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  • Jack Bauer has Nina Myers in the first three seasons of 24, Charles Logan in seasons 5 and 8, and Cheng Zhi in seasons 4, 6 and 9.
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    • Sheldon has declared Wil Wheaton his arch enemy since childhood. In "The Russian Rocket Reaction," Sheldon finally forgives Wheaton but immediately replaces him with Brent Spiner.
    • However his rival Barry Kripke comes closer to be his true Arch Enemy, as they're both scientists working within the same field, both highly intelligent, and both hold a strong rivalry, barring a few moments of them putting it aside.
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  • Black peppercorns are Yeheskel's enemy on Bitchin' Kitchen.
  • Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul:
    • Gus Fring very much becomes this to Walter White on Breaking Bad. Interestingly throughout their feud, we see signs that Gus and Walt really aren't that different, and in fact, Walt admires Gus in many ways.
    • Gus also had Hector Salamanca and Don Eladio Vuente. On the orders of Don Eladio, Hector shot his best friend (and possible lover), Max Arciniega, in cold blood before forcing him to look in the eyes of his corpse.
    • Hank Schrader views Heisenberg as his.
    • Jimmy McGill has his brother Chuck. Despite Chuck dying about halfway through the show's run, he continues to cast a shadow over Jimmy's actions for the rest of the series.
    • Nacho Varga has Lalo Salamanca.
    • Jesse Pinkman has Todd Alquist. This is emphasized by El Camino, which dedicates quite a bit of screentime to the period that Jesse served as his prisoner. It should perhaps be noted that the feud between them is rather one-sided, as Todd actually seems to quite like Jesse, and doesn't appear to understand just how horrific his treatment of him is.
  • For a while in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Harmony liked to think of herself as Buffy's Arch Enemy, but Buffy never took her quite that seriously. Buffy even laughed herself sick when Xander told her that Harmony and her minions could be a threat to her in the second episode of season 5.
    • The evil trio in season 6 consider themselves the archnemesis of Buffy, but... yeah... she doesn't take them seriously either — which turns out to be a pretty big mistake. Their leader, Warren, manages to screw with Buffy — mentally and emotionally — more than any other villain, save Angelus. He later incurs Willow's wrath entirely by accident when he unintentionally kills Tara. In the comic continuation, Warren is kept alive by magic and they're vicious enemies (though he still despises Buffy).
    • Faith is probably the closest thing to playing this trope straight. Even after Faith's Heel–Face Turn when Buffy and Faith are supposed to be on the same side during Season 7 and the Season 8 comic, they can't help fighting and sometimes trying to kill each other.
    • Up until his Heel–Face Turn, Spike was this to Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies.
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    • Another way to look at it is that Buffy has a different arch-enemy each season (due to each season having its own Big Bad).
  • Joss Whedon plays with this trope again in Angel. Lindsey thinks he is Angel's arch enemy, having been Angel's enemy since the show's first season and having spent half his life trying to beat Angel. This is why he seems personally offended by the fact that it's not Angel who kills him, but Lorne.
    Lindsey: You kill me? [collapses] You... a flunky? I'm not just— Angel kills me. You- Angel...[dies]
    • Despite Angel not taking him seriously, Lindsey still would be Angel's archenemy on the show overall. No other individual character gave him as much trouble as Lindsey did, other than Lilah, who would be a contender for the spot if she did not lack the incredibly personal vendetta that Lindsey had.
    • Lilah could be considered an archenemy to Cordelia Chase. Both of them are the Alpha Bitch Dragon for Wolfram & Hart and Team Angel, respectively, and get into numerous personal conflicts with one another. The most notable of these being when Lilah was directly responsible for what was easily Cordelia's most painful experience on the show, when Lilah employed a demon to hijack Cordelia's visions to become way more painful than they already were. This caused Cordelia's mind to completely wreck her own body and almost kill her.
  • The Cape: Chess, the supervillain who's The Cape and Orwell's greatest foe.
  • Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future has one in Lyman Taggart, who is better known as Lord Dread.
  • Castle: Castle and Beckett each have one — Castle's is the serial killer 3XK (AKA Jerry Tyson), and Becket's is the man who had her mother Johanna murdered, Senator William Bracken.
  • Stephen Colbert declared Korean pop star Rain his Arch Enemy for constantly besting him in Time Magazine's Top 100 Influential People.
    • The rivalry intensified after Rain soundly defeated Colbert in a Dance Battle.
    • Second place for his Arch Enemy is probably Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton of DC. They always fight whenever she is on, but it is not mean-spirited.
  • If Crocodile Hunter had a reoccurring nemesis, it would be Graham the crocodile. Graham is one of the oldest, meanest, and most territorial crocodiles at Australia Zoo, and he has a long and illustrious history among zoo staff. Steve captured him from the wild in 1988, and the Australia Zoo website posits that Graham still resents Steve for this, and by extension the entire staff of the zoo. In the following years, he doubled in size from six feet in length to over eleven and bit Steve's hand, forcing Steve to body-slam his head to get free, and later grabbed Wes's leg, Steve's right-hand man, which necessitated surgery and several weeks of recovery. Graham's reputation was played up in the very first episode of Crikey! It's the Irwins, which had a segment about Steve's son Robert's training for his first solo crocodile feed at age fourteen. In a bit of irony, the feeding was to be performed in front of a live audience in the Crocoseum with Graham. Wes was certain Graham could tell Robert is Steve's son, and that Graham would be all too happy to get him, too.
