43 favorite fictional couples

43 favorite fictional couples

Reposting from last year because it’s too good to leave in the archives.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s talk about our favorite fictional couples. I asked on facebook and twitter for you to share your favorite fictional couple, and why you love ’em. Here’s what you said:


1. Anne and Gilbert, Anne of Green Gables. “I love them because of their long friendship and I love them both as people. Gilbert is a much richer character than many book heroes.

2. Anne Elliott and Frederick Wentworth, Persuasion. “She gets a second chance to write her wrong, and he forgives.” Also, “because they pined for each other all those years.

3. Lord Peter and Harriet Vane, in Dorothy Sayers’ Lord Peter mysteries. “Two self-sufficient, intelligent people and a beautiful display of the vulnerability involved in loving and allowing oneself to be loved.

4. Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice

5. Jo and Laurie, Little Women. “I *wish* Jo and Laurie had been a couple.” 

6. Jo and Mr. Baehr.

7. Beatrice and Benedict, Much Ado About Nothing. “I love that they were smart and funny and perfectly happy being single, even adamantly so, and then their friends pointed out they might work better together than against one another. Also, the line, ‘Thou and I are too wise to woo peacably.’ “

8. Valancy and Barney Snaith, The Blue Castle.

9. Emma and Mr. Knightley, Emma.

10. Hannah and Nathan Coulter, Hannah Coulter.

11. Claire and Jamie, Outlander.

12. Christy and Todd, the Christy Miller series.

13. Jane and Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre. “if I’m going literary….

14. Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, Harry Potter. “Total opposites, but they balance each other. I know Rowling didn’t intend them to be together, but she’s wrong. It’s better with Ron and Hermione.”

15. Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter. “…because of their mutual admiration and respect for one another and each other’s talents as well as the fact that they, too, were friends first.”

16. Peeta and Katniss, The Hunger Games. “She may not have been affectionate, but she was ready to die for him. Peeta was completely selfless.

17. Wesley and Buttercup from The Princess Bride. “Because nothing says love like a sense of humor.”

18. Margaret Hale and Mr. Thornton, North and South.

19. Pa and Ma Ingalls, Little House series. “I love the way they speak to one another so respectfully and I love that Ma doesn’t complain even when she clearly isn’t thrilled about all the adventuring, but she isn’t a doormat. She makes her thoughts known and when she has to put her foot down, she does and he listens. 🙂 “


20. Bill and Claire Huxtable, The Cosby Show. “Best marriage ever on tv.

21. Eric and Tammi Taylor, Friday Night Lights. “Best portrait of a real (happy!) marriage I’ve ever seen on tv.” (I LOVE their seesaw marriage.)

22. Phil and Claire Dunphy, Modern Family.

23. Matthew and Mary, Downton Abbey. (Sob.)

24, Marshall and Lily, How I Met Your Mother. “Because they seem like a real couple with real problems yet they’re still so great together.”

25. Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty, Gunsmoke. “My favorite couple that never was…

26. Jack and Kate, Lost. “…goofy I know but loved that story.”

27. Jim and Pam, The Office.

28. And Michael and Holly, The Office. “I love that he finally found someone who could match his goofiness and who appreciated his sweet thoughtfulness.”

29. Luke and Lorelei, Gilmore Girls.

30. Kevin and Winnie, The Wonder Years

31. Nathan and Hailey, One Tree Hill“I realize it’s an odd choice, but they married young and grew together. Plus they made it through a lot of adversity.”

32. Veronica and Logan, Veronica Mars. “I love to see Logan melt for Veronica.


33. Harry and Sally, When Harry Met Sally. “I like to think that the best husbands were once great friends.”

34. Kathleen Kelly and Joe FoxYou’ve Got Mail. “They epitomize charm and chemistry.

35. Miracle Max & his wife Valerie, The Princess Bride. ” ‘I’m not a witch–I’m your wife!’ Must be true love!!!”

36. Bob Rueland and Grace Briggs, Return to Me. ” I love that though they both went through very hard things they were still hopeful and I love how sweetly the romance played out, not your usual sex fueled “romance” that you see so much now, just a sweet, slow falling in love.

