So DracoInLeatherPants and AntiVillain baddies are making your villainous faction more popular than your protagonists. However, they're really good villains too, and you don't want to get rid of those. So what's a writer to do?

A faction split, of course. Arms will be taken up, {{Anti Villain}}s will fight {{Complete Monster}}s, EnemyCivilWar erupts, and the end result will, at the least, be a MeleeATrois, but more likely, this slides into EnemyMine by allowing the [[AntiVillain Good Antagonists]] to join with the actual protagonists, as a way of sidestepping that pesky FailureIsTheOnlyOption rule that most bad guys inevitably seem to be stuck with.

A subtype of EnemyCivilWar in that the splinter factions tend to distinctly divide between "Actual Bad Guys" and "People the Good Guys Can Work With". One faction may claim that they're EvilerThanThou, the other faction may respond that EvenEvilHasStandards and anyway they are ALighterShadeOfGrey.

Compare MoralityKitchenSink, in which characters from everywhere on the moral spectrum are present but they aren't conveniently sorted into white, gray, and black factions.

See also AngelsDevilsAndSquid, and EvilVersusOblivion.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam [[GundamSEED SEED]]'' had this with the Three Ships Alliance (The Good) vs the [[FinalSolution Earth Forces]] (The Bad) vs [[TranshumanTreachery ZAFT]] (The Bad) vs [[OmnicidalManiac Rau Le Creuset]] (The Evil). Most of the sympathetic villains ultimately defect to the Three Ships Alliance.
** Continued in GundamSEEDDestiny, with the Three Ship Alliance which retains most of its membership, the supposedly [[WellIntentionedExtremist Well Intentioned]] ZAFT forces under [[DarkMessiah Chairman Durandal]], and the Blue Cosmos/LOGOS forces who are pretty much evil.
* During ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[CorruptBureaucrat Yoki]], [[KnightTemplar Scar]], [[SerialKiller Barry the Chopper]], [[AntiVillain Greed]], and Kimblee's chimera are all introduced as antagonists to the Elric brothers [[note]]although only Barry, Yoki, and the chimera worked for the villains, and only technically in Yoki's case[[/note]]. However, all end up joining the heroes at various points to fight against the main villains, Father and the other homunculi.
** Greed worked for Father, too; they just had their family strife civil war ''before'' the plot began. Or the main characters were even born.
* ''{{Hellsing}}'' has the Hellsing Organization ([[{{Antihero}} mostly good]]), the Iscariots ([[KnightTemplar bad]]), and Millennium ([[ThoseWackyNazis evil]]). At the end of the series the Iscariots briefly [[strike: team up with]] leave Hellsing alone to fight Millennium [[spoiler: but end up being annihilated by Alucard when their leader crosses the MoralEventHorizon]].
* The exact words of the trope were used by Creator/CartoonNetwork to advertise ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' at one point, referring to Goku, Vegeta and Freeza respectively.
* ''SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas''; Athena's army is the good, [[spoiler:and Pandora splits up from Alone upon learning that he was never truly possessed by Hades]].
* In ''SaintBeast'', the Saint Beasts are the good, Lucifer is the bad, and Zeus is the evil, although initally the latter two seem the other way around. The angels know things aren't right with the missions Zeus is sending them on but reject Lucifer's offer to join him because they know he's responsible for demons attacking humans. However, when they finally decide to rebel against Zeus they end up on the same side as Lucifer without actually agreeing to work together.
* ''AngelSanctuary'': Granted it's an oversimplification, but humans and Evils are ''generally'' the Good (in spite [[DeathBringerTheAdorable of the latters' name]]), Lucifer, the Satans and their ilk are the Bad, and the Angels are the Evil. Granted, there are a few good angels, ([[BigGood Adam Kadamon]], [[TheParagon Alexiel]], [[TheAce Anael]], [[GuileHero Zaphkiel]], [[TheCutie Raziel]] and [[AllLovingHero Gabriel]]), and a few others who are more neutral ([[BloodKnight Michael]], [[TheCasanova Raphael]], [[TheAtoner Uriel]], and the [[ObliviouslyEvil Metatron]]), but the ruling powers ([[BigBad Rosiel]], [[BigBadWannabe Sevothtarte]], [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Sandalphon]]]], [[spoiler: [[BiggerBad YHWH]]]]) are all bad, and even the good angels [[TokenGoodTeammate are occasionally antagonists]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail''.
