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So official, it's the game's logo.
Oh fuck it. Who am I to stand between you two? You obviously make an adorable couple. Why should I let my rotten luck with the ladies rain on your parade. That's it, I'm calling it. I'm declaring your ship to be officially canon.
Some shows are made to be deliberately enticing to shippers
, but for the most part relationships in the story are merely heavily suggested. This could be seen as a bit of cowardice to the writers, but a sympathetic view is it allows them to please many potential fans without alienating anyone else. It's what keeps The Unwanted Harem
afloat, assures plenty of fun Ho Yay
, and allows for plotline flexibility.
On the other hand, these kinds of shows often have a pair of characters who are more overtly paired off, usually two people the other characters admire. (This makes The Hero
and The Chick
the usual suspects, but any combination may prove valid.) They might never kiss on screen
or even flirt with other characters, but it's understood by the cast that the two are an item
. Naturally, this does absolutely nothing to offset Shipping
, as there seems an inexplicable inverse relationship
between the officiality of a couple and the actual fervent fan interest in it.
Extremely common in Sitch Sexuality
plotlines, especially yuri
- and yaoi
-geared works. Also a common staple of shoujo
Sometimes, there's another couple that sometimes serves as a Foil
and/or companion to the "official" couple that involves The Hero
. This other couple usually involves The Lancer
and a minor female. This couple is called the Beta Couple
Expect: She Is Not My Girlfriend
, Just Friends
, Everyone Can See It
, Like Brother and Sister
, and Lampshade Hanging
If this trope breaks up a Fan-Preferred Couple
, expect Ship-to-Ship Combat
Side Story Bonus Art
often has the couple getting married. Speaking of which, if this the path that the couple ends up taking, it is very likely to fall under being Happily Married
See also Love Chart
. Contrast One True Pairing
, Fan-Preferred Couple
. If the plot tortures the Official Couple
, then that's Official Couple Ordeal Syndrome
A couple is an Official Couple
only if they acknowledge their feelings and enter into a relationship in Canon
. Ship Teasing
and Unresolved Sexual Tension
do not count, nor does your favorite Fan Fic
. Do not use this page as a proxy for Ship-to-Ship Combat.
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- Done in the Heartcatch Precure movie, of all places, with Tsubomi & Olivier.
- Inazuma Eleven: There aren't any official couples in the first series but Endou and Natsumi are married in GO (the sequel).
- Sukisho has Sora and Sunao (or Yoru and Ran) and Nanami and Shinichirou.
- Mai-HiME has a few of these: there's Mai and Yuuichi (though they're both in heavy denial), Akira and Takumi, and Akane and Kazuya (who are the Beta Couple). The artbooks also canonize Natsuki and Shizuru.
- Mai-Otome switches things around a bit (thanks in part to Sitch Sexuality), pairing up Shizuru with Natsuki, Chie with Aoi, and Haruka with Yukino (the last two of which were subtexted heavily in the Mai-HiME anime).
- Science Ninja Team Gatchaman: Ken and Jun (or Mark and Princess, if you go for the American Dub Name Change), The Hero and The Chick of the Five-Man Band finally ended up together. It only took three series and a Love Triangle with Joe (or Jason), The Lancer (pretty funny, Jun was supposed to be The Lancer when the series was being made).
- Blue Seed had a pretty clean sweep by the end of the series:
- Sailor Moon:
- Not even death was able to come between Usagi and Mamoru (Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask).
- Haruka (Sailor Uranus) and Michiru (Sailor Neptune).
- Usagi's school friends Naru and Umino eventually get together.
- Kunzite and Zoisite in the first anime version.
- Midori and Seiji from Midori no Hibi. Pretty obvious when the story starts with them becoming literally attached to each other, which is how they stay for a majority of the 80+ chapter story.
- Kaze to Ki no Uta: Serge and Gilbert have some major tension with one another with a good dose of Will They or Won't They mixed in, what with Serge's denial of his attraction to Gilbert and Gilbert's troubling past and promiscuous tendencies. They eventually do hook up and admit their love to one another, but, given that they're in 1880 France, it isn't taken too well by everyone else.
- Kimba and Kitty in Kimba the White Lion. Look, they're the only lion cubs in the whole series. It's pretty obvious that when they grow up, they'll marry and have kids.
- Examples from CLAMP media:
- Sakura and Syaoran in Cardcaptor Sakura who confessed to each other at the end of the series, as well as Real Syaoran and Real Sakura from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle who also confess their love at the end of the series. The Clone Syaoran and Clone Sakura also married during the infinite time loop and Real Syaoran was apparently their son, not to mention Clone Syaoran was cloned FROM the Real Syaoran, making the whole thing a LOT more complicated and confusing at times, but in the end the clones were paired together as were the real versions.
- Fai and Kurogane, also from Tsubasa. They were so heavily hinted at that fans went crazy, bombarding CLAMP with questions and begging that they eventually said "Screw it!" and rolled with it. Took a few years too because they wanted to keep it ambiguous. Fans won out.
- Touya and Yukito in Cardcaptor Sakura, and later in Tsubasa. Similarly, Gingetsu and Ran in Clover.
- Other canon couples from Cardcaptor Sakura include Eriol and Kaho, Yamazaki and Chiharu and (manga only) Mr. Terada and Rika.
- In both Tsubasa and Xxx HO Li C, Clow and Yuuko manage to achieve this status despite not appearing together in a single scene, not even in a flashback, and both of them being long dead. The major tipoff was learning that the only reason one half of this pair continued existing is because the other half wished for it.
- X1999 has Sorata and Arashi, Yuzuriha and Kusanagi and Seishirou and Subaru — though "couple" might not be the most fitting term for the latter. Similarly, Fuuma and Kamui can hardly be called a "couple", but they're far enough out of subtext and into the text and have the Word of God.
- Kamui and Kotori also count as an Official Couple, even though she dies later on. In fact, rather than any of the other couples already mentioned, these two appear on the 'the Lovers' tarot card included with the tankoubon version 
- Chi and Hideki in Chobits.
- Kobato and Fujimaki in Kobato.
- Naru and Keitaro in Love Hina, and by the end only Naru is in denial over this; it helps that Naru is loosely based on the author's own wife.
- Kare Kano is rife with Official Couples which is pretty much the whole point of the show. In fact, it's easier to list who isn't in a relationship by the end of the manga than the other way around.
- Ranma ˝ has Ryoga and Akari.
- InuYasha has the pair of Sango and Miroku, who have had a steadily evolving relationship from their mutual introductions. Interestingly, Inu-Yasha himself is part of a triangle (with Kagome and Kikyo). The manga finally resolves this issue by re-killing off Kikyo and giving her and Inu-Yasha a bittersweet closure so she can pass away in peace and he can let go of his guilt and be free to go with Kagome. In the Distant Finale Sango and Miroku have children and Kagome manages to return to the past to be with Inu-Yasha for good after some time spent stuck in the future.
- Kazuki and Tokiko on Busou Renkin.
- Kei Kurono and Tae Kojima from Gantz.
- Yamato/Sora and Miyako/Ken in Digimon Adventure 02.
- Digimon Tamers has Takato and Jeri
- Dan (short and acorn-headed) and Miyako Miyazaki in Bamboo Blade. The cast is still trying to figure out how this one works, although it helps Miya Miya is also a gag character who flips between sweet and psycho.
- Yusuke and Keiko, Sensui and Itsuki in YuYu Hakusho. Yoshihiro Togashi originally did plan for Hiei and Mukuro to be an official item as well, but severe fan backlash prevented him from doing so (although the anime implies it in contrast to the manga). In the first drafts of the series, Hiei and Kurama were supposed to be in a romantic relationship but Yoshihiro Togashi decided to leave them as close friends which would explain all the Ho Yay between them.
- Rosette and Chrono and Joshua and Azmaria in the epilogue of the manga version of Chrono Crusade.
- Ganbare Goemon, involving the titular character and primary Distressed Damsel Omitsu. This is made especially obvious in the TV anime.
- Shido and Madoka in Get Backers. Despite being the impetus of one side story and one major Story Arc, there isn't much to say about it beyond "it's cute," and "it works." Later in the manga, Hevn and Masaki.
- Chrono and Amy of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Despite what the shippers want to believe, everyone else is still officially listed under "best friends" by the Word of God.
- Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever has Kyouya and Shinobu as the official couple, as revealed in the OVA and Nanoha. Surprising, since Shinobu wasn't part of the main Love Triangle in the game.
