9. Belle and the Beast-Beauty and the Beast
This couple had the rockiest start on the list, having met when Belle volunteers to take her father’s place as the Beast’s prisoner. The Beast hopes she may be the one to break his curse, but he isn’t great at winning her over. But he eventually turns over a leaf when he saves her life, gives her a frigging library, and even risks being cursed forever when he lets her leave so she can help her father. Belle is a heroine for the ages, ahead of her time with her independence, her love of reading, and above all, her rejection of the handsome yet arrogant Gaston.