  • On Criminal Minds Frank Breitkopf was Jason Gideon's Arch Enemy (and before Frank, the bomber who killed Gideon's old team and caused him to have a nervous breakdown), The Boston Reaper was Aaron Hotchner's, and Ian Doyle was Emily Prentiss'. One could make a case for Billy Flynn being Derek Morgan's, and Tobias Hankel being Spencer Reid's.
    • Flynn and Tobias both lasted for one two-part storyline, though Tobias ended up casting a shadow over Reid for a few episodes. With Billy Flynn, Morgan just said It's Personal partly because he felt frustrated after the Boston Reaper case (the Reaper once knocked Morgan out and spared Morgan only because he didn't feel like killing him) and was taking out that frustration on Flynn (who, like the Reaper, was a prolific serial-mass murderer who had escaped justice for years).
    • Morgan's true archenemies were Carl Buford and Rodney Harris. Buford was a child killer and pedophile who molested Derek when he was just a kid and later framed him for murders Buford himself had committed — Morgan joined the FBI to stop people like him, and years later is still disgusted and terrified of him, to the point that merely shaking Buford's hand s enough to make Morgan physically sick. Harris, meanwhile, has been Morgan's enemy since both were kids where Harris was the local bully and gang leader; while a Small Role, Big Impact, he serves as Morgan's Evil Counterpart- a kid from the streets who turned to crime and drug dealing and years later is still a street-level drug dealer, while Morgan worked his butt off to earn a prominent job in law enforcement. While Morgan encourages kids to stay off the streets and get a good education, Harris encourages them to turn to crime and run drugs for him. And finally in season 8, it is revealed that Harris too was molested by Buford, but he ultimately became a Vigilante Man Serial Killer targeting men he mistakenly believed were abusing their own kids because, unlike Morgan, he let his bitterness get the best of him.
  • CSI mostly focused on a killer of the week formula, but an occasional seasonal Big Bad would emerge, a few of which ended up becoming arch enemy to one of the CSI team members.
    • In the early seasons of the show, forensically-gifted special effects artist and Evil Genius Paul Millander served as the arch enemy to team leader Gil Grissom.
    • Serial Killer Nate Haskell was the Arch Enemy of Ray Langston. When the two are first introduced Langston is lecturing Criminology and Haskell is a frequent "guest" speaker from his prison cell via video link, and grows to treat Ray as a Friendly Enemy (Ray, in contrast, just thinks Haskell is a despicable monster). He assists the team in capturing one of Ray's other nemesis', Mad Doctor Serial Killer Doctor Jekyll, just to get the chance to attack and nearly kill Ray. It emerges that they both share a particular gene that has been linked to a predisposition to violence, and both had violent abusive fathers, meaning Haskell is Ray's Shadow Archetype as he secretly fears they are Not So Different and Haskell is what he could become. In season 11 Haskell escapes and engages in Criminal Mind Games with him, culminating in abducting Langston's ex-wife, murdering her new husband, just to torment Ray, and in the series finale Ray snaps, and proceeds to beat and murder him.
  • The Daily Show: Jon Stewart and Brian Williams ironically pretend to have this relationship while actually being friends. There is nothing ironic, however, about the enmity between Jon and Tucker Carlson. Carlson has clearly never gotten over Stewart single-handedly getting Crossfire canceled, and in the process delivering a withering "Reason You Suck" Speech to Carlson, his co-host Paul Begatta, the media in general and CNN in particular. Carlson never misses an opportunity to insult or attack Stewart on air, frequently using the wording "Partisan Hack" which Stewart used when denouncing Crossfire and Stewart hasn't exactly made a secret of his opinion of Carlson.
    Jon Stewart: [After calling Tucker Carlson an arrogant douche] Tucker and I can talk like this because we already have a visceral negative reaction to each other. Not an ounce of friendship or respect between us. Truly one of the only people in the world I feel that way about.
    • Surprisingly averted with Bill O'Reilly. Even though Fox News is The Daily Show's primary target for lampooning, with Bill and Jon regularly confronting each other in debates on the other's shows, the two seem to be actual friends in real life.
  • Dead and Deader: Lieutenant Bobby Quinn has Dr. Scott, who sent his mercenary team on the mission that got them killed, and intends to harvest his blood to sell off the zombie plague as an immortality serum.
  • Doctor Who
    • The Master and Davros to the Doctor as a whole, with each Doctor having at least one personal rival of their own:
      • 1: The Daleks and the Celestial Toymaker.
      • 2: The Cybermen, the Great Intelligence and the Quarks.
      • 3: The Master and the Daleks.
      • 4: Davros and the Master.
