History Main / TheMasochismTango

1st Oct '17 10:02:15 AM nombretomado
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DoNotConfuseWith RealLife [[CasualKink masochism]]. Or, for that matter, [[SinisterTangoMusic real tango]]. Or a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TytGOeiW0aE combination of the two]]. Then again, some ''works'' [[AbuseMistake don't really make a distinction between masochism and being a victim of abuse]]...

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DoNotConfuseWith JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith RealLife [[CasualKink masochism]]. Or, for that matter, [[SinisterTangoMusic real tango]]. Or a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TytGOeiW0aE combination of the two]]. Then again, some ''works'' [[AbuseMistake don't really make a distinction between masochism and being a victim of abuse]]...
30th Sep '17 8:53:35 AM Emu0
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* Tony and Ziva from ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', though the writers claim that sincere romance has never been intended, nor does it exist on screen.
29th Sep '17 6:57:15 PM Augusto
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* In the ''[[https://youtu.be/kTeQSzHGWyw Angry Office]]'' sketch from Webvideo/BrandonRogers, each and every office worker is clearly show to hate their coworkers' guts and even bully them on a regular basis. And yet, they all continue to work together and even, upon being interviewed, go on full UnreliableNarrator mode as they, upon being interviewed, proceed to refer to their coworkers as their [[BlatantLies beloved and productive team]] ''despite'' the footage of their utterly disfunctional workspace being clearly visible while they do so.

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* In the ''[[https://youtu.be/kTeQSzHGWyw Angry Office]]'' sketch from Webvideo/BrandonRogers, each and every office worker is clearly show to hate their coworkers' guts and even bully them on a regular basis. And yet, they all continue to work together and even, upon being interviewed, go on full UnreliableNarrator mode as they, upon being interviewed, they proceed to refer to their coworkers as their [[BlatantLies beloved and productive team]] ''despite'' the footage of their utterly disfunctional workspace being clearly visible while they do so.
29th Sep '17 6:55:30 PM Augusto
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* In the ''[[https://youtu.be/kTeQSzHGWyw Angry Office]]'' sketch from Webvideo/BrandonRogers, each and every office worker is clearly show to hate their coworkers' guts and even bully them on a regular basis, and yet, they all continue to work together, none of them have been fired, and they ''all'' go on full UnreliableNarrator mode as they, upon being interviewed, proceed to refer to their coworkers as their [[BlatantLies beloved and productive team]] ''despite'' the footage of their utterly disfunctional workspace being clearly visible while they do so.

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* In the ''[[https://youtu.be/kTeQSzHGWyw Angry Office]]'' sketch from Webvideo/BrandonRogers, each and every office worker is clearly show to hate their coworkers' guts and even bully them on a regular basis, and basis. And yet, they all continue to work together, none of them have been fired, together and they ''all'' even, upon being interviewed, go on full UnreliableNarrator mode as they, upon being interviewed, proceed to refer to their coworkers as their [[BlatantLies beloved and productive team]] ''despite'' the footage of their utterly disfunctional workspace being clearly visible while they do so.
29th Sep '17 6:48:28 PM Augusto
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* In the ''[[https://youtu.be/kTeQSzHGWyw Angry Office]]'' sketch from Webvideo/BrandonRogers, each and every office worker is clearly show to hate their coworkers' guts and even bully them on a regular basis, and yet, they all continue to work together, none of them have been fired, and they ''all'' go on full UnreliableNarrator mode as they, upon being interviewed, proceed to refer to their coworkers as their [[BlatantLies beloved and productive team]] ''despite'' the footage of their utterly disfunctional workspace being clearly visible while they do so.
25th Sep '17 6:14:44 PM PaulA
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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', [[TropeNamers "The Masochism Tango"]]

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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', [[TropeNamers "The Masochism Tango"]]
Tango", ''Music/AnEveningWastedWithTomLehrer''



* The {{Trope Namer|s}} is Music/TomLehrer's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHID8hMgWKc Masochism Tango]]." Ironically, though, it's not an example of this trope--[[ObligatoryBondageSong it's about a really kinky couple.]]
14th Aug '17 2:06:25 PM Eievie
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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', "[[TropeNamers The Masochism Tango]]"

In fictional relationships, there's a gray area between a DestructiveRomance, a FriendlyWar and RomanticizedAbuse. Sometimes [[AmbiguousSituation the writers make it hard for the audience to figure out if the relationship is even supposed to be a good thing or not]]. Sometimes the writers don't even know the answer themselves, and sometimes this question isn't even meant to have an answer -- the characters are there for the audience to laugh at, and that's all there is to it.

Two characters are supposed to be [[HappilyMarried deeply in love]] -- despite being [[CrackPairing blatantly unsuited for each other]]. They are constantly screaming at each other or worse, and yet the characters insist they like each other. Very often, the only [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther indicator of the characters' affections for each other]] will be their [[GreenEyedEpiphany jealousy]] when the other shows an interest (real or [[NotWhatItLooksLike imagined]]) in a character outside of their tango.

