->''"I'm sure you're familiar with love songs on the order of 'He's just my Bill', '... my man', '... my Joe', '... my Max', and so on, where the girl who sings them tells you that, although the man she loves is antisocial, alcoholic, physically repulsive, or just plain unsanitary, that, nevertheless, she is his because he is hers, or something like that."''
-->-- '''Music/TomLehrer'''

It takes more than the good intentions of the LoveMartyr or the delusions of MadLove to make a [[HappilyMarried relationship work]]. When a relationship gets rocky or outright implodes, the resulting mess just goes to prove LoveHurts, and that's when everyone involved was trying their best to make it work. Then of course there's No Accounting for Taste; this happens when two insufferable people choose to suffer each other and stay married, or when one ostensibly [[NiceGuy nice person]] marries an unrepentant {{jerkass}}.

The former has both parties held together by force of habit, and basically tolerant of each other although there's very little romance or chemistry ([[VitriolicBestBuds though plenty of sass and backtalk]]). The latter has the whole relationship held together by one person. The second type appears to be what happens when the LoveMartyr actually gets some sort of relationship with their target. Both halves of the couple acknowledge that they're part of a pair, but otherwise the whole affair's so inexplicable/unequal that it's a marriage/love affair in name only.

This is similar to TheMasochismTango, but milder. It's a subset of how so many SitCom characters are so dementedly quirky that they'd wind up on JerrySpringer in real life. [[{{Handwave}} Handwaving]] this often uses AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther. ComedicSociopathy ultimately makes you wonder why ANYONE would put up with that guy.

Often overlaps with UglyGuyHotWife, which depending on your point of view either further makes a couple with this look ill-matched, or this trope make an UglyGuyHotWife pairing all the more inexplicable.

Third-parties may wonder WhatDoesSheSeeInHim.

See also AwfulWeddedLife, DeadSparks, and WhyWouldAnyoneTakeHimBack. When this occurs with non-romantic friends, one of them may be TheFriendNobodyLikes.

