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"But, Mister Croup, we hurt people. We don't get hurt."
Mr. Croup turned out the lights. "Oh, Mister Vandemar," he said, enjoying the sound of the words, as he enjoyed the sound of all words, "if you cut us, do we not bleed?"
Mr. Vandemar pondered this for a moment, in the dark. Then he said, with perfect accuracy, "No."

"Mister Rope, I believe someone's reading our entry."

"Why, so it appears, Mister Liche, so it appears."

"Do you think we should explicate ourselves, Mister Rope?"

"I do, indeed, Mister Liche. Salutations, reader. I am Mister Thaddeus Rope, a man of the hatchet, as you might say, and this is my companion, Mister Clive Liche, a personal exsanguinator."

"May I continue with the expositionizing, Mister Rope?"

"You certainly may, Mister Liche."

"Alright then, reader, you may notice something familiar about us. We may talk funnywise, yes, and one of us may have a bit more smarts than the other. We're independent constrictors, y'see?"

"I believe you mean contractors, Mister Liche."

"That I did, Mister Rope, thank you. Now, because of our potential, many writers use us in various forms. Don't they, Mister Rope?"


"They do indeed, Mister Liche, they do indeed. In fact, that's why we're here, because so many writers like to use us and our penchant for exposition and execution."

"And because of our killing people, right, Mister Rope?"

"That's right, Mister Liche. I believe that's all, reader. Anything you want to add, Mister Liche?"

"No, Mister Rope, I never did like maths. Sleep tight, reader."

"Yes, reader, sleep tight."

Those Two Bad Guys are a pair of bad guys who not only provide bloodshed, but also exposition in the form of conversation between them; not to be confused with Those Two Guys, though the two aren't mutually exclusive. They are usually foils for each other; commonly Brains and Brawn, and sometimes Red Oni, Blue Oni. They probably also look different, in such ways as Fat and Skinny or Salt and Pepper. When they show up in a video game, you can usually count on the player facing them as a Dual Boss at some point. Can also be a Big Bad Duumvirate.


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    Pro Wrestling 
  • Edge and Christian used to do this routine back in their days as a tag team. Most notably, during their time in the Team RECK stable, where they'd discuss Kurt Angle's current scheme and provide exposition on what was bothering Angle that day.
  • The "Chicago Girls", Nikki St. John and Taylor Made, served as such for Melanie Cruise. One liners and banter among themselves they did well; trying to have the latter cut lone promos turned out to be a disaster.

  • As of V4, Survival of the Fittest has Richards and Baines. Although the terrorists are often used as vehicles for exposition, it tends to be this pairing more than any others, particularly given their penchant for not keeping secrets too well.

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  • In the prologue to the Scion sourcebook Hero, Hugin and Munin, Odin's two talking ravens, behave this way. Although they're not so much "bad" as they are not very nice at all.


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  • The two Yakuza thugs in Princess Evangile, who constantly pursue Masaya after his father entrusts his 10 million yen debt to his son. While the boss is Affably Evil and is mainly focused on business, his underling is much more unhinged and resorts to violence and intimidation as a first resort.

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  • Broken Saints has two pairs: Sociopathic Soldiers Lt. Charles and Lt. Bravado, and strip club bouncers Phobos and Deimos. Also, all four of them could qualify as Giant Mooks.
  • Bowser's Kingdom has Hal and Jeff.
  • DSBT InsaniT: Michael and Ashley. Both of them are out to destroy technology, but they both are each others weakness.
  • RWBY: Emerald and Mercury are Vitriolic Best Buds who work under Cinder and complete missions as partners, with Mercury being the muscle and Emerald being the manipulator. They are introduced light-heartedly teasing each other before murdering a man in cold blood, and later joking about him.
  • The Walten Files: Bon the Rabbit and Sha the Sheep. If one is present, the other usually is as well. Considering that the people possessing them are husband and wife, respectively, it makes sense that the two would appear together quite often.

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