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  • In The Book of Life, Chakal ends up being this to Xibalba. While both Xibalba and Chakal wanted more power and are willing to kill for it, Xibalba was not as cruel as Chakal, who is more than willing to kill, rob, and destroy a whole town for a mere medal; Xibalba was truly neutral and an estranged lover, and he eventually redeemed himself by helping Manolo defeat Chakal; on the other hand, Chakal, was a ruthless bandit and murderer who holds no feelings toward anyone.
  • Disney Animated Canon: Disney villains in general are the evil counterparts to their protagonists.
    • Aladdin: Jafar serves this role towards Aladdin and Genie:
      • Both Aladin and Jafar are men who wish to move up in society and wind up resorting to trickery to do so. Including how both put up a façade in order to ingratiate themselves with the royal family. Whether it be Jafar putting up the image of a calm and stoic loyal vizier when in reality he is a maniacal and over-the-top power-mongering sorcerer who is aiming to take the throne of Agrabah for himself or Aladdin taking up his "Prince Ali" identity where he puts up a cocky and boisterous demeanor to cover up his humble street urchin true self. Both also abuse and become overly-reliant on magic in their pursuits. Whether it be Jafar using arcane tools such as his snake staff that hypnotizes the Sultan, Aladdin's use of the Genie to support his Prince Ali façade that he temporarily backs out of his promise to free him, and then Jafar's own use of the Genie later which included turning himself into the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Jafar becomes so caught up in the high of power that it becomes his undoing. Aladdin using his natural resourcefulness manages to trick Jafar into turning himself into a genie to become even stronger which seals him into the lamp that comes with it. Both also have little animal sidekicks almost always on their person. Jafar even seems to have taken notice of their similarities given the lines, "Just a con, need I go on? Take it from me." during his song the Prince Ali Reprise. Itself a twisted perversion of the earlier song Aladdin used when introducing his new fake identity as Jafar is revealing his own true self.
      • Aladdin: The Return of Jafar: Jafar this time serves as this for Genie after he has made his wish to turn himself into a genie as well. However he's an evil genie instead of a Benevolent Genie. Jafar tries to arrange for his freedom through a deal with his current master similar to Genie's deal with Aladdin in the first film. Genie himself however was never self-serving, vindictive, or underhanded with his masters in contrast to Jafar who is all those things when serving Abis Mal. Doing things like twisting around his wishes to be negatives, pushing him around, and even threatening him with violence.
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    • While he was largely a non-discript menace in the original film, Bambi II develops Ronno into a fully fledged one for Bambi as children. Both are conveyed as insecure and cowardly, however while Bambi is an Adorkable Nice Guy who steps up the game when others need him, Ronno is an egomaniacal bully who grows a petty grudge towards Bambi for accidentally upstaging him. Similarly while Bambi would shyly court Faline and become protective towards her, Ronno proved possessive and tried to force claim over her. Even dynamically nearly everything Ronno does to lead his character into darker territory galvanises Bambi's more heroic qualities to develop.
    • Beauty and the Beast: Gaston is this to the Beast. They start out very similar to each other. Both are handsome (before the curse), indifferent to the pain they cause to others, aren't afraid to use violence to get what they want and both want to use Belle for their own selfish reasons (the Beast to break his curse and Gaston to be his baby-factory/housekeeper/trophy-wife). However, the Beast learns to see Belle as the kind, intelligent, courageous and independent woman she is, changes his behavior upon realizing that it's wrong and proves his own self-worth by letting her go be with her father, which helps break his curse. Gaston on the other hand refuses to change, still clinging to his opinions of self-worth.
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    • Big Hero 6 Professor Callaghan is this to Hiro. Both lost beloved members of their families and personally try to go after those who they believed were responsible in hopes of killing them. If it wasn't for Baymax's Thou Shalt Not Kill rule, Hiro would have gone down that same dark path.
    • The Black Cauldron: The Horned King to Taran. In his first scene, the Horned King is immersing himself in his vision of creating the Cauldron-Born and being worshiped as a god, while Taran daydreams several times about becoming a knight and a hero. They're both shown to be fairly unremarkable in spite of these aspirations, and the amazing feats they do perform only happened because they were using powerful artifacts. They also have cowardly and toady little sidekicks whom they don't respect (though Taran gets better about this over the course of the movie), and in the end, they both fail to accomplish their goals.
