It’s a sad fact of storytelling, particularly in the daily grind of comics and episodic television: Happy couples are often dramatically inert. Because of this paradox, many creators feel the need to insert roadblock after roadblock into a relationship or foreshadow a break-up every episode or three to give the couples something to do. Even the longest running married duos run into this problem (which is the ONLY reason, by the way, for Namor the Sub-Mariner to ever have appeared in Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ title) and those who aren’t married can look forward to endless complications on their “Will They Or Won’t They?” road to happiness. It’s a sad fact that the majority of real-life couplings end badly, but there are literally infinite examples of pairings that should have made it had the creators not cavalierly decided that “breaking them up made perfect narrative sense” or “they’d never have worked in the long run” or “it destroyed the whole premise of the series.” (I haven’t forgotten you, Victoria. I will never forget you!)
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) once again expects to hear from the arachno-philes in the audience today, asking: What defunct or troubled couple do you most want to see reunited for good?