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  • Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. They're the Official Couple and they fight zombies.
  • From The Fallen Moon there is Arenadd and Skade. Neither lives to the end of the trilogy, however Arenadd is unlucky enough to be The Undead and have a God who isn't finished with him yet.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
    • Most couples from this series, but especially Percy and Annabeth. Percy even described them fighting together coming more naturally than talking to or romantic actions with Annabeth.
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  • The Brightest Shadow
Logically a common feature in the world of Myros. In the first book, particularly Veron and Graenin. Their coordination in battle improves after they become a couple.
  • The Lord of the Rings
    • Faramir and Éowyn are a downplayed example. They officially become a couple after the battle.
    • J. R. R. Tolkien also wrote that Rohirrim women often took up weapons to defend their homes when their lands were invaded.
    • Celeborn and Galadriel fight together.
  • The Silmarillion:
    • Lúthien Tinúviel and Beren. He is a mighty physical warrior. She is a elf sorcerer capable to bring down a fortress and put the God of Evil of her world to sleep. Together they complemented each other's skills, humiliated Dark Lords, and their deeds were theme of songs seventy centuries after their deaths.
  • Ellie and Will from Courtney Allison Moulton's Angelfire series who take on demonic armies together.
  • Animorphs are La Résistance against an alien invasion.
    • Rachel is a Blood Knight and Tobias is a bird of prey; they become a couple.
    • Jake is The Leader and Cassie is more dangerous than she appears; they are frequently teased before becoming a couple.
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    • Aldrea the Andalite meets Dak Hamee, the Hork Bajir seer, during the battle to keep the Hork Bajir home world free from the Yeerks. Almost a whole book and several lifestyle-related struggles later, they become a mated pair, give birth to a son, and decades later their descendants form the first members of the free Hork Bajir on Earth.
  • Kate Daniels and Curran from the Kate Daniels series, often fight together and never lose.
  • In Dracula Mina Harker joins her husband Jonathan in the battle against the titular count in the climax of novel. Jonathan even gives Mina a revolver to defend herself.
  • In Black Dagger Brotherhood novels, this trope is inverted with Xhex and John, as fighting together causes major problems in their relationship. Though he knows that she's a capable warrior, bonded males are genetically hardwired to protect their mates at any cost, so his instincts keep firing up on the battlefield and putting them both in danger. This pisses her off as she thinks he doesn't respect her skills; they separate for a good long while because of it.
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  • Ruggiero and Bradamante from Orlando Furioso. When they're reunited halfway through the work, the first thing Bradamante does is go off to save a dude, and Ruggiero is thrilled to have a woman understand what he does.
  • Slippery Jim diGriz (The Stainless Steel Rat) and Angelina, his wife and fellow criminal genius. He's a criminal mastermind who dislikes killing. She's a formerly-psychotic criminal mastermind who bemoans the fact that she can't casually kill people now she's had a conscience implanted. They Fight Crime! with crime.
  • Sandy Mitchell's Ciaphas Cain, HERO OF THE IMPERIUM, novels
    • The mixed-gender Valhallan 597th features several couples. These include Cain's own liaison with Lady Inquisitor Amberley Vail, as well as a male trooper named Vorhees and a female trooper named Drere in Caves of Ice, and a strongly implied lesbian relationship between Sergeant Grifen and trooper Mari Magot in the same book.
    • Cain invokes this trope; relationships in the guard normally aren't allowed but Cain allows it because it improves morale and makes them fight harder.
    • Colonel Kasteen and Major Broklaw, the commander and Number Two of the 597th respectively. Nothing romantic is ever confirmed in-story, but Broklaw refers to Kasteen by her given name, implying they're on First-Name Basis — which is highly unusual for a relationship that's merely commander-subordinate.
  • Amelia Peabody and her husband Radcliffe Emerson, Egyptologists and incidental detectives in the Amelia Peabody mysteries by Elizabeth Peters. The stories are set stretching from the Victorian era into the Roaring Twenties. Peabody and Emerson are grandparents, now, but that only slows them down a little. They have produced a second generation Battle Couple, their son Walter "Ramses" Emerson and his wife Nefret. The third generation is alarmingly precocious and will almost certainly turn out to be Meddling Kids.
  • Lief and Jasmine from Deltora Quest especially in the third series where they genuinely couple before becoming King and Queen.
