Arch Enemy / Video Games

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Mario (R) and Bowser (L)
Fighting (mostly) since 1985

  • Super Mario Bros.: The feud between Bowser and Nintendo's Italian plumber is gaming's best known and most enduring example, due to the sheer number of times Mario has stomped him to rescue Princess Peach. Which was lampshaded in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time where it is revealed that even as toddlers Mario stopped Bowser from kidnapping her.
  • In The Legend of Zelda, Ganondorf is Link's eternal arch nemesis, since he and Princess Zelda reincarnate in most games in the series:
    • However, there are exceptions as certain Links (like the ones in Spirit Tracks and A Link Between Worlds) are Legacy Characters.
    • Regardless, each Link is usually educated about the Triforce and how they are fated to face Ganon some way or another. But particularly Link from The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker had a grudge against Ganon for kidnapping his sister and Zelda and Link from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was the first Link to face Ganondorf for endangering Zelda, killing the Deku Tree, and directly ruining every other society he had to rescue.
    • Played for Drama in The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword. Ganondorf is the reincarnation of Demon King Demise's endless hatred for Link and Zelda, and that continues to haunt them even as they keep reincarnating. The three are bound to fight for eternity. It also turns out that Zelda is the mortal incarnation of Hylia, the goddess who initially sealed Demise, which means she was his original Arch Enemy, not Link.
    • Midna from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has Zant, who is revealed to have usurped her throne, turned her into an imp, transformed the Twilight Realm's inhabitants into Shadow Beasts and disrupted the peace in the Twilight Realm.
  • Dr. Ivo "Eggman" Robotnik is Sonic the Hedgehog's Arch Enemy. The same goes with Metal Sonic who was programmed by Eggman for the sole purpose to destroy Sonic.
  • Dr. Wily is Mega Man's Arch Enemy, Sigma and Mega Man X, and Dr. Weil and Zero in Mega Man Zero.
  • This, like every other trope, gets lampooned in Kingdom of Loathing: the player receives a quest from their guild to retrieve an item stolen by their Nemesis. The player wasn't aware that they even had a Nemesis before that.
  • Ridley in the Metroid games, to Samus Aran. This one is personal, since Ridley trashed Samus' home of K-2L and personally killed both of her parents. Ironically, the Metroid manga (which was made by Nintendo) has a brief scene where a 4-year old Samus, not yet knowing what Ridley has done, tries to make friends with the giant space dragon.
    • When Samus approaches him, Ridley is watching the chaos and fire his pirates have caused, and actually gets a sad look for a moment when he sees her. Then Samus' mother runs to save her from Ridley, and he promptly goes back to normal and kills Samus' mother in front of her.
    • In the manga, he also mocks her about how he killed her parents.
    • Samus also has Mother Brain. While not quite as personal as Ridley, Mother Brain is still one of the most recurring villains of the series, and earns Samus's ire in various ways, most notably killing the baby Metroid. It's somewhat more prominent in the manga, where she played a part in raising Samus, before becoming one of her adversaries, unlike in Zero Mission where Samus says she grew up on Zebes long before Mother Brain was there.
    • Samus had Metroid Prime/Dark Samus during the Metroid Prime Trilogy. The two of them have similar armor and abilities and have fought each other multiple times. However, Dark Samus truly cemented herself as this for Samus after she corrupted three of Samus' Bounty Hunter allies with Phazon, forcing Samus to fight each of them to the death.
  • The old Donkey Kong had Mario but the new one has King K. Rool in the Donkey Kong Country games.
  • Kirby has King Dedede, downplayed in that while Kirby and King Dedede fight from time to time, he is much more likely to team up with Kirby against a common threat or be the victim of Demonic Possession.
  • In Star Fox, Fox became Andross' nemesis after he prevented him from conquering the Lylat System. Star Fox 64 was a retelling of the original game's events and made things personal between Fox and Adross, by implying Andross had been responsible for the death of James McCloud, Fox's father.
  • Resident Evil: Chris Redfield began the series as one of Wesker's subordinates, but once he learned Wesker was a traitor who was secretly an agent of Umbrella, that changed everything. In each of their subsequent appearances, Wesker was cast as the main antagonist with Chris as his chief advisary. Whereas Jill Valentine all but disappeared from the series after RE2 and wasn't seen again until RE5, where she only had a bit part as Wesker's minion. Then promptly dropped out of sight again, after Chris saved her. After Wesker's death, Chris briefly had Carla Radames, the murderer of Chris' entire squad, until she too was killed at the end of RE6.
