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This trope exists because people tend to identify with an OfficialCouple. Therefore a good way to keep up the suspense is to make their relationship dramatic. This trope is the UpToEleven DarkerAndEdgier version of that. The writer creates an OfficialCouple knowing people will care for it. The entire point of creating this couple and making it official is to make the tragedy of its demise/near-demise all the more obvious/painful to the reader. If the OfficialCouple stays together despite being put through this trope it's a HappyEnding.

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This trope exists because people tend to identify with an OfficialCouple. Therefore a good way to keep up the suspense is to make their relationship dramatic. This trope is the UpToEleven DarkerAndEdgier version of that. The writer creates an OfficialCouple knowing people will care for it. The entire point of creating this couple and making it official is to make the tragedy of its demise/near-demise all the more obvious/painful to the reader. If the OfficialCouple stays together despite being put through this trope it's a HappyEnding.an EarnYourHappyEnding.



* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': The OfficialCouple of [[spoiler: Tomoya and Nagisa]] has them eventually getting married and expecting a child. DeathByChildBirth separates the couple leaving their child Ushio with a broken father and no mother.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': The OfficialCouple of [[spoiler: Tomoya [[spoiler:Tomoya and Nagisa]] has them eventually getting married and expecting a child. DeathByChildBirth separates the couple leaving their child Ushio with a broken father and no mother.



* [[spoiler: Natsuki and Masaki]] from ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'' were already together when the story started. A good part of their ordeals is less about getting together and much more about ''staying'' together.

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* [[spoiler: Natsuki [[spoiler:Natsuki and Masaki]] from ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}'' were already together when the story started. A good part of their ordeals is less about getting together and much more about ''staying'' together.



* Guts and Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' are very much that DarkerAndEdgier version. [[LoveAtFirstPunch From their first meeting]], the story was set on bringing these two together, and their beginning relationship was rough enough as it was. When they did admit their feelings to each other [[RelationshipUpgrade and become official]], the universe made it its official mission [[StarCrossedLovers to keep the two apart by any means necessary]].

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* Guts and Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' are very much that DarkerAndEdgier version. [[LoveAtFirstPunch From their first meeting]], the story was set on bringing these two together, and their beginning relationship was rough enough as it was. When they did admit their feelings to each other [[RelationshipUpgrade and become official]], the universe made it its official mission [[StarCrossedLovers to keep the two apart by any means necessary]].



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* ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} and ComicBook/{{Mera}}:
** Pre-Flashpoint their relationship was never the same after Black Manta murdered their son. And then before it could fully return to normal, Arthur was KilledOffForReal, and later, rose as a Black Lantern during ComicBook/BlackestNight, to the horror of an already crushed Mera. Thankfully he is revived at the end via the White Lantern, and they get a second chance.
** Post-flashpoint sees them on more stable ground, but their wish to live together is complicated by Atlantean politics and treachery, conflicts between land and sea, and even an invasion or two from ancient god or terror alike.
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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin falls in love with a princess. As he's a commoner, problems ensue. Then, more problems ensue because one of her sisters doesn't want [[ExoticExtendedMarriage to remarry]]. [[spoiler: After ''that'' is resolved, Jerin is kidnapped.]] His sisters, who play only a minor role, manage to find a husband without so many complications.

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin falls in love with a princess. As he's a commoner, problems ensue. Then, more problems ensue because one of her sisters doesn't want [[ExoticExtendedMarriage to remarry]]. [[spoiler: After [[spoiler:After ''that'' is resolved, Jerin is kidnapped.]] His sisters, who play only a minor role, manage to find a husband without so many complications.



* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Winston Smith and his love interest, Julia, have sex, rebelling against the system. Then, with TheReveal, [[spoiler: O'Brien is found to have turned them in and takes part in re-institutionalizing them into the system. They ''are'' reunited at the end, if briefly, but it turns out they have no feelings for each other anymore.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Beatrice and Seth have an extremely difficult time. To be fair, [[IdiotPlot it partly is their own fault]], but they also have to deal with [[BigBadEnsemble three villains]], who do everything to keep them apart. It takes them ''twenty months'' [[spoiler: and alas, Beatrice being raped and almost killed]] before they can solve their misunderstandings and find happiness together.

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* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Winston Smith and his love interest, Julia, have sex, rebelling against the system. Then, with TheReveal, [[spoiler: O'Brien [[spoiler:O'Brien is found to have turned them in and takes part in re-institutionalizing them into the system. They ''are'' reunited at the end, if briefly, but it turns out they have no feelings for each other anymore.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Beatrice and Seth have an extremely difficult time. To be fair, [[IdiotPlot it partly is their own fault]], but they also have to deal with [[BigBadEnsemble three villains]], who do everything to keep them apart. It takes them ''twenty months'' [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and alas, Beatrice being raped and almost killed]] before they can solve their misunderstandings and find happiness together. together.



* Vanessa and Ethan on ''Series/PennyDreadful'': In Season 1, both are with various different people, but their official couple status is hinted at in several moments, most noticeably in the episode "Possession" where Vanessa confesses to who she thinks is Ethan that she may be in love with him. The romance is ramped up to 11 in Season 2 when the show mythology becomes about their coupling, implying [[{{ReincarnationRomance}} it is fated]] and it will prevent the apocalypse. However, their romance arc is affected by both characters' {{Cant Have Sex Ever}} and they only share one kiss before Ethan turns himself into the police and shipped off over 3,000 miles away. Vanessa thinks he has abandoned her. In Season 3, though they are promoted as the show's Official Couple and the mythology around the importance of their connection is again ramped up, they never actually meet until the very last episode of the entire series, in which [[spoiler:Ethan has to kill Vanessa to save the world.]] In the end, they only ever kissed twice - the {{First Kiss}} and the {{Last Kiss}} - never consummated anything, and were never really in an acknowledged romantic relationship, only {{UST}} straight to angst and separation, straight to [[spoiler:character death]].

