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  • Axis Amerika was this to the All-Star Squadron, ironically modeled after the Golden Age/Earth-2 heroes (namely, Superman, Batman, Robin, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Green Arrow, and Speedy) who vanished after the Crisis on Infinite Earths, with the only exception being Kamikaze, who simply was Imperial Japan's replacement for Tsunami. They soon meet their match with the Young All-Stars, who filled the shoes of the erased All-Stars. Before that, there was Der Zyklon, who was a Nazi super-speedster counterpart of the Flash and Johnny Quick.
  • Aquaman has had several evil counterparts. The most obvious is the Ocean Master, his own brother. Others include Charybdis, Evil Twin Thanatos, the Thirst and Black Manta (whose also evil counterpart to his son).
  • Batman's gallery is built on the Evil Counterpart concept, mainly because writers acknowledge that what Bruce does isn't exactly sane and love to point out how easily it could have gone another way:
    • The criminal Killer Moth originally patterned himself as an Evil Counterpart to Batman... but quickly sank to a third-string position in the Rogues Gallery. As we said, the Counterpart is sometimes a Big Bad, but not always. It was probably a bad idea to name himself after something bats eat.
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    • The Wrath was a pre-Crisis villain who was even more of a Batman counterpart, down to duplicating much of his origin (his parents being killed in a shootout by Commissioner Gordon in his days as a rookie beat cop). Not only did he not become a Big Bad, he was essentially a one-shot opponent.
      • He reappeared in The Batman animated series, which also gave him a younger brother, Scorn, to act as Evil Counterpart to Robin.
      • And similarly, Batman Confidential introduces a new Wrath, the original's protégé, as Nightwing's foe. He proved to have more staying power than his predecessor and later stepped up to Batman himself as the Big Bad of Detective Comics for a time.
    • Yet another Batman counterpart came in the pages of JLA, with Prometheus; he was the child of gangsters who had been gunned down by the cops when he was a boy, and his great physical fighting abilities were the result, not of training, but of "recording" other people's abilities electronically and loading them into his brain with a cybernetic helmet. Oddly, though, he isn't a particularly Batman-focused villain, usually meeting up with the hero only as part of an attempt to take down the whole JLA.
      • And both Prometheus and the Wrath are at large once again. Yes, they're practically the same person except for Prometheus' focus on technological gadgetry.
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    • While The Joker has always been this to Batman (The Joker himself has pointed out they are both the results of something traumatic and life shattering (maybe), in Death of the Family, this time he is figuratively borrowing pages from Batman's book, like turning off the lights to get the drop on a group of his enemies, and finding out the Batfamily's secrets so he can hit his enemies where it hurts!
      • The Joker briefly had his own sidekick named Gaggy, who like Robin, was a former circus acrobat. He never caught on, but returned decades later as an enemy of Harley Quinn and the Gotham City Sirens.
    • Bane was created as something of an Evil Counterpart to Batman, having trained his mind and body while in prison (serving part of his late father's term). The big difference is Bane's use of the chemical Venom to give himself Super Strength. Bane could also be considered an evil counterpart to Doc Savage, particularly with regard to his original aides.
    • Two-Face also mirrors Batman in his dual nature - Batman's identities are secret and united in their goals while Two-Face's are obvious and opposed. Harvey Dent started out with the exact same goal as Bruce, making him an example of what Batman could become if he loses his self-control, and was a close friend and confidant of either Bruce or Batman in most continuities.
    • While Bruce Wayne had caring, loving parents, Tommy Elliot's were both cut from the Rich Bitch cloth (and his father was an abusive alcoholic). To keep himself from harm and create a better life for himself, he arranged a car accident that killed his father and left his mother an overbearing cripple. Tommy hated that Bruce's dad saved his mom and that Bruce eventually got the life Tommy wanted for himself. Upon being told by the Riddler that Bruce was Batman, Tommy became Hush, an archetype of Batman who is a criminal mastermind.
    • Owlman and Talon, Batman and Robin's counterparts from Earth-3, the Evil Counterpart Universe.
      • Talon takes it further by being a Legacy Character. The Talon who seems to be a direct counterpart to Tim Drake actually took a Heel–Face Turn and ended up joining the Teen Titans alongside Tim before being murdered and given back to Owlman in individually wrapped pieces.
    • The Ax-Crazy Black Mask. Like Bruce, he was the son of wealthy parents who died due to unnatural causes. The difference is that Black Mask happened to kill his own parents and run his company into the ground with his own incompetence, before becoming a masked and increasingly violent crime lord. He even met Bruce as a child. He's as much of an Anti-Bruce Wayne as an Anti-Batman.
    • Deadshot is still another example. The son of a wealthy Gotham family, a Rich Idiot with No Day Job by day and a Badass Normal by night. The primary differences in his life from Bruce's are that he attempted to stop the tragedy as it happened, but his Abusive Parents survived while Deadshot accidentally killed his beloved brother. Already The Unfavorite with both parents, Deadshot initially took to vigilantism and crime out of boredom, before graduating to both Blood Knight and Death Seeker. Batman, in contrast, began his career out of a compulsion to serve justice and later developed a stronger desire to ensure that Everybody Lives.
    • Batzarro. Yes, that's right. He is a Bizarro-Batman.
    • It's hard to find a villain who isn't an evil counterpart of some facet of Batman:
      • The Scarecrow uses fear just as much as Batman does.
      • The Riddler uses his intellect more effectively than physical strength.
      • Hugo Strange mirrors Batman's intellectual pursuits as well as his obsession into diving psychologically into the minds of his foes. Ironically Batman and Strange are both effected mentally by their careers.
      • Ra's Al Ghul is a misguided Well-Intentioned Extremist with a lifelong war on crimenote .
      • Mr. Freeze is motivated into his actions by the person he loves most in the world.
    • Catman was going to be one of these for about 5 minutes. Now he is an (even more) Evil Counterpart to Catwoman (see below).
    • Jason Todd was the second Robin, until Comic Book Death turned him into the (new) Red Hood, a vigilante who kills villains left and right and Evil Counterpart to both Batman and Nightwing (before, during, and after Nightwing briefly became Batman himself) - until the reboot made him less villainous.
    • Dr. Hurt is Thomas, and to a lesser extent, Bruce Wayne's evil counterpart, using his wealth and influence for evil.
    • James Gordon Jr. was described by Scott Snyder as the exact opposite of everything his father stood for.
    • Jean-Paul Valley's take on Batman, especially when he reaches the pinnacle of his Sanity Slippage, is easily this - a Batman who wears flashy armor, armed to the teeth with deadly weaponry and finally ready to spill blood.
    • Huntress can be seen as yet another evil counterpart to Batman. Like Bruce Wayne, Helena Bertinelli was the scion of a wealthy and prominent old-Gotham family who, when she was a young child, watched her family gunned down in front of her. She then spent the next several years training in combat and studying crime in order to fight back. Then, as a young adult, she was startled when a bat came crashing through the window. This inspired her to become a masked vigilante to take revenge on the criminal underworld. The key difference is that Huntress has no qualms about killing or torturing criminals; indeed, her goal is to kill them. Unlike most of the examples on this list, she is generally portrayed more as a very dark antihero (enough to make Batman look like The Cape) than as a villain, although making her a villain for Arrow required very little change to her character. Certainly she has been a regular antagonist for Batman, almost killing him once, although she has regularly teamed-up with other members of the Bat-family. Huntress had her own evil counterpart in Tabby Brennan; see below.
  • Batwoman has a couple:
    • Alice, who is literally her twin sister.
