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Itoshiki: You could even say that relationships in high school are a preview of love, for when you seriously fall in love!... I think I just said something smart.
Abiru Kobushi: No, not really.
Itoshiki: Oh. Yet high schoolers these days skip the preview and go straight for the real thing!... I think I really said something smart this time.

This is when a married couple first met and started dating as teenagers in high school. Some teenagers treat their relationships like the be-all and end-all of the world, and sometimes the author agrees, implying or directly showing that they marry and live Happily Ever After. Fiction writers might do this to avoid addressing the sad fact that the lovely couple making out at the end of a teen romance story would probably break up after high school in the real world, especially if one or both parties go to college. In a darker application of this trope, they might end up Married Too Young.

In a Magical Girl setting, sometimes this is justified by the assertion that they fall in love Because Destiny Says So.

To some extent, this may simply be harkening back to a simpler time, as, prior to the end of World War II, far fewer people went to college, and those who didn't frequently married straight out of high school. This trope is still present today, but is largely limited to more conservative "no sex before marriage" cultures.

Compare also with Childhood Friend Romance, where the couple can also start dating in high school but they've known each other for much longer than that.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Bleach has Ichigo Kurosaki and Orihime Inoue, who met in their junior high years (in very troubled circumstances), then were high school classmates and had lots of Ship Tease while still in school, and by the end of the manga were Happily Married.
  • Gohan and Videl in Dragon Ball Z, Dragon Ball Super, and Dragon Ball GT. They first meet when Gohan attended public school for the first time. She's at first weirded out by Gohan due to his awkward social skills and freakish strength. However, she starts to get feelings for Gohan during their training for the 25th World Tournament, and even cut her hair after Gohan suggested her to. Videl eventually falls in love when Gohan reluctantly revealed that he was the one who defeated Cell and not Mr. Satan, Videl's father. They end up married and have a daughter.
  • Highschool of the Dead has Saya and Hirano. Especially poignant since Saya used to have a crush on Takashi when they were children... but since he's in a Love Triangle with Rei and Saeko, she and Hirano started having Belligerent Sexual Tension...
  • In His and Her Circumstances we have Yukino and Arima, due to Teen Pregnancy.
  • Horimiya: Hori's parents dated in high-school and got married soon after graduating. Miyamura also proposes to Hori in chapter 63, though whether or not they count as officially engaged is somewhat hazy (for what it's worth, they do end up married with a son in the original webcomic).
  • In Jewelpet Sunshine, Ruby (a Jewelpet) and Mikage (a human) fall in love in the last year of high school and after finishing it, at the end of the show, Mikage makes the decision of turning into a Jewelpet so he can be with her forever.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War:
    • Tsubame mentions that this was the case with her older brother and sister-in-law while discussing the legend of the Devoted Hearts Festival.
    • Kaguya's cameo in a bonus chapter of Oshi no Ko (which takes place several years after Kaguya-sama) shows that she and Shirogane are already married since she's using his surname.
  • In the Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl manga, the sweethearts are bound by the "fate-gene" and will both die when one of them stops loving the other. Add this to the fact that they are still very young and of the same gender in a fairly homophobic society and you have a situation which might complicate their future lives.
  • In the original Mazinger Z manga, and most of continuities, Kouji and Sayaka are this, meeting and falling in love when they attended high-school.
  • Suletta and Miorine from Mobile Suit Gundam: The Witch from Mercury are an interesting case, not just meeting on Suletta's first day at the elite Asticassia School of Technology, but immediately becoming engaged per the rules of a Duels Decide Everything system implemented by Miorine's father. Despite neither planning to go through with it originally, the arrangement does provide an impetus for them to grow closer, and they do wind up Happily Married by the time of the series' epilogue.
  • Rino and Nozomu from My Girlfriend Without Wasabi met their first day of college (Nozomu's first day anyways, Rino was a third year student). By the time of I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying four years later, they're Happily Married.
  • Akane and Kazuya in My-HiME are paired up right from the get-go. When he dies, Akane's whole world collapses. When Kazuya's Back from the Dead, Akane recovers and happily joins the last HiME battle, and they're last seen as borderline Sickeningly Sweethearts.
  • Naruto: The titular character's parents, Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, met as classmates in the Ninja Academy, and became an Official Couple when they were no older than 14.
  • Haru and Tsurezure from Ojojojo started dating when they were 17/16 and a newspaper article in Komori-san Can't Decline! (set about 4 years later) clarifies that they just got married. The epilogue to their series even shows that they have a kid.
  • In Ouran High School Host Club, Haruhi and Tamaki start dating at the end of their first/second year of high school and got married about two years later.
  • RaButa follows the relationship of Harundo Horiuchi and Kurume Gotouchi. All of their cameos in later Cool-Kyou Shinsha works depict them as a married couple.
  • Ranma , though they have a rough time getting there, and never do quite make it, Word of God says they will eventually work it out.
  • Sailor Moon:
    • The manga perpetrated the Because Destiny Says So version of the trope with Mamoru and Usagi, but mostly averted it otherwise. (Usagi is in middle school and Mamoru is finishing high school), but it's averted in the 90s anime where Mamoru is already in college. Then Sailor Moon Crystal puts Mamoru back into high school.
    • Haruka and Michiru are a straight (so to speak) example, though, as they met when they were both in high school.
  • Takashi and Miho, Hana's parents, from 7 Seeds had a "students' marriage" when they were in college.
  • Tiger & Bunny's first Drama CD implies that Kotetsu Kaburagi married Tomoe Amamiya, a superhero fan from his high school class who helped him come up with his eventual superhero codename. (Not only that, but she was actually thrilled to learn that he wanted to be a superhero, since she had thought he was a delinquent up until then!) Sadly, poor Tomoe was also sick, and she passed away some years before the series started.
  • Tokyo Mew Mew. This even extended to Ichigo's parents, who themselves met in junior high.
  • Tonari no Kashiwagi-san:
    • Yuuto wants this sort of relationship with Kotone, to the point that he applied to the same university as her (which is actually far harder than the one he was initially planning on going to).
    • Kotori and Takuya's relationship is half this, half Childhood Friend Romance, since she was in 12th grade and he was in 6th when they started dating.
  • The manga Ultra Maniac includes not one but three couples who pair up in junior high, and are still strongly together at the end of high school, suggesting a Happily Ever After for all of them.
  • Wolf Girl and Black Prince: Erika Shinohara and Kyouya Sata start fake dating as high school students, only for it to turn into something real. In the epilogue, they are shown married with a daughter, who was conceived out of wedlock.
  • In Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku, Beta Couple Kabakura and Koyanagi have been dating since high school. They're still together as working adults, albeit with a lot of bickering. Kabakura finally proposes to Koyanagi in volume 7, and they later get married in volume 9.

