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"You may be my king, but he is my master."
"I, for one, welcome our new computer overlords."
Ken Jennings on Jeopardy!, paraphrasing Kent Brockman after the Watson A.I. won


Living under the heel of a despotic Evil Overlord and his Empire is no picnic even for those blind to their tyranny. No surprise then that La Résistance does everything it can to make his reign difficult. Luckily, what La Resistance lacks in numbers it makes up for with loyal grassroots support from the oppressed people because The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified. No matter how good the tyrant's publicity, only the foolish believe him and all the people that matter help La Resistance.

Except, of course, for Les Collaborateurs. Why fight against an occupying power which empowers your people, promotes your worldview, is at least marginally more efficient at running your country than you are, was clearly strong enough to conquer your home in the first place, can't be ejected from your country now that said regime won that campaign, or can only be ejected at a price you're unwilling to pay? The French State cited all of these reasons, and more, when defending their decisions to give Nazi Germany a quarter of their GDP (including their entire armaments output) and most of their Jewish populationnote  during World War II. In most fictional media, of course, these kinds of people don't exist.


Then there are the perks,note  which are of course your only reasons for collaborating in a work of fiction. Helping out can give you money, power, sex, and most important of all: revenge against all those pretty popular kids that just joined La Resistance! Les Collaborateurs can act as The Mole, spreading and gathering intelligence, as saboteurs within the resistance by undermining their own efforts, or as an agent of distrust and discord to break apart The Alliance. Les Collaborateurs are only too happy to sell out their countrymen like animals to the slaughter, even if signs point to the villain having a penchant for killing collaborators.


Usually they're unctuously Smug Snakes, low grade Magnificent Bastards, Evil Reactionaries, or even Trolls. And no, these guys will not end up Becoming the Mask or doing a Heel–Face Turn — they've tasted power and found it sweet. You can, however, expect them to think that their utter betrayal will somehow make The Chick insanely attracted to them (Love Makes You Evil meets Go-Go Enslavement). Thankfully, the cosmic sense of justice ensures that all collaborators become Asshole Victims meeting with particularly grisly Karmic Deaths, because Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil.

In Real Life, it's often a murkier picture. Ordinary, upstanding citizens across the world "collaborated" to greater and lesser extents with Axis occupation, for instance, and many of them didn't really agree with Fascist/Nazi/Greater East Asia ideology or the policies they helped implement; they were just trying to survive. Others were maligned for simply fraternizing with the invaders to any extent. And then there were the peoples who had been denied (sometimes forcibly) their right to self-determination, so they didn't consider the existing nation-states their own even prior to German invasion. After the war, it was common practice in France to shave the heads of women who loved and/or had sex with Germans (whether as wives, lovers, or prostitutes) so ordinary people who didn't know them personally could help pitch in and team up to make their lives hell for their perceived 'treachery' and (supposed) sexual promiscuity. While there were a good twenty thousand illegal/informal/impromptu executions of collaborators during the Liberation of France, and most collaborationist captains of industry had their assets nationalised or were formally tried and executed, French collaborators in positions of authority were virtually all unpunished. Even François Darlan, second-in-command to Marshall Pétain, switched sides without consequence before he was assassinated by Fernand Bonnier de La Chapelle , a French Resistance member. Maurice Papon, organiser of the Holocaust in Bordeaux, went on to have a long and distinguished career organising the killing of yet more 'anti-French' elements in French North Africa and Metropolitan France before finally being tried for his role in the Holocaust in the 1980s.

If a member of Les Collaborateurs is given a position of power or influence over the conquered people, then he becomes The Quisling.

