The best bonding activity for a young couple in love.
"Well, I was hoping that our relationship would be a long and happy one, but I suppose I'm willing to settle for short and exciting."
The kind of couple where bullets figure prominently in the story of their early romance. Where "war buddy" and "significant other" are synonyms. Where if you harm either one, the other will kill you
as surely as the sun rises. Likely to have a Back-to-Back Badasses
Battle couples aren't that common, due to restrictions on women in combat. One might expect for the great prevalence of men to mean that gay couples would be overrepresented here, but one would be disappointed in that case; anti-Badass
stereotypes of gay men have probably been holding that in check. In heterosexual pairings, the woman will often not be a conventional soldier, but a partisan of some kind. They tend to be more resistant to breakup than most, given the extra bonds forged in combat
, but they are particularly vulnerable to losing one half in battle. If the female half of this couple needs to go in disguise, she is a Sweet Polly Oliver
. If they have gone all the way, expect them to engage in a lot of Glad-to-Be-Alive Sex
. It's also possible they may get it on before the fighting
. They may also bicker in the middle of a fight
, much to the confusion of their opponents.
In Real Life
, it's also the same as above — and often, they're officers, instead. There are laws in some areas against this sort of thing if one outranks the other to prevent the superior from forcing the under-ranked into it
If they're married, they're likely Happily Married
. Has a platonic counterpart in Adventure Duo
. It may overlap with Agents Dating
. In fantasy settings, they'll probably manifest as Sword and Sorcerer
. Add a kid or two for a Badass Family
with a Mama Bear
and a Papa Wolf
. If it's one guy/girl and his/her harem
instead of just two people, then it's a harem hero(ine) and his/her Battle Harem
See Bash Brothers
, Sibling Team
, and Fire-Forged Friends
for the non-romantic, sibling, and platonic forms, respectively. If they're criminals, they're an Outlaw Couple
. If they are royalty who do this as one of their jobs, they are also a Ruling Couple
. If they're villains, they live in Unholy Matrimony
. Absolutely no relation whatsoever to this classic board game
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Anime & Manga
- Shakugan no Shana
- Yuuji and Shana develop into this over the course of two seasons, as Yuuji finds ways to make himself useful in battle. The first of which is to supply Shana with power of existence to boost her fighting power. Then there's "Snake Of The Festival", and even then, he is the Big Good.
- The incestuous Aizel siblings have a similar dynamic; "Love for himself" Sorath does the Leeroy Jenkins style attacking while "Love for others" Tiriel pulls power of existence from another location to heal him.
- Tsukune Aono and Moka Akashiya from Rosario + Vampire are gradually developing into one of these, as Tsukune starts to develop the powers necessary to fight at or near her level. Fong Fong's parents are one as well, and in a recent chapter Yukari and Fong Fong himself are hinted at becoming one (they haven't officially gotten together, but it's pretty strongly hinted and they've got the teamwork down pat).
- Tsukune and Moka have been deified for it.
- Eureka Seven
- Eureka and Renton's preferred method of fighting is piloting their shared mech while holding hands.
- Also, Ray and Charles Beams are a more conventional example of this trope than Renton and Eureka. Instead of holding hands, they watch each other's back in a fight.
- Haru and Kuroyukihime from Accel World. In the OVAs, they have developed good battle combos and even merge together to give Kuroyukihime the ability to fly.
- Badass Normal Pip Bernadotte and Friendly Neighborhood Vampire Seras Victoria. Even more so after Pip dies and Seras drinks his blood to become a true vampire, absorbing his soul. The resulting carnage is both terrifying and epic.
- Alucard and Integra. The scene of them in the middle of the last battle was epic; and then she shoots the Major while he is fighting Anderson. They are an Official Couple, according to Word Of God.
- Kazuma and Ayano from Kaze no Stigma. He is a super Badass Wind Contractor, she is a literal Fiery Redhead. They are often paired up for missions.
- Max and Milia/Miriya from Macross / Robotech are probably one of the earliest examples in anime. Their races were at war. Max is a human, and Milia is a Zentradi, but after she defects, the two end up marrying. Milia gets a red variable fighter to match her husband's blue one. They even lead different squadrons together for a time span of about 30 years after the events of the original series.
- Kiri and Elraine in Double Arts. They even developed the Titlular Double Arts fighting style to fight while constantly connected. They are the official couple of their series and will never let go of each other. No matter what. Elraine is afflicted with a special disease that killed a third of the world's population, and the only reason she isn't dead yet is because of Kiri's mysterious ability.
- You'd think Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Kamen would be this, being the main characters, but this trope instead goes to Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune, who arrive together and usually attack in tandem. The former couple rarely fight as a unit.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!
- Generally speaking, the setting requires something like this because most mages are squishy and need a physical-fighting warrior to protect them. It was invented to be practical more than anything, but Negi says two Pactio partners often end up marrying each other. Because of this, the Pactio system has heavy romantic undertones in magical society, though we are shown several examples of non-romantic Pactios.
- Character-specific examples of this are:
- Negi and his partner Asuna; he's the mage and she's his athletic and protective fighter. Interestingly for this trope, Negi decided to train as a Magic Knight so he wouldn't have to rely on and put her in danger as much.
- As of chapter 252, The Medic Konoka and her bodyguard Setsuna form a Pactio. They are a Lady and Knight pairing instead of the more-or-less platonic Negi and Asuna.
- In the backstory, Negi's parents, Nagi and Princess Arika, once went to annihilate an enemy base together.
- InuYasha and Kagome have the Guys Smash, Girls Shoot dynamic; Kagome often will ride piggyback like an archer on horseback. Miroku and Sango, eventually, form a more Back-to-Back Badasses couple; her demon fighting skill and his holy power is a formidable combination.
- Guts and Casca in Berserk in the first part of the manga. They share a particularly memorable Back-to-Back Badasses moment, which is why they are a couple in the first place. Guts even says he prefers a girl who can fight like this, to one that can *only* clean up nicely; Casca can do both.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye; he's The Leader and she's his bodyguard. Everyone Can See It. Reinforced in the Japanese version of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood - When Mustang is about to burn Envy to death and thus betray his and everyone else's ideals for the sake of revenge, Hawkeye stops him from doing so by putting a gun to his head and threaten to kill him before letting him do it; the word she uses for "you" is generally only used for complete strangers and spouses, making it more or less an outright declaration of love.
- Ling and Lan Fan have a similar leader and bodyguard thing though their romantic involvement is only implied.
- We also have the Curtis family. Izumi Curtis, a powerful and impatient alchemist, and her husband, the seven foot tall Sieg Curtis. Together, they run a butcher shop and kick so much ass, you could fill the ocean with it... unless they're being lovey-dovey... and sometimes even then.
- Deunan and Briareos from Appleseed. The couple gained attention for their combat prowess, and were recruited into an anti-terrorism unit together.
- Ghost in the Shell: They would both deny it until the day they die, but the Major and Batou of Public Security Section Nine definitely fall into this trope. Even their voice actors agree that the series is in part, a romantic story.
- Erio and Caro from Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. While other ships had fought together, they're the two that are rarely seen in battle without the other. They're also a lot more dependent on each other than the other pairs; Caro powers up Erio and serves as the primary transportation, while Erio handles the actual combat. Finally, they're one of the few couples that's official, rather than just loads of Ship Tease.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann:
- Kamina and Youko; she watches and protects his back while he takes the front for one battle.
- Simon and Nia are co-pilots in Gurren Lagann's final form in the climax.
- Leite, who does all the maintenance (being in the direct war zone) while hers truly, Makken, is in the battlefield.
- Basara has pirate leader Chacha and her lover and first mate Zaki.
- Just about every mecha pilot in Godannar. Yes, even the one with two female pilots and the one piloted by siblings. Deconstructed, as the main Battle Couple of Go and Anna has to handle domestic problems coming from their big age difference, and these do reflect in their performance.
- Allelujah Haptism and Soma Peries/Marie Parfacy in Gundam 00, after Marie returns to action in the GN Archer, which combines with Allelujah's Arios Gundam to form the Arios Archer. In The Movie, they co-pilot Gundam Harute.
- Ranma ½:
- You'd think Ranma and Akane would be one of these, but the truth is, they aren't... or at least, not often, and they're not good at it. For starters, Akane's typically a bystander in any battles Ranma gets involved in — if she isn't back at home while Ranma's out in the middle of nowhere beating on whoever's ticked him off, she's sitting on the sidelines and watching while he does all the fighting... or is hypnotized, kidnapped, tied up, or turned into a doll and otherwise incapable of joining in. When Akane does join in the fight against an opponent, assuming she and Ranma fight the same foe, Akane and Ranma tend to get in each other's way more than anything (or, at least, Akane herself is overwhelmed and Ranma has to pull her fat out of the fire). Akane, you see, resents the way Ranma assumes "I'm the greater martial artist, so I gotta protect Akane", which typically leaves them wide open to the exploits of their enemies. The one exception in the series, the one time they really pulled the Battle Couple deal off, was during their face-off against the Orochi. There's a reason why Rakane shippers in particular like to see that story as a Crowning Moment of Awesome and Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. Ranma also fights alongside his other fiancees, Shampoo and Ukyo, several times throughout the series.
- On the other hand, when Ryoga and Ukyo teamed up in order to order to fight the ghosts in the Cave of Lost Love, they worked really well together. The odds were overwhelming, but they put up a good fight. The irony here is that Ukyo and Ryoga are not a couple, not interested in becoming a couple, only started working together to fight off the "stray" ghosts that got over-enthusiastic about attacking the real targets (Ranma and Akane), and their doing so just got them deeper into trouble, as seeing their teamwork, and comparing it to Ranma & Akane's bickering, convinced the ghosts that Ranma and Akane were not a couple at all and Ryoga & Ukyo were. Cue Ryoga and Ukyo wailing in despair that they aren't the couple the ghosts are supposed to be breaking up, and afterwards viciously blaming each other for bungling things up. This is made even more hilarious because Ranma and Akane were sorta rooting for Ryoga and Ukyo to become this.
- Sayaka and Kouji in Mazinger Z and then again, in Mazinkaiser and Shin Mazinger. This trope was invoked by The Professor Dr. Kabuto, who created Minerva-X to be Mazinger-Z's Battle Couple because he thought all great heroes fight alongside strong and beautiful Action Girls. They turn out to be somewhat of a Deconstructed Trope in the original, however: Kouji and Sayaka's Belligerent Sexual Tension often hindered their effectivity in the battlefield, specially when one got so mad at the other that they refused to help them out.
