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"How do my foes find each other?"

If a Superhero has a Rogues Gallery, it's an obvious plot for the villains to team up. A Villain Team Up is almost always for the sole purpose of ganging up on a hero or hero team and finishing them off once... and for all!!! Villains will almost never team up to rob a bank together, or commit any other crime together. Usually this is because the typical Rogues Gallery has villains with nothing in common at all, other than hating the hero.

This is also why they lose; unlike the heroic team they fight, the villains never trust each other. One of them will betray the rest of the group. Usually after they've captured the heroes, thus letting the heroes escape. Some heroes can even cause a "solid" Villain Team Up to implode with Flaw Exploitation. For example, one of the villains with a case of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder will show no loyalty nor cooperation with one another. Other times, one of the villains has planned the whole team-up as a trap from the start. Cue An Aesop about The Power of Friendship. This is one of few situations where maintaining the Status Quo is well justified.


A variant is that instead of ganging up, they make the heroes Run the Gauntlet. If they get on reasonably well, they'll compliment each other on their evilness. If conditions are right, they may become a Big Bad Duumvirate. While this is usually a one-shot team up, a Legion of Doom is a recurring team of villains and are a major opposition together. Can easily lead to a Joker Jury situation. When done badly can lead to instant Villain Decay, as the hero trashes six people who each used to be a threat to them on their own. This trope is the opposite of Evil vs. Evil. When a villain teams up with the hero, that's Enemy Mine. When villains from different universes team up and appoint one of their own to lead them, that's Crossover Villain-in-Chief.

Compare Evil Is One Big, Happy Family and Legion of Doom. Contrast Super Team.



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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chapter 157 / Episode 42 of Assassination Classroom shows us that Shiro has joined forces with the God of Death.
  • Defied in Bleach: Yhwach made a point about visiting the last major villain, Aizen, in his prison cell to offer him to join his army. Aizen refused, presumably because his delusions of godhood left him too proud to become anyone's henchman, even if the person making the offer was capable of one-shotting an enemy that Aizen wasn't willing to approach without major preparations. Instead, Aizen ends up helping the heroes defeat Yhwach.
  • In the Devilman versus Getter Robo Crossover, the demons team up with the Dinosaur Empire.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • In Dragon Ball Z Cell, Frieza, and his Quirky Miniboss Squad teamed up to take over Hell. They got along surprisingly well.
    • In Dragon Ball GT practically everyone the protagonists had ever killed teamed up in Hell to try to get revenge, though most of them were just used as distractions until Dr. Myuu and Dr. Gero could create Super Android 17.
    • In the movie Fusion Reborn the villains escaped from Hell as a result of Janemba’s reality warping. However, nearly all of them were reduced to cameos and the only one of them who got any real screentime was Frieza, who would end up being quickly killed by Gohan.
  • In the episode of Inuyasha entitled 'Naraku and Sesshomaru Join Forces'...Take a wild guess.
  • In the Mazinger Z versus Devilman feature, Dr. Hell and the demons collaborate to take down Kouji Kabuto and Devilman. It may be subverted, since Hell used a mind-control device to enslave the demons, and he was mainly interested on taking down Mazinger Z (he only sent some demons and Mechanical Beasts against Devilman because the demons warned him he would interfere).
  • Malik/Marik and Yami Bakura from Yu-Gi-Oh! Battle City arc.
  • In the Magic Knight Rayearth anime, Alcyone proposes this with Ascot (they're both minions of the Big Bad, but they work independently). He follows her lead in good faith, but she tricks him into giving one of his beloved creatures a Deadly Upgrade and then freezes him solid when he gets upset, laughing over his gullibility.
  • Naruto:
    • Kabuto and Tobi end up doing this.
    • Kabuto takes it a step further with his mass resurrection jutsu of almost every big name character to ever die in the seriesnote , forcing them to work together against the protagonists. They are mostly villains, but they also include some heroes who are implanted with seals that force them to obey Kabuto.
  • The final arc of Tiger & Bunny saw a Villain Team Up of Big Bad Maverick and villain from one of the earlier episodes, Doctor Rotwang. They got along very well, despite that one of them was NEXT-hater and the other was secretly a NEXT himself until they were at the verge of Disney Villain Death, with Rotwang begging Maverick to save him, only for him to reveal he is a NEXT and kick him in the face.
  • In One Piece, "pirate alliances" are commonplace, and while they don't always involve villains (for example, Luffy's Straw Hat Pirates form an alliance with Trafalgar Law's Heart Pirates), evil pirates do in fact outnumber good ones and such alliances are usually villain team-ups. Most notably, the Wano arc introduces an alliance between the current Arc Villain Kaido and the previous Arc Villain Big Mom, the two most powerful foes the heroes have faced to date.
  • This happened quite frequently in early Pretty Cure All Stars movies- the second movie, for instance, sees villains from the first four seasons revived and teaming up, while the third saw all the previous movie villains teaming up.