- While not explicitly said to develop a romantic relationship in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, the Toy Ship of Erio and Caro does fit in the sense that, as the trope description states, both are overtly paired off and it seems understood by the cast that the two are an item. Not to mention that their brief cameo in Vivid has them apparently sharing a flat together in World #61/Supools, and one of the Sound Stages has Caro actually following Erio into the men's side of a public bath to do some bonding — even suggesting that they take more baths together in the future — much to Erio's sputtered embarrassment.
- It's strongly implied that the minor characters Griffith Lowran and Lucino Lilie have married between StrikerS and FORCE, as Lucino is introduced with Griffith's surname in the latter season. Their relationship is subtly hinted in the first StrikerS opening and in the StrikerS epilogue, and Shario noticed that there was more between them in the StrikerS supplementary manga.
- Kiba and Cheza in Wolf's Rain.
- Many examples in Fruits Basket: Kyo and Tohru, Yuki and Machi, Hatori and Kana (later Hatori and Mayuko), Shigure and Akito, Hatsuharu and Isuzu/Rin, Hiro and Kisa, Ayame and Mine. There are also official couples for minor characters.
- Jo and Meg from Burst Angel (two main characters who are also a Battle Couple... sorta).
- Renton and Eureka, and Dominic and Anemone from Eureka Seven, among others.
- Keiichi and Belldandy in Ah! My Goddess.
- Kaoru and Aoi in Ai Yori Aoshi. Slight subversion in that only two of the other cast members know it for a fact. Mayu's just going to have to live with it.
- Mytho and Rue get together in the very last episode of Princess Tutu. Ahiru and Fakir have also pretty much become official by then, but it ends less happily for them.
- The love between Guts and Casca in Berserk proved to be one of the catalysts that sent Griffith tumbling hard into his Face-Heel Turn. In the manga's current timeframe, the two things driving Guts are his desire to punish Griffith and his desire to heal Casca's mind. The latter only slightly less than the former due to the fact that said Face-Heel Turn tore he and Casca apart.
- Although there have been some romance in Naruto, the series has yet to officially confirm any canonical couple (Naruto/Sakura for instance, or Naruto/Hinata) despite the endless list of canonical and non-canonical pairings from fans. The Asuma/Kurenai relationship is however confirmed in Part II, as we find out Kurenai was pregnant with Asuma's son/daughter.
- Minato and Kushina, or Naruto's parents, is also canon.
- There was also Tsunade and Dan.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Gundam has its own share.
- UC timeline has e.g. Mirai and Bright marrying in between series. Zeta is full of 'em, even if most end deadly for either or both lovers.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam has the epic solution of Domon's and Rain's relationship in the very last episode. (And epic is hardly enough to describe it).
- As of the Gundam Wing: Frozen Teardrop manga, Zechs and Noin, as well as Duo and Hilde are married, but in the latter case, they divorced later.
- After War Gundam X has four final pairings (Garrod and Tifa, Jamil and Salah, Toniya and Witz, Ennil and Roybea) but at least two or three are pretty clear throughout the series and just need to evolve into full-fledged love.
- ∀ Gundam has a couple most notably Loran and Queen Dianna Soriel as well as Harry and Kihel Heim.
- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny have these in the end: Lunamaria and Shinn (despite the lack of build-up between the two), Lacus and Kira, and Murrue and Mu. Athrun and Cagalli were an Official Couple in the first series, but things got a lot more ambiguous in Destiny, and fandom has never been able to agree on the subject since.
- From Mobile Suit Gundam 00, the fourth and presumably final ED could best be described as an Official/Beta Couple montage, namely Saji Crossroad/Louise Halevy (the series' first couple since S1), Allelujah Haptism/Soma Peries, Lyle Dylandy/Anew Returner, and Setsuna/Gundam. The finale adds Patrick/Kati, wedding ceremony and all..
- Kenshin and Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin. Marriage and a child in the epilogue: it doesn't get more official than this.
- Ueki Kyousuke and Mori Ai from The Law of Ueki. While not explicit in the anime it is made clearer in the manga and becomes fully canon by the end of the sequel series, The Law of Ueki Plus.
- Ran and Rui from Telepathy Shoujo Ran are a couple, and even the tinges of Romantic Two-Girl Friendship between Ran and Midori can't put any dents in that.
- Tamahome and Miaka in Fushigi Yuugi.
- Austria and Hungary from Axis Powers Hetalia were married at one point, and still have affection for each other.
- Germany and Italy; Germany proposing to Italy, and them going on a date in the Buon San Valentino strip.
- Also, Sweden and Finland, in a one-sided sense. But the fact that Sweden is officially gay and Finland is his single-target sexuality makes it even more canon.
- Jean and Nadia from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water, as well as Electra and Nemo. The last one finishes as Her Heart Will Go On, after Neo dies during the Grand Finale and Electra is later shown taking care of their baby.
- Parn and Deedlit from Record of Lodoss War.
- Akari and Hiroyuki from To Heart.
- Macross has Hikaru and Misa, as well as Beta Couple Max and Miria. The latter set is divorced by the time of Macross7. The Grand Finale suggests that they got back together, though.
- Let and Julia from Rave Master. Strangely, even after denial from Word of God. Maybe Word of God isn't quite so God-like. Elie and Haru, too.
- Kanade and Yukino from Candy Boy, despite its complications.
- Hagino and Mari from the Blue Drop anime.
- Moka and Tsukune in Rosario + Vampire.
- Himeko and Chikane from Kannazuki no Miko.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann has Simon and Nia, who were quite obvious even before the time-skip. To a lesser extent, Kamina and Yoko also are marked as such in other media or merchandise.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! gives us Nagi/Arika in the backstory. As of the epilogue, there's Kotaro/Natsumi and Konoka/Setsuna (although the latter is confirmed indirectly).
- Sket Dance: Himeko and Bossun.
- Unique in some respect among Shonen because of how much attention it actually gets in the canon, and how even though Himeko is a Tsundere, the two are rather openly affectionate (in a non-sappy way, promise) for any manga period.
- Mirai Nikki has Yukiteru and Yuno, a Loose Cannon Ship, as well as Beta Couple Minene and Nishijima, with two kids to boot.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion:
- In the original series, Misato and Kaji count until he dies. Hikari and Toji could have counted, but unfortunately they never quite tie the knot.
- Gendo/Yui is official in all versions of Evangelion (original or otherwise)
- Rock and Revy of Black Lagoon are almost this, due to numerous... implications.
- Nagasumi and San from Seto no Hanayome. They got "engaged" at the beginning of the series and, romantic shenanigans aside, they're both committed to the other. So much so that, in one episode, Nagasumi gets upset at himself for even thinking about meeting with someone who sent him a love letter because he already has San, even though he was just going to turn her down (and it was a trick anyway).
- Daisuke and Riku become a couple later in D.N.Angel although the series' manga still hasn't ended as it seems to be on hiatus again so it may end with different shippings later, but they seem to be canon at this time. In the anime they were also heavily implied to be canon by the end.
- Alice and Tonio from Pokémon: The Rise of Darkrai, as well as Ruby and Sapphire from Pokémon Special.
- In CLANNAD (the Kyo Ani anime), Nagisa and Tomoya are an official couple from the start: neither of them could imagine not being with the other one, and Tomoya doesn't even seem to notice that several other girls are in love with him.
- The Kyou and Tomoyo Another World OVA episodes make Kyou and Tomoya or Tomoyo and Tomoyo the Official Couple respectively.
- The Kyo Ani anime of Kanon had the New Transfer Student Yuichi and Cute Clumsy Girl Ayu as the canon pairing, despite that he had a few other options.
- Shiki and Mikiya of Kara no Kyoukai. Not very surprising, considering it's essentially a romance. Well, there's some stuff in there about the nature of personalities and murder too, but the romance is the important bit. Azaka is really kind of unhappy about it.
- In Durarara!!, the only couples that are together are Seiji and Mika, Kida and Saki and Walker and Erika in the light novels. Mikado and Anri and Celty and Shinra were hinted at it at the end of the anime series if smiling at each other warmly and seducing count.
- Unless they break up at some point due to obvious complications that may arise in such a relationship or unless the light novels are different, Celty and Shinra are pretty much official.
- Hellsing has Pip Bernadotte and Seras Victoria. Though Word of God states that "if Seras wasn't a vampire and Pip wasn't a mercenary, they would be the perfect couple that everybody would be envious of."
- Chapter 81 of the Ouran High School Host Club manga confirms that the official couple is Tamaki and Haruhi. The anime, on the other hand, left things wide open for any shipping to possibly happen, particularly since Haruhi had had several meaningful moments with the twins, Kyouya, and Tamaki.
- Future GPX Cyber Formula:
- The main series has Hayato and Asuka, along with Beta Couples Shinjyo and Miki, Osamu and Clair and Shiba and Rena. The series ends with Hayato and Asuka's wedding ceremony with most of the cast attending it.