    Comic Books 
  • The Avengers: Patsy Walker married her high school crush Buzz Baxter. Unfortunately for her, Buzz joined the military and went to Vietnam, and came back... changed. The marriage soon began to fall apart, even more so when Buzz got a job working for the Brand Corporation, who were having problems with Beast of X-Men fame.
  • X-Men:
    • Jean Grey and Cyclops. Although the execution was a bit ... complicated.
    • Also to some extent Angel and Candy Southern, although they lived together without marrying.
  • Played with in Ultimate Spider-Man. In #13, Peter tells his best friend Mary Jane his secret, but Mary's squeals of delight lead Aunt May to the wrong conclusion as to what is going on in Peter's room. She however reminds Peter that his parents met in high school. Much later on down the line, in the third annual, Peter tells MJ that when the time comes, he would totally marry her.
  • Robin: Zigg-zagged with Tim and Steph. They did not meet in high school, but eventually she transferred to his school, but they didn't have any classes together and he avoided her because Bruce hadn't allowed him to share his secret identity with his girlfriend, then he transferred but they started hanging out even at school even though they didn't attend the same one, then they broke up when she faked her death without telling him, but they eventually got their happily ever after as shown in the pages of Convergence.
  • In the Astro City story "That Was Then...", Bugleboy and Majorette are teenagers trying to decide what to do with their lives. Bugleboy wants to continue being a superhero, but Majorette wants to retire and go to law school; the two are unsure if their relationship can hold.

