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Token Good Team Mate
It's either the one who doesn't have the fires of Hell behind her, or the robot.

Sarda: You are all evil monsters who need to die for the good of everybody else.
Black Mage: Wait, even Fighter?
Sarda: Except Fighter.
Fighter: Yay!
Sarda: He's a casualty.
Black Mage: (as Fighter pouts) Yay!

A Token Evil Teammate is someone in the team whose lesser principles stick out like a sore thumb. A Token Good Teammate is someone whose greater principles do the same. A typical example might be a Justified Criminal forced to go native among real criminals, perhaps because of deliberate persecution or simple error by The Government.

Despite his high moral standards, he need not be The Heart for the party, as he may not be interfering with their questionable activities. He can remind the others (or teach them for the first time) that there is more at stake than money, power or personal vendettas. Alternately, he may be someone who simply holds himself aloof from the "debauchery" of other party members. In extreme examples, he may become The Scrappy In-Universe as he tries to foist his ideas on others, becoming a terribly annoying Commander Contrarian.

He will likely have struggles between loyalty to the True Companions and his conscience, creating inner conflict and conflict with his teammates, but sometimes a Token Good Teammate can also inspire the team to rise above themselves by the idealism they show.

If both he and the Token Evil Teammate are in the same party (and you know authors won't want to miss the chance) there will be at least one huge display of verbal fireworks per episode, lots of almost (and actual) Lets You And Him Fights, and perhaps an eventual Vitriolic Best Buds.

Alternatively, a Token Good Teammate can be found amongst a group of dastardly villains, in order for the show to make sure that the antagonist side does not go too black in terms of morality. Perhaps this character shows restraint in doing atrocious evil, or is forced against his own will to be a bad guy (due to a hostage or some other leverage held by the bad guys, for example), or has other goals that are noble, but require him/her to be on the bad guys' side, or is merely just following orders from the higher ups that he/she has sworn loyalty to (high honor standards can cause such). This character has a high chance to become a sympathetic Anti-Villain that the audience can root for, or perhaps even call it quits and jump ship to the good guys. He may also be the Team Face by virtue of not being an asshole. The other members will trust him more than each other and have him talk to the muggles when needed.

Compare Token Wholesome and Hero Antagonist. Related to the Fish out of Water, the Only Sane Man, and The Heart. See also All-Loving Hero. For possible variations on the 'good guy amongst irredeemable villains', you could try the Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains.


