"Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom..."
Plot of an episode or Story Arc
, wherein one or more villainous characters — usually made up of some combination of past one-shots, members of the Rogues Gallery
, and/or a few possible newcomers — join forces to destroy their common enemies, the protagonists.
Usually, they will initially overpower the heroes, but their own evil selfishness and inability to trust each other undermines their unified front, and the heroes strike at this weakness. Or one dominant personality double-crosses the others. Either way, the team dissolves at the end.
Often saved for a season or series finale. Crossovers
do this a lot, using one villain from each series.
the nemesis organization to the Superfriends
, who actually managed to stay together, mostly due to relentless use of a Diabolus ex Machina Reset Button
to escape in the last scene, usually because their Hall of Doom can fly
anywhere, and because their opponents, the Superfriends, frequently ''forget they have super powers''
Likely to be a Big Bad Duumvirate
as well. Evil Is One Big Happy Family
is usually involved. For one-shot team ups that are usually on a smaller scale, see Villain Team Up
Contrast Super Team
, their good equivalent.
Has nothing to do with Eric Lindros, John LeClair, or Mikael Renberg.
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Anime and Manga
- In Ranma ˝ during the Moxibustion Story Arc, Ranma was weakened and Happosai (the guy who weakened him) told every enemy that Ranma had, and they all ganged up on him to give him a beatdown. All but one ...
- Parodied with usual relish in Yu Gi Oh The Abridged Series with the episode "Marik's Evil Council Of Doom".
- There was a monster of the week in the first season of Sailor Moon that did this, with predictable results.
- Before Kamen Rider Decade's Great Shocker below, there was the Badan Empire in Kamen Rider Spirits, which revived every single Monster of the Week and Big Bad from the Kamen Rider franchise up to Kamen Rider Super-1 midway through the plot.
- Even Naruto manages to pull this off, by way of Kabuto's Edo Tensei, resurrecting many foes that either Naruto faced himself, or are enemies of the collected Shinobi villages as a whole. Worse, some of the line-up included some friends and family to the heroes!
- Not exactly, since they are all victims of Mind Control, and though some have more problem with whats happening than others, most would gladly rip Kabuto's head off for what he's done to them. However, its played straight in-universe with Kabuto again, allying with Tobi who has allied with Sasuke, and revealed himself as the leader of Akatsuki (though most of them are now dead). Akatsuki also qualifies, since it is an organization hose membership includes the most dangerous criminals in the ninja world, though from an audience perspective most of them are new characters.
- The first part of the Super 17 saga of Dragonball GT, where the gates of HFIL break open, releasing an army of villains from both the original series and Z.
- Alex Ross, a huge Superfriends fan, did a limited series called Justice, which was his Darker and Edgier version of the series. Check out his vision of the Legion◊.
- Naturally, absurdly common in comic books. There was even a short-lived Marvel series, Super-Villain Team-Up.
- Super-Villain Team up was actually a Non-Indicative Name seeing as most of it was supposed to be one or two villains working together. It mostly came down to Doctor Doom and Namor, though the last couple of issues were about Red Skull and the Hate Monger.
- Batman's Gangland Guardians featured an assembly of Batman's foes. Fearing that a new mysterious supervillain might actually succeed in killing Batman, they act to secretly protect him. The rationale being that only they, who have put in the time an effort, deserve to be in the running for Batman's final defeat.
- Another one from DC was the shortlived Secret Society of Super-Villains, in which a collection of old school villains form a sort of anti-Justice League of America and fight the newly-arrived Darkseid and company. In one memorable scene, Gorilla Grodd has a punchout with a giant club wielding member of the New Gods, and defeats him with the aid of a classic wrestling ploy, the heelish mock surrender. The Society even had their own series.
- Later expanded during and after Identity Crisis. Witnessing the JLA's much more proactive stance after the murder of Sue Dibny, most of the supervillains band together and form an international organization. This version lasted up until Flashpoint and the New 52.
- The whole premise of the miniseries Wanted is that the villains don't fall to bickering and instead destroy all the heroes and take over the world. (It's only after the heroes are gone and they are the unequivocal masters of all the world that the infighting starts, mirroring some Real Life political coups by politically expedient alliances.)
- Another Batman example. In an issue of a Golden Age Batman comic The Joker and Penguin teamed up and were so good with their combined resources that Batman was powerless to stop them. He won only after they had captured him and he turned them against each other by stroking their egos to the point that they got into a competition and then an argument over who was contributing more to their partnership.
