We love a good love story in our favorite movies and tv shows. A romance that begins organically and builds onto plotlines and stories give us hope that all things are possible. Sadly, we couldn’t figure out how to define what made one couple better than another. So, here’s our yearbook-style “Best of” list for your enjoyment! Do you like our choices? Did we miss anyone? Let us know in the comments.
Best Couple Who Actually Hated Each Other Behind-The-Scenes
Agent Mulder and Agent Scully– Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, The X-Files
From the start, it’s plain to see that Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have the onscreen chemistry that became part of the reason why shippers were so invested in Mulder and Scully’s future. Their long-running “will-they-won’t-they” thing eventually culminates in a “yes-they-will!” relationship, but apparently in real life the two were not the best buds. Off-screen, Anderson and Duchovny have had a famously tempestuous relationship – she admitted in 2015 that “there were periods when we hated each other.” “We’re good friends now, though, and I think we have even more fun together now we’re older and recognize the importance of the camaraderie that we have. We understand that we’re the only two people who have had this experience together,” Anderson told The Daily Mail.
Luke and Lorelai — Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls
Beckett and Castle – Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, Castle
Elena and Damon – Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, The Vampire Diaries
Best Superhero Power Couples
Black Panther and Storm – Marvel’s comic universe
In Marvel’s comic book universe, Black Panther (aka T’Challa) and the X-Men’s Storm (aka Ororo Munroe) have been married since 2006. T’Challa is the ruler of the technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda. Ororo is the mutant African princess with power over weather and leader in the X-Men. Being of royal blood, it would be obvious that these two super powered individuals would find each other. Still, it wasn’t until 2006’s Storm #1, that it was revealed that T’Challa met and fell in love with Ororo when she was an orphaned teenager. The two would later marry and fight side-by-side through many battles. However, Black Panther resented that Storm chose to fight with the X-Men instead of staying with him and had their marriage annulled. We’re still holding out hope that his love for her lives on, and we may see them reunited in the MCU now that 20th Century Fox has become a subsidiary of Disney.
Green Arrow and Black Canary – DC’s Arrow comic and TV universe
Black Bolt and Medusa – Marvel’s Inhumans comic and TV universe
Scarlett Witch and Vision – Marvel’s comics and movie universe
Best Ass-Kicking Couple
Rick Grimes and Michonne, The Walking Dead
Rick Grimes started the zombie apocalypse on the wrong foot. With the loss of his wife and having to raise two kids in a nightmare world, Rick became extremely protective of his family and crew. It would take seasons before he opened up his heart again to the most badass warrior in TV history. Michonne, originally a darker, much more ruthless survivor, has had to suffer the loss of her entire family before the events of the show. Fighting side-by-side, Rick and Michonne lead their band of survivors through the hells of their new world. They act as confidantes and support for each other, and from this a mutual love forms between these two badasses.
Fitz and Simmons – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl – The Incredibles
Wash and Zoe – Firefly
Best Norm-Breaking Couple
Korra and Asami – The Legend of Korra
What usually begins as friendship can turn into a relationship that can rock a fandom. Such is the case with many same-gendered relationships in fiction and is the case for The Legend of Korra. Fans were shook when confirmation came that Korra and Asami’s kiss at the end of the series solidified their coupledom. The creators confirmed that the relationship wasn’t in the works from the get-go; actually, Korra and Asami were temporarily rivals for the affection of Mako, a fellow Avatar. Soon the ladies developed a close friendship, and the relationship developed organically. “That’s how writing works the vast majority of the time,” wrote co-creator Bryan Konietzko. “You give these characters life and then they tell you what they want to do.”
Madame Vastra and Jenny – Doctor Who
Willow and Tara – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus – Sailor Moon
Best Movie Couple featuring Zoe Saldana
Gamora and Star-Lord – The Guardians of the Galaxy
We included this category because it’s fun to see how often actress, Zoe Saldana, gets paired up in major franchises. While her roles of Lt. Uhura and Neytiri are both formidable female heroines, we vote that Gamora and Star Lord is the best pairing she’s had so far. Gamora holds her own with Peter Quill (aka Star Lord, if you haven’t already caught that), often rejecting his advances to comedic effect. Still, we haven’t seen anything solid come out of their “knowing looks”. Director James Gunn shares: “Gamora is a character who would not be swept up in the moment by passion, and if she was, I think she would have to deal with the ramifications of that. I don’t think she would be easy on herself about it. I think at the end, what we see between the two of them is a truer love story. Where she loves him, and he loves her – and she acknowledges that at the end of the movie – but that’s a love that’s based not only on attraction but on a really deep friendship that the two of them have.”
Nyota Uhura and Spock – current Star Trek film franchise
Neytiri and Jake Sully – Avatar film franchise
Best Couple in a Love Triangle
Buffy Summers and Angel and Spike — Buffy the Vampire Slayer
It became the most important question of our time—should Buffy end up with Angel or Spike? While Angel is Buffy’s first true love (the Claddagh ring!!!), their love story has a tragic and heartbreaking end. Angel losing his soul, Buffy sending him to hell, and a spinoff would keep these two destined to be apart. While Buffy had other suitors in her young adult life, the only one to come close enough to Angel was his archnemesis/frenemy, Spike. Spike was legitimately a bad guy who had his own romantic baggage and he turned that around for Buffy (with a bit of help from an implanted microchip). Their love story isn’t without controversy and creator Joss Whedon even chimed in on the debate: “I’m a Buffy/Spike shipper. I always felt like he was a more evolved person, but that’s like saying Juliet’s going to be so happy with Benvolio and everyone will love it. Buffy/Angel is for the ages; Buffy/Spike is maybe for me.”
Jean Grey and Scott Summers and Logan, the X-Men comics/TV/movie universe
Dawson and Joey and Pacey – Dawson’s Creek
Archie and Veronica and Betty – the Archie comics and TV universe
Best #RelationshipGoals Couple
Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt – Parks and Recreation
Leslie, an eternally optimistic government employee, met her match in realist, Ben. Their love story began roughly as Ben came into Pawnee to shut down unnecessary government spending; basically, shutting down Leslie’s plans for bettering her town. They eventually came to terms with their feelings for one another; being each other’s backbone and support in rough patches in their careers. In the end, their dorky enthusiasm won over the hearts of many, and we watched as Ben and Leslie wed in the cutest fashion ever (seriously, just thinking of their vows brings tears our eyes). Their love story didn’t end with the wedding, their undying support for each other demonstrates that all relationships need compromise and listening to each other’s wants. “I love and I like you,” will live on forever in our hearts.
Fry and Leela – Futurama
Cory and Topanga – Boy Meets World
Jim and Pam – The Office