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    Comic Books 

There's no deep psychology behind the struggle between Superman and me. It's all very simple: how would you feel if someone deliberately stood in your way, over and over again? IF IT WASN'T FOR SUPERMAN, I'D BE IN CHARGE ON THIS PLANET!

    Film - Live-Action 

Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.

Do you know what nemesis means? "A righteous infliction of retribution manifested by an appropriate agent" - personified, in this case, by an 'orrible cunt... me.
Brick Top, Snatch.

It all makes sense! In a comic, you know how you can tell who the archvillain's going to be? He's the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they're friends, like you and me! I should've known way back when - you know why, David? Because of the kids! They called me Mr. Glass.
Elijah Price, Unbreakable

No, no, I'm not gonna kill him. We need each other. We define each other. We're... yin and yang, black and white.
David Allen Griffin, The Watcher



I tell you, Watson, in all seriousness, that if I could beat that man, if I could free society of him, I should feel that my own career had reached its summit, and I should be prepared to turn to some more placid line in life. Between ourselves, the recent cases in which I have been of assistance to the royal family of Scandinavia, and to the French republic, have left me in such a position that I could continue to live in the quiet fashion which is most congenial to me, and to concentrate my attention upon my chemical researches. But I could not rest, Watson, I could not sit quiet in my chair, if I thought that such a man as Professor Moriarty were walking the streets of London unchallenged.
Sherlock Holmes on Prof. James Moriarty, "The Final Problem"

Ages ago Set coiled about the world like a python about its prey. All my life, which was as the lives of three common men, I fought him. I drove him into the shadows of the mysterious south, but in dark Stygia men still worship him who to us is the arch-demon. As I fought Set, I fight his worshippers and his votaries and his acolytes.
Epemitreus the Sage, "The Phoenix on the Sword"

Nine years later, Edie stood on the lip of a chasm and stared downwards. She had battled with Shem Shem Tsien across the world, and it never changed or got any better. He did something awful, she went and tidied up; in Rome, in Kiev, Havana. They fought on boats and in caves, on the roofs of houses and in alleyway. Sometimes one or other of them had an army, sometimes they were alone. It went on and on and it never settled anything. Shem Shem Tsien didn't change, didn't learn, did not accept that the new age had no space for him. Her body was a dictionary of woundings now, courtesy of his impossible speed, and she had learned to distract him, harry him, cheat him of her own death by guile. Once or twice, she had even survived him by skill. She tried not to think about how their addiction to this private, predictable conflict mirrored the ridiculous proxy wars the East and West were fighting with one another.

How many years, how many decades had I played Father's games? Losing every game. Until by sheer luck I found the game he could not win.
I couldn't afford to lose that way to Crayak. The game pieces had become real beings. We played for real lives. And I played the weaker side: I had to save; he had only to destroy.
And yet, here is the shameful truth: I needed Crayak as Father had needed me.
The Ellimist, Animorphs - The Ellimist Chronicles

    Live-Action TV 

I'm someone's nemesis?
Chuck Bartowski, "Chuck Versus the Muuurder"

He's my best enemy.
The Third Doctor on the Master, Doctor Who, "The Five Doctors"

You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.
The Seventh Doctor, Doctor Who, "Remembrance of the Daleks"

Amy Pond: So, you have enemies, then.
Eleventh Doctor: Everyone's got enemies.
Amy Pond: Yeah, but mine's the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You've got, you know, arch-enemies.

Twelfth Doctor: (to Colony Sarff) Davros is my arch-enemy. Why would I wanna talk to him?
Missy: No, wait, hang on a minute, Davros is your arch-enemy now?
Doctor: Hush.
Missy: (to herself) I'll scratch his eye out...
Doctor Who, "The Magician's Apprentice"

You thought that Thawne and Zoom were your biggest foes, but...but it's me. It's always been me, Barry.
Savitar, The Flash (2014)

Every fairy tale needs a good old-fashioned villain. You need me, or you're nothing. Because we're just alike, you and I - except you're boring.
James Moriarty, Sherlock

You know, I used to think it was our families that made us who we are. Then I hoped it was our friends. But if you look at history, the great men and women of the world have always been defined by their enemies.

"Clark always made [having a nemesis] seem so fun, like a deadly pen-pal you see once a year! But no, having a nemesis is STRESSFUL!"


I'm just trying to show you
Just how well I know you
I understand just how you feel
Threw your reason away
Cause you had one bad day
And your mind let go of the wheel

Still we're fated to battle
You pout and I prattle
Don't you ever tire of this game?
But you'll not make it end
'Cause I'm your only friend
We are opposites but we're the same!

We are two of a kind
Violent, unsound of mind
You're the yin to my yang, can't you see?
And if I were to leave
You would grumble and grieve
Face it, Bats...
You'd be lost without me!

