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Dee: Wait, you went to high school with us?
The Waitress: Yeah, I sat right next to you in Trig.
Dee: Huh. Wow, you are very forgettable.

This is when the adult cast turn out to have known each other when they were younger. This may be revealed in a Flashback, a prequel, a childhood spinoff series, or just be mentioned in dialogue. Maybe they all went to the same high school—and were in the same class. (Bonus points if the school in question was an Elevator School.) Maybe they all happened to graduate from the academy at the same time. Very common in Small Towns.

Not only that, their personalities have gone completely unchanged since then. All married couples may be High-School Sweethearts, villains turn out to be the Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up. Because Writers Cannot Do Math, everybody turns out to belong to the same generation.

Usually a result of the creator wanting to tell a particular story set in the past with all the familiar faces present—even if those familiar characters have already met for the first time at the beginning of your original series. Can be used as a one-off flashback gag. Often involves a Retcon to set up a particular individual story or plot point. Can be a rich source of Fridge Logic, and is correspondingly likely to stretch your Suspension of Disbelief if executed poorly.


Related to One Degree of Separation. May overlap with Forgotten First Meeting, Childhood Friends, and School Forced Us Together. See also High School A.U..


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach: Various members of the Gotei 13 attended the Soul Reaper Academy together, and it's those relationships that end up informing much of the intrigue in the Soul Society Arc. Most notably, Renji Abarai, Izuru Kira and Momo Hinamori, lieutenants of Squads 6, 3 and 5, attended the advanced course of the academy at the same time Rukia(an unseated member of the 13th division who later becomes its lieutenant, then its captain) was attending the standard level. While attending the Academy is normally a requirement to join the Gotei 13, an improbably large number of major characters attended at the same time as well.
  • Durarara!!: Shinra, Shizuo, Izaya, and Kadota were all in the same high school, which happens to be the same school the teenagers are in at the present. Shinra was also in the same elementary school as Shizuo and the same middle school as Izaya.
  • All of the Future Foundation members shown in the Future Arc of Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School are former students and/or faculty members at Hope's Peak Academy, with most of them being at the school in the same 2-year span. To be more precise, all but two of the Future Foundation Branch Heads are former students of Hope's Peak Academy. Some of them were even in the same classes. (Kyosuke Munakata, Juzo Sakakura, and Chisa Yukizome were in Class 74, while Seiko Kimura, Ruruka Andou, and Sonosuke Izayoi were in Class 76.)
  • In Fairy Tail, while they arrived at different times, several Fairy Tail members, including Natsu, Gray, Erza, Cana, the Strauss siblings, and Levy, grew up together in Fairy Tail.
    • Similarly, Third Guild Master Makarov Dreyar had a team composing of grumpy healer Poryluscia, fellow Guild Masters Bob and Goldmine, former Council member and current restaurant owner Yajima, and Erza's deceased mentor Rob.
      • The Ghost Dragon Slayer Wraith from Fairy Tail: 100 Years Quest, before he died, was a member of Fairy Tail around the time this team was active.
  • Horimiya: Hori and Sengoku's parents went to high school together, which is how the two of them became Childhood Friends. Their relationship is even shown to be a Generation Xerox of their fathers.
  • Iris from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection and Detonation knew Granz and Elenoa back when they were children, due to their parents having been a part of Eltria's Planet Reclamation Committee. Presumably, this is the reason why she only ever let herself be seen by their daughter Kyrie (since they would be able to identify her and pick apart her false claims of being an A.I.).
  • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Many of the girls of Negi Springfield's Class 3-A end up becoming members of Ala Alba, assisting Negi in fighting monsters and other mages all in an effort to find his father. Even those who don't become official members help during crucial battles even if they aren't entirely aware that they are actually fighting people/beings from another world.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Ryoji Kaji, Misato Katsuragi, and Ritsuko Akagi all went to the same college. Also, Gendo and Yui were the advisee and favorite student (respectively) of Fuyutsuki. Gendo and Yui get married, and Fuyutsuki becomes Gendo's second-in-command
  • One Piece:
    • Many older pirates and marines have been fighting one another since well before the story began, most notably Whitebeard, Sengoku, and Garp (who were the leaders of the last generation of pirates and marines along with Gol D. Roger), along with Shanks and Buggy, who were swabbies on Roger's ship. Many other older characters have been in conflict since well before the events of the story; Crocodile is implied to have fought (and lost against) Whitebeard in the past, and also knows Ivankov. In addition, it also surprises many characters to learn that Luffy, Ace and Sabo are brothers, as they are three of the most notorious outlaws on the sea with seemingly no connection to one another.
    • In Big Mom's flashback to her childhood on Elbaf, pretty much every Elbaf giant seen so far in the series gets a cameo or a mention, as well as some giants not previously identified to be from Elbaf, even though it only takes place in one village.
    • Big Mom, Kaido and Whitebeard, among other known characters such as Shiki, used to be members of the Rocks Pirates in their youth. However, their history has been censored by the World Government and because nobody in that crew got along well none of the surviving members want to talk about the subject.
  • Subverted in Saint Beast, as there is one training academy in heaven and everyone did go there together but realistically only a few of them met during that time because they were learning different disciplines. Their personalities, however, did not change.
  • Soul Eater: Stein and three of the seven Death Scythes (Spirit, Azusa, and Marie) were DWMA students at the same time. An early chapter has them reuniting after being split up after graduation/re-assignment. With the possible exception of Stein, they don't seem to have changed terribly much.
  • Naruto: Both subverts and plays this straight. Initially in the guidebooks and flashbacks most of the adults start out at very different ages, and if you do the math for their given promotion/graduation dates, were definitely not in the same class. However, as the series goes on backstories are retconned, ages are changed, and eventually flashbacks have most of the named adult characters shown in teams or class together. This is especially noticeable with Iruka, whose major backstory plot point is that he was an academy student when the Kyuubi attacked, and yet he shows up in flashbacks with the others who are shown as chunin and jounin when the attack happens, and Kakashi who outright states he became a chunin at six to make a point, yet is seen attending the Academy with Rin and Obito well into his pre-teen years.

    Asian Animation 
  • The Lamput episode "Origins" reveals that Fat Doc and Slim Doc first met during their childhood at school, where their teacher would eventually become their current boss. Mr. Mustache also went to school with them, as the bully victim of the Docs, while the Docs were also responsible for accidentally creating Lamput.

