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  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers had a pretty good sized Rogues Gallery for an 80's cartoon, but two out of the four definitely had archenemies. The Queen of the Crowns had Zachary as an Arch Enemy while Killbane and Shane had a long, nasty history that only got worse after most of the Supertroopers went renegade.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: Jimmy has either King Goobot or Professor Calamitous. Goobot was the antagonist of the movie, and an entire special-length episode was dedicated to his return in the series. He also serves as the main antagonist of the Grand Finale, in which he assembles the entirety of Jimmy's Rogues Gallery to defeat him once and for all. However, those are his only 3 appearances in canon, whereas Jimmy faces off against Calamitous far more often. Professor Calamitous also served as the representative Jimmy Neutron villain in both The Jimmy Timmy Power Hour: When Nerds Collide and two installments of Nicktoons Unite!, the former of which saw him teaming up with the other Nicktoon protagonists' nemeses and the latter of which saw him as the unambiguous Big Bad.
    • Ultra Lord has Robo-Fiend.
  • Adventure Time: The Lich for Billy and Finn the Human.
    • Also, the Ice King for Finn and Jake in the first two seasons. Following the Ice King's Heel–Face Turn and The Lich's death, Finn gains a new nemesis in the form of Fern. His father also did a pretty good job at fulfilling this role.
    • Jake has his own nemesis in the form of Warren Ampersand.
    • Marceline's own father (Hunson Abadeer) is this to her.
    • For Princess Bubblegum, it's something of a draw between The King of Ooo and Gumbald.
    • Lemonhope has Lemongrab.
    • Much like Marceline, Flame Princess has one in the form of her own father, Flame King.
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    • Normal Man has GOLB.
    • BMO has AMO, who serves as something of an Evil Counterpart to him.
    • Slime Princess has Blagertha, who tries to seize control of the Slime Kingdom for herself.
  • In Aladdin: The Series Aladdin had Abis Mal and Mozenrath.
    • In the original movie and its sequels, Aladdin's Arch Enemy is Jafar.
  • The title character of The Amazing World of Gumball (and to a lesser extent, Darwin) has Rob. In fact, he became Gumball's Archenemy because he had no other role to fulfill as the Universe deemed him a mistake. He blames Gumball for this, even though he had nothing to do with Rob's predicament.
  • The Huntsman is Jake's Arch Enemy in American Dragon: Jake Long. Interestingly, he is only #4 on the Dragons' list of the top thirteen threats to the magical world. The #1 threat, the Dark Dragon, is Jake's Grandpa's Arch Enemy.
  • Archer has Barry Dylan especially after he's turned into a cyborg.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: Prince Zuko is the Arch Enemy of both Aang and Zhao for the first season. In the second season, Zhao dies and his evil sister Azula becomes Zuko's new Arch Enemy. Aang himself has Fire Lord Ozai, though mostly from the fact that the two of them are destined to have an ultimate showdown, and everyone who wants to capture Aang intends to present him to the Fire Lord. note 
    • Sequel Series The Legend of Korra introduces us to Vaatu, the Arch Enemy of the Avatar entity as a whole.
    • Korra's arch enemy is Zaheer, the leader of the Red Lotus, a group dedicated to ridding the world of the Avatar for good. Their attempt at kidnapping Korra as a child leads to her being isolated from the rest of the world until the start of the series, and her conflict with Zaheer leaves her with deep physical and emotional scars. Out of all the antagonists in the show, Zaheer has the most far-reaching effect on Korra's life.
  • Babar has Rataxes in Babar although how much he is his literal Arch-Enemy and his Friendly Enemy may vary depending of the episode, Rataxes goes from trying to took over Babar's kingdom, kidnap him and the turtle king to avoid the passing of a treaty and threaten to declare war over an stolen good to just having a rivalry in sports' competitions.
    • A more darker Arch-Enemy, of course, is The Hunter, who literally killed his mother.
  • Ben 10 has several characters possessing their own arch-enemies:
    • Ben Tennyson's most well known nemesis is Vilgax, by virtue of being by far the oldest and most persistent (he already was an Arch-Enemy to Ben's grandfather), as well as having a direct connection to Ben's Origin Story, and appears in all series as an antagonist. Kevin 11 and Dr Animo were considered candidates as well in the original show, but by the sequels, Kevin made a Heel–Face Turn, and Animo ended up overshadowed by new, more dangerous foes. They were replaced in competition for the role with Albedo(who replaced Kevin as Ben's Evil Counterpart and also has a connection to Ben's origin) and Malware in Omniverse (who Ben has a personal grudge against).
