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

The wicked versus the loathsome.

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

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

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

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

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

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

!!Examples subpages:

* EvilVersusEvil/AnimeAndManga
* EvilVersusEvil/ComicBooks
* [[EvilVersusEvil/LiveActionFilms Films – Live-Action]]
* EvilVersusEvil/{{Literature}}
* EvilVersusEvil/LiveActionTV
* EvilVersusEvil/TabletopGames
* EvilVersusEvil/VideoGames
* EvilVersusEvil/WesternAnimation



* Comedian [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Juston McKinney]] mused about a hypothetical ride between a SerialKiller picking up a [[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil rapist.]] Both keep trying to psych each other out over who should be the victim then GilliganCut to a police station where one of them files a report.
-->[[spoiler:'''Serial Killer:''']] Yeah, I'd like to report a rape.\\
'''Police Officer:''' Do you know who did it?\\
[[spoiler:'''Serial Killer:''']] Yeah, he's right here. ''[puts a dufflebag full of remains on the desk]''

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''Magazine/{{Mad}}'''s ''ComicStrip/SpyVsSpy'', in all its various incarnations. Except for their arbitrarily assigned color scheme, the two sides are identical, committing the same horrible (if hilarious) atrocities on each other. (Which was creator Antonio Prohias's whole point.)
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'', [[http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/1999-02-07/ Mordac the Preventer vs. Catbert]].

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Zan-Shocker vs. the Voidspace Army in [[http://alaxr274.deviantart.com/gallery/36864534 Kamen Rider x Super Sentai x Super Milestone Wars: Crossover Taisen]]
* ''[[Fanfic/UltimateSleepwalker Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams]]'' has the supervillain 8-Ball going up against hired killer Bullseye when they're hired by rival syndicates during a MobWar. [[spoiler:8-Ball wins.]]
* The Council Era, a fanfic created through the cooperation of several writers on the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' Fanon Wikia (not Fan Fiction wikia) has an Evil Versus Evil plotline within the GreyAndGrayMorality of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' universe. On one side is the LawfulEvil, morally-corrupt equivalent of a galactic United Nations, The Council, and [[TheStarscream their advisor Tyrin Lieph]]. On the other is a ruthless NeutralEvil species [[TheStarscream led by another Starscream, Halak Marr]], whose primary goal is becoming a MasterRace.
* In ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' Draco believes (along most Slytherins, apparently) that Dumbledore was the Greater Evil and that Voldemort and his Death Eaters, though bad, were the only people with a chance to stand up to him.
* Engineered by the Emperor in ''FanFic/TalesOfTheEmperasque'': he causes Tyranid Hive to attack Dark Eldar, weakening them both. By extension, so many Dark Eldar souls going to Slaanesh, a villain himself, causes him to attack another villain, Khorne, effectively taking them out of the picture for centuries.
* During the last third of the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' story ''FanFic/Zero2ARevision'', [[ManipulativeBastard UmbraDevimon]] and [[EvilOverlord Demon]] both invade the Real World at the same time; apparently deciding that it's not big enough for both of them, they start throwing their armies at each other in order to wipe each other out. And ''[[FromBadToWorse then]]'', the Gravemon invade as well, and they suddenly find something more dangerous to worry about.
* ''FanFic/TheShapeOfTheNightmareToCome'' has [[GalacticConqueror Abaddon's]] Chaos Imperium fighting against the Perturabo-Angron alliance (Abaddon wins with the aid of Typhus), and later on [[SpacePirates Huron Blackheart's Eastern Chaos Imperium]] and the [[EldritchAbomination Void Dragon's]] Necron forces. Even worse, a key element of the fic's setting is the removal of two factions engaged in a massive Evil Versus Evil war - The Tyranid Hive Fleet Leviathan and the Ork Empire of Octarius inadvertently gave birth to the New Devourer, [[FromBadToWorse Ork/Tyranid hybrid lifeforms]], who then proceeded to eat 1/3 of the galaxy.
* This has popped up a couple of times so far in ''FanFic/QueenOfAllOni'': First, Valmont used the first Oni mask to steal control of the Ninja Shadowkhan away from Jade and turned on her, forcing her into a brief EnemyMine with Jackie. Then Ikazuki showed up and, after a brief fight, forced Jade to serve him, at least until the J-Team defeated him. And seeing as Jade's ultimate plan is to overthrow Tarakudo as ruler of the Oni, this will probably show up some more.
** In a situation not involving the Oni, Jade gets captures by the EvilSorcerer Lung, who wishes to break her to his will, thus granting him control over her and her tribe. Jade's minions, Left and Right, track him down and launch an [[StormingTheCastle assault on his fortress]], completely {{curb stomp|Battle}}ing his forces before fighting [[spoiler: and killing]] him and freeing Jade.
** And then there's Drago, who comes back in time to eliminate all rivals to his power in the future, including Jade. Because of this, the Matriarch (Jade's future self) sends her servant Karasu back in time after him to stop him. Meanwhile, Drago also ends up fighting present-day Jade's foreman Blankman.
