Ah, romance. Romance is an important aspect of any show or film. When done right, it can be an effective driving force for a series or movie, giving audiences something to root for and anticipate among the characters on-screen.
However, when done wrong, whether by mistake or on purpose, it can turn viewers off faster than an obnoxious infommercial – or simply give them a trainwreck that they can't help but watch unfold, as the situation slowly deteriorates from bad to worse.
Unfortunately, there are numerous fictional pairings that fall into the latter category. These couples have burned their unsettling image in the memories of unsuspecting viewers – with a romance that probably would have been better left unsought.
With that said, here are the 15 Movie And TV Couples That NEVER Should Have Been Together.
15 Jan/Michael (The Office)
The Office has made its mark in American TV history as one of the most iconic sitcoms of all time with its excellent adaptation of the British BBC original. The ensemble series is known for both its tear-jerkingly hilarious moments (mainly featuring its forefront character – Steve Carrell's Michael Scott) along with its scenes of heartfelt drama and romantic tension.
While setting the bar for couples across the nation with the now-classic television pairing Jim and Pam, the show also had its notable share of dysfunctional mismatches – one of them being the cringe-worthy spectacle that was Jan and Michael.
Michael was an often socially unaware goofball who's life revolved around pranks and fifth grade magic, while Jan was an unstable, humorless "Ice Queen" with a penchant for controlling and emotionally abusing the paper salesman.
How the two began dating will forever remain one of the shows most puzzling mysteries – though luckily for viewers, their volatile romance quickly lost steam by the end of the fourth season. It only took an extremely awkward dinner party, with Jan ultimately smashing in his flat-screen, for Michael to finally come to his senses.
14 Andrea/The Governor (The Walking Dead)
Andrea wasn't exactly the most popular character from The Walking Dead series, irritating fans with her stubborn arrogance that ironically lead to some of most stupid decisions of the second and third seasons.
These included, but were not limited to: accidentally shooting Daryl with a gun she insisted she knew how to use, sleeping with the clearly unstable Shane, and-- lest we forget-- taking her time in escaping a room with a zombie victim about to turn.
Among her character's biggest blunders, of course, was getting with the super-suspicious "governor" of Woodbury – Phillip Blake, who eventually turned out to be a homicidal sociopath that kept severed human heads and his zombified daughter locked away in an apartment.
He eventually sets out to murder Rick Grimes and the rest of her survival troop, yet that wasn't enough for her to get rid of his sinister existence, even when the opportunity presented itself. These ever-so-wise decisions lead to The Governor ultimately turning on Andrea and killing her, along with many of his own men, followed by the attempted murder of her friends.
13 Michael/Rita (Arrested Development)
Arrested Development was, without a doubt, some of the best comedy to grace our televisions from 2003 to 2006. The story of a dysfunctional family stumbling through some of the most awkwardly bizarre situations isn't exactly the most original concept.
However, paired up with the comedic wit of Mitchell Hurwitz and excellent performances that included Jason Bateman, David Cross, and Will Arnett, the series made for an extremely clever and entertaining thirty minutes each and every time.
While having a number of unlucky romances here and there, none had quite the plot twist like the relationship between leading guy Michael Bluth and British sweetheart Rita Leeds.
Michael comes upon Rita at a bar in a street named "Wee Britain," who immediately falls for her incredible beauty and charm. The two become a couple soon after, and while Rita would constantly exhibit immature traits and make senseless decisions, these were overlooked by Michael, who was often too distracted by her alluring British accent.
Though Michael eventually asks Rita to marry him, he makes an unsettling discovery not long after: Rita had the mental capacity of a child. This is probably why she always dressed like a model for Benetton Kids.
12 Owen/Abby (Let Me In)
Let Me In was a superb adaptation of the original Swedish film Let The Right One In; a unique horror-drama that centered itself on a relationship between a twelve-year-old boy named Owen, and a young, mysterious girl by the name of Abby. The two quickly form a close, sweet friendship that turns romantic before Owen comes to a startling discovery: Abby is a vampire.
The film has its heartfelt moments of emotion, as it goes into Owen's troubling plights as a child of neglectful parents and a victim of bullying – his time with Abby being his only solace.
However, it is revealed that, while under the guise of an innocent child, Abby is still a bloodthirsty vampire, and that her last boyfriend would capture unsuspecting victims, collecting their blood for Abby to feed.
Because Abby continues to be the one person who understands, as well as protects him, Owen skips town with Abby, and the film implies a romantic, happy ending. However, history has repeated itself: Owen will not only eventually outgrow her, but in the meantime, will have to hunt down other humans as her food.
11 Rachel/Joey (Friends)
Of course, a list describing some of the most disturbing pairings of all time wouldn't be complete without the unwarranted coupling that was Friends' Rachel and Joey.
