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"There are few wars between good and evil; most are between one good and another good."

It's hard to create a story where both sides are fully sympathetic and yet in a real conflict with each other.

This is not when the characters on both sides are somewhat sympathetic, merely believe in their own actions without being fully sympathetic, or are in a temporary conflict by mistake. No, this is when both sides are unambiguously Good and locked in a real conflict with each other.

This can be a philosophical struggle where Lawful Good and For Great Justice stand against the forces of Chaotic Good and For Happiness. In this case, the conflict is often between a Hero Protagonist and a Hero Antagonist; which is which depends on from whose perspective the story is being told (with Chaotic Good usually as the protagonist in democratic societies). It can also be when unambiguously good characters find themselves on different sides of a Grey-and-Gray Morality conflict. In either case, they are often reluctant to fight each other but can have a hard time understanding each other's point.

Expect to find one or more Always Lawful Good races in such stories. This can tie into the philosophical struggle of what it means to be "good". As such, it can overlap with To Be Lawful or Good, where the conflict is doing the morally correct thing vs. following the ethically correct rules.

Compare with Both Sides Have a Point, Idealist vs. Pragmatist, Your Terrorists Are Our Freedom Fighters, Utopia Justifies the Means, Fighting Your Friend (assuming both are good) and Let's You and Him Fight. Contrast to Black-and-White Morality and Evil Versus Evil.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Cat's Eye is a story about eponymous trio of art thieves and their antagonists from police. The cops are unambiguously heroic, while the thieves have good intentions, and frequently act genuinely heroic — for example, they once rescued children from burning house, and also, they saved the detectives from truly evil criminals a few times.
  • In [C] – Control, according to Masakaki's superior, everyone involved in the Financial District was a good guy who was trying to make the world a better place, and the conflict was fought between heroes with different plans and methodologies for doing so.
  • In Date A Live, Spirits occasionally come to Earth, and create spacequakes that destroy everything at the point of arrival. The Ratatoskr organization aims to stop this by sealing their powers, allowing them to live normal lives. The AST organization aims to simply kill them, and they feel justified because Spirits have killed many people with their spacequakes.
  • While Dog Days does have evil creatures, the story is generally about the Good Guys fighting a war with other Good Guys, where "war" means Playground Olympics. There are demons, however the only one seen was possessed by a sword though there is stuff going on... offscreen.
  • In Haruhi Suzumiya, it is stated that the Organization, Koizumi's faction, and the time travelers, Mikuru's faction, are fiercely against each other. However, both sides are out to maintain the status quo, and protect the titular character. Meanwhile, Yuki's faction are formless data entities, with their own inner power struggles and wars. On the whole, they prefer to maintain the status quo by not interfering except to maintain the masquerade, while trying to learn how Haruhi's powers work. As for the three agents, they have stated that should their factions go to war, they will stand by the SOS Brigade, breaking ties if they have to.
  • Since Hikaru no Go is about characters playing a board game, it's easy to find situations where the main character is playing against a fully sympathetic character. The conflict is serious since the characters are (or are trying to be) professional players and consider Go to be their main occupation in life. This is very apparent during the pro exams where Hikaru has to play against his friends Waya and Isumi who had helped him a lot in preparing for the pro exams. Only a very limited number of people can pass the exams, and every loss endangers their chances.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha A's is all about this. Everyone, protagonist or antagonist is trying to do what they think is right. The most evil character in the story is merely a Well-Intentioned Extremist. The resident Person of Mass Destruction summoned in the climax is not evil and quickly befriended (and no, we don't mean in THAT way). The ongoing fight between the TSAB (the protagonists) and The Wolkenritter (the heroic antagonists) could be described as Lawful Good vs. Neutral Good. With the antagonists being the former. Closest thing to "evil" is the Book of Darkness. More accurately its defence program gone crazy. Yes, even the Book of Darkness isn't evil, just unable to stop itself. Then again, her name ISN'T Book of Darkness to begin with—and the Book's darkness might be the result of incompetent programming, not malice.
  • Most arcs of Negima! Magister Negi Magi end up being this in some form or another, as almost every antagonist turns out to have a rather justifiably heroic motivation, although their methods are usually uncomfortably pragmatic. The exception is Psycho for Hire Tsukuyomi, who's just a mercenary hired by a group who have great qualms about her but can't afford to turn down her service.
  • Early in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, while the overall conflict was grey and gray, the conflict between former friends Kira Yamato and Athrun Zala was very much this. Kira has no interest in the war, and just wants to protect the ship his friends are on. Athrun's a dedicated soldier, who has orders to sink the ship, but would like Kira to come over to his side of the war. It culminates in the two of them engaging in an apparent Duel to the Death, only to later find themselves on the same side, when both their respective leaders turn out to be insane, at which point things take a turn to the Black-and-White Morality.
  • The conflict in the Alabasta arc in One Piece is portrayed as this: both the Royal Army and the Rebel Army have sympathetic characters who are being manipulated by a secret third party in fighting each other by depriving the island of any rain, infiltrating both armies and engaging in mass manipulation; once Crocodile is defeated and rain returns, both factions stop fighting.
  • Pokémon: The Series routinely shows Ash battling against his friends and travel companions, typically for sport or for training purposes. More often than not these battles are zero-stakes, but occasionally he does have to battle a friend with a lot on the line, such as battling Misty for the Cascade Badge not long after she started traveling with him, or the various friends he makes during his League Tournament runs that he inevitably battles (to various results), such as Ritchie, Morrison, Alain, Stephan, and Cameron. In general, the very nature of Pokémon battling in the series means that 99% of battles are between "good" people, battling for fun or for glory.
  • At the start, the conflict in Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is this: the Gamilans' main objective is to unite the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies to defeat the invasion of the Comet Empire, and the only reason they're at war with Earth is humans opened fire when they came for a peaceful first contact and have not surrendered (something the Gamilan second-class soldiers conducting the bombing of Earth are genuinely puzzled over), while our protagonists are merely trying to recover a device that will restore Earth and stop the invasion of what they see as a monolitic force bent on destroying Earth, and don't know it was Earth that fired first. Then the Gamilan government crosses the line...
  • X/1999 might to some degree be seen this way. The goals of both groups are reasonable. Saving the Earth from human destruction or saving humanity from extinction. However, most of the Dragons of Earth couldn't care less about saving the Earth.
  • Good guys duel each other all the time in Yu-Gi-Oh!, but the struggle of Team 5D's versus Team Ragnarok really stands out. They may be dueling in a tournament match during the WRGP arc, but it's a full-on conflict of genuinely good-hearted heroes chosen by their respective gods to destroy the evil antagonists in the next round. Each side believes the other fights for good, but is also unworthy and incapable of defeating the Lords of Yliaster.