** There's also the Shadow Hand fighting the various creatures [[SealedEvilInACan sealed]] in the Vault of Endless Night.
* ''Narrowly'' subverted in the ''FanFic/PonyPOVSeries''. [[spoiler:Discord's mind games drive Princess Luna nearly to the point of turning back into [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Nightmare Moon]] to stop him. She just ''barely'' restrains herself enough to regain her grasp on sanity, but still assumes her Nightmare Moon form in order to trick him. Also subverted later, as many assumed the second BigBad [[WellIntentionedExtremist Princess Gaia/Nightmare Whisper]] would overlap and fight with Discord upon his release, but that wasn't the case.]]
** Played straight in the [[BadFuture Epilogue/Dark World timeline]] -- about five hundred years prior to the "present" of the Dark World arc, [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends Grogar]] escaped from his [[SealedEvilInACan imprisonment]] and went to war with Discord for control of Equestria (given their respective M.O.s, this is also an all evil version of OrderVersusChaos). Notably, during the war many of Discord's enemies allied with Grogar, as they viewed his "[[LawfulEvil perfect order]]" as [[LesserOfTwoEvils preferable]] to Discord's "[[ChaoticEvil perfect chaos]]". Sadly, Discord ended up winning, condemning Equestria to a further five hundred years of his rule. Though this might be a good thing, as WordOfGod has stated Grogar in this timeline is a monster in his own right and essentially a {{ComicBook/Darkseid}} {{Expy}}.
** Also at some point in Dark World, [[Series/DoctorWho the Master]] overthrew Discord and his minions and made himself the new EvilOverlord of Equestria, only to be defeated by [[FallenHero the Valeyard]].
** Also briefly in Dark World is [[spoiler: [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Proto-Nightmare]] Twilight]] versus Angry Pie, though the former is quickly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone talked down]].
** The Dark World also has [[spoiler: [[TheVoice The Nameless Passenger]]/Nightmare Paradox vs Discord. The former turns out to be a KnightTemplar and TheCorrupter, despite being out to defeat Discord as well. As it turns out, Discord lost a ''[[GroundhogDayLoop long]]'' time ago. And by the time he's able to defy her, [[HeelRealization he's not exactly evil of his own accord anymore]].]]
** [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Cocoon]] vs [[VillainProtagonist Chrysalis]] in Chrysalis' OriginsEpisode. While Cocoon did make Chrysalis a slave and was in general a terrible ruler who almost destroyed the changelings by pure incompetence, Chrysalis was still a budding {{Sociopath}} with a considerable body count by that point in time. Chrysalis even says she's not opposing Cocoon because EvenEvilHasStandards, but because she's disgusted with Cocoon's incompetence.
** Flashbacks in the Wedding Arc reveal another example: [[spoiler: [[TheSociopath Chrysalis]] vs [[GeneralRipper General-Admiral Makarov]], who tried to kill her for no reason other than to satisfy his ego]]. And given that both were created by Pandora, this also counts as an all evil version of CainAndAbel.
* In ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'', [[spoiler: Duelhorn]] declares war on Khamja.
* ''FanFic/TheImmortalGame'': [[BigBad Titan]] and Discord have been enemies for thousands of years, and prior to the former being [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away]] by the Princesses, constantly fought over control of Equestria. [[spoiler: The desperate heroes exploit this to recruit Discord into an EnemyMine.]]
* [[Fanfic/TheElementsOfHarmonyAndTheSaviorOfWorlds The Hasbroverse]]: WordOfGod and WorldBuilding backstory establishes that at some point, [[Franchise/GIJoe COBRA]] somehow got the bright idea to attack ''[[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 the Decepticons]]''. The end result was COBRA being [[CurbStompBattle decimated]], with most of its leaders killed.
* ''FanFic/JewelOfDarkness'': There's elements of this in the CycleOfRevenge between the human and Metahuman supremacist groups like the Human Defense League and the Metahuman Protective Association.
* A match up that nearly every ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' fanfic writer dreams of is [[ArchEnemy Vlad Plasmius]] vs [[EvilMeScaresMe Dark Danny]], seen in stories such as the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', where Dark Danny usually comes out the winner due to being EvilerThanThou.
* ''FanFic/HarryPotterAndThePowerOfTheDarkSide'' has [[Franchise/StarWars Sith]] versus [[Franchise/HarryPotter Death Eaters]].
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', The [[ParodySue SUEs]] are not only in conflict with the [[Anime/MaiHime Himes]], but have mutually exclusive agendas with the canon antagonists and each other. In ''A Common Enemy Without A Common Cause'', the forced alliance between the [=SUEs=] quickly breaks down and [[EnemyCivilWar results in them killing each other]].
* ''FanFic/ZeroVsKira'' begins with [[Manga/DeathNote Kira]] versus the [[Franchise/CodeGeass Brittanian Empire]].