    • Knife, an assassin who, like Batwoman, is highly skilled physically but grew up in poverty while Kate is from a wealthy family.
  • Death Mayhew, commander of the Nazi flying group the White Lions (and a No Celebrities Were Harmed version of Errol Flynn), was this to Blackhawk.
  • Blue Beetle has the Black Beetle, in terms of his name and Powered Armor; beyond that we're not too sure, since he keeps changing his backstory. Eventually he claims to be an evil version of Jaime from the future, but at that point Jaime has stopped caring who he claims to be.
  • The 2nd Supernova is an Evil Counterpart of Booster Gold, who invented the Supernova identity. While Booster works with Rip Hunter, Time Master, to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, Supernova is working with time-travel based villains like Per Degaton to set things wrong in the first place. Supernova also has an Evil Counterpart of Booster's Robot Buddy, Skeets, and at the end of his first appearance is revealed to be Booster's father.
    • Another member of the Time Stealers is Black Beetle, listed above.
  • Captain Atom has the Ghost, a.k.a. Alec Rois, a.k.a. the Faceless One. Both men died and returned with quantum-powers, but whereas Captain Atom returned as a living being, Rois came back as, well, a ghost. Their powers cancel each other out, and Cap is a hero while the Faceless One is a villain. Both are manipulated by Wade Eiling, despite being excellent strategists and intriguers themselves.
    • There is also Major Force, a criminal named Clifford Zmeck who was given powers similar to Nathaniel Adam's in exchange for being pardoned for his crimes.
  • The Catwoman series tried giving Selina an Evil Counterpart a couple of times. One was She-Cat (another cat-based thief, but a less skilled and less ethical one, who eventually turned out to know Selina from when they were in the same orphanage) and another was Hellhound (a male chauvinist who'd been trained by the same Old Master, and been The Unfavorite). Neither of them caught on.
  • In the Fables universe, Dorothy Gale is this to Fabletown's Cinderella. They're both female, attractive, and work black ops...but Dorothy works freelance, purely for money, while Cindy considers herself a Fabletown patriot. They are blood enemies.
  • All four Flashes have fought a "reverse flash" of some sort or another.
    • Jay Garrick had the Rival a.k.a. Edward Clariss, an old college professor who discovered his power source and committed crimes dressed like the Flash.
    • Barry Allen fought Professor Zoom a.k.a Eobard Thawne, a stalker who wanted to destroy everything Flash loved.
    • Wally West's counterpart is Zoom a.k.a Hunter Zolomon, a former profiler who is convinced that superheroes are only effective if they lose people they care about.
    • Bart Allen had Inertia a.k.a Thaddeus Thawne, an evil clone of himself.
    • Barry Allen also fought his prior to unknown twin Malcolm Thawne, a.k.a. Cobalt Blue, who established his own legacy of evil that mirrored the Flash Family. Including Professor Zoom.
    • The New 52 gives Barry another Reverse Flash; Daniel West, the younger brother of his love interest Iris. Taking the parallel further, he was a criminal before becoming the Reverse Flash, in contrast to Barry's role as a cop. Daniel is later demoted to being Archnemesis Dad to the new Kid Flash, essentially becoming his Reverse Flash instead.
  • Green Arrow has Merlyn, and as of the New 52, Komodo. Both men mirror Green Arrow's archery abilities, but Komodo in particular rivals him on business terms as well, as he is a Corrupt Corporate Executive.
  • Green Lantern
    • Not only Sinestro was once a Green Lantern himself, in Post-Crisis continuity he actually trained Hal Jordan in the use of his powers before becoming his nemesis.
    • In more recent times, there are even more popping up, but not all evil (so sort of non-evil counterparts to the evil counterparts): while the green represents will, and yellow represents fear, there's now violet (love), blue (hope), red (rage), orange (greed), and indigo (compassion).note  And eventually black (death), which is the really evil counterpart.
    • The White Lanterns are a Good Counterpart to the Black Lanterns, as both are Corps that resurrect and recruit the deceased. The difference is that the Black Lantern Corps essentially raises its recruits as zombies that feed off emotions and are used by Nekron to further his plan of killing all life, whereas the White Lanterns are resurrected properly and are recruited to repair the damages done by the Black Lanterns.
    • Kyle Rayner got 2 energy-wielding/manipulating Evil Counterparts, himself. On the 'ring-wielder' side of things, Alex Nero - who was Ax-Crazy, and possibly killed his parents as a teenager. And where Kyle was a creative artist who channelled his prolific imagination into the ring, Nero suffered paranoid delusions and the ring made his hallucinations real. On the 'might've become' side of things, Effigy, who was what Kyle might've been if he hadn't matured and gained a sense of responsibility about the ring and super-heroics in general.
    • Some individual members of the Sinestro Corps are evil counterparts of specific GLs; for instance Arkillo (Evil Kilowog) and Ranxx the Sentient City (Evil Mogo the Living Planet).
  • In many ways Hawkman villain Gentleman Ghost is Hawkman's opposite. Where Hawkman is a powerful Boisterous Bruiser with a love of fighting, Gentleman Ghost is a laidback Affably Evil chessmaster who prefers to manipulate people. Also they both use magic but where Hawkman uses magic to add to his formidable power, Gentleman Ghost prefers more creative uses such as invisibility or teleportation.
  • Tabby Brennan was set up to be this to the Huntress in Birds of Prey, in that both were the daughters of powerful crime bosses, and both schemed to murder their fathers under the noses of several superheroes. The difference is that (in Batman/Huntress: Cry for Blood) Helena didn't know Santo Cassamento was her father, and he hated her and was trying to force her into the mob as his personal enforcer and assassin, while Tabby's father loved her and was trying to quit his life of crime for her sake; Huntress killed Cassamento to get out of the mob (and for revenge), while Tabby killed her father to take over his gang. Lampshaded when Huntress thinks of Tabby as "Just like me." Of course, then Tabby got killed off in a really stupid manner, but the less said of that, the better.
  • The entire Justice League of America has an Evil Counterpart in the Mirror Universe Crime Syndicate of America. Ultraman opposes Superman. Superwoman is sometimes an evil Amazon, sometimes her world's Lois Lane, and recently, Mary Marvel, but always stands in opposition to Wonder Woman. The magic-fuelled Power Ring is Evil Counterpart to Green Lantern. Psychotic speedster Johnny Quick is the opposite of The Flash. And Owlman, who began as a Smug Snake Evil Genius Chessmaster with More Than Mind Control powers, and is now usually portrayed as a homicidal maniac with Power Armour is the Evil Counterpart to however Batman is being portrayed this week.
  • Over in Justice League of America, Mister Miracle of the New Gods had Doctor Impossible (who may or may not be his Evil Twin / Long Lost Brother). Doctor Impossible briefly palled around with evil counterparts of other Jack Kirby heroes: Tender Mercy (Big Barda), Hunter (Orion), Chair (Metatron), and Neon Black (Lightray).
  • Another Justice League example would be the Queen Bee, who was the evil counterpart to Maxwell Lord. This was back when Max himself was a good guy (who, granted, did some ethically questionable things), before DC retconned him into being a villain. Max and the Queen Bee both had mind-control powers, and they both got control of superhero teams, the Justice League and the Global Guardians, respectively, and they were both manipulators and intriguers. But while Max was basically good if flawed, the Queen Bee was evil.
  • DC's White Martians are evil counterparts of the Green Martians.
