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  • Mass Effect:
    • EDI and Joker in Mass Effect 2 are this trope for a while, to the point where Joker fractures his thumb hitting her mute button. Over time their relationship improves, however, particularly after he breaks Cerberus' control over her. Not only does this enable her to save the ship from a Collector attack, it also makes EDI's personality more pleasant.
    • Garrus and Tali are this as well, if their lift conversations are anything to go by ("I'm pleased that the imminent destruction of all organic life has improved your career opportunities," for example). However, they also seem to be very respectful of each other's abilities. As of the third game you could consider this Belligerent Sexual Tension, as well, since the two of them get together despite their snarking at one another, provided neither one is already in a relationship with Shepard. And if female Shepard is in a relationship with Garrus, a drunk Tali will have a daydream about Garrus offering her a threesome.
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    • Mordin Solus is also this with STG operative Kirrahe. Mordin speaks of Kirrahe fondly when the latter's role in the first game is mentioned, but calls Kirrahe a "bit of a cloaca". In the game's cut content, Kirrahe's email to Shepard also speaks highly of Mordin, although he also calls the latter a "bit of a cloaca". note 
    • James Vega and Lt. Cortez in Mass Effect 3. When you're speaking to one, the other will likely be heckling them from the side, typically Vega towards Cortez.
    • Mass Effect 3 also shows that Garrus and Wrex have developed into this. Having Garrus in your squad while talking to Wrex on Sur'Kesh is hilarious because of the way they just go at each other. With big smiles on their faces the whole timenote .
    Wrex: Dammit. Of all the turians out there, I had to make friends with one who thinks he's funny.
    Garrus: Well, how do you think I feel? I'm supposed to hate you, but instead, you warmed my heart with your winning personality.
    • Garrus and Male Shepard have this type of relationship. Best shown in Garrus' recruitment mission in the second game, where after having sustained heavy facial scarring from being struck in the cheek by a missile, Garrus jokes that he was getting tired of all the female attention, so at least now Shepard can get some attention from the ladies. One of Shepard's options for a first move, meanwhile - and this comes with either gender - is to don a broad smile and go "hell, Garrus, you were always ugly; slap some paint on it and no-one will notice".
    • Despite an intial animosity due to the disastrous first contact between them, the Turians and Humans eventually have evolved into this type of relationship by the third game, where they are the first to mobilise and combine their forces to fight back against the Reaper invasion. While they still continue to heckle one another, it's clear both sides have a genuine respect for their abilities as soldiers and have got each other's back. See this scene where alliance pilot Joker and Turian soldier Garrus cheerfully trades racist jokes.
    Garrus: All right, my turn. What's the first order an Alliance commander gives at the start of combat?
    Joker: Uh...I give up.
    Garrus: Correct.
    Joker: [laughs] All right, big guy. What do you call it when a turian gets killed by a horrible spiky monster?
    Garrus: Friendly fire. Come on, that one goes back to Shanxi.
    Joker: Gotta respect the classics.
    Garrus: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?
    Joker: 602. 600 to vote on it, one to ask the asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council afterward. How do you know when a turian is out of ammo?
    Garrus: He switches to the stick up his ass as a backup weapon. Why does the Alliance hire pilots with brittle bone disease?
    Joker: You're shitting me! The turian military has one about me?
    Garrus: Oh absolutely! I heard it myself from a private back on Palaven.
    Joker: All right, why does the Alliance hire pilots with brittle bone disease?
    Garrus: So their marines can beat someone in hand-to-hand drills.
    Joker: Damn, you need to tell James that one. Hey, what's the hardest part about treating a turian who took a rocket to one side of his face?
    Garrus: Figuring out which side took the rocket.
    • To call them "best buds" might be stretching it a bit, but the party during the Citadel DLC paints Miranda and Jack as this. They're still constantly flinging insults at each other, but even Jack admits that they're just messing around. According to her, Miranda fights better when she's pissed, so she tries to keep her primed. Miranda later admits that she finds Jack's Character Development extremely admirable, for which Jack sincerely thanks her... only to respond that the thing(s) she admires most about Miranda are her tits. Even if you encourage their rivalry, it ends in the two of them admitting that the other is "fun to hate."