    Comic Books 
  • There was a Silver Age story where Batman and Superman went to school together in Smallville. A Reset Button was pressed near the end when one of the characters was hypnotised to forget the other. The fact that it showed Bruce Wayne's parents to be alive and all right was the least of its many, many flaws. This story was later retconned in a late 70s anniversary issue of World's Finest Comics (a Roy Thomas written tale summarizing all the various Golden Age and Silver Age "first meetings" of Superman and Batman) to show it was Bruce's guardians, not parents.
  • Most of The DCU's plant-themed characters were retconned into studying botany together in Gotham.
  • Marvel Comics and WildStorm Studios tried doing this during the short-lived Heroes Reborn reboot: they had Reed Richards, Victor von Doom, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, and Hank Pym studying together at the same college, even going so far as to call themselves the "Knights of the Atomic Round Table" before breaking apart. Reed and Doom (and Ben Grimm) all went to State University in the normal Marvel Universe, as well. This State U is located in upstate New York, it is not to be confused with Empire State University, the university in lower Manhattan attended by Peter Parker and others.
  • In some versions of Superman, (most notably the Silver Age Superboy stories) Clark and Lex were at school together in Smallville. This is currently canon again, presumably to tie into Smallville (where they weren't).
  • Ultimate Marvel:
  • Chris Claremont in his X-Men stories would occasionally do this with Professor X. At one point he established that he and the man who would become Magneto were briefly friends before splitting over their opinions regarding the future of mutantkind. In another flashback, set during the Korean War, he revealed that Charles Xavier served in the Army alongside Logan (before he became Wolverine) and Carmen Pryde, whose daughter Kitty would become a member of the X-Men as well. And it had already been established that Xavier and his stepbrother Cain Marko (who would later become the supervillain Juggernaut) were in the same infantry squad in Korea.
  • X-Men: Children of the Atom, an alternate universe Setting Update of the original Silver Age X-Men comics, changed things up so that Cyclops, Iceman and Beast attended the same high school in different grades, with Xavier posing as their guidance counselor to get close to Scott.

    Fan Works 
  • Jaune Arc, Lord of Hunger: During a flashback, it's revealed that Darth Nihilus was originally a student at the Jedi Enclave on Dantooine alongside a younger Revan, Malak, and Meetra Surik.
  • Reimagined Enterprise: In a minor example, McLeod and Satterthwaite's ancestors met once during the Postatomic Horror, although their descendants weren't aware of it until they shared family stories in "Remembrance".
  • Because Beacon Academy is so central to the plot of RWBY, Fanon commonly portrays Ozpin and Glynda (and formerly portrayed Cinder) as having been students there. note 
  • In Incarnation of Legends, it's "everyone went to Chaldea together". It seems that all the Servants in the story know each other from their time at Chaldea, which is why Ryoma and Oryou are quickly to ally with Kojiro in the Far East. Similarly, the Legiones, Romulus-Quirinus, offers Bell and Kojiro a warm welcome, as Romulus recognized Kojiro on sight and Ryoma had sent word in advance of their arrival.
  • A particular striking fanfic that built upon the backstories of the adult characters in the Harry Potter series: The Shoebox Project, telling the story of Remus Lupin, Sirius Black, James Potter and Peter Pettigrew during their time at Hogwarts. Snape and Lily make notable appearances. Interesting, the Shoebox Project preceded scenes in the Goblet of Fire that fleshed out this period in the canon. The characterization rings very true to the original work.
    • The Harry Potter fandom, in general, has a tendency to fudge some adult characters' ages in order to fulfill this trope—or conversely, in Flash Forward Fics, assume that all of Harry's classmates are going to have kids the same age that he does.
  • In RWBY: Scars, it's shown that Summer, Taiyang, Raven, Qrow, Roman, Neo's mother, Velvet's mother, and Cardin's father all went to Beacon Academy together. However, Roman was kicked out in his first year.
  • In the Friends fic "TO On the Streets", while the reader obviously knew that Ross and Chandler were college roommates, it comes as a surprise to Monica when Ross appears at her and Chandler's wedding after she spent the last few years thinking her entire family kicked her out.
  • Seen all over the place in The Last Son:
  • Over the course of Sixes and Sevens, various members of the Oxford Class of '38 come back together due to various events of WWII. Michael Carter's mission to recover the super-soldier serum leads to him being debriefed by his classmate Madelyn Joyce-Frank, who's husband joins him and Emily on the mission ot Fidonisi. There they run into Michael's old flame Roger Aubrey while he's trying to take down HYDRA single-handedly, and also discover that their classmate Edith Harker is Emily's girlfriend, and that their other classmate Kenneth Crichton is both a vampire and working for HYDRA.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the third Austin Powers film it turns out Austin, Dr. Evil and Number Two were all in college together. Also, Austin and Dr. Evil are brothers.
  • In the Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy, several of the film's characters are said to have attended Syracuse University together. Even more improbably, nearly a decade later they're all still hanging out together in the same neighborhood in New York City, one of the most enormous cities in the world.
  • The setup for The Muppets Take Manhattan is that the Muppet characters all went to college and worked on their senior class musical together.
  • Olsen-banden Jr and especially its Swedish counterpart Lilla Jönssonligan feature this heavily, at the cost of not following the continuity of the original films. While they don't necessarily go to the same school (mostly meeting up during summer vacation), almost all of the eventual characters are there,note  — even future villains Wall-Enberg and Biffen. Harry and Doris as children also have a romance arc even though the original films make it clear Doris had married and divorced someone else (and had a child with him) before they got together.
  • In Rōnin, this is how ex-spy Sam (Robert De Niro) explains to Vincent (Jean Reno) how he knows an American he asks for information; "We went to high school together". Although this turns out to be a lie; Sam is actually still working for the CIA, and the man is his boss. It's given an Ironic Echo later when Vincent uses the same line to explain how he got information from a French police officer doing security at an ice skating show.
  • In Shaun of the Dead, the flat-mates Shaun, Ed and Pete and respectively Liz, Di and David went to school together.
  • Part of the premise of the eleventh Star Trek movie, an Alternate Universe/Continuity Reboot prequel in which most of the major original series characters are new Starfleet Graduates who serve together on the Enterprise right off the bat. A bit more justified than most examples, as it is Starfleet Academy. On the other hand, only Bones, Kirk, and Uhura are shown attending at the same time, and Spock was actually an instructor. It is unclear if Sulu and Chekhov are also recent graduates, or had graduated some time previously. Scotty had been Reassigned to Antarctica already, so he at least had graduated the academy some time ago.
  • A notorious example in the prequel trilogy to Star Wars, where original trilogy characters such as C3-PO are shoehorned in in ways that make little dramatic (or logical) sense.
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines of all things. While it wasn't specific said that all of John Connor's lieutenants went to school with him, it would appear that most of them did. From this we can conclude that the future ran out of professional soldiers and he had to fall back on people he knew for less than a year when he was ten (or thirteen, depending on which film you're watching).
  • In Young Sherlock Holmes, Holmes and Watson go to school together, and The Stinger reveals that the man who would become Moriarty was their teacher.

