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The moment when two characters become an OfficialCouple.

There may have been UnresolvedSexualTension earlier, romantic feelings on either side or even an unmistakable HeldGaze or two, but that was all on paper. This is ''it'', the actual relationship. It's happening, starting now. In a work, it's that point where [[ThatDidntHappen until further notice]] there's no more sense in asking WillTheyOrWontThey. In RealLife, it's that point beyond which you'd feel justified calling the other person "my boyfriend/girlfriend".

This is the kind of plot development that gets an audience's attention, so it is often seen in parts of the plot where it is imperative for the story to do just that (e.g. in delivering a PlotTwist or a CliffHanger, or [[LastMinuteHookup as a cherry on top of]] the series GrandFinale). If the relationship was a major source of tension in the work, and the writers don't plan for introducing a new source of this nature instead of the one they just blew apart with this big bang of a payoff, they might find out the audience is [[ShippingBedDeath not as interested in the story any more]].

Most commonly broadcasted with a FirstKiss, but every once in a while you find a more... drastic variant (GladToBeAliveSex comes to mind). Compare RelationshipReveal -- a moment where an implied but existing couple becomes canon. A move from casual to serious can involve IGotYouADrawer. Also compare TheyDo- the point past which the RomanceArc is concluded and the relationship becomes a constant that feeds ''other'' plot threads. Though they often coincide (e.g. in a LastMinuteHookup) the two are far from synonymous; a RelationshipUpgrade can be the beginning of hardships, trials and tribulations that the relationship may not survive at all.

Not to be confused with [[LevelUpAtIntimacy5 characters upgrading their abilities by socialization]].

Beware: this page might contain '''spoilers'''.
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[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* For ''DigimonAdventure02'', the ChristmasEpisode was an opportunity to upgrade some relationships-- i.e. Ken and Iori could from that moment on converse with each other in a friendly, civil way rather than with constant unease. Also, Ken laughed for what was [[TheComicallySerious pretty much the first time]] -- much to everyone's amazement.
* In the last episode of ''CandyBoy'', Yukino and Kanade's relationship appears to get an upgrade from a RomanticTwoGirlFriendship to something more--not hindered by the fact that they are [[{{Twincest}} fraternal twin sisters]].
* ''MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Chapter 252. "With ultimate love and ultimate power, the ultimate duo is finally born!!" And lo, did the [[spoiler:[[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka/Setsuna]] [[YuriFan fans]]]] {{Squee}}.
** Chapter 262 sees [[spoiler: Kotaro and Natsumi forming a Pactio and admitting how much they care about one another]]. Whether this shoves them into OfficialCouple is up for interpretation, but they made some kind of progress.
*** And now, as of the finale, [[spoiler: Kotaro and Natsumi are married. They have achieved OfficialCouple Status]].
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': The moment [[IdiotHero Kouji]] [[BattleCouple and]] [[{{Tsundere}} Sayaka]] becoming an item varies between adaptations, but in the GosakuOta alternate manga, it happened when [[FirstKiss they kissed]]ight before Kouji sortied to fight a hopeless battle against the Mykene Empire army.
* ''{{Karin}}'', when Usui finally acknowledges the millions of hints given to him that Karin and him were meant to be and does what Karin herself was too scared [[InterspeciesRomance (for good reason)]] to do and confesses to her. This drives Karin to tears.
* ''Anime/ScienceNinjaTeamGatchaman'': It happened at the end of the third series (Gatchaman Fight) when [[spoiler:Jun finally chose Ken over Joe]] and they got together.
* ''AoiHana'' has [[spoiler:Akira asking Fumi out, after learning Fumi has feelings for her]].
* The kiss between [[NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Jean and Nadia]] may be treated as the moment where this upgrade takes place. Unfortunately, it was very inconveniently placed in the middle of an arc, with about 20% canon material. (And even then, it's treated as a cruel tease, as the writers quickly take them back to square one instantly afterwards.) Regardless, they end up as an official couple in the epilogue (although 31, and 35-39 also show the upgrade).
