History Main / ThematicRoguesGallery

19th Aug '16 9:39:50 PM KingDamn
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** Another underlying theme is how Iron Man's enemies are related to capitalism in some way. [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]] was created when Mao Zedong was at the height of his power in RedChina and has since gone on to become a reactionary feudalist who wants to turn back the economic and social clock to the days of Imperial China. The Titanium Man, the Unicorn and the Crimson Dynamo represented UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}} at a time when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar was at its height. The American villains also apply,the original Blizzard was a dishonest employee fired by Tony Stark for stealing from the company, the original Firebrand was an anarchist who wanted to destroy big business, and guys like Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer were {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who utilized underhanded and illegal means to get a competitive edge on Stark, who, while amoral and hedonistic before the near-death experience that made him a superhero, was never as cut-throat as either of them. Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekial, is an anarchocapitalist libertarian.

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** Another underlying theme is how Iron Man's enemies are related to capitalism in some way. [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]] was created when Mao Zedong was at the height of his power in RedChina and has since gone on to become a reactionary feudalist who wants to turn back the economic and social clock to the days of Imperial China. The Titanium Man, the Unicorn and the Crimson Dynamo represented UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}} at a time when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar was at its height. The American villains also apply,the apply, the original Blizzard was a dishonest employee fired by Tony Stark for stealing from the company, the original Firebrand was an anarchist who wanted to destroy big business, and guys like Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer were {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who utilized underhanded and illegal means to get a competitive edge on Stark, who, while amoral and hedonistic before the near-death experience that made him a superhero, was never as cut-throat as either of them. Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekial, is an anarchocapitalist libertarian.
19th Aug '16 9:37:54 PM KingDamn
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** Another underlying theme is how Iron Man's enemies are related to capitalism in some way. [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]] was created when Mao Zedong was at the height of his power in RedChina and has since gone on to become a reactionary feudalist who wants to turn back the economic and social clock to the days of Imperial China. The Titanium Man, the Unicorn and the Crimson Dynamo represented UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}} at a time when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar was at its height. The American villains also apply, too-the original Blizzard was a dishonest employee fired by Tony Stark for stealing from the company, the original Firebrand was an anarchist who wanted to destroy big business, and guys like Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer were {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who utilized underhanded and illegal means to get a competitive edge on Stark, who, while amoral and hedonistic before the near-death experience that made him a superhero, was never as cut-throat as either of them. Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekial, is an anarchocapitalist libertarian.

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** Another underlying theme is how Iron Man's enemies are related to capitalism in some way. [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]] was created when Mao Zedong was at the height of his power in RedChina and has since gone on to become a reactionary feudalist who wants to turn back the economic and social clock to the days of Imperial China. The Titanium Man, the Unicorn and the Crimson Dynamo represented UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}} at a time when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar was at its height. The American villains also apply, too-the apply,the original Blizzard was a dishonest employee fired by Tony Stark for stealing from the company, the original Firebrand was an anarchist who wanted to destroy big business, and guys like Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer were {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who utilized underhanded and illegal means to get a competitive edge on Stark, who, while amoral and hedonistic before the near-death experience that made him a superhero, was never as cut-throat as either of them. Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekial, is an anarchocapitalist libertarian.
17th Jul '16 7:26:46 PM Discar
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Naturally, contrast OutsideContextVillain when there's one villain who doesn't fit into the theme (and is alien to the setting).

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Naturally, contrast OutsideContextVillain OutsideContextProblem when there's one villain who doesn't fit into the theme (and is alien to the setting).
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15th Jun '16 8:44:51 AM Eyeshield
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* The Hero's powers attracts like-minded villains: ComicBook/IronMan's PoweredArmor appeals to the engineer in PoweredArmor-wearing villains; [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]]'s strength from radiation appeals to villains who want to use radiation to power themselves and their henchmen; the animal totem of Franchise/SpiderMan calls forth the likes of genetic engineers that will themselves attempt other animals in themselves or in their allies, exceptions such as Sandman, Electro or Hydroman are not far fetched as much as an element replaces an animal and becomes the focus of the wild side in them; Franchise/{{Batman}}'s insanity appeals to the insane and his gimmicks to those prone to them.

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* The Hero's powers attracts like-minded villains: villains.
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ComicBook/IronMan's PoweredArmor appeals to the engineer in PoweredArmor-wearing villains; [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk]]'s strength from radiation appeals to villains who want to use radiation to power themselves and their henchmen; the animal totem of Franchise/SpiderMan calls forth the likes of genetic engineers that will themselves attempt other animals in themselves or in their allies, exceptions such as Sandman, Electro or Hydroman are not far fetched as much as an element replaces an animal and becomes the focus of the wild side in them; Franchise/{{Batman}}'s insanity appeals to the insane and his gimmicks to those prone to them.
15th Jun '16 8:37:02 AM Eyeshield
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* It helps link, compare and contrast the hero and the villains he faces if their powers or backgrounds are similar.
11th Jun '16 12:52:01 PM nighttrainfm
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* Every villain in [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man franchise]] is created, intentionally or accidentally, at Oscorp.

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* Every villain in [[Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man franchise]] is created, intentionally or accidentally, at Oscorp.Oscorp - much like this version of Spidey himself.
25th May '16 1:03:16 AM blueflame724
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* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': While they tangle with the Marines a fair amount, the Strawhats still primarily fight other pirates who are competing in the Grand Line.

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* ''Franchise/OnePiece'': While they tangle with the Marines a fair amount, the Strawhats still primarily fight other pirates who are competing in the Grand Line. On a broader level, this connects to the theme of Dreams in the series; many of Luffy's fellow pirates are aiming for the treasure One Piece as well but for often for vastly different reasons: Power, Respect, Influence in contrast to Luffy's love of freedom on the ocean.
25th May '16 12:44:52 AM blueflame724
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Most of the enemies that the Crystal Gems face are Gem-related themselves, whether it be corrupted Gems, Gem monsters, or Homeworld Gems.
20th Apr '16 5:24:19 PM merotoker
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-->-- '''Lore Sjoberg''', ''[[http://www.bookofratings.com/legionofdoom.html The Book of Ratings]]''

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-->-- '''Lore Sjoberg''', ''[[http://www.bookofratings.''[[http://brunching.com/legionofdoom.html The Book of Ratings]]''



Yes, it seems that for the vast majority of heroes, many if not all of their opponents will share the same powers, backgrounds and personalities as our heroes. {{Super Speed}}sters will face other speedsters, [[PsychicPowers Psychics]] will fight psychics, [[DoAnythingRobot Robots]] will battle robots, and {{Badass Normal}}s will fight other badass normals.

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Yes, it seems that for the vast majority of heroes, many if not all of their opponents will share the same powers, backgrounds and personalities as our heroes. {{Super Speed}}sters will face other speedsters, [[PsychicPowers Psychics]] {{Psychic|Powers}}s will fight psychics, [[DoAnythingRobot Robots]] will battle robots, and {{Badass Normal}}s will fight other badass normals.