    • Gwen Tennyson has Hex and Charmcaster (until Heel–Face Turn), both being directly linked to her connection to magic. While both of them did fight Ben, Max or Kevin, it's pretty clear their grudge toward Gwen is much more personnal.
    • While Ragnarock appeared for only one episode, his link to Kevin's origin is enough to qualify as Kevin's Arch-enemy.
    • Anti-Villain King George from the Forever Knight has Diagon;
  • In Beware the Batman, Anarky of all people takes up the role, thanks to the Joker not being present in this version.
  • The Evil Emperor Zurg to the title character of Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
  • Cat and Rancid Rabbit from CatDog.
    • CatDog and the Greaser Dogs.
  • Camp Lakebottom: Buttsquat to McGee.
    • Suzi to Gretchen.
  • Camp Lazlo: Lumpus and Edward both see Lazlo as theirs, although Lazlo is nothing but friendly and outgoing toward them.
  • Doc Terror to the Centurions.
  • Rudy Tabootie, Mr. Wilter and Reggie Bullnerd in ChalkZone.
  • Chowder has Panini.
    • Mung Daal has Endive.
  • The Delightful Children and Kids Next Door but especially Numbuh 1 in Codename: Kids Next Door.
    • Numbuh 1 also had Father who is his Evil Uncle and Chad aka Numbuh 274, the former leader of the KND who hated him because Numbuh 1 was considered to be a better operative than him (which was eventually proven true). Numbuh 2 had Mr. Fizz and Mushi Sanban, Numbuh 3 has Mr. Boss, Numbuh 4, the Toiletnator and Ernest, and Numbuh 5 has her sister Cree.
  • Katz and Courage had been battling each other from the beginning.
  • In the DCAU, Lex Luthor is still Superman's primary enemy, but Darkseid and Brainiac surpass him whenever they show up.
    • And yet Luthor has survived direct dealings with both of them while even as both suffered grievous defeat. He was fused with Brainiac and personally put away Darkseid with the Anti-Life Equation who, it should be added, was even fused with Brainiac at the time.
    • Of all three though, Darkseid is easily Superman's most hated enemy. To put it in perspective, he is the only villain in the DCAU that Superman has no problem with killing, and actually WANTS to kill.
      • The only one who was able to actually BREAK Superman was indeed Lex Luthor. That WAS the Justice Lord version, but he was still really, really close to it in the main DCAU also.
    • Brainiac seems to consider Superman's father Jor-El to be his archfoe even though Jor-El is long dead. Brainiac never forgot that Jor-El opposed him to the very end and nearly destroyed him. For someone who supposedly lacks emotions, Brainiac took great pleasure in making "the son of Jor-El" kneel before him when he went back in time to kill teenage Clark. When Brainiac and Superman encounter each other on Apokolips, Brainiac claims that Superman has no hope of stopping him since his father couldn't.
    • The Joker and Batman in Batman: The Animated Series , its sequels, and Justice League. Unlike the contemporary comics, where their battle is more or less destined to go on forever (or at least until the next Continuity Reboot), the DCAU actually gets to show their rivalry from its early beginnings all the way to the inevitable, brutal final battle. The notion of an archenemy is also deconstructed; whereas Joker early on seems to hold Batman in high regard as a genuine Worthy Opponent, he by the time of their final battle openly admits to have grown utterly tired of their "game". Bruce himself also has no delusions about what kind of person Joker really was, and tells his successor as much decades after Joker's death.
    Terry: Funny. Even though you told me about all your bad guys, you never said a word about him. He was the big one, wasn't he?
    Bruce: It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a monster.
  • Vlad Plasmius to the eponymous character in Danny Phantom.
  • Daria: Ms. Angela Li for Daria.
  • Often played for laughs in Darkwing Duck, where Darkwing would frequently refer as his Arch Enemy/archrival/archnemesis any villain he would have met at least twice. Even a guys whose only power was to have a bunch of penguins at his service to commit robberies was once referred as his Arch-Enemy. However, from a serious point of view, at least three antagonists can be seen as his archenemies:
    • Megavolt initially owned the role, being both the first villain Darkwing chronogically faced (at least in his more "realistic" backstory), a personnal ennemy and one of the most recurring antagonists. He gradually lost the post to Negaduck however, to the point the recent comic sequel has him retired.
