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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory'' has Destiny and Bailey, a pair of "neighbours" who frequently bickers over random stuffs, but works together very well when they need to, and Bailey's [[SuperSenses echolocation]] serves as Destiny's guide (because she's really nearsighted).
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': One of the biggest running gags of the show is Joey and Chandler arguing like this. This is [[TakenUpToEleven]] when they get a chick and a duck, often treating the said bird-pets like their own children.
-->'''Joey:''' Anyways, I gotta go change. I'm meeting some of the cast for drinks. [note]He's an actor, so he obviously has cast-mates.[/note]\\

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': One of the biggest running gags of the show is Joey and Chandler arguing like this. This is [[TakenUpToEleven]] [[UpToEleven taken up to eleven]] when they get a chick and a duck, often treating the said bird-pets like their own children.
-->'''Joey:''' Anyways, I gotta go change. I'm meeting some of the cast for drinks. [note]He's [[note]] He's an actor, so he obviously has cast-mates.[/note]\\[[/note]]\\



'''Joey:''' That's not what I said, okay? I just meant-\\
'''Chandler:''' [[AndIMustScream I know what you "meant"!]] ([[beat]]) Have you noticed that ever since we got this chick, we've been fighting a lot more than we used to?\\

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'''Joey:''' That's not what I said, okay? I just meant-\\
meantó\\
'''Chandler:''' [[AndIMustScream I know what you "meant"!]] ([[beat]]) ''"meant"''!\\
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'''Chandler:'''
Have you noticed that ever since we got this chick, we've been fighting a lot more than we used to?\\
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->'''Joey:''' Anyways I gotta go change. I'm meeting some of the cast for drinks.\\

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->'''Joey:''' Anyways -->'''Joey:''' Anyways, I gotta go change. I'm meeting some of the cast for drinks.\\ [note]He's an actor, so he obviously has cast-mates.[/note]\\



'''Joey:''' I know. I know.\\

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'''Joey:''' I know. I know.\\
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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler and Monica at times. A hilarious scene has them seriously discussing how to organize their [=CDs=] while Rachel, who has actual romantic problems, almost explodes with frustration.

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': One of the biggest running gags of the show is Joey and Chandler arguing like this. This is [[TakenUpToEleven]] when they get a chick and a duck, often treating the said bird-pets like their own children.
->'''Joey:''' Anyways I gotta go change. I'm meeting some of the cast for drinks.\\
'''Chandler:''' Excuse me?\\
'''Joey:''' What?\\
'''Chandler:''' I stayed home from work today while you were at rehearsal so somebody would be here with ''our'' chick.\\
'''Joey:''' Hey, who was up from 2 o'clock this morning until 5 o'clock this morning trying to get her back to sleep?\\
'''Chandler:''' You don't think I get up when you get up?\\
'''Joey:''' Oh, here it comes!\\
'''Chandler:''' Yes! Here it comes! I'm stuck here all day, and then you come in and spend ''two'' seconds with us, and then expect to go ''gallivanting'' with you friends?! Well, I don't think so, mister.\\
'''Joey:''' Hey! I need to relax, okay? I was working all day.\\
'''Chandler:''' And you don't think taking care of our chick is "work"?\\
'''Joey:''' That's not what I said, okay? I just meant-\\
'''Chandler:''' [[AndIMustScream I know what you "meant"!]] ([[beat]]) Have you noticed that ever since we got this chick, we've been fighting a lot more than we used to?\\
'''Joey:''' I don't know. Maybe we weren't ready to have a chick.\\
'''Chandler:''' I'll sure want them someday, though.\\
'''Joey:''' I know. I know.\\
** Also,
Chandler and Monica at times.times. [[spoiler:Interestingly, they ''actually'' went on to become a couple]]. A hilarious scene has them seriously discussing how to organize their [=CDs=] while Rachel, who has actual romantic problems, almost explodes with frustration.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Kanan and Hera interact with a strange mixture of comfortable familiarity, friendly banter, a fair amount of somewhat-playful bickering, and some flirtation. It's very strongly implied they're actually together (to the point that they jokingly refer to themselves as the mom and dad of the ship), but not actually confirmed.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Kanan and Hera interact with a strange mixture of comfortable familiarity, friendly banter, a fair amount of somewhat-playful bickering, and some flirtation. It's very strongly implied they're actually together (to the point that they jokingly refer to themselves as the mom and dad of the ship), but not actually confirmed.
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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lois and Clark are all over this for ''years'' before they actually even admit having feelings for one another.



* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': The hitman pair of Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench. Their actors were specifically told to interact like an old married couple, and the arguments witnessed between them (coupled with their obvious ease around each other) certainly give off that impression.



* Lenni from ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' gets pissed off at her dad after he remarks that she and the boy she's working on a school project with are acting "like an old married couple."
* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "Happy Birthday, Baby", Lane witnesses one of Rory and Jess's arguments and even says as much. Jess is noticeably pleased.
-->'''Jess:''' Hey.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey.\\
'''Jess:''' I got the video for tonight.\\
'''Rory:''' Whatíd you get?\\
'''Jess:''' ''Film/AlmostFamous''.\\
'''Rory:''' No, not again.\\
'''Jess:''' I canít help it, Iím addicted.\\
'''Rory:''' Fine, but if Iím going to spend two hours sitting there watching Kate Hudson commit suicide again, then we are ordering Indian food.\\
'''Jess:''' Oh, come on.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey, last night when we watched ''Film/EdWood'', we got burgers like you wanted to.\\
'''Jess:''' Okay, fine--tonight, Indian food, but tomorrow, ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and Thai food.\\
'''Lane:''' Thatís so cute. Youíre like a really sweet old agoraphobic couple.\\
'''Jess:''' Thank you very much.
** Ironically, Jess's uncle Luke and Rory's mother Lorelai have the same dynamic, much to the amusement of the other characters.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Blaine and Kurt, who, in their own words, are "like a fabulous old married couple".
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' had an episode in which Tim and Bill bickered about dinner in this fashion, complete with snarky hissing and turning their backs on one another. Context: Tim was giving a gourmet meal to a guinea pig. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It Makes Sense In...uh...]]further...[[BuffySpeak contexty...things...]])
-->'''Tim:''' ...Ruddy 'ell!\\
'''Bill:''' ''Surely'' you're not resentful toward a little kindness for one of our dumb friends?\\
'''Tim:''' The only dumb friend I've got is you!\\
'''Bill:''' Well, ''thank'' you, after I make supper for you--\\
'''Tim:''' Look, we can hardly afford to feed ourselves, and you start giving four-course meals to ''flaming guinea pigs''!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns his back]'' Temper, temper...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, since when have we eaten that well!\\
'''Bill:''' Since when indeed, yes...what did we get last time ''you'' cooked supper, eh? ''[Tim turns his back as well] A bowl of corn flakes!'' Yes, and [[LethalChef they were burnt]]...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, better than your soggy lettuce and potato peelings...\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns back around, snapping]'' On the money you give me, you're very lucky to get anything at all, I can tell you! ''[turning his back, hands on hips]'' Oh, I've a good urge to go back to mother's...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, go.\\
'''Bill:''' I shall.\\
'''Graeme:''' ''Now listen!''\\
'''Bill and Tim:''' ''AND YOU KEEP OUT OF THIS!''\\
'''Graeme:''' Tim, you are being very, very silly!\\
'''Tim:''' Oh, you always take sides with ''him'', don't you...



* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': The hitman pair of Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench. Their actors were specifically told to interact like an old married couple, and the arguments witnessed between them (coupled with their obvious ease around each other) certainly give off that impression.
* Lenni from ''Series/{{Ghostwriter}}'' gets pissed off at her dad after he remarks that she and the boy she's working on a school project with are acting "like an old married couple."
* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "Happy Birthday, Baby", Lane witnesses one of Rory and Jess's arguments and even says as much. Jess is noticeably pleased.
-->'''Jess:''' Hey.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey.\\
'''Jess:''' I got the video for tonight.\\
'''Rory:''' Whatíd you get?\\
'''Jess:''' ''Film/AlmostFamous''.\\
'''Rory:''' No, not again.\\
'''Jess:''' I canít help it, Iím addicted.\\
'''Rory:''' Fine, but if Iím going to spend two hours sitting there watching Kate Hudson commit suicide again, then we are ordering Indian food.\\
'''Jess:''' Oh, come on.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey, last night when we watched ''Film/EdWood'', we got burgers like you wanted to.\\
'''Jess:''' Okay, fine--tonight, Indian food, but tomorrow, ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and Thai food.\\
'''Lane:''' Thatís so cute. Youíre like a really sweet old agoraphobic couple.\\
'''Jess:''' Thank you very much.
** Ironically, Jess's uncle Luke and Rory's mother Lorelai have the same dynamic, much to the amusement of the other characters.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Blaine and Kurt, who, in their own words, are "like a fabulous old married couple".
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' had an episode in which Tim and Bill bickered about dinner in this fashion, complete with snarky hissing and turning their backs on one another. Context: Tim was giving a gourmet meal to a guinea pig. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It Makes Sense In...uh...]]further...[[BuffySpeak contexty...things...]])
-->'''Tim:''' ...Ruddy 'ell!\\
'''Bill:''' ''Surely'' you're not resentful toward a little kindness for one of our dumb friends?\\
'''Tim:''' The only dumb friend I've got is you!\\
'''Bill:''' Well, ''thank'' you, after I make supper for you--\\
'''Tim:''' Look, we can hardly afford to feed ourselves, and you start giving four-course meals to ''flaming guinea pigs''!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns his back]'' Temper, temper...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, since when have we eaten that well!\\
'''Bill:''' Since when indeed, yes...what did we get last time ''you'' cooked supper, eh? ''[Tim turns his back as well] A bowl of corn flakes!'' Yes, and [[LethalChef they were burnt]]...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, better than your soggy lettuce and potato peelings...\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns back around, snapping]'' On the money you give me, you're very lucky to get anything at all, I can tell you! ''[turning his back, hands on hips]'' Oh, I've a good urge to go back to mother's...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, go.\\
'''Bill:''' I shall.\\
'''Graeme:''' ''Now listen!''\\
'''Bill and Tim:''' ''AND YOU KEEP OUT OF THIS!''\\
'''Graeme:''' Tim, you are being very, very silly!\\
'''Tim:''' Oh, you always take sides with ''him'', don't you...


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* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lois and Clark are all over this for ''years'' before they actually even admit having feelings for one another.
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* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.



* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.



* The NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat TropeNamer episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has the reporter who thinks Jerry and George are a gay couple include the line "The two bicker about the cleanliness of a piece of fruit like an old married couple." in her article about Jerry.



* The NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat TropeNamer episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has the reporter who thinks Jerry and George are a gay couple include the line "The two bicker about the cleanliness of a piece of fruit like an old married couple." in her article about Jerry.
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* ''Series/RoyalPains'' has Divya and Evan set up on a "kiss and make up date" by Hank.
-->'''Divya:''' Here's an idea--let's have dinner, but absolutely no conversation.\\
'''Evan''': Yeah, like we're married.
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Shawn and Gus. Fangirls ''will'' tell you, "THEY ARE SO MARRIED!!!" Though, they are legally domestic partners.
** Shawn and Lassiter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' seemed to have an old married threesome:
** Kirk and [=McCoy=].
** The BelligerentSexualTension between [[HoYay McCoy and Spock]].
** Kirk and Spock would be the most obvious example, especially in the movies.
* The NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat TropeNamer episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has the reporter who thinks Jerry and George are a gay couple include the line "The two bicker about the cleanliness of a piece of fruit like an old married couple." in her article about Jerry.

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* ''Series/RoyalPains'' A ''Series/LawAndOrder''[=/=]''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' crossover has Divya one of the Baltimore detectives theorizing that Briscoe and Evan set up on a "kiss and make up date" by Hank.
-->'''Divya:''' Here's an idea--let's have dinner, but absolutely no conversation.\\
'''Evan''': Yeah, like we're married.
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Shawn and Gus. Fangirls ''will'' tell you, "THEY ARE SO MARRIED!!!" Though, they are legally domestic partners.
** Shawn and Lassiter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' seemed to have an old married threesome:
** Kirk and [=McCoy=].
** The BelligerentSexualTension between [[HoYay McCoy and Spock]].
** Kirk and Spock would be the most obvious example, especially
Munch were "married in the movies.
* The NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat TropeNamer episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has the reporter who thinks Jerry and George are
a gay couple include the line "The two bicker about the cleanliness of a piece of fruit like an old married couple." in her article about Jerry.former life."



* A ''Series/LawAndOrder''[=/=]''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' crossover has one of the Baltimore detectives theorizing that Briscoe and Munch were "married in a former life."

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* A ''Series/LawAndOrder''[=/=]''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' crossover ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Shawn and Gus. Fangirls ''will'' tell you, "THEY ARE SO MARRIED!!!" Though, they are legally domestic partners.
** Shawn and Lassiter.
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.
* ''Series/RoyalPains''
has one Divya and Evan set up on a "kiss and make up date" by Hank.
-->'''Divya:''' Here's an idea--let's have dinner, but absolutely no conversation.\\
'''Evan''': Yeah, like we're married.
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners J.D. and Turk]] on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. For instance, when Dr Cox sees J.D. welcoming Turk and Carla back from their honeymoon:
-->'''Dr Cox:''' Ghandi, Mrs. Ghandi...Carla.
** They even do it to themselves:
--->'''Turk:''' When Sam gets older I teach him about sports and stuff, and you're in charge
of the Baltimore detectives theorizing Izzy's emotional crap. We agreed, that's how we'd raise our kids.\\
'''J.D.:''' "Our kids"? Turk, we're not married.\\
'''Turk:''' Dude, we're a ''little'' married.\\
'''J.D.:''' I know, I love it.
** This hasn't escaped Carla's notice either, for
that Briscoe and Munch were "married in a former life."matter.
--->'''Carla:''' Tell me my husband loves me more than he loves you.
--->'''J.D.:''' It's about the same.
--->'''Carla:''' ''[sighs, smiling]'' I'll take it.



* The NotThatTheresAnythingWrongWithThat TropeNamer episode of ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' has the reporter who thinks Jerry and George are a gay couple include the line "The two bicker about the cleanliness of a piece of fruit like an old married couple." in her article about Jerry.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' seemed to have an old married threesome:
** Kirk and [=McCoy=].
** The BelligerentSexualTension between [[HoYay McCoy and Spock]].
** Kirk and Spock would be the most obvious example, especially in the movies.



* During the RashomonStyle episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Bobby calls Sam and Dean out on this as they try to paint each other in the worst possible light. They don't really try to deny it:
-->'''Dean:''' No, see, married couples can get divorced. Me and him? We're like, uh, Siamese twins.\\
'''Sam:''' It's ''conjoined'' twins!\\
'''Dean:''' See what I mean?
** Called out again in the episode "Pac-Man Fever":
-->'''Dean:''' Sounds like something you should read about. In a book. At home.
-->'''Sam:''' I'm not leaving until we find out whatever is doing this.\\
'''Dean:''' Whatever. ''[stalks off]''\\
'''Charlie:''' You guys fight like an old married couple.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Glitch]] and [[PapaWolf Cain]] of Creator/SyFy's ''Series/TinMan'', starting pretty much immediately after they meet. And that's not where the HoYay ends, either.