    • In Resident Evil 3: Nemesis, Jill Valentine had the titular Nemesis, who made regular attempts on Jill's life throughout the entire game. Nemesis is responsible for the murder of Jill's comrade, Brad Vickers, making Nemesis a very personal enemy for Jill.
    • Leon S. Kennedy's arch-enemies keep changing. In Resident Evil 2, he had William Birkin, who hunted after Leon in a similar manner to how Nemesis would hunt after Jill in RE3. In Resident Evil 4 he has Osmund Saddler, who kidnapped the President's daughter and infected Leon with Las Plagas, and Jack Krauser, who was Leon's former friend until he betrayed the U.S. government. In Resident Evil 6, he has Derek C. Simmons, who murdered the President, who was Leon's friend, and proceeded to frame Leon for the crime.
  • Street Fighter II:
    • As the series' main antagonist, Bison has made enemies of nearly half the main cast and is the focal point of their respective story lines:
      • Guile was introduced as having a score to settle with Bison for the death of his partner, Charlie. Which remained a recurring theme throughout the series and in The Animated Movie.
      • Similarly, Chun Li was introduced as wanting to avenge her father's death. She was eventually recast as an Interpol agent to justify her pursuit of Bison, starting in the Alpha seriesnote .
      • Cammy was 1 of the 12 girls who were kidnapped and mentally enslaved, via Bison's Psycho Drive, as part of the "Doll Program"note . Ever since freeing herself of his control, she's made it her mission to try to save the others, whom she now regards as her "sisters," and exact revenge against Bison - for all of them.
      • Rose was first seen in Alpha 2, where she was a fortune teller attempting to seal away Bison in an attempt to prevent her own death, at his hands, which she had foreseen in a vision. Years later, it was changed so Rose was now Bison's other half, who sought to seal away his evil.
    • Ryu considers Akuma to be his enemy for having murdered his sensei, Gouken. Though Capcom retconned it years later, so that Gouken was merely in a coma, for all that time.
    • Prior to that, the original iteration of Street Fighter II had Sagat out for revenge against Ryu for scarring his chest. Which served as a permanent reminder of his defeat... until that got retconned to.
  • Fatal Fury
    • Terry had a personal vendetta with Geese for the murder of his adoptive father, Jeff Bogard. The original game concluded with Terry exacting his revenge by besting Geese and sent him plummeting from atop the Howard Building, seemingly to his death. Yet, he survived somehow and returned, years later, to antagonize Terry again.
    • Real Bout: Fatal Fury is a retelling of the original, which concludes with Terry attempting to save Geese at the end of their duel. But Geese refused to accept out of spite and chose to fall to his death. This time, it was for keeps.
  • Iori Yagami and Kyo Kusanagi in The King of Fighters. Iori really does seem to have no life outside of messing with Kyo. After the events of KOF XI, they both get a mutual Arch Enemy in Ash Crimson (who, like Bison before him, has that special talent for pissing off near anybody he comes into contact with).
  • Advanced V.G.: Yuka's fighting ability has enabled her to overcome each of Miranda Jahana's hybrids. A fact which has made her the focal point of Miranda's hatred, which is why she'll stop at nothing to try to break her.
  • Dracula has the Belmont clan (as well as the Belnades and Morris families) as his running archenemies in the Castlevania games.note 
  • Mortal Kombat has these all over the board. Liu Kang's Arch Enemy is Shang Tsung, Sonya Blade has an Arch Enemy in Kano, Scorpion has Sub-Zero and Quan Chi as successive archenemies, Kitana has her evil clone Mileena, Jade has Tanya, Raiden has Quan Chi and Shinnok as archenemies, Kung Lao has a nemesis in Baraka, Jax has his in Hsu Hao, Cyrax has his Evil Counterpart Sektor and everyone from Earth Realm had Shao Kahn as a nemesis.
  • In the Metal Gear Solid series the main protagonist, Solid Snake is constantly facing of against Revolver Ocelot and/or Liquid Snake, though none of them'd ever use titles as arch-nemesis. Snake used to have Big Boss, but ended up in a coma for the majority of Solid Snake's story arc.
  • Raiden had Vamp, Solidus Snake, Jetstream Sam, and Senator Steven Armstrong.
