Icons in LoveWednesday, February 8, 2012
In honor of every time the ladies have swooned at Han’s heartfelt and doe-eyed “I know” we’re taking a look a few of our favorite iconic couples. Who makes us a little teary eyed when we think of their enchanting adventures? What sentiment lingers on with us long after we’ve heard their tales? Read on and find out.
Every time we hear Aragorn and his nearly immortal love Arwen speak to each other in the eloquent elvish language, it makes us want to break out the official Tolkein dictionary for translation. This is a classic romance where Daddy (the powerful Elrond) doesn’t approve, but Arwen’s fire is strong. She confronts her father and chooses to stay in the land of the mortals with Aragorn, even if it means watching him grow old and die while she stays young. The picture Elrond paints of elven and mortal love is a scary one, of a heartbroken and youthful Arwen crying over the grave of her elderly King. Yet, it speaks of the truism that has been told for centuries: “It is better to have loved and lost, than to never have loved at all.”
Arguably this is a love full of true teenage angst. The moody and morose pyromaniac Liz, and her on-again off-again boyfriend from the fiery depths. Theirs is a story full of fire, literally and figuratively. And what symbolizes love more than a blazing fire? The flames between these two can be so hot that it would take the entire New York City Fire Department to put them out. They have their share of struggles; fighting evil monsters and fighting with each other. But it all comes down to Hellboy’s undying loyalty to Liz when he says, “I’ll never give up on you… ever.”
Ah, forbidden love. Buffy’s job is to kill vampires. Spike brags about killing vampire Slayers. What can you say? Sometimes opposites attract. There’s nothing like a deadly taboo to spice things up, after all. Knowing your lover could decide to kill you at your most vulnerable moment certainly evokes a sort of fierce and primal attraction. Yet somehow, somehow this vampire, who sees most people as food, seems to fall in love. His words to Buffy after a night together, “All I did was hold you, watch you sleep. And it was the best night of my life.”
You might think that this romance is rooted in mere comedy rather than deep feelings and drama. But if you take a look at their relationship, you’ll see it’s true: no woman has ever loved a rabbit as much as Jessica loves Roger. She’s set up to look like she might be unfaithful, but the sultry singer of the Ink and Paint club isn’t bad; she’s just drawn that way. Roger is the luckiest rabbit in the cartoon universe as Jessica will go to great lengths to protect and care for him, even when that means hitting him with a frying pan and locking him in the trunk. But it’s best to let her sum it up with her own words to Eddie Valiant: “I’d do anything for my husband, Mr. Valiant. Anything.”
No relationship is fraught with more sexual tension than the love-hate affair between Brock Samson and Molotov Cocktease. He’s the half-Swedish, OSI appointed bodyguard who killed her father and took her eye. She’s the lethal Russian mercenary who murdered his partner and stole his heart. But despite their sordid history and opposing missions, the burning chemistry between these deadly star-crossed lovers is enough to set the sheets on fire… and probably burn the house down as well if they haven’t already destroyed it in their destructive wake. Their relationship is summed up in one monumental battle. After beating each other senseless and falling naked into bed together, their fervency is brought to a grinding halt as Brock is met yet again with a Soviet-era chastity belt. He turns to punch a lamp and shouts, “I thought the Cold-War was over!” Molotov gently touches his shoulder and muses wistfully, “It is always cold in Siberia.”
From the very beginning we knew these two were meant to be (we’re pretty sure the idea of Elizabeth marrying that stuffy wig Norrington didn’t have anyone fooled for a minute.) Of course there was the potential love triangle with swaggering Captain Jack Sparrow because sure, he wanted her, but only as a prize like his other treasures. Sparrow’s true love was for his ship and for the sea, while Will never had eyes for another. Will dared to love above his station, and after all they go through together, in the end he finally realizes what really matters and says, “Elizabeth, I should have told you every day from the moment I met you. I love you.” Deep down, every time he said “as you wish…” ahem we mean, every time he called her “Miss Swann”, she already knew it.
Finally, we must come back to the scruffiest nerf herder in the galaxy, and his royal sweetheart: Han and Leia. This relationship begs the eternal question, why do princesses always seem to fall for the bad boys of the galaxy? Though Leia often chides Solo about his lack of morals, and chasing money before principle, it turns out it’s all just part of the tough guy act when Han continually changes his mind and helps the Rebels with their cause against the Empire. It’s either deep down he has a heart of gold, or he just can’t bring himself to leave his lovely princess with the nerves of steel. When he’s rescued from his carbonite prison by none other than his lady love, she gives Han her true identity. Han asks “Who are you?” Leia’s response? “Someone who loves you.”