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  • This was a staple of 24. Jack being the kind of guy he is, most of the people who work with him do it with teeth TIGHTLY clenched. But it's not just him. Various government agencies will struggle to cooperate, as will individuals on those teams. Even the villains behind the given terrorist plot will be shown to be ready to cut each other at a moments' notice.
  • Not every team on The Amazing Race ultimately finds themselves getting along, the separated couple of Tara & Wil (Season 2) being the best example. She actively flirted with another racer in front of him.
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  • The entire fourth season of Angel, with one exception — that brief period when they were all mind controlled into working together. The depths of distrust, resentment, and betrayal spread through the team meant that imminent apocalypse was pretty much the only thing that could get them in the same room. This was especially noticeable between Gunn and Wesley, due to the latter's betrayal over the Connor affair and his interest in Fred. Furthermore, when pressed, Gunn confesses he can never be friends with Angel, his natural enemy. In Season 5, this happens between Angel and Spike, usually Played for Laughs.
  • Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome Hot-headed, rookie, want-a-be ace Adama teams up with weary, tired, just wants to make it out of the war alive Coker. Throw in a top-secret mission and you've got a lot of shouting between the two.
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  • Blake's 7 has this due to some conflicting strong personalities among the crew.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • The show had Cordelia as a reluctant team member (sort of), it gets worse after her breakup with Xander.
    • Spike could also be an example, especially in Season 4, when he's only working with them so he can get to kill anything at all. Especially prominent with Xander.
    • Xander towards Angel, although not so much Angel towards Xander.
    • Anya winds up behaving this way to the rest of the Scoobies during the end of Season 6 and the beginning of Season 7 when she becomes a vengeance demon again after Xander leaves her at the altar.
  • Roy and Brice in the Emergency! episode "The Nuisance." John is hurt and Brice is his temporary replacement. But Brice's lack of people skills and over-fondness for the rulebook irritate Roy to no end. He half jokingly tells the captain at one point that he might have to pop him in the jaw to work with him.
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  • Farscape, especially in the earlier episodes, has the theme of highly incompatible beings having to work together to survive. Happens again when Scorpius joins the crew in Season 4 (and again in "The Peacekeeper Wars".) No one wants him around, and with very good reason, but John is especially reticent to keep him aboard.
  • Feud: Joan Crawford and Bette Davis utterly despise one another, but they agree to team up on Whatever Happened To Baby Jane in order to stay in the limelight in the face of the collapse of studio system and Jack Valance's efforts to banish Davis from Hollywood.
  • Firefly: Firefly is actually fairly mixed about this, as Jayne and Simon are often at odds with everyone else (and each other), and Inara and Shepherd are often at odds with Mal, but other than that everyone seems to get along just fine. Well except for Jayne and River. And Jayne and Inara. Or maybe it's just Jayne.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Jon Snow's unpopular plan of teaming the Night's Watch up with their enemies, the wildlings, against their common foe. No one is particularly happy about it.
    • Loboda, the Thenn who had just spurned Jon's offer of safe passage through the Wall, volunteers to accompany Jon to rescue the dragonglass and even has a Last Stand against a White Walker to buy Jon time.
    • As much as Tywin hates it, he does respect Tyrion as the most capable (or at least most trustworthy) of the lords in King's Landing. While he is harsh and abusive towards Tyrion, he does also speak to him as somewhat of an equal.
    • Grey Worm distrusts Tyrion as a foreigner and hates the diplomatic tactic of appeasing the former slavers, but lends his support because his Queen trusts the dwarf. Later, Dany's new allies don't seem to get along very well. Tyrion despises working with Ellaria Sand because Ellaria poisoned his niece Myrcella while Ellaria blames Tyrion for Oberyn's death. Olenna doesn't seem to trust Tyrion and advises Dany not to always listen to him. When Jon arrives to seek aid in the defense against the Night King, he and Dany spend much of the formative days of their alliance struggling to find a compromise between their goals.
    • Downplayed with Stannis, but it's quite visible that he doesn't particularly like using Melisandre's dark magic, but needs her all the same.
  • The Gifted: After John gets captured, Andy and Lorna join up with Marcos, Clarice and Lauren to free him. Naturally, things are pretty tense between them since they went their separate ways.
  • Hawaii Five-O: McGarrett and Danno in the remake hate each other's guts, but make one hell of a team. It should be noted that their everlasting hatred for each other ebbs and wanes as the plot dictates frequently. In the original, Danno was much more of a loyal follower.
