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->''"Venom... I've been all over this city looking for you! You never call, you never write... It's like I'm the only one interested in making this relationship work..."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows''

The implications of sexual tension between [[ArchEnemy arch-enemies]]. Just as HoYay is about the situation of implying romance where even the characters' canonical sexual orientations make it implausible, this trope intentionally creates an even deeper paradox by subtextually implying love in a relationship that is, textually, ''the opposite of love''.

This trope is much more likely to come into play if one is TheRival and TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou, or a RivalTurnedEvil, and is especially likely if one is an EvilFormerFriend. If [[EnemyMine enemies have to work together]], it can give the impression that [[DoubleEntendre adversity makes strange bedfellows]]. Other times, this trope can be invoked by a villain who seems to be ''too'' eager and persistent about trying to convince or force the hero to [[WeCanRuleTogether rule the world together]], and eventually appear [[StalkerWithACrush as a one-sided]] VillainousCrush. TermsOfEndangerment often feature, and watch out for the TakeThatKiss. {{Dark Magical Girl}}s are often depicted as understanding their MagicalGirl counterpart far more than anyone else, and after inevitable [[HeelFaceTurn redemption]] at the very least become HeterosexualLifePartners, if not more.

Since most heroes and their villains tend to be the same gender, this results in most examples of Foe Yay overlapping with HoYay, but different gender foes qualify too. When it ultimately goes from subtext to text, and the two admit that they love each other, it is called DatingCatwoman. Contrast with DefectingForLove. For the villain who really ''is'' sexually obsessed with TheHero, see StalkerWithACrush, MindGameShip, InLoveWithYourCarnage, and VillainousCrush. See also DestructoNookie, when they actually do go the whole nine yards.

'''See also FoeYayShipping, for the subjective audience reaction''' of insisting that after a certain number of such scenes, the two ''should'' become a couple (this appeal often lies in the forbidden nature of the relationship, a staple of the shipper diet). Please move non-objective examples to that page. Not to be confused with FauxYay.




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]

* The fight between Ladd Russo and Chane Laforet atop the Flying Pussyfoot in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is punctuated with this, as Ladd repeatedly declares his love for Chane and monologues about how she loves him back. [[InterplayofSexandViolence Even while he's trying to blow her to bits with a shotgun.]] It's implied that Ladd's just trying to mess with her, but when he starts to caress her cheek and play with her hair, [[VillainousCrush one can't help but wonder.]]
-->'''Ladd''': I'll take it. I accept this love from you, young lady! But you have to accept my love, too...\\
* The attraction that Slan, the female member of the Godhand, has to Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Given that she's a sadistic demonic god, she basically derives a lot of pleasure from all the suffering she and the other God Hands can put him through. And it's not exactly helped by the fact that Slan is TooKinkyToTorture -- the only thing Guts succeeds in doing by impaling and blowing off half of Slan's torso with his ArmCannon during his battle with her in the Qliphoth is ''giving her an orgasm.''
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
** A very twisted example in the warped relationship between former 3rd Espada Nel Tu and 5th Espada Nnoitra Jiruga. Nel's constant attempts at saving Nnoitra, coupled with how Nnoitra, no matter what he does, cannot seem to get her out of his head don't help.
** Orihime has had quite a bit of subtext going on, mostly with [[TheStoic Ulquiorra]] and [[AxCrazy Grimmjow]], but there's even a little with [[MagnificentBastard Aizen]] too.
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Papillon's obsession with Kazuki. Magnified by how there's already a lot of subtext around Papillon with his flamboyant outfit including speedos and a distinctive butterfly mask.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has Aion/Chrono. In the manga, Aion is really [[spoiler:Chrono's twin brother, unknown to him]], and actually cares quite a bit for Chrono. The anime adaptation included a scene where Aion holds Chrono's face in his hands and leans so close while speaking to him that their lips are almost touching. He also has a bit of InLoveWithYourCarnage for Chrono in both versions.
