Romance is a part of almost every medium of fiction. In most television shows, it usually plays a big part in setting the scene. The prince rescues a damsel in distress or vice versa. People develop fandoms around certain couples and declare they are the one true pairing. However, what happens when you can’t stomach a couple at all? The shipping urge dies within you and you tune out the couple each time you see them on the screen. Sometimes they are the main couple and other times they are meant to add to the drama. No matter what their purpose, some couples you can’t support. Here are my top five, in no particular order.
1. Belle and Rumplestiltskin, Once Upon A Time
I first thought the “beauty tames the beast” angle was great, but this couple became one of the most irritating. The two bring out the worst in each other and their constant bickering is annoying. Belle wants Rumple to be good. Rumple tries but really doesn’t want to change. It’s been the same cycle since the two married. I was hopeful when Belle dated Will Scarlet, but those dreams were crushed.
2. Connor and Cordelia, Angel
Ew. Just Ew. This was a terrible pairing and it creeped me out completely. I know she was under demonic influence, but he didn’t seem to have an issue accepting her seduction. I felt bad for Angel who had to watch his son and old flame have a romance. The pregnancy plot made it that much worse.
3. Penny and Leonard, The Big Bang Theory
I know the writers were going for an opposites attract scenario, but I just could never root for these two. Penny just got under my skin and I felt like Leonard was never really appreciated by her. Penny tried to improve, but I still could not summon the energy to root for this couple.
4. Jack and Kate, Lost
Maybe it was the Kate part of the equation that I could not get behind. I felt like she was more herself around Sawyer, but she always tried to be someone else. Jack was too busy having a hero complex for me to really enjoy his character. The two combined was more than I could stomach on some episodes.
5. Jaime and Cersei, Game of Thrones
I know this could fit on a book list, but Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau play up the creepy incest relationship to a cringeworthy level. Her cunning and his lack of empathy make them a complex and dastardly duo. Their passion borders maniacal levels and they will resort to pushing kids out of windows to protect their secret.