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"Blastus is right, I think you two just need to admit you belong together, just like me and my buddy."

A Friendship Trinket is an object that is kept by one or two characters to symbolise their friendship or trust towards another character. The item is often something the friends had since they were children such as hair ornaments, necklaces or something that has been split in half for them to share. It can also be given as a token of gratitude after one character saves or helps another. Some examples may double as items with a practical purpose, such as allowing one friend to summon the other for help.

If this precious keepsake is lost, stolen, or damaged, expect the owner to try to frantically recover or fix it, thinking that their relationship with their friend will be severed if they don't.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • The matching seashell halves in Destiny of the Shrine Maiden start off as a Friendship Trinket but get upgraded to Love Trinket for Himeko and Chikane.
  • In Lyrical Nanoha, Nanoha and Fate exchange their hair ribbons at the end of the first season. They both continue to wear them throughout the second season but remove them following the Time Skip (though by that point, they weren't exactly "friends").
  • Digimon Adventure: The Crest of Friendship resembles an interlocking pair of friendship trinkets. It's a symmetrical emblem with a split center.
  • In the end of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, right before she became the personification of hope, Madoka gave her hair ribbons to Homura.
  • Pokémon: The Original Series: Ash and Gary keep the halves of a Poké Ball they broke when they were younger as a sign of their friendship and rivalry. We of course never even knew it existed and they both carried it around all the time until the end of season 5 when they finally had their first full on battle.
  • On Yu-Gi-Oh!, Duel Monsters cards often fill this role.
    • Solomon Muto's most treasured card, the Blue-Eyes White Dragon, was a gift from his friend Arthur Hawkins. At least, until Seto Kaiba wins the card in a duel and tears it in half.
    • Some time later, Yugi Muto (Solomon's grandson) duels Rebecca Hawkins (Arthur's granddaughter). Afterwards, Yugi gives Rebecca the Ties of Friendship card.
  • In Recovery of an MMO Junkie, Lily and Hayashi wear matching bracelets after Hayashi defeats his first boss with Lily's guidance.
  • In Asteroid in Love, Ao puts a whale charm on her bag to remind her of the childhood promise with Mira. Why a whale? Mira is also the brightest star in the Cetus constellation, named after a mythical beast often compared to a whale.
  • The premise of Chapter 5 of I Think Our Son Is Gay involves this, as Tomoko finds the charm Hiroki puts on his backpack on the foyer. As per this trope, when Hiroki comes back from school, he is in a Heroic BSoD as he thinks he lost the charm given to him by his friend (and crush) Daigo.
  • In Moriarty the Patriot, William kept an odd playing card, spliced together from the king of hearts and the jack of hearts, which he used to cheat Moran in poker, with him for years after The Final Problem and even through tumbling to his death. When Sherlock gives it to Moran, the colonel reacts with an almost religious level of relief.
  • GTO: The Early Years: Shinomi convinces Eikichi it's really her by giving him back a keychain charm he'd given her back in middle school.
  • Handsome Girl and Crossdressing Boy has a romantic version: Hazuki gives Iori one earring, and wears the other one herself on the same ear so they match.

    Comic Books 

    Fan Works 
  • Bridge to Terabithia 2: The Last Time: Jess, upon finding out his former childhood friend Leslie who was presumed dead years ago turns out to be still alive, decide to cherish their restored friendships with a Christmas present in the form of two friendship bracelets, with the words "Terabithia" ("Tera" for him, "Bithia" for her) each of them gets to keep. In a later chapter one year after when they have a Relationship Upgrade to lovers, Leslie bought friendship lockets, one for each of them.
  • In The Confectionary Chronicles, Hermione gives Millicent Bullstrode one of a pair of hair clips she received for her birthday as the equivalent of this. It’s unclear if Hermione is fully aware of the implications of this act, but it’s particularly touching to Millicent as it affirms that Hermione sees her as someone to be valued when Millicent has spent most of her life being looked down for being the half-hag daughter of a pureblood family.
  • Our Own League verse: Briefly in Teen Titans: Witch-Hunt, the narration calls to attention that the gem on Raven's third eye chakra matches her mentor and Parental Substitute, Zatanna's choker. This implies Raven received it as a gift from Zatanna.
  • A Year To Fill An Empty Home: Just like their son is doing many miles away in Tokyo, as Takeshi and Chou Kurusu solidify the bonds with their new friends/pseudo-Confidants that they've cultivated throughout the year, they are given gifts to symbolize those bonds at the end of the year.
  • Unlikely: Purpled and Tommy each have a piece of a domino mask that splits into two pieces.