37. George and Mary Bailey, It’s a Wonderful Life. “Love was fun, sacrificial, and constant through good times and bad.

38. Jimmy Fallon and Drew Barrymore, Fever Pitch. “Just so sweet and cute, with an element of O’Henry’s The Gift of the Magi.

39. Nick and Nora, The Thin Man. “I love that they don’t take each other too seriously and their banter is fabulous.”

40. Mr & Mrs Smith, “…because I secretly fantasize about being a super secret spy with big guns and cool toys.”

39. Anna and the King of Siam.I love that she is strong and he loves her anyway. I love that she lets him into her heart in spite of her stubbornness.

41. Kathleen Kelly and Joe Fox, You’ve Got Mail. “They epitomize charm and chemistry.

Everywhere else

42. Fibber McGee and Molly. “I love how they created a whole show revolving around everyday happenings. It reminds me that marriage is the everyday.”

43. Christine and Rauol, The Phantom of the Opera. “Love that book (and the musical)!!

Who are your favorite fictional couples?

P.S. Great reads for Valentine’s Day. And how Gilbert Blythe finally got the girl.

43 favorite fictional couples

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  1. Morgan says:

    Love so many of these. Here are some I haven’t seen listed:

    Rhett and Scarlett
    Scarlett and Ashley
    Ashley and Melanie

    Zack and Kelly
    Ross and Rachel
    Ray and Debra
    Ricky and Lucy

    Not fictional, but I swoon over Boaz and Ruth EVERY time.

  2. Jamie says:

    I have to add Diana Bishop & Matthew DeClairmont and Isabeau and Phillipe DeClairmont from The Discovery of Witches trilogy this year! It’s rare to see a couple press outside their comfort zones and grow to be what each other needs in a spouse the way Diana & Matthew did.

    Isabeau and Phillipe because even after his death Phillipe’s greatest wish was to see her happy, and her greatest joys and strengths still came from being his wife.

  3. Ditto the “real couple” mention of Van & Davy VanAuken from A Severe Mercy but must add Jack & Joy (Gresham) Lewis from Shadowlands.

    Fictional couples? Definitely, Buttercup and Wesley, Anne and Gilbert, all the Austen and Bronte couples, but can’t believe no one mentioned Richard and Elise (played brilliantly in the movie Somewhere In Time by Christopher Reeves and Jane Seymour)! One of the most romantic stories ever.

  4. Jeannie says:

    SPOILER ALERT – if you haven’t watched “Call the Midwife” you may not want to read this comment!! But if you have, I think the romance between Dr. Turner and Sr. Bernadette is one of the loveliest I’ve seen on screen in quite a while. When he meets her on the road and his first instinct is to place his hand on her forehead to see if she has a fever — it’s so gentle and tender.

  5. Cinnamon says:

    What’ll about Robin Hood and maid Marian? And scarlett o’hara and Rhett Butler? Also missing jack and rose from titanic. These are just great love stories!

  6. Luserina says:

    Harry/Ginny and Ron/Hermione…really? The only literary couple that was written worse than these two was Edward/Bella, and as a book Half-Blood Prince was only marginally better than Twilight. Why would anyone even compare that rubbish to Little Women and Anne of Green Gables? NO. JUST NO.

  7. Angelica says:

    Your choices are great. I especially like Katniss and Peeta, Beatrice and Benedict, and Marshall and Lily. I like how they ultimately complement each other, no matter how often they fight.

    I would just like to add Ben and Katie Jordan from “The Story of Us” [film], Steve and Miranda from “Sex and the City [tv] and Beauty and the Beast.

  8. Seriously? No Homer and Marge Simpson? Television’s longest running romance and NEITHER has EVER cheated on the other and show profound emotional maturity by working out their problems and staying married and in love?

  9. SomeGuy says:

    Kyle Reese and Sarah Connor (Terminator)

    Yes, action movie. Yes, only lasted roughly 24 hours. Consider the fact that he legit died for her…

  10. Gomez and Morticia Addams! As bizarre as the family is, they actually have quite a healthy and functional dynamic. Gomez and Morticia genuinely enjoy spending time together, share many interests, and are committed to their relationship. They are as passionately in love as the day they met.

  11. Joseph says:

    I’m disappointed you didn’t have Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase on this list from the Percy Jackson and the Olympians and Heroes of Olympus series

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