- Shinji and Asuka from Neon Genesis Evangelion at their best. The episode "Both of You, Dance Like You Want to Win" sees them undergo syncronization training so they can fight like this against a double angel. It involves a great deal of personal bonding in addition to combat training.
- Nice and Jacuzzi are co-leaders of their bootlegging/explosives making gang.
- Eventually, Claire and Chane; he proposed to her while they were fighting a mafia hitman on top of a train.
- Renda de Baroma and Duker Iku from Victory Gundam are an anti villainous example. Both are skilled pilots and rather fearsome in the battlefield, not to mention pretty high-ranked members of the Zanscare Empire, and they hope to settle down in peace when the war's over. And to finish the war, they'll fight our heroes. After they both kick it in battle, their souls are seen riding together in a Harley-like motorcycle to the afterlife.
- Mirai Nikki
- Yuki and Yuno from qualify as this after they finish with the 7th; she's the heavy hitter while he's The Strategist.
- Ai and Marco (the couple that comprises the 7th) qualify as this as well. That's their gimmick, after all.
- Yaoi Genre example: Dee Laytner and Randy "Ryo" McLean from FAKE. Both of them are highly-skilled policemen from New York, and both can fight very well.
- Renais and Soldat J from GaoGaiGar. They may or may not be "official" but they do get a power up when they hold hands and undeniably work as an amazing team.
- Larva and Miyu from Vampire Princess Miyu. Together, they hunt down the demonic Shinma. It began with him merely acting as her servant, but he developed feelings for her over time. In turn, she's violently protective of him.
- Girls Love (sorta) example: Noir, with Kirika and Mireille. Chloe wanted to have Kirika as her partner and it almost works, but then she attacked Mireille...
- Soul Eater: This trope is a common fandom interpretation of the meister-weapon partnerships. Shipping aside, canon does nothing to dissuade this whatever your pairing preferences in most cases. The only truly canon pairing of this nature is Maka's parents; her father was her mother's Weapon. As of the end of the series Marie being pregnant with Stein's child would suggest they are the second canon example.
- Though this interpretation raises some questions about Kid and his weapons Liz and Patty. Battle Threesome, maybe?
- Elfin and Preyas from Bakugan, complete with Belligerent Sexual Tension and Cannot Spit It Out. They constantly argue about which one of them is Marucho's guardian, as well as other things, but when the time to fight comes, they make a great team. Whatever you do, do not, repeat, NOT attack Elfin, or else Preyas will go Ax-Crazy on you.
- Saya Otonashi and Haji from Blood+ have been fighting chiroptera together for decades, though they don't admit their feelings for one another until the finale.
- Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple has Kenichi and Miu, who, due to having sparred together for a long period of time, naturally fall into this slot whenever they have to fight side by side.
- Saito and Louise from Zero no Tsukaima used to be the page image for Sword and Sorcerer. That alone should tell you about how awesome a Battle Couple they are. Similar to the Negima example, Louise summoned Saito to be a warrior/bodyguard for her in battle.
- Though we have yet to see them fighting together, Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki from can be assumed to be this. What we do get to see is how they come up with an awesome and heartbreaking Thanatos Gambit to seal the Kyuubi inside Naruto at the cost of their lives, so they can save Naruto's life and their village..
- Naruto himself becomes this with Hinata in 'Naruto 7 The Last'. Naruto's own chakra has no effect on Toneri and the only way to cause harm comes from the specific chakra Hinata has. However, Hinata's own chakra levels are too low to stop the Big Bad on her own. So by holding each other's hands, they share and combine their unique chakras to defeat the villain and destroy his Weapon of Mass Destruction with a Rasengan combined with Hinata's Lion Fists
- The first Hokage (Hashirama) and his wife (Mitou) are implied to be this, considering that she was the original jinchuriki of the Kyuubi and Kushina's Old Master.
- Umino Iruka's parents, both ninja. Sadly, they died when Kurama was unleashed.
- Ross Sylibus and Naomi Armitage in Armitage III. They are police and their romance is a plot point.
- Oscar and Andi from the Pokémon anime are a spoof of the trope. They are efficient as a team-up (and the same goes to their Nidoqueen and Nidoking), but they also are huge Shippers On Deck who claim to be able to spot couples in love a mile away and thus try to hitch Ash with May and Jessie with James.
- Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura and Syaoran Li start out as rivals, but fall in love during the second season. Syaoran decides to stay in Japan so he can help Sakura transform the Clow Cards into Sakura cards. On anoter note, Meiling would like to be this with Syaoran and they work well together but she's an Unlucky Childhood Friend.
- Now that they have been indirectly confirmed, Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle's Kurogane and Fai. They always fight together even at the start of the story and have a knowledge of the other's fighting style that is astonishing. Even with their problems during the Infinity Arc they're still back-to-back.
- Freezing has this as the main premise, with an older female Pandora and a younger male supporter called a Limiter. One of their abilities, the "Ereinbar Set", specifically requires that the Pandora and Limiter have a relationship based on deep, mutual trust. It's not so surprising then that, as Violet mentions, many Pandoras end up marrying their Limiters. As per the trope, these couples are particularly vulnerable to losing one half during battle (they fight Eldritch Abominations, after all), and the manga does show the psychological and social effects of losing a partner in combat.
- Happens eventually in Dragon Ball Z, when Gohan as Great Saiya-Man is joined by his girlfriend Videl as Great Saiya-Man 2 (called Great Saiya-Woman in the US). Their relationship is reflected in their In the Name of the Moon speeches.
- Haseo and Atoli in the final volume of .hack//G.U.+, fighting against Cubia together using their Avatars. Ditto for Kuhn and Pi.
- Inukami!: Youko would like to be this with Keita, and from the perspective of EVERYONE ELSE they are. From his perspective she's just his demon busting assistant.
- Highschool of the Dead: Saya's parents, Soichiro and Yuriko Takagi, have turned their estate into a veritable fortress and are last seen preparing to face an army of "them" together.
- A more subdued example: Mio and Shou from Tenyori Mo Hoshi Yori Mo use their powers in tandem in the Grand Finale, but they focus less on fighting evil and more in protecting a whole village from being consumed by fire, an earthquake, and ultimately a tsunami. They succeed, but then they go the Together in Death way.
- The demon woman Makie and the Badass Normal Renzaburo evolve into this in Wicked City. As planned by the old man whom they were tasked to protect.
- Kirito and Asuna become one in the first arc of Sword Art Online. Specially impressive in the anime, where seeing them fighting together, coordinating their attacks, is truly spectacular. Although it gets played down in the later arcs, as most of the stories usually keep them apart (most of the times, focusing on Kirito, although Asuna gets to be focus instead in the "Mother's Rosario" arc). However, whenever they do battle together, expect much pure, unadulterated awesomeness.
- The few times Sunako and Kyouhei from The Wallflower fight side by side major ass is being kicked.
- Kazuki and Tokiko of Busou Renkin, after some character development.
- Krista and Ymir from Attack on Titan have shades of this, especially during a climatic battle outside the Walls. They launch into battle together, with Krista declaring she won't fear anything as long as Ymir is with her. Word of Gay confirms Ymir's romantic feelings, while Krista's remain slightly more ambiguous.
- In Sousei No Onmyouji, The Title translates to "Twin Star Exorcists" and is the title given to a married exorcist couple whose child will be The Miko, in this case Rokuro and Benio. While the two are more than a little bit against the couple idea, there's no denying that together they make an awesome team.
- All You Need Is Kill: In the manga and Light Novel, Keiji Kiriya and Rita Vrataski fight together in the final battle, and then fight each other.
- Snake-Eyes and Scarlett from Larry Hama's run on the Marvel G.I. Joe comic. Like the description said, these two mix 'lover' and 'war buddy'.
- In Marvel Universe, you're more likely to find this in the X-Men and The Avengers than not. Superheroes have got to stick together, right?
- Tempest and Blackwing from the New Warriors. After going out to fight crime together, they come home to take care of their kids. New Warriors also had Nova and Namorita, Firestar and Justice, and Night Thrasher and Silhouette.
- In Garth Ennis's run on The Punisher MAX, the title character had this with O'Brien in the "Man of Stone" arc.
- Mr. Fantastic and Invisible Woman of the Fantastic Four. They're married.
- Hawkeye and Mockingbird. Both are Badass Normal heroes, with him as the world's greatest marksman and her an incredibly skilled martial artist.
- Young Avengers has super-strong alien shapeshifter Hulkling and his mutant sorcerer boyfriend, Wiccan. They're an incredibly powerful pair, and fiercely protective of each other.
- Hulk and Caiera in the Planet Hulk storyline. It didn't take them long to drop a bridge on her. Now it's Hulk and Red She-Hulk (aka Betty Ross), also an Amazonian Beauty.
- Captain America (James "Bucky" Barnes) and Black Widow. They're both legendary super-spies in their own right, and an incredibly dangerous team when fighting together.
- The original Cap (Steve Rogers) had it too with Sharon Carter and Diamondback. He's the Super Soldier, and they're both skilled fighters involved in espionage.
- Thor and Sif, both Norse warrior gods. This comes in handy when Thor is time-sharing Don Blake's body, and is not up to fighting giant robots because he's busy trying to fish Mjolnir-in-stick-form out of the gutter where he accidentally dropped it.
- Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. They're (New) Avengers and have a child!
- X-Books has numerous examples.
- Cyclops and Phoenix, combining his optic blasts with her potent psychic abilities. Many a story featured them charging into battle together, hand-in-hand, and blasting their way through opponents.
- Cyclops and Emma Frost became this, after the death of Phoenix. They tend to lead from the front line together, though not nearly as effective a team as the above couple were.
- Rogue and Gambit have had a long, rocky history of on-again-off-again dating. They're both powerful fighters in their own right, and work well together in battle.
- Shadowcat and Colossus have gone through multiple breakups and reunions, and have unique teamwork taking advantage of their powers. On occasion, he's been known to throw her at opponents to great effect. The Age of Apocalypse AU took this up a notch, making them a married couple that terrified quite a few people with their ruthlessness in battle.
