DC Comics’ Most Whole Relationships

With a near ninety-year publishing history under their belt, DC Comics have routinely treated fans to some of the greatest and most enduring superhero stories of all time. However, it’s not always been about punches and explosions – over the decades, writers have spun love stories capturing every facet of romance.

Of course, long-running series demand conflict to keep stories fresh and interesting, so many DC relationships can be described as problematic, at best. Nonetheless, some of these couplings shine through as inherently wholesome despite the odds stacked up against the characters. DC Comics has proved the perfect home to some of the most memorable romances of all time.

10 Supergirl and Brainiac 5’s Romance Transcended Death

Supergirl was created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino, first appearing in Action Comics Vol 1 #252 (1959) by Otto Binder and Al Plastino. Brainiac 5 was created by Jerry Siegal and Jim Mooney, first appearing in Action Comics Vol 1 #276 (1961) by Robert Bernstein, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye


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Much like Barry Allen’s Flash and Iris West, Supergirl and Brainiac 5’s romance was leant epic scope as time travel was required for this couple to be together. Their relationship blossomed during their time in the Legion of Super-Heroes and only ended due to Supergirl’s tragic demise during the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths.

This relationship’s moving credentials stemmed from readers witnessing Brainiac wrestling with the love of his life’s passing. Tragically, Supergirl not only died but was additionally wiped from history, meaning Brainiac’s lamentations made it appear he was losing touch with reality. Fortunately, comic deaths rarely last long, and fans were treated to a rekindling of this wholesome romance in Supergirl Annual #2 (2010).

9 The Flash (Barry Allen) and Iris West Overcame Time Itself to Be Together

The Flash (Barry Allen) and Iris West were created by Bob Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, first appearing in Showcase Vol 1 #4 (1956) by Bob Kanigher, Carmine Infantino, Joe Kubert, and Gaspar Saladino

The Flash running and holding Iris West in his arms in DC comics

The Flash and Iris West’s relationship is a chaotic tapestry by anyone’s standards, but something inherently wholesome and romantic lurks amid the madness. In a history unfortunately retconned out of current DC continuity, Iris was murdered by Professor Zoom, having rebuffed his amorous advances. However, she was rescued by her 30th century parents.

Resurrected in the future via technological advancement, the Flash and Iris were eventually reunited, the hero choosing to live outside his own time to be with the love of his life. The couple remain enduring, never allowing something as apparently insurmountable and powerful as time to tear them apart.

8 The Flash (Wally West) and Linda Park Grew Into One of DC’s Most Beloved Couples

The Flash (Wally West) was created by John Broome and Carmine Infantino, first appearing in The Flash Vol 1 #110 (1959) by John Broome, Carmine Infantino, and Joe Giella. Linda Park was created by William Messner-Loebs and Greg LaRocque, first appearing in The Flash Vol 2 #28 by William Messner-Loeb, Greg LaRocque, Tim Dzon, Carl Gafford, and Augustin Mas

The Flash running with Linda on his back in DC comics


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Though originally sharing something of an antagonistic relationship, the Flash and Linda Park have grown into one of DC’s most beloved couplings. Everything that was to come was cemented on the second occasion that Wally entered the Speed Force. Linda’s true feelings were laid bare through her distress, the reporter believing the Flash was lost forever.

Mercifully for Linda, Wally returned, romantically declaring it was his love for her alone that facilitated his homecoming. The two went on to enjoy a long and happy marriage, with many fans longing to one day see their epic love story adapted for the screen.


7 Green Arrow and Black Canary Compliment Each Other on and Off the Battlefield

Green Arrow was created by Mort Weisinger and George Papp, first appearing in More Fun Comics #73 (1941) by Mort Weisinger and George Papp. Black Canary was created by Bob Kanigher and Carmine Infantino, first appearing in Flash Comics Vol 1 #86 (1947) by Bob Kanigher, Carmine Infantino, and Joe Giella

Green Arrow and Black Canary shoot an arrow together in DC Comics

Much of the wholesomeness of Green Arrow and Black Canary’s relationship stems from what a peerless power couple they make on the battlefield. Green Arrow is renowned for his unimpeachable sass and humor, and Black Canary is more than capable of keeping up when the witty banter and arrows invariably start flying.

A particularly wholesome moment occurred during Superman’s dark turn during Injustice: Gods Among Us. Fans couldn’t help but feel a pang in their hearts when Green Arrow and Black Canary offered Harley Quinn a home, rehabilitated her, and trusted her as an aunt to their child, Connor.

6 Mister Miracle and Big Barda Perfectly Balance Intimacy With Emotional Connection

Mister Miracle and Big Barda were created by Jack Kirby, first appearing in Mister Miracle Vol 1 #1 (1971) and Mister Miracle Vol 1 #4 by Jack Kirby and Vince Colletta, respectively

Healthy, wholesome relationships can be hard to find in the drama-fueled world of comics, but readers need look no further than Mister Miracle and Big Barda. Defying cliché, the couple exhibit both steamy passion and deep-rooted emotional connection that extends far beyond the bedroom.

Never was this better realized than in J.M. DeMatteis’s fabulous run on Mister Miracle. The couple relish their intimate moments together, with Big Barda in particular relaxing into the joys of her post-Apokolips life. Following each other across the universe, finding salvation in one another, and true partners in everything they do, this devoted couple have routinely warmed readers’ hearts.