* [[HeterosexualLifePartners J.D. and Turk]] on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}''. For instance, when Dr Cox sees J.D. welcoming Turk and Carla back from their honeymoon:
-->'''Dr Cox:''' Ghandi, Mrs. Ghandi...Carla.
** They even do it to themselves:
--->'''Turk:''' When Sam gets older I teach him about sports and stuff, and you're in charge of Izzy's emotional crap. We agreed, that's how we'd raise our kids.\\
'''J.D.:''' "Our kids"? Turk, we're not married.\\
'''Turk:''' Dude, we're a ''little'' married.\\
'''J.D.:''' I know, I love it.
** This hasn't escaped Carla's notice either, for that matter.
--->'''Carla:''' Tell me my husband loves me more than he loves you.
--->'''J.D.:''' It's about the same.
--->'''Carla:''' ''[sighs, smiling]'' I'll take it.
* During the RashomonStyle episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Bobby calls Sam and Dean out on this as they try to paint each other in the worst possible light. They don't really try to deny it:
-->'''Dean:''' No, see, married couples can get divorced. Me and him? We're like, uh, Siamese twins.\\
'''Sam:''' It's ''conjoined'' twins!\\
'''Dean:''' See what I mean?
** Called out again in the episode "Pac-Man Fever":
-->'''Dean:''' Sounds like something you should read about. In a book. At home.
-->'''Sam:''' I'm not leaving until we find out whatever is doing this.\\
'''Dean:''' Whatever. ''[stalks off]''\\
'''Charlie:''' You guys fight like an old married couple.
* [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Glitch]] and [[PapaWolf Cain]] of Creator/SyFy's ''Series/TinMan'', starting pretty much immediately after they meet. And that's not where the HoYay ends, either.



* During a discussion of gay marriage on ''TheNewsQuiz'', Alan Coren claimed to be in "a form of marriage" with his regular ''News Quiz'' and ''Call My Bluff'' sparring partner Sandi Toksvig (it may or may not be relevent that Sandi is in fact a lesbian).

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* Film critic Creator/MarkKermode and radio presenter Simon Mayo are often compared to an old married couple - by others as well as themselves.
-->'''Simon Mayo''': ''(reading a listener's complaint about her husband not listening to her opinion on films anymore)'' "This is for the sake of marital harmony."\\
'''Mark Kermode''': What, ours?
* During a discussion of gay marriage on ''TheNewsQuiz'', ''Radio/TheNewsQuiz'', Alan Coren claimed to be in "a form of marriage" with his regular ''News Quiz'' and ''Call My Bluff'' sparring partner Sandi Toksvig (it may or may not be relevent that Sandi is in fact a lesbian).



* Film critic Creator/MarkKermode and radio presenter Simon Mayo are often compared to an old married couple - by others as well as themselves.
-->'''Simon Mayo''': ''(reading a listener's complaint about her husband not listening to her opinion on films anymore)'' "This is for the sake of marital harmony."\\
'''Mark Kermode''': What, ours?
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* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga, when Keitaro decides to get a job, he suits up and all the girls laugh at him. Naru however, does up his tie, leading Kitsune to make this exact comment about them. [[HeIsNotMyBoyFriend Denials follow.]]



* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga, when Keitaro decides to get a job, he suits up and all the girls laugh at him. Naru however, does up his tie, leading Kitsune to make this exact comment about them. [[HeIsNotMyBoyFriend Denials follow.]]



* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'' (1996). Sinbad and Maeve are arguing.
-->'''Caipra:''' Alright you two, that's enough. Stop acting like an old married couple.
* During the ''Series/AshesToAshes'' GrandFinale, Shaz mentions that she's amazed that Chris and Ray never tied the knot.
* A memorable scene in ''Series/BabylonFive'' had Londo and G'Kar[[note]]Mutually-hostile Ambassadors from mutually-hostile governments[[/note]] arguing, to which a newcomer to the station remarks, "I wonder how long [[FoeYay they've]] been married."
** Of course, jokes about G'Kar and Londo being a married couple go all the way back to the first season, in a weird form of EveryoneCanSeeIt.
** Doctor Franklin and Marcus Cole tended towards this when working together, most particularly when they were undercover in a SmithicalMarriage.[[note]]This leads to a Fanon joke that, while G'Kar/Londo is not supported by canon, Franklin/Marcus ''is.''[[/note]]
** Also Captain John Sheridan and his exec Commander Susan Ivanova, who had worked together even before he was stationed at Babylon 5. Because she's his NumberTwo (and also [[LikeBrotherAndSister his best friend]]), they go back and forth like this a lot, especially when she's playing CommanderContrarian. Unlike many examples of this trope, however, there is ''no'' risk of this relationship turning romantic; Sheridan is desperately in love with [[{{Ambadassador}} Delenn]], and in any case he and Susan acknowledge openly and comfortably that there's absolutely nothing of that sort between them anyway (in the middle of a bickering match that could easily make new viewers think they [[LikeBrotherAndSister actually are siblings]]). This doesn't stop them from interacting like they've been married for decades, though.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Raj and Howard are called out on this multiple times, most notably by Leonard's incredibly blunt scientist mother who asserts that Raj is afraid of women and Howard has unresolved Oedipal issues, so it's not surprising they've formed "an ersatz homosexual marriage."
** When Leonard wanted time alone [[LongDistanceRelationship to Skype]] with his girlfriend, Sheldon patiently waited at Penny's apartment. They were both doing their own things, reading on the couch and chair and Penny mentioned how it feels like they are an old married couple (they are friends but no one can annoy each other the way the other can). They get into a mock fight where Sheldon demanded she get a treat, Penny asked for a divorce and Sheldon said to get the treat on the way to the lawyers office. They both briefly laugh over their "argument."
** Leonard and Penny tried to hang out as merely friends and found that they had a lot of [[{{UST}} unresolved issues]] between them that caused them to argue. It really surfaced when they went to a bar and both of them tried to chat up other people, leading to embarassing secrets being discussed openly.
* Series/{{Bones}} and Booth argue about everything, but [[EveryoneCanSeeIt no one doubts that they love each other]]. They are aware of it, too; they're just terrible at timing.



* ''Series/BuffTheVampireSlayer'' & ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel and Spike in ''spades'', especially during Season 5 of Angel. They argue over absolutely everything, but for some reason always hang out. This scene basically sum it up.

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* ''Series/BuffTheVampireSlayer'' Detectives Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' fulfill the ''constantly-bickering-yet-have-{{UST}}'' part of the trope, but it's also reinforced in more subtle ways. In particular, both frequently give off the vibe of having spent so much time together and gotten to know each other so well that they've picked up on all sorts of weird little bits of trivia and character tics about the other apparently without even realizing it; Peralta, for example, knows all about Santiago's "special routine" for brushing her teeth, while Santiago is aware that Peralta's grandmother called him "pineapples". In one episode, they pretend to be a bickering couple to get the drop on a couple of crooks, leading to this exchange when they finally drop the act:
-->'''Peralta:''' ''[To Santiago]'' Nice work.\\
'''Santiago:''' Thanks. You too.\\
'''Crook:''' I'm sad y'all arrestin' me... but I gotta say, I'm glad you're back together.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
& ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel and Spike in ''spades'', especially during Season 5 of Angel. They argue over absolutely everything, but for some reason always hang out. This scene basically sum it up.



* It has been noted [[EveryoneCanSeeIt by several observers]] that the frequently-bickering-yet-[[{{UST}} intensely-close friendship]] that ''Series/{{Castle}}'''s Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett have become embroiled in is like, well, they're already married (or at least in a relationship). In one notable example, a suggestion that they brainstorm from the perspective of a married couple ended up with the two of them arguing like a married couple about ''being'' a married couple.



* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', roommates Mac and Dennis are described this way InUniverse.
* ''Series/{{Dark Angel}}'': Alec and Max in Season 2. Alec loves teasing her while Max gets royally pissed off by even being around him. They argue and spark off each other constantly yet somehow spend a lot of time together. Some fans speculate it was [[BelligerentSexualTension heading towards a romance]] if the show hadn't been canceled.

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* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', roommates Mac Partners Jay Halstead and Dennis are described Erin Lindsay on ''Series/ChicagoPD'', and they've only been working together for a relatively short time. She never lets him drive and he complains that he feels like a house husband, he beats up a guy who catcalls and rudely flirts with her, and they argue a lot, especially about Erin's father figure (and their boss) Voight. Heck, they even argue about their maybe-not-so-professional relationship.
-->'''Jay:''' Did you see the look on his face?
-->'''Erin:''' Yeah. So?
-->'''Jay:''' So?
-->'''Erin:''' We haven't done anything.
-->'''Jay:''' Don't I know it.
-->'''Erin:''' Would you just spit out whatever fit is that you're trying to spit out?
-->'''Jay:''' Okay. Maybe
this way InUniverse.
last month I don't wanna be the guy you use to get a rise out of your father figure.
-->'''Erin:''' You wish I was using you.
-->'''Jay:''' Oh, I'm serious. You have issues, you need to work them out. Work them out without me.
-->'''Erin:''' I repeat, we haven't done anything. And if you wanna keep it that way--
-->'''Jay:''' Hey, that'd be great.
-->'''Erin:''' ''[annoyed]'' All right, perfect.
-->'''Jay:''' Fantastic.
-->'''Erin:''' You done?
-->'''Jay:''' I was done long before this conversation started.
-->'''Erin:''' Really? Then shut up.
** and then later on...
-->'''Erin:''' Dinner at The Purple Pig? It's got the dump.
-->'''Jay:''' Those things suck.
-->'''Erin:''' I don't think so.
-->'''Jay:''' Besides, you just told me to shut up and that we're done.
-->'''Erin:''' No, you told me we were done. But a girl's gotta eat.
-->'''Jay:''' ''[annoyed]'' Now you're hungry.
* ''Series/{{Dark Angel}}'': ''Series/CovertAffairs'': Annie and Auggie, definitely. It's lampshaded in the season 2 episode "Half a World Away". Auggie is in Turkey, not answering his phone, and Annie is getting ''very'' worried [[spoiler:with ''good reason'']]. Cue the random stewardess Auggie is with at the time getting an unexpected phone call:
-->'''Annie:''' ''[annoyed tone of voice]'' Hi, can I talk to Auggie, please?
-->'''Franka:''' It's for you. I think it's your wife. She sounds rather upset...
* ''Series/DarkAngel'':
Alec and Max in Season 2. Alec loves teasing her while Max gets royally pissed off by even being around him. They argue and spark off each other constantly yet somehow spend a lot of time together. Some fans speculate it was [[BelligerentSexualTension heading towards a romance]] if the show hadn't been canceled.



* ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'': Carson and Mrs Hughes have been working together for years as TeamMom and TeamDad. They bicker a lot, but show a great affection toward each other. They used to be JustFriends, until Mr Carson proposed to her in Series 5(TheyDo).

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* ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'': Lucien and Jean in ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'' are mistaken for husband and wife on several occasions. They don't always bother to correct this.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the episode "Forest of the Dead", one of several arguments between the Doctor and River Song is interrupted by a character remarking that they're "squabbling like an old married couple". [[spoiler:Naturally, ''they are'', in fact, married]].
** The like-an-old-married-couple-factor is taken to the next level in "The Big Bang". [[spoiler:When the Doctor saves River from a constant time-loop, he teleports into the TARDIS and saves her life that way]]. The following dialogue occurs:
--->'''The [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]]:''' Honey, I'm home!\\
'''River:''' And what sort of time do you call this?
** "The Pandorica Opens":
--->'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' You graffitied the oldest cliff face in the universe!\\
'''River:''' ''You'' wouldn't answer your ''phone''!
** The first time Amy Pond met River, she eventually asked if River and the Doctor were married.
** The [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] and Romana in the classic series. True for [[TheNthDoctor both of her]], as Romana I's book-smart personality clashed with the Doctor's street-wise nature and Romana II...well...[[RomanceOnTheSet yeah]].
** The [[Creator/DavidTennant Tenth Doctor]] and Donna Noble. There had to be a reason why everyone kept mistaking them for married. It's ironic since Donna is the only long-term female companion in New Who who ''isn't'' hot for the Doctor.
** The Sixth Doctor and Peri seemed to do this a lot. Every episode with them has them exchanging insults and arguing about the stupidest things.
** And now added onto the list of girls who argue provocatively with the Doctor, [[RoboShip we have the old girl herself]], in "The Doctor's Wife".
--->'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' You are ''not'' my mother!\\
'''[[spoiler:TARDIS]]-Idris:''' And ''you'' are not my child!
** "[[DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion]]" gives us Kraal MadScientist Styggron and his colleague Chedaki, who do ''nothing'' but snark and snip at one another throughout the story.
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'':
Carson and Mrs Hughes have been working together for years as TeamMom and TeamDad. They bicker a lot, but show a great affection toward each other. They used to be JustFriends, until Mr Carson proposed to her in Series 5(TheyDo).5 (TheyDo).



* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'' (1996). Sinbad and Maeve are arguing.
-->'''Caipra:''' Alright you two, that's enough. Stop acting like an old married couple.
* Dr. House and and his [[HeterosexualLifePartners bromantic best friend]] Dr. Wilson in ''Series/{{House}}''. They even live together for the better part of season 6 and for a few episodes in season 2.
-->'''House''': Please have an answer to this question: what's for dinner?\\
'''Wilson''': You STILL haven't done the dishes?!
* Lily and Marshall in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In one episode, where the couple remains in the bathroom after their friend Ted and girlfriend Victoria don't realize they are home after staving of their anniversary vacation, Lily says that her and Marshall seem like an old married couple...
-->'''Lily:''' ''And we're not even married yet!''
* A memorable scene in ''Series/BabylonFive'' had Londo and G'Kar[[note]]Mutually-hostile Ambassadors from mutually-hostile governments[[/note]] arguing, to which a newcomer to the station remarks, "I wonder how long [[FoeYay they've]] been married."
** Of course, jokes about G'Kar and Londo being a married couple go all the way back to the first season, in a weird form of EveryoneCanSeeIt.
** Doctor Franklin and Marcus Cole tended towards this when working together, most particularly when they were undercover in a SmithicalMarriage.[[note]]This leads to a Fanon joke that, while G'Kar/Londo is not supported by canon, Franklin/Marcus ''is.''[[/note]]
** Also Captain John Sheridan and his exec Commander Susan Ivanova, who had worked together even before he was stationed at Babylon 5. Because she's his NumberTwo (and also [[LikeBrotherAndSister his best friend]]), they go back and forth like this a lot, especially when she's playing CommanderContrarian. Unlike many examples of this trope, however, there is ''no'' risk of this relationship turning romantic; Sheridan is desperately in love with [[{{Ambadassador}} Delenn]], and in any case he and Susan acknowledge openly and comfortably that there's absolutely nothing of that sort between them anyway (in the middle of a bickering match that could easily make new viewers think they [[LikeBrotherAndSister actually are siblings]]). This doesn't stop them from interacting like they've been married for decades, though.

