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Comic Books

Batgirl: My secrets may be the key to saving your boyfriend.
Supergirl: Don't be trite — We're just friends.

Fanfiction

Harry: It's complicated, but the short version is that we've both got issues. Different issues, but we both have issues. Because of what's gone on, what she wants, what she needs, me to be is a friend. A best friend. And as far as I'm concerned, that comes before anything else.
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Diana: And if you ever do go down that path, you want it to be because you're whole and because you both want to. Not because Carol's trying to hold all your pieces together.

Film — Live-Action

Miri: We're friends. We're just friends. We'll always just be just friends.

Tom: So what's going on between you and Bernie?
Mink: We're just friends! Amigos! Can't a guy have more than one friend?

Live-Action TV

Murray: What's going on here? Lover's quarrel?
Jonathan: No, no, I mean, we're just friends.
Nancy: Friends!
Murray: (hysterical laughter) You've told me a lot of shockers today, but that— that is the first lie.

Dan: If we're not going to be more than friends it's too hard to be... Just Friends.

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"We are what is popularly known as Just Friends."
John Fleming, The Andromeda Breakthrough

Ilsa: He's not my lover. We're just good friends.
"I love Xander, I just don't...love Xander."
Buffy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, "Bad Girls"

"You've spent more time in the Friend Zone than the Phantom Zone."
Alex Danvers, Supergirl (2015), "How Does She Do It?"

"Okay, this is all happening for us in the wrong order. You know, first we're friends for many years, and then briefly we are Friends with Benefits—extremely excellent benefits. And now I am just hoping that we can be two people sitting at the same restaurant at the same table at the same time. See, when I see it like that, it doesn't sound so scary, does it?"
Tommy Merlyn, Arrow, "Muse of Fire"

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Hughie: I think...maybe I am too clingy.
Starlight: No you're not...
Hughie: Sticking with people, just because I'm...terrified of losing them? I-I-I can't do that any more. I think it's time I go off... stand on my own two feet for once.
Starlight: Right. Um... Yeah, no worries. We'll um...we'll just be friends then.
Hughie: Oh-Oh God no! No, no, no. I'm still going to cling on to you. I'm not fucking crazy. (Big Damn Kiss)
The Boys (2019), "What I Know"

Matt Murdock: We're just friends.
Sister Maggie: Well it's nice to hear you use the F word.
Daredevil (2015), "The Devil You Know"

Music

You said we could be friends, but that's not what I want! It's a lonely Saturday night.
Lou Reed, Goodnight, Ladies

You say you love me, I say you crazy
We're nothing more than friends
You're not my lover, more like a brother
I known you since we were like ten, yeah

Don't mess it up, talking that shit
Only gonna push me away, that's it
When you say you love me, that make me crazy
Here we go again

Don't go look at me with that look in your eye
You really ain't going away without a fight
You can't be reasoned with, I'm done being polite
I've told you one, two, three, four, five, six thousand times

Haven't I made it obvious?
Haven't I made it clear?
Want me to spell it out for you?
F-R-I-E-N-D-S
Marshmello & Anne-Marie, "Friends"

Theatre

Phoebe: Silvius, the time was that I hated thee,
And yet it is not that I bear thee love;
But since that thou canst talk of love so well,
Thy company, which erst was irksome to me,
I will endure, and I'll employ thee too:
But do not look for further recompense
Than thine own gladness that thou art employ'd.
Silvius: So holy and so perfect is my love,
And I in such a poverty of grace,
That I shall think it a most plenteous crop
To glean the broken ears after the man
That the main harvest reaps: loose now and then
A scatter'd smile, and that I'll live upon.

Video Games

Mad Scientist: Friends?! We've only gone out together three times, and already you're telling me you just want to be "friends"? You never gave me a chance, and for that you'll fry like a pork sausage! (starts powering up his Death Trap)
Hostage: (while strapped to said Death Trap) It's not that I don't like you. It's just, well, you're too nice a guy, I guess. I think I rather go out with someone with someone more... unpredictable.

Western Animation

Star: So now, Marco and I can barely make eye contact because of Ruberiot's dumb song! I mean, Marco actually thinks I have a crush on him! (forced laughter)
Pony Head: Yeah, but like...don't you though?
Star: (stammering) Wh- No! Maybe once.
StarFan13: (gasps)
Star: But I don't anymore!
StarFan13: Aww.
Star: I just think he's kinda cute! I think lots of things are cute.
Star vs. the Forces of Evil, "Starcrushed"

"Perhaps Ladybug will love me someday. I mean, like I love her. I have to believe. In the meantime, her friendship is the best gift of all."
Adrien, Miraculous Ladybug


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