    Fan Works 
  • In Power Girl fanfic A Force of Four, Wonder Woman's enemy Badra and three Kryptonian criminals – Mala, Kizo and U-Ban — join forces to destroy the Amazons, Power Girl and then Earth.
    "My name is Badra," she said to them, through Mars's alien gases. "I believe you are Mala, Kizo, and U-Ban, of Krypton. We have enemies in common. Let us talk."
  • The Disney Animated Canon fanfic The Hellbound Hearts consists of several Disney villains forming a loose companionship to get revenge on their enemies, and eventually take over the world. Then there's another group that wants to take advantage of the war to take over the world. And Frollo... he's just... there.
  • In the first story arc of Supergirl fanfic Hellsister Trilogy, Mordru bullies Satan Girl, the Legion of Super-Villains and more into serving him. And at the beginning of the second arc, Brainiac and Lex Luthor are putting together an army of villains:
    "Our foe, the Anti-Monitor, has fled or has died. Not even I can detect his presence, either in our universe, or in his. My calculations must be true. The Crisis he created is over. But great unsettlement remains. We all crave power, for various reasons. Now is the time to strike. Not even the heroes of the five remaining Earths can withstand our combined power."
    Not all of those who listened to Brainiac nodded, but most knew the truth of that. Super-villains outnumbered super-heroes by a factor no one had yet calculated. If they all struck at once, in coordinated effort, little could be beyond their grasp. Better yet, within their grasp might be the lives of those heroes who had opposed them, defeated them, imprisoned them.
  • Ultimate Sleepwalker: The New Dreams plays this trope with an unusual spin. Instead of any of Sleepwalker's enemies teaming up, it's Spider-Man's enemies that reunite as the Sinister Six to carry out Doctor Octopus's latest diabolical scheme. Sleepwalker and several other heroes are hastily recruited by the web-slinger into an impromptu team to even the odds.
    • A very similar story happened in the ''Revenge of the Sinister Six" storyarc in which Spidey enlists the aid of Sleepwalker and other heroes in order to fight Doc Ock and the SS.
  • A Dark Knight over Sin City has various Batman villains teaming up with Sin City villains.
  • Fallout: Equestria:
    • Red Eye and the Goddess, though both are plotting behind each other's back.
    • Subverted example: the Enclave tries to form one with the Goddess. Since she has just a few minutes before been killed by a megaspell when they make the offer, the Enclave has incredibly bad timing.
  • Getting Back on Your Hooves: the story's definite Big Bad, Checker Monarch, employs the Diamond Dogs to help her ruin her sister Trixie's life. It's worth noting that the Dogs don't care about this goal, and they have no real agenda of their own either — they're Only In It For The Gems. Which is what allows Rarity to buy them off during the climax. Well, that, and the fact they find out that Checker was planning on double crossing them anyway.
  • Played With in the Calvin at Camp episode "A Stalkers Life"—multiple villains appear to attack the kids, yet they do nothing but trip each other up.
  • Facing the Future Series:
    • In Strength in Numbers, Desiree recruits several of Danny's other ghostly enemies in order to finally beat him.
    • In Bad Breakup, an even larger number of ghosts team up to break up Danny and Sam, due to the latter's new powers making them too tough to take on together.
    • In Paired Together, after Skulker and Technus accidentally get fused together, they decide to make the situation work to their advantage until Technus double crosses Skulker.
    • In What She Wants, Sydney Pointdexter decides to help Desiree overcome her Achilles' Heel of needing to grant all wishes she hears because he's fallen in love with her.
    • In Ancient History, Hotep-Ra manipulates Ghost Tucker into an alliance against the heroes.
  • Earth and Sky: After Chrysalis replaces Diamond Tiara, her husband Prince Blueblood discovers it, and takes advantage of the situation to strike a deal — he'll stay quiet about what he knows, in exchange for Chrysalis using her new position to help him gain power of attorney over his wife's fortune. However, the deal ends up falling through when Chrysalis exposes herself to avoid getting arrested for the real Diamond Tiara's crimes only to get arrested anyway, at which point Blueblood throws her under the bus to protect his own hide.
  • Burning Black: Remy has coerced both Crocker and Dr. Bender into working for him, and at the same time is in a secret alliance with the Pixies, which even the other villains are unaware of.
  • Olivia Goes West: After Cat R. Waul from An American Tail: Fievel Goes West rescues Ratigan from The Great Mouse Detective from falling to his death from Big Ben, Waul takes Professor Ratigan to America in a scheme to run him for president and take over the country.
  • XSGCOM: Near the end of the first story, Anubis and Loki strike a resource-sharing alliance against Earth and the System Lords.
  • The Pooh's Adventures series pulls this off tons of times. The villain of the movie Pooh is going through will almost always have back up from another villain. And then there are times when an entire Legion of Doom teams up with a villain, or have them join their ranks.
  • My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic:
    • Nightmare Moon and Titan's henchmen team up in order to take over Equestria.
    • A smaller-scale example occurs in Episode 16 of My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic III, where Raven and Harkin team up.
  • Justice League of Equestria:
  • The Powers of Harmony: Chrysalis frees Sombra from his imprisonment in order to help her take over the Crystal Empire (and by extension, all of Tarandus) as part of her larger plan for a full-scale invasion of Equestria. She keeps him on a short leash, however, which makes him plot against her even more than he probably already would be anyway.
  • Shadows Awakening:
    • Daolon Wong and The Phantom/Kyosuke ally fairly early on in the story, with The Phantom making it perfectly clear that he's only using Wong to further his own agenda. And then it turns out that The Queen and Tarakudo are operating under a similar setup.
    • Near the end of the story, it turns out that the Queen and Kyosuke cut a deal behind their partners' backs; on condition of Wong's failure and the Queen proving herself a more worthy ruler of the Shadowkhan, Kyosuke will pledge loyalty to her. This is exactly what comes to pass.
  • Dave Stdider Pokemon Traner: Team Bad and Elite Four Boss have teamed up on several occasions in order to accomplish absolutely nothing, because they all really suck.
  • In Mega Man Reawakened, Dr. Wily is allied with Glyde and his Birdbots.
  • The Lion King Adventures:
    • Hago and Scar, the two main villains of Series One, team up in King's Ransom to eliminate Simba and Nala and take over the Pride Lands. However, when this plan fails, they blame each other and go their separate ways... until Army of Evil, where Hago convinces Scar to team up again, leading to the successful conquest of the Pride Lands. This lasts until the following story, Friends to the End, where Scar goes insane, causing Hago to kill him.
    • Rebirth sees Shocker, the Interceptor, and Froggy team up to resurrect Scar and use him to destroy Simba and his friends. Even after this plan falls through and Froggy runs away, Shocker and the Interceptor stay in an increasingly-strained alliance for the rest of Series Four, which ends with the Interceptor throwing Shocker into the lava destroying the Pride Lands in a (failed) attempt to kill him.
    • One Bad Night sees Froggy return and ally with Simba's Enemy Within, the King of Dreams, in an attempt to trap Simba in the dream world and kill him. As soon as he's no longer needed, the King kills Froggy.
  • When Worlds Collide Mario Sonic And Mega Man Crossover has Bowser, Dr. Eggman, and Dr. Wily teaming up to take on their respective enemies.
  • The Equestrian Wind Mage:
