Odd Friendship

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"We are as close as an elderly gay man and a straight teenage boy can be."

A friendship which develops between two characters that would seem unlikely to be friends, whether it's because of them having diametrically opposed personalities, holding beliefs that would normally get one to try to demonize the other, or some other quirks of their beings that would lead to them clashing. Through their friendship, they learn more about each other and about themselves.

The characters in an Odd Friendship may have little to do with each other initially — or even begin as bitter enemies — and their friendship grows over time.

Distinguished from an Odd Couple in that these are usually two characters in an ensemble show, or a regular character and a Recurrer; whereas an Odd Couple usually consists of the two main characters in a show.

See also: Interspecies Friendship, Intergenerational Friendship, Action Duo, Vitriolic Best Buds; Rude Hero, Nice Sidekick; Loser Friend Puzzles Outsiders, Cool-Kid-and-Loser Friendship, which is a sub-trope

Compare Friendly Enemy and Fire-Forged Friends.

Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 
  • After War Gundam X has Number Two Sala and Bridge Bunny Toniya. Sala is buttoned-down and takes everything seriously. Toniya is a flirt who takes nothing seriously. They're very close friends regardless.
  • Attack on Titan: Kenny and Yuli. Honestly, everyone who knows is weirded out by the fact that a king and his assassin can become best friends. In fact, Kenny is only trying to kill his friend's niece for personal ambitions and because his friend's brother was a total dick.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • Lithuania and Poland. Lithuania is gentle and serious-minded, whereas Poland is bossy and frivolous, but the two are Heterosexual Life-Partners at the very least.
    • America and Japan have also entered one in the modern day comics; America is talkative, energetic and somewhat ditzy, Japan quiet, emotionally reserved and relatively level-headed, but that doesn't stop them from bonding over video games or celebrating holidays together.
    • In the anime dub, France acknowledges that the friendship between Germany and Italy "makes absolutely no sense." It does if you followed World War II.
    • Finland and Sweden. Finland is exuberant, friendly, and talkative, while Sweden is stone-faced, straightforward, and rarely speaks. They're extremely close regardless. Though considering that Sweden is said to be playful and emotional deep down, the two may be more alike than they seem at first glance.
    • Norway and Denmark. Denmark is perpetually-energetic, fun-loving and boisterous, while Norway is quiet, deadpan, and somewhat sarcastic. Finland remarks that despite Norway's apparent annoyance with Denmark, the two get along well - he even compares their relationship to his and Sweden's.
      Finland: Whatever happens, it seems like Nor spends a lot of time with Denmark.
  • Bleach:
    • Isshin Kurosaki and Ryuuken Ishida have been cordially vitriolic friends and colleagues (as fellow doctors and Retired Badasses) for at least 20 years, despite the fact that they have dissimilar personalities (waaaay overeager vs. infuriatingly aloof), diverging career tracks (GP vs. hospital executive), and were born on opposite sides of a spiritual war between the Shinigami and the Quincies. Their shared Mysterious Past only begins to be explained in the final arc.
    • Subverted with the Generation Xerox, Ichigo Kurosaki and Uryuu Ishida. Their initial rivalry turned into a Fire-Forged Friendship very quickly. While they try to project the kind of vitriolic bickering their fathers engage in, the other characters Lampshade the respect this conceals. Neither Ichigo nor Uryuu appreciates having this pointed out.
  • Joe and Gomamon from Digimon Adventure certainly fit this. Of all the human-Digimon pairs, they're the two who have the most incompatible personalities, yet they get on surprisingly well.
  • Jen and Terriermon have a similar dynamic to Joe and Gomamon.
  • May and Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist. A cute little princess with an adorable pet panda and a Serial Killer out on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. They get along surprisingly well. Bonus points for being an Intergenerational Friendship as well.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
  • Plucky Comic Relief Helen and uber stoic Deneve in Claymore.
  • Dragon Ball Z:
    • Gohan and Piccolo. Piccolo originally kidnaps the young Gohan for some Training from Hell and forces him to fight against the invading Saiyans.
    • Also we have Hercule and Majin Buu while Hercule first only got close to Buu to try kill him he eventually formed a genuine friendship with the pink demon the friendship was enough to convince Buu to make a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Shizuo Heiwajima (who personifies the Naritaverse tendency towards Crazy Awesome and Dysfunction Junction like no other) and Tom Tanaka (Nice Guy and Only Sane Man) from Durarara!!. His Intergenerational Friendship with the Yakuza princess Akane Awakusu also counts.
  • Eyeshield 21:
    • Book Dumb Gentle Giant Kurita and Trigger Happy Sociopathic Hero Hiruma. Kurita is huge, friendly, gifted with physical strength (although he does work very hard) and enjoys football because it's football and he likes playing with his friends. Hiruma is skinny, barely average in a lot of athletic areas, ruthless, terrifying and only interested in winning. They're best friends.
    • Taki and Akaba get along very well, despite seeming almost ridiculously incompatable.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya:
    • Kyon and Haruhi. Kyon is laid-back and doesn't believe in anything strange or supernatural and Haruhi is an over-the-top, borderline sociopath who starts her own club (ironically at Kyon's suggestion) devoted to the strange and supernatural. Despite this, they've become best friends who can trust each other with almost anything.
    • Kyon and Itsuki as well. And in the 7th book of the novel series are a really strange case. On the surface they seem to be buddies, as they are often seen hanging out and playing board games in the club room. However, Itsuki irritates Kyon to no end due to his tendency to go into long-winded metaphysical/psychological spiels, his playful teasing, Poker face, and his willingness to go along with Haruhi's outrageous schemes. That being said, they are what you would call "friends" as Kyon is the only member of the club whom Itsuki can share his theories with, and Kyon reluctantly comes to admit that he trusts Itsuki.
  • Unanimated Lucky Star discussed why Hiyori, "an otaku in every sense of the word", would be friends with "honour students" Minami and Yutaka.
  • Admirals Lindy and Leti from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. The former is laid-back and very approachable while her best friend oozes professionalism from every pore. The roles reverse when there's alcohol involved; Leti downs wine by the bottle while Lindy desperately tries to keep her under control.
  • Naruto:
    • Hidan and Kakuzu certainly have a very odd friendship. Despite bickering like crazy, they still look out for each other's wellbeing and seem to be genuinely concerned for each other. Even though they initially don't seem to get along at all, it can be seen that when the time comes and they get serious, they work together quite nicely.

      It gets weirder than that. The reason they're partners is because Kakuzu has very little patience and killed his past partners. However, Hidan is immortal, and Kakuzu can patch him up if needed. Also Kakuzu attacks very indiscriminately, but with Hidan's immortality that's not a problem and allows unexpected strategies.

      Considering their personalities (Kakuzu only cares for money and the sure-fire peace of mind it gives him, Hidan for his bloodletting deity to whom he sacrifices people), it's hard to say whether they're actually friends or not. Making it even stranger.
    • Akatsuki is pretty full of this trope, essentially seen in every functioning partnership - besides Pain and Konan, pretty much all the other members share an Odd Friendship. Thoughtful, stoic Itachi & boisterous, violent Kisame might be the best example as they're different as day and night, yet genuinely respect and like each other in spite of it. Similarly, Sasori worked rather well with Orochimaru (until the latter betrayed the group and earned his partner's loathing), and despite his philosophy being the polar opposite to Deidara, the two also had a mutual respect outside it (helps that Deidara strives to not disrespect people on principle just because they mightn't agree with him. Finally, while they aren't actually partners, Tobi has one with Zetsu, which probably stems from their history together (which goes back to before even the Kyuubi attack).
    • Naruto and Shikamaru. They would seem to have nothing in common with one being Hot-Blooded and the other the poster boy for Brilliant, but Lazy, but they have an extremely strong friendship that is one of Naruto's few normal ones. Bonus points for the fact that even in their Academy days, although Naruto didn't consider him one of his True Companions back then, Shikamaru was one of the few people in their age group (the others being Kiba and Choji) who Naruto seemed to get on well enough with to actually spend time in his company. Not quite friendship then (more like friendly acquaintance), but it forms further basis for one when the story begins proper and they (along with the rest of the Konoha 12) become Fire-Forged Friends
    • Short-lived though it was, the relationship between Naruto and Sasuke was one of the oddest friendships in the series. At the time, Sasuke was a quiet, moody prodigy who was ridiculously popular despite wanting to be left alone. Naruto was a loud, obnoxious idiot who was shunned despite wanting friends more than anything else. Just to add to the weirdness, Naruto was in love with the girl in love with Sasuke, and both of them desperately wanted to fight each other. Not to mention that they started out hating each other, their first real interaction as classmates being a fight. Despite all this, for a brief time in the series they had a very strong friendship marked by mutual respect, affection, and trust. This bond was, in fact, so strong that Naruto insists that Sasuke is still his best friend despite Sasuke trying to kill him on three separate occasions.
      • There was a brief and unspoken moment of understanding back in their Academy days however; a few days after Sasuke lost his clan, Naruto found him near a pond and Naruto wanted to talk to him. Both looked at one another and said nothing, but there was an unspoken bond. Naruto himself confessed that he actually wanted to befriend Sasuke, but it ended up to where he viewed him as his rival. Naruto does reflect onw how things would be different had he approached Sasuke like a friend in the first place.
    • Kakashi and Gai: they're about as different from one another as possible. One is an aloof, eccentric genius, the other is a boisterous, painfully oblivious fitness fanatic. In fact, the only thing they seem to have in common is their desire to protect Konoha, yet somehow they're pretty much each other's best friends.
    • The Tailed Beasts and their Jinchūriki hosts. Especially odd considering that for centuries, the Tailed Beasts were thought of as nothing more than living, malevolent weapons made of chakra that needed to be controlled, instead of the sapient beings that they are. This made the Beasts very distrustful of humans, but several of them began to warm up to each of their recent Jinchūriki hosts, usually because they treat their Beasts with respect. The first friendship like this seen in the series was between Killer B and Gyūki the Eight Tails, were the latter serves as the Straight Man as opposed to the former's goofiness. It's oddly heartwarming in a way, so much so that after seeing how those 2 get along, Naruto expressed his desire to be friends with Kurama the Nine Tails. This friendship finally came to pass starting with Chapter 570.
  • Toji Suzuhara (sports jock) and Kensuke Aida (Military Otaku) in Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Despite the diversity of the main crew in One Piece, they often aren't seen interacting with each other in a more personal way, one of the stranger ones we see is the friendship between Naďve Newcomer Chopper and the hard-edged Adventurer Archaeologist Nico Robin. Mutual love of learning aside, their difference in temperaments make it strange.
  • Gil and Alice from Pandora Hearts are like this. Connected through their care of their fellow pal Oz They grow an odd bond though neither of them are likely to admit it,so they settle for giving each other endearing insults such as "Seaweed-head" and "Baka-Rabbit". They begin to trust and like each other more throughout the series.
  • Conrad and Yozak of Kyo Kara Maoh! weren't actually an odd friendship when they became friends. Both halfbreeds about the same age, Conrad's father rescued Yozak, only survivors of their regiment in which Yozak was Conrad's trusted lieutenant, it's all good. But when the audience finds out they're best friends it seems extremely odd. Court-raised perfect guy with absolute discipline and fanatical loyalty and the cross-dressing Kansai-drawling muscle-bound spy with no respect for authority?

    Not to mention Conrad threatened to kill Yozak in the second episode they appeared in together, if he messed with the king. That scene is so much weirder and you totally feel for Yozak (and his attitude toward Yuuri, the new center of Conrad's life) when you watch it knowing they've been close friends for at least fifty years, and the only real friend either has that's still alive.