  • The end of the world be damned, nothing will stop GDI and Nod from attempting to destroy the other, an alien invasion bent on killing everyone is only grounds for a short ceasefire, which doesn't even last halfway through the invasion.
  • StarCraft:
    • Both Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan consider themselves arch-enemies of Arcturus Mengsk, and not without good reason. Mengsk reciprocates on both counts.
    • Alexei Stukov has an arch-enemy in Samir Duran, AKA Emil Narud. Duran/Narud doesn't think much of Stukov despite putting him through living hell and inflicting serious Body Horror on him through Zerg infestation. This proves to be his downfall.
    • The Protoss are archenemies of the Zerg, primarily because the Zerg had driven them from their homeworld of Aiur.
      • The Protoss themselves are divided. The templars are frequently at odds with the Dark Templar, though the Conclave could very much qualify for not respecting the Dark Templar's desire for individuality. However, because of the Zerg, the two factions are being forced to cooperate and may actually begin to respect one another.
      • During his campaign Raynor makes himself bitter enemies with the Tal'Darim faction of Protoss, by repeatedly stealing their sacred artefacts. When we learn their history in Legacy of The Void, they're the archenemies of pretty much the entire Daelaam Protoss—both the Dark Templar and the Khalai Protoss.
  • World of Warcraft
    • Varian Wrynn is technically the Arch Enemy of Thrall, though this is mostly one-sided since it's only really Varian who wants to kill Thrall, while Thrall himself would gladly declare peace. Meanwhile, Garrosh Hellscream represents the anti-Alliance hate on the Horde side. He and Varian almost try to kill each other on a diplomatic meeting.
      • Almost is being generous, they were trying to kill eachother, someone else just got in the way.
    • Thrall would probably think of Kil'jaeden as his Arch Enemy, since he was the one who originally corrupted the Orcs and currently leads the Burning Legion. Kil'jaeden, though, probably wouldn't think much of Thrall at all.
    • Kl'jaeden and their subservient eredar are definite arch-enemies of the whole draenei race and their leader Velen - they once were one race, before Sargeras arrived with The Corruption. From then on, draenei where on the run from eredar for millenia, until they settled on Azeroth for their final stand.
    • The Arch Enemy concept is also presented with Outland factions. Major bad guys there are represented by two races - blood elves under the rule of Kael'thas Sunstrider and various demons, partly led by Illidan. Major player friendly fractions, Aldor and Scryers, don't get along very well and have different opinions - Aldor chose demons as their Arch Enemy, while Scryers prioritize stopping Kael'thas' elves.
    • In the Wrath Of The Lich King expansion, Arthas, the eponymous Lich King is an Arch Enemy of Tirion Fordring and Sylvanas Windrunner in addition to being a Big Bad for the expansion.
    • In a lesser example there is Loken, Arch Enemy of Thorim, who orchestrated first his Heroic B.S.O.D., then the recovery from it, which only led into another trap.
    • Deathwing, leader of the Black Dragonflight, is the Arch Enemy of Alexstrasza and the other surviving Dragon Aspects.
    • Twilight's Hammer has been the arch enemy of the Earthen Ring, a shamanistic organization dedicated to preserving & protecting the elemental balance of Azeroth and Outland, since before Cataclysm.
    • Needless to say, group-wise, the Alliance and the Horde are both arch-enemies to each others, though none of them really is evil and people on both sides have attempted multiple times to arrange peace. They can sometimes begrudgingly team up against a common enemy, but overall they tend to be at each other's troath. Some species on each sides also tend to have a particularly personal hate:
      • Orcs and Humans usually are the two factions who have the most personal dislike for each other, having fought since the First War.
      • Though not necessarly hatred, Gnomes and Goblins seem to have some rivalry on which of the two is the smartest, both being the eccentric inventors of their respective factions.
      • Draenei had a particular animosity toward Blood Elves during Burning Crusade, due to the latter abusing them back on Draenor and having enslaved one of the beings their worshiped so they could have their own Paladin. A rarity for this trope, they actually ended up reconciling, with the Draenei helping the Blood Elves solve their biggest crisis and the Blood Elves starting to become paladins the regular way without enslaving anything.
      • Worgen have a particularly personal conflict with the Forsaken, who invaded their native country while taking advantage on a crisis and slayed their crown prince.
  • Daiku no Gensan - The President of Kuromoku-gumi, Hyosuke Kuromoku, for Genzo. Only one game in the series has not featured the Kuromoku-Gumi and Hyosuke as major villains.