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' is a good example of this trope. With a confusing LoveDodecahedron and twice your daily serving of WillTheyOrWontThey , [[spoiler:Taiga and Ryuuji ''finally'']] get upgraded from [[PlatonicLifePartners ...whatever they were,]] to [[spoiler: a couple in episode 24, where Ryuuji [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming proposes]] [[TearJerker to Taiga.]]]]
* At the end of ''Manga/VirginLove'' Kaoru and Daigo upgrade from FriendsWithBenefits to lovers after Kaoru overcomes his commitment issues.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[spoiler:Ed]] and [[spoiler:Winry]] play out this trope well. Before leaving for the west, [[spoiler:Ed]] somewhat "confesses" his feelings to [[spoiler:Winry]] at the train station, using the words: "It's equivalent exchange! I'll give you half of my life, so give me half of yours!" Though he corresponds alchemy with love, [[spoiler:Winry]] acknowledges what he really means, resulting in her agreeing to give him all of her life. Then, she quickly corrects herself, being flustered when those words dawned on her. Depending on how you want to interpret it (some say this was a proposal, while others say it was merely a confession), [[spoiler:Ed]] and [[spoiler:Winry]] end up with two children anyway, not to mention a wedding ring on [[spoiler:Edward]]'s finger. After spending their entire life denying any romantic feelings, they pass their comfort zone and hit home run!
* In ''Mobile Suit GundamSEED'', Mu la Flaga and Murrue Ramius manage to upgrade from UnresolvedSexualTension into an actual relationship only after they've defected from the Earth Alliance and are thus no longer officially constrained by the military's rules against fraternization.
* At the end of ''HappyLesson'', Chitose's mothers decide that he's a grown man and doesn't need mother figures anymore...he needs ''wives''. They all change into bridal gowns and marry the poor guy on the spot.
* Done very methodically in ''{{Psyren}}'' between Ageha and Amamiya, after quite a length of implied TwoGuysAndAGirl and light harem.
* Occurs at the end of episode 18 of ''DNAngel'' between Daisuke and Riku.
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:Alzack and Bisca are revealed to have gotten married after the time skip. Sherry is also engaged to Ren after the Oracion Seis arc hints at them getting together.]]
* In ''ZeroNoTsukaima'' Louise and Saito start getting serious with their relationship at the beggining of the fourth season[[spoiler:, they also marry at the end of the series.]]
* Guts and Casca from ''{{Berserk}}'' go from [[TeethClenchedTeamwork teeth-clenched comrades]] to FireForgedFriends in volume 8 and then finally to OfficialCouple status when they share [[TheBigDamnKiss their first kiss]] in volume 9 [[spoiler: progressing to much lovemaking soon after]]. And then [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse it all started to come tumbling down]] in volumes 12-14 when they were demoted from BattleCouple to StarCrossedLovers.]]
* [[spoiler:Daisuke and Hinako]] in ''BitterVirgin'' finally become a couple in the end. Sadly, not even they think it will last because they assume one day they would find someone better to support them.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Billy and Devon in Season 9 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
* Pictured above is ScottPilgrim & Ramona Flowers finally declaring their love for one another in Vol. 4.
* In ''{{Garfield}}'', Liz has somehow fallen for Jon after years of begrudgingly dating him and the two are now the OfficialCouple. This can be considered a good thing given [[TheWoobie Jon]]'s [[YouSuck status]] [[ButtMonkey in]] [[ChewToy life]].
* [[{{Superman}} Clark and Lois]] were casually dating already, but the RelationshipUpgrade happens in "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite", when he proposes. WordOfGod is that originally she was supposed to turn him down because of her torch for Superman and [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo would be God]], but then they realised that simply wasn't the Lois they were writing any more.