  • In Shadows of Giants, King Ghidorah gathers Gigan, Monster X, Destoroyah, SpaceGodzilla, and Hedorah and convinces them to team up and get revenge against Godzilla.
  • Friendship Is Magical Girls:
    • For most of the Magic Arc, there's a tenuous alliance between Sunset Shimmer and Chrysalis, who are each using the other to achieve their individual goals; this later expands to include Trixie, whom Sunset hires to aid in eliminating the Element Bearers. However, this alliance ultimately falls apart when Sunset backstabs Chrysalis for her own ends; Trixie realizes that she'll be betrayed too, so betrays Sunset first.
    • Halfway through the Loyalty Arc, Flash Sentry sets out to recruit Trixie to aid his people in their own plans against the mahoushoujo.
  • Webwork: It's eventually revealed that Daolon Wong and Bartholomew Chang forged an alliance offscreen at some point between their respective escapes from the J-Team. And then they pretty much press-gang Kasahara/Origami into the alliance as well after he's depowered by the heroes.
  • In the Elemental Chess Trilogy, it's revealed in the third installment that the villains of the first and second stories are working together.
  • Happens a few times in the Contractually Obligated Chaos series. In the first story, a handful of canon characters from the show come together to make things difficult for the heroes. In the third story, the Original Character Arc Villain gets some support from an extremely minor character who appeared in one episode.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • A major plot point of the first book is Lucius Malfoy forging an alliance with HYDRA and Gravemoss.
    • The first book's epilogue reveals that the resurrected Voldemort has allied with Selene.
    • And in the sequel, Sinister is revealed to be working with the Red Room.
    • Also in the sequel, Voldemort concludes an additional alliance with Dracula... who promptly pulls an Eviler Than Thou on him.
  • Empathy: One of the For Want of a Nail-inspired differences in this universe is that Yokai is eventually revealed to be in a team-up with Captain Smek.
  • One of the main plot points of The New Adventures of Invader Zim is that Zim meets and allies with the vampire Norlock, who offers aid in his conquest of Earth (mostly for his own amusement).
  • The main antagonists of I, Warrior are a renegade faction of Yuuzhan Vong who have allied with the enigmatic Sith Lord known as The Master who's actually a clone of Anakin Solo.
  • Son of the Seven Kingdoms:
  • Guardians, Wizards, and Kung-Fu Fighters: When Daolon Wong becomes The Starscream to Phobos, not only does his buddy the Tracker join him in his plotting, but Cedric strikes up an alliance as well. When his plans fall apart due to Cedric betraying him, a desperate Wong allies with a Jiangshi in order to regain his power.
  • The Batman and Miraculous Ladybug fanfic, Miraculous Knight, features the Joker, the Riddler, and Hawk Moth teaming up with the Joker ending up as the last of the villains to deal with as the Riddler gets captured, and the Joker kills Hawk Moth to get Ladybug and Cat Noir's powers for himself.
  • Earth's Alien History has a few examples:
    • The Mekon allies with the Romulans and Gamilans in order to invade Citadel space.
    • The Reverse-Flash joins up with Faction Paradox in order to manipulate the timeline for their own ends. They also make temporary alliances with the Primagen and the Reapers at various points for specific plans.
    • The Decepticons and Rita Repulsa team up, mostly due to both taking up residence on Earth's moon and not viewing each other as a threat because of their exclusive goals (the Decepticons want resources from Earth to help conquer Cybertron, Rita wants the Earth itself).
    • Scorponok's rogue faction of Decepticons end up allying with the Klikiss robots to make war against all organic life. After Scorponok and the other main Decepticons are all killed, the remnants of the group are then taken over by the Master.
  • RainbowDoubleDash's Lunaverse: By the end of the first series, four corrupt politicians have teamed up to try and get the Element Bearers under their hooves - Greengrass, Archduke Fisher, Puissance, and Blueblood. And by the time we see them working together, Puissance has inadervtantly removed herself from the team-up being distracted by shiny new technology. Meanwhile, Greengrass and Fisher are already trying to get Blueblood out of the way.
  • An Empire of Ice and Fire: After Daenerys only mutilates him instead of having him killed, an even more crazed Viserys makes his way to Westeros, where he happens to encounter Ramsay Bolton. The two quickly strike an alliance, with Ramsay supporting Viserys' attempts to claim the Iron Throne in exchange for Daenerys eventually being given to him as a forced bride; Walder Frey later gets in on this, offering his support in exchange for even more power in Viserys' regime. And true to this trope, Ramsay is quickly shown to be plotting to remove Viserys once he has Daenerys.
  • In Luna Aeternal we have two genocidal terrorist groups representing humans and ponies trying to stop a pony/ human peace treaty. Despite the fact they fully intend to wipe out each others species they come very close to winning. The reason they get along so well is that both sides fully believe they will be in an advantageous position over the other when their alliance is over.
  • Happens a lot in Infinity Crisis:
    • The first story has Thanos forming a "Masters of Evil" with the Red Skull, Hela and Malektih.
    • Powers and Marvels has Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa joining with the Mandarian. The story's end has a maimed Mandarian rescued by the High Evolutionary.
    • Gamma Relations sees the Leader, Mr. Sinister and Otto Octavius joining in a scientific collective bankrolled by Norman Osborn.
    • Sins, Sirens & Strife first has the Enchantress enslaving Bane to aid her. She then frees Circe from prison, and then the duo recruit Dr. Sivana, Mister Mind, Ibac and Black Adam to their cause.
    • Counterpart Conferences:
      • Chapter 2 has Hordak and Skeletor agree to bury the hatchet and renew their old partnership to conquer Third Earth, Eternia and Etheria.
      • The Ra's al Ghul of the DCAU Earth offers an alliance to his Earth-51 counterpart.
      • Chapter 5 has Cobra and the Decepticons entering into an alliance to conquer Earth for Cobra who will then give the Decepticons the Allspark to take over Cybertron.
    • Subverted in Of Hand and Foot as the Foot, the Hand and the Kingpin are ready to go to war with each other.
    • Justice Like Thunder reveals that the Thunderbolts' whole Boxed Crook setup is actually a con engineered by Osborn and Mysterio, who are planning to also form the series' version of the Sinister Six.
    • Brothers of Thunder has the Earth-8092 versions of Red Skull, Baron Von Strucker, and Baron Zemo putting aside their differences to reunite, and also ally with Loki and a Surtur-possessed Enchantress invade Asgard.
    • Tales of the Beyond has Gasket and Archerina teaming up with Vexus to build a New Machine Empire in Jimmy Neutron's universe. It's quickly made clear that both sides are plotting to betray each other as soon as they outlive their usefulness.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures Olympian Journey, Vanessa Barone, Zhixin and Origami team up in the first chapter in order to get revenge on Jackie. And after Eris is released from her imprisonment, they're recruited to serve as her muscle.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 1966 Batman: The Movie featured a team-up between Joker, Penguin, Riddler and Catwoman.
    • Several of the TV episodes of that series featured team-ups between various villains, they did no better or worse than usual against Batman.
  • Batman Forever has Riddler and Two Face team up, while Batman & Robin has Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy team up (whether Bane is a villain or a henchman, you pick). In the latter's case Ivy is manipulating Freeze, which doesn't work out for well for her when he finds out. Batman Returns deconstructs this trope, showing Catwoman and the Penguin working together for all of five minutes before breaking it off.