* ''Manga/{{Clover}}'' has Barus and Kazuhiko's innuendo-laden dialogue. Barus is especially fond of Kazuhiko, and likes to call him his "prince." And [[ALoveToDismember snuggle with his severed hand at night]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has SerialKiller [[VillainProtagonist Light]] and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist L, who (willingly, at least on one side) become [[ChainedHeat handcuffed together]] for an indeterminate amount of time. Light's girlfriend Misa immediately protests by saying "Light is mine and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything I don't want to share him with you!]]" There was also that time when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext L gave Light a foot massage]].
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'':
** This defines the relationship between Rally Vincent and the BigBad Goldie Musou in the manga, even though it's decidedly one-sided, with Goldie's desire to possess Rally, body and soul is the main reason for their conflict. There's also some FoeYay between Rally and the JerkWithAHeartOfGold rival/enemy/ally Bean Bandit.
** To a lesser degree, the relationship between Goldie and Rally's junior sidekick Misty Brown. In one scene Misty drugged senseless in her underwear, in the next Misty in leather bondage gear, crying. [[spoiler:And in the last book of the series the two end up in a consensual relationship!]] [[KarmaHoudini Seriously!]]
* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'': Lampshaded by TheHero Daba Myroad in chapter 15, as seen in the quote above. UnknownRival Gablet's became so driven and so obsessive with defeating Daba that sometimes it sounded like if he had a crush on him.
* ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin'': Damiya becomes suddenly very touchy-feely with Erin, when it turns out that [[spoiler:she can control the beast lords]]. During their first meeting one-on-one he grabs her hand, gets very close with her and compliments her eyes. Unsurprisingly, when they are interrupted by his aunt, she assumes that he tries to force himself on her. He also seems to be impressed when Erin doesnít buy his sweet talk and is overly fascinated by her ability, even comparing her to [[spoiler:Je, when she rides on Lilan to rescue the queen.]]
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'':
** Soubi with two of the main villains, one being Ritsu-sensei in which they actually were sort of in a relationship (Ritsu took his ears) and Soubi was upset when Ritsu gave him to Semei. But they're both just sort of neutral to each other now. And, of course, Semei, with Soubi's obsession to obey the man's every word, despite how he purposefully abandoned him [[spoiler:and replaced him with his real Beloved fighter Nisei]]. However, Soubi's obsession could be because of the way he was trained and nothing more.
** Ritsuka and Semei. Though Semei doesn't see Ritsuka as his enemy, Ritsuka is kind of torn on what Semei is, exactly, due to what people have told him about him and many unanswered questions. Such as why he faked his death.
* [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], who chases after GentlemanThief ''Franchise/LupinIII'', is rumoured to be married. [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday To a lady]]. Huh. [[EnemyMine Could've]] [[{{Tsundere}} fooled]] [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou everyone.]] (It's actually rather sweet how his life falls apart whenever he's taken off the Lupin case.)
* Michiko Malandro and Atsuko Jackson in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''. Michiko even flat out implies that Atsuko used to [[TooKinkyToTorture get aroused whenever Michiko would beat her up or overpower her when they were younger]].
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Turkes has one on Ricalna; even Adam who didn't see what happened between them could tell. Turkes makes comments about wanting to make Ricalna his man at least twice, willingly gives him whatever information he has and has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace when it comes to Ricalna.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': It's been stated that the sharingan awakens with the loss of a loved one. [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha awoke his sharingan when he ended his friendship with Hashirama Senju, who would eventually become (though reluctantly) his ArchEnemy. Even into the modern day, after both men have long passed, when Madara is revived he starts bashing on the ''Five Kage'' for not being as good as Hashirama, and is obsessed with having a rematch when he senses his enemy's chakra. Hashirama, for his part, is perhaps the character most sympathetic to Madara, speculating that all of Madara's actions are ultimately him lashing out in grief after his brother Izuna's death]].
* Tabool in ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is unhealthily obsessed with garnering any attention whatsoever from his best-friend-turned-rival, Nabuca, to the point that he gets jealous of a freaking ''six''-year-old. Long story short: Nabuca continues to reject Tabool and it [[RivalTurnedEvil does not end well]].