** Tower of Heaven: Fairy Tail is the good, Erza's old friends are the bad, Jellal and Trinity Raven are the evil.
** The title guild enters the Grand Magic Games to reclaim the reputation they lost [[spoiler: during the TimeSkip]]. Sabretooth, the current #1 guild, [[SmugSuper isn't very nice]] to [[GoodIsNotNice anyone trying to unseat them]], but at least they aren't cheating like [[EvilCounterpart Raven Tail]].
** Erza is one of the few people who knows the true story behind [[spoiler: Jellal's]] crimes. Kagura is in the dark, only knowing that [[spoiler: Jellal killed her brother, Simon]]. So when Kagura sees Erza talking to [[spoiler: Jellal]], Minerva uses Kagura's rage (and [[spoiler: holds Millana hostage]]) to goad her into fighting Erza so she doesn't have to face them both herself.
** Another example from the Taiyou Village arc: Fairy Tail's is the good, trying to save the frozen village and revive the Eternal Flame; the treasure hunters are the bad, not caring about the village and trying to steal the flame for themselves; and Succubus Eye is the evil, trying to kill Fairy Tail, the treasure hunters, and destroy what's left of the frozen village.
** From the Tartarus arc, Fairy Tail [[spoiler: and Sabertooth]] are the good [[spoiler: Oracion Seis and Crime de Sorcerie are the bad]], and Tartarus themselves are the evil.

* In StarWarsLegacy, it is finally estabilished for good in StarWars canon. The Empire is split into Darth Krayt's Sith Empire (the evil) and Roan Fel's Empire (dictatorial but not really evil).
* In ''GIJoe'', this eventually happened in Cobra's ranks. Serpentor's splinter group the Coil fought against Cobra proper. Of course, matters only become more complicated when you realize that Cobra was already a little shaky, being an alliance between Cobra Commander's actual Cobra forces, Destro and his Iron Grenadiers, Zartan and the Dreadnoks, Tomax and Xamot and the Crimson Guard, independant contractors like Dr. Venom, Kwinn, Major Bludd, and Blackout, and Firefly and the Arashikage ninjas, with each group constantly vying for ultimate supremacy... Cobra's got to be one of the least stable factions in all of fiction, really.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* The film ''Film/HardRain'' does this with its three main characters. Tom (Christian Slater)'s security guard is the good, with Jim's (Morgan Freeman) armed robber apparently the bad, as his gang attempts to rob Tom's armoured car, and were responsible for killing Tom's uncle Charlie (Ed Asner). In a twist, the Evil is the corrupt Sheriff who likewise goes after the money from the truck, which Tom had hidden. When Jim is revealed to have been in cahoots with Charlie and had not wanted to kill anyone, he teams up with Tom, kills the Sheriff and Tom lets him escape.
* ''Film/TheGoodTheBadAndTheUgly'' (which is unsurprisingly a partial TropeNamer) has BountyHunter Blondie (The Good) as the (antiheroic) Good, {{Bandito}} Tuco (The Ugly) as The Bad, and ProfessionalKiller Angel Eyes (The Bad) as The Evil.
* ''Truth or Consequences, N.M.'' On one side, there's a gang of four {{Villain Protagonist}}s who steal drugs from the Mafia and intend to sell them for money. On another side is the FBI chasing the misfits. And on another side is a gang of mobsters led by a ruthless hitman who has no problem torturing an innocent man by cutting off his fingers.
** The gang ''itself'' would also qualify. Two of the protagonists are bad, but they usually prefer not to kill anyone unless they absolutely have to, and they try to make sure no civilians get hurt. Another protagonist is evil; he's a sociopath who has no problem killing cops just for fun and then justifying the murders to the other three characters. The fourth member is good, largely because [[spoiler:he's an undercover FBI agent]].

