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16th Apr '18 6:33:38 PM WillyFourEyes
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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes were friends ever since the Academy timnes, survived the cruel Ishbalan war, discussed the mental wounds left by the horrible shit they witnessed there, and decided to do their best to keep Amestris peaceful. Then Hughes was murdered [[HeKnowsTooMuch after he learned the villains' plans]] and Roy was ''deeply'' affected by that...

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes were friends ever since the Academy timnes, times, survived the cruel Ishbalan war, discussed the mental wounds left by the horrible shit they witnessed there, and decided to do their best to keep Amestris peaceful. Then Hughes was murdered [[HeKnowsTooMuch after he learned the villains' plans]] and Roy was ''deeply'' affected by that...



* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': They put each other through [[WeUsedToBeFriends absolute hell]] first, but Lelouch and Suzaku's reconciliation at the end implies they've come to an understanding of eachother. Lelouch's ThanatosGambit at the end of the series changes the course of Suzaku's life forever (and, ironically, gives him a reason to keep living)as well as the world.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': They put each other through [[WeUsedToBeFriends absolute hell]] first, but Lelouch and Suzaku's reconciliation at the end implies they've come to an understanding of eachother.each other. Lelouch's ThanatosGambit at the end of the series changes the course of Suzaku's life forever (and, ironically, gives him a reason to keep living)as well as the world.



* In ''Seven Ghost'', Mikage is the [[OnlyFriend only friend]] that Teito has. Mikage likewise is very attached to Teito and fiercely protective of him. After a few plot events, [[BigBad Ayanami]] hijacks Mikage's body and irrepairably destroys his soul. Frau is forced to kill him to save Teito's life. It's worse, in that Mikage dies smiling in Teito's arms before dissolving into feathers. It's made better/worse, depending on the viewer, when Mikage's soul is reincarnated into the cutest bunny-dragon you ever did see.

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* In ''Seven Ghost'', ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'', Mikage is the [[OnlyFriend only friend]] {{only friend}} that Teito has. Mikage likewise is very attached to Teito and fiercely protective of him. After a few plot events, [[BigBad Ayanami]] hijacks Mikage's body and irrepairably destroys his soul. Frau is forced to kill him to save Teito's life. It's worse, in that Mikage dies smiling in Teito's arms before dissolving into feathers. It's made better/worse, depending on the viewer, when Mikage's soul is reincarnated into the cutest bunny-dragon you ever did see.



** [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender Saber]] and Lancer comes across like this, despite being oppsite genders. The two of them share the same code of ethics in a conflict which doesn't have a place for their knightly chivalry, and while they are enemies [[EnemyMine for the most part]], they connect more strongly to each other than to anyone else. Lancer's death is a pivotal moment in her character arc, and without him there is no one who truly understands and respects her.

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** [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender Saber]] and Lancer comes across like this, despite being oppsite opposite genders. The two of them share the same code of ethics in a conflict which doesn't have a place for their knightly chivalry, and while they are enemies [[EnemyMine for the most part]], they connect more strongly to each other than to anyone else. Lancer's death is a pivotal moment in her character arc, and without him there is no one who truly understands and respects her.



** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', the series' second protagonist (it's a GenerationalSaga) Asemu Asuno eventually have to fight his bestfriend Zeheart Galette, who is TheMole of the other faction. Obviously, both guys have a hard time dealing with having to fight each other, especially Asemu. Ultimately, Asemu ended up having to kill Zeheart, but not long before having a final heartfelt conversation. Their friendship is much more emphasized in the show's [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Special Edition]].

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** In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'', the series' second protagonist (it's a GenerationalSaga) Asemu Asuno eventually have to fight his bestfriend best friend Zeheart Galette, who is TheMole of the other faction. Obviously, both guys have a hard time dealing with having to fight each other, especially Asemu. Ultimately, Asemu ended up having to kill Zeheart, but not long before having a final heartfelt conversation. Their friendship is much more emphasized in the show's [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition Special Edition]].



