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     Film - Animation 
  • Mulan II. Lampshaded with Yao, Ling, and Chien-Po after having been told by the matchmaker that none of them would ever find matches for themselves:
    Chien-Po: "I guess I'll spend my life with you two."
    Ling: "Pass the hanky."
  • Toy Story: Buzz and Woody.
  • Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. can be this. They even have a song about it during the credits called "If I Didn't Have You".
  • Timon & Pumbaa from The Lion King.
  • Jumba and Pleakley of Lilo & Stitch, especially in the sequel movies and series. The fact that Pleakley is a Wholesome Crossdresser doesn't help the Ho Yay any.
  • Miguel and Tulio, partners in crime and fortune-seeking in The Road to El Dorado.
  • In the Madagascar movies and the series The Penguins of Madagascar, Maurice and Julien's relationship fits as Heterosexual Life-Partners, though Maurice is officially his right hand man and, since the series, Butt Monkey.
    • Alex and Marty as well. Their friendship is what helps Alex conquer his predatory urges. And in the sequel, Marty has the "withdrawal" part when he finds out Alex can't tell him apart from the other zebras.
  • A Heterosexual Life Trio with Sid, Manny and Diego in Ice Age. (Though some would dare to say that Manny and Diego are the two main Heterosexual Life Partners because of their obvious closeness with Sid still being a part of it but the movies show that Sid is nowhere as close with Manny and Diego as the two are with each other.)
  • In Frozen: Anna and Elsa.

     Film - Live Action 
  • The Mean Girls Karen and Gretchen.
    • Mixed-Sexuality Life Partners: Janis and Damian.
  • Sherlock Holmes and Watson, for decades.
  • Laurel and Hardy, despite the former always getting the latter into "another nice mess". This carried over into Real Life; when Hardy died, Laurel was devastated and never appeared again on film.
  • Any Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson film with the possible exception of the Focker trilogy where they are rivals.
  • Harold and Kumar from Harold And Kumar Go To White Castle and sequels. And their Jewish counterparts, Rosenburg and Goldstein.
  • Mark and Roger from RENT. In fact, fans seem to prefer pairing those two together rather than Roger and Mimi.
  • The trope name comes from Jay and "hetero-life-mate" Silent Bob of The View Askewniverse.
    • Dogma: Bartleby and Loki are technically asexual, but they have the dynamic.
    • Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes may be real-life versions of this trope, as Jason lived for quite a while with Kevin and his wife.
    • This can apply to Dante and Randall from The View Askewniverse as well.
    • In fact, all of the main characters in said films come in pairs, most with the same dynamic. The most apparent being Holden and Banky in "Chasing Amy"...whose relationship gets to the point that Holden suggests a three-some just to see if they're really in love with each other.
  • In the movie Stick It (A gymnastics star who walked out of a national-level event for very valid and personal reasons, takes it back up and discovers it's fun. Also much snarking and funny), the main character has two goofy male friends, one of whom introduces the other as his 'hetero life partner'. And they manage to portray that, despite one of them trying on a dress when they take the gymnastics team out dress-shopping.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • Pintel and Ragetti too (although they bicker Like an Old Married Couple). Allegedly, they were uncle and nephew.
    • Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Gibbs are a classic example.
  • Simon Pegg's and Nick Frost's characters in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And very much so in Real Life, and that friendship was simply translated onto the screen.
    • Shaun and Ed in SOTD is a particularly interesting case, as the movie bills itself as a "romantic comedy with zombies", presumably the romance between Shaun and his girlfriend Liz. But it's really more about the friendship between Shaun and Ed as the movie ends with them, the idea being that not even being a zombie (and in a sense death) can prevent Ed from being with his best friend.
    • In the Shaun of the Dead commentary, Simon Pegg mentioned that Nick had actually lived on his couch for a while in Real Life exactly like Ed does in the movie. Art imitating life indeed!
    • Again, in the Spaced tv series.
      • One of the commentaries on the USA DVD release of Spaced actually has Simon getting permission from Kevin Smith to use the expression to refer to his relationship to Nick Frost.
    • Early drafts for Hot Fuzz had a female love interest for Pegg's character; in the end they cut her out and gave the lines to Nick Frost.
    • In the Tintin movie: Tintin and Haddock, Detectives Thomson and Thompson.
    • Simon has refered to his and Nick's relationship as this a number of times.
  • Harry and Lloyd of Dumb and Dumber. You could not find a better example.
  • Dead Poets Society: Neil and Todd were set out to be this. Then Neil committed suicide and Todd was left heartbroken.
  • Marwood (credited as "...&I") and Withnail from Withnail and I. As Paul McGann said on the commentary: "It's like a marriage going wrong."
