They say the friends you make at university are the ones you keep for life. These are our picks for the best friends we wish we could have.
Daria and Jane
Daria Morgendorffer and Jane Lane were the cynical Queens of the MTV generation. And they couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Not ones to suffer in silence, they trade caustic remarks about the seriously dull, materialistic, hypocritical suburban America in which they live, and the high-school fools that surround them. Even when a boy – what else? – threatens to break them up, their friendship wins out.
Holmes and Watson
It doesn’t matter which incarnation of Holmes and Watson you’re into, their friendship is as strong as Sherlock’s observation skills. And while they may annoy the hell out of each other, like all best friends, it’s a relationship built on a solid basis of trust and mutual respect. Even the apparent death of Holmes couldn’t tear these two apart.
Horatio and Hamlet
To be friends, or not to be friends, that is the question. Horatio is the one that Hamlet spills his true thoughts and feelings to – and we all need a friend like that. They only have one disagreement over the course of the play, whether Hamlet should have ordered the murders of former friends and supposed traitors, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – and we think that’s pretty good going. Only his total devotion to the dying Hamlet, and his command not to drink the poison, stops him from following his pal off that mortal coil.
Harry, Hermione and Ron
A good bunch of friends should be alike and unlike all at once. That’s these three: the leader, the brain and the goof. While Harry may take all the glory – being The Boy Who Lived will do that to you – Hermione and Ron are still pretty heroic in their own way, and when they get together, there’s no stopping them. As the book reminds us: ‘There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.’