* ''Anime/PhiBrainPuzzleOfGod'' gives us [[BigBad Rook]] and [[TheHero Kaito.]] The two were childhood friends. Unfortunately, Rook was taken away as a child and eventually became a TykeBomb who determined that Kaito was the perfect candidate for [[TitleDrop Phi Brain]], a program filled with DeathTrap puzzles, the ultimate goal of which is to create the perfect puzzle solver. ItMakesSenseInContext. As Kaito solves puzzles, Rook gushes over how beautiful he is when doing so. He even concocts a plan to convince Kaito that the best thing to do is to leave his TrueCompanions behind and join him. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]] He gets ''very'' angry when Kaito's LoveInterest, Nonoha, displays how close she and Kaito are. When Kaito finally makes it clear that he will '''never''' join POG, the conglomerate Rook works for, Rook goes into a mad rage, screaming that Kaito is ''his'' and that he has to join him. Rook's [[TheDragon personal Dragon]] needs to hold him back from making a grab at Kaito himself.
* In one episode of ''Anime/SonicX'', during a fighting tournament, Rouge fights Tails and beats him... by ''kissing him''. A few episodes earlier, she essentially flirts with Knuckles. The latter relationship is ''canon''.
* Akagi and Uozumi have this in ''Manga/SlamDunk''. It's been mentioned that Uozumi talks about defeating Akagi ''everyday'' and from what we've seen, this is probably not an exaggeration. He almost instantly took an interest in Akagi when he first saw him, cheered him on during the Kainan game, and his rivalry with him is his main motivation for improving. Even after quitting basketball he still travels all the way to Hiroshima just to see Akagi play and even gives him advice in the middle of a game. On Akagi's side he considers Uozumi the better player (despite what everyone else says) and has a great deal of respect for him. This is even mocked at times, such as when they hug and cry on each other's shoulder.
* Ayeka and Ryoko from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. Depending on which AlternateContinuity you choose, they are old childhood acquaintances or mortal enemies, but they always fight -- and not just over Tenchi's affections. In at least one alternate world glimpsed during an AlternateUniverse episode of the television series, though, they are clearly in a relationship with each other, though [[LovePotion outside forces]] were involved.
* In ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'', there's the BigBad Haguro Dou, who is the young son of a powerful {{Yakuza}} boss, and who becomes completely obsessed with protagonist (and werewolf) Inugami. He initially doesn't care about or even think twice about Inugami... until he [[BullyingADragon pushes Inugami too far]], which results in Inugami showing him his true form and scaring the shit out of Haguro. Haguro goes insane from it, and [[StalkerWithACrush stalks Inugami]] after that, cutting himself all over his arm and carving the word "Inu" onto his hand. Haguro has been shown after that to, while having sex with his girlfriend Ryuuko (who also lusts after Inugami and thinks about him while having sex with Haguro), think ''only'' about Inugami, and screams his name while imagining him. Later, Haguro ends up [[spoiler:raping his male subordinate to death, while again thinking of Inugami]]. And after Inugami decides he's had enough of this shit and tries to move away, Haguro, being the stalker he is, tries desperately to do stuff to piss Inugami off so that he'll come back.
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': In the fourth season's OP, Louise gets [[LecherousLicking licked on her face]] by a new, evil purple-haired girl named Janette and the girl hugs Louise close to her with a blushing Louise struggling to get away. And in episode two Janette tricks Louise by pretending to be a plebeian, gets close to her face, and licks her again. She also touches her face and says that if things had worked out different they could have been friends. She also calls Louise "cute and innocent".
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi's MemeticSexGod powers work even on his arch-nemesis Fate, their encounters becoming more and more romantically charged each time they meet. Eventually it reaches the point where Negi's other rivals for his affection worry about the extra competition.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Made explicit in Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}},'' in which the genius supervillain explicitly confesses a homosexual obsession with the hero.
* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker often makes comments toward Franchise/{{Batman}} of this nature, talking about their relationship as though it were romantic and making flirtatious advances. It's not clear if this is out of some actual attraction or simply to make Batman uncomfortable. To say nothing of how in ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' he ''slaps Batman's ass''.
* in ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'', a flirtatious relationship gradually develops between the American ninja John Doe and the Soviet KGB leader Colonel Novikova... to the consternation of their subordinates and comrades.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor clearly have ''something'' going on, even if Lex is more recalcitrant about it than the Joker is with Batman. It is genuinely explicit that jealousy of Superman is a major motivating force for Lex; the exact nature of that jealousy, however, can vary quite a bit from the usual platonic state.
** In the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], Superboy kept a trophy room of mementos of Luthor before he turned evil, including some of his lost hair. Note that before he turned evil, Lex likewise had a Superboy room.
** When Superman died, Lex immediately arranged for him to be cloned - with the clone having genes added in from Lex himself, making the new Superboy for all intents and purposes [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy the biological son of Superman and Lex Luthor]].
** In the nineties, Lex had an ongoing affair with Supergirl, who, in that version, was a shape-shifter, and there was at least one scene where she used her [[PowerPerversionPotential shape-shifting to flirt with him]]. You have to wonder how often he asked her to wear her costume to bed.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/{{America 3000}}'', the women of Frisco and Kansos in Colorado have an entire mythology built up around hating the men and wanting to exterminate them, and the free men Korvis leads in his compound at Camp Reagan have generally adopted a similarly hostile attitude toward the women. So why does the young Vena smirk and [[FemaleGaze take a good long look]] when her mother cuts off young Korvis' loincloth near the beginning? Why, when Korvis and his men later raid Frisco, does he get distracted and [[MaleGaze linger over]] the [[SleepCute sleeping form]] of the newly-crowned Tiara Vena in her shelter? Because of perfectly natural desires, and because [[DatingCatwoman they're going to get it together]] with each other later, that's why.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** There was more than a bit of homoeroticism between Bond and [[spoiler:Alec]] in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
-->'''[[spoiler:Alec]]:''' James and I used to share everything... ''absolutely everything''.
** Bond/Le Chiffre from ''Film/CasinoRoyale''. When your naked torture scene begins with the villain eyeing Bond up and saying "You've taken good care of your body"... This is more explicit in the novel where Le Chiffre addresses Bond as "dear boy" during the scene, and Fleming based him on the bisexual Alastair Crowley.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' throws "implications" right out the window with Silva's opening scene, where Bond is tied to a chair and Silva unbuttons his shirt to touch a scar on Bond's shoulder, continues to caress his throat, and strokes Bond's thighs. Bond responds to Silva's quiet snark, "Well... first time for everything, yes?" with "What makes you think this is my first time?"
* Franchise/{{Batman}} and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' ("You complete me!") [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?rid=11376 One reviewer]] described the delivery of that line as "like a bride to a groom". The Joker also pretty clearly [[CombatSadomasochist enjoys Batman beating him]]. This particular bit of subtext goes back a long way, and has become more or less canon in the comics.
* While Xerxes, as portrayed in ''Film/ThreeHundred'', appears to be into ''everything'', and his feelings were not reciprocated, his interest in Leonidas certainly appeared to be more than political. The director felt that the teenage boy demographic would find Xerxes scarier if he was presented as a DepravedHomosexual intent on molesting the protagonist. UnfortunateImplications ahoy!
* Roxy/Velma from ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. Even besides the whole Girls Behind Bars aspect of it, Roxy and Velma do spend a lot of time glaring at each other while wearing nothing but skimpy underwear. And during the last number they seem... a lot more friendly.
* ''Film/DirtyHarry''. Scorpio's reaction to seeing Inspector Callahan's [[HandCannon .44 Magnum revolver]] for the first time. "My, that's a big one." Reportedly actor Andrew Robinson [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed that line]], which made the crew laugh. One of many allusions to Scorpio's stereotypical "gayness", along with the hair and [[SissyVillain the whiny, murderous hissy fits]].