    • Most of the krogan conversations you hear on Tuchanka in the second game are either this or two people who genuinely can't stand each other; it's kind of hard to tell.
    • In Citadel, this kind of relationship is all over the place. While Jack and Miranda are the most obvious, you can get interactions like Shepard making jokes about Kaidan's cooking, or Miranda affectionately mocking you for the whole fiasco in the first half of the DLC.
    • Andromeda has one with Liam and Jaal. One moment, they may argue about whether Milky Way or Andromedan culture is superior. The next, they may have a friendly bonding watching a movie while finishing each other's sentence. In fact, they are so much vitriolic best buds that they will debate about technology while naked.
      • Indeed the two actively cultivate this relationship. During the above mentioned unclothed conversation they are specifically trying to come up with insults for each other to find out what's friendly banter to each other and what would be genuinely offensive so they'll know in future.
    • Also from Andromeda, Nakmor Drack and Cora Harper. Their conversations on the Nomad consist of little besides the two jibing at one another (Drack mocking Cora's asari-derived fighting style, Drack mocking Cora's aim, Cora vowing to get him after beating Gil Brody at poker, etc.) But beneath that the two actually get on fine. Drack even offers Cora support when she catches a bad case of Broken Pedestal, telling her not to burn the books that made her a good fighter just because the person who wrote them let her down.
  • World of Warcraft's Asric and Jadaar never stop bickering. But considering that they've stuck with each other even after their cop jobs in Shattrath fell through, they've got to genuinely be best buds (at least).
    • Datamined sound files in patch 5.2 seem to have Anduin and Wrathion forming this type of friendship.
  • Raul Tejada has this sort of relationship with the Courier in Fallout: New Vegas, although it's much more pronounced on Raul's part; he will almost constantly make snarky comments and is the only companion who seems to genuinely believe the Courier is an idiot. If the Courier actually has a low Intelligence score, they will take most of Raul's sarcasm at face value. He will never tone down the vitriol, but once the Courier has earned his loyalty, the "best buds" part becomes more apparent.
  • In Fallout 4, Paladin Danse has a one-sided version of this from some of the other companions. Despite the fact that he's condescending to non-Brotherhood and openly insulting to non-humans, when Maxson orders his execution after it's revealed he's a Synth, it is the ones that he hates the most like Nick, Hancock and Deacon that support sticking up for him.
    Deacon: Dance may have a stick up his backside, but he's our friend.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas has CJ's friendship with Ryder as this. Ryder insults CJ at times, but the two are still close friends, until Ryder betrays him along with Big Smoke.
  • Touhou's Marisa and Alice spend the whole of Imperishable Night taking jabs at each other, sometime ignoring the boss to bicker some more. Alice also joins up with a boss to mock Marisa and, two stages later, it's Marisa blaming the endless night incident on Alice in front of what passes for law enforcement in Gensokyo (they're accomplices). They're also the most popular ship in the fandom.
    • The two goddesses of the Moriya Shrine, Kanako and Suwako, have this relationship. Long ago, Kanako took over Suwako's shrine after defeating her in a fight, but since Suwako was the only one who could control the local curse gods, this made the people fearful. Kanako had no choice but to have joint ownership of the shrine with Suwako to ensure the curse gods wouldn't get out of hand, though Suwako insists that it's still hers. They've lived together in the same shrine ever since, still considering each other rivals but not so much as they used to.
    • Strangely enough, Kaguya and Mokou could be considered this even though they try to kill each other constantly. Since they drank the Hourai Elixir, the very aspect of death has been removed from their lives, and they very well might outlive every other being in Gensokyo. Partially because of this, they are the only ones who can understand the other's plight with this Immortality. Cage in Lunatic Runagate has Mokou explaining to Keine how terrified she was when she heard about the Moon rocket in Silent Sinner in Blue. She thought Kaguya was taking it to the Moon and was going to leave forever.
  • Guillo and Milly in Baten Kaitos Origins are a cross between this and Fire-Forged Friends; they outright despise each other at first, and despite warming up to each other, they still hurl insults every chance they get. Notably, late in the game when Baelheit turns a gun on her, is one of the few times in the game Guillo is absolutely outraged.