* The premise of Fanfic/TheCadanceverse is that ''both'' Celestia and Luna were corrupted (becoming Burning Sun and Nightmare Moon, respectfully) and eventually waged war on each other, forcing Cadance to seal them both away. They eventually get loose in the present (in the first fic of the series) and go right back to fighting each other for dominance. Though, once they realize that the Musical 6 are on the verge of retrieving the Elements of Harmony to use on them, they briefly team up to destroy them [[spoiler: (they both lose)]].
* ''FanFic/ShadowsAwakening'' happens to have ''two'' {{Big Bad Duumvirate}}s ([[EvilSorcerer Daolon Wong]] and [[OurGhostsAreDifferent The Phantom]], [[EnemyWithin The Queen]] and [[SealedEvilInACan Tarakudo]]) that are [[BigBadEnsemble as opposed to each other]] as they are to the heroes.
* ''FanFic/FallenKing'' has Maximillion Pegasus versus Yami Bakura; it works out much better for Pegasus than in ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' canon, as he forces Bakura to retreat.
* ''FanFic/MegaManRecut'' has Wily's forces vs. the Steel Crescent Syndicate.
* ''FanFic/MegaManDefenderOfTheHumanRace'' has the Conduit's plan to take out Wily; their forces get into a fight in episode 12.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/1114057 God of the New World]]'' [[Manga/DeathNote Light, Mikami]], and [[TokenGoodTeammate Matsuda]] struggle to survive in [[Series/DoctorWho "Harold Saxon's"]] world.
* ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' has the Metarex versus Tsali, [[{{Satan}} Maledict]] versus the Metarex, and [[EldritchAbomination Dark Tails]] against ''[[OmnicidalNeutral everyone]]''. The overarching conflict between Maledict and Allysion [[GodAndSatanAreBothJerks can be seen as this too]], Maledict is the biblical Satan and all-around ManipulativeBastard, while Allysion is a crazed psychopath who wants to watch the universe burn and torture everything ForTheEvulz.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': The true villains of the story, [[ReligionOfEvil the Church of Majora]], engineer Ganondorf's resurrection in Equestria rather than Hyrule so that a) his presence in Hyrule won't interfere with their plans, and b) hopefully Vaati and the Mane Six will eliminate him for them. Somewhat downplayed, in that neither the heroes nor Ganondorf himself are aware of the involvement of Majora's minions.
* In the ''Franchise/StarWars'' / ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' crossover ''FanFic/TheHiddenEmpireSeries'', the True Sith Order despises Darth Bane's Sith Order to the point of considering them heretics.
* This happens ''a lot'' in ''FanFic/TheBridge'', arguably even more often than traditional Hero/Heroine vs. Villain(ess) duels. Most times its between two villains who are on different levels of BlackAndGrayMorality, with the more Gray moral characters going up against those closer to Black moral ones; or it can occur between two villains that have conflicting interests, such as the fight between the BigBad [[spoiler: Bagan]] and OutsideContextProblem [[Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta RED]]. One story arc in the human realm relies on [[AntiVillain Monster X]] and the [[MindControlMusic Sirens]] being the realm's best defense against [[EldritchAbomination Enjin]]. Kaizer Ghidorah makes it clear that although he hates Grand King Ghidorah and wants to kill him, he's not a good guy either as he hates everybody else and will kill them for being there. [[spoiler:Chrysalis theorizes this will be the case with her EvilMentor [[GodOfEvil Grogar]] and Bagan should she succeed in fully restoring him, with her money on Grogar. Legion's reaction to Grogar's power implies [[PhysicalGod Grogar is one of the few capable of taking on Bagan one on one]] and thus having any chance of doing so. [[FutureBadass Empress Flurry Heart's]] BadFuture implies the end result of this would be ''devastating'' for ''everyone''.]]
* Happens in ''Venus Flash'', as the goals of the [[Manga/SailorMoon Dark Kingdom]] and [[Anime/CuteyHoney Panther Claw]] happens to be mutually exclusive. That, and [[EvenEvilHasStandards Jadeite is disgusted by what some Panther Claw members are willing to do]] ForTheEvulz. That said, they don't fight that often, as Panther Claw ''doesn't even register'' on the Dark Kingdom's radar due the presence of the Sailor Soldiers (in fact the encounter between Jadeite and Panther Claw happened because the Dark Kingdom general had originally chosen Jewel Princess' shop for his jewel shop scheme, and took offense when he discovered what the Panther Claw minion had in her basement).
* One of the main plot points of ''Fanfic/TheNewAdventuresOfInvaderZim'' is that Zim and Tak are constantly competing with each other for control of Earth, with Dib and his friends [[MeleeATrois stuck fighting both]].
* In ''WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries'', we have [[WoobieDestroyerofWorlds Marik]] and Florence versus Melvin and Team Creator/{{FourKids|Entertainment}}.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'' fic ''[[Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil The Stronger Evil]]'', it's revealed that when Tarakudo and his Shadowkhan armies conquered Japan from Po Kong, she and the rest of the Demon Sorcerers banded together against him. Following the imprisonment of the Oni Generals and Tarakudo's [[FlyingFace disembodiment]], he fought against the Demon Sorcerers who imprisoned him to the Shadow Realm.