  • Batman Begins has the Scarecrow initially working with Falcone, and unwittingly working for Ra's Al Ghul. The Dark Knight is borderline, as the Joker creates the second villain but never truly works with him; however, the Joker does initially work with the mob. In The Dark Knight Rises, Selina Kyle being blackmailed into providing some assistance to Bane is borderline given she becomes more of an Anti Heroine later and is the one who kills Bane at the end... but Talia Al Ghul being the woman behind the man is a definite case.
  • Kamen Rider Den-O: Climax Deka features the Imagin Negataros forms an "evil syndicate", and to strengthen their numbers, he recruited Fangire into his cause. In turn, this necessitates the arrival of the Fangires' main enemy, Kamen Rider Kiva, to come to the aid of Den-O and his allies.
  • All of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films feature this:
    • Iron Man featured the Ten Rings terrorist group teaming up with Obadiah Stane/Iron Monger.
    • The Incredible Hulk had General Ross and Emil Blonsky, before Blonsky teamed up with Samuel Stern/The Leader to turn into The Abomination, forcing Ross to team up with the heroes to beat him.
    • Iron Man 2 had Whiplash team up with Justin Hammer, although their alliance was short-lived.
    • Thor gets twisty. Loki manages to convince Laufey of Jotunheim that they're working towards the same end but winds up betraying him so he can justify an attack against Jotunheim.
    • Captain America: The First Avenger had the Red Skull and Arnim Zola.
    • The Avengers had Loki and the Chitauri soldiers, later revealed to be an army controlled by Thanos.
    • Iron Man 3 had The Mandarin and Aldrich Killian, along with Coldblood.
    • Thor: The Dark World featured Malekith the Accursed and Algrim, who becomes Kurse.
    • Captain America: The Winter Soldier had the eponymous Winter Soldier, Crossbones and a computerized Arnim Zola all working for Alexander Pierce and HYDRA. Batroc the Leaper appears to be working with them as well, though he ends up being just a Red Herring.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy had Ronan the Accuser allying with Nebula, who's acting as an emissary of Thanos. And then they both turn on him once getting the Infinity Stone.
    • Avengers: Age of Ultron had Ultron team up with Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who work with him under the impression that he can help them get revenge on Tony Stark. They defect to the heroes' side once they find out what Ultron's ultimate goal is.
    • Ant-Man comes the closest to averting this, but near the end it's revealed that Darren Cross has been knowingly associating with undercover members of HYDRA and is preparing to sell them the Yellowjacket and Ant-Man suits.
    • Captain America: Civil War inverts this: the most teaming up that the main antagonist Helmut Zemo does is through coercion with mostly unwilling partners. The main team-ups are done by the opposing groups of heroes, and which side is the more antagonistic one is left up to the viewer.
    • Doctor Strange featured the sorcerer Kaecilius and his zealots attempting to contact the cosmic being Dormammu in order for him to bring about the engulfment of earth into the Dark Dimension.
    • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 had Nebula team up with a group of rogue Ravagers to overthrow Yondu, and said Ravagers also have dealings with Ayesha of the Sovereigns to help her get revenge on the Guardians. None of them however team up with the film's main villain Ego the Living Planet, and Nebula teams up with the Guardians to help take him down.
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming featured the Vulture employing the Tinkerer, Darter, Montana, and the Shocker, and selling weapons to the Scorpion. The Prowler attempts to buy weapons for him as well, but later expresses his discomfort with the Vulture's weapons and helps Spider-Man find him. It's also implied that the Prowler at one point had dealings with the Scorpion before the events of the film.
    • Thor: Ragnarok had Hela team up with Skurge to take over Asgard, while on the planet Sakaar, Scrapper 142 (who is later revealed to be Valkyrie) collects prisoners for the Grandmaster. Both underlings end up rebelling and joining the heroes. Loki naturally switches sides a few times before ending the movie on Thor's side. The movie also features an interesting variation on this trope: to stop Hela, Loki unleashes Surtur to bring about Ragnarok on Asgard and destroy her, in a strange instance of one antagonist teaming up with another to intentionally help the heroes.
    • Black Panther had Killmonger teaming up with Klaue to steal some Vibranium and sell it on the black market. Though it later turns out that Killmonger was planning all along to betray Klaue, so that he can present his corpse as a present to Wakanda, to buy his way into an audience with the elders.
    • Avengers: Infinity War featured Thanos teaming up with the Black Order (referred to in-film as the "Children of Thanos") in order to retrieve the Infinity Stones. Subverted with Loki, who attempts to re-form his alliance with Thanos from the first Avengers film; it ends up just being a ruse so he can get close enough to Thanos and stab him. Thanos ends up seeing through Loki's deception and kills him instead.
    • Ant-Man and the Wasp had the Ghost and Goliath, but neither of them could be considered outright villains by the end of the movie. The film's other major antagonist, Sonny Burch, has contacts within the FBI but beyond that does not team up with any of the other villains.
    • Captain Marvel featured Yon-Rogg teaming up with Ronan the Accuser to take down the title character near the end of the film, though Ronan does it under the impression that they're wiping out a Skrull invasion on Planet C-53 (aka Earth).
    • Avengers: Endgame has Thanos once again teaming up with the Black Order. As the movie is a time travel film that has the heroes going back to the events of The Avengers, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy, then the team-ups featured in those films are technically implied in Endgame, with Thanos from 2014 at one point discussing his team-up with Ronan and recognizing The Avengers from 2023 due to his team-up with Loki in the first Avengers film.
    • Spider-Man: Far From Home features Quentin Beck and a bunch of other disgruntled ex-Stark Industries employees teaming up to create the Elementals and Mysterio.
  • Spider-Man:
    • The Amazing Spider Man 2 has a villain team up between Harry Osborn/The Goblin and Max Dillon/Electro. The alliance is shaky (since Dillon doesn't have any sentiment for Harry due to his background with Oscorp; Harry brokers the team-up by saying both of them were shafted by Oscorp) but Dillon's desire to strike back at Oscorp and Spider-Man is enough to get them working together. At the end, Harry is working to compile a team of empowered individuals to eliminate Spider-Man, which heavily suggests he wants to form the Sinister Six.
    • Spider-Man 3 has a team up with Sandman and Venom, with New Goblin just sort of hanging around.
  • Superman II has Lex Luthor initiate a team up with the 3 Kryptonians, but ends up with the short end of the stick very quickly.
  • Super Sentai crossover movies typically have the current villain group team up with the remnants of the previous villain group.
  • X-Men: The Last Stand had Magneto convince Jean Grey in Phoenix form to work together; sadly, this was because Jean didn't trust Charles Xavier and killed him while Magneto watched.
  • Glass, the third in M. Night Shyamalan's superhero trilogy, has Mister Glass (the villain of Unbreakable) and the Horde (the villain of Split) incarcerated in the same psychiatric institution, along with David Dunn. Glass convinces the Horde to team up, break out of the institution and cause havoc, forcing Dunn to break out too.
    Mister Glass: That sounds like the bad guys teaming up.

