Minion with an F In Evil

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You're quasi-evil. You're semi-evil. You're the margarine of evil. You're the Diet Coke of evil. Just one calorie, not evil enough.
Dr. Evil (to his Genre Savvy son Scott), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me

No, he doesn't kick himself by accident when trying to Kick the Dog. He's a henchman to a Card-Carrying Villain who can't quite wrap his mind around card-carrying villainy. As such, they often get confused and do "good" things like saying please or thank you or being kind to the heroes in some way by mistake—and get yelled at for it by their superior if caught. This character type tends to be predicated on the assumption that Rousseau Was Right; theoretically, this so-called "villain" hasn't properly learned how to be bad. Very much Played for Laughs, and most commonly used in children's shows. They often get a Mook Face Turn at the end of the series, or earlier if their boss is particularly mean with a Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal. They may also get a The Dog Bites Back moment to go along with it.

Not to be confused with Affably Evil characters, who are evil but polite about it. Certain versions are relatives who the villain is obliged to keep around despite their incompetence, or horrific monsters that turn out to actually be Gentle Giants.

Contrast Harmless Villain, Worthy Opponent, Punch Clock Villain, Reluctant Monster, and Obliviously Evil. See also Poke the Poodle, White Sheep, Merciful Minion, and Good All Along. Compare and contrast with Hero with an F In Good. Frequently hold back a truly terrifying boss due to the Conservation of Competence.

Examples of Minion with an F In Evil include:

Anime and Manga

  • Jama-P in Wedding Peach takes this to its logical extreme. He becomes a Sidekick to the good guys.
  • The entirety of the Gedou Otome Tai from Akahori Gedou Hour Rabuge. While they're daughters of low-ranking Mooks from an evil organization, their ability to actually do anything evil is zero.
  • Shia in Pita-Ten is the epitome of this trope; as demon she's not only supposed to do evil, she *has* to do evil, but she always seems to wind up baking cookies for everybody, or cleaning up the apartment she shares with Misha (an angel almost as bad at doing good as she is at doing evil), or just in general being polite, soft-spoken and helpful, much to the exasperation of her demon-adviser in cat form, Nyaa.
    • In the manga When she dies Nyaa admits that she may have been a far more successful demon than he realized by making everyone love her then dying and leaving everyone sad.
  • DojiDevil, a one-shot character in the Hot Springs Episode of Kyouran Kazoku Nikki, always on cleaning duty as punishment. She was trying to find whoever was fated to die at the springs (it ended up being a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy) so she could steal a soul and gain recognition, but was so touched by them that she spent most of her time cheering them on and trying to help them. She finally sets up a plan to kill them all so the family won't be separated but regrets this almost immediately.
  • Shiyu Kusanagi in the X 1999 manga, CD Drama and TV series. What is a Gentle Giant who goes out of his way to help other people (including his enemies!) doing in the humanity-destroying Dragons of the Earth group?
  • Demon God Ifurita in the TV series version of El Hazard
  • Chachamaru on Mahou Sensei Negima is technically a villain because she's trying to kill Negi, but that's only because she's following her programming. When she's not doing that, she can be seen retrieving lost balloons for little girls, helping old ladies across the street, and rescuing stray cats.
  • All of Florsheim's evil minions in Tentai Senshi Sunred. To put it in perspective, their most fiendish and evil-tempered minion is probably Usacon, who came up on the brilliant idea of tormenting our hero by turning off the water to his apartment and then removing all the tasty soft drinks from the vending machine closest to it (of course, they bought the soft drinks legally... They're not monsters after all. Well, OK, they are monsters. But not very evil monsters). Mind you, they all work for a Harmless Villain anyway.
  • In Ratman, the minions of Jackal, who wear spooky skeleton outfits, in the first chapter forget they were supposed to kidnap Shuto. So they instead played with and fed stray kittens.
  • Antylamon, the last of the 12 Devas in Digimon Tamers. While the other Devas would usually attack humans on sight, Antylamon doesn't attack or threaten Suzie, the first human she meets, at all. Suzie even makes her do a Heel Face Turn, as she not only defends Suzie from Makuramon, but becomes her partner.
  • Android 16, in Dragonball Z. He was created for the sole purpose of destroying Goku, and refuses to fight anyone but him. He also takes an interest in birds and squirrels, and loves the world so much that the only character in the series he does try to kill is Cell.
  • In Pokemon, James and Jesse tend to wind up like this in any scheme involving a higher-ranking member of Team Rocket.

