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Token Good Teammate

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Is it the one who doesn't have the fires of Hell behind them?

Sarda: You are all evil monsters who need to die for the good of everybody else.
Black Mage: Wait, even Fighter?
Sarda: Except Fighter.
Fighter: Yay!
Sarda: He's a casualty.
Black Mage: [as Fighter pouts] Yay!

A Token Good Teammate is someone in The Team whose greater principles stick out like a sore thumb. A typical example might be a Justified Criminal forced to go native among real criminals, perhaps because of deliberate persecution or simple error by The Government.

Despite their high moral standards, they need not be The Heart for the party, as they may not be interfering with their questionable activities. They can remind the others (or teach them for the first time) that there is more at stake than money, power or personal vendettas. Alternately, they may be someone who simply holds themself aloof from the "debauchery" of the rest of his team. In extreme examples, they may become hated by other characters as they try to foist their ideas on the others, becoming a terribly annoying Commander Contrarian.


They will likely have struggles between loyalty to their friends and their conscience, creating inner conflict and conflict with their teammates, but sometimes a Token Good Teammate can also inspire the team to rise above themselves by the idealism they shows.

If both he and the Token Evil Teammate are in the same party (and you know authors won't want to miss the chance) there will be at least one huge display of verbal fireworks per episode, lots of almost (and genuine) Lets You And Him Fights, and perhaps an eventual Vitriolic Best Buds.

Alternatively, a Token Good Teammate can be found amongst a group of dastardly villains, in order for the show to make sure that the antagonist side does not go too black in terms of morality. Perhaps this character shows restraint in doing atrocious evil, or is forced against their own will to be a bad guy (due to a hostage or some other leverage held by the bad guys, for example), or has other goals that are noble, but require them to be on the bad guys' side, or is merely just following orders from the higher ups that they have sworn loyalty to (high honor standards can cause such). This character has a high chance to become a sympathetic character that the audience can root for, or perhaps even call it quits and jump ship to the good guys. They may also be the Team Face by virtue of not being an asshole. The other members will trust them more than each other and have this character talk to the muggles when needed. In more cynical works, expect the Token Good Teammate to be killed off by the Big Bad to show how ruthless they are.


Compare Token Wholesome and Hero Antagonist. Related to the Fish out of Water, the Only Sane Man, and The Heart. See also All-Loving Hero. For possible variations on the 'good guy amongst irredeemable villains', you could try the Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Wave, and to a lesser extent Run from Akame ga Kill!. Wave especially could write the book on this, as he's essentially the Token Good Teammate of The Empire as a whole and in some ways is even more heroic than the heroes themselves. Even Tatsumi notes he's not evil and actually moral, something rather lacking among the Empire's troops. Wave eventually defects from the Empire in order to take care of Kurome.
  • Rock to the Black Lagoon Company. Rotton the Wizard to Shenhua and Sawyer.
  • Code Geass:
  • Sgt. Frog: Dororo is less interested in taking over Earth and more interested in protecting its environment. Far more obvious in the manga, and pointed out several times.
  • Seras Victoria, Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, is the only character on Hellsing with a fully functional moral compass.
    • Anderson plays this role for the Vatican side- he may love fighting monsters, including Seras, but he does stick to his sense of right and wrong even as his faction reaches new lows—culminating in his destruction of Maxwell's anti-zombie shelter when he realizes the latter has gone around the bend.
    • Also, The Captain is this for Millennium.
  • Coyote Starrk and Tier Harribel of the Espada in Bleach could count. While for the most part, the Espada's members are arrogant, violent, and thoroughly evil followers of Aizen, Starrk and Harribel are both Martial Pacifists that don't like fighting but believe in True Companions and The Power of Friendship.
    • Coyote Starrk ends up being a deconstruction as his fight with Shunsui Kyoraku shows that even though he was a noble person, he was still fighting on the wrong side. Nevertheless, Shunsui makes a point to say that he's not in the right for fighting Starrk either.
    • Also, Riruka Dokugamine, the only one in Xcution who doesn't want Ichigo's powers and tries to reject it. It helps that she actually befriended Ichigo and Orihime genuinely.
  • Dieci of the Numbers Cyborgs in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers, who was the only one amongst them who questioned the rightness of their terrorist actions prior to their arrest (ironically, she ended up having one of the longest sentences among the ones who had a Heel–Face Turn). Resident Smug Snake Quattro, naturally, looks down at her and sees her conscience and empathy for others as a weakness.
  • Kurama in an early arc of YuYu Hakusho. Not surprisingly, he does a Heel–Face Turn, but unexpectedly, so does Hiei (who then becomes the Token Evil Teammate for the good guys.)
  • In Death Note, Rem on Team Kira is about as nice and morally pure as anyone on that side gets.
  • Sixinglong/Nouva Shenron in the last arc of Dragon Ball GT. He's a Martial Pacifist Noble Demon who believes in Honorable Duels, and goes as far as to put off his fight with Goku when he's temporarily blinded. Justified because he came from the only selfish wish made by the Dragon Balls in the series, giving King Piccolo his youth back.
  • Mikiya Kokutou from Kara no Kyoukai is a really decent guy and a devout Zen Buddhist. The people he hangs around with are... neutral at best. He comments on how he'll just have to share the karma of Shiki's sins to be with her. Miraculously, he does this without sounding like a jackass.
  • In One Piece, we have Hachi, who was the least cruel out of Arlong's pirates. He would in fact become an ally to the Straw Hats later.
    • Though later chapters would show more good (or at least not corrupt, an arrogant Jerkass or a fanatical Knight Templar) Marines, Smoker and his partner Tashigi are the very first named Marines to be depicted as such in almost 100 chapters.
    • From Crocodile's Baroque Works, Miss All-Sunday/Nico Robin was a Dragon with an Agenda who was more-or-less Good All Along, and after Baroque Works crumbles, she joins the Straw Hats.
    • Jinbe of the original Seven Warlords of the Sea, being the only one that isn't cruel, out of his mind, a prick, or not caring about anyone.
    • While not exactly a "team" in a traditional sense, for the Four Emperors is Shanks ever since Whitebeard's death.
    • The Nefertari family turns out to be this among the Celestial Dragons as they were the only family to not proclaim themselves to be gods after founding the World Government.
      • So was Saint Homing and his wife, who are the only known kind nobles seen so far. His son, Doflamingo doesn't share the same sentiments.
      • Donquixote Mjosgard, a relative of Homing, eventually grew into becoming this after getting saved on Fishman Island. It's even noted by other Celestial Dragons he doesn't use slaves.
    • From the Donquixote Family, Baby 5 was the least cruel member, who really only fought for Doflamingo because of her chronic desire to be needed by someone (something that the rest of the Family encouraged rather than corrected because it made her useful). She later finds out that her comrades only care for her because she's convenient, and when her opponent (one of Luffy's allies) promises to marry her and treat her with respect, she turns against the Donquixote Family and is the only member who is not arrested, even celebrating their defeat together with Luffy and the rest of his allies.
    • Reiju is the only Vinsmoke and Gemma 66 commander who is capable of empathy and the only one of Sanji's siblings who treats the latter with some form of kindness. Later on, we see she genuinely cares for Sanji and disapproves of their other siblings, even if circumstances don't let her say it out right.
  • Maria of Eyeshield 21's Hakushuu Dinosaurs is this to Marco, Gaou, Kisaragi, and Tengu. She actually tries to slip information to other teams in the interests of preventing casualties. Unfortunately for her, Marco's drive to win (in order to impress her, might we add) outweighs anything she might try to do.
  • Naruto:
    Kisame: Don't get me wrong, I liked Tobi. He managed to lighten the mood of this rather gloomy organization.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, Sasaki turns out to be the only decent person in the Anti-SOS Brigade. She even joins up with Kyon to stop her nominal teammates.
  • Daphne in the Brilliant Blue:
    • There is Maia, who is kind to everyone, even her kidnappers. Thus she is a contrast to gun obbessed Gloria, property damage causing Yu, and ruthless Rena.
    • Before Maia joined, Shizuka might count since she doesn't cause the same damage as the above. However, she never has a problem with what they do either.
  • A Certain Magical Index has Acqua of the Back, the only truly noble member of God's Right Seat, who genuinely wants to help and protect the world. The other members are corrupt and/or have secret agendas.
    • Misaka is the only one out of the known Level 5s who is considered publicly presentable and becomes something of a mascot. Accelerator and Kakine are antisocial murderers. Mugino appears normal but not when she gets angry. Misaki is paranoid and tends to abuse her power. Gunha is convinced he is a superhero. The remaining Level 5 apparently doesn't appear in public.
  • In an excellent example of having both a Token Good Teammate and a Token Evil Teammate on the same team, the Black and Gray Morality world of Slayers has Amelia and Xellos respectively. The rest of the team tend to be selfish jerks (especially Lina), but Xellos admits to being evil and tags along because a.) he's under orders to, and b.) it's just fun. Amelia, on the other hand, is Wrong Genre Savvy and thinks she's in a Magical Girl show, even going so far as to trying to cure Xellos of being evil through the power of love. The rest of the team swings back and forth along the spectrum of good vs evil.
  • To some degree Togusa in Ghost in the Shell counts. The rest of Section 9 is fighting terrorism and organized crime, and government corruption at times, and are devoted to protect the citizen from major threats. However, Togusa is the only one who would risk the trouble of apprehending armed criminals alive and see that they are properly tried. Everyone else strikes first and starts looking for any survivors that can be questioned after the dust has settled.
  • As revealed eventually in the latter stages of Brave10, Hattori Hanzo's group seemingly consists of people who are only in for simple megalomania and conquering the world. The only exception is Anastasia, just fresh after betraying the Braves, as her motive of serving Hanzo was only to reclaim her family heirloom that Hanzo held. Despite being a Type V Anti-Hero herself.
  • Though everyone from the Sabertooth guild in Fairy Tail is cocky, Rogue is the only one to actually voice his distaste at how they humiliated and expelled one of their members over a single loss, and not even cracking a smile during Minerva's No-Holds-Barred Beatdown of Lucy. It's an incredibly stark contrast with his close companion Sting's amusement over the poor girl's weakness, and laughing out loud while Lucy's was tortured.
    • After Master Gienma and Minerva, the two evil members of the guild left Sabertooth and Sting took over the master position, the guild loses its Jerkass attitude, but Rogue has the potential to become evil like his future self.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: While all of Dartz's elite minions have tragic backstories that explain their Start of Darkness, Raphael is distinct in that he seems to genuinely believe that Dartz is saving the world. He has so much respect for and connection to his cards that he successfully uses the Heart of the Cards against Yami Yugi. He also successfully fights the influence of the Orichalcos, something only Mai had previously done (with The Power of Love) and subsequently rescues Mai and Valon's comatose bodies from an earthquake. In fact, it's outright stated that the Orichalcos could not take his soul because he had no evil in his heart.
  • Lunamaria Hawke of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is an unusual example, given that her teammates aren't really villainous. Still, Luna maintains her sense of perspective and avoids crossing the line, even when most of her allies generally fail at that.
  • Masa and Ren are both this to the entire Seto syndicate in My Bride is a Mermaid. They're the only two members who support Nagasumi and Sun's engagement and don't actively try to kill the former on a regular basis.
  • Both Seiko and Chisa fill this role for the Radicals in Danganronpa 3 though it was revealed that the latter was a subversion of this trope due to her being a Remnant of Despair pretending to be a Nice Girl.
  • Ainz Ooal Gown, Satoru Suzuki/Lord Momonga's old guild in Overlord (2012) is shown to be made almost entirely of evil monsters with the exception of "Touch Me" who decided to be a Knight in Shining Armor who believed in honor and justice.note 
    • Among Momonga's subordinates, we have his Battle Butler and leader of his personnel team of ninja maids Sebas Tian, who unlike the other more evil guardian's at Nazarick, has been shown willing to give a helping hand to those weaker than himself and is one of the few in Nazarick that is accepting of humans.
    • Also of note; Cocytus is by far the least evil of Nazarick's floor guardians and often praises the courage and skill of his opponents, even if they're significantly weaker than he is.