      • 5: The Master, the Mara and the Black Guardian.
      • 6: Davros and the Valeyard.
      • 7: Fenric, Death, and the Timewyrm.
      • 8: The Master, the Faction Paradox, Rassilon, and the Dalek Time Controller.
      • War: Rassilon and the Dalek Time Strategist.
      • 9: The Daleks and Blon Fel-Fotch Passameer-Day Slitheen.
      • 10: The Cult of Skaro and the Master.
      • 11: The Silence and the Great Intelligence.
      • 12: Missy and the Cybermen.
      • 13: Tim Shaw, Ashad, and the Master.
    • The Daleks as the Doctor's ultimate archnemesis was best summed up when the Eleventh Doctor took a wrench and proceeded to beat one with it in "Victory of the Daleks":
      The Doctor: YOU. ARE. MY. ENEMY! And I am YOURS! You are everything I despise! The worst thing in all creation! I've defeated you time and time again! I've defeated you! I've sent you back into the Void! I saved the whole of Reality from you! I am the Doctor– [kicks it] –and you are the Daleks!
    • Madame Kovarian, to the Pond/Williams family.
    • The Great Intelligence is this to Clara Oswald as well.
    • In The Sarah Jane Adventures, the Trickster and Slitheen family are this to Sarah Jane Smith.
    • Drake/Thorne, the Jixen and the Korven to K9's team in K9.
    • Captain John Hart to Jack Harkness in Torchwood.
    • Corakinus and the other Shadowkin to the main characters in Class.
  • On Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Barone calls Peggy, bitchy mother of his daughter's best friend his "arch enemy".
  • Farscape had first Crais and then, following Crais's Hazy Feel Turn, Scorpius for John Crichton and the crew in general. But it also gave some of the other regular characters personal arch-enemies: Aeryn had Xhalax, Zhaan had Maldis, and Rygel had Durka (until he killed him and literally put his head on a stick).
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Cersei Lannister is never short of foes thanks to her "everybody who is not us is an enemy" line of thinking, but there are some who stand out:
      • Her brother Tyrion, who she fears has been destined to murder her. This is intensified Season 2 because their father has seen fit to trust the outcast of the family with greater authority than her. What should be a straightforward defense of King's Landing is hampered by Cersei constantly working behind his back out of spite. This carries on to Season 3 but fades somewhat as both become marginalized from power by Tywin, and they even become mildly conciliatory towards each other due to their similar predicaments. Season 4, however, cements Tyrion as her most despised enemy when she decides with no evidence he murdered Joffrey and dedicates her life to having him humiliated and executed. Tyrion doesn't truly start to hate her until she tries to have him executed, though she is still second to their father for Tyrion.
      • With Tyrion's fall from power, Cersei increasingly has a serious rivalry with her daughter-in-law Margaery Tyrell, who she sees as the manipulative social climber she is and Cersei wants nothing less than absolute control over her sons Joffrey and Tommen. To compound things, Cersei has been warned about an arch-rival since childhood, and someone like Margaery fits the description as far as Cersei is concerned.
      Maggy the Frog: Queen you shall be, till there comes another. Younger and more beautiful. To cast you down and take all that you hold dear.
      • The High Sparrow becomes this to her in a much more conventional way, since she's a major obstacle in establishing the theocracy he wants.
    • Littlefinger and Varys, colleagues on the Small Council who deeply loathe one another and are playing diametrically opposed strategies for the future of the realm. While Varys at first sees Littlefinger as a Worthy Opponent, he soon acknowledges how dangerous an ambitious man can be.
      • Ultimately, however, it is not Varys, but Arya, Sansa, and Bran Stark do Littlefinger in. Bran's visions allow him to discover that Littlefinger betrayed Ned Stark and orchestrated the Stark-Lannister conflict. Bran reveals these visions to Sansa just as Littlefinger was attempting to turn Sansa and Arya against each other. Sansa publicly denounces Littlefinger for his crimes before Arya ends his life.
    • Robert Baratheon and Prince Rhaegar Targaryen, both leading rival factions of the civil war that put Robert on the Iron Throne. They both are vying for the same woman, Lyanna Stark, who was Robert's bride-to-be but eloped with Rhaegar. The climactic moment of Robert's Rebellion was his single combat with Rhaegar during the Battle of the Trident. The Mad King is almost an afterthought for Robert compared to his hatred for Rhaegar.
    • The Starks and Lannisters begin the series barely able to share a room without being drunk and it only gets worse. It is initially ideological - driven by Ned's bitter opinion of their Sack of King's Landing, as Ned considered them Johnny-come-latelys to Robert's Rebellion with Tywin making a ruthless and opportunistic power grab (True) and Jaime Lannister's Bodyguard Betrayal of King Aerys, as Ned considered Jaime The Quisling who never protested the Mad King's injustices until it was convenient (Plausible, but ultimately false). The Lannisters for the most part regard the Starks as humorless bores sulking about honor. (Cersei's years-long grudge over King Robert Baratheon's preference of the long-deceased Lyanna Stark over her probably doesn't help matters here, either.) However, it quickly becomes It's Personal when Joffrey has Ned executed on a whim, an action which the Lannisters did not want to do, with even Cersei wanting Ned to be sent to the Night's Watch. After that, Tywin and Tyrion realize that the remaining Starks will hunt them down and it breaks into civil war. Thanks to mistakes and Hot-Blooded actions on both sides, the conflict becomes extremely personal and bitter.
