On the happy occasion of International Friendship Day, we decided to list down 14 of the greatest friendships in the fictional universe, be it television or books. Read on to find out which BFFs made the cut!
1. The Fellowship of The Ring – While most people only consider Frodo and Sam’s devotion to each other as the ultimate friendship goals, we think that what made The Lord of The Rings epic was how the entire surviving Fellowship – Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, Legolas, Gimli, Aragorn and Gandalf – was so connected and unconditionally loved each other! That all their hearts beat for one another is pretty evident throughout the story. Their unending devotion and love might have made us teary eyed more than once… way more than once!
2. Harry, Ron and Hermione – Yes, Harry and Ron spent quite some time in the books trying to ignore Hermione (timetables, SPEW, don’t-break-school-rules sermons) but there’s no denying the fact that these three shared the most special and closest bond ever. Each brought to the trio something unique and indispensable in a way that made them tough. We’re pretty sure these three could rule the wizarding community if they were ever so inclined.
3. FRIENDS – No BFF list would ever be complete without a mention of the Six. Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Ross, Chandler and Joey redefined “friendship” in the 90’s and their popularity is a phenomenon that just doesn’t quit.
4. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson – The two lived together for a time, and they also solved mysteries together. Watson is the perfect match for Sherlock’s sometimes abrasive, Type-A behavior. Also, Watson is the person who actually records all of Holmes’s triumphs. All but four of the Sherlock Holmes tales are told by Watson, who is outraged that Holmes doesn’t get more recognition in the press. He also deals with what a jerk Holmes is rather well. What a good friend!
5. Athos, Porthos and Aramis (from Alexander Dumas’s The Three Musketeers) - “All for one and one for all!” Are we right or are we right?
6. Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby (from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby) - Look, Nick admires Gatsby enough to tell his entire story! That is dedication! He’s also one of the only people to attend Gatsby’s funeral, and who wasn’t looking for money or some kind of connection from Gatsby. He is the only person that Gatsby can really be honest with or divulge anything to (though he tries to do so with Daisy as well). Nick is also the only person who is loyal to Gatsby.
7. Darcy and Bingley (from Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice) - Bingley tolerates Darcy’s bad habits like only best friends can. Despite Darcy being a total downer, as well as totally rude, Bingley still loves the man like a brother. Bingley loves Darcy so much, that he actually listens to Darcy’s advice when he suggests that Bingley NOT marry the sweet, shy Jane (luckily, Darcy realizes the error of this advice, and Bingley and Jane end up getting married and living happily ever after). Oh, and they marry sisters, which means that even though they are married, they’ll still be seeing lots of each other! Good play, gentlemen!
8. Carrie, Samantha, Miranda and Charlotte – Sex and The City was more than just about four 30 something women trying to find love in New York… it was about them staying together and supporting each other through all the difficulties of navigating the dating jungle that is Manhattan. Through Sam’s cancer, Charlotte’s no baby situation, Miranda’s baby situation and Carrie’s “big” problems… the girls stuck together. These four ladies show us that as long as we have our girlfriends and a standing brunch reservation, everything will be okay. It’s as Carrie said, “Maybe our girlfriends are our soulmates, and guys are just people to have fun with!”
9. Sancho Panza and Don Quixote in Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra – Before “bromance” was ever a word (or, rather, something vaguely resembling a word), there was Sancho Panza and Don Quixote. It’s a friendship that, over the years, has morphed into a familiar trope of hero and sidekick. The two friends go an epic journey together, which is basically a road trip. Their funny and simple friendship is a reminder and an ideal of how we should support our friends, both emotionally and physically.
10. Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn – We’re first introduced to Huck in chapter six of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and learn right away that Huck is bad news bears. You know that kid from high school that you weren’t allowed to hang out with because his/her parents were always out of town and their house was just a mecca of weed and cheap booze? That’s Huck Finn. The mothers of the children in town do not let their kids play with him, because, yeah, he’s a dirty little homeless creep. Still, Tom associates with Huck despite all his shortcomings, and isn’t that what friendship is all about?
11. Jules, Jonah, Ethan and Ash in The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer – The Interestings thus spans decades, beginning when the characters are hardly teenagers and going all the way through middle age. Wolitzer writes a compelling story about what it means to be envious of your friends, even when you love them. Who among us is noble enough to not have been jealous of those we are closest to? It’s complicated, though: You’re covetous, but you can’t express your resentment, and you’re also genuinely happy for whatever it is that your friend has achieved. You don’t just feel envious; you feel meager. Wolizer’s novel manages to provide an accurate portrayal of these complex feelings that can be at the heart of very real friendships.
12. Kay, Mary, Dottie, Elinor, Libby, Helena, Priss and Polly in The Group by Mary McCarthy – The Group details the lives of eight female friends, all from Vassar College’s class of 1933, following them post graduation. Despite their impressive liberal arts educations and their strong ambitions, all the women find themselves lacking direction. (Sounds eerily similar to another series currently on HBO, doesn’t it?) The novel spans seven years, offering an expansive look into the sororal bond of these women as they navigate everything from sexism in the workplace, to marriage, to child-raising, to financial difficulties, to losing their virginity. (Not necessarily in that order.)
13. Daria and Jane, Daria – These two prove it really is possible to have a friendship based just on cynicism, sarcasm, and quiet observation.
14. Ted, Marshall, Robin, Barney, and Lily of How I Met Your Mother – Only the best of friends could have helped Ted get through the years (and years) of breakups and make sure he didn’t settle before finally finding the one he has been waiting to meet.