    Comic Books 
  • The Civil War (2006) crossover in the Marvel Universe, where superheroes fought each other over a Super Registration Act. (At least, this trope was the intention — there's a lot of Depending on the Writer involved as to "who's right" and if/how much the other side gets demonized. When all was said and done, fans concluded that the pro-registration heroes crossed a few too many lines to be considered the "good guys".)
  • While the various people who have been the Ghost Rider could be described as having varying levels of goodness, expect any "demon hunter" or other celestial-level good-guy warrior that they have a crossover with to completely ignore the bigger threat for a while and go right after the guy with the flaming skull head on a hell-bike. This can even apply when someone comes to realize that the Rider isn't (technically) a demon, they part as non-enemies, then someone ELSE becomes Ghost Rider and the hunt starts all over.
  • The inter-company crossover JLA/Avengers featured the two teams pitted against each other to collect various powerful artifacts from each universe. The resulting competition results in several fights between members of the groups, including a long awaited battle between Superman and Thor Superman wins, but is so weakened from the battle that the rest of the Avengers manage to take him down.
  • Since this generically is a so beloved comic trope, Marvel What-The? parodied it to hell and back.
    Genre Savvy Team Leader 1: Everybody be on the alert, this may be a hackneyed misunderstanding plot! [ten seconds later, mass brawl]
  • Wonder Woman gets this a lot, since her post-Infinite Crisis incarnations explicitly have no code against killing and this occasionally brings her into conflict with Superman and Batman. A prime example is the graphic novel The Hiketeia, in which Batman is the primary antagonist. Pre-Crisis this was reversed, as she was the only one of DC's big three to start out with a no killing code and felt to do so would cheapen her efforts, betray her culture and be the lazy way out while Bats and Supes slowly developed their own no-kill codes of which Supes' had always been the most flexible in extreme circumstances.
  • The X-Men vs Avengers crossover back in the '80s, where the two teams were fighting over the fate of Magneto, who at the time had reformed and joined the X-Men. The Avengers — who generally turn a blind eye to the X-Men's actions since they know the mutants are heroes — wanted to bring a known terrorist to justice, while the X-Men wanted to protect their ally.
    • It happened again in 2012 (as Avengers vs. X-Men this time); now over Hope Summers, who was expected to become the next host of the Phoenix Force. The X-Men again want to protect one of their own, while the Avengers see the Phoenix as a potential threat (not without cause, mind you). However, this premise was discarded once the Phoenix actually arrived, as the handful of X-Men that the Phoenix took as hosts (since Hope was incapacitated) started Jumping Off the Slippery Slope, with even Cyclops eventually becoming a Knight Templar. (The Avengers aren't completely innocent either, but like in Civil War they're still Designated Heroes at the very least.)
    • Just prior to the latter scrap with the Avengers, the X-Men (mainly Cyclops and Wolverine) fought amongst themselves in Schism over whether or not the younger members should be involved when the group faces life-or-death battles.

    Fan Works 
  • Cheshire (Miraculous Ladybug): In a way the conflict between Marinette/Cheshire with Master Fu and Adrien is this. For one side, Marinette as Cheshire is a genuine hero, who uses the Black Cat Miraculous for good and treats with caring and compassion any kwami that she collects. From Master Fu and Adrien's perspective, they are trying stop who they think that is a villain (due the bad legacy of the Black Cat) capturing and corrupting kwamis.
  • The The Dark Lords of Nerima storylines have this between the Sailor Senshi and the Nerima Wrecking Crew who are both manipulated by outside parties into fighting each other. The Wrecking Crew later learns about the manipulation and use it to their advantage to string everyone along before people get hurt. This comes back to bite them in the sequel when the Senshi discovers that they are still alive and are still convinced they are the enemy.
  • Dungeon Keeper Ami has Sailor Mercury forced into the role of a Keeper. Despite being one of the most compassionate and principled people in the world, this still makes her public enemy number one from the perspective of the surface heroes. Particularly notable with the Light, who are aware of her true nature, sympathetic to her plight, and even helpful where they can afford to be, but are still trying to imprison her for the sake of the world. This does not prevent them from occasionally cooperating with Mercury against bigger threats. N
  • Fate/Stay Night: Ultimate Master has Ben Tennyson taking part in the Holy Grail War. Since the Holy Grail War follow the There Can Be Only One system, he inevitably ends up clashing with Fate/stay night protagonists Shirou and Rin, despite their goals being the same (prevent the Holy Grail from falling into the wrong hand). While later chapters suggested this would change, the fic died long before it could get that far.
  • The Lyrical Nanoha fanfic Game Theory continues this trend from the show with Nanoha and Fate taking Precia's side against the TSAB. Both sides are sympathetic and simply happen to have mutually exclusive goals.
  • Of State is a War Fic about this happening between the United Norse Kingdom, led by Hiccup, and Arendelle, led by Elsa. Neither side is evil (with the exception of the Northern Alliance). The UNK ultimately just want to be left alone and are invading to rescue the Vikings that were taken to Uttland by Drago's army and Made a Slave. As for Elsa, she's only warring with the UNK because from her perspective, they're invading one of Arendelle's vassal states.
  • In A Rabbit Among Wolves: Jaune accidentally kills Adam Taurus in self-defense. This leads him to inadvertently become Vale's White Fang leader. He sets about trying to reform the White Fang in order to clear his name. One of his opponents is Team RWBY, who seek to bring (what they believe to be) a dangerous terrorist to justice.
  • In Rolling in Beaches from series Ponies of Olympus. The hippocampi/Scaly Back River Clan conflict is best described as this, as neither side is evil; however, a major misunderstanding on the dragons' side, and a bit of Fantastic Racism on the sea ponies' part, has them at each other's throats. Luna also suspects that Erebos was manipulating events.
  • Who Ya Gonna Call? is a crossover between Doctor Who and The Real Ghostbusters. Has the Sixth Doctor and Peri in Arkham, Massachusetts where the citizens are besieged with strange ghostly occurrences that is chasing everyone out of town. The Doctor believes alien interference is at work as he doesn't believe in ghosts. When the Ghostbusters are called in, the Doctor comes to ideological blows with them about their profession.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has Batman fighting Superman, due to being manipulated to oppose each other thanks to Manipulative Bastard Lex Luthor.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Captain America: Civil War pictured above, focuses on a battle between superheroes over a Super Registration Act, with Captain America's Anti-Registration Team clashing with Iron Man's Pro-Registration Team. Unlike the Civil War comic the registration debate becomes a secondary concern as the conflict shifts to a personal conflict over Bucky Barnes, and his murder of Iron Man's parents. The climax of the film whittles down to just Captain America vs. Iron Man.
    • Spider-Man: No Way Home: Spider-Man and Doctor Strange fight over the contained spell, with Peter advocating for saving the villains, and Doctor Strange taking the position that the spell is too dangerous and must be undone immediately. They're both right: the Spider-Men are able to cure the villains, but the spell nearly breaks the multiverse and the only way to undo the damage is to erase any trace of Peter's existence.
    • Eternals: The Eternals are divided between stopping the emergence of a Celestial, which would save all life on Earth, or allowing the emergence to happen so that countless worlds like Earth and countless species like humans would have a chance to come into existence.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes plays around with this. Both sides of the conflict (humans and apes) want nothing more than to leave each other alone and in peace, and a few even more reasonable believe they should attempt to work together. Unfortunately the extreme (though understandable) actions of a few individuals on both sides ruin the peace that almost everyone was hoping for.
  • The Fugitive. Richard Kimble is seeking to clear his name; Samuel Gerard is just Inspector Javert. Both are on the side of angels.
  • Godzilla vs. Kong is revealed to be this. Godzilla was only attacking because he sensed Apex using Ghidorah’s remains to build Mechagodzilla. And when he attacked Kong in the ocean battle, it seems more like a way to vent his frustration at not being able to find it, and it was Kong that initiated rounds 2 and 3. Once Mechagodzilla is defeated, Godzilla leaves with no further aggression.
  • Other People's Money. Jorgy and Larry have fundamentally, radically opposed notions of what should be done with the company, and both try to pursue their ends aggressively, but also ethically. One of the great things about the film is that Larry is coded as a stereotypical Corrupt Corporate Executive (with Jorgy coded as a classic Benevolent Boss), but it turns out that both are decent people trying to do what they think is right.
  • Rustlers' Rhapsody invokes this trope as part of the genre parody of golden age westerns. The villains realize that the good guy always defeats the bad guy, so they hire a "good guy" to defeat him. However, it turns out the the "good guy" they hired is a lawyer, so he really wasn't a good guy after all.
  • In Suffragette, the main conflict is against the government, but the suffragists disagree among themselves about the methods used, and close to the end of the movie, the otherwise supportive husband of the pharmacist, who is the head of the local movement, tricks her into entering a closet and then locks her inside to prevent her from going to a planned demonstration; he fears that her weak heart might not survive another beating by the police. She is ready to die for the cause and furious at her husband, but saving someone's life is usually seen as a good thing.
  • Warrior. Both brothers have equally compelling reasons for wanting to win the MMA championship, one to keep his family home from foreclosing and the other to honor his fallen war buddy by taking care of his friend's family.

