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  • Adventure Time: "Gumbaldia" reveals Gumbald has gathered the remaining Rogues Gallery from across the entire show's airtime to wage war against the Candy Kingdom in the Grand Finale.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Igthorn and Lady Bane team-up in two episodes to plan how to get rid of the Gummi Bears. Igthorn's crush on Lady Bane is a running gag, especially because is not mutual.
  • "The League of Villains" from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron.
    • Unlike other villain team ups however, these villains actually trusted each other (although some of them didn't get along very well) The only reason Tee betrayed them was because they all belittled him, and Zix and Travoltron only left because Tee convinced them to do so. Other than that, the only reason they lost was because Jimmy outsmarted them all one at a time.
  • Aladdin: The Series had a villain team up episode where Abis Mal had gotten some magical device but didn't know how to get it where he wanted it, and Mechanicles just happened to walk into the Bad-Guy Bar with some mechanical insects at the right time.
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  • This trope was spoofed MERCILESSLY in the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Last (Expletive Deleted) One of 2003" when the ATHF's "Rogue's Gallery" formed a group called Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday.
  • Atomic Puppet: The Season 1 finale "The Big Shift" sees one between Atomic Puppet's two most prominent foes, Mookie and Professor Tite-Gripp, in which they lead an enormous prison breakout to defeat Atomic Puppet. Several lesser villains also appear in the breakout, but have no prominent roles in the episode.
  • Batman: The Animated Series:
    • Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy first became partners in the "Harley and Ivy" episode. The two teamed up frequently in this and various other Batman-related media, including the mainstream comic book, usually when Harley was separated from the Joker (either because he's in Arkham or after a fight with him).
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    • Also in the episode "The Strange Secret of Bruce Wayne": The Joker, The Penguin and Two Face team up in order to buy the secret of Batman's real identity from Dr. Hugo Strange. And when Batman secretly tricks them into thinking Strange was playing them for the fool, they proceed to team up to take out Strange's goons and take Strange hostage to...teach him a lesson.
    • The episode "Almost Got 'Im" deserves a mention; The Joker, The Penguin, Two-Face, Poison Ivy and Killer Croc do not team up, but they play cards while telling stories of how they "almost got Batman".
    • The Trial is probably the episode of B:TAS with the largest number of villains teaming up; The Joker, Two-Face, Poison Ivy, Harley Quinn, The Scarecrow, the Mad Hatter, The Riddle, Killer Croc and The Ventriloquist, team up after taking control of Arkham to trial Batman.
      • And curiously in any case they betray each other.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold has several examples.
    • The Joker and the Weeper in The Vile and the Villainous! Notable because Joker was actually proud of the Weeper betraying him to be the sole king of crime, only to be disappointed when Batman thwarts them anyway.
    • "Evil Under the Sea!" had Orm and Black Manta team up to take Atlantis away from AQUAMAN.
  • Beetlejuice: In "The Neitherworld's Least Wanted", some of BJ's fiercest reoccurring foes (and Lipscum) team up to form S.N.O.T.R.A.G., and plot to do Beetlejuice in by tricking him into saying "I'm coming apart at the seams" and, when his powers cause this to become a Literal Metaphor, scattering his body parts across the Neitherworld until sundown, when he'll dissolve completely if they're not reassembled in time.
  • In "Back With a Vengeance," the second season finale of Ben 10, Ben's two worst enemies, Kevin 11 and Vilgax, team up. They play this trope as described, getting into two knock-down brawls with each other before ganging up on Ben. In the end, Kevin tries to steal the Clingy MacGuffin that Vilgax wanted off of Ben and leave Ben and Vilgax Trapped in Another World, instead of just killing Ben like he'd wanted to earlier. Then he goes right back to trying to kill Ben and, predictably, this is his downfall.
    • The next to last episode of the series had a group called the Negative 10 composed of most of the lesser villains Ben, Gwen, and Max faced through the series headed by new villain, the Forever King. They actually manage to work together rather well but end up outsmarted in the end.
    • Also, in the Alien Force season 3 finale, Vilgax teams up with Albedo in order to steal Ben's Omnitrix, so Albedo can go back to his original form, while Vilgax claims that he isn't interested in the Omnitrix anymore, and just wants to see Ben dead. Predictably, when Vilgax got the Omnitrix, he immediately betrayed Albedo.