  • A museum in the Outer Banks of North Carolina has a film adaptation of the story of Roanoke Colony, which features a trio of Indian Historical Domain Characters. One of them wears a sand dollar as a necklace, and he breaks it into thirds to symbolize their friendship.
  • In Thomas and the Magic Railroad, Lily gives her Burnett a friendship bracelet to remind them of their friendship. Later in the film, Lily puts the gold dust Junior gives to her on her bluebird toy, also to remind her of her friendship with Burnett.
  • Star Wars: Anakin gives Padme a necklace in The Phantom Menace when they first meet. It decorates her hearse during her funeral at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
  • In Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Kevin gives the Pigeon Lady (whom he had befriended earlier on in the movie, and even saved him from Marv & Harry's clutches) another Turtle Dove Ornament. Said act is rumored that if one person gives a very special person another Turtle Dove, the 2 who have the turtle dove ornaments will always be friends.
  • Kung Fu Hustle reveals that the Cute Mute ice-cream vendor kept the lollipop that Sing had suffered a beating over to remember how he'd helped her against the bullies when they were children. When Sing, now a low-level crook, breaks it in a panic, she patches it up the best she can so she can offer it to him again.
  • Special Female Force: After Team D arrives in Malaysia for their first solo mission, Honey gives all her teammates friendship bracelets. It's later revealed that they contain hidden GPS tracking chips, allowing them to trace down each other should they be separated.
  • In Turning Red, Meilin "Mei" Lee and her group of friends all wear woven friendship bracelets with one thread representing each girl (Red = Mei, Green = Mirian, Purple = Abby and Yellow = Priya). After Tyler joins the group he is also given a bracelet as well.
  • In Vivo, Gabi wears two woven friendship bracelets with skulls in hopes of finding a best friend to share them with. When Vivo arrives she immediately wants to give him one but he initially rejects it but after everything they go through to deliver Andres' song, Vivo grows fond of Gabi and accepts the bracelet and her friendship.

  • In the Tamora Pierce’s Circle of Magic books, the characters have a string circle containing their united magic which represents their friendship.
  • In The Idiot, Myshkin and Rogozhin have a heart-to-heart conversation and promise that—no matter how their rivalry over Nastasya's affection ends—they'll remain friends. Both men are wearing cross necklaces, and they trade crosses as a sign of their friendship.
  • In the last Cut and Run book, Ty knows he's screwed up when Nick runs out and leaves behind the knife Ty gave him for his birthday. Embedded in the wall.
  • In Mermaids of Eriana Kwai, the ten-year-old mermaid Lysi makes matching shell necklaces for herself and her human friend Meela. Unfortunately, there's so much hatred between mermaids and humans that when Meela's father finds out about the necklace, he shoots Lysi with an iron bolt. Lysi spends the next eight years thinking Meela betrayed her.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Anne with an E, Anne and Diana have matching halves of a heart-shaped locket.
  • In the backstory of Bones, Cam had a live-in relationship with a man and grew to love his young daughter. When she left him, she told the girl that she would always love her and gave her half of a hugging salt-and-pepper shaker set, saying that whenever the girl looked at it, she should know that Cam was looking at it too. Many years later the man is the Victim of the Week and Cam takes his now-teenage daughter in and adopts her.
  • In an episode of Friends, Joey buys Chandler a gaudy bracelet, which Chandler hates but wears it to show his appreciation to Joey. When Chandler loses it, he buys another to replace it. However, Rachel finds the original, and when Joey sees him with both, Chandler manages to save face by saying he bought an identical one for Joey so they can be "bracelet buddies."
  • House of the Dragon: Otto starts off his "terms of surrender" speech by listing all the great things Rhaenyra and her family will get if she bends the knee to Aegon, before appealing to Rhaenyra's former friendship with Alicent by showing her a page Rhaenyra had torn out of one of Alicent's history books decades ago. This visual reminder of their old camaraderie visibly sways Rhaenyra, and she pointedly does not burn Otto to a crisp and even seriously considers the Hightowers' terms.
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power: Durin IV gifts Elrond with mithril as a token of their friendship. Later, the mithril plays a crucial role in the forging of the first rings of power.
  • The friendship bracelets with the girls' names on Pretty Little Liars are a major plot point throughout, and constantly used to call attention to the tightly knit bonds they used to have to each other.
  • Scrubs: Turk and J.D. have bought each other friendship bracelets with each other's name on them, as revealed by the episode "My Musical", and they note that they are also "closer than the average man and wife".

