Continuing our spotlight on the most iconic bromances in popular culture, today we highlight the special relationship between one of the X-Men’s greatest foes and one of their least culturally sensitive nuisances:
Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy
Yes, the devastating combination of an unstoppable force of sheer brute strength and an unashamed stereotype of all things Irish. While the Juggernaut had been appearing in the pages of the X-Men since issue #12 way back in 1965, Black Tom Cassidy didn’t appear until after the All-New, All-Different team had premiered in Giant-Size X-Men #1. Among the new recruits to the X-Men was Sean “Banshee” Cassidy, himself a laughably ill-informed Irish stereotype. Shortly after the new team returned from their first foray into space, Banshee was summoned back to the old country to collect his inheritance: The family castle. However, things are not as they seem, and when the X-Men arrive to investigate Banshee’s birthright they are ambushed by Sean’s bitter cousin and erstwhile romantic adversary Black Tom Cassidy. And he’s brought his friend The Juggernaut.