Hello and welcome back to My Geekology! I’m Ash and in honor of Valentine’s Day quickly approaching we are going to take a look at some of our favorite relationships in movies and television! In this article, we wanted to focus on relationships fans invested in and rooted for! We hope you enjoy it! Here are 13 of our favorite relationships in media and television!
13. Arthur And Molly Weasley
“Your father and I are so proud”
I did not grow up with these characters like many have, however, as an adult I completely understand why people are so connected to them. They are phenomenal parents, they are not superheroes, but they will always lead and act with love. We see numerous examples of them caring for people that aren’t their own blood, they give Harry experiences he would never have, and include him as one of their own. I, like so many, wish I could get a Christmas sweater from them!
12. James Bond And Madeline Swann
“She does have your eyes”
Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond came in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s No Time To Die (2021). The film presented fans with a challenge to Bond’s personal life much akin to the one we saw in Martin Campbell’s Casino Royale (2006). He believes someone he loves has betrayed him. However, in this case, that is untrue. The storytelling in the film allows the fans to invest in their relationship, root for it, and find joy in the legacy of their love that comes in the form of a daughter. The film does a lovely job ultimately showing us that their love can withstand immense obstacles and posits an answer that loving wholly at least once is always better than having never experienced that fall.
11. Nathan Drake And Elena Fisher
“Anyone ever tell you, you have a funny idea of romantic?”
One of the most wonderful elements of Nathan and Elena’s relationship is the time we get to spend with them. From their initial meeting in Uncharted: Drakes Fortune (2007) to the complications that arise in Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (2016). We see their journey and how, regardless of the obstacles in their way, their love and care for each always rise above.
10. WALL-E And EVE
There is a lovely montage in Pixar’s WALL-E (2008) where our favorite Waste Allocation Load Lifter is simply making sure EVE is alright. Protecting her from the elements and ensuring that she simply remains okay. His adoration for her and his acts remain hidden from her when she finds herself in a similar situation and sees the events for herself. Their connection is one that has brought smiles and warm hearts to many.
9. Ray And Evangeline
“My dream wouldn’t be complete without you in it”
So many of Ray’s speaking lines in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog (2009) are brimming with affection for a bright star in the sky he called Evangeline. We do not know at the moment if what the firefly says is true, but what is real is that he believes it. The star in the sky that holds the burden of all of the nighttime wishes also holds his heart. Is it bittersweet when he ultimately gets his one wish granted and joins her up in the night sky.
8. Woody and Bo Peep
“He’s not lost. Not anymore”
So much of the Toy Story films are ornamented with examples of Woody’s selflessness. He wishes for humans to be happy and for his fellow toys to be appreciated. He gets frustrated occasionally, however, his feelings are from a place of wanting everyone and everything to feel loved. That is why when Woody finally gets to do something for him, which is to be with someone who cares for him as deeply as he cares for the world, we feel it so much. Everyone deserves that, especially Woody.
7. Rick O’Connell And Evelyn Carnahan
“Relax, I’m the map”
This couple has gone to a place of legend, particularly in LGBTQIA+ circles. Beyond them being absolutely beautiful people, they complement each other in glorious ways. They could not seem more different; however, they find beauty in each other. Whether it’s intellectual or physical they are enchanted by each other it resulting in a relationship that many have latched onto throughout the years.
6. Mr. And Mrs. Incredible
“You are my greatest adventure, and I almost missed it”
I was a 90s baby, and The Incredibles was a big part of my childhood. The film was epic and fun, and the music has proved to be iconic over the years. However, what makes the movie so profound is the theme of family at its core. The world turned its back on superheroes and Mr. and Mrs. Incredible find a way to work through their complications, raise their children, and protect the city! What a super couple!
5. Mitsuha Miyamizu And Taki Tachibana
“Treasure the experience. Dreams fade away after you wake up”
Makoto Shinkai’s gorgeous, animated film, Your Name (2016) elevated the body swap trope to an extreme level. It takes the concept of a love story beyond the emotional and takes it to a place with global consequences. It asks questions about destiny and opportunity and pushes the need for love to a place beyond longing. This film is beautiful, and I do not think I have rooted for a couple more.
4. Obi-Wan Kenobi And Duchess Satine Kryze
“You and Satine have a history”
Obi-Wan Kenobi is to many, the ideal Jedi and that is not necessarily a good thing. On several occasions, he has illustrated that he chooses his vow to the Order over anything else. One of the most painful things that he has sacrificed is the love of his life Duchess Satine Kryze. We learn later that his feelings were not completely gone as we have to watch Maul kill her in order to simply, hurt Obi-Wan. Her legacy and life live with him as his nickname later on (Ben) was her name for him.
3. Mickey And Minnie Mouse
“Oh Minnie, you’re all the music I’ll ever need”
Next on the list is likely the most iconic couple in animation history. One of my favorite examples of their love is in the Christmas special Once Upon A Christmas (which can be viewed on Disney+). The special has Mickey and Minnie in a modernized retelling of O. Henry’s short story, “The Gift of The Magi.” The adaptation illustrates the sacrifices they would go through for each other, to make the other happy.
2. Carl And Ellie Fredricksen
“Quite a sight, huh, Ellie?”
Pixar’s Up (2009) delivers to us an idealism many hope for, maybe even wish for. That someone exists out there we can love our whole lives. Someone is out there who encapsulates the beauty of the world and completes us in such a way that life without them is seemingly unfathomable. What this film does is unfathomable and takes Ellie away from Carl, which even more so, illustrates to us how much true love can feel like the purpose of life, for when it is taken away from Carl he must learn to live once more.
1. Avatar Korra And Asami Sato
“I’ve always wanted to see what the spirit world is like”
Avatar Korra and Asami Sato are similar in the ways that matter. They have responsibilities, they have strength, and they like to depend on themselves. Together, however, they only amplify. They are stronger, they have invulnerable trust in one another, and they wholly respect each other’s expertise. They have both had to negotiate the long, winding road to one another. Although we did not get to see their journey together beyond its very beginning in the television series, we knew even without reading the supplemental materials, that it could only be beautiful.
Thank you for coming on this journey as we explored some of the awesome relationships we rooted for in movies and television! We hope you had fun, and that your Valentine’s Day is wonderful, and we’ll see you here next time at My Geekology!