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This is a generally villainous organization with mysterious goals and many distinct characters, usually wearing theme outfits. May start out as TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness before getting more time in the spotlight. Unlike a LegionOfDoom, they're generally introduced as a bunch of new characters, rather than being a new alliance of [[RoguesGallery old foes]]. Larger than a QuirkyMinibossSquad, and treated much more seriously (less quirk, more Boss). While they may have access to or be associated with a NebulousEvilOrganization, they are generally not nebulous, but rather have a set number of members, though they may qualify if their ''influence'' is nebulous or if they have numerous underlings who do not qualify as full members. They also tend to become a SpotlightStealingSquad.

The Standard Evil Organization Squad generally serves as either the BigBad or CoDragons on a large scale (or both, since the leader is often the ''true'' BigBad), and thus are generally a major threat. TheTeam is the vaguely-structured GoodCounterpart.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The Espada, and later the Sternritter from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' (though they are technically a rank within an evil army, not a group in their own right). The Gotei 13 qualify as a version that pulled a HeelFaceTurn, though they technically weren't evil in the first place.
* The Homunculi from ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.
* The Innovators are portrayed this way in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.
* The One Shadow Nine Fists from ''[[Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple History's Mightiest Disciple Kenichi]]''.
* The Akatsuki from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.
* The Devils of Kimon from ''Anime/NinjaScroll'', a group of ninjas with extremely varied and bizarre powers, all working for an immortal.
* OnePiece: Baroque Works is missing only standardized outfits. Like [[Manga/{{Naruto}} Akatsuki]], they work in pairs, in each case, a guy and a girl, with the guys numbered a la the Espada.
** The Cipher Pol 9 two sagas later also qualify.
* The Juppongatana from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin''
* The Numbers in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* The Dark Signers of ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds''.
* The Noah family from ''Manga/DGrayMan''.
* The Band of Seven/Shichinintai in ''Manga/InuYasha''.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The Seven Evil Exes from ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim''. Though they lack standardized uniforms or any sort of theme among them, they are introduced one-by-one, [[spoiler:except for the Katayanagi twins]]. They even fall under [[spoiler:TheSmurfettePrinciple]]!
* The Hellfire Club from the famous [[ComicBook/TheDarkPhoenixSaga Dark Phoenix Saga]] of ''ComicBook/XMen'', all with ''fabulous'' clothing.
* In UsefulNotes/{{the Bronze Age|OfComicBooks}} Creator/DCComics, Marv Wolfman invented the Hive. They fought {{Superman}} a few times, but became much more associated with the Comicbook/TeenTitans.
* Comicbook/TheAvengers have a group of astrology-themed enemies called Zodiac.
* The Comicbook/JusticeLeagueOfAmerica fights the playing card themed Royal Flush Gang.
* ComicBook/RedRobin finds himself fighting the newly introduced spider themed Council of Spiders.

* FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi: Ami's minions start out as just another Keeper's band of thugs to the surface world. This changes following Ami's defeat of[[spoiler: The Avatar of All Light]]. It is clear from the Spymaster's subplot that after this the surface world is scrambleing to discover the source of this incredibly powerful new keeper, uncover her motives and prepare countermeasures for her continued menace. [[NebulousEvilOrganization Of course, they meet with limited success]] [[DiabolusExNihilo due to her]] [[OutsideContextProblem origions]]. Of course, this is [[spoiler: [[Anime/SailorMoon Sailor Mercury]]]] we're talking about. [[GoodRunningEvil So it's an inversion]].

* Scorpia from ''Literature/AlexRider''. They may qualify as a NebulousEvilOrganization, but they don't seem to have too many members.
** They have hundreds if not thousands of members, but the leadership is a council of the worlds most notorious spies, assassins, criminals and terrorists who play this straight.
* Though framed as a NebulousEvilOrganization in-story, the Death Eaters (basically [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the Ku Klux Klan with magic powers]]) from ''Literature/HarryPotter'' [[OddlySmallOrganization arguably qualify]].
* The Forsaken from ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': thirteen exceptional [[FunctionalMagic channelers]] who swore service to the [[TheAntiGod Dark One]] in the long-ago [[TimeOfMyths Age of Legends]], were [[SealedEvilInACan trapped outside reality]], and eventually escape to plague the world with power and knowledge beyond the ken of the current Age. They would be more dangerous if their organization wasn't TeethClenchedTeamwork at best, and [[NoHonorAmongThieves opportunistic backstabbing]] at worst. And sadly, they don't have themed costumes.

* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' tended to use these in its later years as the {{Arc Villain}}s, with the [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Piraka]], the [[HowTheMightyHaveFallen Barraki]], and of course the [[BrotherhoodOfEvil Brotherhood of Makuta]].

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Organization XIII from ''Franchise/KingdomHearts''. They were TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness in their debut game, ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHeartsChainOfMemories Chain of Memories]]'' (where not much was known about them aside from sharing the same coat), but in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'' and ''[[VideoGame/KingdomHearts358DaysOver2 358/2 Days]]'', they became this (particularly in the latter game, as they were featured as the [[VillainProtagonist protagonists]] there and thus got ''much'' more screentime.)
* Those from the Past from ''VideoGame/{{The King of Fighters}}''.
* ''Pokémon'' has almost one per game, usually based off of a real-life organization. To name a few: [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue Team]] [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver Rocket]], [[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire Team Aqua/Magma]], [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl Team Galactic]], [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Team Plasma]], [[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY Team Flare]], [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon Team Skull]], [[spoiler: [[VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon the Aether Foundation]]]]...

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* [[spoiler:Salem's faction]] from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', [[TheOmniscientCouncilOfVagueness alluded to]] now and again throughout the show, [[spoiler:then fully revealed during the first episode of Volume 4.]]

* ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' has two. The first is the canonical Trolls, a group of twelve aliens ([[UnreliableExpositor or so they claim]]) whose T-shirts follow an Astrological theme (each bears the symbol of one of the Astrological signs). Following the format of ''Homestuck'', they are introduced one-by-one. [[spoiler: Subverted in that most of them aren't really evil. They aren't particularly organized either.]]
** The second group is from the ShowWithinAShow ''The Midnight Crew''. The primary antagonists of the series are [[color:#2ED73A: The Felt]], who are a group of 15 [[TimeTravel time-travelers]] with a billiard-ball theme (each character corresponds to a ball). [[spoiler:They have recently been revealed, in a form of in-universe {{Defictionalization}}, to actually exist in continuity with the main story.]]
*** The Midnight Crew itself could count, if not for the fact that the group consists only of four people.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': In the "Empire of Blood" arc, the Vector Legion is this. They're a relatively cohesive organization of primarily LawfulEvil, high-level adventurers, each of whom is a {{Foil}} / EvilCounterpart to a member of the Order of the Stick in some way. Unlike the equally matched [[QuirkyMinibossSquad Linear Guild]], three of them are able to take on the titular Order and almost win. For bonus points, one of their number is [[spoiler:Elan's father.]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* The [[WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog Evil League of Evil]] appears to be this.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Hateocracy from ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks''.
* The Legion Ex Machina from ''WesternAnimation/BigGuyAndRustyTheBoyRobot''.
* The Pack from ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'' straddle the line between this and a serious QuirkyMinibossSquad.
* While the membership of ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'''s The Light would form a LegionOfDoom in most other continuities, they way the overarching plot is structured makes them this trope, after half a season as an OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness.
* The Inquisitorius from ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' function as this; they serve as an organization dedicated to purging the galaxy of rogue Jedi who survived [[Film/RevengeOfTheSith Order 66]], while recruiting force-sensitive younglings to prevent them from becoming a threat. They are also treated ''[[KnightOfCerebus much]]'' [[KnightOfCerebus more seriously]] than the show's other early villains (later surpassed by [[FallenHero Darth Vader]], [[FourStarBadass Admiral Thrawn]], [[TheBrute Darth Maul]], and [[TheEmperor Emperor]] [[GreaterScopeVillain Palpatine]] himself).