The “heroic duo” is a narrative device that dates back to the earliest forms of storytelling, ranging from the Ur-example of Gilgamesh and Enkidu all the way through the ultimate adventure pals Phineas and Ferb.  Even when one of the characters is more of a sidekick (like Doctor Watson, or Chewbacca) two cool things can easily combine into a doubly cool team.

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) allows you to retort:  Which pop-culture duo reigns supreme?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. Ryan
    May 5, 2012 at 12:52 pm — Reply

    Calvin and Hobbes. I will be getting a Tyrannosaurus flying an f-14 tattoo to celebrate their greatness and their influence on my life.

  2. May 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm — Reply

    There are so many great duos: Han and Chewie, Jay and Silent Bob, Bulk and Skull, etc.

    Since I’m certain “any asian twins” isn’t an acceptable answer, I think I’ll go with C-3P0 and R2-D2.

  3. Aspiring Spambot
    May 5, 2012 at 2:15 pm — Reply

    Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney, definitely. :P

  4. May 5, 2012 at 3:06 pm — Reply

    How about Stan Lee and Jack Kirby?

  5. May 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm — Reply

    Blue Beetle & Booster Gold are up there. 7th Doctor & Ace are also pretty good.

  6. dantemarx
    May 5, 2012 at 4:50 pm — Reply

    First thing that popped into my head:

    Sam and Max! Freelance Police.

  7. Kevin Ashby
    May 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    I was going to say “Funk and Wagnall’s” but I think that would show my age. “Simon and Schuster?” too literary . . . “Simon and Garfunkle?” too soft rocky . . . so I guess it has to be Rocky and Bullwinkle.

  8. Gehrigan
    May 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm — Reply

    Tango and Cash :)

    • May 6, 2012 at 11:05 am — Reply

      They couldn’t split up Tango and Cash. (That’s also true.)

  9. Gehrigan
    May 5, 2012 at 8:54 pm — Reply

    My real vote is for Deadshot and Catman… best bromance ever.

  10. Antonio Sanciolo
    May 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm — Reply

    Country AND Western

  11. May 6, 2012 at 8:06 am — Reply

    I was going to say Jake and Elwood, but I think Antonio beat me to it.

  12. David
    May 7, 2012 at 9:04 am — Reply

    Going off the board on this one and will suggest:
    Sam & Dean Winchester – Supernatural
    Is Supernatural big in the US? I enjoy it….

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