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* ''Series/PennyDreadful'' has Vanessa and Mina. They are shown to have been very close when they were younger, sharing beds and occasionally exchanging kisses.


** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon 1990s anime]], Usagi and Rei show a somewhat low key version of this in those quiet, sweet moments they're not acting like VitriolicBestBuds, particularly the original and ''R'' seasons. True to cultural expectations, these moments are less common (but not ''completely'' inexistent) as Usagi's relationship with her boyfriend Mamoru matures... and they reappear [[spoiler: when Mamoru falls victim to BusCrash (unbeknownst to them)]]. This is {{lampshaded}} by [[{{Troll}} Michiru]] who comments to Rei that, her relationship with Usagi, is just like Michiru's [[BattleCouple relationship]] with [[BadassGay Haruka.]]

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** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon 1990s anime]], Usagi and Rei show a somewhat low key version of this in those quiet, sweet moments they're not acting like VitriolicBestBuds, particularly the original and ''R'' seasons. True to cultural expectations, these moments are less common (but not ''completely'' inexistent) as Usagi's relationship with her boyfriend Mamoru matures... and they reappear [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when Mamoru falls victim to BusCrash (unbeknownst to them)]]. This is {{lampshaded}} by [[{{Troll}} Michiru]] who comments to Rei that, her relationship with Usagi, is just like Michiru's [[BattleCouple relationship]] with [[BadassGay Haruka.]]



* Sakura Mikan in ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' is absolutely infatuated with Hotaru in this manner. Hotaru [[{{Tsundere}} goes back and forth between trying to get rid of her and actually returning her affections.]] In the middle of a battle scene in a later chapter of the manga [[spoiler: Hotaru appears to confess to Mikan that her feelings are romantic and kisses her, while Mikan remains oblivious.]]

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* Sakura Mikan in ''Manga/AliceAcademy'' is absolutely infatuated with Hotaru in this manner. Hotaru [[{{Tsundere}} goes back and forth between trying to get rid of her and actually returning her affections.]] In the middle of a battle scene in a later chapter of the manga [[spoiler: Hotaru [[spoiler:Hotaru appears to confess to Mikan that her feelings are romantic and kisses her, while Mikan remains oblivious.]]



* One of the possible interpretations for Licorice Nielsen and Cleao Everlasting's relationship in ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen''. Their start is kinda skittish due to how different in personality they ae (Licorice is by the book and girlish, Cleao is a fiery TsunDere), but after a bout of TeethClenchedTeamwork, they started getting along really well, Cleao became very protective of Licorice, and when Licorice [[spoiler: was ''horribly'' hit by a huge wave of BreakTheCutie (including the discovery of her origins, a massive gambit that had her as the vortex, and how her family story was revealed with terrible results)]], the one who supported her the most was Cleao.

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* One of the possible interpretations for Licorice Nielsen and Cleao Everlasting's relationship in ''LightNovel/SorcererStabberOrphen''. Their start is kinda skittish due to how different in personality they ae (Licorice is by the book and girlish, Cleao is a fiery TsunDere), but after a bout of TeethClenchedTeamwork, they started getting along really well, Cleao became very protective of Licorice, and when Licorice [[spoiler: was [[spoiler:was ''horribly'' hit by a huge wave of BreakTheCutie (including the discovery of her origins, a massive gambit that had her as the vortex, and how her family story was revealed with terrible results)]], the one who supported her the most was Cleao.



** Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki give such strong vibes that their friend Hitomi Shizuki believed that they could be a good match-up. However, ''the'' example of this trope is given by Madoka and ''Homura Akemi'' after we learn that [[spoiler: Homura has gone through a progressively more traumatic GroundhogDayLoop to save Madoka's life.]]
** Sayaka and Kyoko. A bit of FoeYay initially, but when Episode 9 rolled around... [[spoiler: ...she sacrifices herself to put witch!Sayaka out of her misery.]] Furthered by the movie, when you see Kyoko's [[GoOutWithASmile smile]] when [[spoiler:she sacrifices herself.]]

