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->'''Benedick''': I protest I love thee.\\
'''Beatrice''': Why, then, God forgive me!\\
'''Benedick''': What offence, sweet Beatrice?\\
'''Beatrice''': You have stayed me in a happy hour. I was about to protest I loved you.\\
'''Benedick''': And do it with all thy heart.\\
'''Beatrice''': I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.
-->-- '''Creator/WilliamShakespeare''', ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing''

WillTheyOrWontThey Well, TheyDo.

The conclusion of a RomanceArc with a HappyEnding. The point where we are finally done with [[SecondActBreakUp breakups]], [[ThirdActMisunderstanding misunderstandings]] and second thoughts. If the story is done with them, they live HappilyEverAfter. If it isn't, when the rest of it happens to them they'll have each other. Give them enough time, and they'll likely be HappilyMarried by then.

Unless the story decides to start up a ''whole new'' string of complications from scratch somewhere in the far future, they finally get to catch a break. And chances are they [[EarnYourHappyEnding had to go through a lot to earn it]].

If there has been an engaging "will it work?" plot up to this point, a TheyDo can induce a variation of ShippingBedDeath (or, of course, it can induce the standard brand if it doubles as a RelationshipUpgrade) -- in which case, cue a [[AuthorsSavingThrow last second split up]], one party getting run over [[PutOnABus by a bus]] or some other malarkey. Writers may try to avert this by segueing into a new kind of story -- [[ChangingOfTheGuard shifting the focus]] to a [[BetaCouple newer couple]] to keep the old romance plots open, or using the stable relationship to open up fresh new avenues for comedy, drama and adventure.

Contrast with MaybeEverAfter, which is when a romance arc ends without clearly confirming whether or not TheyDo.

'''Spoilers ahoy'''.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Takagi and Miyoshi, the BetaCouple of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'' Interesting in that they are involved in a more complex love triangle and get together before the OfficialCouple.
* ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'': Casca and Guts. Of course, it went FromBadToWorse for them soon afterward.
* Tomoya and Nagisa of ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' fame (at one point a DiabolusExMachina steps in, with Tomoya being screwed over repeatedly, first with [[spoiler:Nagisa's death, then Ushio]]'s, but then they get better).
* ''VisualNovel/DaCapo'' plays it straight with [[spoiler:Junichi [[BrotherSisterIncest hooking up]] with Nemu, [[NotBloodSiblings his stepsister]], and all the troubles they had to face afterwards made the series' quality improve ''by orders of magnitude''. Special mention to the [[TearJerker extremely sad]] endings [[DieForOurShip Miharu, Yoriko]], Kotori and Sakura received. Especially Sakura.]] In Da Capo If, [[spoiler:Nemu is dead and Junichi is with Kotori.]]
* An atypical example in ''VisualNovel/DaCapoII'', where Koko and Yoshiyuki hook up ''in the very first episode'' (Is it possible to ''not'' get StrangledByTheRedString when you do that?). [[spoiler:They break up late into the first season, making this the "new set of complications" DownerEnding variant.]]
* Side characters Bisca and Alzack from ''Manga/FairyTail''. They even have a little girl.
* ''Manga/GirlFriends'' After a few volumes and a lot of WillTheyOrWontThey, [[SchoolgirlLesbians Mari and Akko]] finally get together for real.
* Reiji and Aila from ''Anime/GundamBuildFighters'', in a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Heartwarming]], and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Funny]].
* ''Manga/ItazuraNaKiss'' continues at full steam after they get married. Some fans will just tell you to skip the first season, because that's where it gets better.
* The OfficialCouple of ''Manga/KareKano'' is a fantastic instance of this trope; most of the interesting conflict starts ''after'' they become boyfriend and girlfriend in the manga version. In the anime it's the other way around, due to the amazingly bad [[GeckoEnding last handful of episodes]] after the author threw a fit over the anime's comic elements and the director quit.
* Koshiro and Nanoka from ''Manga/KoiKaze''. [[BrotherSisterIncest Whether or not this is a good thing is up to the audience to decide.]]
* Kotaro and Natsumi from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' got married in 2015 according to the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue. [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]] both got married in 2017, [[TrollingCreator but it didn't say if it was to each other]].
* ''Anime/MartianSuccessorNadesico'' Akito and Yurika finalize their relationship between the events of the final episode (where they kiss) and TheMovie when they're married.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': After the screwed-up romantic plotline in the manga, the second-to-last movie (and the first {{Canon}} movie in the franchise), ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' is a RomanceArc for [[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]]. The after-credits scene and [[Anime/BorutoNarutoTheMovie the next movie]], which stars [[SpinOffspring their son]] and is also {{Canon}}, make their eventual relationship and marriage a ForegoneConclusion.
* Happens fairly quickly in ''Manga/MyLoveStory'', with much of the conflict concerning lingering concerns on either side about their relationship and people's strong reactions to said relationship. It helps that with a seven-foot ogre-like Behemoth of a man and a short, pretty girl, one can understand everyone being weirded out by the pairing, no matter how much effort the author gave to make the two absolutely adorable together.
* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'': As seen in the closing credits of the final chapter, Jordy and Chururu got married several years after the war.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': The OVA continuity established the chemistry between Noa and Asuma, but [[MaybeEverAfter remained inconclusive]] by the time the series was over; leaving fans to debate whether they were really a pair. ''[[Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor The Next Generation]]'', which is set 15 years later, gave them their answer by revealing they'd gotten married sometime after the OVA's conclusion. Making it a BelatedHappyEnding.
* In ''Manga/SandChronicles'', at the end of the main story in Volume 8, Ann and Daigo (after a falling out and a nearly 10-year-long break-up) finally get back together, marry and have a baby boy.
* ''Anime/YuriOnIce'': Victor and Yuri eventually become an OfficialCouple by Episode 7; it evolves even further in Episode 10 when they get ''engaged''.


