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7th Jun '17 2:17:25 PM Derkhan
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** Defied with Trull Sengar and Ahlrada Ahn. They are set up for a bromance alright. Both are able warriors who have trained together and opposed the Unification Wars and, by Trull's admission, really ought to be close friends. But Ahlrada is [[TheMole a mole]] and deathly afraid of being found out, while Trull is [[NoSocialSkills no good at reading social cues]]. He spends most of the fifth book wondering why Ahlrada hates him so much, while Ahlrada comes to [[HeroWorship worship Trull's courage]]. Eventually, Ahlrada goes as far as being involved in [[TheExile Trull's imprisonment and banishment]], then spends most of the sixths book wracked by guilt over it. When they do meet again, it's in the middle of a battle on opposing sides and Ahlrada promptly deserts his command and begs Trull's forgiveness, only to be cut down and to die in Trull's arms, leaving Trull to wonder what the heck just happened. Neither ever finds out how close they were without ever being able to call each other friend.

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** Defied Zig-zagged with Trull Sengar and Ahlrada Ahn. They are set up for a bromance alright. Both are able warriors who have trained together and opposed the Unification Wars and, by Trull's admission, really ought to be close friends. But Ahlrada is [[TheMole a mole]] and deathly afraid of being found out, while Trull is [[NoSocialSkills no good at reading social cues]]. He spends most of the fifth book wondering why Ahlrada hates him so much, while Ahlrada comes to [[HeroWorship worship Trull's courage]]. Eventually, Ahlrada goes as far as being involved in [[TheExile Trull's imprisonment and banishment]], then spends most of the sixths book wracked by guilt over it. When they do meet again, it's in the middle of a battle on opposing sides and Ahlrada promptly deserts his command and begs Trull's forgiveness, only to be cut down and to die in Trull's arms, leaving Trull to wonder what the heck just happened. Neither ever finds out how close they were without ever being able to call each other friend.
7th Jun '17 1:52:18 PM Derkhan
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** In the last volume of the series, [[ThePrankster then-prankster]] Silchas Ruin and [[TheQuietOne war veteran]] Kagamandra Tulas Shorn are revealed to have been very close friends before the civil war. Politics saw them end up on opposing sides, but when Tulas inexplicably disappeared, presumed dead, Silchas Ruin was so devastated even his WarriorPrince brother Anomander Rake took out some time from trying to safe the realm to help Silchas Ruin look for Tulas' corpse -- although later Silchas comes to the conclusion that his brother was the one to kill Tulas to begin with. Eventually, the series' final volume sees a tearful -- and [[VitriolicBestBuds manly snarky]] -- reunion, with Tulas, [[TheUndead now undead]], having escaped the Realm of the Dead, and they fulfill their hearts' wish to [[BashBrothers fight side by side]] in the serie's final battle, where Tulas dies a second and final time at Silchas Ruin's side.

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** In the last volume of the series, [[ThePrankster then-prankster]] former prankster]] Silchas Ruin and [[TheQuietOne war veteran]] Kagamandra Tulas Shorn are revealed to have been very close friends before the civil war. Politics saw them end up on opposing sides, but when Tulas inexplicably disappeared, presumed dead, Silchas Ruin was so devastated even his WarriorPrince brother Anomander Rake took out some time from trying to safe the realm to help Silchas Ruin look for Tulas' corpse -- although later Silchas comes to the conclusion that his brother was the one to kill Tulas to begin with. Eventually, the series' final volume sees a tearful -- and [[VitriolicBestBuds manly snarky]] -- reunion, with Tulas, [[TheUndead now undead]], having escaped the Realm of the Dead, and they fulfill their hearts' wish to [[BashBrothers fight side by side]] in the serie's final battle, where Tulas dies a second and final time at Silchas Ruin's side.



* This trope goes all the way back to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''; after the godlike Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu spend the first half of the epic wreaking havoc, Enkidu is suddenly stricken down with illness. Gilgamesh, terrified, takes on his next quest - eternal life - with gusto, only to walk away with the story's CentralTheme instead: [[YouCantFightFate everybody dies]].



* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'': The whole second act of the story is about Gilgamesh's quest for immortality, to which he is driven by the death of his close friend and comrade Enkidu.