  • Dan Cain and Herbert West in the first two Re-Animator movies. In the first, they start out mutually suspicious but grow closer as they work together; by the second, they are sharing a house and West is actively jealous of Dan's girlfriend.
  • Bob Wallace and Phil Davis in White Christmas certainly counts. While at first they are only really business partners, as the movie progresses it is quite evident how much they enjoy each other's company and how thankful they are to know one another.
  • Detectives Hughes and Costanzo in Running Scared (1986).
  • Jesse and Chester in Dude Wheres My Car. Though they have girlfriends in Wanda and Wilma, they live together and seem to be with each other more often.
  • Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure Bill and Ted.
  • President Andrew Shepard and A.J. MacInerney in The American President. Granted, they were the original models for Jed and Leo of The West Wing.
  • Star Wars:
    • Han Solo and Chewbacca. They live in the same ship and travel everywhere together, for god's sake. How much more life partner can you get? They may have ended up as friends but their relationship started as a life debt after Han saved Chewbacca from slavery.
    • In the Star Wars prequels and the Expanded Universe, Obi-Wan and Anakin. That is part of the reason their climactic fight was so tragic. It's been commented — accurately — that they bicker like an old married couple.
    • R2-D2 and C-3PO, technically asexual life partners, being droids and all.
  • Dale, Saul and Red in Pineapple Express, making up a rare trio example. It is Lampshaded. The end of the film does not see Dale tearfully reunited with his (presumably still in hiding) girlfriend Angie, but hanging out with Saul and Red instead.
  • Abbott and Costello. Only on-screen. In real life, they were not particularly close (and at one point, at the height of their fame, spent a year not speaking to one another except when the cameras were rolling).
  • The title characters in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, who had been together for some time before the movie started.
  • Casablanca: Rick and Sam. At the end, it may be that Rick and Louis will be heterosexual life partners, as Sam is staying in Casablanca, and the other two are going to Brazzaville to fight Nazis.
    Louis, I think this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
  • Zhuge Liang and Zhou Yu in Red Cliff. Ironic, considering the two most likely never met historically, and in the book Zhou Yu was constantly trying to kill Zhuge Liang.
  • Seth and Evan in Superbad. Remember this scene?
  • Poppy and Zoe from Happy Go Lucky teach at the same primary school, share a flat, are best friends, and have travelled the world together. They have have a regular very silly rapport all through the film, and it's implied that if they ever want to give up the flat, they'd buy a house together too. Throw in a few "jokey," Les Yay comments and another character thinking they actually are couple, and if Poppy hadn't started dating a social worker guy...
  • Billy Mack and his manager, Joe, from Love Actually. Solidified at the end where Billy returns early from a party at Elton John's house to spend Christmas with Joe, who he confesses has been his best friend for countless years, and is essentially "the fucking love of my life."
    Joe: Well, this is a surprise. Ten minutes at Elton John's and you're as gay as a maypole.
  • By the fourth Lethal Weapon, Riggs and Murtaugh certainly qualify.
  • Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in all the four films they did together: Silver Streak, Stir Crazy,See No Evil, Hear No Evil and Another You
  • Andy and Red in The Shawshank Redemption
  • The film Becket depicts King Henry II of England (Peter O'Toole) and Thomas Becket (Richard Burton) as heterosexual life partners until Henry made the mistake of making Becket the Archbishop of Canterbury. Becket took the job very seriously and defied Henry's rulings in favor of the church. Henry then acts like a Woman Scorned, exiling Becket and later has him killed. Becket: "He never forgave me for loving God more than him."
  • Viggo Mortensen and Ed Harris's characters in Appaloosa, whose relationship gets thrown for a loop with the arrival of Renee Zellweger.
  • Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan's characters in the movie Cop Out, in a typical buddy cop manner.
  • Corey Mahoney and Terrence Christian in the SyFy channel original Soulkeeper
  • Roger and J.P. in the old Disney movie Angels in the Outfield. Despite only having been in a foster home with each other for a few months, and despite Roger being approximately four or five years older than J.P., they were best friends and went everywhere together. At the end, Roger refuses to allow himself to be adopted (he wanted a family more than anything in the world) unless J.P. could come with him.
  • Connor and Murphy McManus from The Boondock Saints. They're twins and so have spent their entire lives together; they work in the same meatpacking plant, live together, and would do anything for each other. This includes pulling a toilet out of the floor and dropping it on the head of a Russian mafia man from five stories up.
  • The various interchangeable characters played by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in the Road to ... movies.
  • Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin, as mentioned in Literature, but emphasized in the film. These sorts of relationships were essential to life in the British Navy, though.
