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Spy vs. Spy
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White Spy and Black Spy

Spy vs. Spy is a segment about Black Spy and White Spy battling against each other, with the spy who starts the conflict usually losing because of the other spy's counter plan or Grey Spy's plans. It is based on the monthly comic strip feature in MAD Magazine bearing the same name as the show.

List of segment appearances

Season 1

  • (Episode 1) - White Spy finds Black Spy guarding a toll gate atop the branch of a tree, with a bomb beside him. He climbs the tree, secretly places a lid over the bomb, climbs back down and drives through the toll gate in an army tank. An enraged Black Spy attempts to drop the bomb on him, but grabs the lid that White Spy placed atop the bomb, and drops it on White Spy's head, leaving him unharmed, and leaving Black Spy to be blown up by the bomb.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv and this is the first time White Spy wins in a season premiere.)
  • (Episode 2) - Black Spy places what appears to be a large stick of dynamite behind a bench that White Spy is sitting on. Black Spy lights the fuse and runs behind a nearby bush. White Spy notices the explosive and snips off the lit tip of the fuse, but finds that the fuse is really the tail of a lion that was hiding inside the "dynamite stick". White Spy is then mauled by the creature as revenge for cutting off the tip of its tail.
  • (Episode 3) - White Spy sneaks microbombs into Black Spy's gloves. While White Spy plays his tuba, Black Spy puts his fingers in his ears to block out the sound, setting the bombs off.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv.)
  • (Episode 4) - Black Spy infiltrates White Spy's submarine and opens a safe inside, but it turns out there is no safe at all, only a hole in the side of the submarine. Water fills the submarine and begins to sink, taking Black Spy along with it.
    • (Note: White Spy made a cameo in uGlee.)
  • (Episode 5) Black Spy launches a torpedo at White Spy's boat. White Spy's boat splits in half, but the torpedo splits in half, too. White Spy screams in terror and is blown up.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv and the spies also made a cameo in WALL·E·NATOR.)
  • (Episode 6) - Black Spy carries a bundle of dynamite over to White Spy's HQ, in an attempt to blow up his adversary. He lights the fuse and rings the building's doorbell, only to get flattened by spring-loaded floorpieces. White Spy then walks outside, takes the dynamite, and rolls up Black Spy with it. He leaves it to detonate outside and chuckles as his opponent is obliterated by the explosion.
  • (Episode 7) - White Spy is flying in his helicopter and spots Black Spy riding on an elephant. White Spy attempts to shoot at them, but the bullets bounce off the elephant, which Black Spy reveals to be a tank when he fires a missile from the "trunk" that sends White Spy and his helicopter crashing to the ground.
  • (Episode 8) - White Spy gets himself a cannon hat to destroy Black Spy, but it backfires when Black Spy uses a bow and shoots an arrow with a large cork-shaped tip to back up the cannon.
  • (Episode 9) - Prison Guard Black Spy puts a file in a cake and sends it to an imprisoned White Spy, pretending that it was sent to him from his mother. White Spy finds the file within the cake and files off the window bars in his cell. He crawls out of his cell, but it turns out to be a trap, and White Spy is crushed by the spring-loaded walls on the sides of the opening.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv.)
  • (Episode 10) - Black Spy uses a wrecking crane to destroy White Spy's HQ, but it backfires when White Spy uses a baseball bat built into his car and knocks the wrecking ball back at him. The ball wraps around the crane and smashes the cockpit.
  • (Episode 11) - Black Spy is driving a tank and sees White Spy in a jail cell, but the bars turn out to be a multi-barreled machine gun, and Black Spy and his tank are then riddled with shots from the gun.
  • (Episode 12) - White Spy takes notes on Black Spy's secret new jet with devastating consequences. The jet has a lawnmower in the back, which shreds White Spy to smithereens.