TruthInTelevision: Lots and lots of people are in marriages that are rather less than ideal. Hell, your ''parents'' probably were at one time or another. And please note that sometimes divorce is not really an option.
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* ''{{Gravitation}}'s'' OfficialCouple could fit the bill as well, despite being much younger (and more sexual) than most other couples like this. Seeing how coldly Yuki treats Shuichi and all the troubles Shuichi goes for him...
* Mr. and Mrs. Kimura in ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh''... does the wife even know her hubby has a [[{{Ephebophile}} thing for teenage girls]]? Though it's worth noting here that Kimura in all other ways is an extremely nice guy himself. He picks up litter to recycle, he gives donations generously both religiously and to charity, and actually does seem to be a competent teacher. It's just... the whole high school girl thing...
** Tomo once asked Mrs. Kimura, point-blank, what attracted her to her husband. The woman did not have an answer outside of "Isn't he handsome?", which Tomo pegged as a desperation measure. He actually ''is'' rather good looking as most of the time he's not locked into that creepy/shocked expression of his.
* Most couples in ''Anime/DragonBall'' are this, and yet are still HappilyMarried. A major factor in this is that the series never shows any actual dating or courtship, only their lives after they get married (Toriyama was actually convinced he couldn't write a good romance so he skipped over it). Here's a list:
** Goku and Chi-Chi: A superpowered [[HumanAliens alien]] half-monkey ManChild who [[BloodKnight loves to fight]] and a [[{{tsundere}} bossy and overbearing]], [[MamaBear overprotective]] EducationMama who openly discourages fighting. They had two sons and are still HappilyMarried to date. Both are nice people, but Goku being from a warrior race and his mental trauma from an infant makes things difficult for Chi-Chi (though she does accept he needs to be a hero).
** Vegeta and Bulma: An arrogant, superpowered, {{jerkass}} half-monkey prince with homicidal tendencies and a supremely intelligent, yet vain and equally arrogant woman. Had a fling, a son (later a daughter), eventually married and are still together. (Bulma once said that even ''she'' doesn't know why she's attracted to him, although it's probably because of his features[[note]] Most of Bulma's love interests were tall dark and handsome and she was attracted to Goku when she first saw him all grown-up[[/note]] and the fact that [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys he's a bad boy]].)
** Krillin and Android 18: A short, noseless DoggedNiceGuy with a [[ButtMonkey bad tendency]] to get [[DeathIsCheap horribly killed]] and a sarcastic, cold woman who was initially an evil {{Cyborg}}. (In fact, most would say that 18 never really stopped being evil, but is just a lot ''less'' so now than she used to be.) They got married, had a daughter and are [[HappilyMarried still together]].
* Ataru's parents on ''UruseiYatsura,'' although it's implied that their relationship is a bit on the rocks (to the point where we see Ataru's mother threatening to leave a few times...not to mention the time she openly tried to seduce Rei)
** No one can figure out why Lum is so determined to keep her 'husband' Ataru when she's the only girl he doesn't chase.
* Mink's parents on ''DragonHalf''. Rouce used to be a famous knight, but with age has become a coward and a skirt-chaser. He is repeatedly caught in his infidelity by his wife Mana, which frequently gets him hurt. Considering that she's [[OurDragonsAreDifferent a red dragon]], one would think he'd know better...
* [[GenreSavvy Konata Izumi]] from ''LuckyStar'' had a problem understanding why her [[PosthumousCharacter late]] mom Kanata married her ''[[DirtyOldMan Dirty Old]] {{Otaku}} with a [[{{lolicon}} Lolita Complex]][[note]] Kanata, like Konata, looked as if she stopped growing in the early teens,[[/note]]'' dad Soujirou. It turned out to be a subversion of this trope, though, as Kanata genuinely felt Soujirou's love to her.
-->'''Konata''': Why do you think Mom chose to marry you, anyway? [[BrutalHonesty I mean, you're a]] [[DirtyOldMan pervy old]] [[{{otaku}} geek]] with a [[{{lolicon}} lolita complex]]. [[LampshadeHanging Why would anyone pick you?]]\\
'''Kanata's ghost & Soujirou''': I can't believe you said that.\\
'''Soujirou''': I think "pervy old geek" is pretty harsh.\\
'''Kanata''': Super harsh. She's right, though. You were always like this. And sometimes, I almost forget why you were the one I wanted to be with.\\
'''Soujirou''': ... But there was one thing I was absolutely sure of.\\
'''Kanata''': Eh?\\
'''Konata''': Why'd you stop? What was it? What were you so sure of?\\
'''Soujirou''': ''(embarrassed)'' I was sure that no one else could ever love Kanata as much as I did.\\
'''Kanata''': !!!.... Ohh, there it is. Yeah, that's it. You can't beat that.\\
''(beautiful music swells as the audience cries)''
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', L is visibly surprised when Light Yagami announces that he'll keep seeing Misa Amane; throughout the series, the Taskforce and Light's family witness their relationship with a shrug. The audience, of course, knows the [[{{UnholyMatrimony}} true nature]] of [[{{VillainProtagonist}} Light's]] [[{{PsychoSupporter}} and]] [[{{DarkMistress}} Misa's]] [[{{MadLove}} feelings]] [[{{UnequalPairing}} for each other]].

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* Stephen Stills and his on-again, off-again girlfriend Julie in ''ScottPilgrim''. She spends nearly the entire fourth book complaining about him, his band and generally being crabby, and by the fifth book, they've broken up. ''Again.''
** [[spoiler: For good this time--he's gay. And then he hooks up with a guy who is, personality-wise, essentially a male version of Julie.]]

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[[folder: Fanfiction ]]