  • Archvillain: the Blue Freak teams up with Mad Mask in the second book. Naturally, Mad Mask betrays him and he has to team up with Mighty Mike to stop him.
  • In Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen, this is a fear of the Grand Alliance should their two enemies (the Japanese-aided Grik and the Holy Dominion) find out about each other. While they admit that the thoroughly racist Doms wouldn't even consider allying with such vile creatures as the Grik, they wouldn't put it past Hisashi Kurokawa or the Celestial Mother to offer the Dominion a chance to join the Hunt. By the end of Storm Surge, both of the enemies are aware of one another. The Doms intend to send an expedition across the Atlantic to see if the Grik can somehow be subverted to serve their "holy" purpose. Of course, the "Grand Alliance of all Allied powers united beneath (or beside) the Banner of the Trees" is the heroic version of this. Originally made up of the crew of the USS Walker and several Lemurian Homes, it now includes most of the known Lemurians, several more crossed-over crews, the Empire of New Britain Isles, and the Republic of Real People. Additionally, another potential new ally is found, the United States.
  • In Lies, the third book of the Gone series, Caine and Zil team up to burn down Perdido Beach, which acts as a distraction to let Caine escape to the island.
  • In Loyal Enemies, the Big Bad turns out to be a team of separate villains working together for a common goal and doing their best to off the heroes. There's Tairinn, Veres' ex-girlfriend who was once (correctly) accused of practicing dark forms of necromancy, and Etvor, a psychopathic werewolf, as well as a rogue monster hunter and his former apprentice who once tortured Shelena for hours, if not days, just for the sake of it.
  • Two of the more colorful villains in the Relativity series are Cricket and Carnie Kid. So, naturally they're the two who end up teaming up. Of course, it doesn't run smoothly...
  • In the Star Trek Novel Verse, Villain Team Up is the idea behind the Star Trek: Typhon Pact series, though it's uncertain if the Typhon Pact is an enemy of the United Federation of Planets or not. Politically, everything is highly uncertain, following the formation of the Pact in A Singular Destiny. While the Pact members were historically antagonistic, their outlook is changing, at least in some cases.
  • The failure half of this occurs in the Star Wars Expanded Universe novel Darth Bane: Path of Destruction due to nature of the Sith's Chronic Backstabbing Disorder. Bane creates his rule of two to avoid this problem.
  • The fourth Skulduggery Pleasant book see's the 'Revenger's Club' created, a group of various nefarious figures from the previous books who have tentatively teamed up under the Big Bad who's promised them each their personal vengeance on the protagonists. It doesn't last very long.
  • The Omen Of The Stars arc of Warrior Cats features all the villains who were killed off except Scourge and Bone teaming up to destroy the clans.
  • In The Warlord of Mars, third book of the John Carter of Mars series, Matai Shang (a previously-offscreen but often mentioned chessmaster), Thurid (a minor villain from the previous book) and Salensus Oll (a newly-introduced Evil Overlord) pull off one of these, which ends up falling apart messily, since all three hate each others' guts and have only temporarily-related goals. Rounding out the partnership is Matai Shang's daughter Phaidor, though she's genuinely loyal to her dad and is mostly along for the ride rather than a co-conspirator.
  • In Twilight Sparkle and the Crystal Heart Spell, Trixie and Gilda have become partners in crime since we last saw them, though for the moment they're just pulling pranks, conning crystal ponies, and giving Twilight bad advice.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien
    • The Silmarillion: Morgoth convinces Ungoliant (the Giant Spider of unknown origin) to team-up for the destruction of the Two Trees that gave light to Arda, in exchange for giving her anyything she wanted in return. Ungoliant succeed, drinking the light out of the Trees and killing them, submerging the entire Arda in darkness. Later, Ungoliant request all of Morgoth’s treasures including the Simlarils and he refuses, causing the battle between the two.
    • The Lord of the Rings: Saruman manage to bring the Southern Men and the Pirates into an alliance serving Sauron. Notice that unlike the Orcs and Trolls, the Southern Men and Pirates are by no mean bound to Sauron's magic and influence and were already a treat on their own.
  • In Shipbreaker Nailer's Archnemesis Dad, Richard Lopez, and Nita's Evil Uncle Pyce come to some sort of agreement offscreen that sees Richard joining the crew of Pyce's ship, the Pole Star.
  • Johannes Cabal: The demon Ratuth Slabuth grants the Red Queen, aka Lady Ninuka, tremendous magical power for free because they both want Revenge against Johannes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.:
    • In the episode "A Hen in the Wolf House", Cal teams up with HYDRA head Daniel Whitehall, noting that the two of them have a mutual enemy in Coulson. Their alliance lasts a few episodes, but ultimately Cal may have his issues with Coulson, but he utterly hates Daniel Whitehall — the man who tortured Cal's wife to death and is ultimately responsible for Cal losing his daughter, Daisy - and is simply using Whitehall and HYDRA to get to his daughter, then plans to murder Whitehall the first chance he gets..
    • Partway through Season 4, Doctor Radcliffe and his robot assistant AIDA go rogue from SHIELD and team up with the Watchdogs, led by Anton Ivanov/The Superior — the Watchdogs get inside information to use against SHIELD and the Inhumans, while Radcliffe and AIDA get the resources needed to perfect the Framework. During the final arc of the season, AIDA betrays Radcliffe and turns Ivanov into a Brain in a Jar controlling a series of robot bodies in order to aid her own plans for the Framework.
  • Angel: Wolfram and Hart were prone to this. In the first season, they enlisted Faith. In the second, they brought back Darla and then had Drusilla vamp her (it went badly for them). They also attempted to ally with or control Holtz and the Beast, unsuccessfully.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • In "The Yoko Factor", Adam recruits Spike to help tear the Scooby Gang apart.
    • Spike promises Xander and Giles a team-up with Faith after she awakes from her coma, but it doesn't pan out.
    • There's one between Faith and Mayor Wilkins that lasts for about half of S3.
    • On a larger scale, one of Adam's goals in S4 is to unite vampires and demons.
  • Burn Notice: In the episode "Dead" Larry Sizemore and Tyler Brennen, two of Michael Westen's worst enemies, team up. Their partnership lasted just half the episode, since Larry never intended to work with Brennen long-term and simply stabs him in the chest, killing him.
  • El Chapulín Colorado: Tripaseca, Cuajináis, Chory and La Minina all team-up in episode ¡No seas torpe, Chapulín! trying to trick the heroe into using his chiquitolina pills and crush him. Thankfully The Good Guys Always Win.
  • Defiance: Near the end of the first season, Datak allies with the corrupt Earth Republic (represented by Colonel Marsh) in order to discredit Nolan and Amanda and help Datak win the mayoral election. In exchange, the plan is that Datak will help the E-Rep gain control of Rafe's mines (with Datak getting a sizable chunk of the profits). Then, in the season finale, it turns out Marsh was just using Datak to take over the town and get to the ancient Votan ship buried underneath it. When Datak realizes this, he kills Marsh in a rage.
  • Doctor Who:
    • The last few scenes of "Frontier in Space" reveal that the Master has, for the whole story, been acting as a Psycho for Hire for the Daleks.
    • Part of the plot of "The Mark of the Rani", wherein the Master and the Rani team up against the Sixth Doctor, though it's not really a mutual agreement. The Master blackmails and bribes the Rani into cooperating with him, and when he eventually botches the entire plan due to his obsession with the Doctor, the Rani registers her displeasure.
    • A comic strip from the 1990s parodies this, with an omnipotent superbeing uniting all the Doctor's enemies together as one super-army, and then siccing them on all (then) eight Doctors. The Doctors point out the obvious flaw in the logic of bad guys all of whom they'd already defeated uniting to try and defeat them again... and then go on to defeat them all again.
    • "Doomsday" subverts this; the Cybermen offer the Daleks an alliance. The Daleks instinctively refuse. The rest of the episode involves the Daleks and the Cybermen kicking the snot out of each other, with the Doctor and the humans trapped in the middle.
    • "The Pandorica Opens": Almost all of the Doctor's enemies we've ever heard of, and more, descend on Earth in 102 A.D. to witness the title event. Turns out that, while the Doctor knew the Pandorica was a prison of some sort he had assumed it was already occupied by someone. Really, what happened was that all of his foes came together to trap the Doctor in the Pandorica in order to prevent the destruction of the universe at (what they think is) his hands.
    • The end of "Dark Water" reveals that Missy has been working with the Cybermen all along, and that she herself is the Master... erm, Mistress.
  • As expected, this happens in The Flash (2014). First, there are the Rogues (Leonard "Captain Cold" Snart, Mick "Heat Wave" Rory, and Lisa "Golden Glider" Snart). Then there are the two Tricksters. And later we have Mark "Weather Wizard" Mardon breaking the older Trickster and Cold out of jail in an attempt to team up against the Flash. Cold ends up walking away and even warning Barry, as Barry has saved his sister a few episodes earlier (plus, it's Christmas). The Trickster and Mardon, however, do nearly succeed in killing Barry (the Trickster gives out a hundred remote-controlled bombs as gifts to little kids, and Mardon forces Barry to stand there and let himself be killed in exchange for not blowing up the bombs). There are also the Reverse-Flash and Gorilla Grodd, although, in a weird way, it's more of a father-son relationship.
  • Gotham does this frequently. Examples include Penguin and the Riddler; the Riddler, Tabitha Galavan, and Barbara Kean; Penguin and Ivy; and Jerome, Scarecrow, and Mad Hatter. These alliances usually eventually fall apart, although a few of the villains seem to have allies that they respect and/or are less willing to betray. Jerome, a captain ersatz for the Joker, at one point actually calls his alliance with the Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter and a few other villains a "Legion of Horribles", and then makes them all sit through a mandatory brunch meeting together while discussing their evil plans.
  • Heroes: Season Three is about every villain still alive being united to serve Arthur Petrelli.
  • The Highlander two-parter, "Unholy Alliance", in which James Horton and Xavier St. Cloud team up.
  • The Ecoloco from Odisea Burbujas teams up with Peter Punk and Socapa, respectively, in different episodes.
  • Power Rangers:
    • Power Rangers in Space: There was the United Alliance of Evil, a group formed by Dark Spectre and comprised of the villains from the first five seasons, namely Lord Zedd, Rita Repulsa, the Machine Empire and Divatox.
    • In Power Rangers Dino Thunder, when Lothor returned, he briefly teamed up with Mesogog. After the Rangers foiled their plan, Mesogog ended the alliance and the two villains fought each other. Mesogog won.
    • In Power Rangers S.P.D., when Emperor Grumm went back in time, he teamed up with Zeltrax.
    • With four villain factions in Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, it was unavoidable there'd be some occasional team ups but the most memorable was when Thrax, the son of Rita Repulsa and Lord Zedd, temporarily united all of them against the Power Rangers. The villains made it quite clear they'd only be united against the Rangers and, after the heroes were permanently dealt with, the factions would war among themselves again. Well, it was said at the top of the page the villains usually only team up to destroy the heroes. That alliance ended when Thrax was destroyed.
  • Revolution: Monroe and Randall Flynn ally in the second half of the season, starting at the end of episode 11.
  • Smallville: There have been a few villain team-ups. Firstly, in season 3, three of the meteor freaks Clark Kent had taken down teamed up to steal his powers and escape. There have also been team-ups between Brainiac and Bizarro, Lex and Toyman, and recently several Superman villains from the comics were teamed up by LuthorCorp to become Smallville's version of the Injustice Gang.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Cardassians and the Dominion form an alliance in the last few seasons, which eventually expands to include the Breen.
  • Supernatural:
    • Crowley manages to temporarily team up with Raphael in the sixth season finale after his previous deal with Castiel fell apart, but that lasted all of ten minutes before Cas Out-Gambitted them both, killed Raph, and sent Crowley on the run.
    • Both Crowley and the Alpha Vampire attempt to pull one with Dick Roman in the following season (Crowley even bakes gluten-free baby uvula muffins for the occasion!), but both get shot down.
    • Seasons before any of them, "Fresh Blood" had a team-up between the show's at-the-time-only-two recurring human villains, Bela Talbot and Gordon Walker.
  • TV Colosso: There was a sketch named "As Aventuras do Super Cão" (The Adventures of Super Dog. Not that superdog). In one episode, the villains teamed up and the eponymous hero wasn't worried. The villains argued about who had the idea one of them was presenting.

