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Castor: Let's be honest, Arudin, you're more evil than most of the villains we face.
Khagoth: Meaner too.
Arudin: I am not evil! I am just... colorfully pragmatic!
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Just because the main characters are fighting to oust the Big Bad doesn't mean they're heroes... at least, not all of them.

In a team composed of good members, there will often be one Token Evil Teammate. Narratively, this character can serve as a distinct and amoral foil to his more strait-laced colleagues. If the Heroes start putting Honor Before Reason, the Token Evil will often remind them that sometimes unpleasant methods are needed to save the world. They also provide Your Approval Fills Me with Shame for when the heroes are getting too pragmatic and forget their morals.


These characters are often Played for Laughs as the Heroic Comedic Sociopath. A lot of the humor they provide is of the Crosses the Line Twice variety, doing obscenely wrong things because it's shocking and unexpected, as well as a form of escapism. On the other side of the fence, a very serious character that fills this role might see it as Dirty Business, and do what they have to on behalf of the hero.

Despite the name, the Token Evil Teammate has a lot of leeway as to his Character Alignment. There are many kinds of (the meaner) Anti-Heroes, Anti-Villains and yes, outright Villains who can fill this role. Regardless of character type, the mainstays of this role are usually: snarkiness, jerkiness, violence, and a tendency to become the Butt-Monkey for their behavior. It should also be mentioned that "treachery" was not on that list. The thing with the Token Evil Teammate is that evil does not mean incapable of friendship. While they are usually out for themselves first, they will often have reasons to stay loyal to their team as a whole, or at least individual members.


Sometimes they'll (very) begrudgingly admit that they like their teammates, or at least find them less intolerable than they say, and frequently they find their association either lucrative, entertaining, or even enjoyable. If it's pointed out by somebody that they're not as bad as they make themselves out to be though, they'll generally tell them to shut up, or to take it back. For extra points, this can be done in either a very cold, aloof or very rude and loud way.

If they do betray their teammates, expect The Captain to tighten the Morality Chain or Restraining Bolt and use various threats like Death Glares to bring them back in line. Why don't they kill him or at least kick him out? Because sometimes you just need the firepower, and they can "do more good than malice" (or at least less harm) on the good guys' side than dead or cut loose. Kind of like controlling a brush fire to good ends.


Some variations include:

  • They're Only in It for the Money. Or the opportunity to loot, pillage, and plunder. Bribes and financially based threats keep them in line.
  • Psycho Sidekick: They have a mutual friendship, or family relationship, with one of the heroes which survives despite their basically evil orientation. But don't expect them to be helpful for anybody else. Sometimes, the friendship is established during the show, at which point the purely money-hungry evil teammate will "tip his hand" and save his friend rather than get the idol.
  • The evil friend is actually The Starscream and is simply using the heroes as a way to topple the existing Big Bad.
  • The Poisonous Friend is the Well-Intentioned Extremist of the party, willing to do anything for his buddy's ideals.
  • They were recruited because they have skills, cunning, and general attitude that the heroes know will be useful, even if they hate having them around.
  • They have an ulterior motive for joining the heroes, and the heroes' plans will further their own agenda. This may be as simple as a group of rebels fleeing the Evil Empire being joined by a guy who is trying to escape a punishment that he actually deserved. It depends on the heroes' luck if this guy doesn't turn out to be a Wild Card.
  • They have a grudge against the Big Bad, or they may want to put a stop to them because Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Sometimes they're just in it For the Evulz. The hero is on an exciting, heroic quest that will save the world, but it also involves a lot of killing mooks, and they've got nothing better to do right now. They want to cause chaos and rain down carnage, and this is the best way to do it.
  • Alternatively they are a type of Blood Knight or Psycho for Hire and joining the heroes allows them to turn their violence towards the heroes' enemies rather than innocents.
  • On rare occasions, Who Watches the Watchmen? In a setting where a Balance Between Good and Evil matters, or just any setting with Grey-and-Gray Morality, having somebody on your team with some shaky morality can help keep things in perspective. See Your Approval Fills Me with Shame, and Even Evil Has Standards.
  • The evil member is a captured former enemy the heroes consider too dangerous to be left unsupervised, but too useful or important to be killed so they add them to the team (often with insurance) to keep an eye on them.
  • They are former villains whose code of honor keeps them on the heroes' side for one reason or another, but does not extend to any other traditionally "good" behaviors.

Contrast Big Bad Friend for where the teammate's evil nature is a shock revelation. For the inverse, see Token Good Teammate. May or may not also be Affably Evil. Usually, but not always, a Nominal Hero. They will most definitely qualify as The Friend Nobody Likes.


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  • After Ayato Naoi joins the SSS in Angel Beats!, he still retains his snarky, Jerkass personality, regularly insults the entire SSS ("except you, Otonashi!"), and uses hypnosis on the other members mostly For the Lulz.
  • Nguyen from the Area 88 manga and OVA. Even by mercenary standards, he's an unhinged sadist.
  • Karma from Assassination Classroom is one. Quite a few of his fellow students are afraid of him and for good reason, he's a Blood Knight and a Sociopathic Hero with a sadistic streak, he even enjoys torturing his victims once they're down. As an added bonus, he's on occasion represented as a demon or devil of sorts.
  • Russia from Axis Powers Hetalia, based on Real Life. With a Freudian Excuse, to boot. On the other hand, the rest of the Allies aren't much better.
  • Bleach
    • Mayuri Kurotsuchi's moral code is non-existent if it means obtaining scientific breakthroughs. He turned his subordinates into human bombs without their knowledge. He conducted Quincy experiments by torturing them to death. He'll even kill 28,000 people in the name of world soul-balance. His results are undeniably useful, but his methods are completely evil. Word of God stated that Mayuri is his exploration of the concept of "necessary evil."
    • Kenpachi Zaraki is an Ax-Crazy Blood Knight who has no problem physically assaulting his own underlings. He doesn't care whether people are friends or enemies. All he cares about is finding the strongest fighters so that he can enjoy fighting to the death. If he finds a Worthy Opponent, such as Ichigo, he'll go all out to arrange circumstances to ensure he gets the chance to fight that person, even if it means turning on his own people to achieve that goal.
  • In Brave10, Kamanosuke is an amoral, hedonistic Ax Crazy Jealous Guy who nobody likes or understands but they keep around because he's not bad in a fight other than that Leeroy Jenkins habit of his. Although in the sequel, even he manages to get showed up here by the late addition of former Big Bad Hattori Hanzo to the team, who assaulted and severely traumatized several members of the Braves.
  • Break Blade has Girge. He is more than a little insane, the best pilot of the whole team and a real badass. He is also not above killing teammates if he feels like it.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Ruby Moon is perhaps the closest to being genuinely antagonistic out of Eriol's posse; she intentionally interferes with Touya and Yukito so she could steal Touya's power for herself and let Yue, and Yukito by extension, fade and die. When she realizes the futility of her efforts, however, she backs off and limits herself to aiding Eriol.
  • Code Geass: Technically, they're all villains to some extent, but among the Knights of the Round, you have a conflicted ex-idealist, an amiable Ace Pilot, a Martial Pacifist, a Rei Ayanami Expy, three lady knights we don't know much about but seem nice enough... and then there's Luciano Bradley, aka the Vampire of Britannia, aka the Homicide Genius, who specifically joined in order to kill people.
    • Diethard and Rolo are this for The Black Knights.
      • Diethard once again is this along the leader himself when he joins Schneizel. He's the one who justified sacrificing their official leader claiming that baits are not allowed to talk.
  • Faye Valentine of Cowboy Bebop occasionally is this. There are times when she seems to genuinely care about the crew, while other times she's a Jerkass to everybody and seems to only care about herself. She has also stolen bounties that rightfully belonged to another crew-member at least a couple of times as well. Though, honestly, she isn't that much worse than them. Also, she's barely a team member in the strict sense. Half the time she's on the Bebop, she's restrained while they check her belongings.
  • Darker Than Black: Milder example, but November 11 plays the Best Evil Friend Variety when working with police officer Kirihara who is one of the few people he'd risk his life for and go out of his way to help. In general, Contractors are supposed to be the Token Evil Teammates of the intelligence agencies which use them for their powers and ability to kill without remorse. The main character of the series, Hei, is a slight subversion. Contractor-hating human Huang is Hei's Handler and frequently berates him for having qualms about missions and not acting as evil as a Contractor is supposed to be.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • Vegeta became this after his Enemy Mine with the good guys against Frieza. Until the last part of DBZ, the only reason he helps the heroes is because no one else can kill Goku.
      • That, and the fact that he has no interest in letting a villain destroy the Earth since, you know, he lives there now with his family. It's even lampshaded at one point that he's done more damage than the supposedly evil Androids.
    • Lunch qualified in the pre-Z portion of the series. Well, half the time.
    • In Dragon Ball Super, as a result of Majin Buu falling asleep before the Tournament of Power during the Universe Survival arc, Universe 7's all-hero team ends up replacing him with, of all people, Frieza. Being killed twice hasn't changed his attitude any; he only joins up on the condition the heroes wish him back permanently with the Dragon Balls. Come the end of the arc, they make good on their promise.
  • Among the exorcists in D.Gray-Man we have Winters Socalo, a former death-row inmate. He was spared thanks to being an accommodator for the innocence and kept by the Black Order. The guy has showed no concern for his disciple who died in battle and even outright mocks them in front of their coffins.
  • Diana, one of the Selacao from Eden of the East is introduced as a Serial Killer known as the "Johnny Hunter", who has been killing men by emasculating them with a cigar cutter. She turns out to be a Serial-Killer Killer of sorts, only targeting rapists. In the film, The King of Eden, she's become considerably nicer and is a loyal ally to the heroes, but notwithstanding this and her selectivity of victims, she's still a mass murderer.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Yoichi Hiruma is the scheming, trigger-happy, demon-faced captain of the Deimon Devil Bats, and he's one of the main characters.
    • Agon Kongo becomes this in the World Youth Cup arc; he only joined Team Japan because he wanted to win the three million dollars, and isn't above threatening his own teammates to do so.
  • Laxus and his Raijinshuu are this for Fairy Tail until the end of the "Battle of Fairy Tail" arc. Character Development then sets in.
  • In Flame of Recca, Recca has control over 7 dragons, all of them are more or less amiable (One of them is his Bumbling Dad), except one certain dragon named Setsuna. He hates Recca, wants nothing more than to kill him and be free, and resume his old life... as a sociopath mass-murderer. Recca still beats him down to submission.
  • Barry the Chopper in Fullmetal Alchemist. While most of the cast are trying to do what's best for the country, Barry just wants to get rid of the Homunculi so he can be free to start killing again. Although his true intentions for wanting to hunt down his own body are mostly unknown.
    • Also later, Greed to a lesser extent.
  • There have been several Token Evil Teammates throughout the various Gantz rosters, but the two that stick out the most are Nishi and Izumi. Nishi is an extremely nihilistic jerkass whose actions are on occasion at least somewhat understandable, whereas Izumi is far more damaging.
  • Nezumi Otoko (Rat Man) from GeGeGe no Kitarō is the only member of the group who frequently does whatever he can to make quick cash by tricking people, humans and yokai. He also sides with the villains to betray Kitaro and his companions whenever the opportunity shows itself. Regardless of how much he does it, Kitaro stills allows him to stay with the group.
  • Hallelujah from Mobile Suit Gundam 00. An odd version in that he's just Allelujah's Superpowered Evil Side.
  • Kikuri of Hell Girl is this to the rest of Ai's minions. Where the other minions are a fairly nice bunch aside from their job and sometimes sympathize with the clients, Kikuri is rude, malicious and hyperactive. She's even directly responsible for the Downer Endings of a few episodes. The spider sent her to keep tabs on Ai and he can possess Kikuri if he decides to intervene directly.
  • InuYasha: A stretch, but the title character himself was kind of this to his group at the beginning of the series, making it clear on multiple occasions that he was only helping Kagome track down the scattered shards of the Shikon Jewel so he could use them to become a full-fledged youkai. Of course, he gets better.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure:
  • Yulia Tymoshenko in The Legend of Koizumi. She frightens Vladimir Putin.
  • Katekyō Hitman Reborn!: Mukuro Rokudo has explicitly stated that the only reason he is working with Tsuna and his group is so that he can eventually steal Tsuna's body. In a similar vein, Mukuro's counterpart from the first generation of Guardians, Daemon Spade, was stated to be a backstabber.
    • Despite what some fangirls will tell you and despite the fact he's almost always accompanied by an adorable bird pet, Kyoya Hibari isn't a much better person than Mukuro and Daemon. However, the first Cloud Guardian, Alaude, was said to be similar to him in his younger days but he got better (despite remaining cold and aloof), so it's possible Hibari might grow up as a decent person. As it stands, however, Kyoya is not one.
  • Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple: The Shinpaku Alliance has one as the leader, Nijima. Various other characters in their orbit could also be considered as such depending on how strictly you ascribe the term "teammate" to them. These can include three members of YOMI; Tanimoto Natsu, Rachael Stanley and Kushinada Chikage. All of them have friendly dealings with Kenichi and the rest of the Shinpaku Alliance even if they have yet to renounce their ties to YOMI.
  • Kingdom: Kanki. An ex-bandit, and so utterly talented at warfare that he serves as a high-ranking General in the Qin military. This, despite never really abandoning his banditry - his men are brutal, violent thugs who pillage and rape as they go; he has no qualms with attacking civilians, and in one notable moment even fashions an archway of civilian corpses to get a psychological edge on an enemy general, who was a chivalrous, kind-hearted man who cared about his people.
  • Legend of Galactic Heroes has the utterly amoral Paul von Oberstein, one of the most extreme Well-Intentioned Extremists in animation. All of Reinhard allies hate him, but tolerate his presence because his methods work.
  • In Magical Girl Apocalypse, Akuta is a corrupt cop who doesn't care about anybody and is constantly sexually harassing girls. The survivors have no choice but to tolerate him and let him join them because he's a total badass who can slay zombies and magical girls with ease.
  • Evangeline of Mahou Sensei Negima!. Since she plays the role of the Old Master in the protagonist team, she makes token attempts to bring The Hero over to The Dark Side. (Which seems to have worked.)
    • And Haruna, who displays some sadistic tendencies and is apparently determined to Take Over The Magic World. She's not malicious, but she's extremely ambitious and manipulative, to the point that she's mostly on the good side out of convenience.
    • Since Rousseau Was Right in this series, it actually manages an evil example in Tsukuyomi.
  • One Piece:
    • The main crew has a couple of members who can count for this; their roster includes a ruthless bounty hunter, a cruel and avaricious thief, a professional assassin, and an underworld crime boss. Yes, they're still as kind and quirky as you'd expect any Straw Hat to be. Just...don't give them a reason to show off.
    • At Sabaody, The Supernovas Eustass Kid and Trafalgar Law briefly teamed up with Luffy. Kid seemed to be this at the time, with his evil apparently nothing more than an Informed Ability. It wasn't. Law then made a return as an ally and is a minor version of this, being a much colder character than any of the Straw Hats, and acting as a foil for their playfulness. But, to his chagrin, he's found that spending too much time with them opens him to their quirks.
    • During the Impel Down arc, we had Crocodile, who, in a textbook example of Teeth-Clenched Teamwork, didn't get along well with Luffy at all. Or with Jimbei for that matter.
    • Arlong was this in the Sun Pirates. While there were other unsavory characters in that group, Arlong would be the first one to suggest violent terrorism towards humans. He even wanted to kill a slave just for being human.
    • The Dressrosa and Whole Cake arcs had Caesar Clown. Though he had little choice in the matter, going from being captured and taken advantage of in Dressrosa to teaming up with the Straw Hats due to necessity in the Whole Cake Island arc since the alternative was being killed by Big Mom for stealing money from her. Played for Laughs when he is finally allowed to leave. He expects a tear-filled farewell and everyone to have come to see him as a comrade...they don't.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club Kyoya is a slight subversion. It is commonly accepted amongst the group that everything he does is for the sake of personal gain and profit, but Haruhi manages to prove otherwise on occasion.
  • In The Prince of Tennis, Hiyoshi Wakashi is kind of the Hyoutei team's token evil teammate (his not-so-secret aim is to "overthrow" the captain, and he tends to be quite cynical). Also a Sixth Ranger.
    • Initially even more so, Akutsu Jin for the Yamabuki team (serves rocks at people, is rude to his mom, prone to violence), although it's safe to say he's revealed to be not that bad, deep down. Especially in the presence of one Takashi Kawamura or one Taichi Dan.
  • Ikki from Saint Seiya is a milder version of the Aloof Big Brother and Loners Are Freaks variety. While he was purged of much of his evil in the first tournament arc, his involvement in the service of Athena is usually restricted to making sure his younger brother is safe...and killing off his attackers in brutal ways.
    • The Gold Saints, in the meantime, have Deathmask, who decorates his house with the souls of his victims turned into wailing faces. He's still a defender of mankind.
  • Another (sort of) milder version is Mugen from Samurai Champloo. He has no restraints and is more of a Wild Card than his chivalrous companions.
  • Chizuru in Seitokai no Ichizon her main role being The Gadfly. Unless you happen to be Kurimu.
  • Sgt. Frog:
    • The Keroro Platoon has Sergeant Major Kururu, a Jerkass Mad Scientist with a fondness for tormenting his teammates, and pretty much everyone he comes in contact with. One of the earliest excuses for the frogs not making progress is that Kururu won't invent anything useful unless it strikes him as interesting at the time.
    • And the frogs themselves are, at least in theory, a Token Evil Team to the Hinata household, seeing as they're supposed to be taking over the world. They don't really ever make much progress, though.
  • Xellos from Slayers. Calling him a teammate is a bit of a stretch but he does hang around the heroes and they often work together, and he's a Monster (Mazoku) who in turn works for more powerful monsters. Considering how powerful he is (one step or two steps below Big Bad depending on the season), it would be hard and dangerous to make him leave. Most of the time he's Affably Evil and dicking around with them for the lolz so they tolerate him. Case in point, in Slayers TRY when Xellos actually did betray Lina in order to recruit Valgaav. When Lina found out, she merely hit him on the head a few times.
    Lina: Xellos is a monster, so we expect that of him.
  • Dr. Stein in Soul Eater. Most of the time he's more of a sociopathic Cloudcuckoolander than truly "evil", but he is much more morally-ambiguous and prone to insanity than the rest of the characters. In the anime, he even has a temporary Face–Heel Turn, but he was not fully in control of himself at the time.
  • Tsukiyama becomes this to Kaneki's group in Tokyo Ghoul, after his pseudo Heel–Face Turn. The rest of the group definitely don't trust him, and he's excluded from living with the rest of the group as a direct result. He's only there because of his obsession with Kaneki, and allowed to stick around because Kaneki relies on him to help do the dirty work. When the others in the group ask him to delay going to help Kaneki and attempt to use The Power of Friendship to convince him.....he responds that he'll simply kill them and blame their enemies for it.
  • Wolfwood, while not an "evil" character, actually serves as this in Trigun Maximum. Although in the anime the revelation that he was working with the Gung-Ho Guns was saved until late in its run to make it a surprise twist, the manga on the other hand revealed this almost immediately after his first appearance. Although he is helping Vash against the other GHG members, he is actually following orders to keep him alive no matter what the cost (even if it involves killing the rest of the GHG). It's only much later (after most of the other 'Guns have been killed) does he completely abandon the antagonists' side and fully start working with Vash.
  • Dark Bakura in Yu-Gi-Oh!, in the manga at least.
    • Weevil/Haga and Rex/Ryuzaki served as this in the first third of the anime's Doma arc, up until joining Doma.
  • Hiei in Yu Yu Hakusho. The way he shows off his ruthlessness makes him almost just Even Evil Has Standards, at least until later on.