* Pick a ''crack pairing''. ''Any'' crack pairing.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* Padme and Anakin Skywalker in the prequel ''Franchise/StarWars'' films. Why do these two supposedly love each other again? Because it says so in the script of course.
** Their entire courtship gets dissected point-by-point [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hz1L63TdhC8 here]] by [[Creator/RedLetterMedia Mr. Plinkett]], with loads of cheerful sarcasm and buzzers for each time Anakin screws up.
-->Interrupting! ''(buzz)'' Losing temper! ''(buzz)'' Forced apology! ''(buzz)'' [[BreadEggsMilkSquick Supports fascism!]] ''(buzz)''
* In ''Film/{{Constantine}}'', Lu(cifer) says the trope name about Gabriel before he gets the whole story.
* [[LifetimeMovieOfTheWeek Lifetime]] makes it its personal mission to portray any marriage this way in their movies.
* George and Loraine [=McFly=] in ''Film/BackToTheFuture'', a geeky doormat and a frumpy, closed-minded housewife who only met because her father accidentally ran him over with his car. Their son Marty accidentally disrupts the meeting via time travel and has to fix it, his actions giving George a backbone and encouraging Loraine's passionate side, as well as making it so they fall for each other for real and not just through the FlorenceNightingaleEffect. When Marty returns to 1985, both parents are better people personality-wise and are very obviously HappilyMarried.
* ''Film/ProblemChild'' has Ben Healy Jr. and Flo. The former is a NiceGuy who honestly wants a son while the other is a bitchy shrew who only wants a kid so that she can socialize with other mothers. There's no reason why they got married in the first place considering that she immediately leaps onto a murderous criminal and he's completely indifferent to the fact that she's not coming back. Oddly enough, [[YouLookFamiliar his love interest in the second film is played by the same woman]].
* Lord and Lady Everglot from Film/CorpseBride get along quite well, but it's painfully obvious they do not love each other. They don't even like each other, and are quite open about it. They both insist that liking one's spouse has nothing whatsoever to do with marriage.
-->'''Lady Everglot''': Hah! As if that has anything to do with marriage. Do you suppose your father and I "like" each other?
-->'''Victoria''': Surely you must... a little?
-->'''Lord and Lady Everglot''': ''Of course not!''
* Janie and her husband Dougal in ''Film/AnotherTimeAnotherPlace'', who apparently married her so he could have an extra pair of hands for the farm and another income stream. Then again, [[spoiler:there's not much to recommend Luigi either other than being different and exciting compared to Dougal and better in the sack as well (although neither of these things really represent much of a challenge)]].