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** Madoka Kaname and Sayaka Miki give such strong vibes that their friend Hitomi Shizuki believed that they could be a good match-up. However, ''the'' example of this trope is given by Madoka and ''Homura Akemi'' after we learn that [[spoiler: Homura [[spoiler:Homura has gone through a progressively more traumatic GroundhogDayLoop to save Madoka's life.]]
** Sayaka and Kyoko. A bit of FoeYay initially, but when Episode 9 rolled around... [[spoiler: ...[[spoiler:...she sacrifices herself to put witch!Sayaka out of her misery.]] Furthered by the movie, when you see Kyoko's [[GoOutWithASmile smile]] when [[spoiler:she sacrifices herself.]]



* [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulName Yuri]] Tokikago and Momoka Oginome]] from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' were too young to play the trope straight, but still gave off ''huge'' vibes. [[spoiler: Sadly, Momoka died in her pre-teen years, [[TheMourningAfter and Yuri never got over it]].]]

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* [[spoiler: [[MeaningfulName [[spoiler:[[MeaningfulName Yuri]] Tokikago and Momoka Oginome]] from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' were too young to play the trope straight, but still gave off ''huge'' vibes. [[spoiler: Sadly, [[spoiler:Sadly, Momoka died in her pre-teen years, [[TheMourningAfter and Yuri never got over it]].]]



* Ryuko Matoi and Mako Makanshoku from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. To the point that in episode 12 [[spoiler: Mako puts herself at ''great'' risk to give a mutated Ryuko a CoolDownHug, managing to bring her back to her senses at the expense of suffering severe burns.]] Though it's implied that Mako's thoughts [[NoseBleed might go beyond platonic.]]

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* Ryuko Matoi and Mako Makanshoku from ''Anime/KillLaKill''. To the point that in episode 12 [[spoiler: Mako [[spoiler:Mako puts herself at ''great'' risk to give a mutated Ryuko a CoolDownHug, managing to bring her back to her senses at the expense of suffering severe burns.]] Though it's implied that Mako's thoughts [[NoseBleed might go beyond platonic.]]



* Even though Shiho Kobayakawa from ''Manga/PrivateActress'' already has a boyfriend when Mariko Soriarno appears ''and'' both are older than the standard for the trope, she immediately bonds with her in a way that simply '''oozes''' RTGL. [[spoiler: Too bad poor Mariko is seriously injured by a jealous rival, and it's implied later that she has to return to her native Philippines.]]

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* Even though Shiho Kobayakawa from ''Manga/PrivateActress'' already has a boyfriend when Mariko Soriarno appears ''and'' both are older than the standard for the trope, she immediately bonds with her in a way that simply '''oozes''' RTGL. [[spoiler: Too [[spoiler:Too bad poor Mariko is seriously injured by a jealous rival, and it's implied later that she has to return to her native Philippines.]]



* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna strikes one with Yuuki during the Mother's Rosario arc. The "romantic" undertones are milder than in other examples, but Yuuki still lampshades it, suggesting that they should "get married" as a joke; Asuna even gets a bit flustered, and Yuuki has to calm her down reminding her that she has a boyfriend already anyway. [[spoiler: And then it turns out Yuuki is terminally ill in the real world...]]

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* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'', Asuna strikes one with Yuuki during the Mother's Rosario arc. The "romantic" undertones are milder than in other examples, but Yuuki still lampshades it, suggesting that they should "get married" as a joke; Asuna even gets a bit flustered, and Yuuki has to calm her down reminding her that she has a boyfriend already anyway. [[spoiler: And [[spoiler:And then it turns out Yuuki is terminally ill in the real world...]]



* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Alice's attitude toward Lain involves a slight romantic tint. Lain's [[spoiler: confession of love]] in the penultimate episode make her feelings fairly clear. The anime toes the line between text and subtext with a lot of Lain and Alice's relationship, but it's hard to read [[spoiler: Lain deleting herself from existence for Alice's peace of mind, arranging things so that she can marry her high school crush, and spending eternity watching over her from the Wired]] in a way other than IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.

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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Alice's attitude toward Lain involves a slight romantic tint. Lain's [[spoiler: confession [[spoiler:confession of love]] in the penultimate episode make her feelings fairly clear. The anime toes the line between text and subtext with a lot of Lain and Alice's relationship, but it's hard to read [[spoiler: Lain [[spoiler:Lain deleting herself from existence for Alice's peace of mind, arranging things so that she can marry her high school crush, and spending eternity watching over her from the Wired]] in a way other than IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.



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-->'''Supergirl:''' (after ripping off her top to reveal her costume underneath it) Aren't you gonna...you know...\\

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-->'''Supergirl:''' (after ''[after ripping off her top to reveal her costume underneath it) it]'' Aren't you gonna...gonna... you know...\\



* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' the two schoolgirls [[ISeeDeadPeople Elaine]] and [[CuteGhostGirl Mona]] had this sort of relationship when they were both alive, and continued it even after Mona gets murdered in her first appearance. The phrase "romantic friendship" is explicitly used by Mona's headmaster [[spoiler: and murderer]] to describe them.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Lucifer}}'' the two schoolgirls [[ISeeDeadPeople Elaine]] and [[CuteGhostGirl Mona]] had this sort of relationship when they were both alive, and continued it even after Mona gets murdered in her first appearance. The phrase "romantic friendship" is explicitly used by Mona's headmaster [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and murderer]] to describe them.



* ''Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat'' takes the emotional bond between Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown and turns it up several notches, though there is still a fair amount of ambiguity there.[[spoiler: At least until Cassie completely admits she has romantic feelings for Stephanie, thinking she is asleep. Cassie doesn't want to own them to her completely because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she doesn't want to get in the way of Steph and her boyfriend Tim's love life]], which Cassandra thinks benefits both of them, even if she appears a little jealous of it.

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* ''Fanfic/AngelOfTheBat'' takes the emotional bond between Cassandra Cain and Stephanie Brown and turns it up several notches, though there is still a fair amount of ambiguity there.[[spoiler: At [[spoiler:At least until Cassie completely admits she has romantic feelings for Stephanie, thinking she is asleep. Cassie doesn't want to own them to her completely because [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy she doesn't want to get in the way of Steph and her boyfriend Tim's love life]], which Cassandra thinks benefits both of them, even if she appears a little jealous of it.



-->'''Madoka:''' Wh-what does being your best friend mean, Homura-chan?
-->'''Homura:''' Well... Best friends hug like this. They flirt. They kiss... and they do naughty stuff together?
-->'''Madoka:''' You're just playing around with my feelings, aren't you Homura-chan?
-->'''Homura:''' My, I'm always serious though, Madoka.
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-->'''Madoka:''' Wh-what does being your best friend mean, Homura-chan?
-->'''Homura:'''
Homura-chan?\\
'''Homura:'''
Well... Best friends hug like this. They flirt. They kiss... and they do naughty stuff together?
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together?\\
'''Madoka:'''
You're just playing around with my feelings, aren't you Homura-chan?
-->'''Homura:'''
Homura-chan?\\
'''Homura:'''
My, I'm always serious though, Madoka.
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* In a similar [[IncrediblyLamePun vein]], Lissa and Rose from ''[[Literature/VampireAcademy Vampire Academy]]''. They're teenagers, older than some targets of this trope, but definitely fulfill the "suspiciously close and tender female friendship" qualification. Their fight in ''Shadow Kiss'' when [[spoiler: Rose leaves St. Vladimir's intending to kill Dimitri]] has been compared to a messy breakup, complete with Lissa crying and asking Rose not to leave her. Unsurprisingly, the [[YuriFan femslashy]] segment of the fandom [[FanPreferredCouple loves them]].