* In ''Literature/SkulduggeryPleasant'', the popularity of southern-fried PsychoForHire Billy-Ray Sanguine means that more often than not his later appearances feature him aiding the protagonists; first in order to contain the [[DemonicPossession Remnant]] [[OurZombiesAreDifferent outbreak]] and later during the [[DividedWeFall War of the Sanctuaries]].
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' does this with the second coup d'etat of Haven, firmly putting the Anti Villain group in control of the government, and a lot of the former SS and power hungry types out on the run as renegades. Notable for having it simply flip the status quo in a few areas: there're still bad Havenites, but now they're the exception rather than the rule.
** Even before the second change of government, Haven filled the role of "The bad" when it came to the relationship between Manticore, Haven, and Mesa/Manpower Inc. There were references that Manticore and Haven not only shared a loathing for Manpower, Haven was considered, even by Manticorans, to be the more dedicated opponent to slavery.
* After the Emperor's death, the Empire in the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse started breaking up. Various captains and admirals left with their forces and became warlords, sometimes rejoining the Empire later, sometimes the New Republic, sometimes becoming isolationist, and most often fighting everyone. ''Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia'' and three books of the XWingSeries deal with the New Republic's campaign against Warlord Zsinj. In ''Courtship'' he's a cardboard baddie, but in the XWingSeries he's really clever and nasty. Enough so that both the Empire and the New Republic form task forces to take him down, and surreptitiously they end up working together, both aware that this wouldn't last and if this cooperation was ever reported they'd face treason charges.
** Warlordism and the attrition that comes of a new leader rising to the fore, striking the New Republic, and getting beat down eventually whittled the Empire down small enough that Captain Pellaeon, who'd patiently served under each leader and picked up the pieces after, was forced to join a warlord. Eventually, during the JediAcademyTrilogy, Daala talked the various warlords into meeting together to try and get them to join forces; she and Pellaeon sat out their arguing, then put on gas masks and watched the warlords die. Then Daala [[GeneralFailure lost a good portion]] of this newly-replenished Empire and [[YouAreInCommandNow left it to Pellaeon]]. A few years later, and Supreme Commander Pellaeon [[HandOfThrawn worked to make peace with the New Republic]], while other elements of the [[VestigialEmpire Imperial Remnant]] fought furiously to prevent this. Decades after that, Grand Admiral Pellaeon was one of the heroes' most reliable allies [[spoiler:until he was assassinated by the Sith]].
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Johnny Marcone turned out to be such an [[BadassNormal intensely awesome]] AntiVillain that he's on Harry's side more often than not. This irritates Harry, who really, really wants to be able to write him off as "criminal scum," but has some trouble with that when Marcone is going to incredible lengths [[spoiler:just to try to get a girl out of a coma.]]
** The purpose of the Winterfae is to protect humanity from the [[EldritchAbomination Outsiders]]. The purpose of the Summerfae, meanwhile, is to protect humanity from the Winterfae.
* In ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'' you have several levels of this- Vin, Elend, and Sazed are [[TheHero the good]], Kelsier and most of the skaa rebellion are [[AntiHero pretty good]], the Lord Ruler and most of the human bad guys are [[AntiVillain the bad]], and [[spoiler: Ruin and the Inquisitors are the evil]].
** Do note, though, that ''Vin'' is the one who states something along the lines of "Good? Bad? I'm just here to kill people."
** At one point in his [[ commentary]], Sanderson points out that a particular fight is "a good, old-fashioned showdown between good and evil! Or, at least, between Kelsier and evil".
* In the ''Literature/WarriorCats'' book ''The Darkest Hour'', [=ThunderClan=] and [=WindClan=], the two [[TheHero heroic Clans]], team up with [=ShadowClan=] and [=RiverClan=], the two villainous Clans, to fight a worse evil; Scourge, who wants to take over their territory.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* During season 4 of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Ben, AffablyEvil and MagnificentBastard that he is, talks his way into sort of teaming up with the good guys against PsychoForHire Keamy and his men, although Ben [[TheChessmaster still had his own agenda]] the whole time.
* The season 2 finale of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' ends with Buffy teaming up with Spike to [[EvilVersusOblivion stop Angelus from destroying the world.]] As Spike explained it, he ''likes'' the world; lots of fun things to do and [[ToServeMan plenty of humans to eat]]. Although Spike decided "screw it" halfway through their team-up and left with Drusilla.