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen:
    • Invoked with Koryk and Smiles. Smiles is in love with Koryk's way to fight and likes to pretend they're a battle couple during combat situations by guarding his flank and knifing anyone who comes close. Koryk, for his part, thinks Smiles is Ax-Crazy and needs to curb her ambitions, though he doesn't mind the help.
    • Picker and Blend are a lesbian battle couple. They've been going steady ever since joining the Malazan army. Picker is proficient with the sword and crossbow, while Blend prefers long-knives and stealth, and Blend acts like something of an aide for (first Corporal then Lieutnant) Picker as they need little words to communicate.
  • Dawn and Julius in The Radiant Dawn. Played oddly because Julius is fully willing to not contest Dawn charging into battle against clearly defined enemies and assumes she can handle herself, but worries greatly about her being stabbed in the back by someone she doesn't think is an enemy.
  • Dan Abnett's Warhammer 40,000 series Gaunt's Ghosts:
    • Tona Criid and Caffran, who met during the battle for Vervunhive in Necropolis.
    • Jessi Banda and Major Elim Rawne, who are wounded in Straight Silver, though they are less tight.
    • It is implied that Brin Milo and the esholi priestess Sanian developed a connection in Honour Guard, which carries on to Sabbat Martyr when Sanian becomes the reincarnated Saint Sabbat.
  • Simon R. Green loves this trope:
    • Hawk and Fisher stories feature the titular couple, a pair of captains of the City Guard.
    • The Nightside is home to Guile Hero John Taylor and his More Dakka-addicted ally Shotgun Suzie. Where her overwhelming firepower doesn't suffice, his dirty tricks and unique Gift can tip the odds.
    • Secret Histories features Eddie Drood and Molly Metcalf, a Magitek Powered Armor secret agent and the Witch of the Wild Woods.
    • Deathstalker has futuristic Supersoldier Owen Deathstalker & Hazel d'Ark, as well Jack Random and Ruby Journey.
  • Vorkosigan Saga:
    • Aral Vorkosigan and Cordelia Naismith meet in this fashion. They take out the mutineers on Vorkosigan's crew (twice).
    • Admiral Naismith/Miles Vorkosigan and Elli Quinn are a straighter example of this. She dual hats as his intelligence chief and executive officer when he leads the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet. The relationship ends when Miles is forced to retire to civilian life.
  • In general the Star Wars EU is full of these with the majority of the main couples being battle couples.
    • Wedge and Iella, Corran and Mirax, Kell and Tyria, Face and Dia, Gavin and Asyr, Myn and Lara... it should go without saying that the X-Wing series of the Star Wars EU, being about fighter pilots, has a lot of these.
    • Luke and Mara transitioned into this from Fire-Forged Friends.
    • Han and Leia are mentioned under film already, but their battle couple status continues in the expanded universe.
    • Ben and Vestara; He's a Jedi and she's a Sith apprentice. It doesn't work out.
    • Invoked Trope with the Mandalorians. Being a culture that takes marriage and family as seriously as combat, part of their warrior code is to find a spouse that is every bit your equal to fight alongside and to raise children with. If they are of the same sex, a different species, or infertile, there's plenty of kids out there to adopt.
    • One interesting example due to their main allegiance being to the Jedi Order is Obi-Wan and Siri in that they both realize that they would rather be Jedi than in love, making them a Battle Not-Exactly-Couple.
  • Every time Heralds and/or Hawkbrothers get together in the Heralds of Valdemar series: Talia and Dirk, Elspeth and Darkwind, Kerowyn and Eldan .... A specific exception is Alberich and Myste; Alberich is the series' resident Empowered Badass Normal while the Author Avatar Myste, Herald or no, is a bookish librarian.
  • Otori Takeo and Shirakawa Kaede (as well as Takeo and Muto Yuki) in Tales of the Otori.
  • In the third book of the Mistborn series, Elend and Vin go beyond the Bodyguard Crush relationship of the second book and straight into this following Elend turning into a full-on Mistborn.
  • In the third book of The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Nathaniel and Kitty become this, almost kissing just before his heroic sacrifice.
  • Nightside: Suzie Shooter and John Taylor have been known to kick some serious ass, although their couple status is still a work in progress.
  • The Wheel of Time: The main plot of the series involves everyone preparing for The Last Battle, so every named couple falling in this trope. A few examples are Rand and Min/Aviendha/Elayne, Lan and Nynaeve, Egwene and Gawyn, Perrin and Faile, Siuan and Gareth, a few Aes Sedai and their Warders, a few Asha'man and their Warder-like Aes Sedai, and countless Aiel couples.