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  • Magic: The Gathering: Crovax, in the short time between becoming a vampire and undergoing a Face–Heel Turn.
    • Deconstructed later on in the story arc, in which Urza takes a team of the multiverse's most powerful planeswalkers to Phyrexia to perform a raid on the plane in his efforts to destroy Yawgmoth...including the Evil Sorceror Tevesh Szat, who had posed issues to Dominaria in the past. As it turns out, he ends up turning on his comrades and slaughtering a few of them. And Urza was fully expecting this to happen - he hired Szat just because he had hoped he would betray the team so that he'd have an excuse to siphon out the souls of Tevesh Szat and his victims and use them as bombs. Really, by this point the only thing keeping Urza anywhere close to the side of good was the fact that he was doing this in order to kill someone a hundred times worse than he was.
    • As of the Eldritch Moon storyline, Liliana Vess is now this to The Gatewatch, with mixed reactions. Gideon distrusts her, Nissa vocally dislikes her, Jace (who was the one who vouched for her to join) is cautious of her. Chandra seems to get along with her well enough, but actively tries to hold her back from killing people, while Liliana in turn tries to convince her to be darker. Like when she tries to convince Chandra to murder the man who killed her parents.
      • Interestingly, this reflects the interaction of the five colors of mana, each of which is used by a member of the Gatewatch. Black mana (Liliana) is enemies with White (Gideon) and Green (Nissa), but allies with Blue (Jace) and Red (Chandra).

    Comic Books 
  • L.E.G.I.O.N. had the Comedic Sociopath Lobo working as a core member of the team because he lost a bet to team leader Vril Dox... and Lobo never goes back on a promise.
  • Blackblood of ABC Warriors was a robot literally designed to be evil, and as such has turned on his teammates on several occasions. He's quite openly said that he'd like to kill Hammerstein, the leader.
  • Azula fills this role in the Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Search. She has lost none of her cruelty or manipulation abilities, but has gone a bit insane as well. Deconstructed in that nobody views her as an equal member of the team or a friend, but more as a prisoner who needs to be constantly monitored and is only being brought along on sufferance.
  • In whatever incarnation of The Avengers he is in, Superior Spider-Man serves as this.
  • Avengers A.I. features a Doombot as part of that particular team, who is kept in line by a miniature black hole in his chest.
  • Damian Wayne and Jason Todd tend to be this to the Bat-Family. How? On several occasions they have not only killed enemies, but they've also attacked and/or attempted to murder members of the Bat-Family, most notably (and frequently), Tim Drake.
  • Caballistics, Inc.: Two of them. Solomon Ravne is an immortal sorcerer who is also a former Nazi, while Jenny is possessed by a demon who initially keeps herself hidden from the others.
  • Doctor Doom becoming a member of the Future Foundation is the very epitome of this trope.
  • Due to events in Great Lakes Avengers and AXIS respectively, Deadpool and Hobgoblin are considered reserve members of The Avengers. While Deadpool has more or less redeemed himself some time ago, Hobgoblin has only become a good guy because he's realized that he could make even more money as a "hero for hire" and is thus still willing to resort to all his old villain tricks to get the job done.
  • Green Lantern once featured the New Guardians, a team comprised of one member from each of the Corps, and Arkillo of the Sinestro Corps was this trope for the team.
  • When the six Infinity Gems were split after The Infinity Gauntlet, they were split among five known members of Adam Warlock's Infinity Watch, with the Reality Gem given to an unknown sixth member, eventually revealed to be an extremely potent version of this trope: Thanos - not only an enemy of Adam Warlock, but the one who Adam had taken the Gauntlet from.
  • Magog served as this for the Justice Society of America, though he eventually got kicked off the team.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Both Hyde and Nemo are Sociopathic Heroes, but it's the Invisible Man that really takes the cake.
  • Darkhell from Les Légendaires briefly filled this role when he agreed to become The Champion for the Guardian with his Good Twin Elysio during their crusade against Anathos; the only reason he agreed to do this was because he was given more power, brought back to life with a new body and had to kill his Arch-Enemies the Legendaries as the main mission due to them being candidates to become the hosts for Anathos' reincarnation. Ironically, he and Elysio both end up doing an Heroic Sacrifice to save the Legendaries.
  • In The Movement, Katharsis is this to the titular group. She is the most violent and is willing to kill or at least maim her enemies. The others have to keep her from going over the edge.
  • In the New 52 Justice League, Lex Luthor is this to the rest of the League, having discovered Batman's secret identity and used the knowledge to blackmail his way on to the team. Captain Cold, who Luthor insisted on bringing along, serves as a downplayed example in comparison.
  • There tends to be at least one in Teen Titans during any given period. Rose Wilson (Ravager) and Damian Wayne (Robin) were the most recent.
  • In Red Robin Tim manages to recruit Pru from the League of Assassins to his information network, though she abstains from using lethal force for Tim's sake. She's not perhaps not entirely detached from the League as she's willing to report on Tim to Ra's even after she's betrayed them, though she really messes up Ra's' plot to take out Bruce's family. It's possible her continued communication with Ra's was part of a plot of Tim's that was never played out for the reader due to Flashpoint ending that continuity.
  • Karla Soften AKA Moonstone was this after the Thunderbolts turned good, having turned on Zemo out of her own self-interest and never quite making the jump to being a good person.
  • The Monsterbot Repugnus is this to the rest of the Autobots in The Transformers, a violent, antisocial, bitter, insubordinate, foulmouthed loner who actively enjoys committing the sort of acts required of unpleasant, morally questionable missions. He's singularly worse than about half of the Decepticons and regularly gets kicked out of the Autobots for his meanness, but they keep taking him back because they need someone who's willing to get their hands incredibly dirty without question.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye has a Token Evil Teammate on the crew of the Lost Light in the form of Whirl, the mentally unstable, ex-Wrecker with a Dark and Troubled Past. He's said to hate everybody, suffers from considerable self-loathing, and enjoys ticking people off. He's had a number of Pet the Dog moments though, and hasn't really crossed the Moral Event Horizon yet. He also has regular sessions with the ship psychiatrist.
    • Prowl ends up as this as well. While some of his crimes were committed while he was being mind controlled by Bombshell, he'd switched from By-the-Book Cop to Well-Intentioned Extremist before then, and unlike Whirl he has crossed the Moral Event Horizon. After circumstances forced Optimus Prime, Ironhide, Mirage, and Sunstreaker to merge with him to form Optimus Maximus, Prime threw him in prison as soon as they'd separated.
    • Brainstorm, too. During the War, he would come up with absurdly over-the-top weapons just to Troll the ethics committee, and has a certain lack of regard for Cybertronian life (when one of the Duobots was killed in an accident, he snarked that it'd be easier to tell them apart now). He's also technically a Decepticon double agent, in that he's trading Autobot secrets for the resources to build the time machine he hopes to use to prevent the War.
  • Loki "Trust me! I'm the God of Lies!" Laufeysson in the Danish comic Valhalla, based on Norse Mythology. Mostly saved from being hateful by being comically inept.
  • The Comedian of Watchmen, who even went as far as to try to rape one of the other members of the team. Whether or not the other members are any better than the criminals they go after is debatable (excepting both Nite Owls, whose biggest flaw in both cases is being largely ineffective), but The Comedian is definitely the worst of them and seems to thrive on torturing and killing people. He even kills a pregnant woman (carrying his own child!) back in Vietnam. He's also more or less the exact opposite of Captain America (consider his stars-and-stripes patriotic outfit), inverted on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism.
  • Ladytron in various incarnations of Wild CATS. An extremely powerful and volatile cyborg, she was mostly recruited onto the team because the alternative is not having her on your side. It took weeks of holographic simulations to break her down into a somewhat manageable, not-so-murderous state, but she's still only "good" in name and because her teammates force her to be.
  • Feral from the first X-Force team fit the bill perfectly. She was a Face–Heel Turn waiting to happen (and it eventually did).
  • The X-Men like this.
    • Sabretooth has been on the team at least twice (though one of those times it was a situation where they didn't want to kill him, but didn't trust anyone else to deal with him - he was an involuntary teammate).
    • Special mention to Sabretooth serving as this even on a team of Villain Protagonists during the early–'00s Weapon X series.
    • Juggernaut, Magneto, Mystique... at least Juggernaut and Magneto went to genuine Heel Face Turns.
  • In X-Statix, there was a bizarre inversion-subversion mix with Arnie Lundberg, the Mysterious Fan Boy, as a token good teammate in a team made up of people who don't care about morality at all. Arnie is an idealistic kid who believes being a hero is its own reward, and as such is easily the most moral member of the team ever. He's also easily the one who has inspired the most fear, having terrorized his hometown with his Reality Warper powers with a total lack of remorse. Eventually friend of the team Lacuna takes it upon herself to kill him before he can cause any more harm.
  • Also X-related, Magik from the New Mutants spent her whole time on the team battling her demonic side, but that didn't stop her from being the first to suggest killing some bad guys. When the other kids would tell her they don't kill, she would compromise by sending the villain to Hell.
    • An adult version of Magik from an alternate universe filled this role for a while in Exiles.
  • Young Avengers:
    • The 'Team Sociopath,' Tommy Shepard AKA Speed. He is the kinda-sorta brother of Wiccan, the team wizard.
    • There was also a downplayed variety with Kid Loki. Or rather, considering it was a personality copy of old Loki, one of the biggest bad guys in the Marvel Universe, in the body of his younger self, straight token evil teammate. To make things more complicated Loki definitely thought himself evil and was the source of around 80% of the team's problems (but only half of that was deliberate, he had issues)... but he also failed at evil miserably saving their asses more than once.
  • Youngblood has Psi-Fire, easily the most amoral member of either team. In the first issue, he makes dictator Hassan Kussein's head explode and his teammates react with "Oh no, not again." Very soon into the Team Youngblood comic he makes an outright Face–Heel Turn.

    Comic Strips 
  • Hsu and Chan: Though Hsu and Chan aren't exactly the most moral duo, Gila Mobster fits this role perfectly in their misadventures, using methods which the title brothers insist that he keep to himself. He's also carrying out several odd jobs for local mafias and corporations, which actually leads to him trying to murder Hsu in Brand Loyalty.

    Fan Works 
  • In the mass Disney crossover Fantasia Crisis, Helga Sinclair of Atlantis: The Lost Empire is initially dismissed by most of her ‘teammates’ when they learn about her role in the near-destruction of Atlantis, but Simba- essentially the team’s leader- is still willing to treat Helga as an ally as he acknowledges that there is a part of her that wants to be better, with the others eventually accepting her again.
  • Lucius Malfoy ends up working for Hermione Granger in The Parselmouth of Gryffindor. That does not mean he has any sort of moral compass — he's just obeying because Voldemort is out of the picture and she has got enough on him to send him to Azkaban if he disobeys.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Jadeite as both a straight example, and as something of an inversion. As part of his Shades of Grey theme, he learns empathy and gains a more uplifting world outlook due to Mercury's influence. Regardless, he is by far the most straightforward, pragmatic, and blunt of Ami's advisors in regards to her goals and resorts to dubious methods at times if the situation warrants it.
  • Mana Ryougi is this to The Emiya Clan. She, like her mother, had a very skewed morality, but unlike her mother, she mostly works as a contract assassin, trading blood for money with few restrictions. The others have mixed feelings about her. Kiri and Aleksi have issues with her lack of loyalty to any particular cause and her willingness to interfere with them if she is paid to. On the other hand, Touma idolizes and respects her for her efficiency, iron will, and dedication to standards that she hammered into him when she trained him as an assassin. Everyone else is somewhere in between.
  • In That Epic Plan Beyond Birthday is this for the Kira Taskforce-at least in theory. In practice he's Light's Dragon.
  • Fallout: Equestria - Project Horizons has the Ax-Crazy berserker Rampage and the tormented Rogue Drone Lacunae.
  • Exaggerated in the Doctor Who fanfic Gemini where the Villain Protagonist - Ax-Crazy Serial-Killer Killer Captain June Harper - is in charge of the team rather than any of the Hero Protagonists. Deconstructed in that the Hero Protagonists are on the run from the universe's various law enforcement agencies for the fact that they are aiding and abetting a super-powered serial killer.
  • In the fanfic The Misadventures of Cell and Frieza, the eponymous duo become this in order to defeat Majin Buu. However, this is mainly because they want to destroy the Earth and the Z-fighters themselves.
  • Ike of the Pokémon fanfic Pedestal first met the protagonists by attacking the narrator and ferociously declaring that he would rip them to shreds. After joining the party, he still plans to murder Namnar after a certain period of time, and after years of working with Des and Carlita, still comes very close to attacking them. Eventually, Ike morphs into a Sour Supporter.
  • In the Rango fanfic Old West, Rattlesnake Jake is hired by Sheriff Rango to help in protecting the town of Mud against the initially unknown threat. The notorious Grim Reaper wouldn't otherwise care for the job if he hadn't been lately between jobs, and he makes it clear from the start that no-one should come between him and his targets. While Jake honors his contract and gradually shows his softer side to Grace Glossy and her son, he remains more volatile and homicidal than the rest of the heroes.
  • Sailor Moon Abridged: Sailor Mars was originally a slightly bitchy Shinto priestess/Action Girl. Now she's an Ax-Crazy Goth Emo Teen Satanist. She makes no bones about her various attempts to kill Serena and regularly alludes to mass (offscreen) sacrifice of her temple's patrons. During her off-duty hours she regularly abuses drugs, gets off on enemy attacks and fantasizes about dying horribly and spending eternity in hell. And the viewers went wild.
  • In The Hunger Games/Angel crossover "Demon's Games", Alma Coin is this for District Thirteen; while Angel and Illyria are officially in charge of the District, Coin is basically third-in-command due to her magical abilities, often encouraging a more ruthless approach even if she defers to Angel's recommendations so far.
  • Slightly Altered has Azurai, who only helps Buwaro friends find their missing family members because Buwaro's his adoptive son. While he's nowhere near as bad as his canon self, he's still done some truly horrible things like murdering Buwaro's parents, hence why the kid's adopted in the first place.
  • Stallions of Harmony Verse has Sunset Shimmer being this towards Twilight Sparkle and Moondancer. When they got themselves into trouble, she was going to shift all the blame on herself, because everypony will blame her anyway. Twilight objects to that idea and reassures her that they are in this together.
  • In The Secret Keeper sequel The Wisdom Seeker, in keeping with her status as the 'ruthless' Cullen in canon, Rosalie is the only Cullen who is considered for Slytherin (Alice, Edward and Emmett are automatically sorted to Gryffindor and Jasper is considered for Ravenclaw), but Harry assures Rosalie that just having those traits doesn’t make her a bad person.
  • TDWT Reducks Redux: Duncan for Team Victory in the fic's version of Total Drama World Tour. Whereas all the other five members are known for being kind and caring people (Lindsay, DJ, Bridgette, and to a lesser extent, Harold and Leshawna), Duncan is an out-and-out jerkass who antagonizes most of his teammates (especially Harold).
  • Averted in the fic Things Skippy the Dwarf can't do in the dungeon, the other party members won't let Skippy use this as an excuse to do evil things.
    I was not placed in charge of the prisoners so that I could slaughter them and "the paladin wouldn’t get his hands dirty."
  • In The Universiad, the Office of Special Resources is viewed as this In-Universe by some of the Forum's members or its allies who disapprove of The Unfettered extents to which they are willing to go to protect and advance the Forum.
  • The Team mage in Wardens not only could care less about his fellow wardens and often sits back and lets them struggle...he actively murders other soldiers on a whim or turns them into bombs regardless of if they were dying or not. A very literal Blood Knight if you will.
  • A Brighter Dark: Hans and his band of criminals are this for all of Nohr. Even when using them, Garon shows absolute contempt for their methods, and afterward gives Corrin his full blessing to kill Hans should they ever cross paths again now that he's no longer necessary to his plans.
  • In Blood Man Luffy both Gin and Alvida are former members of far more ruthless pirate crews than the Straw Hats and it frequently shows. Gin immediately threatens to shoot Tashigi when she's taken hostage (though given his torture at marine hands, it's not surprising) and while Sanji only incapacitates Wapol's men, Alvida kills the ones she fights. To a lesser extent, Alvida's reasoning for wanting Robin as a crew member qualifies as well. While some don't want Robin to join due to how dangerous she is, Alvida's happy to have her on board because she's dangerous and thus useful. On the flip side, both Gin and Alvida are the most loyal to Luffy in the sense they don't question his orders and don't tolerate insubordination from others. When Sanji jokingly suggest replacing Luffy with a cactus, both remark that inciting mutiny is punishable by death.
  • The Dragon King:
    • Unlike his son Snotlout, who has doubts about being chief and the mistreatment of his cousin, his father Spitelout is, well spiteful. When he, Snotlout, Stoick and Astrid are rescued by Hiccup, Spitelout is the only one who stays antagonistic against Hiccup all the way through, claiming that he's leading them into a trap the entire time.
    • Marva is an out and proud fan of Drago, so much so that she is insubordinate and rebellious to all of her father's decisions. When she volunteers for dragon training, she refuses to cooperate and listen to Hiccup, going on about how Drago's "beat the dog till it stops barking" approach to dragon training is superior and nearly gets everyone killed when she tries taming a wild Screaming Death this way. This reaches its apex when she betrays all of the clans and joins up with Drago.
  • Deconstructed and lampshaded in The Beginning of the End when, after hearing that Xander and Willow have been planning to Rape, Pillage, and Burn Sunnydale and Take Over the World for over a decade, Faith wonders why she's the evil one (even discounting Xander's and Willow's plans, Spike and Anya have done far worse than she has). Buffy responds that she tried to kill Angel, but Xander says that's a plus so it breaks even with Faith trying to kill him. Buffy's rebuttal that Faith tried to kill her is ignored on the basis that almost everyone present has tried that, and one of the ones who didn't at least threatened to.
  • In What Might Have Been, Jasper joins the rebellion not out of any belief towards the Crystal Gems ethos or the sanctity of the Earth, but out of loyalty to her diamond. Because of this, she has a bad habit of trying to enforce Homeworld's rules when around something that contradicts it, like insulting Amethyst's off-color physiology or wanting Garnet to unfuse, only for Rose to scold her for it.
  • The whole point of Wilhuff Tarkin, Hero of the Rebellion: Tarkin is still a manipulative sociopath and a human-centric speciesist, if a very pragmatic one, and only joined the fight against the Empire because he has learned the truth about the Emperor and he's appalled at him causing a galactic-scale war and the death of billions just to satisfy his ambitions and fulfill a vendetta on the Jedi, who had very good reasons to be paranoid against the Sith.