* To say ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' uses this trope a lot would be to understate dreadfully. While actives themselves are good, Paul Ballard is good-ish, and the entire LA Dollhouse staff is [[BlackAndGreyMorality deeply grey]]. We all just agree Alpha is evil as are the people in charge of Rossum as a whole. And by the end this has fragmented even further. [[spoiler: The surviving staff of the LA Dollhouse are firmly on the good side, and so is, surprisingly enough, Alpha. Victor and a few others have gone grayer, but by now the only true evil people are the remnants of Rossum.]]
* ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'' takes this and shifts it a few steps down the morality scale. The Sons are at best a mix of NominalHero andVillainProtagonist group and tend to team up with some very nasty people to take on enemies who are even nastier characters.
** The IRA are a long time ally and business partner of the Sons but lately Jimmy O'Fallon is trying to cut the Sons out of the lucrative gun running business. However, he has a lot of enemies among the other leaders of the IRA and they try to use the Sons as a weapon against Jimmy. So while Jimmy is the evil guy, it is a toss up whether the Sons or the IRA are the 'good guys' in this mess.
** Well, Hale could have been considered the "Good" [[spoiler: until they killed him]]. And really only Clay and Gemma can be considered Villain Protagonists, the others are more {{nominal hero}}es with Jax and Opie straddling the line between NominalHero and AntiHero.
* ''Series/TheCape'' now seems to have established something like this with the Cape as the Good, the Carnival of Crime as the Bad and Fleming[=/=]Chess as the Evil. it may even be a fourway with Scales somewhere between the Carnival and Fleming or as [[EvilVersusEvil Evil, just opposed to Fleming]].
* ''Series/JukenSentaiGekiranger'', sort of. [=GekiJyuKen=] school is the Good, [=RinJyuKen=] school is the Bad, where [=GenJyuKen=] is the Evil.
* Season 2 of ''Series/{{Nikita}}'' is shaping up like this, with [[TheHero Nikita]] and her allies as the Good, [[GovernmentConspiracy Division]] and their ManBehindTheMan [[OmniscientCouncilOfVagueness Oversight]] as the Bad, and [[PrivateMilitaryContractors Gogol]] and ''their'' ManBehindTheMan [[MegaCorp Zetrov]] as the Evil.
** Though it should be noted that Division only seems better than Gogol and Zetrov because [[SupportingProtagonist Alex]] is in an EnemyMine against the latter two with the former. And on top of that, somewhere between Bad and Evil we have Amanda (who runs Division but is now [[TheStarscream plotting against]] Oversight) and Percy (who's plotting against ''everyone'').
** Following the status quo changing events about midway through the season, the list is a bit different now -- Team Nikita is still the Good [[spoiler: along with the {{Heel Face Turn}}ed last living members of Oversight]], but Zetrov's head Semak is now closer to the Bad, and the Evil can be best represented by Amanda [[spoiler: and her partner Ari (Semak's [[TheStarscream Starscream]])]], with Percy still somewhere between Bad and Evil.
* Defied in ''Series/TheWire''. [[spoiler:As the incredibly ruthless and cold-blooded sociopath Marlo Stansfield rises to the top of the Baltimore drug trade in seasons 4 and 5, longtime drug dealer and unrepentant thug Bodie develops a case of EvenEvilHasStandards and somewhat reluctantly agrees to inform on Marlo to the police. Marlo has Bodie killed before this can happen, and no one else dares cross Marlo in a similar way.]]
* ''Series/BreakingBad'' has some elements of this, though who's where depends on which season. A few constants are that [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Hank is The Good]], Pinkman is The Bad, and the various druglords and cartels that are the antagonists (Tuco, Gus, etc.) are The Evil. Where the protagonist Walt is depends on the season; he starts off on [[JustifiedCriminal the lighter side]] of The Bad and starts settling toward the bottom from there; by the later seasons it starts to seem more like he's the VillainProtagonist.
