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->'''Benjamin Oliver:''' So, what do you think?
->'''Noah Vanderhoff:''' I think it's two chimps on a Davenport in a basement.
-->-- ''Film/WaynesWorld''

Two Gamers On A Couch is an archetype of the {{Webcomics}} medium. Many of the most popular webcomics (and the people who read and write them) have an interest in VideoGames, and the two gamers on the couch, playing games and shooting the breeze about whatever crosses their minds, is the purest expression of this fanbase/author background.

Two male friends, frequently {{Author Avatar}}s of the artist and writer of the series, play computer games and have hijinks, mixing in [[RippedFromTheHeadlines political ideas]] and unexplained or explainable phenomena that [[WeirdnessMagnet surround their lives]]. HilarityEnsues.

The two roommates/friends will often borrow from the archetype of the StraightManAndWiseGuy: One will be wacky and insane, whose passion for computer games and other aspects of nerd culture will result in stupid, crazy, illegal and (hopefully) amusing repercussions. The second will be more [[StraightMan down to earth]], calm and intelligent -- not above being pulled into the wacky one's schemes, but usually knowing when to pull out. He usually has a stable, "normal" career whereas the wacky one will either be unemployed or painfully incompetent at whatever they do.

Sometimes this is expanded into a ComicTrio, when they are accompanied by one or more characters who provide context, perspective, or episode-specific references. These may range from a TalkingAnimal or a DungeonmastersGirlfriend to a GamerChick, NerdNanny, RobotBuddy, MonsterRoommate, a {{Time Travel}}ler, a character from the franchise being reviewed or any other unexplained supernatural or SciFi element that serves as a plot device and may or may not change on a per-episode basis. Most of these series are set in the "real world" and these fantastical elements are {{handwave}}d as [[RuleOfCool really cool]].

Love interests as stand-ins for the authors' actual wives or girlfriends (assuming that the author has spoken to a girl in his life) are common as are actual {{Author Avatar}}s who appear in one-off strips and comment on production or [[ContemplateOurNavels philosophical nonsense]].

