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Romeo and Juliet. Tristan and Isolde. Coach and Mrs. Taylor.
So many incredible couples in literature and myth and plays and movies. Couples that inspire us, madden us, make us laugh, cry, and best of all, make us insanely jealous.
Who’s your favorite fictional couple?
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D.G. Hudson says
Thanks Nathan, how could I forget Ingrid Bergman (??) I must have been thinking Key Largo with Bogie and Bacall.
I appreciate the correction, sheesh.
Glad I checked back in. . .
I would vote for Elizabeth and Darcy for sure. More recent I like Marco and Celia from The Night Circus.
Terin Tashi Miller says
The couple–the English captain (Marlow?) and Dona Rita of Spain–in Joseph Conrad's "Arrow of Gold."
Hands down and without question.
Unrequited, but true, honest, generous, giving (rather than taking) love.
Carla Marvin says
It's already been said, but I vote for Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell from Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series! They are a couple that has been through more than any can even imagine, losing and finding each other over and over and over…if you haven't read this series, I definitely recommend it!
Joseph Ramirez says
Lady and the Tramp.
J/k. I liked Tonks and Lupin.
The couple from Brokeback Mountain.
Excellent question! Many MANY favorites in here! for me, Polly and Tom from Alcott's An Old-Fashioned Girl (since all my Austen, Collins, Rowling etc favorites were all listed). And I think Laura and Almonzo too 🙂
Another vote for Nick and Nora Charles, with or without Asta. Now there was individual personalities with a common chemistry!
Elizabeth & Darcy. They wouldn't settle for anything but the best. (Maybe why Jane Austen never married?!)
But someone mentioned Rose & Mr. Allnut. Now, there's a powerful pair!
Oh goodness… I love Nick and Nora. (movies, since I have yet to read the novels- they're on my list!)
But I also love Sophie and Howl, Hadassah and Marcus, and Tommy and Tuppence Berensford.
My all-time favorite, however, would be Carl and Ellie Frederickson.
Maria S McDonald says
A few of my favourites:
Claire & James Fraser from Outlander.
Henry & Clare De Tamble from The Time Traveler's Wife.
Tatiana & Alexander Barrington from 'The Bronze Horseman' series.
CindyLou Foster says
Laura & Almanzo
And more recently: Isabelle & Cole St. Claire from the Shiver series. Love them.
CindyLou Foster says
How could I forget Harry Dresden & Susan!?
But I digress... says
Annie Reed and Sam Baldwin. I never saw a movie where the starring couple do not become a couple until the very end. Great story!
Heathcliff and Cathy.
"Do not leave me in this abyss where I cannot find you."
Daniel McNeet says
Nick and Nora Charles from the Thin Man detective series.
Deniz Bevan says
Jamie and Claire Fraser, from Outlander, hands down.
Also maybe Tommy and Tuppence from the Agatha Christie series. And Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane…
Ash and Anjuli from The Far Pavilions.
John and Aeryn from Farscape.
Plus SO many others and a lot of the ones already named. 🙂
Natalie Essary says
Heathcliff and Catherine. I know…not the happiest of tales, but I love them. Goth at heart. I can't help it.
I'm going to agree with the commenter who said Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. They're the couple who introduced me to great love and great literature.
Wheel of Time: Nynaeve and Lan Mandragoran
the Elenium and Tamuli series: Sparhawk and Ehlana
and of course, the classics: Mr. Darcy and Liz Bennett, Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester
Would it be weird if I also said Sherlock Holmes and Watson? /g
Lionblaze and Heathertail from Warrior Cats
Shout out to the two people who said Siman + Kaylee and Amy + Rory. YES. I would add Mal + Inara, or even Mal + myself since technically we're a fictional couple as well.
Then…Emma + Mr. Knightley
Snape + Lily
Jeeves + Wooster (no? …sheesh)
Vicki Orians says
I might be cliche in saying this, but Romeo and Juliet. That tragic love story has been an inspiration for me.
I'd like to echo Luciferadi's preference of Sophie and Howl from Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones. I loved everything about this story but especially the characters.
Phoebe and Mike from Friends. <3
A Nerd and A Free Spirit says
Corey and Topanga? DJ and Steve?
Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe.
Florentino Arizo and Fermina Daza – no doubt about it.
Arthur Clennam and Amy Dorrit in Dickens's "Little Dorrit."
Vladimir and Estragon, depending on your interpretation. Beckett formally declared that he wasn't sure himself.
Hmmm tough question…
A few come to mind:
Poppee & Olive
George Burns & Gracie Allen
Wesley & Buttercup
Harry & Sally
Wallie & Eve
Thomas & Veda
Hazel Grace Lancaster and Agustus Waters of course.
Morticia and Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family." Anyone who says they aren't a good couple haven't watched it.