    • House Lannister are also this to House Martell, at least as far as Oberyn Martell is concerned. The reasons for this is that Tywin made it personal during the Sack of King's Landing by ordering Gregor Clegane to kill the children of Rhaegar Targaryen and Elia Martell, with Clegane going the distance and raping and murdering Elia For the Evulz. Tyrion being the Token Good Teammate, manages to secure a marriage alliance between Myrcella Baratheon (Cersei's daughter) and the Martells; but this doesn't smooth things over one bit. Oberyn Martell in "Histories and Lore: House Martell" states that despite supporting the Targaryens, the Martells understood that the Rebellion had good reasons to fight against Aerys and that he accepts that Tywin's sack of King's Landing is something that happens in all wars but even accepting all that, brutally killing Elia and her children was beyond the pale.
    • The Night's Watch and the wildlings have raided and skirmished non-stop for so long that both have all but forgotten their true enemies, the White Walkers, who are just now returning.
    • The extinct Boltons were historically the Starks' chief rival for supremacy of the North. They even rebelled against the North once (a la the "Reynes of Castamere") but the Starks pardoned them after they eventually bent the knee and they were allowed to remain the second greatest house in the North. Since then, the Boltons have been forced into Teeth-Clenched Teamwork for the most part, with the Starks forcing them to outlaw their "traditions" of flaying people and Roose Bolton fighting for Ned Stark during Robert's Rebellion and supporting his Liege Lord Robb Stark during the War of the Five Kings.
    • The ancient grudge between House Stark and House Bolton is revived big time when Roose Bolton finds an opportunity, courtesy of Tywin Lannister, to become The Starscream and conspires to murder his king Robb Stark and usurp his titles. House Bolton, along with House Frey, betray and slaughter the Starks during the Red Wedding, with Roose personally killing Robb Stark and becoming Warden of the North and claiming the Starks' ancestral seat Winterfell as a reward. As a result of the Red Wedding and House Bolton's betrayal, the surviving members of the Stark family have a special hatred for House Bolton. In Season 5, Sansa Stark is married off to Roose's son Ramsay, during which she is raped and tortured, until she manages to escape Ramsay and flees to Castle Black into the protection of her older half-brother Jon Snow. In Season 6, Ramsay murders his father, step-mother Walda and his newborn half-brother. He also murders Rickon Stark, the youngest brother of Sansa and Jon. However, House Bolton is defeated by the Stark and Vale forces while Ramsay himself is personally defeated and killed by Jon and Sansa. Winterfell is restored to House Stark and House Bolton's line is ended forever, eliminating them as a threat to the Starks.
    • The Night King is this to all living things in Westeros, but Jon Snow is one of the leading figures actively opposing him, and he has made defeating the Night King his primary goal. Jon and the Night King have given death glares to each other. The Night King also became this to Daenerys Targaryen after he killed Viserion.
    • By the Season 3 premiere, Davos has definitely become this to Melisandre, though she insists she's not his enemy.
      Davos: You are my enemy.
      • Subverted by the start of Season 6, as he still doesn't like her, per se, but he is not above asking her for help and seems to have a begrudging respect for her ability to have faith in something, even if he doesn't share it. This faith ends up paying off for a certain Lord Commander of the Night's Watch. In a huge way. However, she once again returns to full Arch-Enemy status after he discovers that Shireen was burned to death by her faith.
    • Brienne has said more than once that she wants to kill Stannis for murdering Renly. Stannis, however, isn't even aware of her existence, and at the time of his death, regards Brienne's grudge against him with indifferent amusement rather than dislike.
    • Daenerys to the Slave Masters during her campaign to liberate Slaver's Bay and to Cersei Lannister for her bid to retake the Iron throne.
  • Sue Sylvester from Glee schemed constantly to bring down Will Schuster.
  • Gotham:
    • Oswald Cobblepot has a knack for making these:
      • Fish Mooney was Oswald's first enemy. Oswald tried to get her ousted from the mob, when Fish found out she tried to have him killed. Over the course of season one Oswald and Fish attempt to out maneuver each other. After Oswald kills her, he achieves his goal of ruling the Gotham underworld.
      • Salvatore Maroni was another road block on Penguin's path to controlling crime in Gotham. Oswald served as a mole in Maroni's organization for Falcone and murdered Maroni's friend Frankie Carbone. When Maroni found out, he tried to have Oswald crushed to death. Ironically, Maroni was taken care of for Oswald by Fish.
      • Theo Galavan became Oswald's greatest enemy after he kidnapped and murdered Penguin's mother and led a manhunt for his capture. After Galavan came back from the dead, Penguin had him killed again, this time with a rocket launcher. This also extends to his sister Tabitha Galavan, who was the one who threw the knife that killed his mom. He only lets her live as a favor to Butch. That is until he finally decides he's had enough and kills both Butch and Tabitha.