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* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfSinbad'' (1996). Sinbad and Maeve are arguing.
-->'''Caipra:''' Alright you two, that's enough. Stop acting like an old married couple.
* Dr. House and and his [[HeterosexualLifePartners bromantic best friend]] Dr. Wilson in ''Series/{{House}}''. They even live together for the better part of season 6 and for a few episodes in season 2.
-->'''House''': Please have an answer to
''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Will invoked this question: what's for dinner?\\
'''Wilson''': You STILL haven't done the dishes?!
* Lily and Marshall in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In one episode, where the couple remains in the bathroom after their friend Ted and girlfriend Victoria don't realize they are home after staving of their anniversary vacation, Lily says that her and Marshall seem like an old married couple...
-->'''Lily:''' ''And we're not even married yet!''
* A memorable scene in ''Series/BabylonFive'' had Londo and G'Kar[[note]]Mutually-hostile Ambassadors from mutually-hostile governments[[/note]] arguing, to which a newcomer to the station remarks, "I wonder how long [[FoeYay they've]] been married."
** Of course, jokes
about G'Kar and Londo being a married couple go all the way back to the first season, in a weird form of EveryoneCanSeeIt.
** Doctor Franklin and Marcus Cole tended towards this when working together, most particularly when they were undercover in a SmithicalMarriage.[[note]]This leads to a Fanon joke that, while G'Kar/Londo is not supported by canon, Franklin/Marcus ''is.''[[/note]]
** Also Captain John Sheridan and
his exec Commander Susan Ivanova, who had worked together even before he was stationed at Babylon 5. Because she's his NumberTwo (and also [[LikeBrotherAndSister his best friend]]), they go back and forth like this a lot, especially when she's playing CommanderContrarian. Unlike many examples of this trope, however, there is ''no'' risk of this relationship turning romantic; Sheridan is desperately in love with [[{{Ambadassador}} Delenn]], and in any case he and Susan acknowledge openly and comfortably that there's absolutely nothing of that sort between them anyway (in the middle of a bickering match that could easily make new viewers think they [[LikeBrotherAndSister actually are siblings]]). This doesn't stop them from interacting like they've been married for decades, though.with Jazz. Jazz's response, naturally, "Oh, now I'm 'old'?!"



* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the episode "Forest of the Dead", one of several arguments between the Doctor and River Song is interrupted by a character remarking that they're "squabbling like an old married couple". [[spoiler:Naturally, ''they are'', in fact, married]].
** The like-an-old-married-couple-factor is taken to the next level in "The Big Bang". [[spoiler:When the Doctor saves River from a constant time-loop, he teleports into the TARDIS and saves her life that way]]. The following dialogue occurs:
--->'''The [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]]:''' Honey, I'm home!\\
'''River:''' And what sort of time do you call this?
** "The Pandorica Opens":
--->'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' You graffitied the oldest cliff face in the universe!\\
'''River:''' ''You'' wouldn't answer your ''phone''!
** The first time Amy Pond met River, she eventually asked if River and the Doctor were married.
** The [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] and Romana in the classic series. True for [[TheNthDoctor both of her]], as Romana I's book-smart personality clashed with the Doctor's street-wise nature and Romana II...well...[[RomanceOnTheSet yeah]].
** The [[Creator/DavidTennant Tenth Doctor]] and Donna Noble. There had to be a reason why everyone kept mistaking them for married. It's ironic since Donna is the only long-term female companion in New Who who ''isn't'' hot for the Doctor.
** The Sixth Doctor and Peri seemed to do this a lot. Every episode with them has them exchanging insults and arguing about the stupidest things.
** And now added onto the list of girls who argue provocatively with the Doctor, [[RoboShip we have the old girl herself]], in "The Doctor's Wife".
--->'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' You are ''not'' my mother!\\
'''[[spoiler:TARDIS]]-Idris:''' And ''you'' are not my child!
** "[[DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion]]" gives us Kraal MadScientist Styggron and his colleague Chedaki, who do ''nothing'' but snark and snip at one another throughout the story.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' seemed to have an old married threesome:
** Kirk and [=McCoy=].
** The BelligerentSexualTension between [[HoYay McCoy and Spock]].
** Kirk and Spock would be the most obvious example, especially in the movies.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho''
In the new ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', Steve and Danny have this in spades. They spend nearly every minute of screentime bickering and it has been lampshaded by other characters several times. ("How long have you two been married?"/"Are you talking to your wife?") They even managed to bicker while confronting a serial killer who had a hostage on a clifftop (though the argument is partially staged as a ploy to distract the criminal).
-->'''Danny:''' ''[talking to the criminal]'' Listen to me. I know whatís it like to have someone you love walk away from you.\\
'''Steve:''' ''[to Danny]'' What are you doing?\\
'''Danny:''' What?\\
'''Steve:''' What are you doing? The guyís clearly a psychopath; youíre trying to make friends with him? Youíre trying to connect?\\
'''Danny:''' Heís standing right here in front of us!\\
'''Steve:''' Danny youíre a cop, not a therapist.\\
'''Danny:''' Hey, hey, I've been trained for this kind of thing, okay!\\
'''Steve:''' What, to bore people into submission?\\
'''Danny:''' ''[to the criminal]'' Donít listen to him, okay? His idea of communication is he drops a witty one-liner and shoots you in the face!\\
'''Steve:''' You know what? Maybe I should just shoot this guy, so he doesn't have to listen to you talk!
** Also notable is the "Sexy Eyes" [[FanNickname cargument]]:
--->''[Steve turns on the radio; "Sexy Eyes" is playing]''\\
''[[[{{beat}} pause]], in which Danny's face is a CMOF all on its own]''\\
'''Danny:''' Are you serious?\\
'''Steve:''' What?\\
'''Danny:''' Youíre not going to change this?\\
'''Steve:''' What's wrong with this?\\
'''Danny:''' You're going to leave this; youíre not going to do something about this?\\
'''Steve:''' It's okay.\\
'''Danny:''' It's okay?! Alright, listen. I know you have been trained to endure torture, okay, but this is unbearable! This is not right. Songs this bad make stable people wanna kill other people, understand?\\
''[Danny turns the radio off]''\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Steve:''' I think it's kind of catchy... ''[turns it back on]''
** In the season four episode "Forest "Kupu'eu", Danny tries to start an argument with Joe White about the shocks on his car (the two are traveling down a dirt road at the time). Joe invokes the trope by name while asking if that's all Danny and Steve do in the car.
** In the season five premiere, Steve and Danny [[http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/video/1_k03DWc_0x3QcNdKes0NouV3AOaISoG/hawaii-five-0-issues/ go to therapy]]. It was ''technically'' part
of the Dead", mandatory psych evaluation, but it ends up looking more like marriage counseling.
* Dr. House and and his [[HeterosexualLifePartners bromantic best friend]] Dr. Wilson in ''Series/{{House}}''. They even live together for the better part of season 6 and for a few episodes in season 2.
-->'''House''': Please have an answer to this question: what's for dinner?\\
'''Wilson''': You STILL haven't done the dishes?!
* Lily and Marshall in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. In
one of several arguments between episode, where the Doctor couple remains in the bathroom after their friend Ted and River Song is interrupted by a character remarking girlfriend Victoria don't realize they are home after staving of their anniversary vacation, Lily says that they're "squabbling her and Marshall seem like an old married couple". [[spoiler:Naturally, ''they are'', in fact, married]].
** The like-an-old-married-couple-factor is taken to
couple...
-->'''Lily:''' ''And we're not even married yet!''
* ''Series/ICarly'': Freddie and Carly act like this, but more
the next level in "The Big Bang". [[spoiler:When the Doctor saves River from a constant time-loop, he teleports into the TARDIS "familiar and saves her life that way]]. The following dialogue occurs:
--->'''The [[Creator/MattSmith Eleventh Doctor]]:''' Honey, I'm home!\\
'''River:''' And what sort of time do you call this?
** "The Pandorica Opens":
--->'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' You graffitied the oldest cliff face in the universe!\\
'''River:''' ''You'' wouldn't answer your ''phone''!
** The first time Amy Pond met River, she eventually asked if River and the Doctor were married.
** The [[Creator/TomBaker Fourth Doctor]] and Romana in the classic series. True for [[TheNthDoctor both of her]], as Romana I's book-smart personality clashed
comfortable with one another" side than the Doctor's street-wise nature and Romana II...well...[[RomanceOnTheSet yeah]].
**
bickering one.
* ''Series/InspectorLynley'':
The [[Creator/DavidTennant Tenth Doctor]] and Donna Noble. There had to be a reason why everyone kept mistaking them for married. It's ironic since Donna is the only long-term female companion in New Who who ''isn't'' hot for the Doctor.
** The Sixth Doctor and Peri seemed to do this a lot. Every episode with them has them exchanging insults and arguing about the stupidest things.
** And now added onto the list of girls who argue provocatively with the Doctor, [[RoboShip we have the old girl herself]], in "The Doctor's Wife".
--->'''The Eleventh Doctor:''' You are ''not'' my mother!\\
'''[[spoiler:TARDIS]]-Idris:''' And ''you'' are not my child!
** "[[DoctorWhoS13E4TheAndroidInvasion The Android Invasion]]" gives us Kraal MadScientist Styggron
eponymous Inspector Lynley and his colleague Chedaki, who do ''nothing'' but snark partner Sergeant Barbara Havers, at least once they've got comfortable with each other. By the end of the program, they practically ''are'' married--it's just not sexual. [[UnresolvedSexualTension Yet]].
* In ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'', roommates Mac
and snip at one another throughout the story.
Dennis are described this way InUniverse.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' seemed ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': The hitman pair of Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench. Their actors were specifically told to have interact like an old married threesome:
** Kirk
couple, and [=McCoy=].
** The BelligerentSexualTension
the arguments witnessed between [[HoYay McCoy and Spock]].
** Kirk and Spock would be the most
them (coupled with their obvious example, especially in the movies.ease around each other) certainly give off that impression.



* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "Happy Birthday, Baby", Lane witnesses one of Rory and Jess's arguments and even says as much. Jess is noticeably pleased.
-->'''Jess:''' Hey.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey.\\
'''Jess:''' I got the video for tonight.\\
'''Rory:''' Whatíd you get?\\
'''Jess:''' ''Film/AlmostFamous''.\\
'''Rory:''' No, not again.\\
'''Jess:''' I canít help it, Iím addicted.\\
'''Rory:''' Fine, but if Iím going to spend two hours sitting there watching Kate Hudson commit suicide again, then we are ordering Indian food.\\
'''Jess:''' Oh, come on.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey, last night when we watched ''Film/EdWood'', we got burgers like you wanted to.\\
'''Jess:''' Okay, fine--tonight, Indian food, but tomorrow, ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and Thai food.\\
'''Lane:''' Thatís so cute. Youíre like a really sweet old agoraphobic couple.\\
'''Jess:''' Thank you very much.
** Ironically, Jess's uncle Luke and Rory's mother Lorelai have the same dynamic, much to the amusement of the other characters.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Blaine and Kurt, who, in their own words, are "like a fabulous old married couple".
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' had an episode in which Tim and Bill bickered about dinner in this fashion, complete with snarky hissing and turning their backs on one another. Context: Tim was giving a gourmet meal to a guinea pig. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It Makes Sense In...uh...]]further...[[BuffySpeak contexty...things...]])
-->'''Tim:''' ...Ruddy 'ell!\\
'''Bill:''' ''Surely'' you're not resentful toward a little kindness for one of our dumb friends?\\
'''Tim:''' The only dumb friend I've got is you!\\
'''Bill:''' Well, ''thank'' you, after I make supper for you--\\
'''Tim:''' Look, we can hardly afford to feed ourselves, and you start giving four-course meals to ''flaming guinea pigs''!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns his back]'' Temper, temper...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, since when have we eaten that well!\\
'''Bill:''' Since when indeed, yes...what did we get last time ''you'' cooked supper, eh? ''[Tim turns his back as well] A bowl of corn flakes!'' Yes, and [[LethalChef they were burnt]]...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, better than your soggy lettuce and potato peelings...\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns back around, snapping]'' On the money you give me, you're very lucky to get anything at all, I can tell you! ''[turning his back, hands on hips]'' Oh, I've a good urge to go back to mother's...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, go.\\
'''Bill:''' I shall.\\
'''Graeme:''' ''Now listen!''\\
'''Bill and Tim:''' ''AND YOU KEEP OUT OF THIS!''\\
'''Graeme:''' Tim, you are being very, very silly!\\
'''Tim:''' Oh, you always take sides with ''him'', don't you...
* ''Series/RoyalPains'' has Divya and Evan set up on a "kiss and make up date" by Hank.
-->'''Divya:''' Here's an idea--let's have dinner, but absolutely no conversation.\\
'''Evan''': Yeah, like we're married.
* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'':
** Shawn and Gus. Fangirls ''will'' tell you, "THEY ARE SO MARRIED!!!" Though, they are legally domestic partners.
** Shawn and Lassiter.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' seemed to have an old married threesome:
** Kirk and [=McCoy=].
** The BelligerentSexualTension between [[HoYay McCoy and Spock]].
** Kirk and Spock would be the most obvious example, especially in the movies.



* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred to as a married couple, both by their teammates and by various guest characters.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Freddie and Carly act like this, but more the "familiar and comfortable with one another" side than the bickering one.