    Films — Animation 
  • Mittens from Bolt is an example only in the title dog's mind, but she sure plays the role to its hilt.
  • Xibalba, of the three main Gods in The Book of Life. He won't hesitate to indirectly ruin the lives of innocent mortals if it somehow benefits him. He changes by the end.
  • Diego the Saber-tooth from the Ice Age franchise, which is not surprising given that he's the only predator amongst the heroes, and an Apex one, no less. However, his ruthlessness is mostly an Informed Attribute, and he doesn't live up to his species' fearsome reputation as much.
  • In The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, Plankton, being a superhero, is fighting alongside the protagonists in the climax. After they beat Burgerbeard, he has the chance to take the formula for himself. He does consider it, but ultimately gives it back to Krabs. Granted once SpongeBob returns the group home, he back to his usual villainy but by this point, it's just routine.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Dirty Dozen:
    • Archer Maggott is a bigoted, psychotic, woman-hating, murdering rapist, and Major Reisman knows it. But given that Maggott is also a trained G.I., and the operation needs all the help it can get, Reisman retains his services. Maggott doesn't mind volunteering for the mission once he realizes it could save him from the hangman. Ultimately he goes completely insane, attempts to kill his teammates, and almost sabotages the entire operation, but for a while at least he was a warm body with a machine gun.
    • Victor Franko is a member of the Mafia (and a convicted murderer), has no respect for authority, and makes several attempts to escape and/or undermine Reisman's authority. He got better, though.
  • In The Gamers: Dorkness Rising:
    Sorceress: I am not evil! I'm Chaotic Neutral!
    Everyone: (deadpan) You are evil
    Paladin:...and a whore.
  • The Guardians of the Galaxy are an Anti-Hero Team, but Rocket stands out as the most bloodthirsty and amoral.
  • The Indiana Jones series features two Evil Teammates.
  • Zed McGlunk in the Police Academy franchise; a criminal-turned-cop. He was the main villain of the second movie, yet he becomes a police officer in all later installments, and remains kind of crazy and violent.
  • "Ogre" in the Revenge of the Nerds franchise. Starts as a bully like all the other Jocks, but then eventually defects and join the Tri-Lambdas (the Nerds), yet he's still rude, tough and by far the most menacing of the Nerds.
  • Hannibal Lecter acts this way to both Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs and Will Graham
  • Loki becomes this for Thor and his friends in Thor: The Dark World, when they need his help to escape Asgard without the Bifrost. This also applies even more obviously for his role in Thor: Ragnarok.
  • Ajax in The Warriors fits this role in so many ways. He was recruited for his brute strength and fighting ability, he's a lecher and potential rapist, he threatens to become the Evil Chancellor, and he's unexpectedly good-hearted toward weaker members of the gang.
  • X-Men Film Series:
    • In X-Men, Sabretooth's one the few pure evil members of the Brotherhood unlike the others who are simply Well Intentioned Extremists.
    • In X-Men: First Class, Erik is part of Charles' team primarily because he has a personal grudge against Shaw, and views the youngsters' mutant powers as useful tools to topple the Big Bad. At the end Erik tells his foe that he agrees entirely with Shaw's ideas, with only the personal matter standing in the way.

