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Cool Versus Awesome
aka: Cool Vs Awesome
Both are cool, and their battle is awesome!

Samurai and zombies!? You don't have to say any more. I'm in!

Pirates are cool; 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.)

Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • 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!
    Batgirl: (While being strangled by Dracula) "Hopefully you won't hold this against me."
    Supergirl: That's What She Said.
    Batgirl: You're funny.
    Supergirl: I try.
  • 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.

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    Literature 
  • The Dresden Files: The whole series could be summed up as "Crazy Awesome wizard versus everything".
    • A hundred points to wizard Harry Dresden, arriving in style for the battle against necromancers and their zombie armies at the climax of Dead Beat. Now, the Fifth Law of Magic prohibits raising the dead, but Harry notes this only applies to raising human dead. Another rule of magic is that when animating a corpse, the older it is, the stronger. So Dresden animated Sue, a nearly-complete dinosaur fossil over sixty-five million years old. Or in other words, Harry rode into battle on a zombified Tyrannosaurus rex. Set to jaunty polka music.
      • Dead Beat also features ninja ghoul versus valkyrie security consultant.
      "Sticks and stones may break your bones, but Chinese throwing stars get you a dozen stitches."
    • Turn Coat gives us centuries old, superpowerful Magical Native American versus prehistoric, shapeshifting, mind breaking Eldritch Abomination.
    • Changes has an epic battle. Involves three vampires, The Fair Folk, a Knight of the Cross or three, dozens of wizards (including the new Winter Knight and the Blackstaff), a Chinese guardian spirit, an entire army of Japanese kenku ninja-spirits, and Odin versus the entire Red Court of vampires, including the Red King, armies of half-vampire acolytes, and the Lords of the Outer Night, more or less Mayincatec gods, and South American mercenaries.
    • Ghost Story: Santa Claus and the Erkling versus Cthulhu's buddies.
  • 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 Pokmon. 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.

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    Music 

    Professional Wrestling 
  • 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 Mle 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.
  • 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.

    Tabletop Games 

    Video Games 

    Web Comics 
  • 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.

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alternative title(s): Pirates Versus Ninja; Cool Vs Awesome; Pirates Vs Ninjas
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