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Two minor side characters who act as a mundane Greek Chorus, providing in-universe commentary on the events of the show. They may or may not be snarky and unlike the Greek Chorus, they don't break the fourth wall very often (if at all).

Some pairs become involved in the plot less and less as the series progresses, especially if the plot becomes more serious. Given what usually happens to people involved in the plot, it's probably for the best. However, it's not uncommon for Those Two Guys to also become popular and even iconic characters in the series.

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Their personalities usually sharply contrast, e.g. calm/hyper, jock/geek, etc., or their appearances contrast, e.g. short/tall, thin/fat... When they don't, they will be exactly the same. They might even wear Coordinated Clothes. Their names are often esoteric (either too complex or too simple to stand out), plus their non-involvement with the plot usually results in them being called "Those Two Guys". Occasionally, we get a Lower-Deck Episode from their point of view. Expect to ask someone who they are after a few episodes.

May overlap with Overly Polite Pals and Catch-Phrase Spouting Duo. Compare and contrast Bumbling Henchmen Duo, a pair of hilariously incompetent baddies, and Bantering Baddie Buddies, a pair of goons engaging in witty conversation.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In FLCL, we have Gaku (a.k.a. Mr. SMOOOOOOOCH~!) and Masaki, two Odd Couple/ Red Oni, Blue Oni classmates of Naota who, when they show up, also serve the unique dual-role purpose of being the Greek Chorus, as they comment on the truly bizarre events of the series.
  • Full Metal Panic! has Shinji and Kyoko, best friends of Sousuke and Kaname respectively and often pair them up as a Greek Chorus. Full Metal Panic? Fumoffu expands the roster using (the pre-existing but very minor characters) Mizuki and Onodera to give Kaname (Kyoko and Mizuki) and Sousuke (Shinji and Onodera) each a pair of their own Those Two Guys.
  • Rebuild World:
    • The top lieutenants in Sheryl’s gang Erio and Alicia start out like this as boyfriend and girlfriend, but Erio gets more directly involved as he Took a Level in Badass from the equipment and training he receives.
    • The tailor sisters Kashua and Celene serve as minor working class commentators on the rising wealth and social statuses of Akira and Sheryl. Kashua is a Consummate Professional and Celene is Brilliant, but Lazy.
  • Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs:
    • Daniel and Raymond, two of Leon’s fellow poor noblemen friends also trampled upon by Lady Land, serve as this commentating on the shifting political situation for poor nobles and changes in Leon’s social status, being Vitriolic Best Buds with him.
    • Angelica’s father and brother Vince and Gilbert Redgrave often serve as this both for Angelica’s romantic feelings as well as Leon and her political positions. Although Vince does play an active role in the Kingdom’s politics.
  • The shadow players in Revolutionary Girl Utena. Two girls (later joined by a third) who are only ever seen together while performing shadow plays that metaphorically describe the theme or lesson of the day's episode. At first they are presented as a out of universe Greek Chorus, but then the Black Rose Arc has Utena making snarky retorts to their story, and later on in the series the main characters attend one of their plays.

    Comic Books 
  • Sam and Twitch, NYPD homicide detectives, from the Spawn series. Sam Burke was a large and headstrong man, with a tendency for foul language. "Twitch" Williams, on the other hand, was thinner, bespectacled, and was usually the brains of the group.
  • White Sand has Jon Acron and Cynder, a linguist and culturologist (though good luck keeping track of who is who) who accompany Khriss and who constantly bicker with each other to the point they're pretty much indistinguishable.
  • The Avengers (Jonathan Hickman) has the mutants Cannonball and Sunspot. The two best friends spent a lot of time on the sidelines making funny banter, were rarely seen without the other, and were shown in side-stories to deal with wackier missions while the rest of the Avengers handled the serious threats. This changed after the events of Time Runs Out, when Sunspot stepped up as a leader of one of the splintered Avengers factions, with Cannonball leaving for space with his wife and child (though also still serving as Sunspot's right-hand man).
  • Wonder Woman Volume 1: The tomboyish Bobby Strong and fashion conscious Glamora Treat are best friends and two of the most commonly recurring Holliday Girls. In all but one appearance their only real function is to act as set dressing and make snarky commentary on the bizarre situations and powers they keep running into.

