Both are cool, and their battle is awesome!
"Samurai and zombies!? You don't have to say any more. I'm in!"
; so are ninjas
. So pirates fighting
ninjas must be awesome
. And why not make them all fight some robots while we're at it? Oh and don't forget the zombies
Related to the Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot
and Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs
, this trope is a case when two types of cool things battle it out. Unlike an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny
, this is not a case when two specific characters Duel to the Death
. Though a battle can qualify as both, if the two characters are two different character types
Bonus points if the two don't exist in the same time-period, place, or universe
Elves Versus Dwarves
, despite how it sounds, is not
; though it can be applied to whichever two sides are fighting. A Massive Multiplayer Crossover
often invokes this. A Versus Title
is a sure sign of the trope at work.
A Super Trope
to Fur Against Fang
, Pirates Versus Ninjas
, Fight Dracula
(because a character needs to be awesome themselves to fight him.)
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Anime and Manga
- Many Shonen and Humongous Mecha anime and manga (especially Super Robot shows) in general run on this trope.
- Naruto featured Ninjas vs. Zombies Ninjas. Yeah, ZOMBIE ninjas.
- Due to its Fantasy Kitchen Sink nature, Mahou Sensei Negima! has had Ninja vs. Mage, Mage vs. Demon, Mage vs. Samurai, Mage vs. Vampire, Vampire vs. Samurai, Vampire vs. Martial Artist, Vampire vs. Demon, Mage vs. Swordsman... well, you get the idea. And then the time travel, teleportation, petrification, plant control, and summoning come into play...
- The culmination of one of neg's master plans was to have normals donning magic gear and fighting against robots. That's Mage Army vs Robot Army!
- The end of Seto no Hanayome features a massive brawl involving mermaid Yakuza, songs of mass destruction, gigantic eels, and the Terminator himself—in a Sailor Fuku—firing laser beams out of his eyes while flexing while stuff continues to explode in the background.
- Getter Robo does this every other day. It starts with a Super Robot vs. giant cyborg dinosaurs and goes up from there.
- Grenadier: it opens with samurai vs. riflemen, and just the first episode also includes riflemen and machine guns against one six-shot revolver plus Improbable Aiming Skills. It goes from there: revolver vs. magical weapon, revolver vs. super-weapon, revolver vs. magical lance, ...
- Hellsing. A ragtag group of (French?) mercenaries, English Knights, and Dracula/Eldritch Abomination vs. Nazi vampires, Nazi zombies, a Nazi werewolf, Nazi Eldritch Abominations, Battle Butler with Razor Floss vs. Badass Preacher, the Ninth Crusade, and then some. You may now overdose on awesome.
- Ga-Rei mainly revolves around Mafia sorcerers versus state-funded agency of Mons summoners. It's... less awesome than it sounds.
- Shaman King has, amongst other things, samurai ghost and zombie martial artist versus Humongous Mecha angels.
- Fate/stay night and Fate/Zero. It has Assassin vs Saber vs Rider vs Archer vs Berserker vs Caster vs Lancer vs Avenger (in one of the previous wars). And all classes are represented by historical, mythological or legendary character (or sometimes original fictional one). It could be described as Epic vs Gar. Even then nothing comes close to the awesome absurdity of Gilgamesh in an Ancient Sumerian/Indian spaceship vs Berserker (Sir Lancelot) in an F-15 fighter jet. And at the same time, King Arthur and Alexander the Great fighting Cthulhu.
- One Piece: Brook vs. Ryuuma. An animated skeleton swordfighting a samurai zombie. Hell, much of the Thriller Bark arc is literally Pirates vs. Zombies. The zombies were technically pirates as well, and they included the aforementioned samurai, zombie furniture, and a zombified demonic giant, which can be piloted like a giant robot.
- Viewed at first glance, Neon Genesis Evangelion appears to be about Humongous Mecha vs. Cosmic Kaijus. Of course, then it gets complicated.
- Kore wa Zombie desu ka? has Vampire Ninja vs Zombie, Magical Girl Uh guy/Zombie, Vampire Ninja and Necromancer vs Vampire Ninja Magical Girl Megalo person.
