Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
"Instead, to Jack's mild surprise, he discovered he was worried about Alison. And Taneem, too, of course. But mostly he was worried about Alison. It was a rather annoying discovery, actually."
When a couple/potential couple
— who spend the entirety of the show yelling at each other, insulting one another, stabbing each other in the back, etc.
— have a moment when they reveal that, deep down, they really care for one another. Awwww.
Often takes place in a humorous rushing-to-your-spouse's-defense manner, where one of them angrily defends the other against the same kind of insults that they themselves like to dish out
.The common line is: "Nobody insults/beats up/threatens my wife/husband/boyfriend/girlfriend but me!"
If this relation is between friends
then they are Vitriolic Best Buds
. If it is between siblings, then it combines Big Brother Bully
and Big Brother Instinct
If the romance part comes without warning or justification, the trope may fall flat, since it comes out of nowhere when the previous context of the story makes it seem like they have nothing to love about each other. When couples don't even have these moments you get No Accounting for Taste
See also Defrosting Ice Queen
and Belligerent Sexual Tension
. A couple version of a Pet the Dog
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Anime and Manga
- Mazinger Z:
- Kouji and Sayaka, the prototypical Battle Couple. Although in the original manga they got along well, the anime series took their Belligerent Sexual Tension Up to Eleven -some of their fights were legendary-. However, you always had moments where they stopped to get mad, bicker and insult each other and showed they cared for each other very much.
- In episode 29 Kouji saw a Mechanical Beast -Grengus C3- walking from the direction where Aphrodite A -Sayaka's Fembot- had gone at before. Inmediately he panicked, got on a bike and drove towards the place, yelling "Sayaka" all the way (he was so freaked out he did not realize the bike he had got was not his). When he finally found her -wounded and lying down on the floor beside Aphrodite A's remains- he shook her awake and hugged her.
- In another episode, Kouji and Sayaka got an genuine serious fight, and Sayaka refused to back him up in battle. When he was seriously injured, Sayaka took care of him in the hospital and kissed him in his comatose sleep.
- In Franken Fran, in the epilogue, Gavrill and Fran console Veronica after some teasing. While this behavior is perfectly par for the course from Fran, for Gavrill of all people to display this kind of behavior is... actually really sweet.
- Kogoro Mouri and his live-separatedly wife Eri Kisaki in Detective Conan. Kogoro acts like a Lovable Sex Maniac, always chasing after pretty women and maintaining a crush on Idol Singer Okino Yoko, but never actually seems to take the act further than ogling or, at most, platonic dating. This behavior always takes a sudden turn for the worse whenever Eri is around, which causes Eri to get about ten degrees colder whenever Kogoro is nearby. On the other hand, they actually try to do nice things for each other once in a blue moon. (In recent manga issues, Kogoro actually bought Eri a birthday present except that he got the day wrong and accidentally gave her the wrong gift box). Eri has also been known to make Kogoro dinner (too bad she's a Lethal Chef), and both her and Kogoro have turned Papa Wolf and Mama Bear respectively when the other has been suspected of murder.
- Anna and Yoh in Shaman King. To be specific, there were a few instances of this to be shown, in the anime, when it was thought that Hao killed Yoh Anna has a Heroic BSOD moment, clinging onto his headphones and staring into space that goes on for a few episodes until he comes Back from the Dead. The two share a few words and she gives him back his headphones before he goes back into battle. In the manga and anime, when Yoh let's an evil spirit possess him to save his friend, the Spirit tells everyone he's going to force Yoh to kill himself when he possesses him. This causes Anna to drop to her knees in tears. This instance was the first instance that you realize that Anna truly does love Yoh. There are several more instances that crop up in the manga proving that both characters really do care about each other, like the first time they met, or when they spend the last night together before Yoh leaves to America.
- Koizumi and Otani in Lovely Complex.
- Sket Dance
- Bossun and Tsubaki, despite being rivals, team up well and have shown mutual respect for each other. Things only get better between the two of them after The Reveal.
