Quotes / Enemy Mine

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    Anime and Manga 

"The year 1939 marked a profound change for humanity. Just how drastic was this transition? Simply put, mankind no longer had the luxury to engage in the act of killing each other."
Strike Witches semi-canon "Witch in Africa" manga

    Comic Books 

"We can get back to hating each other after we save the world from total time implosion. Okay?"
Atomic Robo teaming up with Dr. Dinosaur

Paperinik: Incredible. I'm fighting alongside my worst enemy.
Gorthan: Cherish the moment... and watch your back.
Paperinik New Adventures, "Mekkano"

"Like I said before, Yards dislike the south Vietnamese... they dislike the Americans... but they hate the north Vietnamese..."
Frank Castle, The Punisher Invades the Nam

    Fan Works 

Asuka: Well then we should be friends. ‘The enemy of my enemy’ and all that.
Rei: And all that’? [...] You mean ‘dies next’?
Asuka: No, the phrase goes ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.
Rei: I prefer Shinji’s version.
Asuka: What have you been teaching her?
Shinji: I think it’s a more valid interpretation in my opinion.
Thousand Shinji, chapter 5

    Film - Animated 

Gandalf: [interrupts the armies mid-charge] Dread has come upon you all! An army of Goblins with claim to the treasure comes from the north! Behold! They ride upon wolves!
Thorin: Oh, great Elf-king! My truest friend and ally! We must join forces against this common scourge!
Thranduil: But... of course... O noble King under the Mountain. Your people are like brothers unto mine.
Bard: And my Men and all their weapons are as one with yours. Together, we shall vanquish the foul foe!
All: TOGETHER!
Bilbo: [to himself] Thorin is correct, I simply do not understand war.

    Film - Live-Action 

Kirk: The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Spock: An Arabic proverb attributed to a prince who was betrayed and decapitated by his own subjects.
Kirk: Well, it's still a hell of a quote.

    Literature 

"A common enemy unites even the deepest of foes."

"Still, it's good to see true fighting Irishmen all on the same side at last."
IRA gunman, The Salvation War, to Northern Irish police after cooperating to kill a marauding baldrick

German Tanker: [My father] fought at Prokhorovka. With the Panzers, Heer, not SS.
Russian Tanker: My father also fought at Prokhorovka. And later. [long silence] Our fathers caused great destruction between them at Prokhorovka. Now we can join together and inflict the same on those who threaten us both.

"Once we're done with him, we can go back to our very personal ideological differences, without having to invite anyone else to play."
Admiral Teren Rogriss, X-Wing Series

    Live-Action TV 

"Asylum? What is it with Peacekeepers? First they hunt us, then they want to move in. Are we a bed and breakfast? Do we have a sign outside that says "Free HBO"?"
John, Farscape ("Promises")

Angel: The enemy of my enemy—
Lilah: Can kiss my ass too.
Angel, "Apocalypse Nowish"

Angel: Let's say we come up rolling sevens and this does go our way. We tear up this firm, someone's going to have to step in — And I know that's what you want. And I'm a lot more comfortable with the thought of you in that position than anyone else.
Lindsey: The devil you know?
Angel: That'd be you.
Lindsey: And what if you roll snake eyes?
Angel: You'll talk your way out of it; tell 'em I forced you to help me. Tell 'em I made my "scary face."
Angel, "Not Fade Away"

"If you can save her, I'll do anything you want to help. Your war is now my war."
Alfred Bester, Babylon 5

"I know you despise me. And I know how badly you want to see me dead. But I'm willing to bet that I know a man whom you hate even more. I’m offering you an opportunity for revenge."
Walter White, Breaking Bad

"To be a spy you need physical fitness, a facility with languages, a tolerance for exotic food and the bugs that come with them. But ultimately there's no greater qualification than the ability to look someone who ruined your life in the eye and say 'Let's work together.'"
Michael Westen, Burn Notice

"Sometimes, you've got to work with the bad guy to get to the worse guys."
Dean Winchester, Supernatural

    Tabletop Games 

"My enemy's enemy is a problem for later. In the meantime, they might be useful."