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* [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam A ''Series/LawAndOrder''[=/=]''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' crossover has one of the Baltimore detectives theorizing that Briscoe and Callen]] from ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'' are frequently referred Munch were "married in a former life."
* In ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank and Olga needed
to infiltrate a cult holed up in a country house. Their superiors suggest they go in as husband and wife. Some arguments ensue, and we get...
-->"Sounds married to me"
* John and Sherlock of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fit this trope perfectly. Their constant bickering over silly things, like whose turn it is to buy the milk and where Sherlock puts his experiments, comes off very much like
a married couple, both by couple--especially because they're flatmates, partners-in-crime-solving ''and'' HeterosexualLifePartners. It's one of the reasons they're constantly MistakenForGay. Mrs. Hudson even refers to one of their teammates quarrels as "a little domestic."
* The titular Series/SiskelAndEbert.
** While not nearly as often, there were a few times where Ebert
and by various guest characters.
* ''Series/ICarly'': Freddie and Carly act
Richard Roeper had this (though the generational gap made it seem more like this, but more the "familiar and comfortable a father/son disagreement). Also happened a few times after Roger left with one another" side than the Roeper and Michael Phillips.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Sheppard and Weir. Their
bickering one.about intergalactic space vampires and a mythological city comes across like arguing about washing-up duty.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Sheppard and Weir. Their bickering about intergalactic space vampires and a mythological city comes across like arguing about washing-up duty.
* ''Series/SiskelAndEbert''
** While not nearly as often, there were a few times where Ebert and Richard Roeper had this (though the generational gap made it seem more like a father/son disagreement). Also happened a few times after Roger left with Roeper and Michael Phillips.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully are frequently like this. In the beginning, it was bickering over scientific versus paranormal, but after awhile it was just... married couple bickering. They are often mistaken for a married couple by non-recurring characters. And to put this in perspective, Mulder's nickname at the FBI is "Spooky". Scully's? "Mrs. Spooky".
** From "Syzygy":
--->'''Mulder:''' Eh, Scully, if I'm not mistaken, we're gonna be taking a left up here. Eh, there's an intersection up here, you're gonna wanna...Scully! You're gonna, wanna...you just ran a stop sign back there, Scully.\\
'''Scully:''' Shut up, Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Sure, fine, whatever.
** Nowhere does it get more obvious than the season 6 episode "Arcadia", in which they go [[UndercoverAsLovers undercover as a married couple]]. The FridgeBrilliance of that episode is that it wasn't originally an X-File, it was simply a missing-persons case in a creepy neighborhood. Which means out of all the male/female FBI pairs, whoever headed this case felt that ''Mulder and Scully'' would be most believable as a married couple.
** From "Bad Blood": Mulder and Scully are waiting for a meeting and both are very nervous and anxious because Mulder stuck a stake through a teenager's chest, and the Bureau might face a major law suit and obviously he might end up in prison. Scully tries to adjust Mulder's tie and he just angrily pushes her hands away. She then pesters him to keep reminding their supervisor that he was drugged, which he refuses, convinced that he has killed a vampire. When AD Skinner appears, the very first thing Mulder very eagerly says? "I was drugged!"
** The conversation from the end of season eight's "[[Recap/TheXFilesS08E19Alone Alone]]" is a great example too:
--->'''Scully:''' Well, first of all, it was never actually proven that it was a spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' It wasn't?\\
'''Scully:''' Well, no, what happened, was that we fell off of something--\\
'''Mulder:''' Something?\\
'''Scully:''' --that rose out of the ice.\\
'''Mulder:''' And what do you think that was?\\
'''Scully:''' Well, I don't know what it was, but we never, we didn't actually ''see'' a spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' I can't believe you're saying it wasn't a spaceship.\\
'''Scully:''' No, I mean, it ''could've'' been a spaceship, Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Of course it was a spaceship.\\
'''Scully:''' But we don't ''know'' that it was, you don't have a picture of it or anything.\\
'''Mulder:''' You know it was a spaceship, you saw it.\\
'''Scully:''' No, no, remember, I was unconscious, and when I woke up, there was no spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' I saw a spaceship.\\

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Sheppard and Weir. Their bickering about intergalactic space vampires and a mythological city comes across Series/StarskyAndHutch tend to bicker like arguing about washing-up duty.
* ''Series/SiskelAndEbert''
** While not nearly as often, there were a few times where Ebert and Richard Roeper had
this (though the generational gap made it seem more like a father/son disagreement). Also happened a few times after Roger left with Roeper and Michael Phillips.
* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully are frequently like this. In the beginning, it was bickering over scientific versus paranormal, but after awhile it was just... married couple bickering. They are often mistaken for a married couple by non-recurring characters. And to put this in perspective, Mulder's nickname at the FBI is "Spooky". Scully's? "Mrs. Spooky".
** From "Syzygy":
--->'''Mulder:''' Eh, Scully, if I'm not mistaken, we're gonna be taking a left up here. Eh, there's an intersection up here, you're gonna wanna...Scully! You're gonna, wanna...you just ran a stop sign back there, Scully.\\
'''Scully:''' Shut up, Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Sure, fine, whatever.
** Nowhere does it get more obvious than the season 6 episode "Arcadia", in which they go [[UndercoverAsLovers undercover as a married couple]]. The FridgeBrilliance of that episode is that it wasn't originally an X-File, it was simply a missing-persons case in a creepy neighborhood. Which means out of all the male/female FBI pairs, whoever headed this case felt that ''Mulder and Scully'' would be most believable as a married couple.
** From "Bad Blood": Mulder and Scully are waiting for a meeting and both are very nervous and anxious because Mulder stuck a stake through a teenager's chest, and the Bureau might face a major law suit and obviously he might end up in prison. Scully tries to adjust Mulder's tie and he just angrily pushes her hands away. She then pesters him to keep reminding their supervisor that he was drugged, which he refuses, convinced that he has killed a vampire. When AD Skinner appears, the very first thing Mulder very eagerly says? "I was drugged!"
** The conversation from the end of season eight's "[[Recap/TheXFilesS08E19Alone Alone]]" is a great example too:
--->'''Scully:''' Well, first of all, it was never actually proven that it was a spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' It wasn't?\\
'''Scully:''' Well, no, what happened, was that we fell off of something--\\
'''Mulder:''' Something?\\
'''Scully:''' --that rose out of the ice.\\
'''Mulder:''' And what do you think that was?\\
'''Scully:''' Well, I don't know what it was, but we never, we didn't actually ''see'' a spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' I can't believe you're saying it wasn't a spaceship.\\
'''Scully:''' No, I mean, it ''could've'' been a spaceship, Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Of course it was a spaceship.\\
'''Scully:''' But we don't ''know'' that it was, you don't have a picture of it or anything.\\
'''Mulder:''' You know it was a spaceship, you saw it.\\
'''Scully:''' No, no, remember, I was unconscious, and when I woke up, there was no spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' I saw a spaceship.\\
lot.



* ''Series/{{Psych}}''
** Shawn and Gus. Fangirls ''will'' tell you, "THEY ARE SO MARRIED!!!" Though, they are legally domestic partners.
** Shawn and Lassiter.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'':
** Raj and Howard are called out on this multiple times, most notably by Leonard's incredibly blunt scientist mother who asserts that Raj is afraid of women and Howard has unresolved Oedipal issues, so it's not surprising they've formed "an ersatz homosexual marriage."
** When Leonard wanted time alone [[LongDistanceRelationship to Skype]] with his girlfriend, Sheldon patiently waited at Penny's apartment. They were both doing their own things, reading on the couch and chair and Penny mentioned how it feels like they are an old married couple (they are friends but no one can annoy each other the way the other can). They get into a mock fight where Sheldon demanded she get a treat, Penny asked for a divorce and Sheldon said to get the treat on the way to the lawyers office. They both briefly laugh over their "argument."
** Leonard and Penny tried to hang out as merely friends and found that they had a lot of [[{{UST}} unresolved issues]] between them that caused them to argue. It really surfaced when they went to a bar and both of them tried to chat up other people, leading to embarassing secrets being discussed openly.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'': Will invoked this about his bickering with Jazz. Jazz's response, naturally, "Oh, now I'm 'old'?!"
* ''Series/TheGoodies'' had an episode in which Tim and Bill bickered about dinner in this fashion, complete with snarky hissing and turning their backs on one another. Context: Tim was giving a gourmet meal to a guinea pig. ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It Makes Sense In...uh...]]further...[[BuffySpeak contexty...things...]])
-->'''Tim:''' ...Ruddy 'ell!\\
'''Bill:''' ''Surely'' you're not resentful toward a little kindness for one of our dumb friends?\\
'''Tim:''' The only dumb friend I've got is you!\\
'''Bill:''' Well, ''thank'' you, after I make supper for you--\\
'''Tim:''' Look, we can hardly afford to feed ourselves, and you start giving four-course meals to ''flaming guinea pigs''!\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns his back]'' Temper, temper...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, since when have we eaten that well!\\
'''Bill:''' Since when indeed, yes...what did we get last time ''you'' cooked supper, eh? ''[Tim turns his back as well] A bowl of corn flakes!'' Yes, and [[LethalChef they were burnt]]...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, better than your soggy lettuce and potato peelings...\\
'''Bill:''' ''[turns back around, snapping]'' On the money you give me, you're very lucky to get anything at all, I can tell you! ''[turning his back, hands on hips]'' Oh, I've a good urge to go back to mother's...\\
'''Tim:''' Well, go.\\
'''Bill:''' I shall.\\
'''Graeme:''' ''Now listen!''\\
'''Bill and Tim:''' ''AND YOU KEEP OUT OF THIS!''\\
'''Graeme:''' Tim, you are being very, very silly!\\
'''Tim:''' Oh, you always take sides with ''him'', don't you...
* ''Series/RoyalPains'' has Divya and Evan set up on a "kiss and make up date" by Hank.
-->'''Divya:''' Here's an idea--let's have dinner, but absolutely no conversation.\\
'''Evan''': Yeah, like we're married.
* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': The hitman pair of Mr. Numbers and Mr. Wrench. Their actors were specifically told to interact like an old married couple, and the arguments witnessed between them (coupled with their obvious ease around each other) certainly give off that impression.
* Series/{{Bones}} and Booth argue about everything, but [[EveryoneCanSeeIt no one doubts that they love each other]].
** They are aware of it, too; they're just terrible at timing. Booth first confesses his feelings at the end of Season 5, but Bones isn't ready. This causes them to break up the team and leave (Bones to a dig, and Booth to Afghanistan). After 7 months, they come back, but Booth has already found someone else. Then Bones has a revelation and realizes she missed her one chance with Booth. Then Booth has a bad break-up with his girlfriend, but warns Bones that his heart was broken one too many times, and they can only stay friends and colleagues, nothing more. Then they had sex and now they're having a baby.
* In the ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' episode "Happy Birthday, Baby", Lane witnesses one of Rory and Jess's arguments and even says as much. Jess is noticeably pleased.
-->'''Jess:''' Hey.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey.\\
'''Jess:''' I got the video for tonight.\\
'''Rory:''' Whatíd you get?\\
'''Jess:''' ''Film/AlmostFamous''.\\
'''Rory:''' No, not again.\\
'''Jess:''' I canít help it, Iím addicted.\\
'''Rory:''' Fine, but if Iím going to spend two hours sitting there watching Kate Hudson commit suicide again, then we are ordering Indian food.\\
'''Jess:''' Oh, come on.\\
'''Rory:''' Hey, last night when we watched ''Film/EdWood'', we got burgers like you wanted to.\\
'''Jess:''' Okay, fine--tonight, Indian food, but tomorrow, ''Film/SaturdayNightFever'' and Thai food.\\
'''Lane:''' Thatís so cute. Youíre like a really sweet old agoraphobic couple.\\
'''Jess:''' Thank you very much.
** Ironically, Jess's uncle Luke and Rory's mother Lorelai have the same dynamic, much to the amusement of the other characters.
* During the ''Series/AshesToAshes'' GrandFinale, Shaz mentions that she's amazed that Chris and Ray never tied the knot.



* It has been noted [[EveryoneCanSeeIt by several observers]] that the frequently-bickering-yet-[[{{UST}} intensely-close friendship]] that ''Series/{{Castle}}'''s Richard Castle and Detective Kate Beckett have become embroiled in is like, well, they're already married (or at least in a relationship). In one notable example, a suggestion that they brainstorm from the perspective of a married couple ended up with the two of them arguing like a married couple about ''being'' a married couple.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Lifelong best friends [[{{HeterosexualLifePartners}} Scott and Stiles]]. They're completely comfortable sharing personal space, banter constantly about anything and everything, have an open dialogue most real couples would envy, casually discuss their sex lives and admit they can't imagine living without each other.
* In ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank and Olga needed to infiltrate a cult holed up in a country house. Their superiors suggest they go in as husband and wife. Some arguments ensue, and we get...
-->"Sounds married to me"

to:

* It has been noted [[EveryoneCanSeeIt by several observers]] that During the frequently-bickering-yet-[[{{UST}} intensely-close friendship]] that ''Series/{{Castle}}'''s Richard Castle RashomonStyle episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Bobby calls Sam and Detective Kate Beckett have become embroiled Dean out on this as they try to paint each other in is like, well, they're already the worst possible light. They don't really try to deny it:
-->'''Dean:''' No, see,
married (or at least couples can get divorced. Me and him? We're like, uh, Siamese twins.\\
'''Sam:''' It's ''conjoined'' twins!\\
'''Dean:''' See what I mean?
** Called out again
in a relationship). In one notable example, a suggestion that they brainstorm from the perspective of episode "Pac-Man Fever":
-->'''Dean:''' Sounds like something you should read about. In
a book. At home.
-->'''Sam:''' I'm not leaving until we find out whatever is doing this.\\
'''Dean:''' Whatever. ''[stalks off]''\\
'''Charlie:''' You guys fight like an old
married couple ended up with the two of them arguing like a married couple about ''being'' a married couple.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Lifelong best friends [[{{HeterosexualLifePartners}} Scott and Stiles]]. They're completely comfortable sharing personal space, banter constantly about anything and everything, have an open dialogue most real couples would envy, casually discuss their sex lives and admit they can't imagine living without each other.
* In ''Series/SevenDays'', Frank and Olga needed to infiltrate a cult holed up in a country house. Their superiors suggest they go in as husband and wife. Some arguments ensue, and we get...
-->"Sounds married to me"
couple.