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* Vanessa and Ethan on ''Series/PennyDreadful'': In Season 1, both are with various different people, but their official couple status is hinted at in several moments, most noticeably in the episode "Possession" where Vanessa confesses to who she thinks is Ethan that she may be in love with him. The romance is ramped up to 11 in Season 2 when the show mythology becomes about their coupling, implying [[{{ReincarnationRomance}} [[ReincarnationRomance it is fated]] and it will prevent the apocalypse. However, their romance arc is affected by both characters' {{Cant Have Sex Ever}} CantHaveSexEver and they only share one kiss before Ethan turns himself into the police and shipped off over 3,000 miles away. Vanessa thinks he has abandoned her. In Season 3, though they are promoted as the show's Official Couple and the mythology around the importance of their connection is again ramped up, they never actually meet until the very last episode of the entire series, in which [[spoiler:Ethan has to kill Vanessa to save the world.]] In the end, they only ever kissed twice - the {{First Kiss}} FirstKiss and the {{Last Kiss}} LastKiss - never consummated anything, and were never really in an acknowledged romantic relationship, only {{UST}} straight to angst and separation, straight to [[spoiler:character death]].



* ''Theatre/{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', the original StarCrossedLovers: Initially, both are greatly in love with each other. However, as the plot moves past the romance, kin and family are killed: [[spoiler:Mercutio for Romeo and Tybalt for Juliet]]. As both are torn by grief, they are at risk of being separated by their FeudingFamilies. With both families ready to destroy each other by play's end, [[spoiler: Romeo and Juliet both commit suicide in grief at having lost each other. Juliet was under the effect of a potion and appeared dead. Romeo proceeds to commit suicide and Juliet follows suit after him.]]

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* ''Theatre/{{Romeo and Juliet}}'', ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', the original StarCrossedLovers: Initially, both are greatly in love with each other. However, as the plot moves past the romance, kin and family are killed: [[spoiler:Mercutio for Romeo and Tybalt for Juliet]]. As both are torn by grief, they are at risk of being separated by their FeudingFamilies. With both families ready to destroy each other by play's end, [[spoiler: Romeo and Juliet both commit suicide in grief at having lost each other. Juliet was under the effect of a potion and appeared dead. Romeo proceeds to commit suicide and Juliet follows suit after him.]]


* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Han and Leia. There's the stuff that happens onscreen in the movies, then in the books there's the death of Chewie,the entire Yuzhaan Vong war, the death of their son Anakin, the galactic civil war and fighting with Luke, their older son turning to the Dark Side and killing his aunt... not to mention far too many kidnap and assassination attempts over the years. Luke and Mara kind of fall into it, but to a lesser extent. There is the whole thing with her illness and pregnancy during the war and the stress of the aforementioned civil war and Han and Leia ending up opposing them briefly.

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* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Han and Leia. There's the stuff that happens onscreen in the movies, then in the books there's the death of Chewie,the Chewie, the entire Yuzhaan Vong war, the death of their son Anakin, the galactic civil war and fighting with Luke, their older son turning to the Dark Side and killing his aunt... not to mention far too many kidnap and assassination attempts over the years. Luke and Mara kind of fall into it, but to a lesser extent. There is the whole thing with her illness and pregnancy during the war and the stress of the aforementioned civil war and Han and Leia ending up opposing them briefly.


* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': The OfficialCouple of [[spoiler: Tomoya and Nagisa has them eventually getting married and expecting a child. DeathByChildBirth separates the couple leaving their child Ushio with a broken father and no mother.]]

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'': The OfficialCouple of [[spoiler: Tomoya and Nagisa Nagisa]] has them eventually getting married and expecting a child. DeathByChildBirth separates the couple leaving their child Ushio with a broken father and no mother.]]



* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': From the start, Sasuke and Sakura's relationship has been little but turmoil. The first major ShipTease moment is literally Sakura crying over Sasuke's body because she believes he's dead. It doesn't get much better afterwards and it gets even darker when Sasuke runs off after taking a revenge-driven HeelFaceTurn. Most of Sasuke and Sakura's interactions post-timeskip are tense, with them [[spoiler:even trying to kill each other]], but they part on on a pleasant, romantically tinged note. It's later shown that they ended up married and had a daughter named Sarada. How they became a couple is not clear however it is shown that they're HappilyMarried by ''Manga/{{Boruto}}''. But, even that has its downsides. Sasuke has been on a mission, away from his wife and [[DisappearedDad daughter]], for nearly all of Sarada's childhood. As a result, Sarada has a mixed relationship with her father.



* The TropeNamer is the ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' FanFic ''FanFic/FirstImpressionsOfEarth'', which has since been deleted. The story's main pairing is Arnold and Phoebe, but it puts them through eleven years of torture including an abusive stepchild, a car crash, a miscarriage, and infidelity, causing Phoebe to have a HeroicBSOD that culminates in a mental breakdown. And that's just the halfway point.

