I say 10 is a variable count because a few of these are less “besties for life” and more “completely necessary support groups” containing more than just two characters. But.
10. Darcy Lewis (Kat Dennings, Thor) and April Ludgate (Aubrey Plaza, Parks and Recreation)
Please, please, please? Can this deadpanning snark party of (former) interns please exist? It would work, but it also wouldn’t be excessive: their snark styles are different enough to complement each other. Darcy actually musters enthusiasm more regularly, April would never admit to doing such a thing, but I’d like to think they went to summer camp together (probably for something ridiculous and far too enthusiastic to seem in-character) when they were kids and occasionally send messages back and forth via Facebook or something. Darcy sent inappropriately naughty congratulations to April upon hearing of her wedding, April likes to reply with questions about “that god your boss is hooking up with and all his friends,” it’s one of those friendships (I feel like I talk about these a lot) where it wouldn’t seem that amiable to an observer all the time, but they both know it’s meant with some semblance of love.
9. Dakota McGraw Block (Marley Shelton, Planet Terror) and Bennett Halverson (Summer Glau, Dollhouse) and Tara Knowles (Maggie Siff, Sons of Anarchy)
One of the support group situations, though I imagine this would end much more pleasantly than the other. This is the the support group that turns into professional friendship for women who have experienced injury to their hand(s)/arms that somehow incapacitate them for a period of time or permanently and also they have things to deal with like potential crushes on badass ladyfriends (Dakota re: Cherry, Bennett re: Caroline) or issues with taking care of children (Dakota, Tara) or relationships that are sometimes adorable and sometimes leading to the bad (Bennett re: everyone, Tara re: …actually everyone too, but mostly Jax) or potential world-ending scenarios (Dakota re: zombies, Bennett re: tech). They’d get together and talk about their various issues and then realize that hey, it’s nice to have friends who are other badass ladies with doctorates.
8. Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke, Game of Thrones) and Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy)
I actually have this whole highly alternate universe (for Dany, mostly) scenario regarding these two, because in order for this to make any sense at all it needs to be put in a present day context. (I just can’t imagine Jax in fake medieval times. It just doesn’t work. Since the motorcycle is so integral to his character, he needs to live in a world where it exists.) But really, these two have a painful amount of things in common, and with the appropriate excessive timeline modifications, I can see hipster badass college Dany becoming friends (with benefits at first or not, either way) with Jax, probably pre-Sons canon. Over time, they become epic pen pals (because while Jax keeps those journals for his boys or just in general, I can see him enjoying to have someone to share things – some things, not everything, though hipster badass college Dany is not naive to the world of crime or whatever) and occasionally she pops down to Charming to visit, they have a beer and he kisses her forehead when they say goodbye, they talk about whatever, they help each other out how they can. Oh, and the rest of the Sons kind of like Dany too: eventually, the dragon queen is basically like everyone’s little sister or daughter. Chibs especially takes a shine to her (it’s a United Kingdom thing, because even though hipster badass college Dany is in the States now, she’s British by ancestry).
7. Daenerys Targaryen and Snow White (Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman)
I may have been sitting on this concept literally since I saw the movie. But really. It’s a deposed princesses taking their rightful thrones club. This is almost a support group too.
6. Jon Snow (Kit Harington, Game of Thrones) and Angel (David Boreanaz, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)
This was not my idea. This was my everything to my everything friend’s idea. But it is actually a great one. She had mentioned drawing some sort of picture of it, the details of which I am now spacing, but this would have to be courtesy one of the Powers That Be’s interdimensional portals, because they both need their own contexts, but they still need to hang out. Many discussions of honor, duty, and the repercussions of sexual activity could be had, they could both make their somewhat endearing awkward faces.
5. Sansa Stark (Sophie Turner, Game of Thrones) and Shilo Wallace (Alexa Vega, Repo! The Genetic Opera)
No, I don’t have a legitimate reason for this. I can just imagine them getting along pretty well. Maybe it’s that they are/have been both under varying degrees of house arrest? This might have to be an interdimensional portal too, because Shilo’s history and personality depend on her context. Actually, I think it’s just that both of them need friends. There’s a reason why Sansa (and Dany for that matter) show(s) up on these lists often.
4. Sansa Stark and Ruby (Meghan Ory, Once Upon a Time)
…there is no reason for this either, except wolves. Also, Sansa would probably benefit from someone with Ruby’s strong protective instinct, but at the same time it’s not smothery protective or protective-with-motives, it’s friendly protective. Etcetera.
3. Ruby and Jessica Hamby (Deborah Ann Woll, True Blood)
And this? This is somewhat in answer to Jessica’s actual canonical comment about wanting friends. I racked my brain for who might suit, and while I couldn’t think of any other vampires who could pal down with Jess, I got the idea that maybe Ruby would get along with her well. Obviously being a wolf is different, but it requires a lot of the same emotional reconciliation between one’s natures and instincts; also, Jess is generally willing to take other non-vampire supes on a case-by-case basis, so the wolf thing wouldn’t inherently be an issue. After a while, she’d probably even think it was cool. Similarly, I imagine Ruby would try to be understanding of the differences that arise from Jess being a vampire, and together they could hang out, go shopping for cute accessories, talk about how absolutely frustrating and absolutely cool it can be to be more than human, etcetera.
2. Pam de Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten, True Blood) and Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens, Deadwood)
Oh, hey, I just thought of this the other night. This might be a friendship arising from another support group, the “some number of sick assholes murdered some of the prostitutes in my brothel and I discovered this” group maybe. Which is to say, flashback Pam is the one playing here (I’ll fudge a few decades of timeline to make it work). It could also be a social club for “blonde madams with fabulous clothes who also mostly like to sleep with women.” I think I postulated once that Joanie would be kind of an Angelesque redemptive mission vampire, but were that the case here, Pam would keep her from getting too preachy about it.
1. Nora Gainesborough (Lucy Griffiths, True Blood) and Faith Lehane (Eliza Dushku, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson, The Avengers)
This is a much more dangerous support group. This is the “I have red in my ledger” group, wherein all of these women prooobably need to at least be around someone else who is in a remotely similar situation to them in terms of atoning for things. I can’t imagine they’d talk a terrible lot about what was actually bothering them (none of them being exactly the type), Nora would probably wrinkle her cute little nose a lot and Faith would sigh and be skeptical about the fact that Nora is a vampire and Natasha would sit there with her arms folded just staring at everyone, but eventually they would start discussing something else unrelated to the reason they’re all there, like battle techniques or cool places they’ve traveled to (this one would mostly be Nora and Tasha, probably), and it would be a strange kind of relaxing for them. Because no matter what kind of support they do or do not get from their teammates/quasi-families, said teammates/quasi-families cannot ever entirely know the weight of what they carry after the things they’ve done that they need to make up for (not that they’d be allowed to try much).
–your fangirl heroine.