Rumplestiltskin & Belle: Runners-Up in Zimbio's 2013 TV Couples March Madness Challenge!

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It seems fitting that this year's TV Couples March Madness Challenge Cinderella story came from a show about fairy tales.

Once Upon a Time's Rumplestiltskin & Belle, who were barely a couple a year ago (Emilie de Ravin's Belle made her first appearance on the ABC series in February 2012 and immediately connected with Robert Carlyle's complicated anti-hero), defied the odds and had a truly magical journey all the way to the finals of our competition.

Along the way, this beauty and her beast beat out powerhouse couples like Glee's Rachel & Quinn (last year's winning duo), The Vampire Diaries' Caroline & Klaus, and How I Met Your Mother's Barney & Robin. They just barely lost in the championship round to Supernatural's Dean & Castiel, but legions of devoted fans definitely made their passion for Rumbelle heard.

They spread the Rumple & Belle love with beautiful comments on our bracket page, fan art, shipper videos, and thousands of tweets in support of their favorite small screen couple. It was inspiring to see such a celebration of the love between this seemingly mismatched fairytale duo, who have obviously struck a chord with viewers.

You can check out some of our favorite fan contributions below, then hit the comments with your own Rumbelle love fest! Congrats to Once Upon a Time fans on a tough-fought battle and thanks to everyone who came out to vote for their favorite TV couples! Until next year...

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