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* The TropeNamer is the ''TheMagicSchoolBus'' ''Literature/TheMagicSchoolBus'' FanFic ''FanFic/FirstImpressionsOfEarth'', which has since been deleted. The story's main pairing is Arnold and Phoebe, but it puts them through eleven years of torture including an abusive stepchild, a car crash, a miscarriage, and infidelity, causing Phoebe to have a HeroicBSOD that culminates in a mental breakdown. And that's just the halfway point.


* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Cliff and Nina, the characters engaged in a decade spanning romance that saw the couple marry and divorce four times, with their fifth wedding sticking before the two left Pine Valley.

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* ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns'': Luke and Noah of SoapOpera who were ''supposed'' to be a couple with problems, but Reid, the intended RomanticFalseLead for Luke, [[EnsembleDarkhorse became extremely popular with the fanbase]]. In an effort not to [[ShipToShipCombat upset either ship]], and being pressed for [[ScrewedByTheNetwork time]], [[WriterCopOut Luke didn't end up either of them.]] Reid was [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse killed off]] near the end and a grieving Luke didn't get back together with Noah.

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Luke and Noah of SoapOpera who were ''supposed'' to be a couple with problems, but Reid, the intended RomanticFalseLead for Luke, [[EnsembleDarkhorse became extremely popular with the fanbase]]. In an effort not to [[ShipToShipCombat upset either ship]], and being pressed for [[ScrewedByTheNetwork time]], [[WriterCopOut Luke didn't end up either of them.]] Reid was [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse killed off]] near the end and a grieving Luke didn't get back together with Noah.

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* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'' averts this; once Asahi and Youko become a couple about halfway through the series, they stay together the whole way through (thanks in no small part to basically the whole cast being [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers On Deck]]). However, this is spoofed in Chapter 115 where Youko apparently got mad enough with Asahi to want to break up, but by the end of the chapter it's resolved just as easily[[note]]We never find out exactly why Youko was mad either; Asahi can onlt think of silly insignificant things like not getting one of her jokes or eating her favorite flavor of candies, and all Youko says is that it was a stupid thing to get angry about[[/note]]. [[spoiler:However, the bigger issue is the fact that there's a BadFuture where Youko's vampire powers went out of control, forcing her to hide from human society and leaving a broken-hearted Asahi alone for 50 years. They end up succeeding, and while the series has its serious moments it never really loses its overall light-hearted comedic tone.]]

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* ''Series/AllMyChildren'': Cliff and Nina, the characters engaged in a decade spanning romance that saw the couple marry and divorce four times, with their fifth wedding sticking before the two left Pine Valley.
** Likewise Erica and Dimitri. While Dimitri seemed to be just another in Erica's long line of many forgettable husbands, the pairing proved to have such burning passion and chemistry they were able to survive even Erica's stabbing him in a fit of [=PTSD=], reliving her rape. The couple only really ended due to Michael Nader's drug problem in real life affected his performance, and his replacement, Anthony Abbido not sharing the same level of chemistry with Susan Lucci, and thus after a short stint, both Dimitri, and his long lost wife Alexis, left Pine Valley, and Erica, behind.


* ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson and the Olympians}}'': At the end of ''The Last Olympian'', the OfficialCouple [[spoiler:Percy and Annabeth]] are together complete with an UnderwaterKiss. In ''The Lost Hero'' the major plot point is the disappearance of Percy. Then, in ''Mark of Athena'', they [[spoiler: end up falling into Tartarus. When shippers said they'd ship the pairing to Tartarus and back, they didn't know it would literally happen!]]

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* ''Literature/{{Percy Jackson ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this to Ron and Hermione (usually played for laughs). ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Olympians}}'': At the end of ''The Last Olympian'', the OfficialCouple [[spoiler:Percy and Annabeth]] are together complete Phoenix]]'' plays it straight with an UnderwaterKiss. In ''The Lost Hero'' the major plot point Harry and Cho.
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' makes Will and Lyra go through Hell (figuratively) individually, meet, go through Hell (literally and figuratively) together, and then have to leave each other in {{Alternate Universe}}s because doing so
is the disappearance of Percy. Then, only way to save the multiverse.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Played up in-universe for [[StarCrossedLovers Katniss and Peeta]], especially
in ''Mark of Athena'', "''Catching Fire''" when they are forced to go back into the arena. They're not actually a couple at that point and their relationship is a facade for the Capitol audience but it becomes real soon enough.
* The ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series is effectively the narrative of this happening over an eighteen-year period with Tom and Hester, culminating in
[[spoiler: end up falling into Tartarus. When shippers said they'd ship his death from a heart attack and her suicide over his dead body]].
** Each book's BetaCouple also tend to go through a lot of ordeals, especially Katherine and Bevis in
the pairing first book. [[spoiler:they both die]]. The BetaCouple in the second book [[spoiler:don't even get to Tartarus and back, they didn't know it would literally happen!]]''be'' a couple until they've gone through an ordeal in the third book, sixteen years later.]]



* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Beatrice and Seth have an extremely difficult time. To be fair, [[IdiotPlot it partly is their own fault]], but they also have to deal with [[BigBadEnsemble three villains]], who do everything to keep them apart. It takes them ''twenty months'' [[spoiler: and alas, Beatrice being raped and almost killed]] before they can solve their misunderstandings and find happiness together.
* ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'': At the end of ''The Last Olympian'', the OfficialCouple [[spoiler:Percy and Annabeth]] are together complete with an UnderwaterKiss. Then came the SequelSeries ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus''. In ''The Lost Hero'', [[spoiler:Percy's]] disappearance is a major plot point. Then, in ''The Mark of Athena'', they [[spoiler:end up falling into Tartarus. When shippers said they'd ship the pairing to Tartarus and back, they didn't know it would literally happen!]]
* ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'': Han and Leia. There's the stuff that happens onscreen in the movies, then in the books there's the death of Chewie,the entire Yuzhaan Vong war, the death of their son Anakin, the galactic civil war and fighting with Luke, their older son turning to the Dark Side and killing his aunt... not to mention far too many kidnap and assassination attempts over the years. Luke and Mara kind of fall into it, but to a lesser extent. There is the whole thing with her illness and pregnancy during the war and the stress of the aforementioned civil war and Han and Leia ending up opposing them briefly.
* This is a fundamental trait of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. Richard and Kahlan have been in love since early in the first book, but the increasing turmoil in the setting means they have to deal with separation, invasion, apparent betrayal, and ultimately save the world ten or twelve times before (and after) they can be together.



* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this to Ron and Hermione (usually played for laughs). ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' plays it straight with Harry and Cho.
* The ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series is effectively the narrative of this happening over an eighteen-year period with Tom and Hester, culminating in [[spoiler: his death from a heart attack and her suicide over his dead body]].
** Each book's BetaCouple also tend to go through a lot of ordeals, especially Katherine and Bevis in the first book. [[spoiler:they both die]]. The BetaCouple in the second book [[spoiler:don't even get to ''be'' a couple until they've gone through an ordeal in the third book, sixteen years later.]]
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' makes Will and Lyra go through Hell (figuratively) individually, meet, go through Hell (literally and figuratively) together, and then have to leave each other in {{Alternate Universe}}s because doing so is the only way to save the multiverse.
* This is a fundamental trait of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. Richard and Kahlan have been in love since early in the first book, but the increasing turmoil in the setting means they have to deal with separation, invasion, apparent betrayal, and ultimately save the world ten or twelve times before (and after) they can be together.
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Beatrice and Seth have an extremely difficult time. To be fair, [[IdiotPlot it partly is their own fault]], but they also have to deal with [[BigBadEnsemble three villains]], who do everything to keep them apart. It takes them ''twenty months'' [[spoiler: and alas, Beatrice being raped and almost killed]] before they can solve their misunderstandings and find happiness together.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Played up in-universe for [[StarCrossedLovers Katniss and Peeta]], especially in "''Catching Fire''" when they are forced to go back into the arena. They're not actually a couple at that point and their relationship is a facade for the Capitol audience but it becomes real soon enough.
* Han and Leia in ''Literature/StarWarsLegends''. There's the stuff that happens onscreen in the movies, then in the books there's the death of Chewie,the entire Yuzhaan Vong war, the death of their son Anakin, the galactic civil war and fighting with Luke, their older son turning to the Dark Side and killing his aunt...not to mention far too many kidnap and assassination attempts over the years. Luke and Mara kind of fall into it, but to a lesser extent. There is the whole thing with her illness and pregnancy during the war and the stress of the aforementioned civil war and Han and Leia ending up opposing them briefly.
* Safi and Merik in ''Literature/TheWitchlands''. After a book's worth of {{UST}}, they finally have their first kiss (and a little more than just a kiss), but then they're forced to run, become separated, and eventually each of them is convinced that the other has died.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'' does this to Ron and Hermione (usually played for laughs). ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix Order of the Phoenix]]'' plays it straight with Harry and Cho.
* The ''Literature/MortalEngines'' series is effectively the narrative of this happening over an eighteen-year period with Tom and Hester, culminating in [[spoiler: his death from a heart attack and her suicide over his dead body]].
** Each book's BetaCouple also tend to go through a lot of ordeals, especially Katherine and Bevis in the first book. [[spoiler:they both die]]. The BetaCouple in the second book [[spoiler:don't even get to ''be'' a couple until they've gone through an ordeal in the third book, sixteen years later.]]
* ''Literature/HisDarkMaterials'' makes Will and Lyra go through Hell (figuratively) individually, meet, go through Hell (literally and figuratively) together, and then have to leave each other in {{Alternate Universe}}s because doing so is the only way to save the multiverse.
* This is a fundamental trait of the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series. Richard and Kahlan have been in love since early in the first book, but the increasing turmoil in the setting means they have to deal with separation, invasion, apparent betrayal, and ultimately save the world ten or twelve times before (and after) they can be together.
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Beatrice and Seth have an extremely difficult time. To be fair, [[IdiotPlot it partly is their own fault]], but they also have to deal with [[BigBadEnsemble three villains]], who do everything to keep them apart. It takes them ''twenty months'' [[spoiler: and alas, Beatrice being raped and almost killed]] before they can solve their misunderstandings and find happiness together.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Played up in-universe for [[StarCrossedLovers Katniss and Peeta]], especially in "''Catching Fire''" when they are forced to go back into the arena. They're not actually a couple at that point and their relationship is a facade for the Capitol audience but it becomes real soon enough.
* Han and Leia in ''Literature/StarWarsLegends''. There's the stuff that happens onscreen in the movies, then in the books there's the death of Chewie,the entire Yuzhaan Vong war, the death of their son Anakin, the galactic civil war and fighting with Luke, their older son turning to the Dark Side and killing his aunt...not to mention far too many kidnap and assassination attempts over the years. Luke and Mara kind of fall into it, but to a lesser extent. There is the whole thing with her illness and pregnancy during the war and the stress of the aforementioned civil war and Han and Leia ending up opposing them briefly.
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''Literature/TheWitchlands'': Safi and Merik in ''Literature/TheWitchlands''.Merik. After a book's worth of {{UST}}, they finally have their first kiss (and a little more than just a kiss), but then they're forced to run, become separated, and eventually each of them is convinced that the other has died.



