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Green Arrow: I can't believe your advice worked. We actually managed to turn Ra's Al-Ghul into an Arrow villain.
Daredevil: Hey, it's like I said. We turned Kingpin from a Spider-Man villain into a Daredevil villain in the seventies and I never looked back.
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Also known as The Supervillain Shuffle. The occurrence wherein a villain, originally introduced as an enemy for a specific hero, subtly through time or Continuity Creep, deliberately or unintentionally, becomes more identified with another hero.

While any Shared Universe may depict a hero fighting another's antagonist, usually they remain identified with the original. For instance, Superman may occasionally fight The Joker, and Batman may take on Lex Luthor from time to time, but no one would ever claim that either bad guy is anything but the other hero's Arch-Enemy. This trope refers specifically to characters that have reached the narrative point where the villain is now more identified in the popular consciousness as being an adversary to a character he did not originally fight.

There are various reasons why this occurs. Reasons include:

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  1. Sometimes, a hero's series gets cancelled, but one of their villains is such a cool character that they get transferred to a different hero, or turned into a general utility villain for the whole universe.
  2. Or, years after the cancellation of a title has left them an obscure character, they get discovered by a new writer for a popular work or adaptation.
  3. Alternatively, a new hero gets created, or an existing hero gets a significant revamp, and something about their personality, powers or theme makes a particular existing villain an obvious foil to them. It's easier to use a pre-existing villain to antagonize them than make one from scratch, and if the bigger-name isn't doing anything with them, might as well put the villain to use somewhere.
  4. This can also be the result of a writer creating or forming a strong attachment to a villain while writing for one character, then moving on to another project and taking all of their toys with them.
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    Anime and Manga 

    Fanfic 
  • In the Doctor Who/Resident Evil crossover Dangerous Tenant, while Albert Wesker still considers Chris Redfield his main opponent, he observes to Donna Noble that the Tenth Doctor is rapidly becoming someone else Wesker truly hates.
  • In the DC Animated Universe fic "Mercy", when Diana is trapped in a fantasy by the Black Mercy, her dream features her as the guardian of Gotham while her civilian identity is married to District Attorney Bruce Wayne, and she references encounters with foes such as Poison Ivy and the Joker.
  • In Spider-X, when Spider-Man joins the X-Men: Evolution cast, several characters who were uniquely foes of Spider-Man in the comics, such as Electro, Venom and the Green Goblin, end up facing the X-Men (although a few foes such as Rhino, Shocker and Mysterio are still focused on the wall-crawler).
  • In the Justice League: The Spider series, while they remain focused on their traditional enemies, Web of Cadmus sees the Joker and Metallo go after Spider-Man to avenge his past defeat of them.
  • Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams greatly expands Sleepwalker's Rogues Gallery beyond what he faced in the official comics. Its companion series Ultimate Spider-Woman: Change With The Light has an entire gallery made of transplants, since protagonist Mary Jane Watson doesn't actually have one in the comics.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has a couple of particular cases, as they're less of a "Rogues" and more of a "Rivals" Gallery Transplant. While both Gary and Paul are introduced early as rivals to Ash, as the story progresses their rivalry with each other gets more focus. Also, to a lesser extent, Ash ends up facing against Solidad, who in canon was a rival of May as a coordinator as opposed to a trainer (though it's hinted this is only a temporary thing, since Solidad plans on going to Contests full time once she's done participating in the Indigo League).

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Randall Flagg was introduced as the enemy of Mother Abigail in Stephen King's The Stand, amassing an army on Earth to attack and destroy her more peaceful followers. However, Flagg is far more well-known as the nemesis of Roland Deschain, the dimension-hopping hero of King's epic fantasy saga, The Dark Tower, and acts as the main villain of that series, even though there's an even greater evil behind him.
  • When Faction Paradox became an independent spin-off not under the aegis of the BBC, it took a few individually-licensed elements of the wider Doctor Who Expanded Universe, leading to Sutekh or Sabbath Dei now crossing paths with new characters like Justine and Eliza instead of the Doctor & friends.
  • Faction Paradox was later on the giving end of things with Godfather Auteur, a FP-original character, making a slew of crossover appearances in prose franchises that aren't even properly part of the Doctor Who EU, including The Crew of the Copper-Colored Cupids and 10,000 Dawns, now serving as antagonist to the Cupids and Graelyn Scythes, respectively.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Batman had the Green Arrow foe Clock King acting as a member of Batman's rogues gallery. Similarly, minor Superman villain Puzzler was once used instead of The Riddler for a two part episode, due to a contract dispute with Frank Gorshin. The Archer also originated as a minor Superman villain in the comics before appearing on this show as a Batman villain.