** Captain America and [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]]. Their friendship was destroyed no thanks to a certain SuperRegistrationAct which sends them and the rest of the superheroes as [[Comicbook/CivilWar a ruthless battle between those who support and those who are against the act]]. In the end, the Cap surrenders and the pro-regs win but with a price: HYDRA took this opportunity to kill the Cap which they succeeded. As a result, Tony mourns for the death of his once close friend and couldn't give a proper farewell speech during his funeral, letting the Falcon do the honors.

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** Captain America and [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]]. Their friendship was destroyed no thanks to a certain SuperRegistrationAct which sends them and the rest of the superheroes as [[Comicbook/CivilWar a ruthless battle between those who support and those who are against the act]]. In the end, the Cap surrenders and the pro-regs win but with a price: HYDRA took this opportunity to kill the Cap which they succeeded. As a result, Tony mourns for the death of his once close friend and couldn't give a proper farewell speech during his funeral, letting the Falcon do the honors.



* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' has [[BrokenAce Neil]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Todd]] who are roommates and best friends at 'Hellton'. Throughout the movie they support each other's fight against their controlling parents. Eventually Neil is cowed by his father and commits suicide, leaving Todd openly distraught and heartbroken.

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* ''Film/DeadPoetsSociety'' has [[BrokenAce Neil]] and [[ShrinkingViolet Todd]] who are roommates and best friends at 'Hellton'. Throughout the movie movie, they support each other's fight against their controlling parents. Eventually Eventually, Neil is cowed by his father and commits suicide, leaving Todd openly distraught and heartbroken.



** In the last volume of the series, [[ThePrankster 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.

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** In the last volume of the series, [[ThePrankster 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 save 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 series' final battle, where Tulas dies a second and final time at Silchas Ruin's side.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Due to Shane being SparedByTheAdaptation, his LoveTriangle with his bestfriend Rick and the latter's wife Lori is fully utilized. Rick and Shane are the best of friends since high school up until the day they became cops. On one mission, Rick is shot and was put in coma. During this time, the ZombieApocalypse happened and Shane had to take care of Lori and her and Rick's son Carl. Thinking that Rick is dead, Shane and Lori began a relationship. Once Rick returns to the scene, Lori obviously abandons Shane. Shane, while initially happy to see Rick alive, [[LoveMakesYouEvil gradually becomes resentful]] towards him and [[LoveMakesYouCrazy comes to believe that he is a better husband and father than him]]. The second season shows the dissolution of their friendship, with Rick ultimately having to kill Shane because [[SanitySlippage he has gone to the deep end by that point]]. Having to kill Shane made a huge impact on Rick's CharacterDevelopment in later seasons.

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* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'': Due to Shane being SparedByTheAdaptation, his LoveTriangle with his bestfriend best friend Rick and the latter's wife Lori is fully utilized. Rick and Shane are the best of friends since high school up until the day they became cops. On one mission, Rick is shot and was put in a coma. During this time, the ZombieApocalypse happened and Shane had to take care of Lori and her and Rick's son Carl. Thinking that Rick is dead, Shane and Lori began a relationship. Once Rick returns to the scene, Lori obviously abandons Shane. Shane, while initially happy to see Rick alive, [[LoveMakesYouEvil gradually becomes resentful]] towards him and [[LoveMakesYouCrazy comes to believe that he is a better husband and father than him]]. The second season shows the dissolution of their friendship, with Rick ultimately having to kill Shane because [[SanitySlippage he has gone to the deep end by that point]]. Having to kill Shane made a huge impact on Rick's CharacterDevelopment in later seasons.



* Music/{{Horslips}}' retelling of Irish primal mythology, ''The Tain'', has the ballad ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHAsDJlG0zs Cuchulain's Lament]]'' in which the hero comes out of a battle-frenzy to realise he's just slain his BFF. Cuchulain and Ferdia were lifelong inseperable friends who, when Ireland went to war with itself, found each other on opposing sides in a battle. Narrative causality meant the inevitable happened...

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* Music/{{Horslips}}' retelling of Irish primal mythology, ''The Tain'', has the ballad ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHAsDJlG0zs Cuchulain's Lament]]'' in which the hero comes out of a battle-frenzy to realise he's just slain his BFF. Cuchulain and Ferdia were lifelong inseperable inseparable friends who, when Ireland went to war with itself, found each other on opposing sides in a battle. Narrative causality meant the inevitable happened...