* A ''Series/LawAndOrder''/''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' crossover has one of the Baltimore detectives theorizing that Briscoe and Munch were "married in a former life."
* In the new ''Series/HawaiiFive0'', Steve and Danny have this in spades. They spend nearly every minute of screentime bickering and it has been lampshaded by other characters several times. ("How long have you two been married?"/"Are you talking to your wife?") They even managed to bicker while confronting a serial killer who had a hostage on a clifftop (though the argument is partially staged as a ploy to distract the criminal).
-->'''Danny:''' ''[talking to the criminal]'' Listen to me. I know whatís it like to have someone you love walk away from you.\\
'''Steve:''' ''[to Danny]'' What are you doing?\\
'''Danny:''' What?\\
'''Steve:''' What are you doing? The guyís clearly a psychopath; youíre trying to make friends with him? Youíre trying to connect?\\
'''Danny:''' Heís standing right here in front of us!\\
'''Steve:''' Danny youíre a cop, not a therapist.\\
'''Danny:''' Hey, hey, I've been trained for this kind of thing, okay!\\
'''Steve:''' What, to bore people into submission?\\
'''Danny:''' ''[to the criminal]'' Donít listen to him, okay? His idea of communication is he drops a witty one-liner and shoots you in the face!\\
'''Steve:''' You know what? Maybe I should just shoot this guy, so he doesn't have to listen to you talk!
** Also notable is the "Sexy Eyes" [[FanNickname cargument]]:
--->''[Steve turns on the radio; "Sexy Eyes" is playing]''\\
''[[[{{beat}} pause]], in which Danny's face is a CMOF all on its own]''\\
'''Danny:''' Are you serious?\\
'''Steve:''' What?\\
'''Danny:''' Youíre not going to change this?\\
'''Steve:''' What's wrong with this?\\
'''Danny:''' You're going to leave this; youíre not going to do something about this?\\
'''Steve:''' It's okay.\\
'''Danny:''' It's okay?! Alright, listen. I know you have been trained to endure torture, okay, but this is unbearable! This is not right. Songs this bad make stable people wanna kill other people, understand?\\
''[Danny turns the radio off]''\\
''[{{beat}}]''\\
'''Steve:''' I think it's kind of catchy... ''[turns it back on]''
** In the season four episode "Kupu'eu", Danny tries to start an argument with Joe White about the shocks on his car (the two are traveling down a dirt road at the time). Joe invokes the trope by name while asking if that's all Danny and Steve do in the car.
** In the season five premiere, Steve and Danny [[http://www.cbs.com/shows/hawaii_five_0/video/1_k03DWc_0x3QcNdKes0NouV3AOaISoG/hawaii-five-0-issues/ go to therapy]]. It was ''technically'' part of the mandatory psych evaluation, but it ends up looking more like marriage counseling.
* ''Series/InspectorLynley'': The eponymous Inspector Lynley and his partner Sergeant Barbara Havers, at least once they've got comfortable with each other. By the end of the program, they practically ''are'' married--it's just not sexual. [[UnresolvedSexualTension Yet]].
* John and Sherlock of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' fit this trope perfectly. Their constant bickering over silly things, like whose turn it is to buy the milk and where Sherlock puts his experiments, comes off very much like a married couple--especially because they're flatmates, partners-in-crime-solving ''and'' HeterosexualLifePartners. It's one of the reasons they're constantly MistakenForGay. Mrs. Hudson even refers to one of their quarrels as "a little domestic."
* Series/StarskyAndHutch tend to bicker like this a lot.
* During the RashomonStyle episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', Bobby calls Sam and Dean out on this as they try to paint each other in the worst possible light. They don't really try to deny it:
-->'''Dean:''' No, see, married couples can get divorced. Me and him? We're like, uh, Siamese twins.\\
'''Sam:''' It's ''conjoined'' twins!\\
'''Dean:''' See what I mean?
** Called out again in the episode "Pac-Man Fever":
-->'''Dean:''' Sounds like something you should read about. In a book. At home.
-->'''Sam:''' I'm not leaving until we find out whatever is doing this.\\
'''Dean:''' Whatever. ''[stalks off]''\\
'''Charlie:''' You guys fight like an old married couple.
* Josh and Donna on ''Series/TheWestWing''. At one point they spend an entire episode arguing over whether their anniversary is in February or in April (the anniversary of when she came to work for him, that is).
** POTUS and Leo also act like this on occasion. (Both actors admitted to this in interviews, but each claimed that the other was the wife.)
--->'''Bartlet:''' Honey, if we're gonna have this fight, can we not do it in front of the Joint Chiefs? It just scares the hell out of them.
* Parodied on a 1997 episode of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' where, in the final segment, host Pat Sajak and hostess Vanna White are at a table, respectively reading a newspaper and knitting. They both joke that people often interpret them as a married couple (even though in RealLife, both are happily married to different people), with Pat nodding and bluntly finishing all of Vanna's sentences.
* ''Series/CovertAffairs'': Annie and Auggie, definitely. It's lampshaded in the season 2 episode "Half a World Away". Auggie is in Turkey, not answering his phone, and Annie is getting ''very'' worried [[spoiler:with ''good reason'']]. Cue the random stewardess Auggie is with at the time getting an unexpected phone call:
-->'''Annie:''' ''[annoyed tone of voice]'' Hi, can I talk to Auggie, please?
-->'''Franka:''' It's for you. I think it's your wife. She sounds rather upset...



* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Blaine and Kurt, who, in their own words, are "like a fabulous old married couple".
* Partners Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay on ''{{Series/Chicago PD}}'', and they've only been working together for a relatively short time. She never lets him drive and he complains that he feels like a house husband, he beats up a guy who catcalls and rudely flirts with her, and they argue a lot, especially about Erin's father figure (and their boss) Voight. Heck, they even argue about their maybe-not-so-professional relationship.
-->'''Jay:''' Did you see the look on his face?
-->'''Erin:''' Yeah. So?
-->'''Jay:''' So?
-->'''Erin:''' We haven't done anything.
-->'''Jay:''' Don't I know it.
-->'''Erin:''' Would you just spit out whatever fit is that you're trying to spit out?
-->'''Jay:''' Okay. Maybe this last month I don't wanna be the guy you use to get a rise out of your father figure.
-->'''Erin:''' You wish I was using you.
-->'''Jay:''' Oh, I'm serious. You have issues, you need to work them out. Work them out without me.
-->'''Erin:''' I repeat, we haven't done anything. And if you wanna keep it that way--
-->'''Jay:''' Hey, that'd be great.
-->'''Erin:''' ''[annoyed]'' All right, perfect.
-->'''Jay:''' Fantastic.
-->'''Erin:''' You done?
-->'''Jay:''' I was done long before this conversation started.
-->'''Erin:''' Really? Then shut up.
** and then later on...
-->'''Erin:''' Dinner at The Purple Pig? It's got the dump.
-->'''Jay:''' Those things suck.
-->'''Erin:''' I don't think so.
-->'''Jay:''' Besides, you just told me to shut up and that we're done.
-->'''Erin:''' No, you told me we were done. But a girl's gotta eat.
-->'''Jay:''' ''[annoyed]'' Now you're hungry.
* Lucien and Jean in ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries'' are mistaken for husband and wife on several occasions. They don't always bother to correct this.
* Detectives Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' fulfill the ''constantly-bickering-yet-have-{{UST}}'' part of the trope, but it's also reinforced in more subtle ways. In particular, both frequently give off the vibe of having spent so much time together and gotten to know each other so well that they've picked up on all sorts of weird little bits of trivia and character tics about the other apparently without even realizing it; Peralta, for example, knows all about Santiago's "special routine" for brushing her teeth, while Santiago is aware that Peralta's grandmother called him "pineapples". In one episode, they pretend to be a bickering couple to get the drop on a couple of crooks, leading to this exchange when they finally drop the act:
-->'''Peralta:''' ''[To Santiago]'' Nice work.\\
'''Santiago:''' Thanks. You too.\\
'''Crook:''' I'm sad y'all arrestin' me... but I gotta say, I'm glad you're back together.

to:

* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has Blaine Josh and Kurt, who, in Donna on ''Series/TheWestWing''. At one point they spend an entire episode arguing over whether their own words, anniversary is in February or in April (the anniversary of when she came to work for him, that is).
** POTUS and Leo also act like this on occasion. (Both actors admitted to this in interviews, but each claimed that the other was the wife.)
--->'''Bartlet:''' Honey, if we're gonna have this fight, can we not do it in front of the Joint Chiefs? It just scares the hell out of them.
* Parodied on a 1997 episode of ''Series/WheelOfFortune'' where, in the final segment, host Pat Sajak and hostess Vanna White
are "like at a fabulous old table, respectively reading a newspaper and knitting. They both joke that people often interpret them as a married couple".
* Partners Jay Halstead and Erin Lindsay on ''{{Series/Chicago PD}}'', and they've only been working together for a relatively short time. She never lets him drive and he complains that he feels like a house husband, he beats up a guy who catcalls and rudely flirts
couple (even though in RealLife, both are happily married to different people), with her, Pat nodding and they argue a lot, especially bluntly finishing all of Vanna's sentences.
* ''Series/TeenWolf'': Lifelong best friends [[{{HeterosexualLifePartners}} Scott and Stiles]]. They're completely comfortable sharing personal space, banter constantly
about Erin's father figure (and anything and everything, have an open dialogue most real couples would envy, casually discuss their boss) Voight. Heck, sex lives and admit they even argue about their maybe-not-so-professional relationship.can't imagine living without each other.
-->'''Jay:''' Did you see * On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Mulder and Scully are frequently like this. In the look on his face?
-->'''Erin:''' Yeah. So?
-->'''Jay:''' So?
-->'''Erin:''' We haven't done anything.
-->'''Jay:''' Don't I know it.
-->'''Erin:''' Would you just spit out whatever fit is that you're trying to spit out?
-->'''Jay:''' Okay. Maybe this last month I don't wanna be the guy you use to get a rise out of your father figure.
-->'''Erin:''' You wish I
beginning, it was using you.
-->'''Jay:''' Oh, I'm serious. You have issues, you need to work them out. Work them out without me.
-->'''Erin:''' I repeat, we haven't done anything. And if you wanna keep
bickering over scientific versus paranormal, but after awhile it that way--
-->'''Jay:''' Hey, that'd be great.
-->'''Erin:''' ''[annoyed]'' All right, perfect.
-->'''Jay:''' Fantastic.
-->'''Erin:''' You done?
-->'''Jay:''' I
was done long before this conversation started.
-->'''Erin:''' Really? Then shut up.
** and then later on...
-->'''Erin:''' Dinner at The Purple Pig? It's got the dump.
-->'''Jay:''' Those things suck.
-->'''Erin:''' I don't think so.
-->'''Jay:''' Besides, you just told me to shut up and that we're done.
-->'''Erin:''' No, you told me we were done. But a girl's gotta eat.
-->'''Jay:''' ''[annoyed]'' Now you're hungry.
* Lucien and Jean in ''Series/TheDoctorBlakeMysteries''
just... married couple bickering. They are often mistaken for husband and wife on several occasions. They don't always bother to correct this.
* Detectives Jake Peralta and Amy Santiago in ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'' fulfill the ''constantly-bickering-yet-have-{{UST}}'' part of the trope, but it's also reinforced in more subtle ways. In particular, both frequently give off the vibe of having spent so much time together and gotten to know each other so well that they've picked up on all sorts of weird little bits of trivia and character tics about the other apparently without even realizing it; Peralta, for example, knows all about Santiago's "special routine" for brushing her teeth, while Santiago is aware that Peralta's grandmother called him "pineapples". In one episode, they pretend to be
a bickering married couple by non-recurring characters. And to get the drop on a couple of crooks, leading to put this exchange when they finally drop in perspective, Mulder's nickname at the act:
-->'''Peralta:''' ''[To Santiago]'' Nice work.
FBI is "Spooky". Scully's? "Mrs. Spooky".
** From "Syzygy":
--->'''Mulder:''' Eh, Scully, if I'm not mistaken, we're gonna be taking a left up here. Eh, there's an intersection up here, you're gonna wanna...Scully! You're gonna, wanna...you just ran a stop sign back there, Scully.
\\
'''Santiago:''' Thanks. You too.'''Scully:''' Shut up, Mulder.\\
'''Crook:''' I'm sad y'all arrestin' me... '''Mulder:''' Sure, fine, whatever.
** Nowhere does it get more obvious than the season 6 episode "Arcadia", in which they go [[UndercoverAsLovers undercover as a married couple]]. The FridgeBrilliance of that episode is that it wasn't originally an X-File, it was simply a missing-persons case in a creepy neighborhood. Which means out of all the male/female FBI pairs, whoever headed this case felt that ''Mulder and Scully'' would be most believable as a married couple.
** From "Bad Blood": Mulder and Scully are waiting for a meeting and both are very nervous and anxious because Mulder stuck a stake through a teenager's chest, and the Bureau might face a major law suit and obviously he might end up in prison. Scully tries to adjust Mulder's tie and he just angrily pushes her hands away. She then pesters him to keep reminding their supervisor that he was drugged, which he refuses, convinced that he has killed a vampire. When AD Skinner appears, the very first thing Mulder very eagerly says? "I was drugged!"
** The conversation from the end of season eight's "[[Recap/TheXFilesS08E19Alone Alone]]" is a great example too:
--->'''Scully:''' Well, first of all, it was never actually proven that it was a spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' It wasn't?\\
'''Scully:''' Well, no, what happened, was that we fell off of something--\\
'''Mulder:''' Something?\\
'''Scully:''' --that rose out of the ice.\\
'''Mulder:''' And what do you think that was?\\
'''Scully:''' Well, I don't know what it was,
but we never, we didn't actually ''see'' a spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:'''
I gotta say, I'm glad can't believe you're back together.saying it wasn't a spaceship.\\
'''Scully:''' No, I mean, it ''could've'' been a spaceship, Mulder.\\
'''Mulder:''' Of course it was a spaceship.\\
'''Scully:''' But we don't ''know'' that it was, you don't have a picture of it or anything.\\
'''Mulder:''' You know it was a spaceship, you saw it.\\
'''Scully:''' No, no, remember, I was unconscious, and when I woke up, there was no spaceship.\\
'''Mulder:''' I saw a spaceship.\\



* In the ''Franchise/AssassinsCreed'' series, Shaun and Rebecca are like this throughout each game they appear in.
* In ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', when going through the portals in the Lambda Complex, you can find a room with a male scientist, female scientist, and a guard.
-->'''Guard:''' You two argue like an old married couple.\\
'''Male scientist:''' We ''are'' an old married couple!\\
'''Female scientist:''' Who are you calling old!?
* Parodied by Etna in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' when Adell and Rozalin argue.
-->'''Etna:''' Ah, how cute! You two have one of ''[[BelligerentSexualTension those]]'' kind of relationships going...
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' feature a blacksmith shop run by Wade and Herren, both men. [[TalkerAndDoer One is the perfectionist craftsman, the other is the businessman exasperated by the other's insistence on perfectionism over making money.]] They very obviously argue like an old married couple. WordOfGod confirms [[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/9/index/1895300/1#1898481 that they are, indeed, an old married couple.]]
** Finn and Ariane, the temporary companions from the ''Origins'' DLC ''Witch Hunt'', manage to do this very well, despite having next to zero things in common (he is a prudish young human mage who had a very cloistered life in the Circle, she is a badass Elven hunter-warrior) and having only met each other recently.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', thereís a blink-and-youíll-miss-it moment with [[strike:Squall]] [[ThatManIsDead Leon]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]], in which the former ask the later if sheíll be okay by herself ([[RobotWar the whole town was currently in a crisis]]) while he goes out to retrieve something, and her only reply is to [[DeathGlare coldly stare]] at him, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny who decides to shut up and leave]].
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': when you talk to Kasumi on the ''Normandy'', she will mention that Joker and EDI are like an old married couple. [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend EDI claims that]] what they have is [[SpockSpeak "a platonic symbiosis rather than hormonally induced courtship behavior"]].
** The ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC has [[RunningGag frequent]] spats between Liara and Shepard throughout it, especially when Shepard DrivesLikeCrazy and Liara plays the BackseatDriver.
--->'''Liara''': You're enjoying this, aren't you?
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3:[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'' has Shepard do this with his/her other love interests.[[note]]Exact wording of the love interest's dialogue depends on the character.[[/note]]
-->'''Shepard:''' (''preparing to shoot a door open'') Stand back!\\
'''Love Interest:''' Wait. (''politely knocks on the window and asks'') Could you open the door for us?\\
(''door opens'')\\
'''Love Interest:''' Thank you.\\
'''Volus Skycar Manager:''' Please leave!\\
'''Love Interest:''' (''looks smug'')\\
'''Shepard:''' Well I could have done that.
* During the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[CoOpMultiplayer co-op]] {{speedrun}} [[http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda/b/304536039 at Awesome Games Done Quick 2012]], the other viewers joked that there was this kind of chemistry between romscout and [=ShadowWraith=].
** In the [[http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda/b/305374114 bonus]] [[http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda/b/305374119 stream]], Flicky and PJ had a similar dynamic when they played ''The Adventures of Cookie & Cream.''
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', because [[HoYay Edgeworth and Phoenix]] have finally hit that stage. Bobby Fullbright even points out that they're "close enough to argue." In their brief appearance in court together they don't so much argue over facts as quibble about interrupting each other:
-->'''Phoenix:''' (after Edgeworth withholds some info) Why didn't you just say so in the first place?
-->'''Edgeworth:''' You're the one who screamed "HOLD IT!" and cut me off!
** and, when Phoenix presents incorrect evidence:
-->'''Edgeworth:''' Hmph.
-->'''Phoenix:''' (Uh oh, I got the hmph treatment...)



