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17th Apr '18 1:00:09 PM Gbubu
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28th Mar '18 5:35:26 PM santos32
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'''Zazu:''' Betrothed. Intended. Affianced.\\

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'''Zazu:''' [[ArrangedMarriage Betrothed. Intended. Affianced.\\]]\\



'''Zazu:''' One day you two are going to be married!\\

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'''Zazu:''' One day day, you two are going to be married!\\



'''Simba:''' I can't marry her, she's my friend!\\
'''Nala:''' Yeah, it'd be too weird.

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'''Simba:''' [[TemptingFate I can't marry her, she's my friend!\\
friend!]]\\
'''Nala:''' [[LampshadeHanging Yeah, it'd be too weird.]]
9th Feb '18 2:43:56 PM BluePeach
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%%* Gloria and Mumble in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
%%* Nita and Kenai in ''Disney/BrotherBear 2''.
%%* Barbie and Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/TheBarbieDiaries''.

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%%* * Gloria and Mumble in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
%%* * Nita and Kenai in ''Disney/BrotherBear 2''.
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''Disney/BrotherBear2''. The whole plot revolves arounds them because Nina is in an ArrangedMarriage but she can't be cause the spirits already consider her married to Kenai through a little necklace he gave her when they were kids.
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Barbie and Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/TheBarbieDiaries''.


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6th Feb '18 12:47:34 PM TitaniumDragon
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See also PatientChildhoodLoveInterest, a subtrope common in HaremSeries. Compare also with HighSchoolSweethearts.

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See also PatientChildhoodLoveInterest, a subtrope common in HaremSeries. Compare also with HighSchoolSweethearts. Often benefits from FirstGirlWins.
29th Nov '17 1:46:15 PM Gamermaster
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* Nora from ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' has been in love with Ren for a long time, but she's never actually told him out of fear that he might not feel the same way. She even has an ImageSong all about how she CanNotSpitItOut.
7th Nov '17 8:31:57 PM Monolaf317
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[[caption-width-right:348:Not pictured: 12 years of being JustFriends]]

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[[caption-width-right:348:Not pictured: 12 years of being JustFriends]]
JustFriends.]]






12th Oct '17 7:54:16 PM Phys101
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Resistance to see a childhood friend as a potential romantic partner is known as the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]]", a theory that claims that people who grew up together before the age of 6 are likely to become hardwired to think about each other LikeBrotherAndSister. (Other studies question this on the basis that though few of the people they examined had major romantic relationships with childhood friends, many had crushes and romantic feelings that just didn't make it.)

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Resistance to see a childhood friend as a potential romantic partner is known as the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]]", a theory that claims that people who grew up together before the age of 6 are likely to become hardwired to think about each other LikeBrotherAndSister.LikeBrotherAndSister, with a StupidSexyFriend {{squick}}ed reaction to the notion of romance. (Other studies question this on the basis that though few of the people they examined had major romantic relationships with childhood friends, many had crushes and romantic feelings that just didn't make it.)
9th Jun '17 8:16:04 PM rjd1922
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Resistance to see a childhood friend as a potential romantic partner is know as the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]]", a theory that claims that people who grew up together before the age of 6 are likely to become hardwired to think about each other LikeBrotherAndSister. (Other studies question this on the basis that though few of the people they examined had major romantic relationships with childhood friends, many had crushes and romantic feelings that just didn't make it.)

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Resistance to see a childhood friend as a potential romantic partner is know known as the "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]]", a theory that claims that people who grew up together before the age of 6 are likely to become hardwired to think about each other LikeBrotherAndSister. (Other studies question this on the basis that though few of the people they examined had major romantic relationships with childhood friends, many had crushes and romantic feelings that just didn't make it.)
11th Mar '17 2:44:22 AM NightShade96
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* ChildhoodFriendRomance/ComicBooks



