001. kirk, spock, and mccoy (star trek)
Arguably one of the things that made Star Trek so memorable and such a cultural staple was the strong bond between its three leads. They are all very different from each other. Captain Kirk is all instinctual. He makes plans in the swing of the second and his many romantic conquests speak of his impulsive nature. He takes the chances Spock’s logical nature wouldn’t dream of pursuing. Spock is cool, calm, and critical. He helps temper Kirk’s fire and adds a pragmatic point of view to Dr. McCoy’s typically emotional responses to situations.
Plus he’s sassy as fuck. Dr. Leonard “Bones” McCoy thinks with his heart. Yes, he is grumpy, but he also is the one who breathes some emotional warmth into some of Spock’s more coldly analytic plans and consistently reminds his both of his friends of their worth. And he’s also sassy as fuck.
All three of them complete each other and the depth of their devotion to each other is instantly clear. This affection, while remaining entirely platonic in the show, was one of the things that sparked the emergence of slash fiction (as well as fanfiction in general) as part of fandom.
Plus, the banter between these three is amazing. Yes, the 1960’s show can be corny and nonsensical and overly dramatic and whatever else you want to call it… but the snappy writing between these three is incentive enough to watch it.