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events: Quite a few characters went to school together, but this is somewhat a Justified Trope by the fact that they were all members of a secret organisation and this was their training; also, several of these characters are The Ghost.
  • Partly justified in Michael Flynn's Firestar and its sequels, since a number of plot threads follow members of a particular graduating class, but even throughout other parts of the series, Witherspoon alumni keep turning up in odd places.
  • Harry Potter: Justified in the series since there's, you know, only one Wizarding School in Britain. Still, it's a rather interesting coincidence that so many important characters (James Potter, Lily Evans, Sirius Black, Remus Lupin, Peter Pettigrew and Severus Snape) not only knew each other at that age, but were all in the same year. Harry's Aunt Petunia also knew Snape (and Lily, being her sister) but did not attend Hogwarts for obvious reasons.
    • Then again, many of the characters were only important because they knew each other and it makes sense they would befriend people the same age. Peter Pettigrew, for instance, would have drifted off into obscurity in the eyes of the Death Eaters, but because he was a friend of the Potters' he became important. In this instance it's less coincidental as it is causal.
    • Amusingly Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire sees several of the very few non-Hogwarts students attending classes, though separate from Hogwarts students, on the Hogwarts campus when portions their schools' student bodies spend the year their during the Triwizard Tournament.
    • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has gamekeeper Hagrid attend school at the same time as Tom Riddle (the owner of the diary Harry finds) and Moaning Myrtle, a ghostly student haunting a girls' bathroom. This becomes important when it's revealed that Riddle, the boy who would grow up to become Lord Voldemort killed Myrtle via Basilisk and framed Hagrid, leading to the latter's expulsion.
    • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows reveals that Dumbledore and Gellert Grindelwald were childhood friends before the latter went on to lead the wizard equivalent of the Nazi party.
  • Raffles: the protagonists, Raffles and Bunny, went to school together (albeit in different years, Raffles being Bunny's senior), and then lost contact for a while before becoming partners-in-crime.
  • Soon I Will Be Invincible: Played surprisingly straight (and given a small lampshade). Dr. Impossible, CoreFire, Blackwolf, and Damsel went to the same school, and mostly knew each other; however, it was a school for the intellectually gifted and they weren't all in the same year. (Also, it eventually turns out that Lily, though supposedly from the distant future, actually went to college with Dr. Impossible and CoreFire.) Subverted in that CoreFire apparently doesn't remember Dr. Impossible from College or High School (and a large part of Impossible's motive is forcing CoreFire to finally acknowledge him) and doesn't recognize Lilly despite her being his College girlfriend.
  • Stranger Than Fiction: The Life and Times of Split Enz shows that the entire band, with the exception of latecomers Malcolm Greene, Nigel Griggs and Paul Hester, all knew each other from either the same high school or the same college, even if they didn't always go at the same time (e.g. Neil).
  • Justified and lampshaded in the Village Tales series, in that the District has very few schools, including the Free School in Beechbourne, so that the local folk tended to attend the same schools; and as for the County, the gentry, the peerage, and a good chunk of the clergy, well... naturally the local cricket match between Old Etonians and Old Harrovian bulks large every year, and very senior men get excited every year over the Boat Race. (Such persons as the Rural Dean, who went to school at Marlborough and then to university at Durham, lampshade, regularly, how tiresome and juvenile this is: only to be ignored by Old Etonians, Old Harrovians, Oxford men, and Cambridge men.) All the same, that the Duke went through his prepper, Eton, and Oxford with the Archdeacon, and through Eton and Oxford with HH the Nawab, and that there's a lampshaded "Keble mafia" in the Diocese, is Truth in Television for Britain even now.
  • Wicked is an External Retcon of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. According to Gregory Maguire's book, Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West (plus her little sister) all went to the same school.
  • Wing Commander: A lot of named characters in the novels tend to get this, though usually it's more that they knew each other from previous commands while serving in the military, not from schooling.
  • Given that Saganami Island is the only Naval Academy in the Star Kingdom of Manticore, it's only natural for about half of the characters in the series about a Space Navy adventures to attend it at the start of their career. The friendships, feuds and rivalries started there tend to underfoot a quite significant part of the plotlines in the series — for example, the feud between the protagonist and Pavel Young has started when he tried to rape her there, while her husband's rivalry with his most vocal opponent Sonja Hemphill started when they were still cadets.
  • In The Witcher franchise, just about any sorcerer or a wizard has attended the wizarding school of Arethusa on the Thanedd island, and the secret cabal of its female alumni has tried to set themselves as the true rulers of the Northern Kingdoms — with questionable results, but, hey, at least they've tried. As for the mundanes, a lot of them attended the Oxenfurt Academy, the most prestigious university in the North — and it's implied that Geralt and Dandelion has even met there for the first time.
  • A Tale of...: Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather from Sleeping Beauty went to school with the Blue Fairy from Pinocchio. Maleficent also went to their school, but she decided to be homeschooled by her adopted mother due to a combination of bullying and a lack of challenge.
  • Whateley Universe: a large percentage of the adult characters are Whateley graduates, and some of the world's most powerful superheroes and supervillains are still fuming, fussing or feuding over high school slights, grudges or crushes.