* In [[FightingIrish Irish]] mythology, 'Literature/TainBoCuailnge'', the tragedy of a war that divided Ireland against itself, the tragic bromance is that of Cu Chullain and Ferdia [[note]]your spelling may vary[[/note]], inseperable friends and closer than brothers who inevitably find themselves on opposing sides in a battle. And fight each other to the death.

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* In [[FightingIrish Irish]] mythology, 'Literature/TainBoCuailnge'', the tragedy of a war that divided Ireland against itself, the tragic bromance is that of Cu Chullain and Ferdia [[note]]your spelling may vary[[/note]], inseperable inseparable friends and closer than brothers who inevitably find themselves on opposing sides in a battle. And fight each other to the death.



* ''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.

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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, ''DW 8'', 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.



* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' features an {{Odd Friendship}} between hall monitor [[ClassRepresentative Ishimaru]] and biker gang leader [[JapaneseDelinquents Mondo]]. They have fierce rivalry at first and only [[FireForgedFriends become friends]] a few days before Mondo is [[SympatheticMurderer pegged as the murderer]] for trial 2. After Oowada's execution, Ishimaru falls far into a [[DespairEventHorizon despair-induced]] HeroicBSOD, and never recovers.
** [[PassionateSportsGirl Asahina]] and [[HugeSchoolgirl Sakura]] could count as a gender-flipped version, too, as they become incredibly close friends almost immediately and Sakura's [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] turns Asahina into something of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, though she gets better.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' features an {{Odd Friendship}} between hall monitor [[ClassRepresentative Ishimaru]] hall monitor]] Kiyotaka Ishimaru and biker gang leader [[JapaneseDelinquents Mondo]]. biker gang leader]] Mondo Oowada. They have a fierce rivalry at first and only [[FireForgedFriends become friends]] a few days before Mondo is [[SympatheticMurderer pegged as the murderer]] for trial 2. the second trial. After Oowada's execution, Ishimaru falls far into a [[DespairEventHorizon despair-induced]] HeroicBSOD, HeroicBSOD and never recovers.
** [[PassionateSportsGirl Aoi Asahina]] and [[HugeSchoolgirl Sakura]] Sakura Ogami]] could count as a gender-flipped version, too, as they become incredibly close friends almost immediately and Sakura's [[DrivenToSuicide suicide]] turns Asahina into something of a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds, though she gets better.



* Either this or StarCrossedLovers took place between UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Hermann_von_Katte Liutenant Hans Hermann von Katte]]. They were friends for many years despite the age difference, Katte tried to help Frederick escape from Prussia to the UK, and when they were caught Katte was executed in front of Frederick...

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* Either this or StarCrossedLovers took place between UsefulNotes/FrederickTheGreat and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hans_Hermann_von_Katte Liutenant Lieutenant Hans Hermann von Katte]]. They were friends for many years despite the age difference, Katte tried to help Frederick escape from Prussia to the UK, and when they were caught Katte was executed in front of Frederick...
13th Feb '18 12:05:12 PM lalalei2001
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* In ''Film/AChristmasCarolTheMusical'' Scrooge and Jacob Marley were genuinely good friends. The first thing Marley's ghost does upon appearing is burst into tears and hug Scrooge, and later, Scrooge is distraught at having to relive Marley's death in the Past sequence. Ruthless though he already was beforehand, we get the sense that Marley's death was the last straw that fully hardened Scrooge's heart.