- High School DXD has devil versus fallen angels versus Norse Mythology gods versus a Badass Normal human army and your protagonist is a perverted human-turned devil/dragon.
- Pokémon often gets by with this, especially whenever the Olympus Mons make the scene. The movies in particular are all about showcasing massive battles between some of the most powerful creatures from the games, whatever the rest of the plot might be about. The newest one makes a point of advertising that the original legendary Mewtwo shows up to face the latest, Genesect.
- Attack on Titan is basically Steam Punk teenage warriors with dual-wielded super-sharp swords and rope grapples, pitted against nigh invulnerable man-eating giants that are hellbent on wiping out humanity. Sorry, it's probably best to just give you a second or two to let the awesomeness of that last sentence soak in.
- Dragon Ball thrived off of this trope. Hell, Dragon Ball Z may as well be called Cool Vs. Awesome: The Anime.
- Marvel and DC often do this, especially with Dracula since there is no more copyright law applicable. Batman seems to be a regular feature of this sort of thing, fighting Judge Dredd, Aliens, and Predators semi regularly.
- Not to mention Batman and Superman Vs. Vampires and Werewolves.
- Superman and Batman vs Aliens and Predator.
- Aliens have fought: Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Judge Dredd, Wildcats. Predators have fought Batman, Superman, Magnus Robot Fighter, Judge Dredd, the JLA, and Tarzan. That's not even counting two Witchblade, Darkness, Aliens and Predator 4-ways, one of which was better than the other.
- There's a mini-arc of Gold Digger in which a princess and her spec ops team pilot an ersatz Voltron against a group of pirates and their GaoGaiGar lookalike. The fight lasts three issues and includes triple-wielded katanas, evil twins, and a guitar riff that can stop time. Did I mention that all of the characters involved are leprechauns?
- Judge Dredd has fought both Predator and Aliens.
- About half the X-Men plots can be described as this. Mutants vs. Robots. Mutants vs. Aliens. Mutants vs. Dinosaurs. Mutants vs. Mythological Monsters.
- In her self-titled solo series, Batgirl was once visited at college by Supergirl and, after deciding not to have a Slumber Party or pillow fight (Damn), the two of them went to see a cliched, over-acted, badly produced Dracula film. Unfortunately, elsewhere on campus a research project had gone other than planned and twenty-four Draculas leapt off the screen and began rampaging across the campus, forcing Batgirl and Supergirl to suit-up and stop them. It was Batgirl and Supergirl fighting twenty-four Draculas!
- Deadpool tended towards this for a while, especially after he teamed up with his own zombie-universe severed head to fight dinosaurs, some of which became zombies, and then later were infected by the Venom symbiote. He also helped a superhero trucker fight alien raccoons, and helped Hercules solve a labyrinth created by Arcade, who was hired by a demon.
- The entirety of Nextwave can be described thus. Crazy Awesome Supers and their even more crazy awesome robot-supremacist robot fighting Pantsless Kaiju, Samurai Robots, Cannibal Drop Bears, laser eyebeam-shooting Stephen Hawking clones and much much more!
- When confronted by samuroids, samurai androids, Elsa Bloodstone fights them with a shovel, saying they're too cool for her to use guns on.
- Worlds Collide is a Crossover comic between Sonic and Mega Man, first pitting the titular heroes against each other, then against Doctors Eggman and Wily as they fight to prevent the two mad scientists from rewriting their realities.
- The comic book Zombies vs. Robots and its sequel Zombies vs. Robots vs. Amazons.
- The Dandy's Arena of Awesome embodies this trope.
- Hellboy: King Arthur versus the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.
- Brute Force: ROBO-BEAR VERSUS CYBER-GORILLA!!!
- The graphic novel Dinosaurs vs. Aliens
- The Alternate History graphic novel Block 109: Soviet mechas and Siberian berserkers Vs. Nazi mechas and new Teutonic knights.
- Dark Horse started the whole Alien vs. Predator idea, which morphed (no pun intended) into a series of video games and films.
- Dark Horse comic Aliens vs Predator vs The Terminator upped the ante.