  • Captain America (Peter Fonda) and Billy (Dennis Hopper) from Easy Rider. Reputedly an Odd Couple due to Real Life Writes the Plot, with Fonda as the Straight Man and Hopper as the Cloud Cuckoo Lander best friend.
  • Gary and Julius from Remember the Titans become this over the course of the movie. After Gary's accident, Julius talks to Gary in the hospital about how race won't always come between them and essentially growing old together.
  • In Strange Brew, Bob and Doug McKenzie are temporarily split up. They immediately go through withdrawal symptoms and become completely useless until they are reunited.
  • Oscar and Felix in The Odd Couple
  • The eponymous Mystery Team has shades of this, especially near the end.
  • Eddie (Bruce Willis) and Tommy (Danny Aiello) in Hudson Hawk are in a May-December Bromance.
  • Romy and Michele from Romy and Michele's High School Reunion fit this trope. Michele doesn't want to dance with the guy who had a crush on her in high school and who still loves her unless Romy can join them. Aww.
  • Donna and Taryn in Hard Ticket to Hawaii, Picasso Trigger and Savage Beach
  • During The Avengers, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark hit it off when they're both called to help with the Tesseract problem. By the end of the movie, Bruce is seen hopping into Tony's convertible to gleefully tear off into the geeky sunset.
    • Tony's voice overs throughout Iron Man 3 are revealed in The Stinger to be part of a pseudo therapy session with Bruce, who points out that he's not that kind of doctor.
    • Tony's been this with Rhodey even longer than he has with Bruce.
    • Also in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes have enormous affection for each other. The strength of this relationship is highlighted in The Winter Soldier after Steve finds out that Bucky is the eponymous villain.
    Steve: Even when I had nothing — I had Bucky.
    • Also in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve bonds almost immediately with VA counselor Sam Wilson (Falcon), who in turn chooses to forgo hunting HYDRA with Fury to accompany Steve in his search for the still-missing Bucky Barnes.
  • Kenny O'Donnell and the Kennedys in Thirteen Days.
  • Bert the Cop and Ernie Bishop the Cab Driver from It's a Wonderful Life.
  • Kirk and Spock in Star Trek Into Darkness, to the point that Spock gets jealous when Kirk accepts Carol Marcus as a second science officer on-board the Enterprise.
    • Also, Kirk and McCoy, especially in the first movie.
  • Forget J.J. Abrams' movies; Kirk, Spock, and McCoy were this long before. They repeatedly risk their lives for each other. In Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Kirk sacrifices his beloved ship to save Spock, and in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, he practically calls the two of them his family.
  • Back to the Future: Marty and Doc, "Partners in Time". In the first film, Doc sacrifices himself to save Marty from the Libyans, and Marty returns the favor by ensuring that he gets the news of his impending death. Throughout the entire trilogy, they're by each others' sides, protecting each other and providing the fandom with many crowning moments of heartwarming.
  • Frodo and Sam from the The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • Don Lockwood and Cosmo Brown from Singin' in the Rain.
  • K. Roth and Mills from The Living Wake.
  • James Franco and Seth Rogen in This Is the End are a subversion. Seth is good friends with James, who is more than a little obsessed with Seth, to the point of willingly sacrificing himself to a group of cannibals so that he can save Seth. Seth, on the other hand, finds the affection a bit weird. Made more amusing by the fact that Rogen and Franco actually are Heterosexual Life-Partners in real life.
  • X-Men:
    • Victor Creed with his half-brother Logan for their childhood and most of their adult lives, up until Logan leaves Team X in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
    • Considering that Charles Xavier's and Erik Lehnsherr's friendship only lasted a few months in X-Men: First Class, it was unusually intimate on an emotional level.
    • Mariko and Yukio in The Wolverine. They are not related, as Yukio was a poor girl found in the street by the Yashida family, but they were raised and treat each other as if they were sisters.
    • Played straight in X-Men: Days of Future Past with the elderly Magneto and Professor X (the moment where they're holding hands is the closest that we've seen them since First Class), but averted with their younger selves. In 1973, Charles never once calls Erik "friend" (although Erik uses the endearment twice), which goes to show how broken their relationship is.
      • Moreover, Hank and Charles are each other's Only Friend for a decade, so it's inevitable that they would develop a very close bond. There are moments of non-verbal (and non-telepathic) communication between the two men, like when Xavier gently taps Beast on the chest after he mutters to Logan, "I think I'd like to wake up now." McCoy immediately understands that the gesture means, "You can calm down now, our visitor is not a threat," and he reverts back to his human form.
  • My Fair Lady has Professor Higgins and Colonel Pickering. Both are middle aged bachelors and seem to prefer the relationship they have with each other over one with a member of the opposite gender although this is much more evident with Higgins than Pickering.

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