The Top 10 Greatest Enemies-Turned-Friends in Video Games Fictional Characters
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The Top 10 Greatest Enemies-Turned-Friends in Video Games

This Independence Day, we look back on the USA's rocky relationship with the British and how it's all come full-circle from mortal enemies to great allies, just like some of our favorite video game relationships. Here is a list of the greatest Video game enemies turned allies and the story of their unexpected friendships.

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    Donkey Kong and Mario


    These are two of the most on again off again enemies/friends (or frienemies) in video game history.

    They start as bitter rivals for the affection of a woman when Donkey Kong kidnaps Mario's then girlfriend Pauline (who he later dumped to pursue royalty).

    To get revenge Mario kidnaps Donkey Kong, whose plot is foiled by Donkey Kong's son, Donkey Kong Jr.

    Apparently the ill will has been buried as Donkey Kong is regularly invited to Mario's Parties and sporting events. They even have a beer now and then .

    But the rivalry sparks from time to time when Mario's old fling Pauline comes around, or whenever they happen to be in any kind of competition. But in any game where the Nintendo Universe comes together over something, they stand side-by-side.

    Donkey Kong is Mario's friend in the same vein that The Hulk is anyone's friend. Sure, he saves people's lives, saves entire cities and goes through entire journeys in the name of good. But as soon as you piss him off, Donkey Kong (and The Hulk) will turn on anybody on a dime.

    This video is a great example of this, as Donkey Kong is sitting at home all day, obviously unemployed, and falls in love with a toy of Mario. He tries to go to the store to buy his own, but they are all sold out. So, in classic Donkey Kong fashion, he goes to the Mario Toy Factory and steals all of the toys.

    Mario's mission, then, is to get all his toys back. This is why they fight. Because of a lack of communication. Mario ends up giving Kong one of the toys and everyone is happy.

    These guys are the classic definition of "Frienemies".

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    Solid Snake and Gray Fox


    During the first ever Metal Gear game, Gray Fox is an enigmatic character that goes missing during events taking place before the game even starts. His last recorded submission is the titular line of the game as all he is heard saying is "Metal Gear...".

    From there on out, it's pretty much a classic frienemy relationship between the main superspy and character of the Metal Gear series Solid Snake and his "gone" friend/foe Gray Fox.

    Gray Fox ends up piloting one of the Metal Gear machines (a huge bipedal tank, which can only be killed using annoying-to-throw grenades) and trying to kill Solid Snake, only to be resurrected later as a bad as cyborg ninja.

    Throughout most of the games, though, Gray Fox also sends Snake secrets via CODEC, so until this character is (SPOILER ALERT) killed by Liquid, he helps Snake throughout his journeys while challenging him physically along the way.

    Just like a great teacher or a horrible, horrible girlfriend.

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    Sonic and Knuckles


    In Sonic the Hedgehog 3, Knuckles (the red one, with the knuckles) thought Sonic was attempting to steal the Master Emerald, and that the mad scientist, Doctor Eggman (who is REALLY unfortunately named because c'mon, it's not like his parents knew he was going to be shaped like that), was trying to protect it.

    Knuckles worked AGAINST Sonic and FOR Dr. Eggman throughout the game and was someone you had to fight before boss battles or as a boss battle himself.

    However, Dr. Eggman had lied to Knuckles, and was planning to use the Emerald to repair his space station, the Death Egg (which is a little more unsettling than a Death Star purely because of how messy it would be if it exploded).

    In Sonic & Knuckles, the next game, in the Hidden Palace Zone, Eggman's betrayal was revealed when he stole the Master Emerald with a modified Egg-O-Matic (just one of his many egotistically branded weapons/items) and attacked Knuckles.

    Since then, Knuckles has repeatedly joined Sonic and Tails throughout their many adventures to help stop Dr. Eggman. No word on what Knuckles thinks of Tails, but he probably hates him just like the rest of us.

    Sonic and Knuckles are great complements to each other and work in slightly different ways.

    Kind of a Yin to each other's Yang, they're very similar, but have different enough abilities to make the perfect team.