- Rictor and Shatterstar went from being long-time ambiguous friends, to an official couple when reunited. One has earthquake powers, while the other is a genetically engineered Super Soldier.
- Havok and Polaris are another classic of the series, and are both powerhouses in their own right. They've led multiple teams together, and gone through many rough periods in their rocky relationship.
- On the villains side Titania and Absorbing Man were this for a while. They got married. The Hood and Madame Masque were another example. Recently Infinity event introduced another married variety with two new vilains - Corvus Glaive and Proxima Midnight.
- The Authority Apollo and Midnighter, a rare male/male example. That they're unstoppable warriors somehow makes it all the more adorable when they drop the badassery for a cuddle. Also, should you mess with one, expect the last thing you ever see to be the other one dismembering you.
- Although DC prefers non-costumed spouses/significant others, there are a few qualifiers:
- Villain example: Cannon and Sabre were assassins working for opposing gangs who decided to kill each other's bosses and merge the two organisations into one with themselves on top. When that panned out, they bought a beach house together and went freelance.
- The New Gods Mr. Miracle and Big Barda, a married couple that hail from the brutal homeworld of Omnicidal Maniac Darkseid. He's a genius escape artist, and she's a former Fury.
- Nightwing is popular among action girls.
- Nightwing and Starfire his fellow among the Teen Titans.
- Nightwing and Oracle are notable because Oracle isn't usually in the field but still fights her battles behind-the scenes. There was also that tension between him as Robin and Batgirl...
- There was Nightwing and Huntress, though they were more of the Friends with Benefits variety.
- Tim Drake as Robin and Stephanie Brown as Spoiler, before they broke up.
- Batman and Catwoman count if they're written by Jeff Loeb, Paul Dini, or Ed Brubaker. For that matter, they're married in Earth 2 with a daughter, Helena Wayne. In 'JLA: The Nail'', she becomes Batwoman after the Joker killed Robin and Batgirl.
- Aquaman and his wife Mera have been portrayed as an undeniable battle couple following his return at the end of Blackest Night.
- Green Lantern (Hal Jordan) and Star Sapphire (Carol Ferris) after Star Sapphire was retooled. Both of them wear a lantern ring.
- The Sonic the Hedgehog comics. They're all freedom fighters or guardians.
- Knuckles the Echidna and Julie-Su. Knuckles has Super Strength, while Julie-Su's an expert with firearms (and also not too shabby herself at hand-to-hand combat).
- Sonic and Sally; the cartoon adaption's opening theme shows them blowing up a Robotknik base together. She's in his arms by the end of it.
- New Teen Titans: Adeline and Slade (Deathstroke) Wilson, till his double life got their son kidnapped and rendered mute, then she shot out his eye (she was trying to kill him, but enhanced reflexes saved his life, if not his eye).
- At the end of Watchmen Silk Spectre II and Nite Owl II have married, and from their conversation it's clear they plan to work together as illegal masked vigilantes.
- Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers; their relationship is the basis of the all the fights with the evil ex boyfriends.
- ROM Spaceknight: ROM and Starshine inspired a crowd into resistance fighting together as seen here◊
- Zatanna and John Constantine. Though both are worlds (or versions) apart, both make up for a Badass Magical Couple. Then John Constantine is put back into the DC Universe and the two get back on their relationship.
- Evangelion 303:
- Shinji and Asuka (reinforced since their engagement). Misato even commented that both are hyper-aggressive.
- Kaworu and Saburo when they were dating.
- Higher Learning: As their relationship strengthens throughout the story, Shinji and Asuka become an efficient fighting duo.
- The Second Try: Shinji and Asuka, even more than in the original series now that they are serious about fighting and they want to support and help each other. It even is noted by Kaworu.
- In second-to-last episode:
Asuka (to Shinji): I'll handle them. These guys aren't the real problem after all. Just take care of my cable, okay?
Shinji (smiling weakly and nodding): Of course.
- And later in the same episode:
General: Concentrate all fire on that power cable!
Comm-Officer: It's no use, Sir! Purple's guarding it!
- Some Semblance of Meaning: Near the end of the 44th Hunger Games, Vale and Obsidian become one of these. Although the latter doesn't want the former to be put in harm's way, she does manage to save his life at least once.
- Crossover Chaos has Killer and Beetle become this after they get paired up.
- Khan and his lover, Victoria, are this in the Star Trek fanfic Safe and Sound. During the Eugenics Wars they apparently marched into the Taj Mahal, and after the ensuing battle (during which Victoria killed thirty armed guards with her bare hands while saving Khan from them; it's not mentioned how many Khan killed) they marched back out again having claimed the building as theirs.
- Life After Hayate explains that this is a family tradition with the Harlaowns, to the point you are not considered acceptable dating material unless you've partnered with your desired date in combat. It's not necessary to fight directly alongside them, but close dependency in a combat situation is absolutely non-negotiable: Amy Linetta was allowed to date Chrono because she had been his "angel on the shoulder" as Arthra's combat controller. Lindy and Clyde supposedly met on the bridge of a warship in action; Chrono's grandmother and grandfather met when their units were assigned to the same battle. Chrono expresses relief that Fate is interested in Nanoha because she already meets the standard.
- Whenever Vinyl Scratch and Octavia get into a fight in The Vinyl And Octavia Series, you can bet that they'll be fighting side-by-side.
- Crowns of the Kingdom:
- Donald and Daisy combine this trope with Dance Battler in the jungle concert scene.
- Cinderella and Prince Charming do this as well, teaming up to rescue the Disney Princes.
- In chapter seven of Bait and Switch (STO) a pair of junior officers from the USS Bajor's security department, Lieutenant (JG) K'lak and Ensign Kate McMillan, go on an away mission with Eleya and act as a sniper and Target Spotter respectively. In the next chapter Eleya catches them meeting up in Ten Forward, and McMillan gives K'lak "a peck on the cheek that looks a lot more than just friendly." Eleya alludes to moving McMillan to a different supervisor.
- In the Facing The Future Series, Danny and Sam have become this following Sam gaining ghost powers.
- Petra and Brynjolf in Draknophobia though prone to splitting apart, there are times where they really work well together, before and after they actually get into a relationship. And The Nerevarine fights alongside Older!Ayisha often as well, as warrior and mage respectively.
- In Discworld fic Whyand Were, Assassin Johanna Smith-Rhodes provides the muscle and fighting ability; wizard Ponder Stibbons is the magical half of the relationship. It is established over several stories, especially in Slipping Between Worlds, that she would kill for him and he would put his life on the line for her.
- Sam/Jessica in all parts of the crossoverfic of Supernatural and The Matrix Hunting Series
- The threesome of Neo/Dean/Smith who hunt the 'supernatural' programs and such that inhabit The Matrix.
- Kim and Shego in the Kim Possible fanfic At The Centerfold Of The Storm. Unlike in most Kigo fics that focus on the two settling down and starting a family, Kim and Shego decide to continue in the Secret Agent/Super Hero line of work, such as battling volcanoes, fighting Humongous Mecha on foot and taking on the entire criminal underworld.
- Red Ranger Sean O'Callahan and Yellow Ranger Maria Aparicio of Power Rangers GPX fit this bill once they start dating. They even get the occasional Back-to-Back Badasses moments.
Films — Animation
- Mulan and Shang are engaged in the sequel and fight off bandits.
- Quest for Camelot gave us Kayley and Garrett. Their wedding doubles as a dual knighting ceremony.
- The Parrs from The Incredibles. In the prologue, they almost miss their own wedding because they were fighting crime.
- Shrek Forever After makes Shrek and Fiona one because the latter is a Rebel Leader.
- April and Casey Jones in the 2007 TMNT movie, due to her having taken multiple levels in badass.
- 101 Dalmatians: Pongo teams up with Perdy to lay the hurting on the two thugs who plan to kill not only their puppies but the other 84 parentless puppies as well. Their treatment of the bad guys is SCARY. You do not mess with puppies and let their parents find out. It is clear these dogs will go through hell and back to save their puppies - all of them.
- The Rescuers: Bernard and Bianca make a living of beating down bad guys. He was about to propose to her in Down Under before another adventure interrupted him.
- In Kung Fu Panda 2, Po and Tigress have become this, frequently fighting together and showing off Combination Attacks in the process.
- Puss in Boots and Kitty Softpaws; a pair of thieves that frequently flirt while on assignment.
- Manolo and Maria in The Book Of Life, when they both fight Chakal together. Heck, they even do a fastball attack, on him after doing the "romantic twirl-around" thing.
Films — Live Action
- The Mask of Zorro remake has Zorro and Elena picking off the baddies.
- At the end of the Affectionate Parody Zorro The Gay Blade, Zorro and Charlotte Taylor Wilson become a battle couple to take down the baddie once and for all. Though they also need the help of Zorro's twin brother to succeed.
- Star Wars: Han and Leia go from bickering couple to Battle Couple in Eps. IV-VI.
- The VI quote comes in the middle of a battle right before Leia shoots the two Stormtroopers holding them at gunpoint.
- Broken Sword and Flying Snow from Hero. As shown in a flashback near the climax, they charged into the Imperial palace and fought off the whole household guard.
- Neo and Trinity in The Matrix is a downplayed example. While they work and fight together, Neo is the Chosen One and so Trinity can't keep up.
- Starship Troopers: Johnny Rico and Dizzy Flores, soldiers of the same unit, share some love before going out to shoot up giant alien bugs.
- The vampire Sonya and lycan Lucian in Underworld Rise Of The Lycans. Their doomed romance started the war between the vampires and the Lycans. They do quite a bit of swordfighting and monster-slaying, right up until things go south.
- Selene and Michael in Underworld Evolution. Besides their supernatural abilities, Selene is a centuries-old warrior while Michael combines the powers of both races.
- Harry and Helen Tasker, at the end of True Lies. She's shown to have joined him as a spy, with them threatening a man together.
- The twins in Wrong Turn 2 Dead End preferred to fight together, among other things.
- In Kung Fu Hustle, there is the battle couple of the Landlord and Landlady. Both appear as innocuous, though important characters that later in the film demonstrate incredible martial arts skill.
- Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They're the Official Couple and they fight zombies.
- From The Fallen Moon there is Arenadd and Skade. Neither lives to the end of the trilogy, however Arenadd is unlucky enough to be The Undead and have a God who isn't finished with him yet.
