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->'''Zazu:''' Oh, just look at you two! [[ShippingGoggles Little seeds of romance blossoming on the savanna.]] Your parents will be [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage thrilled,]] what with your being betrothed and all.
->'''Simba:''' Be-what?\\
'''Zazu:''' Betrothed. Intended. Affianced.\\
'''Nala:''' ... meaning?\\
'''Zazu:''' One day you two are going to be married!\\
'''Simba:''' [[GirlsHaveCooties Yuck!]]\\
'''Nala:''' Ew!\\
'''Simba:''' I can't marry her, she's my friend!\\
'''Nala:''' Yeah, it'd be so weird.
-->-- ''Disney/TheLionKing''

Childhood Friend Romance is a part of romantic plots, when characters develop romantic feelings for someone who they spent their childhood years with.

In the cases when this love turns out to be one-sided, it is sometimes explained with "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]]", a theory that describes how people who grow up together are psychologically hardwired to think about each other LikeBrotherAndSister.

When it is mutual, and none of the characters are bound by the "Westermarck effect" (maybe because they only met when they were older than 6, when it's supposed to apply, or only for a shorter time), it is usually played as a special bond between the two characters. {{Childhood Marriage Promise}}s may be involved.

When it is one-sided, the friend might grow to care for the other's child or sibling.

The victorious form can be a SecondLove, after one or both have married, and then lost their spouses.

Subtrope of ChildhoodFriends. See also PatientChildhoodLoveInterest, for a variant common in HaremSeries.

See also JustFriends, which these sort of romances generally go through, because as the name says, they start off as childhood friends before all the confusing effects of puberty happen. (StupidSexyFriend may apply when the Westermarck effect doesn't.) See also IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship, in which these kind of romances may be postponed or avoided because of a strong childhood friendship. Or even see also PuppyLove, where 2 children below the age of puberty already form (or try to form) an officially romantic relationship.
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* ''Anime/AfroSamurai'': Afro and Okiku/Otsuru, kinda. ([[DeathBySex Okiku/Otsuru gets killed,]] but she [[GoodPeopleHaveGoodSex gets to have passionate sex with Afro,]] it is shown that the [[TheStoic normally emotionless]] Afro [[PetTheDog does care for her]], and there is [[WildMassGuessing always the possibility that Afro might bring her back to life with the power of the Number One]]).
* ''Manga/AirGear'': [[spoiler: Ringo and Itsuki aka Ikki. But that only happens towards the end, when Ikki chooses Ringo as [[BattleCouple his Link Turner]] over Kururu.]]
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'': Kaoru Hanabishi and Aoi Sakuraba. She wins at the ''very beginning'', by virtue of having a [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise seventeen-year head start]] on everyone else in Kaoru's [[HaremGenre Harem]].
%%* The aptly-named Najimi in ''LightNovel/{{Akikan}}'' is in love with her childhood friend Kakeru.
* ''[[Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay Ano Hana]]'' presents a childhood LoveDodecahedron. Jinta/Jintan and Meiko/Menma like each other despite she has been dead for many years, Atsumu/Yukiatsu also has a crush on Meiko/Menma after many years, Naruko/Anaru liked Jintan as a kid and still does as a teenager, but Yukiatsu considers her as a possible ReplacementLoveInterest and Chiriko/Tsuruko likes Yukiatsu. At the end, [[spoiler: Menma finally passes on with the help of her friends, and it's implied that Jintan and Yukiatsu will hook up with Anaru and Tsuruko eventually]].
* In ''Manga/ArataKangatari'', Kotoha is in love with her childhood friend Arata. However, Arata is oblivious and only sees her as an important part of his "family".
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Possible [[HoYay male-male]] example: [[spoiler:Germany and North Italy if Germany ''is'' the Holy Roman Empire (North Italy's FirstLove). According to the end of the Valentines strip... it's ''very'', very possible.]]
** Austria and Hungary are like this too, even though she used to beat him up. By the time they're older nations, she [[ViolentlyProtectivegirlfriend beats anyone ELSE]] [[BodyguardCrush who tries to beat him up.]]
*** Prussia feels this way about Hungary, too; WordOfGod describes their longstanding relationship as a "massive onesided crush, on Prussia's part". This may explain [[CrazyJealousGuy Prussia's]] tendency to be nasty to Austria... if he [[JerkAss weren't like that all the time]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'': Jacuzzi Splot and Nice Holystone. Their backstory in the later episodes was quite touching: [[spoiler:After Nice permanently scarred her face and lost an eye as the result of playing with explosives when she was little, Jacuzzi got a large jagged sword tattoo on his face so she wouldn't be the only one with a distinctive face.]] They've been together ever since (although Nice still hasn't given up her love of explosives yet).
* Yuuji Sakamoto and Shouko Kirishima from ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts''. Although Yuuji is in denial due to Shouko's {{Yandere}} tendencies, while Shouko keeps chasing after him [[spoiler: because he was her OnlyFriend and later [[RescueRomance rescued her]].]]
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}''
** Kagerou, the [[BreakTheCutie unfortunate]] {{Yandere}}. She is said to be in love with Gennosuke since they were kids. Her poisonous powers developed when she was a teenager, though, and that's one of the reasons why she can't marry him.
** In the manga, Gennosuke and Oboro were engaged as kids but only saw each other once before being separated for years. In the anime, this is expanded into a very cute flashback scene with them being {{adorkable}} kids together. And in the main story, theirs is a PerfectlyArrangedMarriage. [[spoiler: But they end up as StarCrossedLovers.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Beelzebub}}'', Himekawa [[spoiler:has been [[ArrangedMarriage arranged to marry]] his former best friend Kugayama since the first grade. The issue is that Kugayama originally posed as a male (since being the heir to the Kugayama family meant [[RaisedAsTheOppositeGender she was raised as a guy]]), and never told Himekawa her true gender nor the engagement, as it was arranged due to Kugayama having a crush on him in the first grade before eventually falling in love with him. Then their friendship fell apart when they were fifteen due to a betrayal on Kugayama's behalf, pretty much making all of it moot until the truth was revealed years later. Himekawa is still confused about the situation and his feelings on the subject are unclear, but he admits that he still cares for her and will always call her a friend no matter what, implying that his feelings for her run deeper than platonic friendship.]]
* Yuzu Yamamoto of ''Manga/BitterVirgin'' is in love with her childhood friend Daisuke.
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'': Ryuuken Ishida and Kanae Katagiri met as young children whereupon Katagiri [[LoveAtFirstSight immediately]] devoted herself to him as his NinjaMaid. Her UndyingLoyalty remained unshaken even after Ryuuken's mother [[ArrangedMarriage arranged]] a BlueBlood engagement between Ryuuken and Masaki. Although Ryuuken genuinely cared for both women, the arrangement was complicated by both Ryuuken and Masaki knowing they were [[NoSparks romantically incompatible]] and by Ryuuken and Kanae knowing they were very [[UnresolvedSexualTension romantically compatible]]. Only when the engagement falls through does a relationship between [[UptownGirl Ryuuken]] and [[FirstGirlWins Kanae]] finally become viable and they eventually MarryForLove.
* Deconstructed in ''LightNovel/BokuWaTomodachiGaSukunai''. [[spoiler: Perhaps due to her clear social cluelessness, throughout most of the series Yozora simply assumes that being Kodaka's childhood friend means that [[BecauseDestinySaysso him loving her is inevitable regardless of anything else that happens.]] When [[WrongGenreSavvy she]] realizes that, in real life, this isn't an instant romance button, [[HeroicBSOD she has a very bad freak out.]] (All the more so because the entire time, she's only been able to [[GreenEyedMonster control her envy]] of [[TheOjou Sena's]] various merits by constantly telling herself that none of it matters, because she is the childhood friend and thus no amount of beauty, talent, wealth or even genuine love on Sena's part would win her Kodaka. When she discovers that he's actually known and was friends with Sena ''since long before he ever knew her'', she falls into utter despair once again.)]]
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'':
** Sanae and Tsubasa, who have known each other since their Elementary days, which eventually grown into love when they are teenagers. [[spoiler:They are currently married, and she's pregnant with their first child.]]
** Tsubasa's other friend Kumi, is also in love with him, but he rejects her love (in a kind way). Kumi is saddened by his rejection, but being a PluckyGirl she bounces back rather quickly.
** Yayoi has a crush on Tsubasa, but he didn't return her feelings. She moves on without complications... and might end up with her ''other'' childhood friend, Misugi.
** A tragic example of this is [[spoiler:Stefan Levin and his dead lover Karen]], as revealed in the World Youth arc. They have known each other since childhood and they wanted to get married when they grow up and she would've have been his wife [[spoiler:if it wasn't for the accident that killed her. In her dying words, she told Stefan to be the best soccer player in the world.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Claudine}}...!'' the titular character's neighbor Rosemarie confessed her love to him but was rejected. She does seem to be the girl who understands him better, out of all of these involved in his life: she calls him "[[{{Transsexual}} a true man given a female body]]".
* In ''LightNovel/{{Corsair}}'', when Aura was young she found Canale lying on the streets and [[ImTakingHimHomeWithMe took him in]]. She's more or less had been planning to marry him ever since, but since this is a BoysLove series, she ended up on the wrong side of the triangle. She's upset about it, but doesn't push the issue when she finds out.
* Neneko Izumi from ''Manga/DearS'' is Takeya's childhood friend and near the end she admits she has unrequited love for Takeya, but she had to let him go. She also says she is unable to become Takeya's bride when they are in the classroom talking about their goals in life.
* ''Manga/DNA2'': Junta's childhood friend Ami Kurimoto wins in the end. (By default, as the one he actually fell for had to return to the future -- and she asked Ami to tkae care of Junta [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy so he'd be happy even if without her]].)
* ''Manga/DoujinWork'': Osana Najimi's childhood friend Justice seems to have feelings for her.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', Goku and Chi-Chi have this kind of relationship. Goku and Chi-Chi met during one of his adventures, and Chi-Chi had been pining after Goku ever since, even getting a ChildhoodMarriagePromise from him. However Goku, [[IdiotHero being Goku,]] didn't know what marriage or romantic love was for most of the first half of the series until she explained it to him when met up again as adults, after which he returned her feelings. [[HappilyMarried The two remaining married for the rest of the series.]]
* ''Manga/ElfenLied'': [[spoiler:Kouta and Lucy. He knew Lucy when they were kids, but after she killed his father and sister because he lied to her about his cousin's gender, he erased her from his memory. However, to Lucy their time together are her only happy memories. As well, [[KissingCousins Kouta and his cousin Yuka]] who has a crush on him, and who were friends in childhood. The conflict in childhood between Lucy and Yuka drives a fair portion of the plot.]]
%%* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Eureka and Renton, along with Talho and Holland in [[TheMovie Pocket Full of Rainbows]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Erza and Jellal are childhood friends from their days of slavery at the Tower of Heaven. They are the most {{Ship Tease}}d couple in the series and clearly have feelings for each other. Unfortunately, every time they're about to get a chance to be together something will happen to take Jellal away, like corruption, or death, or arrest, in that order. [[spoiler:Even after Jellal escapes from prison, he refuses to start a relationship with Erza since he feels he must continue punishing himself for his crimes.]]
** The anime adds several scenes that attempt to make Natsu and Lisanna out to be this before Lisanna's [[spoiler: supposed]] death. [[spoiler: After their reunion at the end of the Edolas arc however, any further development completely stalled, with him focusing more on missions and her focusing more on reconnecting with her brother and sister. To date, they have had a grand total of two one-sentence-long conversations since her return.]]
* ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'':
** Kenshirou and Yuria. While the story of the Unlucky Childhood Friend Juuza is sympathetic, the story of the victorious Kenshirou is not any better, either. Just as they were about to get married as promised, his jealous best friend [[LoveMakesYouEvil Shin]] suddenly took her away with his iron fist. From then on, Kenshirou was changed forever as a cold-faced stoic. At least, he still managed to reunite with his beloved Yuria in the last moment of her life - miraculously extended thank to his initially AloofBigBrother, Raoh, who also wanted to grab her into loving him by force...
** Another childhood friend of Yuria's, Juuza, fell in love with her very early. Sadly, his hope of marrying her was shattered to pieces when it was revealed that they were half-siblings; to further make it worse, he also discovered that she fell for [[TheHero Kenshirou]] in the end. Heartbroken, Juuza began to live a life as TheCasanova, indifferent to the cause of Nanto Seiken -- cheerful, carefree from the outside, but weeping inside - until he learned of the true identity of the Last Nanto General and made his honorable HeroicSacrifice.
* In ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'' Takaki and Akari spent their childhood together, but due to circumstances of life they don't end up together. Made painfully tragic by the fact that everything is realistically played out.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Most of the Members of the Zodiac grew up together, so many the Juunishi couples have an element of this.
** [[CloudCuckoolander Haru]] and [[BrokenBird Rin]] knew each other all their lives, but they become especially close after Rin leaves her AbusiveParents when she's ten-ish.
** [[{{Tsundere}} Kagura]] is a PatientChildhoodLoveInterest for Kyo - she even threatened a ChildhoodMarriagePromise out of him. He really wishes she wasn't so patient. [[spoiler: She eventually has a heart-to-heart with him and she relinquishes the promise, allowing him and Tohru to get together.]]
** [[BrattyHalfPint Hiro]] and [[CuteMute Kisa]] count considering that [[PuppyLove they're still children at the beginning of the series]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Edward Elric and Winry Rockbell grew up together and is pretty obvious their feelings for each other aren't just familial as they claim. In the last chapter, [[spoiler:Ed [[WackyMarriageProposal proposes to Winry in a funny way]] by stating that in accordance with EquivalentExchange he will give her half of his life and she will give up half of hers to him and she says she'll give her whole life to him, then rethinks it and offers a percentage back. One of the final images from the series shows them as married with two kids; the ''Chronicles'' book released in autumn 2011 further confirms that they go on to have ''several'' children.]]
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'':
** Hayato and Asuka grew up together since their fathers (who were also best friends since childhood) used to be in their racing team and she even lampshades this once. They have a sibling-like relationship until towards the end of the TV series, and they eventually got married at the end of ''SIN''.
** {{Canon Immigrant}}s Shiba and Rena are childhood friends and classmates from the PlayStation game. Then in the middle of the game [[spoiler:Rena kissed him]], and their relationship is established in ''SIN'''s ending.
* Franz and Eugénie are both in love with their childhood friend Albert in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
* ''Anime/GateKeepers'': Shun and Ruriko. In the sequel ''Anime/GateKeepers21'', [[spoiler: it is revealed that they got married and have a daughter, Ayane. However, Ayane changed her middle name due to resentment with her family.]]
* The members of the ''{{Genshiken}}'' are all impressed that Saki is Kousaka's childhood friend, as they've [[GenreSavvy seen this trope over and over]] in {{anime}}. However, the two of them really do end up dating.
** ...and, in fact, the members get to watch Chihiro and Ritsuko enact this trope in ''KujibikiUnbalance''.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', [[CoolOldLady Otose]] and [[BadassGrandpa Jirochou]] grew up together in Kabukichou. He was a little punk, and she scolded the crap out of him trying to keep him out of trouble. When they grew up, Jirochou became a vigilante to "keep the peace" in Kabukichou, and graciously stepped aside when Otose married [[TheAce Tatsugoro]], his best friend and rival (and a cop), because he knew the vigilante life couldn't make her happy. But when Tatsugoro died taking the bullet meant for Jirochou, he makes his friend promise to protect Otose and Kabukichou. It...didn't work out very well.
