I can say that I have been blessed to have some great friendships in my brief time of being alive. Whenever I watch a movie, or read a book, I tend to compare the characters within it to the people around me. There have always been those pairs in fiction that make me evaluate my own relationships. Am I the loose cannon cop sporting a mullet, or the aging professional that is just getting too old for this shit? Am I the goofball, or the straight man? To give all of you readers a brief road map to what I view as the best dynamic duos of fiction, here are Josh’s Top 5 “Fictional Duos.”
5. Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence from “Boy Meets World” – ABC Broadcastings gift to the ‘90s known as “TGIF” gave us the television series “Boy Meets World” in 1993. The series covered the events in the tight knit family of a boy named Cory Matthews and his ordeals that he faces as your everyday American kid. Topanga Lawrence began the series as one of Cory’s friends and confidants, and in later episodes blossomed into Cory’s love interest. The two were eventually married after almost seven seasons of friendship and high school drama. These ‘90s lovebirds represented all that a friendship could be for TGIF viewers.
4. Conner and Murphy MacManus from “The Boondock Saints” – Never has religiously fueled vigilantism been conducted with such style and dark humor then in the tattooed hands of Conner and Murphy from “The Boondock Saints.” For those of you that haven’t seen the film, the Irish Catholic brothers are fraternal twins that receive a divine calling to clean up the streets of gang infested South Boston with all the guns, knives and Irish stereotypes at their disposal. Notable deeds of the saints include shooting pornstar Ron Jeremy as he’s whacking the weasel, holding up a courtroom to execute a mob boss and killing a Russian gang member with a toilet.
3. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from “Sherlock Holmes” – Whether you’re referring to the film portrayals of Watson and Holmes, or their origins as the fiction of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the pair of super sleuths represented the original “buddy cop” formula. Holmes played the unpredictable and eccentric genius that could either be solving a murder case or indulging in opium use. Watson was the straight laced assistant whose “elementary” observations and mature nature balanced out the often socially awkward Holmes. Their perfect partnership had its ups and downs, and showed how a working partnership could also be a great friendship.
2. Han Solo and Chewbacca from “Star Wars” – This duo was so famous for always accompanying one another in the iconic Millennium Falcon that an alternative to the shotgun rules called “Chewie” has been developed by geeky guys just looking for a good time. Han and Chewie were space hot rod cruising, blockade running, gun toting badasses who gave a roguish charm to the Star Wars universe. Han Solo was a Corellian smuggler portrayed by the still suave Harrison Ford (seriously, if you’re Indiana Jones and Han Solo you get to do whatever the hell you want) who found his calling to help the Rebel Alliance while chasing the tale of future wife Princess Leia. Chewie was the furry co-pilot of the Falcon from the planet Kashyyyk that can rip the arms off of people that upset him. They represent the perfect “boy and his dog” formula, but with blasters and spaceships.
1. Snoopy and Woodstock from “The Peanuts” – These iconic “Peanuts” characters top off the list of duos. Debuting in 1950, Charles Schulz demonstrated the strength of friendship through Snoopy and Woodstock’s fictional adventures. Snoopy was the dog of Charlie Brown, the prematurely bald boy next door. Woodstock was a small bird who was originally a baby bird that was left in a nest that had been built on Snoopy’s stomach. His trademark chicken scratch filled speech bubbles were only understood by Snoopy. The two had adventures as the “World War I Flying Ace” and his co-pilot, golfing buddies and trivia rivals. Their friendship is perhaps the most pure, innocent and long running friendship on this list. Their keen understanding of one another shows that even if the rest of the world thinks you’re a lazy dog, or can’t understand anything you say, there is always that person that will stand next to you.