    • Negaduck is mostly considered as the main Arch-Enemy, due to both being an evil counterpart of the hero, the leader of the Fearsome Five Five and the most popular villain amongst fans.
    • Taurus Bulba, while having only two appearances in the animated series, was the first villain seen onscreen, as well as one of the most fearsome and competent. His link to Gosalyn makes him a personnal villain. As such, he can be considered, in a way, as an Arch-Enemy
  • Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory has Mandark as Arch-Enemy.
  • Emperor Krulos to Questar and the Dino-Riders.
  • Captain Hero on Drawn Together belatedly realized that the random homeless guy they ran over was "My... ARCH... NEMESIS!"
    • As an added, subtlety that would only be found on this show, his goal is not Captain Hero's destruction, but to get him to wash his balls. And has succeeded multiple times.
  • In DuckTales (1987) Scrooge McDuck's arch rival is Flintheart Glomgold, but his most threatening nemesis is Magica de Spell. If you have to have an obsessive, implacable arch nemesis, might as well be a sexy sorceress.
    • Similarly, the remake has Magica de Spell as Scrooge's "most dangerous" enemy with her secretly plotting against Scrooge for all of Season 1, while Glomgold is a recurring Harmless Villain who's obsessed with overcomplicated revenge plots which tend to cartoonishly backfire.
      Glomgold: Wait, how did you know it was me?
      Louie: It's always you.
      • The remake also give Gizmoduck one as well. Ironically, it's one of the original characters meant to go against scrooge, but Mark Beaks has clashed far more and is far more personal a foe with Fenton.
      • Also in the remake, Della Duck has General Lunaris.
    • In the comics, he has three, Flimheart Glomgold, John D. Rockerduck and his most threatening nemesis is Blackheart Beagle who eventually recruits all the other recurring villains into his Legion of Doom.
  • Vicky and Crocker on The Fairly OddParents fits this for Timmy.
    • The episode "The Masked Magician" parodies the trope to Fairyland and back.
    • The Crimson Chin ostensibly has The Bronze Kneecap, but he's a pretty minor character overall and much more attention is paid to The Chin's conflict with The Nega-Chin.
  • Family Guy:
    • Carter Pewterschmidt, James Woods, and Ernie the Giant Chicken to Peter Griffin.
    • Stewie to his half-brother Bertram.
    • Glen Quagmire and, to a lesser extent, Carter Pewterschmidt and James Woods to Brian.
  • Final Space:
    • The Lord Commander is one for the Galaxy One especially Avocato and Gary with holding the former's son hostage and ripping off the arm of the latter.
    • Oreskis made enmity with Bolo after he gave Bolo's lover an STD. Invictus also functions as one for Bolo due to Invictus being behind the Titans' corruption.
    • Wehrent became Ash Graven's archenemy after he ate her little sister.
  • Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends:
    • Mac and Terrence
    • Bloo and Berry
    • Imaginary Man has one literally named Nemesister
  • Freakazoid! is another example of a series where the Arch Enemy and the most dangerous enemy are not one and the same. The Lobe is the Arch Enemy, but Freakazoid's most genuinely threatening foe is Corrupt Corporate Executive Armando Gutierrez.
  • In the Futurama movie Into the Wild Green Yonder, the Encyclopod and the Dark One. Their species have been archenemies since time immemorial: the Encyclopods wish to preserve all life and the Dark Ones want to destroy it. After the last Dark One is killed, the last Encyclopod reluctantly decides to preserve its ancient enemy's genetic code. Fortunately, the last Dark One's remains are immediately wholly destroyed making this impossible so the Encyclopod doesn't have to carry its worst enemy on its back.
  • David Xanatos to Goliath in Gargoyles. Though Xanatos fits best from a series standpoint, from a personal standpoint Demona, the Archmage, and Thailog might also want to claim that spot. From the same series, Tony Dracon is Elisa Maza's Arch Enemy (though he's not much of a threat to the Gargoyles themselves), while the line of Hunters consider themselves Demona's collective Arch Enemy (though in truth hers is probably MacBeth).
  • Van Kleiss and Quarry to Rex in Generator Rex.
  • Cobra Commander to Duke and the G.I. Joe.
  • In Gravity Falls, Gideon Gleeful and Bill Cipher are archenemies to Dipper Pines and, in broader strokes, the rest of the Pines family.
