It’s nearly Galentine’s Day (which, btw, did you see the article I wrote about a long-distance Galentine’s over at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls???) so that means it’s time to talk about and celebrate female friendships. Remember:
Movies and TV have given us some pretty great buds to fall in love with (if you’ve never heard the term”BroTP“, Urban Dictionary is there for you). While there is something great about shipping a couple together–I talked about my top 5 OTPs last week–there is something extra special and extra relatable to shipping friends. Friends, especially in the movie and TV world, can often seem more constant than a romantic partner, and often times your bestie has been in your life longer than your soul mate. There are loads of iconic friendships out there. Kirk and Spock. Pinky and the Brain. Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. However, since we’re nearly to Galentine’s Day, I’m focusing on female friendships. So without further ado, here are my top 5 female BroTPs:
Leslie Knope and Ann Perkins, Parks and Recreation
It should come as no surprise that one of my all-time favorite female brotps is Leslie and Ann. They are the cutest friends, they love each other so much, and they support one another through thick and thin. Also, Leslie forces Ann to watch all of the Harry Potter movies, and I’m thisclose to forcing my own best friend to watch Doctor Who (you’d better watch out, S) so their relationship resonates with me for quite a few reasons.
Sheriff Donna and Sheriff Jody, Supernatural
Donna and Jody are my favorite reluctant besties ever. Jody has, understandably, gotten a bit crusty around the edges after losing her family and chasing down monsters, so bright and shiny Donna came into her life at just the right time. They’re both dedicated cops, truly awesome women, and now are able to support one another as they help the Winchesters fight things that go bump in the night. Plus I just love watching Donna get all adorable and northern, saying things like, “What the H-E-double hockey sticks?” while Jody wearily watches on in the background, rolling her eyes.
Karen Walker and Grace Adler, Will & Grace
Though the headlining friendship on Will & Grace was, well, Will and Grace’s friendship, I always really loved the bizarro friendship shared between Grace and Karen. The two come from completely different walks of life and share almost entirely different moral compasses. Still, they both love each other very much and manage to be there for the other, even if some name-calling and general sitcom hijinks come before the real friendship moment.
Jessica Jones and Trish Walker, Jessica Jones
Jessica and Trish most definitely have a tumultuous relationship, but ultimately they aren’t just best friends–they think of themselves as sisters. So even though Jessica can be self-destructive and close herself off, Trish will always be there for Jessica. And even though Trish pushed her away for several years and was lost inside abuse and addiction, Jessica was ready to kick the ass of anyone who hurt Trish. They’re definitely not perfect, but they care very deeply for the other and are willing to do whatever it takes to help their sister. Plus, the actresses themselves have amazing chemistry, so it’s awesome to watch them onscreen together.
April Ludgate and Leslie Knope
I defy you to not love April and Leslie as buddies. Their relationship starts out as a boss/employee relationship, morphs into a mentorship, and ultimately becomes a pretty deep friendship not unlike when you see a happy golden retriever licking a not enthused but ultimately grateful cat. Leslie pushes April to set high standards for herself, and April teaches Leslie how to let things go (occasionally–let’s not get crazy). Add Ann Perkins into the mix, and you’ve got yourself a pretty solid squad.
What are you favorite female brotps? Do you have any Galentine’s Day plans? Tell me about them in the comments, and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today! Be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–the hashtag and series, of course, are courtesy of the awesome Kristen and Megan).