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16th Sep '17 4:34:46 AM Malady
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* HoratioHornblower, predecessor to both the above and inspiration for ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. Bush starts out as Hornblower's superior officer, but they earn each other's respect and when Hornblower gets promoted past him, he requests Bush as his second, and Bush happily accepts. They're joined at the hip for the next few ''decades'', through Hornblower's two marriages. In ''A Ship of the Line'', Hornblower has a minor HeroicBSOD when [[spoiler: his ship is destroyed...and Bush loses his leg]]. In ''Commodore Hornblower'', Hornblower thinks to himself that having Bush around is ''better than having a wife'' (he's been married twice at this point). Horatio has a much bigger HeroicBSOD in ''Lord Hornblower'', when Bush makes [[spoiler: a HeroicSacrifice]]. In the films, Hornblower's HLP is Archie Kennedy, and it's possible that ExecutiveMeddling [[spoiler: killed Archie off]] in part because he was interfering with the development of the Hornblower-Bush relationship.

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* HoratioHornblower, predecessor to both the above and inspiration for ''Literature/HonorHarrington''. Bush starts out as Hornblower's superior officer, but they earn each other's respect and when Hornblower gets promoted past him, he requests Bush as his second, and Bush happily accepts. They're joined at the hip for the next few ''decades'', through Hornblower's two marriages. In ''A Ship of the Line'', Hornblower has a minor HeroicBSOD when [[spoiler: his ship is destroyed... and Bush loses his leg]]. In ''Commodore Hornblower'', Hornblower thinks to himself that having Bush around is ''better than having a wife'' (he's been married twice at this point). Horatio has a much bigger HeroicBSOD in ''Lord Hornblower'', when Bush makes [[spoiler: a HeroicSacrifice]]. In the films, Hornblower's HLP is Archie Kennedy, and it's possible that ExecutiveMeddling [[spoiler: killed Archie off]] in part because he was interfering with the development of the Hornblower-Bush relationship.



* Gilbert and Isak, the "Mice" of Taylor Anderson's ''{{Destroyermen}}'' series. [[spoiler:They're actually half-brothers.]]

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* Gilbert and Isak, the "Mice" of Taylor Anderson's ''{{Destroyermen}}'' ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'' series. [[spoiler:They're actually half-brothers.]]
14th Sep '17 7:42:16 AM NicoleIlieva
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* According to the Sorting Hat's song in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', Gryffindor and Slytherin, as well as Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were this before their inevitable split.

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* ** According to the Sorting Hat's song in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', Gryffindor and Slytherin, as well as Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were this before their inevitable split.
14th Sep '17 7:41:44 AM NicoleIlieva
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* According to the Sorting Hat's song in ''The Order of the Phoenix'', Gryffindor and Slytherin, as well as Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff were this before their inevitable split.
10th Sep '17 2:41:00 AM PaulA
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* Creator/HPLovecraft did this a few times. In "The Hound", the two main characters retreat from the world to wallow in (chaste) decadence together. Poppy Z. Brite wrote a tribute to this in which the [[{{Expy}} equivalent characters]] ''were'' gay.
* Another Lovecraft example: in ''Herbert West - Reanimator'', West and the narrator live and work together for many years; if memory serves, the narrator even joins the military to stay near West during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. (And see under Film, above.)

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* Creator/HPLovecraft did this a few times. Creator/HPLovecraft:
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In "The Hound", the two main characters retreat from the world to wallow in (chaste) decadence together. Poppy Z. Brite wrote a tribute to this in which the [[{{Expy}} equivalent characters]] ''were'' gay.
* Another Lovecraft example: in ''Herbert West - Reanimator'', ** In ''Literature/HerbertWestReanimator'', West and the narrator live and work together for many years; if memory serves, the narrator even joins the military to stay near West during UsefulNotes/WorldWarI. (And see under Film, above.)
25th Aug '17 7:03:27 PM TheJ0ker
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* Alex Malone, the deuteragonist of ''Literature/{{Mavericks}}'', and [[AnythingThatMoves Fritz]]. Also doubles as VitriolicBestBuds.
31st Jul '17 11:33:51 AM skotavatar
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* In ''Literature/DanceoftheButterfly'', Skothiam and Jericho have been friends since elementary school. Now in their forties, they continue to work together.
29th Apr '17 11:25:59 AM nombretomado
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* Jordan [=McKell=] and his partner Ixil from TimothyZahn's sci-fi murder mystery ''Literature/TheIcarusHunt''. Like [[StarWars Han Solo and Chewbacca]] they're both male, one human, one decidedly alien, and have spent many years flying a two-person ship. [[spoiler:Apart from facilitating their murder investigation and flight from some particularly nasty alien highjackers, their partnership turns out to be a major plot point]].

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* Jordan [=McKell=] and his partner Ixil from TimothyZahn's Creator/TimothyZahn's sci-fi murder mystery ''Literature/TheIcarusHunt''. Like [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars Han Solo and Chewbacca]] they're both male, one human, one decidedly alien, and have spent many years flying a two-person ship. [[spoiler:Apart from facilitating their murder investigation and flight from some particularly nasty alien highjackers, their partnership turns out to be a major plot point]].
27th Mar '17 7:37:23 AM Hedgebird
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* Creator/RosemarySutcliff, a celebrated English author of children's historical fiction, is all about this trope. Book after book of hers has as the main characters two guys who are lifelong best friends, often from childhood, who go everywhere together, fight and hunt side by side, hug each other, openly express love and devotion to one another, mingle their blood to become brothers, kiss each other's foreheads, cry in each other's arms. But they aren't lovers, both are implied to be straight though usually neither is shown having any affairs, and often one of them eventually marries without this disrupting the friendship. Examples: Drem and Vortrix in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Lubrin and Dara in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Artos and Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Marcus and Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Prosper and Conn in ''The Shining Company''; Beric and Cathlan in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Justin and Flavius in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]'' (they're also cousins of some sort); Simon and Amias in ''Simon''; Thomas and Tussun in ''Blood and Sand''; Randal and Bevis in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Amyntas and Leon in ''A Crown of Wild Olive''...you get the picture.