"Let the vampires join us. In this war, we no longer have the luxury of choosing our comrades."
General Tazri, Magic: The Gathering

"At his core, Dexter King is a thoroughly unpleasant human being. He is bitter, hateful, possessed of attitudes towards race and gender that can only be described as horrifying, and generally as spiteful a frustrated autocrat as one can imagine. Furthermore, he was this way before his lungs started to go, and in all probability, most Garou would gladly take the opportunity to rid the planet of such a blot on its escutcheon. But faced with the choice of Dexter or Jeremy, Garou seeking to take King down might find themselves forced to make a most unlikely and unpalatable alliance with the terrible old man of King Breweries."
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Subsidiaries: A Guide To Pentex

You now shelter with the Tzimisce, who are more than happy to help you continue your studies, particularly with regard to the body. You're not entirely comfortable with their outlook on existence, but it's better than facing the pyre. Still, there are nights when you stuff wool in your ears before you sleep, trying to block out the sounds coming from the cellar.

We stand united with these sorcerers in our mutual contempt for the Tremere. We have long-standing alliances with certain orders of wizards - alliances still maintained, albeit clandestinely. Such alliances have proved most auspicious for our clan, for mages possess powers as formidable as they are subtle. The order known as "Progenitors" is a particularly intriguing body; we could learn much from it.
...Not that any of these things will stop us from draining them to desiccated husks and liquefying their bones into pus once their usefulness has ended. Still, one must give credit where credit is due...
Vampire: The Masquerade - Clanbook: Tzimisce

    Video Games 

Lash: Tee hee hee! I'm going to break everything!
Sonja: I don't understand why we work so well together...

"Emperor forgive us for making common cause with fiends such as these!"
Space Marine upon passing Chaos allies, Dawn of War II: Retribution

"Fate has us meet as foes, but this ring will make us brothers."
The Gravemind, Halo 2

"Do not shoot, but listen! Only you can halt what he has begun. Let me guide you safely to our foe."
The Gravemind, Halo 3

"My people have a saying: "Seek the enemy of your enemy, and you will find a friend.""
Urdnot Wrex, Mass Effect

Noles: Do you want me to arrest [Balak]?
Shepard: I want you to put a bullet in his head... but we're all making some sacrifices today.

"Look, we both said a lot of things that you're going to regret, but I think we can put our differences behind us. For science. You monster."
GLaDOS, Portal 2

"Look, even if you think we're still enemies, we're enemies with a common interest: revenge! You like revenge, right? Everybody likes revenge! So let's go get some!"
GLaDOS, Portal 2

"Clank's right. For the sake of our own survival (and for drama), we must set aside our petty squabbles and act together as a single unit!"

"Just for tonight, just for kicks, let's do what we do best. The skills we usually sharpen on each other's skulls, let's use them on a common foe instead. Imagine! Imagine the look on the evil eight-headed farmer's faces when he sees the dog, the cat and the rat all coming down on him, packing heat and purpose! (Evil Laugh) Priceless! We can get back to playing chin music on each other tomorrow - promise!"
Daimon Kiyota, The Secret World

Price: Makarov, this is Price. Shepherd's a war hero now. He's got your operations playbook and he's got a blank check. Give me what you got on Shepherd, and I'll take care of the rest. ...I know you can hear me on this channel, Makarov. You and I both know you won't last a week.
Makarov: And neither will you.
Price: Makarov... you ever hear the old saying... the enemy of my enemy is my friend?
Makarov: Price, one day you're going to find that cuts both ways. Shepherd is using Site Hotel Bravo. You know where it is. I'll see you in hell.
Price: Looking forward to it. Give my regards to Zakhaev if you get there first.

