Happy almost Valentine’s Day! Or, as some may call it, Happy Eat as Much Chocolate as Possible Day!
Except I don’t like chocolate. *gasp* It’s truuuue.
Ahem. SO. In honor of this smushy, heartsy time, I thought I’d do something fun. Today I’m going to list 10 of some of my most favoritest screen couples! Why only screen couples? Because last year I did a list of My Favorite Book Couples via Tracey Dyck's brilliant Valentine’s themed book linkup she had hosted. So since I’ve already shared some of the most adorable bookish couples (though at that time I had yet to read all of The Lunar Chronicles or Percy Jackson, so you can add Cress & Thorne and Percy & Annabeth to that list now), this year I’m going to give my TV dears the spotlight!
I’m limiting myself to only 10 since we don’t want this post to take so long it’ll be next Valentine’s before you’re done reading it (I SHIP A LOT OF PEOPLE, OKAY). BUT. I still feel like I forgot someone super important. Who even knows? I JUST LOVE ALL THE BABIES.
The Doctor & Rose
The Doctor is lonely. HE IS THE LAST OF HIS KIND. HE’S SEEN SO MANY PEOPLE DIE. NOTHING IS OKAY. He needs someone at his side—to keep him company, to keep him from making mistakes, to hold his hand when everything falls apart again and again and again. But he can’t just have anyone. They have to be brave, someone who can hold their own, someone who’s kind and selfless but isn’t afraid to put the Doctor in his place.
Then comes a girl named Rose. Who sees the human side of the Doctor, who accepts him and lives for the dangerous, adventurous life he leads her on. She’s everything the Doctor ever needs.
No, no. I’m fine. My heart just made an explosion bigger than that time the TARDIS exploded. JUST LEAVE MY TO MY PAIN. WHATEVER.
Merlin & Freya
Merlin is much like the Doctor in that he’s LONELY. He has to keep his magic secret otherwise, ya know, HE’LL BE BRUTALLY MURDERED. He has basically the whole of Camelot’s fate on his shoulder. And being Arthur’s servant is, erm, not easy.
With Freya, he doesn’t have to hide who he is. Freya gives him hope of a quiet, simple life away from his burdensome destiny. A life to live with someone who accepts his magic and loves him for it. Someone just as sweet, selfless, and gentle-spirited as he is. THEY WERE PERFECT. EVERYTHING WAS PERFECT.
I HATE BOTH THESE SHOWS.
(Disclaimer: Merlin and Doctor Who are my favorite shows of all time, even if they make me want to stab everything and/or cry enough tears to fill a second ocean.)
(Also shoutout to the Doctor and Merlin for being my two most favorite TV characters period.)
Shawn & Juliet
Yes, let’s move away from the BBC shows to something light.
SHAWN AND JULES THOUGH. Shawn is the biggest manchild to ever exist, and we all adore him for it. His ridiculousness and ability to reference every TV show and movie to ever exist knows no bounds. Then we have Juliet— or “Jules” as Shawn adorably calls her—who is just levelheaded enough to rein Shawn in when he needs it (which is a lot), but also has the perfect amount of a carefree attitude and good humor to let Shawn be himself and appreciate his absurdities. She also speaks quite fluently in Moviequote-ese herself. The perfect couple? I THINK SO. Ooooh, is the shipping hard with this show. SO MUCH SHIPPING.
Rapunzel & Flynn
Are you even surprised?
Not only is Flynn my top favorite animated Disney guy to exist, Rapunzel is basically my spirit animal. Flynn literally has every. single. one. of my favorite traits for fictional characters—humorous charm, an amazing reluctant-hero character arc, he’s a THIEF (I have this weird thing for thieves in fiction, I DON’T EVEN KNOW), a golden heart hidden deep beneath a tragic past, it’s just all there! Then there’s perky, fun, oblivious but utterly sweet Rapunzel that brings out the best in him and just SLKDJLFJ:LSDJJF. I LOVE THEMMM.
Ella & Kit
UGH. THIS MOVIE.
Cinderella has always been one of my top, top favorite fairytales. I probably watched the Disney animated version around 29389434 times when I was little. I’ve always loved and admired Cinderella herself because of her sweet spirit. She never grew bitter, even though none of us would have blamed her if she did. The whole story is fantastic except…we see the Prince like ONCE. He doesn’t even have a name! Do you really expect me to believe they fell in love after one, like, 2 minute dance? Who even IS this creepy guy going around forcing girls to try on a slipper? It’s all just WEIRD.
Well, Disney fixed their mistakes of the animated version. This live action one is PERFECTION. Not only do we get to actually know the Prince, Cinderella gets to as well before going off and marrying him! *gasp* What a crazy idea! And hey, turns out he’s a completely sweet guy. The perfect match for our gentle-spirited Ella.
EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS MOVIE WAS PERFECT.
Hiccup & Astrid
How to Train Your Dragon & How to Train Your Dragon 2
We all love these two, am I right?
The dynamics between Hiccup and Astrid are the BEST. Obviously their relationship starts off a little rocky. Astrid is the tough girl who doesn’t want this scrawny boy getting in her way. But I LOVE how Hiccup earns her respect. She may fight dragons, but he can train them and ride the most feared dragon in the land. SURPRISE!
