Bromance - brotherly friendship of heroes

Author of the article: Tatiana Zhakova
Journalist, linguist, teacher of storytelling with 10 years of experience
In 2015, she created and promoted her project about Nizhny Novgorod, after which she created the author's course "Storytelling: How to Tell Your Story" on its basis. More than 4,000 students have taken the course.

A linguist by training, she is very quick to master new fields. Now she is actively studying screenwriting and storytelling in films/series, about which she writes in the blog of her project.
The bromance technique is one way to create an interesting relationship between characters that, although not romantic, has a pronounced friendship and mutual respect. That is, it is a strong friendly relationship between two men, practically a brotherhood. In the English-language segment, this relationship is very often referred to as the Heterosexual Life-Partners trope.

Such relationships can be the basis for creating interesting dialog, plot twists and even dramatic moments.
An example of a bromance would be the relationship of the characters Sam and Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. They are loyal friends and fight side by side throughout the story despite the difficulties they face. Their relationship even becomes the main focus of the last part of the trilogy when Sam must help Frodo deliver the Ring to Mordor.

Another example of a bromance is the relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Arthur Conan Doyle's books. And in the BBC series.

They are not only work partners, but also best friends who are always ready to come to each other's aid.

Examples of bromance in movies

  1. "The Expendables" - In this action movie, famous movie actors Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham play former coworkers who team up to rescue their friend from captivity.
  2. "Dumb and Dumber" - This comedy movie follows the adventures of two best friends, Lloyd and Harry, who embark on a cross country road trip to recover a lost suitcase.
  3. "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" - In this movie, protagonist Sean teams up with local car mechanic Han to survive in Tokyo's world of street racers.
  4. "The Equalizer" - In this action movie, Denzel Washington plays a detached CIA agent who meets a young boy named Teri, and begins to mentor him on the right path in life.
  5. "The Hangover" - This comedy movie follows the adventures of a group of friends who travel to Las Vegas for a wedding party, but find themselves in a confusing situation.

Examples of bromance in the TV series

  1. "Friends" - This popular comedy series is about a group of friends who live and work in New York City. The central characters are Ross, Joey, and Chandler, who demonstrate a true bromance friendship throughout the 10 seasons.
  2. "Supernatural" - This fantasy series follows the adventures of brothers Sam and Dean Winchester as they travel across the United States solving supernatural problems and fighting dark forces.
  3. "The Office" - this comedy series tells about the life of office workers in Pennsylvania. The main characters Jim and Dwight compete with each other, but eventually become best friends who support each other in all life situations.
  4. "Arrow" - This action sci-fi movie tells the story of billionaire Oliver Queen, who becomes the superhero Arrow and fights evil in the town of Starling City. The series also shows the friendship between Oliver and his friend, John Diggle.
  5. "Doctor Who" is a British science fiction television series in which the Doctor, the last of the time lords, travels through time and space. The Doctor displays a camaraderie with his partners - he has a human traveling alongside him to help him on his adventures.

Examples of bromance in books

  1. "The Three Musketeers" (A. Dumas) is a classic novel that tells about the adventures of the three musketeers - Athos, Porthos and Aramis - and their friend D'Artagnan.
  2. "War and Peace" (L. Tolstoy) is an epic novel that follows the lives of aristocratic families in Russia during the war with Napoleon. The bromance here is the relationship between Andrei Bolkonsky and Pierre Bezukhov.
  3. "Anna Karenina" (L. Tolstoy) is a novel about the life of high society in Russia. The protagonist Levin supports his friend and cousin, Sergei Ivanovich Koznyshev.
  4. "The Hobbit, or There and Back Again" (J. R. R. Tolkien) is a fantasy novel that tells the adventures of the Hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his friends, the dwarves.
  5. "Twilight" (S. Meyer) is a series of novels about the love between a vampire and an ordinary girl. The series also shows the friendship between vampires - Edward and Emmett.
Bromance can be used in various genres of storytelling, from comedy to drama. It is important to remember that the relationships between characters must be justified by the story and fit their personalities. In addition, the use of bromance in storytelling can be useful to appeal to a variety of audiences, including both male and female.