- Bossun and Himeko. Despite their constant bickering, they are shown to care a lot for each other, inching ever closer to She Is Not My Girlfriend territory.
- Ranma ½:
- This sums up Ranma and Akane's relationship:
Ranma: Please, Akane. I need you... to hear me now... I wanted to tell you... I wanted to tell you that I love you!
- Also Ranma and Ukyo and Ranma and Shampoo, from a friendly rather than romantic standpoint.
- Ranma and Ryoga qualify as well.
- And for that matter, Ranma and Genma. Even though they are always fighting and never really show any platonic affection for each other, they've got each other's back when it really counts. No mercy when it comes to food though. That stuff is serious business.
Ranma: Irresponsible jerk! [slaps Genma around] How dare you make us worry about you!
- Urusei Yatsura:
- Ataru Moroboshi sums up his relationship with Lum when Mendo confronts him about how the oni princess would be much better off without him: "I hate being bound to Lum... but I hate people trying to take Lum away from me more!"
- Also, when he was shown the possible future in which he had the harem he had always wanted and discovered that Lum had abandoned his future self due to some truly horrible treatment (pawning and selling her stuff, tricking her into working and making her sleep on the roof to make room for his other 'wives'), he proceeds to whack future-Ataru on the head and openly admitting that without Lum, a harem means nothing to him. Likewise, when he sees the future where he and Lum are just walking out of a church where their wedding took place and sees that Lum is so happy she's openly crying of joy, he softens up to the idea and proceeds to attempt to save this future (the others are about to be destroyed).
- Happens a lot in Bludgeoning Angel Dokuro-chan. Dokuro even claims in the opening theme that all of the torment she piles on Sakura is just how she shows her love (while she cuddles and kisses his lifeless body on the ground.)
- In X1999 Seishirou and Subaru get some form of this, in their short conversation as Seishirou lays dying in Subaru's arms.
- Kana and Chiaki from Minami-ke show the sisterly variety. Mostly seen fighting and arguing throughout the series, they also share some more intimate moments from time to time—especially when they face a threat from their big sister, Haruka.
- In Kyouran Kazoku Nikki this happens more and more between Ouka and Kyouka as the series progresses. Oddly enough, it is Kyouka who works the hardest at this, despite her aggressive tendencies.
- Suzuna and Kouichi in Moonlight Lady—after four episodes filled with lots of Slap-Slap-Kiss, they really start to grow on one another. It's heavily implied that it's more because of magic than actual love, however...
- Haruhi Suzumiya and Kyon have many of these moments throughout the series.
- During Remote Island Syndrome (anime only), Kyon and Haruhi are exploring the island in the storm, and they hold hands as Kyon admits to himself that he feels safer with her there. At the very end, he tells Koizumi that he knew the murder was fake from the start, since Haruhi would never wish for someone to actually die.
- In The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon wakes up in the hospital, where he was apparently in a mini-coma for three days. Koizumi tells him that at Haruhi's orders, they've been taking shifts watching over him so that no matter what, someone familiar would be there when he woke up. Haruhi herself, however, insisted that it is her duty to watch over her subordinates, and spent all three days curled up in a sleeping bag in the corner next to Kyon's bed. And he wakes her up by gently caressing her face.
- In The Surprise of Haruhi Suzumiya, Kyon risks his life to save Haruhi from falling to her death as part of an attempted deicide. When that plan falls apart (because a Diving Save doesn't really help in this situation), he's at least thankful that they'll die together.
- After the aforementioned deicide incident in Surprise, Kyon is bouncing around time, and ends up in Haruhi's bed, on all fours on top of her. Not only does she not freak out or throw him out, but she was the one who sent him there in the first place.
- In a different sense, Haruhi and Mikuru. Haruhi usually molests, dresses up, and tortures poor Mikuru, but there have been scenes where the two of them show they really do care about each other as friends.
- Zettai Heiwa Daisakusen's entire premise focuses on this trope and Arranged Marriage, with a pinch of Hilarity Ensues for good measure.
- Shugo Chara! characters Amu and Ikuto have their moment as Ikuto attempts to board an airplane. (We say 'attempt' because he wasn't doing very well.)
