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1st May '16 2:01:37 PM StarSword
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* ''Literature/{{Mako}}'': Lee and Mac, two stalwart friends from college who lean on each other, exchange music, etc. Lee even protests that Mac is like his sister when Danny [[ShipperOnDeck starts shipping them]]. [[spoiler:They have a RelationshipUpgrade by the end of the book.]]
28th Apr '16 3:53:08 PM Josef5678
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* The alternative name for this trope, the WestermarckEffect, is after Finnish sociologist Edward Westermarck, who did very thorough research on the incest taboo and found that sibling incest, father-daughter incest and mother-son incest are extremely rare in monogamous cultures around the world, and that this effect extends also to stepchildren adopted in very early age. The same effect has also been discovered on many animals, especially birds.\\\

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* The alternative name for this trope, the WestermarckEffect, Westermarck Effect, is after Finnish sociologist Edward Westermarck, who did very thorough research on the incest taboo and found that sibling incest, father-daughter incest and mother-son incest are extremely rare in monogamous cultures around the world, and that this effect extends also to stepchildren adopted in very early age. The same effect has also been discovered on many animals, especially birds.\\\
27th Apr '16 3:48:20 PM RancidLemons
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* Serah and Noel in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII-2'' form a brother-and-sister like relationship through the course of the game due to both having their own love interests already (Noel being in love with Yuel and Serah being Snow's fiance).
26th Apr '16 5:51:59 PM Averagemoe
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* Webcomic/OzyAndMillie had this so much that in the final arc [[spoiler: their parents get married]].
23rd Apr '16 9:55:00 PM siberia82
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** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Charles cites this when Raven, feeling insecure about her looks, asks if he would date her... although it falls a little flat coming right after he's answered the question with "of course" in reference to her human form, before she clarifies that she means in her real form. (Charles is being a bit obvious in invoking the trope as the film establishes that she is indeed his adoptive sister.)
** Lampshaded in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', by the older Professor X when he mentions that Mystique was like a sister to him. It's later alluded to when a nurse wonders if the blue, scaly woman at the Paris Peace Accords has a family, and Raven replies, "Yes, she does." On the plane ride to Paris, Charles argues that he raised Raven to be something better than a killer. Erik is quick to point out that Charles didn't ''raise'' Raven, they grew up together. This is what it takes for Charles to realize that Raven is not his to control.

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** In ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Charles Xavier and Raven Darkholme grew up together as foster siblings for 18 years, and he introduces her as his sister to Amy. He later cites this when Raven, feeling insecure about her looks, asks if he would date her... although it falls a little flat coming right after he's answered the question with "of course" in reference to her human form, before she clarifies that she means in her real form. (Charles is being a bit obvious in invoking the trope as the film establishes that she is indeed his adoptive sister.)
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** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'': Lampshaded in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', by the older Professor X when he mentions that Mystique was like a sister to him. It's later alluded to when a nurse wonders if the blue, scaly woman at the Paris Peace Accords has a family, and Raven replies, "Yes, she does." On the plane ride to Paris, Charles argues that he raised Raven to be something better than a killer. Erik is quick to point out that Charles didn't ''raise'' Raven, they grew up together. This is what it takes for Charles to realize that Raven is not his to control.
14th Apr '16 9:14:50 AM GM_3826
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* Falco Lombardi and Katt Monroe from ''VideoGame/StarFox''. They're not related, but they've known each other for most of their lives. Their once-ambiguously-portrayed relationship turned out to be this once it became clear in ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'' that Falco [[IncompatibleOrientation isn't into girls]], but they have a sibling-like loyalty to each other.

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* Falco Lombardi and Katt Monroe from ''VideoGame/StarFox''. They're not related, but they've known each other for most of their lives. Their once-ambiguously-portrayed relationship turned out to be this once it became clear in ''Farewell, Beloved Falco'' that Falco [[IncompatibleOrientation isn't into girls]], girls]] (or at the very least [[CeilbateHero isn't looking for a girlfriend]]), but they have a sibling-like loyalty to each other.
23rd Mar '16 7:33:24 AM Eievie
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->''"She loves me. She's like the big sister I never had. Only, you know...short."''

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->''"She loves me. She's like the big sister I never had. Only, you know...know… short."''



Sometimes, two characters of the opposite sex are very close -- so close that you might expect them to be dating. Except they're not. They admit that they matter a great deal to each other, that they would die for each other, that they can't imagine life without each other. They aren't just any pair of friends. They're as close as family. They're like brother and sister!

Often, other people don't believe this. They [[MistakenForRomance assume that the couple must be dating]] -- or at least that they [[JustFriends secretly wish they were]]. When the couple say they are like brother and sister, they will point out the one tiny but debilitating flaw with their theory: They are ''not'' brother and sister.

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Sometimes, two characters of the opposite sex are very close -- so close--so close that you might expect them to be dating. Except they're not. They admit that they matter a great deal to each other, that they would die for each other, that they can't imagine life without each other. They aren't just any pair of friends. They're as close as family. They're like brother and sister!

Often, other people don't believe this. They [[MistakenForRomance assume that the couple must be dating]] -- or dating]]--or at least that they [[JustFriends secretly wish they were]]. When the couple say they are like brother and sister, they will point out the one tiny but debilitating flaw with their theory: They are ''not'' brother and sister.



