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Hint: It's not the bird on that guy's shoulder.

"As the only female in Pazort's inner-circle, Kari possesses skills the others can only dream about."
Shining Wisdom manual, under "Minions of Evil"
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Simply put, the Evil Counterpart to The Chick. She is often set up as a direct foil to The Chick, and a Designated Girl Fight will ensue if each sticks around long enough.

The Chick is often The Heart of the ensemble and is good at reading emotions, resolving fights, and keeping an eye on the big picture. The Dark Chick possesses all of these strengths, and weaponizes them:

  1. They are nonchalant about others' well-being and experts at sowing discord. If she doesn't outright ignore and belittle other people's feelings, she may prey on them for mind-games and manipulation.
  2. She's also typically good at convincing others to do what she wants, either through feminine wiles, or as a ruthless middle manager that people are afraid to have to deal with. The latter is particularly common if she doubles as The Dragon; e.g. the other members of the organization really dislike her, but put up with her because she gets results or is needed for some facet of the plan.
  3. Her skill set and motivations may also stand out from the others. If the others are on the front lines she may be a support unit or a liaison expert, Honey Trap, or spy. If the others are doing it For the Evulz, she may be doing it for love or loyalty (and vice versa for the really manipulative ones).
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This character archetype almost always overlaps with at least one other, most often:

Just as The Chick may be part of a Power Trio with The Leader and The Lancer, the Dark Chick tends to promote to Co-Dragon, or just become The Dragon of her team. If the Dark Chick is somehow related to the main villain, this chance rises to a near certainty. As do the odds of her leaving her boss, if his actions repulse her enough, for whatever reason, to hook up with The Hero or The Lancer, because Females Are More Innocent.

Having this character prominent adds a layer of the Interplay of Sex and Violence, particularly with male heroes in action series.


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Examples

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    Anime & Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • The second Trickster in The Flash's Rogues. He's a Tagalong Kid who's one joke away from being freeze-rayed.
  • Superboy-Prime never believed in the Sinestro Corps' cause. This led to betrayal motivated by revenge.
  • Amora, the Enchantress, a villain of Thor, particularly when she was in the original incarnation of the Masters of Evil.
  • Moonstone is this on pretty much every team she's ever been on, including the heroic(ish) Thunderbolts squads. Even if the motives of the group as a whole are pure, Moonstone exists in a moral grey area at best.
  • Phondari in Pathfinder: Worldscape serves this role in Shareen's court, even though the Big Bad and The Dragon are female themselves, Phondari is the most genuinely friendly of the court and ends up the sole survivor of the group.
  • Scarlet Witch in the original Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
    • Destiny in Mystique's New Brotherhood of Evil Mutants.
  • Wallace has two in the Sin City story, Hell And Back. Blue Eyes poses as the friend to The Chick in order to seduce and kill him. Mariah is more hands-on and simply tries to kill him on the spot. There is also Maxine in that story but she works behind the scenes. All three women work for the same organization and make catty comments about each other quite a bit (Blue Eyes mostly does it in a separate story).
  • Grey Smurfette is this in The Smurfs story "The Smurf Threat", though she only has one appearance and the most that she does is antagonize Smurfette into having a fight with her.

    Fan Works 

    Film 

    Literature 
  • Makala in the third book of The Blade of the Flame trilogy is the only villain who's not evil by choice
  • Molly, from The Dresden Files, who falls off the "reformed warlock" wagon pretty hard to become The Dreaded in Chicago after Changes. Heartbreakingly, she did it to emulate Harry.
  • Diana Ladris from Gone plays this part in Caine's group.
  • Amycus and Alecto Carrow, a pair of sadistic twins who were part of Voldemort's Death Eaters in the Harry Potter series. Narcissa Malfoy tries to stay on the edges until her son and husband are in trouble.
  • Nicolette, the cousin of Lothair and Ignace Jospin, is considered this in the Left Behind book Kingdom Come, as she, a member of The Other Light, helps spread the rebellion against God and Jesus Christ among those who haven't yet reached 100 years of age in the Millennial Kingdom through wild parties involving recreational drugs.
  • Armida in the Nightfall (Series) plays this role in the Big Bad Power Trio.
  • Koman, a sociopathic telepath who joined up For the Evulz in a group of villains where everyone else has an objective, is the Dark Chick in David Eddings' The Redemption of Althalus. In The Elenium Princess Arissa plays this role to the Five Bad Band headed up by Annias and Martel.
  • Trapped on Draconica: Zarracka is the only member of Team Evil without a set role. At one point she's an informant and another she's a Super Soldier. Far more petty and less stoic than the others.

