Best friends shape us into who we are simply by sticking by our side and spending time with us. If a character doesn't have a best friend to lean on during the rough times, I pity him or her. One of my favorite things of fandoms is finding the special pair of friends. The ones that stick together, the ones that make me want to be a better friend, the ones who will stick through the thick of things. The characters that will be with each other "'til the end of the line."
I present to you a short list of some of my favorite fictional BFFs, or BROTPS. There are many, many more I could have chosen, but I tried to narrow it down to the ones that have captured my heart in incredible ways.
1. Merlin and Arthur (BBC's Merlin)
2. Lucy Pevensie and Mr. Tumnus (The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe)
3. Liesel Meminger and Max Vandenburg (The Book Thief)
4. The Four Hobbits (Lord of the Rings)
I could split the four up into pairs (Frodo/Sam, Merry/Pippin) to discuss my favorite aspects of their BROTPS. But I can't. Without the four, the story would change. Even if Merry and Pippin don't go with Frodo and Sam all the way to Mordor, they're still vital to the story and the completion of the anti-quest.
5. Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes (Captain America)
Depending on whether you're reading the comics or watching the movies, their friendship may be slightly different. But one truth remains: they have a deep friendship that cannot be compared. They are loyal to each other, brave for each other, and above all willing to do whatever for each other.
In The Winter Soldier, even during confusion and chaos, Bucky saves Steve's life. He might not know why, but he does know that he has a special connection with Steve. And that no matter what, they're with each other "'til the end of the line."
Who are your favorite fictional best friends? What makes them so admirable to you?