    Their two major fights are also frighteningly serious, one because of a cursed mountain that turns people against each other and the other during Conrad's apparent Face–Heel Turn on a Mission from God. Interestingly, what Yozak's protecting in the second one he only resolved to protect in the first place partly for Conrad's sake.
  • In Saki, this describes the friendship between Yumi Kajiki and Satomi Kanbara of Tsuruga. The former is an exceptionally serious, stoic and analytical individual, albeit one whose stoic facade doesn't hold up all the time (particularly regarding her soft spot for Momo). The latter is cheerful, laid-back and easy-going, but more intelligent than she seems at first glance. The two became friends after realizing each other's Hidden Depths.
  • In Tower of God, Anak, who plots to kill the entire family of Zahard, and, well, Androssi Zahard.
  • Sgt. Frog gives us Saburo and Kululu. The former, a poetry-loving slacker with a radio show. The latter a sadistic Jerk Ass who loves nothing but torturing other people just For the Evulz and eating curry. And yet they're the best of friends. And yet we never see them hanging out on screen.
  • Genki Girl Yuzuriha Nekoi and Gentle Giant Kusanagi Shiyu, in X/1999 with a twist: she is a Dragon of Heaven, he is a Dragon of Earth, two people from forces fighting against each other. Also, it later changes to an Odd Couple of sorts after Yuzuriha confesses love to Kusanagi, and he apparently returns the affections, though he maintains a chaste relationship with her since she's 14 at the time. (Not unlike a superpowered couple from the other famous "X-series"...) Kusanagi seems to be the only one aware that she is supposed to be the enemy, though.
  • Virtually any combination of any two Yes! Precure 5 characters who were not already friends at the end of the first episode. The one that seems to have surprised the fandom the most is Komachi and Urara, although Rin and Karen are most in the spirit of the trope.
  • Kuwabara and Hiei from YuYu Hakusho, who are usually hostile toward each other, but have each other's back when it counts the most, particularly at the climax of the Chapter Black saga.
  • Alice and Yoriko from Arachnid. Yoriko bullied Alice for fun at the beginning and Alice almost killed her in retaliation after receiving combat training. With all the evil assassins lurking about, though, Yoriko needs protection and Alice needs shelter and is desperate to have a friend, so the two wind up getting along. Some weeks later, Yoriko even says that if they learned to care for each other despite their flaws and lies, then they are good friends, indeed. It's to be seen if their friendship will be able to endure Yoriko actually being the Real Big Bad Boss of the Oraganization...
  • Osomatsu-san:
    • While most of the Matsuno brothers are dysfunctional and antagonistic, Karamatsu (second oldest) and Jyushimatsu (second youngest) have a more traditionally fraternal relationship. One stinger features them singing a self-composed song together and when Todomatsu uses verbal impact arrows on the entire group, Kara can be seen pulling arrows out of a K.Oed Jyu.
    • "ESP Kitty" reveals that Jyushimatsu and Ichimatsu also get along surprisingly well, with Jyu attempting to help Ichimatsu get over his inability to make friends by finding a way for him to communicate with a cat.
  • Hanayamata: Hana and Naru look like this to outsiders, what with the former being ridiculously cheerful and outgoing, while the latter is initially possessed of an almost paralyzing case of shyness. Turns out that they have more in common than either first realized, as revealed in their conversation during the second episode.
  • Takeo from My Love Story!! is a tall, gonk looking boy who is a Friend to All Living Things while Suna is an unemotional bishonen Chick Magnet. They've been best friends for years.

    Comic Books 
  • In Polish comic Tytus, Romek i A'tomek, we have two of the main characters, Romek & A'Tomek. The first is a tall, handsome jerkass and a Smug Snake, while the other is short, fat and nerdy. In every other reality Romek would be the bully who picks on A'tomek. Here not only they are very good friends but Romek has plenty of respect for A'Tomek's superior intellect and considers him the authority figure.
  • Of course, there's the iconic friendship of Batman and Superman. One would not expect the big blue boy scout who works with the law to consider the terrifying vigilante with issues his best friend, but there it is. Heck, Supes is even solar-powered, while most incarnations of the Bat have him refusing to operate in the daytime. Their methods, attitudes, and philosophies differ hugely. But that won't stop them from teaming up to curbstomp anyone stupid enough to come to Earth looking for a fight.
    • Their friendship was not portrayed as particularly unlikely and rocky during the Golden Age, Silver Age, and for much of the Bronze Age. It wasn't until the Crisis on Infinite Earths Continuity Reboot (and especially post-Dark Knight) that suddenly the idea of them being friends was considered odd.
    • And yet it also makes sense- both are alienated from humanity in a way. Superman due to his powers and alien heritage, and Batman because... well, he's Batman. Theirs is a friendship founded on mutual respect, trust, and admiration, even if they don't always see eye-to-eye. In what may well be a moment of heartwarming, both of them hope and assume that, should they die, the other one will be there. Both of them are hardline adherents to the "no-kill rule", and they both lost their (biological) parents at a young age. And despite the fact they have very different respective outlooks on life, they both have a strong sense of right and wrong. And while this leans a little into pragmatism, some stories have established that Batman carries around Kryptonite on his person at all times just in case Superman goes rogue, and that Clark is fully aware of this and trusts Bruce to subdue him if necessary.
  • This was the trope for Iron Man and Captain America. Later, it got deconstructed: Their differences eventually became too difficult to overcome, and after events like Civil War and Time Runs Out, which had Tony acting less than heroic in both stories, their relationship eventually soured to the point where they had a fight to the death. A billionaire engineer who has no problem with doing the end-justifies-the-means tactics will have a hard times being friends with someone who sees things in black and white and is considered by some to be a saint, especially when they spend most of their relationship going from loving each other dearly to fighting.
  • Cable, a messiah wannabe/Time Travel/Shell-Shocked Veteran, and Deadpool, a Bunny Ears Assassin/ Deadpan Snarker/ enemy of the fourth wall.
  • From Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl, we have one of the most extreme cases of Intergenerational Friendship: Lenore, an imaginative, Chaotic Stupid, 10 years old, dead girl and Ragamuffin, a deadpan, level-headed, magnificent vampire, trapped in a cotton doll.
  • Wolverine and everybody:
    • Nightcrawler is a particularly prominent example. In the Claremont run where both characters first appeared, they were together almost all the time. Nightcrawler is one of the few people Wolverine has said a genuine "I love you" to, possibly the only man.
    • There is also a tendency for him to be paired up with teenaged girl side-kicks. The general idea is to play a gruff, outsider gets hit with fatherly instinct sort of angle, but he does it over and over again! Specifically he has formed a duo with Kitty Pride, Jubilee, and a young Rogue (in the movies). Later on, he's mentored X-23, his female clone (ok, so perhaps that friendship is not-so odd).
  • Archie Comics: Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. Their friendship goes against the very logic that governs every aspect of the universe, and yet...
  • Victor Von Piro and Frank Einstein Jr. from Mini Monsters. They're exactly Polar Opposites, and they're always arguing and criticizing the other's behaviors — but they can't live without each other. In short, they are a male and monster version of Betty and Veronica but without the Love Triangle.
  • In Watchmen, Rorschach is a broke, insane, psychopathic vigilante, the only one operating after the Keene Act has passed. His best friend Dan Dreiberg, the Nite Owl II, retired after the Keene Act and kind of half became the mask to Rich Idiot with No Day Job. He's friendly to the point of being a doormat (look at when he invites Laurie to stay with him and she keeps talking over him.) Even in appearance they are opposites, Dan being tall, plump, brown-haired, and when he takes his glasses off, handsome, whereas Rorschach is incredibly short, skinny, red-haired, and is "fascinatingly ugly".
  • The short lived (2 issue) team-up of Spider-Man and Loki went a lot like this. Loki wants to save one of his mortal offspring from the Chaos Sorceress possessing her. Spider-Man wants to save the world from that sorceress (and get her to stop hitting on him). They work together. Awesomeness ensues. On Loki's end, complaining that Spider-Man isn't giving him enough respect as a god and wondering why mortals are all so weird. On Spider-Man's, wondering what working with a mostly-evil guy like Loki means and buying chili dogs to share with Loki.
    • Plus, at the end, Loki decided he owed Spidey one, and gave him a sort of talisman that he can cash in for that favor. Even though the arc is never brought up (again, it was only 2 issues) fans are hoping it could be a possible Chekhov's Gun to undo One More Day or something. Only time will tell.
  • Prior to the accident that forced them together forever, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm, near perfect personifications of the Hollywood Nerd and (seemingly) Dumb Jock, yet were the absolute best friends ever. Reed never missed one of Ben's football games, and Ben gave Reed the championship winning game ball, despite Reed not knowing the significance. Reed kept the ball forever.
  • Depending on the Writer, The Penguin and The Joker have this type of relationship, as well as Penguin and the Mad Hatter or Penguin and the Riddler. In Death of the Family, in a twisted way, this is how Joker sees his relationship with the other Bat-Villains, like Penguin and Riddler and Batman.
  • Plastic Man and Batman are somehow rather close friends despite Batman's usual distrust towards reformed criminals and usual lack of humor and Plastic Man's status as The Atoner (though at first he was Only in It for the Money) and goofy personality.
  • In Sex Criminals, in middle-school Suzie was a 'good girl' and Rachel was a 'dirty girl', with Rachel even disparagingly calling Suzie "slut" on at least one occasion. Sixteen years later, they're roommates.
  • In Raymond Briggs' The Man, a young boy forms an unusual friendship with a tiny (and bossy and demanding) man.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: Peter Quill is a former intergalactic super-hero / swashbuckling adventurer-turned-Broken Ace, while Rocket Raccoon is... well, he's a raccoon. Also applies to Peter Quill and Jack Flag, who's a street-level superhero from Arizona who "doesn't do cosmic stuff", meaning he's about as different from Quill as it's possible to get. Also also applies with Rocket Raccoon and Groot, who is a walking tree from Planet X, where he claims to be a king.
  • Jan, Jans en de Kinderen: The family dog and cats have an Inter Species Friendship.
  • In the Batman comics, Cute But Psycho Genki Girl Harley Quinn was friends with Arnold Wesker (Ventriloquist I), an Extreme Doormat who gets manipulated by a hand puppet (Depending on the Writer). This stems mainly from the fact that the first time Harley was put in Arkham Asylum, Wesker was the only inmate who treated her nicely, using his puppets to try and cheer her up. After Wesker was killed, the second Ventriloquist (Peyton Riley) tried to recruit Harley for a job, but she declined out of respect for her friend.
  • Transformers: More than Meets the Eye: Dorky, nerdy, fish-out-of-water Nautica and the truly insane Mad Scientist Brainstorm bond over SCIENCE.
    • Whirl and Cyclonus spend most of the earlier issues cheerfully attempting to contrive each others' deaths. They bond while fighting Legislators in the "Remain in Light" arc, regularly fight side-by-side from there, and by the later parts of the second "season", Cyclonus actively seeks out Whirl for relationship advice, of all things.
  • Morbius the Living Vampire is a morose, reserved, serious doctor/scientist from Greece. He's described as looking like the back-end of a bulldog, and it wouldn't be much of a stretch to say his life goal is "cure all diseases on planet earth". Werewolf by Night is a leather-clad, motorcycle-riding ladies' man from California who loves alcohol. He's handsome to the point of being a Chick Magnet, and his fantasies involve surfing and "a couple thousand beach babes". There's also about 20 years between them. The two started out as doctor and patient, and over the years grow to be best friends.

    Fan Works 
  • The plots of Mass Effect fanfics Tomorrow's Dawn and For Tomorrow We Die stem from a friendship that develops between quarian Tali'Zorah and Legion, a physical representative of an AI hive mind that nearly wiped out Tali's people.
  • The author's notes for chapter 9 of Bait and Switch (STO) actually said this of supporting characters Admiral Amnell Kree and her flag captain Bronok Zell. The former is a hard-bitten, no-nonsense Dominion War veteran, whereas the latter is a Cardassian immigrant who takes very little completely seriously. The funny thing is, she requested him.
  • City Of Chains, a Dragon Age II Play By Post, offers us Ithilian, a Blood Knight Dalish elf who hates humans, and Amalia, a human agent of the Qunari raised to believe that other societies are fundamentally corrupt and backwards. It works about as well as you'd think at first, but they get over it, and the result is consistent badassery.
    • The same story also includes Rilien, a Tranquil, and his friendships with silly rogue Ashton and flighty, emotional Sparrow.
  • The friendship between Navarone and Celestia in Diaries of a Madman is very strange. Not just due to the differences in social standing (an average Deadpan Snarker human and pony princess respectively), but due to the way their goals end up conflicting and his tendency to end up as her pawn, even the definition of friendship you'd use for all this would be unusual.
  • Despair's Last Resort has two of these. Chiyo Ueda, a polite and refined girl who can speak to the dead, and Kumiko Akamine, a hyperactive gamer who makes webcomics, have been friends since they were kids. Then there's Shizuka Matsuki, a kind painter who wants to get along with everyone, and Kazumi Katsuya, a punk rock singer with an attitude.
  • Empath Smurf and Polaris Psyche in Empath: The Luckiest Smurf. The only things they have in common with each other is that they're both telepaths and they have both lived in Psychelia. Otherwise, Empath comes from a race that the Psyches see as "savage".
    • Empath and Grouchy, with Empath being emotionless in his early years and Grouchy just being a grouch.
    • And there's Grouchy with the more personable and talkative Tapper, as well as Grouchy and Duncan McSmurf.
  • Evangelion 303: Asuka and Hikari are a combat unit. Asuka is abrassive, proud, hot-tempered, emotional and confrontational. Hikari is kind, tranquil, rational and understanding. Still they are two good friends and fight together.
  • HERZ: After twelve years Asuka and Hikari are still best friends although their personalities (Asuka is aggressive and pushing, Hikari calmer and more patient) and even their career choices (Asuka is an army commanding officer, Hikari a political analyst) are pretty different.
  • Mirror's Image: Luna and Amethyst, the last Queen of the Changelings were sort of friends, even though Amethyst threatened to turn Luna into a Changeling constantly (which given Luna's then lousy mood probably wouldn't have worked). When Amethyst confronts Celestia on a separate matter in a flashback, she takes a moment to call Celestia out on her mis-treatment of her sister.
  • Captain August Gallardi forms one with Eldar Farseer Maeteris in the Mass Effect/Warhammer 40,000 fic The Mission Stays The Same. Normally, they should hate each other, but they are the closest thing to normality they have once they arrive in the Mass Effect universe.
  • TD and Celestia's friendship (and eventual romance) in TD the Alicorn Princess. This being after Celestia accidentally traps him in Equestria, and after numerous instances of the two punching the other in the face.
  • In Transformers Meta, Grimlock and Bumblebee are this; despite being polar opposites in every sense of the word, the two are incredibly close friends.
  • In a Digimon fan fiction Zero 2 A Revision, having traits of odd friendships is apparently a genetic trait from the Kidos, best shown with Joe's father Joshua Kido, the stern and stoic father, and is also one of the Original Digidestined ended up having Demidevimon, the same troublemaker Digimon that harasses the Digidestined in the first season as his own partner. Gatomon, once working alongside him will never live this fact down.
  • True to canon, in some regards to Mako and Ryuko's friendship in Fragile Thread, however, until about the end of the story, as the former dies.
  • Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox has three examples to date:
    • Naruto and Shino. Naruto is a former member of the dreaded Kyuushingai, boisterous at times, and having something of a temper; Shino is much more reserved and has his trademark bug fixation. However, they bond over comic books.
    • Hinata and Sasuke. Ignoring the fact that their canon counterparts have had almost no direct interaction with each other, in this story their fathers are fierce business rivals, plus Hinata herself is Spoiled Sweet and Sasuke is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold on a good day. Despite this, Hinata's one of the few people Sasuke's actually pretty civil toward.
    • Suigetsu and Jugo, to a lesser extent. While their being friends makes sense since they're teammates in the original canon, Suigetsu's loud, hot-tempered, and an opportunist when it comes to making a quick buck; Jugo is polite, friendly, and much more even-tempered. It helps that both of them used to be in a gang together.
  • Fail Better: nobody seems to understand the friendship between Lucia and the Tighs, especially Ellen. She sometimes lampshades this by saying she has no idea either, sometimes shrugs it off, but it's mostly just for show as she knows very well why she stands by them (and vice versa).