Even when characters are ''known'' to live in a shared continuity such as the TheDCU or MarvelUniverse, villain types will rarely leak from one comic to another - ''SpiderMan'' rarely finds himself up against the PoweredArmor villains ''IronMan'' faces on a daily basis. Of course, a shared continuity makes this much easier to justify, too. SpiderMan isn't going against the powered armor villains because IronMan has it handled, that's why.

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Even when characters are ''known'' to live in a shared continuity such as the TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU or MarvelUniverse, Franchise/MarvelUniverse, villain types will rarely leak from one comic to another - ''SpiderMan'' ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' rarely finds himself up against the PoweredArmor villains ''IronMan'' ''ComicBook/IronMan'' faces on a daily basis. Of course, a shared continuity makes this much easier to justify, too. SpiderMan Spider-Man isn't going against the powered armor villains because IronMan Iron Man has it handled, that's why.



* If your hero is not all that powerful, putting them up against a galaxy-eating EldritchAbomination is going to end in tears - "[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Galactus]] would kill ComicBook/CaptainAmerica." Mismatches like that are just asking for trouble.[[note]]Fun fact: In "What if The Avengers Became Pawns of Korvac" Captain America found himself in the classic Ultimate Nullifier standoff against Galactus. Unlike Reed Richards however, Cap pulled the trigger, erasing them both from existence.[[/note]]
** The reverse is also true as powerful heroes fighting guys below their weight class does not play well into drama: {{Superman}} versus purse snatchers is sort of humiliating for everyone involved.

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* If your hero is not all that powerful, putting them up against a galaxy-eating EldritchAbomination is going to end in tears - "[[ComicBook/FantasticFour Galactus]] "ComicBook/{{Galactus}} would kill ComicBook/CaptainAmerica." Mismatches like that are just asking for trouble.[[note]]Fun fact: In "What if The Avengers Became Pawns of Korvac" Captain America found himself in the classic Ultimate Nullifier standoff against Galactus. Unlike Reed Richards however, Cap pulled the trigger, erasing them both from existence.[[/note]]
** The reverse is also true as powerful heroes fighting guys below their weight class does not play well into drama: {{Superman}} Franchise/{{Superman}} versus purse snatchers is sort of humiliating for everyone involved.



** {{Devilman}} fought demons, simply because Demons were the only real threat.

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** {{Devilman}} {{Manga/Devilman}} fought demons, simply because Demons were the only real threat.



** Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} Lives underwater, his powers are attuned to be most effective underwater and the ocean is the domain of the planet he is responsible for protecting. Many threats to the world's oceans come from the ocean, and are therefore also beings whose abilities are attuned to be most effective underwater. And both he and them are already there in the ocean, so they will naturally be the first to confront each other.
* The Hero's powers attracts like-minded villians: Iron-man's PoweredArmor appeals to the engineer in PowerArmor-wearing villians; the Hulk's strength from radiation appeals to villians who want to use radiation to power themselves and their henchemen; the animal totem of Spiderman calls forth the likes of genetic engineers that will themselves attempt other animals in themselves or in their allies, exceptions such as Sandman, Electro or Hydroman are not far fetched as much as an element replaces an animal and becomes the focus of the wild side in them; Batman's insanity appeals to the insane and his gimmicks to those prone to them.

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** Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} Lives lives underwater, his powers are attuned to be most effective underwater and the ocean is the domain of the planet he is responsible for protecting. Many threats to the world's oceans come from the ocean, and are therefore also beings whose abilities are attuned to be most effective underwater. And both he and them are already there in the ocean, so they will naturally be the first to confront each other.
* The Hero's powers attracts like-minded villians: Iron-man's villains: ComicBook/IronMan's PoweredArmor appeals to the engineer in PowerArmor-wearing villians; PoweredArmor-wearing villains; [[Comicbook/IncredibleHulk the Hulk's Hulk]]'s strength from radiation appeals to villians villains who want to use radiation to power themselves and their henchemen; henchmen; the animal totem of Spiderman Franchise/SpiderMan calls forth the likes of genetic engineers that will themselves attempt other animals in themselves or in their allies, exceptions such as Sandman, Electro or Hydroman are not far fetched as much as an element replaces an animal and becomes the focus of the wild side in them; Batman's Franchise/{{Batman}}'s insanity appeals to the insane and his gimmicks to those prone to them.



In some series, particularly {{Long Runner}}s that have been developed over many years or even decades, some members of the RoguesGallery may not fit the theme. Franchise/{{Batman}}, for instance, has gathered a respectable number of enemies who have actual super-powers, although the overall theme of his RoguesGallery is that of the crazy BadassNormal whose crimes are based around some sort of specific theme.

Finally, depending on the hero, his or her RoguesGallery may have ''multiple'' themes. Not all of {{Spider-Man}}'s enemies fit the AnimalMotifs theme, but the ones that don't tend to be the results of science gone bad. Indeed, some spider-villains (Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, the Scorpion) fit '''both''' themes. This is pretty much destined to happen in well established and long running series, so most superhero comics fit this.

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In some series, particularly {{Long Runner}}s LongRunners that have been developed over many years or even decades, some members of the RoguesGallery may not fit the theme. Franchise/{{Batman}}, for instance, has gathered a respectable number of enemies who have actual super-powers, although the overall theme of his RoguesGallery is that of the crazy BadassNormal whose crimes are based around some sort of specific theme.

Finally, depending on the hero, his or her RoguesGallery may have ''multiple'' themes. Not all of {{Spider-Man}}'s Franchise/SpiderMan's enemies fit the AnimalMotifs theme, but the ones that don't tend to be the results of science gone bad. Indeed, some spider-villains (Doctor Octopus, the Lizard, the Scorpion) fit '''both''' themes. This is pretty much destined to happen in well established and long running series, so most superhero comics fit this.






* This is very prevalent in SuperRobot shows. Usually, HumongousMecha are used to fight equally giant {{Robeast}}s:

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* This is very prevalent in SuperRobot SuperRobotGenre shows. Usually, HumongousMecha are used to fight equally giant {{Robeast}}s:



* Saints in ''SaintSeiya'' only seem to fight similarly armoured enemies, with similar [[KiAttacks Cosmo]] based powers. {{Justified|Trope}} in early arcs since their enemies were Saints from the Sanctuary, just like our heroes. Later on, not so much.

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* Saints in ''SaintSeiya'' ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' only seem to fight similarly armoured enemies, with similar [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation Cosmo]] based powers. {{Justified|Trope}} in early arcs since their enemies were Saints from the Sanctuary, just like our heroes. Later on, not so much.



