History Main / FriendlyEnemy

1st Oct '16 8:00:55 AM passivesmoking
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Related to WorthyOpponent. Compare AffablyEvil. Contrast ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies, BigBadFriend, GoKartingWithBowser, and WithFriendsLikeThese. See also DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu. See DatingCatwoman for the (explicitly) romantic version. Often goes well with AntagonistInMourning. Frequently the target of FoeYay. Has nothing at all to do with [[FriendlyFire attacking your teammates]], nor with {{Helpful Mook}}s. There is also FriendlyRivals which is essentially a milder version of this trope where the antagonistic characters are just competing (in some kind of sporting event, for example) rather than trying to thwart each other.

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Related to WorthyOpponent. Compare AffablyEvil. Contrast ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies, BigBadFriend, GoKartingWithBowser, and WithFriendsLikeThese. See also DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu. See DatingCatwoman for the (explicitly) romantic version. Often goes well with AntagonistInMourning. Frequently the target of FoeYay. Has nothing at all to do with [[FriendlyFire attacking your teammates]], nor with {{Helpful Mook}}s. There is also FriendlyRivals the FriendlyRivalry which is essentially a milder version of this trope where the antagonistic characters are just competing (in some kind of sporting event, for example) rather than trying to thwart each other.
1st Oct '16 7:59:56 AM passivesmoking
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Related to WorthyOpponent. Compare AffablyEvil. Contrast ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies, BigBadFriend, GoKartingWithBowser, and WithFriendsLikeThese. See also DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu. See DatingCatwoman for the (explicitly) romantic version. Often goes well with AntagonistInMourning. Frequently the target of FoeYay. Has nothing at all to do with [[FriendlyFire attacking your teammates]], nor with {{Helpful Mook}}s.

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Related to WorthyOpponent. Compare AffablyEvil. Contrast ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies, BigBadFriend, GoKartingWithBowser, and WithFriendsLikeThese. See also DidWeJustHaveTeaWithCthulhu. See DatingCatwoman for the (explicitly) romantic version. Often goes well with AntagonistInMourning. Frequently the target of FoeYay. Has nothing at all to do with [[FriendlyFire attacking your teammates]], nor with {{Helpful Mook}}s.
Mook}}s. There is also FriendlyRivals which is essentially a milder version of this trope where the antagonistic characters are just competing (in some kind of sporting event, for example) rather than trying to thwart each other.
21st Sep '16 4:39:27 PM Jice_Wumpkin
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* Eugene, AKA Bling Bling Boy, from ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest''.
16th Sep '16 11:06:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* During the EnglishCivilWar, several battles were fought between parliamentary general Sir William Waller and royalist general Ralph Hopton. The two were close friends, and at one point, Hopton asked for a meeting, hoping to persuade Waller to change sides. Waller declined, but wrote in his letter, "...Certainly my affections to you are so unchangeable, that hostility itself cannot violate my friendship to your person, but I must be true to the cause wherein I serve... That great God, which is the searcher of my heart, knows with what a sad sense I go upon this service, and with what a perfect hatred I detest this war without an enemy, but I look upon it as an Opus Domini, which is enough to silence all passion in me... We are both upon the stage and must act those parts assigned to us in this tragedy. Let us do it in a way of honour, and without personal animosities, whatsoever the issue be. I shall never willingly relinquish the dear title of Your most affectionate friend..."

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* During the EnglishCivilWar, UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, several battles were fought between parliamentary general Sir William Waller and royalist general Ralph Hopton. The two were close friends, and at one point, Hopton asked for a meeting, hoping to persuade Waller to change sides. Waller declined, but wrote in his letter, "...Certainly my affections to you are so unchangeable, that hostility itself cannot violate my friendship to your person, but I must be true to the cause wherein I serve... That great God, which is the searcher of my heart, knows with what a sad sense I go upon this service, and with what a perfect hatred I detest this war without an enemy, but I look upon it as an Opus Domini, which is enough to silence all passion in me... We are both upon the stage and must act those parts assigned to us in this tragedy. Let us do it in a way of honour, and without personal animosities, whatsoever the issue be. I shall never willingly relinquish the dear title of Your most affectionate friend..."



* On the one occasion that UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell and UsefulNotes/CharlesI met after the EnglishCivilWar, during which Cromwell essentially threw Charles off the throne, they reportedly got on well. One (probably apocryphal) story has Cromwell visit the grave of Charles in secret after the king was beheaded for treason and mutter [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "Cruel necessity"]] to himself.

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* On the one occasion that UsefulNotes/OliverCromwell and UsefulNotes/CharlesI met after the EnglishCivilWar, UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, during which Cromwell essentially threw Charles off the throne, they reportedly got on well. One (probably apocryphal) story has Cromwell visit the grave of Charles in secret after the king was beheaded for treason and mutter [[IDidWhatIHadToDo "Cruel necessity"]] to himself.
1st Sep '16 10:42:30 AM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch and Suzaku: it is only thanks to their antagonizing that the Eleven's situation and self-esteem improved progressively over the course of the series, culminating twice in a Japan Administration Zone. Too bad that the first time was {{Diabolus Ex Machin|a}}ized, which left the second time without credibility. At one point, [[spoiler:they realize this and work together]]. More impressive still, over the course of two seasons, [[spoiler:they each go JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, betraying each other and swearing to kill each other, then somehow met up at the bottom of said slippery slope. They join up again and dig their way back to the top.]]

