History Main / TrueCompanions

15th Jul '17 3:48:50 PM nombretomado
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* Studies in WorldWarII found that soldiers interviewed tended to claim this as their main motive. Compilers of the study called it by exasperatingly prosaic terms like "primary group cohesion." It's also been theorized that one reason American veterans of the Vietnam War exhibit higher rates of psychological fallout like PTSD is that some of the army's new policies tended to prevent True Companionship-formation.

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* Studies in WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII found that soldiers interviewed tended to claim this as their main motive. Compilers of the study called it by exasperatingly prosaic terms like "primary group cohesion." It's also been theorized that one reason American veterans of the Vietnam War exhibit higher rates of psychological fallout like PTSD is that some of the army's new policies tended to prevent True Companionship-formation.
13th Jul '17 10:59:41 AM Piterpicher
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* TheKliq: Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/SeanWaltman/the 1-2-3 Kid, and Wrestling/TripleH. Probably the best-known True Companionship in wrestling after the Horsemen. Though they are better known to most fans as Wrestling/NewWorldOrder and Wrestling/DGenerationX (or maybe even [[Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling jWo]])

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* TheKliq: Wrestling/TheKliq: Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/SeanWaltman/the 1-2-3 Kid, and Wrestling/TripleH. Probably the best-known True Companionship in wrestling after the Horsemen. Though they are better known to most fans as Wrestling/NewWorldOrder and Wrestling/DGenerationX (or maybe even [[Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling jWo]])
11th Jun '17 5:06:08 PM jtierney50
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* The revolutionaries in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', much as how they are portrayed in the book. "Red and Black" pretty quickly confirms that they are all close friends, and "Drink With Me" later compounds this fact. Even Grantaire, the most cynical of the revolutionaries, [[spoiler:stands by Enjolras and the others when they are killed, and is usually one of the last - if not ''the'' last - to die]]. [[spoiler:Which makes Marius's guilt over being the only survivor in "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" all the more potent - just listen to any version's Marius sing "oh my friends, my friends" and ''try'' to remember that it's not real.]]
* The Sons of Liberty (or at least the ones that Hamilton associates with) in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': Lafayette, Laurens, Mulligan, and Hamilton are all fast friends who can rely on each other in battle and at a wedding alike. Burr and Washington are often treated as [[HonoraryTrueCompanion Honorary True Companions]] as well: Burr clearly knows and is somewhat friendly with the Sons of Liberty (as shown in "Aaron Burr, Sir", "A Farmer Refuted", and "The Story of Tonight - Reprise"), and Lafayette and Hamilton are both quite close to Washington. They are so close, in fact, that the fact that Hamilton refuses to help France in their revolution (led by Lafayette) in "Cabinet Battle #2" is seen as a huge betrayal of trust by Jefferson.
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1st Jun '17 12:15:35 PM MJaxon
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* Sadly,a lot of criminal gangs and cults will use this ideal to draw vulnerable kids in.
28th May '17 10:34:59 PM SomeoneElse17
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* The entire wrestling business has been described numerous times as "one of the largest fraternities in the world". There's a reason why "brother" is such a common epithet (and no, not just because of Wrestling/HulkHogan) and why wrestlers band together so tightly against outsiders.

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* The entire wrestling business has been described numerous times as "one of the largest fraternities in the world". There's a reason why "brother" is such a common epithet (and no, not just because of Wrestling/HulkHogan) and why wrestlers band together so tightly against outsiders. outsiders both in and out of kayfabe.
21st May '17 1:22:07 PM AtmosBlitzer
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* ''Music/TheBeatles'' were often called "The Four-headed Monster". Before things started falling apart, they were essentially codependent. They made decisions as a unit (if even one Beatle didn't agree to an idea, they would consider it vetoed), and didn't like being apart for long periods of time. Ringo Starr said something along the lines of "I was a single child, and I got three brothers". There was talk of buying an island for the four of them and their families to live on together. At least one of the Beatle wives had said that the Beatles were practically [[HeterosexualLifePartners married to each other]], and that the women in their lives were superfluous. Even after the breakup of the band, the general consensus among the former members, and particularly John Lennon, was that while the Beatles could openly and horribly insult each other, they didn't want anyone else doing it.

