Superheroes tend to travel in packs. You’ve got your Avengers, your Justice League, and your X-Men all serving as examples of the surprisingly social nature of the average costumed vigilante. Obviously, working in such close quarters combined with the life or death situations that come with their line of work) is almost certain to result in the development of some deep and meaningful interpersonal relationships.
We’ve seen friendships, alliances, and even romances spring up from various superhero teammates. On the rarest of special occasions, we even see the most special and profound type of friendship develop between two heroes: the comic book bromance.
What is a bromance, then? A scholar might describe it as a deep, platonic bond between two close friends, but the classic phrase “brother from another mother” probably does a better job of capturing it. While a bromance doesn’t strictly need to be between two males, that’s usually the case.
Like brothers, “bros” will often give each other a hard time and may even fight occasionally, but they will always have each other’s back when the going gets tough. Some truly remarkable superhero bromances have been struck in the pages of comics, and it's high time they were celebrated.
Cable And Deadpool
Deadpool and Cable are easily one of the greatest “buddy cop” combinations ever put together. Pairing the hyper-serious, time-traveling son of Cyclops with everyone’s favorite murder clown seemed like a ridiculous idea at the time, but the two had instant chemistry and went on to share a team-up title for over 50 issues.
Like any good bromance should, the two brought out the best in each other. Cable convinced Deadpool to take superheroics a little more seriously, and Deadpool taught the mutant messiah to lighten up a little.
Luke Cage And Iron Fist
Luke Cage and Iron Fist turned bromance into a business by creating the Heroes for Hire, a for-profit superheroing outfit. While the two are far more altruistic than their business model would suggest, they definitely approach heroics from two very different perspectives, and fall into the classic “odd couple” model.
Luke is a street-wise badass with a temper forged in Harlem, and Danny Rand is a rich guy who was raised by kung fu monks in a metaphysical mountain realm. Somehow, they bring it all together to become the tightest pair of bros in the Marvel universe.
Spider-Man And Deadpool
Some initially complained that the burgeoning bromance between Spider-Man and Deadpool was simply being “forced” by Marvel Comics in an attempt to mash two of their hottest properties together. However, the chemistry between the two red-clad, wisecracking vigilantes is undeniable, as is their comedic timing.
Spidey and Poolie’s adventures went so well that the two were even selected for a rare ongoing team-up series, proving that they really do belong together. As one can probably imagine, this was a much cooler development for Deadpool than it was for Spider-Man.
Wolverine And Colossus
Wolverine and Colossus might be the only bros to have their own special combo move. The Fastball Special is a true comic book legend. It consists of Colossus hurling the snarling Canadian at whatever opponent is foolish enough to draw their ire.
Fewer fans may know about another tradition the two friends share, one where Wolverine and the big Russian swap stories in the woods while Colossus paints and Logan drinks beer. Oh, also Colossus paints, which is freakin' adorable. These are two dudes who really understand one another.
Green Lantern And Green Arrow
Oh, sure, put the two green guys together! When Green Lantern and Green Arrow were given a team-up title in the 1970s, it may have seemed like an odd choice, almost like the editors just wanted people with similar names in the same series. It proved to be instant magic, however.
The fiery liberal Oliver Queen paired nicely with the more conservative, military-oriented Hal Jordan, and this political dichotomy allowed the two to participate in more socially-relevant adventures than the average couple of bros. Green Lantern pulled the ultimate bro move when he returned Green Arrow to life during his brief time as a cosmic entity.
Hellboy And Abe Sapien
The bromance between Hellboy and Abe Sapien might bring together two drastically different characters, but that makes it all the more special. Hellboy is an actual literal demon from Hell, whereas Abe is a sentient fish-like humanoid named after Abraham Lincoln. Oh, and the fish-man is permanently confined to water.
Despite their differences, the two developed a strong office friendship and even became each others’ confidantes for their ridiculously complicated emotional issues. This bromance was easily the best part of the Hellboy movies.
Wolverine And Nightcrawler
The gruff, violent, beer-swilling Canadian Wolverine is pretty much the opposite of the dignified and deeply religious German Nightcrawler. Yet somehow, the two X-Men formed a deep and meaningful bromance almost immediately.
Nightcrawler made a point of respecting the differences between the two and was convinced that an honorable man existed within Wolverine, something that Logan truly appreciated and treasured. Upon Nightcrawler’s death (or one of them, anyway), Wolverine even hauled a piano up a mountain to a remote monastery to honor one of his friend’s last wishes. Of course, this being Wolverine, he also later slashed his way into heaven to forcibly bring his old friend back into the land of the living. Comics are the best.
Blue Beetle And Booster Gold
Blue Beetle and Booster Gold might seem like a weird pairing at first, with one being a brilliant engineer and the other a time-traveling celebrity, but the two share a light-hearted personality and a love of laughter.
This has led them to form a super-close bromance through their stints on various versions of the Justice League. Who can resist the way they constantly set-up each others’ jokes? The two even have their own trademark joint-laugh: “Bwa ha ha ha!” It’s hard not to laugh right along with them.