The Top 7… Bestest frenemies

2. Gray Fox

Frenemies with: Solid Snake and Naked Snake/Big Boss

Also known to Metal Gear die-hards as Frank Jaeger (and better known to pretty much everyone else as Ninja), Gray Fox has kept up a nearly constant presence throughout the Metal Gear series. And whether he’s shown up to menace Solid Snake or Big Boss, he’s been an enigma every time.

Most Metal Gear fans probably remember Fox from Metal Gear Solid, where he stole the show as the unfathomably creepy, cybernetically enhanced Ninja. Here, he turned invisible, cut up genome soldiers like some kind of crazed phantom slasher, and then challenged Snake to a bare-knuckle fight that left the words “I’ve been waiting for this pain!” burned into the psyches of everyone who played through it.

However, Fox was more than just a psychotic antagonist, occasionally contacting Snake via codec and giving him clues under the name Deepthroat. Later, he even tried to help Snake against the rampaging Metal Gear REX (piloted by Snake’s “brother,” Liquid) and was stomped into goo for his trouble – but not before nearly crippling the walking tank and delivering his poignant last words.

There was, however, a pretty significant history between Snake and Fox before MGS and the Ninja suit, and it began in the very first game in 1987, when Fox was a captured soldier who’d failed the same mission Snake was sent on. Later, they met up again in Metal Gear 2, when Fox – like pretty much all of Snake’s allies from the first game – turned traitor, attacking Snake to protect Big Boss and eventually fighting him, bare-fisted, in the middle of a minefield.

Even before that (chronologically, at least), he attacked Big Boss in Portable Ops, this time under the guise of Null. How someone this obviously damaged ever managed to become anyone’s trusted friend is a mystery, but for all the numerous times we’ve fought Frank, he somehow always manages to come out a good guy in the end.

1. Miles Edgeworth

Frenemies with: Phoenix Wright

Miles Edgeworth is an asshole. However, he’s the kind of asshole we can get behind: as a criminal prosecutor, he wants to do the best job he possibly can, putting absolute faith in the police and the guilt of the suspects they bring before him. Sure, he might come off as a snide prick, but his heart’s in the right place – and over the course of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, he loosens up considerably, becoming one of the series’ most beloved characters in the process.


Before that happens, though, he’s hell-bent on defeating his childhood friend Wright in court, and isn’t afraid to use underhanded means to stack the deck against him – which, of course, makes it especially fun to see Edgeworth explode with frustration when he loses. In Ace Attorney’s early chapters, we lived to wipe that smug grin off Edgeworth’s face. Nothing gave us more pleasure than to deliver staggering combos of evidence and objections, making him lose his composure in the process. Of course, Edgeworth was a worthy opponent – and just when we thought we had him on the ropes, he’d come back swinging with some underhanded new gambit that all but set Wright’s defense back to square one.

Eventually, of course, Edgeworth came around, although it took Wright defending him against a false murder accusation for that to happen. By the end of the game, he’d almost come full circle, going so far as to undermine his own case when he suspected that Wright’s client was being set up. Since then, he’s even helped out directly on one of Wright’s cases, and has become popular enough to get his own series (of which only one game, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth, has been translated into English).  

Considering how much we loved to hate Edgeworth’s pompous ass at the start, his transformation into one of the series’ most sympathetic and likable characters was more than a little surprising – but we embraced it anyway, because there are few things more compelling than a villain who’s seen the error of his ways.


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Top 7


  • Johnny6Gun - September 22, 2011 8:42 p.m.

    No Gunstar Green?! Unforgivable!
  • archnite - September 21, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    any mention of MGS gets my Metal Gear Boner solid "! boing especially when it goes beyond MGS1. wouldn't ocelot (liquid o. or otherwise) also count since his entire motivation from mgs3 on was to serve big boss and the boss' memory by defeat the patriot machine they created?
  • rob619 - September 22, 2011 8:21 a.m.

    Agreed on two counts I am a self confessed MGS nerd aswell :). Yes Ocelot does count as his main aim from the being was to bring the patriots down. I remeber in MGS 4 went he admitted to Snake at the end that was his aim from the beginning I was shocked!
  • waffman11 - September 21, 2011 5:28 p.m.

    Am I the only one who thinks Shadow is a cool character anymore? I mean, he's got the awesome black/red combo going on, kills suff because he can, is a force of chaos and destruction, and...and I'm just going to go sit in a corner and wash the ten-year-old out of my brain.
  • Zepaw - September 21, 2011 5:07 p.m.

    I have some pictures and stories showing Fox and Wolf as much more than frenemies.
  • SpiritTemple - May 7, 2012 4:46 p.m.

  • CombatCat120 - September 20, 2011 11 p.m.

    Great article, Mikel! Keep em comin'!
  • Yeager1122 - September 20, 2011 7:59 p.m.

    I always loved qwark even when he was trying to kill me i mean he even gave me a giant furry creature to fight in the second game what a great guy.
  • Japanaman - September 20, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    I was SO glad to see Gray Fox on this list. But where is Barry Burton? He's like the best frenemy ever! He saved me from being a Jill Sandwich, handed me some ammo, yet held me at gunpoint all in the same game.
  • soranamineforever - September 20, 2011 4:56 p.m.

    "and later starred in their own SPIN-OFF game."?! OBJECTION! Seriously, what the hell? I reallie this is off topic, but Sonic & Knuckles is every bit as relevant to the franchise as the Sonic 1, 2, and 3 are. There's a reason you could (and should) combine it with 3.
  • Net_Bastard - September 20, 2011 3:59 p.m.

    "But he's the kind of asshöle we can get behind." That was a very poor choice of words.
  • ECShadow - September 20, 2011 1:06 p.m.

    WikiParez strikes again! How it unfolds on TalkRadar should be fun.
  • NightCrawler_358 - September 20, 2011 12:18 p.m.

    Man, I love reading Mikel's articles! He knows so much lore behind these video games. They don't call him WikiParez for nothin'!
  • marioman50 - September 20, 2011 11:09 a.m.

    lol @ "I'M DRIVING AT YOUR MOM!"
  • jackthemenace - September 20, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    I was kinda hoping to see Riku on here, at least somewhere. Y'know, because RIKU.
  • Sjoeki - September 20, 2011 10:09 a.m.

    Awesome top 7, you're on a roll Mikel! I thought Chloe (from uncharted) would be on here, not that you ever had to fight her but she did play both sides. The Darkness could also be on here as it screws you over and wants to end up owning you. Also, is that whole FIRST thing finally over? YAY!!!
  • Crypto140 - September 20, 2011 12:16 p.m.

    First! to reply.
  • Darkhawk - September 20, 2011 8:33 a.m.

    It's neat how even in Galaxy, by story's end, Mario and Peach are perfectly comfortable with having Bowser there, hanging out alongside them. It's like, oh, that was fun, let's go have tea and plot our next adventure.
  • KolbitosFruitJuice - September 20, 2011 7:51 a.m.

    Ada Wong could betray me all day every day, and I'd forgive her every time

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