  • The Paul McCartney song "Magneto & Titanium Man" is about the titular Marvel comics supervillains teaming up to rob a bank, and dragging fellow supervillain Crimson Dynamo along for the ride.

  • Villain Team-Ups are a common occurrence in Red Panda Adventures. The most prominent in the series is the Red Panda Revenge Squad, consisting of the Crimson Death, the Electric Eel, the Genie, Mordriel the Malevolent, and Professor Zombie. An Alternate Timeline version of this team up successfully killed the Flying Squirrel and information on how is used to sway the main timeline's Red Panda into helping a traveler from that world. When the group eventually forms in the main timeline, they very nearly succeed in defeating the Red Panda despite the mystery man having had years to work out how to beat them. The episode also brings up some of the issues that plague such team-ups, such as Insufferable Geniuses and Large Hams causing clashing egos, past team ups ending on a sour note restricting who to have join.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • There have been MANY stables in wrestling history that were centered around a manager who was supposedly looking out for the financial interests of his wrestlers. While this was usually Kayfabe, Precious Paul Ellering, who assembled the original Legion of Doom in Georgia in the 1980s, which featured the Tag Team The Road Warriors, really was the team's legitimate business manager in Real Life.
  • And sometimes, evil managers team up, such as Jim Cornette and Mr. Fuji.
  • The Four Horsemen can be considered the Trope Codifier for professional wrestling. This particular group, known in wrestling as a "stable" or "faction," first formed with Ric Flair, Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard. Various incarnations lasted for 13 years; however, they have direct descendants running up to today's current wrestlers.
  • The very unlikely pairing of The Berserker and Papa Shango against the equally unlikely pairing of Ultimate Warrior and The Undertaker.
  • Rival heel stables The Corporation and The Ministry of Darkness put aside their differences and teamed up to take on their mutual enemies. Vince McMahon was the Higher Power controlling both groups the entire time as part of his Evil Plan to get the title off of "Stone Cold" Steve Austin though, so at the very least Vince, Shane, and The Undertaker were in cahoots the entire time. The members of the Corporate Ministry still didn't get along very well though, especially Undertaker and Triple H, and the group disbanded right after the Austin vs Vince feud ended.
  • The Four Horsemen and the Dungeon of Doom created the Alliance to End Hulkamania to finally get rid of Boring Invincible Hero Hulk Hogan. It failed miserably.
  • The Undertaker and Kane would alternate between heels and faces during their time as a tag team: the Brothers of Destruction.
  • La Nazi joined up with Los Boricuas (Comandante Pierroth and Rico Suave's group in CMLL, not Savio Vegas in WWF or Puerto Rican IWA) out of shared contempt for Mexicans.
  • Molly Holly tried this with her rival Victoria, after Victoria made it to WWE's active roster to get rid of their mutual enemy, Trish Stratus. It didn't workout but she then forced one with Gail Kim by threatening to beat Gail up until she did what she said (and what Molly said, was, of course, get rid of Trish Stratus). Victoria would also intimidate Melina into joining her against Mickie James, but then turn on Melina for Natalya Neidhart.
  • LayCool teamed up with Beth Phoenix to rid WWE of Mickie James. However, Laycool then turned on Phoenix when recruited by Vickie Guerrero, who happened to be dating Dolph Ziggler, creating a pseudo stable on Smackdown with Ziggler as The One Guy. The group even went on to have a match at Wrestlemania against the equally hodgepodge paring of Trish Stratus, John Morrison and someone for Jersey Shore. They rejected Alicia Fox though, when she tried to join them in their efforts against Melina.
  • Johnny Curtis and Maxine on WWE NXT to kidnap Matt Striker.
  • The Miz and R-Truth, two heels in separate stories at the time, somehow found common ground and teamed up in September 2011. They were disqualified from a tag team title match at WWE Night of Champions when Miz attacked a referee. The next night on Raw, then-WWE COO Triple H, sick of their antics, "fired" them. In a reverse Nice Job BreakingItVillain, this set off a chain of events where most of the WWE roster turned against Triple H, leading to Triple H's ouster as the on-screen authority figure. Miz and Truth returned to WWE TV in mid-October 2011.
  • Bobby Roode frequently in TNA. He teamed up with Austin Aries to get rid of Jeff Hardy. Well, really to win every single TNA Title belt but really, get rid of Hardy. Then he teamed with Bad Influence to protest Kurt Angle being inducted into the TNA Hall Of Fame. Then he teamed hired Aces & Eights to get rid of Jeff Hardy, again.
  • On Monday Night Raw Antonio Cesaro, an American hating Swiss, teamed up with "The Real Americans", the immigrant hating Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter. Anybody see an issue there?
  • The Femme Fatales division of Canadian Northern Championship Wrestling had an evil International Champion in Mercedes Martinez and USA based SHIMMER had an evil champion in Cheerleader Melissa. Teaming the two up must have seemed natural.
  • Shigeo Okumura is normally against all things Mexican but with Mima Shimoda acting as his manager at the 2015 Fantastica Mania, he looked past that to team up with Mr. Niebla, Pólvora and Bárbaro Cavernario to avenge his draw against Ángel de Oro. It only took him four days to swear off his new Mexican allies, though Shimoda remained by his side.