    Film 
  • Marty and Doc in the Back to the Future trilogy. As close as a old scientist and a teenage Cool Loser can be. Perhaps Marty sees Doc as a grandpa?
  • Arthur and Iris in The Holiday.
  • The main characters in Delirious.
  • A French stage magician and a young Scottish girl in The Illusionist.
  • The angry goth-girl and stuffy businessman protagonists of My First Mister.
  • 12 to the Moon (notable for its appearance on MST3K) featured a friendship between a Holocaust survivor and the shame-ridden son of a Nazi. The two overcome their tension just in time to die together in a Heroic Sacrifice.
  • The Adventures of Milo and Otis is about a cat and a pug dog who become friends, and then get separated and spend most of the movie trying to be reunited.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
  • Gran Torinois about a growing relationship between a racist and bitter Korean war veteran and the young Hmong man who tried to steal his car. The Hmong kid goes from washing the man's car, to being allowed to use it on a date to receiving it after he dies protecting them from their vicious gangster cousin.
  • Bubble: Martha is about twenty years older than Kyle, but describes him as her "best friend." They seem to share nothing in common and exchange only banal smalltalk when they're together. They're just two lonely coworkers with no one else in their lives.
  • The Way Way Back: Duncan the introvert and Owen the extrovert (who also happens to be tens of years older than Duncan.)
  • Escape from Alcatraz: Morris and English. A white convict and escape artist and the jaded leader of the black gang in the 1960s Alcatraz prison quickly see eye to eye, becoming unlikely friends.
  • St. Vincent has a cantankerous, disheveled, alcoholic veteran, and a shy, scared kid in the midst of trying to deal with his parent's divorce.
  • Baloo and Bagheera in The Jungle Book (2016). Both appear to know each other from some earlier time but their personalities clash. Baloo is easy-going and charming while Bagheera is rule-abiding and reserved. Initially Bagheera disliked the bear, but he gradually warms up to Baloo when he sees that Baloo's affection for Mowgli is genuine.

    Literature 
  • Pride and Prejudice: dour, brooding Darcy and light-hearted Bingley, particularly in the Keira Knightley movie — whenever they're together, Darcy seems itching to punch Bingley in the face. The vibe in the novel, on the other hand...
  • Deconstructed in Emma: Rich, intelligent Spoiled Sweet Emma Woodhouse takes a liking to illegitimate, beautiful Dumb Blonde Harriet Smith and tries to bring her into high society and arrange a good marriage for her. By the end of the book, however, Emma comes to realize that the friendship has done neither of them any real good and that, despite her real affection for Harriet, all she's done is make the girl's life more difficult than it needed to be.
  • From Hell's Children: there's Precision, an evil alien bent on killing all humans whose best friend just happens to be a little human girl.
  • In Peter S. Beagle's "Professor Gottesman and the Indian Rhinoceros", a professor is friends with what he insists is a talking Indian Rhinoceros. It says it's a unicorn. Despite this difference of opinion and other differences, it's a quite close friendship.
  • Spenser and Hawk from Robert B Parker's stories. Spenser is a moral, honour-bound PI and Hawk is a semi-sociopath who makes his living as an enforcer and has no qualms at all about killing. Which is not to say they have nothing in common. Both are Sophisticated as Hell (though Hawk likes to pretend he's a dumb thug), and prefer to play by their own rules. Both clearly have the deepest respect for the other.
  • The Lord of the Rings:
    • Merry and the entire royal house of Rohan. Especially his close friendship with Éowyn.
    • Gimli and Legolas. Especially odd given that, up to that point, Dwarves and Elves weren't on the best of terms and their parents didn't get along in The Hobbit.note 
  • This is the entire plot of The Actor And The Housewife, pairing a Colin-Firth-esque British movie star and a Mormon housewife/mother of four/part-time screenwriter. People think their best friendship is entirely strange.
  • Clear and Present Danger: Representatives Alan Trent (a gay Democrat from Massachusetts) and Sam Fellows (a Mormon Republican from Arizona), both members of the House Select Intelligence Committee. Later in the series, the oddness of the friendship is explicitly commented upon.
  • Peter Pays Tribute has Maggy, a bubbly air-head, befriend a boy who has given up speaking.
  • In Horus Heresy, during the Shadow Crusade, Lorgar (a skilled orator and priest by upbringing, but mediocre fighter) and Angron (always full of Unstoppable Rage, but the best fighter of the Primarchs) strike a friendship despite the fact that each represents what the other hates.
  • Griboyedov (tall, thin, coldly contemptuous, outwardly stoic, brilliant poet and playwright) and Bulgarin (fat, easily excited, trashy writer and scandalous journalist) in The Death of the Vazir Mukhtar.
  • As the Black Legion is a tale of the brotherless becoming brothers, some are bound to happen:
    • Lheor and Khayon. The former is short-tempered, outspoken and insanely violent warrior form legion which despises magic, while the latter is an introspective and nostalgic sorcerer.
    • Gyre and Nefertari. One's a daemon, of the breed that feeds on Eldar, and the other's a Dark Eldar who must feed on pain of others. It helps that Gyre is explicitly forbidden to kill Nefertari and that Nefertari would gain no sustenance from killing Gyre.
    • Ugrivian and Nefertari. They come from races that hate each other with fierce passion, but those two become sparring partners, and later friends.
  • In Percy Jackson and the Olympians - Clarisse and Silena. One's the daughter of Ares, God of War. The other's the daughter of Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. Of course, in the original myths, Ares and Aphrodite were lovers; it's not clear if that makes it more or less odd ... maybe they bond over sharing half-siblings.
  • Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens. The respective representatives of Heaven and Hell on Earth, over the milennia they've become more attached to Earth and each other (not like that) than to their respective sides.
  • The Dresden Files: For those who don't know they're half-brothers, Harry and Thomas' friendship looks like this. It also gets the fun distinction of attracting serious worry from those same people, since Thomas is an incubus from a race of sociopathic Mind Rapers.
  • In A Harvest Of War we have Wild Rhona the Blood Knight and Ayan the Actual Pacifist.
  • In Animorphs, Cassie the down-to-earth, Technical Pacifist farm girl is best friends with Rachel, a shopping-obsessed beauty who develops more and more (Dark) Action Girl traits as the series progresses.
    • From the same series we have Ax, a stranded alien Straight Man who is nevertheless unintentionally hilarious, and his shorm (best friend) Tobias, an angsty human teenager accidentally stuck in the body of a red-tailed hawk (the two bonding as the "outsiders" of the otherwise human group). For added weirdness, Ax is technically Tobias' uncle as well.
    • There's also Jake, the serious and often guilt-laden leader with Marco, a Plucky Comic Relief guy who can also be quite serious and even ruthlessly strategic, but they're comparably milder. K.A. Applegate seems to like this trope, though.
  • Austin and Jeffery in Hollow Places. Jeffery is a charismatic prison guard who concerns himself with honor, believes strongly in karma, and prefers to focus on peoples' better aspects. Austin is a janitor who knows from experience that justice isn't a law of nature, has morals based on utilitarianism, and lacks the people skills to make most look past his scars and prosthetic arm.
  • In Honor Harrington Sphinxians and Treecats have an interspecies friendship for each other.
  • Sharpe spends most of his time struggling against evil aristocrat officers, but has a long-standing friendship with one upper-class officer, William Lawford. The two of them were captured together in India and Lawford taught Sharpe to read and write while they were rotting in Tippoo Sultan's dungeons.
  • Marasi and Wayne in The Alloy of Law. She's an academic, impoverished noble, logically minded, girly-girl, who's a good shot with a rifle, whilst he's a rough thief who operates on Insane Troll Logic and thoroughly dislikes guns.
  • Sherlock Holmes, the brilliant but eccentric detective and his best friend and partner in fighting crime, reasonable and grounded Dr. Watson.
  • Bertie Wooster and his Aunt Dahlia. It's especially odd in that Bertie is a gentle sort who can't stand the majority of his aunts, whereas Aunt Dahlia is brusque and inclined to exhibit Tough Love. The two double nicely as Vitriolic Best Buds.
  • A very big part of the Circle of Magic series, where four abandoned children find themselves having to live together. Everything from their personalities and backgrounds are different. Sandry is a Spoiled Sweet noble girl, Daja is a pragmatic trader, Tris is a mean bookworm, and Briar is a untrusting ex-street rat. Yet a combination of Sandry's determination to make friends with everyone, surviving multiple disasters and having their minds linked means they're as close as can be.
  • The Drowned Cities has Mahlia, a crippled victim of war, and Tool, a Half-Human Hybrid Super Soldier, who earn one another's respect while trying to rescue Mahlia's friend, Mouse, from the soldier boys of the United Patriot Front. By the end of the book it appears that Mahlia and Mouse's sergeant, Ocho, may also be heading this way.
  • Tahiri and Nen Yim develop this near the end of the New Jedi Order novels. The former is a snarky, spirited Action Girl wrestling with the lingering effects of Yuuzhan Vong experimentation and brainwashing; the latter is a reserved, driven scientific prodigy who was one of the ones responsible for said experimenting and brainwashing. They start off understandably hostile, but rather quickly develop a surprisingly strong rapport. The fact that Tahiri's Vong memories were adapted from Nen's in the first place undoubtedly helped, since it meant there was much in their subconsciousness that would have been the same.
  • The Infernal Devices.
    • Will and Jem. Will is a rude asshole and Jem is a kindhearted nice guy. They even look absolutely different: Jem is all white and silver and Will is all dark colors.
    • Will and Magnus, considering that Will doesn't really do friends and that, up until that point, Magnus hated Shadowhunters.
    • In The Clockwork Princess, Magnus and Henry seem to get along swimmingly. Magnus is the only person other than Charlotte to ever consider Henry brilliant and Henry introduced Magnus to glitter, his semi-infamous accessory from The Mortal Instruments series.
  • Schooled In Magic: Imaiqah, born into the merchant class, Alassa, born the princess of the kingdom, Emily, born on another world altogether, and the Gorgon, a non-human girl, end up as good friends through the course of the books which breaks all class barriers and social norms for the Nameless World.
  • Sixty Eight Rooms: Jack and Ruthie were described as being opposites.
  • Tales of Dunk and Egg by George R.R. Martin chronicles the oddest of friendships between Dunk, a former Street Urchin turned Knight Errant and his squire, Egg secretly Prince Aegon of the Targaryen Dynasty.
    • Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow in A Song of Ice and Fire. They have virtually nothing in common except a highborn upbringing in a castle but bond over their shared societal status as outsiders due to being a dwarf (Tyrion) and illegitimate child (Jon). However, where Tyrion is despised by everyone in his family except for his brother Jamie, Jon is loved by his father, half-siblings and uncle, but both are The Unfavorite to someone in their home (Jon to his sort-of stepmother and Tyrion to his father and sister). By the end of their time together, Jon calls Tyrion "friend" and Tyrion might be the only Lannnister to be genuinely called "friend" upon parting, especially by somebody from the Stark family.
  • In The Nexus Series: Rangan, a rich Neuroscience grad-student who's also a popular DJ, becomes fast friends with Bobby, a 12 year old boy with Autism. It helps that they are both running Nexus 5 and can communicate via emotions and thoughts through a shielding flaw in the prison they are both being held at.
  • In The Underland Chronicles, calling Vikus’ relationship with Ripred a "friendship" is a little strong, but the two do have more respect for each other than the other members of their species.
  • Half-Life has an unexpected example of friendship occurring across a Love Triangle. The mother of the conjoined protagonists gets herself impregnated by a stranger on a cross country bus trip in order to gift her lesbian lover Max with a baby. When Max rejects her she enters into a marriage of convenience with the father. When Max comes back into her life, she and the father become friends and business partners.
  • The Secret Garden: Mary's friendship with Dickon.
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince shows Draco Malfoy sharing his problems with Moaning Myrtle of all characters. Moaning Myrtle is the ghost of a muggle born and Draco usually hates them.
  • Fat Kid Rules The World has the extremely thin, ratty looking Curt and the 6'1, nearly 300 pound Troy. Curt is a popular local musician while Troy is awkward and bullied. They become friends and start a punk rock band together.
  • McAuslan has the Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough pair Lt.MacKenzie and Sgt. MacCaw. MacKenzie is a slender, intensely aristocratic young officer who is politically "somewhere to the right of Louis XIV". MacCaw is a welder turned union organizer from the Glasgow shipyards, and an ardent Communist. When the two can be kept from discussing politics (which they will do, loudly and sometimes bloodily) they make a splendid team, and between them they run the best platoon in the regiment.

