Occasionally, there are individuals who assume the duo are married or dating , or try to set them up as a couple. However, the duo is perfectly happy just being friends and the lack of sexual attraction is mutual. The reasons behind this vary. Sometimes they're truly in love with someone else.
Sometimes their sexual orientation makes them incompatible. Sometimes they even tried dating once a long time ago and realised that they just didn't think of each other like that. Whatever the case, the final result is entirely platonic on both sides.
The difference is that for Platonic Life Partners, their relationship with each other is the most important relationship, with even romantic relationships coming in second. The same-sex equivalent is Heterosexual Life-Partners. Simply being friends doesn't make a pair an example, nor does just being True Companions —rather, in terms of The Four Loves , this is Philia with overtones of Storge but a complete lack of Eros.
Despite their tendency to inspire shipping , there's a good reason they're called Platonic Life Partners. However, there is precedent for Relationship Upgrades to occasionally happen if one or both partners realize their feelings run deeper. Occasionally, Better as Friends and Anchored Ship also will crossover into this trope if romantic pairing change their status, voluntarily or otherwise. Before you add an example to this page, make sure it really fits the trope.
Harry Potter and Hermione Granger are a good example of two characters who don't belong here. Although they are close friends, they are both closer to Ron than they are to each other. And Hermione is presumably closer to Ron than Harry, at least by the end of the series. They're Like Brother and Sister. This is common in shows targeted at young children, even if the characters themselves are significantly older than the viewing audience, based on the assumption that little kids don't want to watch a bunch of "mushy stuff.
Compare Better as Friends. Contrast Just Friends for when this does actually blossom into romance. Not to be confused with Childhood Friend Romance in which one side does have feelings for the other. Notably, they get incensed when their eventual separation is referred to as a "divorce. This can easily be said of Shuri's great-grandmother Tara and Sarasa's great-grandfather Genshou in Basara 's side stories.
In the Fade to Black movie guide, Word of God describes the relationship between Ichigo and Rukia as a close and unique friendship. In regards to Ichigo, said editor refers to Rukia as "aibou" non-romantic partner, in the line of True Companions and to Orihime as "heroine" which in Japan can mean either "main female character" or " Love Interest ".
Azumi Hayakawa and Taro Misaki, as their relationship mirrored that of Tsubasa and Sanae but without real romantic undertones. In fact, he is the first one in the whole cast to spot Sanae's feelings for Tsubasa, and despite snarking a bit at Sanae he never shows anything similar to romantic jealousy.
Rika Oosawa and El Sid Pierre seem to be this in the filler anime episodes. Pierre flirts a little with her but she's not really interested and, despite claiming that she hides her snark behind her pretty face, he doesn't put romantic pressure on her either.
Code Geass ' Lelouch and C. Fans have duly ignored this. Shizuo Heiwajima and Celty Strulson from Durarara!! They are best friends with a bond enforced by the fact that they're both seen as 'freaks' due to the Super Strength and headless thing. Even Celty's boyfriend, Shizuo's long-time friend Shinra, is surprised that they've never considered each other romantically. Fairy Tail more or less confirms this with Natsu and Lucy, though it's just vague enough to go either way.
Lucy tearfully tells Natsu she wouldn't be who she is today if he had never brought her to Fairy Tail, though she never gives him any indication of romantic feelings. Natsu replies by saying he doesn't care because they'll always be together Winry and Edward are this in the Fullmetal Alchemist adaptation. Originally they had romantic implications as they do in the manga and in Brotherhood but as the series diverged from the manga they became Like Brother and Sister.
Kazuma and Aqua from Konosuba. Aqua is the only girl in Kazuma's Battle Harem who has no romantic feelings towards Kazuma, and the feeling is mutual, but they have the closest bond amongst the party members. In Kotoura-san , though Yuriko makes several moves on Dai'chi throughout the series which he ignored , they're close enough to be practically family, especially since Yuriko lost her mother. Dai'chi's mother practically acted as Yuriko's mother figure. Negi and Asuna in Mahou Sensei Negima!
It later turns out that they're related- Negi's mother Arika is a relative of Asuna's, likely her step-sister or descendant, though the exact nature of the relation is unclear. Definitely settled almost at the end, where Asuna does kiss Negi on the lips Note that despite Negi admitting he had a girl he liked, he also says that Asuna is the most important person to him.
