Meme: Top Ten Tuesdays: Top Ten Dynamic Duos

The Top Ten Tuesdays meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Please visit the mother blog and click on some (or all) of the participating blogs to see more dynamic duos.

After I drew up this list, I realised to my amazement that I had only put one romance supercouple on my list. This is perhaps because I decided to not include duos who are “just” great lovers, but who are also a great team in other respects.

  • Eve and Roarke from the In Death books by Nora Roberts. Not only are they a sizzling couple, they also work well together solving crimes.
  • Rincewind and the Luggage from the Discworld series. Together they can get into more trouble than a troop of street urchins and cause more mayhem than a reasonably large army of monkeys, but they always land on their feet again.
  • Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg from the Discworld series. One is sharply intelligent, openly powerful and intimidating, the other comforting and friendly and possessed of no less strong but much more subtle magic powers, they make up for each other faults and make one hell of a working team.
  • Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories. A perfect combination of brains and brawn.
  • Tommy and Tuppence Beresford from the books by Agatha Christie. Another dynamic crime-fighting duo, this one secret service/private detective/nosy parker types.
  • Jeeves and Wooster from the books by Wodehouse. One is an expert on getting into trouble, the other on extricating people from trouble and so they make a perfect match.
  • Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser from the books by Fritz Leiber. The sneak thief and the barbarian hero perfectly compliment each other, and the stories are just incredibly funny and inventive. If you want to read some of the best stuff ever written in the “sword and sorcery” fantasy subgenre, try the Swords series by Leiber.
  • Don Quixote and Sancho Panza from Don Quixote by Cervantes. I haven’t even read the book yet, only watched a TV series based on it, but I still feel I must mention them.
  • Merry and Pippin from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien. Their relationship is no less strong that that of Frodo and Sam, but it’s a relationship between equals and thus the dynamics are different. In the movies they are comic relief, in the books the war might well have been lost without them.
  • Aziraphale and Crowley from Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Two great comic characters. Ostensibly the servants of Above and Below, but in reality champions of humanity and after 6000-something years on earth they have become rather more human than angelic or demonic.

Honourable mention:
Frodo and Sam from The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Tolkien. A perfect example of a master-servant relationship turned into strong friendship.


Falaise said…
I loved your list. RIncewind and the Luggage seem to be getting quite a bit of attention in these lists!
I also had Bertie and Jeeves along with a few others! I also loved the relationship between Merry and Pippin.
Birdie said…
D'oh! I totally forgot about Aziraphale and Crowley. They are a WIN!
Katie said…
I love this list. I focused on kids' books, but I would have included Jeeves and Wooster and Eve and Roarke if I'd included adult books, too. Nice choices!
Tevya said…
Eve and Roarke are on my list as well!!!! So excited to see them on other lists.

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