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Fanatical Five: Top 5 Bromances in Video Games

Fanatical Five: Top 5 Bromances in Video Games

by William HarmonApril 28, 2012

Sometimes, stories revolve around classic heroes. All powerful men and women that rise to the occasions before them, over coming hurdles and obstacles, as they fight for what is good and right. These heroes stand head and shoulders above those around them. Champions of the people, they’re idolized and revered. Other times, however, these heroes can’t do it alone. They need the support of those around them. Friends. Confidants. Bros.

The bromance is a magical relationship, usually between two men, that is built on trust and support. Your bro always has your back. Your bro is there no matter what type of adversarial situation you’re up against. Your bro is there for you. So now I give you: The 5 best Bromances in video games:


Number 5: Dart and Lavitz – Legend of Dragoon

Dart is a Mercenary with a troubled past. Lavitz is a ranking knight fighting for his King. These two meet during a prison break and are bros from the word go. Need to fight their way past a masochistic warden? he’s right behind you. Need a place to stay? Don’t worry, his mom’s making dinner, they got you. Girl hinting that she wants to spend time with you? Nah man, you and your bro have business to take care of.

I'll do you a solid, but just because it's you, bro.

This relationship is so noteworthy because it’s such a gigantic plot point. Shana, Dart’s love interest, continually makes comments about how she wishes she could have a relationship with Dart like the one Lavitz has. The love interest is jealous of your bro.

That’s some serious bromance…


Think nothing of it.


Number 4: Ramza and Mustadio – Final Fantasy Tactics

Ramza and Mustadio share an unexpected bromance. When the game begins, Ramza has a bro, and Mustadio isn’t even a foreshadowing. However as the game goes on, your bro burns you. How could he do that? You were bros. Doesn’t he know you’d have had his back? What’s going on? You’re lost and confused. Then out of nowhere, you meet Mustadio.

You save his life, and help him save his father from a band of ruffians. What can you say, you’re a stand up guy. And so is your new bro. He’s not just gonna take your help and say “thanks, man.” No, he recognizes that you’re in some serious need. His father can hold down the fort, he needs to go with you and straighten your shit out, like you did for him. This bro reciprocates.

He knows how you feel. He's been there too.

A true bromance begins to blossom. Mustadio is there for you when you didn’t think the word “bro” meant anything anymore.

This is a bromance goes deeper than the battlefield. Ramza and Mustadio aren’t just bros during plot important developments. They’re bros on their days off. They’re bros when they’re tinkering on side projects. Every sidequest in the game is a result of you and Mustadio’s bro adventurs, broventures if you will. Nifty hunk of metal? Ramza and Mustadio bro that into an awesome robobro. Sweet contraption, but what does it do? Ramza and Mustadio will bro in a sweet cameo bro to help you out. And like any good bro, they wingman for each other, while scoping out ladies at the bar.

He knows you'd jump the grenade for him if need be.


Number 3: Drake and Sully – Uncharted

Nathan Drake and Victor Sullivan didn’t start their relationship as bros. In fact, they began when Sully first took a young Drake in as a protege. As a seasoned thief, Sully teaches Drake the tricks of the trade, and the two form a close Mentor/student bond.

Seen above: Bro's agreeing to teach bros.

As Drake gets older, he and Sully become equals. Drake calls his own shots, and Sully relies on him just as he relies on Sully in return. Exemplary bro behavior. Drake and Sully compliment each other in a way that all good bros should. For every part of Drake that is reckless, there is a part of Sully that is level headed. For every part of Sully that is unsure, there is a part of Drake that is decisive.

"I'd give it an 8 or 9, Drake. I'd say go for it."

As the players follow Drake through his many adventures, they get to see how great of bros these two have really become. Even at the trilogies conclusion, where everyone else has abandoned their quest, Sully, despite doubting the wisdom of their course, Never once even insinuates that he wouldn’t stick by Drake till the end. Drake and Sully stand the test of time, and are truly life long bros.

Number 2: Shepard and Garrus – Mass Effect

Commander Shepard and Garrus Vakarian are two of the galaxy’s greatest heroes. Shepard is the first human Specter, Garrus is a C-Sec officer turned Mercenary turned Military Adviser. These two are battle bros. When you’re kicking as much ass as the the Normandy crew, you learn that you’ve got to trust the guy next to you to watch your back. Shepard and Garrus demonstrate this better than anyone.

These bros get shit DONE.