    Tabletop Games 
  • This was the point of the Vengeance expansion for Sentinels of the Multiverse, with Baron Blade uniting a team of minor villains to take out the Freedom Five. More minor villains turned up to join the team with Villains of the Multiverse.

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 
  • Batman: Arkham Knight deals with an alliance of Batman's rogue gallery led by Scarecrow to deal with Batman once and for all. Specifically they all chipped in to pay the cost of the army, the mysterious Arkham Knight led it, Deathstroke was the secondary commander, Simon Stagg helped develop the Cloudburst, and the Penguin supplied weapons. Otherwise, Harley Quinn, Two-Face, Penguin, Riddler, and Firefly all made a point to to cause as much chaos as possible in the hope of spreading Batman too thin. Man-Bat, Professor Pyg, Hush, and Deacon Blackfire didn't seem to be involved and their operating on the same night may have just been a coincidence. The Riddler is also quite insistent that he isn't working with them. He just so happened to pick the same night. It's a total coincidence.
    • Supervillians outside of the normal Batman continuity also contributed. It's hinted that a lot of the financing of the $3 billion army came from Lex Luthor. Luthor himself also leaves Bruce Wayne a voicemail all but demanding he sell the Waynetech applied science division to him for $1 billion.
  • There are varying degrees of cooperation between the villains in Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City, but the amount they can said to be working together is debatable:
    • In Asylum: While The Riddler is implied to be giving technical support to the Joker and Quinn, Sacrecrow and Zasz seem to have simply been released to make things difficult for Batman and aren't really working with he Joker. Bane is an unwilling accomplice to Joker and Croc tries to eat Scarecrow so they aren't working together. Joker also refuses to release Poison Ivy, and once Harley does anyway, both swear to kill each other after Batman has been dealt with.
    • In City, things get even more complex: Strange turns out to be working for Ra's, the Mad Hatter was manipulated into helping them control the TYGER guards (and thrown into Arkham City once that was done), and they hire Deadshot to kill people with important information. The Joker is forcing Mister Freeze to work for him (who turns on him the moment he can), and has Clayface as a willing accomplice. The Penguin has Solomon Grundy as a secret weapon, but given that its Grundy the cooperation is probably minimal.
  • Being a Crisis Crossover title, Dissidia Final Fantasy features one of these involving every main villain from the first ten games of the main series (plus Gabranth), in direct opposition to the heroes from their respective games (plus Shantotto). However, the Warriors of Chaos are not as united as those of Cosmos; some of them seek to overthrow Chaos, others want to destroy everything, and the rest either don't care about the conflict or have agendas of their own. Golbez, in particular, is actively working against them from the inside to help the Cosmos Warriors.
  • Kingdom Hearts is not a straight example, since they teamed up to Take Over the World(s) rather then to beat up the hero, but Maleficent teams up with Captain Hook, Oogie Boogie, Jafar, Ursula, Hades, and, later on, Pete, Captain Barbossa and Scar. One of the few villain alliances that actually managed to keep itself united without any form of internal struggles or betrayals entering the picture (the same can't be said about Organization XIII).
  • In Mass Effect 2, the vigilante Archangel was such a royal pain in the ass that Omega's major mercenary groups put their differences aside to hunt just ONE guy.
  • The story in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 revolves around Doctor Doom and Albert Wesker leading a villain team up, which includes Magneto, Super-Skrull, Dormammu and M.O.D.O.K.. They also hired Taskmaster according to the promotional comic, but he seems to remain neutral to maximize his own personal gain.
  • Mortal Kombat:
    • Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance has, well, the Deadly Alliance, consisting of Shang Tsung and Quan Chi, who form an alliance to kill the two people who possess the biggest threats to them (Liu Kang and Shao Kahn) and conquer the realms using the lost army of the Dragon King.
    • In Mortal Kombat: Armageddon's Konquest mode, Shang Tsung, Quan Chi, Shao Kahn, and Onaga form an "alliance of traitors", as Onaga refers to it.
  • Mario and Sonic at the Winter Olympics has Bowser and Dr. "Eggman" Robotnik scheme to melt all the snow in the world by capturing the Snow Spirits. They got at it again in the London 2012 sequel, this time creating an artificial thick fog to ruin the London games.
  • Super Smash Bros.:
    • The Subspace Emissary mode of Brawl starts out with one of these, involving Ganondorf, Bowser, Wario, King Dedede, Master Hand, and with special guest appearances by Petey Piranha, Rayquaza, Ridley, and Porky Minch. It quickly unravels though when Ganondorf attempts to backstab everyone, Dedede turns out to be a good guy, and then turns into a full-blown Enemy Mine when the real Big Bad is revealed.
    • There are some lesser versions in event matches and what not. The showdown of Melee has Giga Bowser, Ganondorf and Mewtwo as a team vs whatever character you chose. Brawl has the Final Battle (Bowser, Ganondorf and Dedede team up), Two Trouble Kings (Bowser and King Dedede against Mario or Mario and Kirby), and the Final Battle for Two (two chararacters of player choice against Bowser, Ganondorf, King Dedede, Meta Knight, Wolf and Wario).
    • The endgame of World of Light in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has Galeem and Dharkon teaming up against the fighters... and we're using the words "team up" very loosely. It's more along the lines of dumping spare Spirits and their remaining caged fighters against you while they continue their personal vendetta with each other, and even when you get in their faces, they simply will not pass up a single opportunity to backstab each other while trying to dispose of you, and could care less if their attacks hurt the other in the way of killing you.
  • Sonic Generations has Dr. Eggman team up with his past self, Dr. Robotnik. ("Nobody calls me that anymore.")
  • Sonic Lost World subverts this by having Dr. Eggman "team up" with the Deadly Six by controlling them with a pain-inducing horn. The alliance lasts until Sonic knocks the horn away and frees the Deadly Six from his control. Oops!
  • Sonic Boom: Rise Of Lyric has Dr. Eggman and Lyric team up very briefly, before Lyric decides Eggman isn't very useful to him. This ultimately bites Lyric in the bum hard because Eggman shows up for revenge just in time to soften him up before Sonic's final battle with him, as well as take him down when Sonic's on the ropes.
  • Because of the nature of the game, this happens in Super Robot Wars frequently and in nearly every game. Who teams up with who and for what reasons often vary, depending on the game. The first game has the Principality of Zeon, Doctor Hell and the Dinosaur Empire being mind controlled by ancient evil mecha. The second game has the villains united into Divine Crusaders by Brian Zoldak, an alliance that has fallen apart only in the sequel, when the Zabi familly took over after Zoldak's death and soon they started fighting each other. In Super Robot Wars Judgment ZAFT can be found helping the Jovian army. Dr. Hell (see the Anime section) hires Gauron in Super Robot Wars Judgment, works with Zeon in Super Robot Wars Alpha and works with the Galra Empire in Super Robot Wars W.
  • Super Robot Wars BX
  • Super Robot Wars V:
  • Super Robot Wars X:
  • Mega Man X 5 does this by way of implication. He never shows up on screen, but given all the callbacks, and the overall plan Sigma has, it's obvious that Dr. Wily is somehow teaming up with him. Word of God later confirmed he was brought back to life by the Maverick Virus somehow.
  • While the original version of Tales of Vesperia has them fight you separately, the PS3 version gets Dhaos, Shizel, Barbatos Goetia... and Kratos Aurion together for an epic four vs. four battle in the Merciless rank of the team arena.
  • Pre-release footage of Sonic Forces has shown Shadow the Hedgehog, Chaos, Zavok, and Metal Sonic (from Sonic Adventure 2, Sonic Adventure, Sonic Lost World, and Sonic the Hedgehog CD respectively) standing together in opposition of the two Sonics and the custom hero character, apparently having aligned with Eggman in this reality (this despite the fact that Shadow and Chaos have never been seen as strictly evil up to this point). Also joining them is a new antagonist by the name of "Infinite". However, it's eventually revealed that they're in fact just replicas of the originals created by the Phantom Ruby, thus subverting this trope.
  • This is actually a very common strategy in online games where multiple human players fight, most commonly in team-based games. While this is a Justified Trope in team-based games, it can sometimes go into Enemy Mine or Kick the Dog territory when the game doesn't have any teams.
  • In Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon, Team Rainbow Rocket is lead by a band of the team leaders from all the previous generations: Giovanni from the original Team Rocket, Archie and Maxie from Team Magma and Team Aqua, Cyrus from Team Galactic, Ghetsis from Team Plasma, and Lysandre from Team Flare. The main exception is Guzma of Team Skull, who at this point performed a Heel–Face Turn and Lusamine of Aether Foundation, with their representative being Faba.
  • In the final act of South Park: The Fractured but Whole, several of the enemy factions (Sixth Graders, Rednecks, Raisin Girls, Ninjas, Crab People) join forces against you simply because they really hate you. From that point on they'll fight you in regular overworld battles in a group rather than as different factions.
  • The PS1 Spider-Man sees this as its plot, with Doctor Octopus and Carnage as the Big Bad Duumvirate, and Mysterio, the Rhino, and the Jade Syndicate working with them. The only two villain who weren't were Scorpion, who just decided to seek revenge on Jameson at the same time, and Venom, who mistook the disguised Mysterio for the real Spider-Man.
  • On the topic of Spider-Man, the PS4 game has Spidey take on a new incarnation of the Sinister Six, united and led by Dr. Octavius and comprised of Mr. Negative, Electro, the Vulture, Rhino and Scorpion. The mastermind, sharing similar grievances to Mr. Negative with regards to Norman Osborn, brought the rest of them together with promises that aligned with their respective agendas. Scorpion has debts he needs repaid, Vulture seeks a cure for his spinal cancer, Rhino wants help with removing his Clingy Costume, and Electro... wants to be converted into pure living energy.