- One of the earliest examples has to be the Injustice Society of the World who first fought the Justice Society of America in All Star Comics #37 in 1947, when the concept of supervillains was still relatively new. They would return (in different incarnations) to plague the JSA over the decades.
- Media adaptations of the X-Men have an annoying habit of grouping most X-Villains as members of the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants with Magneto as the leader, regardless of whether or not said villain ever had anything to do with the group in the comics (Sabretooth, Emma Frost, and the Juggernaut, who's not even a mutant), or if they'd ever play second fiddle to anyone (Mystique, who led her own version of the team).
- DC's Injustice Gang pretty much embodies this trope. The antithesis to the Justice League, they're a group of villains who band together to destroy the JLA. The lineup changes with every appearance, since the Gang tends to disband (or all be thrown in jail) at the end of a given story. Its most successful incarnations have all been led by Lex Luthor, perhaps due to his Genre Savvy nature; in one story, he tells his fellow members "let's not fall victim to the cliche of the villains who can't get along." He's also perhaps the only major supervillain who has been able to successfully enforce harmony and cooperation among his gang, with no dissensions, betrayals, or serious infighting — no small feat when you've got The Joker on your team.
- Speaking of Lex and the Joker (back when he was Neutral Evil rather than Chaotic Evil), they teamed up during The Silver Age of Comic Books to take on Bats and Superman, by robbing Fort Knox with nigh-invulnerable robots. Why in the nine hells they didn't just sell the robots and retire to a Caribbean island is anyone's guess.
- As the Joker would say: Where's the fun in that?
- The Evil Counterpart to the Legion Of Super-Heroes, the Legion of Supervillains, especially the latest incarnation, led by Superboy-Prime, wherein the roster consists of almost all of the villains the Legion ever faced.
- The Ur Example is the Monster Society Of Evil, who fought the original Captain Marvel from 1943 to 1945 in one long, continuous story. It was led by the new villain Mister Mind, but was composed mostly of villains that the good Captain had fought before. And the entire Axis Powers.
- In fact the first example may be from Leading Comics #1 (winter 1941) where the Seven Soldiers Of Victory formed. Master Criminal the Hand, thinking he will die soon, organizes five other criminals to use five unused schemes of his, referring to them as the Hand's Five Fingers. They are stopped by various heroes leading to the formation of the Soldiers. Interestingly enough one member, the Dummy, was a member of the first Monster Society.
- In Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire, a Legion of Doom has been assembled to kill the Ghost Riders, consisting of Blackout (murderous vampire), the Deacon (musclebound religious zealot with sacred knives), the All-New Orb (Legacy Character to the original Ghost Rider archvillain), Big Wheel (baddie-for-hire who pilots a large metal wheel), Madcap (indestructible lunatic with contagious insanity), Vengeance (ex-cop turned Ghost Rider simulacrum), Trull the Inhuman (alien-possessed steamshovel), and Scarecrow (No, not that one, but rather a maniac with a pitchfork who commands crows).
- Marvel has several: The Masters of Evil, the Sinister Six, Hood's Gang, Frightful Four, etc.
- The Masters of Evil are the most successful, with one incarnation taking over the Avengers' base (and beating the living crap out of Hercules and Jarvis). Much of this incarnation later went on to form the Thunderbolts. (Hercules, amongst others, was not happy to find out about this...)
- The Lethal Legion in one incarnation was an Archived Army.
- And the Legion of the Unliving, which is made of characters currently dead, and in one incarnation was mostly made up of dead Avengers.
- The Sinister Six has even become the Sinister Twelve.
- A particularly enjoyable miniseries example came from Marvel a few years ago: MODOK's 11. MODOK hires a group of supervillains to help him steal a MacGuffin. 3/4 of the team ends up being traitors, moles and sellouts. In the end, it was all just a ridiculously circuitous plot to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend.
- The Flash has the The Rogues who started out as a Villain Team Up in The Silver Age of Comic Books, but after discovering how well they worked together decided to keep working together. These days it's rare to see one of the Rogues commit a crime without some of the others around.
- Fall Of The Hulks gave us the Inteligencia, a group of Marvel's smartest villains. Unlike most examples, they've managed to not fall to bickering and work towards a common goal.
