the revenge-obsessed mercenary Zaeed, and the asari sex demon Morinth (who you can only recruit if your Shepard agrees to kill another teammate instead). The Mass Effect 2 squad is quite far from the "heroic" side of the scale, when you consider that Thane Krios, an assassin, is one of the most moral characters in Shepard's team.
- Jack and Zaeed, while they don't end up being fully redeemed (at least until 3 for Jack), can at least be convinced to see things in a Paragon fashion, Jack by helping her deal with her past and convincing her that you're not merely out to just use her and Zaeed by punching him in the face and threatening, at gunpoint, to let him burn in a factory like he would have done to innocent hostages. Morinth, on the other hand, is a monstrous character who has no intention of ever changing and enjoys what she does.
- Mass Effect 3 has Javik, though he's not so much evil as he is just brutally pragmatic and ruthless in dealing with the Reapers. He also has zero tolerance for synthetic lifeforms and believes that they have no right to exist.
- Then there's Aria T'Loak. Sidequests she give you during the main course of the game implying assassination of head of one crime group to promote Aria's marionette or turian general, who stops the other groups from plundering the weapon deliveries (which can be avoided), or releasing the Ax-Crazy head of the third group from C-Sec (which can be avoided as well, by provoking her vice to kill her to take her place). Then she becomes an actual teammate for the Omega DLC, where she ruthlessly forces Shepard to kill hundreds of Omega civillians just for her to survive (which she does anyway), and then murders the surrendered Cerberus general, if not stopped.
- In a sense the Batarian Hegemony is this to the other Citadel races. They're the only member nation with a garden-variety dictatorship for a government and which still practices slavery. They're considered a rogue state, but not to the extent of the Terminus Systems which are just a loose conglomeration of feuding fiefdoms.
- Minecraft: Story Mode: Ivor in Episode 4 and 5.
- In Namco × Capcom, amongst the multitudes of good heroes, one of the members you can get is Tekken's Heihachi Mishima, one of the chief antagonists of the series. Though to be fair, he's on the 'Thou' part on the Eviler Than Thou deal against Devil Kazuya...
- Neverwinter Nights provided Grimgnaw, a Lawful Evil monk with the creepy turned Up to Eleven.
- Aribeth de Tylmarande in Hordes of the Underdark is a Fallen Paladin who ended up as The Dragon in the first campaign. You can either make her the Token Evil Teammate, or convince her to seek her god's forgiveness, in which case she regains Lawful Good alignment.
- Nathyrra from the same campaign is not an example. She is listed as Lawful Evil purely because of game mechanics on the Assassin Prestige Class and acts completely Lawful Good.
- Neverwinter Nights 2 has Bishop, a Social Darwinist ranger; Ammon Jerro, a warlock who is determined to defeat the Big Bad by any means necessary, including murder and consorting with fiends; and Qara, a sociopathic sorceress who has no qualms about "solving" problems by blasting everything in sight (and does not react well to people trying to prove that it doesn't solve anything).
- One-of-Many, an undead Hive Mind, could possibly be this in the expansion Mask of the Betrayer, but this would largely be averted (provided the player doesn't choose to make a sudden Heel–Face Turn) by the fact that the PC would have to make a consciously evil choice to get him/it/them/? instead of Okku (the corresponding good character).
- Leaving aside the fact that Storm of Zehir lets you hand-craft your own party, T.E.T. and all if you so desire, among the cohorts are the deep gnome wizard Chir Darkflame (Chaotic Evil), the aasimar Shadow Thief Belueth the Calm (Neutral Evil), and the half-drow warlock Quarrel (Chaotic Evil).
- Okage has one (kind of) in the form of Stan. Evil King Stan believes himself, clearly, to be evil, and thus goes along with Ari to destroy the other Evil Kings and regain his power to do...evil things, apparently. Ironically, a majority of the Evil Kings Ari defeats ends up joining their group.
- While most of the champions in Paladins are heroic at best and Ambiguously Evil at worst, Zhin is the first real villain of the playable characters. He's the leader of a dark organization called the Thousand Hand Guild and shows utter contempt for everyone. In his champion teaser, he burns down the building that he was sharpening his sword in just because he can.
- Ignus in Planescape: Torment; he is technically Chaotic Neutral, but he's an Ax-Crazy Pyromaniac. The main character could become this as well, depending on how you play.
