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->''"Sometimes, the only way to stop Evil is not with Good. You must confront it with another kind of Evil."''
-->-- '''Aereon''', ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''

Sometimes, everyone just needs a break from heroes. It can get a bit repetitive to have every protagonist be a [[LightIsGood white-as-snow]] [[IncorruptiblePurePureness goody-two shoes]] [[TheHero hero]]. A refreshing dose of moral ambiguity can do just the trick. When you're tired of watching heroes be heroic, watching a VillainProtagonist be villainous can be a nice change of pace.

However, there's a problem with this. Heroes are very popular because people take a liking in their benevolent acts. This is probably because people are, to some small extent, [[RousseauWasRight basically good]]; they like watching other people be happy, succeed against all odds, and so forth. [[HumansAreBastards At least most of the time anyways]]. The reason villains lose all the time is because they do things that make the audience unhappy; after all, [[CaptainObvious that's their purpose for being villains]]. Watching [[TheBadGuyWins a villain defeat the heroes]] and [[DownerEnding plunge the world into darkness and suffering]] might be refreshing at first, but it leaves a bad taste in their mouth.

The solution to this is to pit the VillainProtagonist against the VillainAntagonist. Someone so rotten that no matter how low you go on the KarmaMeter, you'll ''still'' want to go after them and carry out justice. That way, the character(s) can ''be'' evil while ''doing'' good. It's the best of both worlds. You don't have to do really rotten things like [[KickTheDog kicking puppies]], you can kick [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot fire-breathing demon puppies]] instead. It's kind of hard to TakeOverTheWorld when another EvilOverlord is already ruling it; [[EvilVersusOblivion or]] wants [[OmnicidalManiac to destroy it]]. For a GentlemanThief who wants the best loot, what better target than other thieves? TheStarscream has to have ''someone'' to overthrow, right? And even the most vicious KnightTemplar is right once in a while. And if both bad guys are bad enough, having them killing each other is a victory for everyone!

Note that if a work's ''primary conflict'' is about Evil Versus Evil, then there is a serious risk of DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. If the viewers/players/readers cannot support any faction, they may simply not care. This may be averted by making one of the sides more sympathetic, a villain with [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]] or at least some [[LikableVillain likable]] trait to endear him to the audience.

Of course if he gains too many good traits then the trope shifts into GreyAndBlackMorality which is a different trope.

See also EvenEvilHasStandards and BlackAndGrayMorality. Contrast GoodVersusGood. Also contrast EnemyCivilWar, EvilerThanThou, and TheGoodTheBadAndTheEvil, which are about antagonists battling other antagonists. This trope is the opposite of a VillainTeamUp. Has a SubTrope in EvilVersusOblivion, where one side is world-destroying bad.

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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/LoneWolfAndCub'' has Retsudo Yagyu and Abe-no-Kaii Tanoshi. Kaii attempts to destroy both Yagyu and the main character, Ogami Itto, while Retsudo spies on Kaii with plans to kill him after Itto. Eventually, [[spoiler:Retsudo gets fed up with Kaii and frames him for a seppuku-worthy crime. Kaii dies.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': Teams Magma and Aqua as always, and Teams Rocket and Plasma as well.
* In one of the manga from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'' -part of the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' trilogy-, BigBad King Vega [[spoiler:killed Emperor of Darkness, BigBad of the former series: ''Anime/GreatMazinger'']]. Pretty funny, King Vega not only did it because he was a potential competitor -since he also wanted to TakeOverTheWorld-, but also because [[spoiler:Emperor of Darkness]] was wanting to [[EnemyMine ally with the heroes]] to overthrow him.
* As an odd example where the worse bad guy is actually the one you might cheer for, Kotomine vs. Zouken Matou in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. Sure, Kotomine's an OmnicidalManiac [[ManipulativeBastard who screws with people]] ForTheEvulz but he's not the one who [[MoralEventHorizon inflicted Sakura's backstory on her]] nor is he [[TheWormThatWalks made of worms]]. Zouken wants immortality. Kotomine wants to destroy the world. Kotomine comes off better. [[spoiler:They both die though. After all, Kotomine ''does'' want to summon the closest thing to TheDevil the {{Nasuverse}} seems to have. Kotomine gets a lot of sympathy points beforehand, though. And he saves Sakura and Ilya plus stops True Assassin.]]
* ''Manga/ExcelSaga''. One side is [[TakeOverTheWorld World Domination]] group ACROSS, trying to take over Fukuoka City as a first step towards taking over the world. The other side is the very corrupt Department of City Security, trying to stop ACROSS. Both recklessly disregard the lives of the people living in Fukuoka in their attempts to take the other one down.
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'''s main villain [[MonsterClown Hisoka]] is a pretty good example of this as he often pits himself against other villains either [[ForTheEvulz for his own twisted amusement]] or so that he can be [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou the only one to kill]] series protagonist Gon and his friends.
* In ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'', Ryoko is extremely forward about her plans. She wants to kill Kyon in order to provoke a massive data explosion from Haruhi. Admittedly, this could cause the end of the world, depending on how much Haruhi loves Kyon. Yuki stops her and deletes her. Fast forward to nine novels later. Yuki is sick. ([[spoiler: She's become ambassador to the Sky Canopy Dominion, because they aren't allowed to kill her after Kyon's threat. Next best thing is to send her to Cthulhu, and hope that'll break her completely.]]). Just when Suyoh comes out, and attacks Kyon, Ryoko arrives, in a BigDamnHeroes arrival, and protects Kyon. [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou She still wants to kill him, but for now, only she can kill him.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''Kimidori''']]: ''Your potential usefulness was marginally greater than the threat you present.''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** {{Ma|dScientist}}yuri Kurotsuchi (who is technically still evil) achieves his BigDamnHeroes moment when he ''saves'' Ishida and Renji from Szayel Aporro Granz, who was gleefully torturing them by snapping every bone and tendon in their bodies one by one.
** A second time occurred with Mayuri in the final arc. The amoral MadScientist performs a second VillainousRescue (or BigDamnHeroes - take your pick) by the end of chapter 589, facing up against Giselle Gewelle, who LovesTheSoundOfScreaming and performs UnfriendlyFire for her own amusement. The only reason he intervened just before she zombified Ikkaku and Yumichika is because he found her Zombie ability intriguing.
** Kenpachi Zaraki, BloodKnight galore, versus Nnoitra Gilga, a HeManWomanHater. While Kenpachi just fights for the sake of getting a thrill out of it, he has his own code of honor, like not killing weaker enemies, and he has a(n equally battle-hungry) MoralityPet. On the other hand, Nnoitra fights dirty, attacks wounded opponents, mistreats his own subordinate, ''kicks a child'' in the gut, and practically tortures TheHero throughout their fight.
* ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' is oddly getting to be like this. Aside from the guardians of Karasumori, there are two main factions. [[spoiler:Sousui]] is attempting to bring down the Urukai, and Shinyuuchi-hunting. [[spoiler:Yumeji]] is attempting to stop the former, but is also Shinyuuchi-hunting and trying to destroy Karasumori. (For those unfamiliar with the series, Shinyuuchi-hunting is the act of killing a god and taking over its domain. Considered to be the ultimate perversion of the laws of nature.)
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'':
** The most literal example is probably the fight in the Flying Pussyfoot between the Lemures and Ladd's gang. The Lemures are a {{Cult}} devoted to the immortal MadScientist Huey Laforet and they plan on slaughtering the passengers as a sacrifice to their leader/show of force to free their leader from prison. Ladd's gang are a bunch of psychos who are there to hold the train for ransom...after killing half of the passengers. Ladd's gang only kill the Lemures and by extension rescue the passengers, because ''they want to kill the passengers themselves'', purely ForTheEvulz.
** The presence of the Rail Tracer makes this a three-way bad guy fight.
* ''Literature/BattleRoyale'' has Kazuo Kiriyama against Mitsuko Souma.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' also used it a few times. ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' featured the first three-way of the series with the Titans fighting with Haman Karn's Neo Zeon, followed by the infighting of the Glemmy faction versus the Haman faction in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam Double Zeta]]''.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' starts out OZ vs the Earth Sphere Alliance, then the Treize Faction (of OZ) vs (Romafeller Foundation) OZ, then the White Fang vs OZ.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]'' and its [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny sequel]] have the Earth Alliance/Blue Cosmos/Logos versus ZAFT.
** After delving deep enough into the plot of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAge'', it's evident that the war between Earth Federation and the Unknown Enemy is this.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', [[PsychoForHire the Shichibukai]], the [[TheGovernment World Government's]] TokenEvilTeammate serve as this, going after other Pirate crews, who are all viewed as evil by the WG and Marines, and who are almost all not good like the Straw Hat crew. In a way, this sort-of sums up the Pirates versus the World [[MoralEventHorizon Government]]. Especially when you have people like [[spoiler: Fleet ]] Admiral Akainu and [[GeneralRipper Vice Admiral Onigumo]] in such high positions in their armed wing, or a guy like [[AxCrazy Rob Lucci]] as the leader of your top assassin squad. And whether Dragon's Revolutionaries are actually good remains to be seen. Bartholomew Kuma used to be a member before becoming a Shichibukai, after all, and he's said to have been a vicious mass murderer (although his actions [[spoiler:prior to [[CyberneticsEatYourSoul losing his free will to his cyborg conversion]]]] make him look like one of the more decent of the Shichibukai, so it's not clear-cut in any case).
* Invoked in ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' by the Shogun, to head off another Evil Versus Evil XanatosSpeedChess occurring between the nannies of his heirs, and remove them from influence over the succession.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', the Neo-Band of Hawks led by [[DarkMessiah Griffith]] and the Apostles versus [[EvilOverlord Emperor Ganishka]] of Kushan. Both sides use different types of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s in their final battle.
* Happens to some extent at the end of the first season of the ''Manga/BlackButler'' anime. A psycho FallenAngel tries to burn London to the ground as the first stage of an attempt to "purify" humanity. Humanity's only hope ends up being a demon who, for various reasons, wants said angel dead.
** The second season initially appeared to be leading towards this type of conflict, but very quickly [[spoiler:abandoned this approach by having Claude, previously morally ambiguous a la Sebastian, off Alois, briskly setting him up as the main antagonist and effectively eliminating the [[BlackAndGrayMorality moral ambiguity]] aspect.]]
** The whole principle of Ciel's role as the Queen's watchdog is like this. Ciel achieves the Queen's desires and keeps stability through many times evil means. It is not too surprising that a police officer calls the Earl a demon.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' pits Greed against the other homunculi and Father. He betrayed his creator and "siblings", and remains against them right up to his death.
--> '''Al:''' That makes you a friend of Envy, Lust and the others, doesn't it?
--> '''Greed:''' I wouldn't say 'friend'; more like 'sworn enemies' if you wanna get down to the grit.
* ''Manga/LiarGame'' is more of a down to earth type of story but it goes on and on for chapters on Round 4 where [[spoiler: Yokoya and Harimoto are competing with each other, and in times making alliances even, to a point that our main heroes, Akiyama and Nao, kinda disappear. Even Yokoya and Harimoto kinda disregard Akiyama as a threat for a while. Big Mistake.]]
* Ryo Mashiba vs. Ryuuhei Sawamura in ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. See a greater description on EvilerThanThou.
* ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' has an awful lot of this going on. With very few exceptions it's extremely hard to see what, if anything, distinguishes the protagonists and antagonists on a moral level. Possibly nothing, except for the strength of the person's FreudianExcuse. In ''Black Lagoon'' you're either a mafia leader or a complete psychopath. Or both.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'' has a duel between Yami Marik, a psychopath who likes to MindRape and attempt to murder people, and Yami Bakura, a thief and murderer who wants the Millenium Items for his own mysterious reasons. The chapter/volume this duel appears is actually ''called'' "Evil VS Evil", making it an intended example of this trope. We're meant to be rooting for Bakura, as he's got Marik's good half on his side... [[spoiler:too bad he loses]]. It has the honour of being both this and an example of HamToHamCombat-- it becomes the kind of duel that needs to be seen to be believed.
** Yami Yugi versus all the villains in season 0.
* In the various ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' series, the Mazoku Race shows up to be exemplars of this trope on a regular basis, usually through Xellos. The main plot Arc of Slayers Try is an archetypical example of this trope.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' you have [[RevengeBeforeReason Sasuke]] vs. [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Danzo]]. The former is planning to kill ''everyone'' in Konoha to avenge his clan, while the latter was responsible for said clan's demise, along with many other questionable deeds, including trying to let Konoha get destroyed just so he can take it over.]]
** Sasuke does this quite a bit; he also fights [[MadBomber Deidara]], a terrorist whose "reason" for fighting is literally "[[ForTheEvulz just because]]", and [[MadScientist Orochimaru]], an EvilOverlord who also tried to destroy Konoha and has virtually no regard for the lives of anyone except himself.
** In the backstory, there's [[spoiler:[[WellIntentionedExtremist Pain/Nagato]] vs. Hanzo. Hanzo was a paranoid warlord responsible for the death of Nagato's best friend, which makes Nagato jump off the deep end; after killing Hanzo, he murders everyone even slightly associated with the warlord, declares himself a god, and forms a terrorist organization with the aim of enforcing world peace through the series's equivalent of a nuke.]] [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Only a few brief verbal descriptions and a handful of flashback panels]] allude to what surely was an epic war. The anime gives AdaptationExpansion a go and really dives into the meat of the war.
** Naruto himself dives into evil territory when he's being controlled by the Nine-Tailed Fox sealed inside of him; he's faced both Orochimaru and Pain in this state.
* ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** During the Saiyan Saga, Vegeta and Nappa, two murderous {{Blood Knight}}s, depose an EvilOverlord on the planet of Arlia after he made the mistake of locking them both up. The people think they've been saved from an evil tyrant, only for Vegeta to remind them that he's a villain as well when he [[KickTheDog blows up the planet for shits and giggles]].
** The Namek saga has Vegeta almost in the role of VillainProtagonist. He is the BigBad of the previous arc (barely a month before), and that his methods for obtaining Dragon Balls (devastate the village it is kept) are exactly the same that Frieza and his men employ. But, with Goku in [[DeusExitMachina space/healing]] and Piccolo dead, he is the best chance of holding off or defeating Frieza for most of the saga.
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'' is an example of this in some respects. Lucy is a VillainProtagonist, but the organization that's trying to capture her is led by a CompleteMonster and has field agents who are [[AntiHero very questionably heroic]]. Most of the good characters can't really do much in this conflict; Nana is the only "good" diclonius, and she's a bit of a {{Jobber}}.
* [[Anime/CodeGeass Lelouch vi Brittania]] invokes this trope to his campaign as the leader of the [[LaResistance Black Knights]] against the [[LightIsNotGood Holy Empire of Britannia]]. In reality, it's a case of [[BlackAndGrayMorality Black Versus Gray]], where Lelouch [[GenreSavvy knowingly]] [[PlayingWithATrope plays around with conventions]], given that traditionally heroic means won't accomplish anything.
* An episode of ''Anime/{{Bakugan}} Mechtanium Surge'' was actually called Evil VS Evil.
* ''Manga/MagicalRecordLyricalNanohaForce'': The [[MageKiller Huckebein]] Family finds itself fighting others who are infected with the same virus but are EvilerThanThou.
* In ''Manga/{{Holyland}}'', Katou tries to muscle in on King's drug operation. It does not end well for him.
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s final battle turns into something like this after most of London's civilians have been slaughtered. On one side there's literal Knight Templars with orders to kill any Protestants, and on the other are baby-chomping vampire Nazis. And finally there's [[VillainProtagonist Alucard]].
* In ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure,'' the fact that the Dark King and the [[QuirkyMinibossSquad three Dark Seeds]] didn't get along was the only reason the girls stood a chance. Ridiculous levels of power were being thrown about in the last few episodes... but thankfully not at ''them'' at the time they were least able to fight back.
* ''Manga/BlackJoke'' features zero good guys, with all important characters being organized criminals.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The quintessential comic book example: ''ComicBook/{{Wanted}}'', the story of the son of one of the world's most skilled supervillains in a world where a much, much more grotesque, inhuman villain is waging war with -- yes -- other supervillains, for control of the world, which has fallen under the control of -- hey, you guessed it! -- supervillainy.
* Franchise/TheDCU has the Comicbook/SuicideSquad, a US government black ops unit made up primarily with [[BoxedCrook jailed supervillains]] who agree to undertake dangerous missions against other supervillains with promised clemency if they survive.
** Creator/MarvelComics' {{Alternate Company Equivalent}}s are [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} Freedom Force]] and the Comicbook/{{Thunderbolts}}.
* The LarryHama-written ''[[ComicBook/GIJoeARealAmericanHeroMarvel G.I. Joe]]'' comics by Marvel had the Cobra Civil War storyline, where Serpentor and [[spoiler:the Crimson Guardsman masquerading as]] Cobra Commander fought over control of Cobra. Destro and his Iron Grenadiers represented a third villain faction in the conflict. The Joes didn't have much to do but bear witness to events [[spoiler:though Serpentor's faction had bought their support from corrupt elements within the Pentagon]].
** The revival comic also had a storyline or three about Cobra factions gunning for each other, including one named... Cobra Civil War.
* Even though it was called Super-Villain Team Up, Marvel's comic series featured [[Comicbook/SubMariner Namor]] and SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom (Namor being an AntiHero of sort during those days. And yes, nowadays again as well.) fighting mostly each other and other supervillains. Only the occasional hero would show up and get involved.
* The DC crossover event ''Reign in Hell'' pitted the half-demon children of Shazam, Blaze and Satanus, against Neron (who was {{retcon}}ned into being ''the'' ruler of Hell instead of being just another demon lord) in a bid to control all of Hell. A few of the magic-using DC heroes got involved in the conflict because the fallout of the infernal struggle was screwing up magic in general. It ultimately ended with [[spoiler: Satanus defeating Neron by transforming ''all'' the demons of Hell into humans (which had the side effect of stripping Neron of most of his power that was absorbed from other demons over the millenia), Neron's head on a pike, and Blaze betraying Satanus in a moment of weakness making her the new Queen of Hell]].