Examples

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     Anime and Manga  

  • Wave, and to a lesser extent Run from Akame ga Kiru!. Wave especially could write the book on this.
  • Rock to the Black Lagoon Company. Rotton the Wizard to Shenhua and Sawyer.
  • Code Geass: Euphie and Suzaku are this for Britannia in season one; in season two, it's Nunnally.
  • Sgt. Frog: Dororo is less interested in taking over Earth and more interested in protecting its environment. Far more obvious in the manga, and pointed out several times.
  • Seras Victoria, Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, is the only character on Hellsing with a fully functional moral compass.
    • Anderson plays this role for the Vatican side- he may love fighting monsters, including Seras, but he does stick to his sense of right and wrong even as his faction reaches new lows—culminating in his destruction of Maxwell's anti-zombie shelter when he realizes the latter has gone around the bend.
    • Also, The Captain is this for Millennium.
  • Coyote Starrk and Tier Harribel of the Espada in Bleach could count. While for the most part, the Espada's members are arrogant, violent, and thoroughly evil followers of Aizen, Starrk and Harribel are both Martial Pacifists that don't like fighting but believe in True Companions and The Power of Friendship.
    • Coyote Starrk ends up being a deconstruction as his fight with Shunsui Kyoraku shows that even though he was a noble person, he was still fighting on the wrong side. Nevertheless, Shunsui makes a point to say that he's not in the right for fighting Starrk either.
    • Also, Riruka Dokugamine, the only one in Xcution who doesn't want Ichigo's powers and tries to reject it. It helps that she actually befriended Ichigo and Orihime genuinely.
  • Dieci of the Numbers Cyborgs in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, who was the only one amongst them who questioned the rightness of their terrorist actions. Resident Smug Snake Quattro, naturally, looks down at her and sees her conscience and empathy for others as a weakness.
  • Kurama in an early arc of YuYu Hakusho. Not surprisingly, he does a Heel-Face Turn, but unexpectedly, so does Hiei (who then becomes the Token Evil Teammate for the good guys.)
  • In Death Note, Rem on Team Kira is about as nice and morally pure as anyone on that side gets.
    • The same could be said about Soichiro Yagami.
  • Sixinglong/Nouva Shenron in the last arc of Dragon Ball GT. He's a Martial Pacifist Noble Demon who believes in Honorable Duels, and goes as far as to put off his fight with Goku when he's temporarily blinded. Justified because he came from the only selfish wish made by the Dragon Balls in the series, giving King Piccolo his youth back.
  • Mikiya Kokutou from Kara no Kyoukai is a really decent guy and a devout Zen Buddhist. The people he hangs around with are... neutral at best. He comments on how he'll just have to share the karma of Shiki's sins to be with her. Miraculously, he does this without sounding like a jackass.
  • In One Piece, we have Hachi, who was the least cruel out of Arlong's pirates. He would in fact become an ally to the Straw Hats later.
    • Though later chapters would show more good (or at least not corrupt, an arrogant Jerkass or a fanatical Knight Templar) Marines, Smoker and his partner Tashigi are the very first named Marines to be depicted as such in almost 100 chapters.
    • Jinbe of the Warlords, being the only one that isn't cruel, out of his mind, a prick, or not caring about anyone.
    • While not exactly a "team" in a traditional sense, for the Four Emperors is Shanks ever since Whitebeard's death.
    • The Neferti family turns out to be this among the Celestial Dragons as they were the only family to not proclaim themselves to be gods after founding the World Government.
  • Maria of Eyeshield 21's Hakushuu Dinosaurs is this to Marco, Gaou, Kisaragi, and Tengu. She actually tries to slip information to other teams in the interests of preventing casualties. Unfortunately for her, Marco's drive to win (in order to impress her, might we add) outweighs anything she might try to do.
  • Jugo from Naruto qualifies as this most of the time. While his Superpowered Evil Side has allegedly caused a massive amount of destruction in the past, Jugo's dominant personality is a calm, level-headed and non-violent man who would rather not have the incredible superpowers that drive him insane from time to time. He acts as the Token Good Teammate given that his friends are: Suigetsu, a Blood Knight Serial Killer; Karin, a Yandere Hot Scientist and willing former servant of Orochimaru, and Sasuke.
    • Tobi seemed like this at first - a complete Cloudcuckoolander even next to Dark Chick Deidara, he was at least as interested in having dango with his partner as being evil. Then the entire thing turned out to be an act.
    Kisame: Don't get me wrong, I liked Tobi. He managed to lighten the mood of this rather gloomy organization.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Sasaki turns out to be the only decent person in the Anti-SOS Brigade. She even joins up with Kyon to stop her nominal teammates.
  • Daphne in the Brilliant Blue has Maia who is kind to everyone, even her kidnappers. Thus she is a contrast to gun obbessed Gloria, property damage causing Yu, and ruthless Rena.
    • Before Maia joined, Shizuka might count since she doesn't cause the same damage as the above. However, she never has a problem with what they do either.
  • A Certain Magical Index has Acqua of the Back, the only truly noble member of God's Right Seat, who genuinely wants to help and protect the world. The other members are corrupt and/or have secret agendas.
  • In an excellent example of having both a Token Good Teammate and a Token Evil Teammate on the same team, the Black and Gray Morality world of Slayers has Amelia and Xellos respectively. The rest of the team tend to be selfish jerks (especially Lina), but Xellos admits to being evil and tags along because a.) he's under orders to, and b.) it's just fun. Amelia, on the other hand, is Wrong Genre Savvy and thinks she's in a Magical Girl show, even going so far as to trying to cure Xellos of being evil through the power of love. The rest of the team swings back and forth along the spectrum of good vs evil.
  • To some degree Togusa in Ghost in the Shell counts. The rest of Section 9 is fighting terrorism and organized crime, and government corruption at times, and are devoted to protect the citizen from major threats. However, Togusa is the only one who would risk the trouble of apprehending armed criminals alive and see that they are properly tried. Everyone else strikes first and starts looking for any survivors that can be questioned after the dust has settled.
  • As revealed eventually in the latter stages of Brave 10, Hattori Hanzō's group seemingly consist of people who are only in for simple megalomania and conquering the world. The only exception is Anastasia, just fresh after betraying the Braves, as her motive of serving Hanzo was only to reclaim her family heirloom that Hanzo held. Despite being a Type V Anti-Hero herself.
  • Though everyone from the Sabertooth guild in Fairy Tail is cocky, Rogue is the only one to actually voice his distaste at how they humiliated and expelled one of their members over a single loss. It's an incredibly stark contrast with his close companion Sting's amusement over the poor girl's weakness.
    • After Master Gienma and Minerva, the two evil members of the guild left Sabertooth and Sting took over the master position, the guild loses its Jerkass attitude, but Rogue has the potential to become evil like his future self.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: While all of Dartz's elite minions have tragic backstories that explain their Start of Darkness, Raphael is distinct in that he seems to genuinely believe that Dartz is saving the world. He has so much respect for and connection to his cards that he successfully uses the Heart of the Cards against Yami Yugi. He also successfully fights the influence of the Orichalcos, something only Mai had previously done (with The Power of Love) and subsequently rescues Mai and Valon's comatose bodies from an earthquake.
  • Lunamaria Hawke of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is an unusual example, given that her teammates aren't really villainous. Despite this, Luna maintains her sense of perspective and avoids crossing the line.
  • Masa and Ren are both this to the entire Seto syndicate in My Bride Is a Mermaid. They're the only two members who support Nagasumi and Sun's engagement and don't actively try to kill the former on a regular basis.