And can we talk about how they didn’t do the stereotypical the-couple-must-break-up-in-the-sequel-to-add-tension nonsense that always happens in sequels???? Hiccup and Astrid were still their adorable selves, and would do anything for each other in the 2nd movie. No stupid fights and useless couple drama. And *gasp* it was still a good movie! Who knew???
Fitz & Simmons
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
These two, my word. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons became best friends in their time in the S.H.I.E.L.D Academy and are the “brains” of the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D team, Fitz being an engineer and Simmons a bio-chemic. They’re such good friends that everyone in the show just refers to them as Fitz-Simmons because they’re basically the same person.
Actual representation of their relationship.
I’m a sucker for the couples who started out as complete best friends, and Fitz-Simmons are the MOST. ADORABLE. While everyone else is off shooting bad guys, they’re locked up in their labs and are kind of the innocent children of the group. I kind of get frustrated with this show a lot, but I keep watching it because of Fitz-Simmons.
(But I haven’t seen any of season 4 yet so if there are spoilers, NO SHARING PLEASE.)
Westley & Buttercup
The Princess Bride
I couldn’t decide if to do this one since The Princess Bride is a book (which I have read). But I think most of us know The Princess Bride as a movie, and I’m specifically talking about the movie version.
But ANYWHO. Westley and Buttercup! They’re anything but perfect—Buttercup is kind of a brat, and Westley is a bit cocky and, ya know, becomes a pirate. BUT. They bring out the best in each other, and I think that’s what makes their relationship work so well. Brat though she may have been, Buttercup becomes a much softer person when she falls in love, and throws away any prejudices she may have had. After all, she’d rather marry a serving boy/pirate than the prince. While Westley would do absolutely anything in the world to keep his Buttercup safe. I mean, they’re not exactly a role model couple. *cough, cough* But come on, guys. IT’S WESTLEY AND BUTTERCUP. Even the little boy, who wants nothing to do with “kissing books”, was shipping them by the end.
Robin Hood & Marian
Robin Hood (BBC)
Oh look, another BBC. Show. Hahaha. Ha. Ha. Ahem.
Well, Robin Hood and Marian are obviously a classic! And I love the portrayals of them in this show. The ever charming Robin Hood is not exactly secretive about his feelings for Marian. While Marian is much more levelheaded and reluctant, but, deep down, you know she cares for him.
I mean, sometimes he still gets on her nerves.
I particularly love this Marian because she manages to be very much a girl and have a sweet heart, but isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty if she has to. She’s the perfect ally for Robin Hood. She will put her life in danger to help the people of her village or get Robin out of sticky situations, but she’s not the type that absolutely has to be “one of the boys” that’s so popular for female characters in this culture. That show, erm, was rather low budget and had its flaws (though I still adore it, cheesiness, historical inaccuracies, and all), but the writers did an amazing job of creating a couple that makes sense. Some fictional couples are ridiculous, because in real life those people would in no way work as a couple. But these two compliment each other perfectly.
But I’m also a total Robin Hood nerd so I may be a bit biased. *grins*
David & Mary Margaret (a.k.a Prince Charming & Snow White)
Once Upon a Time
The amount of couples in this show go on for daaaays, but the writers always come back to these two. Why? Because their relationship is BEAUTIFUL.
These two have a solid relationship. (Once we get past the first season that is.) Most stories add drama and tension by constantly causing tiffs between the couples. Which, yeah, is a good story device. I’ve done it many a time myself. But sometimes it’s a breath of fresh air to just have a couple that genuinely loves each other. One that you know will never break. Something real and eternal, like marriage is supposed to be. And that’s exactly what David and Mary Margaret have. Sure, they have some hardships. Any two people do. But they always, always have unshakable love for one another. It’s their very love that keeps not only themselves, but everyone else around them on stable ground when all seems hopeless. It’s their love that keeps them from never, ever giving up, however many horrible things happen to them. (And, let me tell you, a lot of horrible things happen to them. o.o)
Mary Margaret’s gentle and sweet nature and David’s chivalry and selflessness makes for an unstoppable team.
I think sometimes this world needs a fairytale romance.
(I’ve only seen up to halfway through season 4, so like with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, NO SPOILERS PLEASE.)
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And there we have 10 of my most shippety ships to ever grace my TV screen. But, like I said, I limited myself to just 10. THERE ARE SO MANY MORE.
Honorable mentions go to: Arthur & Guinevere (BBC’s Merlin), Carl & Ellie (Up, ALL THE TEARS), Amy & Rory (Doctor Who), and Anna & Kristoff (Frozen). And probably a thousand billion more I’m not thinking of right now.
NOW IT’S YOUR TURN. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, I’d absolutely love for everyone to join in on this. So feel free to make a list of your own to post on your blog. I ENCOURAGE IT. And if you do make a post, be sure to link it to me so I can squeal with you about all the precious babies! Or, if you don’t have a blog or just don’t feel like making a post, list your favorites in the comments. LET US GUSH!!!