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->'''Saffron:''' Everybody plays each other. That's all anybody ever does. We play parts. \\
'''Mal:''' You got all kinds a learnin' and you made me look the fool without even trying, and yet here I am with a gun to your head. Thatís 'cause I've got people with me, people who trust each other, who do for each other, and ain't always looking for the advantage.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}''
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True Companions are just like a real family Ė they may not necessarily ''like'' each other, or actually [[FireForgedFriends have liked each other at first]], but they know they can [[BestFriend depend upon each other in a crisis]]. It is a relationship considered to be deeper than mere friendship but more innocent than romance.

This sort of group dynamic appeals to younger audiences who are unfamiliar with romance, and appeals to older audiences who live in a world of complex relationships and convenience [[BeneathTheMask masqueraded]] as {{False Friend}}ship, who are feeling nostalgic about the times when friendship meant a lifelong bond.

A writer may use this to avoid writing romantic relationships, though this usually doesn't stop fans from [[{{Shipping}} making up their own]].

This trope was originally known as ''nakama'', a Japanese word that means friends or companions.[[note]]You may have heard that it means something stronger, but that's a misconception. A popular ''Franchise/OnePiece'' fansub group left the term untranslated and asserted (incorrectly) it was untranslatable, creating the false impression that it had no good English equivalent.[[/note]]

!! Subtropes:

* BandOfBrothers \\
The group is formed by a shared dangerous circumstance, normally military.
* BloodBrothers \\
The group is formed by some pact, oath or ritual, occasionally as a tradition in response to someone saving your life.
* FamilyOfChoice \\
A group of unrelated characters decide to replace their missing family bonds by committing to always support each other as family.
* FireForgedFriends \\
People who specifically didn't care for each other but form a bond after a conflict forces them to work together.
* HonoraryTrueCompanion\\
A character who never joins the main group of companions (for long) but is nevertheless treated by them as one of their own.

Compare ThePowerOfFriendship, AFriendInNeed, CloseKnitCommunity, and UndyingLoyalty. Contrast EnemyMine, AHouseDivided, WeAreStrugglingTogether, HeadbuttingHeroes and occasionally TeethClenchedTeamwork.

HeterosexualLifePartners and PlatonicLifePartners are this trope distilled down to a two-person group (same sex and opposite sex, respectively). Often, a group of characters become true companions after a MisfitMobilizationMoment. If the characters happen to be particularly badass, you get a BadassCrew.

See also AppleOfDiscord. Related to IJustWantToHaveFriends, where this is just a desire. See also: LikeBrotherAndSister, HonoraryUncle, TheGloriousWarOfSisterlyRivalry.

!!Examples with their own pages:

* TrueCompanions/AnimatedFilm
* TrueCompanions/AnimeAndManga
* TrueCompanions/ComicBooks
* TrueCompanions/FanFic
* TrueCompanions/{{Film}}
* TrueCompanions/{{Literature}}
* TrueCompanions/LiveActionTV
* TrueCompanions/VideoGames
* TrueCompanions/WesternAnimation

!!Other examples:


[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ComicStrip/FlashGordon, Dale Arden, Hans Zarkov, Barin, Thun, and Vultan. Any of them would die for any of the others. Aura eventually joins, too.
%%* AlleyOop is part of two groups. In prehistoric Moo, he's got Foozy, Ooola, Dinny, Guz, Umpa and th' Grand Wizer. In modern times, he's got Doc Wonmug, Oscar Boom, and Ava (although Oscar has been stuck on the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor for a few years now). Both groups have met and are friends, but they don't interact very much.
%%* Even though they get on each other's nerves a lot, the core cast of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' counts.
* If the cast of ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' wasn't this at first, they surely were by the end of the series. Even [[JerkAss Steve Dallas]] fondly remembers their time together in the following spin-offs.