  • Shin Megami Tensei:
    • In the Persona sub-series, it's quite common to find a couple whose friendship is seemingly based on jabs and cheapshots.
      • Masao "Mark" Inaba and Kei "Nate" Nanjo from the first Persona, though it takes awhile before they actually become friends.
      • Eikichi Mishina and Lisa Silverman in Persona 2: Innocent Sin. Both have derisive nicknames for each other, and argue constantly. At a certain point in the game, Lisa is revealed to be with an unsavory character, and Eikichi states that they better go find them before Lisa murders the guy. Cool Big Sis Maya Amano mentions that Eikichi is just saying that, and he really seems worried about Lisa.
      • Junpei Iori and Yukari Takeba casually trade barbs with each other throughout Persona 3. Junpei is also implied to have this dynamic with the main character.
    • Persona 5 has this, albeit not to the same level as its predecessor:
      • Ryuji Sakamoto's dynamic with True Companions Ann Takamaki and Morgana, who constantly give him shade for being Book Dumb and having no No Indoor Voice, but also trust him with their lives and hang out constantly. Much like the below Chie and Yosuke, fanon sees Ryuji and Ann's bond as Belligerent Sexual Tension (though the game does make more points to show they were close and more scenes with the two.] However, Ryuji and Morgana's case is a mild deconstruction since Morgana's insecurities means he can't tke what he dishes out, which is what happens when Ryuji makes jabs at Morgana's case when Futaba joins. Morgana's stubbornness and insecurities have him leave the team out of fear of not being useful. He quickly rejoins along with Haru and the two patch things up.
      • Futaba Sakura and Yusuke Kitagawa also tend to constantly bicker, with Futaba even calling Yusuke "Inari" and mainly to both of them having No Social Skills and Not Good with People. Nonetheless, Yusuke is still one of the first people that Futaba opens up to and the two trust one another.
    • This appears a lot in Persona 4 as the main cast seem to love annoying, teasing, and bickering with each other. Some notable examples are:
      • Yosuke Hanamura and Chie Satonaka. The two snipe at each other frequently and fanon likes to interpret their sniping as Belligerent Sexual Tension (though given how Yukiko mentions she thinks they'd make a good couple, it may be applicable in game too). However, both of them are very close and it's heavily implied Chie is one of Yosuke's first friends when he moved. Furthermore, it's implied alot of their sniping toward one another comes from the fact that both are heavily insecure with themselves, especially regarding them trying to be more girly/boyish and how both secretly harbored resentment toward their closest friend due to their greater popularity and attractiveness (this was Chie's struggle with Yukiko, who is more conventionally attractive and feminine while Yusuke struggles with feeling in the shadow of the protagonist.)
      • Yosuke and Kanji Tatsumi, too. Through a combination of Yosuke's teasing along with Kanji's temper mean that shannigans are bound to occur (especially when Yosuke teases Kanji about his attraction to Naoto) But like the rest of the Investigation Team, they are Fire-Forged Friends through and through.
      • Kanji also tends to bicker with Rise Kujikawa whenever they directly address each other.
    • An example from the mainline SMT games: Walter and Jonathan from Shin Megami Tensei IV, being from two different castes, often butt heads on how the other should act as a Samurai, but they do often help each other out and are True Companions. That is, until they encounter Lilith and the Archangels. Their friendship is momentarily back again when they and Flynn travel through the alternate Tokyos, only to completely shatter once they come back and Walter and Jonathan meet Lucifer and Merkabah, respectively.
  • The DS remakes of Pokémon Gold and Silver portray Gym Leaders Janine and Falkner (Who had zero interaction in the originals) as this. They're only shown arguing about whose father is considered as the better trainer, but a few lines suggest that they hang out together.
  • Duncan and Sand from Neverwinter Nights 2 are all over this trope. While the term "best buds" might be a bit of a stretch, they are what one would call friends, and the general fan consensus is that if they ever were to stop insulting one another, they would probably just... implode... from the stress.
    Duncan: Sorry I pointed out the fact that you were a charlatan, Sand.
    Sand: And I didn't mean to bring up your excessive drinking, Duncan, and your long list of failed aspirations. It was uncalled for.
