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In general, visual novels will often feature at least one childhood friend. Whether or not the main character ends up in a relationship with them depends on the player's choices. So much so that they have been documented here and here.

  • Chiho Sagisawa and Masaya Okonogi in Princess Evangile, who have known each other since elementary school. In her route, she's the victorious one, while in all other routes she's the unlucky one.
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  • Sunao Fujimori and Matsuri Honjou are both Sora Hashiba's childhood friends in Suki Na Mono Wa Suki Dakara Shoganai. You can choose either one in the visual novel but in the anime Sunao is the victorious childhood friend.
  • Hashihime of the Old Book Town is an interesting case. Although three of the five love interests/routes feature a childhood friend, Minakami is the one mostly fits the stereotype and the one that the main character canonically loves in the four routes that happen in the same timeline, as well the one with the longest route in the game and the one that even gets confessed by the main character in routes that are not his.
  • Kiri is an Unlucky Childhood Friend for Hiroki in Canvas 2, though he secretly reciprocated. Unfortunately, Yanagi was also one of these and Hiroki wanted to give those two a chance instead.
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  • Kei from ef - a fairy tale of the two. is Hiro's childhood friend who has a crush on him.
  • Yoh from Saya no Uta is Fuminori's childhood friend who has a crush on him. Losing him to Saya, however, is the least of poor Yoh's various horrors and troubles.
  • Kanon: Childhood love interests are the theme of the harem (with the notable exception of Shiori, which is why it's recommended players finish Shiori's route first, since you don't learn about any childhood friends in her route).
  • Souji and Sayaka in Suika. It can be subverted in the alternate route, though. However, in the main story she is the winner.
  • Anyone you choose in SHUFFLE! will become the Victorious Childhood Friend except for Primula since they had all met Rin sometime as children and Asa met him in Jr High. Mess up going after a girl and you end up with Kaede, wishy washy on your choices and you end up with Kaede. She is clearly the default heroine in the game, even more so because she lived with him for most of the series EVERYONE becomes a Victorious Childhood Friend if you choose Tsubomi in Essence+ although it's implied that this is the expected end for the first game too when you choose a girl and Eustoma and Forbesii remind you that polygamy is legal in heaven.
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  • Ryouta and Hiyoko in Hatoful Boyfriend are, for all intents and purposes, this because even though the female protagonist can romance other pigeons, the game's longest route has him choose to stay with her for as long as it takes to cure him of his disease and transplant Hiyoko's brain and spirit into a body.
  • Torta from Symphonic Rain is Chris' childhood friend and appears to be the main heroine although the golden ending features Arietta, Torta's sister and Chris's other childhood friend as the main heroine.
  • While Minori's technically Unlucky Childhood Friend in all routes of Brass Restoration except her own, it's only really mentioned in Yoshine's. And also in Yoshine's route, there's Koutarou. Minori's unlucky even in her own route. Just as things seem to be going well for her and Ryo, Ryo fails a Test Kiss and she takes it badly. The rest of the route involves little more than getting things back to the way they were.
  • Chie and Shika in Kira-Kira. She finds it very difficult to admit to him, but does eventually. Interestingly/conveniently enough, it happened right as he was beginning to shape up to be one himself.
  • Kouhei and Nagamori in ONE ~To The Radiant Season~ if you choose Nagamori's route. She gets flustered when he brings it up and Kouhei is such a jerk to her its amazing she still likes him.
  • Makoto Itou and Otome Katou, if you choose her over all the other girls in School Days. The anime downright makes her the Unlucky Childhood Friend despite her sleeping with Makoto. Then again almost EVERY girl in the cast sleeps with him in that continuity.
  • Miou and Masayuki in A Profile. She is presented as unlucky since she and Masayuki broke up in the past. She appears to be the main heroine, however, meaning that in many ways she's still 'victorious'.
  • Three of the five main heroines in Majikoi! Love Me Seriously! are Childhood Friends. Miyako, in particular, is the Patient Childhood Love Interest, to whom Yamato has been maintaining a Just Friends stance to for the last several years, despite her being rather pushy about it.
