Gaming’s greatest frenemies

Mario and Sonic - Gaming's Greatest Frenemies
Mario and Sonic - Gaming's Greatest Frenemies

Gaming has no shortage of maniacal villains – cackling megalomaniacs that want nothing more than to destroy the world and everything in it. But the antagonists that stick with us are often the ones that are a little more ambiguous, ones that we’re never sure whether we should love or hate. Here are some of the characters that we hate to love as much as they love to hate us.

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Gaming has no shortage of maniacal villains – cackling megalomaniacs that want nothing more than to destroy the world and everything in it. But the antagonists that stick with us are often the ones that are a little more ambiguous, ones that we’re never sure whether we should love or hate. Here are some of the characters that we hate to love as much as they love to hate us.

Ada Wong and Leon Kennedy

First appearance: Resident Evil 2

Gaming's Greatest Frenemies - Resident Evil 2

It must be tough being Leon S. Kennedy. As if the constant bother of zombie attacks wasn’t bad enough, Leon also has to deal with deadly Umbrella agent Ada Wong dogging his steps throughout the Resident Evil series. Although she might seem tough, Ada is a good egg at heart and has saved Leon’s skin on multiple occasions.

Bowser and Mario

First appearance: Super Mario Bros.

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Bowser could easily be considered Mario’s mortal enemy, if it weren’t for the fact that they are frequently spotted golfing, racing go-karts, playing tennis and enjoying all manner of other affable activities. Make your minds up, fellas.

Shadow the Hedgehog and Sonic the Hedgehog

First appearance: Sonic Adventure 2

Shadow the Hedgehog - Greatest Frenemies

If you look past his short-lived penchant for firearms, Shadow is not nearly as edgy as his name suggests. On several occasions Shadow has even teamed up with his blue counterpart Sonic to battle their mutual enemy, Dr Eggman.

Arbiter and Master Chief

First appearance: Halo 2

Arbiter - Greatest Frenemies

In Halo 2, Master Chief finds his equal in the form of this imposing Covenant Elite. While he is initially seen as an antagonist, Arbiter defects to the side of the humans when he learns the terrible truth of the Covenant’s Great Journey – a plan which will doom both races to extinction.

Nadine Ross and Nathan Drake

First appearance: Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End

Nadine - Uncharted 4

You might remember Nadine Ross from her epic scrap with Nathan Drake near the beginning of Uncharted 4, but this violent introduction hides a strong morality at the core of this complicated mercenary. Later, Nadine teams up with Nate’s other frenemy Chloe Frazer for a new adventure in Uncharted: Lost Legacy.

Blue and Red

First appearance: Pokémon Red & Blue

Every mainline Pokémon has a rival, but none have made quite the impact of the original games’ antagonist, commonly referred to as Blue.

Goro Majima and Kazuma Kiryu

First appearance: Yakuza

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Kiryu frequently clashes with this eccentric gangster throughout the Yakuza series, but over the course of its seven mainline games, the pair become thick as thieves.

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