Shepard and Garrus have fought rogue Specters, synthetic armies, hyper advanced alien armadas, and more than anyone’s fair share of Reapers, and they don’t stop. At the end of each Mass Effect installment, the team is split up and Shepard finds herself having to reassemble a new squad. Any who is always there ready to go? Garrus is. Cuz this bro has your back. Even when Shepard was dead for 2 years Garrus was still ready to jump right back on board.

At the conclusion of their epic journey, Garrus and Shepard have one of the most touching moments in gaming history. And everything about it is so bromantic. If your death is inevitable, he wants you to know, he’s still buyin’.

"And if I'm in that bar, and you're not there. Know that I'll be looking down on you. That I've always got your back."



You know you’ve got a special relationship on your hands when the community of a game rechristens a character with the word “Bro” right their in his name. You and Sunbro (also known as Solaire) first meet when you find him, doing what else, admiring the Sun. Of course he is. A bro stands by his values. Your journey throughout the land of Lordran is a terrifying one. With villains and fiends around every corner, and death but moments away. But Sunbro always seems to be at the right spot at the right time. Lost in unfamiliar territory? There’s Sunbro, waiting by the campfire. Weary after battling a fierce dragon? Sunbro’s got this shrine all done up for you. God that was nice of him.

The way I see it, our fates appear to be intertwined.

But a Bromance is not a one way street. Your bro needs you just as much as you need your bro. As you travel down in to the depths of hell itself, your Sunbro starts to lose his way. He’s tired too man. Help a bro out. He needs you right now. His fate is in your hands, and you are honor bound by the bro code to be there for him. And even if you weren’t, you’d want to be there. Because you care about him. He’s your god damned bro for christ’s sake. You’re gonna hang him out to dry like that? I didn’t think so!

No way in hell you're turning back now.

You and Sunbro go through this adventure with a truly perfect bromantic relationship. The ups and the downs. The good times and the bad. He’s there for you when you’ve had just about enough of these fucking gargoyles, and in turn you’re there for him when he loses the guiding light of the sun.

You met Sunbro at the very outset of your journey, and if you have each other’s backs throughout the entire adventure, Sunbro is standing right by your side at the conclusion of all your trials. Staring down the guardian of the first ember with you. You and Sunbro aren’t just true bros, but you’re tried and tested bros. You might not make it. One of you might fall. But if your bonds of bromanship are unbendable, you’ll walk away with a greatness, like no bros have before you.




About The Author
William Harmon
  • Kathleen Frias

    Quickest exact solution gets the 10 points.

  • Marcie Thach

    In my personalized opinion Nathan Fillion really should not perform Drake. It looks that all over the place you go on the internet, an individual states Nathan Fillion should perform Drake. I’d rather have Nolan North play Drake. Matterafact it’d be much better just to have a CGI movie with all the actual voice actors. Who do you feel must perform Nate Drake?

  • Jeanie Roudebush

    Me and my brother are getting a combat and are debating that who is much better Master Chief or Nathan Drake. My back up good reasons are that he has amazing perspective and I adore how he uses his head to solve these complex puzzles. Tom’s defense is that he has all of these fancy gizmos and that he will absolutely pwn Nathan.

  • Dollie Mccrystal

    i was curious if i could make the pores and skin of my character in minecraft seem like nathan drake from uncharted

  • Lizzie Galatioto

    Sony says they are making an Uncharted movie. I think Karl Urban would make a good Drake as nicely as Nathan Fillion.

  • Monique Spalding

    I know its a video sport chracter,but my mother is getting one more baby
    due up coming week. i like it. a little. lol,wdyt?

  • Abbey Spencer

    Please! I would just die!

  • Monique Spalding

    Me and my brother are getting a combat and are debating that who is much better Master Chief or Nathan Drake. My again up causes are that he has brilliant perspective and I enjoy how he employs his head to remedy these challenging puzzles. Tom’s protection is that he has all of these fancy devices and that he will completely pwn Nathan.

  • Jeanie Roudebush

    I had a dream about it (no homo) and it manufactured so much sense.

    you agree?

  • Louisa Ellman

    Sony says they are creating an Uncharted movie. I feel Karl Urban would make a excellent Drake as nicely as Nathan Fillion.

  • Desmarais

    where to get nathan drake gun holster for Halloween and stuff.

  • Maricela Rothrock

    I know its a video game chracter,but my mom is having another baby
    due next week. i like it. a little. lol,wdyt?

  • Stella Sotelo

    Quickest accurate answer gets the 10 points.