    Live Action TV 
  • Seven of Nine and Naomi Wildman in Star Trek: Voyager.
    • We also have Seven and Captain Janeway, Tom Paris and Harry Kim, and the Doctor and ... well, everyone. You could also say Tom and Chakotay, but that was more like a cease-fire than an actual friendship for a long time.
    • Not to mention Neelix and Tuvok after the brain damage episode.
  • The grandmother of them all, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy from Star Trek: The Original Series. Kirk and Spock, especially, were... close. Very close. Close to the point where Kirk sacrificed his ship, his career, and almost his life to get Spock back. Is it a wonder these guys invented slash?
  • Londo Mollari and G'Kar in Babylon 5 are implied to have ultimately become this, in spite of personal and interspecies antagonism between Centauri and Narn; the series puts them through a lot together, and their storyline is probably even more fascinating than the main Myth Arc. This causes a major Prophecy Twist: Londo had a dream in Season 1 that G'Kar would choke him to death (the Centauri are stated to sometimes have accurate visions of their deaths), and assumes that it will be some sort of assassination; but it turns out that G'Kar was giving him a Mercy Kill to release Londo from his Drakh Keeper.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Spike and Joyce. The two shared several hot chocolate moments together and talked about Passions. No one really got it. (It seemed to be based on the fact that Joyce was the only one who didn't treat him like crap)
    Spike: I liked the lady. Always had a cuppa for me.
    • Spike and Dawn as well. Buffy's family seem to be the only people Spike actually likes and hasn't attempted to harm. In addition to Spike and Joyce's aforementioned warm conversations, they were both were addicted to soap operas.
    • Andrew and Dawn seem to have gotten to this point by the end of the show, though they might have bonded over the shared position of The Smart Guy/The Chick. To the point where when the First tries to get Andrew to kill the Potentials, it repeatedly assures him that this will not include hurting Dawn.
    • Xander with Dracula in the comics. Xander even taught him how to motorbike.
  • To a certain extent, Maj. Winchester and Cpl. Klinger on M*A*S*H. (Although it was more of an "understanding" than an actual friendship.)
    • Klinger and Margaret also develop something of an understanding-bordering-on-friendship late in the series.
    • The Chivalrous Pervert Pierce and the Happily Married Hunnicutt.
      • The thoroughly unmilitary Pierce also develops a relationship similar to the one between Winchester and Klinger with the Army brat Margaret.
  • Burn Notice: Sam and Fiona - a retired Navy SEAL and a former IRA bombmaker. It's pretty clear in the earlier seasons that they'd probably have shot each other if not for their shared affection and respect for Michael.
  • Blair and Jo on The Facts of Life began as an anvilicious riff on Class Warfare and turned into a surprisingly subtle tale of people overcoming differences and becoming best friends in the process.
  • Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt had during the first season finale, a bond formed between the former Trophy Wife and Rich Bitch, Jacqueline and the resident Cool Old Lady and Cloud Cuckoolander, Lillian, who had previously stated to hate rich people. They end up in a roadtrip together and bond over their lack of knowledge of outside New York.
  • Sharon Cherski and Rayanne Graf in My So-Called Life.
    • Also, Brian Krakow and Rickie Vasquez.
  • Arya Stark and Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones. But this doesn't stop Arya from trying to get Tywin assassinated though and it doesn't stop Tywin from leaving Arya in the hands of Gregor Clegane when he leaves.
    • Ned Stark and Robert Baratheon, who are completely opposite in almost every way and yet best friends. Sadly, they're both dead by the end of Season 1.
    • Tyrion Lannister and Jon Snow at the beginning of Season 1. They seem to have nothing in common, except for each having highborn upbringings, but bond over their shared societal outsider positions (Tyrion being a dwarf and Jon being an illegitimate child). However, where Jon is loved by his father, half-siblings and uncle, Tyrion is despised by his family with the exception of his brother Jamie (who loves him) — but still, both feel like somewhat of an outsider in their own families as they are The Unfavorite to someone in their home (Jon to his father's wife and Tyrion to his father and sister). Tyrion says, "all dwarfs are bastards in the their father's eyes" and gives this advice to Jon: "wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you."
    • Later, Tyrion and his right-hand-man Bronn, a mercenary. Their relationship has been likened to a buddy comedy.
    • To a lesser extent Littlefinger and Varys, mostly due to being on the same intellectual level and the spectacular Passive-Aggressive Kombat that goes on between them. Perhaps subverted by the fact that Varys truly finds Littlefinger's ambition to be frightening and tries to warn everyone else about him (sadly, to no avail).
    • Later, Tyrion and Varys; firmly solidified by the Season 5 finale.
    • Jaime and Brienne, complete with Ship Tease and Unresolved Sexual Tension.
  • Quark and Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Also, Odo and Garak. And Garak and Bashir. And Bashir and O'Brien.
    • Bashir and O'Brien are probably the best example, as in the beginning of the show, O'Brien found Bashir annoying (well, everyone did, but the cranky engineer seemed most irritated by the over-enthusiastic young doctor). Over time, after being thrust into a few tense situations together, O'Brien developed a grudging admiration for Bashir, which solidified into friendship over their shared love of reenacting famous battles in the Holosuite. By the end of the show, they were best buds and nigh-inseparable.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise had the quiet, stoic Malcolm Reed and the talkative, personable Trip Tucker, frequent verbal sparring partners who went on to develop a strong friendship.
  • On The Nanny, Fran and Niles's friendship is a departure from most sitcoms where the Butler and the Nanny characters would normally be enemies.
  • Elliot and The Janitor in Scrubs. Sometimes it seems Janitor is only her friend just to piss J.D. off.
    • Although it is revealed that The Janitor has a crush on Elliot. He tried to propose to her once!
    • Not to mention The Janitor's "Brain Trust" buddies.
    • Also Drs. Kelso and Cox near the end of the show.
  • House and Wilson, anybody? They have nothing in common personality-wise, as one's generally empathic and just plain kind (Wilson), and the other is a sarcastic, narcissistic misanthrope. But all of Wilson's wives have been "damaged". He has a complex about rescuing people.
    • The main reason why they become friends is because they do not bore each other. House first noticed Wilson because Wilson was the only interesting thing at a medical conference they both attended (he ended up bailing Wilson out of jail).
    House, after Wilson has thrown a bottle through a stained-glass window during a funeral: ... still not boring.
  • In that same vein, how about Sherlock and John in the BBC series?
  • There are two of these in Stargate SG-1, both involving Colonel Jack O'Neill. First is O'Neill and Dr. Daniel Jackson, who he thinks little of initially but by the end of Season 1, they're on their way to being best friends. The other is O'Neill and Teal'c. Teal'c was actually The Dragon for SG-1's enemy and captured O'Neill and his team. Jack got through to him and got Teal'c to join their team. Jack has been Teal'c biggest ally and supporter ever since.
    • There's actually a third one - the odd, antagonistic yet strangely friendly relationship between Jack O'Neill and Harry Maybourne. Jack's an honorable, courageous USAF officer (albeit with a very shadowy past), and Harry is a convicted traitor and every bit the weasel that that implies. Jack bailed Harry out of jail, and repeatedly let him go when he could have easily dumped him back into prison, no matter how much he annoyed him. Albeit, Harry proved himself quite useful on several occasions, but still, Jack got him his own planet in the end.
    • Also the friendship between Vala and Teal'c, who get remarkably close even though he's an honorable, stoic warrior and she's a volatile, unprincipled thief. In one of her early episodes, she even gets him to bump hips with her after scoring a goal in basketball.
  • In Stargate Atlantis, McKay and Beckett. McKay and anyone who would consider him a friend, really, the man is not easy to get along with.
    • Also, Ronon and McKay.. At least they are somewhat friends.. They seem to get along well for being opposites.
      • Might as well point out McKay/Sheppard. They spend an unusual amount of free time together despite the military-vs-scientist divide. They played that game-that-wasn't-really-a-game, they race RC cars down hallways in isolated parts of the city, and Sheppard was the only person McKay told that he intended to propose to Katie Brown.
      • Don't forget in "The Shrine" when McKay wakes up terrified of completely forgetting himself and immediately runs to find Sheppard.
  • Stargate Universe: Greer is a stoic soldier with a deadpanned humor, Eli is an excitable Geek a little too uncertain in himself. Greer sincerely respects him and offers him advice regarding his love life.
    • In fact, Eli is one of the few civilians Greer does sincerely respect.
  • On The Office (US), Pam has Odd Friendships with Michael, Angela, and Dwight (even when he's not concussed), though all three friendships are off-again, on-again.
  • Pullo and Vorenus on Rome.
  • Dan and Blair in Gossip Girl as of season 4.
    • Nate and Chuck. In the books they're not friends, but on the show they started out as Heterosexual Life-Partners. Nate is a sweet, gentle borderline goody-two-shoes who at the start of the show has had a steady girlfriend since kindergarten. Chuck is a depraved, ruthless, manipulative bastard who sleeps with everything that enters his line of sight and tries to rape people on occasion (though oddly since the show started Nate has been the one jumping from girl to girl while Chuck has been consumed with Blair). Or as Gossip Girl herself puts it, they're a white knight and a dark prince.
  • Sheldon and Penny in The Big Bang Theory, or even Penny and anyone else in the group.
    • Sheldon and Raj and Howard, too. He's such a Jerk Ass to everybody.
  • Dean Winchester and Castiel on Supernatural. You wouldn't think a very agnostic hunter and an obedient angel would get along very well, but they've developed an interesting relationship—one that has caused Castiel to doubt his angelic orders and duties.
    • Their friendship has actually escalated to the point where Castiel turns his back on Heaven after Dean pretty much begs him to help him and even stays behind to hold off an Archangel and possibly a few more of his brothers so they won't go after Dean.
    • Although, Cas has a few shades of Woman Scorned, particularly when Dean tries to say yes to Michael. Castiel takes it as a grievous insult, and well... it wasn't pretty.
  • Eliot Spencer and Alec Hardison on Leverage. Eliot is the grouchy badass, while Hardison is the hyper tech genius. They spend much of the first few episodes hating each other, but end up with a grudging friendship.
  • Similarly, Angel characters Wesley Wyndam-Pryce (the strait-laced, stuck-up bookish Brit) and Charles Gunn (the street-smart, snarky, badass former gang member) form a very tight bond, despite later fighting over a girl.
  • Skins. For goodness' sake, Skins. Particularly in the second generation. JJ, Cook and Freddie seem to have nothing in common, but they're still friends. Also Effy and Pandora become friends in Season 1 despite having very different personalities. Pandora is The Ingenue and Effy Emotionless Girl.
    • Even more so in Gen 3 with Heterosexual Life-Partners metal-head Rich and plucky comic relief Alo. They - along with loner Franky - befriend Pollyannish Grace and, eventually, the rest of the Girl Posse. In the final episode, Mini even goes as far as to call herself Franky's best friend and has grown to deeply care about the girl who she once taunted and picked on.
  • Damon and Alaric from The Vampire Diaries. They're now best friends/drinking buddies. This despite the fact that Damon turned Alaric's wife. And slept with her. And taunted him about both facts. And killed him. Twice.
    • Damon and Bonnie as of season 6 have become relatively closer based on the fact that they spent 4 months alone together in a 1984 dimension-like-prison. The turning point actually starts to take shape more when Damon gets back from the prison after Bonnie sacrificed herself again, leaving him to work his ass off getting her back.
    • Matt and Tyler are best friends, despite being polar opposites.
    • But they have had their problems like Matt's mom macking on Tyler. Or getting interested in the same girl later.
  • Harper and Alex from Wizards of Waverly Place. Again Harper is The Ingenue, while Alex is a darker character. Yet, they're best friends.
  • Brennan and Angela on Bones. Brennan is an Insufferable Genius and Angela is The Heart.
    • Booth and Brennan, total opposites of each other, yet close friends.
  • The entire cast of Glee with each other. Any two characters could easily qualify, but none so much as Artie and Puck (although as Puck's actor likes to point out Puck+Artie=Partie!).
    • Actually, Santana and Brittany could give Artie and Puck a run for their money. Santana is basically the meanest, most manipulative person in Glee Club. Brittany is naive, sweet, and dumber than a jar of mayonnaise. The two of them were virtually inseparable during the course of season 1.
  • Murdock and Face on The A-Team. The insane, delusional, wise-cracking pilot and the suave, handsome, unrepentant Con Man probably shouldn't be best friends, but they are. Then again, they're both chameleon-like tricksters during scams. In fact, of the whole team, they're probably the most alike. You just can't tell at first glance.
    • B.A. and Murdock as well. Murdock's the Ace Pilot in the team; B.A.'s afraid of flying. And that's just the start of their differences. At the end of the day, however, each has the other's back without reservation.
  • Keen Eddie: Deceptively scruffy American detective, Eddie Arlette, is deep, noble, sensitive, protective, brave, uptight, a hopeless romantic, and honest, while his foppish partner, British inspector Monty Pippin, is shallow, selfish, callous, immature, craven, laid-back, hedonistic, and a compulsive liar. Despite this, the two are fast friends and generally get along swimmingly.
  • Pilot and Aeryn from Farscape. One's a Starfish Alien symbiotic pilot to a living ship, the other is a former soldier from a military dictatorship. Both bond over their shared desire to be something more than they used to be. The episode "The Way We Weren't" deals with the (temporary) breakdown of their friendship when it is revealed that Aeryn was a member of the firing squad that killed the previous Pilot of Moya
    • From the same show we have Rygel and Zhaan. One is a deposed leader of an interstellar empire who seems to have been something of The Caligula when he was Dominar, the other is a former revolutionary who was jailed for killing her lover who became a priest while in prison. Rygel is easily the most selfish member of the crew, while Zhaan is probably the most selfless. However, Zhaan is the member of Moya's crew who seems to see the good in Rygel the most, and despite his protestations Rygel is obviously quite affectionate towards the "big blue bitch"
    • Rygel and Chiana have elements of this as well, bonding over their shared sneakiness, although Chiana is easily irritated with Rygel.
    • Finally, there's Chiana and John. Their relationship is about 10% UST (Chiana is mostly more interested in getting John together with Aeryn rather than trying for him herself, although she did take his virginity when the crew traveled back in time to 1985 Earth) and about 90% a sort of surrogate Big Brother/Little Sister relationship (with John subbing in for Chiana's actual big brother).
    • Even John and D'Argo have strains of this. On the one hand, you have Proud Warrior Race Guy D'Argo, and the other is scientist Crichton. Even if Crichton is a Genius Bruiser and more than capable of holding his own in a fight, it's odd to think of them as having much to connect over. In fact D'Argo clearly thinks very little of him for most of the first season, but as the series progresses he begins to earn D'Argo's respect, and from about season two on their relationship has grown so close that they essentially have become brothers. It's really telling that of all his shipmates, D'Argo refers to John by his first name more than anyone else (except perhaps Zhaan). Even more than Aeryn does.
    • And once again speaking of Aeryn, it's hard to imagine she and John becoming friends, much less falling in love with one another.
    • Really, it'd be easier to pick a pair of people in the main cast who aren't odd friends. Considering they're (mostly) escaped convicts who started out having nothing in common save for the fact they're all on the run from Peacekeepers, it's not suprising their personalities don't mesh.
  • The Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode "Cuba Libre" features two villains in an odd friendship. One is an elderly, white, Ambiguously Jewish, multimillionaire businessman. The other is a middle-aged, black, Malcolm Xerox drug kingpin. They commit crimes. Ironically, the trait that cements their friendship (which at times seems to verge on Undying Loyalty) is actually their paranoia: each believes with all his heart that the world is out to get him, and this brings them together. Unfortunately for them, the drug kingpin did not share the full extent of his Evil Plan with his friend, which allows the police to play on his paranoia to drive a wedge between them.
  • Fraser and either Ray on Due South.
  • Merlin:
    • Merlin and Arthur have a lot of differences, yet have become friends.
    • Morgana and Gwen, too, at least at first. Especially interesting since Morgana, as a noble lady and the king's ward, could reasonably be expected to distance herself from commoners. Instead, she and Gwen are best friends.
    • Merlin and the various knights also count, since they generally have very little in common but all seem to like him quite well.
  • Jen with Moss or Roy in The IT Crowd. They're both anti-social computer geeks, and while she isn't normal, she's considerably more social, and doesn't know the first thing about computers. Case in point - she doesn't know what IT stands for.
  • White Collar: Neal Caffrey and Peter Burke, to a truly adorable degree.
    • Mozzie - conspiracy theorist and unrepentant con artist - with both of the Burkes, especially Elizabeth.
  • Daryl and Carol on The Walking Dead. Violent Hick and Shrinking Violet? Pretty Odd. Though I think many other friendships in the show may fit this trope as well.
  • The five main characters on How I Met Your Mother are all so different that pretty much every permutation of the gang is this trope or its romantic equivalent (in fact, while Ted and Robin have a very happy Odd Friendship, their romance didn't last precisely because they were so different). The only exception is Ted and Marshall, who are very alike, particularly in the earlier seasons, with the exception of their chronically different relationship statuses, but even they started out as this trope when they were roommates in college (Marshall being an obnoxious slacker and Ted a pretentious hipster) who bonded while trapped in a stalled car during a blizzard.
  • The friendships that Nick has with certain wesen like Monroe and Rosalee in Grimm are seen as outright strange, especially since Nick is a Grimm, whose ancestors are something of a boogeyman to wesen, and has mercilessly hunted and killed many of them. In fact, several wesen don't like this friendship since it jeopardizes the status quo, including beating up Monroe and warning him that a Reaper would come after all of them.
    • Inverted/averted in the case of Hank and his best friend who happened to be a Coyotl. While the former didn't realize (at first) the nature of their friendship, the latter never saw anything odd with being best friends with a human, including naming him the godfather for his daughter.
  • Community: Despite his extreme racism towards pretty much everyone, a lot of Pierce's best friends (if you can call them that) are minorities.
    • Then there's Troy and Abed, who by all accounts shouldn't be friends as one was a charismatic, self-absorbed football star and one was a socially inept and often put-upon nerd, respectively. Their close friendship (implied to be the first real friendship either of them had) became one of the cornerstones of the show.
  • Subverted on Boy Meets World: for the couple of seasons (and, via flashbacks, several years before that), Cory doesn't seem to quite understand that his friendship with Shawn would be considered odd due to their wildly different socioeconomic statuses, home lives, and level of Street Smarts, and simply sees Shawn as his cooler best friend. Shawn, on the other hand, is painfully aware but is too proud to talk about it. During late season 2, Cory begins to realize, via Shawn's troubles (which are completely alien to him) intersecting with his own life, the full implications of how different backgrounds can shape people's lives in ways different from his own experience and that his high-minded ideas about fairness and equality aren't universally accepted in real life.
  • Set in the more than somewhat racist 1920's, Boardwalk Empire has the hot-headed Italian, Lucky Luciano, and the even-tempered and Jewish Meyer Lansky. When dealing with other Italian gangsters, Luciano's friendship with Meyer is often called into question, but at the end of the day, they're partners and friends (with a bit of Ho Yay). Truthin Television.
  • Chuck:
    • It's hard to imagine Casey forging a friendship with anyone, and he's certainly openly disdainful of Chuck for almost all of the first season and well into season 2. However by the time season 3 rolls around, it's shown quite clearly that Casey has become part of the family and is willing to acknowledge Chuck as a friend.
    • Many characters also try to establish that the idea that Sarah could not only genuinely befriend but even fall in love with Chuck is ridiculous. They do both come from fairly bizarre family lives, but Chuck is very much an every-guy, while Sarah is an Action Girl top spy. Ironically, it's in part that each provides the other a bit of wish-fulfillment that leads to them not only forming a genuine friendship, but also drives their romantic relationship.
    • Ellie and Morgan: Morgan drives her crazy with his unrequited (and very obvious) crush. They ultimately bond over Chuck's increasingly being unavailable for them because of his "relationship" with Sarah (neither knowing that it he's actually involved in spywork).
    • Devon is this for almost everyone in the cast. He gets along with almost everyone, and even if they don't hang out, at least shows great consideration for even Jeff and Lester.
  • Xena and Gabrielle on Xena: Warrior Princess, also both of them and Joxer. After the fourth season, however, Gabrielle becomes much more like Xena.
  • From Orange Is the New Black, Sophia Burset (a transgendered inmate) and Sister Ingalls (an ex-nun), what started as a way for Sohpia to get her medication became one of the show's best examples of this trope.
    • Rosa strikes up a friendship with a teenager in the episode "A Whole Other Hole."
    • Season 3 sees lesbian Boo and born again Christian Pensatuckey develop an odd rapport.
  • One Tree Hill: The most notable example is the nerdy Mouth's friendship with the popular crowd, in particular his friendship with Brooke Davis.
  • Developing this trope was the entire point of Beauty and the Geek. This occasionally worked better than expected.
  • Oliver Queen and Barry Allen. Oliver is a PTSD-ridden former playboy... also former serial killer. Barry's a goofy smiley kid. This despite the fact that they're about the same age. Oliver acts as a mentor to Barry, Barry as the idealistic Morality Pet to Oliver.
    • Furthermore, there is a layer of irony. In the comics, both of them are good friends with Hal Jordan, but the two don't get along very well (Barry sees Oliver as a bad influence on Hal and Oliver doesn't like Barry cause he is with the police.)
    • Legendsof Tomorrow has Dr. Stein (Older gentleman, married for years, professor nuclear physics) and Jax (High school graduate, ex football prospect, car mechanic). Together they form Firestorm, so it's in their best interests to tolerate each other. However they do genuinely like each other, and both go out of their way to help and protect the other. In fact, Stein and Jax have risked their lives to save the other for reasons besides Firestorm, and Stein has tried at least once to play Wingman to Jax.
    • Dr. Stein also ended up forming a companionship with Heatwave/Mick Rory (Pyromaniac thief). It's not as present, but Rory takes it personally when they disagree. Captain Cold (master thief, deadpan snarker) ends up growing fond of Jax and Ray Palmer (Boyscout and Scientist).
  • Max And Shred: The title pair. A popular snowboarder and an unpopular nerd.
  • All in the Family: Archie Bunker, an outspoken bigot, and Lionel, young ambitious African American.
  • Psych: Juliet - oftentimes the Only Sane Man, younger, friendly, enthusiastic - and Lassiter, the older detective that's always doubting Shawn despite the latter's near flawless record and is painfully socially awkward, difficult to get along with, and often just odd. Despite their differences, they work well together.
  • Lots of them in Night and Day, but especially Ryan Harper and Josh Alexander. The generally sociopathic Ryan has good reason to suspect that Josh may have killed Ryan's sister Jane during a blackout, and frequently torments him about it - to the extent of deliberately inducing another blackout in Josh and making him believe he's hurt Della Wells while he was out of it. Yet their friendship is surprisingly tender at times, with Josh frequently trying to bring out Ryan’s better nature. The oddness is cranked up a gear when Ryan saves Josh’s life via tracheotomy, and subsequently decides he ‘owns’ him – making him sing ‘I’d Do Anything’ from Oliver! to prove it. Josh later shows Ryan how to kiss a girl by offering his hand as a stand-in – and then by demonstrating his own kissing technique on the object of Ryan’s affections, Celeste.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • The real life arrogant, boisterous pro wrestling master Karl Gotch was close friends with the polite, ascetic Japanese judoka Masahiko Kimura. Fortunately they never fought a match or two, because the earth would have trembled during its course.
  • One of the most popular tag teams in WWF/WWE history was the Rock 'n' Sock Connection which consisted of The Rock and Mick "Mankind" Foley. The former was a hip, electrifying, good looking young man with a bit of a bullying streak. The latter was an overweight, scraggly dork who took every opportunity to look "uncool" as possible (to the point of using a dirty sock as a puppet named Socko, hence the "Sock" part of the team name). Despite their very obvious differences (which included a very, VERY vicious feud earlier in the year), their chemistry as both a tag team and a comedy duo was undeniable and led to THE most highly rated segment in WWE Raw history. The Rock originally had a tolerable disdain but grew to respect and like Mick as time went on. Though the actual team-up was relatively short-lived, the two have since become kayfabe best friends. In fact, the first time the Rock returned to the ring after his semi-retirement in 2003 was to come to the aid of Mick against Evolution.
  • The friendship between WCW Professional Wrestlers Sting and Lex Luger was often portrayed this way, as Sting was a Face and Luger was (more often than not) a Heel.
  • The stoic, soft spoken, respectful, always serious "World Warrior" Low Ki and the loud, vicious, obnoxious and fun loving "Notorious 187" Homicide are the best of buds. This may stem from Homicide being one of Low Ki's trainers but that begs the question of just how Low Ki turned out the way he did, as most of Homicide's other students are much more in line with his personality, with the exception of Rycklon, and none are as close to him as Ki.
    • Also, "Kaval", who was essentially Low Ki in all but name and his NXT mentors LayCool, a pair of mean spirited, shallow, self absorbed airheads. They didn't treat Kaval with much respect but that's just how they are, they did genuinely like him and he reciprocated. A lot of fans don't like that Kaval and Laycool were paired up but the man himself enjoyed working with them (even if he didn't like being on NXT).
  • The team of Booker T and Goldust (also known as "BookDust") was this in spades throughout 2002 to 2003, with Booker as a brash, short-tempered, and cocky heel, and Goldust as a perverse, bizarre, and persuasive face. Upon meeting for the first time, Booker couldn't stand being near Goldust, but the duo eventually clicked once Booker begun his feud with the nWo. After some initial skepticism, Booker eventually warmed up to Goldust, and both of them were featured in many comedic backstage segments where they both dressed up in silly outfits or parodied other wrestlers. The team broke up after losing a match with that as a stipulation, but from time-to-time (depending on if Goldust is with WWE or not) there's usually one segment that reminisces about the tag team whenever Booker and Goldust are in the same room or in the ring at the same time.
  • Chikara's ACCC, a tag team made up of an anarchist and a rich foreign banker swelling with national pride. They were the foundation for The Kings Of Wrestling, formed when they met up with he of the messianic delusions Chris Hero.
  • Progress Wrestling has Pastor William Eaver and Chuck Mambo, as Eaver is a serious priest and Mumbo is a smiling surfer dude. They’ve proven to be a successful and popular tag team though, known as Sweet Jesus.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Despite having very different outlooks on the world and portfolios, the gods Lathander the Morninglord and Kelemvor the Judge of the Damned in Forgotten Realms maintain an alliance with one another based on their mutual hatred of necromancy and the undead.