* There is a strong albeit disturbed vibe from Hannibal Lector towards Will Graham in ''Film/RedDragon''.
-->"Clever boy. I think I'll eat your heart."
* In ''Film/ScannersIITheNewOrder'', TheDragon Peter Drak makes a point of repeatedly referring to protagonist David Kellum as a "pretty boy", "Davie", and commenting on his "pretty eyes".
* ''Film/FightClub''. Aside from the fact that [[spoiler: they're basically [[ScrewYourself the same person]]]], there's a large amount of subtext between The Narrator and Tyler, as Tyler is the epitome of everything the Narrator wishes he were, compared to the Narrator's docile, repressed sexuality. The movie opens with Tyler [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything shoving the barrel of a gun down the Narrator's throat]], they live together, bathe together, spend their nights beating each other to a pulp while shirtless and covered in sweat, and let's not forget the chemical burn scene, in which Tyler kisses the Narrator's hand and holds him down while he burns him, and Marla's almost jealous reaction when she sees the scar ("Who did that to you? Guy or girl?"). There's also the Narrator's jealousy and subsequent ''brutal'' beat-down of the pretty blond guy who started to seem like Tyler's new favorite.
* Seymour and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Audrey II]] in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors.'' In its first VillainSong "Feed Me", Audrey II (who is named after the woman Seymour loves, by the way) seduces more than convinces Seymour to aid him. Audrey II sings to him "feed me [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything all night long]]", puts one of its roots up Seymour's shirt, and forces Seymour into a chair before bringing him uncomfortably close to his face. Audrey later [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar pulls Seymour's pants down]] (to [[GroinAttack punch him in the scrotum]], but still). And in his later VillainSong "Mean Green Mother From Outerspace", in a brief part Audrey says: "I got garden style, major moves, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything nasty thoughts, and I'm using them."]]
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik with Charles, to the point where Website/TelevisionWithoutPity gave them the "Best Couple" award. Also present in the original ''Film/XMen'' trilogy. It's supported both by James [=McAvoy=] (who plays Xavier in ''First Class'') and Ian [=McKellen=] (who plays Magneto in the other films). A bit of a variation on this trope in that they're actually ''friends'' despite their opposing goals and the subtext comes from the friendship rather than hostility.
* Deliberately inferred in the original ''Film/TheHitcher'', to the point where it creeps out the cops to watch the lead characters interact in the interrogation room.
* ''Film/LAConfidential'': Half the characters are convinced there's something more to detectives Bud White and Ed Exley's rivalry than just hatred.
-->'''Jack''': ''[to Ed]'' Bud White's gonna fuck you for this if it takes him the rest of his life.\\
'''Lynn:''': ''[also to Ed]'' Fucking me and fucking Bud aren't the same thing.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'': While Zenigata is leading a captured Lupin [[spoiler:(or rather, the local bartender Lupin disguised as himself)]] to their helicopter pickup, the good inspector is speaking boastfully of the peaceful life he will lead after turning Lupin's trial and finally going home. He discusses two names he discarded; ''War'' (because he didn't want to upset his female readers) and ''Love and and War'' (because he didn't want people to get the wrong idea about the two of them).


* [[spoiler: Hrathen]] towards [[spoiler: Sarene]], in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''. Later turns from subtext to LoveEpiphany, although the latter character remains totally oblivious to any of this.
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', Veres (the monster hunter) and Shelena (a werewolf) has a lot of going on between them, although the "foe" part becomes less and less relevant as the two are forced to team up. In the end, the latter has a LoveEpiphany. Veres might've had it earlier, but we don't see his thoughts as we do Shelena's.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Spike and Angel are half this, half regular HomoeroticSubtext, depending on how antagonistic Spike is in the specific episode.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]] relentlessly flirts with Buffy and considers his murdering his way through her friends to be foreplay, while Buffy is continually reluctant to kill him because of her feelings towards Angel. That said, the series wavers back and forth on whether Angel and Angelus are separate people or two sides of the same person.