  • A Brother's Price. Good characters are frequently of different opinions when it comes to the question of marriage. As all sisters in a family usually have to share one husband, the selection of said husband is a matter on which there can be various valid opinions.
  • Chrysalis (RinoZ): The Colony is expanding, but is quite willing to leave the neighbours in peace if they don't attack first, and the ants' presence even makes the Dungeon considerably safer (eg killing the endless hordes of monsters spawned during the waves). The Abyssal Legion are heroes who fight constantly in the deep Dungeon to keep the really dangerous monsters away from the surface. Unfortunately, the prospect of the Colony growing beyond anyone's ability to defeat it means that they qualify as an extraordinarily dangerous monster outbreak...
  • Ender's Game. Poor communication eradicates.
  • Honor Harrington has this between the fall of the Committee and the Battle of Manticore (imagine the United States and the United Kingdom locked in a total war). It eventually gets really frustrating (and tear jerking) to watch good, sympathetic characters killing each other (especially the death of Javier Giscard, de facto husband of President Eloise Pritchart and one half of one of the most touching love stories in the series, which happens while defending a vital industrial node from Honor's raids). When Manticore and Haven ally against the Solarian League, reader response is half "Thank God!" and half grief for all those who died because it didn't happen sooner.
  • In A Dark Wood by Michael Cadnum is a retelling of Robin Hood from the perspective of the Sheriff of Nottingham, a good man who distastefully upholds brutal laws, yet is eventually able to recognize that his outlaw adversary is also a good man.
  • In Lord Valentine's Castle from Robert Silverberg's Majipoor Series, the titular king is secretly deposed via a Grand Theft Me and placed into another body, while another usurps his; the story details his journey of restoring his memories and forming friendships and alliances to prepare to battle the impostor and regain the throne. Valentine's new forces are opposed by his former armies and companions, all of whom are unaware of the switch and fully believe that they are defending the real Lord Valentine.
  • Les Misérables: Valjean and Javert. One is a guy trying to atone for his past sins by showering kindness and mercy on everyone who crosses his path, occasionally risking even his life to do so. The other is a policeman trying to recapture a convicted thief who violated his parole.
  • Pride and Prejudice, with Elizabeth trying to get her sister together with Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Darcy trying to separate them. Both of the characters just want their sister/friend to be happy, and have only good intentions.
  • Ravelling Wrath: Justicar has many virtues, and she genuinely believes that she has to fight against Rinn (the main protagonist) in order to stop the violence of the Blood God inside Rinn. Meanwhile, Rinn is struggling internally with the Blood God in her own way. There's even another layer of this trope when they learn that the Blood God itself was only trying to fight back against another god that was the original aggressor.
  • The Shahnameh: Rostam versus Esfandiar is this. Esfandiar wants to arrest Rostam so that he can become king, because he thinks his time has come and he would do a good job and he's probably right. Rostam has dedicated his life to defending Iran and thinks it's unfair and unreasonable that he should be humiliated and he's definitely right!
  • The majority of the Kings featured in A Song of Ice and Fire, and the accompanying Game of Thrones TV adaptation, are a murky shade of good at worst. Robb Stark and, to a lesser extent, Stannis Baratheon are portrayed this way. Renly tries to convey this image, but is more a deconstruction of The Good King, coming across more as The Evil Prince with his scheming to take power for no real reason other than that he has a large army and a very high opinion of himself.
    King Stannis: Good men and true will fight for Joffrey, wrongly believing him the true king. A Northman might even say the same of Robb Stark. But these lords who flocked to my brother's banners knew him for a usurper. They turned their backs on their rightful king for no better reason than dreams of power and glory, and I have marked them for what they are. Pardoned them, yes. Forgiven. But not forgotten.
  • Yeoman and Popinjay hate each other in the Wild Cards books, specifically because Yeoman is a mass murderer (of evil people) while Popinjay is a private detective who nevertheless views such things as monstrous.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Lampshaded on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    Phil Coulson: Last year I fought Talbot, I fought the Inhumans, I even fought another version of S.H.I.E.L.D. I'm tired of fighting people who aren't my enemies.
  • The re-imagined Battlestar Galactica has the conflict(s) between Commander Adama and President Roslin, Starbuck vs. Kat, Starbuck vs. Apollo, Everyone vs. Helo, and a lot more. Most of them take place between two parties who want the best for the fleet.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy's initial clash with the soldiers of the Initiative-especially Riley-is like this. It gets gray and grayer once we learn more about project 314 and Maggie Walsh's plans though.
    • The Knights of Byzantium only want to destroy the key to stop Glory from using it to destroy the world. Unfortunately, the key happens to be Buffy's sister.
    • A three-sided version happened when Faith came to Los Angeles. Angel wanted to redeem her, Buffy wanted to send her to prison, and the Watchers Council wanted to kill her because she was too dangerous. It arguably became a four-sided version when the cops got involved, though while the LAPD as a whole wanted to arrest Faith because she was wanted for murder, Kate was being manipulated by Wolfram & Hart to use Faith as a thinly veiled excuse to persecute Angel for reasons that made no sense.
  • The first arc of Chouseishin Gransazer has the Flame Tribe being attacked by the Wind Tribe, as they've been tricked into thinking the other Gransazers are evil and wish to do the world harm.
  • Daredevil:
    • Since Matt Murdock is a vigilante, he is often at odds with the NYPD, although this is Downplayed in season 1 where the NYPD is established as loaded with corrupt cops who work for Wilson Fisk; the one good cop Daredevil fights even ends up being murdered by the crooked cops just to frame him.
    • Season 3 sees this happen when Fisk tricks Ray Nadeem into going after Matt by convincing him that Matt used to worked for him [Fisk] as an accomplice. This puts Nadeem at odds with Matt, Karen, and Foggy until Matt comes into evidence that Fisk's imposter Daredevil works for the FBI, and uses this plus the death of Jasper Evans to convince Nadeem that Fisk is playing him.
  • Deadliest Warrior: While a lot of the modern military battles could be seen this way, it doesn't get more "good" than the police vs. police face-off that was Los Angeles SWAT vs German GSG 9. For instance, in our traditional "why the two armies would be at war" Wild Mass Guessing discussion, our most popular scenario was that the SWAT and GSG 9 were using non-lethal paint rounds in a simulation battle (in contrast to our "the United States and Israel, once long-time allies, are now in a cold war" scenario).
  • The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has a three sided version between Sam and Bucky, Walker and Hoskins and the Dora Milaje. Each has a different opinion on what to do with Zemo.
  • Fear the Walking Dead: Season 4 features a conflict between Alicia, Luciana and Strand against Naomi, John Dorie, Althea and Gordon, who we know are all good people. Due to the Anachronic Order of the season, we don't learn everything about what set them against each other until the midseason finale.
  • The conflict between Team Flash and Gypsy in The Flash. Gypsy is an interdimentional cop who was trying to catch a criminal that just happened to be friends with Team Flash. No-one in the story was really evil and conflict was ultimately resolved peacefully.
  • Several cases on For the People end up looking like this, since often both the prosecution and defence believe they're doing what's right and plenty of plots are built on Both Sides Have a Point.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • The fight between Brienne of Tarth and the Hound in Season 4. They are both trying to protect the same person, and are two of the only characters with genuinely selfless motives, but because they fight to both of their near deaths they leave Arya Stark completely unaccompanied.
    • Catelyn tries to avoid this by proposing that Stannis and Renly join forces against the Lannisters. Unfortunately, both brothers are unyielding in their quest to be king.