    In this video: the closest Sonic and Knuckles have come to their very own "I'm the Juggernaut, bitch" sketch.

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    Master Chief and the Arbiter


    Master Chief of the Halo Franchise, is a super soldier bent on saving the world from the invading "Covenant" who are looking to take over and destroy the world based on religious beliefs, unlike anybody we have ever heard of.

    Here's the story:

    So, the Supreme Commander of the Covenant fleet sent to destroy a human vessel fails in the first Halo game (if you beat it), as humans overtook the ring in a resistance and destroyed it to prevent the spread of the horrible, horrible "Flood".

    As Halo 2 begins, this commander is branded a heretic and a traitor for failing his mission, because aliens are insanely brutal like that, but is spared just before his public execution and then became "The Arbiter", because that's what you become when you fail to destroy all sentient life.

    During his first mission he is betrayed by a species on the same side (The Brutes, aptly named), but of lower "rank" in their caste. That's right, not only do these aliens speak English, but they have Caste systems... medieval social structure and f*turistic ships... no wonder they're pissed.

    He is then saved, along with his nemesis Master Chief, by the very thing the humans were fighting, the Flood intelligence called "Gravemind".

    After being rescued by Humans, The Arbiter joins their side against The Covenant, who has betrayed him, because hell hath no fury like an Elite (his race) scorned.

    He and Master Chief fight side-by-side throughout the rest of Halo 3 and save the world together.

    In this video: the first episode of the classic Machinima series Arby 'N' The Chief, which puts The Arbiter and Master Chief together into an apartment as roommates, even though Master Chief (in this show) is a complete and utter douchebag, which makes this hilarious (at least to your average Halo fan )

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    Scorpion and Sub-Zero


    In the first Mortal Kombat, Scorpion is a demon from the Nether Realm who throws spears and has a skull for a face, as well as excellent ninja skills.

    Sub-Zero is basically Ice Man .

    Sub-Zero (the blue one), the original, killed Scorpion and sent him to the Nether Realm (a kind of hell where, apparently, you can become a ridiculously awesome badass). No idea why anyone would be pissed to be sent there. Who wouldn't want a badass SKULL for a head (one that we could brandish without dying).

    Mortal Kombat II:
    Turns out, Sub-Zero (a title that is passed down, apparently) is now the little brother of the guy who originally killed Scorpion and sent him to this factory-O-awesome known as the Nether Realm.

    Scorpion vowed vengeance on the person who sent him there, not knowing this Sub-Zero was the old one's little brother (as of Mortal Kombat II), but in Mortal Kombat II, Scorpion finds this out, felt really bad and decided to protect Sub-Zero instead, just to atone for slaying his kin in the other Mortal Kombat (since he found out that this Sub-Zero was actually a pretty stand up guy).

    Since then, Scorpion jumped teams, stopped working for the evil Emperor Shao Kahn (KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHN!) and decided to start working with the humans (or people from the Earth Realm) to kill this complete and total dick.

    Here's a clip of them from the best film ever made: Mortal Kombat (starring the guy from Beverly Hills Ninja), showing Sub Zero and Scorpion getting pretty cozy, teaming up on a young Bridgette Wilson.

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    Mega Man and Bass


    Mega Man and Bass (known in Japan as Rock Man and Forte) is a video game that essentially put two creations of two dueling mad scientists who hate each other together, working for a common cause.

    Bass is basically a cooler-looking, black-shielded Mega Man created by an evil scientist, Dr. Wiley.

    All the way through Mega man 8, these two are nemeses.

    But when a robot villain named King breaks into Dr. Wiley's laboratory and takes all his plans for all the evil cyborgs Mega Man fights in all the other games and wants to take over humanity with them. The former bad guy Bass takes matters into his own hands.

    Mega Man follows suit and they work together throughout the game, despite being built to destroy each other. Touching.

    After the end of the game, it turns out this was all Dr. Wiley's doing all along! Bass, betrayed asks why, and it turns out this was all a big test for him.