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%%* ''Literature/ASeparatePeace'': Gene and Finny
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has to kill Oreg, whom he loves like a brother, in order to enable an HeroicSacrifice. When he feels Oreg's last breath on his cheek, he thinks that it feels warm, but ''he'' will never feel warmth again, ever.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gives us James Potter and Sirius Black. They were a part of a four-person group of friends at Hogwarts called the Marauders, but they were described as being the Fred and George Weasley of their time. When James dies at the hands of Voldemort, Sirius was ready to relinquish his rebellious lifestyle to look after James' son Harry, but when Hagrid mentioned that Dumbledore already had a plan in place, Sirius unsuccessfully went after the man responsible for allowing Voldemort to kill his friend, which got him wrongly imprisoned. Ever after both James' death and his imprisonment in Azkaban, he isn't nearly as cheerful or light-hearted as he is presented in flashbacks or in a little side-story, though he does briefly revert to his old self when he comes into possession of his old house.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'': Nick and Gatsby, certainly by the end of the book.
* Landen Parke-Laine and Anton Next in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series. Especially tragic because Landon's (truthful) testimony in the investigation of the events that killed Anton turned Anton's name to mud for all history.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson, when Holmes apparently dies in ''The Final Problem''. Luckily, [[HesJustHiding he was just hiding]].
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Turin and Beleg, immortalized in-universe by the "Song of the Great Bow." The tragedy is made even worse by the fact that Turin [[AccidentalMurder was the cause of Beleg's death]]!
* ''Literature/DragonLance'': Raistlin's ascension to the tower of high sorcery leaves Caramon a drunken wreck for years. Without his brother, he felt completely unneeded. It is only after Raistlin actually dies that he is able to move on with his life.
* While Robert is no longer a main character by the third book in ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' suite him and Arvid still fit this trope. Arvid's death on their way to California has a deep impact on Robert and he never recovers.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Lord Jon Connington and the late [[TheWhitePrince Prince Rhaegar]] in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons''. Connington is particularly ashamed of losing a crucial battle against Robert Baratheon, who would go on to kill Rhaegar, take the throne, and exile Connington.
** Jenny of Oldstones and the Ghost of High Heart are a rare female version. They were best friends back during the reign of King Aegon V, and Jenny even brought the Ghost to royal court with her when she married Prince Duncan the Small. Its unknown how or when Jenny died, but the Ghost long outlived her and is still very torn up about it. In exchange for telling people about her prophetic visions, the Ghost demands to be sung the song that was written about Jenny.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** In the last volume of the series, [[ThePrankster 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.
** Icarium Lifestealer and Mappo Runt 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. Despite having severe problems with [[TraumaInducedAmnesia memories]], Icarium can by the feeling of familiarity alone tell that Mappo is indeed 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.
** 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.
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%%* ''Literature/ASeparatePeace'': Gene and Finny
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', Ward has to kill Oreg, whom he loves like a brother, in order to enable an HeroicSacrifice. When he feels Oreg's last breath on his cheek, he thinks that it feels warm, but ''he'' will never feel warmth again, ever.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' gives us James Potter and Sirius Black. They were a part of a four-person group of friends at Hogwarts called the Marauders, but they were described as being the Fred and George Weasley of their time. When James dies at the hands of Voldemort, Sirius was ready to relinquish his rebellious lifestyle to look after James' son Harry, but when Hagrid mentioned that Dumbledore already had a plan in place, Sirius unsuccessfully went after the man responsible for allowing Voldemort to kill his friend, which got him wrongly imprisoned. Ever after both James' death and his imprisonment in Azkaban, he isn't nearly as cheerful or light-hearted as he is presented in flashbacks or in a little side-story, though he does briefly revert to his old self when he comes into possession of his old house.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'': Nick and Gatsby, certainly by the end of the book.
* Landen Parke-Laine and Anton Next in the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' series. Especially tragic because Landon's (truthful) testimony in the investigation of the events that killed Anton turned Anton's name to mud for all history.
* Literature/SherlockHolmes and Watson, when Holmes apparently dies in ''The Final Problem''. Luckily, [[HesJustHiding he was just hiding]].
* ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'': Turin and Beleg, immortalized in-universe by the "Song of the Great Bow." The tragedy is made even worse by the fact that Turin [[AccidentalMurder was the cause of Beleg's death]]!
* ''Literature/DragonLance'': Raistlin's ascension to the tower of high sorcery leaves Caramon a drunken wreck for years. Without his brother, he felt completely unneeded. It is only after Raistlin actually dies that he is able to move on with his life.
* While Robert is no longer a main character by the third book in ''Literature/TheEmigrants'' suite him and Arvid still fit this trope. Arvid's death on their way to California has a deep impact on Robert and he never recovers.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Lord Jon Connington and the late [[TheWhitePrince Prince Rhaegar]] in ''Literature/ADanceWithDragons''. Connington is particularly ashamed of losing a crucial battle against Robert Baratheon, who would go on to kill Rhaegar, take the throne, and exile Connington.
** Jenny of Oldstones and the Ghost of High Heart are a rare female version. They were best friends back during the reign of King Aegon V, and Jenny even brought the Ghost to royal court with her when she married Prince Duncan the Small. Its unknown how or when Jenny died, but the Ghost long outlived her and is still very torn up about it. In exchange for telling people about her prophetic visions, the Ghost demands to be sung the song that was written about Jenny.
* ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'':
** In the last volume of the series, [[ThePrankster 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.
** Icarium Lifestealer and Mappo Runt 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. Despite having severe problems with [[TraumaInducedAmnesia memories]], Icarium can by the feeling of familiarity alone tell that Mappo is indeed 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.
** 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.
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10th Dec '17 11:18:22 AM 1kanna
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Zack. [[note]] It's elaborated in ''LastOrderFinalFantasyVII'', the ''AdventChildren'' movie and '''specially''' in ''CrisisCore'', where Zack [[HeroOfAnotherStory is the protagonist]].[[/note]] [[spoiler: They met in SOLDIER, became best friends, were part of the horrifying tragedy in Cloud's DoomedHometown, were captured and experimented on, and after Zack managed to escape he took a comatose and traumatised Cloud with him. Zack died at the end of ''Crisis Core'', right as Cloud wakes up from the coma, and his actions '''deeply''' mark Cloud for the rest of his life.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Zack. [[note]] It's elaborated in ''LastOrderFinalFantasyVII'', ''LastOrderFinalFantasyVII'' OVA, the ''AdventChildren'' movie and '''specially''' in ''CrisisCore'', where Zack [[HeroOfAnotherStory is the protagonist]].[[/note]] [[spoiler: They met in SOLDIER, became best friends, were part of the horrifying tragedy in Cloud's DoomedHometown, were captured and experimented on, and after Zack managed to escape he took a comatose and traumatised Cloud with him. Zack died at the end of ''Crisis Core'', right as Cloud wakes up from the coma, and his actions '''deeply''' mark Cloud for the rest of his life.]]
10th Dec '17 11:17:37 AM 1kanna
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Zack. [[note]] It's elaborated in ''LastOrder'', the ''AdventChildren'' movie and '''specially''' in ''Crisis Core'', where Zack [[HeroOfAnotherStory is the protagonist]].[[/note]] [[spoiler: They met in SOLDIER, became best friends, were part of the horrifying tragedy in Cloud's DoomedHometown, were captured and experimented on, and after Zack managed to escape he took a comatose and traumatised Cloud with him. Zack died at the end of ''Crisis Core'', right as Cloud wakes up from the coma, and his actions '''deeply''' mark Cloud for the rest of his life.]]