    Fan Works 
  • A Crown of Stars: Shinji and Asuka met in middle school. The liked each other but due to their numerous traumas and the ongoing war they were unable to connect. After the war and the end of the world they were forcibly separated for three years. They met again but they were apparently too mind-broken to have a healthy relationship. Though they got help and after many talks, soul-searching and forgiveness they reconciled and got married.
  • Advice and Trust: After their First Kiss Shinji and Asuka had a long, civil talk where they open up to each other and realized they were the same. They got together but they tried to keep their relationship secret out of fear to be separated. When an adult found out about their relationship and objected they firmly declared this was NOT a middle-school crush and they did not plan breaking up... ever.
  • Best Days of Our Lives (a Real-Person Fic on AFF) reinvents Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood as this, as they meet in high school and have a relationship for a while before the strain of trying to make it as a couple proves too much at the time. They reunite after Carrie wins her season of American Idol, Carrie having tried out for the show just to try and attract Kelly's attention again as she couldn't find any other way to speak to her given Kelly's current fame.
  • The Child of Love: Shinji and Asuka were fourteen and went to the same school when they had an one-night stand and Asuka got pregnant. Asuka's pregnancy strained their complicated relationship but they fell in love despite everything and after a while got married.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji, Asuka and Rei met when they were fourteen. Although Shinji also had feelings for Rei he fell in love with Asuka. At the end of the history he and Asuka left human civilization together. It is implied that they will always be together, not matter what.
  • Doing It Right This Time: Shinji, Rei and Asuka were fourteen when they met (the latter was thirteen to be precise). Shinji liked both girls and they liked him back, but due to their psychological issues they were unable to make a connection. After going through a war, the end of the world and returning to the past they do not want to repeat past mistakes and they are very sick of romantic angst, jealousy and woe so the three of them get together.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Shinji and Asuka met when they were fourteen and thirteen, respectively, and they remained together during their whole lives.
  • HERZ:
    • Shinji and Asuka cared for each other since they were thirteen, but due to their numerous trauma and neuroses they were unable to reach out each other until they were nineteen. For the time the story starts out they have been married for five years.
    • Touji and Hikari are a straighter example, having met in middle school and being together (and engaged) after twelve years.
  • Higher Learning: Shinji and Asuka went to the same middle school and they liked each other but they could not connect due to their troubles and their different ways to deal with their psychological issues. However a new teacher encouraged them to look things from another perspective and they slowly grew closer and eventually became a couple.
  • The Ikaris: Shinji and Asuka liked each other but they were in denial and oblivious to each other's feelings. Then one night they got drunk and got married. To Asuka's distress and annoyance she found out the marriage was legal even if they were only fourteen.
  • JoJo New Universe: Jotaro and Fluttershy are already dating by the start of Stardust Crusaders, and both Josuke and Pinkie Pie along with Koichi and Yukako would start dating during Diamond is Unbreakable. All three couples are still Happily Married in later parts.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Asuka started to go to Shinji's school when she moved to Misato's apartment. During the Angel War they grew closer and eventually fell in love and got married. At the last chapter of the redux Asuka told him she got pregnant.
  • Once More with Feeling: Shinji and Asuka were fourteen and thirteen respectively when they met. They liked each other but Shinji never saw it until it was too late. After returning to the past he is trying to make things right this time and hook up with the only girl he has ever loved.
  • The One I Love Is...: Asuka and Rei competed over Shinji when they went to the same school until he chose Asuka. In the epilogue they got married.
  • RE-TAKE: Two-for-one in this story. After returning to the past -or so he thought- Shinji starts to reach Asuka out. They fell in love and Asuka proposed to him despite of them being only fourteen. Later Shinji found out that was not his past but an alternate dimension. He returned to his own time with his Asuka and they finally got together. Meanwhile their counterparts tried to solve their own issues. The series concludes when that timeline's Shinji travels Germany to find his Asuka and proposed to her. She says yes.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Asuka and Shinji went to the same middle-school together. Shinji fell for Asuka because her passion and bravery and Asuka fell for Shinji for he was nice, caring and was always there for her. After a talk where Asuka told she needed someone she could rely upon and Shinji confessed, they got together.
  • The Second Try: Due to the complexities inherent to time-travel Shinji and Asuka are middle-schoolers... and are married, although no one else knows. After the end of the world they worked together to survive, fallen in love and got married... and then they were sent back in time, waking up in their teenager bodies. Before the Final Battle Shinji proposed to Asuka again (technically for first time) and she accepted. In the sequel they were planning their wedding.
  • Mary Anne's short in Stoneybrook Revisited: A Baby-Sitters Club Fan Series revolves around her being engaged to her middle school sweetheart Logan.
  • Thousand Shinji: Shinji met Asuka when he was fourteen. Despite of being a trickster and a manipulative bastard he fell for her very, very hard. She also fell in love with him, and for the end of the story they were married.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, Shinji and Asuka were teenagers when they met and fell in love. Although they love each other, they argued and fought a lot, and Shinji despaired of coming to understand Asuka. However, after the death of Kaworu they slowly learn to open up to each other, and Shinji swears that he'll never leave her, not matter what.
  • In Til Death Do Us Part, it's mentioned that Professor Oak was this with his first wife Rose. They spent several decades together before she died of illness in her 50s.
  • In the third chapter of X-Men 1970, Scott Summers and Jean Grey, who met and fell in love when they were sixteen, get married.

