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* In ''FanFic/ConversationsWithACryptid'', ''two'' people Izuku knew turned out to be dangerous villains. His childhood doctor was a member of [[BigBad All for One]]'s inner circle, and [[spoiler: [[LukeIAmYourFather his absent father is All for One himself]].]]

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* In ''Series/{{Gotham}}'', Bruce finds out, to his horror, that [[spoiler: Jeremiah Valeska]] was hit with Jerome's insanity gas the day they met, and was driven insane without him ever being the wiser, due to [[spoiler: Jeremiah's]] [[MasterActor ability to convincingly act like everything was fine]]. This means that Bruce only finds out there is anything wrong with him when [[spoiler: Jeremiah]] wants him to, and by that time, it's too late, because [[spoiler: Jeremiah has already turned the clean energy generators he and Bruce worked on together into bombs.]] He still thinks of Bruce as his friend even after revealing his true nature, though, and [[SanitySlippage doesn't really understand it when Bruce no longer feels the same way.]]


* Old school Japanese PC/NES adventure game ''VisualNovel/ThePortopiaSerialMurderCase'' has this as TheReveal, as the titular killer turns out to be [[spoiler:Yasuhiro "Yasu" Mano, who is not only the main character's ''partner'' [[TheDogWasTheMastermind but also the single most unlikely suspect]] as he is with you ''throughout the entire game, executing the commands of the unseen protagonist''.]] The shock factor was so high that nowadays the phrase "[[spoiler:Yasu]] is the culprit" is something of a [[MemeticMutation meme]] amongst old fans. This twist is so well-known that it's been given [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', Episode 7 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', and Chapter 3 of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''.

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* Old school Japanese PC/NES adventure game ''VisualNovel/ThePortopiaSerialMurderCase'' has this as TheReveal, as the titular killer turns out to be [[spoiler:Yasuhiro "Yasu" Mano, who is not only the main character's ''partner'' [[TheDogWasTheMastermind but also the single most unlikely suspect]] as he is with you ''throughout the entire game, executing the commands of the unseen protagonist''.]] The shock factor was so high that nowadays the phrase "[[spoiler:Yasu]] is the culprit" is something of a [[MemeticMutation meme]] amongst old fans. This twist is so well-known that it's been given [[ShoutOut Shout Outs]] in ''Manga/HaruhiChan'', Episode 7 of ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', and Chapter 3 of ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''.''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''.


* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' is a big fan of this. Since every case is composed by a murder committed by one of the people who you had to live for a little while, while most case end up showing the murderer as sympathetic in their motives, some times they do come off as cold blooded killers, such as [[spoiler: Celestia, who killed Hifumi and Ishimaru to get out of the school with the money offered by Monokuma]], [[spoiler: Mikan, who killed Ibuki and Hiyoko after regaining her memories as a member of Ultimate Despair]] and [[spoiler: Nagito, who not only essentially caused the first murder sets up his own death to be unsolvable, on a try to get everyone besides Chiaki killed.]] After [[spoiler:Celestia's]] execution, Makoto notes that since the culprit killed his friends, he can't pity her, but acknowledges once thinking of her as a friend.
** The [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 sequel]] takes it even further: The last case reveals that [[spoiler: Hinata and everybody else but Chiaki are the Remnants of Despair, a group of Ultimate Despair that served directly under Junko and are trying to destroy the world, though none of them have memories of that]].
** [[spoiler:Chiaki]] is a subversion, as [[spoiler: even though she was the traitor, she was working for the Future Foundation, who was trying to help them. During the aforementioned incident in which she is set up as Nagito's killer, she [[HeroicSacrifice does everything she can to ensure that she's convicted (and executed) for it]], even though she's unable to actually come out and reveal herself as the "traitor"]].

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* ''Franchise/DanganRonpa'' is a big fan of this. ''Franchise/{{Danganronpa}}'':
** ''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc'':
Since every case is composed by a murder committed by one of the people who you had to live for a little while, while most case end up showing the murderer as sympathetic in their motives, some times they do come off as cold blooded killers, such as [[spoiler: Celestia, who killed Hifumi and Ishimaru to get out of the school with the money offered by Monokuma]], [[spoiler: Mikan, who killed Ibuki and Hiyoko after regaining her memories as a member of Ultimate Despair]] and [[spoiler: Nagito, who not only essentially caused the first murder sets up his own death to be unsolvable, on a try to get everyone besides Chiaki killed.]] After [[spoiler:Celestia's]] execution, Makoto notes that since the culprit killed his friends, he can't pity her, but acknowledges once thinking of her as a friend.
** The [[VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2 sequel]] takes it even further: ''VisualNovel/SuperDanganRonpa2'':
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The last case reveals that [[spoiler: Hinata and everybody else but Chiaki are the Remnants of Despair, a group of Ultimate Despair that served directly under Junko and are trying to destroy the world, though none of them have memories of that]].
** *** [[spoiler:Chiaki]] is a subversion, as [[spoiler: even though she was the traitor, she was working for the Future Foundation, who was trying to help them. During the aforementioned incident in which she is set up as Nagito's killer, she [[HeroicSacrifice does everything she can to ensure that she's convicted (and executed) for it]], even though she's unable to actually come out and reveal herself as the "traitor"]].