    Webcomics 

Penny: I always felt like I had this little safety zone, because a lot of the things I cared about... I didn't really care about. I don't really need the perfect shoes, it's just fun to pretend I do. And I could look at her and not really care. So she fools peons into thinking she's hot, so what? Who'll care in a few years? We're all going to college and startups. Except... so is she. She'll go far in this world. And she'll get whatever she wants... by making dozens, hundreds, of people feel feel like you do now. And we gave her that power. So it'll be our fault. Unless... [offers her hand] Ready to save the world, you post-ironic post-yuppie?
Aggie: Since seventh grade. What took you so long?
Penny and Aggie, "The Popsicle War"

"I find that when you intend to betray someone powerful, it's best not to be his only enemy."

    Web Original 

Vegeta: Every fiber of my being wants to puke at once when I say this, but I need your heh...I need your helll-
Gohan: You need our help?
Vegeta: That, yes.

Ky: Sol! I will never agree with your brutish methods. But...as logic calls for it, we shall assist you!
Sol: ...
Ky: ...
Sol: Agh, for Christ's sake, I was actually kinda hoping that you'd fight me instead. In case you haven't realized, I don't like working with you.
Ky: Get used to it. We're leaving at once.
Sol: Heh, after you.

"Oh man, cooperation amongst enemies! I swear we'd be like in a Saturday night Christmas Special or something."
raocow

Grif: So now we're forced to work together. How ironic.
Simmons: No, that's not ironic. Ironic would be if we had to work together to hurt each other.
Donut: No, ironic would be instead of that guy kidnapping Lopez, Lopez kidnapped him.
Sarge: I think it would be ironic if our guns didn't shoot bullets, but instead squirted a healing salve that cured all wounds.
Caboose: I think it would be ironic if everyone was made of iron.
TWO HOURS LATER
Church: Okay. (slowly) We're all agreed that while the current situation is not totally ironic, the fact that we have to work together is odd in an unexpected way that defies our normal circumstances. Is everybody happy with that?

ryan218: Agreed. 'The enemy of my enemy is my friend.'
starswordc: Wrong. The enemy of my enemy might be a potential ally, but when enemy #1 is already known for certain from multiple encounters to be composed entirely of omnicidal maniacs who have never once claimed to be otherwise, I'd at least give serious thought to taking a look at whether joining up with enemy #2 might be more useful. Especially when your standing orders preclude going with enemy #1. If we're going with cliches, in this case "the devil you know" is Satan himself.
Exchange on the Star Trek Online forums regarding Capt. Janeway's actions in Star Trek: Voyager: "Scorpion"

"If we didn't hate the same people, we would have a friendship based on nothing."

    Western Animation 

Giganta: If you think you're locking us up while the whole world is under attack, you got two fights on your hands.
[Justice League and Legion of Doom trade Death Glares]
Batman: ...She's right. We'll need all the bodies we can throw at this.
Superman: Oh, come on! It's Lex-Flippin-Luthor! Why should we trust him?
Atomic Skull: Hey, it's our world too!
Lex Luthor: Let's be clear about this: we're not here to help you save the world, you're here to help me get revenge on Darkseid. When this is over, it's back at business as usual.
Superman: ...Wouldn't have it any other way.
Justice League, "Destroyer"

Mr. Dr. Possible: Sometimes it takes something like this to bring hero and villain together to work for the common good.
Ron: This happened to you before?
Mr. Dr. Possible: No! Heavens no. But in college I wrote a Captain Constellation fanfic with a very similar scenario.

"Sometimes when a threat is great enough... you have to turn to your enemies for help."
Randy Marsh, South Park, "It's A Jersey Thing"

"Though Mister Sinister may seem an odd ally, the pragmatism of "the enemy of your enemy is your friend" seems to apply."
Beast, X-Men

    Real Life 

"A common danger unites even the bitterest enemies."

"War makes strange bedfellows."

"If Hitler invaded Hell, I would make at least a favourable reference to The Devil in the House of Commons."
Winston Churchill, following Hitler's invasion of Russia

"I never liked Kennedy. I hate his father. Kennedy wasn’t so great a Senator... However, that no-good son-of-a-bitch Dick Nixon called me a Communist and I’ll do anything to beat him."
Harry Truman on endorsing Kennedy for President, 1960

"A friend is one who has the same enemies as you have."


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