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[[caption-width-right:327: On your left, [[OfficialCouple the couple the show is named after]]: WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones. On your right... emmm... the other couple: The Rubbles.[[note]]Couple importance is directly proportional to their height.[[/note]]]]

->'''Rachel:''' You were our Fred and Ethel Mertz!\\
'''Katie:''' Funny, I thought ''you'' were ''our'' Fred and Ethel Mertz.
-->-- ''The Story Of Us''

The Beta Couple is present in the backdrop of many Romantic Comedies and Dramas with TheHero of the story looking at wooing their LoveInterest, to provide a {{Foil}} to his/her efforts you will see one of their closest friends have a remarkably easier time getting together. This "simpler" pairing is the Beta Couple.

The Beta Couple is always a secondary pairing (and {{foil}}) to the primary relationship. Often they are friends or confidants of one or both of them, it's not uncommon for TheHero and his [[RomanticWingman wingman]] to simultaneously try to hook up with the heroine and her maid of honor.

Usually, they serve as a barometer for how well or poorly the main (alpha) couple is doing and offer possible solutions to any problems. Hit a PoorCommunicationKills? The Beta Couple had that, but worked it out. Caught cheating? Losing "the spark" for your LoveInterest? The Beta Couple had that, and here's how they got through it. In addition to all of that, if there is [[{{UST}} sexual tension]] that the OfficialCouple is [[SelectiveObliviousness oblivious about]], the Beta Couple is all the more aware of it and will try to help them embrace it.

For these reasons, things tend to go [[HappilyMarried more smoothly]] for them, letting them work as catalysts for the [[OfficialCouple alpha couple's]] romance. That said, the Beta Couple is usually a source of comedy, and as such have more freedom to be unconventional and kinky and ''less'' problem (or at least [[TheMasochismTango conflict]]) prone than the alpha couple.

While the Beta Couple usually consists of secondary characters, sometimes the author(s) will decide that the main character has enough crap to deal with, make ''his'' relationship the Beta Couple, and make the bulk of the romantic conflict in the story concern the sidekick's relationship.

Because having multiple couples is convenient for writing musical numbers in contrasting styles, adapted musicals often develop characters absent or barely present in the source material into Beta Couples. Musicals traditionally assign the Alpha Couple better singing voices than the Beta Couple, who get more opportunities to dance (especially if they're the juvenile type) and/or crack jokes.

Compare TokenRomance. See also HookedUpAfterwards. Totally not related to BetaTestBaddie, but sometimes related to PairTheSpares or RomanticFalseLead. Compare AloneAmongTheCouples, another foil to the main character's romantic life.

Has absolutely nothing to do with [[Music/TheMountainGoats The Alpha Couple]], surprisingly.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Surprisingly, [[{{Jerkass}} Agito]] and [[NiceGirl Yayoi]] from ''Manga/AirGear'', who by the half-way mark of the series had already reached a level of intimacy that took the main couple thirty-five volumes of story to reach.
%%* Chitaru and Hitsugi in ''Manga/AkumaNoRiddle''. [[spoiler:They don't end well.]]
* Orie and Hinako from ''Manga/AoiHana'', who Fumi sees as having the ideal happy lesbian relationship.
* Austria and Hungary (despite being "divorced"... it's complicated) are this to [[HoYay Germany and North Italy]] in the Valentines strip of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''.
* Yuuji and Shouko in ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'', though their relationship isn't all that different from the main's, lack of a LoveTriangle aside. Voyeur and Aiko are probably a more "normal" example.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Akito Takagi and Kaya Miyoshi are the Beta Couple. Their down-to-earth approach to love and marriage and their frequent bickering is a nice contrast to the romantic idealism of the Alpha Couple, Moritaka Mashiro and Miho Azuki. The contrast between the two couples is not lost on any of the people involved, as Mashiro wonders if he and Azuki should be more like Takagi and Miyoshi (who have gotten married despite confessing their feelings later than Mashiro and Azuki), before resolving to keep his promise.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** ''[[HowWeGotHere Everything but the Rain]]'' is Isshin and Masaki's MeetCute story, featuring Uryuu Ishida's parents Kanae and Ryuuken as the Beta Couple. [[spoiler:Ryuuken and Kanae provide a [[BroodingBoyGentleGirl quiet, dignified and very intense]] contrast to Isshin and Masaki's [[BirdsofAFeather wild, crazy, and unconventional]] romance. However, the beta couple's fate [[StarCrossedLovers is even more tragic]] than the alpha's, setting up vitally important plot points.]]
** It's not hard to see [[spoiler: Renji Abarai and Rukia Kuchiki]] as this, when compared to [[spoiler: Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue.]] [[spoiler: While the ShipTease between Ichigo and Orihime was quite low-key during the initial chapter and the Soul Society arc, Renji was introduced as a prospect rival to Ichigo who had personal ties to Rukia coming from their childhood times; after their duel, Reni begs Ichigo to save Rukia from execution, which Ichigo does... and as soon as Rukia is rescued, he entrusts her to Renji while he goes fight Byakuya. As the story advances, Ichigo and Rukia's relationship sets in PlatonicLifePartners ''and'' Ichigo starts getting more and more ShipTease with Orihime; around the same time, Rukia and Renji's situation more or less stabilizes and they tend to hang out together, culminating in a scene right before the GrandFinale where Renji thanks Ichigo for helping him rekindle his and Rukia's once-broken bonds. The final chapter has Rukia and Renji HappilyMarried and with a daughter, Ichika, which parallels Ichigo and Orihime's own happy marriage with a son, Kazui.]]
* In ''Anime/BlueCometSPTLayzner'', [[spoiler:David Rutherford and Simone Reflane]] eventually become this (and a BattleCouple) towards [[spoiler:Eiji Asuka and Anna Stephanie.]] It's also an interesting example since [[spoiler:Simone started as the Veronica in a BettyAndVeronica triangle with Anna and Eiji, but David's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove ''and'' a three-years TimeSkip eventually began to change things quite a bit...]]
* Yamazaki and Chiharu from ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''... even though [[PuppyLove they're both fourth-graders]], they have been together for years, contrasting Sakura's and Syaoran's uncertainty about how they feel about each other. [[YaoiGuys Touya and Yukito]] are similar, in that they're much more low-key and self-assured than Sakura and Syaoran. They might not be sure about how the other feels yet, but they're both pretty sure where they stand, and there's no real drama in their story.
* Souichi and Morinaga (the first wants to keep it JustFriends, the second is hoping for a RelationshipUpgrade) in ''Manga/{{Challengers}}''. The mangaka enjoyed writing about them enough to eventually give them their own [[SpinOff spin-off]] series, ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove''.
* Though there are several couples in ''Manga/{{Clover}}'' the only seemingly happy pairing [[spoiler:in which both members are still alive at the present time]] are the YaoiGuys Gingetsu and Ran [[spoiler:and even they are probably doomed in about five years.]]
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Suzaku and Euphemia could be this... if there was an alpha to begin with. The typical beta couple is the couple involving the most important people after the couple involving the protagonist. But here, the protagonist is a CelibateHero, so Suzaku and Euphemia were the only couple displayed in some openings.
** Ougi and Villetta, kind of beta for Suzaku/Euphie, but actually the only couple which ends well [[spoiler:(not that Suzaku stopped loving Euphie: she dies).]]
%%* [[spoiler:Nanami and Yuzuru]] in ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund''.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' has Heiji/Kazuha, as well as Makoto/Sonoko and Takagi/Miwako. The three couples have their own quirks (BelligerentSexualTension in Heiji and Kazuha's case, a LongDistanceRelationship in Makoto and Sonoko's, and WillTheyOrWontThey in Miwako and Takagi's), but they all share one huge trait: running in parallel with Ran and Shinichi's borderline StarCrossedLovers deals.
* Lots of couples in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Namely Holland x Talho, Ray x Charles, Sakuya x Norb. Dominic x Anemone is probably the most popular. Subverted by Dominic x Anemone. They face loads of troubles in their relationship throughout the series (mostly for Dominic, who spends almost the entire anime trying to get Anemone to notice him), and thus their relationship is more of a parallel to the main pair than a mere Beta Couple. The same may also be said for Holland x Talho. A true Beta Couple from the series would be Moondoggie x Gidget or, as suggested above, Norb x Sakuya.
* Montmorency and Guiche from ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero''. Of course, they're only ''slightly'' less dysfunctional than Louise and Saito.
%%* [[spoiler:Maria and Mamoru]] in ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld''.
* ''Anime/FutureGPXCyberFormula'' has Shinjyo/Miki, Osamu/Clair and [[CanonImmigrant Shiba/Rena]], if you're going to take them to account.
%%* Yuki and Sojiroh to a varying extent in the manga and J-Drama of ''Manga/HanaYoriDango''.
* Akane and Subaru provide some much-needed sweet romance in the midst of [[LoveMartyr Hatsumi]] and [[BastardBoyfriend Ryoki's]] twisted relationship in ''Manga/HotGimmick''.
* ''Manga/HyperPolice'' uses this trope later on in the series when Tommy and Poe hook up. Tommy is already Banten's [[RomanticWingman wingman]], and Poe takes Natsuki under her wing (And her slippers, yeouch!) to try and save her relationship.
* ''Anime/ImGonnaBeAnAngel'': Raphael and Mikael are somewhat an inverted HoYay Beta Couple to Noelle and Yuusuke as it's implied that they have been in a relationship long before the series actually started and their relationship is...a lot less innocent that Noelle and Yuusuke's.
* Watanuki and Karuta in ''Manga/InuXBokuSS''. Being longtime friends who know each other very well, they have an easier time than Ririchiyo and Soushi, who have a hard time even acting as a normal couple since Soushi thinks of himself as Ririchiyo's servant. This becomes even more obvious in the second part of the series, where [[spoiler:the cast gets killed off and reincarnated several years later and both Ririchiyo/Soushi and Karuta/Watanuki have to rebuild their relationships from the ground up due to past life amnesia issues. While the things with the new Ririchiyo and Soushi don't turn out well, the relationship between the new Karuta and Watanuki goes just fine, their only issue is that now she is six years older than him.]]
* Miroku and Sango from ''Manga/InuYasha'' are a slightly more mature couple who contrast with their companions [[OfficialCouple Kagome and Inuyasha]].
%%* Tsuyoshi and Aya, classmates of Alpha Couple Sana and Akito in ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha''.
%%* The scarily fervent matchmaker friends to the leads of ''Manga/LovelyComplex''.
* In ''Anime/{{Macross}}'', there's Roy Focker and Claudia [=LaSalle=] in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', and Ozma Lee and Cathy Glass in ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'', who each play Beta Couple to their respective series's official LoveTriangle. Also from ''Frontier'', there's Michel and Klan, although [[spoiler:that particular Beta Couple met an [[HeroicSacrifice unexpected end]]]].
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'': Caldina and Lafarga offer a more or less stable romance, compared with Hikaru and Lantis' troubled relationship and implied LoveTriangle[=/=]OneTrueThreesome stuff with Eagle Vision.