- The Superman Revenge Squad, mostly made up of relatively minor or recently created Superman villains, was formed by behind-the-scenes bad guy Morgan Edge to fight Superman. The group ultimately failed due to a lack of cohesion.
- An early Superman story had the Terrible Trio, made up of Lex Luthor, the Toyman, and the Prankster.
- In Top 10, it's established that what would be supervillain teams anywhere else are essentially street gangs in Neopolis, where everybody is super. There's an ongoing turf war between the Fabulous Five and the League of Evil.
- As part of his plans during the Dark Reign thing, Norman Osborn set up a "Cabal" consisting of himself, Emma Frost, Namor, Doctor Doom, The Hood, and Loki. It...uh...worked out about as well as for Osborn as everything else did in that saga.
- But there was also a Dark Avengers, with villains impersonating heroes.
- Norman tries again when he busts out of jail following Fear Itself, this time allying his H.A.M.M.E.R. organization with A.I.M., Hydra, and the Hand, and once again uniting multiple villains (independent of those groups) into a new group of Dark Avengers. It doesn't work out for him any better this time.
- Image's Guarding the Globe series introduced us to the Order, a select group of minor recurring Invincible villains, including the Face, Master Liu and his bodyguard, Octoboss, Multi-Paul, Machine Head, Isotope, and Titan — in addition to new guys like the group's leader Set, his woman Embrace, and international enforcers like Red Eye, Insomniac, Slaying Mantis, the Walking Dread...and War Woman.
- In All Fall Down, the Order of Despots is this to the Pantheon.
- The 1966 live-action Batman: The Movie, featuring the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman ("United Underworld") in a cheesy penguin-shaped submarine. They even went through the trouble of making a logo.
- The Joel Schumacher-directed Batman movies also have this as all the villains within the movie unite to kill Batman. Riddler joins and eventually leads Two-Face's gang in Batman Forever and Mr. Freeze allies with Poison Ivy and Bane in Batman & Robin. More or less subverted in Batman Returns where Penguin's two allies have no idea they're both affiliated with Penguin (at least on a criminal level) and none of them can get past the second act without completely and violently falling apart.
- Done in Shrek 3 with fairy tale villains.
- Scooby Doo Monsters Unleashed film, reviving many of the monsters that Mystery Inc. has unmasked in the past. However, this time, all of them are real.
- In Night at the Museum 2, Kahmunra recruits Napoleon, Ivan The Terrible, and Al Capone as his evil team. Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch also try to join it.
- Looney Tunes: Back in Action had various Looney Tunes antagonists (Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, etc.) working for the Big Bad.
- Anno Dracula features a Legion of Doom comprising Fu Manchu, Professor Moriarty, Colonel Moran, Raffles, The Invisible Man, Macheath and Bill Sikes. In a twist, they join forces with the heroes to stop the Silver Knife, because Even Evil Has Standards...or at least, good business practices.
- Harry Dresden of The Dresden Files names the shadowy force the Black Council so as to not call it this trope. He also calls it a phantom menace at one time, but asks forgiveness for the phrasing.
- Dark Forest in Warrior Cats is a group of all the evil cats from earlier books, joining their forces to destroy the Clans.
Live Action TV
- Smallville did this at least once.
- The final episode of Team Knight Rider, aptly titled "Legion of Doom", featured all the villains from the series teaming up under the command of the series' Big Bad.
- Doctor Who has toyed with doing this on several occasions, but it never quite works out. In "The Five Doctors", many of the Doctor's worst foes are brought together to finish him off - but they are merely pawns of The Man Behind the Curtain, and apart from the Master and the Cybermen don't even interact. "The Daleks' Master Plan" is nearly an ideal example of the trope - a colourful array of supervillains is brought together by the Daleks; it includes a dominant, disruptive personality (Yellow Peril and Diabolical Mastermind Mavic Chen), and the heroes exploit the infighting. Just one problem - the Doctor's never met any of these bad guys before.
- The new series episode "Doomsday" bring the Daleks and Cybermen together, however the Daleks, being the Daleks, respond to the Cybermen's offer of an alliance with summary extermination.
- Subverted to hell and back in "The Pandorica Opens", in which a couple dozen races show up, apparently to squabble over whatever is imprisoned in the eponymous device, only to imprison the Doctor in an effort to save the universe. Seen on screen are the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Sontarans, the Silurians, Nestene duplicates and the Judoon, and many more get name checks or cameos in crowd shots.
