The Universal Bro Code is a sacred bond all bros must respect. It can bring strangers together in times of need and it can settle vicious disputes between the closest of bros. There are countless rules in the Universal Bro Code book and new rules are added on the regular while occasionally old and antiquated Bro Code laws are removed as the world changes.
Below, a bunch of bros put forth their top laws for inclusion in the Universal Book of Bro Code, and if you consider yourself a bro then you 100% need to not only commit these to memory but you need to enact them in everyday life. All of these responses came from an AskReddit thread where you can find each and every one of them but below I’ve included the best/most necessary:
“Give a man a bro, he’ll chill for a day. Teach a man to chill, he’ll have bros for life.” — JJRL
“You can give a bro as much hell as you want unless a bro is with a girl. Don’t crush your bro’s soul while he is trying to hook up.” — ISIXofpleasure
“The bro who owns the console is ALWAYS player 1.” — Acicin
“If you’re lifting with your bro and he has a heart attack, put more weight on the bar and THEN call 911” — Laurajsr
“If you find out a friends SO is cheating on him, not only do you tell him, but you offer to shit in her kettle.” — ALLSTARTRIPOD
“Rarely call. Rarely email.
When in person, pick up as if no time has transpired.” — Keilwerth
“If he’s bullshitting to impress a woman you back up his ludicrous claims to the hilt.” — FuckCazadors
“Up if you know them, down if you don’t” — serac145
“Don’t throw another bro under a bus to get a girl unless he says you can. Conversely, if a bro asks you if he can throw you under the bus, you bet your ass you’re jumping under that goddamn bus.” — N1njaboss
“On death or injury, clear a bro’s search history.” — MyOwnHurricane
“If two bros know the same story, the bro who is lesser known among the party or group shall tell it” — Acicin
“Never let a bro drive when he’s drunk – no matter what.” — Back2Bach
“If your bro asks what you think about his SO, be straight up about what you think.” — PackagedFool
“If a bro experiences a breakup, so did you.” — ProfessorGigs
“A bro always chooses the ‘every other urinal’ formation” — IM_PROLLY_LYIN
“If you walk into an argument and get the “leave now” look, you turn around and take as many bystanders as you can with you.” — Mix_Master_Floppy
“You can only call out his bullshit when you’re with friends. If you’re with someone/people whose reputation of him can be tarnished by you calling out his bullshit, zip ya damn lips.” — Sharonfs
“1.Be Excellent to Each Other
2. Party on, Dudes” — Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure
“Never rat him out. For some reason autocorrect keeps changing rat to eat….which I suppose makes sense too” — Boyntonr
“Thou shall not sleep with a bro’s younger sister, HOWEVER, If said girl is is the one who starts making passes at you, AND she is of legal age, AND is neither drunk, nor tipsy, nor even buzzed, it may be permissible to indulge yourself. If thou dost so, thou art required to tell thy bro of said actions with all due haste.” — Chuchlain
“If your bro gets beheaded by ISIS you need to take care of his family.” — 1Downvote1Orgasm
“When playing Goldeneye on N64, a bro will never play as oddjob.
A bro will never complain about the brand or temperature of free beer offered by another bro
You may take the last beer, or the last slice of pizza, never both.
If a bro is playing wingman, and in his duties is required to distract the annoying and/or ugly friend. He will not be given any shit for it, and should even be applauded for jumping on a grenade for a bro.
And the most important rule A bro will never, ever, sleep with a bros SO. Ever” — Chickenfuckerbwaaaa
A Bro may ask another Bro to help him move, but only after first disclosing an honest estimate on both time commitment and number of large furniture pieces. If the Bro has vastly underestimated either, his Bros retain the right to leave his possessions where they are–in most cases, stuck in a doorway.” — lordanubis79
“Nut shots are never acceptable, ever.” — Aarons777
“When your bro is buying you food, you don’t get anything expensive or else you are a piece of shit.” — Excalll
And last but not least, via hcrld:
1) You must always have your bro’s back. No exceptions.
2) When your bro’s girlfriend inquires about his whereabouts you know nothing, always.