** Following Tarakudo's accidental release by Shendu's son Drago, they're at loggerheads with each other to the point that [[EnemyMine Drago fights with the Chans against the Oni King]]. Also, as soon as Tarakudo learns that Shendu's trapped as a statue in Section 13 and his power is diminished, he attempts to have his revenge.
* ''Fanfic/TheUnabridgedMemoirsOfDarthPlagueisTheWise'' gives Plagueis vs [[spoiler: a Yuuzhan Vong scout team]], which captures and experiments on him, until he manages to get free and slaughter them all.
** Later, he manages to track down another such [[spoiler: Vong scout team]] and takes great pleasure in massacring them.
* ''Fanfic/LovedAndLost'': In the retold and extended version of ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic A Canterlot Wedding]]'', Prince Jewelius usurps Equestria's throne by helping Twilight in thwarting the Changeling invasion of Queen Chrysalis and then [[ManipulativeBastard destroying the other heroes' reputations]] by holding them responsible for how the invasion could have taken place. He afterwards plans to use the imprisoned Changelings as a SlaveRace. They escape though, and Chrysalis sets out to find a way to get back at Jewelius. [[spoiler:He's revealed to have convinced Chrysalis to commit the invasion and betrayed her when he saw a way to claim all the power for himself. When he's cornered by the heroes in the climax, Chrysalis appears and takes her revenge by ordering her Changelings to [[DevouredByTheHorde eat Jewelius]] whose heart has no love for them to feed on.]]
* ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'':
** When Nerissa decides that Daolon Wong's scheming is making him a threat to her own plans, she decides to kill him, leading to a WizardDuel between them. This fight ends in a draw, as she withdraws when she realizes that he's stronger than she thought.
** Tarakudo forcibly puts Oni masks on Jackie and Viper, which begin [[TheCorruption corrupting them]] in different ways (turning her into a CardCarryingVillain and him into a WellIntentionedExtremist). This leads to them fighting each other [[MeleeATrois at the same time they're fighting the Guardians]].
* During the course of ''Fanfic/TheHeartTrilogy'', a series of ''Film/TheHobbit'' and ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' fanfics, [[VillainProtagonist Smaug]] ends up fighting with other villains at different points; [[EvilOverlord Sauron]] attempts to goad Smaug into serving as the Dark Lord's beast of war even though Smaug wants to serve no one, [[HotWitch Andraya]] schemes to get Smaug to [[IWantGrandkids impregnate her granddaughter]] for [[DarwinistDesire a powerful offspring]], and [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Fankil]] wants to use Smaug's [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes beloved]] [[{{Seers}} Kathryn]] in [[spoiler:releasing his father [[GreaterScopeVillain Morgoth]] from the void]]. By the time of the trilogy's third part, Smaug allies with the Free Peoples in the War of the Ring against Sauron, though [[NotInThisForYourRevolution only because of what he can gain from Sauron's demise]] and to get revenge against the Dark Lord and Fankil for the grievances they've caused him and Kathryn.
* ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureauNotJustPonies'' is a FixFic to the ''Fanfic/TheConversionBureau'' as a whole, reimagining it as something far less polarizing and more viable for expansion. As a result of this is the HLF and PER, being more or less unchanged from their canonical selves, are both [[KnightTemplar extremist lunatics]] who completely misunderstand the situation (ponification is a genuine last resort to save humanity from what amounts to a natural disaster as well as a joint effort between humanity and Equestria and doesn't cause a DeathOfPersonality), and are naturally violently opposed to one another, with innocent people and ponies caught in the crossfire. Even their less extreme aspects, such as peaceful protesters, can't stand one another.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe''. But given that both Gru and Vector are kid-friendly {{Harmless Villain}}s, it's played strictly for laughs.
* ''[[Disney.TheJungleBook The Jungle Book]]'': Shere Khan and Kaa obviously hated each other as they are in pursuit of the man-cub Mowgli (as Kaa wants to eat up Mowgli for survival while Khan wants to kill Mowgli due to his hatred for mankind). However, Kaa is too scared to voice his hatred towards Shere Khan because of the latter's strength and ruthlessness.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Minions}}'': [[spoiler:Scarlet's last attempt to steal the crown fails because Gru takes it from her.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', when he battles Titan. Of course, the one is an AntiVillain who cares more about the [[LargeHam showmanship]] of being an evil overlord than the actual conquering-and-ruling stuff, while the other is a JerkAss [[BewareTheSuperman given all of Superman's powers]], so there's definitely ALighterShadeOfBlack in the situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven'': [[VillainProtagonist Charlie]] vs [[BigBad Carface]]. Until orphan Anne-Marie softens Charlie up leading to his HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Disney/{{Moana}}'': The fight between Maui and Te Ka for the heart of Te Fiti is described as this by Tala. [[spoiler:Subverted once their true motives are revealed.]]
* In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}} and the Vikings'', the villain schemes to outwit the other dumber vikings. He's clearly more civilized and competent than his intended victims, who, true to viking tradition, attack a town in the opening scene and keep the skulls of their victims all over the place. His plan however requires at least one murder.