- Hilariously lampooned in New Warriors, where the titular team was captured by a trio of highly sentient primates (a gorilla, a baboon, and an orangutan). Speedball, who had spent most of the previous few issues bothering his teammates with questions like would a shark be able to beat a crocodile, immediately begins asking the gorilla and the baboon who, in their opinion, would win in fights between a hyena and a leopard, a bear versus a rhino, etc. Both the apes are in complete agreement over who the victor in each fight would be, although they make a point of informing Speedball that such scenarios could never happen in real life. Finally, Speedball asks who would win in a fight between a gorilla and a baboon. The gorilla insists that the gorilla would win, the baboon insists that it would be the baboon. Both of them immediately begin fighting, giving the New Warriors the opportunity they need to escape, which was Speedball's plan all along.
- Forever Evil: Lex Luthor's Legion of Doom against the Crime Syndicate.
- One Star Wars comic has Boba Fett versus Darth Vader. It's precisely as badass as it sounds.
- Attack on Avengers: The Marvel Universe VS Titans.
- Dungeon Keeper Ami features a sizeable undead fleet in the opening stages of the battle of Dreadfog Island. Flying undead galleons and frigats, supported by twelve ancient death priests, pitted against airships. And then a giant flying zombie Octopus...
- Fate Stay Night: Ultimate Master gives us Ben Tennyson taking part in the Holy Grail War. In other words, we get to see Alien Super-Heroes vs Magically-summoned Heroic Spirits.
- Fantasy Of Utter Ridiculousness offers a duel between Megas and Suika Ibuki. A giant robot car fighting Gensokyo's resident drunken Sizeshifter? Definitely.
- An ISOT In Grimdark pits the modern German ''Bundeswehr'' against the Forces Of Chaos. Leopard 2 Main Battle Tank vs. Bloodthirster of Khorne, anyone?
- Worldwar: War of Equals has alien space lizards facing off against 21st century military forces.
- Fate/Zero Sense replaces all the servants except Saber with various anime characters and Deadpool, so this becomes a regular occurrence. Examples include Deadpool almost defeating Saber with Monty Python References, Gurren Lagann vs Eva Unit-01, Sasuke's Susano'o vs Grimmjow's Gran Rey Cero, more Monty Python references, Vash's Angel Arm vs Saber's Excalibur Angel Arm wins, Grimmjow in Resurrecion vs ALL OF TEAM DAI-GURREN, Gurren Lagann vs Eva Unit-01 rematch. Gurren Lagann wins although Rider dies from his wounds. And finally, MORE MONTY PYTHON REFERENCES. The Holy Shit Quotient was surpassed at the first Monty Python reference. Yeah, it's that kind of fic.
- Weiss Reacts: In no particular order, the Gurren Lagann versus the Nirvash typeZERO, the above two mechs plus the Shinkiro versus the Vox Units, team RWBY versus Hokuago Tea-Time in a music competition, Pyrrha versus Minako and Raven versus Adam. Also, Rin versus Weiss has been hinted to have happened in backstory.
- The Halo/Mass Effect crossover Guilty Sparks, which takes place during the (rather shaken up) events of Halo: Combat Evolved, sees several melee fights between Reaper Husks and Flood Combat Forms. It is exactly as awesome and terrifying as it sounds. It reaches its apex when the heroes catch a Reaper Husk specifically created for turning enemies into husks tries to huskify Flood Forms...only for the Flood-Husks to turn on them and prove even harder to fight. The sequels are sure to take it even farther.
- The Dresden Files: The whole series could be summed up as "Crazy Awesome wizard versus everything".
- The same author, Jim Butcher, created the Codex Alera series essentially because of this trope, to prove that any ridiculous premise could be made awesome - such as the Lost Roman Legion versus Pokémon. The result was Roman legionnaires with Elemental Powers versus wolfmen with Blood Magic and arbalests versus the Zerg versus Neanderthal-elves with Bond Creatures versus empathic yetis. And the one Badass Normal. Our Laconic explanation of it is Cool Vs. Awesome: The Series.