  • Daxter and Pecker in Jak and Daxter usually show nothing but scorn for each other, but Daxter has no problem letting Pecker drink at his bar for free. They even teamed up to try to save Jak from his banishment in Jak 3. It didn't work, but it's the thought that counts.
  • Banjo and Kazooie in... well, Banjo-Kazooie. Kazooie abuses Banjo, Banjo retaliates back, witch tries to harm one of them, both turn on her and kick the snot out of her with much high-fiving.
  • Gan Ning and Ling Tong in the Dynasty Warriors series. Despite being the blue oni to Gan Ning's red oni, Ling Tong is the more vitriolic of the pair - which is justified in that Gan Ning killed Ling Tong's father before the two became comrades. Eventually they settle into ragging on each other's performance on the battlefield and griping at each other whenever an Embarrassing Rescue is called for.
  • Jahiera and Aerie in Baldur's Gate 2. Much of their dialogue involves them arguing or otherwise exchanging barbs with each other (especially if Charname's romancing one of them), but in the end they back each other up in a fight.
    • Korgan manages to form this kind of friendship with at least two people in the party. With Neria and Imoen it's a snark battle, which he loses to Imoen. He also forms a pact with Edwin to take over the party... which fails miserably by the way.
  • Star Fox. Fox McCloud and Falco Lombardi: although Falco is definitely more so. Fox takes playful shots back on occasion.
    • They were even more vitriolic during the original Super NES incarnation's comic, when Falco was even more cynical, Fox was even more prone to raising his voice, and the two were known to occasionally deal with their disagreements by beating the living shit out of each other, even while simultaneously expressing how much they cared about each other.
  • Nick and Coach from Left 4 Dead 2 sit somewhere between this and Fire-Forged Friends. At the start, each of them sees the other guy as an idiot, but after a while, they come to have a bit of respect for each other, even though the way that Nick admits it is by saying Coach has "the stupidest idea I've ever agreed with".
    • From the original Left 4 Dead, Louis and Francis seem to get along like this; Francis's hatefilled world view and Louis's optimism clash, but if one of them gets killed the other is visibly upset. Bill and Francis have this relationship too. The Sacrifice comic shows it well.
  • Baird and the rest of the team in Gears of War, especially between him and Marcus. The two barrage each other with insults, but would risk their lives to save each other.
  • In Planescape: Torment, this is pretty much Annah's default relationship with anyone in the party not the Nameless One, especially Morte and Fall-From-Grace. Morte himself also has a like/hate relationship with Nordom, as Nordom is part of a race that is quite literally pure, unchanging law, whereas Morte is a firm advocate of free will.
  • Tales Series:
    • Sheena and Zelos in Tales of Symphonia. Though he's always teasing her and she says she can't stand him, they both care a great deal about each other.
    • Tales of the Abyss has a case with Jade and Peony. Particularly notable in that Jade, in his role as The Gadfly, teases everyone, but actually turns it up for Peony, and Peony is the only character in the game who ever manages to tease him back just as hard.
    • Tales of Vesperia has a mild case, with the Heterosexual Life-Partners polar opposites: Yuri and Flynn. Despite the teasing, they genuinely respect each other, and their insults are typically either endearing or something they like about the other. Of course, this is conveniently out of the other's hearing range. ... Otherwise, expect them to bicker like an old married couple, and not stop until someone else interrupts them. The prequel movie added a lot more vitriol, but there it didn't look like they were friends at all.
    • The movie deals with the time when they started to pursue different paths; that's why it seems they can't get along.
    • Magilou and the entire party in Tales of Berseria. Rokorou and Eizen to a lesser extent. They usually get along entirely fine, but Rokorou can't help but needle Eizen occasionally. They even agree to fight each other when time becomes available, just to see who'd win. Post battle dialogue can also show them joking at each other.
      • Velvet and Ellinor eventually reach this point. They started out simply vitriolic. As events unfold, they become more aligned to the point that Ellinor is genuinely amicable towards Velvet, and Velvet comes to at least respect Ellinor, while always hastening to append "You still drive me mad" to most of their conversations.