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch and Suzaku: it is only thanks to their antagonizing Suzaku, depending on whether you see them as primarily friends ([[ShipTease or more]]) or enemies - they started out as friends when they were children, and Nunnally always said that the Eleven's situation and self-esteem improved progressively over the course of the series, culminating twice in a Japan Administration Zone. Too bad that the first time was {{Diabolus Ex Machin|a}}ized, which left the second time without credibility. together, they can do anything. At one point, a few points, [[spoiler:they realize take this to heart and work together, resulting in the biggest wins for either of them]]. But the fact remains that they are on opposite sides, even when they're [[LivingWithTheVillain going to school together]]. More impressive still, What's more, over the course of two seasons, [[spoiler:they [[spoiler: they each go JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, betraying each other and swearing to kill each other, then somehow met up at the bottom of said slippery slope. They join up again and dig their way back to the top.]]]] They also have [[HoYay rather heavy doses]] of FoeRomanceSubtext.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'''s [[RedOniBlueOni Red and Blue Clans]] take this to something of an extreme. During one of their fights, the Red Clan's [[NonActionGuy Tatara]] and [[TokenMiniMoe Anna]] watch from the side and Tatara tells Anna that even though they're fighting, it's more like they're dancing, and communicating their feelings through their powers. The individual members have a lot of FoeRomanceSubtext. Saruhiko and Misaki seem to be the only ones who haven't gotten the memo that they're not ''actually'' enemies, and, well, [[EveryoneCanSeeIt they have the most]] FoeRomanticSubtext of the lot of them. And in the second season, [[spoiler: the Silver King gets them to form an alliance together]].
26th Aug '16 4:29:30 PM CaptainCrawdad
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* Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of ''Series/MythBusters'' fame. The two have repeatedly stated in the media that they are NOT friends and do NOT hang out, and seem to really irritate each other on the show at times. However, they have strong respect for one another and occasionally share a joke off-camera. They also have a prank détente, as Adam puts it-a practical joke with a bucket of water could easily lead to Adam taping up Jamie's house and filling it with water.
9th Aug '16 12:55:26 PM EDP
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* [[ComicBook/DonaldDuck Paperinik]] (both in the classic stories and in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'') has developed this kind of relationship with the lesser criminals of Duckburg, with the typical scene being of Paperinik catching them in the act and say hello, having a little chat, and the thieves then picking up everything and going to the closest police station to let themselves be arrested. The really interesting part is ''how'' it developed: [[TheDreaded the criminals are utterly terrified of Paperinik due the sadistic beatings he inflicts on everyone who tries and resists]], but as he's also polite and nice when they're not committing crimes or resisting they started giving up as soon as he shows up, resulting in this strange friendship.

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* [[ComicBook/DonaldDuck Paperinik]] (both in the classic stories and in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'') has developed this kind of relationship with the lesser criminals of Duckburg, with the typical scene being of Paperinik catching them in the act and say hello, having a little chat, and the thieves then picking up everything and going to the closest police station to let themselves be arrested. The really interesting part is ''how'' it developed: [[TheDreaded the criminals are utterly terrified of Paperinik due the sadistic beatings he inflicts on everyone who tries and resists]], but as he's also polite and nice when they're not committing crimes or resisting they started giving up as soon as he shows up, resulting in this strange friendship. He'll also defend them when some newcomer butts in and hurts the criminals unnecessarily
9th Aug '16 12:20:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* Max Schmeling and Joe Louis, two boxers of the 1930s, the former German and the latter African-American duked out the world championship between them twice and despite the media of both sides (especially NaziGermany) trying to blow the fight up to some political symbol became livelong friends and Schmeling is even on record as saying he was glad to have lost the second bout, given the UnfortunateImplications his win would have enabled the Nazis to get away with.

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* Max Schmeling and Joe Louis, two boxers of the 1930s, the former German and the latter African-American duked out the world championship between them twice and despite the media of both sides (especially NaziGermany) UsefulNotes/NaziGermany) trying to blow the fight up to some political symbol became livelong friends and Schmeling is even on record as saying he was glad to have lost the second bout, given the UnfortunateImplications his win would have enabled the Nazis to get away with.
27th Jul '16 11:18:30 AM MJaxon
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** The reverse was also true in many cases. German POWs were treated very well in the racist United States, and it wasn't uncommon for German POWs to eat in segregated restaurants while Black American soldiers were forced to stay outside, and in danger of being lynched if they lingered too long.
18th Jul '16 8:53:35 PM CnHGirl
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* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', since Ralph is a PunchClockVillain and Fix-It Felix a PunchClockHero, neither bears the other any particular enmity and they actually get along pretty well in their off hours, Felix even trying to keep an anniversary celebration a secret so as not to hurt Ralph's feelings.

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* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', since Ralph is a PunchClockVillain and Fix-It Felix a PunchClockHero, neither bears the other any particular enmity and they actually get along pretty well in their off hours, Felix even trying to keep an anniversary celebration a secret so as not to hurt Ralph's feelings.feelings, and inviting him in when he does find out so Ralph doesn't feel left out.
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