26 Of The Most Popular Anime Couples Of All Time

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Written by Theo J Ellis

“Popular” means exactly what it sounds like: popular, famous.

  • Not what I think is popular.
  • Not what characters and couples I like.
  • But only anime couples that are first and foremost, the most popular in general.
  • Not to mention: anime characters that are “perceived” as couples.

The reason I say that is because a lot of people in the anime community can be bias when it comes to these things. Straying from the point instead of staying on track.

So I’ll keep it as “factual” as possible.

With that said – let’s get into these popular anime couples!

 

26 Popular Anime Couples:

 

1. Goku And Chichi (Dragon Ball Franchise)

goku and chichi married

Goku And Chi Chi have to the most popular anime couples, no questions asked.

They might not be the best and most admired couple, but it doesn’t change how popular they are in the DBZ universe.

 

2. Naruto And Hinata (Naruto Series)

naruto and hinata

I haven’t even watched Naruto Shippuden. Or the first Naruto series. Or even the Boruto series.

And yet… I know how popular Hinata and Naruto are as a couple in the anime world. It’s hard to ignore their fame, or even deny the facts when it’s “in your face” no matter where you go.

At least to some degree.

Thank Naruto’s popularity for that. And their relationship is one of the “best” subjectively, as well.

 

3. Rikka And Yuuta (Chuunibyou)

yuuta and rikka cute

Chuunibyou is an anime series created by Kyoto Animation. And as with many of their anime shows, especially romance or slice of life, this one is well-known.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Yutua and Rikka are on this list.

Their relationship is wacky and weird, because of their “chuunibyou” ways. And the weirdness Rikka Takanashi gets up to.

Their unlike any other partner on this list.

 

4. Zero Two And Hiro (Darling In The Franxx)

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I’m not gonna lie. Darling In The Franxx was my favorite anime series in 2018, until it went downhill and took a u-turn on the original plot.

And made a mess of everything.

But that doesn’t change the popularity of Zero Two in particular, and especially Zero Two with Hiro as a couple.

There are wallpapers everywhere on the internet that showcase it. And not to mention – Darling In The Franxx is extremely popular, despite the controversial ending and anime in general.

Relevant: 13 Brutally Honest Darling In The Franxx Quotes That Will Stir Your Emotions

 

5. Sousuke And Kaname (Full Metal Panic)

kaname and sousuke holding hands

Sousuke And Kaname’s relationship is one of the most official on this list. It’s been building up since the first season of FMP. And made lots of progress since FMP season 3.

As far as popularity – Full Metal Panic is one of the most known and consistent anime shows to date.

The same goes for the protagonists!

 

6. Sakura And Sasuke (Naruto Series)

sasuke and sakura

Sakura gets abused in the anime community a little too much from my point of view, But I’ve never watched Naruto.

And Sasuke is well-known for his behavior in the anime series, and I know that despite not watching a single episode.

Even still  – while their relationship as a couple isn’t anything to sing about, they’re still insanely popular so it’s only right I include them.

Relevant: 6 Of The Most Popular Genres In The Anime Industry

 

7. Vegeta And Bulma (Dragon Ball Franchise)

vegeta and bulma

Vegeta and Bulma are individually popular in the anime world.

There’s probably not a  person who hasn’t seen or heard of either character in some way or another.

And as a couple? They’re a power couple who make things happen in the world of Dragon Ball Z and DB Super.

They’re one of my favorites!

 

8. Taichi And Inaba (Kokoro Connect)

taichi and inaba kokoro connect

Taichi and Inaba are known because of the popularity of Kokoro Connect. It’s what I call a “middle ground” series because while it’s not super famous, it’s still quite popular.

Inaba is the typical Tsundere girl who calms down later on into the series. Where as Taichi is used as “fodder” for Inaba’s Tsundere tendencies.

 

9. Taiga And Ryuuji (Toradora)

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Taiga is another girl who’s a typical Tsundere in the anime community. Because of the constant verbal and even physical abuse in the form of “comedy”.

I’d even go as far as saying she’s one of the most famous. And for that reason – their relationship, the dramatics, and how it turns out makes them popular as anime couples.

 

10. Lucy And Natsu (Fairy Tail)

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They’re not official like other couples on this list. And the author of Fairy Tail probably won’t take it in that direction. But that doesn’t change how they’re perceived as “couples”.

Nalu (as anime fans call them) has become a big thing in the anime community for romance and anime couples.

And these guys are already as popular as it is in the Shounen world anyway.

 

11. Subaru And Emilia (Re:Zero)

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Subaru And Emilia will become official someday in the future of Re:Zero’s franchise. But as for now – it’s still in “standby”.