* Parodied by Etna in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' when Adell and Rozalin argue.
-->'''Etna:''' Ah, how cute! You two have one of ''[[BelligerentSexualTension those]]'' kind of relationships going...
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'': when you talk to Kasumi on the ''Normandy'', she will mention that Joker and EDI are like an old married couple. [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend EDI claims that]] what they have is [[SpockSpeak "a platonic symbiosis rather than hormonally induced courtship behavior"]].
** The ''Lair of the Shadow Broker'' DLC has [[RunningGag frequent]] spats between Liara and Shepard throughout it, especially when Shepard DrivesLikeCrazy and Liara plays the BackseatDriver.
--->'''Liara''': You're enjoying this, aren't you?
** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3:[[{{DLC}} Citadel]]'' has Shepard do this with his/her other love interests.[[note]]Exact wording of the love interest's dialogue depends on the character.[[/note]]
-->'''Shepard:''' (''preparing to shoot a door open'') Stand back!\\
'''Love Interest:''' Wait. (''politely knocks on the window and asks'') Could you open the door for us?\\
(''door opens'')\\
'''Love Interest:''' Thank you.\\
'''Volus Skycar Manager:''' Please leave!\\
'''Love Interest:''' (''looks smug'')\\
'''Shepard:''' Well I could have done that.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' feature a blacksmith shop run by Wade and Herren, both men. [[TalkerAndDoer One is the perfectionist craftsman, the other is the businessman exasperated by the other's insistence on perfectionism over making money.]] They very obviously argue like an old married couple. WordOfGod confirms [[http://social.bioware.com/forum/1/topic/9/index/1895300/1#1898481 that they are, indeed, an old married couple.]]
** Finn and Ariane, the temporary companions from the ''Origins'' DLC ''Witch Hunt'', manage to do this very well, despite having next to zero things in common (he is a prudish young human mage who had a very cloistered life in the Circle, she is a badass Elven hunter-warrior) and having only met each other recently.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', thereís a blink-and-youíll-miss-it moment with [[strike:Squall]] [[ThatManIsDead Leon]] and [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Aerith]], in which the former ask the later if sheíll be okay by herself ([[RobotWar the whole town was currently in a crisis]]) while he goes out to retrieve something, and her only reply is to [[DeathGlare coldly stare]] at him, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny who decides to shut up and leave]].
* In ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'', when going through the portals in the Lambda Complex, you can find a room with a male scientist, female scientist, and a guard.
-->'''Guard:''' You two argue like an old married couple.\\
'''Male scientist:''' We ''are'' an old married couple!\\
'''Female scientist:''' Who are you calling old!?
* During the ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' [[CoOpMultiplayer co-op]] {{speedrun}} [[http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda/b/304536039 at Awesome Games Done Quick 2012]], the other viewers joked that there was this kind of chemistry between romscout and [=ShadowWraith=].
** In the [[http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda/b/305374114 bonus]] [[http://www.twitch.tv/speeddemosarchivesda/b/305374119 stream]], Flicky and PJ had a similar dynamic when they played ''The Adventures of Cookie & Cream.''
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', because [[HoYay Edgeworth and Phoenix]] have finally hit that stage. Bobby Fullbright even points out that they're "close enough to argue." In their brief appearance in court together they don't so much argue over facts as quibble about interrupting each other:
-->'''Phoenix:''' (after Edgeworth withholds some info) Why didn't you just say so in the first place?
-->'''Edgeworth:''' You're the one who screamed "HOLD IT!" and cut me off!
** and, when Phoenix presents incorrect evidence:
-->'''Edgeworth:''' Hmph.
-->'''Phoenix:''' (Uh oh, I got the hmph treatment...)
* In the ''[[Franchise/AssassinsCreed Assassin's Creed]]'' series, Shaun and Rebecca are like this throughout each game they appear in.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles''
-->'''Tucker:''' I'm still picking up the reds' transmissions from when we broadcast that Lopez song. There's a lot of chatter.\\
'''Church:''' Well, are you at least getting any useful information?\\
'''Tucker:''' Nah, it's just the same two guys bickering like an old married couple. I've only been listening for like five minutes and I can already tell they're really in love. Why can't they see it?
** Exhibit uh... 807:
--->'''Grif:''' Hey, what are you doing?\\
'''Simmons:''' What does it look like? I'm getting in the jeep.\\
'''Grif:''' What are we, on a date? Get in the back.\\
'''Simmons:''' Oh, you're so insecure.



* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue: The Blood Gulch Chronicles''
-->'''Tucker:''' I'm still picking up the reds' transmissions from when we broadcast that Lopez song. There's a lot of chatter.\\
'''Church:''' Well, are you at least getting any useful information?\\
'''Tucker:''' Nah, it's just the same two guys bickering like an old married couple. I've only been listening for like five minutes and I can already tell they're really in love. Why can't they see it?
** Exhibit uh... 807:
--->'''Grif:''' Hey, what are you doing?\\
'''Simmons:''' What does it look like? I'm getting in the jeep.\\
'''Grif:''' What are we, on a date? Get in the back.\\
'''Simmons:''' Oh, you're so insecure.



* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'':
** This is how Dorothy defines Billie and Walky's relationship. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-2/01-pajama-jeans/something/ Billie is not amused]].
** When Joe and Danny start bickering, Jacob [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/dan-it/ comments]] "You guys are a little married, huh."



* The Reaper and Bryony in [[http://catenamanor.com/?p=102 this]] ''Webcomic/{{Catena}}'' strip. Literal WordofGod.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' had it PlayedForLaughs with Moloch commenting on Violetta and Tarvek [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 here]]. With IronicEcho when Tarvek reflects it on Violetta and Moloch himself (she had some interest in him, though it's not clear how much reciprocated) [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110425 later]].



* The Reaper and Bryony in [[http://catenamanor.com/?p=102 this]] ''{{Catena}}'' strip. Literal WordofGod.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' had it PlayedForLaughs with Moloch commenting on Violetta and Tarvek [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 here]]. With IronicEcho when Tarvek reflects it on Violetta and Moloch himself (she had some interest in him, though it's not clear how much reciprocated) [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110425 later]].
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'':
** This is how Dorothy defines Billie and Walky's relationship. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-2/01-pajama-jeans/something/ Billie is not amused]].
** When Joe and Danny start bickering, Jacob [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/dan-it/ comments]] "You guys are a little married, huh."

to:

* The Reaper In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', this is what "cooperation" between Corrick and Bryony in [[http://catenamanor.com/?p=102 this]] ''{{Catena}}'' strip. Literal WordofGod.
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' had it PlayedForLaughs
Dom looks like, with Moloch commenting on Violetta Dom being the carefree one and Tarvek Corrick trying to play the part of a responsible adult.
* This is how Mary describes
[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 here]]. With IronicEcho when Tarvek reflects it on Violetta and Moloch himself (she had some interest in him, though it's not clear how much reciprocated) [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20110425 later]].
* ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'':
** This is how Dorothy defines
bringbackroomies.com/comic/no-reason/ Billie and Walky's relationship. [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2011/comic/book-2/01-pajama-jeans/something/ Danny arguing]] in ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'' (yes, same Billie is not amused]].
** When Joe and Danny start bickering, Jacob [[http://www.dumbingofage.com/2013/comic/book-3/03-answers-in-hennessy/dan-it/ comments]] "You guys
as [=DoA=], or at least an AU version). ''Neither'' of them are a little married, huh."amused.



* Anak Zahard's parents in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Sure, her [[RebelliousPrincess mother]] mourns the lack of luxury from her old days as Zahard's princess; sure, they fight a lot, but dammit, they are risking their lives to be together and he makes [[SeriousBusiness the best damn chicken pie of the whole Tower]], so they make it work.



* Anak Zahard's parents in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod''. Sure, her [[RebelliousPrincess mother]] mourns the lack of luxury from her old days as Zahard's princess; sure, they fight a lot, but dammit, they are risking their lives to be together and he makes [[SeriousBusiness the best damn chicken pie of the whole Tower]], so they make it work.
* This is how Mary describes [[http://www.bringbackroomies.com/comic/no-reason/ Billie and Danny arguing]] in ''Webcomic/{{Roomies}}'' (yes, same Billie as [=DoA=], or at least an AU version). ''Neither'' of them are amused.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Plume}}'', this is what "cooperation" between Corrick and Dom looks like, with Dom being the carefree one and Corrick trying to play the part of a responsible adult.
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* Another HoYay example has Doumeki and Watanuki of ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' behave like this around each other, much to the amusement of Yuuko (and [[YaoiFangirl the readers]]).



* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Sayaka were like this. Once while they are arguing -and fighting- in the background, Shiro is fortune-telling. He notes the cards tell his brother and Sayaka are destined to be together forever.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'': From the moment Jean and Nadia find Marie, they become an almost familial unit - with the two of them essentially acting as her guardians. Though Jean and Nadia's relationship takes time, between spats and [[NotWhatItLooksLike misunderstandings]], to where they become comfortable with each other.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji and Asuka. The above RunningGag about Nadia and Jean was [[ShoutOut parodied]] by Toji about them.
---> '''Toji:''' Uh oh, look out! The newlyweds are fighting!
** Shinji and Asuka ''double'' on this score in the LighterAndSofter manga spinoffs. There, Asuka's rage level and Shinji's ExtremeDoormat level are both turned down, so there's [[VitriolicBestBuds more arguing and more friendship]] at the same time. They're always together, care for each other deeply, and... never stop griping at each other. (Add to that Asuka crushing on Shinji, Shinji not noticing, and that being the cause of Asuka's more canon-Asuka-ish moments.) It's still Toji who jokes about it; he refers to them as "the newlyweds" more often than he actually uses their names.
** Ritsuko once said that Misato and Kaji act like a married couple
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': This observation is what gets Ranma and Akane engaged. Even their classmates notice.
-->"Ooo! A lovers' quarrel!"\\
"Practically married already."
* Bulma and Vegeta in ''Manga/DragonBall'' do this infrequently in some episodes and the movies too. It's pretty funny watching them snip at each other.
** Goku and Vegeta also get a good share of bickering in, mostly while exploring Buu's body in Z and during the battle against Omega Shenron in GT.

to:

* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji [[OneManArmy Levi]] and Sayaka were like this. Once while they are arguing -and fighting- in the background, Shiro is fortune-telling. He notes the cards tell his brother [[BrainyBrunette Hanji]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' seem to have this going on. They're implied to have known each other for quite some time and Sayaka are destined to be together forever.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'': From the moment Jean and Nadia find Marie, they become an
they're almost familial unit - always teasing one another. (Something most people would get roundhouse kicked for if they tried that with the two of them essentially acting as her guardians. Though Jean Levi.)
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Oh my god ''England
and Nadia's relationship takes time, between spats and [[NotWhatItLooksLike misunderstandings]], to where they become comfortable with each other.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji and Asuka. The above RunningGag
America'', whose arguments have warranted a comment from [[DepravedBisexual France]] about Nadia their {{UST}}... and Jean was [[ShoutOut parodied]] by Toji about them.
---> '''Toji:''' Uh oh, look out! The newlyweds are fighting!
** Shinji
their {{UST}}... and Asuka ''double'' on this score in the LighterAndSofter manga spinoffs. There, Asuka's rage level and Shinji's ExtremeDoormat level are both turned down, so their {{UST}}.
** And with that,
there's [[VitriolicBestBuds more arguing ''France and more friendship]] England'', who've known each other since the very beginning of time and probably have a thousand romance tropes under their belt.
* [[spoiler:After consummating their love for one another]] Guts and Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' begin acting like this toward one another throughout the entire Griffith rescue operation, with them both getting miffed and jealous toward one another, but are clearly seen being very caring and sentimental toward each other (with some SlapSlapKiss action in-between, especially from [[{{Tsundere}} Casca]]). Judeau and Pippin take this as a good thing and play it for the laughs. Griffith, judging from they way he is [[KubrickStare staring
at the same time. couple from underneath his helmet]] and seeing that [[spoiler:he had been through the hideous ordeal of being tortured for a year only to come back to see a change in authority, power, and affection between Guts, Casca, and himself]] [[GreenEyedMonster doesn't seem very pleased with this]]...
* [[HoYay Hotsuma and Shusei]] of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' are super harmonic and gentle with each other but they do bicker quite often and ''Luka'' (yes, that [[TheStoic Luka]]) calls them out on it at one point. [[BerserkButton
They're always together, care for each not amused.]]
* ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' (the dub, at least): Max and Rey describe Tyson and Kai this way. The amount of SlashFic those two inspired back in the day makes this about ten times funnier.
* Yuu and Nao from ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' are very much this trope, and it even gets [[LampshadeHanging discussed]] by Yusa and Joujirou at one point.
* Lelouch and C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' have a constant back and forth going on, usually involving C.C. stealing his credit cards to order ridiculous amounts of pizza among
other deeply, and... never stop griping at things. In addition, [[InnocentCohabitation they share Lelouch's room]], [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed possibly his bed]], and C.C. is constantly seen wearing his clothes.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Heiji and Kazuha. They are ChildhoodFriends who bicker with
each other. (Add other, but do love each other, even if they have a very hard time confessing to that Asuka crushing on Shinji, Shinji not noticing, and that being the cause of Asuka's more canon-Asuka-ish moments.) It's still Toji who jokes about it; he refers each other.
** The same goes
to them as "the newlyweds" more often than he actually uses their names.
** Ritsuko once said that Misato and Kaji act like
Shinichi in Ran; when [[spoiler:Conan was reverted to Shinichi for a married couple
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': This observation is what gets Ranma and Akane engaged. Even
day in ''Desperate Revival'',]] their classmates notice.
-->"Ooo! A lovers' quarrel!"\\
"Practically married already."
* Bulma and Vegeta in ''Manga/DragonBall'' do this infrequently in some episodes and the movies too. It's pretty funny watching
just referred to them snip at each other.
** Goku and Vegeta also get a good share of bickering in, mostly while exploring Buu's body in Z and during the battle against Omega Shenron in GT.
as married.