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}'', once George Hearst shows up in season two. Seth Bullock is the face of the Good; he's not the morally purest person around, but his devotion to justice makes him at least [[AntiHero more heroic]] than others. Al Swearengen's faction, Bullock's antagonists in the first season, are the Bad; a pimp and his cronies attempting to prevent the town from rising above the status of OutlawTown so they won't have to deal with the government. Hearst, though, is a NietzscheWannabe mining magnate who doesn't shrink from having competitors, unionisers and those who've personally slighted him murdered by hired guns, and who openly seeks to buy the town wholesale by whatever combination of corruption and violence will best suit the job.
* ''Series/{{Continuum}}'' has a variant of this in the third season finale. Good and Bad ([[spoiler:Kiera, Brad, and Liber8]]) team up to take out, not a bad guy who's EvilerThanThou, but a former good guy ([[spoiler: Original!Alec]]) who's sliding down the slippery slope. Overall, the show starts out with Liber8 as the Evil and Kiera and the police (represented by Dillon) as the Good, but shows an increasingly KnightTemplar-ish Dillon sliding into the Evil spot.
* The second season of ''The 100'' has the Arc dwellers aka "Sky People" teaming up with their former adversaries the Grounders to oppose the inhabitants of Mount Weather. Since the show operates on GreyAndGrayMorality it's more muddled than the usual case but Mount Weather is definitely the darkest shade around.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer40000}}'', Humans are the Bad; Tau, Orks, and Craftworld Eldar are the Evil; and Chaos, Dark Eldar, Tyranids, and Necrons are the Really Really Evil.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series, an EnemyCivilWar divides the Covenant between the Elites and the Brutes. The Elites join forces with the humans and eventually make peace with humanity when the war ends.
* Creator/BioWare tends to have this setup in their original series:
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' had the Warden (the Good), Teyrn Loghain and his posse (the Bad), and the Darkspawn Horde (the Evil).
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has Paragon Shepard, his/her crew, and Anderson as the only spots of good, the politicians and people like Aria in the grey area, and various mercenary groups, the Collectors, and the Reapers as evil.
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' has Shepard, Anderson, and Hackett as the Good, Cerberus and particularly the geth ([[spoiler:who can be pulled over to the Good side]]) as the Bad, and the Reapers as the Evil.
** ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II: Shadows of Amn'' has the FeaturelessProtagonist as the Good ([[WordOfGod canonically]]), the [[ThievesGuild Shadow Thieves]] as the Bad, and [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Bodhi's vampires]] as the Evil. To emphasize how Evil the latter are, some [[NonPlayerCompanion party members]] will flat out leave your party [[LostForever forever]] if you deal with them.
* In the ''DuneII'', ''Dune 2000'' and ''Emperor: Battle For Dune'' games you have 3 playable factions (minus the subfactions, you can be allied to those) that fit this trope, the good House Atreides, the insidious House Ordos that is willing to do nasty things if necessary for it's endless pursuit of wealth and probably drugs its citizens to make them more submissive, vs. the evil House Harkonnen who are a royal house consisting almost entirely of perverted, deranged psychopaths who enslave, backstab, and a lot of other nasty things and their soldiers are more afraid of them than their enemy.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Freespace}}'' stategy guide, it describes the Terrans as the "Good Guys," the Vasudans are the "Bad Guys," and the Shivans are the "Really Bad Guys."
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': Zero, Ciel, and LaResistance are the Good; [[KnightTemplar Copy-X]], [[HeroAntagonist the Guardians]], and Neo Arcadia in general (or rather what Neo Arcadia has become) are the Bad; and Dr. Weil and [[AxCrazy Omega]] are the Evil.
** Elpizo [[spoiler: can be considered to be all three. He starts out with the Resistance (that's the Good part), and although he certainly never rejoins Neo Arcadia, his hatred of it causes him to become an AntiVillain (that's the Bad part) who stoops to using (and more importantly unleashing) the SealedEvilInACan that was created by the true villian Dr. Weil (that's the Evil part). Moreover, that power ''itself'' was originally a force of good, which was corrupted by Weil.]]
* Something like this happens in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' with the Enclave splitting up. An interesting variation, as the player is actually given the option of siding with the ''more'' evil faction, but not the lesser one, so the game's final confrontation will always be against the same guys, regardless of moral choice.