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* ''Music/TheBeatles'' were often called "The Four-headed Monster". Before things started falling apart, they were essentially codependent. They made decisions as a unit (if even one Beatle didn't agree to an idea, they would consider it vetoed), and didn't like being apart for long periods of time. Ringo Starr said something along the lines of "I was a single child, and I got three brothers". There was talk of buying an island for the four of them and their families to live on together. At least one of the Beatle wives had said that the Beatles were practically [[HeterosexualLifePartners married to each other]], and that the women in their lives were superfluous. Even after the breakup of the band, the general consensus among the former members, and particularly John Lennon, was that while the Beatles could openly and horribly insult each other, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming they didn't want anyone else doing it.it]].
2nd Apr '17 10:51:41 AM nombretomado
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** Their manager, Brian Epstein, was something of a dad to them as well. He looked out for their well-being, he always took care of their affairs to the best of his ability, and was probably the biggest factor in their early success. On their part, they appreciated his hard work and were devastated when he died of a drug overdose. In fact, PaulMcCartney has said that if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Epstein.

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** Their manager, Brian Epstein, was something of a dad to them as well. He looked out for their well-being, he always took care of their affairs to the best of his ability, and was probably the biggest factor in their early success. On their part, they appreciated his hard work and were devastated when he died of a drug overdose. In fact, PaulMcCartney Music/PaulMcCartney has said that if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Epstein.
14th Mar '17 10:42:57 AM DoctorRayman
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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', the core cast (Linkara, Pollo, Harvey Finevoice, 90ís Kid, and [[spoiler: the Magic Gun]]) definitely showed signs of this during the numerous storylines the show had over the years. WebVideo/IronLiz used to be a part of said core cast until she left the show after the review of the ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' comic adaptation.

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* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', the core cast (Linkara, Pollo, Harvey Finevoice, 90ís Kid, Dr. Linksano, and [[spoiler: the Magic Gun]]) definitely showed signs of this during the numerous storylines the show had over the years. WebVideo/IronLiz used to be a part of said core cast until she left the show after the review of the ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' comic adaptation.
21st Feb '17 6:00:01 PM DoctorRayman
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* TrueCompanions/VideoGames



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* In the first ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' game, the canonical party of Charname, Imoen, Jaheira, Khalid, Minsc, and Dynaheir were true companions. Charname and Imoen were foster [[spoiler: and blood]] siblings raised together their entire lives, Jaheir and Khalid are HappilyMarried and were friends and comrades of Charname's foster father Gorion, and Minsc and Dynaheir also have a close though nonromantic relationship as per the customs of their people. This is what makes the first part of the sequel ''Shadows of Amn'' [[PlayerPunch especially]] [[{{Tearjerker}} painful]]. [[spoiler:Irenicus kills Khalid and Dynaheir and ruins their bodies beyond any hope of resurrection and nearly drives Imoen insane by ripping out her soul.]]
* The main characters of ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' eventually feel this way toward each other even [[spoiler:giving up opportunities to reunite with their actual families and live ideal lives.]] Their reasoning? [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The are already with the people they want to stand by.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''
** In the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse'', ''Akumajou Densetsu'', the uber-genki pirate/freedom fighter Grant Danesti immediately declares himself and Trevor Belmont to be true companions. The sequel game, ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaCurseOfDarkness'', proves him right. As soon as Hector stats flailing about Trevor having beaten Dracula, Trevor immediately says he couldn't have done it without his friends. (''VideoGame/CastlevaniaJudgment'''s continuity twists this, for better or worse, by suggesting that Grant grew distant from Trevor due to a LoveTriangle with Sypha and continued on his own path even after reconciliation. On the brighter side, Alucard remembers his teammates well even after centuries have passed.)
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaAriaOfSorrow'' has a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming great scene]]. Soma, about to challenge [[GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere Chaos]], worries about [[TomatoInTheMirror that thing]], only for ''everyone he's befriended throughout the game'' banding together to telepathically contact him and say, "Okay, [[spoiler: you're Dracula]]... so what? You're our friend, and we think you can do this, and we're here for you." Once he wins, they all congratulate him, and they all return in ''Dawn of Sorrow'' to cheer him on and help him out again.
