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Top 10 Cutest Animated Couples

VO: Emily Brayton WRITTEN BY: Garrett Alden
These are the best animated couples outside of the world of Disney! For this list, we’ll be going over the best animated couples from films, other than those made by Disney. We’ve included couples like Manny & Ellie, Manolo; Sánchez & María Posada; Emmet Brickowski & Lucy ‘Wyldstyle’; Megamind & Roxanne ‘Roxie’ Ritchi and more!

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Top 10 Cutest Animated Couples

The House of Mouse isn’t the only animator with great cartoon romances. Welcome to MsMojo and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the top 10 animated couples, excluding Disney.

For this list, we’ll be going over the best animated couples from films, other than those made by Disney.

#10: Manny & Ellie

“Ice Age” franchise (2002-)

A pair of prehistoric mammoths, Manny is a grumpy widower, while Ellie is fun-loving and was raised as an opossum. They’re an unlikely coupling to be sure, but circumstances bring them together and lead to love, even if they don’t get along at first. They soon start a family, bringing a daughter they adore into the world. And though they continue to disagree, often over how to handle the various dangers they encounter, their love and desire to protect each other is apparent in their actions and body language. You might say Manny and Ellie’s love is downright elephantine.

#9: Bruce Wayne & Andrea Beaumont

“Batman: Mask of the Phantasm” (1993)

Before he was Batman, Bruce Wayne met Andrea Beaumont while they are attending Gotham University. Their romance showed a different side to the future Dark Knight, and almost derailed him from his destined course when he proposed marriage to her. However, she ultimately broke off the engagement to go to Europe to help her father, who had gotten himself in trouble with the mob. Andrea’s return is painful for both of them, and complicated by the fact that a masked vigilante is murdering her father’s associates. In the end, it’s revealed that the murderous Phantasm is none other than Andrea. It makes for a haunting and effective parallel between the two ex-lovers, while their fundamental ideological differences keep them apart.

#8: Flint Lockwood & Sam Sparks

“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” franchise (2009-)

The forecast for these two nerds is definitely sunny skies. Flint Lockwood is a madcap, excitable inventor, while Sam Sparks is an ambitious but often self-conscious weather intern. When Flint creates a machine that turns rain into food, the pair of them are brought together for a positively delicious romance. Each is supportive of the other, with Sam supporting Flint’s inventions, which have long gone unrecognized by his family, and Flint encouraging Sam not to hide her intelligence to fit in. Their adventures in romance and culinary weather and fauna are absolutely adorkable - and thankfully can be found on the small screen too.

#7: Felonius Gru & Lucy Wilde

“Despicable Me” franchise (2010-)

A reformed supervillain and his secret agent partner in crime fighting, Felonius Gru and Lucy Wilde are a wonderfully odd couple. Gru is quirky and, despite his nefarious past, very sweet, while Lucy is equally offbeat and loves the action of their job. While their first encounter is less than auspicious (tasers generally don’t bode well), their mutual crush that blossoms into romance is both heartwarming and hilarious to watch. Meanwhile, their eventual partnership, in marriage, parenthood, and in battling villains, is both strong and rather cute.

#6: Megamind & Roxanne ‘Roxie’ Ritchi

“Megamind” (2010)

While we’re on the subject of supervillain romances, Megamind is a diabolical, yet goofy alien villain who develops romantic feelings for reporter Roxanne Ritchi, who had previously been his most frequent target for kidnapping. The two develop something of a friendship through their many interactions, though their romance doesn’t really begin until Megamind’s nemesis appears to die, leaving him with an existential crisis. To stave off his melancholy, or “muh-lunk-a-lee”, as Megamind would say, he begins spending more time with Roxanne while in disguise. Their budding relationship is nearly undone when she discovers who he really is, but a new villain helps them both see that Megamind, and their relationship, have the potential for more.

#5: Manolo Sánchez & María Posada

“The Book of Life” (2014)
These two childhood friends have to endure plenty before they become a couple, including supernatural manipulations and death. But their love is all the more sweet for it. María is the feisty daughter of a general, who’s no slouch on the battlefield herself, while Manolo is a bullfighter who yearns to be a musician. Despite teasing him on occasion, María is very supportive of Manolo’s dreams, while his devotion to her extends to the afterlife. Together, theirs is a romance that not even death can derail.

#4: Emmet Brickowski & Lucy ‘Wyldstyle’

“The Lego Movie” franchise (2014-)

Opposites often attract, and these two Lego characters couldn’t be more different. Emmet is a outsider desperate to belong via conformity, following directions for nearly all his tasks and rarely thinking for himself. Meanwhile, Wyldstyle is incredibly independent, being a skilled builder and fighter. While Emmet falls for her at first sight, Wyldstyle initially dislikes him, due to his stumbling upon the destiny that she had yearned for - while displaying none of her talents. Over time though, they each manage to bring out the best in each other, with Wyldstyle showing Emmet how he can stand out, and Emmet showing her that it’s okay to work with others.

#3: Dimitri & Anya / Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia

“Anastasia” (1997)

Despite meeting as children, Anastasia and Dimitri don’t reconnect until they’re young adults, when he ropes her into a scheme to impersonate (unknowingly)… herself. Now going by Anya, the amnesiac duchess and the con man often clash while he and his friend Vlad coach her on how to act like royalty. The duo bickers and flirts all the way to Paris in a thoroughly charming romance full of memorable moments. While the villainous Rasputin threatens to tear them apart, love conquers all; proving strong enough that social status doesn’t matter either, and leading to the couple sailing into the sunset together.

#2: Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III & Astrid Hofferson

“How to Train Your Dragon” franchise (2010-)

Vikings aren’t typically the group one thinks of when it comes to romance, but this young couple is among the cutest animation has to offer! Hiccup has crushed on Astrid for many years, and the feelings may have been mutual, but it isn’t until he trains a dragon that the two start truly connecting. Their relationship buildup is excellent, particularly when you include the expanded universe on TV. The duo does nearly everything together and is wonderfully supportive of one another. As of 2018, they’re currently betrothed, and we can only hope, as Hiccup puts it himself: “There will always be a Hiccup and Astrid. Always.”

Before we get to our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:

Jonathan ‘Johnny’ Loughran & Mavis Dracula

“Hotel Transylvania” franchise (2012-)

Prince Cornelius & Thumbelina

“Thumbelina” (1994)

#1: Shrek & Princesss Fiona

“Shrek” franchise (2001-)

Shrek is a cantankerous ogre, while Fiona is a princess cursed to become an ogress. Although Fiona initially rejects Shrek and that side of herself, their shared interests and Shrek’s love for her - no matter what she looks like - show her that they’re meant for each other; a sentiment she echoes in the first sequel. Watching the two of them fall in love and their bond grow over the years, as well as seeing them become parents, has been wonderful. True love isn’t always “pretty,” but it always warms the heart.


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