  • (Episode 13) - White Spy is shooting some hoops outside his HQ, but Black Spy interrupts his fun by swiping his basketball and making a slam dunk. White Spy then presses a button on a remote, which reveals that the hoop is actually a rocket, which latches onto Black Spy, fires into the air, and explodes.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv.)
  • (Episode 14) - Black Spy chases White Spy in his car, and fires a rocket at White Spy's car. White Spy fights back by raising the car off its wheels, revealing an elastic sheet tied to the poles that join the car to the wheels, which is used to spring the rocket back to Black Spy's car and blow it up.
  • (Episode 15) - Hiding behind a tree, Black Spy thinks he sees White Spy hiding behind a rock, but it's only his hat. White Spy pops out from the tree's branch and clobbers Black Spy over the head with a club.
  • (Episode 16) - Black Spy spots White Spy in the desert, and sneaks up behind him with a club. However, he falls into a pit disguised as White Spy's shadow, and White Spy buries Black Spy in the sand.
  • (Episode 17) - White Spy's attempt to pogo stick his way into Black Spy's base is foiled with a spiked ceiling.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv. However, this is a role reversal, as the perpetrator/victim in the MADtv version was Black Spy, and White Spy was the victor.)
  • (Episode 18) - White Spy crushes Black Spy with a car that converts into a hammer after Black Spy destroys the bridge leading forth in a cockpit shaped like a nail.
  • (Episode 19) - Black Spy shoots down White Spy's airplane from his boat, and heads to the crash site: a desert island. However, he finds only an inflatable White Spy on the island. The real White Spy is in a rowboat next to the island, and points out that the palm tree on the island is a lit fuse, therefore the island is a giant bomb, which blows Black Spy up.
  • (Episode 20) - Black Spy finds White Spy at a shed in a building site for his makeshift factory, and notices multiple wrecking cranes in a row next to the shed Black Spy uses a nearby boulder to start a domino effect with the wrecking balls that crushes White Spy inside the shed.
    • (Note: This is the first time the plotting snicker was used as a victory chuckle.)
  • (Episode 21) - White Spy infiltrates Black Spy's observatory, and looks through the telescope inside. The "telescope" is actually a cannon, which Black Spy uses to blast White Spy from outside.
  • (Episode 22) - White Spy is skiing on a mountaintop, and just as he rides a ramp into midair, Black Spy attempts to attack him in his helicopter. White Spy reveals that his skis are missiles, and launches them at Black Spy's helicopter. White Spy also activates propellers built inside his ski poles to keep him suspended in the air as his opponent blows up.
  • (Episode 23) - White Spy is asleep on a hammock, and Black Spy decides to disturb his slumber by shooting down his hammock. White Spy grabs a plunger, a hacksaw, and a bow, ties the hacksaw to the plunger, and fires the two objects at Black Spy's helicopter with the bow. The plunger adheres to one of the helicopter's rotors, and the attached hacksaw slices off the helicopter's tail, sending it plummeting to the ground.
  • (Episode 24) - White Spy's attempt to hit Black Spy with a rock flung by a slingshot backfires when Black Spy has a slingshot hidden in his hat that flings the rock backwards into White Spy's face.
    • (Note: MAD Kids used the same segment like this in the Spy vs. Spy spin-off, Spy vs. Spy Jr.)
  • (Episode 25) - Late at night, White Spy places a top secret file in a large mousetrap, and goes to sleep in a small house next to the mousetrap. In an attempt to steal it, Black Spy sets off the mousetrap with a twig, and just as he grabs the file, White Spy pushes the wall of the house facing Black Spy down, crushing his adversary.
    • (Note: This was originally used on MADtv.)
  • (Episode 26) - White Spy ties up Black Spy and puts him in a canoe headed straight for a waterfall. Black Spy manages to escape his bonds and grabs a tree branch nearby to avoid his fate, but the tree turns out to be on wheels, and Black Spy  plummets to the bottom of the waterfall.
    • (Note: This is the first time that there were two victory chuckles in a row and the first time White Spy wins in a season finale.)