  • The Multiversity:
    • As shown in Society of Super-Heroes: Conquerors of the Counter-World #1, Earth-40 is this to Earth-20, with explicit comparisons between the members of their respective teams:
      • Vandal Savage as compared to the Immortal Man, with the meteorite used to create their respective powers being used as the first murder weapon or made into a hallowed holy relic respectively.
      • Felix Faust as compared to Doc Fate, in terms of magical prowess.
      • Lady Shiva as compared to the Blackhawks, as highly proficient female fighters, albeit with her focusing more on swordplay rather than her good counterparts' gunplay.
      • Blockbuster as compared to the Mighty Atom, in terms of Force and Finesse.
      • Sinestro and Parallax as compared to Abin Sur's Green Lantern, with opposing powers of fear versus willpower.
    • In Thunderworld #1, in the Sivanas of the Multiverse, there's a Hannibal Lecter-esque version who is far more bloodthirsty and depraved than the rest of them, who travelled back in time and violently murdered his universe's Billy Batson before he became the Wizard's champion. As a result has become very bored. (Thunderworld's Sivana seems a bit put off by him.)
    • The majority of the New Reichsmen in Mastermen #1 are evil Nazi doppelgangers of the Justice League of Earth-0.
  • From Shazam, the Marvel Family has numerous examples:
    • Captain Marvel's original nemesis, Dr. Sivana, was eventually given an evil son and daughter to act as foes for Junior and Mary, respectively, in their spin-off books.
    • Ibac was Cap's first thematic counterpart: he derives his powers from evil historical figures the way that Cap gets his from legendary good ones, and changes by saying a magic word. Junior later got his own version, Sabbac, whose powers come from six demons.
    • Black Adam is Captain Marvel's most direct opposite: they have the exact same powersnote , since Adam was the Wizard's original Champion. Eventually, he became more of an Anti-Villain and got a super-powered wife and brother-in-law who were analogues to Mary and Freddy; they even knew a mutant crocodile who served as a counterpart to Tawky Tawny. Then Cerebus Syndrome made them all evil to various degrees, fulfilling this trope.
    • There's also one-off 1950s villain Niatpac Levram, who's literally just an evil version of Captain Marvel's reflection brought to life by a wizard.
  • Starman's Jack Knight and Nash were on their respective sides of the law mainly because their fathers pushed them there.
  • Superboy: A fair portion of Kon-El's more dangerous opponents are evil versions of himself;
    • Kon's arch-enemy Match was cloned from him. He does not see clones in the same humanitarian light as Kon and his pride and hatred of Kon-El mean that even if Kon refers to him as a brother and cares more for his safety and continued well being than his creators he'll always ally himself with them against Kon.
    • Black Zero is a version of Kon-El from a different universe who was completed to Westfield's specifications instead of released from Cadmus early by the Newsboy Legion and has conquered several earths which are then left to be ruled over by a Cadmus led dictatorship.
    • S-01, or "Bizarre-O", was Cadmus' first unstable failed attempt to clone Superman and a prototype to Kon-El that ends up released accidentally. Like most Bizarros S-01 isn't actually evil but his limited understanding of the world, unpredictable nature and incredible powers make him incredibly dangerous anyway.
    • Then there is, of course, Superboy-Prime. While Prime may also be an evil version of Superman his hatred of Kon-El for carrying the Superboy name leads to him actually killing Kon-El.
  • Supergirl has fought many evil versions of hers throughout her career:
    • The original Satan Girl, an Evil Twin created by exposure to Red Kryptonite, is every bit as powerful as a Silver Age Supergirl but with zero moral compuctions.
    • Post-Crisis Dark Supergirl is a version of the former, but even nastier and violent.
    • Superwoman (Lucy Lane) is another female with super-powers and complicated family issues. Nonetheless, she's an human with a super-powerful costume, whereas Supergirl is a Kryptonian with natural-born powers. And even though Supergirl stands up to her mother when she crosses one line, Superwoman would make anything to earn her father's approval, no matter how atrocious.
    • Bizarro-Girl is Supergirl's imperfect clone. She's more of a backwards loony with a warped sense of morality than an evil twin, though.
    • Overgirl is Supergirl's Nazi counterpart.
  • Superman: Similarly to Batman, Superman's rogues gallery is built on this tropes, with a sci-fi bent.
    • Bizarro is an imperfect clone (of varying origin, depending on the medium) of Superman, with all of the Man of Steel's powers. Bizarro's level of "evilness" depends on the writer; generally, he tries to emulate Superman by doing good deeds, he's just got a warped sense of what "good" means. For example, if he sees a bank robbery occurring, he's likely to intervene to help ... the robbers. Of course, since his notion of "helping" is just as distorted, he often winds up as a net positive force anyway more or less despite himself.
    • Brainiac is usually depicted as an alien automaton (if not cyborg), that utilizes his mechanical form and inhuman intelligence to crush those who oppose him/it. In contrast, Superman is given strength from his Kryptonian cells that harvest and metabolize solar energy, using his biological abilities and quick-thinking to passively end battles.
    • Mr. Myxzptlk is a reality altering imp from the fifth-dimension, not dissimilar from Superman's own status as an "alien" that doesn't "naturally belong". However, while Superman uses his powers for charity and good will, Myxzptlk abuses his powers for pranks and games to alleviate boredom. Going further, Superman's home planet was destroyed, contrasting with Myxzptlk, who shifts from his home dimension to ours whenever the whim takes him.
    • Zod is as much an Evil Counterpart to Superman as he is to his father, Jor-El. While Superman has acclimated to Earths culture and can perfectly synergies the best aspects of his adopted planet and Krypton, Zod waxes nostalgia on his planets more violent and competitive past. Sporting a militaristic "might-makes-right" philosophy, he uses his tactical genius and yellow-sun powers to prop himself up over others and wants nothing more than to rule a new Krypton with an iron fist. Superman is a citizen who voluntarily uses his powers to help people and ennoble others, Zod is a soldier at heart and sees no point helping those that are weaker. Both call upon their heritage, Superman opts for an enlightened perspective instilled in him by Jor-El, Zod longs for the brutality of old Krypton.
    • Parallels from even some of his lesser bad guys can be drawn:
      • Superman is an alien who draws his strength harmlessly from the sun, while the Parasite is a human who steals the electro-chemeical energy from other people.
      • Superman's other well-known nickname is the "Man of Tomorrow" for his forward-thinking ideals and his solar-powered biology, contrasting with Metallo — a literal Transhuman powered by kryptonite.
      • Like with to Parasite, Livewire's electrical powers parallel Superman's energy absorbtion, but she uses her powers purely for the fame and attention she gets from being a supervillain, while Superman is a media darling for his good deeds.
    • Taking into account various media, between Ultraman (which name alone refers to several similar characters), Justice Lord Superman, Kal and Kal-El in Smallville, Superboy Prime, mind controlled Captain Marvel, Cyborg Superman, etc., Superman has more evil counterparts than he knows what to do with.
    • The Krypton Man/Eradicator was yet another one in his early appearances, before becoming an Anti-Hero Substitute after The Death of Superman.
  • Gundra is an evil reflection of Wonder Woman. The champion of a god of wisdom and war who is a leader of a group of warrior women and took part in WWII Gundra put in on the side of the Nazis and Axis powers rather than the Allies. Highlighted when Axis Amerika took her on as their Wonder Woman equivalent in their first lineup, and also by the way the rest of the Golden Age Valkyries defected and joined the Amazons, swearing oaths of non-violence.
