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->''"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."''
-->-- '''Creator/AndrewHussie''', on ''[[WebComic/MsPaintAdventures Ms. Paint and Spades Slick]]''

This is when the main characters in any given story are [[WordOfGod undeniably]] a couple. (Thus, in heroic stories TheHero and TheChick are the usual couple, though it [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible isn't always them]].) The important thing to know about this trope is that the characters are overtly paired off, so even if they [[NoHuggingNoKissing never kiss on screen]] or even flirt with other characters, it's [[EveryoneCanSeeIt understood by the cast]] ([[PoorCommunicationKills and hopefully the audience]]) that the two are an item. Naturally, this does absolutely nothing to offset {{Shipping}}.

Sometimes, there's another couple that sometimes serves as a {{Foil}} and/or companion to the "official" couple that involves TheHero. This other couple usually involves TheLancer and a minor female. This couple is called the BetaCouple.

Expect: SheIsNotMyGirlfriend, JustFriends, EveryoneCanSeeIt, LikeBrotherAndSister, and LampshadeHanging.

If this trope breaks up a FanPreferredCouple, expect ShipToShipCombat to ensue.

SideStoryBonusArt 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 HappilyMarried.

See also LoveChart. Contrast OneTruePairing, FanPreferredCouple. If the plot tortures the official couple, then that's OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome.

'''A REMINDER:''' A couple is an official couple only if they acknowledge their feelings and enter into a relationship in {{Canon}}. ShipTeasing and UnresolvedSexualTension do not count, nor does your favorite FanFic or {{Doujinshi}}. ''Do not use this page as a proxy for ShipToShipCombat.''

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!!Examples
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* OfficialCouple/AnimeAndManga
* OfficialCouple/ComicBooks
* OfficialCouple/LiveActionFilms
* OfficialCouple/{{Literature}}
* OfficialCouple/LiveActionTV
* OfficialCouple/VideoGames
* OfficialCouple/VisualNovels
* OfficialCouple/WebComics
* OfficialCouple/WesternAnimation
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
%%IMPORTANT: OC/OC pairings only; no need to import shipping wars of canon characters.
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': 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.
* ''Manga/Evangelion303'': Jessika Ryan and her girlfriend Mandy. Jessika got assigned to a secret project and had to leave, intending to reunite with Mandy later. [[spoiler:Unfortunately she died during a trial test]]. Later Mandy read her SecretDiary 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 [[ShipperOnDeck she actually shipped]] Shinji and Asuka together.
* With an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove at the end of ''Fanfic/RealityIsFluid'', Captain Kanril Eleya and Lieutenant Commander Reshek Gaarra of the ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO''-verse are together for good after having danced around each other for months. [[WordOfGod 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).
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Koichi Yamadera and his wife in this story and the sequel ''Webcomic/AkiChansLife''. 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 [[spoiler:they offered selling their old house to the pair of time-travelers.]]
* In ''Franchise/{{Superman}}'' story ''Fanfic/SupermanOf2499TheGreatConfrontation'', [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Alan Kent]] and [[ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} Katherine de Ka'an]] were two thirds of a love triangle until Kath chose Alan over his brother Adam.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Any of the Franchise/{{Disney Princess}}es and their respective princes/heroes.
* WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}} and Dimitri, whose BelligerentSexualTension ends in an elopement.
* Garrett and Kayley in ''WesternAnimation/QuestForCamelot''.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' trilogy, there's [[TheHero Woody]]/[[TheChick Bo Peep]] before she was PutOnABus by ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', as well as [[HappilyMarried Mr./Mrs. Potato Head]] and, predictably, [[LoveAtFirstSight Barbie/Ken]]. And, by the end of Toy Story 3, Buzz and Jesse.
* Derek and Odette in ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess''
* ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'': Victor and Victoria.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}'' movies have [[InterspeciesRomance 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 [[BuffySpeak 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 ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Fix-It Felix Junior and Sergeant Tamora Jean Calhoun end up together at the end.
* Hiccup and Astrid become one in the ''[[WesternAnimation/DragonsRidersOfBerk Race to the Edge]]'' episode "Blindsided" and are still going strong in ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2''.
* Manolo and Maria in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AlphaAndOmega'' has two: [[spoiler: Humphrey and Kate, and Lilly and Garth]]
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Much to the ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fandom's glee, Jaune and Pyrrha became official during the Volume Three Finale. [[spoiler:Only to have it torn away when Cinder kills Pyrrha during the same episode]].
* Tex and Church are the official couple in ''Machinima/RedVsBlue''. 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 ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT''.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Literature/LegionOfNothing'' 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.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** While mostly having a reputation for slash, the TGWTG fangirl fandom ''adored'' former real-life pairings Linkara/Iron Liz and Spoony/Scarlett. There's also a "that's so adorable!" {{squee}} over Doug getting engaged to his girlfriend.
** Later on, there's WebVideo/JesuOtaku / [[WebVideo/WhatTheFuckIsWrongWithYou Nash]] and WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick[=/=]WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows. This one's layered: Lindsay and Todd are dating in real life, but in-character WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick pursues WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows, [[AllLoveIsUnrequited who brushes her off and pines for]] / [[StalkerWithACrush stalks]] Creator/AllisonPregler aka Lupa, who is in a relationship with WebVideo/{{Phelous}} as well.
** Regarding Chick, Lindsay and Doug confirmed in the ''WesternAnimation/FernGullyTheLastRainforest'' commentary that all of her ShipTease with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic was intentional and that the characters [[KilledOffForReal had]] an ambiguous-on-details-but-very-real thing going on.
** Doug gave his approval for Critic and Snob to be labelled "Internet Reviewer Boyfriends".
** Hyper Fangirl and Devil Boner (lovingly named Hyper-Boner) are AxCrazy SickeninglySweethearts that bond over who kidnapped Critic best.
* Cecil and Carlos end up as one in ''Podcast/WelcomeToNightVale''.
* ''WebVideo/CriticalRole''
** Within the party, [[spoiler:[[TheSneakyGuy Vax'ildan]] and [[BadassPrincess Keyleth]]'s relationship finally became official in Episode 65 after many complications and hardships from both.]]
** Likewise, [[spoiler:[[TheGunslinger Percival de Rolo]] and [[ArcherArchetype Vex'ahlia]] had a ''lot'' of ShipTease between them until Episode 69 [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove where Vex confessed during his resurrection ritual]], Episode 72 [[BigDamnKiss when Percy boldly kissed her]], and Episode 78 [[PreClimaxClimax when they spent what they believed to be their last night together]].]]
** After 60 episodes worth of hints and speculation from fans and party members alike, Matt Mercer confirmed that fan favorites [[spoiler:[[PintSizedPowerhouse Lady Kima]] and [[TheArchmage Allura Vysoren]] were together, having rekindled an old relationship from their adventuring days.]]
** [[spoiler:[[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kashaw]] and [[DefrostingIceQueen Zahra]] develop from LikeBrotherAndSister to this, which is made apparent in the last two episodes when the latter reveals to be pregnant with their child.]]
** At the very end of the campaign, [[spoiler:[[LadykillerInLove Scanlan]] and [[TeamMom Pike]] finally get together]]. A bit surprising considering earlier character development had suggested these two would stay JustFriends.
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