    • The Fox and the Hound: Although more Jerkass than evil, Amos Slade serves as this to Widow Tweed. Both are the human owners of the two main characters and they are very protective of their animals, but he's much more of an antagonistic Knight Templar.
    • Frozen: Hans is this several characters:
      • He is this to both sisters, but especially Anna. He even has a physical resemblance to her, and his name, which means "God is gracious," reflects his role as a mirror toward Elsa (whose own name has the meaning "God's oath") and Anna (whose name means "gracious"). Like Elsa, he hides much of himself, symbolized by their shared habit of gloves. Like Anna, he also grew up neglected and feeling rejected by his older siblings, and both have issues with being overshadowed by their powerful siblings. However, unlike the two of them, he became both ruthless and cruel. Whereas Elsa avoids hurting other people, he embraces it, and whereas Anna reacted to her life of feeling unloved by trying to spread love and help others, including the older, more powerful sibling who ignored her,note  Hans plots to gain power and status at any cost, including murdering innocents and forsaking any relationships he had with his estranged family.
      • He is also this to Kristoff to a lesser extent. While both are set up as Anna's Love Interest, Kristoff is a Nice Guy despite his initial appearance as a detached misanthrope while Hans is built up as someone who cares for others, but is revealed to be a selfish and duplicitous man. As of the sequel, Kristoff essentially succeeds where Hans failed, as Kristoff becomes the King of Arendelle out of genuine love rather than lies and manipulation. And, intentional or not, Kristoff primarily wears black during the epilogue where we see for the first time Anna as queen, while Hans was primarily in white during Elsa's coronation.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
      • Frollo is this to Quasimodo. While Quasimodo is monstrous on the outside, Frollo is monstrous on the inside and it's also lampshaded in the intro ("It is a tale, a tale of a man and a monster...Who is the monster and who is the man?"). Then there's the contrast between their respective unrequited attraction to Esmeralda (Quasimodo's pure love vs Frollo's lust and obsession) emphasized by their respective songs: Quasimodo's "Heaven's Light" and Frollo's "Hellfire".
      • Frollo is also an evil counterpart to the Archdeacon. Both are deeply religious, but unlike Frollo, the Archdeacon doesn't let his religion corrupt him.
    • The Hunchback of Notre Dame II: Quasimodo also has such a dynamic with the sequel's villain Sarousch. Except for the fact that Sarousch himself is also ugly on the outside but covers it up with things like a wig and makeup. And he seems to overcompensate for his shortcomings by putting on an incredibly vain persona. This contrasts with Quasimodo who attains love and acceptance through being a good and kind person on the inside instead.
    • Leroy & Stitch: whereas the blue Stitch was designed to do evil but managed to reform thanks to Lilo and the concept of 'ohana, the red Leroy was made for Hämsterviel, who is a self-centered Ungrateful Bastard. Unlike Stitch, Leroy never reforms; he gets incapacitated thanks to a fail-safe programmed into him, then is sent to prison.
    • The Lion King (1994):
      • Scar serves as this to Simba. Both start out as members of the royal family who yearn to be king for the benefits, but don't grasp the responsibility that comes with it. After the death of Mufasa, Simba's exile, and Scar's ascent both would wallow in a childish laziness, each wanting to live a cozy carefree life without much responsibility, be it Simba hiding out in a lush jungle away from personal responsibilities or Scar trying to simply shirk them off. However, Simba eventually manages to move on from his childishness and guilt rooted in his past in order to return to the Pride Lands and save them from Scar, who whilst indeed a sophisticated and cunning character, didn't grow past the entitled, self-centered, and whiny childish stage that Simba was at when the film started. A major contrast between the two is Simba's willingness to go back and atone for the mistakes of his past, even if he comes to learn wasn't truly responsible later, whilst Scar winds up getting killed by the Hyenas because of how he tried shifting the full blame of his crimes to them in an attempt to weasel his way out of facing the consequences of them. Also notable also is how both come to have chief sidekicks who are outcasts who live outside the Pride Lands and are obsessed with food, but while Simba treats his with genuine care, Scar constantly treats his hyena minions with utter apathy.