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* Such ill-suited couples are to be found in most, if not all, Creator/JaneAusten's novel. Their being still together is justified, because in those times, once you were married, there was no turning back.
** Mr. and Mrs. Bennet in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. The author and the characters acknowledge how unfitted these two are, so they serve as a warning to the reader to marry wisely. Miss Austen noted that a young Mr. Bennet misstook youth and beauty for a winning personality. Also Mrs Bennet married for security and Mr Bennet not only can't provide it; he actively sabotages her attemtps to warn her daughters that they face a choice between financial security and marriage or being poor but independent.
** A young couple from ''Pride and Prejudice'': Elizabeth is horrified when her best friend Charlotte Lucas decides to marry the insufferable Mr. Collins in cold blood for the sake of a home and a secure future. When we see her again after her marriage, however, she is coping very nicely with her spouse, having carefully arranged their lives so they spend as little time together as possible. Unlike the Bennets, the Collinses are quite happily content in their loveless marriage, mostly thanks to the fact that Charlotte knew exactly what she was getting into and Collins is too much of an idiot to know better.
** Mr and Mrs Allen of ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey''. Here is the narrator's smirking commentary:
--->'''Narrator''': Mrs. Allen was one of that numerous class of females, whose society can raise no other emotion than surprise at there being any men in the world who could like them well enough to marry them. She had neither beauty, genius, accomplishment, nor manner. The air of a gentlewoman, a great deal of quiet, inactive good temper, and a trifling turn of mind were all that could account for her being the choice of a sensible, intelligent man like Mr. Allen.
** Sir Thomas and Lady Bertram from ''Literature/MansfieldPark''. He's a very intelligent and capable man, but he married an insipid, lazy and fairly stupid woman. At least she's affectionate and kind, and lets herself be guided by Sir Thomas in important issues.
** It was the case of Anne's parents Sir Walter and Lady Elliot of ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}''. Lady Elliot was the sensible and amiable spouse who married an empty-headed snob who only thinks about his baronetcy and extremely good looks. The narrator says she was not the happiest of women, but she still managed to cope and found enough pleasures in her duties and she loved her daughters.
--->'''Narrator:''' Lady Elliot had been an excellent woman, sensible and amiable; whose judgement and conduct, if they might be pardoned the youthful infatuation which made her Lady Elliot, had never required indulgence afterwards.
* In the opening of Creator/CliveBarker's ''Literature/{{Abarat}},'' Candy Quackenbush's parents are a long-suffering, jaded housewife and an abusive slob of a father. When Candy [[PensieveFlashback is shown the day of her birth,]] she is astounded to find them being sweet to each other and calling each other "Lambkin" and "Nachos."
* In Steven Erikson's ''{{Malazan Book of the Fallen}}'', Iskaral Pust and his wife Mogora seem to hate each other with great passion.
* In the ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' series, the entire nation thinks this about Phedre and Joscelin's relationship. It doesn't help that one's a celibate warrior-priest and the other's a kinky courtesan who enjoys her job. Immensely.
* In David Edding's ''TheBelgariad'' series, Garion and Ce'Nedra. They [[TheMasochismTango reeaaally aren't suited for each other]], but they stay together BecauseDestinySaysSo.
** Also because its an ArrangedMarriage between royal families. And they do grow out of it and fall in love later on.
* Vikus and Solovet in ''TheUnderlandChronicles'': she's a ruthless general willing to resort to almost any tactic to win, he's a pacifist at heart who always tries the diplomatic option first. When Gregor comments on how odd it is that they are married, Vikus admits it has always been somewhat of a puzzle to them as well.
* In-universe, people think [[Literature/HowlsMovingCastle Howl and Sophie]] are this. But really, they enjoy bickering with each other and are actually HappilyMarried.
* Maniac's aunt and uncle are this in ''Literature/ManiacMagee''. They despise each other, but as "good Christians" they refuse to get a divorce. Maniac lives with them after his parents died, and he finally runs away because of their mutual hatred.
* In ''Lierature/{{Terra}}'' by Music/MitchBenn, the Bradburys are a couple who are always arguing. Their friends can't understand why they're still married.
-->Some of them came to the conclusion that the Bradburys must like it that way. Arguing all the time was the thing that made them happy. But it didn't seem to make them happy at all.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Stanley and Helen Roper from ''Series/ThreesCompany''. They only show they love each other once every blue moon, with most of the gags between them involving Stanley's unwillingness to touch Helen and Helen feeling that she's taken for granted. One wonders why they never got a divorce.
