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"YEAH! Burn his house down! Burning people! He says what we're all thinking!"
GLaDOS, Portal 2

A psycho supporter follows someone else's beliefs simply because said supporter is nuts.

Used a lot to deconstruct other tropes, most notably the Genki Girl, The Dragon, and Sycophantic Servant. If this character is initially a good guy, a Face–Heel Turn will most likely happen.

May also intersect with the Yandere, Lady Macbeth, and Overzealous Underling. A lot of Psycho Supporters also suffer from Mad Love or the Subordinate Excuse if they're really devoted to the leader in question. Contrast Poisonous Friend, who appears to be totally in line with someone while trying to do things in their name they would not approve out of view, and Stepford Smiler, whose devotion may be an act.


Not to be confused with a character who supports a psycho; that's Friend to Psychos.

In real-life situations, they will usually be seen as a liability to the movement they support, and will constantly be told to Stop Being Stereotypical.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In Bleach, Tousen plays this to Gin's Stepford Smiler.
  • Uta in Blue Reflection Ray does believe in the Red Reflector's cause to strip away emotions since she thinks that will create a world more appropriate for her, but she's equally invested in sending others into despair and causing havoc as well.
  • In Code Geass, Diethard Reid, a TV producer who joins La Résistance not because he agrees with them, but because they're epic. And because he was bored. Later on in season two, Diethard elaborates that the reason he finds them so cool is that he hates the current state of the world and wants it to change... but he doesn't really care how it changes or who does it, so he follows them just because they are changing things. And thus he will latch onto whichever side he thinks is winning/changing at the current moment, which gets proven when Lelouch/Zero gets kicked out of the Black Knights and Diethard promptly gloms onto Schneizel with the same fanatical devotion. Unluckily for Diethard, Lelouch had anticipated such a betrayal, and Diethard is shot dead by his new master, who has been geassed, the second he tries to kill Lelouch on his behalf. Rolo and V.V. — murderous yandere — count, too.
  • Excel from Excel Saga is a psycho supporter of Lord Il Palazzo. Il Palazzo may be using mind control to gain supporters, but Excel is the only one who acts unhinged around him. She also uses the Subordinate Excuse to hang around him.
  • Eyeshield 21: Hiromi Kisiragi of the Hakushuu Dinosaurs is a Weak, but Skilled cornerback who is absolutely dedicated in his support of team leader Marco and centre Gaou. He is also very quietly insane, preaching a Blood Knight Fighting Narcissist philosophy that claims only strength is beautiful. This stems from his past as a weak, bullied chump, and plays directly into his support of Gaou and Marco.
  • Gundam:
  • While there are plenty of zealots in Hellsing 'verse, the Iscariots are prepared to commit any sin in the service of the Lord.. because their ultimate goal is to continue the fight in Hell.
  • Hunter × Hunter:
    • Shaiapouf. His goal is to make the Chimera Ant King's plans a reality, and, when Komugi, the human girl the King has taken in and played Gung-gi against, threatens to have the King turn back on his original plans by having him develop human emotion towards her, Pouf has an epic breakdown and decides that it would be best to kill himself for the King's former ideals. Like Itsuki from YYH, his character seems to also have elements of Mad Love and Happiness in Slavery added in.
      • It's especially funny because what he melts down about is that he almost just killed the girl to get her out of the way, before realizing that if she died his king could never beat her, never get over her, and never forget about her, and it would be the worst thing he could do. Therefore suicide pact with himself and screaming while he plays the violin.
    • The other two Royal Guards are comparatively sane, though they have basically the same worldview. They're just...a lot more matter-of-fact and less romantic about it. Although when Pitou was on the ground in front of Gon, begging to be allowed to save the life of the blind girl who was "of importance to one who is of importance to me" before Gon proceeded with the revenge killing attempt, that was pretty...impressive.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
    • Half the supporters of DIO in Stardust Crusaders, special shout out to Vanilla Ice, who's so obsessed with DIO he'll outright KILL anyone who makes him destroy any images of the Vampire. Ironically, Ice was too psycho for DIO's tastes to entrust his master plan of "Heaven", which is why Pucci below got the mission.
    • But then there's Enrico Pucci, probably the closest friend of DIO, and also the closest the vampire has ever been to a homosexual relationship, the main antagonist of Stone Ocean. He has such an obsession with DIO, he's willing to achieve "Heaven", a secret which was well-kept in DIO's diary, which of course he possesses, and RE-START THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, simply to see him again. He might be an insane priest, but he's one amazingly loyal friend. In fact, it's the fact that Pucci was more stable and an earnest equal than Ice despite his devotion that he got the mission instead.
  • Kyo Kara Maoh!:
    • Oddly, some of Shibuya Yuri's most avid followers in are open to this accusation; i.e. following someone because of your own insanity rather than the merits of their position. Yuri's a Demon King, but his goals involve "world peace through people not fighting any more," "not doing his own paperwork" and "playing baseball."
    • Gunter—apparently actually an extremely competent academic, highly skilled swordsman, and powerful majutsusha, despite coming off as a brain-damaged Squishy Wizard. Being around Yuri just makes him dopey as hell, but also means he intently supports whatever Yuri wants, even when it's counter to every custom of the land.
    • Conrad—almost as hypercompetent as he seems, and in fact a decent guy, but insane. Hard to say whether that first comes through when he tells Yuri that if Yuri gets killed Conrad will 'see him again soon' or when he is firm that to protect Yuri he will kill absolutely anyone, but that's just in the first dozen episodes, and by the end the level of his lifelong codependency issues have been thoroughly plumbed.
      • He doesn't really believe in this peace thing, but he believes in Yuri. Because it's Yuri. And Yuri is the center of his universe. Because someone has to be.