* Papa Roach [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRh14w2qtcE&list=FLLiqZVHqJZijqlK4abQbotg&index=20&feature=plpp_video No Matter What]] was written by the lead singer for his girlfriend and his bandmates.
* Dead Prez - "''D.O.W.N.''"
-->''To me bein down mean more than bein' friends, or kin/We comrades we struggle, through any trouble''
* The Japanese band Music/{{Arashi}} have described their relationship as this as is shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q5Gvl50pEtU here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFc2zxr5xYI here]]
%%* Music/{{Queen}} -- Friends will be Friends
%%* The Rembrandts's "I'll Be There For You". Fittingly, it's the opening song for ''Series/{{Friends}}''
* The band members of Music/{{Rammstein}} declared numerous times that the band would rather break up than replace one member of their band. Their music video for "Haifisch" subverts this trope: not only are they considering who to replace singer Till Linderman with ''at his funeral'', it's shown that if they hadn't tried to flat out kill him, they've at least ''thought'' about it ([[HoYay save one]]), and they end up fighting over who caused their true-companion group to fall, resulting in keyboardist Flake Lorenz crashing into the singer's coffin [[spoiler: which is when they found out he's still alive]]. The [[http://herzeleid.com/en/lyrics/liebe_ist_fuer_alle_da/haifisch lyrics]] of the song, however, play this straight, as a form of principle declaration.
* In the same vein, Music/LedZeppelin ''did'' split up after the death of drummer John Bonham, and up to that death they had been more or less a united front. Even though the remaining members have had problems afterwards (how's that parking spot, Jones?) they are still united in protecting their music.
%%* The song "We'll Be There" from the ''Anime/YuGiOh'' soundtrack ''Music to Duel By''.
* ''Music/TheBeatles'' were often called "The Four-headed Monster". Before things started falling apart, they were essentially codependent. They made decisions as a unit (if even one Beatle didn't agree to an idea, they would consider it vetoed), and didn't like being apart for long periods of time. Music/RingoStarr said something along the lines of "I was a single child, and I got three brothers". There was talk of buying an island for the four of them and their families to live on together. At least one of the Beatle wives had said that the Beatles were practically [[HeterosexualLifePartners married to each other]], and that the women in their lives were superfluous. Even after the breakup of the band, the general consensus among the former members, and particularly Music/JohnLennon, was that while the Beatles could openly and horribly insult each other, [[HypocriticalHeartwarming they didn't want anyone else doing it]].
** Their manager, Brian Epstein, was something of a dad to them as well. He looked out for their well-being, he always took care of their affairs to the best of his ability, and was probably the biggest factor in their early success. On their part, they appreciated his hard work and were devastated when he died of a drug overdose. In fact, Music/PaulMcCartney has said that if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Epstein.
* Music/{{Slipknot}} have often referred to themselves as this. Now that one of their own has died, their future is extremely uncertain. This also applies to Music/AvengedSevenfold, although they have continued to honour The Rev's memory.
* Music/GoodCharlotte's singer Joel & guitarist Benji are twins, and the entire band were solely credited by their first names on their first album in a show of unity as the brothers' father had walked out on their family & they didn't want to be credited with his name.
%%* The Music/IronMaiden song "Blood Brothers", which despite the name isn't ''quite'' about [[BloodBrothers the trope]].
%%* True Companionship is also the main theme of the Music/{{Manowar}} song "Blood Brothers."
* Music/{{Disturbed}} has become known for being a band that still hangs out and talks after a show when other bands would've been sick of seeing each other. They've gotten to the point that each member knows exactly what kind of song they want to write or album they want to make without having to talk about it. Some of them have had each other's back during fights.
* Music/{{Fugazi}} is in the league of those rare bands that lasts for a long time, and the band mates actually like each other. There's a reason the line up never changed.
* The basic foundation of friendship within the band was said to be one of the reasons ''Split Enz'' were able to stick around for as long as they did (about thirteen years), as opposed to ''Crowded House'' which was more a straight-up commercial venture that soon fell apart (in its initial run) once the band members realised that they didn't really have that much in common.
* "Until the Day I Die" by Story of the Year was not written about a rocky romantic relationship, but how the band will always be there for one another, even though they sometimes feel like killing each other. Truly the anthem of bromance.
* Music/GreenDay, especially between Mike and Billie Joe, who have known each other since middle school and lived together as teens. Tre quickly assimilated into the group after their first drummer left, and they've been like brothers ever since for over 20 years.
* Music/{{Rush}}, the progressive rock band from Canada, is very obviously a band of three best friends. Bassist/vocalist/keyboardist Geddy and guitarist Alex have known each other and been HeterosexualLifePartners since they were in middle school, and like with Music/GreenDay, the drummer and lyricist Neil was pretty quick to mesh with his bandmates after the first drummer, John Rutsey, left for health reasons (he was a diabetic). The three of them have been brothers to each other since 1975.
* Music/{{U2}}. Since their formation as school friends, they've never had a single lineup change.
* Music/{{INXS}} was once described as "three brothers and their three best friends" and once the six of them came together as INXS in 1977, their first lineup change was 20 years later, when Michael Hutchence died.
* The members of Music/OneDirection tend to refer to each other as brothers, and Niall wrote [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSvudXpazRk Don't Forget Where You Belong]] about the band.
* All the members of the band Music/FallOutBoy are this. They were still close during the band's hiatus and Pete Wentz was the best man at Patrick Stump's wedding.
* Music/{{Vocaloid}} fanon tends to portray the Vocaloids themselves as this. The Crypton Future Media ones ([[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Meiko]], [[ButtMonkey Kaito]], [[BreakoutCharacter Miku Hatsune]], [[HalfIdenticalTwins Rin and Len Kagamine]] and [[OnlySaneWoman Luka Megurine]]) are depicted as this the most, though.
* Music/{{Aborted}}, while notorious for their unstable lineups, seems to have turned around and achieved this status with the current lineup. Many people have noted how they act less like a band and more like a group of very good friends offstage now.
* During Music/{{Amesoeurs}}'s beginnings, [[Music/{{Alcest}} Neige]] became good friends with Fursy Teyssier and Winterhalter, and even after the band broke up after ''heavy'' problems with [[JerkAss Audrey]], the three still kept contact and even were live members for each of their bands for several years. Fursy in particular keeps great friendships with the two and when he asked Winterhalter to leave Les Discrets, it was [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming to let Winterhalter focus on Alcest full time]]. Talk about true companions.
** Neige as well with Markus of Lantlôs. The two became really good friends when they worked on ''.neon'' up to ''Agape'', when Markus asked Neige to leave so he could focus on Alcest. Neige himself ''agreed'' with this and left the band with no trouble. They've even met up on tour and hang out!
* It's been said in many interviews that TheMoodyBlues have grown to become a family after their brief hiatus, despite Mike Pinder leaving the group due to his personal life (and problems with Graeme Edge at the time). Justin Hayward, the frontman/guitarist of the Moodies, has stated in one interview that the band are like brothers who have gotten their personal differences out of the way years before working on ''Long Distance Voyager''.
%%* The guys from Music/{{Genesis}}.
* WordOfGod is Music/IconaPop's "Girlfriend" is about a strong friendship, not a girl and her literal girlfriend. It even takes its chorus from Music/TupacShakur's "Me And My Girlfriend" (which was really about a gun).
* "You'll Always Be My Best Friend" by Music/RelientK is an ode to best friends.

