21 Fictional Couples So Believable, Fans Wanted Them in Real Life

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Who doesn’t love to watch a passionate love story play out on TV or in a movie? Sometimes, the chemistry and connection between the two characters are so strong and convincing that viewers desperately want the two actors to get together off-screen. Below are 12 fictional couples so magical together that we wish the actors were romantically involved, too.

1. Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt — Parks and Recreation (2009 – 2015)

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Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt are one of the most precious and lovable couples. Not only are they adorable together, but they support one another’s careers and ambitions unconditionally. Amy Poehler and Adam Scott are amazing as a couple, with the right amount of awkwardness that makes them perfect for one another, and fans wish they got together in real life.

2. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder — The X-Files (1993 – 2018)

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To this day, The X-Files fans want Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny to date and marry in real life. The two actors have had some negative feelings toward one another but are wonderful friends today. While Scully and Mulder’s love affair was one for the ages, the two actors are not meant for one another.

3. Tom Hansen and Summer — (500) Days of Summer (2009)

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(500) Days of Summer is an unorthodox love story where the guy doesn’t end up with the girl, or at least not the girl we all thought he’d be with. While Summer and Tom are flawed characters who are wrong for one another, Joseph Gordron-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel have sensational chemistry that makes the movie authentic and heartfelt.

4. Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin — How I Met Your Mother (2005 – 2014)

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Marshall Eriksen and Lily Aldrin have an epic love story that feels genuine and powerful. They are by far the best couple in How I Met Your Mother, putting all of Ted’s relationships to shame. While Jason Seigel and Alison Hanigan were never remotely romantic in real life, fans still dream of them being an official item.

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5. Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd — Grey’s Anatomy (2005 – )

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Another iconic love story is the tumultuous and dramatic relationship between Meredith Grey and Derek Shepherd. These two hotties had a fabulous love affair in Grey’s Anatomy, and while Patrick Dempsey and Ellen Pompeo are dear friends, they are nothing more, which has disappointed many fans.

6. Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler — Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 – )

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Like Scully and Mulder, Detectives Benson and Stabler are incredible partners who always have one another’s backs, making their love affair even more intense and meaningful. Unfortunately, no matter how much the fans beg, Mariska Hargitay and Christopher Meloni are only friends, although their connection is undeniable.

7. Keeley Jones and Roy Kent — Ted Lasso (2020 – 2023)

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People can’t get enough of Keeley and Roy in Ted Lasso, even though the couple breaks up in the show over their different needs and ambitions. Juno Temple and Brett Goldstein have fiery chemistry in the series, and their relationship is full of passion. However, the two actors are not romantically connected in real life.

8. Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence — Boy Meets World (1993 – 2000)

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Boys Meets World is one of the best sitcoms from the ’90s, and the relationship between Topanga and Cory made it the amazing show it was. Danielle Fishel and Ben Savage did a fabulous job portraying the two teens as their relationship evolved and changed, but the two are just friends in real life.

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9. Princess Buttercup and Westley — The Princess Bride (1987)

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The Princess Bride is an epic love story that captures your heart from the very beginning. Cary Elwes and Robin Wright brought Buttercup and Westley’s love to life, making us fall in love with them as a couple. Although they’re only friends, many fans dream of Robin and Cary being together.

10. Cher Horowitz and Josh — Clueless (1995)

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Clueless is a hilarious and cheeky film about a vapid teenager. Cher spends much of the movie learning how to be a better person, and through her journey, she falls in love with Josh. Paul Rudd and Alicia Silverstone have a beautiful attraction that makes it easy to root for them as a couple, both on-screen and in real life.

11. Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater — Titanic (1997)

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The tension between these two in the iconic film Titanic is palpable. To this day, many fans of the movie wish Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio were an item in real life. However, it seems that he is sticking to dating women 24 and under, and Kate has been married to her husband, Edward Abel Smith, for over a decade.

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12. Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly — The Office (2005 – 2013)

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John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer gave us one of the best slow-burn love stories of any sitcom. Jim and Pam are one of the cutest couples on TV, and their playful chemistry made The Office all the more lovable. While the two actors are very good friends in real life, they’ve never had a romantic relationship and are married to different people.

13. Rick and Evelyn  – The Mummy (1999)

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Rick and Evelyn are one of the best movie couples in history. Their chemistry on screen is undeniable and they make The Mummy worth watching over and over again. Though they aren’t a couple in real life they are supportive of each others work and have stayed in touch.

14. Jessica and Nick – New Girl (2011-2018)

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Jess and Nick had so much chemistry on-screen that the writers had to keep them apart so their relationship would develop more gradually. With their quirky personalities, they are a fun pair that would be great in real life.

15. Logan and Veronica- Veronica Mars

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Veronica and Logan weren’t written to be together, but with undeniable chemistry, it was meant to be. They are one of those couples that you are always cheering for and want them to have that happily ever after. It took so long for them to truly be happy together and they’ve earned it.

16. Dexter and Emma- One Day

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The complicated relationship between Emma and Dexter is hopeful,  frustrating, and imperfect but what relationship isn’t? Getting to see a relationship evolve over 20 years adds such a rich depth that is rewarding to see play out on screen. This series reminds us that life isn’t fair but the amazing friendships and relationships we create last a lifetime.

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17. Clare and Jamie- Outlander

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The best part about the love story between Claire and Jamie and Outlander is the depiction of real marriage and the work and commitment it takes to make it last. There is no happily ever after- marriage gets very gritty at time. Jamie and Claire accept each other for who they are and don’t hold grudges which are essential for any lasting relationship and make viewers love this couple.

18. Jack and Rebecca- This is Us (2016- 2022)

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With an iconic and undying love story, Jack and Rebecca’s dynamic relationship is the definition of true love. The certainly had their fair share of hardships but they loved each other so well that viewers wish they were together in real life. If only they had more time together. Jack and Rebecca set the bar high for every husband and every wife.

19. Eric and Tammy Taylor- Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)

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Eric and Tammy Taylor have the most stable marriage in the series. They argue and have problems like any couple, but they work hard and never give up on each other. It’s hard not to wish they were a couple in real life.

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20. Forrest and Maggie- Lawless

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Even though they know the time they have together might be fleeting, Forrest and Maggie embrace the chance to find happiness together. The quiet moments between them convey the depth of their relationship and make it feel even more like real-life intimacy.

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21. Catherine and Peter- The Great

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The love story of Catherine and Peter is anything but easy. While at times it seemed like they would not fall in love or even survive each other, their passion makes this fiery couple unforgettable. Nicholas Hoult and Elle Fanning are both incredible in this period piece and their chemistry would be amazing as a couple in real life.

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