* The ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' series's non-LesYay couples, Chrono/Amy and Erio/Caro. Note that Erio and Caro fall for each other very fast. One reason is because [[PuppyLove they are still kids]].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]]. They have their complications, mostly on Setsuna's part, but they still have it easier than Negi and his massive UnwantedHarem. At the end of the manga, [[spoiler:while there is NoRomanticResolution for Negi, the epilogue states Konoka and Setsuna both married in the same year, it just doesn't say to each other (though it is implied).]]
** While Negi has to deal with a large UnwantedHarem that only keeps growing, his [[TheRival rival]] Kotaro only has a mildly dysfunctional relationship with his roommate Natsumi. As of the conclusion of the manga, in contrast with the couples mentioned above, [[spoiler:Natsumi/Kotaro are set in stone, given that they are explicitly stated to have married in the epilogue.]]
* Akane Higurashi and Kazuya Kurauchi act as a Beta Couple to the LoveTriangle in the ''Manga/MaiHime'' manga. And also to an extent in the anime: [[spoiler:the scene where both Akane and Mai use their [=CHILDS=] makes it clear they are very similar. Akane is then defeated by someone she thought was a friend (Miyu), resulting in Kazuya's demise. Same thing happens to Mai (she gets attacked by Shiho, with whom she was friends before Shiho found out she was a contender for Yuuichi's heart, then Shiho's child gets destroyed by a brainwashed Mikoto, killing Yuuichi).]]
* Several couples in ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', but specially Ginta Suoh and Arimi Suzuki (who had previously [[OperationJealousy tried to break Yuu and Miki up]], but [[PairTheSpares found solace with each other when it failed]]) , as well as [[HotForStudent Meiko Akizuki and Namura-sensei.]]
%%* From ''Manga/{{Mars}}'', we have Harumi and Tatsuya.
%%* Junko and Kyosuke in ''Manga/{{Nana}}''.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto/Hinata serve as this to Sasuke/Sakura in ''[[LightNovel/SakuraHidenThoughtsOfLoveRidingUponASpringBreeze Sakura Hiden]]''.
** Sai/Ino serve as this to Shikamaru/Temari in ''[[LightNovel/ShikamaruHidenACloudDriftingInSilentDarkness Shikamaru Hiden]]'', and Sasuke/Sakura in ''Sakura Hiden''.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Has both Kaji/Misato and Touji/Hikari in addition to the primary love triangle involving Shinji, Asuka and Rei. None of them fares particularly well, at least not for long...
%%* [[spoiler: Romeo's best friend Benvolio and Juliet's adoptive sister Cordelia]] in ''Anime/RomeoXJuliet''.
* Rosalie and Bernard in ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', [[spoiler:who are the only couple to survive at the end.]]
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Haruka/Sailor Uranus and Michiru/Sailor Neptune. Interestingly, they are probably more stable and certainly more mature than the Alpha Couple consisting of Usagi/Sailor Moon and Mamoru/Tuxedo Kamen.
** Usagi's friends Naru and Umino in TheNineties [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], once they got their RelationshipUpgrade.
** Makoto and Motoki become one in the [[Series/PrettyGuardianSailorMoon live-action series]] only, even getting engaged in the finale special.
%%* Shizuku and Kotone in ''Manga/SakuraTrick''.
* Ogata Matake (Oga-chan) and Tanaka Eita in ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' serve as a Beta Couple to the LoveTriangle of Yoshida, Shana, and Yuji (although adding Ike in sort of makes it a LoveDodecahedron).
* In ''Manga/SlamDunk'', Ryota and Ayako are this to Hanamichi and Haruko to an extent. Ryota makes his affection for Ayako very clear and Ayako generally doesn't mind it (unless it interferes with basketball or gets him in trouble). Sakuragi even [[LampshadeHanging shows some distress when he notices Ryota's made more progress with Ayako then he has with Haruko.]]
* Princess Amelia of ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' definitely has feelings for Zelgadis but, due to his quest to recover his human body and being the only serious guy of the group, for the most part he [[ObliviousToLove doesn't remark on it or doesn't care]]. However, she does make him blush a lot, and there are many hints that he cares for her quite deeply, especially in the second season. And the fact that we see that [[spoiler:one of Amelia's wristbands is tied to Zel's canteen in the credits of the last episode of the third season.]]
%%* [[BadassBookworm Ox]] and [[CuteWitch Kim]] of ''Manga/SoulEater'', although right now they're the ''only'' couple.
* ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan'' has Sayaka and Kazuki who often help Kotone and Yuuto along with their stumbling more-than-friends-but-not-quite-going-out relationship, both through direct advice and as a DoubleDate couple to keep the two from being too nervous, although mostly Yuuto, as Kotone is [[ObliviousToLove even more innocent]] than that.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' has somewhat of an inversion. The main protagonists Sakura and Syaoran were actually the ones with the more simplified relationship as opposed to the [[HoYay ambiguously canon]] Beta Couple Fai and Kurogane, possibly attributed to the fact that Sakura and Syaoran were carry-overs from the already canon version of themselves in ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', so there was no question that they'd get together. Whereas Fai and Kurogane were entirely new characters who got their CharacterDevelopment over the course of Tsubasa. Even so, they still frequently acted as parental figures to Sakura and Syaoran, as well as parallels/foils to them in various official artwork and in-story plots and jokes, such as their Outo Country names: Big Dog (Kurogane), Little Dog (Syaoran), Big Cat (Fai) and Little Cat (Sakura).
* ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': ''[[Anime/MazingerZ Kouji]]'' and Maria are the secondary couple, starting from the last season where Maria was introduced.
* Duero and Parfait in ''Anime/{{Vandread}}''. Considering that he's a medic and she's a mechanic onboard a LivingShip, their jobs allow them to be close at all times. [[NoHuggingNoKissing Not that they ever do anything beyond compliments and awkward touches...]] especially because they both grew up in societies that shunned the other gender as subhuman, leaving them unable to come to terms with their feelings.
%%* Amue and Ryo Shirogane in ''GoLion''. AKA Romelle and Sven in ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.
%%* Takenaga and Noi from ''Manga/TheWallflower''.
* It's kinda... ''complicated'' in ''Manga/YandereKanojo'', since the supposed first couple (Reina and Manabu) is went out without hitch. The ''secondary'' couple (Hijiri and Shiratori) is the one who shown the growth. There are another, less significant Beta Couple, like Reina's parents, and The Principal and his wife.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Post-issue #50 in Franchise/ArchieComics' ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' series, Antoine D'Coolette and Bunnie Rabbot became the beta couple to Sonic the Hedgehog and Princess Sally Acorn.
* ComicBook/DruidCity features the main character's homosexual brother, Mike, in an OppositesAttract relationship with PetHomosexual Dusty Crocker. While they have their own problems, Mike and Dusty's relationship spans the entirety of the series and serves as a contrast to the far more tumultuous relationships that the main character, Hunter Hastings and female lead Becky Fink, engage in separately.
* Taye and Marty in ''{{ComicBook/Circles}}''. They remained together nearly the entirety of the story, however they are not the main focus of the story and Paulie and Douglas have been together much longer than them and way before the story took place.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': The Alpha couple is Shinji/Asuka. One of the beta couples is Daniel/Rayana, the HappilyMarried {{God Emperor}}s of Avalon that give much needed advice and counseling to the alpha couple. Later show up [[spoiler:Misato/Kaji, Toji/Hikari... and two story characters -Ching and Bir- gradually get into a relationship.]]
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': The alpha couple is Shinji and Asuka, and the beta one is Touji and Hikari, the former ones' best friends. Their relationship developed mainly in the chapters 6 and 7.
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Misato and Kaji. In the past they faced similar troubles to Shinji and Asuka’s, and now they are slowly rekindling their relationship.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Touji and Hikari developed as the same time Shinji and Asuka started out their relationship. At the end they chose [[spoiler:to remain among normal human beings unlike Shinji and Asuka, who could not fit in human society anymore.]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Hikari and Touji. Shinji, Asuka and Rei run into them for first time when they were about to go out. It turns out that [[spoiler:they had got together after Touji got maimed during the war and had been dating for a while before the world ended and they were sent back to the past, too.]]
* ''FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi'': The alpha couple is Ami and [[spoiler: Jadeite]], the beta is Cathy and Jered. However, there ''are'' other couples meantioned, most noteably for humor: [[OurElvesAreDifferent Venna]] and [[WhiteMage Snyder]], and [[CombatTentacles Tserk]] and [[WingedHumanoid Cerasse]].
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': The main couple is Shinji/Asuka. Rei/Kaworu and Hikari/Touji are the beta couples, often talking about Shinji and Asuka's troubles and even giving occasional advice.
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'':
** Misato and Kaji are Shinji and Asuka's adult version.
** Touji and Hikari get together and become parents before their friends did.
** [[spoiler:Asuka's mother and Misato's father]] rekindle their relationship after he returns from Instrumentality.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Hikari and Touji. Whereas Shinji and Asuka have been married for five years and have a daughter, they are still engaged.
* Taniguchi and Yanagimoto in ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'' have officially stated that Taniguchi is trying to paint themselves as the Beta Couple to Kyon and whichever girl he's being shipped with. There's Haruhi, Mikuru, Yuki, Kanae, Tsuruya so far...
* [[Literature/HarryPotter Sirius]] and [[OriginalCharacter Aletha]] in the Fanfic/{{Dangerverse}}--quite literally, since they live in a "Pack" and are considered the Beta male and female.
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', Lorile and Fin-El are the beta couple to Alan and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Kath]]. They even hook up before.
%%* [[Manga/LuckyStar Tsukasa and Miyuki]] in ''FanFic/StarsAbove''... [[spoiler:or rather, Tsukasa and the Demon disguised as Miyuki...]]
%%* [[Anime/YuGiOh Kaiba and Yugi]] in FanFic/DecksFallEveryoneDies (the alpha couple is Joey and Tristan).
%%* Henry and Jeri from the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries''
%%* Dib and Tak in the ''FanFic/MyHostageNotYours'' series.
%%* In ''Fanfic/ADelicateBalance'', [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Lyra and Bon Bon]] are a Beta Couple to Twilight and Applejack.
%%* [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6524186/1/Project-VOCALOID Project: VOCALOID]] has no less than [[UpToEleven THREE.]] Namely, LukaxGakupo, MeikoxKaito, and TetoxTed.
%%* In the ''Manga/FairyTail'' fandom, Gajeel/Levy is often the Beta Couple to Natsu/Lucy.
* Most fanfics of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' center on either Madoka/Homura or Kyouko/Sayaka. The one that isn't the main focus will usually be the Beta Couple to the one that is. ''FanFic/ResonanceDays'' can't use the former pairing due to [[DeadToBeginWith its setting]], and instead employs [[HappilyMarried Mami/Charlotte]] as the Beta to Kyouko/[[MeaningfulRename Oktavia]].
%%* [[TheScrappy Rhymey]] and Fluttershy in ''FanFic/MyBravePonyStarfleetMagic''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Rango}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/OldWest'', the canonical Rango and Beans serve as the secondary couple with the main focus being on the developing relationship between [[{{Outlaw}} Rattlesnake Jake]] and [[DeterminedHomesteader Grace Glossy]].
* ''FanFic/{{Moratorium}}'': Draco and Hermione acts as this to Tom and Harry.