- Malva is this to the Elite Four in X and Y - she was once a member of Team Flare and constantly talks about how much she despises the player for defeating them. The other Elite Four members don't seem to mind this.
- The fact that Giovanni was the leader of Team Rocket did not prevent him from being the Viridian City Gym Leader in Red and Blue, or being brought back in the Pokémon World Tournament in Generation V even after ownership of the gym was relinquished to Blue.
- Dr. Nefarious in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, especially in that he was the Big Bad for two previous games.
- In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, Eifer Skute was an interesting double subversion. While the Schwarzkreuz was already an antagonizing group to begin with, Eifer showed that she was even worse than the rest of the bunch when she not only betrayed Pamela, but also revealed that she murdered the pope, and that her true allegiance goes to none other than Iris. That doesn't stop her from being Easily Forgiven in Pamela's side story, however.
- E-123 Omega from Sonic Heroes and Sonic Chronicles. Dr. Eggman in Sonic Chronicles as well.
- Gig in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Except, obviously, in the Demon Path, where everyone is evil.
- Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Jedi Knight has Lord Scourge as one of their companions, he is a Sith Lord who happened to be the Sith Emperor's former bodyguard. He sides with the Jedi because he saw that they would be the one who will defeat the emperor. It should be noted that in the past he aided Revan and the Exile in taking down the Emperor, but betrayed them when he had a vision that they would fail, and the Jedi Knight would be the one who will kill the Emperor.
- Other examples in the game are Consular companion Zenith (a not-quite-former terrorist who will approve of any action that hits the Empire, and too bad if there are hundreds of civilian casualties in the crossfire), Trooper companion Tanno Vik, who is a dishonorably discharged soldier turned mercenary, and Theron Shan from the Shadow of Revan arc (who almost always advocates for the Republic flavor of Dark Side - like killing Rakata soldiers asleep in kolto tanks or sniping Imperial ships in the chaos during a fight with the Revanites).
- Even Imperial classes have characters that come off as extra cruel or brutal compared to others. The Imperial Agent and Bounty Hunter has Kaliyo Djannis and Skadge, who are Psychos For Hire that largely approve of violence and cruelty. Most notably, Kaliyo is the first companion of the Agent and will be around for quite a while before they get their second companion.
- Then there is SCORPIO, an Agent companion, a ruthless assassin droid. She is a major companion in Knights of the Fallen Empire, and later betrays you by taking over the Eternal Fleet.
- Suikoden V has Nakula, an Ax-Crazy killer who makes absolutely no attempt to hide the fact that he wants to murder one of your other teammates. A little elaboration is needed. He's not "evil by design". Rather, he's just insanely pissed one of your other teammates murdered his father, and though he really wants said teammate to die (who even acknowledges he's right to be so angry), he's willing to be professional enough to put his grudge aside to aid you, even against his own people, mostly because they gave him up for dead.
- Bowser in Super Mario RPG and Super Paper Mario, although he can hardly be called "Evil" in either of those games.
- Lady Bow in Paper Mario. Her subjects picked on Tubba before and after the events of her chapter.
- Harold Berselius in Tales of Destiny 2 is the Token Amoral Teammate, essentially doing everything for either her amusement, to get the chance to murder a goddess, or For Science!, including threatening to vivisect people and experimenting on them without consent. It must be pointed out she was a Mad Scientist for the good side of the Aether war, however.
- Anyone with the Darcsen Hater potential in Valkyria Chronicles. Cezary is a Dirty Coward who only became a sniper to stay off the front lines, besides being a complete Jerkass. (even to the player) And then there's Theold Bohr, a Might Makes Right, Social Darwinist, bully and utterly unrepentant Jerkass who calls Darcsens heretics. Rosina isn't quite as bad as the other two (she only dislikes Darcsens because they tend to be skinny, and she has a thing for macho men) but she can still be a jerk sometimes. Given the nature of the game, most players don't even touch them.
- Joshua of The World Ends with You. He starts as the protagonist's partner and foil in the second level of the game, fakes a Heroic Sacrifice, and ends up as the Big Bad and The Man Behind the Man in The Reveal. Not bad for a smarmy git.