To their credit, the couple isn't as perturbing as most others (no violence or incest was involved, at least); though it was still a horrific misfire on the part of the writers, as the two characters just did not have the romantic chemistry to pull off this plot twist. Their dynamic was very much unlike Ross and Rachel or Monica and Chandler, both of which had more captivating tension to keep audiences rooting for them.
Sadly, since Joey and Rachel maintained a platonic relationship more than anything else before getting together, seeing them pursue a romantic partnership just seemed... wrong. In fact, audiences were not alone in this sentiment, as the rest of the cast opposed the romance stating that it felt inappropriate.
"It's like [wanting] to be with my sister," expressed LeBlanc. Thankfully, this ship sank after only a few episodes, to the dismay of very few.
10 Will/Dolores (Westworld)
Westworld is the sci-fi brainchild of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, a series on an amusement park for the bored and filthy rich to live out their fantasies among A.I. hosts.
The androids of Westworld are often maltreated and abused, as people are free to do with them what they wish – and any who end up "dying" are simply rebooted, starting over with no recollection of past events. Complications therefore arise when one of the guests, William, falls for the sweet and beautiful Dolores – a member of Westworld's A.I. ensemble.
Because Dolores exhibits emotion so close to that of an actual human being, William is completely taken, forgetting that she is still a product of metal and gears. Eventually, William gets a tragic shock of reality when his vacation partner drives a knife through her stomach, exposing her mechanical make-up.
Though she disappears after her attack, William eventually finds her days later, rebooted and unable to recognize him.
9 Howard/Beverly (Howard the Duck)
Howard the Duck is one of Marvel's stranger creations that has an even weirder film adaptation starring Chip Zien as an anthropomorphic duck and Lea Thompson as human pop-rock musician who's apparently into giant birds.
The film starts off with Howard being dumped on planet Earth and, after a series of unfortunate events (one of which involved him being chased off by a biker gang), comes upon a woman named Beverly under attack by a group of muggers.
After busting a few "quack-fu" moves (an actual term he drops) and saving her, the two form a flirtatious friendship soon after. Their relationship eventually leads to the infamous almost-sex scene that has haunted its viewers to this very day.
However, thankfully Willard Hyuck realized that he had disturbed his audience enough, and the scene ends with Beverly giving Howard a simple "goodnight kiss" instead.
It's an embarrassing scene to watch nonetheless, with many wondering why this couple was made to be in the first place.
8 Meg/Brian (Family Guy)
If you've followed Family Guy for long enough, then you're probably aware that Meg Griffin isn't the most beloved of the bunch. The character went from merely taking the blame for her family's often unwise decisions to becoming a literal punching bag for the series, as well as a face of Internet mockery.
As the writers devolved her into an increasingly desperate (and frequently unstable) teenager over the seasons, it came as little surprise to some that she'd be the type to eventually get with the family dog.
That's right, in season five's eighth episode "Barely Legal", a distraught Meg threatens to commit suicide due to not having a date for the Junior Prom. Feeling pity for his miserable master, the smart-talking dog, Brian, decides to take her.
One drunken event leads to another and the two end up making out, with Meg growing a romantic obsession with him soon after. So much so that even after continuous retorts of him not feeling quite the same, she knocks him out and kidnaps him in an attempt to force him into– what would be some pretty disturbing– sexual acts.
Geez Meg, could you stoop any lower?
7 Lars/Bianca (Lars and the Real Girl)
There are several indie movies out there that are likely to have an unsettling plotline with equally strange characters to boot. Lars and the Real Girl is definitely no exception to this.
The Ryan Gosling flick features a lonely man by the name of Lars who finds true love in truly the most unconventional of ways – through an anatomically-correct sex doll named Bianca.
Though severely concerned for his mental health, Lars' brother and sister-in-law, as well as the rest of the townspeople, play along with his delusion. The relationship he has with the doll becomes a constant division between him and his potential romances with other, real people – even rejecting a woman who shows a clear affection for him.
Though Lars seems happy caring for Bianca-- however peculiar their relationship is-- things quickly fall apart, as he one day announces that his beloved girlfriend is "dying." While emotional scenes at a hospital and funeral eventually follow, it's difficult not to feel like the incident is both as necessary as it is heartbreaking.
6 Birdperson/Tammy (Rick and Morty)
Rick and Morty is an animated sci-fi adventure created by comedic genius Dan Harmon and the equally talented Justin Roiland. The series is well-known for its wacky, out-of-this world hijinks, which is all rooted in actual science (well, mostly).
Being the wonderfully strange cartoon it is, it comes as little surprise that the show would conceive one of television's weirdest pairings – a half-man, half-bird character named Birdperson, and a high schooler named Tammy.
Though an already unexpected match-up in itself, their relationship's turn-of-events were even more startling. The two seemed like a happy couple (as strange as they were) until the unfortunate day of their wedding, where Tammy revealed herself to be an undercover agent of the Galactic Federation. The occasion turned into a bloody one, with Birdperson's beloved bride putting multiple bullets in his chest, as well as taking out many of their guests.
