Official Couple

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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 anime.

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 to ensue.

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 REMINDER: 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 or Doujinshi. Do not use this page as a proxy for Ship-to-Ship Combat.


Examples

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  • A Crown of Stars: Ching and Bir. They were two officers taking part in the campaign to free Shinji and Asuka's world. Due to working together closely they gradually developed a relationship.
  • Evangelion 303: Jessika Ryan and her girlfriend Mandy. Jessika got assigned to a secret project and had to leave, intending to reunite with Mandy later. Unfortunately she died during a trial test. Later Mandy read her Secret Diary and foud out that Jessika had fallen in love with Asuka and thought that she had been unfaithful (even though Jessika had not cheated and she actually shipped Shinji and Asuka together.
  • 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 (STO)-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).
  • The Second Try: Koichi Yamadera and his wife in this story and the sequel Aki-chan's Life. They were the owners of the market-garden where Shinji and Asuka lived in the post-Impact world. After going back to the past, Shinji and Asuka visited them twice, and eventually they offered selling their old house to the pair of time-travelers.

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  • Much to the RWBY fandom's glee, Jaune and Pyrrha became official during the Volume Three Finale. Only to have it torn away when Cinder kills Pyrrha during the same episode.
  • 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.

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Alternative Title(s): Alpha Couple, Official Triad

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