     Comic Books 
  • Jim Gordon in most Batman comics and shows has that effect. He seems to purify the air around him. Look at Harvey Bullock, a Corrupt Cop that becomes Gordon's Lancer.
  • Piffany in Nodwick. While Nodwick is also good-aligned, he is too subservient to have much effect on the group's actions. Piffany is oblivious to Yeagar and Artax's more questionable actions, or sometimes willing to rationalize. Ironically, she's also Yeagar and Arthax's Morality Pet, and the two would probably be even more reprehensible if she wasn't a party member, however ineffectual she is at stopping what they do try with her around. One plotline concerns a Bad Future without Piffany, where Yeagar and Arthax become The Dragon and The Evil Genius under an evil god without her around. One thing: the easiest way to make Yeagar and Artax fly into a rage is to hurt Piffany.
  • Sandman of The Sinister Six.
  • Victoria Hand. Out of everyone on the team, she's the one person who isn't a homicidal maniac. So much that when Captain America is appointed to Osborn/Stark/Fury's old position he makes her his New Avengers liason
  • Jolt of The Thunderbolts. She was an actual hero (technically a hero wannabe) among the villains pretending to be heroes Thunderbolts. Her presence helped foster the already-forming Heel Face Turns of Songbird, Atlas, and Mach-1.
    • In a later incarnation of the team composed mainly of unrepentant criminals, the good teammate was Songbird. In the version of the group after that, Norman Osborn's private black ops task force, the good teammate was Paladin, though he wasn't so much "good" as "not bad." Eventually the Headsman, Ant-Man, and the Ghost joined him — though it was Ghost who made it all possible.
    • An even later incarnation of the team, formed by General Thaddeus Ross (the Red Hulk), had Flash Thompson, aka Agent Venom. He's the most heroic of the group - he's a Spidey fanboy so go figure - which says a lot considering he's bonded to a carnivorous parasite with a taste for human flesh, and is the one who resents violence the most and tries to avoid it whenever possible. However, eventually he realises that as the Token Good Teammate, he can't stand what the team does, and quits. He is later replaced by Ghost Rider, who is as amoral as everyone else on the team.
  • Lucas Lee of the Evil Exes in Scott Pilgrim is not a Jerkass like much of the other Exes. He turns out to actually be a decent guy who is genuinely friendly to Scott. However, Scott still has to defeat him to free Ramona from the Evil Exes' control.
    • He was more of an antagonistic Jerkass in the film adaptation, however.
  • Played for Laughs in Uncanny X-Men vol.2, when Scott creates what he calls "Extinction Team" — a group of the most powerful and dangerous members of X-Men to perform large-scale heroic acts, as a warning to everybody willing to attack X-Men by showing what can they do. He even directly calls them weapons of mass destruction. The team is made of himself, Storm, Hope, Emma Frost, Colossus (who had recently became The Juggernaut), Magik (frequent Token Evil Teammate of New Mutants), Sub-Mariner and Magneto. Storm points out that in entire team only her, Hope and Scott haven't been, at least once in their life, supervillains and considering he just compared X-Men to North Korea, he doesn't count.
  • During the opening of Reginald Hudlin's run on Black Panther (the arc that was later animated), Ulysses Klaw puts together a team of supervillains to attack Wakanda. Black Knight (a deluded fanatic who believes in White Man's Burden), Cannibal (a creepy body-surfer), Rhino / Juggernaut (Dumb Muscle who kills an endangered rhino for kicks) Radioactive Man (glowing green sadist) and Batroc the Leaper ("I'm a professional, not a zealot").

    Fan Works 

    Film 

  • Charlie Wilson's War: Joanne.
  • In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jefferson Smith is the nicest, greatest guy in the world, and everyone around him sucks. But by being around him, they start to get better. Ms. Saunders the secretary, the Corrupt Senator from Smith's home state, they all see the light.
  • The Amish family in Saving Sarah Cain are this in public school. In their case they make venial compromises that understandably irritates Big Sis Lyddie (who is THEIR "Token Good Teammate").
  • In The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, the GM sends along a paladin in order to keep in check the group's more sociopathic members. All it does is have them find more creative ways to be sociopaths.
  • Jim Caviezel's character in The Thin Red Line, Witt, is so noble and idealistic that he comes across as jarring to the other soldiers around him.
  • Charles Bronson's character in The Dirty Dozen is the most reliable of the bunch, with Maggot on the other side of the spectrum as the Token Evil Teammate.
  • Lt. Archie Hicox of the Inglorious Basterds.
  • Predators:
    • Isabelle is a mere Israeli sniper alongside a mercenary, enforcers for Yakuza, RUF and Mexican cartels and a death row murderer (and a doctor who's actually a serial killer) and is usually the only one with some conscience in the team.
    • Nikolai the Spetnaz soldiers counts too, being a friendly family man who sacrificed his life to save one of the group for no reason but it being the right thing to do.
    • Subverted in the case of Edwin. As Royce describes to Isabelle that every one of them are seasoned killers, he notes that the meek Edwin's presence doesn't even make sense. The doctor eventually reveals himself as the most psychotic member of the entire group, since he's a Serial Killer whose only motive to kill innocent people is because he likes it and feels at home on the predator death world.
  • Professor Hugo Fassbender in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, who wanted nothing to do with former Chief Inspector Dreyfus' reign of terror, as he doesn't believe in world domination, but had no choice when Dreyfus tortured his daughter Margo. He unwillingly joined with Dreyfus to build a doomsday device to threaten the world unless they kill Chief Inspector Clouseau.
  • In The Avengers, Captain America stands out in a team plagued with detachment from humanity, egotism, anger issues, guilt, and a seething desire for revenge. Later on, the team accepts him as their leader.
  • In Return of the Streetfighter, Kitty is revealed to be this for the Mafia toward the climax.
  • Subverted in Stoker in which Whip Taylor seems to be this among his Jerk Jock group of friends who harass India—telling them to leave her alone, apologizing for their behavior. To that end, she seeks him out late one night to talk. . .and he tries to rape her when she rebuffs his advances.
  • In Dogma, the unnamed female board member (played by Linda Levine) is the lone innocent on the Mooby board of directors.
  • Paul, somewhat, and Sorina definitely in Pain and Gain. Paul is essentially Driven to Villainy and Sorina just doesn't know any better.
  • The Other Wybie and the Other Father both share this role in Coraline.
  • Zangief from Street Fighter, simply because he's so stupid he thinks M. Bison is the hero and the A.N. are "enemies of peace and freedom". He has a Heel Realization just in time to save about half the main cast.
    Deejay: Are you totally demented, man?! Bison is the enemy of freedom and peace! These people have come from all over the world to stop him!
    Zangief: Bison?! He's a... bad guy?!
  • Pete from Neighbors is the most moral of the group and actually has ambitions outside of the Frat.
  • Subverted in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Wolverine was the most vocal and adamant about his disapproval of Team X's actions, but it turns out after his departure most of the rest left not long after, with only Zero and Victor staying behind. Logan simply set the example, as they realised what they had become.
  • Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy is the only Guardian that doesn't start off a criminal or a Jerk Ass. The only reason he is with them is because of Rocket.
  • In 28 Days Later, it's Sergeant Farrell for the soldiers. Surprise surprise.
  • Sue in every version of Carrie.

