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Lost Discussion – Bromance

By professorstotch,

  Filed under: Lost News
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churleyBromance – noun – The intense love shared between heterosexual males. A form of male bonding and usually invisible to the naked eye. This bond is normally only shared between two males that have a deeper understanding of each other, in a way no woman could ever realise.

For years now, Lost fans have placed a huge investment into trying to figure out it’s many relationships. Often times, we lose sight of one of the most important aspects of the show. The Bromances. For those of you unfamiliar with Bromances, I’ve included a handy definition above. In case you’re still a little clueless, let me just say that a good bromance can often be more important that trying to figure out which one of 4-5 guys Kate will sleep with next week. Where typical relationships provide drama, crying, angry fights, tears, love, and even some signs of happiness, bromances help remind us that there are more important things in life. They set us up with some great comedic elements, they help lighten the mood from time to time, and they help remind us that, at its core, Lost is a character show. That’s the main point of a bromance on TV…to build good characters. You’re probably wondering: “What is the point of this?” Well, my friend, the point is to pay tribute to some of the best bromances on Lost. Let’s do that.

Bros: Charlie and Hurley
Broname: Churley
Why They’re Awesome: This is the original right here. Churley was hitting it off right from season one all the way up to…well…you know. The bantering, the jokes, the crazy adventures into the jungle. Together these two provided some of the best moments in the early seasons, and helped to provide a few healthy distractions when people were being kidnapped and getting eaten by the monster.
Best Bro Moment: This will probably be a debate, but I’m going to have to go with the moment in season three, during the episode “Greatest Hits.” During this episode, Hurley, not wanting to go on another hike through the jungle, but still wanting to help, offers to help Charlie and Desmond. How does Charlie respond? Well to paraphrase here, it went something like: “You’re a fatty, and you won’t fit in the boat.” Awesome. Despite the fact that this was just Charlie’s attempt in making sure Hurley didn’t have to see him die, it still summarizes the type of bromance these two had going on. Hurley looks shocked, they hug, and Hurley gives a: “Dude, I didn’t want to go in your stupid boat.” And then…wait for it…they both say: “I love you, man.” Come on! Does it get any better than this people?! This original bromance set the Lost standard for all bromances to follow.

Bros: Charlie and Desmond
Broname: Chesmond
Why They’re Awesome: They’re not your typical bromance. I like to think of Chesmond as sort of a love/hate thing. Sometimes they’re laughing, having a good time, other times it’s all brooding and sad. The thing about this bromance…they always kept us on our toes. And by the end of it, the two were the best of buds. Heck, Desmond even named his kid after Charlie! It doesn’t get much more bromantic than that!
Best Bro Moment: “No mattah wot I try and do Chahlee…you’re gonna die.” The phrase that was heard round the world, and kicked off this season-long pile of bromance. After that right there, you knew that we would be seeing a lot of Desmond and Charlie together during the rest of the season. Sadly, in the end, Desmond ended up being right. And I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this may be one of the most important bromances in the history of bromances. Because of Chesmond, we were witness to Desmond’s crazy seeing the future powers, and we were able to remember Charlie as a hero. Just think about that second one. Charlie wouldn’t be remembered the same had Desmond just let him die in the ocean, or via a bolt of lightning. But because of Desmond’s interactions with him, Charlie went down with a hero’s legacy.

Bros: Locke and Ben
Broname: Becke
Why They’re Awesome: Where to start with these two…now here’s a bromance that’s been going strong since about mid second season. I’d like to think of this as your typical competitive-style bromance. Both Locke and Ben are always going to different extremes to prove who’s more special to the island. Right now I think Ben’s got the upper hand in the contest, but Locke’s definately moving into first place soon.
Best Bro Moment: A lot to pick here, but I’m going to go with: “Hello Ben, welcome to the land of the living.” Just like the Churley line, this line sums up the Becke bromance pretty well. Basically, to me anyways, it says: “Hey sucker, I’m still here. You shot me in my gut, and that didn’t work. You tried to leave the island to get away from me, that didn’t work. You tried to strangle me, that didn’t work either. We’re stuck together, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Nananananana!” And that’s it right there. This is the type of bromance that will go on a long time. And despite the fact that these two “hate” each other, they’ll both be very upset when the other leaves. This is why Ben said he’d miss John after the strangulation. These two guys need each other to function right now. John needs Ben to learn about the island, and Ben needs Locke to make the island happy. These two are stuck together…like an island-bound odd couple.