[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* The entire wrestling business has been described numerous times as "one of the largest fraternities in the world". There's a reason why "brother" is such a common epithet (and no, not just because of Wrestling/HulkHogan) and why wrestlers band together so tightly against outsiders both in and out of kayfabe.
** When one of them falls, such as Wrestling/OwenHart or Wrestling/EddieGuerrero, they can all be seen to be hurting and will put the storylines on hold to pay tribute to their fallen comrade.
** After Wrestling/JerryLawler's real life Heart Attack on Raw, {{Wrestling/TNA}} (a company Lawler has never worked for) paid tribute to him despite the fact that, in theory, he worked for the hated enemy {{Wrestling/WWE}}. Similarly {{Wrestling/WCW}} in regards to Owen Hart's death and various other examples.
* The Four Horsemen: Specifically, the original iteration with Wrestling/RicFlair, Wrestling/{{Arn|Anderson}} and Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard. Arn Anderson said in Flair's autobiography that the Horsemen became a "full-blown shoot". Ole has a tendency to talk about the others, especially Flair, in manners one usually doesn't get away with outside of family too.
* Wrestling/TheKliq: Wrestling/ShawnMichaels, Wrestling/KevinNash, Wrestling/ScottHall, Wrestling/SeanWaltman/the 1-2-3 Kid, and Wrestling/TripleH. Probably the best-known True Companionship in wrestling after the Horsemen. Though they are better known to most fans as Wrestling/NewWorldOrder and Wrestling/DGenerationX (or maybe even [[Wrestling/JuggaloChampionshipWrestling jWo]])
* The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organization_of_Modern_Extreme_Grappling_Arts OMEGA]] Clique: Wrestling/MattHardy, Wrestling/JeffHardy, Wrestling/GregoryHelms, Shannon Moore, and despite a much publicized break-up with Matt, Wrestling/{{Lita}}.
* Prior to the [[BattleRoyaleWithCheese giant brawl]] that really set the Wrestling/ProWrestlingZero1\Wrestling/AllJapanProWrestling feud in motion [[Wrestling/TheGreatMuta Keiji Muto]] described the AJPW roster as "his family" in response to Wrestling/ShinyaHashimoto's claim that AJPW was disconnected.
* According to Jason Sensation, he Shooter, [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Danielson]], Wrestling/LondonAndKendrick formed a "second generation kliq" in hopes of duplicating the success of the former. It's possible he was joking, but they do seem to be pretty close and the latter three have had intertwined careers.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Franchise/TheMuppets, especially in the movies:
-->''"I've had a dream too. It's about singing and dancing and making people happy. That's the kinda dream that gets better the more people you share it with. And I found a whole bunch of friends who all have the same dream. And it kinda makes us like a family."''
-->-- '''Kermit''', ''Film/TheMuppetMovie''
** Jim, Rizzo, and Gonzo have one of these in ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'', despite not even being the same species.
* In TheMovie of ''Series/SesameStreet'' (you heard me), Big Bird is pulled away from the neighborhood to be adopted by "his own kind" (other birds). The {{Aesop}} at the end is that his family isn't those related to him but those close to him, on ''Sesame Street''... in other words, his true companions.

* The Cabin Crew of Radio/CabinPressure may start out as just a group of people who work together, but by the end of the show they constantly support each other, even working together to bring down the antagonist of the series, Gordon. The company is even changed to reflect their true companion status - from ''My Jet Now'' to ''Our Jet Still''.

%%* There was a reason the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates called themselves "The Fam-a-lee, with first baseman Willie Stargell as TeamDad.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The Player Characters in most roleplaying campaigns, if only by virtue of being the main characters and with each being a player's own persona, form a tightknit brotherhood. Usually players will be friends out of character. So characters might gladly argue with, mock, or even steal from, each other but then, as soon as one is attacked, even by somebody the other characters previously liked, the group as a whole will plan, plot, and scheme. Eventually wiping their attacker from the face of the planet, destroying people, governments, maybe even whole planes of existence, all for the sake of a single friend.
* The werewolves of both ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'' and ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheForsaken'' follow the combined social instincts of humans and wolves to form small "packs" with each other, ideally a FiveManBand. These packs follow the entire true companions trope: packmates are practically family, you might love or hate them, and intra-pack romantic relationships are considered incestuous. (But then, in ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' games, any werewolf/werewolf relationship effectively ''is'' incestuous, as werewolves must mate with humans -- or, in the ''TabletopGame/OldWorldOfDarkness'', wolves -- or breed twisted, sterile mutants.)
* ''TabletopGame/NewWorldOfDarkness''-specific:
** The same goes, to a lesser extent, for most of the other supernatural groupings ([[TabletopGame/MageTheAwakening Mage]] cabals, [[TabletopGame/PrometheanTheCreated Promethean]] throngs, [[TabletopGame/ChangelingTheLost Changeling]] motleys, [[TabletopGame/HunterTheVigil Hunter]] cells). Which, given the often cathartic nature of the supernatural societies, makes a lot of sense.
** Quite possibly as a reference to the (now former) name of this trope, the name for a group of Radiant in the TabletopGame/PrincessTheHopeful fan game is ''nakama''. This term applies both in-universe and from a metagame standpoint.
** Although, [[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Vampire]] coteries tend to be depicted as brief coincidentally convenient temporary arrangements formed by the recently Embraced until they get to grips with Vampire existence. This is percieved to be true in every single book except the Ventrue specific guide. The Ventrue guide claims that ''other'' clans share bonding rituals and things that irretrievably link members of the coterie. This is not true, as any other clan guide would tell you.
*** The antagonist Vampire covenant Belial's Brood has what are called "coveys", which are much closer to this trope than other supernatural groupings.
** Kindred Cyclical Dynasties are another good example. Closer than family, often to the point where the lines between them begin to blur, cyclical dynasties are made up of two or more kindred, with the eldest acting as mentor to the next eldest, who acts as a mentor to the next eldest, etc. When the eldest falls into torpor the next eldest takes over, secure in the knowledge that his dynasty-mates will take him under their wing when he wakes up confused and isolated in decades or centuries.
* In ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'', Thri-Kreen society revolves around the concept of True Companions -- their primary social unit is tightly-knit hunting groups whose dynamics are closer to what most other races would consider a family than a group of coworkers or team. They tend to feel lost and confused when living outside such close groups, and take readily to adventuring parties since the dynamic is very similar.
* ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}'' has the Sense of Duty Disadvantage at the -5 level, where it can apply to others in your adventuring group. Assuming everyone in the group has this Disadvantage, and are properly roleplaying it, they are True Companions.
* ''TabletopGame/SeventhSea'' has the concept of "Rucken," two fighters who trust each other completely. Players can purchase an Advantage of the same name to gain an unusually powerful (100 Hero Points instead of the usual 75) NPC companion, with the catch that if the player ever abandons or betrays his Rucken, the Rucken becomes his sworn enemy (denoted by gaining the Nemesis background at its most dangerous level).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'':
** One GaidenGame has guidelines for creating a Chaos warband. One possible characterization is this, that they are loyal to their battle-brothers beyond all else. Of course, this being 40K, there's another where the character views his warband as walking sacrifices to the god of his choice.
** Similarly, one piece of advice given by Literature/CiaphasCain ('''HERO OF THE IMPERIUM!''') to cadets for rooting out Chaos is to look for close-knit veterans forming battle-brotherhoods, especially if they start trying to get into melee rather than use their guns.
** Space Wolves marines spend their lives with their packs rather than assigned by squads like the usual Space Marine chapters. From Blood Claws to Grey Hunters to Long Fangs, the packs will remain as one without any reinforcements to replace their casualties. As a result, the Space Wolves pack members in a DwindlingParty will become grim and bitter [[OldSoldier Longfangs]] or vengeance seeking Lone Wolf in case of SoleSurvivor from the destroyed pack.