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* In a similar [[IncrediblyLamePun vein]], Lissa and Rose from ''[[Literature/VampireAcademy Vampire Academy]]''. They're teenagers, older than some targets of this trope, but definitely fulfill the "suspiciously close and tender female friendship" qualification. Their fight in ''Shadow Kiss'' when [[spoiler: Rose [[spoiler:Rose leaves St. Vladimir's intending to kill Dimitri]] has been compared to a messy breakup, complete with Lissa crying and asking Rose not to leave her. Unsurprisingly, the [[YuriFan femslashy]] segment of the fandom [[FanPreferredCouple loves them]].



--> "Verity had lost her real guardians, her parents, she had entered on her new life after their death, at an age when a schoolgirl arrives at having a "crush" on someone. An attractive mistress. Anything from the games mistress to the mathematics mistress, or a prefect or an older girl. A state that does not last for very long, is merely a natural part of life. Then from that you go on to the next stage when you realize that what you want in your life is what complements yourself. A relationship between a man and a woman...I think Verity adored Clotilde in an almost romantic way."

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--> "Verity -->"Verity had lost her real guardians, her parents, she had entered on her new life after their death, at an age when a schoolgirl arrives at having a "crush" on someone. An attractive mistress. Anything from the games mistress to the mathematics mistress, or a prefect or an older girl. A state that does not last for very long, is merely a natural part of life. Then from that you go on to the next stage when you realize that what you want in your life is what complements yourself. A relationship between a man and a woman...I think Verity adored Clotilde in an almost romantic way."



* Claire and Gretchen in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. [[spoiler: Subverted now that they've actually started a relationship.]]

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* Claire and Gretchen in ''Series/{{Heroes}}''. [[spoiler: Subverted [[spoiler:Subverted now that they've actually started a relationship.]]



* ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'': Lydia suspects her granddaughter Elena is "queer" because of her close friendship with her classmate Carmen, who eats dinner at their house every day and sleeps over often. Subverted because this is because Carmen is homeless because of her parents' deportation, not because she and Elena have any romantic relationship. [[spoiler: Then it turns out to be DoubleSubverted when Elena comes out as gay.]]

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* ''Series/OneDayAtATime2017'': Lydia suspects her granddaughter Elena is "queer" because of her close friendship with her classmate Carmen, who eats dinner at their house every day and sleeps over often. Subverted because this is because Carmen is homeless because of her parents' deportation, not because she and Elena have any romantic relationship. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then it turns out to be DoubleSubverted when Elena comes out as gay.]]



** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Princess Lissa and her best friend Maribelle, plus Noire and Severa [[spoiler: from the second generation]]. The first one is even lampshaded by Old Hubba: "Now ''that'' is a girl-girl friendship".

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** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has Princess Lissa and her best friend Maribelle, plus Noire and Severa [[spoiler: from [[spoiler:from the second generation]]. The first one is even lampshaded by Old Hubba: "Now ''that'' is a girl-girl friendship".



** It ''looked'' for a second that Rogue and [[UncannyValleyGirl Risty Wilde]] were good candidates for this trope, but it took a turn for the {{Squick}} when it was revealed that [[spoiler: Risty was [[MasterOfDisguise Mystique]] in disguise, planning to use her and the X-Men for her own plans... and Rogue's mother.]]

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** It ''looked'' for a second that Rogue and [[UncannyValleyGirl Risty Wilde]] were good candidates for this trope, but it took a turn for the {{Squick}} when it was revealed that [[spoiler: Risty [[spoiler:Risty was [[MasterOfDisguise Mystique]] in disguise, planning to use her and the X-Men for her own plans... and Rogue's mother.]]