* In ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling'', Touji and Hikari and Rei and Kensuke. The same as Shinji and Asuka, Touji had a gigantic crush on Hikari, but he was too dense to notice her obvious feelings, and Hikari didn't know how to open up to him. However, Shinji helped them -and Rei and Kensuke- to get together.
* In ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', Touji and Hikari. Their relationship was pretty similar to Shinji and Asuka's: he was dense and oblivious, and Hikari berated him constantly even though she had a raging crush on him. Shinji and Asuka played matchmaker for both, and they eventually got together.
* Hikari and Touji in ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji''. Shinji played matchmaker for them, and they often hung out with the Alpha Couple (Shinji and Asuka). Unfortunately they became embroiled in the conflict between Shinji and Gendo, and the latter used them as cannon fodder to hurt the former. However, Shinji, Asuka and Rei made sure that their friends had a "happily ever after" ending.
* In a lot of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' fanfiction that puts Naruto and Hinata in the spotlight, Sasuke and Sakura are usually depicted as the Beta Couple. The inverse is also possible - for example, in ''Fanfic/WhiteRain'', Sasuke and Sakura are the main pairing, with Naruto and Hinata as the Beta Couple. Finally, for those who don't particularly like the Sasuke and Sakura couple dynamic, there are a lot of other pairings that can step up to the plate.
* In the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fandom, a popular practice among fans of "Ferriswheelshipping" ([[FoeYay N and Hilda]]) or "Isshushipping" ([[HoYay N and Hilbert]]) is to make [[CuteClumsyGirl Bianca]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Cheren]] the beta couple. Certainly helped in the sequel, which includes a subtle ShipTease between them (Bianca is wearing glasses that suspiciously resemble Cheren's and Cheren himself is no longer wearing glasses at all).
* In ''Fanfic/LePapillonRising'',Gabriel and Bridgette don't get nearly as many scenes as Adrien and Marinette, but they're pretty much the only other couple that gets them at all, so they count.
* In ''The Sanctuary Telepath'' the POV character, Janine's relationship with James serves as the beta for her brother's tragic love story with Helen. They're not officially together and the nature of the dynamic is somehow a mystery even to them, but despite this (or maybe because of this) they have undoubtedly less problems and are very close. Janine even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this.
-->'''Janine:''' You know it's messed up when ''we'' are the easier to explain...
* ''Fanfic/OneYear'' has [[VideoGame/{{Persona 4}} Yu and Yukiko]] as the primary couple, and Kanji and Naoto as the beta couple. The former has been going out with each other since midway through the game (although they only tell the rest of the party about their relationship a year later), while the latter only hooks up a year after that, in Chapter 42 of the fic.
* In keeping with the story's [[PolyAmory themes]], Fanfic/NeonMetathesisEvangelion has a beta 'triad': Kensuke, Mana and Kaworu. Their story is laid out in the canon sidestory to the fic, Life During Wartime.
* In ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8028913/chapters/18384769 All Tomorrows]]'', Jim and Spock serve as the HappilyMarried {{Foil}} to Nyota and T'Pring's rather more uncertain InterspeciesRomance.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' has Garth and Lilly, who were spending time together while the Western pack desperately searches for Kate before a pack war starts. While Kate and Humphrey, who were darted and trucked to Idaho and struggling to get back to Jasper, falling in love along the way, Garth and Lilly find themselves hitting it off beautifully. In fact, it gets to the point where the Western pack Alpha prince would be more than happy having Lilly substitute for Kate, even though Lilly is an Omega.
%%* Vlad and Sophie in ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''.
%%* From the ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' sequels, we have Cinderella's stepsister Anastasia and the local baker.
%%* ''Disney/{{Mulan}} 2'' had not one, but ''three'' Beta Couples.
%%** Don't forget Mulan's parents.
* Tulio and Linda in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' are this to the main couple of Blu and Jewel. Their relationship mirrors that of the main couple, with them becoming a couple at the end of the first movie, and being married by the second.
* John and Mary in ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' play this role to the titular robot and Eve. The parallelism between them helps reinforce the theme: Wall-E and Eve are robots, whereas John and Mary are humans whose upbringing in an impersonal consumerist {{dystopia}} has robbed them of their humanity. In both cases, they (re)discover their humanity partly through connecting with one another.
* Though all the couples in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' are on equal standing, Buzz and Jessie are this to Woody and Bo Peep, pairing up at the end of the second movie. And we cannot forget Mr Potato Head and Mrs Potato Head. [[spoiler:At least, they ''were'' this to Woody and Bo Peep before the couple got tragically split for good between ''Toy Story 2'' and ''Toy Story 3'', anyway.]]
%%* In ''WesternAnimation/JackAndTheCuckooClockHeart'', we have Méliès and a two-headed girl at Andalucia.

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* Albert is the dating challenged man that "date doctor" ''Film/{{Hitch}}'' is trying to help get together with celebrity Allegra Cole. Despite his nervousness things go smoothly for them. While Albert and Allegra's relationship continues to progress, Hitch finds that none of his tried and tested methods are working for him, despite being a master of the art.
%%* Marie and Jess in ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally''.
* ''Film/WeddingCrashers'' has Jeremy and Gloria, a mentally unstable nymphomaniac. Despite torturing Jeremy with/during sex, and being desperately possessive and ''scary'', the two end up getting together while John and Claire hit a rough patch. The irony here is that John forced Jerry to date Gloria so he would have shot with Claire, only for it not to pan out at first. It's even more ironic (and plays the trope straight) considering John and Claire didn't hook up until they were forced to be in the same room with each other during Jerry and Gloria's ''wedding'' as the best man and maid of honor.
%%* Chad and Taylor in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''. And in ''High School Musical 3'', Ryan and Kelsi.
%%* Kit and Ace in ''Failure to Launch''.
%%* Maida and Killjoy, in ''Film/TheIcePirates''
%%* Megan and Joe Dayton (Bonnie Hunt and Jim Belushi) from ''Return to Me''.
%%* Rusty and Willard (to main couple Ren and Arielle) in ''Film/{{Footloose}}''.
* Lucas Belvaux has made a trilogy of movies (a comedy, drama and thriller) re-telling the same few days from three perspectives. Each of the three couples was the alpha couple in one of them and a beta couple in the two others.
%%* Jacqueline/Capt. Laurent to Danielle/Prince Henry in ''Film/EverAfter''.
%%* Dianne and David in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''. In the end, it turns out to be more complicated than this.
%%* In a way, Jack the Bartender and Annie from the movie ''{{Penelope}}''.
%%* Orville and Echo in ''[[Creator/ClintEastwood Every Which Way But Loose]]''.
%%* Martin and Chessy in the 1998 version of ''Film/TheParentTrap''.
%%* Rizzo and Kenickie in ''Film/{{Grease}}'' are a SlapSlapKiss version.
* Rob and Carrie in ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind.'' are Joel's best friends and showcase similar relationship issues Joel has with Clementine.
* ''A Kind of Loving'' begins with the wedding of Christine and David, and they provide a tranquil counterpoint to the stormy relationship of Vic and Ingrid throughout.
%%* In ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'', we have Gomez and Charisse, which is very different from the book version (see the Literature section below).
* The 1998 made-for-television film ''Series/{{Merlin|1998}}'' has [[spoiler: Frik and Morgan le Fay]], whose romance [[spoiler: ends a lot less happily than Merlin and Nimue's.]]
%%* Ezra and Emma in ''Film/TheHauntedMansion'', to Edward and Elizabeth (man, Disney likes their "E" names). A rather unromantic Beta Couple, but still more or less Happily Married.
%%* Creator/IngridBergman's character's older sister and brother-in-law in ''Indiscreet'' are the beta couple to Ingrid and Creator/CaryGrant.
%%* Manny and Gina in ''Film/{{Scarface 1983}}''
* Balraj and Jaya in ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice.'' They hit it off immediately, without any of the misunderstandings that the main couple go through, and Will Darcy's admission that he was wrong to talk Balraj into leaving Jaya is important CharacterDevelopment for him.
%%* DownWithLove's Vikki Hiller and Peter [=MacMannus=]'s relationship revolves around Barbara Novak and Catcher Block.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'''s Nancy might lose her fiancée Robert to NaiveEverygirl Giselle, but at the end of the movie she marries Giselle's ex boyfriend Prince Edward.
* Jacques and Lulu in the movie musical ''Film/TheLoveParade'' provide a plebeian contrast to the royal principal couple.
%%* Toshi and Hanako in ''Film/WildZero''.
* ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice'' has Balthazar and Veronica as the beta to Dave and Becky's alpha. Their relationship is more relaxed and simple despite the fact that Veronica spends most of the movie as a SealedGoodInACan.
* In ''Film/MonsoonWedding'', the romance between the day labourer and the maid Alice progresses faster than the one between the husband and wife despite the fact that those two are the ones actually getting married.
* ''Film/GoingTheDistance'' has two, Erin's sister and her husband, who provide more traditional relationship advice, and Garrett's co-worker and her boyfriend (mentioned, but never seen), who provide more long-distance related advice.
* Pete and Debbie to OfficialCouple Ben and Alison in ''Film/KnockedUp''. In this case, the Beta Couple mirrors the Alpha couple's dynamic but turned UpToEleven to the point where it's nearly {{inverted}}. Alison is a [[WomenAreWiser smart, driven, competent career woman]] and much of Ben's ([[TheUnfairSex a lazy stoner]]) arc is learning to take responsibility and become worthy of her. By contrast, Pete is more relaxed and laid-back than Debbie, but not to the point of being lazy or irresponsible, and Debbie is neurotic and controlling and her arc is about learning to relax and love Pete for himself instead of trying to "fix" him.
* ''Film/YehJawaaniHaiDeewani'' has Aditi and Avi, at least from her end; generally expected as well, being played by the biggest names in the cast who are not Naina and Bunny. [[spoiler:Subverted in the end, though, as Aditi gets over Avi later, and marries Taran, the man generally expected to be the Romantic False Lead.]]
* ''Film/{{DEBS}}''. Scud is Lucy Diamond's second in command and Janet is a junior member of Amy's D.E.B.S. squad. They meet when Lucy Diamond kidnaps Amy and gradually fall in love with each other. At the end of the movie they apparently plan to start dating.

* In Creator/EvaIbbotson's ''Literature/WhichWitch'', [[spoiler:the house ghost who was brought back to life by the protagonist]] is paired off with one of the witches who didn't win the hand of the dark wizard. They fall in love remarkably fast, due to the machinations of the dark wizard's servants, who think they'd be a good match.
* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' Cullen and [[spoiler: The eldest Whistler sisters]] are this, falling in love and getting engaged without much fuss, quite contrary to the protagonist and his love.
* In the ''Literature/HIVESeries'' we have Wing and Shelby, who are the respective roommates of the protagonist and his love interest, Otto and Laura. [[spoiler: their ship becomes canon before the Alpha couple, and there is considerably less drama concerning their relationship.]] Justified in that [[spoiler: the only real drama so far in the Otto/Laura pairing has been Laura's capture and subsequent MindRape at the Glasshouse]], which is not a relationship problem, per se.
%%* Gyltha and Mansur are this in the ''Literature/MistressOfTheArtOfDeath'' novels.
%%* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'' has Jason and Piper and Frank and Hazel.
