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20th Jun '16 11:41:45 AM Berry23
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* Shinji and Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Both love each other, but they are not exactly mentally sound (both are afraid of getting hurt by other people, but Asuka pushes them away as Shinji runs from them), and their relationship is not healthy: Asuka is a fiercely competitive young woman who teases Shinji in what she considers flirting, while Shinji is a reclusive, socially inept introvert who doesn't respond well to her flirtations, either acting as an ExtremeDoormat till she’s placated or lashing back at her on occasion, leading Asuka to be even angrier, more insecure and more depressed.

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* Shinji and Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Both love each other, but they are not exactly mentally sound (both are afraid of getting hurt by other people, but Asuka pushes them away as Shinji runs from them), and their relationship is not healthy: Asuka is a fiercely competitive young woman who teases Shinji in what she considers flirting, while Shinji is a reclusive, socially inept introvert who doesn't respond well to her flirtations, either acting as an ExtremeDoormat till she’s placated or lashing back at her on occasion, leading Asuka to be even angrier, more insecure and more depressed. The two's BelligerentSexualTension paired with their inability to discuss their feelings for one another results in one of the most disturbing, squick filled, and generally infamous cases of DudeShesLikeInAComa in television history.
16th Jun '16 4:37:56 PM Karpinsky
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* It's actually the societal ''norm'' for romance to be The Masochism Tango in Saldaea in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', much to the bafflement of [[TheBigGuy Perrin]] when he marries fan-unfavorite [[TheScrappy Faile]]. As [[http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386600 The Parody]] puts it:

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* It's actually the societal ''norm'' for romance to be The Masochism Tango in Saldaea in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', much to the bafflement of [[TheBigGuy Perrin]] when he marries fan-unfavorite [[TheScrappy Faile]]. As [[http://www.ataricommunity.com/forums/showthread.php?t=386600 dragonmount.com/forums/topic/77089-the-wheel-of-time-summaries-by-isam-spoilers-till-book-cot/ The Parody]] puts it:
25th May '16 9:42:51 AM Willbyr
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* In ''ParadiseKiss'', Yukari and George get together almost immediately, but their romance is unhinged from the get-go. He is sometimes genuinely sweet and gentlemanly with her, but it's hard to notice amidst all the icy contempt and plain insults he throws at her. To make things worse, it's heavily implied [[spoiler: his conflicted emotions towards her stem for [[Theatre/OedipusRex her similarity to his mother]]]]. Naturally, [[spoiler: it just couldn't end well for them... yet still ended up better than other examples: they break up out of their own accord and in somewhat amiable terms, George leaves the country to pursue his goals and Yukari decides to live her own life and build her own career. In the DistantFinale, she actually marries her VictoriousChildhoodFriend Hiro.]]

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* In ''ParadiseKiss'', ''Manga/ParadiseKiss'', Yukari and George get together almost immediately, but their romance is unhinged from the get-go. He is sometimes genuinely sweet and gentlemanly with her, but it's hard to notice amidst all the icy contempt and plain insults he throws at her. To make things worse, it's heavily implied [[spoiler: his conflicted emotions towards her stem for [[Theatre/OedipusRex her similarity to his mother]]]]. Naturally, [[spoiler: it just couldn't end well for them... yet still ended up better than other examples: they break up out of their own accord and in somewhat amiable terms, George leaves the country to pursue his goals and Yukari decides to live her own life and build her own career. In the DistantFinale, she actually marries her VictoriousChildhoodFriend Hiro.]]



* Shinji and Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Both love each other, but they are not exactly mentally sound (both are afraid of getting hurt by other people, but Asuka pushes them away as Shinji runs from them), and their relationship is not healthy: Asuka is a fiercely competitive young woman who teases Shinji in what she considers flirting, while Shinji is a reclusive, socially inept introvert who doesn't respond well to her flirtations, either acting as an ExtremeDoormat till she’s placated or lashing back at her on occasion, leading Asuka to be even angrier, more unsecure and more depressed.

