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This is a generally villainous organization with mysterious goals and many distinct characters, usually wearing theme outfits. May start out as The Omniscient Council of Vagueness before getting more time in the spotlight. Unlike a Legion of Doom, they're generally introduced as a bunch of new characters, rather than being a new alliance of old foes. Larger than a Quirky Miniboss Squad, and treated much more seriously (less quirk, more Boss). While they may have access to or be associated with a Nebulous Evil Organization, they are generally not nebulous, but rather have a set number of members, though they may qualify if their influence is nebulous or if they have numerous underlings who do not qualify as full members. They also tend to become a Spotlight-Stealing Squad.

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The Standard Evil Organization Squad generally serves as either the Big Bad or Co-Dragons on a large scale (or both, since the leader is often the true Big Bad), and thus are generally a major threat. The Team is the vaguely-structured Good Counterpart.


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  • Bleach:
    • The Espada serve this role as the most powerful Arrancar in Aizen's army and main enemies of the Thirteen Court Guard Squad captains during the war against Soul Society.
    • Later the Sternritter from Bleach, though they are technically a rank comprised of the most powerful Quincy in Yhwach's army and not a group in their own right.
    • The Thirteen Court Guard Squads qualify as a version that pulled a Heel–Face Turn, having been a brutal mob of killers that mellowed out over centuries.
  • The Homunculi from Fullmetal Alchemist are the primary antagonists of the story, comprised of strange, scheming humanoid monsters led by their creator Father.
  • The Innovators are portrayed this way in Mobile Suit Gundam 00, being a group of rogue Innovades working to enforce a tyrannical regime.
  • The One Shadow Nine Fists from History's Mightiest Disciple Kenichi, the ten strongest unarmed fighters of Yami, a villainous group martial artists.
  • The Akatsuki from Naruto. They are a group of S-ranked criminal ninja. Although they each have their own agendas, the group's goal is to Take Over the World by capturing the nine Tailed Beasts. Their members work in pairs and wear high-collared, black coats adorned with red clouds.
  • The Devils of Kimon from Ninja Scroll, a group of ninjas with extremely varied and bizarre powers, all working for an immortal.
  • One Piece:
    • Baroque Works is missing only standardized outfits. Like Akatsuki, they work in pairs, in each case, a guy and a girl, with the guys numbered a la the Espada.
    • The Cipher Pol 9 of the Enies Lobby Saga later also qualify.
  • The Juppongatana from Rurouni Kenshin, a special force of elite assassins led by Shishio Makoto to assassinate officials of the Meiji government to instigate a revolution.
  • The Numbers in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers. They are a group of twelve female Combat Cyborgs created by Jail Scaglietti, the main antagonist, to collect all the Relics.
  • The Dark Signers of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's. They're the Evil Counterparts to the Signers as a group of Duelists resurrected to serve Earthbound Immortals, evil monsters sealed away by the Crimson Dragon 5000 years ago.
  • The Noah family from D.Gray-Man. They are humans with an activated Noah gene who follow Noah and the Earl of Millennium.
  • The Band of Seven in Inuyasha. A group of human mercenaries killed long ago, they are brought back to life undead and controlled by Naraka to hold off his enemies during his time at Mount Hakurei.
  • My Hero Academia has the League of Villains, a group of competent villains led by Tomura Shigaraki and created by All Might's old nemesis All For One to work together against the heroes. Unlike many examples, after the League is re-branded thanks to the Stain incident, the group's numbers were reduced to a little over ten members. After defeating the Meta Liberation Army, the two groups merge to form the Paranormal Liberation Front with Shigaraki as its Grand Commander.

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  • Dungeon Keeper Ami: Ami's minions start out as just another Keeper's band of thugs to the surface world. This changes following Ami's defeat of The Avatar of All Light. It is clear from the Spymaster's subplot that after this the surface world is scrambleing to discover the source of this incredibly powerful new keeper, uncover her motives and prepare countermeasures for her continued menace. Of course, they meet with limited success due to her origions. Of course, this is Sailor Mercury we're talking about. So it's an inversion.
  • Amazing Fantasy has the League of Villains, who is receiving technology from Mysterio to arm a new wave of upstart supervillains with advanced equipment from the Marvel Universe. This includes D-list villains like Stilt-Man, Big Wheel, and an entire Rocket Racer Gang.

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  • Salem's faction from RWBY, alluded to now and again throughout the show, then fully revealed during the first episode of Volume 4.
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  • Homestuck has two. The first is the canonical Trolls, a group of twelve aliens (or so they claim) whose T-shirts follow an Astrological theme (each bears the symbol of one of the Astrological signs). Following the format of Homestuck, they are introduced one-by-one. Subverted in that most of them aren't really evil. They aren't particularly organized either.
    • The second group is from the Show Within a Show The Midnight Crew. The primary antagonists of the series are The Felt, who are a group of 15 time-travelers with a billiard-ball theme (each character corresponds to a ball). They have recently been revealed, in a form of in-universe Defictionalization, to actually exist in continuity with the main story.
      • The Midnight Crew itself could count, if not for the fact that the group consists only of four people.
  • The Order of the Stick: In the "Empire of Blood" arc, the Vector Legion is this. They're a relatively cohesive organization of primarily Lawful Evil, high-level adventurers, each of whom is a Foil / Evil Counterpart to a member of the Order of the Stick in some way. Unlike the equally matched Linear Guild, three of them are able to take on the titular Order and almost win. For bonus points, one of their number is Elan's father.

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Alternative Title(s): Generic Evil Organization Squad

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