* In ''Literature/TheLordOfLornAndTheFalseSteward'', the young lord and the duke's daughter.
-->''But then bespake the old Lord of Learne,\\
To the Duke of France thus he did say,\\
Seeing our children doe soe well agree,\\
They shalbe marryed ere wee goe away.\\
Lady of Learne shee was sent for\\
Throughout Scottland soe speedilie,\\
To see these two children sett vpp\\
In their seats of gold full royallye.''

* Reed Richards and Susan Storm of ''ComicBook/FantasticFour''. They are perhaps one of the oldest and most stable couples in comics... even ComicBook/CivilWar couldn't split them up!
* Franchise/XMen: Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} and Comicbook/JeanGrey may not have been married until the 90s (deaths, resurrections, and ReplacementGoldfish will do that to a couple), but had been in a relationship for about as long as Reed and Sue, becoming an old married couple since before they ever tied the knot. Then... the first of the trilogy of marriages being [[ExecutiveMeddling forcibly broken up]] because they are "more interesting" now (the others being [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay Spider-Man / Mary Jane]] and [[Comicbook/TheAvengers Hank Pym / the Wasp.)]]
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'': At the end of the ''Transfer of Power'' arc, Apollo and Midnighter marry and adopt [[GooGooGodlike baby Jenny Quantum]]. [[BadassFamily Business continues]] [[BattleCouple as normal]].
* Franchise/{{Superman}}: Comicbook/LoisLane and Clark Kent in ''ComicBook/SupermanTheWeddingAlbum''. Interestingly, Seigel and Shuster wanted to give them a RelationshipUpgrade early on, but [[ExecutiveMeddling DC said no]]. It took about sixty years and two {{Continuity Reboot}}s before they found themselves back in a place where it could happen, and it took another half-dozen Continuity Reboots to break them up. Which were uneffective anyway: they do once again, since ''Comicbook/DCRebirth''.
* [[UnholyMatrimony Titania and Crusher]] "The Absorbing Man" Creel of Creator/MarvelComics.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'': Peter Parker and Mary Jane went through this for two decades. Though [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay their marriage has since been erased from history by a demon in the mainstream books]], they remain very much happily married in other continuities, including [[ComicBook/SpiderGirl one where they have kids]]. In the newspaper dailies, the two have been married for well over twenty five years, to the point where, when the writers attempted to reverse TimeSkip the series to pre-marriage days, outcry made the sequence AllJustADream.
* ''ComicBook/MonicasGang'': Monica and Jimmy Five finally get married in a TimeSkip chapter of the [[SpinoffBabies Spinoff Teens]] manga, which was already a TimeSkip to begin with.
* ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'': Antoine D'Coolette and Bunnie Rabbot: Dated for just over a decade and have been married since issue 174.
* ''Comicbook/IncredibleHulk'': Bruce Banner and Betty Ross had a solid marriage despite everything they went through. It took her death and resurrection as [[spoiler:Red She-Hulk]] to break them up. Betty was earlier married to and divorced [[ColonelKilgore Glenn Talbot]], who was even more rabid about going after Hulk than General Ross.
* Thanks to the implication they are the GrandFinale of the pre-Flashpoint universe, the {{ComicBook/Convergence}} mini-series have a few:
** Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon finally marry in ''Nightwing and Oracle'', after years of dating on and off.
** While they don't really do anything formal (they are even too tired for TheirFirstTime), the ending of ''Batgirl'' reunites Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake, and they both conclude that they've been through too much together to want to lose one another again.

[[folder:Fairy Tales]]
* In ''Literature/TheWhiteDove'', when the prince has claimed the white dove/princess, the witch must let them marry. (She intends to kill them in the morning.)

