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[[caption-width-right:350:They all met while [[VillainsOutShopping shopping for masks.]]]]

->''"[[LampshadeHanging How do my foes keep finding each other?]]"''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''

If a {{Superhero}} has a RoguesGallery, it's an obvious plot for the villains to team up. A Villain Team Up is almost always for the sole purpose of ganging up on a hero or hero team and finishing them off ''once[[DramaticPause ...]] and for all!!!'' Villains will almost never team up to rob a bank together, or commit any other crime together. Which makes sense, because the typical RoguesGallery has villains with nothing in common at all, other than hating the hero.

This is also why they lose; unlike the heroic team they fight, the villains never trust each other. One of them ''will'' [[BetrayalTropes betray]] the rest of the group. Usually after they've captured the heroes, thus letting the heroes escape. Some heroes can even cause a "solid" Villain Team Up to implode with FlawExploitation. Other times, one of the villains has planned the whole team-up as a trap from the start. Cue AnAesop about ThePowerOfFriendship. This is one of few situations where [[StatusQuoIsGod maintaining the Status Quo]] is well {{justified|Trope}}.

A variant is that instead of ganging up, they make the heroes RunTheGauntlet. If they get on reasonably well, they'll [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration compliment each other on their evilness]]. If conditions are right, they may become a BigBadDuumvirate. While this is usually a one-shot team up, a LegionOfDoom is a recurring team of villains and are a major opposition together. Can easily lead to a JokerJury situation. When done badly can lead to instant VillainDecay, as the hero trashes six people who each used to be a threat to him on their own. This trope is the opposite of EvilVersusEvil. When a villain teams up with the hero, that's EnemyMine.

Compare EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily and LegionOfDoom. Contrast SuperTeam.

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* VillainTeamUp/ComicBooks
* VillainTeamUp/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Malik/Marik]] and Yami Bakura from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' Battle City arc.
* In the episode of ''Manga/InuYasha'' entitled 'Naraku and Sesshomaru Join Forces'...Take a wild guess.
* In the ''Anime/MazingerZ'' versus ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' feature, Dr. Hell and the demons collaborate to take down Kouji Kabuto and Devilman. It may be subverted, since Hell used a mind-control device to enslave the demons, and he was mainly interested on taking down Mazinger Z (he only sent some demons and Mechanical Beasts against Devilman because the demons warned him he would interfere).
** Dr. Hell also hires [[LightNovel/FullMetalPanic Gauron]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment'', works with [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam Zeon]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' and works with the [[GoLion Galra]] [[{{Voltron}} Empire]] in ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsW''.
* In the ''Manga/{{Devilman}}'' versus ''Manga/GetterRobo'' {{Crossover}}, the demons team up with the Dinosaur Empire.
* In ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', [[spoiler: Kabuto and Madara Uchiha are doing this.]]
** Kabuto takes it a step further with his [[spoiler: mass resurrection jutsu of every big name character to ever die in the series, forcing them to work together against the protagonists.]] They are mostly villains, but they also include some heroes.
* In ''Anime/DragonBallGT'', practically everyone the protagonists had ever killed teamed up in Hell to try to get revenge, though most of them were just used as distractions until Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero could create Super Android 17.
** Earlier in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Cell, Frieza, and his QuirkyMinibossSquad teamed up to [[LikeABadassOutOfHell take over Hell]]. They got along surprisingly well.
* The final arc of ''TigerAndBunny'' saw a Villain Team Up of BigBad [[spoiler: Maverick]] and villain from one of the earlier episodes, [[spoiler: Doctor Rotwang]]. They got along very well, despite that one of them was [[FantasticRacism NEXT-hater]] and the other was secretly a NEXT himself [[spoiler: until they were at the verge of DisneyVillainDeath, with Rotwang begging Maverick to save him, only for him to reveal he is a NEXT and kick him in the face]].
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in Manga/{{Bleach}}: [[BigBad Yhwach]] made a point about visiting the last major villain, Aizen, in his prison cell to offer him to join his army. Aizen refused, presumably because his [[AGodAmI delusions of godhood]] left him too proud to become anyone's henchman, even if the person making the offer was capable of one-shotting an enemy that Aizen wasn't willing to approach without major preparations.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* The Disney Fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6048380/1/The_Hellbound_Hearts The Hellbound Hearts]] consists of several Disney villains forming a loose companionship to get revenge on their enemies, and eventually take over the world. Then there's another group that wants to take advantage of the war to take over the world. And Frollo...he's just...there.
