A Definitive List of My OTP’s, Ships and Animated Couples

In true Reading by Starlight tradition, and today being Valentine’s Day *cough, cough Singles Awareness cough*, it’s time to celebrate the season of love with yet another list of fictional couples. Let me tell you, this one’s going to be a fun time. And may or may not be the result of too much red wine.

Animated crushes. Don’t sit there and pretend you have never been sexually attracted to one because – lies! Look, it’s not something to be embarrassed or ashamed of. Fact: animated characters are Hot™.

Anyway, what I’m getting at here is although we’re officially talking about my favorite animated couples probably 70% of this post is just me lusting after animated men. As you do. Be prepared for some ogling and side-tracking. You have been warned.

Let’s get weird. Remember – judgement free zone. 😉

1. Ariel & Prince Eric – The Little Mermaid

“I lost her once – I’m not gonna lose her again”

To my younger – strictly G-rated – self, Ariel and Eric were the couple. I was completely obsessed and dreamy-eyed over these star-crossed lovers. Not to mention that I can 100% credit The Little Mermaid for my seriously unrealistic expectations of men. Six-year-old me was practically slayed by the combination of Eric’s dimpled smile, those baby blues and that hair. He has that superman look down. All I’m saying is that whoever animated Eric knew what they were about.

2. Anya & Dimitri – Anastasia

“Princesses don’t marry kitchen boys”

I will never stop shipping Anya and Dimitri – the Broadway musical has only confirmed that they are actual relationship goals. Okay, I get that Dimitri is a bit of an ass but I mean the bickering, the banter, that sexual tension… #stickaforkinmeimdone. The whole conman/princess thing never gets old – the moment he realizes that she’s the real deal gets me every time. And honestly, as far as animated characters go, Dimitri is one tall drink of water. Shame who?

3. Jane Porter & Tarzan – Tarzan

“Jane… Stay”

Right off the bat we need to address the elephant in the room – Tarzan’s physique. I mean, the man is ripped. If mussels are your thing than Tarzan is your guy. Anyway, of all the couples listed, Tarzan and Jane have to take the cake for sweetest couple. They are just so pure, so innocent. Tarzan has this intensity about him but he’s so gentle and unsure with Jane. It gives them some seriously swoon-worthy chemistry. I just want to know when we’re getting that live action re-make already!

4. Clara & Prince Eric – Barbie in the Nutcracker

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“This locket was supposed to take me home but in my heart, I feel I’m already there”

Barbie in the Nutcracker will always be one of my favorite movies – I still watch it every single Christmas. Clara [Barbie] and Eric [the Nutcracker] is the Barbie pairing. Their romance is one of enchantment, adventure and innocence – the stuff of ballet dreams. That scene where they dance the Nutcracker Pas de Deux gets me every time. You know that shot when the music swells, he sweeps her up into a lift and the Mouse King’s spell is broken? Chills. Side note: that ending broke my heart – the music, that anguished “I love you”. Again, chills.

5. Bloom & Prince Sky – Winx Club

“Great. Now he’s gonna see I’ve called twice and I still don’t know what to do”

My childhood basically consisted of me, weary and beady-eyed, watching Winx Club on Toasted TV before school. Who didn’t start their morning with the Winx girls??? There was always someone to save, a baddie to beat and, of course, the iconic 2000’s fashion. That being said, what made Winx Club so addictive was the boy drama. Bloom and Sky [such a babe] were THE Winx couple. Their relationship was all drama – with secret identities, parent drama and a jealous ex-fiance scandal that left us SHOOK. Pre-teen me practically lived for Bloom and Sky.

6. Pocahontas & John Smith – Pocahontas

“I’d rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you”

I have no shame in admitting that, as a grown-ass-woman, I am still 110% attracted to John Smith. He is a certified babe. Like, that jawline could cut me in half. Twice. #chiselledbythegods. And don’t even get me started on Mel Gibson’s rich, almost gravel-like voice… You know what? Pocahontas can have John Rolfe. John Smith is “mine, mine, mine!” – see what I did there? Anyway, I know that Pocahontas takes some serious historical liberties but I still think they are the epitome of Disney couples. In an alternate reality, John Smith came back for her and they lived happily ever after.