* Ban and Himiko from ''GetBackers''. [[spoiler:After spending almost 95% of the series like this, the 37th volume reveals that they might not be completely unrelated after all -- but the exact nature of their blood relationship is not specified.]]

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* Ban and Himiko from ''GetBackers''. [[spoiler:After spending almost 95% of the series like this, the 37th volume reveals that they might not be completely unrelated after all -- but all--but the exact nature of their blood relationship is not specified.]]



** In the same universe, Connor Hawke will ''say'' his feelings for Mia (Speedy) are like this...the truth is a bit more complex.

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** In the same universe, Connor Hawke will ''say'' his feelings for Mia (Speedy) are like this...this… the truth is a bit more complex.



* It's amazing -- you can ''hear'' Mr. Knightley's heart break when Emma uses these words when they're about to dance in ''{{Literature/Emma}}''.[[note]] [[DoubleInLawMarriage His brother is married to her sister]][[/note]].
* In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', everyone ships Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood... except themselves, because Brandon is in love with Marianne Dashwood and Elinor with Edward Ferrars. But they hang out more or less all the time, because they're the most rational and responsible people in their social circle.

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* It's amazing -- you amazing--you can ''hear'' Mr. Knightley's heart break when Emma uses these words when they're about to dance in ''{{Literature/Emma}}''.[[note]] [[DoubleInLawMarriage His brother is married to her sister]][[/note]].
* In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', everyone ships Colonel Brandon and Elinor Dashwood... Dashwood… except themselves, because Brandon is in love with Marianne Dashwood and Elinor with Edward Ferrars. But they hang out more or less all the time, because they're the most rational and responsible people in their social circle.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Tommen and Margaery are married. Tommen is too young and innocent to really grasp what marriage is about, but they ''are'' technically married and he sees her more as a [[BigSisterWorship sister]].

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' Tommen and Margaery are married. Tommen is too young (8) and innocent to really grasp what marriage is about, but they ''are'' technically married and he sees her more as a sister. An ''awesome'' [[BigSisterWorship sister]].



'''Peralta:''' Hey, Luke didn't know! [[SurpriseIncest NO-ONE KNEW!]]

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'''Peralta:''' Hey, Luke didn't know! [[SurpriseIncest NO-ONE KNEW!]]''[[SurpriseIncest No one knew!]]''



* Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones in ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Although the interest in them being a couple is completely gone by episode 3 when Kurt comes out of the Transparent Closet...they stayed the closest (platonic) friendship in the show for quite a while.

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* Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones in ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Although the interest in them being a couple is completely gone by episode 3 when Kurt comes out of the Transparent Closet...Closet… they stayed the closest (platonic) friendship in the show for quite a while.



'''Ivanova:''' Thanks, I'll just... wait. What do you mean you didn't notice?? What am I, chopped flarn? I mean, okay, granted, ''I'' don't have any interest in ''you'', and ''you'' don't have any interest in ''me'', but if you're going to come barging in here in the middle of the night the least you could do is say, 'Nice outfit, Ivanova!' and ''then'' go on a tear!\\
'''Sheridan:''' [''utterly flummoxed''] Uh... nice outfit, Ivanova!\\
'''Ivanova:''' [''stalks away, muttering''] You are such a... [''indecipherable grumbling'']

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'''Ivanova:''' Thanks, I'll just... just… wait. What do you mean you didn't notice?? What am I, chopped flarn? I mean, okay, granted, ''I'' don't have any interest in ''you'', and ''you'' don't have any interest in ''me'', but if you're going to come barging in here in the middle of the night the least you could do is say, 'Nice outfit, Ivanova!' and ''then'' go on a tear!\\
'''Sheridan:''' [''utterly flummoxed''] Uh... Uh… nice outfit, Ivanova!\\
'''Ivanova:''' [''stalks away, muttering''] You are such a... a… [''indecipherable grumbling'']



** Joey and Monica in later seasons. Mainly because Monica gets together with Chandler, who Joey considers his "[[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} brother]]" and the trio form a mini-family within the TrueCompanions. (Monica feeds Joey for years, they include a 'Joey Room' in their new house and frequently act as his older siblings).

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** Joey and Monica in later seasons. Mainly because Monica gets together with Chandler, who Joey considers his "[[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} brother]]" [[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} "brother"]] and the trio form a mini-family within the TrueCompanions. (Monica feeds Joey for years, they include a 'Joey Room' "Joey Room" in their new house and frequently act as his older siblings).



* Tom Branson and Mary Crawley (who are in fact siblings in-laws) eventually reach this relationship in season six of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' -- so much so that they drop the "in-law" part of the equation and simply refer to each other as "my brother" and "my sister."

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* Tom Branson and Mary Crawley (who are in fact siblings in-laws) siblings-in-law) eventually reach this relationship in season six of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' -- so ''Series/DowntonAbbey''--so much so that they drop the "in-law" part of the equation and simply refer to each other as "my brother" and "my sister."



* Subverted by French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman in ''Elle a fait un bébé toute seule'': "I'm like her big brother... A little incestuous when she wants to."

