Name and Name

Well, The Noun and the Noun meets Character Title. Usually the title characters are either lovers or Heterosexual Life-Partners. This is also a standard title form for Buddy Cop Shows. It's also the obvious choice for a Sketch Show starring a Double Act.

A variant, often found in slacker comedy films, is "Name and Name Do Stuff". (See also Episode Finishes the Title.)

If one of the names is mostly irrelevant, see Garfunkel.

Sub-Trope of Multi-Character Title. See also Magic Ampersand.


Examples:

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    Anime & Manga 

    Ballads 

    Comedy 
  • (Dean) Martin and (Jerry) Lewis (before their respective solo careers)note 
  • Kathy and Mo (Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney)
  • Kato-chan and Ken-chan
  • Penn and Teller

    Comic Books 

    Comic Strips 

    Fairy Tales 

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 

    Live-Action TV 

    Music 
  • Baby Rasta y Gringo
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive originally called themselves "Bachman-Turner", but people kept thinking they were a folk group, so "Overdrive" was added to the name.
  • "Betty and Dupree", a folk song done by several different artists.
  • Big and Rich
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Captain & Tenille
  • Chad and Jeremy (1960s folk duo)
  • Chaka Demus and Pliers (known for their hit song "Murder She Wrote"note )
  • Coheed and Cambria
  • Coverdale-Page, a collaboration album between David Coverdale and Jimmy Page.
  • Crosby, Stills, (and) Nash (and Young)
  • Devine & Statton (covered New Order's Bizarre Love Triangle)
  • Donny and Marie Osmond are often referred to as simply "Donny and Marie".
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (also an example of Character Name and the Noun Phrase)
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • England Dan and John Ford Coley (known for their hit song "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight")
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • The song "Fair and Just" by Kevin Bloody Wilson. A parody of cop shows like Starsky and Hutch. It would probably make Kev's attitude towards Australian police clear enough even without the piggy grunts and squeals.
  • Flanders and Swann
  • (Lester) Flatt and (Earl) Scruggs - a very well known and respected country music duo
  • The old jazz standard Frankie and Johnny, which some people may know from its recurring references in classic animated shorts.
  • Darryl Hall and John Oates (also known as simply "Hall and Oates")
  • Ed Lover and Doctor Drenote , hosts of Yo! MTV Raps.
  • Heavy D and the Boyz (another Character Name and the Noun Phrase example)
  • Homer and Jethro
  • When Amy Ray and Emily Saliers originally founded the Indigo Girls, they initially called themselves "Saliers and Ray".note 
  • Jan and Dean
  • John Otway + Wild Willy Barrett
  • K-Ci and Jojo (formed after Jodeci broke up)
  • "Lady Ice and Mr Hex" by Heaven 17.
  • "Little T and One Track Mike"
  • Loggins and Messina (a singer-producer duo consisting of Kenny Loggins and Jim Messinanote )
  • Mel And Kim
  • Peaches and Herbnote 
  • Peter, Paul, and Mary
  • Run-D.M.C.
  • Salt-N-Pepa (Consisting of Cheryl James ["Salt"] and Sandra Denton ["Pepa"]note )
  • Sandler and Young
  • Seals and Crofts
  • Sharon, Lois, and Bram
  • She & Him
  • Simon & Garfunkel
  • Sonny and Cher
  • Steve & Eydie
  • Wilson Philips (A bit of a subversion, since "Wilson" refers to two members: Carnie and Wendy Wilson, who are both sisters)
  • Wisin y Yandel

    Myths & Religion 
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • David and Goliath
  • Samson and Delilah (the title of a number of film adaptations about both the two figures and the hair-cutting incident)

    Pinballs 

    Radio 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Gotrek and Felix in Warhammer Fantasy Battle.

    Theater 

    Theme Parks 

    Video Games 

    Web Animation 

    Web Comics 

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • Clothing store chain Abercrombie and Fitch
  • In the UK, TV presenters Ant and Dec, who pretty much always appear together, and always with Ant on the left and Dec on the right for ease of identification.
  • Baskin-Robbins ice cream
  • Ben and Jerry ice cream
  • Mike and Ike candy
  • Numerous countries take this form:
  • Most law firms take this form as well.
  • Many advertising agencies also use this trope.
  • Salt and pepper (not the rap group mentioned above, but the condiments) are often referred to in this order.
  • The Ringling Bros. / Barnum and Bailey Circus (with the "Barnum and Bailey" part itself an example)
  • Scientists sometimes use a "mortar and pestle" when doing experiments.
  • In the U.K., when people got to the beach, they will sometimes bring a "bucket and spade"note  (i.e., for making sand castles, etc.).
  • Cookies and Cream (sometimes written as "cookies'n cream")
  • Black & Decker, the original makers of the DustBuster
  • 20th Century Fox was originally called "20th Century-Fox" (with a dash), which was originally the result of a merger between 20th Century Pictures (which first used the now famous fanfare), and Fox Films.
  • Square Co. Ltd., and Enix Co. Ltd. merged in 2003 to become Square Enix
  • Pinball company Bally had owned Midway for some time, but in 1983, they merged to become Bally-Midway.note 
  • A number of animation studios had taken this form including:
  • Heatter-Quigley (normally made game shows, but are remembered by animation fans as the co-creators of Wacky Races)
  • Goodson-Todman productions (later became Mark Goodson productions)note 
  • Television production companies Lorimar and Telepictures merged together to form Lorimar-Telepictures before being acquired by Warner Bros. Television.
  • Speaking of Warner Bros., after merging with Seven Arts Productions, they were known for a while as "Warner Bros.-Seven Arts", with a distinctive "W7" logo.
  • The two infamous feuding families, the Hatfields and the McCoys. note 
  • Shields and Yarnell, a mime duo.
  • For a while Universal Pictures was known as "Universal-International" (note the dash) after they merged with a company called "International Pictures". This name was discontinued once "Music Corporation of America" (MCA) bought out the company.
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) was the result of a three way merger between Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Picturesnote , and Louis B. Mayer Productions.

Waldorf: Hey, they left us out of this entry!
Statler: I think they were trying to improve it.
Waldorf: Only blanking it would do that!
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!

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