- Tolkien's Legendarium:
- The Lord of the Rings
- Faramir and Éowyn are a downplayed example. They officially become a couple after the battle.
- J. R. R. Tolkien also wrote that Rohirrim women often took up weapons to defend their homes when their lands were invaded.
- Celeborn and Galadriel fight together.
- The Silmarillion:
- Lúthien Tinúviel and Beren. He is a Badass warrior. She is a elf sorcerer capable to bring down a fortress and put the God of Evil of her world to sleep. Together they complemented each other's skills, humiliated Dark Lords, and their deeds were theme of songs seventy centuries after their deaths.
- Ellie and Will from Courtney Allison Moulton's Angelfire series who take on demonic armies together.
- Animorphs are La Résistance against an alien invasion.
- Kate Daniels and Curran, from the Kate Daniels Series, often fight together and never lose.
- In Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, this trope is inverted with Xhex and John, as fighting together causes major problems in their relationship. Though he knows that she's a capable warrior, bonded males are genetically hardwired to protect their mates at any cost, so his instincts keep firing up on the battlefield and putting them both in danger. This pisses her off as she thinks he doesn't respect her skills; they separate for a good long while because of it.
- Ruggiero and Bradamante from Orlando Furioso. When they're reunited halfway through the work, the first thing Bradamante does is go off to save a dude, and Ruggiero is thrilled to have a woman understand what he does.
- Slippery Jim diGriz (The Stainless Steel Rat) and Angelina, his wife and fellow criminal genius. He's a criminal mastermind who dislikes killing. She's a formerly-psychotic criminal mastermind who bemoans the fact that she can't casually kill people now she's had a conscience implanted. They Fight Crime with crime.
- Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, novels
- The mixed-gender Valhallan 597th features several couples. These include Cain's own apparent liaison with Inquisitor Amberley Vail, as well as Sergeant Vorhees and a female trooper named Dedre in Caves of Ice, and a strongly implied lesbian relationship between Sergeant Grifen and trooper Mari Magot in the same book.
- Cain invokes this trope; relationships in the guard normally aren't allowed but Cain allows it because it improves morale and makes them fight harder.
- Colonel Kasteen and Major Broklaw, the commander and Number Two of the 597th respectively. Nothing romantic is ever confirmed in-story, but Broklaw refers to Kasteen by her given name, implying they're on First Name Basis — which is highly unusual for a relationship that's merely commander-subordinate.
- Amelia Peabody and her husband Radcliffe Emerson, Egyptologists and incidental detectives in the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. The stories are set stretching from the Victorian era into the Roaring Twenties. Peabody and Emerson are grandparents, now, but that only slows them down a little. They have produced a second generation Battle Couple, their son Walter "Ramses" Emerson and his wife Nefret. The third generation is alarmingly precocious and will almost certainly turn out to be Meddling Kids.
- Koryk and Smiles in Malazan Book of the Fallen occasionally act like this. The fact that they flirt while killing people is disconcerting.
- Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 series Gaunt's Ghosts:
- Tona Criid and Caffran, who met during the battle for Vervunhive in Necropolis.
- Jessi Banda and Major Elim Rawne, who are wounded in Straight Silver, though they are less tight.
- It is implied that Brin Milo and the esholi priestess Sanian developed a connection in Honour Guard, which carries on to Sabbat Martyr when Sanian becomes the reincarnated Saint Sabbat.
- Simon R. Green loves this trope:
- Hawk and Fisher stories feature the titular couple, a pair of captains of the City Guard.
- The Nightside is home to Guile Hero John Taylor and his More Dakka-addicted ally Shotgun Suzie. Where her overwhelming firepower doesn't suffice, his dirty tricks and unique Gift can tip the odds.
- Secret Histories features Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf, a Magitek Powered Armor secret agent and the Witch of the Wild Woods.
- Deathstalker has futuristic Super Soldier Owen Deathstalker & Hazel d'Ark, as well Jack Random and Ruby Journey.
- Vorkosigan Saga:
- Aral Vorkosigan and Cordelia Naismith meet in this fashion. They take out the mutineers on Vorkosigan's crew (twice).
- Admiral Naismith/Miles Vorkosigan and Elli Quinn are a straighter example of this. She dual hats as his intelligence chief and executive officer when he leads the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet. The relationship ends when Miles is forced to retire to civilian life.
- In general the Star Wars EU is full of these with the majority of the main couples being battle couples.
- Wedge and Iella, Corran and Mirax, Kell and Tyria, Face and Dia, Gavin and Asyr Myn and Lara... it should go without saying that the X-Wing series of the Star Wars EU, being about fighter pilots, has a lot of these.
- Luke and Mara transitioned into this from Fire-Forged Friends.
- Han and Leia are mentioned under film already, but their battle couple status continues in the expanded universe.
- Ben and Vestara; He's a jedi and she's a Sith apprentice. It doesn't work out. One interesting example due to their main allegiance being to the order is Obi-Wan and Siri in that they both realize that they would rather be Jedi than in love.
- Every time Heralds and/or Hawkbrothers get together in the Heralds of Valdemar series: Talia and Dirk, Elspeth and Darkwind, Kerowyn and Eldan .... A specific exception is Alberich and Myste; Alberich is the series' resident Empowered Badass Normal while the Author Avatar Myste, Herald or no, is a bookish librarian.
- Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede (as well as Takeo and Muto Yuki) in Tales of the Otori.
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Annabeth and Percy. They fight gods and monsters in the midst of their relationship.
- In the third book of the Mistborn series, Elend and Vin go beyond the Bodyguard Crush relationship of the second book and straight into this following Elend turning into a full-on Mistborn.
- In the third book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Nathaniel and Kitty become this, almost kissing just before his heroic sacrifice.
- The Wheel of Time: The main plot of the series involves everyone preparing for The Last Battle, so every named couple falling in this trope. A few examples are Rand and Min/Aviendha/Elayne, Lan and Nynaeve, Egwene and Gawyn, Perrin and Faile, Siuan and Gareth, a few Aes Sedai and their Warders, a few Asha'man and their Warder-like Aes Sedai, and countless Aiel couples.
- Quantum Gravity: Lila is a cyborg who was specifically made to be able to kill things. Zal does well in anything vaguely resembling a fair fight and is good with a bow. They get together; some wild magic sees to that. She also hits it off with Teazle, who lives among people who will have every fighting form ever and still can't find an even match.
- Harry Potter is full of these.
- Ron and Hermione can fight together when they aren't arguing.
- Harry and Ginny fit on the occasion they fight together against their enemies. At the end of book six Harry tried to defy this trope by saying It's Not You, It's My Enemies but she wasn't having any of that.
- Since everyone joins in on the last battle in Deathly Hallows, Lupin and Tonks, Mrs. Weasley and Mr. Weasley, and Fleur and Bill also count.
- Likely the Potters and the Longbottoms were Battle Couples during the first incarnation of the Order Of The Phoenix.
- Mystic And Rider has the titular mystic and rider, Senneth and Tayse, who are so badass they take down an entire rebellion all by themselves. Senneth is a fire-throwing Deadpan Snarker; Tayse is a sword-wielding Deadpan Snarker - together, They Fight Crime and snark at things!
- Addie and Rhys are this at the end of The Two Princesses of Bamarre. They declare their love for one another just before the final battle takes place.
- Kelley Armstrong's Women Of The Otherworld series.
- Clay and Elena He's the Pack's Enforcer, she learned to fight though necessity and long years of hardship, and together, they royally kick ass.
- The Amazon Legion invokes this intentionally with the Tercio Gorgidas, a tercio (roughly equivalent of a regiment) comprised of homosexual male pairs who are married in a special ceremony, with an explicit nod given to the Sacred Band of Thebes (see the Real Life section).
- Bellisarius and Antoninia in Belisarius Series (and in Real Life, by the way) although they are usually in different theaters. Also Rao and Shakuntala. The Theodoran Cohort has a number of Battle Couples.
- The Hunger Games
- In the first book Katniss and Peeta. Their 'tragic lovers fighting for their lives' story was a big hit among sponsors and attracted vital support during the games.
- Subverted in Mockingjay: Katniss and Gale act as this for most of the book, but never manage the Relationship Upgrade.
- Sword of Truth
- Richard and Kahlan are this and become more so after Richard taught her his methods of fighting. Zedd, Cara, and Nicci all take turns being the third wheel.
- The Mord-Sith are this with the Lord Rahl. All of them. It's like a harem of dominatrix, Anti-Magic, Break the Cutie, magical-taser wielding Aryan bodyguards in various colors of leather!
- Tales of Kolmar has a bunch. Jamie was Maran's bodyguard, though she became a good fighter herself. Much later Jamie and Maran's friend Rella become this while trying to protect Lanen and Varien. Lanen lacks the necessary speed and will to be a career fighter but has to try her best anyway; Varien is new to being human and doesn't know what he's doing with a sword, but he's unnaturally strong and very protective.
- In The Parasol Protectorate
- Lord and Lady Maccon are formidible when separate (one being a burly Alpha werewolf and the other a Preternatural with a tricked-out parasol.) and even more so when together.
- Lyall and Biffy also make a good enough team to keep Sidhaeg busy until sunrise, though the couple part doesn't become official until later.
- Will and Georgia from The Dresden Files are a married couple of werewolves who fight as a well-oiled tag team machine.
- Nathan and Elena, in The Memory Wars, have been lovers through most of their past lives, and can draw on centuries of shared combat experience to fight together with perfect precision.
- Island in the Sea of Time has Marian Alston and Swindapa, a kick-ass, katana-wielding lesbian battle couple.
- Crown Prince Alaric of Caederan and his Love Interest (and future bride) Laeshana have a wonderful teamwork moment while fighting through roughly 500 fire-spiders.
- Deuce and Fade from Razorland Trilogy start out as reluctant partners in the first book, but by the third they are battling Freaks side-by-side.
- The Honorverse has Victor Cachat and Thandi Palane. He's a superspy, master of the Indy Ploy and ice-cold killer, she's a Super Soldier Space Marine who is more lethal bare-handed than most people would be with machineguns. It was more or less love at first sight.
- Ukiah Oregon: Ukiah and Indigo, Max and Sam, Atticus and Ru, Rennie and Helena. Ukiah's moms are the only couple in the series who aren't.