* ''[[FanFic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' plays this trope with an unusual spin. Instead of any of Sleepwalker's enemies teaming up, it's {{Spider-Man}}'s enemies that reunite as the Sinister Six to carry out Doctor Octopus's latest diabolical scheme. Sleepwalker and several other heroes are hastily recruited by the web-slinger into an impromptu team to even the odds.
** A very similar story happened in the ''Revenge of the Sinister Six" storyarc in which Spidey enlists the aid of Sleepwalker and other heroes in order to fight Doc Ock and the SS.
* ''FanFic/ADarkKnightOverSinCity'' has various Franchise/{{Batman}} villains teaming up with SinCity villains.
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'': Red Eye and the Goddess, though both are plotting behind each other's back.
** Subverted example: [[spoiler:the Enclave tries to form one with the Goddess. Since she has just a few minutes before being killed by a megaspell when they make the offer, the Enclave has incredibly bad timing]].
* ''FanFic/GettingBackOnYourHooves'': the story's definite BigBad, [[TheChessmaster Checker]] [[TheSociopath Monarch]], employs the Diamond Dogs to help her ruin [[spoiler: her sister]] Trixie's life. It's worth noting that the Dogs don't care about this goal, and they have no real agenda of their own either -- they're [[OnlyInItForTheMoney Only In It For The Gems]]. [[spoiler: Which is what allows Rarity to buy them off during the climax. Well, that, and the fact they find out that Checker was planning on double crossing them anyway.]]
* PlayedWith in the ''FanFic/CalvinAtCamp'' episode "A Stalkers Life"--multiple villains appear to attack the kids, yet they do nothing but trip each other up.
* Down quite a few times in the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'':
** In ''Strength in Numbers'', Desiree recruits several of Danny's other ghostly enemies in order to finally beat him.
** In ''Bad Breakup'', an even larger number of ghosts team up to break up Danny and Sam, due to the latter's new powers making them [[BattleCouple too tough to take on together]].
** In ''Paired Together'', after Skulker and Technus accidentally get fused together, they decide to make the situation work to their advantage [[spoiler: until Technus double crosses Skulker]].
** In ''What She Wants'', Sydney Pointdexter decides to help Desiree overcome her AchillesHeel of needing to grant ''all'' wishes she hears [[spoiler: because he's fallen in love with her]].
** In ''Ancient History'', Hotep-Ra manipulates [[EnemyWithout Ghost Tucker]] into an alliance against the heroes.
* ''FanFic/EarthAndSky'': After Chrysalis [[spoiler: replaces Diamond Tiara, her husband]] Prince Blueblood discovers it, and takes advantage of the situation to strike a deal -- he'll stay quiet about what he knows, in exchange for Chrysalis using her new position to [[spoiler: help him gain power of attorney over his wife's fortune]]. However, the deal ends up falling through when [[spoiler: Chrysalis exposes herself to avoid getting arrested for the real Diamond Tiara's crimes only to get arrested anyway, at which point Blueblood throws her under the bus to protect his own hide]].
* ''FanFic/BurningBlack'': Remy has coerced both Crocker and Dr. Bender into working for him, and at the same time is in a secret alliance with [[spoiler: the Pixies]], which even the other villains are unaware of.
* ''Fanfic/OliviaGoesWest'': After Cat R. Waul from ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail: Fievel Goes West'' rescues Ratigan from ''Disney/TheGreatMouseDetective'' from falling to his death from Big Ben, Waul takes Professor Ratigan to America in a scheme to run him for president and take over the country.
* ''Fanfic/{{XSGCOM}}'': Near the end of the first story, [[OmnicidalManiac Anubis]] and [[EvilutionaryBiologist Loki]] strike a resource-sharing alliance against Earth and the System Lords.
* The Pooh's Adventures series pulls this off tons of times. The villain of the movie Pooh is going through will almost always have back up from another villain, sometimes a villain working for a BiggerBad. And then there are times when an entire LegionOfDoom teams up with a villain, or have them join their ranks.
* In ''FanFic/MyLittleUnicorn'' Nightmare Moon and Titan's henchmen team up in order to take over Equestria.
* ''FanFic/JusticeLeagueOfEquestria'':
** During the second arc of ''Mare of Steel'', [[LexLuthor Alexander Silversmith]] and {{Brainiac}} ally against Supermare. This alliance technically includes [[GeneralRipper Steel Wing]] as well, but it's clear from the beginning that he's just Brainiac's UnwittingPawn [[spoiler: and he gets [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness thrown under the bus once he's no longer needed.]]]]
** While ''The Princess of Themyscria'' does not itself have villains teaming up, one of its {{Sequel Hook}}s suggests a future alliance between [[GodOfEvil Ares]] and [[WickedWitch Circe]], when the two meet after [[spoiler: Diana defeats Ares and traps him in Tartarus, where Circe is already a prisoner]].