  • Dead Rising 2: Case West has Frank West and Chuck Greene.
  • Dragon Age:
    • In Dragon Age: Origins, many people interpreted Morrigan and Alistair's relationship to be something like this, even sparking a strong shipping base based on their seemingly-Slap-Slap-Kiss interactions, until Darkspawn Chronicles went and jossed the fandom's interpretations, saying that they truly just plain hated each other. They do manage to be perfectly civil to each other if they both appear in Dragon Age: Inquisition, at least.
      • Saved by the fact that the Darkspawn Chronicles DLC was never meant as canon, but defined as alternate reality.
      • Morrigan does, however, say late in the game while proposing to sleep with Alistair to become pregnant with a Gray Warden's child that will become host to the Old God that Alistair despises her, which is why she is going to you and not him.
    • Dragon Age II has multiple relationships like this.
      • There's Aveline and Isabela who constantly bicker, calling each other things like "whore" and "man-hands", but hang out with each other in their free time, and by the end of the game it's obvious they care about each other. At the end of Act 2, if you opt to hand Isabela over to the Arishok, Aveline will object to the point of getting rivalry points for the act. Their relationship condensed:
      Aveline: I'm the captain of the guard. I'm loyal, strong, and I don't look too bad naked.
      Isabela: Exactly. And if I called you a mannish, awkward, ball-crushing do-gooder, you'd say...
      Aveline: Shut up, whore.
      Isabela: That's my girl.
      • Carver and Varric have a similar relationship:
      Carver: Varric.
      Varric: Carver.
      Carver: Still think you're helping while burying us in debt to your brother?
      Varric: Still riding side saddle while bitching at your betters?
      Carver: Drinks later?
      Varric: Never miss 'em.
      • Varric (again) and Aveline have frequent spats about the former's "guard serial" and who was the model for it.
      • Rivalries in general are like this. Hawke acts extremely antagonistic to his/her Rivals, but in a way that forces said Rivals to change and grow as people. The Rivals in turn will snark back and sometimes even lash out, but full Rivals will be just as loyal to Hawke as full Friends.
      • Even with a friendship, a Snarky Hawke will almost inevitably have this relationship with Aveline. Hawke is always ribbing and getting on Aveline's nerves, but it's quite clear that they both care about each other a great deal, and Aveline in particular is determined to protect Hawke as best she can, as well as attempting to comfort him/her after his/her mother's murder.
      • However, Anders and Fenris genuinely do despise each other - all of the vitriolic, none of the best buds. If you sell Fenris out back to his old slave master who abused him greatly, Anders is the only member of your team who will approve. The closest they get to any kind of compatibility comes during the quest "All That Remains," where they set aside their differences in order to help Hawke try to save their mother.
    • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, Krem and the Iron Bull enjoy ripping on each other a great deal, but they're obviously the best of friends. This makes sacrificing the Chargers even worse if you do it.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Sonic and Knuckles are usually fighting with each other (sometimes in a literal sense) or exchanging jabs as a result of their clashing personalities. Sonic is a bit of a snarker and likes to poke fun at Knuckles over his shortcomings, while the stoic/quick-tempered Knuckles tends to get irritated by Sonic's lack of seriousness and is reluctant to admit that they're friends. However, when things get tough, Knuckles shows that he's one of Sonic's most reliable allies and is easily his closest friend after Tails.
      • They are at it again in Sonic Boom, but what differentiates this instance from the central canon is that the characters' roles are reversed; Sonic is the loner to Knuckles' Boisterous Bruiser.
    • Sonic and Shadow are both this. This was evident in Shadow the Hedgehog where Sonic treats Shadow as a friend while Shadow is rather irritated with Sonic's friendly attitude (granted that Shadow still had amnesia and doesn't know Sonic that well at least until the end of the game). Even so, there are times where Shadow does come through for Sonic when he saved him from being attacked/killed by Silver in Sonic the Hedgehog (2006), and he does have a great deal of respect for him.
    • Shadow and Rouge also qualify. Most of their conversations involves with both characters snarking at each other, but on the good note, they both have proven to be loyal teammates.
  • Cole Phelps in L.A. Noire is this to all of his partners.
