Oh, the OTP. Look anywhere on the internet, and you can find TONS of arguments about which two characters are meant to be together, which characters should NEVER get together, and which characters are together now, but it probably won’t last. Nothing can get more heated than an internet debate over the romance between two fictional characters. I’ve said it a lot around here, I’m not a big “shipper”. When I do ship a couple, I tend to stick pretty closely to those cannonical OTPs, and it’s rare that I rock the boat on who should be together. So even though I might not get too out of control with my OTPs, here are my top 5:
1. Marshall and Lily, How I Met Your Mother
If these two don’t just make your heart happy whenever they are together, I submit that you simply do not have a heart. These two are crazy in love with each other, they are best friends, and they have that super dorky kind of love that I aspire to have in my own life. Nothing made the world feel more out of balance than that period on HIMYM when Lily broke up with Marshall and moved to San Francisco. Luckily, that period didn’t last long, the two got back together, got hitched, and started making adorable babies. Marshall and Lily, Rockin’ It Since ’96.
2. Eric and Donna, That 70’s Show
That 70’s Show was my all-time favorite show in high school and college, and a great deal of that was because of these two weirdos. The show’s ending left Eric and Donna’s fate together a tad ambiguous, I like to think that the kiss the two share at the very end of the finale was the start of their rekindling romance–of course, Donna still goes to college and shakes up the world, it’s just that Eric sticks by her side this time.
Speaking of That 70’s Show…
3. Hyde and Jackie, That 70’s Show
Okay, these two didn’t end up together, which I consider a CRIME. This is really my only boat-rocking OTP. On the show, Jackie ends up with Fez (Fez? Really?), and Hyde marries and divorces a stripper (okay, that one makes a bit more sense). I absolutely HATED that the showrunners broke these two up. I thought Hyde and Jackie were so great together. They were an unlikely couple, sure, but they proved to be so good for one another–which was really surprising. Hyde was able to get Jackie to come down from her high horse, and Jackie was there to push Hyde to reach his potential. They made each other better, which is what you want in a partner. Way back in the earliest seasons of the show, they made it clear that Jackie and Hyde were meant to be.
4. April and Andy, Parks & Recreation
These two. I just love April and Andy together. I mean, just look at how happy that sweater swap is making April. He’s goofy and lighthearted, and she’s deep-thinking and mildly terrifying. On paper, their relationship should most assuredly not work, but it has been one of my favorite things to watch on Parks and Rec.
5. J.D. and Elliot, Scrubs
While Scrubs was on the air, showrunner Bill Lawrence loved to tell fans of the show that Scrubs wasn’t about J.D. and Elliot, and that they most certainly wouldn’t end up together. Of course no one bought into that, and everyone kept shipping J.D. and Elliot, HARD. Mercifully, on the last regular season of Scrubs, J.D. and Elliot finally got together, and they ended the show with this amazing video montage:
Who are your OTPs? Let me know in the comments! And, as always, be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts and see what others are saying by following the #Fandom5 hashtag!