Comic Books

  • It may never be known what insane reason Priscilla Lyons had to join a bunch of cold-blooded killers who murdered super-villains like the Scourges of the Underworld, but she flunked the "evil test" when given her first mark, that of Daredevil's old enemy the Matador. She simply couldn't bring herself to pull the trigger. (And the fact that Matador was no longer a villain, living in poverty in Los Angeles, helping his sister take care of her children no doubt helped her decide.) In fact, this is what brought the organization down, due to their strict Resignations Not Accepted policy; Priscilla knew they'd be after her; prior to this, every would-be defector (or failure, or even members who were in danger of being caught) had been killed by the others before they could spill any of the groups secrets. But she was smarter than the others, and quickly called the Avengers hotline, and got in contact with the USAgent, and as a result, they both brought the entire organization down.


Vizzini: Finish him! Finish him, your way.
Fezzik: Oh goody, my way. Thank you, Vizzini... which way is my way?
Vizzini: Pick up one of those rocks, get behind a boulder, in a few minutes the man in black will come running around the bend, the minute his head is in view, hit it with the rock!
Fezzik: My way is not very sportsman-like.

Hopper: (to Molt) I swear, if I hadn't promised mother, on her death-bed that I wouldn't kill you, I would kill you!

  • Jenner's best friend and minion Sullivan from The Secret of NIMH isn't really a bad guy at all, he just didn't choose his friends wisely. When Jenner plots to kill Nicodemus and Mrs. Brisby's children he objects to this, which leads to his Heel Face Turn. Unfortunately, before he can officially join the heroes, he is stabbed in the back and mortally wounded by Jenner for interfering with his plans... but before he expires he pulls a Redemption Equals Death when he throws a dagger into Jenner's back and kills him... with his last dying breath.
  • From Tombstone - Mc Masters, Texas Jack Vermillion, and Turkey Creek Jack Johnson don't mind robbin' and stealin', but don't like messin' with the women for the evulz. Also Deputy Billy Breckinridge thinks there has to be some law.
  • From The Sorcerer's Apprentice: Drake Stone, an arrogant Morganian turned celebrity illusionist, is recruited by Horvath to release Morgana, but he never does anything that evil. It's pretty clear that Drake starts to feel incredibly uncomfortable with the consequences of his actions, especially when Horvath implies that children will die for his cause.
  • Evil's assistants in Time Bandits are all pretty dim and full of useless suggestions.
  • Mr. Smee from Disney's Peter Pan seems pretty evil, he's just... too dumb to act on it, and is likely the henchman who came the closest to killing his own boss, accidentally shooting poor Captain Hook while aiming for Peter. Even worse, Hook wasn't dead and tried to sneak up behind Peter to ambush him, only for Smee to start cheering for Hook and give him away. He's gullible too - he easily falls for Peter imitating Hook's voice, nearly blowing their attempt to nab Tiger Lily, and is undoubtedly the one most at fault when they do blow it.


  • Smee, Captain Hook's bosun in Peter Pan, as well as its many adaptations.
  • The Mistmantle Chronicles has this in the form of the female squirrels Crackle and Gleaner. To quote, "Crackle seemed to go out of her way to make trouble, while Gleaner seemed to do it naturally." Crackle quickly becomes part of the supporting cast and one of their friends after she comes to work at the tower as a cook, also partially upset that Gleaner has basically forgotten about her while serving the Big Bad's wife, Lady Aspen.
  • The children's book Which Witch? features Belladonna, who tries her hardest to be an evil, hag-faced black witch like all the rest. Unfortunately her natural tendency is that of a Purity Sue-level white witch that makes all the other witches feel sick.
  • Some of the mooks in the Redwall series.
  • Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter. For the first five books, he was a Jerkass who never got closer than Red Herring to being a real villain. When he was finally given an important job by the bad guys in Half-Blood Prince, it quickly became clear that he couldn't do real evil; he tried to kill Dumbledore indirectly but all of his attempts failed. When he finally had a golden opportunity to kill him on the spot, he couldn't go through with it, and only disarmed him. The only reason he tried to go through with it was fear of what Voldemort would do to him and his family. Oh, and Dumbledore was perfectly aware of what he was up to the whole time, but didn't approach him for fear of Voldemort catching on through Legilemency.]
    • Also in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, when the trio are caught and brought to Malfoy Manor, and Draco is asked to take a look at them to see if they've got the real Harry Potter, he clearly knows it's them, and is clearly reluctant to identify them, since he knows that doing so will ensure that Voldemort will come and kill them.