    Live-Action TV 

    Pinball 
  • General Kala of Flash Gordon, who flanks Ming the Merciless on the left slingshot bumper.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • WWE's Ivory when she was a member of the Moral Guardians Heel Power Stable Right to Censornote  in 2000-2001. While she generally was a Heel before she joined the group, and was an excellent wrestler, she had also been Ms. Fanservice. In fact, as part of this run, she did not take part in the photo shoot for the 2001 Divas in Hedonism DVD.

    Theater 

    Video Games 

    Webcomics 

    Web Original 
  • The Undersiders in Worm are generally serious and more-or-less professional when they go about their business, rob banks, and beat up superheroes. Regent is the exception, being a wise-cracking Deadpan Snarker whose cheerful facade masks his sociopathy. So, not only is he the cheerful one, he's also the Token Evil Teammate.

    Western Animation 
  • Azula in Avatar: The Last Airbender. She one ups both Zuko and Zhao as the main Fire Nation Avatar chaser much to Zuko's chagrin, operates with ruthless efficiency and manipulates people through her charisma or just because they're plain terrified of her.
    • When Azula gets promoted to The Dragon for the Fire Nation forces, Mai takes over as Dark Chick, ruthlessly efficient, but generally nonchalant and disinterested, until she starts a relationship with one of the heroes...
  • Daisy Dingo from Blinky Bill, at least before her High-Heel–Face Turn.
  • Crasher in Challenge Of The Go Bots.
  • The Baroness in G.I. Joe — seriously, that's what she's called.
  • Bleez in Green Lantern: The Animated Series: Starts off as the leader of a Quirky Miniboss Squad before being promoted to The Dragon in the second story arc. Known for being particularly vicious, and much more competent than her cohorts.
  • Mochi Mochiato in the Legion of Low Tide from Sushi Pack.
  • Karai in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) who is Shredders adopted daughter. She usurps Hun and Stockman as The Dragon and has a love hate relationship with Leonardo on the good guys side. Unlike other villains who are in it for power or money, she's evil out of duty and honor to her father.
    • In the 2012 series she again becomes The Dragon over Xever and Bradford, has a love hate relationship with Leonardo (Dating Catwoman made more complicated when he finds out she's his sister. While she's loyal through and through to Shredder, she also just likes causing chaos and seeking excitement and weirdness.
  • Sometimes turns up in Transformers.
    • Blackarachnia, who is both the Dark Action Girl and the Dark Chick — her characterisation is 'girl' and 'dark'. She's introduced as being much more competent than the other Predacons in adition to being a Femme Fatale. She ultimate pulls a Heelface Turn after falling in love with one of the Maximals. Given the amazing quality of the writing for Beast Wars this is not a bad thing. That she was actually a Maximal protoform that was reprogrammed to be a Predacon leaves how much of the 'dark' we her and how much was the programming up in the air.
    • Blackarachnia in Animated, and she doesn't pull the Heel–Face Turn.
      • And Slipstream, the female of the Starscream clone group, who seems to be based on Starscream's ability to bitch about everything.
      • Blitzwing is a male example, being set apart from the rest of the group by his weird powers and insanity.
    • Airachnid, a rogue female Decepticon from Transformers: Prime whose hobbies include collecting endangered species. And in this case, "endangered species" means that she collects someone she's taken an interest in, then kills the rest of the species.
  • Babette (Darph BoBo's Daughter) on Tripping the Rift.
  • Paige in TRON: Uprising. She's motivated out of duty to Tessler, has the Dating Catwoman thing going on with the hero, and is Co-Dragon's to the Big Bad.
  • The Scarlet Witch in X-Men: Evolution's version of the Brotherhood of Mutants.


 
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