Compare The Remnant and Voluntary Vassal. This trope is the villain opposite of La Résistance, and the government they collaborate with is The Empire. When they are on the battlefield (willingly or not), they are Battle Thralls. If collaborators work for a superhuman/inhuman power with the hope of being uplifted to the same status themselves, see Transhuman Treachery and Vampire Vannabe.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Suzaku and Honorary Britannians in Code Geass.
  • Jinto's father in Crest of the Stars was viewed as this after he surrendered to the Abh in exchange for making Jinto a first-generation Abh noble.
  • In Endride, the Truculent is a group made up five members of a race disadvantaged by King Delzaine's rule, but nonetheless on his payroll, whose job involves eliminating threats and undermining La Résistance. One of the team members is playing The Mole to La Resistance, but genuinely defects over time since La Resistance is actually fighting for their rights.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist has Solf J. Kimblee, the Gold-toothed Doctor, and the entirety of Central Command. The Doctor in particular stands out, as he's perfectly aware Father's scheme will result in The End of the World as We Know It and simply doesn't care.
  • Hetalia: Axis Powers: Just about any occupied nation shows signs of this, though they're not necessarily happy about it. But a few really stand out:
    • Germany's WWII occupation of Austria. After he finishes his rant, Austria just shrugs and says that he really doesn't mind.
    • Hungary seems to have no problems with basically being Austria's maid during the Chibitalia episodes. Though that said, it's mentioned that she's been defiant in that time as well as longing.
    • Ukraine's relationship with Russia. Combined with Yandere for Belarus/Russia.
    • Italy's attitude toward being captured/invaded in general is very nonchalant and he always says things like "I'll do anything!" and "I'll tell you everything!"
  • Count Germont in Honoo no Alpen Rose.
  • In My-Otome, Tomoe joins forces with Nagi when he conquers Windbloom and holds the students of Garderobe hostage, hoping to use her newfound powers and freedom to achieve her own personal goal of getting Shizuru to fall in love with her.
  • One Piece:
    • in the Skypiea Arc, the White Berets agree to work for the usurper "God" Enel in the hopes that they could protect the people of Skypiea by doing so. This proves futile when Enel revealed that he had planned to destroy Skypiea and kill everyone before he set off to Fairy Vearth.(Which is the Moon)
    • In her Tragic Backstory and leading up to the Arlong Park Arc, Nami agreed to join Arlong's crew so that she could buy the island back and prevent more deaths.

    Comic Books 
  • 2000 AD:
    • Judge Dredd:
      • When the East Meggers invaded Mega City One during the Apocalypse War, some citizens rallied to their side. Dredd at one point executes a batch to make an example out of them.
      • During Necropolis, almost the entire Justice Department helped the Dark Judges and the Sisters of Death with the genocide they carried out in Mega City One. A fair number of the Judges were brainwashed by the Sisters, but most just went along out of fear. This became a very sore spot after the city was retaken and "brainwashing" became the accepted excuse to avoid having to execute more than half the Judges for treason and mass murder.
    • The Ten-Seconders: Many humans have become Followers of the "Gods" in the hopes of gaining more power or possibly become semi-superhuman themselves. When the Sufficiently Advanced Aliens who created the Gods turn Malloy, a priest whose church was burned down by some of these Followers, into a God, his first act is to incinerate every Follower in the world.
  • Asterix: Various albums have Gauls or other conquered peoples allying themselves with the Romans:
    • Asterix and the Banquet, twice Asterix and Obelix are betrayed by a Gaul working for the Romans; Unpatriotix and Uptotrix.
    • Asterix and the Big Fight introduces the Gallo-Romans, who accepted the Pax Romana and tried to adapt to the ways of their invaders. The main threat is a strong Gallo-Roman chieftain named Cassius Ceramix, whom the Romans enlist to beat Vitalstatistix in a duel and thus claim control over the village of the indominable Gauls.
    • Asterix and the Picts, the Maccabees tribe, led by Maccabaeus, ally themselves with the Romans.
  • Fables has a story involving Icabod Crane and Cinderella, who're both secretly collaborators for the Adversary. Except Cinderella is actually a mole for Bigby Wolf, sent to ferret out Crane's treachery. When caught, Crane tries ineffectively to claim that he was also pretending to collaborate in order to ferret out traitors. It doesn't work.
    • Trusty John from the same series is another example, although he was forced to do so by his oath to his master, now a vassal for the Adversary. After death he becomes a faithful servant to Flycatcher, however, in contrast to Shere Khan and Bluebeard, who try to sell out Haven to the Adversary.
  • Discussed in Maus: Vladek reveals that a small number of Jewish friends and relatives, including one who saved him and Anja but not Anja's parents for money, worked with the Nazis in Poland. He asserts, however, that the one who helped him had some standards and killed a Jewish man that ratted out Vlad in the first place. Vlad himself was made to transport the dead though it sickened him.
  • Spirou and Fantasio: "Le Groom vert-de-gris" explored the trope more than your usual story. Sure they are criminals like Real Life Violette Morris who was more than happy to sell info to Nazis and lives in former Jewish house but even Spirou is considered a sympathizer simply for being a groom at the hotel that the Nazis took as headquarter, the comic shows the Traumatic Haircut done by the "good guys" to anyone who slept with the "boches" and some member of the resistance even debate if they should kill Hergé because his comic was published by a journal that also published Nazi propaganda note . Collaborators became an easy label for anyone who doesn't suffer more than you and paranoia tore up relationship (in the comic Fantasio distrusts Spirou after he saw him using his status as colonel's favorite groom to make Gestapo's officers back off) because anyone can end up talking.

    Comic Strips 
  • Terry and the Pirates featured several Chinese who were only too happy to collaborate with the Japanese invaders; most notably Warlord Klang.