  • Kamen Rider Gaim: During the first half of the series, the primary conflict is between Kouta, the title character and Takatora Kureshima. While both characters are bent on saving humanity from an impending apocalypse, their conflict largely stems from a clash between Kouta's idealism and Takatora's cynism. Once Takatora realizes there might be a less costly option to reach his goal, he quickly decides to work with Kouta.
    • In the end, the final battle between Kouta and Kaito/Lord Baron boils down to this. Kaito wants to create a new world where the weak aren't oppressed by the strong, but wants to destroy the current world in order to do so. Kouta, however, believes such a goal can be achieved by not destroying the current world. Kouta even laments that Kaito/Lord Baron was fighting for the right reasons, but in the wrong ways.
  • Murder One had actual bad guys, but most of the series was a Court Room drama in which the prosecution and the defense are battling out over a man's life. However, both sides generally avoid the Amoral Attorney trope, and are only trying to present their cases, in accordance with their duty. This is underlined after the case ends when Teddy and Miriam, who've been hammering each other in court, share a friendly chat, without a hint of personal animosity.
  • The episode "Stolen" from Law & Order: Special Victims Unit boils down to this. The detectives bust a baby snatching-and-selling operation, and during the investigation they come upon a boy whose kidnapping case is of personal interest to Captain Cragen. At the insistence of the boy's maternal grandparents, who lost their daughter and have been desperately searching for the boy for years (even filling a bedroom with what they think he would want for his birthday and Christmas every year), they track him down and try to reunite him with his father, who up until then has never known he existed but would be more than happy to take him in. Unfortunately, the boy is Happily Adopted, and his adoptive parents have devoted their entire lives to raising him well. The subsequent court case is particularly heartbreaking; the judge declares that neither side deserves to lose because they all want what's best for the boy, and that her final decision will haunt her for the rest of her days. She rules in favor of the boy's biological family, but at her insistence, his father allows him to maintain contact with his adoptive parents.
  • For the first half of Person of Interest's first season, the two sides were John Reese and Harold Finch, vigilantes stopping violent crimes before they happened, and NYPD Detective Carter, their Sympathetic Inspector Antagonist. Then when Reese is shot by his former associates in the CIA, Carter joins up with him and Finch because she wanted to catch them, not kill them.
  • In the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Shakaar", Kai Winn becomes Prime Minister and reneges on the former Prime Minister's promise to let a group of farmers use soil reclamators. Shakaar, a Living Legend hero of the resistance refuses to return them and goes on the run with his friends. Winn sends the Bajoran Malitia to arrest him. Winn is by no means good, but the officers she sends to arrest Shakaar are, in fact their leader is also a Living Legend hero of the resistance. Ultimately, both sides refuse to fight and instead join forces to support Shakaar when he runs for First Minister.
  • In the Star Trek: Voyager episode "Timeless", Harry Kim is trying to alter the timeline to make sure Voyager wouldn't crash, while Captain La Forge is trying to stop him, partly to protect his own crew, and partly because messing with time travel does not tend to end well in the Star Trek Universe.
  • Supernatural addresses this in the second season arc involving Gordon Walker. He is a hunter, a relentless one, but only interested in killing vampires/demons-at first. However he crosses over into Grey or Black Morality, when he doesn't relent from trying to kill a group of vampires who have abstained from feeding and are trying to just live their lives, and it is also implied he kills supernatural creatures solely out of hate for turning his sister and ruining his life.
  • In the second season of The X-Files, we finally learn that Skinner is not as cold-blooded and ignorant as he appeared to be at the end of the first season, but that he is merely forced by the CSM/the Man to give Mulder a hard time.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Good vs good is something that is fairly uncommon for the simple reason that when you have two good guys who are equally popular, the crowd is divided between them. This can be fun for the live audience but generally makes bad TV, so it is avoided if possible. If you have two faces, generally one guy turns heel, at least for the duration of the feud.
  • In Lucha Libre feds, one of the most common causes of this trope is the "Parejas Suicidas" match, where two "parejas" or tag teams face off and the losing teammates must then fight one another, the loser of the resulting one on one contest having to unmask or shave their head. CMLL has an annual "cage of death" where two teams compete to escape the structure but only the last person out has to remove a mask or go bald, which can result in a similar outcome should the rudos leave two tecnicos in. These types of "gambling matches" are some of the rare places where heel vs heel (rudo contro rudo?) is more common though.
  • This was one of the distinguishing features of pro wrestling in the UK, thanks to World Of Sport, which had a much lower tolerance for cheating and shenanigans, to the point the baby faces, or "blue eyes" as they preferred, made up an overwhelming majority of the roster and most of the matches were simply technical grappling contests.note 
  • One of the early face vs. face matches was Pedro Morales vs. Bruno Sammartino for what was then the WWWF Championship, fought at Shea Stadium in September 1972. The setup was that the two faces teamed up for a tag team match against the nefarious Mr. Fuji and Professor Toru Tanaka, the WWWF Tag Team Champions, for the titles. Sammartino and Morales were about to finish off Tanaka when Fuji snuck out of the ring, grabbed some salt and threw it into both opponents' eyes ... and the amazing thing is, Sammartino and Morales began fighting with each other, thinking the other was either Fuji or Tanaka (who had long since left the ring, laughing at what was going on in the ring). Later, both were told what happened and while they weren't happy with what happened, they also felt they had to settle something between them. A rare face vs. face match was commissioned; in fact, this feud was one of those rare times where the "one of the faces becomes a heel" was completely averted, as both continued competing as faces, as normal, in the build-up to their match. Naturally, both wrestlers – who remained faces throughout the match – showed some outstanding mat and power wrestling, and eventually the match ended in a 65-minute draw; only then did both wrestlers make up and truly bury the hatchet.
  • A June 1982 battle royal at the Philadelphia Spectrum, which has been included in multiple WWE home video releases, had a unique ending: Two faces – Tony Atlas and S.D. Jones – as the final two competitors. They tied up to try to get an advantage but neither of them wanted to fight. They immediately called in the referee to have him do a coin toss; Atlas won the flip and – after hoisting Jones into the air, gently placed him on the ring apron, after which Jones graciously jumped to the ring floor, before returning to the ring to celebrate with Atlas. The crowd cheered this remarkable show of sportsmanship, and it was presumed the two evenly split whatever prize money there was. This ending, by the way, was a rare aversion to the normal battle royal ending: Two heels and a face, with one of the heels being eliminated prior to a winner being determined.
  • The Royal Rumble match is an event where every Superstar is out for themselves, since only one person can win the WrestleMania title shot. A common sequence is one where a tag team, having eliminated all the other entrants before them, hug or shake hands before beginning to fight each other.
  • Ultimate Warrior vs Hulk Hogan, culminating at Wrestlemania 6 in a title-against-title match that was about as straight and fair as such a contest could be, even considering the two were not always squeaky clean.
  • WrestleMania XII was unique in WrestleMania history in that the two wrestlers who faced each other for the title in the main event were not feuding, were not presented as having any sort of bad blood, and in fact got along with each other extremely well, both openly declaring on a number of occasions that they enjoy working with each other and look forward to the challenge. It wasn't even like Hogan vs. Warrior where the script went out of its way to present neither of the enemies as being fully in the right or being arrogant: they weren't enemies. There was no feud at all and no moral high ground to be seen. Rowdy Roddy Piper even used his in-ring charisma at one point to influence the crowd into not booing previous Heel Michaels. They did everything they could to show that we're not necessarily supposed to be rooting for either man, and instead focused on selling the main event based on its own merits: an hour-long "iron man" match. (And it ended up GOING INTO OVERTIME!)