Season 2

  • (Episode 27) - While walking across a bridge, Black Spy spots a balloon that looks like White Spy anchored to the bridge. A frustrated Black Spy grabs a nearby slingshot and uses it to fling a rock at the balloon and pop it. Unfortunately, Black Spy notices too late that the balloon turns out to be what's holding the bridge up. From a ledge underneath where the bridge was, White Spy watches with glee as Black Spy plummets to the ground.
    • (Note: This is the second time White Spy wins in a season premiere and the spies also made a cameo in MAD News.)
  • (Episode 28) - White Spy steals Black Spy's briefcase, but when White Spy opens he finds it doesn't contain anything top-secret, but contains pieces of a picture puzzle. White Spy assembles it and finds that the picture it forms is a target. Black Spy flies by in an airplane and drops a bomb on the picture puzzle, blasting White Spy as well.
  • (Episode 29) - Black Spy tries to drop a bomb on White Spy, but White Spy bounces it with a hidden spring. Black Spy then seemingly admits defeat with a white flag, but it turns out to be an axe and he chops White Spy in half with it.
  • (Episode 30) - From behind a tree, Black Spy spots White Spy capturing a radio transmission, and digs a hole under White Spy. He puts a bomb underneath, but White Spy moves his transmission equipment and the nearby tree away from the bomb, just so that the tree is directly above the bomb. Black Spy waits behind the tree for the explosion, but he gets blasted instead.
    • (Note: This is the second Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 31) - Black Spy places a lit stick of dynamite in a sleeping White Spy's house window. White Spy discovers the stick through his mirror and puts it out with water from a nearby vase. As soon as White Spy goes back to sleep, Black Spy removes the glass from the mirror, places it in the window frame, and places a bomb in the mirror frame. White Spy then notices the bomb and pours water on the bomb's reflection in the mirror. White Spy soon notices Black Spy's trick, but notices it too late and is blown up alongside his house.
  • (Episode 32) - White Spy and Black Spy are in a boxing match. Black Spy secretly puts a horseshoe in his glove to punch out White Spy easily. In the match, Black Spy throws a hard punch at White Spy's face, but breaks his hand on impact. White Spy reveals he was secretly wearing a knight's helmet.
    • (Note: This is the third Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 33) - White Spy spots Black Spy going fishing and attaches a bomb to his fishing line from underwater, but Black Spy's fishing line is attached to the door of a shark cage. Black Spy reels in his line, opening the cage door. releasing the shark inside. The shark then attacks White Spy. Black Spy then cuts the fishing line attached to the bomb, dropping it into the water, leaving White Spy and the shark to get blown up.
    • (Note: This is the fourth Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 34) - Black Spy attemts to steal White Spy's plane, but when White Spy presses a button on his remote, the wings flip upward and smash Black Spy.
  • (Episode 35) - On Halloween, White Spy tries to break into Black Spy's costume party by dressing up in a Black Spy costume. He looks at himself in the mirror to find he looks exactly like his adversary. He strikes a pose while holding a gun for added fun, but notices that his reflection in the mirror did not put his gun away when he did. The "reflection" was actually Black Spy in a mirror costume, who shoots White Spy.
  • (Episode 36) - Black Spy sees White Spy training an attack dog to attack Black Spy. White Spy then takes the dog over to Black Spy's HQ. On the roof of the building, Black Spy pours a bucket of black paint on White Spy, making him look like Black Spy. The dog walks outside the building, spots the paint-coated White Spy, and attacks him as Black Spy claims his victory.
    • (Note: This is the fifth Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 37) - White Spy is playing a music box with his monkey who is holding a cup for donations. Black Spy comes by and hands mini-bombs to the monkey as if it were change.  The monkey puts the bombs in the music box, which turns out to be a gun, which White Spy fires at Black Spy. The monkey gives the victory chuckle.
    • (Note: This is the first time the regular background music wasn't used.)
  • (Episode 38) - An imprisoned While Spy receives a cake from his mother, delivered by prison guard Black Spy. It contains a nail file which White Spy slips underneath his cell to Black Spy. Also found in the cake is a picture of an open cell window, which he pastes over the real cell window. Thinking White Spy filed off the window bars and escaped, Black Spy attempts to dive through the "open" window and gets knocked unconscious, allowing White Spy to escape prison successfully.
    • (Note: This is the first time a sequel was used outside of a previous season.)
  • (Episode 39) - Black Spy flies in a helicopter up to a stone mountain statue of White Spy and drops a bomb on the nose, but White Spy presses a button on his remote, revealing that the nose is actually a rocket, which launches at Black Spy's helicopter, blowing him up.
    • (Note: This is the sixth Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion and the spies also made a cameo in Spy vs. Spy Kids along with Marissa Wilson as Grey Spy.)
  • (Episode 40) - Black Spy finds White Spy surfing, and shoots at him from a tank, but unknown to Black Spy, White Spy's surfboard is really a torpedo in disguise and blows up Black Spy.
