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[[redirect:FireForgedFriends/{{Films}}]]!!Films -- Animation
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'': Woody and [[CaptainSpaceDefenderofEarth Buzz Lightyear]] forged this out of their initial rivalry and their ordeal in Sid's house.
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', the BarBrawl and escaping down the tunnel together gets Flynn friendly enough to ask why she didn't go before; TheChase, culminating in their nearly drowning, and their final escape, cements it so that Flynn no longer sulks over guiding her, and they confide in each other.
* ''WesternAnimation/MonstersUniversity'', Mike and Sully finally become true friends after their competitive rivalry when [[spoiler: the two have to escape a human summer camp by teaming up to scare ''a group of adults'' to power the door from their side.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', Manny, Diego and Sid become this during the events of the first movie.
* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Judy and Nick. At first they are stuck working together on a case because he's her only lead and she blackmailed him into helping her with the threat of a tax evasion arrest, but as the case progresses they have many harrowing experiences, including Judy saving Nick's life twice, and they become best friends.
* In ''Disney/TheEmperorsNewGroove'', Kuzco and Pacha initially don't like each other because of Kuzco's ItsAllAboutMe attitude. During their adventure, they are forced to work together to get home, saving each other's necks along the way, and by the end of the movie, they seem to somewhat be friends.

!!Films -- Live-Action
* The ''Film/MadMax'' franchise loves the trope. Justified in that in a post-apocalyptic society, trust is hard to come by.
** ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'' has Max and Papagallo. The Gyrocaptain tries to invoke this between himself and Max but fails [[spoiler: although between himself and the great north tribe it seems to work just fine, since the epilogue states that he became their leader for a time.]]
** ''Film/MadMaxBeyondThunderdome'' has Max and Savannah Nix.
** ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' has Max and Furiosa.
* There is a humorous interplay in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest'' between [[ThoseTwoGuys Pintel, Ragetti]], and [[ActionGirl Elizabeth Swann]] as they fight off Davey Jones' crew together. Swann's original relation to the plucky duo involved being captured and threatened throughout the first film.
* In Alfred Hitchcock's ''Film/TheLadyVanishes'', Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood) and Gilbert Redman (Creator/MichaelRedgrave) start off on the wrong foot when Iris has Gilbert thrown out of his hotel room for his noisy music-making and Gilbert blackmails Iris into reinstating him. However, when a fellow passenger on the train in which they are travelling mysteriously vanishes, the two join forces to try and find out where she's gone and why so many people are lying about her disappearance. [[spoiler: There is a RelationshipUpgrade at the very end of the film]].
* A really great example of this in ''Film/MyFellowAmericans''.
* At the beginning of Korean table-tennis movie ''Film/AsOne'', the North Korean and South Korean ping-pong teams have been thrown together as one because their governments think it's a neat idea. The players of the respective teams dislike and distrust each other. However, by the end, when they've battled through and beaten the powerful Chinese national team at the World Table Tennis Championships, they've become best friends.
* Dan and Occam in ''Film/ThePatriot'': Dan constantly talks smack about former slave Occam, right up until the latter runs back to rescue the former in the heat of battle. From then on, Dan is ''honored'' to have Occam at his side.
* In the ''Film/DawnOfTheDead2004'' remake, the security guards at the mall are initially hostile towards the new arrivals, but eventually their common purpose against the zombies makes them allies. Not all of the survivors manage to work together, though, and indeed this trope is rare in the zombie movies made by or remade from Creator/GeorgeARomero. Usually the conflicts between survivors escalate to become their undoing.
* ''Film/LordOfTheRings'':
** Gandalf and Pippin come to mind. While the Fellowship were TrueCompanions, Gandalf never seemed to like Pippin very much. Once they had fought together in Minas Tirith, lived through the siege and saved Faramir's life, Pippin seemed to have become Gandalf's favorite among the Fellowship members (especially in the movie).
** Also, Gimli and Legolas:
--->'''Gimli:''' I never thought I'd die fighting side-by-side with an Elf!\\
'''Legolas:''' What about side-by-side with a friend?\\
'''Gimli:''' Aye... I could do that.
** Continuing the trend; in ''[[Film/TheHobbit The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey]]'', Thorin regarded Bilbo as TheLoad for most of the film. In the final battle, Bilbo fought off Azog's {{Mook}} before he could kill Thorin. After the company was rescued by the eagles, [[ManHug Thorin embraced Bilbo]] as a brother and friend.