[[folder:Myths & Religion]]
* In Assyrian and Babylonian mythology, Pazuzu (yes, of ''Film/TheExorcist'' fame) was a malicious demon believed to bring about storms and locusts. But he was also believed to be the bitter rival of the demon or [[GodofEvil evil goddess]] Lamashtu who caused miscarriages and captured and devoured infants, so his image was actually worn or carried around by those who sought to ward off Lamashtu.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* Though less common than Face vs. Face, and FAR less common than {{Face}} vs. {{Heel}}, sometimes happens in pro wrestling, particularly when Wrestling/VinceRusso is at the helm. Making one a success can be difficult though, since one of the cardinal rules of any match is that the audience should be rooting for ''someone''. That said, it can work if the match is [[HeelFaceTurn a prelude for one of the Heels to turn Face]].
** It is a fairly common result of "parejas suicidas" match ups, where the losing pair must then fight each other for the right to keep their [[HumiliatingWager mask/hair]].
** The two most famous [[PowerStable stables]] in American pro wrestling ended up warring in Wrestling/{{WCW}} when Wrestling/RicFlair returned. The Wrestling/{{n|ewWorldorder}}Wo vs Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen.
** One major example would be Wrestling/TheCorporation vs. The Wrestling/{{Ministry|OfDarkness}} feud, where both sides were portrayed as bad guys. Though in the end those two groups would merge together to form the Corporate Ministry, and it was revealed Wrestling/VinceMcMahon was the mastermind behind both stables all along. It still works as not every member was in on the plan, though those members left prior to the merger and [[HeelFaceTurn turned face]]. Though even in the Corporate Ministry there was fighting within the group, especially between Wrestling/TheUndertaker and Wrestling/TripleH.
* Very common with Wrestling/ShawnMichaels whenever he was a heel. In addition to feuding with both mostly-heel Hart Foundation and theoretical heel Stone Cold Steve Austin, Shawn also feuded with heel Rick Martel over the affections of [[Wrestling/SherriMartel Sensational Sherri]]. Beyond that, he was involved in a three-way feud with Chris Jericho and Batista in 2008, where of the three only Batista was really a face (Shawn eventually turned face after Batista left the feud and Jericho beat up his wife).
** Happened a weird way a couple of times when Shawn, mostly a face, would be allied with another face (John Cena, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, Wrestling/{{Goldberg}}, Austin) against a common (heel) foe, but with everyone involved painfully aware of Shawn's eventual inevitable betrayal… which, sure enough, always came. Almost always via Superkick.
** Wrestling/ShawnMichaels vs. Wrestling/BretHart at Wrestling/SurvivorSeries 97 is the most infamous example. While Bret had the crowd behind him because it was Canada he was still in storyline a Heel. It's interesting considering it was Face vs. Face last time.
** He also spoofed the trope when forced to defend his European Title against then-ally Triple H, overdramatizing the buildup, throwing the match, and then cutting a tearful promo about the loss.
* Wrestling/NewJapanProWrestling is known particularly for the rivalries between Great Bash Heel, CHAOS, Suzuki gun, Wrestling/BulletClub and Los Ingobernables De Japon. In Wrestling/RingOfHonor Bullet Club has also gone after The Kingdom and The House Of Truth, though they ironically had a HeelFaceTurn before The Kingdom splintered and it's centerpiece, Adam Cole, [[VillainTeamUp joined the Club]] in exchange for a shot at heel world champion Wrestling/JayLethal.
* On [[Wrestling/WWERaw Raw]] 1/24/11 Wrestling/TheNexus was confronted by The Corre and later the leaders, Wrestling/WadeBarrett and Wrestling/CMPunk faced each other with the loser and his group out of the Wrestling/RoyalRumble. Which led to a [[Funny/{{WWE}} Crowning Moment of Funny]] when Wrestling/JohnCena was appointed special guest referee, and disqualified both Barrett and Punk for '[[FelonyMisdemeanor excessive use of profanity on a PG show]]', eliminating both factions from the Rumble. He was overruled.
* Any Wrestling/TripleH vs. Wrestling/KurtAngle match from 2000-2002 was this essentially. Triple H was the sledgehammer-wielding VillainSue against the pompous SmugSnake Kurt Angle who wanted to take the guy's wife. Though they were both heels, they were tenuous allies at best and vicious enemies at worst. They would feud on and off from year to year, with neither really turning face at all (the closest being their ''No Way Out'' match where Triple H was running off of {{Determinator}} face heat). During this period Triple H even paused during his catchphrase to allow the audience to finish it -- a way of hinting to the smart marks that he was going to turn face. [[spoiler: He didn't.]]
* Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin vs. The Hart Foundation could be viewed as this, had it not been for the overwhelming crowd reaction in Austin's favor. When Austin had to forfeit the Intercontinental Title due to Wrestling/OwenHart [[GameBreakingInjury injuring his neck]], the finals in a tournament for the vacant title featured Owen against [[Wrestling/RonSimmons Faarooq]]. Austin helped Owen win the match, so [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou he could beat him for the title]].