- Shiba and Rena themselves are the official couple in the PlayStation game. The rest of the couples in the series are beta couples.
- Sawako and Shouta from Kimi ni Todoke.
- Taiga and Ryuji from Toradora!. Kinda obvious from the series' name... ("Tora" = Tiger = Taiga, "Dora"gon = Dragon(Ryū) = Ryuji)
- The anime adaptation of Slayers more or less cemented Lina and Gourry as an official pair since the end of season 2 when they share a kiss in another dimension. This was carried on to the original novels, where at the end, Lina expresses hope Gourry will marry her. There's also Amelia and Zelgadis, but it's a bit more questionable.
- Chapter 57 of Maid-Sama! establishes Usui and Misaki as an official couple. Even before then, it's obvious to pretty much everyone.
- Noelle and Yuusuke from Tenshi Ni Narumon are an established couple already in the first episode, but fans tend to prefer Yuusuke paired with much more mature Natsumi. Also, Raphael and Mikael who in the last episode turned out to be the real main couple of the show, although they were pretty much established as a Official Couple from the moment Raphael appeared.
- Otome Youkai Zakuro, spoiled from the start by both the opening and ending credits - Kei/Zakuro, Riken/Susukihotaru, Ganryuu/Bonbori&Hozuki.
- Yes! Pretty Cure 5 has Coco and Nozomi. Really the only 100% official pairing within the rather large Pretty Cure franchise thus far. Every season has at least one highly probable pairing, some of which are basically accepted as canon. But Coco and Nozomi are the only pairing to have kissed, and Nozomi stated that she loved him in the final episode of the first season, among many other lovey-dovey things that certainly didn't happen with other (potential) pairings.
- The only Official Couples in One Piece are minor couples who are married and even so, majority of the couples have one spouse either missing or dead. Some examples are Usopp's parents (mom dead, father a pirate) and Vivi's parents (mom dead, father still alive) and later Princess Shirahoshi's parents (mom dead, father alive). In Gold Roger and Rouge's case, they are Together in Death.
- Several in Dragon Ball: Goku/Chichi, Yamcha/ Bulma first, Vegeta/ Bulma later, Krillin/ Android 18, Gohan/ Videl,etc.
- Psyren The two protagonists, Ageha and Sakurako.
- The official couples in Soul Eater are Kim/Ox and Marie/Stein, who are having a baby together.
- Gosick, Kazuya and Victorique. After many moments of Ship Tease, it's finally official in the end.
- In Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds, Yuusei and Aki might never get stated as the official couple in as many words on screen, but it's pretty obvious that this is what they are by the end.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Juudai & Yubel, along with Amon and Echo and (quite probably, given he chose to stay with her people) Taniya & Misawa.
- Coud and Ren in Elemental Gelade.
- Cross Game ends with three of them: Nakanishi and his girlfriend from the track team, Ichiyo and Junpei, and finally Ko and Aoba.
- Shaman King has Faust and Elisa who are Happily Married even though Elisa is dead Faust will join her as a ghost eventually, as well as Yoh and Anna. In the epilogue, it was heavily implied that Ren and Jeanne had a child together.
- Holo and Lawrence of Spice and Wolf open a shop and have a child in the end.
- Luka and Yuki of Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru.
- Katekyo Hitman Reborn!: In the future Ryohei and Hana are a canon couple.
- Caesar and Nakaba in Reimei No Arcana.
- Louise and Saito of Zero no Tsukaima.
- Nezumi and Shion of No. 6 were confirmed by the end.
- Akira and Koharu of Koharu No Hibi.
- The closest thing we have in Code Geass is Suzaku/Euphemia (displayed in opening). Sometimes considered Beta Couple because Suzaku is just the deuteragonist, but the protagonist is a Celibate Hero. Oghi/Viletta also.
- The main selling point of Yandere Kanojo is the misadventures of the main couple, Reina and Manabu. There are also paired minor characters like Reina's parents and The Principal and his wife.
- In Samurai Deeper Kyo, Kyo and Yuya finally get together at the very end. We also get Kyoshiro and Sakuya and (in the anime) Benitora and Mahiro. You could also count Fubuki and Hitoki, but she is a Posthumous Character so we don't see much of that.
- Kotoura-san has Haruka and Manabe, who is shipped by everybody in the cast. This is despite Haruka having a case of Cannot Spit It Out and has not confessed to Manabe until the last episode.
- I"s has Ichitaka and Iori.
- Fist of the North Star has Kenshiro and Yuria. Even after Yuria's death he remains loyal to her memory. And at the beginning of Kenshiro Den, the last of the Legends of the True Savior films, it's revealed that she is pregnant with his child, effectively retconning the entire Hokuto continuity after Raoh's death.
- Sword Art Online has Kirito and Asuna.
- Guilty Crown: Shu and Inori.
- In SHUFFLE! (the anime series), Rin ends up with his senpai Asa. Actually surprising, but watching the recap season Memories makes it more clear why he chose her.
- Zetsuen no Tempest: Yoshino and Aika
- Saturn Girl and Lightning Lad in Legion of Super Heroes, a series thick with official couples, which also includes Phantom Girl and Ultra Boy, and Bouncing Boy and Triplicate Girl/Duo Damsel.
- Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman in the Fantastic Four.
- Jean Grey and Cyclops (a.k.a Scott Summers) in X-Men.
- Clark Kent and Lois Lane in Superman. At least, prior to Retcon to Flashpoint.
- Ralph Dibny, the Elongated Man, and Sue Dibny.
- Peter Parker and Mary-Jane Watson from Spider-Man. Before a highly unpopular retcon, anyway. The backlash was so bad, that even Stan Lee didn't fully agree with the new direction, and kept the two together in the newspaper comic strip.
- In the comics themselves however, the current official couple (as deemed by the current editorial) is Peter Parker and (the also highly unpopular) Carlie Cooper.
- As of the conclusion to Spider-Island, Carlie's gone, and Peter and MJ have grown closer. Whether this is actually going somewhere or if it's just Ship Tease to yank the fans' collective chain, only time (and Dan Slott) will tell.
- Hank Pym has had...three now. Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne, Hank Pym and Jocasta and now Hank Pym and Tigra.
- Likewise, Hank's good friend Clint and his long-time wife Bobbi, until they were hit with a bunch of problems including rape, murder, dying, being brought back, and being abducted by aliens, they eventually reunited and were official again, but broke up during their ongoing, that was cancelled before they could resolve their issues. They're now Amicably Divorced, though a number of people, even those who don't ship them, are just waiting for their inevitable reunion.
- Apollo and Midnighter of The Authority.
- Wiccan and Hulkling, Young Avengers.
- Xavin and Karolina in Runaways. Chase and Gert, too.
- If there are two official couples in the X-Wing Series comics, it's Tycho Celchu/Winter and Nrin/Ibitsam. Both romances are fed out bit by bit for pretty much the entire length of the comic's run.
- Hourman and Liberty Belle in the Justice Society of America.
- Mac and Alix in Les Innommables.
- Sonic and Sally in Sonic the Hedgehog. Since their status currently is "broken up", however, some consider Beta Couple Antoine and Bunnie to be the official couple.
- Scott Pilgrim and Ramona Flowers.
- Bruce and Betty Banner. They're currently on the outs, in the wake of Betty returning from being Mostly Dead.
- Nexus and Sundra.
- ROM: Spaceknight and Brandy Clark.
- Hawkman and Hawkgirl are married.
- Took on a Squicky quality once the Hawkgirl mantle was passed down, as the new one was actually the old one reincarnated into the body of her own niece. Whom Hawkman still tried to pursue a relationship with Because Destiny Says So. Despite being, at least physically, her uncle by marriage.
- Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor were this for decades, but he has long since dropped off the radar.
- As of New 52, Superman and Wonder Woman have become this.
- With an Anguished Declaration of Love at the end of Reality Is Fluid, Captain Kanril Eleya and Lieutenant Commander Reshek Gaarra of the Bait and Switch-verse are together for good after having danced around each other for months. The author confirmed it in an edit note on Memory Gamma wiki. No word yet on how they're working around the fact that them being together violates regulations (she's his direct superior).
- Alpha and Omega has two: Humphrey and Kate, and Lilly and Garth
- Any of the Disney Princesses and their respective princes/heroes.
- Anastasia and Dimitri, whose Belligerent Sexual Tension ends in an elopement.
- Garrett and Kayley in Quest for Camelot.
- In the Toy Story trilogy, there's Woody/Bo Peep before she was Put on a Bus by Toy Story 3, as well as Buzz/Jessie, Mr./Mrs. Potato Head and, predictably, Barbie/Ken.