    • Wolfram—well, okay, he's just an eighty-four-year-old teenager in love. Pass.
    • Hube—his The Atoner thing seems weirdly noble and is totally crazy, especially with the Death Seeker element. Especially crazy when you find out that the sin he was banished for was being a gung-ho commander during the last war and being careless with the troops. Which people don't even hold against him because of all the soldiers who died, they hate him because the blind White Magician Girl everyone loved knowingly worked herself to death trying to heal his casualties. So he's basically a scapegoat for the whole ruling class' guilt about everything that went wrong in that effed-up war. And then he follows Yuuri with dedication for not entirely buying into that, even though he still does.
  • For a more literal interpretation of "Psycho Supporter": Amamiya Yuuhi of The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer instantly pledges his complete loyalty to Princess Sami after she vows to stop the mages' plot to destroy the world so that she can do so herself with her own fists.
    • Although after fighting the mage's golems, befriending his fellow beast knights, and coming to truly love both Sami and the world, he decides to stop her by his own hands.
  • Baron Ashura and Count Brocken from Mazinger Z loyally followed Dr. Hell. The remainder Hell's Co-Dragons do not count because Pygman and Gorgon followed their own agendas.
  • Roberto from Monster, in a thoroughly creepy fashion.
  • One Piece:
    • Bartolomeo was once a crime syndicate leader, but soon became a fan of Monkey D. Luffy, setting out to sea in hopes of finding him one day. He keeps up to date with all the news regarding Luffy, even knowing of information that the World Government does not want leaked. Bartolomeo finally catches up to Luffy in Dressrosa—while he is normally quite villainous, causing death and destruction wherever he goes, he will gladly support the more heroic Luffy in everything he does (and has thus far been of great help to Luffy). He also cuts the tongues off of or otherwise maims anyone who speaks ill of Luffy within earshot.
    • Almost every subordinate member of the Donquixote Pirates falls here. Hell, Trafalgar Law initially joined as a child due to suffering a psychotic break and seeing joining Doflamingo as his best chance to hurt as many people as he could before dying of a terminal illness. Doflamingo's only even become the figure he is today because the four executives of the crew, Pica, Trebol, Vergo, and Diamante, realized the power of his Haki and became his fanatically devoted followers on the spot, to the point of burning down a town because its uneven pavement caused kid-Doffy to trip. Other crew members are equally fanatical in their devotion, a mentality Doflamingo clearly encourages as it makes them easy pawns.
  • Kirika Kure from Puella Magi Oriko Magica is willing to do absolutely everything for her best friend Oriko (who she's in love with), to the point where she kills other magical girls because Oriko tells her to.
  • Ukuleleman from Space Dandy is a huge fan of Space Dandy (the character), particularly in awe of his smile. Ukuleleman likes Dandy's smile so much that he invites Dandy to come visit his planet, where he intends to kill Dandy while he's smiling and preserve him as a statue so that Ukuleleman can admire Dandy's smile forever.
  • Ralph Werec from Str.A.In.: Strategic Armored Infantry is one of these, and relies on the expectation of Mad Love as a motive; he only pretended to be in love with Vivian Medlock and to have made his Face–Heel Turn for her sake. His motivations were far more scarring (in more ways than one) and left him flat-out insane, and once Captain Medlock outlives her usefulness, he turns on her too.
  • Rurouni Kenshin's Yumi Komagata and her love for the (literally) flaming Makoto Shishio.
    • At least Yumi is secure in the knowledge that, in his own twisted way, Shishio does love her back. He does fatally injure her, but then he cradles her in his arms as she dies so she can pass away in peace.
      • Creepy Crossdresser Kamatari Honjou, on the other hand, is fully aware that he'll never be loved like Yumi (because he's not a real woman) or favored like Soujirou (because he's not as good a fighter), and yet he is still obsessively loyal to Shishio to the point that Misao has to knock him out and Chou has to lie to him in order to keep him from killing himself in disgrace after he fails to carry out Shishio's last command to him.
    • And then there's Hoji, who is clearly insane. He follows Shishio out of a near fanboyish belief in the latter's ability to change the world, and kills himself at the end when he realizes that he won't be able to spread Shishio's philosophy to the rest of the world.
      • But he gets to go help Shishio and Yumi conquer Hell! Look how happy he is when Shishio asks if he's coming!
  • Ni Jieni in Saiyuki. Interesting in that he is both a Psycho Supporter of Gyokumen.
    • Arguable since it's very possible that Ni Jieni is the one manipulating Gyokumen.
    • At any rate, just using her. He's psycho, and he's backing her up, but his psychosis doesn't instill loyalty or associate him with her cause.
  • Michiko of Texhnolyze is a seemingly quiet secretary/driver for Onishi. Then we see her collecting the Texhnolyze parts, many of which are still attached to living people...
  • Kuroi from ThouShaltNotDie to Mashiro. He will protect her with his life... and also murder anybody who harms her, looks at her funny, or even simly gets too close to her.
  • In Trigun, Dominique the Cyclops seems to be following Legato like this, just as Legato follows Knives (which is far more obvious in the manga than the anime). Knives isn't exactly sane either, though.
    • Dominique never gets much character development. Legato, though...even the comparatively sane anime version of him is, in fact, fucking nuts, and this is presumably most of the reason he's so dedicated to helping Knives Kill All Humans.
    • Since Knives himself isn't human, his desire to kill them could be considered rational in light of his and his species experiences with them. But any human who knows the extent of his omnicidal plan and follows him anyway would be a psycho supporter. Legato hates all humans including himself and believes they deserve to die, an attitude which Knives considers enlightened for him.
  • Itsuki from the YuYu Hakusho anime loves Sensui because... Sensui is beautiful. In all kinds of senses, with a stress on the functional beauty of tremendous power.

