by Mark Greig
Being the hopeless romantic that I am (don't let my cold, hard, cynical exterior fool you, I'm really a big softie) I decided that I would celebrate Valentine's Day this year by doing a round up of what I personally feel are some of the most iconic couples in sci-fi and fantasy, past and present. Enjoy and feel free to tell us your own favourites in the comments.
Westley and Buttercup (The Princess Bride)
This is true love. You think this happens every day?
Wash and Zoe (Firefly)
Let's just agree that the movie never happened. Sure, it's great an' all, but it didn't happen. I repeat, it didn't happen.
John Crichton and Aeryn Sun (Farscape)
For these two star-crossed lovers the course of true love never did run smooth. I ain't kidding, they went through some seriously crazy shit before they finally got their happily ever after.
Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter (Captain America)
The best romantic relationship in the MCU is also the briefest and most tragic.
Han Solo and Princess Leia (Star Wars)
She loved him. He knew.
Xena and Gabrielle (Xena: Warrior Princess)
To this day there are still people who will insist that Xena and Gabrielle were never anything more than very close platonic friends. These people are of course completely wrong and should be ignored at all times.
Buffy and Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
Popular culture is currently littered with stories about a teenage girl falling in love with a brooding, centuries old vampire, but they all pale in comparison to Buffy and Angel. These two are the Burton and Taylor of this particular subgenre.
Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese (The Terminator)
Before Steven Moffat introduced the Doctor to a certain curly haired archaeologist (see below), this was pop culture's most paradoxical romantic relationship.
Root and Shaw (Person of Interest)
They spoon with each other while shooting bad guys. What's not to love?
Jessica Jones and Luke Cage (Jessica Jones)
You could argue that there are more famous Marvel couples like Spider-Man and Mary Jane or Reed and Sue Richards, but did they have a kid who grew up to Captain America? The answer is no.
The Doctor and River Song (Doctor Who)
I was one of those people who firmly believed that the Doctor should never have a love interest. Then River Song showed up and I was shipping it like a loon.
Sun and Jin (LOST)
"I won't leave you. I will never leave you again." *ugly sobbing*
Lois and Clark (Superman)
These two are as inevitable as a sunrise or Kanye West being a pompous arse.
Batman and Catwoman (Batman)
Like Lois and Clark. Only kinkier.
EVE and WALL-E (WALL-E)
Who says the most heartwarming tales need to feature characters with actually hearts?
Bo and Lauren and Dyson and Tamsin (Lost Girl)
In an ideal world this is how the series would've ended, with the succubus and all her various love interests in one nice big happy group marriage.
Oliver and Felicity (Arrow)
I only know two things. 1) There are no magical kingdoms at the back of wardrobes, just smelly old shoes and moths. And 2) Oliver Queen truly, madly, deeply loves Felicity Smoak and vice versa.
Fry and Leela (Futurama)
A love so grand it moved the stars themselves. Literally.
Clarke and Lexa (The 100)
Am I jumping the gun here by listing this pairing, which has only been around for little over a year, alongside all these other iconic couples? Probably, but this is my list and I'll include whoever the hell I like.
Mulder and Scully (The X-Files)
Back in the 90s we all wanted to believe...that these two idiots would finally realise how madly in love with each other they so obviously were. And they did.
Jack and Ianto (Torchwood)
Do you still cry over episode 4 of Children of Earth? I sure as hell do.
Roslin and Adama (Battlestar Galactica)
Anyone who says their face didn't burst into a massive grin when these two finally admitted their feelings for each other is a lying liar.
Kirk and Spock (Star Trek)
What do you mean it isn't canon? Do you see how Kirk is holding Spock's hand? The look in his eyes? The subtle heartbreak of a clearly jealous Bones? If that isn't true love I don't know what is.
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