  • By the end of the series, Rachel from Animorphs considers herself this. She started out loving the fighting and adrenaline rush and ended up the go-to kid for death threats and assassination.
    "They needed me to be the bad guy. And I needed them to be the good guys. Because if they were good guys, and I was on their side, then that meant that I was a good guy too. Even if I was different."
  • In Azure Bonds, the red dragon Mist is this, but as Akabar notes, Mist's evil was rather petty, especially compared to that of the vile god Moander, whom Mist laid down her life to destroy. Olive Ruskettle, however, is a much more serious example, as she does betray the heroes, although she eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Best Served Cold has the Master Poisoner Morveer play this role in the band of anti-heroes led by revenge-seeking mercenary Monza. While everyone on the team is shady, and Monza starts out as a borderline Villain Protagonist, Morveer is an outright sociopath totally lacking in morals or a sense of loyalty, and very unpleasant to be around to boot. His status is made very clear when after tasked to poison a banker, he decides to do so by poisoning ledgers- and in order to make sure he reaches his target, he decides to poison all of the ledgers in the bank, killing dozens of innocent people. He cannot understand why anyone on the team would have a problem with this, especially given their overall lack of morality.
  • The Discworld novel Unseen Academicals introduces Dr. Hix, the Unseen University Professor of Necromanc— no, I'm sorry, Post-Mortem Communications. By university statute he is required to commit acts of moderate evil on a regular basis, which makes him the Faculty's designated Deadpan Snarker. The position of Official Dark Wizard exists in order to have someone who can deal with unofficial dark wizards. With fireballs.
    • Hix was first introduced in Making Money, but as he wasn't yet on the University Council, his acceptable level of rule-breaking was much lower and he still spelled his name "Hicks."
  • Raistlin Majere from Dragonlance Chronicles. Although he quit the party some time around his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Nomax from Dragons: Lexicon Triumvirate, always seems to be the one who wants to kill things, and it's not a big surprise when he turns out to betray the rest of them.
  • Although he's not evil, Mundungus Fletcher from Harry Potter is a criminal and a con artist. He was disliked by the other members of the Order of the Phoenix because he was considered untrustworthy. He did eventually end up stealing from a member of the Order, and unwittingly giving a horcrux over to Dolores Umbridge. He also abandoned Mad-Eye Moody during battle, possibly causing the latter's death.
  • In The Dresden Files, the gangster Johnny Marcone is this. Although he runs a criminal empire, and has no qualms about killing most people in cold blood, he is practical, cunning and often works with Harry, in one case saving his life. Given that he Wouldn't Hurt a Child, and keeps his word, Harry has a hard time seeing him as a monster. And we see in Ghost Story that he goes much further by funding an organization devoted to defending Chicago.
    • Lea. Especially in Changes. Turning everyone into hounds, ambushing fellow teammates, reminiscing fondly over past human sacrifices, all while greedily eyeing the Swords, she plays the role to perfection.
    • Harry himself frequently angsts that HE is the token evil teammate while working with the Knights of the Cross... not entirely without justification. For instance, consider his unapologetic beatdown of Quintus Cassius with a baseball bat in Death Masks after Cassius gave up his Coin. This tendency towards self-doubt goes up to 11 after he takes up the mantle of Winter Knight.
  • In the Druid of Shannara, Pe Ell plays this to Quickening's group, specifically inducted into the group because he was evil enough to bring about Quickening's necessary death.
  • By Freedom, Loki/Gragg realises that he has become this, since the Darknet community has largely evolved beyond its early disaffected-and-misfits days to encompass many normal people and has little need of sociopathic hatchetmen like himself.
  • In the tenth Haruhi Suzumiya novel, Kimidori revives Ax-Crazy Ryoko Asakura because "Your potential usefulness was marginally greater than the threat you present."
  • In the first N.E.R.D.S. book, Jackson Jones sort of counts, considering he was against the nerds before getting his braces, and being the only on a team of nerds to have been popular at one point.
  • Mogget the white cat/albino dwarf from Garth Nix's Old Kingdom Trilogy, actually a powerful Free Magic elemental that attempts to kill the nearest Abhorsen whenever he is freed from his binding. He frequently travels with and helps the protagonists in his bound form (though sometimes, especially during the last book, his motives and loyalties seem questionable). Still, he does come through for the good guys in the end when he lends much-needed assistance to bind Orannis, because he just loves the living world too much.
  • The Reynard Cycle: Tybalt, who is a Jerkass at best. Reynard's continued association with him in book three is a pretty big red flag that all is not well.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, Robb Stark has one in the form of the cruel and ruthless Roose Bolton, who's more than willing to use monsters like the Brave Companions and allows his soldiers to Rape, Pillage, and Burn freely. He even goes as far as to turn against Robb purely out of opportunism at the Red Wedding, with his forces joining the massacre of his former allies and him personally killing his former king.
    • The Lannisters had a bit of this (from the Starks' perspective, at least), since they killed Mad King Aerys and (most of) his children and family, directly or indirectly. Ned admits that it had to happen, but still views them with suspicion. Tywin remarks that he invoked this deliberately; the family took so long to pick a side that they had to leave no doubt as to whether they had truly abandoned the old regime. The situation is... a bit more complicated than that, but the Lannisters are not exactly nice. And not exactly teammates anymore either.
  • Lokor in Star Trek: Klingon Empire. Of all the Klingons who consistently follow Klag's authority and have yet to pull a Face–Heel Turn, Lokor is basically the one guy who has the fewest scruples in screwing people over to get them to toe the line and not buck the system, and most of his methods are disturbing in their effectiveness. On the other hand, he's also unbelievably useful and indispensable to the point that Klag trusts him implicitly.
  • The aptly-named Cat Evil of The Traitor Son Cycle. While some members of the Red Company are crass and unpleasant to be around, he's an outright mysoginist, and at one point threatens to rape Blanche before Wilful Murder and Cully show up to make sure he doesn't do anything irreversible.
  • In The Year of Rogue Dragons, Brimstone become one for the heroic party when they're forced into an alliance with him.
  • In The Saxon Stories, King Alfred's nobles include one Uhtred, known as "Uhtred the Wicked". He's a savage brute, a Pagan who despises Christianity and loves their Viking enemies, and hugely arrogant. He several times murders unarmed priests (and boasts about it), beats and disowns his own son for being a Christian, professes to hate Alfred himself (although in time he comes to respect him), and likes to spend his spare time raiding, pillaging, and killing anyone who annoys him. He's only tolerated because he's a terrifyingly skilled warrior and brilliant general. Oh yes, and he's the hero of the series.
  • Worm:
    • The Undersiders are Villain Protagonists, but for the most part are Noble Demons. Then there's Regent, a sociopathic Deadpan Snarker who's a multiple-murderer, former rapist, and entirely incapable of remorse except in the most abstract sense.
    • For the Wards, this would be Shadow Stalker. For one thing, she's Sophia Hess, one of the bullies who made Taylor's life at school hell. On top of that, she's only on the team because her early career as a vigilante was violent as hell, and it was this or jail. Even then, she's all too willing to use lethal ammo in the field, and her internal monologue in one chapter indicates that she's still happy to take out criminals who won't be missed if she's sure the forensics won't be traced back to her.
  • In And I Darken, Lada, Mehmed, and Radu grow up in a world of Grey-and-Gray Morality that forces them to grow up and grow darker fast. Radu has become a Manipulative Bastard and Mehmed entertains ambitions of being the Young Conqueror, but both men value human life, aren't unnecessarily cruel, and are generally good people, even though their ambitions and the situations they're in cause them to do bad things. Lada separates herself from them with her total disregard for nearly all morality in the face of her goals and goes from a violent, bullying Pragmatic Hero to a whole other level of darkness, personally breaking her own codes several times: killing good men for political gain, having innocent children murdered, and encouraging Mehmed to legalize the killings of all the brothers of the sultan when the sultan comes to power, after they learn that his mother has already had Mehmed's baby brother murdered, aware that it will cause the death of one of his own sons someday. Radu and Mehmed still regard her as part of The Team, and she is willing to do what they won't.
  • In River of Teeth, Adelia Reyes seems like the stock Emotionless Girl who is hired to overlook the operation, but not only is she the only one on the team to actually be a known murderer (among various levels of outlaws and criminals) and a contract killer, she is also being paid by Travers to kill the other team members.
  • In the Cthulhu Mythos, most of the Outer Gods are either ambivalent or disinterested in humanity, or dormant in eternal slumber, and with what could best be described as Blue-and-Orange Morality. Nyarlathotep is the one that is neither, being a Black Sheep who is not only active and has human-like morality, but loves to screw around in mankind's affairs and drive people insane because it's funny to him.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Alias: Sydney's mother, among others like Sark.
  • Andromeda: Tyr was less "evil" and more a consummate pragmatist who very openly was on his own side but smart enough to know which side of his toast was buttered. He did his level best to make himself invaluable and tried to sell out the ship/crew at least once per episode. It helps that Nietzschian pragmatism can be used to justify any action. Even Beka Valentine, a Han Solo-esque rogue, had far more loyalty and backbone. But then, Tyr was himself inspired by Avon from Blake's 7.
  • Angel:
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003): Tom Zarek of the re-imagined show likes to portray himself as a staunch defender of the little guy, who had to resort to extreme measures to try to empower his disenfranchised people, and yet ordered things like bombing convention centers, tried to have the president assassinated when there were less than 50,000 known survivors of humanity, ran an illegal black market which had previously included the exploitation of children, and had sold his position numerous times. While he does seem genuine in at least some of his outspokenness, the fact that he could be blackmailed with this information says something about his character. And then, well... let's say season 4 gets a lot more definite on the subject of his character.
  • Blake's 7: As referenced in the Andromeda example above, Avon might just be the prototypical sci-fi evil teammate: snarky, argumentative, cynical, and in favor of self-preservation over doing the right thing. He repeatedly claims that he’d sell out the rest of the crew in a heartbeat if it was to his benefit. It’s not clear how much of his attitude is a bluff, but he certainly is more… morally pragmatic than Blake is. Avon is a bit of an odd example because after season two, he’s the protagonist. In fact, the only thing that stops him from leaving the Liberator is the Liberator. In the final episode of season 2, he tells Blake he's done with Blake's revolution and will only help if he is given Liberator. Blake agrees and Avon is content enough to follow Blake on what could easily be a suicide mission.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike has been nearly every level of this. He started on the road with the one time team up variety. When he got a chip put in his head to prevent him from hurting humans, he joined the Scoobies as the Token Evil Teammate, since killing demons was the only way he could get his kicks. This didn't stop him from working with Adam or being a general asshole - they only kept him around because he was occasionally useful and they didn't want to kill someone physically incapable of fighting back.
    • Faith believes that her Slayer powers give her the right to steal and generally run amok (eventually leading to the accidental death of a person). She soon goes from Token Evil Teammate to straight villain and The Dragon for Mayor Wilkins.
    • Anya's pining for her lost vengeance demon powers and lack of sympathy for humans qualified her as an Evil Teammate to begin with. Soon enough, though, she was just as goody-goody as the rest of the group, just odd.
  • Community: From time to time Pierce Hawthorne fills this role. Chang sometimes does too. For example, when Pierce endangered Annie's anti-drug play, it was Chang who saved it.
  • Crisis on Infinite Earths: Lex Luthor of Earth-38 is able to replace the Superman of Earth-96 as one of the Seven Paragons who are needed to restore reality after the destruction of the Multiverse, the other Paragons being clear heroes such as the Flash, White Canary, Supergirl, Batwoman, and the Martian Manhunter, and formerly-normal human Ryan Choi.
  • Dans une galaxie près de chez vous: Being an Expy of Dr Smith, Brad Spitfire from this French-Canadian science-fiction comedy fits this trope completely: cowardly, greedy, power-hungry, Nazi-loving and all-in-all hated by every other member, the only reason he hasn't been Thrown Out The Air Lock by now is because he is the only scientist on board, and his skills are greatly needed.
  • Deus Salve O Rei: Brice serves as this among the witch trio. While Selene and Agnes are heroic witches willing to use their powers to help people, Brice is an amoral succubus-like witch that loves targeting men in order to steal their life-force. Despite their drastic differences, Brice is compelled to help and protect her fellow witches due to having witnessed so many of their kind burned at the stake.
  • Doctor Who:
    • Snarky, cynical Turlough is like this to the affable and vulnerable Fifth Doctor after making a deal with the Black Guardian to assassinate the Doctor. He redeems himself in the end,note  but throughout his run as a companion he's just as liable to run away or betray the Doctor as he is to heroically rescue his friends, and even strangers.
    • The Doctor himself started out as Token Evil Teammate, and the First Doctor's character arc is about him shifting from Neutral Evil to Chaotic Good.
    • The future Doctors seem to consider the War Doctor this in "The Day of the Doctor", when considering the Doctors as a "team" rather than one man. After The Reveal that he didn't actually destroy Gallifrey but helped save it, however due to Timey-Wimey Ball he forgot it, he is forgiven. Just before that 10 and 11, after spending some time with him, admit he wasn't as bad as they thought.
    • Not surprisingly the Master becomes this when circumstances dictate he and the Doctor work together, like when he accidentally set loose a field of entropy that threatened to destroy the universe but his skills were needed to stop it.
    • Missy serves this role in the Twelfth Doctor's final season, initially just offering advice, but after being released from the Vault and rescuing the Doctor and Bill from Mars, providing technical support and maintenance aboard the TARDIS.
    • River Song is pretty insistent that she's this; she calls herself a psychopath, even though she has plenty of empathy and pulled a Heroic Sacrifice in her first appearance. She is the most violent of the Doctor's companions, and has a reputation that matches his own.
      Dalek: You will be exterminated.
      River: Not yet. Your systems are still restoring, which means your shield density is compromised. One alpha-meson burst through your eye-stalk would kill you stone dead.
      Dalek: Records indicate you will show mercy. You are an associate of the Doctor's.
      River: I'm River Song. Check your records again.
      Dalek: Mercy?
      River: Say it again?
      Dalek: Mercy!!
      River: One. More. Time.
      Dalek: Mercyyyyy!!!
      [a few minutes later]
      Amy: What happened to the Dalek?
      River: It died.
  • Farscape: Everyone is quite morally ambiguous—especially by the final season. However, in that season, Scorpius definitely qualifies. Earlier on, there's Rygel, who constantly tries to sell out and undermine the rest of the team and unashamedly jumps on any opportunity for profit.
  • Firefly: Jayne is very much this for the main characters. He always points out when they're about to do something more honorable than profitable and was a prime example of Recruiting the Criminal... well, enemy criminal. He's Only in It for the Money, and is probably the staunchest proponent for getting rid of the Tams, though the one time he tried to do so in "Ariel", he got betrayed by the guy he worked with and almost got Thrown Out the Airlock for it by a furious Mal. Also, in Serenity, after River gets triggered and Mal still keeps her on the ship, Jayne tries to kill her in order to get the Alliance off their backs. However, Jayne definitely shows that he has good in him. Whether it be his shame of betraying Simon and River after Mal was about to throw him out of the airlock (it wasn't just fear but legitimate shame), or him eventually advocating in favor of doing the right thing near the end of Serenity.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • House Bolton were definitely this for the North when they were fighting alongside the Starks. Roose Bolton's Establishing Character Moment is him encouraging Robb to start torturing prisoners for information as well as executing them, with some hints that he'd have them flayed. Deconstructed, because as it turns out, having a person that openly lacks any morals on your side just gives him the chance to betray you when you begin to show weakness and can't win a war. Even before the War of Five Kings the Boltons were seen as this to the North, though Ned Stark tried to get them to calm down by outlawing flaying. It didn't work.
    • Rickard Karstark takes over for Roose Bolton as this in Season 3, due to child murder. As mentioned above, this is ultimately subverted, by Bolton himself, who (perhaps unsurprisingly) turns out to be even eviller in "The Rains of Castamere", and gets a Klingon Promotion to Warden of the North in the package. At least the Karstarks never killed their King.
    • Locke and his men exemplify, like the soldiers that Brienne killed in the Season 2 finale, that not all those on the Designated Hero side of the Starks are good men. These are Stark counterparts to the Mountain and his men.
    • Joffrey Baratheon to his siblings Tommen and Myrcella, who ironically are the Token Good Teammates of their family.
  • Glee: Santana has increasingly become this in the second season. Quinn can flip in and out of this role.
  • The Good Place: From the second season on, Michael is this to Team Cockroach. He's still a devious, torture-loving demon, but at least now he's on the humans' side. At first it's only to save his own ass, but over the course of the second season, he learns what it means to be good, and grows to genuinely love the others. By the end of the season, he's a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, and the rest of Team Cockroach accepts him as one of their own.
  • Gossip Girl: Chuck Bass is the Token Evil Teammate of the Non-Judging Breakfast Club. True he's mellowed, but a guy who's attempted to rape another team member definitely counts as evil.
  • Grimm:
    • Adalind became part of the team after having Nick's son; how much she is less evil than when she was one of the villains is yet to be discovered.
    • Nick's boss, Sean Renard, bounced between being an unreliable but powerful ally and being the Big Bad who was directly opposing Team Grimm.
  • House: Oddly enough, this show features its main character Dr. Gregory House as one of these. Whatever his actual moral alignment may be, he's a brilliant diagnostician, but his demeanor is that of a snarky jerkass with an addiction to painkillers, and he's made it quite clear that solving complicated medical mysteries is pretty much just a fun game for him. Failing to save a patient's life is usually more of a blow to his ego than a source of sorrow.
  • How I Met Your Mother: Has Barney Stinson, the embodiment of this trope. A Ladykiller in Love casanova to the extreme who works for Mega-Corp, which is implied to have all sorts of really evil things going on with North Korea and even somehow contaminating the drinking water in Lisbon for some reason? Yeah, pretty evil. The other characters occasionally wonder why they even hang out with Barney when he's being exceptionally assholish. The reason, of course, is that he's like family to them, and no matter how horrible he acts, they can't bear to abandon him, as Ted realized in season 3, and Marshall in season 6.
  • Human Target: Guerrero. He is intensely loyal to Chance, but that seems to be about it as far as morals go. Threats, torture, murder? Check, check and check. He doesn't look like much, but his name is enough to cause an experienced thief to wet her panties.
  • iCarly: Sam. If the plot requires anything that isn't lawful, Sam will suggest it and carry it out.
  • The gang from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia is full of Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists (the least awful one being an insane Stalker with a Crush). But Dennis takes the cake. The man has shown symptoms of sociopathy and some screwed views on consent though he's only implied to be a rapist. He's also implied to be a Serial Killer too.
  • Kamen Rider OOO: Ankh is this to the staff of Coss Cousier. A cocky, self assured Perpetual Frowner Greeed, who works with Eiji only because he needs OOO to protect himself from from other Greed. Eiji, despite his usual behavior, is well aware of this and accepts it because he needs to be OOO to help people and Ankh holds medals needed. Neither of them pretend they won't kill each other the moment this condition passes.
  • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid:
    • Taiga Hanaya started out like this because even thought he fought the Bugsters just as the other Doctor riders did, that was the only thing heroic about him. He behaved like a thieving ass, absolutely lacked empathy or consideration for anyone around him and was more of a burden than anything else. Then he got stuck with trolling brat Nico Saiba and things slowly (very slowly) started to get better for both of them.
    • And by the time Taiga starts improving, the heroes are promptly joined by Kuroto Dan, the show's first Big Bad. Unlike Taiga it's made very clear that he is still the same hammy psychopath with a god complex and no intention of getting any better. But the other villains hijacked his plot and murdered him (he got better), and that is not something he's willing to let them get away with.
  • Legend of the Seeker: Cara might qualify as this after her Heel–Face Turn. Although she's extremely loyal to Richard and eventually admits, albeit begrudgingly, that she cares a lot about her teammates, she seems to really enjoy killing and torture, and finds the other characters' displays of love and affection nauseating.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: On a team of Superheroes, Leonard Snart/Captain Cold and his partner Mick Rory/Heat Wave were both career supervillains before joining the team, and both only joined for the chance to steal priceless artifacts from history. However the first season gives them both a lot of Character Development and both eventually develop into more Anti-Heroic characters, and both try to pull a Heroic Sacrifice in the second to last episode of the first season, with Snart being More Hero Than Thou so his partner could survive.
  • The Librarians: Ezekiel Jones. He might not be outright evil like the actual villains of the series, but prior to being recruited as a Librarian-in-Training, he was a (self-proclaimed) world-class-thief leading an successful criminal life, and hasn't lost the attitude at all upon joining the team. His hacking and break-in skills come in use quite a lot when retrieving magic artifacts, but he's just as likely to pickpocket his friends for his own amusement. He's egotistical, cocky, and mischievous, and the only reason he's even there is not because he wants to help people like the rest of the team, but because it's fun and he gets bored easily. The other characters find him a little annoying at times, but generally don't mind his immoral ways and don't particularly want him to change. In fact, his evil-ness has even come in handy a couple times, such as when they're dealing with an artifact that makes people evil by turning them into the worst versions of themselves, which has no effect on him whatsoever, or when they need someone to act as bait for a monster that goes after people who make Badass Boasts, which he's always ready to do.
  • Lost: Ben fits this trope in the sixth season. He's still a manipulative sociopath, but this time he's on the losties side. Also, Sawyer pretty much filled this role in the first season, or at least he was the token Jerkass.
  • Lost in Space: Dr. Smith. While not outright evil, he's propelled largely by self-interest and tends to have such poor judgment it can become a real liability. The aborted movie franchise did make Smith substantially more malevolent and intelligent. However, this is really a case of Villain Decay. Early episodes showed him to be much more malevolent and the show itself was much more serious. It quickly devolved into slapstick. Also, in the earlier episodes Smith's unquestionably necessary skills as a doctor prevented the Robinsons from simply flushing him out the airlock, whereas in the later episodes he contributes nothing to the team and all he ever does is get in the way with his self-serving schemes.
  • Luther: Has Alice Morgan, at least after the finale of the first series. Even though Luther's a policeman and she's an unrepentant murderer and sociopath, the two have an understanding and friendship of sorts and are perfectly willing to help each other with their various problems.
  • M*A*S*H: Major Charles Winchester. He's not above trying to get something out of his forced residence at the 4077th (especially if it's at the expense of his tent mates), but he does do his best to take care of the patients. Turns into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold later in the series. Also, Major Frank Burns (for whom Winchester was the Suspiciously Similar Substitute) is a better fit for this trope, given that he actually tried to get Hawkeye killed at least once (a depth to which Charles would never stoop).
  • Misfits: Nathan isn't quite evil, but he's a bullying, self-obsessed, borderline-sociopathic Small Name, Big Ego of epic proportions, who is regularly suggested to have some kind of undiagnosed mental illness.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: Jiblets is a character who delights in the suffering of others. When the show is cancelled in the finale, he laments that he's unemployable, and when Mr. Potato Head jokingly says "There's always politics", he quickly regrets it.
  • Once Upon a Time. Regina and Rumplestiltskin in Season 2. Lampshaded in Season 3 by Emma, who calls Regina a villain but still one that is needed to rescue Henry from Neverland.
  • Person of Interest: Shaw as of season 3. She tends to argue the merits of just killing the perps rather than going to the trouble of aiming for non-lethal takedowns and prefers spending time with Bear to the rest of the team. Root also becomes this somewhat as she is working as an agent of The Machine and will do almost anything it tells her.
  • Prison Break: T-Bag.
  • Red Dwarf: Rimmer in the first two seasons, although downplayed, since the rest of the cast are Anti Heroes and as a hologram he’s largely impotent. In later seasons he was more like the Token Jerkass Teammate: cowardly, selfish and rude but not actively malicious.
  • Revolution: While not evil per se, Miles certainly is a Jerkass and an Anti-Hero. Major Tom Neville is a straight example as of episode 16. The good news is that he wants to take down Monroe. The bad news is that as his son stated, he doesn't care whose side he's on, as long as people kiss his butt. Episode 19 and the first season finale has Tom Neville successfully take over the Monroe militia, while his son Jason doesn't have a clue as to what he should do about this.
  • The Secret Circle: Faye from is a Subverted Trope: she has all the surface traits, but doesn't want to hurt anyone and is scared of losing control of her powers. Jake, on the other hand....
  • Stargate Atlantis: Todd the Wraith occasionally allies with Atlantis versus Replicators, Genii, other Wraith clans, etc. But he's still a Wraith, meaning that his very survival requires humans' Life Energy.
  • Stargate Universe: Dr. Rush is the only person smart enough to help out his crewmates most of the time. Which he stranded them on in the first place. He also is arrogant, doesn't particularly care about what happens to anyone else on the ship and is insanely dedicated to carrying out Destiny's mission.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • Gul Dukat works with the crew of Deep Space Nine and forms a mutual trust with Sisko to eliminate a greater evil far more often than Sisko should trust him. Dukat works under the assumptions that he's a magnanimous leader and charming ladies' man who will swoop in and take back his former glory in due time. His narcissistic tendencies eventually catch up with him and he eventually teams up with the Dominion and later the Pah-Wraiths to perserve his delusions of grandeur.
    • Garak also qualifies, given his penchant for lying, previous job as a spy/torturer, and "ends justify the means" attitude. He had no qualms about committing extortion, blackmail, and murder to convince the Romulans to join the Dominion War, and when someone doesn't believe he'd shoot a man in the back, his reply is simply, "It's the safest way, isn't it?" Despite all this, he's willing to work with (or manipulate) the heroes to undermine the regime that ousted him.
  • Supernatural:
    • Season 5 gave us Crowley, who, while still perfectly willing to kill innocent people and send souls to hell, proved to be a valuable member of Team Free Will. Over time the Winchesters become downright blasé about constantly teaming up with the King of Hell.
    • Castiel borders on this through seasons 4-6. While always on the side of good, he is a lot more willing to kill than the Winchesters and at times felt like a Knight Templar. He becomes outright evil in the S6 finale, but also ceases being a teammate. After his resurrection midway through Season 7, he becomes more of a full-on good guy, arguably moreso than the Winchesters.
    • The demon Meg also becomes this after teaming up with Team Free Will against Crowley in Seasons 7 and 8.
  • Survivors: Tom Price in the 2008 remake of this BBC drama, only his position as the Big Guy of The Family has kept the other survivors from killing or permanently banishing him, and even then, only barely.
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles: Reprogrammed Terminators like Cameron, Weaver and those employed by the Resistance fit this category to a T. Cold, logical, unstoppable and brutally pragmatic (Cameron would kill anyone she even suspects of being a threat, and Weaver slaughtered an entire warehouse of people for working for Skynet when John Henry intercepts an unsecure communication) — be glad they're on our side. Of course, "Sometimes they go bad. No-one knows why."
  • The Thundermans: Max, Phoebe's fraternal twin brother, is in a family of superheroes but aspires to be a supervillain up until his eventual Heel–Face Turn.
  • V: Hobbes is a mercenary wanted by the FBI who is forced to join the Fifth Column after the Visitors frame him for a crime he didn't commit... which is not to say that he hasn't also committed other crimes which were just as bad or worse.
  • In the V: the Final Battle mini-series from the 80's, Michael Ironside portrays merc Ham Tyler, whose was initially distrusted by the Resistance as being a warmonger.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Damon, in the beginning. He's not even LIKED by most of the team, and the main reasons they keep him around are that he's Stefan's brother, it means they know where he is and he'll lend a hand if it serves his purposes. In Season One, they just had to deal with having him around because he was too strong to fight. In Season Two he's more of a team player, but maybe that's because Bonnie has proven that she could (and almost did) kill him if angry enough with him. Also, Elijah joins them in Season 2 despite being rather antagonistic earlier in the season.
  • Eli "Weevil" Navarro in Veronica Mars, although not really evil and having a soft side, of all of Veronica's friends he's a criminal and the leader of a bikers' gang. He rehabilitates at some point on the series only to be back into crime at the end of the movie.
  • The Walking Dead:
  • Warehouse 13: H.G. Wells goes from pure villain to a member of the team. Artie is certain she'll betray them at any moment. And as it stands he was right. She eventually betrays the group to wield one of the most powerful and destructive artifacts there is that nearly causes a mass earthquake capable of wiping out all life on earth after (in her eyes) seeing the future world decay so horribly over the years from her time.
  • White Collar: Similar to House, the main character (or one of them) is more or less this: Neal Caffrey is a Boxed Crook working with the FBI in exchange for not being in prison. Subverted inasmuch as Neal shows signs of reform—to say nothing of the fact that, as a good-natured forger and con artist, Caffrey wasn't terribly evil to start with. He is also extremely unwilling to use violence, which is a major factor in what makes him redeemable.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: She's the main protagonist, namely Alex.
  • Young Dracula: Ingrid is this whenever she helps Vlad, which isn't often.
  • Z Nation: Murphy fills this role for the first two seasons, and the rest of the team is forced to put up with him due to his status as the Living MacGuffin around which their mission is centered. Though as of season three, he has fully succumbed to megalomania and Transhuman Treachery to become a full villain.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The Bible:
    • King David's nephew, Zeruiah's son Joab, acts this way. Though ostensibly commander of David's army, Joab was doing evil things like disobeying David to kill David's son Absalom (who'd just staged a failed coup) and his intended replacement Amasa. Unlike many examples of the type, he does get killed for it once he outlives his usefulness (and supports a rival of the legitimate heir to the throne).
    • In some interpretations, Judas followed Jesus more out of personal ambition than true belief, and he sold Jesus out when things weren't quite going like he expected. Judas is of the Wild Card brand.
    • In the Book of Job Satan himself is part of God's Court and can speak with him as any other angel.
  • Loki seems to fill this role for the Norse Gods sometimes. Not that the rest of them are really paragons of virtue. In a lot of cases they were asking for it, really.
  • While the Olympian gods in general aren't very nice, Ares, the god of war, arguably qualifies. He embodies the bloodiest aspects of warfare and enjoys killing just for the sake of it, and as a result, he's not well liked by the other gods.
  • In the Arthurian romances Sir Kay appears to embody this along with The Friend Nobody Likes as all the other knights of the round table are constantly presented and described as the archetypal Knight in Shining Armor. Sir Kay is instead known for his acid tongue and bullying, boorish behaviour, oftentimes being dehorsed in a joust by other better knights in their stories. This is actually something that came about in later literature as in earlier accounts he was one of King Arthur's premier warriors.
    • Along with him there are two other Knights that more directly fit into this category. One is Sir Agravain, who was said to have a one-sided rivalry with his younger brother, at times trying to get him killed, and a vicious jealousy of Sir Lancelot. The other is Sir Mordred who was actually the main contributor to the end of the Golden Age of King Arthur's Reign, the one that led a coup while the King was away and brought about the final battle that fatally wounded King Arthur and saw every knight of the round table killed.

  • Fallout Is Dragons:
    • Doctor Fractured Tibia, more commonly called Tibbs. He'll often threaten other characters, including his so called allies, with painful death or torture, and has gone through with his threats on several occasions.
    • Famine, one of the leaders of the Four Horses raider gang. Which, given that the Four Horses were introduced as antagonists, is really saying something.
  • The Jade Regent Campaign from RPGMP3 features a character called Skygni, who's a magically Awakened frost-breathing Winter Wolf. He swore a Blood Oath (under duress) to not eat people. Well, at least not the ones travelling with the heroes' caravan, anyway.
  • Solvin from The Fallen Gods is lawful evil, the most willing member of the party to deal with problems underhandedly, the most bloodthirsty, and the most willing to steal things. If that didn't make things obvious, he's hurt by everything having to do with Mishakal. She's the goddess of healing, restoration, and general goodness, and clearly does not like him.
  • Interstitial Actual Play has Larxene join the party near the end of the first season. Though they're not so much evil as "mean, but in an endearing way".