    Comic Books 
  • Jim Gordon in most Batman comics and shows has that effect. He seems to purify the air around him. Look at Harvey Bullock, a Corrupt Cop that becomes Gordon's Lancer.
  • Piffany in Nodwick. While Nodwick is also good-aligned, he is too subservient to have much effect on the group's actions. Piffany is oblivious to Yeagar and Artax's more questionable actions, or sometimes willing to rationalize. Ironically, she's also Yeagar and Arthax's Morality Pet, and the two would probably be even more reprehensible if she wasn't a party member, however ineffectual she is at stopping what they do try with her around. One plotline concerns a Bad Future without Piffany, where Yeagar and Arthax become The Dragon and The Evil Genius under an evil god without her around. One thing: the easiest way to make Yeagar and Artax fly into a rage is to hurt Piffany.
  • Sandman of The Sinister Six.
  • In Dark Avengers, Noh-Varr and Victoria Hand are the only people on the team who aren't homicidal maniacs. So much that when Victoria Hand is appointed as Captain America's New Avengers liaison, and Noh-Varr actually becomes a member of the Avengers. Ares isn't exactly good, but he's generally not as villainous as the rest of the team. The Sentry himself isn't so much a villain as much as a schizophrenic and later brainwashed into giving control over to his darker side. Ares and The Sentry were the only field agents on the team who were actually Avengers, and were the only ones that didn't have to change their identities.
  • Jolt of The Thunderbolts. She was an actual hero (technically a hero wannabe) among the villains pretending to be heroes Thunderbolts. Her presence helped foster the already-forming Heel Face Turns of Songbird, Atlas, and Mach-1.
    • In a later incarnation of the team composed mainly of unrepentant criminals, the good teammate was Songbird. In the version of the group after that, Norman Osborn's private black ops task force, the good teammate was Paladin, though he wasn't so much "good" as "not bad." Eventually the Headsman, Ant-Man, and the Ghost joined him — though it was Ghost who made it all possible.
    • A later version of the team (overseen by Luke Cage, US Agent, Mach V, and Songbird), had Ghost and Man-Thing, who are more neutral than anything else, and later had Troll (Gunna) join the team.
    • An even later incarnation of the team, formed by General Thaddeus Ross (the Red Hulk), had Flash Thompson, aka Agent Venom. He's the most heroic of the group - he's a Spidey fanboy so go figure - which says a lot considering he's bonded to a carnivorous parasite with a taste for human flesh, and is the one who resents violence the most and tries to avoid it whenever possible. However, eventually he realises that as the Token Good Teammate, he can't stand what the team does, and quits. He is later replaced by Ghost Rider, who is as amoral as everyone else on the team.
  • Lucas Lee of the Evil Exes in Scott Pilgrim is not a Jerkass like much of the other Exes. He turns out to actually be a decent guy who is genuinely friendly to Scott. However, Scott still has to defeat him to free Ramona from the Evil Exes' control.
    • He was more of an antagonistic Jerkass in the film adaptation, however.
  • Played for Laughs in Uncanny X-Men vol.2, when Scott creates what he calls "Extinction Team" — a group of the most powerful and dangerous members of X-Men to perform large-scale heroic acts, as a warning to everybody willing to attack X-Men by showing what can they do. He even directly calls them weapons of mass destruction. The team is made of himself, Storm, Hope, Emma Frost, Colossus (who had recently became The Juggernaut), Magik (frequent Token Evil Teammate of New Mutants), Sub-Mariner and Magneto. Storm points out that in entire team only her, Hope and Scott haven't been, at least once in their life, supervillains and considering he just compared X-Men to North Korea, he doesn't count.
  • During the opening of Reginald Hudlin's run on Black Panther (the arc that was later animated), Ulysses Klaw puts together a team of supervillains to attack Wakanda. Black Knight (a deluded fanatic who believes in White Man's Burden), Cannibal (a creepy body-surfer), Rhino / Juggernaut (Dumb Muscle who kills an endangered rhino for kicks) Radioactive Man (glowing green sadist) and Batroc the Leaper ("I'm a professional, not a zealot").
  • Wolverines has two: X-23 and Endo. Despite X having done a lot of unambiguously terrible things in her past, all of this was under duress, and though more ruthless than many of her teammates has nonetheless shaped herself around trying to do right as best she can, making Laura the most unambiguously heroic character in the series. Endo, however, is very much The Chick of the cast and the most innocent of all of them. She was the only member of the Paradise crew who was just living a normal life and had never done anything wrong before before they took her,note  to say nothing of comparing her to the Wolverines.
  • Played for Laughs in TheMultiversity: Thunderworld, where Sivanas from numerous alternate universes team up to take down the Marvel Family. One of them is a Nobel Prize winner who didn't seem to realize what he was signing up for.
  • As in the cartoon, Stormer is the token "nice guy" of The Misfits in the Jem comics. She has more bite than in the source but is still the more soft spoken, gentle member of a band full of easily angered, morally dubious women. The Misfiits then get another member, Blaze, who falls into this trope as well.
  • Of the costumed vigilantes in Watchmen, Nite Owl II is the only (extant) one who resembles the traditional idea of a superhero. Silk Spectre II also seems to be a generally decent person, especially in comparison to Rorschach, Ozymandias, Doctor Manhattan, and The Comedian.
  • The main protagonist in Requiem Vampire Knight. In the world of Résurrection, where people reincarnate as different kinds of monsters, the most loathsome of all become vampires - the ruling elite of this setting which includes all kinds of sociopaths and psychopaths. Requiem himself used to be a Nazi who committed many despicable acts, but he differs from other vampires because he is the only one who expresses regret and shame for them. Though he is unable to fully atone for them since he is already in Hell and he is unwilling to betray his kind, he does his best to protect his Jewish girlfriend Rebecca, who also became trapped in this world after getting killed by another vampire in life.
  • In Jem and the Holograms, Raya has been given Adaptational Villainy as she is now a part of The Stingers. However, she doesn't act like a villain. Raya is the only one in her band not to be a self-centered jerk. She later joins Jem's band.

    Fan Works 
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog fanfic Prison Island Break, among a team of Villain Protagonists, Silver is the only one who can be counted as having genuinely selfless intentions to his crime, and the only one who has no desire to commit more crimes.
  • Suishoku in Shining Pretty Cure. He's actually a pretty nice person from the start, he resolves to Never Hurt an Innocent (unlike the rest of the Shade Quartet, who pick up victims wherever they can get them) and the only reason he's even working for the bad guys is because of his devotion to the Queen. Strangely enough, it's not he who is moving towards a Heel–Face Turn, but rather, Amazora. Both are slated to turn good in the second half, and Amazora makes the turn first, with him coming second. The other two in the Shade Quartet follow suit right before they die at the hands of Meran and Korii.
  • Linda in the Death Note fanfic Xanatos is essentially a card-carrying Lawful Good. For anyone familiar with the work this takes place in, this sets her up as the buttmonkey of the group. This actually makes her the one most likely to side with Kira, though she hasn't done so just yet.
  • The Pony POV Series:
    • In the Epilogue timeline, Liarjack is this among the Discorded Mane Six, going out of her way to avoid hurting civilians and to comfort the others. This annoys Discord to no end.
    • General Hercules Beetle if one for the Changelings. Unlike the rest, he sincerely doesn't buy into their Fantastic Racism towards other beings and felt the Ponies have every right to fight back for their own survival as much as anyone else. In general, it's rather clear that he's only a villain at all due to his Undying Loyalty to his Queen.
  • Night's Favored Child: Marshal Silverstar seems to be the only member of Nightmare Moon's inner circle who isn't a self-serving Manipulative Bastard.
  • Sirius Black in the dark!Harry fic Heir. Sirius doesn't support The Dark Side but he won't betray his godson.
  • Exhibit A Snape is the only member of the Order of the Phoenix that has any standards.
  • Played With for Jessie, James and Meowth in Pokémon fanfic Symbiosis, while they are largely innocent and misguided, they are still just as dangerous as the rest of Team Rocket.
  • The Harry Potter band The Parselmouths are, in-universe, two Slytherins who were eventually joined by a Gryffindor (mostly because the Slytherins wanted someone to do the work for them). Summarized here:
    "We let a Gryffindor into our very evil band!"
  • Mega Man Recut has Snake Man, though he doesn't realize it.
  • The Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch fic The Warmth of a Sister's Love has Johnny, a member of the crew of fishermen who inadvertently catch the mermaid Kyla in their net. While the other fishermen quickly decide to sell Kyla to an aquarium and make a profit, Johnny tries in vain to convince them to let her go free, befriends Kyla and sneaks into the aquarium at night to bring her fish, and ultimately helps Kyla's older sister Katiya and the Power Trio of Lucia, Hanon, and Rina break Kyla out.
  • Crimson Sky from Bad Future Crusaders, despite being one of Lightning Dust's Co-Dragons and one of the ponies who made Twilight Sparkle's coup possible, is a Father to His Men, kind hearted, and prefers peaceful action in favor of the more wholesale violence and destruction the air force is known for.
  • In Field Of Innocence, Prince Lu Ten is such a sweet, kindhearted Big Brother Mentor that it's easy to forget that, while he doesn't buy into the idea that the other nations are inferior and is appalled by senseless cruelty, he's still fighting for The Empire bent on world domination with all his heart.
  • In a Jackie Chan Adventures and W.I.T.C.H. crossover Kage, Jade becomes quickly a Hero with Bad Publicity on Meridian due to bad luck and Nerissa, leaving her no choice but to join the Knights of Vengeance. In a later chapter, it's both lampshaded and discussed, with Raythor stating to "Kage" that she's far more noble and less evil than the rest of the Knights. In the same chapter, Blunk's smell tells him that while the other Knights smell very bad, "Kage" smells "half good and half bad". This trope gets one more reference when Jade gives water to a seriously thirsty Tynar and he's amazed by her act of kindness because he would have been ignored or taunted by any other Knight.
  • In The Dark Side of the Mirror Verse:
    • Rainbow Crash (a.k.a. Mirror Rainbow Dash) is this for the Mirror Mane Six. While the group are mostly Harmless Villains anyway, Rainbow just genuinely wants to help others, and only helps the rest do anything wrong because she wants to be helpful. The problem is she's The Klutz and can't seem to do anything right, normally causing more harm than good. She's also an emotional and mental wreck thanks to Mirror Spitfire.
    • Mirror Scootaloo is this for the CMC. Apple Bloom is a Spoiled Brat who likes to see how far she can push people by misbehaving and Sweetie does bad things to rebel against her parents, but Scootaloo has to be talked into doing wrong and enjoys playing a hero in her Kid Hero tv show.
  • Webwork: Widow is this to Jade's team of Gumo. While she's still a criminal through and through, unlike the others she has not just accepted her transformation, and only goes along with Jade's plans because she has literally no other place left to go.
  • In Pokémon Reset Bloodlines, Aurora qualifies as this for Belladonna's group. While Belladonna and the others have no qualms about breaking into places to steal and do whatever they want, Aurora prefers when they can get things legally, and for the most part he only follows them in their schemes out of fear of being left alone. Unfortunately, this fear causes severe problems as she doesn't speak up against things that she doesn't want to do such as when Belladonna learns about how her father abandoned her and decides to kill him, even though Aurora doesn't want him dead.
  • Derpy in Equestria Divided is part of the Cult of Laughters Ruling Council, that makes her tied for highest ranking position for the most Obviously Evil faction in the setting.
  • Mergers has the Rocket agent Fiora, who genuinely cares about Pokemon and insists they be treated well, though it's downplayed in that she's still a manipulative schemer.

