The 10 Greatest Fictional Couples & What We Can Learn From Them

From the hilarious to the heart wrenching, these couples have been through it all. Even though their relationships are fictitious, we can still learn from their mistakes and be inspired by their romance. Let’s take a look at the top 10 fictional couples from our favorite movies, books, and TV shows and assess some of the greatest love stories of our time.

Cinderella and Prince Charming from Cinderella

This classic rags-to-riches tale was probably the first love story you heard as a child. With a little help from her fairy godmother, Cinderella went to the ball and met her handsome prince. It was love at first sight for this royal couple and once the prince found the owner of the tiny glass slipper, they lived happily ever after.

Cinderella treated everyone (people as well as animals) with kindness. She faced each day with a positive attitude and a smile, bringing her some serious good karma in the form of a fairy godmother. At the ball, Cinderella was the only girl who didn’t throw herself at the prince, making her stand out from the crowd. It was her air of mystery and self-respect that ultimately helped her catch the prince’s eye. If there is a guy you’re interested in, don’t make yourself look desperate by throwing yourself at his feet, instead be confident in yourself and lure him in with your good manners and optimism. But Prince Charming can also teach us a thing or two about relationships. When he found out that his ladylove was a maid, he didn’t let this keep them apart. Instead, he accepted Cinderella for who she was. This fairytale teaches us that if you treat others kindly, good things will happen to you. (And anything can happen in a great pair of shoes!)

Ross and Rachel from Friends

The rocky romance between friends Ross Geller and Rachel Green captivated our hearts for 10 seasons on television. Both Ross and Rachel were unlucky in love in the past, as seen by Ross’s three failed marriages and Rachel’s runaway bride stint in the pilot episode. But several breakups and a baby later, Ross and Rachel confessed their love for one another and vowed to make it work.

As we know from the show’s title, this couple started off as friends. This gave their relationship a strong foundation from the beginning and helped them overcome numerous bumps along the way. Of course sexual chemistry is an important part of a healthy relationship, but Ross and Rachel taught us that friendship is at the core of any good love story.

Romeo and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet

Although reading Shakespeare in high school English class was a bit of a bummer, this tale of star-crossed lovers gave us a window into the dangers of young love. This couple became so obsessed with one another that they ended up dying over it. Yikes!

Love is a powerful emotion that can make us do some crazy things. When you’re in a relationship, it can be easy to get a bit carried away and want to spend every waking moment with your man, but it’s important to keep a level head and not abandon your friends and family. Just remember, guys may come and go, but friends are forever. If only Juliet had a Sassy Gay Friend to talk some sense into her! Seriously Juliet, “What, what, what are you doing?” 

Jack and Rose from Titanic

After winning a third class ticket to the Titanic in a lucky game of poker, Jack Dawson found himself aboard the grandest ship in the world where he met first class passenger Rose DeWitt Bukater. Jack saved Rose from imminent death several times throughout the film while also teaching her how to live. Although their relationship reached a tragic ending, what Rose learned from Jack in just a few days impacted her for the rest of her life and changed her for the better.

Not all relationships will last a lifetime, but what we learn from the relationship can have a lasting effect. If we treat each relationship as a learning experience, it can give even the most failed relationships new meaning. Whether we learn what type of guys to avoid or how to live life to the fullest, as long as we take a lesson away from each relationship we will continue to grow and the time we spent with the other person was not wasted.

Jim and Pam from The Office

Season after season we watched the friendship between Jim Halpert and Pam Beesly, the only sane members of Dunder Mifflin, evolve into something more. When the pair decided to get married, they didn’t let their outrageous co-workers ruin their day. The couple secretly tied the knot in a private ceremony on a Niagara Falls boat before getting married in a church before their friends, family, and the Dunder Mifflin staff. They made their day all about them and didn’t let other people get in their way.

Let’s face it; it might seem like everyone from your mom to your hairdresser has an opinion about who you should date, but at the end of the day your relationship is about you as a couple, not you and everybody else. Take a page out of Jim and Pam’s book and just focus on each other because as long as you’re both happy, nobody else really matters.