* ChildhoodFriendRomance/{{Theatre}}



* ChildhoodFriendRomance/WebComics



* ChildhoodFriendRomance/RealLife



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicStrip/ForBetterOrForWorse'':
** Michael Patterson and Deanna Sobinski went to elementary school together, were parted when Deanna moved away, and reunited in university. Then they got married.
** Anthony Caine and Elizabeth Patterson met in elementary school as well. She moved away and then moved back home. They got married in the finale.
* Franchise/{{Superman}}: In most of versions of the Superman mythos, ComicBook/LanaLang is Clark Kent's childhood friend who had a huge crush on him. Usually Clark liked her back, but after leaving Smallville, he falls for ComicBook/LoisLane, and he and Lana become JustFriends.
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In the Silver Age, Dick Malverne grew up at the Midvale Orphanage during the same time that Linda Lee alias Supergirl did, and he had a crush on her. Although the two dated for a while they grew apart after college. ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1982}} They met again as adults]]'', and Dick confessed he always loved her and and knew of her secret identity [[spoiler:before dying]] in ''Comicbook/YoungLove''.
%%* ''Franchise/ArchieComics''' Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper. See BettyAndVeronica.
* ''ComicBook/{{Bamse}}'' has the example of [[FaceHeelTurn former villain]] Vargen and his childhood crush Virginia, they meet up years later, but by then she is already married.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'':
** Rayek grows up with Leetah, first starts communicating with her magically before she's even born, shares his life with her, and on the day he asks her to stay with him forever... the hero shows up and claims her for himself. (They eventually settle it with a good old fist fight. 10000 years later.)
** Mender spends his very early years around TheChiefsDaughter Ember, eventually takes her virginity after they reunite, and is promptly forgotten when he goes off to fight in the war and Ember meets a ProudWarriorRaceGuy stranger. Elves have no concept of cheating -- all sex is good sex -- but Ember treats him horribly.
** Cutter and Skywise are just enough years apart for Skywise to hit puberty first and Cutter to be left behind wondering why his friend spends so much time in the bushes with Foxfur. By the time Cutter is 16, he loses both of his parents and Skywise loses Foxfur, and it's implied that they spend some time together as mates after that before Cutter ends up with Leetah. They're still occasionally seen sharing a bed together from that point on, but they're never as close again as they were before Leetah came along.
* ''ComicBook/HaloBloodLine'': It's eventually revealed that two members of SPARTAN-II Black Team were in a relationship when they were teen cadets (having known each other in boot camp since they were six). The side effects of their augmentations implies that they don't feel this way about each other anymore, but some of the tension still remains.
* Envy and Todd from the ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'' series were friends since they were eleven, but ended up parting away and growing up seperately. After meeting up again post-college, they hooked up and started a band. Unfortunatlely, both of them have changed and not for the better, though with Todd, this led to him being unfaithful and cheating on her with the drummer, resulting in this subversion.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': The story of America Jara and Bennett Beeny in "America". They both grew up in the same city block, but America always had a rebellious spirit while Beeny always considered himself a coward. They moved apart as America joined the democratic movement to end the Judges' totalitarian rule and ended up destitute, while Beeny tried to play it save and ended up a succesful but ultimately unhappy musician. They find each other years later and have a one-night-stand, but [[spoiler:America is soon killed during an arrest. Beeny transfers his brain to America's comatose body so they can still be together.]]
* Betty and Archie are this in ''ComicBook/ArchieComics2015''. They began 'dating' [[PuppyLove as five year olds]] and stayed together most of their lives. The two breaking up in high school due to [[NoodleIncident the "lipstick incident"]] causes major drama at their school because they're known as a power couple.
* ''ComicBook/BackToTheFuture'' establishes that Marty [=McFly=] and Jennifer Parker knew each other in fourth grade, fell out of contact for a few years, then fell in LoveAtFirstSight in high school in 1984 and began dating.
* Lauren Stone was the [[{{girl next door}} girl next ship]] to ComicBook/NikolaiDante. When she comes back into his life after he becomes a {{pirate}}, Nikolai is definitely receptive to rekindling their romance, but unfortunately his relationship with Jena Makarov at the time is, ahem, complicated. Lauren is one of the few young women in the series who Nikolai ''doesn't'' [[{{the Casanova}} have sex with]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The title character of Edmond Rostand's ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is in love with his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Roxane whom he used to play with as a kid. At Act II Scene VI, Cyrano and Roxane tenderly remember when they were children and played each spring at Cyrano's house at Bergerac.
-->'''Roxane:''' Confession next!... But, ere I make my shrift,\\
You must be once again that brother-friend.\\
With whom I used to play by the lake-side!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' Ay, you would come each spring to Bergerac!\\
'''Roxane:''' Mind you the reeds you cut to make your swords?...\\
'''Cyrano:''' While you wove corn-straw plaits for your dolls' hair!\\
'''Roxane:''' Those were the days of games!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' And blackberries!...\\
'''Roxane:''' In those days you did everything I bid!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' Roxane, in her short frock, was Madeleine...\\
'''Roxane:''' Was I fair then?\\
'''Cyrano:''' You were not ill to see!
* Éponine Thénardier could be seen to be this in the musical of ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. However, in the book, [[spoiler:Marius]] doesn't meet her until adulthood and barely knows her.
