Created By: Arilou on March 11, 2009

Like a Married Couple

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Stock phrase. If two characters (usually with lots of UST) are either arguing with each other or just getting along well, someone is apt to comment that they behave just like a married couple (usually to indicate that they seem to be familiar and comfortable with one another, either just straight up or that they are so comfortable with each other that they can argue openly)

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  • March 11, 2009
    In the thrid Harry Potter movie Snape enters the Shrieking Shack and remarks to Sirius and Lupin, 'oh look at you two, arguing like an old married couple.'
  • March 11, 2009
    The four Light Warriors, recently.
  • March 11, 2009
    IMDb Search Quotes for "like a married couple":

    • 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.
    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?

    Live Action TV
    • The Adventures of Sinbad (1996). Sinbad and Maeve are arguing.
    Caipra: Alright you two, that's enough. Stop acting like an old married couple.
  • March 11, 2009
    House and Wilson in HouseMD.
  • March 11, 2009
    Often applied to the Takahashi Couple
  • March 11, 2009
    Martin The Mess
    A memorable scene in Babylon Five had Londo and G'Kar arguing, to which a newcomer to the station remarks, "I wonder how long they've been married."

    This Troper once remarked to his sister, "If The McLaughlin Group was a sitcom, Eleanor Clift and Pat Robertson would have ended up in bed by now."
  • March 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Parodied by Etna in Disgaea 2 when Adell and Rozalyn argue.
  • March 11, 2009
    Definitely related to Slap Slap Kiss.

    • Justice League: The 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).
  • March 11, 2009
    This Troper once remarked to his sister, "If The Mc Laughlin Group was a sitcom, Eleanor Clift and Pat Robertson would have ended up in bed by now."

    That may be the weirdest ship I've ever seen.


    I wonder if there's slash?
  • March 11, 2009
    No, by definition. Slash is always gay.

    There's probably porn of it though, Rule 34 and all.
  • March 11, 2009
    random surfer
    I think Angel and Spike were compared to an old married couple in the last season of Angel.
  • March 12, 2009
    In Code Lyoko, everyone but, well, Yumi and Ulrich are prone to observing how Yumi and Ulrich argue like this.
  • March 12, 2009
    Shasta and Aravis in [[Narnia The Horse and His Boy]].
  • March 13, 2009
    Enough examples for a launch? And any idea which categories I should put this in?
  • March 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Grissom and Katherine are mistaken for married sometimes, but they are not the ones with UST
  • March 13, 2009
    Hooded Justice and Captain Metropolis are referred to as this in one of many hints towards their secret homosexual relationship in Watchmen.
  • March 13, 2009
    Pom Rania
    Mentioned Ho Yay in Get Backers by Ban Mido, talking about Kazuki and Juubei.
  • March 13, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In W.I.T.C.H , when Will discovers she can bring inanimate objects to life, her computer and printer react like this.
  • March 14, 2009
    Shinji and Asuka in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

    This observation is what gets Ranma and Akane engaged.
  • March 15, 2009
    From the Cupids Gun YKTTW by Real Slim Shadowen:

    • Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley in Harry Potter. This troper was personally always pretty certain they would end up together from the first book, what with their bickering like an old married couple from the age of eleven.
  • March 15, 2009
    Up For Grabs if anyone wants it.
  • March 15, 2009
    Space Jawa
    I'm pretty sure this has been used to describe Grif and Simmons.
  • March 16, 2009
    In episode 2 of Digimon Savers, Masaru is trying to tell Yoshino to leave, but she refuses, so they get into an argument. Then Chika walks past:
    Chika (to Masaru and Yoshino): Stop arguing like an old married couple.
    Masaru and Yoshino: We're not a couple!.
  • March 16, 2009
    Sir Psycho Sexy
    Mentioned about Yusuke and Kuwabara in Yu Yu Hakusho. Botan even has an Imagine Spot dedicated to it.

    (If only I could find the damn screencaps...)