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Detectives Thomson and Thompson (unrelated). Notice their ties and moustaches.

"They are a unit; they even share the same name."
— Description of MasterBlaster, Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
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Two (or more) characters who, for all intents and purposes, act as one character, always appear together and are never introduced individually. Even if there are frequent disagreements between the members of The Dividual, they will act as one entity as soon as the Plot moves on.

There are two types:

  • The Twindividual: The individuals making up The Dividual are near-identical or very similar in at least one but usually several aspects (appearance, character traits, way of talking, job etc.). Sometimes, the twindividuals' members differ in some conspicuous way (for example: one fat, one skinny) but are still uniform in all other ways. Finishing Each Other's Sentences is not uncommon among twindividuals.
  • The Syndividual: The individuals of which The Dividual consists have different looks and character traits but form a symbiotic relationship. Often their character types complement each other in some (comedic) way. They might have a division of labor thing going on, for example with one character being the spokesperson of the dividual.
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The defining characteristic that sets a syndividual apart from a twindividual is the symbiotic aspect: a twindividual is just a homogenous crowd while a syndividual has a specific shtick with distinct roles. As a rule of thumb, twindividuals are based on the principle of Birds of a Feather while Opposites Attract in syndividuals.

Typically, The Dividual is a background character or part of an Ensemble Cast but another frequent setup is something similar to an Adventure Duo where the two main characters form a dividual. This setup heavily restricts the available plots as the two main characters must always act as one in relation to other characters. In those cases, the work's name will often be simply the characters' names, "Alice and Bob"-fashion.

Might overlap with Heterosexual Life-Partners, Those Two Guys and/or Those Two Bad Guys. Single-Minded Twins is a subtrope. Compare Literal Split Personality, Hive Mind and I Am Legion. If the members of The Dividual are twins, expect any number of Twin Tropes (especially Single-Minded Twins) to be in place (although it's also possible for Polar Opposite Twins to be a Syndividual). Sometimes, The Dividual will exhibit Twin Tropes despite the fact that its members are not twins. For a romantic couple that is often referred to by a single name, see Portmanteau Couple Name.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Isaac and Miria from Baccano! share an entry on the cast page. People within the series get the same impression as well, so much so that the mere fact that Miria shows up to the Genoard mansion alone in Alice in Jails alerts Jacuzzi's gang that something has gone very wrong (namely, that Isaac was arrested and sent to Alcatraz).
  • Black Lagoon has the 'vampire twins', going by Hansel and Gretel, who go so far as to switch clothes and names. After one dies, the other one even goes so far as to imitate the other's voice. They're widely considered some of the creepiest characters throughout the series.
  • Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba has Sumi Nakahara, Naho Takada and Kiyo Terauchi, three servants at the Butterfly Mansion. Despite not being related, they all look and sound very similar, are rarely seen apart and essentially share the same personality.
  • Durarara!! (from the same author as Baccano!):
  • Ouran High School Host Club's Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin appear to be interchangeable, and in fact it later becomes a minor plot point that no one can tell them apart except Haruhi. They occasionally exhibit signs of being annoyed by this, but mostly seem to accept that to everyone else, they are a collective. Later in the series, however, the two begin to diverge from each other, and even start to hit notes of Polar Opposite Twins - once Kaoru starts to realize how dangerously codependent they've become and how limited they've allowed their world to be. Once they start to act individually it becomes apparent that Kaoru is much more reasonable and calm, if somewhat self-deprecating, and Hikaru is more aggressive and selfish, mostly because of his Tsundere personality; in other words, their Trickster Twins act was some compromise between them, making Kaoru less pleasant and Hikaru more.
  • Sora and Shiro take this to the extreme in No Game No Life. They're nearly invincible when playing together, but if they get separated even briefly they'll instantly have nervous breakdowns.
  • Seven of Seven has three Jerkass romantic rivals who often act and speak in unison, in addition to the eponymous character who's a Literal Split Personality.
  • Texhnolyze has Kano's three mothers acting basically like a single organism.
  • The Half-Identical Twins from Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's, Luca and Lua, are often treated as one character, which is even reflecting in the name of Team 5D's. While this is partially true and the twins do have a very strong bond, this trope is often subverted. For most of the time, Lua is treated as an extra to his younger sister Luca, mostly because of him being not a Signer until the Grand Finale. Lua is also given more screen time and character interactions, despite Luca being technically more important to the plot and setting than her brother.

    Comic Books 
  • Disney Ducks Comic Universe: Huey, Dewie and Louie. The fact that they have all the exact same personality, and are impossible to tell apart without their hats, means that they're basically one boy with three bodies. The early comics even had their dialogue as one speech bubble with three arrows, when they weren't Finishing Each Other's Sentences instead. The DuckTales (1987) cartoon subverts this in one episode, when Dewey decides to leave The Dividual when frustrated that no one outside their family can tell them apart, but still sticks to it for the most part. Averted in Quack Pack and DuckTales (2017).
    • Interestingly, the 2017 reboot does poke fun at the triplets' dividuality from the comics:
      Lena: That's cute, with the names and the color-coded outfits... is that your thing, you're all exactly the same?
      Huey, Dewey, & Louie: Ha, no way! We're all unique snowflakes... Well, this usually never happens! This is really weird! Okay, stop talking! (beat) Antidisestablishmentarianism! Seriously?! GAH!
  • In Legion of Super-Heroes, Triplicate Girl's alien race the Carggites have the natural ability to split into three identical bodies. In most continuities, each group of three is treated as a Trividual. But the Post Zero Hour version of Triplicate Girl, named Triad, was persecuted by Carggite society because her three selves had distinct personalities (one aggressive, one submissive, and one balanced between the two). Her aunt secretly had the same condition and claimed that this was actually the natural state for Carggites, and that their culture's insistence on making each person's parts act the same was cruel and harmful.
  • Marvel Comics villains the Blood Brothers are two bulky alien twins, who's powers are based on how close they are to one another. Leading to this trope to the fullest.
  • Non Player Characters Bartémulius and Nostariat from Noob.
  • Dupont and Dupond from Tintin (Thomson and Thompson for the English-speakers).

