This is actually my favorite romance trope of all time. I’m a complete sucker for characters who loathe each other beyond reason but end up falling passionately in love. I think it’s hilarious, especially when the characters are in denial of their feelings, and I’d just sitting there like, “Yeah, no. You looooove them. L-O-V-E. LOVE them.” Gah. I’m trash. Don’t think I’d ever get tired of this type of romance.
Anastasia Romanov and Dimitri (Anastasia the Movie)
So my only non-book couple on this list. Anastasia is one of my favorite non-Disney animated movies. I’m pretty sure for most people, this was their first ever hate-to-love ship too. Unless most people haven’t seen the movie… in which case, you really should cause this movie is great! Anya and Dimitri dislike each other from the minute they meet and spend a good chunk of the movie getting on each other’s nerves.
Joshua Templeman and Lucinda Hutton (The Hating Game by Sally Thorne)
These two might be one of the cutest pairs I’ve read about. I’m not a huge fan of contemporary books so I get really picky about them but I’m so, so glad I gave this one a shot! Josh and Lucy’s antics are hilarious and adorable at the same time. Their relationship in general is a such a delight, and is one of the more well-written and realistically developed romances I’ve seen in contemporary!
Iseult det Midenzi and Aeduan (Truthwitch by Susan Dennard)
Safi and Merik, stand aside. I haven’t read Windwitch yet so I don’t know how their relationship currently stands but damn. That tension. That slow burn. I was shipping them like crazy after that scene at the beach. And then they had another ~special~ moment when they were hiding from the Cleaved (if you’ve read the book, you’d know which part I’m talking about *wink wink*).
Nina Zenik and Matthias Helvar (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
Surprise, surprise! Once again, Leigh Bardugo’s work has made it on my list. I am Helnik trash. This ship is brimming with tension and pain and unending heartbreak. I haven’t recovered from it, and I don’t think I ever will. I can’t even begin to describe how much I love these two and their beautiful, angst-filled relationship.
Beatrice and Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare)
“Benedick: God keep your ladyship still in that mind! so some gentleman or other shall ‘scape a predestinate scratched face.
Beatrice: Scratching could not make it worse, an ’twere such a face as yours were.”
Never fails to make me laugh. Honestly, it’s nearly impossible to not laugh when it comes to these two. Beatrice and Benedick are hilarious and entertaining, right from their very first interaction up to their last. They’re the reason why Much Ado About Nothing is my second favorite Shakespeare play. With all that witty banter, there’s just never a dull moment between them.
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