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"All of our young lives we search for someone to love. Someone that makes us complete. We choose partners and change partners. We dance to a song of heartbreak and hope. All the while wondering if somewhere, somehow, there's someone perfect who might be searching for us."
Kevin Arnold, The Wonder Years

The most indomitable of romantic ideals is the idea of one utter perfect specimen who is your ultimate match. Perhaps they will have everything in common with you and share your dreams. Perhaps they will be your Foil because True Love Is Exceptional. A third possibility is Mindlink Mates leading the two of them to understand each other better than anyone else.

Often Love at First Sight occurs when someone spots or otherwise realizes that this person is their true love. Because Destiny Says So or The Power of Love are often invoked to explain why that person is the way they are or how you met them. If sex is involved, it may overlap with Sex Equals Love.

Not to be confused with One True Pairing, which is what the fans want to happen. This only applies to examples where it's made clear and deliberate in the work, regardless of what the editor happens to ship and regardless of how convinced you are.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • CLAMP are very fond of this trope, and use it frequently in their manga. Most evident in Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-, which ties together all their various stories into one multiverse (along with alternate universes thereof), and when counterparts of established romantic couples pop up, they will invariably still be in a relationship regardless of how their circumstances differ in the various worlds.
  • Deconstructed at the end of Codename: Sailor V: Minako and Ace share this, but Minako will always put her mission over love and Ace, knowing this, became Danburite so that she'd understand it by killing him. Needless to say, by the time she debuts in Sailor Moon Minako has some serious issues, even if she does everything in her power so nobody will notice.
  • DARLING in the FRANXX: The main symbol of the series is the Jian, a one-winged bird from Chinese mythology. In Chinese myths, a pair of Jian birds represents marriage since the two are inseparable and co-dependent on one another. Much like a Jian pair, Hiro and Zero Two are inseparable and serve as each other's wings. Back when they were children, Hiro tried to help Zero Two escape the APE facility where she was being tested on and tortured. Looking past Zero Two's inhuman appearance, Hiro became the only boy who admired and loved her for who she was Warts and All, and even promised to marry her while they were on the run. Their short time together as children made an impact on Zero Two and, as Episode 12 reveals, she spent much of her life looking to reunite with her original "darling", the boy she loved and missed. When she finds out Hiro was her "darling" all along in Episode 13, she becomes distraught over her actions up to that point before the two make up in Episode 15. Since then, the two have shown unconditional love for one another and know that their bond will help them overcome whatever obstacle fate throws at them.
  • Fairy Tail: Zeref Dragneel and Mavis Vermilion — they are undoubtedly the love of each other's lives, but constant misfortune has kept them apart. As the only two existing bearers of the Curse of Contraditions, they are the only two people that could ever hope to fully understand and empathize with each other. This fact caused them to fall in love with each other, but as the curse's purpose is to deny its bearer happiness, Mavis "died", separating them for over a century before Mavis was revived. Denied a chance to be with the love of his life and the only person to have ever made him truly happy, Zeref fell into greater despair than ever before until he finally snapped and dedicated himself to being as evil as the world declared him to be. Mavis, now an Astral Projection only visible to members of Fairy Tail, stayed close to Zeref and was forced to watch as the man she loved begin his true Start of Darkness, all the while being unable to comfort him and stop him in his tracks. In the present storyline, despite everything that has happened, they are still deeply in love with each other — Mavis all but begs Zeref not to destroy the world because it was the world where they met, while Zeref's only regret about his plan is that in the new world he wishes to create, he and Mavis will never meet. The sheer tragedy of their relationship is only highlighted when fans are shown in an omake that in least one other world, they managed to find happiness together. Eventually, thanks to the power of the One Magic, they are finally able to be together in the afterlife.