- Cardcaptor Sakura: It's true that Sakura and Syaoran's relationship may be based on rivalry in an attempt to capture the cards but after a couple of episodes, there are a lot of scenes that shows they really do care for each other. Naturally this blossoms into a full romance by the end of the series.
- Despite hating one another at first, Natsume and Mikan of Gakuen Alice have gradually progressed to the point where they've confessed to one another. It almost seemed one-sided for a long time as Natsume had already declared his feelings twice before (Albeit once was quite indirect and anonymous), but she has finally realized how much she cares for him as well. In fact, taking into account their parents' history together, it seems that they were perhaps destined to be with one another.
- Pandora Hearts: Gil and Alice have had a few of these moments in both the anime and the manga, they * claim* to hate each other but find themselves inexplicably worried when harm comes across the other.
- Averted in Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt when Panty and Brief finally make love (implied to be more than just sex). Brief is falling from the sky and when Panty has a chance to save him, she flinches away from him in disgust because he's in dork mode. And he falls straight into the keyhole of Hellsgate.
- Played straight, however, in "The Phantom of Daten City" when Stocking is preparing to elope with a Ghost, despite the fact this means she might never get back to heaven, Panty intervenes and tells Stocking the ghost isn't good enough for her, prompting the previously Jerkass Ghost to prove his true feelings and make an Anguished Declaration of Love to Stocking. (Much to Panty's disgust.)
- Lucky Star
- There is a mild variety between fraternal twin sisters Kagami and Tsukasa. Kagami usually treats her sister as an annoying underachiever, which makes the scenes in which she shows her true feelings very sweet.
- And then, of course, there's Kagami and Konata, with the start of episode 15 as one of the better examples.
- Quarterback Hiruma Youichi and Manager Mamori Anezaki from Eyeshield21 have a lot of these moments near the end of the series.
- Sae of Hidamari Sketch usually acts distant toward younger sister Chika, which often gets them into fights with each other. She really does think fondly of her, though, as seen when Chika is sleeping and Sae slips a book with her autograph into her bag and gently strokes her hair, and when she gives her a nice necklace as a present in honor of her passing of an entrance exam.
- Yusuke and Keiko in YuYu Hakusho
- Rather hilariously in Infinite Stratos, defrosted Laura. Everyone was expecting a Yandere with full-on murderous impulses. Instead, she's downright sweet.
- Dragon Ball
- This happens A LOT between the main couples in Dragon Ball Z, especially Goku and Chi-Chi and Vegeta and Bulma. Chi-Chi is constantly worried about her husband, especially when he drags Gohan into dangerous battles. This always involves her getting upset with him for putting her baby in danger. Bulma and Vegeta have lots of Belligerent Sexual Tension that even carried over into their marriage, which is usually caused by Vegeta taking it too far with his Hot Bloodedness, Bulma getting the brunt of it, and then her lashing out at him for being an idiot, which, according to the fandom, ends up as a Slap-Slap-Kiss off screen.
- A tragic example of this happens in Dragon Ball GT, when Android 18, who was previously cold and seemingly emotionless even in heartfelt moments, cradles and cries over Krillin's dead body, telling him that she loves him for the first time that the audience ever sees.
- Axis Powers Hetalia
- Russia stalks China, then (sort of) comforts him after Japan's betrayal. General Winter has tormented him since childhood, but protects him during wars and Russia CRIES saying "My friend can't be defeated this easily" after General Winter falls after trying to protect him from them mysterious enemy in the Hetalia Bloodbath 2010
- The very dynamic of the Frying Pangle (Austria, Hungary, Prussia) works like this. While they do tend to quarrel and fight each other every now and them, they all really care and look out for one another.
- France goes from taunting to genuinely concerned when he realizes his Sitcom Arch-Nemesis England is seriously sick in one strip and hurries to try to treat him. Sure, it's ruined when France gets a Dude, She's Like, in a Coma! moment and America bursts in, but it was sweet while it lasted.