So their platonic bond is stronger than any romantic bond he might develop later. Setsuna and Marina from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 based on the movie. Both consider each other their most important person? An almost spiritual connection when apart? Setsuna comparing Marina to a flower blooming on a parched ground, and wanting to be someone who will die just to protect that one single flower Marina comparing Setsuna to the sky, and how she vows to be his 'measure of eternity'.
Both of them vowing to meet again when the time is right, staying single and unmarried for 50 years until Setsuna finally returned to her? Not a single romantic feeling involved? Toyed with in the manga adaptation of the movie. While Marina and Setsuna do get married there, the mangaka explicitly stated that their marriage is purely symbolic to their mutual understanding of each other. Also, since 50 years have passed she's an old woman anyway while he fused with the ELS.
So probably not the kind of mushy romantic feelings the fans would expect involved either here Homura and Koharu, the two members of the Konoha Council, always make their appearances together.
They were teammates and seem to have stayed together through the decades. Shikamaru and Chouji are this way to Ino. Their clans usually go together and the three have become close friends but there's nothing romantic to their relationship, even as adults in the Distant Finale.
Ironically their children argue a lot. Yoshimune even acknowledged on Sugishita's deathbed that even though they were never lovers, he was the closest she had to a mate and it didn't hurt that her daughters regarded him as their father, having all lost theirs at young ages.
When he died she had him interred as one of her concubines, rather than just as a chamberlain. In Oreimo , Saori and Kyousuke due to Saori being one of the few female leads that doesn't fall in love with him. Averted in the visual novel if you play the right route though. They share a very strong bond and it's made very clear they consider each other the most important person in their lives.
While there's plenty of Ship Tease between them, Word of God claims their love for each other is completely platonic. Fans hardly see them that way, though.
While Artemis is Minako's closest companion, especially in Codename: Sailor V , he's like a Big Brother Mentor to her, not a love interest, and he ends up with Luna in the future. Makoto and her former schoolmate Ken Shinozaki the guy who covered her with his umbrella after she had her heart broken under the rain in the Sailor Moon anime.
Usagi even asks her if he's her boyfriend, but Mako immediately denies it and says, "our bond is beyond lovers". Shingo and his anime-only best friend Mika. There's a fair bit of Ship Tease and affection, but it doesn't go beyond that; in fact, it really annoys Shingo when people take their friendship for dating. He later gets a crush on someone else. A majority of the relationships between the Meisters and their respective weapons are this in Soul Eater. Word of God made it clear since early on that he never planned on developing the relationships into anything romantic.
Soul and Maka are the main example. They're definitely each others' primary relationship—the series is based on one character that is a weapon or a person who turns into a weapon or Despite the good deal of Ship Tease around the two, their relationship ultimately remains platonic. Okabe and Mayuri have this going in Steins;Gate with Okabe spending most of the series scrambling to prevent her death to the detriment of some of his other friends, and eventually having to sacrifice even his actual love interest.
She gets better though. He'll go to amazing lengths to help them, and even harbors a bit of Big Brother Instinct towards any would-be suitors, but when it comes to getting in a relationship with them himself, it just doesn't seem to happen. Fans speculate this is due to his awareness of his own Cartwright Curse. However Wolverine has pursued relationships with his teammates in alternate time-lines, including marrying Storm in a "What If?
Not to mention his fixation with Jean Grey. Nightcrawler and Shadowcat have a similarly close relationship. They did once consider actually dating but decided it would just be too weird partly due to the fact that she was also involved with Kurt's Heterosexual Life Partner Colossus. There's a lot of this among the X-Men in general.
And Ben got his own girlfriend not long after, anyway. Besides, things would have been weird for Reed if his best friend and girlfriend started seeing each other. This is basically Loki and Verity's relationship in Loki: While they met at a speed-dating event, Verity was only there because her mother talked her into it, and she's generally uninterested in romance.
Though given that Jessica is a lesbian and a far bit older than Miles , platonic is really the only way it could be. Takes on a more interesting twist when one remembers who Jessica Drew is in the Ultimate universe Peter Parker's female clone.