    Video Games 
  • Career driven Uzuki Yashiro and laid back Koki Kariya in The World Ends with You.
  • Technical Pacifist Mega Man X and Zero. They are created by two rival scientists, Dr. Light and Dr. Wily, respectively, and add the fact that Zero is supposedly designed for the purpose of destroying X.
  • Gorath and Owyn from Betrayal at Krondor certainly qualify. A taciturn 260-ish dark elf clan chieftain and a bubbly 19-year-old human mage apprentice?
  • Ezio and Leonardo Da Vinci in Assassin's Creed II. At one point in the game Leonardo even gives Ezio a bro-hug.
  • Leon and Yuffie in the Kingdom Hearts series.
  • Shadow Hearts has a few including Koudelka, Edward and James; Anastasia and Joachim ; Yuri and Albert.
  • Dissidia: Final Fantasy has so many odd friendships, it requires a list onto itself.
  • In Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, Deekin makes friends with everyone. Even the tiefling scared of his Unstoppable Rage. Even the reformed Drow assassin. Everyone.
    • In Tales of Arterra, your entire party. Persey is a Succubus, Evanine is half-celestial and on the extreme-altruist end of Neutral Good besides, and Montador is an unexpectedly chivalrous Blood Knight. And yet they all end up the best of friends.
    • Most notably Bran and Rizzen, but also possibly Vico and the Princess, Rizzen and the Princess and Rizzen and Pia in A Dance with Rogues. For that matter, seeing as most of the group joins up to help out the Princess and most don't really like anyone else, the entire group counts.
  • Khelgar and Neeshka or Elanee in Neverwinter Nights 2, so long as you get his influence high enough to mitigate his Fantastic Racism.
    • Lawful!Knight-Captain and Neeshka; she has a tendency to grumble that she doesn't understand him/her at all yet still sticks her neck out for her boss on numerous occasions.
    • Chaotic!Knight-Captain and Safiya in Mask of the Betrayer, especially apparent whenever the Knight-Captain makes a silly remark.
  • Mission, the Cute Monster Girl Classy Cat-Burglar, and Zaalbar the proud Wookiee of Knights of the Old Republic. Also, the player character (basically a hired mercenary and is discovered to be a mind-wiped evil villain) with anybody, except maybe Canderous and HK-47.
  • Shepard of the Mass Effect series with pretty much anybody apart from Ashley and Kaidan (fellow Alliance Marines - work friends, basically) and maybe Jacob and Garrus. Mercenaries, an elderly asari, a near-sociopathic biotic, a deeply religious drell assassin, even a krogan clone.
    • Shepard and Liara isn't at all far-fetched. Pressly and Tali, on the other hand...
    • Shepard's friendship with Garrus alone isn't necessarily odd. However, given some of the tensions that still exist between humans and the turians, the closeness of it is. Garrus' unquestionable and unfailing loyalty to Shepard is one of his most notable character traits.
    • Joker and EDI, at least after EDI's blocks are removed and she takes over the Normandy. The two even get a Relationship Upgrade in the third game after EDI acquires a Fembot body.
    • Miranda and anyone, given her usual attitude towards friendship. Especially Jack when they reach Vitriolic Best Buds status in the Citadel DLC for 3, given that in the second game they come very close to killing each other at least once, possibly more often.
    • Tali and Legion as the latter comes from the race that nearly wiped out Tali's people 300 years earlier, and the former does show signs of still being bitter about that.
    • In the third game, Mordin and Wrex (if they're alive) get along surprisingly well, especially considering the fact that Mordin was responsible for upgrading the Genophage that drove the Krogans to near-extinction. At the end of the Tuchanka arc, if Mordin sacrifices himself to disperse the Genophage cure, Wrex suggests naming one of his and Eve's newborns after him (maybe a daughter).
    • Assuming they meet in the Citadel DLC, Javik and Zaeed become friends. The fact that Javik is a Precursor Galactic Conqueror minus an army who looks down on everyone, the idea he becomes friends with anyone is surprising.
    • Wrex and Garrus, given that the krogan relationship with turians has hovered somewhere around "simmering hostility" for a millennium and a half. Given that the krogan had reached the moons of the turian homeworld when the turians deployed the genophage, it's hardly surprising that both sides would cheerfully strangle each other, and yet:
      Wrex: Damn it, out of all of the turians out there, I had to make friends with one who thinks he's funny.
      Garrus: Well how do you think I feel? I'm supposed to hate you, but instead you warmed my heart with your winning personality.
      Wrex: I could throw a few salarians off a cliff if it'll make you feel better.
  • Ataru and Usagi from Mr. Driller; one is a human and the latter is an Alien bunny whose original mission was to invade earth, but then his ship crashed and Ataru saved his life.
  • Genis and Lloyd from Tales of Symphonia. The genius child prodigy and the village idiot, somehow being such good friends that when Lloyd is Banished, Genis demands to be exiled with him.
  • Estelle and Rita from Tales of Vesperia. A prim and proper book-smart princess with little worldly experience, and an aggressive mage who's big on getting stuff done on her own when no one can help.
  • In Baldur's Gate 2 CHARNAME can strike up a friendship with a surprisingly cordial beholder. It helps that said beholder is a Lawful Neutral Deadpan Snarker instead of an Ax-Crazy monster like most of his kin.
    • Minsc and Keldorn can also fall into this. Keldorn is a fifty-something father of two, and a Lawful Good paladin. Minsc is a Chaotic Good berserker with a Man Child streak a mile wide. However, they bond around a mutual appreciation of kicking evil up the arse.
  • Most characters from Dragon Age: Origins make pretty odd friends with at least one other party member.
    • Morrigan and just about anybody given her admitted "difficulties" with forming friendships. Especially evident with a more noble-minded male Warden who does not start her romance.
    • If both are recruited and survive to the end of the game, Wynne and Shale form one of these. They even travel to the Tevinter Imperium together to find a way to restore Shale to mortal form. They're apparently still friends during the events of Asunder until Wynne dies.
    • Sten is an odd one as well. Leliana seems genuinely curious about him and his people, and is able to call him a softy with little more reaction than a mild grumble; he enjoys her singing and surprisingly doesn't harass her about being a devout Andrastian, despite atheism being built into the Qunari language. Alistair also admits that Sten isn't as bad as he'd expect, and though the game doesn't show Sten thinking too highly of Alistair in return, Those Who Speak reveals he's warmed up enough to call him kadan. Sten and Ogren also engage in some friendly verbal sparring; bonus points to this one for the two of them being the tallest and shortest members of your party by a good margin.
    • Zevran was originally hired to kill the Warden. Naturally, this can result in a bit of tension, though to him it was all just business, Nothing Personal.
  • Just about any of the friendships between your allies in Dragon Age II. A possible odd friendship between the PC and one of his/her allies is a mage Hawke with the mage hating elf Fenris if you decide to pursue a friendship.
    • Aveline and Snarky!Hawke in particular have this type of friendship. Aveline is a highly disciplined former soldier and Guard Captain, who's professional at nearly all times, while Snarky!Hawke is an independently wealthy, part-time hero who's refuses to take anything seriously;
      Aveline: Not now, Hawke!
    • Aveline gets another relationship like this with Isabela. Aveline is Lawful Good, believes heavily in monogamy and becomes the chief of police in Act 1, Isabela is a pirate captain who Really Gets Around and isn't so much retired as temporarily devoid of a ship. After the first act being laden with friction, they even out at Vitriolic Best Buds, to the point where handing Isabela over to the qunari earns Rivalry points with Aveline.
    Isabela: And if I called you a mannish, awkward ball-crushing do-gooder, you'd say...
    Aveline: (warmly) Shut up, whore.
    Isabela: That's my girl.
    • Snarky!Hawke is also capable of forming an admittedly brief friendship with Flemeth, a nigh-immortal witch who predates the foundation of Ferelden and possibly that of the Chantry, mostly because she finds Hawke's sarcasm entertaining.
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition continues the trend of unexpected friendships.
    • Sera is loud, brash, and selfish. Blackwall is quiet, reserved, selfless. They end up bonding over their juvenile sense of humor and dislike of the aristocracy.
    • The harsh and dutiful Cassandra gets along surprisingly well the laid back and boisterous Iron Bull.
    • Cullen is a former Templar and Dorian is a nobleman from a country ruled by mages. The player can stumble on them playing chess together.
    • Combining the above two, Bull and Dorian. Dorian is a cultured, well-dressed mage. Bull is a perpetually shirtless warrior from a culture that cuts out its mages' tongues and chains them to posts. Additionally, their respective cultures have been at war for centuries. They can get so close they become lovers if the Inquisitor doesn't pursue one of them first.
  • Team Fortress 2:
    • The Medic and the Heavy are widely known as being closer than any of the other classes - mostly because of how well they work together in battle, and several in-game lines coming from the Heavy (offering to take bullets for the Medic with "Get behind me, doctor!", "You are great doctor!", "I love this doctor!"). One of them is a German doctor implied to hail from the Nazi era (although he's confirmed as not being involved with the party), exhibiting fairly Camp mannerisms, the other a Russian testosterone-poisoned Boisterous Bruiser who enjoys calling everyone and anyone "cowards" and "babies". How strong is the Heavy's fondness of the Medic? The Medic calls the Heavy a baby in the "Meet the Medic" video ''while pinching his cheek''. Not only does he survive, he actually comes out of it without a scratch.
    • The Pyro and the Engineer. Like Heavy and Medic, their personalities appear to be opposites, but they appear to be close friends in and out of battle. Pyro is a Cloudcuckoolander, and Engineer is a down-home Southern-Fried Genius who appears to be the Cloudcuckoolander's Minder. Even knowing the Pyro is, well, a Pyro Maniac, he still invites him to his house and reads him a Christmas story in one update comic.
  • Resident Evil gives us a villainous example with Albert Wesker and William Birkin. Wesker's a physically imposing badass who wears his Sunglasses at Night, and rarely emotes unless it's time for a scenery chewing speech. Birkin's a skinny Mad Scientist who panics easily and rarely stops talking. Wesker is likely asexual; Birkin is Happily Married and has a young daughter whom he honestly seems to care about. Wesker did Umbrella's wetwork before jumping ship; Birkin's their top researcher and almost never leaves the lab. Wesker is confident of his own superiority; Birkin's a paranoid who constantly needs to reinforce his ego. Yet despite all that (and their shared sociopathy), there is every indication that they maintained a genuine friendship, having been college buddies, coworkers, and Those Two Bad Guys prior to Wesker's defection and Birkin's subsequent mutation and death. As late as Wesker's Report, the typically unemotional Wesker expresses both extreme distaste for Birkin's killer, U.S.S. agent HUNK, and a continued respect for his former colleague's ability, which is unusual for him.
  • In the Soul Series, Tira is an Axe Crazy servant of Nightmare, while Pyrrha is Purity Personified, much like her mother, Sophitia. Not to mention the fact that Tira kidnapped Pyrrha when she was only a child after framing her for murder. Despite this, and despite the fact that Pyrrha at first refuses to actually work with Tira, she often considers her the only friend she has. Unfortunately, Tira only uses this to her advantage, and eventually convinces Pyrrha to become Soul Edge's next host.
  • If Mortal Kombat: Deadly Alliance is indication, Goro and Kitana are old friends, to the point that she attended his funeral at Kuatan Palace to mourn for him after he was slain by Noob Saibot sometime between 4 and DA.
  • Neil and Eva from To the Moon, though some people view them as more than "friends".
  • In The King of Fighters, Shen Woo is a Blood Knight while Duo Lon is a Princely Young Man. They're still as close as their clashing personalities and goals allow.
  • Street Fighter:
    • Dan and Sakura. Dan is the original Joke Character. Sakura is a young girl who, frankly, could kick Dan's face in without trying. Dan is under the delusion that he's Sakura's teacher. She seems to genuinely like him despite this and plays along with it. The two of them are also friends with Blanka, the green beast man.
    • Though it's only shown in her arcade ending in Ultra, Elena has the ability to make friends with anyone. Including Akuma, the biggest badass antagonist in the entire series!
  • In the Reverie DLC for Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, we have Gabriel and Laura. He's a gruff monster hunter who was tasked in the main game with slaying the titular Lords of Shadow, one of whom was Laura's vampire "mother" Carmilla. She's a vampire who, not long ago, was trying to kill him. Yet somehow over the course of Reverie, they form a sufficiently close friendship that, after Laura's death, Gabriel goes on to build a tomb for her in the castle, right next to the one housing his beloved wife.
  • In Life Is Strange, the main character Max is a quiet, dorky, and self-admitting hipster. One of the member of the Vortex Club, a social circle she despise, is Dana, a school-spirited, sociable, and as Max would say, "the perfect cheerleader archetype." Despite both being in different cliques, they are surprisingly very friendly towards each other, with Max admitting that she is very nice and friendly and Dana constantly inviting Max to many of the school's events.
  • Competent and suave Petra of Minecraft: Story Mode is easily the best fighter in town, yet she's not above befriending adorkable Jesse. Their friendship is initially very lopsided — with the latter being overenthusiastic while Petra is mostly just embarrassed by the attention — but by the time Assembly Required rolls around, it's become very obvious that Petra considers Jesse her closest friend.
  • In Warframe the Grineer and Corpus, the ruling powers of the Origin System, hate each other with an intense passion, to the point that the Steel Meridian and the Perrin Sequence are violently opposed, even though they're both trying to help the oppressed civilian populace. Against this background, the greatest bromance in the game is Darvo Bek, a rogue Corpus trader, and Clem, a Grineer clone with the 'flaw' of free will (and a limited vocabulary).