  • Main plot point of the movie 17 Again (2009). The spark dies out in the marriage of two High-School Sweethearts. In a freak aesop inducing incident he becomes seventeen again, in hopes of getting another chance at life. Guess what he learns and who he ends up with.
  • Andy and Polly, two teens in Everytown, America in the Andy Hardy film series. No matter what momentary complications ensue, Andy and Polly are getting back together by the end—until series finale Andy Hardy Comes Home, a revival produced 12 years after the main series ended. Actress Ann Rutherford, regarding the High School Sweethearts trope to be unrealistic, refused to return, so a new character was introduced as Andy's wife.
  • The Back to the Future trilogy:
    • Back to the Future: Lorraine states that she knew she would spend the rest of her life with George McFly after they kissed at the High-School Dance. Depending which timeline you're using, this is one week or less after she met him. There may be a slight subversion, though, as in the original timeline, the marriage was less than perfect.
    • Back to the Future Part II:
      • The main character, Marty, has this relationship with his girlfriend, Jennifer — we see them married with two kids in the future. But in this first timeline, the marriage isn't very happy.
      • The bad timeline has a newsreel claiming Biff and Lorraine were this, when they were clearly anything but.
  • Celeste and Jesse Forever: Celeste and Jesse married each other fresh out of high school, which is one of the reasons why their break-up is so rocky.
  • The Conjuring Universe: Ed and Lorraine Warren met and fell in Love at First Sight as teenagers and never looked back, being shown as utterly devoted to each other even thirty years later.
    Lorraine: Did I ever tell you the story of how we met? ....We were seventeen. I went out with my girlfriends and he was an usher at the movie theater that we went to. Afterwards we went out for ice cream. He took me out to the park, but then it started to rain, and we stood under the gazebo until it stopped. That was thirty years ago. I could go back to the house, Father — but my home is here, with him.
  • The High School Musical trilogy:
    • Troy and Gabriella. In the final movie they end up going to colleges 32.7 miles away from each other, so they can stay together. note .
    • Chad and Taylor offer a more realistic example: They date for most of the trilogy but let things come to an end when they graduate, as Chad admits that you don't take the girl with you after high school. The other couples such as Ryan/Kelsi, Jason/Martha and Zeke/Sharpay are also shown to be more casual, and it's obvious Troy and Gabriella are the exception rather than the rule.note 
  • The Hunger Games: They don't actually attend high school but Katniss Everdeen and Peeta begin their romance at age sixteen.
  • The Kissing Booth 3:
    • Played straight with Lee and Rachel. They start dating in high school, break up right before college, but reconnect as adults. They are engaged to be married in the epilogue.
    • Averted with Elle and Noah. Like Lee and Rachel, they begin dating in high school, then break up before the former goes to college. However, despite remaining friendly, they are not shown together as adults.
  • Brutally parodied by Not Another Teen Movie. Jake spends much of the film trying to get together with Janey. At the end, she debates whether she should go off to an art school in Paris. Jake starts to convince her not to go, then he realizes the problems with this trope:
    Jake: Maybe you should get on that plane to Paris. Cause if you stay, we really only have the summer, then I go to college and we'll talk on the phone and spend the occasional weekend together which is nice. But chances are one night I'm gonna get wrecked and have unprotected sex with some girl in my dorm. You'll find her thong and call me a slut... I'll call you a cock-tease and we'll break up. So when you really think about it, what's the point?
  • In Se7en, Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow are a married couple who were high school sweethearts. Morgan Freeman comments on how rare that is. It does NOT end well, sadly.
  • The ultimate fate of Jenna and Matt in 13 Going on 30.