      • Edward Nygma and Oswald were friends once, that all changed after Oswald murdered Ed's girlfriend out of jealousy. Not only did Ed reject Oswald's affection, Ed also cost him the mayors office and his criminal empire and came as close as any ever had to killing Penguin. Penguin bounced back and had Ed frozen in a block of ice. Ed is later freed and they are ready to kill each other again.Eventually subverted after Penguin reawakens his Riddler personality and later saves his life from Sofia's men - when Riddler later betrays him he tells him he has no ill will towards him, he's just doing it to protect Lee.
      • Finally he has Sofia Falcone who pretended to be his friend while she was really plotting to take his throne as head mod boss and using him in an overly elaborate revenge plot against Gordon. Just like with Maroni, she is taken down, but not by Oswald.
    • James Gordon also has a number of these, several he shares with Oswald:
      • His Ex-fiancée Barbara Kean after she went insane. Barbara attempted to murder both Jim and his then-girlfriend Lee multiple times and joined Theo Galavan rampage. Even after moving on from her vendetta against Jim, she always seems to be in his way. Eventually subverted, after they sleep together during a low moment for both of them, Barbara becomes pregnant with his child, so they finally bury the hatchet.
      • Gordon makes it clear that he's not buying Theo Galavan act, they land on each others hit list.
      • Just like Penguin, Edward Nygma was once more or less friends Jim. After Ed began murdering people however, Jim started to investigate the disappearance of one of his victims, so Ed framed Jim for the murder of a fellow officer. Jim's arrest led to Lee's miscarriage and her falling for another man.
      • After his sister's death, which he blames Gordon for, Jervis Tetch swore to destroy everything Jim loved. Jervis kidnapped both of Gordon's love interests and forced him to choose between their lives. Jervis also infected Lee's fiancée Mario with his virus, it didn't end well.
      • Whereas her father eventually made peace with Gordon after Mario's death, Sofia Falcone's hatred of Gordon never subsided. She arranges for Lazlo Valentin to pretend to be a serial killer named Professor Pyg so she can trick Gordon into performing some illegal act so he'll be under her thumb. Thankfully, Lee shoots her in the head putting her into a permanent coma.
    • By the later seasons, Bruce Wayne has three of these. Fittingly, two are based on different versions of Batman's worst enemy from the comics:
      • First, there's Jerome Valeska, who has kidnapped and tried to kill Bruce multiple times, and is significant to Bruce's development as a hero, because at one point Bruce believes that he's responsible for Alfred's death, and he decides against killing him in revenge despite that. That means that he's ultimately responsible for Bruce's decision to follow at least one significant rule while working as a vigilante.
      • Season four introduces Jerome's twin brother, Jeremiah Valeska, a young genius engineer who appears to be Jerome's good counterpart, at least until he gets sprayed with Jerome's insanity gas, which drives him insane and transforms him into an even more unhinged version of Jerome who also has the education to create more sophisticated bombs than his brother. He is close friends with Bruce for awhile before he reveals himself as a villain, and is extremely obsessed with being connected to Bruce through either friendship or hatred, to the point where he tries to deliberately set himself up as Bruce's arch enemy by doing terrible things to him and the people he loves. Seeing as Jeremiah is the brother who eventually becomes the Joker, he eventually succeeds.
      • Finally, there is Ra's Al-Ghul, who, like Jeremiah, thinks he's acting in Bruce's best interests while putting him through multiple horrible ordeals because he thinks that his actions will help form Bruce into a hero.
  • Wo Fat is the arch enemy of Steve McGarrett in both the original Hawaii Five-O and the re-imagining, Hawaii Five-0.
  • Hera is the Arch Enemy of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys.
  • Sylar and Mohinder in Heroes. While there are many other contenders, with this couple there's the whole "You Killed My Father" issue. Also, since Sylar did a Heel–Face Turn, he's on the same team as all his other supposed-arch enemies. But then Mohinder had a turn of his own, so he and Sylar are still on opposite sides of the fight.
    • Later in the series, Sylar seems much less interested in Mohinder, and starts spending more time thinking he's Nathan Petrelli, stalking Claire Bennet, and collecting more abilities with which to execute his elaborate attempts to become more powerful. The first two not at the same time, thank God.
    • Also, Hiro and Adam Monroe. Although Hiro defines "The Speedster" as his.
    • Claire has Eric Doyle, the creepy Puppet Master.
    • Knox thinks of himself as Noah's arch enemy. Noah doesn't care, given that he's too much of a cold blooded son of a bitch to let things get personal (except where Sylar's concerned).
    • Arthur Petrelli was Peter's arch enemy. They even had a climactic final showdown where Peter displayed more guts and smarts without powers than he had in every episode where he HAD them.
    • And now Nathan is playing the nemesis role with his reason Lex Luthor styled knight templar turn.
    • Some of those examples don't really fit the Arch enemy type of relationship.