* Creator/GeoffJohns' ''Rogue War'', which pitted two teams of Franchise/TheFlash's rogues (one led by Captain Cold, the other by the original Trickster) going up against each other, (over the body of Captain Boomerang, among other things) soon joined by a third group (brought together by the Top). This leads up to a [[Awesome/TheDCU CMOA]] where Captain Cold, almost the epitome of EvenEvilHasStandards, freezes then kills the Top, the whole time berating him why this shouldn't have happened.
-->'''Captain Cold''': Forgot one of the rules, Top. Rogues shouldn't fight each other. 'Cause when they do... *[[LiterallyShatteredLives shatters the frozen Top]]* bad things happen.
* In the {{Creator/Marvel|Comics}} UK ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformers Transformers Generation 1]]'' story "Target: 2006", Galvatron travels back in time and kicks everybody's arses, trapping Megatron and Soundwave under a pile of rocks. With the Autobots badly beaten, Ironhide decides to free Megatron in a desperate bid to defeat Galvatron. Oh, and while that's going on, [[TheStarscream Starscream]] is acting against them ''both''.
** Happens a lot in the comics, actually. Shockwave frequently faced off against Megatron; Starscream manipulates Scorponok and Ratbat into sending their respective armies into combat in the Underbase Saga; Jhaixus kicks Megatron's arse in TransformersGeneration2 to solidify his position as the real BigBad of the storyline; etc.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} is recurrently made of this trope. Creator/MarvelComics in general frequently invokes this trope.
* In UDON's ''ComicBook/StreetFighter'' comic series, [[spoiler: Bison meets his end at the hands of Akuma after a sound thrashing and TheReasonYouSuckSpeech]].
* The ''SecretSix''. Balancing them fighting bad guys with occasional suggestions of just how brutal they really are is a large part of the series.
* One ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' issue featured [[PsychoElectro Electro]] getting the security blueprints of the banks he planned to rob from a crooked sales representative. Unfortunately, the representative was selling Electro out to [[MakeMeWannaShout the Shocker]], who would get to the banks before Electro did and empty the vault. When Electro realizes that he's being double-crossed, he goes back to the crooked sales rep with the intention of frying him, only for the Shocker to interrupt and [[PetTheDog save the sales rep]]. Electro and the Shocker then fight for all the loot they both intended to steal. [[spoiler:Electro wins]].
* ''Comicbook/CountdownToFinalCrisis'' has {{Darkseid}}, [[MultiversalConqueror Monarch]], [[AxCrazy Superboy-Prime]], and [[StupidEvil The Monitor]] all gunning for each other for various convoluted reasons, mostly having to do with their [[UnwittingPawn superhero enemies]] and said heroes' [[ShaggyDogStory bizarre, fragmented, mixed-up]] parallel plotlines running throughout the series.
* The presidential election in ''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. The incumbent, [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname the Beast]], is a RichardNixon {{Expy}} who firmly believes that he has done his job if, at the end of the day, a majority of his constituents are still alive, and whose major accomplishments in office consist of abusing his powers to punish demographics that support his opponents and getting the Supreme Court to rule that campaign contributions are personal gifts. Over in the Opposition, meanwhile, the race for the nomination has come down to two men: [[TheSocialDarwinist Bob Heller]], who ''would'' be ANaziByAnyOtherName if the characters didn't keep openly referring to him as a Nazi, and [[TheSociopath Gary Callahan]], who confides to the protagonist that he wants to be President ForTheEvulz. In the end, [[spoiler:Callahan cuts a backroom deal with Heller to win the nomination, goes on to defeat the Beast, and becomes a poster boy for PresidentEvil]].
* Boom Studio's [[FrancoBelgianComics French import]] ''7 Psychopaths'' chronicled a group of army-sanctioned crazies who are trained and parachuted into Germany to kill AdolfHitler. The group included a sociopathic mimic, a bloodthirsty maniac who shrugged off pain, a man who believed Hitler to be an actual demon, and a mother with impeccable sniper skills.
* Happens ''all the time'' in the ''[[Comicbook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comics, due to [[BigBadEnsemble the sheer number of villainous factions in the series]].
* ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'': The story pits SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker against [[spoiler: ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}, Penguin, Poison Ivy, and Comicbook/HarleyQuinn. All four of them try to flee Gotham City to get away from the Joker... but their attempts fail]].
* The ''ComicBook/{{Preacher}}'' sidestory ''The Good Old Boys'' has ThoseTwoBadGuys Jody and T.C. take on a bunch of goons and their leader, a NoCelebritiesWereHarmed rendition of Saddam Hussein.
* In ''ComicBook/ForeverEvil'', it's SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor and his LegionOfDoom against the Crime Syndicate.
* During the events of ''Last Son'', General Zod and his army manage to take over most of Metropolis. Superman recruits Luthor and the Superman Revenge Squad (composed of Bizarro, Metallo, and Parasite) to take Zod on. It works, largely because Zod and his men don't know Superman's enemies, and therefore have no idea that they shouldn't get close to Parasite, that the pretty green rock in Metallo's chest is lethal to them, or that Luthor is far smarter than any of them.
* ''ComicBook/TheBlackRing'' is entirely based around this premise, and features Lex Luthor going up against [[{{Shazam}} Mister Mind]], [[Franchise/TheFlash Gorilla Grodd]], VandalSavage, [[Characters/GLOrangeLanternCorps Larfleeze]], and {{Brainiac}}.
* The indie comic ''JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'' has the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin titular]] [[AxCrazy homicidal maniac]] pitted against ''some'' kind of [[DemonicPossession possessive demon]] controlling [[PsychologicalTormentZone his]] [[LivingLabyrinth house]]. Of course, this may or may not be ThroughTheEyesOfMadness, so the conflict might not exist at all.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'''s ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'', in all its various incarnations. Except for their arbitrarily assigned color scheme, the two sides are identical, committing the same horrible (if hilarious) atrocities on each other. (Which was creator Antonio Prohias's whole point.)
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Zan-Shocker vs. the Voidspace Army in [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864534 Kamen Rider x Super Sentai x Super Milestone Wars: Crossover Taisen]]
* ''Fanfic/TheOpenDoor'' features this as its driving conflict, [[BaseBreaker depending on how you see the factions.]] In one corner, you have the C'Tan, a race of EldritchAbomination EnergyBeings obsessed with [[OmnicidalManiac wiping out all life in the universe]] and their mortal servants, the Necrons. In the other corner you have New Chaos, the collective forces of mankind led by their own set of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and willing to do [[TheUnfettered anything and everything]] ([[EvenEvilHasStandards short of harming children]]) to ensure their own survival. This is more properly a mix of BlackAndGrayMorality with this trope, though some think New Chaos crosses the MoralEventHorizon too frequently to be anything other than [[ALighterShadeOfGrey Another Shade Of Black]].
* ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' has the supervillain 8-Ball going up against hired killer Bullseye when they're hired by rival syndicates during a MobWar. [[spoiler:8-Ball wins.]]
* The Council Era, a fanfic created through the cooperation of several writers on the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Fanon Wikia (not Fan Fiction wikia) has an Evil Versus Evil plotline within the GreyAndGrayMorality of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe. On one side is the LawfulEvil, morally-corrupt equivalent of a galactic United Nations, The Council, and [[TheStarscream their advisor Tyrin Lieph]]. On the other is a ruthless NeutralEvil species [[TheStarscream led by another Starscream, Halak Marr]], whose primary goal is becoming a MasterRace.
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' Draco believes (along most Slytherins, apparently) that Dumbledore was the Greater Evil and that Voldemort and his Death Eaters, though bad, were the only people with a chance to stand up to him.
* During the last third of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' story ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/1584078/1/ Zero 2: A Revision]]'', [[ManipulativeBastard UmbraDevimon]] and [[EvilOverlord Demon]] both invade the Real World at the same time; apparently deciding that it's not big enough for both of them, they start throwing their armies at each other in order to wipe each other out. And ''[[FromBadToWorse then]]'', the Gravemon invade as well, and they suddenly find something more dangerous to worry about.
* ''FanFic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'' has [[GalacticConqueror Abaddon's]] Chaos Imperium fighting against the Perturabo-Angron alliance (Abaddon wins with the aid of Typhus), and later on [[SpacePirates Huron Blackheart's Eastern Chaos Imperium]] and the [[EldritchAbomination Void Dragon's]] Necron forces. Even worse, a key element of the fic's setting is the removal of two factions engaged in a massive Evil Versus Evil war - The Tyranid Hive Fleet Leviathan and the Ork Empire of Octarius inadvertently gave birth to the New Devourer, [[FromBadToWorse Ork/Tyranid hybrid lifeforms]], who then proceeded to eat 1/3 of the galaxy.
* This has popped up a couple of times so far in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': First, Valmont used the first Oni mask to steal control of the Ninja Shadowkhan away from Jade and turned on her, forcing her into a brief EnemyMine with Jackie. Then Ikazuki showed up and, after a brief fight, forced Jade to serve him, at least until the J-Team defeated him. And seeing as Jade's ultimate plan is to overthrow Tarakudo as ruler of the Oni, this will probably show up some more.
** In a situation not involving the Oni, Jade gets captures by the EvilSorcerer Lung, who wishes to break her to his will, thus granting him control over her and her tribe. Jade's minions, Left and Right, track him down and launch an [[StormingTheCastle assault on his fortress]], completely {{curb stomp|Battle}}ing his forces before fighting [[spoiler: and killing]] him and freeing Jade.
** And then there's Drago, who comes back in time to eliminate all rivals to his power in the future, including Jade. Because of this, the Matriarch (Jade's future self) sends her servant Karasu back in time after him to stop him. Meanwhile, Drago also ends up fighting present-day Jade's foreman Blankman.
** There's also the Shadow Hand fighting the various creatures [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] in the Vault of Endless Night.
* ''Narrowly'' subverted in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries''. [[spoiler:Discord's mind games drive Princess Luna nearly to the point of turning back into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] to stop him. She just ''barely'' restrains herself enough to regain her grasp on sanity, but still assumes her Nightmare Moon form in order to trick him. Also subverted later, as many assumed the second BigBad [[WellIntentionedExtremist Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]] would overlap and fight with Discord upon his release, but that wasn't the case.]]
** Played straight in the [[BadFuture Epilogue/Dark World timeline]] -- about five hundred years prior to the "present" of the Dark World arc, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Grogar]] escaped from his [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] and went to war with Discord for control of Equestria (given their respective M.O.s, this is also an all evil version of OrderVersusChaos). Notably, during the war many of Discord's enemies allied with Grogar, as they viewed his "[[LawfulEvil perfect order]]" as [[LesserOfTwoEvils preferable]] to Discord's "[[ChaoticEvil perfect chaos]]". Sadly, Discord ended up winning, condemning Equestria to a further five hundred years of his rule. Though this might be a good thing, as WordOfGod has stated Grogar in this timeline is a monster in his own right and essentially a {{Darkseid}} {{Expy}}.
** Also at some point in Dark World, [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] overthrew Discord and his minions and made himself the new EvilOverlord of Equestria, only to be defeated by [[FallenHero the Valeyard]].
** Also briefly in Dark World is [[spoiler: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Proto-Nightmare]] Twilight]] versus Angry Pie, though the former is quickly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone talked down]].
** The Dark World also has [[spoiler: [[TheVoice The Nameless Passenger]]/Nightmare Paradox vs Discord. The former turns out to be a KnightTemplar and TheCorrupter, despite being out to defeat Discord as well. As it turns out, Discord lost a ''[[GroundhogDayLoop long]]'' time ago. And by the time he's able to defy her, [[HeelRealization he's not exactly evil of his own accord anymore]].]]
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Cocoon]] vs [[VillainProtagonist Chrysalis]] in Chrysalis' OriginsEpisode. While Cocoon did make Chrysalis a slave and was in general a terrible ruler who almost destroyed the changelings by pure incompetence, Chrysalis was still a budding {{Sociopath}} with a considerable body count by that point in time. Chrysalis even says she's not opposing Cocoon because EvenEvilHasStandards, but because she's disgusted with Cocoon's incompetence.
** Flashbacks in the Wedding Arc reveal another example: [[spoiler: [[TheSociopath Chrysalis]] vs [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]], who tried to kill her for no reason other than to satisfy his ego]]. And given that both were created by Pandora, this also counts as an all evil version of CainAndAbel.
* In ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'', [[spoiler: Duelhorn]] declares war on Khamja.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[BigBad Titan]] and Discord have been enemies for thousands of years, and prior to the former being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] by the Princesses, constantly fought over control of Equestria. [[spoiler: The desperate heroes exploit this to recruit Discord into an EnemyMine.]]
* [[Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds The Hasbroverse]]: WordOfGod and WorldBuilding backstory establishes that at some point, [[Franchise/GIJoe COBRA]] somehow got the bright idea to attack ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 the Decepticons]]''. The end result was COBRA being [[CurbStompBattle decimated]], with most of its leaders killed.
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': There's elements of this in the CycleOfRevenge between the human and Metahuman supremacist groups like the Human Defense League and the Metahuman Protective Association.
* A match up that nearly every ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfic writer dreams of is [[ArchEnemy Vlad Plasmius]] vs [[EvilMeScaresMe Dark Danny]], seen in stories such as the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', where Dark Danny usually comes out the winner due to being EvilerThanThou.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndThePowerOfTheDarkSide'' has [[Franchise/StarWars Sith]] versus [[Franchise/HarryPotter Death Eaters]].
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', The [[ParodySue SUEs]] are not only in conflict with the [[Anime/MaiHime Himes]], but have mutually exclusive agendas with the canon antagonists and each other. In ''A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause'', the forced alliance between the [=SUEs=] quickly breaks down and [[EnemyCivilWar results in them killing each other]].
* ''FanFic/ZeroVsKira'' begins with [[Manga/DeathNote Kira]] versus the [[Franchise/CodeGeass Brittanian Empire]].
* The premise of Fanfic/TheCadanceverse is that ''both'' Celestia and Luna were corrupted (becoming Burning Sun and Nightmare Moon, respectfully) and eventually waged war on each other, forcing Cadance to seal them both away. They eventually get loose in the present (in the first fic of the series) and go right back to fighting each other for dominance. Though, once they realize that the Musical 6 are on the verge of retrieving the Elements of Harmony to use on them, they briefly team up to destroy them [[spoiler: (they both lose)]].
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'' happens to have ''two'' {{Big Bad Duumvirate}}s ([[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong]] and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent The Phantom]], [[EnemyWithin The Queen]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]]) that are [[BigBadEnsemble as opposed to each other]] as they are to the heroes.
* ''FanFic/FallenKing'' has Maximillion Pegasus versus Yami Bakura; it works out much better for Pegasus than in ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' canon, as he forces Bakura to retreat.
* ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'' has Wily's forces vs. the Steel Crescent Syndicate.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has the Conduit's plan to take out Wily; their forces get into a fight in episode 12.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1114057 God of the New World]]'' [[Manga/DeathNote Light, Mikami]], and [[TokenGoodTeammate Matsuda]] struggle to survive in [[Series/DoctorWho "Harold Saxon's"]] world.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' has the Metarex versus Tsali, [[{{Satan}} Maledict]] versus the Metarex, and [[EldritchAbomination Dark Tails]] against ''[[OmnicidalNeutral everyone]]''.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''. But given that both Gru and Vector are kid-friendly {{Harmless Villain}}s, it's played strictly for laughs.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Megamind}}'', when he battles Titan.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* This is common in films like ''Film/TheGodfather'', ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}'', and ''Film/GoodFellas''. Although to a lesser degree, ''Film/ABronxTale'' had some of this trope too.
* ''Film/MenaceIISociety''. It's a film of GangBangers and {{Dirty Cop}}s in a CrapsackWorld, what did you expect? the white morality is almost nonexistent here.
* ''Film/LittleSweetheart'' - A psychotic, sociopathic, blackmailing 9-year-old girl [[spoiler:who almost murders her only friend]] vs. a bank employee who robbed the bank and made off with his mistress.
* ''Film/TheExorcist''. See Literature.
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' - Freddy Krueger from ''Franchise/ANightmareOnElmStreet'' is pitted against Jason Voorhees from ''Franchise/FridayThe13th''. Both are mass-murdering serial killers. The winner is [[EvasiveFightThreadEpisode fuzzy]], but on the whole most people find themselves siding with the guy who isn't a child molester (even if he does have many, many more kills). Even the ''heroes'' end up rooting for Jason over Freddy because they decide Jason is the LesserOfTwoEvils between them. There was also a pragmatic reason for the protagonists supporting Jason over Freddy. While Jason may have had a bigger body count, he's generally less dangerous because he tends to stay in Camp Crystal Lake unless provoked. Freddy actively hunts for victims and can kill you anywhere in the world as long as you're asleep.
* ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick''. Played straight, except the title character is actually more of a NobleDemon. Still, the trope is referred to almost by name in the narration.
-->'''Aereon:''' If we are to survive, a new balance must be found. In normal times, evil would be fought by good. But in times like these, well, it should be fought by another kind of evil.
** An unaired trailer for ''Film/PitchBlack'', the previous Riddick movie, actually had "Fight evil with evil" as its promotional slogan.
** In the preview for ''The Chronicles of Riddick'' in the ''Pitch Black'' DVD, it's "Bad Guys vs Evil Guys".
* TheMusical and later film ''Film/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'' has a protagonist who murders his customers and gives his neighbor their bodies to bake into pies to sell. The antagonist is a corrupt HangingJudge and DirtyOldMan who sentences children to death on trumped up charges and who [[RapeAsDrama raped the protagonist's wife]] after [[MurderTheHypotenuse sending him away to Australia]] and essentially wishes to do the same thing to his daughter.
* ''Film/JackieBrown'': A crooked Air Hostess who has no qualms about holding people at gunpoint, working for gun smugglers and betraying people left, right and centre is the good guy, next to the gun smuggler himself.
* The premise behind ''Film/{{Payback}}''. After being betrayed and shot multiple times, ruthless criminal and VillainProtagonist Porter returns to get revenge on his [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain racist]], sadistic, woman beating ex-partner Val, and get back the money that Porter stole from some other gangsters. Along the way the conflict between the two winds up involving {{Dirty Cop}}s, the [[TheTriadsAndTheTongs Chinese gangsters]] Porter and Val stole the money from in the first place, TheSyndicate Val has since become a part of, low end drug dealers and a HighClassCallGirl. The call girl is the closest thing to a good person, and even she is willing to leave an innocent mark in a SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere.