    Live-Action TV 
  • This is how the cast of The Class (2006) are gathered. The main character, who first met his current girlfriend back in third grade, decides to throw a party and invite all their former classmates from that year. The main cast consists of a handful of the ones who establish/re-establish relationships, and happen to all still live in the same city.
  • Most of the Time Lords you will meet in Doctor Who know each other, and at least the Doctor and the Master and the Rani went to school together at the Time Lord Academy and were taught by Borusa. The Time Lord Academy is described as a stuffy British public school type of place with different houses (the Doctor and the Master were Prydonians) and classes on cosmic science and the like. It seems to award British-style university degrees (the Doctor barely scraped past on the second try, while the Master always got better grades and even his degree was higher). Just never, ever compare it to Hogwarts in front of an old series fan.
  • This is the main plot of Graduados. Not only all the characters in their forties have gone to school together, it is also the reason of their personal relations and the origin of most story arcs. They also include several flashback scenes of that time period (played by the same actors, characterized as teenagers)
  • In The George Lopez Show, George and Angie are High-School Sweethearts, and George's best friend Ernie also went to school with them. The principal of Carmen's school is also seen to be a bully all grown up.
  • This is how the 60% of the cast of How I Met Your Mother got together. Ted and Marshall were roommates at Wesleyan, and Marshall started dating Lily when they were all freshman. Marshall and Ted kept up the roommate thing when they all moved to New York.
  • The four members of the original cast of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia were all high school classmates, as were most of the recurring characters, including The Waitress, Rickety Cricket, and various others.
  • Most of the main characters in Only Fools and Horses, as lampshaded when the Class Reunion episode doesn't feature anyone we don't already know.
  • Smallville has a main character who is in high school, it's no surprise that a lot of the characters are going to school together. However, the writers thinking "hey, wouldn't it be cool for Character X to have a cameo" turned it into this for the DC universe as a whole (okay, some of them aren't actually going to that particular school, but they're around and they know each other).
  • Semi-averted on The Steve Harvey Show as Lovita did not meet the rest of the cast until she started working at the school. Steve and Ced were college roommates. Steve and Regina have known each other since childhood. However, later episodes imply that Ced and Steve and Regina attended high school together.
  • On Wings, the characters not only went to the same high school, they all had their reunion together, despite being different ages. This is justified by saying the school was too small for individual classes to have separate reunions, which would make sense for the small tourist community they all grew up in.
  • Veronica Mars:
    • Veronica's mother went to school with Love Interest Duncan's mother and father: explored in "My Mother, the Fiend" and a plot point in other episodes.
    • Veronica's teacher and Trina's mother. They all seemed to be in the same year.
  • A sketch of the argentinian show Videomatch, Deportes en el Recuerdo did this by having everyone go to the same football match together. You'd have episodes in which Pelé would meet, fall in love and try to marry brazilian actress Xuxa, only for that to be interrupted by Albert Einstein triggering a small nuclear explosion, then have the three, Independiente and Santos players, the referee, argentinian singer Alberto Cortéz, José Luis Chilavert, Albeiro Usuriaga and Marcelo Tinelli get into a massive fight.
  • Luke Cage (2016): Many of Harlem's older residents went to the same Manhattan public schools together.
    • Mariah Dillard was a junior that Thomas Ridenhour dated for three years in high school. She was also in the same college sorority as Mark Higgins' wife Cindy and Priscilla Ridley, and knew Piranha Jones since he was fifteen.
    • Cottonmouth was one of Pop's lackeys, ran a gang with Shades, Comanche, and Zip's father Romeo when he was younger and used to chill with Domingo Colon when their older relatives were doing business.
    • Misty Knight and Nandi Tyler were classmates in high school.
  • Daredevil (2015) and Iron Fist (2017): A plaque we see in her brownstone establishes that Joy Meachum got her law degree from Columbia Law School. Although it's unclear whether she attended when Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson did, assuming she's about the same age as Jessica Stroup, she probably would've only been a few years behind them.
  • In Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Josh and his friends, including Valencia, all went to school together. Justified in this case as West Covina is treated like a small town and both Greg and Valencia are desperate to escape it and see other places.
  • Survivor: In Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers, Ali Elliott and Patrick Bolton ended up both on the Hustlers tribe together. They went to college together at Auburn and were part of the same friends group. This was unintentional on production's part.
  • Unforgotten: In Season 4, all the suspects were in the same class at police college.
  • The Wire:
    • Proposition Joe went to Dunbar High School with Ervin Burrell. According to Joe, Burrell was "stone stupid" and was in the glee club.
    • Bunk Moreland attended Edmondson High School a few years ahead of Omar Little.

  • In "High School Never Ends" by Bowling for Soup, the singer bemoans "And I still have the same three friends."

    Professional Wrestling 

  • The basic premise of Wicked is that Glinda and the Wicked Witch of the West were college roommates, at the same school that the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Wicked Witch of the East attended. Also the Cowardly Lion was there, but he was a lab animal. Glinda even lampshades this in Act 2.
  • At least three of the main characters of In the Heights went to high school together: Nina, Benny, and Usnavi. Given their closeness, it's possible that Vanessa went there as well (she was also Sonny's babysitter when he was younger). Justified in that it's a small, tight-knit community and they're all approximately the same age.
  • Although they didn't necessarily go to school together, Hamilton has Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton meeting much earlier than real life (1776 in the show, and it's unclear exactly when Burr and Hamilton met in real life but it was not that early - the earliest likely time was in 1777-1778 when they served at Valley Forge together).
  • A Very Potter Musical: Voldemort's closest Death Eaters Bellatrix and Lucius were friends with him at Hogwarts. In the original books, Voldemort graduated before they were born.

    Video Games 
  • This was a Twist, Plotpoint and Reveal in Final Fantasy VIII. It turns out that everyone in the party (sans Rinoa, plus Seifer) all grew up in the same orphanage, which was run by Edea and Cid Kramer. The reason that none of them remember this is explained by their reliance on the Guardian Forces... apparently, extended use of their abilities affects the user's memories. More justified in this case, as the destinies of the Fated Children being tied is the result of a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy Stable Time Loop.
  • In Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, during the ending of the third Captain Qwark vid-comic, Qwark confronts Dr. Nefarious and remembers that they had the same biology class in 9th grade. According to Nefarious, Qwark was 26 at the time, meaning that he had been held back for 11 years.
  • In the Silent Hill series, Alessa, Walter, and Claudia all knew each other as children because they were all part of the same cult. This is one of only a few things that ties the various storyline together.
  • Happens in Super Robot Wars on occasion, usually as a matter of narrative convenience. For example, the recent Super Robot Wars Z2: Hakai-hen combines the school plots of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and Code Geass all together so that characters like Heero and Saji attend Ashford Academy.
  • The three protagonists of Supreme Commander 2 all went to the same (presumably international) academy together. Surprisingly, none of them are forced to fight one another during the new war; instead they all band together against the real antagonist who is stirring up trouble.
  • In Tales of Symphonia, half of the final party either attended the school or taught at it.
  • Despite it almost becoming expected, it never seems to fail to surprise the students of Class VII in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel and its sequel to learn that yet another respected and admired adult they meet attended Thors.
    Elliot: Did I hear that right?
    Jusis: You attended Thors as well, Your Majesty?
    Eugent: That I did. It's a longstanding tradition that the men of the Imperial family attend the academy. Olivert did in his younger years, and, Aidios willing, Cedric as well..
  • In Dungeon Munchies, it's eventually revealed that all of Simmer's named employees and her nemesis, the Lord Protector, used to be her classmates and roommates in college. Save for the Lord Protector, they're all still on good terms.
  • Mega Man 11 reveals that Dr. Light and Dr. Wily went to the same university, and Wily's Start of Darkness occurred when Light was given a research grant that Wily had been trying to get.note 
  • This is pretty much the entire premise of Fire Emblem: Three Houses: in the first half of the game, you play as a combat instructor at a Military Academy where a number of youths of noble and common descent from the surrounding three kingdoms are enrolled, before a massive war breaks out and forcing them to return to fight for their respective homelands.note  In the second half, following a five-year Time Skip, your students are now bitter and jaded, yet still remember their time at the academy with fondness and are reluctant to fight their former classmates and friends.

