While 2020 has been somewhat of a hellish year (to say the least), I like to think that we got by with a little help from our friends.
Or, perhaps, our bros.
To celebrate that, let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit Our Top 10 BroTPs of 2020!
- Sunset Curve – Julie and the Phantoms
You really can’t do a list of the best BroTPs of 2020 without talking about the Sunset Curve boys from Julie and the Phantoms – you just can’t.
Because these boys are more than bros. They’re brothers. When dealing with BroTPs, we talk a lot about the idea of found families, and these boys are it to a T.
More than that, Luke, Alex, and Reggie show us what affectionate male friendships look like and how strong and valuable they can be. I know it’s so easy to ship these guys with each other romantically because of the outrageous chemistry they all have with each other, but what Kenny Ortega has shown us with these boys is just as valuable and important as any romantic relationship.
These boys cry together, they comfort each other, they hold hands, they hug, they lean on each other when they have no one else to turn to.
They love each other, and they’re not afraid to show it.
Toxic masculinity who?
2. JJ Maybank & Pope Heyward – Outer Banks
Okay, okay, yes – hear me out on this one, Pogue fans.
The Pogues as a group are goals (for the most part – I’ve got a few issues with some things, but this is not the article for that), but we have to talk about JJ and Pope, specifically, because these boys…
If you’ve watched the show, you already know what I mean when I say that JJ and Pope would do just about anything for each other – and I mean anything, including taking the fall for your bro and risking jail time all the while knowing that your abusive father may or may not literally kill you for it, but you do it anyway because your bro is going places. He has a future. He could get outta this place. And you won’t let him throw that away.
I mean. Need I say more?
The Pogues are all bros, yes, but JJ and Pope are truly ride or die.
They’re all in, baby, and I can’t wait to see more of these boys in season two.
3. The Old Guard – The Old Guard
Remember back when we were talking about Sunset Curve, and we briefly touched on the classic, timeless, flawless found family trope?
Allow me to introduce you to The Old Guard (if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t already heard of this badass group of ass-kicking immortals). Andy and her crew are the literal embodiment of a found family, because these guys go out of their way to seek each other out when they learn that another of them has been “born,” so to speak.
They’re tied to each other – fated or destined to find and protect each other.
Is it cheating to call a group of people a BroTP? Possibly.
But, frankly, I didn’t know how to make a list like this without including the Old Guard, because I truly don’t think you can get more broTP than this.
4. Klaus & Allison Hargreeves – The Umbrella Academy
You know you’ve hit the jackpot when you kill someone and your ride-or-die’s only queston is, essentially, “What do you wanna do with the body?”
While all the Hargreeves have their own unique, fun dynamics with each of their respective siblings-of-circumstance, Klaus and Allison were truly the stand out pairing in the second season, which was abundantly clear from the moment the pair reunited at Klaus’ cult manshion.
It was such a refreshing shift from season one, which I felt was severely lacking n wholesome BroTP dynamics (and, frankly, solid Allison content period).
I’m thrilled to have been able to include these two on this list, because they really showed up this year.
5. Johnny Rose & Stevie Budd – Schitt’s Creek
Now, it’s extremely difficult for me to talk about Schitt’s Creek without talking about Alexis Rose, but we’re are doing it today, damn it!
Because I am a firm believer that the relationship between Stevie and Johnny is one that is too often overlooked.
Stevie and Johnny have become so much more than business partners. Johnny has become Stevie’s mentor, her number one cheerleader, and, above all, he’s become a friend and, dare I say, a father figure.
And, in return, the love Stevie clearly has for Johnny is always so evident in every scene between the two. She knows that, no matter what, she always has a home and support system in the Rose family, and I think that that is largely beause of Johnny Rose.
6. Julie Molina & Flynn – Julie and the Phantoms
Yes, Julie and the Phantoms has made the list twice.
Yes, neither of my picks from the show were actually Julie and her Phantoms.
Because that relationship is still in development, but Julie and Flynn’s friendship is one that runs so deep that Julie wrote a poem about her best friend to thank her for being there for her through everything. Julie trusted Flynn enough to tell her about the dead boys living in her freaking garage!
And, in turn, Flynn’s support of Julie is unwavering. She stands with her through thick and thin, and we really can’t overlook the fact that Flynn made a promise to Julie’s dad that she would look out for her and tell him if she’s ever worried that Julie may not be okay.
There’s real, true, solid love between these two girls, and I would never dream of overlooking them for this list.
7. Beth Harmon & Benny Watts – The Queen’s Gambit
Okay, okay, okay.
Yes, I know calling these two a BroTP is a controversial choice. I know.
But, as of now, they are still friends – Beth is in love with someone else. It’s fine. I know. Let’s talk about their relationship as it is now, because I think it’s a great one.
We all love a good rivalry, and there was none better than the one between Benny and Beth. They were nearly perfectly matched up until the day when Beth beat Benny, and he took it in stride and, rather than get angry and retreat to nurse his wounded pride, Benny and Beth team up to make Beth the best player she can be.
Benny becomes a constant source of support for Beth. He helped her get sober (the first time, before she really went off the rails), and he, along with some of the other boys from Beth’s past, supported and coached her to ultimate victory.
Benny taught Beth that she didn’t have to go it alone – that victories won with a support system, a team, and a coach, aren’t lesser than those won solo.
Solitary Beth needed someone like Benny Watts – someone accustomed to, essentially, shoving their way into your life – to help her let down her guard and realize her full potential.
8. Devi, Fabiola & Eleanor – Never Have I Ever
I’ll be honest: Fabiola and Eleanor do most of the heavy lifting here, because season one of Never Have I Ever Devi left a lot to be desired in the friendship department.
But we’ll give Devi a break because, well…she’s dealing with a lot, and her trauma definitely grants her a teeny bit of a pass. She still has the potential to be the friend that Fabiola and Eleanor deserve.
Fabiola and Eleanor, on the other hand, are ride or die for each other, and for Devi. Even after Devi hurts them, they still show up for her when she needs them most. They are each other’s constant cheerleaders and they are always willing to drop everything to be there for their girls.
I’m excited to see Devi working on herself and repairing her relationship with the girls in season two, because I truly love these three and want to see them thrive in the new year.
9. Alexa Mendoza & Katie Cooper – Alexa & Katie
How could I make a list about friendships without including Alexa & Katie, a sitcom that revolved entirely around the enduring friendship between these two girls as they grow, mature, and help each other deal with the struggles of their teenage years?
While the show is sweet and lighthearted, Alexa and Katie help each other through some seriously real struggles. Katie is a constant source of light and support for Alexa while she deals with cancer and life after remission, and Alexa has to learn how to support Katie while she deals with financial struggles, big dreams, and sometimes debilitating anxety.
Alexa and Katie are shining examples of the strength of female friendships, and I know I, at least, will miss this dynamic now that the series has come to a perfect, natural conclusion.
10. Geralt of Rivia & Jaskier – The Witcher
Yes, yes, I know The Witcher technically came out at the end of 2019.
But, like, it was right at the end and they deserve to be included on this list because few pairings brought me as much joy as Geralt and Jaskier this year.
They’re the literal embodiment of the trope where the grumpy one is (kind of) soft for the sunshine-y one!
Jaskier is literally constantly trotting around singing Geralt’s praises and bragging to everyone about his badass companion. He would be honored to be on this list with his best friend, and you know it.
Whereas Geralt, on the other hand, might argue about their status as a BroTP, but we all saw how he reacted when Jaskier’s life was in danger and how far he was willing to go to save him, alright? You’re fooling no one, Geralt.
And there you have it! Let us know which BroTPs got you through 2020 in the comments below!