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Zack. [[note]] It's elaborated in ''LastOrder'', ''LastOrderFinalFantasyVII'', the ''AdventChildren'' movie and '''specially''' in ''Crisis Core'', ''CrisisCore'', where Zack [[HeroOfAnotherStory is the protagonist]].[[/note]] [[spoiler: They met in SOLDIER, became best friends, were part of the horrifying tragedy in Cloud's DoomedHometown, were captured and experimented on, and after Zack managed to escape he took a comatose and traumatised Cloud with him. Zack died at the end of ''Crisis Core'', right as Cloud wakes up from the coma, and his actions '''deeply''' mark Cloud for the rest of his life.]]
7th Dec '17 10:11:34 PM Pamina
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* ''Literature/TheBible'': David and Jonathan. After Jonathan's death, David laments "Your love to me was [[HoYay more wonderful than the love of women."]]



* In the Literature/BooksOfSamuel in ''Literature/TheBible'', David and Jonathan. David comes to prominence after he slays the giant Goliath, and immediately, Jonathan becomes one of his most steadfast friends, even defying his father over Saul's command to kill David. But they inevitably must part ways so that David can be kept safe from Saul, even though they meet again a few times over the remainder of the book. Eventually, however, Jonathan, along with his brothers and father, is slain by the Philistine army, causing David to mourn heavily for the loss of his friend and devote all of his efforts into making peace with Saul's family by reaching out to Jonathan's son Mephibosheth.