* This happens to SpiderMan with alarming regularly. His friends and co-workers are guaranteed to either die, go mad, or both.

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* This happens to SpiderMan ComicBook/SpiderMan with alarming regularly. His friends and co-workers are guaranteed to either die, go mad, or both.

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* ''Anime/HugttoPrettyCure'': [[spoiler:George Cry, president of the Dark Tomorrow Company and the one responsible for creating a TimeStandsStill BadFuture, is actually a friend of Future Hana, who's suffering and death motivates him to stop time at all costs, even if it means subjecting the Hana of the present timeline through extreme psychological torture. However, it should be noted that he never reveals this information to her in the slightest throughout all of their confrontations, so for all Hana knows, he's just a villain in every sense of the word.]]


* In ''ComicBook/{{Monstress}}'', [[spoiler: Maika's lover Tuya]] turns out to be the one leading the Dusk Court's efforts to hunt down and kill Maika.

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[[spoiler: Maika's lover Tuya]] turns out to be the one leading the Dusk Court's efforts to hunt down and kill Maika.Maika.
** Master Ren turns out to be spying on Maika for his cat superiors, who know all about her lineage and the [[EldritchAbomination Monstrum]] inside her, and seem to have their own agenda. [[spoiler: When they decide to abduct [[MoralityPet Kippa]], however, he turns on them.]]

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* ''VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi 4'' introduces [[spoiler:Perseus]], Zeus' half-mortal son, who aids the coalition in confronting Ares and Athena. He's also a mentor to Yukimura, Naotora, Guan Yinping and Zhao Yun when they obtained their bracelets that activate their deified forms. He suddenly goes missing which prompt the coalition to find him no matter what. [[spoiler:It turns out that Perseus is actually Loki, the Norse god of trickery, who wants to bring his master, Odin, to the world by instigating a war between the humans and gods which forces them to activate the bracelets]].

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* Though the ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' world is [[GrayAndGrayMorality full of gray]] at the best of times, it's nevertheless a big shock to Jack Sparrow in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides On Stranger Tides]]'' that his old friend and one-time flame Angelica is not only the first mate of ''Blackbeard'' but got that position by claiming to be his daughter. [[spoiler:He gets a double-dose of surprise when he assumes it's a scam to use the man to find the Fountain Of Youth, and she explains she actually is loyal to him and that she actually ''is'' his biological daughter]].

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': Hokuto serves as such in Act III, pretending to be a friend to Tsukune and the gang and hatching a plan to have them defeat Kuyou when he attacks Yokai Academy, thus proving to the students that they're not {{Fake Ultimate Hero}}es and they really did beat Fairy Tale. As it turns out, Hokuto himself set the whole thing up; he lured Kuyou back to the academy and manipulated Tsukune and co. into fighting him so he could use the chaos as a diversion to steal an ArtifactOfDoom he needed in order to resurrect [[EldritchAbomination Alucard]] and bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, all out of [[OmnicidalManiac sheer]] [[StrawNihilist nihilism]]. While he's not the legitimate BigBad of Act III, that role taken by Kiria, he ''does'' take over the role in Act IV.


* In ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', Iris is considered like a kid sister to the rest of RKS, including Tia. [[spoiler:What they don't know is that she's really the BigBad who's making RKS fight against the [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Holy Empire]] ForTheEvulz. She eventually reveals to Tia who she really was and the real reasons for the war, and that she really did all that for both said reason and [[AGodAmI to become god of the world]]. That's where none of RKS trusts her anymore]].

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Rosenkreuzstilette}}'', Iris [[spoiler:Iris is considered like a kid sister to the rest of RKS, including Tia. [[spoiler:What What they don't know is that she's really the BigBad who's making RKS fight against the [[UsefulNotes/HolyRomanEmpire Holy Empire]] ForTheEvulz. She eventually reveals to Tia who she really was and the real reasons for the war, and that she really did all that for both said reason and [[AGodAmI to become god of the world]]. That's where none of RKS trusts her anymore]].



* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is one of your party members and also the person who's been [[EvilMentor mentoring and advising]] the player character throughout the game. Whether she actually qualifies as EvilAllAlong, though, is left up to the player to decide.

