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  • The buffoonish and arrogant homicide detectives Monoghan and Monroe in 87th Precinct series by Ed McBain.
  • The Baby-Sitters Club: Mallory and Jessi.
  • Turkey and Nippers in Herman Melville's short story Bartleby the Scrivener.
  • Battle Royale: Yuichiro Takiguchi and Tadakatsu Hatagami.
  • Bodger and Grift in JV Jones' Book of Words books are pretty much used for Rosencrantz-and-Guildenstern observational purposes for the whole trilogy, and occasionally have to do something important for the plot.
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  • Foix and Ferda in the World of the Five Gods series.
  • Dave Barry's Only Travel Guide You'll Ever Need claims that Liechtenstein and Luxembourg are not countries at all but "minor characters in William Shakespeare's famous play Hamlet II: The Next Day."
  • Discworld:
    • Nobby Nobbs and Fred Colon frequently fulfill this role in City Watch stories.
    • Their various international counterparts as every locale has an ethnic equivalent of Fred & Nobby. Lampshaded in Jingo.
  • Don Quixote: Pedro Pérez, the curate, and Maese Nicholas, the barber. Better known as "The curate and the barber", two guys from the same town as Don Quixote, who are fond of chivalry books, like Don Quixote. Unlike Don Quixote, they are completely ordinary (sane), and... well, you would not find any other personality trait in them. His personalities are exactly the same, their names are too simple to stand out ("Pedro Pérez" is the Spanish equivalent to "John Smith"), In the first part, they have a significant involvement with the plot, but in the second part, they only appear in the beginning and in the end of the novel (with only a mention of the curate in one intermediate chapter).
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  • Eleanor & Park: Beebi and DeNice cross this over with Black Best Friend, being Eleanor's only friends at school.
  • From The Faerie Queene, Braggadocchio and Trompart, mostly harmless nuisances who go around posing as a knight and his squire after Braggadocchio steals Guyon's horse.
  • Harald: Elaina ni Leonor and Kara ni Lain are Those Two Action Girls.
  • Harry Potter, having Loads and Loads of Characters, has several of these: Fred and George, Crabbe and Goyle, Dean and Seamus, Lavender and Parvati, etc.
  • The The House of Night series has a female version in 'the Twins', two of Zoey Redbird's friends, who aren't literal twins (in fact, one is the Token Ethnic Minority) but are very close friends to each other. They even have complementary Elemental Powers, with one being fire and the other one water. I can't even remember which has fire and which has water. They have a brief romantic fling with a more typical set of Those Two Guys, incidentally.
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  • Ivanhoe opens on two Anglo-Saxons: Gurth, a swineherd, and Wamba, a jester. They playfully banter, making a linguistic observation in the style of Steven Wright. Wamba misdirects the local man of the cloth and a Knight Templar away from the home of Cedric, the local thane, in order to protect Cedric's ward from unwanted advances. (They make it to the hall anyway, making for an uncomfortable dinner.) While it would be an exaggeration to call those two main characters, they do get more characterization and some plot-relevant moments later in the book; Wamba even manages to free his master Cedric from his jail cell in their enemies' castle virtually all by himself, by the simple expedient of a clever disguise.
  • Journey to Chaos: Revas and Otio are two of Eric's school friends from A Mage's Power. They're minor characters who are never seen apart and provide comedy. One is a hotblooded cat beastfolk and the other is a calm lizard beastfolk.
  • Knight Life Series: Buddy and Elvis, two drugged-out muggers who end up working for King Arthur's campaign and become jesters of a sort for him after witnessing him receive Excalibur ("the day-glo sword") from the Lady of the Lake.
  • Little Women: Dick and Dolly in Little Men, then Stuffy and Dolly in Jo's Boys.
  • Lord of the Flies: The twins, Sam and Eric. They often finish each other's sentences and are so inseparable, that the others simply refer to them as "Samneric" instead.
  • The Lord of the Rings: Legolas and Gimli are very much Those Two Guys, especially in relation to Aragorn. Merry and Pippin also qualify. In The Return of the King, Merry and Pippin are separated and get bigger roles as knights of Rohan and Gondor respectively, but their separation has the effect of reframing the cities Rohan and Gondor into "those two guys" figuratively.
  • In Toll the Hounds, the eigth book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen, there are two examples:
    • Scorch and Leff. Never seen without each other, they hang around in the background of Torvald Nom's story arc and are his only subordinates when he becomes captain of Lady Varada's house guard, but otherwise have little significance beside being comic relief. They also act as one entity throughout the book.
    • Lazan Door and Madrun Badrun. The former is tall, almost skeletal, and bald, while the other is broad-shouldered, short-legged and shaggy-haired. One wears a whispy cloak, the other is clothed like a court-jester. They are always together, and appear to be Studious Lock's accomplices. They also serve as a sinister contrast to Scorch and Leff's comic relief.
