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->''Far from shore, a Pacific War\\
bombs are falling from the skies\\
It's a bomb-run day, it's the Naval Way,\\
A blood-red sun is on the rise!''
-->-- '''Music/{{Sabaton}}''', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuOnQpyP1nc "Midway"]]

A Big Badass Battle Sequence isn't just a battle, it's war. This is the battle that makes other battles look like schoolyard scuffles. Expect a high death toll, either shown or implied. The best examples of this trope show not only the battle itself, but the preparations for it and the [[DespairEventHorizon aftermath]]. [[WarIsHell Don't expect it to be pretty.]]

Bonus points if coupled with OrchestralBombing. May be the work's SugarWiki/CrowningMomentOfAwesome as opposed to a single character's.

Note that this trope implies that there are at least two armies fighting each other, and as such OneManArmy examples do not fit here.

Compare TheWarSequence.
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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]
* The final battle of ''Film/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer''. [[spoiler:Humanity defends Earth from an alien race]] that has them outnumbered ten thousand to one.
* ''MobileSuitGundamSEED'' the final three episodes, focuses on a MeleeATrois. The Three Ship Alliance trying to stop ZAFT and Earth Forces from destroying each other.
* The Marineford Arc of ''Manga/OnePiece'' plays out as this, pitting [[BigGood one of the four most powerful pirates in the world]], [[BadassCrew his crew of approximately 1600]], [[BadassArmy and his 40 or so allied crews]] against the entire military force of [[TheGovernment the World Government]] (containing, aside from uncountable {{Mooks}} and a slew of SuperPowerLottery winners, a trio of NighInvulnerable OneManArmy [[HeroKiller Hero Killers]]), as well as five of their [[PsychoForHire hired pirate dogs]] the Shichibukai, each monstrously powerful in their own right. Then, [[UpToEleven to add even more to the chaos]], factor in [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Blackbeard Pirates]] showing up at the very end to witness Whitebeard's death, and then wage war against the Marines themselves]]. Luffy's exploits during the battle are particularly epic. And nothing hammers in the "big" part of the trope like the fact that nearly every page of the arc is a two-page spread.
* The battle at Seireden between the Flame Hazes and Crimson Denizens lead by the Snake of the Festival in the final season of ''ShakuganNoShana'' was a multi-episode epic and all-out war fought on several fronts, with [[ItsRainingMen Paratrooper Flame Haze]] and [[TheSiege siege]] [[StormingTheCastle warfare]]. The battle in Misaki City that takes place not long afterwards definitely qualifies as well.
* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' and TheMovie version of it has a famous gigantic and climactic battle against the Zentrans during which Lynn Minmay sings.
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[[folder: Film ]]
* ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' films are full of these, mostly in the third.
** In ''The Fellowship of the Ring'', the battle between the Last Alliance and Mordor in the prologue certainly counts.
** In ''The Two Towers'', Helm's Deep fills out this role quite nicely.
** In ''Return of the King'' you have the siege of Minas Tirith, the Pelennor fields, and the Black Gate.
* ''Film/{{Thirteen Assassins}}'' has one between the eponymous assassins and over 200 troops that goes on, unbroken, for ''over 40 minutes.''
* ''Film/{{Avatar}}'' - the big fight between the mercenaries and the Na'vi.
* Some batttles in the ''PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' series might count if we limit the 'army size' to two boat-loads of people. The first film has the moonlight battle with the undead. 'At World's End' has the final battle where the Flying Dutchman and the Black Pearl are mast-locked and fighting over a maelstrom.
* ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'' - The film has several.
* ''Film/{{Glory}}'' opens with the Army of the Potomac marching to the Battle of Antietam in 1862 along with the Army of Northern Virignia coming to meet them followed by a brief but violent sequence of the battle itself. The climax of the film is the (Second) Assault on Fort Wagner in 1863.
* ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' begins with the D-Day assaults on [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Omaha Beach]].
* ''Film/{{Serenity}}'' had this at the climax when the titular ship brings an army of [[AxCrazy Reavers]] against the [[EvilEmpire Alliance]].
* Every ''Franchise/StarWars'' film contains at least one of these.
** ''Film/ThePhantomMenace'' has the space-ground battle of Naboo, between the Trade Federation, the Gungans, Padme's attack on the palace, the duel between, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan and Darth Maul, and the attack on the Trade Federation command ship.
** ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' features the Battle of Geonosis.
** ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' ''begins'' with the famous Battle of Coruscant and also contains the Battle of Utapau.