  • Abbey Spencer

    I’m just curious on what you guys think about this. Could Wahlberg really actually do justice to Nathan Drake and fulfill such a huge role? I love Uncharted and don’t want to see it butchered…
    And yes I definitely think he is way too old. That’s my main “peeve” about this

  • Tyler

    Where’s Rio and Salem from Army of Two?

  • maskills24

    i was curious if i could make the skin of my character in minecraft look like nathan drake from uncharted

  • Milk84

    we all agree that Final Fantasy VII and The Legend of Dragoon are very influential and mind-blowing games but (i think you know where this is going) they both had totally heart wrenching and ruthless impaled murders but….which was worse on you lavitz or aerith?
    it was lavitz for me only because he died saving (or rather trying to save) albert (who i hated off the bat until i got used to the speed of his additions) bt aerith WAS bad for me dont get me wrong

  • Boo Cookie

    Im buying a custom built computer from dell which will most likely have
    3.00GHz dual processor or a 2.50quad processor depending how much money i have at the time.
    gt220 1024Mb, im not going too be doing hardcore gaming and when i do im not gunna care if its only on medium.
    320-640GB hard rive, nice and big.
    and 4-6GB of ddr2 800mhz SD ram. Now i don’t know much about ram or DDR or SD stuff but i know a bit about computers, ive heard that SD ram sucks, will it kill my system in terms of gaming because this is what im buying it for its a Dell Studio desktop

    Games i will be playing will be
    The sims 3
    maybe fallout3
    star wars:the old republic
    Garry’s mod
    orange box
    Counter Strike:source
    Resident evil 4 & 5
    and lol Rune scape (which will run ultra easily)
    and tell me what setting will the gfames run on you think.
    thank in advance

  • Cliffy N

    I love this game, more than any other game out there. To anyone playing Skyrim or Mass Effect 3, put those toys away and play Dark Souls.

    Praise the Sun!

  • soccermaster1

    I’ve made it to level 25 and I am already bored. I beat Demon’s Souls and I loved that game. Dark Souls just opens the doors and says, “go kill and die!” I’m still looking for the reason why I am killing and dying.

  • Myles

    In dark souls I’ve finally realized how to use miracles, talismans, but as soon as I went to petrus, I accidentally attacked him. Can I get talismans without buying them from petrus or rhea?

  • stingerms

    can anyone give me advice and tell me if this game is worth buying,and how to work the multiplayer

    real answers please

  • davemc74656

    Just beat dark souls thinking of plaen demon souls. so what are the differances?

  • Muzahid

    So I made a thief in Dark Souls. He is my favorite class so far and I was wondering what some good weapons for him besides the HuntersBlade would be.

  • crzyinluv

    Can someone please tell me how many characters we start out with in Bleach Darks Souls? and which ones if possible.

  • Ryan Z

    I have a preorder for arkham city but should I cancel it And get dark souls? Please ppl that have played dark souls. 360 btw.

  • sean

    My son accidentally deleted his dark souls character on the ps3. Is there any way to recover a deleted character?

  • Denali

    I’ve been playing dark souls recently and I’ve been seeing some of those orange signs on the ground saying “need hollow” and it isn’t just a random phrase cuz I see the same phrase all the time, especially before the fog walls of bosses.

    So what do people mean when they say that?
    Also I’ve seen some of these messages rated rather highly, saw one that was rated a 4, so it’s another reason I suspect it’s not gibberish

  • _marky_mark_

    Sometimes you get souls from bosses in Dark Souls and you have the option to use them or turn them into items. Where can you do this at?

  • Krazy Bob
  • Sonny

    i want to get some sorcery spells in dark souls so i can have a little more of an advantage
    where in the fu**ing hell do you get these????
    any help is apreciated and will save my controller from breaking 😛 lol

  • Con Orpe

    I’ve been playing Dark Souls since it’s release and I have found that the game isn’t challenging enough for me anymore. I have handicapped myself by not allowing healing during boss fights. I have even done playthroughs with just fist weapons, daggers, no shields ect… I’m really just looking for that challenge factor again. Any suggestions?

  • Mak Sultan

    What level do people stop at in dark souls for pvp?

  • kerrin marz

    I just bought Dark souls the video game for PlayStation 3. When i installed it, it said saved data corrupted. I tried different games and they had all my saved data on them. I haven’t had a chance to play dark souls because it won’t let me at the main menu. Any advice or suggestions or help would be appreciated. Thank you.