Sometimes things are just better in pairs. Salt and pepper, coconut and chocolate, peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, beer and chicken wings, the list goes on and depends totally upon your personal tastes. Maybe you don’t like jelly with your peanut butter, maybe you hate both peas and carrots, maybe you can’t stand coconut (a common dislike with food).
Sometimes you can’t even talk about one person without also talking about someone else! Who is Jay without Silent Bob? Where would Elton John be without Bernie Taupin? You can’t even talk about Trey Parker without also mentioning his longtime creative partner and friend Matt Stone (whether you liked the dresses they wore to that one Oscars ceremony or not)! How interesting would the Bill and Ted movies be if it they were about only one of these goodhearted dimwits? Not at all…not at all! Sometimes things – and people – just “go” together.
I’m not talking about married couples or others who are “romantically” involved – you know, the stuff that is endless gossip fodder for People magazine and the TMZ network. Will Brad and Jennifer ever get back together? Have they gotten back together? Personally, I don’t care about any of that (yawn)! Seriously, if they have gotten back together, I haven’t been paying attention! OK, if they have gotten back together, you can tell me (that doesn’t mean I’ll care)!
What I’m attempting to compile in this blog is a fairly comprehensive list of “bro pairs” we’ve all enjoyed seeing through entertainment history – and actual history. Some of them are virtual carbon copies of each other, some of them are actual brothers – either in fiction or real life – or are merely brothers from different mothers. Some of them have an “alpha” and “beta” dynamic, some of them bring out the best (or worst) in each other, but the common thread is they all tend to be better together – than not. Whether they make us laugh, make us cringe, or make us wish we’d want to meet them/be them, they are no doubt all iconic…and memorable!
Let’s start with the “bro pair” that inspired this blog!
Reilly and Jonesy (Letterkenny TV Series)
Bill and Ted (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure and its sequels)
Beavis and Butt-Head (TV characters)
John and Horace Dodge (Automakers)
Jay and Silent Bob (Various Movies)
Redford/Newman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting)
Nick Frost and Simon Pegg (Various Movies)
Merry and Pippin (Literature/Movie Characters)
Snoopy and Woodstock (Comics/TV characters)
Cheech and Chong (Various Movies)
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (Literary/Film Characters)