Couples in fiction (ESPECIALLY in heroic or super-heroic fiction) are a troublesome plot point.  There is an old adage that says happy couples are dramatically inert, which makes them occasionally seem boring to read/write about.  There are literally infinite ways around this problem, but even back in the Golden Age, writers have bent over backwards to create drama around comic book pairings.  Still, in honor of St. Valentine’s Day (which, I think, is designed to either make you feel like an inferior partner and/or remind you of gangsters gettin’ shot down) I have been considering the various permutations of pop-culture romance.  From the love triangles (Remember Mark/Princess/Jason?  What about Cyclops/Marvel Girl/Angel?  Cyclops/Marvel Girl/Wolverine?  Jean Grey/Cyclops/Emma Frost?  In retrospect, I think maybe Jean Grey may be Taylor Swift’s romantic role model.) to the boring old married folks (Reed and Sue come to mind, but there was a time when a certain arachnid/super-model pairing of which we do not speak of for fear of awakening the sleeping giants fit here) to those fallen couples we all miss (Oh, Victoria…  You were so right for stupid Ted, and he is an idiot.)  The one thing that I think we can all agree on is that, while difficult, there are many great movie, comic and TV moments that put the lie to that cliché “boring couples” paradigm…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is so suffused with love and junk that we’ll accept answers involving glittery vampires or Spawn, asking:  What’s your favorite couples moment in the history of pop culture?


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  1. Barney’s long con proposal to Robin
    Abby and Swamp Thing tripping the light fantastic
    (see also Swamp Thing’s urban renewal of Gotham to get her back)
    Dueling wedding nights at the end of Young Fronkensteen
    Zoe losing it after Wash’s death
    Spike telling Buffy she doesn’t love him
    Great query, lots of angles.

  2. Robert Hulshof-Schmidt on

    Gotta go with the Legion here. Imra/Garth and Chuck/Luornu are two couples that have stayed strong and remained interesting. Plenty of drama has befallen them, but very little “will they stick it out?” drama.

    In the good old days (well, the 80s), Ollie/Dinah and Vision/Wanda also had that going for them, but it got all mucked up in the 90s…

  3. “Robin and Marian”… final scene.
    Nothing says love like poison.
    But, Beast did carry Jean Grey through all that snow to the point of collapse…

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