Sad as it was, even the creators have reportedly admitted to not being totally satisfied with the couple's exit, saying that they found a lot of humor in their relationship.
5 Pennsatucky/Charlie (Orange is the New Black)
Orange is the New Black was known for quite a few disturbing scenes – ranging from tampon sandwiches to full-blown bloody murder. While never shying away from the gruesome and controversial, few were as chilling as the unsettling relationship between Tiffany Doggett (a.k.a "Pennsatucky") and a prison guard by the name of Charlie Coates.
While the two quickly developed a friendship and potential romance that, initially, was quite sweet to watch, things turn sour fast as Charlie begins to take advantage of Tiffany, often making physical advances without her consent. This eventually spirals into him raping her, and Tiffany – with a haunting past of being raped and abused – lets him.
The series continues with Tiffany continuously defending Charlie despite his clearly repulsive behaviour, and while the two make amends and become an official couple by the end of season five, it's disconcerting to remember just how this toxic "romance" began.
4 Nick/Amy (Gone Girl)
David Fincher's 2014 flick was a grim warning to unfaithful partners everywhere – the person you're cheating on could easily turn out to be a death-faking murderous psychopath. It seems Tiger Woods got lucky in his prime.
Gone Girl is a revenge thriller of a relationship gone wrong when a woman named Amy Dunne secretly catches her cheating husband, Nick, in the act. Hell-bent on vengeance, Amy sets about on an elaborate plan to disappear and frame an unsuspecting Nick for her potential murder.
Her schemes ultimately work, as the police jump on Nick's tail – though through a chain of conducted events, she eventually poses as a survived kidnapping victim who returns to her horrified husband, much to the delight of the press.
Traumatized by the psychotic behaviour of his wife, Nick threatens to expose Amy, before learning she had covered up her every dirty track and left no sufficient evidence to prove her guilt.
The film ends with Nick being checkmated into staying in his marriage, as Amy reveals she had inseminated herself with his sperm (obtained from a fertility clinic) and was pregnant with their child.
3 Tate/Violet (American Horror Story)
American Horror Story: Murder House was the first installment in Ryan Murphy's anthology series, and is arguably one of the more tragic seasons.
Its story focuses on a family who has moved into a new house, one with a questionable history of murders and demonic hauntings. As they settle into their new life, teenager Violet Harmon falls for one of her father's psychiatric patients – a golden-haired, Kurt Cobain-loving high schooler named Tate Langdon.
Though the two develop a sweet connection based on teenage woes and similar music tastes, Violet eventually uncovers Tate's sinister past as a mass school-shooter – and to top it off, discovers that he was shot by a SWAT team and is now living his undead days as a resident ghost of the Harmon household.
As if this news weren't disturbing enough, Violet also discovers that he sexually assaulted her mother in an attempt to have her bear a child another malevolent house spirit was willing to take.
Violet was quick to call it quits, which is what most do when they find out their beau is both a rapist and a cold-blooded murderer.
2 Cordelia/Connor (Angel)
Angel was Joss Whedon's successful spin-off of the supernatural series hit Buffy the Vampire Slayer. While it definitely had its ups and was generally loved by the Buffy fandom, most fans can agree on one thing: the Cordelia/Connor arc was pretty gross to watch.
Cordelia is a member of a supernatural detective agency who later develops feelings for the leading title character Angel (who, in fact, mutually returns these feelings). Connor, on the other hand, is Angel's son.
As expected, the unwarranted romance between the two was enough to make stomachs turn, and it gets worse when you realize that Cordelia was initially a mother-figure to Connor from his infancy. Adding insult to injury, the two also have a daughter after a night of passion.
The twists don't end there, however -- as the it turns out, Cordelia was possessed by an evil entity the whole time, birthing itself into the earthly realm through the form of their child. This pretty much entails that Connor made love not only to his motherly figure... but his own "daughter." Ick.
1 Cersei/Jamie (Game of Thrones)
If you were wondering when these guys would rank on the list – here they are, in all their Lannister glory, coming up at the top spot.
Cersei and Jamie made pop culture controversy for being one of the most notoriously disturbing pairings in the Game of Thrones universe, seeing as they're not only related, but are twin siblings.
Born to the powerful Westeros family of House Lannister, Cersei and Jamie had to constantly hide their scandalous affairs behind closed doors as brother-sister incest was a subject of both cultural and religious taboo in all of the Seven Kingdoms. On top of that, Cersei was (unhappily) married to the King, Robert Baratheon, with Jamie swearing an oath to never take a wife or father children, as he took up the role of a Kingsguard knight.
While a grossly inappropriate romance, Jamie exhibits a devoted love for his sister – which, sadly, does not seem as faithfully returned from Cersei's end. The two, however, have three children together, one of which was the infamously evil King Joffrey.
Only time will tell the peculiar future of this pairing; but until then, they'll continue making audiences cringe with every unsettling scene they share.
Can you think of any other on-screen pairings that should never have been together or grossed you out? Let us know in the comments!