* The traditional {{Pantomime}} version of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' [[CanonForeigner adds]] the character of Buttons, who's been a servant to the family since both he and Cinders were children, and is in love with her. She is destined to marry [[PrinceCharming the Prince]]. Depending on the production, she either never notices how Buttons feels or lets him down gently.
* ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' has Ilse as the most unlucky childhood friend ''ever'' to Moritz, who (among other things) is [[ParalyzingFearOfSexuality so terrified/confused about his own sexuality]] [[DrivenToSuicide that he'd rather die than keep going on]]. That doesn't do wonders for romance.
** Melchior and Wendla as well. However given the DownerEnding the show has, it fits UnluckyChildhoodFriend more.
* Christine and Raoul in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Patience and Archibald in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'' were friends as small children, but then lost contact with each other for a while before falling in love during the play.
* Motel and Tzeitel in ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''; initially it was thought that it would be unrequited due to Tzeitel being promised off to marry the town's wealthiest citizen, but with pleading on their part ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and Motel standing up for himself on why he wishes for her]]), Tzeitel's father, Tevye, agrees to it.
* In the Creator/RodgersAndHammerstein musical ''Allegro'', Jenny is Joe Taylor's girl from childhood, and she keeps writing to him while he is away at medical school. When they meet again, Joe decides to marry her even before finishing his education, though Jenny would prefer it if he were wealthier. In the second act, they move to the city at her insistence so he can earn more money at a big city practice. When Joe hears that his wife is having an affair with a soap tycoon, he feels he doesn't care anymore about the girl he's known since he was eight years old.
* Stuart Patterson's play ''Cinderella'', which is based on the panto but is not itself a panto, calls the Buttons character (see above) Callum, and he and Cinderella end up together once she realises the Prince is a PrinceCharmless. Callum then [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor turns out]] to be LostOrphanedRoyalty of a neighbouring kingdom.
* In Creator/DorothyLSayers' ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Maximian jovially talks of how Fausta and Constantine were sweethearts as children. He's about to propose a political marriage -- one that requires Constantine to divorce his wife and his son's mother.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Rita and Tim in ''Webcomic/GiftsOfWanderingIce''. Tim was assigned as a nurse to Rita after her surgery. They became best friends soon. Years later their friendship turned into love.
* Played straight in ''Webcomic/DivineBells'' with No-Woo's childhood crush on Mu-Hyang.
* Fox and Collin of ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'' and ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'', who still commonly refer to one another as best friends. [[spoiler:Although not so much in ''Webcomic/OtherPeoplesBusiness''.]]
* Played with in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'': Rudy and Fiona knew each other when they went to the same day care, but actually hated each other during their time together until Fiona moved away. Years later, when Fiona moved back, they ended up dating. Victorious Childhood Enemy, maybe?
** They did not remember any of this until their former teacher told them about it.
** Played straight with Bruno and Corrie, who first got to know each other when Bruno, on his first hunt, made the "mistake" of talking to his prey.
* Alan and Beatrice from ''Webcomic/TheDreamer''. Alan and Beatrice have known each other since Beatrice was in her early teens.
%%* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'' for Alex.
* Teri and Matt in ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'', growing up together as child slaves under an AxCrazy SpacePirate.
* Male example in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', thanks to Rumisiel's [[RetGone screw]] [[GenderBender up]] Ash's friend James [[UnsettlingGenderReveal was instantly propelled]] from cool best friend to Unlucky Childhood Friend ''and'' borderline {{Jerkass}}.
* In ''Webcomic/TalesOfTheQuestor'', Kestral fits this role. She even wanted to kiss him before he began [[TheQuest his quest]], but thought better of it.
* Melissa in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-06-23 used to have]] some romantic expectations. It didn't go well, but [[ClingyJealousGirl she continued to throw herself]] at [[StraightGay Justin]] even after he began to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-03-07 actively avoid]] her.
** Then, once Justin finds out how the problem started and finally forgives her...she's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-28 gotten over him]].
** Another interesting case is Sarah and Elliot. Their parents are friends and they had play-dates before they were old enough for school. They've been close all their life, and when they're juniors in high school, Sarah [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=98 confesses her love]] for Elliot and they start dating shortly after. [[spoiler: Nearly a year later, Elliot realizes he loves Sarah [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1596 "like a sister"]] and decides he wants to be "just friends". Sarah was actually [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1567 planning to "just friends" him at the same time,]] but for different reasons, like frustration over the lack of romance and physical intimacy. After some awkwardness, the breakup ends up being [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1606 almost unbelievably amicable]].]]
* Kat and [[ChivalrousPervert Eric]] from TwoKinds seemed like they were due for a RelationshipUpgrade after she called him out on his [[WhatTheHellHero monstrous behavior]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=654 towards his slaves.]] But apparently AllLoveIsUnrequited, [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=660 at least for Kat.]]
%%* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' [[http://xkcd.com/513/ here]].