  • Almost all the main couples in Jodi Picoult's books. They may not still be together, but they did (or will) get married.
  • Several from the Harry Potter books: most notably Ron/Hermione and Harry/Ginny, but also James/Lily and Arthur/Molly. Neville/Hannah might be another example, but it's not clear whether they dated at Hogwarts or got together later.
    • Justified, given that Hogwarts is the only school for magic-users in the UK, and British magical society has rather strong Hidden Elf Village tendencies, it's kind of inevitable that this trope would be the norm.
    • One aversion of this is Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour, as the latter went to Beauxbatons instead of Hogwarts, but that was because she was born and lived in France during her teenage years.
    • Another aversion is Draco Malfoy, who doesn't end up with Pansy Parkinson, the closest girl to him in school, but the erstwhile new character Astoria Greengrass (younger sister of Daphne Greengrass, a Slytherin girl in Harry's year, who gets exactly one mention in Order of the Phoenix). Word of God is that Pansy was created to represent girls who bullied her in school, and she specifically didn't want Malfoy to end up with her, especially after his Character Development.
  • The Twilight Saga:
    • Edward Cullen and Bella Swan got married a few weeks after they both graduated from High School and had their baby a month after it... and it wasn't out of wedlock... Yeah, Twilight is weird like that.
    • Bella's parents, Charlie and Renée, met in high school, and married shortly after graduation. They divorced soon after, and Renée eventually married another man in her thirties.
  • Averted in Betsy-Tacy. Despite the large Crowd and multiple love affairs, very few characters end up marrying their high school sweetheart, and instead marry someone they met after graduation.
  • A variation occurs in The Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta don't actually attend school after their games, but they become a couple at seventeen and spend the rest of their lives together.
  • Yumi and Sachiko from Maria Watches Over Us might qualify. In any case, Sachiko wants to attend Lilian University just to stay near Yumi.

