It’s not really a new phenomenon. No, it’s always been around. But only in the past few years have we given a new term to it: bromance.
The word “bromance” – a combination of “bro/brother” and “romance” -- came into use referring to the camaraderie between skateboarders. Now we use it when talking about characters in movies and TV shows and books. Two guys who see each other through good times and bad. Even when girlfriends and wives come into the picture, the friendship between the men stays true.