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* Subverted by French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman in ''Elle a fait un bébé toute seule'': "I'm like her big brother... A brother… a little incestuous when she wants to."



** The same case can also apply with the main hero and heroine of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. Despite the traditional romantic feelings harboring between the Franchise/TalesOf heroes, this time, the main character's love interest isn't the main heroine (who unfortunately is [[DieForOurShip hit hard by some fans]]), so despite the numerous ShipTease moments, nothing romantic ever occurs between the two of them. [[spoiler: It doesn't help that the main heroine isn't even human.]] In the Lineage to the Future arc, [[TheHero Asbel]] explicitly refers to [[MysteriousWaif Sophie]] like a sister (although in a skit, she refers to him like a father-figure as well - ItMakesSenseInContext).

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** The same case can also apply with the main hero and heroine of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. Despite the traditional romantic feelings harboring between the Franchise/TalesOf heroes, this time, the main character's love interest isn't the main heroine (who unfortunately is [[DieForOurShip hit hard by some fans]]), so despite the numerous ShipTease moments, nothing romantic ever occurs between the two of them. [[spoiler: It doesn't help that the main heroine isn't even human.]] In the Lineage to the Future arc, [[TheHero Asbel]] explicitly refers to [[MysteriousWaif Sophie]] like a sister (although in a skit, she refers to him like a father-figure as well - ItMakesSenseInContext).well--ItMakesSenseInContext).



*** Graces also seems to be invoking this trope with one of its win quotes. Asbel refers to himself, his brother, and Cheria - who clearly harbours romantic interests for him - as "Lhant's Triplets of Terror." Cheria angrily retorts, "I am NOT your sister, Asbel!"

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*** Graces also seems to be invoking this trope with one of its win quotes. Asbel refers to himself, his brother, and Cheria - who Cheria--who clearly harbours romantic interests for him - as him--as "Lhant's Triplets of Terror." Cheria angrily retorts, "I am NOT ''not'' your sister, Asbel!"



** Even Walky's actual sister Sal acknowledges this, telling Billie she's the "...daughter [our parents] like" and smiling when Walky tells her he wants to be a good brother--to ''Billie''--as a backhanded way of acknowledging he hasn't always been a good brother to Sal.

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** Even Walky's actual sister Sal acknowledges this, telling Billie she's the "...daughter "…daughter [our parents] like" and smiling when Walky tells her he wants to be a good brother--to ''Billie''--as a backhanded way of acknowledging he hasn't always been a good brother to Sal.



And Westermark isn't the only one to draw this conclusion; it's been shown the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]] is quite common in real life amongst childhood friends. Studies show that children who know each other during their early childhood will rarely develop any romantic interest later in life. It's hypothesized that this is part of an instinctual mechanism designed to minimize the possibility of [[IncestIsRelative inbreeding]]. But do Middle/High schoolers with those two friends who have known each other since preschool care? Nooooooo....

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And Westermark isn't the only one to draw this conclusion; it's been shown the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]] is quite common in real life amongst childhood friends. Studies show that children who know each other during their early childhood will rarely develop any romantic interest later in life. It's hypothesized that this is part of an instinctual mechanism designed to minimize the possibility of [[IncestIsRelative inbreeding]]. But do Middle/High schoolers with those two friends who have known each other since preschool care? Nooooooo....Noooooo…



* There is a midrash about a matron asking a rabbi why God put Adam to sleep befoore creating Eve. The rabbi said "he tried doing it while Adam was awake, but the process was too disgusting for the man to love her". The matron noted that she can confirm it - she was supposed to marry a relative of hers, but due to the fact they grew up together, she became ugly in his eyes, so he married another girl, one not nearly as pretty.

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* There is a midrash about a matron asking a rabbi why God put Adam to sleep befoore creating Eve. The rabbi said "he tried doing it while Adam was awake, but the process was too disgusting for the man to love her". The matron noted that she can confirm it - she it--she was supposed to marry a relative of hers, but due to the fact they grew up together, she became ugly in his eyes, so he married another girl, one not nearly as pretty.
15th Mar '16 10:48:12 PM LadyNorbert
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Simply being friends doesn't make a pair an example nor does just being TrueCompanions. Because most childhood relationships are inherently platonic, friendships between children do not qualify unless they continue into adulthood and remain platonic. Contrast JustFriends for when this does actually blossom into romance. Not to be confused with UnluckyChildhoodFriend in which one side does have feelings for the other. Compare with StupidSexyFriend. The trope may be averted if the relationship becomes a ChildhoodFriendRomance or (for actual siblings) subverted by BrotherSisterIncest.

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Simply being friends doesn't make a pair an example example, nor does just being TrueCompanions. Because most childhood relationships are inherently platonic, friendships between children do not qualify unless they continue into adulthood and remain platonic. Contrast JustFriends for when this does actually blossom into romance. Not to be confused with UnluckyChildhoodFriend in which one side does have feelings for the other. Compare with StupidSexyFriend. The trope may be averted if the relationship becomes a ChildhoodFriendRomance or (for actual siblings) subverted by BrotherSisterIncest.