    Fan Works 
  • In Aeon Entelechy Evangelion there are Migou "cultists", sleeper agents who truly believe that Migou are the good guys in the Aeon War (which is true, from a certain point of view).
  • All He Ever Wanted has Hungary and Liechtenstein as a mix of this and Sex Slaves to Nazi Prussia, which is especially questionable because this happens after Prussia brutally rapes both of them (and in addition, tortures Hungary while forcing Austria to witness how he does so). It's supposed to be a Batman Gambit from them, to manipulate Prussia to their own benefit and then bring his downfall. The Unfortunate Implications remain, as the whole deal is regarded as very Out of Character for the three of them: in canon Hungary is shameless about watching nude men and teases her close friend Ukraine about putting on a Stripperiffic dress once but is kinda prudish about HER own body in recent times, Liechtenstein suffered a lot in and after World War I but there are no hints of her ever being through sexual violence, and not only Prussia isn't some crazy Nazi in canon but character-wise he's a Chivalrous Pervert who would never rape anyone to start with..
  • The Conversion Bureau: the ponification serum was developed with the help of human scientists. In addition, depending on which story you're reading, the world's leaders have zero interest in stopping them.
    • And then there's the PER (Ponification for Earth's Rebirth), who, while not official collaborators, have forsaken their humanity and will ponify any humans that haven't converted yet. Sometimes by force.
  • Great House Hlaalu is often seen as being these in Daria In Morrowind.
  • Equestrylvania:
  • The Immortal Game: All the pony nobles and soldiers who swear loyalty to Titan, Terra, and Empyrean after they take the throne from Celestia. However, it's worth noting that outside of General Esteem and his inner circle (who sought power), it appears that many only did so out of fear and the belief that the Loyalists had no chance to win.
  • In Past Continuous, the inhabitants of a Bajoran Militia station are called collaborators by ultra-nationalist Bajoran protesters for working with (or in Captain Kanril Eleya's case, being in) Starfleet.
  • Queen of Shadows:
    • The Shadowkhan Empire uses a network of human collaborators to help enforce its rule in its territories. At best, they're treated with derision by the Shadowkhan, as a distasteful but necessary tool.
    • Shendu likewise has an entire court of willing human servants.
  • Sun & Moon: Ascending Star presents the so-called sham court: ponies that recognized Discord as the rightful King of Equestria in exchange for marginally better living conditions. Seeking his favor, they send spies throughout the population in an attempt to find the leaders of La Resistance.
  • In Winter War, when Seireitei is surrendered to Aizen's forces and he puts Gin in charge of the city to get rid of him, some of the Gotei 13 and the nobility go along with it. This doesn't include any of the captains or lieutenants, but there are enough shinigami left for Gin to set himself up as "soutaichou".
  • Worldwar: War of Equals: When the governments of the world announce the approach of the Race's Conquest Fleet, many UFO and doomsday cults spring up and attack military facilities in order to pave the way for their "alien masters". They all end up in jail.
    • When the Race occupy Ciudad Juarez, the civilians of the city welcome them as liberators from the drug cartels.
    • Not too long after the invasion starts, the government of Lesotho surrenders to the Race... despite being thousands of kilometers from any of the fighting. This results in South Africa invading and occupying the country in order to deny the Race a landing site, and arresting all of its leaders for treason.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Theron, the Ephors and Ephialtes are Greeks who help the Persians in Frank Miller's 300. Ephialtes is the only real life example.
  • Allied: Max Vatan's wife, Marianne Beauséjou, is accused of working for the Germans, having assumed the real (dead) Marianne's identity to infiltrate Free France and SOE operations and the German ambassador she and Max assassinated in Casablanca was a dissident Hitler wanted executed anyway. Turns out it's all true. At another point, Max and several French resistance fighters deal with a Vichy police officer in Dieppe who alerts the German garrison when he gets the chance.
  • The Ascent (1977) is about two soldiers from a Soviet partisan unit fighting the Germans during World War II. They are eventually captured and interrogated by a ruthless Russian collaborator at German HQ. The more idealistic soldier dies nobly while his more cowardly comrade joins the Germans and becomes a collaborator himself.
  • Paul Verhoeven's Black Book centers around a woman who is asked by the resistance to sleep with various high-ranking Germans in order to spy on them and plant bugs in their offices. After the war, she is set upon, humiliated and nearly killed by a mob.
  • In the Blade film series, humans who know about vampires but choose to serve them against their own kind are called "familiars". They are easily identified by their glyph tattoos.
  • Captive State: It's stated a vast majority of politicians around the world - from local levels to global government - have capitulated. The majority of Resistance targets are implied to be these as well.
  • Captain Renault in Casablanca is a rare example of a redeemed Collaborateur. While neutral towards the Nazis, Rick, and the occupation in general, he takes up his forgotten patriotism and helps Victor Lazlo escape Casablanca and Rick escape arrest, going so far as to throw away a bottle of Vichy water towards the movie's end. As part of the setup near the beginning of the movie, the police shoot a fleeing suspect (with expired ID who just happened to be a Free France supporter) dead beneath a poster bearing the visage of Pétain and the words "Je tiens mes promesses, même celles des autres." ("I keep my promises, even other people's.") Anvilicious? Take That!? Yes and yes.
  • In Closely Watched Trains, a Czech film set in World War II during the Nazi occupation, the administrator in charge of the railway is a Nazi collaborator who lectures the workers at the station about doing their part for Germany.
  • C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America:
    • It's a slave, Ol' Popsy, that suggests to Jefferson Davis that he suggest to the annexed Northerners that they could own their own slaves in order to assimilate to Confederate life.