* Kirie from ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' has known Yukinari since they were children and has a crush on him. However, she is more of an childhood tormenter than friend.
%%* ''Manga/GokinjoMonogatari'': Mikako and Tsutomu and Mariko and Shuu.
* ''Manga/{{Gokusen}}'': Shinohara-sensei is seen with a cute girl and the Kurodas worry that Kumiko will have a fit. Then they decide that the girl will probably turn out to be his sister (since that always happens in manga). On learning that the girl is actually Shinohara's childhood friend, [[GenreSavvy they go right back to panicking]].
* This is Gosho Aoyama's thing: [[Manga/DetectiveConan Shinchi and Ran]], [[Manga/MagicKaito Kaitou and Aoko]], Kogoro and Eri, Heiji and Kazuha, Officer Chiba and Miike Naeko and some side characters get in on this. While only one of these pairs are official, it's strongly implied that the others will be, no matter what.
* ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun'': Both Reika and Mayu are childhood friends to Ninomiya and both are still fighting over him years later. Complicated by the fact that [[spoiler:he [[ForgottenFirstMeeting forgot them both]] because Mayu wiped his memories with a kiss.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'': Domon Kasshu and Rain Mikamura grew up together because their fathers were partners in the development of Gundams and over the course of the series, several characters note how close they are. [[spoiler: The final blow to the FinalBoss is [[ThePowerOfLove fueled by their love for each other]].]]
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': [[spoiler: Allelujah Haptism and Soma Peries/Marie Parfacy met as kids when they were stuck as [[PlayingwithSyringes experimentation subjects]]. They didn't actually find ''and'' stay with each other until the second season... after her HeelFaceTurn. They become a BattleCouple and stay like that for the reast of the series.]].
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'': Frau Bow is in love with her childhood friend Amuro Ray, but he honestly couldn't be less interested. She ends up with her ''other'' childhood friend, Hayato Kobayashi.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ'': [[spoiler:Fa Yuiri and Kamille Bidan]] after they go through much heartbreak in ''Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam''. EarnYourHappyEnding, indeed.
*** Another set: [[spoiler:Elle and Beecha]]. Elle is initially attracted to one of her friends Judau, but she ended up with Beecha instead via a LastMinuteHookup.
** ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'': Flit Asuno and Emily Amonde. [[spoiler:They're HappilyMarried with two kids in the second part of the series (and one of them is the second-gen protagonist Asemu). However, this mostly happened because of the ''horrible'' [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse death of Flit's first love]], Yurin Le Ciel. Flit simply can't forget poor Yurin, and judging by episode 15 Emily is painfully aware of it.]]
*** If we count teenage-hood friends [[spoiler: then we have Flit's son Asem and Romary.]]
%%* ''Manga/{{Guyver}}'': Sho and Mizuki.
* Zhou/Wicked from ''HalfPrince'' spent 8 years in love with Lan/Prince, but he lived far away and she never recognized him when he played online with her. When she starts on a new game at the beginning of the story she develops thanks to a bet made with her brother, and ends up a much more self-sufficient person than he's used to. Her knew personality makes it so his attempts to coddle and look after her like he always have only offend her, and she ends up choosing his love rival Gui.
* ''Anime/HandMaidMay'': Kasumi is a childhood friend whose problem is merely having to compete with a harem full of cyberdolls for Kazuya's attention. It appeared she would win when [[spoiler:Cyber-X/Takuya Saotome is revealed to be Kazuya's descendant from the future]]. The series pulled a twist when it revealed, in the last episode, that [[spoiler:Cyberdolls are equiped to conceive and bear children. Talk about "fully functionial"...]]
* Takashi and Rei in ''Manga/HighSchoolOfTheDead''. Complete with a ChildhoodMarriagePromise.
* ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'':
** Jeudi and Lundi got together really fast. Their problem with their relationship is less about them getting together and more about them ''staying'' together through their ordeals. [[spoiler: They do get their happy ending, but not before ''much'' heartbreak.]]
** Leon has been in love with Jeudi since they were children. [[spoiler: As seen above, he had no chance.]]
* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'': Ryoufu Housen and Chinkyuu Koudai are a ''[[TearJerker very]]'' [[BuryYourGays tragic]] version.
%%* ''InfiniteRyvius'': Aoi Housen and Kouji Aiba.
* Ichika and Houki from ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos'' can close to [[spoiler:kissing]] in the finale before being chased down by the remaining members of the harem.
%%* ''InuXBokuSS'': Watanuki and Karuta.
* ''Manga/JunjouRomantica'''s Hiroki was in love with his childhood friend Akihiko, who fell in unrequited love with a high school classmate. Hiroki persuaded Akihiko to have sex with him (blindfolded, so that he could pretend he was with the one he loved), which only led to heartache, as it neither won Akihiko's heart for Hiroki nor got Akihiko out of his system. (Both of them ultimately find love with someone who loves them back, fortunately.)
* In ''Manga/MaidSama'', Shintani Hinata has been in love with Misaki since they were children. Unfortunately for Hinata, he's got no chance against Misaki's feelings for Usui. Later chapters of the manga suggest that Misaki's little sister Suzuna has a crush on Hinata; it remains to be seen how this will pan out.
%%* ''KamisamaKazoku'': Tenko and Samatarou.
* Tsugumi from ''Manga/{{Kannagi}}'' has a crush on her childhood friend Jin.
* [[TheOneGuy Souma Oogami]] from ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' is Himeko's childhood friend who is in love with her. Although she does appear to have feelings for him, her feelings for Chikane are stronger.
* ''Manga/KareKano'': Yukino's parents Takashi and Miyako, whom they met when they were children and got married after finishing high school.
* ''Manga/KashimashiGirlMeetsGirl'': Hazumu and Tomari. Tomari gets a hold of Hazumu as the resolution of a very melodramatic LoveTriangle. The other girl, Yasuna, is the one though who actually sacrifices most for her loved one--at least in the manga. In the anime, Yasuna dumps Hazumu after they try it for a while. Interesting detail is that [[SchoolgirlLesbians all involved are girls]], although [[GenderBender Hazumu used to be a boy]] who as a kid [[ChildhoodMarriagePromise promised to marry Tomari]].
* Yoshimori from ''Manga/{{Kekkaishi}}'' pines for Tokine -- a childhood friend, next door neighbor, and fellow Kekkaishi. Despite their similarities and common histories, Tokine only sees Yoshimori as the crybaby kid she used to watch out for. Tokine also likes older, taller men, and Yoshimori is two years younger than her and rather short at present. Ouch. Later in the manga it is hinted that Tokine seems to be developing feelings for him. Even having a mental [[SheIsAllGrownUp He Is All Grown Up]] moment when she imagines how Yoshimori would be when he's older. [[spoiler:The ending of the manga implies they hook up.]]
* Izumi from ''Manga/KemekoDeluxe'' is Sanpeita's childhood friend who harbors a crush on him, but Sanpeita is apparently oblivious of her feelings.
* ''Anime/{{Kemonozume}}'' has a love triangle in which Kazuma is an Unlucky Childhood Friend to Rie who is, in turn, an Unlucky Childhood Friend to Kazuma's older brother, Toshihiko. For poor Rie it even involves a ChildhoodMarriagePromise.
* ''KenkoZenrakeiSuieibuUmisho'': Kaname and Amuro, though the part where their childhood encounter was revealed didn't get adapted in the anime.
%%* Kotaro Kobayashi and Tamayo Kizaki in the ''KidouTenshiAngelicLayer'' anime.
* ''Manga/KimbaTheWhiteLion'': Kimba and Kitty have known each other since they little cubs, she would later become his mate and give birth to a son and daughter.
%%* ''{{Kimikiss}}'': Koichi and Mao.
* ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'': [[spoiler: Ryuu and Chizuru end up together, after a [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship lot]] [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest of]] [[WillTheyOrWontThey complications.]]]] ''[[EarnYourHappyEnding Finally.]]''
%%* ''{{Kurokami}}'': Keita and Akane.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': Keitaro made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise with a mysterious 'promise girl' and the series' overaching plot is about him reuniting with her at Tokyo U. There are two strong candidates for said promise: Naru and Mutsumi, whom he both met as kids around the time the promise was made. [[spoiler:The promise girl turns out to be Naru. Musumi takes it pretty wel, wishes them happiness, and they are married by the end of the series.]]
* ''Manga//LuckyStar'': Konata's parents. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Konata (a 17-year old saying this) that it's a common hentai game story; [[GenreSavvy she seems to know a lot about those...]]
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** Played with in the [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross original series]]. [[spoiler: Misa Hayase had a fiancee named Riber Fruhling, whom she had known and loved since she was young (her love for him was one of the two reasons why she joined the military). Some time before the Macross takes off, he leaves and promises to come back, but never does. And in a recognization mission in the Moon base, Misa finds out the truth... Riber was DeadAllAlong.]]
** ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': [[spoiler:Michel and Klan. Michel admits he loves her right before he dies.]] Apparently they like [[TearJerker to make us cry.]] Interestingly, in the movies, [[spoiler:this TearJerker is [[AvertedTrope averted]] in the case of Klan and Michel]]. And elsewhere this was pulled out of freaking nowhere near the end of the second (and final) movie when [[spoiler:Alto flashes back to a chance meeting with Sheryl when they were pre-teens in a revelation that she was the [[FirstGirlWins first girl after all]]]].
** ''Anime/MacrossPlus'': Double whammy with Isamu, Myung, and Guld. They have been friends since childhood but their friendship falls apart when it turns into a LoveTriangle. [[spoiler:Years later when they all meet up again, Isamu finally wins with a flashback that strongly suggests he had already if not for Guld's temper.]] This nonetheless gives it an entry in victorious ([[spoiler:Isamu]]) ''and'' unrequited ([[spoiler:Guld]]).
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'':
** [[TheStoic Chrono]] and [[BridgeBunnies Amy]] were been friends ever since they met in school and got married with kids after the TimeSkip. [[ShipSinking Caused a good amount of screaming in the fandom as]] the [[TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever Chrono/Nanoha]] and [[NotBloodSiblings Chrono/Fate]] factions were quite up there in the [[ShipToShipCombat Shipping Wars]].
** The "Takamachi Family" refers to Nanoha, Fate and [[HasTwoMommies their daughter, Vivio.]] LesYay to the max with two main characters who are best friends ever since childhood.
* ''Manga/{{Mahoraba}}'': Chanohata Tamami is in love with her childhood friend, {{landlady}} Aoba Kozue, but doesn't stand a chance against newcomer Shiritori, for the mere fact that her rival is male. Lesbians in anime sure have it tough.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Konoka Konoe and her [[BodyguardCrush personal bodyguard]] [[LesYay Setsuna Sakurazaki]] were very close friends when they were kids until an unfortunate incident caused Setsuna to distance herself from Konoka for several years. After renewing their friendship, Setsuna's feelings are made painfully obvious; Konoka [[ObfuscatingStupidity acts innocent]] but seems to intentionally provoke Setsuna. They make a pactio, and in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, they're not ''explicitly'' stated to have married each other but they're mentioned to have married in the same year and the [[BridalCarry accompanying image]] certainly ''implies'' it.
** Negi's childhood friend Anya has an obvious crush on him, [[ObliviousToLove not that he knows]] or she wants to admit it since she's a full-blown {{Tsundere}} convinced her old friend is being lured into temptation by all those overdeveloped middle school girls.
* Shiho Munakata in ''Anime/MaiHiME'' has a thing for her [[BigBrotherAttraction so-called "big brother"]] Yuuichi Tate, but he initially sees her as more of an annoyance, since she's [[ClingyJealousGirl always following him around and getting angry at him]] when it looks like he's taking interest in other girls.
* Ginta and Koyuki in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Interestingly, while they clearly like each other, them being childhood friends was revealed over time. In the first episode, there's no indication they were anything other than classmates who got along fairly well. However, flashbacks as well as Koyuki's strange dedication to informing his mother of his adventures slowly revealed they've known each other for quite some time (there's flashbacks in the anime dating back to when they were 5 years old). Though Koyuki herself isn't present for much of the series, the ShipTease lives on with her counterpart, Snow. Even then Koyuki is shown to be very devoted to Ginta, keeping track of her dreams of him and telling his mother of his adventures, and making copies of her school notes for months on end. The anime ends on [[spoiler: something of a MaybeEverAfter note after Koyuki and Snow merge.]]
* ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' is chock full of this:
** Tsutomu Rokutanda has loved his classmate Arimi for a very long time.
** [[IllGirl Anju Kitahara]] is Yuu's childhood friend and probably first love.
** Ryouko Momoi loves Namura since school times.
** Takumi Kijima, ''Ryouko'''s Unlucky Childhood Friend, got over it and married ''another'' long time friend of his, Rei.
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'': After years of childhood friendship, a long estrangement, and [[WillTheyOrWontThey twenty-five and nine-tenths episodes]] of SheIsNotMyGirlfriend, Akito and Yurika end up together at the end.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'':
** [[spoiler: Keiju Tabuki and Momoka Oginome]]. When Tabuki was about to disappear from existence on the Child Broiler, Momoka rescued him. It is hinted in the series that Momoka had feelings for Tabuki, as she worked him into her future in the Diary and she would have been his wife if it wasn't [[spoiler:for her death]]. Needless to say, [[spoiler:her death]] had a huge impact on him.
** Also, [[spoiler: [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Momoka and Yuri Tokikago]]. Momoka was the first person [[FreakinessShame who accepted Yuri for who she was]], and took a ''massive'' risk via rewriting Yuri's destiny to save her from her abusive father, almost burning herself to death. Yuri was also deeply traumatised by Momoka's death, and she's always been in love with her.]]
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Zenkichi and Medaka. Zenkichi has been trying to get Medaka to fall in love with him for years. Although Medaka's feelings for him were arguable for most of the series, it eventually becomes obvious she does have feelings for him, but [[spoiler:thought he [[JustFriends "friend-zoned"]] her after he rejected her marriage proposal when they were ''two'']]. In the final chapter ending, regardless of the outcome of their duel with each other, they are gonna get married.
* In ''MidoriDays'', Seiji comes across a childhood friend who had moved away not long after they met. Seiji shows interests in her, but comes to a hard stop when he realizes she's a [[{{Doujinshi}} doujinshi manga artist]] that [[YaoiFangirl writes and draws]] BoysLove works, which is the justification for her not wanting anything to do with straight men.
* In ''Manga/{{Nana}}'': Reira/Layla, Trapnest's vocalist, grew up with Takumi and is in love with him, but he doesn't reciprocate.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': Yahiko and Konan, even though it's only hinted at. [[spoiler:Since Yahiko dies early on, becoming Nagato's avatar for his Deva Path, nothing much comes of it.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Asuka and Shinji in the AlternateUniverse of the episode 26 and in the spin-off ''Angelic Days''. In those settings, Asuka is closer to the 'childhood friend tsundere' archetype; the one that goes to his house to wake him up every day before school, becomes jealous of other girls, and denies liking. Shinji himself has less of a hedgehog's delimmna with her than in the main continunity.