     Visual Novels 
  • Tsukihime: Arcueid and Ciel are described in canon as having a 'weird friendship.' One is a vampire. The other is a vampire killer. They also have a bit of a love triangle over poor Shiki, who only attracts the insane.
    • Melty Blood has the Back Alley Alliance, starting with Satsuki Yumizuka (normal girl who got turned into a vampire but won big in the Superpower Lottery by becoming a fast-adjusted Unskilled, but Strong Dead Apostle) and Sion Eltnam Atlasia (brilliant mage whose modus operendi is Awesomeness by Analysis and seeking a cure for vampirism, thanks to her own affliction from fighting the Night of Wallachia). Sometimes Len (Cute Mute cat dream familiar) hangs around. Actress Again brings in Riesbyfe Stridberg (Church Executor who fought the Night of Wallachia alongside Sion and died in that battle - the being that exists in the present day as Riesbyfe is a recreated copy) who is a very close friend of Sion (mages and the Church do not usually get along).
  • Kiyotaka Ishimaru and Mondo Oowada from Dangan Ronpa. One is a school hall monitor who values school discipline and students' morals above all else, the other is a delinquent who happens to be the leader of the largest motorcycle gang in all of Japan. Despite this, they become close friends due to their mutual passion of being Hot-Blooded. When he is revealed as the murderer in Chapter 2, Ishimaru refuses to believe that Oowada killed Chihiro, but then he is confronted with the truth and has a Heroic B.S.O.D. after that.
    • Seeing that Ishimaru sees Oowada as his Only Friend, this is justified: he was so focused on his school's morals and rules and encouraging them to studying hard, he never had any friends, even from his group of classmates, until Oowada came along. And when Oowada was executed, he felt like he lost his brother.
  • In Stardew Valley, Sam and Sebastian are very close despite being polar opposites: Sam is a an outgoing friendly guy who plays guitar and drums, while Sebastian is a basement-dwelling Emo Teen immersed in comic books and video-games.