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Buffy's parents, Joyce and Hank, though they were actually college sweethearts. Joyce met Buffy's father at a school dance, while going stag.
  • Pictured above: Zach and Kelly on Saved by the Bell; it even got lampshaded in one episode.
  • Boy Meets World, which started in Elementary School. Though to be fair, Cory considered Topanga a freak back then, and he didn't really like her until about Middle School.
    • Later retconned into being "he always loved her, but Eric teased him so much he assumed a 'girls are icky' persona to fit in." How much this explanation works is open to debate.
  • Dawson's Creek ends with Joey and Pacey together.
  • Bob and Amy Duncan in the Disney Channel original series Good Luck Charlie. Bob played basketball; Amy was the mascot.
  • Al and Peggy from Married... with Children used to date in high school. However, their marriage is far from being happy. And it's fucking hilarious.
  • Strongly implied to be the fate of Naomi and Emily in Skins (and eventually confirmed by Word of God). Averted with the earlier Tony and Michelle though, who realise that they had great times together but now they're going to different universities.
  • Jenna's parents on Awkward. who married at a young age following the Teen Pregnancy that resulted in Jenna.
  • Marshall and Lily on How I Met Your Mother barely escape this trope (they've been together since the first day of college). However, Lily's actual high school sweetheart, Scooter, is convinced he and Lily are this trope, and fifteen years later, he's still in love with her and chasing after her, trying to cajole her into leaving Marshall. One wonders why she hasn't slapped him with a restraining order yet...
  • In the backstory of The Vampire Diaries Matt and Elena seemed to be destined to become this but the deaths of her parents caused her to break off the relationship. Then the Salvatore brothers showed up and Matt realized that they would never get back together. Considering the high death toll in Mystic Falls, it is likely that few of the high school couples will even survive to have a graduation.
  • This is lampshaded and deconstructed on Shameless (US). Lip is extremely intelligent and has a great shot at a college scholarship if he can get over his Brilliant, but Lazy tendencies. His girlfriend Mandy knows that if he goes away to college, their relationship will not survive. However, she does not want to trap Lip in a life of poverty so she goes out of her way to motivate him to apply to colleges and even sends out applications without his knowledge.
  • Gossip Girl has Chuck and Blair, and Dan and Serena.
  • Subverted in the early seasons of Power Rangers. Tommy ends up marrying his Second Love, Katherine with whom he did not start dating until just prior to graduation, and spent some time away from post-Turbo.
  • Summer and Seth of the The O.C. got married at the series finale.
  • Donna and David from Beverly Hills, 90210 got married by the end of the series. This was eventually subverted in the spin-off, where we find out they have seperated.
  • This did not work out well for Will Schuester in Glee. In fact, one might even call it a Deconstruction.
    • Other than that, there are plenty of those to go around by series finale: Santana and Britney, Kurt and Blaine, Rachel and Jesse all got married (the first two couples actually had a double wedding together). Artie and Tina and Quinn and Puck are hinted to possibly become cases of this as well.
  • During most of the series, this seems to be the case of Kevin and Winnie in The Wonder Years... only to be subverted in the Grand Finale.
  • Pretty Little Liars: All the relationships of the main characters are this.
  • The Mentalist: Or rather, middle-school sweethearts. In "Bloodsport" it's mentioned that Betriz and Manny have been dating since they were thirteen and married since they were seventeen.

  • John Cougar Mellencamp's 1982 hit 'Jack and Diane' is all about this trope, and the aftermath when reality hits.
  • A theme so common in youth-oriented music from the 1950s and early 1960s it could almost be a trope in itself.
  • Completely deconstructed and discussed in Slick Rick's "Teenage Love" from The Great Adventures of Slick Rick. It initially starts by playing the trope straight, but after enough time passes, the relationship deteriorates badly, with the implication of the relationship becoming very one-sided. Inevitably, the couple breaks up and Rick tells the listeners "If it's not true love, you shouldn't deal with it."
  • Billy Joel's "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" centers around two high school lovers named Brenda and Eddie, the "popular steadies and the king and the queen of the prom" who marry young but have to divorce due to monetary issues.
  • Chuck Berry's "You Never Can Tell" is about two high school sweethearts who manage to stay together through careful budgeting and partying (and a lot of love!). Basically, Billy Joel's "Scenes From an Italian Restaurant" is what happens when the careful budgeting isn't there, and can be considered an answer record to Chuck Berry's track.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • For Better or for Worse had Elizabeth and Anthony, who dated for a time in high school, decided they were Better as Friends, then were eventually Strangled by the Red String so that the strip could end with a wedding. Michael took this a few steps further with Deanna: she was his first crush back in elementary, moved away, then they were reunited after he witnessed her car accident.
    • Averted with the youngest Patterson, April. The Strip of Destiny revealed she'd moved away and had hooked up with an unnamed "country boy". Prior to this, however, the strip had teased the idea of her ending up with her childhood friend Gerald.

