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7th May '16 1:58:34 PM nombretomado
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** Another gay super couple from Hollyoaks (its a bit of a series staple by this point) would be Ste and Brendan, to the point that for a long time '[[POrtmanteauCoupleName Stendan]]' and 'Hollyoaks' were nearly synonymous to viewers. Slightly a subversion, in the sense that their relationship was always dysfunctional, they have broken up multiple times and shortly after they were reunited and got things (mostly) sorted out emotionally, Brendan left the show and is unlikely to return.

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** Another gay super couple from Hollyoaks (its a bit of a series staple by this point) would be Ste and Brendan, to the point that for a long time '[[POrtmanteauCoupleName '[[PortmanteauCoupleName Stendan]]' and 'Hollyoaks' were nearly synonymous to viewers. Slightly a subversion, in the sense that their relationship was always dysfunctional, they have broken up multiple times and shortly after they were reunited and got things (mostly) sorted out emotionally, Brendan left the show and is unlikely to return.



* Luke and Lorelai on ''GilmoreGirls''.
* Damon and Elena from ''TheVampireDiaries''.

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* Luke and Lorelai on ''GilmoreGirls''.
''Series/GilmoreGirls''.
* Damon and Elena from ''TheVampireDiaries''.''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.
15th Apr '16 1:34:26 PM themisinvictus
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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they once did in some eras or alternate worlds), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.

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No this No, it isn't [[GodCouple [[IncestIsRelative what would happen if if Superman and Wonder Woman Supergirl hooked up]] (which they once did in some eras or alternate worlds), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. up]].The supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.
26th Mar '16 3:54:20 AM themisinvictus
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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they once did in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' era), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.

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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they once did in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' era), some eras or alternate worlds), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.
26th Mar '16 2:50:29 AM themisinvictus
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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they actually did sometime after the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.

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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they actually once did sometime after in the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''), 52}}'' era), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.
19th Mar '16 7:58:57 AM Hossmeister
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6th Mar '16 6:55:41 PM Eievie
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Shortly after the supercouple was finally married, one or sometimes both members of the pairing usually left the show (as the actors portraying them would often attempt to use their popularity in order to pursue other opportunities). This was accomplished by either [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] (if both were leaving) or having one of the couple die, [[NeverFoundTheBody without a body being found]] (if only one was leaving). If both actors stayed on the show however, the writers usually did everything they could to avoid ShippingBedDeath, which meant that once again Alice and Bob would be forced to break up. Often, the whole cycle was repeated anew with Alice and Bob divorcing, (and having more shortlived marriages to other people) only to reunite again and have a second wedding...and eventually a third wedding and so on.

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Shortly after the supercouple was finally married, one or sometimes both members of the pairing usually left the show (as the actors portraying them would often attempt to use their popularity in order to pursue other opportunities). This was accomplished by either [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] (if both were leaving) or having one of the couple die, [[NeverFoundTheBody without a body being found]] (if only one was leaving). If both actors stayed on the show however, the writers usually did everything they could to avoid ShippingBedDeath, which meant that once again Alice and Bob would be forced to break up. Often, the whole cycle was repeated anew with Alice and Bob divorcing, (and having more shortlived marriages to other people) only to reunite again and have a second wedding...wedding… and eventually a third wedding and so on.



* Buffy Summers and Angel on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''Series/{{Angel}}''.

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* Buffy Summers and Angel on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' / ''Series/{{Angel}}''.''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''[=/=]''Series/{{Angel}}''.



* Naomi and Emily on ''Series/{{Skins}}'' - they weren't called "the nation's favourite lesbian couple" for nothing.

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* Naomi and Emily on ''Series/{{Skins}}'' - they ''Series/{{Skins}}''--they weren't called "the nation's favourite lesbian couple" for nothing.



** Subverted in the finale. It turns out [[spoiler:the mother is a decoy for this trope and the real Super Couple is Ted and Robin. This did not go over well with the majority of the fandom...]]
* In-universe example: Katniss and Peeta are this to the people of Panem in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Behind the scenes, however... [[spoiler:they end up becoming one for real.]]

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** Subverted in the finale. It turns out [[spoiler:the mother is a decoy for this trope and the real Super Couple is Ted and Robin. This did not go over well with the majority of the fandom...]]
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* In-universe example: Katniss and Peeta are this to the people of Panem in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. Behind the scenes, however... however… [[spoiler:they end up becoming one for real.]]
26th Dec '15 4:51:12 PM briiittany
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* Stefan and Elena from ''TheVampireDiaries''.

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* Stefan Damon and Elena from ''TheVampireDiaries''.
20th Dec '15 8:35:26 AM ecuvulle6267
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* ''FIlm/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen with Peeta, including in-universe.
9th Oct '15 3:56:49 AM Morgenthaler
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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they actually did sometime after the {{New 52}}), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The SuperCouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.

Other Soaps, most notably ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' quickly sought SuperCouple pairings of their own, eventually leading to a standard formula for the phenomenon that was repeated endlessly during the 1980s. For example Alice and Bob, a pair of StarCrossedLovers, would fall in love after a short period of WillTheyOrWontThey but a misunderstanding would drive them apart. One of the couple (usually Alice, but sometimes Bob and occasionally both) would then marry the RomanticFalseLead. This marriage would quickly fall apart and after some more adventures Alice and Bob would reunite and marry. Often Alice would be subjected to an attempted or actual [[RapeAsDrama rape]] along the way, usually by her husband who turned out to be a villain. These storylines, if successful, gathered high ratings and press attention for their show. Soap writers took great care to groom their next SuperCouple [[SoapWheel long before the first were concluding their arc]] in order to maintain a certain amount of UnresolvedSexualTension. This BetaCouple would then replace their previous counterparts as the show's OfficialCouple once the previous couple had gotten married.

