The line between heroes and villains can get a little blurry at times, even in Dc comics. Similar goals can motivate both heroes and villains, and that sometimes leads to a nominal hero and a villain becoming friends despite the differences they may still have. They could be fighting one week, only to share a drink the next.

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They may still be relatively rare, but there are a fair amount of friendships between heroes and villains throughout the DC Multiverse. Despite the constant battles between good and evil that define DC Comics, the gap can still be bridged with similar personalities and common dreams.

10 Orphan / Batgirl and Clayface’s relationship featured an attempt at reform

During the season of James Tynion IV and Eddy Barrows in bat Man: Detective Comics, the Dark Knight was trying to form a unified team with the crazy vigilantes of Gotham City. The team was called Gotham Knights and consisted of Batman, Batwoman, Robin Red, Spoiler, Orphan, Batwing, Azrael and Clayface.

During this time, the socially awkward orphan raised to be a murderer, also known as Cassandra Cain, took a liking to Clayface. Basil was making a genuine attempt to do better, and Orphan was there to support him. Unfortunately, this all fell apart when Hugo Strange led Clayface on a rampage, and Batwoman attempted to kill Clayface with a chemical weapon.

9 Martian Manhunter and Lex Luthor are retired childhood friends

The era of Scott Snyder, Jorge Jiménez and Jim Cheung League of Justice he reformulated the DC Multiverse forever, and one of the things that changed was the nature of the relationship between Martian Manhunter and Lex Luthor. It was revealed that a young J’onn J’onzz was brought to Earth long before Dr. Saul Erdel brought the adult Martian manhunter to Earth.

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In this account, Lex Luthor’s father, Lionel, brought young J’onn to Earth to study. However, young Lex took pity on the Martian and released him. The two spent a lot of time together and became friends before J’onn was finally sent back to Mars.

8 Hawkman and The Shade are compatriots of the Golden Age

Hawkman asking Shade for help

In the last series of Hawkman By Robert Venditti, Bryan Hitch, Pat Olliffe, and Fernando Pasarin, Hawkman sought out the former Justice Society villain known as the Shadow to help him defeat a new and more powerful version of the Shadow Thief.

The Shadow had walked both sides of the law in the past, and he and Hawkman had fought several times. However, the Shadow was quick to help Hawkman take on the Shadow Thief and even attempted to advise Hawkman when the Earth-3 entity known as the Sky Tyrant began to take over Carter.

7 Hippolyta and Black Adam are former allies

Black Adam Hippolyta Endless Winter

Black Adam is a morally complicated individual and has a strange measure of friendship with some heroes. The first is Hippolyta, who was recently revealed to be a former ally of Black Adam. The two, along with the Viking Prince, fought against the mighty Ice King.

In the present, the two reunited to help the Justice League take down King Frost, and the two have since become full members of the League.

6 Hawkman, Atom Smasher and Black Adam have their rage in common

Black Adam and Atom Smasher arm fight

Hawkman, due to his countless reincarnations in time and space, also has an ancient and complex relationship with Black Adam thanks to the alliance that Egypt and Kahndaq once maintained. In the modern era, when Black Adam tried to free Kahndaq from the tyrants who had taken hold of her, Carter had a hard time not sympathizing with Teth Adam’s plight.

Adam Smasher and some other affiliates of the Justice Society went one step further: they joined Black Adam and helped him overthrow the brutal Kahndaq dictator and establish a new government.

5 Superman and Black Adam team up for believing in the best version of people

Justice League Black Adam Superman

Another strange friend of Black Adam is none other than the Man of Steel himself, Superman. After the return of King Frost and the help of Black Adam to fight an invasion from the dimension of Naomi’s house, Superman has expressed that he believes that Black Adam can do better and become a true hero for everyone.

Black Adam has shrugged off Superman’s idealism, but has accepted Big Blue’s invitation to the Justice League, although it seems to be a way to prove himself to Hippolyta.

4 Wonder Woman and Cheetah are pawns of the gods

Cheetah whispers in Wonder Woman's ear

Archenemies Wonder Woman and Cheetah started out as friends, but this changed when Urzkatarga transformed Barbara Minerva into Cheetah. Barbara became a pawn of Urzkatarga and a victim of her own wild instincts and Diana’s jealousy.

However, for a time, Diana and Barbara were able to fix things and free the cheetah from Urzkatarga’s influence. Diana and Barbara were friends again, but Cheetah wanted to free Diana from her own protective gods and waged a war against Olympus. Wonder Woman couldn’t allow this to continue unchecked, and she and Cheetah became enemies once again.

3 Green Lantern Guy Gardner and Arkillo are fighting and drinking partners

Guy Gardner and Arkillo

After another defeat of Sinestro at the hands of Green Lantern Hal Jordan, the Sinestro Corps was scattered and aimless. Meanwhile, the Green Lantern Corps were far below full power and without the Guardians to lead them. To try to reinforce their numbers, the Green Lantern Corps, under the leadership of John Stewart, aimed for the Sinestro Corps to become their new allies.

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One of the front men for the Sinestro Corps was the burly Arkillo, and Guy Gardner knew how to earn his respect and endorsement. The two had a brutal fist fight that nearly killed both combatants. After this, however, Arkillo and Guy Gardner became close friends and partners in the Green / Yellow Lantern Corps hybrid. Unfortunately, Arkillo and the rest of the Sinestro Corps left the GL Corps after Sinestro’s daughter, Soranik Natu, became enraged at John Stewart, Kyle Rayner, and the Green Lanterns.

2 Green Lantern Hal Jordan and Sinestro are classic friends

Green Lantern Hal Sinestro

Abin Sur was Thal Sinestro’s partner in the Green Lantern Corps, so it was up to Sinestro to train Abin’s replacement, Hal Jordan. However, it was Hal Jordan who exposed Sinestro’s dictatorial activities in Korugar to the Green Lantern Corps, leading to Sinestro being labeled an enemy of the Corps and forging his own yellow power ring.

Despite this, Sinestro always held a grudging respect for Hal that lasted through both their deaths and resurrections. This was forced to come to light when circumstances brought Sinestro and Hal Jordan together as partners in the Green Lantern Corps. The two helped each other survive the rise of the Third Army and the return of the First Lantern Volthuum. Through these adventures, Hal was able to once again become his own Green Lantern, and Sinestro left to reunite his Corps under the returned Parallax entity. In the end, Hal asked Sinestro if they were ever really friends. Sinestro replied, “That’s the tragedy of it all, Jordan … Hal. We will always be friends.”

1 Batman and the head of the Joker established a company in dystopia

In Batman: the last knight on earth By Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo, a Batman clone is awakened by Bruce’s own resurrection machine, and the clone goes off to wander the devastated planet to discern the origins of this apocalypse. On his way to do so, Batman finds a flashlight with the head of the jester I live inside

Batman takes that flashlight and takes the Joker with him for company. Now, at the end of it all, the two of them get along, as there is no one else to talk to. Over the course of the next adventure, the two encounter other survivors including Wonder Woman, Bane, Scarecrow, and the original Batman, now the corrupt being of Apokolips named Omega. Despite this, both the Batman clone and the Joker head survive and become close friends.

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