!! {{Webcomic|s}} examples

* ''Webcomic/PennyArcade:'' The [[GenrePopularizer flagship]] Two Gamers On A Couch series. Gabe and Tycho (who switch between crazy and sane depending on the plot) are the gamers. This series is the most politically active, making massive amounts of cash from their comic and related projects; they run a gaming expo and a children's charity on the back of the comic. They publish SpinOff comics of their comics, have also produced their own computer game, and have been featured as an expansion of a moderately successful collectible card game.\\
In its later years, ''Penny Arcade'' cut out the couch altogether unless the comic actually relates to them playing a game at that moment, and avoids talking heads by having Gabe and Tycho have their game-related conversations while performing some irrelevant FunnyBackgroundEvent, like picking pumpkins with their kids, eating lunch, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick emerging from hideous cocoons, carrying out a dead body wrapped in a carpet, or sitting on prison bunks]].
* ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'': Wacky guy Ethan and straight man Lucas are roommates. Zeke the Xbot is their wacky RobotBuddy who wants to KillAllHumans. Lilah is the down-to-earth [[GamerChick gamer girlfriend]] of Ethan. Hilarity Ensues. The first strips actually poked fun at this very trope, and tried really hard to avoid it.
* ''Webcomic/GarnetAndGure'' features [[GamerChick Garnet]], a buffoonish latter-day gamer and Gure, a painfully emotionless old-schooler.
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'':
** King Dedede discusses the flaws of Super Smash Bros Brawl to Kirby, who's happily playing the game on the couch. Lampshaded FridgeLogic, how King Dedede is complaining about the game where he made his SSB debut. [[http://www.brawlinthefamily.com/?p=1638]]
** Comic 357 [[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2011/08/22/357-bowling/ "Bowling"]] features Kirby, Diddy Kong, and Adeleine playing Wii Bowling on a couch.
* ''Webcomic/RobAndElliot:'' Elliot is the sane/normal school teacher, Rob is the wacky and over-the-top drama queen. Of course, Elliot is only sane in relation to Rob; one arc revolved around his being NotSoAboveItAll when trying to find a new roommate. Doctor Doom(sday) is their megalomaniac next door neighbour, who frequently gets in trouble with the Franchise/{{Justice League|of America}}. It's more like two guys sharing an apartment, as gaming doesn't actually factor into it, but otherwise it fits the trope.
* ''Webcomic/{{Applegeeks}}:'' Started off as a TGOAC comic but quickly [[CerebusSyndrome evolved into a more dramatic model]]. The wacky hawk (MadScientist {{Superhero}}) was the crazy one and he had many friends who took on the sane side of the dynamic. After the creation of Eve, the Mac-based andoid, the series changed dramatically into a serious action/drama series, and recently became wacky again. A slightly alternate interpretation involves copious amounts of UnreliableNarrator. The squirrel does talk to him, after all.
* ''Webcomic/{{Megatokyo}}:'' Like ''Applegeeks'', quickly broke out into a different medium and is now a romance {{shounen}} (but not the ''Franchise/DragonBall'' kind) [[{{Animesque}} manga-style]] comic.
* ''Webcomic/VGCats:'' The avatars of two cats who "[[DeepImmersionGaming act]] the part" of characters in different computer and console games -- we never actually see the couch, just the two characters inside the game, but it fits the same format. The cats are occasionally seen in the real world, when parodying tabletop games or buying a new videogame.
* ''Webcomic/LifeOfRiley'': Started as a gag-a-day LifeEmbellished series about two of the members of the 'Clan Bob' online team, rife with in-jokes and innuendo about their girlfriends, but became an increasingly surreal mix of adventure and religious symbolism, before suddenly [[OrphanedSeries vanishing off the face of the 'net]].
* ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'': Gaming is part of the overall geekery of the author's interests. Cast of Characters has fluctuated on the author's ''real life'' associations. Usually the AuthorAvatar is wacky, while his wife is sane -- but for some situations, it's reversed.
* ''Webcomic/ShreddedMoose'' arguably owed everything to ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' except its [[VulgarHumor sense of humor]].
* Spoofed in [[http://theslackerz.com/index.php?nav=Comic&Page=75 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Slackerz}}'' strip, which parodies the format in general and ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'' in particular. Later, [[http://theslackerz.com/index.php?nav=Comic&Page=124 it was revisited.]]
* ''Webcomic/DrawWritePlay'' references the trope and then cites why they do it better. [[http://c-dy.deviantart.com/art/DWP-Booby-Marketing-62431551]]
* ''[[http://www.thesnakefarm.com/strips/2guys/ 2 guys sitting on a sofa holding game controllers.]]'' ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Lines are submitted by readers, the pictures are ALWAYS the same. To elaborate, panels with text added to them are divided into first panels, second panels, and third panels. Each time you look at the page, a first panel, a second panel, and a third panel are randomly chosen. And hopefully, the combination is funny. Hopefully.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' was arguably this for its first week of strips, with Torg checking in each day on Riff's computer problems, such as summoning the Devil and the archangel Chuck onto his hard drive, who proceed to get into a Quake death match. The series quickly expanded far beyond this, however. Video games and random conversation between the HeterosexualLifePartners do still appear in the strip, but are only one aspect of the increasingly bizarre and complex storylines.
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' pokes fun at the ubiquity of this trope in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/shaenongarrity/skinhorse/series.php?view=archive&chapter=25126 an early strip]].
* ''Webcomic/UGMadness'' is more Two Gamers At A Table Playing Magic: The Gathering. Basically replace the controllers with a few cards and the TV with the table and you got the idea.
* ''Webcomic/CyanideAndHappiness'' [[http://www.explosm.net/comics/558/ parodies the trope]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Fanboys}}'': Pretty much follows the formula except both of the main characters are equally wacky.
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'' falls into this at times.
* ''Webcomic/{{Suzixemma}}'': Sort of an inversion, as the protagonists are girls and they don't just play videogames. And they have yet to actually sit on their couch... but it's the same basic principle.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', the NP stories are starting to show shades of this. One NP storyline was called "Gaming Webcomic", with TheRant for the second strip beginning "Oh hey, two characters on a couch talking about video games. Neat!"
* ''Webcomic/SweetBroAndHellaJeff'' is ostensibly this, as it started life as a direct parody of a generic Two Gamers On A Couch comic posted on the ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' forums. In practice, while the theme is still definitely there ([[StylisticSuck as far as anyone can tell]]), it's not quite as focused on gaming - only a small number of episodes make reference to playing games, and the only time Bro and Jeff are actually seen on a couch playing games quickly descends into... [[IBangedYourMom something else]].
* ''[[http://slapappverb.tumblr.com/ Slapdash Application of Verbiage]]'''s Jennings is [[http://slapappverb.tumblr.com/post/9625836584/number-14-wiiuhiishiiit-we-are-not-a eager to avoid this.]]
* ''Webcomic/VirtualShackles'': Various strips follow this format, with variations such as the two creators, two video game characters, one of the creators with their wife, etc.
* ''Website/RoninPressComics'': [[http://www.roninpresscomics.com/indoor-recess/a-quarter-mile-at-a-time/ Two]] [[http://www.roninpresscomics.com/indoor-recess/men-of-action/ strips]] involve two gamers commenting on life and their own stupidity.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Savestate}}'' the two gamers are brother and sister Kade and Nicole, who also happen to be Australian Shepard dogs.

