When I decided to write this list I was thinking that twins lacked representation in pop culture compared to how many you meet in real life. However, when I sat down and racked my brain twins started popping up in all corners of fiction. Don’t worry twins, from children’s books to comic books, you have not been forgotten. Now, let’s see if I can narrow this list down to ten…
10. Wonder Twins
The alien twins that were Super Friends with the likes of Batman and Superman, in the 1973 animated series. Zan and Jayna would pound fists, call out “Wonder Twins powers activate” and then choose a representing form or shape. Zan having water powers, becoming powerful ice-forms, while Jayna could become any animal from bug to griffon to an alien beast.
9. Austin Powers and Dr. Evil
The ultimate revelation in the third installment of the Austin Powers trilogy. These two mortal enemies, whose rivalry bounded time, were in fact long lost twin brothers. Personally, I find it hard to see the resemblance.
8. Bananas in Pyjamas
Who can forget these creepy brothers from the Australian children’s show. I wish I could. Dressing alike in their all day pajamas, and seemingly attached at the hip, these two brothers are as close as close can be. The reality of walking, talking bananas is sketchy at best, but our friends from down under are awfully proud of these weirdos.
7. He-Man and She-Ra
The most powerful man and woman in the universe also happened to be twin brother and sister. She-Ra was introduced as a villain before she discovers her origins as the lost sister of He-Man himself. Masculine Prince Adam may have inspired animators to create the feminine Princess Adora, but they have been allies in the war against Grey Skull.
6. Chip ‘n’ Dale
These two rambunctious chipmunks have been the thorn in the side of many Disney characters including Donald Duck, Pluto, and Pete. Despite being portrayed as the antagonists, it is hard not to cheer for these cute little brothers. Since their sinister origins Chip and Dale have gone on to create the Rescue Rangers, a detective agency solving mysteries and heading out on high adventures.
5. Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver
Comic books most well known twin brother and sister. Unfortunately, their lives have been full of pain and agony. It ain’t easy being a mutant. The reformed villains, turned villains, turned heroes, turned… I don’t even know anymore, have been involved in more teams than any character in the Marvel Universe. No matter what, their bond has kept them together through it all. Now that is twin power.
4. Tweedledee and Tweedledum
These two numb-skulls may come from an old English nursery rhyme, however, they are most well known for their part in Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There. It was the Disney animated film Alice in Wonderland that made this pair popular. Now there names have become derogatory synonyms with two people that act like each other a little too much. There is the theory that these two were never meant as twins but as mirror images of each other, but that has never been concluded.
3. The Weasley twins
Fan favourite Fred and George Weasley were the identical, mischievous twins of the popular Harry Potter series. The proffesional pranksters may have ended in a more serious connotation but, they were always good for a laugh.
2. Mario and Luigi
Now, I had to fact check this and indeed these plumbers were in fact twins. Mario being born minutes before his younger, taller brother. Mostly proven by the fact that they were babies at the same time. Together they have gone on to save the Mushroom Kingdom countless times and have become one of the most famous sibling duos in pop culture history.
1. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
Is there a better story of long lost twins? Upon their reconnection these siblings saved the galaxy. Sure, we will never be able to let go of that kiss, but without these two their father would still be having his way with the galaxy far, far away.
Thanks booknerds, honorable mentions go to: Patty and Selma, Phil and Lil, Jamie and Cersei, Thing 1 and Thing 2, Dipper and Mabel, and of course the twins of The Shining. Jenn also wanted me to mention the Sweet Valley High twins… and I did.