The course of true love doesn’t run smoothly in real life, so it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that video games have their fair share of tragic romances. Today, I am going to share with you my top five tragic couples in video games. I have two rules for this list: only one couple per series, otherwise this list will be dominated by only a couple of video game series and they must be couple from games I’ve played. As I’m talking about tragic events, beware of spoilers! You have been warned.
5. Talion & Ioreth, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor.
At number five, we have Talion and Ioreth from Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor. Prior to the start of the game, Talion murders a nobleman which meant that his life was forfeit, until Ioreth’s father takes them to live at the Black Gate, where the Rangers of the Black Gate are garrisoned. Much of Talion’s and Ioreth’s life together is not shared with the player, but we do get to see Ioreth and Dirhael, their son, murdered by the servants of Sauron, which kicks off the events of the game. Its because we don’t get to spend that much time with them, that Talion and Ioreth are at the bottom of the list and yet there is no denying that their love even surpasses death itself.
4. Corvo Atteno & Jessamine Kaldwin, Dishonored.
Speaking of romances cut short and kickstarting a video game, we have Corvo and the Empress Jessamine from Dishonored. Like with Talion and Ioreth, we don’t get to spend much time with this couple… but again we do get to see the main character’s love interest die right before our eyes and not be able to stop it. Still, there is nothing quite like the murder of your beloved to persuade you to don a creepy mask and go about killing people in a plague infected city. Plus the forbidden relationship between an Empress and her bodyguard, while cliche, is still a little bit romantic…
3. John & Abigail Marston, Red Dead Redemption.
We all know crime doesn’t pay, so it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that a story about ex-gang member, John Marston, wasn’t going to end well. Despite turning away from his life of crime, John is forced to redeem his past when his wife and soon are abducted. Even once the family is reunited, there isn’t a happy ending, John ends up being killed in a shoot out and Abigail would die not too long after. It would seem that this couple would only truly be reunited in the afterlife.
2. Edward Kenway & Mary Read, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag.
You didn’t think I wasn’t going to include a couple from the Assassin’s Creed games in a list about tragic romances? There were quite a few to choose from Altair and Maria to Ezio and Christina to Arno and Elise; but in the end I went with Edward and Mary as their relationship is a little more fleshed out in the game. Despite a rocky start, these two would prove to work well together but like the rest on this list, death would separate them.
1. Yuna & Tidus, Final Fantasy X.
And finally, the number one spot goes to a game from a video game series that probably has more tragic romances than any other series, Final Fantasy X. Not only do Yuna and Tidus beat all the odds meeting each other, despite their lives being 1,000 years apart but they also do the impossible, defeat Sin. The fact that they continually succeed, when everyone they meet tells them they will fail, means that you can’t help but wish they can be together, despite knowing it isn’t possible. You spend hours with these two, so its OK when they are forced apart to shed a tear.
That was my top five tragic couples but, I’ll be honest, there were quite a few romances I could have picked, that I just didn’t have room for on the list. Let me know in the comments which couples would have made your list and I’ll talk to you guys soon!
The featured image came from gamerant.com; the image of Talion & Ioreth came from the Shadow of Mordor wiki; the picture of Jessamine came from the Dishonored wiki; the image of John & Abigail Marston came from whatculture.com; the image of Edward & Mary came from the Assassin’s Creed wikia and the image of Yuna & Tidus came from shadowofchaos725’s Youtube video. Thero does not own any of the above images.