* ''Film/IlsaSheWolfOfTheSS'': Most of the movie is typically good versus evil until [[spoiler: the very end where Ilsa is killed by a fellow Nazi.]]
* ''Film/TheEvilThatMenDo'' (1984). Creator/CharlesBronson is a hitman hired to murder Dr. Clement [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Molloch]], a [[MadDoctor doctor]] who advises South American dictatorships on [[TortureTechnician how to torture people]]. We see Bronson carry out several cold-blooded murders, to the shock of the woman accompanying him as his pretend wife.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'' briefly has the variant where both sides in the struggle over the fate of the Prawns -both MNU and the Nigerian gangs- are utterly unsympathetic and you really hope they wipe each other out.
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' pits Linton Barwick against [[MagnificentBastard Malcolm Tucker]]. Linton is so utterly loathsome and charmless that viewers find themselves rooting for the evil-but-charming Malcolm, even when this means willing him to help start an illegal war. [[YouBastard The bastards.]]
* ''Film/TheDevilsRejects'' takes HeWhoFightsMonsters and [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped bashes you over the head with it]]. [[MisaimedFandom Some viewers]] cheered on for Sheriff Wydell, however, as his depraved acts of torture were done against {{Complete Monster}}s who tortured and killed countless ''innocent'' people, while others sympathized with the Rejects given that they were more likable in comparison and humanized in the second half. Director Music/RobZombie said there are no good guys in the film and it's up for the viewer to decide who to root for.
* ''Film/HardCandy''. A sadistic psychopath vs. a child molester. You decide who's the good guy.
* The Sith Order in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' films operated under the Rule of Two: There were to be only two Sith in the Galaxy, a master and an apprentice. If the apprentice wanted to become the master, [[KlingonPromotion all he had to do was kill his master and take the title for himself.]] The Rule of Two was specifically designed to prevent this trope on a massive scale, as in-fighting was as big a threat to the Sith as the Jedi were. The page image is even the fight of two Siths, [[FallenHero series protagonist Darth Vader]] and a ([[BackFromTheDead resurrected]]) [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]], taken from [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Resurrection a comic book]].
* ''Film/PathsOfGlory'' (1957) by Creator/StanleyKubrick. Admittedly, the bulk of the film is more of a [[LawProcedural courtroom drama]] with Creator/KirkDouglas as an idealist officer/lawyer being the obvious good guy, but its UsefulNotes/WorldWarI setting and overall anti-war message could classify it as Evil Versus Evil when it comes to the two sides fighting a pointless war, with the French generals coming off as arrogant and foppish with little (if any) regard for the life of their soldiers. One could imagine their British allies, or their German opponents, being exactly the same.
* ''Film/KingKong [[Film/KingKongVsGodzilla vs.]] Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' in the UltimateShowdownOfUltimateDestiny since both were antagonists in their original films. This is the case with several of the movies depending on which one you watch. Sometimes Godzilla is just the lesser of two evils and the enemy monster is worse.
* ''Hunting Humans'' had one SerialKiller hunting another.
* In ''Film/RedState'' the evil church is killing gays and promiscuous teens out of religious mania. Then the ATF shows up, decides they are ''all'' terrorists and decides to murder every single parishioner, including the children.
* The main plot point of ''Film/{{Yojimbo}}'', and the works directly inspired by it, ''Film/AFistfulOfDollars'' and ''Film/LastManStanding''.
* Invoked and discussed by Augustus Gibbons in ''Film/XXx'' by way of explaining his reasoning for recruiting criminals, although it's actually more BlackAndGrayMorality in that the proper villains are ''far'' more evil than Xander, who's more of a low-level underground figure who never sets out to hurt anyone. The only crime we see him commit onscreen is stealing and crashing the car of a zealous {{Moral Guardian|s}} [[AcceptablePoliticalTargets politican]].
-->'''Gibbons:''' Do we drop another mouse into the snake pit, or do we send our own snake and let him crawl in?
* ''Film/{{Outrage}}'' is about several groups of {{Yakuza}} killing each other.
* ''Film/{{Bully}}'' is about a group of vapid, selfish, amoral wastes of space who conspire to commit murder. The victim is a CompleteMonster, but the film argues that he's only the same key played louder.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' revolves around this. At least one of the factions consists of amoral pirates. The others include an amoral/somewhat sadistic {{Psychopomp}} and the leader of the East India Trading Company (plus the British Navy, which doesn't do much.)
* The ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' crossover franchise is an example of this without question. Whoever wins, we lose. [[Film/AlienVsPredator The first film]] shows the last predator teaming up with the [[spoiler: humans]] -- only because it was the only way he could win. [[spoiler:He died in the end, as well as the other predators who knew of the alliance - though the comrades, on the ImmediateSequel.]] This is actually a bit of a subversion as neither the Xenomorphs or the Predators are truly evil, as Predators operate on BlueAndOrangeMorality based around hunting and honor, while the Xenomorphs are just animals following their instincts. In the Aliens' case though their capacity for moral action is called into question since it's repeatedly shown that they're clearly [[ItCanThink capable of intelligent thought]]. Maybe they also operate on BlueAndOrangeMorality. But both are villains to [[MostWritersAreHuman the viewpoint characters, humans.]]
* In ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', a federation of warmongering fascists is pitted against a merciless race of alien killers. The first movie was playing sly with the notion that it was humanity that provoked the bugs. The later films however depicted the bugs as being pretty horrible while showing that humanity was still the propaganda-heavy, war-glorifying nutcases they were in the first movie (though with a few more sympathetic characters whereas the bugs are all monsters.)
* This is pretty much the main premise between a maverick cop and a counterfeiter in ''Film/ToLiveAndDieInLA''.
* ''Film/BeneathThePlanetOfTheApes'': From Brent and Taylor's perspective, the apes' crusade against the Mutants in the ForbiddenZone towards the end of the film ([[EarthShatteringKaboom and the world]]) would certainly qualify.
* [[ProfessionalKiller Frank]] and [[EvilCripple Morton]] in ''Film/OnceUponATimeInTheWest''. Initially Frank's just Morton's hired gun, but Frank starts thinking about settling down as a businessman - viewing Morton as more obstacle than mentor. The two spend most of the film one-upping each other, with Frank having his men "keep an eye" on Morton and then [[KickTheDog kicking him off his crutches]]. It culminates in Morton paying off Frank's men to kill him.
* ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'':
** [[spoiler:Admiral Marcus and Section 31 vs Khan Noonien Singh]], with the ''Enterprise'' crew caught in the crossfire.
** Harrison vs. the Klingons, again with the ''Enterprise'' crew caught in the middle.
* ''Film/TheHangover Part III'' is centered around mobster Marshall using the Wolf Pack to get his revenge on the SissyVillain Chow for stealing a lot of gold from him years before. At a certain point it even hits him back: Chow tells the guys a certain Mexican house has the stolen gold Marshall wants back... [[spoiler:and it's actually Marshall's house, Chow only used them to get the half he didn't take before.]]
* ''Film/{{Crank}}'' and its sequel, ''High Voltage''. Chev Chelios is a murdering, drug using, amoral scumbag psycho. The guys who give him what he has coming however are even worse than him.
* ''PinkFlamingos'' is about two rivals competing on who is "the filthiest person alive". And both indulge in kidnapping, murder, etc.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The theme of "evil against evil" is prevalent in the book ''Film/TheExorcist'', starting with Merrin's archaeological trip to Iranq where he finds a demon statue that the natives stated was an evil artifact to combat evil. This foreshadows Karras' "evil act" of [[spoiler: accepting Pazuzu into himself, to save Regan]].
** ShownTheirWork : the demon's Pazuzu, Mesopotamian King of Wind Spirits, [[GodIsEvil monster]] [[spoiler: and main antagonist of the story.]] As SummonBiggerFish noted, he was summoned (mainly by pregnant mothers) to combat his arch-enemy and wife, Lamashtu, who was known for killing or kidnapping young children.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', [[TheCaligula Visser Three]] and [[PragmaticVillainy Visser One]] are usually at each other's throats--Visser Three wants Visser One's spot and she knows it. The Animorphs and Visser One are [[EnemyMine willing to work together]] to stymie Visser Three, but they are in a tight position since she can be quite dangerous herself (especially after [[spoiler:she figures out at least some of them are human]]). In one book, the Animorphs, Visser One, and Visser Three all had their own plans to kill off the other two.
* ''HellsChildren'' by Andrew Boland. Though most of the characters occasionally PetTheDog, it’s mostly Evil Versus Evil.
* In ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'', TheReveal that Bayaz is every bit as bad as Khalul claims he is; a ManipulativeBastard and psychopathic egomaniac who has used or betrayed or murdered nearly everyone he has ever known for centuries and is responsible for nearly every major war the Union has ever fought, because the Union was secretly founded by him to give him the resources to battle Khalul, who wanted to bring Bayaz to justice for his crimes. Its telling that Khalul by the time of the story is a [[ImAHumanitarian cannibalistic]] KnightTemplar and SorcerousOverlord whose own empire, the Gurkish, is built on war, slavery and death after HeWhoFightsMonsters hit him in a big way, yet Bayaz might still be worse than he is. The protagonists that Bayaz uses all push this trope themselves in various ways, being extremely dark antiheroes at best, but Bayaz is an utter bastard and, worst of all, [[TheBadGuyWins he is perhaps the only character who wins in the end.]]
* Creator/SMStirling's ''Marching Through Georgia'' pitted ThoseWackyNazis against Literature/TheDraka. Most readers end up rooting for the Nazis, because the Draka ''are even'' '''''worse.'''''
* Creator/HarryTurtledove has an interesting example in his ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series: we have a lot of scenes of powers often thought of as "evil" such as the Nazis, the Imperial Japanese, and the Soviets fighting the invading Race. The twist is that the Race are much more "civilised" even than the Western Allies (they're possibly an allegory for the Western world in the Nineties) yet they see us as inferior and want to conquer and assimilate us and erase our culture. It can often be an uncomfortable crux for the reader to decide who is the more evil.
** [[FromBadToWorse It got worse]] in the sequels (''Colonization''). When the Colonization fleet arrives and starts unloading civilians, someone uses a nuke against them, killing millions. [[spoiler:It was the United States that did it, and to prevent another war from breaking out the President allows the Race to nuke Indianapolis.]]
* ''Everyone'' in ''[[HIVESeries H.I.V.E.]]'' is evil to some degree. Even the leader of G.L.O.V.E.'s rival group, [[spoiler: H.O.P.E.]], hires assassins to kill the world's greatest assassin and a teenaged boy, who just happens to [[spoiler:have a "binary brain"]]. It doesn't help that the series is based around an AcademyOfEvil.
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' is often presented as a simplistic Good vs Evil, but in fact the conflict between Saruman and Sauron forms an important part of the plot of ''The Two Towers'', although nothing much in the way of real Evil-Versus-Evil warfare ever comes of it. Likewise Ungoliant and Morgoth in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion''.
* The videogame / comic / novel ''Literature/ShadowsOfTheEmpire'' had the Emperor keep Darth Vader and Prince Xizor, head of the criminal enterprise Black Sun, at his right and left hands. Naturally they hated each other; for Xizor it was [[ItsPersonal personal]]. But they had to remain outwardly civil with each other until the end. It's implied that the Emperor set things up like this because he found it entertaining.
** And because it distracts his minions from plotting against ''him''; a man who rose to ultimate power by treachery naturally takes many precautions to avoid falling victim to more of the same.
** Unfortunately, this policy led to a complete fragmenting of the Empire upon his death with warlords running rampant.
** Also in the ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' it is heavily implied that one of the reasons the Empire was created was to defend the galaxy against extragalactic threats like the Yuuzhan Vong - though less for the sake of the galaxy, and more because ''Palpatine'' wanted it. This is unambiguously one of Grand Admiral Thrawn's key motivations.
** In ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'', the BigBad of the first six books is under the employ of the Empire but hates to have Vader coming by and saying pointed things about his budget and how he can't handle [[YouMeddlingKids meddling children]]. So Borborygmus Gog starts looking up ways to counter a powerful, violent Force-Sensitive. Vader finds out about it and is not happy.
* [[Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs Hannibal]] by Thomas Harris. On one hand you've got Dr. Hannibal Lecter himself, serial killer and cannibal, versus [[spoiler: Mason Verger]] who abused his own sister as a child, moved on to molest more children and planned on [[spoiler: feeding Dr. Lecter to some pigs he's had trained to eat human flesh]].
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' generally features GreyAndGrayMorality, but occasionally two {{Complete Monster}}s are thrown into the ring together: Ser Gregor Clegane vs Vargo Hoat, for example.
* In the ''Literature/SixteenThirtyTwo'' series, the UsefulNotes/ThirtyYearsWar is described as this.
* Harry {{Flashman}} is a loathsome, profiteering, traitorous cowardly braggart who'll KickTheDog for fun, betray his country at the drop of a hat, and lie shamelessly about it all to look like a hero afterwards. But he's generally up against some of the nastiest pieces of work the 19th century has to offer, so you'll (almost) forgive him for it as long as they lose in the end.
* ''Literature/CarrionComfort'', by Creator/DanSimmons. While there are good guys and they are the point of view about a third to half the time, the plot is ultimately driven by the two big bad chessmasters. Most of the cast happen to be their pieces, and a good chunk of the cast are sociopathic mind vampires.
* Michael Marano's ''Dawn Song'', in which there is a battle for dominion over humanity between the demon lord Belial and his [[HornyDevils succubus]] minion who represent the [[EvilIsSexy aesthetic side]] of evil and the demon Leviathan who represents mindless, chaotic ugly evil.
* The ending of the ''Dragonlance Chronicles'' trilogy has Raistlin, by this point an evil black-robe, helping Tanis kill [[BigBad Ariakas]] for his own purposes. In the sequel ''Legends'' trilogy, it is revealed that Raistlin's ultimate agenda is to kill and replace Takhisis, the head evil goddess of the setting. In the ''Lost Chronicles'' trilogy, particularly ''Dragons of the Highlord Skies'', it is revealed that there was in general a tremendous amount of infighting and back-stabbing among the Dragonarmies.
** The ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' series does this a lot. The Knights of Takhisis were instrumental in the defeat of the Chaos armies. Lord Soth and several of the Dragon Overlords were killed by more powerful villains after tearing through the greatest heroes on the continent for years. Nuitari, god of the black moon, makes a habit of subtly disrupting any plots by his fellow evil deities that might disrupt the balance of the world. One of the central concepts of the setting is that Evil is typically more powerful, and almost always has the advantage of being the aggressor in a given conflict, but will inevitably turn upon itself and give Good a chance to restore the balance.
* This is how the {{Muggles}} of ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' think about The Dragon fighting The Dark One in the back story, since The Dark One is an Expy of the devil, but The Dragon went on to destroy most of the world - people say "The Dragon Brings Both Despair and Hope" for a reason. This makes people understandably nervous about the coming of The Dragon Reborn, but it eventually turns out that The Dragon was a good guy who got a heavy dose of MindRape (which only partly carries over to his re-incarnation).
** A better example from ''The Wheel of Time'' would probably be the dead city of Shadar Logoth and Mashadar, the amorphous cloud of evil that lives there. Mashadar hates the [[BigBad Dark One]] and all its minions. However, it's unquestionably a thing of evil that will eat the good guys as quickly as the bad. This is explicitly showcased with the character of Padan Fain, who is imperfectly possessed by Mordeth, the guy who ''created'' Mashadar. Fain is unwaveringly opposed to the Dark One. He's also probably one of the three most evil people in the whole series.
** Several books also detail the conflicts between the [[BigBad Dark One's]] various minions. The Forsaken are all plotting against each other and at least a few times have succeeded in stabbing each other in the back. The first book also details a trip through the Blight where the characters are running from worms. They are assured that if they can make it to the mountains, the worms will stop: "The worms are afraid of what lives in the mountains."
* Creator/ThomasLigotti's [[GenreBusting odd little novel]] ''Literature/MyWorkIsNotYetDone'' has for its "hero" one Frank Dominio, an [[TheUnfettered Unfettered]] RealityWarper who sits on the edge of NominalHero only by dint of the fact that nearly every victim of his RoaringRampageOfRevenge is, to greater or lesser extent, a CompleteMonster, though only if we are to trust him at all.
* ''Literature/{{Grunts}}'' chronicles the struggle between the '''INCREDIBLY''' {{Jerkass}} Light, and the at best FauxAffablyEvil Orcs.
* In ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfAmber'', Corwin actually describes himself as "a part of that evil which exists to oppose other evil."
* A good portion of the ''Literature/WarOfTheSpiderQueen''.
* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'' we have [[spoiler: Tigerstar Vs. Scourge]] during ''The Darkest Hour''. And, depending on your view of them, [[spoiler: Stick Vs. Dodge in [=SkyClan's=] Destiny]] may count.
* Much of Glen Cook's ''Annals of the Literature/BlackCompany'' is devoted to the internal conflicts between powerful evil sorcerers. Much of the original trilogy involves the Lady's struggle to keep her EvilerThanThou husband, the Dominator, from freeing himself, so she can keep ruling her own empire as she pleases.
* Happens in-universe in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'', although it's more a case of JerkAss vs. Annoying. When Snape and Lockhart are dueling, Harry and Ron think the best outcome would be if they finished each other off. Also, when Harry was revealed to be a Parseltongue and everyone believed him to be dark because of this, somebody theorized he only defeated Voldemort to have no competition.
* The final battle of the ''Literature/BookOfSwords'' trilogy is fought between Yambu, the Silver Queen, BigBad of the first 2 novels, and [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Vilkata, the Dark King]], the even BiggerBad of the 3rd book. Interestingly, Yambu only does her HeelFaceTurn ''after'' she wins the battle but loses her throne. The 3rd book does give Yambu a [[BrokenBird sympathetic backstory]], including something of a FreudianExcuse. But it's not an accident that she wins the battle using Soulcutter, also known as the Tyrant's Blade, a name she acknowledges.
