10. Spike and Drusilla, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
9. Sailor Neptune and Sailor Uranus, from Sailor Moon.
Yes, I love Sailor Moon. Yes, I'm twenty two. Your point?
These two are great because how often do you find an openly lesbian couple on a kid's show? I wish there were more couples like them. And I had a crush on both of them when I was thirteen because let's face it, they're hot stuff. And you know it.
And Tuxedo Mask/Sailor Pluto. IT COULD TOTALLY HAPPEN.
8. Ryan O'Reily and Dr Gloria Nathan, from Oz.
I hesitated at including this couple because the truth is, they scare the hell out of me. It's not that I want them to get together either. They're just... oddly compelling. If super dark and twisted relationships are your thing, these two take the cake. I think they even beat the most popular Oz couple, Chris Keller and Tobias Beecher, in terms of sheer fucked-up-ness. I can't be bothered going back and counting, but I think the body count that resulted from both relationships was pretty even.
Ryan and Gloria. It's like a trainwreck, you can't look away. You probably should.
7. Angel and Spike, from Angel and Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Okay, I was going to only include couples that actually got together in the timeline of their respective canons, but since Joss Whedon pretty much confirmed Angel and Spike as a couple, I'm going to include them.
Yes, the leather-coated ensouled vampire duo themselves. I mean come on, they've known each other for over a hundred years and spent a good part of that hundred years raising havok across Europe. You honestly think they never went there? Please.
6. Willow and Oz, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Plus Oz is probably responsible for the fact that I have a bit of a thing for werewolves (I really, really don't want to psychoanalyse that... ever). Leading me on to the next couple:
5. Nymphadora Tonks and Remus Lupin, from Harry Potter.
I know, I know, it was handled dreadfully in the books, but that's what fanfiction's for, right?
There was no way I could resist this couple. It had all my fandom kinks: angst, adversity, werewolves and age gaps. Seems I also have a thing for couples where the guy is a lot older than the (legally of age) girl, but the girl can totally kick his arse if she wants. Which we know Tonks totally can. Again, not psychoanalysing that with a ten foot pole.
Lupin and Tonks were awesome, and then, well, this happened:
Yeah, that really sucked.
4. Amy and Rory Pond, from Doctor Who.
Everybody say naaaaaaaaaw.
I can't get enough of these two. Rory spent two thousand years waiting for Amy. Two thousand years. It... just... brings a tear to my eye... *melts into a puddle of happy goo*
3. Willow and Tara, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
If I thought the end of Willow and Oz's relationship was rough, it was nothing compared to what Joss Whedon put these two through. It shattered me. And I will never forgive Joss Whedon for it.
Season 5 and beginning of Season 6 they were all happy and shiny and then Willow became addicted to magic and they broke up, and then they got back together and Warren shot Tara and it was horrible. Fuck you Joss.
2. Rogue and Gambit, from X-Men.
Be still, my sixteen year old heart.
Epic romances aren't normally my thing, but these two pull on my heartstrings like no other. I think it's the whole 'forbidden fruit' aspect that makes it so appealling- they can't touch each other, but they're still madly in love and it threatens to destroy them both on various occasions. And in the rare moments when they can touch for whatever reason, the pay off is most excellent. They had sex in a cave while they were captured and Gambit had his arms chained to the wall. Tell me that's not hot.
And my number one favourite couple is:
1. Wash and Zoe, from Firefly.
Now and forever, amen.
Firefly is my happy, shiny place, and Wash and Zoe are at the heart of that happy, shiny place. They have their ongoing issues and they fight, but they work through them because they both realise that their love for each other is more important than the fights they have. It's not an epic romance. It's not all flowers and rainbows. But they're genuinely happy together, and I think it's one of the most realistic happy marriages I've seen on screen.
Plus they're a married couple who are shown to have an active sex life. Heaven forbid!
I know Joss Whedon ruined it all with Serenity, but I remain firmly in denial. DAMN YOU JOSS, STOP RUINING MY HAPPY, SHINY PLACES.
Phew, that took longer than I thought! But it was fun. I'm thinking of doing a Top 10 Favourite Female Characters list at some point.