* Undertaker vs Wrestling/BigBossman in a Hell In A Cell match was this. This one wasn't so successful, mostly because they had no real chemistry or feud, so the crowd had nobody to root for.
* During the "Kayfabe" era, the only time villains typically fought were in battle royals. However, there were at least two "heel vs. heel" matches in the WWF, both in 1986, and one in Wrestling/{{N|ationalWrestlingAlliance}}WA two years later:
** The Hart Foundation vs. Wrestling/TheIronSheik and Wrestling/NikolaiVolkoff. Wrestling/BretHart and Jim "the Anvil" Neidhart – with Wrestling/JimmyHart absent – were enthusiastically cheered.
** In late-1985, Sheik and Volkoff were in another heel-vs.-heel match, where they challenged then-tag team champions, the Dream Team (Brutus Beefcake and Greg Valentine) for the titles. The fans sided with Beefcake and Valentine, and the match ended in a double-disqualification.
** Wrestling/RandySavage vs. Wrestling/JakeRoberts on an episode of ''Saturday Night's Main Event'' (a match that bore no resemblance to their matches five years later, where Savage was the face and Roberts the worse-than-evil heel). Both were heavily booed and neither showed much respect for the other. In fact, somewhat foreshadowing Roberts' behavior toward Wrestling/MissElizabeth during the 1991 feud, he once tried to counter Savage's then tactic of pulling Elizabeth in front of him to shield off an attack by pulling Damien from his bag and nearly throwing it on Elizabeth!
** The WWF was indirectly responsible for the 1988 heel vs heel match as well. When Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard signed with Vince, they were World Tag Champions. NWA was not going to let the belts go with them. Due to their status in [[Wrestling/RicFlair The Four Horsemen]] the only team with as much heat as Tully & Arn was [[Wrestling/TheMidnightExpress Jim Cornette's Midnight Express]]. [[spoiler: The fans cheered for Beautiful Bobby and Sweet Stan, who became the first team to simultaneously hold the US and World belts.]]
* During the early 1990s in EMLL / Wrestling/{{CMLL}}, there was the Los Infernales vs Los Intocables feud, revolving around Masakre, who had been booted from the former and formed the latter, as well as the both desiring to hold the prestigious world trios title belts. Los Infernales would later split into two groups calling themselves Los Nuevos Infernales.
* Wrestling/KingOfTheRing matches that qualify include Marc Mero vs. Wrestling/JeffJarrett in the quarter-finals in 1998 and Wrestling/{{Test}} vs. Wrestling/BrockLesnar in 2002.
* Wrestling/KurtAngle vs. Wrestling/SteveBlackman at Armageddon 1999.
* Wrestling/MollyHolly:
** In early-2003, she had several matches against other female heels, like Wrestling/{{Jazz}} and Wrestling/{{Victoria}}. She even [[EnemyMine teamed with]] Wrestling/{{Jacqueline}}, who was a face at the time, against Jazz and Victoria. Some have speculated WWE were planning a HeelFaceTurn for Molly, but the poor crowd reaction she got killed it.
** Another took place on Smackdown in the summer of 2002, when Molly (still in her SourPrudes persona) defended the WWE Women's title against Nidia, in her WhiteTrash gimmick with Jamie Noble. Nidia had vowed to flash the audience if she won the title and, oddly enough, Molly was "the face" for that match.
* Face and Heel aside, the various feuds and matches between The Undertaker and Kane can count as this. Both wrestlers, even when portraying Faces, maintain a gimmick of being pure evil. At best, they can be in the NobleDemon category. This means that any match between them is literal evil vs evil.
* Nikki Strychnine's [[ReligionOfEvil The Ministry Of Hate]] vs Diabolic Khaos, a group of demonic vagabonds, in Gateway Championship Wrestling. The two did try to work together first but split when Strychnine got too friendly for Wrestling/MsChif's liking.
* Wrestling/RingOfHonor saw a four way race for the {{tag team}} titles between Hangmen 3, The No Remorse Corps, The Age Of The Fall and The Vulture Squad. Of the four, only the latter group were faces.
* After the Main Event Mafia had dumped Wrestling/{{Sting}}, defeated the Wrestling/{{TNA}} Front Line and pacified Wrestling/SamoaJoe with Jenna Morasca's money, there seemed to be no one left to save the promotion from them, except for [[EvilForeigner World Elite]], who turned out to be even worse.
* The two biggest stables in earlier 2014 Wrestling/TheShield and Wrestling/TheWyattFamily are both heels, and after several teases, have wrestled at Elimination Chamber. Throughout the feud, both teams were heavily cheered by the fans, due to them all being interesting and well-developed characters.