    • When the slave trade is revived during the Great Depression, it's done with the collaboration of African heads of state. African-Canadian historian Patricia Johnson expresses some very Tranquil Fury when they're brought up.
  • In Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D., Susan and Wyler meet two women living near the mine who do work for the Daleks. The women take them into their home, but betray them to the Daleks in exchange for extra food.
  • Defiance: Some Belarusians collaborate with the Germans and are eventually murdered by the partisans. Also, the Real Life Bielskis served in the Soviet administration of occupied Poland, which has made their positive portrayal controversial to many Poles.
  • The Forgotten Battle has a rather tragic example in Marinus, who starts out fighting alongside the Germans on the Eastern Front in World War II, presumably having volunteered out of misplaced anti-communist idealism. He becomes increasingly disaffected with them as the film goes on, but by then he has extreme difficulty in getting away; for him, eventually, Redemption Equals Death. Another Dutch character is seen as a collaborator by other Dutch people because he is prepared to work with the Germans, but is actually an idealistic doctor who is struggling with a moral determination to provide treatment to anyone who needs it.
  • Escape from Sobibór: Deconstructed with the Kapos; Kapo Berliner provides the most straight example. Others though are good men who help their fellow prisoners, with the privileges which they use for aiding the escape. At least the rest don't stand in its way.
  • In Hangmen Also Die!, Czaka says the following when questioned by his handler Inspector Gruber why he collaborates with the Nazi occupiers of Czechoslovakia:
    Czaka: Because as a real Czech patriot I realize our entire future depends on unconditional collaboration with Greater Germany.
    Inspector Gruber: And I thought you did it for business reasons, for certain favours, for certain very profitable military contracts.
  • In Hotel Rwanda one of Paul's hotel employees is a virulent Hutu partisan who tells the militia about the location of the Tutsi refugees.
  • Subverted in Ip Man, where policeman-turned-Japanese interpreter Li Zhao is shown as a sympathetic character just trying to survive and attempts to help the titular character by taking advantage of the Japanese inability to understand Chinese. Ultimately he shoots the Smug Snake Colonel Sato, delivering that character's Karmic Death, but is still subject to the Inferred Holocaust. There's also "Fatty" in the sequel to the British, but it turns out he was The Mole trying to get information against them.
  • Subverted in It Happened Here (1966), set in an alternative 1944 Britain conquered by the Nazis. Its entire theme is how ordinary people are drawn into collaborating with fascism. Highly controversial at the time for upsetting popular World War II mythology.
  • The one Briton helping the Saxons invade post-Roman Britain in King Arthur (2004). He hides in a tree to avoid dying in the final battle, and gets sniped with an arrow from a mile away.
  • Lacombe, Lucien is about a teenaged boy who joins the French Gestapo in 1944, purely out of boredom.
  • Mr. Yee in Lust, Caution: He's a high-ranking member of the pro-Japanese Reorganized National Government of the Republic of China.
  • The French World War II comedy Gramps Is in the Resistance:
    • The poster guy for it in the film is Adolfo Ramirez (Gérard Jugnot), the concierge-turned-collaborator policeman of the French Gestapo. He's everybody's Butt-Monkey, Germans, French, collaborators or resistants alike.
    • The movie features another collaborator, a smarmy bureaucrat played by Jean Yanne, who pontificates to the protagonists about how the Nazis aren't that bad and everybody's better off collaborating. He's then taken hostage by an escaped British pilot and promptly pleads that he was Just Following Orders before being offed.
  • In Red Dawn a couple of out-of-town and would-be members of the Wolverines decide to become North Korean collaborators purely out of spite against the Wolverines because they didn't like the war-experienced Iraqi veteran telling them how to handle a gun. They get killed without a second thought in the Wolverine's first major operation.
  • Ryan's Daughter, the climax of which involves the titular character wrongly, as it turns out having her head shaved for tipping off the British about the weapons drop.
  • Soldier of Orange: Alex joins the Waffen-SS when his other friends join the Dutch resistance. He later dies in combat on the Russian front.
  • The Sorrow and the Pity is a documentary about life in Vichy France during the years of occupation. It dwells on all sorts: the apathetic middle (most everyone), La Résistance, and the collaborators. An anti-Semitic French aristocrat who fought with the Waffen SS is interviewed at length.
  • Gu-gang from The Thunderbolt Fist, a Shaw Brothers kung-fu film set during the Sino-Japanese war, willingly sells out his fellow townspeople, helps the Japanese have resistance members captured and executed, is responsible for the film's hero being tortured to near death, and is even rewarded greatly by the Japanese invaders.
  • In They Live!, the wealthy elite of society are secretly cooperating with a race of aliens that are slowly taking over everything, effecting a widening financial gap between the poor and wealthy, and are implied to be terraforming the entire planet to fit their native climate. Among them is a former friend of Nada and Frank from the camp. It's all part of the film's political commentary.
  • Dylan Gould (among others) in Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
  • In Tsogt Taij, Mongolian prince Khush Khan is only too willing to ally himself with the invading Chinese and Tibetans. When his daughter Khulan finds out about this, she not only denounces him, but puts on armor and fights in the army of her father's enemy, loyal Mongolian lord Tsogt Taij.
  • War for the Planet of the Apes has the "Donkeys," apes who were captured by the humans and are kept alive to be used beasts of burden and as enforcers in the prison camp where Caesar and the rest of their troupe is held.
  • The World's End: The Collaborators (or "the shifty twins", as they're referred to outside the credits) are two of the four later three residents of Newton Haven to not have been replaced by Blanks. They're rather annoyed when The Network leaves Earth for good.

