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Right, so I couldn't stick to duos. I had to include a trio and a quartet.
1. Frodo and Sam [The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien]. The friendship between these two is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful things in literature. Sam's wholehearted faithfulness and Frodo's humility and gentleness make for a near-perfect depiction of love.
2. Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger [Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling]. Their Platonic spirit/body/mind resonances support a powerful chemistry and commitment, from their bonding over the memorable mountain troll battle through their obvious affection "Nineteen years later."
3. Sofya Semyonovna and Rodion Romanovitch Raskolnikov [Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky]. One is a prostitute, the other a murderer. But there is honest-to-goodness redemptive love between those two.
4. Fred and George Weasley [Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling]. Weasley's Wizard Wheezes? The famed exit from Hogwarts? The way they talk, alternating phrases? The determined loyalty to their family? I don't know what to say about them—every thought makes me want to laugh or cry.
5. Legolas and Gimli [The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien]. Fast friends whose character and love bond them despite opposite natural tastes and beliefs. How can anyone not admire that?
6. Eustace Scrubb and Jill Pole [The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis]. "Gosh, what a little tick I was." "Well, honestly, you were." They're stubborn, they're honest, and they get through a lot together.
7. The March sisters [Little Women, Louisa May Alcott]. I grew up with sisters, and the Meg-Jo-Beth-Amy quartet rang true and tender.
8. Tom and Huck [The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain]. They're desperately annoying, even if they are hilarious, but how can they not be included?
9. Mo and Meggie Folchart [The Inkworld trilogy, Cornelia Funke]. A father-daughter pair well worth the inclusion on this list.
10. Jane and Lizzy Bennet / Elinor and Marianne Dashwood [Pride and Prejudice / Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen]. Tie. Austen sisters for the win.
Honorable mentions: Peter Pan and Wendy (whom Kelly listed, but I forgot about), Heidi and Peter the Goatherd, Enna and Isi and Razo... and I feel like I'm forgetting some important people. Also, a lot of these lists will probably want modification after I've finished the Wheel of Time books, but as yet I don't dare include anyone since Robert Jordan doesn't always take relationships where I expect them to go. :P
Who would you include?