Oct 6 2011 2:30pm

True Bromance: The Magnetic Attraction between X-Men’s Professor X and Magneto

Professor X and Magneto in X-Men: First ClassThere is this special connection sometimes between two male characters. You know what I’m talking about; you’ve at least either seen or read The Lord of the Rings and know about the special “friendship” between Frodo and Sam. I mean, Frodo couldn’t have done it without his Sam, after all.

I’m sure each of us could name off at least five of these special man on man friendships, be it full on man love between a hobbit and his gardener or the rather competitive relationship between one Mavrick and Iceman. I feel it is my responsibility to highlight the more memorable and timeless of these relationships, and the first comes that springs to mind comes from the world of comic books.

No, not the ward/waif relationship of Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson, nor the unrequited love between Lex Luthor and Superman, though you are getting warmer—I’m talking the full-on bromantic love between Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr.

Charles was born to a family of New York blue bloods. Knowing that his ability to read minds set him apart from everyone else, a brain that size can be intimidating to man and woman alike, and also realizing that there he wasn’t every really alone in his unique abilites, Charles turned his familial home into a school for gifted youngsters.

Erik, on the other hand, has led a life of pain. He is the Jewish child of NaziMichael Fassbender as Magneto in X-Men Europe, and the only survivor in his family.  The man has seen the very depths of human depravity and evil. He knows that being different makes a person a target and a victim, not special. He also has seen first hand what humans do to people that they see as different. He also is determined to never again be a victim.

The two boys met in their younger years and shared a few passionate afternoons, evenings, and sometimes mornings, lost in the throes of heated debate about the nature of mutant rights. They worked tirelessly to bring about real change for their  brothers and sisters. They saw a new dawn coming to humanity and knew that if they didn’t take up the charge to guide it, things would go horribly wrong. But there was a darkness in Erik, one that not even Charles, no matter how big his intellect, could penetrate.

Knowing that they would never be able to agree, Erik broke from the side of his one-time partner and formed the malevolent Brotherhood of Mutants.

James McAvoy as Professor X in X-MenErik’s Brotherhood and Charles’s own team, popularly known as The X-Men, (as an aside, note that each time is very gender skewed despite both possessing more than a couple of ladies, just saying) have clashed time and time again. But the feud has never ended in blood. Erik remains immune to the probing, ever reaching of Xavier’s mind. And the master of magnatism just can’t bring himself to destroying one of the only men that has ever shown interest in him, provided compassion and understanding, and shared a home with (ok maybe I made that part up, but really the Marvel continuity is so screwed up I’m willing to risk it).

In fact, the times where either Charles or Erik have been in real mortal danger, neither of them has ever not been willing to drop everything and save the other. Despite being the greatest of enemies, they have never really been able to hate. In fact at one point they *ahem* joined into one being called Onslaught; sure, people died, but the important thing was that they were together. And the whole reason the Onslaught delima happend was that after witnessing Magneto rip the bones out of one of his special youngsters, Wolverine, Charles wiped Magneto’s memory, driving Mags into a coma. Xavier was so distraught that his mind merged with Erik’s to create an being that combined both of their powers. That’s right, Erik and Xavier had a son.

So here’s to you, Professor X and Magneto, for it is brave souls such as yourselves who keep the bromance strong in the hearts and minds of young people everywhere. And remind each and everyone of us that sometimes, its a little creepy when you are that close to your arch-enemy.

Who are your favorite bromance duos?


Christopher Morgan works for and He lives in New York City, and belives that his idea for a UF book called The Bromancer, about a fist-bumping wizard, is just waiting to be written...

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Rose In RoseBear
1. Rose In RoseBear
Oh, my favorite is the original TV bromance --- Kirk and Spock! That one had it all --- hurt/comfort, two outsiders banding together, two disparate halves of a seamless whole. In the Mirror Universe, the relationship got violent; if you were into a certain corner of fandom, it got down and dirty with K/S erotica.

Any number of buddy show/movie pairings --- Solo and Kuryakin, Crockett and Tubbs, Murtaugh and Riggs, Lee and Carter. Cagney and Lacey are a "sismance" (?)

Also, the original Steve McGarrett and Wo Fat. (grin) Just showing my age!
Christopher Morgan
2. cmorgan
I can't find it now but there was a pretty epic fan drawing/comic of Kirk and Spock meeting Magneto and X with spock saying something along the lines of "this feels logical".
Carmen Pinzon
3. bungluna
I like Steve and Danno in the new 5-O. The dialogue between these two is great.
Rose In RoseBear
4. Rose In RoseBear
@bungluna --- Oh, the new Hawaii 5-0 is magnificent! Such great chemistry between O'Loughlin and Caan is making the show. I was afraid they'd lose it between seasons 1 and 2, but it seems to have survived.

Not to mention the eye candy. Alex O'Loughlin and Daniel Dae Kim and (this season) Terry O'Quinn and Richard Jones ... my TV screen has a permanent case of the fog-circles!
Regina Thorne
5. reginathorn
I have to put in a plug for Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus on HBO's "Rome." They even called each other "brother" all the time, and the scene in episode 1.11, where Vorenus rescues a desperate Pullo from certain death was the first time that "Rome" actually moved me to tears.
Clare 2e
6. clare2e
In the movie X-Men First Class, seeing that scene on the beach. Full on bromance. . .
Sarah Smith
7. sasmith361
Harold and Kumar, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, George Clooney and Brad Pitt, and for the way back vault Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau
Rose In RoseBear
8. BrooklynShoeBabe
@cmorgan "this feels logical..." best laugh I got all day.

I totally loved the bromance between Erik and Charles or I could have just been projecting my own little fantasy because it was Michael Fassbender and James MacAvoy (sp?)

Felix Unger & Oscar Madison (with Tony Randall & Jack Klugman)
Ponch & Baker from Chips
Dr. Mark Green and Doug Ross from E.R.
Megan Frampton
9. MFrampton
I second @reginathorn's Rome nomination--Titus and Lucius, perfect foils for one another. Swoon!
Rose In RoseBear
10. DifficultDiva
I third @reginathorn's nomination for Titus and Lucius. I cried at the end of the series, because it had been cancelled AND the end of the relationship between those two characters.

I've also got to recommend a 70's cop show, Starksy and Hutch. Now, those two were an EPIC bromance pairing.
Lege Artis
11. LegeArtis
I was on series rewatch kick this week and I watched first two seasons of Boston Legal. Alan Shore and Danny Crane-that was great bromance.
Rose In RoseBear
12. Anzu Brief
Obviously Spock/Kirk are the ones leading my Top 10. They are the originals slashers, they are meant to each other, and the bond between them is present whatever the universe, the time or the place. Two pieces of a whole. They are thy'la.

But Erik and Charles are the seconds in my list. Their bond is so deep, and yet their story so tragic. And Mcavoy and Fassbender were marvelous representing those emotions, not only the intense fascination they feel for each other, but the pure love they share too. The scene in the beach was heart-breaking.

Also, Naruto/Sasuke, L/Kira, and Jack/Ianto complete my Top5.
Rose In RoseBear
13. cxstar
How can no one have mentioned Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes? Captain America and the Winter Soldier, man!
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