* The heroes of ''{{Cyborg 009}}'' often found themselves up against evil cyborgs created by the same evil organization that created them. The titular character in particular tends to fight foes with the same [[SuperSpeed acceleration]] power as him, because they're [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere the only ones who can really give him a good fight]].
* In ''ChronoCrusade'', most of what Chrono and Rosette fight are demons, with the occasional supernatural beast. However, like the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' example in the description, the religious order they work for only focuses on destroying those types of creatures.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', every villain from Part 3 onward is a [[FightingSpirit Stand]] user. Which is a bit jarring, since the previous 2 arcs mainly involved fighting ''vampires'', with an assortment of other foes such as cyborg Nazis.
** Also, Part 3 specifically had Stand users themed around horror movie monsters.
* In ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', the protagonist starts by learning martial arts to fight only regular bullies, progresses through fighting teenage delinquents who are martial arts users, and eventually ends up fighting martial artists who are actively opposing [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifism]]. We don't actually see him fighting ordinary delinquents (except a little in the earlier period).

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* The heroes of ''{{Cyborg ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'' often found themselves up against evil cyborgs created by the same evil organization that created them. The titular character in particular tends to fight foes with the same [[SuperSpeed acceleration]] power as him, because they're [[KryptoniteIsEverywhere the only ones who can really give him a good fight]].
* In ''ChronoCrusade'', ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', most of what Chrono and Rosette fight are demons, with the occasional supernatural beast. However, like the ''ComicBook/{{Hellboy}}'' example in the description, the religious order they work for only focuses on destroying those types of creatures.
* In ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', every villain from Part 3 onward is a [[FightingSpirit Stand]] user. Which is a bit jarring, since the previous 2 arcs mainly involved fighting ''vampires'', with an assortment of other foes such as cyborg Nazis.
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Nazis. Also, Part 3 specifically had Stand users themed around horror movie monsters.
* In ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', the protagonist starts by learning martial arts to fight only regular bullies, progresses through fighting teenage delinquents who are martial arts users, and eventually ends up fighting martial artists who are actively opposing [[MartialPacifist Martial Pacifism]]. We don't actually see him fighting ordinary delinquents (except a little in the earlier period).



* In ''{{Naruto}}'', WordOfGod has it that each of the main villains were designed to be a foil to some aspect of the heroes' personal philosophies or ethics. The Land of Waves arc set this up well, with Zabuza articulating and representing pretty much all of the villainous themes that all subsequent major villains symbolised in one way or another- the series is ''loaded'' with this trope. Some of these "bad guy" themes are:
** Contempt of Bonds: While Naruto is a poster boy for the PowerOfFriendship, nearly all of the villains in the series are Missing-Nin- ninja who have defected from their village, for whatever reason but in most cases after committing some serious crime. Sasuke left the Leaf because he felt that his bonds were holding him back from his potential; Akatsuki symbolise the cutting of their bonds to their village by scratching the symbol on their headbands; in ROOT as well as the old "Bloody Mist" nin are required to kill their classmates in fights to the death so that bonds and emotions don't get in the way of completing their mission; the Mangekou Sharingan usually requires murder of friends and family members to be attained. Several villains try, and sometimes succeed, to kill their old mentors or parental figures as well, as well as their old friends.

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* In ''{{Naruto}}'', ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'', WordOfGod has it that each of the main villains were designed to be a foil to some aspect of the heroes' personal philosophies or ethics. The Land of Waves arc set this up well, with Zabuza articulating and representing pretty much all of the villainous themes that all subsequent major villains symbolised in one way or another- the series is ''loaded'' with this trope. Some of these "bad guy" themes are:
** Contempt of Bonds: While Naruto is a poster boy for the PowerOfFriendship, ThePowerOfFriendship, nearly all of the villains in the series are Missing-Nin- ninja who have defected from their village, for whatever reason but in most cases after committing some serious crime. Sasuke left the Leaf because he felt that his bonds were holding him back from his potential; Akatsuki symbolise the cutting of their bonds to their village by scratching the symbol on their headbands; in ROOT as well as the old "Bloody Mist" nin are required to kill their classmates in fights to the death so that bonds and emotions don't get in the way of completing their mission; the Mangekou Sharingan usually requires murder of friends and family members to be attained. Several villains try, and sometimes succeed, to kill their old mentors or parental figures as well, as well as their old friends.



* As a Bakumatsu-era swordsman, [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin Himura]] tends to fight other swordsmen.
* ALL DragonBall main villains after and including King Piccolo up to Omega Shenron from [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] were FlyingBricks with the [[KiAttacks ability to control Ki]] (the only exceptions are the Androids, and they were really never the big bad of their arc, and had energy attacks that were functionally the same as Ki). Although to be fair, the villains were all very creative and different from the last
* ''OnePiece'': While they tangle with the Marines a fair amount, the Strawhats still primarily fight other pirates who are competing in the Grand Line.

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* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'': As a Bakumatsu-era swordsman, [[Manga/RurouniKenshin Kenshin Himura]] Himura tends to fight other swordsmen.
* ALL DragonBall ''Franchise/DragonBall'' main villains after and including King Piccolo up to Omega Shenron from [[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]] were FlyingBricks {{Flying Brick}}s with the [[KiAttacks [[KiManipulation ability to control Ki]] (the only exceptions are the Androids, and they were really never the big bad of their arc, and had energy attacks that were functionally the same as Ki). Although to be fair, the villains were all very creative and different from the last
* ''OnePiece'': ''Franchise/OnePiece'': While they tangle with the Marines a fair amount, the Strawhats still primarily fight other pirates who are competing in the Grand Line.




* The ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' mostly fight other mutants and anti-mutant terror cells. The most frequent non-mutant adversaries they face are aliens such as the Brood, the Shi'ar, and/or enemies thereof, and Mojo and Spiral, as well as the occasional magical enemy like Belasco. On several occasions, they've also been pitted against contract killer Arcade.
** ''X-Men'' is a prime example of villains being {{Retool}}ed to fit the pattern too: Juggernaut (who originally got his powers from a gemstone possessed by a deity) became a mutant in TheMovie, while alien Spiral became a mutant in the UltimateMarvel continuities.
* While IronMan's [[ArchEnemy archnemesis]] is the magical/[[GreenRocks alien powered]] psychic Mandarin, most of the rest of his Rogues Gallery consists of people like Iron Monger, the Crimson Dynamo (and there have been ''fourteen'' [[LegacyCharacter Crimson Dynamos]]), Dreadknight, Controller, Titanium Man etc, all of whom wear PoweredArmour.

