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->''You love me. You love me the way men can love each other and still have wives and children and connecting pools.''
-->-- '''Burton Guster''' to his best friend, '''Shawn Spencer''', ''Series/{{Psych}}''

A trope as old as time itself. Two extremely close friends or partners, of the same gender, who are as close or closer than a romantic couple. They aren't romantically linked, but they might suffer withdrawals from not being around each other. There might even be a "break-up" episode. When one gets a boy/girl friend, you can almost certainly expect the FriendVersusLover quarrel to be epic. Note that despite the trope name, the characters in question are [[IncompatibleOrientation not necessarily both heterosexual]].

Sometimes this is an extreme form of an OddCouple, in that the two are different as night and day. ThoseTwoGuys may also acquire this label, as may the title characters of ''any'' show with a title of the form ''X and Y''. Don't expect them to be friendly to each other though, quite a few are VitriolicBestBuds. In adventure stories, they are often BloodBrothers. The pair may be MistakenForGay by those around them.

Works often lampshade, mock or play with the relationship by throwing in some HomoeroticSubtext, but that's by no means necessary. For fans' delight at such scenes or {{ship tease}}s, see HoYay.

If the two friends are opposite sexes, they're PlatonicLifePartners, perhaps LikeBrotherAndSister. When an entire group are life partners, they're TrueCompanions. Compare also ChastityCouple, whose relationship ''is'' romantic but not sexual.


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