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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.
  • In Amphibia, Anne Boonchuy has Sasha Waybright and King Andrias. Sasha assists the toads with their plan of executing Hop-Pop, and she almost kills Sprig out of frustration. With Andrias, much like Sasha, he tries to kill Sprig, this time by dropping him from his floating castle, and remorselessly stabs Marcy Wu when she used the Calamity Box to create a portal to Earth.
  • American Dad! Stan has his high school bully Stelio Kontos.
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    • Generally, Santa Claus is the Arch Enemy of the Smiths.
  • 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:
    • Sterling Archer has Barry Dylan. Barry worked for the agency's rival ODIN and had prior grude against Archer for droping him off a building. After he's turned into a cyborg, Barry kills both Archer's fiancée and the mostly likly candidate to be Archer's father. Weridly, after several years of tring to kill each other, they actual bury the hatchet in season 11.
    • Archer gets a new arch enemy in season 12 in the form of Fabian Kingsworth, the head of IIA. Not only does Fabian routinely mock Archer and try to steal the agency's work, but he also kidnaps Archer and brainwashes Barry in his attempts to create a protection rack against the entire world.
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force: The Aqua Teens have the Mooninites, with them being the most reoccurring nuisance they face. They even lead their own Legion of Doom in the Season 2 finale in an effort to destroy the team.
  • 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.
      • It could be argued that the red lotus serves less of a nemesis dynamic towards Korra, as they are to the Avatar, and not specifically Korra. The role of nemesis to Korra personally could be more appropriately handed to Kuvira, as being both a physical and ideological enemy of Avatar Korra. Considering Korra's biggest predicaments is her weakness to an inability to single handedly bring balance to the world, while Kuvira deems that Korra herself is obsolete, with her bringing and utilizing organized leadership and technology to give Korra a hard time, and even make her feel powerless. It could be discussed that in the physical world, the avatar's (especially Korra) biggest issues are a.)Technological advancement bidding their extreme bending abilities to obsoletion (As the Avatar should be able to overpower any single bender, but not a machine), and B.) Political leaders oppressing the Avatar's efforts in resolving issues. Korra eventually proves her necessity though as, Kuvira's nuclear option of technology in the form of the destructive spirit energy, being neutralized by the Avatar. Given that spirit energy will probably be the epitome of weapons and energy in the Avatar world, the Avatar will always catch up and serve as the powerful arbitrator to ultimately bring balance to the world.
  • 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, which extends to the reboot where he is treated as the most serious and dangerous threat to him of all.
      • 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 due to Kevin's redemption and also for having a connection to Ben's origin) and Malware in Omniverse (who Ben has a personal grudge against). While not as frequently appearing, Ghostfreak/Zs'Skayr is also considered a candidate for the title for the level of grudge he has with Ben as an Enemy Without and the general intensity of their schemes and battles. While Ben treats Animo more or less as a persistent but lower-tier villain, he does not extend this to an evil Kevin: during Ultimate Alien where Kevin went insane again and became even more dangerous as Ultimate Kevin, Ben more or less spent the entire time in crisis mode and was a lot quicker to use extensive tactics to take Kevin down no matter the costs as not just a great villain returned but a personal failing he needed to correct.
      • The original Ben 10,000 had Dr. Animo regain the title of Arch Enemy due to his persistence and sheer relevancy: Vilgax was dead and Kevin was trapped in the Null Void. Meanwhile Animo's created minions and persistent ability to escape capture made him the main thorn in the older Ben's side.
    • Gwen Tennyson has Hex and Charmcaster, 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 personal. Hex ends up undergoing a Heel–Face Turn in Omniverse, leaving Charmcaster as Gwen's sole main antagonist (Charmcaster herself has been going through the Heel–Face Revolving Door since Ultimate Alien, but has performed enough villainous acts to still qualify).
    • While Ragnarok appeared for only one episode, his link to Kevin's origin is enough to qualify as Kevin's Arch-enemy. In Omniverse, Kevin gains a new recurring one in Proctor Servantis, another villain with major ties to Kevin's backstory and who implanted false memories into Kevin and the Plumbers' kids to get them close to Ben.
    • Rook Blonko has his former master Kundo, who hates Rook's use of technology and breaking of old Revonnahgander traditions by leaving Earth. Their conflict becomes truly personal when Rook finds out Kundo had injured his father.
    • Anti-Villain King George from the Forever Knights has Diagon.
    • Professor Paradox has fellow time traveler Eon.
  • In Beware the Batman, Anarky of all people takes up the role, thanks to the Joker not being present in this version.
