Created By: SevenMass on July 15, 2009
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Evil Is One Big Happy Family

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Devil: "Don't be silly, why would we want the lich to win?"
Imp: "Because we're evil?"
Demon: "And that makes us all one big happy family? Screw that!"

The world is divided into two camps: good, and evil. Of course, all the good guys work together, but what do the evil guys do? Well, they also work together of course! Because if you are not good, you must be evil, and evil is one big happy family. Evil understands each other, and they all have the same goal in mind: to destroy team good! So it is only natural for them to sing together in perfect harmony.

This trope could include instances where either evil or good beings mistakenly thing Evil Is One Big Happy Family.

Examples

  • In Order Of The Stick. See page quote.
  • Old time (pre 1990ish) Professional Wrestling was like this. All the good guys liked each other and worked for the common good, and all the bad guys at least tolerated each other and worked for the common...bad(?). Until someone inevetiably did a Face–Heel Turn or Heel–Face Turn of course; then all the bad guys like the former good guy or the good guys liked the former bad guy as the case may be.
  • A common trope during the toy line-promoting cartoons of the 1980s, such as Masters of the Universe and G.I. Joe.
  • In Charmed Episode 9 season 4 A muse to my ears, Two warlocks harass a shape shifting demon.
    Demon: "Back off, we are on the same side"
    • Of course, they kill him anyway to take his power, but that is beside the point.
Community Feedback Replies: 11
  • July 14, 2009
    BlackMageJ
    This is brought up in (at least) one Dungeons And Dragons manual, with an explanation of why "Monolithic evil is unrealistic". After all, the plans of one evil overlord who wants to rule the world obviously conflict with the plans of all the other evil overlords who want to rule the world.
  • July 14, 2009
    dotchan
    The inverse of Enemy Civil War, perhaps?
  • July 14, 2009
    Redneck Rocker
    Actually, I've always noticed in comics that immediately following a jewelry heist/robbery/whatever, the villains immediately begin plotting ways to destroy their teammate.
  • July 14, 2009
    Amazingly Enough
    Yeah, evil is usually much more likely to fight each other, in contrast to the good guys who have The Power Of Friendship, but sometimes they do work together. I just can't think of any examples.

    I'd suggest The Enemy Of My Enemy from the phrase "The enemy of my enemy is my friend", but that phrase is currently taken by Enemy Mine.
  • July 14, 2009
    Nomic
    Chaos in Warhammer and Warhammer40000. As is fitting, there are no unified forces of Chaos, but multiple warbands that fights eachother as often as they fight anybody else. Forces dedicated to different Chaos Gods tend to hate eachother with a passion, possibly even more than they hate the Empire/Imperium. The warbands occasionally unite in order to perform large-scale incursions, but even then they only tend to stick together because a powerful Chaos Lord has eighter bribed or intimidated the leaders of the warbands to follow him.
  • July 14, 2009
    random surfer
    Old time (pre 1990ish) Professional Wrestling was like this. All the good guys liked each other and worked for the common good, and all the bad guys at least tolerated each other and worked for the common...bad(?). Until someone inevetiably did a Face Heel Turn or Heel Face Turn of course; then all the bad guys like the former good guy or the good guys liked the former bad guy as the case may be.
  • July 15, 2009
    Cao Cao
    A rare funny moment in Munich is when a bunch of terrorists from various organizations find themeslves in the same room, and agree to leave each other alone. This would have been Truth In Television in the 1970s, when it wasn't unheard of for terror groups with completely different agendas to provide each other with logistical support. That made sense when said groups had political rather than religious objectives.
  • July 15, 2009
    TB Tabby
    A common trope in the toy line-promoting cartoons of the 1980s, such as Masters Of The Universe and GI Joe.
  • July 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Dungeon Master's Guide for 3rd Edition Dungeons And Dragons cautions against this kind of thing in its gamemastering advice section on Common Pitfalls. The subheading in question is "Monolithic Evil Is Unrealistic."
  • July 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Star Wars Prequels. Every fallen Jedi and Dark Side Force sensitive we see is part of the Sith or joins them.
  • July 15, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Stand by Stephen King. After a virus kills over 99% of the population, people literally flock to one of two camps based on their inner morality... all the bad guys go to Las Vegas to be led by a character that basically represents the Devil, and I believe all the good guys go to Nebraska and meet this old black lady, who is basically Jesus.
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