** ''Film/ANewHope'' has the battle of Yavin IV, where the Death Star is destroyed.
** ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' has the Battle of Hoth.
** ''Film/ReturnOfTheJedi'' has the Battle of Endor, split between the ground battle in the actual moon, and the space battle with the Imperial armada and the Rebel fleet.
* The opening credits of ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' shows the titular character to have participated in many of these.
* Almost every ''Film/JamesBond'' movie prior to ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'' featured one of these, with armies of hundreds of extras clashing and killing each other off in choreographed battles stretching across an entire huge secret enemy base. Almost no movie after that has, because apparently it makes Bond more heroic to be able to do it all by himself now.
* ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' has two major ones. The Battle of Stirling Bridge and the battle of Falkirk, both all kinds of epic.
* ''Film/RedCliff'' has a total of three:
** The Battle of Changban at the start of part one
** The climax battle of part one, when the allied forces lure Cao Cao's vanguard into their Eight Trigrams Formation
** The Battle of Red Cliff at the climax of part two, which could be considered the biggest and most badass battle in the whole film
* Part two of ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' has the Battle of Hogwarts
* ''Film/{{Alexander}}'' has the Battle of Gaugamela towards the opening of the film. The battle in India, later in the film, could also count, albeit to a lesser extent.
* ''Film/TheWarlords'' has one relatively early in the film between the Qing and Taiping armies.
* ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia'': ''Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' the battle of the Narnians against the White Witch's army. Also features CrowningMusicOfAwesome.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'' features Batman and the police officers of Gotham fighting against Bane and his soldiers at the climax.
* ''Film/TheMummyTombOfTheDragonEmperor'' has a climatic battle with the Dragon Emperor and his Terracotta army fighting against the main heroes [[spoiler:and a couple thousand resurrected laborers who were buried under the Great Wall.]]
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium:
** Pelennor Fields in ''Literature/TheReturnOfTheKing'' and Helm's Deep in ''Literature/TheTwoTowers''.
** Before either of them was the Battle of Five Armies in ''Literature/TheHobbit''.
** The seven great battles of Beleriand in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' has a few of these
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'''s "Battle of the Department of Mystery" which features about a dozen or so per side.
** From ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' there's "Battle of the Astronomy Tower" with about a couple of dozen per side.
** ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' features the "Battle of Hogwarts" between the defenders of Hogwarts and Voldemort's Death Eaters. The defenders are mentioned to have lost ''fifty-five dead''-more than the total number of combatants in any previous fight-and shocking given the Wizarding World's tendency for less-lethal spells. With most of the students and teachers, dozens of parents, and the centaurs and house-elfs, there were easily hundreds of fighters. The battle also raged for hours, beginning at midnight, with a one-hour break, and Voldemort's final defeat came at dawn.
*** Also "The Battle Of The Seven Potters" could count.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has tons of these. In the first couple of books there are not that many: the stand at Emonds Field, the battle at Falme and the battle of Cairhien. Then comes Dumais Wells, a battle between three parties which ends by the outright slaughter of one of the parties by male channelers. Only 100k participants though. Several big battles follow and the biggest in the series come in Book 14, including a three-front battle to start with that takes weeks at least, and ending with the two-pronged Last Battle itself, which includes every single army in the entire world except for [[spoiler:the Land of Madmen]], and takes approximately a third of the entire book, being almost entirely one chapter that is two hundred and two pages long. The battle itself takes days, with some looks behind the front lines to see how people handle such an extended conflict, even resting or getting food to eat while battles rage.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' has had a few so far, the most notable one being [[spoiler: the Battle of Blackwater at the end of the second book]].
** Its television adaptation, ''Series/GameOfThrones'', hasn't been able to have near as many due to time and budget constraints. That said, the two big battles that it does depict, Blackwater and the Battle of Castle Black, each have an entire episode devoted to them.
* The Battle of Chichen Itza in ''Changes'' of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. Magical duels, vampires, swords, intervention via possession from what is probably an Archangel (or possibly God himself), freaking ''Odin'', the protagonist's (more than slightly insane) Faerie Godmother, Excalibur, Kusanagi and Durandal all in one place and arguably the most BadAss [[PreAssKickingOneLiner speech]] in history. And it's not even the series' GrandFinale.
