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The Most Memorable Fictional Romances Between Regular People And Immortal Beings 

Frederick Reese
Updated December 9, 2019 2.3k votes 572 voters 21.5k views 12 items

List Rules Vote up the romances between immortals and mere mortals that are truly timeless.

Among total nerds, human and supernatural relationships have always been fascinating. From Bram Stoker’s Dracula, where Dracula seduces Mina Harker because he thinks she is a reincarnation of his wife to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, where the monster seeks a companion so he would no longer be alone, immortal/mortal love stories both speak of the forbidden and of finding a love greater than what is possible between two humans. These stories, which got their start in mythology, have since come to be staples in books, movies, TV, and plays.

Not all immortal/mortal relationships are poetic, though. Some, like the relationship between Claudia and Louis in Interview with the Vampire, speak more to societal norms and the burden of perpetual youth than to actual love. Claudia is discovered by the vampire Lestat when she's 5 years old. Given to Louis as a reason to stay, Lestat turns her into a vampire. As vampires cannot physically age, Claudia would never have anything but the body of a 5-year-old, even though mentally she matures. While Louis sees Claudia as his child, Claudia sees Louis as her lover and companion. 

The best immortal/mortal romances from mythology, movies, and books also tend to be the most memorable. Vote up the relationships that are truly timeless. 

Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Fictional Romances Between Regular People And Immortal Beings
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For everyone familiar with the comic book version of Deadpool, Vanessa Carlysle is the shape-shifting mutant Copycat who is dumped by Deadpool after learning he has cancer. She later starts a relationship with Cable, attempts to end her former lover, and essentially serves as a hindrance to any of Wade Wilson's romantic connections. 

In the 2016 film, however, Vanessa and Deadpool's relationship is more legitimate. The sole motivation for undergoing the treatment that ultimately mutates him, Vanessa is the all-too-mortal love interest for whom Wade would give his own immortal life. 

In the 2018 sequel, Vanessa and Deadpool are in a committed relationship and talking about starting a family. Their bond following her untimely demise guides him throughout the rest of the film.

A romance for the ages?
The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Fictional Romances Between Regular People And Immortal Beings
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When Aragorn, the 16th Chieftain of the Dúnedain of the North, visited Lórien and met Arwen for a second time, the two pledged their love to one another. Arwen, born to to Lord Elrond and Lady Celebrían of Rivendell, was granted the right to choose between immortality and mortality due to her half-elven lineage. When she inevitably pledged herself to Aragorn, Arwen chose mortality. In the third installment of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, Aragorn is crowned king of Gondor and the couple marries. Arwen leaves her people and moves to Middle Earth to live out the rest of Aragorn's life as his wife. 

An unpublished letter from JRR Tolkien to his publisher Rayner Unwin in 1955 was uncovered in 2014 and reveals that one of Tolkien's contemporaries expressed his dissatisfaction with Aragorn and Arwen's relationship. The letter states that the poet WH Auden, "thinks Aragorn-Arwen unnecessary & perfunctory." Tolkien hoped "the fragment of the 'saga' [would] cure him" because he "still [found the relationship] poignant: an allegory of hope."

Luckily, Unwin agreed to keep Aragorn and Arwen's love affair in the story. 

A romance for the ages?
Wonder Woman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Fictional Romances Between Regular People And Immortal Beings
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Depending on which way you come down on the Superman vs. Wonder Woman debate, and which version of the canon you embrace, Princess Diana of Themyscira may be the most powerful superhero in the DC Universe. Made of clay by Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, and brought to life by the gods, Diana is blessed with godly powers and magical protections that make her undefeatable by man, unless she willingly submits to him.  

While Steve Trevor appears in the comic book canon of Wonder Woman, the two are not romantically linked. Instead, Trevor serves as Diana's introduction into "man world," her government liaison, and her close confidant. In the 2017 movie, however, their relationship is upgraded to an unrequited love affair. While Diana's disillusionment about Erich Ludendorff's demise plays heavily in the finale, it is Trevor's self-sacrifice that triggers her rage and later convinces her that mankind is truly evil.

A romance for the ages?
Thor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Fictional Romances Between Regular People And Immortal Beings
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In the Thor comic book series, Jane Foster is a nurse turned physician who is in a love triangle with the Norse god Thor and his secret identity, Dr. Donald Blake. They are a committed couple until she fails the Asgardian test of courage, leading Odin to banish her to Earth and erase her memories of Thor. She eventually marries another man who reminds her of Blake. 

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Jane is an astrophysicist who finds and befriends the banished Thor. The two form a relationship that is jettisoned unexpectedly before the 2017 release of Thor: Ragnarok due to the sudden departure of Natalie Portman, the actress who plays Jane, from the series. Portman, however, will return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Thor: Love and Thunder.

A romance for the ages?