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  • Animorphs. Jake and Cassie, Rachel and Tobias.
  • Harry Potter. It has Harry/Ginny, Ron/Hermione, Lupin/Tonks, etc...
  • The Baby-Sitters Club. Mary Anne and Logan. Kristy and Bart are an official sort-of-couple, and Stacey's part of a few.
  • The Black Company. The Lady and Croaker from Shadow Games onwards.
  • Twilight: Bella/Edward, every vampire and imprinted 'couple', and later Renesmee/Jacob and Charlie/Sue in Breaking Dawn.
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  • The Hunger Games: Katniss/Peeta (at least, as advertised by the Capitol), and Finnick/Annie. In Mockingjay, Katniss and Peeta end up together for real.
  • The Vampire Diaries:
    • Elena/Stefan are the main romantic pairing of the series (with the couple being soul mates), although there is a love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon in the later books.
    • Also, Caroline/Tyler.
    • Meredith/Alaric also fit this trope.
  • The Meq features this as one of the driving forces of the plot. Justified because this is how they're able to reproduce because they Never Grew Up after the age of twelve, and their true love, or Ameq, is the only one, literally, that they can grow old with.
  • Dora Wilk Series has Dora/Miron, whose relationship was obvious from the latter's very first appearance, three books before the Relationship Upgrade. Also, Leon/Sonia and Olaf/Inga, with Dora being their Shipper on Deck.
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  • An odd example in A Song of Ice and Fire. There are several couples, many of them made up of POV characters, but a lot are loveless (Robert/Cersei) or chiefly political (Dany/Khal Drogo), and most of the remainder are strained by old betrayals and/or current events (Catelyn/Ned). The only couple who seem to be genuinely deeply in love from the start of Game of Thrones onward is Jaime/Cersei. At least until they break up in Feast, where the "only couple who seem to be genuinely in love" banner is passed on to Sam/Gilly. This tends to shift around a lot, due to the fact that Anyone Can Die and Westeros is a World Half Empty. A lot of the couples from the start are split up now, many more have one partner dead—if not both—and the level of love between the couples that remain is often deeply variable due to circumstance.
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  • Deltora Quest have the very obvious Lief/Jasmine pairing. Can't get much more official than being married and having a Babies Ever After at the end of the series; followed by pairing up the very headstrong Barda with Lindal, Marilen and Ranesh...
  • Taran and Eilonwy in The Chronicles of Prydain, although it takes them until the very end of the very last book to make it official.
  • Derek and Chloe in Darkest Powers, who double as an example of a Fan-Preferred Couple that persevered. The two are also a shining example of how to not fumble developing a believable relationship.
  • Sparhawk and Queen Ehlana become this in the third book of the Elenium trilogy, and it carries over into the sequel trilogy The Tamuli.
  • Phedre and Joscelin finally make it official on the last page of the second book of their trilogy, despite having clearly been madly in love since about halfway through the first book.
    Phedre: I wish to present Joscelin Verreuil as my consort.
    Queen Ysandre: It's about time.
  • Jess Brightwell and Morgan Hault from The Great Library.
  • Hal and Royston in Havemercy are effectively a couple by about the midpoint of the book, but due to the nature of their relationship, it remains… unconsummated.
  • Scarlett and Rhett were as close as it gets in Gone with the Wind. Also Melanie and Ashley.
  • Richard and Elise in the time-travel novel Bid Time Return, which is also known as Somewhere in Time.
  • Jason and Marie in The Bourne Series.
  • Noah and Allie in The Notebook.
  • Bryce and Juli in the novel Flipped. Although they don't get together during the book, the ending leaves things hopeful.
  • The Wheel of Time: Complicated by the fact the official couple is a quadrangle of mutual love and sister wife-hood in Rand/Elayne/Aviendha/Min. Perrin/Faile is more traditional.
  • Claire and Henry in The Time Traveler's Wife.
  • Despite being on opposite sides, Amy and Ian are set up this way in The 39 Clues.
  • In both the book and the movie of The Princess Bride, Westley/Buttercup is the official couple. Humperdinck and Buttercup nearly get married, but it's made very clear that they're not right for, and don't love, each other.
