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Kain and RazielIn 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 GhostsArguably 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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Mega Man and BassMega 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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Solid Snake and Gray FoxDuring 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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Commander Shepard and Cerberus from Mass EffectIn 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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