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Benedick: I protest I love thee.
Beatrice: Why, then, God forgive me!
Benedick: What offence, sweet Beatrice?
Beatrice: You have stayed me in a happy hour. I was about to protest I loved you.
Benedick: And do it with all thy heart.
Beatrice: I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.

Will They or Won't They? They will, and They Do.

The conclusion of a Romance Arc with a Happy Ending. The point where we are finally done with breakups, misunderstandings, and second thoughts. If the story is done with them, they live Happily Ever After. If it isn't, when the rest of it happens to them, they'll have each other. Give them enough time, and they'll likely be Happily Married by then.

Unless the story decides to start up a whole new string of complications from scratch somewhere in the far future, they finally get to catch a break. And chances are they had to go through a lot to earn it.

If there has been an engaging "will it work?" plot up to this point, a They Do can induce a variation of Shipping Bed Death (or, of course, it can induce the standard brand if it doubles as a Relationship Upgrade) — in which case, cue a last second split up, one party getting run over by a bus or some other malarkey. Writers may try to avert this by segueing into a new kind of story — shifting the focus to a newer couple to keep the old romance plots open, or using the stable relationship to open up fresh new avenues for comedy, drama and adventure.


Contrast with Maybe Ever After, which is when a romance arc ends without clearly confirming anything.

Note: This is a Spoilered Rotten trope, that means that EVERY SINGLE EXAMPLE on this list is a spoiler by default and most of them will be unmarked. This is your last warning, only proceed if you really believe you can handle this list.


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    Anime & Manga 

  • In The Lord of Lorn and the False Steward, the young lord and the duke's daughter.
    But then bespake the old Lord of Learne,
    To the Duke of France thus he did say,
    Seeing our children doe soe well agree,
    They shalbe marryed ere wee goe away.

    Lady of Learne shee was sent for
    Throughout Scottland soe speedilie,
    To see these two children sett vpp
    In their seats of gold full royallye.

    Comic Books 
  • Fantastic Four examples:
    • Reed Richards and Susan Storm. They are perhaps one of the oldest and most stable couples in comics... even Civil War couldn't split them up!
    • Johnny Storm once married Alicia Masters... who turned out to be a Skrull named Lyra.
    • In Dan Slott's run, Ben Grimm and the real Alicia get married, and Reed anticipated that someone would try to disrupt the ceremony, so he created a device that will give them extra time to properly wrap up the wedding.
  • X-Men: Cyclops and Jean Grey may not have been married until the 90s (deaths, resurrections, and Replacement Goldfish will do that to a couple), but had been in a relationship for about as long as Reed and Sue, becoming an old married couple since before they ever tied the knot. Then... the first of the trilogy of marriages being forcibly broken up because they are "more interesting" now (the others being Spider-Man / Mary Jane and Hank Pym / the Wasp.)
  • The Authority: At the end of the Transfer of Power arc, Apollo and Midnighter marry and adopt baby Jenny Quantum. Business continues as normal.
  • Superman: Lois Lane and Clark Kent in Superman: The Wedding Album. Interestingly, Seigel and Shuster wanted to give them a Relationship Upgrade early on, but DC said no. It took about sixty years and two Continuity Reboots before they found themselves back in a place where it could happen, and it took another half-dozen Continuity Reboots to break them up. Which were uneffective anyway: they do once again, since DC Rebirth.
  • Titania and Crusher "The Absorbing Man" Creel of Marvel Comics.
  • Spider-Man:
    • Peter Parker and Mary Jane went through a "dating-breaking up-getting back together" cycle for two decades until they got married in Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 (1987):
      Mary Jane: "I will take this man—this very special man—to be the most important thing in my life. Because that's exactly what I've realized, he already is."
      Peter Parker: "She knows better than anyone else what she's getting intoand she still wants me! How could I possibly turn down someone like that? I do."
    • One More Day retconned the marriage but they remain very much Happily Married in other continuities, including one where they have kids and another which came out years later out of public demand where they have another daughter and become an actual crime-fighting family. In the newspaper dailies, the two have been married for well over thirty years, to the point where, when the writers attempted to reverse Time Skip the series to pre-marriage days, outcry made the sequence All Just a Dream. In the Ultimate Marvel universe, they are both teenagers, and not even death could keep them apart, and both of them discuss marriage and elopement many times and it's implied, but never confirmed they do this Post-Ultimate Peter's resurrection.
    • Peter and MJ began dating again in the main universe in 2018 when Nick Spencer took over as head writer, and a recent issue had Peter almost re-proposing to Mary Jane, with the implication that he'll try again in the near future.
      Peter: Maybe some other day.
  • Monica's Gang: Monica and Jimmy Five finally get married in a Time Skip chapter of the Spinoff Teens manga, which was already a Time Skip to begin with.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics) has two examples. The on-and-off relationship between Sonic and Sally that started in SatAM led to Sonic officially becoming Sally's consort before becoming the new King of Mobitropolis in the future. Also, Antoine D'Coolette and Bunnie Rabbot dated for just over a decade and have been married since issue 174.
  • The Incredible Hulk: Bruce Banner and Betty Ross had a solid marriage despite everything they went through. It took her death and resurrection as Red She-Hulk to break them up. Betty was earlier married to and divorced Glenn Talbot, who was even more rabid about going after Hulk than General Ross.
  • Thanks to the implication they are the Grand Finale of the pre-Flashpoint universe, the Convergence mini-series have a few:
    • Dick Grayson and Barbara Gordon finally marry in Nightwing and Oracle, after years of dating on and off. They are currently dating again in the current Nightwing (Infinite Frontier) run.
    • The Pre-Crisis versions of Dick Grayson and Koriand'r also got married, satisfying both sides of the Ship-to-Ship Combat.
    • While they don't really do anything formal (they are even too tired for Their First Time), the ending of Batgirl reunites Stephanie Brown and Tim Drake, and they both conclude that they've been through too much together to want to lose one another again. This is averted for now however as the two are currently broken up and Tim has entered another romantic relationship.
  • Ultimate X-Men: In the mainstream continuity, the animated series and the film, Wolverine has always been the loser in the Wolverine-Jean-Cyclops love triangle. In this comic, set in the Ultimate Marvel universe, Wolverine kisses Jean and has sex with her. And then, back to the loser role in the triangle.
  • Cyclonus and Tailgate in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye have to deal with Getaway forcing them into a Love Triangle, Cyclonus being almost incapable of opening up, Cyclonus nearly dying, Tailgate nearly dying (multiple times), and so on, but at the end of the comic, they're not only robot married, they're inviting Whirl - the only person Cyclonus could rely on for help and assistance, weirdly enough - to come and live with them when he gets out of prison.
  • Runaways: Karolina Dean and Nico Minoru. Although Karolina had crushed on Nico since at least the start of the series in 2003 (if not before), Nico rejected her advances in 2005. Romantic tension continued to exist between them through the years until 2017, when Nico confessed her love to Karolina and kissed her. They have dated ever since.
  • Our Miss Brooks: Connie Brooks and Phillip Boynton, in the comic adaption of The Movie Grand Finale.

