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Supercouples

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A supercouple or super couple is a popular or wealthy pairing that intrigues and fascinates the public in an intense or obsessive fashion.

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The term originated in the United States, and was coined in the early 1980s when intense public interest in fictional soap opera couple Luke Spencer and Laura Webber, from General Hospital, made the pair a popular culture phenomenon.

Popular culture or pop culture is the entirety of ideas, perspectives, attitudes, images, and other phenomena that are within the mainstream of a given culture, especially Western culture of the early to mid 20th century and the emerging global mainstream of the late 20th and early 21st century.

A soap opera, soap, or soapie, is a serial drama on television or radio which examines the lives of many characters, usually focusing on emotional relationships to the point of melodrama.

Luke Spencer and Laura Webber are fictional characters, and the signature supercouple from the American daytime drama General Hospital.

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The term supercouple typically refers to fictional couples from television dramas and film, such as Gone with the Wind's Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara.

Katie Scarlett O'Hara is a fictional character and the protagonist in Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind and in the later film of the same name.

Gone with the Wind is a 1939 American epic historical romance film adapted from Margaret Mitchell's 1936 novel Gone with the Wind.

Rhett Butler is a fictional character and one of the main protagonists of Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

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With regard to real-life pairings, tabloids and the mainstream media have focused on wealthy or popular celebrity couples, and have titled them supercouples or power couples.

Celebrity refers to the fame and public attention accorded by the media to individuals or groups or, occasionally, animals, but is usually applied to the persons or groups of people themselves who receive such a status of fame and attention.

A tabloid is a newspaper with a compact page size smaller than broadsheet.

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Examples are the former pairing of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez, and the former relationship of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.

Angel is a fictional character created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt for the American fantasy television programs Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel.

Jennifer Lynn Lopez, also known as J. Lo, is an American singer, actress, dancer, fashion designer, author and producer.

Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker.

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