* Frank and Marie Barone stay together in ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''. He's an old curmudgeon and she's an annoying busybody. Plus, [[spoiler:they first got married [[ShotgunWedding because she got pregnant]].]] Maybe they stick together because they're Catholic. It may be because of dependency. They can't really start over and are too old to live in another way. Ironically, they (quite arguably) have the healthiest relationship on the entire show thanks to their blunt openness when dealing with each other.
** It's shown several times that they actually love each other ''very'' much (such as when Marie suggested they had a loveless marriage Frank was so shocked and offended he simply walked away), they just really annoy each other.
** The more obvious example would be Ray and Debra. Debra routinely physically and verbally attacks Ray, Ray makes light of Debra's worthiness and hobbies, and they both condescend to one another regularly.
* Basil and Sybil in ''Series/FawltyTowers.'' They actively hate each other, but stay married and even share a bedroom, if not a bed. According to Basil in one episode, they even "go for a walk" together two or three times per week; however, he was very possibly making this up just to appear "normal" to the psychiatrist he was talking to, and it emphasises that he cares more about the status of being married than who he is married to.
* Richard and Hyacinth in ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''. Hyacinth's actress once defended her character against the question "why does Richard put up with Hyacinth" with the answer that she kept a good house, and dinner was always on time. Also partly explained in one episode where Elizabeth and Emmett conclude that Richard's living in his own little world most of the time has gone a long way to keeping his marriage together.
* Oscar and Emma from ''Series/CornerGas'' normally tend to fall in this trope, though some episodes show that they do really seem to love each other.
* ''MarriedWithChildren'': Al and Peg are a textbook example of this trope. They verbally stated that they couldn't stand each other, and it's a wonder they didn't kill each other by the end of the show's run. (Despite this, Al never actually cheated on Peg, and was known to react violently towards anyone who made a pass at her. Peg acted the same way towards almost anyone who had feelings for Al.)
* In early seasons of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', Boss Hogg's wife Lulu is little better than her husband. In later seasons, however, she softens, and becomes much nicer than he is, starts to lose patience with his shady antics, and starts to become the dominant side of the relationship. She even threatens to divorce him in one episode. To make things worse - for her husband - she tended to be on friendly terms with the Dukes, much to his dismay.
* Olive and Arthur in ''OnTheBuses''. She's plain and dull, he's pompous and rude. It's also hinted their love life isn't up to much. Luckily for the viewer, their discontent is good comedy fodder.
* ''{{That 70s Show}}'':
** Red and Kitty Forman. Red's snarkiness and lack of tact frustrates Kitty on a regular basis. Kitty's drinking and apparent naivete does the same for him. He's a good provider, she's a good housewife and mother. It's also implied several times on the show that the sex is fantastic.
** Jackie and Hyde. She's rich, spoiled, selfish AlphaBitch-type, he's a [[BrilliantButLazy smart but lazy]] ConspiracyTheorist [[TheSlacker slacker]]. They both can see the improbability of their relationship.
%% * What 99 saw in Max is beyond a lot of ''Series/GetSmart'' fans.
%% * Fred and Ethel Mertz on ''Series/ILoveLucy''. Their actors hated each other and refused a spinoff, so there's that.
%% * Abner and Gladys Kravitz on ''Series/{{Bewitched}}''.
* Will and Terri Shuester on ''{{Glee}}''. They are former HighSchoolSweethearts and are completely incompatable. Terri is an insufferable JerkAss but Will's such a NiceGuy he puts up with her garbage...despite that he's in love with his co-worker Emma who also almost gets into a NoAccountingForTaste marriage with Ken before he came to his senses and dumped her. It's little wonder [[spoiler: the marriage fell apart about halfway through season one]]
* Frank and Estelle Costanza from ''{{Seinfeld}}'' couldn't speak to one another without shouting and seemed to genuinely hate each other. It's not really explained why they stay together at all, and when they seperate, nobody is the least bit surprised.
* Tanya in ''Series/GrandmasHouse'', who is marrying the deeply unsuitable Clive so she can share his big house and the proceeds from his boring job manufacturing boxes. Tanya plans to call the wedding off when Clive loses his job and she is forced to admit how boring he is when he's around her 24/7. She changes her mind when he gets a new job and she learns it will force them to be apart for four days of the week.
* ''{{Frasier}}'':
** Niles and Maris. Admittedly, Maris was SheWhoMustNotBeSeen and so we never saw her interact with Niles, but she was by ''all'' accounts a horrible human being and a controlling, unlikeable, abusive wife who committed reprehensible acts many, many times, and it was established that Niles' attachment to her was mostly based on overdependency and lack of self-confidence.
** Frasier himself has had a string of bad luck with women, most infamously, his ex-wife, [[IceQueen Lilith Sternin]].
* Both couples in ''RabCNesbitt''. Rab and Mary-Doll got their share of AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moments. Ella Cotter, on the other hand, only seemed to stay with Jamesie because leaving would be letting him off easy (why ''he'' stayed wasn't at all clear).
%% * Archie and Giselle from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' in the movie.

