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Heterosexual Life Partners: Western Animation
  • Teen Titans: Beast Boy and Cyborg. Or, alternatively, Cyborg and Robin. Also, Starfire and Raven.
  • Wild Kratts: The Kratt brothers. Also for all four of their shows as well.
  • All of Homer's drinking buddies from The Simpsons qualify, but especially Lenny and Carl.
  • Mr. Nosey and Mr. Small in the 2008 The Mr. Men Show.
  • Korra and Asami in season 3 of The Legend of Korra
    • It's also hinted that Aang and Zuko's relationship may have eventually developed into this.
  • Pinky and the Brain, though in all fairness, they're forced to live in a cage. They break out a lot, though.
  • Chip and Dale
    • Arguably Monty and Zipper as well.
  • Transformers has a fair number of these thanks to its Loads and Loads of Characters, spread across the various continuities.
  • Darkwing Duck and Launchpad McQuack. Darkwing called Launchpad his "sidekick", but the dynamic was different. There's even less explanation for his living in DW's civilian house, plus Launchpad didn't even bother with a Secret Identity.
  • SpongeBob and Patrick from SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • Following the series' return, Stewie in Family Guy seems to have abandoned his plans for world domination just to have more time to hang out with Brian, formerly his arch rival. "Brian & Stewie" even has them admit that they love each other as friends.
    • Peter, Cleveland, Quagmire, and Joe count.
    • Also, Lois and Bonnie, although we seldom see them interact with each other.
  • Mac and Bloo from Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends. Never mind the fact that Bloo is a figment of Mac's imagination... Although, to be fair, most of the supporting cast are figments of the imagination. Back to Mac and Bloo, Mac has made a deal with Mrs. Foster to meet with Bloo everyday. It's even a plot point in some episodes.
  • Ren and Stimpy are a textbook example of the trope Depending on the Writer. In the ill-fated revival series that briefly ran on Spike TV, Ren and Stimpy were actually a gay couple. Word of God says that their status depends on which is funnier for the specific episode, and the extent of Ren's contempt towards Stimpy seems to vary Depending on the Writer. Especially in earlier episodes, they're portrayed as a fairly normal pair of buddies, with little venom coming from Ren. Some episodes of Adult Party Cartoon show their relationship as a borderline type 1 of Vitriolic Best Buds (like "Stimpy's Pregnant"), while others make Ren out to be rather tender and kind-hearted towards Stimpy ("Onwards and Upwards"). It happens in the original series too, though much more subtly ("Rubber Nipple Salesmen" for the first example, "Son of Stimpy" for the second).
  • Stan and Kyle from South Park.
    Stan: I don't wanna hang out in the kids' room. I won't know anybody.
    Randy: Well, it would be good for you to make new friends. You can't just hang out with your buddy Kyle all the time. People will think you guys are, you know, funny.
    • Especially in the Guitar Hero episode.
    Kyle: Don't you get it? I don't need you anymore!
    Stan: I know. I need you.
    Terrance: Wow, Scott really hates us Phillip.
    Phillip: Yes, perhaps he's homophobic.
    Terrance: ...But we're not gay, Phillip.
    Phillip: We're not?!
  • And then there's Ace and Gary, the "Ambiguously Gay Duo"
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic all of the Mane Six could qualify, as at different times they're all shown hanging out with each other individually even when Twilight Sparkle isn't around.
    • The three Cutie Mark Crusaders.
    • Snips and Snails.
    • Silver Spoon and Diamond Tiara, though the latter is kind of mean to the former sometimes.
    • And, of course.. Lyra and Bon Bon.
      • There are plenty more such fanon pairings, such as Derpy Hooves and Carrot Top, for one.
  • Norbert and Daggett of The Angry Beavers. Being brothers helps.
  • Daria: While there's never even any subtext of romantic involvement (Jane's sexual questioning in Is It Fall Yet? notwithstanding), Daria and Jane otherwise fit this trope, especially the way Daria gets intensely jealous of Jane's boyfriends.
    • The romantics angle is joked about by the show; one of the "Daria Day" marathon host segments features them as husband and wife, and in another host segment with Daria as a nude model, Jane cracks that she can paint Daria's form "from memory".
  • Jimmy, Carl, and Sheen from The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius.
  • SWAT Kats: Chance Furlong and Jake Clawson spend nearly all their time together, even at the salvage yard garage where they live.
  • My Gym Partners A Monkey has Adam Lyon and Jake Spidermonkey. One episode even had them paired to take care of an egg in class.
    • Another has Jake publicly crying when Adam is absent for a day.
  • Futurama had Fry and Bender. Bender is also extremely possessive and jealous, and gets angry/weepy when he can't live with Fry, or when Fry spends more time with his girlfriend than with Bender in the second movie. Sometimes expanded to Fry, Bender and Leela.
  • The Canadian cartoon Kevin Spencer features the characters of Porn Man and Afro Man, who not only co-star in the adult films they act in, but also share a swinging bachelor pad. There's no Ho Yay between them, though, since they get more than enough action both in their day jobs and at the wild parties they host in their free time.