    Comic Books 
  • Some comics have played with the idea that Harley Quinn of Batman was at least slightly cracked before she met The Joker and that he simply unleashed her inner crazy, or that she'd still be just as nuts were he out of the picture...
    • When it comes to her successor, Punchline, there's no ambiguity at all: she's nuts. Having watched the Joker during his career, she decided as a college student his worldview fit in nicely with her own, and she actively sought him out in order to join him (before murdering her dean to prove her loyalty). It's perhaps for the reason that she seems to have more of Joker's respect than Harley initially did.
  • Glory to the Chaos King in The Incredible Hercules.
  • Halfway through the Judge Dredd story "The Torture Garden", Chief Hershey discovers that one of the members of the strike team she sent to take out the Dark Judges on Dominion falsified his records, and is in fact an Ax-Crazy nutjob. Sure enough, he turns out to be a secret Death Cultist who also smuggled in Judge Fear as a Willing Channeler.
  • Skull Island: The Birth of Kong: In this Kong: Skull Island graphic novel sequel, Riccio is this. As his Sanity Slippage progresses, it becomes more and more clear that he's this regarding his initial respect for the Iwi and his reverence for Kong as a divine being, what with the actions he takes to endanger the Iwi and his conviction Kong is the only thing in the world that matters.
  • Megatron's ideology was already pretty extreme in The Transformers (IDW), but Tarn of the Decepticon Justice Division, introduced in The Transformers: More Than Meets the Eye, is worse. Even Megatron comes to see him as a dangerous maniac. To anyone less than Megatron, he's The Dreaded.