* When Webcomic/AxeCop was still in fighting school, he had a secret crush on the then-Water Princess. It was so secret, he didn't even realize it until he was grown up. And since he was 100% compatible with every woman in the universe, of course the feeling was mutual.
-->'''Axe Cop:''' Oh yeah... I'm in love with the Water Queen. I better ask her on a date.
* ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'': As a young boy, Cale rescues a girl named Shora from an attack which destroyed her village (or rather, Cale nearly got himself ''killed'' trying, only for someone else [[spoiler: (heavily implied to be Richard)]] to save them both). The pair subsequently grew up together at the monastery where Cale was trained, fell in love, and married. Unfortunately, this worked against the plans of [[spoiler: [[ManipulativeBastard the Archmage]], and Cale's master was ordered to end their relationship. Shora was forced to cheat on Cale with another student at the monastery, and a heart-broken Cale left her. Unknown to Cale, to ensure he had no further reason to return the Archmage then forced Cale's master to murder Shora and clean up the loose end]].
* Dominic and Sarah from ''Webcomic/{{Unreality]]'' initially met when they were respectively 10 and 13, and within a couple years they became a full-on Romantic Couple!
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's second wife Edith (the first one, Alice, fell to DeathByChildbirth) lived next door to the future president in her childhood and was best friends with his sister Corinne Roosevelt.
* Also, UsefulNotes/HarryTruman. He first met his future wife, Bess Wallace, when they were ''five'' in Sunday School. From fifth grade through high school, they were in the same class. She turned him down the first time he proposed (in 1911); after time in various jobs, plus a stint as an artillery captain on [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the Western Front]], she finally accepted in 1919 (shortly after he opened a promising haberdashery).
* Saint Elisabeth of Hungary and her husband Louis IV of Thuringia. They double as PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: they were engaged by their parents as kids, Elisabeth went to live with Louis's family as a little girl, and they fell in love as they grew up. [[DownerEnding He died few years later, though]], and RebelliousPrincess Elisabeth went to great lengths to not be forced into an ArrangedMarriage (even threatening to disfigure herself).
* Dorothea Hurley married her high school sweetheart [[Music/BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi]] at the height of the band's popularity, when thousands of girls were throwing themselves at him. They're [[HappilyMarried together to this day]].
** Ditto Cheryl Alley and Creator/RonHoward, though he probably didn't have nearly as many girls throwing themselves at him back in the day.
* Former German [[TheChancellorsOfGermany federal chancellor Helmut Schmidt]] and Hannelore "Loki" Glaser first met in 1929 when they were both ten years old; they were happily married from 1942 until her death on 21 October 2010.
* David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon understandably got to be good friends as children in the late [[UsefulNotes/TheFifties Fifties]], seeing as [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower his grandpa]] was President and [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon her dad]] was Vice President for eight whole years (their first meeting was at the 1956 Republican National Convention, when they were eight). They married just under a month before her father was sworn in as President.
* Russian Prime Minister [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Medvedev Dmitry Medvedev]] met his future wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svetlana_Medvedeva Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva]] when they were in middle school. They married after finishing their studies. [[HappilyMarried They're still together.]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien and his future wife Edith met as teenagers. Tolkien's foster father eventually demanded that they stop seeing each other until Tolkien was twenty-one and a full adult. After a few years with no contact between them, John Ronald Tolkien wrote a letter to Edith ''[[ExactWords on his 21st birthday]]'' to ask if she still wanted him. It turned out she had become engaged to another man, but only out of fear that Ronald had forgotten her; she broke off the other engagement promptly and agreed to marry him.
* UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams met his wife Louisa when she was four and he was twelve. [[ShesAllGrownUp He met her again when she was 22]]. They were married shortly thereafter.
* William Petersen (of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' fame) first met his current wife, Gina, when she was a small girl and he was a teenager working on a project with her filmmaker father. Fast forward a few decades to after Petersen's divorce from his first wife, and they got better acquainted, got married, and now have twin girls together.
* Say what you will about Luis Suárez's "teeth", but his own story is pretty incredible. Born and raised in abject poverty, he met a girl and started dating her, only to watch helplessly as her family moved to Spain. Suárez then began to seriously train in earnest, and eventually became a world class player, and went to play in Europe just to find and marry this girl.
* Wrestling/NatalyaNeidhart and her husband, TJ Wilson (aka WWE's Tyson Kidd), have known each other since childhood, and had been dating for over a ''decade'' before they finally tied the knot. TJ was also childhood friends with Nattie's cousins Harry Smith (son of "The British Bulldog" Wrestling/DaveyBoySmith) and Ted Annis (aka Teddy Hart).
* [[http://www.today.com/style/flower-girl-ring-bearer-walk-down-same-aisle-17-years-t48291 Flower Girl and Ring Bearer Walk Down Same Aisle 17 Years Later as Bride and Groom.]]
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8th Mar '17 12:15:46 PM Calllack
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If the pair goes through a PuppyLove phase from the very beginning, a {{Childhood Marriage Promise}}s may be involved.

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If the pair goes through a PuppyLove phase from the very beginning, a {{Childhood Marriage Promise}}s Promise}} may be involved.
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