* The grown up Godzilla Junior and Mothra Lea became this by time we meet them in ''FanFic/TheBridge''. They've been close friends and allies for over a decade since they first teamed up, able to read each other better than anyone. For all intensive purposes they are a platonic BattleCouple.
** This is in ''huge'' contrast to how their parents got along... or lack there of.

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* The grown up Godzilla Junior and Mothra Lea became this by time we meet them in ''FanFic/TheBridge''. They've been close friends and allies for over a decade since they first teamed up, able to read each other better than anyone. For all intensive purposes intents and purposes, they are a platonic BattleCouple.
** This is in ''huge'' contrast to how their parents got along... or lack there of.rather, didn't.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom[=/=]Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'' CrossOver ''Fanfic/SayItThrice'', this may be the best way to describe the relationship between Betelgeuse and Lydia. They've grown, in the two years since the events of the film, into devoted friends who clearly love each other, but there's nothing romantic about it.
* Prince Vince views Lydia this way in the [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos series]], and goes so far in the second story as to make the relationship official, at least by Neitherworld law. [[spoiler:This makes her a member of the Neitherworld royal family, which has assorted consequences throughout the remainder of the series.]]
23rd Feb '16 12:37:19 AM User247
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* ''WesternAnimation/CampLakebottom:'' [=McGee=] and Gretchen. They become each other's primary companions. [[EvilCounterpart Their archenemies are also very similar.]]
** Downplayed with Squirt and Gretchen.
11th Feb '16 7:18:58 AM StFan
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-->--'''Franchise/TheFlash''' on '''Hawkgirl''', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''

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-->--'''Franchise/TheFlash''' -->-- '''Franchise/TheFlash''' on '''Hawkgirl''', ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited''
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* ComicBook/WonderWoman and {{Superman}}: they've been shipped together for years (both in-universe and out, to a lesser degree), and are frequently paired up in Elseworlds and {{Alternate Universe}}s, but they've never been anything more than close friends in the main continuity (Though a common AlternateCharacterInterpretation is that while they ''do'' love each other, it's just that Clark loves Lois Lane ''more'', and Diana respects that so they keep their relationship at this level).
** And the reboot turns them into an OfficialCouple.
* Dick Grayson and Donna Troy from the New ComicBook/TeenTitans. They really act like brother and sister and shared leadership of the team. Which is surprising given that he is the ChickMagnet and she looks like a younger version of Wonder Woman. Also, he ''really'' [[HeroesWantRedheads prefers redheads]].
** Dick also sees his relationship with the younger Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} this way. Supergirl, on the other hand, [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/4e7330c5fc7e88f1c6e6c6c4ed7b9ff1/tumblr_n1mznrylgK1rc8doao2_1280.jpg appears to have a different idea of their relationship]].
* Dwight and Miho from SinCity have this relationship.
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Comicbook/{{Gambit}} from ''Comicbook/XMen'' have had this relationship ever since they met in Cairo. Storm got Gambit into the team and they've been tight ever since, despite Gambit's secrets putting a strain on their relationship.
* Chase Stein and Karolina Dean from the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}. They're close enough that Chase even stopped using "gay" as a pejorative after Karolina came out as a lesbian.

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* ComicBook/WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman and {{Superman}}: Franchise/{{Superman}}: they've been shipped together for years (both in-universe and out, to a lesser degree), and are frequently paired up in Elseworlds and {{Alternate Universe}}s, but they've never been anything more than close friends in the main continuity continuity. (Though a common AlternateCharacterInterpretation is that while they ''do'' love each other, it's just that Clark loves Lois Lane ''more'', and Diana respects that so they keep their relationship at this level).
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level.) And the reboot turns them into an OfficialCouple.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'':
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Dick Grayson and Donna Troy from the New ComicBook/TeenTitans.''New Teen Titans''. They really act like brother and sister and shared leadership of the team. Which is surprising given that he is the ChickMagnet and she looks like a younger version of Wonder Woman. Also, he ''really'' [[HeroesWantRedheads prefers redheads]].
** Dick also sees his relationship with the younger Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} this way. Supergirl, on the other hand, [[http://40.media.tumblr.com/4e7330c5fc7e88f1c6e6c6c4ed7b9ff1/tumblr_n1mznrylgK1rc8doao2_1280.jpg appears to have a different idea of their relationship]].
* Dwight and Miho from SinCity ''ComicBook/SinCity'' have this relationship.
* ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Comicbook/{{Gambit}} ComicBook/{{Gambit}} from ''Comicbook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/XMen'' have had this relationship ever since they met in Cairo. Storm got Gambit into the team and they've been tight ever since, despite Gambit's secrets putting a strain on their relationship.
* Chase Stein and Karolina Dean from the ComicBook/{{Runaways}}.''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}''. They're close enough that Chase even stopped using "gay" as a pejorative after Karolina came out as a lesbian.



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* Roleplay/DCNation takes the Troia and Nightwing dynamic and cranks it to eleven. One of the alternate universe plotlines even implied that they may have been brother and sister in ''several'' of Donna's other "short and unhappy lives."

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takes the Troia and Nightwing dynamic and cranks it to eleven. One of the alternate universe plotlines even implied that they may have been brother and sister in ''several'' of Donna's other "short and unhappy lives."



