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Lex Luthor: I was just celebrating God's return. Out of the ground and back up into the sky. He and his odd little friends are forming some sort of League.
Slade Wilson: You better not be wasting my time.
Lex Luthor: No, I have too much to live for — and more important things to do. We have to level the playing field, Mr. Wilson. To put it plainly... shouldn't we have a League of our own?

Meanwhile, at the Legion of Doom...

Plot of an episode or Story Arc, wherein one or more villainous characters — usually made up of some combination of past one-shots, members of the Rogues Gallery, and/or a few possible newcomers — join forces to destroy their common enemies, the protagonists.

Usually, they will initially overpower the heroes, but their own evil selfishness and inability to trust each other undermines their unified front, and the heroes strike at this weakness. Or one dominant personality double-crosses the others. Either way, the team dissolves at the end.

The Legion of Doom is normally formed in response to the heroes teaming up at much earlier point, a sort of declaration of war. A simple group of villains working together for a temporary purpose doesn't count.

Often saved for a season or series finale. Crossovers do this a lot, using one villain from each series.


Named after the nemesis organization to the Superfriends, who came together during the Challenge of the Superfriends era of the franchise and actually managed to stay together, mostly due to relentless use of a Diabolus ex Machina Reset Button to escape in the last scene, usually because their Hall of Doom can fly or burrow anywhere, and because their opponents, the Superfriends, frequently forget they have super powers.

Likely to be a Big Bad Duumvirate as well. Evil Is One Big, Happy Family is usually involved. For one-shot team ups that are usually on a smaller scale, see Villain Team-Up. Standard Evil Organization Squad is similar, but they tend to already be a group when introduced and are generally treated as a more serious threat.

Contrast Super Team, their good equivalent. Not to be confused with Doom Troops, who are extremely scary Mooks, but mooks nonetheless.


Has nothing to do with Eric Lindros, John LeClair, or Mikael Renberg or the Tag Team, The Road Warriors (well, actually it does, see below).


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    Anime and Manga 
  • In Ranma ½ during the Moxibustion Story Arc, Ranma is weakened and Happōsai (the guy who weakened him) tells every enemy of Ranma's state, and they all gang up on him to give him a beatdown. All but one ...
  • Before Kamen Rider Decade's Great Shocker below, there was the Badan Empire in Kamen Rider Spirits, which revived every single Monster of the Week and Big Bad from the Kamen Rider franchise up to Kamen Rider Super-1 midway through the plot.
  • Even Naruto manages to pull this off, by way of Kabuto's Edo Tensei, resurrecting many foes that either Naruto faced himself, or are enemies of the collected Shinobi villages as a whole. Worse, the line-up also included some friends and family to the heroes!
  • The first part of the Super 17 saga of Dragon Ball GT, where the gates of HFIL break open, releasing an army of villains from both the original series and Z. This also happens in the movie Fusion Reborn, however, it’s downplayed there because of the recurring villains, only Frieza gets real screentime- the others are reduced to a cameo at best.
  • Hunter × Hunter has the Phantom Troupe, a band of the world's deadliest killers and thieves. Hisoka joins during the York Shin arc just for a chance to fight the leader, Chrollo Lucifer, but has no loyalty to the group outside of his own agenda and quits once he realizes Chrollo can't use nen anymore. Two of Killua's siblings, Kalluto, and eventually Illumi join later in the series.
  • Being the huge love letter to the superhero genre that it is, of course My Hero Academia would have one of these. In this case it takes the form of the League of Villains, a team of supervillains led by Tomura Shigaraki hellbent on killing the number one hero All Might. Later in the story, Shigaraki does this again on a much larger scale by combining his League of Villains with a Cult-like, militant faction dedicated to Metahuman freedom called the Meta Liberation Army. This combined group is called The Paranormal Liberation Front and almost immediatly declares war on the Pro-Hero community.
  • The villains in Pretty Cure All Stars make it their habit to revive the previous villains from the series, and these kind of villains are the more dangerous ones compared to those who only fight with their own abilities. In DX1, Fusion splits into several fragments and transforms into Monster of the Week. In DX2, Bottom revives several generals from the enemy's factions. In DX3, it's the Non-Serial Movie Big Bads Black Hole has. In Miraculous Magic, Solciere creates barely sentient copies of the series' Big Bads up to the most recently defeated one, which was Dyspear.