** Buffy and Faith repeat the same dynamic she had with Angel/us, only with ''more'' emotional baggage, complete with TakeThatKiss from Faith and both of them acting like spurned girlfriends every time they cross paths. Fast forward to season 7, and the First says everything Faith did was so Buffy would love her.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The Doctor sobbing over the Master's body in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] and pleadingly telling him "You could be beautiful" in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]. And don't even ''start'' on ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'' (although the Master isn't a foe any more)... There's also that phone call in "The Sound of Drums" where the Doctor says all they have is each other.
** While observing from afar, Missy in the eighth season of the Revival Series refers to the Doctor as her "boyfriend." When they finally meet, she starts things off by snogging him in a near-tackle, [[CelibateHero much to his confusion and horror]]. [[spoiler:Oh, and she's a [[GenderBender female incarnation]] of the Master]].
* Just as in ''Film/RedDragon'', there's quite a bit of this between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham on ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': James Gillies, the criminal mastermind on the show, ''kisses'' Detective William Murdoch ''on the mouth'' for a full three seconds towards the end of "Midnight Train to Kingston."
-->'''Gillies''': For the last time, this is it for us. Doesn't that make you just... a little bit sad?\\
'''Murdoch''': No.\\
'''Gillies''': Not even a teensy bit?\\
'''Murdoch''': ''[shakes his head]''\\
'''Gillies''': Come now, Detective. You and I share something, something... special. I'll miss you, you know that. ''[grabs Murdoch by the collar and kisses him]''
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': [[FauxAffablyEvil Jim Moriarty]] (who Sherlock [[SherlockScan deduces]] to be gay at first sight) just loves flirting with Sherlock. It begins from the first message Moriarty sends to Sherlock; Moriarty's ''very opening words'' are [[spoiler:"Hello, Sexy"]]. They later meet in person when Jim [[spoiler:is masquerading as Molly Hooper's boyfriend]], and even [[spoiler:in disguise]] Jim overtly flirts with Sherlock, [[spoiler:giving him his phone number just like you would to a romantic prospect]]. Moriarty (as his true self) later talks about this like he's a jilted date:
-->'''Moriarty''': I gave you my number. I thought you might call.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' :
** Lex Luthor and Clark Kent go above and beyond the already high bar for homoerotic subtext set by their comic book source material. Just like in the comics via genetic engineering, they basically have a ''son'' together. Unlike the comics, there is a MaidenNameDebate of sorts for said son, Alexander Luthor/Conner Kent.
** Clark has it with both incarnations of Zod. It didn't help that the first was [[spoiler:borrowing Lex's body for their final battle]].
** Lois Lane and Tess Mercer. Exhibit A:
-->'''Lois:''' What is it with you and physical violence?\\
'''Tess:''' The last time you and I saw each other, things did get a little... physical, didn't they? ''[wiggles her shoulders suggestively]''\\
'''Lois:''' And then what happened, Tess? Inquiring minds want to know.\\
'''Tess:''' You don't remember?\\
'''Lois:''' Well, a three-week concussion can do that to you. But I think that you bonked me on the head and then held me somewhere.\\
'''Tess''': Held you? That's wishful thinking, Lane. When I came to, you were already gone. We never did get to finish what we started, though. Little rematch?
** Chloe Sullivan and Lionel Luthor. This one is canonical (from Lionel's end, anyway; they actually had an AlmostKiss, but [[FreakyFridayFlip Lionel was in Clark's body]]), at least according to WordOfGod, since John Glover, the actor who played Lionel, actually said he was putting attraction to Chloe into his portrayal of the character. You can see for yourself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47757vI_Pd4 here]].
* In ''Series/{{Intelligence|2014}}'' Mei Chen, a rogue Chinese Intelligence operative into whom Dr. Cassidy implanted a chip under duress, gets very flirty when she encounters Gabriel, likewise a chipped operative. Among other things she compares him to [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Adam (to her Eve)]]. He is ''not'' interested, though he does fake it at one point to lure her in so the team can remotely delete some classified data from her chip.