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** Lampshaded in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', by the older Professor X when he mentions that Mystique was like a sister to him. It's later alluded to when a nurse wonders if the blue, scaly woman at the Paris Peace Accords has a family, and Raven replies, "Yes, she does."
*** On the plane ride to Paris, Charles argues that he raised Raven to be something better than a killer. Erik is quick to point out that Charles didn't ''raise'' Raven, they grew up together. This is what it takes for Charles to realize that Raven is not his to control.

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** Lampshaded in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'', by the older Professor X when he mentions that Mystique was like a sister to him. It's later alluded to when a nurse wonders if the blue, scaly woman at the Paris Peace Accords has a family, and Raven replies, "Yes, she does."
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" On the plane ride to Paris, Charles argues that he raised Raven to be something better than a killer. Erik is quick to point out that Charles didn't ''raise'' Raven, they grew up together. This is what it takes for Charles to realize that Raven is not his to control.



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* Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer:

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* On ''Series/{{Angel}}''

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* On ''Series/{{Angel}}''''Series/{{Angel}}'':



* In the ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' episode "Tactical Village", Peralta ''claims'' that Amy Santiago is like a sister to him. [[ShipperOnDeck Boyle]] isn't convinced, and Peralta later admits he does have feelings for her.
-->'''Boyle:''' That's what Luke said about Leia.
-->'''Peralta:''' Hey, Luke didn't know! [[SurpriseIncest NO-ONE KNEW!]]
** However, Jake Peralta and Gina Linetti are actually this. She refers to Jake's grandmother as 'Nana'.

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* ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'':
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In the ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' episode "Tactical Village", Peralta ''claims'' that Amy Santiago is like a sister to him. [[ShipperOnDeck Boyle]] isn't convinced, and Peralta later admits he does have feelings for her.
-->'''Boyle:''' --->'''Boyle:''' That's what Luke said about Leia.
-->'''Peralta:'''
Leia.\\
'''Peralta:'''
Hey, Luke didn't know! [[SurpriseIncest NO-ONE KNEW!]]
** However, Jake Peralta and Gina Linetti are actually this. She refers to Jake's grandmother as 'Nana'."Nana".



* Annie and Augie on ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}''
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frasier Crane and Roz Doyle
--> '''Roz:''' You've always been just like a brother to me. Which is weird, I know, because [[BetterAsFriends we slept together...]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
** Mal and Zoe. They appear to have been PlatonicLifePartners until Zoe married Wash, but since [[spoiler: Zoe unflinchingly chooses Wash over Mal in ''War Stories'']], it's safe to assume that, much like Xander and Willow above, Mal and Zoe's relationship has been demoted. After [[spoiler: Wash dies in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'']], it's quite possible that Zoe and Mal's relationship will return to PlatonicLifePartners status.
*** Though that might have been less Zoe choosing Wash over Mal and more her unflinchingly making a logical decision for the sake of the whole crew: she knew Mal was a lot tougher than Wash and that she could take over his duties if need be, whereas they only had one pilot.

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* Annie and Augie on ''Series/{{Covert Affairs}}''
Affairs}}''.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': Frasier Crane and Roz Doyle
--> '''Roz:'''
Doyle.
-->'''Roz:'''
You've always been just like a brother to me. Which is weird, I know, because [[BetterAsFriends we slept together...]]
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** Mal and Zoe. They appear to have been PlatonicLifePartners until Zoe married Wash, but since [[spoiler: Zoe unflinchingly chooses Wash over Mal in ''War Stories'']], it's safe to assume that, much like Xander and Willow above, Mal and Zoe's relationship has been demoted. After [[spoiler: Wash dies in ''Film/{{Serenity}}'']], it's quite possible that Zoe and Mal's relationship will return to PlatonicLifePartners status.
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status. Though that might have been less Zoe choosing Wash over Mal and more her unflinchingly making a logical decision for the sake of the whole crew: she knew Mal was a lot tougher than Wash and that she could take over his duties if need be, whereas they only had one pilot.



--> '''Kaylee:''' Goin' on a year now, I ain't had nothin' twixt my nethers [[ADateWithRosiePalms weren't run on batteries]]!
--> '''Mal:''' [[TooMuchInformation OH GOD! I CAN'T KNOW THAT!]]
--> '''[[YuriFan Jayne]]:''' I could stand to hear a little more.
* Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones in ''{{Series/Glee}}''. Although the interest in them being a couple is completely gone by episode 3 when Kurt comes out of the Transparent Closet...they stayed the closest (platonic) friendship in the show for quite a while.

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--> '''Kaylee:''' --->'''Kaylee:''' Goin' on a year now, I ain't had nothin' twixt my nethers [[ADateWithRosiePalms weren't run on batteries]]!
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batteries]]!\\
'''Mal:''' [[TooMuchInformation OH GOD! I CAN'T KNOW THAT!]]
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THAT!]]\\
'''[[YuriFan Jayne]]:''' I could stand to hear a little more.
* Kurt Hummel and Mercedes Jones in ''{{Series/Glee}}''.''Series/{{Glee}}''. Although the interest in them being a couple is completely gone by episode 3 when Kurt comes out of the Transparent Closet...they stayed the closest (platonic) friendship in the show for quite a while.