    Films — Animation 
  • Phoebus is this in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. He is a professional soldier who however has moral standards that contrast with the orders he is supposed to follow. Especially when after freeing himself, he takes leadership of the people he was ordered to oppress, and turns them on Frollo's soldiers.
  • There is a deleted scene that was cut from the Disney movie Mulan where a soft hearted Hun tries to rescue a canary only for them both to end up dead soon after.
  • Though Sonata Dusk in My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Rainbow Rocks gleefully goes along with the other two siren's plans for World Domination via Mind-Control Music Hate Plague, she's shown to have enough virtues that suggest she's at least a nice person when left to her own devices like making punch for everyone, being a friendly (if Innocently Insensitive) enemy to Sunset Shimmer, and actually enjoying Snips and Snails' cringeworthy rap.
  • Willard Tweedy from Chicken Run tends to treat the chickens with indifference as mere livestock rather than with intentional cruelty (save for Ginger who he holds a grudge against for repeatedly humiliating him), while being a decent guy to other people. This is in stark contrast to his moneygrubbing abusive wife who goes out of her way to mistreat the chickens, everyone around her, and most of all her husband who she treats as a servant rather than a partner (she even calls him "Mr. Tweedy"; you can just feel the love). Presumably he has enough in the end when he coldly tells her "I told you those chickens were up to something" before tipping the barn door over onto her.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Jefferson Smith is the nicest, greatest guy in the world, and everyone around him sucks. But by being around him, they start to get better. Ms. Saunders the secretary, the Corrupt Senator from Smith's home state, they all see the light.
  • The Amish family in Saving Sarah Cain are this in public school. In their case they make venial compromises that understandably irritates Big Sis Lyddie (who is THEIR "Token Good Teammate").
  • In The Gamers: Dorkness Rising, the GM sends along a paladin in order to keep in check the group's more sociopathic members. All it does is have them find more creative ways to be sociopaths.
  • Jim Caviezel's character in The Thin Red Line, Witt, is so noble and idealistic that he comes across as jarring to the other soldiers around him.
  • Charles Bronson's character in The Dirty Dozen is the most reliable of the bunch, with Maggot on the other side of the spectrum as the Token Evil Teammate.
  • Lt. Archie Hicox of the Inglourious Basterds.
  • Predators:
    • Isabelle is a mere Israeli sniper alongside a mercenary, enforcers for Yakuza, RUF and Mexican cartels and a death row murderer (and a doctor who's actually a serial killer) and is usually the only one with some conscience in the team.
    • Nikolai the Spetnaz soldiers counts too, being a friendly family man who sacrificed his life to save one of the group for no reason but it being the right thing to do.
    • Subverted in the case of Edwin. As Royce describes to Isabelle that every one of them are seasoned killers, he notes that the meek Edwin's presence doesn't even make sense. The doctor eventually reveals himself as the most psychotic member of the entire group, since he's a Serial Killer whose only motive to kill innocent people is because he likes it and feels at home on the predator death world.
  • Professor Hugo Fassbender in The Pink Panther Strikes Again, who wanted nothing to do with former Chief Inspector Dreyfus' reign of terror, as he doesn't believe in world domination, but had no choice when Dreyfus tortured his daughter Margo. He unwillingly joined with Dreyfus to build a doomsday device to threaten the world unless they kill Chief Inspector Clouseau.
  • In The Avengers, Captain America stands out in a team plagued with detachment from humanity, egotism, anger issues, guilt, and a seething desire for revenge. Later on, the team accepts him as their leader.
  • In Return of the Streetfighter, Kitty is revealed to be this for the Mafia toward the climax.
  • Subverted in Stoker in which Whip Taylor seems to be this among his Jerk Jock group of friends who harass India—telling them to leave her alone, apologizing for their behavior. To that end, she seeks him out late one night to talk. . .and he tries to rape her when she rebuffs his advances.
  • In Dogma, the unnamed female board member (played by Linda Levine) is the lone innocent on the Mooby board of directors.
  • Paul, somewhat, and Sorina definitely in Pain and Gain. Paul is essentially Driven to Villainy and Sorina just doesn't know any better.
  • The Other Wybie and the Other Father both share this role in Coraline.
  • Zangief from Street Fighter, simply because he's so stupid he thinks M. Bison is the hero and the A.N. are "enemies of peace and freedom". He has a Heel Realization just in time to save about half the main cast.
    Deejay: Are you totally demented, man?! Bison is the enemy of freedom and peace! These people have come from all over the world to stop him!
    Zangief: Bison?! He's a... bad guy?!
  • Pete from Neighbors is the most moral of the group and actually has ambitions outside of the Frat.
  • Subverted in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Wolverine was the most vocal and adamant about his disapproval of Team X's actions, but it turns out after his departure most of the rest left not long after, with only Zero and Victor staying behind. Logan simply set the example, as they realised what they had become.
  • Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy is the only Guardian that doesn't start off a criminal or a Jerk Ass. The only reason he is with them is because of Rocket.
  • In 28 Days Later, it's Sergeant Farrell for the soldiers. Surprise surprise.
  • 28 Weeks Later has Sergeant Doyle who, unlike the rest of the soldiers who follow the orders to kill all the survivors to prevent the spread of The Virus, protects the main characters and goes far enough to give his life to save them. However it's a played with example as the other soldiers aren't evil so much as Just Following Orders which turned out to be quite justified when the ending shows Doyle's survivors have allowed the virus to spread to France and, in all likelyhood, the entire world, all for the sake of saving two people.
  • Sue in every version of Carrie.
  • In Riddick, the only decent member of Santana's crew is Luna, the Tagalong Kid who carries a bible and wants to do the right thing, but doesn't in fear of Santana's wrath. This leads to him him surviving.
  • In Super Troopers, Ursula is this to the local Spurbury police department, being kept on dispatch because she was not let in on the drug-smuggling ring, and decides to help the troopers expose them. She ends up being the only one to still be a part of the force after the highway patrol takes all of their jobs due to their incarceration.
  • The Truman Show:
    • Sylvia was the only cast member to come clean to Truman about his situation. Marlon, according to Word of God, has felt enormous guilt about deceiving Truman. A couple of deleted scenes support this. One where Marlon is quietly aghast at making a spin-off about Truman's son, and in another, he lets Truman walk away after spotting him.
    • Simeon is the Token Good in the control room, and refuses to drown Truman when he escapes on a sail ship.
  • Several Italian characters in the war film Lion of the Desert. The strongest is Colonel Diodiece, whose good faith efforts to negotiate peace with Omar Mukhtar's Libyan rebels are undermined by his own government. Later, he's openly ashamed of the government's cruelty towards Mukhtar in captivity and disobeys orders to ensure him better treatment. Other characters like Mukhtar's defense attorney also qualify.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel: This is what you get when a man goes to jail and on death-row for a crime he didn't commit and decides to escape with other much less savoury inmates.
  • Slughorn for the Slytherin house in the Harry Potter (see the literature section).
  • Star Wars: Many people working for the Galactic Empire are just trying to do their jobs right to avoid getting killed by Darth Vader, but Captain Lorth Needa is the standout example. After his crew loses the Millennium Falcon in a chase, Needa assumes full responsibility and goes to apologize to Vader if it means sparing his crew from punishment. Vader forgives him, alright.
  • Baby Driver: Baby is quite easily one of these, as he's forced into the bank robbing business via threats from his boss, returns things like purses when he's forced to hijack cars, actually apologizes for doing crimes, and generally does not enjoy his job at all.
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail: The right head of the Three Headed Knight seems to be this, as he initially argues against killing Sir Robin, preferring to have tea instead.
  • Sherman's lawyer Blatz from Ernest Goes to Camp is the only high-up employee of Krader Construction who's a decent man and always seeks the peaceful, proper, and legal route to get what they want, and while he actively helps Sherman seize land he got legal ownership over through less than savory means, he at least urges the man to give the people he's evicting more time to move out. Sherman attempting to shoot Ernest for thwarting his attempt to seize Kamp Kikakee rather than "seeking legal satisfaction" is apparently the last straw: he turns his back on Sherman and admits they got the deed to the land through deceiving Chief Wind Cloud, effectively saving the camp.

