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A [[StockPoses stock pose]] seen in cartoon openings, movie posters, video game box art, comics covers, paintings, this is a shot that pits two teams against each other on opposite sides of the screen. It can be a massive group shot, featuring all the series' heroes and villains, or show just two characters-- all that matters is that the two sides are facing each other and look ready to strike.

Usually the left and right side are evenly balanced and evenly matched. The characters across from one another tend to be [[EvilCounterpart evil counterparts]] and are often mimicking the other side's pose, and suggesting CounterpartCombatCoordination.

This trope can be used for thematic reasons, to emphasize how the characters are NotSoDifferent and the villain is the [[ShadowArchetype dark mirror]] of the other, but it's just as likely to be a dynamic version of the TeamShot with villainy added for spice.

Compare JuxtaposedHalvesShot (where half of two characters sides/faces are juxtaposed to or beside each other), FearfulSymmetry (where both characters involved are usually shown in profile in an ongoing BladeLock), and VersusCharacterSplash (where two characters' faces are are briefly shown in a Splash Screen as a prelude to a battle in a FightingGame).

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!!'''Examples:'''

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/mahou_shoujo_lyrical_nanoha_strikers_the_comics/c012/24.html last page]] of Chapter 12 of ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS [[ComicBookAdaptation The Comics]]'', which was a lead-in for the massive battle that will occur in Episode 16 of the anime.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' does an interesting take on this. the cover for manga volume 21 Utopia has the remainder of the Baroque Works' agents (Mr. 0/Crocodile, Miss All Sunday/Nico Robin, Mr. 1/Daz Bones, Miss Doublefinger, Mr. 2 Bon Clay, Mr. 4, Miss Merry Christmas) lined up and looking right, and volume 22 Hope! has the Straw Hats and allies (Luffy, Zoro, Sanji, Nami, Usopp, Chopper, Vivi, Karoo, Eyelashes) the same way, looking ''left''. When the two covers are combined, (21-22) the result is a Mirrored Confrontation Shot. Later on in the anime, this same shot was used when Ivankov talks about the Alabasta incident to Bon Clay.
** The cover art for the DVD version of ''[[Anime/OnePieceFilmStrongWorld Episode 0]]'' does a more classic version, between Luffy and Shiki.
* The latest intro (Season four) of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' has Jack, Yusei and Crow against the Infinity Trio.
** ''Yu-Gi-Oh!'' LOVES this trope. It can be seen in MANY times throughout various openings and clips in the second anime series, [[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]], and even 5D's. I specifically recall Yami Yugi getting shots like this with Marik, Pegasus, and Bakura. And, it's a typical closing frame for any time a duel with the season's BigBad is about to start.
* In ''{{Manga/Monster}}'', Johan's "scenery of the end" is a shot of him and Tenma facing off, with the rest of the world literally removed from the picture. That their poses are not mirrored is an [[SubvertedTrope obvious thematic choice]].
* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' uses this trope about twice. First against the [[http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://lunarsub.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/katekyoushi-hitman-reborn-vs-varia.jpg&imgrefurl=http://lunarsub.wordpress.com/2009/08/22/kateikyoushi-hitman-reborn-vs-varia-season-2/&usg=__sqjG1WKC3D8WBZePWrEQle16K7k=&h=800&w=576&sz=101&hl=en&start=1&um=1&itbs=1&tbnid=6agp4DdvfD6KGM:&tbnh=143&tbnw=103&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dreborn%2Bvs%2Bvaria%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26tbs%3Disch:1 Varia]], and then the [[http://www.onemanga.com/Katekyo_Hitman_Reborn/244/01-02/ Milliefiore]].
* The opening for ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' had, at one point near the end, [[http://www.moetron.com/wp-content/gallery/freshprecure/Fresh_Precure_Ep01/20090204_freshep01_028.jpeg one of these]] with the [[PowerTrio initial three heroines]] at the right and [[QuirkyMinibossSquad the initial Labyrinth trio]] at the left. After Setsuna's HeelFaceTurn, it changes so she is located at the other side with the Cures, with her spot in the original shot filled in by Norza.