%%* Marianne Dashwood and Colonel Brandon to Elinor Dashwood and Edward Ferrars of ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''.
* In Literature/DoraWilkSeries, the main couple and romantic b-plot is [[WitchSpecies Dora]] and [[HotAsHell Miron]], but in the background there's [[BewareTheNiceOnes Leon]]'s budding romance with young wiccan witch, which culminates in him divorcing his {{Jerkass}} wife, to Dora's immense relief and joy.
* Jane Bennet and Mr. Bingley to Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''; the OfficialCouple (the girl who falls for a charismatic TheCasanova before [[WrongGuyFirst discovering his true colors]] before growing to esteem and appreciate a worthy man) and Beta Couple (the man forbidden from proposing to the girl he loves because his family doesn't believe she is rich enough) are essentially reversed from ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. Jane and Bingley are a humorous example because they're only the Beta Couple to the ''reader''. Since Elizabeth is the protagonist, she and Darcy of course form the Alpha Couple of the story. However, in the world of the story itself, it's Elizabeth and Darcy who are the Beta Couple, since pretty much from the get-go, the people ''around them'' are waiting to see if Jane and Bingley will hook up.
* Sparhawk and Kalten in Creator/DavidEddings's ''Literature/TheElenium'' and ''Literature/TheTamuli'' series. Sparhawk marries Queen Ehlana and Kalten falls for her personal maid Alean. Also Melidere and Stragen, and Talen and Danae, and Sephrenia and Vanion.
* It's taken to an extreme in the ''[[Literature/TheBelgariad Belgariad]]/Malloreon'': [[spoiler:Hettar and Adara, Silk and Velvet, Durnik and Polgara, Mandorallen and Nerina, Lelldorin and Ariana, 'Zakath and Cyradis, Relg and Taiba, Beldin and Vella, a reunited Belgarath and Poledra]]... granted, for those who love happy-ever-after cliches, Eddings is made to order.
* It's a [[FourthDateMarriage smooth and quick hook-up]] for Roger and Bonnie in Jennifer Crusie's romance novel ''Bet Me'', compared to the more rocky relationship of their respective friends Cal and Min.
* Sonya/Nikolai/Maria are the [[LoveTriangle Beta Triangle]] of ''Literature/WarAndPeace'', with Nikolai/Maria going on to become the full-fledged Beta Couple.
* Kitty and Levin in ''Literature/AnnaKarenina'', to the Alpha Couple of Anna and Vronsky.
* Charisse and Gomez appear to be the Beta Couple in ''Literature/TheTimeTravelersWife'' at first, but it is later revealed that [[spoiler: Gomez harbors strong feelings towards Clare]].
* Faramir and Éowyn in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings''. More present in the book than TheFilmOfTheBook. [[spoiler:Aragorn even makes them Prince and Princess of Ithilien, a province of Gondor.]]
* From Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's Literature/VorkosiganSaga:
** There's a weird case in ''Literature/{{Barrayar}}''. Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan, in all other respects the book's protagonists, play Beta Couple to Koudelka and Droushnakovi in a minor subplot. (They've already had their turn as Alpha Couple in the first book of the series.)
** Mark and Kareen in ''Literature/ACivilCampaign'', both as secondary to Miles and Ekaterin, and due to the planet where they're attending school.
** Miles and Ekaterin play beta couple to Taura and Roic in "Literature/WinterfairGifts".
* Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. They don't really work out but compared to mess of the main LoveDodecahedron, they are pretty normal.
* Conaire and Caitlin are a classic Beta Couple in Jules Watson's ''The White Mare''. He's the hero's right-hand man and she's the heroine's best friend, and their relationship is ''far'' less complicated than that of the main couple.
* Spook and Beldre in ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'', though Spook was originally a MauveShirt that got promoted to main character in the third book.
%%* In ''Literature/TheFallenMoon'' by K.J. Taylor, Erian and Elkin to Arenadd and Skade. Antagonist/protagonist version.
* [[TheLancer Mari]] and [[spoiler: Prince Kieran]] in ''Literature/{{Salamander}}''. [[spoiler: It's an unusual example because he's a WellIntentionedExtremist villain for most of the story, including their courtship. ]]
%%* Sachar and Anisya in ''Literature/{{Oblomov}}''.
%%* Nino Sechetti and Lola Nirdlinger in ''Film/DoubleIndemnity''.
* The duchesse de Nevers and Coconnas fill the spot in ''Literature/LaReineMargot'', but they are less peaceful than Margot and La Môle.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'' has Finnick and Annie. While Katniss and Peeta/Gale are never really sure where they stand, Finnick and Annie are deeply in love, with Katniss envying their certainty. Finnick helps Katniss deal with her worry over Peeta, and in the end, [[spoiler:Finnick's death means they take the Star-Crossed Lovers title well away from Katniss and Peeta]].
%%* In ''Literature/TheKingdomAndTheCrown'' we have [[TheHero Simeon's]] NumberTwo Yehuda paired up with [[LoveInterest Miriam's]] servant girl, Livia.
%%* ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' has Seppo and Lars-Åke as Beta Couple to Rasmus and Benjamin's alpha.
%%* [[spoiler:Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane]] from ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''; despite dancing around the issue they get together far more smoothly than [[spoiler:Jace and Clary]].
* ''Literature/TheFlightEngineer'' has Chief Petty Officer Paddy Casey and Second Lieutenant Cynthia Robbins. The fact that their relationship is against regulations prompts Casey to try and get into officer candidate school.
* Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt:
** Sofia and Johan in "Överenskommelser" have a much less complicated relationship than what the alphas Beatrice and Seth have.
** Jacques and Vivienne are another beta couple from "Överenskommelser", but with a more complicated relationship.
** Magdalena and Gabriel in "De skandalösa" also get two beta couples in the end: [[spoiler: Beata/Ossian and Venus/Nora]].
%%* OlderThanPrint in ''Parzival'' by Wolfram von Eschenbach with Gâwân (Gawain) and Orgeluse.
* ''Literature/TortallUniverse''
** In ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'' Eleni Cooper and Baron Myles quickly fall for each other while Alanna is sorting out what kind of romance she even wants with Jon, George, and Liam. Jon and Thayet play like this as well (despite him being king) since they pretty much fall in love at first sight.
** Raoul and Buri start dating and soon become engaged in ''Literature/ProtectorOfTheSmall'''s third book. Kel is busy dealing with her crush on Dom and wondering how far her relationship with Cleon will go given their situations. Neal and Yuki also seem to have a pretty easy relationship.
** In ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' Ersken and Kora, a Dog and a criminal who seem to have no trouble dealing with the DatingCatwoman situation. Meanwhile Beka and Rosto have copious amounts of {{UST}} thanks to her unwillingness to bed a criminal.
* ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'': Lark and Rosethorn are in a happy, stable, and open relationship. Although this isn't made explicit until the ''Circle Reforged'' books, those are the only books in which the protagonists start exploring romance anyway, usually with a lot of fumbling.
* The Literature/CharlieParkerSeries has Angel and Louis, who are generally content in their relationship (if not in other aspects of their lives), act as the beta couple to Parker and Rachel. [[spoiler: however, later books reveal that there's something slightly sinister behind Angel and Louis's relationship... Also, once Parker and Rachel split up, the emphasis on Angel and Louis' relationship briefly increases, then falls away almost completely, as does their presence in the books. Between ''The Reapers'' and ''The Wolf in Winter'', their cursory appearances always have them ask after Parker's current love interest, and their very settled relationship provides a nice contrast with Parker's slightly more turbulent lovelife.]]
* ''Literature/TheRosieProject'' has Gene and Claudia, Don's friends. An interesting example in that the two have problems unrelated to those of Don and Rosie.
* Kate and Elliot in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. Aside from a bit of tension in ''Fifty Shades Freed'' they're the happy, emotionally healthy couple in contrast to Christian and Ana's constant drama.
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'' is a very odd example, with the ''main character's'' growing romance being ''second'' to that of his best friends. Ron and Hermione get the lion share of romantic focus whenever it arises, while Harry and Ginny's development as a couple works itself out at a faster pace without all the bickering and far less mixed messages. Because they are ''both'' main characters, perhaps Hermione and Ron have more main characters credits between them than Harry and supporting character Ginny do?
* ''Literature/PaperTowns'' has Alpha Couple Quentin and Margo, Beta Couple Ben and Lacey, and ''Gamma'' Couple Radar and Angela. All three are very different kinds of couple: Quentin and Margo are a twisting, turning long-distance relationship between an everyman and (what he thought was) an unattainable ideal; Lacey and Ben are total opposites who ended up together by blind luck [[OppositesAttract and decided they liked it that way]]; and Radar and Angela are the [[OnlySaneMan only sane couple]] in the room who try to stay as far away from the weirdness surrounding the other two as possible. The last of these get [[AdaptationExpansion a bit more to do]] in TheFilmOfTheBook.
* The primary romance of ''Literature/TheHeartsWeSold'' is Dee/James. Dee and James love each other dearly, but are held back by various circumstances, mainly Dee being a mess of emotional issues. Gremma and Riley, on the other hand, hook up late in the story, but it's nothing but smooth sailing for them.

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* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': The alpha couple was Miss Brooks' '''slow''' romance with ObliviousToLove Phillip Boynton. In the background, was the often goofy teenaged romance of beta couple Walter Denton and Harriet Conklin.
* ''Series/{{Cheers}}'' featured three beta couples in Frasier and Lilith, Carla and Eddie, and Woody and Kelly, all of whose relationships went rather more smoothly than those of alpha couples Sam and Diane and later Sam and Rebecca (though they were not without their strained moments) and ended in marriage (though in the first case, the marriage ended in separation and eventual divorce, while in the second case, the marriage ended with Eddie's death and unmasking as a bigamist).
* On ''Series/TheNanny'', Niles and CC play this role after they [[PairTheSpares were hooked up together]]. They were quite a fun Beta Couple since they hated each other as much as they were in love, so they were always attacking the other.
* In the first season of ''Series/{{Community}}'' Troy and Annie are presented as a Beta Couple to [[BelligerentSexualTension Jeff and Britta]] with Annie as a StalkerWithACrush and Troy as ObliviousToLove, but these are both eventually dropped once the show [[AffectionateParody finds itself]]. Later seasons revel in [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] Jeff and Annie and eventually actually [[PairTheSpares get Troy and Britta together]] for a while, making Troy and Britta the traditional "find love more easily" Beta Couple to Jeff and Annie's non-stop UnresolvedSexualTension.
%%* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Howard and Bernardette to main couple Leonard and Penny. Later, Sheldon and Amy.
%%* [[spoiler: Hale and Kenzi]] in ''Series/LostGirl''.
%%* In ''Series/That70sShow'', Kelso/Jackie and later Jackie/Hyde to Donna/Eric.
%%* Fred and Ethel Mertz in ''Series/ILoveLucy'', television's original Beta Couple.
%%** Don't forget Ed and Trixie Norton from ''Series/TheHoneymooners''!
%%** Before the Nortons and the Mertzes, there were Harry and Blanche Morton, next door neighbors of [[Radio/TheBurnsAndAllenShow George Burns and Gracie Allen]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'':
** Turk and Carla. At multiple times J.D. has mentioned that they act as a unit giving advice to others, to the point in one fantasy based episode they were portrayed as a two-headed witch.
