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This post is inspired by the Top 5 Wednesday series originally created by BookTuber, Lainey at GingerReadsLainey that is currently hosted by BookTuber, Samantha at Thoughts on Tomes. Today’s topic of discussion is all about bromances! If you are not familiar with the term bromance, it is a platonic friendship between two characters who identify as male. So…without further ado, I present my five favorite bromances from the literary world:

Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh

Christopher Robin hugs Winnie the Pooh
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I know people are now proclaiming Winnie the Pooh is a girl, but that premise is based on the Canadian black bear named Winnie who Christopher Milne would often visit at the London Zoo. The name also comes from a swan named Pooh whose gender remains unknown. Since Pooh is a shirtcocking anthropomorphic cartoon animal in a long line of other shirtcocking anthropomorphic animals (e.g. Donald Duck, Porky Pig, Huey/Dewey/Louie, and their uncle Scrooge) who are male-presenting characters, and Wikipedia says Pooh is male (We all know everything we read on the internet is true, right?!), Winnie the Pooh is definitely a boy!! Now that I’ve made that argument, let’s get down to this bromance. The love between a child and their favorite stuffed animal is one of the first bonds of friendship children are able to form, which is why I love this bromance so much. It is friendship in its purest form: It is simple and innocent, and the love is unconditional. A friend who loves you unconditionally is a sign of a lasting bromance.

Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee

Frodo hugs Sam
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Frodo has quite the journey ahead of him. He is the one entrusted to destroy the “One Ring to Rule them All”. There is no better person to help him complete this seemingly insurmountable task than Sam. As the power of the ring grows, Frodo becomes weaker, corrupted, and more unbearable to those around him, especially his BFF, Sam. However, Sam is Frodo’s one true friend and continues to protect and care for Frodo against all adversity. He is the epitome of ride-or-die! This bromance is for all the people who live by the mottos, bro’s before ho’s and uteruses before duderuses.

Harry Potter and Ron Weasley

Ron Weasley and Harry Potter
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Harry Potter, above all else, wanted the family he never had, which he gained through Ron. Like any strong bromance, there are highs and lows. Harry and Ron have a big fight when Harry becomes a Triwizard Champion and gets even more attention than usual, but of course they reconcile ‘cause you can’t keep a good bromance down. When Harry needs to leave Hogwarts to hunt down and destroy horcruxes, Ron is right there! Even a little jealousy doesn’t keep Ron away for long. Love always finds a way to bring the BBBs (Best Bro Buds), Ron and Harry together again. This bromance reminds us that your truest friends will be there with you until the end whether that end is sweet, bitter, or both.

Piggy and Ralph

Ralph screams
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The bromance between Ralph and Piggy is unconventional because it is definitely one-sided. Their relationship played into the trope often seen in many a teen movie and TV show: Ralph is the “cool kid”, and Piggy is the “nerdy side kick”. Piggy is supportive and dedicated to Ralph and his role as leader, but Piggy received only ridicule in return instead of friendship. What made me choose this bromance, even with all the darkness, is Ralph’s reaction to the loss of Piggy when he finally returns to the real world and the realization of what happened on the island washes over him. This bromance serves as a lesson that we should cherish the friends life brings us because true friendship is rare and sometimes comes from unusual situations.

Sherlock Holmes and John Watson

Doctor Watson and Sherlock Holmes
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Holmes and Watson are another set of BFFs who are also roomies. Plus, they’re a dynamic crime-solving duo! Holmes has a personality that would rub most people the wrong way, but somehow he gets along swimmingly with Watson. It’s probably because Watson is by Holmes’ side for the majority of his detective career, and Watson records all their expeditions! Sherlock is the brains of the operation, but John is the glue that helps him put the puzzle pieces together. This bromance shows opposite do attract and can work quite well together.

Your Turn

So…are you currently in a bromance? What is your favorite bromance in literature? Let us know in the comments! |RL

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  1. Katisha, why did you have to bring up Piggy? Don’t you know I’ve been traumatized by what happened. It’s too much!

    Completely agree about Ron and Harry. I love them so much. The first literary bromanance that comes to mind is Kell and Rhy from V.E. Scwab’s Shades of Magic series. Great list!

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