  • Jane Austen had several:
    • Pride and Prejudice: Elizabeth/Darcy, Jane/Bingley, Lydia/Wickham
    • Sense and Sensibility: Elinor/Edward, and both Marianne/Willoughby and Marianne/Brandon
    • Emma: Emma/Knightley, the Westons (whom Emma shipped prior to their wedding at the start of the story), Harriet/Robert, Frank/Jane
  • Les Misérables: Marius/Cosette.
  • Florante at Laura: Florante and Laura, duh. Their allies, Aladin and Flerida, form the Beta Couple.
  • A Wrinkle in Time: Meg and Calvin.
  • Percy and Annabeth from Percy Jackson and the Olympians.
  • The Red Rising trilogy has Darrow and Mustang.
  • As of the end of A Wizard of Mars, Nita and Kit
  • Vampire Academy:
    • Christian and Lissa.
    • Rose and Dimitri.
  • Richard and Kahlan from Sword of Truth.
  • Tavi and Kitai in Codex Alera.
  • Discworld has several, and there is usually one official couple per arc within the main series:
    • Vimes/Sybil and Carrot/Angua from the City Watch books (the only arc to have more than one official couple). Later books in the series add Nobby/Shine of the Rainbow as a third official couple in the City Watch.
    • Magrat/Verence from the Witches books.
    • Moist/Adora from the Moist von Lipwig books.
    • Mort/Ysabelle before they were Killed Off for Real in the Death books. As of Thief of Time, it looks as though Susan/Lobsang may be set to take over as the official couple of the Death books.
    • The Tiffany Aching series concludes with a Distant Finale which sees Tiffany/Preston and Roland/Letitia canonically paired off (Ship Sinking Tiffany/Roland in the process).
    • The Wizards arc lacks an official couple since wizards are obliged to remain celibate; although this hasn't stopped a few flirtations between the wizards and their female acquaintances, no official couples have developed, presumably because the wizard in question would have to leave Unseen University in order to pursue the relationship. (The events of Sourcery also put quite a damper on any ideas in that direction.)
  • Will and Lyra, and Balthamos and Baruch in The Golden Compass. Unsurprising given one of the main elements of His Dark Materials is The Power of Love.
  • Jace/Clary, Alec/Magnus and Isabelle/Simon in The Mortal Instruments.
  • In Bryan Miranda's The Journey to Atlantis, Alex and Rose are an official couple.
  • While a good chunk of its cast is Happily Married, only a few romances in Honor Harrington get any serious story time. These include:
    • Honor herself and Paul Tankersley, in the early novels — he is killed in book four.
    • Honor, Hamish Alexander, and Emily Alexander later on.
    • Eloise Pritchart and Javier Giscard, on the Havenite side.
    • Thandi Palane and Victor Cachat, in the Wages of Sin spinoff.
  • Gregor and Luxa in The Underland Chronicles.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade.
    • Jaina Solo and Jagged Fel, as confirmed by the last book in Fate of the Jedi (but also heavily implied elsewhere even before said book came out). Hilariously, they were paired up by writer Troy Denning, who did everything he could to break them up back in the Dark Nest Trilogy.
    • Corran Horn and Mirax Terrik.
    • Wedge and Leila Antilles
  • Tahiri Veila and Anakin Solo
  • Jacen Solo and Tenel Ka Djo, though it goes bad after his Face–Heel Turn.
  • Safi and Merik in The Witchlands.
  • Carry On provides us with an odd example. Carry On is a companion book to Fangirl, and the story it tells is framed as Slash Fic of the (non-existant) Simon Snow series. The Official Couple of Carry On is Simon/Baz, but in Fangirl they're framed as the Fan-Preferred Couple of the Simon Snow series. The real-world fandom absolutely adores Simon/Baz, and doesn't ship either of them with anyone else. It seems that framing your Official Couple as a Fan-Preferred Couple really gets the fans on board the ship.
  • Woodwalkers: Lou & Henry as well as Carag & Tikaani end up together in the last book.
  • The Lord of the Rings has two: Aragorn and Arwen, of course, and surprisingly, Sam Gamgee and Rose Cotton, though in Sam's case we really don't learn about it until the Scouring of the Shire. Eowyn and Faramir probably qualify as a Beta Couple.
  • Pendragon The Soldiersof Halla ends with Bobby and Courtney together in the distant future.


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