* {{Marvel}} Comic characters Rictor and Shatterstar spent a few years seeming like HeterosexualLifePartners, with the author planning to reveal that they weren't so hetero after all. He got moved off the book before this could happen, and it wasn't until much later that another writer had them finally start dating.
* [[ComicBook/{{New52}} The New 52]]: [[spoiler: {{Superman}} and WonderWoman become a couple since ''Justice League'' # 12]].
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[[folder: Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''FanFic/RainbowInTheDark'', Brownie and Rainbow Dash start as simple friends, but at the end of the story they officially become a couple.
* The first eight chapters of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ADelicateBalance'' are more or less entirely about Twilight's attempt to upgrade her relationship with Applejack without [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship messing up their current relationship.]]
* In PeggySue fanfic ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', the upgrade happens in chapter 4, "Love". After a heated argument related to Kaworu, Asuka finally musters the courage to confess her feelings to Shinji. Naturally he tells her that reciprocates. Given the mind-numbing complexities of time-travel, we see Shinji and Asuka like a couple BEFORE we see the upgrade.
* Chapter 28 of [[Fanfic/WeightlessMassEffect Weightless]] finally let Shepard and Garrus do this, after a series of extremely long and painful UST.
* FanFic/AGrowingAffection gives Hinata and Naruto four; in chapter one they become training partners to get to know each other better. In chapter 38 they become an official couple. [[spoiler: In chapter 90, they get engaged; and the final chapter deals with their wedding.]]
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' has one episode in which BoyMeetsGirl and Boy and Girl Become OfficialCouple at the end... much to the dismay of Literature/SherlockHolmes, who is rather less than enthusiastic to see his best friend falling in love again.
** And then Holmes himself voluntarily initiates a FirstKiss with Beth Lestrade in the final episode of the season, after half a season of semi-BelligerentSexualTension and a heck of a lot of pain for both parties. The two end up getting married, as do Watson and Sally Sparrow (example above).
* The end of ''[[FanFic/TheVinylAndOctaviaSeries Vinyl and Octavia Have Multiple Dates]]'' ends with this.
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[[folder:Film]]
* [[{{Firefly}} Simon and Kaylee]] finally get it on at the very end of ''[[TheMovie Serenity]]''. [[spoiler: [[{{Squick}} They should've checked the ceiling before they chose their base of operations.]] ]]
* Modesty Blaise and her sidekick in the [[Film/ModestyBlaise 1967 movie version]] (and they ''sing'' about it). This is one of the reasons TheMovie is considered CanonDisContinuity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda2'', Tigress has changed from a bitter [[TheResenter resenter]] of Po becoming the Dragon Warrior, to his best friend with some ShipTease of becoming still more to him.
* After years of UnresolvedSexualTension and Tony's sleeping around, he and Pepper ''finally'' get together at the end of ''Film/IronMan2''.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
** Harry and Ginny in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince''.
** Same with Ron and Hermione in Book 7.
* Book four of ''[[TortallUniverse The Immortals]]'' has Daine and Numair realizing that they were meant for each other. The previous books give a few clues to this end, but not all that many - the fact that Daine was in her early teens and Numair in his late twenties, and [[HotForStudent her teacher]], made him uncomfortable about the thing. Luckily for the author's observing MoralGuardians, Daine was already at an age where she would be considered an adult in her time period before this happened, and by that time Daine and Numair were no longer teacher and student, but friends and co-workers.
* [[StarWars Luke Skywalker]] and [[ExpandedUniverse Mara Jade]]. Han and Leia went through it. So did Jacen and Tenel Ka. Even Ben looks like he's going to get his own version of his parents' relationship in the person of [[DefectingForLove Vestara Khai]].
** {{Averted}} for Ben and Vestara. Their relationship ''starts'' with BelligerentSexualTension, and goes on to DatingCatwoman instead of friendship, and as of ''Vortex'', [[spoiler: Vestara [[YouCantGoHomeAgain can never go back to the sith, and decides to stick around and help Luke and Ben]]]].
