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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'':
** Fujiwara is shown getting angry when a delirious Kaguya ranks her below Shirogane and Ishigami on a list of her favorite people in the Student Council.
** Kaguya gets into an argument with Subaru about which of them is closer to Hayasaka during the class trip arc before Mirin breaks them up. Kaguya is clearly the winner, but Subaru (like most of the school) has no idea that Kaguya and Hayasaka are HeterosexualLifePartners and thinks that they've only just recently met.


* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Even though the former Axis Trio were all supposed to be friends, Germany and Japan both favored Italy over each other [[LoveInterest because both liked him]]. [[{{Polyamory}} At]] [[OneTrueThreesome first]].

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' ''Webcomic/HetaliaAxisPowers'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': Even though the former Axis Trio were all supposed to be friends, Germany and Japan both favored Italy over each other [[LoveInterest because both liked him]]. [[{{Polyamory}} At]] [[OneTrueThreesome first]].


* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' fic series ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'', the Inquisitors both like all the members of their inner circle, and vice versa; however, it's gradually made clear that each of them (except possibly Vivienne and Josephine) are closer to one Inquisitor than the other. In particular, this is true of Dorian and Varric for Victoria, and Bull and Sera for Mahanon.
* Invoked all but by name in ''Fanfic/BeyondHeroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium'', when [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Varric]] is putting together a card game for the Inquisitor and her closest friends. He wants to invite Blackwall, but hesitates because there's animosity between him and some of the others (as in canon). The two men discuss it, and Blackwall says he appreciates the thought but he "won't force the lady to choose between her friends." Varric, in turn, thanks him for not putting her in that position.

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* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' fic series ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'', the Inquisitors both like all the members of their inner circle, and vice versa; however, it's gradually made clear that each of them (except possibly Vivienne and Josephine) are closer to one Inquisitor than the other. In particular, this is true of Dorian and Varric for Victoria, serving as a {{Foil}} to her serious nature and the fact that the two have soft spots with her due to her kind and genuine nature. Meanwhile, Mahanon hangs out more with Iron Bull and Sera for Mahanon.
Sera, befitting with his carefree and fun-loving nature, although he had a falling out with the latter in the middle of the story (they immediately bury the hatchet though).
* Invoked all but by name in ''Fanfic/BeyondHeroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium'', when [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Varric]] is putting together a card game for the Inquisitor and her closest friends. He wants to invite Blackwall, but hesitates because there's animosity between him and some of the others (as in canon).canon, given the revelations about his true identity as shown by his personal quest really change his respective relationships with his fellow companions for better or for worse). The two men discuss it, and Blackwall says he appreciates the thought but he "won't force the lady to choose between her friends." Varric, in turn, thanks him for not putting her in that position.



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* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a complicated situation in the sequel, with Ron, Harry, and Carol. The complicated part comes in where no one is quite sure what category [[{{UST}} Harry and Carol's]] [[BestFriend relationship]] [[CourtlyLove fits under,]] meaning that it can just as easily be FriendVersusLover. Either way, he's worried about being LockedOutOfTheLoop (due to a mixture of PTSD and natural reticence, Harry is notoriously sparing with information about his stranger exploits, while Carol usually already knows, because she's often involved) - as he explains, while he doesn't necessarily ''want'' to get involved in Harry's special flavour of insanity, he'd like to have the choice. As it is, it's implied that while Harry continues to deeply value Ron's friendship (and Hermione's, though she's far less insecure about it), he prefers Ron not having quite so dynamic a role in his life, saying he needs them as anchors to normality. [[ManipulativeBastard How much of this is Harry manipulating them to come to terms with their new roles in his life is left ambiguous.]]



This is rather common in kid's shows, or at least in shows [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism with a more cynical outlook]]. A conflict for buddies with UndyingLoyalty, because the rest often wants that certain person to take sides (especially in a FeudEpisode). May be part of a SadisticChoice. If the problem is never truly resolved InUniverse, WordOfGod or AllThereInTheManual may reveal the real deal for us.

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This is rather common in kid's kids' shows, or at least in shows [[SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism with a more cynical outlook]]. A conflict for buddies with UndyingLoyalty, because the rest often wants that certain person to take sides (especially in a FeudEpisode). May be part of a SadisticChoice. If the problem is never truly resolved InUniverse, WordOfGod or AllThereInTheManual may reveal the real deal for us.