Live-Action TV

  • Doctor Who has plenty of examples, most recently[when?] Luke Rattigan in The Poison Sky, who thinks the Sontarans killing people with his inventions is cool but lacks the nerve to get his own hands dirty and ultimately sacrifices himself so the Doctor won't have to.
    • Davey in the pilot of The Sarah Jane Adventures. This is the guy who refuses to follow Maria and Luke into a womens' bathroom, because "That room is designated for females only. We are males... this culture says we must never go in."
  • Damar in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a non-silly version.
    • Well, if you overlook the "murdering a girl in cold blood" thing or the fact he seems to hate Bajorans even more than his boss... He's actually more of a Dragon Ascendant who does a Heel Face Turn.
  • Garry and Grahame in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men. They're inept to the point Marian and co quite like them when they're not pursuing them on Nottingham's orders.
  • The guards in Robin Hood, meanwhile, turn out to have a C- In Evil. They won't obey orders to strike down unarmed peasants during a sit-in, but as soon as it turns into a proper fight they're right back in the game, even though it's still mostly a proper fight with unarmed peasants.
  • At least in the early days, TV's Frank in Mystery Science Theater 3000.
  • Sgt. Schultz from Hogan's Heroes is often seen a a bumbling underling to Colonel Klink, and unlike most of Those Wacky Nazis, he is willing to turn a blind eye to Hogan and his crew's antics.
    • Schultz basically knows everything that everyone is doing, knows whether they're bad or good, is hyper-effective when he needs to be, and is a cheerful fat man who made toys for the little children before the war. Yes, it's true, the Nazis drafted Santa Claus.
  • Joxer's first appearance in Xena: Warrior Princess had him working for the villain Callisto. Gabrielle pointed out that he just wasn't cut out for evil. He later pulled a Heel Face Turn, becoming an earnest (and somewhat less incompetent) hero.
    • Ares' bumbling sidekick Strife, despite being a god, was a similarly incompetent character who never really caused trouble or meant anyone harm, and was constantly bullied and insulted by Ares for it. Ares did mourn for Strife, though, after Callisto killed him with a god-slaying weapon...

Ares (visibly shaken): He wasn't so bad. He tried hard. He... he was just no good at his job.

Buffy: Harmony, when you tried to be head cheerleader, you were bad. When you tried to chair the homecoming committee, you were really bad. But when you try to be bad? You suck.

  • Rusty the Tow Truck in the preschool series The Big Garage. In fact, in every single episode, he always joins the cast for the final song of the episode, and leaves the garage just before the credits roll.
  • In Power Rangers in Space, there was Waspicable, a bee-like Monster of the Week working for Astronema who could not be evil no matter how much he tried. A depressed and miserable creature, he thought that his reluctance to do evil made him a bad monster. When he had Cassie dead to rights, aiming a laser gun at her point-blank, he instead chose to shoot a Quantron behind her. Cassie actually felt bad later about hurting his feelings. His ultimate fate is unknown, but more than likely, his kind heart spared him from being destroyed by Zordon's energy wave in "Countdown To Destruction".


  • Scumspawn in the BBC Radio 4 comedy series Old Harrys Game. He is a demon, one of Satan's chief minions, and much is made of his disgusting physical appearance. He also donates to donkey sanctuaries, is a supporter of Friends of the Earth, is often exceedingly kind to the damned, and has a chaste but touching love for his master.


  • Lola from Damn Yankees, who fails miserably at playing her role. Nothing disgusts Applegate more than having The Vamp sympathize with the man she is supposed to seduce.
  • Sir Ruthven Murgatroyd (alias Robin Oakapple) from Gilbert and Sullivan's Ruddigore. Despite hiding from his inheritance of the title of Bad Baronet of Ruddigore (and the related curse that would force him to commit a crime a day or perish in terrible agony), he is discovered and pushed into the role. The problem is, he's not really very good at committing crimes and many of his attempts end up being more rude than fiendish. When the disgusted ghosts of previous Bad Barons exhort him to at least carry off a lady or something, he protests that he "isn't that kind of Bad Baron!" They have to give him a taste of the terrible agony to prod him into it.