- In Complete World Knowledge, details of the historic feud between submariners and zeppeliners are given. In a subversion, the author describes this as "the most pointless feud in human history".
- Two of the books in the Skulduggery Pleasant series, Playing With Fire and The Faceless Ones, feature a detective skeleton wizard and his companions versus near immortal gods. The wizards win the first time. They at least manage to survive the attack (mostly) by the multiple fully powered gods in the next book.
- Zombies vs Unicorns, which began as two people arguing which were better.
- Played with/lampshaded (by the main character) in The Hobbit. As if an epic war between Elves, Dwarves and Lake Men wasn't enough, Tolkien throws in Goblins and Wargs.
- It takes Harry Potter five books for a duel between Dumbledore and Voldemort. Mind you, the former is triple-digit years old and can still force the latter to attack with all he's got.
- Everworld; not only do you have gods from various mythologies versus each other, but you also have: Vikings vs Aztecs, Vikings vs medieval knights (plus Merlin himself), Ancient Greek gods vs insect-aliens, etc.
- Artemis Fowl gives us a Child Prodigy Magnificent Bastard and his Battle Butler vs Fairies with laser guns.
- Pavlovs Dogs is built around the premise of genetically engineered werewolves versus zombies. What more needs to be said?
- Life of Pi includes a tiger fighting a shark. It actually makes sense in context.
- An early movie in Mystery Science Theater 3000 featured a robot fighting an Aztec mummy. Its name, appropriately enough, was The Robot vs. The Aztec Mummy.
- Power Rangers has given us such conflicts as rescue workers vs. demons, time cops vs. mutants, ninjas vs. aliens, wizards vs. undead...
- Spike's show Deadliest Warrior seems to be all about this trope.
- Although they did skirt the obvious by having the pirate fight a knight and the ninja fight a Spartan, likely to avoid trolling.
- The guy who programs the simulations actually said that they were avoiding it because no one would agree on the right way to test it, and no one on the losing side would accept the result anyway (not that the series isn't already a tremendous Base Breaker).
- A similar concept was used a couple of times on the teen show, Dude, What Would Happen?, albeit with cheap prop duels rather than computer simulations. Once they even did "Vikings vs. Pirates", meaning northmen pirates against caribbean pirates.
- Top Gear delights in pitting one Cool Car against another, but it has also featured Cool Car v. Cool Boat (Ferrari Daytona v. a brand new carbon-fiber superboat) and Cool Car v. Cool Plane (Bugatti Veyron v. RAF Eurofighter Typhoon. And perhaps the ultimate: Cool Car vs. Cool Bike vs. Cool Train. And all of them 60 year old designs.
- The Discovery Channel's Animal Face-Off, with such matchups as Great White Shark vs. Saltwater Crocodile , Brown Bear vs. Siberian Tiger, Gorilla vs. Leopard, Hippopotamus vs. Bull Shark, Black Bear vs. American Alligator, and Polar Bear vs. Walrus.
- Doctor Who:
- Primeval features a battle between a Future Predator against a prehistoric Gorgonopsid.
- American Gladiators had some themed episodes where all the contestants were pro-NFL players or U.S. military personnel.
- Wizards Vs Aliens is Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- In the second episode of Sleepy Hollow's second season, Abby and Ichabod conjure up a horseman of their own who immediately takes on the Horsemen of Death and War simultaneously. It is technically this trope because War participates via a mind-controlled suit of armor.
- Back Through Time by Alestorm has pirates going back in time to fight vikings. They also mention having fought ninja in passing.
- ''Dinosaur Laser Fight'' by Ninja Sex Party starts out with just dinosaurs, but then goes on to include robots, sharks, and aliens. IN SPACE.
- Professional Wrestling in general is built around this trope, combining sport rivalries with various gimmicks, from superheroes to delinquents to supernatural figures, to utterly crazy people, sometimes mixed with various additional rules, be it Mêlée à Trois, fight in a cage or lumberjack match.
- For many, the idea of the The World's Greatest Tag Team against The Kings of Wrestling was enough to justify purchasing Glory by Honor IX. Keep in mind this was the show where Tyler Black was going to leave the promotion with its World Championship if Roderick Strong didn't stop him.