    Fairy Tales 
  • In The White Dove, when the prince has claimed the white dove/princess, the witch must let them marry. (She intends to kill them in the morning.)

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust:
    • This trope actually sets off the entire plot. In the very first non-prologue chapter, the canon Awkward Kiss between Shinji and Asuka turns into The Big Damn Kiss, the two of them admit their feelings to each other, and the rest of the fic is spent exploring just how drastically the course of the story is changed by Asuka and Shinji being a loving and mutually supportive couple.
    • One of those changes is Shinji and Asuka playing matchmakers and getting Hikari and Touji together.
    • In chapter 8, Misato is fed up with lying to herself and pretend she and Kaji have a "friends with benefits" relationship despite of her never getting over him. After pillow talk, they agree to get together again.
  • Clover the Clever and Commander Hurricane in A Brief History of Equestria. No one's surprised, after years of Belligerent Sexual Tension and verbal jousting.
  • The Child of Love: Asuka and Shinji got married two years and one half after Teri’s birth and five years before the epilogue.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji liked Asuka but he did not dare to spit it out. Asuka had a crush on Kaji but she was beginning to like Shinji. After spending a good while dancing around each other, both teenagers got together.
  • In the Children of Time series:
    • Dr. Watson and Sally Sparrow marry an episode after first meeting each other (although "Watson and Sparrow" largely focuses on their relationship, with the original events of "Blink" framing the story).
    • Sherlock Holmes and Beth Lestrade have a far more complicated time of it — with an entire three-part finale to work through their relationship. They do end up saying their vows, though with the knowledge that Beth will be leaving for her own time soon.
  • The Contractually Obligated Chaos series does this for the two leads - twice. Thanks to a Magically-Binding Contract, they end the first story in a state where they are effectively married, in a Claimed by the Supernatural kind of way. The sequel ends with a more traditional Wedding Finale, covering all the bases.
  • A Crown of Stars: Shinji and Asuka think they are too damaged and it's too late to begin a healthy relationship. Then their future selves show up and tell them, "We are married and expecting. Now stop making excuses and moping."
  • Doing It Right This Time: In the altered timeline, Shinji, Asuka and Rei decide to solve their Love Triangle in a very simple way: the three of them share each other.
  • Happens repeatedly in the Elemental Chess Trilogy for the main pairings. Most are married before the end of the first story.
  • Empath and Smurfette marry at the end of the Empath: The Luckiest Smurf novel.
  • Evangelion 303:
    • At the end of chapter 13 Shinji and Asuka got engaged.
    • Hikari and Touji get married at the end of chapter 17 during the trip to Las Vegas.
  • Chapter 12 of the Superjail! fanfic Extended Stay has the Warden and the Mistress getting married at last while she is 8 months pregnant. Of course, it's just before the ceremony ends when her water suddenly breaks.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: After three years of fights, arguments, reconciliations and emotional attachment, Shinji and Asuka get together. They don't get married until they are in their late forties, though.
  • In Heartbeat of the War God, Ashura and Yasha are wed by Brahma marriage.
  • HERZ:
    • Asuka and Shinji get married between the events of the series and the first chapter.
    • Touji and Hikari have been dating for over a decade and get married between the Final Battle and the epilogue.
  • Higher Learning: Shinji and Asuka get together in chapter 5, in which the consumption of a whole bottle of sake leads to a mutual Love Confession. Between the final scene and the epilogue they get married.
  • Last Child of Krypton:
    • After several weeks of doubts, fears and self-denial (on Asuka's part), Shinji and Asuka kiss. Then Shinji reveals that he is Superman and he likes her. They get together right afterwards.
    • In the rewrite, they get together after Asuka gets over Kaji and acknowledges she likes Shinji. Feeling lonely, she tries to seduce him. Shinji stops her, arguing that he did not want to take advantage of her when she was feeling vulnerable... but he likes her back. They become a couple from that time on.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: After several chapters trying to get over their traumas and learn how to get along well, Shinji and Asuka get together.
  • New Tamaran: Robin and Starfire. Also, the ending reveals that other Titans have gotten married as well.
  • Once More with Feeling: Although the story is dormant, Word Of God says Shinji and Asuka will eventually get together.
  • The One I Love Is...: Shinji spends the whole story trying to choose between Asuka and Rei. Finally, in the epilogue, he and Asuka get married.
  • The Progenitor Chronicles: After the MC and Rebecca become a couple at the end of Volume II, their relationship is just treated as a constant while the fic focuses on the main plot.
  • The Second Try: In chapter 4 "Love", Shinji and Asuka make up with each other, get together and get married.
  • Shadow and Rose ends with the royal wedding.
  • Skyhold Academy Yearbook has a wedding over the last three chapters of Skyhold Academy, the first installment. The sixth story, Disorienuptials, has another wedding as the major focus of the plot.
  • Son of the Sannin:
    • Chapter 4 starts with Jiraiya and Tsunade, after a few years of raising baby Naruto, getting married and coming back from their honeymoon.
    • Shizune announces her engagement to Shisui during the afterparty for the Chunin Exams in chapter 31. The actual wedding takes place during the Time Skip.
    • Chapter 65 is a Breather Episode focusing on Asuma and Kurenai's wedding.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: In chapter 19, Asuka opens up to Shinji and comes clean about her Secret Identity. At the same time, Shinji confesses his feelings for her. In response, Asuka kisses him.
  • In Thousand Shinji, Shinji and Asuka spent a good while fighting and arguing, but they eventually opened up to each other and got together. However, Rei -who had a huge crush on Shinji- managed at the end of the story that Asuka agreed to have a three-ways relationship.
  • In the beginning of Dance with the Demons, Batman and Nightwing get married to Catwoman and Starfire, respectively.
  • After That Fateful Night: Nightmare Moon returns Twilight's feelings after they talk about Twilight's confession of love.
  • Hellsister Trilogy: After many adventures and much bickering, Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em finally tie the knot at the start of the third story arc.
  • Divine Blood: Keiichi and Belldandy, and this is the first official interspecies marriage between any of the humanoids, despite the existance of half-breeds. They quickly become Insatiable Newlyweds.
  • Kara of Rokyn:
    • After surviving his final battle with Lex Luthor, Superman finally gets married to Lois Lane.
    • At the very end of the story, Kara proposes to her suitor Van-Ol.
  • House of Summers: Scott Summers and Jean Grey get engaged and finally married during "The Girl from Tomorrow" arc, albeit ironically their time-travelling daughter had to give them a little nudge.
  • In An Anthem for Sheltered Bays, Levi asks Eren to marry him.
  • In Futures Freak Me Out, Asuka spends three years holding back her feelings towards Shinji out of fear of ruining their friendship, until another girl flirting with Shinji leads to Asuka staking her claim on him openly. Both ex-pilots start dating but they take things very slowly while figuring their new relationship out. Several years later, Shinji at last proposes Asuka.