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\n* The ''Comicbook/{{X-Men}}'' ''Comicbook/XMen'' mostly fight other mutants and anti-mutant terror cells. The most frequent non-mutant adversaries they face are aliens such as the Brood, the Shi'ar, and/or enemies thereof, and Mojo and Spiral, as well as the occasional magical enemy like Belasco. On several occasions, they've also been pitted against contract killer Arcade.
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Arcade. ''X-Men'' is a prime example of villains being {{Retool}}ed to fit the pattern too: Juggernaut (who originally got his powers from a gemstone possessed by a deity) became a mutant in TheMovie, [[Film/XMenTheLastStand the movie]], while alien Spiral became a mutant in the UltimateMarvel ComicBook/UltimateMarvel continuities.
* While IronMan's ComicBook/IronMan's [[ArchEnemy archnemesis]] is the magical/[[GreenRocks alien powered]] psychic Mandarin, most of the rest of his Rogues Gallery consists of people like Iron Monger, the Crimson Dynamo (and there have been ''fourteen'' [[LegacyCharacter Crimson Dynamos]]), Dreadknight, Controller, Titanium Man etc, all of whom wear PoweredArmour.PoweredArmor.



** Another underlying theme is how Iron Man's enemies are related to capitalism in some way. [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]] was created when Mao Zedong was at the height of his power in RedChina and has since gone on to become a reactionary feudalist who wants to turn back the economic and social clock to the days of Imperial China. The Titanium Man, the Unicorn and the Crimson Dynamo represented [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Russia]] at a time when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar was at its height. The American villains also apply, too-the original Blizzard was a dishonest employee fired by Tony Stark for stealing from the company, the original Firebrand was an anarchist who wanted to destroy big business, and guys like Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer were {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who utilized underhanded and illegal means to get a competitive edge on Stark, who, while amoral and hedonistic before the near-death experience that made him a superhero, was never as cut-throat as either of them. Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekial, is an anarchocapitalist libertarian.

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** Another underlying theme is how Iron Man's enemies are related to capitalism in some way. [[YellowPeril The Mandarin]] was created when Mao Zedong was at the height of his power in RedChina and has since gone on to become a reactionary feudalist who wants to turn back the economic and social clock to the days of Imperial China. The Titanium Man, the Unicorn and the Crimson Dynamo represented [[SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Russia]] UsefulNotes/{{Soviet Russia|UkraineAndSoOn}} at a time when the UsefulNotes/ColdWar was at its height. The American villains also apply, too-the original Blizzard was a dishonest employee fired by Tony Stark for stealing from the company, the original Firebrand was an anarchist who wanted to destroy big business, and guys like Obadiah Stane and Justin Hammer were {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s who utilized underhanded and illegal means to get a competitive edge on Stark, who, while amoral and hedonistic before the near-death experience that made him a superhero, was never as cut-throat as either of them. Obadiah Stane's son, Ezekial, is an anarchocapitalist libertarian.



* Virtually everyone ComicBook/{{Static}} fought got their powers from the same [[SuperSerum chemical accident]] Static himself did.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s entire RoguesGallery has almost no non-ocean related villains. Admittedly, there was a lot of variety among them otherwise, and once he moved to Sub Diego, there was a lot of more usual crime to foil (like robbery and such).
** Marvel's ComicBook/SubMariner has the same thing going on, even though he can also fly. It's when people mess with that formula that things get weird.
* ComicBook/MartianManhunter's enemies either have Shapeshifting or psychic abilities to match him, are martian themselves or have something to do with [[KryptoniteFactor fire]]
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] during Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan run]] on ''[[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} The Amazing Spider-Man]]''. A character named Ezekiel talks about this phenomenon for the ''X-Men'', ''Captain America'', and ''Thor'', as well as Peter's own tendency to fight animal-themed villains - such as Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, and the Rhino. And the Scorpion, and the Jackal, and the Black Fox, and the Black Cat, and the Grizzly, and the Gibbon, and the Kangaroo, and the Walrus, and the White Rabbit, and...
** The main theme of Spidey's gallery, however, is Power and Responsiblity. Like Spidey, many of his enemies got their powers by chance, either being offered it by somebody out of nowhere (Rhino, Scorpion, Eddie Brock) or like Peter as the result of a science experiment GoneHorriblyWrong (Ock, Osborn, Sandman, Curt Connors). The both cases they chose to use their powers irresponsibly, and unlike SpiderMan they were ''always'' either looking for it or at least given the choice not to attain it or reject it, rather than having it totally thrust on them as Peter did (Ock, Osborn and Connors all had accidents, but there were ''also'' always messing with science and power they should not have been, or at least should have been more careful with- thus, they pursued power irresponsibly).

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* Virtually everyone ComicBook/{{Static}} fought got their powers from [[MassSuperEmpoweringEvent the same [[SuperSerum chemical accident]] Static himself did.
* Comicbook/{{Aquaman}}'s entire RoguesGallery has almost no non-ocean related villains. Admittedly, there was a lot of variety among them otherwise, and once he moved to Sub Diego, there was a lot of more usual crime to foil (like robbery and such).
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such). Marvel's ComicBook/SubMariner has the same thing going on, even though he can also fly. It's when people mess with that formula that things get weird.
* ComicBook/MartianManhunter's enemies either have Shapeshifting or psychic abilities to match him, are martian themselves or have something to do with [[KryptoniteFactor fire]]
fire]].
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} during Creator/JMichaelStraczynski's [[ComicBook/JMSSpiderMan run]] on ''[[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} ''[[Comicbook/SpiderMan The Amazing Spider-Man]]''. A character named Ezekiel talks about this phenomenon for the ''X-Men'', ''Captain America'', and ''Thor'', as well as Peter's own tendency to fight animal-themed villains - such as Doctor Octopus, the Vulture, and the Rhino. And the Scorpion, and the Jackal, and the Black Fox, and the Black Cat, and the Grizzly, and the Gibbon, and the Kangaroo, and the Walrus, and the White Rabbit, and...
** The main theme of Spidey's gallery, however, is Power and Responsiblity. Responsibility. Like Spidey, many of his enemies got their powers by chance, either being offered it by somebody out of nowhere (Rhino, Scorpion, Eddie Brock) or like Peter as the result of a science experiment GoneHorriblyWrong FreakLabAccident (Ock, Osborn, Sandman, Curt Connors). The In both cases they chose to use their powers irresponsibly, and unlike SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan they were ''always'' either looking for it or at least given the choice not to attain it or reject it, rather than having it totally thrust on them as Peter did (Ock, Osborn and Connors all had accidents, but there were ''also'' always messing with science and power they should not have been, or at least should have been more careful with- thus, they pursued power irresponsibly).



** It's also worth noting that Spider-Man's main villain, [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn the Green Goblin]], has inspired a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of his own and a couple {{Jack The Ripoff}}s. Then you have [[IAmLegion Venom]], who keeps spawning, so that Peter's rogue gallery can basically be summed up as about 50% animal, a bunch of {{Puppeteer Parasite}} aliens, assorted goblins and a few, like [[ShockAndAwe Electro]] and [[DishingOutDirt Sandman]], who are just kind of "other."