  • Loial the Ogier in The Wheel of Time series. Most of the 'good guys' are just as likely to act in their own self-interest as help their friends and allies, even when cooperation is vital. Loial sometimes finds himself caught between these squabbles, but he cares deeply for all of his friends and is typically much more willing to risk his neck for them than they are for each other.
  • David Balfour in Kidnapped. Though the difference is more ideological then moral it is easy to mistake one for the other and he can be self-righteous.
  • Túrin spends some time among outlaws in Lay of the Children of Húrin. While a quite violent Anti-Hero, he is much nicer then the ruthless "Wolf-Men" and even organises them into a resistance force against the orcs.
  • Wintrow in Robin Hobb's The Liveship Traders trilogy tries hard to be this, but is mostly ridiculed (or worse) for his high moral standards. Amber manages better with her views on slavery, violence and the treatment of Paragon.
  • The hero in Mickey Blue Eyes.
  • Otto in Otto Of The Silver Hand. In his case he is a Woobie version of this.
  • Prince Edward is among London Beggers in The Prince and the Pauper.
  • The Geste brothers in Beau Geste. They are Gentleman-rankers among rather ruffianly Foreign Legionaires and some of this is class difference. However they do, to some degree try to be the Token Good Teammate. Like the good English boys they are.
  • Patrius in the Farsala Trilogy, though one could argue that it's only really noticeable when he is contrasted with his commander, Garren.
  • Though she only appears briefly in one scene in the original novel, Bree Tanner is this for Victoria's newborn army in the Twilight series. The film adaptation expands her role significantly and especially emphasizes this aspect of her character.
    • Freaky Fred also counts, seeing as he's the only newborn who actively refrains from the fighting between newborns and defends Bree from them.
  • Rana Sanga is the Token Good general of the Malwa empire in Belisarius Series, being a noble and brave Rajput Warrior Prince.
  • Thomas Raith qualifies as the token good member of his family in the early The Dresden Files, as the only Raith with anything resembling morals. Then he leaves the family.
    • Later in Skin Game, Harry himself serves this role in Nicodemus' Evil League of Evil, alongside Murphy and Michael.
  • Subverted with great gusto in The Blending series by Sharon Green. The team of Psycho Rangers set up in contrast to the main characters appears to have a token good member and Only Sane Man in the person of their Spirit wielder... until he reveals he's been using his power to control the other members of their team and is probably the most evil of the five - and the most ambitious - just a lot smarter and less obvious about it.
  • In Good Omens, Death is this for the Horsepeople of the Apocalypse. In fact, he's actually an angel.
  • Slughorn fulfills this role for the Slytherin House in the Harry Potter universe, as a member and later Head of the House of Slytherin, he is a representative of many of his house’s characteristics, yet also concurs with the Good Side and is never shown to be mean or cruel (as even Snape, although working secretly for the side of good, was a very mean teacher to all his non-Slytherin students)
  • In Ivanhoe, King Richard is like this to Robin Hood's men.
  • Legacy of the Dragokin: Downplayed, as Ravage is called such for a reason, but he's the only one in the group that's not interested in Gendercide. He joined the group out of concern for his little sister.
  • While the Honor Harrington universe is full of noble people serving a nation that is up to no good, and villains with many positive qualities mixed in with their villainy, and everything in between, there are only a small handful of cases where a clearly good character is working with a group of clear-cut villains. Cauldron of Ghosts features a platoon of PeaceForce goons with a sergeant who is trying and failing to keep them in line with the letter of the law during a crack-down, and a clearly noble Lieutenant who is adamant on being both a good leader to his men and and enforcer of the law and the ideals that PeaceForce should live up to. When the sergeant is distracted elsewhere, the Lieutenant is shot and killed by his own men.
  • Moon Lady, the First Wife, is the only decent character in Jin Ping Mei.
  • Darius from The Hunger Games, amongst the Peacekeepers.
  • Gaston d'Eu from The Traitor Son Cycle is the only man among de Vrailly's knights who doesn't treat everyone around him like trash and strives for a peaceful solution.
  • In Island in the Sea of Time it is rapidly made clear that the only reason idealistic young Coast Guard officer George MacAndrews throws his lot in with the renegade William Walker is his being tempted beyond endurance by a deal to keep Black Africa from falling behind the rest of the world this time around ("You help me set up shop, I send you to Egypt with an uplift kit.").
  • Vampiros do Rio Douro: Among the titular seven vampires, Gentil is the most kind and friendly of them (his name literally means "kind one" in Portuguese) to the point, he betrays his brothers to save the heroes. His "brother" Espelho also displays traits of being a Reluctant Monster, but only in private.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Kamen Rider
    • Kamen Rider Ryuki: Shinji Kido and Miyuki Tezuka are the only Nice Guys in cast of riders that range from Anti Heroes to Ax-Crazy Psychopathic Manchildren.
    • Most of the villainous ensembles of Kamen Rider Gaim have one team member who is at least somewhat decent.
      • Of the four Ygdrassil Riders, Takatora Kureshima is the only one who acts to preserve the human race when the incoming apocalypse arrives, while the rest of his team only acts in self interest, the human race be damned.
      • DJ Sagara seems to be this for the Ygdrassil organization as a whole. While he does work for them, he does help Kouta from time to time, even breaking him out of an Ygdrassil holding cell and providing him with multiple power ups. Appears is the right word here, as Sagara is the Big Bad of the show and a godly entity who causes an apocalypse that would cause civilization to collapse. The reason why Sagara helped Kouta is because he doesn't like one side having all the cards in hand in dealing with the apocalypse.
      • Roshuo, the leader of the last survivors of the Femshinmu race, is the only one who regrets his past actions that lead up to the collapse of his civilization and near extinction of his race. The other survivors of this race are very psychopathic and relish in causing as much pain and destruction as possible.
    • Like his name suggests, Heart from Kamen Rider Drive fits this trope. Heart genuinely cares for his own race, the Roidmudes and is prepared to give up his own life if it means their continued survival. He is also visibly upset when a Roidmude is destroyed and absolutely abhors sacrificing other Roidmudes for his own gain. Heart also prefers to fight directly, instead of sending others to do his jobs for him. His team members, Brain and Medic, actually like to employ underhanded tactics and have no qualms about sacrificing other Roidmudes if it fits their plans.
    • Emu Hojo, the titular Kamen Rider Ex-Aid is the only rider in the series who actually cares about the emotional well being of the Victim of the Week.
  • Nate Ford to the rest of the Leverage team. He was specifically hired to be the "one honest man" on a crew of thieves. However, the distinction gets fuzzier as time goes by, as Nate begins to almost relish his role of criminal mastermind and the rest of the team discovers they enjoy using their skills to help people. Sophie especially is pointed out to be his moral compass later in the series.
  • Lisa is becoming this on V (2009), which is very bad news considering her mother is the Big Bad.
    • Joshua is probably a more clear-cut example of this, at least until the season 1 finale.
  • While every character on Battlestar Galactica is morally compromised to a certain extent, Helo seems to stand out as the only one that can still be considered an exemplar of Honor Before Reason in a society that increasingly embraces the ends justifying the means.
    • Also Billy, although he may have been lucky to get shot dead shortly before something that might have really tested his morality.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Grey from Choujin Sentai Jetman is this for the Dimensional War Party Vyram. While the rest of this group are sadistic jerks who enjoy making humans suffer as part of a sick twisted game, as well as making each other suffer, Grey refrains from this by fighting honorably and visibly caring for Maria even after she reverts back to being Rie. One could say he is the most human of the Vyram members, which is ironic, as he is a robot.
    • Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger, for once in Super Sentai history, is a team filled with not-so-clean heroes who are not in for helping people or promoting justice, but minding their own business (since they're pirates)... except for Princess Ahim de Famille/Gokai Pink, who's the cleanest, purest person who always can't resist to help other people in need. Until the team is joined by Sixth Ranger Gai Ikari, a hyperactive young man with a burning desire to become a selfless superhero.
    • The Evil Army Shadow Line from Ressha Sentai Toqger is a Deadly Decadent Court where its members are scheming against each other as much as against the rangers with the only exception being Gritta. In contrast to her scheming peers, Gritta is an innocent young girl who actually bears no ill will against the rangers at all. The worst thing she did against them was switching bodies with the yellow ranger, but this stemmed from a desire to escape being used as a pawn in her mother's political schemes.
  • Vir Cotto is the only prominent Centauri seen on Babylon 5 who doesn't subscribe to either Realpolitik or Fantastic Racism, and ends up being Londo Mollari's (largely ineffective) Morality Pet.
  • Cosmo Kramer from Seinfeld is the only one of the four main characters who is consistently shown to have a conscience. While he slips up every now and then, he almost always tries to lend a helping hand to people in need. Unfortunately, many of these attempts fail and make things worse.
  • Behrooz Araz served as this to the antagonists during the fourth season of 24, which included his own parents. He was consistently on the fence about helping them since it meant the deaths of several innocent people, and the last straw that proved he just couldn't work well with them was when they wound up killing his girlfriend. This eventually led his own father to try and kill him as well.
  • The Secret World of Alex Mack has the titular super-powered protagonist hiding from Danielle Atron and Vince her chief of security, both of whom want to experiment on and/or kill her. Also working with them is Nice Guy Dave, the trucker who caused the accident that gave Alex superpowers. He only wants to catch her because she was exposed to an unstable chemical and wants to help her. When he figures out the truth, he keeps it to himself, having overheard Atron's real plans earlier.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer had Jonathan of the Nerd Trio during its sixth season. Whereas Warren proved himself to be a bastard and Andrew (at the time) was just a suck-up who sided with either of the other two when the situation proved best for it, Jonathan was the only one of the trio with a true conscience and never wanted to actually kill Buffy, even going against Warren several times when he attempted to do so. When Warren winds up killing his (Warren's) ex, this is what goes on to drive a permanent wedge between Jonathan and the others, ultimately leading him to betray Warren by revealing the weakness in his newest plan to stop Buffy late in season six.
  • During One Life to Live's infamous gang rape storyline of 1993, one of the three rapists in question, Powell Lord the III, was repeatedly shown to be the only one who had any remorse over what they had done. Indeed, he's bullied by the other two into participating and is so plagued with guilt that he eventually tries to kill himself before finally pulling himself together and confessing. However, a year later, it is revealed that he is the serial rapist who's been terrorizing the local hospital, leaving viewers to wonder if his guilt drove him insane or if he was secretly like this already before the gang rape unleashed the demon lurking inside.
  • On A Different World, Dwayne and Ron get into a brawl with three students from a rival college. When Ron gives his version of events, he unfairly depicts the one of three who was trying to stop the incident from escalating as just as bigoted and aggressive as his friends. Later, when the true story comes out, he's the only one of the three to apologize.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: When Phil Coulson got his own TV series, it started to become clear that he is this trope to the higher-ups of S.H.I.E.L.D., and indeed to a lot of his fellow agents. The idealist in an organisation of cynics and pragmatists, he brings an invaluable perspective much in the same way as his hero, Captain America, does to the Avengers.
    • Among the Inhumans of Afterlife in Season 2, this role falls to Lincoln. He's only tangentially involved in Jiaying's machinations, and never directly opposes the heroes until the finale- and he quickly makes a Heel–Face Turn when confronted by Daisy with how monstrous his superiors really are. By Season 3, he manages to become a full-fledged member of Coulson's team after some initial difficulties.
  • Jim Gordon, like his comic incarnation, in Gotham is the only cop in the city who isn't corrupt and is actually aiming to destroy the corruption of the police and the city from within.
  • Supernatural:
    • Death is the only one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse who doesn't seem to derive any pleasure from causing destruction, only doing so because it's necessary for the natural order. In his first appearance, he also hates that he's bound by Lucifer, though that's mostly because he sees Lucifer as beneath him (and for good reason) and so it bugs him that he is Lucifer's subordinate.
    • Michael is a downplayed example for the Archangels. He's still a villain, but he's a Well-Intentioned Extremist and Anti-Villain who is far, far more pleasant than Lucifer, Gabriel, and Raphael. Gabriel becomes a straight example after his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Prometheus is so far the only god in the series to avert Jerkass Gods.
  • Milton is this for the Governor's forces in The Walking Dead. He's the only one who advocates a peaceful solution between the Governor and Rick Grimes. He doesn't fully defy the Governor until Andrea opens up his eyes to the reality of the situation.
  • In Married... with Children Bud Bundy is usually this with his family. However, it's always Depending on the Writer whether he truly lives up to this trope.
  • In the Mexican series La Familia P Luche, Bibi P.Luche is the only member of the titular family who isn't a greedy Jerk Ass obsessed with money and finding new ways to take advantage of stupid or forgetful people. She is instead a sweet, friendly Nice Girl with a strong morality compass. Because of this, most get annoyed with her and constantly tell her why she's wrong about her statements (often using Insane Troll Logic) all while rhetorically asking her why she can´t be a "normal girl". Heck, she's this to the entire town, as Bibi is noticeably the only inhabitant of Peluche City who doesn't wear clothes made of plush.
  • In Continuum, Detective Carlos Fonnegra. His partner (the main character) is a well-intentioned fascist, Da Chief has sold out to the corporations, the Playful Hacker is a traitor, and the only other detectives given any time in the spotlight are uncomfortably fond of Police Brutality, but throughout the show Carlos remains good, decent, and loyal.
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie Kelly is the only member of the gang to show any kind of empathy for other people and is not an asshole most of the time. Most of the instances when he acts like a jerk are because he's too stupid to know any better or because of his association with The Gang, though he also has his genuinely cruel moments ("Charlie Has Cancer", "Mac Bangs Dennis' Mom", and "Charlie and Dee Find Love") and is a Stalker with a Crush.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Although all characters are morally ambiguous to some degree, the Lannisters are generally seen as the main villains, especially in the first seasons. As such, Tyrion definitely fulfills this role in his family, as well as Only Sane Man. He's one of the only members of the family who thinks of the common folk's well-being and is consistently disgusted and disturbed by Joffrey's actions. Unlike most of House Lannister, Tyrion is a good man at heart.
    • Ned Stark to the Deadly Decadent Court of King's Landing.
    • Fat Walda to the Boltons, although, given the nature of her husband and her stepson, it wouldn't require a big effort.
    • The Smalljon is definitely not good or heroic, but he is the only Northern lord with totally understandable concerns for turning against the Starks aside from greed or vengeance.
    • Kevan Lannister, compared to the rest of Tywin's bannermen. He's the brother who inherited some of Lord Tytos' mild traits.
  • Kingdom Adventure: Vibes is a minstrel, a musician who works for The Dragon, Pitts, but who also is loyal to the Emperor and sometimes (often reluctantly) puts himself in danger to help the heroes.
  • Taken: In "Dropping the Dishes", Lt. Pierce comes very fond of Allie while reading Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to her and comes to believe that it is wrong to use a little girl as bait for an alien ship. In "John", Pierce helps Allie, Charlie and Lisa to escape. He later claims that they overpowered him.

    Myths and Religion 
  • Basically the only gods in Greek Mythology who aren't Jerkass Gods are Hermes, Dionysus and, ironically Hades. All of whom you should never piss off, however, as they are still gods. Dionysus in particular can drive men and women into frenzies that makes them lose any sense with reality and sic them onto people as shown in the tragedy The Bacchae.
  • In a pantheon full of astoundingly creative ways to demand Human Sacrifice, Quetzalcoatl was the only Aztec god who didn't require any. Though its a misconception, since A) Quetzalcoatl did receive "huge amounts of Human Sacrifice" in his Ehecatl aspect, and no Aztec god can really be considered evil, just weird.
  • Iktomi to the Wakan Sica. Despite being in opposition to the Wakan Tanka, he is responsible for the advancement of humanity, and spreads wisdom even when it's indirect.
  • Book of Genesis:
    • Lot's family are the only people deemed worthy of living in the city of Sodom.
    • Likewise, Noah and his family were deemed worthy to live out of the entire world.
    • Among Joseph's brothers excluding Benjamin, Judah comes off as the most benevolent. He suggests selling him as a slave to prevent his eviler brothers from killing Joseph. Reuben comes close as he wanted to release Joseph from the well, although his kinda incestuous romance distances him from that.