    Films — Animation 
  • The Bimbettes (Gaston's fangirls) trio in Beauty and the Beast are, for all intents and purposes, a single entity.
  • Ruffnut and Tuffnut from How to Train Your Dragon are fraternal twins so similar, aside from respectively being female and male, that their choice of a two-headed zippleback as a dragon steed could be foreseen from the film's beginning. They're so accustomed to living and working side-by-side that background dialogue in one scene has Ruffnut fail to recognize her own twin, because she's sitting on the wrong side of Tuffnut for a change.
  • Thumper's sisters in Bambi are a Twindividual: they all look and act identically to each other, to the point where both the midquel and Disney's Bunnies series drop a sister with absolutely no change to the dynamic. They aren't even given individual names outside of the latter.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The albino ghost twins in The Matrix Reloaded. They're identical twins that dress alike, fight in concert and can't seem to say an entire sentence without the other's help. As they're constructs of the Matrix, they're probably either one partially corrupt program or copies of each other. The trios of Agents do a lot of this, too.
  • Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd from the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever. They hang out together, they work together, they are always together.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter:
    • Fred and George, the Weasley twins. Fred is the more outgoing one and George is slightly more reserved, but it's easy to miss considering they share a love of colorful pranks and are almost always together. Until Deathly Hallows, that is, when George is nearly killed and Fred has to deal with his brother's potential death. Then George gets his taste of this when Fred is actually killed.
    • Example of characters who are not literal twins: Crabbe and Goyle, two big Slytherin boys who basically exist to follow Malfoy around looking menacing and laughing at his jokes. This lasts until book seven, where Crabbe develops a bigger nasty streak than Malfoy or Goyle.
  • "Samneric", the twins from Lord of the Flies. That's right, the two are referred to by one name. In one scene, they are described as having trouble keeping guard because they are unused to sleeping non-simultaneously.
  • The clone society in Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm likes to view its various clone "families" this way. Their society starts to fall apart when a few members start to rediscover individuality.
  • In the sci-fi detective novel Emissaries of the Dead, the cylinked twins Oscin and Skye Porrinyard are this. They're very similar in appearance, except that one is male and one is female, and through cybernetic modification, they essentially have one merged consciousness.
  • Word of God notes that the three Ravers of the Chronicles of Thomas Covenant are like this; Donaldson envisioned them as "perfect minions" and so never bothered giving them distinct personalities or motivations, so they'd be completely interchangeable; as far as the plot is concerned, they might as well be one creature that can be in three places at once. To add another layer, they're also all pretty much lesser copies of their boss, Lord Foul.
  • Uncle Prudent and Phil Evans are a syndividual in Jules Verne's Robur the Conqueror.
  • This trope's Older Than Print: Sir Gareth and Sir Gaheris from Le Morte d'Arthur and various other Arthurian legends are the two youngest Orkney brothers. Aside from Gareth's brief stint as hero of his own tale in Malory's version, the two are so closely associated that it's not always clear which one is speaking, which barely matters as they're never shown to hold a separate opinion and even ultimately die in the same way for the same cause. In some versions they even marry near-identical sisters, though their wives' personalities very much reflect Sibling Yin-Yang, in contrast to their own closeness in temperament. Some scholars now believe that this might be due to Gareth and Gaheris starting out as a single character who got divided in two due to a transmission error.
  • Irri and Jhiqui, the handmaidens to Daenerys Targaryen, from A Song of Ice and Fire. They are nearly always mentioned together, they share the same Catchphrase, and are more or less interchangeable.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians give us Travis and Connor Stoll, the Joint Head-Counselors of the Hermes Cabin. They aren't twins, but they might as well be, as no one seems to be able to remember who's older and who's younger, and they look very, very similar. They're also unrepentant pranksters (not surprising given their godly parent) making them rather like the Weasley Twins in Harry Potter
  • Scorch and Leff in the eighth book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen. While Scorch seems perpetually surprised by everything, Leff is more on the suspicious side, but otherwise they seem a lot alike and they always act and are perceived by others as one entity, and mostly serve as comic relief. Until they turn out to be surprisingly competent.
  • Ultimately subverted in Horus Heresy. As mentioned in Tabletop Games section, Alpharius and Omegon are publicly known as one person, called, appropriately, Alpharius Omegon, and they are both Single-Minded Twins and capable of seamlessly pretending to be one another, but as the Heresy goes on, there's a bigger and bigger gap growing between the two.
