->''"Well, that's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"''
-->--'''[[Creator/LaurelAndHardy Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel]]'''

Two funny guys who travel around the world (often in the HollywoodAtlas version), and though often at odds with each other are [[HeterosexualLifePartners ultimately inseparable]]. They take on various odd jobs, {{Short Con}}s and capers, often to pay off their debts. They can go flat broke even quicker.

They often will have to compete for the affections of one local girl who assists them in their escapades.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* [[{{Ronin}} Ran]] and [[LittleBitBeastly Meow]] from ''KazemakaseTsukikageRan'' are female versions of this.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* The ''Film/RoadTo'' movies with Creator/BobHope and Music/BingCrosby (and Dorothy Lamour as the love interest) are the TropeCodifier.
* The Creator/LaurelAndHardy films.
* Though they were actually brothers, Garth and Hub were this in their younger days in ''SecondHandLions''.
* Many ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' shorts follow this formula.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* George and Lenny from ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen''.
* Flaubert gave us ''Bouvard et Pécuchet'' who are more or less this.
* Ostap Bender and whoever he is travelling with (Ippolit Matveevich in ''Literature/TheTwelveChairs'' and the duo Balaganov & Panikovsky in ''Literature/TheLittleGoldenCalf''). Subverted in that his buddyships ultimately go sour: Ippolit betrays him out of greed, Panikovsky dies and Balaganov gets arrested.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Troy and Abed from ''Series/{{Community}}''
* Sam and Dean from ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
* Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott from ''Series/{{I Spy}}''
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the First Doctor and Vicki would have this kind of dynamic, especially in their historicals - usually, Ian and Barbara would get into trouble, and the Doctor and Vicki would attempt to resolve that trouble through the Doctor excessively meddling in a CrazyAwesome way, with Vicki helping him out with StereoFibbing and the occasional spot of theft. This dynamic proved so popular that later Doctor/companion duos became more common (as opposed to the rotating [[CastCalculus quartet]] of Hartnell) and tended to be of the "Doctor and cheery supporter" mould rather than "Doctor and {{Foil}}" - notably the Second Doctor and Jamie, the Third Doctor and Jo, the Fourth Doctor and Sarah Jane, the Eighth Doctor and Grace, the Ninth/Tenth Doctor and Rose, and so on.

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* "Con" Kidder and "Kid" Conner in ''The Red Mill''.
* Vladimir and Estragon in ''Theatre/WaitingForGodot''.
* Wilson and Addison Mizner in ''Road Show'' have elements of this mixed with {{Bromance}}.

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[[folder: Web Comics ]]

* Griffen and Molly from the webcomic [[http://www.dicebox.net/ Dicebox]] are a prime example of this trope.
* The Webcomic/LaughOutLoudCats have shades of this.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* Naturally, given that it's styled after the ''Film/RoadTo'' movies listed above, ''WesternAnimation/TheRoadToElDorado'' had Miguel and Tulio.
* George and Junior from [[TexAveryMGMCartoons Tex Avery's MGM shorts]] are this, though with a lot more animosity, chiefly from George to Junior.
* Creator/HannaBarbera had Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har (a lugubrious hyena) in 1962. Thirteen years later, they would create Lippy and Hardy expies WesternAnimation/TheGreatGrapeApe and Beegle Beagle.
* Creator/{{Terrytoons}} would use WesternAnimation/HeckleAndJeckle as this frequently. In the mid 60s they had Duckwood (a one-shot character from ''Deputy Dawg'') and his pal Donkey Otie as this.
* WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy were often depicted this way, depending on the episode.
* Brian and Stewie on the various "The Road to..." episodes of ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. They're specifically homages of the Crosby/Hope films, played surprisingly straight for ''Family Guy''. They travel the globe to their destination, sticking together through thick and thin (and usually conning their way through various situations).
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