Video Games

  • In fandom, Demyx, the magical sitar player of Organization XIII is either an example of this trope or an incredibly scary and evil Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass. In the game itself, he carries cue cards with his mission on them, and his first line is "Run! Run away!"
    • 358/2 Days expands on this. He now bribes Roxas to do his missions for him and chats gleefully about how being lazy saved him from getting killed at Oblivion.
  • Johnny Sasaki in Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty and his identically named and voiced grandfather in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater. While just incompetent in 1, he progressed to the point of making friendly conversation with the people he's on patrol for in 2, and his grandfather even shows family pictures to the people he's guarding. Oddly enough, becomes a major character and Took a Level In Badass in 4.
  • The Koopa Kids from the Mario Party games do this from time to time. One would take coins from players, but occasionally would give coins instead, then realize his mistake and leave anyway.
  • Balrog from Cave Story is only a villain because the Demon Crown compels him to obey the Big Bad. When nobody's looking, he's cheerful, helpful and even saves Quote and Curly Brace from the Load-Bearing Boss Bonus Boss Ballos.
  • E-102 Gamma of Sonic Adventure was for the most part an emotionless droid just trying to follow his master Dr Eggman's orders. Then he meets up with a little pink hedgehog and her pet bird. We'll leave it at that..
  • In the final case of the Phoenix Wright trilogy of the Ace Attorney series, there is a character who receives instructions to help with a murder and is so innocent as to misinterpret them as instructions to throw gravy onto a portrait. The same case also involves a Purity Sue who is absolutely committed to helping protect both a Complete Monster and a Sympathetic Murderer and following any instructions from them regarding how to help them avoid being caught.

Web Comics

  • The Monster in the Darkness from The Order of the Stick, who manages to spend most of an epic battle scene having a tea party (to be fair, he wasn't asked to do anything to actually help), and constantly fails to grasp the main plan of the villains. He even gets a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming with a captured paladin which causes one to wonder if he's even trying to be evil.
    • He later saves said paladin (named O-chul) and Vaarsuvius from death via ingested meteors. He teleports them away and Xykon doesn't even realize it was The Monster in the Darkness who did it.
    • Thog from the Linear Guild has elements of this as well. Though he's actually very good at killing people, he's too stupid to realize that this is bad and would be equally content eating ice cream or playing with a puppy (or whatever poor bystander he can force into the role of the puppy). He's shown to be largely harmless without his boss Nale to goad him into evil, though with Nale around he does better (worse?).
  • Eight Bit Theater features so many subversions of standard hero and villain roles that this trope inevitably shows up, most notably with Garland, who can't seem to grasp that offering the goodguys cupcakes is not proper behavior for a wannabe Evil Overlord. It's so bad that his captive, Princess Sara, has to help him be evil. The rest of the Dark Warriors are hardly any better: Bikke makes Ralph Wiggum look bright (his worst "crime" is getting his entire crew killed by being too cheap to feed them), Vilbert is a Goth vampire who thinks he's in a LARP, and Drizz'l might be a threat except that he's forced to play Only Sane Man for the other three idiots.
    • This is also inverted, as the most effective villains in the entire story, by atrocities committed, are the Light Warriors, of whom Fighter is the only actually good member (maybe). He fails to be evil so thoroughly that he genuinely believes that he and his murderous, sociopathic friends are the good guys.
    • The Light Warriors fall into this a lot—not because they're not evil enough, but because they're too stupid to do it right.

Fighter: Why are these people on fire?
Black Mage: Uh...
Red Mage: You are the worst mass murderer I have ever met.
Thief: Seriously, hiding the bodies is as important as the murder.

