Major Spoilers Question Of The Day: Non-Romantic Life Partners Edition


There are a lot of great stories in the various worlds of fiction, but few are as consistently funny (albeit vulgar) and mind-screwy as the 1974 Mel Brooks classic ‘Blazing Saddles’.  Endlessly quotable, audacious in its desire to offend every single person and demographic group it can, but still charismatic and endearing, the movie also features one of the greatest duos in movie history in the form of Sheriff Bart and The Waco Kid.  Their introductory “Are we awake?”, “We’re not sure… Are we black?” exchange sets the tone for a perfect partnership that triumphs over not only prejudice, wickedness and greed, but the very Fourth Wall itself.  The interactions of the late Cleavon Little and the always brilliant Gene Wilder are perfect in timing and tone, and their immediate, if unlikely friendship defangs even the harshest racial humor the movie has to offer (and since it’s a Mel Brooks movie, that’s something of a full-time job) which leads us to today’s query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also has an abiding love of Jay and Silent Bob, self-described heterosexual life partners, asking: Who’s your favorite non-romantic pairing in fiction?