    Films — Animated 
  • Shrek and Fiona at the end of the first film. The sequels are actually built around their relationship.
  • Most Disney animated films end in a 'they do', the more recent ones with a lot of Will They or Won't They? in between.
    • In Tangled, Flynn assures us in the narration that they do — and Rapunzel makes her only comment at that point "after years and years of asking and asking". The follow-up short shows he's exaggerating.
    • Unlike most Disney couples, Aladdin and Jasmine simply become engaged at the end of their first movie. They then embark on several adventures before tying the knot.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Hiccup and Astrid tie the knot at the end of the film.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Our Miss Brooks: At the end of The Movie Grand Finale, Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton.
  • Firefly: Kaylee and Simon at the end of Serenity, or so it is implied. The comics have alternated showing them in the future together and also toying with things with Kaylee getting attached to a guy named Leonard for a time between the movie and future-set comic,too.
  • Subverted in Albert Brooks's Modern Romance. The closing text scroll explains that Robert and Mary got married three weeks after he proposed to her (the final scene), in hopes of finally bringing stability to their relationship — but they divorced the month after that. Then it suggests the possibility of a double subversion by revealing that they're dating again and intend to marry, and the clear implication is that this trope might keep being subverted forever!
  • Attack of the Clones ends with Anakin and Padme marrying in secret, with only the droids as witnesses.
  • Crush: Paige and AJ get together after being driven apart briefly by a misunderstanding.