* ''VideoGame/CaveStory'' shows this forming, but it only comes to fruition if you get OneHundredPercentCompletion. [[spoiler:Quote]] and Curly Brace go from fighting each other, to fighting side-by-side, and they even convince RecurringBoss Balrog to help them at one point. In the [[MultipleEndings Standard Ending]], this is as far as it goes. But if [[spoiler: Quote]] saves Curly after the Core battle, and then restores her memories, she gives him the Iron Bond: "Your tie to Curly Brace, the only warrior you would trust your back to." The endgame then involves them fighting the TrueFinalBoss together as BackToBackBadasses, with [[spoiler: Balrog swooping in to rescue them at the end. And then the three of them decide to move someplace with a nice view and live together.]]
%%* In the ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter'' series, we start with [[TheHero Jak]], [[WeaselMascot Daxter]], [[WrenchWench Keira]] and [[TeamDad Samos]]. After the second game, [[RebelLeader Torn]], [[ActionGirl Ashelin]] and [[HunterOfMonsters Sig]] join and the seven of them form the "official" party, as seen in ''Jak X''. [[WrenchWench Tess]] is usually included in the roster by fans because of her status as Daxter's LoveInterest. Sometimes [[PollyWantsAMicrophone Pecker]] and [[BlindSeer Onin]] are thrown in the mix as well.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': All the playable characters [[spoiler: except [[TokenEvilTeammate Magus]]]] are this, and don't really fit any of the subtropes either. The only ones that knew each other before the events of the game are Chrono and Lucca, yet all of them hit it off and get along perfectly from the moment they meet each other.
* ''VideoGame/DigitalDevilSaga'' is all about this, since the main characters are a group of warriors fighting to protect the LivingMacGuffin, adapting to becoming demons together and ascend to Nirvana. While they have arguments and fall out quite a lot, there are a lot of [[ThePowerOfFriendship speeches about what it means to be comrades]] and instances of FightingYourFriend.
* ''VideoGame/DissidiaFinalFantasy'', the ten main heroes in this {{crossover}} are true companions and several smaller, fluctuating groups are as well. The concept serves as a major overarching theme across their stories.
* Hawke's group in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' fit this trope well, with their conversations showing that each are willing to support each other. Varric looks out for [[TheDitz Merrill]], protecting her at night when she walks alone, drinks often with [[IJustWantToBeBadass Carver]], even as they rail on each other. [[TheGoodCaptain Aveline]] and [[PirateGirl Isabela]] become VitriolicBestBuds by Act III, and many of the characters display an uncommon tenderness towards [[IJustWantToBeNormal Bethany]]. Like the first game however, several of the team simply do not get along, especially in the case of Anders. Fenris and Sebastian will even discuss turning him or Merrill over to the Templars, with Fenris pointing out they can't do it without Hawke's approval.
** The biggest one, arguably in the whole series, would be have to be the relationship between Hawke and Varric. Varric never leaves Hawke's side throughout the entire game, and even in the FramingDevice, makes clear how much he values Hawke's friendship. In ''[[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisition]]'', [[spoiler:it's revealed that he was the only one who Hawke stayed in constant contact with in the four years that they dropped off the map. Even under a long interrogation, he lied about this, and about knowing their real location, in order to protect his best friend. If Hawke is killed, Varric is utterly devastated.]]
* {{The chosen one}}s of the [[color:red:Red]] Night in ''VisualNovel/ElevenEyes'' refer to themselves as true companions several times, though sometimes it feels like it's being used to hold team spirit together as the challenges get tougher. Their group even has a motto. "For our friends and tomorrow!"
* One character gives a passionate speech about what it means to be true companions to another character in ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}''.
* ''VideoGame/ExitFate'': To varying degrees, the Elysium Army -- particularily [[TheHero Daniel]], Ljusalf and [[BodyguardCrush Ayara]], who join together early on. At one point, when you've amassed many followers and generals, Ayara runs off, believing that you don't need her anymore, and you have to track her down and convince her that she's important too. And then there are Daniel's friends since childhood, Angel and Jovian - much of Daniel's grief stems from his fear that Jovian betrayed him due to their conflicting ideals. [[spoiler: He didn't. Jovian would never betray him. Ever.]]
* ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' has a few, which led into ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' series. First and foremost, the [[BadassFamily Bogard brothers]], [[GratuitousEnglish Terry]] and [[McNinja Andy]] Bogard, [[NobuyukiHiyama Joe]] [[HotBlooded Higashi]], and [[{{Stripperific}} Mai]] [[HighlyVisibleNinja Shiranui]]. We also have the Hero Team with [[KillItWithFire Kyo]] [[HotBlooded Kusanagi]], [[ShockAndAwe Benimaru]] [[MrFanservice Nikaido]], and [[MightyGlacier Goro]] [[DishingOutDirt Daimon]]. From the Ikari Team, [[ColonelBadass Colonel]] [[BadassGrandpa Heidern]], [[BadassNormal Ralf]] [[GoodOldFisticuffs Jones]], [[CoolShades Clark]] [[CharlesAtlasSuperpower Still]], [[TheStoic Leona]] [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Heidern]] and [[WhipItGood Whip]]. And one evil example, The [[TheSyndicate Howard Connection]], Consisting of [[SNKBoss Geese]] Howard, [[TheDragon Billy]] [[SimpleStaff Kane]], [[LightningBruiser Raiden]], well [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor sometimes]], and much later, Kain [[RedEyesTakeWarning Heinlein]].
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyIX'' has a similarly strong message about the importance of true companions and how what you do and who you love is more important than where you come from. This is most strongly illustrated during the [[TropeNamer You]] [[TearJerker Are]] [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming Not]] [[YouAreNotAlone Alone]] sequence, when [[spoiler: Zidane's tendency to help people for no real reason other than it's the right thing to do pays off in spades. Broken in mind and spirit, he's in the middle of a HeroicBSOD when his friends risk life and limb to save him, because he'd have done it for them.]] It's absolutely beautiful.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyV''. The four Light Warriors hold together through failure, poisonings, and [[spoiler:the death of one of their own]] without fail. Galuf even calls a retreat when he's [[spoiler:attacking Castle Exdeath]] to go and rescue the other three, alone. And in the ending, [[spoiler:a lonely Krile is told by the other three that there's no way she's going to be alone when they're around.]]
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVI'' has the quintessential RagtagBunchOfMisfits that become True Companions. [[spoiler:Not even the end of the world can keep them apart]].
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' and ''CrisisCore'' both stress the importance of having True Companions. Cloud needs his friends and comrades to be a complete and effectual person and in the ''Anime/FinalFantasyVIIAdventChildren'' movie, Cloud actually ''calls'' the other characters his family.
** It is revealed in ''CrisisCore'' that even Sephiroth had True Companions through Angeal and Genesis. Though that was not enough to stop Genesis and Angeal from leaving Sephiroth behind when they discovered their true origins and went rogue.
* ''Videogame/FinalFantasyX''. Although Tidus functions as the narrator, the story as a whole is centered around the exploits of Yuna's guardians, as mismatched and misfit as they were, in their efforts to protect her and defeat Sin. It's carried on to a lesser extent in FFX-2, with Yuna as [[TheProtagonist the main protagonist]], though much of the original cast has disbanded and moved on. Tidus' sword is even named "Brotherhood," and powers up as he grows closer to the party.
** Somewhat played with in that most of the party were already True Companions to Yuna ''before'' her pilgrimage: Rikku is her cousin, Kimahri and Auron knew her father, and Wakka and Lulu grew up with her on Besaid.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' we have a rare case where [[spoiler: the villains are this.]]
* The six main characters of ''Videogame/FinalFantasyXIII'' form a powerful bond thanks to the fact that [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman the entire world wants to kill them]]. Especially poignant with Fang and Vanille, who come from an egalitarian culture where everybody shared everything and took the same last name. At one point when Vanille's hit rock bottom, Fang encourages her by reminding her that they have a new family now.
* The cast of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' are pretty buddy buddy. The game's even been compared to taking a road trip with a bunch of friends from college.
* Guy from ''VideoGame/FinalFight'' has this relationship with Cody Travers, Mike Haggar (and arguably his daughter Jessica too), and likely with his sister-in-law Maki.
** The ''StreetFighter'' series adds Rose. ([[FanPreferredCouple Though fandom would say otherwise.]])
* ''FireEmblem'' [[RelationshipValues support conversations]] often develop into this. A more blatant example is the Greil Mercenaries from ''Path of Radiance'' and ''Radiant Dawn''. A notable part is a speech Griel gives before chapter 6:
-->"In times like these, it matters not what our blood ties are. We are family."