* In the ''{{Nightrunner}}'' series, Alec and Seregil get upgraded to OfficialCouple after almost two books of HoYay.
* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', just before Percy releases his power on the telekhines at Mount St. Helens, Annabeth kisses him.
** Except that was a "if you don't get out of this alive" kiss. The real RelationshipUpgrade happens after the final battle at camp, when she gives him his birthday cupcake.
* Heavily played with in the ''DresdenFiles'' series. Even WordOfGod JimButcher has no idea who Harry will end up with.
* ''Literature/SongAtDawn'': Estella and Dragonetz have a BigDamnKiss while practicing a love duet. The deal is sealed that night.
* In ''[[Literature/SmokeAndShadows Smoke and Ashes]]'', Tony and Lee finally hook up after three books of EveryoneCanSeeIt. In the short story ''See Me'', set couple of years later, they are now living together.
* In the ''[[Literature/MaryRussell Mary Russell]]'' series, Mary Russell and [[spoiler:SherlockHolmes]] finally hook up in the last page of second book after around twenty chapters worth of tension, we finally get them kissing. In which you better enjoy it. It's the only [[spoiler: major kiss]] you'll read in a series of twelve novels!

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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Scrubs}}'' dabbled with this repeatedly in the relationship between JD and Elliot. At one stage they even became [[FriendsWithBenefits no-strings-attached "sex buddies"]], which JD says is the best thing a man can hear from a female friend. They receive their true RelationshipUpgrade into OfficialCouple during the final (well technically there's another season, but in truth it's really more of a spin off setting/content-wise) season, one that is clean and without any drama mucking it up (aside from one bit of drama that arbitrarily arises during the two-part episode, but that is mostly to make way for a strong CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming at the end).
* In the middle of the final season of ''IDreamOfJeannie'', Major Nelson finally drops the IdiotBall and confesses his feelings for and to Jeannie.
* In the final episode of the first series of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'', Captain Jack Harkness and Ianto finally (and very dramatically) kiss in front of the team -- not quite a LastMinuteHookup but almost.
** PlayedWith throughout season 2 with Toshiko and Owen: all of their relationship development takes place after [[spoiler: Owen becomes undead]], and Owen absolutely does not care what happens anymore. They share a mid-battle kiss, have that date that Tosh wanted all along, dance quite romantically at a wedding, and eventually say a tearful goodbye. They both realise how thoroughly dysfunctional it is and that they're both just going through the motions and waiting for the end.
* Jim and Pam on ''TheOffice'' (U.S. version) got a RelationshipUpgrade between seasons three and four, and then another one later on.
* Harry and Christine in ''NightCourt''. A bit of a subversion in that they don't date for very long before deciding they work BetterAsFriends.
* In ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'', after 3 and 1/2 seasons of subtle growth and development, Laura Roslin told Bill Adama that she loved him, to which he responded "About time."
* In ''HannahMontana'' Oliver and Lilly had been friends since kindergarten and now are an official couple.
** A milder example than others, since the actual moment of upgrade happened off-screen with very little build-up. Needless to say, the shippers of this couple felt rather cheated.
* As of season 3, ''TheBigBangTheory''. (Boy, considering how central {{UST}} is to the show, even posting this is practically a spoiler!)
* [[Series/{{Dollhouse}} Topher and Bennett]], just before [[spoiler:Saunders shoots Bennett in the head.]]
** And Echo and Paul, just before [[spoiler: Alpha makes him brain-dead.]]
* [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo and Kira]] ''finally'' got this late in season six of the show after nearly a ''decade'' of {{UST}}. Miraculously the show avoids ShippingBedDeath and they're still madly in love in the series finale.
* [[SonnyWithAChance Sonny]] and Chad go on their first date in ''Falling For The Falls''.