    Video Games 
  • Aaron and Amy, two of the main characters from the Dating Sim Always Remember Me, have been together for a few years, with Amy starting her first year of college. The townspeople even acknowledge them as an Official Couple.
  • In Double Homework, since the protagonist and Lauren get engaged in her epilogue, they are implied to become this in the future.
  • Enforced in Gal*Gun, where the actions of some clumsy cupids result in the protagonist being required to find his true love at the high school that very day, or else he will never have a relationship with anyone. Lampshaded in "Double Peace", where the (apprentice) cupid Ekoro claims that studies show most people meet their eventual spouse in high school, and the protagonist responds with "What, do angels read Cosmo as well?"
  • In Growing Up, you can date your high school friend and marry them in the epilogue if your sexual orientation is compatible and you developed your relationship with them well enough.
  • Kyo Kusanagi and Yuki from The King of Fighters: It's not mentioned when they exactly started dating, but Kyo started the story as a highschool student and Yuki was one of his classmates. And years after Kyo dropped out of highschool (Comic-Book Time notwithstanding), XIII implies that they're still together, even if theirs is a Long-Distance Relationship due to obvious reasons.
  • The Tokimeki Memorial series lives and breathes this trope, thanks to the Legend of the respective High Schools of each game, where it's said that a confession at a specific place of the school (a World Tree in the first and fourth games, a Bell Tower in the second, a slope in the third, a church in the Gender Flip game) during Graduation Day will grant the young sweethearts eternal happiness in their couple. It's thus very Serious Business for (most of) the characters in those games to find love during their 3 years of High School and get this confession at the place of legend ; some of them even joined those specific schools for having the chance of being blessed by this legend, such as Yuu Satsuki of Tokimeki Memorial 4. One of the girls from the first game, Yukari Koshiki, is the fruit and living proof of the legend - her very Happily Married parents were Kirameki high students, and 20-something years ago they confessed their love under the tree.
  • In True Love Junai Monogatari, the Featureless Protagonist's parents make him live on his own (though the flat is owned by the family) in hopes to have him get a girlfriend before he graduates from high school. Out of the eight prospect girlfriends, five (Remi, Mayumi, Mikae, Ryoko and Miyuki) attend his same school (and Mikae's case doubles as Childhood Friend Romance), and another (Katsuya's sister Arisa) goes to a local all-girls highschool, therefore they can fill in this trope if they're pursued.

  • Zoophobia: Alanzo and Jackie were this, and are now Happily Married.
  • Kevin & Kell: Lindesfarne and Fenton met in high school, and are now Happily Married. They avoided the whole 'splitting up due to college' part by going to the same school. Then again, considering Lindesfarne still loved Fenton despite believing him dead for almost a year, it probably wouldn't have stopped them.
    • By technicality Fiona and Rudy qualify as well. They knew each other as babies, but were apparently too young to remember it, and they fought all the time anyway according to their old daycare minder, so their meeting in high school they considered their 'first' meeting.
  • Penny and Aggie: The Class Reunion Distant Finale reveals that of all the teenage couples at Belleville High, only Jack and Katy-Ann stayed together and got married. Although the chapter reveals that the title couple had an Offscreen Breakup sometime during their senior year, now that six years have passed and they've both matured, they decide to give it another shot. They may end up as another example of this, but the strip ends on that note.

    Web Original 
  • Janet Claymont and Chadd Crossen from V4 of Survival of the Fittest. Turns out it was somewhat one sided though, as Chadd spent his dying moments forgiving Janet for cheating on him, whilst Janet spent hers regretting that she couldn't think of something more worthwhile than him.

