"How do my foes keep finding each other?"
If a Superhero
has a Rogues Gallery
, it's an obvious plot for the villains to team up. A Villain Team Up is almost always for the sole purpose of ganging up on a hero or hero team and finishing them off once... and for all!!!
Villains will almost never team up to rob a bank together, or commit any other crime together. Typically this is because the typical Rogues Gallery
has villains with nothing in common at all, other than hating the hero.
This is also why they lose; unlike the heroic team they fight, the villains never trust each other. One of them will betray
the rest of the group. Usually after they've captured the heroes, thus letting the heroes escape. Some heroes can even cause a "solid" Villain Team Up to implode with Flaw Exploitation
. Other times, one of the villains has planned the whole team-up as a trap from the start. Cue An Aesop
about The Power of Friendship
. This is one of few situations where maintaining the Status Quo
is well justified
A variant is that instead of ganging up, they make the heroes Run the Gauntlet
. If they get on reasonably well, they'll compliment each other on their evilness
. If conditions are right, they may become a Big Bad Duumvirate
. While this is usually a one-shot team up, a Legion of Doom
is a recurring team of villains and are a major opposition together. Can easily lead to a Joker Jury
situation. When done badly can lead to instant Villain Decay
, as the hero trashes six people who each used to be a threat to them on their own. This trope is the opposite of Evil Versus Evil
. When a villain teams up with the hero, that's Enemy Mine
Compare Evil Is One Big Happy Family
and Legion of Doom
. Contrast Super Team
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- Malik/Marik and Yami Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City arc.
- In the episode of InuYasha entitled 'Naraku and Sesshomaru Join Forces'...Take a wild guess.
- In the Mazinger Z versus Devilman feature, Dr. Hell and the demons collaborate to take down Kouji Kabuto and Devilman. It may be subverted, since Hell used a mind-control device to enslave the demons, and he was mainly interested on taking down Mazinger Z (he only sent some demons and Mechanical Beasts against Devilman because the demons warned him he would interfere).
- In the Devilman versus Getter Robo Crossover, the demons team up with the Dinosaur Empire.
- Kabuto and Madara Uchiha end up doing this are doing this.
- Kabuto takes it a step further with his mass resurrection jutsu of every big name character to ever die in the series, forcing them to work together against the protagonists. They are mostly villains, but they also include some heroes.
- Dragon Ball:
- In Dragon Ball Z Cell, Frieza, and his Quirky Miniboss Squad teamed up to take over Hell. They got along surprisingly well.
- In Dragon Ball GT practically everyone the protagonists had ever killed teamed up in Hell to try to get revenge, though most of them were just used as distractions until Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero could create Super Android 17.
- The final arc of Tiger & Bunny saw a Villain Team Up of Big Bad Maverick and villain from one of the earlier episodes, Doctor Rotwang. They got along very well, despite that one of them was NEXT-hater and the other was secretly a NEXT himself until they were at the verge of Disney Villain Death, with Rotwang begging Maverick to save him, only for him to reveal he is a NEXT and kick him in the face.
- Defied in Bleach: Yhwach made a point about visiting the last major villain, Aizen, in his prison cell to offer him to join his army. Aizen refused, presumably because his delusions of godhood left him too proud to become anyone's henchman, even if the person making the offer was capable of one-shotting an enemy that Aizen wasn't willing to approach without major preparations.
- In the Magic Knight Rayearth anime, Alcyone proposes this with Ascot (they're both minions of the Big Bad, but they work independently). He follows her lead in good faith, but she tricks him into giving one of his beloved creatures a Deadly Power Up and then freezes him solid when he gets upset, laughing over his gullibility.
- The Disney Animated Canon fanfic The Hellbound Hearts consists of several Disney villains forming a loose companionship to get revenge on their enemies, and eventually take over the world. Then there's another group that wants to take advantage of the war to take over the world. And Frollo... he's just... there.
- Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams plays this trope with an unusual spin. Instead of any of Sleepwalker's enemies teaming up, it's Spider-Man's enemies that reunite as the Sinister Six to carry out Doctor Octopus's latest diabolical scheme. Sleepwalker and several other heroes are hastily recruited by the web-slinger into an impromptu team to even the odds.
