Nikolas and Emily's fairy tale love has long been labeled as one of GENERAL HOSPITAL's most romantic couples ever... and we're here to explain why!
As teenagers, they along with Lucky and Elizabeth called themselves the Four Musketeers. They were an inseparable foursome, coming to each other's rescue in times of need and diving head first into adventure when it arose. Through the years, those bonds only grew. Although Lucky and Liz became a couple when they were still kids, it wasn't until Emily learned that she had cancer that her relationship with Nikolas made a shift. At the time, she was with Zander. But wanting to spare him the heartbreak if she died, Emily asked Nikolas to pretend to be in a relationship with her. Nikolas agreed to the ruse. As he pushed her to fight more aggressively for her life, they began to fall for each other. Afraid of her feelings for him, she pushed him away, devastating him in the process.
The Cassadine empire was in trouble and the only way to restore the family fortune was for Nikolas marry a woman named Lydia. At the same time, Emily's health was on a rapid decline, and she decided to marry Zander from her hospital bed. Nik and Em's feelings continued to grow even though they were betrothed to others. One Halloween night, she finally confessed her love to Nik. Zander was devastated and tried to break them up a number of times, but his efforts failed. Fate wanted Emily with Nikolas.
When a fire broke out at the Port Charles Hotel, Zander was assumed dead. He later turned up alive, and Emily rushed into his arms. He begged her to run away with him. When she refused, he took her hostage. Nikolas rushed to her rescue, but his car swerved off the road and he was presumed dead. In reality, he had amnesia and was living with a woman named Mary who made him believe he was her husband. When a chance meeting brought Nikolas and Emily face to face, she vowed to help him recover his memory of the love they shared.
Furious that everyone kept the truth of his identity from him for so long, Nikolas turned his back on Emily and Lucky. Helena shipped him off to Shadybrook, where he was being heavily drugged. To be at his side, Emily had herself committed! Nikolas' memories came flooding back and they escaped
Emily's health took a turn for the worse and Nikolas looked desperately for a cure. After Nikolas was arrested for Helena's "murder," he and Emily married. But Emily knew deep down inside that Helena was still alive. To lure her out of hiding, she enlisted Mary's husband, Connor, to impersonate Nikolas. But in the process, Connor became obsessed with Emily and raped her. Afterwards, she found it impossible to get close to Nik, who was a dead ringer for her rapist. She found comfort with Sonny, while Nikolas turned to Courtney.
Nikolas and Emily eventually found their way back together, only for her life to end tragically at the hands of the Text Message Killer.