* PrivateDetective and VigilanteMan Literature/MikeHammer, as quoted in ''One Lonely Night'' just before he blew away a bunch of DirtyCommunists who were torturing Velda.
-->''I was the evil that opposed other evil, leaving the good and the meek in the middle to live and inherit the Earth!''
* An extreme example is the alternate history novel "The Ultimate Solution" by Erik Norden [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ultimate_Solution]], depicting a history in which Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan won the Second World War, divided the world between them and instituted a most horribly oppressive society ([[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking all Jews exterminated to the very last, Blacks and Slavs reduced to sub-human servitude, torture and child prostitution as encouraged pastimes, men making out with each other in public etc. etc.]]). Having destroyed everybody else, the Germans and Japanese fly at each other's throats, and by the last chapter are about to destroy each other and the entire world in a nuclear holocaust - with the plot slanted to make the reader feel this might be a good idea.
* [[BigBad Caine]] seems to be bumping heads more with villains like Drake and Penny than he does the heroes in ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. He actually ends up [[spoiler: being the one to kill Penny]], and [[spoiler: he [[GrandTheftMe gives his body]] to [[BigGood Little Pete]] for a Mutual Kill with [[BiggerBad Gaia]].]]
* The third book of ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' gives us two {{President Evil}}s battling for control of Panem: President Snow and President Coin. [[spoiler: They both die in the end.]]
* This is an explicit theme of the ''Literature/ColdfireTrilogy''. Gerald Tarrant, one of the two main characters, is an emotion vampire, an EvilSorcerer, and all around VillainProtagonist. The ''other'' main character is Damien Vryce, a [[WarriorMonk warrior priest]] of the One God, who spends most of his time making sure Tarrant stays pointed at the ''real'' bad guys, [[GodOfEvil Calesta]] and [[EvilOverlord the Undying Prince]]. This is explicitly a philosophy of the church that Damien follows [[spoiler: and Tarrant, during his mortal existence, helped found]]: if you bind evil to defeat a greater evil, you can change its nature and make it into something better.
* [[Literature/HaloPrimordium Primordium]] has a complicated example. In it, the Forerunners are revealed to have been at war with themselves (in isolated areas) for many years, with the war now in full force all across the empire. To the main characters, all human, this is an example of the trope, as the Forerunners have treated their species as animals and test-subjects for the Flood for years. Especially evident when the "spirit" of the Lord of Admirals, who fought and lost to the Forerunners once and displays extreme RevengeBeforeReason tendencies toward them, finds a ruined city destroyed years ago in a battle. At first he is so overjoyed he is able to control his host and wander the ruins, but is quickly overtaken by sorrow at its pitiful attempts to rebuild itself, musing that humans and Forerunners are NotSoDifferent.
* The entirety of ''Literature/AClockworkOrange'' manages to be this, while impressively forgoing DarknessInducedAudienceApathy. Alex is a VillainProtagonist gang leader, murderer, and serial rapist, who is betrayed by his own gang in revenge for the brutal way he asserts his leadership. His ColdBloodedTorture at the hands of the government and the PoliceBrutality that goes with it means that those stopping him aren't much better. Things get more complicated when he allies himself with LaResistance after that, and they betray him by [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide deliberately driving him to attempt suicide]]]] to give the government bad publicity, making ''them'' cross the MoralEventHorizon too. Then, the ''government'' publicly apologizes to Alex to restore their reputation... by [[spoiler: letting him go back to murdering and raping people]].
* In the first book of the ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' trilogy, the serial extortionist/childkiller called the "Shadow Snake" targets Amon "Crookshank" Lofts, a vile slumlord who is responsible for the book's ''other'' serial murder case. The Dogs take their time investigating, since some of them have family members whose lives were ruined by Crookshank.
* In ''Literature/TheBookOfLostThings'' both the Crooked Man and the Loups both want David for their own reasons.
* [[Literature/{{Dragons}} The Last Dragon Chronicles]]: Gwilanna Versus Ix. Ix:1 Gwilanna:0
* In ''Juliette, or the Prosperities of Vice'', the Marquis de Sade tries to portray evil as triumphant, with his decadent villain-protagonists swimming in wealth and power, as they kill, rape, steal, and screw their way through the story. For the most part "wolves can lie down with wolves." Until they can't. Noirceauil murders Saint-Fond for his wealth, and the title character robs several other villains...killing one and leaving another alive because he is so ''awfully'' bad (but even that is not convincing; her extreme selfishness would normally lead her to cut his throat just to ensure he would not come back for revenge).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'': Does this A LOT; probably because most evil plots involve groups of bad guys working together (a bit of TruthInTelevision). But since they're bad guys, they'll turn on each other in a heartbeat.
* ''Series/SixHundredSixtySixParkAvenue'': Gavin versus Victor Shaw.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The Beast and its master were enemies of the five members of the Ra-Tet, at least two of whom were evil.
** One of those two, who appeared in the form of a little girl, took action against Sahjahn to stop him from butchering every living thing he encountered.
** For that matter, the Beast arc actually has its own Evil vs. Evil arc with [[spoiler: Angelus]] directly working against the Beast (eventually killing him) and its master, at least up until [[spoiler: said master actually blackmails Angelus with the threat of permanently restoring his soul to him so that he'll never resurface from Angel's personality again.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'': While originally Walter White was on the very dark grey part of BlackAndGrayMorality in his conflict against Gustavo Fring, by the end, he clearly crossed the line into this territory [[spoiler:going so far as to poison an innocent child to enact his BatmanGambit]], as his transformation into a VillainProtagonist was [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain completed]].
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Team Westen makes extremely frequent use of this. Michael is an expert at manipulating people into doing dirty work for him.
* ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'': InvokedTrope at least once a season: TheMafia vs. the {{Yakuza}} [[spoiler: the Mafia won]]; the [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Irish Republican Army]] vs. the [[TheWarOnTerror Taliban]] [[spoiler: the IRA won]]; the [[UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar Viet Cong]] vs. the [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Waffen SS]] [[spoiler: the SS won]]; the [[TheCartel Medellin Cartel]] vs. [[RuthlessModernPirates Somali pirates]] [[spoiler: Somalis won]]; SaddamHussein vs. PolPot [[spoiler: Hussein won]]; and [[SociopathicSoldier Hernan Cortez]] vs. [[AxCrazy Ivan the Terrible]] [[spoiler: Cortez won]]. They even did one between two legendary horror monsters: {{Vampire}}s vs. {{Zombie|Apocalypse}}s [[spoiler: Vampires won]]. On at least one occasion, the show's creators felt they had to run a disclaimer just before the main titles rolled [[AndThatsTerrible acknowledging that both sides were bad and insisting they didn't sympathize with either of them]].
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'': This show is made of this, what with the title character being a serial killer that targets criminals, mostly other serial killers.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Season 8 had this OncePerEpisode with TheMaster and whatever monster he had [[TheStarscream allied]] himself with. Some larger-scale examples include: the Sontaran-Rutan war, the Dalek-Movellan war, the Dalek civil war, and the Dalek-Cyberman battle ([[CurbStompBattle such as it was]]).
** And now, it appears [[spoiler: that the war between the Time-Lords and Daleks became this.]]
** The war between the Kaleds and the Thals started out as BlackAndGrayMorality or even BlackAndWhiteMorality, but by the time of the classic ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E4GenesisOfTheDaleks Genesis of the Daleks]]'', it had become very close to being Evil Versus Evil: the Daleks and Thals are both prepared to commit outright genocide against the others (which the Thals actually do, although their genocide is not complete), and the Thals (who up until that episode had been presented rather sympathetically) utilise slave labour and do not care in the slightest about the mortality rate of their slaves. Despite that, the Kaleds and Thals are both presented as generally less evil than the Daleks and Davros, and in a clear case of EvenEvilHasStandards, plenty of Kaleds are appalled by Davros' genetic manipulation of the Daleks into {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s. Indeed, more Kaleds are presented sympathetically in this episode than unsympathetically, despite the fact that the episode doesn't scrimp on the not-very-subtle Nazi allegory and makes it plain that Kaled society at large is monstrous.[[note]](While the Thals' more monstrous portrayal in this episode might seem to be a case of HeWhoFightsMonsters or TookALevelInJerkass, this episode was set ''before'' any other portrayal of the Thals, so this would mean that chronologically, this would be an ''inversion'' of TookALevelInJerkass. On the other hand, the war is described as having gone on for hundreds of years, so it is quite possible that neither the Thals nor the Daleks were anywhere near so monstrous at the start of the war).[[/note]] It's revealed in the ''first'' Dalek story from the Thals themselves that there weren't "good guys" during the original war, have changed in the years since, and aren't proud of their history. They wonder if the Daleks, whom they haven't seen in a while, have un-taken their level in {{Jerkass}}. ([[OmnicidalManiac They haven't, of course]].)
** In the Doctor Who Comic ''Deathworld'', the Ice Warriors and Cybermen battle over the planet Yama-10.
** In Black Legacy the Cybermen fight against the Apocalypse Device, which was so terrible it wiped out its Creators, the Deathsmiths of Goth. Finally Cyberleader Maxel self-destructs his ship to prevent it escaping its world.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Sarah O'Brien and Thomas Barrow were best friends who used to join up to play cruel tricks on others, including trying to frame Bates for theft and in O'Brien's case the far more serious 'trick' of causing a miscarriage for one of the other characters. By series three, because Barrow was unkind to her nephew, Alfred, O'Brien and Barrow became enemies and turned their tricks on each other.
* {{Farscape}} has Scarrans vs. Peacekeepers. Both sides want to take over the galaxy and kill everyone who disagrees with them. Scorpius tries to convince John that the Scarrans are worse, but, given that the Peacekeepers have been hunting him down for a few years, it rings hollow.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Gives us the conflict between insane serial killer Sylar and ruthless KnightTemplar organisation the Company.
* In most ''Franchise/KamenRider'' shows, especially those in the modern era, present these sorts of conflicts. Sometimes, it's one monster fighting another monster, such as [[Series/KamenRiderOOO The Greeed]] at most times when it comes to stealing Core Medals from each other. Other times, it's a villainous Rider taking on an equally villainous monster, like with [[Series/KamenRiderDouble Kamen Rider Eternal vs. the Eyes Dopant]].
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Has the conflict between [[spoiler:Ben Linus and Charles Widmore]] in seasons 4 and 5, as they vie for control of the island. In season 6, it seems to be setting the stage for another one in addition: [[spoiler:Charles Widmore versus the show's real BigBad, The Man In Black.]] By the end of the series, [[spoiler: Ben gets redeemed. And Charles seemed to be on that track, but then Ben killed him... His full redemption doesn't come until after that.]]
* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': The episode "Pick Me Up" has Wheeler, a serial killer truck driver, V.S. Walker, a serial killer hitchhiker. The eventual winner? [[spoiler: The serial killing ambulance driver duo who pick them up at episode end.]]
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** By the end of the first season Regina ([[Literature/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs the Evil Queen]]) and Mr. Gold (Literature/{{Rumpelstiltskin}}) have all but declared war on each other. It really starts when Regina uses the theft of Gold's TragicKeepsake to force him to admit that he remembers who he really is, then [[BigBadDuumvirate team up]] to [[spoiler: frame Mary Margaret (Snow White) for murder]], only for Regina to [[OutGambitted realize too late]] that Gold manipulated the whole thing so that by the end [[spoiler: it was obvious that Mary was framed and all of the evidence pointed at Regina]].
** This feud continues into the second season, although they brief [[EnemyMine team up to stop a greater threat]], only for Regina to end up ''joining'' said threat, and when Gold screws her over with that, she finds a way to hurt him back. Additionally, Captain Hook's whole motivation on the show is too destroy Gold for {{Revenge}}, and then [[spoiler: Tamara and Greg]] enter the picture to go against Regina, with their clash being described in actual TV promos as "Evil Versus Evil".
** When the third season brings the Wicked Witch of the West in gunning for Regina, the promos hype it as "Wicked Versus Evil." Less prevalent in-series, as Regina's HeelFaceTurn has really started to take hold, and [[spoiler:is what enables her to defeat the Witch in "Kansas."]]
* The bad guys in ''Series/PersonOfInterest'' have a habit of killing each other.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers''
** ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'': This show saw Rita and Zedd attempting to undermine the Machine Empire. In the end, it was ''Rita and Zedd'' that destroyed The Empire, rather than the heroes.
** ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'': Had Mesogog, the current BigBad, [[VillainTeamUp team up]] with [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm the previous season's]] BigBad Lothor. Once their plans fail, they instantly turn on one another and duke it out. Being the present BigBad, Mesogog ultimately wins.
---> '''Mesogog''': Looks like this planet has one too many evil villains, and I have no intention of leaving.
** ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'': This trope is a major part. The Corona Aurora, an object of god-like power, is so sought after that there are a total of four distinct villain factions fighting the Rangers and one another for it; they occasionally get along, but most of the time, they're fighting one another as often as they fight the Rangers. Even after being shown they're a much greater threat working together, they go right back to trying to kill each other afterwards.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': The minute [[Creator/DavidLyons Sebastian "Bass" Monroe]] and [[Creator/ColmFeore Randall Flynn]] teamed up at the end of [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]], savvy viewers knew that they would have to turn on each other at some point. Bass is a former marine who rules the Monroe Republic as a dictator, and has a lot of loyal (or cowed) men and weapons at his command. Randall, in contrast, is a former bureaucrat who dresses up sharply, relies on slasher smiles and bargaining, is a non-combatant who mostly operates solo (he had one goon named Mr. Austin, but the guy backstabbed him and got killed off in [[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat episode 16]]), must rely on electrical toys to take down people, and has to rely on Monroe's men to protect him when he goes out into the field. [[spoiler: Sure enough, [[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue episode 18]] has Bass confront Randall about holding out on him about the Tower and orders him killed. Randall is easily defeated in this brief confrontation, but he survived by offering to take Monroe to the Tower himself and had to get reduced to a mere toady to stay alive]].
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': The episode "Injustice". A group of [[BoxedCrook supervillains]] are sent to take down [[TheJuggernaut Doomsday]].
* ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'': The villains may all be against Spartacus and his allies, but that doesn't mean they have any true loyalty towards one another. They're all perfectly happy to backstab and murder one another to succeed. Then a much darker example occurs in ''War of The Damned'' where some Romans are portrayed as decent people caught up in a war, and some of the rebels are basically psychotic murderers. It's sort of a combination of GreyAndGrayMorality and this trope.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** We have the tyrannical Goa'uld fighting each other over territory and other things and have the Replicators (except for the later human-form replicators they're not evil per se, but [[HordeOfAlienLocusts a threat to all life]]) fighting everyone, including the Goa'uld.
** The Trust is a shadowy group of Earth businessmen who try to assassinate Senator Kinsey in season 6, then briefly take the Earth/Goa'uld war into their own hands in season 8.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'':
** The Asurans battled the Wraith, erasing human life to deplete the Wraith's "food sources". In the end the Asurans proved to by far the greater threat, leading to an [[EnemyMine alliance]] between the humans and a Wraith faction to eliminate them.
** The Wraith are no more friendly amongst themselves than the Goa'uld -- that alliance contains ''nine'' factions, not the three you'd assume at first glance.
** There's a less direct example in the episode "Critical Mass". The Trust, having been taken over by the Goa'uld, plans to blow up Atlantis in order to prevent the Wraith from gaining access to the city, making their way to the Milky Way and gaining a foothold in our galaxy. The fact that it would have dealt a significant blow to Earth was just the icing on the cake. With the SGC, the Tok'ra, the Free Jaffa Nation, the Ori and the Lucian Alliance to contend with, the last thing that the few remaining Goa'uld needed was another enemy to fight. Unfortunately, we never got to see a proper encounter between the Goa'uld and the Wraith.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** When they're not fighting the Federation, the Klingons and the Romulans spend most of their time fighting each other. Or other Klingons. Actually, Klingons don't get along with anyone, really.
** In fact, during ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', [[BloodKnight Klingons]] went to war against the [[DirtyCommunists Cardassians]] midway through the series' run, before [[BigBad Gul Dukat]] enlisted the aid of the [[LawfulEvil Dominion]] to drive the Klingons almost to the brink of defeat, before the [[BlackAndGrayMorality Federation]] (and later, the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Romulans]]) stepped in to help.
** Playing the trope more straight, Species 8472 versus the Borg in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''. (That was how they met Seven of Nine.) A later episode {{retcon}}ned their OmnicidalManiac tendencies (they had no qualms about [[EarthShatteringKaboom blowing up planets]], and Kes clearly [[PsychicPowers read]] murder in their minds) into a simple misunderstanding. The game ''VideoGame/StarTrekArmada II'' retcons them ''back''.
** The [[StarTrekEnterprise Enterprise]] story "In a Mirror, Darkly" is also an example of this trope- the being set entirely in the mirror universe, there are no good guys, and the [[VillainProtagonist protagonists]] delight in backstabbing one another at the least possible opportunity as well as fighting the Tholians.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The [[CrapsackWorld standard operating environment]]. Sam and Dean, who frequently drift into being [[AntiHero anti-heroes]] in their own right, are surrounded by [[BigBad major league evil]] - and often find themselves stuck working with it against something even worse. You know that things are bad when Heaven is run by [[CouncilOfAngels jerks]] and [[HaveYouSeenMyGod God]] is off on sabbatical somewhere, leaving you to deal with angels and demons that are often kind of hard to tell apart.
** The demon Crowley is an amusing example of this. He manipulates and double-crosses everybody in sight, from the protagonists to his own demonic peers, in order to save his own neck, his comfortable job as a soul merchant and (incidental to those goals) the world. Though a useful ally and unusually honest for a demon, he never makes any attempt to pretend he isn't evil. This makes it all the more impressive that he convinces the good guys to keep working with him even after they've been tricked, thrown under the bus, beaten half-senseless and otherwise abused as a result of listening to him.