- Derek and Odette in The Swan Princess
- Corpse Bride: Victor and Victoria.
- The Madagascar movies have Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo. While the original movie made no mention of any attraction between the two, the second movie established that Melman had fallen for Gloria long before they left New York, and their couple-ness was cemented by the end of the movie. In the third, they are still a couple, but not much is made of it, aside from a few pet names and their duo tightrope act in the circus. It also has, in the third movie, Alex and Gina.
- In Wreck-It Ralph, we have Fix-It Felix Junior and Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun ending up together at the end.
- Hiccup and Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon and continuing into the sequel.
Film (Live Action)
- Han and Leia in the Star Wars films. Notably, Luke doesn't get anyone until the Expanded Universe rolls around, aside from Leia kissing him once to mess with Han's head (a scene infamous for its retroactive Squick).
- Anakin and Padme in the prequels.
- Edward and Bella in the Twilight series. Basically, Edward and Bella are the main romantic couple of the series, although there is a love triangle that takes place between Bella, Edward and Jacob.
- Second, Jasper and Alice.
- Third, Emmett and Rosalie.
- Fourth, Carlisle and Esme.
- Later on in the series, Jacob and Renesmee.
- Peeta and Katniss in The Hunger Games.
- James Bond and Tracy di Vincenzo. This is the film in which the (in)famous Casanova finally decides to settle down. Pity about the Diabolus ex Machina. Three decades of movies later, and he almost has another in Elektra King. Pity about her being the Femme Fatale behind the terrorists. Interestingly enough, Bond was intended to have a steady girlfriend in Sylvia Trench, notable as the only Bond woman to appear twice, complete with Running Gag of him always being called away on missions when they're about to have a moment, but, reportedly, the actress refused to work with any director who was not the director of the first two films.
- Caspian and Susan in the Film of the Book of Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, despite that Caspian and Susan had nothing of sort in the original books.
- Sky High has Will and Gwen which gives way to Will and Layla after Gwen proves to be using him all along. Word of God has confirmed that, had the film spawned a series as was the original plan, Layla would've gone with Warren. Where does this leave Will? Search us.
- When Across the Universe begins, Jude is happily dating Molly and Lucy is happily dating Daniel. Then Jude and Lucy find each other, and we have a plot! Also, Sadie and Jojo, much to Prudence's chagrin.
- Jake and Neytiri from Avatar.
- Sam and Quorra from TRON: Legacy. It was actually quite refreshing to see that in spite of all them being an Official Couple, they kept things so subtle that they avoided what could have easily gotten the characters Strangled by the Red String.
- In the first film, Tron and Yori - and their User counterparts Alan and Lora. The deleted scenes and novelization play it up.
- Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, complete with the most Crazy Awesome wedding imaginable in the third movie.
- The official couples in Harry Potter are, surprising absolutely no one, the same as in the novels. Except Neville/Luna.
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice has Dave and Becky.
- Sam and Mikaela in Transformers. Later, they breakup and Sam gets his real true love, Carly.
- Averted in Snow White & the Huntsman. Despite the name of the movie, Snow White has two love interests: the Huntsman and Prince William. Both men are shown to be flawed but genuinely devoted to their princess. The movie deliberately avoids pairing Snow White with either men and it is up to the viewer to decide who would be the better partner for Snow White.
- In Star Trek Into Darkness, Spock and Uhura are still going strong.
- After a Will They or Won't They? tease spanning the whole series, Riker and Troi were definitively shown as a couple in Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis made the pairing even more official by opening with their wedding.
- Tony Stark and Pepper Potts are the Official Couple for the latter half of Phase 1 and all of Phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. They get their Relationship Upgrade in Iron Man 2 before appearing as the Official Couple in both The Avengers and Iron Man 3.
- Thor and Jane Foster become an Official Couple in the MCU towards the end of Phase 2, after Thor elects to remain on earth and be with Jane at the end of Thor: The Dark World.
- In X-Men: Days of Future Past, Kitty Pryde seems to have become one with Bobby. In the new timeline, that seems to have been erased and she is presumably one with Colossus, as Bobby is with Rogue again.
Live Action TV
- Agent Booth and Dr. Brennan in Bones.
- Also Jack Hodgins and Angela Montanegro.
- There was also Sweets and Daisy for a while.
- Daisy/Sweets was brought back at the beginning of the 2014/15 season, complete with a late term pregnancy for Daisy from secretly still hooking up with Sweets, just in time for Sweets to die.
- Cam and Arastoo
- Vaughn and Sydney in Alias.
- Sara and Grissom on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation...though that has hit a derailment for now.
- Danny and Lindsay and Mac and Christine onCSI NY
- Flack and Angell until her death.
- CSI: Miami had Eric and Calleigh on and off for a while,and Horatio and Marisol until she died.
- Chuck and Blair in Gossip Girl.
- Jack and Kate in LOST.
- Sawyer and Juliet also fit this.
- As well as Charlie and Claire.
- Lucas and Peyton in One Tree Hill.
- Also Nathan and Haley from season one onwards.
- Michael and Sara in Prison Break.
- Dawson and Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek.
- Later on, from season three onwards, Pacey and Joey.
- Olivia and Peter, and alternate Lincoln Lee and alternate Olivia Dunham, in Fringe.
- In Doctor Who,
- Doctors in general, The TARDIS itself, see "The Doctor's Wife.
- For the Ninth Doctor: Rose Tyler
- For the Tenth Doctor (and his half-human clone): Rose Tyler
- For the Eleventh Doctor: River Song
- Amy Pond and Rory Williams.
- In Torchwood, Gwen and Rhys, Jack and Ianto are the Beta Couple.
- Forty-five years after their original run, The Sarah Jane Adventures episode "Death of the Doctor" made both Ian and Barbara and Ben and Polly official.
- Superboy and Lana in The Adventures of Superboy.
- Brenda and Dylan were pretty much the main official couple of Beverly Hills 90210 in the early seasons, but the pairing of Dylan and Kelly became so popular at the time that he ended up with her instead. Of course now, most fans wished he ended up with Brenda instead just as they wished Kelly ended up with Brandon.
- Also David and Donna ultimately end up with each other in the end.
- Clark and Lois of course in Lois and Clark.
- Cory and Topanga in Boy Meets World.
- Niles and Daphne in Frasier.
- Niles and Daphne managed to be an official couple throughout eight whole years of Unrequited Love, UST, and Will They or Won't They? before even making a move, never mind getting together, and despite Niles being married to someone else for the better part of that period. They were relegated to Beta Couple afterwards.
- Eric and Donna in That '70s Show.
- Fez and Jackie suddenly become this in the final season, much to the disgust of both Hyde/Jackie and Kelso/Jackie shippers.
- Days of Our Lives has a few. No matter what happens or how bad it looks, there's no way Bo and Hope, John and Marlena, and Jack and Jennifer don't end up together.
- Also, of course, patriarch and matriarch Tom and Alice Horton.
- While Passions had several official couples, the most prominent ones were Ethan & Theresa and Luis & Sheridan, although only the former ended up together with Luis ending up with Sheridan's niece Fancy, and Sheridan ending up with Luis' brother, Antonio, her first husband.
- Max and Logan in Dark Angel.
- Ed and Carol in Ed.
- Smallville had several official couples during it's 10-year run. Clark and Lana were set up this way for the first seven seasons, even though fans know from the very beginning that they don't end up together.
- After Lana left, Clark and Lois became the offical couple of the series.
- Oliver and Chloe from season eight onwards.
- Joey and Alex in Joey.
- The main official couple in Grey's Anatomy is Derek and Meredith.
- Christina and Preston in the first three seasons, until Preston's departure at the end of season 3.
- There is also Richard and Adele, Alex and Izzie, and George and Lexie, until George is killed off at the end of season 5.
- The George/Lexie one is debatable because George never really liked her...or paid her any attention at all, really.
- As of right now it's Cristina/Owen, Mark/Lexie, Callie/Arizona as far as Beta Couples go.
- Sookie and Bill in True Blood.
- Elliot and Kathy Stabler in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
- Scott and Allison in Teen Wolf. They are the main canon romantic couple of the series.
- Stefan and Elena in The Vampire Diaries. The entire series centres around their love story and their relationship is known to be the anchor of the entire series.
- As of now, Damon and Elena have become the official couple.
- Matt and Caroline in season one. Although, Tyler and Caroline slowly start bonding due to their supernatural identities in season two.
- Tyler and Caroline in season two onwards, although Caroline develops some feelings for Klaus in season three.
- Alaric and Jenna in season one to season two.
- Jeremy and Anna in season one.