  • Red Dead Redemption has John Marston and Uncle.
    • Hell, the Marston family is one.
  • In the Lufia games, the heroes tend to bicker amongst themselves. Lampshaded in Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals where Maxim explains to an NPC, that his friends argue because they're friends, or they wouldn't bother.
  • In Star Wars: Republic Commando, Sev and Scorch, (even more-so than the rest of the team). It's most evident when the squad is forced to leave Sev for dead in the Cliffhanger ending.
  • Made a plot point in Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords - shabby investigation leads to this trope being mistaken for actual enemies, leading to your local contact being placed under arrest.
  • Disgaea: Hour of Darkness gives us Laharl and Etna. He's an arrogant spoiled brat prince who demands utter loyalty and obedience from his vassal, and she is a tsundere Servile Snarker who claims she is constantly one last straw away from bumping him off and taking the throne for herself. They argue and insult each other constantly. But deep down Etna is devoted to making Laharl the best ruler he can be, and deeply respects how much he has matured, and Laharl truly admires her ambition and competence and basically gives her permission to scheme against him, because if there's one person who deserves to overthrow him it's her.
    • Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice has Mao and Raspberyl. One an Honor Student (meaning total jerkass) and one a Delinquent (goody two-shoes). They can't stand each other, insult each other, fight each other, and by the end of the game would clearly gladly lay down their lives for each other. They actually end up running the school together.
  • Kyo Kusanagi and Benimaru Nikaido start as this in The King of Fighters. The fact that their friendship began few after a very young Kyo defeated Benimaru in two consecutive martial arts tournaments doesn't help. As they both grow and mature their banter is dialed down quite a bit, but they're still ready to spar whenever they can.
    • In the KOF:KYO media, Kyo and Kensou have some shades of this as well.
  • This was how the friendship between Ratchet & Clank starts out in the first game before Ratchet's Heel Realization and taking levels in kindness.
  • Sora and Donald (and, to a lesser extent, Goofy) in Kingdom Hearts I.
  • Neku Sakuraba from The World Ends with You is this with ALL of his partners. He frequently engages in Snark-to-Snark Combat with Joshua and finds himself repeatedly annoyed at Beat’s impulsiveness and tendency to act without thinking, as well as Shiki’s pushiness and tendency to chatter on early on, but, with push comes to shove, he genuinely cares about all of them and comes to accept them as his True Companions, as well as providing them with helpful advice and insights when it comes to their various issues.
  • Dylas and Doug in Rune Factory 4. They constantly bicker, with Doug having no reservations about pressing Dylas' Berserk Button, and struggle to outdo one another in any sort of competition. But in the end, they still leave each other (anonymous) birthday presents every year.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • Plenty occur in Fire Emblem Awakening due to the massive amounts of possible supports between characters. One example is the Female Avatar and Lon'qu, if they don't reach a Relationship Upgrade: she hassles him because he refuses to take her seriously and he finds her antics frustrating when he thinks she refuses to respect his phobia of women, but by A-support they get used so used to each other, he's conditioned to be distracted from his phobia around her.
      • Another big example happens with Owain and Inigo, aka two of Lon'qu's possible children. They snipe at each other quite a bit and Inigo loves poking Owain about his hero ways, but they will always have each other's backs, when it's needed. Fire Emblem Fates reveals that, as Odin and Laslow, their friendship is still somewhat belligerent, yet it's stronger than ever.
    • Cynthia and Severa's support dialogue is another example. Their relationship level increases as their competitions to prove who's superior escalate. By the end of support A they admit that they just really like each other.
    • The Armor Knight Gatrie and Cold Sniper Shinon from the Fire Emblem Tellius subseries are Heterosexual Life-Partners, despite being completely opposite in personality. When they interact, the sharp-tongued and rude Shinon tends to insult and snark at the upbeat and friendly Gatrie, who doesn't seem to mind at all.
      Gatrie: I have a new girlfriend!
      Shinon: A new girlfriend? Is she blind or something?
  • Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag has Edward Kenway and Adewale's relationship verge on this. Adewale has no respect for Edward's endless greed while Edward ignores all of Adewale's idealistic suggestions. They eventually reconcile when they both become Assassins.