  • In the Firefly game of Cool Kids Table, Caleb is the only member of the Zelda's crew who's not an outright criminal, and is generally opposed to throwing people into space when he doesn't like them.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Michinoku Pro Wrestling's power stable, Los Salseros Japoneses, Banana Senga stood out for being a mostly non malicious funny man the fans loved.
  • When the World Wrestling Federation was invaded by WCW and ECW, Gregory Helms joined WCW's ranks as a standard villain. He soon became the comical superhero character The Hurricane, who was polite to his opponents and eschewed typical heel tactics. After the WCW/ECW Alliance folded, he became a beloved good guy nearly instantly.
  • Rob Van Dam is another example from the WWF's "Invasion" angle. Since he was such an over Face, it was teased that he was going to join the WWE with the rest of the Faces, but he never did.
  • Samoa Joe in Christopher Daniels's Prophecy and later, Kurt Angle's Main Event Mafia in TNA after Sting was ousted from the group. Joe was actually worse before his nominal Face–Heel Turn. Other than the betrayal itself, which was more stupid than evil, he hardly did anything wrong since joining and in both groups he was only motivated by money.
  • Ring of Honor rookie Bobby Dempsey in Larry Sweeney's Sweet N' Sour Inc, which incidentally also made him the group's butt monkey.
  • John Cena filled this role when he was forced to join The Nexus.
  • Kaval in WWE when he was being "mentored" by LayCool, or more accurately, was the "property" of Laycool.
  • Kevin Steen became the token good teammate in S.C.U.M. as after El Generico and Jim Cornette were out of the picture, he suddenly had no more desire to destroy Ring of Honor, but Steve Corino and Jimmy Jacobs still very much did, as did Matt Hardy, with the rest of the group being some form of Psycho for Hire.
  • Lucky 13 in CZW's Nation Of Intoxication. Devon Moore and Danny Havoc are basically Nineties Antiheroes who are capable of nice things but cause most of their own problems through excessive violence and drunken behavior. Lucky's the nicest babyface of the three and as such is frequently the Ricky Morton.
  • AJ Styles, and to a lesser extent The Young Bucks in Bullet Club when the group stopped through Ring of Honor. When most of them kept to their rude, cheating, disrespectful ways, Styles was just happy to be back for the most part and utterly disgusted with then World Champion Adam Cole, who was on a quest to ruin the life of Michael Elgin. For that matter, the group's first leader, Prince Devitt, eventually became more noble while the rest of the group...didn't. Styles and the Bucks joined latter, rather than Doc Gallows, Karl Anderson or Tama Tonga getting nicer.
  • Donovan Dijak in during The House Of Truth's second run through Ring Of Honor, to the point he slowly managed to turn every other member of the group, except Taeler Hedrix, into a baby face after they inevitably got into fights with him.

    Tabletop Games 
  • A not uncommon position given the high popularity of supposedly Chaotic Neutral characters among Munchkins and Real Men. This puts anyone in the party actually interested in roleplaying in a very uncomfortable position.
  • In Magic: The Gathering's Scars block, we see the colors slowly become remade into Phyrexia. (Think the Borg meets the Zerg, with enough Body Horror to go around.) Black is completely Phyrexian in the last set, but red is the last one to be Phyrexianized, because red, being the color of individuality and emotion, is the least Phyrexian. Not surprisingly, red's praetor, Urabrask the Hidden, is the only one of the five that can feel anything akin to compassion. So we get flavor text like Priest of Urabrask and, perhaps hinting at the far future, Urabrask himself.
    • Chromium Rhuell was pretty much the only Elder Dragon to not be entirely shitty, starting off as arrogant but ultimately becoming wise and friendly up to his death. By contrast, the others range from complete psychopaths (Nicol Bolas, Palladia-Mors, Vaevictis Asmodi) to a former benevolent leader turned paranoid tyrant (Arcades Sabboth) to a holier-than-thou detached type (Ugin) to someone without a personality (Piru).
  • Warhammer 40,000: The Ultramarines, Space Wolves, Raven Guard and Salamanders Space Marine Chapters are pretty much the only space marines who actively seek to protect civilians and the Imperial Guard, making them this to the vast forces of the Imperium. In fact, the Space Wolves have a history of subverting Imperial doctrine and openly warring with the more brutal Space Marine chapters and the Inquisition.
    • Primarch Sanguinius of the Blood Angels was the only Primarch who was a genuinely good guy, not by Warhammer 40000 standards, but a good guy by anyone's standards. There's a reason why he is the second most venerated person in the whole Imperium besides the Emperor Himself.note 
    • Nurgle is notably the only Chaos god who shows any serious consideration for his followers. He also expresses genuine love and concern for the Eldar goddess, Isha. Of course, his ways of showing said consideration and affection are... insanely twisted.