** Crowley becomes the instigator of this again in Season 6; it's eventually revealed that [[EldritchAbomination The Mother of All]] came to Earth and started building armies of monsters in response to Crowley's plans to steal all the souls from Purgatory - the Mother's domain. And when the Mother's killed, the last few episodes of the season are still spent dealing with this trope, as the Winchesters find themselves stuck in the middle of the power struggle between the remaining [[BigBadEnsemble contenders for the position of]] BigBad: Crowley, Raphael, and Castiel, who has [[JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope jumped off the slippery slope]] to prevent Raphael from turning the planet into a graveyard by restarting the Apocalypse. In the end Castiel decides to cut Crowley out of the deal, in response to which Crowley teams up with Raphael, but Castiel {{Out Gambit|ted}}s them both. He kills Raphael, ascents to [[AGodAmI godhood]], and makes Crowley his servant not much later. In season 7 he's killed due to the strain of containing inside himself, in addition to millions of souls, the Leviathans - absolutely ancient creatures from Purgatory who wish only to consume. Which leads to...
** Crowley instigating this ''again'' in season 7. He attempts a VillainTeamUp with the [[EldritchAbomination Leviathans]]' nominal leader, but is brusquely rejected. Then he orders his demonic forces to ignore the Winchesters so they can hunt Leviathans around the clock.
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[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Though less common than Face vs. Face, and FAR less common than Face vs. Heel, sometimes happens in pro wrestling, particularly when Wrestling/VinceRusso is at the helm. Making one a success can be difficult though, since one of the cardinal rules of any match is that the audience should be rooting for ''someone''. That said, it can work if the match is [[HeelFaceTurn a prelude for one of the Heels to turn Face]].
** One major example would be Wrestling/TheCorporation vs. The Wrestling/{{Ministry|OfDarkness}} feud, where both sides were portrayed as bad guys. Though in the end those two groups would merge together to form the Corporate Ministry, and it was revealed Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was the mastermind behind both stables all along. It still works as not every member was in on the plan, though those members left prior to the merger and [[HeelFaceTurn turned face]]. Though even in the Corporate Ministry there was fighting within the group, especially between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/TripleH.
* Very common with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels whenever he was a heel. In addition to feuding with both mostly-heel Hart Foundation and theoretical heel Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn also feuded with heel Rick Martel over the affections of Sensational Sherri. Beyond that, he was involved in a three-way feud with Chris Jericho and Batista in 2008, where of the three only Batista was really a face (Shawn eventually turned face after Batista left the feud and Jericho beat up his wife).
** Happened a weird way a couple of times when Shawn, mostly a face, would be allied with another face (JohnCena, ChrisBenoit, Goldberg, Austin) against a common (heel) foe, but with everyone involved painfully aware of Shawn's eventual inevitable betrayal… which, sure enough, always came. Almost always via Superkick.
** He also spoofed the trope when forced to defend his European Title against then-ally Triple H, overdramatizing the buildup, throwing the match, and then cutting a tearful promo about the loss.
* On [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]] 1/24/11 Wrestling/TheNexus was confronted by The Corre and later the leaders, Wrestling/WadeBarrett and Wrestling/CMPunk faced each other with the loser and his group out of the Wrestling/RoyalRumble. Which led to a [[Funny/{{WWE}} Crowning Moment of Funny]] when Wrestling/JohnCena was appointed special guest referee, and disqualified both Barrett and Punk for '[[FelonyMisdemeanor excessive use of profanity on a PG show]]', eliminating both factions from the Rumble. He was overruled.
* Any Wrestling/TripleH vs. Wrestling/KurtAngle match from 2000-2002 was this essentially. Triple H was the sledgehammer-wielding VillainSue against the pompous SmugSnake Kurt Angle who wanted to take the guy's wife. Though they were both heels, they were tenuous allies at best and vicious enemies at worst. They would feud on and off from year to year, with neither really turning face at all (the closest being their ''No Way Out'' match where Triple H was running off of {{Determinator}} face heat). During this period Triple H even paused during his catchphrase to allow the audience to finish it -- a way of hinting to the [[GenreSavvy smart marks]] that he was going to turn face. [[spoiler: He didn't.]]
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin vs. The Hart Foundation could be viewed as this, had it not been for the overwhelming crowd reaction in Austin's favor. When Austin had to forfeit the Intercontinental Title due to Wrestling/OwenHart [[GameBreakingInjury injuring his neck]], the finals in a tournament for the vacant title featured Owen against [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]]. Austin helped Owen win the match, so [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he could beat him for the title]].
* Undertaker vs Wrestling/BigBossman in a Hell In A Cell match was this. This one wasn't so successful, mostly because they had no real chemistry or feud, so the crowd had nobody to root for.
* Wrestling/ShawnMichaels vs. Wrestling/BretHart at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 97 is the most infamous example. While Bret had the crowd behind him because it was Canada he was still in storyline a Heel. It's interesting considering it was Face vs. Face last time.
* During the "Kayfabe" era, the only time villains typically fought were in battle royals. However, there were at least two "heel vs. heel" matches, both in 1986:
** The Hart Foundation vs. Wrestling/TheIronSheik and Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff. Wrestling/BretHart and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart – with Wrestling/JimmyHart absent – were enthusiastically cheered.
** Wrestling/RandySavage vs. Wrestling/JakeRoberts on an episode of ''Saturday Night's Main Event'' (a match that bore no resemblance to their matches five years later, where Savage was the face and Roberts the worse-than-evil heel. Both were heavily booed and neither showed much respect for the other. In fact, somewhat foreshadowing Roberts' behavior toward Wrestling/MissElizabeth during the 1991 feud, he once tried to counter Savage's then tactic of pulling Elizabeth in front of him to shield off an attack by pulling Damien from his bag and nearly throwing it on Elizabeth!
* Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/SteveBlackman at Armageddon 1999.
* Face and Heel aside, the various feuds and matches between The Undertaker and Kane can count as this. Both wrestlers, even when portraying Faces, maintain a gimmick of being pure evil. At best, they can be in the NobleDemon category. This means that any match between them is literal evil vs evil.
* King of the Ring matches that qualify include Marc Mero vs. Wrestling/JeffJarrett in the quarter-finals in 1998 and Wrestling/{{Test}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar in 2002.
* The two biggest stables in earlier 2014 Wrestling/TheShield and TheWyattFamily are both heels, and after several teases, have wrestled at Elimination Chamber. Throughout the feud, both teams were heavily cheered by the fans, due to them all being interesting and well-developed characters.
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[[folder: Stand-up Comedy]]
* Comedian [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Juston McKinney]] mused about a hypothetical ride between a SerialKiller picking up a [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist.]] Both keep trying to psych each other out over who should be the victim then GilliganCut to a police station where one of them files a report.

---> [[spoiler: '''SerialKiller:''']] Yeah, I'd like to report a rape.
---> '''Police Officer:''' Do you know who did it?
---> [[spoiler: '''SerialKiller:''']] Yeah, he's right here. (''puts a dufflebag full of remains on the desk'')
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The fundamental premise of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', where ''every'' side is supposed to be evil, and if the players ever start [[MisaimedFandom thinking otherwise]], the writers make that side [[MoralEventHorizon even more evil]] to make sure it doesn't happen any more.
** The biggest two examples being the Eldar and the Tau. The Eldar are psychic space elves that [[ManipulativeBastard can see the future.]] They fight against [[EldritchAbomination Chaos]], which is what {{Eldritch Abomination}}s fear when they're up late at night. The fanbase tended towards them being the good guys, so the latest editions of the game has played up the "ManipulativeBastard" part to 11 and making it clear that they're all about the long game. In one example, they caused an Ork warlord to attack the Human world of Armageddon, killing ''billions'' in order to save a few thousand Eldar lives; in another, they happily attacked both Orkish and Imperium worlds in order to deny the Tyranids biomass. Further, an Eldar captured by the Imperial Guard makes it perfectly clear that once they are back on top they will systematically kill every single human, or Mon-Keigh, in existence.
** The Tau are anime-influenced space-communists that fight for The Greater Good, and are the closest thing the setting has to a neutral or even good faction. That is, if you ignore the fact that their entire race is being mind controlled by their leaders. Not wanting such an obvious good race in the series, Games-Workshop pointed out that the Tau's plans for humanity include forced sterility, slave camps, and genocide. The kicker? [[CrapsackWorld They're still the only thing close to a good race the game has.]]
** The Imperium gets this too. For every hardworking adept who agonizes over every difficult decision, honorable space marine, or working class guardsmen with balls of steel they show you; they are contractually obligated to show ten KnightTemplar inquisitors screaming "EXTERMINATUS!"
** The Evil Versus Evil mentality is justified, however. TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} is such a CrapsackWorld that the only way you have a chance of surviving is if you're a WellIntentionedExtremist AT BEST. Any unambiguously heroic individual would ultimately be killed gruesomely and subjected to a FateWorseThanDeath...which is a feat in itself, considering [[DespairEventHorizon living in the Warhammer 40K universe]] Hell is a FateWorseThanDeath in itself. It's really telling just how bad this setting is when [[MessianicArchetype the Emperor of Mankind]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist has to commit atrocities just to keep mankind alive.]]
* Likewise, the fundamental premise in {{TabletopGame/Warhammer Fantasy|Roleplay}}. Its nice guys - High Elves, Wood Elves, Bretonnians, Empire, Dwarfs - are not.
* This is sort of built into the [[CharacterAlignment alignment system]] in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', though it's more a result of any Evil alignment taking on OrderVersusChaos: chaotic evil and lawful evil characters theoretically hate each other as much as, say, good and evil ones, and while this isn't applied so much to mortals, the war between demons and devils, which is known as the Blood War, is mentioned more often than the war between celestials and fiends. It was a major element of the 2e setting ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}''.
** The Third Edition ''Dungeon Master's Guide'' says "...evil rarely gets along with evil, for the desires of one selfish and destructive being, by definition, conflict with the desires of other selfish and destructive beings.
** The two Fiendish Codexes explain that there is an infinite number of demons, and there's more of them spawning at all times. Angels, Archons, Devils & company are in a finite number. The Devils exist in fact so they can use their superior tactics and team work (due to their Lawfulness) along with similar weapons as those used by the demons, to keep the demons in check. The books make it explicit that if the Devils weren't around, the demons would swarm and destroy all of creation. The books also hint that if the demons vanished, the Devils could probably conquer the Multiverse, being a race composed entirely of {{Magnificent Bastard}}s and [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]]. And in the 2nd Edition of the game, the various forces of good took time to fan the flames, hoping to break their enemies against each other. In the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' boxed set "Hellbound: the Blood War", there's even an adventure where player characters discover high-ranking angelic beings funneling weapons and armor to their favored side in the war so more and more of the fiends would be killed. Some demon sub-races are also enemies of other demon sub-races (bebiliths eat other demons, for example). Some members of the higher ranking devil sub-races get promoted to the next higher-ranking sub-race by getting their [[KlingonPromotion direct superior killed]] or demoted, while some pit fiends (the highest-ranking sub-race) do the same to replace the devil dukes and duchesses who themselves are TheStarscream to the archdevils. There's also much enmity between [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils the archdevils (Dispater and Mephistipholes vs. Baalzebul, Prince Levistus vs. Princess Glasya, all the other archdevils trying to take Asmodeous' throne) and the demon lords]] (Juiblex vs. Zugtmoy, Baphomet vs. Yenoghu, the three-way battle between Graz'zt, Orcus and Demogorgan). In the Complete Scoundrel supplement, a prestage class called the Malconvoker is introduced which follows the teachings of a book called Vital Pact to impersonate evil for the sole purpose of summoning fiends to fight other evils and other with perpetuate all of the fighting between evil above, since the Celestial beings are too few to win their war against evil otherwise.
** 4th Edition has several instances, the most notable being the [[EvilOverlord god of war Bane]] and his eternal war versus god of destruction Gruumsh. While Bane revels in conquest and power, one of his prime commandments is to [[EvenEvilHasStandards ALWAYS obey the rules of war]]. He also likes his followers to be rigidly disciplined and wants to preserve the world so that it will be worth conquering. Gruumsh on the other hand revels in utter destruction and encourages savagery in his followers. Both want to be the uncontested god of war, and thus they've been fighting for eons over their differences.
** 4th Edition retained the Blood War, but in heavily modified form. Firstly, its importance has been de-emphasized, citing its PlotTumor-esque nature and the way it made Good and Neutral alike seem pointless and impotent. Secondly, the underlying motives have been changed from the [[OrderVersusChaos lofty, philosophical abstracts]] to something much simpler: Asmodeus stole a shard of the literal Heart of the Abyss to create his infamous Ruby Wand, before he murdered his divine master. Asmodeus wants the rest of the Heart, figuring it would make him even more powerful. The other Arch-Devils want the Heart for themselves, figuring it would make them powerful enough to dethrone Asmodeus and conquer TheMultiverse in his place. The Demons want the Heart's shard ''back''. Like all of 4th edition, this change has been controversial.
** Another example is between the god of fear, Bane (no, [[NamesTheSame not that one]]) and the god of murder, Cyric, in the ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' setting. This isn't a case of OrderVersusChaos or trying to decide which is EvilerThanThou. These two just hate each other on a very personal level. The problem is that Cyric is currently [[SealedEvilInACan sealed in a can]], so they can't fight directly. Instead, they're marshalling their respective [[ReligionOfEvil worshippers]] to go on an (un)holy war against one another. Since in the Forgotten Realms, [[GodsNeedPrayerBadly the gods need worshippers to survive]], this is the only way they have to kill one another.
** More generally, this applies to many of the AlwaysChaoticEvil races:
*** An orc tribe's worst enemy tends to not be a human kingdom, a clan of dwarves or even a HiddenElfVillage, but a rival orc tribe, and the same applies to hobgoblins and ''their'' tribes. Only a sufficiently powerful BigBad can terrify rival tribes into working together, and the result tends to be a KeystoneArmy. If the BigBad dies, rival orc and hobgoblin tribes who were previously intimidated into cooperating will turn on each other with a vengeance.
*** The Chromatic Dragons (black, blue, green, red, and white), are all evil (blue and green are Lawful Evil, black red and white are Chaotic Evil), and all obsessed with gathering hoards, gaining territory, building power, and destroying anything good (especially the good Metallic Dragons). However, they have no love for each other either, and they will fight to kill or chase each other away (even if two dragons, a black and a green for instance, manage to form a truce, eventually and inevitably one or the other will break the truce and resume hostilities). The worst are red dragons, the archetypal evil dragons, who will slaughter ''anyone and anything'' in their pursuit of their desires.
*** Frost giants (Often ChaoticEvil according to the Third Edition ''Monster Manual'') often kill white dragons for food and armour or capture them to use as guards. There are both many evil and many non-evil githzerai, but both attack the githyanki and mind flayers on sight. Meanwhile, githyanki and mind flayers are both evil and attack each other on sight as well.
*** Salamanders hate efreet.
*** Each beholder believes its appearance to be the ideal of the beholder form. As such, all other beholders are inferior at best, and ones that differentiate too much must be destroyed.
* In ''TableTopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'', there is no Blood War (that being a trademarked element of TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons). However, there are two major EvilVersusEvil cosmological conflicts:
** Demons (ChaoticEvil) and Devils (LawfuLEvil) both constantly fight against Daemons (NeutralEvil), since the latter's intention of [[OmnicidalManiac exterminating every last lifeform in existence]] is offensive to both of the former races. Rakshasas and Oni both have a similar hostility towards Daemons, since both races are [[TheHedonist devoted to the pursuit of worldly pleasure]] and thusly [[CaptainObvious have no intention of letting someone destroy the world]].
** Though both races are ChaoticEvil, there's no love lost between the Qlippoth and the Demons; the former used to rule the Abyss before the Demons stole their place, and they fight ceaselessly to take it back or to hold it, respectively.
* Any two ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' darklords whose domains share a border are quite likely to be bitter enemies, and most domains have one or more [[TheStarscream lesser villains]] waiting in the wings to seize power if the dominant evil should slip up. The most famous of rivals, Strahd and Azalin, have been feuding and sabotaging each other's schemes for centuries, although the nature of the Land of Mists prevents opposing darklords from simply overrunning their rivals' territory.
* The post-war ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' setting is like this. With [[BigBad Takhisis]] banished to the Abyss, her five Dragonarmies turn on each other. Now, the five factions are just as apt to fight each other as they are to attack the good guys.
* This is the very principle behind the [[TabletopGames Tabletop RPG]] ''Necessary Evil''. An alien invasion has wiped out all the superheroes, so the only ones left to defend the world is the supervillains. After all, you can hardly conquer the world if it's already been destroyed by aliens, right?
* The CharacterAlignment system for Palladium games (such as ''{{Rifts}}'') establishes that Aberrant characters (think LawfulEvil) refuse to have anything to do with the other Evil alignments and finds them disgusting. It's quite possible to have an all-Aberrant party run a lot like an all-[[LawfulGood Principled]] party with only a few slight differences.
** An InUniverse case for Rifts is the Coalition States vs. all D-Bees, once one reads the various sourcebooks and is forced to admit that the vast majority of non-humans on Earth genuinely ''are'' as evil and dangerous as the Coalition States portray them.
* ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'' is built on this, as is the ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade''. While player characters are perfectly capable of being {{Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire}}s (at least until their [[EnemyWithin inner beast]] makes them tear a few innocent onlookers apart), Vampire society can be summarised as an evil monarchy of {{Straw Nihilist}}s and [[TheChessmaster Chessmasters]] fighting against the psycho satanists and creepy ninjas.
** Likewise in the ''{{TabletopGame/Werewolf|TheForsaken}}'' and ''{{TabletopGame/Mage|TheAwakening}}'' lines of the ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''. The main "bad guy" faction of each game (the Pure and the Seers of the Throne, respectively) generally does their level best to stamp out the guys who spend their time worshipping [[EldritchAbomination the true horrors lurking in the night]] (the Bale Hounds and the Scelesti, respectively).
** In the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', Agents of the Wyrm don't take kindly to someone mixing in traces of the Weaver with their plans. This is likely to cause some mayhem when [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Pentex]] figures out the true backing of the head of their Avalon toy company subsidiary.
* TabletopGame/SavageWorlds: Necessary Evil envisions a world where supervillains are the only powerful humans left after a massive alien invasion. They form a resistance to fight back the occupiers, but aren't necessarily reformed. If they drive back the aliens, they'll be in a position to take over the planet.
* An option for ''TabletopGame/InNomine'' casts the setting as Dark Low Contrast, where angels and demons are both wicked, violent fanatics and nobody at all is looking out for humanity's interests. The [=PCs=] in such a campaign will normally try to be better than the rest, though.