  • Inuyasha: A bit of a complicated example because Inuyasha's One True Love is Kikyou's soul. Inuyasha and Kikyou were deeply in love and were very close to living out their ideal married life, but this ended tragically when Naraku tricked the two into hating each other. Naraku fatally wounded Kikyou while disguised as Inuyasha, and expected Kikyou to take Inuyasha's life while using the jewel to heal herself. She could not bring herself to do either out of love for Inuyasha, and instead used her remaining strength to shoot a single sealing arrow to pin him to the Goshinboku tree; this meant, Kikyou was full of both bitter hatred and very strong love towards Inuyasha at the time of her death, so the Shikon Jewel became corrupted in response to her hatred while the love granted her a wish to see Iuyasha again. Naraku planned to use the tainted Jewel but Kikyou realized this and with her last words, ordered Kaede to burn it with her body, which she and the locals did. Inuyasha and Kikyo's love transcended time and space as the desire to see Inuyasha again was the wish that the Shikon Jewel used to reincarnate Kikyou as Kagome Higurashi, and therefore reconstitute itself despite Kikyo's conscious decision to destroy the jewel with herself. With time Kagome becomes Kikyou's successor, and although Kikyou was the woman Inuyasha "loved most in all the world", Inuyasha comes to realise that he is destined to be with Kagome (though they are different people, they are also one and the same), and Kagome also comes to understand it and let go of her own insecurities about Kikyo and herself. Inuyasha and Kikyou (as Kagome) finally get to live out their happily married lives together in the end, like they had first planned those many years ago. And before that, the revived Kikyou passed away peacefully in Inuyasha's embrace, finally free of everything.
    • Rumiko Takahashi stated that she chose Kikyou's name basing on the language of flowers, as the Chinese Bellflower's meaning is "unchanging love."
  • Naruto
    • Naruto has spent almost his entire life searching for the one person who would love him unconditionally, in spite of everything that has and will transpire in his life, along with all of his flaws, like his parents would have if they lived beyond his birth. However, since he never understood the romantic implications of such a relationship, he's been blind to the fact that the person he's been searching for has been right in front of him all this time: Hinata, the girl who has admired, acknowledged and loved him for the way he is since the day they first met as children. It takes him until the canon movie The Last: Naruto the Movie to finally realize that Hinata is the precious person he wants to protect and be with.
      Masashi Kishimoto: I think what made me realize it was partly because, if you really look back and think about it, Hinata always supported and acknowledged Naruto, even before Master Iruka. She had the ability to see beyond his reputation and see the true person inside. I think I started realizing that they were meant to be.
    • Naruto's own parents recognize each other as this as well. His mother Kushina was bullied as a child for being an outsider and for her long flowing red hair in particular, which caused her to resent it. She also initially didn't think much of his father Minato, believing him to be "flaky", similar to how Naruto initially thought of Hinata as "weird". One day, though, Kushina was kidnapped by Kumo ninja for being the Kyuubi Jinchuriki. She made a Trail of Bread Crumbs using strands of her hair, and just when it seemed no one had caught on, Minato appeared and rescued her. He was the only one to catch on to what she was doing, and even admitted that the first thing he noticed about her when they first met was her beautiful long red hair. That was the moment that Kushina realized that the hair she hated so much had become her Red String of Fate that led her to her soulmate.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V: Arc-V plays with this trope like it does with everything. We are led to believe that this is the case for Yuya and Yuzu as each of their counterparts like them have a romantic relationship with Yuri and Serena being the odd man out. Then it's revealed it's a subversion as Ray, Yuzu and her counterpart's original form, sent her counterparts to be friends with Zarc's, Yuya and his counterpart's original form so Zarc doesn't revive and destroy reality. But despite this they all fell in love and by the end it's implied that each pair ends up together.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Jaden and Yubel. In a past life, as children, he promised to love her and only her forever. His feelings for her were so strong, they carried over through his reincarnation and memory loss: it only takes him a few minutes after remembering to reaffirm the vow and fuse their souls together for eternity. On Yubel's end, she loved him so much she voluntarily underwent a Painful Transformation into a monster just so she could protect him, and apparently waited thousands of years for him to be reincarnated. Her love was so strong it drove her to insanity, damned and redeemed her in succession.

    Comic Books 
  • Superman: Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Pretty much everyone and their dog knows that these two are made for each other. Evidence-every form of media they've ever appeared in.
  • Apollo and Midnighter of The Authority and Stormwatch. The peculiarities of their comics-verse means that we've seen a great many alternate universe versions of them (Palette Swap versions, kid heroes, samurais, a golly-gee parody of Blue Beetle and Booster Gold...), and all of them are joined at the hip. They take it for granted to the point where Midnighter is disturbed and upset to meet an alternate universe version of them that broke up.
  • Batman, despite his numerous relationships in both personas, has only ever loved two women: Catwoman and Talia al Ghul. Of those two women, the one that can be described as the love of his life is Catwoman — but because True Love Is Boring, they have never managed to settle down in a lasting relationship with each other long enough to cement them as this in the eyes of the general public.