  • Crash Bandicoot - Crash has Doctor Neo Cortex. In the same series there is also the rivalry between sentient voodooo masks Aku Aku and Uka Uka
  • Asha the Assassin becomes Iji's Arch Enemy after losing their first fight. Originally, he was only after the bounty on her head (and the fame).
  • Empire Earth's 2nd campaign focuses on Great Britain and France's feud through the ages.
  • Fate/stay night: Shirou gets two, and which he comes into conflict with depends on what route you're in:
    • In "Unlimited Blade Works" Shirou's possible future self Archer is the antithesis of his ideals, yet embodies them: He sold his soul into servitude as a guardian for eternity after death because he all he wanted was to save people, but instead he was forced to watch humans suffering forever while being unable to save anybody or even end his own existence. Hating the ideals that betrayed him, he wants to crush Shirou's belief in being a hero of justice and kill his past self so that he can be released from being a guardian. Shirou in turn refuses to stop believing in his ideal, and fights to prove that he is right.
    • In "Fate" and "Heaven's Feel" Shirou's Arch-Enemy is Kotomine Kirei, who is exactly like Shirou in that he has no real sense of self. At the same time they are irreconcilable opposites because Kotomine finds joy in the suffering of others while Shirou finds his in saving them. In "Fate", Shirou's conflict with Kirei gets personal at the end when he finds out that Kirei was responsible for the disaster ten years ago that changed his life, and caused his father Kiritsugu's death. However in "Heaven's Feel" where this does not come up Shirou figures out that the reason for his instinctive dislike of Kotomine was that deep down he liked Kotomine, but could not admit it to himself. Nevertheless they have no choice but to fight each other over their opposing goals.
    Kotomine: "You [and Rin] shall act out the final stage of the Holy Grail War."
    Shirou: "Are you saying I will remain until the very end?"
    Kotomine: "Of course. You are Emiya Kiritsugu now. There is no way you cannot win."
    • He was also arguably Rin's Arch-Enemy, since he stabbed her father in the back and orchestrated the eventually fatal strangling of her mother, which she discovers in "Unlimited Blade Works". In both "Fate" and "Unlimited Blade Works" she gets her revenge on him, although indirectly.
    • Saber's Arch-Enemy in the "Fate" route is Gilgamesh, who opposes her quest for the Holy Grail because he wants her for himself. He is also the negative image of her as a ruler, since he sacrificed his kingdom for his own benefit while she sacrificed herself for her kingdom.
  • In Ratchet & Clank, Captain Qwark and Dr. Nefarious are considered this, although neither seem to consider the other that big of a threat (though Qwark obviously does). In A Crack in Time, Nefarious also calls Ratchet and Clank his archnemeses. While the Doctor considers the eponymous duo the far more formidable opponents, the history between Qwark and him causes the mere sight or mention of Qwark to make him to rage to the point of malfunctioning.
  • In God of War, Kratos' Arch Enemy is Zeus. No other enemy, even Ares, commands as much of Kratos' time and energy as the King of the Gods. They are truly arch enemies when you consider that Zeus wants to kill Kratos to restore order to the world, and Kratos is willing to destroy Zeus and Olympus in order to get his revenge.
  • In Return to Castle Wolfenstein and Wolfenstein (2009), the Nazi scientist and SS-General Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse is the Arch Enemy of OSA spy B.J. Blazkowicz, as well as "the single most dangerous figure in the Third Reich". He's also quite apt at getting away with all sorts of atrocities. Deathshead for his part also considers Blazkowicz to be his archfoe. In a trailer for Wolfenstein, his narration states that the most memorable part of the events of the game wasn't the eldritch horror he unleashed, but the lone badass (Blazkowicz) that stopped it.
  • Final Fantasy VII
    • Initially subverted, since Sephiroth had little regard for Cloud, except as a pawn by which to obtain the Black Materia he needed to summon Meteor. It wasn't until the very end when Cloud defeated him, that Sephiroth took him seriously as an enemy.
    • By Advent Children (and Dissidia, below), it's played straight, with the official novellas stating that Sephiroth kept himself from being assimilated by the planet's Lifestream by focusing on his hatred of Cloud. Sure enough, once he resurrected, his first order of business was to try to settle the score between them. But Cloud defeated him again, after a hard fought battle.