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    Frank West and Isabella Keyes


    Isabella Keyes is one of the key players (see what they did there?) working to find Dr. Barnaby in the game Dead Rising -- a game where you're trapped in a mall for 3 days during a zombie apocalypse and are forced to rescue various people and get to the bottom of the zombie virus. Dr. Barnaby is the one who accidentally created the zombie virus in an attempt to reanimate meat.

    Her brother, Carlito, actually released the virus that caused all the zombies in the game to begin with. We've all dated a chick with a deadbeat brother, but really? This guy basically leveled (no pun intended) an entire city? It's things like a lot of us would call "deal breakers".

    Not Frank West, though.

    Frank West, the lead character and hero of the game Dead Rising, not only put up with all this from this woman, but also put up with her trying to KILL him for the first half of the game.

    Not only is she connected to all of this, but she tries to murder the poor guy. He's just a photographer! AND she had a hand in releasing the zombie virus itself? We're out.

    But Frank West ends up partnering up with her to bring all the bad guys down in the end, falling in love with her in the process.

    This is one of those relationships we definitely saw coming when the character was introduced (cause she was kinda hot), and wanted to see come to fruition.

    How could you resist her charm? The way her ears stuck out through her hair, the way she wore jewelry even though it was an apocalypse, the fact that she knew how to ride a motorcycle, or the fact that she kicked you in the nuts when she met you. That's symbolic of any relationship WE'VE had.

    Any time a video game can get us that much closer to actually getting a hot chick, it is FINE by us.

    We're very lonely.

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    Kain and Raziel

    In the Blood Omen & Soul Reaver games, players take on the roles of vampires Kain and Raziel, respectively. Kain is the ruler of the vampires and in a fit of jealousy kills Raziel. Why would he do such a thing? Raziel grew wings before he did. Yeah, Kain is a little petty. Raziel looked pretty badass with them, too. In the first scene of the first of the Soul Reaver games, Raziel's wings being cut off was actually pretty brutal for games at the time.

    Even though, one basically vampire-neutered the other, Raziel and Kain end up burying the hatchet when it turns out that Kain was manipulated and wasn't entirely in control of his actions ("dude, I'm sorry, I swear to God I was drunk!".

    So, once they center in on a culprit, they decide to team up and save their land of Nosgoth, as Kain basically blames the fart on the dog and fights WITH the guy he disfigured to get back at the bad guy who started it all. Confused? So was EVERYBODY else.

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    Pac-Man and The Ghosts


    Arguably the longest rivalry in video games was put on hold due to a rescue mission in the actually-pretty-good-when-we-were-kids game, Pac-Man World 3.

    Pac-Man's old nemesis Orson communicates with the "Spectral Realm" and gets Pac-Man not only sucked into it, but attacked by lava-style, fiery monsters ranging from the purple and orange to the green. These vicious monsters have been driven mad by hypnosis and everything has completely gone to s**t in the Spectral Realm ( TANGENT: if the existence of "The Spectral Realm" isn't proof that the designers of Pac-Man were on some heavy drugs when they created him, nothing is ).

    So much so, that the Pac-Man ghosts, which had been his main rivals for so many years, needed his help, and Pac-Man needed theirs.

    Inky and Blinky were kidnapped as part of the hypnotist Erwin's evil scheme. So, Pinky and Clyde, the remaining Pac-Man ghosts, were forced into an alliance with Pac-Man, during which they all saved the day.

    In this video: the really sadly unfunny intro the Pac-Man World 3.

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    Commander Shepard and Cerberus from Mass Effect


    In a game, it's amazing what a little resurrection can do for a working relationship.

    In the first Mass Effect adventure, Commander Shepard has the option of hunting down terrorists and rogue science group Cerberus and well, let's just say most people took advantage and killed a lot of the Cerberus soldiers during actual gameplay.

    Despite this, at the beginning of Mass Effect 2, aliens have blown up Shepard's ship and he is dead. Completely dead. So, who comes to the rescue? Borderline terrorist organization Cerberus, who SPOILER ALERT, is pro-human. Who's your daddy now, Shepard?

    You spend the rest of the game working for Cerberus and it's your call at the end of the game whether or not the working relationship is to continue.

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