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3rd Feb '17 6:16:23 AM Winters15
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** By the final season, Cox tells Jordan that he's tired of pretending like they don't like each other because, "news flash: we do!" To which Jordan responds by gasping and saying, "Take that back!"
19th Jan '17 3:46:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* Subverted and played for laughs with Gomez and Morticia Addams. They're a loving and committed couple with great passion, and part of that loving relationship is quite literally torturing one another.

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* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'': Subverted and played for laughs with Gomez and Morticia Addams.Adams. They're a loving and committed couple with great passion, and part of that loving relationship is quite literally torturing one another.
24th Nov '16 10:30:19 AM Lyendith
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' contains a very creepy example of this: [[spoiler:Lambdadelta]] and [[spoiler:Bernkastel]] fight each other in a game whenever they come across each other [[spoiler:in the ocean of the kakera]]. The penalties for the loser are very severe cases of a FateWorseThanDeath. And yet they always assure how much they "love" each other. However, as we learn later in the story, this may be justified as theirs means [[spoiler:to escape the boredom that can literally kill them. By fighting each other, they relieve that boredom in order to survive and spend time with each other.]] And in the very end, they get their AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther-moment.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' contains a very creepy example of this: [[spoiler:Lambdadelta]] Lambdadelta and [[spoiler:Bernkastel]] Bernkastel fight each other in a game whenever they come across each other [[spoiler:in in the ocean of the kakera]].kakera. The penalties for the loser are very severe cases of a FateWorseThanDeath. And yet they always assure how much they "love" each other. However, as we learn later in the story, this may be justified as theirs means [[spoiler:to to escape the boredom that can literally kill them. By fighting each other, they relieve that boredom in order to survive and spend time with each other.]] And in the very end, they get their AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther-moment.
29th Oct '16 12:51:37 PM nombretomado
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* Riley and Zaboo's relationship in ''TheGuild'' is more a sadomasochism tango with Riley as the top and Zaboo as the bottom. He later [[CharacterDevelopment grows a spine]] and breaks up with her.

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* Riley and Zaboo's relationship in ''TheGuild'' ''WebVideo/TheGuild'' is more a sadomasochism tango with Riley as the top and Zaboo as the bottom. He later [[CharacterDevelopment grows a spine]] and breaks up with her.
14th Oct '16 3:21:55 PM nombretomado
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* One of the perks of the ''ExterminatusNow'' forum is watching Lothar, one of the comic writers, and his girlfriend Raye get into their regular multi-post arguments and insult exhanges.
* ''SomethingPositive'': Jason and Aubrey are proof that this trope is what happens when VitriolicBestBuds get married.

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* One of the perks of the ''ExterminatusNow'' ''Webcomic/ExterminatusNow'' forum is watching Lothar, one of the comic writers, and his girlfriend Raye get into their regular multi-post arguments and insult exhanges.
* ''SomethingPositive'': ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'': Jason and Aubrey are proof that this trope is what happens when VitriolicBestBuds get married.
24th Sep '16 6:33:16 PM nombretomado
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* Matt and Kayleigh from ''DorkTower''. They remain in an OnAgainOffAgainRelationship, even though she belittles all of his interests and friends, and he is torn between staying with her and dropping her for Gilly the PerkyGoth. Screaming matches and SlapSlapKiss often occur.

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* Matt and Kayleigh from ''DorkTower''.''Webcomic/DorkTower''. They remain in an OnAgainOffAgainRelationship, even though she belittles all of his interests and friends, and he is torn between staying with her and dropping her for Gilly the PerkyGoth. Screaming matches and SlapSlapKiss often occur.
5th Sep '16 10:20:37 PM sonicsuns3
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor and [[spoiler: River Song]]. In between constantly snarking at each other, constantly lying to each other in order to prevent paradox and her punching/slapping him in the face a few times over, she also [[spoiler: repeatedly tries to kill him because she was raised to be his assassin]]. And then, when she ''has'' to [[spoiler: kill him because it's a fixed point it time and not doing so would rip the universe apart, she adamantly refuses because she thinks she loves him too much. He hastily and quite angrily marries her on the spot out of sheer frustration, makes her kill him after all, and their relationship only gets more complicated from that point on.]]