    • (Note: This is the second time the regular background music wasn't used.)
  • (Episode 41) - While Black Spy trims his Christmas tree, White Spy arrives in a rocket sleigh and drops a bomb down the chimney, destroying it. This proves to be White Spy's undoing, as Black Spy presses a button on a remote, revealing the tree to be a large missile, which seeks out White Spy and destroys him.
    • (Note: This is the seventh Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, plus the first time this segment was in color, and Black Spy made a cameo in Undercover Claus.)
  • (Episode 42) - Black Spy manages to sneak into White Spy's HQ after evading all of the traps, including a sharp blade, lasers, and a flamethrower. However, when Black Spy looks into White Spy's top secret safe, he discovers that it contains a piece of paper that says "Look up". White Spy pops out from a hole in the ceiling, whereupon he blasts Black Spy with a shotgun.
  • (Episode 43) - White Spy, on skis, chases after Black Spy attempting to shoot him. Instead, Black Spy manages to convert his own skis into a bow and arrow and shoot White Spy with it.
    • (Note: This is the eighth Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 44) - Black Spy wraps one end of a chain at the rear of a cannon and attaches the other end to a cannonball, which he loads into the cannon. White Spy, while unsure of his enemy's motives, decides to light the fuse and blast Black Spy. However, as Black Spy runs away, the chained cannonball launches forward, and because the other end of the chain is attached to the cannon's backside, the cannon flips backward and clobbers White Spy over the head.
  • (Episode 45) - Atop a cliff, White Spy thinks he sees Black Spy falling off, but it turned out to be a distraction, as Black Spy is on another nearby cliff, with a stick holding up the cliff that White Spy is standing on. Black Spy removes the stick, and the tip of the other cliff crumbles, sending White Spy falling to his doom, while Black Spy snatches his top secret briefcase in the process.
    • (Note: This is based off a Peter Kuper strip and this is the ninth Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 46) - White Spy plays tennis with Black Spy and secretly uses a bomb for the tennis ball. However, Black Spy manages to defeat White Spy by blowing him up with the "ball". Black Spy thinks he is victorious until White Spy presses a button on a remote, causing pieces of the tennis court floor to spring up and smash Black Spy.
    • (Note: This is the second time that there were two victory chuckles in a row.)
  • (Episode 47) - White Spy is having a picnic in a park, but Black Spy drives by him in his car and snatches his picnic basket. Black Spy drives up to the park's paytoll and while depositing money, the paytoll locks onto his arm. The booth is really a rocket, which launches Black Spy into the air and crashes down to the ground in an explosion. As a result of the force from the explosion, White Spy's apple flies back into his hand.
    • (Note: This is the 10th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 48) - White Spy puts a swing on a tree costume he is wearing. Black Spy finds the swing, and begins to use it, but then gets smashed into a nearby brick wall after White Spy moves in front of the wall.
  • (Episode 49) - White Spy goes skiing, but Black Spy tries to ambush him with a gun while on a ski lift. White Spy makes a jump and uses his skis like scissors to cut the ski lift wire, making Black Spy fall to his doom.
    • (Note: This is the 11th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion and the second time this segment was in color.)
  • (Episode 50) -  Late at night, White Spy walks up to Black Spy's house with a ladder and a lit bundle of dynamite. He climbs up the ladder to a sleeping Black Spy's bedroom window, throws the dynamite through the window, and upon hearing the blast, White Spy chuckles with glee. However, Black Spy pops out from his house's front door and places a detonator attached to some dynamite at the bottom of the ladder. Black Spy pops back inside as White Spy climbs down the ladder and ends up stepping on the detonator handle, resulting in him getting blown up. Black Spy then reveals that he used decoy feet to fool White Spy into thinking he was in his bed.
    • (Note: This is the second time the plotting snicker is used for the victory chuckle, plus the first time that the title card wasn't used, the only time Black Spy won in a lineless segment, and the spies also made a cameo in Parent Trainer.)
  • (Episode 51) - Black Spy's attempt to drop a bomb on White Spy during his daily stroll backfires back to him because of a spring inside of White Spy's hat.
    • (Note: This is the 12th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, plus the third time the regular background music wasn't used, plus the trick was also used in Episode 29 only in that episode Black Spy survived the trick and was still able to defeat White Spy, and MAD Kids used the same segment like this in the Spy vs. Spy spin-off, Spy vs. Spy Jr.)
  • (Episode 52) - White Spy sneaks into Black Spy's HQ attempting to rob his safe. White Spy manages to open the safe, but what he sees a rope tied to the inside of it. White Spy unties the knot, resulting in another safe tied to the other end of the rope to fall and crush him in a pulley effect. Black Spy then reveals to the viewers that he was hidden inside a picture frame waiting for it to happen.
    • (Note: This is the 13th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, plus the third time the plotting snicker was used for the victory chuckle, and the first time Black Spy wins in a season finale.)

