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Examples of Evil Counterparts in Comic Books.

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Individual examples:

  • Despite all his power and ambition, Antrobus from Afterlife Inc can't help put compare himself to protagonist Jack Fortune - even going as far as to model his physical appearance on Jack, albeit a twisted, distorted version.
  • Anya's Ghost: Emily when her true colors are revealed is the evil counterpart to Anya. After spending time with Anya, she turns out to possess exaggerated versions of all of Anya's negative traits: Emily is obsessive over boys (but unlike Anya, murderously so), sees existing girlfriends of 'mark' boys as competition and not individuals (but unlike Anya, she is inclined to murder them), lies and manipulates (but not just about her last name, she lies about her entire past). The mirroring is even physical: she dons Anya's hairdo and starts smoking "ghost cigarettes", presumably a mimicking of Anya's bad habit.
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  • Gloo from Astro City is a Blob Monster who was originally created by criminals in an attempt to clone the heroic Jack-in-the-Box and make him into the ultimate henchman. They failed spectacularly.
  • The Beano has Pa Bear and Grizzly Gus two bears who love food in a strip called The Three Bears. The Dandy's most iconic strip Desperate Dan has Dangerous Dan McGroo who looks almost exactly like Desperate Dan, albeit in a more evil costume.
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe and Scrooge McDuck:
    • Flintheart Glomgold, of the Disney Ducks Comic Universe (and later DuckTales) is an evil counterpart to Scrooge McDuck — every bit as ambitious as Scrooge, almost as wealthy, but with none of Scrooge's redeeming factors, such as his honesty and sense of fair play. DuckTales even increased the similarities by making Flintheart Scottish, the same nationality as Scrooge — though this was because he was originally South African in the comics, and they wanted to avoid unfortunate connections.
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    • John D. Rockerduck is another almost-richest-duck-in-the-world like Glomgold, and... Well, that's about it. He operates out of Duckburg and is perhaps more of a plotter, but the basic idea is the same: he's an unethical version of and rival to Scrooge.
    • In The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, Scrooge encounters both Glomgold and Rockerduck (in Africa and America respectively), showing his contrast with both. While Scrooge is a hard-working miner out to make a fortune fairly, Glomgold is out to steal from miners, and Rockerduck is a Spoiled Brat due to inherit a fortune. Rockerduck's father, however, is a mentor figure to Scrooge, liking him more than his own son.
    • Blackheart Beagle is another Evil Counterpart, ambitious like Scrooge, the head of a large family like Scrooge, cares about his family like Scrooge, and a badass like Scrooge, however he tries to steal money instead of earning it.
  • Raven Red in the Jet Dream feature. Like Jet, she's also a top-notch aviatrix with an all-girl team.
  • 2000 AD:
    • Judge Dredd has numerous ones of these but Judge Death is the image for the main page for a reason. Dredd cares about the law to an absurdist self-punishing degree while Judge Death twists it into something that exists purely to justify his own murderous instincts. In a very real way, Death exposes the hypocrisy inherent to Dredd's sworn service to a flawed system while Dredd continually beats down Death's own self-styled inevitability.
    • Shakara: Shakara is the ghostly incarnation of the dead Shakara race sworn to avenge them. The main villain of the comic is Cinnibar Brenneka, an evil Shakara who destroyed his own species. Really more of an inversion; Brenneka not only preceded his Good Counterpart, but his own Face–Heel Turn is the reason his counterpart came into being in the first place.
  • Red-Mist is this to Kick-Ass. While Dave was inspired by the heroes in the comics, Chris was inspired by the villains (even quoting The Joker before setting up his Avenging the Villain story-line in Volume Two).
  • From the Knights of the Old Republic comics, both Big Bad Haazen and hero Zayne Carrick are relatively weak Force-sensitives who were considered failed Jedi apprentices. They also both prove to be very dangerous despite their limited Force powers. The difference is that Haazen allowed his bitterness and jealousy of his more talented peers to utterly consume his life, while Zayne still maintains his fundamental human decency no matter what. The series' other main protagonist, Jarael, now has one of her own in the form of Chantique, who represents what Jarael would be if she allowed herself to be dominated by her Dark and Troubled Past.
  • Nancy Thompson has become Freddy Krueger's Good Counterpart in Nightmares on Elm Street, as she has developed dream powers of her own that she uses to help people. Unfortunately, she hasn't fully accustomed to the dream world and lacks the years of experience that Freddy has.
  • Red Sonja meets her Evil Counterpart, Crimson Katherine, in Giant-Size Red Sonja #2.
  • X-Wing Rogue Squadron: "Except for an accident of circumstance, I could have been your Luke Skywalker, and he could have been me. After all, we were both farmboys who loved to fly." Baron Soontir Fel, the best non-Vader pilot in the Empire, says this to Wedge Antilles after he's captured by Rogue Squadron. Farm Boy origins aside, he's actually closer to being the counterpart to Wedge, who also happens to be his brother-in-law. Fel is distinctly not evil; he's Imperial, which does put him on the "wrong" side, but he's not an evil man. He actually joins Rogue Squadron for a time, before disappearing and ending up as part of the Empire of the Hand.
  • In a way, Gideon Graves to Scott Pilgrim. They're initially shown to be pretty opposite, as Gideon is a successful multi-millionaire mogul who's viewed as a winner, while Scott is seen as a lovable loser. Both also have large combat experience, with Scott being the best fighter in the province and Gideon inventing the Glow for military purposes. However, they're much the same on a personal level. Both live in their own heads and seem to be unaware of their misdeeds (although in Scott's defense, he never explicitly denied doing anything wrong nor does he blame anyone for what happened. There's also the fact that Gideon ended up tampering with his memories), weren't the best boyfriends, and made some bad decisions that led them to screw over people who cared about them (yet Scott's was the result of cluelessness, lack of thinking and a bit of circumstance, while Gideon is implied to be wholly responsible). Whereas Scott is willing to change all of these things to become a better person, Gideon does not. Ultimately, Gideon is much worse than Scott, and Scott's realization that they are alike in ways allows him to unlock the Power of Understanding during their fight in the series' final volume.
  • While they never met, Kevin and Miho from Sin City were meant according to Frank Miller to be counterparts of one another. They're both improbably strong and neither ever speaks. Kevin is obviously the evil one while Miho is at least the Anti-Hero version.
    • Marv and Manute from the same series also fit as they are both big, scary determinators. Dwight all but lampshaded this when he brought Marv in to deal with Manute. Bonus points are given to the fact that while Manute is evil, well dressed, and highly educated, Marv is good (in comparison), a bit of a bum, and not very book smart.
  • In The Smurfs Gargamel is the evil counterpart of his twin brother Gourmelin.
    • He is also an evil counterpart to Papa Smurf. One wizard who uses magic to help people, the other uses it for evil deeds.
  • Steelgrip Starkey and the All-Purpose Power Tool pits Steelgrip Starkey against Ironarm Gantry. In contrast to the heroically pure Steelgrip, Ironarm is brutish, selfish, and prone to bursts of anger and pettiness.
    • The All-Purpose Power Tool itself has an Evil Counterpart in Ironarm's Worldbeater, a massive, polluting contraption with bolted-on components that tears up the landscape as it works.
  • In Elvis Shrugged, Andrew Lloyd Webber is The Dragon to Col. Tom Parker and is this trope to Stephen Sondheim, who serves as a Lancer to Elvis Presley.