- Done at least twice in Power Rangers. Once with In Space with Dark Specter's United Alliance Of Evil (rounding up six seasons' worth of villains), and again in the Operation Overdrive 15th anniversary "Once A Ranger" 2-parter, with the never-seen-before son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd uniting the season's Big Bad Ensemble (who are usually at each other's throats in any episode involving more than one organization.)
- Kamen Rider Decade introduces a particularly large version in the form of Great Shocker, which is an alliance of every single evil organization from Kamen Rider's 30-plus-year history united under a single banner and dedicated to conquering the multiverse and destroying all the Kamen Riders. And their leader is Tsukasa Kadoya, AKA Kamen Rider Decade, one of —- if not —- the most powerful Rider ever. In Final Chapter, following Great Shocker's downfall in All Riders vs. Great Shocker, Doctor Shinigami and Narutaki (who reveals himself as Colonel Zol) gather The Remnant as Super Shocker, hoping to take advantage of the fact that Tsukasa's rampage as Destroyer of Worlds has eliminated all the Kamen Riders. Unfortunately for them, all the Kamen Riders are later brought Back from the Dead because Decade destroyed them (it's a complicated story). In Kamen Rider X Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, Great Shocker has been rebuilt with its leader back into the seat and Doctor G as his Dragon, for a new purpose: the systemic annihilation of all the Super Sentai teams, simply because the Zangyack Empire decided to step on the Kamen Rider multiverse's toes —- see the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger section below for their side of the story.
- The On The Next preview for episode 25 of Kamen Rider Fourze teased at this, where three previous Zodiarts that Fourze had already defeated seemed to have regained their powers, and are working together to sabotage the school prom. However, it turns out that this was just the work of a Zodiarts whose power is to create copies of previous Zodiarts.
- In the Movie War crossover with Kamen Rider OOO, Foundation X uses the research its agents gathered to build an army consisting of various monsters as well as mooks from the three series involved (Fourze, OOO and W), alongside monsters of the Big Bad's own design, called "Mutamids". They are not essentially the same monsters from their original series, but it's an excuse to reuse monster suits.
- In the Movie War between Fourze and Kamen Rider Wizard there is Monster Army, which consists of revived Dopants, Yummy, Zodiarts, and Phantoms, led by Akumaizer3.
- The final episodes of Kamen Rider Den-O features the Big Bad amassing an enormous army of the series' Monster of the Week in order to outnumber the heroes (two Riders and 5/6 Imagin) and accomplish his plans. This army would later be resurrected in the third movie, Final Countdown, under the movie's Big Bad.
- Not wanting to be left out, there is the 30th anniversary celebration GoGo Sentai Boukenger vs. Super Sentai, where High priest Gajah makes an alliance with the movie's Big Bad, Chronos, who in turn revives Tsue Tsue, Meemy and, in the very last minute, Furabijo. Last minute, as in the alliance was quickly short-lived, by Chronos betraying everyone and turning the three sorceresses into a staff to power himself up.
- The movies for the 35th anniversary series do something similar - Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger is already a Decade-style-celebration, but its villains are the completely original Zangyack Empire. However, the first movie involves said empire making an alliance with the Black Cross King, a revived rubber suit form of the Black Cross Fuhrer from Himitsu Sentai Goranger, who in turn revives Brajira and a number of villains from Mahou Sentai Magiranger and Engine Sentai Go-onger.
- Angel Season 5 makes use of this by taking several minor characters that appeared throughout the season and putting them in a group called the Circle of the Black Thorn, which the heroes spend the last episode combating. Sort of an inversion—rather being a group of random villains that teamed up, they had already been working together, though Angel and his friends didn't find out until later.
- In the first season of Black Adder Prince Edmund gathers the six most evil men in England to help him take over the kingdom. However since he doesn't really belong among their number, much less leading them, they quickly betray him for a more fitting leader.
- Sue's self-described Leg - uh, League of Doom in Glee, if you replace "supervillain" with "returning character with a grudge against the local show choir". She even gives them code-names, dubbing herself General Zod.
- Chester, a now-classic William Billings song from the Revolutionary War, devotes a verse to what sure sounds like the British Legion of Doom circa the 18th Century.
Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton, too
With Prescott and Cornwallis joined,
Together plot our overthrow
In one infernal league combined.