* Guinevere and Merlin became this on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. They probably have the healthiest relationship on the show, and both were prepared to die for the other within the first four episodes of the show.
** Arthur and Morgana sort of have this, but it's debatable and their relationship evolves over the series. Considering that Morgana is Arthur's father's ward, she's essentially his foster sister. [[spoiler: Actually, she's his half sister, so a literal application of this trope.]]
*** Luckily Mordred already exists in season one and is probably about half Arthur's age at that time, so there will be no need for either Morgana or Morgause to seduce Arthur and bear his child for the sake of the plot.

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* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'':
**
Guinevere and Merlin became this on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.becomes this. They probably have the healthiest relationship on the show, and both were prepared to die for the other within the first four episodes of the show.
** Arthur and Morgana sort of have this, but it's debatable and their relationship evolves over the series. Considering that Morgana is Arthur's father's ward, she's essentially his foster sister. [[spoiler: Actually, [[spoiler:Actually, she's his half sister, half-sister, so a literal application of this trope.]]
***
]] Luckily Mordred already exists in season one and is probably about half Arthur's age at that time, so there will be no need for either Morgana or Morgause to seduce Arthur and bear his child for the sake of the plot.



* Ted and Lily from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Notable in that, since Lily's been Marshall's girlfriend since the day he and Ted became roommates, and Ted and Marshall have been HeterosexualLifePartners for almost as long, Ted and Lily have been basically brother- and sister-in-law since college.
** Highlighted when Lily broke up with Marshall and moved away for a time. After their reconciliation, Ted harbored resentment towards Lily for leaving him as well and then assuming her reconciliation with Marshall automatically applied to Ted.
** Also, Marshall and Robin, in contrast to her BetterAsFriends with Ted and WillTheyOrWontThey with Barney.
** Lily and Barney too

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
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Ted and Lily from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Lily. Notable in that, since Lily's been Marshall's girlfriend since the day he and Ted became roommates, and Ted and Marshall have been HeterosexualLifePartners for almost as long, Ted and Lily have been basically brother- and sister-in-law since college.
**
college. Highlighted when Lily broke up with Marshall and moved away for a time. After their reconciliation, Ted harbored resentment towards Lily for leaving him as well and then assuming her reconciliation with Marshall automatically applied to Ted.
** Also, Marshall and Robin, in contrast to her BetterAsFriends with Ted and WillTheyOrWontThey with Barney.
** Lily and Barney too
Barney.



--> '''Parker:''' What's sexting?
--> '''Eliot:''' I am ''not'' having this conversation with you, Parker.

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--> '''Parker:''' -->'''Parker:''' What's sexting?
-->
sexting?\\
'''Eliot:''' I am ''not'' having this conversation with you, Parker.



-->'''Sheridan''': Oh, uh, right. Sorry, I hadn't noticed.\\
'''Ivanova''': Thanks, I'll just... wait. What do you mean you didn't notice?? What am I, chopped flarn? I mean, okay, granted, ''I'' don't have any interest in ''you'', and ''you'' don't have any interest in ''me'', but if you're going to come barging in here in the middle of the night the least you could do is say, 'Nice outfit, Ivanova!' and ''then'' go on a tear!\\
'''Sheridan''': [''utterly flummoxed''] Uh... nice outfit, Ivanova!\\
'''Ivanova''': [''stalks away, muttering''] You are such a... [''indecipherable grumbling'']
* After a brief ShipTease, [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]] and [[XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] decide they're BetterAsFriends and become this.

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-->'''Sheridan''': -->'''Sheridan:''' Oh, uh, right. Sorry, I hadn't noticed.\\
'''Ivanova''': '''Ivanova:''' Thanks, I'll just... wait. What do you mean you didn't notice?? What am I, chopped flarn? I mean, okay, granted, ''I'' don't have any interest in ''you'', and ''you'' don't have any interest in ''me'', but if you're going to come barging in here in the middle of the night the least you could do is say, 'Nice outfit, Ivanova!' and ''then'' go on a tear!\\
'''Sheridan''': '''Sheridan:''' [''utterly flummoxed''] Uh... nice outfit, Ivanova!\\
'''Ivanova''': '''Ivanova:''' [''stalks away, muttering''] You are such a... [''indecipherable grumbling'']
* ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys:'' After a brief ShipTease, [[HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys Hercules]] Hercules and [[XenaWarriorPrincess [[Series/XenaWarriorPrincess Xena]] decide they're BetterAsFriends and become this.



* ''{{Friends}}'': Joey and Monica in later seasons. Mainly because Monica gets together with Chandler, who Joey considers his "[[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} brother]]" and the trio form a mini-family within the TrueCompanions. (Monica feeds Joey for years, they include a 'Joey Room' in their new house and frequently act as his older siblings).

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* ''{{Friends}}'': ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
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Joey and Monica in later seasons. Mainly because Monica gets together with Chandler, who Joey considers his "[[{{HeterosexualLifePartner}} brother]]" and the trio form a mini-family within the TrueCompanions. (Monica feeds Joey for years, they include a 'Joey Room' in their new house and frequently act as his older siblings).