Season 3

  • (Episode 53) - Black Spy sneaks into White Spy's HQ in an attempt to crack his safe and find top-secret plans, but the plans turn out to be for a bomb that turns out to be the safe itself, and Black Spy is blown up.
    • (Note: This is the 14th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, also the second time that the title card wasn't used, plus the third time White Spy wins in a season premiere, and they also made a cameo in MAD News again.)
  • (Episode 54) - Black Spy is flying his helicopter and spots White Spy on what appears to be a desert island, and begins to shoot at him. White Spy pulls a lever on the "island" which is really another helicopter, even bigger than Black Spy's, complete with a large cannon, which White Spy uses to blast his adversary.
    • (Note: This is the 15th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 55) - White Spy goes bowling, but Black Spy secretly glues a bowling ball bomb to White Spy's hand. When White Spy throws the ball, however, the bomb flies straight at the pins, and takes White Spy with it. White Spy comes out the ball return right next to Black Spy, and both spies are blown up by the bomb, resulting in their first tie.
    • (Note: This is the 16th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion and the first segment where the spies had a tie)
  • (Episode 56) - Black Spy is envious of White Spy's hit movie. Meanwhile, after the movie ends, White Spy puts his hands in cement to make a handprint. Unfortunately, he gets stuck. Suddenly, Black Spy comes around the corner with a steamroller and made White Spy flat as a pancake.
    • (Note: This is the 17th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, also the third time this segment was in color, plus the fourth time the regular background music wasn't used, and the first time that stop-motion goes to lineless. This happens when White Spy is flattened by the steamroller.)
  • (Episode 57) - Black Spy uses a giant gorilla to destroy White Spy's hometown and kidnap White Spy. White Spy sends in a giant robot to confront it and Black Spy surrenders. So, White Spy makes his robot offer a truce, but lucky for Black Spy, the resulting handshake between the two giants crushes White Spy.
    • (Note: This is the 18th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion and they also made a cameo in Modern Family Circus.)
  • (Episode 58) - Black Spy tries to sneak a bomb onto the top of White Spy's snowman while he gets a carrot for it, but Black Spy discovers that the snowman itself is made of bombs and is blown up. White Spy exits the house, snacks on a carrot, and chuckles in victory.
    • (Note: This is the 19th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion.)
  • (Episode 59) - White Spy sneaks a bomb into the ground of Black Spy's pole vault, but when Black Spy is exploded into the air, he impales White Spy with the sharp end of his pole.
    • (Note: This is the fifth time the regular background music wasn't used and the 20th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion. Yep, count 'em, 20!)
  • (Episode 60) - White Spy's treadmill jog is interrupted when Black Spy ties a dog at the end of the back forcing White Spy to accelerate so fast that he slams into barbells when Black Spy unplugs the treadmill.
