The emotional aftermath of an iconic on-screen couple can totally alter your expectations of future relationships forever.
From impossible standards to unrealistic declarations of love—somehow always in the pouring rain?—it’s easy to be a little disappointed when faced with reality.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that all of our favourite fictional couples are unrealistic, in fact many are exactly refreshingly current, despite being made years ago.
With that said, there are many imaginary couples that have stood the test of time, all the while, continuing to keep us emotionally invested in their ups-and-downs, sometimes resulting in a gut-wrenching cry-fest.
However, we can all agree that while on-screen love birds may be fictional, their highs-and-lows certainly feel real to us.
THE BEST FICTIONAL COUPLES OF ALL TIME
From Chuck and Blair to Ross and Rachel, we’ve rounded up 19 of the most iconic, yet fictional, couples to have ever graced our screens—and warmed our cold hearts.
If you’re looking for some nostalgic viewing, keep scrolling to see which on-screen couples made the cut.
Monica Gellar and Chandler Bing in Friends
While the thought of these two as a couple was initially strange, to say the least, it’s a no-brainer that Monica and Chandler were made for each other. From their hilarious antics to their touching moments, we could watch these lovebirds on our screens for years to come.
Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass in Gossip Girl
This Gossip Girl pairing may be controversial to some, it’s no lie that we were all rooting for their relationship by the end of the series. Chuck and Blair, despite disappointing each other on a regular basis, were ultimately perfect for each other.
Buffy Summers and Angel in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Despite their tumultuous ending, Buffy and Angel were iconic from the start. But just like every other heart-wrenching romance, these two weren’t meant to be. After the pair were intimate, Angel lost his soul and these two lovebirds were over before it ever began, breaking hearts around the world.
Jess Mariano and Rory Gilmore in Gilmore Girls
While the verdict is out on whether Jess, Dean or Logan was the perfect guy for Rory, it seems that most are in favour of fellow writer, Jess. Although he often led Rory to more rebellious tendencies, he ultimately put his mischievous demeanour aside to be with her.
Andy Dwyer and April Ludgate in Parks And Recreation
They say opposites attract, right? Andy, who saw life as a glass-half-full, and April, the intern with a love for everything horror, couldn’t have been more opposite at the start of the series. Over time, these two defied romantic stereotypes and found happiness in each other’s differences. Besides, could they be any cuter?
Ross Gellar and Rachel Green in Friends
The ultimate ’90s sitcom couple, who didn’t love watching them through the tears, laughter and surprise pregnancies. These two were meant to be, even when they were on a break.
Jim Halpert and Pam Bessley in The Office U.S.
Any fan of The Office would know that these two were end-game from the start. From their air high-fives to their pranks on Dwight, the romantic tension between these two could have been cut with a knife. From their first kiss to their Niagara Falls wedding, these lovebirds have set the bar high.
Carrie Bradshaw and Mr.Big in Sex And The City
Despite the ups-and-downs, these two are our favourite glamour couple. Next time we’re looking for a classic New York City night full of martinis and jazz, we know who we’d call.
Cameron and Mitchell in Modern Family
Modern Family certainly nailed the idea of a non-traditional family unit. With Cam and Mitchell’s relationship easily winning over our hearts, the two lovebirds and their journey to start their own modern family, is sure to go down in history.
Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger in Harry Potter
Who didn’t spend their childhood hoping these two would finally get together? We also just love anything to do with Emma Watson, so we’re all about their sometimes awkward romance.
Lorelai Gimore and Luke Danes in Gilmore Girls
It’s safe to say that any fan of Girlmore Girls hoped that these two would confess their love for one another, for almost five seasons. When they finally did, their hilarious back-and-forth kept us loving the couple up until their wedding in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
Alex “Hitch” Hitchens and Sara Melas in Hitch
He’s a charming, smooth-talker, and she’s an independent woman who lets nothing get past her. Could they get any more relatable? Plus, as if you wouldn’t want them around for one of those couple activities, like trivia night.
Coach Eric and Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights
If you watch any episode of Friday Night Lights, you’d agree that Coach and Tami are one of the best power couples to grace our screens. The golden duo, a football coach and a counsellor-turned-principal, spend the series inspiring others with words of wisdom and poignant life advice. They’re hilarious, wholesome and completely in love.
Nick Miller and Jessica Day in New Girl
After countless episodes of will-they, wont-they, these two are the ultimate couple goals. Both are equal parts funny and adorable, and their wedding and adoption of their dog, Mario, confirmed that exact theory.
Noah Calhoun and Allie Hamilton in The Notebook
Aside from the fact Noah is Ryan Gosling, who couldn’t love watching how crazy these two were for each other. If you need further convincg, Allie even leaves the equally good-looking James Marsden for him. Case closed.
Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy in Pride And Prejudice
While these two certainly have their fair share of awkward moments, Elizabeth and Mr.Darcy are a no-brainer. From their squabbles to their tender moments, these two are the most realistic couple to come from the 19th Century.
Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride
So The Princess Bride may have given us unreasonable expectations—like every fairy tale, ever—but we still can’t get enough of watching this lovesick couple. It’s so sweet, it gives us a sugar rush.
Andy Anderson and Benjamin Barry in How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days
What kind of magazine would this be if we couldn’t appreciate the extremes one writer goes to for a story? Although we wouldn’t have been able to go to the same lengths to do so, we have no problem watching her do it. Princess Sophia, anyone? Comedy gold.
Lily and Marshall in How I Met Your Mother
They’re hilarious, fun and come up with great phrases like “lawyered”. Still crazy in love and playful as anything, Lily and Marshall have the kind of best-friend-like relationship we could ever dream of.
From ELLE Australia