* [[TheXFiles Mulder & Scully]] are a weird example; they spent five seasons as PlatonicLifePartners, then had an AlmostKiss in the first movie, and the {{UST}} became more and more overt in season 6. For the last few seasons of the show it's hinted increasingly strongly that they're already together, and in the second movie it's [[RelationshipReveal finally made explicit]]. It's not clear when the Relationship Upgrade took place, though. (The leading candidate is season 7's "all things," which features Scully evaluating her past choices about life and relationships, leading up to a scene where she's getting dressed in Mulder's bathroom while he's asleep in bed, apparently naked. This episode also occurred at about the right time before [[spoiler:Scully's pregnancy]] was discovered/revealed in the season-ending episode "Requiem".)
* Olivia and Peter from ''Series/{{Fringe}}''.
** [[spoiler: Which was instantly railroaded by [=AltOlivia=] switching places with the real Olivia, and an oblivious Peter continuing his relationship with (and ''impregnating'') the wrong one. When the real Olivia found out...she didn't take it too well. It's up in the air right now whether the upgrade will hold.]]
*** It held, or was reinstalled. [[spoiler: Then was promptly [[CosmicRetcon erased from]] [[RetGone all time]] three episodes later.]]
*** Until Peter somehow wills himself back into existence, they eventually get back together,[[spoiler: Olivia announces she's pregnant, and they time skip three years to show Peter and Olivia very much together and raising their daughter Etta.]] That is, up until the [[spoiler: Observers]] invade and they're separated[[spoiler: from Etta and get encased in amber for 20-odd years.]] Shenanigans ensue involving the plan to defeat the [[spoiler: Observers,]] and [[spoiler: Etta dies.]] Eventually the TimeyWimeyBall comes into play and the final episode ends with [[spoiler: Peter and Olivia still together with Etta (who's back to being three years old and obviously no longer dead.)]] Phew!
* This was originally presented as Zach & Flo's story line in Season 3 of ''Series/TheAmazingRace''. They came on as JustFriends looking for more; only they ended up averting it when Flo left the race dating a racer from another team.
* On leg 8 of Season 17, Chad proposed to Stephanie in Oman while they were waiting for their departure time to continue their leg. Their title was subsequently upgraded from "Newly Dating" to "Engaged".
* It's not really clear whether the scene at the end of the second season of ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'' with John and Cameron in bed together is supposed to be this or the ''opposite'', with John realizing how much of a machine she really is and understanding the sexual tension between them isn't real.
** Since he commits a HeroicSacrifice and [[spoiler: dives into the future to get her chip back]], it seems pretty confirmed he doesn't think of her as a machine.
* ''Series/LostGirl'' has several.
** Bo and Dyson go from strangers to friends with benefits to lovers in season 1.
** Bo and Lauren go from friends to lovers in season 3.
** Kenzi and Hale begin a relationship in season four after three years of friendship mixed with a healthy dose of attraction.
* In ''Series/{{Community}}'' episode [[Recap/CommunityS1E14InterpretiveDance Interpretive Dance]] Jeff and Slater have to fill out official paperwork with the college so that they can have a relationship.
** After quite a bit of ShipTease Britta and Troy get together between seasons 3 and 4.
* On ''BoyMeetsWorld'', Cory and Topanga officially get together in the first episode of season three.
* What Brody wants from Abby in ''Series/AgainstTheWall''. She wants them to stay as FriendsWithBenefits.
* Booth and Brennan in ''{{Bones}}'', despite several false starts, finally achieved their relationship upgrade at the end of Season 6.
* ''{{Glee}}'': Occurs in "Original Song" between Blaine and Kurt.
* In Season 3's "{{Chuck}} Versus the Other Guy", Chuck and Sarah dropped the WillTheyOrWontThey pretenses and got their relationship upgrade by episode's end.
* Grissom and Sara on {{CSI}} in the season 6 finale-the last scene showed them in bed together.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': John Sheridan and Delenn get theirs in "[[Recap/BabylonFiveS03E11CeremoniesOfLightAndDark Ceremonies of Light and Dark]]" when he tells her, "...I can no longer imagine my world without you in it." Although they don't get their BigDamnKiss until eight episodes later, from that episode on, they are for all intents and purposes together romantically.