--> '''Possessed[[spoiler:Murphy]]:''' "False gods! Pretenders! Usurpers of truth! Destroyers of faith, of families, of lives, of children! For your crimes against the Mayans, against the peoples of the world, now will you answer! Your time has come! Face judgment Almighty!"
* The [=BloodClan=] battle in the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''The Darkest Hour''. [=BloodClan=], a huge group of city cats (enough to take on around 100 forest cats) with a leader who can kill a Clan leader's [[CatsHaveNineLives nine lives]] in one blow, gives the forest Clans three days to either leave the forest or meet them in battle. The forest Clans spend the three days weighing their options, training, having medicine cats prepare herbs, and coming up with an escape strategy for the defenseless kits and elders if they fail. All four Clans join together to face [=BloodClan=], and the battle itself lasts about a day.
** That's nothing compared to what happens in the fourth series' last book. Basically, the cat versions of Heaven and Hell start fighting an epic war on Earth, and dozens of cats both living and dead kick ass. That one book alone has more CrowningMomentsOfAwesome to its name than any preceding it.
* In the novels ''In Death Ground'' and ''The Shiva Option'' by Creator/DavidWeber and Steve White, there are numerous examples of this trope.
* The First Battle of Manticore in the ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Mission of Honor]]''.
* In the novel ''[[Literature/EmpireFromTheAshes The Armageddon Inheritance]]'' by Creator/DavidWeber, a number of epic space battles take place between the protagonists and the invading alien fleet, which consisted of something like 5 or 6 ''million'' enemy warships.
* Literature/TheIcelandicSagas have several fine descriptions of climactic battles:
** The naval Battle of Hjorunga Bay in ''Literature/SagaOfTheJomsvikings''
** The naval Battle of Svold in ''Literature/{{Heimskringla}}''
** The Battle of Uppsala in ''Literature/TaleOfStyrbjorn''
* The Battle of Vo Mimbre and Thull Mardu in ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' by David Eddings.
* The Battle of Seattle in Literature/TheLeonardRegime.
* Italian writer Emilio Salgari (of ''Literature/{{Sandokan}}'' fame) ''[[AuthorAppeal loved]]'' them, and strived to put at least one in most of his novels. His crowning achievement is the novel ''The King of the Sea'' (of the ''Sandokan'' series) with its ''three'' battle sequences (a desperate running battle fought by Tremal Naik and a group of Tigers of Mompracem led by Yanez against thousand of Dayaks, a naval battle between the ''King of the Sea'' and a Royal Navy warship, and the desperate battle of the ''King of the Sea'' against ''five'' warships), but he wrote dozens of them, including a revisitation of the UsefulNotes/BattleOfLepanto (''Il Leone di Damasco'') and one of Little Bighorn (''La Scotennatrice''.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': ''The Baron of Maleperduys'' features the Battle of the Samara and [[spoiler: the siege of Maleperduys.]]
** ''Defender of the Crown'' opens with one that [[spoiler: ends the war between Calvaria and Arcasia.]]
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' had its first episode start with showing the ending of the battle in Serenity Valley, which is described as being this.
* The battle for Camelot in the ''{{Series/Merlin}}'' episode ''The Tears of Uther Pendragon, part two''.
* ''TimeCommanders'' used the ''TotalWar'' game engine to simulate historical battles for the contestants to re-fight (and get walked over by the AI opponent.)
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' has the Battle of Canary Wharf in "Doomsday."
* First episode in ''Series/KaizokuSentaiGokaiger'', we're offered one in form of ''every single Super Sentai'' vs the whole Zangyack fleet.
** ''Film/KamenRiderXSuperSentaiSuperheroTaisen'' plans to top that sequence; the writers even submitted the film to the Guinness World Records for the largest number of suit actors for a single battle.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has several during the Dominion War that are on a completely different level to any of the previous trek series. The First Battle of Deep Space Nine ("Way of the Warrior"), The Second Battle of Deep Space Nine ("Call to Arms"), Operation Return ("Sacrifice of Angels"), The First and Second Battles of Chin'toka, and the Battle of Cardassia ("What You Leave Behind"). Even the early battles with mere dozens of ships are larger than anything else in Trek history including the Borg attacks on Earth from TNG & First Contact, while the later battles during the Dominion War include ships in the thousands!
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** The Battle of Dakara at the end of Season 8.
** Also, the Battle of Antarctica at the end of the 7th season.
** And the Battle of the Supergate (P3Y-229, technically) at the end of Season 9. Though that was more of a CurbStompBattle than anything else.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' had the Battle of Asuras.
