I LOVE a great romance on TV, but there’s something about a great sibling relationship that just makes my heart melt in a whole different kind of way. So in honor of National Siblings Day 2016, I thought I’d share some of my all-time favorite siblings on television!
7. Elijah and Niklaus Mikaelson (The Originals/The Vampire Diaries)
As part of the Original vampire family, there’s bound to be some dysfunction. Now it may be hard to see sometimes, but these half-brothers really do value family and each other above all else. Elijah has always been the good older brother to his rebellious, selfish vampire-werewolf hybrid brother Klaus. They fight more than the average siblings (how many times have they been daggered?) but that just makes their relationship all the more dynamic and interesting. In the recent The Vampire Diaries/The Originals crossover episode, Klaus says that he has spent an eternity watching Elijah sacrifice everything good he has for him. At least Elijah’s efforts don’t go unnoticed — he’s spent centuries trying to help Klaus find his redemption. On The Originals Elijah gives Klaus a heartwarming speech that sums everything up pretty nicely:
“Family is power, Niklaus. Love, loyalty; that’s power. This is what we swore to one another a thousand years ago, before life tore away what little humanity you had left, before ego, before anger, before paranoia created in this person before me someone I can barely even recognize as my own brother. This is us. The Original family, and we remain together, always and forever. I am asking you to stay here. I will help you and I will stand by you. I will be your brother. We will build a home here together.”
– Elijah, from episode “Always and Forever”
6. Dexter and Debra Morgan (Dexter)
It’s ironic that Deb always looked to Dexter to help her solve her problems. He had the best “hunches” on cases and a stable relationship with Rita…but oh yeah, he was a serial killer and emotionally faking his way through life. These two went through some pretty crazy stuff but managed to stick together through thick and thin, like when Deb finally found out about Dexter’s extracurricular activities and helped him cover it up. I guess that answers the question about if she’d still love him if she knew the truth. Even though there was that weird bit about Deb being “in love” with Dexter…I’ll just try to let that slide since, like I said, Deb went through some CRAZY stuff. I mean, she was kidnapped by her crazy serial killer fiancé (Rudy) and watched the man she loved (Lundy) be murdered right in front of her. That’s enough to mess anyone up. But I think Dex and Deb’s relationship can be summed up by what he said about her in the pilot: “She’s the only person in the world who loves me. I think that’s nice. I don’t have feeling about anything, but if I could have feelings at all, I’d have them for Deb.” Awww.
5. Buffy and Dawn Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
This is the only sister-sister relationship on my list. And since I have a sister (older), I suppose this is the one I connect with most. Of course, she isn’t a vampire slayer, and I’m not a mystical “key” or ball of energy, but you get it. The sudden arrival of Dawn in season five gave Buffy a whole different set of responsibilities and new type of relationship to explore. In the past, things have been about a boy, but in the season five finale, Buffy gave up everything for her sister. Buffy had her moments of doubt, but in the midst of the apocalypse, Buffy said she’d kill anyone who tried to kill Dawn (even if her death meant saving the world). Buffy felt a deeper connection to Dawn, like she was a part of her. And even though it was all a mystical hoax, the memories were real for them, and they did share the same blood. This is what allowed Buffy to sacrifice herself in place of Dawn and die to save the world in the season five finale “The Gift,” which is a beautiful piece of work by the king himself, Joss Whedon. It’s because of this episode that these siblings make it to my list, since I wasn’t that enthralled with the relationship for the rest of the series. I’ll end with Buffy’s parting words to Dawn. Some great parting words.
“Dawn listen to me. Listen. I love you. I’ll always love you. But this is the work I have to do. Tell Giles I… I figured it out. And I’m okay. Give my love to my friends. You have to take care of them now — you have to take care of each other. You have to be strong. Dawn. The hardest thing in this world is to live in it. Be brave. Live. For me.”
– Buffy, from episode “The Gift”
4. Chuck and Ellie Bartowski (Chuck)
Chuck and Ellie were just such sweet siblings. They always looked out for each other because their parents weren’t around to do so. Their mother left when they were young, and their father was never really there. So they celebrate Mother’s Day in October, the anniversary of when their mother left and they had to learn to take care of themselves and each other. Consequently, they grew up very close, still living with each other through their 20s, and were overly involved in each other’s lives. This made it very difficult for Chuck to keep his secret agent life from Ellie. But like a good older sister, she was still always there to worry about him, comfort him, and support him, especially through his relationship (or fake relationship) with Sarah. A lot of other siblings fight or have love/hate relationships, but these two never ceased to look out for each other and were just so refreshingly sweet with one another.
