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?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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14 Comments

  1. Jesse
    March 7, 2013 at 11:43 am — Reply

    I see what you did there. But I’m not gonna go the route you expect. Kinda glad Web Head dropped the redhead… She always kinda annoyed me.

    However, how about some Banner love? Betty has dumped Bruce, gotten back together, married, divorced, died, got better, then turned into a sexy Red She Beast. And the whole time, the only thing Bruce and his giant green alternate personality can agree on is that love Betty. Give the guy a break. Let Big Green get a little happy on, for a change.

  2. March 7, 2013 at 11:44 am — Reply

    Blok & Mysa. Yeah, they’re united on Sorcerors’ World, but she’s the Black Witch now & just barely keeping Mordru’s power/spirit in check. There’s no way that can end well, and that’s probably why Levitz decided to run with it for a future story. I just want the two of them as happy, healthy Legionnaires again, with her back in her pretty space bride outfit & him being all sweet and naive again.

    • March 7, 2013 at 1:14 pm — Reply

      I swear, girl… You’re like the twin I had but absorbed in the womb. :)

    • March 7, 2013 at 10:07 pm — Reply

      Bronze Blok award right here folks.

  3. Omaha Steve
    March 7, 2013 at 11:52 am — Reply

    Ben & May Parker. Aunt May has been plot complication for long enough now. Otto/Pete has enough else in his life to create stress, it’s time the old broad whose health has been failing forever is finally re-united with her dearly departed husband.

    And won’t that make a touching scene, when Pete discovers all he gave up with MJ during brand new day for just a few months/years of subjective comic book time with Aunt May.

  4. SmarkingOut Adam
    March 7, 2013 at 11:59 am — Reply

    I loved Y The Last Man until the end. I won’t spoil it here, but let’s just say the people I wanted together didn’t end up together and I ended up hating the book. It was that obnoxious of a “twist” for me. I would have those two together. Sorry to be ambiguous, but if someone is reading it, I could really ruin it for them by being too clear here. It’s not just who Yorick ended up with, it’s WHY. Terrible.

  5. March 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm — Reply

    My wife says that the end of season 3 of Downton Abbey broke her heart. I won’t spoil it if there are any other BBC drama lovers lurking here, but maybe I already did?

  6. Arbor Day
    March 7, 2013 at 2:24 pm — Reply

    Off the top of my head: Dr. Horrible and Penny.

    • SmarkingOut Adam
      March 7, 2013 at 2:43 pm — Reply

      Good one.

  7. March 7, 2013 at 2:41 pm — Reply

    I always liked Guy & Tora.
    One of the few things that felt real in DC in the 90s.

  8. March 7, 2013 at 3:58 pm — Reply

    Either Oliver Queen and Black Canary or Hawkeye and Mockingbird. As long as one of those (possibly interchangeable) couples are together, I’m happy.

  9. B.V.K.
    March 7, 2013 at 4:46 pm — Reply

    Alien and Predator, I know they can work out their differences.

  10. Pantsthemonkey
    March 8, 2013 at 8:40 am — Reply

    Both of mine are a little obscure, but I always wished that the potential relationship between Blue Beetle (Ted) and Oracle could have gotten more play.

    I also remember being really irritated with way the relationship between Green Lantern (Kyle) and Jade was trashed.

  11. AllenBT
    March 8, 2013 at 9:02 am — Reply

    How about Dick and Barbara? How sweet was the sequence when he took her up on the trapeze, pre-restoration of her ability to walk.

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