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* Shinji and Asuka from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''. Both love each other, but they are not exactly mentally sound (both are afraid of getting hurt by other people, but Asuka pushes them away as Shinji runs from them), and their relationship is not healthy: Asuka is a fiercely competitive young woman who teases Shinji in what she considers flirting, while Shinji is a reclusive, socially inept introvert who doesn't respond well to her flirtations, either acting as an ExtremeDoormat till she’s placated or lashing back at her on occasion, leading Asuka to be even angrier, more unsecure insecure and more depressed.
4th May '16 5:57:20 PM Hjortron18
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* Taken very literally in ''[[WesternAnimation/IceAge Ice Age 3: Age of Dinosaurs]]'', where the squirrel couple fight over [[MacGuffin the acorn]] while tango plays in the background.

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* Taken very literally in ''[[WesternAnimation/IceAge Ice Age 3: Age of Dinosaurs]]'', ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'', where the squirrel couple fight over [[MacGuffin the acorn]] while tango plays in the background.
4th May '16 10:43:36 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' 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/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''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.
30th Mar '16 2:30:25 PM carduser123
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* ComicBook/DruidCity: Hunter Hastings, with Misa Saito and Mannie Sue. Misa is too determined and independent to be tied down by the productive, but fragile, Hunter. Mannie Sue is too damaged and vulnerable to be with the wiser and far more unscrupulous Hunter.
6th Mar '16 2:49:31 AM eroock
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->''Take your cigarette from its holder,''\\

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->''Take ->''"Take your cigarette from its holder,''\\



''As we dance to The Masochism Tango!''

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''As we dance to The Masochism Tango!''Tango!"''
5th Mar '16 5:29:48 AM CalSantiago
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* In ''FanFic/HotspringSouls'' and its sequel ''SliceOfSouls!'', the Bearer of the Curse and the Emerald Herald have this kind of relationship. The Bearer of the Curse is an ExtremeDoormat and HenpeckedHusband, always having to endure his wife's non-stop nagging and being blamed for everything that goes wrong. At one point he's made to sleep on the floor without any blankets or pillows, and in the sequel he almost gets hit in the face by flying pots and pans in the kitchen when the Emerald Herald is having a tantrum ''over a broken dishwasher.'' Their relationship is so bad even that their ''pet cat'' has to intervene. Though in the same chapter, [[spoiler: the two finally address the root of their relationship problems and make an effort to fix their marriage. In the later chapters, they actually start to act more like a couple again.]]

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* In ''FanFic/HotspringSouls'' and its sequel ''SliceOfSouls!'', ''Slice of Souls!'', the Bearer of the Curse and the Emerald Herald have this kind of relationship. The Bearer of the Curse is an ExtremeDoormat and HenpeckedHusband, always having to endure his wife's non-stop nagging and being blamed for everything that goes wrong. At one point he's made to sleep on the floor without any blankets or pillows, and in the sequel he almost gets hit in the face by flying pots and pans in the kitchen when the Emerald Herald is having a tantrum ''over a broken dishwasher.'' dishwasher''.[[note]]Though to be fair, she wasn't actually trying to hit her husband.[[/note]] Their relationship is so bad even that their ''pet cat'' has to intervene. Though in Towards the end of the same chapter, though, [[spoiler: the two finally address the root of their relationship problems and the Emerald Herald admits that she doesn't hate the Bearer of the Curse— she just has ''a lot'' of emotional baggage left over and [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther she's thankful that he still stays with her despite everything.]] From that point on, the two actively make an effort to fix their marriage. In marriage and in the later chapters, they actually start to act more like a couple again.]]
5th Mar '16 5:20:54 AM CalSantiago
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* In ''FanFic/HotspringSouls'' and its sequel ''SliceOfSouls!'', the Bearer of the Curse and the Emerald Herald have this kind of relationship. The Bearer of the Curse is an ExtremeDoormat and HenpeckedHusband, always having to endure his wife's non-stop nagging and being blamed for everything that goes wrong. At one point he's made to sleep on the floor without any blankets or pillows, and in the sequel he almost gets hit in the face by flying pots and pans in the kitchen when the Emerald Herald is having a tantrum ''over a broken dishwasher.'' Their relationship is so bad even that their ''pet cat'' has to intervene. Though in the same chapter, [[spoiler: the two finally address the root of their relationship problems and make an effort to fix their marriage. In the later chapters, they actually start to act more like a couple again.]]
1st Mar '16 5:20:36 PM PurrElise
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** Enforced in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace'' with the [[spoiler: Daters/Haters]]: despite a very bad break up, they have to keep working together to stay in the race.
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