* The revolutionaries in ''Theatre/LesMiserables'', much as how they are portrayed in the book. "Red and Black" pretty quickly confirms that they are all close friends, and "Drink With Me" later compounds this fact. Even Grantaire, the most cynical of the revolutionaries, [[spoiler:stands by Enjolras and the others when they are killed, and is usually one of the last - if not ''the'' last - to die]]. [[spoiler:Which makes Marius's guilt over being the only survivor in "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" all the more potent - just listen to any version's Marius sing "oh my friends, my friends" and ''try'' to remember that it's not real.]]
* The Sons of Liberty (or at least the ones that Hamilton associates with) in ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'': Lafayette, Laurens, Mulligan, and Hamilton are all fast friends who can rely on each other in battle and at a wedding alike. Burr and Washington are often treated as [[HonoraryTrueCompanion Honorary True Companions]] as well: Burr clearly knows and is somewhat friendly with the Sons of Liberty (as shown in "Aaron Burr, Sir", "A Farmer Refuted", and "The Story of Tonight - Reprise"), and Lafayette and Hamilton are both quite close to Washington. They are so close, in fact, that the fact that Hamilton refuses to help France in their revolution (led by Lafayette) in "Cabinet Battle #2" is seen as a huge betrayal of trust by Jefferson.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* The main cast of ''VisualNovel/ExtracurricularActivities'' is a very close-knit tennis team and they get along better when compared to other tennis teams.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The four main protagonists of ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' have a bond akin to this. They all immediately feel a connection because they "recognize" each other from their shared visions/dreams/nightmares. With Raimi and Oran, who spend half the series together (and [[spoiler: who are the only heroes to survive the GrandFinale]]), this enters HeterosexualLifePartner territory. Kamimura does not have as much time to bond as the two of them, but after he joins the team, the three men become a PowerTrio. Shandala only really interacts with the guys for about two chapters of time, but TheDulcineaEffect -- plus her being TheEmpath -- connects them all very quickly very fast.
* The eponymous Red and Blue teams from ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' reach this point in their relationship with each other by the end of ''Revelation'', when they realize that although their units suck, they fit in better with each other than anywhere else. This isn't just among each team, either -- they're true companions with each other, too, even though they're all technically enemies. They even have welcomed [[spoiler:Wash]] into their ranks, even after all he did to them. Also applies to the makers of ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', Creator/RoosterTeeth.
* ''WebAnimation/XionicMadness'':
** Omega and Askad had been true companions since before they became cyborgs, it was only ruined when Askad's cyborg-daughter based on his dead daughter starts going evil, so Askad can't decide whether to warn Omega and Xero, or protect his daughter. He decides to limit her abilities in case he dies before warning them. Omega and Xero then form an unbreakable bond escaping from Kari (Askad's daughter), the government, red and green spies, and [[spoiler: their own clones.]]
** In episode four, part two, Omega and Xero are helped by Omicron Squad, Omega's old crew from the military. They go up against a horde of zombies that have to be frozen and smashed to be defeated, simply because they would rather die alongside their former comrade than anything else. These soldiers even blow up a building being held back by Omega, so he'll be covered and protected when Kari [[spoiler: removes Askad's limiters to increase her power output and makes a big badaboom destroying everything organic within range, except Xero, cuz he's just that badass.]]
* Simon and Lewis of the ''Machinima/YogscastMinecraftSeries''. Even more evident with Old/Knight_Peculiar.
* Parodied in a non-canon ''WebAnimation/TheMostPopularGirlsInSchool'' video, "Love or a Dumpster?":
-->'''Bridget:''' ''Yeah'', yeah, yeah. I know the [[=MPGiS=]] app. I'm on it, its--like I finally have a family. A family that really loves gifs about fat kids.
-->'''Rachel:''' But Bridget, you ''already'' have a family. I-I'm your sister, and... and we have parents...
** In general canon, the Football Team's friendship easily the most loyal, closest, and happiest. [[EvilCounterpart The Cheer Squad's]] as well, albeit being much more afraid to admit it.
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': This trope is not generally focused upon, but it's definitely there.
* ''WebAnimation/{{Dreamscape}}'': The relationships between the characters, especially the more abrasive ones, are given a deep focus in this series.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* The main cast of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'', if not just the workers at Coffee of Doom. Despite the relationship that developed between Marten and Dora [[spoiler:which eventually ended]], the group has held together quite well.
* The main cast in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' will fight vampires and demonic kittens, travel through alternate dimensions, and take down evil corporations to rescue one another. At one point, several of them are seeing a psychiatrist, partly by coincidence though it really benefits them too, and it comes up that even [[JerkAssWoobie Gwynn]], who ''thinks'' she doesn't like the others and that they don't like her, considers the others as family, since "family is supposed to be there when you ''really'' need them, right?"
* ''Drowtales'' has the Highland Raiders, a group of drow who journey to the surface together and usually form strong bonds as a result. The Fallen Legion also seem to have a similar dynamic.
* The eight main characters from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' are true companions. See the "Painted Black" and "Grace's Birthday Party" arcs for particularly telling examples. Like any number of examples, they don't always get along, but once [[ChivalrousPervert Tedd]] and [[DefrostingIceQueen Susan]], of all people, became friends, becoming true companions was probably inevitable given what goes on in Moperville. Like ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'' further down, they didn't start as true companions. The transition was a bit smoother, though, with the friend of friends having your back when the deadly stuff starts even if you were bickering only hours before.