  • Wally West and Linda Park may rival Lois and Clark in this regard. They've literally come back from the dead for each other through The Power of Love, and their love was so strong that when Neron (DC's stand-in for Satan) took it, it almost killed him.

    Fan Works 
  • Reconciliation: Shinji and Asuka are this for each other. For a good chunk of the fic we find several alternate versions of Shinji and Asuka. The versions may be wildly different, but they are always in love with each other. Always.
    • In chapter 11 Asuka becomes aware of it:
      A dream-scape formed around them. A physical realm in which their imagined forms manifested. Simply from the will of a girl who had lived infinite lives, time and time again, with only one constant. Her lover was always there. For her. It's time she was there for him.
    • And in chapter 12, Lilith calls Asuka Shinji's life mate.
  • RE-TAKE: Asuka told that after Third Impact countless alternate realities were born, all of them different and unique... and the single only unifying element was that Shinji and her always met and fell in love.
  • Scar Tissue: Rei visited thousands of realities during Instrumentality. No matter what reality she visited or what world she went to, Shinji and Asuka were always together, always bonded by destiny. They were one.
  • Transformers Animated: Cybertronian Genesis: Optimus Prime views Elita-1/Blackarachnia as his, which is why he doesn't even entertain the idea of a relationship with anyone else, even though, as the Hero of Cybertron, he could have anyone he wanted. In another life, had Blackarachnia remained Elita-1, it would've been mutual — it's outright stated that Optimus was the only 'bot she ever felt anything for, even during her relationship with Sentinel.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe
    • Captain America: The First Avenger: It's implied that Steve believes in this to a certain extent, which is why he has such a hard time with women — he's not looking for a fling to have some fun with, he's looking for someone to spend the rest of his life with. He thought he found that with Peggy Carter, but as we all know, fate denied them a chance at a happy life together. While he's thrown himself back into the fight so he doesn't dwell on what he's lost, The Winter Soldier and Civil War suggest he might have a second chance at happiness with Sharon Carter.
    Steve: "Figured I'd wait."
    Peggy: "For what?"
    • Iron Man: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. Pepper could have left him behind years ago and become successful on her own, but stayed behind as his Beleaguered Assistant, because she was in love with him. And out of all the women Tony has slept with over the years, out of all the people that he's let into his life, however tangentially, the only person he could count on to be there when it really mattered was her. Tony and Pepper also play with this a little, in that despite knowing that the only people they really wanted were each other, it took them years to start a relationship; not because there were other people, but because Pepper refused to even entertain the idea until Tony became a better man, the kind of man she always thought he could be.
  • In The Constant Nymph, Tessa tells Lewis that they were made for each other, that she was always going to be with him; fate made her a few years late in finding him, but young or old, they were meant to be together. It helps to know that she's only 14 and he's at least in his 30s.
  • Enchanted: Prince Edward and Giselle believe they are each other's, but it's Robert's kiss that awakens Giselle thus proving that he is her true love.
  • The Princess Bride: Buttercup and Westley are this for each other. The Big Bad, who wants Buttercup to marry him instead, knows he is doomed to failure as long as Westley is alive because of this trope.
  • Sleepless in Seattle: Lampshaded by Annie in one scene, who says it is usually invoked as means of explaining all the romantic accidents. Played straight when she later goes along with the idea that Sam is the one anyway.
  • When Harry Met Sally...: Mentioned by Sally who complains of a man she was interested in finding his perfect match. "He just met her... She's supposed to be his transitional person, she's not supposed to be the one."

    Literature 
  • In The Dilbert Future, Scott Adams Deconstructs the trope, pointing out that the One True Love is always within driving distance, and of the preferred gender, age, and species. And if the relationship doesn't work, the person usually will find their "True" One True Love under the same circumstances.
  • While The Hunger Games for the most part averts this trope, it is surprisingly brought up at the very end. Upon declaring her love for previously fake-boyfriend Peeta, Katniss states that the two of them ending up together "would have happened anyway", implying that she believes they would have fallen in love even if they hadn't been in the Hunger Games together.
    • Played straight throughout the story with Katniss' parents.
  • "Lifemates" in the Liaden Universe are rare but when they do happen, that 'verse's science of psionics can objectively verify it. (It is eventually revealed that this is due to genetic spiritual meddling by Sufficiently Advanced Aliens in the past, and there's a damn good reason why it always seems to happen to the "dramliz" and not anyone else.)