** And, arguably, the Siege of Atlantis
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'' has the Rangers and the rebelling citizens of Angel Grove fighting against the U.A.E. in the final episode.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' features the battle between Buffy and the potentials against the First Evil's Uber Vamps in the center of the Hellmouth for its series finale.
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[[folder: Mythology and Religion ]]
* The FinalBattle in ''Literature/{{Mahabharata}}'', in which all warriors of Pandava fights all warriors of Kaurava. Imagine if all the battle-capable people of India goes to battle, and you get a pretty close approximation. All super powers are set loose, no quarters are asked, no quarters are given. This makes this trope OlderThanFeudalism.
* The First (Tuatha Dé Danann vs. Fir Bolg) and the Second (Tuatha Dé Danann vs. Fomor) Battle of Magh Tuireadh in ''Literature/TheBattleOfMaghTuireadh'', from IrishMythology.
* The Final Conflict between {{Satan}}, the First Beast, the AntiChrist, and most of the corrupted legions of our CrapsackWorld, against Michael, all the Angels, and {{God}}. So terrifying, that Earth has to be replaced because the former one is bombed back to before the Big Bang.
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[[folder: Roleplays]]
* In ''Roleplay/RealmsOfHyrule'', you have the Battle of Kakariko in which around nineteen different players joined together with almost the entirety of Hyrule's military in order to route the undead and reclaim Kakariko.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* Minatures games, such as Warhammer and Warhammer 40K are another good example of this trope. It can be taken to ridiculous extremes even, if players decide in a casual game to have 'no point limit' for building their army.
** For bonus points, 40K also features the "Epic" side-series. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin As the name implies]], it's built around truly massive battles, so instead of having 10-30 individual troop units and maybe a vehicle or two or three, mid-size infantry platoons and small tank formations ''are'' individual units, superheavy tanks roam freely, oh and this is the scale where Titans (the largest of which stand 130-170 scale feet tall) start stomping their enemies. Literally.
** Whenever players use Apocalypse rule, you can expect this. The larger battles may take over an hour to do a single turn (whereas a more traditional 2000 point battle may take as much as 10-15 mins per turn, if that).
* This is also the purpose of mass combat systems.
* Likewise, there's the ever popular game of Risk. The goal of that game? [[TakeOverTheWorld World conquest!]]
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[[folder: Video Games ]]
* Multiplayer maps in most FPS games are at least trying to invoke this.
* The ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' series loves these.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has the Weapon Raid on Junon.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' gives us the Siege of Dollet, in which the part the player sees begins with [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything their boats charging]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII onto the beach]].
*** Another ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' example is the Battle of the Gardens (part of which is this trope's page image), wherein the Galbadian Army and the [=SeeD=] forces of Balamb clash in one of the most memorable conflicts of the game.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' also joins the fray, with the Siege of Cleyra, the Iifa Tree battle, and when Bahamut attacks Alexandria.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' is bookended with these. The first features the Archadian invasion of Nabudis and Dalmasca, while the second shows an air battle between the Sky Fortress Bahamut against Marquis Ondore's air fleet.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'' begins with a revolt of the purge victims against PSICOM in the depths of Cocoon.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has an entire archetype of levels like this, at least one per game.
* The ''TotalWar'' series is built around this entire concept, with ''you'' being in control of the battle and sending thousands of individual troops into combat.
* The ''DawnOfWar'' series has plenty of these, the best examples probably being the first game's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UID6LEzvRRo intro cinematic]] and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yu4ABhVd28U&feature=related trailer]] to the second game.
* Strategy war games like the CommandAndConquer series and clones of it may possibly count, with you controlling one faction/army while the other(s) is controlled by a computer/friend. You can also use fluffy logic to decide that these battles really are epic in the game world. A single soldier on screen may actually be 100 within the game world. Imagine those minor 'skirmish' games of yours now.
** In the case of CommandAndConquerTiberium, it's mentioned in supplementary material that the [=EVA=] HeadsUpDisplay depicts squads of soldiers as units. So every time you create "one" Rocket Infantry, you're in fact creating a squad of ten or so.
* Lego Universe. Both in game and out. The intro has CrowningMusicofAwesome and the preparations for combat even. Sadly, it skip over the actual battle, but we're pretty sure it was epic.
** More so when you realize that those spiders and horsemen are elite enemies, and the dragons tend to be bosses.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' features the Battle of the Citadel.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is determined to [[UpToEleven out-do its predecessors]] with a full on galactic war.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' has a couple.