3. Ross and Monica Gellar (Friends)
Ross and Monica weren’t particularly close when they were younger, but their brother-sister relationship seems to be the glue that holds the group of Friends together, and vice versa. Throughout the series, they did all the cliched sibling things — tell on each other to their parents, wrestle, borrow (steal) from each other, get overly competitive, walk in on each other at awkward moments, etc. But nothing beats “The Routine” that they performed at Dick Clark’s Rocking New Year’s Rockin’ Eve show. Whether it’s an amazing choreographed dance or just a secret handshake, every pair of siblings needs an inside joke or thing to share.
2. Damon and Stefan Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
These brothers have the best love/hate relationship. But let’s be real…it’s all love. These vampire brothers have been estranged for most of their 160+ years and have a pesky habit of falling in love with the same girl. But while it seems the show is generally about this complicated love triangle with Nina Dobrev’s Elena Gilbert, I’ve realized it’s less about her and alllll about the brothers. They may beat each other up A LOT…but they would sacrifice everything for each other, even the girl of their dreams. Damon is known for being an arrogant, selfish, murderous bad-boy, but Stefan in all his hero hair will never give up on him. And nothing makes Damon snap out of his selfish ways like his baby brother being in danger. I don’t know if I’m Team Stelena or Team Delena, but one thing’s for sure: I’m definitely Team Salvatore. And can we just talk about their wardrobe? V-necks and leather jackets have never looked so good. Plus, they wear matching daylight rings — how adorable.
1. Dean and Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
My all-time favorite TV siblings are the best-looking demon hunters around, Dean and Sam Winchester! These brothers have literally gone to hell and back for each other. It all started when Sam and Dean were little…Their mom died and house burned down in a fire (thanks to a very bad yellow-eyed demon). During the fire, their dad handed baby Sam to Dean to carry outside to safety, and Dean has seen it as his duty to protect his little brother ever since. Sam died in the season two finale, and Dean sold his soul to bring Sam back, giving Dean only a year before being sent to hell. But since then, both of them have died too many times to count for each other. Seriously, how many times do these poor boys die?!? They will literally sacrifice any and everything for each other, even at the expense of the rest of the world. Sorry, world.
Also, Sam and Dean have the best brotherly banter ever. Ahem:
In a single episode, these brothers bring me to tears from both laughing hysterically and just crying my eyes out. As much as they want to do what’s right and sacrifice themselves, they will NOT sacrifice EACH OTHER and they’ll never give up on each other. They’ve both tried to live normal lives without each other, but it never works out. They always come back to each other and back to “the family business,” hunting. I don’t know what I’d do without this impeccable monster-fighting duo. The show has had 11 seasons and counting, and seeing as actors Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles are besties/bros in real life, let’s all hope Sam and Dean aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.
There are too many amazing scenes and amazing quotes between these two, but I’ll share some lines from the 200th episode, where a girls school puts on a Supernatural musical about Sam and Dean’s lives — yes, it’s very meta. These are the lyrics to one of the songs in the musical called “A Single Man Tear.” The song is about Dean (who happens to shed a lot of single tears), and yes the title is funny, but seriously this FREAKING MAKES ME CRY EVERY TIME. I just love that songs can portray what we can’t actually express on our own verbally. And these lyrics HIT MY HEART SO HARD.
A single man tear slips down his face
He shows emotion without a trace
He hides behind a mask so strong
Worried that he could be wrong
I wish that he could see the way I see him
The perfect brother, a man without sin
Cause underneath the manly sheen
It is my brother, a boy named Dean
A single man tear, a single man tear, a single man tear, that’s all we fear
A single man tear, that’s all I’ll spare
I bury feelings, don’t show I care
Even though I am haunted, must be the man daddy wanted
Wish I could be as strong as Sam
Blaze my own trail, be my own man
But underneath this broken mask
It is my father, with all his wrath
A single man tear, a single man tear, a single man tear, that’s all we fear
– Song “A Single Man Tear” from episode “Fan Fiction”
Okay, now that I’m wiping away my multiple tears… That’s my list! Please excuse my fangirling. And make sure to check out my Favorite TV Couples list too!