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** This trope actually sets off the entire plot. In the very first non-prologue chapter, the canon AwkwardKiss between Shinji and Asuka turns into a BigDamnKiss, the two of them admit their feelings to each other, and the rest of the fic is spent exploring just how drastically the course of the story is changed by Asuka and Shinji being a loving and mutually supportive couple.
** One of those changes is Shinji and Asuka playing matchmakers and getting Hikari and Touji together.
** In chapter 8, Misato is fed up with lying to herself and pretend she and Kaji have a "friends with benefits" relationship despite of her never getting over him. After pillow talk, they agree to get together again.
* [[MayDecemberRomance Clover the Clever and Commander Hurricane]] in ''FanFic/ABriefHistoryOfEquestria.'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt No one's surprised]], after years of BelligerentSexualTension and [[SnarkToSnarkCombat verbal jousting]].
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Asuka and Shinji got married two years and one half after Teri’s birth and five years before the epilogue.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Shinji liked Asuka but he did not dare to spit it out. Asuka had a crush on Kaji but she was beginning to like Shinji. After spending a good while dancing around each other, both teenagers got together.
* In the ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'' series:
** [[TheWatson Dr. Watson]] and [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Sally Sparrow]] marry an episode after first meeting each other (although "Watson and Sparrow" largely focuses on their relationship, with the original events of "Blink" framing the story).
** Literature/SherlockHolmes and [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] have a far more complicated time of it -- with an entire three-part finale to work through their relationship. They do end up saying their vows, though with the knowledge that Beth will be leaving for her own time soon.
* The [[Fanfic/{{Cinderjuice}} Contractually Obligated Chaos series]] does this for the two leads - twice. Thanks to a MagicallyBindingContract, they end the first story in a state where they are effectively married, in a ClaimedByTheSupernatural kind of way. The sequel ends with a more traditional WeddingDay, covering all the bases.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Shinji and Asuka think they are too damaged and it's too late to begin a healthy relationship. Then their future selves show up and tell them, "We are married and expecting. Now stop making excuses and moping."
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': In the altered timeline, Shinji, Asuka and Rei decide to solve their LoveTriangle in a very simple way: the three of them share each other.
* Happens repeatedly in the Fanfic/ElementalChessTrilogy for the main pairings. Most are married before the end of the first story.
* Empath and Smurfette marry at the end of the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' novel.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'':
** At the end of chapter 13 [[spoiler:Shinji and Asuka got engaged.]]
** [[BetaCouple Hikari and Touji]] get married at the end of chapter 17 during the trip to Las Vegas.
* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8803490/12/Extended-Stay Chapter 12]] of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/ExtendedStay'' has the Warden and the Mistress getting married at last while she is 8 months pregnant. Of course, it's just before the ceremony ends when [[MaternityCrisis her water suddenly breaks]].
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': After three years of fights, arguments, reconciliations and emotional attachment, Shinji and Asuka get together. They don't get married until they are in their late forties, though.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'':
** Asuka and Shinji get married between the events of the series and the first chapter.
** Touji and Hikari have been dating for over a decade and get married between the FinalBattle and the epilogue.
* ''Fanfic/HigherLearning'': Shinji and Asuka get together in chapter 5, in which the consumption of a whole bottle of sake leads to a mutual LoveConfession. Between the final scene and the epilogue they get married.
* ''Fanfic/LastChildOfKrypton'':
** After several weeks of doubts, fears and self-denial (on Asuka's part), Shinji and Asuka kiss. Then Shinji reveals that [[spoiler:he is Franchise/{{Superman}}]] and he likes her. They get together right afterwards.
** In the rewrite, they get together after Asuka gets over Kaji and acknowledges she likes Shinji. Feeling lonely, she tries to seduce him. Shinji stops her, arguing that he did not want to take advantage of her when she was feeling vulnerable... but he likes her back. They become a couple from that time on.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': After several chapters trying to get over their traumas and learn how to get along well, Shinji and Asuka get together.
* ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'': Although the story is dormant, WordOfGod says Shinji and Asuka will eventually get together.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Shinji spends the whole story trying to choose between Asuka and Rei. Finally, in the epilogue, [[spoiler:he and Asuka get married.]]
* ''Fanfic/ShadowAndRose'' ends with the royal wedding.
* ''Fanfic/SOE2LoneHeirOfKrypton'': In chapter 19, Asuka opens up to Shinji and comes clean about her SecretIdentity. At the same time, Shinji confesses his feelings for her. In response, Asuka kisses him.
* In ''Fanfic/HeartbeatOfTheWarGod'', Ashura and Yasha are wed by [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_wedding#Eight_types_of_marriage Brahma marriage]].
* In ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'', Shinji and Asuka spent a good while fighting and arguing, but they eventually opened up to each other and got together. However, [[spoiler:Rei -who had a huge crush on Shinji- managed at the end of the story that Asuka agreed to have a three-ways relationship.]]
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': In chapter 4 "Love", Shinji and Asuka make up with each other, get together and [[spoiler:get married.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} and Fiona at the end of the first film. The second and third ones are actually built around their relationship.
* Most Disney animated films end in a 'they do', the more recent ones with a lot of WillTheyOrWontThey in between.
** In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Flynn assures us in the narration that they do -- and Rapunzel makes her only comment at that point "after years and years of asking and asking". The follow-up short shows he's exaggerating.
** Unlike most Disney couples, [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} Aladdin and Jasmine]] simply became engaged at the end of their first movie. They then embarked on [[Disney/AladdinTheReturnOfJafar several]] [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries adventures]] before [[Disney/AladdinAndTheKingOfThieves tying the knot]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[Series/{{Firefly}} Kaylee and Simon]] at the end of ''Film/{{Serenity}}.''