  • Cyborgirl (LeTonya Charles) happens to be an evil version of Cyborg, as she had permanently damaged her body by overdosing on the drug Tar. But her aunt, who happened to be one of the scientists who repaired Victor Stone, saved her with powerful cybernetic implants, hoping that this would reform her and give her a second chance in life. However, rather than use her newfound gifts for good, LeTonya chose to focus more on personal gain, essentially becoming more machine than human.

Marvel

  • The One Above All has the The One Below All as an evil counterpart.
  • The Punisher has two:
    • Tiberiu Bulat from "The Slavers" arc. At one point Frank even refers to him as a "twisted old fuck who still thought he was a soldier". Amusingly Frank doesn't appear to realize the irony in this statement.
    • Barracuda. Ennis wrote him specifically to be the Punisher's. Like Frank, Barracuda was trained as an elite commando, honed his skills on the battlefield, and lost a great deal of his humanity there. Once they returned home, they found that they couldn't re-adjust to civilian life. But where Castle lost his family and found his war on crime, Barracuda signed on for another tour of duty, this time in Nicaragua, where the corruption gave him the chance to go completely wild; Frank hides his basic human decency and warmth behind a cold and humorless exterior, while Barracuda hides his psychopathy behind a humorous grin.
  • In the Marvel universe, the Masters of Evil are essentially the supervillain equivalent of The Avengers and have existed for almost as long. Their roster is very large and constantly rotating but has several core members, just like their heroic counterparts. Just about every professional supercrook worth their salt has been at least partly allied with the Masters at least once and being a member is considered by some villains to be a badge of honor. In fact the Masters were originally founded with this trope in mind; Baron Zemo realized that the Avengers were doing so great partly because they were working together as one big organization and decided that if the bad guys could do the same, they'd have a much better chance. Things took an interesting turn when Zemo disguised the Masters as a new superhero team called the Thunderbolts. They did a surprisingly good job at filling the void left behind by their adversaries.
    • Ultron, the robotic archenemy of The Avengers,had his programming based on the personality of his creator, founding Avenger Hank Pym, and thus Ultron is essentially the physical personification of Pym's misanthropy and self-loathing. It is occasionally implied that being "born" with all of Pym's mental issues and bad memories is what drove Ultron insane and gave him the desire to Kill All Humans in the first place.
    • Former Masters of Evil member Erik Josten was also positioned as a villainous parallel to Hank Pym in the 80s, which was cemented during an Iron Man story where Erik adopted Pym's old Goliath moniker after gaining similar growth powers. He eventually reformed after changing his codename to Atlas, and is usually allied with the Thunderbolts these days.
  • The Vision has Anti-Vision, his crooked doppelgänger from a parallel universe.
  • Ghost Rider has Michael Badilino aka Vengeance who made a deal with Mephisto and became a demon similar to Johnny Blaze in order get revenge on GR. Ironically Vengeance’s beef with Ghost Rider only happened due to Mephisto‘s manipulation, Vegenace soon gets Drunk with Power before Ghost Rider stops him and Vegenace has a Heel Realization blowing himself up.
    • Vengeance 2 (Deputy Kowalski) is even worse since he didn’t have a Freudian Excuse like his predecessor and using Hell-Fire for shits and giggles.
  • Black Panther has Erik Killmonger (who was the Black Panther for a brief time), White Wolf (T'Challa's adopted brother) and the American Panther, though the latter was a victim of Brainwashing.
    • As he was originally a Fantastic Four supporting character, one could argue Black Panther is the Good Counterpart of Doctor Doom. Both men are costumed, superpowered rulers of advanced high-tech nations with ties to the FF.
    • Namor is also a kind of evil counterpart to T'challa considering Wakanda and Atlantis long standing feud and they both are the warrior kings of their races and will do pretty much anything to protect their country. Though Black Panther knows when to draw the line while Namor frequently commits atrocities without regret.
  • Captain America:
    • The 1950s incarnation of Cap ("Commie Smasher") was (through the magic of Retcon) explained away as an obsessed fan of the original who insisted on replacing him during the time when he was presumed dead; while the US government decided to humor him, the faulty version of the Super Soldier enhancement process eventually drove him insane. While he was eventually captured and placed in suspended animation, he broke out years later and attacked who he thought was another Captain America imposter - the real Captain America, who had defrosted from his own accidental suspended animation.
    • There was also Protocide, a test subject for the Super Soldier serum who went crazy with pain, got put in storage for many years, then was let out by AIM and manipulated into going after Steve Rogers. There were some 'opposite' motifs going on in his appearance: his costume was red instead of blue, and he had a far pointier shield.
    • He and The Falcon briefly had an enemy named Anti-Cap, who was meant to be a modern day Deconstruction of Captain America with the World War II background swapped out for a more timely War On Terror one. He even wore a black variant of the Captain America costume.
      • To really hammer home the counterpoint, Anti-Cap was a Navy man.
    • Before Anti-Cap, there was John Walker, Cap's Anti-Hero Substitute. He wasn't evil, but was essentially an attempt to show what would happen if someone who hadn't been as open-minded and compassionate as Steve Rogers had been chosen to wield the shield. While Steve has a huge heart and is willing to criticize his country when it drops the ball, Walker was a violent, unstable Jerk Jock with a serious jingoistic streak. He eventually improved slightly and became the hero U.S. Agent.
    • Captain Ethnic characters of enemy nations are sometimes also this. The Red Skull is effectively Captain Nazi, while the Russian Red Guardian was this when he was first created, although thanks to The Great Politics Mess-Up, this element is downplayed now. Even Flag Smasher, who is an anarchist Captain Ethnic, falls into this category.
      • The Ultimate Galactus Trilogy takes this even further by making Red Guardian an explicit attempt to make a Soviet Captain America. He even has his own shield!
    • Minor villain Nuke is actually a fairly good Evil Counterpart to Cap as well. They're both American Super Soldiers with drug-based enhancements, and their creation is connected, as Nuke was created by a successor project to the one that made Captain America... but, whereas Cap considers morality more important than nationality, Nuke is a case of the "my country wants it, so that makes it right" version of My Country, Right or Wrong, butchering anyone he perceives or is told is "anti-American". Also, whereas Steve Rogers volunteered to be transformed, Nuke was systematically brainwashed and tortured into compliance. There's also the contrast between the perceived morality of the wars they were created for (World War II for Cap, The Vietnam War for Nuke).
      • Really played up with by Ultimate Marvel Nuke, who is literally "Captain America of the Vietnam War" but who turned against America after perceiving how corrupt and evil the country had become during that time period, in contrast to Cap, who acknowledges that America has done wrong, but thinks it can be saved from itself.
    • As of Secret Empire, there is now a literal Evil Cap in the form of the HYDRA-aligned Captain America doppelgänger who was created by Kobik.
  • Daredevil has Ikari, a ninja-themed warrior who has the same powers as Matt but with the added bonus of not being blind. Also whereas Daredevil is more of a Fragile Speedster, Ikari is an Implacable Man. He also wears a variation of Daredevil's yellow Silver Age costume.
    • Bullseye is a conspicuous counterpart to Daredevil being a crazed killer with nearly perfect aim, contrasting the blind hero with superhuman senses. They even have similar pasts though Matt had a loving relationship with father while Bullseye's father was an abusive scumbag. Skill-wise Daredevil and Bullseye are fighting geniuses with a particular talent for throwing things, however Improbable Aiming Skills is the reason why Daredevil became Bullseye's Arch-Enemy as the former made the latter miss which hurts Bullseye's pride and fuels his insanity. At one point Bullseye even dresses up as Daredevil and goes around killing people.