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* Invoked all but by name in ''Fanfic/BeyondHeroes: Of Sunshine and Red Lyrium'', when [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Varric]] is putting together a card game for the Inquisitor and her closest friends. He wants to invite Blackwall, but hesitates because there's animosity between him and some of the others (as in canon). The two men discuss it, and Blackwall says he appreciates the thought but he "won't force the lady to choose between her friends." Varric, in turn, thanks him for not putting her in that position.



* This is one of the major causes of conflict in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Captain America is trying to save his formerly brainwashed childhood friend, Bucky Barnes, from a FrameUp that makes him an internationally-wanted criminal. This puts Cap in conflict with many of his current friends and allies in The Avengers, who either believe Bucky is guilty or think it doesn't matter because a recent law makes vigilantism illegal as well. The final battle ramps up the conflict even further when it's revealed that [[spoiler:a brainwashed Bucky killed the parents]] of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and Cap is forced to protect his oldest friend from one of his newest.

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* This is one of the major causes of conflict in ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar''. Captain America is trying to save his formerly brainwashed childhood friend, Bucky Barnes, from a FrameUp that makes him an internationally-wanted criminal. This puts Cap in conflict with many of his current friends and allies in The the Avengers, who either believe Bucky is guilty or think it doesn't matter because a recent law makes vigilantism illegal as well. The final battle ramps up the conflict even further when it's revealed that [[spoiler:a brainwashed Bucky killed the parents]] of Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, and Cap is forced to protect his oldest friend from one of his newest.


* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking" puts Bender under the influence of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a virus]] which supposedly dooms him to kill his "dearest friend." When he tries to kill ''Leela'', his [[HeterosexualLifePartners official best friend Fry]] is [[SkewedPriorities extremely ticked off]].

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking" puts Bender under the influence of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a virus]] which supposedly dooms him to kill his "dearest friend." When he tries to kill ''Leela'', his [[HeterosexualLifePartners official best friend Fry]] is [[SkewedPriorities extremely ticked off]]. off]] [[spoiler:before being [[TooDumbToLive relieved and delighted when Bender finally turns on him too]].]]


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------>'''Leela:''' Can you give me some help? I think Bender crushed my foot.
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "The Honking" puts Bender under the influence of [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent a virus]] which supposedly dooms him to kill his "dearest friend." When he tries to kill ''Leela'', his [[HeterosexualLifePartners official best friend Fry]] is [[SkewedPriorities extremely ticked off]].



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* Brought up in ''Literature/JustAsLongAsWereTogether'', as while Stephanie and Rachel have been friends since they were kids, Stephanie befriends Alison at the start of the novel and finds the two of them are very similar in terms of personality, while Rachel starts to drift further from Stephanie as time goes on until they have a ''massive'' argument midway through the book. Though neither wants to back down, Stephanie admits she misses Rachel badly. When they eventually reconcile, Rachel admits she felt like Stephanie was replacing her with Alison, confusing Stephanie as she says that while Alison is her friend, nobody can replace Rachel. In the sequel, ''Literature/HeresToYouRachelRobinson'', Rachel seems to have mostly gotten over her resentment, though she does note at one point that Stephanie and Alison prefer each other's company to hers.


* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' Season 2 episode "The Breakup", this trope was [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Ms. Grotke asks the class to write about their best friends. This causes problems for T.J., however: he can't choose a best friend. And while this strains his friendship with his friends and causes the gang to break up, he still can't choose a friend. In the end, T.J. writes a report about how all five of his friends are his bests friends, and how special they all are. This ends up reconciling the group.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' Season 2 episode "The Breakup", this trope was [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Ms. Grotke asks the class to write about their best friends. This causes problems for T.J., however: he can't choose a best friend. And while this strains his friendship with his friends and causes the gang to break up, he still can't choose a friend. In the end, T.J. writes a report about how all five of his friends are his bests best friends, and how special they all are. This ends up reconciling the group.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' Season 2 episode "The Breakup", this trope was [[DefiedTrope Defied]]. Ms. Grotke asks the class to write about their best friends. This causes problems for T.J., however: he can't choose a best friend. And while this strains his friendship with his friends and causes the gang to break up, he still can't choose a friend. In the end, T.J. writes a report about how all five of his friends are his bests friends, and how special they all are. This ends up reconciling the group.


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* ''ComicBook/YoungJustice'': [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim]] has to field some accusations of favoritism and deal with [[ComicBook/Superboy1994 Kon]] and [[ComicBook/{{Impulse}} Bart]] fighting over his time on occasion. Evidently that's just the deal if your two best friends are YoungerThanTheyLook failed attempts to created {{Tyke Bomb}}s one of which was raised by virtual reality and the other by implanted memories as they're still trying to sort out some social norms.


