Woe to the fictional parents of the Trickster Twins. They are a set of siblings that are always up to no good in pursuit of sadistic delight. They are a magnet for trouble (either attracting it or causing it) and have to find a way through a series of convoluted plans
to escape the situation.
The traits most common to a set of Trickster Twins is that they're pranksters or entertainers. Their antics are strictly for comic relief, but other times, their tricks can be far more sinister. Trickster Twins also have the good-natured compulsion to pick on or tease the rest of the cast. If they target a single character out of the entire cast, that victim is usually the Butt Monkey
They are fond of the Twin Switch
. May overlap with Think Twins
depending on their cunning.
Anime and Manga
- Pride High has Smash and Crash. They finish each others' sentences, can trade places with one another in an instant (which they slyly use while wrestling) and remain the most devious of the the prime group of antagonists.
- Zipi y Zape.
- Freddy and Ferdie Fox from Rupert Bear.
- Brave has identical triplets Harris, Hubert and Hamish. Among their antics, they steal cakes, cut off part of a sleeping guard's mustache, and tie their father's peg leg to a table so he flips it when he gets up.
- The Tibble Twins from Arthur
- Harry Potter: Fred and George Weasley cause humorous trouble for their family and for Hogwarts. When they grow up, their deviousness becomes the seed for their own company; Weaseley Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop.
- Bonnie and Beanie, the little teleporters from Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human.
- The eponymous characters from Edgar & Ellen fit this trope to a T.
- The Otis twins, AKA "Stars and Stripes" from The Canterville Ghost.
- Hugal and Monan from the Dungeons & Dragons Eberron novel The City of Towers thrive on twisting mind screws.
- The Stoll brothers from the Hermes cabin in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Not twins, technically, but nearly identical.
- "Trouble Twins" Florida and Dallas from Ruby Holler, although it's justified in that they're mistreated by the owners of the orphanage they live in and strike back in the only way they can; Dallas is a Nice Guy and Florida is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Bertie's cousins Eustace and Claude in Jeeves and Wooster.
- A Song of Ice and Fire: Who can forget all the crazy antics of the Lannister twins? Incest, pushing kids out windows, regicide...
- Adam, Byron and Jordan from The Baby-Sitters Club are Trickster Triplets.
- Marilyn and Carolyn Arnold in their first appearance, but it turns out they're just acting out because they're sick of being treated like one person. They're much better when they show up later.
- Bill and Ben from The Railway Series.
- The relationship between the two eponymous rascal boys in Wilhelm Busch's Max and Moritz is not specified, but they have a common uncle, which indicates they are either cousins or twin brothers.
- Hans and Fritz, the Katzenjammer Kids
- Mungojerry and Rumpleteazer are a notorious couple of cats, knock-about clowns, quick change comedians, tight-rope walkers and acrobats! However, it is argued among Cats fans whether they are twins, brother and sister or something else entirely, but due to their very almost identical markings and that they often hang out together it is mostly assumed that they are twins...
- The Cake twins in Slice of Life have shades of this, particularly Pumpkin.
- The Arrow twins in Ava's Demon show this so far, in their short time in the comic thus far.