    Fan Works 
  • In A Crown of Stars, former Big Bad Winthrop was a psychopath, a rapist and a blood-thirsty dictator. His Dragon with an Agenda -and current Big Bad- Jinnai was a paranoid, megalomaniac, power-thirsty, rapist, raving lunatic. And after replacing his former boss he got worse.
  • Chiron in Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton is Gendo's subordinate and he's even more depraved, more blood-thirsty and pettier than his boss. Gendo is a Manipulative Bastard and an asshole, but he's pragmatic: he doesn't go out of his way to mess someone up and he may deem torture as necessary but not enjoyable. Chiron? Chiron enjoys it.
  • As the story progresses, the Barty Crouch Jr. of The Parselmouth of Gryffindor grows more and more delusional about the extent of Voldemort's power, referring to his fallen master as though he'd been some sort of disembodied, immanent god of darkness. (He is still massively dangerous, however.)
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim: Season 2 newcomer Nyx is Zim's self-described biggest fan, and also happens to be completely nuts.
  • In A Force of Four, Badra is completely committed to carry out Mars' plan to destroy Earth because she's also a raving, mass-murdering lunatic.
  • Hellsister Trilogy has Nemesis, a blood-thirsty, mass-murdering half-Kryptonian raised by Darkseid who considers it's his duty to ensure that his god's will to conquer everything and enslave everyone be fullfilled.
  • In Kara of Rokyn, Cyber and Starfire -not that Starfire- are two nutjobs who think Lex Luthor is a misunderstood genius and do his bidding slavishly.

    Films — Animated  
  • Implied with Le Fou in Beauty and the Beast. Not only does he continue to follow Gaston and like him despite being treated like trash, but the literal translation of his name is "The Fool" or "The Madman".
  • Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: We see that Nanna Harley paid the Delia and Deirdre Dennis (better known as Dee Dee, Harley's granddaughters) bail to keep them out of jail. Even when Harley was calling them out, she paid their bail. In an alternate timeline, those two managed to kill all the Justice League.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The photojournalist played by Dennis Hopper in Apocalypse Now.
  • The Dark Knight incarnation of the Joker's various minions have a healthy proportion of madmen among their numbers, who follow him because of his own crazed will.
  • Downfall presents Magda Goebbels, wife of Joseph Goebbels, as one of the more fanatical believers in the tenets of National Socialism in the bunker, to the point of Blue-and-Orange Morality. She's arguably even more sociopathic than Hitler is. In the end she poisons all six of her children because she believes that it would be merciful compared to allowing her children to grow up in a world where Jews and homosexuals are allowed to live.
  • In From Dusk Till Dawn, Richie is unquestionably devoted to his more mature brother Seth. Of course, this could be simply because they're brothers. On the other hand, Richie seems to enjoy - really enjoy - being a criminal in ways that even Seth finds repellent. When Richie rapes and murders a woman the brothers were holding hostage, for instance, it's hard to tell if Seth is upset because he's ashamed of Richie or because Richie's psychosis has put a crimp in their carefully-laid plans.
  • Happy Gilmore: Shooter McGavin is more than happy to use his borderline stalker as a weapon against Happy Gilmore, up to and including running him down with a VW Beetle on a fairway, so long as he can get away from him as fast as possible afterwards.
  • In the horror movie Nightwish, a Mad Scientist who uses his graduate students as bait to investigate poltergeists at an Old, Dark House, makes use of several patients from a mental asylum to control them because they're easy to order around.
  • Repo! The Genetic Opera has the three Largo children for their father Rotti, and later, Luigi and Pavi for Amber in her bid to get control of Gene Co. In both cases, the leader isn't really outright evil until you take into account that not only do they turn a blind eye to the activities of their supporters, they actively enable them. Pavi Largo is the creepiest example of this; he seems fairly well adjusted as far as scarred sex addicts go until the crazy comes out to play.
  • Saw: Most of the Jigsaw Killer's apprentices and major accomplices willingly follow him and support his cause as a Poetic Serial Killer. Amanda in particular came to embrace his twisted ideology and views him as a father figure. However, they usually end up screwing his philosophy in different ways.

