Ah, love. It’s bound to strike when you least expect it. Like while you’re battling to the death in a televised game. Or when you’ve almost just been sacrificed for the sake of breaking a pirate curse. Or…well, you get the idea.

Love may not be the main focus of these science fiction and fantasy favorites–but whether they’re fighting underworld demons or hurtling through space on a rocket built for two, these lovebirds can’t dodge the most dangerous weapon of all: Cupid’s arrow.

Westley & Buttercup, The Princess Bride

Go classic or go home, amirite?

Wash & Zoe, Firefly

There’s something comforting and different about a stable couple on a show like Firefly. They skip the whole will-they-won’t-they drama and go straight for deep adoration. And the occasional minor marital conflict. I get that Mal and Inara are a ship or something, but I find Wash’s devotion to Zoe–and vice versa–much more appealing.

Han & Leia, Star Wars

We love them.

They know.

Buffy & Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

OK, this may arguably be the most stressful relationship to ever exist in fantasy, science fiction, or the seven seas. But it’s still my favorite ship on the show. Angsty, sexy, and oh-so-tragic. Not usually my thing, to be honest, but it gets me every time.

Buffy’s relationship with Angel also sets up some of the questions and themes that become more important as the series progresses: what truly makes a monster?

Elizabeth & Will, Pirates of the Caribbean

Jack Sparrow gets all the attention, but Will Turner’s got the best arc in the original Pirates trilogy. I love the puppy dog eyes he and Elizabeth make at each other in the first movie, and the entire progression of their romance. They’re an interesting contrast to one another, especially in the first film–Elizabeth obsessed with pirates, Will trying like hell to avoid them.

When the first trilogy closes, their love has almost a mythological feel to it. It’s the kind of legend I grew up hearing about sailors off the coast of New England, and I think it’s great.

Katniss & Peeta, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Transitioning to books here, because I like to pretend the Hunger Games movies don’t exist. (I just…yeah.) Kind of like how I like to pretend Gale doesn’t exist. It’s not just a love triangle, people. It’s a metaphor for the diverging paths of Katniss’ future, depending on the choices she makes. Plus, Peeta is the absolute best.

Lan & Nynaeve, The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

No one makes Nynaeve tug that braid harder than al’Lan Mandragoran. Even Moiraine thinks they’re cute together.

Rhy & Alucard, The Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab

Rhy and Alucard? My OTP. NO SPOILERS but I spent the last book in near cardiac arrest wondering what would happen to them. Their love. It’s pure.

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