Bros: Miles and Hurley
Broname: Miley
Why They’re Awesome: These two just have the make up to take bromance to levels that all the others never could. Once Hurley is able to penetrate Miles’ tough shell, these two are going to be the best of buds. And even if they’re not BFF, they’re still awesome. “Some Like it Hoth” was just a taste of the awesome potential Miley has.
Best Bro Moment: Time travel conversations. That’s what Miley’s all about now. For a long time, Hurley has represented the typical fan. Not too hardcore, confused a little, and just wants to figure out what the hell’s going on. Now insert Miles; the representation of that hardcore fan who just knows all the answers, and gets annoyed when less hardcore fans ask questions he may find stupid. Take these two ingredients, stir in a pot, add some mutton chop side burns, let simmer for a few episodes, and bam! You got yourself a nice serving of bromance, dude. Everything we’ve seen from them has been nothing short of awesome bro moments. And I’m not doubting there’s going to be a lot more to come. I’m picturing this developing into the bromance that other bromances wish they were. Forget Lost itself, this has the potential to surpass some of the greatest bromances of all time across any media. But alas, those who get too close to Hurley usually die…

So there you have a list of my favorite Lost bromances. I’m sure you guys are able to think of a few others I’m forgetting. Let’s have a poll though. I’ll include my four, plus a spot for your entry. Feel free to discuss!

NOTE: I wanted to include a poll, but sadly couldn’t figure it out…but let’s pretend!

From TVFrenzy:

  • Andy

    How about Sawyer and Hurley? Their relationship had drama and comedy. My favorite moment is when Hurley runs to him and hugs him tightly, saying “You came back for me!”

  • yes Sawyer and Hurley come on ! it’s here since s2

  • Charlie’s Ghost

    Miley!! That’s awesome.

    • al

      nah jus reminds me of the disease that is hannah montana

  • Becke???


    Sawyer and Hurley.

    Somehow, Surly comes to mind.

    • triangulatedsignal

      haha surley yes

      hmm i vote for back – the great love story of ben and jack – epic

    • Gripp

      I like Swirly for some reason.

  • jenhowell77

    Sawyer and Hurley for sure. Also – Sawyer and Jin had a few good moments – on the raft, and especially, the scene where Sawyer is teaching Jin English. That was priceless.

    • Iwantmykidneyback

      Yes! and when Sawyer comes up to Jin and says, “What’s up, Daddio?” so funny.

  • Nevets

    I liked the whole Season 4 Desmond and Sayid thing. Dunno if you could really call it a bromance, but those two sharing a cabin on a boat, it was awesome, they had great scenes together.

  • pacemaker

    I’m really liking the Hurley/Miles/Miley chemistry. It’s LIKE Hurley & Charlie, but different enough by leaps and bounds that it works. The bickering is great.

    I was actually hoping that Phil and the other dude in the DI monitoring station would develop into a kind of mini-arc of bromance. We haven’t seen the guy with the ‘stache, sideburns and girlfriend-with-brownies since then, I don’t think? Apparently his name is Jerry. I was convinced they would be the bumbling Dharma Village Idiots who were totally expendable. But all we got was Paul and his constant pain-in-the-ass-ness.

  • spacebender

    Bravo for the Bromances! There are so many wonderful moments it is difficult to choose one. Like… from Season 4, “The Shape of Things to Come” when Sawyer said to Locke concerning Hurley, “You harm so much as one hair on his curly head… I’ll kill you.” Unforgettable!

  • Jack Daniels

    Sawyer and Hurley for sure…
    Hurley: We got this one (can’t remember what it was exactly) or Xanadu’.
    Sawyer: I’m reading.
    Sayid/Desmond too… Saymond or Deseyd?
    Sayid: I really wish they’d sort out there kitchen issues (or again, something to that effect). I got no time to pull out the old DVDs just to make sure I’m reciting the lines verbatim.
    Or what about Jawyer or Sack, perhaps. Season 2, the poker game. Exodus, the Christian revelation. Or at the end of season 2 when Sawyer basically tells Jack he’s the closest thing to a friend he’s got. I love this show.

  • clueless1der

    I guess I don’t see Ben and Jack in any capacity that doesn’t make me raise an eyebrow. Not Bromance exactly…. more like Puppetmaster and peon. 😛

    • professorstotch

      Strange…I wouldn’t expect you to refer to Ben as a peon…

  • hbrandt

    Totally entertaining article, Prof — would love to see an addendum dissertation of the briefly glimpsed Jin-Bernard (Jinard?) bromance –

    • hbrandt

      Oh, and I agree with pacemaker for thinking Dharma dudes Phil and Jerry (one for the Deadheads) would be a good bromance – just add a little Geronimo Jackson soundtrack

  • chris

    Bromance is so 2008…’s now “Manpanions”. Entertaining nonetheless.

    • LostinNewYork

      that deserves more than an abbreviation. I’ll go as far as saying i’m laughing my ass off.

    • Iwantmykidneyback

      that is good stuff!!!