* The first opening theme for the ''Diamond/Pearl'' saga of ''{{Anime/Pokemon}}'' features Ash and TheRival Paul with their respective teams; before the [[EvolvingCredits opening changed]] to reflect the events of future episodes, it is symmetrical (in a sense): they both have a Flying-type, an Electric-type, and a primate-based Pokémon.
** Lately, this has been occurring more often during matches, where the scene will cut to a view showing a shot (like [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:DP018.png this one]]) with both Trainers facing and glaring at each other.
* ''Anime/DigimonXrosWarsTheYoungHuntersLeapingThroughTime'' has it in the opening, with Team Xros Heart facing off against their rival team of Hunters.
* In ''{{Planetes}}'', the secondary characters are presented like this, first a group on the left side and then another on the right side, their positions expanding outwards in an accordion-like fashion. It's interesting because both groups have friendly, or at least neutral but supportive characters, but those in the first group tend towards a more antagonistic streak --and, due to the nature of the EvolvingCredits, some members of this first group [[spoiler:will eventually shift into the uniforms belonging to their HeelFaceTurn status.]]
* ''Anime/BlackRockShooter'' had this in the show itself between [[spoiler: Insane Black★Rock Shooter and Strength.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lots of comics covers (such as this one for ''[[http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y287/Ronkaperplexous/ImpulseInertia.jpg Impulse]]'')
** Also the cover of ''Comicbook/TeenTitans [[http://www.dynamicforces.com/htmlfiles/p-C107858.html #52]]''
* Happens a few times in Marvel's ''Comicbook/CivilWar'', like [[http://me2fly4u2c4life.deviantart.com/art/Marvel-Civil-War-vol-6-P-23-24-55155406?q=sort%3Atime+favby%3Akvra&qo=1 here]] and [[http://loyalkng.com/2009/06/24/marvel-civil-war-fanmade-trailer-spiderman-wolverine-happen-sad/ here]].
* Several covers for the various [[MarvelUniverse Marvel]][=/=][[TheDCU DC]] crossovers, such as [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/bestselling-comics-2006/1937-1.jpg this one]].
* [[http://www.comicvine.com/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-meet-the-conservation-corps-/37-126566/ The cover]] for the ''Comicbook/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|Adventures}} [[{{Crossover}} Meet the]] ConservationCorps'' comic.
* ''Comicbook/TheAvengers'' are fond of this. In their first 200 issues, they used it for the cover of #s [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/avengers/15-2.jpg 15]], [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/avengers/53-1.jpg 53]], [[http://www.coverbrowser.com/image/avengers/70-1.jpg 70]], [[http://cache.coverbrowser.com/image/avengers/130-1.jpg 130]] and [[http://cache.coverbrowser.com/image/avengers/141-1.jpg 141]]. In later years, it was usually used as an homage to the early covers, including ''X-Statix'' [[http://images3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080829105633/marveldatabase/images/c/cd/X-Statix_Vol_1_21.jpg #21]], which started a LetsYouAndHimFight storyline with the Avengers.
** In fact, if ''any'' comic cover features two teams facing off/charging at each other across an otherwise blank scene, the artist's probably thinking of ''Avengers'' #s 130 and 141. That includes the ''Marvel/DC'' and ''Titans'' covers above
* Another particularly iconic example is Comicbook/{{X-Men}} [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/4/14893-2133-16618-1-x-men_super.jpg #100]].
* ''{{Thunderbolts}}'' #172, part of a TimeTravel storyline, shows the current 'Bolts confronting the originals. Including Karla "Moonstone" Sofen and Norbert "Fixer" Endersol charging at [[IHatePastMe Karla "Meteorite" Sofen and Norbert "Techno" Endersol, respectively]].
** #3 features the original Thunderbolts (secretly the Masters of Evil) facing off against the new Masters of Evil.
* The ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' once fought the members of the "New" Fantastic Four, a team consisting of Comicbook/SpiderMan, {{Wolverine}}, Comicbook/TheIncredibleHulk, and Comicbook/GhostRider. The issue in question depicted the two teams squaring off in this manner.