  • The Alice Network: Played straight with René Bordelon, whose restaurant caters almost entirely to Germans and who is nothing but evil and money-motivated. Eve points out, however, that:
    There are collaborators in this city one can p-pity — women who sleep with officers so they can feed their families; men who work for the Germans so they can keep their children warm. But René Bordelon is nothing but a profiteer. He’s almost as bad as the Huns.
  • In Robert Silverberg's The Alien Years, a computer geek works for invading aliens because it gets him laid.
  • The voluntary controllers in Animorphs.
  • Marena in Bambi plays with this trope, frequently expressing longing to live in harmony with humanity, though never at the expense of the other animals. Naturally, she pairs up with the no-longer-afraid-of-humans Gobo when he comes back, and is soon broken by watching his killing first-hand.
  • In Fred Saberhagen's Berserker series, being what the omnicidal machines call "goodlife" is universally treated as a capital crime. For good reason.
  • Judas in The Bible betrays Jesus to the Romans.
  • In Timothy Zahn's Blackcollar, The planetary governments of the defeated Terran Democratic Empire willingly cooperate with their alien occupants, the Ryqril. In fact, they actively celebrate the Victory Day, that is the day the TDE officially surrendered to the Ryqril. Subverted in that all government officials are conditioned to be loyal.
    • Although some, after being deconditioned, still collaborate with the status quo.
  • The King-Men in The Book of Mormon ended up staging a coup and outing the chief-judge out of the land. However, they weren't counting on the lead general coming back and forcing them to fight the Lamanites.
  • Codex Alera:
  • The Crimson Shadow: The merchants of Montfort seem to collaborate with the Avonite occupation, as does Duke Morkney, who is apparently from there too.
  • In Doom, the governments of the world surrender to the aliens and assist them with the conquest of Earth. Fly and Arlene call their commander to report in and the resistance base in Salt Lake City is attacked. They learn the hard way that the US is helping the aliens because most of the enemy forces are human.
  • Jeff VanderMeer's Finch features a rare case of a Le Collaborateur as a protagonist, working as a detective for the Graycaps that have taken over the city-state. He really hates his job, though, and tries to aid his fellow humans whenever he can with his authority.
  • Free Flight by Douglas Termen is set in an Invaded States of America, but the main antagonist is Peace Division officer McKennon, with the occupying Warsaw Pact soldiers just as Bit Characters. The protagonist is also partnered with a man who used to work for the Peace Division, now on the run himself.
  • Every day over the course of a year in Götz and Meyer, concentration camp inmates are loaded into a truck that will supposedly be taken to a better camp. A few select inmates bury the resultant corpses, and are told that for their collaboration they will really be released to a better camp. Guess how that goes.
  • Harry Potter
    • The Inquisitorial Squad that collaborates with Umbridge's authoritarian autocracy over Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
    • There are also many examples of witches and wizards under Voldemort's ministry that supported the regime, without actually agreeing with its ideology in Deathly Hallows. Umbridge is an example, though delights in her role persecuting Muggle-borns.
  • In Ken Follett's World War II novel Jackdaws, Nazi officer Dieter Frank's French mistress Stephanie works with him to bring down a French resistance circuit, and is loyal to him since he saved her from a death camp. In the end she gets a bullet in her head from a member of the Resistance.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • Lotho Sackville-Baggins. By the time Frodo and company leave the Shire, Lotho's been in Saruman's pocket for years, and when the wizard shows up in the Shire, Lotho jumps at the chance to become his enforcer and figurehead. However, Frodo mourns his Karmic Death and insists the other heroes do the same, since he was still a hobbit.
    • Other hobbits count as well, among them a number of shirriffs (the local "police force"). Added to this, one other nominal example is given, Ted Sandyman, the miller of Hobbiton. They seem to have been acquitted in silence after the scouring.
    • Gríma Wormtounge also collaborates with Saruman in Rohan.
  • In A Man For All Seasons, the Duke of Norfolk swears an oath affirming the Act of Succession, but openly admits that he neither knows nor cares whether anything he swore was true or not; he is merely swearing it to go along with everybody else, and avoid getting into trouble.
  • In Kurt Vonnegut's Mother Night the American protagonist is asked to become a collaborator for the Nazis by an American agent to pass information to America. The book is about what being a collaborator does to his soul (and life), even though he knows he is doing it for a good cause.
  • New Jedi Order:
  • Citizens/Adepts Tan and Purple (among others) support the Hectare invasion in Phaze Doubt.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Mosca is a Southerner who seems to willingly be serving the Calvarian general Drauglir in The Baron of Maleperduys. He's treated fairly well by his boss, even though he still calls him a "southern dog."
    • A large number of these also turn up when Drauglir offers a hundred thousand gold coins for Reynard's head. One of them is Tybalt.
  • Teguina in Dale Brown's Sky Masters.
  • The Three-Body Problem: The Earth-Trisolaris Organization is a terrorist group that believes humanity cannot manage its own affairs and deserves to be conquered by Trisolaris. There are two major factions in the ETO: the Redemptionists, who want to set up a Vichy Earth scenario where the Trisolarans rule over a human utopia, and the Adventists, who believe that humanity is wretched beyond repair and should be exterminated.
  • In The Tomorrow Series, Major Harvey.
  • Under Alien Stars: With the conquest of Earth by the Tsorians, plenty of humans become collaborators. Of special note is Jason Sykes's own mother, who is the assistant to the Tsorian's military commander. This particularly rankles Jason as he wants to join the Resistors like his father before him. Ultimately this is subverted when it turns out Mrs. Sykes is actually The Mole for a resistance cell, though Jason has to have that all but spelled out to him by her annoyed teammates.
  • The renegades in The War Against the Chtorr, cult followers that worship and help the Chtorran invaders. Their numbers increase as the infestation grows in strength — it's not known whether this is the result of an unknown form of brainwashing or simply a psychological/practical response to the overwhelming Alien Invasion.
  • In the Alternate History World War series by Harry Turtledove, the Polish Jews flip-flop between helping the Alien Invaders fight the Nazis and helping the Nazis fight the invaders. In contrast, the aliens try to coerce black American soldiers to fight for them, but most of the soldiers play double-agents.
  • In World War Z, many humans snapped from the stress of the Zombie Apocalypse and began to act like zombies. The survivors called them "Quislings" after the head of the Nazi collaborationist government of Norway. It didn't fool the real zombies, however...