- Warlocks and Death Knights seem to serve this role in World of Warcraft. Warlocks fit the role very loosely, since they indeed horribly kill their enemies and steal their souls, but their class quest chain is dedicated to resisting the Burning Legion's influence and not succumbing to evil.
- As well as many Forsaken characters, who are not saints and seem to be part of the Horde mostly out of it being mutually beneficial (and Sylvanas having at least some degree of respect for Thrall).
- And Death Knights feed by the very act of killing, which is perfectly suited to the role of adventurer..and thus not really fitting the trope very well. All of what made the DK class "evil" was because they were compelled to do Arthas' will, which disappears after the Knights of the Ebon Blade rebel.
- On the other hand, many of the Knights of the Ebon Blade take questionable approaches to fighting the Scourge, from being willing to fire even while risking hitting web-wrapped "human shields" to destroying the soul of an enemy commander.
- In Wrath of the Lich King, Malygos, leader of the Blue Dragonflight, has gone insane and is leading his dragonflight in an attempt to destroy the world due to what he sees as overuse and misuse of magic by mortals. The Wyrmrest Accord is an alliance of the other four dragonflights of Azeroth against the blues. The black dragonflight is part of the alliance. The leader of the black dragonflight also wants to destroy the world, in his case because he was corrupted by Eldritch Abominations, and in fact he would try to in the very next expansion, but he wasn't around during the events of Wrath of the Lich King. So the blacks, while evil in general, weren't making a concerted effort to blow things up when the blues were.
- Magatha Grimtotem and her clan are this to the Tauren. She's responsible for the death of Cairne Bloofhoof (Cairne had a duel with Garrosh Hellscream where both fighters were allowed to have their weapon blessed by a shaman before the fight, Magatha applied poison to Hellscream's weapon) and was exiled for it. Players help her acquire an artifact called the Doomstone in post-Cataclysm Thousand Needles, after which she vanishes.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Pegasus, Yami Marik, and Yami Bakura are among the playable characters.
- 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.
- 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.
- 8-Bit Theater: Black Mage 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.
- 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.
- Curse Quest: Avalon is a dead ringer for this. He appears to be inactive and sidelines with the heroes at the moment. However, considering he doesn't give his real name and also using an alias when signing up for the curse quest, it can be assumed he doesn't want to be discovered by the International Guild of Heroes. He cheers on enemies trying to kill his teammates and demands being called Master Avalon.
- In Darths & Droids, Pete doesn't exactly play his character evil, but as more of an insane and completely amoral psychopath. Though he doesn't seem to be aware that there is anything unusual about it. And it's R2-D2 of all people. He does admit that he likes the group in this strip, after he GM's a session which turns into a death trap. Lampshaded in #783:
- R2-D2: If I was controlling a bad guy, you know what I'd do?
- Arudin from Dungeon Crawl Inc is this, though he insists he's "colorfully pragmatic." His most vile deeds occurred 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.
- Inverted in EVIL evil with Trevor Savage. Since the entire main cast are all going to school to become villains, he stands out as the one character who is NOT (particularly) villanois.
- Lothar Hex of Exterminatus Now.
- Luke from Freakangels decided one day human morals really weren't his thing and has been going downhill ever since.
- General Protection Fault:
Nick: Do they make marketing people in a less maniacal flavor?
- Trudy 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.
Trent: "Fired?! On what grounds?"Dwayne: "Let's see. Harassing a fellow employee. Attempting to murder said fellow employee. Disrupting the workplace with frivolous lawsuits. I don't like you, I'm through defending you to my employees, you just attempted to pull my wife's clothes off..." (He forgot to mention installing a wireless router without permission.)Trent: "I think I get the picture..."
- The trope is downplayed at first 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 does eventually push the Team Dad too far.
- 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.
- Tarvek considers himself this to Agatha's group, even declaring it out loud at one point.
Tarvek: I'm totally one of the bad guys, okay? I'm a great big devious weasel.
- Tarvek considers himself this to Agatha's group, even declaring it out loud at one point.
- 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.
- At first, the Trolls 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.
- There's also Eridan Ampora, who doesn't seem too dangerous initially, merely being a Jerk Ass with plans to perform genocide on the land dwellers that he doesn't seem too likely to ever actually come through with. Then in Act 5 Act 2, he reveals his plan to join up with Jack Noir, and promptly blinds Sollux and murders Feferi and Kanaya when they attempt to fight him.
