Thursday, April 10, 2014

The 20 Best Siblings in Science Fiction and Fantasy

by Sara N.

Have you appreciated your siblings enough recently? If not, now's the time; April 10 is National Sibling Day.

Let's keep that festive mood for this completely made-up occasion going by celebrating the good (and so bad they're delicious) examples of siblings in science fiction and fantasy books, movies and TV shows. Read on to see if your favorites make the list.

Simon and River Tam — Firefly

Simon gave up everything — his promising career, his affluent lifestyle, his freedom and personal safety — to rescue his sister when he realized she was in danger. When she was captured and about to be burned at the stake, he stepped onto the pyre to be consumed with her. And when Simon was injured, River tore apart a roomful of Reavers to save him. They are the beating heart of the series. 

Maggie and Beth Greene — The Walking Dead

Like most people, I didn't bother to learn Beth's name until this season, but she's grown on me. She's the kind, nurturing yin to Maggie's bold, assertive yang. I'm hoping for a happy sister reunion next season.

Sookie and Jason Stackhouse — True Blood

This show is so stuffed with humping vampires and werewolf puppies and smoke demons and whatnot that it's easy to forget that Sookie and Jason were orphaned young and do truly care about each other. Plus, they're both prettier than they are smart, bless their hearts.

 Mulder and Samantha Mulder — The X-Files

A behind-the-scenes shot from an honest-to-God Angelfire XF site.

Mulder's search for his missing sister drives him to delve into the FBI's weird and unexplained cases. In fact, spooky Mulder's dedication to finding the truth behind Samantha's abduction drives the whole show.

Pietro and Wanda Maximoff — the Marvel universe

Perhaps better known as Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, these twins are soon to hit the big screen in X-Men: Days of Future Past and Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. And as Magneto's children, their mutant lineage is impressive.
Jaime and Cersei Lannister — Game of Thrones

Well, they're certainly the, ahem, closest siblings on this list ...

But seriously, book readers know that things have gotten rocky for the Lannister twins, and TV viewers saw the beginnings of this rift take shape on the season 4 premiere. But prior to that, the two were ferociously loyal to one another. Consider Jaime's vow to his sister: "I will kill the whole bloody lot of them until you and I are the only two people left in this world." That's dedication. Crazy, obsessive dedication.

The Weasley siblings — Harry Potter

They bicker and tease as only a big, loving family can. Who didn't want to become a member of the Weasley clan and join them at their cozy kitchen table for raucous family meals? It's the happiest possible ending for poor, lonely Harry.

Elsa and Anna — Frozen

Loyal Anna is there for her sister in her deepest need. We'd build a snowman with these ladies any day.

Buffy and Dawn Summers — Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I didn't like Shiny McWhiney any more than you did at first, but Buffy did sacrifice herself to save Dawn even after she discovered that her sister was a mystical, monk-created key of pure energy. Buffy protected her fiercely, and Dawn (slooowly) matured into a fighter in her own right, even as she dealt with feelings of neglect and disappointment as she watched Buffy train the other Chosen. You know, typical sister stuff.

Sheila and Bobby — Dungeons and Dragons

Being stranded in a realm of danger and magic would be more tolerable if you had your sibling with you, right? Also, Sheila and Bobby have a freaking baby unicorn as a pet. That's way better than fighting over whose turn it is to walk the dog.

All of the Tatiana Maslanys — Orphan Black

Can your clone also be your sister? Let's save that debate for the medical ethicists and instead celebrate the amazing diversity of sororal nature versus nurture on display in Sarah, Cosima, Allison, Beth, Rachel, Katja, and Helena. That would be one explosive family reunion.

Wednesday and Pugsley Addams — The Addams Family

Wednesday and Pugsley demonstrate that even if your siblings drive you batty (and occasionally try to inflict grievous bodily harm upon you), the people you grow up with often get you better than anyone else in your life ever will.

Zan and Jayna —Super Friends

"Wonder Twin powers, activate!" *fist bump*



They were the best, weren't they?

Luke and Leia — Star Wars

Separated at birth, reunited by battle, the twins are powerful leaders in their own right. (Let's forget about their slight flirtation with Lannister territory.)

Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige Halliwell — Charmed

The Power of Three relies on the Halliwell sisters' bond. It keeps them close and makes them powerful, and what better celebration of sisterhood is there than that?

Romulus and Remus — Roman mythology

Sadly, suckling at the same wolf's teat isn't enough to make some brothers friends for life.

Georgia and Shaun Mason — the Feed trilogy

Art by ComickerGirl
She's the brains, he's the brawn. Together they're fearless zombie hunters/journalist bloggers, out to uncover the truth and poke dead things. Their connection is so strong that there's not much room for anyone else in their lives, but that's the way these adopted sibs like it.

Chris and Cathy Dollanganger - Flowers in the Attic

Seriously, what is it with inappropriately close blond siblings?

Thor and Loki —the Marvel universe

Oh, what a fraught relationship these two have. Loki tries to destroy everything, Thor stops him and locks him up. But the fraternal bonds are still there, and Thor looks to Loki for help rescuing his lady love in Thor 2. (Thank goodness. What's a Thor movie without a little Loki?)

Sam and Dean Winchester — Supernatural

These two are the most functional dysfunctional brothers in fiction. They travel and hunt together, and they occasionally have energetic disagreements. But their trust is implicit, and each has sacrificed himself to hell/purgatory/crossroads demons for the other at least twice. If that's not brotherly love, what is? When it comes right down to it, they only have each other, and that partnership keeps them both sane and alive. 

So let me know: What sci fi/fantasy siblings would you add to this list?

This post is dedicated to my brother and sister, who are the absolute best. I love you guys. Happy lame made-up holiday day!

And thanks to Megan, Meghan, The Waco Kid, Jessie H., K L, Malcontent, and Jessi D. and Geese Juggler (sisters themselves!) for their help in putting together this list.
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  1. How about Narnia's Pevensies or the Murrys from A Wrinkle in Time?

    1. Oooh, both good! I can't believe I forgot the Murrays. I wanted to be Meg so badly when I was a kid.

  2. "Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey.It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again.What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived." - Jean Luc Picard (Star Trek).