Frenemies with: Solid Snake and Naked Snake/Big Boss
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.
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
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.
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.
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
1. Miles Edgeworth
Frenemies with: Phoenix Wright
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
Above: I’M DRIVING AT YOUR MOM
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.
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).
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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