DC power couples: The Flash (Barry Allen) and Iris West

WATCH: 7 Essential DC Power Couples

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Oct 31, 2018, 4:48 PM EDT (Updated)

You didn’t think we’d count down the ultimate power couples in the Marvel Universe without ranking the hottest DC duos, did you?

From the watery world of Aquaman to the back alleys of Gotham City, DC romances have manifested in many strange places (and ways). You know you’re serious about someone when you keep dying and seeking that person out again and again each time you get reborn. Or when you can’t get them out of your head even though they’re supposed to be a quasi-villain. Or when you’re willing to literally jump right through a shark’s jaws together. Also, making out to a backdrop of lightning flashing or in the middle of a monster storm without ending up as a tangle of disembodied limbs swirling in the wind is total #relationshipgoals.

Most of these couples have been together since the dawn of time—sort of. Most of us probably can’t remember a time when Lois and Clark weren’t an item. It’s not every day some guy in Spandex and a cape swoops into your office. When he keeps soaring to your rescue, then you know he’s a keeper. If a couple wasn’t officially together, there was tension building for decades. How long did you want Batman and Catwoman to finally drop the whole good guy vs. bad girl thing and just make it official already? If you freaked out when Batman #32 revealed her answer to that long-awaited proposal that had everyone hanging by the Caped Crusader’s grappling hooks until she finally gave him an answer in that issue, that’s totally normal.

Superpowers aside, it’s almost shocking how human these couples are even though the universe depends on them every other day. Green Arrow and Black Canary will throw around suggestions about what to have for dinner as easily as they blast the enemy with karate kicks and swarms of arrows. When Barry Allen’s Flash kept his superhero status from Iris West until after the wedding, he knew he was going to hear it. There’s also no way Batman and Catwoman wouldn’t argue when one is the vigilante guardian of Gotham and the other gets involved in shady dealings half the time.

See if you agree with our take on these masked, mutated, and mysterious couples, and guess which one was the first to get married in a comic. Hint: It wasn’t Lois and Clark.

This article was contributed to by Elizabeth Rayne.

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