- Auria and David from Those Who Cry Green Tears become this after Auria saves David from the Ombras (human eating monsters).
- In the Ahriman Trilogy this is part of the purpose of the mage/warden relationship. While they aren't explicitly intended to be romantic arrangements, it's universally acknowledged that they often end that way. Simon Bell's parents were mage/warden before they married and had kids.
- Averted and played straight in the Tairen Soul series. The magically enhanced empathy of Fey women means that they can't fight in close combat, as they feel the pain of everyone they kill. However, Ellysetta is immune to this effect because of the predatory tairen soul bonded to hers and fights alongside Rain in later books.
- Babylon 5: John Sheridan and Delenn:
Delenn, while in command of four very nasty warships: Only one human captain has ever survived battle with a Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else!!
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): Has Apollo and Starbuck, who do better together in battle than as a couple.
- Bones: Booth and the title character, who are definitely violently protective of each other and fighting bad guys. He's an FBI agent and she's a brilliant scientist.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Buffy and Angel; all their time spent fighting evil together. However consumating the 'couple' part led to the release of Angel's Superpowered Evil Side which was a stickler in their future relationship.
- Buffy and Riley and unfortunately this is one of the factors leading to their break-up, as Riley's lack of superpowers meant he can't keep up with Buffy in a fight.
- Riley returns for "As You Were" in Season 6 where he's married to a Badass Normal Action Girl, forming a new Battle Couple.
- Buffy and Spike form an instinctive fighting team from the moment they reluctantly team up to fight Angelus at the end of Season 2. It's a sign they're Not So Different and foreshadows their eventual pair-up in Season 6.
- Burn Notice: Burned CIA-spy Michael and former-IRA member, gun runner, and explosive-experts Fiona are not to be trifled with, alone or together. Possibly best illustrated in the episode Better Halves, where Fiona and Michael take on the superior numbers of a Russian strike team with each other at their backs.
- Rick Castle and Kate Becket from Castle: She's a New York PD Detective and he's a tag along writer. Together they fight crime! Kate will never admit they are a couple but Everyone Can See It so she doesn't have to. They have been together since the beginning of season 5.
- Charmed: The woman, Piper, who is the more aggressive one, and the man, Leo, is the more peaceful one. When it comes to the safety of their children, the opposition tends to explode spectacularly.
- Chuck: Chuck and Sarah become this late in the third season. Especially evident in "Chuck vs. the Honeymooners", when their fighting (while cuffed together) looks a much like a dance as a fight, and in "Chuck vs. the First Fight", where they fight bad guys while fighting with each other.
- Danny and Lindsay from CSI NY both spend a lot of time fighting bad guys and there have been a lot of flying bullets in their romance.
- Dexter: Dexter and Lumen become this in Season 5. Notable in that instead of battle, they're both serial killers.
- Doctor Who:
- The Doctor and River Song; he is a Memetic Badass both in-universe and out, and she is a part-Time Lord genetically bred child created as a weapon to fight the Doctor. She fell in love with him instead. They've fought off alien invaders back-to-back, while flirting and their names strike fear in villains everywhere. River once made a Dalek beg for mercy! They're married!
- In the serial "Battlefield", Ancelyn and Brigadier Bambera start out beating on each other and end up as a glorious example of this trope.
- Amy and Rory grew into a (mostly) non-violent Battle C ouple over the course of series 5, with him growing into the "adventure" part and her growing into the couple part. Embraced in series 6. It is awesome to finally see those two kicking ass together.
- Madam Vastra and Jenny Flint; sword-wielding interspecies lesbian detectives who fight crime in Victorian London (and sometimes other eras). The 2012 Christmas special confirms that they're not just together, they're married.
- Dollhouse: Paul and Echo successfully watch each others' backs through ten years and an apocalypse.
- Farscape: John Crichton and Aeryn Sun. A slight variant, as he starts off being mostly useless in combat (he was a scientist before he was shot across the universe), but by the end he's not only protecting her as much as she protects him she finds his insane "plans" and constant, nigh-incomprehensible-to-aliens pop culture references charming and fun. Perhaps best shown at the start of the Peacekeeper Wars. They are reformed after two months Not Quite Dead in the same passionate kiss they were in before. They pull apart, stare tenderly into each others eyes, and at the exact same moment pull out their weapons and have the whole room covered. It's awesome.
- Wash and Zoe have faced a great deal of danger together. Interestingly, Zoe is the warrior of the couple. Her husband Wash is an Ace Pilot. He might fool viewers at first, but he's pretty badass and shows off in "War Stories".
- Downplayed in Zoe and Mal. Despite fighting through the war and facing life and death together, there is no romance between them, as we see in "War Stories". They are close and tight friends, but definitely not a romantic couple. When they tease her husband with a bit of awkward flirting at the end of the episode it's described as "downright unsettling".
- Generation Kill: Subverted Trope. One of the Marines receives a letter from his My Girl Back Home. She announces that she has enlisted in the Marine Corps to be able to fight alongside him. He is annoyed by this because, not only is she ineligible to join Marine Recon with him, she could potentially be deployed somewhere away from his own duty station.
- Get Smart: Max and 99. They also qualify as Agents Dating.
- Hart to Hart: Yet another battle/spy couple are Jonathan and Jennifer Hart.
- Kamen Rider Dragon Knight: Features Len and Kase, who are separated for the first half of the show due to her being MIA from a previous battle that didn't go well. Unlike the general version of the trope, they're both superheroes that fight physically; "magic" is only used to boost the power of their normal attacks.
- LOST: Kate and Sawyer used to a formidable tagteam regardless of their relationship status at the moment. Kate also occasionally had this with Sayid.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers: Tommy Oliver and Kimberly Hart. In one episode they were on a date, spotted the Monster of the Week, morphed, and kicked its ass.
- NCIS: Tony and Ziva disguise themselves as this in the episode "Under Covers", and goodness knows many viewers want them to be this all the time.
- Nikita: Michael and Nikita overlap with Agents Dating.
- Once Upon a Time: Prince Charming and Snow White; he's a badass with a broadsword and she's skilled in both archery and swordplay. When the Queen shows up at the wedding she unhesitatingly drew Charming's sword.
- Emma and Hook have progressed from flirty enemies to allies to friends to this over the course of the show. Their typical response to the other being in danger is to get dangerous and kick the ass of the aggressor.
- Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has Alice and her Genie lover, Cyrus. Training with swords doubled as flirtation for them, and they fought off numerous attempts to steal the bottle during their many adventures. In one flashback, the couple is ambushed by bandits, and Cyrus cheerfully informs them that Alice is the one they should worry about. He's right, of course, and the couple quickly drive their attackers off.
- Revolution: Episode 13 and episode 16 show Charlie Matheson and Jason Neville becoming this.
- Robin Hood: From the BBC's show: not so much Robin and Marian (they are rarely seen fighting together), but outlaws Will Scarlett and Djaq. Their first act as an official couple is to kill a man, after which Will informs the corpse: "She's with me."
- Sharpe: Richard Sharpe and Teresa Moreno from the novels and TV series are the archetype. They met fighting in Spain. They fell in love, married and had a daughter (not necessarily in that order). In between these episodes, they fought against Napoleon's armies in Spain.
- Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Has a bunch of these:
- Spartacus and Sura kick ass together in the first episodes, and when Spartacus dreams about her or thinks up his escape plans they are always fighting together.
- Later Spartacus and Mira; Mira is not a gladiator but she's ferocious with a knife, and they fight together multiple times.
- Crixus and Naevia count as well; at first was Damsel in Distress, but then Crixus taught her how to properly chop off heads, and now they happily slay Romans together.
- Agron and Nasir fought together before they became a couple, and now that they are together they continue to kick Roman ass.
- From the prequel we have Barca and Auctus, who trained and fought together for many years.
- Stargate SG-1: Rya'c and Kar'yn become this in the episode "Sacrifices". This trope is lampshaded and used to justify their marriage when they face opposition from Teal'c on the basis that Rya'c has chosen to fight the Goa'uld and that war has to be his priority. As Ishta points out, "A warrior is always stronger with another at his side" so being a Battle Couple will be better for both them and their cause.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
- All Klingon relationships. Klingons adore Battle Couples and they are Older Than Dirt in their culture. Not only is there the legendary pair Kahless and Lukara but stories of Battle Couples go back from the legendary to the mythic when the Klingon Adam And Eve decided to sack the heavens together instead of fighting each other. In every Klingon marriage an important part is promising to be a Battle Couple. Worf and Jadzia Dax tended to have their most dramatic moments exemplifying this trope.
- Many Bajoran relationships fall along similar lines to the klingons.
- Quark started a battle couple relationship in order to court a Klingon Noblewoman. This is the same episode where Jadzia and Worf first hook up (while playing matchmaker for Quark). The ending plays this for laughs as both couples end up in the infirmary due to injuries sustained during their Klingon-style lovemaking. Dr. Bashir subsequently swears off asking people "how did you injure yourself?" because he really doesn't want to know.
- AAA had Xóchitl Hamada and Pentagón Black, typically against members of the Moreno family. AAA also sort of encourages this kind of thing with its "mixed" tag team championship.
- Ring of Honor(and JAPW for that matter) has a possible case Buff E and Mace Mendoza of the Christopher Street Connection. Confirmed cases? Steve Corino and Simply Luscious, Raven and Trinity, CM Punk and Lucy, Jimmy Jacobs and The Lovely Lacey, Mike Bennet and Maria Kanellis, Michael Elgin and MsChif...
- It's not just a connection to Beyond Wrestling that makes CZW a frequent contributor to WSU's Queen and King Of The Ring, as the promotion seems to produce quite a few battle couples. Confirmed cases include Christina Von Eerie and Masada, Cherry Bomb and Pepper Parks, Nevaeh and Jake Christ...
- In any table top game, there can be this with characters who are a couple.
- Ah, the sweet romance that is Vlad and Isabella von Carstein in Warhammer... Either of them goes nuts if the other's killed. Admittedly, Vlad's a significantly better fighter than Isabella (that's not to say she's useless, but he's a Vampire Lord...).
- Weapons Of The Gods, the wuxia RPG based on the comic of the same name, has several sections on this trope as exemplified in Shen Zhou, both on setting lore and mechanical impacts of the relationship. The example couple given for the section "Husband and Wife" is Sun and Yin, who keep arguing about Sun's oath of compassion and Yin's reluctance to honor that oath as Sun's wife while surrounded by and fighting an enemy army all by themselves.