      • In that weren't enough Bullseye even becomes blind like his Arch-Enemy, though he gets better.
  • Darkhawk has quite a few due to wearing armor that was originally meant for an army of Space Pirates.
  • Doctor Strange has an Evil Counterpart in Baron Mordo, who was studying with (and planning to off) the Ancient One before Stephen Strange showed up.
    • Other than their common teacher, however, the two men actually do not have very much in common, their life histories and backgrounds are very different. Doctor Strange did not even realize the supernatural was real until his middle years, and only began to pursue it because an accident crippled his surgical abilities; his background is actually scientific. Mordo was raised supernatural, from a supernatural family, and steeped in evil from early youth; his background is more traditionally magical/occultist, and he always sought power.
    • Next to Mordo, Dr Nicodemus West from Dr Strange The Oath is Strange's biggest evil counterpart. West was actually the doctor who botched the operation on Strange's injured surgeon hands Nicodemus West even trained under the Ancient One like Strange and Mordo. West also used magic to help people but after accidentally killing a girl with magic West becomes disillusioned with sorcery and formed a evil organization that would abolish all attempts to heal the sick with magic. West even steals Otkid's Elixir (the cure of all illness) seeing it concluding in overpopulation and chaos for humanity but also selfishly as a doctor wants to keep disease existing in the human race. Ironically Strange also doesn't use the elixir to cure everyone either, he just uses to save Wong from dying of cancer but Strange like West could see danger with playing god with mankind's cure-all. Strange just went about in a more morally positive manner.
  • From Fantastic Four, Reed Richards and Doctor Doom: archenemies, both intellectually-inclined supergeniuses, both master inventors, both with major strengths in technology, both hammy and prone to Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness, both pretty similar in personality once you factor out Doom's This Is Your Brain on Evil. A lot of their battles consist of them passive-aggressively complimenting each other's moves in ways that often sound a lot like two computer geeks playing together. The key difference between them usually centres on how they handle responsibility; Doom's entire motivation stems from the fact that he can't accept that it was his own error, not Reed's interference, that caused the accident which scarred him, and maintains his vendetta to avoid having to acknowledge that he was at fault all along and Reed is just a little bit smarter than him, while Reed is a lot more willing to accept fault when he's in the wrong and will attempt to make amends or correct his mistakes.
  • Hawkeye has Trick Shot. The original was his mentor, while the second one was Clint's brother Barney. They're both like Hawkeye, but without the morals or sense of decency.
  • The Incredible Hulk has the Red Hulk.
    • Oddly enough, Hulk's Rogues Gallery also includes someone else's Evil Counterparts. The U-Foes are a group of four villains whose origin, powers, and personalities are all extremely similar to those of the Fantastic Four. Strangely, they have never faced the FF despite all of the characters being Marvel Comics characters.
    • Samurai Sterns aka The Leader is Hulk’s Evil Counterpart if the gamma radiation had the opposite reaction in Dr Banner. In laymen speak Bruce was smart and gamma radiation turned him into a child-like monster with infinite strength while Sterns was dumb and gamma radiation turned him into a monster with infinite intelligence. It’s essentially Brains Evil, Brawn Good.
    • Emil Blonsky aka The Abomination is a more traditional counterpart having been bombarded with gamma radiation and survived like the good doctor thanks to a genetic factor in his body that saved him from being killed, at the cost of turning into a giant monster. However unlike Bruce who was horrified by his transformation, Blonsky was delighted and consciously abused his strength for evil purposes. Interestingly Abomination still retains his intelligence and therefore is that more dangerous.
    • Brian Banner is the evil counterpart to Bruce both are nuclear scientists with hidden rage inside them, difference is Bruce as man or Hulk always at least has some conscious and innate goodness (thanks to his mom) while Brain is immoral, horrifically abusive and serves an Eldritch Abomination. In Bruce's mind Brain is represented as a giant demonic snake-like hulk.
  • The Marvel superhero team-up known as The Illuminati, consisting of Charles Xavier, Stephen Strange, Tony Stark, Reed Richards, Blackagar Bolton, and Namor, is opposed by the villainous Cabal, consisting of Norman Osborn, Victor von Doom, Emma Frost, Loki, Parker Robbins, and Namor. Yes, that's the same Namor on both teams. No, he doesn't see a problem with this.
  • Iron Man has Iron Monger, another businessman who wears Powered Armour.
    • The Mandarin is more the anti-Stark than the anti-Iron Man. Stark is a thrill-seeker. Mandarin participates in gladiatorial games so he can thrill to putting his fist through someone's head. Stark sacrificed his health so he could help the world. The Mandarin sacrifices everything and everyone around him to become stronger.
    • The various Crimson Dynamos and Titanium Men were originally created to be Communist (and therefore, at the time) Evil Counterparts to Iron Man. Since The Great Politics Mess-Up, they tend to get played more as the rival or even the Worthy Opponent.
    • Justin Hammer is the anti-Stark-as-businessman. While Tony uses his money to fight crime, Hammer uses his to sponsor it.
    • Doctor Doom also can be seen evil counterpart to Tony (especially when Doom takes Tony's mantle as Iron Man) both are egotistic, charismatic men in Powered Armour. Doom like Tony is a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and both men have deep love for their mothers to make up for their other un-heroic actions. Where they differ is Tony is still more in line with the side of good wanting what best for humanity while Doom always has his own utopia in mind for humanity where he rules with a iron fist.
      • Marvelous Fact: in Earth-11029 Tony and Doom have Swapped Roles enforcing this trope even more.
    • Iron Man gets a new example in the form of his secret biological Arch Nemesis Dad Jude a S.H.I.E.L.D Agent, who secretly works for HYDRA. Both Tony and Jude have physical similarities and actively lied to people but Tony for all his flaws has never been associated with HYDRA (something not even Captain America can still hold a claim to). Once Tony gets out of his coma, he brings down his father and reclaims his company.
  • Moon Knight had Evil Counterpart villains for his Marc Spector identity (Bushman), his Steven Grant identity (Midnight Man), and his Moon Knight persona (Black Spectre).
    • At the end of Warren Ellis and Decan Shavley's run a new Black Spectre was introduced, being this for their reimagining of Moon Knight. His introductory issue is all about how he pretty much redefines himself to be this for Moon Knight.
  • Ms. Marvel-Captain Marvel, alias Carol Danvers, has Doctor Minerva, a Kree scientist who gave herself the same powers as Carol and even wears a variation of her old costume.
    • Also Moonstone, who even posed as Ms. Marvel for a time during Dark Reign.
  • In Circle of Blood, the first miniseries for The Punisher, Castle fights against a brainwashed army of criminals, all patterned after him.
  • She-Hulk has Titania. Like Jennifer, she was also a shy wallflower in high school that gained superpowers later in life. There are a few key differences though. She-Hulk never asked for her powers (she adjusted well enough though) while Titania was so desperate to be powerful and special that she let Doctor Doom experiment on her. She-Hulk's transformation helped her gain real confidence both as She-Hulk and as Jennifer Walters. Titania's powers act as a crutch and deep down she is still the insecure Mary MacPherran. Titania resents She-Hulk specifically because She-Hulk is stronger than her in every way.
    • She also briefly had Red She-Hulk, who has since become more of an Anti-Hero Counterpart.
  • The Marvel Comics series Sleepwalker has an Evil Counterpart in Psyko, who possesses warping abilities similar to Sleepwalker's. Sleepwalker, an alien devoted to protecting the minds of innocent people from insanity, became fused with the human Rick Sheridan when he found himself trapped in Rick's mind, whereas Psyko was created when a human Serial Killer became fused with a demonic creature from the Mindscape, giving him the ability to spread his madness like a disease, Mind Raping everyone around him.