- A very similar story happened in the ''Revenge of the Sinister Six" storyarc in which Spidey enlists the aid of Sleepwalker and other heroes in order to fight Doc Ock and the SS.
- A Dark Knight Over Sin City has various Batman villains teaming up with Sin City villains.
- Fallout: Equestria:
- Red Eye and the Goddess, though both are plotting behind each other's back.
- Subverted example: the Enclave tries to form one with the Goddess. Since she has just a few minutes before been killed by a megaspell when they make the offer, the Enclave has incredibly bad timing.
- Getting Back on Your Hooves: the story's definite Big Bad, Checker Monarch, employs the Diamond Dogs to help her ruin her sister Trixie's life. It's worth noting that the Dogs don't care about this goal, and they have no real agenda of their own either — they're Only In It For The Gems. Which is what allows Rarity to buy them off during the climax. Well, that, and the fact they find out that Checker was planning on double crossing them anyway.
- Played With in the Calvin At Camp episode "A Stalkers Life"—multiple villains appear to attack the kids, yet they do nothing but trip each other up.
- Facing The Future Series:
- In Strength in Numbers, Desiree recruits several of Danny's other ghostly enemies in order to finally beat him.
- In Bad Breakup, an even larger number of ghosts team up to break up Danny and Sam, due to the latter's new powers making them too tough to take on together.
- In Paired Together, after Skulker and Technus accidentally get fused together, they decide to make the situation work to their advantage until Technus double crosses Skulker.
- In What She Wants, Sydney Pointdexter decides to help Desiree overcome her Achilles' Heel of needing to grant all wishes she hears because he's fallen in love with her.
- In Ancient History, Hotep-Ra manipulates Ghost Tucker into an alliance against the heroes.
- Earth and Sky: After Chrysalis replaces Diamond Tiara, her husband Prince Blueblood discovers it, and takes advantage of the situation to strike a deal — he'll stay quiet about what he knows, in exchange for Chrysalis using her new position to help him gain power of attorney over his wife's fortune. However, the deal ends up falling through when Chrysalis exposes herself to avoid getting arrested for the real Diamond Tiara's crimes only to get arrested anyway, at which point Blueblood throws her under the bus to protect his own hide.
- Burning Black: Remy has coerced both Crocker and Dr. Bender into working for him, and at the same time is in a secret alliance with the Pixies, which even the other villains are unaware of.
- Olivia Goes West: After Cat R. Waul from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West rescues Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective from falling to his death from Big Ben, Waul takes Professor Ratigan to America in a scheme to run him for president and take over the country.
- XSGCOM: Near the end of the first story, Anubis and Loki strike a resource-sharing alliance against Earth and the System Lords.
- The Pooh's Adventures series pulls this off tons of times. The villain of the movie Pooh is going through will almost always have back up from another villain, sometimes a villain working for a Bigger Bad. And then there are times when an entire Legion of Doom teams up with a villain, or have them join their ranks.
- My Little Unicorn:
- Nightmare Moon and Titan's henchmen team up in order to take over Equestria.
- A smaller-scale example occurs in Episode 16 of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, where Raven and Harkin team up.
- Justice League of Equestria:
- The Powers Of Harmony: Chrysalis frees Sombra from his imprisonment in order to help her take over the Crystal Empire (and by extension, all of Tarandus) as part of her larger plan for a full-scale invasion of Equestria. She keeps him on a short leash, however, which makes him plot against her even more than he probably already would be anyway.
- Shadows Awakening:
- Daolon Wong and The Phantom/Kyosuke ally fairly early on in the story, with The Phantom making it perfectly clear that he's only using Wong to further his own agenda. And then it turns out that The Queen and Tarakudo are operating under a similar setup.
- Near the end of the story, it turns out that the Queen and Kyosuke cut a deal behind their partners' backs; on condition of Wong's failure and the Queen proving herself a more worthy ruler of the Shadowkhan, Kyosuke will pledge loyalty to her. This is exactly what comes to pass.
- Dave Stdider Pokemon Traner: Team Bad and Elite Four Boss have teamed up on several occasions in order to accomplish absolutely nothing, because they all really suck.
- In Mega Man Reawakened, Dr. Wily is allied with Glyde and his Birdbots.