** Right before the final chapter, Ike states in a RousingSpeech that he finally understands what it means.
* ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' games have a very strong focus on family and on friends that are like family. It gets lampshaded in ''Dark Dawn'' when an NPC comments on the wide variety of friends you have with you from so many different backgrounds, and how close-knit you've become anyway, and draws a comparison to family.
* The sum up of ''InazumaEleven'''s theme and moral lesson.
* ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' is all about this. In the original game and the [[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords sequel]] you have a team of misfits (some of whom have very good reason to resent each other), and yet the team sticks together by the player character's leadership. Then the sequel turns right around and [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructs]] it by giving a slightly discomforting reason as to ''why'' [[CharacterMagneticTeam your party forms around you.]]
* The Survivors in ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' (even though certain characters won't admit it). It can be summed up in [[spoiler: Bill's]] final message to the group "Take care of each other, you guys are the only family I've got left!"
* The level of friendship you form with your team in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' is truly heartwarming; not surprising in a game where building [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 social links]] increases your potential and efficiency in battle. Most of the storyline, apart from being a supernatural/murder mystery, is about the bonds you share with others. In the final battle of the game, [[spoiler: your teammates sacrifice themselves one by one to protect you; don't worry, they all live.]]
** That goes for its predecessor, ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'', as well, which was the game that first introduced the social link aspect. In regards to the actual storyline, the bond between the members of your team -- SEES -- grows stronger and stronger as you progress through the game. By the end, all the members of SEES have become TrueCompanions.
** Like its two predecessors, the bond the Phantom Thieves share in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 5}}'' rely on social links and the fact that each of them have very troubled lives due to the abusers of authority they have to reform by 'stealing their hearts'.
* The main plot of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' revolves around a group of five childhood friends who are all extremely close. [[spoiler:Naturally, since this is an {{utsuge}}, the 'true' route involves them fighting and their entire relationship breaking beyond repair. Naturally, since this is a ''Creator/KeyVisualArts'' utsuge, they figure out a way to repair it anyway.]]
* Every party in the ''VideoGame/{{MOTHER}}'' series consists of four friends. There are three total, and all are fine examples of this trope.
* The whole premise of ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is to not only gather a team of soldiers, assassins, and scientists, but also develop strong friendships with them. To do that, Shepard has to help each of their teammates resolve their respective pasts, not only to earn their loyalty and friendship, but also to show that they are a True Companion to them. Otherwise, Shepard's teammates would only think of their as their boss, rather than as a friend, and they wouldn't be as motivated to follow their lead, thus costing them their lives in the suicide mission.
** Shepard views turian squadmate Garrus Vakarian and quarian squadmate Tali'Zorah as such in terms of them watching their back when walking through hell. Shepard also assures asari squadmate Liara that s/he considers her one when she goes through a little angst about not joining him/her in ''2'', especially since it was because of her that s/he was brought BackFromTheDead in the first place. Dr. Chakwas, the Normandy's medical officer, considers Shepard, "the center of her galaxy," a true companion. Chakwas also considers Joker a true companion, in terms of helping Joker with his brittle bone disease when he needs her. Joker views Shepard as his true companion in terms of being on Shepard's side 100% despite [[SarcasticDevotee the occasional sass-laden conversations]]. In-universe example: [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Krogan]] use the term "Krantt" for true companions that [[BandOfBrothers serve as battle-brothers]].
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' takes it further, especially considering that of your possible 7 squadmates, [[PuttingTheBandBackTogether 4 of them are your original crew]], plus Joker, Chakwas and EDI. The final conversations you have with them [[spoiler: before the final assault on Earth]] are [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming especially memorable]].
--->'''Shepard:''' Shepard and Vakarian, storming Heaven. I can think of worse things.\\
'''Garrus:''' Heh, I'll meet you at the bar.
