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Versus Title
Now that's what I call Black and White Morality. Or not.

When you are creating a work in which two clearly distinct entities are in conflict or compete against each other, a common way to name your work is to identify the two entities and insert a word or symbol indicating the conflict.

These most frequently take the form of X Versus Y (or X vs Y). Titles of this form were particularly common for older B Movies, and is now something of a Dead Horse Trope within that field, though often used straight in homages. They continue to be frequently used in names of episodes of Western Animations and Live-Action TV shows.

Another variant, replacing "Versus" with a simple X, as in Alice X Bob, is particularly common in Video Games developed in Japan. Where it is a crossover, it may take the form of X Meets Y, although these are relatively rare.

May involve an Ultimate Showdown of Ultimate Destiny or Cool Versus Awesome. Where both entities are antagonists, this may be an Antagonist Title. Similar to The Noun and the Noun and Name and Name. Often mirrors Character Name and the Noun Phrase.


Examples:

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    Professional Wrestling 
  • UWFi vs. WAR: Super Summer Wars
  • AWS Sonjay Dutt vs Super Dragon
  • FWA Academy vs. WAW Academy - Academy Warfare
  • WWE vs ECW: Head To Head
  • ChickFight VII: The UK vs The USA
  • CWA Pro Skirts vs. Fins
  • EVOLVE 1: Richards vs. Ibushi
  • Chikara vs Osaka Pro
  • Invacion de I.W.A Vs W.W.C
  • PWE Elite vs. Phenomenal
  • WSU vs Beyond
  • XICW 158: Rhino vs. Williams III
  • ROH vs NJPW: Global Wars.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "Hulk Versus the World".
  • The Batman vs. Dracula.
  • Dan Vs. is an interesting case, where the Episode Finishes the Title, such as the first episode, New Mexico, intended to be read as Dan Vs. New Mexico.
  • Eek! The Cat episode "Eek vs. the Flying Saucers" (a play on Earth vs. the Flying Saucers).
  • Samurai Jack episodes "Jack Versus Demongo, the Soul Collector", "Jack Versus Mad Jack", "Samurai Versus Ninja", "Samurai Versus Samurai", "Jack Versus Aku", and "Robo-Samurai Versus Mondo Bot".
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 1987 episode "Raphael Versus the Volcano".
  • The Simpsons has a number of episodes like this, such as:
    • "Bart vs. Australia"
    • "Bart vs. Lisa vs. the Third Grade"
    • "Bart vs. Thanksgiving"
    • "The City of New York vs. Homer Simpson"
    • "Grampa vs. Sexual Inadequacy"
    • "Homer vs. Dignity"
    • "Homer vs. Lisa and the Eighth Commandment"
    • "Homer vs. Patty and Selma"
    • "Homer vs. the 18th Amendment"
    • "Lisa vs. Malibu Stacy"
    • "Marge vs. the Monorail"
    • "Marge vs. Singles, Seniors, Childless Couples and Teens, and Gays" (also known as "Marge vs. Everyone")
  • The Tick uses this as its Idiosyncratic Episode Naming.
  • Voltron: Defender of the Universe episode "Voltron Versus Voltron"

    Real Life 
  • It is standard in civil court cases in many western countries to be named in the form Plaintiff v. Defendant.
    • Do keep in mind when both sides of the v. are the same (such as a family feud), it's not a Mirror Match. (Well, usually not. There have indeed been cases where people have sued themselves, e.g. Lodi v. Lodi (1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 628.)
    • Partially averted in Commonwealth countries, where the v. is read as and.

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