Hello, my babies! Last year, I had the distinct honor of writing about the best fictional couples of all time, a list I could probably add to for the rest of forever. I had so much fun writing it, I’m doing a round two this Valentine’s Day – this time, all animated!
For all of you precious single people and all of you lovely couples, Happy Valentine’s Day!
Let’s celebrate together.
The Best Animated Fictional Couples Ever (Not ranked! Never ranked!)
1. Peter Pan and Wendy, Peter Pan
Wendy: But what were you doing there?
Peter: I came to listen to your stories.
Wendy: My stories? But they’re all about you.
Peter: Of course! That’s why I like ’em!
Maybe it’s an unpopular opinion, but I feel like there’s something inherently romantic about the relationship between Peter Pan and Wendy that I can never quite let it go. Peter Pan – that mischievous young boy who will never, ever grow up – becomes enamored with Wendy Darling when he chases his shadow through her bedroom window. Peter’s lack of realism is so disturbing that he even suggests Wendy come to Neverland as his “mother,” though he only knows a “mother” to be someone who reads bedtime stories and takes care of the wild rumpians.
But Peter and Wendy have more than that to their relationship. Wendy really loved Peter, which is proven throughout the story’s many incarnations. Hook is a perfect, albeit strange interpretation of what happens when Peter and Wendy grow up. Yes, Wendy is a million years older than Peter in Hook, but there is still that sweet scene between the two when they are alone in “Granny Wendy’s” room. Highly inappropriate, considering Peter “Banning” actually married Wendy’s granddaughter, but that is neither here nor there.
2. Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, Tangled
Flynn Rider: You were my new dream.
Rapunzel: And you were mine.
They’re a “newer” couple, but a wonderful one nonetheless. Rapunzel and Flynn meet because he breaks into her house and she knocks him out, which immediately sets Rapunzel apart from other Disney princesses who may not be quite as… independent. In fact, their entire relationship stands out from other Disney love stories. They protect each other, they are as mischievous as one another, they each sacrifice their own lives to save the other and, well, they are just really cute together.
I believe that is all called equality in a relationship. Good work, Tangled!
3. Leela and Fry, Futurama
Fry: To us: if I could make one moment last forever, this is the one I would choose.
Leela: I’m glad you did. It was a good life.
Fry: Kinda lonely, though? Maybe?
Leela: I was never lonely. Not even for a minute.
Over the course of its (broken) seven season run, Leela and Fry have somewhat of a “back and forth” relationship, though not in the traditional television sense. Fry, a regular ol’ dude from Earth, is initially attracted to Leela until he realizes she only has one eye. That does not remain a problem for long. The two spend a lot of time working together and (naturally) becoming emotionally entwined with one another. You know, as coworkers do. The two go back and forth as will they/won’t they couples tend to do–Fry gets jealous about other guys (like Alcazar) and Leela cannot stand Fry’s “childishness,” though she admittedly loves his “boyish charm.”
Though they have been a couple for quite a bit of time by the series finale, the very last episode of Futurama (sob!) simply solidifies the ever-lasting love of these two oddballs. After a series of unfortunate events occurs (including Fry falling to his death a bunch of times), the universe freezes and Fry and Leela are left alone, forever. But the only time it would be acceptable to be alone in the universe is if you have your person with you. We get to watch Fry and Leela walk across frozen oceans, traveling the world, and ultimately growing old together. And it is touching.
4. Mickey and Minnie, from Everywhere!
Minnie: He’ll sweep me off my feet and I’ll know he’s the one when he makes me laugh.
Mickey and Minnie Mouse have incredible staying power. For generations and generations and generations, Mickey and Minnie have been in love.
Minnie’s first appearance is in the animated short film called Plane Crazy, where she and Mickey are acquainted, but not quite in love. The short revolves around Mickey’s attempt to fly a plane while also trying to steal a kiss from a very unwilling Minnie. Later in the same year, however, Minnie and Mickey were presented as a couple, and presumably have been together ever since. <3
5. Simba and Nala, The Lion King
Zazu: One day, you two are going to be married.
Simba: I can’t marry her. She’s my friend.
Nala: Yeah. It’d be so weird.
Well, The Lion King is my favorite Disney movie, so obviously I am going to include Simba and Nala on this list. But they truly should rank with the best of the animated couples, even if they are lions, not humans. (I know Mickey and Minnie are mice, but like…they seem more human than Simba and Nala).
Nala and Simba are betrothed, which really grosses them out when they are just young cubs trying to have a good time, getting in trouble in elephant graveyards and stuff. Not that I am extremely supportive of prearranged marriage or anything, but Simba and Nala’s parents were onto something because the two quickly fall in love with each other when they are reunited years (?) later as adults. We all know the story–Simba runs away because Scar convinces him he killed his father so that Scar could become King of the Jungle–but can we give it up to Nala for being a strong, independent, persuasive young lioness? She bosses Simba around from a young age, and he actually listens to her. He rightfully takes the throne from his backstabbing murderer of an uncle, but he couldn’t have done it without his Queen.
5b. Lady and The Tramp, Lady and the Tramp
Tramp: Not to change the subject, but, um… ever chased chickens?
Lady: I should say not!
Tramp: Oh-ho, then you’ve never lived!
Lady: But we shouldn’t.
Tramp: I know. That’s what makes it fun. Aw, come on, kid. Start building some memories.
After quickly falling in love with the footloose and fancy-free Tramp, Lady learns of his past (through song!) during her brief stint at the pound via the many other girlfriends he seems to keep. Lady angrily confronts him, wanting nothing to do with him until he proves himself by rescuing her loving owners’ baby from a vicious rat. The Dear family adopts Tramp, and we can assume he remains loyal to Lady and the adorable pups they eventually have.
6. Peggy and Hank Hill, King of the Hill
Peggy: “I surely am not unfond of you, Peggy, I tell you what.” What kind of marriage proposal is that, Hank?
I’m not sure how popular King of the Hill was while it was on air; all I know is that it had a 13 season run, which is pretty impressive. My family certainly was a King of the Hill family, and throughout my time watching the Hill family, I truly began to love and respect Hank and Peggy’s relationship. Much like Homer and Marge (who I did include on last year’s list!), Hank and Peggy manage to maintain a functional marriage, even with their inherent differences. Hank is emotionally void, though it is clear he loves his wife, dog and son, even when Bobby manages to disappoint him with his lack of interest in “manly” activities (like propane). Peggy is relatively naive, considerably arrogant, but overall endearing. When you combine Hank and Peggy’s less than admirable traits however, a sweet and everlasting relationship is somehow formed.