* The writers and actors of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' didn't even try to hide the fact that Beckett and Castle were eventually going to become a couple; the tension (which was arguably the primary driving force behind the show) was in seeing how. [[spoiler:As of season four's finale, "Always", it finally happened. It remains to be seen how future seasons will handle their relationship upgrade]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Ross and Rachel in Season 2.
** Monica and Chandler get together in the series 4 finale. It's initially a FriendsWithBenefits relationship that upgrades further to a full-blown romance that eventually ends up with them HappilyMarried.
* Given that ''HowIMetYourMother'' is the RomanticComedy of {{Sitcom}}s, this isn't exactly uncommon. Special mention goes to the season one finale where Ted and Robin finally get together after he makes it ''rain'' for her. Also notable is "Definitions", which is all about this and how the relationship-averse couple wants to stick to their FriendsWithBenefits deal, but Lily won't let them. Although, as Ted points out, they had their RelationshipUpgrade months ago (in the previous season finale). They just never defined it.
* Happens for Josh and Donna midway through the seventh season of ''TheWestWing''. They share a in-the-heat-of-the-moment kiss after getting unexpectedly good polling numbers and consummate their relationship on Election Day shortly thereafter.
* On ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', the path to RelationshipUpgrade is often fraught with OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome.
** Crixus and Naevia probably have it the worst. He's a slave gladiator, she's a house slave being kept as a virgin to preserve her market value. They're StarCrossedLovers. Or as much as they can be given that he is kept locked in a cage at night. Then they are forcibly separated and a good chunk of ''Vengeance'' revolves around finding Naevia, and then reconnecting her with Crixus.
** Agron and Nasir have a rather less melodramatic version. There was an early kill-him-or-kiss-him dynamic however. Although a near-death experience is involved, they hook up fairly quickly and easily in comparison.
** Spartacus and Mira [[spoiler: never make it]].
* Crichton and Aeryn had one ''hell'' of a rocky road to travel on ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. They hook up fairly early in the series on a OneNightStand in the first season ("A Human Reaction"), but not only do they never talk about it in the episode (Crichton starts to, but Aeryn shuts him down), they don't even acknowledge they actually slept together until the season 2 premier. Although season 1 had some other ShipTease moments (such as when stranded in "The Flax," and their farewell in the season finale before Crichton's SuicideMission, one take of which involved an unscripted kiss) the {{UST}} doesn't start building particularly heavily until season 2, particularly the "Look at the Princess" trilogy. They confess their feelings for one another in the season 2 finale, unfortunately, it turns out Crichton is being mind-controlled by Scorpius's neural clone at the time. Due to various complications, it takes until mid-season 3 for Crichton and Aeryn to ''finally'' become an OfficialCouple. Unfortunately, it's after Crichton has been "twinned," and the Crichton Aeryn hooks up with dies in a HeroicSacrifice by the end of the season. Season 4 reverses their relationship, with Aeryn doing the pursuing and Crichton avoiding her, with Noranti's help, and it's not until the last half a dozen episodes that they finally get together for real, and Crichton proposes to her at the end series finale (right before the cliffhanger ending in which they get blasted by an alien spaceship, setting up the miniseries). Whew!
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is essentially the point of all {{Dating Sim}}s and most VisualNovels.
* Played with in ''VideoGame/TalesOfLegendia''. Senel and Shirley had a 'bread winner and homemaker' set up pre-main story but at the time they were pretending to be siblings. At the end of the Main Narrative they actidentally enact the ferines engagement ritual [[ShipperOnDeck and the local deity approved]] but at the start of Side Story they still feel like siblings.
* In the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' series, Tali and Garrus have forged a strong bond with [[PlayerCharacter Commander]] [[MagneticHero Shepard]] due to the events in the first game to the point where they both [[UndyingLoyalty trust him/her unconditionally.]] Depending on both Shepard's gender and choices, the relationship he/she has with these two characters can turn into a romantic one.