  • Darla was introduced in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a Dark Action Girl; she's killed off in the seventh episode, which also reveals that she's Angel's sire and ex-lover. When he got a spin-off series, Darla was brought Back from the Dead for a longer-lasting and more emotionally potent role.
  • On Doctor Who, the Slitheen family started out as briefly recurring antagonists of the Ninth Doctor, then disappeared from the main series and started showing up frequently on The Sarah Jane Adventures.
  • The Cardassians began as villains of the week on Star Trek: The Next Generation but ended up with much greater plot significance on Deep Space Nine.
    • To a somewhat lesser extent, the same thing could also be said of the Romulans being more associated with The Next Generation than with TOS.
    • The Borg are a subversion of sorts. After twenty (of which four were two-parters) appearances on Voyager, plus a Borg character joining Voyager's main cast for the last four seasons, one might have expected them to be more associated with that series than with TNG, which only featured them in four episodes (of which two were two-parters) plus First Contact. Despite this, in popular consciousness, the Borg are still considered Picard's nemesis.
  • The Green Arrow adaptation Arrow has Deadshot and Deathstroke as recurring foes. Deadshot is a Batman villain usually associated with the Suicide Squad and Secret Six, while Deathstroke is traditionally an enemy of the Teen Titans. Justified Trope in these cases, as Deathstroke and Green Arrow had a long-standing rivalry in the comics after the events of Identity Crisis, and Deadshot has encountered Green Arrow many times in the comics (the two even becoming sorta-friends in Deadshot's second miniseries that introduced his daughter Zoe). Both have largely became standard DCU villains as it is, so they are, technically, up for grabs (For the former, Deathstroke is upgraded via an Adaptation Origin Connection that allows him to become the Big Bad of season 2 and one of Green Arrow's archenemies, with a Heel–Face Turn later on, while Deadshot becomes more personal with GA's partner John Diggle / Spartan due to him being hired to snipe his brother actually fake his death).
    • Along those same lines, Smallville had Deathstroke show up as a recurring foe despite having little if any connection to the Superman mythos, while Deadshot appeared as part of the Suicide Squad in the last season of the show. Although Smallville is pretty infamous about it. In an inverse of the Batman example from above, Arrow also uses Firefly and Dollmaker (both of whom are Batman villains, the former is a Villain of the Week that dies at the end of the episode featuring him, the latter is the Arch-Enemy of Green Arrow's Friend on the Force (and Black Canary's father) Quentin Lance).
    • Arrow's second season continues the trend, using (among others) Solomon Grundy (here a normal man who takes the same formula as Deathstroke), Nyssa al Ghul (connected via the League of Assassins), and Brother Blood (via Deathstroke).
    • Season three has introduced Ra's Al-Ghul, justified through his canonical connection to Merlyn (but with plenty of references to Batman).
    • Season four has the main antagonist being the head of HIVE, an organization which was historically enemies of the Teen Titans, and introduces Batman villain Anarky, who primarily menaces Green Arrow's sister Speedy.
    • Season five features the traditional Batman/JLA villain Prometheus, having received a wardrobe change meant to evoke Oliver's original suit from Season One. While Word of God says that he is NOT the same character, the show's Prometheus obviously has the same modus operandi as the original comic book character. The original Prometheus did face Green Arrow in the notorious Justice League: Cry for Justice and was killed by him, but is treated as a major Arch-Enemy and Evil Counterpart here. He also works with Talia Al-Ghul, again originally a Batman villain.
    • Milo Armitage, who was initially introduced in Season 2 before being revealed as a member of HIVE, was a foe of Connor Hawke's (in part because he was Sandra Hawke's abusive husband). Here, he's a foe of Oliver.
  • The Flash (2014) has some villain-swapping amongst the various Flashes.
    • The Big Bad of Season 2 is Hunter Zolomon/Zoom, the Arch-Enemy of Wally West in the comics. Since Wally has yet to gain his speed, Zoom spends the series fighting Barry Allen (a twofer, as he had previously kidnapped Jay Garrick and used a time remnant to pose as him, making it look like he was Jay's enemy). He also is shown to be an Evil Counterpart of Barry in the process with the reveal that they both watched their mothers die (the difference being Zoom's father was guilty, unlike Barry's).
    • The Rival, traditionally an enemy of Jay Garrick, fights Barry and Wally as a Starter Villain in Season 3.
    • Savitar singles out Barry as his archfoe, while his comic counterpart was introduced in the Wally West Era. It gets more complicated when its revealed that "Savitar" is really the show's version of The Future Flash, who actually did focus exclusively on Barry in the New 52 comics.
    • The Thinker, Jay Garrick's original Arch-Enemy before the introduction of the Rival, acts as the main antagonist of season 4.