  • Various villains would team up all the time in Captain Planet. Dr. Blight in particular often worked with one or two others on a project. The only time all seven of the main Eco-villains got together was in the two-part "Summit to Save Earth," with Zarm as the de facto boss.
  • Happens twice in ChalkZone. First, in "Double Trouble" when Skrawl and Craniac 4 team up to destroy the Chalk Mine and make Rudy their slave. Then in "Snap VS Boorat", Vinnie and Terry join forces to try to steal the magic chalk and expose ChalkZone.
  • The villains from Codename: Kids Next Door have done this quite a few times, justified since the heroes they're fighting are part of a military organization.
  • Cool McCool: "College of Crooks" featured the show's six villains—The Owl, Hurricane Harry, the Rattler, Jack-in-the-Box, Dr. Madcap and Greta "Green Lips" Ghoul"—joining at a disused college campus to conspire against McCool.
  • In an episode of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Eustace decides to take out Courage by gathering a group of villains from previous episodes in an alliance against that stupid dog (ignoring the fact that these villains have also endangered his own life in the past).
  • Darkwing Duck had a tribute to/parody of the Sinister Six: the Fearsome Five, consisting of Megavolt, Quackerjack, The Liquidator and Bushroot, as led by Negaduck. In one Fearsome Five episode, Negaduck betrayed the other four and stole their powers for himself. The depowered fearsome four teamed with Darkwing to stop him.
  • Dragons: Riders of Berk:
    • Alvin the Treacherous and Mildew team-up at the end of season one and most of season two, due to the latter hatred of dragons and grudge against Hiccup and Stoic.
    • Alvin the Treacherous and Dagur the Deranged team-up too against Berk for a while but it doesn't take too long before Dagur turns againts Alvin and took control of the Outcasts tribe.
  • In DuckTales (1987), the Beagle Boys were sometimes hired by Magica DeSpell or Flintheart Glomgold to help pull off their latest evil deed to be done to Scrooge McDuck. Eventually, all three parties teamed up to really rain on Scrooge's parade in a seven-issue story arc, Scrooge's Quest, that ran in Disney's DuckTales comic book (this was done seven years prior to the above-mentioned Don Rosa story). It's a minor case of What Could Have Been, though, as the Beagle Boys are just depicted as hired thugs for the other two, not with their traditional knack for over-the-top heists; and Magica and Glomgold don't really cooperate, they just agree to time their attacks on Scrooge at the same time. No real planning or joining of forces.
  • Dynomutt, Dog Wonder: Six villains previously defeated by Blue Falcon teamed up to get rid of him. When they thought they got rid of the heroes, they divided themselves in three pairs to commit crimes and the heroes decided to trick the villains into meeting to capture all of them. (Blue Falcon believed that if he went and captured one of the pairs, the others would learn he escaped and would vanish.)
  • Evil Con Carne: Hector decided to found the League of Destruction. It started crumbling down when the villains argued among themselves over who'd lead them. By the time the hero assigned to destroy the league arrived at their headquarters, the villains were already beaten.
  • The Fantastic Four (1967) featured a team-up of the villains Klaw, Blastaar, and Molecule Man in the episode "The Terrible Tribunal".
  • In the Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes episode "Revenge of the Skrulls" the Super-Skrull comes about as the result of collaboration between a Skrull and Ronan the Accuser. It almost worked, except for the interference of their "Fantastic Fifth", Rupert.
  • The Flintstone Kids: Captain Caveman's enemies united themselves against him. They spent a whole day trying to destroy the hero, failing to even get his attention.
  • The Gargoyles:
    • Xanatos and Demona work together during the five-part origin episode "Awakening".
    • In "High Noon", Demona and Macbeth try to free the evil personality of Iago/Coldsteel with the Weird Sisters manipulating them behind the scenes.
    • "The Reckoning" featured a surprise collaboration by David Xanatos, Demona, Fang, Tailog and the clones tossed in for good measure.
    • And the three part episode "Avalon" has Macbeth and Demona working for the Archimage and the Weird Sisters, again, to retake Avalon. In all cases Demona and Macbeth (sworn enemies) work together only because the Weird Sisters were controlling them magically.
