Alright here’s part two of my favorite couples in media. This one is focusing on television shows and video games. It may come as little surprise that this list will be a little more on the nerdy side. I’m also trying to narrow it down to five for each. I could probably make each list a little longer, but it would take a bit more time to do that.
Most of these are going to show my lack of keeping up with television. Some are from live action television shows, while others are from animated.
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence (Boy Meets World) – I watched Boy Meets World regularly growing up, so this was like the ideal couple in my mind. Sure they had some rocky periods where they broke up, got back together again and everything, but those things tended to make them stronger in the end. Maybe it’s just the nostalgia of it, or the fact that I thought Topanga was cute, but even after watching the whole series again just a couple years ago, they’re still my favorite TV couple.
Cliff and Clair Huxtable (The Cosby Show) – While Cliff and Claire are often displayed as parents, their relationship is also the focus in a number of episodes. Seeing both sides and how funny they are as parents and a couple is why they’re one of my favorites.
Kira Yamato and Lacus Kline (Gundam SEED and Gundam SEED Destiny) – The world of Gundam SEED is a fairly grim and war torn world where friends and family may and do wind up dead. In that setting this couple is definitely a bright spot. In fact it could even be said that this couple is the reason behind why both series end positively.
Keiichi Morisato and Belldandy (Ah! My Goddess!) – This couple is probably the most over the top of all my favorites. Belldandy is a goddess and Keiichi is well someone with impressive bad luck. Yet they’re together and love each other, but have a hard time being romantic, and they’re always something extra that happens when they try. They’re cute and maybe a little too saccharine, but I still like them.
Kirito and Asuna (Sword Art Online) – A relationship that is able to bring healing to a person filled with loneliness, guilt, and sorrow is one that I can get behind. This is the way it goes in this relationship. Add in that this relationship is built while they’re trapped in a video game world where virtual death would equal real death and it adds an interesting layer to the whole thing.
Zidane and Garnet (Final Fantasy IX) – Zidane meets Princess Garnet on a mission to kidnap her, succeeds, and this leads to a grand adventure. Zidane is flirty and while at first nothing really develops, these two gain feelings for each other. Add in an ending that makes you want to cheer for the two and you have a good couple.
Yuna and Tidus (Final Fantasy X) – I admit, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Final Fantasy X. I found Tidus fairly annoying early on, but really what makes this relationship stand out is how much he changes as the story goes on. It’s not just that you see the two grow closer, you do, but it’s also how the more responsible Yuna rubs off on Tidus.
Sora and Kairi (Kingdom Hearts) – Probably the most standard of relationships of my list. Boy likes girl, their world gets destroyed, boy loses girl, boy goes on quest to rescue the girl he likes. Despite this rather standard fare, I still think they made for a nice couple. Plus add in that Kairi actually winds up saving Sora near the end, it makes for a bit of a shift.
Chrono and Marle (Chrono Trigger) – Now this one you could just imagine happening. Boy runs into girl at fair, they decide to stay together after that encounter, girl (who also winds up being your kingdom’s princess) gets sent through time due to your friend’s transporter malfunctioning… well okay maybe it’s not too believable. Still an enjoyable relationship though, even when your character doesn’t say anything.
Almaz and Princess Sapphire (Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice) – A relationship that is both really out there, funny, and really sweet at the same time. Almaz is a guard for Sapphire who secretly has a crush on her and goes to defeat the evil Overlord before he can kidnap her. He doesn’t do so well at this, but winds up meeting the Princess who has come to defeat the Overlord herself, after he fails. This leads to her helping him become a real hero and becoming very close to one another. Personally, these two wind up upstaging the main character of the game for me.
So there we go. Those are some of my favorite couples from television and video games. You have any favorites from these mediums? Any that you think I missed? Feel free to add your own or comment on mine.