    Comic Books 
  • Alex Ross, a huge Superfriends fan, did a limited series called Justice, which was his Darker and Edgier version of the series. This version of the Legion of Doom had the same roster as their original Superfriends incarnation (Lex Luthor, Giganta, Toyman, Sinestro, Bizarro, Brainiac, Cheetah, Gorilla Grodd, Solomon Grundy, Captain Cold, Black Manta, The Riddler and Scarecrow), but with the addition of Black Adam, Metallo, Clayface, Parasite and Poison Ivy being members and Toyman being the Winslow Schott version rather than the Jack Nimball version (though he does use puppet-like automatons that resemble the jester-like costume Jack Nimball wore).
  • There was a short-lived Marvel Universe series, Super-Villain Team-Up. However it was really a minor example as it mostly came down to Doctor Doom and Namor, though the last couple of issues were about Red Skull and the Hate Monger.
  • Batman:
    • Batman's Gangland Guardians featured an assembly of Batman's foes. Fearing that a new mysterious supervillain might actually succeed in killing Batman, they act to secretly protect him. The rationale being that only they, who have put in the time and effort, deserve to be in the running for Batman's final defeat.
    • In an issue of a Golden Age comic The Joker and The Penguin teamed up and were so good with their combined resources that Batman was powerless to stop them. He won only after they had captured him and he turned them against each other by stroking their egos to the point that they got into a competition and then an argument over who was contributing more to their partnership.
  • Justice League of America:
    • Another one from DC was the shortlived Secret Society of Super-Villains, in which a collection of old school villains form a sort of anti-Justice League and fight the newly-arrived Darkseid and company. In one memorable scene, Gorilla Grodd has a punchout with a giant club wielding member of the New Gods, and defeats him with the aid of a classic wrestling ploy, the heelish mock surrender. The Society even had their own series.
    • Later expanded during and after Identity Crisis. Witnessing the JLA's much more proactive stance after the murder of Sue Dibny, most of the supervillains band together and form an international organization. This version lasted up until Flashpoint and the New 52.
    • After the Flashpoint reboot, various titles across the New 52 hinted at the existence of a new incarnation of the Society, which finally came into play in Trinity War and Forever Evil (2013).
    • Another iteration actually pitted a team led by Lex Luthor against a Society/Crime Syndicate team led by Deathstroke, where Batman (who had already partnered with Catwoman) was caught up in the mix. The Bat and the Cat work with Lex, who offers Deathstroke enough money to betray his team, leading to a Gang formed of Lex Luthor, Sinestro, Black Adam, Deathstroke, Captain Cold and Black Manta, who all work scarily well together. Made even funnier when Batman actually thought he could enforce his no-kill policy.
    • Justice League (2018) saw the Trope Namer making its debut in mainstream comic continuity for the first time.
  • The whole premise of the miniseries Wanted is that the villains don't fall to bickering and instead destroy all the heroes and take over the world. (It's only after the heroes are gone and they are the unequivocal masters of all the world that the infighting starts, mirroring some Real Life political coups by politically expedient alliances.)
  • One of the earliest examples has to be the Injustice Society of the World who first fought the Justice Society of America in All Star Comics #37 in 1947, when the concept of supervillains was still relatively new. They would return (in different incarnations) to plague the JSA over the decades, though the original team consisted of The Wizard (founder), Brainwave, Vandal Savage, The Thinker, The Gambler and time traveller Per Degaton. The same incarnation reformed about a year later, adding Sportsmaster, Harlequin, Icicle, Tigress and Fiddler.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Marston's final issue has Cheetah, Giganta, Blue Snowman, Dr. Poison, Queen Clea, Hypnota, Eviless and Zara teaming up to form Villainy Inc. in order to escape Reformation Island and kill Wonder Woman.
    • Subverted in one of the earliest examples, in a Golden Age issue. Almost all of her existing villains apparently team up to try and kill her, but it turns out that they're a group of actors recruited by the real villain, a deranged stage actor who thinks Wonder Woman stole his fame.
  • Media adaptations of the X-Men have an annoying habit of grouping most X-Villains as members of the Brotherhood of (Evil) Mutants with Magneto as the leader, regardless of whether or not said villain ever had anything to do with the group in the comics (such as Sabretooth, Emma Frost, and the Juggernaut, who's not even a mutant), or if they'd ever play second string to anyone (Mystique, who led her own version of the team and has never worked with Magneto). Bonus points if Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch are present and willingly serving Magneto, even though they were with him against their will in the comics and jumped ship as soon as they were able, and are more closely associated with The Avengers than the X-Men these days. Funnily enough, Mystique and Sabretooth, the ones most likely to be on Magneto's side in these adaptations despite almost never being so in the comics, are still associated with another evil X-Men team: Mister Sinister's Marauders, who are a lot less picky about who to team up with. Though he probably won't be in any hurry to rehire Mystique anytime soon.
  • DC's Injustice Gang pretty much embodies this trope. The antithesis to the Justice League, they're a group of villains who band together to destroy the JLA. The lineup changes with every appearance, since the Gang tends to disband (or all be thrown in jail) at the end of a given story. Its most successful incarnations have all been led by Lex Luthor; in one story, he tells his fellow members "let's not fall victim to the cliche of the villains who can't get along." He's also perhaps the only major supervillain who has been able to successfully enforce harmony and cooperation among his gang, with no dissensions, betrayals, or serious infighting — no small feat when you've got The Joker on your team.
  • Lex and the Joker teamed up during The Silver Age of Comic Books to take on Bats and Superman, by robbing Fort Knox with nigh-invulnerable robots.
  • The Evil Counterpart to the Legion of Super-Heroes, the Legion of Supervillains, especially the "Final Crisis: Legion of 3 Worlds" incarnation led by Superboy-Prime, wherein the roster consists of almost all of the villains the Legion ever faced.
  • The Ur-Example is The Monster Society of Evil, who fought the original Captain Marvel from 1943 to 1945 in one long, continuous story. It was led by the new villain Mister Mind, but was composed mostly of villains that the good Captain had fought before. And the entire Axis Powers.
  • In fact the first example may be from Leading Comics #1 (winter 1941) where the Seven Soldiers Of Victory formed. Master Criminal the Hand, thinking he will die soon, organizes five other criminals to use five unused schemes of his, referring to them as the Hand's Five Fingers. They are stopped by various heroes leading to the formation of the Soldiers. Interestingly enough one member, the Dummy, was a member of the first Monster Society.
  • In Ghost Riders: Heaven's on Fire, a Legion of Doom has been assembled to kill the Ghost Riders, consisting of Blackout (murderous vampire), the Deacon (musclebound religious zealot with sacred knives), the All-New Orb (Legacy Character to the original Ghost Rider archvillain), Big Wheel (baddie-for-hire who pilots a large metal wheel), Madcap (indestructible lunatic with contagious insanity), Vengeance (ex-cop turned Ghost Rider simulacrum), Trull the Inhuman (alien-possessed steamshovel), and Scarecrow (No, not that one, but rather a maniac with a pitchfork who commands crows).
  • Marvel has several: The Masters of Evil, the Sinister Six, Hood's Gang, The Frightful Four, etc.
    • The Masters of Evil are the most successful, with one incarnation taking over the Avengers' base (and beating the living crap out of Hercules and Jarvis). Much of this incarnation later went on to form the Thunderbolts. (Hercules, amongst others, was not happy to find out about this...)
    • The Lethal Legion in one incarnation was an Archived Army.
    • And the Legion of the Unliving, which is made of characters currently dead, and in one incarnation was mostly made up of dead Avengers.
    • The Sinister Six has even become the Sinister Twelve.
    • The Council of Kangs is made entirely of Conqueror from the Future Kang the Conqueror and his various iterations created by time travel.
    • The Revengers were a short-lived group made up of heroes who felt the Avengers had crossed the line and needed to be taken down.
    • The latest instance is the Multiversal Masters of Evil, a collection of Multiversal Conquerors made up of the most dangerous villains from across time and space: a Doctor Doom who became the Sorcerer Supreme, a young and psychotic Thanos, a Dark Phoenix who had turned Wolverine into her pet berserker, a Killmonger who had conquered the Ten Realms, a Red Skull that bonded with the Venom symbiote, and a Norman Osborn that became the new Spirit of Vengeance.