  • Craig and Fry, the insurance detectives from Jules Verne's Tribulations of a Chinaman in China. The two were an inspiration for Tintin's Thompson and Thomson, although these are quite competent. They're never seen away from each other, never referred to separately, alternate words to form complete sentences, and don't even bother talking to each other as they have the exact same thoughts.
  • In Marcel Aymé's collection of short stories Les contes du chat perché (translated as The Magic Pictures and The Wonderful Farm), the parents of the protagonists (two little girls) are handled as a single entity for everything they do and say, with only one or two occurrences of only one of them speaking. Even when they grab something the girls had been hiding, the narrative mentions that they hold it with their four hands. The girls themselves are close to be a syndividual, as they seldom do anything separately, but they at least have different names and personalities.
  • The Ruzzo brothers from The Vampire Files are Chicago gangsters who look so much alike, and so seldom work apart from each other, that their fellow-gangsters refer to them in the singular as often as the plural (e.g. "Tell Ruzzo to get their butt in the car, already.")
  • Gestalt from The Rook is the extreme version of this trope: four siblings who, collectively, are Gestalt. As in one being with four bodies, constantly seeing through eight eyes. Apparently Gestalt can make the four adopt different mannerisms around people who don't know they're a hive mind, but we never see them bother to be anything other than lockstep creepy in the novel.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Twins Cody and Logan from Baskets are always seen and mentioned together, following up seamlessly on what the other says, working together as a DJ act and lacks Twin Desynch in contrast to their very, very different elder twin brothers.
  • Scully and Hitchcock from Brooklyn Nine-Nine are inseparable partners and essentially interchangeable, characterized equally by their laziness, stupidity and gluttony.
    Hitchcock: And once again, Hitchcock and Scully save the day.
    Amy: You didn't do anything. It was all Scully.
    Hitchcock: We're a package deal, everyone knows that.
  • Doctor Who: The Osgoods, introduced in "The Day of the Doctor", are a human woman and a Zygon who originally impersonated her for nefarious purposes. They ended up getting along swimmingly, and made themselves into symbols of the peace treaty between humans and Zygons, refusing to tell anyone which is which. In "Death in Heaven", Missy kills one of them, but the survivor still refuses to spill the beans. Eventually, another Zygon ttakes the place of the dead Osgood. So now they consist of either a human and a Zygon or two Zygons. They still refuse to tell anyone which is which. They even have a Psychic Link so what one knows, both know. (According to Ingrid Oliver, their actress, it is possible to tell which Osgood is which — and she and the writers know — but no-one has been able to figure it out yet.)
  • Kamen Rider Double, fittingly, has two examples, one of each type:
    • Detectives Makky and Jinno are the Syndividual, constantly disagreeing and arguing in funny ways but rarely seen apart except in the movies.
    • High school students Queen and Elizabeth are the Twindividual: nearly indistinguishable, completely inseparable, and treated by the plot as a single character.
  • Power Rangers:
  • Star Trek:
    • The Bynars of Star Trek: The Next Generation are a species of twindividuals.
    • In Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "twinned Miradorn" (presumably there are non-twinned ones to whom this doesn't apply) are considered two halves of the same being. When one is killed before the other, the surviving twin calls his mourning a "loss of self," and his only purpose left in life is to avenge his twin before joining him in death.
  • The trio of jocks from Student Bodies. The cartoon shots even depict them as a single person with three heads.
  • Ed and Larry from The West Wing. It was occasionally lampshaded that the main characters couldn't remember which of them was which.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade had a Sabbat only artificial bloodline created by Tzimisce, the Blood Brothers. They actually straddle the line between Twindividual and Syndividual, since Blood Brother groups tended to have more than two members, who would look identical, have similar personalities and generally act as one organism, to the point of lending each other blood, limbs and other body parts.
  • Warhammer 40,000 gives us Alpharius Omegon, the Primarch of the Alpha Legion. In reality they were Alpharius and Omegon, who were identical twins and are described as "two bodies, but one soul". As their combat doctrine focused on espionage, deception, and covert ops, force they frequently switched places for their own ends; and to complicate matters, the entire Alpha Legion also looks like them, and one of their calling cards was that each one identified themselves as "Alpharius". When they interacted with other members of the Imperium formally, Alpharius was the public face, while Omegon's existence was one of the best kept secrets in the galaxy. This is so extreme that one, both, or neither of them may have died shortly after the Heresy, and no one knows which.