* ''FanFic/ThePowersOfHarmony'': Chrysalis frees Sombra from his [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] in order to help her take over the Crystal Empire (and by extension, all of Tarandus) as part of her larger plan for a full-scale invasion of Equestria. She keeps him on a short leash, however, which makes him plot against her even more than he probably already would be anyway.
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'': [[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong]] and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent The Phantom/Kyosuke]] ally fairly early on in the story, with The Phantom making it perfectly clear that he's only using Wong to further his own agenda. And then it turns out that [[EnemyWithin The Queen]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]] are operating under a similar setup.
** Near the end of the story, [[spoiler: it turns out that the Queen and Kyosuke cut a deal behind their partners' backs; on condition of Wong's failure and the Queen proving herself a more worthy ruler of the Shadowkhan, Kyosuke will pledge loyalty to her. This is exactly what comes to pass.]]
* ''FanFic/DaveStdiderPokemonTraner'': [[GoldFishPoopGang Team Bad]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Elite Four Boss]] have teamed up on several occasions in order to accomplish absolutely nothing, because they all really suck.
* In ''FanFic/MegaManReawakened'', Dr. Wily is allied with Glyde and his Birdbots.
* ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'' have a few examples:
** [[EvilSorcerer Hago]] and [[EvilUncle Scar]], the two main villains of Series One, team up in ''King's Ransom'' to eliminate Simba and Nala and take over the Pride Lands. However, when this plan fails, they blame each other and go their separate ways... until ''Army of Evil'', where Hago convinces Scar to team up again, leading to the successful conquest of the Pride Lands. This lasts until the following story, ''Friends to the End'', where [[spoiler: Scar goes [[AxCrazy insane]], causing Hago to [[BadGuysDoTheDirtyWork kill him]]]].
** ''Rebirth'' sees [[WhoWantsToLiveForever Shocker]], [[PsychoForHire the Interceptor]], and [[BigBadWannabe Froggy]] team up to resurrect [[spoiler: Scar]] and use him to destroy Simba and his friends. Even after this plan falls through and Froggy runs away, Shocker and the Interceptor stay in an increasingly-strained alliance for the rest of Series Four, which ends with [[spoiler: the Interceptor throwing Shocker into the lava destroying the Pride Lands in a ([[CompleteImmortality failed]]) attempt to kill him]].
** ''One Bad Night'' sees Froggy return and ally with Simba's EnemyWithin, the King of Dreams, in an attempt to trap Simba in the dream world and kill him. [[spoiler: As soon as he's [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness no longer needed]], the King kills Froggy]].
* ''FanFic/HeroesUnited'' has Bowser, Dr. Eggman, and Dr. Wily teaming up to take on their respective enemies.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* DoubleSubverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheThiefAndTheCobbler''. When the evil grand vizier Zigzag goes to join the BigBad, the Mighty One-eye (who has an entire army of monstrous one-eyed men at his command), One-eye is unimpressed and has Zigzag thrown to his alligators. However, with his charisma Zigzag is able to convince the alligators to spare his life and help him out of the alligator pit. This impresses the Mighty One-eye enough to let him join him.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In {{Superhero}} movies this seems to be required for sequels. A single villain can occupy for the first movie, but once a sequel comes out you've got to throw more and more villains together. ''Film/BatmanReturns'': Penguin + Catwoman, ''Film/BatmanForever'': Riddler + Two Face, ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'': Mr. Freeze + Poison Ivy (whether Bane is a villain or a henchman, you pick). ''Film/{{Superman}}'': Lex Luthor, ''SupermanII'': Lex + 3 Kryptonians. ''Film/{{Spider-Man}}'' avoided this for the first sequel, but made up for it by throwing in three villains (Sandman, Venom, New Goblin) for ''Spider-Man3'', two of which team up (Sandman + Venom).
** "Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan2"has a villain team up between Harry Osborn/The Goblin, who takes the role of the big bad, and Max Dillon/Electro, who takes the role of the Dragon. Their alliance is very shaky though, as Electro hates Harry, but he hates Spider-Man even more.
** The whole point of ''Film/BatmanReturns'' was to {{deconstruct}} this trope, by showing Catwoman and the Penguin working together for all of five minutes before breaking it off.
** ''Film/BatmanBegins'' has the Scarecrow initially working with Falcone, and unwittingly working ''for'' Ra's Al Ghul. ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' is borderline, as the Joker creates the second villain but never truly works with him; however, the Joker does initially work with the mob. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', Selina Kyle being blackmailed into providing ''some'' assistance to Bane is borderline given she becomes more of an {{Anti Hero}}ine later and [[spoiler:is the one who kills Bane at the end]]... [[spoiler:but Talia Al Ghul being [[TheManBehindTheMan the woman behind the man]] mantains it on "two villains per movie". Cillian Murphy's cameo as Dr. Crane, here presiding judge at the KangarooCourt, is too minor to count.]]