    Films — Animated 
  • Lumiere and Cogsworth (the candlestick and the clock) from Beauty and the Beast are the contrasting type: Lumiere is the tall romantic, and Cogsworth the short grumpy one. Both are servants in the Beast's household providing commentary on Belle and the Beast's developing relationship.
  • The rats Nick and Fetcher from Chicken Run provide commentary on the chickens' wild and far-fetched attempts to escape in addition to their more plot-relevant role in sourcing useful items for said attempts.
  • The Lion King (1994): Timon the meerkat and Pumbaa the warthog are inseparable, contrast each other visually and personality-wise, and act as comic relief in an otherwise fairly serious story. They generally provide funny comments, such as singing about how they are aghast that Simba and Nala have reunited in "Can You Feel the Love Tonight".
  • The Road to El Dorado: Tulio and Miguel. The entire idea behind the film was to take Those Two Guys and make them into main characters instead of putting them in their normal sidekick role. While the bigger plot revolves around Cortez seeking conquer the New World, which runs parallel to Miguel and Tulio's quest to find El Dorado.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • Jay and Silent Bob in Clerks and other Kevin Smith films. Two friends, one skinny, one fat, who hang around together making mundane observations and occasionally dispensing wisdom to the protagonists. Despite their minimal plot importance, they were popular enough to eventually received spinoff works.
  • Fear Clinic: Gage and Bauer, who were in prison together, have some banter to this effect whenever they share a scene.
  • Go: Adam and Zack have a lot of comical banter and share their screen time. They're also a gay couple.
  • Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle and its sequels have the two Jewish guys, Rosenberg and Goldstein, direct Expys of the titular characters from Rosencratz and Guildenstern Are Dead. They're minor characters who get only a few scenes but provide humorous reactions and half-baked advice to the main characters.
  • The Killers: Swede's coach and trainer always appear together and provide some Plucky Comic Relief with how chatty they are.
  • Money Monster: The two Icelandic hackers share all of their screen time and provide some comic relief.
  • In the Pirates of the Caribbean series there are two sets of these. The Royal Marines Murtogg and Mullroy who eventually join Barbossa's crew, and the pirates of the Black Pearl crew Pintel and Ragetti.
  • A very early film example are "Charters and Caldicott" from The Lady Vanishes (and a half dozen other movies of the early 40s) who spend their on screen time mostly obsessed with the current cricket scores.
    • They have their very own adventure in Charters and Caldicott by Stella Bingham. The pair are still obsessed by cricket and go from lunch at their club to Caldicott's flat to settle a point in dispute with his 'Wisden' a Cricket reference work. They discover the body of a young woman on Caldicott's bedroom floor. Her purse identifies her as the daughter of an old friend. But then another young woman appears claiming to be the * real* daughter and that her father has been murdered — then it starts getting complicated.
    • They were meant to appear in The Third Man but were replaced by Wilfred Hyde-Whites' character Crabbin instead.
  • The Rocketeer: The FBI agents are always together and have a lot of humorous banter.
  • The Tournament has Eddie and Rob, the two techs charged with keeping track of the players and monitoring their progress. They provide a running commentary and act as Greek Chorus on the action.

    Literature 
  • Whateley Universe: In the first year of the "first generation" stories, we have inseparable freshman roommates Peeper (loud, abusive, lazy) and Greasy (quiet, polite, talented photographer and inventor). As shock jocks on student-run radio WARS, their schtick ranges from topical and current events to raunch. Retribution is often swift and well-deserved, as when their commentary on Fall Combat Finals is interrupted by a velociraptor with heavy-duty duct tape. Early in their sophomore year, Greasy realizes he doesn't have to play minion to a Jerkass like Peeper and walks out on-air.
  • Discworld: Sergeant Frederick "Fred" Colon and Corporal Cecil Wormsborough St. John "Nobby" Nobbs of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch often perform this role in books which are not focused on the Watch but do take place in the city, especially the earlier ones. When the Watch is the focus of the story they become somewhat more relevant to the plot than is usual for Those Two Guys, but still evoke the trope in their interactions on a regular basis