    • King Shark, originally an Arch-Enemy of Superboy and also remembered as a member of the Suicide Squad (which is referenced by A.R.G.U.S., the backers of the Suicide Squad, locking him away), is depicted as a minion of Zoom sent to attack Barry.
  • Within the Arrowverse, Damien Darhk was initially used as the Big Bad for Season 4 of Arrow. However, he subsequently appeared on Legends of Tomorrow as one of the main antagonists for Seasons 2 and 3, racking up as many episode credits on that show as he did on Arrow, and developing a personal rivalry with Sara Lance that he never quite had with the Green Arrow.
    • Legends has generally either created their own villains, or imported other Arrowverse villains, as opposed to adapting comics characters. Season 1 had Vandal Savage — who has opposed a wide variety of heroes in the comics and other media, and has no default arch-enemy — as the Big Badnote . Season 2 saw a version of the Legion of Doom, composed of Darhk, Malcolm Merlyn, and the Reverse-Flash (albeit with his true face instead of the Dead Person Impersonation of Harrison Wells he originally pulled). Season 3 has Darhk again, now a member of the Cult of Mallus (Mallus basically being an Expy of Trigon); Grodd from The Flash shows up, at first working alone, then becoming part of the cult. Another member of the cult is Kuasa, the "Water Witch", from the Vixen web-series, somewhat justified in that a Vixen (the grandmother of Kuasa and the present day Vixen) is a member of the Legends. Season 4 has the team tracking magical fugitives, eventually putting them against the demon Neron, typically a major team-level threat in the comics, it helping that John Constantine was part of the team, and one that Neron had a grudge against; Season 5 has Astra Logue, from Constantine's solo series, reviving historical criminals, another justified case due to Constantine being on the team still, before two of the three Fates of Greek Mythology take over later in the season, also justified because the third Fate, a shapeshifter stuck in the form of the aforementioned Vixen was present to combat them.
  • Once Upon a Time puts either Rumplestiltskin or the queen from Snow White in everything. Rumple has been Cinderella's fairy godmother, Beauty's Beast, and Captain Hook's crocodile, while Regina has been the Little Mermaid's Sea Witch and the wicked stepmother who abandoned Hansel and Gretel (though not actually their stepmother, she was still responsible for the events.) Then there's the spin-off, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, in which Alice's main antagonist is Jafar.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. makes liberal use of this trope since most of the main characters are Canon Foreigners, and thus have no existing rogues from the comics. You have enemies of Iron Man (Blizzard, (a) Whiplash), Thor (the Absorbing Man, Lorelei), Captain America (the Watchdogs), the Hulk (General Talbot), the Avengers (Graviton) (these two eventually become a Composite Character), and even Nova (Blackout). Special mention goes to Mister Hyde, who as noted above has bounced around between multiple superheroes in the comics but is here made specifically a S.H.I.E.L.D. villain by capitalizing on the development in the comics that his daughter is a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent. Lash and Eli Morrow could also qualify, respectively being an Inhumans and an All-New Ghost Rider villain transplanted to S.H.I.E.L.D., but then again Inhumans and Ghost Rider himself were used in the show so they fit (special mention to Lash becoming the Superpowered Evil Side to Melinda May's ex Dr. Garner).
    • Agent Carter likewise stars someone who in the comics was merely a supporting character and had no specific enemies of her own. The show's villains were Dr. Faustus and the Secret Empire (renamed the Council of Nine in this show) from Captain America, Madame Masque from Iron Man, and an evil Black Widow, who is technically a Canon Foreigner but draws on the heroic Black Widow's backstory that she wasn't the first such Soviet agent.
    • Daredevil (2015) season 3 features Rosalie Carbone as one of the supporting antagonists. In the comics, she was a Punisher villain who hooked up with Frank Castle (who was using an assumed name). Here, she's not remotely affiliated with the Punisher at all, instead making her debut in the last two episodes of Luke Cage season 2, before taking a prominent role in Daredevil.
    • Jessica Jones (2015) features Kilgrave as its main antagonist. Kilgrave started as a Daredevil villain. It becomes ironic when Jessica meets Claire Temple and she offers to solicit Matt to help out in Jessica's crusade against Kilgrave. She turns down the offer because she doesn't want him enslaved as well, but in the comics, he's able to resist Kilgrave's commands due to his Disability Superpower. Will Simpson, in the comics a Daredevil villain known as Nuke, also appears as an enemy of Jessica's (and the former boyfriend of her friend Trish Walker), albeit with a very different background and origin.
    • Luke Cage (2016): The second season introduced Tilda Johnson aka Deadly Nightshade as the daughter of Mariah Dillard. In the comics, not only is she in no way related to Black Mariah, but she was introduced as a Captain America villain.