- Exalted has this as part of the mechanics; specifically, all Solars and Lunars are matched up in three hundred pairs called Bonds. The Bond is not necessarily romantic, it can just as easily be platonic; in fact, most examples of it are. None the less, the possibility is there - for one, the Exalted setting has very little prejudice against homosexual pairings, and for the other, Lunars are consummate shapeshifters.
- Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance from the video game Half-Life 2. While the exact nature of their relationship isn't clear (Gordon never speaking makes things difficult), whatever it was, it was forged in the fires of battle.
- Jagged Alliance 2
- Raider and Raven. It doesn't make for any huge change as gameplay is concerned (they merely share moral gains.), but they do have their own Informal Eulogies for each other if one should get killed in battle.
- There's also Wolf and Fox — she's the reason he lost all that weight.
- In Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Johnny eventually wins Meryl's heart by saving her life on not one but three occasions. In this scene, they hold a door against endless waves of attackers while slipping new magazines into each others guns, and proposing each other for marriage.
- In the third game Snake Eater, the Boss and the Sorrow had such a relationship before suffering a fate much worse than Star-Crossed Lovers - being forced to fight each other to the death in order to uphold loyalty to their respective nations, namely the US and the USSR. Said fight ended in the Sorrow's death. However, before being forced to split, the Boss gave birth to The Sorrow's son (Revolver Ocelot) while participating in the D-Day invasion. In what may be considered either the most heartbreaking or heartwarming conclusion to that relationship, the Sorrow encouraged the Boss to kill him to complete her mission. This strongly implies that the Sorrow wasn't willing to fight to defend himself against her, showing that his loyalty was first and foremost to her.
- Pick a Fire Emblem couple. For characters to develop a relationship, the gameplay requires them to stand close on the battlefield a certain amount of time. You get bonuses added to their stats when they do this. With Min-maxed supports (for example 2 earth alignments for hax evade) the units in question are able to take on half the battle by themselves. The Power of Love (or friendship), is indeed a mighty force.
- The most obvious examples, both story- and gameplay-wise, might be Louise and Pent from Blazing Sword (a Happily Married couple who start out with an automatic, unbreakable A-rank support) and Micaiah and Sothe from Radiant Dawn (who, once again, start out with an automatic A-rank support and will marry at the end if the player doesn't break up their support).
- Brought to new highs in Fire Emblem Awakening. Now two characters can go together (as in, sharing the same tile), which gives the active partner a boost in stats and allows their Relationship Values to develop faster. All male/female team-ups (except brother-sister or parent-child relationships, pairings involving a generation gap excluding those with the Avatar, and certain pairings involving Chrom or Sumia—who can only marry a handful of characters—or Flavia, Basilio, Anna, Say'ri, Tiki, or the SpotPass characters—who can only marry the Avatar) can potentially end up in marriage.
- This is half the point of the Ar tonelico games. Inevitably the main character (who is a melee fighter) is paired with a backline magic-using woman. When blocking attacks against her, he stands very, very close. When she is casting spells, their power is increased by her love for him. In the second game, the combat dialog is full of innuendo.
- Sonic and Amy zigzag this trope depending on the game.
- Sonic Advance 3 is a parody becaue they are referred to as a "Lovely Couple" even though Sonic doesn't look too happy about it, while Amy wishes they were.
- In Sonic Chronicles it's up to the player if they become this trope or not.
- Downplayed in Sonic Rush where Sonic and Blaze fight against Eggman and Eggman Nega. Despite the occasional Ship Tease, it's up for interpretation whether there is anything between the two.
- The Cool Couple double battle trainers in the Pokemon Ruby And Sapphire games, and the Double Team trainers, the Generation IV version of the Cool Couple (a pair of Cool Trainers or Ace Trainers, respectively). They make it in the anime as Oscar and Andi. See Anime.
- In the Sly Cooper games, Sly and Carmelita qualify, when the latter is not trying to arrest the former they work together. In the end of the third game, Sly fakes amnesia so he can become her constable.
- BioWare... This Trope is one of their favorites. The gender combination of the Player Character and his or her bedmate doesn't matter.
- Baldur's Gate series has a few. There's Khalid and Jaheira, and to a lesser extent, Eldoth and Skie, in the first game. In the second game, the player him-/herself could have one, with one of the several options, while Haer'Dalis and Aerie, and maybe Korgan and Mazzy, have potential for this as well (but in an unmodded game go nowhere).
- The possibilities for this in the Knights of the Old Republic games are endless... In the first game, Revan and Bastila (especially awesome if you decide to join Bastila on the Dark Side, or alternatively heartwarming if you can use The Power of Love to return her to the light side) if you play male. Carth or even Juhani if you play female. You get a choice in the second- The Exile and Atton or the Disciple if the Exile's female, and Visas or the Handmaiden if he's Male.
- Any of the five possible player/party member pairings in Jade Empire qualify, due to the Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting theme of the setting.
- As above in Neverwinter Nights: Hordes of the Underdark, with the ghost of Aribeth or Nathyrra and your PC, who end up beating up Mephistopheles Or Valen and the PC if the PC is female.
- Neverwinter Nights 2 (Though it was made by Obsidian) kind of precludes this with three of the four love interests over the course of the official campaign/Mask of the Betrayer arc being spellcasters (and Safiya being a literal Squishy Wizard), but a female PC and Casavir qualify. A male PC and Elanee, if she is optimized for combat; or a female PC and Gann if he is optimized for combat both fit.
- Mass Effect gives us Shepard and any of his/her relationships. Of special note are: Ashley/Shepard and Kaidan/Shepard from the first game, and Miranda/Shepard and Garrus/Shepard in the second.
- The "Lair of the Shadow Broker" DLC can be played as Shepard and Liara getting back together - which, for them, involves tracking down and killing one of the most feared men in the galaxy. It makes the squabbling in the Taxi Chase Scene all the more funny when the implications of a relationship gone awry are thrown in.
- If the player romanced neither, Garrus and Tali get together in 3.
- There are a couple of aversions on Shepard's list of potential hookups, however. Kelly Chambers and Samantha Traynor are never seen going into combat, with Traynor in particular having a long list of reasons why she should stick to her day job rather than heading for the battlefield.
- Any romance option in Dragon Age: Origins. Becoming a couple will help the characters level up.
- Especially long-lasting example is Leliana: in the Awakening epilogue (only if you romanced her and survived until then, of course), it is mentioned that the Warden is still out there adventuring together with her, years after the events of the game.
- If romanced, Alistair and the Female Human Noble can eventually become the King and Queen of Ferelden.
- Likewise any of the romance options in Dragon Age II, plus Aveline and Guardsman Donnic if Hawke takes the time to help them get together.
- The World Ends with You
- Seeing as in the game's world any participant in the Reapers' Game needs a partner or they're powerless, it can be assumed that there have been quite a few Battle Couples out there.
- One other case stands out in particular: Uzuki Yashiro and Koki Kariya. This Reaper duo fights you twice in the game and even have their own version of a light puck as well as a team attack that can render players that are under-leveled at those points in the game, screwed. Their relationship can also be considered Vitriolic if not an outright Battle Couple.
- There's Neku and Shiki, who are treated as the star couple in all but name. Sure, they had a rocky start, but by the end of their chapter they've become an unofficial Battle Couple, such that their separation is a major tearjerker for either of them, while their reunion at the end of the game is all the more heartwarming.
- This appears to be the norm with most couples in Resident Evil, even if the pair aren't romantically linked. If they are, expect bad things to happen by the end.
- In Armored Core 4/For Answer, the player character of 4 (Unknown Lynx — Pilot of White Glint in For Answer) and Fiona Jarnefeldt. Considering that in at least one mission in 4 she pulls a "Always Save the Guy", it's kind of obvious she has definite romantic feelings for him.
- On a similar note (with Female Character x AFGNCAAP forming this) there's Edge and Blaze in Ace Combat 5.
- There's also the two-person Espada Squadron in Ace Combat Zero, whose Number Two heavily implies that she was in a long-time relationship with Espada 1 at the time of their fateful encounter with the Galm Team.
- Even earlier, Ace Combat 04 gave us Yellow 13 and Yellow 4, the only permanent members of their squadron. However, in their case, the romantic feelings were probably one-sided, since 13 seemed to have only seen a valued student and a trusted wingwoman in 4.
- The Disgaea series.
- Valkyria Chronicles: Welkin and Alicia. Expected from a franchise that's all about Fire-Forged Friends and there is a romantic spark between them.
- Just about every couple in the Super Robot Wars Series is this. But especially the ones that have a combo attack.
- City of Heroes: Fusionette and Faultline. She's a mutant with a nuclear reactor for a heart, and he's the son of the guy who wrecked Overbrook. It turns out the guy was Brainwashed and Crazy. You run into them repeatedly in the Rikti War Zone with them kicking butt all the way.
- Manticore and Sister Psyche, teammates in the Freedom Phalanx who eventually got married...and had to fight off a horde of PC villains at their wedding.
- The various installments of Dynasty Warriors gives us Lu Bu and Diao Chan, Cao Pi and Zhen Ji, Meng Huo and Zhu Rong, Sun Ce and Da Qiao, Zhou Yu and Xiao Qiao, Liu Bei and Sun Shang Xiang, and Zhuge Liang and Yue Ying.
- Dynasty Warriors Strikeforce has several missions based entirely around fighting said Battle Couples.
- If you get the best ending in Cave Story, it becomes clear that there's a bond between Quote and Curly Brace. It's not clear if it's platonic or romantic, but either way, it's strong as iron.
- This trope is the concept behind the Sakura Wars series. The games are strategy-RPGs where the stronger the bond between you and your teammates is, the better all perform in battle.
- Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana has Klein Kiesling and Lita Blanchimont as the Galgazit partners with an inversion of the usual hero and heroine state as Lita is a tank while Klein is a magician/healer.
- Lololo and Lalala from the Kirby series. Justified in the anime adaptation, as they're two halves of the same being.
- Issac and Jenna from Golden Sun married after the period they fought together. Considering how long it took for their kid to pop out, they probably did not spit it out until some time after the first series ended.