    • Peter and Sylar for the first 3 volumes. Even after Peter gets nerfed he is still always there to foil Sylar's plans.
    • HRG and Sylar. Only because Sylar is ''always'' messing with Claire.
    • Sylar to Claire. Sucks for Claire since there is nothing she can do against him.
    • Arthur and Angela Petrelli.
    • Doyle is an arch enemy ... for Claire's biological mother, Meredith, as well. Claire barely takes him seriously and Doyle is even quite civil towards her in volume 5.
    • Matt Parkman and Sylar can be added to the list as of volume 5.
  • Himitsu Sentai Goranger: Tsuyoshi Kajiou/Akaranger and Gold Mask
  • Justified: The Bennett clan are the collective archenemies of the Givens family, going all the way back to Prohibition. After years of feuding, both the Bennetts and the Givenses are down to a pair of nuclear families whose simmering grudges are kept in check only with extreme effort from the family matriarchs. Protagonist Raylan Givens has his own personal archenemy in Boyd Crowder, local crime boss and series deuteragonist.
  • While the enmity between protagonists and antagonists rarely become personal in the Kamen Rider franchise, there are a few notable relationships scattered throughout the franchise that could cover this trope.
    • Kamen Rider BLACK: Kotaro Minami/Kamen Rider Black and Nobuhiko Akitsuki/Shadow Moon.
    • Kamen Rider Kuuga: Yusuke Godai/Kamen Rider Kuuga and N Daguba Zeba.
    • Kamen Rider Ryuki: Shinji Kido/Kamen Rider Ryuki and Kamen Rider Ryuga. Shuichi Kitaoka/Kamen Rider Zolda and Takeshi Asakura/Kamen Rider Ouja.
    • Kamen Rider 555: Takumi Inui/Kamen Rider Faiz/Wolf Orphnoch and Kiba Yuji/Kamen Rider Orga/Horse Orphnoch.
    • Kamen Rider Blade: Sakuya Tachibana/Kamen Rider Garren and Isaka/Peacock Undead.
    • Kamen Rider Kabuto: Souji Tendo/Kamen Rider Kabuto and Souji Kusakabe/Kamen Rider Dark Kabuto.
    • Kamen Rider Double: Philip/Raito Sonozaki/Kamen Rider Double and Ryuubee Sonozaki/Terror Dopant. Philip/Raito Sonozaki/Kamen Rider Double and Katsumi Daido/Kamen Rider Eternal. Ryu Terui/Kamen Rider Accel and Shinkuro Isaka/Weather Dopant.
    • Kamen Rider Fourze: Kengo Utahoshi and Gamo Mitsuaki/Sagittarius Zodiarts.
    • Kamen Rider Gaim: Kouta Kazuaraba/Kamen Rider Gaim and Mitsuzane Kureshima/Kamen Rider Ryugen.
    • Kamen Rider Drive: Gou Shijima/Kamen Rider Mach and Tenjuro Banno/Gold Drive.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid: Emu Hojo/Kamen Rider Ex-Aid and Parado/Kamen Rider Para-Dx. Emu Hojo and Nico Saiba. Nico Saiba and Parado/Kamen Rider Para-Dx. It's complicated. Straighter example is provided by Taiga Hanaya/Kamen Rider Snipe and Graphite Bugster.
    • Kamen Rider Build: Sento Kiryu/Kamen Rider Build and Banjou Ryuga/Kamen Rider Cross-Z share one in Blood Stalk/Evolt/Kamen Rider Evol.
    • Kamen Rider Zero-One: Aruto Hiden/Kamen Rider Zero-One and Gai Amatsu/Kamen Rider Thouser.
  • Lab Rats:
    • Douglas Davenport was this to his brother Donald. The two co-founded Davenport Industries together, but Douglas got increasingly jealous of Donald’s success and injected bionics into three artificially created children. Afterwards, Douglas was kicked out of the company and Donald hid the children in the basement of his house. Since then, Douglas has been plotting his revenge, hoping to reclaim the children to be used as weapons of mass destruction. Douglas later had a change of heart after he was betrayed by another supervillain, and made up with his brother afterwards.
    • Marcus Davenport, an android created by Douglas, is this to Leo. Leo was the first person to find out that Marcus was an android and the latter has constantly tried to murder the former so that nobody else in his family would discover his secret before it was too late.
  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Det. Robert Goren's arch-enemy is Depraved Bisexual Nicole Wallace now deceased. Nicole is oh-for-two in Breaking Speech attempts (well, technically oh-for-three, but #3 was rather weak).
  • Though he only appeared in two of the four season one episodes of Lexx, His Divine Shadow was this to Kai, last of the Brunnen-G. Kai's grudge against him was very personal, considering His Divine Shadow destroyed his world, rendered his race extinct, and personally stabbed Kai to death and turned him into an undead brainwashed assassin. Kai was also the person destined to kill His Divine Shadow. The conflict between them went even deeper than Kai realized since His Divine Shadow was really the last survivor of the Insect Civilization whom the Brunnen-G defeated long ago. While His Shadow's goal was to eventually Kill All Humans to achieve his rebirth, he went out of his way to wipe out the Brunnen-G personally with his own flagship.
