12. Nathan Drake and Elena Fisher (Uncharted series)
First met when: She decided to film his search for buried treasure.
Why they’re the best: Despite some of the very outlandish places the Uncharted series has ended up, the whole thing has stayed grounded in reality, thanks to the natural performances by Nolan North (Nathan Drake) and Emily Rose (Elena Fisher). From the combined efforts of the gifted actors – who both read the lines and participate in the motion capturing – along with two stellar scripts, one of gaming’s most realistic, sympathetic couples has emerged.
There’s a real chemistry between the two that’s there in the first scene of the first game, and it only grows with time. By Uncharted’s end, they seem to have made a real connection. Though Nathan does end up saving Elena occasionally, she’s still able to hold her own in shootouts and grueling climbing sequences, making them closer to equals. As they hurl witticisms at one another and get to know each other over the course of one long day, she, the committed journalist, comes to respect and even love Drake, the roguish treasure hunter with a heart of gold.
Warning, Uncharted 2 spoilers ahead! When Drake’s new love interest, Chloe, was first introduced and Elena was nowhere to be found, we were worried that the series would be like James Bond, with a new flame every game. Instead, sexpot Chloe becomes an interesting counter to Elena when she reappears about halfway through Uncharted 2. While Chloe isn’t a bad person, she seems better as a friend with benefits, while the dependable Elena comes off more as someone Drake could have a future with. Several times, Elena is shown to have a little more compassion in her heart than the self-interested Chloe, plus she has better taste in guys. We weren’t surprised that by the end, Elena and Drake were back together, while Chloe walked away empty-handed.