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Siblings We Love from Geek Culture} ?> We’re talking a lot about siblings this month in Area of Effect! Here are some of our readers’ and writers’ favourites from geek culture—and most of these relationships are defined by a willingness to support each other and grow, allowing the relationship to change and strengthen as the individuals change. Others, of course, end with one killing the other.
1. River and Simon Tam, Firefly
Simon gives up everything for River because of his unconditional love for her. And River, in turn, trusts Simon completely even when nothing else makes sense to her.
2. The Weasleys, Harry Potter
Especially Fred and George. You can just tell they’re a close family, even though Percy leaves for a while (they welcome him back).
3. Edward and Alphonse Elric, Fullmetal Alchemist
Theirs is the kind of relationship I wish I had with my siblings. The age gap and distance between us has prevented the kind of closeness that Ed and Al enjoy. Though the presumptions that lead to conflict in the show are a little too familiar.
4. Rodney McKay and Jean Miller, Stargate Atlantis
They are so different, but still connected. It’s nice to see someone living their own civilian life, plus the actors are brother and sister so their chemistry is really specific.
5. T’Challa and Shuri, Black Panther
They compliment each other so well and encourage each other’s strengths instead of being jealous of each other. Also you can just tell they’re close; they joke a lot, and they really love each other. Reminds me of me and my older brothers.
6. Ruby and Yang, RWBY
I love how much Ruby looks up to her sister at first, and how that dynamic shifts as Yang faces the loss of her arm and doesn’t know how to handle it. They support each other, learn from each other, and forgive each other.
7. Violet, Sunny, and Klaus, A Series of Unfortunate Events
In the books, they’re a great team and strong where the other is weak.
8. Chuck and Ellie Bartowski, Chuck
Even through all the confusion and seeming betrayal Ellie goes through, she always supports Chuck and comes through for him when he needs it.
9. Shea and Flick Ohmsford, The Sword of Shannara
This was the first story I read where a character was not hated because he was adopted. There was no evil step mother, no siblings making him do all the chores, and no living in a closet under the stairs. Shea was treated equal in all ways. It’s the way I feel I need to treat my family, whether they are related to me by blood or just friendship.
10. Savage and Feral, The Clone Wars
They had such a close friendship, but it ended in tragedy when Savage was corrupted by the dark side and killed his own brother. One of the saddest and most brutal moments of the show.
Who would you add to this list?
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