*** The trope is most prominent in the DLC quest, ''Citadel''. In the first half, Urdnot Wrex temporarily rejoins Shepard's squad, and as Shepard and their squad hunt down and defeat [[spoiler:the Shepard clone]], they do so together, as a single unit and family designed to protect each other at any cost. Then, by the second half, Shepard invites all of their squadmates, former and current alike, to Admiral Anderson's apartment for a party, to celebrate their friendship and teamwork throughout the entire ''Franchise/MassEffect'' trilogy, before their inevitable final push against the Reapers. The party then ends with a group photo of Shepard and all of their squadmates, which ''truly'' cemented their friendship.
--->'''James Vega:''' One big happy ass-kicking family!
* The general theme of the ''MegaManStarForce'' series is ThePowerOfFriendship, so it's not surprising that Geo, Sonia, Luna, Bud and Zack form one of these.
* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' series: Solid Snake has one of these with Otacon, primarily, and later Sunny. Even more so, his father Big Boss in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' and especially the PSP spin-offs. [[spoiler: It's the fracturing of this crew that has retroactively become the basis for the conflict of Solid Snake's story.]]
** Even more so prominent in ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', with virtually everyone in Maverick going back at some point or another: Boris was vital in helping Raiden rescue Sunny from the Patriots, Kevin and Boris both worked together in the past at an NGO for the UN, and Kevin and Courtney were college buddies. Eventually, all of them ended up working at Maverick Security Consulting. The only real odd duck is Doktor, who primarily joined ForScience, but he too ended up becoming a part of their weird family.
* ''VideoGame/NieR'': Nier forms one with the maladjusted but sympathetic freaks he meets along his journey, extending his PapaWolf nature onto them. Even the arrogant Grimoire Weiss sees the group as friends.
* ''VideoGame/OnePieceUnlimitedWorldRed: Unsurprising, given the series it's spun from, but the concept of True Companions is a heavy theme in this game's story, not just on the hero's side, but the villain as well.
* ''PlanescapeTorment'', if one plays it with a team, that team appear to be true companions, often jumping to the enthusiastic defense of teammates over insults and slights by others. However, this is actually a subversion because: [[spoiler:it's the Nameless One's Mark of Torment that's magically compelling the team to stay together.]]
* The Eight Companions of the [[PlayerCharacter Avatar]], who accompanied him on the quest to Avatarhood, are this throughout the ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' series, especially games [[VideoGame/UltimaIV four]] through [[VideoGame/UltimaVII seven]].
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[VideoGame games]], much emphasis is placed on the bond between [[{{Mons}} Pokémon]] and their Trainers. Everyone feels this way for at least one specific Pokémon.
** The [[http://www.nuzlocke.com/?page_id=2 Nuzlocke Challenge]] puts severe limitations on what Pokémon you can catch, and forces you to release or permanently box any Pokémon that gets [[KilledOffForReal KO'd for real]]. Several players, including the creator who initially challenged himself for the lulz, have admitted that the challenge actually makes them feel much more passionately about the few, fragile Pokémon they have, especially species that they would normally pass over without a second thought.
* ''ProfessorLayton'': The Professor's true-companion group consists of a pair of children -- his apprentice, Luke, and his ward, Flora.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series: Despite the ShipTease found in some of the games, Jill Valentine and Chris Redfield are like this. Jill is willing to sacrifice herself to save Chris from Wesker. [[VideoGame/ResidentEvil5 While Chris is on his next mission]], [[spoiler: the moment he gets wind she might still be alive he drops everything else to find her.]]
* ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' takes camaraderie very, very seriously, with the main force, the Teikokukagekidan, having reinforced it to its most extreme in multiple games, blurring the line between friendship and family.
* You become true companions with (most of) your fellow newly recruited Samurai in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''. [[spoiler:That is until events cause the fellowship to break. By the end of the game, at least 2 of the 4 Samurai will be dead at the hands of each other.]]
** The DoubleSubversion comes in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIVApocalypse''. [[spoiler:If you go with the Bonds route, when Walter and Jonathan are temporarily resurrected by Satan, they hold no ill will against Flynn, Isabaeu, or each other, and team up with them against the FinalBoss without a second thought. Even ''Navarre'', the "most of" in the above point, is included in the end by Walter.]] In addition, the new PlayerCharacter and his party count as this.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'':
** The main trio - Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles - exhibit this, especially with the former two. Sonic and Tails' team in ''[[VideoGame/SonicAdvanceTrilogy Sonic Advance 3]]'' is even called "Unbreakable Bond".