---> '''Harley''': Oh, Ivy can't hurt me. She gave me a special shot once so we can play and I won't get sick at all.\\
'''Batgirl''': You mean you two...?\\
'''Harley''': What?\\
'''Batgirl''': You and Ivy are... well... *crosses her index and middle fingers in that "I'm implying you're in a relationship" gesture* friends...\\
'''Harley''': Yeah...?\\
'''Batgirl''': Y'know... friends... like...\\
'''Harley''': Like what everybody says about you and Supergirl?\\
'''Batgirl''': What?! Who says...? Forget it! Forget it!

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---> '''Harley''': '''Harley:''' Oh, Ivy can't hurt me. She gave me a special shot once so we can play and I won't get sick at all.\\
'''Batgirl''': '''Batgirl:''' You mean you two...?\\
'''Harley''': '''Harley:''' What?\\
'''Batgirl''': '''Batgirl:''' You and Ivy are... well... *crosses ''[crosses her index and middle fingers in that "I'm implying you're in a relationship" gesture* gesture]'' friends...\\
'''Harley''': '''Harley:''' Yeah...?\\
'''Batgirl''': '''Batgirl:''' Y'know... friends... like...\\
'''Harley''': '''Harley:''' Like what everybody says about you and Supergirl?\\
'''Batgirl''': '''Batgirl:''' What?! Who says...? Forget it! Forget it!



* [[TheChosenOne June]] and [[TheNotLoveInterest Jody Irwin]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' are best friends that think the world of each other; they're at least HeterosexualLifePartners if only by the fact they have shown overt attraction to boys, even spending the beginning of one episode [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre complimenting each other when they both express disbelief]] that ''boys would find them attractive enough to ask them to a dance.'' Of all June's friends Jody is the that is most hurt by [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld her frequent absences and lame excuses]] and starts calling her out hard about it in the series finale [[spoiler: and she's the only one of June's friends to figure out that magic exists and sees June performing superhuman parkour in the very last scene]]. June does a have a canon male love interest that Jody is a ShipperOnDeck for (she actively tried to sabotage their date when she accidentally said yes to him to taking her to the same dance so he'd end up with June), but it's clear that outside of June's family Jody is the most important person in June's life. The fact that they live in an city based on [[Creator/JuddWinick Judd Winick's]] hometown of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco is just icing on the cake.

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* [[TheChosenOne June]] and [[TheNotLoveInterest Jody Irwin]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' are best friends that think the world of each other; they're at least HeterosexualLifePartners if only by the fact they have shown overt attraction to boys, even spending the beginning of one episode [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre complimenting each other when they both express disbelief]] that ''boys would find them attractive enough to ask them to a dance.'' Of all June's friends Jody is the that is most hurt by [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld her frequent absences and lame excuses]] and starts calling her out hard about it in the series finale [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and she's the only one of June's friends to figure out that magic exists and sees June performing superhuman parkour in the very last scene]]. June does a have a canon male love interest that Jody is a ShipperOnDeck for (she actively tried to sabotage their date when she accidentally said yes to him to taking her to the same dance so he'd end up with June), but it's clear that outside of June's family Jody is the most important person in June's life. The fact that they live in an city based on [[Creator/JuddWinick Judd Winick's]] hometown of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco is just icing on the cake.


* [[TheChosenOne June]] and [[TheNotLoveInterest Jody Irwin]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' are best friends that think the world of each other and are at least HeterosexualLifePartners if only by the fact they have shown overt attraction to boys, even spending the beginning of one episode [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre complimenting each other when they both express disbelief]] that ''boys would find them attractive enough to ask them to a dance.'' Of all June's friends Jody is the that is most hurt by [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld her frequent absences and lame excuses]] and starts calling her out hard about it in the series finale [[spoiler: and she's the only one of June's friends to figure out that magic exists and sees June performing superhuman parkour in the very last scene]]. June does a have a canon male love interest that Jody is a ShipperOnDeck for (she actively tried to sabotage their date when she accidentally said yes to him to taking her to the same dance so he'd end up with June), but it's clear that outside of June's family Jody is the most important person in June's life. The fact that they live in an city based on [[Creator/JuddWinick Judd Winick's]] hometown of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco is just icing on the cake.