* The cover of the penultimate issue of ''Comicbook/AvengersAcademy'' shows the Academy kids facing down the [[Comicbook/WolverineAndTheXMen Jean Grey School]] kids. [[BaseballEpisode On a football field]].
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[[folder:Film]]
* The DVD Cover to ''Film/CatsAndDogs''.
* ''AngerManagement''
* [[http://www.filmofilia.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/bride-wars-poster.jpg the poster for]] ''BrideWars''.
* [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/LoneWolfMcQuade.jpg The poster for]] ''Film/LoneWolfMcQuade'', featuring everybody's favorite Creator/ChuckNorris. This image is actually "mirrored" three ways-- the floating heads at the top, the men striking a pose in the centre, and at either side, a man holding another person-- Chuck cradling a woman, and Carradine using a HumanShield.
* ''{{War}}'' (2007)
* One cover for ''RockyIII'' has Rocky and Clubber Lang staring at each other just before their fight.
** ''Rocky IV'' opens with with two boxing gloves, one with the American flag and one with the Soviet flag, coming from the sides of the screen and smashing into each other.
* ''Film/FreddyVsJason'' posters with the titular characters.
* ''Film/HarryPotter''
** The ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' movie has a poster like this, with Harry and the good guys on one side, and Voldemort and his Death Eaters on the other, charging. [[FridgeLogic Which is especially funny]], considering magic can't generally be considered a close-contact type of attack.
** [[http://collider.com/wp-content/uploads/harry-potter-and-the-deathly-hallows-part-2-movie-poster-01.jpg Another poster]] for ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Part 2''.
* The ''Film/AlienVsPredator'' [[http://www.dvdtown.com/moviedatabase/coverart/avp-alien-vs-predator-requiem/23182/0 DVD cover]], as well as its rip-off from TheAsylum.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan''
* One poster for ''{{Film/Transformers}}'' had Optimus Prime and Megatron do this.
* [[{{Disney/Dumbo}} "What will I do? What will I do? What an unusual view!"]]
* Moses and Pharaoh Ramses during the song "The Plagues" from ''WesternAnimation/ThePrinceOfEgypt''.
* ''Film/MegaMonsterBattleUltraGalaxyLegends''
* ''Film/KaizokuSentaiGokaigerVsSpaceSheriffGavanTheMovie''
* PlayedForLaughs by one of the teasers for ''Film/TheHangover Pt 3''.
* ''Film/ABronxTale'' has this in the poster, although the two characters doing it don't have as much animosity as the poster suggests.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm664517632/tt1372686 The poster]] for the 2011 movie adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The [[http://www.harpercollinschildrens.com/harperchildrensImages/isbn/large/1/9780060525651.jpg cover]] of the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' novel, ''A Dangerous Path'' by ErinHunter.
* There's a stock silhouette image that can be seen as either two people facing each other, or a vase/urn. ''Literature/IAmAmericaAndSoCanYou'' contains an asymmetrical parody of it, with the question, "Is this Paul Begala arguing with Robert Novak, or just a very poorly constructed vase?"
* Done between Captain Carrot and the Silver Horde in ''Discworld/TheLastHero''.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* In ''[[Pinball/F14Tomcat F-14 Tomcat]]'', the player character "Hitman" and the antagonist General Yagov adopt this pose on the playfield.
* In ''Pinball/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', the T-800 and the T-1000 are facing off against each other on the far wall of the playfield.
* Buzz and an angry golfer are shown facing each other on the slingshot bumpers in ''Pinball/NoGoodGofers''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* This is used in ''MagicTheGathering'' in several "clone" cards showing the cloned and the clone, such as Morphling and, of course, Clone.
** Duel Deck art design have this in mind, with the foil cards in question using the art on the box.
* ''{{Exalted}}'': One of the illustrations in ''Return of the Scarlet Empress'' shows the Forces of Hell on one side versus just about ''everyone'' else on the opposing side.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some game covers (like ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom'') have hints of this
* The PSP theme for ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' (and presumably the box-art) uses this, with all the heroes on the right, villains on the left. ([[http://www.shopncsx.com/images/products/detail/dissidia_poster_jpn.jpg Link.]])