** Dr. Cox and Jordan are a Beta Couple as well and in fact become way more stable than Turk and Carla once they get back together permanently in Season 2.
** Drew and Denise were created to be this in Season 9.
%%* In ''Series/LieToMe'', Torres and Loker are now confirmed to be this, to Lightman and Foster's Alpha.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Monica and Chandler become this to main couple Ross and Rachel in the later seasons. However they vary from the classic Beta couple mould as a lot of screen time is given to their developing relationship and they certainly face problems. (Rather than having it 'all figured out' from the beginning). The difference is they learn to deal with their issues while [[TheMasochismTango Ross and Rachel bicker and fight]]. Ironically this means you see more of their relationship (spanning over half the series) than Ross and Rachel who were only together for about a season.
%%** Eventually Phoebe and [[spoiler: Mike.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': At various times Willow and Xander would be in a relationship to contrast Buffy's various relationships. Willow/Oz and Xander/Cordelia in the earlier seasons, then Willow/Tara and Xander/Anya in the later seasons (and Willow/Kennedy in the last).
* On ''Series/{{Angel}}'' this was modified with a LoveTriangle for the Beta Couple between Gunn, Fred and Wesley, while Angel began a relationship with Cordelia. Gunn and Fred were the Beta Couple on their own during seasons 3 and 4. While Angel and Cordy were trying to figure out that they were in love with each other in the third season and god knows what happened to Cordy in the fourth, Gunn and Fred had a fairly stable relationship from the time they got together until "Supersymmetry".
* Although there wasn't any one official couple for the show, Jed and Abby, on ''Series/TheWestWing'' are this trope to ''everyone'' else, as they were HappilyMarried with the ups and downs of a normal, well-adjusted couple (or as normal as possible for a President and First Lady). This was in contrast to [[WillTheyOrWontThey Josh and Donna]], [[DatingCatwoman CJ and Danny]], [[AmicablyDivorced Toby and Andi]], [[BelligerentSexualTension Sam and Ainsley]], [[BodyguardCrush CJ and Simon]], [[TheMasochismTango Josh and Amy]], [[MeddlingParents Sam and Mallory]], [[MarriedToTheJob Leo and Jenny]], and Charlie and Zoe, all of whose romances were constantly trampled by politics, ethics, and DysfunctionJunction. But mostly politics.
** Except for [[spoiler:Josh/Donna and CJ/Danny]] of course, who were upgraded to OfficialCouple and ended up together in the final season.
%%* ''Series/ICarly'': Gibby/Tasha, to either Carly/Freddie or Sam/Freddie. Appear to have broken up when Tasha's actor went off to become a lingerie model, leaving Tasha as a victim of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome for season 4..
* Stanley and Mimi in ''Series/{{Jericho}}''. Oddly enough however, their pairing became the only major romance of focus throughout most of season one and all of season two pummeling the hell out of the pretty much forgotten (by the writers) Heather/Jake/Emily triangle, which from a story-telling standpoint, should've been the romance arc of focus.
%%* Slater and Jessie on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' (to main couple Zack and Kelly).
%%* Chris and Shaz in ''Series/AshesToAshes''.
* Helo and Athena in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'', [[spoiler: especially considering they are one of the only couples that remain steady throughout the series.]]
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Marshall and Lily, getting engaged in the pilot episode and having been together for some 8 years prior. Besides a temporary break-up in the early second season they act as a unit and are seen by Ted as the perfect couple that he wants to model himself after. This forms a contrast to Ted's several complicated relationships, as well as the will-they-won't-they relationship between Barney and Robin; arguably the alpha couple after season 4. Before, Ted and Robin were the alpha couple.
* For the first two seasons of ''Series/TheOC'', Seth and Summer were the Beta Couple to the OfficialCouple of Ryan and Marissa. In the third season, Ryan and Marissa break up for good and there is no real OfficialCouple. In the fourth and final season both Seth/Summer and Ryan/Taylor are given about equal weight.
%%* Patrick and Sally on ''Series/{{Coupling}}''.
%%* On ''Series/YesDear'', it depends on the episode. It's twice as likely Greg and Kim serve the position than Jimmy and Christine, however.
* Arthur and Morgana have a WillTheyOrWontThey that mirrors Merlin and Gwen's in the first Series of ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. But in Series 3, Arthur and Morgana are revealed to be [[spoiler: brother and sister]], so it's pretty unlikely to become canon! It should be noted, however, that it hasn't stopped the shippers.
* D'Argo and Chiana in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', though theirs is a tempestuous, mostly physical relationship that's more off than on[[spoiler:, and is ultimately doomed]]. Nevertheless, both Chiana and D'Argo often dispense relationship advice to Crichton and Aeryn. A (marginally) less dysfunctional example is the [[spoiler: tragically brief]] relationship between Stark and Zhaan.
* Smithy and Nessa in ''Series/GavinAndStacey''. However, in later seasons Gavin and Stacey's relationship stabilises considerably, while Smithy and Nessa's provides most of the drama, essentially making the eponymous Gavin and Stacey the Beta Couple.
%%* Found on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Both Morgan/Anna (and later Morgan/[[spoiler: Alex]]) and Captain Awesome/Ellie are Beta Couples to Chuck and Sarah's [[OfficialCouple alpha couple storyline]].
* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' has Zoe and Wash, a happy married couple, as the Beta Couple to Mal/Inara and Simon/Kaylee (Gamma couple?) though neither Mal/Inara nor Simon/Kaylee are actually a couple throughout the series.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Angela/Hodgins to Booth/Brennan. Granted, Angela/Hodgins are in many ways far from a stable couple, but they get married at the end of the fifth season while Booth and Brennan continue their WillTheyOrWontThey [[spoiler:even after having a baby together]].
%%* In ''Series/TrueBlood'', Sam and Tara are an off-again, on-again Beta Couple, as well as Arlene and Terry.
* Will and Djaq from the 2006 series of ''Series/RobinHood''. Their relationship ends up being much more successful than Robin and Marian's.
* In ''Series/MadAboutYou'', Fran and Mark (although in a "what not to do" sense), and later in the series, Debbie and Joan. Or alternatively, one could consider Paul and Jamie to be the Beta Couple to those guys, as they were more stable than Fran and Mark, and they were together for longer than Debbie and Joan.
* In ''Series/{{Skins}}'', despite its numerous couples in every generation, only Grace/Rich in Generation 3 truly fit this trope, as they've had relatively smooth sailing compared to every other possible coupling in their cast. In the previous generations, both ''intended'' Beta Couples (Sid/Cassie and Naomi/Emily) proved to be far more popular than their generations' Alpha Couples (Tony/Michelle and the Freddie/Effy/Cook [[FanNickname Triangle of Doom]]), and thus were promoted to Alpha status in their second series, with the attendant [[ConflictBall Conflict Balls]] being thrown their way. And it wasn't like they were without conflict to begin with anyway.
* In Venezuelan telenovela ''Cosita Rica'' (2003), although Diego Luján and Paula C were the alpha couple, their respectives siblings -- Verónica and Cacique -- being the beta couple, attracted a lot more attention than the alpha one, to the point the actress who played Paula C almost left the show because of this. In fact, the actors who played Verónica (Marisa Román and Cacique (Edgar Ramírez) became very famous. Ramírez even made his way into Hollywood, appearing alongside Keira Knightley in Domino and in Bourne Supremacy.
%%* Twist and Brian are the Beta Couple to Tim and Daisy's Alpha in ''Spaced''.
%%* Sol Star and Trixie in HBO's ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' are the beta couple to Seth Bullock & Alma Garrett and later Seth & Martha Bullock.
* Victor and Sierra in ''{{Series/Dollhouse}}'' are the beta couple to Paul and Echo. Subverted in that Paul and Echo never got beyond the {{UST}} phase, while Victor and Sierra ended up with a kid.
* Michael and Maria on ''Series/{{Roswell}}'', respectively the best friends of [[OfficialCouple Max and Liz]] and as another [[InterspeciesRomance alien-human-hybrid/human relationship]], embody this trope, in getting together first and with less angst, and typically providing more comedy with their [[ShutUpKiss totally different kind of relationship]], but somewhat subvert it, acting more as a a reverse barometer- when they were doing well, Max/Liz usually weren't, and vice versa.
* John Doggett and Monica Reyes on ''Series/TheXFiles'' could be considered the beta couple to Mulder and Scully's alpha, though their relationship and UST started mostly after Mulder and Scully were already an established couple. Unfortunately for fans of the ship, the show didn't run long enough with them as head investigators of the X-Files for their relationship to be fully established (though there was a good dose of shippiness in season 9); it is unclear what became of them after the series finale. They did not appear in ''Film/TheXFilesIWantToBelieve''.
%%* ''Series/NoahsArc'': Alex+Trey and Chance+Eddie typically play this role to Noah+his boyfriend at the time.
%%* Billy Bob and Mavis Davis in ''Series/HeartsAfire''.
* Curtis and Alisha during the first season of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', despite also being the OfficialCouple and having a fair bit of relationship drama in their own right. Whether or not the show ''itself'' actually treats them as a beta couple is debatable, but the fandom indisputably saw Nathan and Kelly as the alpha couple, despite them not getting past the UST stage. Come the second season, things change entirely, with [[spoiler: Alisha and Simon]] becoming the alpha couple (both in-universe and in the eyes of the fandom), and Nathan and Kelly's awkward almost-romance [[ShipSinking fizzling out as they decide to just be friends]] - although they're still a hugely popular pairing among fans, so whether this is ''really'' the end for them has yet to be seen.
%%* Adam and Jennifer (engaged to be married) in ''Series/RulesOfEngagement'' to the main, married couple Audrey and Jeff.
%%* Cal and Chloe on ''Series/HarpersIsland''. [[spoiler:They both die. It's a murder mystery.]]
* In ''Series/GilmoreGirls'', Lorelai Gilmore's best friend Sookie has a much easier time finding a mate in Jackson than Lorelai has making it work with any of her boyfriends. Rory Gilmore's best friend Lane also has a much easier time making a permanent relationship than Rory does.
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'':
** Harper and Zeke have developed an adorable relationship. The UnfortunateImplications of their relationship stems from the fact that they are the respective sidekicks of [[BrotherSisterIncest Alex and Justin Russo]].
** Alex and whomever she is dating, and Justin and whomever ''he'' is dating. True to form, Harper and Zeke (who got together at the end of season 2) have outlasted their best friends' more passionate but more fleeting relationships.
** At one point, even Juliet and Mason were a Beta Couple, due to the fact they had been in a romantic relationship, before each one became Justin and Alex's girlfriend and boyfriend respectively.
* Caroline and Matt were one to [[OfficialCouple Stefan and Elena]] on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Possibly subverted as it was always made pretty clear that Matt still had a thing for Elena. A more traditional Beta Couple would be Alaric and Jenna. Season 2 has two Beta Triangles to the main Stefan-Elena-Damon one: Tyler-Caroline-Matt and Jeremy-Bonnie-Luka.
%%* Piper and Leo in ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' are this for most of Phoebe's or Paige's relationships - especially Phoebe and Cole in seasons 3 and 4.