    • Also counts as Hilarious in Hindsight The two "not enemies"? Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, who developed real heat with each other after this match due to the winner's instance that the loser get out of the ring so he could celebrate his win. After that, the two had massive animosity towards each other that burnt for over a decade before they sussed it out.
  • "Stone Cold" Steve Austin vs The Rock at Wrestlemania X7 is a Subversion, since it begins as Face vs Face but late in the match it turned out that Austin sold his soul to Vince McMahon for the title and was Evil All Along. Though they were in Texas at the time, so Rock was the Designated Villain for the match, even after Austin turned. It wasn't until the next night that he built any real heat as a heel.
    • The Rock still wasn't the "villain" per se; the crowd just didn't cheer for him, at least not at first. The match is actually a good example of why this trope is so rare, since the fans didn't seem to know how to react to the Rock, since against anyone else, or in any other state, they would be cheering for him too. Also, near the end of the match when it was clear what side Austin was on, the crowd did start cheering on The Rock, and gave him a massive ovation the last time he kicked out of Austin's savage beating.
  • The Rock vs Hulk Hogan, although in a special case, Hulk's popularity was so great that the Rock turned heel mid-match, only to turn back afterwards. Hulk Hogan was supposed to be Heel in that match as a member of the nWo but did not get booed. After the match when he shook The Rock's hand and both fought off Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, meaning he was officially being booked as a "good guy" from that point on, soon to return to his classic ketchup-and-mustard ringwear and "Real American" entrance music.
  • Fairly common in SHIMMER, in particular with MsChif, the only champion in over a decade to pursue, gain, retain and drop the singles belt as a face. She was a ruthless, dominant, screaming blood knight with an open disdain for referees but didn't rely on many dirty tactics and was affable enough if you could tolerate her lack of social skills. Her biggest contrasting contenders were Serena Deeb, a friendly, plucky underdog and comparative rookie* who relied on Batman gambits to defeat more gifted athletes and LuFisto, an incredibly playful, incredibly violent, incredibly hyperactive Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • TNA had Ken Anderson, Jeff Hardy and Kurt Angle go into a three way for the TNA Heavyweight title; all were faces, but Jeff Hardy turned heel at the conclusion with the reveal of the Immortal.
  • The Briscoes vs Chikara "feud" when Mike Quackenbush and several wrestlers working for his promotion arrived apparently to celebrate ROH's anniversary but wound up storming the ring and the Briscoes during Hallowicked and Jigsaw's challenge for the Tag Team Title belts after some instigation from UltraMantis Black, The Brothers' tampering with Jigsaw's mask and Jay's ill advised invasion of Saturyn's personal space. The whole thing should have been received as Grey-and-Gray Morality but ROH's fan base tends to be very welcoming of Chikara's regulars, even Super Villain UltraMantis and The Briscoes were/are ROH's most consistent faces so everyone was cheered. It also helped that unlike the CZW invaders, the Chikara guys were only after The Briscoes.
  • The Davey Richards-Dan "The Beast" Severn-Eddie Edwards "feud" running from 2011 to 2012 in Ring of Honor was basically the two tag team partners begging each other not to hold back in their matches, Severn out to teach a student some new tricks and everyone being happy with each other's efforts. Kevin Steen, who was nearly at the apex of his Good Is Dumb phase, found the whole thing so disgusting he threatened to kill them.
  • John Cena vs Daniel Bryan at Summerslam 2013. Although they were both Faces, they were each a different kind of hero; Cena is the WWE's untouchable paragon, while Bryan is more of a "champion of the people" type.
  • After Valkyrie revealed who they were and their intentions to subvert SHINE Wrestling, Su Yung contacted her West Coast Connection partner Tracy Taylor to help deal with them. Perceiving Valkyrie to be the latest in a series of worrying trends in the company, Daffney's All Star Squad was put together to help get things under control. So naturally, The West Coast Connection, who had nearly the exact same goal, were the Squad's first opponents.
  • As Infernal KAORU and DASH Chisako's W-Fix became a Power Stable which wrecked havoc on Chigusa Nagayo's Marvelous promotion, Nagayo's student Mio Momono and Momono's partner Maruko Nagasaki decided to form their own stable, Mabutachi 2 Manjimanji. But before confronting the enemy, Momono and Nagasaki wrestled each other, along with the two additional partners each had recruited, to decide who would be leader. The two teams wrestled to a draw, then lost to the cheating W-Fix. Level-5 were the "heroes" for the job.
  • The 2019 rivalry between La Formula and La Potencia in WWC. "Feud" would be too strong a word, they just had a lot of fights over who would have a Tag Team title shot at Doom Patrol and or Ilegal Chicano and Xic Xavant when the disfunctional duo beat them both to Doom Patrol and won the belts. Chicano and Xavant themselves were an example, as they did not trust one another and only continued to tag because they kept winning. When Doom Patrol won the belts back Chicano and Xavant finally had the brawl and grudge match everyone knew was coming but it remained fights between good guys who happened to dislike each other with minimal cheating or even disrespect. And the whole time Formula and Potencia were going at it, much to the amusement of heels La Revolucion and Wizard, who tried less physical means to get title shots (though the baby faces still ended up involved in those matches to prevent evil versus evil, Doom Patrol also being heels).
  • The feud between Jon Moxley and Darby Allin in All Elite Wrestling is this, although feud is perhaps too strong a word to describe it, as the animosity is mostly one sided as Darby Allen wants the same amount of success Moxley has. Despite the animosity being one way, it is also one of the dirtiest face versus face feuds, as Allin's initial challenge to Moxley resulted in Moxley breaking his neck, to Moxley's horror. Moxley tried to redeem himself by forming a Tag Team with Allin when Allen recovered by Allin once again challenged Moxley, this time for Moxley's AEW Championship belt, and showed up for his match wearing a paper bag with a photograph of Moxley's face on it. Allin avoided a lock up and slapped Moxley in the face, causing Moxley to rip the bag off and punch Allin in the face, busting his mouth. All the same Moxley prayed that Allin wasn't seriously injured after defeating him for the second time.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • When a non-evil party goes up against non-fallen celestials, it's this trope. A 3rd edition Dragon article, goes into some detail about why a non-evil party might find itself fighting celestials, generally involving celestials with a rigid focus on one aspect of goodness, or who insist that only they can see the big picture.
    • Discussed in Champions of Valor. To paraphrase the author, good-on-good violence is unlikely to occur in the Forgotten Realms since good-aligned characters and nations are likely to have bigger fish to fry.
    • A common source of this trope in Dungeons & Dragons is for the party to need to retrieve an important artifact from a tomb or other dungeon where it is guarded by a Deathless (good-aligned, positive energy version of undead) or other good-aligned guardian who is magically bound not to let anyone take it, regardless of their "good" credentials.
    • Somewhat oddly, the creators deliberately tried to avert this trope in 4th edition, making several creatures that were Always Lawful Good in past editions "unaligned" (basically 4th edition's version of True Neutral), most notably, metallic dragons, angels, and couatls. The creators themselves stated the reason was they figured most players would play good or unaligned with a tilt towards good characters, and thus would be unlikely to want to fight good monsters, even though obviously good people can fight and disagree. Thankfully, they changed them all back in 5th edtion.
  • In Talisman, characters of the "Good" alignment are supposed to fight each other just like everyone else, and in the endgame they HAVE to fight each other.