    Live-Action TV 
  • Ramy: Ramy's best friends Mo and Ahmed, whose roles mainly consist of following him around and offering commentary on his life, sometimes humorously. Lampshaded in early in the second season. After Ramy asks them how they're doing, they react in shock because Ramy never does that.
  • Reservation Dogs: Mose and Mekko, two Native American dwarfs who provide commentary on the feud between the Reservation Dogs and the NDN gang. They are also into rap and are fans of Bear's rapper father.
  • Rome has Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo, who get up into all sorts of adventures amidst a background of largely Historical Domain Characters during Julius Caesar's conquest of Rome.
  • Rutherford Falls: Wayne and Sally, two Minishonkan employees at the casino, who always show up as a duo to make fun of Reagan.
  • Gilmore Girls:
    • Madeline and Louise are those two gals, Rory's classmates from Chilton. They always appear together.
    • Finn and Colin, Logan's pals from Yale. Almost always paired and hard to distinguish.
    • Rory's "artsy" friends, Olivia and Lucy from the final season, who are better known as Madeline and Louise Lite. Their personalities are pretty identical, although the latter two are more annoying.
  • The Look and Read series Earthwarp has Mrs Grant and Mrs Ramsden, a pair of elderly guests at the Rowlands' hotel, whose job it is to comically react to the strange goings on around them. At least until the half way point, when a late night encounter with a sleepwalking Ollie makes Mrs Grand decide to cut her holiday short while Mrs Ramsden chooses to stay a while longer.
  • Control Z:
    • Darío and Ernesto, the two less prominent members of the popular clique, seem to always be together.
    • Valeria and Regina, the only girls who aren't part of the clique per se, but are popular themselves.

    Puppet Shows 
  • The Muppet Show has Statler and Waldorf, two identically-dressed grumpy old men known for their back and forth exchanges where they heckle the other performers and criticize the sketches they just watched. They are best known for providing The Stinger at the end of episodes. They perform a similar service here on TV Tropes as well.

    Radio 
  • The Jack Benny Program’s telephone operators 'Gertrude' and 'Mabel' always appear together and never advance the plot, being there solely to mock 'Mister Thinks-he’s-so-important' )or variations of such) as they delay his attempt to reach someone by telephone. (Note: telephone operators used to be vital for any telephone connexion further than close-by.) (Note: the 'telephone' was a wired appliance used for vocal communication.)

    Theater 
  • Tanya and Rosie in Mamma Mia!. While they have their own subplots, their main purpose is to be Donna's funny longtime friends to whom she confides her troubles. They back her up (often dramatically and for comic relief) throughout the show.
  • Salerio and Solanio in The Merchant of Venice are pretty much this; narrating what happens between events and standing alongside characters as they try to explain their situation. They aren't always together on stage; Salerio seeks out Bassanio to warn him of Antonio's plight while Solanio comforts Antonio in the days before his trial.

    Video Games 
  • Resident Evil: Revelations has Quint and Grinder, whose sections are separate from the main plot and serve to dump exposition on plot twists.
  • Mass Effect 2: Done with the Mauve Shirts that make up your crew. They are each seen in pairs in different parts of the ship: Patel and Rolston in crew quarters, Goldstein and Hawthorne in the mess, Hadley and Matthews on the bridge, and Daniels and Donnelly in Engineering. You can only talk with Daniels and Donnelly, but the others chat with each other about events in the game or things happening off screen. If you take too long to rescue your crew, at least one member of each pair will die. It serves as an effective way making your ship look more empty and reminding of the cost of the mission, as the survivor will typically mention the fallen one.
  • Mass Effect 3 has Westmoreland and Campbell, always seen together guarding The War Room. Unlike the pairs from 2, they serve as the Greek Chorus.
  • The Fire Emblem series traditionally has sets of two characters who are (almost) always recruited together, the most common ones being the Cain and Abel (Cavaliers) and the Bord and Cord (axe fighters). These tend to be friends and/or rivals with each other due to their contrasting personalities, with one being calm and serious and the other more laidback and sometimes reckless.

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    Western Animation 
  • Rocky and Bullwinkle has Chauncey and Edgar, two men who for some reason are always reading newspapers right next to whatever antics the main characters are getting up to. They provide understated commentary on the fantastic events they're witnessing and then disappear, never to be seen until the next thing happens.
    Edgar: "Now there's something you don't see everyday, Chauncey."
    Chauncey: "What's that, Edgar?"
    Edgar: "[something ridiculous involving Moose and Squirrel]"
    Chauncey: "Oh, I don't know, Edgar. [Incredibly Lame Pun]"


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Waldorf: I don't want to believe we have!
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Pedro and Nico

Pedro and Nico fit this trope pretty well. They don't really have a specific role, except for some comic-relief and musical moments. They like to comment on various things such as how they met Blu earlier in the film as shown in this video.

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