** In the third game, it's possible to start an entirely new romance with any of the first game's love interests. This includes a [[GayOption male Shepard and]] Kaidan (though not Femshep and Ashley).
-->"It does. It does feel right. After all this time. You and me."
** The third game also had a moment that had many fans [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming aaaaw'ing]]: if neither Tali nor Garrus was romanced and both survived the suicide mission in [=ME2=], [[spoiler:you can walk in on them hugging]]. Their embarrassed attempts at making up an excuse (she asked him to check her helmet for a rupture) to Shepard are both hilarious and heartwarming.
--->'''Garrus:''' Guess it helps to have something to come back to.
--->'''Tali:''' What do you mean, 'something to come back to'? ''(in a flirty tone)'' This is just a fling, Vakarian; I'm using you for your body...!
--->'''Garrus:''' You're so mean... ''and I'm okay with that.''
* In the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, this is an important, but usually optional part of the game. However, in ''RuneFactory2'', missing a RelationshipUpgrade means you miss 2/3 of the game.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Cloud and Tifa's [[PreClimaxClimax night under the Highwind]], according to WordOfGod.
* In the ''Persona'' series, it's reaching a certain rank in your social link with a girl (or boy, if you're playing ''[=P3P=]''). You're given the option to pursue a closer relationship. This can happen with every girl you Social Link with, and if you're already dating one, there's no reason why you can't date more. Christmas Eve is also sort of like this - one of your girlfriends (or the girl you have the highest s-link with) will call you and invite themselves over, [[FadeToBlack and...]]
** ''{{Persona 4}}'' and the Female Protagonist route in ''{{Persona 3}} Portable'' are unique in that it's optional and you the player can choose to take the upgrade.
* Right at the end of {{VideoGame/Persona}}, [[spoiler:Maki kisses Naoya, and they show up together when the cast reunites in the final scene]].
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[[folder:Web Comics]]

* SidekickGirl- Isaurio and Sidekick girl kind of just happen
* BittersweetCandyBowl has Mike and Sandy early on.
* In [[http://dresdencodak.com/2010/09/25/dark-science-05/ this]] page of ''DresdenCodak'', Kimiko and Yvonne ''literally'' upgrade their relationship (the gadget she uses even reads FRIENDSHIP UPGRADED: CHUMS), in order to allow use of nicknames.
* Elan and Haley in the [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0400.html 400th]] ''[[Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick Order of the Stick]]'' strip.
* Torg and Zoe from ''SluggyFreelance'', after years of Torg having [[CannotSpitItOut unspoken]], [[UnrequitedLove unrequited]] feelings her, have slowly gotten to the point where they frequently go on what [[NotADate may or may not be dates]].
* Yori and Ina in ''NoNeedForBushido'' have finally gotten to this point.
* Aubrey and Jason in ''SomethingPositive''. For a long time part of the group of friends the comic centres on, they're now married and have adopted a daughter.
* At the end of ''ScaryGoRound'', Amy and Ryan are friends likely to get together. After a three-year TimeSkip, the follow-up strip ''Bad Machinery'' sees them recently married.
* ''PennyAndAggie'':
** Sara and Daphne go from friends, to not on speaking terms (when Daphne, bitter over her UnrequitedLove, decided to believe the "rape" slander against Sara), then back to friends again, and finally to lovers.
** Brandi and Stan go from FriendsWithBenefits to an exclusive relationship.
** [[spoiler: The title characters]] go from enemies to friends to lovers.
* In ''SlightlyDamned'', Buwaro and Kieri ''finally'' kiss after Buwaro gets seriously injured trying to defend Kieri.
* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': After a lot of ShipTease, Parley's experience with the ghost of Jeanne leads her to finally [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=785 admitting her feelings for Andrew]].
* After two years trapped in the meteor with her, Rose from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' - [[NotADate coy about it as she is with her brother]] - arranges what she clearly intends as her first date with Kanaya.
