Welcome back to Top Ten Tuesday, a book blog tag hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! Today, I'm going back into the archives. Here are my Top Ten Fictional Friendships, and let me tell you, picking just ten is going to be incredibly difficult. As a romantic, I have friendship feels as much as I do relationship feels! After all, both of them come from a place of love. I'm all about characters interacting with each other and caring about each other and supporting each other, and sometimes I happen to want kissing to be involved, but whatever the case, friendship is the key!
1) Harry Potter's Golden Trio (Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger). Don't argue with me: these guys are the best three-wheeling friendship in fiction. Each character has a unique dynamic with each of the others in the group, all flowing together in a way that leads to success in their magical adventures--though not without conflict, of course. Still, when it matters most, they support each other. J.K. Rowling has such a great touch with friendships, like most other things, that the Harry Potter Silver Trio (Neville Longbottom, Ginny Weasley, and Luna Lovegood) is another one I can't go without mentioning. They might come together later in the story and play a more background role, but like the Golden Trio, they are the bomb. (Ooh, ooh, and now I also have to mention the Marauders, James, Sirius, Lupin, and I guess Peter, because THEY ARE THE MARAUDERS FOR GOODNESS SAKE.) #squadgoals
2) Sherlock's Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I don't think anyone's going to argue the strength of this partnership. Ever since Arthur Conan Doyle wrote the original stories, Holmes and Watson have been the crime-solving duo. In the BBC show, John's friendship with Sherlock causes Sherlock to develop greatly as a character and gain understanding of the world around him, particularly about empathy and compassion. They balance each other perfectly.
3) The Avengers' Steve Rogers, aka Captain America... and, like, everybody. Okay, so the obvious one here is Steve and Bucky, WWII war heroes and best friends since childhood who end up fighting against, with, and for each other throughout years of history. But Steve and Tony, aka Iron Man, also have a great dynamic, despite the whole, y'know, Civil War movie being about a schism between them. Also Steve and Sam, and Steve and Natasha, and Steve and everyone... Steve is just an A+ buddy. Always make friends with Steve. Although really, all of the Avengers have great and intriguing relationships with each other (Sam and Bucky, Natasha and Clint, WANDA AND VISION), and I love them, and it's perfect. <3 <3 <3
4) Lord of the Rings' Samwise Gamgee and Frodo Baggins. I am a terrible person who has not read all of the LotR books (Tolkien's writing drives me nuts), but I did watch the movies, coincidentally with my own best friend. So I definitely know enough to say that Sam and Frodo are a prime friendship and they should never ever have been separated. My BFF and I like to compare our friendship to ones in the fandoms we love, of course, because we are a great friendship that is #goals too. So we compared ourselves to these two a lot, but actually, it was more fun to compare ourselves to Merry and Pippin. (I was Merry.) But we also really like Legolas and Gimli.
5) Doctor Who's Tenth Doctor and Donna Noble. Okay, so, like the Avengers, all of the Doctor's companions make for great relationships/friendships and I love them all. However, Donna Noble's the one who stepped most into the "best friend" role. Donna's a wonderful, sassy, no-nonsense woman who never had romantic interest in the Doctor, unlike basically everyone else. Together, they make a true power team. (I must also for sure mention the Doctor with Amy and Rory because that was a beautiful trio, but yes.)
6) Star Wars' Rey and Finn. Ugh, again, Star Wars has too many great characters with great interpersonal relationships, and it's driving me nuts. Like, I can't ignore R2-D2 and C3PO or Obi-Wan and Anakin, definitely, but I'm gonna say that Rey and Finn, from the one movie's worth we've seen of them, take first position. They're a couple of sweetheart newbies full of sincerity and power, and they clicked really well in The Force Awakens. I can't wait for more of their friendship!
7) Supernatural's Team Free Will (Sam and Dean Winchester and Castiel). Of course, there's a ton of other people who are part of Team Free Will, but these guys are the center trio that has carried much of the show. Sam and Dean alone have the key dynamic of the story, which is all about family connections, but since they're brothers, I figured adding Castiel, who is clearly a majorly important character but not actually a blood relative, makes it more legit as a friendship. *shrugs*
...I mean, at that point I run out of fandoms that I'm excessively enthusiastic about, which means we'd be going into a whole other realm of friendship, and there is no time for that. Basically, I love friendships, and relationships, and familyships, all of the ships, and characters are required to interact with each other on a personal and supportive level, and my fangirling don't want none unless you got love, hun.
I would like to note, as has been discussed some in the YA community, that strong female friendships are still lacking in pop culture. Considering how close me and my BFF are, as well as how important many of my other friendships with girls have been to me, that needs to be rectified. I mean, I like comparing myself to LotR characters and all, but isn't it time that we had female characters to look to as well?
Thanks for reading, tell me your thoughts, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Images via ya-aholic.com and captainnaamerica on Tumblr.
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