  • Condwiramurs and Parzival in Parzival — so much so that both of their names are written on the Holy Grail, allowing them to love each other.
  • Bella and Edward in Twilight are repeatedly stated to be this, giving or attempting to sacrifice everything for the sake of each other. In their universe, it is deliberately invoked by the werewolves, who bond to a single soulmate for whom they always love.
  • Per Word of God, Harry Potter and Ginny Weasley. Tellingly, Harry's last thoughts right before Voldemort kills him (Harry actually survived, but he didn't know he was going to) is of her, all but stating that she was the greatest comfort in his life. Notably, Harry tried to deny his feelings for her at first (mainly because she was Ron's sister) and only after seeing her make out with her boyfriend did he finally accept the truth. Ginny herself admits after they got together that she never fully got over her crush on him at the beginning of the series. They only broke up because of, as Ginny puts it, "some stupid, noble reason", with the unsaid understanding that if they both made it through the war, they would get back together. The epilogue reveals they eventually got Happily Married with three children.
  • Chronicles of the Kencyrath: Played with in regards to Ganth and the Dreamweaver. Ganth obsessively adored her, and it was clearly unhealthy. It definitely isn't glamorized—it's clear this is very screwed up... although Ganth's feeling at least are also somewhat tragic. But even so, Ganth definitely believes they were One True Love... although no one else really agrees with him, and the story doesn't present them as such.
    Ganth: You don't understand. What happened was fated.
    Trishien: Well, it was certainly fatal.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.. Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons. Fitz and Simmons have been put through Hell and back over the course of the series and still find a way to be together.With Fitz letting himself drown to save her to jumping into an alien portal find her. Even if it means helping Ward and HYDRA bring a monster back to Earth to prevent them from hurting her. When Fitz is plugged into the Framework, AIDA alters his memories so that she took Jemma's place in Fitz's life. This causes Fitz to not only become a sadist but to develop obsessive loyalty not to Jemma, but to AIDA. When Fitz is woken up from the Framework, AIDA still wants to be with him, but even with two lives' worth of memories, Fitz says he can't love anyone but Jemma. Despite witnessing the horrors Fitz commited in the Framework Jemma still believed in Fitz.
  • Arrow: On her deathbed, Laurel Lance admitted to Oliver Queen that he was the love of her life. While Oliver had seemingly moved on with Felicity Smoak at the time, Season Five makes it clear that he still loved Laurel even then, and would always love her, for as long as he lived. Hence, her death is the one the breaks him the most, as he never got the chance to admit this to her before she died. He is only really able to move on when he tells the "Laurel" produced by the Lotus-Eater Machine used by the Dominators during the "Invasion!" crossover all the things he couldn't say to his Laurel: that he loved her, that he wasn't the man she loved, and that she always deserved better than him. This along with the fact that it was Laurel, not Felicity, that was his ideal lover in this perfect fantasy, all but confirms that she was the love of his life, just like he was for hers. For further proof, as the illusion continued to gradually fall apart for Oliver, confusing him, the only thing he was sure of was that he loved Laurel, and that the one thing he wanted, more than anything else, was to marry her.
  • Babylon 5:
    • John Sheridan and Delenn, despite the fact that she was his Second Love. The Power of Love between them has been enough for Sheridan to defy both death and torture and may in fact be responsible for winning two separate wars.
    • Jeffrey Sinclair and Catherine Sakai, to the point where Love Transcends Spacetime.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003) has Laura Roslin and Bill Adama. Mary McDonnell, who played Roslin, explicitly stated that the two are soulmates:
    McDonnell: I do think that the other thing [Ron] created is that there are soulmates in life, and I think that's true with this relationship—if you look at it from a soul-mate point of view, their destiny brought them together to serve a bigger cause, together, and in the process perhaps heal something very old and very familiar between themselves.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: While shippers will find it debatable, Buffy and Angel would probably consider themselves this, even when they aren't together. In the canon Season 8 comic continuation, Buffy and Angel are part of a cosmic destiny to create another universe with their love (or at least their sex). Disobeying destiny and leaving their new paradise universe has massive consequences, but it's the thought that counts.
  • The Flash (2014): Barry Allen and Iris West. They're even married on an alternate earth and in the first timeline of the series. While both are capable of feeling genuine attraction to others and can even fall in love with other people (Eddie Thawne for Iris, Patty Spivot for Barry), it always comes back to them in the end. Barry fully admits that Iris is the love of his life, and she admits she feels the same way too.
