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Heterosexual Life-Partners

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, 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 Friend Versus Lover quarrel to be epic. Note that despite the trope name, the characters in question are not necessarily both heterosexual.

Sometimes this is an extreme form of an Odd Couple, in that the two are different as night and day. Those Two Guys 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 Vitriolic Best Buds. In adventure stories, they are often Blood Brothers. The pair may be Mistaken for Gay by those around them.

Works often lampshade, mock or play with the relationship by throwing in some Homoerotic Subtext, but that's by no means necessary. For fans' delight at such scenes or ship teases, see Ho Yay.

If the two friends are opposite sexes, they're Platonic Life Partners, perhaps Like Brother and Sister. When an entire group are life partners, they're True Companions. Compare also Chastity Couple, whose relationship is romantic but not sexual.


Examples


Friends with BenefitsThis Index Is Not My GirlfriendIt Meant Something To Me
Headbutting HeroesDuo TropesHot Guy, Ugly Wife
Jay and Silent Bob Strike BackTropeNamers/FilmJames and the Giant Peach
The Grim ReaperImageSource/OtherJ'accuse
Grand FinaleImageSource/Live-Action TVHospital Hottie
He's a FriendFriendship TropesHonorary True Companion
Heteronormative CrusaderAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!He Who Fights Monsters
Dark and Troubled PastOverdosed TropesBig 'NO!"
HermaphroditeOlder Than DirtHome Sweet Home

alternative title(s): Hetero Life Mate
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