7. Princess Odette & Prince Derek – The Swan Princess

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“I love you for your kindness and courage, I always have”

I mean, I just wouldn’t be a 90’s baby if I didn’t count Derek and Odette from the Swan Princess on this list. Now I know what you’re thinking. Is the animated dated? Yes – very. Is Prince Derek a serious douche? See: How To Offend Women In Five Syllables or Less. Do I still love them? You bet. Say what you will about the grainy AF animation [we can’t all be Disney] but the classic childhood-enemies-to-lovers romance is everything. Derek proving his everlasting love, that sweeping music – it’s the stuff of swoons.

So, who is the ultimate animated ship or OTP? Now that I’ve spilled all my secrets I want to hear from you – who’s your not-so-secret animated crush? Let’s talk in the comments below!


12 thoughts on “A Definitive List of My OTP’s, Ships and Animated Couples

    I cannot tell you just how much I agree with all of these, but I have to highlight the Nutcracker, Bloom and Skye (but what was up with that new voice over for the first season?) and Odette and Dereck. Amazing.
    – Emma 🙂

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    • I’m so happy you enjoyed it! And low-key so glad I’m not the only one who appreciates animated characters. I totally agree with you – that voice change was so not good. I am of the firm opinion that the 4Kids dub is the only dub. I find that the others had their voices too high pitched and childish. The Nickelodeon dub wasn’t too bad but I can’t really get behind the new voices. ❤

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  2. Uhm hmm help?

    I’ve always really liked… robin hood. The fox… Ahahahahhahahhhhh this is weird. But I was young! Eight! And I dealed with it by pretending I WAS robin hood.

    And this isn’t animated, and people will probably hate me now, but I really like Reylo…

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  3. Oooh loving all these Disney couples!! The little mermaid is probably one of my all time fav Disney movies!! I also am obsessed with Flynn rider and rapunzel… great list ☺️🌸

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    • Awwww thank you! The Little Mermaid was my favorite childhood Disney movie. And while it still holds a special place in my heart it probably ties with Pocahontas (my adult favorite) for that top spot.

      Rapunzel and Flynn plus Jasmine and Aladdin were honorable mentions and top contenders but if I had of put everyone on the list we’d be here until next Valentines! 😉 ❤

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    • 100% the most underrated show ever. But – a live adaption??? Like, since when? How did I not know about this?!? Where have I been?!? That is so exciting! It was always such an edgy show. Imagine if they really aged it up! Ahhh, so much potential… ❤

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  4. Okay, I know this is an old post, but THIS IS WHAT I NEEDED ✊🏽😔. That picture of Bloom and Sky triggered so many flashbacks HAHAHA 😅. Before girls in my year were repping their Hogwarts houses, we were repping our favorite Winx girl. (I really wanted to be Bloom 🤣). I remember rewatching episodes on Youtube years after it was cancelled and now I’m curious if they’re still there 😏.
    Also, Pocahontas and John completely got together in my memory?? Hahaha
    I just love this post so much. I might do one myself 😅. Don’t even get me started on Kovu from Lion King 2 hahaha

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      Honestly, your comment just gave me life. Winx was my childhood, all rolled up into one show. I was 100% Bloom and stand by the opinion that the 4Kids dub was THE dub. You can actually find all the original episodes on youtube in both English dubs. I still have Winx marathons and re-run nights because honestly, Winx never gets old. 😉

      I’d love to see you do this post too! It’s the exact kind of content we need right now – who doesn’t love lusting after animated characters??? 😅 And side note: I totally forgot about Kovu! Man – what a lion! 😅 Actually my best friend during high school was ALL ABOUT Kovu. I can’t wait to see your list! ❤

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