- The Lion King Adventures:
- Hago and Scar, the two main villains of Series One, team up in King's Ransom to eliminate Simba and Nala and take over the Pride Lands. However, when this plan fails, they blame each other and go their separate ways... until Army of Evil, where Hago convinces Scar to team up again, leading to the successful conquest of the Pride Lands. This lasts until the following story, Friends to the End, where Scar goes insane, causing Hago to kill him.
- Rebirth sees Shocker, the Interceptor, and Froggy team up to resurrect Scar and use him to destroy Simba and his friends. Even after this plan falls through and Froggy runs away, Shocker and the Interceptor stay in an increasingly-strained alliance for the rest of Series Four, which ends with the Interceptor throwing Shocker into the lava destroying the Pride Lands in a (failed) attempt to kill him.
- One Bad Night sees Froggy return and ally with Simba's Enemy Within, the King of Dreams, in an attempt to trap Simba in the dream world and kill him. As soon as he's no longer needed, the King kills Froggy.
- Heroes United has Bowser, Dr. Eggman, and Dr. Wily teaming up to take on their respective enemies.
- The Equestrian Wind Mage:
- Dethl and Sombra ally at the end of Season One, with the former promising the latter aid in reclaiming the Crystal Empire, in exchange for agreeing to serve as the Church of Majora's representative in Equestria.
- It is mentioned that Ghirahim and Chancellor Cole are working with Dethl.
- When Ganondorf arrives in Season 2, Grey Hoof is one of the beings he recruits to help enforce his rule.
- Majora intends to recruit Ahuizotl and his followers, in order to form a base core for the Church's presence in Equestria... and then to kill Ahuizotl himself when he's no longer necessary.
- In Shadows of Giants, King Ghidorah gathers Gigan, Monster X, Destoroyah, SpaceGodzilla, and Hedorah and convinces them to team up and get revenge against Godzilla.
- Friendship Is Magical Girls: For most of the Magic Arc, there's a tenuous alliance between Sunset Shimmer and Chrysalis, who are each using the other to achieve their individual goals; this later expands to include Trixie, whom Sunset hires to aid in eliminating the Element Bearers. However, this alliance ultimately falls apart when Sunset backstabs Chrysalis for her own ends; Trixie realizes that she'll be betrayed too, so betrays Sunset first.
Films — Animated
- Double Subverted in The Thief and the Cobbler. When the evil grand vizier Zigzag goes to join the Big Bad, the Mighty One-eye (who has an entire army of monstrous one-eyed men at his command), One-eye is unimpressed and has Zigzag thrown to his alligators. However, with his charisma Zigzag is able to convince the alligators to spare his life and help him out of the alligator pit. This impresses the Mighty One-eye enough to let him join him.
- This more or less happens in Don Bluth's Thumbelina when Stalkerwitha Crush Determinator Grundel blackmails slimy Jerkass Berkley Beetle to search for the title character.
Films — Live-Action
- Batman Forever has Riddler and Two Face team up, while Batman & Robin has Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy team up (whether Bane is a villain or a henchman, you pick). In the latter's case Ivy is manipulating Freeze, which doesn't work out for well for her when he finds out. Batman Returns deconstructs this trope, showing Catwoman and the Penguin working together for all of five minutes before breaking it off.
- Superman II has Lex Luthor initiate a team up with the 3 Kryptonians, but ends up with the short end of the stick very quickly.
- Spider-Man 3 has a team up with Sandman and Venom, with New Goblin just sort of hanging around.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a villain team up between Harry Osborn/The Goblin and Max Dillon/Electro. The alliance is shaky (since Dillon doesn't have any sentiment for Harry due to his background with Oscorp; Harry brokers the team-up by saying both of them were shafted by Oscorp) but Dillon's desire to strike back at Oscorp and Spider-Man is enough to get them working together. At the end, Harry is working to compile a team of empowered individuals to eliminate Spider-Man, which heavily suggests he wants to form the Sinister Six.
- Batman Begins has the Scarecrow initially working with Falcone, and unwittingly working for Ra's Al Ghul. The Dark Knight is borderline, as the Joker creates the second villain but never truly works with him; however, the Joker does initially work with the mob. In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle being blackmailed into providing some assistance to Bane is borderline given she becomes more of an Anti Heroine later and is the one who kills Bane at the end... but Talia Al Ghul being the woman behind the man is a definite case.