    Pro Wrestling 
  • CHIKARA King of Trios 2010, Night I, April 23, 2010 was supposed to have featured a match between Team Mexico (Skayde/Turbo/El Valiente) and Die Bruderschaft des Kreuzes (Claudio Castagnoli, Ares and Tursas. Team Mexico didn't appear due to El Valiente getting double booked and wrestling on the CMLL show instead. Skayde apparently tried to hold up CHIKARA for more money, leading to the company cutting all ties with him. Names were drawn out of a hat for a replacement team. The first names were Well Dunn, but, sadly, Steven Dunn had passed away a year earlier. Then they drew Strike Force, who were not there. Then they drew CHIKARA regulars The Osirian Portal (Amasis and Ophidian), who, of course, were there and came out to the cheers of the crowd. Then Sara Del Rey's name was drawn, meaning the Portal was teamed with a BDK member against three BDK members. During the match, Sara broke up the Ophidian Death Grip on Claudio by kicking Ophidian low. She couldn't be DQ'd because it was her own partner. The BDK won, of course, with Ophidian taking Ragnarok for the pin.
  • Among the tecnicos regularly fighting said BDK group in Chikara was Eddie Kingston, who was really still a rudo, but one who prioritized taking down BDK over anything else, meaning he wasn't paired with other rudos during this time and had no designs on betraying the tecnicos.
  • After Donovan Dijak joined the The House Of Truth's Ring of Honor branch, it slowly underwent a collective Heel–Face Turn to the point every HOT member in ROH, including Truth Martini himself, was pretty much a face, except for Taeler Hendrix, who basically abandoned her original mission in favor of stunting Mandy Leon's career, something even the appointed enforcer Joey Daddiego stopped getting involved with.

  • Even though Nights has happily tortured people in the past, Krauzer still takes this title in AJCO — he's a jerk to everyone, including his allies, and has revealed that he murdered the man who raised him and taught him all he knows because he felt he was "getting in the way". Also killed his own parents aged four, but even he doesn't know that.
  • In We Are Our Avatars, The Merchant counts as one for the Group but he didn't really cause a major amount of trouble, regardless of his alignment. Caim is the other Token Evil Teammate, being a Heroic Comedic Sociopath that often gets called out for his violent approach to... well, just about anything.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Of the Icons of 13th Age, the Crusader is the only major genuinely evil NPC to be considered a full part of the sort of heroic Dragon Empire, because even though he's listed as "the fist of the Dark Gods" in multiple places, he's at least kind of loyal to the Emperor and spends most of his time fighting demons rather than anyone else. To a lesser extent, the Three may qualify, because while they're malevolent chromatic dragons, they're still technically part of the Empire due to a past scheme of the Blue. Of the other evil Icons, the Lich King, the Diabolist, and the Orc Lord are much closer to being part of the problem than the solution.
  • In the original Dungeons & Dragons adventure The Keep on the Borderlands, there are opportunities for NPCs to join the party, and some of them are of evil alignment.
    • In the same vein, Temple of Elemental Evil (or at least Troika's computer adaptation) features many joinables, the majority of them are evil aligned (a few good joinables and several neutrals exist though).
    • In the original AD&D, the Assassin is the most likely candidate for this role, as the class in question requires an evil alignment.
    • Bhaal, god of murder in the Forgotten Realms, manages to be this, even though his teammates are also evil. Bhaal, Myrkul and Bane took over various divine domains from the old god of death, Jergal. Bane is god of tyranny, which, while traditionally evil, does have positive connotations, like authority and order. Myrkul is god of death, which is usually Lawful Neutral or True Neutral, Myrkul was just being a dick about it. Bhaal, however, is the god of murder. His domain has no positive aspects, and he himself is an unrepentant killer and bully.
  • Among the sample characters given in GURPS 4th Edition, Baron Janos Telkozep seems to be one. He's a vampire who's backstory is that he's working for the good guys for purely selfish reasons, and close inspection of his character sheet suggests he's not a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire but rather a murderous, greedy bastard. Oh, and he's named after a god with two faces.
  • Legend of the Five Rings: The Scorpion Clan is this to the entire Emerald Empire. They lie, they cheat, they steal, they murder and they blackmail. All in the name of Loyalty and Duty. This is their job, to be the Underhand and do the dirty but necessary things that the other Clans will not.
  • Pathfinder: Seltyiel, the Lawful Evil half-elven Eldritch Knight / magus, who's canonically the paladin's pet project.
  • The Space Marines of Warhammer 40,000 have two worthy nominations: the murderously psychotic Flesh Tearers and the hyper-arrogant and haughty Marines Malevolent. They're loyal to the Imperium of Man, but several of their actions are so brutal and immoral that you wonder sometimes why they haven't been declared Excommunicate Traitoris by the Inquisition.
    • Speak of the devil. The Inquisition fill in this role for the Imperium as a faction. No-one in the Imperium is squeaky-clean apart from maybe some of the more rational and casualty-conscious Imperial Guard and PDF regiments, but if you have an Imperium character who opposes the protagonists or becomes too extreme even for them, chances are very, very, very high that it will be an Inquisitor.
    • In the 5E Imperial Guard codex, every special character is either A Father to His Men or a Sergeant Rock. And then there's Commander Kubrick Chenkov, who's only real "tactic" could be summed up as We Have Reserves. His past atrocities include ordering his men to march into minefields to clear them for the tanks, sending them in hand-to-hand combat against the enemy to tie them up and then wipe them both out with artillery, and executing a million of his own men to build a bridge with their bodies. And if you show a hint of hesitation, he'll see it as cowardice and shoot you. Not only does he continue to survive despite leading from the front, but he is also repeatedly showered in commendations and rewards for his brutal tactics because they bring results.
    • Prior to the Horus Heresy, the Night Lords (sadistic experts in terror tactics) and to a lesser extent the Iron Warriors (mercilessly pragmatic siege experts with no concern for allied casualties) and World Eaters (crazed berserkers) played this role for the nascent Imperium. Then came the Heresy, and all three are now enemies of the Imperium for all time.
    • While Chaos warbands are all evil, they also do as much damage to each other as they do to the enemy. Sometimes because they serve opposing gods, and thus considered... not so much "evil" as "wrong kind of evil" (the War God hates the Sense Freak, the god of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder hates the god of disease and decay, and each despises the other two), and other times because the gods are empowered by rage, desire, hope (yes) and despair respectively, and nowhere does it say the victims are necessarily enemies (although in Khorne's case, presenting the skulls of the weak and defenseless as mighty trophies is a good way to get turned into a Chaos Spawn).
  • Warhammer Age of Sigmar has this in the Daughters of Khaine. While they're all vicious, blood obsessed Aelves who worship the god of murder, they hate Chaos and the undead with a burning passion, and fight on the side of Order. Most of the time. It should also be noted that many of the other Order factions are little better (such as the Idoneth Deepkin, Aelven raiders from beneath the ocean who steal people's souls to extend their lifteimes) and many of the most emblematic Order faction, the Stormcast Eternals, are 100% on board with how brutal and vicious the Daughters of Khaine can be.
  • In Werewolf: The Apocalypse, this is the Hat of the Red Talons tribe, whose intense Fantastic Racism makes them all determined to essentially slaughter humanity back to "manageable levels" (if not exterminate them entirely) and/or to wipe out humanity's technology. At least, this is their Hat in theory; in practice, many Storytellers and players consider them a tribe of Designated Heroes and so they are the tribe most frequently banned from being a player option, as their fluff is typically used as an excuse to be highly disruptive to the party.
  • In Hunter: The Vigil, this is the Hat of the Ashwood Abbey Compact. Originating as a Hellfire Clubnote , they only got worse when they found out that monsters exist. Most other Compacts and Conspiracies hunt out of some semblance of honor, nobility or righteousness. The Ashwood Abbey hunts monsters because its fun, especially since, by the logic that "human laws only protect humans", there's literally no limit beyond their imagination to what they can do to the monsters they hunt. The sourcebooks openly describe the Abbey as some of the Vigil's most sadistic and depraved hunters, frequently engaging in drugging, raping, torturing and even cannibalizing their victims.
  • The One Ring: Downplayed, since adventurers aren't allowed to be evil, but Dunlendings have some shady abilities and come from a people that sides with Sauron in The Lord of the Rings. In particular, one of their cultural Virtues lets them use social Skills with creatures of the Shadow, who can otherwise only be cowed or fought.
  • In Sentinels of the Multiverse, a few of the hero variants - specifically Visionary's Dark variant (representing her being possessed by the spirit of an evil version of herself from another universe), the Argent Adept's Dark Conductor variant (where he's falling under the influence of an Artifact of Doom), and Luminary's base variant (because that's just Baron Blade making common cause with the heroes) - represent characters who are actively harmful and dangerous, but are handled as heroes because they're still technically on the side of justice.

  • Repugnus in The Transformers G1 was this according to his bio. While totally devoted to the Autobot cause, he didn't bother trying to uphold the moral values part. He thought things like assassination and sabotage were great. Sometimes he was kicked off the team for going too far, but sooner or later he'd be back on it because like it or not, they needed someone willing to carry out the dirty assignments. Note that this characterization was never actually shown in any media. The closest was his appearance in The Transformers: Maximum Dinobots, where he agreed to help Grimlock in exchange for money and had no loyalty to the Autobot cause at all.

