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The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time

List RulesVote 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?

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  • 1

    Sonic & Tails

    Sonic the Hedgehog
    291
    99
  • 2

    Mario & Luigi

    Mario Bros
    315
    108
  • 3

    Ash & Pikachu

    Pokémon
    143
    62
  • 4

    Master Chief & Cortana

    Halo franchise
    169
    76
  • 5

    Donkey Kong & Diddy

    Donkey Kong
    178
    86
  • 6

    Scorpion & Sub Zero

    Mortal Kombat
    162
    80
  • 7

    Rachet & Clank

    Rachet & Clank
    160
    81
  • 8

    Banjo & Kazooie

    Banjo-Kazooie
    169
    87
  • 9

    Joel & Ellie

    Last of Us
    217
    121
  • 10

    Ryu & Ken

    Street Fighter
    61
    33
  • 11

    Kratos & Atreus

    God of War
    151
    89
  • 12

    Lee & Clementine

    The Walking Dead
    113
    67
  • 13

    Link & Navi

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    135
    82
  • 14

    Drake & Sully

    Uncharted
    137
    84
  • 15

    Baby Mario & Yoshi

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    106
    72
  • 16

    X & Zero

    Mega Man X
    105
    75
  • 17

    Jak & Daxter

    Jack and Daxter
    96
    73
  • 18

    Nana & Popo

    Ice Climber
    87
    67

    Ice Climber, Super Smash Brothers

  • 19

    Chell & GLaDOS

    Portal 2
    70
    62
  • 20

    Snake & Otacon

    Metal Gear Solid
    58
    57
  • 21

    Big Daddy & Little Sister

    Bioshock
    69
    70
  • 22

    Sam & Max

    Sam & Max
    56
    60
  • 23

    Marcus & Dom

    Gears of War
    57
    64
  • 24

    Gordon & Alyx

    Half-Life 2
    48
    56
  • 25

    Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth

    Bioshock: Infinite
    51
    63