* Spoofed in ''Series/DrTerriblesHouseOfHorrible'' where the YellowPeril DiabolicalMastermind and the GentlemanAdventurer GuileHero are noted in the commentary track to have played it "[[OldFlame like they used to be lovers]]", although it wasn't in the original script and mostly conveyed through the acting. Mark Gatiss explained in the commentary that the relationship between hero and villain is inherently a romantic one, as heroes need villains in order to express their glory and villains need heroes in order to have someone to defeat.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Londo and G'Kar start off as fierce rivals, with Londo revealing in the first regular episode ("Midnight on the Firing Line") that he'd had a prophetic dream about his death, where the two of them would choke each other to death some twenty years in the future[[note]]As later revealed, a ProphecyTwist was involved[[/note]]. As the series progressed, the rivalry waxed and waned (with others often commenting about the two ambassadors' unique relationship), with the two settling into a sort of bickering FriendlyRivalry[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds situation by the end of season four, with the two would often arguing LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
-->'''Mack''': [[LampshadeHanging So, how long have those two been married]]?

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/JonathanCoulton's ''Nemeses'' [[http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/Nemeses/Lyrics is this trope]], and unrequited obsession, and UnknownRival. An earlier version of the song made it more clear.
-->Could it be that you and me\\
Are always meant to be together\\
Promise me you'll let me be\\
The one, the best of your arch enemies
* Music/TheMegas, a ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' fan band, have the song "Blue Like You" about Flash Man feeling this for Mega Man.

[[folder: Radio]]
* PlayedForLaughs in the fifth and final season of ''Radio/BleakExpectations'', where it becomes increasingly obvious to Ripely that her husband and the evil Mr Benevolent ''do'' have a romantic relationship.
-->'''Ripely:''' Oh, look. It's your boyfriend.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' between, of all people, Tidehunter and Kunkka. They are established in their backstories as hating each other - Tidehunter's hatred for Kunkka is never explained though, but out of that hatred he sunk his beloved ship. Those are some of the responses they have to each other:
-->'''Kunkka:''' I never tire of hearing my name on your lips.\\
'''Kunkka:''' Ah, nobody hated me like Tidehunter. He made me feel appreciated.\\
'''Kunkka:''' Ah, Tidehunter, you cared enough to hate me. You can't buy that sort of love.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': A creepy one-sided version of the [[SmugSnake Watcher]] towards [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse War]]. They're magically [[ChainedHeat chained together]], with the Watcher imbued with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections the Charred Council's favor]] to supervise War. The Watcher's every other line reminds War that he's his bitch, and some of his lines [[PrisonRape sound a bit less-than-chaste]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': [[HotBlooded Knuckles]] and [[ClassyCatBurglar Rouge]], particularly in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. The two spend the better part of the game at each other's throats, mainly because they both want to restore the Master Emerald after it as broken earlier, albeit for different reasons, noble and selfish respectively. However, in their final confrontation when Rouge was in trouble, Knuckles saved her and the two [[HeldGaze gazed in each other's eyes while holding hands]] for a good few seconds before Rouge pulled away in disgust. Knuckles calls her out on her ungrateful attitude, but then Rouge teases that he just wanted to hold her hand. Rouge decides to just give up her pieces and leaves it at that, Knuckles apologizes if he hurt her in their previous fight and Rouge gives a small smile in his direction before departing. ''Anime/SonicX'' all but states they're a couple.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': Garen and Katarina, both paragons of diametrically opposed city states. They received [[FoeYayShipping high compatibility]] ratings under Blitzcrank's [[TheMatchmaker matchmaking service]] but aren't an official couple. During the game, Garen has unique jokes specifically toward Katarina, which are somewhat flirty.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' has [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Phosphora]]]] and Pit, the former going on several times about how cute the latter is, much to his embarrassment. [[MissionControl Palutena]] has to remind Pit that [[spoiler:Phosphora]] is an enemy.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In the story "Girls' Night Out", a series of random events leads the main characters to get tangled with a minor, [[AnimalWrongsGroup animal-obsessed]] DiabolicalMastermind called Tadius Greasenherr, and ZoŽ having to bluff him that she's a fellow criminal boss called Cacamille to save the others. As soon as she's away from his sight, though, she's forced to admit out loud that she finds him ridiculously cute. They ultimately part on hostile terms, but events years later force ZoŽ to adopt the "Kaka"[[note]]English doesn't seem to be Greasenherr's first language, and he sees nothing funny in calling her that[[/note]] persona again to make a deal with Greasenherr; and even though they end up parting on hostile terms again, she's still affected by his cuteness again, and he's smitten by her coming across as TheChessmaster and MagnificentBastard (and as controlling [[KillerRabbit Bun-bun]]).