  • A particularly enjoyable miniseries example came from Marvel a few years ago: M.O.D.O.K.'s 11. M.O.D.O.K. hires a group of supervillains to help him steal a MacGuffin. 3/4 of the team ends up being traitors, moles and sellouts. In the end, it was all just a ridiculously circuitous plot to get revenge on his ex-girlfriend.
  • The Flash has The Rogues, who started out as a Villain Team-Up in The Silver Age of Comic Books, but after discovering how well they worked together decided to keep working together. These days it's rare to see one of the Rogues commit a crime without some of the others around.
  • Fall of the Hulks gave us the Inteligencia, a group of Marvel's smartest villains. Unlike most examples, they've managed to not fall to bickering and work towards a common goal.
  • Superman:
    • The Superman Revenge Squad, mostly made up of relatively minor Superman villains, was formed by behind-the-scenes bad guy Morgan Edge to fight Superman. The group ultimately failed due to a lack of cohesion.
    • An early Superman story had the Terrible Trio, made up of Lex Luthor, the Toyman, and the Prankster.
    • The Girl of No Tomorrow storyline gave us a new incarnation of the Fatal Five, five villains assembled by Emerald Empress to kill Supergirl.
    • In "Superman: Revenge" arc, Cyborg Superman sets up a Superman Revenge Squad consisting of himself, Mongul, Metallo, Zod, Eradicator and Blanque. They nearly succeed in killed Superman off, but the Man of Steel is saved by the Superman Family.
    • In Last Son, Lex Luthor's Superman Revenge Squad consists of himself, Metallo, Parasite, and Bizarro.
    • In Who Took the Super out of Superman?, Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Amalak, Mr. Mxyzptlk, Parasite, Prankster, Toyman, Terra Man and Kryptonite Man come together to destroy Superman.
    • In The Phantom Zone, General Zod assembles all criminals imprisoned in the Phantom Zone to carry out his scheme against Superman and Earth.
  • Silver Age comics occasionally featured the Justice Society fighting the evil Crime Syndicate of America (from Earth-3, a good/evil reversed parallel universe) featuring Ultraman, Superwoman, Owlman, Power Ring, and Johnny Quick (evil expies of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Green Lantern, and Flash respectively). Initially there were no superheroes on Earth-3, only supervillains, but eventually it was revealed that the heroic scientist Alexander Luthor was a bit of a thorn in the Crime Syndicate's side.
  • In Top 10, it's established that what would be supervillain teams anywhere else are essentially street gangs in Neopolis, where everybody is super. There's an ongoing turf war between the Fabulous Five and the League of Evil.
  • As part of his plans during Dark Reign, Norman Osborn set up a "Cabal" consisting of himself, Emma Frost, Namor, Doctor Doom, The Hood, and Loki. It...uh...worked out about as well as for Osborn as everything else did in that saga.
    • But there was also the Dark Avengers, with villains impersonating heroes.
    • Norman tries again when he busts out of jail following Fear Itself, this time allying his H.A.M.M.E.R. organization with A.I.M., Hydra, and the Hand, and once again uniting multiple villains (independent of those groups) into a new group of Dark Avengers. It doesn't work out for him any better this time.
  • Image's Guarding the Globe series introduced us to the Order, a select group of minor recurring Invincible villains, including the Face, Master Liu and his bodyguard, Octoboss, Multi-Paul, Machine Head, Isotope, and Titan — in addition to new guys like the group's leader Set, his woman Embrace, and international enforcers like Red Eye, Insomniac, Slaying Mantis, the Walking Dread...and the new War Woman.
  • In All Fall Down, the Order of Despots is this to the Pantheon.
  • League of Extraordinary Gentlemen had two, which were formed by France and Germany in the early 20th century to combat Britain's original League. The French had "Les Hommes Mysterieux" ("The Mysterious Men"), which included Arsène Lupin, Jean Robur, Fantômas, the Nyctalope and Monsieur Zenith. The Germans had "Die Zwielichthelden" ("The Twilight Heroes"), which included Dr. Caligari and his assassin Cesare, Dr. Rotwang and his robotic servant Maria, and Doctor Mabuse. Both groups had a hand in starting the League universe's version of World War I.
  • Parodied in the Doctor Who Magazine comic strip story "Death to the Doctor!". A group of loser villains (created just for the story) come together to plot to kill the Doctor, only to kill each other out of paranoia that the Doctor is there in disguise and killing them one by one.
  • The ninth issue of the Madballs comic book published by Marvel Comics subsidiary Star Comics had Dr. Frankenbeans and Snivelitch team up with other enemies of the Madballs (Miss Tic the Mystic, Colonel Corn, Maiden Hong Kong, The Badballs, Anchor Man, and Captain Weirdbeard) to form INC (or International Network of Creeps).
  • Attempted by Loki in the Acts of Vengeance crossover. It didn't work out well, most notably because a) the writers were in open revolt, and b) he neglected to consider the people he was trying to get to work together. In particular, putting Magneto (a Jewish Holocaust survivor who takes "never again" very seriously) and the Red Skull (an outspoken Nazi) in the same room was a disaster waiting to happen, really (at least from the Skull's perspective - most everyone else was rather impressed).
  • First Strike has several villains of the Hasbro Comic Universe coming together, with the only major absentees being any Cybertronians, since they're the villains' intended targets, and any villains from ROM, because the Big Bad has a very personal grudge against them. Naturally, they don't get along very well, and some of them are even expecting a sudden but inevitable betrayal.
  • Another DC one was the Injustice League, formed by Lex Luthor, Joker, and Cheetah, as a protection racket for supervillains. One of their first plans lead to them kidnapping and humiliating pretty much every member of the Justice League save for Superman and Black Lightning, who work together to free the rest and take them down. The bickering supervillains issue came into play, albeit in a darker means; Doctor Light was one of the villains recruited, and while Luthor and Joker had no issue, Cheetah point-blank refused to work with him because he's a serial rapist, and later when things went to shit she went out of her way to kill him during the chaos; she's a monster, but she has some limits.
  • In the Green Lantern story arc Sinestro Corps War, Sinestro allies himself with Parallax, Cyborg-Superman, Superboy-Prime, and the Anti-Monitor to attack the GL Corps.
  • Bill & Ted's Excellent Comic Book: In Hell, De Nomolos recruits the princesses' fiancée's, Benedict Arnold, Al Capone and some aliens.
  • Kid Colt was one of the Marvel western heroes to have enough recurring enemies to make this trope possible. In #127, Colt's Arch-Enemy Iron Mask (a blacksmith in bulletproof armour) recruited Bennington Brown (a hypnotist), Dr. Danger (a ventriloquist and master of magnets) and the Fat Man (a Fat Bastard skilled in the use of the boomerang) to form a Circus of Fear to stage a crime wave in Phoenix, where they naturally ran into Colt.
  • Femforce had Fearforce, a supervillain team comprised of several of Femforce's greatest foes: Darkfire, Gorgana, Krone, Proxima, and Valkyra.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Amazing Spider-Man Series was building up to Spider-Man fighting the Sinister Six before Sony loaned him to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The 1966 live-action Batman: The Movie, featuring the Joker, the Penguin, the Riddler, and Catwoman ("United Underworld") in a cheesy penguin-shaped submarine. They even went through the trouble of making a logo. (An octopus strangling a globe?)
  • The Joel Schumacher-directed Batman movies also have this as all the villains within the movie unite to kill Batman. Riddler joins and eventually leads Two-Face's gang in Batman Forever and Mr. Freeze allies with Poison Ivy and Bane in Batman & Robin.
  • More or less subverted in Batman Returns where Penguin's two allies have no idea they're both affiliated with Penguin (at least on a criminal level) and none of them can get past the second act without completely and violently falling apart.
  • In Justice League, The Stinger involves Lex Luthor escaping prison with plans to start a team in response to the creation of the Justice League, with Deathstroke being his first recruit. This is absent from Zack Snyder's Justice League, in which Luthor instead hires Deathstroke to kill Batman, revealing Batman's Secret Identity (Bruce Wayne) to him.
  • In Kick-Ass 2, The Motherfucker assembles a bunch of killers and dresses them up as supervillains to counter the rise of superheroes.
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action had various Looney Tunes antagonists (Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Marvin the Martian, etc.) working for the Big Bad.
  • In Night at the Museum 2, Kahmunra recruits Napoléon Bonaparte, Ivan The Terrible, and Al Capone as his evil team. Darth Vader and Oscar the Grouch also try to join it, but since Kahmunra has no idea who they are, they don't make the cut.
  • Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed, reviving many of the monsters that Mystery Inc. has unmasked in the past. However, this time, all of them are real.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home: Five villains from the five Spider-Man films prior to his MCU introduction are inadvertently brought to his world thanks to a botched spell. While all of them have been members of the Sinister Six in the comics, they are one villain short to be a proper depiction of them.note 


