Today is National Brother’s Day, an unofficial holiday dedicated to celebrating the brothers in our lives, whether they are siblings, brothers-in-law, cousins, or close male friends. National Brother’s Day is meant to appreciate any brother figure who we can always depend on when we need them. As it is often said, a brother is a best friend you’ll have for life.
In honor of National Brother’s Day, here are five classic brother duos from fiction and fandoms.
(For the sake of this article, let’s all pretend those mentioned who have died in a show or book are still alive.)
1. Fred and George Weasley
Throughout seven books and eight films, Fred and George have made Harry Potter fans smile, laugh, and cry ever since we first met them on Platform 9 ¾ in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Not only are the twins incredibly witty and hilarious, they are also caring and smart. They gifted Harry the Marauder’s Map, frequently came to Harry’s aid without hesitation, developed their own magical joke products, opened their own joke shop, and set off the most spectacular display of Weasley fireworks during the fifth years’ O.W.Ls exams. The Weasley twins are a key example of brothers you can come to when you need help, or who will cheer you up when you’re feeling your lowest.
2. Thor and Loki
Between Loki’s sassiness and scheming antics, and Thor’s nonchalant, clever retorts, no scene is dull with these two gods. Their banter and ability to rile each other never fails to entertain Marvel fans or make us laugh. Equally amusing is how they often use their powers to contest with each other, such as Thor pinning Loki down with Mjolnir or Loki casting illusions to irritate Thor. Although Thor and Loki’s relationship is sometimes complicated and distant, they nonetheless continue to be a favorite example of fictional brothers who love each other, fight each other, and occasionally love to fight with each other.
3. Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes
As intelligent as these two may be, sometimes their bickering and jesting simply comes off as the behavior of two children. Whether they are working together on a case or partaking in a “battle of the wits,” Sherlock and Mycroft’s scenes remain some of fans’ favorites moments of the BBC Sherlock show. Although each Holmes brother would probably struggle to admit it, the two need each other to be successful in their endeavors.
4. Jaime and Tyrion Lannister
Eight seasons of Game of Thrones and five (published) books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series have provided fans with numerous glances into the relationship between Jaime and Tyrion Lannister. Throughout the years, we’ve seen them disagree, fight on opposing sides, and question each other’s loyalty towards their family. However, throughout all their obstacles, the two have always made their love for one another obvious. Their bond has been strained and challenged, but never broken. Jaime and Tyrion never hold back in telling the other the truth, no matter how difficult or emotional that truth may be. They also open up to each other in ways they do not or cannot with other characters.
5. Sam and Dean Winchester
The brainy Sam and the brawny Dean entertained Supernatural fans for fifteen seasons. Their similarities and differences allowed for multiple instances where we see the Winchester brothers at their best and worst. Like the Holmes brothers, Sam and Dean’s behavior often turns juvenile when arguing or teasing each other. Even though their relationship was frequently tested throughout the show, and might’ve reached near breaking point at times, in the end Sam and Dean’s love for each other and their recognition of the importance of brotherhood proved most important.