** ''[[Film/XMen1 X-Men]]'' and ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' avert this since, while there are multiple villains, they're on opposite sides (human villains who want to imprison or kill all mutants, and the Brotherhood using extreme means to ensure this doesn't happen), with the X-Men playing a role that is closer to a peacekeeping force trying to limit the amount of damage either can do. (In both cases, it's actually the Brotherhood that successfully thwarts the human villains' plans.) ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' had Magneto convince Jean Grey in Phoenix form to work together; sadly, this was because [[spoiler: Jean didn't trust Charles Xavier and killed him while Magneto watched.]]
** All of the MarvelCinematicUniverse films feature this:
*** ''Film/IronMan'' featured the Ten Rings terrorist group teaming up with [[spoiler:Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger]].
*** ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'' had General Ross and Emil Blonsky, before [[spoiler:Blonsky teamed up with Samuel Stern/The Leader to turn into The Abomination, forcing Ross to [[EnemyMine team up with the heroes]] to beat him]].
*** ''Film/IronMan2'' had Whiplash team up with Justin Hammer, although their alliance was short-lived.
*** ''Film/{{Thor}}'' featured the Frost Giants and Loki.
*** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' had the RedSkull and Arnim Zola.
*** ''Film/TheAvengers'' had Loki and the Chitauri soldiers, later revealed to be an army controlled by [[spoiler:{{Thanos}}]].
*** ''Film/IronMan3'' had The Mandarin and [[spoiler:Aldrich Killian]], along with [[TheDragon Coldblood]].
*** ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'' featured Malekith the Accursed and Algrim, who becomes Kurse.
*** ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' had the titular Winter Soldier, [[TheDragon Crossbones]] and [[spoiler:a computerized Arnim Zola]] all working for [[spoiler:Alexander Pierce and HYDRA]]. Batroc the Leaper appears to be working with them as well, [[spoiler:though he ends up being just a RedHerring]].
* The 1966 ''Film/BatmanTheMovie'' featured a team-up between Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman.
** Several of the TV episodes of that series featured team-ups between various villains, they did no better or worse than usual against Batman.
* ''Series/KamenRiderDenO: Climax Deka'' features the Imagin Negataros forms an "evil syndicate", and to strengthen their numbers, he recruited [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Fangire]] into his cause. In turn, this necessitates the arrival of the Fangires' main enemy, ''Series/KamenRiderKiva'', to come to the aid of Den-O and his allies.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The fourth ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'' book see's the 'Revenger's Club' created, a group of various nefarious figures from the previous books who have tentatively teamed up under the BigBad who's promised them each their personal vengeance on the protagonists. [[spoiler: [[EnemyCivilWar It doesn't last very long.]]]]
* In Lies, the third book of the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, [[spoiler: Caine and Zil team up to burn down Perdido Beach, which acts as a distraction to let Caine escape to the island.]]
* In the Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse, Villain Team Up is essentially the idea behind the ''Literature/StarTrekTyphonPact'' series, only with a twist. It's uncertain if the Typhon Pact will be an enemy of the United Federation of Planets or not. Politically, everything is highly uncertain, following the formation of the Pact in ''Literature/ASingularDestiny'' (a novel detailing the aftermath of ''StarTrekDestiny''). While the Pact members were historically antagonistic, their outlook may be changing, at least in some cases. The extent to which they will remain "villains" is unclear. The Tholians, at least, look set to remain enemies, whether the rest of the Pact follows their lead or reins them in is anyone's guess. As of the most recent books, a division between those members who hate the Federation and those who seek peace and even alliance with it looks increasingly likely.
* The ''Omen Of The Stars'' [[MythArc arc]] of ''Literature/WarriorCats'' features [[spoiler: all the villains who were killed off except Scourge and Bone teaming up to destroy the clans.]]
* The failure half of this occurs in the Star Wars novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction due to nature of the Sith's ChronicBackstabbingDisorder. Bane creates his rule of two to avoid this problem.
* In ''The Warlord of Mars'', third book of the JohnCarterOfMars series, Matai Shang (a previously-offscreen but often mentioned [[TheChessmaster chessmaster]]), Thurid (a minor villain from the previous book) and Salensus Oll (a newly-introduced EvilOverlord) pull off one of these, [[spoiler: which ends up falling apart messily, since all three hate each other's guts and have only temporarily-related goals]]. Rounding out the partnership is Matai Shang's daughter [[DaddysLittleVillain Phaidor]], though she's genuinely loyal to her dad and is mostly along for the ride rather than a co-conspirator.