    Live-Action TV 
  • The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "One of Us" involves Cal/Mr. Hyde trying to put together his own Legion Of Doom to take vengeance on Coulson and his allies. The team is made up of himself, Frances Noche, Angar the Screamer, Wendell Levi, and Karla Faye Gideon. The plan actually works pretty well and they nearly defeat the agents, but it falls apart when Gordon teleports in and kidnaps Cal for his own purposes, leaving the rest of the team confused and directionless and allowing the agents to outwit them. Something of a downplayed example, as aside from Cal, none of these other villains had shown up before.
  • Angel Season 5 makes use of this by taking several minor characters that appeared throughout the season and putting them in a group called the Circle of the Black Thorn, which the heroes spend the last episode combating. Sort of an inversion — rather being a group of random villains that teamed up, they had already been working together, though Angel and his friends didn't find out until later.
  • Arrow:
  • In the first season of Blackadder, Prince Edmund gathers the six most evil men in England to help him take over the kingdom. However since he doesn't really belong among their number, much less leading them, they quickly betray him for a more fitting leader.
  • Doctor Who has toyed with doing this on several occasions, but it never quite works out.
    • "The Daleks' Master Plan" is nearly an ideal example of the trope — a colourful array of supervillains is brought together by the Daleks; it includes a dominant, disruptive personality (Yellow Peril and Diabolical Mastermind Mavic Chen), and the heroes exploit the infighting. Just one problem — the Doctor's never met any of these bad guys before.
    • In "The Five Doctors", many of the Doctor's worst foes are brought together to finish him off — but they are merely pawns of The Man Behind the Curtain, and apart from the Master and the Cybermen don't even interact.
    • "Doomsday" bring the Daleks and Cybermen together, however the Daleks, being the Daleks, respond to the Cybermen's offer of an alliance with summary extermination.
    • Subverted to hell and back in "The Pandorica Opens", in which a couple dozen races show up, apparently to squabble over whatever is imprisoned in the eponymous device, only to imprison the Doctor in an effort to save the universe. Seen on screen are the Daleks, the Cybermen, the Sontarans, the Silurians, the Autons, and the Judoons, and many more get name checks or cameos in crowd shots.
  • Sue's self-described Leg - uh, League of Doom in Glee, if you replace "supervillain" with "returning character with a grudge against the local show choir". She even gives them code-names, dubbing herself General Zod.
  • While Gotham has plenty of smaller villain alliances throughout its run, it doesn't really hit this trope until the back half of Season 4, when Jerome Valesca forms a team composed of himself, Jervis Tetch, Scarecrow, Firefly, and Mr. Freeze, as well as a reluctant Penguin and Butch Gilzean/Solomon Grundy, in order to carry out a plan to drive all of Gotham mad. He refers to the group as the "Legion of Horribles".
  • Kamen Rider:
    • The final episodes of Kamen Rider Den-O feature the Big Bad amassing an enormous army of the series' monsters in order to outnumber the heroes (two Riders and 5/6 Imagin) and accomplish his plans. This army would later be resurrected in the third movie, Final Countdown, under the movie's Big Bad.
    • Kamen Rider Decade introduces a particularly large version in the form of Great Shocker, which is an alliance of every single evil organization from Kamen Rider's 30-plus-year history united under a single banner and dedicated to conquering the multiverse and destroying all the Kamen Riders. And their leader is Tsukasa Kadoya, AKA Kamen Rider Decade, one of —- if not —- the most powerful Rider ever. On a smaller scale, the final episode sees Apollo Geist reviving some of the monsters that Tsukasa and company dealt with while travelling through the AR worlds.
    • In the Final Chapter movie, following Great Shocker's downfall in All Riders vs. Great Shocker, Doctor Shinigami and Narutaki (who reveals himself as Colonel Zol) gather The Remnant as Super Shocker, hoping to take advantage of the fact that Tsukasa's rampage as Destroyer of Worlds has eliminated all the Kamen Riders. Unfortunately for them, all the Kamen Riders are later brought Back from the Dead because Decade destroyed them (it's a complicated story).
    • In Kamen Rider × Super Sentai: Super Hero Taisen, Great Shocker has been rebuilt with its leader back into the seat and Doctor G as his Dragon, for a new purpose: the systemic annihilation of all the Super Sentai teams, simply because the Zangyack Empire decided to step on the Kamen Rider multiverse's toes —- see the Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger section below for their side of the story.
    • The 40th anniversary movie Let's Go Kamen Rider has Shocker persisting into the 21st century thanks to Ankh sneaking into Den-O's time-traveling train for want of medals; its membership in 2011 includes villains from all over the franchise like General Jark and Ryubee Sonozaki/Terror Dopant.
    • The On the Next preview for episode 25 of Kamen Rider Fourze teased at this, where three previous Zodiarts that Fourze had already defeated seemed to have regained their powers, and are working together to sabotage the school prom. However, it turns out that this was just the work of a Zodiarts whose power is to create copies of previous Zodiarts.
    • In the Movie War crossover with Kamen Rider OOO, Foundation X uses the research its agents gathered to build an army consisting of various monsters as well as mooks from the three series involved (Fourze, OOO and W), alongside monsters of the Big Bad's own design, called "Mutamids". They are not essentially the same monsters from their original series (the Foundation can make copies), but it's an excuse to reuse monster suits.
    • In the Movie War between Fourze and Kamen Rider Wizard there is Monster Army, which consists of revived Dopants, Yummy, Zodiarts, and Phantoms, led by evil alternate versions of the main trio from Akumaizer 3.
    • The final episodes of Wizard also sees the heroes dealing with an army of monsters from the previous Heisei series.
  • Legends of the Superheroes had its Legion of Doom consist of Solomon Grundy, Sinestro, Giganta, Weather Wizard, Dr. Sivana, the Riddler and Mordru as the leader.
  • DC's Legends of Tomorrow:
    • The second season introduces the Arrowverse version of the Legion, made up of various villains from Arrow and The Flash (2014): Eobard Thawne/the Reverse-Flash, Damien Darhk note , Malcolm Merlyn/the Dark Archer, a brainwashed Rip Hunter (temporarily), and a version of Leonard Snart/Captain Cold from before he joined the Legends. Nate actually dubs them the Legion of Doom, claiming he got the name from "an old Hanna-Barbara cartoon he watched as a kid." His attempts to get the rest of the team to call them this are met with mixed success.
    • The Cult of Mallus in Season 3 is built up to be another one, with its membership including Damien Darhk (again), his daughter Nora, Gorilla Grodd and Kuasa. By the Season Finale, however, most have been removed from play for one reason of another, so Mallus gathers several one-shot historical villains from over the course of the season — Blackbeard, Julius Caesar, and Freydis — and their respective followers to serve as his new army.
  • The Metal Heroes and Super Sentai crossover film series Space Squad has the Genmakuu, an alliance of various Metal Hero villains or a new character assuming their identity.
  • Odd Squad: The first half of Season 3 has The Shadow try and drown the Mobile Unit agents and their van in the Lake of Goo to get rid of them. When that fails, she defaults to her ultimate Evil Plan of gathering up every known villain in Odd Squad's existence, having them band together as a "Villain Network", and using Odd Squad's modus operandi of teamwork against them in order to beat them, with their course of action being to funnel their powers into a cube and send them through the tubes at Tube Central Station in Australia and destroy all precincts from the inside out. They nearly succeed before the Mobile Unit stops them and Opal eventually convinces The Shadow, revealed to be her younger sister, to pull a Heel–Face Turn. The cube ends up breaking in a Nice Job Breaking It, Rivals! moment between Confetti Betty and Monsieur Papier-Mache and the powers end up forming a destructive purple tornado, which the Mobile Unit and The Shadow work together to stop. Once all is said and done, The Shadow becomes The Atoner and decides to stay with Opal, cleaning up the destruction she caused in Australia and in other countries and breaking up the Villain Network.
  • Power Rangers has done this at least twice:
    • In Space had Dark Specter's United Alliance Of Evil (rounding up six seasons' worth of villains). The Rangers mainly fought newcomer Astronema, but the finale featured a united assault on the entire known universe.
    • Operation Overdrive had a short-lived case in the 15th anniversary "Once A Ranger" 2-parter, with the never-seen-before son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd uniting the season's Big Bad Ensemble (who are usually at each other's throats in any episode involving more than one organization.)
  • Sekai Ninja Sen Jiraiya's penultimate episode saw Madam Spider resurrecting the spirits of all the antagonistic World Ninjas Jiraiya had fought to battle him once more. Jiraiya, in turn, received help from the various World Ninjas he had befriended throughout the series.
  • Smallville: In "Prophecy", Toyman gathers several past and new villains, including Metallo, Roulette, Dark Archer, Black Manta, Captain Cold, and Solomon Grundy, into a team he calls Marionette Ventures. At the end of the episode, he shows his team a list of the heroes and commands them to each target and kill one of them. However, they never appear nor are mentioned again.
  • The Society: Campbell's coup serves as this. A number of different people who don't like Allie team up to overthrow her.
  • Super Sentai:
    • Not wanting to be left out, there is the 30th anniversary celebration GoGo Sentai Boukenger vs. Super Sentai, where High priest Gajah makes an alliance with the movie's Big Bad, Chronos, who in turn revives Tsue Tsue, Meemy and, in the very last minute, Furabijo. Last minute, as in the alliance was quickly short-lived, by Chronos betraying everyone and turning the three sorceresses into a staff to power himself up.
    • The movies for the 35th anniversary series do something similar - Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger is already a Decade-style-celebration, but its villains are the completely original Zangyack Empire. However, the first movie involves said empire making an alliance with the Black Cross King, a revived rubber suit form of the Black Cross Fuhrer from Himitsu Sentai Gorenger, who in turn revives Brajira, Dagon from Mahou Sentai Magiranger and Yogoshimacritein from Engine Sentai Go-onger. Even though those three are destroyed separately by the rangers, in the final battle, the Black Cross King revives them, while also summoning Dagon's fellow Hades Gods Ifrit and Cyclops; Yogoshimacritein's minions Chirakasonne and Kireizky; and lastly Brajira multiplying himself into his five different forms.
    • Among the lackeys of the villain of Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger the Movie: The Flying Ghost Ship is a revived Agent Abrella, who himself leads an army of nearly every Mook that has existed in Sentai history.
    • In Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Superhero Taisen, Zangyack has been expanded into "Great Zangyack" by the hands of their new emperor, who appears to be a Face Heel Turned Captain Marvelous, AKA Gokai Red, who launches an invasion of the Kamen Rider multiverse to claim the Riders' Grand Powers; its membership includes a number of high-level villains from all over the Super Sentai franchise like Doukoku and Bio Hunter Silva. Eventually, this organization teams up with the above-mentioned Dai-Shocker to form the Shocker-Zangyack Alliance.
  • The final episode of Team Knight Rider, aptly titled "Legion of Doom", featured all the villains from the series teaming up under the command of the series' Big Bad.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Crazy as a Soup Sandwich", Volkerps is a member of the Fourth Canonic Order of Demons.
  • Ultra Series:

  • Chester, a now-classic William Billings song from the Revolutionary War, devotes a verse to what sure sounds like the British Legion of Doom circa the 18th Century.
    Howe and Burgoyne and Clinton, too
    With Prescott and Cornwallis joined,
    Together plot our overthrow
    In one infernal league combined.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Legendary Professional Wrestling stable The Four Horsemen started out as a Legion of Doom-esque gathering of heels. Rated RKO was the teaming of two of DeGeneration X's biggest rivals, and DeGeneration X itself was originally formed to fight against The Hart Foundation. There was also a wrestling group called The Legion of Doom who existed three years before the Horsemen but had been reduced to a tag team, The Road Warriors, when the Horsemen showed up. And we can't let the Pro Wrestling entry go by without a mention of the nWo, can we?
  • While LOD might have been best known as the tag team of Hawk and Animal, in Georgia Championship Wrestling they were actually an example of this trope and included such other future legends as Jake the Snake, The Spoiler, Matt Borne (AKA the first Doink the Clown), King Kong Bundy, Arn Anderson, and for perhaps the only time both of the Sheiks, Iron and Original, led by manager 'Precious' Paul Ellering. The two remaining members were made into a tag team and were supposed to be called The Road Warriors hence why they are introduced as "Road Warrior Hawk" and "Road Warrior Animal". The two names were used interchangeably since then.
  • In 1995 WCW, Kevin Sullivan and his "Father" The Master (King Curtis Iaukea) put together one of the most imposing heel stables of all time called the Dungeon of Doom. The group featured the great Monster Heels Kamala, The Shark (John "Earthquake" Tenta) and Haku (now known as Meng) who is generally considered one of if not the most legitimate tough guys in wrestling also joined the group, with the centerpiece being The Giant. At Halloween Havoc 95 the group really began to hit its stride with the inclusion of former world champion Lex Luger and legendary manager Jimmy Hart. The stable would expand over the next several months to include an odd mix of characters, including The Barbarian, The Yeti, The One Man Gang, Giant Haystacks (billed as the Loch Ness Monster) Big Bubba (Ray "The Big Bossman" Traylor), Hugh Morrus, Jacqueline and Konnan. The stable peaked in early 1996 and were ultimately Demoted to Extra due to the rise of the NWO and dissolved after Chris Benoit d. Sullivan in a "Career vs. Career" match at Bash at the Beach on July 13th, 1997.
  • During Uncensored '96, two of the groups above united to create an even bigger Legion of Doom when the Four Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom joined forces to become the Alliance to End Hulkamania along with two random wrestlers The Ultimate Solution (the late Robert "Jeep" Swenson, aka "Bane" from Batman & Robin) and Z-Gangsta (Tom Lister, Jr., who played Zeus in Hulk Hogan's 1989 film No Holds Barred). They fought Hogan and Randy Savage in the "Doomsday Cage Match", a triple-decker cage. However, at the apex of his Invincible Hero status, Hogan was still too much for the eight members of the Alliance and he and Savage soundly beat them.
  • In 1998, Vince McMahon created his own legion of doom, The Corporation, to contend with the likes of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, Mick Foley, and D-Generation X. They became even more doomy when Shane McMahon took over the Corporation and merged it with the Ministry of Darkness to form the Corporate Ministry, while still answering to the "Higher Power" (who was revealed to be Vince McMahon).
  • Abismo Negro, Maniaco, Mosco de la Merced, Histeria and March-1 came together as Los Rudos de la Galaxia in AAA during the 1990s to get rid of the young, popular "Los Cadetes del Espacio". The older Histeria, now going by "Super Crazy", a new Histreria, Absimo Negro, Maniaco and a new Mosco de la Merced would join with Psicosis II, Electroshock, Mini Abismo Negro, Mini Histeria and Mosquito de la Merced under Cibernético's leadership in 1997 to become Los Vipers.
  • MisChif briefly had one in the form of Amazing Kong (whom she feuded with in the NWA), Wesna Busic (whom she fell to in the ChickFight VIII finals) and Sara Del Rey (who she beat for the SHIMMER singles title). Wesna backed off after being beaten while Kong and MsChif eventually came to a mutual understanding (MsChif later tried to fight Kong's own legion of doom). Also, Ashley Lane, Nevaeh and Cheerleader Melissa were there to back MsChif up (back up meaning sharing the beating and attracting more unwanted attention from Annie Social, who paired Busic with Melanie Cruz)
  • When Los Perros Del Mal invaded AAA in 2010, they found themselves surrounded not by enemies but instead ended up merging with the already present La Milicia and Los Maniacos along with the Konnan and Dorian Roldan lead La Legion Extranjera to form La Sociedad. Later, El Consejo also became a "member" group. For reference, the maniacs were three strong, the council and militia had about ten people each, Konnan's foreign legion was large enough to have its own sub groups and at this point the dogs had graduated from Power Stable to a promotion in their own right, making Sociedad among the largest pro wrestling/lucha libre factions ever conceived.
  • SHINE's founders attempted to curb the chaos pro wrestling often devolves into by giving referees power to fine and suspend. Most wrestlers were apathetic but repeat offenders Radiant Rain and Made In Sin (Allysin Kay-Taylor Made-April Hunter) took exception to this upstart promotion docking their pay and bookings. So they formed "Valkyrie" with new comer Ivelisse Vélez to subvert SHINE's rulings and freely target wrestlers on its roster, starting with Amazing Kong, who broke Rain's wrist after Jazz lobbied to end the suspensions of Rain and Mercedes Martinez, to get them in a tag team match (Kong also embarrassed Made In Sin at an NWA FUW show).
  • Daniel Bryan had his own personal legion of doom in the form of The Authority comprised of Triple H, Randy Orton, Stephanie McMahon, The Shield (Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose), The Big Show and former tag team partner Kane. They didn't really want to eliminate Daniel Bryan the way most examples of this trope do, they just wanted to keep him from becoming the WWE Champion, which they succeeded in, time and time again until WWE realized just how much people wanted to see Daniel Bryan win and finally threw him a bone, only to see him get injured and written off TV via choke slam from Kane.
  • In 2014, Dixie Land (Dixie Carter, Magnus, Ethan Carter III, Rockstar Spud), The Bromans (Robbie E, Zema Ion, Jessie Godderz), Bad Influence (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian), Bobby Roode and crooked referee Brian Stiffler all teamed up to rid TNA of AJ Styles. In a single match. They won. Then they repeated the same thing again with Sting, who had tried to help AJ.
  • In 2014, "El Magnate" Juan Manuel Ortega joined with Mighty Ursus, Jinder Mahal, Abdullah the Butcher and Orlando Toledo to form an alliance to rid pro wrestling of the Colon family, starting in WWC with Carlito. Ortega also joined with Los Templarios (William De la Vega and ASH), Huracán Castillo and Miguel Pérez to eliminate Los Matadores Fernando and Diego(Eddie and Orlando Colon in masks).