** [[AntiHeroTeam Team Dark]] consisting of Shadow, Rouge, and E-123 Omega have surprisingly become this throughout the course of the series as they often show combat and moral support. This is particularly well-demonstrated with Shadow and Rouge, as in ''VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehog2006'', when Shadow learned that humanity will use Omega to seal him in the future, Rouge tells Shadow that, despite this revelation, she'll remain by his side.
* ''VideoGame/StarFox'' has this for both teams: the main team Star Fox are like family to each other, but on recent plot themes, they have then become disbanded or at least one of them would leave to fly solo. Ironically, [[TheRival Star Wolf]] experiences this in reverse - Star Wolf originally has Wolf, Leon, Pigma, and Andrew. The last two were kicked out because of the lack of loyalty and code of honor, and were replaced by Panther. Panther is then a permanent member, and the trio have become so closer than ever.
* While ''{{Suikoden}}'' often consists of many combinations of the FiveManBand, each army of 108 stars ends up being a macro version of this trope. They fight, go on adventures, drink, party, and judge cooking contests together as a sprawling enclave.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWars'' usually play this one straight. ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ'' however {{deconstruct|ion}}s the idea of true companions. It's perfectly justified too, seeing as you really can't mix military fashioned men with loose cannons.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', towards the end of the game, the main party is split into multiple groups as a result of a trap. Lloyd and his Soul Mate go and rescue their friends, and Lloyd goes to each event, where the characters are being tormented by their own fears and demons. He accepts them for who they are and they manage to break the trap. This is most prevelant in Genis & Raine's torture, where they are singled out for being half elves. Lloyd disperses their fears and returns them to the group.
** Also subverted by [[spoiler:Zelos, if you choose Kratos' path]]: Lloyd never fully grows to trust him as a member of the team, and as a result, [[spoiler:when he reveals his status as a DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent, rather than faking a FaceHeelTurn and going off to act as TheMole so he can enable a later BigDamnHeroes, he decides to commit SuicideByCop and fights the party, forcing them to kill him and delegating the remainder of his story role to Kratos.]] At the end, he laments that he was never completely able to gain Lloyd's trust.
* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' has a rather... [[HeroicComedicSociopath odd]] [[PsychoForHire band]] [[BloodKnight of brothers]], but they nonetheless remain surprisingly civil towards each other and always work for the benefit of the team.
* The Adventurer's Guild ("the Group") from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' is indicated to be something like this, an idea frequently expanded on in {{fanon}}.
** In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'', Tetra and her pirate crew are true companions, with Link added during the course of the game.
* [[TheMcCoy Sora]] of ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' has a very large true companionship group, though the most obvious central examples are the [[TheMcCoy Sora]]-Riku-Kairi and [[TheMcCoy Sora]]-[[DonaldDuck Donald]]-{{Goofy}} trios. Also [[MickeyMouse Mickey]]-[[DonaldDuck Donald]]-{{Goofy}}, and Axel-Roxas-Xion (at least it looks that way). The most close-knit trio, though, is Terra-Aqua-Ven, who are like siblings or two parents and a child, depending on the situation.
* In ''VideoGame/TheReconstruction'', though your guild doesn't start off like this, it eventually ends up this way by the end.
* Numerous ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' characters have formed what are probably the most bizarre crews of true companions in existence, a combination of a regular dysfunctional family, disgruntled employees, and a BadassCrew that will brutalise anyone that ''dares'' harm any of their fellows. Let's analyze them one by one.
** The household of the Scarlet Devil Mansion are united against all threats, especially because they are the obviously-Western supernaturals in a Japanese setting.
** The Yakumo household blur the line between true companions and actual family. Chen is often depicted as [[HasTwoMommies having two mommies]], Ran and Yukari, in fan works. Official source states that Chen is not just Ran's student, she's like a daughter to her.
** The Eientei household will defend their members ''viciously'' from any external threats, especially due to their circumstance: they house at least three wanted Lunarian fugitives, two of which are eternal enemies of the state.
** Say what you want about the atrocious beginning of Kanako and Suwako's relationship, but in this modern time, they are Sanae's [[HasTwoMommies two mommies]].
** ''Subterranean Animism'' plays with this. The Komeiji household is an example of true companions, but the justification for this is because the Komeiji sisters can read into any sentient beings' mind, which is how they won the loyalty of their pets: they are the only ones who can understand their pets' feelings.