- And the most unexpected example, Gamzee Makara. Introduced as a dim-witted, good natured stoner who is a devout follower of a religion of clowns and miracles, he seems like a funny character firmly rooted on the good side. Then he runs out of what kept him high and has his religion mocked by Dave and promptly becomes a murderer hellbent on killing all the other trolls in the name of his "mirthful messiahs". While Karkat calms him down before he can kill more than two trolls, he still never goes back to being the good-natured person he was before, becoming a complete Jerk Ass, and he ends up being a follower of Lord English and doing many things to assist him as well as the only one of the token evil teammates to end up having seemingly no redeeming qualities by the end.
- For the Pre-scratch trolls Kurloz was probably the most outright evil, though Meenah and Damara were close behind.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- In One Piece: Grand Line 3.5, 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. In addition, the character build was not one that could even work with the party with the key maneuver being a frenzy attack that doesn't distinguish between allies and foes.
- 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. The authorities of Law and Good actually agree with Roy, saying that they believe that Roy's influence has minimized Belkar's evil (and their projections of what Belkar might have become without Roy around are actually kind of scary).
- 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 first character to (rightly) suspect there's more going on there than just an alignment shift (And for a long time, too).
- Though even that is suspect: it later turns out that the character calling himself Durkon isn't Durkon at all; he's actually the High Priest of Hel, who pulled a Grand Theft Me and sealed Durkon's actual soul/mind deep inside, picking away at his memories in order to learn how to better impersonate him.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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 (aka "Mad King Ryan") has surpassed him, regularly making sadistic challenges for the others, imprisoning animals for petty reasons and constantly betraying the others For the Evulz.
- Typically, whenever Lewis Brindley, Simon Lane and Duncan Jones play Minecraft together, it's a fair bet that Lewis and Duncan will both work fairly efficiently on their various projects, with the odd moment of trolling or silliness in between. Simon, however, will remorselessly set things on fire, kill the others for relatively petty reasons (such as Duncan talking about a golf course that wasn't practical to finish), use TNT to "solve" a problem more often than not, steal things from others and insult them. He's fairly bad in Trouble In Terrorist Town as well, in which he tends to RDM note while innocent and do his fellow traitors in with suicide bombs when a traitor. Ironically, he's the complete opposite in Yoglabs.
- 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.
- 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).
- Tyce from Deagle Nation is this to the rest of Deagle Nation. Not only has he started a "civil war" within the group twice now, but he's also a neo-nazi and has stated plenty of times that he's wanted to start a race war to "free the skeletons" among other goals.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hat Films has Smiffy (Alex Smith), although "evil" might be an exaggeration. While (at least when playing Minecraft) the Sirs are mostly immoral and ended up being the biggest threat to the rest of the Yogscast server before it was deactivated, 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.
- The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Skygni, who's a magically Awakened frost-breathing Winter Wolf. He swore a Blood Oath (under duress) to not eat people. Well, at least not the ones travelling with the heroes' caravan, anyway.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- For the Wards, this would be Shadow Stalker. For one thing, she's Sophia Hess, one of the bullies who made Taylor's life at school hell. On top of that, she's only on the team because her early career as a vigilante was violent as hell, and it was this or jail. Even then, she's all too willing to use lethal ammo in the field, and her internal monologue in one chapter indicates that she's still happy to take out criminals who won't be missed if she's sure the forensics won't be traced back to her.
- In the Yogscast series Cornerstone, the participants such as Duncan, Hannah Rutherford, Sjin, Kim Richards and Rythian are largely capable of cooperation, although most factions have built a secret base or two and arguments tend to crop up. This is not the case with Hat Films, who generally antagonise the other seven players, stole a lot of gold all to build a "Mile High Club" base, steal jetpacks, found a cult to a golden hand and try murdering the others when their own secret base is ravaged. This applies to a lesser extent with Strippin, who essentially acts as their muscle.
- Adventure Time:
- The Ice King, starting season 3.
- Peppermint Butler. He's known to the Gumball Guardians as "The Dark One" and he's best friends with death. And he's still Princess Bubblegum's loyal butler.
- Iago from Disney's Aladdin: The Series, as the former servant of villain Jafar, Iago is rehabilitated but still the one member of the team with the most nasty ideas. In some episodes, he subtly attempts to steal the Sultan's gold.