  • The ten heroes and their respective villains, Chaos and Cosmos, and Shantotto and Gabranth in Dissidia: Final Fantasy.
  • Ultimately, Sora and Xehanort in the Kingdom Hearts series. Sora is the All-Loving Hero, while all the conflict in the games was caused by Xehanort in one way or another.
    • More specifically, Xemnas would probably be the individual incarnation of Xehanort that claims the title of archenemy to Sora. He seems to get Sora riled up the most easily and has fought him the most out of any of them. He also made the life of his Nobody, Roxas, terrible.
    • However, Maleficent also serves as this to Sora, as she constantly antagonizes him during his journey.
    • Riku's arch-enemy is Xehanort's Heartless/Ansem, the Seeker of Darkness. He represents every bad decision Riku made in the first game, stole Riku's body at the end of those bad decisions, and spent a lot of time as Riku's Enemy Within. Not even being purged from Riku's heart is quite enough, as they end up fighting each other all over again in 3D.
  • Legacy of Kain gives us Malek and Vorador in Blood Omen, The Sarafan Lord and Janos Audron in Blood Omen 2, and Kain and Raziel throughout the series. All of these are slightly one sided, though. While Malek had a deep personal hatred for Vorador, Vorador didn't think much of him and for the most part hated his order and humanity in general. Janos hated the Sarafan Lord for holding him prisoner for four hundred years, starving him of blood but the Sarafan Lord's issue was with vampires in general and he considered Janos little more than a tool. Raziel, likewise, hated Kain on a very personal level, but Kain's actions against him were necessary evils. Kain himself had much more personal grudges against Malek and the Sarafan Lord than he did against Raziel, and possibly his true arch enemy was Moebius. And in the end it turns out Kain was the arch enemy of the Elder God, who manipulated people across centuries to try and kill Kain, due to Kain's destiny to become the Scion of Balance, the only being that can destroy the Elder God.
  • Knights of the Old Republic: Malak and Revan, and arguably a parallel with Saul Karath and Carth Onasi. There is also one with Zaalbar and his brother, Chuundar.
    • In the second game The Exile has three: each of the Sith Lords which reflect an aspect of herself. The most prominent is Darth Traya whose fate is bound up with the Exile whether they like it or not.
  • Space Quest: Sludge Vohaul, despite appearing in only two games (but heavily implied to be behind the events of the first).
  • King's Quest: The Black Cloak Society to the Daventry royal family. The extent of which of the series' foes were part of the Society is debatable, but at least four (Hagatha, Mannanan, Mordak, Alhazred) have some kind of tie. The Fan Remake of King's Quest II cranks it up a bit with a designated Arch Enemy, Morgelien (aka "The Father").
  • BlazBlue has a number of these relationships.
    • Resident Sadist and Troll, Yuuki Terumi manages to be this to damn near the entire cast. That's right, he's almost everyone's arch enemy, which says a lot on how much of a scumbag he is for getting on so many people's shitlist. Notable ones include his former teammates whom he helped saved the world with (against his will mind you), Rachel who continuously puts in motions to stop him, and finally Ragna, who's life he has ruined to the point where Ragna's motivation for most of the series is to see him dead. Terumi for his part just sees them all as his favorite targets to screw with and rarely takes them seriously befitting his trolling nature. He even manages to weaponize this as the enmity he invokes in people is what keeps him alive and empowers him, mostly from Ragna. It's ultimately Ragna who does him in however, and Terumi even shows him some begrudging respect in their final confrontation.
    • There's also the siblings Ragna and Jin And by extension, Hakumen to a lesser extent. Jin's made it his purpose in life to kill Ragna because of the threat he poses as a potential reincarnation of the Black Beast that will bring the world to ruin. Ragna acknowledges this and swears to settle things with Jin when everything is said and done resulting in numerous examples of Rivals Team Up throughout the series. They do ultimately bury the hatchet and make up in the end, albeit not after one last fight between them to settle things.
    • Carl's greatest foe as of Continuum Shift is his father Relius, who added his own daughter (Carl's sister) Ada's body and soul to the Nox Nyctores Nirvana and used the information he gleaned from that experiment to create a superior puppet — using Carl's mother Ignis.
    • Bang used to consider Jin to be his Arch Enemy, but thanks to Character Development has moved passed this. He now considers the system behind the NOL itself that ordered the attack on Ikaruga to be his Arch Enemy.