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** It's also worth noting that Spider-Man's main villain, [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn the Green Goblin]], has inspired a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of his own and a couple {{Jack The Ripoff}}s. Then you have [[IAmLegion Venom]], Comicbook/{{Venom}}, who keeps spawning, so that Peter's rogue gallery can basically be summed up as about 50% animal, a bunch of {{Puppeteer Parasite}} aliens, assorted goblins and a few, like [[ShockAndAwe Electro]] and [[DishingOutDirt Sandman]], who are just kind of "other."



** Ironically, Batman ''did'' have his own interdimensional imp villain, Bat-Mite. In fact, Aquaman had one as well, Qwisp. Neither appeared in continuity in decades - until Qwisp popped up as a villain in Grant Morrison's run on [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] in the 90s. Morrison was also the one to bring back Bat-Mite.
*** It's debatable in that Bat-Mite wasn't as ''malicious'' as Mister Mxyzptlk was to Superman, and he leaves on his own accord if he really angers Batman. Also, Bat-Mite admires Batman, unlike Mxyzptlk. WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman had his heart in the right place, if his actions did more unintended harm.
** There's also a theory that Batman's Rogues each exemplify a single aspect of his personality, but taken to extremes: Two-Face the Batman/Bruce Wayne duality, the Joker his mental instability, Scarecrow his use of fear as a weapon against criminals, and so on.

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** Ironically, Batman ''did'' have his own interdimensional imp villain, Bat-Mite. In fact, Aquaman had one as well, Qwisp. Neither appeared in continuity in decades - until Qwisp popped up as a villain in Grant Morrison's run on [[JusticeLeagueOfAmerica [[Franchise/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica JLA]] in the 90s. Morrison was also the one to bring back Bat-Mite.
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Bat-Mite. It's debatable in that Bat-Mite wasn't as ''malicious'' as Mister Mxyzptlk was to Superman, and he leaves on his own accord if he really angers Batman. Also, Bat-Mite admires Batman, unlike Mxyzptlk. WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfBatman'' had his heart in the right place, if his actions did more unintended harm.
** There's also a theory that Batman's Rogues each exemplify a single aspect of his personality, but taken to extremes: Two-Face ComicBook/TwoFace the Batman/Bruce Wayne duality, the Joker ComicBook/TheJoker his mental instability, Scarecrow his use of fear as a weapon against criminals, and so on.



* WonderWoman's best villains are definitely female, possibly because she's the one major heroine who [[WouldntHitAGirl writers felt comfortable]] pitting against non FemmeFatale villainesses. The only major WonderWoman villain who isn't female or a misogynist is Ares, the God of War and ancient enemy of the Amazons and Themyscira.
** They also tend to be mythological and/or magical in nature, like WonderWoman herself.
** As of The Comicbook/{{New 52}}, she's been rubbing elbows with the gods. Her first major enemy is [[WomanScorned Hera]], then [[PsychopathicManChild Hades]], then [[WickedCultured Apollo]] and Artemis. She's currently being set up to go head to head with another of Zeus' [[ReallyGetsAround many many MANY]] children, specifically his firstborn son.
* Most Comicbook/IncredibleHulk villains are big and very strong - heck, many of them are even green. Those who aren't, like Leader and MODOK, tend to be exact opposites: small, weak but very intelligent, with lots of high-tech to help them. But still often green.
** And then, that whole strong and green thing is because several have a similar origin. In the film ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', Leader and the Abomination actually got their powers ''from'' the Hulk, and Doc Samson likely would have too.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is mostly known for fighting symbols of some un-American concept - many of them represent fascism or Nazism (Captain America has met the [[StupidJetpackHitler clone of Hitler]] several times, not to mention his [[ShadowArchetype personal nemesis]] the Red Skull), some represent communism, and other, less obvious political positions represented by his villains include OneWorldOrder (Flag-Smasher), censorship (The Watchdogs, MoralGuardians gone vigilante), blind patriotism to corrupt government (many, many "evil" Captain Americas), vigilantism (the Scourge of the Underworld), technocracy (Advanced Idea Mechanics), unrestrained capitalism (Roxxon Corporation), and corrupt labor unions (Serpent Society), though the writers are usually careful to note that these are extreme versions of their viewpoints, and that they aren't commenting on the philosophies themselves. On the other hand, he's messed with many non-political villains, including the [[AxCrazy Animus]], [[PlayingWithFire Solarr]], the [[WeirdTradeUnion Serpent Society]], the [[ButtMonkey Porcupine]], and even other heroes' enemies, including the [[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} Scorpion]], [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Mister Hyde]], and Marvel's version of the [[Comicbook/GhostRider Scarecrow]].
** In that vein, he also tends to fight a lot of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Nebulous Evil Organizations]]. He's clobbered whole rooms full of {{Mooks}} from A.I.M., HYDRA, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M., and more.
* Averted by ComicBook/TheFlash, who has only a few speedster villains. In fact, the only speedster a given Flash is likely to face is their personal EvilCounterpart. His rogues gallery is otherwise populated by a very eclectic group, with few villains having much in common with one another. Ironically, the Flash rogues are a rather tightly knit group in spite of this.

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* WonderWoman's Franchise/WonderWoman's best villains are definitely female, possibly because she's the one major heroine who [[WouldntHitAGirl writers felt comfortable]] pitting against non FemmeFatale villainesses. The Her only major WonderWoman villain who isn't female or a misogynist is Ares, the God of War and ancient enemy of the Amazons and Themyscira.
**
Themyscira. They also tend to be mythological and/or magical in nature, like WonderWoman herself.
**
Wonder Woman herself. As of The Comicbook/{{New 52}}, she's been rubbing elbows with the gods. Her first major enemy is [[WomanScorned Hera]], then [[PsychopathicManChild Hades]], then [[WickedCultured Apollo]] and Artemis. She's currently being set up to go head to head with another of Zeus' [[ReallyGetsAround many many MANY]] children, specifically his firstborn son.
* Most Comicbook/IncredibleHulk villains are big and very strong - heck, many of them are even green. Those who aren't, like Leader and MODOK, tend to be exact opposites: small, weak but very intelligent, with lots of high-tech to help them. But still often green.
**
green. And then, that whole strong and green thing is because several have a similar origin. In the film ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'', Leader and the Abomination actually got their powers ''from'' the Hulk, and Doc Samson likely would have too.
* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica is mostly known for fighting symbols of some un-American concept - many of them represent fascism or Nazism (Captain America has met the [[StupidJetpackHitler [[YouClonedHitler clone of Hitler]] several times, not to mention his [[ShadowArchetype personal nemesis]] the Red Skull), ComicBook/RedSkull), some represent communism, and other, less obvious political positions represented by his villains include OneWorldOrder (Flag-Smasher), censorship (The Watchdogs, MoralGuardians gone vigilante), blind patriotism to corrupt government (many, many "evil" Captain Americas), vigilantism (the Scourge of the Underworld), technocracy (Advanced Idea Mechanics), unrestrained capitalism (Roxxon Corporation), and corrupt labor unions (Serpent Society), though the writers are usually careful to note that these are extreme versions of their viewpoints, and that they aren't commenting on the philosophies themselves. On the other hand, he's messed with many non-political villains, including the [[AxCrazy Animus]], [[PlayingWithFire Solarr]], the [[WeirdTradeUnion Serpent Society]], the [[ButtMonkey Porcupine]], and even other heroes' enemies, including the [[Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}} [[Franchise/SpiderMan Scorpion]], [[Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} Mister Hyde]], and Marvel's version of the [[Comicbook/GhostRider Scarecrow]].
**
Scarecrow]]. In that vein, he also tends to fight a lot of [[NebulousEvilOrganization Nebulous {{Nebulous Evil Organizations]].Organi|sation}}zations. He's clobbered whole rooms full of {{Mooks}} from A.I.M., HYDRA, U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M., and more.
* Averted by ComicBook/TheFlash, Franchise/TheFlash, who has only a few speedster villains. In fact, the only speedster a given Flash is likely to face is their personal EvilCounterpart. His rogues gallery is otherwise populated by a very eclectic group, with few villains having much in common with one another. Ironically, the Flash rogues are a rather tightly knit group in spite of this.