    Theatre 
  • Exaggerated in The Gondoliers by Gilbert and Sullivan, where Marco and Giuseppe become the King of Barataria until it can be settled which one of them it really is, and they make comical attempts to act "as one individual."
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern from Shakespeare's Hamlet are treated as this. Their interchangeability and uniformity is hinted at by Shakespeare in the very choice of their names, which exhibit the same metric properties and ethnic background. Their dividuality is further played with in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, to the point that two characters can't agree on which one is which.
  • The River City School Board in The Music Man: Ewart Dunlop, Oliver Hix, Jacey Squires and Olin Britt. As Harold Hill says, "you'll never see one of those men without the other three."
  • The two "Nieces" in Peter Grimes almost never do anything separately, and sing mostly in unison, harmony or canon with each other.
  • Westeros: An American Musical: The Sand Snakes are inseparable and have similar personalities. They are even introduced via the play's Song Parody of Hamilton's "The Schulyer Sisters".

    Video Games 
  • Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening gives us Agni and Rudra - a pair of sentient demonic swords, who first appear as Dual Boss. When defeated, they offer their services to main character in slicing, dicing, and occasionally commenting on combos he pulls off while using them. Even then those two are indivisible - you can't equip them in any way other than simultaneous dual-wielding.
  • Elle and Ille from Rio -Rainbow Gate!-, twin girls in Playboy Bunny outfits who work at a Casino. Ille always repeats the last word/phrase Elle says.
  • Thorn and Zorn from Final Fantasy IX. In fact, they're literally one person, as shown when they rejoin into Meltagemini for their boss fight.
  • Morris and Derek, background dancers from Elite Beat Agents.
  • Popo and Nana in their appearance in Super Smash Bros., though they weren't like this in their original game.
  • The Twins in The Cave control and act exactly the same as any single other character. Careful study of their movements raises the question of whether there still really are two of them or if by the present date one has been replaced by a life-size ventriloquist's dummy.
  • The Luteces, brother-and-sister inventors of Columbia's floating city technology in BioShock Infinite always appear side by side, snarking at each other and at Dewitt. They are identical in almost every way, same clothes, same mode of speech, same age, same builds - except one is male (Robert) and one is female (Rosalind). It's later revealed that they're not brother and sister. They're the same person but from different dimensions - one born male, one born female.
  • Team Jump from Thomas Was Alone. They are identical squares sharing all the same abilities and being entirely interchangeable. Team Jump is inseparable, to the point where they do not even appear to have individual names. They are simply Team Jump. They pride themselves on their teamwork, and overcome obstacles together to advance as a single unit.
  • The DeWynter Sisters in Saints Row: The Third seem to have this relationship - never being seen without one another and operating as co-right hands to Loren. At least until Kiki's death, that is. However, they're reunited in Hell in Saints Row Gat Out Of Hell.
  • Neptunia: Rom and Ram are Polar Opposite Twins, but they are almost always together. Their core personalities are reflections of their older sister's two extreme character traits, the twins have almost identical movesets, have basically the same weapons and matching costumes, they get upgrades at the same time and they join the party at the same time. Their goddess forms are even more of a Palette Swap than they already are in their human forms, and they share the same divine name: White Sister.
  • In Broforce, the Boondock Bros (an Expy of The Boondock Saints) count for all intents and purposes as one character, despite being two people. They are controlled similarly to the Ice Climbers in Super Smash Bros..
  • In Fate/Grand Order there are a few of these.
    • Valkyrie is actually three different warriors, and each different ascension swaps one for another instead of increasing their power, as they have already reached their limits. They also act like a Hive Mind, capable of linking with other Valkyries (although there aren't any left).
    • Euryale and Stheno are both sisters, and refer to each other as themselves. However unlike the other examples, they are separate Servants, and are lonely if you don't have the other one.
    • Katsushika Hokusai and his daughter Oi also qualify, because they both have historically used the "Hokusai" name when painting, which is reflected in their Saint Graph.
    • The Dioscuri are actually the titular twins Castor and Pollux working as a Brother–Sister Team. In-game, they're classed as a Saber, but in lore only Pollux is the Saber while Castor is an Avenger (which is reflected by their unit having all the Avenger class's passive skills). Notably, it's emphasized compared to other dividual Servants where their normal attacks as well as their Noble Phantasm has both of them fight together instead of the usual formula where only one of them does the majority of the attacks until the Noble Phantasm where the dividual Servants then work together.

    Visual Novels 
  • Virus and Trip from DRAMAtical Murder are often seen together, share a bad ending together, dress as the exact opposite of each other's outfit, work in the yakuza, and are both leaders of Morphine and dangerously obsessed with Aoba.
  • Played with and deconstructed in multiple games in the Danganronpa series.
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc has twin sisters Junko Enoshima, the Ultimate Fashionista and Mukuro Ikusaba, the Ultimate Soldier. Together they are the Ultimate Despair and cause the Tragedy to alleviate Junko’s boredom. Junko is the brains and Mukuro is the brawn, making up a Syndividual relationship, although the nature of their relationship isn’t explored until the novels Danganronpa Zero and Danganronpa IF and then Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School. It’s half-subverted, as Junko can operate perfectly fine without Mukuro, but Mukuro is extremely dependent on Junko, obeying her without question and even gets excited by the fact Junko wants to kill her too. Mukuro believes Junko needs her just as much as she needs Junko, as she rants about to Junko’s own memory-wiped self in Zero, causing the mind-wiped and chronically amnesic personality Ryoko to realize just how incredibly unhealthy the relationship between the twins is and that Mukuro’s love for Junko’s is more than sisterly. The only time Mukuro disobeys Junko is in an alternate universe, and only after her crush almost dies to save her from the attack Junko used to kill her in the main timeline. However, while Junko is flashy, loud, rude and overt to the extreme, Mukuro is quiet and reserved, down to Junko’s outlandish fashion compared to Mukuro’s basic school uniform which she only adds a combat vest to when needed. However, both are extremely brutal killers, although Mukuro tends to go for the quick kill and Junko prefers torturous, sadistic kills with death traps that would put a Bond villain to shame. Junko’s first intentional on-screen kill involves shooting a man to space and then having him crash back down, reducing him to bones. Mukuro just stabs people.
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair features Fuyuhiko Kuzuryu, the Ultimate Yakuza and Peko Pekoyama, the Ultimate Swordswoman and his bodyguard, whom operate in a Syndividual way. Fuyuhiko is a loud, brash, egotistical and very swear-happy person, whereas Peko is quiet, reserved and polite but utterly subservient to him. Peko sees herself as his “sword”, having been raised to serve him and carry out his orders without question, and doesn’t consider her own needs or self meaningful at all, only his own. Fuyuhiko meanwhile absolutely hates this, due to actually loving her and wanting her to be her own person. This eventually gets her killed due to her killing one of the people involved in his sister’s murder so he wouldn’t, leading to him losing his eye and almost dying trying to save her from her execution.
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has Korekiyo Shinguji and his unnamed sister, working as one-body Twindividual. However, she’s dead and only exists as his split personality. Maybe. She might actually be her actual spirit possessing him, but either way he has become a serial killer in order to give her “friends” in the afterlife. He wears her makeup at all times while hiding it with a sickness mask (when she/“she” is speaking she removes it), was explicitly involved in an incestuous relationship with her prior to her death, they appear to have been extremely physically similar prior to her death, and she made his uniform for him which he always wears. His interest in the supernatural parts of human mythology appear to be tied to his inability to let her go, he knows rituals for invoking the dead and his execution features her spirit separate from him so it’s quite possible she really was possessing him. Either way, based on the fact they were the only people they spent time with in life, his interest in his talent was born from his time with her and they had the same dynamic in life, just with less serial killing they were clearly this way back when she was alive.