* It certainly appears that Ash & Emily from ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' have finally gotten theirs with [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2013-01-16 this page]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''{{Literature/Worm}}'', this occurs after Brian realizes his feelings for [[spoiler:Taylor]], though they aren't sure what they are after that.
** A number of other characters get together over the course of the story. Dragon and Defiant get one that occurs mostly offscreen.
** Parian and Flechette also get together, [[spoiler:when the latter [[HazyFeelTurn defects to the Undersiders]].]]
* ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale'': [[spoiler: [[TheNarrator Cecil's]] very vocal crush on [[HotScientist Carlos]] is a running gag throughout the series, but in Ep. 25, Carlos indicates for the first time that the feelings are mutual. As of Ep. 27, [[OfficialCouple the two are dating]] and despite a rough patch they're still together as of Ep. 31.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'':
** In what was meant to be the end of the series, ''[[TheMovie So The Drama]]'', Kim and Ron become [[OfficialCouple officially "More Than Friends"]] (complete with cheering section).
** It's implied that Shego and Drakken experience this, too, although theirs happens during the ''second'' GrandFinale of the series.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', The two {{Beta Couple}}s pretty much [[TheyDo just happened]], without any proper upgrades. Meanwhile, the main couple had this no sooner than in the very final scene of the very final episode. The one beta couple was a case of NewOldFlame, so they didn't ''need'' an upgrade, just a reunion after Zuko was finally un-exiled from court. As for the other, their upgrade was in the prior season, during 'Serpent's Pass'. She just got PutOnABus for the rest of the season shortly thereafter.
* The (no longer) [[ScrewedByTheNetwork final episode]] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' implied this for Leela and Fry, however the first of several movies made it more complicated. In turn the fourth movie [[spoiler:made it look like they will finally be receiving the Relationship Upgrade]]. And in the first episodes of the 6th reboot season they now are a proper couple, although it's uncertain just how stable their relationship will be during the rest of the season.
** In the sixth season, they finally had sex. [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} In Zoidberg and the Professor's bodies]]]]
* Presumably, Robin and Starfire after ''TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo''.
--->'''Cyborg''': [[LampshadeHanging Well it's about time!]]
* Predictably, Danny and Sam in ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' got together by the GrandFinale.
* Casey Jones and April O'Neil (''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'') have had a series of relationship upgrades in the 2003 animated series, beginning as acquaintances, and later friends, until the third season, when they become a couple. In the latest, seventh season, Casey has proposed to April, and the two are now married. Other incarnations of the couple have gone through the process as well.
* While Candace and Jeremy from ''PhineasAndFerb'' were an OfficialCouple from the get-go, they don't refer to each other as boyfriend and girlfriend (and share their FirstKiss) until the episode, "Summer Belongs to You." (Although the timing of their RelationshipUpgrade is made more complicated by the fact that the episodes don't air in the same order they take place. In some episodes, Candace is still only crushing on Jeremy; in some episodes, they are de facto dating; and in some episodes they are "officially" boyfriend and girlfriend.) Season 3 starts with them being unquestionably canon though, as Candace tries to find out what Jeremy likes about her.
** Subverted in the movie. Isabella kisses Phineas at the end but then they're both exposed to an amnesia ray that wipes both their memories of the event.
* [[TroubledButCute Duncan]] [[BirdsOfAFeather and]] [[PerkyGoth Gwen]] from ''TotalDrama WorldTour,'' who unfortunately got together by cheating on Duncan's current girlfriend [[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney.]]
** Also [[RichBitch Heather]] and [[DashingHispanic Alejandro]] in the ''All Stars'' finale.
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* Singer Melissa Manchester told why she got married. One day her live in boyfriend gave her an ultimatum: he wanted more out of the relationship or ''he'' was going to end it. So they got married.
* MTV's "Friendzone" is a show where various men or women seek to get into relationships with their best friends with... [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming varying]] [[DownerEnding results]].
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