Created By: ZarbiNerada on April 22, 2012 Last Edited By: ZarbiNerada on May 4, 2012

Big Brother Best Friend Forever

Siblings who are close friends

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...Like two peas in a pod/They do everything together...

A friendship forms when two people discover they have common ground between them. It can be anything from political activism to a hobby.

Siblings usually grow up together, and so there's more chance to discover common ground.

Very common in Real Life.

Not to be confused with Did We Just Have Tea with Cthulhu? or Draco in Leather Pants

Literature
  • Fred and George Weasley in Harry Potter

Real Life
  • C. S. Lewis and his brother Warren were both Inklings.

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • April 23, 2012
    arromdee
    Sounds like People Sit On Chairs, especially since we have tropes about siblings who hate each other, with the result that almost every sibling relationship can be put on some trope.
  • April 23, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    I don't know, I think it depends whether this trope is just "siblings who get along" or "siblings who are actually best friends". YMMV but I feel like most siblings generally get along okay, but aren't necessarily BEST FRIENDS and the latter might be rare enough to trope?

    Like the Lisbon Sisters from The Virgin Suicides are so close that a big part of both the novel and the film is how impenetrable their friendship is. No one else can get too close to them and they are best friends with each other.

    Then there are shows like Friends and Happy Endings where pairs of siblings (Ross and Monica Gellar and the Kirkovich sisters Jane and Alex, respectively) are parts of very tight knit social groups. Both shows constantly lampshade the fact that they are all BEST, BEST friends as opposed to shows like Scrubs or How I Met Your Mother where various characters have siblings that they like well enough, but who drift in and out of each other's lives and couldn't really be described as best friends. Or Digimon, where the age difference between Matt and Tai and their younger siblings TK and Kari means that they don't have much in common. They get closer over the course of the show and they both have some protective urges but they start off not really feeling as friendly with their siblings as they are with kids their own age.

    Or maybe I'm clutching at straws and arromdee is right. Or maybe we already have this!

    Obvs needs a better title though.
  • May 1, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
  • May 1, 2012
    KinaKalamari
    If this ends up being tropeable, then Edward and Alphonse Elric from the anime/mangaFullmetal Alchemist should definitely be listed.

    However, I agree with HeartOfAnAstronaut in that, should this become a trope, it would have to be specific to siblings who are actually very, very close, not just any siblings who get along and could be considered friends. That would definitely be a case of People Sit On Chairs.
  • May 1, 2012
    SingingRain
  • May 1, 2012
    Sylviagrace
  • May 1, 2012
    familyfunny
    I see how this could be similar to Big Brother Worship, but the implication with this could be trope seems to be that despite siblings being different ages they see each other on the same level, the same way you see a friend.
  • May 1, 2012
    aurora369
    Sons of Feanor in The Silmarillion come in three teams of Brother Best friends, each with its own theme. Maedhros and Maglor are Reasonable Authority Figures, Celegorm, Caranthir and Curufin are Jerk Ass Token Evil Teammates, and Amrod and Amras are Those Two Guys that rarely enter the story.
  • May 2, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    This could be related to tropes such as Cool Big Sis, Big Brother Worship, Big Brother Mentor, Dont Split Us Up, and Foolish Sibling Responsible Sibling. However, there's a difference between a mentor or protector figure and an actual friend, so Sibling Best Friends could still be a thing.

    Could be a Sensitive Guy And Manly Man or Tomboy And Girly Girl combination. They might work as a Sibling Team but not necessarily.

    • Lizzie and Jane Bennet from Pride And Prejudice are this.
    • Most of the girls from Little Women are the same, but they also split into pairs of Jo and Beth, and Meg and Amy.

    Would Simon and River qualify? I haven't seen all of Firefly but their relationship is arguably a bit strained for them to really be friends. Most of their scenes are so stressful and when they're not angsting about their position they're usually chillin' with other characters like Book or Kayley. I'm open to correction though.
  • May 2, 2012
    Dacilriel
    I second Sibling Best Friends as a title. It covers the whole range of age/gender combinations, where BBBFF indicates something more along the lines of Big Brother Worship.

    Also, considering this YKTTW was created the day after the current trope namer premiered, it's highly unlikely that any non-bronies would get the reference.
  • May 2, 2012
    nitrokitty
    I think this is distinct from Big Brother Worship, since the idea is that the siblings act more like best friends rather than one looking up to another. I see plenty of cases where siblings simply get along, but siblings that are like best friends is much more tropable.
  • May 3, 2012
    RossN
    For all their Sibling Rivalry Frasier and Niles Crane from Frasier are nearly inseperable companions.
  • May 4, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Friends: Two of the eponymous friends are Ross & Monica Gellar. They're always hanging out together.
  • May 4, 2012
    Koveras
    Best Buddy Big Brother for alliteration?
  • May 4, 2012
    TheHandle
    Nah, Sibling Best Friends is perfect. And let's keep the examples limited to exceptionally friendly brothers. Big Mac and AJ don't spend any time together besides family-related business: they get along swimmingly, but they aren't friends.

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