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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]].
21st Sep '16 2:46:21 PM WhatTheSpoot
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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]].
29th Aug '16 7:31:23 AM GlitteringFlowers
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!As a DeathTrope, all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.

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!As a DeathTrope, many if not all spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.



%%* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes.
%%* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Simon and Kamina. They consider each other brothers, despite not being blood related.

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%%* * ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Roy Mustang and Maes Hughes.
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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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''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': Simon and Kamina. They consider each other brothers, despite not being blood related.related, and Kamina's death in battle almost breaks Simon's mind. While he eventually recovers, he never forgets Kamina's huge influence in his life.



* ''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 sacrifice 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. Lelouch's sacrifice 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.
29th Aug '16 7:27:50 AM GlitteringFlowers
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%%* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Zack
%%** Only touched upon in flashbacks during the game, but elaborated in other entries of the franchise such as ''LastOrder'', ''CrisisCore'', and ''AdventChildren''.
%%** Something of an inversion in the game in which it is most important, ''Crisis Core'', as Zack is the main character. The rest of the series plays this straight.

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%%* * ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Zack
%%** Only touched upon in flashbacks during the game, but
Zack. [[note]] It's elaborated in other entries of the franchise such as ''LastOrder'', ''CrisisCore'', the ''AdventChildren'' movie and ''AdventChildren''.
%%** Something of an inversion
'''specially''' in the game in which it is most important, ''Crisis Core'', as where Zack [[HeroOfAnotherStory is the main character. 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 the series plays this straight.his life.]]



%%* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Sigurd and Eltshan.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Chrom and [[CanonName Robin]], if Robin is male or a female not romancing Chrom. [[spoiler:Chrom's tragic murder at Robin's (possessed) hands leads to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and the BadFuture Lucina and the other children hail from.]]
* Done in almost the exact same fashion in the backstory of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', between [[spoiler:Anankos and the unnamed Vallite king, who were best friends like their kids, [[CanonName Corrin]] and Azura. Anankos, in a fit of rage, accidentally murdered Azura's father, which was the final straw in his already-unstable mind snapping completely and him becoming the BigBad.]]

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%%* * ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
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In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', Sigurd and Eltshan.
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Eltshan were best friends since their teen days, they remain close as adults, they trust each other like almost no one else... but then they're pit against each other, [[spoiler: and Eltshan is ultimately executed.]]
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''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Chrom and [[CanonName Robin]], if Robin is male or a female not romancing Chrom. [[spoiler:Chrom's tragic murder at Robin's (possessed) hands leads to TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt and the BadFuture Lucina and the other children hail from.]]
* ** Done in almost the exact same fashion in the backstory of ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', between [[spoiler:Anankos and the unnamed Vallite king, who were best friends like their kids, [[CanonName Corrin]] and Azura. Azura, would be in the future. An increasingly unstable Anankos, in a fit of rage, accidentally murdered Azura's father, which was the final straw in his already-unstable mind snapping completely and him becoming the BigBad.BigBad. Even more tragically, the King was an AllLovingHero and apparently tried to comfort Anankos as he died.]]


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* 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...
12th Aug '16 8:09:11 AM oforiousmic
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** Reinhard and Kircheis. They were childhood friends, and Kircheis became Reinhard's first follower, his closest (only, in fact) friend, [[NumberTwo trusted confidant and right hand man (being quite brilliant on his own right)]], [[TheConsigliere providing good advice and overall having a tempering effect on Reinhard]]. His murder that takes place in front of Reinhard's eyes (as Kircheis is shielding him from an attack) is [[HeroicBSOD such a blow to Reinhard]] that he never completely gets over it, and Kircheis' loss is felt keenly through the rest of the story. To hammer the point home, Kircheis' first name is "Siegfried", and Reinhard is associated with "Brunhild" (the name of his flagship that he always uses to travel).

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** Reinhard and Kircheis. They were childhood friends, and Kircheis became Reinhard's first follower, his closest (only, in fact) friend, [[OnlyFriend friend]], [[NumberTwo trusted confidant and right hand man (being quite brilliant on his own right)]], [[TheConsigliere providing good advice and overall having a tempering effect on Reinhard]]. His murder that takes place in front of Reinhard's eyes (as Kircheis is shielding him from an attack) is [[HeroicBSOD such a blow to Reinhard]] that he never completely gets over it, and Kircheis' loss is felt keenly through the rest of the story. To hammer the point home, Kircheis' first name is "Siegfried", and Reinhard is associated with "Brunhild" (the name of his flagship that he always uses to travel).



* In ''Seven Ghost'', Mikage is the {{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'', Mikage is the {{only friend}} [[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.



* ''Film/BeastsOfNoNation'': [[spoiler:Strika becomes Agu's [[OnlyFriend]] while serving as child soldiers in the NDF. When Strika dies, there's nothing holding Agu to the NDF anymore]].

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* ''Film/BeastsOfNoNation'': [[spoiler:Strika becomes Agu's [[OnlyFriend]] [[OnlyFriend only friend]] while serving as child soldiers in the NDF. When Strika dies, there's nothing holding Agu to the NDF anymore]].
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