With that said – the obvious signs, clues and plot paints a clear picture of Emilia and Subaru being the perfect couple.

Alongside their popularity, it’s only natural I’d add them to this list.

Relevant: 5 Simple Reasons Why Emilia Is BETTER Than Rem From Re Zero

 

12. Mikasa And Eren (Attack On Titan)

mikasa and eren attack on titan

Mikasa And Eren are a strange bunch. Mikasa treats Eren more like a kid at times, but then again – with the way he behaves that’s not surprising.

And then Eren despite growing up with Mikasa, hasn’t really made a move like that.

As far as they see it – they’re couples. It’s what anime fans want, but who knows if it’ll happen.

 

13. Kirito And Asuna (Sword Art Online)

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I’d argue that in the modern-day of the anime industry, Kirito And Asuna are one of the biggest anime couples ever created.

If we’re talking about anime couples, Kirito And Asuna are likely to come up in conversation. Or even images when you search for related things on the internet.

Plus SAO is a powerhouse in the anime industry as it is!

 

14. Light And Misa (Death Note)

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Light And Misa’s relationship reminds me of Sasuke’s and Sakura’s from Naruto: it’s nothing to get excited about.

Their relationship is more of a convenience, and somewhat broken. But the popularity of these 2 characters can’t be ignored, even if they’re a bad example of “anime couples”.

 

15. Lelouch And Kallen (Code Geass)

lelouch and kallen

Lelouch And Kallen’s relationship isn’t the most official either. Just like Light And Misa.

Because the protagonists are similar from Death note And Code Geass, their relationships are more about convenience and achieving their goals.

But even still – people still ship it. And both characters are popular when talking about anime couples and relationships.

 

16. Gray And Juvia (Fairy Tail)

gray and juvia fairy tail

Gray And Juvia, or as people say: “Gruvia” isn’t official just like most Fairy Tail relationships. Because the anime doesn’t focus purely on romance, even if it has a lot of subtle hints.

But even still – Juvia loves Gray, and even though Gray is hesitant in sharing the same feelings, it’s clear he has “something” for Juvia.

And they’re both popular as F.

 

17. Krillin And Android 18 (Dragon Ball Franchise)

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Krillin And Android 18’s relationship is one of the most curious because of the back story and how it came about.

It’s one of the more relaxed, sweet and legit relationships I’ve seen in an anime.

They’re like a real family, and underrated in my eyes (regardless of popularity).

 

18. Ichigo And Orihime (Bleach)

ichigo and orihime bleach

I would have rather Ichigo end up with Rukia Kuchiki in the Bleach series. It’s clear from the beginning that Rukia and Ichigo were meant for each other.

But it was never meant to be.

And either way – Ichigo with either Orihime or Rukia still makes it a “power” couple with tons of popularity among anime characters.

Related: 10 Of My BEST Anime Characters From Bleach

 

19. Edward And Winry (Fullmetal Alchemist)

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Edward is only small in the beginning of FMA. And apparently Winry isn’t interested in “small” guys in the plot-line. But all that changes.

Fullmetal Alchemist is legendary for its philosophical plot and deep story.

And together – Edward And Winry, the mechanic, are well-recognized.

 

20. Misaki And Usui (Maid Sama)

misaki and usui maid sama

Misaki And Usui make an unusual and hilarious pair together. Usui somewhat “calms” her down, because she initially hates men after her father runs off and leaves the family in debt.

Considering Maid Sama is a Shoujo anime, they’re a popular couple in the world of romance and anime in general.

 

21. Tatsumi And Mine (Akame Ga Kill)

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Tatsumi And Mine end up married in the Manga. So that seals the deal in terms of their relationship and the Manga’s crazy popularity. On top of the anime itself.

Akame Ga Kill is an action series, but similar to DBZ: It still manages to reel you into the characters romance and relationships.

And hits you in the feels!

 

22. Renton And Eureka (Eureka Seven)

renton and eureka

Eureka Seven is a high rated Mecha series with a touch of mystery and sci-fi.

Made by studio bones, the characters as you’d expect from this studio – are on point, with lots of depth and personality.

Renton And Eureka’s relationship is one you’ll either love or hate because of Renton’s personality in general.

But their popularity is undeniable.

 

23. Izuku And Ochako (My Hero Academia)

ochako and deku mha

Izuku Midoriya has always been interested in Ochako Uraraka, to some extent. And the same is true for Ochako as well.

The anime is obviously not too focused on romance, but it’s clear how flustered they get from being around each other… That at some point in MHA, they’ll be an official couple.

I don’t need to speak of the popularity because it’s obvious!