  • The Kharkanas Trilogy has Prazek and Dathenar, two captains of the Houseblades of House Purake. They are very similar in character, are never seen apart, are always talking and Finishing Each Other's Sentences and have Greek Chorus tendencies. For most of Fall of Light they just ride around and have endless dialogues commenting on what is happening.
  • Troll twins Vincent and Victoria from Malediction Trilogy. They are unnaturally huge, constantly engage in different (and sometimes downright idiotic) contests to prove which of them should inherit the family title and love various pranks, puns, comic poetry and alliteration. In the first book they mostly provide comic relief - however, they get their part in the spotlight in the third book.
  • Charlie and Fanwell, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's two apprentices, in the The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels.
  • Of Mice and Men has a set as the main characters. In any other book, George and Lennie would be Those Two Guys, and Slim would be The Hero.
  • Mr. Hall and Mr. White play this role to Doug in Parellity.
  • Opera managers Richard and Moncharmin in The Phantom of the Opera. This trope continues into the stage show with these two (in which their names are changed to Andre and Firmin). There isn't even consistency in casting; sometimes Andre is the short one, sometimes it's Firmin. Often an actor will play both roles during their run with the show, being cast as one essentially means you can play the other just as well. Apparently the only person who can tell them apart is the Opera Ghost who addresses their notes accordingly.
  • Some of Redwall's Punch Clock Villains appear in pairs, but aren't nasty enough to qualify as Those Two Bad Guys. Lousewort and Sneezewort from The Long Patrol are probably the most memorable.
  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel: William Shakespeare and Palamedes.
  • Remo and Barr in the The Sharing Knife series, and also Bo and Hod.
  • Inspectors Lestrade and Gregson in Sherlock Holmes. Good enough coppers in their own way but naturally can't compare with the Great Detective, but only in the debut novel, A Study in Scarlet. They never appear together after that, with Gregson largely fading into the background, while Lestrade attains enough prominence to get his own trope.
  • Out of all Los Chimichangos in Skippyjon Jones, Poquito Tito and Don Diego are the only two to have lines in each of the books.
  • Skulduggery Pleasant: Donegan Bane and Gracious O'Callahan, the Monster Hunters, in Derek Landy's The Maleficent Seven, qualify as they are primarily used for comic relief. While shown to be very talented fighters, they never take centre stage except for the purposes of comedy.
  • Givenar and Antinas in Space Marine Battles, who can't stop bickering and joking, to Lysander's neverending annoyance.
  • In the very long 18th century Chinese novel The Story Of The Stone, written by Cao Xueqin and Gao E, There are two minor characters who appear in the first two chapters. They are Jia Yu-cun, a tutor, and Leng Zi-xing, an antique dealer. They have a conversation over wine in a tavern, and the point of this conversation is to give a description of the Jia family and their situation to the reader.
  • In a way, Tomo and Walberg of George R. R. Martin's Thousand Worlds, a pair of adventurers who visited many planets. They are almost always mentioned together when someone brings them up, and they are Memetic Badasses in-universe. Unfortunately they have yet to actually appear in a story.
  • The Vicomte de Bragelonne: Malicorne and Manicamp.
  • Tortall Universe: There's Raoul and Gary in the Song of the Lioness series, Miri and Evan in The Immortals quartet, Merric and Seaver in the Protector of the Small sequence, and in Beka Cooper we have Aniki and Kora (on the outlaw side) and Verene and Ersken for the Dogs. The latter breaks when Verene is killed on duty.
  • Craig and Fry, the two employees assigned by the American insurance company as bodyguards to watch over Kin-Fo in Jules Verne's Tribulations of a Chinaman in China. Inseparable and largely indistinguishable (they are cousins), they appear like spiritual ancestors of the Thom(p)sons, if a bit more competent.
  • Bella's friends Mike, Jessica, Angela, and Eric in Twilight. Also the members of the wolfpack who aren't Jacob, Sam, Leah, and Seth.
  • Warrior Cats
    • Sootfur and Rainwhisker exist to fill up the ranks of ThunderClan in New Prophecy. They're frequently seen together and do nothing of importance.
    • Berrynose and Birchfall.
  • The Wheel of Time, having even more characters than Harry Potter, has remarkably few (given that everybody who shows up ever is significant):
    • Verin and Alanna could qualify for a bit. Until Verin's revelation that she has been The Mole among the Black Ajah and her Heroic Sacrifice that lets her spill the beans to Egwene.
    • Those two Accepted who always march Elayne and Egwene around when they are in trouble might also qualify.
    • Talmanes and Nalasean.
    • Bain and Chiad.
  • Wives and Daughters: The Misses Brownings, Miss Browning and Miss Phoebe are family friends of Mr. Gibson and his daughter Molly. They are fairly similar characters and always paired together. Lady Harriet even calls them Pecksy and Flapsy.


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