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', the Deegan family and their various hangers-on could be considered true companions, as could the faculty and students of the School of Arcane Arts, especially the students that fended off the Infernomancer's attack (although they were merely a random group of students in the wrong place) -- Nimmel almost committed suicide because he felt he had failed the comrades who died. The clearest example of true companions, however, is Lord Milov's "pack" of himself, Jayden, and Siegfried. [[spoiler: amusingly enough this most purest example of the trope is also the one to go the most sour]].
** This is the core of the werewolve's "pack" cocept.
* The protagonists of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' are also forming one. This is even more blatant with Richard and Cale (to the point that the OmnicidalManiac warlock is turning into TheAtoner as he stays in prolonged contact with the once-naive elf) and with Ben'Joon and Krunch (with the latter being the former's adoptive father).
* In ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'', the traveling circus could be seen as this. Even the relationship between Zeetha and Agatha could count, even if it is bordering on LesYay. A love triangle between Agatha, Tarvek, and Gil, Agatha has (in classic MadScientist fashion), [[TakeAThirdOption chosen them both.]]
* Most of the relationships in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' have something of this, especially the original core of friends Davan, Aubrey, [=PeeJee=] and Jason. Davan was described by the author as being often difficult to get on with and you might wonder why you bother, but he ''will'' be there if needed.
* The adolescent cast of ''Webcomic/RubysWorld'' functions like this, and the characters' relationships to each other are among the only things of value in a universe of BlackAndGreyMorality.
* Dejoru of ''Webcomic/{{Juathuur}}'' tried to inspire a sense of family in his original team, but it didn't work out. He tries in his second team too [[spoiler: and fails. By the time we meet him again, he has lost his faith on group cohesion.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** The Order itself, of course. As the story progresses, they evolve from a RagtagBandOfMisfits press-ganged into working together due to circumstance into a real group of friends that are willing to go to the end of the world for each other. Even [[TokenEvilTeammate Belkar]] grows to be a real part of the team.
** To the surprise of everyone, Tarquin's evil adventuring party is this. Yes, they are evil, selfish monsters who enjoy copious amounts of DisproportionateRetribution and slaughtering random people to make a point. They are also honestly genuine friends, who have spent long years working together to further their collective goals. In their downtime, they reminisce about old jokes, comfort each other over lost loved ones, and pleasantly discuss their families. The team psion, Laurin Shattersmith, is ''horrified'' to learn [[spoiler:Tarquin's son Nale killed their friend Malack]], and Tarquin [[spoiler:soon kills Nale when Nale makes the mistake of refusing his father's protection]].
--->'''Tarquin:''' [[spoiler:What did you think the price for killing my best friend was going to be]]?
** The details of how their relationship formed are not clear, but Sigdi had five friends, with their families, over for dinner every other Wednesday for years while Durkon was growing up.
* In ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'', The Other Warriors are seemingly the closest thing the series has to this, though the Dark Warriors seem to become close later on. All other groups range from TeethClenchedTeamwork or flat-out EnemyMine in the case of the Light Warriors.
* ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility'' is all about how some people just seem to tumble into your life unexpectedly and stick with you for life.
* [[UnfazedEveryman Bob,]] his girlfriend [[HotScientist Jean,]] their "synthetic pink daughter-thing" [[CuteMonsterGirl Molly,]] and [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe Auntie Princess Voluptua]] in ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob.'' Oh, and Molly's pet tentacle-bunny, [[UglyCute Snookums.]]
* The ''Webcomic/CityofReality'' portrays a world where everyone everyone else's true companion, essentially creating a true utopia. Unfortunately, as a {{Deconstruction}} of utopias, it has since seen cracks in the structure; but, like genuine examples, the people seem determined to push forward together.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' the Toughs are bonded, and each wants to do the right thing for the whole, often sacrificing their own boni. Captain Tagon is very similar to [[Series/{{Firefly}} Captain Reynolds]], going so far as to suggest that officers go without pay, so that the grunts don't lose their paychecks.
* ''Webcomic/TheDreamlandChronicles'': [[http://www.thedreamlandchronicles.com/the-dreamland-chronicles/todays-dreamland-chronicles-582/ offering support]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Achewood}}'', most of the main characters certainly count. If something happens to one of them, the rest will rally. Spongebath and Emeril, despite not being central characters, definitely count as part of this too.
* [[http://doodlediaries.comicgen.com Doodle Diaries]] is a journal comic by three close friends who seemed to hate eachother at first when they met, but soon became like family.
* In ''Webcomic/VoodooWalrus'' Grymm and Creepknight certainly count. Its even a surprise to other character when one of the duo is seen without the company of other [[http://voodoowalrus.com/?p=1133 like in this page]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', the troll concept of "Moirallegiance", one of their four kinds of romance, is most similar to this.
* The GM and roleplayers in ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'' are like this. For all the squabling that goes on, it's clear that they all love the campaigns they've done together, and really do like each other's company.
* In ''Webcomic/BlueYonder'', [[http://www.blueyondercomic.net/comics/1530714/blue-yonder-chapter-2-page-11/ Lena learns that the N-Forcers were almost this to a neighbor.]]