* ''{{Nisekoi}}'' loves this trope, with all the main members of the UnwantedHarem being [[ForgottenFirstMeeting forgotten childhood friends]], one of which the main character was in love with.
* Safu from ''{{No6}}'' is in love with her childhood friend Shion. She [[DoYouWantToCopulate very straightforwardly]] confesses her love, he says he thinks of her as a friend but tells her to ask him again in two years, she promises to wait for him... then he runs off with Nezumi, and the series is drowned in HoYay.
* ''Three'' members of Yuuto's UnwantedHarem in ''OmamoriHimari'' are childhood friends: Himari, Kuesu, and Rinko, although he [[ForgottenFirstMeeting forgot about the first two after they parted ways until they reunited years later]]. Since none of the girls have secured his heart yet (Rinko hasn't even kissed him yet), which of the girls (or for that matter, whether or not ''any'' of the girls) will end up as the Victorious Childhood Friend has yet to be determined.
* Manami from ''[[LightNovel/OreNoImoutoGaKonnaNiKawaiiWakeGaNai Ore Imo]]'' has an obvious crush on her childhood friend Kyosuke, but he doesn't have any strong feelings for her other than close friendship.
* Mariya in ''OtomeWaBokuNiKoishiteru'' is Mizuho's [[KissingCousins cousin]] and childhood friend who has a crush on him.
* Isabella has feelings for her childhood friend George in ''ParadiseKiss''. In the DistantFinale isn't very clear on the current state of affairs between them, but [[spoiler: she did tell him she wanted to devote her life to helping him in his career as a designer, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy even if he didn't love her back]]]].
* ''{{Pretear}}'' has fun with this when the resident geek Yayoi digs up the fact that Himeno's stepmother Natsue and her driver Tanaka were classmates. Yayoi immediately assumes there had to be some romance going on between the two since their childhood, with the unlucky one being Tanaka -- he got to work for Natsue and stay close to her, but she chose somebody else over him twice. Made even more funny when it is hinted that not only it is ''not'' just a product of Yayoi's crazy imagination, but Tanaka actually ''still'' likes Natsue.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'': [[spoiler:Rue and Mytho]] are revealed to be these, once you find out how long she's been waiting for him.
%%* ''{{Psyren}}'': Ageha and Amamiya.
* Sayaka from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is in love with her childhood friend and local IllBoy Kyousuke Kamijou, who doesn't notice her affections while she quietly pines over him and never tells him. [[spoiler: Alongside Sayaka's ''other'' massive problems, this contributes to her fall over the DespairEventHorizon.]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** Ukyō Kuonji is Ranma's childhood friend and one of his many fiancées. However, Ranma doesn't like her that way, he even thought Ukyō was a boy at first. On top of this, Ukyō tends to [[{{Bifauxnen}} act and dress like a guy]], so she really isn't helping Ranma think of her as anything other than his boyhood friend. Unlike most of Ranma's other suitors, he enjoys her company and sees her as a friend, and so often goes to eat at her restaurant. The anime decides to give this an extra bit of YankTheDogsChain in the "Great Girly-Girl Gambit" {{filler}} episode. Ukyō decides to prove to Ranma that SheCleansUpNicely, in the hopes of making him stop seeing her as just OneOfTheBoys... but, firstly, all of the pervert boys in her class decide that seeing her girlied up means they want a piece of her, so they keep interrupting her efforts to talk to Ranma about their relationship. Then she gets into a literal CookingDuel to decide who is Ranma's one true bride because the other girls don't like the idea that she's getting serious. Then the perverts attack Ranma for letting the duel take place, and so, guilty and ashamed for causing Ranma such trouble, she goes back to her masculine outfits.
** Mousse has known Shampoo since they were kids, as well, but he's more of a StalkerWithACrush than a friend. Particularly seeing as how it's shown that Shampoo has been ignoring him and beating on him since they were kids together, and has grown even more disdainful of him since. Shampoo ''does'' refer to Mousse as "stupid friend from child times" when introducing him to Ranma but this might be a simple slip of the tongue, given Shampoo's [[YouNoTakeCandle notoriously]] [[HulkSpeak poor]] Japanese skills...
* ''Anime/RahXephon'': [[spoiler: Ayato and Haruka]]. Their relationship is complicated because of the YearInsideHourOutside effect and the [[spoiler:LaserGuidedAmnesia]], but the ending managed to get around all that neatly.
* ''Manga/RealBoutHighSchool'':G is Aoi's childhood friend and the love of her life. Unfortunately, he is an orphan and he would eventually be adopted [[AbusiveParents by a rich paranoiac and trained to be a killer]]. This [[TrainingFromHell brutal]] training involved assembling a gun while blindfolded and firing before the boy across from him could, and being forced to kill a wild dog he had befriended with his bare hands. This training would eventually [[FreakOut break him]] ([[EyeScream and blind him in one eye]]), and he and the other boys revolted and escaped. He's since become a sadistic street fighter and criminal mastermind, but Aoi [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight knows he's in there somewhere]]...
* ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'': Oscar and Andre. [[spoiler: They do get together- but only get to consummate their relationship one night before Andre dies in battle, and two before Oscar herself dies.]]
* ''Anime/SailorMoon R'': Alien Fiore met Mamoru when they were both small orphans and they became good friends -- Fiore seems particularly possessive of Mamoru as an adult. When he eventually returns from space, Mamoru has already re-met his soulmate Usagi. Fiore tries to [[MurderTheHypotenuse get her out of the way]], but ultimately [[HeroicSacrifice accepts their relationship.]]
* Jin and Misaki in ''LightNovel/SakurasouNoPetNaKanojo'', but with a twist--while Jin remained loyal to Misaki, he felt unworthy of her, so he became ''TheCasanova''. [[spoiler:Inspite of this, as of the fifth light novel volume, after they graduate, both become a couple.]]
%%* ''Manga/SchoolRumble'': Mikoto Suo and Haruki Hanai.
* ''Anime/{{Scryed}}'': Ryuho and Mimori meet as teenagers at a high class party their parents attended and quickly bond. [[spoiler:The DON'T end up together because Ryuho doesn't feel it would be right, partly due to the last actions of HopelessSuitor Scheris Adjani.]]
* ''Manga/TheSecretAgreement'': [[StreetUrchin Yuuichi]] and [[ImpoverishedPatrician Iori]] meet by chance as kids and despite their different statuses fall in love while they're still quite young, and plan to carry on their affair even after Iori marries. The relationship is undermined a little by the possibility that their love is only a manufactured delusion.
* [[NiceGuy Tanda]] from ''Anime/SeireiNoMoribito'' has been in love with [[ActionGirl Balsa]] since they were children, and they're now in their thirties. She obviously has feelings for him but is apparently too {{badass}} to settle down.
* ''[[Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid Seto no Hanayome]]'' : Mawari is a childhood friend of Nagasumi, who she has a crush on, but Nagasumi is already engaged to someone else.
* ''Manga/ShamanKing'': Tamao admits that she likes her childhood friend Yoh, even though the chances are slim to none, seeing how Yoh is already engaged to and in love with Anna, who is ''also'' his childhoodfriend.
* Paraietta in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' is Neviril's childhood friend and has a huge, but unrequited, crush on her.
* ''Manga/SketDance'': Bossun's [[spoiler:biological]] parents grew up together in an orphanage.
* Tatsuhiko Aouta from ''Manga/SlamDunk'' has had a crush on his childhood friend Haruko since they were young. She likes him as a brother, only, and both has eyes only for Rukawa ''and'' has ShipTease with Sakuragi.
** The prequel ''Piercings'' reveals that Ryouta and Ayako met when they were both ten years old. Back then, he thought she was a weirdo. Now, he's totally head over heels in love with her.
* Both Tira and Chocolate Misu of ''Manga/SorcererHunters'' have crushes (a sweet and quiet one in Tira's case, a much more explicit and open in Chocolate's) on Carrot Glace. They are the ''only'' females he doesn't [[HandsomeLech chase after]] since they were raised together and therefore he views them [[LikeBrotherAndSister as if they were his sisters]].
** In the manga, [[spoiler:Carrot marries Tira, leaving only Chocolate to fit this trope. And considering how her sister and Carrot aren't exactly happy after 10 years, it may have been for the best...]].
* ''Manga/SpecialA'': [[spoiler:Hikari and Kei & Akira and Tadashi.]]
* ''Anime/TelepathyShoujoRan'': Ran and her childhood friend Rui are in love with each other, although Ran is more vocal about it.
* ''Anime/TenchiMuyoGXP'': Kiriko Masaki has known and looked after Seina since he was a child. She falls in love, and marries him at the end.
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'': Berry and Tasuku in ''A la Mode'' have known each other since they were children, especially the time when Tasuku comforted Berry after her mother's death, and he still hugs her every day. [[spoiler: Their love for each other is what breaks the Saint Rose Crusaders' spell of the hypnotizing the city's citizens.]]
* ''Manga/{{Touch}}'': Tatsuya, Kazuya and Minami were friends ever since they were born and had been together ever since. Almost everybody who knew them wanted Kazuya and Minami to get together and get married, but she doesn't notice his feelings. [[spoiler: Then Kazuya dies in an accident and Minami realizes that she's in love with Tatsuya all along.]]
%%* ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga'': Gilgamesh and Kai.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'': Syaoran and Sakura grew up together and already have a warm and affectionate friendship in the first epiosde. This bond is the most important thing Syaoran has and so this is what he has to pay Yuuko for the power to travel between worlds. Thus, Sakura never remembers any of the time they spent together as children.
* Akina of ''UFOPrincessValkyrie'' has a crush on her childhood friend Kazuto.
* In the ''{{Mazinger}}'' universe, Duke and Rubina from ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer''. They were friends and engaged through an ArrangedMarriage. They liked each other so neither of them minded. However, her father launched a conquest campaign against Duke's planet, killing thousands of its inhabitants and accidentally turning it into a radioactive wasteland. Then their relationship became a StarCrossedLovers romance ended up tragically.
* ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'':
** Ataru Moroboshi and Shinobu Miyake. Early chapters of the manga had Shinobu like Ataru but unable to get past his perversion and him being a WeirdnessMagnet to become his official girlfriend. Also one chapter early in the series with [[KidFromTheFuture Ataru's future offspring]] that was revealed at the end to be hers. They were supposed to end up together, but RumikoTakahashi's editor found that Lum was [[EnsembleDarkhorse unexpectedly popular]] and Takahashi was forced to change the OfficialCouple.
** Rupa and Carla. Carla has loved Rupa ever since they were children, but he rejected her because [[ArrangedMarriage he was engaged to Lum]] and Carla changed from a childhood friend to a violent assailant. At the end, Rupa admits to Carla that he loves her and asks her to marry him.
* ''Anime/VisionOfEscaflowne'': Merle the CatGirl has known Van all their lives, she is a friend of his since early childhood, and makes no secret of the fact she's got a crush on him (the main reason she's so hostile towards [[PluckyGirl Hitomi]] in the beginning, is because [[ClingyJealousGirl she's afraid she'll steal Van from her]]). Van, meanwhile, seems to do his best to ignore her feelings and ends up falling in love with Hitomi. Merle ends up pulling an IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and chooses to withdraw and leave Van and Hitomi to work things out, though she does give Hitomi a [[IfYouEverDoAnythingToHurtHer little "talk"]] about how Hitomi's inability to make up her mind over the LoveTriangle.
* In ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', Keima's friend Tenri has been in love with him since she was 7. However, he refuses to acknowledge her as his childhood friend because she doesn't fit the archetype he's familar with.
%%* ''XamdLostMemories'': [[spoiler:Haru and Akiyuki.]]
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'': Ekou and Amon are childhood friends, but because she is the person he loves the most, Amon has to kill her as a sacrifice to master Exodia the Forbidden One.
** Anime/YuGiOhZexal: In the final minute of the final episode, [[spoiler: Kotori finally tells Yuma that she "loves his smile", and the usually oblivious Yuma accepts her feelings.]] It's all very surprising since Yugioh is a NoHuggingNoKissing kind of show.
* ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Yuusuke and Keiko have known each other since childhood, and studied in the same school. Keiko would scold Yuusuke for skipping classes and bad behavior in school. They end up together at the end.
%%* ''{{Zegapain}}'': Ryoko and Kyo.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ForBetterOrForWorse'':
** Michael Patterson and Deanna Sobinski went to elementary school together, were parted when Deanna moved away, and reunited in university. Then they got married.
** Anthony Caine and Elizabeth Patterson met in elementary school as well. She moved away and then moved back home. They got married in the finale.
* ComicBook/LanaLang, in some versions of the ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' mythos.
%%* ''ArchieComics''' Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper. See BettyAndVeronica.
* ''{{Bamse}}'' has the example of [[FaceHeelTurn former villain]] Vargen and his childhood crush Virginia, they meet up years later, but by then she is already married.
* Rayek from ''ElfQuest'' grows up with Leetah, first starts communicating with her magically before she's even born, shares his life with her, and on the day he asks her to stay with him forever... the hero shows up and claims her for himself. (They eventually settle it with a good old fist fight. 10000 years later.)
** Mender spends his very early years around TheChiefsDaughter Ember, eventually takes her virginity after they reunite, and is promptly forgotten when he goes off to fight in the war and Ember meets a ProudWarriorRaceGuy stranger. Elves have no concept of cheating - all sex is good sex - but Ember treats him horribly.
** Cutter and Skywise are just enough years apart for Skywise to hit puberty first and Cutter to be left behind wondering why his friend spends so much time in the bushes with Foxfur. By the time Cutter is 16, he loses both of his parents and Skywise loses Foxfur, and it's implied that they spend some time together as mates after that before Cutter ends up with Leetah. They're still occasionally seen sharing a bed together from that point on, but they're never as close again as they were before Leetah came along.
* Envy and Todd from the ScottPilgrim series were friends since they were eleven, and they started dating after they graduated from college and formed a band, but he showed no signs of affection towards her, and cheated on her with two different girls, one of which was the drummer of their band. [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking He also lied about being a vegan.]]
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
%%* Simba and Nala in ''Fanfic/TheLionKingAdventures'', although they get together much earlier this time.
%%** Mufasa and Sarabi were hinted to be the same as them in Series One.
* Used for a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/93809/a-pleasant-surprise A Pleasant Surprise]]'', when it is revealed at the end that Fluttershy and Midnight have known each other since childhood.
%%* ''Tales of the Frog Princess'' fics.
%%** [[spoiler: Zoe and Francis]] in several.
%%** In ''Confessions of a Vampire Prince'', [[spoiler: Ben and Andy.]]
%%* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6486094/1/Gift_of_the_Dark_Ancestor Gift of the Dark Ancestor]], a ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' fic averting JustFriends.
%%* The OfficialCouple in DeadlyMistakes became this.
* ''Blind'' gives us Naruto and Hinata. These two have known each other their whole lives and marry. Justified in that they spent every living moment(potty breaks and a baths excluded) together, due to Hinata being blind, from birth and continually hold hands.
%%* In ''[[Fanfic/ThingsWeDontTellHumans Things We Don't Tell Humans]]'', Bluestreak and the Twins have this, along with Jazz and Prowl, and Bumblebee and [[spoiler:Barricade]].
* ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'': Lucca, childhood friend to the main character Crono who ends up instead with RebelliousPrincess Marle. There's [[AvertedTrope no real dramatic tension]] between them in [[{{Canon}} the game]]... unless you play the FanSequel ''VideoGame/CrimsonEchoes'', where it's played up more.
* In ''Fanfic/ProjectIgnition'', the Jerkass main character Adler is '''extremely''' close to his [[IllGirl sickly]] childhood friend, Selene, where [[EveryoneCanSeeIt just about anyone who meets them thinks they're together or should be]], especially [[ShipperOnDeck Llad and Lunaterisa]]. However, [[LikeBrotherAndSister they see each other more like brother and sister]]...[[PlayingWithATrope Somewhat]].
* It's common in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfics to portray canon married couple Shining Armor and Princess Cadence as having known each other since they were both foals, due to their connections to Twilight Sparkle. It's also very common for Fluttershy and Rainbow Dash, who ''are'' childhood friends.
** Many writers also like to portray [[FoeYay Princess Celesta and Discord]] as having a past together before Discord attempted to take over Equestria. [[spoiler:Following his reform, the writers like to think they're giving their relationship another try]].
* In ''Fanfic/NightmaresAreTragic'', Moondreamer Finemare and Dusk Skyshine met as foals at school, and eventually fell so [[OneTrueLove deeply in love]] that Moondreamer's [[{{Reincarnation}} current Aspect]] [[ReincarnationRomance still loves him]] even after having been separated from him for over four thousand years.
* ''Fanfic/{{Hivefled}}'':[[ReligionOfEvil The Grand Highblood]] and the [[TheCaligula Condesce]] (who met when the Condesce was a preteen and the GHB was a baby). As [[PlatonicLifePartners moirails]] who are sexually involved, they're violating the taboos of [[{{Homestuck}} troll]] culture, and then there's their endearing little hobby of bonding via the sexual abuse and murder of teenagers. One of the character bios for the story specifically notes that trolls (who aren't raised by their biological relatives) have no Westermark Effect.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Carl and his deceased wife Ellie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}''. Much of the plot revolves around his pain from believing that he failed to fulfill his promise to her.
* ''Disney/TheLionKing'': Simba and Nala provide the page quote. They grew up playing around and then, after they finished growing up, they became the RulingCouple of the Pride Lands.
* Derek and Odette in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess''. Though it started as an ArrangedMarriage that they both protested, and they [[BelligerentSexualTension didn't really get along]], love came quickly once they were adults.
%%* Gloria and Mumble in ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeet''.
%%* Nita and Kenai in ''Disney/BrotherBear 2''.
%%* Barbie and Kevin in ''WesternAnimation/TheBarbieDiaries''.
* This trope is heavily implied in ''{{WesternAnimation/Epic}}'' between Queen Tara and Ronin. Queen Tara makes playful digs at his serious nature, flirts with him, and is constantly trying to convince him to smile during the pod ceremony. Meanwhile, Ronin makes it all too obvious that he's crushing on her big time. Of course [[spoiler: she's murdered]] before any of it can come to fruition, and several characters can't help but [[LampshadeHanging mention]] it when they hear the news.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
%%* In the ''Film/LordOfTheRings''-inspired movie ''BornOfHope'', there is Elgarain for Arathorn and a rare male example in [[spoiler:Dírhaborn]] for Elgarain.
%%* ''Bollywood/KuchKuchHotaHai''. It doesn't specify how long the Rahul and Anjali have been friends, but one can assume they were friends since childhood.
%%* ''Film/PrettyInPink''.
* Raven for Xavier in ''Film/XMenFirstClass''. Xavier does a lot of flirting with other women, and Raven is clearly jealous. It's hard to tell whether she actually had strong romantic feelings for him, or if she just wants to establish that she's worthy of romantic interest, but either way he says that he [[LikeBrotherAndSister can't see her as anything but a sister]] and [[{{Protectorate}} someone to protect]].
* ''Film/SkyHigh'': Layla and Will are neighbors and because of that and other things Warren believes this of them. It becomes a fact at the end of the film.
%%* Max and Megan in ''Film/MaxKeeblesBigMove''
%%* Boof and Scott in ''Film/TeenWolf''.
%%* Leah and Brad in ''TrojanWar'' (the condom, not the city)
%%* Julie and Bryce in ''{{Flipped}}''.
%%* Rebecca and Philip in ''Night of the Living Dorks''.
%%* Riley Jones and Clapton Davis in ''Film/{{Detention}}''.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': The first scene is Child! Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann meeting, when will's saved from a shipwreck and taken in by the crew of the ship Elizabeth's in. Skip forward to the main story and Elizabeth considers them close enough for FirstNameBasis. Will, for his part, has this AlwaysSaveTheGirl complusion that Jack never lets him live down. [[spoiler: They marry in the third film.]]
%%* The ''SpiderManTrilogy'':
%%** Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.
* ''TheCuriousCaseOfBenjaminButton'' is a curious case indeed. Benjamin Button was born as an old man and so his "childhood" with Daisy Fuller looked like a girl hanging out with her grandfather. Nevertheless, they're a couple when they're the same age.
%%* ''TheTimeTravelersWife'''s Clare Abshire and Henry De Tamble.
%%* H.W. and Mary end up together in ''Film/ThereWillBeBlood''.
%%* Jamal and Latika in ''SlumdogMillionaire''
%%* Hal and Lane in ''SnowDay''.
%%* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'', William Wallace and Murron.
* ''Film/ForrestGump'': Forrest and Jenny walked to school together every morning. It's used as a time skip it's such a long duration. It's a bumby ride but they are ultimately HappilyMarried. [[spoiler: Then, she dies.]]
* ''[[{{Film/MelodySWALK}} Melody]] [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067418/ (1971)]]'' took this to extremes with the ten-year-old lovebirds deciding to skip the part about growing up first and get married at once. [[spoiler: They pull this off, albeit unofficially, and it turns into an elopement when the adults raid their wedding party.]]
* ''Film/TheDarkKnight'': Rachel breaks her promise to wait for Bruce in ''Film/BatmanBegins'' and ends up with Harvey "The Two-Face" Dent instead.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Nine year old Anakin Skywalker marries Padme Amidala, whom he met as a child.
* In ''SomeKindOfWonderful'' Keith and Watts have known each other since ''at least'' the third grade. Initially Keith doesn't notice her--due not only to knowing her for a very long time, but also because she's ''this'' close to qualifying for WholesomeCrossdresser--but following a whole lot of CharacterDevelopment for everybody and a PracticeKiss, he ends up choosing her. Curiously enough, the popular girl he was pining after isn't made out to be a bad person, just one who's better off on her own.
* When Mary of ''Film/ItsAWonderfulLife'' was a child she said that she was going to marry George. He didn't fulfill his dreams but she did before too long.
* ''ThorTheDarkWorld'': It was evident in ''Film/{{Thor}}'' that the titular character and Sif, along with the Warriors Three, [[TrueCompanions are very close friends]], merely hinting that Sif might have romantic interest in Thor. However, it's been confirmed that not only does she have feelings for him and is a childhood friend of his, but there will be a LoveTriangle between Thor, Sif, and Jane in the sequel. Whether Thor has unrealized romantic feelings or only platonic affection for Sif remains to be seen.
--> '''Jaimie Alexander:''' She (Sif) does [[spoiler: sacrifice quite a bit]] for Thor, because she is so very much in love with him, so you do get to see that... She cares about him. They grew up together, you know?
** As of the second movie, it is heavily implied Sif will turn out to be an Unlucky Childhood Friend. She attempts to reach out to Thor while he is still brooding about not being able to see Jane, but he just thanks her for her friendship and skill in battle and walks away. His father Odin tries to set him up with her later in the movie, but he replies she is just a friend. Throughout the rest of the movie, he repeatedly ignores her in Jane's favor, and during the few times they do interact, it appears to be purely platonic on his side.
* In French movie ''Love Me If You Dare'', the lead couple grew up as kids together, sleeping together in the same bed well into their teenage years and they continue acting out their BelligerentSexualTension into adulthood.
%%* ''Film/{{Elysium}}''.
* ''Film/{{Neverwas}}'' includes a burgeoning relationship between Zach and Maggie, who had apparently romped around the neighborhood in grand adventures as children, although Zach had largely forgotten her until they met as adults.
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%%* [[SecondPersonNarration You]] to Kim in ''Literature/CanYouSurviveTheZombieApocalypse''
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[[folder:Literature]]
%%* Sammy Valdez of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''.
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'': Heathcliff and Catherine have a passionate, enduring love, were raised as brother and sister, and may be half-siblings (though this last element remains ambiguous), and IncestIsRelative.
* ''Literature/LittleWomen''
** Young Amy ultimately marries Theodore "Laurie" Laurence who she's known since childhood. When she was afraid she would die without being kissed, he promised to kiss her before she died. She surely considered herself victorious when he started expressing interest in her.
** Laurie himself experiences the non-mutual form of this trope with Amy's older sister Jo. He loved Jo since they met as teenagers, but she only ever saw him as a brother/friend. When he finally has to say it straight out for her to accept it (with Jo ignoring all his advances and moving away to avoid the inevitable), she immediately shoots him down and he freaks. He gets better later, enough for him to fall for the now grown-up Amy.
** Nat Blake and Daisy Brooke (Laurie's niece), who had been good friends since ''Little Women'''s sequel ''Little Men'', got married in the final sequel ''Jo's Boys''.
** In the last sequel, ''Jo's Boys'', Tommy misses out on Annie aka Nan since she just wants to be a single doctor, taking care of people. He's not too broken up, though; he marries Dora, a girl he at first only got with to make Nan jealous when she's his perfect match and Nan couldn't care less. In fact, Nan was all "... the ''Hell''?" when Tommy reminded her of their ChildhoodMarriagePromise...
%%* ''Literature/{{Chrestomanci}}'' series by Creator/DianaWynneJones. Christopher and Millie
* There are several examples in the ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series. Perhaps the most extreme is with Miss Lavendar and Stephen Irving from ''Anne of Avonlea'': [[spoiler:they met when Lavendar was six and Stephen was nine, and soon after made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise. They were formally engaged when Lavendar was twenty... and then had a fight and broke up. Stephen then moves to America, marries, and fathers a son, Paul. Paul's mother dies, and Paul moves back to Avonlea to live with his grandmother, befriends Lavendar (who remained single for twenty-five years, having regretted their break-up and not wanting to marry anyone who wasn't Stephen), and writes to his father about it. Stephen returns to Avonlea and reconciles with Lavendar, and the two are married... twenty-five years after they were engaged and ''almost forty years'' after they had met.]]
** Anne and Gilbert themselves, who were friends after she stopped hating him.
** Most of Anne and Gilbert's children, as well, marry childhood friends. The most notable is their youngest daughter, Rilla, who marries her childhood friend/crush Ken Ford. In ''Rilla of Ingleside'', Ken gives Rilla her first kiss before heading off to war and begs her not kiss anyone else while he is gone. The book ends with his return and a sweet proposal using her childhood nickname.
** Averted with Rilla and Carl. They were great childhood friends because they were close to the same age, but they mutually agreed to never get together.
-->They used to talk together of almost everything and were teased about each other at school; but one evening when they were about ten years of age they had solemnly promised, by the old spring in Rainbow Valley, that they would never marry each other. Alice Clow had "crossed out" their names on her slate in school that day, and it came out that "both married." They did not like the idea at all, hence the mutual vow in Rainbow Valley. There was nothing like an ounce of prevention.
* In ''Literature/{{Frankenstein}}'', Victor and Elizabeth were raised together because of her father's tragic fate and his mother decided to invoke this trope. [[spoiler:Tragically, their marriage was short-lived.]]
%%* Mia and Michael in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries''.
* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'': Taran and Eilonwy. When Taran finally asks her to marry him after years of silent pining, Eilonwy replies, "Of course I will, and if you'd ever given any thought to the question you'd have already known the answer."
* ''Dawn'' by VCAndrews : Dawn and Jimmy were raised as brother and sister, but after the truth is revealed, Jimmy admits that he used to wish Dawn wasn't his sister because she's the only girl he's ever wanted. [[spoiler: She eventually gets over this revelation and they get married.]]
%%* MaximumRide and Fang.
%%* [[spoiler:Seylin and Emily]] in the ''Literature/HollowKingdomTrilogy''.
* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, Laurana and Tanis are childhood sweethearts, complete with a ChildhoodMarriagePromise. Tanis then leaves Laurana after being confronted by her family who do not believe a bastard [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] like him is good enough for an elven princess. Many years later Tanis is reunited with Laurana who is still very much in love with him and has [[SheIsAllGrownUp become an incredibly beautiful woman]]. Tanis soon realizes he still has feelings for her as well, but the situation is complicated because he is now also in love with another woman, DarkActionGirl Kitiara Uth Matar, setting up a three-book-long BettyAndVeronica triangle. [[spoiler: It is only after Tanis sees Laurana's beauty and courage while she is a prisoner of Kitiara that he realizes she is the one he truly loves. Tanis then saves Laurana from a FateWorseThanDeath and the two are married.]]
* Creator/JaneAusten was fond of this trope:
** Fanny Price and Edmund Bertram of ''Literature/MansfieldPark'' (even though Mrs. Norris tries to invoke the Westermarck Effect), who are also [[KissingCousins cousins]] but in a time and setting where that was commonplace.
%%** The title character of ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' and Mr. Knightley.
** Has tragic results in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'': [[spoiler:Colonel Brandon was in love with his childhood friend Eliza, but they were forced apart due to an ArrangedMarriage.]]
%%* Fred and Mary in ''Literature/{{Middlemarch}}''.
%%* Agnes in Charles Dickens' ''Literature/DavidCopperfield''.
%%** Probably Pip with Estelle in ''Literature/GreatExpectations''.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Harry eventually marries [[spoiler:Ginny Weasley]] whom he became friends with in his second year of Hogwarts.
** [[spoiler:Ron and Hermione Granger]], HighSchoolSweetHearts, marry afterwards.
** [[spoiler:Severus Snape]] was in love with his childhood friend [[spoiler: Lily Evans]], as revealed in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' (and hinted at since ''Order of the Phoenix''). In fact, [[spoiler:his unrequited love for Lily, and guilt over her death, was a major factor in Voldemort's downfall -- not bad for the maladjusted kid who fucked up so badly with the girl he liked that he got thrown over for an ex-JerkJock.]] [[spoiler:Snape]]'s case also provides an interesting look at the implications of this trope in regards to the "one-sided --> care for child or sibling" idea. [[spoiler:Namely, Snape cared for Harry because he was Lily's son, but was also cold and cruel to Harry because he was James's son. Funny how things change when IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy ''isn't'' in play.]]
** At the same time, this trope is fairly common in the universe of Harry Potter, as not only do wizarding children go to the same school as others in their region/country from age 11 on, but also share a "house" for seven years. It's a dorm room atmosphere with the same faces from adolescence through puberty to of-age young adults.
%%*''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'': Raoul de Chagne and Christine Daae - not only in the original novel, but also in the musical and in the film.
* Nancy Werlin's ''Impossible''. Lucy and Zach are kind of complicated by a prophecy that Lucy, like her mother, will go insane when she gives birth to a child if she doesn't complete [[RuleOfThree three]] [[ImpossibleTask impossible tasks]], but they work it out in the end.
