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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  • 510BrotherPanda - September 19, 2011 8:44 p.m.

    Keep up the great work, Mikel; your Top 7's for the past couple of weeks have been pretty stellar. Which on was the one that got Brett's input, like you mentioned on TR?
  • UsernameLoser - September 19, 2011 8:53 p.m.

    No First, good.
  • 510BrotherPanda - September 19, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    I'm not that kind of GR user...besides, Mikel's articles are what attracted me to this site, and subsequently, TalkRadar.
  • Corsair89 - September 19, 2011 8:55 p.m.

    The Ace Attorney series was always really good at giving they're characters personality and Edgeworth is far and away the best. So Capcom, for the love of God, LOCALIZE ACE ATTORNEY INVESTIGATIONS 2!!!!!!
  • garnsr - September 19, 2011 9:12 p.m.

    It's 6:00 here in Hawaii, meaning it's way too late to be posting Top 7's in California. I was pretty sure Carmelita Fox would be here. She might lean more into the outright enemy category, but she does work with Sly every game, I believe, and she certainly feels like a frenemy.
  • Asloveszuko - September 20, 2011 5:33 a.m.

    Very true, I didn't even think about her, shes a great frenemy!
  • festerblatz82 - September 19, 2011 9:29 p.m.

    Splendidly written.
  • LiaraLoveSlave - September 19, 2011 10:25 p.m.

    Excellent work as usual Mr. Reparaz, can't wait to listen to the breakdown on the official podcast of the internets. Also, using Hurly Gloves for a classic Mario-toss attack FTW!
  • GameManiac - September 19, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Well, now I see why the Metal Gear franchise is M-rated... As well as a better understanding of Wolf and Edgeworth.
  • AuthorityFigure - September 20, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    Gay Fox enjoys Solid Snakes.
  • taokaka - September 20, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    I can think of a couple of people that deserve honourable mentions but great list and Edgeworth was a total dick at the start of ace attorney and by the end he was a lovable dick.
  • Plan10FromOuterSpace - September 20, 2011 12:43 a.m.

    What about your rival in pokemon, I know you can choose his name but that wouldn't stop him being be my number one pick. Great list as always Mikel
  • tareq - September 20, 2011 1:24 a.m.

    F-cking Ninja in Peace Walker was a b-tch. Especially cause I decided I had to do the entire game without killing anyone Still it remains among my favorite MGS games
  • tareq - September 20, 2011 1:25 a.m.

    Woops meant Portable Ops
  • CombatCat120 - September 20, 2011 11 p.m.

    Gray Fox from Portable Ops wasn't that hard. I managed to tranquilise him by studying his patterns.
  • tareq - September 21, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    That motherf-cker just dodged everything I fired at him
  • PanaMusica - September 20, 2011 1:59 a.m.

    spudnut shop FTW #offtopic
  • Mezolitik - September 20, 2011 4:39 a.m.

    Frenemies are always more interesting than heroes. I love Catwoman in her comic book appearances, and she looks awesome in Arkham City. Ada Wong tops the list for me though. She was just incredible. I always felt bad for Krauser though. It always felt like he was being 'played' by the bad guys.
  • shawksta - September 20, 2011 5:20 a.m.

    Another awesome Top 7 article by Mikel, reallt detailed. Heavily agree on all this, Edgeworth was a douche dick, now he's lovable, but still a dick. Beside the spin offs of Mario and Bowser being together, the real games really capture his awesomeness in both villain and helper. Mario RPG, Bowsers inside story and Super PM has him helping but also points out that its because, "I am the only villain here, MEEEEE!" He even says something in Galaxy 2 about you being his best rival, actually complimenting you, and that ending where he just gives up and falls is freakin epic.
  • Asloveszuko - September 20, 2011 5:34 a.m.

    Great Top 7!

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