      • While Mufasa is a wise king who genuinely cares for his subjects and family, Scar would abandon anyone at the drop of a hat to save his own hide, as shown by him pinning the blame on his hyena minions. The way they rule the Pride Lands also shows the difference between the two, with the kingdom turning into a literal hellhole under Scar's disastrous reign. In The Lion Guard, Scar even comes returns as a demonic, malevolent abomination who plans to destroy the Pride Lands out of spite compared to his brother's Messianic appearance.
    • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Zira serves as the counterpoint to Simba. Both of them being the rulers of the groups of lions in conflict, those from the Pride Lands and the Outlanders respectively who look down upon each other. Both also stand in the way of their progeny, Kiara and Kovu, from fulfilling their romance with each other. Whilst Simba comes around to accept the Outlanders after his eyes become opened Zira never relents from her hatred and winds up dying because of it.
    • Pocahontas:
      • Governor Ratcliffe to Powhatan. Both are commanders of a group of warriors and both have someone prone to overshadowing them (Smith for Ratcliffe, Kocoum for Powhatan). What really sets Ratcliffe apart from Powhatan is his motivation; greed and expansion as opposed to preservation and protection. Both of them hold a distrust of the opposing side and those similarities are brought to the forefront during the song Savages where they are preparing to lead their people to war with each other.
      • Ratcliffe can also be one to John Smith, who ironically had the name John historically. They are the leaders of the Virginia Company who venture into the New World and from the outset view its indigenous inhabitants as savages to look down upon. Each also feels a sense of ownership to Virginian and or its resources. The comparison can be seen in the song Mine, Mine, Mine that both sing in. Smith sings about how he can't wait to venture into, "a land I can claim, a land I can tame, the greatest adventure is mine" immediately followed by the image of Ratcliffe telling his men to, "mine me that gold" which he's been singing about being "mine, mine, mine" the whole time. However Smith comes to realize that it was wrong to view the Native Americans this way after having bonded with and learned from Pocahontas. Ratcliffe on the other hand makes no such change and pushes for war 'til the end.
    • The Princess and the Frog: The characters of Mama Odie and Dr. Facilier. Each is a practitioner of voodoo magic who have dealings with the film's protagonists, but Facilier is evil and Mama Odie is benevolent. An interesting note is that Facilier was supposed to be Odie's son initially.
    • Sleeping Beauty has the evil fairy Maleficent to the three good fairies.
    • Wreck-It Ralph: Turbo was this to Ralph. Ralph is the villain of his game, and is treated as an outcast, but who nevertheless is a decent guy whose reckless behavior are misguided attempts at respect. Turbo was the "hero" of his game, but was still an arrogant jerk who trashed another game and got it condemned out of pure jealously. Turbo as it turns out, never vanished. He fled his abandoned game, and entered Sugar Rush, becoming the main character "King Candy". In the process and wrote out the main character, Vanellope, and turned her into an outcast.
    • Judy and Bellweather in Zootopia. Both are small prey animals who are looked down on and mistreated by others, especially predator animals, and want to be more appreciated for their efforts. Both also hold some anti-predator sentiment, as well. Whereas Judy wishes to coexist peacefully with everyone and does learn to acknowledge her hidden biases and work past them, Bellweather gives in to her hatred for predators and starts a city-wide panic of prey against predator.
  • Soto to Manny in Ice Age. Both have lost family/pack members to the humans, but while Manny learns to forgive and leave his past behind, Soto is frantically focused on getting revenge on the humans, which is why he wants to eat the baby.
  • Kung Fu Panda:
    • Tai Lung is the evil counterpart to Tigress. Both do not know their real parents (the latter was raised in an Orphanage of Love, the former was a Doorstop Baby), and just wanted their teacher's love. Like Tai Lung, Tigress believed that she would be chosen as the Dragon Warrior by Oogway, and resented Po for 'stealing her thunder'. Also, both are big felines who suffer from Pride and a bad temper. Unlike Tai Lung, Tigress remained honorable by choosing to become an even better and more worthy warrior. This decision, combined with her defeat at the Thread of Hope, kept her from following the same path as him.