* Sabriel and Touchstone of the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' trilogy. Just as much fun to read [[HappilyMarried eighteen years into their marriage]] as when she [[HumanPopsicle unfroze him from Popsiclehood]].
* A partial list from the ''Literature/{{Deryni}}'' works: Evaine [=MacRorie=] and Rhys Thuryn, Alaric Morgan and Richenda Countess of Marley, Rory Haldane and Noelie Ramsay, Brecon Ramsay and Richelle Haldane, Kelson and Araxie Haldane.
* Han Solo and Leia in the original ''Film/StarWars'' trilogy. Later Luke and Mara Jade in the ExpandedUniverse.
* The Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse gave us more than you would think. Corran and Mirax Horn, Wedge and Iella Antilles, Tycho and Winter Celchu, Wes Jansen and his ego... Corran and Mirax are a particularly good example, though, since they got a series chronicling their FourthDateMarriage, then several books chronicling the results of that marriage.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Cordelia and Aral get HappilyMarried at the end of ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', continue to be awesome throughout ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}'', then settle down to a life of (comparatively) RetiredBadass-ness.
** Their son Miles has a romance arc running through ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'' and ''Literature/ACivilCampaign''. Subsequent novels show him HappilyMarried and still at the top of his game.
* Dora and Miron, main characters of ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' have been having {{UST}} going on for first three books and finally get into stable relationship at the end of ''Winner Takes It All''. Of course, troubles start one thirds through book four.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** Commander Vimes started out as a parody of the FilmNoir detective, so obviously he couldn't be in a happy relationship. He got married to Lady Sybil in [[Discworld/MenAtArms his second appearance]] though and it stuck throughout the wacky adventures he's been through.
** Magrat and Verence get married at the end of ''Discworld/LordsAndLadies'', after spending ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' and most of L&L in a state of mutual misunderstanding.
* Literature/AmeliaPeabody's son Ramses and adopted daughter Nefret, after going through several books of misunderstanding one another, finally get married and become another BattleCouple, without repeating the style of Peabody and Emerson (although they do produce yet another generation of alarmingly precocious children).
* In Creator/JohnCWright's ''[[Literature/TheGoldenOecumene The Golden Transcedence]]'', after two and half books insisting that Daphne Tercius, being a version of his wife Daphne Prime, is not his wife, Phaethon reflects on the differences, tells Daphne Tercius that she is not his wife, and asks her to marry him as herself, not as a version of his wife.
* In ''Literature/MysticAndRider'', Senneth and Tayse are both completely badass and made of awesome, and they finally manage to get past the AnguishedDeclarationOfLove phase at the very end of the book. In the subsequent books, in which they are together, and then married, they are far, ''far'' more awesome because they complete each other. BattleCouple extraordinaire; terrifyingly powerful fire mystic dedicated to simple human kindness marries sword-wielding BadassNormal who loves her more than life itself.
* Literature/HarryPotter and his best friend's sister Ginny's BigDamnKiss in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince'' signifies this. The same later happens with Ron and Hermione in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. [[spoiler: In the WhereAreTheyNow DistantFinale, we get to see both couples married and their children.]]
* In a strange variation on a theme, in Hal Duncan's ''Literature/TheBookOfAllHours'', [[spoiler: Jack Flash/Carter and Puck/Thomas really do finally get to be together (without either one being brutally murdered by the other) ... sorta. Considering how by the end of ''Ink'', Reality has been re-written so many times that not even Reynard/Guy/Fox could put the thing back together, and he was the damn book's ''keeper'', the fact that they're present in any shape or form is impressive, to say the least (particularly after what happened to Seamus).]] In any case, they get things their way eventually, [[spoiler: in whatever variant of reality that still includes them.]] If you would like directions on the various interpretations of the situation, you'll find MindScrew on your right, and you can follow that straight down until you hit GoMadFromTheRevelation (after which your confusion will no longer be a problem).
* In ''Literature/TheEyreAffair'', there are great complaints that Jane and Mr. Rochester don't get this. Thursday fixes it. [[spoiler:Then there's her and Landen.]]
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series, one of the bigger questions is whether Anne will stop hating Gilbert and realize she's actually madly in love with him. After getting over her stubborn pride, a rejected marriage proposal, two years dating the wrong guy, and Gilbert almost dying of typhoid fever, she finally accepts his proposal and they live HappilyEverAfter, with six children.
* L. Jagi Lamplighter's ''[[Literature/ProsperosDaughter Prospero Regained]]'' ends with a marriage.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's Literature/TimePatrol story "Gibraltar Falls", at the end, Thomas and Feliz -- when he suggests a choice for her MeaningfulRename.
* Peter Whimsey and Harriet Vane get together at the end of ''Literature/GaudyNight''. As kissing is followed by marriage the last book (by Sayers) shows them happily married but with lots of issues to work out (including/triggered by the body in the basement of their honeymoon cottage).
* ''Literature/TheBelgariad'':
** Garion and his princess Ce'nedra spend a lot of time faffing around and [[BelligerentSexualTension bickering]] even during their ''engagement'' before they finally sort out their lives and admit that yes, actually, they ''are'' head over heels for each other and really if they'd been given the choice they would have chosen to marry each other anyway.
** When Durnik [[spoiler: becomes a disciple of Aldur]], the WillTheyOrWontThey between him and Polgara is finally settled in the positive.
* In ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'', Simon and [[RebelliousPrincess Miriamele]] finally conclude their [[WillTheyOrWontThey relationship dance]] [[LastMinuteHookup post-climax]], when Miriamele reveals that the real reason she's been so aloof to him is that she is afraid of losing him as a friend were she to have to take the throne of Erkynland and make a loveless [[ArrangedMarriage political marriage]]. No longer willing to let that separate them, they make love then and there, and only later does Simon reveal to her what he has just learned: [[MosesInTheBulrushes that he's the rightful king anyway]], so marrying her won't be a problem. HappilyEverAfter ensues.