    Video Games 
  • Resident Evil has quite a few:
    • Beltway and Lupo to the rest of the Wolfpack in Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City, to a very loose definition of "good"; they're still remorselessly hunting down innocent cops and civilians, but their lack of overt psychopathic tendencies still puts them over the mark compared to the rest of their team.
    • Speaking of Umbrella's forces, the Umbrella Biohazard Countermeasure Service is comprised of convicted war criminals and mercenaries and home to some purely evil and psychotic people like Nikolai, but seems to contain a few of these. Carlos Oliviera is the one known member of the unit who, despite having a Dark and Troubled Past, is a genuinely heroic man who actually wants to rescue the surviving citizens of Raccoon City and is visibly distraught by the revelation that Umbrella actually caused the viral outbreak. Other characters like Mikhael and Murphy might count as well, as well as the unnamed UBCS soldier who died defending a single civilian from a BOW, but aren't given enough development to know for sure.
    • Alexander Ashford may count as well, being one of the only known executives of Umbrella to have some moral standing and who isn't utterly batshit insane, and who's research focused entirely on the human gene responsible for regulating intelligence and human cloning. What firmly pushes him into this position is, upon seeing the horrific experiments his daughter Alexia was working on, her intent to test said experiments on herself, and fearing the threat to the world this posed, he developed the Linear Launcher and installed it in the base, designed to be used to stop Alexia if her plans were carried out. Guess what comes into play during the Final Boss battle.
      • His father Edward Ashford was one for the original founders of Umbrella. Compared to Marcus and Spencer, he was the only one who wanted Umbrella to be just an ordinary pharmaceutical company and not an insane conspiracy that makes bioweapons.
    • Ada Wong in Resident Evil 4, if you count Wesker and the people working for him as a team given how little actual teamwork happens. She spends enough time and effort helping Leon that you can almost forget that she's trying to get the Dominance Plaga for Wesker until she steals it from Leon at gunpoint. Though it's revealed that she gave Wesker a fake Plaga and gave the real one to her other employers.
  • In many D&D games, such as Icewind Dale or Temple of Elemental Evil, having a paladin in your party can prevent you from having normal dialogue choices, instead getting sanctimonious tirades that ironically prevent a peaceful resolution.
    • Baldur's Gate proffers some useful Good-aligned characters who could fit in well, statistically speaking, with an otherwise Evil-aligned but stastistically optimized party. Unfortunately, it's a little more complicated than that — many characters with incompatible personalities will come to blows if left together in your party for too long.
      • Throne of Bhaal has Balthazar, a Lawful Good monk who has teamed up with the bad guys to accomplish the goal of destroying what he sees as a great evil. Interestingly, the group itself is a part of that evil and he plans to see the entirety of it destroyed — himself included — in the end.
    • In Planescape: Torment, Morte the flying talking skull is only good-aligned character in your neutral-aligned party. You may also become good, but it'll require some time.
  • Flonne in Disgaea. Originally joins to understand demons and teach them about love. You get more good teammates eventually, but only very late in the game; Flonne is the Token Good Teammate of the Power Trio you have for most of the game.
  • Legacy of Kain: Janos Audron for the vampires. Kain is a Magnificent Bastard out to achieve his goals by any means necessary. Vorador is a sadistic hedonist with a penchant for torture. Raziel, while not really evil, can be indecisive, self-righteous, and is mostly motivated by wanting to save himself. Janos, on the other hand, is a kind, fatherly cleric type who is one of the few people in the games who will tell the truth in a straightforward, artless manner. He even thinks kindly of the murderous Sarafan, believing that they're only acting out of fear and ignorance.
  • William is the Super Ego among the McCall brothers' Power Trio in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood.
  • Jecht in Dissidia: Final Fantasy is good, or at least neutral, despite being a member of the Warriors of Chaos, all composed of Final Fantasy villains. Every other villain is out to either Take Over the World, or destroy it - Jecht is just a rather lousy dad who wants to fetch his kid and go home. The reason he's siding with the villains is that Emperor Palamecia manipulated him into thinking that their victory would let him rejoin his son, Tidus. It's also revealed in the prequel that he was actually on Cosmos' side in at least the previous cycle. He probably would have remained there for the 13th cycle as well, had it not been for the Emperor's machinations.note  Golbez, on the other hand, is a good guy posing as a villain.
    • To a lesser extent, Judge Magister Gabranth. In the 13th cycle, he's nothing more than a disgruntled jailer who serves as a warden for those no longer used in the conflict. Several of lines are somber and hint that he wants nothing more than penance for his past transgressions, while most of the other Chaos warriors mock him for his more admirable qualities. Compare this to Shantotto, who serves as Team Cosmos' Token Evil Teammate (to the point that most of the villains revere her). Both of these are somewhat subverted in the prequel Duodecim, as the two are actually affiliated with their respective deities this time around (however, Gabranth just seems to be doing his job and seems to be confronting Cosmos simply to end the war—thus lacking an ulterior motive unlike most of the others, while Shantotto is still a fair bit malicious, even towards her ally Prishe).
    • Also, Kuja is a bit of a tragic case. He's actively working with the heroes Bartz, Zidane, and Squall, up until Kefka intervenes. He's even responsible for Cloud's Heel–Face Turn and Terra's too. After he's defeated by Lightning, Kefka implants false memories to ensure his full on villainy in the Thirteenth Cycle.
  • Reeve in Final Fantasy VII, Shin-Ra's head of Urban Development, seems to be the only person on Shin-Ra's board of directors with a conscience or sense of ethics. He eventually defects to AVALANCHE as a Double Agent
  • A recurring theme in the Fire Emblem series. Nearly every game has at least one member of the antagonistic faction who is nearly entirely sympathetic, yet can't do a Heel–Face Turn, often due to My Country, Right or Wrong.
    • Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light has Camus, the one who started the trend. He often actively went against his superiors when they ordered him to Kick the Dog, and yet still serves his country out of knightly honour. Having a Star-Crossed Lovers relationship with a major NPC makes it even worse.
    • Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War has Ishtar, who's only against you because the man she loves happens to be possessed by a God of Evil.
    • Fire Emblem: Thracia 776 has Reinhardt, the older brother of one of the playable characters who's mostly fighting you because said God of Evil-possessed character thought he was getting too close to Ishtar and is attempting The Uriah Gambit.
    • Fire Emblem: The Binding Blade has Gale, who was this close to actually being recruitable but was cut out at the last minute, leaving his an an extremely sympathetic boss (and with a similar Star-Crossed Lovers situation to Camus) and Brunnya, who is a Love Martyr for the Big Bad.
    • Fire Emblem: The Blazing Blade has Linus and Lloyd, two members of the Black Fang who retain their sense of honour and hate how Sonia has corrupted the group into going after innocents, and both act as big-brother figures to Nino. Unfortunately one dies fighting your army and the other goes on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and won't listen to reason.
    • Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones has Glen and Selena. Glen is particularly vocal about questioning Emperor Vigarde's orders, but ultimately doesn't live long enough to join the heroes. Selena, meanwhile, is genuinely honorable, but her devotion to Vigarde proves to be a Fatal Flaw. Duessel is a subversion, since he starts out this way, but actually gets to go through with his Heel–Face Turn.
    • Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance has Bryce, who is aware of Ashnard's atrocities and disapproves. He remains polite and honourable even while fighting your army.
    • Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn has Hetzel for the Begnion Senators, the only one who isn't a corrupt racist slave-trading bastard and regrets the genocide of the Herons, and who saved Rafiel's life by buying him as a slave and releasing him. Most of his battle quotes can be summed up as either Just Following Orders or expressing regret for never trying to stop the other senators. Levail also serves as this to the main Begnion army, as he doesn't bear any animosity towards the party and only fights out of loyalty to his general.
    • Fire Emblem Awakening has Mustafa for the Plegian generals, who's such an extreme case of this trope that he is entirely sympathetic and only fights you due to his king threatening his wife and child. Having to fight him comes as a major Player Punch. The Valmese Empire has Yen'fay, who was literally forced into fighting due to Excellus threatening to kill his sister. Said sister doesn't find out until he's been killed, possibly by her own hand, making this even more painful.
  • Roxas in Kingdom Hearts to Organization XIII. Unlike the other 12, he isn't actively malicious.
  • In the end of BlazBlue Continuum Shift, Litchi ends up joining NOL as the Token Good Teammate. Unlike all other who directly served the Imperator, the reason why she joins was because her body condition got worse and the only one who'd want to give the cure for both her and Arakune is NOL, thus she has the least loyalty to the NOL and was only there for necessary self preservation and saving a beloved. Also in Chrono Phantasma, she didn't undergo any Evil Costume Switch and retains her sane personality, thereby making her squarely on the trope.
    • In Chronophantasma, the Duodecim families are all firmly under the control of the NOL (and the Imperator by extension, and thus Hazama by extension). That is, all except for Reasonable Authority Figure Kagura.
  • In Knights of the Old Republic, if you go dark-side, by the end of the game Zaalbar will be the only remaining nice person on your team (the others have either been turned, killed, or ran away by that time), and he'll (hopelessly) attack you if you take him onto the Star Forge.
    • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, Vette is this to a Dark-sided Sith Warrior's party since she's the only one who isn't a murderous psychopath (Jaesa and Broonmark) or loyal to the Empire (Quinn and Pierce). The Sith Inquisitor's party has Talos Drellik, who is easily the nicest party member in a group consisting of brooding cynics (Ashara and Andronikos) and violent brutes (Khem Val and Xalek).
  • In Injustice 2, Superman and his allies are Fallen Heroes who seek to re-establish the Man of Steel's totalitarian Regime. They are joined by Supergirl, Superman's cousin, who wholeheartedly believes she and Supes are Hope Bringers. When she finds out just what Superman is up to, however, it crushes her. If the player picked the Bad Ending, Superman orders Supergirl to become The Dragon to his restored Regime, and threatens to convert her into a brainwashed cyborg if she refuses. Being that she's imprisoned, Superman knows that she'll be back into his fold one way or another.
  • Both Rei and Shuu/Shew becomes this in the Dream Mode of the first Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage, on basis that the antagonist is the Nanto side, and they're both Nanto practicioners. In the real story, they would've been Kenshiro's greatest allies.
  • General Leo in Final Fantasy VI is also a known case of this. In fact, the game likes to lampshade the fact that the only reason why Leo is considered an antagonist is because he works with the Empire.
  • Athena, in Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel!, is the most heroic Vault Hunter in the game, compared to Wilhelm (a mercenary who cares only about getting paid and comes to respect Jack's ruthlessness), Nisha (a Combat Sadomasochist who becomes Handsome Jack's main squeeze when she finds his brutality alluring), Claptrap (who's...well, not evil, but hardly heroic, and is incapable of disobeying an order from Jack), Timothy (who like Claptrap cannot disobey Jack due to being his body double) and Aurelia (who's an Egomaniac Hunter, albeit one with standards). By the end of the game, the only reason she's still with Jack is that her sense of professional pride prohibits her from leaving a job unfinished as well as wanting to get even with Lilith and Roland.
  • In Nicktoons Unite!: Globs of Doom, the heroes and villains from various Nicktoons split up into opposite teams. Villain Protagonist Zim, however, goes with the heroes, so his arch-nemesis, Hero Antagonist Dib, decides that he has to team up with the bad guys. This doesn't end well for him.
  • Cao Ren in Dynasty Warriors. In a game where Wei stores A LOT of scary looking, ambitious, jerkwad or scheming people... we got this peaceful shorty guy who just wants the chaos to end. And this is before Wei takes a swing in Anti-Villain-y since the 6th game.
    • And in the 7th game, even if Wei is just merely Designated Villain, one look at serene, compassionate poet/musician Cai Wenji amongst Wei would make you agree that she's another Token Good Teammate.
  • Soulcalibur IV has this fate unfortunately befall Sophitia Alexandria, making this Lady of War Forced into Evil. Tira shows herself to be very Genre Savvy by designating Sophitia's daughter as a prospective host for Soul Edge. In order to prevent this, Sophitia was strong-armed into working with Nightmare and co. As the latest warrior in a long line chosen by the Greek gods to destroy the evil sword, Sophitia is none too thrilled about her Face–Heel Turn; however, for the sake of her children, she must reluctantly ward off any who attempt to reach the sword, including her younger sister Cassandra and any of her previous allies. And when her other allies who are similarly manipulated in this cause was Voldo...
  • In Warriors Orochi, Himiko is mainly on the side of the forces of Orochi because Da Ji acts as a Cool Big Sis toward her. When she and Da Ji are captured by the Resistance in Warriors Orochi 3, Himiko gets along better with the Resistance fighters (as unlike Da Ji, she doesn't have an ulterior motive for doing so), and goes along with a few of the girls in one Side Quest to help rescue another of their missing warriors.
    • Also in 3, Mouri Motonari is also one. He's cunning enough to realize that the balance of the dimensional world actually depends on Da Ji's presence, like it or not, so he protects and joins forces with her, despite still being the jovial laid back guy (as compared with his dickish self in Sengoku Basara which wouldn't make him this trope), if you compare with those used to align with Da Ji (except Himiko above) like Masamune, Fuuma, Keiji, Achilles or Dong Zhuo.
  • Mina Tang in Alpha Protocol. The only employee of the eponymous agency who seems to have any sort of conscience, and also the only one of Mike Thorton's Mission Controls who care if he kills American agents or civilians, makes deals with arms traffickers, or commits similar acts of Dirty Business.
  • Oichi in Sengoku Basara used to be one for the Oda clan. Despite her dark powers, she just looks demure and innocent compared to Nobunaga, Mitsuhide, Nouhime and Ranmaru. Then she got carted off to marry Nagamasa where her 'good'/'innocent' side develops more and she could be a genuine good rather than Token Good Teammate... Too bad it goes downhill so fast from there on.
  • Dragon Age II has a cabal of mages from Starkhaven Hawke often deals with over the course of the game. Their leader, Decimus, tries to kill you on sight. Grace, his girlfriend, starts out creeped out, but accepts his way of thinking and tries to murder Hawke and their sibling/love interest. Terrie isn't seen much but she gives quests involving framing templars. Then, there is Alain, a genuine Nice Guy who just tries to help.
    • Of the actual main characters, there's Bethany Hawke. Everyone else has at least one moment of hypocrisy or moral greyness (even Da Chief is very pragmatic), while Bethany mainly wants to be normal. Sebastian genuinely tries to be this, despite his hotheaded streak — whether he succeeds depends on his relationship with Hawke and what you do with Anders in the endgame.
  • Sword Man from Mega Man 8 openly admits he has no qualms with Mega Man; He's simply been programmed to destroy him. He even compliments Mega Man with his dying words before exploding.
    Sword Man: Nice shot.
  • There's always one of these guys in nearly every 'bad' factions in League of Legends:
    • First, the Noxus faction has Riven, a proud believer of Noxians that the ones with strength should rule, except that she pretty much went into self-exile (hence her title being The Exile) because she completely disagrees with how the current Noxus runs and seeing her teammates die to friendly-fire was the last straw. Still, she's still proud of her Noxian heritage so she still kinda counts.
    • Zaun, the faction where Science Is Bad may as well be its slogan, has Zac, a Blob Monster Living Weapon who is Exactly What It Says on the Tin. He's in fact a personable, boisterous guy who is not really interested in abusing his freedom in most extreme methods like every other Zaunites.
    • Also from Zaun, Ekko is a genius boy who utilizes time travel to protect those he cares about, as well as bringing justice to those who did harm his friends. He also dislikes most of the Zaunite champions for giving Zaun a bad name.
    • The Void, where Eldritch Abomination bent on destroying the world, just because, reside, some of them include Kha'Zix, who kills just for adaptation and survival instead of solely for Earth-Shattering Kaboom or utter hatred towards Runeterra.
    • And then there's the Shadow Isles, home of various death-dealing undeads, there's this hulking gravedigger named Yorick, who's only in to preserve his dead family's lineage rather than adding more to the collection of the dead souls.
    • The Winter Claws faction in Freljord has Volibear. Unlike his more rude and ruthless compatriots (Sejuani and Olaf), Volibear is a peace-loving bear only interested in protecting his clan and recognizes that only through war that true peace can be attained. He's also MUCH calmer than his compatriots.
  • In Dota 2, the Dire side is full of monsters and generally evil beings and some neutral ones. There are a few exceptions, like Magnus and Lycan, who are heroic characters looking for justice for wrongs dealt to them. Clinkz is also heroic in his backstory, slaying a demon to protect his lands, only to receive his current form accidentally from a spell by the mage-king Sutherex, which left him understandably pissed off. There is also Dazzle, a friendly healer who uses his magic for self defense and aid. In Huskar's backstory, it is Dazzle that saves him, not that Huskar wanted that.
    • On the Radiant side, there is Treant Protector, who is the most gentle and least violent hero in the game. The only hero he takes exception to is Timbersaw.
  • In Mass Effect 3, a recording of the Illusive Man reveals that he tried to manipulate Shepard into joining Cerberus by surrounding Shepard with Cerberus' Token Good Teammates during Mass Effect 2, making this the rare case of this trope being actually enforced. It also revealed why it's rarely enforced; the entire crew defected en masse at the first opportunity.
  • In his first appearance Cyrus from Advance Wars: Days of Ruin is urging Dr. Caulder to leave Brenner and his men alone as there's no need to attack them (of course they do anyways), and his "goodery" ultimately pisses off Caulder enough that he poisons Cyrus with a chemical that will kill him in the slowest most painful way possible. Your own unit becomes this for a brief bit when serving Grayfield as well; even though his evil and insanity is painfully obvious, Brenner sticks with him hoping to end the war between Rubinelle and Lazuria that's still going despite the world being destroyed.
  • Among the Primals in Final Fantasy XIV, there is Ramuh. Among the likes of Ifrit (who intends to brainwash everyone into his thrall) or Garuda (who wants to destroy everything except her followers), Ramuh is at worst territorial. He only wants to be summoned by his Sylph followers in case their forest home is in grave danger to protect it. Although he does believe Humans Are the Real Monsters and is willing to bring down his judgment on them.
  • Credo from Devil May Cry 4 is pretty much the only member of The Order who is genuinely good and heroic, isn't in on the evil conspiracy, and isn't a demon at first.
  • Out of the entire cast of Liar Liar Tanaka is the only one who doesn't show some level of Ax-Crazy or Love Makes You Crazy.
  • Minecraft: Story Mode: The Ocelots are rude and arrogant — except Lukas, who's surprisingly helpful and friendly. Petra will lampshade this during the Wither Skull segment.
  • In Prince of Persia (2008), the Corrupted of Ahriman have the Warrior. He was a king who needed power to save his pacifistic people from invaders, and sold his soul to Ahriman for that reason. Compare that to the motivations of the Hunter, the Alchemist and the Concubine. Even Elika's father sold his soul in exchange for his deceased daughter's resurrection in order to ease his own anguish. When the Warrior fights against Elika and the Prince, he mocks them less than the other Corrupted and tells them to flee while they still can more than once. Elika senses that he loathes what he has become and shows sympathy towards him more than any other Corrupted (except maybe her father), urging him to fight against Ahriman's control over him. When he's finally defeated, he spends his last moments in a more positive light than the rest of the Corrupted: by begging for his people's forgiveness, throwing Elika and the Prince to a safe distance from him and seemingly fighting against Ahriman's control before he explodes.
  • In Tomb Raider: Anniversary gives us Larson Conway of Natla's thugs. He's a former US Marine while his allies are a former gang leader and a full-blown serial killer who much prefers to talk it out with Lara and use non-fatal takedowns to defeat her. At one point he intentionally misses so she can escape, and later tries to talk her out of continuing by pointing out the Scion technically belongs to Natla, and only actually turns his weapon on her once she makes it clear she fully is willing to kill him to retrieve the Scion.
  • Three of the Four Horsemen in World of Warcraft are sadists and their quotes reflect so. Sir Zeliek is the one who has retained his humanity and, rather than taunt you, tries to make you turn back and survive, but is still forced to fight for the Lich King.
  • In Overwatch, amongst the many many Corrupt Corporate Executive that runs the Vishkar Corporation, Symmetra is the only one who at least has her morals straight and had concerns about the welfare of the innocents (though can't do much about it), which brings on her inner conflict, and makes her an Anti-Villain. This trope goes double when you realize that she's probably the only Anti-Villain amongst the antagonistic characters in the game; Reaper and Widowmaker are callous terrorists, Junkrat and Roadhog are psychotic criminals, Sombra is blackmailing the leader of Russia, and all five are shameless in doing bad things.
  • In the Fallout series, the defining characteristic of the Vault-Tec Corporation was their disturbing social experiments on the people in their Vaults, shelters to hold people if the Apocalypse ever happened (which it did), in order to gauge their reactions. These range from Vaults of one men and all women, to more elaborate nightmares like filling the Vault with mind-altering white noise, or telling the dwellers they must sacrifice one person a year or all perish...
    • ...And then there was Dr. Ted Reilly, introduced posthumously in Fallout 4: Vault-Tec Workshop. He was part of the staff for Vault 88, which prototyped the horrific social experiments that would be used in other Vaults, but Ted apparently missed the memo that he worked for Evil, Inc. and instead designed things that would actually make the Vault residents happier and healthier. To name just one example, there was an experiment based around placing a soda machine into a Vault; some ideas included spiking the soda mix with mind-control chemicals or diet suppressants so they wouldn't stop working in order to eat. Ted's idea was a soda mix that tasted better than Nuka-Cola and could've made Vault-Tec billions. The notes left behind by the other Vault-Tec staff are full of remarks about how much they despise Ted and pleas to Headquarters to reassign him to somewhere cold and unpleasant.
    • The ruthless Gunner faction from Fallout 4 is a mercenary outfit just one step above Raiders in terms of viciousness, and will do any job, no matter how brutal, if the pay is right. However, since their main motivation is money, you'll sometimes come across non-hostile Gunners who are just taking honest jobs as caravan protection.
  • In Tyranny, the Fatebinder is (at least initially) an outright Villain Protagonist working for The Empire, and their companions and allies are, for the most part, Sociopathic Soldiers, Les Collaborateurs, just plain Ax-Crazy, or some combination thereof. With two notable exceptions among the possible party members:
    • Eb, a rebel leader who can potentially join the Fatebinder's party, usually after defeat, and, Good Is Not Soft moments aside, actually has a functional moral compass.
    • Sirin, though a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and occasional Spoiled Brat, actually cares about people, even if she occasionally uses her Psychic Powers in morally questionable ways to ensure her survival or try and help.
    • Arguably, even the Fatebinder can become this, although not without great difficulty.
  • The Medic from Payday 2 is the only Special who isn't a Rabid Cop.
  • Weird Ed from Maniac Mansion is the only inhabitant of the titular mansion who's actively seeking to help Dave and his friends, mostly because it fits in with his goal of removing his father from the Meteor's control. Green Tentacle could count too, except he just wants to form a rock band and doesn't seem to care one way or the other about whose side he's on. (It should be noted that he and Weird Ed are operating independently of each other.) As for the others, the Meteor is evil, Dr. Fred (as mentioned) is under his control, Nurse Edna tolerates the evil members, Purple Tentacle does whatever Dr. Fred says, and Dead Cousin Ted is, well, dead.
  • Eleanor Hume from Tales of Berseria is a good-hearted member of the Abbey, an organization that claims to be protecting and uniting the world in the name of reason and their job are basically exterminating Daemons (men turned monsters). All of them are more into Daemon-killing, but Eleanor is more focused on helping the innocents and tends to be a little crybaby about it, and being kept in the dark on the Abbey's darker intentions (to eliminate free will). She ends up tagging along with Velvet that sought to destroy the Abbey and after realizing that the Abbey is bad, she stopped following its orders, but because Velvet's group is basically a bunch of anti-heroes, Eleanor basically became their Token Good Teammate, the only character in the group that's grounded with basic morality.
  • In the Shin Megami Tensei: Persona series, your party battles Shadow Selves, who are physical manifestations of the worst aspects of someone's personality and almost always try to kill either their real self or your party as soon as you meet them. The sole exception is Shadow Futaba from Persona 5, who serves as a Sink-or-Swim Mentor for Futaba Sakura and never directly tries to harm anyone (although she does lead you into a trap from time to time).
  • In Faraway Story the main antagonists for Part 1 are the members of the Midage Unit, who want to conquer the Faraway Continent and take the Philosopher's Stone. Silmina and Crowa want to arrest or kill your party for petty reasons and Necrovia is willing to do anything to stop the Dark Lord's resurrection, or so she claims. In contrast, Remi Currensia uses her authority ethically, genuinely believes that the Philosopher's Stone will make the world a better place, and tries to defeat the party non-lethally when they have to fight.
  • Pokémon:
    • Tornadus and Thundurus from Pokémon Black and White are a pair of Jerkass Gods who delight in causing mischief and mayhem across Unova. The third of their ilk, Landorus, is far more benevolent than the two, providing fertile land for farmers and actively putting a stop to the pair's rampages when they start.
    • In Pokémon Sun and Moon, the Ultra Beasts are, if not necessarily evil, a destructive threat to both humans and Pokémon. The one exception to this is Cosmog, who's less dangerous and far more friendly than other Ultra Beasts. By extension, its evolutions, Solgaleo and Lunala, also fall under this trope.
  • Bomberman
  • Shay Patrick Cormac for the Templar Order in Assassin's Creed: Rogue. Whereas most people join the order to advance their career, grab for power or resentment against the Assassins, he joined the order for a purely heroic motivation - namely, stop the Assassins from triggering earthquake with First Civilization's Temples.
  • Batman: The Telltale Series:
    • Pretty much the only staff member we ever see of Arkham Asylum who isn't Doctor Jerk, a callous brute, or corrupt and on the take is Doctor Joan Leland. A major driving reason why Arkham is such a Cardboard Prison that serves to only make villains and not actually help anyone is because this woman is the only one who is actually trying to help the patients.
    • "John Doe" is this for The Pact. His only real motivation for being with them is because he has the hots for Harley Quinn, and he largely seems unhinged to the point he basically doesn't realize how bad the things he's doing are. He's otherwise consistently friendly, loyal, and protective of Bruce even if you don't bother to return the favor to a point. He's insane and violent either way, but your how you treat him determines whether he becomes a Well-Intentioned Extremist who just needs help or dives head first into the role of The Joker.
  • Epic Battle Fantasy 5 has a group of Bonus Bosses known as the Evil Players, who are all based on the party members. Most of them are antagonistic, with Matteus wanting to eat the party, Natalia trying to "cleanse" the party with holy and fire magic, Lancelot trying to "optimize" the party by reducing them to raw materials, and Annabelle wanting to turn the party into hunting trophies. The final and strongest Evil Player, God, is much nicer to the party and is only fighting them in order to mentally prepare them for the Final Boss.
  • Out of the five (eventually six) Valuan admirals in Skies of Arcadia, Gregorio is very honorable and only follows the empress because he subscribes to the My Country, Right or Wrong mentality, and Belleza despises war and seeks to put an end to the long-standing Valua-Nasr War by any means necessary. When Galcian declares his intention to take the entire Valuan navy and go rogue, both Gregorio and Belleza turn against him, pulling Heroic Sacrifices to allow the party (which includes the defected Valuan prince - who Gregorio is a father figure to - at this point) to escape Galcian's fortress and to kill Galcian respectively.