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Comandante Pierroth had previous led the tecnico luchadors of CMLL against El Legión de Puerto Rico but then he suddenly disappeared from lucha libre for about a year, then returned to CMLL leading El Comando Caribeño and claiming to be Puerto Rican.
  • Black Boy in WWC changed his name to Dominican Boy and joined with La Revolución Domincana, Los Compadres and The Broncos. He did this because he hated Puerto Ricans, including himself since he was also Puerto Rican.
  • On Monday Night Raw, Rob Conway was confusingly referred to as a "French Sympathizer" when he joined La Resistance and even more confusingly, a "Quebec Sympathizer" when La Resistance suddenly became French Canadian.
  • Candice LeRae is Canadian but joined Christina Von Eerie's "Team USA" in Smash against LuFisto's Team Canada because Courtney Rush was in the latter group. However, when Rush did not show up, LeRae wanted out but was not allowed. At the 2014 event, Cherry Bomb joined USA against Courtney Rush.

  • Journey into Space:
    • In The Red Planet, the flying doctor is one of the few humans on Mars who does not believe that he is still living a perfectly normal life on Earth. He willingly participates in the Martian plan to invade Earth in 1986.
    • In The World in Peril, the Lunar Controller has been collaborating with the Martians since his abduction several years earlier.


    Tabletop Games 
  • BattleTech's Clan society classically works like this. If you're Clan and get conquered or claimed as spoils of war, it's considered the honorable thing to do to transfer your loyalty to your new Clan now. This is one of the things that gave the Clans some trouble during their invasion of the Inner Sphere, whose inhabitants felt rather different about the issue at times and might end up "disgracing" themselves by staging uprisings after their conquerors had declared their worlds pacified and moved on to their next targets leaving only a garrison force behind.
  • Changeling: The Lost features both Loyalists and Privateers. Loyalists are changeling who are still in service to the Gentry, either because they were released from Arcadia with conditions or because they're so bent that they see nothing wrong with working with primordial eldritch entities. The Privateers try to abduct mortals or escaped changelings and sell them to the Gentry for fun and profit.
  • Mage: The Awakening has the Seers of the Throne, the Ancient Conspiracy that follows the Exarchs, the ascended mages who broke reality in the first place and want to break it more so that magic will be their domain and theirs alone. Some of the Seers view the denial of Supernal magic as a righteous thing, akin to keeping a toddler from playing with C4... but many of them admit they're in it for the benefits that come with being part of an overreaching mystical conspiracy.
  • Siren: The Drowning: has the Current of Lethe, those Sirens who ally themselves with humanity. They see their less philanthropic kin as little more than animals, to the point of being willing to eat them for the life-extending properties of their flesh.
  • Warhammer 40,000: The T'au are pretty much the only faction who'll give the others a chance to work with them under their "Greater Good" policy, which clashes with the Imperium's "The galaxy must be ruled by Mankind" policy. However, there are a few humans who do join the T'au for a variety of reasons, known as gue'vasa, and are equipped with T'au equipment and weapons. The Imperium generally considers them as vile as Chaos, and as a result every loyalist human army gets bonuses when fighting them.