    Video Games 
  • Revenant from Apex Legends, a Robotic Psychopath and remorseless assassin who has no goals beyond sating his endless bloodlust. Unsurprisingly, he's The Friend Nobody Likes, thanks to both his aforementioned insanity and his unbelievably rude attitude towards his teammates (most of his voicelines consist of unprovoked insults). He's especially hated by Loba, given that he murdered her parents.
  • Assassin's Creed I: The Templars are comprised of Well Intentioned Extremists who truly believe they are making the world a better place, no matter how nightmarish their methods are. However, this is not the case for their agent Majd Addin, the regent lord of Jerusalem. Majd Addin routinely and personally conduct mass executions of his own people, not because they did anything wrong or because he believes it's the right thing to do, but because killing people is fun for him and it makes him feel like a god.
  • Assassin's Creed: Syndicate:
    • Maxwell Roth. He's supposed to be the Templars' mook handler, but he's basically Joker in the late 1800s.
    • The Jack the Ripper DLC reveals that Jack himself was an Assassin who believed in enforcing the Brotherhood's will through the spread of fear and wanton murder. The fact that his existence tarnished the reputation of the Brotherhood is why his true identity is now a mystery.
  • In Avengers Academy you can recruit Loki, Enchantress, and Taskmaster. They're usually villains, but here they're fellow students with the heroes. Loki and Enchantress, at least, are still arrogant, rather unpleasant people in line with their comics incarnations; and all three have taken trips through the Heel–Face Revolving Door in the comics so it's plausible they could work with the heroes at times.
  • Baldur's Gate: It's possible to have evil aligned companions in otherwise good aligned groups, as long as you're careful with your Reputation Meter (not reaching above 18) and avoid Mutually Exclusive Party Members. Here are a few of them:
    • Kagain, a Lawful Evil dwarven fighter that happens to be an incredibly good tank. He can be recruited by good aligned charname, but expect a lot of bickering with the others, and having him with Yeslic is not a good idea in the long run.
    • Korgan Bloodaxe in Baldur's Gate II. His Chaotic Evilness is to the point where some people LEAVE YOUR PARTY if the right dialogue goes down. He is also immensely badass — just look at his name. Korgan will chase Aerie out of the party by verbally abusing her. If you're playing the expansion, however, Aerie instead starts verbally insulting him right back — at which point Korgan reveals it was a Secret Test of Character to see if she was able to stand up for herself or not — and now that she's proven that she does, he no longer has a problem with her.
    • In Throne of Bhaal, this extends all the way up to bringing the villain of the first game Back from the Dead as a recruitable party member!
    • Edwin, snarky Gender Bender wizard who talks to himself frequently about fireballing the party as they sleep. He also hated Dynaheir, Minsc's partner in BG1; in BG2 she's dead, and he mocks Minsc about it, showing zero sympathy. He seems to be driven by ambition and thinks the PC is a quick route to power - and despite mutinous mutterings, Edwin is one of the most loyal NPCs in the game, and it is perfectly possible to go through the game with a Good party, high Reputation, good deeds left and right, and all Edwin will do is some amusing snarking about it.
    • Viconia. A skillful healer and a Neutral Evil drow unless you're romancing her in TOB, which sends her to True Neutral.
  • Blazblue:
    • Terumi was the Token Evil Teammate of the Six Heroes. He only allied with them out of necessity when he realized that the Monster of Mass Destruction that he had secretly created wasn't controllable, and since it was now indiscriminately destroying the world, as opposed to destroying it the way Terumi wanted it to be destroyed, it simply HAD to be put down. Also, one of the heroes, a witch named Nine, put him under a geas that he WILL have to obey her so he's steered to destroy his creation. When the monster finally had been killed, Nine managed to catch whiff of the fact that it had been Terumi who set it loose in the first place, so he simply HAD to kill her (that and he didn't take being mind-controlled that well)... Guess who of the two people mentioned in the above paragraph Nine was the mother of? Here's a hint: It wasn't Jin.
    • It's revealed in Blaz Blue Chrono Phantasma that Azrael is one in Sector Seven. At least Kokonoe can be touted as a Nominal Hero. Azrael is already said to be a villain of the series, though he may be unrelated to whatever the main villains are planning.
  • Nisha in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!. While Claptrap, Timothy and Athena are largely moral, Wilhelm is purely mercenary and detached and Aurelia has some standards, Nisha just plain likes killing stuff.
  • Borderlands 2 features DLC character Krieg, an escaped Hyperion test subject transformed into a mutant Badass Psycho, with all the power and insanity that implies. Salvador is up there as well, though he's not as insane and mostly in it for the guns.
  • Ceville from the game Ceville is one. He, in fact, is the disposed former tyrant of the kingdom - your first act while playing as him is sending the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf into slave labor and stealing all their possessions. He never really changes his personality or attitude during the entire game. The only real reason he tolerates Lilly is because she's useful in his quest to get revenge and (sorta) take back his kingdom. Despite being a stereotypical evil tyrant though, Ceville shows quite the amount of intelligence and foresight; he's well aware that he can't just kill, say, his favourite cook if he wants food later and dwarven exploitation of the elves and the forests is bad (if only because they're greedier than he). Of course, once he comes to see how greedy and evil the senators can be, he starts to get appreciative of the new 'democracy' in his former kingdom. Paraphrasing his words, they're just as bad and decadent as he was, they just can hide it better.
  • Magus in Chrono Trigger is more the Token Anti-Hero once you get to know him, since Dark Is Not Evil, but his priorities and goals don't really align with the party's besides "kill Lavos."
  • The Silencer, of the Crusader series. An unusual example, given that he is the player character.
  • Danganronpa:
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc's Byakuya Togami dances the line between this and Anti-Hero; the snooty heir of the powerful Togami family, who quickly and ruthlessly takes to the game, openly telling the others that they mean nothing to him. While he does do a huge amount of detective work during the various investigations, he'll also refuse to divulge information and at one point even plants false evidence to throw off the investigation and make things more interesting. But then eventually, an even eviler Token Evil Teammate is revealed in the form of Touko's Split Personality, the Serial Killer Genocider Syo/Genocide Jack. Eventually, they both survive the game, and their personalities soften in the sequels.
    • In Danganronpa IF, Mukuro Ikusaba, originally one half of Super High School Level Despair, undergoes a Heel–Face Turn after surviving her sister's murder attempt (which killed her in the original game). However, she's still played a major role in the world's destruction thanks to everything she did for her sister.
  • Etna in Disgaea 2. Though not in the first one simply on the basis that you don't play the good guy.
  • Dota 2:
    • The Radiant side is full of characters that are either heroic or sympathetic. Some are a little bit more bloodthirsty such as Luna or Legion Commander, or fall into a more neutral category like Bounty Hunter. The only identifiably evil character in the faction is Troll Warlord. He is a psychopath that regularly threatens to kill his teammates, is the only hero in the game incapable of thanking people who help him, declares himself the one who carried the team to victory, and is the only hero who blames his team when he loses. If it's not obvious yet, he's also a parody of Internet trolls and the infamous Dota playerbase.
    • On the Dire side, there are some characters that are extremely evil and stand out even among their peers, such as Terrorblade, Pugna, and Shadow Demon.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Dragon Age: Origins:
      • Morrigan is the daughter of the infamous Witch of the Wilds, Flemeth, and while she claims to be an ultra-pragmatic survivalist, most of her actions show her to be rather cruel, disapproving of virtually anything you do that isn't sadistic and cruel. Oh, and you later learn that the only reason she joined you was so she could birth a child with the soul of an Old God. Of course, she does have standards... just not many.
      • Zevran is an assassin who initially opposes the party, but can eventually be convinced to join you. Even if he does, he never quite drops his "evil assassin" nature. Unless the PC manages to gain his approval and convinces him to turn against his old assassin's guild in the endgame, in which he becomes a bit Heroic Neutral.
    • Dragon Age II is set in a Crapsack World with Grey-and-Gray Morality, but a few stand out:
      • Isabela, a pirate who stole the qunari's most sacred relic and is willing to let the qunari go to war with Kirkwall to save her own skin (unless you convince her to pull a Changed My Mind, Kid).
      • Anders is a Well-Intentioned Extremist mage possessed by a spirit of Justice whose inability to deal with human emotions is steadily turning it into Vengeance. At the end of the game, he commits a terrorist attack to spark mage revolution - you can kill him, tell him to go or let him rejoin you.
      • Sebastian vows to recruit an army and raze Kirkwall to the ground if you spare Anders after the Chantry attack, which he tries to make good on in Dragon Age: Inquisition).
      • Played with in Merrill's case, as despite being a Blood Mage who sought out a Demon to help her rebuild an Eluvian, Merrill frequently comes across as one of the kindest, most friendly members of the entire party:
        Hawke: Merrill couldn't hurt you if she tried. At worst, she might make frowny faces.
  • Elsword:
  • In Evolve we have Hyde, a pyromaniac who joined the military to avoid jail time and refused to wear a filter mask so he could look his foes in the eye as they died. It's safe to say that if the antagonists weren't so far removed from human he wouldn't have been considered one of the good guys.
  • Reaver in Fable II: he's arguably more evil than the game's main villain, being not just a mass murderer but cold-blooded and sociopathic. The only thing that keeps him from being a far greater threat to the world is his lack of ambition and scope. He shows up again in Fable III, this time as a ruthless captain of industry who exploits, abuses, murders, and ridicules his employees to no end. And alas, you are forced into an alliance with him, and at the end of the game he once again walks away virtually unscathed from the events.
  • Fallout has its own page.
  • In the original translation of Final Fantasy Tactics, Gustav Margueriff seems to be this for the Death Corps. Aside from his Marquis-kidnapping shenanigans, which damaged the reputation of the Corps (just as the guy who was paying him off to do it intended), his Brave Story biography had it that he was kicked out of a knightly order for his war crimes (i.e. rape and pillaging) before joining up with The Idealist Wiegraf's forces. The new translation, however, completely inverts his background—the rest of the order was full of war criminals and Gustav left in disgust, though this doesn't stop him from making life difficult in the present.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Lifis from Fire Emblem: Thracia 776. Every other recruitable Thief in the series is either a Gentleman Thief or Lovable Rogue, but it's clear Lifis is still an unrepentant slimeball. Safy believe he's done a genuine Heel–Face Turn, but you later find out he only joined so he could turn Leif over to The Empire for a reward. After he gets his hands on Safy, that is. Thankfully he's on the receiving end of a Kick the Son of a Bitch moment from Pahn later on (who is incidentally a much more likable thief).
    • Karel the Sword Demon from Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade is a Blood Knight who only cares about improving his sword skills. In his backstory, he kills his entire family over a sword technique save for his younger sister Karla who he didn't see as a suitable challenge yet. He then goes on a journey to slay powerful opponents across the continent. He only ends up joining Eliwood's army because he wishes to observe his skills. He threatens to kill anyone who challenges him, including his allies, such as Guy who only wants to learn sword fighting from Karel and though he agrees to teach Guy, he stops when Guy reaches a threshold because teaching him any more would compel Karel to kill Guy. When he is reunited with Karla, he doesn't hesitate to tell her that he will try to kill her soon. By the era of Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade, he has undergone development and has become Older and Wiser. During conversations with him, he elaborates on his younger self and the blood lust he once had. Notably, while he expresses remorse and has clearly become a better person, he makes no excuses for his past actions and now only serves as the protector to a small village but joins Roy after being convinced by his niece Fir or her father Bartre.
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance and Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn have a few examples.
      • First is Izuka, the Mad Scientist from Path of Radiance who ends up with Daein again in Radiant Dawn, who utilizes deplorable tactics for the cause, though he was serving two other causes at the same time, all three of which sought very different ends.
      • Second is Soren, who really seems indifferent to everything other than Ike, is more suspicious of others' motives than his teammates, and at one point actually advocates working for Daein.
      • Third is Shinon, an unabashed racist who never (at least openly) repents even given the somewhat Anvilicious race-based events in the game.
      • Finally, Oliver can be convinced to pull a very unexpected Heel–Face Turn in the tail end of Radiant Dawn. Prior to joining the heroes, he was an unrepentant slave trader and a particularly corrupt member of the Begnion senate.
    • In Fire Emblem: New Mystery of the Emblem, a Guide Dang It! moment can lead to you recruiting Michalis onto your team. Michalis is a wannabe tyrant who committed patricide to claim the throne of Macedon and shacked up with Dolhr out of sheer ambition, and his ending indicates that his time in Marth's army does nothing to change him for the better. He is the biggest example of a Token Evil Teammate in the franchise with regards to the sheer amount of damage he causes and his lack of redemption in the end.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening:
      • Tharja, sort of. On the one hand, she is a Dark Mage with a surly attitude, a love of curses, and a very intense interest in the player's avatar. One Paralogue even has her suggesting using her magic to give people a horribly agonizing death over two years. Her Kid from the Future also describes her alternate future self as being an abusive parent. On the other hand, many of her supports have her helping people out in some form or another, her support with the avatar shows she really does care for their wellbeing, a DLC conversation if she's married to a male avatar will show them as a surprisingly normal couple, and the people she wanted to kill horribly were slavers.
      • Henry, the game's other Dark Mage, looks like this at first glance. Despite his outwardly friendly attitude, he also has an enthusiastic love of blood and death. He subverts it, however, because even though he cooks up a lot of violent schemes, it's mainly because he doesn't think something is wrong if it helps his friends, ranging from killing birds to power a spell to help Lissa sleep to offering to kill his own leader to make Panne feel better. Most of the time though, he's just openly helpful to others and will cut out any disturbing antics the moment someone asks him to.
      • The Spotpass Paralogues have four recruitable characters who were fought at earlier points in the game: Aversa, Yen'fay, Walhart, and Gangrel. The first was brainwashed the whole time during their stint as an antagonist, while the second was Forced into Evil in the main story. The third one is unrepentant about his prior actions but was a Well-Intentioned Extremist. Meanwhile the fourth was a tyrant deliberately running his own country into the ground whilst trying to start a war. You do learn that he originally was also a Well-Intentioned Extremist before becoming Drunk with Power. While some of his supports indicate he changed, his ending mentions he may have gone back to villainy.
    • Peri in Fire Emblem Fates. After her mother was murdered by a stalker servant, Peri grew into a childish, amoral serial killer who sees no problem in the slaughter of others. However, as mentioned above, she's a downplayed example, as she's still Affably Evil with her friends and can even grow out of her bloodlust via Character Development.
    • Fire Emblem: Three Houses
      • Hubert falls into this if the player chooses the Black Eagles and goes on to the Crimson Flower route. Hubert's Undying Loyalty to Edelgard means he'll do absolutely anything to see her grand ambitions come to fruition, up to and including (sometimes overtly) plotting the assassination of his own allies (and the player character) at first. He eventually cuts out this behavior if you're still allied with him after the Time Skip but loses little of his ruthlessness, as many of his battle quotes would attest.
      • On the Blue Lions route, Dimitri himself becomes one immediately after the Time Skip. While all the other allies are concerned with ending the war, Dimitri has become a Blood Knight who only cares about killing Edelgard. He alienates and creeps out the others at strategy meetings and is even locked out of support conversations because no-one can stand being around him. After Chapter 17 this changes, and Dimitri begins a Redemption Arc to gradually become the heroic Lord he was pre-timeskip again.
      • Of the Golden Deer, Lorenz is a variant of this. Off of the Golden Deer route, Lorenz is the only member of the Golden Deer to side with the Empire instead of against it (Claude, Hilda, Ignatz, Azure Moon Raphael, Lysithea, Leonie) or stay neutral (Marianne, Crimson Flower Raphael), and even leaves your party briefly on the Azure Moon and Silver Snow routes. Notably, however, Lorenz does not actually support the Empire but does so to protect his territory.
      • On the Verdant Wind and Silver Snow routes, Ashe of the Blue Lions is a very strange variant of this, as he is the only Blue Lion to fight for the Empire instead of against it (Dimitri, Dedue, Felix, Sylvain, Mercedes, Ingrid) or staying out of the conflict (Annette), even briefly leaving your party after the timeskip. He notably does not harbor any ill will towards your party, and in fact apologizes if he attacks, saying he does so out of duty as Lonato's son.
  • Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage:
    • Jagi becomes this for the Hokuto side in Dream Mode, choosing to take his chances with his brothers after royally pissing off Thouzer. Jagi was one of the biggest monsters in the series, although for this one mode, his brutality has been toned down with some hilarious moments.
    • Raoh of the Hokuto Side, since by default, he's the ruthless Big Bad, and even when he's a Noble Demon, he's still got the evil within him.
  • In Grand Theft Auto V, Mike is a Consummate Professional with plenty of humanizing traits, and Franklin is an Anti-Villain with very sympathetic motives. Trevor, by contrast, is a complete psychopath who is motivated solely by For the Evulz (Mike and Frank at least admit they do crimes for money), and of the three protagonists, has the highest body count and most atrocities to his name.
  • Margrid The Sly joins your party in Guild Wars. She's a member of the Corsairs, a ragtag group of bandits you've been fighting since level 1. It just so happens she can provide you with a quick escape from one mission, and she has no qualms with helping you as long as you can pay up. She ends up joining you permanently, though (she claims) it's more for money and treasure than the chance to be a hero.
  • Three examples from Indivisible:
  • Nix in inFAMOUS 2.
    • Nix is more of an Anti-Villain. While she is willing to kill it is more due to her traumatic experience and wanting to get revenge. After the plot twist, she is willing to sacrifice her life to stop the Beast who will destroy everything, compared to her counterpart Lucy, who joins with the Beast to save herself. Granted, it due to her wanting vengeance for the mutants she adopted as pets and not wanting to live in a world where everyone's a Conduit.
  • A lot of the hirable mercs in the Jagged Alliance games are either Ax-Crazy, massive Jerkasses, or both. They'll ignore orders if they're busy trying to kill a baddy, annoy other team members so much that they quit, or (in some instances) murder teammates that they dislike between missions.
  • The King of Fighters: Iori Yagami plays this for his official teams in KOF 2001 and XI. Iori becomes this any time he allies with Kyo and Chizuru to form the Three Sacred Treasures Team. They're all descended from the three clans (Kusanagi, Yasakani, and Yata) responsible for sealing away Orochi, but the Yagami clan (formerly the Yasakani) made a deal with Orochi out of jealousy of the Kusanagi. In the present day, Iori hates Kyo with a passion, but he's joined forces with Kyo on at least four occasions ('96, '97, 2003, and XI) because a) Chizuru is somehow able to coax him into fighting for their cause and even act as less of jerk than normal (Shingo fulfills a similar role in XI) and b) no one gets to kill Kyo but him. As such, Iori's gradually progressed into Nominal Hero territory over the course of the series.
  • Knights of the Old Republic:
    • Canderous and HK-47 in both games. One is a Mandalorian, the other is an assassination droid and both are incredibly bloodthirsty compared to other companions. It's not the fact that HK's standard greeting in KotOR 2 is "Is there someone you want killed, master?", it's how viscerally he enjoys it.
    • Kreia in KotOR 2 if the player character is light-sided, as she believes in balance above all else, and so gives "evil" advice when players do good things.
    • There are others who start out evil, and can be redeemed, in KOTOR II - G0-T0 comes to mind.
  • League of Legends:
    • The faction of Ionia is filled with heroic characters who would usually oppose the evil factions like Zaun and Noxus. However, it's also home to three decidedly evil character:
      • Dark Sovereign Syndra, a powerful, loose-cannon Lady of Black Magic who murdered her master for the 'crime' of teaching her self-control and plans to destroy the Ionian leadership for being wusses.
      • Zed, the Master of Shadows, the only evil Ninja in the game, who drove out the old order of heroic ninjas (Shen, Akali and Kennen) and wants to convert everyone to his dark arts of ninja and kill anyone else who are weak or opposing him. Riot even states that he and Syndra are allies.
      • Jhin, a professional assassin under the paycheck of Ionian's shadowy cabals who views killing as an art.
    • Piltover is a tech-city home to several good champions like Caitlyn and Vi. But then there's Camille, a cyborg who also serves law but is far more ruthless than the other Piltover champions.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's Portable : The Gears of Destiny, everyone who had joined forces to fight the Unbreakable Darkness is doing it for good reasons, may it be to stop the Eldritch Abomination from destroying everything, to fix the mistake they did for unsealing her in the first place, or because they're completely loyal to both their master and their newfound friends and would like to have fun times after beating the threat. Well, everyone that is, except for Lord Dearche, the Evil Overlord-like Humanoid Abomination who's only doing it because she plans to take the unlimited power of the Unbreakable Darkness and use it to kill all her non-Material allies so that no one would stand in her way as she begins a reign of darkness! She was slightly annoyed when her fellow Materials protested her plans since that would mean that she'd kill their new friends too. Damn minions straying from their original mission of bringing chaos to everything and becoming all nice behind her back...
  • Marvel: Avengers Alliance:
    • Magneto becomes this. He reluctantly joined forces with the Avengers as the Syndicate he used to side committed one thing he wouldn't cross: reviving Red Skull.
    • Magik, if you get her, in a weird way. When she joins you, she could count as a normal heroine. However, as of Avengers vs. X-Men, Magik turned out to be Evil All Along, so she could've counted. However, for the game, her 'evilness' has been toned down a bit, subverting this trope.
  • Green Goblin and Venom from Spider-Man eventually join your group in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 after you free them from being controlled by the Fold, a hive mind of nanite-possessed people. Judging from their dialogue with other characters, where they're total Jerkasses, they're not too happy about it. The partnership between them and the heroes is a strict Enemy Mine to take down their common foe.
  • Mass Effect 2 gives you the psychotic former lab rat Jack, the revenge-obsessed mercenary Zaeed, and the asari sex demon Morinth (who you can only recruit if your Shepard agrees to kill another teammate instead). The Mass Effect 2 squad is quite far from the "heroic" side of the scale, when you consider that Thane Krios, an assassin, is one of the most moral characters in Shepard's team.
    • Jack and Zaeed, while they don't end up being fully redeemed (at least until 3 for Jack), can at least be convinced to see things in a Paragon fashion, Jack by helping her deal with her past and convincing her that you're not merely out to just use her and Zaeed by punching him in the face and threatening, at gunpoint, to let him burn in a factory like he would have done to innocent hostages. Morinth, on the other hand, is a monstrous character who has no intention of ever changing and enjoys what she does.
    • Mass Effect 3 has Javik, though he's not so much evil as he is just brutally pragmatic and ruthless in dealing with the Reapers. He also has zero tolerance for synthetic lifeforms and believes that they have no right to exist. He's also more than a little racist with other organic lifeforms (though you can talk him out of that over time), considering most of the sapient species of this cycle to be clearly inferior to Protheans like him.
    • Then there's Aria T'Loak. Sidequests she give you during the main course of the game implying assassination of head of one crime group to promote Aria's marionette or turian general, who stops the other groups from plundering the weapon deliveries (which can be avoided), or releasing the Ax-Crazy head of the third group from C-Sec (which can be avoided as well, by provoking her vice to kill her to take her place). Then she becomes an actual teammate for the Omega DLC, where she ruthlessly forces Shepard to kill hundreds of Omega civilians just for her to survive (which she does anyway), and then murders the surrendered Cerberus general, if not stopped.
    • In a sense the Batarian Hegemony is this to the other Citadel races. They're the only member nation with a garden-variety dictatorship for a government and which still practices slavery. They're considered a rogue state, but not to the extent of the Terminus Systems which are just a loose conglomeration of feuding fiefdoms.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: Ivor in Episode 4 and 5.
  • In Namco × Capcom, amongst the multitudes of good heroes, one of the members you can get is Tekken's Heihachi Mishima, one of the chief antagonists of the series. Though to be fair, he's on the 'Thou' part on the Eviler Than Thou deal against Devil Kazuya...
    • Project X Zone continues the tradition with young Heihachi and Juri Han from Super Street Fighter IV. And in the sequel, one of the first images you see in promotion materials is that the aforementioned Kazuya is going to be fighting on the players' side. There's also Vergil on the same boat.
  • Neverwinter Nights provided Grimgnaw, a Lawful Evil monk with the creepy turned Up to Eleven.
    • Aribeth de Tylmarande in Hordes of the Underdark is a Fallen Paladin who ended up as The Dragon in the first campaign. You can either make her the Token Evil Teammate, or convince her to seek her god's forgiveness, in which case she regains Lawful Good alignment.
    • Nathyrra from the same campaign is not an example. She is listed as Lawful Evil purely because of game mechanics on the Assassin Prestige Class and acts completely Lawful Good.
    • Neverwinter Nights 2 has Bishop, a Social Darwinist ranger; Ammon Jerro, a warlock who is determined to defeat the Big Bad by any means necessary, including murder and consorting with fiends; and Qara, a sociopathic sorceress who has no qualms about "solving" problems by blasting everything in sight (and does not react well to people trying to prove that it doesn't solve anything).
    • One-of-Many, an undead Hive Mind, could possibly be this in the expansion Mask of the Betrayer, but this would largely be averted (provided the player doesn't choose to make a sudden Heel–Face Turn) by the fact that the PC would have to make a consciously evil choice to get him/it/them/? instead of Okku (the corresponding good character).
    • Leaving aside the fact that Storm of Zehir lets you hand-craft your own party, T.E.T. and all if you so desire, among the cohorts are the deep gnome wizard Chir Darkflame (Chaotic Evil), the aasimar Shadow Thief Belueth the Calm (Neutral Evil), and the half-drow warlock Quarrel (Chaotic Evil).
  • Okage: Shadow King has one (kind of) in the form of Stan. Evil King Stan believes himself, clearly, to be evil, and thus goes along with Ari to destroy the other Evil Kings and regain his power to do...evil things, apparently. Ironically, a majority of the Evil Kings Ari defeats ends up joining their group.
  • Among the founders of the titular organization in Overwatch, Gabriel Reyes (the man who would eventually become Reaper) qualifies. While the other four founders were (and still are) good people, he was a Well-Intentioned Extremist at best and a ruthless Knight Templar at worst.
  • While most of the champions in Paladins are heroic at best and Ambiguously Evil at worst, Zhin is the first real villain of the playable characters. He's the leader of a dark organization called the Thousand Hand Guild and shows utter contempt for everyone. In his champion teaser, he burns down the building that he was sharpening his sword in just because he can.
  • Persona 5 Royal: If you unlock the remaster's Bonus Dungeon, Crow rejoins the party; they're not The Mole this time, but neither do they try hiding their true nature, making them this.
  • Ignus in Planescape: Torment; he is technically Chaotic Neutral, but he's an Ax-Crazy Pyromaniac. The main character could become this as well, depending on how you play.
  • Pokémon:
    • Malva is this to the Elite Four in X and Y - she was once a member of Team Flare and constantly talks about how much she despises the player for defeating them. The other Elite Four members don't seem to mind this.
    • The fact that Giovanni was the leader of Team Rocket did not prevent him from being the Viridian City Gym Leader in Red and Blue, or being brought back in the Pokémon World Tournament in Generation V even after ownership of the gym was relinquished to Blue.
  • Dr. Nefarious in Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One, especially in that he was the Big Bad for two previous games.
  • In Rosenkreuzstilette Freudenstachel, Eifer Skute was an interesting double subversion. While the Schwarzkreuz was already an antagonizing group to begin with, Eifer showed that she was even worse than the rest of the bunch when she not only betrayed Pamela, but also revealed that she murdered the pope, and that her true allegiance goes to none other than Iris. That doesn't stop her from being Easily Forgiven in Pamela's side story, however.
  • Despite the main characters in Red Dead Redemption II are part of a gang who commit crimes throughout, Micah Bell is an Ax-Crazy serial killer who's only out for himself he even goes as far as betraying the gang for his own selfish reasons.
  • E-123 Omega from Sonic Heroes and Sonic Chronicles. Dr. Eggman in Sonic Chronicles as well.
  • Gig in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Except, obviously, in the Demon Path, where everyone is evil.
  • In StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Alarak is a ruthless Magnificent Bastard with questionable morality and an Obviously Evil appearance, but he serves as one of Artanis' generals after a Heel–Face Turn. He even gets a handful of Pet the Dog moments throughout the story.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic: The Jedi Knight has Lord Scourge as one of their companions, he is a Sith Lord who happened to be the Sith Emperor's former bodyguard. He sides with the Jedi because he saw that they would be the one who will defeat the emperor. It should be noted that in the past he aided Revan and the Exile in taking down the Emperor, but betrayed them when he had a vision that they would fail, and the Jedi Knight would be the one who will kill the Emperor.
    • Other examples in the game are Consular companion Zenith (a not-quite-former terrorist who will approve of any action that hits the Empire, and too bad if there are hundreds of civilian casualties in the crossfire), Trooper companion Tanno Vik, who is a dishonorably discharged soldier turned mercenary, and Theron Shan from the Shadow of Revan arc (who almost always advocates for the Republic flavor of Dark Side - like killing Rakata soldiers asleep in kolto tanks or sniping Imperial ships in the chaos during a fight with the Revanites).
    • Even Imperial classes have characters that come off as extra cruel or brutal compared to others. The Imperial Agent and Bounty Hunter has Kaliyo Djannis and Skadge, who are Psychos For Hire that largely approve of violence and cruelty. Most notably, Kaliyo is the first companion of the Agent and will be around for quite a while before they get their second companion.
      • Then there is SCORPIO, an Agent companion, a ruthless assassin droid. She is a major companion in Knights of the Fallen Empire who plays the role of an unpredictable Wild Card.
  • Suikoden:
    • Sid in Suikoden II counts. His creepy demeanor, which you get to witness firsthand, makes him The Unfavorite among the local townspeople where he lives. He also qualifies as Wild Card, as he joins you only because Chaco, his younger brother has joined you and Sid, being the Big Brother Bully that he is, would find more opportunities in tormenting Chaco by joining you as well.note 
    • Suikoden V has Nakula, an Ax-Crazy killer who makes absolutely no attempt to hide the fact that he wants to murder one of your other teammates. A little elaboration is needed. He's not "evil by design". Rather, he's just insanely pissed one of your other teammates murdered his father, and though he really wants said teammate to die (who even acknowledges he's right to be so angry), he's willing to be professional enough to put his grudge aside to aid you, even against his own people, mostly because they gave him up for dead.
  • Bowser in Super Mario RPG and Super Paper Mario, although he can hardly be called "Evil" in either of those games.
    • Lady Bow in Paper Mario. Her subjects picked on Tubba before and after the events of her chapter.
  • Harold Berselius in Tales of Destiny 2 is the Token Amoral Teammate, essentially doing everything for either her amusement, to get the chance to murder a goddess, or For Science!, including threatening to vivisect people and experimenting on them without consent. It must be pointed out she was a Mad Scientist for the good side of the Aether war, however.
  • Anyone with the Darcsen Hater potential in Valkyria Chronicles. Cezary is a Dirty Coward who only became a sniper to stay off the front lines, besides being a complete Jerkass. (even to the player) And then there's Theold Bohr, a Might Makes Right, Social Darwinist, bully and utterly unrepentant Jerkass who calls Darcsens heretics. Rosina isn't quite as bad as the other two (she only dislikes Darcsens because they tend to be skinny, and she has a thing for macho men) but she can still be a jerk sometimes. Given the nature of the game, most players don't even touch them.
  • Joshua of The World Ends with You. He starts as the protagonist's partner and foil in the second level of the game, fakes a Heroic Sacrifice, and ends up as the Big Bad and The Man Behind the Man in The Reveal. Not bad for a smarmy git.
  • World of Horror has two examples:
    • While most of the protagonists are teenagers, Haru is a 25-year old member of the yakuza who serves as a driver. The Sole Survivor of a disastrous attempt to rob an old, abandoned mansion that turned out to be far more dangerous than any of them anticipated, he gets involved in trying to stop the supernatural out of self-preservation.
    • Unlockable character Miku, meanwhile, starts as one of your enemies, making a Heel–Face Turn after you fill her sickly grandmother's Prescription for her. The game refers to them as the Chaos Survivor, stating in their description that they fight the Old Gods for their own selfish reasons rather than pursuing any greater good.
  • Warlocks and Death Knights seem to serve this role in World of Warcraft. Warlocks fit the role very loosely, since they indeed horribly kill their enemies and steal their souls, but their class quest chain is dedicated to resisting the Burning Legion's influence and not succumbing to evil.
    • As well as many Forsaken characters, who are not saints and seem to be part of the Horde mostly out of it being mutually beneficial (and Sylvanas having at least some degree of respect for Thrall).
    • And Death Knights feed by the very act of killing, which is perfectly suited to the role of adventurer… and thus not really fitting the trope very well. All of what made the DK class "evil" was because they were compelled to do Arthas' will, which disappears after the Knights of the Ebon Blade rebel.
      • On the other hand, many of the Knights of the Ebon Blade take questionable approaches to fighting the Scourge, from being willing to fire even while risking hitting web-wrapped "human shields" to destroying the soul of an enemy commander.
    • In Wrath of the Lich King, Malygos, leader of the Blue Dragonflight, has gone insane and is leading his dragonflight in an attempt to destroy the world due to what he sees as overuse and misuse of magic by mortals. The Wyrmrest Accord is an alliance of the other four dragonflights of Azeroth against the blues. The black dragonflight is part of the alliance. The leader of the black dragonflight also wants to destroy the world, in his case because he was corrupted by Eldritch Abominations, and in fact he would attempt to do so in the very next expansion, but he wasn't around during the events of Wrath of the Lich King. So the blacks, while evil in general, weren't making a concerted effort to blow things up when the blues were.
    • Magatha Grimtotem and her clan are this to the Tauren. She's responsible for the death of Cairne Bloofhoof (Cairne had a duel with Garrosh Hellscream where both fighters were allowed to have their weapon blessed by a shaman before the fight, Magatha applied poison to Hellscream's weapon) and was exiled for it. Players help her acquire an artifact called the Doomstone in post-Cataclysm Thousand Needles, after which she vanishes.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links, Pegasus, Yami Marik, and Yami Bakura are among the playable characters.