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Mike Patterson and Josef Weeder from Lynn Johnson's For Better or for Worse strip have a Naked Ned window clinger, a constant during their college years. Ned became a point of contention when Mike's daughter flushed Ned.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The corebook of Promethean: The Created mentions that Prometheans who must part ways with others of their kind sometimes give them what are known as "friendship tokens", which can be anything from crude origami to painted bottlecaps. Most Prometheans who receive such tokens cherish them, because they're proof that, even in the lonely and often-painful life they lead, they have a friend somewhere out there. Prometheans who try to abuse the custom by stealing tokens from others and passing them off as their own are often ostracized by other Prometheans for their raw selfishness.

    Video Games 
  • Curly Brace from Cave Story gives the protagonist an iron bond after restoring her memories as a sign of friendship.
  • Kingdom Hearts:
    • Kairi makes a star-shaped charm out of Thalassa shells due to a legend that sailors who carry them will have a safe voyage. She gives it to Sora near the end of the game, and he carries it with him until they reunite at the end of Kingdom Hearts II, the charm acting as the Keychain for the Oathkeeper Keyblade that symbolizes their bond. The Stinger for Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep has her hand it back to him when he heads out on another adventure. The image of the Paopu Fruit acts as one as well, as its legend says that two people who share one are destined to forever have their lives entwined, and Kairi's charm is star-shaped like the fruit.
    • The symbolism is revisited in Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, when Aqua makes Wayfinders for herself, Terra and Ven, based on the legend of the Paopu Fruit and coincidentally looking like Kairi's charm, with the belief that as long as the three of them carry them, their bonds will never be broken.
  • In both Persona 3 and Persona 4, you get one of this for every Social Link you complete. They allow you to fuse the ultimate Persona of the Arcana.
  • Persona 5: In your last day in town, any character whose Level-Up at Intimacy 5 "Confidant" side-quest you have maxed out will give you an item to remember them by. These items also automatically unlock late-game bonuses from their side-quest if you start a New Game Plus.
  • Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney – Dual Destinies has Juniper Woods, Hugh O'Conner and Robin Newman all have one, a red clay band of a pair of clasping hands. Hugh wears his around his neck, Juniper her wrist, and Robin on her bicep. The fact that Hugh wears his on his neck is how Athena picks him out in a picture. The three friends say during the case that their friendship is on the rocks, but when Juniper and Robin show Hugh they are still wearing theirs despite their squabbles, he breaks down and cries. All three of them also use their bands as security blankets, instinctively reaching for them when they're scared.
  • In Undertale, it's implied that the Heart Locket(Neutral/True Pacifist)/The Locket(Genocide) was/werenote  this for Asriel and Chara. This is supported by Chara saying "Right where it belongs" when you equip The Locket in a Genocide run, Asriel appearing to be wearing one in his initial boss form, and the non-Genocide Check text saying it says "Best Friends Forever".
  • In South Park: The Fractured but Whole, Call Girl (Wendy Testaburger) will give a female (cis or otherwise) New Kid the Chromatic Charm artifact, a rainbow bracelet "forged out of the bond of friendship", upon start of her personal mission. In the DLC Sidequest "Bring the Crunch", Fastpass (Jimmy Valmer) will give the New Kid the Trailblazing Totem artifact, which symbolizes the bond between them and increases Fastpass' powers by 30%.
  • In Yandere Simulator, best friends Kokona and Saki both wear friendship bracelets. Before most of the clique were shunted off to 1980's Mode, they were part of a larger group of friends called the Rainbow Six, each with a colour-coded friendship bracelet. When she was a test rival, Kokona would remove her bracelet after the player causes her reputation to drop too low.
  • Quest for Glory II has the player character Hero given a sapphire pin that identifies him as friend to any Katta for saving Shapeir from the elementals. The pin is itself magic and would disappear if he brought harm to the Katta, and no one who isn't a Katta, or Katta-friend, can see it.