- Jeremy and Bonnie in season two onwards.
- Adam and Cassie in The Secret Circle.
- Inspector Sledge Hammer and his gun is as canonical as it gets, given that he's regularly shown sleeping with it. Justified by Rule of Funny.
- John Sheridan and Ambassador Delenn of Babylon 5, who, as mentioned elsewhere, walked through fire for their love and lasted the entire run of the show. (Sheridan doesn't appear until season two, although a later-but-earlier TV movie indicates they met prior to the series.)
- On ER, couples came and went, with pretty much everyone dating pretty much everyone else at some point or another. The longest-lasting and most plot-driving couples on the show were Mark and Elizabeth and Abby and Luka, with minor pairings being Susan with flight nurse Chuck, Peter and Cleo, and lesbians Kerry and Sandy, which ended tragically.
- Joanie Cunningham and Chachi Arcola. After their own series (Joanie Loves Chachi) tanked, they got married.
- Zack and Kelly in Saved by the Bell.
- John Crichton and Aeryn Sun of Farscape. The chemistry between them left many a fangirl panting. And there was a lot of chemistry, right up until the very end. (Also a very neat avoidance of Shipping Bed Death.)
- Snow White and Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time. They start out the show getting married, so even though in the present they aren't together, ya know it's gonna happen again eventually.
- In The Closer, Brenda Leigh Johnson and Fritz Howard start out as friends with UST, reunited when Brenda's new job moves her close to him, and their relationship progresses to dating, engagement, and marriage in a fairly predictable manner.
- Jim and Pam in The Office.
- Dwight and Angela were this in at least the early seasons, and even though they haven't actually been together in over five years, their relationship has remained a big part of the show throughout it's run. No matter how bad things seem at times, something always happens to make them revisit their feelings for each other. Add to that a nice dose of Will They or Won't They?, Unresolved Sexual Tension, and Unrequited Love Switcheroo.
- Michael and Holly from the end of season 4 onwards.
- Garo has Kouga and Kaoru.
- There was also Rei and Shizuka but she died before the series began.
- JAG had 9 seasons of UST between the two leads, Harm & Mac.
- Richard and Kahlan from Legend of the Seeker, which wasted absolutely no time telegraphing the fact that they were destined to be together. Unsurprisingly, this was also a Foregone Conclusion for anyone who had read the books on which the series is based.
- Call the Midwife has had one every series.
- Series 1: Chummy and Peter Noakes.
- Series 2: Dr Turner and Sister Bernadette.
- Series 3: Trixie and Tom Hereward.
- Guybrush and Elaine from Monkey Island.
- Calill and Largo from Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.
- While Fire Emblem's support system is designed to allow mix-and-match pairings, several characters in Radiant Dawn have a specific love interest whom they will marry at the end of the game, provided the Support level between the two of them is high enough; Calill and Largo are already married when they're introduced, which just means you don't have to do the work.
- Fire Emblem: Binding Blade and Blazing Sword (and to some degree, The Sacred Stones) are an odd mix of following and subverting this trope. Most Fire Emblem games leave character coupling a bit more open to truly please as many fans as possible. Generally a main character can have around five possible romantic endings, where the background cast generally has at least one, with a few Ho Yay and Les Yay pairings that are less obvious in the English version.
- The first half of Genealogy of the Holy War was a memorable exception to this openness, as Deirdre becomes bonded to main character Sigurd as soon as she joins the party.
- Other examples include Marth/Caeda, Alm/Celica, and Leif/Nanna in FE5 (though he could be freely paired in 4). It wasn't until later that the series' main Lords were given a choice of love interests. Each of these couples explicitly marry in the game's ending provided both are alive by then. (This will always be the case for Alm/Celica, as either of them dying would result in a Game Over anyway.)
- To further show the confusing quasi-subversion here, Binding Blade and its prequel Blazing Sword do not deny many Couples. Most of the cast in Blazing Sword that have kids in Binding Blade don't explicitly name the other parent, so 2-3 other characters can end up marrying them by the player's choice of gameplay. Only six of the characters in Blazing Sword have defined relationships: the Fighter Bartre must end up with the Swordmaster Karla, the Sage Pent and the Sniper Louise are married from the start, and the Shaman Canas has a wife and son we never meet (though it turns out he's one of the mages in Binding Blade, Hugh). Hawkeye is also married, and the father of archer Ingrene in Binding Blade. The game still seems to push Eliwood/Ninian, Hector/Lyn, and Nino/Jaffar, though (even though most of these characters have other romantic options as well and, unlike other pairings, these three couples have scenes of romantic tension even outside their Support conversations).
- Sothe and Micaiah from Radiant Dawn are so official that they start out with max Support for each other. You have to go out of your way to make them not end up together.
- Other examples from throughout the series include Astram/Midia, Julian/Lena, Radd/Ceaser's unnamed sister, Abel/Est, and Merric/Elice from the Akaneia titles, Lewyn/Ferry (not outright confirmed until the interquel Thracia 776, but VERY heavily implied in Geneology) and Altena/Areone (not 100% comfirmed, but given she can't be paired with anyone in your army...) from the Jugdral games, and, as a series-wide examplenote , Anna/Jake.
- Fire Emblem Awakening uses the Genealogy pairing system, and requires by a certain point in the game that Chrom, the main character, get married note . In addition, any characters that can Support and reach rank S will get married on S rank, giving the player some options. However, this game heavily leans toward Sumia being Chrom's bride officially — among other hints note , she is depicted in the game's opening cutscene with Chrom and holding what is clearly their child. Furthermore, if the player does not have Chrom by the point that the game makes him marry, the game will choose for a woman for him based on Support points — and grants Sumia the highest priority, plus gives her version of the proposal event an additional scene where Sumia flies in on her pegasus and hugs Chrom, prompting the other characters to give them some space. If he doesn't have any Support points with the women, however, he automatically marries a generic female villager. Also, whereas most of Chrom's army is free to marry each other, save for several pre-promoted story characters and the SpotPass characters, and the Avatar can marry any character (of the opposite sex), including the children from the future, Chrom and Sumia have very small support pools, with Sumia having the fewest. This is the closest the game ever gets to this trope, but even then, Sumia x Chrom is easily subverted and both can become the devoted lovers of several other people without the story changing in any significant way besides some plot-based tension with the female Avatar, if she marries Chrom.
- In some installments of The Legend of Zelda, this is the case for Link and Zelda:
- In Zelda II: The Adventure of Link, it is implied the Princess kisses Link behind a closing curtain at the end of the game; in the combined Oracle games, Zelda gives Link a kiss on the cheek, and he swoons.
- Word of God says that, in the Adult Timeline, which has The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker and The Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, there will be some romance between the two. She also has a more active role in that chronological branch. There's also the end of The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks: after finishing off the Big Bad, they walk off holding hands.
- There's also the end of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, where they decide to remain on the surface, renaming it Hyrule and found the royal family.
- This is also corroborated by the manga, the animated series, and the comic books, though none of these are confirmed as canon.
- The various games also have official couples not involving the Hero. For example, The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask has Kafei and Anju, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker has Anton and Linda, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess has the Happily Married Rusl and Uli, and The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword has Pipit and Karane.
- Super Robot Wars, largely due to reveling in The Power of Love, generally has one set per game/route when it comes to their Original Generation characters:
- The first set comes from Super Robot Wars 4 with Irmgult "Irm" Kazahara and Ring Mao, who were later given cameo appearances in Super Robot Wars Alpha.
- The Alpha series has, starting with the second game, Kusuha Mizuha and Brooklyn "Bullet" Luckfield, Arado Balanga and Seolla Schweizer, and Touma Kanou and Minaki Tomine.
- The Super Robot Wars Compact 2 trilogy and Impact has Kyosuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning, whose dynamic is so strong in Super Robot Wars Original Generation they have thus far become the Spotlight-Stealing Squad.
- Of course, the Original Generation games carry all of the above, but also ropes in the forgotten character archetypes from the first Alpha game and pairs them up (Ryoto Hikawa/Rio Mei Long, Tasuku Shinguji/Leona Garstein, Yuuki Jaggar/Ricarla "Carla" Borgnine).
- The Masou Kishin story also has Masaki Andoh and Wendy. It also features Tytti Noorbuck and Ricardo Silvera (although the latter coupling's played tragically.
- Gordon and Alyx in Half-Life 2. Gordon is silent and controlled by the player, but Alyx has clearly fallen for Gordon.