* Assistant from ''Webcomic/{{Gloomverse}}'' comes to feel this way about her and the Gloom family, Seaweed, and Mooching Hobo.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* If you have an account on Website/GameFAQs, you have a chance to join the Yusketeers. Its members have become this.
* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'':
** The teenagers of the group Team Kimba, at the SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy. Not only are they brought together by a common characteristic, but many of them have the classic family issues: Phase (disowned), Generator (mother dead, abusive father in prison), Bladedancer (orphaned), Lancer (his brother sicked an anti-mutant military force on him), Tennyo (forced to leave her family because of assassins and ''worse''), Carmilla (mother dead, father a demon), Heyoka (orphaned)... Only a couple of them have a supportive family. This true-companion group ends up shifting quite a bit. Carmilla forms her own, loosely allied team. (Sara's Pack). Also, it is stated in Jade's stories that Poe is designed to specifically create this, and Whateley itself has some elements of it.
** There is a second team of true companions, who band together almost specifically because they are all ridiculously outcast from rest of the school due to bad fashion sense (on purpose) and severe GSD (they look like monsters).
** There is a villainous (sorta) version with the bad seeds, who all watch each others backs, as they are all the children of {{supervillain}}s, more, they are KNOWN to be the children of supervillains, although some have not had their parents identities outed to the public.
* ''WebVideo/CarmillaTheSeries'': The main characters are affectionately known as the Dimwit Squad, so named by a sardonic tweet from Carmilla. The core of the Dimwit Squad is two power trios: Tiny Gay Laura ("Cupcake"), Tall Gay Danny ("Xena"), and Broody Gay Carmilla ("Carm") make up the first, and the second is the LaFerry Family (LaFontaine, Perry, and JP). [[spoiler: Though Perry is currently possessed by the Dean. Which we've all known since the Latin writing carved into her in her locked bedroom. Dean. Dean. Dean. Right?]]
* ''Literature/TheSagaOfTuck'' and the group of boys around its main character. At one point, one of them is attacked, and the rest -- geeks all -- immediately charge.
* Website/ScrewAttack.com are this, to the point that they have been referred to as the [=ScrewAttack=] Family. Not just the people behind the website, but the community as well (to the point of a BrokenFanbase). Insult so much as one member of the SA crew, and the community ''will'' respond in kind, as will the other members of the SA crew; and this goes even further if you badmouth the team's only female member.
* The team at Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses/Channel Awesome -- They've had three anniversary crossovers where they all met up to provide something for the fans, numerous members of the team frequently have appearances in other's videos, and behind the scenes footage would ascertain that they've become friends away from the cameras. They also tend to move with lightning speed to defend each other should anyone be so foolish as to submit nasty/trollish remarks in comments on the site, on Twitter, or anywhere else on the internet. This is how WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic descibes their InUniverse reviewers as well, jerks who band together because they're like the WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes -- jerks to everybody else, but damn if someone else will ever take one of theirs down.
* ''Literature/{{Worm}}'': The Undersiders may get along like a [[ShapedLikeItself gang of teenage villains]] with varying morals and dysfunctions but they repeatedly come together against any threat they encounter. [[spoiler:The brutal Extermination arc both shows the [[HeroicSacrifice best]] [[UndyingLoyalty of]] [[AFriendInNeed this]] and the [[TheInfiltration inevitable]] [[TheReveal low point]].]]
* In ''WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall'', the core cast (Linkara, Pollo, Harvey Finevoice, 90ís Kid, Dr. Linksano, and [[spoiler: the Magic Gun]]) definitely showed signs of this during the numerous storylines the show had over the years. WebVideo/IronLiz used to be a part of said core cast until she left the show after the review of the ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' comic adaptation.
* Generation X and, for some of them, the Crusaders of ''Roleplay/MarvelsRPG''.
* ''Roleplay/DCNation'': It could easily be argued that the Titans South have become this as much as the other teams in their universe.
* Wiki/TVTropes. If you ever meet another troper in real life, you'll both know you two share something special. You could say we're FireForgedFriends from [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife our lives having been ruined by this site]], but there's definitely a bond.
* Going from their forums, the guys of ''Theatre/TurnaboutMusical'' are this, sticking together since 2007 in their efforts to make the musical.
* ''Literature/GreekNinja'' has "Sasha's group".
* The cast of ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' was cemented as a dysfunctional family by the second episode, as their own families are so dreadful and Tacoma admits it feels like they're in a safe place removed from the rest of the world.
* The players of ''ARG/TheWallWillFall'' AlternateRealityGame have become this after facing down various fictional threats together. Many of the members are still in close contact after the ending of the game.
* The ''WebVideo/StripSearch'' house. No, no. The ENTIRE house. All 12 contestants, without a single exception. Plus arguably the host, judges and production crew for good measure. Did I mention this is an elimination-based reality competition? And this trope not only happened at all but happened with breathtaking speed?
* The web doc ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khp8H7KJeLc F*** Kayfabe: Wrestling With Labels]]'' starts out as a film about a young wrestler but does an abrupt U-turn and shows how he and his friends have become this...[[TearJerker and are about to be separated as college comes to an end]].
* The ''Blog/KnightsOfFandom'' strive for this level of unity among its members. Success rate varies, depending on how involved the individual members choose to be in the group, but the spirit of the trope is there.