* In Taylor Anderson's ''{{Destroyermen}}'', this is a fear of the [[TheAlliance Grand Alliance]] should their two enemies (the [[ImperialJapan Japanese]]-aided [[LizardFolk Grik]] and the [[ReligionOfEvil Holy]] [[TheEmpire Dominion]]) find out about each other. While they admit that the thoroughly racist Doms wouldn't even consider allying with such vile creatures as the Grik, they wouldn't put it past Hisashi Kurokawa or the Celestial Mother to offer the Dominion a chance to join the Hunt. By the end of ''Storm Surge'', both of the enemies are aware of one another. The Doms intend to send an expedition across the Atlantic to see if the Grik can somehow be subverted to serve their "holy" purpose. Of course, the "Grand Alliance of all Allied powers united beneath (or beside) the Banner of the Trees" is the heroic version of this. Originally made up of the crew of the USS ''Walker'' and several Lemurian Homes, it now includes most of the known Lemurians, several more crossed-over crews, the Empire of New Britain Isles, and the Republic of Real People. Additionally, another potential new ally is found, the [[spoiler:United States]].
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Wolfram and Hart were prone to this. In the first season, they enlisted Faith. In the second, they brought back Darla and then had Drucilla vamp her (it went badly for them). They also attempted to ally with or control Holtz and the Beast, unsuccessfully.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'': Had an episode with "Dead" Larry Sizemore and Tyler Brennen, two of Michael Westen's worst enemies, team up. Their partnership lasted just [[IncrediblyLamePun half the episode]], since Larry [[spoiler: never intended to work with Brennen long-term and simply stabs him in the chest, killing him.]]
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': Near the end of the first season, [[TheDon Datak]] allies with the corrupt Earth Republic (represented by Colonel Marsh) in order to [[spoiler: discredit Nolan and Amanda]] and help Datak win the mayoral election. In exchange, the plan is that Datak will help the E-Rep gain control of Rafe's mines (with Datak getting a sizable chunk of the profits). [[spoiler: Then, in the season finale, it turns out Marsh was just using Datak to take over the town and get to the ancient Votan ship buried underneath it. When Datak realizes this, he kills Marsh in a rage.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The episode "Doomsday" makes this a SubvertedTrope; the Cybermen offer the Daleks an alliance. The Daleks instinctively refuse. The rest of the episode involves the Daleks and the Cybermen kicking the snot out of each other, with the Doctor and the humans trapped in the middle.
** A comic strip from the 1990s also parodies this, with an omnipotent superbeing uniting all the Doctor's enemies together as one super-army, and then siccing them on all (then) eight Doctors. The Doctors point out the obvious flaw in the logic of bad guys all of whom they'd already defeated uniting to try and defeat them again... and then go on to defeat them all again.
** This is basically the plot of "Mark of the Rani" wherein [[MagnificentBastard the Master]] and [[EmperorScientist the Rani]] team up against the Sixth Doctor, though it's not really a mutual agreement. The Master [[BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord blackmails]] and [[ArsonMurderAndAdmiration bribes]] the Rani into cooperating with him, and when he eventually botches the entire plan due to his [[FoeYay obsession with the Doctor]], the Rani [[GroinAttack registers]] [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome her displeasure]].
** In "The Pandorica Opens" almost all of the Doctor's enemies we've ever heard of and more descend on Earth in 102A.D. to witness the titular event. [[spoiler: Turns out that, while the Doctor knew the Pandorica was a prison of some sort he had assumed it was already occupied by someone. Really what happened was that all of his foes came together to trap the Doctor in the Pandorica in order to prevent the destruction of the universe at his hands.]]
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Season Three is about [[spoiler: every villain still alive being united to serve Arthur Petrelli.]]
* ''Series/PowerRangersInSpace'': There was the United Alliance of Evil, a group formed by Dark Spectre and comprised of the villains from the first five seasons of ''Franchise/PowerRangers'', namely Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, the Machine Empire and Divatox.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', when [[Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm Lothor]] returned, he briefly teamed up with Mesogog. After the Rangers foiled their plan, Mesogog ended the alliance and the two villains [[EvilVersusEvil fought each other]]. Mesogog won.
** In ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', when Emperor Grumm went back in time, he teamed up with [[Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder Zeltrax]].
