Sunday, August 7 is this year’s International Friendship Day.  To celebrate via blog, I’m listing some of my favorite sets of fictional friends that I’ve adored from childhood until now. 

The Hundred Acre Wood Crew from Winnie the Pooh:
A dysthymic donkey.  A neurotic and manic rabbit.  A wise and patient owl.  A gopher with a speech impediment.  A loving and sensible mother kangaroo and her playfully adventurous son.  An extremely hyperactive tiger.  And a pudgy, honey addicted “silly old bear,” that appears to have a low I.Q.  Yet they each banded together when most needed to get Pooh bear unstuck from his predicaments, fix Eeyore’s tail, remind Tigger of who his family is, and protect each other from the horrible Huffalumps in their ‘hood. 

Bert and Ernie, Sesame Street:
Roommates for over 40 years now, Bert and Ernie teach us that friends can have strange things in common, such as collecting paper clips or rubber duckies.  One friend can be completely bland, and the other a prankster with a memorable laugh.  One can have a unibrow and the other, no eyebrows.  Bert and Ernie have stood the test of time, proving that friends don’t always have to like each other at times, but do love at all times.  They have also survived the controversy of being accused as homosexuals. 

The Super Friends. 

My Saturday morning was not complete without Wonder Woman flying her invisible jet and exclaiming “Great Hera!”  Or hearing “Wonder Twins Power Activate!”  Or watching Superman lead the group of DC comic superheroes into battle against the Legion of Doom.  I always wanted to visit the Hall of Justice….

Shaggy and Scooby Doo.
I’ve always been a big fan of Shaggy.  I just love these two as they shared giant sandwiches and find themselves the unwilling bait for monsters and ghouls.  Plus, they were back of the bus kids like me. 

Charlotte and Wilber, from Charlotte’s Web.
Charlotte’s Web is one of my favorite books of all time.  And Charlotte the spider taught this arachnophobe that friends can be found in the most unlikely of places and the darkest of hours.  Like when you find out the Zuckermans are going to plump you up, kill you, and eat you.   She also taught me that using your noodle can get you far in life and that true friends never abandon you. 

Han Solo and Chewbacca, Star Wars.
Although the intergalactic crew consisted of a brother and sister, droids, and a suave manager of a Cloud City, Han and Chewbacca were best buds far before they all joined the Rebellion.  Though they didn’t speak the same language and about two or three feet separated their heights, these two space pirates always had each other’s back.  Even when one was frozen in carbonite. 

The Goonies.

This is one of my favorite movies ever and on the list of epic ’80’s movies I forced my son to watch.  It has the classic cheerleader with the not-as-pretty friend match of Andy and Stef.   It also captures the neighborhood bunch of the asthmatic, brainiac Asian, chunky monkey, and mouthy smartass that join forces to save their neighborhood from the rich folk who want to bulldoze it.  And, oh yeah, “Hey, you guuuuuys!” 

Meriadoc Brandybuck and Peregrin Took, The Lord of the Rings.
Though Samwise and Frodo saw each other to Mordor and destroyed the ring, my favorite hobbits are Pippin and Merry.  They were the underdog hobbits that had to fight their way into the Fellowship by showing their loyalty to Frodo.  Orcs, giant talking trees, and a war with the Big Folk never faltered their loyalty to each other. 

The South Park Kids. 

Sometimes friends are made out of necessity.  Living in the small town of South Park Colorado, Kyle, Kenny, Cartman, and Stan have little choice but to hang out with each other.  Though Kyle and Stan do profess to be best friends, not many other fourth grade children are around, therefore they are stuck with the egotistic and spiteful Cartman.  And when it serves a better purpose, the boys will seek out my favorite character, Butters Scotch, along with Clyde, Tweek, or Token.  And in the mix is the poor kid from the “other side of the tracks,” Kenny. 

Harry, Hermione, and Ron from Harry Potter.
Harry wakes up one morning in his horrible life and is informed he is a wizard.  He will leave his awful foster family and attend Hogwarts.  But most importantly, he will befriend the know-it-all Hermione and the underprivileged Ron.  They always support Harry through his destined life of defeating the Dark Lord, “You Know Who.”  They help him find a secret chamber, slip in and out of time to save a falsely accused man, survive normal parts of adolescents such as a first crush, and fight off Deatheaters. 

Phil, Stu, and Alan from the Hangover. 

What happens in Vegas, well didn’t stay in Vegas for these guys celebrating their friend, Doug’s bachelor party.  After the outrageous night of partying with Mike Tyson’s tiger and a dancer’s baby, Doug goes missing.  They overcome a mysterious emergency room visit, returning the tiger to Mike Tyson, and a crazed Asian gangster, and each other’s differences to find Doug and get him to the ceremony on time.

I could totally go on and on with many more, such as a few crews from the Star Trek sagas, but will end here for now.