    • While the latter treats his feud with the Pines family as something like a amusing game at best, he has a far more personal, venomous hatred for the Time Baby, and the Time Baby isn't very fond of him either. When Bill finally is able to manifest a physical form, the moment Time Baby shows up at his doorstep, he vaporizes Time Baby on the spot.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
    • Grim has Boogey, his high school bully who continues to torment him in the present.
    • Billy sees Jeff as his, although it's entirely one-sided and irrational as Jeff just wants Billy to love him. He could be said to have a true nemesis in the form of Sperg.
    • Mandy has Mindy, her rival at school.
  • Infinity Train: MT has the Flecks, who spend the first two seasons relentlessly hunting her down. It seems to be particularly personal between her and Mace, the leader of the duo, as Sieve at least tries to be personable, while Mace is nothing but cold. She and Mace eventually get an entire episode together that puts the hatred between the two of them on full display.
  • Dr. Claw to Inspector Gadget.
  • Invader Zim and Dib.
  • On Jackie Chan Adventures, Shendu is this to the Chan family as a whole, Jackie is particular. He's the Big Bad of the first two seasons, the Final Boss of Season 3, and the father of Season 5 villain Drago. He's their most dangerous and persistent enemy, and the one who seems to have the greatest grudge against them.
    • Speaking of Drago, he apparently had this relationship with Jade in the future, and it sorta trickles down to her present day self.
    • And then, of course, there's Uncle and Daolon Wong.
  • We never learn the details, but as per some kind of feud stretching to before the series, Dr. Quest and Dr. Zin seem to both hate and grudgingly respect one another's guts in Jonny Quest.
  • Johnny Test and Bling-Bling Boy are sorta this. They're a dubious example mainly because Johnny also doubles as his Only Friend.
  • Coop and Kat on Kid VS Kat.
  • Dr. Drakken is Kim Possible's self-proclaimed arch foe, although Shego is her foil and the one she actually locks fists with. More specifically Drakken is an arch foe and Shego is the nemesis. It's like a love triangle...
    • Ron's Arch Foe is Monkey Fist, but that's mostly because Fist is the only one who recognizes Ron's name; that and the "Mystical Monkey Power."
  • Imperiex and Superman clone Kell-El in the Legion of Super-Heroes cartoon.
  • Looney Tunes:
  • Dr. Pretorius to The Mask in the animated series, at least for being the most recurring villain.
  • Mickey Mouse has two arch-enemies: Pete and the Phantom Blot, the latter moreso in comic books.
  • Mr. Pickles has the titular demonic Border Collie and Grandpa Henry Gobbleblobber who dedicates his time trying to expose Mr. Pickles for what he was.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: Jenny to Vexus and Vexus to Jenny.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Although the show works on a Monster of the Week format that discourages recurring enemies, Princess Celestia is only ever shown to have personal animosity towards one individual: Discord. He was the first character Celestia ever actually sent the Mane Six to defeat, and the first time we ever see her angry or genuinely surprised are when he steals the Elements of Harmony. He, of course, thinks this is all great fun. Fanon - shipping included, of course - makes a big deal of this. Now that Discord has pulled a Heel–Face Turn, this probably no longer applies, even if he's still a loose cannon.
    • Diamond Tiara and (occasionally) Silver Spoon to the Cutie Mark Crusaders (but mostly Apple Bloom). Diamond Tiara does not like Apple Bloom one bit and all of her appearances show her trying to hurt and humiliate the "blank-flank". She eventually makes a Heel–Face Turn too, though she's yet to have a major role since then.
    • Spike and Garble have an intense, personal, and mutual hatred of each other - Spike hates Garble for being a violent bully, and Garble hates Spike for being a Category Traitor. All three of Spike's trips to the Dragon Lands have had him put Garble in his place. His fourth trip ends with the two burying the hatchet.
    • Applejack, the living embodiment of honesty, has a heated rivalry with Snake Oil Salesmen Flim and Flam. It doesn't help that at least two of their cons have involved personally screwing over her and her family.
    • For the Mane Six as a whole, Queen Chrysalis is the most prominent threat who refuses to either a. turn good or b. stay down.
    • Discord and Tirek both share an intense, mutual hatred. Tirek took great pleasure in manipulating and betraying Discord. Discord is the one who seals Tirek’s ultimate fate of being turned into stone. And it’s implied that the two of them have met long before and not on good terms.