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* ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'': The whole second act After the godlike Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu spend the first half of the story epic wreaking havoc, Enkidu is about Gilgamesh's suddenly stricken down with illness. Gilgamesh, terrified, takes on his next quest for immortality, -- eternal life -- with gusto as a reaction to which he is driven by Enkidu's death, only to walk away with the death of his close friend and comrade Enkidu.story's CentralTheme instead: [[YouCantFightFate everybody dies]].
7th Jun '17 1:47:51 PM Derkhan
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** Defied with Trull Sengar and Ahlrada Ahn. They are set up for a bromance alright. Both are able warriors who have trained together and opposed the Unification Wars and, by Trull's admission, really ought to be close friends. But Ahlrada is [[TheMole a mole]] and deathly afraid of being found out, while Trull is [[NoSocialSkills no good at reading social cues]]. He spends most of the fifth book wondering why Ahlrada hates him so much, while Ahlrada comes to [[HeroWorship worship Trull's courage]]. Eventually, Ahlrada goes as far as being involved in [[TheExile Trull's imprisonment and banishment]], then spends most of the sixths book wracked by guilt over it. When they do meet again, it's in the middle of a battle on opposing sides and Ahlrada promptly desertes his command and begs Trull's forgiveness, only to be cut down and to die in Trull's arms, leaving Trull to wonder what the heck just happened. Neither ever finds out how close they were without ever being able to call each other friend.

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** Defied with Trull Sengar and Ahlrada Ahn. They are set up for a bromance alright. Both are able warriors who have trained together and opposed the Unification Wars and, by Trull's admission, really ought to be close friends. But Ahlrada is [[TheMole a mole]] and deathly afraid of being found out, while Trull is [[NoSocialSkills no good at reading social cues]]. He spends most of the fifth book wondering why Ahlrada hates him so much, while Ahlrada comes to [[HeroWorship worship Trull's courage]]. Eventually, Ahlrada goes as far as being involved in [[TheExile Trull's imprisonment and banishment]], then spends most of the sixths book wracked by guilt over it. When they do meet again, it's in the middle of a battle on opposing sides and Ahlrada promptly desertes deserts his command and begs Trull's forgiveness, only to be cut down and to die in Trull's arms, leaving Trull to wonder what the heck just happened. Neither ever finds out how close they were without ever being able to call each other friend.
7th Jun '17 1:38:16 PM Derkhan
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** In the last volume of the series, this is implied to have happened with [[ThePrankster then-prankster]] Silchas Ruin and [[TheQuietOne war veteran]] Kagamandra Tulas Shorn. They are implied to have been very close before the civil war, and politics see them end up on opposing sides. But when Tulas inexplicably disappeares, presumed dead, Silchas Ruin is so devastated even his WarriorPrince brother Anomander Rake feels compelled to take out some time from trying to safe the realm to help Silchas Ruin look for Tulas' corpse -- although later Silchas comes to the conclusion that his brother was the one to kill Tulas to begin with. Eventually, the series' final volume sees a tearful -- and [[VitriolicBestBuds manly snarky]] -- reunion, with Tulas, [[TheUndead now undead]], having escaped the Realm of the Dead, and they fulfill their hearts' wish to [[BashBrothers fight side by side]], Tulas dieing a second and final time at Silchas Ruin's side.
** Icarium Lifestealer and Mappo Runt also qualify. They have been HeterosexualLifePartners for centuries, wandering the world together, and are close enough to openly speak about their deep feelings of friendship. Even though Mappo was originally meant as a guardian and minder for Icarium, Icarium's generous and noble nature makes Mappo cherish him, and despite having severe problems with [[TraumaInducedAmnesia memories]], Icarium can by the feeling of familiarity alone tell that Mappo is indeed who he claims to be. When they are attacked and separated, Mappo crosses half the world to find Icarium again, only to die mere metres away from his friend. However, it is heavily implied that this is the turning point for Icarium and the latter finally regains at least some of his memories, enabling him to take his life back into his own hands.

