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26 Fictional Couples That Ruined Your Romantic Expectations

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which fictional couples ruined their romantic expectations. Here are the results.

1. Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth (Pride and Prejudice)

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"Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth FOR SURE. You start to think that any guy who argues with you is secretly in love with you and then one day you realize, 'Oh no. He’s just a jerk.'"


"I mean, come on, there is no comparison. It's a love that ruined me forever."



4. Lucy and Jack (While You Were Sleeping)

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"I've watched While You Were Sleeping AT LEAST twice a year for the past decade and Bill Pullman never ceases to melt my rock solid glacier of a heart into a drooling puddle of mush."


7. Cory and Topanga (Boy Meets World)

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"Without a doubt, Cory and Topanga. Oh, so in the real world, a boy won't fall in love with me at 10 and then spend every waking minute making his life all about me? What a slap in the face."



8. Pacey and Joey (Dawson's Creek)

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"He bought her a wall. They sailed together for the summer. Just all around relationship goals."


"Pacey's dedication and loyalty has always been my ultimate want from a partner. Apparently, even talking about it can freak out insecure guys because after my ex and I broke up he told me, 'I could never be Pacey for you'. Ouch."


10. Matthew and Gareth (Four Weddings and a Funeral)

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"The first time I ever cried over a movie was Matthew's eulogy for Gareth. Out of all of their friends, they were the only ones who had a functional relationship. And while their personalities were opposite, they were still perfect for each other."


11. Anne and Gilbert (Anne of Green Gables)

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"They won my heart the second he pulled her orange pigtails and called her 'carrots.' Their friendship and eventual love is what everyone should aspire to have."


"Gilbert Blythe. Damn you, Gilbert. Your not existing is just rude."



13. Rhysand and Feyre (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

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"Rhysand and Feyre have given me such unrealistic expectations. They are so perfect, I can’t even begin to describe how amazing their character development is. Everything about them makes me want a relationship like theirs."


"Sarah J. Maas is the QUEEN of writing romance."



16. Gomez and Morticia (The Addams Family)

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"There will never be a more perfect couple than Gomez and Morticia. I need me a spooky freak like that. Their love is eternal. They'd die for each other, they'd kill for each other. Either way, what bliss!"


17. Buttercup and Wesley (The Princess Bride)

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"He was my first crush but also destroyed all hopes of a realistic romance for me. Ugh, the life of a hopeless romantic is a tough one."




18. Jake and Amy (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)

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"They’re the most realistic couple on television. They influence each other for the better and manage to be serious about their relationship while still being goofballs. Also, Jake is the most feminist boyfriend on television."


19. Robert and Francesca (The Bridges of Madison County)

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"This sounds really old school, but whenever I need a sappy love fix, I read The Bridges of Madison County. Their passion and love takes place over the span of a week and it is intense. Deep AND sexy."



20. Beatrice and Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing)

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"Much Ado About Nothing’s Beatrice and Benedick. Particularly Emma Thompson and Kenneth Branagh’s portrayals. The witty banter is so fun and the passion they both have is perfect."


21. Syd and Dre (Brown Sugar )

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"Everything about the movie Brown Sugar. Most people don’t stay friends with their childhood best friend and most don’t realize they are soulmates and most certainly don't have a happily ever after underlined with classic hip-hop."


22. Jesse and Becky (Full House)

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"Jesse and Becky were adorable to start, but as the show progressed, their relationship grew and became something very special. My parents were divorced, so seeing these two love and support each other made me swear not to settle when I️ grew up."


23. Ian and Mickey (Shameless)

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"They were meant for each other. Both of their character developments were heartbreaking and beautiful. They went through so much and still didn't end up together. Bring Mickey back!"



24. Jamie and Claire (Outlander)

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"I swear, I have fallen in love with Jamie’s character. He's sweet with a brave personality and HOT AF!"


"James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser. Whenever I read too long, that Scottish bastard makes me short with my already amazing husband. The casting of Sam Heughan (and his glorious, perfect ass) doesn't help any, ye ken?"


26. Jim and Pam (The Office)

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"It's kind of hard not to expect someone to love you the way Jim loved Pam. It seems simple, normal, and plausible but it's still very hard to find a real-life version of a guy like him."


"Jim and Pam, 100%. I’ve never seen two people more fit for each other. Their whole relationship tore apart my heartstrings."


"Once more from the back: JIM AND PAM."


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