- X-Men: The Last Stand had Magneto convince Jean Grey in Phoenix form to work together; sadly, this was because Jean didn't trust Charles Xavier and killed him while Magneto watched.
- All of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films feature this:
- Iron Man featured the Ten Rings terrorist group teaming up with Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger.
- The Incredible Hulk had General Ross and Emil Blonsky, before Blonsky teamed up with Samuel Stern/The Leader to turn into The Abomination, forcing Ross to team up with the heroes to beat him.
- Iron Man 2 had Whiplash team up with Justin Hammer, although their alliance was short-lived.
- Thor gets twisty. Loki manages to convice Laufey of Jotunheim that they're working towards the same end but winds up betraying him so he can justify an attack against Jotunheim.
- Captain America: The First Avenger had the Red Skull and Arnim Zola.
- The Avengers had Loki and the Chitauri soldiers, later revealed to be an army controlled by Thanos.
- Iron Man 3 had The Mandarin and Aldrich Killian, along with Coldblood.
- Thor: The Dark World featured Malekith the Accursed and Algrim, who becomes Kurse.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the title Winter Soldier, Crossbones and a computerized Arnim Zola all working for Alexander Pierce and HYDRA. Batroc the Leaper appears to be working with them as well, though he ends up being just a Red Herring.
- Guardians of the Galaxy had Ronan the Accuser allying with Nebula, who's acting as an emissary of Thanos. And then they both turn on him once getting the Infinity Stone.
- The 1966 Batman: The Movie featured a team-up between Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman.
- Several of the TV episodes of that series featured team-ups between various villains, they did no better or worse than usual against Batman.
- Kamen Rider Den-O: Climax Deka features the Imagin Negataros forms an "evil syndicate", and to strengthen their numbers, he recruited Fangire into his cause. In turn, this necessitates the arrival of the Fangires' main enemy, Kamen Rider Kiva, to come to the aid of Den-O and his allies.
- Super Sentai crossover movies typically have the current villian group team up with the remanents of the previous villain group.
- The fourth Skulduggery Pleasant book see's the 'Revenger's Club' created, a group of various nefarious figures from the previous books who have tentatively teamed up under the Big Bad who's promised them each their personal vengeance on the protagonists. It doesn't last very long.
- In Lies, the third book of the Gone series, Caine and Zil team up to burn down Perdido Beach, which acts as a distraction to let Caine escape to the island.
- The Big Bad of Loyal Enemies is Veres' ex lover who was once (correctly) accused of practicing dark forms of necromancy, and her Co-Dragons are psychopathic werewolf-murderer and rogue monster hunter who once tortured Shelena for hours, if not days, just for the sake of it.
- In the Star Trek Novel Verse, Villain Team Up is the idea behind the Star Trek: Typhon Pact series, though it's uncertain if the Typhon Pact is an enemy of the United Federation of Planets or not. Politically, everything is highly uncertain, following the formation of the Pact in A Singular Destiny. While the Pact members were historically antagonistic, their outlook is changing, at least in some cases.
- The Omen Of The Stars arc of Warrior Cats features all the villains who were killed off except Scourge and Bone teaming up to destroy the clans.
- The failure half of this occurs in the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction due to nature of the Sith's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. Bane creates his rule of two to avoid this problem.
- In The Warlord of Mars, third book of the John Carter of Mars series, Matai Shang (a previously-offscreen but often mentioned chessmaster), Thurid (a minor villain from the previous book) and Salensus Oll (a newly-introduced Evil Overlord) pull off one of these, which ends up falling apart messily, since all three hate each others' guts and have only temporarily-related goals. Rounding out the partnership is Matai Shang's daughter Phaidor, though she's genuinely loyal to her dad and is mostly along for the ride rather than a co-conspirator.
