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    22 Times A TV Show *Could* Have Pitted Two Women Against Each Other But Gave Them A Beautiful Friendship Instead

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    Recently we asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us their favorite unlikely female friendships, and boy did they deliver. Here are some of the most mentioned!

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    1. Nadia and Lu from Elite


    "Initially they had a rivalry over winning Guzman’s heart and being top of their class, but as the series progressed they formed a close bond that, in my opinion, was the best love story of the series. In the end they both reached their dreams, supported one another, and showed the importance of friendship."


    2. Rachel and Quinn from Glee


    "They hated each other for a while because of their differences and yet their differences were what inspired the other. Quinn even gave up her dream of being prom queen for Rachel!"


    3. Jane and Petra from Jane the Virgin

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    "They were complete enemies at first, then friends, and then finished the series as family. Seeing their relationship develop amazed me and made me so happy. By the end of the series, through thick and thin, Jane and Petra were always there for each other."


    4. Pam and Karen from The Office


    "They were both interested in Jim and it was a little uncomfortable to begin with, but then they got together to throw the karaoke Christmas party after Angela was being difficult. And when Karen returned after Jim and Pam were together and everyone was saying how awkward it was going to be, all that happened was they bonded over Karen having a baby. It was refreshing to see how they could form a friendship despite being interested in the same person romantically."


    5. Brooke and Haley from One Tree Hill

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    "They started out on such different paths. Brooke could have chosen to resent Haley for being so intensely involved in Lucas's life, for having the things that she always wanted (a family and children), but instead she chose to embrace Haley."


    "They didn’t even like each other in Season 1 because of all the drama between Lucas and Nathan, but later they ended up being each other’s maid of honor and godmother to each other’s children."


    6. Kara and Lena from Supergirl

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    "I loved the friendship they had in seasons 2, 3, and 4. It was one of the best things on the show until Season 5, when Lena turned against Kara. However, they began communicating again and worked together toward the end of the season to stop Lex. I’m hoping we’ll see more of their friendship in Season 6!"


    7. Amy and Rosa from Brooklyn Nine-Nine


    "They are polar opposites, but they are so supportive of each other, especially in such a male-dominated profession. They bring out the best in each other, are super funny, and they also make a great team when working on a case."


    8. Eleven and Max from Stranger Things


    "When Eleven returned at the end of Season 2, they made it seem like there would be some tension between the two characters, but when Season 3 began they were good friends, and their bond only strengthened! Hopefully they continue to put more female friendships in the show."


    9. Clary and Isabelle from Shadowhunters


    "In the books, there's the classic 'girl jealous of the other girl' trope, so it was a good surprise to see Izzy and Clary getting along from the start and have such a beautiful friendship. They truly love and support each other when it could have been the opposite."


    10. Rory Gilmore and Paris Geller from Gilmore Girls

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    "They began the series as rivals and grew into true friends. They complemented each other in such a unique, special way. They will always be one of my favorite female friendships represented on TV."


    11. Regina and Emma Swan from Once Upon A Time


    "They started out as enemies and ended up being best friends who shared parenting responsibilities for their son."


    "As the series progressed they became family to each other both literally and figuratively."


    12. Rebecca and Valencia from Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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    "It started out as a very conventional fight-over-a-boy relationship, but then Rebecca acknowledged and rectified her behavior and Valencia realized friendship was more important than boys. This caused a beautiful friendship to blossom where both parties could fully be themselves and respect and lift each other up!"


    13. Willow and Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer


    "They had so many opportunities to be at odds over boys (until Willow came out of course!), but they were such good strong friends and I am so glad they didn’t throw in unnecessary drama."


    14. Korra and Asami from The Legend of Korra


    "They both dated the same guy, which is the quintessential girl-fight fodder, but instead they became really good friends (and later on, partners), and even kept a good relationship with the guy they dated!"


    "Korra and Asami both liked the same guy and had instances of them kissing him during or briefly after the other person’s relationship with him. Both were so understanding and focused on the larger issues that they forgave each other and moved on!"


    15. Clarke and Raven from The 100

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    "The writers chose to bring together two of the strongest women on the show (Octavia, I still see you) despite the trials they faced instead of pulling them apart out of jealousy/anger. It was beautiful watching them work together."


    16. Alexis and Twyla from Schitt’s Creek


    "Yes, Alexis basically 'took' Mutt from Twyla and generally that would lead to a long feud between two women, but Twyla was mature about it and moved on. Alexis even turned to her for relationship advice. Twyla could have been bitter but she always wanted the best for Alexis. They had such a sweet relationship, which truly shined in the final season!"


    17. Betty and Veronica from Riverdale

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    "They’ve had disagreements and drama from time to time, but it’s never been as catty and boy-centric as their feuds in the original comics."


    18. Judy and Jen from Dead to Me


    "Dead to Me is pretty twisted, but the solidarity they show one another is pretty heartwarming considering they’ve each ruined the other’s relationships. They're about finding comedy in their underlying trauma and issues."


    19. Meredith and Cristina from Grey’s Anatomy


    "That very first episode could have made them enemies, especially when Meredith got the surgery after she had said she didn’t want it. But that episode ended perfectly with a bond between them. Honestly, I miss Cristina and Meredith’s relationship more than Meredith and Derek's."


    20. Amy and Penny from The Big Bang Theory


    "In the beginning Penny found Amy annoying and only spent time with her when guilted into it. Later on they had a true friendship and Penny genuinely enjoyed Amy's company. I loved how they really became besties!"


    21. April and Donna from Parks and Recreation


    "They are basically polar opposites and don’t pay much attention to each other at the start, but their friendship grows into such a sweet respect for each other while still respecting the other’s personality. I loved Donna choosing April as her maid of honor, April helping her set up after school programs for kids, and them taking spontaneous trips to Venezuela. That entire friendship is so quietly set up and just hits you in the face with how beautiful it is."


    22. And finally, Eleanor and Tahani from The Good Place


    "They were total opposites from completely different backgrounds. When the show first started Tahani was the kind of person Eleanor mocked and judged for being too perfect, and Eleanor was the kind of person Tahani would have never associated with on Earth, but they went through so much and saw each other's faults and realness under their first impressions. Their friendship grew a lot during the show and they were like sisters by the end."


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