* ''Literature/TheSorrowsOfYoungWerther'': Although the length of their relationship is not specified, Lotte and Albert have been close friends long enough that he was in the room with her when her mother died. They remain an established couple throughout the novel, much to the despair of her admirer , Werther, who [[spoiler: blows his brains out]].
%%* The ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series has Anakin Solo and Tahiri Veila.
%%* Brandon and Madeline in ''Border Songs''.
* Tre and Nora become this in ''Literature/{{Stuck}}'' after reuniting for the first time in 5 years. [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope Then they broke up.]] [[DoubleSubversion And]] ''[[DoubleSubversion then]]'' [[DoubleSubversion they stick together permanently.]] ]]
* [[spoiler:Will and Alyss]] in ''Literature/RangersApprentice''. To the genre-savvy, it was obvious there were some feelings between them [[spoiler:even as early as the start of the first book.]]
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Jill the Reckless'', Wally. He confesses that his bad behavior stemmed from a crush in childhood.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'': Jacob Black spent some time with Bella when they were kids and tried to re-connect with her when she moves to Forks, but loses out to [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Edward]].
* ''Literature/WarAndPeace'': Sonya, who was given the ChildhoodMarriagePromise by Nikolai Rostov.
* ''Speaker for the Dead'': Miro and Ouanda with a twist: [[spoiler:After he and Ouanda turn out to be [[BrotherSisterIncest half-siblings]], he gets sent out to space, and because of relativity, everyone else ages a few decades. So while Ouanda has aged 30 years, long since forgotten Miro, and married someone else, Miro still misses her and feels abandoned. Doesn't help that he's handicapped either.]]
* [[MagnificentBastard Littlefinger]] from a ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' fell in love with the High-born daughter of his foster family and [[BreakTheCutie he suffers for it]]. [[{{Yandere}} He doesn't seem to have taken it very well]], and gets even by [[spoiler:[[DisproportionateRetribution starting an awe-inspiringly violent civil war that begins with the death of the man his love married]].]]
** Littlefinger and Lysa Arryn. [[spoiler: Whom he marries -- and then ''kills'']]. She was batshit insane and fond of throwing people off tall mountains, so it's not like she didn't have it coming... though most of his other actions have less legitimate excuses.
* Rand and Egwene in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series are more of a subversion. The decision to break up is mutual, they remain friends, and they both get happily involved with other people later in the series.
* Cinderpelt and Firestar ''Literature/WarriorCats'' (verified by WordOfGod). She was originally Firestar's apprentice, meaning it started out as a case of HotForTeacher, but by the end of the first series, she was one of his closest friends.
* Mason from ''Literature/VampireAcademy'' was so unlucky, [[spoiler: he didn't even live long enough for Rose to give him a chance.]]
* Sylvie, the heroine of ''Kiss'' by Jacqueline Wilson, believes she is in love with her friend Carl and has always imagined they would get married one day - only for him to come out as gay. [[spoiler:It's left somewhat ambiguous at the end of the book when Carl kisses her and tells her he will always love her; but she appears to take this in the platonic sense.]]
* Raoul to Louise in ''[[Literature/TheThreeMusketeers The Vicomte de Bragelonne]]''. Then she falls in love with Louis XIV...
* Simon towards Clary in ''Literature/MortalInstruments''. After he reveals his feelings to her, Clary wonders if she feels the same way towards him. [[spoiler: She doesn't.]]
** Luke is an example as well, for Jocelyn [[spoiler: since she was married to Valentine, but now they're set to be married.]]
%%* Stephen towards Cassandra in ''Literature/ICaptureTheCastle''.
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''Literature/SmithOfWoottonMajor'', Smith gave Nell a silver coin from the cake even when they were children, at the Feast of Good Children.
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfHrolfKraki'': Bjorn and Bera, parents of Elk-Frodi, Thorir Dogfoot, and Bodvar Bjarki:
-->''"Bjorn, the king’s son, and Bera, the FarmersDaughter, played together as children and they got on well. (...) Bera and Bjorn loved each other a lot and were always meeting."''
* In Creator/PatriciaCWrede's ''Literature/FrontierMagic'' trilogy, William and Eff at the very end of the third book.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novels, Connor and Toby had this -- and both face the tragic unhappy inability to marry.
* Zigzagged in Miranda July's ''Something That Needs Nothing.'' The main character is in love with her best friend, Pip, and has been in love since they were children. The two have had very sporadic sexual encounters, but the main character is resigned to the fact that Pip will never love her romantically. Once she starts working as a peep show artist, and devises a new persona for herself, that's when she gets Pip to fall for her.
* Orrec and Gry in ''Literature/AnnalsOfTheWesternShore''. Their families are allies, and they always considered themselves obligated to each other even if their parents were discussing marriage prospects. In the second and third book, they're HappilyMarried.
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* Willow and Xander in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Willow had a crush on him for years. They [[YourCheatingHeart get together briefly]] in season three, only for Willow to realize she'd rather be with Oz. (And then with Tara.) Turns out they were born to be PlatonicLifePartners, not lovers. In "The Gift", the fifth season finale, Xander declares, [[GeekyTurnOn "Smart chicks are so hot!"]] Willow replies with a wistful smile, "You couldn't have figured that out in 10th grade?"
** The comics reveal [[spoiler:Dawn and Xander, who appear to be together in the comics now. Dawn has always had a crush on Xander.]]
* ''Series/ICarly'': Freddie and Carly have known each other since the sixth grade. Freddie started off on the show with a crush on Carly. He saves her life, they get together for an episode but break up.
* ''LizzieMcGuire'': Lizzie and Gordo have been friends since they were one day old. Gordo has pined after Lizzie for [[CannotSpitItOut quite some time]]. She is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to his feelings and her feelings for him]] until the near-end of the series. They officially get together in TheMovie.
* Mary Connell and Danny [=McCoy=] in ''Series/LasVegas'', both having known each other since they were toddlers and Danny always coming to Mary's aid when her [[ParentalIncest molester father]] would come after her. They come together and he proposes to her in the first season finale, but they end up breaking it off because of Danny's post-traumatic stress disorder. Two seasons later, Danny winds up falling for Delinda Deline (whom he had a brief affair with in the first season) and they become official, [[spoiler:even impregnating her later on]], much to Mary's dismay.
* Matt and Elena on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. They grew up together and dated in high school.
* Kevin and Winnie in ''TheWonderYears'' is this and a less tragic version of StarCrossedLovers; they clearly loved each other, but the ending narration reveals that Winnie went off to Europe and Kevin married and had a son with another woman.
* ''HarpersIsland''. Henry desperately loves his childhood best friend Abby, not realising [[spoiler:he was made to spend so much time with her in childhood because he was adopted and she is actually his half-sister]].
* Interesting case on ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' with Kimberly and Skull. Skull maintained a strong and obvious crush on Kim, including flash backs to their childhood. His affection was returned on several episodes before Kim's departure and he might have stood a chance if not for her boyfriend at the time. However, writers have stated that they had intended for Kim to be the mother of Skull's confirmed son, Spike, in later seasons.
%%* ''PushingDaisies'': Chuck and Ned.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}''
** Clark and Lana had been classmates since childhood, with Clark harboring a crush on her. Eventually, they got together. Clark finally grows out of it during the last couple seasons.
** Chloe Sullivan was one of Clark's closest friends since the eighth grade and has a crush on him, though she eventually matures out of it, similar to how Clark himself grew out of his former crush on Lana.
* In ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Kate was Tom's childhood sweetheart, but then he was married.
* Charlie is Megan's childhood friend who has a crush on her in ''{{Privileged}}''.
* Adam to Toby in ''Series/DantesCove'' -- by the time he realises he's gay and in love with his best friend, Toby is in a committed relationship with [[RomanticFalseLead Kevin]].
* ''MaddigansQuest'':Boomer to Garland. At a crucial moment, Garland chooses to trust quasi-love interest Timon over him- [[spoiler:which turns out to be a mistake.]]
* From Japanese drama ''ShokojoSera'', Kaito's childhood friend Yukari grew increasingly jealous of his relationship with Seira. It didn't help that Kaito romantically pursued Seira (who reciprocated those feelings) and his family immediately accepted Seira into the family while being critical of Yukari's attempts to fit in (it's implied she was only nice to Kaito's family when Kaito was around). She would eventually [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy give up Kaito]] to Seira.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'': The "second-greatest love story" Ted has ever heard involves a girl who is explicitly described as a GirlNextDoor and her childhood friend. To elaborate, the girl in question is almost never single (since she's the perfect GirlNextDoor hottie) so there's a limited "window" where she's single. Long story short, the window opens and Ted tries to keep other men away from her. She manages to get away from him and his rival, and on her way home meets the man she had grown up with and loved (mutually). [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The window never opened again]].
* ''SwitchedAtBirth'': Emmett's been waiting for his long-time best friend Daphne for eight years, but she's only just realized she's into him too...right after he starts dating Bay. Whoops.
%%* Ned and Moze in ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide''.
* ''BoyMeetsWorld'': Cory and Topanga met in elementary school, become friends, and then become so oblivious to their mutual attraction that their friends set them up.
%%* Steve and Laura on ''FamilyMatters''.
* If the SeriesFauxnale of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is any indication, [[spoiler: J.D.'s son Sam and Turk's daughter Izzy will become this!]] It's unclear if this is a vision of things to come or just J.D.'s final ImagineSpot.
* Lilly and Oliver in ''HannahMontana''. They have been best friends since preschool and eventually get together.
* Happens in ''LifeWithDerek'' as a LastMinuteHookup in the penultimate episode between [[spoiler:Derek and Emily]].
* ''NaturallySadie'' has Taylor hook up with Rain after she comes back into his life during season three.
* ''QueerAsFolk'' UK: [[spoiler: Vince finally rides off into the sunset with Stuart at the end of the story.]] The US version has the failed version- Michael is in love with Brian, who loves him but not in that way. Both eventually find love with others and move into HeterosexualLifePartners territory (minus the heterosexual part).
* More like Victorious Young Adulthood Friend, but after 7 years and 4 movies, ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'''s [[NumberOne Will Riker]] finally hooks up with [[TheEmpath Deanna Troi]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Amy and Rory, from the Eleventh Doctor's era... [[spoiler:until Rory is erased from time, comes back to life as an Ancient Roman, and then is revealed to be a disguised Auton created from Amy's memories. Oh dear. But then he comes back to life for real, and they get married at the end of the 2010 series.]] For bonus points the one who makes Amy realise Rory has feelings for her in the first place is their [[KidFromTheFuture daughter]].
* [[spoiler:Olivia and Peter]] in ''{{Fringe}}'', though (like the ''[[TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' example below) it's an interesting case. [[spoiler:They briefly met as children while both trying to run away from their guardians, and later got together as adults, but neither of them remember their first meeting as a result of suppressing traumatic memories from around that time.]]
* The 2000 TV version of ''Series/ArabianNights'' makes it that Scheherezade and the Sultan were childhood playmates, and she's not marrying him only as a noble act of self-sacrifice. By the end, he (comes to realise that he) loves her too.
* On ''{{Series/Revenge}}'', Jack Porter and Amanda Clarke were ChildhoodFriends and were so close that he continues to take care of her dog for her after 18 years and named his boat after her. Now he has feelings for Emily, not realizing that she is in fact Amanda [[ShesAllGrownUp all grown up]]. Emily/Amanda returns the feelings but doesn't act on them due to her revenge plot. Also she may or may not be falling for her HoneyTrap victim Daniel.
* This was the original series arc for ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''. The main character Julia (Alex) was a young wizard whose best friend was Jordan (Justin), the 'BoyNextDoor' - and the idea was for them to have wacky adventures while slowly but surely becoming something more as they grew up. (SelenaGomez and DavidHenrie were hired for, among other things, the obvious chemistry they had as best friends who would grow into a romantic relationship.) However, the chemistry and timing that the two had as potential love interests didn't go away when ExecutiveMeddling turned them into siblings, creating what this wiki recognizes as the SugarWiki/MostTriumphantExample of a RelationshipWritingFumble.
* On ''Series/TeenWolf'', Stiles' childhood friend Heather resolved to lose her virginity on her 17th birthday, and Stiles was her intended target. Subverted somewhat in that it is not indicated that she was in love with him, but felt comfortable enough with him that he was the preferred choice for her first time.
* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'': Roy and Joanne Desoto. One of the few things we learn about them is that they were childhood friends who later fell in love.
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%%* Implied in the video for ElvisCostello's "Veronica".
%%* Inverted and then played straight at the end of "Living Next Door To Alice".
* BackstreetBoys song "How Did I Fall In Love With You" is about the realization that the singer's friend is one of these.
* A common theme in country music:
%%** George Strait's "Check Yes or No"
%%** Clay Walker's "One, Two, I Love You"
%%** Bryan White's "Rebecca Lynn"
** Trisha Yearwood's "She's in Love with the Boy" is about a girl planning to marry one of her friends: "even if she's gotta run away, she's gonna marry that boy someday."
** Tim [=McGraw=]'s "Don't Take the Girl",
%%** Taylor Swift's "Mary's Song"
%%** Diamond Rio's "Meet in the Middle"
%%** Miranda Lambert's "Me and Charlie Talking"
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNNwG05x2WM Jody And The Kid]] by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kris_Kristofferson Kris Kristofferson]] tells the story of a boy who is admired and constantly followed around by a younger girl. Flash to decades later when the now grown man and woman are walking down the same paths hand in hand, under the same nickname, "Jody and the Kid" given to them by the town elders.
* "The Search Is Over" by Survivor. The singer is [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces searching for "the one"]] and finally realizes that it's his lady friend who's been there for him the whole time. A TruthInTelevision, since writer Jim Peterik based it on a friend of his.
%%* Implied in the music video for the BoyceAvenue song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLPVtIscbco Every Breath]]."
%%* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV99NZmurVA Madness of Duke Venomania]]
%%* {{Music/Pulp}}'s single "Disco 2000" is sung from the perspective of a male version.
%%* The song "Todo ha cambiado" ("Everything has changed") by Chilean music group [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aObSHgSubP8 Canal Magdalena]] deals with a male friend who tries to change his situation, yet fails.
%%* The song "Bang Bang (He Shot Me Down)" by Cher and Nancy Sinatra.
* The song [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4A468sNTU "Doushite Kimi wo Suki ni Natte Shimattandarou"]] ("Why Did I End Up Falling For You") by [[DongBangShinKi DBSK]] is from the point of view of a childhood friend watching his love get married to another man.
%%* The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrflTnVxbPE Empty Rooms]] by Gary Moore depicts the unlucky variation.
%%* {{Adele}}'s very bittersweet "Someone Like You" is all about this, from the point of view of the UnluckyChildhoodFriend.
%%* TaylorSwift plays the good friend to a guy in "Tear Drops On My Guitar".
%%** She plays a slightly [[{{Yandere}} more jealous version]] of the UnluckyChildhoodFriend in "You Belong With Me."
* Music/FlightOfTheConchords' "Bus Driver's Song" is narrated by the bus driver, who keeps derailing his tour of the town to talk about Paula, a woman who used to live next door to the driver when they were little. The driver used to think they'd get married one day, but she married someone else.
* "She Hasn't Always Been This Way" by Doc Walker has a guy coming to terms with a sudden crush on his best friend's little sister (also a friend of his) who [[SheIsAllGrownUp is now very hot]]. They're not friends any more, and she won't even talk to him.