    • Shen is this to Po in the second film. Both have parental abandonment issues, and are real animals likened to mythical beasts (Po the Panda is the Dragon Warrior, while Shen the peacock is clearly meant to be a phoenix with his passion for fire) and have Failed Attempt at Drama moments.
  • As in Disney Animated Canon, this is seen a lot in Pixar movies:
    • Cars: Chick Hicks is the evil counterpart to Lightning McQueen. Both are portrayed as rude and arrogant racecars who cared about nothing but themselves and made fun of other cars. What makes them different is that at the end of the film, McQueen ends up losing the final race but is now respected by the other cars since he actually now learned to accept defeat by helping another racecar, Strip "The King" Weathers, cross the finish line after he was crashed by Chick, while Chick ended up winning the same race but is ultimately betrayed by everyone else since they found out about what he did to The King, and that doing such is actually against the racing code.
    • Coco has Ernesto de la Cruz, a shadow archetype of what Miguel could be like if he left his family for good and focused only on his dream to become a musician. Thankfully, Miguel never resorts to being selfish like Ernesto after learning the truth.
    • The Incredibles and it's sequel unsurprisingly given it's Superhero genre don't shy away from this trope, interestingly while Syndrome reflects Mr Incredible, Evelyn Deavor reflects Elastigirl.
      • The similarities between Bob Par aka Mr Incredible and Buddy aka Syndrome are apparent, they both glorify the "golden age" of Superheroes and both seek recognition from the public. Though since Buddy lacks superpowers he is forced to stage his own heroics using the Omnidroid that causes unintentional destruction when it's A.I goes rogue, while Mr Incredible causes unintentional destruction and trouble during his genuine heroics. Not to mention Syndrome killed dozens supers just so he could make room for himself to be one, ironically Syndrome did all this because Mr Incredible rejected Buddy's desire to be his Kid Sidekick. Interestingly even while being the Big Bad Sydrome still geeks out childishly the same as Mr Incredible does over hero exploits, they also both believe in the Badass Cape though Edna warned Bob against it while Syndrome learned too late.
      • Helen Par aka Elasigirl and Evelyn Deavor are more overt counterparts being both women in power who both overshadowed by the men in their lives, Helen by her husband Mr Incredible and Evelyn by her brother Winston. Both women are tech savvy and have similar ideologies realizing they’re Not So Different before and after Evelyn reveals herself as the villain, the true Irony is the reason why Elastigirl is such a good person i.e her family is the same reason why Evelyn is a vengeful bitter person because she lost her parents as a result of superheroes. It's also fitting that is Evelyn Anti-Supers since Helen (despite being super herself) was against becoming a hero again for the sake of her family.
    • In Toy Story 3, it turns out Lots-o'-Huggin' Bear used to be just like Woody. He was the favorite toy of a little kid who enjoyed her toys, Daisy being like Andy, and he was the leader of a small but loyal group of other toys who would always lend a hand. On top of that, he has all the intelligence, resourcefulness, and planning skills of Woody. Where he and Woody diverged is their response to being separated from their respective owners, and arguably, what happened with their owners when separated. In the original Toy Story, when Woody and Buzz go missing and Andy finds out, Andy frantically searches for them until they return, and they never give up hope. When Lotso goes missing and Daisy finds out, her parents buy another Lotso and call it a day. This causes Lotso to snap and completely lose his faith in people. He then goes to Sunnyside Daycare, gathers allies, and becomes a dictator. If Woody had turned evil and bitter, he would've taken the same strategy: Gather allies, then gather power in anticipation of any upcoming threats.
      • It gets even more true when you find out that Lotso's role as the tyrannical dictator was supposed to be Woody's first role before the suits changed it.
      • Preceding Lotso is the Big Bad of the second half of Toy Story 2, Stinky Pete. Both he and Woody were part of the same toy series and shared similar apprehension about their longevity and a similar enmity to Space Toys. But while Woody decides not to abandon his friends or Andy, Pete will stop at nothing to get to Japan.
      • And of course, Sid was Andy's evil counterpart in the first movie. Andy is a kid who was so protective with his toys and plays a lot with them, Sid instead used toys for his twisted experiments and usually throws them away when he doesn't care about them anymore and search for more for his experiments. Also, while Andy cared a lot about Molly, his younger sister, Sid was a Big Brother Bully to Hannah, his younger sister, as he frequently took her dolls away and mutilated them.