- Knights of the Old Republic and Neverwinter Nights (the main campaign) suffer from only having one option for each gender of player character (Juhani doesn't really count; that arc was never really developed). Cut content in Neverwinter Nights 2 ensures that there is only one option for each gender in the main campaign and in Mask of the Betrayer, but technically with restored content plus the fact that the same character is running through both stories gives each gender three options. However, the fact that the main campaign options all died in the Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies ending, and Neeshka and Bishop were the cut characters, forces us to the conclusion that male character/Safiya and female character/Gann were what the writers intended.
- Mass Effect does its best to avert this. However, the trailers always feature a male Shepard and pick a single woman to market as his love interest, for the most part. A traditional human choice is picked for both games: Ashley in the first (with the other option being a blue—albeit very human-looking—alien) and Miranda in the second (opposed to the bald-and-crazy Jack or The Faceless alien Tali). However, other than the trailers, almost everyone, devs included, stay away from calling the human love interests 'official.' Good thing too, because the majority of the fandom would rip them apart if they did.
- Meryl and Johnny of Metal Gear Solid 4 definitely counts. The wedding at the end kind of makes it obvious. Also, Raiden and Rose.
- Cecil and Rosa in Final Fantasy IV.
- Marle and Crono from Chrono Trigger.
- Locke and Celes in Final Fantasy VI.
- Cloud and Tifa in Final Fantasy VII, after the lifestream event, and Aerith and Zack Together in Death.
- Squall and Rinoa from Final Fantasy VIII, whose relationship is so integral to the game's plot that the game's logo is the two of them embracing.
- Zidane and Garnet from Final Fantasy IX.
- Tidus and Yuna from Final Fantasy X, as well as Wakka and Lulu who receive confirmation in Final Fantasy X-2.
- Serah and Snow from Final Fantasy XIII.
- Sora and Kairi from Kingdom Hearts. As "official" as the No Hugging, No Kissing series will get, at least; we get no real intimate scenes, but the feelings they share for each other are obvious (except to a Yaoi Fangirl). Also, all the Disney Canon couples who appear in the series. Sora and Kairi's relationship is actually compared to quite a few of them.
- Mario and Princess Peach from Super Mario Bros. swing between this and Implied Love Interest, depending on the game and the role they play in it. Considering their history and the fact that Mario will gladly go out of his way to save her, this is hardly a surprise. Peach even has a ring on her middle finger in Brawl.
- The Mega Man Battle Network series has Lan Hikari and Mayl Sakurai, who are revealed to be married with a kid during the post-series epilogue. The sequel, Mega Man Star Force, equally leans towards Geo/Sonia and Geo/Luna, so it has Love Triangle fun every now and then.
- Even Drakengard, a series known for its dark tragedy, morbid horror and almost complete lack of romance, has an Official Couple with Nowe/Manah in the second game.
- The Tales Series usually has one in every game:
- Emil and Marta from Tales of Symphonia: Dawn of the New World.
- Luke and Tear from Tales of the Abyss.
- Natalia and Asch also; the escort titles in particular like to get some extra mileage out of this one. Of course, there's only one Luke in the end, so only one of the couples gets a happy ending.
- Cless and Mint from Tales of Phantasia. Chester and Arche as well. When everyone had died in the far future, Arche grieved Chester's death the most.
- Stahn and Rutee from Tales of Destiny, and since their kid is the main character in the sequel, it's probably the most official of all Tales's couples. And said kid (Kyle) forms another official couple with Reala. In fact, in the end of the game the universe acts to put the timeline back on its tracks, but opens an exception for Reala for her to be with Kyle. Because the couple is just that official.
- Lloyd and Colette from Tales of Symphonia. The game has Relationship Values, but Colette is the official one according to the intro, the storyline, the Road Cone, and to top it off the Word of God.
- Tales of Eternia was very Official Couple-y: with Reid/Farah and Keele/Meredy both being official by the end and Max already married, Chat is left as the only member of the party not in an Official Couple when the credits roll.
- The official couple for Tales of Graces is Asbel and Cheria, even though Cheria's not the main heroine. The kicker is the Distant Finale scene of Sophie looking after a kid who looks like Asbel and Cheria.
- Tales of Rebirth, on the other hand, doesn't have a clear official couple. You could make a case for Veigue and Claire, but they seem to be really just friends (or Like Brother and Sister), even with Veigue's She's Not My Girlfriend moments.
- Tales of Hearts has Shing and Kohaku. The game even end during Shing's official confession to Kohaku.
- Tales of Innocence pulled a page out of Reincarnation Romance for its official couple, Luca and Iria. However, Innocence has an extensive Relationship Values system, meaning that, like Lloyd and Colette in Tales of Symphonia, while Iria is the designated love interest, you can hook Luca up with whoever you want to, really. ( And the Reincarnation Romance thing kinda gets a hefty wrench chucked in it when you find out that Iria's past life murdered Ruca's past life and caused lots of bad things to happen. But Iria has severe Amnesiac Dissonance, so it's all good.)
- Tales of the Tempest has borderline-Toy Ship Caius and Rubia.
- Tales of Legendia: Both Shirley and Chloe are in love with Senel who, despite Ship Tease, doesn't seem to like any of the two particularly, instead claiming to not be over Stella, his dead girlfriend. In the end of the first half of the game, he seemingly hooked up with Shirley... but then Character Quests kick in, and he's still in the single men zone. So, you could say that Senel and Stella were an Official Couple, but after she was Killed Off for Real so was the Official Coupling, but Senel just can't seem to get that through his head.
- Assassin's Creed: Revelations has Shaun Hastings mention that Lucy Stillman said that she "liked" Desmond Miles, not that that does anything now that killed her under Juno's possession.
- Jak and Daxter has three: Jak and Keira, Ashelin and Torn, and Daxter and Tess.
- Chaz Ashley and Rika in the 4th installment of the Phantasy Star series. Word of God via the prelims for a canceled sequel support this.
- Fox McCloud and Krystal in the Star Fox games. Ever since her introduction, it's been made clear that one of Krystal's roles is that of Fox's Love Interest. Command left things in doubt when they split up briefly, featuring Multiple Endings; some endings where they got back together (even one where they became Happily Married with a son named Marcus), some featured them splitting apart. But it seems that game is being ignored and her profile in Super Smash Bros. Brawl the later year, whilst acknowledging their "relationship problems" from Command still cites them as being romantically involved at current time.
- EarthBound has Ness and Paula. Word of God also confirmed Jeff/Tony, or at least one-sided on Tony's part. MOTHER has Ninten/Ana, which is so official that Ana pointblank asks Ninten if he likes her at one point.
- As soon as it was announced that Golden Sun: Dark Dawn would feature the children of the characters from the first two games, the latter ones would invoke this trope indirectly. Also, in the second game, Sheba makes a comment to Jenna along the lines of "Aren't you and Isaac, like... an item?"
- The third Professor Layton game has the background of Layton's only known canonical relationship — his college sweetheart, Claire. It's heavily implied that he was going to propose to her the day she was killed in a time machine explosion.
- Lunar: The Silver Star has Alex and Luna, Nash and Mia, and Jessica and Kyle. Lunar: Eternal Blue has Hiro and Lucia, as well as Ronfar and Mauri.
- In Silent Hill: Homecoming, Alex and Elle are heavily implied to be around that area or moving toward it, if not already there.
- Breath of Fire II strongly implies that the Ryu and Nina from the original Breath of Fire married.
- Persona 3 and Persona 4 don't really have an "official" couple for the main character, despite both protagonists being Chick Magnets (Persona 3's protagonist can't even max out his Social Links with most of the female characters without forming a relationship, while Persona 4's protagonist can stay faithful to one girl or even be a Chaste Hero). They only have girls who are implied to have fallen for them even if their Social Link isn't maxed out (Yukari and Rise, respectively). However, there is Junpei and Chidori, who are so official that even though she dies, the Female Protagonist can only be friends with Junpei.
- Regarding the Female Protagonist, the game seems to be hinting toward FemC/Shinjiro to be the Official Couple, seeing as getting romantic with him is the only way to save his life.
- The Manga adaptation of Persona 4 looks to be pushing The Protagonist and Rise into this direction. There's been additional Ship Tease between the two that wasn't even in the game.
- King's Quest : Graham and Valanice are Happily Married, as are Alexander and Cassima. Rosella and Edgar wisely agreed to a proper courtship canonically, but the Fan Sequel opens on their wedding day.
- Space Quest: Roger Wilco is fated to marry and have a son with Beatrice. However, that didn't stop Flo from shamelessly flirting with him, nor did it prevent the Two Guys from throwing in some interesting Ship Tease with Stellar Santiago in the final game.
- Maxim and Selan from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals. Thanks for the game to be the prequel of the first game, in which showing them being Together in Death, Tia has no chance.