    • Even Taokaka has one. She and Arakune frequently come to blows since he terrorizes the Kaka clan village and she is its protector.
    • Tsubaki becomes her former best friend Noel's Arch Enemy thanks to Terumi's influence, the trauma of losing her sight to Izayoi, and her deep-rooted jealousy of Noel over her being chosen to be by Jin's side. Unlike most examples, they make up eventually.
    • Relius Clover has a secondary enemy in Valkenhayn, as the two have a long-standing rivalry prior to the Dark War; this was suspended when Relius fell into the Cauldron the day the Black Beast emerged, but has reawakened with Relius' re-emergence.
  • The Grey Wardens and the Darkspawn of Dragon Age: Origins. The Grey Wardens were founded specifically to prevent the Darkspawn from destroying Thedas and will do anything to accomplish this task. The feeling is mutual during Blights — Archdemons will go out of their way to kill the Grey Wardens once they can sense their location since they know that only Wardens can permanently destroy them.
    • Each respective origin (except the Mage and Dalish) end with the Warden gaining one of these. Arl Rendon Howe for the Human Noble, Prince Bhelen for the Dwarf Noble, Jarvia for the Dwarf Commoner and Vaughn for the City Elf.
    • Teyrn Loghain serves as this for Alistair. Loghain earned Alistair's hatred for his desertion at the Battle of Ostagar, leaving the King and the Grey Wardens to die. Loghain meanwhile fears the threat that Alistair poses to his Regency, since as bastard son of King Maric, Alistair is the closest legitimate heir to the throne.
    • Shale considers Birds to be her personal nemesis, having endured thirty years of being covered by their droppings whilst frozen as a statue in Honnleath. Indeed, one of the first thing she does after being reawakened by the Warden is to stomp on a chicken and according to Dragon Age II, the pigeon population of Ferelden has mysteriously dwindled since the end of the Blight.
    • In the sequel, Dragon Age II, some of Hawke's companions have archenemies. Danarius for Fenris, Bartrand for Varric, and Castillon for Isabela. Meredith and Orsino are also mutual archenemies. Anders becomes one for Sebastian after the former destroys the Chantry.
  • Commander Shepard in Mass Effect has a lot of powerful enemies: Saren Arterius in the first game, The Illusive Man and Kai Leng in the third game. However, Shepard's archenemies are the Reapers, and (s)he is theirs. They consider Shepard to be the greatest threat they have ever faced, and Shepard is the only thing in existence that has ever made the Reapers feel fear. Notably, they will turn their dreadnought-killing guns away from entire fleets to target Shepard alone.
    • Harbinger in particular has animosity for Sheperd. Not only is Harbinger the leader of the Reaper Armada, he killed Shepard at the beginning of the second game, and has gone on to personally confront(and lose to) Shepard countless times thanks to his ability to hijack the bodies of his Collectors. Harbinger becomes furious when Shepard ruins his plans to create a Human Reaper, and most of what the Reapers know about Shepard comes from Harbinger. At the end of the Trilogy, Harbinger personally invades Earth, Shepard's homeworld, and nearly kills Shepard with a laser beam.
    • Garrus Vakarian has Lantar Sidonis, who betrayed his team to the Blue Suns.
    • Miranda Lawson also has an archenemy in her father, Henry Lawson.
    • Jack has an archenemy in Cerberus because of what they did to her. She also has a particular hatred for Miranda though after Miranda quit Cerberus, it tones down significantly and in the Citadel dlc, Shepard can convince the two to settle their differences
    • Samara's nemesis is her daughter, Morinth.
    • Liara considers the Shadow Broker to be her nemesis.
    • Zaeed's nemesis is Vido Santiago.
  • The God Wars Dungeon in Runescape would imply that the four Gods involved consider each other Arch Enemies, since even after thousands of years, the 4-way free-for-all is still going on. Saradomin and Zamorak, even though they aren't technically the "Good" and "Evil" Gods.
  • In Ace Attorney, Phoenix Wright has Miles Edgeworth for most of the first game, although their relationship becomes exponentially more friendly after Wright defends Edgeworth. In the second game, Phoenix has Franziska von Karma, although Franziska eventually admits that she wanted to defeat Phoenix so she could prove herself to be a better prosecutor than Edgeworth. In the third game, Phoenix has Godot, who has a grudge against Phoenix for failing to protect Mia Fey.
