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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.
1st Jan '17 2:13:22 AM Dawnwing
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Firestar and Graystripe, the first hero of the series and his best friend. Firestar is absolutely crushed when Graystripe leaves the Clan to raise his kits in his lost mate's Clan, and even more so after Graystripe is captured by Twolegs (to the point that he doesn't appoint another deputy until months later).
** Ravenpaw and Barley, although pretty much every ''Warriors'' fan that doesn't hate slash (and even some who do) believes that Ravenpaw and Barley are more than HeterosexualLifePartners. It's also worth noting that [[WordOfGod the author herself said]] that she envisions them "[[HoYay like a married couple]]," and that they are ''perfectly happy with just each other'' and ''don't want any girls to boss them around''. This is made even more blatant in Ravenpaw's manga trilogy.
** Leafstar and Echosong, the leader of [=SkyClan=] and her best friend.
20th Dec '16 7:11:01 PM SwampAdder
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* In ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', the eponymous character and his "partner in crime" (who doubles as a chronicler of their adventures), Dr. John Watson. Clear demonstration of how close they are shows up in "The Three Garridebs" when Watson is wounded and Sherlock is suddenly NotSoStoic.
-->"Are you hurt, Watson? For God's sake, say that you're not hurt!"
-->[[TranquilFury "By the Lord, it is well for you. If you had killed Watson, you would not have gotten out of this room alive.]]"

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* In ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'', the eponymous character Literature/SherlockHolmes and Dr. Watson. They live together for years, and even after Watson gets married and returns to medical practice he'll ditch his "partner wife and patients at a moment's notice anytime Holmes requests his company on a case. After Watson's wife dies, he quits his day job and moves back in crime" (who doubles as a with Holmes to be his full-time assistant and chronicler of their adventures), Dr. John Watson. Clear demonstration of how close they are shows up in "The Three Garridebs" when once again. At one point Holmes (probably jokingly) calls Watson is wounded and Sherlock is suddenly NotSoStoic.
-->"Are you hurt, Watson? For God's sake, say that you're not hurt!"
-->[[TranquilFury "By the Lord, it is well
"selfish" for you. If you had killed Watson, you would not have gotten out of this room alive.]]""deserting" him by getting married.
3rd Nov '16 9:56:23 PM nombretomado
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* Bran Tse-Mallory and Truzenzuzex from Alan Dean Foster's ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Flinx]]'' novels. Justified because they were once operators of a HumanxCommonwealth stingship, which required their minds to be linked so closely that their mutual understanding has never faded.

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* Bran Tse-Mallory and Truzenzuzex from Alan Dean Foster's ''[[Literature/HumanxCommonwealth Flinx]]'' novels. Justified because they were once operators of a HumanxCommonwealth Humanx Commonwealth stingship, which required their minds to be linked so closely that their mutual understanding has never faded.
10th Oct '16 9:33:42 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 ''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''; Beric and Cathlan in ''Outcast''; ''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.
12th Sep '16 11:55:42 PM Tron80
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* Close friendships between men are a recurring theme in Tolkien's work; the reason possibly to be found in Tolkien's personal UsefulNotes/WorldWarI experience, which shaped his belief that friendship was one of life's greatest gifts.

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* Close friendships between men are a recurring theme in Tolkien's work; Creator/JRRTolkien's [[Franchise/TolkiensLegendarium work]]; the reason possibly to be found in Tolkien's personal UsefulNotes/WorldWarI experience, which shaped his belief that friendship was one of life's greatest gifts.
6th Jul '16 2:47:16 PM Adept
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* Bruno and Boots, stars of GordonKorman's ''MacdonaldHall'' series. The plot of the entire first book revolves around their efforts to get back together after being forbidden to speak to each other and moved to separate dorms.

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* Bruno and Boots, stars of GordonKorman's ''MacdonaldHall'' Creator/GordonKorman's ''Literature/MacdonaldHall'' series. The plot of the entire first book revolves around their efforts to get back together after being forbidden to speak to each other and moved to separate dorms.
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