In Echo by Alyson Noël, Daire Santos and her boyfriend Dace work together to fight off the Richters, a family of evil sorcerers. What Dace doesn’t know, though, is that he’s actually related to the Richters. Even though it’s dangerous for Dace and Daire to be together, they can’t deny the chemistry that connects them.
We love a good story about unlikely romance, and Echo is just one of our favorites. Inspired by Echo, we’ve come up with a list of our favorite unexpectedly perfect couples. Whether they’re star-crossed lovers or simply have completely opposite personalities, these couples all know the meaning of true love despite their differences. Check out our picks, and be sure to vote for you favorite below!
Edward and Bella from
It’s obvious from the very beginning that Bella and Edward have a close connection. Unfortunately, there’s one pesky thing standing in the way of their relationship: vampirism. Not only is vampire-mortal dating a big no-no, but Edward must constantly resist biting Bella. They seem destined to fail, but they end up together forever. Literally, forever.
Giselle and Robert from
She’s a singing princess who’s been transported into the real world. He’s a boring lawyer. Logically, these two should annoy each other to death, but in true Disney fashion, they end up falling in love. Plus, their relationship incorporates elements from basically every fairytale ever—it’s like the definition of romantic!
Ethan and Lena from
When Lena moves to the small town of Gatlin, Ethan is instantly attracted to her. But (of course) their relationship can’t be that simple. Lena is a Caster with magical powers. Ethan’s just a mortal. Among the many obstacles they have to overcome: Any physical contact between them results in an electric shock.
Kat and Patrick from
10 Things I Hate About You
Patrick, resident bad boy, has been bribed to date Kat. Naturally, things don’t work out so well at first. Patrick’s only in it for the money, and brainy feminist Kat couldn’t be less interested in him. But the two can’t deny their attraction, even though they SHOULD hate each other (come on, it’s right there in the title!).
Ron and Hermione from
Ron and Hermione are pretty much polar opposites. Hermione’s smart and studious, while Ron’s kind of a slacker, and they spend most of their time bickering. They really shouldn’t work as a couple, but we were still rooting for them throughout the series. We may or may not have done a celebratory dance after their first kiss.
Daniel and Luce from
Luce falls for Daniel the first moment she sees him, but he’s a little less enthusiastic. The reason? He’s a fallen angel, and dating Luce would be unbelievably dangerous. In spite of a few minor setbacks—enemies trying to kill Luce, Daniel trying to kill the enemies, you know, the usual—their love wins out in the end.
Harry and Sally from
When Harry Met Sally
When Harry and Sally first meet, they hate each other. Harry thinks Sally’s stuck up, and she thinks he’s kind of a jerk. But over the years, their relationship develops from loathing to friendship to true love. This couple just makes us go, “AWW,” no matter how many times we’ve watched the movie (which is probably too many times).
Alex and Brit from
Although Alex and Brit are both human—which is more than we can say for a lot of the couples on this list—their similarities end there. Alex is a dangerous gang member and Brit’s a good girl with a flawless reputation. But racial and social boundaries can’t stand in the way of their—wait for it—perfect chemistry.
Edward and Kim from
Edward Scissorhands is a classic beauty-and-the-beast type of story. Kim’s a popular girl, and Edward—well, he’s sweet and adorable and everything, but he still has, you know, scissors for hands. Although their story doesn’t end happily ever after, there’s no doubt these two make an amazing couple.
Grace and Sam from
Grace and Sam clearly have a connection that goes beyond words: They first meet when Sam’s in his werewolf form. When Grace meets him as a human, she knows they’re meant to be together. Unfortunately, Sam’s only a human in the summer; he spends all winter as a wolf. Their love transcends time, space, and even species.
Which one of these couples is the most unexpectedly perfect? Vote now, and let us know your favorite unlikely pairings in the comments!