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* [[TheChosenOne June]] and [[TheNotLoveInterest Jody Irwin]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' are best friends that think the world of each other and are other; they're at least HeterosexualLifePartners if only by the fact they have shown overt attraction to boys, even spending the beginning of one episode [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre complimenting each other when they both express disbelief]] that ''boys would find them attractive enough to ask them to a dance.'' Of all June's friends Jody is the that is most hurt by [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld her frequent absences and lame excuses]] and starts calling her out hard about it in the series finale [[spoiler: and she's the only one of June's friends to figure out that magic exists and sees June performing superhuman parkour in the very last scene]]. June does a have a canon male love interest that Jody is a ShipperOnDeck for (she actively tried to sabotage their date when she accidentally said yes to him to taking her to the same dance so he'd end up with June), but it's clear that outside of June's family Jody is the most important person in June's life. The fact that they live in an city based on [[Creator/JuddWinick Judd Winick's]] hometown of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco is just icing on the cake.

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* [[TheChosenOne June]] and [[TheNotLoveInterest Jody Irwin]] in ''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee'' are best friends that think the world of each other and are at least HeterosexualLifePartners if only by the fact they have shown overt attraction to boys, even spending the beginning of one episode [[YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre complimenting each other when they both express disbelief]] that ''boys would find them attractive enough to ask them to a dance.'' Of all June's friends Jody is the that is most hurt by [[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld her frequent absences and lame excuses]] and starts calling her out hard about it in the series finale [[spoiler: and she's the only one of June's friends to figure out that magic exists and sees June performing superhuman parkour in the very last scene]]. June does a have a canon male love interest that Jody is a ShipperOnDeck for (she actively tried to sabotage their date when she accidentally said yes to him to taking her to the same dance so he'd end up with June), but it's clear that outside of June's family Jody is the most important person in June's life. The fact that they live in an city based on [[Creator/JuddWinick Judd Winick's]] hometown of UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco is just icing on the cake.
** June also has a more down-played version of this with [[CuteBruiser Lila]] after she takes the disguised Bigfoot girl in, helped by the fact that Lila is aware of her double life and [[SuperStrength able to keep up with June's fights pretty easily]]. The plot of the episode "Make Me Up Before You Go-Go" is June trying to integrate Lila into her social group not unlike a new paramour while also dealing with the MonsterOfTheWeek.


** In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[InnocentCohabitation Kyoko is even staying at Sayaka's house]], and near the end of the movie Sayaka admits she regretted leaving Kyoko behind at the end of the anime. Meanwhile, Homura explicitly states that everything she does is out of love for Madoka. [[spoiler:Since this involves rewriting the entire universe '''again''' and her becoming the devil to Madoka's Goddess, maybe Homura really suffers from LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil and evil]] after all.]]

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** In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' [[InnocentCohabitation Kyoko is even staying at Sayaka's house]], and near the end of the movie Sayaka admits she regretted leaving Kyoko behind at the end of the anime. Meanwhile, Homura [[SchoolGirlLesbians explicitly states that everything she does is out of love for Madoka.Madoka]]. [[spoiler:Since this involves rewriting the entire universe '''again''' and her becoming the devil to Madoka's Goddess, maybe Homura really suffers from LoveMakesYouCrazy [[LoveMakesYouEvil and evil]] after all.]]