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  • The Most Popular Girls in School:
    • Out of the three Cheer Squad members, Mackenzie has the least amount of redeeming qualities and is the one most likely to turn on her friends if the opportunity is worthwhile. While Brittnay will at least hold back her rage to the people she genuinely cares about, Mackenzie will be more blinded by her goals and be more unconcerned about how her actions negatively affect others, regardless of who they are and how close they are to her.
    • Out of the three Van Buren sisters, Cameron has the least amount of redeeming qualities and is the one most likely to turn on Shay and Mikayla if the opportunity is worthwhile. In season one she gladly joined her sisters in planning revenge on the Cheerleaders for calling Shay "A fucking liar," while in season five she not only eagerly accepts Mackenzie's invitation into the American teen modeling team but joins in mocking Shay for assuming they asked her.
  • Many of the characters from Red vs. Blue can occupy this role depending on their current motivation. Sometimes Church; most often, Tex. After season 2, when the teams are frequently allied against a greater threat, Sarge views the Blues as a collective Evil Teammate, though he's probably closer to this.
  • Kirby from Sonic for Hire, who is a whole lot eviler in this series than he normally is. He doesn't mind swallowing or hitting innocent creatures or servants with umbrellas.
  • In the Yogscast series Cornerstone, the participants such as Duncan, Hannah Rutherford, Sjin, Kim Richards and Rythian are largely capable of cooperation, although most factions have built a secret base or two and arguments tend to crop up. This is not the case with Hat Films, who generally antagonise the other seven players, stole a lot of gold all to build a "Mile High Club" base, steal jetpacks, found a cult to a golden hand and try murdering the others when their own secret base is ravaged. This applies to a lesser extent with Strippin, who essentially acts as their muscle.

    Web Comics 
  • 8-Bit Theater: Black Mage is absurdly evil. In one arc, it is revealed that his Signature Move, hadoken, is powered by love. That is, he siphons love out of the universe to fuel his power. This has the added effect of raising the divorce rate with each blast.
    • While the Light Warriors as a whole are amoral, inept, stupid, violent, destructive and selfish, Black Mage stands out because he wants to destroy the world and everyone in it for no real reason. It's suggested that its his own presence that causes the rest of the Light Warriors to be what they are.
  • Bob in Bob and George is evil, but still hangs out with his brother George and the rest of the main cast. He even saves George from trouble a few times. However, none of this stops him from occasionally trying to take over the world or kill everyone.
  • Curse Quest: Avalon is a dead ringer for this. He appears to be inactive and sidelines with the heroes at the moment. However, considering he doesn't give his real name and also using an alias when signing up for the curse quest, it can be assumed he doesn't want to be discovered by the International Guild of Heroes. He cheers on enemies trying to kill his teammates and demands being called Master Avalon.
  • In Darths & Droids, Pete doesn't exactly play his character evil, but as more of an insane and completely amoral psychopath. Though he doesn't seem to be aware that there is anything unusual about it. And it's R2-D2 of all people. He does admit that he likes the group in this strip, after he GM's a session which turns into a death trap. Lampshaded in #783:
    R2-D2: If I was controlling a bad guy, you know what I'd do?
    Obi-Wan: "If"?
  • Arudin from Dungeon Crawl Inc is this, though he insists he's "colorfully pragmatic." His most vile deeds occurred years before he joined The Team, when he was an agent of the elven terrorist organization Eldreth Veluuthra. He did a Heel–Face Turn and nowadays he's mainly a snarky Jerkass.
  • Luke from Freakangels decided one day human morals really weren't his thing and has been going downhill ever since.
  • General Protection Fault:
    • Trudy was quite over-the-top evil in the first few years, literally as well as figuratively kicking dogs. As Cerebus Syndrome set in, she became a slightly toned down villain who was manipulating the rest of the cast to take over the world. After being defeated and forced on the run, her ex-boyfriend Trent took over her position, proving to be the most selfish and amoral of the GPF crew during his time there. The fact that both of them were in the same position gets lampshaded.
      Nick: Do they make marketing people in a less maniacal flavor?
    • The trope is downplayed at first with Trent, however. Dwayne shows more patience with his antics than he really deserves, though it's fair to say his feud with Fred isn't entirely one-sided, but Trent does eventually push the Team Dad too far.
      Trent: Fired?! On what grounds?
      Dwayne: Let's see. Harassing a fellow employee. Attempting to murder said fellow employee. Disrupting the workplace with frivolous lawsuits. I don't like you, I'm through defending you to my employees, you just attempted to pull my wife's clothes off...
      Trent: I think I get the picture...
  • Girl Genius:
    • Baron Wulfenbach seems to keep Bangladesh Dupree on the payroll because it's better to have her using her destructiveness at his call rather than simply running loose. Of course, that leash isn't very tight.
    • Tarvek considers himself this to Agatha's group, even declaring it out loud at one point.
      Tarvek: I'm totally one of the bad guys, okay? I'm a great big devious weasel.
  • In Gods Playing Poker, Cthulhu himself is generally on the side of hurting people and eating souls, although the actual group doesn't do much literal heroing, being mostly composed of holy figures of various faiths.
  • The Handbook of Heroes has Fighter as by far the jerkiest member of the protagonist party, committing vile deeds like slaying a good gold dragon for its hoard or killing a magical talking deer for food. An early strip confirms that his in-universe alignment is Evil.
  • Homestuck:
    • At first, the Trolls seem to have one in Terezi "gallowsCalibrator" Pyrope. In Act Five, however, we meet the other Trolls; compared to Vriska "arachnidsGrip" Serket, Terezi is a saint. The worst thing Terezi has done was leading the protagonist to get himself killed by taking on enemies stronger than he could manage in an alternate timeline, and she did this knowing he would be back. Vriska, on the other hand, forced one of her teammates to jump off a cliff and paralyze himself, then mind controlled another teammate into murdering his lover, and forced Terezi into staring into the sun until she went blind. Terezi has killed trolls during her time as Vriska's partner in FLARP, but according to her, she only killed the "bad" ones, while Vriska just killed everyone.
    • There's also Eridan Ampora, who doesn't seem too dangerous initially, merely being a Jerkass with plans to perform genocide on the land dwellers that he doesn't seem too likely to ever actually come through with. Then in Act 5 Act 2, he reveals his plan to join up with Jack Noir, and promptly blinds Sollux and murders Feferi and Kanaya when they attempt to fight him.
    • And the most unexpected example, Gamzee Makara. Introduced as a dim-witted, good natured stoner who is a devout follower of a religion of clowns and miracles, he seems like a funny character firmly rooted on the good side. Then he runs out of what kept him high and has his religion mocked by Dave and promptly becomes a murderer hellbent on killing all the other trolls in the name of his "mirthful messiahs". While Karkat calms him down before he can kill more than two trolls, he still never goes back to being the good-natured person he was before, becoming a complete Jerkass, and he ends up being a follower of Lord English and doing many things to assist him as well as the only one of the token evil teammates to end up having seemingly no redeeming qualities by the end.
    • For the Pre-scratch trolls Kurloz was probably the most outright evil, though Meenah and Damara were close behind.
  • Galatea in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! seems to be very slowly growing a set of morals, thanks to her family's influence. She at least acknowledges that hurting innocent people is bad, but she still believes conquering a planet and setting yourself up as dictator is okay as long as no one gets (immediately) hurt. Bob pointed out that people would inevitably get hurt in the long run, and that gave her pause. So, she's gettin' there...
  • Mike from It's Walky! and Shortpacked!. While not exactly evil, he takes being a Jerkass Up to Eleven. When he's sober. When he's drunk, he turns into a nice guy.
  • Most of the characters in The Last Days of FOXHOUND are at least a little evil, but either Psycho Mantis or Ocelot are the default evil guys.
  • Richard in Looking for Group (pictured above) is this. On page two, we see him use an innocent bystander as a human shield. He then gleefully considers the prospect of killing the man's wife and young son, to "complete the set." The rest of the party is grey or good (Cale).
    • Oddly enough, despite Richard killing Cale the first time they met (he got better), and Richard's constant Crossing the Line Twice, by now Cale misses him so much when he is not around that he set his own hands on fire reminiscing. When Richard returned, there were hugs.
  • Ken in No Need for Bushido is a Sociopathic Hero jerkass who is something like a combination of Mugen and Prince Zuko but without either of their noble qualities. He's shown brutally mugging innocent people several times as a way to keep the group in-funds, and his good teammates are willing to tolerate this.
  • Bezzler the thief in Nodwick essentially stole everything he could get his hands on and nearly bankrupted his party several times before Yeager slipped him a "Magic Helm of C'ntrol-Ault-Delete" (and again until Nodwick dealt with him after this wore off). Although in day-to-day life Yeager seems to play this role despite not being officially evil (often helped by Artax), largely due to his tendency to treat henchmen as Acceptable Professional Targets.
  • In One Piece: Grand Line 3.5, Cory plays Zoro as a Chaotic Neutral invoked Blood Knight only out for himself. The only thing tying him to the party is his Undying Loyalty flaw; as Zoro didn't answer to anyone, Cory figured it wouldn't come up, and only realized after agreeing to follow Luffy what that meant.
    • DM was also going to enter Kurahadol into the team, but instead illustrated some of the problems inherit to this; he was so excessively rude to his would-be party members that by the end of their first meeting, Luke was asking if they could just kill him off so she'd have to roll up a new character. In addition, the character build was not one that could even work with the party with the key maneuver being a frenzy attack that doesn't distinguish between allies and foes.
  • Belkar in The Order of the Stick. A Chaotic Evil Card-Carrying Villain Jerkass, but Roy is allowed into heaven partially because his influence limited the amount of evil Belkar would otherwise have done. (Exactly how much would that have been? See this comic.) Interestingly, this may be the first non-intuitive trope used without at least a Lampshade Hanging.
    • Also interesting in that it's played completely straight, bordering on deconstruction. The implications of a mostly good party putting up with the sometimes utterly despicable actions of a teammate who shows them little loyalty are thoroughly explored. And then reconstructed with Roy giving a lecture not only on how Belkar can be controlled, but why it would be a bigger risk not to try. The authorities of Law and Good actually agree with Roy, saying that they believe that Roy's influence has minimized Belkar's evil (and their projections of what Belkar might have become without Roy around are actually kind of scary).
    • This status quo is gradually changing, with Belkar having undergone a Vision Quest where he's convinced that the only way he can continue getting away with what he does is by pretending to be more heroic and less sociopath. He's still a Jerkass, but considering he's inherited a Morality Pet in the form of Lord Shojo's Right-Hand Cat, he may have begun to genuinely change for the better. But only slightly, since he's still willing to deal with slavers when they don't threaten his cat. Nevertheless, Belkar still is very much "south of Neutral", in Haley's words — which is sometimes not a bug, but a feature.
    • Later on in the story, he loses his status as the only evil character after Durkon becomes a vampire. In fact, Belkar's the first character to (rightly) suspect there's more going on there than just an alignment shift (and for a long time, too). It later turns out that the character calling himself Durkon isn't Durkon at all; he's actually the High Priest of Hel, who pulled a Grand Theft Me and sealed Durkon's actual soul/mind deep inside, picking away at his memories in order to learn how to better impersonate him.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • Bun-Bun is a sociopath through and through, but the other characters keep him around partly out of sympathy, partly because his raw toughness comes in handy, and partly because he'd kick their asses for trying to get rid of him. Over the years, the cast has gotten quite good at "Bun-Bun-fu", arranging situations so that it's in Bun-Bun's best interest to help them.
      Riff: I'm going to sweeten the deal! What do you think of this, Bun-Bun?
      Bun-Bun: [unimpressed] It's an empty wallet.
      Riff: [points to bad guy] And I bet his is full of cash and credit cards. And you've got to bodily throw one of us out.
      Bun-Bun: Fair enough! Time to mug and take out the trash!
    • Even more blatant during the ROKEN arc, where Bun-Bun goes up against Oasis under the guise of doing it only for a huge pile of cash, only when he finally encounters her he has this exchange:
      Bun-Bun: I'll get right to the point, Red. You simply have to stop messing with and killing the dweebs in my life. They suck, I know, but they're my dweebs. You're making me mad. But you know what's going to make you madder than me? I know where Torg is and I'm not telling. So what are you going to do about it, Crazy-Pants?
    • Each time he got drunk he would tell the rest of the cast that he actually appreciates them...