%%* As of season 3, [[spoiler: Lanie and Esposito]], Alexis and Ashley, and Ryan and Jenny count as Beta Couples to the alpha couple, Series/{{Castle}} and Beckett.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Artie/Tina was this for the first season, compared to the Rachel/Finn/Quinn/Puck mess and Terri/Will/Emma. In the second season, after breaking up with Artie over the summer, Tina and ''new'' boyfriend Mike became this, compared to the Rachel/Finn/Quinn/''Sam'' mess and Holly/Will/Emma/Carl. In the second half of the season, Puck/Lauren and later Kurt/Blaine have also assumed this role.
** After [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim Finn died]], the remaining romances on the show were bumped up in importance: Kurt/Blaine became ''Glee's'' Official Couple with Brittany/Santana and Sam/Mercedes as the Betas.
* ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' has Hardison and Parker to Nate and Sophie. Hardison and Parker have minor problems, but mostly as a result of Parker being [[TheWoobie emotionally troubled.]]
* Once Angela was added to ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' in season five, Shawn and Angela became this to Cory and Topanga, except when they break up during season six.
* On ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Andy and April have become this to Leslie and Ben, even giving the latter couple relationship advice on a few occasions.
** Subverted with Ann and Chris, whose relationship is not in focus as much as Leslie and Ben's, but is shown to be far more complicated than Leslie and Ben's healthy relationship. The first time they broke up Ann didn't ''notice''.
** Ann and Mark was possibly an attempt at one of these that led to Mark written off. Mark's only notable traits[[note]][[ShipTease Ship Tease]] with Leslie and some womanizing behavior[[/note]] had to be dropped for his character to fit into this trope. He subsequently became too bland for the writers to bother with. Ben and Chris were introduced around the time he was written off.
* Tristan and Isolde on ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' serve as the catalyst for getting Arthur and Guinevere back together.
* On ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', Marcy and Steve (or later, Marcy and Jefferson) to Al and Peggy. PlayedWith in that Al and Peggy loathed each other ([[TheyReallyDoLoveEachOther most of the time.]])
%%* Lary and Megan on ''Series/{{Numb3rs}}''.
* In ''Series/ChinesePaladin'', Tang Yu and Ah Nu are this, although they fulfil the "foil to the main couple" role only in being equally dysfunctional.
* [[TheWoobie Toshiko]] and Owen to Gwen and Rhys in ''Series/{{Torchwood}}''. Jack and Ianto start out as the Beta Couple and become the official one in Season 3, replacing Gwen and Rhys.
%%* River and 11 to Amy and Rory in ''Series/DoctorWho''.
%%* In ''Series/{{Tinsel}}'', Chuks and Ene are the Beta Couple to Soji and Telema for the first three seasons.
%%* In ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' Seppo and Lars-Åke serve as Beta Couple to Rasmus and Benjamin's alpha.
%%* In ''Series/BabylonFive'' Marcus and Ivanova could be considered this to Sheridan and Delenn. Subverted, since Marcus dies before Ivanova can ever reciprocate.
* In ''Series/{{Carrusel}}'' Susana and Rene have a smooth and stable relationship...as compared to Valeria and David having so much drama!
* Constable Crabtree and Dr Grace in ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' (to Murdoch and Dr Ogden). He's a bright by-the-book police officer, she's a New Woman pathologist. He's sometimes shocked by her modernity, but usually finds she inspires him, she can get exasperated by some of his more old-fashioned values, but respects that he sticks to his principles. And yes, that's also a perfect description of William and Julia.
* ''Series/MissFishersMurderMysteries'': Dot and Hugh take their time, but are still this to Phryne and Jack by way of being much more functional. It is notable that Dot and Hugh are engaged before Phryne and Jack are even a couple.
* Several episodes of ''Series/DoctorWho'' have Jenny and Vashtra filling this role for [[MerlinAndNimue Clara and the Doctor]], complete with the former two matchmaking, and later advising Clara when she and the Doctor hit a rough spot. Both are [[InterspeciesRomance interspecies couples.]]
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Foggy Nelson and Marci Stahl to an extent have a stable relationship while Matt Murdock and Karen Page are the rocky OfficialCouple.
* ''Series/AFineRomance'': Helen and Phil are the Beta Couple to main couple Laura (Helen's sister) and Mike.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Prince Lothar and his girlfriend Karma are this to NewspaperComics/MandrakeTheMagician and Princess Narda.

* Thanks to JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples, this is OlderThanSteam:
** ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' plays with the conventions. Initially, Claudio and Hero are the happy beta couple, and Beatrice and Benedick are the bickering alphas. The rest of the cast decides to trick B&B into admitting their love for each other, with amazingly quick success--by the midpoint of the play, everyone's soppy in love. Then Claudio is led by slander into accusing and abandoning Hero, and Benedick agreeing to challenge him on Beatrice's behalf. The play ends with both couples getting married. It's almost as if Shakespeare set out to write a sappy romance with Claudio and Hero as the Alphas but got so interested in the Beta Couple that they got promoted. (The opera version drops the whole Claudio and Hero story.)
** Officially Beatrice and Benedick are meant to be the BetaCouple to Claudio and Hero. However, B&B ended up becoming [[EnsembleDarkhorse far more popular]], to the point where the couples are reversed in the modern consciousness.
%%** Gratiano and Nerissa from ''Theatre/TheMerchantOfVenice'' seem to fit into this category rather nicely, if we take Bassanio and Portia as the "alpha couple".
%%** ''Theatre/AsYouLikeIt'' goes all the way to ''four'' couples, but Rosalind and Orlando are pretty clearly Couple A.
%%** And ''Theatre/LovesLaboursLost'' has ''five'' (with Berowne and Rosaline as Couple A).
%%** Sir Toby and Maria in ''Theatre/TwelfthNight''. Sebastian and Olivia, too -- more so than Toby and Maria, since the former are tangled with the main plot and the latter are subplot characters.
%%** Helena and Demetrius in ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream''. Oberon and Titania also qualify.
%%** Bianca and Lucentio in ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' who are played by Beta Couple Bill and Lois in Theatre/KissMeKate.
%%** Valentine and Silvia in ''Theatre/TwoGentlemenOfVerona''.
%%** Tragic example: Iago and Emilia in ''Theatre/{{Othello}}''.
%%* Prince Valiant and Lucy the Maid in ''The Christmas Princess''
%%* ''YouCantTakeItWithYou'' has two to compliment Alice and Tony: Alice's mother Penny and father Paul, and her sister Essie and brother-in-law Ed.
%%* George and Lucy in ''OnceInALifetime'' to May and Jerry's Couple A.
* ''Theatre/AnnieGetYourGun'' originally had Tommy Keeler and Winnie Tate as a juvenile secondary couple. The 1966 revival eliminated their parts, along with their two song-and-dance numbers.
* In ''Theatre/TheMostHappyFella'', Cleo and Herman become the comic secondary couple to the principal singing couple of Tony and Rosabella.
* ''Theatre/TheWeddingSinger'', which makes Sammy and Holly an on-again, off-again couple.
* In ''Theatre/SweeneyToddTheDemonBarberOfFleetStreet'', the two couples are Anthony and Johanna as well as Sweeney and Mrs. Lovett, but it's not straightforward which couple is which. Anthony and Johanna have the more conventional romantic arc, with Todd and Lovett helping them out, and Mrs. Lovett's courting of Todd being more in the way of comic relief. On the other hand, Sweeney Todd ''is'' the title character and lead role, and it's Mrs Lovett's doomed [[StalkerWithACrush crush]] [[Yandere on him]] that brings about the tragedy of the play.
* ''Theatre/WestSideStory'': Behind Tony and Maria, there are Bernardo and Anita, to whom tragedy strikes first.
%%* ''Ragtime'': Behind Coalhouse and Sarah, there are "Mother" and "Father". [[spoiler:And then Mother and Tateh after Mom and Pop are splitsville.]]
* Many of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals include a Beta Couple:
** ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}'': Behind Curly and Laurey are the comic secondary couple of Ado Annie and Will. Whereas Laurey has trouble making her mind up, Annie cain't say no.
** ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'': Behind Billy and Julie are Mr. Snow and Carrie. Only Carrie is really a comedic character, but they stand out for marrying each other right away while the Billy and Julie CannotSpitItOut. The original play ''Film/{{Liliom}}'' had these as Wolf and Marie, though it played them far less for comedy.
** In ''Theatre/TheKingAndI'', the StarCrossedLovers Tuptim and Lun Tha contrast with Anna and the King's non-romantic, frequently antagonistic but nevertheless strong relationship. This is an unusual case of the secondary couple having the stronger singing parts.
** ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'': Behind the Captain and Maria are the juvenile secondary couple of Liesl and Rolf, which doesn't work out in the end. [[ThoseWackyNazis Max and the Baroness]] are a comic tertiary couple.
** ''Film/StateFair'' has Abel and Melissa, though Blueboy manages to find love as well.
%%** ''Theatre/SouthPacific'' has Cable and Liat playing Beta Couple to Emile and Nellie.
%%** ''Me and Juliet'' has Mac and Betty, though in the ShowWithinTheShow Don Juan (played by Jim) and Carmen (played by Betty) end up as a secondary couple.
* In ''Theatre/ShowBoat'', Frank Schultz and Ellie May Chipley play a dancing secondary couple to the operetta-like leading couple of Ravenal and Magnolia. Joe and Queenie are a sketchily characterized tertiary couple.
* In ''Theatre/TheMusicMan'', Tommy Djilas and Zaneeta Shinn play the juvenile secondary couple. Unusually for a musical, they don't get anything to sing ({{Cut Song}}s excluded), though they dance together a few times.
%%* Bill Calhoun and Lois "Bianca" Lane from ''Theatre/KissMeKate''.
%%* Hines and Gladys from ''Theatre/ThePajamaGame''.
* Schultz and Schneider from ''Theatre/{{Cabaret}}'' are the older-and-wiser type, only they're much older than Cliff and Sally and not much wiser.
* Nathan and Adelaide from ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls'' are an odd case: they play a typical comic secondary couple, but in stage time and importance they are equal to the principal singing couple of Sky and Sarah. It also should be noted that they were never paired in Creator/DamonRunyon's original stories.
* Jimmy and Snookie from ''110 in the Shade''; less so in the original non-musical play it was based on, ''The Rainmaker'', in which Snookie [[TheGhost does not actually appear]].
%%* Boq and Nessarose from ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' are probably the single ''most'' dysfunctional Beta Couple in this entire list.
%%* Sue and Sandor in ''Theatre/BellsAreRinging''.
* Despard and Margaret play a comic secondary couple in ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}'' to the central LoveTriangle, once his HeelFaceTurn in the first act finale lets them get together.
* Papageno and Papagena in ''Theatre/TheMagicFlute'', a more down-to-earth sort than the heroic principal couple of Tamino and Pamina. Both couples resolve all their problems in the multi-scene second act finale.
* Marcello and Musetta are a [[TheMasochismTango Masochism Tango]] variety of this in the opera ''Theatre/LaBoheme''.
%%* Hugo and Kim in ''Theatre/ByeByeBirdie'', though the movie makes them less secondary.
%%* Christine and Dell in ''The Beautiful Game'' and its rewrite ''The Boys in the Photograph''.
%%* Harry and Lady Larkin in ''Theatre/OnceUponAMattress''.