  • Bob's Burgers
    • Bob has Jimmy Pesto, Bob's business rival who frequently one-ups him. He also has one in Hugo Habercore, the city health inspector who aims to get the restaurant shut down after Linda left him for Bob. That said, it's more one-sided on Hugo's end.
    • Louise has guidance councilor Phillip Frond, with his ideas always making her school life harder.
  • 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.
  • Chip 'n Dale: Rescue Rangers: The Rescue Rangers have Fat Cat and Professor Norton Nimnul as their most prominent enemies.
  • 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: 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.
  • Baron Silas Greenback, in henchman Stiletto's words, is the "life long anniversary" of Danger Mouse.
  • 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. Which is perfectly understandable as he's also the enemy who did by far the most damage to Superman, having murdered his friend Dan Turpin, brainwashed him into turning against Earth, causing him to become a pariah and lose Earth's trust for a while and getting Supergirl to be injured and nearly killed in the process.
      • 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.
      • It can be said that Luthor is this to Superman, Brainiac is this to "Kal-El", and Darkseid is this to "Clark Kent" (as he takes the threat of Darkseid more personally compared to the other two).
    • 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, by the time of their final battle he 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: It's funny. I know about all your other major enemies, but, you never mention him. He was the biggest, wasn't he?
    Bruce: It wasn't a popularity contest. He was a psychopath. 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 personal enemy 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 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's Laboratory: Dexter has Mandark as his archrival, being his Evil Counterpart and intellectual equal
  • 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.
      Glomgold: AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE! AHAHAHAHAHA!
      • 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.
    • With the reveal of him being the head of F.O.W.L. Bradford Buzzard, the former chairman of Scrooge's board of directors, have become one of, if not the, big nemesis for Scrooge. Unlike with his other nemesis Scrooge does treat Bradford very seriously due to how well Bradford knows him and his secrets, to the point that he doubts for a time that he can win against him. Later it is revealed that Bradford is the one who arranged for Della to learn about the Spear of Selene and get lost into space, cementing him as Scrooge's most personnal and hated enemy.
  • Vicky and Crocker on The Fairly OddParents fits this for Timmy. The former is the reason why he had his fairies in the first place.
    • 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.
    • For the fairies themselves, its their anti fairy counterparts.
  • Family Guy:
    • Ernie the Giant Chicken and Carter Pewterschmidt to Peter Griffin. Though the latter is sometimes mutual and sometimes one-sided (on Carter's part).
    • Glen Quagmire to Brian. They eventually patch things up, though there's still some lingering friction between them.
    • Stewie's arch enemy was his half brother Bertram, up until he was Killed Off for Real. You could also make a case for Lois Griffin, who Stewie was hellbent on killing in early seasons.
    • The Evil Monkey to Chris, up until it’s revealed the Monkey was Good All Along and just bad at making conversation.
  • 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.
    • Farnsworth and Wermstorm, thanks to a A- Farnsworth gave to Wernstorm. Farnsworth can also have this with Mom depending on the episode.
  • 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.
  • He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021):
    • Invoked by the Sapient Cosmic Forces of Grayskull and Havoc. If one person wields one of the powers, the other power will eventually find someone to wield it, creating a "Nemesis". As it happens, every Master of the Universe had a prior antagonistic relationship with who became their Dark Master Nemesis.
    • Keldor kidnapped his nephew Adam to use as a hostage to try and steal the Power of Grayskull. But where Keldor failed a Secret Test of Character and was cursed with Havoc, Adam passed the test and was chosen for Grayskull. Events lead to Adam losing his memory and thus his family in Eternos thanks to Keldor, and years later as He-Man prevented Keldor from claiming the Power of Grayskull for good. Keldor then embraced Havoc and was transformed into Skeletor, who threatens all of Eternia in his powerlust.
    • Evelyn took the Street Urchin Teela under her wing to use her to steal artifacts related to the Power of Grayskull, a power Evelyn spent her entire life studying to obtain. Teela is eventually guided by the voice of the Guardian of Grayskull and is chosen by its power to become Sorceress, making her leagues stronger in magic than Evelyn. Evelyn is now Driven by Envy to use Havoc and prove herself the better spellcaster than someone who "lucked into" getting what she desired.
    • Kronis was Duncan's Evil Mentor who forced the boy to do all of his menial inventive work. Duncan was strictly under Kronis's thumb until the day he was ordered to burn down a village full of innocents, at which time he finally defected and became a Master of the Universe.
    • The beastopoid R'Qazz had captured and enslaved the sapient tiger Cringer in his youth to make him fight in Beastly Bloodsports. Cringer refused to fight, which lead to his insulting name and R'Qazz declawing Cringer. Cringer eventually escaped, but still bears the physical and emotional scars from his imprisonment. Meanwhile, R'Qazz sees Cringer as the one that got away and is hellbent on having Cringer fight to the death for his amusement.