    Web Animation 
  • RWBY: The twins Corsac and Fennec Albain. During their Volume 4 arc, they act and are refereed to as an unit rather than two separated people. However, in Volume 5, Fennec is killed during the failed Belladonna siege, leaving Corsac to suffer a Villainous Breakdown in grief as he's arrested.

    Web Comics 
  • The Cotyorites (Proxenus, Nicarchus, and Clearchus) from The Lydian Option are highly similar looking members of a philosopher race that appear together (and complete dialogue together).
  • From The Order of the Stick, the Inter-Fiend Cooperation Commission is composed of Lee (a devil), Nero (a daemon) and Cedrik (a demon) that always talk and act as a trio. They're basically interchangeable, and despite being supposedly of different evil alignments, don't really have distinct personalities. Sabine describes their team dynamic in strip #903, but they'd still be identical without the color-coding.
  • In Sandra on the Rocks, minor characters Adrianne and Adrienne, Eva's fashion stylist and hair and makeup expert respectively, form a classic twindividual.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Håkan, Sune and Anna Västerström, the children of the couple behind the expedition. They all have Bratty Half-Pint as their main character trait and are always acting together in their antics, which makes them quite a handful for any adult trying to deal with them alone.

    Web Videos 
  • Bartémulius and Nostariat from Noob, the pair of Insufferable Genius alchemists that are a recurring Quest Giver and Escort Mission charge in the franchise. The only time Bartémulius was seen alone was in the webseries version, when Nostariat's actress couldn't show up for filming. While they are Fat and Skinny in addition to being different sexes, their lines of dialogue tend to be quite similar.

    Western Animation 
  • Both Triple-D & The Dimitri Trio are this in 101 Dalmatian Street. This does get some what deconstructed in the Episode: "It's My Party", where the Pups of Triple-D get upset when it seems like even their own family do not see each of them as individuals.
  • Andy and Ollie Pesto from Bob's Burgers.
    Andy: Back to you Ollie!
    Ollie: Back to you Andy!
    Andy: Back to you Ollie!
  • The Simpsons:
    • Terri and Sherri, the Creepy Twins in Bart's class. It's never made clear which is which. They even go to the model UN as Trinidad and Tobago (a single country). However, they do insist that they're individuals, and Bart apparently has a crush on one of them. One episode even uses the line "Sherri, but not Terri" as a gag by itself.
      Both: I'm Sherri, she's Terri.
    • Rod and Todd Flanders, despite a two-year age gap.
    • Kang and Kodos are a pretty textbook case, being only distinguishable by their different voice actors.
  • Katie and Sadie from Total Drama aren't related, but they look and act so similar that they could be mistaken for twins.
  • Dee Dee from Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker: twins so of one purpose that they're only considered a single supervillain.
  • Superjail!'s Twins are always together and display identical personalities and motives. It's shown that trying to separate them or make them not do something together will only upset them.
  • Tad and Chad from The Fairly OddParents are almost identical twins except one of them is white and the other is black and are usually treated like a single person. In one episode they both ran for class president as a single candidate and won.
  • Peepeye, Poopeye, Pupeye and Pipeye, the lookalike nephews of Popeye. In the Famous Studio shorts, their verbal tic was starting a sentence then sending it to the next down the line to the last person for completion.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door: The Interesting Twins from Beneath the Mountain, despite being brother and sister and having distinct personalities, invariably act as a team. It helps that the shade on their faces make each one resemble half of a Yin-Yang.
  • Steven Universe:
    • The three Ruby bodyguards shown in "The Answer" are identical in all but the placement of their gemstone and have very similar personalities. When they fuse together the resulting Gem is basically nothing more than a bigger Ruby. The one who would later become a major cast member ends up setting herself apart and defects from Homeworld.
    • In season 3, another group of five Rubies are introduced in the episode "Hit the Diamond," known now by the fanbase as 'The Ruby Squad,' and in the Wanted arc that ended season 4 we are also introduced to a pair of Topazes who may like being fused a bit too much for Homewold's tastes. Both of these groups also fuse to become larger versions of themselves in their respective episodes.
  • The Venture Bros. has several pairs who are usually seen together (and apparently they tend to be based to some extent on the show's two creators), but the only ones who really come off as inseparable are the Guild agents Watch and Ward. Henchmen 21 and 24 began as a Dividual, but eventually they developed out of it.
    Henchman 21: Hey, you think you could sign this, boss? It's for 24. He got knifed by the Moppets.
    The Monarch: Which one is 24 again?
    Henchman 21: What? You're kidding, right? Let me give you a hint. You know how every time you talk to me, there's usually another guy next to me? That's 24.
  • In G.I. Joe the twin employers of Extensive Enterprises are this; best noticed when they are speaking. The only way to tell them apart is Xamot's facial scar.
  • Frix and Frax in Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars. The Toad Air Marshal's twin assistants almost never appear separately.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Flim and Flam of the Flim-Flam Brothers are perfect Twindividuals. While their cutie marks are different (but complementing; an apple slice versus an apple missing a slice) and only one has a mustache, they're otherwise interchangeable. While they don't complete each others' sentences, their dialogue interlock in a similar fashion.
    • The spa ponies, Lotus and Aloe, have identical mane and coat colors, although one is inverted. Although they haven't had enough speaking roles to really make it clear, fan depictions often make them out to be Twindividuals.
    • The "Swooning Ponies" from episode "Hard to Say Anything" are directly inspired by the Bimbettes, and like them they always act as a trio, each of them being infatuated with Feather Bangs (but not even competing about it).