  • In Little Busters!, the main heroine, Rin, is part of a group of very close childhood friends the protagonist has belonged to since he was quite young — the eponymous Little Busters. The Ship Tease between Riki and Kyousuke would also count as this.
  • Dreamy Days in West Tokyo revolves almost entirely around love between childhood friends. The Player Character returns to her old neighborhood after ten years and reconnects with the boys she used to be friends with as a little girl, causing old crushes to revive into full-blown romance.
  • Morenatsu has this, as all potential love interests save one are all childhood friends of the player. Justified that it's been five years since the player last saw his friends, as he moved away to the city back when he and his friends were in early puberty. Some of them even had crushes on him back then before he left, and the rest (including the player) start to harbor feelings over the course of the game.
  • Lamune: After a series of She Is Not My Girlfriend, Kenji and Nanami do end up together.
  • True Love Junai Monogatari: This is what happens if the PC gets together with Mikae Morikawa, whom he has known since kindergarten and had a sort-of Childhood Marriage Promise with.
  • In chapter 5 of G-Senjou no Maou, its revealed in a conversation by Haru & Kyousuke that they actually met each other when they were children, with Haru proposing marriage if they reunite as adults. In the true ending, they were together as a couple & had a daughter.
  • Junpei and Akane from Nine Hours, Nine Persons, Nine Doors have been friends since elementary school. They have deeper feelings than just friendship, however... She praises and admires Junpei every chance she gets, and his biggest concern is escaping the Deadly Game with her. They even share sexual innuendos here and there throughout the game. However, they do not end up together... in this installment, at least. You have a chance to get them together in Zero Time Dilemma, which is part of the same series.
  • In DRAMAtical Murder, Aoba Seragaki met Koujaku when they were children and he comforted him over Aoba's parents being loving but very into their work. So, if Koujaku is the chosen love interest, this trope will take place at full throttle.
  • Honoo no Haramase Oppai Shintai Sokutei ~ Osananajimi Joshikousei Karada Sokutei de Zenin Nakadashi Paradise! (please excuse the Intentionally Awkward Long Title) allows you to take this Up to Eleven; you can get a Harem Ending with fourteen different Childhood Friends!
  • Ava Crescentia and Kayto Shields of Sunrider grew up together and became romantically involved in their last year of high school. Then Ava went off to join the military right after graduation, with Kayto promising to follow in her footsteps. When they finally meet again twelve years later, Kayto has become captain of the Sunrider and Ava is his second-in-command; as such, she refuses any attempt to restart their old relationship as it wouldn’t be proper and could compromise their judgment. They don’t get together in either of the main games, but the Sunrider Academy Highschool AU Dating Sim has them get married at the end of her route.
  • Nicholl (the blue-haired half fairy and resident magic tutor/best friend to Princess Charming) from Lads In Distress is confirmed to have a route in the upcoming full version of the game and thus will presumably qualify for this trope.
  • In Doki Doki Literature Club!, one of your fellow club members is your childhood friend Sayori; she's the one who invites you to join the club in the first place. You can choose to devote poems to her and otherwise spend time with her. She confesses to you, and you can nicely reject her or accept her confession, the latter of which makes you a couple. It's then horrifically subverted when she commits suicide that evening.
  • Shall We Date?: Ninja Assassin has the Player Character, Yui Takao, and her potential boyfriend Ichika. Ichika's fatheer and Yui's Disappeared Dad were good friends, so they've known one another for years. Problem is, Yui ends up involved with the Edo Vigilantes after the murder of her parents, and Ichika not only has no idea but he should never find out...
  • In Butterfly Soup, Diya and Min-seo become close friends at age 8. The two very clearly like each other (most obviously on Min's part), but Min moves away across the country. They reconnect after Min moves back after 5 years when they both start high school. Their budding romance is one of the main story-lines throughout the game.

Alternative Title(s): Visual Novel


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