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- As detailed above, The Towering Inferno, starring Paul Newman and Steve McQueen, is the Trope Maker in film. McQueen's role as the fire chief was expanded from a smaller role at his insistence so as to equal Newman's character.
- Jaws has a three-man variant of this, with Roy Scheider at lower left, Robert Shaw at center top, and Richard Dreyfuss at lower right.
- Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino in Righteous Kill.
- The poster for Inside Man manages to do something similar with three actors: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster. Washington's picture is furthest to the left while Owen's is nearest the top, while their names are angled in such a way that Foster's name is furthest to the left and Washington's is nearest the top.
- In the 2002 film of Chicago, Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- In Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow get diagonal billing, while Angelina Jolie gets the honored And Starring position on the same card. See it here at 00:18.
- Yul Brynner and Richard Benjamin in Westworld.
- Boeing Boeing had the names of Tony Curtis and Jerry Lewis criss-crossed.
- Lillian Gish and Bette Davis, who combined for 131 years in the movie business when they co-starred together in The Whales of August (1987), get diagonal billing in the opening credits. Davis is billed first in the closing credits.
- Mad Max: Fury Road doesn't feature this on the poster (where Supporting Protagonist Tom Hardy is billed before Charlize Theron), but does in the actual opening credits.
- Hiroshima Mon Amour does this in the opening titles for leads Emmanuelle Riva and Eiji Okada, who together have approximately 99% of the spoken dialogue in the movie. (Posters invariably give Riva either top billing or sole billing.)
- This trope dates at least as far back as 1941. In Love Crazy, William Powell and Myrna Loy, who were starring in their tenth film together (eventually they made 14), were billed this way. That same year, co-stars Charles Boyer and Olivia de Havilland were billed this way in Hold Back the Dawn.
Live Action TV
- Adam Scott and Ken Marino in the closing credits of Party Down.
- Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams in the Laverne and Shirley opening title sequence.
- Ted Danson and Shelley Long in Cheers.
- The Sprouse Brothers on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.
- In a related way, the Vanity Plate for Mike and Bill Productions (as on Grounded For Life) alternated whose name was in huge letters on its own line: "mike and BILL" or "MIKE and bill".
- Bella Thorne and Zendaya in Shake It Up and the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies.
- Jon Cryer and Ashton Kutcher in Two and a Half Men.
- On What Not To Wear Stacy and Clinton have diagonal billing first as host and then as stylist on the first and second frames of the closing credits.
- Mads Mikkelsen and Hugh Dancy in Hannibal.
- Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz on Bones.
- Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson on True Detective.
- Seth Green and Givoanni Ribisi on dads.
- Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman on Sherlock.
- Diane Kruger and Demian Bichir as detective partners on The Bridge; the names also alternate positions on the diagonal each episode. Especially appropriate for a series with a strong duality motif (crime on the two sides of the US/Mexico border).
- Christian Slater and Steve Zahn as brothers and business partners in Mind Games.
- Gillian Jacobs and Paul Rust on Love.