** Not always averted. In additions to a few evil Norse gods, he also frequently fights mythological creatures such as giants, trolls and dark elves. Recurring foes include Ulik (troll), Malekith and Kurse (dark elves), The Executioner (half-giant) and Surtur (fire giant)
* Comicbook/FantasticFour villains tend to be of the "EvilGenius bent on world conquest" mold, (like Doctor Doom, the Mad Thinker, the Wizard, Diablo, Maximus the Mad, the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes, even Mole Man...) or alien would-be [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Conquerors]] (like Blastaar and son, Annihilus...)
* {{Superman}}'s enemies don't have an immediately obvious unifying theme, but a closer glance shows that the underlying connection between this collection of {{mad scientist}}s, [[AlienInvasion alien invaders]], {{cyborg}}s, [[RoboticPsychopath robots]], and ray-gun wielding gangsters is one of pulp science-fiction. There's not a single Superman rogue who wouldn't be out of place in a thirties pulp novel, or a 1950s B-movie, which given Superman's status as a popularizer of many sci-fi tropes, makes perfect sense.
* GreenLantern has a lot of enemies who can--like him--create weapons and monsters out of thin air: Tattooed Man, Star Sapphire, Evil Star, Effigy, etc. The grandaddy is of course Sinestro, a former Green Lantern with a yellow power ring.
** Recently played even straighter with the introduction of entire Corps to oppose the GL Corps who use power rings of different colors, such as red, orange, and black. Sinestro, mentioned above, starts his own Yellow Corps as well. Also inverted by giving Green Lantern some new allies who also use power rings of different colors, such as blue and indigo.

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** Not always averted. In additions to a few evil Norse gods, he also frequently fights mythological creatures such as giants, trolls and dark elves. Recurring foes include Ulik (troll), Malekith and Kurse (dark elves), The Executioner (half-giant) and Surtur (fire giant)
giant).
* Comicbook/FantasticFour villains tend to be of the "EvilGenius bent on world conquest" mold, (like Doctor Doom, the Mad Thinker, the Wizard, Diablo, Maximus the Mad, the Red Ghost and his Super-Apes, even Mole Man...) or alien would-be [[GalacticConqueror Galactic Conquerors]] {{Galactic Conqueror}}s (like Blastaar and son, Annihilus...)
* {{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s enemies don't have an immediately obvious unifying theme, but a closer glance shows that the underlying connection between this collection of {{mad scientist}}s, [[AlienInvasion alien invaders]], {{alien inva|sion}}ders, {{cyborg}}s, [[RoboticPsychopath robots]], and ray-gun wielding gangsters is one of pulp science-fiction. There's not a single Superman rogue who wouldn't be out of place in a thirties pulp novel, or a 1950s B-movie, which given Superman's status as a popularizer of many sci-fi tropes, makes perfect sense.
* GreenLantern Franchise/GreenLantern has a lot of enemies who can--like him--create weapons and monsters out of thin air: Tattooed Man, Star Sapphire, Evil Star, Effigy, etc. The grandaddy is of course Sinestro, a former Green Lantern with a yellow power ring.
** Recently played
ring. Played even straighter with the introduction of entire Corps to oppose the GL Corps who use power rings of different colors, such as red, orange, and black. Sinestro, mentioned above, Sinestro even starts his own Yellow Corps as well. Also inverted by giving Green Lantern some new allies who also use power rings of different colors, such as blue and indigo.



* The ComicBook/BlackPanther regularly tangles with villains who are tailored to fight an African king, ranging from political rivals who seek to usurp his throne (Man-Ape and Erik Killmonger), apartheid-supporting white supremacists (the Supermacists), and outsiders who seek to loot the country's wealth for themselves ({{Arch Enemy}} Klaw). More recently, he (or rather his [[DistaffCounterpart sister, who's taken up the mantle due to him literally being at death's door]]) took on Morlun, an enemy of {{Spider-Man}} who feeds on animal totems, including that of the Panther.
** This is in addition to his frequent tussles with fellow African heads of state like Moses Magnum, Dr. Crocodile, and Afrikaa.

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* The ComicBook/BlackPanther regularly tangles with villains who are tailored to fight an African king, ranging from political rivals who seek to usurp his throne (Man-Ape and Erik Killmonger), apartheid-supporting white supremacists (the Supermacists), and outsiders who seek to loot the country's wealth for themselves ({{Arch Enemy}} Klaw). More recently, he (or rather his [[DistaffCounterpart sister, who's taken up the mantle due to him literally being at death's door]]) took on Morlun, an enemy of {{Spider-Man}} Franchise/SpiderMan who feeds on animal totems, including that of the Panther.
**
Panther. This is in addition to his frequent tussles with fellow African heads of state like Moses Magnum, Dr. Crocodile, and Afrikaa.



* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} fights a lot of [[PsychoForHire mob-employed costumed killers]], or martial artists with a supernatural bent. These two themes frequently cross-over (eg. Elektra and Lady Bullseye and both agents of the Hand- a mystical ninja cult- as well as professional assassins; Kingpin recently took control of the Hand).
** More generally, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Darkhawk, Comicbook/MoonKnight, [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist's]] rogues all tend to be either street-level villains, or more powerful crime lords and mercenaries.