  • Sabriel and Touchstone of the Old Kingdom trilogy. Just as much fun to read eighteen years into their marriage as when she unfroze him from Popsiclehood.
  • A partial list from the Deryni works: Evaine MacRorie and Rhys Thuryn, Alaric Morgan and Richenda Countess of Marley, Rory Haldane and Noelie Ramsay, Brecon Ramsay and Richelle Haldane, Kelson and Araxie Haldane.
  • The Star Wars Expanded Universe gave us more than you would think.
    • Han Solo and Leia of the original Star Wars trilogy
    • Luke and Mara Jade
    • Wedge and Iella Antilles
    • Tycho and Winter Celchu
    • Wes Jansen and his ego...
    • Corran and Mirax are a particularly good example, though, since they got a series chronicling their Fourth-Date Marriage, then several books chronicling the results of that marriage.
  • Vorkosigan Saga:
  • Dora and Miron, main characters of Dora Wilk Series have been having UST going on for first three books and finally get into stable relationship at the end of Winner Takes It All. Of course, troubles start one thirds through book four.
  • Discworld
    • Commander Vimes started out as a parody of the Film Noir detective, so obviously he couldn't be in a happy relationship. He got married to Lady Sybil in his second appearance though and it stuck throughout the wacky adventures he's been through.
    • Magrat and Verence get married at the end of Lords and Ladies, after spending Wyrd Sisters and most of L&L in a state of mutual misunderstanding.
  • Amelia Peabody's son Ramses and adopted daughter Nefret, after going through several books of misunderstanding one another, finally get married and become another Battle Couple, without repeating the style of Peabody and Emerson (although they do produce yet another generation of alarmingly precocious children).
  • In John C. Wright's The Golden Transcedence, after two and half books insisting that Daphne Tercius, being a version of his wife Daphne Prime, is not his wife, Phaethon reflects on the differences, tells Daphne Tercius that she is not his wife, and asks her to marry him as herself, not as a version of his wife.
  • In Mystic And Rider, Senneth and Tayse are both completely badass and made of awesome, and they finally manage to get past the Anguished Declaration of Love phase at the very end of the book. In the subsequent books, in which they are together, and then married, they are far, far more awesome because they complete each other. Battle Couple extraordinaire; terrifyingly powerful fire mystic dedicated to simple human kindness marries sword-wielding Badass Normal who loves her more than life itself.
  • Harry Potter and his best friend's sister Ginny's The Big Damn Kiss in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince signifies this. The same later happens with Ron and Hermione in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. In the "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue-type Distant Finale, we get to see both couples married and their children.
  • In a strange variation on a theme, in Hal Duncan's The Book of All Hours, Jack Flash/Carter and Puck/Thomas really do finally get to be together (without either one being brutally murdered by the other) ... sorta. Considering how by the end of Ink, Reality has been re-written so many times that not even Reynard/Guy/Fox could put the thing back together, and he was the damn book's keeper, the fact that they're present in any shape or form is impressive, to say the least (particularly after what happened to Seamus). In any case, they get things their way eventually, in whatever variant of reality that still includes them. If you would like directions on the various interpretations of the situation, you'll find Mind Screw on your right, and you can follow that straight down until you hit Go Mad from the Revelation (after which your confusion will no longer be a problem).
  • In The Eyre Affair, there are great complaints that Jane and Mr. Rochester don't get this. Thursday fixes it. Then there's her and Landen.
  • In L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series, one of the bigger questions is whether Anne will stop hating Gilbert and realize she's actually madly in love with him. After getting over her stubborn pride, a rejected marriage proposal, two years dating the wrong guy, and Gilbert almost dying of typhoid fever, she finally accepts his proposal and they live Happily Ever After, with six children.
  • L. Jagi Lamplighter's Prospero Regained ends with a marriage.
  • In Poul Anderson's Time Patrol story "Gibraltar Falls", at the end, Thomas and Feliz — when he suggests a choice for her Meaningful Rename.
  • Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane get together at the end of Gaudy Night. As kissing is followed by marriage the last book (by Sayers) shows them happily married but with lots of issues to work out (including/triggered by the body in the basement of their honeymoon cottage).
  • The Belgariad:
    • Garion and his princess Ce'nedra spend a lot of time faffing around and bickering even during their engagement before they finally sort out their lives and admit that yes, actually, they are head over heels for each other and really if they'd been given the choice they would have chosen to marry each other anyway.
    • When Durnik becomes a disciple of Aldur, the Will They or Won't They? between him and Polgara is finally settled in the positive.
  • In Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, Simon and Miriamele finally conclude their relationship dance post-climax, when Miriamele reveals that the real reason she's been so aloof to him is that she is afraid of losing him as a friend were she to have to take the throne of Erkynland and make a loveless political marriage. No longer willing to let that separate them, they make love then and there, and only later does Simon reveal to her what he has just learned: that he's the rightful king anyway, so marrying her won't be a problem. Happily Ever After ensues.
  • Tamora Pierce's Tortall Universe has something like this in the Song of the Lioness series where we see Alanna get with numerous men, including the handsome prince, and the tribal warrior, before finally marrying the charming rogue who had loved her all along. In the later series we see them growing old together, too.
  • Simona Ahrnstedt has ended two of her novels, Överenskommelser and "De skandalösa", in this very fashion.