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': A thousand times Ross and Rachel. The writers admitted they planned to keep milking their issues until the end of the series, so by the end it's hard to remember they ever had a relationship at all. Averted with Monica and Chandler who didn't break up ''once''. After upgrading from FriendsWithBenefits to a serious relationship the pair stayed together, in-love and ended HappilyMarried. They also retained the fandoms patience.
* In ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' Danny and Lindsay have a mid-strength case of this syndrome. First, Lindsay pulls back because of what she's going through with the aftermath of a traumatic childhood incident she survived. Then,after a boy Danny's caring for is shot, Danny pulls away and even sleeps with the kid's mother once. After they get married and Lindsay has his baby, Danny is shot and temporarily paralyzed. Then barely a year later, they and their daughter are stalked by a deranged criminal who blamed Danny for losing his idyllic image of his brother. He battled Danny during the family's first vacation, and they only escaped because he was knocked over the railing of a lighthouse. Then, he shows up in their apartment, holds their daughter hostage and wants to kill all of them. Only Lindsay stops him. Then a year after that, there's Danny as a sergeant, getting grilled by IA because one of his rookies shot the wrong guy. The cop who did it accuses Danny of cheating because she's scared to tell the truth, and Lindsay has to pressure her to tell what really happened.



* The slowly developing and frequently sidetracked relationship between Chuck and Sarah is the meta-plot of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. [[spoiler:A later season episode implies that Sarah fell in love with Chuck on their very first meeting in the very first episode.]]
** [[spoiler:They officially got together only once and were together for the rest of the series. Outside love interests never came between them again and there was never any threat of a break-up.]] They did, however, continue to take turns getting kidnapped and almost dying.
* Stefan and Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Their romance and relationship drives the plot of the entire series. Although Stefan and Elena have endured endless obstacles (varying from minor to major) trying to keep them apart, Stefan and Elena still manage after all the problems to come back together, surprisingly stronger then ever before. Some minor examples throughout the series include Stefan pulling away from Elena because of his secret blood issues in season one. Another minor example is Stefan and Elena breaking up because of Katherine threatening to harm everyone Elena loves in season two. One major example is in season three, Stefan sacrificing himself to Klaus in order to save Damon's life and protect Elena. During this time, Stefan left Elena and Mystic Falls, turned off his emotions (his humanity) and became a Ripper. With Stefan being a Ripper with no emotions, Stefan had almost tried to kill Elena by biting her under Klaus compulsion. Despite Stefan not feeling anything, Elena was determined to bring Stefan back and get him to turn on his humanity again so that he could feel. This was a huge obstacle and struggle that Stefan and Elena faced in the series. Regardless of how bad or awful things get, somehow, Stefan and Elena manage to overcome the problems, be together happily as if nothing ever happened and come back together as a couple stronger then ever before.
* Luke and Lorelai of ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. After four seasons of {{UST}}, they start going steady and even got engaged at the end of the season. The wedding gets called off when Lorelai realized that Luke found out about a secret love child of his and didn't tell her about it. Lorelai even somewhat lampshades the trope when she realizes that all of the wedding preparations were going by perfectly and was expecting something to go wrong along the way. By next season, showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband weren't working on the show anymore, leading to nearly an entire season where Luke and Lorelai were broken up. Everyone ''knew'' they would get back together because advertisements for the show continued to show the couple together, it was just a question of when they would. It wasn't until the last few minutes of the series finale that they renewed the relationship.
* UpToEleven on ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. Granted it is a show about people who have been [[MadeASlave enslaved]] and stage a GladiatorRevolt. Naturally this makes their romantic lives complicated to put it mildly. But even the comparatively well-off Roman elite tend to have relationships of the UnholyMatrimony or DestructiveRomance sort. ''Nobody'' has a drama-free relationship!
* Crichton and Aeryn on ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. It starts with Aeryn's Peacekeeper training and associated baggage cooling her on the thought of romantic attachments. Then they start to fall for one another, leading to a kiss that scares Aeryn and Crichton's subsequent marriage to a planetary royal. Once that gets resolved they ramp up the WillTheyOrWontThey until the season 2 finale when they confess their love for one another. Unfortunately, Crichton is being controlled by Scorpius's neural clone and bashes Aeryn's head in right after. And then later in the episode Aeryn dies. She gets better in the season 3 premier and they finally say "I love you," but the HeroicSacrifice by Zhaan to revive her leads Aeryn to insist on not acting on it. Then Crichton gets duplicated, and the crews split up to escape Aeryn's mother. Aeryn and Crichton on Talyn get together for real, and then ''Crichton'' dies in a HeroicSacrifice (and this Crichton stays dead). So when the crews reunite on Moya, Aeryn turns cold and wants nothing to do with the surviving Crichton, and eventually leaves him behind at the end of the season when she goes off on her own. By the time Crichton and Aeryn reunite in season 4 she's now decided she wants him back, but now Crichton is giving ''her'' the cold shoulder with the aid of drugs given to him by Noranti. Aerynfinds out about this and reads him the riot act, at which point they ''finally'' get together for good. And then Aeryn gets kidnapped and tortured by the Scarrans. By the time Crichton gets her back and they defeat the plans of the Scarran Emperor in the series finale, the couple finally settles down to catch their breath, at which point Crichton proposes marriage to her, and Aeryn accepts. And then they get vaporized by an alien spacecraft in the cliffhanger ending (''Farscape'' was originally signed for two additional seasons, but was cancelled). Fortunately, the miniseries ''finally'' gives them their happy ending. Whew!



* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Karen Page are set up for OfficialCouple status beginning in "Penny and Dime". Of course, the moment they start dating, Elektra reenters Matt's life and essentially hijacks him, causing him to falter in contributing to Frank Castle's trial. It doesn't help when Karen stumbles upon a wounded Elektra in Matt's apartment [[NotWhatItLooksLike and thinks he's cheating on her]]. While they're estranged for most of the third act of the season, in the final scene of season 2, Matt privately meets with Karen to reveal his secret identity, hinting at the possibility of them reconciling. They then spend ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' with Matt clearly interested in reaching out to Karen, but Karen is still guarded around him because she doesn't want to talk about killing James Wesley. After Matt's presumed "death," there seems to be an indication that they'll reconcile firmly in season 3.

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* The slowly developing and frequently sidetracked relationship between Chuck and Sarah is the meta-plot of ''Series/{{Chuck}}''. [[spoiler:A later season episode implies that Sarah fell in love with Chuck on their very first meeting in the very first episode.]]
** [[spoiler:They officially got together only once and were together for the rest of the series. Outside love interests never came between them again and there was never any threat of a break-up.]] They did, however, continue to take turns getting kidnapped and almost dying.
* In ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' Danny and Lindsay have a mid-strength case of this syndrome. First, Lindsay pulls back because of what she's going through with the aftermath of a traumatic childhood incident she survived. Then,after a boy Danny's caring for is shot, Danny pulls away and even sleeps with the kid's mother once. After they get married and Lindsay has his baby, Danny is shot and temporarily paralyzed. Then barely a year later, they and their daughter are stalked by a deranged criminal who blamed Danny for losing his idyllic image of his brother. He battled Danny during the family's first vacation, and they only escaped because he was knocked over the railing of a lighthouse. Then, he shows up in their apartment, holds their daughter hostage and wants to kill all of them. Only Lindsay stops him. Then a year after that, there's Danny as a sergeant, getting grilled by IA because one of his rookies shot the wrong guy. The cop who did it accuses Danny of cheating because she's scared to tell the truth, and Lindsay has to pressure her to tell what really happened.
* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Karen Page are set up for OfficialCouple status beginning in "Penny and Dime". Of course, the moment they start dating, Elektra reenters Matt's life and essentially hijacks him, causing him to falter in contributing to Frank Castle's trial. It doesn't help when Karen stumbles upon a wounded Elektra in Matt's apartment [[NotWhatItLooksLike and thinks he's cheating on her]]. While they're estranged for most of the third act of the season, in the final scene of season 2, Matt privately meets with Karen to reveal his secret identity, hinting at the possibility of them reconciling. They then spend ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' with Matt clearly interested in reaching out to Karen, but Karen is still guarded around him because she doesn't want to talk about killing James Wesley. After Matt's presumed "death," "death", there seems to be an indication that they'll reconcile firmly in season 3.3.
* Crichton and Aeryn on ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. It starts with Aeryn's Peacekeeper training and associated baggage cooling her on the thought of romantic attachments. Then they start to fall for one another, leading to a kiss that scares Aeryn and Crichton's subsequent marriage to a planetary royal. Once that gets resolved they ramp up the WillTheyOrWontThey until the season 2 finale when they confess their love for one another. Unfortunately, Crichton is being controlled by Scorpius's neural clone and bashes Aeryn's head in right after. And then later in the episode Aeryn dies. She gets better in the season 3 premier and they finally say "I love you," but the HeroicSacrifice by Zhaan to revive her leads Aeryn to insist on not acting on it. Then Crichton gets duplicated, and the crews split up to escape Aeryn's mother. Aeryn and Crichton on Talyn get together for real, and then ''Crichton'' dies in a HeroicSacrifice (and this Crichton stays dead). So when the crews reunite on Moya, Aeryn turns cold and wants nothing to do with the surviving Crichton, and eventually leaves him behind at the end of the season when she goes off on her own. By the time Crichton and Aeryn reunite in season 4 she's now decided she wants him back, but now Crichton is giving ''her'' the cold shoulder with the aid of drugs given to him by Noranti. Aerynfinds out about this and reads him the riot act, at which point they ''finally'' get together for good. And then Aeryn gets kidnapped and tortured by the Scarrans. By the time Crichton gets her back and they defeat the plans of the Scarran Emperor in the series finale, the couple finally settles down to catch their breath, at which point Crichton proposes marriage to her, and Aeryn accepts. And then they get vaporized by an alien spacecraft in the cliffhanger ending (''Farscape'' was originally signed for two additional seasons, but was cancelled). Fortunately, the miniseries ''finally'' gives them their happy ending. Whew!
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': A thousand times Ross and Rachel. The writers admitted they planned to keep milking their issues until the end of the series, so by the end it's hard to remember they ever had a relationship at all. Averted with Monica and Chandler who didn't break up ''once''. After upgrading from FriendsWithBenefits to a serious relationship the pair stayed together, in-love and ended HappilyMarried. They also retained the fandoms patience.
* Luke and Lorelai of ''Series/GilmoreGirls''. After four seasons of {{UST}}, they start going steady and even got engaged at the end of the season. The wedding gets called off when Lorelai realized that Luke found out about a secret love child of his and didn't tell her about it. Lorelai even somewhat lampshades the trope when she realizes that all of the wedding preparations were going by perfectly and was expecting something to go wrong along the way. By next season, showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband weren't working on the show anymore, leading to nearly an entire season where Luke and Lorelai were broken up. Everyone ''knew'' they would get back together because advertisements for the show continued to show the couple together, it was just a question of when they would. It wasn't until the last few minutes of the series finale that they renewed the relationship.



