Bracket Breakdown: Rumple and Belle VS. Clarke and Lexa

Are you rooting for fairy tale endings or post-apocalyptic romance?

Bracket Breakdown: Rumple and Belle VS. Clarke and Lexa
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Whether they've survived curses or cannibals, only one couple can move on in this epic showdown.

We've reached the Sweet 16 of the TV Couples March Madness Challenge, and now the bracket is forcing us to pit story book romance against apocalyptic love. It's Once Upon a Time's Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle) and Belle (Emilie de Ravin) versus The 100's Clarke (Eliza Taylor) and Lexa (Alycia Debnam Carey). Let's take a closer look at the match-up.

Rumple and Belle

Bracket Breakdown: Rumple and Belle VS. Clarke and Lexa
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How They Met

Belle's father, Sir Maurice, wanted protection from a nearby Ogre War, so Belle agreed to be a servant at Rumple's house in exchange for guaranteed protection. (So kind of like the original Disney movie, but with more Ogres and the Rumple swap for the Beast.)

Current Relationship Status

Married (but with some complications).

March Madness Secret Weapon

It's a tale as old as time! We've all been falling for Belle and her beast for years, and Once Upon a Time's version just intensifies our connection with the unlikely, but romantic pair. 

Bracket Breakdown: Rumple and Belle VS. Clarke and Lexa

Clarke and Lexa

Bracket Breakdown: Rumple and Belle VS. Clarke and Lexa

How They Met

Clarke visited Lexa's tent to try to broker a peace treaty between their two groups. The two young leaders argued about Clarke burning hundreds of Lexa's warriors and Lexa sending those hundreds of warriors in the first place. 

Current Relationship Status

After sharing a kiss, Lexa went on to betray Clarke soooooo current relationship status is kind of grim right now.

March Madness Secret Weapon

To be perfectly honest, the good ship Clarke and Lexa has hit some choppy, potentially relationship-ending waters as of late. But that doesn't mean fans can't still rally around Clarke and Lexa's undeniable bond! (Just minus that whole betrayal thing).

Bracket Breakdown: Rumple and Belle VS. Clarke and Lexa

So which pair is your favorite? Cast your vote below and then let us know your take on this match-up!

I am a former Senior Associate Editor for Livingly Media.
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