Ah, romance! The thing that for better or for worse can make a story. It can either be a train-wreck or it can save a story. Its all in the writing, and these five (plus) couples have each taught me something about how to (or not!) write a half decent romance.
Number 1: Thor and Jane Foster, Marvel Comics.
This was a couple that got my almost immediate approval. I mean, I love all that courtly love business! And here was Thor treating Jane like she was a princess, not just some girl who hit him by accident with her van. He treated her with dignity, not like some inferior person, and Jane was key in his redemption, so there's a bonus.
Number 2: Barry Allen (The Flash) and Iris West, DC Comics.
My gosh are these two cute. I mean, they're ridiculous! Barry has loved Iris ever since they were kids (somehow I doubt that, but hey...) but has been too shy to say anything. When Iris dates another guy, Barry does his dead-level best to put his feelings aside and be happy for her, but yet he can't move on from her. Barry is a gentleman, through and through and eventually, Iris sees her bestie's real love for her and sees what she's been missing.
Number 3: Martian Manhunter and Rose Wilson, DC Comics.
Though this relationship was in only one movie, it was a memorable one. Rose Wilson is the daughter of the president in an alternate version of Earth that the Justice League visits intending to help with a major problem (DC does this, it's complicated). The Martian undertakes to safeguard Rose, who is under threat by the villains. In one of the most spectacular rescues ever, the Martian wins Rose's trust, and eventually her heart. Sadly, the Martian must return to his world, leaving Rose behind.
Number 4: The Ninth Doctor (Christopher Ecclestone) and Rose Tyler, (Billie Piper) Doctor Who.
Rose was a simple shop girl working in London, when one night an odd looking chap grabbed her hand and said "Run!" Plucky Rose never looked back, travelling through time and space with "her Doctor", giving chase to nefarious villains, saving the universe, and having a jolly time doing it. Their romance isn't really obvious until Nine regenerates into Ten, but you can tell that the Doctor really loves Rose and Rose loves him. And yes, I like Ten, but I like Nine better.
Number 5: Kurt Wagner (Nightcrawler) and Wanda Maximoff (Scarlet Witch) Marvel Comics.
So freaking cute. Though I can't stand "Wolverine and the X-Men" I couldn't help but love Kurt and Wanda. They were the best part of the whole shoot and match, though we didn't see much of them. Wanda didn't care that Kurt looks like the devil, she loved him for his sweet and kind disposition. Kurt loved Wanda because of her goodness and compassion, completely opposite from her father, Magneto. They were both able to see past the other's flaws and found beauty.
Alicia and the Thing, Marvel Comics
What is it with me and these types? I honestly have no idea... The Thing and Alicia are my favorite out of the two. Alicia is blind, and the Thing is... well himself. No matter how he beats himself up about how he looks, Alicia loves him for himself.
Scarlet Witch and Vision, Marvel Comics.
Yes, Wanda appeared on the list earlier, but there's a few different iterations of the character. (Marvel does this to drag us around.) Vision and Wanda are a cute couple, but... Vision is a cyborg, (he is) he's still part robot and that's a little weird.
Superman and Lois, DC Comics.
What?! So far down on the list?! Yes. Well, Supes and Lois are kind of a given, you know, it's no longer a surprise. So yeah, I like them but... everyone does!
Batman and Catwoman
Man, these two are awesome! Batman and Catwoman are each incredible characters, but combined they really kick rear. The Dark Knight Rises is an especially great iteration of the characters, so well written, so well done. Mr. Bale and Ms. Hathaway have great chemistry and Catwoman has a great redemption arc involved. I can't say enough good things about these two!
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