  • My Gym Partner's a Monkey: Adam has the school's resident bully, Bull Sharkowski.
  • Jack Skellington and Oogie Boogie in The Nightmare Before Christmas, with their rivalry originating from the prequel games.
  • Ninjago: Garmadon is this to both Lloyd and Master Wu.
  • Perry the Platypus and Dr Doofenschmirtz from Phineas and Ferb are aknowledged to be this, though Perry likely doesn't really respect Doofenschmirtz as a nemesis. Even so, the relationship is very important to both of them, and any time it's interrupted is treated like a romantic break-up.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • Mojo Jojo for all 3 girls, especially Blossom. Not only is he the girls' most common enemy, as well as the one who most consistently comes close to actually defeating them, he's also connected to their origins since not only did he gain his super-intelligence from the same accident that created the girls (which he himself caused), but as The Powerpuff Girls Movie shows, he's also the first villain they stopped, which led to the girls using their powers to become heroes.
    • HIM for Bubbles.
    • The Gangreen Gang for Buttercup.
  • Regular Show:
    • Pops is eventually revealed to have one in the form of Anti-Pops.
    • Benson arguably has Gene, the manager of a rival park that is engaged in a constant prank war for the main characters.
    • Skips has Klorgbane, who killed his girlfriend and with whom he engages in an epic cosmic battle every 157 years.
  • Rick and Morty: The Council of Ricks and the Galactic Federation for Rick Sanchez C-137.
  • Samurai Jack: Jack's arch-enemy is the shapeshifting demonic Big Bad Aku, who is responsible for both destroying Jack's old kingdom and killing his father, as well as flinging him into the Bad Future where Aku believed he would have no trouble dispoosing of the "FOOLISH SAMURAI!". Deconstructed in season 5, where it's shown that both have gotten plain tired from being in a stalemate for the last 50 years.
  • Scaredy Squirrel gives us Scaredy, Nester and Paddy
  • Eric Needles and Professor Pampelmoose in Sidekick.
  • Mon*Star to Stargazer, Quicksilver and the SilverHawks. (Funny part is that they were voiced by the same actor.)
  • On The Simpsons, Bart Simpson has two archenemies (and both are completely mutual): Principal Seymour Skinner and Sideshow Bob. With Skinner, it's an arch-rival type of relationship: Bart's efforts to bring chaos to the school vs. Skinner trying to bring order. With Bob, it's a much more serious and deadly relationship (like arch-nemeses): Bob trying to kill Bart vs. Bart trying to put Bob back in jail.
    • In the movies-within-the-show, McBain's archrival is Mendoza. Mendoza!!!!!!!
    • Even Maggie has the the one-eyebrowed Baby Gerald.
    • Homer's archenemies are Mr. Burns, Ned Flanders, Frank Grimes, and Patty and Selma.
    • Although with Grimes it's mainly one sided, Homer seemed to actually quite like him. It's also one-sided with Homer and Flanders, since Flanders considers him to be a close friend.
    • Played for Laughs, along with Violent Glaswegian, when Groundskeeper Willie attributes this status to Scotland and a variety of other countries...including Scotland.
    Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!
  • Skysurfer One and Cybron from Skysurfer Strike Force. On the one hand, Cybron is responsible for stealing a an experimental computer brain from an A.I. lab, then blowing it to kingdom come, letting Sky's father (who Cybron may have also killed) take the blame. On the other hand, Skysurfer One and the other Skysurfers routinely stop his attempts to Take Over the World.
  • Mrs Boots is Buckley's in Slacker Cats.
  • Cartman and Kyle from South Park. It was mostly onesided on Cartman's side earlier on, but the two snowballed into mortal enemies somewhere in the fifth season, and has jumped up a notch with every subsequent season. Cartman even acknowledges that he and Kyle are arch enemies in "Grounded Vindaloop".
    • Also, Scott Tenorman to his half-brother Cartman.
    • Wendy Testaburger probably also considers Cartman her archenemy.
    • Cartman's alter-ego the Coon is this to Mysterion (Kenny).
    • Nathan is this to Jimmy Valmer and, to a lesser extent, Timmy.
    • Stan's Arch Enemy is his sister, Shelly.
    • Season 19's Big Bad Leslie Meyers is this to PC Principal.
    • President Herbert Garrison is this to Tweek Tweak.
  • Space Ghost has Zorak.