  • The minon in this Super Stupor comic; not so much an F in Evil as U for "Ungraded".
  • Inverted with Khrima of Adventurers! who despite his Big Bad status keeps forgetting to act villainous. Sometimes his Evil Minions have to remind him.
  • During the "That Which Redeems" story arc from Sluggy Freelance, the Dimension of Pain demons start turning people in the Dimension of Lame into demons as well. However, as one demon puts it, "When you start with wussie mortals you get wussie demons."
  • Neeg, one of the aliens from A Game of Fools, who is terrified at the very sight of humans and is repeatedly abused (and, it's implied, much worse) by his Depraved Bisexual superior Gloog eventually ends up betraying him and helping the heroes. Ironically, he then comes to closest out of any of the aliens to actually killing the main characters, but that was more due to his own cowardice than any actual malice.
    • Much later on, a journey to the Earth's surface to rescue Gloog from the main characters instead results in him being forced into helping and then being beaten senseless by a senile old woman.
  • Jurinjo from Emergency Exit is amazing at this trope. He helps Eddie buy groceries, delays reporting back from a mission until he eats ice cream and sees a dancing monkey, shows the heroes the location of a Plot Coupon, has doubts about continuing to work for the villain, doesn't want to attack an opponent who seems to be less well armed then he is, is upset when another villain attacks one of the heroes , offers to heal the hero and has to be reminded that villains usually asks for payment, and actually holds up his end of the deal and seems to be making friends with one of the heroes.
    • To a lesser degree, Orulla.
  • Dr. Kinesis' minions in Evil Plan, who seem to think that Kinesis' cruelty is simply the way their leader shows them he loves them. Hint: It isn't.
  • Fuchsia from Sinfest is well on her way to becoming this after crushing on Criminy. Now, instead of tormenting the souls of the damned, she reads them stories and sings comforting songs to them.
  • Wilson and especially Pickett, Notfunny Cartoons' resident mad scientists. Examples include the Killbot 5000, who works as a kindergartener because he couldn't bring himself to hurt a soul, or the genetically engineered werewolves, which would be fine if they didn't keep on coddling rather than killing. At one point, Wilson accuses Pickett of not being serious about this whole "evil science" thing. Pickett quickly pulls out a remote with a big red button, saying he's not sure anymore what it does, but if he recalls correctly, it should be something very bad. So Wilson presses it. A split second later, the phone rings. When they pick it up, the response is "Something very good just happened. Thank you."
  • Evil Diva: The title character. Even when the school sends home a letter to alert her parents to how good she is acting, she can't help herself but help a kitten caught in a tree.
  • Dr Virginia Lee in Skin Horse, the Government Conspiracy's resident Mad Scientist ... except she's actually a Motherly Scientist who isn't at all mad and can't even manage an Evil Laugh. The cast page says the trick is to never let her actually think about what she's doing.
  • Richard from Looking for Group got hauled in front of a court of his (evil) peers because he'd become a minion to protagonist Cale. Eventually he got bored and, shall we say, opted out of the proceedings.
  • Homestuck: The Courtyard Droll, and by extension his troll's session counterpart Clubs Deuce. He gets close to John, who creates for himself an Infinity Plus One Hammer, and what does he do? He high-fives John. Being incredibly Moe and something of a Shrinking Violet doesn't help his case in the slightest.
    • He does try though: after being sent on a mission by John with the uberbunny and WV, he gets the idea to steal the wallet John gave WV. He then escapes and contacts his superior, Jack Noir. Unfortunately for him, that wasn't his mission in the first place, so he gets barked at. He then goes and actually does his mission, which was to kill Jade. Because of Jack Noir's feelings for Jade he inherited from Becquerel, he kills the Droll and sets up Jade's resurrection. Poor Courtyard Droll.
  • Giselle, a young succubus who gets call from her mom "most disturbed by your apparent lack of... evil".

Web Original

  • Heartbreaker and Jello of The Masterminds, in the Whateley Universe. They seem a lot more interested on protecting their friends than in actual villainy.
  • Anni Hilator from Coyle Command. Doesn't help that so far his most useful action has been getting shot to test a gun.
  • Hilariously done in this web comic/animatic. A knight is tricked by a harpy who proceeds to carry him to her nest with the intent of feeding him to her daughters. Then she leaves, comes back, and is upset to see the two young harpys "playing with their food", as in, playing cards with him.