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* The FinalBoss of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' is one of your party members and also the person who's been [[EvilMentor mentoring and advising]] the player character throughout the game. Whether she they actually qualifies qualify as EvilAllAlong, though, [[WellIntentionedExtremist is left up to the player to decide.decide]].



** We don't actually see the moment of revelation for [[spoiler: Phoenix Wright]], but [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]] is the one who set him up to be disbarred and dishonored in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He then spends seven years pretending to be his dearest friend, and the only person who objected to his punishment until [[spoiler: Phoenix]] finally takes him down.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'', [[spoiler: Shi-Long Lang]] is shocked to discover that [[spoiler:Byrne Faraday's killer and a key member of the smuggling ring is his assistant Shih-na.]]

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** We don't actually see the moment of revelation for [[spoiler: Phoenix Wright]], but [[spoiler: Kristoph Gavin]] is the one who set him up to be disbarred and dishonored in ''VisualNovel/ApolloJusticeAceAttorney''. He [[spoiler:Gavin]] then spends seven years pretending to be his [[spoiler:Phoenix]]ís dearest friend, and the only person who objected to his their punishment until [[spoiler: Phoenix]] [[spoiler:Phoenix]] finally takes him them down.
** In ''[[VisualNovel/AceAttorneyInvestigationsMilesEdgeworth Investigations]]'', [[spoiler: Shi-Long [[spoiler:Shi-Long Lang]] is shocked to discover that [[spoiler:Byrne Faraday's killer and a key member of the smuggling ring is his assistant Shih-na.]]



** [[ImpliedTrope Implied]] by Apollo in the last case of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', when he states that Prosecutor Blackquill seems torn after TheReveal of [[spoiler:[[TheMole Bobby Fulbright]]'s true identity, as the two of them were partners. The previous cases also give the feeling that there was a strong, if unusual, friendship between them]].

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** The Investigations sequel has [[spoiler:Simon Keyes, who poses as an innocuous friend to the party, even fooling Edgeworth before he figures out that Simon is the mastermind behind the gameís events]].
** [[ImpliedTrope Implied]] by Apollo in the last case of ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', when he states that Prosecutor Blackquill [[spoiler:Prosecutor Blackquill]] seems torn after TheReveal of [[spoiler:[[TheMole Bobby Fulbright]]'s true identity, as the two of them were partners. The previous cases also give the feeling that there was a strong, if unusual, friendship between them]].



* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', [[BigBad Zero]] has kidnapped nine people and is forcing them to play a DeadlyGame. What's Zero's identity? [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Akane Kurashiki]], the protagonist's childhood friend who has been playing along with him through the game pretending to be an innocent victim of the ordeal.]]

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* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', [[BigBad Zero]] has kidnapped nine people and is forcing them to play a DeadlyGame. What's Zero's identity? [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Akane Kurashiki]], [[spoiler:Akane Kurashiki, the protagonist's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend friend]]/[[LoveInterestTraitor love interest]] who has been playing along with him through the game [[BitchInSheepsClothing pretending to be an innocent victim of the ordeal.ordeal]]. Though she is [[WellIntentionedExtremist trying to save her past self]] and get revenge against the real Big Bad, Ace, and his cohorts.]]


* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Danny's ArchEnemy Vlad Masters is this to Danny's father Jack, who was his best friend in college. Not that Vlad makes much of an effort to hide how much he hates Jack in the present (which [[TheDitz Jack]] remains oblivious to), except when he wants something from him, but he does a good job of convincing everyone other than Danny and co. that he's not ''evil''. [[spoiler: At least until the GrandFinale. When Jack found out he'd been played he was...[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome not happy]].]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Danny's ArchEnemy Vlad Masters is this to Danny's father Jack, who was his best friend in college. Not that Vlad makes much of an effort to hide how much he hates Jack in the present (which [[TheDitz Jack]] remains oblivious to), except when he wants something from him, but he does a good job of convincing everyone other than Danny and co. that he's not ''evil''. [[spoiler: At least until the GrandFinale. When Jack found out he'd been played he was...[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome not happy]].]]


* When Michael [=MacCauley=] in ''Film/TheCommuter'' [[spoiler:gets surrounded inside of a derailed train cart with a group of hostages, his best friend and former police colleague comes in to negotiate. After a slip of the tongue he reveals he is working with the criminals and is responsible for directly evolving Michael but did it to help with his money problems as he thought he wouldn't ask any questions]].

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* When Michael [=MacCauley=] in ''Film/TheCommuter'' [[spoiler:gets surrounded inside of a derailed train cart with a group of hostages, his best friend and former police colleague Det. Lt. Alex Murphy comes in to negotiate. After a slip of the tongue he Alex reveals he is working with the criminals and is responsible for directly evolving Michael but did it to help with his money problems as he thought he Michael wouldn't ask any questions]].

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