- In the WWN, this was the initial marketing idea behind EVOLVE, hence the abundance of versus titles. EVOLVE also set up the first SHINE main event of Sara Del Rey vs Jazz.
- Sabu went down south to attend a Pro Wrestling Syndicate event in 2013 when he learned it would be feature John Morrison would be wrestling Jushin Thunder Liger. The sight of Sabu had fans chanting "Triple Threat" but they'd have to wait for that.
- The Shield vs The Wyatt Family at Elimination Chamber 2014 and a week later on RAW - both instances had the crowds literally chanting "THIS IS AWESOME!" before the match had even started. And it lived up to it. It's worth mentioning that both groups were heels (villains) at the time.
- Pray, let's not forget the Tyrannosaur-ship-mounted-Ninja-Pirates vs. the Titan-Submarine-mounted-Cannibal-Vikings.
- The original Dungeon Master's Guide included rules for running crossover battles between D&D heroes and characters from other early TSR games, including Boot Hill (Wild West gunslingers) and Gamma World (post-apocalyptic mutants).
- Warhammer 40,000 is basically the setting for an epic scale Guilt-Free Extermination War between:
- Eberron includes, among other things, Bedouin elvish nomads battling an industrialized Germanic nation fielding zombies and skeletons with dinosaur-riding halfling barbarians caught in the middle.
- Feng Shui features this a lot, given its timehopping Secret War setting. Shaolin monks battle evil cyborg demons from the future, transformed animals fight evil sorcerers that can turn them back into their regular animal form, maverick cops and heroic triad gangsters fight intelligent cyborg apes and their minions who like to BLOW THINGS UP. And that's just for starters.
- Basically the premise of Monsterpocalypse. Want to see Cthulhu fight off the Martians? How about huge ninjas taking on a Horde of Alien Locusts? Maybe you'd like to see Oversized dinosaurs take on a Humongous Mecha or two? You can have them, and that's only the first set!
- As one person said, "Exalted is robots versus dinosaurs!" More aptly, it's glorious golden demigods and keepers of the earth, shapeshifting social engineers, a magically-empowered martial dynastic empire and fate's ninjas versus the undead servants of oblivion, mad fairies from beyond reality, demon-kings who gain power from acting like B-movie villains, Communist cyborg soldiers from another dimension, and each other.
- Smash-Up is built on this trope. Players choose two "factions" from eight - including Pirates, Ninjas, Dinosaurs, Wizards, Robots, Zombies, Aliens, and Tricksters - shuffle those two factions together, and compete with the other factions to destroy buildings and landmarks. Get ready for Dinosaurs and Ninjas versus Aliens and Pirates!
- Strike Legion is this trope. To quote the page's trope entry: it is entirely possible to have a Legion strike team made up of Commander Shepard, Master Chief, Spider-Man, Gandalf, Kenshiro, and a xenomorph wearing Powered Armor and driving Evangelions which wield Reflex Cannons, who take on legions of Immortals, vampires, Godzilla, Space Marines, Alex Mercer clones, and Dark Jedi.
- A Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG tagline for Shadow Specters pits the Noble Knights against Vampires.
- The Adventures of Dr. McNinja has had, in no particular order, ninjas and a doctor ninja versus... robots, clowns, a flying bodybuilder, a giant Paul Bunyan who was really a child, evil ninjas, pirates, ghosts, Mexican banditos on dinosaurs, vampires, zombies, a unicorn motorcycle, a ghost wizard, someone pretending to be a robot, ninja zombies, more robots, zombie Benjamin Franklin, Dracula (Dracula also had a robot Dracula), a Danish 80s action movie hero and his ninjas, clone ninjas, ghost wizards, Mayincatec robot temple guards, future dinosaurs from space, a vengeful space ghost that explodes people, a samurai demon, sky pirates, a luchador doctor, and a king on a dirtbike. At any given point, those enemies may have fought each other as well.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has had The Men in Black vs. prehistoric dragons from space and their friend the old lady in the flying Powered Armor, fighting over a bomb that can destroy the world.