* The seven main protagonists of ''VisualNovel/{{Ascension}}'' are so tightly-knit, they manage to hold off armies together with ThePowerOfFriendship multiple times.
* The ''WebVideo/GameGrumps have become this in recent years, now counting over five regular members, plus a load of guests. While the actual friendship between the Grumps is real enough, and, to many, is the very thing the channel was build on from the start, the fanbase deliberately exaggerates this aspect, naming any and all guests, however minor they are, as a member of the Grump family.
* Yellow Guy, Duck Guy, and Red Guy of ''WebVideo/DontHugMeImScared'' fame appear to be this. Despite all the [[MindScrew crazy]], [[SurpriseCreepy horrifying]] situations they're [[OnceAnEpisode constantly put through]], they seem to enjoy each other's company and look out for each other. Because of this, in the fifth episode, Duck Guy and Yellow Guy realize that Red Guy's missing (despite the teachers attempting to distract them) [[spoiler: and Red Guy is attempting to contact his friends from wherever he ended up]].
* The Lambsbridge Gang, the protagonists of ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', function as this. They're a gestalt science experiment specializing in social manipulation and threat handling for an AcademyOfEvil, operating as a group to eliminate threats, but their loyalty to one another is absolute and it is never in question that the other Lambs come before the Academy's interests. This allows TokenGoodTeammate Lillian to steer them towards doing as much good as they can within their parameters.
* [[WebVideo/TroyHasACamera Troy Wagner, Joseph DeLange, and Tim Sutton]], the creators of ''WebVideo/MarbleHornets''. So much so fans began to call the three 'The Bro Trinity" or even [[FanNickname Trosephim]] due to how close the three are. Or at least ''were'', which makes it more saddening when [=DeLange=] and Sutton had a fall out with Wagner due to complicated reasons. Although Wagner has slowly attempted to build back his friendships with the two, with a degree of success, with the hopes that the Bro Trinity will return once again.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Australia, there is this thing called mateship. It's not the same thing as friendship, you might not even be friends with your mates - your mate could be your best buddy from Primary School who you've lost touch with, and a friend might never become a mate, because friends come and go, but mates stick up for each other no matter what.
* Due to the fact that almost everyone in any given cast and crew has the potential to either make a career or stop it dead, it's no surprise that actors intentionally try to ''[[InvokedTrope make it]] [[GenreSavvy happen]].'' This is beside the fact that the work can be emotionally intense/draining/scarring. You see each other go through incredibly intense emotions, and everyone involved is very vulnerable during rehearsal... and that sort of thing does tend to create a bond. Whether or not you actually ''like'' each other is beside the point... you just have to trust each other.
* The Irish leaders during the Irish War of Independence were very close (many of them having fought together during the Easter Rising, and all of them sharing the hardships of the war). This makes the Irish Civil War, in which they split into two opposing factions and many killed each other, especially tragic.
* The Howard family behind ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' considered Larry Fine one of the family.
** He may not have been considered family beforehand, but he sure as hell was after suggesting that he, Moe, and Shemp each take $50 out of their pay to give to Shemp and Moe's brother Curly, who had recently had a stroke and was unable to work. Moe was reportedly touched by this, since Larry was not a member of the Howard clan and he was the one who came up with the idea, and he was family from that point forward.
* Studies in UsefulNotes/WorldWarII found that soldiers interviewed tended to claim this as their main motive. Compilers of the study called it by exasperatingly prosaic terms like "primary group cohesion." It's also been theorized that one reason American veterans of the Vietnam War exhibit higher rates of psychological fallout like PTSD is that some of the army's new policies tended to prevent True Companionship-formation.
** There is actually a reason for this. While ThePowerOfFriendship can move a man to do great things, you have to complete your mission first; everything else is secondary. Even if it means leaving wounded friend behind to [[DyingAlone die alone]].
* Much to the delight of fans, the actors who played the seven children in ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'' are this and remain so to this day.
-->'''Nicholas "Friedrich" Hammond''': I heard that what [Director Bob Wise] wanted to do was construct a family - and he did.
* The idea of True Companionship gains a lot of currency in the field of queer theory as an example of an alternative to the traditional "nuclear" or "sanguinuptial" family - and yet one that, like the "traditional" family, is not of one's choosing. Some see it as the best argument against the fact that "family" needs to be defined by blood and/or marital relations. Johns Hopkins professor Sam Chambers uses examples of it from media in his book ''The Queer Politics of Television'', with ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' as his main example.
* The casts of a couple of different sitcoms eventually came to be this after a while. When former ''Series/FullHouse'' star Jodie Sweetin became addicted to meth, her fellow former cast members all helped intervene to get her into rehab. Meanwhile, the cast of ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' became very close to each other as well, with Ed O'Neill almost becoming a surrogate father to Christina Applegate, whose own parents were divorced.
* UsefulNotes/TheInklings, an Oxford-based group of writers and scholars that included Creator/CSLewis and Creator/JRRTolkien (among many others) in their membership, functioned very much as a true companionship group for its members. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inklings The other wiki]] has details.
* The Z-Boys, a group of skateboarders in the 1970s from South Santa Monica and Venice California who are credited with inventing modern skateboarding and essentially creating the punk/skater subculture that now exists. Their name is derived from the name of the team they competed with together, the Zephyr Competition Team. AKA [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0K6lUm5ynw The Lords of Dog Town]]