** This is one half of the PlayerPunch of fighting Byakuren's followers, the other half being FantasticRacism. They aren't some kind of crazy cultists seeking to release a nasty sorceress sealed in the demon realm, they are FireForgedFriends who aim to liberate their saintly leader.
* Chapter 8 of ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' has Welkin refer to the main players in Squad 7 as a family, with himself and Alicia as the father and mother, Rosie and his sister Isara as the daughters, and Largo as the grandfather. This scene is referenced again, as well as the reactions they all have to certain events in the game.
* Leonhardt and his true companions (Borgnine, Ellis, Vira-Lorr, Zerva, and Winfield) in ''AgarestSenki'' have a bond that is so strong, that they actually stick together with the descendants of Leo for ''four more generations.'' And this group is one of the few [[CombinationAttack Combination Attacks]] that are [[LimitBreak EX Combos]].
* ''Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft'''s Horde exemplifies this trope. Always a theme between the Orcs, Trolls, and Tauren of Kalimdor, it became a universal Horde theme after the Siege of Orgrimmar event.
--> '''Vol'jin''': This world don't give us nothing, <player>. It be our lot to suffer... And our duty to fight back. This Horde be our family! We may not always see eye-to-eye. We come to blows before. But when we work together - ah - there's nothing this Horde can't do.
** King Varian Wrynn and his companions Valeera Sanguinar and Broll Bearmantle. Unfortunately, their interactions are mostly restricted to comics and novels, with barely anything referencing it in game. At least Valeera and Varian can team up in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfTheStorm''.
* In ''VideoGame/TelepathTactics'', Scarlet, Harynx, Zimmer, and Harriet all pledge their loyalty to Emma in the ending, as does Lakshmi if [[RelationshipValues you talked to her in the camp scene]]. [[spoiler:Averted for the rest of the group, who, being a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, all go their separate ways without a greater cause to bind them together.]]
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* In WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, with the exception of '90s Kid, the core cast (Linkara, Pollo, Harvey Finevoice and Iron Liz) definitely show signs of this, especially when [[spoiler: they all work together to rescue Linkara when he's kidnapped by Lord Vyce.]] And as of the revelations of the ''Silent Hill: Dead/Alive'' review, [[spoiler:we can now add [[EmpathicWeapon the Magic Gun]] to the team as well.]]

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* In WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall, with the exception of '90s Kid, ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', the core cast (Linkara, Pollo, Harvey Finevoice Finevoice, 90ís Kid, and Iron Liz) [[spoiler: the Magic Gun]]) definitely show showed signs of this, especially when [[spoiler: they all work together this during the numerous storylines the show had over the years. WebVideo/IronLiz used to rescue Linkara when he's kidnapped by Lord Vyce.]] And as be a part of said core cast until she left the show after the review of the revelations of the ''Silent Hill: Dead/Alive'' review, [[spoiler:we can now add [[EmpathicWeapon the Magic Gun]] to the team as well.]]''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' comic adaptation.



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* The titular ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' (note the plural; it is not a mistake), including Jim, Toby, Claire and their Troll friends Blinky, Aaarrrgghh, and Draal. Much ado is made about the fact that Jim has a crew to back him up through out his endeavors, particularly by the spirits of Trollhunters' past who exclaim that a Trollhunter must be alone, and either bemoan that Jim will get his friends killed or that they will get Jim killed. Hiccups and setbacks aside, Jim would have never made it anywhere without the support of his crew, and he knows this fully. In the climaxes of both halves of Season One, he makes specific mention to the antagonists that he and his friends are all Trollhunters, in the collective.
** [[spoiler:Tragically, the first Season finale, particularly the trauma and losses suffered up to that point and during it, cause Jim to rethink his stance on "Trollhunters." At the end of the episode, he sneaks off and makes his way to the Dark Lands alone, preventing his friends from following him in the process, a stark contrast to the finale of the first half of that Season where he cites Toby as the source of his gaining that "more" to life that he was looking for. This change in mindset is punctuated with Jim's new Eclipse armor, a dark gold and black version of his Daylight armor with blood-red highlights in place of blue (and a new Sword of Eclipse to match).]]
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