  • In The Gamer's Alliance, the Crimson Coalition is founded by various factions which have opposed the Grand Alliance... although lately many heroes have found out that the Coalition might not be as bad as it originally seemed to be when they learn of the noble goals of some of its members.
  • Super Smash Brothers Life Itself has this in the form of The Order of Despair, The Pollies and The New Pigmask Army.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Claim the Sky: Dread, an organization of seven supervillains, is the primary opponent of The Society of Seven.
  • There's a sort of example done apparently just for the sake of simplicity in the games Hero Quest and Space Crusade, roughly based on Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, respectively. In both games the bad guys are ostensibly "Chaos", but in fact their units are a combination of Orc, Undead and Chaos / Ork, Tyranid, Chaos Android and Chaos Space Marines characters, all united under the control of the same player to destroy humanity.
  • Sentinels of the Multiverse: This is the point behind Baron Blade setting up the Vengeful Five, a counterpart to the games heroic Freedom Five, with each member intended to have some grudge against one of the heroes. An earlier example would probably be The Ennead, a group of rogue archaeologists possessed by the spirits of several Egyptian gods who battle against The Mighty Ra.
  • Villains & Vigilantes has an introductory adventure, "Crisis at Crusader Citadel," which has an NPC hero team, the Crusaders, and the Crushers, a villain team made up of their archenemies. Although it only points out who a few of the feuds are between.

  • Doctor Who:
    • The stage play Doctor Who: The Ultimate Adventure uses this trope, combining Daleks and Cybermen for the first time (outside of "The Five Doctors", when the Dalek basically cameos), although the two sides (not surprisingly) end up feuding.
    • Technically, the earlier stage play Doctor Who & the Seven Keys to Doomsday also uses the trope, combining Daleks with Clawrentulars, but since the latter have not appeared before or since, they amount more to henchmen and one-off baddies.

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  • Akuma's Comics: The Ministry is a collection of both canon and fan-created villains led by the Undertaker, who has promised to help get them what they want for his own ends. The group get along relatively well, which is helped by the fact the Undertaker is a man of his word.
  • The Axis of...Something in Shortpacked!, comprising the guy who insists disagreeing with him makes Ethan "arrogant", Walter Mondale (seeking revenge on Reagan) and Faz. Their leader is a character who was fired from the store in her first appearance and has been plotting revenge ever since (ironically, this was what convinced Robin that nothing significant ever happened at Shortpacked, since none of the important characters were fired. Guess she really shouldn't have pulled that drama tag). The Axis later returned, still led by Sydney Yus, with an even more absurd line-up (Malaya's roommate, because she never paid the rent on time; Ethan's counterpart in the McAwesome's Similar Squad, rebuit as a cyborg; Mike because he was bored; and Leslie's ex-husband, who thought it was a bible study group.)
  • The Crossoverlord assembled one of these by gathering enemies of each story's main characters — at least one for each hero, two in the case of Dasien, but none for The Green Avenger (maybe because her only enemy at the point was a walking alarm clock, or because she was brainwashed).
  • The League of Recurring Antagonists in Casey and Andy.
  • In The Order of the Stick, the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission is an alliance of the three fiendish races (demons, devils, and daemons), who have traditionally competed against each other — though they aren't out to get anyone in particular, they just want to win. It differs from most cases because its three leaders were never actually seen prior to the team-up. However, one recurring secondary villain (Sabine) was revealed to be working for them covertly behind her boss/boyfriend's back, and another minor villain introduced during the same arc (Qarr) was recruited to serve them during their initial appearance.
  • The Dark Legion in Deviant Universe, which has had two incarnations of the course of the story.
  • 8-Bit Theater:
    • The Warriors of Darkness, four villains assembled to be the opposite number to the Warriors Of Light. In practice, they're a group of Ineffectual Sympathetic Villains who range from being too harmless to being too moronic to be of any threat.
    • The Warriors Of Light themselves could count too, at least on the "doom" part, having a kill streak spanning several continents' worth of genocide and the KT event.
  • Scary Go Round has the League of Enemies, a team-up of people who've been defeated or foiled by Tim Jones. They're ultimately rather ineffectual, although they do unleash a zombie clone of Shelley on Tackleford. It Makes Sense in Context, at least to them.
  • The Doctor Who fancomic The 10 Doctors, apparently influenced by the lack of this trope in the series (see above), goes nuts with it. The Celestial Toymaker is working for Omega. The Renegade Daleks are taking commands from the Valeyard. The Rani is assisting Davros and the Imperial Daleks, who are themselves controlling the Cybermen. The Master is using the War Chief and the Sontarans to form a massive fleet of Ice Warriors, Draconians, and many other aliens from the Doctor's past. And that's just for starters.