  • A crossover episode of the Hercules television series had Hades team up with a recently deceased Jafar in an attempt to kill one another's arch nemesis by pitting them against one another. While it was a deadly alliance (the heroes almost killed each other), the heroes figure out they were being played and Hades drastically underestimated Aladdin's wit, resulting in Jaffar's staff being broken and him being dragged into the Styx, becoming just another mindless soul swirling in eternity.
  • Johnny Test has the "Johnny Stopping Evil Force 5," a team-up of Wacko, the Beekeeper, Brain Freezer, Mr. Mittens (and his butler Albert), and Zizrar the king of mole-people.
  • Played straight, subverted, and lampshaded in Justice League. The original villain group that went up against the Justice League (the Injustice Gang), organized by Lex Luthor, was held together solely by money. This made it easy for Batman to play them against one another. The follow up team dropped the Injustice Gang moniker for the name "Secret Society". While the only thing really holding them together was their hatred for the League, their leader (Gorilla Grodd) was smart enough to take them through various team building exercises that kept them from falling apart, knowing full well that it's "not the easiest thing for loners, sociopaths, and psychos". The subversion is that he also uses his mental powers to sow seeds of distrust among the League: they fall apart in the same way a villain team usually falls apart, only to reassemble in the final act.
    • Justice League Unlimited plays it straight, but justifies it more than most villain teams. While the team does eventually break up in a brutal villain civil war, they're not joined by a hatred of the JLU. Rather, the villain team is a protection racket: since it's impossible to commit a crime against a group as efficient as the JLU, Grodd set up a co-op. All it cost was 25% of your gross criminal profits, and you could expect back-up if the League got in the way of your average bank robbery.
    • Earlier, they had a team-up of old Superman villains in the DC Animated Universe version of the Superman Revenge Squad. Unusually, this Squad was taken out not by Superman himself, but by his fellow Leaguers. Lobo even temporarily joined the League, and defeated Kalibak by burying him under an ever-growing pile of smashed cars until Kalibak finally said "Uncle".
  • Kim Possible faced Drakken, Killigan, and Monkey Fist during "A Sitch in Time". In the end, Shego betrayed them in order to Take Over the World herself.
    • Drakken and Lucre in "The Mentor of Our Discontent", Shego and Junior in "Two to Tutor" and "The Big Job", Shego and Motor Ed in "Car Alarm", and Drakken, Shego, and Hamsterviel in the Lilo & Stitch: The Series episode "Rufus".
    • The page quote comes from the episode "Steal Wheels", where Dr Drakken and Motor Ed team-up. In this particular case the answer turns out to be 'because they're cousins'.
  • In the The Legend of Korra episode "Remembrances", Varrick's retelling of Bolin's story/mover pitch involves Amon, Vaatu, and Zaheer teaming up to defeat the mighty Nuktuk/Bolin! Also Unalaq works his way in. Oh, and Amon is a zombie.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Season 4 Finale, Tirek tricks Discord into making a Face–Heel Turn and the two proceed to team up. Of course, their alliance doesn't last since Tirek betrays Discord in order to steal his powers, in the process finalizing Discord's Heel Realization and inadvertently setting the stage for his own defeat.
    • In the premiere of Season 9, Grogar forms a team up with Tirek, Crystalis, Cozy Glow, and Sombra. Sombra quickly defects, thinking he can take over Equestria by himself, and promptly dies again, which Grogar uses as an example to his minions as to why they need to team up to defeat the Mane Six.
  • Abraham Kane and the Duke of Detroit in the two-part finale of Motorcity. Earlier, Abraham Kane and "Red".
  • The Mr. Bogus episode "B-TV" saw Bogus getting trapped in the television set, where he is forced to endure various forms of torture inflicted on him by his enemies Baddus, the Meteor Goons, Ratty, Mole, and Jake and Butch, via use of different TV programs being watched by Mr. Anybody and Tommy Anybody.
  • My Life as a Teenage Robot: The episode "Legion of Evil" sees a few one-shot villains unite to defeat Jenny — The Hammer Brothers, the Mudslinger, Lancer, and Vladimir the lab rat.
  • Episode The Terrible 5 + 1 from Plastic Man has Solex breaking out of prison The Weed, Half-Ape, Clam, Computerhead and Disco Mummy to have them as his servants. When they get tired of him they join Plastic Man against him.
