Created By: Lagore on June 23, 2011 Last Edited By: Lagore on June 27, 2011

Tragic Bromance

Two heroes are friends. One dies.

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This trope refers to a very specific plot, often seen in ancient epics. In it, two heroes are intensely close friends, often to a suspicious degree. Unfortunately, the one who's not the main character dies during the course of the story.

Its important to note that
1.) The two cannot just be friends or acquaintances. They have to be REALLY close. And
2.) The supporting character's death needs to be a huge turning point for both the story and the other hero.

As a Death Trope, all Spoilers will be unmarked ahead. Beware.


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  • June 23, 2011
  • June 23, 2011
    Would Dead Poets Society count?
  • June 24, 2011
  • June 24, 2011
  • June 24, 2011
    Video Games
  • June 24, 2011
    Happens a lot in John Woo movies.
    • Sung Tse Ho and Mark Gor in A Better Tomorrow.
    • Sung Tse Ho and Sung Tse Kit in A Better Tomorrow II
    • The Killer inverts this with Ah Jong and Li Ying -- here, it's the main character who dies.
    • Tequila and Alan from Hard Boiled.
  • June 25, 2011
    Comic Books

    • Booster Gold and the Blue Beetle, though in some continuities, the new Beetle serves as Replacement Goldfish. Beetle's death makes Booster go from an egotistical buffoon to wanting to genuinely be a heroic hero who contributes something, rather than a fame-seeker.
    • Implied that the two female scientists from Volcano were this, even though they're females. The remaining scientist (Anne Heche) is that much more determined to convince FEMA that there's really a volcano because her best friend died pretty much proving it.
    • Landon Parke-Laine and Anton Next in the Thursday Next series. Especially tragic because Landon's testimony in the investigation turned Anton's name to mud for all history.

  • June 25, 2011
  • June 25, 2011
    Do the characters have to be male? Otherwise, name it Tragic Friendship.
  • June 26, 2011
    @Grain Yes, its (almost) always male, partly because most action heroes are male, especially ancient ones, and partly because this is often just Sensitive Guy And Manly Man where the sensitive guy dies.
  • June 26, 2011
    If this works with three instead of just two characters, my Last Scenario example counts... doesn't it?
  • June 26, 2011
    The Outsiders: Johnny's death does this for both Ponyboy and Dallas.
  • June 27, 2011
    @Octagon8 Sorry, I don't know the details of the story, so I didn't know if it qualified and didn't want to post it there personally. You can add it to the page when I publish.