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-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer''', "[[TropeNamers The [[TropeNamers "The Masochism Tango]]"

Tango"]]

In fictional relationships, there's a gray area between a DestructiveRomance, a FriendlyWar and RomanticizedAbuse. Sometimes [[AmbiguousSituation the writers make it hard for the audience to figure out if the relationship is even supposed to be a good thing or not]]. Sometimes the writers don't even know the answer themselves, and sometimes this question isn't even meant to have an answer -- the answer--the characters are there for the audience to laugh at, and that's all there is to it.

Two characters are supposed to be [[HappilyMarried deeply in love]] -- despite love]]--despite being [[CrackPairing blatantly unsuited for each other]]. They are constantly screaming at each other or worse, and yet the characters insist they like each other. Very often, the only [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther indicator of the characters' affections for each other]] will be their [[GreenEyedEpiphany jealousy]] when the other shows an interest (real or [[NotWhatItLooksLike imagined]]) in a character outside of their tango.



The partners dancing to this particular beat have already resolved the WillTheyOrWontThey issue ([[TheyDo they did]], and won't [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend deny they're a couple]]) -- it's just the wisdom of their hook-up that's in question. This is what happens when a BelligerentSexualTension couple gets together without actually solving the belligerence.

For the platonic version, see WithFriendsLikeThese or VitriolicBestBuds.[[note]]In comparison, VitriolicBestBuds is closer to this trope, while WithFriendsLikeThese is more comparable to DestructiveRomance[[/note]] For a milder version, see SlapSlapKiss, BelligerentSexualTension, and NoAccountingForTaste. If the characters ''aren't'' at each other's throats, but their relationship feels contrived and artificial nonetheless, they've been StrangledByTheRedString. Compare AllTakeAndNoGive. If the sadism and the masochism part in the coupling is off balance, also compare LoveMartyr. PlayedForDrama, it can easily become DestructiveRomance. If the characters are married, is also falls under AwfulWeddedLife.

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The partners dancing to this particular beat have already resolved the WillTheyOrWontThey issue ([[TheyDo they did]], and won't [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend deny they're a couple]]) -- it's couple]])--it's just the wisdom of their hook-up that's in question. This is what happens when a BelligerentSexualTension couple gets together without actually solving the belligerence.

For the platonic version, see WithFriendsLikeThese or VitriolicBestBuds.[[note]]In comparison, VitriolicBestBuds is closer to this trope, while WithFriendsLikeThese is more comparable to DestructiveRomance[[/note]] DestructiveRomance.[[/note]] For a milder version, see SlapSlapKiss, BelligerentSexualTension, and NoAccountingForTaste. If the characters ''aren't'' at each other's throats, but their relationship feels contrived and artificial nonetheless, they've been StrangledByTheRedString. Compare AllTakeAndNoGive. If the sadism and the masochism part in the coupling is off balance, also compare LoveMartyr. PlayedForDrama, it can easily become DestructiveRomance. If the characters are married, is also falls under AwfulWeddedLife.



DoNotConfuseWith RealLife [[CasualKink masochism.]] Or, for that matter, [[SinisterTangoMusic real tango]]. Or a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TytGOeiW0aE combination of the two.]] Then again, some ''works'' [[AbuseMistake don't really make a distinction between masochism and being a victim of abuse]]...

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DoNotConfuseWith RealLife [[CasualKink masochism.]] masochism]]. Or, for that matter, [[SinisterTangoMusic real tango]]. Or a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TytGOeiW0aE combination of the two.]] two]]. Then again, some ''works'' [[AbuseMistake don't really make a distinction between masochism and being a victim of abuse]]...






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17th May '17 12:19:49 PM JamesSwann
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* In the [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] book ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Shasta [[spoiler:aka Prince Cor]] and Aravis spend most of the book arguing and making up. At the end of the story, it's mentioned that they get married so they can argue and make up more efficiently.

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* In the [[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]] book ''Literature/TheHorseAndHisBoy'', Shasta [[spoiler:aka Prince Cor]] and Aravis spend most of the book arguing and making up. At the end of the story, it's mentioned that they get married so they can argue and make up more efficiently. "Effficiently" should, in this case, be read as "by having lots of sex".
20th Apr '17 9:26:57 PM genisgone
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* The Morrigan and Baphomet dance around this relationship in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. While they do truly love each other, they've been dysfunctional and furious with each other for [[YourCheatingHeart one reason]] [[or another]] since their introductions, [[spoiler: and as of issue 28, they've been veering into some [[DestructiveRomance other]] [[DomesticAbuse tropes]].]]

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* The Morrigan and Baphomet dance around this relationship in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. While they do truly love each other, they've been dysfunctional and furious with each other for [[YourCheatingHeart one reason]] [[or [[MortalityPhobia or another]] since their introductions, [[spoiler: and as of issue 28, they've been veering into some [[DestructiveRomance other]] [[DomesticAbuse tropes]].]]
20th Apr '17 9:12:34 PM genisgone
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* The Morrigan and Baphomet dance around this relationship in ''Comicbook/TheWickedAndTheDivine''. While they do truly love each other, they've been dysfunctional and furious with each other for [[YourCheatingHeart one reason]] [[or another]] since their introductions, [[spoiler: and as of issue 28, they've been veering into some [[DestructiveRomance other]] [[DomesticAbuse tropes]].]]
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