    • Iron Fist (2017) features the Hand as main antagonists, who are usually Daredevil foes just like Kilgrave, but the difference is that Matt did actually fight them in season 2 of Daredevil (2015) beforehand. Not only does Danny square off against the Hand in the show, but it turns out the Hand are the sworn enemies of K'un L'un denizens and it's the Iron Fist's duty to oppose them. Similarly, Typhoid Mary appears as an antagonist in the second season of Iron Fist, despite her being more associated as one of Daredevil's rogues. Justified in Typhoid Mary's case: since Matt is presumed dead after the events of The Defenders, Danny's fighting her since she's one of those foes that would normally be one for Matt to fight.
    • Hawkeye features the MCU debut of Echo. Echo was initially introduced in the comics as an enemy (later ally) of Daredevil who fought him after he was framed for the murder of her father, justified through the fact that both Echo and Hawkeye have used the alias Ronin.
  • In Supergirl (2015), most of the bad guys she fights are actually Superman villains in the comics: Toyman, Livewire, Master Jailer, even Lex Luthor, etc (Silver Banshee, though originally a Superman foe, had already transitioned into mostly a Supergirl rogue - or friend - in the comics a few years before the start of the show.) However, this trope is only directly invoked when she fights Reactron, whom Clark recognizes as one of his more powerful enemies. Ironically, Reactron in the comics is primarily a Supergirl villain. Season two features a crossover with The Flash (2014) where the heroes fight The Music Meister, who was a Batman villain in his debut. The show also makes Manchester Black a personal foe to Martian Manhunter rather than Superman, since both characters have telepathy.
    • Crisis on Infinite Earths (2019) features an instance of Weather Witch, a Flash villain from Earth-1, rampaging in National City, an Earth-38 location. However, this is more of a plot point than an actual fight; Barry arrives to deal with her, and her presence purely exists to cause Barry and Kara to realize that there no longer is an Earth-38... or an Earth-1, as the universes have merged as a result of the Crisis.
  • Stargirl (2020):
    • The series sees the teenage Legacy Characters who make up the new Justice Society of America battling the Injustice Society of America, the villains who killed the original JSA. In the comics, most of the original Injustice Society members had either retired or died by the time most of the JSA legacies debuted in Infinity, Inc., and it was their own children who instead did battle with the young heroes. The most notable example is probably Icicle, the series' Big Bad, who, in the comics, died back in Crisis on Infinite Earths, well before Stargirl was even created.
    • In a more specific example, the Gambler is said to have been the arch-nemesis of the original Doctor Mid-Nite. In the comics, the Gambler was actually created as an enemy of Alan Scott, the original Green Lantern.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and its spin off Xena: Warrior Princess:
    • Ares, the God of War, was occasionally fought by Hercules in its first season, but he became a regular antagonist to Xena. Hercules still fought Ares from time to time, specially after Season 3 where he was cast by Kevin Smith, but he is much more important to Xena, not just as an enemy, but also as a supporting character.
    • In regards to the original myths, the Minotaur was slain by the hero Theseus, while he is fought by Hercules in the TV-movie The Maze of the Minotaur, where its revealed he is also his half-brother and Theseus is Adapted Out completely.
    • Bacchus first appeared on Xena and was killed off by the end of his episode, but he would appear in subsequent appearances in Young Hercules, a prequel to Legendary Journeys where he fought against Hercules in his early career more than once.
  • Titans (2018):
  • In the Ultra Series, it's not uncommon for popular Monsters of the Week to appear in later series to be pitted against new Ultra heroes. The original Ultraman's most famous foes Zetton, Gomora, Red King, Antlar, Baltan, and Mephilas have all battled at least five (and as many as ten; sometimes more) subsequent Ultramen since their debuts in the original 1966-1967 series.
  • Zone Fighter had two of Godzilla's Rogues Gallery, Gigan and King Ghidorah, appear as monsters of the week battling Zone, although Gigan's appearance also saw Godzilla help out a bit.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The main purpose of Black Tiger is to oppose Tiger Mask. From the very beginning of the defictionalization of the feud though, Black Tiger also opposed, and ultimately defeated El Gran Hamada before "first" Tiger Mask avenged him. Even though Tiger Mask would ultimately defeat Black Tiger, Tiger Mask was the one to "lose" his mask when it was bought from New Japan by All Japan. AJPW were uninterested in pitting Tiger Mask II against his traditional nemesis but Black Tiger simply changed targets again, going after The Cobra.
  • Besides the inevitable clash with his contemporary Tiger Mask, Black Tiger II was also known for harassing Jushin Liger and Pegasus Kid.
  • Black Tiger III's demise came not at the hands of a Tiger Mask, but at L.A. Par-K's at a CMLL event.