* ''Film/StarTrek2009'': Kirk and Spock (albeit with some prompting from [[spoiler:Spock's future self]].
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': Jack O'Neil and Daniel Jackson in the original movie, with the subsequent [[Series/StargateSG1 TV series]] featuring the two referring to the other as their best friend on separate occasions.
* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub''.
* ''Film/{{District 9}}'': Wikus van de Merwe and Christopher Johnson.
* Done in the ''Film/{{Clash of the Titans|2010}}'' remake. The Argos captain almost [[spoiler:shoves Perseus's head into flames before the king calls him off]], allows the monster hunters to come along as meatshields, and doesn't trust the [[spoiler:Djinn]] even after they save the group. Perseus eventually comes to say he trusts the surviving men, woman [[spoiler:Io]], and whatever the hell the [[spoiler:Djinn]] is.
* ''Film/LethalWeapon'': Riggs and Murtaugh don't particularly like each other when they first meet. But by the end of the film, Murtaugh is inviting Riggs to spend Christmas dinner with his family. And after a while, Riggs ''is'' family.
* ''Film/FlightOfTheIntruder'': The hero and his CO
* ''Film/TheHurtLocker'': James invokes this trope near the end.[[spoiler: Eldridge disagrees]]
* Dale, Saul, and Red become this after the events of ''Film/PineappleExpress''.
* ''Film/SuckerPunch'' has a girl named Baby Doll gets together this team of women after befriending Rocket. Initially a few of the women are questioning over her plans...
* In ''Film/ThreeOClockHigh'', Jerry tries to invoke this trope after he and his bully are caught cheating. The bully disagrees, though at the end, after Jerry kicks his ass, he gives him the [[DefeatMeansFriendship very faintest of smiles.]]
* A famous example of this trope happens in ''Film/ANewHope''. When Luke Skywalker and Han Solo first meet they don't like each other at all, it is only after saving Leia together that their friendship begins, inspiring Han in particular to defy his original selfish character and come back to save Luke.
* ''Film/TheAvengers2012'':
** When the Avengers first [[AvengersAssemble assemble]], they don't get along at ''all''. The main arc of the film is this motley collection of alpha dogs going from "we're six guys who all happen to want the same thing" to becoming the motherflippin' Avengers.
** Special mention has to go to both Captain America and Iron Man. At first, the two really can't stand one another, with Cap even wanting to punch Tony's lights out at one point, but with the fate of the world at stake, they're more than happy to drop all grudges and get their act together to save humanity from Loki and the Chitauri.
* Nonhuman examples: Franchise/{{Godzilla}}, Rodan, Anguirus, and Mothra. A strange group, to be sure. But each of these four became fire forged friends in different films in the Showa Era. Actually, Godzilla, Rodan, and Mothra are pretty much Toho's PowerTrio. Anguirus is something like Godzilla's sidekick. Godzilla and Anguirus are adversaries during [[Film/GodzillaRaidsAgain the second Godzilla film]], but somehow or other ended up as great friends from that point after. How Anguirus manages to forgive Godzilla foró in essenceó''killing him'' is unknown, but even the Trendmaster's toy line roster calls Anguirus one of Godzilla's staunchest allies, and most films in which they appear together as allies make it clear that if Rodan is Godzilla's Right Hand, Anguirus is the Left. Rodan and Mothra become fire forged friends with Godzilla when they team up [[Film/GhidorahTheThreeHeadedMonster to defeat King Ghidorah]], and remain friends, or at least [[FriendlyEnemy Friendly Rivals]] from that film forward.
* [[HitmanWithAHeart Ah Jong]] and [[CowboyCop Inspector Li]] from ''Film/TheKiller'', who went from being somewhat amicable adversaries to something akin to BloodBrothers when the two joined forces at the beach house to defend themselves and Jenny against the assassins after Ah Jong.
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'': John Kreese and Terry Silver.
* ''Film/JackTheGiantSlayer'': At their first meeting, Elmont is not impressed by this bumpkin Jack. After Jack rescues him and Isabelle from being cooked by a giant and they subsequently send another giant plummeting to his death, Elmont gives Jack a King's Guard badge, saying, "You've earned it", later putting [[spoiler:the defence of the castle at risk to give Jack a chance to get to safety]].