-->"My heart is filled with Kaka."
* The page image is from ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', in a strip about a pirate and a British naval officer who get a little ''too'' obsessed with each other.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'': Invoked and Deconstructed in ''Punching Above Your Weight''. To give a swordsman-in-training proper motivation, his master instructs his to [[ConverseError develop an attraction]] to his [[HoYay male opponent]] and [[TeachHimAnger find strength]] in [[WomanScorned his rage]] at being a HopelessSuitor. (As per RuleOfFunny [[RuleOfSexy and Sexy]], [[SituationalSexuality he actually succeeds]].) This does backfire, however, when [[CuttingTheKnot the swordsmen just snog in the arena]], [[YouHaveFailedMe to the master's fury]].
* The troll concept of "kismesissitude" in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is rooted in this, and is a vital part of their reproduction process. [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004295 It's strongly implied]] (if not outright stated) that Jack Noir and the Black Queen have this attitude towards each other whether they realize it or not.
* One ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' comic ends with Pi [[spoiler:impulsively [[SaveTheVillain saving her greatest enemy, Princess Ip]], from getting flattened by the MonsterOfTheWeek]]. Ip responds by kissing Pi while exclaiming "You do care!". As Pi stands startled and shocked, Ip leaves while exclaiming, "Well, that was embarrassing!"
* [[http://xkcd.com/1041/ This strip]] from ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', where a character takes the saying "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" a little too far.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' has this up the wazoo between [[SmugSuper Faith]], who's Artemis Academy's [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] StudentCouncilPresident, and Tiffany who is the school's self-appointed champion of justice. Faith is all for it and has repeatedly said as much, but Tiff still thinks of Faith [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/clandestine_meeting as her enemy.]] Which is why she's still coming to terms with [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/omigawd the realization]] that [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/forces_of_darkness she's attracted to her.]]
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' has the bisexuals Yuki and Sonya, who can't stand each other. Yuki can't deny finding Sonya attractive, though, and Sonya gets pointedly accused of wanting Yuki in one crucial scene. An eventual resolution ... [[SlapSlapKiss doesn't actually remove the enmity]].

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': Beck/Paige. Paige is a Type IV AntiVillain (not evil, but fighting for the wrong side, [[spoiler:Tessler killed her friends, framed the Isos for it, and [[MagnificentBastard made it look like he saved her life]] so he could have her as a [[TheDragon dragon]]]]). Beck? Well, he's trying to start a revolt to overthrow her boss.
* Perry the Platypus and Dr. Doofenshmirtz of ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' are at the very least the epitome of the FriendlyEnemy, treating their adversity as a job more than any actual effort to harm one another. Doofenshmirtz owns a pair of boxers with Agent P's face on them. In another episode Doofenshmirtz is shown ordering home nemesis dolls (resembling blow up dolls) and receiving "yet another platypus". Then there's the episode "It's About Time", where Doofenshmirtz acquires a new nemesis, which is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything presented as]] him having an affair, culminating with them on a relationship talk show together. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOfM7WB1ya4 "Yeah, I've got a nemesis..."]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' sets up a lot of StarCrossedLovers tropes with Piper and Master Cyclonis, especially in the episode "Best Friends", where they get very close very quickly before Cyclonis' sudden but inevitable betrayal. Then when Piper starts tapping into her DarkMagicalGirl side, Cyclonis starts showing up in her ''dreams''.