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[[folder: Music ]]

* The Meat Loaf song "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" has a great example of this trope. The singers vow to stay together and love each other "until the end of time"--the girl because she wants to, the guy because she won't put out until he does; at the end of the song they're waiting for the end of time to hurry up and arrive...
-->"'Cause if I gotta spend another minute with you\\
I don't think that I could really survive\\
I'll never break my promise or forget my vow\\
But God only knows what I could do right now!"
* The Mountain Goats' song ''No Children'' is ''made'' of this.
-->I am drowning.\\
There is no sign of land.\\
You are coming down with me.\\
Hand in unlovable hand.\\
And I hope you die.\\
I hope we both die.\\


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[[folder: Newspaper Comics ]]

* ''TheLockhorns''. Every one panel strip is Loretta complaining about Leroy's laziness, or Leroy complaining about Loretta's cooking, or Loretta complaining about Leroy flirting with another woman, or just one of them explaining how unattractive they find the other.
** Parodied in [[http://joshreads.com/?p=1033 the ''Lio'' comic strip]] as The Hateachothers.
* ''AndyCapp'' is a lazy unemployed drunk, whose relationship with his wife frequently escalates into violence on both sides.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* Famed radio couple ''The Bickersons'' is probably the shining example every other teevee couple strives for.
* John and Mary in ''Radio/ImSorryIllReadThatAgain'':
-->'''Mary''': John, darling, why do you have to be so cruel?\\
'''John''': Oh, I don't ''have'' to be. I enjoy it. It's purely voluntary.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Given the [[LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters extremely vast cast]] of the ''HarvestMoon'' series, it's inevitable that some characters would fall into this. What makes it more peculiar is that some of these are rival couples--meaning they woo each other and get married ''over the course of the game.'' And then go right to never getting along.
** Rock and Lumina, from the first two DS games. Lumina is a LonelyRichKid, but Rock is a loud, party-happy guy who's also a total womanizer, regardless of whether or not the woman in question is married. He has ''numerous'' events where Lumina gets on his case about hitting on some other woman! And yet, to get there, you have to see a scene wherein they profess their eternal love for one another. Huh.
** Chase and Maya in ''Animal Parade.'' Their relationship seems to be based mostly on the fact that [[ThroughHisStomach Chase loves to cook and Maya loves to eat]], and their "we're getting married now" cutscene even involves Chase making a vow that all Maya has to do now is taste-test. Once they actually get married, though, they argue incessantly. When they eventually have a daughter (Dakota), even she remarks she'll never get a little sister the way they carry on.
* In ''WarioWare'', for reasons unknown to all but the Star Spirits themselves, Mona thinks Wario is really cool and is hinted to be attracted to him. For reference, she's a cute, attractive, cheerful FieryRedhead, and he's greedy, ugly, overweight, amoral, CorruptCorporateExecutive whose breath always smells like garlic. For her part, [[BadassOnPaper Wario]] is a treasure hunter who's earned his wealth battling beasties and saving the world.
* [[RebelliousPrincess Astrid]] from the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' series does have enough taste not to marry her fifty-something SinisterMinister DisposableFiance, Lekain... but instead she chooses to marry Makalov, a self-centered, lazy gambling addict who nearly tricked her into selling her grandmother's heirloom. His sister, Marcia, even asks WhatDoesSheSeeInHim. And this all happened after she rejected a mostly likable ChivalrousPervert LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces because she was engaged.
* Jun Kazama from ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' is one of the nicest characters in the franchise, though keep in mind that GoodIsNotNice or [[GoodIsNotSoft Soft]]. She has a fling with Kazuya Mishima, who is...not [[{{Jerkass}} very nice]]. [[AbusiveParents At all]]. As of the second Tag game, she ''still'' seems to have feelings for him despite everything. Feelings which he just blows off.
* Guybrush and Elaine from the ''VideoGame/MonkeyIsland'' series. Guybrush is resourceful but otherwise a wimpy ditz. Elaine is smart, beautiful and tough but fiercely independent and very bossy. In ''VideoGame/TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' both of them are attracted to other people and in the finale Elaine temporarily becomes [[spoiler: a voodoo demon who tries to kill Guybrush]] and yet somehow they still stay together at the end.

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[[folder: Webcomics ]]

* {{Webcomic/Bug|Martini}} demonstrates this trope with the [[http://www.bugcomic.com/comics/types-of-relationships/ "Beyond Thunderdome"]] type of relationship.
* In ''Webcomic/CtrlAltDel'', all personal non-antagonistic relationships with Ethan are this (Lilah especially, since she married him). Despite his instability, they, as Yatzhee put it, "[[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation inexplicably tolerate his behaviour when any sane person would be looking for rooms to rent in one hand while slamming the idiot's face in a drawer with the other]]".
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
** Haley is in love with the Elan, who is nice, but very stupid. The other group members even comment on this, saying that there is no accounting for taste. Their relationship didn't really develop until Elan underwent some character development; he literally TookALevelInBadass and started displaying GenreSavvy.
** There's also the married dirt farmers who the Order of the Stick saves from ogres they constantly snip at each other, and the old man suggests he even got kidnapped by said ogres just to have some peace and quiet.
* Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''. Sam, though he loves Liberty, has a serious case of ItsAllAboutMe and [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-05 since he was a kid]] has ignore Liberty's opinion on matters like imperialism and explotation of others, showed in Sinfest as [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-05 porn]]. Liberty tried to talk about it but she was [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2012-06-03 rebuffed]]. Now Sam crossed the line and tries to get Liberty into joining him [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-02 in porn sex]] and Liberty has become a LoveMartyr to her {{Jerkass}} husband.
* Weg from ''Webcomic/FairyDust'' is suspected by his men of enjoying being treated rudely and picking mean tempered wives on purpose.
* Fashion exec Jan from ''Webcomic/SplitScreen'' is deeply in love with with her childhood best friend Jeremy, an out-of-shape BigEater with truckload of mental and emotional issues, who responds to her advances with the most mixed of mixed signals.