  • For some reason or another, in Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends from the 80s, his arch enemy was Doctor Doom. While the two have had s few historic encounters with one another in the comics, Doom is otherwise always depicted as an enemy of the Fantastic Four above all else.
  • In Spider-Man: The Animated Series all of the three traditional Spider-Man arch-enemies mentioned in the comic books section above are present, but the Green Goblin and Venom are both far less prominent, and Dr Octopus is downgraded to a B-list villain. Instead, the Kingpin serves as Spidey's main enemy.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants:
    • Mr. Krabs and Plankton.
    • For a couple episodes in the first season, SpongeBob himself had Bubble Bass; a slimy, devious and notoriously hard-to-please connoisseur who served as a Foil to SpongeBob, the workaholic, perfectionist fry cook. This relationship faded out after Bubble Bass vanished from the series, though it's since returned in full force after the latter fully returned.
    • Sometimes: SpongeBob and Plankton.
    • Squidward has his far more successful rival, Squilliam Fancyson.
    • Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy have Man-Ray.
  • Squirrel Boy: Andy and Rodney have their bullies, Kyle and Salty Mike.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil:
    • While not always a THREAT, Star Butterfly's arch enemy is the bird man Ludo. He's always sending monsters out to take her wand in season 1. Then in Season 2, things got more interesting when Ludo Took a Level in Badass, and also became her Evil Counterpart complete with half of star's original wand that he uses for dark magic.
    • Star's mother Moon Butterfly's most hated enemy is Big Bad Toffee. Toffee murdered her mother. In exchange, Moon earned her moniker "the Undaunted" when she used dark magic she acquired from Eclipsa to take out his finger and prevent its regeneration, terrifying the army of monsters that were about to invade Mewni alongside him. Toffee's schemes are all ultimately driven by his bitterness over Moon's humiliation of him all those years ago.
  • Ebon to Static in Static Shock. Not only are his Casting a Shadow powers directly opposite to Statics bright Shock and Awe abilities, their worldviews are directly opposed too: Virgil's father run's the youth center, and his family active tries to help the community, especially kids; Ebon was a gangbanger who tries to "collect" metahumans into his super powered street gang.
  • Steven Universe: Lapis and Jasper.
  • In Stormhawks, Aerrow's Arch Enemy is not the Big Bad Cyclonus; rather, it's The Dragon Dark Ace. Cyclonus is the Evil Counterpart and Arch Enemy of Piper.
  • The Warden of Superjail! has both the Mistress and Lord Stingray. Although the Mistress debuted first, it's lampshaded that while the Warden considers her an archenemy, he barely gets to see her that often. The Mistress and Stingray even teamed up and attempted their own relationship in the season 3 premiere (after taking over the jail), though the relationship fell through.
  • Tak, Cheif and Lok in Tak and the Power of Juju.
  • Each of the Teen Titans had one:
    • Slade to Robin.
    • Brother Blood to Cyborg.
    • Blackfire to Starfire.
    • Trigon to Raven.
    • Terra to Beast Boy (because she was his Psycho Ex-Girlfriend).
    • And the Brotherhood of Evil to EVERYONE.
      • On a personal level the Brotherhood (and specifically, the Brain) is Beast Boy's Arch Enemy. He was a member of the team that opposed them before he joined the Titans, and his past with them is what draws the other Titans into the conflict. Interestingly, this is a rare case of the hero taking it more seriously than the villain- the Brain considers Mento, the Doom Patrol's leader, to be his Arch Enemy, and regards Beast Boy as little more than an irritant. Yet, thanks to Beast Boy (and by extension, the Titans), the Brain considers ALL kid heroes his archenemies.
  • In almost all incarnations of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, the Shredder has always been at odds with the Turtles and Splinter, and always at a deeply personal level. However, the one who arguably displays this trait strongest is the Utrom Shredder of the 2003 TMNT cartoon series. His hatred of them was so deep that it culminated into the climax of the Turtles Forever movie, where he was willing to destroy the multiverse to destroy all turtles, even at the cost of his own life and that of his daughter Karai, the only other living being that he honestly cares about.
    • The 2012 version was most definitely this to Splinter as well, willing to go to truly insane lengths to make his former brother suffer. In the same series, Raphael struck up quite the rivalry with Fishface, aka Xever, though it got downplayed as time went on.
  • While Diesel from Thomas the Tank Engine is antagonistic towards all of the steam engines, he shares most of his enmity and rivalry towards Thomas in the later seasons. In his debut appearance, Diesel's original enemy was Duck.