Syndividual:

    Anime & Manga 
  • Muto Ashirogi in Bakuman。 is a two man team consisting of Moritaka Mashiro and Akito Takagi, who have been nigh inseparable since middle school. Mashiro is an artist and Takagi is a writer, and most of the other authors in Shonen Jump (Or Shonen Jack in the anime) treat them similar to a single entity.
  • The Light Card and the Dark Card in Cardcaptor Sakura. You can probably guess what they do. They wear white and black, respectively, but look similar (with Rapunzel Hair crowned in metal, and elegant gowns featuring Absolute Cleavage) and have identically graceful, refined manners. Cardcaptors must engage them as a unit. They ask to be sealed together, and Sakura does so.
  • The protagonists of No Game No Life, Blank, cannot be apart or they'll suffer something similar to withdrawal symptoms. However, the pair is basically unstoppable when together. To emphasize this, the two are dissimilar to each other in terms of everything, such as age, gender, colour scheme, specializations, etc.
  • Ouran High School Host Club's Honey and Mori. They both have their own personalities and their own "charm" to attract girls, but they often work as a set that functions by making The Stoic and quiet Mori look more approachable and friendly by having the small and cute Honey around (Tamaki even describes the look as "a big bear that befriended a little rabbit"). It's not uncommon for Mori to carry Honey around in his shoulders either. It helps that they are cousins too.
  • Sailor Moon: Uranus and Neptune; the two were explicitly designed as a pair by Takeuchi and it shows. The two are always introduced as a pair, never get solo songs in the Sera Myu, only duets, and the times they're seen apart can be counted on one hand, and never appear in an episode/chapter/musical without the other. When they're forcibly separated for an episode in Sailor Stars, Uranus remarks on how weird it is to not have Neptune with her. While there are jokes that one of them often lacks a personality (normally Neptune) that doesn't revolve around the other among fans, the two are fleshed out as individuals but half of it is word of god or doesn't get to shine for any length of time.
  • Senki Zesshou Symphogear G introduces Shirabe and Kirika, both having Symphogears originating from the same goddess. As such, their battle songs are meant to be mixed together, so they can sing in duets. They are nigh-inseparable in G, but their individualities clash with each other during the climax of the season. Then in GX, they seem to lose any individuality except their opposite, but matching character traits.

    Comic Books 
  • Gold Digger: One issue in the Tournament Arc featured a "duo individual", which basically means that a punch-specialist and a kick-specialist can literally band together and complement each other's strengths, in a duel no less. The only drawback is that separating the two is an automatic win condition, something that one of the specialists has to be yelled at about before she stops the gluttonous "overtime".
  • Wonder Woman (1942): During the Golden Age the Holliday Girls are, for the most part, not named, wear the same outfit and are treated as interchangable. Their leader Etta Candy along with Bobby and Glamora are exceptions, with the Heyday triplets and Virginia True being interchangable with the rest of the gals before and after the issues in which they are named.

    Comic Strips 
  • Richandamy from Zits are an extreme example: they're only physically separated when they HAVE to be (such as separate classes), and have been seen literally contorting and stretching superhumanly to be together even then. During a temporary breakup the others were literally unable to call them by their separate names, as in it caused Jeremy physical pain to do so.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • Bone and Chair, the stand-ins for The Mad Hatter and the March Hare in Patrick Senecal's Aliss. Bone, the more intelligent of the two, is in charge, while Chair provides the muscle. They're very much Those Two Bad Guys, and their arrival on any scene generates a guaranteed Oh, Crap!, given the usual result.
  • Gestalt from The Chequy Files: The Rook is actually one person in multiple bodies.
  • Caramon and Raistlin in Dragonlance, at least at the start. Sure, their personalities are different, and sure there's a lot of one-way arguing going on, but the moment there is danger, they take action like a single person.
  • Neverwhere has Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, Those Two Bad Guys. They take their partnership seriously enough that when Mr. Croup is sucked through a gateway into deep space, Mr. Vandemar voluntarily follows him.
  • In None But Man the Moldaug society and mentality is based on three Moldaug working in sync with one another to form a single individual.
  • Stephen and Sandra Farraday, a married couple from Sparkling Cyanide by Agatha Christie, act as a syndividual to other characters, who remark on how it's always "the Farradays" and neven Stephen or Sandra. The reader gets to see a bit of disagreement behind the scenes, though.

    Live-Action TV 

Creators:

  • Penn & Teller, on TV, in film, on stage, etc. They're so closely associated in all media that it's almost a subversion to see them separate, for example, Penn on his personal video blog or Teller lecturing at conventions.

