Total Nerd The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time  

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466 votes 88 voters 32 items

List Rules Vote up the video game pairs that are greater than the sum of their parts.

Some things are just more enjoyable with other people, and some video games are better when you're playing two characters. These famous video game duos make your game twice as fun by using the different abilities and personalities of each character to make a more memorable gaming experience.

Maybe these video game character pairs were originally each other's nemesis, like Chell & GLaDOS in Portal, but that just makes their eventual team up even more satisfying. Even if you don't have much control over one of the characters, like Ellie in Last of Us or Atreus in God of War, their actions deeply influence how you as a player act. The interplay of their needs and how you want to succeed as a player makes for a better video game experience than if your character was flying solo, no matter how cool your main character is.

There are even some non-playable and technically optional companions, like ED-E in Fallout: New Vegas, that become such a huge part of the experience it can be impossible to imagine what the game would be like without them.

What video game character duo is the most dynamic and made for the best gaming experience? If we forgot a famous pair of characters, be sure to add it to the list!

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Mario & Luigi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Mario & Luigi Mario Bros

2
24 5
Sonic & Tails is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Sonic & Tails Sonic the Hedgehog 2

3
24 7
Joel & Ellie is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Joel & Ellie Last of Us

4
20 5
Drake & Sully is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Drake & Sully Uncharted

5
20 5
Ken & Ryu is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Ken & Ryu Street Fighter

6
15 3
Banjo & Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie

7
16 4
Rachet & Clank is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Rachet & Clank Rachet & Clank

8
18 6
Kratos & Atreus is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Kratos & Atreus God of War

9
13 3
X & Zero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
X & Zero Mega Man X

10
12 3
Donkey Kong & Diddy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Donkey Kong & Diddy Donkey Kong

11
15 6
Scorpion & Sub Zero is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Scorpion & Sub Zero Mortal Kombat

12
13 5
Jak & Daxter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Jak & Daxter Jack and Daxter

13
9 2
Big Daddy & Little Sister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Chris Abraham added Big Daddy & Little Sister

Bioshock

14
7 1
Nana & Popo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Chris Abraham added Nana & Popo

Ice Climber, Super Smash Brothers

15
6 1
Snake & Otacon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Snake & Otacon Metal Gear Solid

16
7 2
Wander & Agro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Wander & Agro Shadow of the Colossus

17
6 2
Billy & Jimmy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Billy & Jimmy Double Dragon

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9 6
Link & Navi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Link & Navi The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

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9 6
Manny Calavera & Glottis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Manny Calavera & Glottis Grim Fandango

20
9 6
Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth Bioshock: Infinite

21
8 5
Chell & GLaDOS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Chell & GLaDOS Portal 2

22
6 3
Marcus & Dom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Marcus & Dom Gears of War

23
4 1
Gordon & Alyx is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Gordon & Alyx Half-Life 2

24
10 8
The Courier & ED-E is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
The Courier & ED-E Fallout: New Vegas

25
8 6
Master Chief & Cortana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Master Chief & Cortana Halo franchise

26
5 4
Toejam & Earl is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Toejam & Earl Toejam & Earl

27
4 4
Baby Mario & Yoshi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Baby Mario & Yoshi Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island

28
2 2
Lee & Clementine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Lee & Clementine The Walking Dead

29
2 2
Bill & Lance is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Bill & Lance Contra

30
1 2
Tripitaka & Monkey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Tripitaka & Monkey Enslaved

31
1 3
Sam & Max is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Sam & Max Sam & Max

32
1 6
Bayek & Aya is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Bayek & Aya Assasin's Creed Origins