  • The Platypus Brothers in Taz-Mania. To a lesser extent, Taz and Digeri Dingo since they've known each other since birth and Taz always goes along with Digeri's schemes. Why? "Taz like Dingo!"
  • Beavis And Butthead (though in "This Book Sucks", it's explained that they're half brothers).
  • Ami and Yumi in Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi are like this. They live in the same dwelling...but it's a tour bus, which they travel the world in, along with their manager Kaz. Though there are times at which they appear to be a little too close not to be doing each other, they have both shown strong interest in men and fought over a male nerd, labeling them as bona fide Heterosexual Life Partners. (No Bisexuals?)
    • After deciding they won't fight over boys anymore they hug under a rainbow. Make of that what you will.
  • Stan and Koji in Ōban Star-Racers.
  • Diadoro and Gomez in Combo Ninos.
  • Toot and Puddle, two animated pigs starring in a program by the same name, based on a series of picture books, by the same name. Live together in a small home in the burg of Woodcock Pocket/Pocket Hollow and often travel together.
  • Badger and Mole of Animals Of Farthing Wood are inseparable and they often worry about each other when one of them goes missing with Mole being the most emotional about it often bursting into tears, in fact after Mole dies Badger just can't accept the fact he mistakes Mole's son Mossy for him as they look alike and he goes along with it because he was told it would break his heart he remains his companion until Badger passes away of old age.
    • It was different in the books however. Badger never died, but Mossy did. Badger found the body and as such, it's pretty clear that he can't go into denial a second time.
  • Virgil and Richie from Static Shock. Helped along with the fact that it's been admitted that Richie is gay by the animators and in the original comic Rick, who Richie is based on, is gay and there is even an arc where Virgil deals with his feelings on the matter.
  • Barbie and Teresa (and their story colunterparts Liana and Alexa) in Barbie & The Diamond Castle.
  • Rocko and Heffer.
  • Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble are a popular example of this.
  • The Venture Bros. has Henchmen 21 and 24. 21 even lampshades this in a third-season episode, when The Monarch doesn't know who 24 is.
    • "You know whenever you're talking to me, there's another guy with me? That's 24!"
    • The "Jet Boy, Jet Girl" conversation.
    • The Venture Brothers is nothing but Heterosexual Life Partners. Even if you don't count the aforementioned, plus the eponymous characters, you have Brock and Rusty, Pete and Billy, Tim-Tom and Kevin, Watch and Ward, Shore Leave and Mile High. And the creators of the show, who most of the characters are based on in some sense.
  • Mac and Tosh otherwise known as the Goofy Gophers from Looney Tunes they are super polite to each other and agree with what the other says, many people have mistaken them for gay but in several cartoons they have fallen in love with female gopher disguises.
  • Yogi and Boo Boo.
    • Pixie and Dixie.
    • Quick Draw McGraw and Baba Louie.
    • Snooper and Blabber.
    • Hokey Wolf and Ding-A-Ling.
    • Peter Potamus and So-So
    • Breezly and Sneezly
    • ...and a number of others. Let's just say that this trope was a semi, if not regular occurence in Hanna-Barbera's shows.
  • Phineas and Ferb, a pair of inseparable (step)brothers. Also, from the same show, Perry and Doofenshmirtz. (Word of God says they didn't want to give Perry a girlfriend because he's Married to the Job—beating up Doofenshmirtz.)
    • To a lesser extent, Buford and Baljeet, whose bully/nerd relationship is portrayed more like a weird kind of friendship. You could even make an argument for Monogram and Carl, since they're always seen around each other. (Though that's an Unfortunate Implication.)
    • It's worth noting that Buford and Baljeet's song "Frenemies", while more about their status as Vitriolic Best Buds, includes such lines as "He's like my least favorite brother" and "We're Frenemies 'till the end."
    • Candace and Stacy also count for this.
  • Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Toki Wartooth from Metalocalypse are a fairly good example of this trope. While they constantly bicker over Toki's role in the band and Skwisgaar is just generally a Jerkass to him in almost all of their interactions, they often choose to hang out with each other exclusively and once in a blue moon they will come to the other's defense (Skwisgaar in "Dethrace", for example). They've also waxed philosophical together about subjects such as family and women (well as philosophical as you can get with this show). Considering that Toki has stolen Skwisgaar's clothes to emulate him in a Dethklok tribute band, offered him a *** in exchange for not getting kicked out of the band, and dated a girl that looked exactly like a female version of Skwisgaar, some fans would argue that Toki is or was actually nursing something of a Tsundere-esque crush on him.
    • It's worth noting that when Toki hangs out with another guitarist in Dethlessons, Skwisgaar's confrontation almost sounds like someone finding their spouse with another partner. And Toki's line "I've always hated you, Skwisgaar" in the first season finale is met with an almost affectionate sounding, "I knows, Toki. I knows." The previous line, in which Skwisgaar's post-mortem plans include hanging out with Toki in Valhalla. Often times they hate each other, but they're also incredibly dependent on each other.
      • Every possible pair in the band can be taken this way, allowing for a certain amount of belligerence and the fact that all five of them are complete idiots, except for Pickles, whose intelligence is completely sublimated by his being constantly balls-to-the-wall high, drunk, or some combination of the two.