** With four villain factions in ''Series/PowerRangersOperationOverdrive'', it was unavoidable there'd be some occasional team ups but the most memorable was when Thrax, the son of [[Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd]], temporarily united all of them against the Power Rangers. The villains made it quite clear they'd only be united against the Rangers and, after the heroes were permanently dealt with, the factions would war among themselves again. Well, it was said at the top of the page the villains usually only team up to destroy the heroes. That alliance ended when Thrax was destroyed.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': Monroe and Randall Flynn ally in the second half of the season, starting at the end of [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand episode 11]].
* ''{{Smallville}}'': There have been a few villain team-ups. Firstly, in season 3, three of the meteor freaks Clark Kent had taken down teamed up to steal his powers and escape. There have also been team-ups between Brainiac and Bizarro, Lex and Toyman, and recently several Superman villains from the comics were teamed up by [=LuthorCorp=] to become Smallville's version of the Injustice Gang.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': The Cardassians and the Dominion form an alliance in the last few seasons, which eventually expands to include the Breen.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': SubvertedTrope. Crowley tries to pull one with the Boss Leviathan (he even bakes [[ToServeMan gluten-free baby uvula muffins]] for the occasion!), but gets shot down.
** He did manage to temporarily team up with [[ArchangelRaphael Raphael]] in the previous season finale after [[spoiler: his previous deal with Castiel fell apart]], but that lasted all of ten minutes before [[spoiler: Cas OutGambitted them both, killed Raph, and sent Crowley on the run]].
* ''TV Colosso'': There was a sketch named "As Aventuras do Super C„o" (The Adventures of Super Dog). Not ''that'' [[KryptoTheSuperdog superdog]]. In one episode, the villains teamed up and the eponymous hero wasn't worried. The villains argued about who had the idea one of them was presenting.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* There have been '''MANY''' stables in wrestling history that were centered around a manager who was supposedly looking out for the financial interests of his wrestlers. While this was usually {{Kayfabe}}, "Precious" Paul Ellering, who assembled the original Legion of Doom in Georgia in the 1980s, which featured the TagTeam Wrestling/TheRoadWarriors, really ''was'' the team's legitimate business manager in RealLife.
* The Four Horsemen can be considered the TropeCodifier for professional wrestling. The heel group, known in wrestling as a "stable" or "faction," first formed with Wrestling/RicFlair, Ole Anderson, Wrestling/ArnAnderson and Tully Blanchard. Various incarnations lasted for 13 years; however, they have direct descendants running up to today's current wrestlers.
* ProfessionalWrestling sort of did this when rival heel stables Wrestling/TheCorporation and The Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness put aside their differences and teamed up to take on their mutual enemies.
** [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] was the [[BigBad Higher Power]] controlling both groups the entire time as part of his EvilPlan to get the title off of [[Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin "Stone Cold" Steve Austin]] though, so at the very least Vince, [[Wrestling/ShaneMcMahon Shane]], and Wrestling/TheUndertaker were in cahoots the entire time. The members of the Corporate Ministry still didn't get along very well though, especially Undertaker and TripleH, and the group disbanded right after the Austin vs Vince feud ended.
** The Four Horsemen and the Wrestling/DungeonOfDoom created the Alliance to End Hulkamania to finally get rid of [[InvincibleHero Boring Invincible Hero]] Wrestling/HulkHogan. It failed miserably.
* Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/{{Kane}} would alternate between heels and faces during their time as a tag team: the Brothers of Destruction.
* Wrestling/TheMiz and [[Wrestling/RonKillings R-Truth]], two heels in separate stories at the time, somehow found common ground and teamed up in September 2011. They were disqualified from a tag team title match at WWE Night of Champions when Miz attacked a referee. The next night on Raw, then-[[CorruptCorporateExecutive WWE COO]] Wrestling/TripleH, sick of their antics, "fired" them. In a reverse [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice Job BreakingItVillain]], this set off a chain of events where most of the WWE roster turned against Triple H, leading to Triple H's ouster as the on-screen authority figure. Miz and Truth returned to WWE TV in mid-October 2011.
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* Not a straight example, since they teamed up to TakeOverTheWorld([=s=]) rather then to beat up the hero, but in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] teams up with [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]], [[TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Oogie Boogie]], [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]], [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]], and, later on, [[MyFriendsAndZoidberg Pete]]. One of the few villain alliances that actually managed to keep itself united without any form of internal struggles or betrayals entering the picture (the same can't be said about [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Organization XIII]]).
* Being a MassiveMultiplayerCrossover title, ''Videogame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'' features one of these involving every main villain from the first ten games of the main series, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII Gabranth]], in direct opposition to the heroes from their respective games, and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI Shantotto]].
* ''Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics'' has [[SuperMarioBros Bowser]] and [[SonicTheHedgehog Dr. "Eggman" Robotnik]] scheme to melt all the snow in the world by capturing the Snow Spirits.