    Visual Novels 
  • Danganronpa:
    • In Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, all the students attended Hope's Peak Academy and agreed to the school's lockdown, but had their memories about their time at the school itself tampered with. Even apart from the spoilered twist, Makoto and Sayaka went to the same middle school together, although they never really spoke.
    • In Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair, once again, everybody was in the same class together at Hope's Peak... and that they collectively made up the group that kickstarted the Tragedy, but were mindwiped to help them rehabilitate. The only exceptions were Hajime, who was a reserve course student, and Chiaki, who was an AI. Danganronpa 3 expands this out to a non-program Chiaki being part of Class 77-B and the missing student, the Animator, accidentally working for Junko. Hajime also attended the same class as Fuyuhiko's sister Natsumi, while he met Chiaki and Nagito along the way.
    • The Danganronpa 3 anime is in the Anime & Manga folder.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony plays with this. In Chapter 5, the students recover their missing memories, revealing that everyone went to Hope's Peak together yet again... only for those memories to turn out faked. The Tragedy is in-universe fiction, and V3 is the 53rd season of a reality TV show.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth and Larry Butz went to the same elementary school for a few months, forming a tight bond that they were able to rekindle in adulthood (though Phoenix and Edgeworth aren't all that fond of Larry).

    Web Animation 
  • DC Super Hero Girls takes place in a high school for teenage superheroes. It features and cameos dozens of superheroes (and supervillains) such as Wonder Woman, Poison Ivy, Beast Boy, Bumblebee, Starfire, Katana, and Harley Quinn going to school together. Word of God is Batman and Superman have already graduated.
  • In the Whateley Universe a large percentage of the adult characters attended Whateley Academy, which is not all that surprising since it is the premiere school for mutants in the setting. Some of the world's most powerful superheroes and supervillains are still fuming, fussing or feuding over high school slights, grudges or crushes, and at least one second-generation superheroine has parents who met there as rivals. For example, as angry as Boom Job is at the supervillains who kidnapped her daughter Roulette, she's really enraged to discover the perpetrator is her old Whateley Academy nemesis Density.
  • In the Eddsworld episode "PowerEdd", we discover that Edd went to school with not only his best friends Tom, Matt and Tord, but also his rivals Eduardo, Mark and Jon, recurring background character Paul, living Running Gag Hellucard, one-off characters Laurel and Diwi, and even Ben and Lucy from Crash Zoom!

  • According to Brawl in the Family, every major Nintendo character attended Cocoon Academy. That includes several villains—that were being trained to be heroes.
  • In Elf Blood, given that the main institution of the story, The Council, has an academy that raises soldiers from elementary school age through high school and beyond, it's not that surprising that many of the main characters have gone to school with one another.
  • In Girl Genius, there are a number of characters who attended the school on Castle Wulfenbach. Some of them - namely Theo, Sleipnir and Gil - all attended recently or are still there, but the real surprise came with the reveal that Tarvek also attended as a child. He ended up getting expelled and getting sent back to his Big, Screwed-Up Family, apparently for spying but actually because he had been helping Gil find out who his family were, which was something that the Baron didn't want happening. This mutual betrayal is what laid the groundwork for their rivalry.
  • In Sinfest, Oof all people, apparently Jesus and Blue did. Currently not known whether this is canon or a one-off gag.
  • In Nedroid, Reginald and Beartato once discovered they had went to high school together, but only became friends as adults.
  • Tomics includes strips about Jesus as a child, usually interacting with his parents and/or cousin John (the future Baptist). For a school arc, however, the creator figured that more students were needed and threw in Lazarus, Martha and Mary of Bethany.
    Is it realistic? Did they even know each other as kids? Why did I draw them all in modern clothes?
    * grumbles uncertainly* …but it was fun!