  • While Black Tiger IV was eventually unmasked by Tiger Mask IV, he did spend time going after NWA World Junior Heavyweight Champion Jason Rumble, if only to better position himself in later offenses on Tiger Mask.
  • Two years after Tiger Mask IV unmasked Black Tiger V, Black Tiger V reappeared in Toryumon Mexico to oppose Último Dragón.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons 3rd edition book Elder Evils picks up Kyuss, the Worm That Walks, a well-known villain from Greyhawk, Zargon, a fan-favorite monster from Mystara and Pandorym, villain from Forgotten Realms novel Darkvision, and reinvents them so they can now fit to any D&D setting.
    • The Fifth Edition Campaigns Tomb of Annihilation and Princes of the Apocalypse transplant classic Greyhawk antagonists demilich Acererak and the Cult of Elemental Evil into Forgotten Realms.
    • Vecna Trilogy moves titular character from Greyhawk to Ravenloft and then to Planescape. Since then Vecna has also branched out to Forgotten Realms and Exadia.
    • Another Greyhawk villain, the God of Evil Tharizdun, is generally seen as a multiversal villain stretching far beyond the bounds of Planescape.

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 
  • DC Super Hero Girls has a lot of this, largely due to many villains being alignment-swapped in this universe and pulling out more obscure DC villains to act as enemies. For instance, the Double Dare Twins are little-known Nightwing villains, but are often used in a Villain of the Week role, either against Katana or the Wonder Woman/Batgirl/Supergirl team, while he hasn't shown up at all. Dark Opal kind of counts, as while he menaces the DCSHG team, mainly Supergirl, here, his backstory flashback shows that he got there by running away from Amethyst.

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    Western Animation 
  • Most of the villains on Batman: The Brave and the Bold qualify, Gentleman Ghost in particular. He was a minor enemy of Hawkman, but has had three episodes in a Batman-centric show devoted to him before Hawkman was even mentioned. One episode actually had Batman replacing Hawkman in the Ghost's origin story, which more or less explains the difference. The series tried to do this on purpose. Outside of his own (rarely used) rogues' gallery, it's actually fairly rare for Batman to fight an enemy that regularly opposed the team up partner for that episode. (Featured team-up during Gentleman Ghost's origin story? Etrigan and Sherlock Holmes!)
  • DC Animated Universe:
    • Justice League:
      • Solomon Grundy does not fight against Green Lantern or Batman, but instead against Superman and Hawkgirl. Somewhat justified by Grundy occassionally facing Superman in Silver Age stories.
      • Unlimited portrayed Devil Ray (the Captain Ersatz of Black Manta) as a foe of Wonder Woman instead of Aquaman. This was due to rights issues with the failed Mercy Reef pilot that kept Aquaman himself from appearing in the last season of JLU.
      • Gentleman Ghost and Shadow Thief spend most of their time fighting Green Lantern instead of Hawkman, although in the latter's case, it is due to the Love Triangle involving Hawkgirl.
      • Instead of being a foe of the Justice Society, Roulette appears as a foe of the League. However, her debut does however involve Wildcat and Black Canary, members of the JSA in the comics.
    • Batman: The Animated Series used Clock King and Count Vertigo (the latter depicted as a former friend of Ra's al Ghul to justify his inclusion), who were originally Green Arrow villains in the comics. Vertigo returned in The Batman but this was in the last season when the show started focusing on assembling the Justice League and the episode he was in Batman shared with Green Arrow as a supporting role.
    • Inverted in an episode of Superman: The Animated Series where Superman briefly takes over vigilante duty in Gotham, posing as Batman. He falls into a trap set by Bane, Mad Hatter and the Riddler, but escapes the trap with brute force, beating Bane into submission with ease, before using his super speed to apprehend the others, to their absolute shock.
    • While Sinestro in the comics fought several Green Lanterns, he was the archenemy and Evil Mentor of Hal Jordan. In the DCAU, his debut in Superman: The Animated Series saw him fight Kyle Rayner (and be the one to murder Abin Sur, therefore causing Kyle to get the ring) and Static Shock gave John Stewart Hal's role in Sinestro's expulsion from the GLC.
    • In-universe and out with the Royal Flush Gang as they made their DCAU debut in the future-set Batman Beyond and the Gang is explicitly stated to have a history with Batman. However, the very first version of the Gang chronologically made their debut fighting the Justice League, the Gang's traditional enemies.
    • While he's crossed paths with Batman before and was involved in the origins of Poison Ivy, the Floronic Man made his DCAU debut in Batman and Harley Quinn whereas the comic character started out as an enemy of The Atom and is a regular opponent of Swamp Thing (the latter of whom cameos in the film).
  • Green Lantern: The Animated Series uses Byth Rok, who is traditionally a foe of Hawkman.