  • (Episode 61) - After White Spy and Black Spy had a night of seeing the Avengers, White Spy's attempt to smash Black Spy with his hammer is disrupted by a surge of electricity caused by Black Spy's shield hitting a power switch and White Spy is electrocuted. Shocking, isn't it?
    • (Note: This is the 22nd Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, plus the first time a pop culture reference was used, and the fourth time this segment was in color. This happens when White Spy has a red cape.)
  • (Episode 62) - When White Spy tries to steal Black Spy's secret plans, he and Black Spy engage in a lightsaber duel. White Spy uses the force to grab Black Spy's weapon, but with the push of a button, Black Spy's weapon impales White Spy from another direction.
    • (Note: This is the 23rd Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, also the second time a pop culture reference was used, plus the sixth time the regular background music wasn't used, and the fifth time this segment was in color. This happens when White Spy and Black Spy use their Lightsabers and when the title card glows.)
  • (Episode 63) - Black Spy alters time with the DeLorean time machine, from the Back to the Future trilogy, to turn himself into a dinosaur and eat White Spy alive after he wins a race. Scary!
    • (Note: This is the 24th Spy vs. Spy segment to be in stop-motion, the third time a pop culture reference was used, and the first time a Spy has won more than four consecutive times. Also, the seventh time the regular background music wasn't used.)

Trivia

  • The spy wins are: White Spy - 51, Black Spy - 53, Grey Spy - 1 (see Spy vs. Spy Kids), two draws/ties
  • There is a Spy vs. Spy video game for Xbox, PlayStation 2 (or "PS2" for short), iPad, iPhone, NES, etc.
  • There are five kinds of Spy vs. Spy's: Classic cartoon, stop-motion cartoon, lineless improved cartoon, Mike Wartella cartoon, and Don Martin cartoon.
  • The spies made a brief cameo appearance in Family Guy Season 8, Episode 3 (129): "Spies Reminiscent of Us", where they apparently become friends.
  • The spies appeared in Robot Chicken, where Black Spy shoots White Spy while he is working on a punch-surprise vending machine.
  • They first appeared in MAD #60, and have appeared in every comic since 1961.
  • In 1962, another spy known as Grey Spy appeared in the Spy vs. Spy series, as Spy vs. Spy vs. Spy, in MAD #73.
  • In 2004, the spies appeared in four Mountain Dew commercials.
  • The spies made a cameo in Kung Fu Blander, where they destroy Lord Shen and his MAD-made Angry Bird army with bombs, then destroy each other with dynamite arms.
  • In 1986, Milton Bradley released a "Spy vs. Spy" board game involving digging tunnels and retrieving bombs.
  • There are 9 of the Spy vs. Spy segments that were originally from MADtv on FOX.
  • The fourth Spy Kids film, Spy Kids: All the Time in the World, got spoofed along with Spy vs. Spy as Spy vs. Spy Kids.
  • This is a double years to wait for the Spy vs Spy animation - 6 years passed from Do the Dew until Bombing (original used in MADtv). Another 6 years passed is from the last episode of Spy vs Spy appearance on MADtv (season 3, 1998) until Do the Dew.
  • This is the third animation of spy vs spy have been brought back on TV - first was brought back was MADTV.

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