    Web Animation 


    Web Original 
  • Hero House gives us numerous examples, from multiple franchises, though Skeletor and Hordak are the most prominent.
  • In the web novel, The Impossible Man, the villains team up to form The Amalgamated Union of Malicious Malcontents.
  • In "Ayla and the Birthday Brawl" of the Whateley Universe, Hekate's unseen master makes her team up with The Necromancer so she has a safe haven from a true Sidhe curse. The same unseen figured gets Don Sebastiano to give them intel, and The Necromancer gets his Children of the Night, the Felonious Four, and Obsession to help him.
  • In Worm, the city's villains are smart enough to temporarily set aside their differences against common Omnicidal Maniac threats.

    Web Videos 
  • Hitler Rants:
    • The Hitler Council in hitlerrantsparodies' videos consists of the aforementioned Downfall Hitler, the real life Hitler, The Bunker Hitler, Inglourious Basterds Hitler, The Last Ten Days Hitler, Valkyrie Hitler, and War and Remembrance Hitler. Cooperation rarely goes well in the organization, and a war breaks apart among them when the Downfall Hitler assassinates Valkyrie Hitler. In said war, the real Hitler teams up with the Na'kuhl to help him defeat the other Hitlers.
    • There are times when Fegelein may team up with other pranksters to pull an antic on Hitler. Usually this is Himmler, whom tends to act as a mentor to Fegelein.
  • In the renowned Dwarf Fortress Let's Play 'Boatmurdered', a rather hilarious one occurs, when a group of goblins decide to team up with the elephants who were already holding the fortress under siege:
    "I think they're starting their own little town in there, elephants and goblins living together in peace and harmony, joined only by burning hatred for dwarves."


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The Sinister Six

The episode "Group Therapy," introduced the fan favourite: Sinister Six, featuring Electro, Rhino, Shocker, Vulture, Sandman & Dr. Octopus.

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