Talk about a two-way twister
Shaking up the family tree
With sibling synchronicity”
Be they the best of friends or mortal enemies, there’s no relationship quite like sisterhood. In honor of National Sisters Day on August 4, we’ve compiled a list of 15 of our favorite sisters from pop culture spanning film, television, literature and comics.
The Sanderson Sisters: Winifred, Mary and Sarah
Claim to Fame: Hocus Pocus
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes. Sure, the Sanderson sisters eat the souls of children to remain young, but in their defense, cosmetic surgery is expensive and invasive. The trio also packs a wicked musical punch from their memorable rendition of “I Put A Spell On You” at a Halloween party to Sarah’s entrancing song to lure unwitting children to their demise.
The March Sisters: Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth
Claim to Fame: Little Women
It’s been 151 years since Jo March lamented “Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents” but the March sisters remain a beloved and enduring part of pop culture. Little Women found its way onto a Broadway stage in 1912, spawned half a dozen movies and several musicals, operas and radio dramas. And while the quartet of sisters might not always get along, no one could doubt the depth of their love for each other.
The Earp Sisters: Wynonna and Waverly
Claim to Fame: Wynonna Earp
Nothing says family quite like a century-old curse that condemns future generations of Earps to battle undead revenants but Wynonna and Waverly make the best of a violent situation. Wynonna and Waverly might have very different personalities but they share a fierce resourcefulness and will to survive forged in the fire of their shared family history.
The Frozen Sisters: Elsa and Anna
Claim to Fame: Frozen
One sister has icy magical powers she can’t control and the other is perhaps a little naïve and needy, but they manage to work it all out in the end because that’s what sisterhood is all about.
The Everdeen Sisters: Katniss and Prim
Claim to Fame: The Hunger Games
There’s sisterly love and then there’s volunteering to compete in the Hunger Games and endure almost certain death. No one could forget Katniss Everdeen’s desperate cry, “I volunteer as tribute” to save her younger sister from the horrors of the Hunger Games. Katniss’ love for Prim motivates everything she does and whether you prefer the books or the movies, the loyalty the sisters show each other is both inspiring and intensely moving.
The Landry and Campbell Sisters: Tia and Tamera
Claim to Fame: Sister, Sister
Given that the title of their sitcom is Sister, Sister, how could Tia and Tamera—who also happen to be real-life sisters—not be included? The conceit of twins being separated when they were too young to remember each other is not new, but it’s always enjoyable.
The Morgendorffer Sisters: Daria and Quinn
Claim to Fame: Daria
It would be difficult to find two more disparate personalities than cynical, misanthropic Daria and self-absorbed, boy-crazy Quinn. Fortunately, the immense gulf between the sisters makes for compelling comedy.
The Owens Sisters: Sally and Gillian
Claim to Fame: Practical Magic
Two words: midnight margaritas.
The Halliwell Sisters: Prue, Piper, Phoebe and Paige
Claim to Fame: Charmed
What’s better than possessing magical powers? Four sisters with alliterative names and previously unknown magical powers.
The Lisbon Sisters: Therese, Mary, Bonnie, Lux and Cecilia
Claim to Fame: The Virgin Suicides
The Lisbon sisters are famous for all the wrong reasons, but their macabre story doesn’t lessen their powerful on popular culture.
The Bennet Sisters: Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty and Lydia
Claim to Fame: Pride and Prejudice
It is a truth universally acknowledged that five sisters in possession of varying degrees of intellect and common sense will inevitably disagree on essentially every subject. Fortunately for readers of Pride and Prejudice, the sister with the largest portion of sense and intelligence is also the protagonist.
The Stratford Sisters: Katarina and Bianca
Claim to Fame: 10 Things I Hate About You
Who knew Shakespeare had such a fascination with paintballing and Prada? While 10 Things I Hate About You’s source material—The Taming of the Shrew—wasn’t particularly interested in the relationship between the Minola sisters, the relationship between Kat and Bianca (the Stratford sisters) is central to the 1999 movie. It’s also a rare example of two siblings at odds coming to a meaningful understanding of one another’s perspectives.
The Zombieland Sisters: Wichita and Little Rock
Claim to Fame: Zombieland
The world of Zombieland is dire. Civilization has crumbled. A trip to the bathroom or grocery store is fraught with danger. So how is it that an adolescent named Wichita and her 12-year-old sister Little Rock have managed to thrive? For one thing, they’re ruthless. For another, they’ve got each other’s backs, proof that sisters can accomplish just about anything they set their minds to.
The Cybernetically Enhanced Sisters: Gamora and Nebula
Claim to Fame: Guardians of the Galaxy
Gamora and Nebula will likely never have an easygoing relationship. Being raised by the Mad Titan Thanos and pitted against one another in combat during their youth unsurprisingly resulted in a strained relationship. But they also play a vital role in saving half the universe from their adoptive father, giving them an opportunity to start fresh.
The Tamaranean Sisters: Blackfire and Starfire
Claim to Fame: Teen Titans
The royal Tamaranean sisters are the poster children for sibling rivalry. Despite Starfire’s desire for a happy and trusting relationship with her big sister, Blackfire simply won’t allow it. Fortunately, the Teen Titans have Starfire’s back.