* ''Series/{{OnceUponATime}}'': Red and Charming, particularly noticeable during season two, where she's his [[TheLancer Lancer]] and [[TheConsigliere Consigliere]]. It probably helps that she's his wife's [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]].
* Elaine and Jerry from Series/{{Seinfeld}}. They tried dating, but it didn't work out. The show teases them once or twice, but they're mostly just best friends.

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* ''Series/{{OnceUponATime}}'': ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Red and Charming, particularly noticeable during season two, where she's his [[TheLancer Lancer]] and [[TheConsigliere Consigliere]]. It probably helps that she's his wife's [[HeterosexualLifePartners best friend]].
* Elaine and Jerry from Series/{{Seinfeld}}.''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''. They tried dating, but it didn't work out. The show teases them once or twice, but they're mostly just best friends.



* 2 contestants in ''Series/MasterchefAustralia'''s 4th season, Ben and Emma, has this relationship. Emma regards Ben as her brother and mentor, and broke down when she realized she must face him in an elimination challenge. Ben, on his part, was willing to drop out from the competition and let go of his dreams so that Emma can stay.

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* 2 Two contestants in ''Series/MasterchefAustralia'''s 4th season, Ben and Emma, has this relationship. Emma regards Ben as her brother and mentor, and broke down when she realized she must face him in an elimination challenge. Ben, on his part, was willing to drop out from the competition and let go of his dreams so that Emma can stay.



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* Subverted by French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman in ''Elle a fait un bébé toute seule'': "I'm like her big brother... A little incestuous when she wants to".

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* Subverted by French singer Jean-Jacques Goldman in ''Elle a fait un bébé toute seule'': "I'm like her big brother... A little incestuous when she wants to".to."



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* Tidus and Rikku from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''. Rikku is the first person Tidus is able to talk to in Spira and they form a really close bond over the course of their journey. Yuna and Wakka also as they grew up together on Besaid. She actually says that she and Wakka (as well as Lulu) are brother and sister.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'':
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Tidus and Rikku from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX''.Rikku. Rikku is the first person Tidus is able to talk to in Spira and they form a really close bond over the course of their journey. Yuna and Wakka also as they grew up together on Besaid. She actually says that she and Wakka (as well as Lulu) are brother and sister.



* Vaan and Penelo appear to be this initially in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' but the end of the game implies that they might be more.

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* Vaan and Penelo appear to be this initially in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', but the end of the game implies that they might be more.



* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''

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* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}''''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'':



* ''CorpseParty'' has Mayu Suzumoto and Sakutarou Morishige. [[spoiler:Sakutarou does ''[[GoMadFromTheRevelation not]]'' take it well when he finds out that the mutilated corpse he's been [[NightmareFetishist obsessing over]] is Mayu's.]]

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* ''CorpseParty'' ''VisualNovel/CorpseParty'' has Mayu Suzumoto and Sakutarou Morishige. [[spoiler:Sakutarou does ''[[GoMadFromTheRevelation not]]'' take it well when he finds out that the mutilated corpse he's been [[NightmareFetishist obsessing over]] is Mayu's.]]



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* Zig-zagged in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with Nora and Lie Ren. Nora insists that she and Lie Ren are Like Brother And Sister, but the show has more than hinted that this is a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Lie Ren has also denied romantic interest in Nora, but the scene goes by so quickly that we don't really hear his side of the story.
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* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive,'' Davan and Aubrey are like this, especially since they've known each other long enough for the Westermarck Effect to be in place.

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* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive,'' ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'':
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Davan and Aubrey are like this, especially since they've known each other long enough for the Westermarck Effect to be in place.



* TwoKinds: Kat has a crush on her master Eric, but Eric reveals that he thinks of Kat as his little sister. This causes issues. So Kat [[BiTheWay takes an interest in]] [[{{Transgender}} Natani]] instead.

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* TwoKinds: ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'': Kat has a crush on her master Eric, but Eric reveals that he thinks of Kat as his little sister. This causes issues. So Kat [[BiTheWay takes an interest in]] [[{{Transgender}} Natani]] instead.



* Apollo and Calliope in ''ThaliasMusings'', except on rare occasions when Calliope is drunk.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, as well as their real life counterparts (Doug Walker and Lindsey Ellis) have been described as such.
* Zig-zagged in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with Nora and Lie Ren. Nora insists that she and Lie Ren are Like Brother And Sister, but the show has more than hinted that this is a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Lie Ren has also denied romantic interest in Nora, but the scene goes by so quickly that we don't really hear his side of the story.

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* Apollo and Calliope in ''ThaliasMusings'', ''Literature/ThaliasMusings'', except on rare occasions when Calliope is drunk.
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, as well as their real life real-life counterparts (Doug Walker and Lindsey Ellis) have been described as such.
* Zig-zagged in ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' with Nora and Lie Ren. Nora insists that she and Lie Ren are Like Brother And Sister, but the show has more than hinted that this is a SuspiciouslySpecificDenial. Lie Ren has also denied romantic interest in Nora, but the scene goes by so quickly that we don't really hear his side of the story.
such.