- The Hero and Lufia in the Fortess of Doom. Aguro and Jerin may or may not be the Beta Couple.
- Wain and Seena in the Legend Returns. Seems like Maxim's descendants are destined to end up with blue hair incarnations of Erim for most of the times.
- While it's left ambiguous enough that shippers could argue either way, Skiesof Arcadia, Enrique and Moegi is definitely official. The first scene of the ending is their marriage.
- In BlazBlue, there's Jin Kisaragi and Tsubaki Yayoi. There is literally no other woman Jin cares for more than Tsubaki, and pretty much everyone, in-universe and out, can see them being with each other. Ragna makes the connection pretty quick, Noel enjoys the concept (she had pragmatic reasons for taking the job under Jin, or she'd have held out for Tsubaki to have it), and Makoto makes it no secret that she ships the two of them.
- In Guilty Gear to the shock of the fanbase, Ky Kiske and Dizzy fell in love and had a son together. If this is known to the public in-universe, it will be quite a scandal as this is a forbidden relationship of epic proportions.
- Mortal Kombat:
- Liu Kang and Princess Kitana have been this since the fourth tournament. Kitana offered him a place at her side, ruling Edenia for the foreseeable future. He declined only because of his status as Champion of Earthrealm; Even after Liu Kang's death, his spirit anchored itself to her due to their powerful bond.
- Johnny Cage and Sonya Blade are the only other fighters that are romantically linked, mostly from the former's advances. Scorpion and his late wife Kara Hazashi were also this before the destruction of their clan, married with a child no less.
- The King of Fighters has buttloads of Ship Tease of all kinds, straight and queer, but very few official couples. Among them we have Kyo's parents Saisyu and Shizuka, as well as Kyo himself and his girlfriend Yuki.
- The Ultima series has Iolo/Gwenno.
- The Red Spy and the mother of the Blue Scout in Team Fortress 2, as revealed at the end of "Meet the Spy".
- Zael and Calista in The Last Story.
- The main objective of Pandora's Tower is that Aeron has to find a way to dispel Elena's curse so they can spend the rest of their lives together.
- Mia and Diego from Ace Attorney. Diego's even referred to Mia's boyfriend by Grossberg at one point. Also to some extent, Gumshoe and Maggey. If only the big lug could work up the courage to ask her out, weenies just don't quite have the same effect. Ron and Desiree Delite, too.
- Tomoya and Nagisa in CLANNAD. While it is a Dating Sim, Nagisa has both the anime, the movie, the cover of the game and the after story (plus its anime) on her side.
- Type Moon's Tsukihime and Fate/stay night have multiple official couples in each game, due to the multiple routes and the author's "every route is canon" stance. Each has a "default" couple however, belonging to the first route in their game and being the most common pairing in spinoffs such as anime or manga.
- Technically, she doesn't even really have an appearance except in the first two routes and Shiki can end up with one of five girls, but Arcueid/Shiki is basically Tsukihime's official couple. Her own path is first, the anime is based on her and the manga is based on her. Oh, and despite Melty Blood supposedly being based off Satsuki's route, Sion mentions that Shiki and Arcueid are lovers, though apparently they don't live together.
- Similar to the Shiki/Arcueid example above, Fate/stay night has Shirou/Saber, even if each of the three routes has a different Love Interest. Fate, Saber's route, is the first route in the visual novel, both the manga and the Studio DEEN anime have Shirou and Saber fall in love, and they are a couple in Carnival Phantasm (admittedly along with everyone else). This is played with a bit however, since in the original game the only route in which they end up together and survive is in a threesome scenario, with the majority of the route having focused on the relationship between the other two individuals.
- Kurou Daijuuji and Al-Azif in Demonbane. The visual novel allows to choose one of three heroines, but the sequel, Kishin Hishou Demonbane, confirms Kurou and Al as the Official Couple (with kids and all, though it's a little complicated...)
- Higurashi no Naku Koro ni appears not to have one, but was explained by Word of God to eventually be Keiichi and Mion.
- In Umineko: When They Cry, pretty much all the couples are official, with the married parents of course, as well as George/Shannon, Jessica/Kanon, and in Chiru Battler/Beatrice adn Kinzō/Beatrice Castiglioni. But, by When They Cry's standards, it gets a bit more complicated when it's made clear that Shannon, Kanon and Beatrice are all personas created by "Yasu", with which the three cousins successively and unwittingly fell in love. All this stems from Yasu's internal issues but also fuels them by putting them in an emotional dead-end. Bernkastel and Lambdadelta are also confirmed to love each other, in a sort of twisted way.
- Ash and Emily from Misfile crossed over into Official Couple status with this page
- Elan and Haley in The Order of the Stick.
- Extraplanar version: Roy and Celia.
- Evil version: Nale and Sabine.
- Jeph Jaques is on record saying that Martin and Faye were the official couple for the first 500 strips or so; however, before it visibly materialized, he changed his mind (later saying in the comic that they would have been a terrible couple) and delivered a Wham Episode that got rid of Martin/Faye and set up Martin/Dora. He later paired Faye up with Angus McPhee. However, he then broke up Marten and Dora and put Marten together with Padma, a new character, only to reveal that Padma would be leaving soon to California to take care of her mother. There's no other official word on it yet.
- Zill and Kayla in Zoophobia.
- In Red String, there's Schoolgirl Lesbians Fuuko and Hanae, and the almost Beta Couple of Reika and Eiji.
- Lance and Silvia in Shape Quest, despite being rather oblivious to it.
- Aubrey and Jason in Something Positive.
- Tom and Karla in Home on the Strange.
- Piro and Kimiko from Megatokyo.
- Helen and Dave from Narbonic Also Mell and Caliban as the Beta Couple.
- Rikk, Aly and Rumy Oberf in Fans!. Also Will and Shanna Erikson and Tim and Julia Mitts as beta couples.
- Alan/Bea in the 18th - century in the The Dreamer.
- El Goonish Shive has three: Tedd/Grace, Elliot/Sarah ( formerly ) and Ellen/Nanase.
- Homestuck has Mr. Egbert / Ms. Lalonde. They even have a romantic dinner together. Then they die. Their Official Couple status is cemented in this update explaining the Troll Romance Quadrants, where they're given as the paradigm for "matesprits" the closest parallel to human romance that Trolls have. Later on, Spades Slick and Ms. Paint. Despite implications that he used to have a thing for Ms. Paint himself, Hussie decides not to come between them and declares their ship canon on the spot.
- Predictably, the Girl and the Fed from A Girl and Her Fed.
- Bob and Jean in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!.
- Walkyverse has Walky and Joyce. In the continuity spin-off Shortpacked! it's Amber and Mike of all people.
- Persona 3 FTW ignores Persona 3's hints and has MC/Aigis as their canon couple. However, in Persona 4 TW, he sticks with the hinted canon couple of MC/Rise, and FemC/Shinjiro in the Persona 3 FTW Distaff Counterpart storylines.
- Legion of Nothing has a few of these. The current Heroes League has Nick and his girlfriend Haley. Earlier you had Nick's grandfather Joe Van Der Sloot and his wife Romy.
- While mostly having a reputation for slash, the TGWTG fangirl fandom adored former real-life pairings Linkara/Iron Liz and Spoony/Scarlett. We also had a "that's so adorable!" squee over Doug getting engaged to his girlfriend.
- Tex and Church are the Official Couple in Red vs. Blue. Although they have a very tempestuous relationship and usually act more like enemies than a couple, neither ever denies it.
- Koden and Amber, the only two sane characters from DSBT InsaniT.
- Cecil and Carlos end up as one in Welcome to Night Vale.
- Robin and Starfire on Teen Titans.
- Aang and Katara on Avatar: The Last Airbender. Co-creators Mike and Bryan openly state that it is not the result of fan opinion, but a concrete element of the storyline from the get-go when they were developing it around 2003. It's not hard to believe that Aang/Katara was intended from the get-go, since there's a He Is Not My Boyfriend moment in the second episode. The two eventually become Happily Married with three children after the end of the series, right up until Aang's death prior to the beginning of The Legend of Korra.
- Zuko and Mai as well. It too was planned right from the start.
- There's also Sokka and Suki, who double as the Beta Couple.
- Korra and Mako in The Legend of Korra. They broke up in the episode Peacekeepers.
- The Promise, the comic sequel to the series, has actually cast some doubt on two couples that seemed ironclad in the show. Nothing's been resolved yet, but it would appear that a Sokka-Suki-Zuko-Mai love quadrangle is being built up, with Suki developing a Bodyguard Crush on Zuko while assigned to protect him. Katara and Aang, however, are safe, as Korra confirms Babies Ever After.
