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"How did I get roped into hanging out with these two?"

"We'd play pranks all the time! That's what you do as twins!"
Daniel Bronstadt, This Sounds Serious
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Woe to the fictional parents of the Trickster Twins. They are a set of siblings (not necessarily twins, but often are) that are always up to no good in pursuit of sadistic delight. They are a magnet for trouble (either attracting it or causing it) and have to find a way through a series of convoluted plans to escape the situation.

The traits most common to a set of Trickster Twins is that they're pranksters or entertainers. Their antics are usually for comic relief, but other times, their tricks can be far more sinister. Trickster Twins also tend to have the good-natured compulsion to pick on or tease the rest of the cast. If they target a single character out of the entire cast, that victim is usually the Butt-Monkey.

They are fond of the Twin Switch. May overlap with Think Twins depending on their cunning.

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    Anime & Manga 
  • Hikaru and Kaoru Hitachiin in Ouran High School Host Club. (They even appear as Cheshire Cats during a homage to Alice In Wonderland.)
  • Shion and Mion in Higurashi: When They Cry. Sometimes, it's funny. Other times, it's not funny at all.
  • Fuuka and Fumika Narutaki in Negima! Magister Negi Magi. Notably, Fumika is more reserved and often states that Fuuka's pranks aren't such a good idea, but she always gets dragged along and always gets into it anyways.
  • Kazuo and Masao Tachibana in Captain Tsubasa have some traits of this, specially since both of them are deadpan snarkers. They have even come to weaponize their trickery, as many of their shared in-game tricks rely on acrobatics and their Think Twins antics.
  • Ami and Mami Futami from The iDOLM@STER can be read more about below. In Petit iDOLM@STER, their puchi counterparts take this further. Each puchi has a single strange power or exaggerated trait, and for Koami and Komami, it's that they do little else but play over-the-top pranks on everyone else, even when there was no logical opportunity for them to have set it up.
  • Roobear gets talked into babysitting the younger siblings of his friends Nick and Pamie, a penguin quartet of these in Adventures of the Little Koala when he's seeking the extra money needed to buy a toy train he has his eye on. He was warned they were a handful.
  • The two half-demon twin brothers from Inuyasha the Movie: Fire on the Mystic Island Dai and Roku qualify for this.

    Comic Strips 
  • Hans and Fritz, the Katzenjammer Kids.

    Comic Books 
  • Pride High has Smash and Crash. They finish each others' sentences, can trade places with one another in an instant (which they slyly use while wrestling), and remain the most devious of the prime group of antagonists.
  • Zipi y Zape, even if as Characterization Marches On they became somewhat less mischievous.
  • Wonder Woman: In the Golden Age the Holliday Girls triplets Lillie, Tillie, and Millie Heyday are all quite fond of participating in the wacky pranks their pseudo sorority pulls, as well as making people confused about which one of the three identical sisters they're talking to.
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    Fan Works 
  • In Sight Ukitake's zanpakuto, Sougyo no Kotowari are a very mischievous pair of twins who Speak in Unison, play pranks on Ichigo and play Kidou Tag which consists of them firing kidou at Ichigo while he runs away.
  • Harry is a Dragon, and That's Okay not only has the Weasley twins, but also Tyler and Anne Smith who are actually Kitsune who often get into prank wars with each other. Thanks to this, Peter is caught out during Harry's second year, leading to the release of Sirius Black earlier than in canon.
  • Sideswipe and Sunstreaker are often portrayed as a pair of mischief makers who never miss a chance to play a prank, regardless of how often they're yelled at or otherwise punished.

    Films — Animation 
  • Brave has identical triplets Harris, Hubert, and Hamish. Among their antics, they steal cakes, cut off part of a sleeping guard's mustache, and tie their father's peg leg to a table so he flips it when he gets up.
  • How to Train Your Dragon has Ruffnut and Tuffnut, who constantly compete with each other to cause the most mischief. This is before they actually dedicate their lives to Loki.

