Zazu: Oh, just look at you two! Little seeds of romance blossoming on the savanna. Your parents will be thrilled, what with your being betrothed and all. Simba: Be-what? Zazu: Betrothed. Intended. Affianced. Nala: ... Meaning? Zazu: One day you two are going to be married! Simba: Yuck! Nala: Ew! Simba: I can't marry her, she's my friend! Nala: Yeah, it'd be so weird.
~ — The Lion King

Childhood Friend Romance is a part of romantic plots when characters develop a romantic feelings for someone who they spent their childhood years with

This theory was later questioned when it was realized that though few of the people studied had major romantic relationships with childhood friends, many had crushes and romantic feelings that just didn't make it.

When it is mutual and none of the characters are bound (maybe because they only met when they were older than 6, when it's supposed to apply, or only for a shorter time), it is usually played as a special bond between the two characters.

When it is one-sided, the friend might grow to care for the other's child or sibling.

The victorious form can be a Second Love after one or both have married and have a family of their own.


  • Peter and Mary Jane know each other since childhood. They were friends at first, because Peter was a nerd and M.J. was popular at high school until Peter become a superhero and they both confess their feelings when they become adult
  • Simba and Nala knows each other since childhood which it lead them to adulthood and both fall in love after reunited.
  • Goku and Chi Chi know each other in childhood which in their teenage or young adult year in the fighting torunument, Goku was going to fight Chi Chi which Goku does not remember about her or what she said. Chi Chi explains to him when they first met they will get married which leads to Goku now want to marry Chi Chi.
  • Bambi and Faline
  • The Grinch and Martha May Whovier know each other since childhood until they grow up and Martha finally confess her feelings for the Grinch at the end
  • Ash and Serena