  • Jessica

    My favorite Hurley/Sawyer broment (bromance moment for those not in “the know”) is at the end of Season 4 when Locke forces Hurley to come with him to find Jacob’s cabin and Sawyer after raising his weapon to Locke says “If you hurt one hair on that curly head, I will kill you”. I also appreciate how far their relationship came from Sawyer being rude in the beginning with the nicknames to the names taking on a much more affectionate tone.

  • Grace

    “You came back for me!” “Dude, you’re alive!” “If you touch one hair on his curly head…”
    “I missed you too, Snuffy.” Plus they shared a house in New Otherton before everything went pear-shaped.
    I’d like a bromance to develop between Ben and Hurley. I loved Hurley sharing his snack with Ben, and the expression Ben had in “The Lie”, when Hurley threw a hot pocket cracks me up every time I see it.

  • illegibleg

    Are men so afraid of admitting love for one another that they need a spectacular, singular, celebratory term just to name it? Well, welcome to the top of the evolutionary ladder; I’m sure there’s a spot up here somewhere for your secret club treehouse!

  • illegibleg

    p.s. Ben and John locke are easily the best tormented Bromance of all time.

  • imfromthepast

    Michael & Jin

    How could you forget Han and Chewie?

  • theglasseye

    The term “bromance” makes me want to vomit with rage.

    How about we call it what it is: comraderie? Y’know like the type that soldiers experience on the front line? Like the kind that exists in many of the great novels ever written and stories ever told?

    Why does it be a stupid term that sounds like something you’d hear on Entertainment Tonight? These aren’t hetero life mates, they’re men on a journey that have formed a closer bond than brotherhood. It’s a classic theme in storytelling!

    I’m not trying to be a downer or a sour puss and I get the lighthearted nature of the article, I just wish the tone wasn’t always for the lowest common denomator.

    • CelticFan96

      I thought the lowest common denominator was the American Idol blog.

    • you sound like a downer and a sour puss

  • Axolotl

    I would like to mention the Locke and Boone (Loone? Bocke?) bromance in season 1. All the best bromances end in one bro sacrificing the other to the Island by making him climb aboard an unstable crashed plane that plummets to the ground.

    • Iwantmykidneyback

      I almost forgot about them. but let’s be fair, Locke gave Boone ample warning to get out of the plane. Boone chose to go up there. It’s not like he couldn’t say, “hey dirty old man, I’m not going into the crack plane!”

  • neoloki

    Aren’t we missing probably the most important “bromance” to the overall theme of Lost? Actually I am quite surprised it is not mentioned before, but how about Jack and Locke? Yes, this is all about Love and Hate, but that constitutes most relationships. Oh yes and “Jocke”; now thats a classic.

    This whole article I find to be kinda strange though.

  • Tim Elsishans

    Locke and Boone is definitely a good one. Also Jin and Michael – Michael practically learned Korean for him. And I would go so far as to say Jack and Sawyer – let’s not forget their best moment when Sawyer told Jack about meeting his father in Australia, and how Christian didn’t have the courage to call Jack and tell him he loved him, even though he did. Then he wished the Doc good luck and goodbye, as Sawyer was getting on the raft (Season 1 finale). That was a classy move by Sawyer and I think deep down even though they disagree a lot they have a mutual respect for each other – and they obviously both connect on loving Kate. Guys who like the same girl typically have something in common.

  • RandomZombie

    Charlie and Hurley has to be one of my favorite bromances of all time.

    But, oh, how I hate portmanteau names… with a passion.

  • Ali

    As weird as it sounds, I’ve got to say Sawyer and Jack deserve a mention as a bromance. It’s pretty much summed up by Sawyer’s line right after he tells Jack about how he slept with Ana Lucia, and Jack asks why he’s being told this information: “Because you’re the closest thing I’ve got to a friend around here.” (paraphrased) They are just as rivalry-based as Becke, especially right now, but I still think they are worthy of the bromance label.

  • I think smokey or what ever this island is should allow charlie to come back to life 🙂 it wud be great if we had some more hurley and charlie moments, i dont think miles and hurley will be that good.

  • Iwantmykidneyback

    I would say Jack and Locke shared one of the best relationships, but Jack always really hated Locked. I think their relationship is summed up the best here:

    Jack: You threw a knife into the back of an unarmed woman, you led half of our people across the island and got most of them killed.
    Locke: Well Jack, you put a gun to my head and pulled the trigger. I was hoping we could let bygones be bygones.

    Locke sees Jack as misguided, but Jack couldn’t stand Locke because of his faith. Wouldn’t classify them as a bromance though, but maybe in the future it could develope with Jack finally realizing he has a destiny.

    I also wouln’t qualify Ben/Locke as a bromance either. But they do share a common bond with the leadership role both have had. I like when Locke wakes up from the dream he had of Horace and Ben says “I used to have dreams.” That was a pretty good moment. And Ben’s comments to Locke about being a leader while he was being held captive in season 4.


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