    Video Games 
  • Played fairly straight in the first Advance Wars game. The vast majority of the Commanding Officers are all morally upright people who are convinced that they're fighting for justice. This does not stop them from getting in drawn out territorial conflicts throughout most of the campaign.
  • Ar tonelico II: Melody of Metafalica. While people do truly horrifying things to each other, not a single faction is doing it out of selfish interest. Each one believes that they are doing the right thing for the world and the people who live in it, and each of them have their points. Even the Mad Scientist Big Bad Infel only wish to stop the suffering of the people by Brain Uploading every single soul into Instrumentality, and she does this out of a sense of responsibility for failing to provide a paradise on earth long, long time ago. One can say that the point of Metafalica is that people are good, and they need to work together. Metafalica is created when two maidens join their hearts.
  • Baldurs Gate Siege Of Dragonspeare has this as a potential conflict with the Crusade versus the Lords Alliance. The Crusade is a bunch of Well-Intentioned Extremist types who want to liberate souls from Hell but their plan is insane and building their army means conquering territory for resources. It has many popular supporters who have lost loved ones to devils, though.
  • Breath of Fire III has the conflict between Ryu and Myria. Ryu is the protagonist and an all-around heroic sort who is generally a positive force in the world. Myria is a goddess who uses chrysm and the Black Ships to give her magical and technological power to humanity in carefully-rationed doses, while defending humanity and life itself from the dangers of the Desert of Death, uncontrolled technological development and dragons with the power to destroy the world. And Ryu is a dragon, and he is indeed that powerful, so Myria is determined to either seal him away or kill him regardless of his personal ethics. Furthermore, Yggdrasil argues that keeping humanity away from the Desert of Death prevents life from colonizing and restoring it.
  • That awesome boss fight against Julius Belmont in Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow. When Julius realizes Soma Cruz bears the soul and power of Dracula, he figures out he has the potential of becoming the villain. Unlike his ancestor Richter, he's not possessed; he's legitimately trying to deter a possible catastrophe, even if it means having to kill the hero. The fight is badass, as when you damage him enough he uses a Grand Cross powerful enough to pull you towards it and cause the background to partially crumble. But as pointed out by Soma Cruz, Julius wasn't even using his full power. And they ultimately agree that if Soma does become corrupted, Julius would need to kill him.
  • In Cuphead, on one side you have the titular character and his brother Mugman caught in a Deal with the Devil and forced to hunt down and claim the contracts of all the souls who owe him. On the other side you have the bosses: good and decent folk (save for a few which are possibly debatable) just trying to defend their very souls against the Devil's debt collectors. Really the only genuinely evil characters are King Dice and his Quirky Miniboss Squad, and of course The Devil himself. Unless you choose to side with the Devil in the end, earning yourself a Non-Standard Game Over for your troubles, you stick it to both of them, destroy all the contracts, and all the now freed bosses laud Cuphead and Mugman as heroes.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden can end up fighting Ser Cauthrien twice, though on both occasions it can be avoided with the right dialogue choices and high persuasion. The Warden is the commander of the forces battling the Darkspawn, and Cauthrien is an unambiguously heroic and honorable knight who just happens to be in the service of the main human antagonist, the usurper Teyrn Loghain.
  • Final Fantasy:
    • Dissidia Final Fantasy has the heroes fighting each other (either to test themselves or to settle points of conduct) just as often as they fight the villains.
    • This actually only happens a handful of times in the main story, but then comes Duel Colosseum, Distant Glory (where you must fight EVERY HERO), and Inward Chaos. Depending on how much of a completionist you are, everyone will fight everyone.
  • While in Fire Emblem: Three Houses this isn't really the case because either the Adrestian Empire or the Church of Seiros will start doing rather despicable things to try to counter the Player Character (Rhea will burn down her allies' capital city at the end of the Crimson Flower route, and Edelgard will order attacks on civilians and turn people into Demonic Beasts in the other three routes), in Fire Emblem Warriors: Three Hopes the game is very clear that Rhea and the Church of Seiros are good people who genuinely do not deserve to have war declared against them, but the sad reality is their ideology is fundamentally incompatible with those of Edelgard and Claude, and there's simply no peaceful way of resolving the conflict. Sadly this is a rare example where the two sides don't recognize each other's mutual goodness and put aside their differences; the war's only endings are with Rhea and most of the Church's leadership dead, Rhea missing and presumed dead in circumstances that would have at the very least badly injured her along with most of the Church's leadership dead, or Edelgard having suffered a Fate Worse than Death. And the latter ending implies that the fighting will start again soon, with Claude declaring war on the Church.
  • Halo:
    • The multiplayer primarily consists of Spartans (who are all on the same side in the lore). Halo 2 and Halo 3 adds the alien Elites, but only after they've already done a Heel–Race Turn.
    • Halo 5: Guardians is a straighter example in terms of its campaign, with Agent Locke hunting an AWOL Master Chief, and both being on the side of angels.
  • Hidden City: There is an ongoing conflict between the Security Service and the scavengers of the Upper City, who both want to protect the district from the fog, but stand at the opposite sides of the Law. The Head of Security Service, Mr. Black, considers the scavengers his enemies, and his subordinate Kira Woodville ends up betraying him to the scavengers after getting disillusioned by Black's ineffective methods of handling the crisis. However, while chapter 7 hints that there might be an escalating power struggle between the two factions, they have yet to engage in an open conflict, and later chapters introduce the more unambiguously evil Octopus Division (formerly a special branch under the Security Service), and other associates to the Cult of Shadow, who serve as a more persistent antagonist to the player.
  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong. The antagonist Donkey Kong is by no means evil; the only reason players are pitted against him is that he steals the toys from Mario's factory, which Donkey Kong fell in love with, and Mario is trying to take them back.
  • Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe has examples of both this and Evil Versus Evil, since Dark Kahn (Darkseid and Shao Kahn fused together) is pitting both 'verses against one another, and each side is convinced the other is an invading army. Thus, we have match-ups like Superman vs Raiden.
  • The battle on the Fugue Plane in Neverwinter Nights 2 features celestials versus paladins, and potentially paladin versus paladin.
  • In Pokémon Black and White, this is the case with N (a Friend to All Living Things who wants to free Pokemon from humans) and the player character, to the point where they are both recognised as heroes by Zekrom and Reshiram.
  • The Soulcalibur series. With the exception of three or four characters, they're mostly heroes who will battle whomever it takes to obtain Soul Edge, or whether to destroy one or both swords.
  • The conflict between Thorndyke and the Nereids in Soul Nomad & the World Eaters. Thorndyke wants Feinne undisturbed to prevent the situation from potentially getting much worse. The Nereids want to kill Feinne to solve the crisis of the World Eaters.
  • In StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty, the mission "Safe Haven" pits the protagonist faction, Raynor's Raiders, a rebel group fighting The Empire, against the Protoss, an Always Lawful Good race of intelligent, spiritual aliens with highly advanced technology. In summary, a human colony on the border of Protoss space has several individuals infected by the Zerg virus, which turns them into Brainwashed and Crazy monsters. The Protoss want to deal with the threat to their space by purifying the colony, i.e. wiping out all its inhabitants. Now the protoss make it clear they honestly hate doing this but they don't take chances where the Zerg are concerned, and once defeated they withdraw gracefully, with no trouble; it's their decision to attack everyone, rather than just the infected, that puts them at odds with the player. Even though Raiders leader Jim Raynor is considered a friend and ally of the protoss, as engineer Rory Swann puts it, "Friends don't let friends massacre civilians."
  • The Super Smash Bros. series, especially the N64 installment. Not a single evil character. In Brawl's story mode, even the villains pull a Heel–Face Turn at the end and then everyone gangs up on the Eldritch Abomination Energy Being.
  • Very common in the Tales Series:
    • Although the good side not controlled by the player is generally more "ends justify the means," and willing to employ genuinely evil in their pursuit of noble goals. Usually if both sides are completely good, the Lawful Good faction is, uniquely for an RPG series, the one in the right, though most times both factions already are Lawful Good at their core.
    • Tales of the Abyss features two unambiguously good kingdoms with Kimlasca and Malkuth. Both kingdoms are full of genuinely good people, each one has a kind-hearted, well-meaning ruler whom the citizens respect, and they do go to war, but only because they're being manipulated by someone else, and believe that You Can't Fight Fate. Once they're proven wrong about that, the war immediately stops.
  • Them's Fightin' Herds: The playable characters are all the Champions of their respective regions who mostly share the same quest: save their world from the Predator's return, defeat their champion, and find a mystical key that can seal them back away. But before doing that, all of the Champions have to fight each other first, as only the very best can be Fœnum's Key Keeper.
  • Touhou Project games have never had any true villains. Just a lot of spoiled, lonely, stir-crazy, lazy, playful and/or protective characters and bad things in Touhou happen when any of these categories overlap.
    • The only real life-threatening situation in a long time has been the last stage of Subterranean Animism where defeat would have cause the protagonist to fall into the Hell of Blazing Fires, only because the final boss (Utsuho Reiuji) went temporarily crazy.
    • The only character stated to be evil (Seiga) wasn't actually up to anything when she was fought.
    • Touhou 7 does have a tree Eldritch Abomination, the Saigyou Ayakashi, which kills people by forcing them to sleep until they die. It would have been released from the seal keeping it in check if the "Big Bad", Yuyuko, had succeeded with her plan to lift said seal. However, Yuyuko herself avoids being evil despite her goal: she didn't know the tree to be evil (she just wanted to see its legendary beauty), and lifting the seal would have killed her permanently (she's a Cute Ghost Girl) since she happens to be the key. When she realizes exactly what the Saigyou Ayakashi is as well as why and how it was sealed, she immediately calls the plan off.
  • Metaphysically, the introduction to Ultima IV has you doing this, having to pick between eight perfectly moral and virtuous options in a series of hypothetical moral dilemmas in order to choose a starting class (assuming you answer truthfully instead of just picking the virtue that corresponds to the class you want to play).
  • In the Pacifist and Neutral runs of Undertale, the game's conflict basically boils down to a kid trying to get home and defending themself from attackers battling against monsters who are either desperate to leave the Underground or think the kid and humans are evil and need to be stopped. There's actually very very few "evil" characters in the game, including Flowey the Flower (though he's tragic and Driven to Villainy), the first human Chara (though even that is hotly debated), and you if you do a Genocide Run.
  • In World of Warcraft, the main conflict between Alliance and Horde is Grey-and-Gray Morality, but it contain pockets of Good Versus Good as well as Evil Versus Evil. When it's Black-and-White Morality, the "white" side is sometimes the Alliance and sometimes the Horde.

