What do you think Heterosexual Life-Partners
is about? Whatever your answer, many disagree with you.
Some think it means "best friends, both male or both female." Like Abbott and Costello
, two characters from A Clockwork Orange
or Archie and Jughead
. Scores, maybe hundreds of examples on the main page assume this definition.
Others interpret the title ironically. They think that we call the characters heterosexuals, and they are, but they're practically a romantic couple. This latter definition actually seems to be the primary meaning, and the trope even has Bromance
as a redirect.
(The intentionally ambiguous laconic, "Really
close same-sex friends," offers no help at all.)
As a result of the different interpretations, examples cover a spectrum of tropes. For instance, from The Simpsons
, we have:
- Bart and Milhouse. These are two straight 10-year-old boys and best friends.
- Lou and Chief Wiggum. These are straight men, partners on the job, whose relationship sometimes mirrors a romantic one.
- Lenny and Carl. For a while, their relationship saw humor similar to Lou and Wiggum's. But they have also sometimes been directly implied to have an actual romantic relationship.
- Smithers and Burns. Smithers is an openly gay man who fantasizes sexually about his boss, who considers him his best friend.
The one interpretation no one takes on is the literal one. You know. Life partners who share a heterosexual relationship
Inexplicably, Platonic Life Partners
is the "opposite sex" version of this trope, according to both pages. Someone thought that "platonic" implies opposite sex while "heterosexual" implies same-sex.
I suggest we:
This leaves many examples of same-sex best friends. We don't seem to have a Best Friends
trope. We can put one through YKTTW
. It may be a viable trope, or a supertrope, or too broad to be useful.