    Literature 

  • Loial the Ogier in The Wheel of Time series. Most of the 'good guys' are just as likely to act in their own self-interest as help their friends and allies, even when cooperation is vital. Loial sometimes finds himself caught between these squabbles, but he cares deeply for all of his friends and is typically much more willing to risk his neck for them than they are for each other.
  • David Balfour in Kidnapped. Though the difference is more ideological then moral it is easy to mistake one for the other and he can be self-righteous.
  • Túrin spends some time among outlaws in Lay of the Children of Húrin.
  • Wintrow in Robin Hobb's The Liveship Traders trilogy tries hard to be this, but is mostly ridiculed (or worse) for his high moral standards. Amber manages better with her views on slavery, violence and the treatment of Paragon.
  • The hero in Mickey Blue Eyes.
  • Otto in Otto Of The Silver Hand. In his case he is a Woobie version of this.
  • Prince Edward is among London Beggers in The Prince and the Pauper.
  • The Geste brothers in Beau Geste. They are Gentleman-rankers among rather ruffianly Foreign Legionaires and some of this is class difference. However they do, to some degree try to be the Token Good Teammate. Like the good English boys they are.
  • Patrius in the Farsala Trilogy, though one could argue that it's only really noticeable when he is contrasted with his commander, Garren.
  • Though she only appears briefly in one scene in the original novel, Bree Tanner is this for Victoria's newborn army in the Twilight series. The film adaptation expands her role significantly and especially emphasizes this aspect of her character.
    • Freaky Fred also counts, seeing as he's the only newborn who actively refrains from the fighting between newborns and defends Bree from them.
  • Rana Sanga is the Token Good general of the Malwa empire in Belisarius Series, being a noble and brave Rajput Warrior Prince.
  • Thomas Raith qualifies as the token good member of his family in the early The Dresden Files, as the only Raith with anything resembling morals. Then he leaves the family.
  • Subverted with great gusto in The Blending series by Sharon Green. The team of Psycho Rangers set up in contrast to the main characters appears to have a token good member and Only Sane Man in the person of their Spirit wielder... until he reveals he's been using his power to control the other members of their team and is probably the most evil of the five - and the most ambitious - just a lot smarter and less obvious about it.
  • In Good Omens, Death is this for the Horsepeople of the Apocalypse. In fact, he's actually an angel.
  • In Ivanhoe, King Richard is like this to Robin Hood's men.
  • Legacyof The Dragokin: Downplayed, as Ravage is called such for a reason, but he's the only one in the group that's not interested in Gendercide. He joined the group out of concern for his little sister.
  • While the Honor Harrington universe is full of noble people serving a nation that is up to no good, and villains with many positive qualities mixed in with their villainy, and everything in between, there are only a small handful of cases where a clearly good character is working with a group of clear-cut villains. Cauldron of Ghosts features a platoon of PeaceForce goons with a sergeant who is trying and failing to keep them in line with the letter of the law during a crack-down, and a clearly noble Lieutenant who is adamant on being both a good leader to his men and and enforcer of the law and the ideals that PeaceForce should live up to. When the sergeant is distracted elsewhere, the Lieutenant is shot and killed by his own men.
  • Victor "Vic" Criss from It is the one member of the Bowers Gang to have morals and be much more reluctant to do what Henry Bowers wants them to do. At one point he warns the Loser's Club of Henry's degrading insanity and even considers joining them at one part, but ultimately sticks with the gang and is eventually killed by the monster. This is present in the film adaptation as well, though greatly condensed to a single line where he tries to stop Henry from carving his name into Ben's belly.
    Vic: Come on, Henry! That's enough!