** The first game has the Revolt on Kashyyk and Battle of the Star Forge.
*** Who are almost opposite of each-other: Kashyyk is a small skirmish (Czerka only has a small outpost on the planet) kept on-planet where the player character is ''directly'' involved in fighting the battle, while the Battle of the Star Forge is a big honking fleet engagement between large portions of the Sith and Republic navies where the player character is infiltrating the Star Forge.
** The second game has the Civil War on Iziz and the Battle of Telos.
* HeavenlySword ends with one of these.
* The final battle in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', with the NCR facing off against Caesar's Legion. Depending on your actions, you'll either support one of the two or support a third party.
** For a little extra context: depending on your choices, you can roll into the battle for Hoover Dam with [[spoiler:an elite unit of Brotherhood of Steel paladins joining you in the first stages, the Boomers shelling the other side with howitzers and flying a bomber over the battlefield, the Enclave remnants taking to the battlefield, the Great Khans throwing their lot in if you didn't convince them to leave the Mojave]], and two factions will even give you ARMOURED ROBOT INFANTRY... and it shows through NPC dialogue. They're damn glad to see [[TheCavalry the backup you brought along with you.]]
** ''VideoGame/Fallout3'' also has one of these as its climax, when the Brotherhood of Steel finally attacks the Enclave. Especially its newest recruit, and we're not talking about the Lone Wanderer here ...
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' has the Neverwinter-Luskan War. ''Hordes of the Underdark'' adds the Valsharess War, with your by-now epic-level character leading the defenders.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has the Shadow War, which takes up the majority of Act III and prominently includes TheSiege of Crossroad Keep. ''Mask of the Betrayer'' adds [[spoiler:the invasion of the Fugue Plane]].
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' has the Battles of Ostagar and [[spoiler:Denerim]] against the Darkspawn, and Redcliffe against {{undead}}.
** Its [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII sequel]] ends with [[spoiler: the destruction of the Chantry and the Battle of Kirkwall in its aftermath, which is also stated to be only the first battle of the Mage-Templar War.]]
* ''[[VideoGame/{{X}} X3: Terran Conflict]]'': The Second Battle of Aldrin during the Aldrin Expansion plot, with a Terran warfleet and the PlayerCharacter pushing the [[AIIsACrapshoot Xenon]] out of the Terrans' former colonies.
* The invasion of [[spoiler: Char]] in ''VideoGame/StarcraftII Wings of Liberty''.
** In the expansion, ''Heart of the Swarm'', the invasion of [[spoiler: Korhal]].
* VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings starts with a massive siege battle against one of the King's bastard sons, and they only get bigger from there.
* VideoGame/MountAndBlade battles are supposed to get ''very'' large, which, varying on your settings, can display over well over 100 to even 500 or more men with mods.
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/TheGamersAlliance'', several big battles have taken place during the war, most notably the Battle of Folsworth Woods and the Battle of Vanna.
* ''TheSalvationWar'' has many, but probably the best would be Michael vs Yahweh, with in-universe OrchestralBombing, including the theme from the Dam Busters and Holst's Mars.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' primarily has fights that span, at most, one or two chapters, with each chapter changing the situation as the antagonist either moves into a new stage or the protagonists achieve a lasting victory. Then there's the Extermination arc, wherein Leviathan attacks the city and spends six chapters slaughtering hero and villain alike before finally being driven off.
* The Battle of Nancy, and possibly the entire ''Juillet Lorrain'' leading up to it, in ''Literature/TheDeadSkunk''.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' has a few, what with it being about a hundred year war and all, but the one which would probably fit best would be The Day of Black Sun battle. A [[LaResistance small guerilla army]] with submarines, tanks, and a combination of benders and BadAssNormal warriors take on the [[TheEmpire Fire Nation troops]].
* The conclusion of the Season 5 ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' storyline which pits the Titans and all their allies going up against the [[LegionOfDoom Brotherhood of Evil]].
* The GrandFinale to ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' featured an [[EnemyMine alliance]] between the Justice League and the Legion, with the two teams going up against Darkseid and his invading forces all over the earth.
* ''[[LiloAndStitch Leeroy and Stitch]]'' features this as Lilo, Stitch, ''all'' the reformed experiments, and [[spoiler: [[HeelFaceTurn Gantu]]]] take on wave after wave of Leeroy clones, the EvilCounterpart to Stitch.
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