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17th Jun '17 6:29:30 PM meilee
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the ''Fade to Black'' movie guide, WordOfGod describes [[http://tumblrhalix.tumblr.com/post/65221770745/ichinoue the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia]] as a close and unique friendship.
-->'''Creator/TiteKubo''': "It’s not friendship but it’s not an amorous feeling either. With these two’s relationship, I think there is no other relationship like them in other works where despite both standing in a very close position with each other it is not romance (laughs). But in this year’s movie there is a scene where Ichigo says Rukia is his “Precious nakama” and I think that explains their relationship well."
** Confirmed by one of Kubo's editors [[https://pepperrikka.tumblr.com/post/152761199129/httpstwittercomjumpolicestatus79447710019118 on Japanese TV]]. In regards to Ichigo, said editor refers to Rukia as "aibou" (non-romantic partner, in the line of TrueCompanions) and to Orihime as "heroine" (which in Japan can mean either "main female character" or "LoveInterest")
17th Jun '17 5:41:35 PM meilee
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17th Jun '17 5:36:28 PM meilee
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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the ''Fade to Black'' movie guide, WordOfGod describes [[http://tumblrhalix.tumblr.com/post/65221770745/ichinoue the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia]] as a close and unique friendship.
-->'''Creator/TiteKubo''': "It’s not friendship but it’s not an amorous feeling either. With these two’s relationship, I think there is no other relationship like them in other works where despite both standing in a very close position with each other it is not romance (laughs). But in this year’s movie there is a scene where Ichigo says Rukia is his “Precious nakama” and I think that explains their relationship well."
** Confirmed by one of Kubo's editors [[https://pepperrikka.tumblr.com/post/152761199129/httpstwittercomjumpolicestatus79447710019118 on Japanese TV]]. In regards to Ichigo, said editor refers to Rukia as "aibou" (non-romantic partner, in the line of TrueCompanions) and to Orihime as "heroine" (which in Japan can mean either "main female character" or "LoveInterest")
17th Jun '17 5:51:08 AM Synchronicity
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* Phoenix "[[AffectionateNickname Nick]]" Wright and Maya Fey from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. They go through a lot together, and Phoenix will go to hell and back to help her if she's in trouble. It's implied they still keep in contact after they go their separate ways between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}''. This is later confirmed in ''Dual Destinies''. Pearl, Maya's ''very'' young and innocent cousin, was for a time convinced Phoenix and Maya were a couple, due to a combination of Maya talking about him so much and Pearl being a huge sucker for romance plots due to growing up in a village where most if not all husbands work far away from home. She had a tendency to respond quite violently to any suggestion that the two of them were not madly in love with each other or to any perceived infidelity from Phoenix (which included things as innocuous as ''talking to another woman''). By the time of ''Dual Destinies'' she has grown up enough to realize that they aren't actually a couple.

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* Phoenix "[[AffectionateNickname Nick]]" Wright and Maya Fey from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''.''Franchise/AceAttorney''. They go through a lot together, and Phoenix will go to hell and back to help her if she's in trouble. It's implied they still keep in contact after they go their separate ways between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}''. This is later confirmed in ''Dual Destinies''.Destinies'', and the duo's bond is strong as ever when Maya returns in ''Spirit of Justice''. Pearl, Maya's ''very'' young and innocent cousin, was for a time convinced Phoenix and Maya were a couple, due to a combination of Maya talking about him so much and Pearl being a huge sucker for romance plots due to growing up in a village where most if not all husbands work far away from home. She had a tendency to respond quite violently to any suggestion that the two of them were not madly in love with each other or to any perceived infidelity from Phoenix (which included things as innocuous as ''talking to another woman''). By the time of ''Dual Destinies'' she has grown up enough to realize that they aren't actually a couple.
15th Jun '17 2:29:49 PM Aipom-pom
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** In addition, there is Mitsuru and Akihiko. While they've been friends well before the start of the game and clearly trust each other more than anyone else, there's nothing in-game implying that the two of them are romantically interested in each other. In Mitsuru's Social Link, she even states that Akihiko is a teammate and a close friend, neither more nor less.