    Web Original 
  • One of the non-existent season two episodes of Challenge of the GoBots that was described by Cy-Kill in his Character Blog Renegade Rhetoric was "The Guardian Smashers", which involved Trident from the episode "Trident's Triple Threat" forming a villain team with other human enemies of the Guardians (Professor Frost from "Cold Spell", Mr. Murchison from "Crime Wave", Dr. Cunningham from "In Search of Ancient GoBonauts", Major Benedict from "The Seer" and Dr. Helstrom from "Renegade Carnival").
  • Team Kimba of the Whateley Universe is viewing Elite League as this. They have fought the Young Turks twice before, and a lot of the Alphas, and Gold Stallion's gang. Now they're seeing a team made up some of the best of those groups.

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    Western Animation 
  • In Action Man (2000), Dr. X runs a villainous team to further his schemes. In fact, it's literally called "The Council Of Doom".
  • The end of the penultimate episode of Adventure Time "Gumbaldia" before the hour-long series finale, Gumbald who is the Big Bad of Season 9 has gathered everyone who hates the Candy Kingdom and fought against Finn and Jake before for war against Princess Bubblegum. These foes include Fern, Ricardio, the Squirrel who hates Jake, Me-Mow, Ash, Bandit Princess, Scorcher, Peace Master, Samantha, Sir Slicer, Pete Sassafras, and... The Ice King and Gunther.
  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius had the League of Villains, which was formed in what was intended as one of the show's final episodes. Almost all of the show's villains were included, both nemeses and gag characters, but as it was aired before some episodes produced earlier, it even included some villains that hadn't been introduced yet!
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force subverts this trope in the episode "The Last One", in which the Mooninites gather all the..."villains"...that have appeared in the series to form a Legion of Doom. After the group's decimated because of its members' stupidity and annoyance with each other, the survivors dub themselves "Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday" and launch an assault on the ATHF's home — which, of course, goes nowhere.
  • Mirroring the comics it is based off of, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes has the Enchantress gathering up various villains to form the Masters of Evil. And then she gives the reins to Baron Zemo, for some reason.
    Enchantress: Zemo is but a toy. To be discarded when I tire of him.
  • Avengers Assemble features the above-mentioned Cabal from Dark Reign as the principal antagonists. Red Skull even explicitly states that he formed them as the villainous equivalent of the Avengers.
  • Batfink had in episode 96 out of 100 a conglomeration of villains brought together by Tough Macduff, Batfink's 'Oldest Foe', though this is his first appearance. They consist of Manhole Manny, Big Ears Ernie, Gluey Louie, Stupidman, Skinny Minnie, Whip Van Winkle, Old King Cruel, Cinderobber, Swami Salami, Party Marty, Beanstalk Jack, Queenie Bee, Sporty Morty, Roz The Schnozz, and, to add insult to injury, Hugo A Go Go, the mad scientist. They tell Batfink to be branded a coward and leave town on a train. However, Batfink caches them all in a fishnet.
  • The Batman's done this at least twice: "Team Penguin" in the episode of the same name, and briefly in "The Batman/Superman Story, Part One". However, the latter is sort of subverted as it may be members of Bats's Rogues Gallery teaming up, but they were assembled to fight against Superman.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold:
    • The Legion of Doom is featured in the episode "Triumverate of Terror!" The episode sees The Joker joining forces with Lex Luthor and Cheetah to finally do away with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman once and for all.
    • The Teaser of that episode was a baseball game between the Justice League International and the Legion of Doom, with Joker, Luthor and Cheetah united with Weather Wizard, Clock King, Chronos, Felix Faust, and Amazo.
    • "Night of the Batmen!" features an instance of a number of Batman's foes teaming up to take advantage of Gotham City while the Dark Knight is in traction.
  • The Beetlejuice episode "Neitherworld's Least Wanted" has Neitherworld television executive Mr. Monitor orchestrate a ratings stunt by broadcasting a show where he brings together several of Beetlejuice's enemies (Scuzzo the Clown, Jesse Germs, Little Miss Warden from "Snugglejuice", Mr. Big from "Ear's Looking at You", Bartholomew Batt from "Sappiest Place on Earth"...and recurring nuisance Lipscum) to form S.N.O.T.R.A.G. (Society of Neitherworld Outlaws, Thugs, Rogues, Antagonists and Gangsters) and destroy Beetlejuice by tricking him into saying "I'm coming apart at the seams" and separating his pieces to prevent him from putting himself back together before sundown.
  • Ben 10:
    • The Negative Ten in the final season of the original series, formed by Forever King Driscoll and consisting of villains Ben has fought (namely Dr. Animo, Charmcaster, the Circus Freaks, Sublimino, Rojo, and Clancy) to steal an energy power unit from Mount Rushmore.
    • Ben 10: Omniverse:
      • The Vengers, consisting of Billy Billions (and his Robot Maid Mazuma), Kangaroo Commando and Captain Nemesis, with backing from Will Harangue, are a group out to destroy Ben's reputation (and himself) while trying to pass themselves off as heroes. Thanks to Brainstorm's calculations, Ben doesn't bother to deal with them at all, and instead pretends to go Achilles in His Tent and waits it out until the team implodes from within because of their clashing egos. Ben's prediction naturally came true.
      • The "And Then There Were-" two-parter featured Vilgax teaming up with Eon and Albedo, and then forming a team of evil alternate Bens from various parallel universes in order to conquer a reality where Ben never received the Omnitrix. Paradox would then summon a group of heroic Bens (Ben 10K, Ben 23, Gwen 10, and Ben from the original universe himself) to even the odds.
  • Captain Planet and the Planeteers: In the two part episode "Summit To Save Earth", Zarm forms a team consisting of the Eco Villains such as Sly Sludge, Doctor Blight, Hoggish Greedly, Verminous Skumm, Duke Nukem, and Looten Plunder.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • The very first time it happened in was in "Operation: M.O.V.I.E.", where Numbuh Four tries to get into an R-rated movie, only to find that it's a very large gathering of the KND's Rogues Gallery, summoned by Mr. Boss.
    • A larger scale version happened in Operation: Z.E.R.O., where Father (and later Grandfather) uses every possible villain against the KND. It is even stated early on that the KND had never faced such a coordinated attack from their adult enemies before.
    • Minor example in "Operation: F.L.U.S.H.", where Mr. Boss (again) gathers a group of villains, only for the Toiletnator, rejected from the group, to defeat them on his own, since he mistook them for the KND!
    • Another example would be in "Operation: M.I.S.S.I.O.N.", only it's Numbuh Four who assembles four incarcerated villains...for a bowling match against his father.
  • In an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eustace organizes a team of former villains into a group in order to kill Courage, ranging from recurring (arguably) nemesis Katz to the giant foot fungus, apparently ignoring/forgetting that they've endangered his own life before. They all seek revenge against Courage for being the first who dared to deny them new victims. They then proceed to brutalize Courage in a game of Dodgeball before he buries them in an earthquake caused by his own ability to scream which is ironically what they made him do all the time.
  • The enemies of Darkwing Duck join forces to become the Fearsome Five, (NegaDuck, Megavolt, Bushroot, Quackerjack, and Liquidator) forcing Darkwing to create his own team, the Justice Ducks in the episode "Just Us Justice Ducks".
  • Used (and made fun of) in the Third Season Premiere Show of Duck Dodgers, where nearly every minor one-or-two-episode villain was brought together (Sometimes from the dead) to form the Legion of Duck Doom, as the primary antagonists, Mars, were currently at peace with Earth. (Though by the end of the episode, the Legion is defeated, and war breaks out again.) There was even a Captain Ersatz of the Black Manta called the Black Eel (who really shouldn't have been there, as he had no quarrel with Dodgers).
  • DuckTales (2017):
  • Earthworm Jim faced a team composed of all the major villains from his cartoon series. The stake? An egg-beater! No, a normal egg-beater, like the kind you have in your kitchen. Don't question the humor!
  • Evil Con Carne: Hector once decided to unite all villains and form the "League of Destruction". The villains argued among themselves about who'd be the leader. By the time The Hero arrived at the Headquarters to stop them, the League of Destruction had lived up to the name by destroying itself.
  • The Fairly OddParents:
    • The Crimson Chin webisodes had "The Body of Evil" (consisting of the Bronze Kneecap, the Copper Cranium, the Iron Lung, the Gilded Arches and the Brass Knuckles).
    • In "Escape from Unwish Island", Timmy's vengeful no-longer-imaginary friend Gary assembles several other villains who were brought into existence by one of Timmy's wishes that Timmy had unwished (Super Bike from the episode of the same name, Dark Laser from "Hard Copy" and the Pumpkinator from "Scary Godparents", as well as a Sphinx from Abra-Catastrophe! that Timmy didn't wish away, but adds to the drama) to get payback on Timmy for "abandoning" them. Though they manage to win, Timmy works things out with them.
    • In "The Big Superhero Wish", Timmy makes the world like a comicbook, resulting in superheroes and supervillains. Taking advantage, the Nega Chin (the Crimson Chin's alternate reality evil self) forms a supervillain group out of the now superpowered Mr. Crocker (Doctor Crocktopus), Vicky (The Baby Shredder), and Francis (Bull-E), complete with a swamp-based 'hall of evil'. While they manage to win and take over the world, they're ultimately defeated by Timmy, his powerless friends, and three everyday heroes... a fire fighter, a janitor, and a milkman.
    • The eighth season brought together a smaller gaggle of recurring villains - Denzel Crocker, Dark Laser, Foop, and sometimes Vicky, as the League Of Super Evil Revenge Seekers, or LOSER's. Unlike the previous examples, the unit reappeared a few times more, not only as antagonists but also the primary social group for the villainous characters when they were in greater focus.
  • Family Guy mentions the Legion of Doom by name, when during Lois's bid for mayor, she claims they've teamed up with Hitler to assassinate Jesus. Cut to the Legion, with Solomon Grundy admitting he "dropped the ball on this one."
  • Generator Rex episode "Enemies Mine".
  • Godzilla: The Series "Monster Wars" episodes had a Monster of the Week version of this, complete with a resurrected Zilla, the original American Godzilla, as "Cyber-zilla".
  • Harley Quinn (2019): The Trope Namer exists as a club of who's who/Weird Trade Union for supervillains, chaired by Lex Luthor and containing the big shots like Luthor, The Joker, Scarecrow, Black Manta, and Banenote . They are a public institution with HQ in the centre of Gotham City, and have a training video and police their own membership (including expelling Doctor Psycho for using the C-word in public). Getting into the Legion becomes Harley's overarching goal for season 1.
  • Johnny Test:
    • Five of Johnny's past foes form the 'Johnny Stopping Evil Force Five' to take their revenge, complete with a 'swamp lair'. Similar to their counterparts, they actually manage to hold together and reappear in several future episodes.
    • A second team is assembled for the finale after the original team has, for various reasons, made up with Johnny himself.
  • Justice League featured this thrice: the two versions of the Injustice Gang in the episodes "Fury" and "Injustice For All", and the Secret Society in the episode "Secret Society" (naturally, after the above comic). In the sequel series, Justice League Unlimited, the latter expanded into a much larger and better organized group, the focus of its third-season arc. This incarnation was based off the Legion of Doom, and was called that behind the scenes. The entire third season was basically a homage to the aforementioned Superfriends, complete with Darkseid showing up as the True Final Boss to replace them.
    • The creators have admitted that they considered the massive villain group in JLU to be the Legion of Doom (complete with "Darth Vader head base in a swamp"), and generally referred to the group as such when discussing it, but had been explicitly told by DC that they could NOT use the Legion of Doom term. This is why the group is never actually named in the show, and why Luthor's allusion to the group implies it's related to the prior Secret Society. Note that Grodd corrects Luthor and implies the group ISN'T just a larger Secret Society — but then fails to provide an alternate term. Interestingly, they were referred to as The Legion of Doom on the JLU Season 2 DVD box.
    • Justice League also featured the Superman Revenge Squad, though they were not named as such.
    • The original Secret Society was something of an inversion of this trope. Grodd uses his mental powers to make the heroes more irritable, causing them to give vent to grievances that they normally kept bottled up. This causes the dissolution of the League, much the same way that a normal Legion Of Doom will fall apart. Grodd even lampshades the common fate of Legions Of Doom, and seeks to avert it using trust-building exercises and training.