  • Spider-Man has had many villains meant to be his thematic opposite, from the Fly (who gained his powers in an accident much like Peter's own, but never stopped "looking out for number one" and blamed everyone else for his shortcomings) to the Scorpion (ditto; Bonus points for being an arachnid, too. And then the original Scorpion became Venom for a while). Less obviously, there's the Spider-Wasp.
    • Venom is Spider-Man's Evil Counterpart (pictured above), created when he symbolically cast off the darkness within him also there fact both Spidey and Venom work for news agencies though Peter is honest with his journalism while Brock's corrupt methods got him fired. Later, when Venom became an Anti-Hero, Carnage was created to be his Evil Counterpart. Years later, Eddie Brock became Anti-Venom and was the Good Counterpart to the third Venom.
      • Toxin initially was Venom's Good Counterpart. But the tables have been turned on that one when Eddie became Toxin; at that time, Flash Thompson, the then-current Venom, is Eddie's Good Counterpart. Now it's officially subverted; Eddie is now Venom again and is trying to be a purely good hero, but Flash, the current Anti-Venom, is now one of his allies, eliminating the trope.
    • The Thousand, an old schoolmate of Peter's who witnessed the accident that turned him into Spider-Man. He went back to the lab after hours, found the dead spider, and ate it. It turned him into a being capable of becoming a living swarm of spiders. He ended a promising criminal career as a single very ambitious spider who failed to notice a large human foot coming down behind him...and—squash.
    • Kaine and Spidercide were two evil clones of Spider-Man during the clone saga. Spidercide was killed off, while Kain eventually became more of an Anti-Hero counterpart.
    • Joe Straczynski's run has Ezekiel, though not that evil — he is quite good-intentioned but lacks Peter's heroic qualities (though Peter inspires him to some acts of heroism at one or two points). They have the same powers, but while Peter got his by accident, Ezekiel actively sought them because he couldn't live with feeling powerless. While Peter sacrifices his well-being to help people as superhero, Ezekiel uses his powers for personal gain. While Peter never lets anything get in the way of helping people, Ezekiel always hides behind excuses, when he could be a hero. When having to suffer consequences of their respective actions, Peter accepts them while Ezekiel tries to trick him into taking his place. In the end Ezekiel has a Heel Realisation and makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save Peter after their minds merged for a moment and an exchange of memories occurred.
    • Another one from the same run is Charlie Weiderman — he was a nerd picked on through high-school just like Peter, but grew up harboring grudges, while Peter not only forgave but befriended his high-school bully, Flash Thompson. When Charlie gets powers, by accident, he immediately goes to exact revenge on anybody who wronged him.
    • As the sixth Hobgoblin, almost everything about Phil Urich was designed to play up his similarities to Peter Parker. He's a young, up-and-coming photographer for the Daily Bugle (serving as Peter's replacement when he left to work at Horizon Labs), he balances his job at the Bugle with a costumed alter ego, and as the nephew of Peter's old mentor Ben Urich, he even has an "Uncle Ben". But while Peter fights crime on the side, Phil commits it; and while Peter got his powers by accident, Phil personally paid the original Hobgoblin (Roderick Kingsley) for the right to use his name, costume and equipment.
    • Ai Apaec is another weird example like the U-Foes. He was conceived as an evil version of Spider-Man, wears a black variant of Spider-Man's costume, and served as the Spider-Man counterpart on the second team of Dark Avengers, but other than that, he has no real grudge against the hero or any meaningful connection to him. In fact, they only ever faced each other in New Avengers, never in Spider-Man's solo books.
    • There's also Blood Spider, who was trained by Taskmaster to kill Spidey. For bonus points, his two teammates, Death-Shield and Jagged Bow, were Evil Counterparts for Captain America and Hawkeye.
    • Many writers have played Otto Octavius up as this to Peter, as he's a bespectacled science nerd who was bullied in his youth, and grows up to take on a costumed alter ego based on an animal with eight legs. But the comparisons only got really overt during Dan Slott's tenure on Superior Spider-Man, where Otto takes over Peter's body and usurps his role as Spider-Man, becoming a tyrannical figure who spies on the people of New York and enforces his will with a private army of armed minions and giant mechs. The whole run is essentially a What If? story showing us what it might look like if the mantle of Spider-Man was assumed by someone with all of Peter's willpower and scientific skills, but none of his idealism or sense of responsibility.
    • While Doc Ock may be the dark reflection of Peter Parker, Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin is the dark reflection of Spider-Man in general, and that fact they both Spidey and Goblin were created in a Freak Lab Accident helps the dynamic as well. Norman for his part desires above all power and fame, something Peter also sought when first donning the Spider-Man costume but a certain incident with Uncle Ben taught Peter responsibility something the Green Goblin cannot comprehend as his whole life has been driven by selfish desires. Outside costumes both Peter and Norman are men of science, becoming CEOs of their own companies before losing both industries though they still use their scientific expertise to save/hurt people. Spider-Man and Goblin also make habit of ruining each's lives whether be killing the woman they both desired or framing each other probably the biggest difference is while Peter can move on with his life, Norman can't let go of his crazed hatred of the wall crawler. Which is how Loki induces Norman Villainous Breakdown in Thunderbolts, though in other comics Osborn sees Spider-Man as a Worthy Opponent and offers Peter to drink the Goblin Serum so that he can become his protege... unsurprisingly Spidey throws it back in his face.
      • Norman Osborn also becomes a evil counterpart to Nick Fury when he take over S.H.I.E.L.D in Thunderbolts as well as evil counterpart to Iron Man when he dons the Iron Patriot Armor. When Norman bonds with the carnage symbiote and becomes Red Goblin he is the evil counterpart to symbiote Spider-Man in the same vein that Kletus Cassidy was to Eddie Brock. While symbiote Spidey holds back despite the immense strength boost the alien suit gives him, Norman revels in the power and lambastes Peter for his morality saying there's no killer in him.
    • Nick Spencer turns Spider-Man into Peter Parker’s Enemy Without counterpart and showcases why strength, skill and intelligence is dangerous without responsibility to balance it out. It’s quite poignant as bad Spidey doesn’t even know who Uncle Ben is and doesn’t understand why Peter cares so much about accountability.
  • X-Men
    • Magneto is often set up as the Evil Counterpart to Professor X, both worked together in the past helping Mutants and Jews who survived Nazi Death Camps even uniting together against Wolfgang von Strucker and HYDRA. However Magneto and Xaiver differ when it comes to their perspective on the world, Charles sees the good in all humanity and dreams of mutantkind to be one with them. Magneto however came to different a conclusion after spending his childhood in Auschwitz, he saw mankind as repugnant and unredeemable and became an Anti-Villain. Both the Professor and Magneto deep care for their respective groups but while Xaiver's occasional leniency causes trouble for the X-Men, Magneto's megalomania has ensured the loss of his brotherhood and his mutant utopias multiple times. When Professor and Magneto's consciousness fuse together they become the Invincible Villain Onslaught signifying just how goddamn unstoppable both men would be if they ever truly worked as one.
      • Lorna Dane aka Polaris is a good counterpart to her father Magneto, Polaris with own magnetic powers is the literal embodiment of what Magneto would be if he did genuinely use his powers as a source for good as Lorna does for the X-Men and X-Force. It helps that Polaris has few of the Anti-Human hangups that her father has in full. Though Polaris can slip into her father's extreme ways Depending on the Writer.