    Western Animation 
  • In general, every Spin-Off Babies will show that the characters of the main show will have gone to the same elementary school or daycare together.
  • In All Hail King Julien, most of the recurring characters are shown to have been in King Julien's lemur school class, including arch-nemesis Karl, despite being a fanaloka and Julien only having just met him recently. This discrepancy is explained by Julien just never acknowledging Karl's existence in any way, no matter how badly Karl wanted him to.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball, most minor and recurring adults in Elmore were in the same junior high school in flashbacks (while Ms. Simian teaches every class since the beggining of time), including Mr. Robinson and Gary (the old purple guy with the antlers) who are 20-30 years older than most of the other adults (though they could have been part of the school staff). However, there are still many adults who have never been seen there, and the adult cast is much larger than the child, teenage note  and old cast.
  • A good portion of the adult cast of Arthur went to school together.
  • On Camp Lazlo, Everyone Went to Camp Together. Lumpus and Slinkman, anyway, and Jane went to the girls' camp on the other side of the lake.
  • Lampshaded in Daria in an introductory video for a prestigious school for gifted kids.
    Do You think is a coincidence that the rich and powerful all seem to know each other? Then think again, they met in school.
  • The DuckTales (2017) episode "The Lost Cargo of Kit Cloudkicker!" revealed that Della attended flight school with Kit Cloudkicker and Molly Cunningham.
  • The Flintstone Kids features Fred, Barney, their future wives, and even Fred's future boss, all attending elementary school together, but in the original series (and the 2000 live-action movie) Fred and Barney did not meet Wilma and Betty until they were in their 20s, just after graduating from college.
  • The Flintstones: Fred and Barney dated Betty and Wilma late in high school (which became the focus of one episode involving an old love letter of Fred's). One episode also shows Fred never having graduated from high school, let alone gone to college (though another episode had him enroll in night classes at "Prinstone"). Yet another episode has Fred and Barney, just out of high school (Fred just got his first razor and is first shown with a heavily bandaged face) working for the summer as bellhops while Betty and Wilma and her mother are guests.
  • "Gotham High", a show that never got beyond the development stages, had a young Batman in the same class as every villain in the franchise. Cracked had a field day with this:
    "We're suspicious of any high school that produces no fewer than 12 supervillains in one graduating class, but admittedly it does put an interesting spin on those Council of Doom meetings to think they're really just high school reunions."
  • The CGI Iron Man: Armored Adventures cartoon features Tony Stark as a teenager who attends the same high school as James Rhodes and Pepper Potts, his future employees.
  • The entire premise of Jungle Cubs is that the six most prominent animal characters in The Jungle Book (Baloo, Bagheera, Shere Khan, Hathi, Louie and Kaa) are all the same age and were a close-knit group of friends when they were young. In the original movie, the six of them know each other by name, but show no signs of friendship.
  • Kaeloo: A flashback shows Kaeloo, Stumpy, Quack Quack and Mr. Cat being in the same class as little kids, despite the fact that other episodes have stated that Kaeloo and Mr. Cat are older than the other two.
  • Kim Possible: Every guest scientist of the episode that isn't old and gray can be assumed to have gone to college with Kim's dad. This includes arch-foe Dr. Drakken (aka Drew Lipsky, who didn't actually graduate).
  • Little Dogs On The Prairie: In the short "Cheating", it's revealed that Hollister, Gilroy, and Patterson were in elementary school together.
  • Mad Jack the Pirate: the flashback episode "Attack of the Man-Eating, Green Gorillas" sees all the main characters go to school together. However, this contradicts the pilot episode, in which Mad Jack and Snuk met for the first time.
  • The Old Grey Hare: It is confirmed that Elmer and Bugs have known one another ever since they were babies.
  • Downplayed in The Owl House. While Eda is confirmed to have attended Hexside at the same time as Amity's parents, Gus' father, what appears to be Boscha's parents, and no less than three future coven heads (Eda's older sister Lilith, her ex Raine, and Darius), several other characters like Willow's parents -while around the same age- are shown to have attended different schools. And even in Raine's case, they started out as a St. Epiderm student and only transferred to Hexside at the end of the flashback after meeting Eda.
  • On Peppa Pig, Madam Gazelle taught Peppa's parents and those everyone else in the class as well. Peppa and her friends get to see the time capsule their parents made, after burying one of their own.
  • The Raccoons in the episode "Making the Grade" shows that Bert, Ralph, Melissa, and Cedric went to school together. Justified in that they live in a small rural town.
    • However, this would go against a couple of points from the specials and series. Going back to the Christmas special, which is the first time the Raccoons meet up with both Sneers. If we stick with the series, it goes against "The Sky's The Limit", in which Ralph and Melissa mention the first time they met, which is described as an encounter they made as adults.
  • Rocko's Modern Life sometimes showed flashbacks of Rocko having gone to elementary and high school with his friends Heffer and Filbert. It's hard to say how canon this is since the series also makes it clear that Rocko immigrated to America as an adult. Word of God says that while the elementary school gag was just that, Rocko attending American high school for a year as an exchange student was what drove his later decision to move to the States.
  • The Simpsons: In the episode "Springfield Up", most of the middle-aged adult characters are seen as kids, going to the same school — including Homer and Marge.
    • Another variation of this trope from "The Way We Weren't": Everyone went to summer camp together.
    • In fact, it's now generally established as canon that all Springfield's adults went to school together. In early seasons, it was only Homer, Barney, and Marge who went to high school together. Subsequent seasons show Homer being childhood friends and school buddies with Lenny and Carl, and even the likes of Snake and Mrs. Krabappel attending the same school around the same time Homer and Marge did. (See the aforementioned "Springfield Up")
  • The Spectacular Spider-Man does this with several of Spider-Man's supporting characters, including Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy, a pre-Venom Eddie Brock, a not-yet Prowler Hobie Brown, Glory Grant, and Randy Robertson. Granted, the former four have a basis in the Ultimate Spider-Man, but even then, there were liberties. (In the Ultimate comics, Eddie and Peter hadn't seen each other between their parents deaths' and Peter becoming Spider-Man, and Gwen Stacy was a transfer student. In the show, Eddie has graduated from Midtown High the year before, Gwen was always there, and it's MJ who transferred.)
  • Ultimate Spider-Man likewise does something similar, putting Spider-Man's team in his high school, including de-aged versions of Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
  • The Venture Bros.: Pretty much every single important adult character went to college together: Dr. Venture & Brock (roommates), Pete White & Baron Underbheit (roommates), The Monarch, and one-off villain Mike Sorayama. This was lampshaded by Hank when Doc (in-story) mentions a weird kid with huge eyebrows who's obsessed with monarch butterflies.
    Hank: You are not gonna tell me that you went to college with The Monarch, too! Where did you guys go, Super Crazy No-Way School?!?
    • Phantom Limb and Professor Impossible taught at that same college, Dr. Girlfriend was a student there (though she didn't attend at the same time as the previous group), as was Billy (though he was undercover to spy on Phantom Limb). Even Monarch Henchman #21...
    • It has recently been revealed that Rusty and The Monarch were Forgotten Childhood Friends, taking this to the next level.
  • Wacky Races (2017): In "It's a Wacky Life", it's revealed that, except for I.Q., the Wacky Racers went to school together.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls (1998), when the Girls travel to the past, it's revealed that the Professor, Ms. Bellum, and Ms. Keane all were in the same class in school.
  • X-Men: Evolution sees much of the X-Men, the New Mutants, and much of the Brotherhood attend pubic school together, with Mystique and later a pre-Senator Kelly as the principal.