  • Bobby and Joseph on King of the Hill.
    • Hank, Bill, Dale, and Boomhauer have these moments between each other. One episode (with an Overly Long Title) even dealt with a feud between Dale and Bill over a littered beer can being seen as a couple having marital problems.
  • Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn in Batman TAS, one of the few villain team ups that is based on friendship, rather than mutual gain. Though the Word of Gay probably strikes out the "heterosexual" part.
  • In Invader Zim, Red and Purple. An unfinished episode reveals they were hanging around each other even before being appointed co-rulers of the Irken Empire. One could also argue Zim and Dib, in a weird, twisted sort of way.
    • Zim and Gir!
      • Or for that matter, Gir and Tacos.
  • Jimmy Two-Shoes and Beezy Heinous.
  • Chris and Chef Hatchet from Total Drama Island.
    • Even more so, Katie and Sadie, who take being "best friends" to a bizarre level. Lindsay and Beth develop a similar but more grounded relationship, especially in TDA.
    • Owen and Noah also become this in TDWT.
  • Russel Hobbes of Gorillaz actually described his best friend Del as his soulmate - he was, since Del's ghost lived in Russel's brain for several years. Russel is the only one of the three living male band members who doesn't have numerous illegitimate offspring, and we've never heard about any women in his life, so, um...
  • Peri and Entrče from Spliced.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum are two best friends who live together in a water tower with no parents whatsoever. Taken to the extent that the very stability of the fabric of the universe depends on them being together.
  • Bill the duck and Aldo the alligator on Sitting Ducks.
  • Sokka and Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender seem to be headed this way, even though they didn't get a whole lot of on-screen interaction. To fanfic!!
    • Arguably, Mai and Ty Lee as well.
    • Aang and Sokka seem to fit this trope.
    • Aang and Appa, definitely. The two froze in a block of ice and spent 100 years together.
    • In The Legend of Korra. it's basically stated that Aang and Zuko became this.
  • Scooby and Shaggy in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated, to the point that it prevents Shaggy and Velma from having an actual romantic relationship.
  • Thrasher and Blastus in Robotomy.
  • Robin and Kid Flash in Young Justice. They bicker with each other, cockblock each other, and have their own exploding bro-fist. While Batman has told Dick not to reveal his secret identity to his teammates, Word of God says that he did tell Wally.
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show. "Bros" in the standard definition, as they act like two college roomies.
  • Finn and Jake from Adventure Time, though raised as brothers, and referring to each other as 'brother', are this to a T.
  • In Recess, Mikey and Gus seem to be the closest friends with each other out of the main six main characters, and often take each others' sides in conflicts.
    • And to a lesser degree, T.J. and Vince.
    • Outside the main six characters, you've got Sam and Dave, the diggers.
  • Mark Lilly and Randall Skeffington in Ugly Americans. Randall has a habit of getting pretty Ho Yay with Mark, much to his discontent.
  • Danger Mouse and Penfold.
  • Heckle and Jeckle. The two even share the same bed in at least two cartoons ("The Power Of Thought," "Ten Pin Terrors").
  • Sheriff Blubs and Deputy Durland from Gravity Falls.
  • Dan and Chris from Dan Vs..
  • Steve Smith and "Snot" on American Dad!.
  • Max and PJ on Goof Troop are extremely close friends. They do everything they can together in both the show and the movies, and they—especially PJ—often become very upset when they are separated. The few times their friendship is threatened (always due to an interfering third party) one or both of them always put in a lot of effort to make sure they can stay friends. Their relationship is, while not perfect, structured on giving each other support, being honest with each other, and helping each other out of tough situations. They did both have a Friendless Background, and Max acted as PJ's Living Emotional Crutch, to which he responded with Undying Loyalty (Max himself struggles with it). Interestingly, they are not at all upset when the other one gets a girlfriend—quite the opposite in fact. By An Extremely Goofy Movie, they have added Bobby to the mix as well.
  • Ratty and Mole from Mr. Bogus are a villainous example of this trope.
  • Hack and Slash from ReBoot exemplify this trope. They are literally never seen on screen without one another. They even get blown up by Hex together. (Then Phong put them back together and reprogrammed them, hence their Heel-Face Turn.)
    • Also Dot and Mouse, as well as Enzo and Frisket. Bob and Matrix also become this when they meet up again in season 3.
  • Thomas the Tank Engine: Thomas and Percy have become this, most especially in the later seasons. Gordon and James can also count, especially in the earlier seasons.
  • Mike Chilton and Chuck from Motorcity. They call each other "Mikey" and "Chuckles" at time and Mike always has his back for Chuck, as the latter is the Cowardly Lion / Non-Action Guy. Chuck does manage to go out of his way for Mike in "Fearless" though.
  • Randy and Howard from Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja have this, having been inseparable since childhood and even being close enough to share each others underwear.
  • Vinnie and Sunil from Littlest Pet Shop (2012), especially since the second season. They often watch horror movies together with plenty of Security Clinging.
  • And last, but perhaps most importantly, Timon & Pumbaa.

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