  • An interesting case in Sergey Lukyanenko's A Lord from Planet Earth trilogy. Sergey first meets Terri in a park and saves her from a bunch of lowlifes. She gives him a ring and tells him she'll call on him later. A few years after that, she teleports him to her homeworld of Tar. He finds out that Terri is a princess who needs him to be her champion. Subverted in that Terri actually needs him to fight a very insistent suitor who has chased off all others, including the guy she actually wanted to marry. Against all odds, Sergey manages to defeat the Big Bad of the first novel. However, at the end of the novel, Terri tells him that he can't stay on Tar and be with her, as the people would never accept a ruler from a "cursed world" (Earth is considered to be cursed by the Seeders). Sergey gets himself a ship and begins to travel the galaxy. After defeating the Big Bads of the second novel, he once again ends up with Terri. This time, not only does she not reject him, but she chooses to go with him to the future. They are happily married in the third novel.
  • Hope and Everell in the end of Hope Leslie.
  • Percy Jackson and Annabeth Chase at the end of The Heroes of Olympus. After four and three-quarters books of Will They or Won't They? in Percy Jackson and the Olympians they get together in the final book. Then in Heroes of Olympus, they are separated, sent to hell, and eventually save the world. After this, they finally get a break and get to go college together in New Rome. As such, Percy expresses no desire to continue the hero business more than he has to in The Trials of Apollo.
  • The Hunger Games trilogy ends with Katniss finally professing her love for Peeta, and the two of them beginning a lifelong relationship together.
  • Tell Me How You Really Feel: At the end, Rachel and Sana both admit their love for each other, finally starting a relationship.
  • Alpha and Omega:Having realized that God being real means that they are living in sin, archeologists and lovers Eric and Orly get married.
  • 2666: Between Liz Norton and the other critics. After having a threesome with Pelletier and Espinoza, she leaves both of them for Morini.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Babylon 5 with Sheridan and Delenn. They walked through fire for their love, and after They Do, the series keeps on going.
  • Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman does this with the title characters, and keeps going afterward.
  • in Battlestar Galactica:
    • Adama and Roslin. Though she died in the finale, his actions afterwards (eg: the ring) would suggest that this still applies.
    • The Agathons' marriage (Karl "Helo" Agathon and Sharon "Athena" Valeri) survives the entire series even after Boomer pulls a Bed Trick on him to kidnap their daughter.
  • The Office (UK):
    • Tim and Dawn at the end. Their counterparts Jim and Pam on the US version similarly get the conclusion to their ongoing Will They or Won't They? at the first episode of season 4 (though you can already tell that's where they're headed at the end of season 3).
    • Michael and Holly in season 7, which eventually leads to him moving to Colorado with her and thus his departure from the series.
    • Erin and Pete in season 9 after she dumps Andy for good.
    • As of the penultimate episode of the series, Dwight and Angela when they get engaged, after which their wedding takes place a year later during the Grand Finale.
    • Ryan and Kelly apparently in the Grand Finale when they run away together.
  • John and Aeryn in Farscape finally get together for good in the second half of season 4, and get married in The Peacekeeper Wars.
  • The Nanny: Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield get married at the end of season 5.
  • Sonny and Chad finally got together partway through season 2 of Sonny with a Chance.
  • The X-Files' Mulder and Scully. They got together very ambiguously on the show from about season 7. In the 2008 movie, while they do have their issues, they appear to be happy together.
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Fitz/Simmons were so inseparable everyone else went out of its way to make them realize they should be a couple. Once season 3 gives an opportunity, they actually start a relationship. And three seasons later, they marry.
  • Scrubs:
    • There's JD and Elliot in the eighth season when they finally get together with a stable relationship after a majority of the series (aside from a break from the fourth season to end of the sixth season) went through their on-and-off-again relationship.
    • Turk and Carla in the second episode of the series, they eventually become Happily Married and are generally considered the most stable couple of the show.
    • Dr. Cox and Jordon in season 2.
  • Kenny and Max of Picket Fences get a rather complicated version. They finally get together in the third season, break up at the beginning of the fourth season (over Max dying her hair of all things), spend the remainder of the season fighting, moping around and sharing meaningful gazes, and then finally stop being idiots and kiss and make up. Approximately five episodes later they spontaneously decide to get married and make it down the aisle before the series ends.
  • Joel and Maggie on Northern Exposure, considered by many to be the show's Jump the Shark moment.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation: Riker and Troi. Eventually.
  • Odo and Kira's relationship in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, which avoided becoming a Shipping Bed Death.
  • Tom and B'Elanna in Star Trek: Voyager, after many bumps and bruises along the way. (And thereafter.)
  • Deliberately averted in Burn Notice. Fiona and Michael sleep together in a season 2 episode after she thought he had been killed in an explosion. In the commentary, one of the writers says that they were afraid that if the two got together, they'd play out this trope, but then realized (apparently from experience) that getting back together with an ex doesn't mean that any issues have been resolved, and often makes things more uncomfortable and complicated.
    • Played straight in later seasons, especially when Jesse comes into picture, and it initially appears that he might be a rival to Michael for Fiona's affections. Michael's mother makes it clear to Jesse that there is never going to be a third side of a Love Triangle with Michael and Fi.