     Live Action TV  

  • Nate Ford to the rest of the Leverage team. He was specifically hired to be the "one honest man" on a crew of thieves. However, the distinction gets fuzzier as time goes by, as Nate begins to almost relish his role of criminal mastermind and the rest of the team discovers they enjoy using their skills to help people. Sophie especially is pointed out to be his moral compass later in the series.
  • Lisa is becoming this on V-2009, which is very bad news considering her mother is the Big Bad.
    • Joshua is probably a more clear-cut example of this, at least until the season 1 finale.
  • While every character on the new Battlestar Galactica is morally compromised to a certain extent, Helo seems to stand out as the only one that can still be considered an exemplar of Honor Before Reason in a society that increasingly embraces the ends justifying the means.
    • Also Billy, although he may have been lucky to get shot dead shortly before something that might have really tested his morality.
  • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, for once in Super Sentai history, is a team filled with not-so-clean heroes who are not in for helping people or promoting justice, but minding their own business (since they're pirates)... except for Princess Ahim de Famille/Gokai Pink, who's the cleanest, purest person who always can't resist to help other people in need.
    • Gai Ikari, Gokai Silver, is another one, as he's an Ascended Fanboy of Super Sentai who wants the Gokaigers to do things like help children who've tripped and give encouraging messages to their fans. Notably, when he's imagining what he wants the team to be like, Ahim's the only one who actually still acts like herself. In a surprise, not only do the Gokaigers think his imagination is ridiculous, even Ahim thinks his version of herself isn't exactly cool (though in the most polite way possible of saying it).
    • Don Doggoier AKA Doc, is another one, though still fits a little more than Ahim since his main draw is that he's a Reluctant Warrior, thus less bloodthirsty than the rest. This does comes with a price, though, he's the designated Butt Monkey, so much that in Gai's Imagine Spot above, Don is nonexistent and had his place taken by Gai.
  • Vir Cotto is the only prominent Centauri seen on Babylon 5 who doesn't subscribe to either Realpolitik or Fantastic Racism, and ends up being Londo Mollari's (largely ineffective) Morality Pet.
  • Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld is the only one of the four main characters who is consistently shown to have a conscience. While he slips up every now and then, he almost always tries to lend a helping hand to people in need. Unfortunately, many of these attempts fail and make things worse.
  • Behrooz Araz served as this to the antagonists during the fourth season of 24, which included his own parents. He was consistently on the fence about helping them since it meant the deaths of several innocent people, and the last straw that proved he just couldn't work well with them was when they wound up killing his girlfriend. This eventually led his own father to try and kill him as well.
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack has the titular super-powered protagonist hiding from Danielle Atron and Vince her chief of security, both of whom want to experiment on and/or kill her. Also working with them is Nice Guy Dave, the trucker who caused the accident that gave Alex superpowers. He only wants to catch her because she was exposed to an unstable chemical and wants to help her. When he figures out the truth, he keeps it to himself, having overheard Atron's real plans earlier.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had Jonathan of the Nerd Trio during its sixth season. Whereas Warren proved himself to be a bastard and Andrew (at the time) was just a suck-up who sided with either of the other two when the situation proved best for it, Jonathan was the only one of the trio with a true conscience and never wanted to actually kill Buffy, even going against Warren several times when he attempted to do so. When Warren winds up killing his ex, this is what goes on to drive a permanent wedge between him and the others, ultimately leading him to betray Warren by revealing the weakness in his newest plan to stop Buffy late in season six.
  • During One Life to Live's infamous gang rape storyline of 1993, one of the three rapists in question, Powell Lord the III, was repeatedly shown to be the only one who had any remorse over what they had done. Indeed, he's bullied by the other two into participating and is so plagued with guilt that he eventually tries to kill himself before finally pulling himself together and confessing. However, a year later, it is revealed that he is the serial rapist who's been terrorizing the local hospital, leaving viewers to wonder if his guilt drove him insane or if he was secretly like this already before the gang rape unleashed the demon lurking inside.
  • On A Different World, Dwayne and Ron get into a brawl with three students from a rival college. When Ron gives his version of events, he unfairly depicts the one of three who was trying to stop the incident from escalating as just as bigoted and aggressive as his friends. Later, when the true story comes out, he's the only one of the three to apologize.
  • When Phil Coulson got his own TV series, it started to become clear that he is this trope to the higher-ups of SHIELD, and indeed to a lot of his fellow agents. The idealist in an organisation of cynics and pragmatists, he brings an invaluable perspective much in the same way as his hero, Captain America, does to the Avengers.
  • Jim Gordon like his comic incarnation in Gotham is the only cop in the city who isn't corrupt and is actually aiming to destroy the corruption of the police and the city from within.

    Mythology and Religion 

     Professional Wrestling 
  • When the World Wrestling Federation was invaded by WCW and ECW, Gregory Helms joined WCW's ranks as a standard villain. He soon became the comical superhero character The Hurricane, who was polite to his opponents and eschewed typical heel tactics. After the WCW/ECW Alliance folded, he became a beloved good guy nearly instantly.
    • Rob Van Dam is another example from the same storyline. Since he was such an over Face, it was teased that he was going to join the WWE with the rest of the Faces, but he never did.
  • John Cena filled this role when he was forced to join The Nexus.

     Tabletop Games 
  • A not uncommon position given the high popularity of supposedly Chaotic Neutral characters among Munchkins and Real Men. This puts anyone in the party actually interested in roleplaying in a very uncomfortable position.
  • In Magic The Gathering's Scars block, we see the colors slowly become remade into Phyrexia. (Think the Borg meets the Zerg, with enough Body Horror to go around.) Black is completely Phyrexian in the last set, but red is the last one to be Phyrexianized, because red, being the color of individuality and emotion, is the least Phyrexian. Not surprisingly, red's praetor, Urabrask the Hidden, is the only one of the five that can feel anything akin to compassion. So we get flavor text like Priest of Urabrask and, perhaps hinting at the far future, Urabrask himself.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Ultramarines, Space Wolves, Raven Guard and Salamanders Space Marine Chapters are pretty much the only space marines who actively seek to protect civilians and the Imperial Guard, making them this to the vast forces of the Imperium. In fact, the Space Wolves have a history of subverting Imperial doctrine and openly warring with the more brutal Space Marine chapters and the Inquisition.
    • Primarch Sanguinius of the Blood Angels was the only Primarch who was a genuinely good guy, not by Warhammer 40000 standards, but a good guy by anyone's standards. There's a reason why he is the second most venerated person in the whole Imperium besides the Emperor Himself.note 