 

24. Tomoya And Nagisa (Clannad)

clannad tomoya and nagisa

Clannad is a classic romance series produced by Kyoto Animation. One of the best studios in the industry.

It’s an original anime that started the trend of “romance gone bad” where something awful happens to the protagonist.

Tomoya And Nagisa’s relationship is a cruel reminder of what can happen to people in real life. It’s the reason Clannad (and this couple) are popular at all.

 

25. Erza And Jellal (Fairy Tail)

erza and jellal fairy tail

Erza And Jellal are at least a little more official than Lucy and Natsu or Gray and Juvia. But they’re still unofficial regardless of how popular they are.

Fairy Tail is that kind of anime, and none of the main characters popularity can be denied without being delusional to the facts.

 

26. Inuyasha And Kagome (Inuyasha)

inuyasha and kagome

To end this post – we’ll go with Inuyasha and Kagome. One of the most loved anime couples, with one of the longest relationships we’ve seen in an anime series.

The deeper you get into this popular, but classic series, the more their love “blossoms” for each other.

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • Miyamizu And Taki (Your Name).
  • Gajeel and Levy (Fairy Tail).
  • Shana And Yuji (Shakugan No Shana).
  • Sun Seto And Nagasumi (My Bride Is A Mermaid).
  • Takaki And Akari (5 Centimeters Per Second).
  • Naho And Kakeru (Orange).

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xayqh
xayqh

what about kaneki and touka? (tokyo ghoul)

qwertyuiop
qwertyuiop

who else likes takumi and misaki (maid sama)

✨Alexis ✨
✨Alexis ✨
Reply to  qwertyuiop

Me

Ayla
Ayla
Reply to  qwertyuiop

i love them

Ayla
Ayla

my tododeku

yaya
yaya
Reply to  Ayla

no

lilah
lilah
Reply to  Ayla

THEIR COUSINS

Koko yuki
Koko yuki

what about kousei x kaori? :'(

Meika
Meika

Sailor Moon and Tuxedo Mask (Sailor Moon)
Haruhi and Tamaki (Ouran high-school host club)
Mariko and Yuta (Recovery of an MMO junkie)
Shirayuki and Zen (Snow White with the red hair)

Just a few I think should be on the list 😉

Ashley
Ashley

I don’t know why Sakura is so mistreated. Maybe it’s because she’s weak compared to Sasuke and Naruto. But Sakura is strong too

Candy
Candy

WHERE IS KILLUGON?????????

stunna
stunna
Reply to  Candy

i weird both they are kids an there is no sexual tension between them sick u bitch

Nansii
Nansii
Reply to  stunna

If they were one girl and boy you wouldn’t day that now sick u bitch

alex
alex
Reply to  Candy

children btw

Zen Meihls
Zen Meihls
Reply to  alex

They’re 15. They’re as old as deku

Shifuchiri Takutushimoto
Shifuchiri Takutushimoto
Reply to  Zen Meihls

they’re actually twelve at the start of the anime, but near the end they’re 13…

yoyo
yoyo
Reply to  Candy

no!

Kenneth opoku
Kenneth opoku

Great list I must say. Nicely done. But I have to agree with the comment about Tokyo Ghoul. You defo know why kaneki and Toure should be on that list whether its love, endurance or popularity.

Tigre
Tigre

Sango and Miroku. Easily my favorite anime couple.

Maisy
Maisy

Sakura x Syaoran?

Supun Praneeth
Supun Praneeth

Lelouch And Kallen? really? it should be Lelouch And C.C. you would know if you’ve watched the anime.

Kisano
Kisano

Izuku And Ochako is not officially together

Avery Lee
Avery Lee
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

Dang, roasted

Katsi
Katsi
Reply to  Theo J Ellis

ohhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Oreki
Oreki

What about Sakura x Haruki (I want to eat your pancreas)

oknvjfr
oknvjfr

naruto and saske is best

by.shxsux.itxcxi
by.shxsux.itxcxi
Reply to  oknvjfr

the fact that it’s more popular it’s killing me lmao

Naruto
Naruto
Reply to  oknvjfr

opinion

weiwei
weiwei

my dude, it’s c.c and lelouch not lelouch and kallen.

Lelouch
Lelouch
Reply to  weiwei

opinion

Supun Praneeth
Supun Praneeth
Reply to  weiwei

Thank you, finally someone

karen gresham
karen gresham

Where Issei and Rias?

marc christian
marc christian
Reply to  karen gresham

the dude is married to like 18 different people with 30+ kids he has his moments with every girl in the series and he did say he just wants a haram so i guess thats y

Katana
Katana

Eremika did ended up being official. You were right man

demon
demon

kamame & yuki

Rainyday254
Rainyday254
Reply to  demon

I like Zero and Yuki but Kaname and Yuki is very popular. But it’s incest

Siddharth
Siddharth

What about okabe and kurisu!!!!!!

