9 Best Enemy Duos Who Just Care About Each Other So Much (But Will Never Tell)

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Doctor Who, Doctor, Master

Some of the best literary and on-screen duos are like flip sides of a coin. They may hate each other, but they also probably couldn’t live without each other. One of these people is usually evil. Or “evil” in very deliberate quotation marks. The other one is typically a virtuous, heroic-y person. Together, they complete one another in an endearing and/or off-putting way. Perhaps comics creator Kate Beaton said it (and drew it) best with her series on a pirate and his nemesis

Here are some of the best frenemy duos who mean so very much to each other.


The Doctor and the Master/Missy—Doctor Who

Doctor Who, Doctor, Missy

The Doctor and the Master were pals as kids, and later morphed into “best enemies” who can’t really imagine the universe without the other in it. They are completely opposed to each other in nearly every moral and philosophical sense, but Doctor ...

Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Joker
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Buffy, Faith
Elementary, Sherlock Holmes, Jamie Moriarty
Avatar: The Last Airbender, Aang, Zuko
X-Men, Professor X, Magneto
The Golden Compass, Ms Coulter, Lord Asriel
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Cathrynne M. Valente, Ana Juan