* "May" by Music/JamesDurbin is the story of a very tragic version of this. The two kids grow up and get married, but the title character dies in childbirth and from that point on, the protagonist can't help but see her every time he looks at his daughter.
* The video for Music/KellyClarkson's song "My Life Would Suck Without You" shows Kelly's dysfunctional relationship with her boyfriend starting when they both were children.
* Butch Walker has a [[StalkerWithACrush somewhat creepy]] take on the UnluckyChildhoodFriend in the video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KNXvl0O-Hxo "Mixtape"]].
* The song ''[[http://suisei.kokidokom.net/2012/02/01/claris-naisho-no-hanashi-lyrics-translation/ Naisho no Hanashi]][[note]]Secret Story[[/note]], with lyrics by {{supercell}} has the singer lamenting that her school crush, might have their eyes on someone else, and hopes they will one day realize her feelings for them.
* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neil_Sedaka Neil Sedaka's]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h2zp96Hzhg&feature=kp Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen]] has a young man marvel at his now beautiful 16 year old child-hood friend, and how she used to be like a little sister to him.
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* Storm Blackfire (a character in the ''Jade Regent'' Actual Play podcast series from Podcast/{{RPGMP3}}) is a half-elf [[BarbarianHero barbarian]] and [[MeatShield combat expert]]. She's [[ChildhoodFriendRomance on very good terms]] with her childhood friend, Sandru. At one point, she [[PowerUp acquired]] a magical [[EmbarrassingTattoo glow-in-the-dark butterfly tattoo on a certain part of her body]], which is difficult for her to conceal under her... [[ChainmailBikini usual attire]]. Luckily, her magical sword [[ExposedToTheElements imbues her with cold-resistance]].
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* The title character of Edmond Rostand's ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'' is in love with his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Roxane whom he used to play with as a kid. At Act II Scene VI, Cyrano and Roxane tenderly remember when they were children and played each spring at Cyrano's house at Bergerac.
-->'''Roxane:''' Confession next!... But, ere I make my shrift,\\
You must be once again that brother-friend.\\
With whom I used to play by the lake-side!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' Ay, you would come each spring to Bergerac!\\
'''Roxane:''' Mind you the reeds you cut to make your swords?...\\
'''Cyrano:''' While you wove corn-straw plaits for your dolls' hair!\\
'''Roxane:''' Those were the days of games!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' And blackberries!...\\
'''Roxane:''' In those days you did everything I bid!...\\
'''Cyrano:''' Roxane, in her short frock, was Madeleine...\\
'''Roxane:''' Was I fair then?\\
'''Cyrano:''' You were not ill to see!
* Éponine Thénardier could be seen to be this in the musical of ''Theatre/LesMiserables''. However, in the book, [[spoiler:Marius]] doesn't meet her until adulthood and barely knows her.
* The traditional {{Pantomime}} version of ''Literature/{{Cinderella}}'' [[CanonForeigner adds]] the character of Buttons, who's been a servant to the family since both he and Cinders were children, and is in love with her. She is destined to marry [[PrinceCharming the Prince]]. Depending on the production, she either never notices how Buttons feels or lets him down gently.
* SpringAwakening has Ilse as the most unlucky childhood friend ''ever'' to Moritz, who (among other things) is [[ParalyzingFearOfSexuality so terrified/confused about his own sexuality]] [[DrivenToSuicide that he'd rather die than keep going on]]. [[CaptainObvious That doesn't do wonders for romance.]]
%%* Christine and Raoul in ''Theatre/ThePhantomOfTheOpera''.
* Patience and Archibald in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'' were friends as small children, but then lost contact with each other for a while before falling in love during the play.
* Melchior and Wendla in ''SpringAwakening''. However given the DownerEnding the show has, it fits UnluckyChildhoodFriend more.
* Motel and Tzeitel in ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''; initially it was thought that it would be unrequited due to Tzeitel being promised off to marry the town's wealthiest citizen, but with pleading on their part ([[CrowningMomentOfAwesome and Motel standing up for himself on why he wishes for her]]), Tzeitel's father, Tevye, agrees to it.
* In the RodgersAndHammerstein musical ''Allegro'', Jenny is Joe Taylor's girl from childhood, and she keeps writing to him while he is away at medical school. When they meet again, Joe decides to marry her even before finishing his education, though Jenny would prefer it if he were wealthier. In the second act, they move to the city at her insistence so he can earn more money at a big city practice. When Joe hears that his wife is having an affair with a soap tycoon, he feels he doesn't care anymore about the girl he's known since he was eight years old.
* Stuart Patterson's play ''Cinderella'', which is based on the panto but is not itself a panto, calls the Buttons character (see above) Callum, and he and Cinderella end up together once she realises the Prince is a PrinceCharmless. Callum then [[SuddenlySuitableSuitor turns out]] to be LostOrphanedRoyalty of a neighbouring kingdom.
* In DorothyLSayers's ''Theatre/TheEmperorConstantine'', Maximian jovially talks of how Fausta and Constantine were sweethearts as children. He's about to propose a political marriage -- one that requires Constantine to divorce his wife and his son's mother.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Childhood friendships are very common in ''FireEmblem'' and can often go either way, thanks to the [[RomanceSidequest support system]] of some of the games. However, some are out of the player's control.
%%** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Fire Emblem Gaiden]]'': Alm and Celica, May and Boey.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Mystery of the Emblem]]'': [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Princess Sheeda/Caeda]] and Prince Marth, who end up married at the end of the third game.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', if the player pairs them: Tailto and either Azel or Lex, Ayra and Holyn, Ferry and Lewyn, Seliph and either Lana or Larcei, Lana and Ulster. Since the majority of the second-generation playable characters grew up together, it's kind of inevitable.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Thracia 776]]'': Leif and Nanna, raised together by Finn and later living with Eyvel.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Binding Blade]]'': Lilina, if paired with Roy.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem]]'' (''Blazing Sword'' in Japan): Wil, if paired with Rebecca.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]'': Tana if paired with Ephraim, Innes if paired with Eirika, Colm and Neimi, Artur and Lute, Kyle if paired with Syrene. And no matter who you pair up Eirika with, Lyon will end up as a specially tragic UnluckyChildhoodFriend.
** ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Radiant Dawn]]'': Sothe and Micaiah (although [[LikeBrotherAndSister Sothe mentions that he sees her as a sister]]) end up married if you keep their preset A-Support for the entire game. [[InternetBackdraft Arguably]], Soren if paired with Ike. Also, Geoffrey if paired with Elincia, and the aforementioned Sothe and Micaiah.
*** Sothe and Micaiah have another [[IncestSubtext quirk]] in their dynamic; [[spoiler: Micaiah ''raised'' him, as we can see from a flashback that Micaiah looked completely the same as she looks in present time when they first met. Being a [[HalfHumanHybrid Branded]], and a ''Heron'' one at that, [[OlderThanTheyLook she's not only older than she looks,]] she's also going to age slower and live a LOT longer than Sothe. So not only can Sothe marry his best friend, sister and mother all in one, [[MayflyDecemberRomance she's at least double his age, she's going to stay pretty while he grows old, and she's going to outlast him by a VERY large margin, and quite probably their children and maybe even their grandchildren.]]]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Two of Chrom's potential wives are Sully (Childhood playmates and fellow soldiers) and Maribelle (noblewoman from a family close to his own, best friend of his younger sister Lissa), so it can go ''both'' ways.
*** In the case of the Second Generation children, they've all known each other from childhood due to their parents being Chrom's friends, retainers and partners. The most obvious cases involve Sumia's daughter Cynthia and either: Olivia's son Inigo (she has liked him from a while already), Lissa's son Owain (who says he has always had a crush on her), or Cherche's son Gerome (whom she helped get over his fomer fear of heights when they were kids, and who may or may not have liked her from then on).
**** Also [[spoiler: Chrom]]'s daughter Lucina and the aforementioned Gerome. Right before their mutual LoveConfession, she calls him her "most stalwart companion ever since childhood."
* Potentially Aika and Vyse from ''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. The game's pretty vague about there even being a love triangle to resolve, though. Aika gives Vyse a kiss on the cheek, but Fina gets an arm around her in a scene either right after or right before.
* Lloyd and Colette from ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'' and its sequel ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld''. Both of them grew up in the same town, went to the same class, and because of their long friendship, Lloyd insisted on accompanying [[TheHeroesJourney her journey.]] Although she could become Lloyd's UnluckyChildhoodFriend due to MultipleEndings and RelationshipValues, this only occurs in the games as WordOfGod has stated that Lloyd/Colette is the OfficialCouple of the series.
** The Tales series tends to use this trope from time to time whenever a childhood friend is either a party member and/or plot important. TalesOfEternia had [[BigEater Reid]] and [[CuteBruiser Farah]], TalesOfGraces had [[TheWisePrince Asbel]] and [[TeamMom Cheria]], and TalesOfLegendia had [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Senel]] and [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth Stella]]. TalesOfXillia, however, subverts this trope with [[BadassBookworm Jude]] and [[PluckyGirl Leia]], with the latter clearly having feelings for the former but is stuck in UnluckyChildhoodFriend territory due to his feelings for [[LadyOfWar Milla]], though Leia's perfectly fine with being PlatonicLifePartners.
* Daphnis, the WholesomeCrossdresser, HappinessInSlavery {{Meido}}, and his master [[TheOjou Elissa]] in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2''.
* Nero and Kyrie from ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry 4'' fit this. Bonus in that Kyrie ''is'' [[LikeBrotherAndSister Nero's adopted/surrogate sister.]]
* It took 6 games, but at the end of the ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' series, Lan and Mayl finally hook up.
* Implied with Danette in the Danette (male) ending of ''SoulNomad'', if the RelationshipValues are high enough.
* [[AllThereInTheManual In the player's guide for]] ''VideoGame/YoshisIsland DS'', [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros Mario and Princess Peach]] are stated to have been friends and partners to stop evil as babies before their adult "romantic entaglements".
** Played with in the Danette (female) ending a bit. It seems she's still crushing hard on the main character, she's just a lot more... [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer confused about it.]]
* Though within the normal game this doesn't happen, a fan-made mod makes this possible for the PC and Imoen in ''BaldursGate II: Shadows of Amn''. [[BrotherSisterIncest Yes, yes]], [[{{Squick}} I know...]]
%%* ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'': Luna and Alex
* Kushua and Brooklyn from the ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsAlpha'' series. In ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' she was Ryusei's UnluckyChildhoodFriend, but she moves on to Brooklyn instead.
* Minori is victorious in one of the four routes in ''BrassRestoration''.
* Although there isn't a canon couple in ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'', Childhood Friend Bianca is far and away more popular than Flora/Nena as the marriage candidate among the fanbase, and the game itself [[GuiltBasedGaming beats you over the head repeatedly with the blunt object of an idea that you REALLY should marry Bianca]].
** The US release ''almost'' has a canon couple in the protagonist and Bianca, considering that the box art has two blond children (Flora and her children have blue hair). The Japanese DS release does this as well, but it's less obvious since the blonde children are on the back cover rather than the front.
*** Official art always shows the children with blonde hair, and every version of the game to date has featured Bianca on the front cover, and the back cover of the Japanaese DS release is the only time Flora has appeared in the box art at all. The creators really aren't subtle about the fact that they think Bianca is a co-main character and Flora...isn't.
** The Hero and Medea in the true ending ''VideoGame/DragonQuestVIII''. There are game features that allow the Hero to talk with Medea (who is normally stuck as a horse) and they talk about both current events and their past together before the story started. It's even more awesome because they destroy an ArrangedMarriage to an utter JerkAss, yet still fulfill the terms of the original promise.
* In ''OverlordII'', Kelda is the childhood friend of the CreepyChild that is to become the EvilOverlord and the only Nordbergian to actually like him ([[EnfanteTerrible despite all]] [[ObviouslyEvil reason]]), resenting her hometown for tossing him out for the magic-hunting [[TheEmpire Glorious Empire]]. When he returns approximately thirteen years later to conquer Nordberg she quickly joins him as a Mistress, though she eventually has to share him with two other mistresses. She can still be this trope if the player keeps her as First Mistress.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfDragoon'': Dart and Shana briefly had a LikeBrotherAndSister thing because he was raised by her family. There's a flashback showing them as children playing together and Dart scaring away a feral dog to protect Shana. [[spoiler: They hook up at the end of Disc 2 and are still a couple in the epilogue.]]
%%* Cecil and Rosa in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Cloud and Tifa. The only part of Cloud's memory that ''wasn't'' messed up was ThePromise he made to her when they children, to rescue her if she was ever in trouble. Their relationship is [[http://thelifestream.net/reviews-analysis/dilly-dally-shilly-shally-an-ltd-analysis/ Confirmed by]] WordOfGod.
** Cloud and Tifa were actually something of a Deconstrucion of the "Childhood Friends" shtick. For most of the game we're led to believe that they were very close growing up, but it's later revealed that this wasn't the case. Tifa was a popular kid who hung out with her own little clique of friends, while Cloud was an outcast who kinda "orbited" around the group because he was too shy to ask if he could play with them.
* Irvine and Selphie in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' grew up together in an orphanage (along with Squall, Zell, Quistis and Seifer), but due to exposure to Guardian Force summons Selphie didn't remember him at first. They hook up at the end of the game.
* Vaan and Penelo in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', though you have to work ''really'', ''really'' hard to see the scene where they kiss each other [[spoiler: in the secret ending of Revenant Wings]].
* The third VideoGame/GoldenSun game, [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Dark Dawn]], confirms Isaac and Jenna hook up, and father Matthew.
* Most [[DatingSim Dating Sims]] have at least one of the winnable girls as the Childhood Friend, so the trope is fulfilled upon winning that girl.
* In ''JakAndDaxter'', [[TwoGuysAndAGirl Jak, Daxter and Keira]] grow up as friends, with both boys having a crush on Keira. Keira returns Jak's feelings and [[FirstGirlWins the two get together]]. Oddly enough, [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Daxter]] is perfectly okay with this. Then again, he is more of the flirty type who hits on any pretty girls. Plus, he later gets [[BetaCouple Tess]], so it's all cool.
%%* Asbel and Cheria in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', at first, it appeared that Wakka was an UnluckyChildhoodFriend. He had known Lulu since they were kids, but she had fallen in love with his younger brother. When his little brother died, it appeared that Lulu wouldn't accept anyone else into her life. We see in the sequel, ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', that they are married and have a boy.
* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' has Dawn Star, the sweet-natured childhood friend of the PlayerCharacter. A male character has the option of flirting, and eventually pursuing a relationship, with her. Played with a bit in that despite the player character's flirting, she never actually twigs to the idea of their relationship being romantic until Silk Fox shows up and pronounces Dawn Star a rival for the player character's attentions. A female character can become HeterosexualLifePartners with her instead.
* In ''KingdomHearts'', you have Sora and Kairi. They've been leaning there since day one.
* Siskier and Garlot in ''Blaze Union'', but it only happens [[spoiler: in the C route]].
* Gabriel and Marie Belmont in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'', who meet their tragic doom just before the beginning of the story; especially think about how sweet and warm it was when they married each other, fulfilling their promise to stay together forever. For such a reason, [[spoiler:Gabriel [[DespairEventHorizon breaks down completely]] after failing to resurrect her.]] Imagine how happy Gabriel must have been before Marie's tragic death...
