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14 immortal friendships from literature that define its very essence

They all complete each other!


Updated:August 2, 2015, 4:57 PM IST

Fiction is full of epic friendships. Imagine what your favourite story would be like, had it not been for their chemistry with their best friend. What would Harry be without Ron? I don’t think Frodo could have survived the journey to Mordor without Sam.

Here are 14 immortal friendships from literature that have inspired and moved us and made us crave to have a friendship like that!

Sherlock and Watson

Martin Freeman as John Watson and Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock Holmes on Sherlock Series Two Finale The Reichenbach Fall

Sherlock and Watson rank first on any friendship list. They are nothing alike and yet they stick to each other like iron and magnet!

Betty and Veronica


One is a rich and materialistic girl and the other,a middle class and intelligent one. And they happen to like the same boy. And they don’t always get along. But they’d anything for each other. Always

Goopi and Bagha

gupi bagha

Goopi Gyne and Bagha Byne form the epic musician duo, from Upendra Kishore Roychowdhury’s stories, and they have the power to literally hypnotize people with their music. They go on epic adventures and do awesome stuff; but never without each other.

Chacha Chaudhary and Sabu


Friendships need not be limited to one planet. Take Chacha and Sabu for example. Their friendship makes the ultimate brain and brawn combo known to mankind.

Merry and Pippin


These two hobbits always have each other’s back, whether it is in war, or pranks or food. They love each other as brother and nothing can separate them. Not even the massive invasion Mordor launches.

Tintin and Captain Haddock


They may not have had the best of start, but they ended being friend for life. A recovering alcoholic sailor and a young investigative reporter may be an odd combo, but that’s how fate would have it!

Asterix and Obelix


It may be from a couple of millenniums back, but it still stands. These two Gaulish rebels are thick as thieves as they fight Roman warriors and go on epic quests.

Feluda, Lalmohan Ganguly and Topshe


The Sherlock and Watson of India, Feluda and Topshe have another member in the crew: Adventure fiction author Lalmohan Ganguly and this trio is completely made for each other!

Hari, Ryan and Alok


For those who have read Chtan Bhagat’s first “Five Point Someone”, this dysfunctional group is serves to remind everyone that your best friends may not be the best of company, but they are always there to save your butt. Sometimes, even at the expense of their own.

The Secret Seven gang

secret seven

This mystery-solving gang existed solely because they were great friends. They seldom fight with each other. And they always do whatever they can to get each other out of trouble. And trouble is always round the corner for these kids!

Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer

huck and tom

These two characters created by Mark Twain show it doesn’t matter how different you are from each other to be great friends. One is a simpleton, and the other a cunning mischievous boy; but they still manage to stick to each other all the time!

Calvin and Hobbes


Best friends can be imaginary. That may sound a little sad and weird, but we have all known Calvin and Hobbes and can easily see that it is one of the best things ever.

Andy and Red


You may know them from Stephen King’s novel “Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption” or you may know them from the movie adaptation, but the fact is it is tough to find a couple of friends like them. Andy and Red help each other survive Shawshank prison; and then some more.

James and Sirius


They were more than friends. They were brothers. They were the ringleaders. They were awesome. But never on their own. People suspected Sirius of being the cause of James’ murder for years but in the end, everyone knew that it was Sirius who gave his life to protect James’ son. Prongs and Padfoot can never be separated.

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