    Visual Novels 
  • Subverted in Higurashi: When They Cry. None of the protagonists are evil on default but sometimes they become villainous due to a Hate Plague. Mion is the only protagonist, besides Sixth Ranger Hanyuu, who has never killed anyone in any arc. However, this doesn't mean she hasn't actually killed anyone. According to one of the TIPs, in an unseen world she became a Clingy Jealous Girl towards Keiichi and killed the other girls due to seeing them as "rivals" for him.

    Web Animation 

  • GoAnimate: In the Caillou family, Boris and Caillou are both psychotic twats, Doris is an apathetic bitch who enables her husband's bad behavior, However, Rosie is nice and doesn't try to be mean to Caillou. It can be a bit of a Tearjerker seeing as how Caillou bullies her even when he has no reason to.
  • Red vs. Blue:
    • The eternally cheerful Donut seems to be the only Blood Gulch soldier who doesn't openly despise the rest of the crew. The series' Designated Hero Church even remarks that Donut is harmless and probably wouldn't hurt a fly (this is in spite of the fact that he actually killed his [admittedly, tank-driving, out-for-blood, mercenary] girlfriend). Everyone else on either team are various mixes of apathy, misanthropy, and Comedic Sociopathy. Even the easy-going and friendly Caboose secretly harbors a huge dislike of Tucker, as well as a tendency to accidentally kill his own teammates.
    • Doc. It's especially hilarious because the other members of his team consist of: a bomb, a robot's head, and an AI that's taken control (mostly) of Doc's armor.
  • RWBY:
    • Hazel of Salem's faction. His first scene as an individual sees him helping a Oscar get a train ticket, as well as offering him some sage advice, is very soft-spoken and polite, and shows a clear disdain for unnecessary violence, as seen when he berates Adam for killing Sienna Khan when they could have brought her back in line through more peaceful means.
  • Angel in No Evil seems to be allied with Charles and Amaroq, but attempts to "adopt" Kitty as Charles's mother to stop him doing bad things (admittedly by kidnapping her and taking her to Mictlan Woods, but her intentions were good, at least).

    Web Comics 
  • Drowtales: Kel'Noz to Quain, Vaelia to Ariel.
  • 8-Bit Theater.
    • Fighter Maybe not? Or he is and is simply using psychological manipulation to try and scare the woman away from his sociopathic associates. The real proof is here and here. He seems to be some combination of Stupid Good (belief in Power of Friendship, inability to recognize when someone is evil), and Dumb Is Good.
  • Hati of Cry Havoc falls in here, seeing as she tries to hold back her squad mates blood lust and general disregard for human life.
  • This is such a perfect description of Cale in Looking for Group. Though over the course of Character Development the others have become slightly more Good due to his influence and Cale has become less idealistic.
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • Each incarnation of the Linear Guild usually has at least one- which makes sense, given that Nale intentionally styles the Guild's recruits as "evil opposites" to the Order of the Stick (though not all of them are actually counterparts to Belkar, the Order's Token Evil Teammate).
      • The Guild's first incarnation has Hilgya Firehelm, who isn't overtly malicious towards the protagonists and is actually helping Nale for her own, unrelated reasons. She's definitely not good (between worshipping the Evil-aligned deity Loki and trying to kill her genuinely nice husband due to their Arranged Marriage in the past), but she's definitely a heck of a lot more nice (and a heck of a lot less evil) than the rest of the Guild's lineup.
      • The second time around, there's Yokyok, who isn't actually evil at all and is only working with the Guild for a chance to take revenge on Belkar, who killed his father. On the other hand, the fact that he's still willing to help the Guild commit murder and kidnapping to further his own plans is definitely a hit against his moral alignment.
      • After skipping over this trope for their third lineup, the Guild's Empire of Blood incarnation has Kilkil, who is only there at all because he works for Tarquin and is just doing his job. He never directly opposes the heroes at any point during his time on the team.
      • Thog generally seems like he'd probably be a decent enough guy if Nale wasn't exploiting his astonishing stupidity. About the only time he's actively trying to kill any of the Order on his own initiative (instead of being egged on by Nale) is in the Arena match, and in fairness, at that time he believed that "Shouty Man" was trying to kill him.
    • The Monster in the Darkness is this to Team Evil: he's a childlike, naive creature who doesn't bear anyone any malice and seems not to understand how evil Xykon really is. Though he is willing to eat people. (But not babies.)
  • In Shortpacked!, Sidney's Axis of Something 2.0 consists of people with grudges against the Shortpacked employees. However, one "Evil Counterpart" is Leslie's Amicable Ex Leo, who was lured to the meeting because he thought it was Bible study.
  • Artie from Narbonic normally preoccupies himself with the support of hippie-ish causes (such as world peace and the election of Dennis Kucinich), all while living with a mad scientist and her henchmen. Come Skin Horse, he's become an activist for transgenic rights.
  • Obi-Wan Kenobi in the first arc of Darths & Droids is the only character who is a fundamentally decent person, and his player is the only one who gives any real thought to casualties.
  • Commodore James Norrington in the main cast of the Mega Crossover Fan Webcomic Roommates. Sure the others are trying to better themselves but still are Goblin King Jareth, Inspector Javert and Erik The Phantom of the Opera. Also King Arthur of the "Magical Men's Club" which also consists of Odin and the Erlkönig.
  • Cream the Rabbit is this to the Sky Pirates in Sonic the Comic – Online!.
  • In Sinfest even the haters of the Sisterhood consider Mercy to be this.
  • In Sparklecare, not all of the staff members are part of the madness at Sparklecare Hospital. All of the nurses, especially Nurse Kills, seem genuinely caring. There's also Dino Soprus, Lunesta's assistant, who is clearly not on board with Lunesta poisoning Barry.
  • In Henchgirl, Mary and Palawn in their criminal group, The Butterfly Gang. They don't mind doing heists and robbing from museums, banks and rich people. But draw the line at actively killing people and stealing from kids. However later in the series, Mary is drugged to be more evil while Palawn starts up a firm and quits the group.
  • Sawbones to the pirates in The Back o' Beyond. He's by far the nicest pirate, and the only one to be genuinely friendly to Nate right from the start.
  • Darken: The main characters are mostly followers of Religions of Evil or amoral mercenaries. They then recruit Michaelus, a Lawful Good werebear who was locked up due to trouble Resisting the Beast, and who becomes increasingly worried by their conduct and their Blood Knight leader Gort. He eventually decides they need to be stopped, tries to betray them to their enemies, and gets killed by Gort.