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* A siblings variant; in one episode of ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', TheBabyOfTheBunch SocialClimber [[BitchInSheepsClothing Todomatsu]] decides to rank his brothers based on his liking, much to their fury. [[AllThereInTheManual One of Miyu Irino's interviews]] state that Ichimatsu is the one in last place.

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* A siblings variant; variant: in one episode of ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'', TheBabyOfTheBunch SocialClimber [[BitchInSheepsClothing Todomatsu]] decides to rank his brothers based on his liking, much to their fury. [[AllThereInTheManual One of Miyu Irino's interviews]] state that Ichimatsu is the one in last place.




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* In the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' fic series ''Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge'', the Inquisitors both like all the members of their inner circle, and vice versa; however, it's gradually made clear that each of them (except possibly Vivienne and Josephine) are closer to one Inquisitor than the other. In particular, this is true of Dorian and Varric for Victoria, and Bull and Sera for Mahanon.



* In ''Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'', Phil has decided that Alexander is really only his third best friend.

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* In ''Alexander And The and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'', Phil has decided that Alexander is really only his third best friend.



* This causes a problem in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Latent Image." Somehow both Harry Kim and a Redshirt have been injured in exactly the same way. Doc only has the time to heal one of them (he can't talk a nurse through it to work on the other; it's too complicated), and it's guaranteed that the other one will die. Just to twist the knife both patients have exactly the same odds of survival; triage isn't an option (it's implied elsewhere that had there been a quantitative difference in their chances of survival there would've been no conflict in his programming). He chooses Harry, and later has a complete breakdown about it:

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* This causes a problem in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Latent Image." Somehow Somehow, both Harry Kim and a Redshirt have been injured in exactly the same way. Doc only has the time to heal one of them (he can't talk a nurse through it to work on the other; it's too complicated), and it's guaranteed that the other one will die. Just to twist the knife knife, both patients have exactly the same odds of survival; triage isn't an option (it's implied elsewhere that that, had there been a quantitative difference in their chances of survival survival, there would've been no conflict in his programming). He chooses Harry, and later has a complete breakdown about it:



* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode, "Best Friends Redux", when Bugs' childhood friend, Rodney Rabbit, comes to visit him, Daffy begins to question who Bugs' best friend really is, though Bugs insists that adults can't really have best friends, but rather a whole bunch of friends. Daffy decides to travel back in time to ensure that he is Bugs' oldest and best friend. Within the same episode, Daffy has his own top nine best friends list, which, in order from nine to one, are [[ButtMonkey Porky]], Granny, a stranger who pardoned him in the restroom of Pizzarriba, Carl (A stranger he met in a Phoenix Airport), A tie between Pete Puma and Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Big Fat Rooster (Foghorn Leghorn), Tina, and Bugs.

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' episode, "Best Friends Redux", Redux," when Bugs' Bugs Bunny's childhood friend, Rodney Rabbit, comes to visit him, Daffy begins to question who Bugs' Bugs's best friend really is, though is. Bugs insists that adults can't really have best friends, but rather a whole bunch of friends. Daffy decides to travel back in time to ensure that he is Bugs' Bugs's oldest and best friend. Within the same episode, Daffy has his own top nine best friends list, which, in order from nine to one, are [[ButtMonkey Porky]], Granny, a stranger who pardoned him in the restroom of Pizzarriba, Carl (A (a stranger he met in a Phoenix Airport), A airport), a tie between Pete Puma and Marvin the Martian, Speedy Gonzales, Big Fat Rooster (Foghorn Leghorn), Tina, and Bugs.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode, "The Haunting," Pig gets possessed by the ghost of Winky, a rabbit who lived on the farm 150 years ago, who also captures the rest of Otis' friends. When Bessy orders Otis to suck out Winky's spirit with an ecto-vacuum, Otis objects, worrying he might suck out Pig's spirit by mistake, leading to this exchange:

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/BackAtTheBarnyard'' episode, "The Haunting," Pig gets possessed by the ghost of Winky, a rabbit who lived on the farm 150 years ago, who also captures the rest of Otis' Otis's friends. When Bessy orders Otis to suck out Winky's spirit with an ecto-vacuum, Otis objects, worrying he might suck out Pig's spirit by mistake, leading to this exchange:

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