  • In Pirates of Dark Water the evil pirate captain Bloth teams up with Morpho the server of The Dark Dweller to kill Ren and his friends, but other than that, they have very different goals as Bloth wants to be rich and Morpho wants the End Of The World.
  • The Powerpuff Girls had to fight a team-up of Mojo Jojo, Him, Princess Morbucks, and Fuzzy Lumpkins that ultimately broke up because, in the end, they were just a giant parody of The Beatles ("The Beat-Alls"). This is how the Girls actually beat them-the villains actually work very well together and the Girls can't beat them in combat. Instead, they find a female monkey who becomes a literal Yoko Oh No and causes the team to fall apart on its own after Mojo Jojo falls in love with her.
    • Somewhat Hilarious in Hindsight as Paul McCartney has since come out and said that Yoko Ono was not the cause of the Beatles' break-up.
    • Another episode occurs where the Gangreen Gang breaks into the Mayor's office and uses the Powerpuff Hotline to trick the Girls into breaking into Mojo, Fuzzy and HIM's homes while they were just taking a nap, taking a bath, and working out, respectively. Needless to say, the three villains did not take it so well and, upon finding out the truth, teamed up to give the Gangreen Gang a brutal beatdown.
  • The Real Ghostbusters episode Xmas Marks the Spot, after Egon enters the Containment Unit to retrieve the ghosts of Christmas he faces all the previously trapped ghosts including Samhain, The Sandman, Killerwatt, Ghash, Wat, the Winged Puma and the Sleeping Ghost.
  • Sheep in the Big City features a team-up between General Specific (who wants to capture Sheep so he can be used in a sheep-powered ray gun) and Lady Richington (a sheep-hating woman who beats Sheep with her wig whenever she sees him) in the episode "The Wool of a People". After a law is enforced making it so that they can't hurt Sheep, the two work together to ensure that General Specific becomes mayor, with Lady Richington serving as Specific's campaign manager. Their intent was to repeal the pro-sheep law once Specific won the election so that they'd be able to harm Sheep again.
  • The Smurfs, Gargamel teams-up with another villain in at least one episode for season including Bigmouth, Balthazar, Hogatha and Nemesis, generally with unfortunate consequences... for him.
  • Spider-Man: The Animated Series
    • The first time was when Rhino and Shocker teamed up against Spidey. It'd be the hero's end if Venom didn't consider himself The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.
    • The Insidious Six (first with Rhino, Shocker, the Scorpion, Doctor Octopus, the Chameleon and Mysterio; later, the Vulture would replace Mysterio)
    • The Scorpion and the Vulture
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man has Doctor Octopus form the Sinister Six with the Vulture, Electro, the Rhino, the Shocker, and the Sandman in "Group Therapy". They are well-planned, have removed all their old weaknesses, and their members go out of their way to avoid intentionally hurting each other. It nearly works, until Spidey's Evil Costume Switch kicks in.
  • Spider-Man (1967) shows why ganging up on the hero doesn't necessarily work any better than making him or her Run the Gauntlet in "To Catch a Spider". When Dr. Noah Boddy, an invisible man created by the show's writers, busts Electro, the Green Goblin, and the Vulture out of prison to get revenge on Spider-Man, they actually take the time to weaken Spider-Man beforehand by knocking out his spider-senses and reducing his Super Strength. Unfortunately, the villains are also shown constantly arguing with one another. Spider-Man exploits this by using ventriloquism to make it sound as if they're insulting each other, and the villains end up taking each other out.
  • Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters: In the interactive special "The Breakout", some of the viewer's decisions can lead to a villain team-up as the final battle. The team-up consists of either Quick Charge and Circuit Stream, or Quick Charge and Multi-Farious, if the viewer avoided facing or taking down these villains initially.
  • Superman: The Animated Series: In "Knight Time", with Bruce Wayne and Batman missing, Bane, the Riddler and Mad Hatter were planning to do this before Superman, impersonating Batman, and Robin (Tim Drake) stopped them.
  • The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure episode The Trio Of Terror: Black Manta, Queen Vassa, and The Brain join forces... but not for long.