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* Comicbook/{{Daredevil}} fights a lot of [[PsychoForHire mob-employed costumed killers]], or martial artists with a supernatural bent. These two themes frequently cross-over (eg. Elektra (e.g. ComicBook/{{Elektra}} and Lady Bullseye and both agents of the Hand- a mystical ninja cult- as well as professional assassins; Kingpin recently ComicBook/TheKingpin took control of the Hand).
**
Hand). More generally, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Darkhawk, ComicBook/{{Darkhawk}}, Comicbook/MoonKnight, [[ComicBook/LukeCageHeroForHire Luke Cage]] ComicBook/{{Luke Cage|HeroForHire}} and [[ComicBook/ImmortalIronFist Iron Fist's]] rogues all tend to be either street-level villains, or more powerful crime lords and mercenaries.



* The TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles usually fight villains of the mutant and ninja varieties (the latter primarily being members of the Foot Clan). They also fight a lot of SuperScience themed villains and villainous creations, such as Baxter Stockman and his robotic Mousers.

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* The TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles usually fight villains of the mutant and ninja varieties (the latter primarily being members of the Foot Clan). They also fight a lot of SuperScience superscience themed villains and villainous creations, such as Baxter Stockman and his robotic Mousers.



* [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie's Sonic Comics]] took the "nature vs mechanics" theme of the first Sonic game and extended it, giving a few villains other than Robotnik and Eggman who used technology to reach their goals; Snively, ADAM, Iron Dominion (and Iron Queen), and The Dark (Egg) Legion. Many of these started by serving Robotnik/Eggman or are serving him now.
** They also use a number of Magical villains; Ixis Nagus, Enerjak, Mammoth Mogul, Iron Queen (again), [[spoiler: Geoffery St. John]], and Dr. Finitivus.

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* [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie's Sonic Comics]] took the "nature vs mechanics" theme of the first Sonic game and extended it, giving a few villains other than Robotnik and Eggman who used technology to reach their goals; Snively, ADAM, Iron Dominion (and Iron Queen), and The Dark (Egg) Legion. Many of these started by serving Robotnik/Eggman or are serving him now.
**
now. They also use a number of Magical magical villains; Ixis Nagus, Enerjak, Mammoth Mogul, Iron Queen (again), [[spoiler: Geoffery St. John]], and Dr. Finitivus.



* The ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' mostly fight robots. Usually they're robot aliens or monsters and the question of who built them is never addressed. [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in Metal Men #20, when the Metal Men read their fan mail and find that readers are pretty tired of robot monsters and want them to go up against something else.

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* The ''ComicBook/MetalMen'' mostly fight robots. Usually they're robot aliens or monsters and the question of who built them is never addressed. [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] {{Discussed|Trope}} in Metal Men #20, when the Metal Men read their fan mail and find that readers are pretty tired of robot monsters and want them to go up against something else.
else.






* The ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series naturally enough deals with pirates like Barbossa and Blackbeard, corrupt colonial agencies like the East India Trading Company, and ocean-related myth and magic such as Davy Jones and his crew, the undead pirates of the Black Pearl, and sea monsters like the Kraken and Sirens.

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* The ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series naturally enough deals with pirates like Barbossa and Blackbeard, corrupt colonial agencies like the East India Trading Company, and ocean-related myth and magic such as Davy Jones and his crew, the undead pirates of the Black Pearl, and sea monsters like the Kraken and Sirens.



* Apparently indicated by the first two ''Film/IronMan'' films that IronMan would have to deal with {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, [[spoiler:and revealed to still be the case in ''Film/IronMan3''.]] This trope is frequently used by some fans to defend [[spoiler:the Mandarin twist in ''Iron Man 3'']] by saying [[spoiler:the Mandarin's original, more magic-like concept wouldn't have fit the theme of the movies]].

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* Apparently indicated by the first two ''Film/IronMan'' films that IronMan ComicBook/IronMan would have to deal with {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s, [[spoiler:and revealed to still be the case in ''Film/IronMan3''.]] ''Film/IronMan3'']]. This trope is frequently used by some fans to defend [[spoiler:the Mandarin twist in ''Iron Man 3'']] by saying [[spoiler:the Mandarin's original, more magic-like concept wouldn't have fit the theme of the movies]].



* Franchise/IndianaJones has fought ThoseWackyNazis (twice), DirtyCommies, and a full fledged ReligionOfEvil - implying [[TheFundamentalist fanatics of all ideological positions]] are the enemies of the history and culture that Indy and his allies want to preserve.

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* Franchise/IndianaJones has fought ThoseWackyNazis (twice), DirtyCommies, DirtyCommunists, and a full fledged ReligionOfEvil - implying [[TheFundamentalist fanatics of all ideological positions]] are the enemies of the history and culture that Indy and his allies want to preserve.
preserve.






* In ''TheWeirdAlShow'', all of Fatman's villains are either food based or have an evil plan that's food based.
* Superdude from ''Series/AllThat'' has a tendency to fight dairy-based villains, such as Milkman, Cow Boy, Butter Boy... This is unfortunate for him, since he is [[WeaksauceWeakness lactose intolerant]].
** [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe these are the only villains left to fight him because they would be the only ones he couldn't just use his superman-esque powers to defeat in a matter of seconds.]]

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* In ''TheWeirdAlShow'', ''Series/TheWeirdAlShow'', all of Fatman's villains are either food based or have an evil plan that's food based.
* Superdude from ''Series/AllThat'' has a tendency to fight dairy-based villains, such as Milkman, Cow Boy, Butter Boy... This is unfortunate for him, since he is [[WeaksauceWeakness lactose intolerant]].
**
intolerant]]. [[FridgeBrilliance Maybe these are the only villains left to fight him because they would be the only ones he couldn't just use his superman-esque powers to defeat in a matter of seconds.]]



* The recurring villains of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in contrast to the Doctor, an eternal champion of peace and co-operation, mostly tend to be armies (the Daleks, the Cyberman, the Sontarans, the Silurians, the Ice Warriors) or megalomaniacal geniuses (the Master, Davros) who are bent on waging war in one way or another.
** The revival has also seen a few new types of enemies. Enemies who are in some way un-knowable or beyond comprehension, and enemies who are more automated systems that can't be reasoned with and are merely doing their jobs.

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* The recurring villains of ''Series/DoctorWho'' in contrast to the Doctor, an eternal champion of peace and co-operation, mostly tend to be armies (the Daleks, the Cyberman, the Sontarans, the Silurians, the Ice Warriors) or megalomaniacal geniuses (the Master, Davros) who are bent on waging war in one way or another.
**
another. The revival has also seen a few new types of enemies. Enemies who are in some way un-knowable or beyond comprehension, and enemies who are more automated systems that can't be reasoned with and are merely doing their jobs.







* ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' does this with most of its sample rogues galleries. The Centurion, for example, fight enemies with names like August Roman and Nero. The best example, however, might be their Batman {{Captain Ersatz}}, The Raven, who (odd exceptions like Dr. Sin and Luna Moth aside) fights villains named for EdgarAllanPoe stories or characters: Lenore, The Conqueror Worm, The House of Usher, The Red Death, etc.