  • Lost
    • The first 4 seasons have a three way arch-enemy relationship between Jack, Locke, and Ben.
    • Ben's off the Island's long time arch-enemy is Charles Widmore, both of which are actively trying to control the Island.
    • Jacob and the Man in Black.
  • MacGyver (1985), the man who refuses to kill no matter what the circumstances, has Murdoc, the world's greatest professional assassin. Originally the arch nemesis of American intelligence officer Peter Thornton, Murdoc transfers this relationship to MacGyver after the latter stumbles into a confrontation between the two. Obsessed with revenge after nearly dying during this event, Murdoc returns time and time again to try and kill MacGyver, always failing but always surviving to fight another day. After trying to retire from his profession, he is forced to team up with MacGyver to rescue his sister from his former employers, and the vendetta seems to be over. However, Murdoc returns to his old life within a year, and has assigned MacGyver as a target again, rekindling the relationship. Throughout it all, Murdoc develops a healthy admiration for MacGyver's skills as the only man he was not able to defeat, while MacGyver's fear of Murdoc is unmatched by any of his other rivals.
  • Moff Gideon becomes the Arch Enemy of Din Djarin and Grogu in the first two seasons of The Mandalorian.
  • Lucy Butler is the Arch Enemy of Frank Black on the television show Millennium.
  • Arguably, Adrian Monk's arch enemy is Dale "the Whale" Biederbeck. While Biederbeck is defeated by Monk in his first appearance, he appears a couple more times afterwards to taunt Monk. He provides a good counterpoint for Monk, as Biederbeck is mentally comfortable but hugely overweight to the point of being bedridden, while Monk can move around freely but is, to paraphrase Biederback, trapped in the prison of his own mind.
  • NCIS: Terrorist and rogue Mossad agent Ari Haswari to main protagonist Leroy Jethro Gibbs. He was the first villain to ever escape Gibbs, he killed Kate, and even after he dies in the Season Three premiere, he never really leaves the series. His various associates keep coming out of the wood work to torment Gibbs and his team (the first Arc Villain of Season Seventeen was his old partner in Hamas), and his death haunted his half-sister Ziva (who was also his killer) for years. While Gibbs was the one to survive their final encounter, Ari made sure his ghost would always be a part of his life.
  • NCIS: Los Angeles has The Chameleon, Ax-Crazy weapon dealer and serial killer, who is this to G. Callen.
  • In Once Upon a Time, Regina (the Evil Queen from Snow White) is simultaneously Arch Enemy to both Snow White and her daughter Emma Swan at the beginning, but their relationship varies over the course of the show as Regina goes through the Heel–Face Revolving Door.
  • Perfect Assassins: Ben Carroway has Dr. Sam Greely, a Psycho Psychologist who experimented on him as a child, framed his mom for the crimes, and then made her disappear.
  • Power Rangers, despite being a team show, does have a few true arch enemies crop up.
    • Jennifer and Ransik in Power Rangers Time Force have it out for each other, since Ransik killed her boyfriend (he got better), and to that extent, they end up being the last 2 standing at the very end of the series during the final battle.
    • Power Rangers S.P.D. has Anubis "Doggy" Cruger and Emperor Grumm. Cruger hates Grumm with a passion due to him destroying most of his people when he was conquering the galaxy, while Grumm is constantly annoyed by Cruger and his team foiling his plans and especially for cutting off one of his horns. In the end, like in time force, the final battle of the season is a duel between the two.
    • Casey and Jerrod/Dai Shi in Power Rangers Jungle Fury. While Dai Shi's animosity is impersonal to all beings, Jerrod resents the hell out of Casey for exposing his callous ways and getting him kicked out of the Pai Shua academy, and Casey for his part feels guilty that his actions eventually caused Dai Shi to be released. As such, they take it upon themselves to personally fight each other at various points, each trying to correct the mistake in their lives. Though by the end when Casey sees that Jerrod's still struggling to be good, they end of reconciling in the end.
    • In Power Rangers Ninja Steel, despite his anger at Galvanax destroying his family's life, Brody's true animosity is with Galvanax's general Ripcon, who belittles him as "rat bait" and got into many heated sword duels before Ripcon's end.
  • A is the Arch Enemy of the Pretty Little Liars in Pretty Little Liars.
  • Saturday Night Live: Darrel Hammond's Sean Connery is this to Will Ferrell's Alex Trebek in the recurring "Celebrity Jeopardy!" sketches.
  • Seinfeld: "Hello, Newman..."
    • George and Elaine each have their own as well: Lloyd Braun and Sue Ellen Mischke, respectively. In these cases, the rivals seem unaware that George and Elaine aren't their friends and are actively rooting or plotting against them.
  • Lampshaded in Sherlock when Mycroft and Sherlock refers to each other as such, and this conversation happens:
    Dr. John Watson: People don't have archenemies.
    Sherlock Holmes: What?
    Dr. John Watson: In real life. People don't have archenemies.