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', Shulk and Fiora seem to be going in this direction [[spoiler:until Fiora is killed in the Mechon assault... but, then it turns out that she [[NotQuiteDead wasn't quite dead]] and they hook up in the ending]].
* Hinted Ichinose and Aki from ''InazumaEleven'', not married yet but having a long-distance relationship.
** Fuyuka is this in the ''Dark'' version of the ''GO'' game.
* In ValkyrieProfileLenneth it's possible for Lucian to end up happy with his childhood friend Platina, if you get the GoldenEnding. [[spoiler: In fact, since Platina is now Lenneth Valkyrie and the new All-Mother, this may well be EternalLove.]]
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'': Malfurion and Tyrande fall into this category; Malfurion's brother Illidan, however, is of the unlucky variety, and [[LoveMakesYouCrazy went crazy because of it.]]
* Guillo in ''BatenKaitos Origins''. Other obstacles standing between him/her and Sagi include the fact that he/she is ''a living puppet'', and the fact that Sagi probably always thought of him/her as a man, even though he/she technically has no gender. Or rather he/she is both gender since he/she seems to be deeply influenced by his/her creators, who were a man and women and are the ones he/she got her voice(s) from.
* Tia from ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'': she leaves the party when Maxim marries Selan because simply seeing him would cause her pain.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration''. Kushua Mizuha begins the game with a crush on her childhood friend Ryusei, but by the middle of the game, has moved on to somebody else. In the Alpha series, however, she ''does'' end up with her friend (who was ''not'' Ruysei), but since the first OG game came out between the first and second Alpha games, it wasn't quite a foregone conclusion until she appears in her Mech from Alpha 1.
* The Disciple from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' to a female player character who ends up with Atton or doesn't pursue a relationship might count. Canonically, the Disciple had a massive crush on the Exile from their first meeting when both were in their mid-teens, but the Exile was completely oblivious to his attraction and never really reciprocated.
** If the Exile is chosen to be male, it is heavily implied, through dialogue with Kreia, that Jedi Master Atris had strong feelings for him. But the Exile never reciprocated these feelings either.
* There's a sidequest early in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'' that deals with this. You come across a woman who tells you that her husband is being menaced by a gang of bandits. You later come across the bandit leader....who turns out to be said Unlucky Childhood Friend for the husband.
* The Unlucky Childhood Friend variant is a running theme in the ''VideoGame/WorldOfMana'':
** ''VideoGame/DawnOfMana'' -- Ritzia, who [[DistressedDamsel gets kidnapped]], used to [[ApocalypseMaiden unleash disaster on the world]], and [[spoiler: becomes the next Mana Goddess]]. That last one is especially a PlayerPunch because Keldy is the one who has to [[spoiler: stab her with the Mana Sword]] for it to happen.
** ''VideoGame/LegendOfMana'' -- Matilda, Irwin, Escad, and Dana, the LoveDodecahedron that ends tragically for all involved.
** ''VideoGame/SecretOfMana'' -- Dyluck, who gets brainwashed by the bad guys and sacrifices himself to save the Girl.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventure'' -- Hasim, who dies trying to protect the heroine (too bad she [[GameplayAndStorySegregation can't use her unlimited healing ability to save his life]]).
* A childhood connection with the main winnable character is a staple of the ''TokimekiMemorial'' series. Whether the player character chooses to pursue a romance is up to the player; whether or not they ''succeed'' is up to how well the player understands the game.
** Possibly role-flipped in the first ''TokimekiMemorial'' game: it is likely for the ''player character'' to become unlucky when pursuing childhood friend Shiori Fujisaki, as she is actually one of the harder girls to win over (due to high stat requirements across the board). If you play the game the right way, you'll be victorious instead. -- except ''in Nijiiro no Seishun'' and ''Irodori no Love Song'' where Saki and Ayako are the respective heroines and main interest of the protagonist. all the other media treat the pairing as the GoldenEnding, including the ''Motto! Tokimeki Memorial'' Radio Drama series,
** And as of ''Tokimeki Memorial 4'', because [[spoiler:the Radio Drama-exclusive characters became {{Canon Immigrant}}s in this game]], and seeing [[spoiler:the Ending of Shiori's {{Expy}} Yuu, it's strongly implied that the pairing '''is''' the 100% canon one in the main series]]:
-->[[spoiler: '''Yuu:''' there is a certain woman I have long since admired. [[TheAce She is wise, beautiful, athletic, gentle and kind]]... And right beside her, there was always a kind looking man. [[HappilyEverAfter They always seemed so happy]]... [[SickeninglySweethearts it was lovely to see]]. One day, I asked her. How did your romance together first begin? And that was the first time I heard of the [[WorldTree legend of the tree]] told in this [Kirameki High] school. On her graduation day, she confessed her love to him right under this tree, [[RelationshipUpgrade and that started their romance]]. Ever since that day, I thought, I too wanted to find someone wonderful and confess my love to them under this tree.]]
** This trope is also very important in the second game: [[spoiler: The protagonist was childhood friends with ''several'' of the girls, but had to move away years ago and they were all heartbroken upon that. These ladies are: Hikari Hinomoto (main protagonist), Kasumi Asou, Akane Ichimonji, Homura Akai, Mei Iijyuin, Miho Shirayuki and Miyuki Kotobuki. It's specially bad in the case of Akane, since ''that'' is the actual reason why her super protective older brother Kaoru, the infamous ''Sou-Banchou'' [[BigBrotherInstinct hates the protagonist so much]].]]
* In ''HarvestMoon'' "Back to Nature" ([[NoExportForYou For Girl]]), "[[VideoGameRemake Friends of Mineral Town]]", or "[[DistaffCounterpart More Friends of Mineral Town]]", Rick and Karen are a rival pairing but you can marry Karen (boy versions) or Rick(girl versions) thus making one of them this if you marry them. You can also get them married.
** Also, "Back to Nature"'s version for boys is especially notable because it includes a backstory for the male player character in which he met a girl and played with her as children. This is an unusual case, however, because you learn this in a flashback and the flashback is deliberately designed to ''not make it clear who this is'', since the little girl in the flashback has features that look like they could belong to any of the girls. And guess what? No matter which girl you romance, that girl will ''always'' turn out to have been whoever it was you played with as a little boy.
* ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'' clearly demonstrates this trope, with the male lead Serge already dating a girl called Leena, who later (rather unceremoniously and silently) gets shafted as Serge more or less begins to ignore her completely as the plot starts to thicken. Even if you put Leena in your party at every opportunity, she ''still'' gets no attention from her boyfriend! The main ending of the game even implies that Serge and Kid (the female lead) are destined to be together.
* The player character of ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiI'' ends up as the unlucky one when he finds out that his childhood friend is dating someone else, who later joins your party when she goes missing. It's also up to you to choose how you see her. [[spoiler: AfterTheEnd, though, she perhaps ends up the [[AndIMustScream most unlucky]]...]]
** The girlfriend of the Law Hero just happens to have the same name as the Heroine. Don't remember if she was actually a childhood friend of the Hero but there are no indications that the Hero feels anything towards her. Given that he's a SilentProtagonist, who knows what goes through his head.
* ''EternalSonata'' has Falsetto as the Unlucky Childhood Friend for Jazz whom seems to be in a relationship with Claves.
* Happens in ''{{Halo}}'', of all places. [[spoiler: In the story ''Palace Hotel'' in ''Halo Evolutions'' reveals that John-117, when he was a child, had a friend with whom he made a "silly ChildhoodMarriagePromise". A month later, John was drafted for the SPARTAN-II project. During the beginning of the Battle of New Mombasa, John found her again, with that photo, and realized that she had missed him... but knowing well that she could die in the next fifteen minutes in the coming skirmish, and that revealing to her who was he would compromise the secret of the origins of the SPARTAN-II soldiers, he chose not to, leaving the poor woman to think John had died when he had been a kid, when the Spartan in front of her was him.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Tamlen from the origin for the Dalish Warden becomes an Unlucky Childhood Friend if said Warden is female. The female mage can also actually establish herself to ''be'' one - while Jowan is introducing her to his [[StarCrossedLovers covert girlfriend]] Lily, she can state that she actually has feelings for him, and if she says she means it, he'll become flustered that she's bringing it up in front of Lily and exclaim that [[PlatonicLifePartners she's like a sister to him]].
%%* Kain from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''.
* Siskier in ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', except in [[spoiler:the C route/Nessiah route/Soltier route.]] Said situation unfortunately leaves ''Jenon'' the UnluckyChildhoodFriend to ''her'' instead.
* Adele is an one-sided example for L'Arc in ''VideoGame/ArcRiseFantasia''. [[spoiler: She doesn't take it well.]]
* Lone Wanderer and Amate are implied to have feelings for each other in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'', something her father doesn't fancy the idea of. They never get together because depending on LW's actions in the quest ''Trouble on the Homefront'', he's either thrown out of the Vault for good or she gets killed (either by the LW himself or a group of Enclave soldiers). On the other hand, the "best" resolution of the quest has Amata becoming the new Overseer and hinting at the possibility that she will accept the LW back in the future.
* The incarnations of Link and Zelda from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'' are stated to have been very close for a long time prior to the game's events (their entire community is well aware, and one of whom, Groose, even harbours extreme jealousy over it) and there are hints of deeper feelings between the two, both in the game and in the marketing material. The end of the game doesn't state whether they choose to be a couple, but it does end with them choosing to stay together.
* Dias and Rena from ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' grew up together and have been close since childhood, until Dias suffered a tragic loss and decided to leave the town. The couple can go either way with this trope, depending on whether the player chooses to attempt to earn [[RelationshipValues Rena's ending with Dias]] or pursue someone else.
* Takamizawa Natsuki is an Unlucky Childhood Friend example in ''YoakeMaeYoriRuriiroNa'' and its anime adaptation, ''Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na ~Crescent Love~''.
* York and Miko in the true ending of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''.
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' this is implied to be the case by other villagers between the PlayerCharacter and either Bevil Starling (if you're female) or Amie Fern (if male). Amie is [[StuffedIntoTheFridge abruptly killed off]] at the start of the game, while Bevil leaves the party after helping you retrieve a PlotCoupon from a ruin in the swamp.
* [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/RPGShooterStarwish RPG:Shooter Starwish]] has the protagonist Deuce work as a pirate with a crew. His childhood friend Tessa serves as the ship medic. Whether or not she is victorious depends on the player.
* Mortimer and Bella Goth, a married couple in ''VideoGame/TheSims'', are revealed to have been friends since childhood in the prequel, The Sims 3.
* The main character in ''Queen's Tales: The Beast and the Nightingale'' has a childhood friend named Dorian who keeps sending her love letters despite the fact that she doesn't feel the same way.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In general, visual novels will often feature at least one childhood friend. Whether or not the main character ends up in a relationship with her (or him) depends on [[MultipleEndings the player's choices]].
* Sunao Fujimori and Matsuri Honjou are both Sora Hashiba's childhood friends in ''[[{{Sukisho}} Suki Na Mono Wa Suki Dakara Shoganai]]''. You can choose either one in the visual novel but in the anime [[spoiler: Sunao]] is the victorious childhood friend.
* Kiri is an Unlucky Childhood Friend for Hiroki in ''{{Canvas 2}}'', though he secretly reciprocated. Unfortunately, Yanagi was also one of these and Hiroki wanted to give those two a chance instead.
* Kei from ''EfATaleOfMemories'' is Hiro's childhood friend who has a crush on him.
* Yoh from ''VisualNovel/SayaNoUta'' is Fuminori's childhood friend who has a crush on him. [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden Losing him to Saya]], however, is the ''[[BreakTheCutie least]]'' of poor Yoh's [[RapeAsDrama various]] [[BodyHorror horrors]] and [[HappinessInSlavery troubles]].
* ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'': Childhood love interests are the [[ThemedHarem theme of the harem]] (with the notable exception of Shiori, which is why it's recommended players finish Shiori's route first, since you don't learn about any childhood friends in her route).
* Souji and Sayaka in ''VisualNovel/{{Suika}}''. It can be subverted in the alternate route, though. However, in the main story she ''is'' the winner.
* Anyone you choose in ''{{Shuffle}}'' will become the Victorious Childhood Friend except for Primula since they had all met Rin sometime as children and Asa met him in Jr High. Mess up going after a girl and you end up with Kaede, wishy washy on your choices and you end up with Kaede. She is clearly the default heroine in the game, even more so because [[InnocentCohabitation she lived with him for most of the series]] [[MarryThemAll EVERYONE]] becomes a Victorious Childhood Friend if you choose Tsubomi in Essence+ although it's implied that this is the expected end for the first game too when you choose a girl and Eustoma and Forbesii remind you that polygamy is legal in heaven.
* Ryouta and Hiyoko in ''VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend'' are, for all intents and purposes, this because even though the female protagonist can romance other pigeons, the game's longest route has him choose to stay with her for as long as it takes to [[spoiler:cure him of his disease and transplant Hiyoko's brain and spirit into a body]].
* Torta from ''SymphonicRain'' is Chris' childhood friend and appears to be the main heroine [[spoiler:although the golden ending features Arietta, Torta's sister and Chris's other childhood friend as the main heroine.]]
* While Minori's technically Unlucky Childhood Friend in all routes of ''BrassRestoration'' except her own, it's only really mentioned in Yoshine's. And also in Yoshine's route, [[spoiler: there's Koutarou]]. Minori's unlucky even in her own route. [[spoiler: Just as things seem to be going well for her and Ryo, Ryo fails a ''TestKiss'' and she takes it badly.]] The rest of the route involves [[spoiler: little more than getting things back to the way they were.]]
* Chie and Shika in ''VisualNovel/KiraKira''. She finds it very difficult to admit to him, but does eventually. Interestingly/conveniently enough, it happened right as he was beginning to shape up to be one himself.
* Kouhei and Nagamori in [[VisualNovel/OneKagayakuKisetsuE ONE ~To The Radiant Season~]] if you choose Nagamori's route. She gets flustered when he brings it up and Kouhei is such a jerk to her its amazing she still likes him.
* Makoto Itou and Otome Katou, if you choose her over all the other girls in ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays''. The anime downright makes her the Unlucky Childhood Friend [[spoiler: despite her sleeping with Makoto. Then again ''almost EVERY girl'' in the cast sleeps with him in that continuity]].
* Miou and Masayuki in ''VisualNovel/AProfile''. She is presented as unlucky since she and Masayuki broke up in the past. She appears to be the main heroine, however, meaning that in many ways she's still 'victorious'.
* Three of the five main heroines in ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoiShinasai'' are ChildhoodFriends. Miyako, in particular, is the PatientChildhoodLoveInterest, to whom Yamato has been maintaining a JustFriends stance to for the last several years, despite her being rather pushy about it.
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', the main heroine, Rin, is part of a group of very close childhood friends the protagonist has belonged to since he was quite young - the eponymous Little Busters. The ShipTease between [[HoYay Riki and Kyousuke]] would also count as this.
* In the ''VideoGame/FrontMission'' series (specifically ''5''), there's Walter Feng and Lynn Wennwright, who were childhood friends. It's also played with for a bit, in that Lynn was a ForgottenChildhoodFriend, and they only hook up once Walter transfers out of her unit and the main plot is dealt with.