     Video Games  

  • Beltway and Lupo to the rest of the Wolfpack in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, to a very loose definition of "good"; they're still remorselessly hunting down innocent cops and civilians, but their lack of overt psychopathic tendencies still puts them over the mark compared to the rest of their team.
    • Ada Wong in RE4, if you count Wesker and the people working for him as a team given how little actual teamwork happens. She spends enough time and effort helping Leon that you can almost forget that she's trying to get the Dominance Plaga for Wesker until she steals it from Leon at gunpoint. Though it's revealed that she gave Wesker a fake Plaga and gave the real one to her other employers.
  • In many D&D games, such as Icewind Dale or Temple Of Elemental Evil, having a paladin in your party can prevent you from having normal dialogue choices, instead getting sanctimonious tirades that ironically prevent a peaceful resolution.
    • Baldur's Gate 2 only has three Evil-aligned NPC that can join your party. If you made your PC evil, then Imoen will be your Token Good Teammate since she's Neutral Good. If she's not on your team, then whoever is Good or Neutral alignment becomes your Token Good Teammate.
      • Throne of Bhaal has Balthazar, a Lawful Good monk who has teamed up with the bad guys to accomplish the goal of destroying what he sees as a great evil. Interestingly, the group itself is a part of that evil and he plans to see the entirety of it destroyed — himself included — in the end.
    • In Planescape: Torment, Morte the flying talking skull is only good-aligned character in your neutral-aligned party. You may also become good, but it'll require some time.
  • Flonne in Disgaea. Originally joins to understand demons and teach them about love.
  • Legacy of Kain : Janos Audron for the vampires. Kain is a Magnificent Bastard out to achieve his goals by any means necessary. Vorador is a sadistic hedonist with a penchant for torture. Raziel, while not really evil, can be indecisive, self-righteous, and is mostly motivated by wanting to save himself. Janos, on the other hand, is a kind, fatherly cleric type who is one of the few people in the games who will tell the truth in a straightforward, artless manner. He even thinks kindly of the murderous Sarafan, believing that they're only acting out of fear and ignorance.
  • William is the Super Ego among the McCall brothers' Power Trio in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.
  • Jecht in Dissidia: Final Fantasy is good, or at least neutral, despite being a member of the Warriors of Chaos, all composed of Final Fantasy villains. The reason he's siding with the villains is that Emperor Palamecia manipulated him into thinking that their victory would let him rejoin his son, Tidus. Golbez, on the other hand, is a good guy posing as a villain.
    • To a lesser extent, Judge Magister Gabranth. In the 13th cycle, he's nothing more than a disgruntled jailer who serves as a warden for those no longer used in the conflict. Several of lines are somber and hint that he wants nothing more than penance for his past transgressions, while most of the other Chaos warriors mock him for his more admirable qualities. Compare this to Shantotto, who serves as Team Cosmos' Token Evil Teammate (to the point that most of the villains revere her). Both of these are somewhat subverted in the prequel Duodecim, as the two are actually affiliated with their respective deities this time around (however, Gabranth just seems to be doing his job and seems to be confronting Cosmos simply to end the war—thus lacking an ulterior motive unlike most of the others, while Shantotto is still a fair bit malicious, even towards her ally Prishe).
    • Also, Kuja is a bit of a tragic case. He's actively working with the heroes Bartz, Zidane, and Squall, up until Kefka intervenes. He's even responsible for Cloud's Heel-Face Turn and Terra's too. After he's defeated by Lightning, Kefka implants false memories to ensure his full on villainy in the Thirteenth Cycle.
  • Reeve, Shin-Ra's head of Urban Development, seems to be the only person on Shin-Ra's board of directors with a conscience or sense of ethics. He eventually defects to AVALANCHE as a Double Agent
  • Roxas to Organization XIII. Unlike the other 12, he isn't actively malicious.
  • In the end of BlazBlue Continuum Shift, Litchi ends up joining NOL as the Token Good Teammate. Unlike all other who directly served the Imperator, the reason why she joins was because her body condition got worse and the only one who'd want to give the cure for both her and Arakune is NOL, thus she has the least loyalty to the NOL and was only there for necessary self preservation and saving a beloved. Also in Chrono Phantasma, she didn't undergo any Evil Costume Switch and retains her sane personality, thereby making her squarely on the trope.
    • In Chronophantasma, the Duodecim families are all firmly under the control of the NOL (and the Imperator by extension, and thus Hazama by extension). That is, all except for Reasonable Authority Figure Kagura.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, if you go dark-side, by the end of the game Zaalbar will be the only remaining nice person on your team (the others have either been turned, killed, or ran away by that time), and he'll (hopelessly) attack you if you take him onto the Star Forge.
  • Both Rei and Shuu/Shew becomes this in Hokuto Musou Dream Mode, on basis that the antagonist is the Nanto side, and they're both Nanto practicioners. In the real story, they would've been Kenshiro's greatest allies.
  • General Leo in Final Fantasy VI is also a known case of this. In fact, the game likes to lampshade the fact that the only reason why Leo is considered an antagonist is because he works with the Empire.
  • Athena, in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, is the only actually heroic Vault Hunter in the game, compared to Wilhelm (a mercenary who cares only about getting paid who becomes a ruthless cyborg), Nisha (a Combat Sadomasochist who becomes Handsome Jack's main squeeze when she finds his brutality alluring), Claptrap (who's...well, not evil, but hardly heroic, and is incapable of disobeying an order from Jack). By the end of the game, the only reason she's still with Jack is that her sense of professional pride prohibits her from leaving a job unfinished as well as wanting to get even with Lilith and Roland. The Doppelganger is also just as morally sound and is openly horrified at how increasingly evil Jack becomes but as a direct employee of Jack he is unable to openly disobey and lacks the backbone to stand up against him.
  • In Nicktoons Unite: Globs of Doom, the heroes and villains from various Nicktoons split up into opposite teams. Villain Protagonist Zim, however, goes with the heroes, so his arch-nemesis, Hero Antagonist Dib, decides that he has to team up with the bad guys. This doesn't end well for him.
  • Cao Ren in Dynasty Warriors. In a game where Wei stores A LOT of scary looking, ambitious, jerkwad or scheming people... we got this peaceful shorty guy who just wants the chaos to end. And this is before Wei takes a swing in Anti-Villain-y since the 6th game.
    • And in the 7th game, even if Wei is just merely Designated Villain, one look at serene, compassionate poet/musician Cai Wenji amongst Wei would make you agree that she's another Token Good Teammate.
  • Soulcalibur IV has this fate unfortunately befall Sophitia Alexandria, making this Lady of War Forced Into Evil. Tira shows herself to be very Genre Savvy by designating Sophitia's daughter as a prospective host for Soul Edge. In order to prevent this, Sophitia was strong-armed into working with Nightmare & co. As the latest warrior in a long line chosen by the Greek gods to destroy the evil sword, Sophitia is none too thrilled about her Face-Heel Turn; however, for the sake of her children, she must reluctantly ward off any who attempt to reach the sword, including her younger sister Cassandra and any of her previous allies. And when her other allies who are similarly manipulated in this cause was Voldo...
  • In Warriors Orochi, Himiko is mainly on the side of the forces of Orochi because Da Ji acts as a Cool Big Sis toward her. When she and Da Ji are captured by the Resistance in Warriors Orochi 3, Himiko gets along better with the Resistance fighters (as unlike Da Ji, she doesn't have an ulterior motive for doing so), and goes along with a few of the girls in one Side Quest to help rescue another of their missing warriors.
    • Also in 3, Mouri Motonari is also one. He's cunning enough to realize that the balance of the dimensional world actually depends on Da Ji's presence, like it or not, so he protects and joins forces with her, despite still being the jovial laid back guy (as compared with his dickish self in Sengoku Basara which wouldn't make him this trope), if you compare with those used to align with Da Ji (except Himiko above) like Masamune, Fuuma, Keiji, Achilles or Dong Zhuo.
  • Mina Tang in Alpha Protocol. The only employee of the eponymous agency who seems to have any sort of conscience, and also the only one of Mike Thorton's Mission Controls who care if he kills American agents or civilians, makes deals with arms traffickers, or commits similar acts of Dirty Business.
  • Oichi in Sengoku Basara used to be one for the Oda clan. Despite her dark powers, she just looks demure and innocent compared to Nobunaga, Mitsuhide, Nouhime and Ranmaru. Then she got carted off to marry Nagamasa where her 'good'/'innocent' side develops more and she could be a genuine good rather than Token Good Teammate... Too bad it goes downhill so fast from there on.
  • Dragon Age II has a cabal of mages from Starkhaven Hawke often deals with over the course of the game. Their leader, Decimus, is an insane blood mage. Grace, his girlfriend, starts out creeped out, but accepts his way of thinking and tries to murder Hawke and their sibling/love interest. Terrie isn't seen much but she gives quests involving framing templars. Then, there is Alain, a genuine Nice Guy who just tries to help.
    • Of the actual main characters, there's Bethany Hawke. Everyone else has at least one moment of hypocrisy or moral greyness (even Da Chief is very pragmatic), while Bethany mainly wants to be normal. Sebastian genuinely tries to be this, despite his hotheaded streak - whether he succeeds depends on his relationship with Hawke and what you do with Anders in the endgame.
  • Sword Man from Megaman8 openly admits he has no qualms with Mega Man; He's simply been programmed to destroy him. He even compliments Mega Man with his dying words before exploding.
    Sword Man: Nice shot.
  • There's always one of these guys in nearly every 'bad' factions in League of Legends:
    • First, the Noxus faction has Riven, a proud believer of Noxians that the ones with strength should rule, except that she pretty much went into self-exile (hence her title being The Exile) because she completely disagrees with how the current Noxus runs and seeing her teammates die to friendly-fire was the last straw. Still, she's still proud of her Noxian heritage so she still kinda counts.
    • Zaun, the faction where Science Is Bad may as well be its slogan, has Zac, a Blob Monster Living Weapon who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He's in fact a personable, boisterous guy who is not really interested in abusing his freedom in most extreme methods like every other Zaunites.
    • The Void, where Eldritch Abomination bent on destroying the world, just because, reside, some of them include Kha'Zix, who kills just for adaptation and survival instead of solely for Earth-Shattering Kaboom or utter hatred towards Runeterra.
    • And then there's the Shadow Isles, home of various death-dealing undeads, there's this hulking gravedigger named Yorick, who's only in to preserve his dead family's lineage rather than adding more to the collection of the dead souls.
    • The Winter Claws faction in Freljord has Volibear. Unlike his more rude and ruthless compatriots (Sejuani and Olaf), Volibear is a peace-loving bear only interested in protecting his clan and recognizes that only through war that true peace can be attained. He's also MUCH calmer than his compatriots.
  • In Mass Effect 3, a recording of the Illusive Man reveals that he tried to manipulate Shepard into joining Cerberus by surrounding Shepard with Cerberus' token good teammates during Mass Effect 2.
  • In his first appearance Cyrus from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is urging Dr. Caulder to leave Brenner and his men alone as there's no need to attack them (of course they do anyways), and his "goodery" ultimately pisses off Caulder enough that he poisons Cyrus with a chemical that will kill him in the slowest most painful way possible. Your own unit becomes this for a brief bit when serving Grayfield as well; even though his evil and insanity is painfully obvious, Brenner sticks with him hoping to end the war between Rubinelle and Lazuria that's still going despite the world being destroyed.