- Legendary Professional Wrestling stable The Four Horsemen started out as a Legion of Doom-esque gathering of heels. Rated RKO was the teaming of two of DeGeneration X's biggest rivals, and DeGeneration X itself was originally formed to fight against The Hart Foundation. There is also a tag-team called the Legion of Doom, but they're not an example of this trope. And we can't let the Pro Wrestling entry go by without a mention of the nWo, can we?
- By the time they entered the WWF the LOD might have been a tag team but in GCW they were actualy an example of this trope and included such other future legends as Jake the Snake, The Spoiler, Matt Borne (AKA the first Doink The Clown), King Kong Bundy, Arn Anderson, and for perhaps the only time both of the Sheiks, Iron and Original.The two remaining members were made into a tag team and were supposed to be called The Road Warriors hence why they are introduced as "Road Warrior Hawk" and "Road Warrior Animal". The two names have been used interchangeably since then.
- In 1995 WCW, Kevin Sullivan and his "Father" The Master (King Curtis Iaukea) put together one of the most imposing heel stables of all time called the Dungeon Of Doom. The group featured the great Monster Heels Kamala, The Shark (John "Earthquake" Tenta) and Haku (now known as Meng) who is generally considered one of if not the most legitimate tough guys in wrestling also joined the group, with the centerpiece being The Giant. At Halloween Havoc 95 the group really began to hit its stride with the inclusion of former world champion Lex Luger and the legendary Manager Jimmy Hart. The stable would expand over the next several months to include such legends as the Barbarian, One Man Gang, Giant Haystacks (billed as the Loch Ness Monster) Big Bubba (Ray "The Big Bossman" Traylor), Jacqueline and Konnan. While the stable may have peaked during the spring of 96 they continued to be a force in WCW until they were disbanded in July 97.
- During Uncensored '96, two of the groups above united to create an even bigger Legion of Doom when the Four Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom joined forces to become the Alliance to End Hulkamania along with two random wrestlers The Ultimate Solution (the late Robert "Jeep" Swenson, aka "Bane" from Batman & Robin) and Z-Gangsta (Tom Lister, Jr., who played Zeus in Hulk Hogan's 1989 film No Holds Barred). They fought Hogan and Randy Savage in the "Doomsday Cage Match", a triple-decker cage. However, at the apex of his Invincible Hero status, Hogan was still too much for the eight members of the Alliance and he and Savage soundly beat them.
- There's a sort of example done apparently just for the sake of simplicity in the games Hero Quest and Space Crusade, roughly based on Warhammer and Warhammer 40000, respectively. In both games the bad guys are ostensibly "Chaos", but in fact their units are a combination of Orc, Undead and Chaos / Ork, Tyranid, Chaos Android and Chaos Space Marines characters, all united under the control of the same player to destroy humanity.
- The stage play Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure uses this trope, combining Daleks and Cybermen for the first time (outside of "The Five Doctors," when the Dalek basically cameos), although the two sides (not surprisingly) end up feuding.
- Technically, the earlier stage play Doctor Who & the Seven Keys to Doomsday also uses the trope, combining Daleks with Clawrentulars, but since the latter have not appeared before or sense, they amount more to henchmen and one-off baddies.
- In Kingdom Hearts I, various Disney Villains banded together under the command of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty. As with most of the (relatively rare) video game cases, the villains didn't turn on each other; instead, the heroes picked them off one by one. Though Maleficent was the leader and the last required to fight, Hades was actually the most powerful (being a god and all) and thus, fighting him was left entirely optional until Kingdom Hearts II.
- The premise of Nicktoons Unite is that Jimmy Neutron's nemesis Professor Calamitous steals his plans for a dimensional portal to form an "Evil Syndicate" consisting of him, Vlad Plasmius, Plankton, and Mr. Crocker. Naturally, Jimmy pulls the reverse and just like the first Kingdom Hearts mentioned above, you pick them off one by one 'till the pseudo-Boss Rush climax. And despite all four members being captured at the end, the syndicate reappeared three games later in Globs of Doom but with a different lineup of four (Plankton being the only "veteran" out of them) and only serving for a Enemy Mine situation (Well, until the Snap Back). Nevertheless, both incarnations never got to infighting at all.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy has a Legion made up of the main bosses from the first 10 Final Fantasy games, headed by the god Chaos, and opposed by the heroes of the same. They're not exactly the most cooperative of groups: They seem to have split between the Destroyers, Schemers, Defectors, and those who are just plain following their own agenda. But really, that's what you get when you assemble people that are this unhinged and expect them to get along.