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 
  • A number of Survival of the Fittest examples, including Adam Dodd and Julie Mikan, as well as Sean O'Cann and Trish McCarroll. Both friendships are highly circumstantial, however.
  • Cracked just did an article about this very topic. [1]
  • Jack Raven and Michael Freeman from Behind The Veil. The former is an ex-assassin who hunts evil to make up for his own sins, while the latter is an ex-fire fighter who hunts evil to protect people. Despite first meeting only to defeat a monster, the two stuck together and became best friends.
  • It is even noted about Sasha Hunter and Iphigenie Leben in Greek Ninja that the two are unlikely friends. You've got Sasha, the tall, cool, brooding and people-hating ninja hanging out with Iphigenie, the small, cute, cheerful philosophically-inclined thinker.
  • Despite The Nostalgia Critic's unhappiness with the Chick's stalking of Todd in the Shadows, the boys go for eyebrow waxings together.
  • The Clockwork Castle episode of the Mario Party TV series sparked the Running Gag of Toadette and DK being good buddies, due to how many times she got to catch him.
  • In I'm a Marvel... and I'm a DC, take the Rorshach and Deadpool examples from under Comic Books. Seriously. They even got their own web series.
  • Worm gives us Taylor Hebert and Rachel Lindt — an intelligent and idealistic bullied teenager and a violent Book Dumb delinquent, respectively.
    • There's also Imp - a Nominal Hero teenaged girl in it for the thrills and violence and Vista, a younger girl who takes her heroing seriously.
  • The RWBY episode Emerald Forest'' lampshades this. When Jaune and Pyrrha partner up, Glynda remarks that they won't do well together. Despite this, the trope is played straight; Jaune admires Pyrrha's strength and kindness, she envies his social resilience and comfort with civilian life.
    • Another example is Weiss's friendship with Ruby. Ruby is compassionate, mischievous, and can barely focus on schoolwork; Weiss is a proud, disciplined aristocrat eager to prove her academic prowess. Yet- after much initial bickering- they easily play and fight together.
  • From The Sonic Amigos, Shadow the Hedgehog and Tigger.
  • In Void Domain, we have Eva, a fourteen year old girl who has dabbled in some magic that might not be socially acceptable in most respected circles. Before the story started, she struck up a friendship with Arachne, a psychopathic spider demon several times older than Eva.
  • In Red vs. Blue, flashbacks during the Project Freelancer saga show that agents Maine, Carolina, and Washington all worked well together and were apparently best friends. Despite their vastly different personalities with Maine being the Big Guy and a bit of a Sore Loser, Carolina The Ace and Competition Freak, and Washington as a Jack-of-All-Stats and Nice Guy they all have each others backs and perform well. You would never guess they had this friendship based on how they are in the present day.
  • In the Super Mario Logan series, Mario's friends include a stereotypical black thug dinosaur (Black Yoshi), an ogre obsessed with eating cheesecake and using the toilet (Shrek), a cowboy obsessed with hunting shrimpos (Woody), and a Toad who wants to be a rap star.

    Western Animation 
  • From Garfield and Friends/U.S. Acres, we have The Prankster Jerk with a Heart of Gold Roy Rooster and Lovable Coward Wade Duck. Even when Roy scares him, and they argue sometimes, they became closer friends later on in the seasons.
  • God and Satan in God, the Devil and Bob take this trope Up to Eleven. The offbeat interpretations of the characters help - God is an ageing hippie, the Devil is Ambiguously Gay and Affably Evil. Borders on Friendly Enemy, though they're never quite vitriolic enough to make the leap.
  • Harvey Beaks stars Harvey, a sweet-natured , quiet bird, and twin orphans Fee and Foo, two wild troublemakers. They are the best of friends.
  • Most of the Justice League, but in particular the core seven, and in particular of those seven Green Lantern and Flash.
  • Straight Man Henry and bossy June on KaBlam!.
  • King of the Hill:
    • Egotistical, mousy Peggy Hill and beautiful, seductive Nancy Hicks Gribble.
    • The core four friends include the severely buttoned-down, straight-laced family man Hank, unhinged but ineffectual and sweet-tempered conspiracy nut Dale, desperate, divorced, bumbling Butt Monkey Bill, and suave serial philanderer Boomhauer. Helps that they all went to High School together, but the fact that their friendship endured as they evolved into very, very different people speaks to this trope.
  • As mentioned in the page quote, Walter "Wally" Ford and Kevin Hill from Mission Hill. Wally is an elderly gay man in a long-term relationship with his partner of many years, Gus, and Kevin is a young, straight, socially-awkward virgin who pushes away thoughts of relationships in hopes of getting into a good college. Wally is a projectionist at the local theatre, and one week, while they're running X-Rated films, Covert Pervert Kevin sneaks in, only to discover what they're showing isn't porn, but rather, Midnight Cowboy. Their friendship seems to turn Kevin into a major film buff.
  • From My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, one wouldn't expect most of the Mane Cast to have anything to do with the other. Indeed, prior to the beginning of the series, most of them didn't seem more than vaguely aware of the others. Still, a few stick out.
    • Rainbow Dash can't get enough of daredevil stunts and thrills, while Fluttershy is afraid of heights, crowds, and loud noises, among other things. They've known each other since they were foals, hang out all the time, and Rainbow Dash once broke into Fluttershy's cottage just so they could go get cider together.
    • Applejack is a down-to-earth farm worker that loves competing in rodeos. Rarity is a dressmaker that dreams of getting into high society. Indeed, at first, they seemed to absolutely hate each other — but after a great deal of Character Development, it's clear how much they care.
    • Twilight Sparkle is an introverted scholar who literally had to be coerced into making friends to combat the threat of The Night That Never Ends. Pinkie Pie is a manic extrovert, whose inability to shut off or slow down poses the danger of turning off most ponies (most notably the quick-tempered Rainbow Dash, who now counts Pinkie as one of her closest friends).
    • Later down the road we get Discord, the master of chaos and main antagonist from "Return To Harmony", and timid Fluttershy.
    • The Season 5 episode Slice of Life confirms the friendship of sophisticated classic-loving Octavia and techno-blasting Vinyl Scratch who live in a house that is quite literally split right down the middle, yet get along fine and can even successfully mesh their music together. Later on we get the overly-flamboyant massive serpent Steven Magnet who is friends with Crankey Doodle Donkey, and (according to Word of God at least) Matilda being good enough friends with a changeling to invite him to her wedding.
  • Phineas and Ferb:
  • Samurai Jack: Jack and the Scotsman don't really hit it off at first, due to one being a Martial Pacifist and the other being a Proud Warrior Race Guy. But after a run in with some bounty hunters, the two become steadfast allies despite their different styles.
  • Old CN advertising had the titular characters of Johnny Bravo and Samurai Jack starting to become friends.
  • Hordak does not like magic or fliers, but will happily throttle anyone who threatens his diminutive friend Imp. An interesting case considering their villains on She-Ra: Princess of Power.
  • SpongeBob is a neat freak and generally has a well-ordered life; Patrick…is not.
    • Depending on the Writer in Spongebob's case; certain episodes portray him as a neurotic neat freak while in others he's shown to be just about as careless as Patrick.
  • In Sym-Bionic Titan, nerdy Newton (Octus) ends up getting along quite well with the Dumb Jock nicknamed Meat.
  • Idiot Hero Tak and Only Sane Man Jeera from Tak and the Power of Juju.
  • Despite being a cat and a goldfish, Gumball and Darwin of The Amazing World of Gumball aren't just best friends but also brothers. Making it odder is that Darwin used to be Gumball's pet goldfish before gaining limbs and intelligence like most things in Elmore. When asked where he got the idea of a cat and goldfish duo, the show's creator replied that if a cat can be a dog's sidekick he figured a fish would be a cat's sidekick.
  • In The Land Before Time, we have a soft spoken Apatosaurus, a hot headed Triceratops, a happy-go lucky Hadrosaur, a panicky Pteranodon, and a mute Stegosaurus somehow making a cohesive and tight-knit group. It gets even more bizarre when a friendly Tyrannosaurus and a whimsical Oviraptor get added to the crew.
  • Total Drama:
    • Lindsay and Beth. The former is a popular and very attractive rich girl, while the latter is a short, homely geek who was raised on a farm.
    • Despite being complete opposites, Owen and Noah are close friends. They even compete in the Spin-Off Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race together as a team.
    • In the Island special, Noah, Izzy and Eva team up together and had enough chemistry that Team Escope became a popular fandom grouping.
    • Though they don't get as much attention, cool biker guy Trent with Extraverted Nerd Cody, especially since they were unwittingly part of a Love Triangle early on. This could theoretically be extended to the other Drama Brothers as well.
    • Extraverted Nerd Harold and Lovable Jock Tyler form a brief friendship in World Tour after discovering their mutual love for Japanese game shows.
  • Transformers Animated:
    • The large, uncoordinated Bulkhead and the stoic ninja Prowl.
    • To say nothing of the gruff Ratchet and the idealistic Optimus. Course, Ratchet being friends with anybody just seems odd.
  • Transformers Prime:
    • Ratchet is nearly as crotchety as his Animated counterpart, but his friendship with Optimus Prime goes back to long before the latter became a Prime. Ratchet also didn't care much for humans in the beginning, but managed to establish his own friendship with Raf (even though Bumblebee is Raf's nominal partner).
    • Of the Autobot-human partnerships, Arcee and Jack seem the least likely to get along, and neither are thrilled with the pair-up at first.
    • Agent Fowler and Bulkhead. Fowler didn't get along with any of Team Prime at first, and Bulkhead even called Fowler a jerk (and was willing to leave him in Decepticon hands, until Jack called him out), but the two could now be described as Vitriolic Best Buds - they'll still toss insults to each other, but the respect is there.
    • Raf and Miko are polar opposites but get along surprisingly well; this is probably helped by Jack being a buffer between the two of them despite having this kind of relationship with Miko.
  • In W.I.T.C.H., Caleb is friends with Blunk.
  • In Code Lyoko, Jeremie's only relationship that doesn't fall under this is his crush on Aelita. Ulrich (and to a lesser extent, Yumi) qualifies for Lovable Jock and Odd is a Book Dumb goofball. However it's clear that Jeremie would put his life on the line for any or all of them (and in the original series finale, was petrified at the idea of them abandoning him) and they're willing to do the same for him.
  • Mild case between Keisha and Phoebe in The Magic School Bus given that Keisha is very outgoing and performance driven while Phoebe goes into panic mode at the idea of being on-stage.
    • The entire class actually counts for this since if you put their basic personalities on paper, they should not get along ever at best and outright hate each other at worst but instead they're a devoted group that care deeply about each other.