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor and [[spoiler: River Song]]. In between constantly snarking at each other, constantly lying to each other in order to prevent paradox and her punching/slapping him in the face a few times over, she also [[spoiler: repeatedly tries to kill him because she was raised to be his assassin]]. And then, when she ''has'' to [[spoiler: kill him because it's a fixed point it time and not doing so would rip the universe apart, she adamantly refuses because she thinks she loves him too much. He hastily and quite angrily marries her on the spot out of sheer frustration, makes her kill him after all, and their Their relationship only gets more complicated from that point on.]]
9th Aug '16 5:50:26 PM Ebrbfureh
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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.

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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.



* Yubel in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' sees this as the only true expression of love; it cannot distinguish between joy/pleasure and pain/sorrow, and [[LoveMartyr convinces itself]] that every single bit of suffering it causes its obsession Judai - and every bit reciprocated from him in kind - are simply their way of sharing each other's love.

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* Yubel in ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' sees this as the only true expression of love; it cannot distinguish between joy/pleasure and pain/sorrow, and [[LoveMartyr convinces itself]] that every single bit of suffering it causes its obsession Judai - -- and every bit reciprocated from him in kind - -- are simply their way of sharing each other's love.



** Another example would be a story Thom Merrilin tells Mat. When Thom was young, he encountered a blacksmith's wife whose husband would control who she talked to and beat her up if she so much as looked at other men. Thom gallantly offers to rescue her - and is forced to hastily leave the village when she immediately runs and tells her husband! Thom later finds out that she would control the money, and beat her husband up if he as much as had a single beer at the inn. The moral of the story is to not judge before you have heard both sides.

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** Another example would be a story Thom Merrilin tells Mat. When Thom was young, he encountered a blacksmith's wife whose husband would control who she talked to and beat her up if she so much as looked at other men. Thom gallantly offers to rescue her - -- and is forced to hastily leave the village when she immediately runs and tells her husband! Thom later finds out that she would control the money, and beat her husband up if he as much as had a single beer at the inn. The moral of the story is to not judge before you have heard both sides.



--> '''Adrian:''' We could, but let's face it - you and I were meant to tango.

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--> '''Adrian:''' We could, but let's face it - -- you and I were meant to tango.



* "The Ballad Of Tom Jones", Music/{{Space}}'s duet with Cerys Matthews, veers between this and SlapSlapKiss. The couple in the song are constantly at each other's throats, to the point where the woman tries to kill the man by driving him off a cliff. The only thing that stops the couple killing each other is - you've guessed it - the sound of the music of Tom Jones.

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* "The Ballad Of Tom Jones", Music/{{Space}}'s duet with Cerys Matthews, veers between this and SlapSlapKiss. The couple in the song are constantly at each other's throats, to the point where the woman tries to kill the man by driving him off a cliff. The only thing that stops the couple killing each other is - -- you've guessed it - -- the sound of the music of Tom Jones.



* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'': playing as Wolf in a certain ''VideoGame/StarFox''-based arena will trigger a com chat involving Leon gushing over the viciousness of Wolf's smackdown of the opponent, and Panther questioning who the lizard is more envious of - Wolf, or his victim.

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* Parodied in ''VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Brawl'': playing as Wolf in a certain ''VideoGame/StarFox''-based arena will trigger a com chat involving Leon gushing over the viciousness of Wolf's smackdown of the opponent, and Panther questioning who the lizard is more envious of - -- Wolf, or his victim.



