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Rogues Gallery Showcase
This trope deals with individual stories from a series/franchise that feature several members of the series'/franchise's Rogues Gallery
. These tales don't necessarily fall under Villain Team-Up
or Legion of Doom
, although there's considerable overlap; they just involve stories in which a lot
of villains appear, whether they're working together or not. Writers sometimes refer to these stories as "gang bangs", a name best avoided because of the Unfortunate Implications
Video game adaptations of comic book properties tend to indulge in this to take advantage of the source material's rich Rogues Gallery
See also Run the Gauntlet
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- The Batman comics have done several stories that fit this trope:
- The Long Halloween
- Batman No Mans Land
- Knightfall not only introduced the world to Bane, but also hit us with The Mad Hatter, The Ventriloquist, Zsasz, The Joker, Firefly, Poison Ivy, and The Scarecrow, to name just a few. To get a bit more... exhaustive, the KGBeast, Maxie Zeus, Amygdala, the Trigger Twins, Abattoir, Cornelius Stirk, the Riddler, Killer Croc... Essentially, what you're looking at is nearly all of Batman's major villains, a fair number of the more minor ones, and a bunch of new ones!
- Where Were You on the Night Batman was Killed? where several members of Batman's rogues gallery (Catwoman, the Riddler, The Joker and, inexplicably, Lex Luthor) claim to have murdered Batman and place themselves on 'trial' before a jury of their peers (The Mad Hatter, Poison Ivy, the Scarecrow, Mr Freeze, the Spook, and Signalman) with Two-Face as the prosecutor and Ra's al Ghul as the judge. Most of the rest of the rogues gallery shows up to watch.
- Similar to the "Almost Got 'im" example below, there is a Tangled Web story where a bunch of villains are talking about how each of them almost got Spider-Man. Then one of them throws off his hat, reveals his hairdo and says "I threw his girlfriend off a bridge!"...
- A Amazing Spider-Man issue featured a whole bunch of Spideys foes, old and new, hired by Doctor Octopus to kidnap Menace's child.
- The The Flash storyline "Rogue War" featured a Legion of Doom plot with two groups of Flash's Rogues coming together to fight each other, but also involved numerous other, unaligned Flash villains either taking advantage of the chaos or fighting both sides.
- Godzilla Final Wars featured a number of Godzilla's enemies (and allies) being roped into working for the invading alien Xillians. Among those featured were Ebirah, Hedorah, Kumonga, Gigan, and of course, Ghidorah; his friend Anguirus, King Ceasar, and Rodan were also braincontrolled into aiding the aliens.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- The seventh season premier closed with a Wham Line, delivered by The First Evil in the form of all of the previous seasons' main villains in reverse order and ending with Buffy.
- Angelus was sorely missed; his spot was taken by Drusilla.
- Spider-Man on the PS1/N64/PC featured at least six of Spidey's most famous villains teaming up together (and at least two more pursuing their own agendas).
- Batman Arkham Series
- Batman: Arkham Asylum features The Joker, Harley Quinn, Bane, Victor Zsasz, The Scarecrow, Killer Croc, The Riddler and Poison Ivy, as well as references to everyone else. None of them really team up (other than Joker/Harley as usual) but many either manipulate or take advantage of the other villains plans.
- The sequel, Batman: Arkham City, is truly a gift for the Rogue-loving fans of Batman. The main story features The Joker, Harley, Two-Face, Hugo Strange, Ra's Al Ghul, Talia Al Ghul, Catwoman, Solomon Grundy, The Penguin, Mr. Freeze, and Clayface. Bane, The Riddler, Hush, The Mad Hatter, Zsasz, and Deadshot are featured in side missions. Poison Ivy, Killer Croc, Black Mask, Azrael, and Calendar Man show up in cameos or otherwise short appearances. Most of the others are at least referenced, either via mook dialogues and Easter Eggs (like Scarecrow) or trophies (like Scarface).
- True to form, Batman: Arkham Origins bases its main plot around the eight assassins (Killer Croc, The Electrocutioner, Deathstroke, Deadshot, Firefly, Lady Shiva, Copperhead and Bane) hired by Black Mask. Who happens to be the Joker in disguise. There's also side-missions involving Mad Hatter, the Penguin, the Riddler (not quite at his Riddler persona yet and under the name "Enigma"), Bird and Anarky, and brief appearances from Calendar Man and Alberto Falcone.
- Played for laughs in the beginning of Crash Twinsanity, wherein Cortex reveals that he had organized some sort of bizzaro birthday party, consisting of many boss characters from previous games (complete with a confused Crunch Bandicoot and a vengeful Polar the polar bear).
- Captain America and the Avengers features Klaw, the Living Laser, the Whirlwind, the Wizard, the Grim Reaper, the Mandarin, the Juggernaut, Ultron and Crossbones, all being controlled by the Red Skull.
- Batman: The Animated Series:
- "Almost Got 'im". "The Joker, Killer Croc, Penguin, Two-Face and Poison Ivy all meet at a poker table, each telling a tale of times when they almost defeated Batman. At the same time, Harley Quinn is about to kill Catwoman.
- "Trial": Batman and Gotham City's new District Attorney are tried by a Kangaroo Court consisting of The Joker (who functions as the judge), Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Scarecrow, Ventriloquist, Poison Ivy, the Mad Hatter and a bunch of mook extras.
- Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: In the episode "Birds of a Feather", several of the series' recurring villains are all after the same MacGuffin.
- SWAT Kats:
- In the episode "Katastrophe", Dark Kat, Dr. Viper and The Metallikats join forces to "Destroy the SWAT Kats!" (Cue Evil Laughs all around).
- In the episode "A Bright and Shiny Future", The Pastmaster teams up with The Metallikats to... well, you know the drill.
- The Teen Titans episode "Revved Up" had most of the show's minor villains competing in a Wacky Races/The Cannonball Run/Its A Mad Mad Mad Mad World style race to see who got Robin's most prized possession.
- Freakazoid! includes this in "Relax-o-Vision". Because all the fight scenes have been replaced with "relaxing" images so as not to frighten the kiddies, we see little to nothing of the actual fighting.
- Batman: The Brave and the Bold: "Death Race to Oblivion!"
- The House of Mouse special "Mickey's House of Villains." Pretty much every Disney villain shows up.
- In Transformers Animated, the Decepticons are much stronger and usually one is enough to be the villain of the week. They're not all on the same page, either. This means "Megatron Rising", the only episode where all five main 'cons appear at once, is one of these. They don't really 'team up' so much as you have Lugnut and Blitzwing looking for Megatron, then Megatron enacting his plan to steal the MacGuffin, The Starscream serving himself as always, and Blackarachnia... trying to steal the MacGuffin before Megatron gets to it. Five villains, four goals, though obviously the "trying to find and restore Megatron" goal leads into Megatron's plan once he is restored. Also, "Decepticon Air," involving Decepticon prisoners breaking out during a space flight back to Cybertron for imprisonment, involves a team up of 'cons who aren't usually one big team; wanting to escape is about all any one of them has in common with any of the others, though they do team up.