- In Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen, this is a fear of the Grand Alliance should their two enemies (the Japanese-aided Grik and the Holy Dominion) find out about each other. While they admit that the thoroughly racist Doms wouldn't even consider allying with such vile creatures as the Grik, they wouldn't put it past Hisashi Kurokawa or the Celestial Mother to offer the Dominion a chance to join the Hunt. By the end of Storm Surge, both of the enemies are aware of one another. The Doms intend to send an expedition across the Atlantic to see if the Grik can somehow be subverted to serve their "holy" purpose. Of course, the "Grand Alliance of all Allied powers united beneath (or beside) the Banner of the Trees" is the heroic version of this. Originally made up of the crew of the USS Walker and several Lemurian Homes, it now includes most of the known Lemurians, several more crossed-over crews, the Empire of New Britain Isles, and the Republic of Real People. Additionally, another potential new ally is found, the United States.
- In Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, Trixie and Gilda have become partners in crime since we last saw them, though for the moment they're just pulling pranks, conning crystal ponies, and giving Twilight bad advice.
- Archvillain: the Blue Freak teams up with Mad Mask in the second book. Naturally, Mad Mask betrays him and he has to team up with Mighty Mike to stop him.
- Angel: Wolfram and Hart were prone to this. In the first season, they enlisted Faith. In the second, they brought back Darla and then had Drucilla vamp her (it went badly for them). They also attempted to ally with or control Holtz and the Beast, unsuccessfully.
- Burn Notice: In the episode "Dead" Larry Sizemore and Tyler Brennen, two of Michael Westen's worst enemies, team up. Their partnership lasted just half the episode, since Larry never intended to work with Brennen long-term and simply stabs him in the chest, killing him.
- Defiance: Near the end of the first season, Datak allies with the corrupt Earth Republic (represented by Colonel Marsh) in order to discredit Nolan and Amanda and help Datak win the mayoral election. In exchange, the plan is that Datak will help the E-Rep gain control of Rafe's mines (with Datak getting a sizable chunk of the profits). Then, in the season finale, it turns out Marsh was just using Datak to take over the town and get to the ancient Votan ship buried underneath it. When Datak realizes this, he kills Marsh in a rage.
- Doctor Who:
- The episode "Doomsday" makes this a Subverted Trope; the Cybermen offer the Daleks an alliance. The Daleks instinctively refuse. The rest of the episode involves the Daleks and the Cybermen kicking the snot out of each other, with the Doctor and the humans trapped in the middle.
- A comic strip from the 1990s parodies this, with an omnipotent superbeing uniting all the Doctor's enemies together as one super-army, and then siccing them on all (then) eight Doctors. The Doctors point out the obvious flaw in the logic of bad guys all of whom they'd already defeated uniting to try and defeat them again... and then go on to defeat them all again.
- Part of the plot of "Mark of the Rani", wherein the Master and the Rani team up against the Sixth Doctor, though it's not really a mutual agreement. The Master blackmails and bribes the Rani into cooperating with him, and when he eventually botches the entire plan due to his obsession with the Doctor, the Rani registers her displeasure.
- In "The Pandorica Opens" almost all of the Doctor's enemies we've ever heard of and more descend on Earth in 102A.D. to witness the title event. Turns out that, while the Doctor knew the Pandorica was a prison of some sort he had assumed it was already occupied by someone. Really what happened was that all of his foes came together to trap the Doctor in the Pandorica in order to prevent the destruction of the universe at his hands.
- The end of "Dark Water" reveals that Missy had been working with the Cybermen all along. Except that Missy is really the Master.
- Heroes: Season Three is about every villain still alive being united to serve Arthur Petrelli.
- Power Rangers:
- Power Rangers in Space: There was the United Alliance of Evil, a group formed by Dark Spectre and comprised of the villains from the first five seasons, namely Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, the Machine Empire and Divatox.
- In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, when Lothor returned, he briefly teamed up with Mesogog. After the Rangers foiled their plan, Mesogog ended the alliance and the two villains fought each other. Mesogog won.
- In Power Rangers S.P.D., when Emperor Grumm went back in time, he teamed up with Zeltrax.
- With four villain factions in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, it was unavoidable there'd be some occasional team ups but the most memorable was when Thrax, the son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, temporarily united all of them against the Power Rangers. The villains made it quite clear they'd only be united against the Rangers and, after the heroes were permanently dealt with, the factions would war among themselves again. Well, it was said at the top of the page the villains usually only team up to destroy the heroes. That alliance ended when Thrax was destroyed.