Series:

  • In Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons spend enough time together that they are referred to by pretty much everybody (up to and including Director Fury) as "Fitzsimmons" (and occasionally it's "Fitzsimmons is..." rather than "Fitzsimmons are..."). They even sort of refer to themselves this way, using "we" a lot and automatically operating under the assumption that they feel the same way about everything (e.g. "He was our favorite professor"). Although they are both scientists, they fulfill separate roles, specializing in engineering and biochem, respectively. Their personalities are also shown to be opposing but complementary in many respects.
  • Better Off Ted: Phil and Lem, the lab workers. Often used explicitly as a gag.
    • Veronica refers to them at one point as "Mustache and Glasses", despite the fact that it's Lem who has both.
      Ted: First of all, "Mustache and Glasses" are the same person.
  • An episode of Criminal Minds has the UnSub as a trio of construction workers who stick close together, travel together, and murder individuals one by one by mobbing them. Even when confronting the FBI at the end, they remain in roughly the same place, never separating more than a few meters apart. They are defeated when one of them is accidentally shot and killed, severely demoralizing the other two enough to allow the FBI to easily corner and arrest them.
  • Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Prudence, Agatha, & Dorcas have distinct physical appearances and individual personality traits, but they still match the trope because they always wear similar outfits and often act like they are one single person.
  • Scrubs:
    • Invoked in the episode "My Fairy Tale", where Carla and Turk merge into one annoying two-headed monster.
    • Turk and J.D. are such inseparable friends that in one episode it is joked that, in college, Turk dated an Indian girl who only went out with him because she thought his last name was "Anjaydee". (This is strictly In-Universe, though, as J.D. and Turk are actually the main characters and both have a lot of individual depth apart from being each others' best friends.)
  • Seinfeld Jerry and George try to pull this off for one episode to be a woman's boyfriend. Jerry does the actual dating while George manages schedules and anniversaries. George's theory was that the two of them working together might be able to accomplish the tasks of one normal man.
    Jerry: Then each of us would only have to be, like, a half-man.
    [George nods]
    Jerry: ...That sounds about right!

    Video Games 
  • Sam & Max have this dynamic in the Sam & Max: Freelance Police game series. Sam is generally the character controlled by the player (until the third season of the Telltale games, when the player takes control of Max when his newly-discovered psychic abilities are called for), but both Sam & Max Hit the Road and various episodes of the Telltale games require Max to solve a puzzle (in Hit the Road, he can actually be used as an item).
  • Game units will sometimes be syndividuals, for example the Goblin Alchemist Hero Unit of Warcraft 3, a goblin carried around by an ogre. The ogre hits things and the goblin throws potions, and both get speaking lines. Same with Dwarf mortar teams from the Alliance.
  • Disgaea 3's Kyoko Needleworker and Asuka Cranekick, Raspberyl's Girl Posse.
  • Gomar and Shioh, drivers of the Twin Noritta from the F-Zero games. Their whole race takes this trait, where as soon as they are born they pair up with another individual and become partners for life (or until married). They actually needed special permission to become F-Zero racers because the rules usually only allow one pilot per machine.
  • Mr. Right and Mr. Left in I Miss the Sunrise. Even their names imply they are never seen apart.
  • Dual Boss Gorc and Pic from Dark Forces Saga.
  • MapleStory has Zero, a pair of twins who make up a single playable class. Their individual names are Alpha and Beta, although you'd never know it given how rarely they're referred to as separate entities outside of their story quest.
  • This is the case with Zen and Rei in Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth - they function as a single unit, and only take up a single spot in the party roster. Zen casts offensive magic, while Rei casts curative magic. Late game spoilers reveal that Rei could only use her curative magic when she's near Zen, as said magic was originally Zen's to begin with. Also, after the player completes the fourth labyrnth, Rei is kidnapped and Zen becomes a standalone party member.
  • Many of the characters in Namco × Capcom belong to this trope.
    • In its sequel, Project X Zone, every independent unit is a Dividual. Solo units do exist, but must be "equipped" to a dual unit in order to take part in battle. In that game's sequel, Phoenix Wright and Maya Fey are combined into one solo unit, making this a straighter example.
  • In the Super Smash Bros. series, the character of Duck Hunt (or Duck Hunt Duo in British English) consists of the duck, the dog and the hunter, all playable as a single unit.
  • In Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Alex and Ash are siblings that are controlled as a single unit, with Alex standing in front with a chainsaw and Ash behind her with guns. If one of them dies, the other drops their weapon and surrenders.
  • Mortal Kombat X has Ferra/Torr, a small child-like female riding upon a large hulking brute. Ferra is the one who does the talking while Torr does the smashing. Their ending reveals them to be members of the same species in different stages of life: Ferra will eventually outgrow Torr and become just as big as him, serving as the mount to another small creature.
  • Superhero League of Hoboken has Zaniac and Toastbuster, a crimefighting duo who joins your league near the end of the game. They're complete opposites, both in looks and abilities (Zaniac is incredibly brainy, while Toastbuster is pure brawn) but insist that they're in fact twin brothers. The good doctors at the Richard Nixon Memorial Hospital wouldn't have lied to them, would they?
  • Two playable characters in Granblue Fantasy function like this (Morphe/Phoebe and Dorothy/Claudia). Since they're both two characters in one party member slot, each one has their own set of three skills with different effects and a shared fourth skill to swap out the current for the other. The Maids Dorothy and Claudia also have the effect of going to 200% meter for their charge attack.
  • Shayne and Aurox from Battleborn are a 16 year old punk Action Girl that's somehow bonded to an Eldritch Abomination Rock Monster. Together, the two function as one playable character.
  • Gremolitions, Inc. from Atlas Reactor are two gremunculi called Idd and Odd who ride together on a hoverbike with a giant mortar.
  • Body Blows: Of the extraterrestrial fighters introduced in ''Body Blows Galactic", Dino is a Velociraptor-like creature who fights along with a smaller green creature that rides on its back. Some moves allow for the use of a Fastball Special by launching the rider or having the raptor hold down an opponent and let the rider do a close range beat down.
  • An update for Kirby Star Allies added Adeleine and Ribbon from Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards, and they're treated as one character. While Adeleine takes care of most attacks using the Artist ability and her Art Initiates Life power, Ribbon handles flying as well as a couple additional attacks.
  • In Fate/Grand Order there are a few of these.
    • Anne Bonny and Mary Read are two individuals summoned as one Servant, both pirates, and are pretty much a couple, and if one collapses and is no longer able to fight, the other is also able rendered unable to fight.
    • Avenger of Shinkuku, a.k.a. Hessian Lobo is a unit of two individual fictional characters from two different stories who are sort of "fused" into a single Servant. The wolf (Wolf King Lobo) is the dominant personality, while his rider (the Hessian soldier) is the one aiding the mount.
    • Sakamoto Ryōma and Oryō are also two individuals summoned as one Servant, Oryō being a dragon spirit that was trapped and pierced by a cursed spear and so planned on all kinds of deceptions to trick Sakamoto into releasing her and then killing him, only to fall in love with him when he simply pulled it out and told her "that must have been tough".
    • As a Servant, Jason is never summoned by just himself alone, but he goes with the Argonauts to fight for him. In gameplay, he commands Heracles, Atalante and Medea Lily to attack for him, while he himself just either attacks with sloppy sword swings, provides support or just runs around.
  • Kindred from League of Legends is Runeterra's equivalent of The Grim Reaper. They are a yin-and-yang syndividual pair who personify the two faces of Death: whereas Lamb is Death as seen by people who peacefully accept that their time has come, Wolf represents Death's ruthless pursuit of those who fear and flee from it. A piece of dialogue between the two implies quite clearly that they used to be a single entity who split himself in half because it was the only cure for his loneliness.

