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The 30+ Best Video Game Duos of All Time

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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?

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  • Mario & Luigi
    1

    Mario & Luigi

  • Sonic & Tails
    2

    Sonic & Tails

  • Donkey Kong & Diddy
    3

    Donkey Kong & Diddy

  • Master Chief & Cortana
    4

    Master Chief & Cortana

  • Ash & Pikachu
    5

    Ash & Pikachu

  • Banjo & Kazooie
    6

    Banjo & Kazooie

  • Scorpion & Sub Zero
    7

    Scorpion & Sub Zero

  • Rachet & Clank
    8

    Rachet & Clank

  • Ryu & Ken
    9

    Ryu & Ken

  • Kratos & Atreus
    10

    Kratos & Atreus

  • Drake & Sully
    11

    Drake & Sully

  • Joel & Ellie
    12

    Joel & Ellie

  • Lee & Clementine
    13

    Lee & Clementine

  • Link & Navi
    14

    Link & Navi

  • X & Zero
    15

    X & Zero

  • Baby Mario & Yoshi
    16

    Baby Mario & Yoshi

  • Jak & Daxter
    17

    Jak & Daxter

  • Nana & Popo
    18

    Nana & Popo

    Ice Climber, Super Smash Brothers

  • Chell & GLaDOS
    19

    Chell & GLaDOS

  • Snake & Otacon
    20

    Snake & Otacon

  • Big Daddy & Little Sister
    21

    Big Daddy & Little Sister

  • Gordon & Alyx
    22

    Gordon & Alyx

  • Marcus & Dom
    23

    Marcus & Dom

  • Sam & Max
    24

    Sam & Max

  • Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth
    25

    Booker DeWitt & Elizabeth