  • From the Alex Rider series: Conrad, The Dragon of General Sarov. Sarov at least has a noble goal from his mindset. Conrad just wants to kill things.
  • The Dennis Hopper character in Apocalypse Now was modeled on "The Harlequin", a young Russian man in a harlequin-like suit in Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. He views the Anti-Villain of the novella, Kurtz, as some sort of religious cult figure (of course, Kurtz is plenty psychotic himself) — and it is implied (cautiously, as the story was written in 1899) that he and Kurtz have been in a homosexual relationship.
  • In the sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, the President's chief general is a Psychopathic Manchild. ("Let's blow everybody up! Bam bam boom blam blam!") The President and the Vice-President have to constantly keep him from going rogue...and he does respectfully, if unhappily, defer to them, thus fitting this trope.
  • Harry Potter: Among the Death Eaters, Bellatrix Lestrange. Word of God states that "her true love was always Voldemort," but he had no discernible affection for her, merely using her loyalty. Likewise Barty Crouch Jr. and a few others who are truly Sycophantic Servants and not in it for the power involved.
  • In The Lost Stars, one of general Drakon's aides is colonel Roh Morgan, who, in addition to being an excellent assassin and bodyguard, is a bloodthirsty madwoman who has to be held back from murdering everyone she sees as a threat and who latched onto Drakon with enthusiasm of a yandere because she's convinced she's destined to give birth to his child, whom she intends to raise to conquer all of human space. When Drakon realizes just how badly messed up she is, he's horrified.
  • In "Okuyyuki", the sentient sword nicknamed Audrey is quite the Hungry Weapon—not really villainous, but she can come across as an example of this trope. Some of this is Deliberate Values Dissonance, since she was forged in an ancient warrior culture with somewhat different standards of conduct than present-day America.
  • The Vengeance in A Tale of Two Cities
  • Warbreaker features Nightblood, a magical sentient sword forged to smite evildoers on behalf of the forces of good. Unfortunately, he doesn't really have any comprehension of what evil is since he's an inanimate object with no real moral compass of his own. As a result, he mostly just wants to kill everyone in sight on the off-chance that they're bad guys.
  • In The Wheel of Time there is Masema, a fanatic devoted to serving the Dragon Reborn, whether he wants it or not. He raises a rabble and mostly terrorizes the countryside. The Dragon makes some perfunctory efforts to get him under control, but in the end he has to be put down.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Arrow, when Oliver reveals himself as Green Arrow and goes to prison, he meets a friendly yet maladjusted convict named Stanley Dover who idolizes Oliver and claims he was wrongfully labeled a killer. Not only is he a serial killer, but once he escapes, he begins to stalk Team Arrow and hold Oliver and his family hostage thinking they can be together.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Caleb of the First, whom he basically sees as God.
  • Beautifully subverted on an episode of Shark, when Serial Killer Wayne Callison's love-smitten publisher turned out to actually be a spy planted by Stark.
  • Connor on Season 4 of Angel, regarding his loyalty to Jasmine (with maybe an unhealthy dose of Papa Wolf thrown in for good measure).
  • A Season 5 episode of Smallville, called "Fanatic", features one of Lex Luthor's political campaign supporters going berserk and trying to kill his opponent Jonathan Kent.
  • True Blood: Roy, the little toad who cheers Marnie's wholesale destruction and mayhem. She has her tortured backstory as the reason he does this; he just seems to think it's fun.
  • The Office (US): Dwight to Michael.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Steven Richards was like this to Raven and Victoria, even as the latter got Bored with Insanity.
  • The Basham Brothers to Shaniqua, who was the "center of their universe". She treated them well, all things considered, or at least as well as you could expect, given her profession.
  • Jon Heidenreich was like this to Booker T who "showed him the light" in the form of a steel folding chair to his skull. Jon then moved on to Road Warrior Animal.
  • Mickie James, until she realized her obsession with Trish Stratus was unhealthy and mellowed out.
  • Rosa Mendes, who debuted on Raw assaulting Melina for "stealing" Beth Phoenix's championship (as in winning in a wrestling match). Beth's boyfriend Santino had advice on how they could make the relationship work for them but Beth just took her support for granted.
  • Eugene to Triple H. Unlike most examples, Eugene wasn't violent, overly obsessive or a danger to Triple H's reputation. No, he was just blind to the fact Triple H was no good for him, or anyone else.
  • If it's a Women Of Honor segment or show and you see BJ Whitmer appear, then chances are you're about to hear about Kelly Klein, a lot about Kelly Klein. Up until their Fight Without Honor at Best In The World she was the one thing that could take his mind off of destroying Steve Corino. Klein for her part seems to appreciate it on some level, because she will attack those who try to shut Whitmer up.

