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  • It's established through certain parts of the film that The Avengers can't stand each other at all, especially Iron Man and Captain America. However, when it comes time to fight Loki's forces, they'll be more than happy to drop their personal issues to stop the threat however they can. By the end of the movie, they are Fire-Forged Friends.
    Thor: You speak of control, yet you court chaos.
    Bruce Banner: It's his M.O., isn't it? I mean, what are we, a team? No, no, no. We're a chemical mixture that makes chaos. We're... we're a time-bomb.
    Nick Fury: You need to step away.
    Tony Stark: Why shouldn't the guy let off a little steam?
    Steve Rogers: You know damn well why! Back off!
    Tony Stark: Oh, I'm starting to want you to make me.
  • The second of the Joshuu Sasori series, Jailhouse 41, finds the heroine obliged to work together with six other prisoners. Many of them hate her, but are also scared enough of her not to attack her, and recognise her toughness and experience will be a bonus.
  • This is the whole point of most zombie movies, especially those made by or remade from George Romero. Night of the Living Dead (1968) started the trend, with the zombies providing constant pressure on a house full of strangers who fight over what to do while passing the Idiot Ball back and forth like a hot potato.
  • The movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles is perhaps a defining text of this trope.
  • Saw II and Saw V did something like this to the extreme, as they had enemies put into a house and if they didn't cooperate, they'd die.
  • X-Men Film Series
  • In the Heat of the Night: Gillespie isn't too thrilled to have Tibbs second-guessing him during the early part of the investigation. But when Tibbs keeps getting proved correct, Gillespie lets up on the animosity. For his part, Tibbs doesn't help ease tensions as he withholds key observations at times and keeps trying to lead the investigation his way.
  • Big Game has a villainous example: while Morris and Hazar are Big Bad Duumvirate, they have very different motives and are often at each other's throats.
  • Captain America: Civil War:
    • Despite being on Cap's side when it comes to the Accords, Sam Wilson makes no bones about his dislike/distrust of Bucky, which worsens when they have to start working with each other. They can't even sit quietly in the same car without antagonizing each other.
      Bucky: [dangerously] Can you move your seat up?
      Sam: [also dangerously] No.
      [Bucky scoots over in the back seat, glaring at Sam the whole time]
    • Likewise, Black Widow does not like the fact that she's on the same side as Tony as she's a closer friend of Steve's, while T'Challa is mostly on the team because he wants to kill Winter Soldier.
    • Civil War also deconstructs the group's initial Teeth Clenched Teamwork. As the Avengers never fully trusted each other or worked out their initial grievances, it makes it much easier for politics and Zemo to drive a wedge in and break them apart.
  • Defiance: Collaboration between the Bielski Partisans and Soviet Partisans happens to be quite problematic, thanks to rampant antisemitism from the Russian population.
  • In Sorority Row, Jessica and Cassie really can't stand each other. However, they are forced to work together if they are to stand any chance of getting out of the sorority house alive.
  • In Hellboy (2019), while Hellboy and Alice hit it off like a house on fire, Big Red and Daimio really can't stand each other when they meet, with Daimio even going so far as to commission a holy weapon specifically to kill Hellboy. Naturally, they develop into Fire-Forged Friends over the course of the movie. At the end of it, there's still traces of rivalry, but it's more friendly. Although in the six-months later scene, trying to trigger Daimio's were-jaguar side ends in the Right Hand of Doom meeting his face and throwing him against the wall.
  • In The Con Is On, Peter hates Sidney with a passion (with good reason, as Sidney was responsible for Peter spending three months in a Turkish jail), but has to go to him for help as he is the only contact he and Harry have in Los Angeles.
  • In Avengers: Infinity War, despite once being put on opposing sides in Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa makes Steve feel right at home during his visit to Wakanda after Steve shows his appreciation for allowing T'Challa to reform Bucky. Tony on the other hand doesn't get along at first with Star-Lord when an explosive bomb is tossed into the remains of the crashed Q-Ship by Star-Lord.

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