  • Quantum Gravity: Lila is a cyborg who was specifically made to be able to kill things. Zal does well in anything vaguely resembling a fair fight and is good with a bow. They get together; some wild magic sees to that. She also hits it off with Teazle, who lives among people who will have every fighting form ever and still can't find an even match.
  • Harry Potter is full of these.
    • Ron and Hermione fight along with each other when they aren't fighting with each other.
    • Harry and Ginny fit on the occasion they fight together against their enemies. At the end of book six Harry tried to defy this trope by saying It's Not You, It's My Enemies but she wasn't having any of that.
    • Since everyone joins in on the last battle in Deathly Hallows, Lupin and Tonks, Mrs. Weasley and Mr. Weasley, and Fleur and Bill also count.
    • Likely the Potters and the Longbottoms were Battle Couples during the first incarnation of the Order Of The Phoenix.
  • Mystic And Rider has the titular mystic and rider, Senneth and Tayse, who are so badass they take down an entire rebellion all by themselves. Senneth is a fire-throwing Deadpan Snarker; Tayse is a sword-wielding Deadpan Snarker - together, They Fight Crime! and snark at things!
  • Addie and Rhys are this at the end of The Two Princesses of Bamarre. They declare their love for one another just before the final battle takes place.
  • Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series.
    • Clay and Elena He's the Pack's Enforcer, she learned to fight though necessity and long years of hardship, and together, they royally kick ass.
  • The Stormlight Archive: The Parshendi fight in warpairs, which the Alethi initially assumed was some sort of master/apprentice situation. The truth is that the pairings are male/female; Parshendi typically choose a partner who they transform with. In warform they fight together, in mateform they produce children together.
  • As shown on the covers of The Alien Series, Kitty and Martini believe that the couple who kicks ass together stay together.
  • The Amazon Legion invokes this intentionally with the Tercio Gorgidas, a tercio (roughly equivalent of a regiment) comprised of homosexual male pairs who are married in a special ceremony, with an explicit nod given to the Sacred Band of Thebes (see the Real Life section).
  • Bellisarius and Antoninia in Belisarius Series (and in Real Life, by the way) although they are usually in different theaters. Also Rao and Shakuntala. The Theodoran Cohort has a number of Battle Couples.
  • The Hunger Games
    • In the first book Katniss and Peeta. Their 'tragic lovers fighting for their lives' story was a big hit among sponsors and attracted vital support during the games.
    • Subverted in Mockingjay: Katniss and Gale act as this for most of the book, but never manage the Relationship Upgrade.
  • The Sword of Truth
    • Richard and Kahlan are this and become more so after Richard taught her his methods of fighting. Zedd, Cara, and Nicci all take turns being the third wheel.
  • The Mord-Sith are this with the Lord Rahl. All of them. It's like a harem of dominatrix, Anti-Magic, Break the Cutie, magical-taser wielding Aryan bodyguards in various colors of leather!
  • Tales of Kolmar has a bunch. Jamie was Maran's bodyguard, though she became a good fighter herself. Much later Jamie and Maran's friend Rella become this while trying to protect Lanen and Varien. Lanen lacks the necessary speed and will to be a career fighter but has to try her best anyway; Varien is new to being human and doesn't know what he's doing with a sword, but he's unnaturally strong and very protective.
  • In The Parasol Protectorate
    • Lord and Lady Maccon are formidable when separate (one being a burly Alpha werewolf and the other a Preternatural with a tricked-out parasol.) and even more so when together.
    • Lyall and Biffy also make a good enough team to keep Sidhaeg busy until sunrise, though the couple part doesn't become official until later.
  • Rose and Dimitri in Vampire Academy, they often fight alongside each other, facing the enemy jointly.
  • The Mortal Instruments
    • Alec and Magnus are respectively a Shadowhunter (i.e., demon hunter) and a warlock who become a couple over the course of the trilogy while fighting evil. They fight together as partners in the final battle of City of Glass, when a new rune allows pairs Shadowhunters and Downworlders (such as warlocks) to share their powers with one another.
    • Maryse and Robert Lightwood are a married couple of active Shadowhunters, although their partnership receives little "screen time," since they are not main characters.
    • Other battle couples are Jace and Clary, Simon and Isabelle, and at times Maia and Jordan. Luke and Jocelyn join later.
    • The sequel The Dark Artifices also shows Julian and Emma.