  • Dominic Deegan:
    • A one-panel flashback in the "Storm of Souls" arc shows that Luna's necklace was a gift from Jayden before they separated years ago.
    • At the end of the "Two Thief or Not Two Thief" arc, Bumper gives Stunt his medallion as they go their own ways. This later becomes a Tragic Keepsake when Bumper is killed.
  • I Love Yoo: Min-Hyuk gets Shin-Ae a pizza charm and headband.
  • NEXT!!! Sound of the Future: The umbrella that Shine gave Gumiya when they first met is something that Gumiya kept for several years and considers to be a symbol of the way Shine helped motivate him to keep trying to achieve his dreams.

    Web Novel 
  • Can You Spare a Quarter?: Jason has made a bracelet made out of beads that he gifts to Jamie as a sign and symbol of their friendship. He says that Jamie should make a wish when it comes off, and that when that happens the wish will be realized. Jamie loses the bracelet during his fight with his father but survives, which according to Jason is the wish coming true

    Western Animation 
  • In an episode of Arthur, Prunella and Marina get a set of friendship bracelets, each with half of a golden heart pendant which says "Best Friends." The girls fight and split the pendant, then make up and put it back together.
  • DuckTales (2017): Webby creates a pair of friendship bracelets for herself and Lena in "Jaw$!", which when combined with Lena's magic are able to channel The Power of Friendship to destroy a giant money shark. Magica forces Lena to discard hers at the end of the episode, but the residual magic left behind in Webby's becomes a plot point in several episodes. Lena would later create a replacement for her lost one in "A Nightmare on Killmotor Hill!" as part of the one year celebration her and Webby's friendship, along with four new ones for the triplets and Violet. And in the Grand Finale, Violet and Lena give Webby's clones May and June bracelets of their own to show how they've become part of the group.
  • In an episode of Jackie Chan Adventures, Jade acquires two half-yin-yang necklaces and intends to give one to her new friend Seymour. When Seymour turns out to really be the Sky Demon instead of a child and kidnaps Uncle, Jade finds out she can combine her half with the Tiger Talisman (which contains the power of spiritual balance) to track the demon and Uncle. She later regains the necklace half and gives it to Tohru instead.
  • Robotomy: Thrasher and Blastus both own a broken heart necklace. They provide the current page image.
  • In The Simpsons episode Summer of 4 Ft. 2, Lisa receives a friendship bracelet from her summer-vacation friend Erin.
    Lisa: Wow, my first real friend...ship bracelet!
  • Spongebob Squarepants: In the episode "Secret Box", Spongebob and Patrick have a ring which, when pressed, shows a figure of both friends dancing and singing "It's the best friends forever, best friends forever ring!".
  • Superman: The Animated Series: "Superman's Pal" ends with Superman giving Jimmy a watch, both as a thank-you gift for saving him from Metallo and as a way of calling for help if necessary.
  • The Wander over Yonder episode "The Buddies" uses a broken heart necklace as something of a Running Gag, with Wander offering it to Hater and Hater eventually accepting it in a dream sequence. The episode ends with a heartbroken Commander Peepers revealing his own half of the same necklace, which he apparently shares with Hater.
    Peepers: But I thought WE were buds!!!

Alternative Title(s): Friendship Token