  • In Thunder Cats and ThunderCats (2011) Mumm-Ra (the Ever Living) to Lion-O and the ThunderCats. The latter series also had Grune and Panthro after the former betrays him and leaves him for dead, and in the backstory, it seemed like Slythe and King Claudus had this sort of arrangement, at least on the side of Slythe.
  • Mocked (unsurprisingly) by The Tick:
    The Tick: Oh, for crying out loud...
    Brainchild: So, at last, The Tick, my arch enemy, sits helpless before me!
    The Tick: 'Arch enemy'? You must be joking, Charles. I mean, I don't like you and everything but if I ever do have an arch enemy it's not going to be some creepy little brat with a glass head.
  • Tom and Jerry.
  • Total Drama:
    • Heather and Gwen in Island, which carries over into later seasons (though it significantly died down by World Tour). Heather and LeShawna as well, which may partially owe to the fact that the latter is Gwen's best friend. Even after they seemingly buried the hatchet in Action, they were back at each other's throats by World Tour.
    • Duncan and Harold serve as this to each other. Harold hates Duncan for all the times Duncan bullied him. Duncan hates Harold for getting his then-girlfriend eliminated in Island and for squishing his pet tarantula in Action.
    • Alejandro's official title is "The Arch Rival", and he served as both this and Love Interest to Heather during World Tour. He was also this to Noah and Duncan, who were the only two contestants besides Heather to never fall for his facade.
    • Courtney is very skilled at developing these:
      • Beth In Action. Courtney made many attempts to manipulate Beth, all of which she saw thought. Other than Heather, Courtney is the only contestant Beth truly hates.
      • Duncan, Gwen, and Heather in World Tour. Courtney and Gwen were friends until Duncan cheated on Courtney with Gwen, afterwards Courtney swore vengeance on both of them. While it's mostly one sided in relation to Gwen, Duncan hates Courtney just as much as she hates him. This expanded to Heather after Courtney's multiply attempts to throw challenges and her jealousy at Heather's feelings towards Alejandro.
      • While it was mostly one sided Courtney more or less viewed Zoey as this in All-Stars, despising Zoey's nice girl attitude.
    • Scott developed many rivalries in his debut season, but the only one of these that persisted is the one with the four legged shark monster called Fang. The first time Fang attacked, one of his teeth broke when he tried to bite Scott. Because of this, Fang continued to hound Scott until he finally succeed in mauling him. Scott survived but developed a crippling fear of sharks as a result.
    • Jo and Lightning developed into this. Seeing each other as the biggest threat to themselves, they constantly try to get the other eliminated.
    • Mike's greatest enemy is his his own evil alternate personality Mal. Not only did Mal get Mike thrown in Juvie as a kid, but in All-stars Mal take over Mike's body and physically attacks several of Mike's friends. It was only with the help of his other personality's that Mike was able to regain control of his body.
    • Sugar is convinced Ella is this to her, as she believes Ella is trying to steal her spotlight. This is one-sided however because Ella only wants to be Sugar's friend.
    • Chris McLean to every contestant that has ever been on Total Drama. No matter how much some contestants will come to hate each other, they will always hate Chris more. The First Generation cast in particular hates him the most, and all of them do not want to be on the show anymore — if you gave all of them a choice between having the million or never having to be on Total Drama again, all of them, including Heather, the one most obsessed with the money, would choose the latter in a heart beat.
      • That being said, the only contestant hates as just as much is Topher, who constantly made comments that made Chris feel insecure and attempted to steal his job.
    • The Ice Dancers and the Police Cadets take over in the Spin-Off Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race.
  • In Transformers, Megatron is Optimus Prime's Arch Enemy. Or Optimus Primal's, depending on the series.
  • The Monarch from The Venture Bros. wants to be Doctor Venture's Arch Enemy, but Doctor Venture doesn't consider him a threat.
    Hank: What's your problem with our dad anyway?!
    The Monarch: (awkwardly) Well, I- he- he's my nemesis. My Arch Enemy.
    Dean: I don't think pop thinks you're his Arch Enemy.
    The Monarch: Come on, I'm sure the walls of the Venture Compound are practically caked with the lingering curses of the Monarch's name.
    Dean: Uhh, no. I've never even heard him mention you.
    Hank: Yeah, I always thought Baron Underbheit was dad's arch-enemy.