* UpToEleven on ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand''. Granted it is a show about people who have been [[MadeASlave enslaved]] and stage a GladiatorRevolt. Naturally this makes their romantic lives complicated to put it mildly. But even the comparatively well-off Roman elite tend to have relationships of the UnholyMatrimony or DestructiveRomance sort. ''Nobody'' has a drama-free relationship!
* Stefan and Elena from ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Their romance and relationship drives the plot of the entire series. Although Stefan and Elena have endured endless obstacles (varying from minor to major) trying to keep them apart, Stefan and Elena still manage after all the problems to come back together, surprisingly stronger then ever before. Some minor examples throughout the series include Stefan pulling away from Elena because of his secret blood issues in season one. Another minor example is Stefan and Elena breaking up because of Katherine threatening to harm everyone Elena loves in season two. One major example is in season three, Stefan sacrificing himself to Klaus in order to save Damon's life and protect Elena. During this time, Stefan left Elena and Mystic Falls, turned off his emotions (his humanity) and became a Ripper. With Stefan being a Ripper with no emotions, Stefan had almost tried to kill Elena by biting her under Klaus compulsion. Despite Stefan not feeling anything, Elena was determined to bring Stefan back and get him to turn on his humanity again so that he could feel. This was a huge obstacle and struggle that Stefan and Elena faced in the series. Regardless of how bad or awful things get, somehow, Stefan and Elena manage to overcome the problems, be together happily as if nothing ever happened and come back together as a couple stronger then ever before.



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* [[ComicBook/RobinSeries Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown]]. Their relationship's first snags are due to Bruce refusing to allow Tim to tell Stephanie his secret identity. Then Bruce nonchalantly tells Steph his id without first discussing it with Tim, Tim is forcefully kissed by a classmate in front of her, and Bruce hires her as Tim's replacement Robin without either of them talking to Tim. The largest blow to their relationship though was when Stephanie's death was faked with Tim left thinking her dead for years. It takes him a long time to trust her again.


* [[spoiler:Hiro and Zero Two]] from ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx''. '''And how'''. [[spoiler:Not long after Hiro made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to Zero Two, APE soldiers capture the two. Hiro gets hit with LaserGuidedAmnesia as punishment for their escape attempt, while Zero Two once again becomes a subject of ColdbloodedTorture to study her Klaxosaur physiology. Because of Hiro's tampered memories, Zero Two has no idea he was her original Darling when they meet in Episode 1. Then, when they finally recover their memories in Episode 13, Zero Two gets reassigned to the Nines and Ichigo stops Hiro from chasing her. It's not until Episode 15 when they ''at long last'' reunite and make up for lost time.]]

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* [[spoiler:Hiro and Zero Two]] from ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx''. '''And how'''. [[spoiler:Not long after Hiro made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to with Zero Two, APE soldiers capture the two. Hiro gets hit with LaserGuidedAmnesia as punishment for their escape attempt, while Zero Two once again becomes a subject of ColdbloodedTorture to study her Klaxosaur physiology. Because of Hiro's tampered memories, Zero Two has no idea he was her original Darling when they meet in Episode 1. Then, when they finally recover their memories in Episode 13, Zero Two gets reassigned to the Nines and Ichigo stops Hiro from chasing her. It's not until Episode 15 when they ''at long last'' reunite and make up for lost time.]]


* [[spoiler:Hiro and Zero Two]] from ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx''. '''And how'''. [[spoiler:Not long after Hiro made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to Zero Two, APE soldiers capture the two. Hiro gets hit with LaserGuidedAmnesia as punishment for their escape attempt, while Zero Two once again becomes a subject of ColdbloodedTorture to study her Klaxosaur physiology. Because of Hiro's tampered memories, Zero Two has no idea he was her original Darling when they meet in Episode 1. Then, when they finally recover their memories in Episode 13, Zero Two gets reassigned to the Nines and Ichigo stops Hiro from chasing her. It's not until Episode 15 when they ''at long last'' reunite and make up for the lost time.]]

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* [[spoiler:Hiro and Zero Two]] from ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx''. '''And how'''. [[spoiler:Not long after Hiro made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to Zero Two, APE soldiers capture the two. Hiro gets hit with LaserGuidedAmnesia as punishment for their escape attempt, while Zero Two once again becomes a subject of ColdbloodedTorture to study her Klaxosaur physiology. Because of Hiro's tampered memories, Zero Two has no idea he was her original Darling when they meet in Episode 1. Then, when they finally recover their memories in Episode 13, Zero Two gets reassigned to the Nines and Ichigo stops Hiro from chasing her. It's not until Episode 15 when they ''at long last'' reunite and make up for the lost time.]]