* This is apparently a regular part of [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Troll]] relationships in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', and even has its own name, "kismesissitude" - a relationship based on mutual, erotic [[note]]Yes, trolls have such a thing as platonic hatred[[/note]] hatred between two parties. It's just as important to troll society and reproduction as "matespritship," which is based on mutual ''pity'' and is more like a traditional romance. Many individuals will sometimes [[SlapSlapKiss flip back and forth]] between the two sorts of relationships, which makes it even more complicated.
** A good - and exceptionally twisted - example of this would be Vriska's feelings for Tavros. Vriska torments [[TheWoobie Tavros]] every chance she gets, even going so far as to mind-control him into ''jumping off a cliff'' and then constantly insults him afterwards for being a pathetic cripple. And yet she promptly starts [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004280 making out with him as soon as they meet up in the Medium.]] For the most part, Tavros doesn't seem to share her romantic feelings of either stripe, and is generally afraid of her. He does still spend time with her, though, sometimes mediated by one of their friends, although he does run away in tears when [[spoiler: Vriska is nearly beaten to death by another person she's hurt, and asks Tavros to kill her. Then, when she comes back, he decides he needs to stop her from doing something dangerous, and she kills him when he tries.]]
*** The main interpretation of [[spoiler:Vriska killing Tavros]] is that she did it ''not'' because he was trying to fight her, but because she was angry that it took him so damn long to try. [[spoiler:He's one of the few people she actually feels guilty about killing. Kismeses are not supposed to murder each other, because that would end the relationship- and the entire point of kismesssitude is that it's a relationship between two evenly matched enemies.]]

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* This is apparently a regular part of [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Troll]] relationships in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', and even has its own name, "kismesissitude" - -- a relationship based on mutual, erotic [[note]]Yes, trolls have such a thing as platonic hatred[[/note]] hatred between two parties. It's just as important to troll society and reproduction as "matespritship," which is based on mutual ''pity'' and is more like a traditional romance. Many individuals will sometimes [[SlapSlapKiss flip back and forth]] between the two sorts of relationships, which makes it even more complicated.
** A good - -- and exceptionally twisted - -- example of this would be Vriska's feelings for Tavros. Vriska torments [[TheWoobie Tavros]] every chance she gets, even going so far as to mind-control him into ''jumping off a cliff'' and then constantly insults him afterwards for being a pathetic cripple. And yet she promptly starts [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004280 making out with him as soon as they meet up in the Medium.]] For the most part, Tavros doesn't seem to share her romantic feelings of either stripe, and is generally afraid of her. He does still spend time with her, though, sometimes mediated by one of their friends, although he does run away in tears when [[spoiler: Vriska is nearly beaten to death by another person she's hurt, and asks Tavros to kill her. Then, when she comes back, he decides he needs to stop her from doing something dangerous, and she kills him when he tries.]]
*** The main interpretation of [[spoiler:Vriska killing Tavros]] is that she did it ''not'' because he was trying to fight her, but because she was angry that it took him so damn long to try. [[spoiler:He's one of the few people she actually feels guilty about killing. Kismeses are not supposed to murder each other, because that would end the relationship- relationship -- and the entire point of kismesssitude is that it's a relationship between two evenly matched enemies.]]
23rd Jul '16 4:47:15 PM nombretomado
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* Goldie and Scrooge in ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. CarlBarks wrote 'em that way, Creator/DonRosa made 'em ''awesome'' at it.

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* Goldie and Scrooge in ''Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck''. CarlBarks Creator/CarlBarks wrote 'em that way, Creator/DonRosa made 'em ''awesome'' at it.
23rd Jul '16 9:04:48 AM nombretomado
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* Music/{{Voltaire}} feat. AmandaPalmer's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShMajikZ8wM Stuck With You]]. It reaches the heights of bodily harm and murder.

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* Music/{{Voltaire}} feat. AmandaPalmer's Music/AmandaPalmer's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShMajikZ8wM Stuck With You]]. It reaches the heights of bodily harm and murder.
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