* Terry (Batman) and Maxine in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' have this, being really really close. Although many fans think they'd just be better off dating, neither characters actually show any interest in the other that way aside from a teasing banter here and there.
** WordOfGod states that one writer suggested [[WhatCouldHaveBeen making them a couple]], but the creator decided to have them stay purely as friends.

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* Terry (Batman) and Maxine in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' have this, being really really close. Although many fans think they'd just be better off dating, neither characters actually show any interest in the other that way aside from a teasing banter here and there.
**
there. WordOfGod states that one writer suggested [[WhatCouldHaveBeen making them a couple]], but the creator decided to have them stay purely as friends.



--> '''Birdgirl:''' You realize there's absolutely no chance we'll be kissing, right?
--> '''Peanut:''' Yeah, duh, of course; you're like my sister. (pause) Which given a little thought could be a very hot concept.

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--> '''Birdgirl:''' -->'''Birdgirl:''' You realize there's absolutely no chance we'll be kissing, right?
-->
right?\\
'''Peanut:''' Yeah, duh, of course; you're like my sister. (pause) (''pause'') Which given a little thought could be a very hot concept.



* On ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[CloudCuckooLander Mabel]] describes [[EnfantTerrible Gideon]] as "a little sister I can do girly things with." Unfortunately, he feels [[VillainousCrush differently]] about the situation.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls,'' [[CloudCuckooLander [[{{CloudcuckooLander}} Mabel]] describes [[EnfantTerrible Gideon]] as "a little sister I can do girly things with." Unfortunately, he feels [[VillainousCrush differently]] about the situation.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode ''The Ember Island Players'', the ShowWithinAShow portrays [[KidHero Aang]] and [[TeamMom Katara]] as this. Aang, who has had a crush on Katara since Episode 1, freaks out and begins to wonder if Katara really thinks of him this way.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
**
In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' episode ''The Ember Island Players'', the ShowWithinAShow portrays [[KidHero Aang]] and [[TeamMom Katara]] as this. Aang, who has had a crush on Katara since Episode 1, freaks out and begins to wonder if Katara really thinks of him this way.



* ''GaspardAndLisa'' (from the AllCGICartoon based on the illustrated books) are much like brother and sister. They met at school and are almost inseparable, perhaps since their personalities click very well. Although, the nature of the dialogue-heavy drama that unfolds between them (always resolved by the end of an episode, of course) makes them look a whole lot LikeAnOldMarriedCouple despite being kids.

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* ''GaspardAndLisa'' ''Literature/GaspardAndLisa'' (from the AllCGICartoon based on the illustrated books) are much like brother and sister. They met at school and are almost inseparable, perhaps since their personalities click very well. Although, the nature of the dialogue-heavy drama that unfolds between them (always resolved by the end of an episode, of course) makes them look a whole lot LikeAnOldMarriedCouple despite being kids.



* Even though they are Master and Padawan, [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Anakin and Ahsoka]] have this sort of dynamic. It helps that they're only a few years apart from each other.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'': Even though they are Master and Padawan, [[StarWarsTheCloneWars Anakin and Ahsoka]] Ahsoka have this sort of dynamic. It helps that they're only a few years apart from each other.



* The alternative name for this trope, the WestermarckEffect, is after Finnish sociologist Edward Westermarck, who did very thorough research on the incest taboo and found that sibling incest, father-daughter incest and mother-son incest are extremely rare in monogamous cultures around the world, and that this effect extends also to stepchildren adopted in very early age. The same effect has also been discovered on many animals, especially birds.
** And Westermark isn't the only one to draw this conclusion; it's been shown the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]] is quite common in real life amongst childhood friends. Studies show that children who know each other during their early childhood will rarely develop any romantic interest later in life. It's hypothesized that this is part of an instinctual mechanism designed to minimize the possibility of [[IncestIsRelative inbreeding]]. But do Middle/High schoolers with those two friends who have known each other since preschool care? Nooooooo....
* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio and Creator/KateWinslet, having been very close friends since ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' and collaborating again in ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'', remain this and nothing more. Kate's kids call him "Uncle Leo", and for a kissing scene in ''Revolutionary Road'', Leonardo stated that it felt slightly weird because kissing Kate was like kissing a family member.

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* The alternative name for this trope, the WestermarckEffect, is after Finnish sociologist Edward Westermarck, who did very thorough research on the incest taboo and found that sibling incest, father-daughter incest and mother-son incest are extremely rare in monogamous cultures around the world, and that this effect extends also to stepchildren adopted in very early age. The same effect has also been discovered on many animals, especially birds.
**
birds.\\\
And Westermark isn't the only one to draw this conclusion; it's been shown the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]] is quite common in real life amongst childhood friends. Studies show that children who know each other during their early childhood will rarely develop any romantic interest later in life. It's hypothesized that this is part of an instinctual mechanism designed to minimize the possibility of [[IncestIsRelative inbreeding]]. But do Middle/High schoolers with those two friends who have known each other since preschool care? Nooooooo....
* Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio and Creator/KateWinslet, having been very close friends since ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'' ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' and collaborating again in ''Film/RevolutionaryRoad'', remain this and nothing more. Kate's kids call him "Uncle Leo", and for a kissing scene in ''Revolutionary Road'', Leonardo stated that it felt slightly weird because kissing Kate was like kissing a family member.



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