Created By: neoYTPism on April 17, 2011 Last Edited By: neoYTPism on July 27, 2012

Rivals' Romance

Signs of romance (or potential for it) between opposite sides of a respectful rivalry.

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Do We Have This One?? Oh and I'm open to title suggestions.

On the one hand there is Foe Yay, where mortal enemies are perceived if not characterized as having some form of sexual or romantic tension. Going along the extremes of love and hate, they meet on the other end.

This, however, is for rivals for whom hate would most certainly not be a fitting word, who would consider each other Worthy Opponents, and ones who have a sportsman-like (or sportswoman-like) approach to their rivalry. In turn, love would seem more compatible with their style of rivalry, if only for the admiration that is sometimes involved.

If and when this gets launched it might imply pulling some examples away from Foe Yay towards this one, if the "foes" are mild rivals.

Examples:

  • One example that previously provided the page image was about was Rex Goudie and Melissa O'Neil, while they were the final two contestants on Canadian Idol. Here is the Youtube video. Melissa O'Neil won, and since then they were in a relationship. They broke up after a while though.
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  • April 17, 2011
    DannyVElAcme
    Just a face and a caption.
  • April 17, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Real Life: James Carville (Bill Clinton's strategist for his successful 1992 election) and Mary Matalin (George HW Bush's deputy campaign manager for his unsuccessful 1992 re-election campaign). Married 11 months after the election, they were dating during the campaign.
  • April 18, 2011
    Koveras
    It is mentioned in the Tsundere entry to be common whenever one of those is involved.

    • Dragon Age II has Rival Romance built into its gameplay as one of the two ways to pursue a Romance Sidequest (the other is the traditional BFF Romance).
  • April 18, 2011
    foxley
  • April 18, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^In Capulet Counterpart the two characters are on opposite sides, essentially enemies, in this trope they are straight rivals, (like say, they both want to be the chess champion of the world). While they are at odds, they wouldn't exactly by expected to cut each others throats, and as rivals they already have similar interests.

    I think this is tropable. I think the whole Foe Yay mention is needless and just confuses the issue, you should take it out. if you are going to compare it to something compare it to Capulet Counterpart.
  • April 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Hill Street Blues: the big Reveal/First Episode Spoiler is that Lieutenant Furillo and Public Defender Davenport - who are on opposite sides of the law, what with him putting perps behind bars and her trying to get them free, and butting heads - were conducting an affair.
  • April 19, 2011
    ajmint
  • April 19, 2011
    neoYTPism
    Again, fight is too strong a word for this kind of rivalry, and romantic rivalry could get it mistaken for two people rivalled in their pursuit of the same Love Interest. Rivals Are Sexy just seems disconnected altogether.
  • April 19, 2011
    jaytee
  • April 19, 2011
    Rory265
    Is this not simply Dating Catwoman?
  • April 20, 2011
    neoYTPism
    That implies a flat-out protagonist and antagonist. In this case they could be rivals in some lesser competition but still on the same side of a more important conflict.
  • April 21, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Romance Between Rivals is the most obvious if we are going for a name change, which I can kind of see with the need for the apostrophe afterward Rivals to convey the meaning, since it will get cut in some places.

    • I think Gohan and Videl from Dragon Ball Z counts. Videl had a one sided rivalry with Gohan, first in fighting crime when Videl was trying to uncover Saiyaman's identity, and later when she blackmailed him into attending the World Martial-Arts Tournament so she could fight him. They ended up getting married and having kids.
  • April 24, 2011
    neoYTPism
    We have What Do You Mean Its Not Awesome and What Do You Mean Its Not For Kids; these tropes clearly keep their apostrophes, (well, at least on the pages themselves) so I think this one probably would as well.
  • April 27, 2011
    TBeholder
    Romantic Rivalry is something different. ;]

    • El Goonish Shive had a mildly romantic relationship between Elliot and Nanase, second and first best students of the same dojo. It was terminated on good terms the moment a "real thing" appeared on the horizon, though.
  • April 27, 2011
    neoYTPism
    "Romantic Rivalry is something different." - T Beholder

    Indeed. That title has too much potential for confusion.
  • January 26, 2012
    TBeholder
    Romance Of Rivals?
  • January 26, 2012
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    • Lupin and Fujiko, due to the on-again/off-again nature of their relationship, whether they're on or off depends on the writer and the story. In most cases, they're separated, making them competing Exes since they're usually in contention for the same prize.
  • January 26, 2012
    Bisected8
    What about Squared Off Lovers?
  • January 26, 2012
    Koveras
    Rivals' Romance sounds good enough to me.

    Some Rolling Updates would do this YKTTW some massive good.
  • January 26, 2012
    c0ry
    According to flashbacks and such, Bobby and Courtney from the Pendragon series used to be this, mostly athletically.
  • February 4, 2012
    TBeholder
  • July 27, 2012
    Bluecatcinema
    Animalympics has one between the two marathon runners. By the time they reach the finish line, they're holding hands, and cross it together.
  • July 27, 2012
    Koveras
    Some Rolling Updates would earn this one my hat...
  • July 27, 2012
    MrRuano
    • One of the earliest plots brought up in Kannazuki No Miko is the idea that Chikane (The school's de facto princess) and Souma (A proclaimed prince) were a couple, despite a fairly friendly rivalry. This leads to a sort of Triang Relations with Himeko, who is friends with both of them, as well as a romantic target for both of them.
  • July 27, 2012
    Rognik
    Is this Ship Tease Foe Yay? Are the two rivals actually romantically inclined (if not on opposite sides), or just good-natured rivalry with an opponent? I can think of quite a few anime where there are friendly rivals, but not necessarily inclined to date (usually for being the same gender. Not that that detail has ever stopped anime)
  • July 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In a sketch on SCTV a female candidate for local office falls in love with her male conservative opponant. On election night she conceeds the election way early, deciding that a woman's place is by her man's side.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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