* Crops up from time to time in ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering''. In the ''Innistrad'' cycle, one subplot follows [[VillainProtagonist Liliana Vess]], whose only goal in the plane is to kill the demon Griselbrand to keep him from collecting on the [[DealWithTheDevil bargain]] she made with him long ago. Her pursuit of this agenda [[spoiler:ends up saving the entire human population of Innistrad.]]
* Pretty much the point of a game of ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', as the characters, PC and NPC alike, are all backstabbing traitors.
* Though it tends towards GreyAndGrayMorality on the whole, ''TabletopGame/{{Eberron}}'' has its share of purely malevolent elder evils. That does ''not'' mean said elder evils get along. [[DemonLordsAndArchDevils The Lords of Dust]] are prone to internecine conflict, since different factions of them serve different [[GodOfEvil Overlords]] who tend to have wildly differing agendas, and they ''all'' view the [[PathOfInspiration Inspired]] as a bunch of posers butting in on their turf when they have no right to; the Inspired, for their part, don't like the Lords of Dust because they view them (and especially the threat of them managing to wake one of the Overlords up) as a threat to their plans to create perfect order in the mortal world and thereby anchor their own [[DreamLand dimension]] in its current LawfulEvil state; to top if off, nobody likes the [[HumanoidAbomination Daelkyr]], mostly because even the most powerful demon or Inspired can't predict what ''those'' [[AxCrazy maniacs]] want, and if the Daelkyr have any opinion on the matter (or any particular conflicts among themselves) they're not chatty about it.
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* In ''VideoGame/EternalDarkness'', the human species is fighting against an ancient EldritchAbomination which seeks to enslave humanity. However, the only way to defeat it is to summon ANOTHER ancient EldritchAbomination which seeks to enslave humanity to fight the other one.
* The ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series is one of the most infamous examples of this trope. The FridgeBrilliance is that all the protagonists and antagonists are murderers and criminals [[CrapsackWorld trapped in a world of murderers and criminals]]. Sometimes, the protagonist does things almost as atrocious as the things the antagonist does, and many of them seem to be worse than their enemies. Here, in fact, the white morality no exist.
** Tommy Vercetti of ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' got the most characterization as a villain. Although he appears to be criminal out of necessity in the beginning, he's not just [[PunchClockVillain punching a clock]]; he's been a lifelong career killer, never wanted to be anything else, and has no FreudianExcuse behind it. He [[EvenEvilHasStandards has no standards beneath him]] and doesn't appear to be any better than any of his enemies, yet still manages to be the most AffablyEvil character in the series. Not to mention one of the toughest. Dude takes some serious punishment whenever he ain't dishing it out in cutscenes. There are some very good reasons why he became sort of the 'unofficial face' of the franchise, especially to non-players.
** Another good example would be the scene of the Grove Street Families vs. the C.R.A.S.H. from ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas''. While the Grove Street Families and Ballas are rival gangs, C.R.A.S.H. is supposedly a group of cops who claim that their approach to work is about "percentages" and they really want to manipulate bands and eliminates. But in reality the group C.R.A.S.H. is corrupt at the core and terrorize gang leaders in much the same way as they would a street gang. Even the very leaders of this group (Tenpenny and Pulaski) are guilty of various crimes.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog'' has a path pitting the AffablyEvil [[MadScientist Doctor Eggman]] against [[ImAHumanitarian Black Doom]]. You also have Shadow taking on both of them, but whether if he's evil or just an AntiVillain, it all depends on the player.
--> '''Eggman:''' How can I take over the city and begin building the Eggman Empire if there ''IS'' no city?!
:: Notably, one of the stages offers the mission of helping Eggman (to help destroy Black Doom's floating stone battleships) as the HERO mission. The Neutral mission is to ignore both sides, and the Dark mission is to destroy Eggman's fleet and keep the alien ships afloat. Yes, fighting against Eggman in this case is treated as the more evil option.
* ''VideoGame/{{Syndicate}}''. Set in a future where human life is cheap (and entire populated areas are subject to "lunchtime nuclear testing"), corrupt syndicates vie for control of the world, with no qualms whatsoever about the idea of killing civilians in the process. Or just brainwashing their enemies into doing their bidding if violence is too much of a hassle. In the 2012 remake, this continues, but also throws in the Downzone Subverters, who are BombThrowingAnarchists. One background conversation has someone say that the Subverters haven't done anything for the average Downzoners, whereas the syndicates at least kept things clean.
* ''VideoGame/GargoylesQuest'', a spinoff of ''VideoGame/GhostsNGoblins'', puts you in the role of Firebrand the Red Arremer, a recurring miniboss from those games and a member of the invading demon army. He takes a break from laying waste to the human world in order to heroically defend Hell from the invading demon hordes of another Hell.
** The sequel, ''Demon's Crest'', sees Firebrand escape from gladiatorial combat to hunt down Phalanx, a demon who has stolen several powerful crests from him and is using their power to rule the world. The catch? Firebrand wants the crests so ''he'' can rule the world.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/{{Overlord}}.'' You play as the reincarnation of an EvilOverlord seeking revenge on the heroes who defeated you. Conveniently, all seven of them have become so corrupted in the meantime that they rival you in evilness, are now virtual embodiments of the SevenDeadlySins and enable you to still become a VillainWithGoodPublicity while killing them if you play your cards right. In fact, [[spoiler: the seventh hero is possessed by the actual EvilOverlord, and is the one that corrupted the others. Surprise! You're not the real Overlord, you're a TomatoInTheMirror]]. And in the sequel you play as the previous Overlord's son fighting against an oppressive Empire that seeks to eradicate all magical beings (that would include the new Overlord and his minions too). Also, the BigBad is [[spoiler: the power-mad Emperor [[AGodAmI seeking godhood]] willing to summon a man-eating EldritchAbomination to accomplish his goal]]. Compared to ''that'', the Overlord looks almost ''heroic''! Key word: almost.
* Before he got into mini-games, Wario of ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' came up with the idea of stealing money from other bad guys. This has worked out rather well for him. It hasn't stopped other bad guys from stealing money from ''him''.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has a few instances where this occurs. In Omega, the [[LawfulEvil Blue Suns]] mercenary band fought off against the invading [[ChaoticEvil Blood Pack]] in the slum districts.
** [[BigGood The Illusive Man]] in said game is also an example, inasmuch as he's the leader of a human supremacist terrorist organization with [[AIIsACrapshoot a whole lot of really horrifying skeletons in its closet who backs Shepard and their crew in the fight against the Collectors and Reapers, who in turn want to wipe out all sentient organic life]]. [[spoiler:This becomes mostly a moot point in the third game, when he becomes indoctrinated, and the closest thing that game has to a human BigBad.]]
** There's also [[SociopathicHero Zaeed Massani's]] loyalty mission, which sees him pitted against fellow Blue Suns mercenary group founder [[SmugSnake Vido Santiago]]. Zaeed wants to kill Vido for [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge betraying him and taking control of the Blue Suns]], and is [[KickTheDog more than happy to allow innocent bystanders to die]] if they get in his way.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:Harbinger will send Reaper troops to attack a major Cerberus facility near the end of the game.]] One of your companions will remark that it's about time they tried to kill each other.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'' ''swims'' in this trope -- most conspicuously in the video games, Dark Siders fight each other if anything ''more'' intensely than they fight anyone else.
** In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', taking the Dark Side path means fighting Darth Malak for control of his[[spoiler:/your]] war machine, with the conquest of the Republic covered in the epilogue. Additionally, a Dark Sider in ''[=KOTOR=] 2'' will face [[OmnicidalManiac Darth Nihilus]], who draws his power from the same source as the player character. EvilCounterpart to a good character, he becomes NotSoDifferent for an evil one.
** Ditto for ''Jedi Knight'', ''Jedi Academy'', and any other game that gives you a Dark Side path...
** Also ditto for the films and the Expanded Universe, which has been a very [[NiceJobBreakingItHero colorful]] place since [[BigBad Palpatine]] was overthrown in favor of the [[GoodIsDumb New Republic]]. The New Republic has completely collapsed in favor of some kind of uneasy coalition of monarchical Imperial factions, independent core planets, and alien invaders by this point, and most of the Skywalker family is back on the Dark Side -- and this ''without'' being a deliberate CrapsackWorld.)
** ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'': Playing a dark side character, regardless of faction, will inevitably and almost by definition result in this trope. As a Republic hero, you can sometimes get a letter (and credits) from a Sith thanking you for taking out the competition after killing (or otherwise defeating) a Force-user.
* ''[[VideoGame/CityOfHeroes City of Villains]]'' is a good example of why this trope exists. The few truly evil contacts (Westin Phipps in particular) produce a good deal of controversy about whether they're "too evil." Thus, more than half the game's missions could very easily be rewritten for heroes. Many contacts have forced unethical traits and selfish motives written in for why you're stopping a villainous organization from realizing their plans. You spend more time fighting your "patron" organization of Arachnos than you spend fighting Wyvern or Legacy Chain (Longbow are like cockroaches, though…).
* ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''
** Probably the only way Kratos could seem [[VillainProtagonist even remotely sympathetic]] is making the Greek pantheon out to be ''gigantic'' bastards, especially Zeus. To be perfectly fair, one glance at mythology will tell you this isn't far off... Most of the Greek Pantheon has few, if any, redeeming qualities aside from the fact that they replaced something that could be considered ''worse'' from the Ancient Greek point of view.
** The gods of Olympus actually ''{{invoke|dTrope}}'' this trope by sending Kratos, a SociopathicHero, to battle other monsters that nobody else can defeat. Kratos utterly slaughters each one, then moves on to the next. He even becomes powerful enough to kill Ares, the eponymous God of War, and takes his place.
** The creators of the game have stated that the reason they didn't go with a more traditional Greek hero is because they felt that such a character wouldn't last five seconds in the world they were trying to create. There are actually several minor characters in both games who embody various versions of those iconic heroes, and they are usually killed horribly within seconds of their appearance. Perseus lasts the longest, but even he is not immune. Still, if the creators had read the original myths a little more closely, they would have realized that the only thing separating Kratos from those so-called "heroes" is that Kratos doesn't even try to justify his actions by calling them noble. He just kills things. A ''lot'' of things.
** Kratos is actually a traditional Greek hero [[FridgeBrilliance in every sense of the word]]. [[spoiler:In Greek folklore and mythology, a 'hero' was originally a demigod. Cue the [[LukeIAmYourFather big reveal]] of ''God Of War 2'']].
* Some parts of ''VideoGame/DungeonKeeper'' pit you against rival keepers, but these events are mostly incidental; the main focus of the plot is still about fighting heroes.
** Far more focus on this in the unofficial expansion pack ''Ancient Keeper'', in which the focus is on proving that you're tough enough, vicious enough, and (above all else) ''clever'' enough to take your place among the ancients of your kind. You still fight heroic forces constantly, but crushing other candidates for the title (often on their home turf) and surviving the current ancients' tests is the goal.
** ''Dungeon Keeper 2'' gives you an ongoing rival keeper named Nemesis, who commands all of the other rival keepers you face. Again, the primary goal is killing the heroes, though this time it's to take the Portal Gems they guard, some of which have already been looted by the other keepers.
* In the later parts of ''VideoGame/HaloCombatEvolved'', one can simply sit back and watch the three-way battles between [[TheVirus the parasitic Flood]], [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the zealous Covenant]], and [[AIIsACrapshoot the protocol enforcing Sentinels]] until one faction kills the others and start actively hunting ''you''.
** Lampshaded in one of the last levels of ''VideoGame/{{Halo 2}}''. You can either fight your way up the catwalk to the Tomb of the Arbiter, or rush in headlong. The Covenant on said catwalk will follow you inside... [[EnemyCivilWar and start fighting the other Covenant already there]].
-->'''Cortana:''' You might want to try sitting this one out.
** In ''VideoGame/{{Halo 3}}'', at one point the Prophet of Truth is about to activate the Halo Array and unleash destruction upon the galaxy. ''Nobody'' wants that, not even the parasitic Flood, [[EnemyMine so for one brief moment you must fight alongside Flood combatants]] and decimate Truth's bodyguards. Like in the example above, you can even hang back and let the unstoppable hulks do the heavy lifting for you.
* Excluding the Protoss campaign, you play as a commander in an evil force throughout ''VideoGame/StarCraft Brood War''. This is even lampshaded by the Queen Bitch of the Universe herself.
-->'''Duran:''' Do you think they suspect anything, my queen?\\
'''Kerrigan:''' Of course, Duran. They're simply siding with the evil they know over the evil they don't. They just don't realize exactly what it will cost them.
* Several scenes in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' series feature the human enemies and alien enemies fighting each other. In ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and its Episodes, Combine troops, Antlions, and Headcrabs/Zombies all willingly attack each other. After an epic battle between a mob of Zombies, a swarm of Antlions, and Freeman and his Vortigaunt ally, the Vortigaunt comments on how the Antlions and Zombies continue to fight even after the two had escaped.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenEyeRogueAgent'' is a prime example. The only real difference from being Bond is that you can use human shields.
* In ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'', the player character is a [[VillainProtagonist total sociopath]], but so are the leaders of the rival gangs.
** To be perfectly fair to Maero, he was just a thug. A [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower really strong thug]] but still just a thug. Nearly every mission is you assaulting him. [[DisproportionateRetribution For trying to buy an alliance with a shitty split]] in the profits. He's definitely the OnlySaneMan of the five (including Ultor) gangs in the city, and the only one shown to care about his own. Of course, the player can be [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential as much of an arsehole as they choose]], so outside of story missions [[AntiHero you may or may not]] be a second Maero.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wizardry}}'' sums it up this way: a good man helps an old lady across the street. A neutral man crosses the street and helps an old lady across while he's doing so. An "evil" male PC helps a young lady across the street. Your enemies help an old lady halfway across the street.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': Two teams of ruthless, bloodthirsty mercenaries gleefully blasting the shit out of each other, with only the flimsiest justification. They're being led by two identical twins who have hated each other since birth, and are being secretly manipulated by their weapons supplier to provide her a constant source of money. [[ForeverWar Forever and ever]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' will always pit the Hero against the villain Jack of Blades. However, the "Hero" can be evil himself if he so chooses, so his motivation is left up to the player to pick: is he fighting Jack to avenge his loved ones and save the world, or to keep Jack from conquering the world so that he can conquer it himself?
* ''VideoGame/{{Disciples}} 2: Dark Prophecy'' features this near the end of the [[TheLegionsOfHell Legion of the Damned's]] saga. [[spoiler: It turns out that Uther isn't really the reincarnation of the Legion's god, but just some evil brat siphoning his power and slowly killing him. Since you're one of the god's loyal servants, you have to fight him in the end]]. This has the odd effect of giving ''demons from hell'' the surprisingly sympathetic motivation of [[spoiler: trying to save their god]].
** One of the BEST campaign twists in known history. Added bonus? The fight against [[spoiler: Demon Uther]] is quite possibly the toughest boss in the game.
** Really, any fight between the Legions of the Damned and the Undead Hordes.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'', we have the [[SociopathicHero sociopathic, nigh unstoppable]] monster who ''[[ImAHumanitarian eats people]]''. He's the player character, and the closest thing to a hero we have (he ''very'' slowly develops something akin to a conscience). Then we have the [[ArmiesAreEvil [=BlackWatch=]]], a secret military organization who created the viral threat in the first place (to target racial minorities), tested it on civilians, and are planning on nuking Manhattan to stop its spread. Then we have [[TheVirus Elizabeth Greene and her viral mutants]], who essentially intends to unleash a ZombieApocalypse because she can. The man-eating dude wins. Yay?
** Amusingly it's also shown that [[spoiler: The Blacklight Virus, the new Alex Mercer, has far and away [[MadScientist more of a conscience than the original]] ever did. Which pushes him a little further to the grey side at least.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' likes this trope. We have the demons of the Burning Legion heavily at odds with the Undead Scourge even though the magic they use and their ultimate aim is almost identical (and the Scourge used to be part of the Legion). Being the original "owners" of Azeroth, the Lovecraftian [[EldritchAbomination Old Gods]] are at odds with both the Legion and the Scourge although they are implied to have a degree of influence on both of these factions. Illidan's motley crew of (evil) Blood Elves, demons and Naga are engaged in heavy fighting against the Legion due to Illidan's failure in taking out the Undead Scourge for the Legion.
** In addition, ''The Frozen Throne'' featured the Plaguelands Civil War, a four-way war within the Scourge between the loyalists of Arthas, the loyalists of the Legion, and the remaining Alliance forces (who are generally good guys but are led by a racist {{Jerkass}} Lord Garithos).
** The Dark Iron dwarves initially fought in the service of Ragnaros against the Blackrock Orcs, who served the Black Dragonflight. In ''Cataclysm'', however, Ragnaros joins forces with Deathwing.
** The main opposition to the gronn-ruled ogres of Outland, which prove a threat to the Alliance and Horde's Outland allies, happens to be the AlwaysChaoticEvil Black Dragonflight, which is seeking to avenge the deaths of many of its members at the hands of Gruul the Dragonkiller.
** In ''Wrath of the Lich King'', the Scourge conquered the Nerubians and almost conquered the Drakkari ice trolls, both of which are quite evil (the ice trolls especially so, even compared to the evil and barbaric majority of the non-playable trolls). In Drak'Tharon Keep, both the living trolls and their allies, and the undead trolls and other Scourge members attack the party as they make their way up the keep.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'' pits Bowser up against Fawful, who's taken over the Mushroom Kingdom and booted him out of his own castle. [[VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG Again]]. This time, however, the Super Mario brothers, for the most part, play a supporting role in the game, powering up his body when necessary (including [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever making him a giant]] in order to MegatonPunch castles). Later on after [[spoiler:Fawful and the Dark Star go OneWingedAngel]] it's up to Bowser to save the Mushroom Kingdom.
* If you take the evil path in the vast majority of {{R|olePlayingGame}}PGs, you're still going to have to fight the same evil BigBad. In a Creator/BioWare game, your quest will be close to the same regardless of your alignment, including a struggle against the minions of the BigBad; ''maybe'', at the end, you'll be given an option to join them instead of fighting them; otherwise, you'll just prove to be EvilerThanThou.