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* Creator/RosemarySutcliff, a celebrated English author of children's historical fiction, is all about this trope. Book after book of hers has as the main characters two guys who are lifelong best friends, often from childhood, who go everywhere together, fight and hunt side by side, hug each other, openly express love and devotion to one another, mingle their blood to become brothers, kiss each other's foreheads, cry in each other's arms. But they aren't lovers, both are implied to be straight though usually neither is shown having any affairs, and often one of them eventually marries without this disrupting the friendship. Examples: Drem and Vortrix in ''Literature/WarriorScarlet''; Lubrin and Dara in ''Sun Horse, Moon Horse''; Artos and Bedwyr in ''Literature/SwordAtSunset''; Marcus and Esca in ''Literature/TheEagleOfTheNinth''; Prosper and Conn in ''The Shining Company''; ''Literature/TheShiningCompany''; Beric and Cathlan in ''Literature/{{Outcast}}''; Justin and Flavius in ''[[Literature/TheDolphinRing The Silver Branch]]'' (they're also cousins of some sort); Simon and Amias in ''Simon''; ''Literature/{{Simon}}''; Thomas and Tussun in ''Blood and Sand''; Randal and Bevis in ''Literature/KnightsFee''; Amyntas and Leon in ''A Crown of Wild Olive''...you get the picture.
12th Feb '17 4:47:20 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'':
** Merik and Kullen. They've been best friends since childhood, always served on the same ship and care deeply for each other, even while one acquires BelligerentSexualTension with another character and the other has a lover.
** Safi and Iseult are practically inseparable, to the point where Iseult's only goal in the second book is to [[spoiler:return to Safi's side]].
3rd Jan '17 8:17:29 AM ReikoKazama
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** Brutus (or Marcus as he's known in childhood) was a ward of Julius' family when they were growing up. They were close as brothers, though Marcus considered himself TheUnfavorite for the cool treatment he sometimes got from Julius' father. After they are reunited after Sulla's death, Brutus even surrendered command of his legion to Julius after they were reunited in order to honor ThePromise. After this, though, the trope begins to be [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]]. Brutus grows jealous of Julius' military successes, which he feels he could have won just as easily, as well as angry over Julius' romantic relationship with Brutus' own mother. During the campaign in Gaul, there is a tension in their relationship, which Julius taking Brutus' loyalty for granted and Brutus growing frustrated at living in Julius' shadow. At one point, while on leave in Rome, Brutus [[ItMakesSenseInContext sleeps with Julius' sixteen-year-old daughter]], [[{{Squick}} whom he had known since she was an infant]]. When he returns to Gaul, the awkwardness of his friendship with Julius reaches even greater heights. All of this culminates during their triumphant march on Rome, when Julius selects Mark Anthony to stand as consul with him instead of his most trusted friend, neglecting to tell Brutus that it was because he wanted him to go with him to track down Pompey's army. This slap in the face is the final straw that drives Brutus to abandon Julius and join Pompey's forces. When Pompey is killed, Brutus is welcomed back by Julius, who remains torn because he wants ''so *** much'' to hate Julius, but can't bring himself to do it. They start off as HeterosexualLifePartners but Brutus keeps blaming Julius personally for more or less everything Brutus wants but doesn't get, ignoring the fact that Julius is the son of a senator and Brutus the son of a commoner and a prostitute which means they have different places in Roman society to begin with.

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** Brutus (or Marcus as he's known in childhood) was a ward of Julius' family when they were growing up. They were close as brothers, though Marcus considered himself TheUnfavorite for the cool treatment he sometimes got from Julius' father. After they are reunited after Sulla's death, Brutus even surrendered command of his legion to Julius after they were reunited in order to honor ThePromise. After this, though, the trope begins to be [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]]. Brutus grows jealous of Julius' military successes, which he feels he could have won just as easily, as well as angry over Julius' romantic relationship with Brutus' own mother. During the campaign in Gaul, there is a tension in their relationship, which Julius taking Brutus' loyalty for granted and Brutus growing frustrated at living in Julius' shadow. At one point, while on leave in Rome, Brutus [[ItMakesSenseInContext sleeps with Julius' sixteen-year-old daughter]], [[{{Squick}} whom he had known since she was an infant]]. When he returns to Gaul, the awkwardness of his friendship with Julius reaches even greater heights. All of this culminates during their triumphant march on Rome, when Julius selects Mark Anthony to stand as consul with him instead of his most trusted friend, neglecting to tell Brutus that it was because he wanted him to go with him to track down Pompey's army. This slap in the face is the final straw that drives Brutus to abandon Julius and join Pompey's forces. When Pompey is killed, Brutus is welcomed back by Julius, who remains torn because he wants ''so *** fucking much'' to hate Julius, but can't bring himself to do it. They start off as HeterosexualLifePartners but Brutus keeps blaming Julius personally for more or less everything Brutus wants but doesn't get, ignoring the fact that Julius is the son of a senator and Brutus the son of a commoner and a prostitute which means they have different places in Roman society to begin with.
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