  • Happens a couple of times on Sushi Pack. In "The Yam Yakkers," Titanium Chef, Oleander, and Sir Darkly team up to create the titular creatures, and in "Fair Share For Sure," Apex partners with Sir Darkly to fund his Fountain of Youth-style laser.
  • Happens a few times in SWAT Kats:
    • In "Night of the Dark Kat" Dark Kat teams up with super-hacker Hard Drive to steal the Turbokat and use it to hold the city hostage and ruin the SWAT Kats' reputation.
    • In the season 1 finale "Katastrophe" Dark Kat teamed up with Dr. Viper and the Metallikats to destroy the SWAT Kats. This plays the trope extremely straight because Dark Kat does betray his comrades as soon as they've (apparently) captured all the heroes, stalling them long enough to salvage the situation.
    • In A Bright and Shiny Future Pastmaster aligns with the Metallikats, giving them control of Megakat City in a Bad Future so long as they'll kill the SWAT Kats from the present. Betrayal plays in here, too, where the Metallikats have the Pastmaster disarmed as soon as he delivers the present SWAT Kats to the future, prompting Pastmaster to help the heroes stop them.
  • TaleSpin: Shere Khan and Don Karnage join forces in episode On a Wing and a Bear to cause an oil shortage.
  • Team Umizoomi 's "Umi Grand Prix" is a rare example of this happening on an Edutainment Show.
  • The 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has the Rat King and Leatherhead teamed up to fight against the turtles in one episode. In "Night of the Rogues", Shredder hires the past villains (including the mentioned two) to eliminate the turtles.
    • The Rat King had a short team up with Don Tortelli in the episode "The Great Bouldini."
  • Transformers:
    • The second-string Transformers Animated villains Professor Princess, Angry Archer, Nanosec, and first-timer Slo-Mo team up to form the Society of Ultimate Villainy (SUV) in the episode of same name.
    • Transformers: Prime has had a couple of team ups involving MECH. First, in "Crisscross", they allied with Airachnid in order to capture Arcee and Jack (Airachnid wanted revenge, MECH wanted the technology in Arcee's body). This ended when Agent Fowler showed up with reinforcements, and the villains fled separately. Then, in the "Operation Bumblebee" two-parter, they formed an alliance with a renegade Starscream, who offered his knowledge in exchange for a share of the energon they'd need for their own plans. This lasted until Silas got sick of Starscream, stole his T-Cog, and then ditched him. Then, in "The Human Factor", Silas, having been grafted into Breakdown's corpse after he was traumatically injured, decides that MECH has outlived its usefulness and destroys his own followers. Then, he attempts to join the Decepticons; but when his plan to get them a Kill Sat fails, Megatron decides to let Knock Out vivisect him.
  • The final season of Teen Titans builds to a climax as the Brain leads a team up of nearly every villain in the show's run to capture the Titans and all their allies. Except the harmless ones.
  • Underdog did this in its final story, with Simon Bar Sinister teaming up with Riff Raff, Electric Eel, and Batty Man. In that event, Simon lead them to steal all the money in the world with his latest invention, the Vacuum Gun. Unlike most examples, they didn't betray each other, and were instead defeated by Underdog one by one in the final part.
  • The Venture Bros. had Baron Underbheit consider an alliance with the Monarch in order to defeat Dr. Venture, only to be stymied by union bylaws... which they laugh at and plan on teaming up anyway.
  • Although not originally, this happens on occasion on Wordgirl. Tobey and Dr. Two-Brains team up in Mousezilla, but their tandem quickly falls apart due to them mocking each other about Two-Brain's fear of cats and Tobey's love of Wordgirl. The Whammer has teamed up with Chuck (both reluctantly on the latter's part) in Thorn in the Sidekick and Escape Wham. And in the recent episode Too Loud Crew the Whammer & the Butcher joined forces thanks to a supervillain manual.
  • "Beyond Good and Evil", the four-part premiere of the second-to-last season of X-Men has Magneto, Mr. Sinister, Mystique and Apocalypse teaming up together. However, Apocalypse initially lied to Magneto that his goal was to create a mutant utopia while his real End Of The World plans clash with Magneto's, thus causing him and Mystique to turn against Apocalypse. Mr. Sinister is all game with "let's destroy everything!" though.


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