Since I haven’t posted anything gushy and fandom-related in a while, I thought I’d write this post to fangirl over some of my favorite fictional couples. Although I dislike most romance novels (as in, stories that are totally centered around a romantic relationship), there are many, many fictional couples that I wholeheartedly ship. And there are a few romantic moments between those couples that make me squeal internally (and/or tear up). Here are a lot of them!
The Nod – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Yondu’s funeral. Everyone’s teary. (Except *cough* a certain friend of mine who shall remain nameless.)
Peter turns to see Gamora looking at him. “What?”
“Just…some unspoken thing.”
And then THE NOD HE GIVES HER. (Yes, call me crazy. It’s ‘just a nod’. BUT I SWEAR.) So full of understanding and softness and a hint of “I told you so” because it’s Peter Quill after all. Made my heart melt for him AND ship them the first time I saw GotG2. Chris Pratt, y’all.
The heart of Éowyn changes – The Lord of the Rings
Really, the entire section in ‘The Steward and the King’ where Faramir gently helps Éowyn is golden and perfect. But the moment where she realizes that she does actually love Faramir? *cries*
Steve and Peggy’s dance – Avengers: Endgame
I don’t think I have to explain why I love this moment. Literally getting choked up just thinking about it. It was the moment we’d all been waiting for ever since Steve’s “I had a date” way back in 2011. And eight years later, Marvel Studios delivered. Not only that, it was the final scene of the Infinity Saga. The perfect capstone (*snickers*) to an era of spectacular films centered around flawed, yet intensely lovable characters.
‘Priority of Life’ – Flashpoint
Bit of context, because this police procedural show isn’t well known: in this episode, a police officers is trapped in a lab where gases have been released and will soon reach lethal levels. Another police officer (who loves the trapped officer) goes into the lab to rescue the civilians. One of the guys watching the rescue is sure that this officer will break the ‘priority of life’ rule and save his girlfriend before saving the civilians.
But the officer doesn’t. He walks past the love of his life and watches her lose consciousness as he puts the civilians’ lives before hers–because that’s his job. It’s so heartbreaking and heroic. </3
(They do both make it out alive in the end, thank goodness.)
“I said ‘what if?'” – Tooth Fairy
(Tooth Fairy is a comedic masterpiece and you must watch it!)
This squeal-worthy moment comes in the last few moments of the film. Dwayne Johnson’s character (Derrick) finally proposes to his girlfriend and, while I’ve seen a lot of on-screen proposals in my day, this one always gets to me in a special way. (Along with Hobart’s proposal to Bea in Ramona & Beezus.) Maybe it’s because it so perfectly shows how much Derrick has changed throughout the film. Anyway, I love it.
The ‘So Close’ dance – Enchanted
As I’ve said before, I consider this dance the most romantic in any Disney film. The combination of the song lyrics, the dreamy lighting, the fact that Robert sings to Giselle…simply the best!
Everything about Robin and Marian – BBC’s Robin Hood
Yep. I can’t pick a favorite moment between these two. Every time they’re together (and every time Marian’s leitmotif kicks in), I LITERALLY CAN’T. (Probably because I know what’s going to happen and it breaks my heart. But also because they’re one of the most perfect couples ever.) Yes, they can be infuriating at times. At the end of the day though, it’s Robin and Marian! You can’t stay mad at them!
(I’d also like to point out that I haven’t met a version of Robin and Marian that I don’t wholeheartedly ship. Book, movie, TV show. They’re simply Meant To Be.)
Emma realizes – Emma
Any adaption, I don’t care. (Including Clueless.)
Emma’s realization that no one should marry Mr. Knightley but her is pitch-perfect. For the first time in her life, Emma wants something, someone…and it’s impossible (or so she thinks). This may not seem like one of the most romantic moments, but I think it is. Like Éowyn, Emma finally knows her own heart. She’d never even considered Mr. Knightley as a potential partner before that moment, but now they have a chance of being a couple! (Even if she doesn’t think so.)
Katniss and Peeta grow back together – the Hunger Games trilogy
After suffering so much, in so many ways, the fact that these two characters can finally have the relationship they’ve both longed for is both beautiful and poignant. Poignant because Prim isn’t there to be happy for them. Neither is Katniss’ dad or mom. But Katniss and Peeta become their own family. ❤
Suzanne Collins spends very little time talking about Katniss’ life after she returns to District 12, but she does say enough for us to know that Katniss and Peeta don’t have a perfect happily ever after. There are still nightmares, PTSD, healing and hurting. However, they finally have each other and, eventually, kids–and that is what pulls them through the hardest times.
“You were my new dream.” “And you were mine.” – Tangled
Reader, I cried.
And still do.
What do you think of my list? What are some of your favorite fictional ships/scenes with that ship? Let me know in the comments! ❤