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Vagabond Buddies
"Well, that's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"

Two funny guys who travel around the world (often in the Hollywood Atlas version), and though often at odds with each other are ultimately inseparable. They take on various odd jobs, Short Cons 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.


Anime and Manga


  • George and Lenny from Of Mice and Men.
  • Gustave Flaubert gave us Bouvard et Pécuchet who are more or less this.
  • Ostap Bender and whoever he is travelling with (Ippolit Matveevich in The Twelve Chairs and the duo Balaganov & Panikovsky in The Little Golden Calf). Subverted in that his buddyships ultimately go sour: Ippolit betrays him out of greed, Panikovsky dies and Balaganov gets arrested.

Live-Action TV
  • Troy and Abed from Community
  • Sam and Dean from Supernatural
  • Kelly Robinson and Alexander Scott from I Spy
  • In Doctor Who, 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 Crazy Awesome way, with Vicki helping him out with Stereo Fibbing and the occasional spot of theft. This dynamic proved so popular that later Doctor/companion duos became more common (as opposed to the rotating 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.

  • "Con" Kidder and "Kid" Conner in The Red Mill.
  • Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting for Godot.
  • Wilson and Addison Mizner in Road Show have elements of this mixed with Bromance.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Naturally, given that it's styled after the Road to ... movies listed above, The Road to El Dorado had Miguel and Tulio.
  • George and Junior from Tex Avery's MGM shorts are this, though with a lot more animosity, chiefly from George to Junior.
  • Hanna-Barbera had Lippy The Lion And Hardy Har Har (the latter being a lugubrious hyena) in 1962. Thirteen years later, they would create Lippy and Hardy expies The Great Grape Ape and Beegle Beagle.
  • Terrytoons would use Heckle and Jeckle as this frequently. In the mid 60s they had Duckwood (a one-shot character from Deputy Dawg) and his pal Donkey Otie as this.
  • Ren and Stimpy were often depicted this way, depending on the episode.
  • Brian and Stewie on the various "The Road to..." episodes of Family Guy. 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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