* When you go to the Canadian Improv Games, spot any high-energy team. Any. These teens are usually closer than blood, and it shows in how powerful they are.
* The cast of ''Series/{{Friends}}'' - They all insisted on equal pay, and if they were nominated for awards, you could not nominate one of the cast for Best Lead and another for Best Supporting Cast Member. The cast are so close that frequent guest star Tom Selleck has said he felt left out when he filmed his appearances, and Paul Rudd has said that he didn't want his character to appear in the penultimate episode [[spoiler: where the group is bidding farewell to Rachel]] or the show's final scenes, as it didn't feel right.
* The Rat Pack of TheFifties and TheSixties, the Brat Pack of TheEighties, and the Frat Pack of the present.
* Sir Radio/TerryWogan used to josh around that "there's no 'I' in 'team'" and that the people working around him during his breakfast radio days were merely his "minions", but there's no doubt that that group of people were true companions, from his late producer Paul "Wally" Walters to Walters's replacement Alan "Barrel 'ands" Boyd, newsreaders Alan "Deadly" Dedicoat and John "Boggy" Marsh, and the "Traffic Totty" Lynn Bowles, all of whom formed a close union. (One might argue that Mick Sturbs, the person who wrote all the "Janet and John" stories, and the various religious figures who appeared on the "Pause for Thought" segment could be considered true companions as well.) On Wogan's last morning broadcast, not a dry eye was spotted amongst the group.
* The "film brats" of the 70s: Creator/StevenSpielberg, Creator/FrancisFordCoppola, Creator/GeorgeLucas and Creator/MartinScorsese. Epitomized when the first three presented the latter with his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbbzaS8rcak first Academy Award]] for Best Director for ''Film/TheDeparted'' in 2007.
* The cast and crew of ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' grew extremely close during their years working together, and were completely united ''forever'' by the ideas the series was trying to put out-- and no doubt their inability to actually get away from each other, even if they wanted to. They've been best men at each other's marriages and are still close, though they don't see each other as much as they used to. It's true when they say that, on board the starship ''Enterprise'', no one is alone.
* Ditto, the cast of ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious''. Of course, this was bound to happen, as true companionship is a major theme of the series. Apparently Dominic Toretto's family mantra affected them all. Their respective reactions to Creator/PaulWalker dying were emblematic of this trope:
** When fans gathered at the crash site, Creator/VinDiesel commandeered a policeman's bullhorn and improvised a euolgy on the spot.
** Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris recorded a tribute song, ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LH31eZFt4gg My Best Friend]]''.
** All the cast members donated to Walker's charity, and encouraged fans to do the same, organizing various memorial drives worldwide to raise money.
** Diesel's emotional state from Walker's death is oft-cited as one of the reasons his voice of [[Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy Groot]] was so powerful.
** The next movie in the series was dedicated to the man, [[spoiler:ending with O'Connor, this time played by one of Walker's brothers, driving off into the sunset.]]
* The cast and crew of ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' became this thanks to the three years they spent filming the movies back to back/concurrently. Also, while the entire cast became close, smaller groups of true companions formed between the actors playing the four hobbits, and between the trio who played Aragorn, Legolas, and Gimli.
** Same could be said for the cast and crew of ''Film/TheHobbit'', to the point that the actors who play the Dwarves form a same level of camaraderie as the Fellowship actors.
* The cast and crew of the ''Harry Potter'' films, at least that which carried over from movie to movie and director to director, were this, especially the PowerTrio of Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), and Emma Watson (Hermione).
* NASA went out of its way to ensure that the crew members of a space shuttle mission became True Companions.
* ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' were this in game, and have slowly been becoming it out of game for the past six seasons.
* Find any group of people who had to work closely together in stressful and/or dangerous circumstances, such as the military. Chances are, they will be an example.
* The group of nations commonly termed "The Anglosphere": The UK, The US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and [[SixthRanger sometimes Ireland]].
* Creator/HeavenSentGaming: MarioLucero and IsabelLucero, the cofounders of this arts group, were HighSchoolSweethearts when they started it in 2006. They had started dating in 2004, and they got married on their tenth anniversary in 2014. They are still with the group, and they continue to create stuff.
* The cast of ''Series/BandOfBrothers'' became just as close to each other during filming as the real men of Easy Company did during the war. They hold a cast reunion every year and frequently participate in USO tours and World War II historical events together.
* ''{{Juggalo}}s''. Sure, there are plenty of fan communities in the world that might consider fellow members to be family, but the Juggalo community is one of the few groups that has taken that attitude and made it '''''the''''' cornerstone of the lifestyle. In your typical Juggalo gathering, the only real rules are "Everyone is welcome" and "All Juggalos are to be treated like family". And even though most members of the community are known for [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl being a bit on the hedonistic side]], not even [[TheTeetotaler abstaining from drugs and alcohol]] is enough to get one shunned. As most practicing Juggalos will happily tell you, excluding someone else for their lifestyle choices is about the most un-Juggalo thing that one can do.
* Sadly,a lot of criminal gangs and cults will use this ideal to draw vulnerable kids in.