  • In Super Robot Wars Original Generation, Sangar Zonvolt And Wodan Ymir
  • Marv claims to be this in Custom Robo Arena, but in practice he's just an idiot who won't leave you alone.
  • Touhou: Mokou vs. Kaguya. Good thing for them: killing each others over and over and over again is how they kill their (potentially infinite) time. Figuring out how to kill each others in new and interesting way is their joy in life, and sometimes they let other people in on their exquisite "pleasure".
  • Halo:
    • The UNSC and the Covenant, which is specially represented by the Spartans and the Elites respectively (though the latter take the rivalry much more personally). They've been fighting for decades, with humanity trying to stave off extinction at the hands of the Covenant. But later, it's revealed that humanity as a whole has a far more deadlier archrivalry with the Flood, a highly virulent and intelligent parasite dating back to the time of the Forerunners.
    • The Forerunner Saga and Halo 4 reveal that the Forerunners themselves were this to a highly-advanced prehistoric humanity, with the modern form of the rivalry represented in the conflict between the Master Chief vs. the Ur-Didact.
    • The Prophet of Truth and the Gravemind, the leaders of the Covenant and Flood respectively, both consider Master Chief to be their greatest threat. Truth even referred to Master Chief as "the Demon".
    • Master Chief also has a grudge against 343 Guilty Spark for betraying him in the first game.
    • The Arbiter has the Prophet of Truth and Tartarus, who betrayed him and attempted to have his race massacred.
  • The Final Fight series has the Mad Gear gang as collective arch-enemies for nearly all of the playable characters. Their first incarnation kidnapped Jessica, Haggar's daughter and Cody's love interest, while their second incarnation took revenge by kidnapping Rena and Genryusai, who are not only the fiancee and mentor of Guy, but also the sister and father of Maki. In the third game, the Skull Cross gang are arch-enemies for Dean as they killed his family. In Streetwise, Father Bella is the arch-enemy of Kyle as he is actually the brother of the first leader, Belger, who was killed by Kyle's brother, Cody. In the Street Fighter Alpha trilogy, Sodom and Edi. E are treated as the personal arch-enemies of Guy and Cody, respectively.
  • In the Streets of Rage series, The Syndicate leader Mr. X is the arch-enemy of the protagonists, specifically in the second game where he kidnaps Skate's brother Adam for contributing to his defeat in the first game, and in the third game where he was instrumental in Zan's transformation into a cyborg.
    • In the fan-made remake of the game, Shiva is arguably this to Axel, as well as being The Rival. The whole Syndicate is this for Rudra, since they kidnapped her sister to force her servitude.
  • Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri often has this dynamic due to ideological differences between the various factions:
  • Earthworm Jim has Psy-Crow.
  • Max Payne has Nicole Horne in the first game, Vladimir Lem in the second game, and Victor Branco in the third game.
  • Grand Theft Auto:
    • Catalina to Claude in Grand Theft Auto III.
    • Sonny Forelli to Tommy Vercetti in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
    • Officer Frank Tenpenny to Carl Johnson in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
    • In a non-character variation, the Sindaccos and the Forellis are this to the Leone Crime Family in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
    • Jerry Martinez to Vic Vance in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories.
    • Dimitri Rascalov, Ray Bulgarin, and Darko Brevic to Niko Bellic in Grand Theft Auto IV. Dimitri is Niko's most recurring and personal enemy throughout the entire game, being responsible for selling out Niko to Bulgarin, burning down the home of Niko's cousin Roman, and later kidnapping the aforementioned Roman. Bulgarin is a russian mob boss and human trafficker who blames Niko for the destruction of one of his freighters and the theft of his diamonds, and is The Man Behind the Man to Dimitri. And Brevic caused the deaths of 12 of Niko's friends, and hunting down Brevic is one of Bellic's main reasons for coming to Liberty City in the first place.
    • From Grand Theft Auto V: Michael has Steve Haines and Devin Weston, Franklin has Stretch, and Trevor has Wei Cheng and the Lost MC.
  • In Red Dead Redemption, John Marston has Edgar Ross, Dutch Van Der Linde, and Bill Williamson.
  • In Gears of War, Queen Myrrah, General RAAM, and Skorge are this to Marcus Fenix and Dom Santiago.
  • In ''Ōkami, Amaterasu has Yami, Orochi, Ninetails, Lechku, and Nechku.
  • In Far Cry 3, Vaas Montenegro and Hoyt Volker are this to Jason Brody.