* In ''VideoGame/TheGodfather'', your character Aldo Trapani runs a protection racket for the Corleones, doesn't hesitate to cause property damage or (threaten to) brutalise shopkeepers in his extortion attempts and can kill people in a wide variety of ways. Every copper in NYC is a DirtyCop who at best never turns down a bribe and at worst is a rapist. The other Families don't have the moral high ground, though, as their members are always itching for a fight, rule their turfs with iron fists and don't shy from shooting up civilians blocking their line of fire to you.
* Any enemy in ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}'' that either has a gun or throws a different type of fireball can cause monster infighting. The "former humans" are most prone to this, as they're the only enemies in the game whose weapons can hurt others of their own kind. The Arch-Viles can be humorous with this, as they can resurrect an enemy who they just killed and then get into another fight with them, and repeat the process.
** The Cacodemons and Barons of Hell are also good examples of this. Dead Cacodemon corpses can be found in "Baron halls" and wall images of crucified Barons of Hell can be found in some areas where Cacodemons are the predominant enemies. This feud between the Barons of Hell and Cacodemons is also in the expanded universe Doom books. Cacodemons crucified Barons, despite lacking hands or anything resembling tool-manipulators. That's some serious hate.
** Invulnerability code in Doom II. Last level, Icon of Sin. More fun than actual cockfighting, especially when the Arch-Viles and Pain Elementals are spawned. Shame there's no easy in-game way to eliminate corpses, it gets somewhat crashy after a few hours of this carnage.
** There's a level in ''Doom II'' with a room that only has a Cyberdemon and a Spider Mastermind in it. They're each trapped on little platforms and the whole exercise does little but allow you to pit these two fearsome creatures against one another by coaxing a monster infight between them.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' has this as a thing that can be done in the game provided there are 2 sets of enemy forces on a battlefield, Primary Enemies (Red) and Neutral/Secondary (Yellow) despite them usually targeting you, they will go for each other if they are in range at times, firing shots and destroying each other, which in larger levels can make life a tad easier. Different villains from various anime are often pitted against each other, with additional original villains throw in.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAdvance'', Shadow Mirrors are trying to take control over [[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam Devil Gundam]] and get rid of all aliens.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', [[Anime/VoltesV Boazanians]] are sworn enemies of [[Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner Gradosians]] and [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Gauron]] at one point picks up a fight with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED ZATF forces]]. The Fury are trying to kill everybody.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW'', [[Anime/GaoGaiGar Zonderians]] oppose [[Anime/TekkamanBlade Radam]], who are sworn enemies of [[Anime/DetonatorOrgun Evolouders]] who, in turn, hate [[Anime/GaoGaiGar 11 Masters of Sol]].
** In ''[[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ Super Robot Wars Z2]]'', [[Anime/ShinMazinger Mechanical Beasts]] and Dimensional Beasts just attack one another within range.
** [[Anime/ShinMazinger Hades]] in ''Jigoku-hen'' doesn't care about mankind like [[Anime/ShinMazinger Zeus]] does, but is considered an enemy of Ba'al since he took part in the war eons ago.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'' this occurs between [[spoiler: Chiaki, Isamu, and Hikawa]] and depending on which ending [[spoiler: the Demi-Fiend as well]].
** The ongoing battle throughout the ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' series between [[spoiler: Lucifer and YHWH]] counts as well.
* [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Uram]] and [[TheUndead Hokan]] of ''VideoGame/{{Spellforce}}''.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2''. [[spoiler: General Shepard's Infamous Shadow Company vs. Makarov's Ultranationalists.]] And you in the middle. How fun! Although it only lasts a mission but it's far easier just to make the fight as even as possible then sit back and watch the carnage (typically shadow is ahead).
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}''. The idealist objectivist turned bitter despot Andrew Ryan versus the sleazy power-hungry smuggler and rebel Frank Fontaine, both with hordes of insane, vicious mutated Splicers at their command. [[spoiler:And you're a mind-controlled test tube baby used by Fontaine (under the guise of Atlas, a noble rebel and family man) to kill Ryan, then he turns on you. He dies. Only you and Tenenbaum, a Jewish Nazi collaborateur and TheAtoner, survive the events of the story.]]
* In the third ''VideoGame/{{Rampage}}'' the only reason you don't destroy humanity is that aliens trying to take over the world provide a distraction.
* ''VideoGame/{{Hexen}} II''[='s=] sparse story becomes this if you play as the assassin or necromancer. The assassin wants to kill [[BigBad Eidolon]] to prove she's the best assassin of all time, and the necromancer wants to kill Eidolon so people fear him again.
* ''VideoGame/TrafficDepartment2192'' has [[VillainProtagonist evil]] versus [[GalacticConqueror evil]] versus [[EnemyCivilWar evil]], with [[WhiteGangBangers evil and evil]] thrown in for laughs. [[spoiler: The final faction initially looks benevolent, since it's composed of {{Actual Pacifist}}s--nope, they're all {{Manipulative Bastard}}s, and they're evil too! The protagonist is also the most beneficial, wiping everyone else out so the few decent people can take charge.]]
* ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' has Vega/M. Bison pitted against Seth, both of whom are power-hungry {{complete monster}}s who want to TakeOverTheWorld for themselves.
* The war between Mishima Zaibatsu and G Corporation in ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}''.
* If an enemy in any ''VideoGame/{{Marathon}}'' game accidentally shoots another enemy, they will fight it out while you stand and watch. In the second game the native f'likta fight the phfor as long as you're lying low. In ''Infinity'' the A.I. Tycho controls the pfhor hunters, fighters and you, using his forces to fight against the phfor enforcers, compilers, and Durandal's humans [[spoiler: [[ThePlan planned by you to keep a monster under wraps]]]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Myth}}: The Fallen Lords'' the dark leaders, the fallen lords, hate each other more then they hate you. In one level you sit back for most of the level and let the two forces fight each other, then pick off the pitiful remnants.
* ''VideoGame/LegacyOfKain'': Protagonist Kain is a MagnificentBastard VillainProtagonist EvilOverlord. He's the hero of the games mainly because his enemies are KnightTemplar {{Omnicidal Maniac}}s who are even worse than he is.
* The ''VideoGame/MegaManLegends'' Spinoff ''The Misadventures Of Tron Bonne'' have you controlling one member of the main series' GoldfishPoopGang and her AdorableEvilMinions trying to pay her brother's ransom. Sure, the main antagonist is an evil bastard trying to rule the world and your motive is quite noble...but you still accomplish it by robbing livestock from a farm, stealing containers from the docks, and blowing up a bank while fighting the police.
** ''Legends'' itself has shades of this trope. The Bonne family are a group of pirates who are trying to steal some treasure from the island, and who have no problems with destroying residential areas or the mayor's office with giant robots, but [[spoiler:they still go against Juno by freeing Megaman from his trap.]] Also a case of EvenEvilHasStandards, given that [[spoiler:they're obviously disturbed by Juno's plan to ''kill the entire population of the island''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fahrenheit}}'' you have two factions fighting over one [[ApocalypseMaiden little girl]] who could give them the power to rule the world. First you have the [[spoiler: Orange Clan]], an {{ancient|Conspiracy}} [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness organization]] who already control the world, but wish to expand their power. The second is the [[spoiler: Purple Clan]] a group of [[AIIsACrapshoot artificial intelligences]] who wish to use the girl's power to create a [[ApocalypseHow new ice age]], killing humanity, and becoming the new dominate race. In between these two you have the hero, Lucas Kane, the UnwittingPawn of both groups, who has power over TheForce, and [[spoiler: later gets killed, and brought back as TheUndead]].
* The ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' games love this trope. In the main ''Tiberium'' series, expect to fight [[AIIsACrapshoot CABAL]] and [[PlanetLooters the Scrin]] as [[CorruptChurch the Brotherhood of Nod]].
** There's also the ''Red Alert'' games. Every faction is evil, from the [[GloriousMotherRussia brutal world-domination-bent Soviets]], to the [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld expansionist Empire of the Rising Sun]], to the mind-controlling [[TheChessmaster Yuri]], heck even [[DesignatedHero the Allies are pretty nasty]].
** ''Generals'' is the only game to avert this trope. The Americans are ([[AmericaSavesTheDay of course]]) the good guys, and the Chinese are depicted rather sympathetically as well. The GLA terrorists, however, are very evil and both the Americans and Chinese team up against them.
* A good many of the members in the Organization of ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories'' are working against each other in order to further their own individual evil agendas. Then in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', Maleficent and the Heartless take on the Organization and the Nobodies. When the Organization takes control of the Heartless, Maleficent then has to pull an EnemyMine with the main heroes.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'':
** Throne of Bhaal, one part of the Watcher's Keep involves a maze with three stones needed to escape, and two factions of warring demons, on opposite sides of the Blood War, hold one stone each. You can kill one of the factions and claim one stone off them while taking the other as a reward, or you can [[TakeAThirdOption kill both of them]]. If you are a good-aligned character, you will have no choice but to kill them all -- the leaders of both sides will sense your innate goodness and try to kill you.
** The main story line of the game allows you to pick an evil character and do horrible things on your quest to achieve ultimate power and rule the universe with an iron fist, tormenting mortals.
* ''VideoGame/ShogoMobileArmorDivision'' features conflict between the CMC, [[GaiasVengeance the Fallen]], and [[MegaCorp Shogo Industries]] over control of Cronus. The UCA is mostly good, but has the potential to become an antagonist in one path of the game when Admiral Akkaraju plans on using the Kato Cannon to destroy Avernus to eliminate the Fallen, [[UnwittingPawn playing into Ryo's plans]].
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'' has a borderline case, with the two terrorist teams, Team Aqua and Team Magma. It's borderline because the teams are something of [[WellIntentionedExtremist well-intentioned extremists]], wanting to expand the sea and land for the sake of Pokémon (or so they say), respectively, and are in direct opposition to each other. However, in ''Ruby'', Team Aqua are actually allies (and vice-versa regarding Magma and ''Sapphire''), but it's played straight in the third game, ''Emerald'', where both teams were portrayed as antagonists to the player while still warring against each other.
* While ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' is mostly GreyAndGrayMorality, the final conflict between the Templars and the Circle of Magi in Kirkwall devolves into Evil Versus Evil. The leaders of ''both'' factions give into their (figurative) inner demons and nearly drag the rest of their members down with them. No matter which side you initially pick, you end up killing both of the leaders to achieve a cease-fire.
* Probably more 'grotesque monstrosity versus grotesque monstrosity,' but ''VideoGame/KillingFloor'' occasionally has instances of zeds fighting each other. This is sometimes relatively even (a [[MakeMeWannaShout Siren]] versus a [[FatBastard Bloat]]), and sometimes comically one sided (a [[{{Mooks}} Clot]] standing in the way of a [[LightningBruiser Fleshpound]]). Notable for the fact that, if left alone, they will gladly spend quite some time attacking each other and will often ignore players, even those who are two steps away and pointing a rocket launcher at them.
* The scrolling shmup ''[[VideoGame/{{Soukyugurentai}} Terra Diver]]'' makes players mercenaries working for a greedy megacorp of resources around Earth against its rival corporations with the story of eco-terrorist threat as a cover-up of the disastrous war of greed.
* Can easily happen in ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' - All the nasty creatures and evil factions are only alike in their hatred of the Dwarves, so if two of them happen to arrive at your fort at the same time, expect them to tear each other to pieces. The dwarves themselves are occasionally not any better - [[Letsplay/{{Boatmurdered}} what with drowning the world in magma at the slightest provocations]] and the completely insane experiments occasionally committed by the player community ForScience
** Weaponizing various "evil" forces/creatures to send against invading goblin sieges is a popular pastime.
* ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'' is this. Travis isn't really such a great guy, and is tearing through mobs of mooks and taking assassination side jobs on possible not so evil people all for the sake of getting laid. Once. Although a few of the other assassins are much worse than he is. Like Destroyman. And Bad Girl.
* ''VideoGame/{{Killer7}}'' takes this trope, mixes it up, and paints a pretty psychedelic picture with it. Some of the villains are just so awful, but a few of them are probably better than the main characters who are only doing any of this for the sake of a paycheck. [[MindScrew Or maybe not]]. Some of the members of Killer7 are assholes or cowards. Barely anything makes any sense in the plot of that game.
* Though one could hardly think of the title character as evil, the page describes the premise of ''Franchise/SlyCooper'' almost perfectly: a GentlemanThief who steals from other criminals.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'' features a SupportingLeader, the [[GodIsGood noble]] if [[WellIntentionedExtremist heavy-handed]] literal GodEmperor Fou-Lu being betrayed and abused by TheEmpire that he helped to found, eventually resulting in a ''massive'' FaceHeelTurn that sees him become a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds. Said empire has an ''extremely'' selfish evil leader and a CompleteMonster at the head of its science department [[spoiler:turning people into {{Body Horror}}s purely because [[ForScience science thought it'd be lulzy]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}} 2'''s second half of the game sees Lazaravic's soldiers fight the [[spoiler: Guardians Of Shambala]].
* ''VideoGame/InFamous'' can have the player invoke this - if the player takes Cole down the villainous path, the final battle with [[BigBad Kessler]] becomes this [[spoiler:until TheReveal that Kessler's actually Cole from an alternate future, who became a WellIntentionedExtremist & travelled back in time to ensure that Cole was prepared for & able to avert the tragedy that would set him on this path in the first place]]. So with that in mind, it's more of a subversion.
** ''VideoGame/InFamous 2'' features anti-Conduit fascist rednecks taking on mutants [[spoiler:who happen to be created by the conduit power of the aforementioned anti-Conduit fascist rednecks]]. But it escalates even further than that, as after a third of the game another faction - mercenaries with ice powers - enter the fray, and like it's predecessor, the player can invoke this by taking Cole along the villainous path.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', the cruel Talon Company (see ruthless mercs) go toe to toe with super-mutants.
* The backstory of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' was this. The AlternateHistory starting after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII had Middle Eastern powers go to war with Europe. This caused a huge economic crisis. Europe collapsed and became a war torn hell hole, and the US and China tried to solve their oil problems by invading their neighbors (in the US's case, Canada). Eventually, these last two functional governments went to war, which started in Alaska and spread to the Chinese mainland, causing China and the US to nuke one another and bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. At the time of the war, China was an imperialistic, aggressive, tyrannical nation with an army of {{Sociopathic Soldier}}s. The United States was the exact same, except ruled by a puppet government controlled by a Nazi-esque AncientConspiracy called The Enclave in addition to all of that.
** The Enclave's very existence speaks volumes about how bad the US got. The risk of nuclear war over the world's remaining oil was considered high enough to create the Enclave for continuity of government. This means the pre-war government considered billions of lives an acceptable thing to gamble for some ''dead dinosaurs'', and this is ''after'' they'd developed fusion power anyway.
* Somewhat {{deconstruct|ion}}ed in ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', where the Blood War between the devils and the demons inevitably gets mentioned. You might think it's okay for the very, very nearly [[AlwaysChaoticEvil always lawful/chaotic evil]] beings to slaughter each other, but the suffering the war causes around the multiverse is so great that the KnightTemplar angel Trias thinks allowing it to continue is an act of supreme passive evil on part of his fellow Celestials.
* A late-game quest becomes this in ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII'' if one goes for the evil path. You work with/for guys who want to take over the planet through force of superior weapons technology, and who find nothing wrong with mad laughter (and your personal chronicler finds the discovery of left-over torture instruments from a previous occupant of your castle to be a happy surprise). You still get sent to kill the Kreegans' King Xenofex, though, because the Kreegans are PlanetLooters and a big threat in general.
* Both sides of the civil war in ''VideoGame/FarCry 2'' talk a good talk about how they're making their country a better place, but both are willing to commit war crimes for tactical advantages or petty vengeance. Some of the mercenaries profess idealistic motives, but all of them except the protagonist choose money over decency. The Underground is well-intentioned, but completely ineffectual, repeatedly requiring the protagonist's help to wipe out hostile mercenaries. The closest thing to a heroic figure is the arms dealer supplying both sides, and that's only because he wants them to wipe each other out.
* ''MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'' seems to be shaping uo to be this, as the story will deal will Big Boss' fall from grace from the noble soldier he was in ''Snake Eater'', ''Portable Ops'', ''Peace Walker'' and ''Ground Zeroes'', into a broken warmonger out for nothing but Revenge, going against XOF, the organization that took everything away from him on ''Ground Zeroes'', as well as Cypher (aka, The Patriots).
* ''VideoGame/MetroidPrime 2: Echoes'' has three enemy factions that all want the Phazon on planet Aether to themselves: The Ing, the Space Pirates, and Dark Samus. The Pirates are the {{butt monkey}}s, most of the ones that aren't killed by Samus are either possessed by Ing or killed defending their Phazon from Dark Samus. At first it's unclear if the Ing and Dark Samus are allies or enemies, but a scene just before the second fight against Dark Samus shows her killing a group of Dark Pirate Troopers (Ing-possessed Pirate Troopers) and taking their Phazon.
* In ''VideoGame/OdinSphere'', most of the villains are fighting against each other and the heroes are either third parties or unwitting pawns. [[AntiVillain Ingway]] is running a complicated scheme of deceit and backstabbing intended partly to prevent his own cursed death. Odin wages war on the other nations of Erion and wants to claim the power of the Crystallization Cauldron for his own benefit; Fairy Queen Titania wants to keep the Cauldron out of the hands of Odin or anyone else, and both monarchs have ambitious would-be usurpers scheming within their respective courts. Queen Odette of the netherworld wants to claim Oswald's soul and punish those who dare to come and go from her realm while still alive (which is basically the entire cast). Fire King Onyx wants Gwendolyn for his wife and is willing to resort to abduction and [[MurderTheHypotenuse murdering the hypotenuse]] in order to make it happen. The Three Wise Men seek to bring about [[spoiler:the end of the world and release the monstrous King Gallon from the Netherworld in order to take power in the new age that follows]]. King Valentine is batshit insane and trying to end the world in an effort to end his own suffering, and practically ''every last one of them'' wants revenge on Odin for one reason or another.