    The Monarch: (astounded) Underbheit!?! Why, that dime-store Doctor Doom isn't fit to — just you wait till your father calls me back!!
    • Initially, at least. The Monarch quickly revealed himself to be a Not-So-Harmless Villain and an actual Diabolical Mastermind over the course of the first and second seasons. He was also involved in a vicious feud with Underbheit over who could kill Venture (before they decided upon a Villain Team-Up). By the end of the second season, Rusty wasn't willing to bury the hatchet, even though the Monarch was (though it's all back to the same routine by the later season).
    • Phantom Limb actually became this to The Monarch and Dr. Venture towards the end of season 1, but underwent Villain Decay after his defeat.
    • Underbheit, on the other hand, has made very rare appearances now and again, until La Résistance deposed him of his throne. He hasn't been, and (according to DVD Commentary) probably won't be, heard from again.
      • He has been. About halfway through Season 4, he teamed up with Phantom Limb and Professor Impossible.
    • And, as of season three's "Home Is Where The Hate Is", Dr. Venture's new Arch Enemy was Sergeant Hatred, who was assigned by the Guild of Calamitous Intent. His actual goal is to be as nice to Dr. Venture as possible, so as to annoy the Monarch and pay him back for his henchmen robbing him. However Hatred eventually becomes the new Venture Bodyguard and Monarch gets himself a free pass to antagonize Venture once again.
    • The Venture Bros. has an interesting system wherein archrivalries are assigned, not chosen, by the OSI and Guild of Calamitous Intent (hence the coinage of a term: 'arching' to describe the act of being an archnemesis). In season 3, it's revealed that a reason for Dr. Mrs. The Monarch's attraction to her husband is that The Monarch's archrivalry of Venture doesn't stem from this stodgy system, but actual, living, breathing, unfounded hatred.
    • August St. Cloud is the archnemesis of Billy Quizboy. He eventually joins the Guild just to make things official, bribing Watch and Ward to get Quizboy assigned as his arch.
  • In Wakfu, Qilby the Traitor has deeply personal conflicts with the people who were once his closest friends and companions namely the other original Eliatropes and their Dragon siblings. Those who still remember him loathe him utterly, while those who have forgotten are quickly reminded of why they hated him so much. The twisted part is that deep down Qilby really wants them all to be friends again, which is why he subconsciously hampers his own efforts with overly complex plans. Too bad for him he burned those bridges a long time ago.
  • Examined and deconstructed in Wander over Yonder. Lord Hater considers Wander his archenemy, but it's a very one-sided situation as Wander is too much of a Nice Guy to hate Hater. Over the course of the series, as Wander inadvertently foils more of Hater's plans, Hater goes into a gradual Villainous Breakdown and becomes increasingly obsessed with beating Wander, to the exclusion of actually taking over the galaxy like he's supposed to be doing. At the start of the show Lord Hater is poised to succeed in taking over everything and is feared by many; by the end of season two he's lost what little territory he controlled and is seen as a complete joke by all the other supervillains.
    • Wander himself has a legitimate archenemy in Doctor Screwball. Also, at least two instances show that some deep down part of Wander considers Lord Hater to be an archenemy as well, saying he's a "bad guy" and he's going to "stop him".
      • In one instance he had his venerable side stripped out of him, leaving him to briefly take on a more overtly heroic personality and announce that as a "good guy", he has to "Stop that heartless evildoer Lord Hater once and for all".
      • In another instance, in a desperate bid to help in a town full of people that didn't need any, he drops the friendly act and flat out tells Hater straight up that he's going to stop him from taking over the planet. Turns out Hater was just there for lunch and blows Wander off.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power: Adora and Catra. The two were raised together, and are functionally sisters in all but blood, but the manipulations of their mother-figure Shadow Weaver left a lot of deepset issues between them. Namely, that Adora feels anything Catra does is her responibility, while Catra believes she's Always Second Best to Adora. After Adora's Heel Realization and defection to the Rebellion, Catra feels personally betrayed, and becomes increasingly determined to finally "win" over Adora, no matter the cost, even sacrificing her chance to start a new life as a crime-lord in the Crimson Wastes where everyone admired her strength. This finally reaches it's breaking point in the Season 3 finale when Catra triggers The End of the World as We Know It just so she can finally "beat" Adora at something, with only Queen Angella's Heroic Sacrifice preventing it. After that, Adora makes it clear that whatever their previous relationship may have been, Catra's dead to her now.


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