'''Basic Trope''': A group of heroes has one member who is not very heroic at all- they can range from being a {{Jerkass}} to as evil as some of the villains the heroes fight.
* '''Straight''': Inexplicably, Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl tolerate Dark Blood who is treacherous and a casual murderer.
* '''Exaggerated''': Captain Awesome, Amazing Girl and their good friend Dark Blood, who's ''worse'' than the villains.
* '''Downplayed''':
** Amazing Girl and Captain Awesome are both examples of a KnightInSourArmour. Dark Blood is an UnscrupulousHero.
** Dark Blood is the Token [[GoodIsNotNice Mean]] or {{Jerkass}} Teammate.
** Dark Blood is a villain who loves doing immoral things ForTheEvulz or because [[ItAmusedMe it amused him]] and is working with a bunch of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s.
** Dark Blood is a NominalHero who does what he does for amoral reasons, yet doesn't do anything genuinely evil. He works with a group of heroes motivated by moral principles.
** Dark Blood is a KleptomaniacHero or a MrViceGuy, but that's as far as his villainy goes/went.
* '''Justified''':
** By having him on TheTeam, Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl are able to keep Dark Blood from doing more evil than they would otherwise, hereafter known as the [[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Bitterleaf Argument.]]
** Dark Blood is in an EnemyMine with the heroes against an even worse evil.
** The token evil teammate's only virtue is [[UndyingLoyalty loyalty]], and that loyalty happens to be to a good character.
** Dark Blood who is ChaoticEvil would rather join the ChaoticGood heroes then the LawfulEvil BigBad.
** The hero's side, unlike the villains, get paid for what they're doing and Dark Blood is one greedy fucker.
** Dark Blood is a GlorySeeker who wants to be admired, loved, & respected.
** Dark Blood can't get away with killing innocents, but he ''can'' get away with killing villains (the corollary of the 'Bitterleaf Argument') and Dark Blood decides to use this to his advantage & join the heroes.
** Dark Blood was a minion of the BigBad until his boss committed an unforgivable act of betrayal or abuse. He joined the do-gooders out of a desire to get revenge on his former employer.
* '''Inverted''': TokenGoodTeammate
* '''Subverted''':
** Dark Blood joins them, only to betray them later on.
** Dark Blood isn't [[NobleDemon really that bad]] and in some ways might be more moral than the Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl.
* '''Double Subverted''': ...[[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk only to show his true colors later on]].
* '''Parodied''':
** Dark Blood is a laugh inducing, mustache twirling, damsel kidnapping, dynamite abusing, DastardlyWhiplash!
** A group of heroes hold job interviews (or an audition) looking for someone to hire under the job title {{Comedic Sociopath|y}}.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Dark Blood just kicked a dog! Wait, he only did it to save the old woman. So... why is he throwing her into traffic??
** Dark Blood has multiple personality disorder and one or some of his personalities is/are evil.
** Dark Blood is the ChaoticStupid WildCard of the group who switches back-and-forth between good and evil just because he feels like it.
* '''Averted''': All of the heroes are solidly good and it's clear that even the least heroic is no worse than a LovableRogue.
* '''Enforced''': "Audiences like a HeroicComedicSociopath character so we'll have an evil member of TheTeam."
* '''Lampshaded''': Captain Awesome remarks on how Dark Blood is more evil than many villains they fight.
* '''Invoked''': Dark Blood knows he'll have more opportunity for mayhem if he fights with the heroes, so he asks to join them.
* '''Exploited''': The villain, Mystery Murder, wants to convince one of the heroes to switch sides or tell him/her about the rest of the team's weaknesses. Aware of Dark Blood's immorality, (s)he chooses him, thinking that he will be the easiest to convince.
* '''Defied''':
** Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl don't let Dark Blood join them because that character is evil.
** Once Dark Blood joined the team, he decided to undergo a HeelFaceTurn and become a better person.
* '''Discussed''':
** "Why is it every team I've been in has a villain or a jerk (or CrystalDragonJesus Save Us, both)?"
** "Everyone on this team is so nice! ... Wait! Does that mean I'm the Token Evil Teammate? Crap! I suck at being a {{Jerkass}}!"
* '''Conversed''': "Wait a minute, why is there a villain helping out the heroes?"
* '''Deconstructed''':
** Other good characters are disgusted by Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl putting up with such a horrible person and/or the heroes tarnish their reputation by [[PsychoSidekick allowing the teammate to do nasty things in pursuit of their goals]].
** Dark Blood gets kicked off Team Good because Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl are fed up with his insatiable bloodlust.
** A bunch of nerds play a tabletop RPG, and most of them play heroic characters. At the start of a new campaign, one of them rolls an evil character, causing uneasiness in the group. Ultimately, the player playing the evil character touches the {{trigger}} of another player, resulting in real life drama.
** Dark Blood [[HeelFaceTurn throws his allies under the bus]] because Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl finally start trying to rein him in and/or Mystery Murder made him a [[EvilFeelsGood better]] [[EvilPaysBetter offer]].
** Dark Blood explicitly states that he is not going to stay on the side of the heroes forever at the beginning of the story as he has his own agenda to deal with. Later on, despite all their bickering and and outrages about him, Dark Blood finally leaves and the entire team is left with a bad taste in their mouths from losing him.
* '''Reconstructed''': Captain Awesome and Amazing Girl can be really soft and don't deal out the tough love/justice that they should- so this guy does it for them.
* '''Played For Laughs''':
** Being a HeroicComedicSociopath, the appalling behaviour of Dark Blood is [[CrossesTheLineTwice so over-the-top that it gets funny]].
** Alternatively, Dark Blood is a HarmlessVillain-type and his "evil deeds" are all PokeThePoodle.
* '''Played For Drama''': Dark Blood may step over the MoralEventHorizon, and may also be TheStarscream.
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