* In ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' the Courier gets to choose whose side he can join: NCR, Caesars Legion, or Mr House. Which ones are the good, bad, and evil depends on the player's perspective, but most characters in the game generally agree that the Legion are the worst of the three.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'', starting with Yuri in ''Red Alert 2'', the Scrin faction in ''Tiberium Wars'' (double the fact that the Brotherhood of Nod has received even more fandom by this time). Not so much in Red Alert 3, since the 'bad guys' are technically still the Soviets.
* ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' also adheres this, although there's no pure Good or Bad due to the rather [[GrayAndGrayMorality gray moralities of both sides]]. Oppositions of the NOL (Ragna, Sector Seven) is the Good. NOL is the Bad. Hazama/Terumi and Relius Clover are the Evil.
** ''[[VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma Chrono Phantasma]]'' mucks things up within it. The NOL and Sector Seven at large are Bad; some individual members of both groups, and all known entities unaffiliated with either, are Good. Terumi and Relius are still Evil. Things change at the end, however:
*** [[spoiler:The Good: Jin, Noel/Mu, Makoto, Tsubaki/Izayoi, Hakumen, Jubei, Celica, Kagura, Rachel, Valkenhayn, Taokaka, Tager, Bang, Platinum (if Luna and Sena survive; Trinity is dead)]]\\
[[spoiler:The Ambiguous: Bullet, Amane, Carl, Litchi.]]\\
[[spoiler:The Bad: Azrael, Relius, and Nu]]\\
[[spoiler:The Evil: Imperator Saya/Izanami, Phantom/Nine by extension]]\\
[[spoiler:The Mindless: Arakune and Ragna]]
* PsychicForce, by the second game, exemplifies this. The Good is Anti-NOA (no official leader, the closest is [[TheHero Burn]]), the Bad is NOA (led by [[DarkMessiah Keith]]), and the Evil is the Army (led by Wong). There are other forces such as magicians (Genma/Genshin) that don't take sides and instead be a KnightTemplar and just target all three sides because they're Psychiccers and Psychiccers are EVIL (in their head).
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the Empire and the Stormcloaks are the Good and the Bad, which one depending on whose side you pick in the Civil War. The Thalmor are always the Evil, one of the few things both sides agree on.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Oh yes. The main character is a mercenary employed by [[WellIntentionedExtremist eco]]-[[YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters terrorists]]. Your enemy is a MegaCorp whose [[PoweredByAForsakenChild fuel usage]] is ''literally killing the planet''. That becomes less important when this other guy comes along and [[OmnicidalManiac plans to kill everyone]] via ColonyDrop to [[AGodAmI ascend into Godhood]]. (Said MegaCorp dedicates its operations to stopping said guy from that point onward.) You can count the named characters who have not killed many, many people (directly or indirectly) on one hand, and by far the most prominent one [[ItWasHisSled dies a third of the way through]]. [[CrapsackWorld Yeesh]].
* ''VideoGame/VagrantStory'' has this going on from beginning to end with Ashley, Sydney and Romeo.

* ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}''. Heaven is run by KnightsTemplar willing to ruin the lives of humans for the sake of preserving order. Hell is run by a genuinely nice guy, who nevertheless wants to plunge the world into chaos by amplifying the titular blip in God's plan. The real good guys aren't allied with either side.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has Torg and [[TrueCompanions his friends]] (the Good) sabotaging Hereti Corp, No Fun, and other ruthless organizations (the Evil) by working for the supervillain Minion Master (the Bad).
* Rather than splitting the evil, ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'' splits the good. GodAndSatanAreBothJerks, but Buddha acts as a neutral figure in the conflict, ironically acting more "good" than the supposed good faction. (The protagonists themselves are all over the place--Slick in particular has declared allegiance to all three factions ''simultaneously''.)

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''ThereWillBeBrawl'': Red, Peach and Luigi are Good; Link and the remaining mob bosses are Bad; and Kirby, [[spoiler: along with Ness and Lucas,]] is completely batshit ''evil incarnate''.
* ''{{Homestuck}}'': Although Bec Noir is incredibly powerful and is responsible for over half of the deaths seen so far, Lord English is powerfully evil, threatening the very existence of paradox space itself.
