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"Blastus is right, I think you too 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.

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: Ash and Gary keep the halves of a Pokeball 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.

    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.
  • 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 chocker. This implies Raven received it as a gift from Zatanna.

  • 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 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.

    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."
  • 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.

    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.

    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 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 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+.
  • 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 being removed from the game, 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.

    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.
  • 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!".
  • 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


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