* Tamora Pierce's Literature/TortallUniverse has something like this in the Literature/SongOfTheLioness series where we see Alanna get with numerous men, including the [[BetterAsFriends handsome prince]], and the [[OneLastFling tribal warrior]], before finally marrying the charming rogue who had loved her all along. In the later series we see them [[HappilyMarried growing]] [[BabiesEverAfter old together]], too.
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt has ended two of her novels, ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' and "De skandalösa", in this very fashion.
* An interesting case in Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Literature/ALordFromPlanetEarth'' trilogy. Sergey first meets Terri in a park and saves her from a bunch of lowlifes. She gives him a ring and tells him she'll call on him later. A few years after that, she teleports him to her homeworld of Tar. He finds out that Terri is a princess who needs him to be her champion. Subverted in that Terri actually needs him to fight a ''very'' insistent suitor who has chased off all others, including the guy she actually wanted to marry. Against all odds, Sergey manages to defeat the BigBad of the first novel. However, at the end of the novel, Terri tells him that he can't stay on Tar and be with her, as the people would never accept a ruler from a "cursed world" (Earth is considered to be cursed by the [[{{Precursors}} Seeders]]). Sergey gets himself a ship and begins to travel the galaxy. After defeating the {{Big Bad}}s of the second novel, he once again ends up with Terri. This time, not only does she not reject him, but she chooses to go with him [[spoiler:to the future]]. They are happily married in the third novel.
* [[spoiler:Hope and Everell]] in the end of ''Literature/HopeLeslie''.
* Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase at the end of ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. After four and three-quarters books of WillTheyOrWontThey in ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' they get together in the final book. Then in Heroes of Olympus, they are separated, sent to hell, and eventually save the world. After this, they finally get a break and get to go college together in New Rome. As such, Percy expresses no desire to continue the hero business more than he has to in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo''.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' with Sheridan and Delenn. They walked through fire for their love, and after TheyDo the series keeps on going.
* ''[[Series/LoisAndClark Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman]]'' does this with the title characters, and keeps going afterward.
* in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** [[spoiler:Adama and Roslin]]. Though she died in the finale, his actions afterwards (eg: the ring) would suggest that this still applies.
** The Agathons' marriage (Karl "Helo" Agathon and Sharon "Athena" Valeri) seems to be going OK too, despite him killing her! (It was at her request and, being a cylon, she got better).
* ''Series/TheOfficeUK'':
** Tim and Dawn at the end. Their counterparts Jim and Pam on the [[Series/TheOfficeUS US version]] similarly get the conclusion to their ongoing WillTheyOrWontThey at the first episode of season 4 (though you can already tell that's where they're headed at the end of season 3).
** Michael and Holly in season 7, which eventually leads to him moving to Colorado with her and thus [[PutOnABus his departure from the series]].
** Erin and Pete in season 9 after [[spoiler: she dumps Andy for good]].
** As of the penultimate episode of the series, [[spoiler: Dwight and Angela when they get engaged]], after which their wedding takes place a year later during the GrandFinale.
** [[spoiler: Ryan and Kelly]] ''apparently'' in the GrandFinale when they run away together.
* John and Aeryn in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' finally get together for good in the second half of season 4, and get married in ''The Peacekeeper Wars''.
** They were also together for much of Season 3, which went pretty well, except [[spoiler:John had been made into two separate, equal copies, and the one she was with performed a HeroicSacrifice. When she was reunited with the surviving John, she didn't want to look him in the eye at first.]]
** And [[BattleCouple they are]] '''[[BackToBackBadasses awesome!]]''' It is interesting to note, though, that their relationship is [[FireForgedFriends slowly and steadily built despite]] [[InHarmsWay having two opposing empires hunting their asses]], and Moya being a station interchange for DysfunctionJunction. With all the [[MindRape psychological problems]] and [[BreakTheCutie recurrent attempts by their foes to break them]], they really do [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]] and it ''works''.
* The point where Fran and Max get married in ''Series/TheNanny''.
* Sonny and Chad finally got together partway through season 2 of ''Series/SonnyWithAChance''. They've only been together a couple episodes but the show seems to have pulled it off successfully.
* ''Series/TheXFiles''' Mulder and Scully. They got together very ambiguously on the show from about season 7. In the 2008 movie, while they do have their issues, they appear to be happy together.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** There's JD and Elliot in the eighth season when they finally get together with a stable relationship after a majority of the series (aside from a break from the fourth season to end of the sixth season) went through their on-and-off-again relationship.
** Turk and Carla in the ''second episode of the series'', they eventually become HappilyMarried and are generally considered the most stable couple of the show.
** Dr. Cox and Jordon in season 2.
* Kenny and Max of ''Series/PicketFences'' get a rather complicated TheyDo. They finally get together in the third season, break up at the beginning of the fourth season (over Max [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup dying her hair]] of all things), spend the remainder of the season fighting, moping around and sharing meaningful gazes, and then ''finally'' stop being idiots and kiss and make up. Approximately ''five episodes later'' they spontaneously decide to get married and make it down the aisle before the series ends.
* Joel and Maggie on ''Series/NorthernExposure'', considered by many to be the show's JumpTheShark moment.
* Odo and Kira's relationship in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', which avoided becoming a ShippingBedDeath.