    Real Life 
  • There are many examples of this among animals:
    • Owen and Mzee, the hippo and tortoise
    • There was one example in India where a cow and a large wildcat became inseparable friends. The villagers ended up tolerating the wildcat because its presence scared away other creatures that could be a threat to their farm.
    • A few examples.
    • In a way, not only herding dogs (which are bred and taught to herd sheep or cattle) but also many other kinds of farm dogs who learn to protect and defend other farm animals such as chickens (such as watching over them, stopping them from wandering too far away from the farm, and driving predatory wild animals away.)
    • The current trope image features Tommy the Golden Retriever and Salati the leopard.
  • Boxers Max Schmeling and Joe Louis. They fought each other twice, and Louis was a very patriotic African-American while Schmeling was lionized by the Nazi party. (Until he fell out of favor due to a high profile loss and sheltering Jews.) Many years after fighting each other, they became quite close friends. Schmeling even served as a pallbearer for Louis's funeral.
  • Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí. They teamed up to make an animated short film in 1945 called Destino; although the project didn't go anywhere, the two remained friends for the rest of their lives.
    • Disney became friends with author Ray Bradbury near the end of his life; although their works were pretty far apart, they were both optimistic futurists and bonded over ideas to help make the world a better place.
  • Aaron Funk and John Frusciante, given the former's reputation for misanthropy and abrasive music while the latter is best known as the guitarist for one of the most popular funk bands of the 1980s onward.
  • Kanye West is friends with La Roux, Elton John and Justin Bieber.
  • Malcolm Fraser and Gough Whitlam. In 1975, Fraser exploited a situation to get Whitlam sacked, and then took over his job. Which doesn't sound so bad, until you know that the job in question was Prime Minister of Australia, and that the incident in question is the Australian Constitutional Crisis of 1975. The two cordially hated each other for years thereafter, but by the late Nineties, they'd made up their differences - despite being from diametrically opposed parties, they weren't actually that far apart on the issues - and united against a common enemy: the then-current Australian Prime Minister, John Howard.
    • Speaking of John Howard, he too appears to have developed an Odd Friendship with one of his fellow former PM's — Labor Prime Minister Bob Hawke, who defeated Howard in the 1987 election. They also share an enemy: Hawke's former treasurer Paul Keating, who rolled him for the Prime Ministership in 1991, and who Howard defeated in the 1996 election.
  • Apparently Chuck Norris and Justin Bieber, but you be the judge.
  • Gloria Vanderbilt is very good friends with Kathy Griffin —much to the bewilderment of Gloria's son, Anderson Cooper (who is also close with Griffin, to his frequent bafflement and occasional chagrin). Gloria Vanderbilt is basically the closest thing the U.S. has to nobility, and Kathy Griffin is, well... Kathy Griffin.
  • Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick are good friends despite having completely different personalities and directing styles. Spielberg was an easygoing guy whose films focuses on the emotional aspects of life and are rather idealistic. Kubrick was a Prima Donna Director whose films were drenched in cynicism and almost always finish with a downer ending or bittersweet ending. While the two would occasional disagreement (Kubrick himself complained how the ending of Schindler's List was too idealistic and not depressing enough), they tend to get along very well given how they spend hours talking to each other about their love of cinema. Before Kubrick died, he personally chose Spielberg to direct his last film.
  • Eminem and Elton John
    • The reason for this is that Eminem went to Elton John for help of kicking his drug addiction. Elton John who had been there help with through the worst of it and help keep him clean.
  • Jay-Z and Beyoncé go on double-dates with Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • Billy Ray Cyrus and Kurt Cobain, as explained in this article, which makes the backlash over Billy Ray's daughter covering "Smells Like Teen Spirit" in concert all the stranger.
    • Cobain was also good friends with author William S. Burroughs, despite their age difference. Burroughs even introduced Cobain to Leadbelly's music, hence giving the world Cobain's famous rendition of Where Did You Sleep Last Night
  • Brad Paisley and William Shatner. Also, Shatner and Ben Folds.
  • Loud, brash, urban party-boy Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and quiet, nature-loving family man Joseph Haydn had a long, profitable correspondence, and shared a great deal of mutual respect. Mozart even dedicated a suite of string quartets to Haydn. Overlaps with Intergenerational Friendship, as Haydn was nearly thirty years older than Mozart.
  • Oscar-winning Dame Maggie Smith and the late Carry On alumni/comic actor/radio veteran Kenneth Williams. They worked together on a few projects in Smith's early acting years, and were very close. Williams often talked fondly about her during the final years of his life, saying that their friendship was like a knot that he didn't ever want to untie.
  • Mel Gibson, an ultraconservative traditionalist Catholic, is very good friends with Jodie Foster, a lesbian atheist, and Robert Downey, Jr., a self-described "Jewish-Buddhist". The latter two have stuck with Gibson even in the midst of his drunken antisemitic episode and the resulting public backlash, with Downey Jr. asking that people cut him some slack.
  • In the '80s to early '90s, Howard Stern and Richard Simmons.
  • Robert Pattinson and Death Grips.
  • Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.
  • André the Giant and Samuel Beckett.
  • Groucho Marx maintained a lengthy correspondence with poet T. S. Eliot, the two eventually becoming close friends. Marx also was, during the latter days of his life, friends with Elton John and Alice Cooper.
  • Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dogg.
  • Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg. Seriously. They even have a TV miniseries called Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party.
  • Mark Twain with Joshua Norton, Nikola Tesla, and most of all with Henry Huttleston Rogers, an oil tycoon who epitomized the ruthless pursuit of wealth that Twain was satirizing and demonizing around the time they met.
  • Robert Fripp and Daryl Hall.
  • Ozzy Osbourne and Rick Wakeman.
  • Frank Zappa with The Monkees. Zappa was also a personal friend of comic strip artist Jack Kirby.
  • Tammy Faye Bakker the televangelist and notorious porn star Ron Jeremy became close friends after filming MTV's The Surreal Life together, and after her death, Ron Jeremy spoke of her with respect and affection.
  • Harry Chapin and critic Dave Marsh, who frequently slammed acoustic singer-songwriters in his reviews. Marsh interviewed Chapin for Rolling Stone and they realized they had similar political and humanitarian concerns.
  • Muhammad Ali and Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Ali was also good friends with sport journalist Howard Cosell.
  • Social Media creates tons of these. It's quite easy for such friendships to form online based around one specific interest like a Fandom or hobby, and things like gender, race, religion, and age don't mean much thanks to the nature of the internet.
  • On the US Supreme Court:
    • Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg are known for their diametrically opposed political and judicial philosophies and their frequent snark wars in opinions; Scalia was an "originalist" conservative famous for turning his (numerous) dissents into screeds against modern trends in the law, while Ginsburg (often known as "the Notorious RBG", a moniker she has amusedly accepted herself) is at the cutting edge of those very same trends, and when they wrote opinions on the same case, they were likely to fire a few shots across the metaphorical bow at each other. They went to dinner together every week and every New Years' Eve, their families vacationed together, and they were fixtures at the opera in DC, usually sitting near each other.
    • Somewhat similarly, Justices Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer. Thomas is an arch-conservative who at times outdoes Scalia; Breyer, like Ginsburg, is a classic liberal Justice. They're reportedly the best of friends, and even exchange notes and whisper jokes at each other on the bench during oral argument like schoolboys (both are known in the legal community for their dry but sometimes somewhat droll senses of humor outside of their official writings and speeches,note  and Thomas' low, rolling laugh is famous in the Court).
  • It's really very common in real life to have a friend or two who you would not expect to be friends with due to the personality or opinions of theirs.
  • Demi Lovato and Tony Orlando.
  • Ultra-liberal lesbian MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow and Fox News host and member of the notoriously homophobic Church of Happyology Greta Van Susteren. Van Susteren even suggested that Maddow should have replaced Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News, and Maddow often refers to her as "my friend" on the air, stressing that the description is not ironic.
    • Given that Rachel tends to be friendly and civil with most conservatives on her show, it's not a surprise; she's also very close enough to Pat Buchanan, even calling him "Uncle Pat".
    • She and Rick Santorum, a very conservative and notoriously anti-gay rights politician, have this dynamic as well, with both speaking fondly of one another; considering that he only disagrees with gay marriage but is openly friendly to gay people themselves, this isn't entirely surprising.
  • Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses became friends with old timey Hollywood actress Betty Hutton when Hersh was 19 and Hutton was in her mid 60s and remained so until Hutton's death 22 years later. There's a Crowning Moment of Funny in Hersh's memoir Rat Girl/Paradoxical Undressing in which Hersh sees the cover of one of Hutton's films in a video store and realises that Hutton's Hollywood career was real and not something she invented in order to distance herself from a past she didn't care to think about.
  • This can occur with combat veterans of opposing sides years after the war is over. Examples include certain Pearl Harbor survivors and Japanese pilots who participated in the attack, and various reunions of Civil War veterans.
  • France and Britain after 1815. Also the Boxer Rebellion (1900), during which all the European "Great Powers" plus Japan and the United States were allied. They even agreed to a unified command.
  • Averted by Kaiser Wilhelm II, who refused to have anything to do with Hitler, and chose to remain in exile in The Netherlands until his death in 1941.
  • Outspoken conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh and outspoken liberal Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Limbaugh even appeared in an episode taking a piss at himself.
  • In the later years of their life Marlon Brando and Michael Jackson were personal friends. Jackson often visited Brando on his private island.
  • George Harrison and Eric Idle were good friends. Harrison was a Monty Python fan and even helped the group out financially went they had to find a producer for their film Monty Python's Life of Brian.
  • The Pop Punk band Fall Out Boy gets on really well with various rappers, and they have collaborated with artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, 50 Cent, Big Sean, and 2Chainz.
  • Rodney Dangerfield and Michael Bolton. Bolton was even one of Dangerfield's pallbearers.
  • Union Commanding General Ulysses S. Grant and writer and half-hearted Confederate Mark Twain became friends during Grant's Presidency. Twain later published Grant's memoirs, offering three-quarters of the profits to Grant's family (as Grant was dying at the time).

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