    Real Life 
  • Many New York rappers who came to prominence back in the 1990s either grew up around each other or literally went to school together at some point. For example, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Biggie Smalls had all gone to the same high school in Brooklyn—in fact, Jay-Z and Busta Rhymes would often have "rap battles" at lunch.
    • Follow the Leader: Can sometimes be explained as one artist/group becomes extremely popular, the music industry tends to sign several other artists/groups in the same area to hopefully recreate the same success, but can also be related to shared cultural experiences
  • The West Point class of 1915 was nicknamed "The Class the Stars Fell on" because so many members, including Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley, went on to become famous generals during World War II.
  • Similarly, the Harvard Business School MBA class of 1949 became known as "The Class the Dollars Fell on". Of the roughly 700 graduates, over a third became CEOs and well over half became multimillionaires.
  • The American Civil War can sometimes read like a dark and gritty sequel fic to Harry Potter, with West Point as the Hogwarts that almost every single prominent officer on both sides attended. Not everyone attended at the same time, but relationships were tight-knit as graduating classes contained less than 50 students.
    • A great example is future Confederate general A.P. Hill, an aristocratic Southerner who was roommates with future Union general George McClellan, close friends with Ambrose Burnside, never got along with the slightly less rich and much more intensely religious Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson (his future commanding officer) and was in the same year as class prankster and lowest-ranked graduate George Pickett (of the disastrous Pickett's Charge).
    • Hill and McClellan's friendship was ruined years before the Civil War though, when they courted the same woman and it came out that the reason Hill had repeated his third year at West Point was due to a massive gonorrhea infection acquired on spring break.
  • French Revolutionaries Maximilien Robespierre, Camille Desmoulins and Stanislas Freron all went to school together.
    • The fact that this was an elite school in the national capital helped.
    • This theme seems to carry through the Revolution - many of the Revolution's major figures knew each other very well before they became prominent. For example, Desmoulins, Georges Danton and Fabre D'Eglantine all worked at the same law firm before the Revolution, and Jacques-Rene Hebert worked for Desmoulins' newspaper in 1789, though neither would be much more to the Revolution than enthusiastic observers until 2 or 3 years later.
    • Going international, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Talleyrand, Metternich, Benjamin Constant and Maximilian von Montgelas all attended the lectures of Christoph Wilhelm von Koch (Christophe-Guillaume Koch in French), professor of law of state and history at Strasbourg University.
  • Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson, and Robbie Coltrane knew each other at university at Cambridge.
  • Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Lise Mayer and Ben Elton studied acting college together.
  • This is actually how Monty Python started, as a live comedy group; Terry Jones and Michael Palin met at Oxford, while Graham Chapman and John Cleese were in the same year at Cambridge and joined the Footlights, with Eric Idle joining them a year later. After picking up a strange-thinking American on a Footlights tour in NYC, the building blocks of the Pythons were there.
    • Three other contemporaries from Oxbridge (Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden and Bill Oddie) who moved in the same loosely interchangeable circles and who might well have become Pythons themselves took a related direction when their groups finally coalesced: they became The Goodies.
    • Rowan Atkinson and Richard Curtis were members of the Oxford Review together before collaborating on Not the Nine O'Clock News and Blackadder.
  • Robin Williams and Christopher Reeve went to Juilliard together, being the only two students accepted to the exclusive Advanced Program that particular year. They remained friends until Reeve's death.
    • Kevin Conroy was also at Juilliard during that time, and almost became Reeve's roommate. So, we could have seen Superman and Batman as roommates.
    • Williams and future Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll graduated in the same class at Redwood High School in Marin County, California.
  • Bryan Singer, Christopher McQuarrie and Ethan Hawke knew each other in high school.
  • Al Gore and Tommy Lee Jones were roommates at Harvard University. Seriously.
  • Fran Drescher and Ray Romano graduated from Hillcrest High School in Brooklyn, NY together. Years later, their respective sitcoms The Nanny and Everybody Loves Raymond crossed over in The Nanny episode "The Reunion Show" as Fran Fine and Ray Barone meet up at their class reunion for Hillcrest High.
  • Three of the four original members of Pink Floyd (Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright) met in college, while studying architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic in London. The fourth original member, Syd Barrett, went to high school with Roger Waters, and Waters' mother was one of his teachers in middle school. David Gilmour also joined the band after meeting Barrett in college, as the two both studied music at Cambridge Technical College.
  • Genesis was formed by five teenagers who were attending Charterhouse School near London. Two of them, Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford, remained members throughout the band's run.
  • The founding members of America (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek) met while attending a London-area high school for US military dependents.
  • U2 was formed in 1976 by seven students at a secondary school in Dublin. One never came back for a second practice, one more left after a few weeks, and in 1978 one more member amicably left, leaving it with the lineup it has to this day.
  • Hootie & the Blowfish formed when the members were students at the University of South Carolina.
  • When Chicago was formed, three of its six founding membersnote  were students at DePaul University in Chicago. Another founding membernote  was recruited from Roosevelt University, another school in the city, while the other founding membersnote  also grew up nearby.
  • Arctic Monkeys formed when frontman Alex Turner and drummer Matt Helders (who were both neighbors and childhood friends) met original bassist Andy Nicholson at Stocksbridge High School. Guitarist Jamie Cook and replacement bassist Nick O'Malley also attended Stocksbridge and were friends with the bandmates before joining.
  • MGMT members Andrew VanWyngarden and Benjamin Goldwasser met each other during their freshman year at Wesleyan University.
  • The two members of Ween, Aaron Freeman and Mickey Melchiondo, first met each other in a typing class while both in junior high in New Hope, Pennsylvania. They initially didn't get along due to having completely different personality types, but they eventually bonded and became friends after they discovered they both liked music.
  • Tiffany and Jessica from the Korean Girl Band Girls' Generation not only attended the same school in Seoul, South Korea, but were actually born at the same hospital in California.
  • Ursula K. Le Guin and Philip K. Dick went to high school together, and were apparently in the same year, but Le Guin has since claimed that she didn't know Dick personally at the time.
  • Christopher Hitchens was an undergraduate at Oxford at the same time Bill Clinton was studying on his Rhodes scholarship, personally attesting Clinton's infamous claim of "I smoked, but I didn't inhale." marijuana.
  • Frank Zappa and Captain Beefheart went to high school together. They met when Zappa's parents had moved to Lancaster, California. Being eccentric people with a shared love for blues music, free jazz and avantgarde classical music brought them together.
  • Matt Groening, Lynda Barry and Charles Burns all went to college together.
  • At the university of Cambridge author Germaine Greer, comedian Eric Idle, TV presenter Simon Schama and Clive James were all in the same year.