    Web Original 
  • In The Guild, despite the team name of "The Knights of Good", Codex and Vork are the only ones who seem to quest with anything but loot in mind. Then we find out how Vork gets his electricity and internet access by stealing it from his Alzheimers-afflicted neighbor. Offline Codex is the only one who isn't either self-centered or completely divorced from reality.
  • Even the rest of the Crew accept that Egg is this in AJCO — as a Lawful Good in a world of Grey and Gray Morality she really can't avoid it. It leads to a lot of negative feeling in the Crew when she seemingly dies, as they all agreed that she was the 'only good one of us'.
    • When she leaves the role instead falls to Blue, who admittedly has more success keeping Krauzer in line than Egg ever did.
    • While none of the others are exactly evil (they're all far too ambiguous and grey for labels like that), Lartin of the Deserters is much more determined to do good than the rest. For example, he instantly takes pity on the State slave Nights and later, upon waking up to see that his home is on fire, his first thought is to find and rescue Cain.
  • Academy of Superheroes: Yvan Viau a.k.a. Labyrinthe of the ASH universe is canonically the token good teammate on the Conclave of Supervillains.
  • The Nostalgia Chick's Sex Bot. As he said in a twitter message, he's surrounded by screeching harpies that haunt his every moment.
    • Now that he's gone (very likely dead), Nella is back in the role of the only regular person there with a listenable conscience.
  • TBJZL is much more behaved compared to the other Sidemen, and thus he is the least likely Sideman to troll the others. (Although, he'll still troll if he's aggravated enough.)
  • In The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In the review of Fantastic Four, the trio gets superpowers and act like even bigger assholes than usual, so it's up to Rob to at least try and be the voice of reason.
    • When she was around, Rachel. Like how in The Shining, she's the only one who wants to help Critic when he's losing it and she gets tortured for it.
  • Worm:
    • When she joined the Undersiders, Skitter was originally this, being a Heroic Wannabe who only became a bad guy because the first villains she met were the also the first capes who actually treated her with kindness and respect. She eventually comes to downplay this hard, becoming just as ruthless and amoral as her teammates, if never quite losing her altruistic intentions. When she joins the team late in the story, Parian is a much firmer and more consistent version of this trope.
    • Burnscar is this for the Slaughterhouse Nine, being an otherwise-normal girl who was Driven to Villainy because using her pyrokinesis mutes her emotions. She deliberately avoids lethally hurting anybody whenever the rest of the Nine isn't around (notably with Faultline's Crew), and generally comes across as much more sympathetic than the rest of her group.
    • Legend is this for Cauldron, if only because they usually don't provide him with knowledge of their morally shadier dealings. By extension, he's also this for the Triumvirate, since all three of them are in Cauldron's pocket.
  • In Trapped In The Birdcage Reader is more like the token Lawful Teammate as none of the other three are actually evil, just self centered and disregarding of the law which is why Reader keeps a notebook where he records their crimes.
  • In Farce of the Three Kingdoms, Zhao Yun is the only actually nice member of The Hero's team.
  • In Magik Online among Concordia's High Command and dragons in general, the Golden Prince stands out with his strong morals is the only Minister interested in diplomatically assimilating over races into Concordia and building a working culture beyond conquest. He's also the only dragon shown to not have a superiority complex.

    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Zuko's Uncle Iroh in the first season; he's a former Fire Nation general who had a pre-series Heel–Face Turn and only helps his nephew hunt the Avatar so he can look after him. It turns out he was the only general who had a heart, and it began to cost him heavily.
  • The Legend of Korra: Bolin is part of Kuvira's army in the fourth season. Deconstructed in how many lies Kuvira has to tell to keep him a willing part of the team; once he realizes the truth, he defects with Varrick and the two of them escape to Republic city to warn President Raiko and Korra about her spirit vine weapon experiments, but what they didn't know was she was using them to create the Colossus to take over Republic City.
  • Gargoyles:
    • John Canmore is always arguing against his siblings' single-issue wonk against the Gargoyles. And then the trope is subverted, BIG TIME.
    • Played straight with Dingo. Of the five human members of the Pack, he's literally the Only Sane Man. He's also the only one whose Heel–Face Turn occurs for truly altruistic reasons.
  • The Hollow: Skeet seems the most hesitant about plotting against the other team, and he seems to genuinely like Kai. Of course, he's not that much less belligerent than his fellows.
  • South Park:
    • Butters Stotch, the only child character of the series not to (consistently) fall into Kids Are Cruel territory.
    • Officer Barbrady is the only member of South Park's police force that isn't corrupt or racist.
  • Wonder Man is this for the Masters of Evil in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
  • X-Men: Evolution: Colossus is this to Magneto's Acolytes (which calls back a storyline from the original comics).
  • Beast Wars: Silverbolt when he was awakened as a Predacon for all of one episode. He becomes a Token Evil Teammate after being free of Megatron's control in Beast Machines.
  • Futurama:
    • Dr. Zoidberg in "An Xmas Story" was specifically the only member of the Planet Express Crew to not be targeted by Robot Santa, who gives him a pogo stick for a present. More than that; he's apparently the only person on Earth who is not on Santa's naughty/target list, meaning that Santa sees Earthlings as My Enemies And Zoidberg.
    • Speaking of Santa, his holiday friends consist of him who goes on a murderous rampage every year, Hanukah Zombie who's Offscreen Villainy has him at least wanted by the police, and Kwanzaabot who merely tours the world once a year to teach people what Kwanzaa means. He seems genuinely nice and helpful despite being involved with the other two holiday murderers.
  • Jem:
    • Stormer of The Misfits. As an example, when The Misfits discovered that the Holograms had to perform in a movie alongside them, in order to raise money for an operation one of the Starlight Girls desperately needed, the band is thinking up ways they can screw with Jem. However, the first words out of Stormer's mouth when she finds out is "Which little girl?"
    • Roxy is implied to be nicer than she gives off. In "Roxy Rumbles" she is noticeably less aggressive and sensitive when not around Pizzazz. When around Pizzazz, and especially Jetta, she's anything but nice though.
  • Blinky Bill: Shifty for the dingoes.
  • Total Drama: All Stars: As pictured above, Gwen was placed on the Villainous Vultures because Duncan cheated on Courtney with her. Later on Cameron joins the team too, in this case for no reason other than because Chris willed it.
  • The Foxbusters: Todd is this to the fox pack.
  • Recess: Miss Grotke is this among the faculty members, though downplayed as they aren't "evil"- they're just doing their jobs and are portrayed as the antagonists for most of the episodes. While most of the faculty are apathetic or extremely stern, she's sweet and easy-going, and always stands up for the kids.
    • Also, most of the fifth graders are portrayed as either bullies or jerks. Fortunately, you can't say the same for Butch or Johnny V.
  • League of Super Evil: Red Menace, despite his name, is a Minion with an F in Evil who is almost always the one to suggest the "good" solution to a problem the League faces, much to Voltar and Frogg's chagrin.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes himself. He's a Nice Guy Pollyanna who loves having fun and making people happy, while his two best friends are Heloise, a sadistic Mad Scientist (even worse, she was originally meant to be a serial killer) who enjoys torturing people and destroying things, and Beezy, a lazy and gluttonous demon primarily motivated by his own selfish, hedonistic desires.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Billy compared to Grim and Mandy at least. This is mostly an Informed Attribute however; see the Designated Hero page for more information. At times he is the most psychotically destructive and dangerous of the three after all...
  • Drawn Together, Xandir and Foxxy Love are the only housemates who aren't Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonists.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: Frylock is the only member of the (and, really, the only character) with a semi-functioning moral compass, as well as the only one who isn't totally incompetent at fighting the villains, though he's been known to have his moments of extreme depravity that shock even Shake.
  • The Simpsons: One Treehouse of Horror episode has Bart, Milhouse and Nelson vandalizing, stealing and causing general mayhem on Halloween, with Lisa tagging along in tow and doing little-to-no actual crimes. (When the gang besiege Lenny and take his things, Lisa instead feeds his fish. Which Lenny treats as the worst crime of all, because she overfed them.) Deconstructed later on, when the gang are all punished by the Devil Flanders, including Lisa. Lisa notes that she wasn't as bad as the others, but she still got the same punishment.
  • Rick and Morty: Doofus Rick, a version of Rick from another universe and a member of the "Council of Ricks". Unlike the other Ricks, he is a Kindhearted Simpleton (only compared to other Ricks) who quickly befriends Jerry and is more than happy to spend the whole day with him.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: Sandy and Gary in some of the later seasons, since every other character is either a Jerkass, an antagonist, or a moron.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: Edd (Double D) is the most moral of the Eds (Ed is also good, but very stupid). In fact, he's the only Ed the other kids treat with anything resembling respect. To an extent, he can be considered the Token Good of the entire cul-de-sac, acting like the Only Sane Man in a Sadist Show
  • Family Guy:
  • Courtney from As Told by Ginger is the nice one out of the 'popular girls'. She's a Spoiled Sweet rich girl who actively tries to befriend Ginger, though Miranda doesn't support their friendship.
  • Starfire from Teen Titans Go! is the nicest Titan. In fact, it wasn't her meanness that got Flanderized, but her naivety, and whenever she does any action, it's not for a selfish reason.
  • Pretty much averted in Winx Club, as the Trix, while generally pretty disagreeable to each other, are on pretty much the same page when it comes to being evil. But in the first season it seemed like Darcy might be this; her romance with Riven is ordered by Icy but depending on the version or dubbing she showed hints of being In Love with the Mark. Eventually nothing comes of it.
    • Mirta/Mysta is the token nice girl at Cloud Tower, where all the other witches introduced hate fairies and want to hurt or prank them even if they're not part of the Trix coven. She eventually realizes she's a fairy, not a witch.
    • Headmistress Griffin, according to Faragonda and herself, was this in her youth, during the first Magix wars: she was in love with Valtor and involved with the Trix coven and the Ancestrals. She eventually left to join the Company of Light.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Thorax and "Kevin" are both peaceful changelings who would prefer to just live their lives rather than invade, conquer, and control. Kevin's not been seen since Slice of Life while Thorax did a full Heel–Face Turn going from this to Friendly Neighborhood Vampire to rainbow beetle bug... thing and convinced the entire changeling army to follow him.
  • The Diamonds in Steven Universe are petty tyrants who seek to conquer other planets, except Pink Diamond, who cherishes organic life and created the Rose Quartz persona in an attempt to save the Earth. To a lesser extent, Blue Diamond is the nicest of the remaining Diamonds.
  • In The Long Long Holiday, Otto is this to the other German soldiers; he even hides evidence that Gaston knows where the British pilot that they're looking for is. He's also in a Secret Relationship with Jeanne, and chooses to protect her family from the other Germans.


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