* After winning the WWE Universal Championship in 2017, Wrestling/BrockLesnar's first title defense as champion came against fellow heel Wrestling/SamoaJoe. He would have another Heel vs Heel title defense two months later against Wrestling/BraunStrowman. Interestingly, Strowman ended up having a HeelFaceTurn not long after despite wrestling as a heel in this match.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' has eight episodes which pit villains against other villains with similar traits. These are "Akuma vs. Shang Tsung", "Goomba vs. Koopa", "Dr. Eggman vs. Dr. Wily", "Shao Kahn vs. M. Bison", "Darth Vader vs. Doctor Doom", "Bowser vs. Ganon", "The Joker vs. Sweet Tooth", and "Venom vs. Bane".
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': When Cinder fights the Spring Maiden for the Relic of Knowledge, the battle is not good versus evil. Cinder is responsible for the destruction of Beacon Academy just so she can steal the Fall Maiden's power for herself, a plan that enables the White Fang and Grimm to enter the Kingdom of Vale and kill countless people. She revels in her ability to reprogramme the robotic Atlesian army to turn on the Vale citizens it was trying to protect and ensuring that the rest of the world receives live feed of the carnage to maximise global pain, terror and suffering. The Spring Maiden has been raised by a tribe of bandits who slaughter innocent villages for personal gain and who leave the survivors vulnerable to attack from the Grimm, who are attracted by the pain and suffering the bandit raids cause. And, while the tribe doesn't normally engage in people trafficking, the Spring Maiden revels in the opportunity to kidnap Weiss for the opportunity to ransom a wealthy family that control global Dust trade. [[spoiler:The Spring Maiden appears to be Vernal, an understudy of the Branwen Tribe's leader, Raven, who abandoned her daughter Yang at birth and who lives by the mantra the strong survive and the weak die. Vernal is used by Raven as a decoy to hide the fact Raven is the real Spring Maiden, having obtained the power by winning the trust of the original Spring Maiden and then murdering her when Spring failed to live up to Raven's exacting standards. Raven successfully double-crosses and defeats Cinder, but Yang uses Raven's litany of crimes and cowardice to shame her into abandoning the Relic to Yang, cravenly allowing her own daughter to take the Relic and become Salem's target instead of herself.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': Bun-Bun, being a SociopathicHero, tends to get this whenever an arc focuses on him. Particularly the "Oceans Unmoving" arc where he's pitted against a naval empire out to enslave everyone in their dimension. It's not that Bun-Bun's got any ethical objections to slavery (he takes a few himself), he just doesn't want to be the one enslaved. He still comes out as the sorta good guy, because, unlike the Navy, he's [[EvilIsCool evil in a cool way]]. He's a frickin' {{Space Pirate|s}}, after all.
** Oceans Unmoving plays it even straighter with Bun-Bun against his treacherous former first mate Blacksoul, [[spoiler:aka the Bun-Bun we'd been following throughout the comic as it turns out that Captain Bun-Bun was from before the comic started.]]
** Likewise the R&D Wars, a conflict between amoral corporations employing mad science which is fixing to turn the world into either a bare rock with a single nightmarish city on it or a literal living hell.
** There is also the war between the Vorpyr, Vrykolakas, and Strakoistrat vampires, pitting 3 different factions of parasitic monsters at one another's throats.
* The "Midnight Crew" Intermission in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' pits the eponymous Midnight Crew against The Felt. The Midnight Crew is a small yet dangerous gang that effectively rules their city [[spoiler:and turn out to be Alternia's versions of the BigBad and his cohorts though they aren't ''nearly'' as evil]]. The Felt is a rival gang whose members possess time related powers [[spoiler:and take orders from an EldritchAbomination called "Lord English"]].
** And much later, averted when [[spoiler:[[KillerGameMaster Vriska]], [[FourEyesZeroSoul Eridan]], and [[MonsterClown Gamzee]] almost have a three-way showdown... Only for [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome all three]] to be taken by surprise by [[BigDamnHero Kanaya.]]]]
* ''Webcomic/AnsemRetort''. There's only a couple people that are actually ''good'': everyone else is a murderer, psychopath, {{Jerkass}} or all of the above, no matter which side you look at.
* Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}} instigates a war which is essentially this.
-->'''Webcomic/Vexxarr''': Which side do you pity the most? The side that attempts to [[EvilOverlord enslave anyone it meets]] or the side that attempts to [[ImAHumanitarian eat anyone it meets]]?
* Mac and Shmeerm live up this gloriously in one of the longer more epic ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' storyarcs titled [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=777 Meatnecks and Boomsticks]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick,'' there's occasionally conflicts of interest between villains. They include:
** [[HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar Bitterleaf]], the TokenEvilTeammate of the titular D&D adventuring party, is in this almost all the time. Party leader Roy notes that he uses Belkar in this fashion because a) Belkar has proven able to escape from jail before and b) without a minder he would probably be inflicting his skill at murder on innocents and Good-aligned people; at least while he's in a benign adventuring party, he'll be pitted against people who actually need to/deserve to get killed.
** [[EvilTwin Nale]] and [[spoiler: his father]] [[EvilOverlord Tarquin]] have been in scuffles before, though they temporarily agree to bury the hatchet when it becomes apparent Nale needs help with his plans.