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\n* ''MutantsAndMasterminds'' ''TabletopGame/MutantsAndMasterminds'' does this with most of its sample rogues galleries. The Centurion, for example, fight enemies with names like August Roman and Nero. The best example, however, might be their Batman {{Captain Ersatz}}, The Raven, who (odd exceptions like Dr. Sin and Luna Moth aside) fights villains named for EdgarAllanPoe Creator/EdgarAllanPoe stories or characters: Lenore, The Conqueror Worm, The House of Usher, The Red Death, etc.
etc.




* Since ''Franchise/MetalGear'' is a military-themed series, one could reasonably expect every game to pit the protagonist against an army (and not, for instance, on any other sort of black ops mission). But beyond that, every game features an oddly-themed SuperSoldier QuirkyMinibossSquad with an assortment of unique fighting styles.
** Except for the B&B Unit in [=MGS4,=] who were all sexy women in robotic battle suits named after a combination of the names [=MGS1=] and [=MGS3=] villains.
* Be it the Robot Masters of the original ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' series, the anthropomorphic cyborg Mavericks of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' or the ancient ruin guardian mechs of ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'', bosses in this series are robots, sentient, piloted or otherwise.
** For ''MegaManBattleNetwork''. it's changed to other Net Navigators. For ''MegaManStarForce'', it's alien {{Energy Being}}s.

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\n* Since ''Franchise/MetalGear'' is a military-themed series, one could reasonably expect every game to pit the protagonist against an army (and not, for instance, on any other sort of black ops mission). But beyond that, every game features an oddly-themed SuperSoldier QuirkyMinibossSquad with an assortment of unique fighting styles.
**
styles. Except for the B&B Unit in [=MGS4,=] ''[=MGS4,=]'' who were all sexy women in robotic battle suits named after a combination of the names [=MGS1=] ''[=MGS1=]'' and [=MGS3=] ''[=MGS3=]'' villains.
* Be it the Robot Masters of the original ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' ''VideoGame/{{Mega Man|Classic}}'' series, the anthropomorphic cyborg Mavericks of ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' or the ancient ruin guardian mechs of ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'', bosses in this series are robots, sentient, piloted or otherwise.
**
otherwise. For ''MegaManBattleNetwork''. ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork'' it's changed to other Net Navigators. For ''MegaManStarForce'', ''VideoGame/MegaManStarForce'', it's alien {{Energy Being}}s.EnergyBeings.



* The villains of ''FreedomForce'' are, like the heroes, riffs on the motifs of the Golden and Silver Ages of Comics. Though enemy to enemy, there's no theme to them they're all exactly the sort of foe the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man would have fought in their early days.
** In the sequel they travel back to fight Nazis, and the new supervillains represent Nazism/superscience, Italy and Japan. Oh, and a supernatural Communist foe to contrast the clean cut technology fuelled Freedom Force in the present day.
* In ''AzureStrikerGunvolt'', all of the bosses Gunvolt fights are [[PsychicChildren Adepts]] like him. Except for Copen, who's a BadassNormal.

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* The villains of ''FreedomForce'' ''VideoGame/FreedomForce'' are, like the heroes, riffs on the motifs of the Golden and Silver Ages of Comics. Though enemy to enemy, there's no theme to them as they're all exactly the sort of foe the Fantastic Four or Spider-Man would have fought in their early days.
**
days. In the sequel they travel back to fight Nazis, and the new supervillains represent Nazism/superscience, Italy and Japan. Oh, and a supernatural Communist foe to contrast the clean cut technology fuelled Freedom Force in the present day.
* In ''AzureStrikerGunvolt'', ''VideoGame/AzureStrikerGunvolt'', all of the bosses Gunvolt fights are [[PsychicChildren Adepts]] like him. Except for Copen, who's a BadassNormal.
BadassNormal.




* Appropriately enough for a comic about a heroic MadScientist, most of the antagonists in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' are either evil Mad Scientists or the minions and/or creations thereof.
** Because in the Girl Genius world, those are the only villains out there - until The Other returns. [[spoiler: Oh wait, she's a MadScientist too.]]

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\n* Appropriately enough for a comic about a heroic MadScientist, most of the antagonists in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' are either evil Mad Scientists or the minions and/or creations thereof.
**
thereof. Because in the Girl Genius world, those are the only villains out there - until The Other returns. [[spoiler: Oh wait, she's a MadScientist too.]]
]]






* ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers CaptainPlanet]]'' villains are all polluters, poachers and other haters of ecology (appropriately-called "eco-villains").

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* ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers CaptainPlanet]]'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Captain Planet|AndThePlaneteers}}'' villains are all polluters, poachers and other haters of ecology (appropriately-called "eco-villains").



* Generally averted in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, considering the sheer range of bizarre villains it featured. Even the general theme of quirky harmless villains didn't really hold up--there was very little amusing about Slade, Trigon, or the Brotherhood of Evil, for example.
** That said, enemies that would face a single Titan primarily were often tailored to them--Robin often faced evil or amoral martial artists (Slade, Red X, Katarou), Starfire aliens (Blackfire, the Gordanians, the Chrysalis eater), and Raven supernatural beings or events (Malchior, Trigon, and her own repressed demon nature), for example.
** Just to round out the list: Beast Boy faces empowered teen archetypes (The geeky Control Freak, the wannabe Adonis, or the rebel Punk Rocket) and Cyborg deals with tech villains (Atlas, Fixit, Gizmo and Brother Blood, who turned himself into one by copying Cyborg's own tech.)

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* Generally averted in the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' animated series, considering the sheer range of bizarre villains it featured. Even the general theme of quirky harmless villains didn't really hold up--there was very little amusing about Slade, Trigon, or the Brotherhood of Evil, for example.
**
example. That said, enemies that would face a single Titan primarily were often tailored to them--Robin often faced evil or amoral martial artists (Slade, Red X, Katarou), Starfire aliens (Blackfire, the Gordanians, the Chrysalis eater), and Raven supernatural beings or events (Malchior, Trigon, and her own repressed demon nature), for example.
**
example. Just to round out the list: Beast Boy faces empowered teen archetypes (The geeky Control Freak, the wannabe Adonis, or the rebel Punk Rocket) and Cyborg deals with tech villains (Atlas, Fixit, Gizmo and Brother Blood, who turned himself into one by copying Cyborg's own tech.)



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* ''IndianaJones'' has fought ThoseWackyNazis (twice), DirtyCommies, and a full fledged ReligionOfEvil - implying [[TheFundamentalist fanatics of all ideological positions]] are the enemies of the history and culture that Indy and his allies want to preserve.

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* ''IndianaJones'' Franchise/IndianaJones has fought ThoseWackyNazis (twice), DirtyCommies, and a full fledged ReligionOfEvil - implying [[TheFundamentalist fanatics of all ideological positions]] are the enemies of the history and culture that Indy and his allies want to preserve.
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