* In ''WebVideo/TalesFromMyDDCampaign'', Humans are the Good, the Illud are the Bad, and the Deluvians are the Evil.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'''s second season broke down into this, with Aang and friends being the good, Zuko being the bad, and Azula the evil. At the end of the second season Zuko would subvert the opportunity for a HeelFaceTurn, but eventually do it in the third.
** This is actually true for most of the show. In the first season, Aang and co. are the good, Zuko is the bad, and Zhao is the evil; in the first part of the third, the good and bad roles are the same, but with [[BigBad Ozai]] joining Azula in the evil. After Zuko's HeelFaceTurn the system breaks down, though at the very end you have the [[FanNickname Gaang]] as the good, Azula as the [[TragicVillain crazy yet pitiable evil]], and Ozai as the stone-cold irredeemable sadistic evil.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' turned into this pretty early on and kept building on it. It used to be that Team Phantom was the good and the [[RoguesGallery various ghosts he fought]] were the evil. Now, Team Phantom is good, Vlad and Valerie (along with a few more sympathetic ghosts) are the bad, and most of Danny's RoguesGallery is the evil. By the end, however, Vlad is the evil and most of the RoguesGallery is the bad.
* The '90s ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men}}'' animated series had one of the most memorable and sympathetic portrayals of Magneto ever to exist, out to defend mutantkind from its human oppressors, who were generally portrayed as pretty heavily bigoted. Of course the show couldn't have him be ''too'' evil with such a sympathetic cause, so he got thrust into EnemyMine situations in all but his ''very first'' appearance against villains who were [[EvilerThanThou more evil than]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards him at his worst]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' did this often in the second season, most notably with Goliath and Xanatos (who may be the king of self-interest trumping morality, but isn't ''evil'' per se) teaming up against the out-of-control transformed Fox in "Eye of the Beholder" and the serial-killing Demona in the "City of Stone" arc.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'' Spidey is the good and most of his RoguesGallery are the evil, with [[BigBad Tombstone]] as the bad- he's unquestionably a villain and a very ruthless one, but he sees his criminal empire as a business first and foremost and tends to avoid pointless cruelty. He (briefly) teams up with Spidey on a couple of occasions against the blatantly psychotic Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus.
** It's not just him, either - Sandman, Black Cat, and (to a much lesser extent) Rhino are just in it for the money, and don't really go out of their way to hurt anyone (except Spidey himself, in Rhino's case). Sandman even gets to team up with Spidey for [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath in the course of saving a little girl]].
** And Molten Man was working for the truly psychotic Green Goblin, but against his will - it was a pretty clear set-up for a HeelFaceTurn, but [[ScrewedByTheNetwork the show was canceled just two seasons in]].
* In the fourth season of WesternAnimation/KimPossible, AffablyEvil Dr. Drakken and his DeadpanSnarker [[TheDragon dragon]] Shego developed into "the bad". First by toning down their evil throughout the season and in the final episode by putting them in an EnemyMine position against a race of AlwaysChaoticEvil alien invaders.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' had an alliance with [[ArchEnemy Slade]] against BiggerBad Trigon that lasted all of 2 episodes.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' there are varying degrees of bad and evil, while the Monks are unquestionably good, though they dip their toes in the darkside sometimes, there is Jack on the bad side but he wants to be the BigBad. Chase could be considered bad also as he spends most of his time helping the monks while trying to fullfill his own goals. There is Wuya who is evil, but mostly harmless except when she reveals herself to be a NotSoHarmlessVillain, and finally Hannibal Bean who is very evil.
* The WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague temporarily side with the Legion of Doom against Darkseid and his army.
** Darkseid was inadvertently revived by a ritual Lex Luthor intended for Brainiac but sabotaged by Tala as payback. Luthor rather sensibly went straight to the League and explained there was going to be an alien invasion now and the planet needed saving, let us help. The League [[MercyLead gave them a five-minute head start]] afterward.
* At the end of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'', Death Watch and Darth Maul team up. Eventually Maul takes total control, but not all of Death Watch is willing to follow him; things end with Maul's Death Watch as the Evil vs. original Death Watch as the Bad; with the Good (in the form of the Jedi) yet to get involved.