      • Kitty Pryde actually is a downplayed but quite appropriate good counterpart to Magneto, like Mags Kitty suffered stimga and racism for being Jewish though Kitty overcame her trauma and strove to make herself a better person who help others. Magneto naturally took the extreme opposite reaction desiring to destroy all who subjugate others all while becoming a subjugating tyrant himself, in fact Magnto once nearly killed Kitty causing him to instantly realized what a goddamn Hypocrite he was being and surrendered to the X-Men immediately. Currently Kitty is The Leader of the X-Men and Magneto is evil again so their connection is stronger.
    • Cain Marko aka The Juggernaut is also an evil counterpart to Charles Xavier being adoptive brothers and fierce enemies, both Juggs and the Professor are respectively two of the strongest individuals on the planet but ironically Xaiver couldn't walk without his wheelchair while Juggernaut's mobility cannot be stopped. Both Xavier and Marko suffered under the hands of Cain's father Kurt Marko but Juggs deluded himself into thinking Charles was favored by his own father which made Caine hate Charles even more (despite though Charles repeatedly telling his adoptive brother that he was abused as well). Even after Marko's father died Caine hated Xavier more for using his mental powers to make himself more successful with sports and academics, prompting a desire to be greater than Charles. This culminates in Marko gaining the Gem Of Cyttorak and becoming his unstoppable namesake which is ironic as Cyttorak actually wanted Xavier to be the Juggernaut.
      • In the alternate earth where Charles is Juggernaut, he ruled Earth as a dictator showing just how evil he would've been if not for his bullying big brother taking the Gem for himself.
    • The Professor gets another Evil Counterpart in form of Cassandra Nova Xavier his Evil Twin sister. Cassandra is an evil "anit-self" entity literally created to balance the good that was Xavier with pure evil, so evil in fact little baby Charles tried to kill his sister inside the womb before she could be born. Years later Cassandra comes back for revenge and shows the X-Men just how unstoppable an evil Xaiver would be as she takes over her brother and creates absolute havoc. It takes the combined psychic efforts of Xavier, Jean Grey and Emma Frost just stop her... briefly.
    • Alex Summers aka Havok originally was the evil counterpart to his brother Scott Summers aka Cyclops (thanks to Mr Sinister) but after a Heel–Face Turn this stopped being the case, however it's played straight with Scott's other brother Gabriel Summers aka Vulcan who was ripped out of their mother's womb by aliens, came back to Earth and then was seemly killed by a living island and then came back again as a proper villain. Gabriel is likely what Cyclops and Havoc would become if their mother didn't push them safely out of the plane as kids.
    • Dark Beast of Earth-295 (Age of Apocalypse Bad Future world) is the evil counterpart to main Marvel Universe Beast being the Evil Genius to his Science Hero. Both Hank Mcoys are similar (aside from the respective blue and black fur) where they differentiate is in their loyalty as Earth 616 Hank never abandoned his friends and remains a Nice Guy to this day. While Apocalypse-Beast heel turned to titular Big Bad as soon as shit went south and cares little for his old friends, naturally our Beast doesn't get along with him when they meet.
    • Emma Frost was originally set up as the evil counterpart to Jean Grey both being the beautiful psychics for their teams Hellfire Club and X-Men respectively, their telepathic power is so great that when they clash it can cause shockwaves. Though Jean is affectionate and kind while Emma is a Ice Queen being very haughty and often cruel, when Emma does a Heel–Face Turn and joins the X-men this trope is averted though they still hostile become hostile towards each when Emma gets very cozy with Scott. Played straight again in Avengers vs. X-Men when Emma is taken over by the Phoenix Force and just as evil as Jean was when she got possessed.
      • Madelyne Pryor is a more overt counterpart being Jean's literal Evil Knock Off created by Mr Sinister to woo Scott (it worked) Madelyne possesses all of jean's abilities and is even a potential host for the Phoenix Force which why Mr Sinister cloned her few dozens times. Madelyne is also a chilling reminder of what Jean could be without her loved ones the X-Men as Madelyne becomes a Broken Bird when Cycolps abandons her and becomes the Goblin Queen. Interestingly unlike other examples Jean legitimately cares for her evil clone and is distraught when she has to bring Madelyne down.
    • Sabretooth is portrayed as Wolverine's evil similar, with near identical powers and completely feral. Interestingly however, both characters were introduced separately from each other, Wolverine first appeared (with slightly different powers than his X-Men debut) in the Hulk comic, while Sabretooth was introduced (with no powers at all and claws that were only part of his gloves) in the pages of Iron Fist.
      • This may not be quite so coincidental, as Chris Claremont and John Byrne were working on the Iron Fist title around the same time as their classic run on X-Men.
      • Wolverine's enemy Silver Samurai has an inversion of this with Ebon Samurai. Word of God states that Ebon Samurai was a police officer that was killed by Silver Samurai, only to be resurrected as a vengeance-driven superhero.
      • Wolverine's Rogues Gallery is filled with long-lived mutants with healing factors, claws, and/or adamantium. Let's see we've got: Cyber, Lady Deathstrike, Romulus, Daken, and Omega Red.
      • Following in their dad's footsteps, X-23 and Daken seem to be heading towards this type of relationship with X-23 being the "good" counterpart and Daken being the "evil" counterpart.
    • Hell even Mystique is a kind of evil counterpart to Wolverine as well considering they both lived over a century and have made more mistakes than almost anybody else in the Marvel universe (which is saying something) not to mention they were mutant Bonney and Clyde for multiple years. Both Wolverine and Mystique have had numerous illegitimate children and are prone to selfish desires, they're also both loners when you get down to it. When they divide is in the fact Wolverine even at his very worst has a moral compass which Mystique simply lacks, though Logan knows deep down he's really Not So Different from her which pisses him off when she can correctly call him a Hypocrite when he tries act holier than her. Still at the end of the day, Wolverine for all his faults has friends while Mystique doesn't and she suffers for it.
      • Mystique also represents what her two children Rogue and Nightcrawler could become if they didn't have/gain a moral compass. Rogue like Mystique has the ablity to steal entire lives from other people and both women feel particularly alienated by society ironically Rogue Power Parasite abilities allowed to feel and emotions of other people and becomes selfless person because of it while being Involuntary Shape Shifter ironically makes Mystique extremely selfish, introverted and apathetic. Nightcrawler whom Mystique actually gave birth to, signifies what she could be if she wasn't so jaded against society, since Nightcrawler takes pride in his appearance while his mother Mystique is actually ashamed of her natural mutant form.
    • Speaking of Nightcrawler, his Big Red Devil father Azazel is also a evil counterpart for him, being catholic Nightcrawler is naturally disposed to his satanic father but their powers are connect them and both father and son invoke the Swashbuckler ideals. Also a group Demon Bamfs created by Azazel branch off when Nightcrawler tames them creating more counterparts.
    • Deathbird of the Shi'ar Empire is the evil counter of her younger sister Lilandra (Xaiver’s Love Interest) as whereas Lilandra is caring and heroic, Deathbird is a colossal bitch.
    • Fantomex is an overt evil counterpart to Gambit both are trench coat wearing highly skilled Mutant thieves with assassin training who despite lacking a truly powerful Mutation are still incredibly dangerous. Bonus points they both have a French accent (though Fantomex only does it to annoy people). When Storm orders Gambit to take down Fantomex, the former is very grateful finding it very cathartic.