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    Web Videos 
  • Gavin Free used to be considered this for Achievement Hunter, often trolling the others regularly in an effort to make videos more entertaining. Since then, however, Ryan Haywood (aka "Mad King Ryan") has surpassed him, regularly making sadistic challenges for the others, imprisoning animals for petty reasons and constantly betraying the others For the Evulz. Pretty much all of the Achievement Hunter group will slip into being a troll because It Amused Me, meaning this role alternates.
  • Typically, whenever Lewis Brindley, Simon Lane and Duncan Jones play Minecraft together, it's a fair bet that Lewis and Duncan will both work fairly efficiently on their various projects, with the odd moment of trolling or silliness in between. Simon, however, will remorselessly set things on fire, kill the others for relatively petty reasons (such as Duncan talking about a golf course that wasn't practical to finish), use TNT to "solve" a problem more often than not, steal things from others and insult them. He's fairly bad in Trouble in Terrorist Town as well, in which he tends to RDM note  while innocent and do his fellow traitors in with suicide bombs when a traitor. Ironically, he's the complete opposite in Yoglabs.
  • Discussed in Counter Monkey, in which Spoony actively discourages letting a player make an evil character in a party of good guys since not only because the player simply just want to actively fuck with the party, there is no reason that a group of heroes would trust said character, especially if there's a Paladin or Cleric (who can cast Detect Evil) within the group. He does however offer some possible ways to make the character work (a Lawful Evil character or one who hates the current villain more than he does the party).
  • Tyce from Deagle Nation is this to the rest of Deagle Nation. Not only has he started a "civil war" within the group twice now, but he's also a neo-nazi and has stated plenty of times that he's wanted to start a race war to "free the skeletons" among other goals.
  • While the whole main cast of Flander's Company is made of Villain Protagonists, it's revealed in Season 2 that their Token Good Teammate possesses a Super-Powered Evil Side.
  • Hat Films has Smiffy (Alex Smith), although "evil" might be an exaggeration. While (at least when playing Minecraft) the Sirs are mostly immoral and ended up being the biggest threat to the rest of the Yogscast server before it was deactivated, they have some limits. Smiffy, on the other hand, regularly sets things on fire, does cruel things for his own amusement, tries to weaponise anything that the trio makes (up to and including making nukes), trolls others on the public server and kills tamed animals for petty reasons.
  • In Noob Gaea is not exactly this for most of the story despite her Manipulative Bastard status. Omega Zell is quite prone do underhanded behaviour himself and Arthéon's behaviour has several time implied that he could throw his benevolent Guild Master personality out the window if it meant getting back some of the status he lost in the backstory. They were also all equally guilty of considering that the Sparadrap was the sole reason of their lack of progress despite their respective flaws playing a big part in it also. She however definitely became the token evil of the team after Arthéon and Omega Zell left the guild and all the other remaining members were much more on the good side.
  • In Trapped in the Bird Cage while Saturn and Nejma both have their psychological and ethical problems Will is substantially more amoral than either of them, never mind Reader. However around episode 8 after Reader saves her life she does show, briefly, a Hidden Heart of Gold
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    Western Animation 
  • Adventure Time:
    • As time went on, the Ice King became less of a nemesis of Finn and Jake and more of a Friendly Enemy, especially after they learn his tragic backstory as an ordinary man corrupted by an Artifact of Doom. He eventually upgrades to a sometime-ally, especially after he's forced to live with Finn and Jake for a while in the later half of season 5.
    • Peppermint Butler. He's known to the Gumball Guardians as "The Dark One", he's best friends with Death, and he frequently dabbles in black magic and demonology. And he's still Princess Bubblegum's loyal butler.
  • Aladdin: The Series: Iago, as the former servant of villain Jafar, is rehabilitated but still the one member of the team with the most nasty ideas. In some episodes, he subtly attempts to steal the Sultan's gold.
  • American Dad!:
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Shake, a bastard who lives to torture his roommates and for personal gain. The other members of the team often do evil things as well, but Shake is unique in that he doesn't need a reason.
  • As Told by Ginger: Dodie is a downplayed example as she is not outright "evil". She is prone to Chronic Backstabbing Disorder, tried to break up Ginger and her boyfriend because she was jealous of Darren, and has other negative qualities.
  • Beast Wars:
    • Dinobot serves this role for the first two seasons. He starts out on Megatron's side, but is immediately cast out for trying to take over. He then challenges Optimus for leadership of the Maximals, but ends up joining the team.
    • Shortly after Dinobot's death, Blackarachnia takes over.
  • Classic Disney Shorts: One of the players on Mickey Mouse's team in Mickey's Polo Team is the Big Bad Wolf from Disney's The Three Little Pigs. Though the only really mean thing he does is unleash his trademark huffing and puffing on Shirley Temple and the Three Little Pigs when they heckle him from the stands.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk: Tuffnut and Ruffnut are considered to be too violent and reckless even for vikings' standards. They also find some pleasure in chaos and destruction and show some sociopathic behavior, but mostly harmless.
  • DuckTales (2017): When asked who is the "evil triplet" in the series premiere, Huey and Dewey both point at Louie (the most cunning, lazy, and greedy of the brothers), who agrees.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • Eddy, despite being The Leader, is the most devious and anti-heroic of the main trio.
    • Sarah and Kevin are the token jerks of the cul-de-sac kids.
  • Family Guy:
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum: The Child Mage Kyle is not technically evil, he's just more grumpy and despising over the two titular boys, and is the least friendly classmate.
  • Futurama: Bender.
    Bender: From now on I promise I'll never be too good or too evil again. I'll just be me.
    Leela: Do you think you could be a little less evil than that?
    Bender: I dunno. Do you think you could survive a 700 foot fall?
    Fry: Good old Bender.
    • Given his near-total lack of regard for human life and number of Doomsday devices, Farnsworth is also this.
  • Gargoyles: Word of God is that if the planned spinoff Gargoyles 2198 ever gets made, Demona, Big Bad of the existing Gargoyles series, will take this role. It's not that she's gotten over her Fantastic Racism towards humans, but more that she's decided she likes the Scary Dogmatic Aliens who've taken over Earth even less — for now. Whether she'll eventually morph into The Atoner or take back the Big Bad role herself is left deliberately unanswered.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Mandy, the only one of the heroes who's more evil than a demon from the underworld.
  • Grojband: Trina Riffin, as much as being a hindrance to the band, she's also an unwitting help to them (Corey's inability to come up with lyrics is part of the reason).
  • Jem: The Misfits are all varying degrees of mean (though Stormer is only pretending to fit in) and are constantly making The Holograms lives miserable however Jetta is worse than the others. She and Roxy loathe each other, she picks on Stormer despite Stormer being the reason she's in the band (then again the others pick on her too), and she almost scammed Pizzazz out of at least a million dollars. It's a wonder they keep her around.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes: Heloise is as often seen in the company of Lucius as the brains of his misery-making schemes as she is seen in the company of Jimmy (who she has a crush on) to just have fun with him.
  • Josie and the Pussycats: Alexandra only tags along with the group because her brother Alexander is the manager. Every episode usually features her either trying to steal Alan away from Josie or sabotage the band in some way.
  • Justice League: In the episode "Hereafter", when Superman was supposedly dead, Lobo stepped up to fill in the missing spot. He took Hero Insurance to ridiculous new levels. Of course, the other members of the league never agreed to it but they really needed an extra hand at the time. When Superman returns, they get Lobo to scram.
  • Kaeloo: Mr. Cat is one of the protagonists of the show and is a friend of the main cast, but he normally does evil stuff and actually plays the villain in several episodes.
  • League of Super Evil: Doktor Frogg is the only member who is actually evil as opposed to just obnoxious.
  • The Legend of Korra: Varrick. His motives for helping Team Avatar against Unalaq were far from altruistic, as he did not care for the interests of the Southern Water Tribe, only for profiting from the conflict. He is willing to go to extremes, such as breaking the law to do this. However, he ended up becoming a Sixth Ranger Traitor and he was sabotaging their mission from the start. He masterminded terrorist attacks behind the heroes' backs that were executed by triads. He even took advantage of Asami by stealing her equipment just to make her desperate enough to sell him controlling interest. By Books Three and Four, he pulls a Heel–Face Turn and becomes a critical member of the fight against the Big Bad in the Grand Finale, having grown a conscience.
  • The Looney Tunes Show:
    • Marvin the Martian is a friend to Bugs, Daffy, and Porky in this continuity. He still wants to blow up the Earth, though considering we never see him attempt to evil might be a bit of a stretch.
    • Daffy is this compared to the people he hangs out with, though the "evil" part is usually just shameless selfishness.
  • The Penguins of Madagascar: Rico. He's canonically classed by Skipper as their resident psychopath, and out of any of the members of the penguin team, causes the most trouble intentionally.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Buford isn't actually evil, but he is rude, intimidating, and a self-professed bully.
  • On Ready Jet Go!, Mitchell is this ever since he somewhat joined the clique in "Holidays in Boxwood Terrace". He definitely has the most vices of the cast, being aloof, sarcastic, vain, and temperamental. Plus, he's out to expose Jet's identity. However, he is not evil and has many good qualities.
  • In Rick and Morty the titular Rick Sanchez is not a "good person" by any stretch of the term. Even his relatable, cowardly grandson, Morty, has said this on multiple occasions. That said, he's still the protagonist and the team sometimes does heroic things, even if typically only for self preservation or gain or because Morty pressured him into it, and the enemies they face are usually worse than they are. In fact, a massive portion of the show's Character Development are various characters, first Morty, then Summer, and then even Beth, realizing Rick is not the good person and hero they like to prop him up as.
    Morty: I don't renounce Rick, and I never have. I was just trying to protect my sister. I wanted you to have a normal life. That's something you can't have when Rick shows up. Everything real turns fake. Everything right is wrong. All you know is that you know nothing and he knows everything. And, well — well, he's not a villain, Summer, but he shouldn't be your hero. He's more like a demon or a super fucked up god.
  • In Shadow Raiders, Emperor Femur of Bone and Lord Mantel of Rock both qualify:
    • Femur is a sleazy, opportunistic coward who’s mainly out for himself, and many of the actions he takes end up hindering the Alliance’s ability to fight back against the Beast Drones. Highlights include betraying and holding Alliance leaders hostage on multiple occasions, stealing Planet Rock’s Battle Moons for himself, and pulling his forces out of the Battle of Remora, leaving Ice and Fire to take the brunt of the casualties. This last action puts him in hot water with everyone, including his own warriors (who feel dishonoured at being forced to retreat from a major battle), forcing Femur to try and improve his image with the rest of the Alliance. Despite this, most of his actions are played for laughs.
    • Lord Mantel, by contrast, is an aggressive and hot-tempered jackass who talks down to everyone, be they commoners or royalty. He stubbornly refuses to admit that the Beast Planet is too great a threat for Planet Rock to handle alone, remains unjustly confident that the Battle Moons can handle anything the Beast throws at them (even after the Beast Planet itself swats two of the Moons like flies), exiles Graveheart for daring to put the common good before that of Rock, and forces Jayde to steal vital Alliance codes so that he can seize control of it in a coup. Unlike Femur, Mantel’s hostility and belligerence are (usually) not played for laughs.
  • In the third season of She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, Shadow Weaver - formerly the second-in-command of the Horde, and Adora and Catra's Abusive Parent - defects to the Rebellion in order to get revenge on Hordak and slots into this role. The show adamantly refuses to treat this as a Heel–Face Turn; notably, when Shadow Weaver comes up against Catra, it's treated not as a victory for the heroes, but as Catra's abuser coming back to hurt her again, even though at this point Catra is in the middle of a full-blown Villainous Breakdown driven by her out-of-control envy of Adora.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In early seasons, Bart, despite his good side, was the most reckless and sociopathic of the family to the point that his antics and mischievousness often went too far, in some cases even causing real harm (both emotional or physical). However, Homer Took a Level in Jerkass in later seasons and now he's often as reckless and sociopathic as Bart, or sometimes even worse Depending on the Writer.
    • Among Homer's friends, the bitter, Ax-Crazy Moe is the meanest. Unless you count Homer himself.
    • Among Bart's friends, Nelson is this. He often hangs out with Bart's group, despite being a bully to Bart and other kids in other episodes. He gets nicer over the years, but he's still quite violent.
  • South Park: Eric Cartman, who proves to be more evil than Satan (though admittedly that's not too difficult), was able to tame Cthulhu, created imaginary characters that terrified the likes of Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, has only ever Pet the Dog for his own personal gain (save for one instance where he saved the lives of some cats), and is literally incapable of understanding good. Even his three "friends" aren't entirely sure why they let him hang around.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Mr. Krabs after his Flanderization into a more malicious, abusive boss. He reached the point of psychotically spending a full episode trying to get a single penny from SpongeBob. (On another occasion he sold SpongeBob to the Flying Dutchman for 62 cents, an act which even horrified Squidward.) Meanwhile, as Plankton heads more into Ineffectual Sympathetic Villainy Krabs' responses become more extreme; once he actually drove Plankton to attempt suicide. In some episodes the Chum Bucket is a legitimate business Krabs is bullying profit away from (in one episode he became obsessed with ruining the Chum Bucket just because he earned one regular customer). Word of God is that he was supposed to be as much of a villain as Plankton, only less obvious. After all, many of his crimes were before the Movie.
  • Star Wars Rebels: In the second season finale, Darth Maul serves as this to the main Jedi cast as he has his own reasons for wanting Palpatine and the Empire to fall. However, it's soon subverted as when it looks like he's going to win, turns on them, and he becomes a recurring antagonist in the third season.
  • Steven Universe: Peridot agrees to an Enemy Mine with the Crystal Gems in the second season when she is stranded on Earth and they face a common danger in the Cluster. She eventually is forced to join the Crystal Gems for real in "Message Received" when she unthinkingly mouths off at Yellow Diamond, who proves to not be the goddess of logic that she believed her to be, nor as respectful to her as the Crystal Gems. Come Season 3, this is more or less subverted after Peridot Took a Level in Kindness.
  • Super 4: Ruby is a family-friendly version of the trope, as she tends to be focused on stealing treasure, but is still loyal to her friends.
  • Total Drama:
    • Duncan and Heather (the former being more childishly destructive, the latter being more of a Manipulative Bastard). Justin in Total Drama Action (as a Smug Snake). Alejandro in Total Drama World Tour (as a sort of Heather-Justin hybrid). Scott and Jo in Total Drama Revenge of the Island (the former as a Manipulative Bastard, and the latter as a sort of Drill Sergeant Nasty). Sugar in Total Drama Pahkitew Island.
    • Both played straight and inverted in Total Drama All Stars. Inverted with the Villainous Vultures having Gwen (who doesn't even want to be evil) and played straight with Courtney and later Duncan on the Heroic Hamsters and Mike's new evil personality Mal.
  • The Venture Bros.: Rusty Venturen would really like to be a good guy (and has passed on at least one chance to become a Card-Carrying Villain), but he's far too lazy and selfish to pass up an opportunity to make a buck just because it hurts someone else. We're talking about a guy who built a machine powered by an orphan's heart, here. Rusty is the reason for the Powered by a Forsaken Child trope. The aforementioned Lotus-Eater Machine was described as such by Doctor Orpheus.
  • Wakfu: Rubilax is a brute who is always looking for a good fight and a chance to spread mayhem and destruction just For the Evulz. Being sealed in a sword forces him to use snarking as an outlet for his frustrated evil. Fortunately for him, his wielder Shushu Knight Sadlygrove provides plenty of Snark Bait. For most of the series Rubilax is a double-edged sword — pun intended — since he is a powerful weapon that can use different elemental powers depending on the situation. On the other hand, he's always trying to take possession of Sadlygrove in order to wreak havoc.
  • Winnie the Pooh (2011): Rabbit often acts as a child friendly variant of the trope. He is certainly the most antagonistic of the other docile members of the Hundred Acre Wood, he is a Grumpy Bear at worst however, and to many audiences the sanest and most relatable character of the series. He's even arguably the Big Bad of Springtime with Roo (and the Villain Protagonist) until he realizes the error of his ways.
  • W.I.T.C.H.: Prince Phobos, the former season's Big Bad, takes this role briefly during the second season, because he's the only person who can take the new Big Bad's Amplifier Artifact away from her without it instantly teleporting back. Phobos spends a handful of episodes grudgingly helping the heroes (while acting like a titanic Jerkass to them all the while) and then he finally gets what he wants- said Amplifier Artifact for himself. He promptly betrays everybody and resumes the throne of Big Bad. Something Will fully expected from him and had planned for.


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Much like Nazi is to the Extremists, Hoppean is the most overtly evil of the Ancapistanians, giving a perpetual Kubrick Stare as he sings about equating poverty with black people and dumping minorities into the ocean.

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