3) You are only obligated to wingman for one bro per social event; after that, the bro is on his own.
4) When a bro designates you as his wingman, you may not fail him. This is the most important role a bro may play for a bro. It is not be violated or debauched.
5) You must always do whatever is in your power to stop a bro from soiling himself with a poor looking girl—unless the bro is able to stand up, look you in the eye, and articulate that he is to a decent extent sober. Then you are absolved of any responsibility.
6) When a bro pays for all the alcohol for an occasion himself, this must be made known to all present and made out to be the greatest feat ever observed in human history. A bro may skip out on kicking in for beer if he has done this recently.
7) A bro must always respect another bro’s car, house, and parents.
8) Love thy father and mother. A bro will never ever get with a bro’s biological mother or sister. Stepsisters and stepmothers are fair game. This article is subject to the All’s Fair Clause.
9) When a bro is showing his bro’s his new ride, he is always required to open the hood and showcase the contents. All bros present are required to admire the content, even and especially if they know nothing about cars.
10) When a bro asks a bro what he thinks of his girlfriend or date, a bro is always required to give an honest answer. The phrase, “I’d bang her” is off limits.
11) A bro will never ever leave his bros without a ride. A bro must never be allowed to walk alone more than 2 blocks.
12) A bro will never ask for gas money for a ride unless he truly is hard up, or the ride exceeds a distance of 20 miles.
13) When gas money for a ride is offered, it may be accepted. Use your own bro-judgment to determine if you should accept.
14) A bro shall never make another bro ashamed for hooking up with a girl. Even if she was truly nasty, a bro will make excuses for his bro. Example, “you were drunk so…”
15) If a bro is terrible at sports, excuses may be made, no matter how bad they are. Good bros will start to play worse so that their bro doesn’t look so bad. This clause is subject to nullification by extreme competition.
16) A bro will never make another bro look bad in front of a target girl. Any such attempts should be swiftly punished by the designated wingman. Afterwards, the bro who infringed upon this rule may be confronted by the whole circle of bros.
17) A bro will always ask around before taking the last of anything. If a bro should ask you if its alright, unless the need is great or direct ownership is applied, you will let him have it. Common courtesy and the bro code go hand in hand.
18) A chick may be included in the bro code if she has proven herself worthy via general bro concession.
19) A chick may never be informed of the sacred rules of the bro code. A chick may be treated as a bro but never told of the rules. When reprimanding a girl for an infringement of the bro code, say “its just common courtesy.”
20) A bro will never let another bro drive drunk. Space must always be found or made for a drunk bro who needs to leave. If necessary, the theft of phone and keys shall be done for his own good.
21) A bro will never allow another bro to drunk dial or txt a girl. No exceptions to this rule. When a bro is truly smashed and his girl calls, the phone will be confiscated until a sober state of mind is achieved.
22) If a bro’s girlfriend calls you and asks about a bros actions the previous night, (I.e. the bro claimed to be sleeping at a friend’s house) you will always claim that yes he was there and you may even claim he is still there. Studies show that 8 out of 10 bros will do this without thinking. The other 2 bros claimed he was still with them but unavailable to talk.
23) You will always make excuses for a bros actions, no matter how obscene. All things done by a drunk bro must be forgiven. No exceptions.
24) A bro should always be allowed to make amends for his actions.
25) A bro will always give his bro’s girl a ride to wherever, so long as restitutions are made for the action.
26) A bro will never give detail when describing a sexual encounter. Doing so will force your bro to imagine you naked and this is unforgivable.
27) A bro will always do his best to help another bro’s self esteem. The Alpha-Bro should always be handing out the wisdom and power of his skill. A bro will always recognize the master seducer of the group.
28) A bro should never ever under any circumstances sleep with a bro’s ex-girlfriend. A bro may proceed to make moves on another bro’s failed target (he got rejected) but only after asking permission first. If the bro declines your invitation to bust some moves, you must adhere to his wishes and find a new target.
29) If permission for rule 28 has been given by a bro, and success is evident for yourself. One must always put it down to it being the girl’s preference and not due to your superior abilities. If a bro proceeds to become butt-hurt about your success where he failed, you are under no obligations to make him feel better or apologize for your success.