  • Will and Georgia from The Dresden Files are a married couple of werewolves who fight as a well-oiled tag team machine.
    • Harry and Susan fit this trope, if only briefly.
  • Nathan and Elena, in The Memory Wars, have been lovers through most of their past lives, and can draw on centuries of shared combat experience to fight together with perfect precision.
  • Island in the Sea of Time has Marian Alston and Swindapa, a kick-ass, katana-wielding lesbian battle couple.
  • Crown Prince Alaric of Caederan and his Love Interest (and future bride) Laeshana have a wonderful teamwork moment while fighting through roughly 500 fire-spiders.
  • Razorland Trilogy: Deuce and Fade start out as reluctant partners in the first book (Enclave), but by the third (Horde) they are battling Freaks side-by-side.
  • The Honorverse, naturally, has a few:
    • Victor Cachat and Thandi Palane. He's a superspy, master of the Indy Ploy and ice-cold killer, she's a Supersoldier Space Marine who is more lethal bare-handed than most people would be with machineguns. It was more or less love at first sight.
    • On the Havenite side, Admiral Javier Giscard and his Political Officer-slash-lover, Eloise Pritchart — though they keep that relationship very hidden until the last possible moment. Per Admiral Lester Tourville:
      Live, or die, [Eloise] and Giscard would fight to the last ditch together.
  • Ukiah Oregon: Ukiah and Indigo, Max and Sam, Atticus and Ru, Rennie and Helena. Ukiah's moms are the only couple in the series who aren't.
  • Auria and David from Those Who Cry Green Tears become this after Auria saves David from the Ombras (human eating monsters).
  • In the Ahriman Trilogy this is part of the purpose of the mage/warden relationship. While they aren't explicitly intended to be romantic arrangements, it's universally acknowledged that they often end that way. Simon Bell's parents were mage/warden before they married and had kids.
  • Averted and played straight in the Tairen Soul series. The magically enhanced empathy of Fey women means that they can't fight in close combat, as they feel the pain of everyone they kill. However, Ellysetta is immune to this effect because of the predatory tairen soul bonded to hers and fights alongside Rain in later books.
  • Journey to Chaos
    • Sathel and Retina are a married couple and mercenary partners.
    • A newspaper writer inquired into the "working relationship" of mercenaries Tiza and Nolien but Tiza insisted that this wasn't the case. It's a hard line to swallow considering how closely they work together and how protective they are.
  • Darrow and Mustang from the Red Rising trilogy are definitely this trope. While most of the combat in the series involves large-scale military campaigns and space combat, whenever they're not carrying out their own parts of a multi-pronged gambit, they're right there in the thick of things with each other.
  • In Warrior Cats, most couples tend to be this since most characters are active fighters. Firestar and Sandstorm are one particularly notable example since an entire book is devoted to them journeying together outside Clan territory.
  • In A Song of Ice and Fire, we have a mild example in Aegon "the Conqueror" Targaryen and Visenya Targaryen. Aegon, being a typical Targaryen, married his two sisters and declared conquest on the continent of Westeros. They say that Aegon married Visenya out of duty (she was the eldest of the sisters) and Rhaenys out of love. Visenya was known as a great warrior and dragonrider, wielding a valyrian steel sword named Dark Sister. While Aegon may not have had any strong feelings for Visenya, she was still his wife and they conquered a continent together. Rhaenys was also a dragonrider but had not martial prowess under her belt beyond that.
  • Romeo and Dagger in Wander are a somewhat downplayed example. They're both more than competent fighters, and by the end of the novel are the only adult survivors of Camp Greenbow, but they only actually fight when they have no other choice, and their most badass moment together, fighting off a group of smilers while holed up in an abandoned farmhouse, occurs off-screen.
  • Red Rising:: Darrow and Mustang are this in everything from combat to politics.
  • Ranger's Apprentice: Multiple:
  • Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series has Cat and Bones, a badass married couple.
  • Captive Prince: Damen is a Warrior Prince; Laurent is a Badass Bookworm. Not only are they a formidable couple on the field in person, they're also excellent tacticians when commanding armies.
  • Six of the seven demigods in The Heroes of Olympus qualify for this. One exception is Leo, who later meets Calypso.
  • Captain and later Admiral John "Black Jack" Geary and his flag captain, Captain Tanya Desjani in The Lost Fleet. Subverted because while they are conducting actual military operations, rules about fraternization and their own personal senses of honor prevent them from acting like a typical couple. They only really get to experience marital bliss when on leave.


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