* Mentioned about Yusuke and Kuwabara in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Botan even has an ImagineSpot dedicated to it.
* Another HoYay example has Doumeki and Watanuki of ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' behave like this around each other, much to the amusement of Yuuko (and [[YaoiFangirl the readers]]).

to:

* Mentioned While Izaya and Namie's relationship in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' began with hostility, they maintained a working relationship because of their confidence in the other's skills. Soon, they're comfortable enough to hang out together outside work (e.g. Namie cooking dinner for Izaya, and having meals together). Even though their interactions consist of mostly trying to annoy one another in some way, they probably know each other better than anyone else.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Bulma and Vegeta do this infrequently in some episodes and the movies too. It's pretty funny watching them snip at each other.
** Goku and Vegeta also get a good share of bickering in, mostly while exploring Buu's body in ''[[Anime/DragonBallZ Z]]'' and during the battle against Omega Shenron in ''[[Anime/DragonBallGT GT]]''.
* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' has Haruka and Makoto. The latter is frequently seen taking care of Haru, saying exactly what he thinks and knowing just how to convince him of something. The occasional bickering, while quite mild, is also present. In recent episodes though their [[HeterosexualLifePartners relationship]] starts to show signs of slipping into [[HoYay other territories]].
* Kyo and Yuki are called out on this (word for word) by Shigure in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. They're both displeased with the comment.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': It takes awhile for them to get there, but it's clear that Hirano and Saya are made for each other. By chapter 29, it's gone beyond the point where EveryoneCanSeeIt, to the two of them practically being Alice's foster parents.
* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga, when Keitaro decides to get a job, he suits up and all the girls laugh at him. Naru however, does up his tie, leading Kitsune to make this exact comment
about Yusuke and Kuwabara in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Botan even them. [[HeIsNotMyBoyFriend Denials follow.]]
* In ''Manga/KarakaiJouzuNoTakagiSan''
has an ImagineSpot dedicated adorable "rivalry" with his cute classmate, with them each trying to it.
get the other to react or blush. They aren't quite at the point of being an OfficialCouple, but the rest of their class thinks of them as such.
* Another HoYay example has Doumeki Not {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the animanga itself, but Yamamoto and Watanuki Gokudera from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' do act like this
* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Koizumi and Otani are accused
of ''Manga/XxxHOLiC'' behave acting like this around each other, much to the amusement of Yuuko (and [[YaoiFangirl the readers]]).- after they're already together, surprisingly, but they still both get embarrassed.



* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Negi and Asuna have gotten this at least once.
** Kotaro and Natsumi sometimes act similarly too. [[spoiler:They eventually ''do'' get married.]]
** Chisame sometimes acts this way towards Negi as well, possibly lampshading it during the Magic World arc when she appoints herself Asuna's proxy.



* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Sayaka were like this. Once while they are arguing -and fighting- in the background, Shiro is fortune-telling. He notes the cards tell his brother and Sayaka are destined to be together forever.
* Since the very moment they met, the interactions between Hachiman and Yukino from ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'' are basically the former making fun of the latter and explaining why his view on life is wrong as he tries to defend himself from her arguments. They have no problem acting like this in front of everyone who, one way or another, conclude that the two get along just fine.
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'': From the moment Jean and Nadia find Marie, they become an almost familial unit - with the two of them essentially acting as her guardians. Though Jean and Nadia's relationship takes time, between spats and [[NotWhatItLooksLike misunderstandings]], to where they become comfortable with each other.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has one with the villains; both Deidara and Sasori and Kakuzu with Hidan bicker to one another like, as fans put, this trope. However, they take it in two different ways; Deidara and Sasori, being artists, bicker about their type of art (apparently often), even when the situation at hand has ''NOTHING'' to do with it. Kakuzu and Hidan, on the other hand, already hate each other, so all they need is one reason, and they're very likely to go off on one another and spend a pointless amount of time doing so.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** Shinji and Asuka. The above RunningGag about Nadia and Jean was [[ShoutOut parodied]] by Toji about them.
---> '''Toji:''' Uh oh, look out! The newlyweds are fighting!
** Shinji and Asuka ''double'' on this score in the LighterAndSofter manga spinoffs. There, Asuka's rage level and Shinji's ExtremeDoormat level are both turned down, so there's [[VitriolicBestBuds more arguing and more friendship]] at the same time. They're always together, care for each other deeply, and... never stop griping at each other. (Add to that Asuka crushing on Shinji, Shinji not noticing, and that being the cause of Asuka's more canon-Asuka-ish moments.) It's still Toji who jokes about it; he refers to them as "the newlyweds" more often than he actually uses their names.
** Ritsuko once said that Misato and Kaji act like a married couple
* ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'':
** Yato and Hiyori act very much like a goofy husband without a job and his nagging wife, with Yukine acting as their surrogate child. They argue a lot, but it's clear how much they care about each other.
** Kofuku and her Shinki Daikoku also aren't married, but they surely seem like it since they have been together for centuries and they get along very well despite him getting fed up with all the trouble she causes as a poverty god.



* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Heiji and Kazuha. They are ChildhoodFriends who bicker with each other, but do love each other, even if they have a very hard time confessing to each other.
** The same goes to Shinichi in Ran; when [[spoiler:Conan was reverted to Shinichi for a day in ''Desperate Revival'',]] their classmates just referred to them as married.
* In the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga, when Keitaro decides to get a job, he suits up and all the girls laugh at him. Naru however, does up his tie, leading Kitsune to make this exact comment about them. [[HeIsNotMyBoyFriend Denials follow.]]
* Not {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the animanga itself, but Yamamoto and Gokudera from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' do act like this
* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Koizumi and Otani are accused of acting like this - after they're already together, surprisingly, but they still both get embarrassed.
* ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' (the dub, at least): Max and Rey describe Tyson and Kai this way. The amount of SlashFic those two inspired back in the day makes this about ten times funnier.
* Kyo and Yuki are called out on this (word for word) by Shigure in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. They're both displeased with the comment.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Oh my god ''England and America'', whose arguments have warranted a comment from [[DepravedBisexual France]] about their {{UST}}... and their {{UST}}... and their {{UST}}.
** And with that, there's ''France and England'', who've known each other since the very beginning of time and probably have a thousand romance tropes under their belt.
* [[spoiler:After consummating their love for one another]] Guts and Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' begin acting like this toward one another throughout the entire Griffith rescue operation, with them both getting miffed and jealous toward one another, but are clearly seen being very caring and sentimental toward each other (with some SlapSlapKiss action in-between, especially from [[{{Tsundere}} Casca]]). Judeau and Pippin take this as a good thing and play it for the laughs. Griffith, judging from they way he is [[KubrickStare staring at the couple from underneath his helmet]] and seeing that [[spoiler:he had been through the hideous ordeal of being tortured for a year only to come back to see a change in authority, power, and affection between Guts, Casca, and himself]] [[GreenEyedMonster doesn't seem very pleased with this]]...
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has one with the villains; both Deidara and Sasori and Kakuzu with Hidan bicker to one another like, as fans put, this trope. However, they take it in two different ways; Deidara and Sasori, being artists, bicker about their type of art (apparently often), even when the situation at hand has ''NOTHING'' to do with it. Kakuzu and Hidan, on the other hand, already hate each other, so all they need is one reason, and they're very likely to go off on one another and spend a pointless amount of time doing so.

to:

* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Heiji
''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': While the relationship between Captains Gotoh and Kazuha. They are ChildhoodFriends who bicker with Shinobu is [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship strictly professional]], they fit the trope to a tee. Their bickering rarely goes beyond snarking, and they relate as if they've known each other, but do love each other, even if they have a very hard time confessing to each other.
** The same goes to Shinichi in Ran; when [[spoiler:Conan was reverted to Shinichi for a day in ''Desperate Revival'',]]
other their classmates just referred to them as married.
* In
entire lives. This is best seen in ''"The [=SVU's=] Longest Day"'' in the ''Manga/LoveHina'' manga, when Keitaro decides to get a job, he suits up OVA continuity, and all the girls laugh at him. Naru however, does up his tie, leading Kitsune entirety of the ''[[Heartwarming/{{Patlabor}} "Two in Karuizawa"]]'' episode in ''The Mobile Police/New Files'' continuity.
* Sayaka and Kyouko, of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica,'' evolved from bitter rivals
to make this exact comment about them. [[HeIsNotMyBoyFriend Denials follow.by the time of [[AllThereInTheManual the Drama CDs]] and TheMovie. They could be argued as VitriolicBestBuds, but that's certainly [[LesYay not how the fandom sees it.]]
* Not {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the animanga itself, but Yamamoto ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': This observation is what gets Ranma and Gokudera from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' do act like this
* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Koizumi and Otani are accused of acting like this - after they're already together, surprisingly, but they still both get embarrassed.
* ''Anime/{{Beyblade}}'' (the dub, at least): Max and Rey describe Tyson and Kai this way. The amount of SlashFic those two inspired back in the day makes this about ten times funnier.
* Kyo and Yuki are called out on this (word for word) by Shigure in ''Manga/FruitsBasket''. They're both displeased with the comment.
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Oh my god ''England and America'', whose arguments have warranted a comment from [[DepravedBisexual France]] about
Akane engaged. Even their {{UST}}... and their {{UST}}... and their {{UST}}.
** And with that, there's ''France and England'', who've known each other since the very beginning of time and probably have a thousand romance tropes under their belt.
* [[spoiler:After consummating their love for one another]] Guts and Casca from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' begin acting like this toward one another throughout the entire Griffith rescue operation, with them both getting miffed and jealous toward one another, but are clearly seen being very caring and sentimental toward each other (with some SlapSlapKiss action in-between, especially from [[{{Tsundere}} Casca]]). Judeau and Pippin take this as a good thing and play it for the laughs. Griffith, judging from they way he is [[KubrickStare staring at the couple from underneath his helmet]] and seeing that [[spoiler:he had been through the hideous ordeal of being tortured for a year only to come back to see a change in authority, power, and affection between Guts, Casca, and himself]] [[GreenEyedMonster doesn't seem very pleased with this]]...
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has one with the villains; both Deidara and Sasori and Kakuzu with Hidan bicker to one another like, as fans put, this trope. However, they take it in two different ways; Deidara and Sasori, being artists, bicker about their type of art (apparently often), even when the situation at hand has ''NOTHING'' to do with it. Kakuzu and Hidan, on the other hand, already hate each other, so all they need is one reason, and they're very likely to go off on one another and spend a pointless amount of time doing so.
classmates notice.
-->"Ooo! A lovers' quarrel!"\\
"Practically married already."



* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' has Haruka and Makoto. The latter is frequently seen taking care of Haru, saying exactly what he thinks and knowing just how to convince him of something. The occasional bickering, while quite mild, is also present. In recent episodes though their [[HeterosexualLifePartners relationship]] starts to show signs of slipping into [[HoYay other territories]].
* [[OneManArmy Levi]] and [[BrainyBrunette Hanji]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' seem to have this going on. They're implied to have known each other for quite some time and they're almost always teasing one another. (Something most people would get roundhouse kicked for if they tried that with Levi.)
* Sayaka and Kyouko, of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica,'' evolved from bitter rivals to this by the time of [[AllThereInTheManual the Drama CDs]] and TheMovie. They could be argued as VitriolicBestBuds, but that's certainly [[LesYay not how the fandom sees it.]]
* [[HoYay Hotsuma and Shusei]] of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' are super harmonic and gentle with each other but they do bicker quite often and ''Luka'' (yes, that [[TheStoic Luka]]) calls them out on it at one point. [[BerserkButton They're not amused.]]
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': While the relationship between Captains Gotoh and Shinobu is [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship strictly professional]], they fit the trope to a tee. Their bickering rarely goes beyond snarking, and they relate as if they've known each other their entire lives. This is best seen in ''"The [=SVU's=] Longest Day"'' in the OVA continuity, and the entirety of the ''[[Heartwarming/{{Patlabor}} "Two in Karuizawa"]]'' episode in ''The Mobile Police/New Files'' continuity.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': It takes awhile for them to get there, but it's clear that Hirano and Saya are made for each other. By chapter 29, it's gone beyond the point where EveryoneCanSeeIt, to the two of them practically being Alice's foster parents.
* Lelouch and C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' have a constant back and forth going on, usually involving C.C. stealing his credit cards to order ridiculous amounts of pizza among other things. In addition, [[InnocentCohabitation they share Lelouch's room]], [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed possibly his bed]], and C.C. is constantly seen wearing his clothes.
* In ''Manga/KarakaiJouzuNoTakagiSan'' has an adorable "rivalry" with his cute classmate, with them each trying to get the other to react or blush. They aren't quite at the point of being an OfficialCouple, but the rest of their class thinks of them as such.
* Since the very moment they met, the interactions between Hachiman and Yukino from ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'' are basically the former making fun of the latter and explaining why his view on life is wrong as he tries to defend himself from her arguments. They have no problem acting like this in front of everyone who, one way or another, conclude that the two get along just fine.
* While Izaya and Namie's relationship in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' began with hostility, they maintained a working relationship because of their confidence in the other's skills. Soon, they're comfortable enough to hang out together outside work (e.g. Namie cooking dinner for Izaya, and having meals together). Even though their interactions consist of mostly trying to annoy one another in some way, they probably know each other better than anyone else.
* Yuu and Nao from ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' are very much this trope, and it even gets [[LampshadeHanging discussed]] by Yusa and Joujirou at one point. They bicker constantly in early episodes, but it's clear they care about each other.
* ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'':
** Yato and Hiyori act very much like a goofy husband without a job and his nagging wife, with Yukine acting as their surrogate child. They argue a lot, but it's clear how much they care about each other.
** Kofuku and her Shinki Daikoku also aren't married, but they surely seem like it since they have been together for centuries and they get along very well despite him getting fed up with all the trouble she causes as a poverty god.

