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"We few...we happy few. We band of brothers. For he that sheds his blood today with mine shall be my brother."

And have we done with War at last?
Well, we've been lucky devils both,
And there's no need of pledge or oath
To bind our lovely friendship fast,
By firmer stuff
Close bound enough.
Robert Graves, Two Fusiliers

Through these fields of destruction
Baptisms of fire
I've witnessed your suff'ring
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me, my brothers in arms
Dire Straits, "Brothers In Arms"

Thomas: I'm sorry I was cheeky...
Gordon: That's alright, Thomas. You've made me laugh! I'm in disgrace.
Thomas: So am I!
Gordon: Why so you are, Thomas. Shall we form an alliance? You help me and I'll help you.
Thomas: Right you are!
Gordon: Good. That's settled.
Thomas the Tank Engine, "Down The Mine"

"I'm sorry, this is a horrible situation to meet under- I know you're scared, I'm scared too- but we are on the same side- the side that wants to live!"
Ecco the Dolphin talking to Karkat Vantas in the fic Module S

"It's strange, but the last word I'd use for Thane is 'assassin'. We covered each other in firefights. That makes him a partner."
Garrus Vakarian, Mass Effect 3

I stood by the river
That ran red with shame
I stood in the killing fields
Where death had no name
I stood with my brothers
And away it flood
And we were one flesh, one breath, one life, one blood
— "One Blood" by Terence Jay

"We dug coal together."
Raylan Givens, summing up his relationship with Boyd Crowder, Justified

"Fear makes companions of all of us."
The Doctor, Doctor Who, "An Unearthly Child"

Horace Warfield: All these years, [Emperor] Mengsk made you out to be the devil himself. But I've seen you put it on the line for men who'd otherwise be hunting you down.
Jim Raynor: Your Emperor's the one who should be brought to justice. All I ever wanted was for folks to live free.
Horace Warfield: Charging into battle with a stranger—taking enemy fire, holding the line shoulder to shoulder—that's the great equalizer of war. It's an honor to fight at your side.
Two opposing commanders during an Enemy Mine, StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty

"When we met, we only had two things in common: the wrong place and the wrong time. When you're facing a thousand mutant zombies eager to spoon out your brains, you learn to work together."
Oz, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare: Exo Zombies

"What are they trying to teach you, Mickey? That I'm your enemy? You know that's not true, you know that's not true! We've fought in a thousand wars, you and I, side-by-side together. We've saved each other's lives a hundred times over!"
Robert McCall, The Equalizer, "Splinters"

"In the Guard we have a saying: danger is the anvil on which trust is forged."

“If we make it through this, we will be friends. Bonded by trauma.”
Artemis Fowl, The Opal Deception

"The 'G' stands for genocide, motherfucker!"
Isaac Washington regarding his partner G, House of the Dead: OVERKILL

Picard: You hoped this would happen, didn't you? You knew there was a dangerous creature on this planet and you knew from the tale of Darmok that a danger shared might sometimes bring two people together. Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra. You and me, here, at El-Adrel.
Dathon: Kira at Bashi. Temba, his arms wide.
Picard: My turn? No, I'm not much of a story teller. Besides, you wouldn't understand. Shaka. when the walls fell. Perhaps that doesn't matter. You want to hear it anyway. There's a story, a very ancient one, from Earth. I'll try and remember it. Gilgamesh, a king. Gilgamesh, a king, at Uruk. He tormented his subjects. He made them angry. They cried out aloud, send us a companion for our king. Spare us from his madness. Enkidu, a wild man from the forest, entered the city. They fought in the temple. They fought in the street. Gilgamesh defeated Enkidu. They became great friends. Gilgamesh and Enkidu at Uruk.
Dathon: At Uruk.
Picard: The new friends went out into the desert together, where the great bull of heaven was killing men by the hundreds. Enkidu caught the bull by the tail. Gilgamesh struck it with his sword.
Dathon: Gilgamesh.
Picard: They were victorious. But Enkidu fell to the ground, struck down by the gods. And Gilgamesh wept bitter tears, saying, 'he who was my companion through adventure and hardship, is gone forever.

EMH Mark 2: Bulls-eye!
The Doctor: The Warbirds are in retreat!
EMH Mark 2: Doctor, we've done it! Two holograms, alone. Romulans on one side, Starfleet on the other. Alarms beeping everywhere.
The Doctor: EMH Mark Two, newborn but filled with courage.
EMH Mark 2: EMH Mark One, armed with years of experience.
The Doctor: Together they emerged triumphant.
EMH Mark 2: The end. (console beeps) Or not?
(Two armed Starfleet officers beam aboard.)
The Doctor: Welcome to the Prometheus, gentlemen. It's about time.
Star Trek: Voyager, "Message in a Bottle"

"One of the group was killed before I got there. But the group remains. Bound together by time and pain and the need to survive."
Dorian, Blake's 7, "Rescue"

"Listen, we both know how this goes. First we hate each other, then go on a life-changing adventure, then BOOM! Best friends! So can we move this along, Penny?"
Della to Lieutenant Penumbra, DuckTales (2017), "What Ever Happened to Della Duck?!"

Applejack: So let me get this straight. You two first fought each other, then fought a bunch of gang members, and now you're friends?
Rainbow Dash: More or less.
Applejack: Alright, fine with me, just as long as y'all are done going at it like cats.
Rarity: Really? You're really going to dismiss it just like that?
Applejack: Eeyup. They're both still breathin' and now, they're friends. Sometimes it takes a little beatdown to make a friend with somebody.
Rarity: [facepalm] I'm surrounded by unsophisticated nitwits.

Did Aja really care about me? A little while ago she hated that I had ever set foot on Veelox because she feared I would steal her thunder. What a difference a few death-defying escapes can make.
The Pendragon Adventure: The Reality Bug

Long have our peoples waged war, but no more. Your fallen lie beside our own. By our words and deeds shall we honor their sacrifice.
Amalj'aa War Chief, Final Fantasy XIV


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