"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.
- Flaubert gave us Bouvard et Pécuchet who are more or less this.
- "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.
- 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 (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.