    Visual Novels 
  • Ace Attorney:
    • The first two games did this with Phoenix versus Edgeworth. Of course, at the beginning, Edgeworth was fairly unscrupulous as a prosecutor, willing to do anything to win a case.
    • Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney gives us Apollo versus Klavier. Both have dedicated their lives to uncovering the truths in the cases they're involved in, but just happen to be on opposite sides of the court as a defense attorney and prosecutor. The two occasionally even share information or help each other out in the interest of finding the true guilty party, including when Klavier's own bandmate and, later, brother are on the stand.
    • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Spirit of Justice has one case where Apollo has to face against Phoenix in civil court where they debate over whose client should get the MacGuffin. The two argue their cases to the Judge, although Phoenix starts acting more and more desperate to win his case and Apollo notices. It turns out that Phoenix's client is blackmailing him over Maya's safety.

    Web Animation 
  • Quite a few DEATH BATTLE! matches have two heroic characters fighting against each other. The crowner has to be the now-infamous Goku vs. Superman.
  • RWBY:
    • The conflict between team RWBY and their allies on one side and Cordovin with her forces on the other. The protagonists seek to take the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas and, after being denied entrance through the border, decide to steal a military aircraft and fly to Atlas illegally. Cordovin, not knowing the full importance of their mission and being blinded by her hatred towards her Sitcom Arch-Nemesis Maria Calavera, tries to stop them and resorts to rather excessive means in doing so. The resulting battle draws a horde of Grimm towards Argus, forcing both sides to set their conflict aside and fight to protect the city instead. Afterwards, Ruby apologises on behalf of her group for the trouble caused and Cordovin decides to let them leave for Atlas in peace.
    • Volume 7 is full of conflict between people who should be allies. Thanks to the villains turning Atlas and Mantle against each other, on top of an historic wealth divide between the two cities, Ironwood and the Ace-Ops are pitted against Robyn and her Huntress team. The heroes enter this conflict initially on Ironwood's side, but are sympathetic to Mantle and encourage Ironwood to join forces with Robyn. Eventually, they do all come together to protect Mantle from invasion and capture Watts and Tyrian. Cinder then presses Ironwood's Trauma Button, sending him into a villainous spiral for the climax of Volume 7, that pits him and the Ace-Ops against the heroes and Robyn due to his decision to abandon Mantle and Remnant and fly Atlas to safety. In Volume 8, he becomes a full Arc Villain and his decision to bomb Mantle to bring the heroes into line results in most of Ace-Ops turning against him, too.