  • Charlie and Amita from NUMB3RS. Hooked up season three or thereabouts and have stayed a stable couple since. Charlie even asks Amita to marry him in the season five finale.
  • Lisbon and Jane in The Mentalist. Also Rigsby and Van Pelt.
  • Niles and Daphne on Frasier, in the Season 7 finale, "Something Borrowed, Someone Blue".
  • Hodgins and Angela in Bones, after the writers got over their brainless moment. They got married in a jail, of all places.
    • Booth and Bones
  • Sarah and Chuck finally got together in the middle of the third season. Though their wedding comes in the fourth season, with planning for the big day forming part of the season's arc.
  • Carter and Allison of Eureka admit they love each other and spend the night together in the middle of season 4.
  • Glee: Finn and Rachel, Kurt and Blaine, and after 5 whole seasons Quinn and Puck.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Meredith and Derek. After four seasons of on and off and on and off, the season 4 finale is arguably the consolidation point of their relationship: afterwards they still have their ups and downs, but neither try to run away at the first sight of trouble anymore.
  • Andy and April in the third season of Parks and Recreation. So much that they get married just a few weeks after dating.
  • Josh and Donna in The West Wing, even though it took them seven seasons.
  • King Arthur crowns Guinevere his Queen at the end of series four of Merlin.
  • In the Power Rangers Zeo episode "A Season to Remember", a look into the distant future shows Tommy and Kat happily married, with grandchildren. Fans, however, have argued with each other quite extensivly over whenever or not this episode was canon or, like another Christmas Special "Alpha's Magical Christmas", was a novelty one-shot.
  • In Nikita, Michael and Nikita finally get together at the end of season one, after a season of the former clinging to the misguided ideals of Division and trying to bring in the latter. Throughout season two, though their relationship is tested, they remain very much in love and are still together as of the end of the second season.
  • In Downton Abbey, Mary and Matthew, Anna and Bates, Sybil and Branson.
  • Ed and Carol finally get together at the end of the third season after working out their Unrequited Love Switcheroo.
  • Ross and Rachel's Last-Minute Hookup in the Grand Finale of Friends.
    • And a lot earlier: Monica and Chandler who eventually become Happily Married.
  • Wings: Joe and Helen finally get together for good at the beginning of season 6.
  • Chuck and Blair on Gossip Girl. Also Serena and Dan.
  • Tony and Ziva on NCIS, just in time for Cote de Pablo's failed contract negotiations.
  • After two seasons of UST on Raising Hope, Jimmy and Sabrina finally resolve their tension and are now Happily Married.
  • A complicated case with Peter and Olivia in Fringe. They finally start dating. Then Olivia gets switched with "Fauxlivia" from the Alternate Universe. Peter and Fauxlivia live together for a bit before Peter figures out the truth. After Olivia comes back, there are a few episodes full of tension, especially since Peter struggles with his feelings for Fauxlivia. He gets over her, and once again hooks up with Olivia.
  • In Hannibal where in the series finale Will Graham and Hannibal Lecter gruesomely murder Francis Dolarhyde together, Will finally admits it's beautiful whilst in a tight embrace by Hannibal and the two fall off the side of a cliff together. Leading up to this, the previous episode states that Hannibal is in love with Will. There's also the matter of the bloody heart left to Will by Hannibal in Primavera which is stated in canon to be Hannibal having left him his broken heart. Almost every write up of the final episode was treating their relationship as romantic and the scene plays out as a twisted wedding bathed in blood. There's also a song written specifically for the moment that spells it out for those who didn't catch what was going on.
  • Night and Day: It took them eighteen months (in real-world time) to get there - but after an unfortunate Demonic Possession, a foray into vampirism and a 'crap, we're siblings' moment which later proved a false alarm, Josh Alexander and Della Wells finally got their happy ending – and even some adopted kids for good measure. Fans were kept hanging until the very last episode, though.
  • Kensi and Deeks from NCIS: Los Angeles got together early in season six and, as of season seven, still seem to be very happy. Deeks proposed in season eight and the couple tied the knot in season eleven.
  • Murdoch Mysteries: Detective William Murdoch and Dr. Julia Ogden finally marry in the 100th episode of the series (in season 8), after years of Unresolved Sexual Tension, his difficulties in declaring his feelings, some distance over Julia's past abortion, career opportunities in other places, her decision to marry another man, the implosion of that marriage, the murder of her husband (for which she was convicted and eventually exonerated)... this couple really did earn it.
  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life concludes with Luke and Lorelai finally eloping in the town gazebo with the reverend, Lane, Rory, and Michel as their witnesses, prior to the big wedding ceremony the town has planned.
  • Knots Landing: After several missed opportunities, Gary and Valene reunite towards the end of Season Eleven and he proposes to her in the aptly titled season finale "Let's Get Married". They officially get engaged in the Season Twelve premiere "Return Engagement". They tie the knot for the third time in the 300th episode "The Last One Out".
  • Our Miss Brooks: At the end of The Movie Grand Finale, Miss Brooks marries Mr. Boynton.
  • Schitt's Creek: The series ends with the denizens of the town rallying to give David and Patrick a beautiful wedding, despite their outdoor plans being rained out.
  • S.W.A.T. (2017): After tons of sexual tension, flirting and Street openly seeking a relationship with Chris, she admits her love to him, they kiss and go into his bedroom.
  • The Wilds: After much belligerent sexual tension, Shelby kisses Toni, and then has sex with her offscreen. Later it's shown the pair are a couple.
  • Motherland: Fort Salem: Raelle proposes to Scylla in the third season and they marry, with their relationship being built up over nearly three seasons during which they overcome a lot, particularly Scylla's apparent betrayal which spurred the pair's temporary breakup.