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** In the last volume of the series, this is implied to have happened with [[ThePrankster then-prankster]] Silchas Ruin and [[TheQuietOne war veteran]] Kagamandra Tulas Shorn. They Shorn are implied revealed to have been very close friends before the civil war, and politics see war. Politics saw them end up on opposing sides. But sides, but when Tulas inexplicably disappeares, disappeared, presumed dead, Silchas Ruin is was so devastated even his WarriorPrince brother Anomander Rake feels compelled to take took out some time from trying to safe the realm to help Silchas Ruin look for Tulas' corpse -- although later Silchas comes to the conclusion that his brother was the one to kill Tulas to begin with. Eventually, the series' final volume sees a tearful -- and [[VitriolicBestBuds manly snarky]] -- reunion, with Tulas, [[TheUndead now undead]], having escaped the Realm of the Dead, and they fulfill their hearts' wish to [[BashBrothers fight side by side]], side]] in the serie's final battle, where Tulas dieing dies a second and final time at Silchas Ruin's side.
** Icarium Lifestealer and Mappo Runt also qualify. They have been HeterosexualLifePartners for centuries, wandering the world together, and are close enough to openly speak about their deep feelings of friendship. Even though Mappo was originally meant as a guardian and minder for Icarium, Icarium's generous and noble nature makes Mappo cherish him, and despite him. Despite having severe problems with [[TraumaInducedAmnesia memories]], Icarium can by the feeling of familiarity alone tell that Mappo is indeed who the friend he claims to be. When they are attacked and separated, Mappo crosses half the world to find Icarium again, only to die mere metres away from his closest friend. However, it is heavily implied that this is the turning point for Icarium and the latter finally regains at least some of his memories, enabling him to take his life back into his own hands.hands.
** Defied with Trull Sengar and Ahlrada Ahn. They are set up for a bromance alright. Both are able warriors who have trained together and opposed the Unification Wars and, by Trull's admission, really ought to be close friends. But Ahlrada is [[TheMole a mole]] and deathly afraid of being found out, while Trull is [[NoSocialSkills no good at reading social cues]]. He spends most of the fifth book wondering why Ahlrada hates him so much, while Ahlrada comes to [[HeroWorship worship Trull's courage]]. Eventually, Ahlrada goes as far as being involved in [[TheExile Trull's imprisonment and banishment]], then spends most of the sixths book wracked by guilt over it. When they do meet again, it's in the middle of a battle on opposing sides and Ahlrada promptly desertes his command and begs Trull's forgiveness, only to be cut down and to die in Trull's arms, leaving Trull to wonder what the heck just happened. Neither ever finds out how close they were without ever being able to call each other friend.
25th Feb '17 12:06:15 AM SbenLives
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** Then there are Eren and Armin, whose relationship was far closer and more intense in the manga than in the anime. Armin, brilliant but physically weak, often doubted his self-worth in his DoomedHometown and in the physically-demanding soldier training he and Eren both went through. Eren saw his friend for the genius he was, and constantly put himself in harm's way to protect Armin - to the point of jumping into a Titan's mouth to save Armin, sacrificing his life in the process. Of course, he got better, but that moment where he watched helplessly as his best friend died for him changed Armin forever. From then on, he started volunteering to come up with crazy strategies that had a habit of working; he saved the world far more effectively than even Eren did, just by trusting in his own strength like Eren had. But the truely tragic part of this friendship happens much later in the manga, when (big, BIG spoiler, seriously) [[spoiler: Armin gives up his own life so that Eren can defeat the Colossal Titan. He just saved the world, changing everyone's lives irrevocably...but the look on Eren's face shows just how shocked and heartbroken he is to lose his oldest and closest friend]].