Shortly after the SuperCouple was finally married, one or sometimes both members of the pairing usually left the show (as the actors portraying them would often attempt to use their popularity in order to pursue other opportunities). This was accomplished by either [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] (if both were leaving) or having one of the couple die, [[NeverFoundTheBody without a body being found]] (if only one was leaving). If both actors stayed on the show however, the writers usually did everything they could to avoid ShippingBedDeath, which meant that once again Alice and Bob would be forced to break up. Often, the whole cycle was repeated anew with Alice and Bob divorcing, (and having more shortlived marriages to other people) only to reunite again and have a second wedding...and eventually a third wedding and so on.

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No this isn't [[GodCouple what would happen if Superman and Wonder Woman hooked up]] (which they actually did sometime after the {{New 52}}), ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}''), rather this is one of the earliest manifestations of {{Shipping}}. The SuperCouple supercouple describes those pairings which intrigues and fascinates the public on an intense and obsessive level. According to TheOtherWiki the term was coined in the 1980s when interest in the pairing of Luke and Laura from ''Series/GeneralHospital'' garnered so much attention that their wedding was watched by 30 million viewers, a figure which is still the highest audience for a daytime SoapOpera in the U.S.A. This was all despite the fact that their romance began when Luke raped Laura, who was married to another man at the time.

Other Soaps, most notably ''Series/DaysOfOurLives'' quickly sought SuperCouple supercouple pairings of their own, eventually leading to a standard formula for the phenomenon that was repeated endlessly during the 1980s. For example Alice and Bob, a pair of StarCrossedLovers, would fall in love after a short period of WillTheyOrWontThey but a misunderstanding would drive them apart. One of the couple (usually Alice, but sometimes Bob and occasionally both) would then marry the RomanticFalseLead. This marriage would quickly fall apart and after some more adventures Alice and Bob would reunite and marry. Often Alice would be subjected to an attempted or actual [[RapeAsDrama rape]] along the way, usually by her husband who turned out to be a villain. These storylines, if successful, gathered high ratings and press attention for their show. Soap writers took great care to groom their next SuperCouple supercouple [[SoapWheel long before the first were concluding their arc]] in order to maintain a certain amount of UnresolvedSexualTension. This BetaCouple would then replace their previous counterparts as the show's OfficialCouple once the previous couple had gotten married.

Shortly after the SuperCouple supercouple was finally married, one or sometimes both members of the pairing usually left the show (as the actors portraying them would often attempt to use their popularity in order to pursue other opportunities). This was accomplished by either [[PutOnABus putting them on a bus]] (if both were leaving) or having one of the couple die, [[NeverFoundTheBody without a body being found]] (if only one was leaving). If both actors stayed on the show however, the writers usually did everything they could to avoid ShippingBedDeath, which meant that once again Alice and Bob would be forced to break up. Often, the whole cycle was repeated anew with Alice and Bob divorcing, (and having more shortlived marriages to other people) only to reunite again and have a second wedding...and eventually a third wedding and so on.



The SuperCouple is now on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope as audiences eventually tired of seeing their favourite supercouples getting married for the ''fourth'' time and were GenreSavvy enough to know that as long as both characters of a pairing remained on the show, then any break up would not be permanent. The rise of internet messageboards in the 1990s provided an outlet for fans of alternative pairings. These pairings [[FanPreferredCouple often become more popular than]] the show's OfficialCouple, resulting in a lot of ShipToShipCombat. Soap writers today usually prefer to use this to their advantage and even those pairings that were once thought untouchable (even the aforementioned Luke and Laura) are not immune from this. One area where the trope is still going strong, however, is with same-sex couples, as they tend to automatically get showered with attention simply due to their ground-breaking nature.

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The SuperCouple supercouple is now on its way to becoming a DiscreditedTrope as audiences eventually tired of seeing their favourite supercouples getting married for the ''fourth'' time and were GenreSavvy enough to know that as long as both characters of a pairing remained on the show, then any break up would not be permanent. The rise of internet messageboards in the 1990s provided an outlet for fans of alternative pairings. These pairings [[FanPreferredCouple often become more popular than]] the show's OfficialCouple, resulting in a lot of ShipToShipCombat. Soap writers today usually prefer to use this to their advantage and even those pairings that were once thought untouchable (even the aforementioned Luke and Laura) are not immune from this. One area where the trope is still going strong, however, is with same-sex couples, as they tend to automatically get showered with attention simply due to their ground-breaking nature.



* Throw in John Paul [=McQueen=] and Craig Dean of ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'', who were probably the most beloved gay SuperCouple in British television.

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* Throw in John Paul [=McQueen=] and Craig Dean of ''Series/{{Hollyoaks}}'', who were probably the most beloved gay SuperCouple supercouple in British television.
3rd Oct '15 11:34:16 AM nombretomado
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* Maddie and David on ''{{Moonlighting}}''.
* Ridge and Brooke on ''The Bold And The Beautiful''.
* Sheridan and Luis on ''{{Passions}}''.

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* Maddie and David on ''{{Moonlighting}}''.
''Series/{{Moonlighting}}''.
* Ridge and Brooke on ''The Bold And The Beautiful''.
''Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful''.
* Sheridan and Luis on ''{{Passions}}''.''Series/{{Passions}}''.
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