5 TV Couples Who Should NOT Have Ended Up Together
We're all about shipping TV couples.
In fact, we often get more attached to fictional relationships than we do to our own. Most of the time this attachment results in tons of sighs of approval when our favorite characters end up together. But it also means we have very strong opinions about certain couples who don't deserve a happily ever after.
Wondering who we might be referring to? Keep scrolling for 5 TV couples who should not have ended up together.
1. Ross and Rachel—Friends
That's right people, Ross and Rachel were not a match made in heaven and it's time we all come to terms with that difficult fact. First of all, Ross was basically the worst. He was jealous, controlling, manipulative and played the victim card every time things didn't go exactly how we wanted them. He showed time and time again that he cared more about his pride than he did for Rachel's feelings or needs, and he was incapable of putting in the needed work to have a romantic relationship.
The real kicker, however, was that despite all of Ross' terrible qualities and treatment over the years, Rachel still had to give up her dream job to be with him. Why couldn't Ross have gone to Paris with her? Because he only thinks about himself, that's why. It would've been a much better storyline if Rachel kept herself firmly planted on that plane, flown to Paris, had an amazing career and forgotten that whiny Ross ever existed.
(Friends via NBC)
2. Serena Van Der Woodsen and Dan Humphrey—Gossip Girl
Despite the fact that they were both the most annoying characters in the entire series and therefore should have been perfect for each other, Dan and Serena were a terrible couple that should have stayed far away from one another after the very first breakup. They couldn't ever get on the same page, they had nothing in common and they argued constantly, which are all reasons enough to end a relationship.
But beyond all of that, Dan was Gossip Girl. He spend years of his life tormenting Serena, spreading vicious rumors about her and generally ruining her self-esteem and relationships. Mix that wonderful salad of disaster with the fact that they were step-siblings and everyone should be able to see why this couple should not have been a thing.
(Gossip Girl via The CW)
3. Damon Salvatore and Elena Gilbert—The Vampire Diaries
Ugh, it's a painful thing to admit, but Damon and Elena shouldn't have ended up together. While their love story was absolutely epic, their lifelong romance was greatly impeded by the fact that Damon could never get it together. Where Elena made Damon a better version of himself, Damon was constantly dragging her down and convincing her to let her impulsive and destructive side shine.
Plus, Damon only wanted to be a good person for Elena, rather than wanting to do the right thing simply because it was the right thing. That means that whenever Elena wasn't around he spiraled back into his murderous and violent ways. His "good boy" persona was just an act for Elena's benefit, rather than a genuine change of heart. And Elena deserved so much better than that.
(The Vampire Diaries via The CW)
4. Ted Mosby and Robin Scherbatsky—How I Met Your Mother
Ted and Robin were highly incompatible people who never should have dated, much less ended up together. They did they whole "will-they/wont-they" nonsense for all nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother despite the fact that they didn't share any of the same values or goals for their life. Plus, their relationship was always founded on Ted's efforts and grand romantic gestures, rather than a mutual desire to work together and create a partnership.
Beyond all of that, their relationship was the most ridiculous and frustrating end to nine years of our lives. The whole time we're wondering how Ted met his childrens' mother, only to find out that she passed away and it was Robin he still wanted all along. Nine years of storyline and character development were undone for a relationship that no one was rooting for. Talk about a waste of time.
(How I Met Your Mother via CBS)
5. Ezra Fitz and Aria Montgomery—Pretty Little Liars
Honestly, no one should have been rooting for Aria and Ezra to end up together. First of all, we can't just look past the fact that he was her teacher. It's creepy and gross and should not be supported in any way, shape or form. But besides that very real and highly problematic issue in their relationship, Ezra also capitalizes on Aria's emotional pain and personal issues for the sake of a story. Sure, they work through that and he apologizes and whatever, but it shows that he's more concerned about his own personal ambition than he is about the feelings of the woman he supposedly loves. If it happened once it will likely happen again, and Aria should have known better than to look past that betrayal.
(Pretty Little Liars via Freeform)
If you love thinking about the real-life implications of your favorite fictional relationships as much as we do, click HERE for a definitive ranking of Disney couples, based on whether they would last IRL.