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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

    Mario & Luigi

    Mario Bros
    305
    101
  • 2

    Sonic & Tails

    Sonic the Hedgehog
    280
    91
  • 3

    Donkey Kong & Diddy

    Donkey Kong
    173
    88
  • 4

    Master Chief & Cortana

    Halo franchise
    157
    76
  • 5

    Scorpion & Sub Zero

    Mortal Kombat
    160
    81
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    Ash & Pikachu

    Pokémon
    129
    60
  • 7

    Rachet & Clank

    Rachet & Clank
    158
    83
  • 8

    Banjo & Kazooie

    Banjo-Kazooie
    166
    89
  • 9

    Joel & Ellie

    Last of Us
    205
    121
  • 10

    Kratos & Atreus

    God of War
    145
    90
  • 11

    Link & Navi

    The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
    132
    83
  • 12

    Drake & Sully

    Uncharted
    132
    86
  • 13

    Lee & Clementine

    The Walking Dead
    107
    68
  • 14

    Baby Mario & Yoshi

    Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island
    104
    72
  • 15

    X & Zero

    Mega Man X
    103
    77
  • 16
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    Ryu & Ken

    Street Fighter
    57
    32
  • 17

    Jak & Daxter

    Jack and Daxter
    93
    75
  • 18
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    Nana & Popo

    Ice Climber
    85
    68

    Ice Climber, Super Smash Brothers

  • 19

    Chell & GLaDOS

    Portal 2
    67
    62
  • 20

    Snake & Otacon

    Metal Gear Solid
    58
    58
  • 21
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    Big Daddy & Little Sister

    Bioshock
    65
    71
  • 22

    Marcus & Dom

    Gears of War
    54
    64
  • 23

    Sam & Max

    Sam & Max
    52
    61
  • 24

    Gordon & Alyx

    Half-Life 2
    46
    57
  • 25

    Wander & Agro

    Shadow of the Colossus
    49
    63