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* [[spoiler:Hiro and Zero Two]] from ''Anime/DarlingInTheFranxx''. '''And how'''. [[spoiler:Not long after Hiro made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to Zero Two, APE soldiers capture the two. Hiro gets hit with LaserGuidedAmnesia as punishment for their escape attempt, while Zero Two once again becomes a subject of ColdbloodedTorture to study her Klaxosaur physiology. Because of Hiro's tampered memories, Zero Two has no idea he was her original Darling when they meet in Episode 1. Then, when they finally recover their memories in Episode 13, Zero Two gets reassigned to the Nines and Ichigo stops Hiro from chasing her. It's not until Episode 15 when they ''at long last'' reunite and make up for the lost time.]]

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* Averted in ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', which is notable for a harem series. While [[OfficialCouple Issei and Rias]] do hit the skids early on, it's because being with an open HaremSeeker who nonetheless has [[ObliviousToLove self-worth issues and difficulty expressing his feelings]] is [[RealityEnsues emotionally taxing for everyone and takes some getting used to]]. Once they work through these issues and Rias establishes her claim as TopWife, the relationship solidifies and steady, supportive, and healthy for all involved - ''including'' the other half-dozen harem members. From there the only internal drama the relationship sees is the girls bickering over who gets to be first mistress.


* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Winston Smith and his love interest, Julia, take part in ThisAndThat, rebelling against the system. Then, with TheReveal, [[spoiler: O'Brien is found to have turned them in and takes part in re-institutionalizing them into the system. They ''are'' reunited at the end, if briefly, but it turns out they have no feelings for each other anymore.]]

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* ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'': Winston Smith and his love interest, Julia, take part in ThisAndThat, have sex, rebelling against the system. Then, with TheReveal, [[spoiler: O'Brien is found to have turned them in and takes part in re-institutionalizing them into the system. They ''are'' reunited at the end, if briefly, but it turns out they have no feelings for each other anymore.]]


* Stefan and Elena from ''TheVampireDiaries''. Their romance and relationship drives the plot of the entire series. Although Stefan and Elena have endured endless obstacles (varying from minor to major) trying to keep them apart, Stefan and Elena still manage after all the problems to come back together, surprisingly stronger then ever before. Some minor examples throughout the series include Stefan pulling away from Elena because of his secret blood issues in season one. Another minor example is Stefan and Elena breaking up because of Katherine threatening to harm everyone Elena loves in season two. One major example is in season three, Stefan sacrificing himself to Klaus in order to save Damon's life and protect Elena. During this time, Stefan left Elena and Mystic Falls, turned off his emotions (his humanity) and became a Ripper. With Stefan being a Ripper with no emotions, Stefan had almost tried to kill Elena by biting her under Klaus compulsion. Despite Stefan not feeling anything, Elena was determined to bring Stefan back and get him to turn on his humanity again so that he could feel. This was a huge obstacle and struggle that Stefan and Elena faced in the series. Regardless of how bad or awful things get, somehow, Stefan and Elena manage to overcome the problems, be together happily as if nothing ever happened and come back together as a couple stronger then ever before.

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* Stefan and Elena from ''TheVampireDiaries''.''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. Their romance and relationship drives the plot of the entire series. Although Stefan and Elena have endured endless obstacles (varying from minor to major) trying to keep them apart, Stefan and Elena still manage after all the problems to come back together, surprisingly stronger then ever before. Some minor examples throughout the series include Stefan pulling away from Elena because of his secret blood issues in season one. Another minor example is Stefan and Elena breaking up because of Katherine threatening to harm everyone Elena loves in season two. One major example is in season three, Stefan sacrificing himself to Klaus in order to save Damon's life and protect Elena. During this time, Stefan left Elena and Mystic Falls, turned off his emotions (his humanity) and became a Ripper. With Stefan being a Ripper with no emotions, Stefan had almost tried to kill Elena by biting her under Klaus compulsion. Despite Stefan not feeling anything, Elena was determined to bring Stefan back and get him to turn on his humanity again so that he could feel. This was a huge obstacle and struggle that Stefan and Elena faced in the series. Regardless of how bad or awful things get, somehow, Stefan and Elena manage to overcome the problems, be together happily as if nothing ever happened and come back together as a couple stronger then ever before.


* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Karen Page are set up for OfficialCouple status beginning in "Penny and Dime". Of course, the moment they start dating, Elektra reenters Matt's life and essentially hijacks him, causing him to falter in contributing to Frank Castle's trial. It doesn't help when Karen stumbles upon a wounded Elektra in Matt's apartment [[NotWhatItLooksLike and thinks he's cheating on her]]. While they're estranged for most of the third act of the season, in the final scene of season 2, Matt privately meets with Karen to reveal his secret identity, hinting at the possibility of them reconciling.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Matt Murdock and Karen Page are set up for OfficialCouple status beginning in "Penny and Dime". Of course, the moment they start dating, Elektra reenters Matt's life and essentially hijacks him, causing him to falter in contributing to Frank Castle's trial. It doesn't help when Karen stumbles upon a wounded Elektra in Matt's apartment [[NotWhatItLooksLike and thinks he's cheating on her]]. While they're estranged for most of the third act of the season, in the final scene of season 2, Matt privately meets with Karen to reveal his secret identity, hinting at the possibility of them reconciling. They then spend ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' with Matt clearly interested in reaching out to Karen, but Karen is still guarded around him because she doesn't want to talk about killing James Wesley. After Matt's presumed "death," there seems to be an indication that they'll reconcile firmly in season 3.

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