  • Parodied in an episode of Friends: Phoebe asks Chandler if he believes in soulmates. He doesn't, he believes in falling in love, but not that there's one person who's perfect for you. She says "Good, because I just met Monica's!" The rest of the episode is him feeling increasingly threatened by this guy, until Monica explains she doesn't believe in One True Love either.
    Monica: I don't think that you and I were destined to end up together. I think that we fell in love and work hard at our relationship. Some days we work really hard.
    • This is rather odd as in their wedding vows Monica explicitly called Chandler "my prince and my soulmate" and a previous episode had Chandler declaring they were "meant for each other". Many fans were irritated by the Continuity Snarl.
    • Word of God views them as this trope, if this quote (referring to an alternate universe episode where their counter-parts still got together) is anything to go by:
      Kevin Bright: What it says is that these two were destined to be together. That it doesn’t matter if they were skinny or large, or successful or not, that these two had something in fate that was meant to be.
  • In The Good Place, everyone has a soulmate that they are introduced to upon their arrival in the afterlife. Eleanor is Chidi's, and Jianyu is Tahani's. Except Eleanor is only in the Good Place due to a mix-up, and it all goes haywire from there.
    • Given The Reveal in the first season finale that they're really in the Bad Place, it's unclear if soulmates are really a thing, or if Michael made it up for the sake of having something else to torment the humans with.
    • That being said, it's shown that Eleanor and Chidi have fallen in love in multiple reboots, and always find their way back to each other, even though Michael has rebooted them over eight hundred times. This implies that, though it was the opposite of what Michael intended, Chidi and Eleanor truly are soulmates.
  • Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham in Hannibal. Invoked throughout the series: Hannibal and Will's other relationships are all either doomed to fail because Hannibal or Will are too 'abnormal' compared their partner, or framed as lacking something essential even when they're otherwise satisfying. Conversely, Hannibal and Will are consistently framed as being the only ones who can truly "see" the other - understanding and accepting each other to a degree of intimacy unaccessible to anyone else - and as irredeemably drawn to each other. In the series finale, they're revealed to be in love with each other, effectively marking them as this.
  • Holby City: Serena Campbell calls Bernie Wolfe "the one great love affair of my life", and Bernie admits without shame that she would wait for Serena "for eternity".
  • The entire premise of How I Met Your Mother is based around Ted's search for his future wife, who has been shown to have the exact characteristics that Ted is looking for.
    • This trope played with at the end of the finale when it's revealed that the Mother had died several years before and Ted's kids encourage him to go after Robin since his story makes it clear that he still loves her.
  • Arthur and Guinevere in Merlin. Merlin even says that Gwen and Arthur are destined to be together, even though this pairing is never explicitly mentioned in any of the prophecies featured on the show.
  • One episode of Mysterious Ways focuses on the idea of soulmates and whether a person can have more than one. One character mentions that you will "never be able to shake" your soulmate once you find them; later in the episode, it's pointed out that Declan can't seem to "shake" Peggy OR Miranda.
  • NCIS: Main protagonist Leroy Jethro Gibbs' true love was his first wife, Shannon, who was killed alongside with their daughter Kelly. At one point, Ducky, one of Gibbs' oldest, closest friends, called her the love of Gibbs' life. Gibbs has never been able to let go of their deaths, and it has doomed every single romantic relationship he's had since, including his three marriages after Shannon.
  • Once Upon a Time: Tinkerbell uses magic to help Regina find hers: Robin Hood. Unfortunately, thanks to Regina's issues and a streak of bad luck, their relationship is ground to a halt every time it tries to start up.
    • Snow White and Charming are this, too. They are, according to Rumplestiltskin, the definition of true love, and will always find each other.'
  • Played for Laughs for an entire series of Peep Show, where Once an Episode Mark has decided that each and every girl he meets is the perfect woman for him.
  • Every main character in Pretty Little Liars has one. In Emily's case that person is Paige. In some of the fandom's eyes it's Alison but by season seven it's made abundantly clear that it's Paige. Even if they didn't end up together and Emily ended up with Alison, the show wanted the audience to know that this was not the happy ending Emily herself wanted and that it was fanservice to the max and it lampshaded it in 7x15 when Emily and Paige have their final goodbye:
    Emily:Nobody wanted this
    Paige: Somebody did, they just never asked any of us.
    Emily: I HAVE to do this.