30) A bro will always take care of a bro who is blacked out, throwing up, and incase parents or girlfriend call. If a bro’s parents demand he comes home immediately, one will immediately allow him to use a shower and whatever else is necessary to make sure a bro receives no enemy fire on the home front.
31) A bro will always tell a bro what he did when he was blacked out. No matter how bad.
32) A bro must always maintain a safe physical distance from a bro’s girl, especially when drinking. Physical contact may only be made with a bro’s girl, when saying good bye. No exceptions.
33) A bro will always do his best to stop a bro from getting tattoos. A bro’s skin is the largest organ he has and the second most important. Especially if the tattoo is of a girl. Chicks will dump you and play with your heart, but a bro will protect you like his own private parts.
34) When a promise is made, it shall be kept. And under no circumstances shall it be broken.
35) The way of the bro is sacred, cherish it like a sect or cult. The bro life is like being in Jedi training camp. You must always show your bro love and be joyous when bro love is shown to you.
36) Bro-mance is allowed but only among your tightest bros. Never take your bro-mance too far. And if anyone should remark negatively upon your bro-mance, an immediate beat down should ensue. Should a girl comment negatively upon the bro-mance, kindly explain to her that she will never know love from a man such as you and your bros share. And let her know what a privilege it is to be a mere witness to your glory.
37) The fist bump is a bro’s greatest weapon aside from the bro code itself. It should be used to show support, acceptance, pride, and it is an all around green light for an action that was committed. Use the fist bump often, and show constant appreciation for your bro’s jokes and skills with it.
38) Corollary to rule 37, the denial of a bro’s fist bump is a terribly powerful slap in the face. To deny a fist bump is no light thing, and should only be done when there is very great disapproval of an action.
39) Never refer to a bro by his last name, this is a sign of disrespect. Always refer to a bro by their name, nickname, or any standard bro word.
40) Standard bro names include but are not limited to; bro, dude, man, and anything with bro in it. (example: broham.)
41) Always respect a bro’s viewpoints about anything from politics to cars to religion. The only time a bro’s views do not matter is when they conflict with the bro code. If such a case should happen, the bro should be immediately evicted from the bro circle, until correctional actions have been made.
42) A bro should always treat for food when a bro is broke. Signs that a bro is broke are phrases like, “I’d rather eat at home”, “I’m not hungry”, “I just ate”, and finally “I’m trying to save money so ill eat at home.”
43) Similar to rule 42, when discussing the purchase of party beverages, if a bro declines to offer money. The other bros should cover for him. No bro should be denied thirst quenching goodness just because it’s a tight week or month.
44) A good bro will always encourage his bros to be an Alpha-Bro when it comes to talking to girls. If necessary demonstrations of your prowess may be made to give your bros something to work with.
45) A bro is only allowed to do really stupid things when he is really drunk. A bro may be denied further access to alcohol when it is obvious he has drunk too much already.
46) All things must be forgiven among bros, with the exception being your drunk bro feels up your girlfriend. This allows for an immediate punch to the face, but only after all other bros have been told and are gathered to watch the punishment. Before the blow is delivered, your drunk bro must have the situation explained to him. Because he is drunk, he will probably agree that he needs to be punched.
47) Under no circumstances should a bro ever be hit in the genitals for any reason. Ever.
48) You should only ever make fun of a bro for minor things that don’t affect their physical attributes.
49) The only time that cockblocking is condoned by the bro code is when the designated cockblocker (aka the bombardier) has viable reasons to stop a bro from hooking up with a girl.
50) The Golden bro rule that everyone knows: Bros over hoes. This rule may be seasoned to taste by the bros themselves. Example; Bros over hoes except at the close.
Alright, bros, I hope you take what we learned here today to heart. If you’ve got anything to add to the official ‘Bro Code’ then be my guest and add them in the comments down below. And if you believe any of the ‘Universal Bro Code Laws’ above shouldn’t be here then state your case down below! Also, to check out the rest of the AskReddit thread you can just follow that link!