%%* Gideon and Alice from ''Film/SevenBridesForSevenBrothers'', as well as the other five, less-prominent brothers and brides.
%%* Steven Kodaly and Ilona Ritter in ''She Loves Me''.
* In [[Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical StarKidPotter's]] ''Theatre/MeAndMyDick'', the main Beta couples are the alpha couple's body parts, Dick and Miss Cooter and Joey and Sally's hearts, and Joey and Sally can only get together when they are happily paired off. There are a couple less prominent beta couples too, like The Old Snatch and Big T.
* ''Theatre/InTheHeights'' has two couples but both are given equal prominence. If one had to be picked it would be Nina and Benny behind Usnavi and Vanessa since Usnavi is clearly the main character.
* Deconstructed in ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf''. At first, newlyweds Nick and Honey appear to be this to the severely dysfunctional marriage of George and Martha. By the end, however, it's become apparent that though George and Martha are indeed a dysfunctional couple, they also have a very strong bond holding them together. By contrast, Nick and Honey have dealt with problems by ignoring or hiding them, and are implied to be on the road to an even more miserable marriage.
* Penny Pingleton and Seaweed J. Stubbs to Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin in ''Film/{{Hairspray}}''.
* Subverted in ''Film/ThoroughlyModernMillie''. As a way of CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds it seems like Miss Dorothy and Trevor are going to hook up (which they actually did do in the original movie). Instead [[spoiler: Dorothy hooks up with one of the ThoseTwoGuys that rescues her instead]]. Then in an equally funny PairTheSpares [[spoiler: The other half of ThoseTwoGuys becomes Trevor's new employee, replacing Millie after she leaves.]]
%%* Rusty and Willard, as well as Shaw and Vi in the musical of ''Film/{{Footloose}}''.
%%* Natalie and Henry in ''Theatre/NextToNormal''.
%%* ''Fame'' has either Nick and Serena to Schlomo and Carmen... or Schlomo and Carmen to Nick and Serena, depending on how you look at it.
* ''Theatre/SpringAwakening'' has both Moritz/Ilse and Hanschen/Ernst as the Beta Couples to Melchior/Wendla. Subverted in that both relationships are as twisted and messy as the main one: [[spoiler: Moritz kills himself, and while Hanschen and Ernst end the story slightly better off, WordOfGod says they weren't going to end up well either.]]
* Both [[MagicalQueer Angel and Collins]] ''and'' Maureen and Joanne from ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' qualify as this. The former is [[HappilyMarried Happily Committed]] until [[spoiler: [[BuryYourGays Angel succumbs to advanced AIDS]] ]], while the latter is trapped in a [[MasochismTango "Tango: Maureen"]] that is played for laughs. Important to the sexual and ethnic [[FiveTokenBand All Token Band]].
%%* Behind Fiona and Tommy in ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}'' there are some very dysfunctional pairings (which are very AllLoveIsUnrequited). Meg and Jeff, with Jeff not into Meg at all. Then there's Maggie who is love with Harry who is in love with Jean who is marrying Charlie.
* A standard feature of any ''Creator/{{USLES}}'' pantomime - the main love interests usually have friends, advisors or servants who fall for each other. Sometimes this doesn't happen until the very end of the show, when it can also end up as a case of PairTheSpares.
%%* ''Theatre/TheDesertSong'' had reporter Benjamin Kidd and his good-girl sweetheart Susan, but all film adaptations after the 1929 one removed either or both characters.
* Subverted in ''Theatre/OfTheeISing''. Jenkins and Miss Benson, respectively Wintergreen and Mary's secretaries, usually appear together but have no love plot of their own.
* ''Theatre/AllShookUp'' has Dean and Lorraine, who noticeably stay out of the major LoveDodecahedron that makes up the plot.
%%* ''Theatre/AnimalCrackers'' had Winston and Arabella. The movie eliminated Winston and made Arabella a CompositeCharacter with the other love interest.
%%* Jeeves and Deeda in ''Theatre/{{Amaluna}}''.
%%* Gloria and Jimmy in ''Film/{{Flashdance}}: The Musical''.
%%* Dinah and Greaseball in ''Theatre/StarlightExpress''.
%%* Sosias and his wife Cléanthis in ''Amphitryon'' by Creator/{{Moliere}}. In the later reworking by [[UsefulNotes/DichterAndDenker Heinrich von Kleist]] her name is Charis.
* ''Theatre/{{Fiorello}}'' has Dora and Floyd as a comic secondary couple. Dora is mostly content to allow Floyd to profit from the sort of municipal corruption that Thea is proud to have Fiorello crusading against.
* In ''Theatre/TheCatAndTheFiddle'', Alexander and Angie Sheridan are the comically bickering and dancing second couple to the piano-vocal Victor and Shirley.
* ''Theatre/TheMisanthrope'': Philinte and Éliante, by way of CleaningUpTheRomanticLooseEnds. They have the only honest and uncomplicated relationship in the play.
* The stage adaptation of ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'' gives us Vlad and Lily, in a parallel to Dmitry and Anya. Both couples consist of a con man and an aristocratic woman, although Vlad and Lily seem to have a ''much'' easier time of rekindling their romance than Dmitry and Anya have of admitting theirs.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Bubble Symphony'', aka ''VideoGame/BubbleBobble [[NonLinearSequel II]]'', introduces Cororon and Kululun, both who also get cursed with Bub and Bob and turn into bubble dragons. Coro and Kulu are magenta and orange respectively. They never appear in any other ''Bubble Bobble'' game.
** Keep in mind that Bub and Bob are male, and Coro and Kulu are female.
** And Pab and Peb[[labelnote:(source)]]Title Operations Guide in Shop Channel[[/labelnote]], the ''new'' Beta Couple in ''Bubble Bobble Plus'' (UsefulNotes/WiiWare). They're still magenta and orange and both female.
* Another subversion: ''VideoGame/{{Contra}} 4'' for the DS not only brought back Bill and Lance, the original ''Contra'' duo, but also introduced a Beta Duo in the form of Mad Dog and Scorpion, whose names are {{Shout Out}}s to Bill's and Lance's former nicknames from the American localization of the NES games. While Bill and Lance wear blue and red (their colors from the NES games), Mad Dog and Scorpion wear green and purple, which were Bill's and Lance's colors in the arcade version of ''Super Contra''.
* Kyle and Jessica in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar''. However, they subvert the usual dynamics in that they're quite a bit more [[SlapSlapKiss dysfunctional]] than the game's Alpha Couple of Alex and Luna, who get along really well and have little to no issues they need to work on in comparison. Nash and Mia, too.
* [[spoiler:Tali'Zorah vas Normandy and Garrus Vakarian]] at the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', should you not romance either one of them. Especially prevalent if your romance is Liara. Joker and EDI also become an item after the latter gains a {{Fembot}} body.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'':
** [[TheStoic Aveline]] and [[SatelliteLoveInterest Donnic]]. Notable for requiring an extremely [[CrowningMomentOfFunny silly]] sidequest to bring about, and for the even sillier lines the whole thing draws from the rest of your team. It has the potential to be subverted too; completing Act II without doing this quest quest means that Aveline is still single in Act III, and incredibly bitter about WhatCouldHaveBeen.
--> '''[[DeadpanSnarker Varric]]:''' "Let me draw you a picture of where she wants you to touch her..."
** [[TroubledButCute Fenris]] and [[LoveableRogue Isabela]] can develop a rather stable and happy FriendsWithBenefits relationship if Hawke doesn't romance either of them.
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', if neither Dorian nor Iron Bull are romanced by the player character, the two will fall for each other, first as FriendsWithBenefits, then an actual relationship.
%%* Lance and Lilly in ''VideoGame/IllusionOfGaia'', to main couple Will and Kara.
%%* Ashelin and Torn from ''VideoGame/JakAndDaxter''.
%%* To some degree, [[InspectorJavert Steiner]] and [[LadyOfWar Beatrix]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''.
%%* Also to some degree, [[TheGunslinger Irvine]] and [[GenkiGirl Selphie]] in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII''.
* Lulu and Wakka from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', who have a bit more of a harder time getting together than Tidus and Yuna, who were pretty much in LoveAtFirstSight. Though understandable, as Lulu had previously been with Wakka's brother (who had died). But interestingly enough, [[spoiler: Lulu and Wakka get married and have a kid before Tidus and Yuna, seeing how Tidus was the fayth's dream and had to leave Yuna.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'' has Chester and Arche as the Beta to the official couple of Cress/Cless and Mint. Their relationship's somewhat more tumultuous though, given their SlapSlapKiss nature and the fact that [[spoiler:time travel means Arche will have to wait 100 years to hook-up.]]
%%* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' has Lloyd and Colette.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2'' has Loni and Nanaly to Kyle and Reala. Loni gives Kyle relationship advice when he asks, and Nanaly is essentially Reala's CoolBigSis, though Kyle and Reala have a much calmer and stable relationship than Loni and Nanaly's SlapSlapKiss.
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' has ''barely'' enough evidence to give the Beta Couple designate to [[spoiler:Pascal and Hubert.]] The amount of ShipTease and the [[ShipperOnDeck shippers on deck]] should make this really obvious...except [[spoiler: the game [[MaybeEverAfter yanks any romantic conclusion away at the last minute]] because Pascal is so ObliviousToLove.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'' has [[spoiler: Natalia and Asch]] playing Beta to Tear and Luke. Note that this doesn't fit the idea of the Beta Couple as having a simpler or more easy-going relationship. ''At all.''
%%* Prince Henry and Marina from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''.
* ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki2'' has two of them. The first couple is Janus and Chloe in the first generation, and the second couple is Ignis and Cynthia in the second generation. Both couples then had a child each (Jude, and Lizerotte respectively).
%%* Troy and Anesha in ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''.
* Guy and Jessy in ''VideoGame/LufiaIIRiseOfTheSinistrals'' contrast Maxim and Tia, to demonstrate that they're not quite compatible. Their relationship is more prominent in ''[[VideoGame/LufiaCurseOfTheSinistrals Curse of the Sinistrals]]'', which also adds another Beta Couple: [[spoiler:Tia and Dekar]].

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* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', [[GoKartingWithBowser Lambdadelta/Bernkastel]] serves as this to [[MindGameShip Beatrice/Battler]] for some. Interestingly enough, so can [[CannotSpitItOut Jessica/Kanon]] and [[ThePowerOfLove George/Shannon]]. [[spoiler:For extra MindScrew fun, later arcs heavily imply that Beatrice, Shannon and Kanon are the same person.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* A literal [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2002-07-23 Beta Couple]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Okay. That was an awful pun. In universe, though, Elliot and Sarah take this role, and maybe [[spoiler: Susan/Catalina, although they aren't a couple.]] Tedd and Grace serve as the main couple, [[spoiler:or Ellen and Nanase,]] as a large part of the storyline revolves around their relationships. Later on this is reversed, as by that point Tedd/Grace [[spoiler:and Ellen/Nanase]] have been happily, stably together for a while and worked out most of their issues already as [[spoiler:Elliot's post-Sarah-breakup relationship with Ashley]] takes the forefront and the lion's share of drama.