  • The song "Dance Little Jean" is about a girl whose parents are finally marrying.

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  • Subverted in Bugsnax. Throughout the whole game, it looks like there's a big Will They or Won't They? thing between Chandlo and Snorpy. Just before the final level, Snorpy finally gathers the courage to give Chandlo a love confession... and Chandlo responds with confusion, wondering why Snorpy is asking him to be his boyfriend, when they'd already been dating for several years. Turns out that Snorpy is so oblivious, he didn't realize that if someone makes out with you and asks you to move in with him, that means you two are probably in a relationship already (Snorpy thought they were just "roommates with benefits"). So it's not "They Do", but "They Did All Along".
  • Dragon Age:
    • Happens offscreen after the end of Dragon Age: Origins, if Alistair is made king and romanced the female human noble Warden. The DLC Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, which takes place six months after the end of the main game, shows her basically coming back from their honeymoon to take up the mantle of Warden-Commander. It's an extremely happy marriage, as proven by the bridegroom's involvement in the next two games if the world state is imported.
      • Alternately, if the Warden is a male human noble who arranged a marriage between himself and dowager Queen Anora, the Awakening expansion indicates that their marriage has become at least amicable. It's also possible to arrange a marriage between Alistair and Anora, although it's not clear whether or not it's a happy union.
      • Inquisition also gives this to the male Warden who romanced Morrigan, since they have a child together, and she and their son leave the Inquisition after defeating Corypheus to join him on his mission. Likewise, if the Warden romanced Leliana and she's made Divine, the epilogue slide mentions their reunion. Zevran, meanwhile, is absent from the game because he's traveling with a Warden he romanced.
    • Possible for Hawke in Dragon Age II. If Hawke remains in any romance until the end of the game, the ending implies that they and their Love Interest are still together wherever they are. If she's female and romances Sebastian, then a successful relationship ends the game with them either married (if it was a friendly romance) or engaged (if he was rivalmanced, since he "will offer you no less than a Prince" and needs to get his throne back first). However, his romance gets derailed if she spares Anders, since he and Sebastian are Mutually Exclusive Party Members.
      • If Hawke is not sacrificed in the Fade in Inquisition, then Varric mentions that their love interest will meet up with them, implying that this trope is still in play.
    • The Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition gives this to the Inquisitor and most of the potential Love Interests he or she may have pursued during the game. If the Inquisitor romanced either Cullen or Sera, they can actually have a wedding during the course of the DLC. The Inquisitor can also discuss marriage with Cassandra or the Iron Bull, with Bull agreeing to it and Cassandra (if she's not Divine) conceding that they might consider it in the future. Dorian returns to Tevinter but remains in his committed relationship with the Inquisitor (or, if he was not romanced, Iron Bull); similarly, Josephine returns to Antiva, but her romanced Inquisitor visits often and is loved by her family.
  • Tomboy Princess Rosella and Fairy Prince Edgar in the fourth and seventh King's Quest games take the Standard Hero Reward and subvert it, invert it, gender invert it, defy it, and subvert and gender invert it again. At the end of King's Quest VII: The Princeless Bride, they decide not to rush anything and have a proper courtship. Fan Sequel The Silver Lining and the Telltale Games sequel do a Time Skip and establish that Rosella and Edgar finally got around to getting married.
    • In the series remake Kings Quest (2015), episode 3 revolves around Graham finding his queen, Valanice, and then episode 4 shows that they are married and the parents of infant twins. In the present day (the episodes largely being flashbacks), the marriage is still extremely happy, and the now-grown twins are also each married - Alexander to Cassima of the Green Isles, Rosella to Edgar - and have children of their own.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails into Reverie, Makarov proposes to Mary to marry her after he finishes his graduation project: making the second generation of soldats, starting with Rean's Tyrfing-S.

