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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 Lesser Star.

Sub-Trope of Multi-Character Title. See also Magic Ampersand. If the characters are lawyers or similar professional partners (or names that evoke this), may overlap with The Law Firm of Pun, Pun, and Wordplay.


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Examples:

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    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 & Teller
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    Live-Action TV 

    Music 
  • Aly & A.J.
  • 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 & Rich
  • Brooks & Dunn
  • Captain & Tennille
  • Carrie & Lowell, a Sufjan Stevens album.
  • 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 known simply as "Donny and Marie".
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince (also an example of Character Name and the Noun Phrase)
  • "Duncan and Brady", another folk song.
  • Emerson, Lake & Palmer
  • England Dan and John Ford Coley (known for their hit song "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight"; England Dan went on to a very successful solo country career under his real name of Dan Seals)
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • The song "Fair and Just" by Kevin Bloody Wilson is a parody of cop shows like Starsky & 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.
  • Daryl Hall & 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 
  • 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 & Cher
  • Steve & Eydie
  • Wilson Phillips is actually a bit of a subversion, since "Wilson" refers to two members: Carnie and Wendy Wilson, who are the daughters of Brian Wilson.
  • Wisin y Yandel
  • Zager and Evans

    Myths & Religion 
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • David and Goliath
  • Samson and Delilah (the title of a number of film adaptations about both figures and the hair-cutting incident)
  • Castor and Pollux, the twins who make up the constellation Gemini

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  • Until 1970, the NBC Nightly News was known as The Huntley-Brinkley Report, named for lead anchors Chet Huntley (who reported from New York City) and David Brinkley (who reported from Washington, D.C.).

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  • Gotrek and Felix in Warhammer Fantasy Battle.
  • Noughts and Crosses (AKA: Tic-Tac-Toe)

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  • 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. and Barnum & Bailey Circus (with the "Barnum & Bailey" part itself an example)
  • Scientists sometimes use a "mortar and pestle" when doing experiments. Pharmacists traditionally used this tool, and quite a few still do.
  • 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. Now the second level of another example; it merged with Stanley Works in 2010, creating Stanley Black & Decker.
  • 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.
  • In figure skating, this is an enforced trope when referring to competing couples, both in pairs skating and ice dancing, with the woman always being named first.

Waldorf: Hey, they left us out of this entry!
Statler: I think they were trying to improve it.
Waldorf: If that's what they wanted, they should've just blanked the whole thing out!
Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!

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