The preparation of today’s Retro Review has reminded me what a cool pairing the team of Wolverine and Nightcrawler can be.  The rough-and-tumble scrapper from the great white north contrasts interestingly with the flamboyant, swashbuuckling Nightcrawler, and their different brands of philosophy and spiritualism play well off on another.  There are a number of great stories that feature the two of them (like the backup tale wherein Wolverine dares Nightcrawler to walk through Salem Center without his image inducer hiding his strange features), nearly as many as there are featuring Blue Beetle and Booster Gold.  In the days before the Civil War, there were some good stories contrasting Captain America and Iron Man, though those have become more than a little fraught and less fun after one of them got literally murdered due to the other’s jackassery, which leads us to today’s partners-in-crime query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has recently also found joy in the pairing of Carol “Captain Marvel” Danvers and Jessica “Spider-Woman” Drew, asking: What pairing of characters (not just superhero characters) is the most dynamic duo in all of pop culture?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

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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8 Comments

  1. Alisha
    May 10, 2015 at 12:18 pm — Reply

    I can’t think of any one single pairing overall, but I can think of many for different genres and such. Just to name a few (in no particular order):

    – Miles O’Brien and Julian Bashir
    – The Tick and Arthur
    – Laurel and Hardy
    – Han Solo and Chewbacca
    – Batman and Alfred (Far more dynamic than Batman and Robin)
    – The Second Doctor and Jamie McCrimmon
    – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost

  2. TheWolverine
    May 10, 2015 at 12:55 pm — Reply

    Harley Quinn & Poison Ivy.

  3. Malone_hasco
    May 10, 2015 at 1:01 pm — Reply

    I will cheat and put here top 5 in no particular order

    1. Crockett & Tubbs, Miami Vice
    2. Han & Chewie, Star Wars
    3. Chie Satonaka & Yukiko Amagi, Persona 4
    4. Solid Snake & Otacon, Metal Gear Solid
    5. Laurel & Hardy, C3-PO & R2-D2, or any asymmetrical comedy pair like that.

    • May 10, 2015 at 4:20 pm — Reply

      There is not cheating on the Question Of The Day. It is what you bring to it.

      Like a picnic…

      • May 13, 2015 at 7:12 am — Reply

        Cant believe I forgot Power Man & Iron Fist, it doesnt get much more dynamic than that.

  4. Oldcomicfan
    May 10, 2015 at 5:32 pm — Reply

    for sheer longevity, it would have to be Little Orphan Annie and Sandy.
    For pure hilarity, it would have to be Groo and Rufferto.
    But none of them beat Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.

  5. Gehrigan
    May 11, 2015 at 5:53 am — Reply

    Tenzil Kem [Matter-Eater Lad] and Brek Bannin [Polar Boy] in Legion of Super Heroes v4. The spaced-out Tenzil with the uptight Brek was comedy gold, as most odd-couples are.

  6. Bill
    May 11, 2015 at 6:56 am — Reply

    In no particular order:
    -Michael Knight and KITT
    -Danny Ocean and Rusty
    -Geordi Laforge and Data
    -Deekin and [your PC in Neverwinter Nights: Shadows of Undrentide or Hordes of the Underdark]. Maybe this would be better on a list of sidekicks.

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