  • Beware the Batman uses Tobias Whale, who is traditionally an enemy of Black Lightning, and Simon Stagg, who is the archenemy of Metamorpho (who, unlike Black Lightning, did appear). Deathstroke also appears, and while he is pretty much a general DC Universe menace these days and has fought Batman quite a bit, having some moments as an Evil Counterpart of Batman (this time around, Alfred mentored him too), the character originated as a Teen Titans villain.
  • Big Bad Pete originally appeared in Walt Disney's Alice Comedies before becoming an enemy of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and eventually Mickey Mouse. In the later years of Disney shorts, Pete mainly menaced Donald, though more as a bullying jerkass than a straight up villain. To modern audiences he's probably best known for his role as Goofy's False Friend on Goof Troop, or his role in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • They aren't really villains, but Chip 'n Dale originally started out as recurring antagonists for Pluto. Though they still pester Pluto at times, they're far better known nowadays for always bothering Donald Duck, or else being key components of the Rescue Rangers team.
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! essentially made the Black Panther villain Klaw into an Ant-Man foe, as Ant-Man is the one who mangles his hand and later comes up with the strategy to defeat him. This left Black Panther without an Arch-Enemy or someone to yell You Killed My Father at, so the writers made Man-Ape into his father's murderer instead. Klaw does still participate from the shadows, but its only because T'Chaka's fight with Man-Ape was really a Trial by Combat fight to the death for the throne, where Klaw's sabotage gave Man-Ape the advantage and victory.
  • The 90's Iron Man animated series had an episode with the Beetle, who is primarily a Spider-Man villain. The fact that he uses a suit of Powered Armor like Iron Man and War Machine allowed him to be depicted as one of Tony's Evil Counterparts.
  • The Mad Thinker and Awesome Android pop up in Iron Man: Armored Adventures as enemies (and classmates) of Tony and his buddies. In the comics, they're traditionally enemies of the Fantastic Four, even in the Ultimate Marvel universe (which the show went with, depicting the Mad Thinker as a teenaged girl, instead of an original adult man). And then there's Doctor Doom and Magneto, who both show up in Season 2 (Magneto's appearance, in fairness, also features Professor X and Jean Grey, both of whom were from the X-Men).
  • Taken to the extreme in Ultimate Spider-Man, as part of the show's apparent attempt to be as different as possible to the traditional Spider-Man formula. So far, the show has largely avoided classic Spider-Man antagonists, the only ones showing up after more than twenty episodes being Venom (with Harry Osborn as the host instead of Eddie Brock, though the symbiote later goes to Flash Thompson and turn him into Agent Venom as it does in the comics), Doctor Octopus, Norman Osborn (who doesn't become the Green Goblin until the season finale) and Sandman. The other episodes involve either crossover episodes with other heroes involving villains from the guest-star's rogue gallery (Living Laser for Iron Man, Loki for Thor, Zzzax for Hulk, Mesmero and Sabretooth for Wolverine) or villains from other Rogues Galleries who are treated like they were Spider-Man's regular villains (Doctor Doom and the Frightful Four, whom are Fantastic Four villains, Batroc the Leaper, whom is a Captain America villain, Taskmaster, who debuted as an Avengers villain, Whirlwind, originally a foe of Ant-Man, the Juggernaut (though justified in that there was one notable comic story where Spider-Man did fight Juggernaut)...) As an added twist, some of Spider-Man's foes are now tied to other heroes, such as Kraven being the one who killed White Tiger's father, and the Scorpion being from the same mythical city as Iron Fist. Even though the show did eventually bring in more Spider-Man rogues and storylines, the aforementioned Taskmaster becomes The Heavy in the first half of season 3, where he recruits potential new SHIELD heroes to spring Green Goblin from prison, leading to Goblin's travels across the Spider-Verse, and in season 4, HYDRA and its leader Arnim Zola, both foes of Captain America and SHIELD (the latter being the mentors to Spider-Man and other heroes) begin to back the Sinister Six, and Crossbones, another foe of Cap and SHIELD, is selected by HYDRA to replace Dr. Curt Connors as the Lizard when Spider-Man successfully cures Connors for good.
  • Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. has put the Hulks up against Annihilus, Blastaar, and Ego, the Living Planet, all longtime Fantastic Four headaches, and Doctor Doom above especially. Bonus points for X-Men foe Sauron. However, The Man Behind the Man villain of the series is the Leader, who is a Hulk villain.
