15 Bromances That I Love
It’s funny how names emerge for things we loved since forever. Even before I knew what bromance was, I was a big fan of bestie love between guys (and girls, though this post will focus on the boys). I’m a very character-focused viewer with relationships being the primary interest of anything I watch. Whether the relationships are familial, romantic, bromantic, antagonist, etc, it’s what makes up the very heart of the story for me. And of course, bromances are some of my favorites. So here we go! (there is no hierarchy to this list and there is some spoilerish info so bewares!)
#1 Neal & Peter (White Collar)
You can’t get more bromantic than this show and its why I absolutely love it. Neal may be a conman and Peter his FBI handler, but they’re pretty much two peas in a pod when it comes to solving White Collar cases. Through the course of the show, Neal becomes a friend, younger brother, and something of a son to Peter Burkes. I love this show for many other reasons as well, but the bromance (and guys in nice suits) definitely sold the story. Excuse me while I grab some tissues.
#2 Matt & Foggy (Daredevil)
Oh my heart. I love these two so much. Best buddies since college, Matt and Foggy share many of the same ideals and work together to help the helpless. They look out for one another and get along so well (until Matt’s double life starts to change things). I will admit that watching season 2 was hard because… they’re precious buddies! Don’t destroy the broship please, Marvel!
#3 Merlin & Arthur (Merlin)
THE BROMANCE!!! Gahh, this one is perfection! Yes, Arthur and Merlin start out pretty much hating each other, but we watch them grow and become closer through the seasons. Merlin’s annoyance of Arthur is slowly replaced with undying, fierce loyalty. Despite Arthur’s bossy, selfish demeanor, we see countless times how much he loved Merlin. And then the last episode… omg!! Heartrending and an emotional blast of everything that I wanted to be said between them! I still pretend that Arthur didn’t die. I’ve brainwashed myself into believing that they’re both off having adventures and saving Camelot until they were old and gray.
#4 Dal-Hyang & Sohyeon (Three Musketeers - Kdrama)
Antagonist bromances are so much fun. Once Dal-Hyang learned his former love married the Crown Prince Sohyeon, things got complicated between them. Despite his sweet, loyal nature, Dal-Hyang struggled to understand much less trust the mysterious, enigmatic Sohyeon. These two fought for a while until they worked their way to becoming a “one for all” musketeer bromance.
#5 Dong-Joo & Joon-Ha (Can You Hear My Heart)
Nothing like a painful, angsty bromance to carry you through a melo revenge drama. Dong-Joo and Joon-Ha became adopted siblings with older brother Joon-Ha protecting and caring for Dong-Joo. That is until Joon-Ha realized his adoptive mother had used him for a revenge plan. Watching the happy bromance turn into tears and hate was tragic and fascinating (and the only reason I kept clicking the next episode, lol). I enjoyed Dong-Joo’s selfless love for his brother even as a broken Joon-Ha degenerated emotionally and turned from a protector to a vicious manipulator of his brother. Of course, redemption and forgiveness awaited Joon-Ha at the end.
#6 Thor & Loki (Marvel movies)
Now who doesn’t love this bromance? Sure most of their relationship onscreen has been angst and proclaimed hate, but there’s a natural bro chemistry that’s undeniable. I seriously loved Thor’s genuine love and concern over his brother through the movies, even as Loki backstabbed and hurt him. I also love the very faint glimmers of Loki’s affection and respect for his brother – even if at times we’re left to wonder if he was being genuine or just manipulative.
#7 Shi-Jin & Dae-Young (Descendants of the Sun)
Definitely one of the most natural bromances in Kdrama-Land! Shi-Jin and Dae-Young are both Korean Special Forces soldiers who work in the same unit. Best buddies whether on the job or off, their bond is unbreakable. They playfully laugh, mock and harass one another. Their bro-chemistry is so well done they honestly feel more like real brothers than most K-drama brothers.
#8 Prince Jae-Ha & Eun Shi-Gyung (King2Hearts)
A bratty, self-centered prince and a reserved, extremely loyal bodyguard? Who would’ve guessed this bromance would’ve been so awesome and heartbreaking?!
#9 Captain Kirk & Spock & McCoy (Star Trek)
To me, Star Trek will forever be the bromance of Kirk, Spock and McCoy. Their arguments (particularly Spock and McCoy) and their natural understanding of one another (mainly Spock and Kirk) are what made the original series, movies, and the remakes so good. I love their individual characters but together they are a perfect and often hilarious force.
#10 Aragorn & Legolas (Lord of the Rings)
Aragorn is probably the most bromantic guy in Lord of the Rings, naturally connecting with just about everyone around him. But my favorite connection of his is with Legolas. Perhaps they bonded over Aragorn’s time spent with the elves, or Legolas’s somewhat un-elf like attitude and ease with hanging out with humans and dwarves, but their often unspoken relationship was so awesome.
#11 Sherlock & Watson (Sherlock BBC)
YES! Sherlock and Watson are electric when it comes to bromance goals. Their rapport is fabulous onscreen and their friendship is effortless and the foundation of the entire show. Self-proclaimed sociopath Sherlock needs Watson far more than he’ll ever admit – because he’s truly the most “family” Sherlock has let into his life.
#12 Dae-Gil & Prince Yeong (Jackpot/The Royal Gambler)
This show struggled with so much bad – but one thing it did have (and should’ve given us waaay more of) – bromance between Dae-Gil and Prince Yeong. Their relationship started out with uncertainty and distrust and then into a budding friendship and finally into a realization of their kinship. Some of my favorite scenes were the brothers with their mother – so emotional and moving. I really loved Dae-Gil best protecting his brother as those moments carried the most emotional weight for his character. The ending left much to be desired in my opinion, but I still love the show for giving me these two great characters.
#13 Kanade Takakura & Maruo Kudo (Tokyo Dogs)
Buddy cops! Danger and bromance makes for a great show. This show was far too episodic to make it an amazing drama but the hilarious banter and arguing between these two vastly different cops was pitch-perfect!
#14 Anakin & Obi-Wan (Star Wars)
Doomed bromance that I loved to the end. I’m sad that only Revenge of the Sith showcased what the relationship should’ve been from the beginning – two guys that were close as brothers, who understood and cared for one another, finally torn apart by one man’s descent into the darkness. ROTS gave us the fun banter and happy chemistry that we wanted and needed, which wonderfully contrasted the hurt, betrayal and angst at the end.
#15 Sam & Frodo (Lord of the Rings)
Yes, a thousand times. The ultimate bromance. The selfless, with-you-to-the-end, brother-to-brother relationship that epitomized bromances. I’ll carry you… the scene that still leaves tears in our eyes and reminds us of the real heart of The Lord of the Rings tale – friendship.
Let me know about YOUR favorite bromances in the comments!!