  • Mrs. Lovett, the female lead of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Spurred on by obsessive (unrequited) love for the title character, she shelters him despite his tendency towards psychopathic murder and comes up with the plan of disposing of the corpses he produces by baking them into meat pies and selling them for, to her great satisfaction, a tidy profit.

    Video Games 
  • Grunt from Mass Effect 2 is a subdued example of this. He doesn't much care about defeating the Collectors or saving the galaxy, and follows Shepard mainly because Shepard has many powerful enemies, which amongst his culture is a sign of greatness. Plus it gives him an excuse to kick lots of ass. He basically sums this up on Tali's recruitment mission, upon seeing the Geth Colossus:
    Grunt: This is why I follow you Shepard, big things!
  • In Metal Gear Solid Psycho Mantis supported Liquid Snake's armed revolution... only because it meant he's allowed to kill more people.
  • Mega Man X: Command Mission has Dr. Psyche, a member of the Rebellion forces and the boss of Chapter 4. Epsilon may not be mad—he swings closer to Well-Intentioned Extremist than some kind of Omnicidal Maniac—but Psyche is wholly dedicated to the Rebellion and way too pleased to basically be a Mad Scientist stereotype, stunning lack of ethics, empathy, and all.
  • Subverted in Mega Man X4: Colonel was motivated by pride when he followed General who led Repliforce on a non-violent secession from humanity after being labeled Mavericks due to a tragedy where Repliforce weapons were used. Sigma manipulated Magma Dragoon into making the attack so Dragoon could fight with X and Zero. The fact that Repliforce was "the most powerful army in history" and wasn't leaving their weapons behind for the secession didn't gel too well with the powers that be.
    • Actually, Colonel may fall under Too Dumb to Live. See, the entire conflict started when Colonel refuses to surrender and come in for questioning so an investigation as to why Repliforce robots were seen at Sky Lagoon (which had been crashed into a city by Mavericks, leading to untold amounts of devastation). The reason this is Too Dumb to Live is because X/Zero flat-out state to him (not an exaggeration) that if he does not come in, the officials will have no choice but to assume Repliforce crashed Sky Lagoon and declare them Mavericks. And Colonel states that his pride is more important, leading to his death, his sister's death, his army's death, and his leader's death. Great going, Colonel.
  • Used straight in Mega Man X5: Our introduction to Dynamo has him begging Sigma to be allowed to let an orbiting colony crash to Earth so he can draw out the top Maverick Hunters for a fight. As far as we know, that is his only excuse for teaming up with Sigma (he doesn't even show up in Sigma's fortress at the end, like the ally/patsy typically does).
  • Strega member Jin, from Persona 3.
    • Hell, Takaya supporting Nyx in the end of the world is right there too.
  • In Pokémon Legends: Arceus, Intrepid Merchant Volo is a worshipper of the Top God Arceus who took it way too far, becoming a psychotic Knight Templar who's even styled his appearance after it underneath his uniform. It's revealed that he was the one who tore open the rift in spacetime wreaking havoc, as he conspired with Giratina to get Dialga & Palkia out of the way so he could capture Arceus and use its power to remake the world In Their Own Image. Half the reason Arceus made the player The Chosen One was just to get him and Giratina off its back.
  • Courtney Gears in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal is Dr. Nefarious' most loyal supporter in regards to his role of robotic supremacy and the absolute genocide of all organic life forms. However, she's far more psycho than he is, being a sadist who tortures people for fun, and is very much a sociopath.
  • Colonel Sergei Vladimir is this in Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles with regards to Ozwell E. Spencer. Spencer and his Mega-Corp, Umbrella, gave Sergei a home after the collapse of the USSR, and the mentally unstable Russian is obsessed with repaying Spencer for this. He tries to hold Umbrella together long after everyone else has jumped ship, goes out of his way to cover up the corporation's mistakes, and finally transforms himself into a monster in a last-ditch effort to prevent Albert Wesker from taking over the company's remnants. As Sergei himself puts it, "All for Umbrella!" It's a motto that Sergei takes very, very seriously.
  • A subplot in Sam And Max Season One is Max being a fan of Hugh Bliss, the founder of the Happyology-esque religion Prismatology.
    • While he took his own share when he and the Molemen (and Norrigton) were the only sane in a world of Psycho Supporters of Sammun Mak, in the third part of They Stole Max's Brain. This can also double as Brainwashed and Crazy.
  • Nouhime in Sengoku Basara is unquestionably loyal to her husband Oda Nobunaga, but Nobunaga pretty much didn't care, because he just enjoyed being the Big Bad.
  • In Xenogears, Kahran Ramses to Emperor Cain. He loses his marbles by the end and pulls a Kefka.
  • Pellegri to Margulis in Xenosaga, though she occasionally proves more conscionable than he is. Still, the crazy is strong in this one, which becomes particularly apparent on Michtam.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair:
    • Nagito Komaeda idolizes the Ultimate students that are trapped on the island, and is willing to do anything to help them excel, even if it means sacrificing himself in the process. Unfortunately, this also means setting up the first murder of the game, and then roping Hanamura into it without him realizing. With team leader Togami dead, he hoped to drive the rest to despair, only for them to regain their hope and overcome it in the end.
    • One of the big twists of the game is that all the characters (minus one) used to be minions of Junko Enoshima. They were all brainwashed into blindly following her ideals of spreading despair in the world and used their abilities to cause The End of the World as We Know It. They continued carrying out Junko's will even after she died, which is why they had their memories wiped for rehabilitation.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: Salem's minions range from the Well-Intentioned Extremist Hazel to the For Science! Watts, along with a few people who are clearly in way over their heads. Tyrian, on the other hand, is so psycho that he makes everyone else look perfectly sane and rational. He worships Salem as a goddess (despite Salem doing nothing to encourage this belief), sings her praises at every opportunity, and happily tells the people he is murdering about how their deaths are for Salem's glory. When he does fail her, all she has to do is say "I'm disappointed in you" to drive him to despair.