- Revolution: Monroe and Randall Flynn ally in the second half of the season, starting at the end of episode 11.
- Smallville: There have been a few villain team-ups. Firstly, in season 3, three of the meteor freaks Clark Kent had taken down teamed up to steal his powers and escape. There have also been team-ups between Brainiac and Bizarro, Lex and Toyman, and recently several Superman villains from the comics were teamed up by LuthorCorp to become Smallville's version of the Injustice Gang.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Cardassians and the Dominion form an alliance in the last few seasons, which eventually expands to include the Breen.
- Supernatural: Crowley manages to temporarily team up with Raphael in the sixth season finale after his previous deal with Castiel fell apart, but that lasted all of ten minutes before Cas Out-Gambitted them both, killed Raph, and sent Crowley on the run. He tries to pull one with the Boss Leviathan in the following season (he even bakes gluten-free baby uvula muffins for the occasion!), but gets shot down.
- TV Colosso: There was a sketch named "As Aventuras do Super C„o" (The Adventures of Super Dog. Not that superdog). In one episode, the villains teamed up and the eponymous hero wasn't worried. The villains argued about who had the idea one of them was presenting.
- There have been MANY stables in wrestling history that were centered around a manager who was supposedly looking out for the financial interests of his wrestlers. While this was usually Kayfabe, "Precious" Paul Ellering, who assembled the original Legion of Doom in Georgia in the 1980s, which featured the Tag Team The Road Warriors, really was the team's legitimate business manager in Real Life.
- And sometimes, evil managers team up, such as Jim Cornette and Mr Fuji.
- The Four Horsemen can be considered the Trope Codifier for professional wrestling. This particular group, known in wrestling as a "stable" or "faction," first formed with Ric Flair, Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Various incarnations lasted for 13 years; however, they have direct descendants running up to today's current wrestlers.
- The very unlikely pairing of The Berserker and Papa Shango against the equally unlikely pairing of Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker.
- Rival heel stables The Corporation and The Ministry Of Darkness put aside their differences and teamed up to take on their mutual enemies. Vince McMahon was the Higher Power controlling both groups the entire time as part of his Evil Plan to get the title off of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin though, so at the very least Vince, Shane, and The Undertaker were in cahoots the entire time. The members of the Corporate Ministry still didn't get along very well though, especially Undertaker and Triple H, and the group disbanded right after the Austin vs Vince feud ended.
- The Four Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom created the Alliance to End Hulkamania to finally get rid of Boring Invincible Hero Hulk Hogan. It failed miserably.
- The Undertaker and Kane would alternate between heels and faces during their time as a tag team: the Brothers of Destruction.
- La Nazi joined up with Los Boricuas (Rico Suave's group in CMLL, not Savio Vegas in WWF or Puerto Rican IWA).
- Molly Holly tried this with her rival Victoria, after Victoria made it to WWE's active roster to get rid of their mutual enemy, Trish Stratus. It didn't workout but she then forced one with Gail Kim by threatening to beat Gail up until she did what she said (and what Molly said, was, of course, get rid of Trish Stratus). Victoria would also intimidate Melina into joining her against Mickie James, but then turn on Melina for Natalya Neidhart.
- Lay Cool teamed up with Beth Phoenix to rid WWE of Mickie James. However, Laycool then turned on Phoenix when recruited by Vickie Guerrero, who happened to be dating Dolph Ziggler, creating a pseudo stable on Smackdown with Ziggler as The One Guy. The group even went on to have a match at Wrestlemania against the equally hodgepodge paring of Trish Stratus, John Morrison and someone for Jersey Shore. They rejected Alicia Fox though, when she tried to join them in their efforts against Melina.
- Johnny Curtis and Maxine on WWE NXT to kidnap Matt Striker.
- The Miz and R-Truth, two heels in separate stories at the time, somehow found common ground and teamed up in September 2011. They were disqualified from a tag team title match at WWE Night of Champions when Miz attacked a referee. The next night on Raw, then-WWE COO Triple H, sick of their antics, "fired" them. In a reverse Nice Job BreakingItVillain, this set off a chain of events where most of the WWE roster turned against Triple H, leading to Triple H's ouster as the on-screen authority figure. Miz and Truth returned to WWE TV in mid-October 2011.