  • House: Dr. House's team falls into this category. The team is polite at best, and Dysfunction Junction at worst. The team does always set aside differences to help the patient, but they never stop sniping at each other. Still, even at their lowest low, they're productive. Then Season 5 grabs a shovel. Up to that point, they were still cooperating, but after Season 5, Episode 13, it's pretty obvious that the team has almost no morals whatsoever, and no one seems to be trying to change that. Foreman has all but fallen from grace, Kutner lacks the gumption to back himself up, and everyone else has pretty much bent to House's will. At this point, they're the poster child for why every Five-Man Band needs The Chick.
    House, being House, seems to prefer that his team be at each other's throats. Hence his signing off on Foreman's thesis and not Cameron's, when Foreman basically cribbed off of Cameron. Among many other things.
  • Kamen Rider
    • Kamen Rider OOO: Eiji Hino and Ankh start with a mutual agreement that they work together for as long as they need and try to kill each other the moment they will not.
    • Kamen Rider Ex-Aid:
      • Doctor Riders cooperating to defeat Graphite Bugster. Cooperating is very generous term as they butt heads through the whole fight, scoff at each other and generally show how much they hate having to do this.
      • Hiiro Kagami and Taiga Hanaya form this for the sake of their fellow rider, Emu Hojo. They justifiedly hate each other and see Emu as nuisance at best, but neither of them wants him to die.
    • Kamen Rider Build:
      • This is where relationship of Sento Kiryu and Ryuga Banjou started. They are complete opposites — Sento is genius physicist and Ryuga is former pro fighter. They are initially stuck with each other out of necessity, but develop into Bash Brothers with a dose of vitriol over the time.
      • This is also present among the villains, Night Rogue, Blood Stalk and Juzaburo Nanba, with Blood Stalk in particular seemingly taking every opportunity to stab his allies in the back. It doesn't help that they have different goals: Night Rogue wants to trigger a war between the three nations that Japan was split into with the intention of Touto emerging on top, Nanba wants to do the same but only so he can swoop in and turn Japan into his own "immortal Nanba Empire", and Blood Stalk wants to annihilate all life on Earth.
    • Kamen Rider Zi-O: Kamen Rider Zi-O is going to grow up into an Evil Overlord, but currently is an idealistic young kid. Kamen Rider Geiz traveled back in time to Set Right What Once Went Wrong, but is often talked down from killing someone who hasn't done anything yet. They can pull together to fight other people altering the timeline, but Geiz will often take a swing at Zi-O if he thinks he sees the future tyrant emerging.
  • In the Season 1 finale of Legend of the Seeker, Richard and the newly-introduced Mord-Sith Cara are sent by an explosion to the Bad Future, where Darken Rahl and Kahlan's son killed his parents and confessed everyone in the world to worship him. Cara is initially reluctant to help her master's enemy. However, after she finds out that Nicholas Rahl has killed all her Mord-Sith sisters, she agrees to help him find the way to return to the present. In Season 2, she becomes a loyal companion to him, partly because of the revelation that Richard is next in line for the throne of D'Hara.
  • Lost has this come up every time three or more people have to cooperate on something, especially if Ben is involved.
  • This happens frequently on Misfits, most notably when the group of Fire-Forged Friends kill their probation worker and have to go to extreme lengths to hide the evidence. There are a lot of clashing personalities (and generally appalling attitude problems note ) in the group, plus there's no clear leader, so the bickering never stops and occasionally gets nasty. But they usually manage to stick together when they absolutely have to. That said, when the situation gets really desperate in the Season 1 finale and it looks like a full-scale Misfit Mobilization Moment might be on the cards, the team buckles under the pressure and falls apart completely. In Season 2, the group shows they are also True Companions, whenever one of them is in danger.
  • Murphy Brown: The FYI team will almost always be at each other's throats when they need to be working together, mostly instigated by the size of their egos. Although The Power of Friendship comes through beautifully in the end, they'll have to have a free-for-all shouting brawl first.
  • Our Miss Brooks: This happens whenever Mr. Conklin forces Miss Brooks to go along with a scheme of which she does not approve.
  • Sliders: This was very much the dynamic between Wade and Maggie during the latter half of Season 3 (before Wade got Put on a Bus to Hell.) Maggie found Wade too weak and easily frightened while Wade didn't like Maggie's tough, uncaring persona. Quinn and Rembrandt managed to get along pretty well with both women (and each other), though.