** The box-art is a little different: The standard side is all the characters from the Cosmos side facing left. Removing the box-art and flipping it over displays all the characters from the Chaos side facing right. Even the screenshots are mirrored: the Cosmos side shows Cloud preparing to strike, the Chaos side shows Sephiroth preparing to strike.
* The case for ''SuperSmashBros Melee''.
* The Good vs. Evil boxed set for ''CityOfHeroes'' featured this sort of image with the game's main NPC heroes and villains rushing at each other.
* The covers of the first two ''VideoGame/WarCraft'' games.
* MetalWolfChaos gives us [[http://lparchive.org/LetsPlay/Metal%20Wolf%20Chaos/Images/18-girls_pw_style-img433x600-1197652464girls12.14__69_.jpg this]].
* The box art to ''VideoGame/{{Tatsunoko vs Capcom}}: Ultimate All-Stars'' has this.
* ''VideoGame/MortalKombat3'' and ''VideoGame/MortalKombat4'' have one-on-one pre-fight confrontation Vs. shots.
** Batman and Sub-Zero do this in trailer of ''VideoGame/MortalKombatVsDCUniverse''. Lot more characters do it on the cover.
* [[http://megamitensei.wikia.com/wiki/File:JFESBox.jpg The Japanese and European cover art]] of ''{{Persona 3}}: [[UpdatedRerelease FES]]'' does this with the main characters on the right side, and their corresponding Personas facing them from the left. It's a particularly brilliant shot because at first glance it looks like a bunch of heroic high-schoolers facing off against gruesome, godlike monsters, when in reality it's a ''literal'' mirror showing the two sides of the same person.
* The promotional image of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiImagine'' seen as the header for the main ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' trope page, with angels and Messians standing on one side, devils and Gaians on the other, and the player caught in the exact middle.
* The [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/587496-north-and-south/images/box-39696 US]] and [[http://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/587496-north-and-south/images/box-59187 EU]] box art for the NES version of ''VideoGame/NorthAndSouth'' show a blue soldier and a grey soldier butting heads, along with their horses.
* The BossSubtitles of ''Videogame/{{Guacamelee}}'' are presented in this fashion.
* The cover of the Sega Genesis game, "Batman: Revenge of the Joker" features Batman facing against the Joker.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''{{Drowtales}}'' [[http://www.drowtales.com/mainarchive.php?id=867 here]]
* The logo for the WebComic ''[[http://www.hyperfoxstudio.com/ By The Saints]]'' (caution: occasional pencil-drawn violence) has two armies facing off.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=522 one of the chapter covers]] features this with Grace and Damien in the middle.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* There is a least one shot of the Nostalgia Critic and the Angry Video Game Nerd doing this, in cartoon form.
* The [[http://greatshowdowns.com/ Great Showdowns]] Tumblr blog features cute pictures of heroes and villains from movies facing each other, accompanied by a quote, but not the titles of the movies pictured.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The image on the ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'' page.
* The end of the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PrvRnjJ0HY 90s]] ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' opening.
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'''s intro.
* [[http://www.imdb.com/media/rm227516160/tt0076994 The cover]] for ''[[SuperFriends "Challenge of the Superfriends"]]''
* The final shot of the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'' episode "Grudge Match."
** In "Secret Society" as well, right before the big brawl.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' Season 3, when they face [[spoiler:the brainwashed Titans East.]]
* There is one in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', during the first battle between the Avengers and the Masters of Evil.
** ''WesternAnimation/AvengersAssemble'' gets in on the act as well, when facing their Space Phantom doppelgangers.
* This promotional artwork for ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Just us Justice Ducks".
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[[folder:Other]]
* You see it all the time on football broadcasts with the helmets of the two opposing teams facing off in 3D. (Sometimes clashing together and exploding in a manly shower of sparks and lightning and fire and explosions and lots of testosterone and things.)
* A lot of posters for ProfessionalWrestling pay per views feature this trope. For a classic example see the poster for [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:WrestleManiaIII.jpg Wrestlemania III]].
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