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Ranking the Rosewood Romances
In honor of the upcoming series finale of Pretty Little Liars, we're ranking 20 of the show's most memorable romantic pairings.
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20. Jason and CeCe
Incest is incest, even if you don't realize it in the moment.
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19. Toby and Jenna
Since they A) weren’t blood-related and B) Toby was sort of blackmailed, this stepsibling pairing isn’t exactly incest… but it still triggers our gag reflex.
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18. Alison and Elliott Rollins
If a relationship is all about trust and communication, then this one straight-up fails. Rollins lies to Ali about his name, his past, and pretty much everything. Also, remember when he put her in that Hannibal Lecter mask? That's not what we'd call "romantic."
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17. Emily and Ben
Emily’s boyfriend at the start of the series wasn’t just a bad match because she wasn’t interested in men. He also tried to force her into physical activity she said she wasn’t ready for, and that’s a bad look on anyone, regardless of gender. Yikes.
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16. Emily and Sabrina
Emily takes all of her relationships very, very seriously, but we couldn't do the same for her dalliance with The Brew's crunchy baker.
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15. Ashley Marin and Detective Wilden
A relationship built on bribery isn't one we can root for.
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14. Hanna and Jordan
Jordan should get some credit here: He seemed like a decent guy, a kind fiancé to Hanna, and… he was rich! But compared to her true love, Caleb, Jordan was just a slice of white bread that went stale too soon.
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13. Paige and Emily
Don't they look so cute and in love? Well they really shouldn't be, because the first rule of dating is: Don't date someone who has tried to MURDER YOU.
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12. Toby and Yvonne
Toby might be the unluckiest character of all in this series, and Yvonne became some unfortunate collateral damage. The pair seemed happily in love (despite Toby's always-lingering feelings for Spencer) when we first met the politician's daughter, but their ill-fated car wreck proved they weren't exactly going to get the ever-after they'd imagined. While they managed to tie the knot after Yvonne awoke from her coma, she died moments later. #TearsforToby
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11. Alison and Emily
Sorry, shippers: As nice as it would be to have Emison really be #endgame, it’s difficult to get on board with this duo when everything about their sometimes-romance feels like it’s just manipulation on Ali’s part and a heartbreaking, unrequited crush for Emily.
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10. Aria and Jason
In the space of the five-year time jump, Ali's big bro and Aria spent some Q.T. together, and it was en fuego! And, let's be honest, there was some chemistry between them long before that, as well. Plus, seeing Jason put his heart on the line when he made a plea for Aria in season 7 had us a little weak in the knees.
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9. Spencer and Wren
Honestly, Spencer has chemistry with everyone, but to be fair: Wren came first. Sure, he was engaged to Spencer's sister, but in a way, that made it even hotter. Also, he has that adorable accent.
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8. Mike and Mona
Say what you will about these two, who have both toed the line between good and evil, but their relationship made sense in a strange sort of way — and we’ll never forget how devastated Mike was when Mona “died.”
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7. Spencer and Marco
Did you see that elevator scene?! Between that and the fact that Marco actually seems like a good cop — a real rarity in Rosewood — Spencer has multiple solid options, if you really think about it.
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6. Aria and Jake
When Aria stepped outside her normal circle and started hitting the mats with her smokeshow karate teacher Jake in season 4, we started playing a den-den daiko like Mr. Miyagi to cheer them on.
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5. Spencer and Caleb
It's not often that a series can take characters from two beloved show relationships — Haleb and Spoby — and somehow have it work, but the chemistry between Spencer and Caleb made this pairing seem like a viable alternative (with which many fans fell in love).
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4. Maya and Emily
Every relationship Emily has been in for the rest of the series (looking at you, Paige) pales in comparison to her passionate and tragic early romance with Maya St. Germain — the beautiful (and wild) girl who helped her come out of the closet.
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3. Spencer and Toby
After so many years of love and pining, he built a house for her, you guys! He's basically Ryan Gosling in The Notebook! Which means that even though one of them was engaged to someone else, there's still soooooo much hope for a happily ever after.
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2. Ezra and Aria
Yes, this relationship began when Aria was underage. And yes, there was that whole book debacle. But none of that matters when you find your soulmate, and Aria and Ezra have been the romance that's lasted through it all. (Seriously. They hooked up in the pilot, which makes them the OG ship. Show some respect.)
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1. Hanna and Caleb
Sure, Caleb’s post-college romance with Spencer (and Hanna’s engagement to Jordan) may have threatened this long-lasting pair, but nothing could keep our favorite fashionista-tech genius duo apart for long. Hey, they even survived Caleb’s jaunt over to Ravenswood for that short-lived spin-off! Hanna and Caleb respect each other, work together, and just fit — plus, her mom loves him, which is always a good thing.