- As of Part 3 Sokka and Suki are still just as official as they were in the series. Zuko and Mai is left up in the air until The Search.
- Jeremie and Aelita in Code Lyoko. Contrast this with Ulrich and Yumi, who are the archetypical awkward UST, Just Friends and She Is Not My Girlfriend relationship.
- Kim Possible:
- Kim and Ron. When the series came back for a fourth and final season, the creators have repeatedly commented that they backed themselves into a corner with the trope, and had to be extremely careful not to jump the shark or gross out the ten-year-olds watching.
- Dr. Drakken and Shego are hinted to become this at the end of the series, during a Last Minute Hookup.
- Bonnie and Senor Senior, Jr. are not only an Official Couple, but also the Beta Couple, which must rankle Bonnie as the Alpha Bitch.
- Jake and Rose in American Dragon Jake Long.
- Danny and Sam in Danny Phantom. Really not much of a challenge, as the only other major available female characters are the proverbial Catwoman and a second example of a Romantic False Lead. Like most examples, at times, it's almost as if she's only there so that the writers can drop anything-but-subtle hints at the prospect of them "pairing up" in the last two seconds of the series.
- Robin (a.ka. Nightwing) and Batgirl in Batman: The Animated Series. At least until they have a falling out over Batman, and it's implied that Barbara and Bruce became involved.
- Superman and Lois Lane, of course, in Superman: The Animated Series.
- Justice League Unlimited Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Hawkgirl, going through a whole era of being Star-Crossed Lovers when Hawkgirl's people invaded and she cooperated with them. Even once those issues were eventually cleared up, Stewart was in another relationship and had a hard time due to lingering feelings. Things were made even more complicated when he met his and Hawkgirl's Kid from the Future Rex/Warhawk from the Batman Beyond era. The series ends with them apart; it's been stated by Word of God they will settle for each other eventually as John didn't want to get together Because Destiny Says So. According to the Batman Beyond Unlimited comic (via multi-part short stories), Vixen is killed by Shadow Thief. John swears revenge and shaves off his goatee. Shayara decides to go with him as Adam Strange appears, telling them that their target is causing trouble on Raan. They zeta-beam there, where in the ensuing fight Stewart slays the Shadow Thief. The Guardians of Oa are less than pleased that one of their officers used their power for revenge, and Stewart is stripped of his ring and place amongst the Corps (on top of that, the Guardians decide not to let Earthlings be Lanterns for a while). After burying Vixen in Africa, a local holy man blesses Shayera and Stewart's relationship, and this eventually leads a bouncing baby bird boy. And then there's the other official Beta Couple pairs of Huntress/The Question, Green Arrow/Black Canary, and Supergirl/ Brainiac 5.
- In Batman Beyond, it has the new Batman, Terry McGinnis, and his mostly-steady girlfriend Dana Tan. The JLU episode "Epilogue" confirms their Official Couple status by strongly implying that Terry was about to propose to Dana.
- Super Robot Monkey Team Hyper Force Go:
- Chiro and Jinmay were pretty well set-up from Jinmay's introduction, which is amazing for something Toon Disney used to run.
- Nova and SPRX-77 as well; and they had a Slap-Slap-Kiss vibe through the show's entire run, which makes it even more astonishing it ended up on Toon Disney.
- Ed and Deetz from Get Ed are confirmed through episodes as liking each other that way (with on screen kisses, shock).
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Numbuh 3 and Numbuh 4, and, as confirmed in the finale, Numbuh 2 and Numbuh 5. Numbuh 1 and Lizzie were an Official Couple for six seasons but broke up shortly before the series finale (and we never are told if Numbuh 1 found someone else).
- Goliath and Elisa in Gargoyles, pretty much from the third episode of the series. Acknowledged between themselves in the Second Season Finale.
- Histeria!: Miss Information and Mr. Smartypants, in a show of Opposites Attract. Also, Pepper Mills and Toast.
- Teamo Supremo: Crandall and Brenda, as confirmed by Phil Walsh in an interview. (Unfortunately, the show itself did not get to actually reveal it.)
- Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation), with Elmyra and Montana Max, as well as Plucky Duck and Shirley McLoon as the Beta Couples.
- The Raccoons: Cedric Sneer and Sophia Tutu.
- Beast Wars: Blackarachnia and Silverbolt; carried over into Beast Machines, where Blackarachnia redeems a brainwashed Silverbolt via The Power of Love. What made this very poetic was the fact that Silverbolt, in the preceding series Beast Wars, had been The Ace and Blackarachnia had been the Dark Action Girl (and Silverbolt had been the one to convert her to the good side), so Blackarachnia being the one to redeem Silverbolt after he had originally redeemed her in Beast Wars was a nice way to bring things full circle.
- In the final episode, Willy, the male lead of My Dad The Rock Star, and his female friend Alyssa start dating.
- An American Tail: Tony Toponi and Bridget (heck, the second film cameo'd them as a married couple with a child). At least until she mysteriously vanishes for the Direct-to-Video sequels.
- Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: It's Zach/Eliza, Shane/Niko, and Doc/Maya. This fandom is highly unusual as it won't cross those lines for the main four. The only time it might is in flashbacks, or "missing scenes" for a couple episodes.
- In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Jimmy and Cindy. Sheen and Libby filled the Beta Couple slot.
- Gwen and Kevin in Ben 10: Alien Force. Ben and Julie were aiming at this until their breakup in Omniverse.
- Henry and June form KaBlam! start out being friends, but with June having a crush on Henry (and usually shows this by being a total brat towards him). The so-called "series finale" ended with her kissing him, and in season four (at least until after "A Nut in Every Bite!"), the duo have stopped fighting and became closer than ever before (cue "awwwwww"s).
- Cuddles and Giggles in Happy Tree Friends. An odd example, as she has been shown flirting with (or even dating) other characters even after the couple was established. Then again, this is Happy Tree Friends, where characters frequently die horribly only to be fine in the next episode...
- On Phineas and Ferb, Candace and Jeremy get together in "Summer Belongs to You" Word of God has also more-or-less confirmed that Isabella / Phineas and Ferb / Vanessa will happen, though they also like to tease other ships at times.
- The main official couple of The Simpsons is of course Happily Married Homer and Marge.
- Happily Married Hank and Peggy in King of the Hill.
- Fry and Leela in Futurama. Amy and Kif end up as the Beta Couple. Played with in some episodes, when their relationship wasn't defined, yet was official nonetheless- the fact that they have feelings for each other was always evident, and they even went out on dates. In an episode where they break up, even Fry was surprised that they were dating.
- Beezy and Saffi on Jimmy Two-Shoes... at least until Beezy broke up with her so he could pursue a Girl of the Week, who turned out to be a Monster of the Week. Supposedly Played for Laughs, so it could be just temporary.
- Evangelyne and Sadlygrove of Wakfu. Sadlygrove has even "seen Evangelyne naked", with all that that implies.
- Moral Orel has the titular character and Christina.
- Helga and Arnold in Hey Arnold!.
- The Mighty Thor and Jane Foster in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Ant-Man and The Wasp might also count, but Ant-Man doesn't explicity admit that he loves The Wasp until episode 25.
- Superboy and M'gann in Young Justice, as of episode 11. Though they've broken up during the five year time-skip and now M'gann and La'gaan are a couple. Also Wally and Artemis, as of episode 26. And played straight, they have been together for five years during the time-skip.
- Mal Duncan and Karen Beecher, who have been together even longer than Conner and M'gann.
- Stan Marsh and Wendy Testaburger in South Park.
- Despite being No Hugging, No Kissing for the most part, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic does manage to include the wedding of Shining Armor and Princess Cadance. Other official couples include Mr. and Mrs. Cake (They've even had kids) and Twilight's parents, Night Light and Twilight Velvet.
- Dutch and Tennie in Motorcity. One of the staff unofficially declared Cyborg Dan and R.O.T.H. to be this.
- Ned and Linda in Ned's Newt.
- Jake and Lady Rainicorn are this in Adventure Time. Finn and Flame Princess were aiming at this until their breakup in "Frost and Fire".
- Jonny Quest: The 80's animated series had two tv movies (Jonny's Golden Quest and Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects) both of which featured Race's daughter Jessie. She and Jonny appear to be about 10 to 12 years old. She kisses him in both movies. Also, Race Bannon and Jezebel Jade
- Regular Show: Mordecai and Margaret until "Steak Me Amadeus", because Margaret has been accepted into her dream college and has to turn down a possible relationship with Mordecai despite her feelings for him. Since "Real Date", it's Mordecai and C.J.
- Jackie Khones and Fluffer Nutter in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, although it's not that noticeable.
- The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball and Penny as of "The Shell".