    Web Videos 
  • The Healthy Band from Don't Hug Me I'm Scared 5 mostly act as one individual, and there's not much distinction between the four of them aside besides appearance. They do frequently contradict each other, but then they contradict themselves as well, and no-one in-universe comments on it.

    Western Animation 
  • Yakko, Wakko and Dot from Animaniacs are almost always together besides they have different traits.
  • Carl and Lenny from The Simpsons span the whole range of this trope. Early on the show they form a borderline twindividual (different looks but identical nondescript characterization), later on, they sometimes were treated as a bickering syndividual (and Heterosexual Life-Partners), and at some point, the writers decided to deconstruct their dividual to facetiously emphasize the characters' (non-existent) individuality — only to reconstruct it for a throw-away gag in the next episode.
  • The title characters of Phineas and Ferb are almost always together and, while both technical and creative geniuses, have nearly opposite personalities (Phineas being active and talkative, Ferb being passive and mostly silent).
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy:
    • The other kids seem to think of the Eds as interchangeable. When one of the protagonists does something to anger the other kids, they'll punish the three uniformly despite their lack of involvement. Additionally, when they attempted to join the Urban Rangers, they were given one chance for each badge for the three of them.
    • The Kanker Sisters look different enough from each other to raise questions about whether they're biologically related... and sure enough, their intro episode makes it clear that they all have different fathers. It still doesn't stop them from being nearly identical in behavior in the early episodes. The youngest one, May, starts to break the mold a bit later on.
  • The Crust Cousins on My Life as a Teenage Robot. They’re hardly ever seen apart, but are quite different from each other. Brit is cold and calculating, while Tiff is more brash and loud.
  • Walter and Perry in Home Movies almost always dress alike, have very similar high-pitched voices, and are always seen together, usually holding hands.
  • The Weird Sisters on Gargoyles always show up, act, and are treated as a single unit. Each of them, however, is somewhat specialized- Phoebe symbolizes grace, Luna symbolizes fate, and Selene symbolizes vengeance. Which of the three is directing the Sisters' actions varies.
  • Ruby and Sapphire in Steven Universe look and act very different, but are basically inseparable. In a more literal interpretation of functioning as a single character, they spend the majority of their time fused together as one person.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The Cutie Mark Crusaders are a case of Syndividuals. They are all distinctly different in personality and appearance (and each is a member of a different type of pony), but they are very close-knit and have the same motivations, and usually act as a group. They do have occasional breakout appearances, though.
  • Codename: Kids Next Door:
    • Mr. Fibb and Mr. Wink, two Heterosexual Life-Partners who attack using special chairs. They're never seen apart, even when they're not doing villainy, like watching TV. The only time they act separate is when Mr. Fibb puts on a toupee to try to impress his childhood crush. Of course, they're based on Mr. Wint and Mr. Kidd from Diamonds Are Forever.
    • Taken Up to Eleven, however, are the five Delightful Children from Down the Lane. They are five kids from different families, but they function as an individual. They stick close enough together that they're in physical contact with each other, never separate (except on two occasions, which become major plot points for those episodes), occupy the same seat at school, and even speak in unison. The only reason why they aren't a Hive Mind is that their actions and reactions become different from each other when panicked — otherwise, they're on identical mental wavelengths.

    Real Life 
  • Television presenters Ant and Dec. British audiences have been watching them for decades and are still not completely sure which one is which. Their inseparability was perhaps best summed up by the comedian Marcus Brigstocke (whilst remarking on an otherwise unrelated topic).
    Marcus Brigstocke: The relationship between war and religion is a lot like the relationship between Ant & Dec. You could have one without the other, but I'm not sure anyone would see the point.

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