*** Tarquin's right-hand man Malack has it out for Nale because the latter killed his three children. [[spoiler:Aware that Malack will never forgive him or let it slide, Nale kills him first.]]
*** [[spoiler:Vampire!Durkon is now working with the Order again. When Nale offers him a membership, the vampire necksnaps his friend Zz'dtri, an EvilSorcerer who admittedly had it coming.]]
*** [[spoiler:When he finds out about Nale killing Malack, Tarquin offers him [[LastSecondChance one last chance]] to fix things between them; Nale [[TooDumbToLive foolishly]] declines it, Tarquin stabs him in the gut, pointing out that after killing his father's best friend [[DidntThinkThisThrough he should have seen that coming.]]]]
*** Tarquin prefers to [[DefiedTrope avoid]] this trope when possible. While he obviously doesn't want [[BigBad Xykon]] to succeed in his plans, villain vs villain conflicts tend to be "a toss-up", in his words.
** The three Archfiends are a [[ZigZaggedTrope mixed example]]. They don't like the blood war that exists between the Devils, Daemons and Demons of the setting and are working to end it; meanwhile, they happily manipulate conflicts between people from all over the moral spectrum. They aren't big fans of the heroes, but they don't believe in the idea of "EvilIsOneBigHappyFamily" -- all villains in the comic are pawns to be manipulated, just the same as the heroes, and that includes Xykon and his followers.
** The Western Continent technically has this by default, since its ever-changing political landscape consists of hot-shot young conquerors rolling over each other's kingdoms in successive waves. It's become so [[StatusQuoIsGod normal]] that people have basically stopped caring about it.
** PlayedForLaughs [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0453.html here]], when two {{Mooks}} from different villains fight over [[KillSteal who gets to kill]] [[SupportingLeader Hinjo]].
** There is the rivalry between Redcloak and Tsukiko about who would become the real [[TheDragon dragon]] for Xykon. [[spoiler: Until Redcloak kills Tsukiko, at least]].
* This is how [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized the Insurrection]] views the war between [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Covenant]] and [[UnitedNationsIsASuperPower the UNSC]] in ''Webcomic/HaloAFistfulOfArrows''.
* ''WebComic/DragonBallMultiverse'': Some potential matches, particularly Cell vs Dabura [[spoiler:Winner is Cell]] and U13 Nappa vs Frieza [[spoiler:Winner is Frieza, but not without being one-upped by Nappa]] so far. There's also upcoming matches - U13 Vegeta vs Dr. Raichi, and Cell vs Bojack [[spoiler: Cell kills Bojack and wins]].
* In ''WebComic/TheSearchForHenryJekyll'', Hyde gains a villainous rival when he injects Dr. Lanyon with [=HJ7=], giving him an evil split personality and a personal interest in Hyde and Jekyll.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''WebVideo/{{Kickassia}}'', It is decided that "The only way to deal with a madman is to send in another madman", despite the fact that being ruled by [[spoiler:Dr. Insano]] would be even worse than being ruled by WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic.
* ''WebVideo/SuburbanKnights'': On one side, there's the BigBad, [[spoiler:Malachite]], who intends to use the Gauntlet to rid the world of all technology. On the other side, there's [[spoiler:Jaffers]] and the various folks he recruited to keep the Gauntlet safe and hidden. While [[spoiler:Malachite]] is obviously dangerous (he ''rips a guy's heart out'' for watching too much television!!!), [[spoiler:Jaffers]] and his crew attack the reviewers and even try to shoot them several times.
* In ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', both Dr. Horrible and Captain Hammer are evil, only the latter has enough [[VillainWithGoodPublicity good PR]] that he has everyone convinced he's TheCape.
%%* The ''WebVideo/HitlerRants'' videos usually pit Hitler against antic masters, other dictators, other Nazis, and even [[WhichMe other Hitlers!]]
* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'': Both Yahweh, the being worshiped as {{God}} in the Judeo-Christian community and {{Satan}}, fought over the world. They regarded human beings as weaklings they could [[ForTheEvulz torment]] or demand [[BlindObedience unyielding obedience from]]. The former turned damned humans into his playthings and meals. The latter turned loyal humans into his abused servants. In 2008, both decided that humanity's time was up. Humanity responded rather [[{{Understatement}} violently]].
* Given the fact ''Podcast/KakosIndustries'' takes place in a world where almost everyone is a CardCarryingVillain, these types of clashes happen fairly often. The main CorruptCorporateExecutive regularly butts heads with his maniacally Evil rival, [[FoeYay and love interest]], as well as a [[AIIsACrapshoot hostile A.I. program]] and DirtyCommunists all within the first few episodes.
* ''Radio/TrueCapitalist Radio'' features an unrepentant {{Jerkass}} of a host who regularly endorses [[TheSocialDarwinist social darwinism]], [[TheParanoiac demented conspiracy theories]], unambiguous racism and misogyny, and hateful bullying of everyone who isn't like him. The amoral trolls who make his life a living hell on the other hand often aren't much better, being bullies themselves who make a mockery of endless numbers of tragedies and horrible things just to get under Ghost's skin.