    • A Driving Question for Krass is why she's the only Master of the Universe who doesn't have a Nemesis, which seems to relate to why she hasn't mastered the Power of Grayskull to the same level as her fellow Masters. As it's revealed in the season two finale, Krass is her own Nemesis due to having both powers within her.
  • 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.
  • Kid vs. Kat: Coop has Kat, with Coop being the only one wary of Kat's plans of world domination and his bent on stopping and exposing him.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • The Loud House: Lincoln Has Chandler. Chandler refused to allow Lincoln and Clyde to come to them party after scamming him for money from Lincoln's oldest sister Lori at Gus's games and grub in Chandler's debut episode "The Waiting Game". As of Season 5, they are also bitter classmates since "Schooled".
  • Looney Tunes:
  • Dr. Pretorius to The Mask in the animated series, at least for being the most recurring villain.
  • Mickey Mouse:
  • 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. 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 quickly suffers from Demoted to Extra for the remainder of the series.
    • 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.
  • The Owl House:
    • Eda and Lilith Clawthorne had not seen eye to eye for years largely because of Lilith working for the Emperor's Coven. Worse, "Agony of a Witch" reveals that Lilith cursed Eda so she could have a likelier chance to win a position.
    • Boscha is this to Willow having bullied her for years and is still hellbent on terrorizing her even when Amity started to defend her.
    • Luz and Emperor Belos. This is sealed when Luz uses fire glyphs to destroy the portal to the human world thus earning Belos' fury.
    • Amity's relationship with her mother Odalia was always tense, but Amity disowns her in the season 2 episode "Clouds On The Horizon" when Odalia reveals that she is backing Belos in achieving the Day of Unity under the notion that she (primarily) and her family would rule as lesser royalties in the new world. She also finds out that Amity was dating Luz and tries to drive a wedge into it.
  • 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.
  • Popeye
    • Bluto, despite only appearering in one storyline in the original comic strip, became by far the most recurring antagonist in the Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios cartoons, and has been Popeye's go-to archenemy ever since. He has appeared in multiple cartoons and comics, and was even the Big Bad of the 1980 live-action film.
    • The Sea Hag is an even earlier villain than Bluto, serving as the primary and most recurring antagonist in the original comics. She was absent from the Fleischer Studios and Famous Studios cartoons, but later became one of Popeye's primary foes in 1960s Popeye television series. In The All-New Popeye Hour, the Sea Hag was much less-frequent as an adversary than Bluto, but usually served as a more serious threat. She is the Big Bad of Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy.
  • 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.
  • Rugrats: Tommy has his selfish older cousin Angelica, but there many episodes of the show where he doesn't think of her as a enemy and usually repeats her regardless of how she normally is.
    • For Chuckie its Coco from the second movie, she almost became his mother when she sueded his father Chas and temporarily stole his teddy bear.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    • According to a throw-away gag in one episode, he's actually got three of them, though Dr. Demento is yet to appear in person on the show..
    • 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.
  • The Smurfs: Gargamel is the most recurring villain in the franchise and the one who causes the Smurfs the most trouble in his quest to capture them.
  • 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 Trek: Lower Decks: The Gelrakians (a crystal-based society) consider the inhabitants of Mavok Prime (a wood-based society) to be their sworn enemies.
  • 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.
    • Marco's archenemy is Miss Heinous/Meteora Butterfly. He started the rebellion that shut down her Boarding School of Horrors, and she repeatedly tries to get revenge on him and take back the school. Even when her goals change after she remembers her true identity, she still goes out of her way to try and kill Marco. The feeling is mutual for most of the series, but after Meteora is reverted to infancy, it becomes one-sided on her part, with Baby Meteora maintaining an Irrational Hatred of Marco.
  • 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.
    • Francis (Hotstreak) is one to Static as well, or more accurately, one to "Virgil Hawkins". Their feud can be seen as personal due to Hotstreak bullying Virgil prior to them obtaining their powers. Their Lightning/Fire Juxtaposition also makes them this way.
  • 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.
  • Teen Titans Go!: The H.I.V.E. Five are this to the Titans, being their most frequent appearing foes.
  • 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.
    • In the 2012 series, Dr Victor Falco aka the Rat King is Splinter's second nemesis and the only enemy toward who Splinter has a blood feud, having subjected him to Mind Rape several times in order to make him forsake his humanity and turn him into his servant, having managed to control him for a short time and made him hurt his students/sons during that time.
  • While Diesel from Thomas & Friends 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 onTotal 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.
    • And, as of Season 3'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 2 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.


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