Oreki
Oreki

What about Chitanda x Oreki (Hyouka)

Ashley
Ashley

Gohan and Videl?

Okakuri
Okakuri

Okabe and Kurisu are missed
I think they’re best couple in anime world

Daniel
Daniel

You guys always forget minato and kushina

Liontari
Liontari

Everyone forgets Kaworu and Shinji from Evangelion. That was a near perfect ship.

Shinji
Shinji
Reply to  Liontari

I don’t know

BigxSmoke
BigxSmoke

Izuocha is always welcome

yaya
yaya

first of all bakudeku is the most popular ship and no that is just nasty she like him he just get nervus around girls HE DOSE NOT LIKE HER GET THAT SHIT IN YOUR HEAD

Otaku
Otaku

Okabe and kurisu… Best couple in my opinion

Why_even_bother
Why_even_bother

The My Hero fandom needs to realize that Deku, Bakugo, and Todoroki are not Gay, and are straight. Even if you don’t like that fact, don’t send death threats to the author. If you do that, your not real fans and never will be. The anime has a bad reputation even though it’s an amazing anime! Jesus Christ! I know that not all MHA fans are like this but a lot are!

Kotarō Azimu
Kotarō Azimu

What about Kotarō Azimu x Akane Mizuno
& Nishikata and Takagi san ??

neil b malngiang
neil b malngiang

thanks, it was very helpful.

by.shxsux.itxcxi
by.shxsux.itxcxi

ok but the fact that sasunaru (sasuke x naruto ) is more popular than Sasusaku or Naruhina even tho their canon! you can’t deny it tho if you search it it’ll pop out lol

kgeev
kgeev

what about takato and chunta? (DAKAICHI)

Ejike chimdike
Ejike chimdike

Wow

ReizBannings
ReizBannings

I think Sakura and syaoran is cute couple

Viraj
Viraj

where is kaguya sama and hiroshigane

Rhiyu
Rhiyu

What about Hak and Yona?!!! (Akatsuki no Yona)

alyssa
alyssa

what about meliodas and Elizabeth (seven deadly sins) And Ban and Elaine (seven deadly sins)

Omkar Mohanty
Omkar Mohanty

I want zenitsu and nezuko
Tanjiro and Kanao. In the list

Andrea
Andrea
Reply to  Omkar Mohanty

Well zenitsu is in love but nezuko not really so basically one sided relationship?

Weeb
Weeb

Whats the anime in the 1st image? Before Goku and Chichi,like, the ponytail woman and the short hair guy?

hello
hello

Although there aren’t a couple a think Nagisa and Kayano shoud be there.

Natalie Derosier
Natalie Derosier

I do not agree woth light and Misa I think light and l would be better together I don’t care if he’s dead they would be better together UnU

Loliqueen
Loliqueen

The list makes no sense because only officiele ships are in. There are so many unofficial ships that are much more popular. From bnha alone I could use more popular Ships than izuku x ochako. If you were to make such a list right, then more than half would be yaoi ship’s.

Sheep
Sheep

What about Yashiro and Hanako (Toilet Bound Hanako-kun) or Shikamaru and Ino ( Naruto Series) UwU

Tansao1932
Tansao1932

Whoever made this top must be a complete idiot

Mahziyar
Mahziyar

I think it’s a very good list but i think you could pick Kaori and Arima instead of something like Subaru and Emilia. bcuz even now 90% of us think about Rem and Subaru. so I think it was better to pick one of these instead of Subaru and Emilia

Unknown
Unknown

Suzuki – toyota

✨Alexis ✨
✨Alexis ✨

What about kachan+ izuku

NashrahRc
NashrahRc

(Read full)I know u wont know because ilu all say its a kid’s anime but i will recommend u to watch pokemon xyz (yea ik u all find weird when u get name of pokemon but its tue anime we all grew up with) and satoshi serena was proofed to be a romantic couples even director confirmed they are gonna end up together i will request you please also they are popularbthe ship has a name based on france because pokemon xyz was based on france its called the amourshipping amour in france means love and shipping is shipping

Nansii
Nansii

Why there is no same gender couple like ash and egi ( is that correct ?! ) or given couples or yuri and victor ?!

Andrea
Andrea

It’s embarrassing that no one has actually seen attack on titan because if you did you’ve known that mikasa and eren are siblings yes i’m aware that mikasa and eren aren’t same blood but even if they’re both from different families it still counts as siblings and yes in the Manga they kiss but not in the anime just wanted to clear things up 🙂