  • Avengers, Assemble! uses Impossible Man, another Fantastic Four enemy, as well as Doctor Doom. The Cabal, originally created as the Evil Counterpart of The Illuminati, act as the first main antagonists, founded by Captain America's Arch-Enemy Red Skull and his other enemy MODOK (whom is more acknowledged here by his later encounters with Iron Man), with Dracula, Sub-Mariner rogue Attuma, and Hyperion (a member of the Squadron Supreme, though his overall depiction is closer to the villainous Squadron Sinister version) also added. Later arcs find ways to add Thanos and the Black Order (though Crisis Crossover events do see Thanos face the team in the comics despite being better known for his encounters with cosmic heroes), a new Cabal featuring the Leader, Zola, Enchantress, and Loki, all enemies of Hulk, Captain America, and Thor, though Loki was the Avengers' original Starter Villain, and Madame Masque, whom normally faced Iron Man and Hawkeye (Kate Bishop), was used in a season that was heavily centric to Black Panther, just to name a few, that same season mainly having his enemy Erik Killmonger as the main antagonist.
  • Dick Dastardly and Muttley started out as the enemies of the other racers in Wacky Races but then they gained a new enemy in Yankee Doodle Pidgeon in their own show, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. But then the two started antagonizing Yogi Bear and the others starting with Yogi's Treasure Hunt, then it continues in Fender Bender 500, Yo Yogi! and The Funtastic World of Hanna-Barbera. However due to rights issues they were replaced with Dread Baron and Mumbly and they antagonized Yogi and the others in Laff-A-Lympics and Yogi Bear and the Magical Flight of the Spruce Goose, but the latter made them sound and act more like Dick Dastardly and Muttley so it's obvious on who they're replacing. SCOOB! features Dick Dastardly as the Big Bad, this time to Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Machine gang, Blue Falcon and Dynomutt, and Captain Caveman and Dee Dee Skyes.
  • The Red Guy from Cow and Chicken would also frequently antagonize I Am Weasel as well.
  • While he isn't referred to by his real name, the same voice actor, the mirror mask, blue uniform hidden under trenchcoat and yelling "COBRA!" at the end of the episode made rather obvious the man called Old Snake, one-episode antagonist from The Transformers, is Cobra Commander.
  • DuckTales (1987) had an episode called "All Ducks on Deck", where the villain was the Phantom Blot, who first appeared as an enemy of Mickey Mouse in old Mickey Mouse comics.
  • DuckTales (2017):
    • Don Karnage, one of the primary antagonists from TaleSpin, is a recurring villain that ends up declaring Dewey his Arch-Enemy.
    • F.O.W.L. are mentioned and eventually decide to destroy Scrooge McDuck and his associates, rather than Darkwing Duck (who is one of Scrooge's allies, even though nobody treats him with respect). They technically first appeared in an episode of the original Duck Tales, but the reboot largely bases them on the more fleshed-out version shown in Darkwing Duck (including their shadowy board of director and Steelbeak). The Phantom Blot, Mickey Mouse's enemy from the Disney comics, is also a member of F.O.W.L., and has sworn vengeance on Magica De Spell (along with anything magical in general due to his and Magica's history).
  • Looney Tunes:
    • On a few occasions when he wasn’t trying and failing to catch the Roadrunner, a suddenly-voiced Wile E. Coyote showed up to antagonize Bugs Bunny in five shorts. That said, the final one, "Hare-Breadth Hurry" plays with this, as Bugs is essentially acting out the Roadrunner's usual role.
    • Similarly Elmer Fudd, originally set up as Bugs' Arch-Enemy, would frequently be placed against Daffy Duck or Sylvester in some shorts. Since the both of them were often as bungling and hubris driven as Elmer, it tended to be less lopsided who would come out on top, or even if Elmer was the actual villain of the two.
  • According to the The Powerpuff Girls episode "Bought and Scold", Quackor the Fowl from Dexter's Laboratory is one of their enemies. On a similar note, Huntor from "Dial M for Monkey" appeared as a bounty hunter in an episode of Samurai Jack called "Episode VIII: Jack vs Mad Jack".
  • Woody Woodpecker's traditional archnemesis Wally Walrus was placed against Chilly Willy in two 1961 cartoons, "Clash and Carry" and "Tricky Trout", 8 years since Wally's last appearance. Wally Walrus also antagonized Andy Panda in the 1946 cartoon "Dog Tax Dodgers".
  • Young Justice:
    • The majority of villains are not associated to any specific hero. Almost all the heroes work for or with the Justice League while most of the villains are part of The Light. Speaking of The Light, the main council is lead by Vandal Savage, whom originally faced Alan Scott but became an overarching villain to the DC universe as a whole, in this case here as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, and has maintained Superman villain Lex Luthor, Justice League International villain Queen Bee, and Etrigan villain Klarion the Witch Boy, whom is also remembered for his role in the storyline Sins of Youth. Other members of The Light, most of which were rotated out and replaced by other villains, include Batman villain Ra's Al-Ghul, Aquaman villains Ocean Master and Black Manta, Doom Patrol villain the Brain, Teen Titans and Nightwing villain Deathstroke, original Superman archenemy and later Justice Society villain Ultra-Humanite, New Gods and Mister Miracle villain Granny Goodness, and Batman and the Outsiders villain Bad Samaritan, here an ambassador of Markovia in the United Nations. By the show's present time period, the whole concept of a Rogues Gallery has pretty much vanished.