- Bobby Roode frequently in TNA. He teamed up with Austin Aries to get rid of Jeff Hardy. Well, really to win every single TNA Championship but really, get rid of Hardy. Then he teamed with Bad Influence to protest Kurt Angle being inducted into the TNA Hall Of Fame. Then he teamed hired Aces & Eights to get rid of Jeff Hardy, again.
- On Monday Night Raw Antonio Cesaro, an American hating Swiss, teamed up with "The Real Americans", the immigrant hating Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Anybody see an issue there?
- The Femme Fatales division of Canadian Northern Championship Wrestling had an evil champion International Champion in Mercedes Martinez and USA based SHIMMER had an evil champion in Cheerleader Melissa. Teaming the two up must have seemed natural.
- Kingdom Hearts is not a straight example, since they teamed up to Take Over the World(s) rather then to beat up the hero, but Maleficent teams up with Captain Hook, Oogie Boogie, Jafar, Ursula, Hades, and, later on, Pete. One of the few villain alliances that actually managed to keep itself united without any form of internal struggles or betrayals entering the picture (the same can't be said about Organization XIII).
- Being a Massive Multiplayer Crossover title, Dissidia: Final Fantasy features one of these involving every main villain from the first ten games of the main series, and Gabranth, in direct opposition to the heroes from their respective games, and Shantotto.
- Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics has Bowser and Dr. "Eggman" Robotnik scheme to melt all the snow in the world by capturing the Snow Spirits. They got at it again in the London 2012 sequel, this time creating an artificial thick fog to ruin the London games.
- Super Smash Bros.:
- The Subspace Emissary mode of Brawl starts out with one of these, involving Ganondorf, Bowser, Wario, King Dedede, Master Hand, and with special guest appearances by Petey Pirahna, Rayquaza, Ridley, and Porky Minch. It quickly unravels though when Ganondorf attempts to backstab everyone, Dedede turns out to be a good guy, and then turns into a full-blown Enemy Mine when the real Big Bad is revealed.
- There are some lesser versions in event matches and what not. The showdown of Melee has Giga Bowser, Ganondorf and Mewtwo as a team vs whatever character you chose. Brawl has the Final Battle (Bowser, Ganondorf and Dedede team up), Two Trouble Kings (Bowser and King Dedede against Mario or Mario and Kirby), and the Final Battle for Two (two chararacters of player choice against Bowser, Ganondorf, King Dedede, Meta Knight, Wolf and Wario).
- Because of the nature of the game, this happens in Super Robot Wars frequently and in nearly every game. Who teams up with who and for what reasons often vary, depending on the game. The first game has the Principality of Zeon, Doctor Hell and the Dinosaur Empire being mind controlled by ancient evil mecha. The second game has the villains united into Divine Crusaders by Brian Zoldak, an alliance that has fallen apart only in the sequel, when the Zabi familly took over after Zoldak's death and soon they started fighting each other. In Super Robot Wars Judgment ZAFT can be found helping the Jovian army. Dr. Hell (see the Anime section) hires Gauron in Super Robot Wars Judgment, works with Zeon in Super Robot Wars Alpha and works with the Galra Empire in Super Robot Wars W.
- Mega Man X 5 does this by way of implication. He never shows up on screen, but given all the callbacks, and the overall plan Sigma has, it's obvious that Dr. Wily is somehow teaming up with him. Word of God later confirmed he was brought back to life by the Maverick Virus somehow.
- In Mass Effect 2, the vigilante Archangel was such a royal pain in the ass that Omega's major mercenary groups put their differences aside to hunt just ONE guy.
- The story in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 revolves around Doctor Doom and Albert Wesker leading a villain team up, which includes Magneto, Super-Skrull, Dormammu and M.O.D.O.K.. They also hired Taskmaster according to the promotional comic, but he seems to remain neutral to maximize his own personal gain.
- Mortal Kombat:
- Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance has, well, the Deadly Alliance, consisting of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, who form an alliance to kill the two people who possess the biggest threats to them (Liu Kang and Shao Kahn) and conquer the realms using the lost army of the Dragon King.
- In Mortal Kombat Armageddon's Konquest mode, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Shao Kahn, and Onaga form an "alliance of traitors", as Onaga refers to it.