     Web Comics  

  • Drowtales: Kel'Noz to Quain, Vaelia to Ariel.
  • White Mage, and possibly Fighter in 8-Bit Theater.
    • Fighter is this Trope.
      • Maybe not?
      • Or he is and is simply using psychological manipulation to try and scare the woman away from his sociopathic associates.
      • The real proof is here and here.
    • He seems to be some combination of Stupid Good (belief in Power of Friendship, inability to recognize when someone is evil), and Dumb Is Good.
  • Hati of Cry Havoc falls in here, seeing as she tries to hold back her squad mates blood lust and general disregard for human life.
  • This is such a perfect description of Cale in Looking for Group.
    • Though over the course of Character Development the others have become slightly more Good due to his influence and Cale has become less idealistic.
  • In The Order of the Stick the Linear Guild usually has some. Not surprising as they are the evil opposites of the Order, which has Belkar as the Token Evil Teammate. The original Linear Guild has Hilgya, a priestess of Loki, who turns out to be not overly malicious (though she repeatedly attempted to murder her husband. While it being an arranged marriage may complicate things, her husband seemed to be a nice guy who did his best to make her happy, and murder was her first solution rather than the more successful fleeing she did later). Later they recruit a Lawful Good (or at least honorable Lawful Neutral, considering he let Nale and crew get away with mass murder) kobold to serve as the counterpart to Belkar.
  • In Shortpacked!, Sidney's Axis of Something 2.0 consists of people with grudges against the Shortpacked employees. However, one such Evil Counterpart is Leslie's Amicable Ex Leo, who was lured to the meeting because he thought it was Bible study.
  • Artie from Narbonic normally preoccupies himself with the support of hippie-ish causes (such as world peace and the election of Dennis Kucinich), all while living with a mad scientist and her henchmen.
    • Come Skin Horse, he's become an activist for transgenic rights.
  • Commodore James Norrington in the main cast of the Mega Crossover Fan Webcomic Roommates. Sure the others are trying to better themselves but still are Goblin King Jareth, Inspector Javert and Erik The Phantom of the Opera. Also King Arthur of the "Magical Men's Club" which also consists of Odin and the Erlkönig.
  • Cream the Rabbit is this to the Sky Pirates in Sonic the Comic – Online!.
  • In Sinfest even the haters of the Sisterhood consider Mercy to be this.