* Deliberately averted in ''Series/BurnNotice''. Fiona and Michael sleep together in a season 2 episode after she thought he had been killed in an explosion. In the commentary, one of the writers says that they were afraid that if the two got together, they'd play out this trope, but then realized (apparently from experience) that getting back together with an ex doesn't mean that any issues have been resolved, and often makes things more uncomfortable and complicated.
** Played straight in later seasons, especially when Jesse comes into picture, and it initially appears that he might be a rival to Michael for Fiona's affections. Michael's mother makes it clear to Jesse that there is never going to be a third side of a LoveTriangle with Michael and Fi.
* Charlie and Amita from ''Series/NUMB3RS''. Hooked up season three or thereabouts and have stayed a stable couple since. [[spoiler: Charlie even asks Amita to marry him in the season five finale.]]
* Niles and Daphne on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', in the Season 7 finale, "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue".
* Hodgins and Angela in ''Series/{{Bones}}'', after the writers got over their brainless moment. They got married in a ''jail'', of all places.
** [[spoiler:Booth and Bones]]
* Sarah and Series/{{Chuck}} finally got together in the middle of the third season. Though their wedding comes in the fourth season, with planning for the big day forming part of the season's arc.
** And even when the final arc of the series [[spoiler:[[LaserGuidedAmnesia burns it all to the ground]]]], the invariable truth supported by WordOfGod appears to be that they [[spoiler:''will'']].
* Carter and Allison of ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' admit they love each other and spend the night together in the middle of season 4.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Finn and Rachel, Kurt and Blaine, and after 5 whole seasons [[spoiler: Quinn and Puck]].
* ''Series/GreysAnatomy'': Meredith and Derek. After four seasons of [[RelationshipRevolvingDoor on and off and on and off]], the season 4 finale is arguably the consolidation point of their relationship: afterwards they still have their ups and downs, but neither try to run away at the first sight of trouble anymore.
* Andy and April in the third season of ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''. So much that [[spoiler: they get married just a few weeks after dating]].
* Josh and Donna in ''Series/TheWestWing'', even though it took them seven seasons.
* King Arthur crowns Guinevere his Queen at the end of series four of ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.
* In the ''Series/PowerRangersZeo'' episode "A Season to Remember", a look into the distant future shows Tommy and Kat happily married, with grandchildren. Fans, however, have argued with each other quite extensivly over whenever or not this episode was canon or, like another Christmas Special "Alpha's Magical Christmas", was a novelty one-shot.
* In ''Series/{{Nikita}}'', Michael and Nikita finally get together at the end of season one, after a season of the former clinging to the misguided ideals of Division and trying to bring in the latter. Throughout season two, though their relationship is tested, they remain very much in love and are still together as of the end of the second season.
* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', [[spoiler:Mary and Matthew, Anna and Bates, Sybil and Branson]].
* ''Series/{{Ed}}'' and Carol ''finally'' get together at the end of the third season after working out their ''{{Unrequited Love Switcheroo}}''.
* Ross and Rachel's LastMinuteHookup in the GrandFinale of ''Series/{{Friends}}''.
** And a lot earlier: Monica and Chandler who eventually become HappilyMarried.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'': Joe and Helen finally get together for good at the beginning of season 6.
* Chuck and Blair on ''Series/GossipGirl''. Also Serena and Dan.
* Tony and Ziva on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', just in time for Cote de Pablo's failed contract negotiations.
* After two seasons of UST on ''Series/RaisingHope'', Jimmy and Sabrina finally resolve their tension and are now HappilyMarried.
* A complicated case with Peter and Olivia in ''Series/{{Fringe}}''. They finally start dating. Then Olivia gets switched with "Fauxlivia" from the AlternateUniverse. Peter and Fauxlivia live together for a bit before Peter figures out the truth. After Olivia comes back, there are a few episodes full of tension, especially since Peter struggles with his feelings for Fauxlivia. He gets over her, and once again hooks up with Olivia.
* In ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' where [[spoiler: in the series finale Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter gruesomely murder Francis Dolarhyde together, Will finally admits it's beautiful whilst in a tight embrace by Hannibal and the two fall off the side of a cliff together. Leading up to this, the previous episode states that Hannibal is in love with Will. There's also the matter of the bloody heart left to Will by Hannibal in ''Primavera'' which is stated in canon to be Hannibal having left him his broken heart. Almost every write up of the final episode was treating their relationship as romantic and the scene plays out as a twisted wedding bathed in blood.]] There's also a song written specifically for the moment that spells it out for those who didn't catch what was going on.
* ''Series/NightAndDay'': It took them eighteen months (in real-world time) to get there - but after an unfortunate DemonicPossession, a foray into vampirism and a 'crap, we're siblings' moment which later proved a false alarm, Josh Alexander and Della Wells finally got their happy ending – and even some adopted kids for good measure. Fans were kept hanging until the very last episode, though.
* [[spoiler: Kensi and Deeks]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' got together early in season six and as of season seven, still seem to be very happy. As of season eight, [[spoiler: Deeks]] is planning on proposing.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Detective William Murdoch and Dr. Julia Ogden finally marry in the 100th episode of the series (in season 8), after years of UnresolvedSexualTension, [[CantSpitItOut his difficulties in declaring his feelings]], some distance over Julia's past abortion, career opportunities in other places, her decision to marry another man, the implosion of that marriage, the murder of her husband (for which she was convicted and eventually exonerated)...this couple really did [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn it]].
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls: A Year in the Life'' concludes with [[spoiler:Luke and Lorelai finally eloping in the town gazebo with the reverend, Lane, Rory, and Michel as their witnesses, prior to the big wedding ceremony the town has planned.]]