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' has an Earth-born outlaw, the adopted daughter of a galactic overlord, a LiteralMinded BloodKnight on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, a genetically-modified cybernetically-enhanced [[AnimalSuperhero raccoon]], and a CloudCuckoolander [[PlantAliens tree monster]] banding together, initially for a big pay-off, then later to stop the destruction of a civilized planet. Before heading off to the final battle, they all even concede that they would be happy to die by their comrades' sides. [[spoiler:We are [[HeroicSacrifice Groot]], indeed.]]
* Stu Miley starts out ''hating'' the titular character of ''Film/MonkeyBone''. Then they sneak into the Land of the Dead together to steal an [[MacGuffin Exit Pass]], learn to rely on one other, and Stu even admits that he's come to like him. [[spoiler: Then it gets averted all to hell when Monkey Bone betrays him, steals his exit pass, and leaves Stu in limbo.]]
* At the end of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', while Sarah isn't moved to tears by what the T-800 [[HeroicSacrifice intends to do]] like John is, she still shakes his hand in respect. It's quite a thing too, considering her previous encounter with one of those things.
* King George starts with a mild dislike for Churchill and his methods in ''Film/IntoTheStorm2009'', but as the war rages on, they grow closer. A similar series of events happens with Roosevelt and Churchill.
* It happens to our principal characters in the film ''Film/VacationFromMarriage''. They both make strong friendships with people they would've never been friends with before serving in UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo.
* ''Film/TheWaterboy'': At first, none of the Missisippi Mud Dogs football players, [[BlackBestFriend except Derek]], wanted anything to do with Bobby Boucher. But when he proves to be such an amazing football tackle, taking them to the Louisiana Bourbon Bowl, they soon accept him as a friend.
* ''Film/{{Alvin and The Chipmunks}}'': The Chipmunks and Miles in the forth film.
* In ''Film/Unknown2006'', five strangers wake up in an AbandonedWarehouse, having lost their memory of [[IdentityAmnesia who they are]] and team up to fight a group of kidnappers. Subverted when one of the men undergoes a FaceHeelTurn in the climax and tries to sabotage the plan.
* ''Film/MyWay'': Jun-shik (Korean) and Tatsuo (Japanese) start out as rivals during their sporting days and then enemies when the former is conscripted into the Japanese army and the latter is assigned as his officer. As they survive together through multiple battles and hardships in three different theaters of World War II, they become best friends by the end of the war.
* In the climax of ''Film/JurassicWorld'' [[spoiler: Rexie, the same T-rex from ''Film/JurassicPark'' and Blue join forces to bring down the film's BigBad the Idonimus Rex. Despite Rexie having a history of battling and killing raptors, even bearing scars to prove it, she and Blue appear to have a mutual respect after the battle, and go their separate ways peacefully.]]
* Katniss Everdeen with Johanna Mason in ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart1'' and ''Film/TheHungerGamesMockingjayPart2''.
* The biggest example in ''Film/TheHatefulEight'' is the unlikely friendship between [[spoiler:Warren and Mannix. Mannix idolizes a racist Confederate General, and Warren, who is black, kills that General after goading him into reaching for his gun. A little later in the film, the two are the only remaining people in the lodge who aren't part of the Domergue gang. Warren trusts Mannix with a gun on the basis that he was very close to drinking poisoned coffee, and Mannix returns the favour by sticking to his principles instead of conspiring with Daisy to kill Warren. Even after dealing with the gang, the two bond as they bleed out.]]
* ''Film/{{Were The Millers}}'': Or better yet Fire-Forged Family. The Miller family (except Kenny, who just happens to be a {{Nice Guy}}) initially despised each other when they were paired together for the drug delivery, but they grew to care and love each other the course of the film.
* ''Film/TheForceAwakens'': Finn bonds with both Poe and Rey like this, in similar situations. Finn acts as the GuyInBack to both {{Ace Pilot}}s shortly after meeting them and the post-combat high cements the friendship.
* In ''Film/TheDevilsBrigade,'' this is the aftermath of a BarBrawl. Up to that point, the Canucks and Americans had been constantly butting heads. One American fighter is ready to take a [[GrievousBottleyHarm bottle]] to a Canuck, until a horde of rowdy loggers enters the bar.
* The members of the Film/{{Suicide Squad|2016}} don't even know each other before being brought together on their inaugural mission. By the end of it, the surviving ones are willing to risk their lives for each other. El Diablo even refers to the team as his new family [[spoiler: right before his HeroicSacrifice]].