    Paige: I know. That's what makes you Emily.
  • An abundance of them in Princess Returning Pearl: Yong Qi and Xiao Yan Zi, Er Kang and Zi Wei, Han Xiang and Meng Dan...
  • Raising Hope: Virginia and Burt have remained married for over 20 years, despite Maw Maw continually trying to break them up, because she wanted to boot out her freeloading family. Jimmy later narrates that "if two people are meant to be together, they will stay together no matter what tries to get in their way"—while deleting a text message on Sabrina's phone from her boyfriend, asking her to go to a restaurant, so he could take her out to eat instead.
  • Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The final episode of the series reveals "soul stones"; everyone has one on the North Star, and those that fit together are soulmates. Sabrina stops her wedding with Aaron after she finds that their soul stones don't fit, and walks away from the altar—only to run into Harvey. They kiss and ride off as their soul stones fall together and fit perfectly.
  • Scandal: Olivia Pope and President Fitzgerald Grant III are the love of each other's lives. Unfortunately, because True Love Is Boring, their relationship is constantly on-and-off, either due to outside forces (such as Fitz's political career, as he's unhappily married to First Lady Mellie Grant — Olivia is/was his mistress, even though he sees her as more than that) or their own personal reasons (Olivia broke up with Fitz in Season Five even though his divorce meant they could finally be together openly because she, like Mellie, hated the idea of being stuck in a Gilded Cage and playing the part of First Lady, being far more capable than just a glorified hostess and housewife).
  • Supernatural heavily implies Jessica to be this for Sam. He had had other love interests since her death, but none have continued to be mentioned for so long and none of them seemed to have close to the same level of impact on Sam. Azazel and Brady both mentioned that had she not died, she and Sam would have gotten married and lived happily ever after.
  • Stefan and Elena from The Vampire Diaries fit this trope. The producers of the series, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, have said in so many words that Stefan and Elena's romance or relationship is the true epic love story of the show (despite the show or plot being about a love triangle), they are anchor of the series, they are soulmates and that Stefan and Elena are each other's one true love (much to the dismay of Damon and Elena fans). Of course, Elena does end up marrying Damon in the end, but only because Stefan is dead.

    Western Animation 
  • The Beatles episode "I Want To Hold Your Hand" has a scientist aboard a cruise ship, having captured an octopus whose unhappiness stems from being lovesick. The scientist lowers a diving bell into the ocean to gather some input on finding the octopus' true love. The Beatles have hidden inside the diving bell from their wild female fans, and under the sea they discover a similarly lovesick female octopus. Once back on ship, the boys buy the male octopus and throw him back into the ocean to be with the female octopus to live happily ever after.
  • Justice League: John Stewart and Shayera Hol are implied to be this, as they were in love in a previous life. Though Shayera falls for for a male Hawk first, it's John she always ends up with in the end.
  • Kim Possible: Word of God confirms that Kim and Ron are this. Both have dated other people and have had brief relationships, but as the show goes on, it becomes very clear to everyone except them — both in and out of universe — that the people they're meant to be with are each other. So the Drama implies that deep down, even they knew it, but refrained from taking the next step for their own reasons (for Ron, it was their long-standing friendship; for Kim, it was peer pressure and the level of Ron's maturity). It's only after Drakken interferes and tries to push them apart do they finally muster up the courage and act on what was between them.
  • Miraculous Ladybug both plays it straight and inverts it. Marinette, who is the titular heroine Ladybug, has such a massive crush on Adrien Agreste that she has trouble speaking around him. Adrien, who is the super hero Chat Noir, is in love with Ladybug, and flirts with her consistently. Neither is aware of the other's identity, however, so they are unknowingly in love with each other. The only time they reciprocate their feelings are when Marinette, while in her identity of Ladybug, meets Adrien.
  • Danny Phantom: Jack and Maddie Fenton, the titular protagonist's parents. In an alternate timeline where Maddie married his best friend Vlad Masters, who also had feelings for her (and still does in the main timeline), it is shown that she is absolutely miserable with Vlad and still loves Jack, who took Vlad's place as the first halfa and stayed away from Maddie out of shame as a result. Hell, when Vlad designed a computer program based entirely off her, designed specifically to love him and disparage Jack, the program reveals in its dying moments that it never loved him and instead loved Jack (or "The Jack Program", in this case). It doesn't matter when, where, or what they are; Jack and Maddie are simply meant to be.

Alternative Title(s): True Love

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