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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.
20th Oct '17 1:52:48 PM AgProv
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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.
5th Oct '17 12:31:31 PM Rytex
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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.
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17th Aug '17 7:22:28 AM AdelePotter
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* ''Film/TheLivingWake'' is all about K. Roth's last twelve hours to live, and his best friend Mills helping him arrange his own funeral. The two are impossibly close friends (and, indeed, each other's ''only'' friends), and Mills' [[ThePollyanna sunny disposition]] only cracks twice: when he's delivering his eulogy for K. Roth ''to'' K. Roth, and [[spoiler:when K. Roth finally dies at the end of the film. Mills' despair is heartbreaking]].
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.
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