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  • Breaking Bad: When Jesse gets orders to help Mike on some errands he starts assuming he's meant to be Mike's new partner. Which Mike immediately shoots down:
    Mike: "You are not the guy! You are not capable of being the guy! I had a guy, and now I don't. You are not the guy!"
    • Though later in the season, they kind of do become Those Two Evil Guys for Gus.
    • Also see: the Cousins.
  • Charmed: The seekers. Suddenly the "fox and a wolf" reference on Croup and Vandemar makes more sense.
  • Danger Man: The two assassins in a 1961 episode titled "The Island".
  • Daredevil (2015): Detectives Carl Hoffman and Christian Blake, a pair of corrupt NYPD detectives on Wilson Fisk's payroll
  • Doctor Who: Uses this trope occasionally, one example being Dibber and Sabalom Glitz in The Mysterious Planet.
  • Fargo season 1 has Mr. Wrench and Mr. Numbers, a kind of expy of the movie's Grimsrud and Showalter, except that they get along together and thus are more effective.
    • Season 2 has Gale and Wayne Kitchen, a pair of stoically silent twin hitmen, who leave the exposition to their direct superior Mike Milligan.
    • Season 3 has Yuri Gurka and Meemo, the primary henchmen of V.M. Varga.
  • Firefly: The two unnamed Alliance agents wearing blue gloves (nicknamed the "Hands of Blue").
  • Get Smart: The episode "Run, Robot, Run" featured evil British agents "Snead" and "Mrs Neal"; spoofs of Steed and Mrs Peel from The Avengers who fit this trope surprisingly well.
  • Heroes: Flint and Knox.
  • Justified: Season 5 brings us Siblings in Crime Jay and Roscoe (played by real life siblings Wood and Steve Harris). Jay's taller and thinner and talks non-stop, while Roscoe is wider and more intimidating and (barring one memorable scene) barely talks.
  • Max Headroom: The body harvesters Breughel and Mahler from the American series. In a later episode it was revealed that Breughel had to "replace" the old Mahler with a new one:
    Edison Carter: Where's your other colleague, Breughel?
    Breughel: Mr. Mahler? I was short of stock one night, and he made the supreme sacrifice. This new Mahler is on approval.
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  • Merlin (2008): For series 3, Morgana and Morgause held this trope, until the latter was critically wounded and in the next season died.
  • The New Avengers: In "The Tale of the Big Why", the Avengers find themselves alternatively pursuing or being pursued by a brains-and-brawn pair of thieves who do not even know what the MacGuffin they are trying to steal is: merely that it is extremely valuable in the right hands.
  • Once A Thief: Murphy and Camier, two cleaners in the TV series who get involved in all manner of strange jobs, including one (ep 19) where they spend much of the episode waiting for a mark whose name is not quite Godot.
  • Once Upon a Time: Cruella and Ursula.
  • Only Fools and Horses and The Green Green Grass: The Driscoll Brothers:
    Tony Driscoll: We entered into a business arrangement with a Russian contortionist.
    Danny Driscoll: Consortium.
  • Power Rangers and Super Sentai:
  • Revolution: The Monroe Republic soldiers Reed and Ryan, appearing only in the episode "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia".
  • Shakespeare & Hathaway - Private Investigators: "This Promised End" features a pair of extremely polite Professional Killers known as Mr. R and Mr. G, who give their targets 24 hours notice of their impending demise to allow them to put their affairs in order and bid goodbye to their families. As their names imply, they take their vocal cues from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Later subverted as they turn out to be actors employed to throw a scare into their victim.
  • The Singing Detective: Dennis Potter's show features two bad guys who live the cliché. At one point, one of them realises it, and points out that neither of them has a name — a combo of Breaking the Fourth Wall and Lampshade Hanging that only adds to the already epic levels of Mind Screw.
  • Slings & Arrows: They're not villains so much as creepy-but-essentially-neutral set dressing, but the two undertakers in the first season otherwise fit this trope perfectly (including the personality types and manner of speech outlined in the example).
  • Spaced: The two agents from the first episode of the second series.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Traidy and Sorm, the two Orion Syndicate assassins in the episode "A Simple Investigation".
  • The Wire: Chris Partlow and Felicia "Snoop" Pearson. If they are together, someone is most likely about to die. Especially at night.
  • Syfy's version of Alice in Wonderland, the psychedelic sci-fi Alice (2009), featured Dr. Dee and Dr. Dum, who were German-accented overweight bald old men in spandex jumpsuits, Creepy Twins torture-technicians specializing in extracting confessions from especially difficult cases. Their eerie narration to each other perfectly matches the page narration above...doesn't it, Dr. Dee? Indeed it does, Dr. Dum.
  • Several episodes of Blake's 7 feature a couple of Federation functionaries or soldiers acting as a Greek Chorus for the local situation.


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