  • Galuf and Faris are this in Final Fantasy V. They bicker a lot and goad each other, both of them having pretty rough manners as a Cool Old Guy and Pirate respectively. Even when Galuf is dying, Faris' plea for him to live is "Get up, you old bat! Quit playing around, this isn't funny!"
  • In Saints Row IV, the Boss and Pierce have this kind of relationship. According to CID, half of your time together is spent with the Boss insulting Pierce, and Pierce responds by getting the Boss to finish a list of things Kinzie wanted him to do under the guise of stress relief, but neither of them would doubt for a moment that the other would have their back in a fight.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! BAM, the chapter where you meet Kaiba, Yugi's rival, is titled "Best Enemies Forever."
  • Shadowrun Returns: The relationship between Altug and Jan could have been this, except for that it's completely one-sided. Jan loves to sit in Altug's café and listen to Altug's Flowery Insults (he finds them hilarious), whereas Altug considers Jan extremely annoying and only tolerates him because he "eats his weight in baklava". When the café is attacked by terrorists, Jan takes a bullet for Altug, leaving Altug saddened, remorseful and quite confused about what kind of man Jan was and what their relationship was really like.
  • Battlefield: Bad Company: three of the four members of the protagonist's squad get on each others' nerves nonstop but still maintain a degree of respect for each other and are capable of starting and holding deep conversations, particularly in the second game.
  • This is Soldier and Scout's relationship in the Team Fortress 2 comics. They'll heckle, insult, and occasionally assault each other, but when it comes down to it, they're allies, teammates, and a very strange sort of friends.
    • Really, this trope applies to all of the mercs. On the one hand, they often take the piss out of one another and can be callous or downright vicious at times (especially in the comics). On the other hand, they're quick to complement each other on a job well done, have often helped one another just because (such as in Expiration Date) and have the sort of camaraderie you would expect from a group that has been fighting side by side for six years. Plus, duos such as Heavy & Medic and Engineer & Pyro are often portrayed as very close both on and off the battlefield. The "vitriolic" part is justified as the mercs are comedic sociopaths and Team Fortress 2 runs on Black Comedy.
  • Kappei and Akito in Super Robot Wars V, having been through the same trauma of having to fight alone without support.
  • In Faery: Legends of Avalon, this is how Amareta thinks friendship should always work, since she equates politeness with insincerity and manipulation. She's quite happy to laugh at jokes you make at her expense, and dislikes it if you're always trying to praise and compliment her.
  • Wario and Waluigi are this from the Super Mario series. They often argue with each other and Wario even mistreats Waluigi at times. However, these two are almost always seen together and enjoy messing with others especially Mario and Luigi.
  • If Iori Iolite is picked as the protagonist of Super Robot Wars X, he'll have this kind of relationship with Hopes/Spero. This is made especially clear on Stage 26, as from that point on, while Hopes will still refer to him as "Master," he stops using polite speech when talking to him, in sharp contrast to his behavior towards everyone else.
  • Mae and Gregg in Night in the Woods are prone to lobbying several rounds of "too bad you didn't [die in some exaggeratedly horrific way]" at each other whenever they meet. They're still very close and supportive of each other.
  • In MapleStory, Evan and Mir are best friends bonded for life through the Spirit Pact. But Mir can't help but snark at Evan and tease him at every possible opportunity. Evan can't even declare Mir to be the thing he cherishes the most in the world without also taking a jab at him.
    Evan: Of course, Mir sometimes doesn't listen, and threatens me sometimes, but he's a nice dragon.
    Mir: ...Master, I'm not sure I believe you now.
  • James and Agent Brown have a relationship like this in the Detectives United series. They like and respect each other a lot, but Brown (who is implied to be older) can't seem to help busting James's chops now and again, although this mostly seems to take the form of incredibly lame puns and jokes at the other man's expense. James takes it in good humor, for the most part.
  • Malroth and Lulu from Dragon Quest Builders 2 argue in just about every single scene that they interact to the point that both of them have a unique animation specifically for said arguements, but its clear that both of them care deeply about each other. Lulu even mentions after the events on Skelkatraz that she expects the two of them (and the Builder) to be together forever.


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