* In ''A Brilliant Friend'', Elena and Lila are not only extremely close even in their periods of "break-up" (and as the novels span a period of over sixty years, there's more than a few), to the point that when Lila feels she can't keep her childhood diaries at home anymore during one such period she gives them to Elena and Elena takes them, no questions asked, many of their actions and achievements are done to impress each other, and the first thing Elena thought to do at Lila's wedding when she saw her new husband had done something unforgivable was to ''escape with Lila'' (and was disappointed when she thought Lila had decided to forgive her husband). It's strongly implied the reason it remained to this level and didn't become a full lesbian relationship is the extremely conservative culture of Italy at the time the early parts of the series are set (the protagonists having been born in 1944)

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* In ''A ''My Brilliant Friend'', Elena and Lila are not only extremely close even in their periods of "break-up" (and as the novels span a period of over sixty years, there's more than a few), to the point that when Lila feels she can't keep her childhood diaries at home anymore during one such period she gives them to Elena and Elena takes them, no questions asked, many of their actions and achievements are done to impress each other, and the first thing Elena thought to do at Lila's wedding when she saw her new husband had done something unforgivable was to ''escape with Lila'' (and was disappointed when she thought Lila had decided to forgive her husband). It's strongly implied the reason it remained to this level and didn't become a full lesbian relationship is the extremely conservative culture of Italy at the time the early parts of the series are set (the protagonists having been born in 1944)

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* In ''Literature/TheImmortalJourney'', [[TheHero Emily]] and Rosa are close enough to give each other {{Affectionate Nickname}}s and Rosa's definitely the team member Emily is the most devastated to see [[spoiler:in the zombie truck]] near the end; and Emily is confirmed early on to be bi-romantic. As the story doesn't focus on romance, though, whether they are an actual couple is left up in the air.

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* In ''Literature/TheImmortalJourney'', [[TheHero Emily]] and her teammate Rosa are close enough to give each other {{Affectionate Nickname}}s and Rosa's definitely the team member Emily is the most devastated to see [[spoiler:in the zombie truck]] near the end; and Emily is also confirmed early on to be bi-romantic. As the story doesn't focus on romance, though, whether they are an actual couple is left up in the air.


* ''Literature/TheImmortalJourney'' Emily and Rosa are close enough to give each other {{Affectionate Nickname}}s and Rosa's definitely the team member Emily is the most devastated to see [[spoiler:in the zombie truck]] near the end; and Emily is confirmed early on to be bi-romantic. As the story doesn't focus on romance, though, whether they are an actual couple is left up in the air.

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* ''Literature/TheImmortalJourney'' Emily In ''Literature/TheImmortalJourney'', [[TheHero Emily]] and Rosa are close enough to give each other {{Affectionate Nickname}}s and Rosa's definitely the team member Emily is the most devastated to see [[spoiler:in the zombie truck]] near the end; and Emily is confirmed early on to be bi-romantic. As the story doesn't focus on romance, though, whether they are an actual couple is left up in the air.

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* ''Literature/TheImmortalJourney'' Emily and Rosa are close enough to give each other {{Affectionate Nickname}}s and Rosa's definitely the team member Emily is the most devastated to see [[spoiler:in the zombie truck]] near the end; and Emily is confirmed early on to be bi-romantic. As the story doesn't focus on romance, though, whether they are an actual couple is left up in the air.


* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has two. The better-known one is Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean, which has gone back and forth between either Romantic Two-Girl Friendship and HeterosexualLifePartners for years, finally landing on [[TheyDo outright girlfriends]]. The more recent and innocent one is Molly Hayes and Klara Prast, who are almost inseparable and can be fiercely protective of one another, to the point where Klara once jumped in front of an advancing Sentinel after hearing that they kill mutants (thankfully for everyone involved, the Sentinel in question belonged to Juston Seyfert, so the potential for carnage was limited.)

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* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' has two. The better-known one is Nico Minoru ComicBook/NicoMinoru and Karolina Dean, which has gone back and forth between either Romantic Two-Girl Friendship and HeterosexualLifePartners for years, finally landing on [[TheyDo outright girlfriends]]. The more recent and innocent one is Molly Hayes and Klara Prast, who are almost inseparable and can be fiercely protective of one another, to the point where Klara once jumped in front of an advancing Sentinel after hearing that they kill mutants (thankfully for everyone involved, the Sentinel in question belonged to Juston Seyfert, so the potential for carnage was limited.)