- American Dad!:
- Roger, while none of the Smith household are exactly saintly in behavior, they can at least play the Straight Man or display a plausible conscience at times, Depending on the Writer. Roger on the other hand is a rather consistant Comedic Sociopath who has problems feeling for anyone over himself (at least par a few early occasions).
- Barry counts as this among Steve's friends. He's a psychotic criminal genius who takes medication that turns him into a good-natured idiot, but occasionally his true nature shines through.
- Aqua Teen Hunger Force has Shake: a bastard who lives to torture his roommates and for personal gain. The other members of the team often do evil things as well, but Shake is unique in that he doesn't need a reason.
- Dodie from As Told by Ginger is a downplayed example as she is not outright "evil". She is prone to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, tried to break up Ginger and her boyfriend because she was jealous of Darren, and has other negative qualities.
- Dinobot serves this role in Beast Wars for about the first two seasons. Shortly after his death, Blackarachnia takes over.
- Dragons: Riders of Berk has Tuffnut and Ruffnut who are considered to be too violent and reckless even for vikings' standards. They also find some pleasure in chaos and destruction and show some sociopathic behavior, but mostly harmless.
- DuckTales (2017): When asked who is the "evil triplet", they all point at Loui, who agrees.
- Stewie Griffin in early seasons of Family Guy. Ironically however, while the rest of the family Took a Level in Jerkass he's arguably evolved into one of the more likable characters in the show. Which technically makes him the Token Good Teammate now.
- Bender on Futurama.
Bender: From now on I promise I'll never be too good or too evil again. I'll just be me.
Leela: Do you think you could be a little less evil than that?
Bender: I dunno. Do you think you could survive a 700 foot fall?
Fry: Good old Bender.
- Given his near-total lack of regard for human life and number of Doomsday devices, Farnsworth is also this.
- Word of God is that if the planned Gargoyles spinoff Gargoyles 2198 ever gets made, Demona, Big Bad of the existing Gargoyles series, will take this role. It's not that she's gotten over her Fantastic Racism towards humans, but more that she's decided she likes the Scary Dogmatic Aliens who've taken over Earth even less — for now. Whether she'll eventually morph into The Atoner or take back the Big Bad role herself is left deliberately unanswered.
- Trina Riffin from Grojband, and as much as being a hinderance to the band, she's also an unwitting help to them (Corey's inability to come up with lyrics is part of the reason).
- The Misfits from Jem are all varying degrees of mean (though Stormer is only pretending to fit in) and are constantly making The Holograms lives miserable however Jetta is worse than the others. She and Roxy loathe each other, she picks on Stormer despite Stormer being the reason she's in the band (then again the others pick on her too), and she almost scammed Pizzazz out of at least a million dollars. It's a wonder they keep her around.
- Heloise on Jimmy Two-Shoes. She's as often seen in the company of Lucius as Jimmy (whom she has a crush on).
- Alexandra from Josie and the Pussycats only tags along with the group because her brother Alexander is the manager. Every episode usually features her either trying to steal Alan away from Josie or sabotage the band in some way.
- In Justice League episode "Hereafter", when Superman was supposedly dead, Lobo stepped up to fill in the missing spot. He took Hero Insurance to ridiculous new levels. Of course, the other members of the league never agreed to it but they really needed an extra hand at the time. When Superman returns, they get Lobo to scram.
- Doktor Frogg is the only member of the League of Super Evil who is actually evil as opposed to just obnoxious.
- Kaeloo: Mr. Cat is one of the protagonists of the show and is a friend of the main cast, but he normally does evil stuff and actually plays the villain in several episodes.
- Varrick in The Legend of Korra. His motives for helping Team Avatar against Unalaq were far from altruistic, as he did not care for the interests of the Southern Water Tribe, only for profiting from the conflict. He is willing to go to extremes, such as breaking the law to do this. However, he ended up becoming a Sixth Ranger Traitor and he was sabotaging their mission from the start. He masterminded terrorist attacks behind the heroes' backs that were executed by triads. He even took advantage of Asami by stealing her equipment just to make her desperate enough to sell him controlling interest. By Books Three and Four, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes a critical member of the fight against the Big Bad in the Grand Finale, having grown a conscience.
- The Looney Tunes Show:
- Marvin the Martian is a friend to Bugs, Daffy, and Porky in this continuity. He still wants to blow up the Earth, though.
