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2nd Jan '18 3:30:07 PM major-kumquat
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* Music/SufjanStevens:
** "Drawn to the Blood", about Domestic Abuse.
-->''The strength of his arm, my lover caught me off-guard.''
** "The Owl and the Tanager", about a secret, emotionally painful relationship (also involving some violence).
-->''I'm bleeding in spite of my love for you, it bruised and bruised my will''.
** "All of Me Wants All of You", about a relationship that's lost all passion and intimacy.
-->''I'm just a ghost you walk right through''.
19th Dec '17 7:50:59 AM FlameLightFleeNight
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* [[https://g.co/kgs/TtyH2B Galahad and Scientific Witchery]] by Mili tells the story of a pair of doomed lovers who do their best to kill each other.

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* [[https://g.co/kgs/TtyH2B Galahad Ga1ahad and Scientific Witchery]] by Mili tells the story of a pair of doomed lovers who do their best to kill each other.
19th Dec '17 7:38:23 AM FlameLightFleeNight
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* [[https://g.co/kgs/TtyH2B Galahad and Scientific Witchery]] by Mili tells the story of a pair of doomed lovers who do their best to kill each other.
--> ''The magical potion of reanimation\\
Rise from bed my darling\\
So I can see you again\\
So I can kill you again''\\
12th Nov '17 8:59:34 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The relationship between [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Asuka]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Shinji]] quite literally causes [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]. Despite their mutual attraction, she's too much of a {{Tsundere}} and he's too much of a ShrinkingViolet for them to truly understand each other, much less be open with each other about their feelings. Their failed attempts at doing so throughout the series is one of the biggest causes of {{Angst}} for both of them. This finally comes to a head during TheMovie, after [[spoiler: Rei blows off Gendou and leaves the ultimate outcome of the Human Instrumentality Project in Shinji's hands. Shinji and Asuka are two of the first to be absorbed by the LCL, and when their souls meet together it's essentially the first time in the series that they're open about their feelings with each other. Only by this point, Asuka is so angry and disgusted with him (assuming it was not a {{Flashback}}, the infamous masturbation scene was probably the last straw for her) that she rejects him, which causes him to jump at her and choke her.]]
** [[spoiler:However, Shiji does reject Instrumentality at the last minute, and in the last scene it is implied that they may or may not be getting over their issues and reaching out to each other.]]

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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': The relationship between [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex Asuka]] and [[ExtremeDoormat Shinji]] quite literally causes [[spoiler: TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt]]. Despite their mutual attraction, she's too much of a {{Tsundere}} and he's too much of a ShrinkingViolet for them to truly understand each other, much less be open with each other about their feelings. Their failed attempts at doing so throughout the series is one of the biggest causes of {{Angst}} for both of them. This finally comes to a head during TheMovie, after [[spoiler: Rei blows off Gendou and leaves the ultimate outcome of the Human Instrumentality Project in Shinji's hands. Shinji and Asuka are two of the first to be absorbed by the LCL, and when their souls meet together it's essentially the first time in the series that they're open about their feelings with each other. Only by this point, Asuka is so angry and disgusted with him (assuming it was not a {{Flashback}}, the infamous masturbation scene was probably the last straw for her) that she rejects him, which causes him to jump at her and choke her.]]
** [[spoiler:However, Shiji
However, Shinji does reject Instrumentality at the last minute, and in the last scene it is implied that they may or may not be getting over their issues and reaching out to each other.]]



** This trope is extremely common in YaoiGenre manga in general; the main couples in ''Manga/MaidenRose'' and ''Manga/SakuraGari'' are good examples, as are [[{{Manga/Loveless}} Soubi and Seimei]] above. To a lesser extent, it's also present in YuriGenre manga (mostly older works such as ''Manga/OniisamaE''). Makes sense when you consider the {{Melodrama}}-driven nature of most YaoiGenre and much YuriGenre.
* Very much so in ''Manga/FutureDiary'' between Yuno and Yuki. The best example is probably when [[spoiler: Yuno drugs Yuki, takes him to an abandoned hotel and keeps him chained down in a basement so that the 'happy end' her diary predicts can't be interfered with. Then, when Yuki's friends finally track him down, she traps them and then tries to gas them to death.]] Thankfully, their relationship get sorted out by the end of the series.
** It's brought up that the relationship is also abusive on Yuki's part, although he's nowhere near as bad as Yuno. He admits to only using her in order to survive the game and move ahead, and is just exploiting her devotion for his own needs. Yuno later acknowledges that she understands this, and is content with him using her so long as they can pretend to have a real relationship. Though later in the game, Yuki does come to genuinely care for her and stops using her.
* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' has the eponymous protagonist and his love interest, Aiko. The only thing uniting the two is an unhealthy obsession, and the fact that they're two damaged, broken people. They keep hurting each other more and more, and the realization that their romance has no real foundation and is fundamentally destroying them both may be a big reason why [[spoiler: Aiko eventually killed herself]].