* ''VisualNovel/DreamyDaysInWestTokyo'' revolves almost entirely around love between childhood friends. The PlayerCharacter returns to her old neighborhood after ten years and reconnects with the boys she used to be friends with as a little girl, causing old crushes to revive into full-blown romance.
* ''{{Morenatsu}}'' has this, as all potential love interests save one are all childhood friends of the player. Justified that it's been five years since the player last saw his friends, as he moved away to the city back when he and his friends were in early puberty. Some of them even had crushes on him back then before he left, and the rest (including the player) start to harbor feelings over the course of the game.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Lamune}}'': After a series of SheIsNotMyGirlfriend, Kenji and Nanami do end up together.
* ''VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari'': This is what happens if the PC gets together with Mikae Morikawa, whom he has known since kindergarten [[spoiler: and had a sort-of ChildhoodMarriagePromise with.]]
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* Played straight in ''Webcomic/DivineBells'' with No-Woo's childhood crush on Mu-Hyang.
* Fox and Collin of ''BoyMeetsBoy'' and ''FriendlyHostility'', who still commonly refer to one another as best friends. [[spoiler:Although not so much in ''OtherPeoplesBusiness''.]]
* Played with in ''KevinAndKell'': Rudy and Fiona knew each other when they went to the same day care, but actually hated each other during their time together until Fiona moved away. Years later, when Fiona moved back, they ended up dating. Victorious Childhood Enemy, maybe?
** They did not remember any of this until their former teacher told them about it.
** Played straight with Bruno and Corrie, who first got to know each other when Bruno, on his first hunt, made the "mistake" of talking to his prey.
* Alan and Beatrice from ''TheDreamer''. Alan and Beatrice have known each other since Beatrice was in her early teens.
%%* TheDreamlandChronicles for Alex.
* Teri and Matt in ''{{Terinu}}'', growing up together as child slaves under an AxCrazy SpacePirate.
* Male example in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'', thanks to Rumisiel's [[RetGone screw]] [[GenderBender up]] Ash's friend James [[UnsettlingGenderReveal was instantly propelled]] from cool best friend to Unlucky Childhood Friend ''and'' borderline {{Jerkass}}.
* In ''TalesOfTheQuestor'', Kestral fits this role. She even wanted to kiss him before he began [[TheQuest his quest]], but thought better of it.
* Melissa in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2006-06-23 used to have]] some romantic expectations. It didn't go well, but [[ClingyJealousGirl she continued to throw herself]] at [[StraightGay Justin]] even after he began to [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-03-07 actively avoid]] her.
** Then, once Justin finds out how the problem started and finally forgives her...she's [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-06-28 gotten over him]].
** Another interesting case is Sarah and Elliot. Their parents are friends and they had play-dates before they were old enough for school. They've been close all their life, and when they're juniors in high school, Sarah [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=98 confesses her love]] for Elliot and they start dating shortly after. [[spoiler: Nearly a year later, Elliot realizes he loves Sarah [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1596 "like a sister"]] and decides he wants to be "just friends". Sarah was actually [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1567 planning to "just friends" him at the same time,]] but for different reasons, like frustration over the lack of romance and physical intimacy. After some awkwardness, the breakup ends up being [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1606 almost unbelievably amicable]].]]
* Kat and [[ChivalrousPervert Eric]] from TwoKinds seemed like they were due for a RelationshipUpgrade after she called him out on his [[WhatTheHellHero monstrous behavior]] [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=654 towards his slaves.]] But apparently AllLoveIsUnrequited, [[http://twokinds.keenspot.com/archive.php?p=660 at least for Kat.]]
%%* XKCD [[http://xkcd.com/513/ here]].
* When Webcomic/AxeCop was still in fighting school, he had a secret crush on the then-Water Princess. It was so secret, he didn't even realize it until he was grown up. And since he was 100% compatible with every woman in the universe, of course the feeling was mutual.
-->'''Axe Cop:''' Oh yeah... I'm in love with the Water Queen. I better ask her on a date.
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* ''WhateleyUniverse'' qualifies. Jadis' bestest bud from elementary school, who she hasn't seen in years, is now at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] with her, but already has found a girlfriend. Only Jadis is the daughter of the internationally feared supervillain Dr. Diabolik, so things could change in a lot of ways...
* Parodied in WebVideo/{{Doppelganger}} with [[spoiler:Lisa]]
-->[[spoiler: Victor: You know, maybe what I always really wanted was right here... *leans into kiss Lisa*]]
--> [[spoiler: Lisa:[[RecordNeedleScratch *stops him*]] [[JustFriends -Maybe not! Ew, that's not true at all!]]]]
%%* EquestriaChronicles has Nocturne for Scribble Quill.
* Love Gives Me Hope: [[http://love.givesmehope.com/view/True+love/9042348 Jake asked me to marry him when I was 5.]]
** [[http://love.givesmehope.com/view/Love/21825 When we were 5, I dared my best friend Craige to kiss me.]]
* Dan Roth from WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick is the ultra-unlucky version, as he dated the titular Chick back in high school, but is now her roommate who is constantly either abused or forgotten.
* Edmund and Elanore meet [[http://talesofthebigbadwolf.com/red-riding-hood-arc/rrh3b/ again after a long absence]] and eventually the Count's appearance forces a LoveTriangle.
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* ''TheFlintstones'': Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm have known each other from infancy - and their relationship, ultimately, ends up in marriage.
* KimPossible and Ron Stoppable (pictured above). The biggest roadblock to Kim's and Ron's RelationshipUpgrade, mostly for Ron (it's one of the reasons he decided not to risk it during ''WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama'') was [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship their long friendship]]. The roadblock for Kim not dating Ron was because of falling to peer pressure, as well as doubt about Ron's level of maturity, but the trope still stands. As Kim points out when [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] forces herself on Ron, it took them twelve years to actually kiss.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Mai had a crush on Zuko when they were kids; there's a flashback to show it. She's still interested in him during the main narrative and he, ultimately, reciprocates.
** Ikem and Ursa in ''ComicBook/AvatarTheLastAirbenderTheSearch''. Ikem confessed he loved Ursa since they were six. Ursa happily agreed to his marriage proposal, but soon met Ozai and went into an ArrangedMarriage with him, due to a prophecy involving their bloodlines. The fact that Ursa still loved Ikem is a major factor in the DysfunctionalFamily she and Ozai had with their children.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TeachersPet'' Leonard and Leslie who have been best friends since they were babies. Leonard fell in love with her first and Leslie started to fall for him in season 2. In the movie, they kiss on the lips and they finally end up together.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' Tenzin and Lin Beifong, who have known each other since they were kids, were a couple in their younger years. However, they broke up after they began to have "different goals" and Pema confessed her love to Tenzin.
* Danny and Sam of ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', who have been friends since second grade with an [[EveryoneCanSeeIt obvious attraction to each other]].
* WordOfGod states that Manny and Frida of ''WesternAnimation/ElTigre'' become this sometime after high school. This is to be expected as the show was created by a husband-and-wife team who made the show from experiences they had when they were younger.
* ''PhineasAndFerb'':
** Candace and Jeremy who met in late elementary school.
** It's been stated (in-universe, not WordOfGod. Time-travel was involved) that Isabella is going to marry either Phineas or Ferb. All three of them are [[VagueAge "less than 15."]]
* ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' example: Although the details are glossed over, this is what apparently occurred between Hamato Yoshi and Tang Shen -[[IfICantHaveYou unfortunately for them]].
* [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jonesy]] [[TheCharmer Garcia]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Nikki]] [[ShorterMeansSmarter Wong]] of ''{{Sixteen}}'' were best friends since they were four and got together relatively quickly in the series. While they do break up in season two, it eventually works out and they become solid HighSchoolSweethearts throughout the rest of the series.
* Tootie and Timmy become this in ''TheFairlyOddparents''' LiveActionAdaptation, ''AFairlyOddMovieGrowUpTimmyTurner''.
** Timmy's parents themselves are this. Though Timmy's mom had been with Dinkleburg until their college years, when he dumped her.
* ''TheSimpsons'': Homer and Marge met when they were children. They are an interesting case, in that neither realized that they had met as children until long after they were married. Both thought that they had met in their senior year of high school.
** In the ChristmasEpisode "Holidays of Future Passed," [[DistantFinale set thirty years in the future]], [[DoggedNiceGuy Milhouse]] and [[WiseBeyondTheirYears Lisa]] are married with a daughter. (Though apparently Lisa still sometimes talks to [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Nelson]]...) Interestingly, [[NegativeContinuity the other future episodes all explicitly show Milhouse still pining for her]]. [[FridgeBrilliance The first three future episodes]] involved a look into the future by a fortune teller or Professor Frink. Holidays of Future Passed starts off with the Simpsons taking their Christmas card photos, with a fast forward to the future. This makes this the only future episode one that's canon.
* In ''{{Rugrats}}'', since Kimi's introduction in Rugrats in Paris, she and Tommy were often paired together during their adventures and both had similar traits and personalities (during their infancy). This possible pairing was assumed, due to Kimi being Tommy's [[DistaffCounterpart female counterpart]]. However, things do not look so good in AllGrownUp. But despite their interests in other one-time characters (Z; Olivia, Rachel, Anita), Tommy already dating his girlfriend, Rachel ([[spoiler:up until their breakup]]), and their disinterest in each other (possibly out of respect for [[BigBrotherInstinct Tommy and Chuckie's friendship]]) in the episode "TP + KF" where the pairing is finally touched on, it is hinted at the end of the episode that they have a slight interest.
* From ''{{Chowder}}'', [[spoiler:the aforementioned protagonist and Panini]] as revealed in the finale.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} ThunderCats (2011)]]'': [[spoiler:Tygra and Cheetara]] because the former did something sweet for the later during her DarkestHour. She never forgot it.
* {{Babar}} and Celeste's relationship in the animated series and film, eventually moving into HappilyMarried as adults. Notable in that, in the books, they were [[KissingCousins cousins]], whereas the series ignores/changes that particular aspect and makes them unrelated to one another.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'', Sissi Delmas reveals in episode "Marabounta" that she's in love with Ulrich Stern since kindergarten. Her lack of success wooing him doesn't come so much from him seeing her as a friend, though, but more from Ulrich simply not liking her.
* ''AtomicBetty'': Noah has a long-standing crush on his best friend, the titular character. Naturally, she doesn't notice his feelings for most of the series. She does become aware in the post-episode short "Bizarre Love Triangle" when Sparky, [=DeGill=], and X-5 spy on Noah with his webcam, revealing his feelings to Betty when she walks in on the trio. So far, she hasn't done anything about said knowledge.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Aqualad had a longtime crush on his friend Tula, even considering leaving the team to be with her. Unfortunately for him, she began a relationship with his best friend Garth during the time he was away. He [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he understood and wished them the best.]]
** Barbara Gordon is described as "Dick Grayson's oldest friend," and her single line of dialogue in season one was getting annoyed when he paid attention to another girl. The tie-in comic delves into this a little further, showing that she ''did'' confess to him on his fourteenth birthday, which immediately cuts to them kissing on his nineteenth birthday. We know that Dick's had several relationships during that five year gap (one starting exactly 31 days after that confession) and they're not explicitly a ''couple'', because Dick, at nineteen, isn't ready to settle down and Barbara knows it, but there is an understanding that they love each other.
* [[SpiderMan Peter]] and [[HollywoodNerd Gwen Stacy]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan''. By the end of the series she had actually gotten him to reciprocate, but they were dating other people at the time; she was unable to immediately break up with her boyfriend, [[JerkassWoobie Harry]], because of the "[[FakingTheDead death]]" of [[NormanOsborn his dad]], and before that could get straightened out the show was ScrewedByTheLawyers. If the show had continued, Peter would probably have ended up with Mary Jane anyway.
* Ginger Foutley and Darren Patterson from ''WesternAnimation/AsToldByGinger''. In the end of the show's run, we see that after their [[spoiler: breakup]] they eventually [[spoiler: get back together at some point. And are shown to be married and have a baby girl with [[DarkSkinnedRedHead ginger hair]], in the [[DistantFinale distant finale]].]]
* It's the WordOfGod that this happened to Wicket and Kneesaa from ''WesternAnimation/{{Ewoks}}'' long after the series' ending, long after ''Film/Return of the Jedi'', even.
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* UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt's second wife Edith (the first one, Alice, fell to DeathByChildbirth) lived next door to the future president in her childhood and was best friends with his sister Corinne Roosevelt.
* Also, UsefulNotes/HarryTruman. He first met his future wife, Bess Wallace, when they were ''five'' in Sunday School. From fifth grade through high school, they were in the same class. She turned him down the first time he proposed (in 1911); after time in various jobs, plus a stint as an artillery captain on [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI the Western Front]], she finally accepted in 1919 (shortly after he opened a promising haberdashery).
* Saint Elisabeth of Hungary and her husband Louis IV of Thuringia. They double as PerfectlyArrangedMarriage: they were engaged by their parents as kids, Elisabeth went to live with Louis's family as a little girl, and they fell in love as they grew up. [[DownerEnding He died few years later, though]], and RebelliousPrincess Elisabeth went to great lengths to not be forced into an ArrangedMarriage (even threatening to disfigure herself).
* Dorothea Hurley married her high school sweetheart [[BonJovi Jon Bon Jovi]] at the height of the band's popularity, when thousands of girls were throwing themselves at him. They're [[HappilyMarried together to this day]].
** Ditto Cheryl Alley and Creator/RonHoward, though he probably didn't have nearly as many girls throwing themselves at him back in the day.
* Former German [[TheChancellorsOfGermany federal chancellor Helmut Schmidt]] and Hannelore "Loki" Glaser first met in 1929 when they were both ten years old; they were happily married from 1942 until her death on 21 October 2010.
* David Eisenhower and Julie Nixon understandably got to be good friends as children in the late [[UsefulNotes/TheFifties Fifties]], seeing as [[UsefulNotes/DwightDEisenhower his grandpa]] was President and [[UsefulNotes/RichardNixon her dad]] was Vice President for eight whole years (their first meeting was at the 1956 Republican National Convention, when they were eight). They married just under a month before her father was sworn in as President.
* Incumbent Russian President [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dmitry_Medvedev Dmitry Medvedev]] met his future wife [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Svetlana_Medvedeva Svetlana Vladimirovna Medvedeva]] when they were in middle school. They married after finishing their studies. [[HappilyMarried They're still together.]]
* Creator/JRRTolkien and his future wife Edith met as teenagers. Tolkien's foster father eventually demanded that they stop seeing each other until Tolkien was twenty-one and a full adult. After a few years with no contact between them, John Ronald Tolkien wrote a letter to Edith ''[[ExactWords on his 21st birthday]]'' to ask if she still wanted him. It turned out she had become engaged to another man, but only out of fear that Ronald had forgotten her; she broke off the other engagement promptly and agreed to marry him.
* UsefulNotes/JohnQuincyAdams met his wife Louisa when she was four and he was twelve. [[ShesAllGrownUp He met her again when she was 22]]. They were married shortly thereafter.
* Similarly, William Petersen (of ''Series/{{CSI}}'' fame) first met his current wife,Gina, when she was a small girl and he was a teenager working on a project with her filmmaker father. Fast forward a few decades to after Petersen's divorce from his first wife, and they got better acquainted, got married, and now have twin girls together.
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