* Casey and Mary in ''Webcomic/CaseyAndAndy''. Subverted somewhat in that Andy Weir ditches the "one for romance" part of the idea and just plays both couples (Casey/Mary and Andy/Satan) for laughs.
* Several in ''Webcomic/{{Girly}}'': Officers Policeguy and Hipbone, Chuy and Autumn, and Lucy and Yumi. A few others are heavily implied to have HookedUpAfterwards, and there are a fair share of HeterosexualLifePartners. Let's just say this comic has a lot of love to give.
* Fox and Collin in ''Webcomic/BoyMeetsBoy'', as loving as a cheerful HandsomeLech and a [[TheStoic stoic]] DeadpanSnarker can be. They become the main couple in the SpinOff webcomic ''Webcomic/FriendlyHostility''.
* Erika and Largo in ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' are a classic case of a Beta Couple used to provide a light, humorous contrast (most of the time) to the much more dark and dramatic main couple: Piro and Kimiko.
%%* ''Webcomic/WalkyVerse'': Billie and Danny to Joyce And Walky.
%%** And [[spoiler: Jason and Sal possibly count as well.]]
%%** For another "main character in beta couple" example, Ethan and Drew.
* Melissa and Kurt from ''Webcomic/{{Multiplex}}''. Outside of Kurt's habit of pulling pranks on Melissa, they're the rock of love compared to the Jason/Jay/Becky/Angie quagmire.
* ''Webcomic/TheLawOfPurple'' subverts this trope in an odd way; there are two clearly defined couples amongst the main characters, which take turns being the Alpha and Beta couples depending on which pair contains the character(s) who are the focus of the current arc. At the time of this writing, [[spoiler: Blue and Lette]] are the designated Beta Couple. And that's not even considering what the rest of the cast is up to...
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' when alpha couple Faye and Marten doesn't happen and Beta interest and Alpha character end up forming a strange mix between Alpha and Beta couple -- Dora and Marten.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Roy and Celia, who are quite upfront about their mutual attraction and get together relatively smoothly. This contrasts how long it took [[CannotSpitItOut Haley]] to admit to her feelings about Elan, and is in spite of [[spoiler:the fact that Roy spends a large proportion of a plot-arc ''dead''.]]
** The role is also played by MauveShirt couple Kazumi and Daigo, who are happily married (and expecting) already, despite having only gotten together ''after'' Haley and Elan got together.
* In most [[Webcomic/GirlGenius Heterodyne stories]], while Bill is canonically paired with Lucrezia, his brother Barry is paired with whoever the "High Priestess" character happens to be this time.
* [[spoiler:Mell and Caliban]] in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'' are a nice, steady evil couple who provide nice contrast to the main pairing of [[spoiler:Dave and Helen]].
* Abbey and Daisy in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl''. This is in stark contrast to the angst, anger, heartbreak, confusion and jealousy experienced by the (many) other characters on an almost daily basis, though Abbey certainly has some personal issues.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', [[http://www.sinfest.net/archive_page.php?comicID=2015 Slick sees Percy's romance and wishes his life were that simple.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Starfighter}}'', altough it's clear there's a whole mess of love stories happening on the background of Abel and Cain's relationship, the leads of the Sleipnir ship, Keller and Encke, seem more like this, to the point in which they seem to have the most loving and respectful relationship on the comic so far.
* ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' has the happily married Cassie and Tom make the various romantic heroes look like the shambles they are.
* Jacques and Ginger are technically this in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', but it's an odd case. The Alpha Couple is supposed to be the two leads, who aren't actually a couple yet and won't be for some time yet (according to the artist). In all other respects, however, the HappilyMarried skeleton and spider duo fulfill the roles of this trope.
%% * ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' has Larisa and Landon.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'''s Jake the Dog has a fairly stable long-term relationship with Lady Rainicorn, contrasting Finn's difficult growing into puberty and dealing with unrequited crushes.
* Zuko and Mai and Sokka and Suki of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' to OfficialCouple Aang and Katara, after much WillTheyOrWontThey and ShippingWars / ShipTeasing aimed at fans of Zuko and Katara. Where Aang's feelings for Katara begin as a PrecociousCrush and have to go through a lot of Katara being "unsure" of her feelings, Zuko and Mai get together with little fanfare and go through only a momentary rough patch when Zuko makes his HeelFaceTurn and breaks up with her by note; Mai quickly decides she "loves Zuko more than she fears [[[TheDragon Azula]]]" and joins him. Sokka and Suki hit a bump when he has trouble getting over his FirstLove Yue, but get together quite smoothly after Suki joins the Gaang [[EleventhHourRanger late in the final season]] and get along famously if [[NeverLiveItDown a certain late-night tryst is any indication]].
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'': Jeremie and Aelita are the Beta Couple for the Yumi/Ulrich relationship and the William/Yumi/Ulrich/Sissi love square, and they in fact become an OfficialCouple while the love square never gets resolved.
* There's a strange variant in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''. For most of the series there was some sort of inversion, with Numbuh 1 being in an official relationship with his girlfriend Lizzie, while they usually had their problems because he was usually too busy with his job as a KND operative to spend time with her, they worked it out and remained together. The primary WillTheyOrWontThey was instead occupied by Numbuh 4 and Numbuh 3. By the end of the series however, Numbuh 1 and Lizzie's relationship falls apart when she finally gets fed up of competing with the Kids Next Door for his attention, while Numbuh 4 and Numbuh 3 are revealed to have ended up together in the DistantFinale.
%%* Skeeter and Beebe from ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'', to the title character and Patti, eventually.
* Bonnie and Joey and briefly Brian and Jillian in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' to Peter and Lois
* Barney and Betty Rubble (pictured above) are a classic example, playing the generally happier, conflict-free Betas to Alpha Couple [[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Fred and Wilma Flintstone]]. Whenever the former pair does get into a rift, chances are it's due to Barney simply finding himself (again) pulled into one of Fred's many crazy schemes. In 1973, Charlton comics gave Barney and Betty their own book.
* Amy Wong and Kif Kroker from ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' to OfficialCouple Fry and Leela. The latter go through a lot of WillTheyOrWontThey before finally settling down, while the former are mostly kept apart by circumstance (Kif being a military man who's often away on deployment).
* The second season of ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' introduced a new character, Eugly, who became Quack Quack's girlfriend almost instantly. Kaeloo and Mr. Cat, on the other hand, have an extremely complicated relationship with each other, though WordOfGod has suggested that by the end of the show they will be an OfficialCouple.
* Gerald and Phoebe from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold''; unlike Arnold and Helga, this one isn't (mostly) one-sided. WordOfGod mentioned that they would have been an explicit Beta Couple in ''[[SpinOff The Patakis]]'', had the series been green-lighted. They would've been the "cool couple" to contrast with the more complicated relationship of Helga and Arnold.
** In "The Jungle Movie", [[spoiler:both pairings get a RelationshipUpgrade and at the end, we see a nigh perfect contrast that cements this status. When Arnold and Gerald are walking to school, they bump into Helga and Phoebe--at which point Gerald and Phoebe wordlessly hold hands and walk away smiling while Arnold offers to hold Helga's hand...[[{{Tsundere}} an offer she swoons over, then rejects]]]].
%%* Libby and Sheen from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyNeutron''.
* Beezy and Saffi, paired up by WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes, who is himself [[ObliviousToLove not yet aware of Heloise's feelings for him]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': [[BigFun Bolin]] and [[TheCutie Opal]] would normally be this to the main official couples of either Mako/Asami or Mako/Korra - except both relationships [[ShipSinking failed miserably]] the season before. Only in the {{Grand Finale}} is there an alpha couple: [[spoiler: [[BiTheWay Korra and Asami]].]]
* Alya and Nino from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''. They get together relatively quickly, and are not tangled up in the SecretIdentity-induced [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle relationship]] [[LovesMyAlterEgo drama]] that ensnares [[TheHero Marinette]] and [[TheLancer Adrien]].
* Stacy and Coltrane on ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''. Since both of them are rather laid-back, their romance is meant to be a contrast to Candace's neurotic attempts to get Jeremy's attention. However, Coltrane rarely appears.
%%* Matrix and [=AndrAIa=] in ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot''.
%%* ''WesternAnimation/RoswellConspiracies'': The [[ThoseTwoGuys Detail Team]], Fitz and Neema, form the beta as opposed to [[TheHero Nick]] and [[LoveINterest Sh'lainn]].
* Ned and Maude in the early seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' (before Maude's death), Apu and Manjula in later seasons.
* ''WesternAnimation/SuperRobotMonkeyTeamHyperforceGo'' has an inversion. It's the ''main character'' who has a Beta Couple relationship with his RobotGirl girlfriend. While Chiro and Jinmay are shown with a solid and happy relationship since the very first episode and she's usually absent, it's Sprx and Nova the ones who get more screen time and the [[BelligerentSexualTension more dysfunctional dynamic]] and they don't get together until the final episode, pretty much making them the Alpha Couple of the show.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Season 1 has three pairings that get together with some amount of drama--[[TheSnarkKnight Gwen]]/[[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Trent]], [[TroubledButCute Duncan]]/[[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney]] and [[SurferDude Geoff]]/[[GranolaGirl Bidgette]]--while [[LovableJock Tyler]]/[[DumbBlonde Lindsay]], [[{{Geek}} Harold]]/[[SassyBlackWoman Leshawna]] and [[BigFun Owen]]/[[CloudCuckooLander Izzy]] all manage to hook up with relatively little interaction.
** The second generation cast has the relative stability of [[GiveGeeksAChance Sam]]/[[SpoiledSweet Dakota]] versus all the problems that [[SplitPersonality Mike]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Zoey]] face.
** The SpinOff, ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' has [[{{Goth}} Crimson and Ennui]], who are together from the beginning and are unwaveringly devoted to each other, and casually-flirtatious [[FunPersonified Brody]]/[[CowboyCop MacArthur]] against the more dramatic couples, [[DeadpanSnarker Noah]]/[[IceQueen Emma]], [[GentleGiant Ryan]]/[[CompetitionFreak Stephanie]] and [[ObliviousToLove Devin]]/[[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Carrie]].
* ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' has at the end of season 1 two Beta Couples: Stella and Brandon, and Tecna and Timmy. By the end of season 2, Musa has hooked up with Riven, while Flora is dating Helia. At the end of season 3, there are ''five'' with Aisha and Nabu dating each other. All of the couples have gone through their rough spots and struggles, while Musa and Riven have almost as much conflict as Bloom and Sky, the main couple. [[spoiler:At the end of season 4, there are only four due to [[HeroicSacrifice Nabu's death.]] And at the end of season 6, there are only three since [[BelligerentSexualTension Musa and Riven]] have [[RealityEnsues broken up]] and Riven's been PutOnABus.]]
* Rogue and Gambit in ''WesternAnimation/XMen'' (unlike their comic counterparts) are portrayed as having a relatively stable relationship. Theirs play backup to the much more complicated, drama-filled love triangle between Cyclops, Jean Grey and Wolverine.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', Mordecai's constant relationship drama with both Margaret and C.J. is frequently contrasted by Rigby and Eileen's happy and healthy relationship. It's lampshaded in ''Alone at the Altar'', where Rigby reveals he's been hiding the fact that they've been dating from Mordecai, because they didn't want to shove their happiness down his throat.