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  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "The Big Mac Question," Big Macintosh and Sugar Belle get married at the episode's conclusion. This was the fourth-from-final episode of the series, putting an end to their romance arc. The same episode also promoted Lyra Heartstrings and Bon Bon/Sweetie Drops to an Official Couple with a simultaneous proposal from them, also confirming years of fan speculation.invoked
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender:
    • Mai and Zuko are a couple as of the end of the series as soon as Mai was introduced. The same goes for Sokka and Suki.
    • According to Aaron Ehasz, Aang and Katara's kiss in the finale is deliberately framed like that of a bride and groom at their wedding, so yeah, them too.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • There's the new Avatar learning Airbending from Tenzin, the youngest son of Aang and Katara. So yeah, they got hitched.
    • The original intention for the series was that Korra and Mako would get together at the end of the series - back when the series was only one season. However, Korra and Mako broke up in season two, and stayed broken up. The writers began developing Korra's friendship with Asami, and finished the entire series with a shot of them walking into the Spirit World, mirroring a newlywed couple. The writers later confirmed - and added a graphic novel, Turf Wars, to cement it - that Korra and Asami are each other's forever girls.
    • In the series' Grand Finale, none other than zany businessman/inventor Varrick and his beleaguered yet devoted assistant Zhu Li get married.
  • Casey Jones and April O'Neil in the second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon hooked up at the beginning of the third season; with the exception of an early, minor hiccup, the relationship continued strong ever since, culminating in their marriage at the end of the seventh season.
  • Kim and Ron of Kim Possible hook up in the series's first Grand Finale. The show got a Post-Script Season in which the relationship was handled quite wonderfully, and Word Of God says they get married eventually.
  • Danny Phantom: Danny and Sam finally get together at the end of the Grand Finale.
  • Princess Sissi is about all of the problems that first got in the way of Elizabeth of Bavaria marrying Franz.
  • Robin and Starfire from Teen Titans get a Last-Minute Hookup in Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, even though their attraction to each other was long known to everyone, including the villains.
  • The comedic spin-off series Teen Titans Go! has several episodes where Beast Boy and Raven get together only for the show's Negative Continuity reset button to hit the following episode (there's at least one episode where they almost do get married!), one story in particular, BBRAE begins with the two becoming official, but by the end Garfield winds up in the doghouse after he angers her. However, this doesn't exactly indicate a break-up, just the two hitting a rough patch in their relationship, which pleases the remaining Titans who find their bickering highly entertaining.
  • As of the Futurama series finale, Fry and Leela.
  • For Kid vs. Kat, Coop and Fiona.
  • In the Uncancelled Grand Finale of Hey Arnold!, Arnold admits to Helga that he appreciates everything she's done for him and hooks up with her, finally reciprocating the feelings Helga had confessed to having for him in the first movie. Plans to explore the new relationship in a sixth season were scuppered by low ratings for the finale, but according to Word Of God, Arnold and Helga would eventually get married as adults
  • In the Phineas and Ferb episode "Act Your Age", Phineas and Isabella finally get together as teenagers.
  • She-Ra and the Princesses of Power ends with Adora and Catra becoming an official couple after five seasons of romantic tension, as well as Hordak and Entrapta happily reuniting with strong romantic subtext.


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Sinclair proposes to Catherine

"Chrysalis". After watching the evening news with his on-again off-again girlfriend Catherine Sakai, Jeffrey Sinclair looks back on their various ups and downs, before finally (and quite informally) asking her to marry him. She immediately agrees. Actor Michael O'Hare had to leave the series after this due to health issues, but the expanded universe confirmed they stayed together: Catherine was even able to rejoin him after he was sent back in time in season 3.

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