  • A frequently recurring theme on Stargate Universe, primarily demonstrated in the Young and Rush characters.
    • Also happens on a national scale on planet Novus, populated by descendants of the Destiny crew from an alternate timeline who were thrown back in time by a gate malfunction. The two countries (Tenara and Futura) are bitter rivals over the philosophies of their founders but have gotten over their differences and pooled their resources together to build numerous Generation Ships to take them to another world when their civilization is threatened by a rogue Black Hole.
    • Played for Laughs when Brody innocently goes to download the Tenaran archive to Destiny, only to receive a withering Death Glare from all the Tenarans present in the room. After a moment of confusion, his colleagues point out that the alternate Brody was one of the chief architects of the Futuran government.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: At the start of the show, this was the relationship between Major Kira and Commander Sisko since Kira felt as though the Federation was just waltzing into the vacuum left by Bajor's departed oppressors (the Cardassians). They eventually become Fire-Forged Friends. At the end of the show, this became the relationship between Major Kira, Gul Damar and Garak: after seven years of mutual loathing and mistrust, the trio are forced to work together to build La Résistance to throw the Dominion off Cardassia because, even though the Federation, Klingons and Romulans have joined forces to fight the Dominion, they still can't defeat it unless they can convince the Cardassians to fight against the Dominion, too. This also leads to Fire-Forged Friends.
    • Just because they enter the coalition to defeat the Dominion doesn't mean the Romulans like the Klingons any more than they didn't before. The feeling's mutual.
    • Dukat and Weyoun have this during the early stages of the war. The latter eventually drops this with Dukat's successor, Damar.
    • In one episode, Garak and Dukat team up to protect the Cardassian government leaders from a Klingon invasion. As they prepare for the battle, Dukat feels the need to remind Garak that when he uses his weapon, he's meant to be aiming at the Klingons.
  • Star Trek: Voyager was all about this; what with the Federation and Maquis having to work together while not necessarily trusting each other. This wore off pretty quick by the end of the first season.
    • When Janeway proposed an alliance with the Borg to stop Species 8472, it was clear from the beginning it was going to be a suspect team-up.
  • In Star Trek: Enterprise, this makes up the last half of Season 3, once Archer convinces Degra and most of the Xindo Council that they were being manipulated by the Sphere Builders into attacking Humanity, planning to prevent their own defeat in the future at Human and Xindi hands. This comes across hardest for Tucker, who's forced to work with the man who's responsible for designing the weapon that killed 7 million people on Earth, wiped out his hometown and killed his younger sister.
  • Star Trek: Picard: In "Et in Arcadia Ego, Part 2", Elnor doesn't like or trust Narek, a Zhat Vash operative whose sister had murdered Hugh, but he agrees to work with him to destroy the beacon that will summon the extragalactic synthetics.
  • Frequently in Supernatural. Especially when Crowley is the person that the Winchesters or Castiel or both is forced to join forces with against a threat much worse than Crowley.
  • Top Gear (UK) plays this up for laughs whenever the hosts have to work together. Jeremy's MO is to rush through a job with brute force while James likes to slowly work on a project with intricate/plodding attention to detail. Richard tends to get caught in the middle, not having Jeremy's penchant for raw power or the patience for James' fussiness. They were unnaturally supportive of each other for most of the 24 Hour Britcar Endurance Race, but admitted afterward that working together in a Power of Friendship way had made them "feel dirty". In Real Life, however, they are Vitriolic Best Buds and True Companions.
  • The first season finale of Torchwood. Jack summarizes it when he lists what his colleagues did during the season.
  • Uchu Sentai Kyuranger: Stinger/Sasori Oranger and Champ/Ouishi Black work together only because they are on the same team and have the same goal. Champ would rather squish Stinger for killing his creator, Professor Anton and Stinger is just antisocial prick. They do develop into True Companions later, helped by the fact that Stinger was not in fact responsible for the crime that Champ accused him of.
  • In the second season of Veronica Mars, rich bad boy Logan Echolls, and biker gang leader Eli "Weevil" Navarro, who detest each other for lots of reasons, reluctantly team up to find out who killed Weevil's friend (and fellow PCHer Felix — whose murder Logan was originally suspected of — making this a combination of this trope and Enemy Mine.


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