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The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time 

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Updated May 13, 2020 2.5k votes 365 voters 5.5k views 33 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
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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
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Rachet & Clank is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Rachet & Clank Rachet & Clank
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Scorpion & Sub Zero ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Scorpion & Sub Zero Mortal Kombat
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Donkey Kong & Diddy ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Donkey Kong & Diddy Donkey Kong
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Banjo & Kazooie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Banjo & Kazooie Banjo-Kazooie
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Joel & Ellie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Joel & Ellie Last of Us
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X & Zero is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
X & Zero Mega Man X
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Link & Navi is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Kratos & Atreus is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Kratos & Atreus God of War
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Master Chief & Corta... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Master Chief & Cortana Halo franchise
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Jak & Daxter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Jak & Daxter Jack and Daxter
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Baby Mario & Yoshi ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Baby Mario & Yoshi Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
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Drake & Sully is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Drake & Sully Uncharted
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Ash & Pikachu is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Davetheman1010 added Ash & Pikachu
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Lee & Clementine is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Lee & Clementine The Walking Dead
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Nana & Popo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Chris Abraham added Nana & Popo

Ice Climber, Super Smash Brothers

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Billy & Jimmy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Billy & Jimmy Double Dragon
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Big Daddy & Little S... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Chris Abraham added Big Daddy & Little Sister

Bioshock

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Wander & Agro is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Wander & Agro Shadow of the Colossus
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Snake & Otacon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Snake & Otacon Metal Gear Solid
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Ryu & Ken is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
fleenorttufiction added Ryu & Ken
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Booker DeWitt & Eliz... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth Bioshock: Infinite
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Marcus & Dom is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Marcus & Dom Gears of War
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Gordon & Alyx is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time
Gordon & Alyx Half-Life 2