* In ''VideoGame/MaxPayne 3'', Max finds himself caught between favela gangbangers, paramilitary thugs, and [[PoliceBrutality indiscriminately Brutal Police]], none of whom have any love for each other. [[spoiler: Or do they?]]
* ''VideoGame/PAYDAYTheHeist'' has you playing the role of four heisters who are out to make millions by stealing whatever is hot. Twice in the game, the crew go after another group of criminals because they hold something of value. In Panic Room, the crew attacks a local street gang in an apartment complex that sells drugs because the gang has a large stash of money locked in a room. In Counterfeit, there are two people who are secretly working together in making fake money with printing plates, so the crew disguise themselves as a pool repair business so they can rob the counterfeiters of the plates.
* Gyral and Dalen of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', while not technically evil (just mercenaries), are still causing more trouble for the local population because of their petty squabbles. Chrom and company decide the fastest way to end the conflict is to pick a side and finish off the other group.
** Or, you can TakeAThirdOption and fight ''both'' at the same time. This will cause them to EnemyMine against you and you'll have to face a ''really'' large mercenary army against you. On the other hand, you are allowed to visit ''all'' of the villages and obtain items from them should you take this option; since taking sides in this conflict will cause some villages to close the doors on you.
* It's by no means uncommon to find this trope in Final Fantasy games.
** During the first half of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', the Empire is the prime villain; an oppressive, tyrannical regime experimenting on sentient beings (Espers) to gain more power. Eventual BigBad Kefka Pelazzo is at this point seemingly a deranged, amoral coward with [[TheStarscream Starscream tendencies]]. This all comes to a head when Kefka turns on Emperor Gestahl, frying him with magic and kicking him off a {{Floating Continent}}.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' Sephiroth's presence is first felt when he cuts a bloody path through Shinra HQ, murdering the despotic corporate Fat-Cat, President Shinra. Barret even queries if Sephiroth is a "good guy" as a result.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', we have Kuja vs. Queen Brahne after she decides she doesn't need him. She attempts to use Bahamut on him. Kuja tanks a few blasts, praises the dragon for being able to ''slightly'' wound him, then takes control of it and Brahne finds herself at the receiving end of a CurbStompBattle.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs''. Tess makes it clear in the beginning of the game that she and Joel are "shitty people." Joel outright tells Ellie that he has been both hunter and hunted. Essentially, you are not necessarily a hero in this game, but a merciless survivor who happens to be the protagonist of this particular story
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' is mostly GreyAndGrayMorality, but the conflict between [[BarbarianTribe the Forsworn]] and [[IOwnThisTown the Silver-Blood family]] is this. The Forsworn are bloodthirsty Breton guerilla fighters who worship Hagravens, rape and murder anyone unfortunate enough to get in the path of their patrols, and will reclaim The Reach even if they have to massacre every Nord in it (they openly state so). The Silver-Bloods, headed by Thonar Silver-Blood, are a corrupt crime family who bribe Markarth's city guard, murder, brutalise and imprison innocent people, use questionable business practices to remove competition, and force defeated political enemies and Forsworn prisoners to work in their prison/silver mine. It is later revealed that [[spoiler:they have the Forsworn's king, Madanach, imprisoned in their mine, and they use him to guide the Forsworn as a deniable asset terrorist army to further their own ends. Madanach escapes along with you and some followers, cutting down quite a few bystanders and guards on their way out, and not before vowing to return with a Forsworn army to destroy the city]]. As one of the Forsworn [=NPC=] says, in Markarth, "there's no innocent, just the guilty and the dead".
* ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''; Main Universe [[MonsterClown Joker]] versus [[TheEmpire The Regime]], except when the Joker goes rogue and is taken down by Lex Luthor (who's a good guy in the Regime universe).
* ''VideoGame/MaceTheDarkAge''; Not every contender for the Mace is evil, but evil is not on the side of evil. [[TinTyrant Lord Deimos]], The Executioner, Al-Rashid, and [[LadyOfWar Taria]] are all horrible people, but also all at each other's throats to take the Mace from Asmodeus, who stole it from Hell to run amok. It's very telling that Hell Knight, who is also literally from Hell himself, is in all one of the nicer characters since he only wants to take the Mace back where it came from. In fact, the worst thing that happens in his good ending has nothing to do with anything Hell Knight actually did.
* DragonQuestVI actually allows the ''player'' to pull this off along with an in-story use. At one point in the game, you find a castle where a demon summoning is taking place. Why? [[InvokedTrope So that the demon can be ordered]] [[SummonBiggerFish to kill the]] BigBad. Shockingly, the demon refuses to take orders from a mortal, and nukes the castle instead. Much later, you find the BonusBoss of the BonusDungeon. If you beat him in less than 20 turns, he not only recognizes your strength, but even grants you a wish, [[spoiler:teleporting you directly to the BigBad and utterly and completely destroying him. Then he wishes you a good day and leaves.]]
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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Bun-Bun, being a SociopathicHero, tends to get this whenever an arc focuses on him. Particularly the "Oceans Unmoving" arc where he's pitted against a naval empire out to enslave everyone in their dimension. It's not that Bun-Bun's got any ethical objections to slavery (he takes a few himself), he just doesn't want to be the one enslaved. He still comes out as the sorta good guy, because, unlike the Navy, he's [[EvilIsCool evil in a cool way]]. He's a frickin' {{Space Pirate|s}}, after all.
** Oceans Unmoving plays it even straighter with Bun-Bun against his treacherous former first mate Blacksoul, [[spoiler:aka the Bun-Bun we'd been following throughout the comic as it turns out that Captain Bun-Bun was from before the comic started.]]
** Likewise the R&D Wars, a conflict between amoral corporations employing mad science which is fixing to turn the world into either a bare rock with a single nightmarish city on it or a literal living hell.
* The "Midnight Crew" Intermission in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' pits the eponymous Midnight Crew against The Felt. The Midnight Crew is a small yet dangerous gang that effectively rules their city [[spoiler:and turn out to be Alternia's versions of the BigBad and his cohorts though they aren't ''nearly'' as evil]]. The Felt is a rival gang whose members possess time related powers [[spoiler:and take orders from an EldritchAbomination called "Lord English"]].
** And much later, averted when [[spoiler:[[KillerGameMaster Vriska]], [[FourEyesZeroSoul Eridan]], and [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] almost have a three-way showdown... Only for [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome all three]] to be taken by surprise by [[CuteMonsterGirl Kanaya.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. There's only a couple people that are actually ''good'': everyone else is a murderer, psychopath, {{Jerkass}} or all of the above, no matter which side you look at.
* Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}} instigates a war which is essentially this.
-->'''Webcomic/Vexxarr''': Which side do you pity the most? The side that attempts to [[EvilOverlord enslave anyone it meets]] or the side that attempts to [[ImAHumanitarian eat anyone it meets]]?
* Mac and Shmeerm live up this gloriously in one of the longer more epic ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' storyarcs titled [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=777 Meatnecks and Boomsticks]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' [[EvilTwin Nale]] and his Linear Guild have a bad history with his father, [[DangerouslyGenreSavvy Tarquin]] and his allies.
** For that matter, the story seems to be setting up the Linear Guild as competition for the Gates with both the good guys and [[BigBad Xykon's]] gang.
** PlayedForLaughs [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0453.html here]], when two {{Mooks}} from different villains fight over [[KillSteal who gets to kill]] [[SupportingLeader Hinjo]].
* This is how [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Insurrection]] views the war between [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Covenant]] and [[UnitedNationsIsASuperPower the UNSC]] in ''Webcomic/HaloAFistfulOfArrows''.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Some potential matches, particularly Cell vs Dabura [[spoiler:Winner is Cell]] and U13 Nappa vs Frieza [[spoiler:Winner is Frieza, but not without being one-upped by Nappa]] so far. There's also upcoming matches - U13 Vegeta vs Dr. Raichi, and Cell vs Bojack [[spoiler: Cell kills Bojack and wins]].
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* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', It is decided that "The only way to deal with a madman is to send in another madman", despite the fact that being ruled by [[spoiler:Dr. Insano]] would be even worse than being ruled by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
** ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'': On one side, there's the BigBad, [[spoiler:Malachite]], who intends to use the Gauntlet to rid the world of all technology. On the other side, there's [[spoiler:Jaffers]] and the various folks he recruited to keep the Gauntlet safe and hidden. While [[spoiler:Malachite]] is obviously dangerous (he ''rips a guy's heart out'' for watching too much television!!!), [[spoiler:Jaffers]] and his crew attack the reviewers and even try to shoot them several times.
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', both Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer are evil, only the latter has enough [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]] that he has everyone convinced he's TheCape.
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', we have [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds Marik]] and Florence versus Melvin and Team Creator/{{FourKids|Entertainment}}.
* The WebVideo/HitlerRants videos usually pit Hitler against antic masters, other dictators, other Nazis, and even [[WhichMe other Hitlers!]]
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* The purpose for Zhao's existence on ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' was to make Prince Zuko a villain you can cheer for. This was expanded for season two, with Zuko moving further into AntiHero territory and the new main villain, [[MagnificentBastard Princess Azula]], overshadowing him in every possible category.
** Similarly, [[spoiler:Ba Sing Se]] vs. the Fire Nation in season two. Touted as the Earth Kingdom's last great bastion against the Fire Nation's invasion, it is in fact a city with [[spoiler:a puppet king and evil shadow government that practices brainwashing]]. The shadow government's leader, [[spoiler:Long Feng]], comes into face-to-face conflict with Azula near the end of the season. Eventually, both evils become one when the Dai Li, decide to serve the Fire Nation.
* For the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', as of Episode 8, we have [[MagnificentBastard Amon]] vs. [[spoiler:[[SleazyPolitician Tarrlok]]. Amon wins]].
** Book 2 has [[FluffyTamer Unalaq]] vs. [[spoiler:[[CorruptCorporateExecutive Varrick]]]]. [[spoiler:Unalaq wins by virtue of releasing [[GodOfEvil Vaatu]], but he never manages to lay a single finger on Varrick despite having wanted him tried. Varrick however, did not like Unalaq and figured he was up to no good, but his own true goal was to make money from the conflict, and bring the war to the entire world; indeed, despite being finally arrested by the heroes, Varrick not only escapes their grasp and survives the Book 2 finale, but is still living the high life as an inventor in Book 3.]]
** Book 3 has [[spoiler:[[BombThrowingAnarchist Zaheer]]]] vs. [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Earth Queen Hou-Ting]]. [[spoiler:Zaheer defeats and kills her with absolute ease.]]
* As a VillainProtagonist, ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' inevitably finds himself in this situation, once against a group of PlanetLooters attempting to steal Earth, once against another Irken seeking to cause TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt before he could (which also required an EnemyMine situation), and once against a crazed, overzealous mall security gaurd who imprisoned workers and customers for petty reasons and later added them to his army of zombies.
* Franchise/{{Transformers}}
** This is the Megatron/Starscream relationship. Even more explicit in ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', where Starscream makes his break from Megatron in the first episode.
** There's also ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'': in addition to the Decepticons, the Autobots also find themselves fighting the human group [[TerroristsWithoutACause MECH]]. And on top of that, near the end of the first season, [[spoiler: Starscream splits from the 'Cons, like his ''Animated'' counterpart]]. Which is then followed several episodes later by the arrival of [[spoiler: Unicron]], who's such an epitome of evil that Megatron [[spoiler: allies with the Autobots to stop him]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}''. Oh dear God do they ever. How many times has [[MagnificentBastard Xanatos]] been betrayed or outright attacked by someone more evil than he is? And then there's [[AntiVillain Macbeth]], who frequently fights against [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Demona]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan,'' another Creator/GregWeisman show, as well. The series begins with [[EvilAlbino Tombstone]] having firm control of New York's criminal underworld, but then he has to defend it from [[ManipulativeBastard the Green Goblin]]. Then Gobby disappears, but in the next season the "Gangland" arc pits him against DoctorOctopus' [[LegionOfDoom Sinister Six]] on the one hand and returned former crimelord [[WickedCultured Silvermane]] on the other, ''along'' with [[spoiler:his [[TheDragon Dragon Hammerhead]] becoming TheStarscream]]. Spider-Man joins the war and manages to cripple all three organizations, only for TheReveal that [[spoiler:the Green Goblin is back, and manipulated events so that he could take over for himself]].
* While in ''WesternAnimation/{{Spider-Man The Animated Series}}'', a gang war between The Kingpin and Silvio "Silvermane" Manfredi over possession of the Tablet of Time takes place. Kingpin wants it to claim more power and influence for himself, while Silvermane wishes to restore himself back to his prime to take on the former. Kingpin's wife and Silvermane's daughter end up being kidnapped, while Dr. Connors gets caught in the crossfire and is also abducted, and Spider-Man who needs the tablet to cure himself from a disease that could end his life as knows it, has to race to stop both of them.
* ''WesternAnimation/DungeonsAndDragons''
** Tiamat and Venger hate each other so much that they tend to fight, completely forgetting about the children. In the infamous "Dragon's Graveyard" episode, the children seek Tiamat's help in trying to kill Venger.
** Another example from the same series was where the kids were outclassed by an evil wizard. Presto tells Venger what the wizard is up to... queue Venger marching in to deliver a beatdown and the kids running.
* WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls formed an EnemyMine with [[EvilGenius Mojo Jojo]] to combat an alien force. He was determined to prove [[EvilerThanThou he was the most evil]].
* Lucius Heinous VII (VillainProtagonist) against the Weavils (AlwaysChaoticEvil) in ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' certainly qualifies. Also Lucius vs [[MonsterClown the Rodeo Clowns]] in "Heinous vs Clown".
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', the villains of Gotham City hold a very, very delicate balance between them all. The memorable BadGuyBar episode "Almost Got 'Im" features such villains as the Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, the Penguin, and Killer Croc playing poker, all looking like they might kill each other at any moment- and at the end it's revealed that Harley Quinn has Catwoman tied up ready to be fed into a food processor. Two-Face and Poison Ivy have an interesting rivalry, as they used to date before Harvey Dent became Two-Face. [[Recap/BatmanTheAnimatedSeriesE3PrettyPoison One episode]] shows that as district attorney, Dent had wanted to develop a park into housing, and Ivy pretended to take a romantic interest in him so she could kill him by poisoning him. This leads to a [[Funny/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Crowning Moment of Funny]], when Harvey says half of him wants to strangle her and the other half wants to hit her with a truck. Ivy then explains to the others "We used to date." Joker and Penguin immediately nod and say "Aha!" in understanding.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Heather vs. Alejandro in the finale of ''World Tour''. Even lampshaded by Harold in the final song.
** And in ''All-Stars'', Alejandro vs. Mal.
* A three-way version: Professor Pericles vs. Mr. E [[spoiler: (his former owner)]] vs. [[spoiler: Mayor Jones]] in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. Though Mr. E is more morally ambiguous than the other two, making this more an example of BlackAndGrayMorality. [[spoiler:By the end of the series, it turns out they were being manipulated by an UltimateEvil.]]
* {{Convers|ationalTroping}}ed in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''. Sid suggested that he and his friends just watch two bullies, Wolfgang and Ludwig, duke it out over Gerald Field and when they're both dead they can reclaim it. This makes the example more {{Jerkass}} vs. {{Jerkass}} though, and when they try out the plan, the bullies just force the younger kids to play football to decide a winner rather than get their hands dirty. In the end, the bullies find they like each other, leaving the gang worse off than before.
* ''WesternAnimation/RockyAndBullwinkle'': during the Kirwood Derby arc, [[TheStarscream Boris Badenov]] fought Fearless Leader for the Derby. When the narrator asked who would win the fight, they both [[BreakingTheFourthWall turned to the camera]] and shouted, "What does it matter?! We're both bad guys!" The narrator admits they're right.
* Two episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FilmationsGhostbusters'' featured a villain named Big Evil, who tried to usurp Prime Evil's status as the BigBad of that series. Both episodes invoked the EnemyMine trope by having Prime Evil asking for help from the heroes.
* The second to last episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'' "Alive!" had this. The Secret Society Grodd had created had been taken over by Luthor. However with Luthor taking much more of the cut than Grodd did and Luthor himself seemingly descending into insanity as well as not giving Tala much attention, she decided to bring back Grodd from Luthor's imprisonment along with a good number of the rest of the society who also had an ax to grind with Luthor. [[spoiler:Luthor won in the end. And then {{Darkseid}} came along.....]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' has Slade teaming up with Robin to fight [[GodOfEvil Trigon the Terible]] (a.k.a. Satan). He had ulterior motives. He is still Slade, but yeah, it was that bad.
* Stewie vs. Penelope in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Stewie used to be very evil in the first few seasons, but has mellowed out a lot and is more of a jerk than an evil bastard. He meets Penelope, a baby girl his age who has done her acts of killing people and having a mass amount of weapons of her own. Stewie likes Penelope at first and wants to be with her, but even he starts to have his doubts, getting tired of killing people everyday and would rather take over the world. He fights her to the death when she goes to kill Brian because Stewie wouldn't do it.
* Mr. Krabs vs. Plankton in ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', after the movie. While Plankton has always been declared a villain, Mr. Krabs rather seems to be a KnightTemplar who just enjoys to give or laugh at his misery.
* ''WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne'': The rivalry between Hector and Estroy. Also, when Hector decided to [[VillainTeamUp unite all villains]] and found the [[LegionOfDoom League of Destruction]], all villain factions fought among themselves for control of the league. By the time Cod Commando, TheHero assigned to finish the league, arrived at their headquarters, the League of Destruction had already destroyed itself.
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** "Cat Orgy" has Cartman and Shelley going at each other, though later they [[VillainTeamUp team up]] and be {{Villain Protagonist}}s for the episode.
** Eric Cartman vs. Saddam Hussein. Eric Cartman vs. Scott Tenorman. Eric Cartman vs. Osama bin Laden. The Coon vs. Professor Chaos. Celebrities vs. ginger kids in "200/201" (and they eventually [[VillainTeamUp team up]]).
* The ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' episode "[[Recap/WanderOverYonderS1E2ThePicnicTheFugitives The Picnic]]" opens with Lord Hater fighting Emperor Awesome over the chance to be blessed with cosmic power. The former is a CardCarryingVillain obsessed with expanding his empire across the universe while the latter goes to planets and parties hard enough for them to explode.
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