  • Jordan in Tower of God to Baylord Yama, at least in Yama's own opinion at one point. Jordan expresses enthusiastic support to Yama even after hearing his dark secret, which Yama expected might turn him against him. Possibly due to his over-exuberant admiration, this prompts Yama to think to himself, "What a lunatic." So: Jordan says why he supports Yama, and Yama reacts to this by thinking he's a lunatic, so he thinks Jordan supports him because Jordan is nuts.
  • Kill Six Billion Demons: Subverted with the Priests of the Count who serve Mammon, the Grand Dragon. They're described as being absolute nutters, and they look pretty freaky, especially when they fight. However, it's revealed that their reasons for serving Mammon, at least for some of them, are not so crazy. The former Evil Overlord has become sympathetically senile, and his vault is a refuge containing a peaceful society enclosed from the Crapsack World outside. It's understandable to want to defend that.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Princess Azula's devotion to Fire Lord Ozai. Though it's kind of unclear with her whether she follows the world-conquest thing so intently because she's insane, or because she was raised to conquer the world, or because of bad genetics Zuko managed to avoid, or...anyway, she follows Ozai as much because he's her father and she wants to please him as because she's a megalomaniac. A little more megalomania and she could have offed him at a some point.
  • Harley Quinn from Batman: The Animated Series is an interesting take in the trope, because without someone to lead her, Harley doesn’t have the motivation to commit crimes. Unfortunately, her love for The Joker keeps dragging her back to his side.
    • The Joker abuses her with glee, until his death. After that, is implied she chose a tranquil life.
    • Poison Ivy also abuses Harley and doesn’t want to give her enough credit for her part at their heists.
  • Inferno, the pyromaniac fire ant from Beast Wars, is kind of an interesting case. Due to his beast mode instincts being so overpowering he firmly believes that he is an ant and that Megatron is Queen of the colony. This means Inferno is literally incapable of disobeying orders from his Queen, a trait that makes him one of Megatron's most valuable troops.
  • Count Duckula: Igor is a Card-Carrying Villain who was loyal to all of Duckula's predecessors and thus to the current one, though not without expressing his displeasure and disappointment with his master's friendliness and harmlessness. That is why he tries, without betraying him, to turn him more to his liking like the forebearers.

Alternative Title(s): Crouching Support Hidden Batshit