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* In the Literature/BooksOfSamuel in ''Literature/TheBible'', David and Jonathan. David comes to prominence after he slays the giant Goliath, and immediately, Jonathan becomes one of his most steadfast friends, even defying his father over Saul's command to kill David. But they inevitably must part ways so that David can be kept safe from Saul, even though they meet again a few times over the remainder of the book. Eventually, however, Jonathan, along with his brothers and father, is slain by the Philistine army, causing David to mourn heavily for the loss of his friend and devote all of his efforts into making peace with Saul's family by reaching out to Jonathan's son Mephibosheth. After Jonathan's death, David even laments "Your love to me was [[HoYay more wonderful than the love of women."]]
20th Oct '17 2:04:47 PM AgProv
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* In [[TheFightingIrish Irish]] mythology, 'Literature/TainBoCuailnge'', the tragedy of a war that divided Ireland against itself, the tragic bromance is that of Cu Chullain and Ferdia [[note]]your spelling may vary[[/note]], inseperable friends and vcloser than brothers who inevitably find themselves on opposing sides in a battle. And fight each other to the death.

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* In [[TheFightingIrish [[FightingIrish Irish]] mythology, 'Literature/TainBoCuailnge'', the tragedy of a war that divided Ireland against itself, the tragic bromance is that of Cu Chullain and Ferdia [[note]]your spelling may vary[[/note]], inseperable friends and vcloser closer than brothers who inevitably find themselves on opposing sides in a battle. And fight each other to the death.
20th Oct '17 2:03:32 PM AgProv
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* In [[TheFightingIrish Irish]] mythology, 'Literature/TainBoCuailnge'', the tragedy of a war that divided Ireland against itself, the tragic bromance is that of Cu Chullain and Ferdia [[note]]your spelling may vary[[/note]], inseperable friends and vcloser than brothers who inevitably find themselves on opposing sides in a battle. And fight each other to the death.
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* Music/{{Horslips}}' retelling of Irish primal mythology, ''The Tain'', has the ballad ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHAsDJlG0zs Cuchulain's Lament]]'' in which the hero comes out of a battle-frenzy to realise he's just slain his BFF. Cuchulain and Ferdia were lifelong inseperable friends who, when Ireland went to war with itself, found each other on opposing sides in a battle. Narrative causality meant the inevitable happened...
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6th Oct '17 3:32:59 PM Evighet
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* ''[[Literature/TheEmigrants Kristina från Duvemåla]]'': Robert and Arvid. Robert's song about Arvid's death, "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poMvu9EcyfI Gold Can Turn To Sand]]''", is probably the saddest song in a musical that's filled to the brim with sad songs. Especially poignant in the original Swedish where Robert emphasizes Arvid's death as the exact moment when gold turned to sand.

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* ''[[Literature/TheEmigrants Kristina från Duvemåla]]'': Robert and Arvid. Robert's song about Arvid's death, "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poMvu9EcyfI Gold Can Turn To Sand]]''", is probably the saddest song in a musical that's filled to the brim with sad songs. Especially poignant in the original Swedish where Robert emphasizes Arvid's death as the exact moment when gold turned to sand.sand (can be found [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzsUxUhBCtE about twenty seconds into this video]] with English subtitles that aren't entirely accurate (for instance mistranslating the last line as "oh Kristina", and not "and, Kristina"), but close enough that you get the idea).
6th Oct '17 5:13:18 AM Evighet
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* ''[[Literature/TheEmigrants Kristina från Duvemåla]]'': Robert and Arvid. Robert's song about Arvid's death, "''Gold Can Turn To Sand''", is probably the saddest song in a musical that's filled to the brim with sad songs. Especially poignant in the original Swedish where Robert emphasizes Arvid's death as the exact moment when gold turned to sand.

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* ''[[Literature/TheEmigrants Kristina från Duvemåla]]'': Robert and Arvid. Robert's song about Arvid's death, "''Gold "''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=poMvu9EcyfI Gold Can Turn To Sand''", Sand]]''", is probably the saddest song in a musical that's filled to the brim with sad songs. Especially poignant in the original Swedish where Robert emphasizes Arvid's death as the exact moment when gold turned to sand.
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