    Sherlock Holmes: That sounds a bit dull. So what do people have in their REAL lives?
    Dr. John Watson: Friends, people they like, people they don't like, boyfriends, girlfriends...
    Sherlock Holmes: Like I said, dull.
    • Jim Moriarty is eventually revealed and solidly placed in the position of Sherlock's arch-enemy.
    • In the third season, Charles Augustus Magnussen becomes Sherlock's new Arch Enemy, and arouses Sherlock's genuine and implacable hatred in a way that Moriarty didn't.
  • Smallville:
    • Clark Kent has Lex Luthor and Zod. Lex is his one-time best friend turned bitter professional and romantic rival, delving into supervillainy at the same time that Clark is hitting his stride as a superhero; the entire series is essentially spent building up to a confrontation between the two. Zod is a former friend and ally of Clark's father, Jor-El, with Clark inheriting the grudge. Given that Zod corrupted Brainiac, created Doomsday, and blew up Krypton he's responsible for almost every horrible thing that's happened in Clark's life, and his multi-seasonal attempts to Take Over the World only turn it more personal.
    • Lex's father, Lionel Luthor, is the archenemy of Clark's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent. The two spend their entire time on the show at war for the souls of their sons, while doing everything they can to tear one another down. Lionel (and his alternate universe doppelganger) would also place an impressive third on Clark's enemy.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Acastus Kolya was this to Sheppard. They only met a handful of times over the course of the series, but there was more animosity between them than Sheppard had with any other villain on the show.
    • That being said, the rogue Wraith/human hybrid Michael could be seen as an Arch Enemy to the team as a whole (and particularly Tayla in his later appearances).
    • Even the way the rivalry between Sheppard and Kolya ended is straight out of a western: a quick draw that Kolya loses.
  • Star Trek
  • Stranger Things:
    • Eleven and Dr. Brenner
    • Will Byers and The Mind Flayer
    • Billy serves as this to both Max and Steve Harington.
  • Very bizarrely subverted in an episode of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Derek is introduced to a man who he is told is a pro-Machine human agent sent back from the future, but doesn't recognise him. It is revealed that in the timeline Jesse and the other man come from, he tortured Derek for weeks and became his personal Arch-Enemy. The fact that Derek has no memory of any of this reveals that Derek and Jesse actually come from different potential futures.
  • Recent developments in Top Gear (UK) seem to be pitting Rubens Barrichello as The Stig's Arch Enemy after Barrichello beat the Stig's lap record.
  • Twin Peaks: Agent Cooper has Windom Earle.
  • In White Collar, Matthew Keller is arguably this to all four main characters, Neal in particular due to being his Evil Counterpart, as both the most-recurring villain of the series and one of the most dangerous. His first episode makes it clear that he and Neal used to have a sort of rivalry over Neal's girlfriend Kate, and later episodes only ramp up his animosity with the other characters:
    • Season 2 sees him having Peter kidnapped and almost murdered, while Keller himself escapes from prison in the chaos;
    • He comes back again in Season 3 to attempt to force Neal and Mozzie to share their treasure with him, and when they refuse, he proceeds to menace them both and almost kill Neal, succeed in killing one of their fence friends, and kidnap Elizabeth and hold her hostage to force Neal, Mozzie, and Peter to help him steal the treasure, and betrays and almost kills Neal again before the operation is over. This proves traumatic enough for all of them that it takes a few episodes for them to get over it.
    • By the time he reappears in Season 6, the others hate Keller so much that Neal is barely civil to him despite being in an Enemy Mine situation for an undercover operation during the whole season, and Peter's first reaction to finding out about his presence is to want to immediately arrest him and put an end to the operation. In the series finale, Keller again betrays and (apparently) succeeds in killing Neal, and is finally killed by Peter.
  • Wonder Woman: The Baroness Von Gunther was the only enemy Wonder Woman faced in the comics that was showed in the series, and no one of Wonder Woman’s original villains in the TV series ever recurred, but it’s implied that Marion Mariposa did appear in a previous, unbroadcast adventure, as he is talked about last seen presumably drowned in the North Sea. The interesting part is that he is not Wonder Woman’s enemy, but IADC agent Diana Prince’s enemy. For Diana Prince and Marion Mariposa, It's Personal.
    Marion Mariposa: Oh, why are you so unpleased to see a familiar face? Did you enjoy the candy I sent you?
    Diana Prince, waking from her induced sleep: Not in the least, and I enjoyed the flowers even less.
    Marion Mariposa: What’s the matter? Lost your sense of humor?
    Diana Prince: I was hoping we were rid of yours. Weren’t you supposed to be drowned at the north sea after our last encounter?
    Marion Mariposa: By now you should know that I have my entrances and exits carefully choreographed, Diana. I had one of my submarines pick me.
  • Callisto is the Arch Enemy of Xena in Xena: Warrior Princess.
  • The X-Files has The Smoking Man (acting as a proxy to the Syndicate as a whole) to Mulder and Scully. Kyrcek also fit due to his more on-hand approach against Mulder.


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