    Literature 
  • Harry Potter: Fred and George Weasley cause humorous trouble for their family and for Hogwarts. When they grow up, their deviousness becomes the seed for their own company - Weasley Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop. (And in a meta-example, their film actors James and Oliver Phelps had their own penchant for trickery, sometimes switching places just like their characters.)
  • Bonnie and Beanie, the little teleporters from Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human.
  • Hugal and Monan from the Dungeons & Dragons Eberron novel The City of Towers thrive on twisting mind screws.
  • The Stoll brothers from the Hermes cabin in Percy Jackson and the Olympians. Not twins, technically, but nearly identical.
  • "Trouble Twins" Florida and Dallas from Ruby Holler, although it's justified in that they're mistreated by the owners of the orphanage where they live and strike back in the only way they can; Dallas is actually a Nice Guy and Florida is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
  • Bertie's cousins Eustace and Claude in Jeeves and Wooster. Among their other exploits, they both fall in love with the same girl and go to ridiculous lengths to win her... to the despair of both the girl and Bertie.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: Who can forget all the crazy antics of the Lannister twins? Incest, pushing kids out windows, regicide...
  • Adam, Byron, and Jordan from The Baby-Sitters Club are Trickster Triplets.
    • Marilyn and Carolyn Arnold in their first appearance, but it turns out they're just acting out because they're sick of being treated like one person. They're much better when they show up later.
  • The relationship between the two eponymous rascal boys in Wilhelm Busch's Max and Moritz is not specified, but they have a common uncle, which indicates they are either cousins or twin brothers.
  • Mufus and Bufus Doolan in Robin Jarvis' Hagwood books.
  • Bill and Ben in The Railway Series. Edward and BoCo are the only ones who can keep them in order. Donald and Douglas had a bit of a tricksy streak when they first arrived on Sodor, pulling a few Twin Switch gambits to each get the other out of trouble, but once their place on the island was secure for both of them, they toned this down.
  • In Robert A. Heinlein's The Rolling Stones, Castor and Pollux, "the Unheavenly Twins", who at least are not guilty of experimenting with unlicensed atomics inside city limits - this time.

    Live-Action TV 

    Podcasts 
  • Taako and Lup from The Adventure Zone, presumably coming from their rough childhood spent in caravans.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • The Blossom Twins in the UK Wrestling scene and Ohio Valley. Unlike most Tag Team Twins, they're more mischievous than actively malevolent.

    Theatre 
  • Mungojerry and Rumpleteazer are a notorious couple of cats, knock-about clowns, quick-change comedians, tight-rope walkers, and acrobats! However, it is argued among Cats fans whether they are twins, brother and sister, or something else entirely, but due to their almost identical markings and that they often hang out together it is mostly assumed that they are twins.

    Video Games 

    Visual Novels 

    Web Animation 
  • Lifty and Shifty from Happy Tree Friends are of the more sinister variety, being thieves.

    Webcomics 
  • The Arrow twins in Ava's Demon show this in their short time in the comic thus far.
  • Erma's cousins, Mitsu and Momo. They're very good at pretending to be sweet and innocent in company, but mock Erma behind the adults' backs as well as bully the neighbourhood kids.
  • Edward and Henry in The Paul Reveres are notorious scoundrels, which is partly how they got drafted into the British Army in the first place.
  • The Cake twins in Slice of Life have shades of this, particularly Pumpkin.

    Web Videos 

    Western Animation 
  • Tommy and Timmy Tibble of Arthur, as seen in the page image from when Arthur babysat them. They make D.W. look like an angel by comparison.
  • Jason & Jeffrey in Caillou at times.
  • Bother and Blister from The Crumpets, who pull pranks on other members of the Crumpet family, especially their younger brother Ohoh.
  • Edgar & Ellen from the show of the same name are twins who spend their time pranking the other residents of their town.
  • Phil and Lil from Rugrats.
  • Jim and Tim, the Tweebs, from Kim Possible, also doubling as Think Twins.
  • Edric and Emira Blight, from The Owl House, pull many pranks in their first appearance, making them a relatively rare fraternal twins example of this trope.
  • Bill and Ben from Thomas & Friends

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