* Invoked in ''Film/ThirteenDays''. When a senior KGB official makes a back channel piece offer allegedly from Khrushchev, the Americans have to decide if it's genuine. They decide it is on finding evidence that the two served together during [=WW2=].
* In ''Film/WildWildWest'', when Jim West and Artemis Gordon are first assigned to work together, they keep arguing with and undermining each other. By the end of the film, they've learned how to work together to save President Grant.
* Josh and Dylan in ''Film/{{Geek Charming}}''. [[spoiler: They even become a couple at the end of the film.]]
* ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'': Bowen and Draco start off as enemies, but after their fight ends in a stalemate and as they con villagers together, they become best friends willing to put their lives on the line for each other.
* ''Film/IShotJesseJames'': Robert Ford and UsefulNotes/JesseJames become these, having fought their way through numerous [[BankRobbery bank robberies]] with zeal.
* ''Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017'': [[spoiler: [=LeFou=] becomes this with Mrs. Potts in the climax after his HeelFaceTurn. When he saves her life, they work together to defeat the villagers, befriending each other in the process.]]
-->[[spoiler: '''[=LeFou=]:''' I used to be on Gaston's side, but we are so in a bad place right now.\\
'''Mrs. Potts:''' ''(kindly)'' You're too good for him anyway.\\
'''[=LeFou=]:''' Yeah.\\
'''Mrs. Potts:''' ''(smiles)'' Should we get back to it then?\\
''([=LeFou=] nods enthusiastically and runs off with her to join the servants in driving off the villagers.)'']]
* ''Film/OnlyTheBrave'': Literally. The Granite Mountain crew go from a team to being brothers through facing deadly wildfires head on.
* In ''Film/Life1999'', when two bit hustler Ray and straight laced Cluade run afoul of a speakeasy owner in [[TheGreatDepression early 1930s']] [[BigApplesauce New York,]] they agree to smuggle up some moonshine from [[TheDeepSouth Mississippi]] to pay of their debt, they immediately dislike each other, and agree to do the job on the condition that they never see each other again. While procuring the moonshine, Ray is conned by a local card-shark, said card-shark is then killed by the corrupt sheriff [[{{Frameup}} who frames Claude and Ray for the murder,]] and they are sentenced to [[TitleDrop life.]] As the years turn decades, they eventually come to see each other as friends and at the end, [[spoiler: they fake their deaths, escape prison, and happily go see a New York Giants game.]]
* In ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar'', Doctor Strange makes it explicitly clear to Tony and Peter Parker that his allegiance is ''only'' to protecting the Time Stone - and if it comes down to it, he'd let both of them die in order to save the stone. But on Titan, he ends the battle with Thanos [[spoiler: by giving Thanos the stone in order to save Tony's life]]. However, Strange's final line in the film implies that [[spoiler:giving Thanos the Time Stone, leading to his inevitable destruction of half the universe, was necessary in order to overcome and defeat him]].
* ''Film/{{Prospect}}'': Ezra and his outlaw partner rob Cee and her father, ultimately causing the deaths of Cee's father and Ezra's partner. After that, stuck on an alien world, they're forced to cooperate and ultimately form a loyal team.
* In ''Film/{{Silverado}}'', Mal, a black man, tries to go into a bar for a drink, but goons working on behalf of the racist owner try to attack him and throw him out, though Mal manages to fight them off. When the sheriff arrives, the owner claims Mal went crazy and attacked the place on his own, but Emmett, who was there with Paden, speaks up for Mal, allowing him to walk out. So, when they get chased out of town by a posse led by the sheriff (because Emmett busted his brother Jake, along with Paden, out of jail), Mal returns the favor by firing on the posse until the sheriff gives up and orders them to leave.
-->'''Jake:''' This a friend of yours?\\
'''Paden:''' He is now.\\
'''Jake:''' Who is he?\\
'''Paden:''' Oh, a guy who got run out of town.\\
'''Emmett:''' Just like us. (''Mal tips his hat in greeting'')
* Parodied in ''[[Film/SuperTroopers Super Troopers 2]]'' where, after Archambault gives an impassioned speech about how he was wrong about the Americans and how he's proud to become one if the State Troopers are what the American people are, they learn the takeover isn't happening and ''immediately'' begin fighting once more:
--> '''Rabbit:''' Hey! We just saved your lives do you remember that?!
--> '''Bellefuille:''' Yeah but we have an expression here. WhatHaveYouDoneForMeLately




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