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** Then there are Eren and Armin, whose relationship was far closer and more intense in the manga than in the anime. Armin, brilliant but physically weak, often doubted his self-worth in his DoomedHometown and in the physically-demanding soldier training he and Eren both went through. Eren saw his friend for the genius he was, and constantly put himself in harm's way to protect Armin - to the point of jumping into a Titan's mouth to save Armin, sacrificing his life in the process. Of course, he got better, but that moment where he watched helplessly as his best friend died for him changed Armin forever. From then on, he started volunteering to come up with crazy strategies that had a habit of working; he saved the world far more effectively than even Eren did, just by trusting in his own strength like Eren had. But the truely truly tragic part of this friendship happens much later in the manga, when (big, BIG spoiler, seriously) [[spoiler: Armin ([[NotQuiteDead briefly]]) gives up his own life so that Eren can defeat the Colossal Titan. He just saved the world, changing everyone's lives irrevocably...but the look on Eren's face shows just how shocked and heartbroken he is to lose his oldest and closest friend]].
15th Jan '17 6:37:56 PM Nyame
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a bizarre example: [[PersonOfMassDestruction Light]] and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist L]] are, on many levels, the only people capable of [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation understanding one another]], and spend several months literally [[ChainedHeat attached to each other]] twenty-four/seven; ultimately, though, Light [[CradlingYourKill kills L]] for the sake of his [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans 'new world']]. This is a definite [[KickTheMoralityPet turning point of the story]]; from that point onward, Light's mental instability reaches [[MoralEventHorizon a whole new level of horrific]].

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a bizarre example: [[PersonOfMassDestruction Light]] and [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist L]] are, on many levels, the only people capable of [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation understanding one another]], and spend several months literally [[ChainedHeat attached to each other]] twenty-four/seven; ultimately, though, Light [[CradlingYourKill kills L]] for the sake of his [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans 'new world']]. This is a definite [[KickTheMoralityPet turning point of the story]]; from that point onward, Light's mental instability reaches [[MoralEventHorizon a whole new level of horrific]]. Had they met under different circumstances, their bromance would've been a lot less tragic.
1st Nov '16 5:26:27 PM N1KF
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# The two cannot just be friends or acquaintances. They have to be [[BloodBrothers REALLY close]], and

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# The two cannot just be friends or acquaintances. They have to be [[BloodBrothers [[HeterosexualLifePartners REALLY close]], and
24th Oct '16 10:31:15 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'': Liu Bei took the deaths of his sworn brothers, Guan Yu and Zhang Fei, very hard that it drove him into a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to destroy Wu for their betrayal. If you really think about it, the deaths of Guan Yu and Zhang Fei not only caused Liu Bei to abandon his ideals and go on a revenge spree instead but it marked the beginning of Shu’s downfall when Liu Bei was unable to avenge their deaths and died, leaving the kingdom in his son’s hands who ended up surrendering Shu to Sima Zhao in the later years. As seen in Shu’s hypothetical route in the eight game, if the player followed Xu Shu’s strategy in Fan Castle, Guan Yu wouldn’t have died, Zhang Fei wouldn’t have been betrayed by his own men and Liu Bei would still continue his mission for a land of benevolence and defeat Cao Cao in the end.
23rd Sep '16 11:49:22 AM WhatTheSpoot
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* This trope goes all the way back to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''; after spending the first half of the story watching the godlike Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu wreak havoc, Enkidu is suddenly stricken down with illness. Gilgamesh, terrified, takes on his next quest - eternal life - with gusto, only to walk away with the story's CentralTheme instead: [[YouCantFightFate everybody dies]].

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* This trope goes all the way back to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''; after spending the first half of the story watching the godlike Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu wreak spend the first half of the epic wreaking havoc, Enkidu is suddenly stricken down with illness. Gilgamesh, terrified, takes on his next quest - eternal life - with gusto, only to walk away with the story's CentralTheme instead: [[YouCantFightFate everybody dies]].
22nd Sep '16 9:23:56 AM LordGro
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* This trope goes all the way back to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the oldest text known to man; after spending the first half of the story watching the godlike Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu wreak havoc, Enkidu is suddenly [[ConvenientTerminalIllness stricken down with illness]]. Gilgamesh, terrified, takes on his next quest - eternal life - with gusto, only to walk away with the story's CentralTheme instead: [[YouCantFightFate everybody dies]].

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* This trope goes all the way back to ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'', the oldest text known to man; ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''; after spending the first half of the story watching the godlike Gilgamesh and his best friend Enkidu wreak havoc, Enkidu is suddenly [[ConvenientTerminalIllness stricken down with illness]].illness. Gilgamesh, terrified, takes on his next quest - eternal life - with gusto, only to walk away with the story's CentralTheme instead: [[YouCantFightFate everybody dies]].
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