  • Stephen Colbert and David Schwimmer studied acting together at Northwestern University's School of Speech.
  • In the United States, it is not uncommon for students attending a college or university near their hometown (especially community colleges) to encounter a dozen or more alumni from their high school, and in turn those entering the workforce near their alma mater will frequently find several fellow recent graduates.
    • Not to mention that the first surviving set of quintuplets born in Kentucky, born in 2001 and homeschooled through high school graduation, started studies at Bellarmine University in their hometown of Louisville in August 2020. Story here.
  • Rick Moranis and Rush frontman Geddy Lee went to elementary school in Canada together.
  • Kevin Spacey and Mare Winningham went to high school together. During their senior year, they starred in their high school production of The Sound of Music as Captain von Trapp and Maria, respectively.
  • Long before the James Bond franchise, Roger Moore and Lois Maxwell went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) together, which lent delightful realism to their characters' Belligerent Sexual Tension throughout Moore's tenure.
  • Eton College is an elite English boarding school famous for its many successful alumni.
    • Twenty British Prime Ministers, Princes William and Harry, numerous foreign royals and all manner of celebrities are counted among the Old Etonians.
    • Fictional Old Etonians include characters as diverse as James Bond, Captain Hook, and Bertie Wooster.
  • Harrow School is Eton's main rival and has similarly illustrious alumni.
    • Nine British PMs (including Churchill), many foreign heads of state, and many celebrities are all Old Harrovians.
    • There are considerably less fictional Old Harrovians than Old Etonians, but there are a few such as Nigel Thornberry and The Scarlet Pimpernel.
  • One of Roger Ebert's high school classmates was David Ogden Stiers, which he discussed in his review of Time Regained.
  • Matt Le Blanc and Louis C.K. graduated together from Newton North High School in suburban Boston.
  • The founding members of Dream Theater, guitarist John Petrucci and bassist John Myung, grew up together. They both attended high school with the band's original keyboard player Kevin Moore. They met Mike Portnoy, DT's drummer from 1985 until 2010, at Berkley College of Music.
  • Josh Gad, Josh Groban, and Leslie Odom Jr. went to the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama together, though Groban dropped out during his last semester because he'd gotten his recording contract.
  • Canada provides a dark example: two graduates of the same Economics class at the University of Toronto Scarborough were Paul Bernardo and Russell Williams, two of the most notorious serial rapists and murderers in modern Canadian history.
  • Phillip Zimbardo and Stanley Milgram, the two most notorious experimental psychologists of all time (Zimbardo for the Stanford Prison Experiment, Milgram for the Milgram shock experiment), were friends back in high school.
  • The founders of Google, Larry Page and Sergei Brin, met as computer science Ph.D. students at Stanford University.
  • Detroit Lions/Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw were classmates and varsity football and baseball teammates at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas. Kershaw was Stafford's center in football while Stafford was Kershaw's catcher in baseball.
  • Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy of Uncle Tupelo met each other in their high school English class in Belleville, Illinois.
  • The members of R.E.M. were all students at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Guitarist Peter Buck met lead vocalist Michael Stipe while he was working part time at a record store, Wuxtry Records. The two met Mike Mills (the bassist) and Bill Berry (the drummer), who had known each other since high school, at a party.
  • Ian Curtis and Stephen Morris of Joy Division attended King's School in Macclesfield, England.
  • All members of Radiohead attended Abingdon School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England.
  • All three members of Muse attended Teignmouth Community College (now designated as "School") in the town of that name in Devon, England.
  • The cast of The Office (US) had two sets of former classmates: John Krasinski and B.J. Novak graduated in the same class at Newton South High School in Massachusetts, while Ed Helms graduated one year after Brian Baumgartner at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.
  • Damon Albarn, Graham Coxon and Alex James of Blur met at London's Goldsmiths College.
  • Ian Brown and John Squire of The Stone Roses met at Manchester's Altrincham Grammar School for Boys.
  • Cameron Diaz and Snoop Dogg were classmates at Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
  • Mark Kermode and Jason Isaacs were in the same year at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School in Hertfordshire, hence Kermode's "Hello to Jason Isaacs" shout-outs. They were ahead of Sacha Baron Cohen and David Baddiel.
  • Paul McCartney and George Harrison first met on the bus to the Liverpool Institute. Harrison and John Lennon both attended Dovedale Primary School.
  • Sex Pistols: John Lydon and Sid Vicious first met in 1973 when they were both students at Hackney Technical College, while Steve Jones and Paul Cook met at the Christopher Wren School, now Phoenix High School, London in White City Estate, Shepherds Bush.
  • Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met at Wentworth Primary School in Dartford.
  • Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend and John Entwistle of The Who met at Acton County Grammar School.
  • The four founding members of The Ramones attended Forest Hills High School in Queens.
  • Peter O'Toole, Albert Finney, Alan Bates and Brian Bedford attended RADA together. O'Toole described this as "the most remarkable class the academy ever had, though we weren't reckoned for much at the time. We were all considered dotty".
  • Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith of The League of Gentlemen first met at Bretton Hall Theatre School in Yorkshire.
  • Patrick Stewart and BRIAN BLESSED met at a Mytholmroyd drama course at Mirfield Secondary Modern School.
  • Liza Minnelli and Katy Manning were best friends at Miss Dixon and Miss Wolfe's School for Girls in Dulwich Village.
  • James Coburn and Robert Vaughn were classmates at Los Angeles City College.
  • Val Kilmer and Kevin Spacey attended high school and Juilliard together.
  • Ian Watkins and Mike Lewis of Lostprophets met at Hawthorn High School.
  • Ray Davies and Pete Quaif of The Kinks met at William Grimshaw Secondary Modern School (later merged with Tollington Grammar School to become Fortismere School) in Muswell Hill.
  • Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao were among the Seven Little Fortunes from the China Drama Academy at the Peking Opera School. They would be known as The Three Brothers, or The Three Dragons.
  • Three vastly different musicians who went on to have Top 10 hits in The '70s went to Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the latter part of The '50s—eclectic singer-songwriter Leon Russell, David Gates of the soft rock band Bread, and Blues Rock guitarist Elvin Bishop.
  • Pretty much any given year in the history of Beverly Hills High School had a bunch of future notables walking in the same halls. Richard Dreyfuss and Albert Brooks were both in the class of 1965, while Rob Reiner graduated a year earlier. In the early part of The '80s, Nicolas Cage, David Schwimmer, Crispin Glover, Lenny Kravitz and Slash were all attending BHHS at the same time.
  • Director David Gordon Green collaborates with his college friends, a group that includes Danny McBride, Paul Schneider, and producer/writer Jody Hill.
  • As mentioned on the show when she guest-hosted Saturday Night Live, Emma Stone and Aidy Bryant attended Xavier College Prep in Phoenix around the same time (Bryant was one year ahead of Stone).
  • Before starring on Saturday Night Live together, Adam Sandler and Molly Shannon were classmates at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. Sandler was actually the one who recommended Shannon to the producers.
  • Team StarKid met while studying at the University of Michigan and did several projects together.