- Axe Cop has had the title character and his allies (including dinosaurs, people with unicorn horns, a vampire wizard ninja and his brother who's also a werewolf) vs. aliens, vampire half-babies, Humongous Mecha, flying books, Bad Santa... This picture◊ with just about all the good guys and antagonists on opposing sides, with huge amounts of Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot in both, takes the trope about as far as is imaginable.
- Ethan Nicolle's other webcomic (besides Axe Cop), Bearmageddon, opens up with a character asking another who would win in a fight, a bear or a gorilla. They decide that it's an unanswerable question, like "can God make a square circle".
- The Dragon Doctors is about magical doctors of many different disciplines who have banded together, and they've fought against various equally unusual opponents. The docs themselves are a wizard (with healing and shapeshifting magic), a soldier/surgeon, a shaman/therapist, and a Magitek specialist. They've faced off against a horde of assassins, a serial killer who kills dreaming shamans, and Goro (the soldier/surgeon) is currently fending off an all-female Quirky Miniboss Squad consisting of a pistol-wielding shapeshifter, a mage in a ballcap, a female ogre and a lamia with a petrifying ray gun.
- Narbonic: "Who would win in a fight between a giant robot foot accompanied by a rifle-toting assassin, and an army of hamsters in mechanical suits?"
- Homestuck has Bro (a Crazy Awesome, katana-wielding Badass who flies around on a rocket-powered surfboard) versus Jack Noir (a noir-themed Humanoid Abomination with godlike powers who also wields a katana and is part dog). The resulting battle is so awesome that it ends in a tie, with the two fighting to a standstill. Jack later gets the upper hand and kills Bro but only thanks to a well timed power-up gained from Becquerel prototyping himself.
- Older Than Feudalism: The Battle of Zama. A climactic battle between two of the mightiest empires in history commanded by the two greatest generals of the Sword And Sandal era. On the Carthaginian side is the Magnetic Hero, Hannibal Barca. On the Roman side is the Cincinnatus type Scipio Africanus. Who will win? Rome. To put the Battle of Zama into perspective, you have Roman legions being led by an eccentric general who really should not have this position under normal circumstances versus the aforementioned Magnetic Hero leading a diverse mercenary army and War Elephants. By all accounts it was epic.
- Waterloo, with the real-life (And significantly more Bad Ass) Redcoat Army under the Iron Duke Arthur Wellesley up against the Grande Armee under Bona Fide Magnificent Bastard Napoleon Bonaparte (Who also happened to be l'Empereur) in the final battle of the 26-year long French Revolutionary wars.
- Octopus vs. shark. Toothy menace of the deep? Not so much.
- USN vs IJN on the vast "un-Pacific" Ocean in World War II. They were two of the three most powerful navies in the world at the time, fighting the largest naval war in history.
- The coat-of-arms of Mexico: Eagle vs. Snake
- The Battle Of Leuctra: The Theban Sacred Band versus The Spartans. The Thebans won.
- Tennis rivalries - and sports rivalries in general - pretty much run on this trope. Federer vs. Nadal in the present and Sampras vs. Agassi in the past are examples. The 2007 and 2008 Wimbledon Men Singles Championship matches were noted for featuring the two players in their prime fighting tooth and nail for every point.
- A battle that takes place in the crushing, lightless depths of the ocean, only revealed to us by the scars left on one of the combatants: Sperm Whale vs Giant Squid.
- The Battle at Kruger: Buffalo vs. Lions vs Crocodiles
- In the battle of Sogdiana, Roman legions fought Chinese Han troops. Not as cool/awesome as Legions fighting, say, Samurai, but still pretty cool and awesome.
- Crocodile vs Shark.
- Battle of Hampton Roads, American Civil War. In the Grey Corner weighing in at 4000 long tons, the mighty casemate ironclad, and undefeated March 8th champion, The CSS Virginia! In the Blue Corner, displacing a tidy 987 long tons, all the way from New York, the raft body turret ship, USS Monitor! FIGHT!
- Maria Theresa vs. Frederick The Great. It was the ultimate clash of the baroque times.
- The Native Americans and the Vikings once got into a conflict with each other in 1000 AD.