* There is much speculation among historians whether the relationship between UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan and William Rufus King's entailed this, or they were lovers. Even while they were alive some indications others had suspicions: UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson referred to them as "Miss Nancy and Miss Fancy" (a term for effeminate men). If they ''were'' anything more than simply romantic friends, it would have been kept a secret, given that at the time homosexuality was completely taboo, and having sex illegal.

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* There is much speculation among historians whether the relationship between UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan and William Rufus King's entailed this, or they were lovers. Even while they were alive some indications others had suspicions: UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson referred to them as "Miss Nancy and Miss Fancy" (a term for effeminate men). If they ''were'' anything more than simply romantic friends, it would have been kept a secret, given that at the time homosexuality was completely taboo, and having sex between men illegal.


* In the BBC version of the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' legend, the peasant Gwen acts as maid, best friend and general flower-bringer to her mistress Morgana.

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* In the BBC version of the ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' legend, the peasant Gwen acts as maid, best friend and general flower-bringer to her mistress Morgana.

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* This was quite common in the [[EdwardianEra Progressive Age]] in the United States. During the early 20th century, there were a number of prominent, feminist women from upper-middle-class backgrounds who eschewed marriage in favor of activism on various social causes, and many were known to form passionate, close relationships with other women that some scholars have interpreted as lesbian, but with no evidence of sexual activity. Most notably, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jane_Addams Jane Addams]], the pioneer of social work and sociology, was known to have passionate romantic friendships with several women.


* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** Usagi and Rei show a somewhat low key version of this in those quiet, sweet moments they're not acting like VitriolicBestBuds, particularly the original and ''R'' seasons. True to cultural expectations, these moments are less common (but not ''completely'' inexistent) as Usagi's relationship with her boyfriend Mamoru matures... and they reappear [[spoiler: when Mamoru falls victim to BusCrash (unbeknownst to them)]]. This is {{lampshaded}} by [[{{Troll}} Michiru]] who comments to Rei that, her relationship with Usagi, is just like Michiru's [[BattleCouple relationship]] with [[BadassGay Haruka.]]

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** In the [[Anime/SailorMoon 1990s anime]], Usagi and Rei show a somewhat low key version of this in those quiet, sweet moments they're not acting like VitriolicBestBuds, particularly the original and ''R'' seasons. True to cultural expectations, these moments are less common (but not ''completely'' inexistent) as Usagi's relationship with her boyfriend Mamoru matures... and they reappear [[spoiler: when Mamoru falls victim to BusCrash (unbeknownst to them)]]. This is {{lampshaded}} by [[{{Troll}} Michiru]] who comments to Rei that, her relationship with Usagi, is just like Michiru's [[BattleCouple relationship]] with [[BadassGay Haruka.]]



* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Alice's attitude toward Lain involves a slight romantic tint. Lain's [[spoiler: confession of love]] in the penultimate episode make her feelings fairly clear.The anime toes the line between text and subtext with a lot of Lain and Alice's relationship, but it's hard to read [[spoiler: Lain deleting herself from existence for Alice's peace of mind, arranging things so that she can marry her high school crush, and spending eternity watching over her from the Wired]] in a way other than IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.

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* ''Anime/SerialExperimentsLain'': Alice's attitude toward Lain involves a slight romantic tint. Lain's [[spoiler: confession of love]] in the penultimate episode make her feelings fairly clear. The anime toes the line between text and subtext with a lot of Lain and Alice's relationship, but it's hard to read [[spoiler: Lain deleting herself from existence for Alice's peace of mind, arranging things so that she can marry her high school crush, and spending eternity watching over her from the Wired]] in a way other than IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.




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* Deconstructed in the ''Harvest Moon DS Cute'' oneshot ''Fanfic/BestFriends''. Claire is very aggravated that no one in her town recognizes her and Keira as lovers. Everyone simply sees them as "best friends" who live together. Claire chocks it up to small-town homophobia and it only makes her more miserable with her life in Forget-me-not Valley.

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