5 Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy Bring out the Best in Each Other

Harley Quinn was created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm, first appearing in The Batman Adventures Vol 1 #12 (1993) by Kelley Puckett, Mike Parobeck, Rick Burchett, Rick Taylor, and Tim Harkins. Poison Ivy was created by Bob Kanigher and Sheldon Moldoff, first appearing in Batman Vol 1 #181 (1966) by Bob Kanigher, Sheldon Moldoff, Joe Giella, and Gaspar Saladino

Harley and Ivy hold hands in DC Comics


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Given their villainous backgrounds and penchants for volatility, Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy’s relationship is surprisingly wholesome. By anyone’s definition, the Joker and Harley’s relationship was the poster child for toxicity, so Harley and Ivy’s romance is significant if only for pulling the former out of the grip of an abuser.

Beyond this, the two have shared numerous touching moments and have a habit of bringing out the best in each other. From Ivy encouraging and supporting Harley through her trauma treatment in Heroes in Crisis to their moving and affirming road trip in Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy, the two are always at their finest when together.

4 Nightwing and Batgirl Are Great Both Romantically and As Friends

Nightwing was created by Mary Wolfman and George Pérez, first appearing in Tales of the Teen Titans Vol 1 #44 (1984) by Mary Wolfman, George Pérez, Mike DeCarlo, Dick Giordana, Adrienne Roy, and Todd Klein. Batgirl was created by Gardner Fox and Carmine Infantino, first appearing in Detective Comics Vol 1 #359 (1967) by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino, Sid Greene, and Gaspar Saladino

Nightwing and Batgirl vibing in DC Comics

Nightwing and Batgirl share one of DC’s most enduring and iconic relationships, known for its wholesome and mercurial nature. Even when the two aren’t romantically attached, they share electric chemistry, a firmly established friendship, and respect, making their amorous forays all the more warming to fans.

From their first kiss, which rendered Nightwing speechless, to Dick Grayson lovingly supporting Batgirl in her transition to Oracle following paralysis at the hands of the Joker, Nightwing and Batgirl boast a love story for the ages. They’ve had their ups and downs over the decades, but fans delight in the affectionately termed “Babson” going strong to this day.

3 Hawkman and Hawkwoman Chose Each Other Over Eternal Life

Hawkman was created by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville, first appearing in Flash Comics Vol 1 #1 (1940) by Gardner Fox and Dennis Neville. Hawkwoman was created by Gardner Fox and Joe Kubert, first appearing in The Brave and the Bold #34 (1961) by Gardner Fox, Joe Kubert, and Gaspar Saladino

Hawkman and Hawkwoman kissing in DC Comics

Seemingly made for each other, given their correlative monikers, Hawkman and Hawkwoman share one of DC’s most romantic and tragic love stories. Both are trapped in cycles of reincarnation in which they are fated to find and lose one another throughout eternity, lending their relationship a sense of inevitability and urgency.

This tragic/romantic dichotomy recently reached a head in Hawkman Vol 5 #26 (by Rovert Venditti, Fernando Pasarin, Oclair Albert, Wade Von Grawbadger, Jeromy Cox, and Rob Leigh). Faced with a choice between immortality or a final lifetime together, this wholesome and underrated DC couple touchingly chose the latter.


2 Superman and Lois Lane Are the First and Most Enduring Superhero Romance

Superman and Lois Lane were created by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster, first appearing in Action Comics Vol 1 #1 (1938) by Jerry Siegal and Joe Shuster

Superman flies with Lois Lane holding his neck in the comics.


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Barry Allen’s Flash launched the Silver Age, an era that largely updated versions of DC’s Golden Age characters with new, sci-fi-inspired twists.

From their inception in Action Comics Vol 1 #1 (in which they share their very first date), Superman and Lois have served as a study in contrast. The near-omnipotent alien and humble human, the keeper of one of DC’s greatest secrets and a journalist dedicated to uncovering the truth, the city girl and country boy: Superman and Lois are evidence of opposites attracting.

Superman and Lois’s relationship is significant for being the first superhero romance and also the most enduring. Boasting a long and happy marriage, observing Superman and Lois’s wholesome relationship even inspired the playboy Bruce Wayne to reveal his secret identity to Catwoman in Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee’s magnificent Hush.

1 Swamp Thing and Abby Arcane Are Unorthodox but Touching

Swamp Thing and Abby Arcane were created by Len Wein and Bernie Wrightson, first appearing in House of Secrets #92 (1971) by Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, and Ben Oda and Swamp Thing Vol 1 #3 (1973) by Len Wein, Bernie Wrightson, and Gaspar Saladino, respectively

The wholesomeness of Swamp Thing and Abby’s unorthodox relationship lies in the personal salvation that Abby’s attentiveness affords the hero. Following Alan Moore’s shocking twist of a retcon in The Saga of the Swamp Thing, DC’s premier Elemental was left feeling unworthy of human consciousness and the name Alex Holland, never mind love.

However, Abby’s affection brought Swamp Thing back to the world and himself, proving the age-old adage of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. Their relationship works both ways, with Swamp Thing always exhibiting a stoic chivalry toward Abby that never feels like condescension but rather respect and admiration.

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