  • In Far Cry 4, Pagan Min is this to Ajay Ghale.
  • Vergil and Mundus to Dante in Devil May Cry.
  • The Marker, Jacob Danik, and the Hive Mind to Issac Clarke in Dead Space.
  • Andrew Ryan and Frank Fontaine to Jack in BioShock.
  • Jacqueline Natla to Lara Croft in Tomb Raider. Lara Croft has battled Natla in two separate continuities.
  • Scott Shelby to Ethan Mars in Heavy Rain.
  • Depending in the continuity, Spyro had Ripto, Malefor, or Kaos.
  • Dr. Fetus to Super Meat Boy.
  • The Dark Queen to Rash, Pimple, and Zitz in Battletoads.
  • Mr. Dark and Admiral Razorbeard to Rayman.
  • Clockwerk to Sly Cooper since Clockwerk murdered Sly's clan.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • Naturally, each game's Big Bad to the Player Character.
      • Jagar Tharn to the Eternal Champion in Arena.
      • Mannimarco and Lord Woodborne to the Agent in the Daggerfall.
      • Dagoth Ur to the Nevarine in Morrowind.
      • Mankar Camaron and Mehrunes Dagon to the Champion of Cyrodiil in Oblivion.
      • Alduin and Miraak to the Dovahkiin in Skyrim.
      • Mannimarco and Molag Bal to the Soulless One in Online.
    • Additionally from Skyrim, General Tullius (leader of the Imperial forces) to Ulfric Stormcloak (leader of the rebel Nord forces) in the Civil War questline.
    • In the series' lore, the Ka Po' Tun "tiger folk" and Tsaesci "snake vampires". Both are races native to the continent of Akavir. When the Tsaesci attempted to "devour"note  Akavir's native dragons, which the Ka Po' Tun revere, the two races went to war. The Ka Po' Tun were victorious, but it left both nations weakened and the remaining dragons dead.
    • In the series' backstory, the ancient Yokudans (ancestors of the Redguards) and the Sinistral Mer (Left-handed Elves). The two sides fought a devastating war which would render the Sinistral Mer extinct. To this day thousands of years later, the Redguards refuse to speak of them for doing so tends to "darken their days."
    • The Altmer (High Elves) and Maormer (Sea Elves) have an ancient, heated rivalry. Throughout the 1st and 2nd Eras, Maormer forces, personally led by their "Undying Wizard King" Orgnum, were said to "ravage" the coastlines of the Summerset Isles. In the 3rd Era, the Maormer allied with the "Wolf Queen" Potema who was attempting to usurp the throne of the Septim Empire. However, when the Maormer fleet attacked, it was swallowed whole in a magical storm conjured by the Psijic Order. The Maormer were so devastated that it is said they will never seriously threaten Tamriel again.
  • Lord Regent Hiram Burrows, Daud and Admiral Havelock to Corvo Attano in Dishonored.
  • Molluck to Abe in Oddworld.
  • Bob Page and Walton Simmons to JC Denton in DeusEX.
  • The Shantae series has self-proclaimed Queen of the Seven Seas Risky Boots for the titular heroine. It started with Shantae foiling Risky Boots' plans in the first game, which led to Risky getting payback in Risky's Revenge, which then led to an Enemy Mine situation in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse. They've since settled down on a Worthy Opponent situation where Risky tries to take over Sequin Land while Shantae tries to stop her.
  • The MonkeyIsland series protagonist Guybrush Threepwood has the Ghost Zombie Demon Statue Pirate LeChuck
  • In the Portal games, Chell the silent protagonist has the evil A.I GLaDOS. In the second game GLaDOS in the antagonist for only the first half of the game and is replaced by Wheatley as this for the rest of the game.
  • Namco × Capcom and Project X Zone has Saya, a high-ranking member of Ouma, to Reiji Arisu.
  • In Sunrider Mask of Arcadius, Kayto Shields comes to view the PACT dreadnought Legion as his personal Moby Dick. At the very start of the game it conquers his home planet Cera by singlehandedly obliterating most of the Cera Space Force and nuking his home city from orbit, killing his sister in the process. The Legion remains a constant thorn in his side from then on, threatening to turn many of the Sunrider’s hard-fought victories into crushing defeats thanks to its overwhelming firepower. When the latest run-in with the Legion leaves thirty-two of his crew injured and six dead, Kayto becomes determined to sink it at any cost.
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