    Western Animation 
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender: "The Northern Air Temple": The initial conflict is between Aang, who is angry about one of the few remaining traces of his nearly-extinct culture having been almost completely destroyed, versus the refugees inhabiting the Temple, who have been driven from their homes by the Fire Nation and are trying to survive in the only place they could retreat to. It's a morally complex situation where no one is really right or wrong.
  • Ben 10: Ultimate Alien: The finale focuses on the return of an Eldritch Abomination named Diagon, leading to its Arch-Enemy Sir George to come back from retirement. However, Diagon didn't show up until the finale, and George turned out to have some Knight Templar tendencies, (he was the founder of the Forever Knights, a group who's role is in the capture and or extermination of aliens on Earth), so the episodes building up to this finale partially focused on Ben and his team fighting with Sir George and his Forever Knights over the way to deal with Diagon (as well as the anti-alien persecutions caused by George).
  • Gravity Falls: In "Not What He Seems", neither side is evil. Stan did commit a series of crimes, but it was to get back his brother who was trapped in some dimension. The federal agents, while wrong about Stan's intentions, were chasing after a guy who committed a pile of felonies like stealing toxic waste. And while Dipper and Mabel nearly ruined Stan's reunion with his brother, they were trying to stop what they learned was a device that could have destroyed the world.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Candace's constant attempts to bust the eponymous stepbrothers, although it can also be viewed as Order Versus Chaos or Chaotic Neutral versus Good depending on one's perspective of Candace and the boys. It helps that if in real life, she'd be a responsible older sister trying to stop kids from hurting themselves with power tools and massive and dangerous projects. Only problem is, their world runs on Rule of Fun. Candace does ultimately have good intentions, but she is pretty high-strung and neurotic in her approach along with the typical teenage attitude.


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Alternative Title(s): White And White Morality, Good Vs Good


Spider-Man vs. Doctor Strange

Spider-Man and Doctor Strange fight over the contained spell, with Peter advocating for saving the villains, and Doctor Strange taking the position that the spell is too dangerous and must be undone immediately.

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