World's Finest Friends1 of 12Suicide Squad may be about bad guys, but one of the film’s central themes is about how this crew – the so-called 'worst of the worst' – becomes allies and, dare we say, friends.
Deadshot and Harley Quinn in particular share some bonding moments in Suicide Squad, leading us to think about comic books’ greatest pals, best friends…
You could even say Super Friends.
We palled around for a while and put our heads together to come up with a list of the ten best superhero friend-pairs - not sidekicks, not team-ups, not lovers. Read it with your bestie!
Quantum & Woody2 of 12It’s kind of hard to call adopted brothers Quantum and Woody “friends,” though like many brothers, they’re stuck to each other anyway – literally. Quantum and Woody have to be in each others’ presence or their molecular structure will completely disintegrate thanks to the accident that gave them their powers.
Still, despite their occasional acrimony, deep down, they really do love each other. Their relationship continues to evolve, but until they find a way to undo their molecular bond, they’ll always be a part of each others’ lives.
Iron Fist & Luke Cage3 of 12Iron Fist and Luke Cage wound up as friends almost as an afterthought. They were put in a title together when their respective solo adventures came to an end. And while the pair of a white Kung Fu master and an unbreakable black ex-con may seem, well, unlikely doesn’t quite cover it, they’re one of the most celebrated super-pairs in the Marvel Universe.
Luke Cage and Iron Fist crossed racial boundaries at a time when comic books didn’t really do that kind of thing, and fans responded in droves. Luke even named his daughter Danielle, after his best friend Danny Rand. The pair recently got a new, combined title again for the first time in years.
Spider-Woman & Captain Marvel4 of 12Jessica Drew and Carol Danvers’ friendship is one of the more recent examples of super-friendship, but it’s become an important aspect of both of their titles.
Many of Spider-Woman’s recent adventures have centered on their relationship, with Carol inviting Jessica to seek super-scientific pre-natal care for her (at the time) unborn baby on her Alpha Flight space station.
Green Lantern & Green Arrow5 of 12These “hard-travelin’ heroes” united in the ‘70’s when their individual titles were floundering. Green Lantern’s more establishment attitude clashed with Green Arrow’s liberal leanings – a stand in for the relationship of creators Denny O’Neil and Neal Adams. But it was their differences that made the team-up work.
Some of their collective adventures aren’t exactly “PC” these days, but the pair remains a touchstone of unlikely superhero friendships. Their relationship remained intact all the way up until the "New 52," where it's only been thinly touched on. However, with Rebirth reforging old bonds, could a reunion be in the works?
Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy6 of 12Harley and Ivy’s friendship started on Batman: The Animated Series when they teamed up while Harley was on the outs with her psychopathic boyfriend, the Joker. Harley and Ivy ran amok, kickstarting a bond that made its way into comic books, and has become a fan touchstone.
The pair even anchored their own title – along with Catwoman – as the Gotham City Sirens. In the "New 52," the lines between friendship and romance blurred between Harley and Ivy, though moving into Rebirth they remain steadfast companions - when they get to share some screentime.
The Beast & Wonder Man7 of 12Beast and Wonder Man’s bromance hasn’t been seen in quite some time – neither of the pair has been particularly active as Avengers (where their friendship formed), though they did team up in an issue of A+X. But before the Avengers Unity Squad, Hank McCoy and Simon Williams fostered mutant and human relations as a pair of swingin’ super bachelors famous for their nights out on the town when not saving the world alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.
Human Torch & Spider-Man8 of 12Johnny Storm and Peter Parker have the kind of friendship we’ve all experienced – where the good times are often undercut by pranks, ribbing, and sometimes even hostility. Maybe “frenemies” isn’t exactly the right word, but these two have often competed as much as they’ve been best friends.
Still they’re always there for each other, as when Peter Parker took over Johnny’s spot in the Fantastic Four after his apparent death, or when he let Johnny move in with him after his unexpected return. Or, more recently, when Pete bought the Baxter Building after the FF disappeared to make sure none of their enemies could get ahold of it.
Blue Beetle & Booster Gold9 of 12The Blue Beetle/Booster Gold bromance blossomed all the way back in the 80s with Justice League International, where the pairs antics were often drivers of some pretty weird adventures for the League. They remained best friends all the way into the early 00s when Blue Beetle was killed trying to investigate the JLI’s former benefactor, Maxwell Lord.
The rest of the decade wasn’t super kind to the fan-favorite pair, with Ted Kord remaining dead for years. Recently however, Ted has returned to the mainstream DC Universe as part of Rebirth, though now it’s Booster who’s M.I.A. Still, it’s hard to keep these two apart, especially with Rebirth’s focus on reestablishing the key relationships of the DCU.
Captain America & Falcon10 of 12There’s some weirdness to Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson’s friendship. It came close to its breaking point when Red Skull revealed that he had secretly manipulated Sam, as the Falcon, into spying on Cap for him. But they got past that, and have remained steadfast partners ever since.
Sam was even Steve’s handpicked choice to become Captain America when he could no longer keep the mantle, and though Sam’s choices as Cap caused more strain between them, they’ve recently reconciled, deciding together that they should both operate as Captain America now that Steve is back in action.
Superman & Batman11 of 12Superman and Batman have kind of the prototypical superhero friendship. They’ve been pals since the ‘40’s, and even though they’ve often been at odds (see Batman v Superman, or its inspiration, The Dark Knight Returns), when you get down to it, the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader have always had each others’ backs.
The pair have often even appeared in shared comic book titles, whether it’s the classic World’s Finest, or the more recent Batman/Superman. They’ll add a third Super Friend to their crew when Rebirth hits, as Wonder Woman will join them in Trinity.
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