    Video Games 
  • Brigid Tenenbaum of BioShock got her start in science from the Nazi camps that she was a prisoner of.
  • Commando 2 have Chinese traitors in the first two levels, set in Japan-occupied China in the 1940s (respectively in the Northern outskirts and Shanghai). They're the guys in black coats armed with pistols, often seen leading lower-level Japanese troops around; according to the backstory they used to be members of the resistance but have since defected to the other side.
  • In the Nod campaign of Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun, GDI soldier Jake McNeil (brother of commander Michael McNeil, the GDI player character) doesn't need much prompting to defect to Nod after his capture; all they had to do was parade a pretty woman in front of him, make a baseless claim that the Brotherhood is only interested in peace, and point out that his older brother has a higher position in the military than him.
  • In Cyberpunk 2077, after the DataKrash disaster nearly destroyed the Internet in the early 2020s, multiple A.I.s being developed by the United States military were freed and mutated into autonomous and hostile entities. In response, the British policing organization known as Netwatch developed another AI known as the Blackwall to quarantine them as they constantly probe it for weaknesses. On the rare occasions the "rogue" A.I.s do break out they wreak havoc on the real world for reasons only discernable to themselves. The Voodoo Boys gang of netrunners believe a Robot War is inevitable, and actively try to make contact with the A.I.s on the other side of the Blackwall and help them break through in an attempt to join the "winning side".
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the dragons ruled the world thousands of years ago. Some humans resisted and fought the dragons, while others served the dragons. Some even worshipped the dragons, hence the Dragon Priests.
    • The Cyrodillic Imperial authorities are considered collaborators with the Aldmeri Dominion that had invaded Cyrodil prior to the events of Skyrim by the Stormcloak Rebels, having signed a harsh treaty after barely averting total defeat in a catastrophic war with the Aldmeri Dominion. Many Imperials view the treaty as a pragmatic if unpleasant alternative to a continued war that the Empire had no hope of winning, while many in Skyrim whose deeply-established worship of Talos was banned by the treaty, as well as having a long history of mutual hate between Nords and Elves, viewed it as a cowardly sign of submission and collaboration towards the elven invaders.
  • In Final Fantasy XII Vossler subverts this. He seems to be on the party's side before helping Ghis capture them. It's revealed he is still loyal to Ashe, but believes that the only way to protect Dalmasca is to surrender to Archades.
    • FFXII generally takes a complex and thoughtful view of this trope. Ordinary citizens of Dalmasca want to be free of the Archadian Empire, but understandably most don't want another war two years after a devastating conquest. Vaan and Penelo's employer/father-figure Migelo takes pride in his shop being chosen to supply an Imperial feast, at the same time that he has no love for the Empire. Bhujerba is technically free, but is only allowed to remain so by supplying the Empire with magicite from their mines, and Marquis Ondore plays a dangerous double game by funding La Résistance in private while publicly bowing to the Empire. It helps that Imperial citizens aren't depicted as Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Dr. Breen from Half-Life 2 was the first human to attempt to negotiate for peace during the Combine invasion of Earth, also known as The Seven Hour War, and was awarded the title of grand overseer of Earth on behalf of the Combine for his efforts.
    • The Civil Protection Officers from the same game are humans that have decided to become the Combine's occupational/peace-keeping force in return for more rations and better treatment. The Overwatch and other Combine soldiers are similar; although it's implied that they are given their 'augmentations' unwillingly, and forced/reeducated to fight the Resistance, they are promised sexual simulations in return for success in these endeavours.
    • Judith Mossman is either a redeemed Collaborateur or a double-agent of La Resistance.
  • Mass Effect has the rogue Spectre, Saren, who willingly chose to ally himself with, The Reapers, a race of ancient machines who aim to kill all advanced life in the galaxy, as he believed that those who served them would be spared. It's confirmed later in the game that Saren had been Brainwashed by the Reapers, and was even forcibly turned into a Cyborg to quash any rebellious thoughts. If you have enough persuasion points as either Paragon or Renegade, you can convince him to redeem himself by committing suicide before the Reapers can use him to bring about the apocalypse. Although his body still ends up being possessed by them to act as a Final Boss.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
