The Daily Five: Dynamic Duos

September 10, 2013 | By | 13 Comments

Batman and Robin may be the Dynamic Duo in comic books and animation, but that never really translated well to the video game world. Sure, there was the SNES game based on the animated show, and Robin did make an appearance in Batman: Arkham City, but they never really felt like the Dynamic Duo of video games. However, there are some famous duos out there in Video Game Land that do an amazing job filling their shows. That’s why today Stealthy Box is counting down some of our favorite video game duos!

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way first…

Mario and Luigi


It is almost impossible to make a list of famous video game pairings without talking about this pair of plumbers, who have been working together since attempting to clear turtles, crabs, and flies out of that sewer system back in 1983. Since then, they have grown moderately more famous over the years, but they have (almost) always stuck together. Luigi is even such a great partner that he is willing to put his life (lives?) on the line to save Mario’s girlfriend!

The brothers have always made time to do things together, such as visiting exotic locales like the Beanbean Kingdom, traveling back in time, finally getting the inside story on the arch-nemesis Bowser, and even sharing their dreams (at least Luigi’s) with each other. Even if Mario finds himself traveling to distant galaxies, we can all be assured that Luigi will be there with him. That’s why the Mario Bros. will always be one of the prime pixelated pairings.

Jak and Daxter


When a friendship can survive someone getting the other person turned into a weird otter and weasel combination, it can survive anything. Jak and Daxter are one of the all-time great duos just because how strong their friendship is. Jak tries as hard as he can to find a way to return his buddy to his original form. Daxter, as nothing more than a small furry creature, manages to break Jak out of prison. They are there for each other through thick and thin, no matter how much of a smart aleck Daxter is and no matter how broody Jak becomes. Always destined to be at the forefront of PlayStation duos, don’t be surprised when Jak and Daxter make their long-awaited return in an original game on the PlayStation 4.

Ratchet and Clank


Possibly the only headlining duo in the PlayStation lineup that could top the last pairing is Ratchet and Clank. They originally come together in a partnership of convenience, but soon find themselves close friends as well as allies. Really, despite the thick layers of humor and action, the Ratchet & Clank franchise is a story about two lonely beings: One is the last of his kind and the other the only of his, both finding their place in the universe through the bond they share.

It seems strange to think of such a hilarious and over the top game series being so sentimental, but it really is, especially when players get to the Ratchet & Clank Future games on PlayStation 3. The two form a powerhouse when they are together, and they’ll go across the universe to save each other when they are separated. Ratchet and Clank still have one adventure left on the PS3 with Into the Nexus, but will hopefully find their way to the PlayStation 4 very soon.

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  • Squall Lee

    no Sonic and Tails? Mega Man and Rush? Donkey Kong and Diddy Kong? Sam and Max? there’s far more iconic duos than Lee and Clementine. are you kidding me?

  • Clayton ForRealz Tucker

    really no jeol and elle?

    • Travis Tucker

      I considered putting Joel and Ellie, as well as Booker and Elizabeth. After thinking about it however, I decided to exclude them because they in were in games released this year and I was talking a little more freely about the plot. I didn’t want to spoil the game for anyone that may not have had the chance to play them yet. Everything listed has been released for a least a year, and felt more like open territory. Joel & Ellie and Booker & Elizabeth could easily both been on this list if done next year.

  • Anunymau5

    Joel and Ellie, Sonic and Tails, Mega Man and Zero, Linka and Navi, need I go on?

    • Travis Tucker

      Sonic & Tails and X & Zero are both fine choices, but I have to disagree with Link & Navi. To me, Navi was nothing more than an excuse to use the in-game targeting and help system, and this is coming from someone who LOVED Ocarina of Time.

  • BongoBongo

    Joel and ellie?? Booker and Elizabeth???

  • McGygas

    No Sonic & Tails, No Megaman & Bass, what a crap

  • Sturm Davenport

    this list is a goddamn joke!!! no banjo kazooie, but both rat & clank and Jak& dax

    • Scots

      Deep breath, bro. Have a beer.

      • Sturm Davenport

        whatever, this site is filled with sony drones after all

        • Scots
        • Travis Tucker

          If I were a complete Sony drone, I would have chosen to ignore Mario & Luigi, and Joel & Ellie would surely have taken their place.

          Truth is, while I did enjoy Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie, the last we have seen of them is Nuts & Bolts, which left a bad taste in more than just my mouth. If MS would let Rare make something besides avatars and Kinect games, they may would have gotten Banjo and Kazooie on this list.

  • bowchicka

    marcus and dom