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** In addition, there is Mitsuru and Akihiko. While they've been friends well before the start of the game and clearly trust each other more than anyone else, there's nothing in-game implying that the two of them are romantically interested in each other. In Mitsuru's Social Link, she even states that Akihiko is a teammate and a close friend, neither nothing more nor less.
14th Jun '17 7:33:56 AM Gosicrystal
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* Phoenix "[[AffectionateNickname Nick]]" Wright and Maya Fey from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. They go through a lot togheter, and Phoenix will go to hell and back to help her if she's in trouble. It's implied they still keep in contact after they go their separate ways between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}''. This is later confirmed in Dual Destinies. Pearl, Maya's ''very'' young and innocent cousin, was for a time convinced Phoenix and Maya were a couple, due to a combination of Maya talking about him so much and Pearl being a huge sucker for romance plots due to growing up in a village where most if not all husbands work far away from home. She had a tendency to respond quite violently to any suggestion that the two of them were not madly in love with each other or to any perceived infidelity from Phoenix (which included things as innocuous as ''talking to another woman''). By the time of ''Dual Destinies'' she had grown up enough to realize that they weren't actually a couple.

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* Phoenix "[[AffectionateNickname Nick]]" Wright and Maya Fey from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. They go through a lot togheter, together, and Phoenix will go to hell and back to help her if she's in trouble. It's implied they still keep in contact after they go their separate ways between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}''. This is later confirmed in Dual Destinies.''Dual Destinies''. Pearl, Maya's ''very'' young and innocent cousin, was for a time convinced Phoenix and Maya were a couple, due to a combination of Maya talking about him so much and Pearl being a huge sucker for romance plots due to growing up in a village where most if not all husbands work far away from home. She had a tendency to respond quite violently to any suggestion that the two of them were not madly in love with each other or to any perceived infidelity from Phoenix (which included things as innocuous as ''talking to another woman''). By the time of ''Dual Destinies'' she had has grown up enough to realize that they weren't aren't actually a couple.
6th Jun '17 1:22:12 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** In addition, there is Mitsuru and Akihiko. While they've been friends well before the start of the game and clearly trust each other more than anyone else, there's nothing in-game implying that the two of them are romantically interested in each other. In Mitsuru's Social Link, she even states that Akihiko is nothing more than a teammate and a close friend.

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** In addition, there is Mitsuru and Akihiko. While they've been friends well before the start of the game and clearly trust each other more than anyone else, there's nothing in-game implying that the two of them are romantically interested in each other. In Mitsuru's Social Link, she even states that Akihiko is nothing more than a teammate and a close friend.friend, neither more nor less.



* Phoenix "[[AffectionateNickname Nick]]" Wright and Maya Fey from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. They go through a lot togheter, and Phoenix will go to hell and back to help her if she's in trouble. It's implied they still keep in contact after they go their separate ways between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}''. This is later confirmed in Dual Destinies. Pearl, Maya's young cousin, was for a time convinced Phoenix and Maya were a couple, due to a combination of Maya talking about him so much and Pearl being a huge sucker for romance plots due to growing up in a village where most if not all husbands work far away from home. She had a tendency to respond quite violently to any suggestion that the two of them were not madly in love with each other or to any perceived infidelity from Phoenix (which included things as innocuous as ''talking to another woman''). By the time of ''Dual Destinies'' she had grown up enough to realize that they weren't actually a couple.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', when you-as-Hisao unlock a path, the best friend of the girl who was chosen as a love interest might become this to Hisao himself. Specially obvious in Hanako's route (where Lilly and Hisao team up to give her a birthday party [[spoiler: with disastrous consequences]]) and in Rin's (where Emi and Hisao discuss Rin's CloudCuckooLander mindset) [[spoiler: Subverted in Shizune's path: you ''can'' have Hisao give SexForSolace to Misha, but that leads to Shizune's bad ending, ''and'' it turns out Misha was in love with ''Shizune'' and not him anyway.]]