- In Super Smash Bros Brawl's Subspace Emissary story mode, a group of villains, including playable characters Bowser, Ganondorf, and Wario, and NPCs Petey Piranha, Porky, and Ridley join under Master Hand, who is secretly being controlled by Tabuu, to make the Subspace Army. Bowser, Ganondorf, and Wario all end up eventually betraying the army, joining the heroes once they realize they were just Tabuu's pawns. However, Ganondorf planned on overthrowing Master Hand and becoming the army's leader long before he learned of Tabuu.
- Marvel Ultimate Alliance features a virtual army of supervillains forming a new Masters of Evil, as well as several cutscenes in which Doctor Doom plot his evil schemes along with his flunkies, er, allies, Loki, the Enchantress, Baron Mordo, and Ultron (one assumes Ultron was frequently pinched for forgetting to wear green).
- The Black Cloak Society of Kings Quest was designed as a passing mention in an incriminating letter for the sixth game. However, the way the letter's worded implies that at least three of the series' Big Bads were part of the society...and possibly all of them were either members or allied with them. The Fan Remake of the second game and the Fan Sequel have run with the "possibly all of them" theory.
- In Super Robot Wars 2, Bian Zoldark created the Divine Crusaders using the combined might of the Principality of Zeon, the Dinosaur Empire, and Dr. Hell's Mechanical Monsters. When Bian died, the Zabi family took over as the Neue DC and added new forces. However, unlike Bian's DC, the Zabi's version fell apart just as bad as it did with normal Zeon and by the fourth game, the only one of the original three still active was Dr. Hell!
- In Viewtiful Joe, the bad guys are an evil organization of all of Captain Blue's old villains, who have taken over since his defeat and living the life. Turns out that it was Captain Blue himself who was their boss!
- Marvel Avengers Alliance has most of Marvel's supervillains from Hydra to the Brotherhood of Mutants uniting and forming the Syndicate, their goal is to harness Iso-8 and take over the world.
- In the World of Warcraft expansion Cataclysm, several previously unrelated factions that were fought many times in the game team up under the rule of Deathwing and the Old Gods to fight the Alliance and the Horde: the Dark Horde, the Dark Iron Clan, the naga, the Twilight's Hammer, the black dragonflight, the infinite dragonflight, the air and fire elementals and the Faceless Ones.
- The Axis of...Something in Shortpacked!, comprising the guy who insists disagreeing with him makes Ethan "arrogant", Walter Mondale (seeking revenge on Reagan) and Faz. Their leader is a character who was fired from the store in her first appearance and has been plotting revenge ever since (ironically, this was what convinced Robin that nothing significant ever happened at Shortpacked, since none of the important characters were fired. Guess she really shouldn't have pulled that drama tag).
- The Crossoverlord assembled one of these by gathering enemies of each story's main characters — at least one for each hero, two in the case of Dasien, but none for The Green Avenger (maybe because her only enemy at the point was a walking alarm clock, or because she was brainwashed).
- The League of Recurring Antagonists in Casey And Andy.
- In The Order of the Stick, the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission is an alliance of the three fiendish races (demons, devils and daemons), who have traditionally competed against each other. Different from most of the above cases because its three leaders were never actually seen prior to the team-up.
- However, one recurring secondary villain (Sabine) was revealed to be working for them covertly behind her boss/boyfriend's back, and another minor villain introduced during the same arc (Qarr) was recruited to serve them during their initial appearance..
- The Warriors of Darkness in 8-Bit Theater, four villains assembled to be the opposite number to the Warriors Of Light.
- The Doctor Who fancomic The 10 Doctors, apparently influenced by the lack of this trope in the series (see above), goes nuts with it. The Celestial Toymaker is working for Omega. The Renegade Daleks are taking commands from the Valeyard. The Rani is assisting Davros and the Imperial Daleks, who are themselves controlling the Cybermen. The Master is using the War Chief and the Sontarans to form a massive fleet of Ice Warriors, Draconians and many other aliens from the Doctor's past. And that's just for starters.
- The Evil League of Evil in Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, led by Bad Horse and his terrible death whinny.
- Team Kimba of the Whateley Universe is viewing Elite League as this. They have fought the Young Turks twice before, and a lot of the Alphas, and Gold Stallion's gang. Now they're seeing a team made up some of the best of those groups.