- The Tales Series likes this one, especially double-teamed with BST:
- Arche and Chester from Tales of Phantasia are a bona-fide example, not that they'd ever admit it: the two of them are very tsun-y.
- It's hinted at in Rebirth that Tytree would like to become one with Hilda when he rather quickly denies having a crush on her. Unfortunately for him, she's not into younger men, so they evolve into Fire-Forged Friends.
- Lloyd and Colette from Tales of Symphonia in every Tales Series spin off they appear in. Depending on Relationship Values, they can become this in the original game, too; if not, Lloyd can score the trope with Raine or Sheena instead.
- In Tales of the Abyss, Luke and Tear become a Sword and Sorcery couple though they Cannot Spit It Out until the climax. Teasing them is the their companion's favorite past time in the talk topics.
- Subverted with Yuri and Judith from Tales of Vesperia. It's clear from their mutual flirting and Judith's love of teasing in-between lopping off Mook heads in Ghastfarost that they're at least physically attracted to each other, but Yuri's Celibate Hero status prevents any kind of romance from forming.
- Shing/Kor and Kohak(u) from Tales of Hearts definitely qualify. This also counts as a rare example where the woman in the duo is arguably the more Badass of the two.
- A strange Foe Yay example: Alvin and Presa are hinted at to have been this, or were on the verge of becoming so, in Tales of Xillia, but their relationship descended into a love/hate one by the time of the game. Jude and Milla, however, are confirmed to have developed into one by the game's ending although, sadly, they can't stay together and she has to go for an Always with You option.
- Hamil and Tart in Tears to Tiara 2: The former is The Hero and the latter is the Goddess of War.
- Gil and Ki from The Return of Ishtar, the sequel to The Tower of Druaga.
- Viewtiful Joe and Sexy Silvia are both Henshin Heroes.
- Final Fantasy
- Final Fantasy IX
- Beatrix and Steiner defending Alexandria together and later hooking up due to Love Letter Lunacy.
- Zidane threatened Amarant with teaming him up with Eiko to do battle with one of the tyrants.
- Freya's lover is Sir Fratley, and they have counted as a battle couple somewhere along the line.
- When Zidane suffers his Heroic BSOD in Castle Pandamonium, millions of tropers worldwide could see him and Garnet becoming a Battle Couple to snap him out of it.
- Final Fantasy X
- Tidus and Yuna have a mutual Bodyguard Crush.
- Wakka and Lulu are married in the sequel but avert this trope. By that point both of them had retired from fighting.
- Final Fantasy XII
- Balthier and Fran are implied to be an Outlaw Couple.
- In the sequel, Vaan and Panelo do likewise.
- Final Fantasy XIII has Vanille and Fang who have strong overtones of Les Yay.
- Final Fantasy XIII-2 is an aversion. While Serah and Noel fight together and grow close over their adventure they do not become a couple. They have other love interests in Snow and Yeul so one can say they are a Battle Platonic Partnership.
- Fox McCloud and Krystal from Star Fox. Shortly after Fox freed her and defeated General Scales, Krystal joined the Starfox team as one of Fox's wingmates, and the two began a relationship. In Starfox Command, said relationship hit a rough patch when Fox decided he didn't want Krystal in harm's way, though depending the ending they patch things up. Or not.
- Suikoden series :
- Hix and Tengaar (Suikoden I and II); both of them from the Warrior Village. In that village it's customary to name one's weapon after one's beloved.
- Gladius has a cup where you deploy 1 male (the only time a male unit must be deployed for their maleness) and 1 female unit and claims to be based on this. Nothing stops you from deploying the twins Ursula and Urlan beyond not complimenting each other (both being medium class units), presumably because its made by Lucasarts.
- The Legend of Zelda: Link and Zelda have skirted this trope ever since Ocarina of Time, where Zelda first assists Link's final battle against Ganon with combat advice and a stunning spell. In Wind Waker and again in Twilight Princess, she becomes an active participant by firing light arrows. In Spirit Tracks, Zelda can possess monsters. However, it must be acknowledged that with Link being a Heroic Mime, it's hard to pin down a defined relationship; in Spirit Tracks, arguably the straightest example of this trope for these characters, the relationship between them is closer to Puppy Love.
- Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse lets the you (Trevor) have Sypha as a partner from the possible three, though he doesn't know she's a girl until the very end.
- NieR gradually upgrades Nier and Kainé to one. However, like everything else in the game, it can only end in tears.
- Rune Factory 3 allows you to pick up a partner and go into battles. If your partner is your love interest or wife, it's this trope. Sonja and Aden from Rune Factory Oceans may or may not count, since they share the same body for a large amount of gameplay.
- Dragon Quest V, after you marry a girl, she helps you in battles, up until you reach Gotha.
- Although most of it takes place off screen, Altair and Maria are said to be this in Assassin's Creed: Revelations
- In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim you can be part of one yourself. This is because you are able to recruit an NPC to fight with you and ask them if they want to marry you. Do both and you play this trope straight.
- Dart Feld and Shanna of The Legend of Dragoon are adventurers that can transform into Dragon knights. They become this trope after Shanna admits her feelings at the end of disk two.
- In Persona 3 and Persona 4, you can get a girl or boyfriend with characters of the opposite sex, including your battle partners, which would fit the trope. The only exception is Junpei in P3P, due to Chidori stealing his affections.
- There's two pairs running around in Odin Sphere, Oswald and Gwendolyn, along with Vel]vet and Cornelius.
- Nate and Elena, the Official Couple of the Uncharted series, get together while fighting off an army of Mooks and hunting for El Dorato on an uncharted island, which set the tone for their whole relationship. Uncharted 2: Among Thieves briefly has Nate and Chloe, during one of his frequent break-ups with Elena.
- Jim Raynor and Sarah Kerrigan are this in the first campaign and played for drama when Kerrigan is left behind by Arcturus Mensgk, infested by the Zerg and turned into the Queen of Blades. By the end of the Extension, she has become one of the major Big Bads, and has caused so much slaughter that Jim swears to kill her.
- StarCraft II continues the story. After despairing for years on his guilt about what happened to Kerrigan, Raynor finally succeeds to de-infest her and bring her back to her original personnality... only for her to turn herself back into a Zerg willingly so she can go on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against Mensgk. While she retains control this time, and even saves him, he is understandably horrified by what she has done and put an end to their relationship. Eventually he realizes Kerrigan is no longer the blood-thristy monster she was as the original Queen of Blades, and comes to save her in the final confrontation with Mensgk. By the end of the game, Raynor and Kerrigan are on good terms again, and while they cannot stay together due to consequence, they clearly still love each other.
- Because of the gameplay of Project X Zone, the playable characters are by default paired with each other. Among them that do play it straight however are Reiji and Xiaomu, Haken and Kaguya, Ichiro and Sakura, Touma and Cyrille, Kite and Black Rose, and Kurt and Riela. The rest are either Platonic Life Partners, Heterosexual Life-Partners, and in a few cases, ironic pairings.
- The Supporting Protagonist and his fiance in Time and Eternity are this, despite the fact that he's in the body of a mini-drake for most of the game.
- Agarest Senki: Harem + Hero + relationship values = this trope.
- From Monster Hunter, the flying wyverns Rathian and Rathalos are implied to operate like this. They're actually the female and male of the same species, and their descriptions often refer to them hunting together as a couple. There are even a few missions that pit players against a Rathian and Rathalos together.
- Fate/stay night:
- Pictured above are Saber and Shirou Emiya. They are a Master and Servant fighting in the Holy Grail War. A Bittersweet Ending ensues where they can't be together because Saber is being called back to her time. You can imagine the outrage that resulted from this ending. Unless you're playing the PS2 version (Or a heavily patched PC version) that gives you an epilogue after attaining 100% completion where, after a lifetime of Shirou pursuing Saber and Saber waiting for Shirou, they attain a miracle and are truly reunited in Avalon.
- Rin and Shirou during the Unlimited Blade Works path. Saber backs them up as often as they go it alone and considering Rin's preferences and one of the endings...perhaps a rare example of a Battle OT 3?
- Caster and her Master Souchirou Kuzuki form a villainous version of this. She does the high speed spellcasting, her Badass Normal Master handles close-range physical combat and shields her.
- Umineko no Naku Koro ni: After the release of Dawn of the golden witch, it's safe to call Battler and Beatrice one of the most straightforward examples of this to show up there. There's a pretty epic scene in which they shoot down Erika, pulling the trigger of the gun together.
- Depending on how you play Tsukihime, Badass Normal Knife Nut Shiki Tohno can play the trope straight with either Arcueid Brunestud (a Badass Princess and Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who is Really 700 Years Old) or Ciel (Church Militant Action Girl and one of Roa's invernations, which makes her immortal.)
- Hiyoko and Yuuya, at the end of Yuuya's route in Hatoful Boyfriend. Gradually over his route Hiyoko witnesses how shady and dangerous his life is, ignores his It's Not You, It's My Enemies, and they become a pair of spies fighting an "endless battle for justice behind the frail curtain of society".
- Although we're not sure if they're an 'official' official couple Gil and Agatha of Girl Genius definitely make this work during the slaver wasps' invasion of the Castle Wulfenbach. Later, Given events in Castle Heterodyne, we have a battle threesome. Agatha cares deeply for both Gil and Tarvek.
- The Order of the Stick
- Elan and Hailey from the Order are a general teamwork couple during their adventurer raids. After Elan literally Took a Level in Badass by becoming a Dashing Swordsman they form a classic Guys Smash, Girls Shoot dynamic.
- Elan's Evil Twin Nale also forms one with Sabine, a combat Succubus. They once had a lover's quarrel during an Evil Plan because Nale feared that Sabine had a crush on Elan. She reassures him and they go back to committing evil together.
- Daigo and Kazumi are both soldiers in the Azure City army. They hooked up while defending the city from a hobogoblin invasion. Then Kazumi pulled way ahead of Daigo on the awesome scale when she turned into an Action Mom.
- Leo/Jason and Tigris/Kira from Panthera. They met by being the first two students to become elemental-powered panthers designed to fight a secret government project. They've had spats since Jason brought his little sister into the club, though.
- Torg and Zoe from Sluggy Freelance have a Battle Couple moment in this strip. True, they're not actually a couple, but Torg's crush on Zoe does develop not long after this storyline.
- Homestuck has several, mostly among the Trolls.