- Sonic Generations has Dr. Eggman team up with his past self, Dr. Robotnik. ("Nobody calls me that anymore.")
- While the original version of Tales of Vesperia has them fight you separately, the PS3 version gets Dhaos, Shizel, Barbatos Goetia... and Kratos Aurion together for an epic four vs. four battle in the Merciless rank of the team arena.
- Batman: Arkham Knight deals with an alliance of Batman's rogue gallery led by Scarecrow to deal with Batman once and for all.
- Near the end of Mega Man Legends 2 all three of the Quirky Miniboss Squads (The Bonne Family, the Glyde Pirates, and Bola and Klaymoor) all pool their resources and build one massive train (which, fittingly enough, is That One Boss) to take down Mega Man's team, though Bola and Klaymoor decide enough is enough and take off before the battle.
- One story in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! has Fructose Riboflavin, the Pirates of Ipecac, and Galatea all teaming up, although the pirates are there against their will, and it's arguable that Galatea doesn't really understand what's going on.
- The Hat and Robo-Cube in Stickman and Cube, although this is more of a hostile takeover on The Hat's part.
- As it's based on the Mega Man X series (specifically the game mentioned above), this happens in Burning Stickman Presents...Something!, with a third villain, original to the comic actually being the one to put Sigma and Wily together. Naturally, all three are planning to betray the hell out of each other, though to their credit, they're planning to do it after the Evil Plan plays out.
- The Order of the Stick:
- The team of Lord Xykon and Redcloak started off as this. The prequel shows that the two first met when Redcloak saw Xykon obliterate a garrison of paladins and, as Redcloak's brother says, "Let's suggest a team-up with him, Marvel style!"
- General Tarquin joins forces with Nale and the Linear Guild.
- Tales from the Pit: The Rules Manager and the copier team up to defeat MaRo! Their evil plan: make duplicate copies of the relevant rules to prevent Mark's new mechanic from seeing print!
- In RPG World, Galgarion and Jeff, Eikre's rival are hired by South Corp to take out the main group of heroes. While Galgarion is using South Corp for his own ends, he invites Jeff to do the same, effectively making him his Dragon.
- In Sonichu a number of villains from the earlier issues (including Dr. Eggman and Giovanni) team up to take over CWCVille when Chris was away.
- Ian and Anita in the grand finale of Errant Story.
- In the Web Novel, The Impossible Man, the villains team up to form The Amalgamated Union of Malicious Malcontents.
- In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" of the Whateley Universe, Hekate's unseen master makes her team up with The Necromancer so she has a safe haven from a true Sidhe curse. The same unseen figured gets Don Sebastiano to give them intel, and The Necromancer gets his Children of the Night, the Felonious Four, and Obsession to help him.
- In Worm, the city's villains are smart enough to temporarily set aside their differences against common Omnicidal Maniac threats.
- A Massive Multiplayer Crossover web series example, the Los no Frollos organization in The Frollo Show consists of Stocking, Scanty, Kneesocks, Corset, Hades, Batiatus, Marco Antonio Regil, Hans Frollo (not willingly), Achmed Frollo, Jafar, Gwonam, Yusuf, Umlaut, Hitler, GŁnsche, Dmitri Frollo, Stalin, Yzma, Lemongrab, Wilford Brimley, The Irate Gamer, and Best Hercules. It eventually unravels when Stocking is revealed to be a Well-Intentioned Extremist to minimize consequences, half of the members are killed off or KO'd, and Wilford backstabs the organization and becomes the biggest threat to the world after absorbing Madotsuki's sorrows, forcing the remaining members to team up with Frollo and his allies.
- Speaking of Hitler Rants...
- The Hitler Council in hitlerrantsparodies' videos consists of the aforementioned Downfall Hitler, the real life Hitler, The Bunker Hitler, Inglourious Basterds Hitler, The Last Ten Days Hitler, Valkyrie Hitler, and War and Remembrance Hitler. Cooperation rarely goes well in the organization, and a war breaks apart among them when the Downfall Hitler assassinates Valkyrie Hitler. In said war, the real Hitler teams up with the Na'kuhl to help him defeat the other Hitlers.
- There are times when Fegelein may team up with other pranksters to pull an antic on Hitler.