* The song "Dance Little Jean" is about a girl whose parents are finally marrying.

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* Finally, during the FinalBattle of Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG, Rex and Amanda - having overcome the SecondActBreakUp and ThirdActMisunderstanding - have a WartimeWedding, neatly wrapping up their RomanceArc.
** After much WillTheyOrWontThey, Hertz and Naomi Carver finally get together.
** It's also heavily implied that Peter Abody and Shannon Grimton also get together after the events of the war.

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* Happens offscreen after the end of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', if Alistair [[spoiler:is made king and]] romanced the Female Human Noble Warden. The DLC ''Awakening'' which takes place six months after the end of the main game, shows her basically coming back from their honeymoon to take up the mantle of Warden-Commander. It's an extremely happy marriage, as proven by Alistair's involvement in the next two games if the world state is imported.
** ''Inquisition'' also gives this to [[VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins the male Warden]] who romanced Morrigan, since [[spoiler:they have a child together, and she and their son leave the Inquisition after defeating Corypheus to join him on his mission]]. Likewise, if the Warden romanced Leliana [[spoiler:and she's made Divine]], the epilogue slide mentions their reunion. Zevran, meanwhile, is absent from the game because he's traveling with a Warden he romanced, meaning that TheyDo already.
* Possible for Hawke in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. If Hawke remains in any romance until the end of the game, the ending implies that they and their Love Interest are still together wherever they are. If she's female and romances Sebastian, then a successful relationship ends the game with them either married (if it was a friendly romance) or engaged (if he was rivalmanced, since he "will offer you no less than a Prince" and needs to get his throne back first). [[spoiler:However, his romance gets derailed if she spares Anders, since he and Sebastian are MutuallyExclusivePartyMembers]].
* The ''Trespasser'' DLC for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' gives this to the Inquisitor and most of the potential {{Love Interest}}s he or she may have pursued during the game. [[spoiler:If the Inquisitor romanced either Cullen or Sera, they can actually have a wedding during the course of the DLC. The Inquisitor can also discuss marriage with Cassandra or the Iron Bull, with Bull agreeing to it and Cassandra (if she's not Divine) conceding that they might consider it in the future. Dorian returns to Tevinter but remains in his committed relationship with the Inquisitor (or, if he was not romanced, Iron Bull); similarly, Josephine returns to Antiva, but her romanced Inquisitor visits often and is loved by her family.]]
** If Hawke [[spoiler:is not sacrificed in the Fade]], then Varric mentions that their love interest will meet up with them, implying this trope for them too.
* [[TomboyPrincess Princess]] Rosella and [[TheFairFolk Fairy Prince]] [[DistressedDude Edgar]] in the fourth and seventh ''VideoGame/KingsQuest'' games took StandardHeroReward and [[ZigZaggedTrope subverted it, inverted it, gender inverted it, defied it, subverted and gender inverted it]] ''[[UpToEleven again]]''. At the end of ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIIThePrincelessBride'', they decide not to rush anything and have a proper courtship. FanSequel ''VideoGame/TheSilverLining'' and the Telltale Games sequel do a TimeSkip and establish that Rosella and Edgar ''finally'' got around to getting married.