!!Non-webcomic examples:

* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' starts off two one of the two guys (Shaun) questioning his half of the couch, and throughout the movie, tries to reorganize his life and his relationships... [[spoiler:but in the film's final scene, he's back where he's happiest, sitting on the couch playing video games with Ed, who's now a zombie but still able to play ''VideoGame/TimeSplitters2'']].
* ''Film/TheFortyYearOldVirgin'' brought the trope to the film, with a good mix of VolleyingInsults. In fact, a picture of said gamers, plus the line "You know how I know you're gay?", has become a MemeticMutation, such that anyone asking the question merely posts the picture.
* Wayne and Garth from ''Film/WaynesWorld'', which supplies the top quote.

* MTV Germany's video games show ''GameOne'' could be considered this as it features two gamers as moderators and the studio even has a couch, they rarely sit on it though.

* {{Music/Gorillaz}} short "Game of Death" has 2D and Murdoc on a couch with game controllers, watching Noodle and Russell do karate.

[[AC:Other Web-based Media]]
* Spoofed in ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', in which Strong Bad quips that most webcomics are about "slickly drawn [[WackyCollege college roommates]] [who] make nothing but video game inside jokes"; cut to a ''Penny Arcade''-like comic of Strong Bad and Strong Sad doing just that.
* WebVideo/JonTron (later [[NinjaSexParty Danny Sexbang]]) and Creator/{{Egoraptor}}'s LetsPlay series, ''WebVideo/GameGrumps'', is literally two gamers on a couch.
* Same goes for ''{{WebVideo/Xiil3gendaryzetsubou}}'' who are also literally two gamers on a couch (except for a few solo projects).
* CoconutBuyer's series ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PlzKXMHKkDg Video Game Dudes]]'' is a TakeThat at the gaming webcomic genre in general, with the main target being ''Ctrl+Alt+Del''.
* ''WebVideo/TwoBestFriendsPlay'' can be classified as this. "[[CrossOver Two Best]] [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Sisters]] [[CrossOver Play]]" adds the couch.
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9mTXDgfmbPVVmUdEthsAWg CouchCouple]]'', a YouTube channel that consists of mostly of [[LetsPlay Let's Plays]] and tutorials, pretty much runs on this. Ben being the crazier one of the two, and always searching for secrets, and [[GamerChick Jo]] being a bit calmer, who prefers to do the main quest.
* ‘‘Video Games Awesome'' has been [[UpToEleven Five Friends On A Couch]] for a great deal of its run, until other commitments got in the way of getting everyone together on a regular basis."Four Player Friday" still happen frequently, even if it's with more than four people. (Or not on a friday.)
* [[Creator/BenCroshaw Yahtzee Croshaw]] and Gabriel Morton are essentially Two Gamers In Yahtzee's Apartment when they record the LetsPlay/LetsDrownOut series of videos--hour-long stream of consciousness recordings of one of the two playing a dull-to-watch or poorly constructed game (or the occasional good game) of times past whilst either critiquing the game, talking about gaming news, or being VitriolicBestBuds.
* Creator/JamesRolfe and Creator/MikeMatei of the ''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd'' fame make ''LetsPlay/JamesAndMikeMondays'' episodes, complete with couch. (The same couch where most ''AVGN'' episodes are filmed, in fact.)
* Creator/TeamFourStar has [[LetsPlay/TwoSaiyansPlay several of these]] which star various characters, as well as one series -- ''TFS Plays'' -- which is simply the voice actors being themselves while playing video games.

* WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead had sketches which [[UnbuiltTrope in practice played this trope]], but this was before video games had been broadly popularized. What they did instead was usually watch music videos (which was a medium of choice then...it was TheNineties), and [[{{MST}} give a running color commentary]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' is two gamers on a couch, even if their 'couch' as well as the 'game' is sometimes a [[SuperRobot giant robot]].
* Mordecai and Rigby in most episodes of ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow''. Their ongoing quest to relax ultimately gets them into some [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent very]] [[SurrealHumor weird]] [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs predicaments.]]