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->''"Wonderful girl! Either I'm gonna kill her, or I'm beginning to like her!"''
-->-- '''Han Solo''' about '''Princess Leia Organa''', ''Film/ANewHope''

There's a couple, usually a [[{{Tsundere}} sometimes sweet, sometimes grouchy female]] paired with a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold secretly-kind jerk]], who [[CannotSpitItOut are not able to admit their feelings]]. At the top of their lungs.

Despite the [[VolleyingInsults conflict]], there is [[UnresolvedSexualTension an attraction]]. This is usually [[EveryoneCanSeeIt obvious to everyone around]] [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend except the couple]]. Confront them with the obvious, [[JerkassFacade they'll deny deny deny]]. Sometimes they will progress to admitting their [[OddCouple friendship]] but insist they are JustFriends. Eventually, they can admit their feelings to practically anyone except their loved one. It ends up where both characters dance around admitting their feelings as if the words "I love you" are some sort of death curse, much to the frustration of the audience and the other characters.

OlderThanSteam, [[JustForFun/TheZerothLawOfTropeExamples since this is used in]] ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', and has varying degrees of popularity at different times.

If there is a LoveEpiphany with one of these characters, expect it to change nothing, at least in the short term.

This can even be true in established long-term relationships; see LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. If the whole relationship is defined by the belligerence, it can become TheMasochismTango. If a pair of outright enemies has this sort of attraction, it's a case of FoeRomanceSubtext. See also SlapSlapKiss, NoAccountingForTaste, WellExcuseMePrincess and DefrostingIceQueen. If we're lucky, at the end we may get to see a moment of AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther.

Expect this couple to be either [[FanPreferredCouple extremely popular]] or [[LoveToHate completely hated]] by the fandom. For the platonic version, compare VitriolicBestBuds and WithFriendsLikeThese. Not to be confused with HateAtFirstSight, although it may overlap.

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