Who doesn't love some star-crossed lovers? I mean, sure, romantic entanglement is fine and dandy, but it doesn't really get exciting until you throw in a dead priest, poison, ghosts, alter egos, mad women in the attic, and a heroic sacrifice to save the universe.
So to all the craziest of love stories, here's my Top 10 Star-Crossed Lovers:
10. Shadowcat (Kitty Pryde) & Colossus (Peter Rasputin) - Astonishing X-Men
Sure, she was the youngest X-Man and Wolverine's sidekick and he was the big, silent Russian who stole her teenage heart. Too bad he cheated on her, she got injured, he died but was reborn without telling her, she started dating a sassy Englishman, he beat up said sassy Englishman, and then, he actually died, saving the world from a virus that had claimed the life of his sister.
Kitty and Colossus are one of two X-Men couples on this list, but it's not until Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men that made them break into the Top 10. The moment that clinched it was where Kitty discovers that Peter is alive, and she screams at him that if he's a fake, a clone, or an shapeshifter, she's gonna kill him. That's love.
9. Catherine & Heathcliff - Wuthering Heights
Sure, they both commit acts of utter horror over the course of the book, but there's no doubting that they loved each other. Catherine even manages to torture Heathcliff as a ghost from beyond the grave. Her decision to marry his enemy, and the resulting revenge he inflicts upon their children, speaks of their wild love and their mutual sadistic insanity. It's enough to be #9.
8. Perrin Aybara & Faile Bashere - The Wheel of Time
He was a blacksmith cast into the role of a general, while she was a noblewoman who ran away from her duties for adventure. Her brashness captured his heart, but it's not until she's captured by an opposing army and reduced to a slave does Perrin's love for his wife come out. He resists the temptations of the most beautiful woman in the world to use their combined armies to smash his enemies and free his wife. That devotion, even when their world might be ending, earns them the number 8 spot - as well as being the most stable couple of The Wheel of Time series.
7. Harry Dresden & Karrin Murphy - The Dresden Files
Sure, it's taken them twelve books to finally realize that they might even sorta maybe like each other, but it's been pretty obvious from the get-go that Chicago cop Karrin Murphy and wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden were made for each other. They've battled vampires, faires, and fallen angels together, and unlike most couples, aren't afraid to admit when they want to kill each other. If they had sealed the deal, they probably would have earned a higher number. Read more about Murphy at her Character Analysis.
6. Thom Creed & Goran - Hero
Thom's the gay son of a superhero just figuring out how to be both gay and superhero. Goran is his basketball buddy and only friend - up until Goran finds out that Thom's gay. What Thom doesn't know is that Goran's got secrets of his own. The only couple from a Young Adult novel on this list, I put them here because their miscommunications and secrets are what make this book interesting, a better read than most, and totally deserving of the #6 spot.
5. Starfire (Koriand'r) and Nightwing (Dick Grayson) - The New Teen Titans
He's the first Robin and the current Batman. She's the hot alien who doesn't wear a lot of clothes and can flash-fry a whole town. But when they were teens, these two developed one of the most long-lasting and loving relationship of any of their peers and even made it to the altar - until their demon-possessed friend killed the priest, that is. While they're not currently together (he's too busy brooding, she's off in space), you know it's just a matter of time before they realize they were meant to be.
4. Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester - Jane Eyre
Her life as an English governess and orphan sucked. His wife's crazy and hidden in the attic. It's only when their lives suck even worse do they realize that being together might make their lives just a little bit better. The power of love, baby.
3. Cyclops (Scott Summers) & Phoenix (Jean Grey) - X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga
They loved each from when they were fighting evil as teens, but it wasn't until bad boy Wolverine showed up and tried to take Jean's affection did things get real. She got possessed by an all-powerful galactic entity who couldn't handle human emotions and destroyed a solar system, so she sacrificed herself to save the universe, but not before declaring her love for her man.
Luckily, this is comics and she got better (and also replaced by a clone of her that he married and had a kid with but it's best not to dwell). They were married in front of their friends and were even happy for some time, before they cheated on each other and she died and ascended to another realm. I'm choosing to remember the good times and placing the emphasis on "star-crossed" for this one to earn the number 3 spot.
2. Phedre no Delaunay & Joscelin Verreuil - Kushiel's Dart
To the world, Phedre was the foremost courtesan. In reality, she was a spy. And Joscelin was her warrior priest protector, chosen specifically for his virtue and deadly skill. Of course, what's better than that? Oh, right - being captured by Vikings and tortured nearly to death. From their many adventures, including saving and adopting the future king, it's Phedre and Joscelin's devotion to each other, even given his tortured virtue and her being a courtesan spy, that earn them the number 2 spot.
1. Romeo & Juliet - Romeo and Juliet
This list would be invalid if these two weren't number 1.