  • In Rise of the Guardians, Pitch is one to both Sandman and Jack Frost. To Sandy because they have similar powers and to Jack because they have similar motives.
  • In Titan A.E. it is revealed at the end of the film's 2nd act that Joseph Korso serves as this to Cale Tucker. Though he puts up a more amiable and hopeful façade, he is actually just as (if not more) bitter, jaded, and self-centered as Cale is at the start ever since and in large part because of the destruction of Earth. Going so far as to sell out to the Drej. However, in the end after Cale refuses to let him die in spite of his betrayal, learning that the Drej are planning to kill him anyway, as well as the discovery of a way to defeat the Drej Korso comes around to redeem himself by giving his life to save Cale, his crewmen, and the human race.
  • Drago Bludvist is an evil counterpart of Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon 2: As Hiccup he does not kills dragons, instead learning how to train them, but in his case he used this knowledge for evil and wants to make an army of dragons to Take Over the World. Grimmel the Grisly is this to Hiccup in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World When Hiccup found Toothless, he befriended it and went on to believe humans and dragons can coexist. When Grimmel found a night fury, he killed it and went on to belive dragons must be exterminated.
  • The 2012 version of The Lorax not only made the Once-ler more sympathetic, it gave him an evil counterpart in Mr. O'Hare. Both characters are Corrupt Corporate Executives whose products are harmful to the environment. The major difference between them is that Oncie realized the harm he had done when he was forced to shut down his company because he ran out of Truffula Trees to cut down. O'Hare, on the other hand, was the only Thneedvillian who didn't pull a Heel–Face Turn when faced with the harm he had done. O'Hare represents what the Once-ler would have become had there been a few more trees. Both are also a different height from nearly everyone else.
  • ParaNorman: Agatha Prenderghast is this to Norman. Both are discriminated against by the townspeople because of having the ability to speak to the dead. But whereas Norman seeks to save them and learns to value the people who care about him, Agatha sought to make them suffer and completely forgot about the ones who loved her in the process.
  • In Shrek, both Fiona and Farquaad are odd, but this inspires Fiona to love the people who are like her, whereas Farquaad envies and hates anyone who isn't. There are also some parallels with Shrek, who accepts people's right to have opinions (even if they're bigoted) and talks back instead of silencing them.
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse:
    • Peter B. Parker reflects the Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin from Miles's universe, both are middle-aged, jaded (chubby) men who see an opportunity to make amends with an Alternate Universe portal. Interestingly Kingpin's motivations and anger in the movie stem from losing his family, while Peter B. Parker's depression and regret come from the fact he was too scared to start a family MJ in the first place which led to divorce and sadness. By the end of the movie Peter B Parker has gained an appreciation for family, while Fisk’s Villainous Breakdown gets worse when it becomes clear he can't bring his wife and son back and takes his rage out upon the heroes.
    • Miles has a dark reflection in his Cool Uncle Aaron who is actually the Prowler, both Miles and his uncle are creative and rebellious which opposes Jefferson (Miles's dad) stricter discipline however Aaron has led a life of crime while Miles despite indulging in some graffiti is still a good kid. Aaron represents what Miles could’ve end up as if he didn't have the love and care of his parents as well as guidance from Spider-Man.
  • In Megamind:
    • Metro Man is the Good Counterpart to Megamind. Both are alien refugees that landed on Earth as infants, but Metro Man become a superpowered hero with good publicity, while Megamind became a Super Intelligent villain who was an outcast.
    • Hal Stewart aka Titan becomes the Evil Counterpart to both Megamind and Metro Man. Like Megamind Hal is selfish and has a crush on Roxanne (to point of kidnapping her) and thanks to Mega Mind Hal becomes a Flying Brick like Metro Man but abuses his power and becomes a supervillain. While Megamind was able to Heel–Face Turn thanks to Roxanne, Hal only got worse after Roxanne rejected him. Worth noting Metro Man is also similar to Hal in the sense that he got tired of being a hero but instead of turning evil, Metro Man simply faked his own death.


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