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    13 Problematic TV Couples That Fans Fell In Love With

    The fans have spoken!

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about TV couples they loved despite the obvious red flags and toxic behavior they displayed toward each other.

    The answers didn't disappoint! Here are just a few of the responses:

    1. Cersei and Jaime Lannister — Game of Thrones

    HBO

    "Despite them being siblings — yikes, I know...but I really don't understand my obsession with this particular couple, but it's there."

    radhikaanantha08

    2. Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood — The O.C.

    The CW

    "Marissa was such a mess and Ryan had a savior complex, but I couldn't help but love their twist on the girl-next-door love story."

    caitiekickpuncher

    3. Violet Harmon and Tate Langdon — AHS: Murder House

    FX

    "There’s no denying their relationship was incredibly toxic — although I tend to believe the house influenced parts of that — but I think it’s obvious Tate truly loved Violet, and vice versa. That DEFINITELY does not excuse his behavior, though."

    elena897

    4. Quinn Perkins and Charlie — Scandal

    ABC

    "They're the #1 toxic couple. I would not be surprised if someone else has already listed them on here. They had all the toxic traits in a relationship: lying, deceit, physical abuse, emotional abuse, verbal abuse, spitefulness, vindictiveness, torture, and the most toxic being murder. Name a couple that can top them?"

    steponme1986

    5. Carrie Bradshaw and Mr. Big — Sex and the City

    HBO

    "He was so immature and terrible to her, but you couldn’t help feeling satisfied when they ended up together."

    koracarstairs

    6. Rue Bennett and Jules Vaughn — Euphoria

    HBO

    "I know they’re a codependent mess, but their dynamic and chemistry is just too good to ignore. I need more of them!"

    olives456d18f9a

    7. Meredith Grey and Derek Shephard — Grey's Anatomy

    ABC

    "Their relationship started with Derek withholding some pretty important info. Then he chose another woman over her and slut-shamed her for the relationships she had after he gave up on her.  Derek blamed Meredith for a lot of his own mistakes, but damn I’ll ship them for the rest of my life! When he proposed in the elevator with the X-rays from the cases they’ve worked on together...don’t talk to me!"

    jessicalucashinz

    8. George Michael Bluth and Maeby Fünke — Arrested Development

    Fox

    "I always was kind of rooting for them. It was so wrong and ridiculous, since she was basically his cousin. There were times I definitely wanted to see them together...which probably says more about me, but still."

    yitzyzraven73

    9. Rumplestiltskin and Belle French — Once Upon a Time

    ABC

    "Their characters suffered from the terrible writing of the show, but I could not stop shipping them no matter how problematic Rumple was. 'Sometimes the best cup is chipped.'"

    seasongal

    10. Aria Montgomery and Ezra Fitz — Pretty Little Liars

    Freeform

    "OK, I know it’s gross, but I loved Ezra and Aria when I was younger. I get it, she’s his student, and it’s kind of toxic, weird, and gross, but I always found myself rooting for them."

    lilluv_m

    11. Phoebe Halliwell and Cole Turner — Charmed

    The WB

    "They seemed so in love and perfect for each other, despite being actual arch enemies (he a demon, she a witch who fights demons). The actors had great chemistry."

    ovaltier

    12. Dr. Spencer Reid and Cat Adams — Criminal Minds

    CBS

    "They're obviously toxic, because she's an assassin and he's an FBI agent. They're constantly playing mind games with each other, but goddamn if their sexual tension and banter isn't amazing!"

    ghanson21

    13. And finally, The Joker and Harley Quinn — Batman: The Animated Series

    Fox Kids

    "He was honestly just using her. He pushed her out a window and then gave her a rose during her recovery in Arkham, knowing it would easily win her over. So toxic, but they were cute together."

    conniebroderick

    Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Didn't see your favorite controversial couple on the list? Tell us about them in the comments below!