    • Callisto in many ways is Storm's evil counterpart both were Street Urchin(s) who have a lot of skill with knives and who found themselves being worshipped Storm by the Kilimanjaro Tribe's men and Callisto to the Morlocks. Upon meeting her Storm can understand Callisto's actions better than her fellow X-Men as Colossus is confused when Callisto is seemly in love with Angel but Storm corrects him knowing it's more desire and reflects own her own Dark and Troubled Past. Similarities get bigger as Storm leads the Morlocks as effectively as Callisto did and later in M-Day she joins Storm in protecting the Runaways, showing when it comes to the downtrodden she and the "weather witch" are Not So Different.
    • Stryfe is the Evil Twin of Cable and therefore his evil counterpart though while Cable is The Stoic doing what he needs to protect the future at any cost, Stryfe on the other hand wants absolute dominance in the Bad Future and unlike his good twin his Time Travel exploits are done with his bloodthristy desire for power in mind. Stryfe also represent what Cable would become if he'd fallen under the heel of Apocalypse a unstoppable amoral killing machine, plus Stryfe embraces his cybernetics while Cable struggles with it every day.
    • In the same vein as Cable/Stryfe, Gambit gets evil a Evil Twin and counterpart in the form of New Sun who comes from a Earth where Gambit didn't fix the Power Incontinence he had with his Having a Blast powers by having it surgically removed from his brian by Mr Sinister and as result scorched the earth. New Sun traveled though the different Earths killing every single version of Gambit he could find till he was stopped by Earth 616 Gambit who had his own powers dialed up to match New Sun. Unlike other examples Gambit isn't stressed about his antithesis only lamenting New Sun doesn't have his "sexy" accent.
  • Marvel's Star Wars: Darth Vader notably takes Darth Vader's status as Luke Skywalker's Evil Counterpart even further, by having Vader assemble a motley crew of personal minions who all serve as Evil Counterparts to Luke's companions from the Original Trilogy in varying ways. When the cloak-and-dagger politics in the Imperial military get to be too much for Vader, he decides that it's time to turn to personal companions who work independently of the Empire's officers. To elaborate:
    • BT-1 and 000 ("Triple Zero") are a pair of deadly assassin droids who serve as evil versions of R2-D2 and C-3PO. BT-1 is disguised as an astromech droid, and can only speak in beeps and whistles, but he also packs a deadly laser cannon and a flamethrower. Similarly, Triple Zero is a psychotic protocol droid who serves Vader as a Torture Technician and a personal translator; he's just as polite and genteel as Threepio, but he turns out to be Faux Affably Evil, with his good manners concealing a frightening sadism and bloodlust.
    • Doctor Aphra is a bubbly female Adventurer Archaeologist who serves—in a roundabout way—as an evil version of Han Solo. She's modeled on Harrison Ford's second most famous character, as made clear in her introduction (where she steals an ancient weapon from an abandoned temple, has her rival steal it from her, and angrily shouts "It belongs in an armory!").note  Like Han, she becomes one of Vader's chief companions after he hires her for a one-off job. And her dynamic with Vader—as an enthusiastic young adventurer paired with an older, quieter, stoic veteran—clearly parallels Luke's dynamic with Han.
    • Black Krrsantan is a brutal Wookiee warrior who serves as an evil version of Chewbacca. Instead of scratching out a semi-honorable living as a smuggler, he's a remorseless bounty hunter who will kill anyone for the right price, he makes money on the side as a pit fighter, and he has a fearsome scar over his eye to make his moral alignment clear. Appropriately enough, he's introduced as a partner of Boba Fett—Han Solo's nemesis.
  • Ultimate Marvel: The Brotherhood for the X-Men, the Liberators for the Ultimates, Venom for Spider-Man, and the zombie Fantastic Four for the Fantastic Four.

Other

  • 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.
  • In the Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog series, Sonic has a direct evil counterpart in the form of Scourge the Hedgehog. Unlike Shadow, who often acts as a foil to Sonic, and Metal Sonic, which is a robot built to serve Dr. Eggman's diabolical purposes, Scourge is literally an evil counterpart: He is Sonic from a parallel dimension, where the protagonists and villains switch roles. In the early days of the comic, Scourge was simply known as "Anti-Sonic" and was identical to Sonic save for sunglasses, a black leather jacket, and a Jerk Ass attitude. However, after some vocal exchange with Sonic, Anti-Sonic became shaken up by the thoughts and sought to make himself stand-out. TO that end, he attempted to hijack the Master Emerald. The result was becoming green, getting some scars on his chest and a form of rebirth. This is where he christened himself as Scourge the Hedgehog and he was now much more ambitious than ever before, even becoming king in his unvierse.
    • He, then, forces this on his Anti-Freedom Fighters, turning them into the Suppression Squad. Not only are they just as bad, they followed Scourge's example in changing their names from their counterparts (such as Anti-Sally calling herself Alicia) to further standout from them. Princess Sally's counterpart, Alicia, is nothing more than a figurehead. Miles, Tails' counterpart, is cold, calculating and the real brains behind the team. Rotor's counterpart, Boomer, took his genius and used it on himself, turning himself into a cybernetic terror (which also makes him Bunnie's evil counterpart) Patch, Antoine's evil counterpart, is completely vain and in it for power. Subverted with Anti-Bunnie; she ended up becoming good (kinda) when she ended up contracting NIDS and her teammates left her to die. She was saved by Dr. Kintobar via a special mech suit (resembling Omega oddly enough) and she became his bodyguard as a result while now calling herself Buns.
    • This flip of alignments, of course, also leads to an inversion, as one of Scourge's opponents native to his own dimension is a good version of Dr. Eggman, Dr. Ivo Kintobor, a mild-mannered, kind-hearted, and generally pacifistic inventor and veterinarian, who tries to help and protect all the creatures who usually fall victims to Scourge's rampages.
  • Issue #50 of The Powerpuff Girls, "Deja View," was intended to be a season 5 episode of the TV series but it went over budget and ran up against a tight deadline. The storyline was given to DC to do as a comic. It had the girls sucked into a vortex and plopped into an alternate-world Townsville where its version of Mojo Jojo is a hero. The girls' alternate counterpart, the Powerpunk Girls (Berserk, Brat and Brute) end up in Townsville where they are having their way with it big time.
  • 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.
    • 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. Rockerduck's father however was a mentor figure to Scrooge, liking him more than his own son.
    • 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.
    • 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 the Dark Judges, who have taken the policing style of the Judges to an extreme where Mega-City One is practically Utopian. Their world has indeed become devoid of crime. It has also become devoid of life.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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 are initially pretty opposite as Gideon is a successful multi-millionaire mogul whom is viewed as a winner while Scott is seen as a lovable loser. Both have large combat experience, with Scott being the best fighter in the province and Gideon inventing the Glow for military purposes. However, Gideon serves as a malevolent counterpart to Scott Pilgrim. Both 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 is also the fact that Gideon ended up tampering with his memories.) Both were also not the best boyfriends and made some bad decisions (yet Scott's was the result of cluelessness, lack of thinking and a bit of cicumstance while Gideoon is implied to be wholly responsible). Ultimately, Gideon is much worse than Scott and Scott's realizing they are alike in ways allows him to unlock the Power of Understanding.
  • 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 Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers (Boom! Studios), there's Lord Drakkon, an alternate reality version of Tommy Oliver/Green Ranger who, upon being freed from the Sword of Darkness and offered a hand in friendship, ran back to Rita. He became drunk on power and ultimately destroyed the Power Rangers and killed Rita and took her place.
  • 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.

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