16 Signs Your Goody-Two-Shoes Friend Has A Dark Side

16 Signs Your Goody-Two-Shoes Friend Has A Dark Side

We all know that one friend who’s the poster child for responsibility, but what if they’re secretly longing to break the rules? Imagine: dive bar sightings, unexpected tattoos, and a passion for true crime podcasts. It turns out even the most buttoned-up people sometimes crave a little chaos.

1. They get a little too excited about the scandalous stories you tell them.

Their eyes gleam with mischief, and they lean in all, “Tell me EVERYTHING.” Sure, they might judge later, but for now, they’re living vicariously through your drama. They might even start asking questions you weren’t expecting, like they want a whole play-by-play. Honestly, it’s almost like they’re taking notes for their own future adventures.

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2. They’re suspiciously good at making excuses to get out of stuff.

One minute they’re the model student/employee; the next, they’ve got a mystery illness keeping them from that boring obligation. There’s an art to playing innocent while skipping out on responsibilities. It’s practically a superpower, and you have to secretly admire their creativity, even if it’s a little frustrating sometimes. You half expect them to show up on your doorstep later, ready to spill the beans about where they really were.

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3. You’ve caught them laughing at really inappropriate memes or jokes.

Their usual giggle turns into a full-blown cackle at something truly twisted. It’s like a switch flips, and their dark sense of humor comes out to play. Maybe they try to cover it up with a shocked gasp, but you saw that sparkle in their eyes. It’s enough to make you wonder what other weirdness they secretly find hilarious.

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4. Late-night texts are suddenly way more interesting.

Forget discussing the weather; after midnight, they drop hints about wild nights out or the crazy stuff they almost did. Maybe a few too many drinks loosen those lips. They might try to play it cool the next day, but those texts don’t lie. Now you’re dying to know the full story…

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5. They know way too much about pop culture’s wilder side.

Trashy reality shows? Check. Underground party scene gossip? Check. They might play the innocent card, but they’re strangely well-versed in things they supposedly disapprove of. Is it all just research for the sake of being informed? Or do they secretly indulge in that stuff when no one’s looking? The mind boggles.

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6. They can dish out surprisingly savage comebacks.

They’re usually so polite and accommodating, but sometimes they hit back with a witty comment that makes your jaw drop. It’s a reminder that even nice people have claws. You gotta respect the hidden sass, even if you’re the one on the receiving end. Maybe you should be careful not to push them too far…

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7. Their music taste is surprisingly eclectic.

You thought it was all classical and soft pop, but then their playlist shuffles, and suddenly it’s hardcore rap or obscure metal bands. Who IS this person? It makes you realize you don’t even truly know what kind of music gets them going. Maybe you should suggest a karaoke night to find out their secret power ballads…

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8. You swear you saw them disappear into a dive bar … or was that a mirage?

They always talk about quiet nights in, but was that them doing tequila shots in the dingiest bar in town? It challenges everything you thought you knew. Maybe they just have a really convincing lookalike? Or maybe they live this double life you could never have imagined.

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9. They have an odd fascination with true crime stories.

Not just casually interested, but they know all the details, the psychology, the weird theories. It’s a little unsettling just how into it they get. Maybe they secretly dream of being a detective, or they’re just plotting the perfect crime – it could go either way, honestly.

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10. That “accidental” flash of a wild tattoo throws you off.

Underneath all those sensible cardigans, is that a giant kraken on their shoulder? It raises far more questions than answers about their past. Did they spend a summer backpacking through Southeast Asia? Were they a rebellious teen you never knew about? The possibilities are endless.

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11. They get flustered way too easily when you tease them.

A little playful ribbing makes them blush and change the subject awfully fast. It’s like you’ve poked a secret they don’t want anyone to know about. Are you getting closer to the truth about their double life? They can’t hide forever…

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12. There’s a glint in their eye when things get chaotic.

A planned event turns into a mess, and instead of stressing, they get this wicked little smile. Secretly, they might thrive on a little bit of crazy. Makes you wonder if maybe they’re the ones who secretly orchestrated the whole disaster, just for the fun of it.

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13. When drunk, they become a whole different person.

two men laughing and chatting on city street

Gone is the responsible friend, replaced by a dancing queen or someone who spills secrets they’d never dare mention sober. It’s like the alcohol unlocks a whole different personality. Maybe the “real” them is the uninhibited version, and the rest is just an act?

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14. They have one guilty pleasure they’re oddly defensive about.

Whether it’s bad romance novels or pro-wrestling, they LOVE it unabashedly but refuse to let anyone else make fun of it. There’s passion behind that defensiveness. It proves they have a strong opinion about something, even if that something is totally ridiculous.

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15. Despite appearances, they never truly seem bored.

Even during the dullest activities, there’s always a spark of amusement in their eyes. Like they have an inner world that’s way more entertaining than whatever’s going on around them. Maybe they’re imagining hilarious alternate scenarios, or maybe they’re mentally planning their next big escape from this mundane life.

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16. You wouldn’t be surprised if they have a scandalous secret online alias.

friends having a convo at cafe

The kind with rants, bold opinions, or maybe even steamy fanfiction that would contradict their goody-two-shoes image entirely. Are they a feared online troll? A poet who writes heartbreaking confessions under a pseudonym? Honestly, the possibilities are endless.

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Gail is Bolde's social media and partnership manager, as well as an all-around behind-the-scenes renaissance woman. She worked for more than 25 years in her city's local government before making the switch to women's lifestyle and relationship sites, initially at HelloGiggles before making the switch to Bolde.