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* Though they're not married, WebAnimation/HomestarRunner's titular character and Marzipan. Marzipan considers their relationship to be entirely up to her, breaks up and makes up at the drop of a hat, and seems to genuinely prefer the company of several of the other male characters over Homestar's, and it seems like the only reason she enjoys having him around is to make herself feel smarter. Homestar, for his part, is air-headed enough to honestly think "Go away, stupid" means the same thing as "hello, Marzipan" and is either apathetic or happy when Marzipan announces they're breaking up. At the same time, he does seem to genuinely enjoy her company. The couple's dysfunction can be seen in how they [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/deck.html consider each other]] [[http://www.homestarrunner.com/qualitytime.html via cardboard proxy]].
* [[TheDitz Caboose]] from ''RedVsBlue'', in a platonic example, believes himself to be [[{{Jerkass}} Church's]] best friend. While Church has several PetTheDog moments when it comes to Caboose (he lets out a BigNo when he is supposedly killed, for example), his default position is complete and utter loathing for the Blue Team's rookie.
-->'''Caboose:''' Hey, Church! Happy Valentine's --
-->'''Church:''' GET THE FUCK AWAY FROM ME!
:: Of course, given the nature of relationships on ''RedVsBlue'', [[TheDitz Caboose]] probably ''is'' [[{{Jerkass}} Church's]] best friend.
** Same thing with Grif and Simmons. They have absolutely nothing in common yet they remain best friends.
** On the romance side of things, nobody really gets why Church and Tex like each other. She's mean, punches people in their sleep, and openly enjoys her job of killing people ("I think it's important to like what you do."), while he's an angry, narcissistic jerk. Even understanding where they came from doesn't really explain why they ''still'' care for each other.
*** Because, as the CerebusRetcon in the Recollection Saga reveals,[[spoiler: both of them are AI's, and the care they have for one another is ''literally rooted into their programming'', regardless of whether they actually like each other or not.]]