- Daffy is this compared to the people he hangs out with, though the "evil" part is usually just shameless selfishness.
- Rico from The Penguins of Madagascar. He's canonically classed by Skipper as their resident psychopath, and out of any of the members of the penguin team, causes the most trouble intentionally.
- Buford from Phineas and Ferb isn't actually evil, but he is rude, intimidating, and a self-professed bully.
- As in the film version, Zed in the animated series of Police Academy is a former criminal turn cop, as such he even has to deal sometimes with his relatives/former friends in the other side of the law in several episodes.
- Eric Cartman is arguably the evilest thing in the entire South Park universe, being more evil than Satan (though admittedly that's not too difficult), able to tame Cthulu, created imaginary characters that terrified the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, has only ever Pet the Dog for his own personal gain (save for one instance where he saved the lives of some cats), and is literally incapable of understanding good. Even his three closest friends aren't entirely sure why they let him hang around.
- Mr. Krabs from SpongeBob SquarePants, in later seasons after his Flanderization into a more malicious, abusive boss. In Season 10, however, this is subverted as his characterization is reversed.
- In the second season finale of Star Wars Rebels, Darth Maul serves as this to the main Jedi cast as he has his own reasons for wanting Palpatine and the Empire to fall. However, it's soon subverted as when it looks like he's going to win, turns on them, and he becomes a recurring antagonist in the third season.
- Peridot agrees to an Enemy Mine with the Crystal Gems in the second season of Steven Universe when she is stranded on Earth and they face a common danger in the Cluster. She eventually is forced to join the Crystal Gems for real in "Message Received" when she unthinkingly mouths off at Yellow Diamond, who proves to not be the goddess of logic that she believed her to be, nor as respectful to her as the Crystal Gems.
- Ruby from Super 4 is a family-friendly version of the trope, as she tends to be focused on stealing treasure, but is still loyal to her friends.
- Duncan and Heather on Total Drama Island (the former being more childishly destructive, the latter being more of a Manipulative Bastard). Justin in Total Drama Action (as a Smug Snake). Alejandro in Total Drama World Tour as a sort of Heather-Justin hybrid. Scott in Total Drama Revenge of the Island as another Manipulative Bastard.
- Both played straight and inverted in Total Drama All Stars. Inverted with the Villainous Vultures having Gwen (who doesn't even want to be evil) and played straight with Courtney and later Duncan on the Heroic Hamsters and Mike's new evil personality Mal.
- Rusty Venture often takes this role on The Venture Bros. He'd really like to be a good guy (and has passed on at least one chance to become a Card-Carrying Villain), but he's far too lazy and selfish to pass up an opportunity to make a buck just because it hurts someone else. We're talking about a guy who built a machine powered by an orphan's heart, here. Rusty is the reason for the Powered by a Forsaken Child trope. The aforementioned Lotus-Eater Machine was described as such by Doctor Orpheus.
- Rubilax on Wakfu is a brute who is always looking for a good fight and a chance to spread mayhem and destruction just For the Evulz. Being sealed in a sword forces him to use snarking as an outlet for his frustrated evil. Fortunately for him, his wielder Shushu Knight Sadlygrove provides plenty of Snark Bait. For most of the series Rubilax is a double-edged sword — pun intended — since he is a powerful weapon that can use different elemental powers depending on the situation. On the other hand, he's always trying to take possession of Sadlygrove in order to wreak havoc.
- Rabbit from Winnie-the-Pooh often acts as a child friendly variant of the trope. He is certainly the most antagonistic of the other docile members of the Hundred Acre Wood, he is a Grumpy Bear at worst however, and to many audiences the sanest and most relatable character of the series. He's even arguably the Big Bad of Springtime with Roo (and the Villain Protagonist) until he realizes the error of his ways.
- W.I.T.C.H.: Prince Phobos, the former season's Big Bad, takes this role briefly during the second season, because he's the only person who can take the new Big Bad's Amplifier Artifact away from her without it instantly teleporting back. Phobos spends a handful of episodes grudgingly helping the heroes (while acting like a titanic Jerk Ass to them all the while) and then he finally gets what he wants- said Amplifier Artifact for himself. He promptly betrays everybody and resumes the throne of Big Bad. Something Will fully expected from him and had planned for.