    • A portion of the salarian Ark's leadership sells their ship and crew out to the kett, figuring that it was better to give up and study the kett methodology from the inside rather than try and fight them. Problem is, doing so would've left them in no fit state to actually pass on that information.
    • Ryder encounters one angara who sells out his species' most beloved figure to the kett. A later off-hand comment by angaran teammate Jaal suggests collaborators are not unheard of, but don't last long if found out by the angaran resistance.
  • Medal of Honor: The second game, Underground, has the Milice as an enemy - French military police who chose to support the Germans. They appear as early as the first three levels, before being replaced quickly by German soldiers and then returning late near the end of the game.
  • My Child Lebensborn addresses this trope when in comes to local women who were in relationships with soldiers from Nazi Germany when they were occupying Norway. One of the journal entries says that some of the women probably actually were acting as spies and/or in the relationship for material gain, but that many of the relationships were simply Love Across Battlelines.
  • I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream: Nimdok, who worked side by side with Mengele during WWII, is later revealed to have been Jewish himself. The only reason he was allowed to stay with the regime is because he he sold his parents out.
  • Despot and the other "Planet" Admins collaborated with GameSpy in The Nameless Mod.
  • Subverted by Sylvia Christel in No More Heroes III. At first, it looks like she's been assisting Damon Riccitello and FU when the latter's army starts to subjugate the Earth with relative ease, but she deliberately had the UAA organize the Galactic Superhero Rankings because she knows that Travis Touchdown is experienced with killing assassins and therefore would be the Earth's last hope by participating in them.
  • Shin Megami Tensei: YHVH transformed all of The Old Gods into demons (complete with retroactive smear campaign), demanding that humans worship only him. Some were spared this and - funny thing! - these tend to play for the Law side.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic has the Corellian Government, whose members decided to willingly hand over their entire planet to the Sith Empire.
  • The Goombas in Super Mario Bros. are former citizens of the Mushroom Kingdom who chose to side with Bowser when he first invaded. There are still good Goombas living in the Mushroom Kingdom, though.
  • Izebel in Tears to Tiara 2 is an interesting sympathetic case. She was ordered to become one by her ruler, the man she loves just before he kills himself, in order to shield the realm from the worst excesses of The Empire.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus makes it quite clear how some Americans will shamelessly cosy up to the Nazi occupiers if they can see something in it for themselves. In Roswell, you have a memorable scene where a woman flirts with a Nazi officer who praises her zeal until she makes a misguided comment about the "impure Austrians" at which point the officer points out how both Adolf Hitler and the officer's own grandmother are Austrians and informs her that she'll be reported to his superiors and will be punished if she steps out of line again. Later on, you find out how B.J's father Rip Blazkowicz sold out his business associates and his own wife to the "new government" because they offered him new farmland. Like the Roswell woman, he gets his just desserts.
  • In XCOM 2, ADVENT Troopers are enemy Mooks, humans who volunteered to fight for the alien regime and offered some rather extreme genetic modifications. A prequel novel has a resistance fighter point out that he never once met someone who actually knew a collaborator. Then it turns out there never were any volunteers; ADVENT Troopers are grown.

    Web Comics 
  • The Andromedan baryonic allies of the Pa'anuri in Schlock Mercenary, who aid the latter in their attempt to eradicate all life from the known universe despite presumably being on their shortlist eventually. Lacking a species name, they get dubbed "quislings" by the protagonists.
  • Whale Star: The Gyeongseong Mermaid: The Yeos are a rich Korean family collaborating with the occupying Japanese military, which is why they were able to retain their money and status.

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Alternative Title(s): The Collaborators, The Collaborator


The Roswellian Major

When Zurg takes over the quaint little plant of Roswell, this opportunistic Major applies for a role. Zurg likes the cut of his gib.

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