** They're at it again in the London 2012 sequel. This time creating an artificial [[OminousFog thick fog]] to ruin the London games.
* Another MassiveMultiplayerCrossover game, the Subspace Emissary mode of ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'', also starts out with one of these, involving [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]], [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Bowser, Wario]], [[Franchise/{{Kirby}} King Dedede]], Master Hand, and with special guest appearances by [[SuperMarioBros Petey Pirahna]], [[Franchise/{{Pokemon}} Rayquaza]], [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Ridley]], and [[VideoGame/{{Mother3}} Porky Minch]]. It quickly unravels though when Ganondorf [[HijackedByGanon attempts to backstab everyone]], Dedede [[GoodAllAlong turns out to be a good guy]], and then turns into a full-blown EnemyMine when the ''[[ManBehindTheMan real]]'' BigBad is revealed.
** It also potentially has some lesser versions in event matches and what not. The showdown of Melee has [[SuperMarioBros Giga Bowser]], [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Ganondorf]] and [[{{Pokemon}} Mewtwo]] as a team vs whatever character you chose. Brawl has the Final Battle (Bowser, Ganondorf and Dedede team up), Two Trouble Kings (Bowser and King Dedede against Mario or Mario and Kirby), and the Final Battle for Two (two chararacters of player choice against Bowser, Ganondorf, King Dedede, Meta Knight, Wolf and Wario).
* Because of [[MassiveMultiplayerCrossover the nature of the game]], this also happens in the VideoGame/SuperRobotWars series frequently and in nearly every game. [[VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsJudgment For example]], [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED ZAFT]] can be found helping the [[MartianSuccessorNadesico Jovian army]].
** Who teams up with who and for what reasons often vary, depending on the game. The first game has the [[Franchise/{{Gundam}} Principality of Zeon]], [[MazingerZ Doctor Hell]] and the [[GetterRobo Dinosaur Empire]] being mind controlled by ancient evil mecha, the second game has the villains united into Divine Crusaders by Brian Zoldak, an alliance that has fallen apart only in the sequel, when the Zabi familly took over after Zoldak's death and soon they started fighting each other. From that point different games saw different variations of alliances with varying results, sometimes even fighting other villains.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManX 5'' does this by way of implication. He never shows up on screen, but given all the callbacks, and the overall plan Sigma has, it's obvious that [[VideoGame/MegaMan Dr. Wily]] is somehow teaming up with him. WordOfGod later confirmed he was brought back to live by the Maverick Virus somehow.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', the vigilante Archangel was such a royal pain in the ass that Omega's major mercenary groups put their differences aside [[{{Badass}} to hunt just ONE guy.]]
** [[OneManArmy He holds them off for a long time, too. Alone.]] [[BigDamnHeroes At least, long enough for Shepard and co. to show up.]]
* The story in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'' revolves around SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom and [[Franchise/ResidentEvil Albert Wesker]] leading a villain team up, which includes {{Magneto}}, [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Super-Skrull]], [[Comicbook/DoctorStrange Dormammu]] and ComicBook/{{MODOK}}. They also hired Taskmaster [[AllThereInTheManual according to the promotional comic]], but he seems to remain neutral to maximize his own personal gain.
* The titular Deadly Alliance in Mortal Kombat 5 consists of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, who form an alliance to kill the two people who possess the biggest threats to them (Liu Kang and Shao Kahn) and conquer the realms using the lost army of the Dragon King.
** Later, in VideoGame/MortalKombatArmageddon's Konquest mode, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Shao Kahn, and Onaga form an "alliance of traitors", as Onaga [[LampshadeHanging refers to it]].
* VideoGame/SonicGenerations has [[spoiler: Dr. Eggman team up with his past self, Dr. Robotnik. ("Nobody calls me that anymore.")]]
* While the original version of ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' has them fight you seperately, the PS3 version gets [[VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia Dhaos]], [[VideoGame/TalesOfEternia Shizel]], [[VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny Barbatos Goetia]]... and [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Kratos]] [[AntiHero Aurion]] together for an epic four vs. four battle in the Merciless rank of the team arena.
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* One story in ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' has [[CardCarryingVillain Fructose Riboflavin,]] the [[SpacePirates Pirates of Ipecac,]] and [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Galatea]] all teaming up, although the pirates are there against their will, and it's arguable that Galatea [[UnwittingPawn doesn't really understand what's going on.]]
* The Hat and Robo-Cube in ''StickmanAndCube'', although this is more of a [[PuppeteerParasite hostile takeover]] on The Hat's part.