Western Animation

  • Kronk from The Emperors New Groove doesn't quite get the villainy thing. Not so useful, since he's Yzma's only henchman.
  • Mr. Beastly from The Care Bear Family would often talk his mind into knots in trying to remind himself that "good is bad and bad is good and...".
  • Reeka and Draggle from My Little Pony: The Movie. Due to their too-nice bumbling, their mother had a musical number in which she basically asked Why Couldn't You Be Different?
  • Lurky, Murky's flunky, from Rainbow Brite.
    • Now say "Lurky Murky's flunky" five times fast.
  • Some of Zurg's henchaliens in Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
    • The Grubs are too dim to be properly evil-when quizzed on what they hate most about Buzz, they say, "I donno. He seems like a pretty nice guy." The Brain Pods are better at it (since their purpose is pretty much to be smart) but the thinking aspect is pretty much all they're good for.
  • Stormer on Jem; a few episodes even dealt with the fact.
    • The best known being the one where she and Kimber form their own duo group; Stormer only returns to the Misfits because she cares too much to let her friends utterly fail, which they would without her.
  • Hack and Slash from ReBoot, who are dismayed when Bob is lost in the Web and unable to keep them from doing anything really bad, like killing others. Though, considering their level of competence following their Heel Face Turn, they also have an F in Good as well.
  • Is there a grade lower than F for Silverbolt before his Heel Face Turn in Beast Wars?
  • Senor Senior Jr. on Kim Possible. His father, Senor Senior Sr., took up villainy as a hobby after retiring and often ropes his son into acting as an accomplice in his schemes. Senior Senior Jr. has no interest in villainy and would much rather be a boy-band singer.
  • Wingnut, Grizzle's robot minion from Oopsy Does It. Eventually he stands up to his master, as the entire movie was basically one big Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants is this whenever Mr. Krabs uses him as an accomplice in one of his schemes.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door, the pirate Stickybeard had a henchman named Dumb John Silver. (Give you one guess how he got that name.) Of course, maybe he wasn't too dumb... He was smart enough to quit after Stickybeard insulted him for not being evil enough.
  • In the "Fallen Angel" episode of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, there was Angel, a young girl from Casey's neighborhood who he tried to be a Big Brother Mentor to, wanted to join the Purple Dragons because she thought Evil Is Cool, despite Casey's attempts to talk her out of it. She changed her mind quickly when his attempts led to him being captured by the Dragons, who obviously intended to kill him in as the finale to their violent initiation rites. Fortunately, Casey told her where to get help. Of course, Angel may never have even qualified as a "minion" in the first place, seeing as she bolted in the middle of what was supposed to be her initiation.
  • Prime Evil from Filmation's Ghostbusters has this problem with minions a lot. In one episode, he tries to scare Belfry into submission by locking him in a dark cell with three ghosts who are supposed to terrify him. When he checks on them, Belfry and the ghosts are playing cards.
  • In He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002 version), Kobra Khan has about a "C" in evil, it seems, at least compared to the other Snake-Men. He's okay with fighting the heroes and other races in general, and is perfectly okay with the plans of enslaving the other races of Eternia that King Hsss pursues, but having spent most of his life away from his species has made him very reluctant to do some of the things they are most notorious for, like feed on sentient beings. A few of the others try to push him towards those ends, calling this reluctance a sign of being "soft", but he's very nervous whenever the opportunity comes up.
  • Batso from Happily Ever After.
  • Nazi Mook Schulz from Daffy the Commando.
  • Guild henchmen from The Venture Brothers (except for the Guild Blackout squad sent to assassinate the Venture family under orders from Phantom Limb) In fact, the typical henchman is more along the lines of a Punch Clock Villain than a true servant of evil. Guild henchmen are portrayed as ordinary civilians who just chose an atypical line of work, and thus most of them can't really comprehend their boss' schemes. They can and are used as deadly tools of the supervillain's mastery, but are more typically comfortable with engineering or secretarial positions, or just tag along with the supervillain as he or she live their own lives.
    • Numbers 21 and 24, employed by the Monarch, especially fail at evil. If they took an evil test, they would not likely get more than a 10%. They are generally useless in combat, have little strategic ability, and they spend their time bickering over fantasy fistfights instead of actually participating in villainy. Their Genre Savy ability is beyond compare though, making them in the words of the Monarch, "That special mix of expendable and invulnerable", which is how they survive for so long; they know being evil/loyal is the fastest way to die by Brock's hands.
      • 21 completely subverted this in the fourth season after witnessing 24's murder/accidental death when he Took a Level In Badass by completely whipping his body and selfdiscipline into shape and becoming "General 21", a highly trained, merciless supersoldier. However he still does not fare very well in the evil department, as he completely fails to torture Hank and Dean and even openly admits to them that he cannot tap into his inner hatred the way the Monarch can.
      • Their own boss The Monarch has his own incompetent moments as well. When discussing his arching plans with Monstroso, he suggests "coating the Venture compound with honey so he's devoured by ants and jiggers" and then "stick him in a bag and beat him with a rake." Monstroso shoots down both plans as being stupid.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Foxglove. Not only does she fall head over heels for Dale and helps the Rangers beat her boss, but Foxy even says she only worked for Winifred because she was the only one to take her in.
  • Smeck, the Devil's henchman, from God, the Devil and Bob.
  • Sammy from The Little Flying Bears.
  • On Batman the Brave And The Bold, the Weeper nearly managed to destroy a city once, but couldn't when he realized how many innocent lives that would actually take. After thirty years in jail for the attempt, he gets out and The Joker helps him Take A Level In Badass. (This is a stark contrast to his comics counterpart, where his MO was "inflict a Cruel and Unusual Death on anyone he felt was happier than him, but then "mourn" for them.")
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: The first time the Space Bikers appear, Tammy lets out a rather nonthreatening Battle Cry during their Big Entrance.

Letta: She's new.