    Western Animation 
  • Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable in Kim Possible ultimately become this—they've known each other since their first day of preschool (when they were around three or four) and become an Official Couple the night of their high school prom during their junior year. The second Series Finale of the show tackled the "fall in love in high school, but what about college?"-issue: Ron (who applies to pretty much every single college he can find on the off chance of getting in somewhere) stresses over the fact that it's unlikely he'll end up going to the same college as Kim (who, because of her extraordinary physical and academic abilities, could easily get into just about any place of higher education on the planet). While viewers aren't shown what happens, Word of God confirms that Kim and Ron will be together forever.
    • Word of God has also said that they had been planning on eventually making Kim and Ron a couple from the very beginning, instead of having them stay just friends for the entire franchise.
    • Also, an alternative ending to the second series finale shows that Kim and Ron do end up going to the same college.
  • On King of the Hill, Hank and Peggy, Bill and Lenore (before she crushed him in the divorce), and Dale and Nancy are this. And while Nancy does have an affair with John Redcorn for several years, its hard to understand how someone as odd as Dale got with her in the first place.
  • Homer and Marge from The Simpsons.
  • Batman Beyond, Terry and his long-time girlfriend, Dana, become this in the JLU, fully absorbed finale episode, "Epilogue", when Terry decides he's going to propose to her at the end of the episode.
  • Doughy Latchkey's parents on Moral Orel are this. They still look and act like they're in high school and have find that Doughy gets in the way of this.
  • As with the comics, Cyclops and Jean Grey throughout the various X-Men cartoons, highlighted most obviously in X-Men: Evolution and Wolverine and the X-Men (2009).
  • The Owl House:
    • A flashback from the season 1 finale Implied that Alador and Odalia Blight were dating during their time at Hexside.
    • Willow's fathers are also shown to have been on a Flying Derby team together during their teenage years via a newspaper clipping in "Any Sport in a Storm", though much like with Odalia and Alador it isn't stated if they were already together.
    • Eda and Raine first met during an interscholastic event when they were around 14 and became fast friends, with Raine transfering to Hexside shortly afterwards so they could stay together. Sadly, they broke up at some point in their late teens/early twenties because Eda's secretiveness regarding her curse ended up pushing Raine away.
    • Eda's flashback to her first meeting with Raine also shows two girls in the potions track who appear to be very close and are implied to be Boscha's mothers due to her resemblance to them.
    • Luz and Amity are well on their way to this by the time of the epilogue, having been together for several years and still going strong as Luz prepares to attend college in the Demon Realm.

    Real Life 
  • Actor Jeff Daniels and his wife Kathleen Treado met in high school, in Chelsea, Michigan, and married in 1979.
  • Bono and Alison "Ali" Hewson (née Stewart) both met at Mount Temple Comprehensive School in 1973, in Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland. They got married in 1982.
  • Snoop Dogg and his wife Shante both met in high school, in Chelsea, Michigan, and married in 1997. Snoop filed for divorce in 2004, but they reconciled their differences and stayed together.
  • Mario Lucero and Isabel Lucero (née Ruiz) both met at Sandia View Academy, and stated dating in 2004, in Corrales, New Mexico. They got married on their 10th anniversary in 2014.
  • Marshall "Eminem" Mathers has been twice married to Kimberly Scott, whom he met in high school. They've since separated and agreed to joint custody of their three children.note 
  • Vince McMahon and his wife Linda met when they were 16 and 13 respectively, and Vince proposed to Linda as soon as she graduated high school. They've been together ever since, despite all the adulterous and abusive nonsense Vince gets up to as part of the show.
  • Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis and Deborah Woodruff married at 19, but sadly Curtis ended up committing suicide at 23 amid divorce proceedings.
  • Jon Bon Jovi married his high school sweetheart Dorothea Hurley in 1989. They're still married.
  • Eurovision winner Nicole, who won with "Ein Bisschen Frieden" in 1982, at the age of 17, two years later married her "Best friend I happened to fall in love with" Winfried Seibert, having known him since they were both 14. They're still together, to the point where it's a blessing given by grandparents in the Saarland, where Nicole is from, "May you have a marriage as happy and as long lasting as Nicole Seibert's"!
  • George Strait eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma Voss, in 1971. Over fifty years later, they're still happily married.


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John and Olivia Walker

John Walker and his wife Olivia reminisce on how they fell in love in high school, and she encourages him as the new Captain America.

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