    • Speaking of Luthor, he never interacts with Superman (though he retains his connection to Superboy in being his source of human DNA, a father of sorts). In fact, overall he comes comes off more as an Arrow Family villain—his first appearance sees him engaged in a Xanatos Gambit against clone!Roy, and he's eventually revealed to be behind the capture of the original Roy Harper and creation of clone!Roy as a Manchurian Agent. After that, he uses his Secretary-General position to attempt to promote the Justice League and the Outsiders as Heroes With Bad Publicity.
    • Queen Bee was originally the main enemy to Justice League International, even acting as an Evil Counterpart to Maxwell Lord before his Face–Heel Turn, but is positioned against Miss Martian and Beast Boy because she murdered Miss Martian's idol and inspiration for her human identity in revenge for impersonating and humiliating her and worming her way out of being blackmailed by her, said idol being Beast Boy's mother and therefore making Queen Bee the reason he is orphaned this time.
    • Klarion here is depicted as a Lord of Chaos on par with Nabu and a Doctor Fate foe, killing the Kent Nelson Doctor Fate in an attempt to get his helmet. He did actually have run ins with the original Young Justice team of the comics, but he is shown in a more powerful light this time around, filling the role Bedlam had in Young Justice story "World Without Grown Ups".
  • In The Incredible Hulk (1982), some episodes pit the Hulk against other heroes' enemies.
    • Spider-Man foe Doctor Octopus is the villain in "Tomb of the Unknown Hulk".
    • "Prisoner of the Monster" features Iron Man adversary Spymaster as the antagonist.
    • "Bruce Banner Unmasked" has the Hulk fight the Puppet Master, whose usual adversaries the Fantastic Four get no acknowledgement aside from his step-daughter Alicia Masters having a bust of the Thing among her statues of Marvel characters.
    • The forces of Hydra are fought in "Enter: She-Hulk", when the organization is ordinarily an enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D. or Captain America.
  • DC Super Hero Girls does the same thing as its Web Animation counterpart:
  • Batman Ninja has Gorilla Grodd as being one of Batman's foes, despite having originated as a villain to The Flash. Similarly, Deathstroke also appears and while he tangles with Batman fairly often, he was originally the Arch-Enemy of the Teen Titans (he normally still has plenty of connections to Batman, but only because he is an Evil Counterpart to Batman himself, and Batman's first protege Nightwing, at times the Teen Titans' leader and whom also appears in the film, is the more specific Arch-Enemy he singles out among the team).
  • Marvel's Spider-Man has two examples:
    • The Blizzard used for this series, Randall Macklin, is a one shot enemy of Iron Man, who does not appear in this episode, and his origin involves Harry and Peter's invention, likely in reference to Blizzard sometimes facing Spider-Man.
    • Absorbing Man is normally a foe of the Hulk and Thor, the former having appeared in only the Halloween episode, and the latter hasn't appeared at all.
  • The Spider-Woman episode "Realm of Darkness" had Spider-Woman fight Dormammu, who was traditionally an enemy of Dr. Strange.
  • Doctor Doom was featured as a villain in Spider-Man (1981) and its related series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, neither of which acknowledged his usual enemies the Fantastic Four. Spider-Man considered him his Arch-Enemy instead of Doctor Octopus or Green Goblin in those series.
  • Spider-Man Unlimited had Spidey going up against the High Evolutionary, normally a cosmic Marvel villain (though he has ties to the X-Men; he was once a colleague of Spidey's foe Jackal in the comics, but that was about it for pre-existing connections).
  • The Marvel Super Heroes had an episode of the Sub-Mariner segment feature Doctor Doom as its villain. Doom's usual enemies the Fantastic Four couldn't appear because of rights issues (having already been used by Hanna-Barbera for The Fantastic Four (1967)), so they were replaced by the original roster of the X-Men, albeit referred to as the Allies for Peace.
  • Mighty Mouse foe Oil Can Harry originates from the older and black-and-white Fanny Zilch cartoons, where he was a human rather than a cat and an enemy of J. Leffingwell Strongheart.
  • Kim Possible occasionally reveals that one villain or another that the titular character fights used to be traditionally opposed by another group of heroes, Team Go, of which Kim's Arch-Enemy Shego used to be a part of. One of these villains, the Mathter, even completely shifted his vendetta from that team's leader to Kim's sidekick Ron. Naturally for the show this was lampshaded.


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