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* Eustace and Muriel in ''CourageTheCowardlyDog'' seem an extreme version, as they at best get along, and Eustace is at best complacent when he gets what he wants. You have to wonder why they were married or if they liked each other. There's almost never even a case of AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther. One episode has aliens who extract Muriels' love as a liquid, during which time she is just as if not ''meaner'' than Eustace. Though she gets her good nature back, just the dregs of her liquid completely changed the aliens into really nice guys. So yeah, she's a saint with NoAccountingForTaste. What is also truly weird is that when she was mean and spent most of the time abusing Courage, Eustace is actually ''genuinely happy'' that he has someone to be mean with. Though she was also a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7KCDxDDcuc&NR=1 hyperactive demanding brat]] when she was [[FountainOfYouth deaged]] in one episode.
** Well, there was ''[[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther one]]'' [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther episode]], where Eustace's even more curmudgeonly mom and a spurned phantom try to break up their marriage, and there's a scene where Courage gets them to stay together and show affection for each other. There are also a few brief moments that make you think that maybe they are contently married. They just decrease in number since Eustace' meanness [[{{Flanderization}} increases as the series progresses]].
** When Eustace is stolen away by the Queen of the Black Puddle, Muriel is reduced to endless weeping. Yet 90% of the show's episodes end with Eustace trapped, incapacitated, or possibly dead, yet Muriel never seems to care. Heck, one episode had Eustace ''melt in front of her'' having to be sponged off and placed in a jar and yet all Muriel does is say "Poor Eustace" in the same tone as if he was sick in bed with the flu. It really makes one wonder if whether she's amazingly [[StepfordSmiler callous]], [[TheDitz dim-witted]], or more likely, subconsciously GenreSavvy enough to know he'll be [[StatusQuoIsGod back to normal by next episode.]] They ''are'' elderly. Maybe their personalities evolved after having been married for several years.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Homer and Marge have always, ''always'' been in a weird flux between wondering why are they still together and HappilyMarried: They're facing constant troubles, but it's always made a big deal instead of just "a fact of life".
* Fred and Wilma Flintstone in ''TheFlintstones''. The (alliterative) BetaCouple Barney and Betty, however, are quite HappilyMarried. Subverted in one of the movies, though, where Fred ''had'' to fight to get Wilma's favor back during a vacation trip where he was just this close to losing her. It's implied that Wilma ''likes'' the [[JerkWithAHeartOFGold clumsy yet good-hearted oaf]] (judging from his really awkward love letter he gave her in high school) that Fred is.
* ''The Bickersons'', as described above under Radio.
* Mung and Truffles from ''{{Chowder}}''. He's a womanizer ([[CasanovaWannabe or so he'd like to think]]); she's intimidating. It's a weird combination, but they've managed to stay together for ''four hundred and fifty years.''
** As Chowder, Mung, and Schnitzel venture out for more cinnamini, Mung asks Truffles to mind the store, because, as he dramatically announces, "We need more spice!" Cue Truffles: "Vell at least ''somevun'' acknowledged it."
** There was one flashback to their younger days, where Truffles was considerably more attractive and less shrewish.
* ''FamilyGuy'':
** Peter has done horrible, horrible things to Lois, the worst of which was locking her in the trunk of a car and driving the car into a lake. But she stays with him for some reason. Lois has done horrible things right back, like [[BlackComedyRape raping]] Peter. Twice. Almost all of their marriage problems follow RuleOfFunny, though.
** Lois's parents are more explicit examples. "He won't even look at me in the back of the head anymore!"
* Francine and Stan from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' are a weird case. Several episode revolve around Stan putting Francine (sometimes his entire family) through some {{plan}} that involves putting her through horrible things (so far he's [[spoiler:made the whole family go months without any food money to get a better deal on a car]], [[spoiler:made Francine think he killed their neighbor and her attempts at making him more open will get him killed so she'll stop bugging her about it]], and [[spoiler:frame her for murder which made her feel so guilty, she moved to a horrible part of India to help the poor so he doesn't have to hear her say "I told you so"]]), and though [[SnapBack they're over it by the next episode]], they aren't actually ''shown'' getting over it (in the last one, she explicitly tells him she hasn't forgiven him yet). On the other hand, [[DependingOnTheWriter other episodes]] show he's genuinely caring, doesn't ''realize'' the things he does are so bad, and tries to fix them.
** In one episode, Stan decides he has to know that he "won" over Francine's old fiancÚ and so fakes his death while watching the house via hidden cameras to see how Francine will react when her ex comforts her. Francine discovered the cameras, figured things out, and pretended to be close to her ex (but never went all the way) in order to yank Stan's chain[[note]]Of course, Stan's island resort was hit with a hurricane, which ''did'' leave him stranded and thus he didn't know what was happening anymore[[/note]]. After the explain this to each other, Francine's ex declares that they're perfect for each other because they're both insane and storms out of the house.
** Stan does occasionally show genuine love and affection to Francine, having even put her well-being over his principles and job. The times when he does this can even approach heartwarming levels, especially both Christmas episodes. Heck, one episode had them ''out-right state'' that their marriage is just a sham: Stan loves her only for her looks, Francine just wants to be taken care of. They actually ''end the episode'' with them telling the other this. The Aesop for this particular episode seems to be that they're both so shallow the best they can hope for is each other.
* Holly and Peter from ''{{Scruff}}''. One can only wonder how Holly can put up with an airhead like Peter. Also, Sanda and Truffles, who is known for his hacking cough.
* On ''{{Daria}}'', the entire Morgendorffer and Barksdale family seem to agree that Daria's aunt Rita suffers from this trope.
-->'''Jake''': Who's escorting your sister to this [wedding], anyway?
-->'''Helen''': Well, she dumped the sculptor, the skydiving instructor had that horrible accident, and I believe that Bruno is in some federal facility. So I don't know...
-->'''Jake''': That Rita sure knows how to pick 'em.
* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', Suzie Kokoshka is the sole breadwinner for her household and is expected to do housework on top of that to her ManChild LazyHusband, Oskar. There are a few times where she leaves but she always returns.
** A better example would be Bob and Miriam Pataki. Bob is selfish and self-centered and Miriam is a depressed, moping alcoholic. Both are still married to this day, even though they aren't happy.
* Peg on ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'' is a beautiful, sensible, likable woman, who married and stayed married to Pete, a fat, unstable, selfish, mean, hypocritical, LazyHusband who treats their son badly and spoils their daughter rotten when he's not just flat-out ignoring both of them or using them to win an argument with her. And yet [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther she is shown on a few occasions to genuinely love him]]. [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome She and the daughter both disappear in the movies]], so it's possible she eventually left him.
* Oscar and Trudy from ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'' count as this, as Oscar is a dimwitted jerk who fails at nearly everything he tries, and Trudy is a VERY short-tempered and violent woman who has ''beaten her husband up'' on several occasions (and possesses a hypocritical DoubleStandard on flirting with attractive people of the opposite gender), and yet neither of the Proud Parents ever seriously consider getting a divorce in order to get out of staying with each other.
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