- Protectors of the Plot Continuum Any agent pair that gets in a relationship will become this by default.
- DC Nation is fond of this trope, and sometimes dovetails it with Badass Family. Sand and Merlynne (and, previously, Merlynne and Caleb); Green Shield and Green Lantern Travis Grey; Changeling/Beastboy and Fauna...
- The Global Guardians PBEM Universe featured
- On the hero side, Yin and Yang, a husband-and-wife team of crimefighting martial artists operating out of San Francisco.
- On the villain side, there was Simon Bar Sinister and Penny Dreadful, a brother-and-sister team of psychopaths who were notorious for being romantic with each other in the middle of their crimes.
- Atop the Fourth Wall Linkara and Iron Liz have beaten up Mooks together.
- Red vs. Blue
- Church and Tex; it's clear they both still feelings for each other no matter how many insults they toss back and forth. Probably more feelings from Church than Tex as her emotions seems to have taken a beating during her time as a Freelancer paired with a psychotic Ax-Crazy AI. Later seasons reveal it's more a case of her emotions taking a beating during her time as an AI paired with a psychotic Ax-Crazy AI. Just to be pedantic.
- Season 10 gives us a straighter example in the Insurrectionist Leader and CT, who give Tex and Carolina a good fight (even though CT was mortally wounded by Tex).
- In the original cartoon, we have the male and female Autobots. Given that they're soldiers and there's a war going on, it comes with the territory.
- In Transformers: Beast Wars, Blackarachnia and Silverbolt and Airazor and Tigatron are this. The former flirted while fighting each other and then she came over to his side. The latter spent quality time together during patrols in the wilderness. In Transformers: Beast Machines there's Strika and Obsidian.
- Adventure Time:
- Billy and Canyon were shown to be this in the episode "Billy's Bucket List". Finn and Flame Princess almost became like this in the episode "Vault of Bones", but near the end when Flame Princess suggests going on a dungeon crawl again some time, Finn replies "Maybe we should just go to a farmer's market next time".
- Justice League:
- Green Lantern and Hawkgirl discuss dinner plans while on patrols or stake outs. In fact, Hawkgirl's idea of a date is starting bar fights.
- Defied example; to Wonder Woman's dismay, not her and Batman. The Dark Knight has gone on record saying he doesn't like romance between teammembers.
- Justice League Unlimited
- Black Canary and Green Arrow; they fight together and she will occasionally be seen at his house, in the morning, in pajamas....
- Huntress and The Question; she provides the muscle while he does his hacking / investigating thing. On one such occassion, she complained that they spent more time together on missions than dates.
- Another defied example: to Hawkman's dismay, not him and Hawkgirl. She thought he was Loving a Shadow because of an encounter with an overpowering Heart Drive.
- Green Lantern and Vixen, another member of league that Jon started dating after the drama with Hawk Girl.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Aang and Katara are easily this; although they don't officially become a couple until the final scene of the series proper, the amount of times they've fought together side-by-side, saved each other, fought alongside the rest of their True Companions, fought the same battle separately or independently, did other war-related stuff together, trained together, supported each other and, generally just went through Aang's entire journey of ending a hundred-year war together before that point, can at least be tallied up to half the number of episodes in the series (61). And that's not even counting the comics.
- Sokka and Suki have this as Character Development. When they first met, neither took the other seriously as a warrior; him because she was a girl and her because he lacked training. On their second meeting, Sokka was super overprotective of her because of what happened to Yue. On their third meeting, both of them have matured enough to fight as equals, and have shared several kisses.
- In The Legend of Korra, Korra and Mako become this by the end of season one, with 'Endgame' showing off this trope beautifully in tagteam against Amon. Although the battle comes just before the couple, the feelings were already on the table. Subverted in that they don't remain a couple, as they decide to stay as Just Friends in season 2.
- Teen Titans: Robin and Starfire have the protectiveness and combos (see image links) but are stuck in the She Is Not My Girlfriend stage until the Trouble in Tokyo movie.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars:
- Young Justice:
- Miss Martian and Lagoon Boy take water based missions together. The latter enjoys all this time alone with his 'angelfish'. Miss Martian's previous boyfriend, Superboy, was pissed off by her brutal battle tactics and broke off their relationship.
- Kid Flash and Artemis were this for a while. Then they became Retired Badasses. Then they treat a save-the-world mission in Paris like a date.
- Red Arrow and Cheshire are married after the Time Skip. They have a Back-to-Back Badasses with a baby scene while inflitrating one of The Light's bases.
- Bumblebee and Guardian II; adding 'battle' to their 'couple' improved their relationship because they spent more time together.
- W.I.T.C.H. gives us Badass Normal Caleb and the Guardian of Earth Cornelia. Around the end of the series they're followed by Will and her boyfriend Matt, who gets upgraded from Understanding Boyfriend to her fighting partner when he gains access to the powers once held only by his Superpowered Evil Side.
- Dr. Orpheus tried to set this up in the episode "Tag-Sale... You're It!" in The Venture Bros. with Dr. Venture, but Venture didn't want any part of it.
- Enzo and AndrAIa of ReBoot's second season. On the rare ocassion that they aren't busting viruses or traveling the Net va Game Cubes, they can be seen on a date.
- Kevin and Gwen from Ben 10: Alien Force. If someone touches one of them, the other will either run to their side or beat up the bad guy (usually then running to the other's side anyway).
- Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable. He starts out as her sidekick, but they upgrade to an actual couple and he gains his Monkey Kung-fu powers. In the finale, he ends up saving the world when they face an alien battle couple. In the words of Shego, "The sidekick stepped up!", indeed.
- Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: They may not have done much about it in the series, but Niko and Shane qualify. Even the series creator admits he planned to marry them off!
- Dave the Barbarian: The parents choosing to be a Battle Couple sets up the premise of the series. They went off on a world tour to smite evil and left their daughter, Candance in charge of the kingdom.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic
- Wilhelm and Vito from the student film The Reward count as this, representing the classic Sword and Sorcerer.
- Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!:
- Averted with Chiro and Jinmay; although they are a couple and she Took a Level in Badass at the beginning of Season 3 and are protective of each other they don't normally fight together.
- Sprx and Nova are a straight example. They share several Back-to-Back Badasses moments and are very protective of each other.
- Roswell Conspiracies: Aliens, Myths and Legends: Nick Logan and his banshee partner, Sh'lainn Blaze, fight beside each other much of the time and by the end of the series have become a couple.
- Unlike their comic counterparts, Will Vandom and Matt Olsen of W.I.T.C.H. become this in the second half of the second season once Matt gets a hefty power boost.
- Jack and Maddie Fenton on Danny Phantom are ghost-hunters who fight side-by-side when they aren't at home raising their two children together.
- On Total Drama, in the first episode after Jasmine and Shawn hook up, they have to work together to infiltrate the island's secret control center. Their their first kiss comes while dodging security lasers, and she's practically swooning when she watches him take out an entire army of "zombie" robotic reality hosts.
- In ancient Greece, Plato wrote about this sort of thing in Symposium. Below is one example of the trope in action.
- The US Army tries to keep heterosexual soldiers who are married to one another in the same unit (or at least the same post) and lets them share a room if they are deployed together.
- Italian strategist Guiseppe Garibaldi and his wife Anita Garibaldi: fought in three wars and had four kids together.
- Isabella I of Castile and Ferdinand II of Aragon (the two kingdoms that formed what is now Spain). Married at 17 despite the opposition of Isabella's brother and king, then went on to win a civil war, finish the Reconquista, fund Columbus's voyages to the Americas, and secure Spanish dominance over Italy and the western Mediterranean.
- In his book The Greatest Battle (on the Battle for Moscow in World War II) Andrew Nagorski interviewed two former members of an NKVD special forces unit who were ordered to go Undercover as Lovers (in the belief that a married couple would draw less attention) who, despite their initial awkwardness, ended up getting married for real.
- Ivan and Aleksandra Boiko, driver and commander respectively of the IS-2 heavy tank Kolyma of the 48th independent Guards heavy armour regiment, were married before they got to drive the tank they had paid for.
- King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in World War II. When someone suggested that the princesses should be evacuated to Canada, the Queen said: "The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave."
- William Hays and his wife Mary Ludwig, also known as "Molly Pitcher", who took her husband's place at a gun when he fell.
- While the eighteenth century military was male-dominated this was an unofficial institution of eighteenth century armed forces. Camp followers, while they did include prostitutes, also included the wives of servicemen (in the Royal Navy prostitutes were more likely in port; after all their profession didn't pay enough to go to sea to practice it). Officially they were disliked by officers but they would often look the other way and service wives could provide useful services. In the British Army it was customary to cast lots for which of the soldier's wives would go with their husbands on campaign. In the Royal Navy when the chief came through to wake up sailors he would shout, "show a leg". If it was hairy the chief would roust the leg's possessor out of bed, and if it wasn't the leg's owner was assumed to be female.
- Robert Guiscard, Norman king of Sicily and his wife, Sichelgaita, the Lombard queen of Apulia. They won against the Byzantine army of Alexios Komnenos in Durrazzo 1081, commanding the Norman army together. At one time the Normans were repulsed and about to rout. Sichelgaita rode ahead the army, undressing herself and yelling naked: "Are you men or maidens? Follow me!" Anna Komnena, the Byzantine historian, compared Sichelgaita "like the Amazons of the old".
- Common enough among Scythians to the point of being a possible origin of the Amazons; the women rode, fought alongside and even dressed like their husbands and were buried together in the same graves.
- Same sex relations weren't accepted in Japan of old unless they were this trope and they still had to be discreet about it.
- A common downplayed version was when the women were expected to Minor In Asskicking while the men were on campaign. This was known in Japan where women from samurai families trained to protect their homes, families, honor and exclusivity with the Naginata (sort of like a halberd). In Europe, noblewomen were sometimes in charge of castles and acted as chief of staff during a campaign; though that is closer to Ruling Couple it had military aspects. Viking women regularly owned saxes, which were both a peaceful and warlike tool. As American folklore remembers, frontierswomen could, in a pinch, handle a rifle if their cabin was attacked.
- When a city was under attack, historically, it was common for everyone to fight. Yes that means absolutely everybody. Married couples fighting together in some capacity was a common sight. One reason sieges were so disliked was for that reason.