* Webcomic/CheckPlease: has [[spoiler:Jack and Bitty]], after ShipTease through out the entire Year 1, Bitty's eventual [[spoiler:crush on Jack]] and the various signs that [[spoiler:Jack is also in love with him]], they finally get together on the SeasonFinale of Year 2 "Goodbye To Summer".
* Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick:
** Elan and Haley in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0400.html #400.]] The strip is conveniently titled "Your Ship Has Come In".
** There's also MauveShirt BetaCouple Daigo and Kazumi, who as of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0500.html #500]]/[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0501.html #501]] are HappilyMarried and have a child on the way.
** A subversion in strips [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0888.html 888,]] and [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0889.html 889,]] where the reunification of Elan's parents is AllJustADream. Elan realizes it's a dream exactly because he knows that this wouldn't ever happen.
* Cassie and Philip of ''Webcomic/TimesLikeThis'', after a few years of hookups, breakups and fights, finally got married [[http://timeslikethis.com/index.php?id=647 in 2013.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Erstwhile}}'', [[http://www.erstwhiletales.com/maidmaleen-33/#.T29_k9m6SuI Maid Maleen and the prince.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03-75.html Claire remembers this in her backstory.]]
* Rose and Kanaya get married in the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMZU89jY2j8 credits]] of {{Webcomic/Homestuck}}.

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* In ''Roleplay/DeptHeavenApocrypha'', flagship couple Milanor and Nessiah stumbled into a relationship quite early on. Even though they're together and that's (probably) not going to change, between [[RapeAsDrama one thing]] and [[SanitySlippage another]], there's still been plenty of drama to go around.
** As this relationship actually happens to be a ''threesome'' with ''TheMillstone'' as its third member, there's no way the drama will ever be lacking. (Although she ''is'' [[CharacterDevelopment getting better]].)
* [[BetaCouple Artemis and Athena]] in ''Literature/ThaliasMusings''.
* ''Website/TheOnion'' uses this to parody TechnologyPorn with the article "Vin Diesel Will Finally [[CargoShip Kiss Car]] In ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast & Furious 6]]''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** [[NewOldFlame Mai and Zuko]] are a couple [[strike: as of the end of the series]] as soon as Mai was introduced. The same goes for [[BetaCouple Sokka and Suki.]]
** According to Aaron Ehasz, [[OfficialCouple Aang and Katara's]] kiss in the finale is deliberately framed like that of a bride and groom at their wedding, so yeah, them too.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** There's the new Avatar learning Airbending from Tenzin, the youngest son of Aang and Katara. So yeah, they got hitched. So did Mai and Zuko, whose daughter Izumi currently rules as Fire Lord.
** The original intention for the series was that Korra and Mako would get together at the end of the series - back when the series was only one season. However, Korra and Mako broke up in season two, and stayed broken up. The writers began developing Korra's friendship with Asami, and finished the entire series with a shot of them walking into the Spirit World, mirroring a newlywed couple. The writers later confirmed - and added a graphic novel, ''Turf Wars,'' to cement it - that Korra and Asami are each other's forever girls.
** In the series' GrandFinale, [[spoiler:none other than zany businessman/inventor Varrick and his [[BeleagueredAssistant beleaguered]] yet devoted assistant Zhu Li get ''married'']].
* Casey Jones and April O'Neil in the second ''[[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' cartoon hooked up at the beginning of the third season; with the exception of an early, minor hiccup, the relationship continued strong ever since, culminating in their marriage at the end of the seventh season.
* Kim and Ron of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' hook up in the series's first GrandFinale. The show got a PostScriptSeason in which the relationship was handled quite wonderfully, and WordOfGod says they get married eventually.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': Danny and Sam finally get together at the end of the GrandFinale.
* ''WesternAnimation/PrincessSissi'' is about all of the problems that first got in the way of Elizabeth of Bavaria marrying Franz.
* Robin and Starfire from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' get a LastMinuteHookup in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansTroubleInTokyo'', [[EveryoneCanSeeIt even though their attraction to each other was long known to everyone, including the villains]].
* As of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' series finale, Fry and Leela.
* For ''WesternAnimation/KidVsKat'', Coop and Fiona.
* According to WordOfGod, Arnold and Helga of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' will fall in love and get married as adults, with the upcoming {{Uncancelled}} GrandFinale planning to have Arnold admit his feelings for her.