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** * This trope is extremely common in YaoiGenre manga in general; the main couples in ''Manga/MaidenRose'' and ''Manga/SakuraGari'' are good examples, as are [[{{Manga/Loveless}} Soubi and Seimei]] above. To a lesser extent, it's also present in YuriGenre manga (mostly older works such as ''Manga/OniisamaE''). Makes sense when you consider the {{Melodrama}}-driven nature of most YaoiGenre and much YuriGenre.
* Very much so in ''Manga/FutureDiary'' between Yuno and Yuki. The best example is probably when [[spoiler: Yuno drugs Yuki, takes him to an abandoned hotel and keeps him chained down in a basement so that the 'happy end' her diary predicts can't be interfered with. Then, when Yuki's friends finally track him down, she traps them and then tries to gas them to death.]] Thankfully, their relationship get sorted out by the end of the series.
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series. It's brought up that the relationship is also abusive on Yuki's part, although he's nowhere near as bad as Yuno. He admits to only using her in order to survive the game and move ahead, and is just exploiting her devotion for his own needs. Yuno later acknowledges that she understands this, and is content with him using her so long as they can pretend to have a real relationship. Though later in the game, Yuki does come to genuinely care for her and stops using her.
* ''Manga/OyasumiPunpun'' ''Manga/GoodnightPunpun'' has the eponymous protagonist and his love interest, Aiko. The only thing uniting the two is an unhealthy obsession, and the fact that they're two damaged, broken people. They keep hurting each other more and more, and the realization that their romance has no real foundation and is fundamentally destroying them both may be a big reason why [[spoiler: Aiko eventually killed herself]].
10th Oct '17 5:32:18 PM nombretomado
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* The comic series ''Flinch'' once featured a short story titled "Red Romance" (illustrated by BruceTimm, of all people) where a man and a woman, both sociopathic lowlifes, fall in love and begin a relationship that involves sickening amounts of Masochistic Tangoing, until even this violence isn't enough to satisfy their desires. It leads to the jaded man hiring a specialist to torture and kill her while he watches, only to discover she hired the specialist for the exact same reason. The story ends with the couple in orgasmic ecstasy as they watch one another get horribly brutalized, before finally killing them and leaving them in each other's arms on the bloodstained bed. A story that manages to be touchingly romantic AND incredibly disturbing at the same time.

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* The comic series ''Flinch'' once featured a short story titled "Red Romance" (illustrated by BruceTimm, Creator/BruceTimm, of all people) where a man and a woman, both sociopathic lowlifes, fall in love and begin a relationship that involves sickening amounts of Masochistic Tangoing, until even this violence isn't enough to satisfy their desires. It leads to the jaded man hiring a specialist to torture and kill her while he watches, only to discover she hired the specialist for the exact same reason. The story ends with the couple in orgasmic ecstasy as they watch one another get horribly brutalized, before finally killing them and leaving them in each other's arms on the bloodstained bed. A story that manages to be touchingly romantic AND incredibly disturbing at the same time.
2nd Oct '17 1:55:10 AM eroock
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->''I love you I hate you I kiss you I rape you\\
and I cheat and deceive but I need you''
-->--'''Music/{{Clawfinger}}''', [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaH-JCNDDI "I Need You"]]

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->''I ->''"I love you I hate you I kiss you I rape you\\
and I cheat and deceive but I need you''
-->--'''Music/{{Clawfinger}}''',
you."''
-->-- ''Music/{{Clawfinger}}'',
[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVaH-JCNDDI "I Need You"]]
20th Sep '17 3:42:05 PM KizunaTallis
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* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Terri spells out to Will that the only reason their marriage works is because it is a DestructiveRomance. Will, actually wanting to be in a healthy relationship, leaves.

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* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'', Terri spells out to Will that the only reason their marriage works is because it is a DestructiveRomance.it's one of these. Will, actually wanting to be in a healthy relationship, leaves.


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** At the end of Season 7, [[spoiler:Jaime, upon seeing that Cersei has no intention of helping out in the fight against the Army of the Dead, finally has enough and leaves her to join the Stark-Targaryen alliance]].
24th Jun '17 7:03:58 AM Piterpicher
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* ''{{The English Patient}}''. Everyone singing its praises as one of the great romantic stories of its time has missed that Katharine cheating on her husband with Almasy is portrayed as a highly destructive obsession that ends in the pointless deaths of all three.

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* ''{{The English Patient}}''.''Literature/TheEnglishPatient''. Everyone singing its praises as one of the great romantic stories of its time has missed that Katharine cheating on her husband with Almasy is portrayed as a highly destructive obsession that ends in the pointless deaths of all three.
17th Jun '17 9:10:03 PM SilverFang
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* Tom and Sara in ''Theatre/MurderBallad'' -- [[spoiler:their affair is what causes the titular murder and is implied to ruin a marriage.]]
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