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* ''Anime/{{Free}}'' has Haruka Mentioned about Yusuke and Makoto. The latter is frequently seen taking care of Haru, saying exactly what he thinks and knowing just how to convince him of something. The occasional bickering, while quite mild, is also present. In recent episodes though their [[HeterosexualLifePartners relationship]] starts to show signs of slipping into [[HoYay other territories]].
* [[OneManArmy Levi]] and [[BrainyBrunette Hanji]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' seem to have this going on. They're implied to have known each other for quite some time and they're almost always teasing one another. (Something most people would get roundhouse kicked for if they tried that with Levi.)
* Sayaka and Kyouko, of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica,'' evolved from bitter rivals to this by the time of [[AllThereInTheManual the Drama CDs]] and TheMovie. They could be argued as VitriolicBestBuds, but that's certainly [[LesYay not how the fandom sees it.]]
* [[HoYay Hotsuma and Shusei]] of ''Manga/BetrayalKnowsMyName'' are super harmonic and gentle with each other but they do bicker quite often and ''Luka'' (yes, that [[TheStoic Luka]]) calls them out on it at one point. [[BerserkButton They're not amused.]]
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'': While the relationship between Captains Gotoh and Shinobu is [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship strictly professional]], they fit the trope to a tee. Their bickering rarely goes beyond snarking, and they relate as if they've known each other their entire lives. This is best seen
Kuwabara in ''"The [=SVU's=] Longest Day"'' in the OVA continuity, and the entirety of the ''[[Heartwarming/{{Patlabor}} "Two in Karuizawa"]]'' episode in ''The Mobile Police/New Files'' continuity.
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': It takes awhile for them to get there, but it's clear that Hirano and Saya are made for each other. By chapter 29, it's gone beyond the point where EveryoneCanSeeIt, to the two of them practically being Alice's foster parents.
* Lelouch and C.C. from ''Anime/CodeGeass'' have a constant back and forth going on, usually involving C.C. stealing his credit cards to order ridiculous amounts of pizza among other things. In addition, [[InnocentCohabitation they share Lelouch's room]], [[ThereIsOnlyOneBed possibly his bed]], and C.C. is constantly seen wearing his clothes.
* In ''Manga/KarakaiJouzuNoTakagiSan''
''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Botan even has an adorable "rivalry" with his cute classmate, with them each trying ImagineSpot dedicated to get the other to react or blush. They aren't quite at the point of being an OfficialCouple, but the rest of their class thinks of them as such.
* Since the very moment they met, the interactions between Hachiman and Yukino from ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'' are basically the former making fun of the latter and explaining why his view on life is wrong as he tries to defend himself from her arguments. They have no problem acting like this in front of everyone who, one way or another, conclude that the two get along just fine.
* While Izaya and Namie's relationship in ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' began with hostility, they maintained a working relationship because of their confidence in the other's skills. Soon, they're comfortable enough to hang out together outside work (e.g. Namie cooking dinner for Izaya, and having meals together). Even though their interactions consist of mostly trying to annoy one another in some way, they probably know each other better than anyone else.
* Yuu and Nao from ''Anime/{{Charlotte}}'' are very much this trope, and it even gets [[LampshadeHanging discussed]] by Yusa and Joujirou at one point. They bicker constantly in early episodes, but it's clear they care about each other.
* ''Manga/{{Noragami}}'':
** Yato and Hiyori act very much like a goofy husband without a job and his nagging wife, with Yukine acting as their surrogate child. They argue a lot, but it's clear how much they care about each other.
** Kofuku and her Shinki Daikoku also aren't married, but they surely seem like it since they have been together for centuries and they get along very well despite him getting fed up with all the trouble she causes as a poverty god.
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* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat'': While out on NotADate, Naruto goes on rant to Hinata about how the ramen stand they passed was substandard and not worth their time. Hinata gives him a smile, lightly pats his hand and tells him he is very knowledgeable. Naruto pouts at being humored.



* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': After getting together, Shinji and Asuka's arguments are less violent and hurtful. Asuka starts sounding like a wife nagging her husband, and Shinji like a husband pretending to listen to her.



* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat'': While out on NotADate, Naruto goes on rant to Hinata about how the ramen stand they passed was substandard and not worth their time. Hinata gives him a smile, lightly pats his hand and tells him he is very knowledgeable. Naruto pouts at being humored.



* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': After getting together, Shinji and Asuka's arguments are less violent and hurtful. Asuka starts sounding like a wife nagging her husband, and Shinji like a husband pretending to listen to her.



* This is the relationship between ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' and Diaval, helped by the fact they've been [[ParentalSubstitute Parental Substitutes]] for Aurora ever since she was a baby.

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* ''Grapevine''. To Susan Crawford and Matt Brewer:
-->'''Thumper Klein:''' Why don't you two just get married right now? You already argue like an old married couple.
* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Snape enters the Shrieking Shack and remarks to Sirius and Lupin, "Listen to you two, quarreling like an old married couple."
* ''Film/HighAnxiety'' the Mel Brooks character and Arthur Brisbane's daughter use this to get through airport security undetected by being a loud old arguing married (Jewish) couple.
* [[WillSmith Detective Spooner]] and [[HotScientist Doctor Calvin]] in ''Film/IRobot''.
* This is the relationship between ''Film/{{Maleficent}}'' and Diaval, helped by the fact they've been [[ParentalSubstitute Parental Substitutes]] {{Parental Substitute}}s for Aurora ever since she was a baby.



* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Snape enters the Shrieking Shack and remarks to Sirius and Lupin, "Listen to you two, quarreling like an old married couple."
* This is how Creator/RobertDowneyJr described the relationship between his character and Watson in ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.
* ''Grapevine''. To Susan Crawford and Matt Brewer:
-->'''Thumper Klein:''' Why don't you two just get married right now? You already argue like an old married couple.

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* In ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Snape enters ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3]]'', Frank Drebin is infiltrating a family gang hired to blow up the Shrieking Shack and remarks to Sirius and Lupin, "Listen to you two, quarreling like an old married couple."
* This is how Creator/RobertDowneyJr described the relationship between
Academy Awards. Then his character and Watson in ''Film/SherlockHolmes''.
* ''Grapevine''. To Susan Crawford and Matt Brewer:
-->'''Thumper Klein:''' Why
wife Jane shows up, thinking that he is cheating on her. Playing his role, he suggests they keep her as a hostage. Then they start arguing (even though they supposedly don't you two just know each other), causing the head of the gang to get married right now? You already argue suspicious and claim that they sound like an old married couple.they're married.
* Scientists Dr. Newton Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in ''Film/PacificRim'', which may be the most popular pairing in the fandom despite a couple of canonical pairings. Though they almost never stop fighting over their approaches to the kaiju, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther they really do seem to care about each other]].



* In ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3]]'', Frank Drebin is infiltrating a family gang hired to blow up the Academy Awards. Then his wife Jane shows up, thinking that he is cheating on her. Playing his role, he suggests they keep her as a hostage. Then they start arguing (even though they supposedly don't know each other), causing the head of the gang to get suspicious and claim that they sound like they're married.
* ''Film/HighAnxiety'' the Mel Brooks character and Arthur Brisbane's daughter use this to get through airport security undetected by being a loud old arguing married (Jewish) couple.
* [[WillSmith Detective Spooner]] and [[HotScientist Doctor Calvin]] in ''Film/IRobot''.
* Scientists Dr. Newton Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in ''Film/PacificRim'', which may be the most popular pairing in the fandom despite a couple of canonical pairings. Though they almost never stop fighting over their approaches to the kaiju, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther they really do seem to care about each other]]:

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* In ''[[Film/TheNakedGun The Naked Gun 33 1/3]]'', Frank Drebin This is infiltrating a family gang hired to blow up how Creator/RobertDowneyJr described the Academy Awards. Then relationship between his wife Jane shows up, thinking that he is cheating on her. Playing his role, he suggests they keep her as a hostage. Then they start arguing (even though they supposedly don't know each other), causing the head of the gang to get suspicious and claim that they sound like they're married.
* ''Film/HighAnxiety'' the Mel Brooks
character and Arthur Brisbane's daughter use this to get through airport security undetected by being a loud old arguing married (Jewish) couple.
* [[WillSmith Detective Spooner]] and [[HotScientist Doctor Calvin]]
Watson in ''Film/IRobot''.
* Scientists Dr. Newton Geiszler and Dr. Hermann Gottlieb in ''Film/PacificRim'', which may be the most popular pairing in the fandom despite a couple of canonical pairings. Though they almost never stop fighting over their approaches to the kaiju, [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther they really do seem to care about each other]]:
''Film/SherlockHolmes''.



* Shasta and Aravis in ''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia The Horse and His Boy]]''. They end up getting married [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "so as to go on doing it more conveniently."]]
* Tonker and Lofty in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. Jackrum blurts out 'What are you, married?' at them in the middle of the book, though it's quite likely that he already knew they were an item.



* In one of the ''Literature/{{Bunnicula}}'' books, "Return to Howliday Inn", the ''ghost'' [[spoiler:(actually Hamlet the dog pulling some ventriloquism)]] comments that Harold and Chester argue like an old married couple.



* In one of the ''Literature/{{Bunnicula}}'' books, "Return to Howliday Inn", the ''ghost'' [[spoiler:(actually Hamlet the dog pulling some ventriloquism)]] comments that Harold and Chester argue like an old married couple.

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* In one of the ''Literature/{{Bunnicula}}'' books, "Return to Howliday Inn", the ''ghost'' [[spoiler:(actually Hamlet the dog pulling some ventriloquism)]] comments that Harold Shasta and Chester argue like an old Aravis in ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy''. They end up getting married couple.[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "so as to go on doing it more conveniently."]]
* British statesman Lord Chesterfield in ''Literature/LettersToHisSon'': "the Duke of Newcastle and [[UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheElder Mr. Pitt]] jog on like man and wife; that is, seldom agreeing, often quarreling; but by mutual interest, upon the whole, not parting." (letter 221)
* Tonker and Lofty in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''. Jackrum blurts out 'What are you, married?' at them in the middle of the book, though it's quite likely that he already knew they were an item.
* The bickering between Literature/NeroWolfe and Archie Goodwin can take on this edge since their working relationship specifically revolves around the latter being hired to nag, provoke and irritate the former into working when he is determined not to.



* British statesman Lord Chesterfield in ''Literature/LettersToHisSon'': "the Duke of Newcastle and [[UsefulNotes/WilliamPittTheElder Mr. Pitt]] jog on like man and wife; that is, seldom agreeing, often quarreling; but by mutual interest, upon the whole, not parting." (letter 221)
* The bickering between Literature/NeroWolfe and Archie Goodwin can take on this edge since their working relationship specifically revolves around the latter being hired to nag, provoke and irritate the former into working when he is determined not to.



* ''Series/{{Buffy the Vampire Slayer}}'' & ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel and Spike in ''spades'', especially during Season 5 of Angel. They argue over absolutely everything, but for some reason always hang out. This scene basically sum it up.

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* ''Series/{{Buffy ''Series/BostonLegal'' has Denny Crane and Alan Shore, who make more jokes about their own HoYay than the Vampire Slayer}}'' rest of the cast put together. When Denny catches Alan doing their OnceAnEpisode balcony routine with another man, he reacts as though Alan were cheating on him. [[spoiler:In the finale, they actually do get married and literally become an old married couple, which is to say they are "old" (Denny is 75) and married]].
* ''Series/BuffTheVampireSlayer''
& ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Angel and Spike in ''spades'', especially during Season 5 of Angel. They argue over absolutely everything, but for some reason always hang out. This scene basically sum it up.



* ''Series/BostonLegal'' has Denny Crane and Alan Shore, who make more jokes about their own HoYay than the rest of the cast put together. When Denny catches Alan doing their OnceAnEpisode balcony routine with another man, he reacts as though Alan were cheating on him. [[spoiler:In the finale, they actually do get married and literally become an old married couple, which is to say they are "old" (Denny is 75) and married]].



** When Sam and Freddie end up dating, they [[AvertedTrope don't]] fight Like An Old Married Couple. [[{{Deconstruction}} They fight like]] ''[[RealityEnsues Sam and Freddie]]''. [[DestructiveRomance Constantly bickering, picking each other apart, escalating arguments, never ending fights and dragging Carly into them]], until Carly gets fed up and chews them out, saying if they can't ''stop'' fighting, they shouldn't be dating at all.



* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hearts and Minds" opens with Hawkgirl and Green Lantern arguing in the middle of repairing the Watchtower. The Flash walks by and remarks, "Geez, you two sound like an old married couple." HG and GL are then completely silent (presumably from embarrassment).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', when Will discovers she can bring inanimate objects to life, her computer and printer react like this.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hearts Unsurprisingly, TeamMom Grammi and Minds" opens with Hawkgirl and Green Lantern TeamDad Gruffi on ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' were always at each other's throats, arguing in over battle plans, complaining about the middle of repairing other not doing their chores, and playing GoodCopBadCop when catching the Watchtower. The Flash walks by kids, say, stealing candy or keeping a wild wolf pup as a pet (which Cubbi, at least, has learned to use to his advantage). In "A Gummi's Work Is Never Done," Tummi and remarks, "Geez, you two sound Sunni watch them fight from the doorway just like an old married couple." HG and GL are then completely silent (presumably from embarrassment).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', when Will discovers she can bring inanimate objects to life, her computer and printer react like this.
two kids watching their parents fight.



* WordOfGod has described ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' Beast Boy and Raven like this. [[RelationshipWritingFumble It worked too well]], and led to the two [[FanPreferredCouple gaining a sizeable fanbase online]]. The two eventually became a canonical pairing in the regular DC comics, and ended the pre-New 52 universe together (it didnt carry over into the reboot).



* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Larry 3000 and Buck Tuddrussel act like this from the get-go, heck in one episode Larry told him that [[ExiledToTheCouch he's sleeping on the sofa!]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted", Perry the Platypus and his [[FriendlyEnemy nemesis]] Dr. Doofenshmirtz are fighting over the controls to one of Doof's evil inventions:
-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' Awww, Perry the Platypus, look at us! We're fighting over the remote like an old married couple! ''(Severely)'' It's not cute.



* Shredder and Krang of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987]] ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' series had moments like these.
* Unsurprisingly, TeamMom Grammi and TeamDad Gruffi on ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' were always at each other's throats, arguing over battle plans, complaining about the other not doing their chores, and playing GoodCopBadCop when catching the kids, say, stealing candy or keeping a wild wolf pup as a pet (which Cubbi, at least, has learned to use to his advantage). In "A Gummi's Work Is Never Done," Tummi and Sunni watch them fight from the doorway just like two kids watching their parents fight.

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* Shredder The ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Hearts and Krang of Minds" opens with Hawkgirl and Green Lantern arguing in the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987]] ''TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' series had moments middle of repairing the Watchtower. The Flash walks by and remarks, "Geez, you two sound like these.
* Unsurprisingly, TeamMom Grammi
an old married couple." HG and TeamDad Gruffi on ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGummiBears'' were always GL are then completely silent (presumably from embarrassment).
* Drakken and Shego from ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' spend their time arguing and snarking
at each other's throats, arguing other, especially when Shego makes fun of Drakken's silly plans and repeated failures to take over battle plans, complaining about the other not doing their chores, world.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "Phineas
and playing GoodCopBadCop when catching Ferb Interrupted", Perry the kids, say, stealing candy or keeping a wild wolf pup as a pet (which Cubbi, at least, has learned to use to Platypus and his advantage). In "A Gummi's Work Is Never Done," Tummi and Sunni watch them fight from [[FriendlyEnemy nemesis]] Dr. Doofenshmirtz are fighting over the doorway just controls to one of Doof's evil inventions:
-->'''Doofenshmirtz:''' Awww, Perry the Platypus, look at us! We're fighting over the remote
like two kids watching their parents fight.an old married couple! ''(Severely)'' It's not cute.


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* WordOfGod has described ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''' Beast Boy and Raven like this. [[RelationshipWritingFumble It worked too well]], and led to the two [[FanPreferredCouple gaining a sizeable fanbase online]]. The two eventually became a canonical pairing in the regular DC comics, and ended the pre-New 52 universe together (it didnt carry over into the reboot).
* Shredder and Krang of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 1987]] ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' series had moments like these.
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'': Larry 3000 and Buck Tuddrussel act like this from the get-go, heck in one episode Larry told him that [[ExiledToTheCouch he's sleeping on the sofa!]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', when Will discovers she can bring inanimate objects to life, her computer and printer react like this.
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