What you call an infinite brawl, eternal souls clashing
War gets deep, some beef is everlasting
Nas, "One Mic"

    Tabletop Games 

It was in the decades after the Winter of Woe that Ariel first became aware of a malignant and abhorrent presence that would prove to be her nemesis. The existence of this being was of great offence to to Ariel, standing for everything that she opposed, its very being antithesis to her. This creature the Wood Elves called Cyanathair the Corruptor, though other peoples know it as Morghur the Master of Skulls. Where it finds civilization, it tears it down, and where it finds beauty, it despoils it. A twisted creature, a horrible mix of human and beast, Ariel recognized it as an immortal spirit of Chaos existing only to corrupt, to despoil, to cause pain, and it is this creature that the Wood Elves despise above all others. Cyanathair warps and distorts the fabric of the world into vile and hateful forms wherever its cursed hooves tread. Under its breath, healthy trees wither and contort into pained shapes, and grass shrivels and turns black under its gaze.
Warhammer: Wood Elves Army Book (6th edition)


Though I do admit it came on fast,
Still I do believe that it can last
And I will be loathing, for forever, loathing, truly deeply loathing you,
My whole life long
Galinda and Elphaba, Wicked, "What Is This Feeling?"


    Video Games 

Can't believe you think he's my boss, he's my archenemy!
Manny Calavera, Grim Fandango

BWAHAHAHA! Not bad! I guess I chose the right guy to be my archenemy. At least you always put up a fight.
Bowser, Super Mario Galaxy

We will never come to accept one another. We shall always be in conflict!

So what will it be, Bats? You and me caught in this eternal struggle? One destined to kill the other? What will we do when one of us wins? Have you even considered it? Terrifying, isn't it?

You'll die badly, Batman. Making that happen is my personal mission in life.
Black Mask, Batman: Arkham Origins

Soldier: 76: One of these days someone's going to put an end to you.
Reaper: I invite them to try.

    Web Original 

Up pulls a familiar Eagle sedan, and out steps renowned goons Tinker and O'Connor. For unknown reasons, they're here to bring Dalton to see Brad Wesley. Dalton sits up, hangs his head momentarily, but goes along with them. I guess even he knows that a meeting between two men so perfectly embodying the concepts of good and evil is only inevitable.

Chris: These two dudes are completely on their own level that's just beyond anyone else in the movie, which makes then a really great pair. There's a grandness to them and their adversarial relationship –- as well as their familiarity with each other - that this movie does pull off pretty well despite all its other flaws.
David: Well, Luthor even says it: he'll miss Superman, the only man who can keep up with him. He's also, notably, the only man who's ever outsmarted Luthor, with his great gambit at the end of Superman II. He not only outsmarted Luthor, he used Luthor as a pawn to outsmart someone bigger. Luthor respects the Hell out of that.
Chris: Exactly, which is why as far as Luthor's concerned, Superman has to die.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Superman IV: The Quest for Peace

Why would Bruckman pursue a relationship with anybody? You would be blighted with the exact circumstances of the moment they would be taken away from you. Instead he lives a depressing existence selling insurance because at least he can do some good with his gift that way, ensuring that people who are about to lose somebody are sufficiently covered... Hauntingly the connection between Bruckman and the killer is made perfectly clear: one predicts the deaths and the other makes them happen. You cannot have one without the other.
Joe Ford on The X-Files, "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose "

In the first twenty minutes of EarthBound, we learn most of what we need to know about Pokey: he's a slobbish, dishonest, immature, self-centered coward. Meanwhile, we hear everyone around Onett tell Ness what a brave, smart, honest, and all-around excellent person he is. Pokey is something of an anti-Ness; he is everything that Ness is not, and perhaps in equal proportions.

"Survival" rather cleverly mirrors the Master to the Doctor. The Master recruits his own young followers - a clear contrast to the Doctor's companion. However, while the Doctor tries to teach Ace to be a pacifist, the Master turns his disciples into soldiers and killers. He keeps Midge on a leash. While the Doctor empowers his companions, and helps them to grow and develop - the Master confines and constrains his followers. This contrast is only really possible with Ace, as she seems to be the first companion who is clearly and demonstrably strengthened by her time with the Doctor.

"As I’m sure you’re aware, my father [the supervillain Gizmatic] was the arch-nemesis of the third Champion, Steve Briggs-”

“You know his name, his secret identity?” Hazard asked.

“Of COURSE I know his name! He and Dad went to Whateley together! As a matter of fact, that’s how the feud between them started. [...] After Champion-3 died, Champ-4 turned out to be a decent kid, he saved Dad’s life once, and well, GizDad just didn’t have the heart to keep up the feud.”

“Yes, well, you never really get over your first Nemesis,” Kate allowed.

“Don’t worry, Kate,” I patted her hand. “Someday, that special hero will come along, someone you can really HATE.”
Jobe Anne Wilkins, Hazard, Nacht (Kate), and She-Beast, "Saks and Violence", Whateley Universe

    Western Animation 

Lord Monkey Fist, my arch-foe! ...Hey, I just realized I have my own personal arch-foe. It's kind of cool.
Ron Stoppable, Kim Possible

Doctor Venture: You just have to keep pushing my buttons, don't you?
The Monarch: I'm your arch enemy! That's what I do! That's my thing!

Now I hate him, and he hates me,
What a wonderful animosity,
Now I have some-one to oppose...
Yes I have a nemesis!
Phineas and Ferb, My Nemesis.

I can't think of a morning I haven't woken up with the thought of STRANGLING you!

"I am the thing that keeps you up at night, the evil that haunts every dark corner of your mind. I will never rest — and neither will you."
Slade, Teen Titans, "Haunted"


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