     Web Original  

  • In The Guild, despite the team name of "The Knights of Good", Codex and Vork are the only ones who seem to quest with anything but loot in mind. Then we find out how Vork gets his electricity and internet access by stealing it from his Alzheimers-afflicted neighbor. Offline Codex is the only one who isn't either self-centered or completely divorced from reality.
  • In Red vs. Blue, the eternally cheerful Donut seems to be the only Blood Gulch soldier who doesn't openly despise the rest of the crew. The series' Designated Hero Church even remarks that Donut is harmless and probably wouldn't hurt a fly (this is in spite of the fact that he actually killed his [admittedly, tank-driving, out-for-blood, mercenary] girlfriend). Everyone else on either team are various mixes of apathy, misanthropy, and Comedic Sociopathy. Even the easy-going and friendly Caboose secretly harbors a huge dislike of Tucker, as well as a tendency to accidentally kill his own teammates.
    • Doc. It's especially hilarious because the other members of his team consist of: a bomb, a robot's head, and an AI that's taken control (mostly) of Doc's armor.
  • Even the rest of the Crew accept that Egg is this in AJCO - as a Lawful Good in a world of Grey and Gray Morality she really can't avoid it. It leads to a lot of negative feeling in the Crew when she seemingly dies, as they all agreed that she was the 'only good one of us'.
    • When she leaves the role instead falls to Blue, who admittedly has more success keeping Krauzer in line than Egg ever did.
    • While none of the others are exactly evil (they're all far too ambiguous and grey for labels like that), Lartin of the Deserters is much more determined to do good than the rest. For example, he instantly takes pity on the State slave Nights and later, upon waking up to see that his home is on fire, his first thought is to find and rescue Cain.
  • Yvan Viau aka Labyrinthe of the ASH universe is canonically the token good teammate on the Conclave of Supervillains.
  • The Nostalgia Chick's Sex Bot. As he said in a twitter message, he's surrounded by screeching harpies that haunt his every moment.
    • Now that he's gone (very likely dead), Nella is back in the role of the only regular person there with a listenable conscience.

     Western Animation  

  • Exaggerated completely on Jimmy Two-Shoes, where Jimmy is the Token Good for the whole city.
  • Zuko's Uncle Iroh in the first season of Avatar: The Last Airbender; he's a former Fire Nation general who had a pre-series Heel-Face Turn and only helps his nephew hunt the Avatar so he can look after him. It turns out he was the only general who had a heart, and it began to cost him heavily.
    • Bolin in The Legend of Korra is part of Kuvira's army in the fourth season. Deconstructed in how many lies someone would need to tell if they would willingly want to be part of the team. Once the truth is told to him, he quits and escapes.
  • Gargoyles:
    • John Canmore is always arguing against his siblings' single-issue wonk against the Gargoyles. And then the trope is subverted, BIG TIME.
    • Played straight with Dingo. Of the five human members of the Pack, he's literally the Only Sane Man. He's also the only one whose Heel-Face Turn occurs for truly altruistic reasons.
  • Butters Stotch of South Park, the only child character of the series not to (consistently) fall into Kids Are Cruel territory.
  • Wonder Man is this for the Masters of Evil in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes.
  • Colossus is this to Magneto's Acolytes in X-Men: Evolution (which calls back a storyline from the original comics).
  • Silverbolt in Beast Wars when he was awakened as a Predacon for all of one episode.
    • He becomes a Token Evil Teammate after being free of Megatron's control in Beast Machines.
  • On Futurama Dr. Zoidberg in "An Xmas Story" was specifically the only member of the Planet Express Crew to not be targeted by Robot Santa, who gives him a pogo stick for a present.
    • More than that; he's apparently the only person on Earth who is not on Santa's naughty / target list, meaning that Santa sees Earthlings as My Enemies And Zoidberg.
  • From Jem we have Stormer of The Misfits. As an example, when The Misfits discovered that the Holograms had to perform in a movie alongside them, in order to raise money for an operation one of the Starlight Girls desperately needed, the band is thinking up ways they can screw with Jem. However, the first words out of Stormer's mouth when she finds out is "Which little girl?"
  • Shifty for the dingoes in Blinky Bill.
  • As pictured above, Gwen of Total Drama: All Stars was placed on the Villainous Vultures because Duncan cheated on Courtney with her. Later on Cameron joins the team too, in this case for no reason other than because Chris willed it.
  • Todd from The Foxbusters is this to the fox pack.
  • Red Menace, despite his name, is certainly this with the League of Super Evil.
  • Recess: Miss Grotke is this among the faculty members, though downplayed as they aren't "evil"- they're just doing their jobs and are portrayed as the antagonists for most of the episodes. While most of the faculty are apathetic or extremely stern, she's sweet and easy-going, and always stands up for the kids.
  • Billy in Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy compared to Grim and Mandy at least. Although he has his bouts of Unstoppable Rage that even scare Mandy.


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