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Basic Trope: Friends who are as close as family, and just as protective.

  • Straight: The heroes Alice, Bob, Charles, Diane, and Erika are five friends who fight Emperor Evulz together, know that they can always count on each other, and are as close as siblings. They see their elderly mentor, Frank, as a father figure.
  • Exaggerated: There are Loads and Loads of Characters who all see each other as a "family of friends", and countless temporary team members. For all intents and purposes other than DNA, they might as well all be Massive Numbered Siblings.
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: The heroes look like a "family of friends" at first, but are revealed to have only normal friendship bonds...
    • The heroes look like a family of friends...but then Erika reveals she was working for the villains all along.
  • Double Subverted: ...until they perform a great act of teamwork to escape a dangerous situation, at which point their bonds strengthen considerably.
    • Erika was actually a Reverse Mole and just pretended to be working for the villains.
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  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • The heroes are nothing more than friends.
    • The heroes are False Friends.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "These are my teammates. We didn't like each other much at first, but we gradually warmed up to each other, and now we're like a family."
  • Invoked: The heroes were already friends, and decide to become closer friends once The Team is established.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: The heroes believe that it's wrong to treat friends as family.
  • Discussed: "No, I don't see my friends as a second family! My friends are my friends, and my family is my family, even if we don't get along."
  • Conversed: "This is a great show! I love how those heroes treat each other like family."
  • Implied: The heroes do everything together, and are all closer to one another than to their own relatives.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob says, "We'd better save Alice because she's our sister ... I mean, friend."
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