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* Phoenix "[[AffectionateNickname Nick]]" Wright and Maya Fey from ''VisualNovel/AceAttorney''. They go through a lot togheter, and Phoenix will go to hell and back to help her if she's in trouble. It's implied they still keep in contact after they go their separate ways between the events of ''Trials and Tribulations'' and ''VisualNovel/{{Apollo Justice|AceAttorney}}''. This is later confirmed in Dual Destinies. Pearl, Maya's ''very'' young and innocent cousin, was for a time convinced Phoenix and Maya were a couple, due to a combination of Maya talking about him so much and Pearl being a huge sucker for romance plots due to growing up in a village where most if not all husbands work far away from home. She had a tendency to respond quite violently to any suggestion that the two of them were not madly in love with each other or to any perceived infidelity from Phoenix (which included things as innocuous as ''talking to another woman''). By the time of ''Dual Destinies'' she had grown up enough to realize that they weren't actually a couple.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', when you-as-Hisao unlock the player unlocks a path, the best friend of the girl who was chosen as a love interest might become this to Hisao himself. Hisao. Specially obvious in Hanako's route (where Lilly and Hisao team up to give her a birthday party [[spoiler: with disastrous consequences]]) and in Rin's (where Emi and Hisao discuss Rin's CloudCuckooLander mindset) [[spoiler: Subverted in Shizune's path: you the player ''can'' have Hisao give SexForSolace to Misha, but that leads to Shizune's bad ending, ''and'' it turns out Misha was in love with ''Shizune'' and not him anyway.]]
15th May '17 10:53:59 AM KaputExaltation
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Simply being friends doesn't make a pair an example, nor does just being TrueCompanions. Variations include situations where one character is [[GenderAndSexualityTropes gay or bisexual]], or when the sexual orientations of the characters involved are not clear such that UnresolvedSexualTension could be theoretically possible. In terms of TheFourLoves, this is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philia Philia]]'' with overtones of ''Storge'' but a complete lack of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros_%28love%29 Eros]]''. Despite their tendency to inspire [[FanPreferredCouple shipping]], there's a good reason they're called ''Platonic'' Life Partners. However, there is precedent for {{Relationship Upgrade}}s to occasionally happen if one or both partners realize their feelings run deeper. Occasionally, BetterAsFriends and AnchoredShip also will crossover into this trope if romantic pairing change their status, voluntarily or otherwise.

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Simply being friends doesn't make a pair an example, nor does just being TrueCompanions. Variations include situations where one character is [[GenderAndSexualityTropes gay or bisexual]], or when the sexual orientations of the characters involved are not clear such that UnresolvedSexualTension could be theoretically possible. In TrueCompanions - rather, in terms of TheFourLoves, this is ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philia Philia]]'' with overtones of ''Storge'' but a complete lack of ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eros_%28love%29 Eros]]''. Despite their tendency to inspire [[FanPreferredCouple shipping]], there's a good reason they're called ''Platonic'' Life Partners. However, there is precedent for {{Relationship Upgrade}}s to occasionally happen if one or both partners realize their feelings run deeper. Occasionally, BetterAsFriends and AnchoredShip also will crossover into this trope if romantic pairing change their status, voluntarily or otherwise.
13th May '17 10:59:56 AM sgamer82
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* Jack Justice and Trixie Dixon, girl detective, of ''Podcast/BlackJackJustice'' combine this trope with VitriolicBestBuds. The idea of a romantic relationship is nauseating to them, at best, and their every interaction turns SnarkToSnarkCombat into an art form. Yet no matter how much they insult, threaten, or express their mutual hatred of one another, neither ever considers dissolving their partnership and they always have one another's back in a crisis.
11th May '17 7:53:46 AM Kakai
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* ''Literature/TheSpiritThief'' has Josef and Nico. They're incredibly close, trust each other implicitly, would go to hell and back for one another and provide each other with so many {{Heroic Second Wind}}s is almost ridiculous. Despite that, there's no trace of any romantic or sexual tension between them whatsoever.
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