* As it's based on the ''VideoGame/MegaManX'' series (specifically the game mentioned above), this happens in ''[[http://as.crowdedstreet.net/Something/ Burning Stickman Presents...Something!]]'', with a third villain, original to the comic actually being the one to put Sigma and Wily together. Naturally, all three are planning to betray the hell out of each other, though to their credit, they're planning to do it ''after'' the Evil Plan plays out.
* We see that the team of [[BigBad Lord Xykon]] and [[TheDragon Redcloak]] from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' started off as this. The prequel shows that the two first met when Redcloak saw Xykon obliterate a garrison of paladins and, as Redcloak's brother says, "Let's suggest a team-up with him, [[MarvelComics Marvel]] style!"
** And then [[spoiler: General Tarquin]] joined forces with Nale and the Linear Guild.
* ''Webcomic/TalesFromThePit'': [[http://tumblr.com/ZrlFax863NGZ The Rules Manager and the copier team up to defeat MaRo!]] Their evil plan: make duplicate copies of the relevant rules to prevent Mark's new mechanic from seeing print!
* In RPGWorld, [[BigBad Galgarion]] and [[spoiler:Jeff, Eikre's rival]] have been hired by [[EvilCorp South Corp]] to take out the main group of heroes. While Galgarion is using South Corp for his own ends, he invites [[spoiler: Jeff]] to do the same, effectively making [[spoiler:him]] his [[TheDragon Dragon]].
* In ''{{Sonichu}}'' a number of villains from the earlier issues (including Dr. Eggman and [[{{Pokemon}} Giovanni]]) team up to take over [=CWCVille=] when Chris was away.
* Ian and Anita in the grand finale of ''ErrantStory''.
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* In the Web Novel, ''TheImpossibleMan'', the villains team up to form The Amalgamated Union of Malicious Malcontents.
* In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" of the WhateleyUniverse, Hekate's unseen master makes her team up with The Necromancer so she has a safe haven from a true Sidhe curse. The same unseen figured gets Don Sebastiano to give them intel, and The Necromancer gets his Children of the Night, the Felonious Four, and Obsession to help him.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', the city's villains are smart enough to temporarily set aside their differences against common OmnicidalManiac threats.
* A MassiveMultiplayerCrossover web series example, the Los no Frollos organization in ''WebAnimation/TheFrolloShow'' consists of [[Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt Stocking, Scanty, Kneesocks, Corset]], [[Disney/{{Hercules}} Hades]], [[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Batiatus]], Marco Antonio Regil, Hans Frollo [[spoiler:([[BrainwashedAndCrazy not willingly]])]], Achmed Frollo, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames Gwonam]], Yusuf, [[VideoGame/CarnEvil Umlaut]], [[WebVideo/HitlerRants Hitler, GŁnsche]], Dmitri Frollo, [[JosefStalin Stalin]], [[Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove Yzma]], [[WesternAnimation/AdventureTime Lemongrab]], Wilford Brimley, WebVideo/TheIrateGamer, and Best Hercules. It eventually unravels when [[spoiler: Stocking is revealed to be a WellIntentionedExtremist to minimize consequences]], [[spoiler:half of the members are killed off or KO'd]], and [[spoiler:Wilford backstabs the organization and becomes the biggest threat to the world after absorbing [[VideoGame/YumeNikki Madotsuki's]] sorrows, forcing the remaining members to [[EnemyMine team up with Frollo and his allies]]]].
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* Tends to happen quite a bit in the DisneyThemeParks' stage shows.
** ''TheDisneyAfternoon Live!'' stage show that ran at [[DisneyThemeParks Disneyland]] in 1991 had [[WesternAnimation/TaleSpin Don Karnage]] and [[WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers Fat Cat]] teaming up to steal a top secret plane.
** ''Fantasmic!'' contains one between [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Queen Grimhilde]], [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ursula]], [[Disney/{{Fantasia}} Chernabog]], and [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Maleficent]] in its original California version. For the Florida version, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], [[Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame Frollo]], [[Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians Cruella DeVil]], and [[Disney/TheLionKing Scar]] join in as well.
** From 2002 to 2005, Walt Disney World ran a daily stage show in which Disney/{{Cinderella}} hosts a party at her castle and its get crashed and taken over by [[Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs Queen Grimhilde]], [[Disney/PeterPan Captain Hook]], [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Jafar]], and [[Disney/{{Mulan}} Shan-Yu]].
* In the reknowned ''VideoGame/DwarfFortress'' LetsPlay '{{Boatmurdered}}', a rather hilarious one occurs, when a group of goblins decide to team up with the elephants who were already holding the fortress under seige:
-->''"I think they're starting their own little town in there, elephants and goblins living together in peace and harmony, joined only by burning hatred for dwarves."''
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