    • The episode with the Justice Guild has the Injustice Guild, based on the Injustice Society.
    • "Epilogue" briefly features the Iniquity Collective, a small collection of the future Batman's rogues (and Parasite).
  • Kim Possible, "A Sitch In Time" (sic), wherein the biggest villains join up in a Time Travel scheme, and get double-crossed by Drakken's sidekick Shego.
  • In the Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness two parter "Emperor's Rule", after the new Big Bad takes out the Furious Five, Po breaks Fung, Gah-Ri, Taotie, Tong Fo, Temutai and Hundun out of prison. They capture him before he can convince him this is an Enemy Mine situation, but he eventually talks them round. Taotie calls the group the Brotherhood of Malfeasance, but it doesn't catch on.
  • Played with in the The Legend of Korra episode "Remembrances". In it, Varrick explains his idea for a new movie, where the four previous Big Bads, Zaheer, Vaatu, Amon and Evil Unalaq team up to defeat Bolin and take over the world. Varrick almost exactly mentions this trope by name, by suggesting this ensemble should be called the Legion of Darkness.
  • The Lion Guard:
    • A resurrected Scar amasses a massive army to try to take over the Pride Lands, with his second-in-command Ushari the cobra, Janja and his hyena pack, Kiburi and his rogue crocodiles, a flock of vultures led by Mzingo and Mwoga, a pack of jackals led by Reirei and skinks led by Shupavu.
    • Makucha of Season 3 also assembles a group to stalk and oppose the Lion Guard in the latter's pilgrimage to find the Tree of Life, consisting of villains of the week that previously fell to the Guard like snow leopard Chuluun and Ora the komodo dragon.
  • Used in the Loonatics Unleashed 1st Season Finale where four of the season's villains were gathered by Optimatus.
  • The Mask episode "Convention of Evil", where most of the Rogues Gallery attend a therapy session hosted by recurring character, psychologist Dr. Neumann. The climax of the episode reveals that The Mask is in the meeting, disguised as Neumann himself.
  • Mickey's House of Villains features Jafar recruiting a team consisting of Captain Hook, Cruella DeVille, Ursula, and Hades to take over the House of Mouse. Eventually nearly all of the Disney Animated Canon villains come to join their army, and some notable additions to the crew post-takeover include Kaa, the Queen of Hearts, the Big Bad Wolf, and Chernabog.
  • In My Life as a Teenage Robot episode "Legion of Evil", the titular Legion is made up of Jenny's enemies. The twist is that its membership consists of her least-threatening enemies: The Hammer Bros, Lancer, Mudslinger, and led by Dr. Wakeman's deranged lab rat Vladimir. Jenny was not impressed.
    Jenny: Your name is Mr. Scruffles, your Legion is a bunch of B-list villains, and your secret lair smells like fish.
  • In the final season of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Grogar who is actually Discord in disguise forms one of these with Lord Tirek, Queen Chrysalis, and even Cozy Glow being recruited, and King Sombra being resurrected. By the end of the premiere, Sombra defects from the legion, intending to conquer Equestria on his own, and nearly succeeds before being killed once more by the Mane Six. Grogar presents this to show his allies why they must stand united to defeat the heroes. They're even gathered in a skull-shaped cave in a mountain, reminiscent of the Trope Namer. Tirek, Cozy Glow, and Chrysalis betray Grogar/Discord using his own bell to power themselves up, drain his magic, and then go on to become the final antagonists of the series.
  • The New Adventures of Superman had A.P.E. (Allied Perpetrators of Evil); consisting of Lex Luthor, the Warlock, Toyman and the Prankster who united in an attempt to take down Superman.
  • Dr. Doofenshmirtz of Phineas and Ferb attempts to invoke this by gathering the other evil scientists in the Tri-State area and form the League Of Villainous Evildoers Maniacally United For Frightening Investments in Naughtiness. Then one of the scientists points out that the acronym spells L.O.V.E.M.U.F.F.I.N.
  • The Plastic Man Comedy Adventure Show had an episode, "The Terrible 5 + 1" where a new villain broke a bunch of previous Villain of the Week characters out of jail to form a team with them, but subverted because none of them wants to take orders from another villain, and he ends up interrupting their crimes to steal the take in revenge for being rejected. Instead it becomes an Enemy Mine episode where they ask Plastic Man for help dealing with him.
  • The Powerpuff Girls:
    • The episode "Meet the Beat-Alls" had Mojo Jojo, Him, Princess Morbucks and Fuzzy Lumpkins joining together to form the eponymous villain group. The episode was also almost entirely full of Beatles song references and visual idioms.
    • Another episode has one brief part near the ending where to get revenge on Buttercup (for repeatedly attacking them all with no provocation to get teeth in a typical tooth fairy story), a bunch of villains get together and beat her down.
  • In Regular Show, the episode "Exit 9B" has a Legion of Doom formed from the bad guys that got killed over the past 3 seasons, all led by the son of Garrett Bobby Ferguson.
  • Spoofed briefly in the season 15 episode of The Simpsons "Fraudcast News," where Mr. Burns tells Smithers to "Assemble the League of Evil", a seemingly multi-ethnic team of villains (a samurai warlord, a Nazi SS officer, and an Arab Sheikh, along with a cowboy and a scientist). They were only identifiable by their clothing, as Burns had kept them stored away in a compartment in his office, and they had long since suffocated and died. As Mr. Smithers observed, "even monsters need air."
  • South Park:
    • The episode "Krazy Kripples" had Christopher Reeve create a Legion of Doom to counter Gene Hackman in direct homage to the Super Friends cartoon featuring the same lair as the show, featuring various DC and Marvel villains as well as the South Park versions of Saddam Hussein, Osama bin Laden, Kim Jon-gil, David Blaine, Professor Chaos, and General Disarray.
    • The 200th episode did this with Tom Cruise gathering literally dozens of celebrities that the show had made fun of in previous episodes, like Rob Reiner, Paris Hilton, George Lucas, Mel Gibson, etc. The narrator refers to them as "Legion of Doom" in dialogue for the second episode, continuing the Super Friends homage established with the Super Best Friends earlier. Trey Parker and Matt Stone even used the term "Legion Of Doom" when referring to this episode in an interview.
  • The Council of Doom was the collective name of Space Ghost's sworn enemies: Brak, Zorak, Moltar, Black Widow, Creature King, and Metallus. It should be noted that the Council of Doom appeared over a decade before the Trope Namer.
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man uses the Sinister Six twice. The first time has Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, Rhino, Shocker, and Vulture. The second team up trades Doc Ock and Shocker for Mysterio and Kraven.
  • The 1967 Spider-Man animated series in one of the last episodes has three foes who had each appeared in two episodes, Electro, Green Goblin, and the Vulture, being broken out of jail by exclusive-show villain who had already appeared, the Invisible Scientist Dr. Noah Boddy. Spider-Man tricks them into fighting each other with a crash course in ventriloquism, then webs up Noah Boddy.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series has the Sinister Six, though they were called the Insidious Six because of worries over using "sinister" on a kids show.
  • An episode of SpongeBob SquarePants features a coalition of The Dirty Bubble, Manray, and the recently-turned-evil Barnacle Boy ("That's Barnacle Man!"), calling themselves "Every Villain Is Lemons" (E.V.I.L.). This being SpongeBob, they accomplish about as much as you'd expect. Of course the IJLSA were even less competent, so...
  • Superfriends fought the Trope Namer and the Trope Codifier in the Challenge of the Superfriends era, where Superman's archenemy Lex Luthor banded together with 12 other supervillains (fellow Superman villains Bizarro, Brainiac and Toyman, Wonder Woman villains Cheetah and Giganta, Batman villains Scarecrow, Riddler and Solomon Grundy, Aquaman villain Black Manta, Flash villains Gorilla Grodd and Captain Cold, and Green Lantern villain Sinestro) to routinely hatch plots to defeat the Super Friends and take over the world.
    Narrator: Banded together from remote galaxies are thirteen of the most sinister villains of all time, The Legion of Doom, dedicated to a single objective: the conquest of the universe. Only one group dares to challenge this intergalactic threat: The SuperFriends!
  • Apex tried to make one in an episode of Sushi Pack (partly as The Plan), but due to the villains' lack of respect for each other, they barely got past the planning stages.
  • SWAT Kats episode "Katastrophe" begins with a chance meeting between Diabolical Mastermind Dark Kat and Mad Scientist Dr. Viper. They recruit Killer Robots the Metallikats to create an "Alliance of Evil" with only one goal: "Destroy the SWAT Kats!"
  • Teen Titans (2003):
    • The story arc of the last season concerns the Brotherhood of Evil recruiting most of the villains from previous episodes to wipe out the Titans and all the other young superheroes.
    • The HIVE Five consists of Jinx, Gizmo, Mammoth, See-More, Billy Numerous and Kyd Wykkyd. When Kid Flash wondered why they called themselves the HIVE Five when there are six of them, none of them could come up with an explanation until See-More replied that "it sounded cooler".
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) episode "Night of the Rogues" had Shredder gather a number of recurring, one-shot, and brand-new villains, including the Rat King, Leatherhead, Slash, Tempestra, Antrax, Scumbug, and Chrome-Dome to oppose the Turtles, leading to the Turtles allying with a cavalcade of their own recurring supporting allies to defeat them.
  • The Tick spoofs this in "The Tick vs. Arthur's Bank Account" with a villain team consisting of villains The Terror, The Human Ton and Handy, The Man-Eating Cow, Joseph Stalingrad note , and the alien Tuun-La.
  • Total Drama: In All-Stars, Chris makes a team called the Villainous Vultures that consists of the antagonists from the previous seasons- Heather, Courtney, Duncan, Scott, Lightning, and Jo. He also puts Gwen on the team even though she makes it clear she isn’t as bad as the rest of them. Later, after being freed from the Drama Machine, Alejandro joins the team as well. None of them make it to the finals.
  • LAMOS, (League Aiming to Menace and Overthrow Spies), for the fourth season of Totally Spies! Its leader didn't realize what the letters actually spelled until he had all the stationary printed, and refused to change it afterward.
  • Transformers: Animated has a slew of B-list villains, and in one episode they come together to form the Society of Ultimate Villainy, to try and not get beaten up for a change. Hilarity ensues. Even all together, they still get upstaged by a Decepticon.
  • Turbo F.A.S.T. has this in the episode, The Snailman, where all of Turbo's past enemies want revenge for outmatching them in previous episodes.
  • The Grand Finale of Underdog has Simon Bar Sinister gather recurring villain Riff Raff and one-off baddies Battyman and the Electric Eel for a final showdown with the titular canine hero. They all seemingly perish when Underdog uses Simon's vacuum gun on them, after which it explodes. Presumably this explains why Underdog didn't need to keep fighting crime.
  • The Venture Bros.:
    • In true fashion for the series, he "Guild of Calamitous Intent," which functions more as a trade guild for organized supervillainy, fitting that the "professional" villains are more Punch-Clock Villain, who do evil as their day to day and not really out of a will to wreak havoc. The villains outside the guild are the ones you really want to fear, as they don't play by "the rules." The series also brings together "The Revenge Society", including rogue villains such as Baron Underbheit, Phantom Limb, Professor Richard Impossible, and Fat Chance, who play this trope straight.
    • A more Direct parody later appeared in the form of The Doom Factory a group of supervillains Doing It for the Art. Their leader was a Composite Character of Lex Luthor and (of all people) Andy Warhol and the other members were similarly mixes of various DC supervillains and associates of Warhol. They were all killed when their base was accidentally blown up by the Blue Morpho (aka the Monarch in disguise)
  • The Knights of Vengeance from W.I.T.C.H. could be seen as one, as it was a gathering of various Phobos cronies united by Nerissa.
  • Xiaolin Showdown:
    • The series finale, after getting its own plotline resolved, ended with our heroes facing a Legion composed of every single villain in the series.
    • The second season finale featured a smaller Legion formed by Jack Spicer. They had the heroes on the ropes for a while until Chase Young stepped in and went Eviler than Thou on them.
  • Young Justice (2010) put its own spin on the Trope Namer, this version calling itself "The Light". In a neat twist, all the hackneyed hold-the-world-for-ransom-with-our-deadly-space-laser ploys are just for show, a way of distracting from their real goals: building a metahuman army to help Earth conquer as much of the universe as possible, to better prepare us for the inevitable war with, of course, Darkseid.


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Seekers of Darkness

The 13 Seekers of Darkness are all different incarnations of Xehanort and his cronies to represent the Darkness for the new Keyblade War.

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