- England himself gets a moment in The Movie, where he cries out America's name in distress when the latter is hit by the aliens' transforming attack, leading to England getting distracted and hit as well.
- Naruto and Sasuke, before the latter's Face-Heel Turn, were Vitriolic Best Buds who could always rely on each other in a fight.
- Whether you interpret it romantically or not, the infinite tsukuyomi shows that for all his complaining about her, Temari really is important to Shikamaru, enough to show up by his side in his perfect dream world.
- After all the murder attempts and insults, Sasuke's affectionate forehead poke to Sakura revealed his feelings for her.
- Inner Moka from Rosario + Vampire acts cold to Tsukune and always tells him that she tolerates him to make Outer Moka happy, but God help you if she finds out you hurt him (later extends to the rest of his harem). Tsukune, meanwhile, is scared of her at first, then admits in chapter 27 of season 2 (manga) that he loves her as much as he loves Outer Moka and wants them to become one person. And now Tsukune is putting himself through a potentially deadly surgery so he'll have the power to protect her.
- Tsukune's harem towards each other, they fight one another and plot each others down falls but when a ligitimate threat shows up, they are more then willing to lay down their lives for each other. Kurumu espesially, she is so in love with Tsukune that do to a Racial Trait its killing her, but she wants to still be friends with everyone to the point that she is the Team Mom and the first to bring back any haremites that may leave.
- Misaki from Junjou Romantica can't say "I love you" toward his boyfriend Usami, only managed to do so once, constantly shouts and scolds him (not that there aren't any reasons for all that), and always denies their relationship when asked, even though it's painfully obvious they're in love, but when his schoolmate made a move on Usami, he was really quick to react and go all "He's mine!"
- Soul Eater:
- Although not an Official Couple as of yet, Soul literally throws himself in front of Maka to protect her at least three times during the manga, despite acting like a jerk to her most of the time. (Although Soul says it's his job as a weapon, you don't see Tsubaki doing that for Black*Star or either of the Thompson sisters doing that for Kid.) Maka's also devastated and blames herself when Soul is in the hospital after nearly being killed by Crona and infected with Black Blood, despite her being a jerk to him as well. Later chapters tend to show Soul being more compassionate toward Maka, especially during the fight with the Clown and in the Book of Eibon's Sloth chapter, where he doesn't need or allow Maka to apologize for her behaviour. They also tend to hold hands or have an arm around the other.
- Liz seems to be this way towards Kid recently; she's always calling him 'prissy' and trying to kick him out of his OCD-mode, but at one point in time refers to him as 'wonderful' and starts to cry at the thought of his hospitality and her inability to thank him for it.
- Black*Star towards Tsubaki, when he refuses to move from her side as she fights her brother, allowing her to take center stage. Tsubaki also seems to feel this way towards Black*Star, as she is the only one who stands up for him.
- Ai no Kusabi ends with a tragic version of this. Despite being in a Master and "Pet" relationship which Riki hated and therefor was hostile to his master Iason, there are no doubts at the end that Iason and Riki were in love with one another. Iason was fatally injured and Riki stays by his side to die with him in an exploding fortress.
- A familial version happens occasionally in Wandering Son. Maho Nitori is typically an angry Jerkass toward her transsexual little sister Shuichi, however occasionally she'll show affection toward her or at least show signs that she loves her. Like when she stood up for her when she was being mobbed by girls when they began modeling (though maybe that was out of jealousy), when she freaked out over the thought that she kidnapped, when she felt guilty after making fun of her when she was dumped, or (in the anime) when she gave her some extra food at dinner when they had an argument.
- In JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Jolyne Kujo's relationship with Jotaro is rocky enough that she refuses to acknowledge him as her father. However, when he loses his Stand and memory and ends up in a state that's all but dead while helping her escape from prison, she forgoes her chance at freedom for the slim hope of bringing him back.
- Tomoe and Nanami from Kamisama Kiss. Tomoe is a Deadpan Snarker Jerk with a Heart of Gold while Nanami is a Type B Tsundere. On top of this, Tomoe is much more powerful, intelligent, and experienced than Nanami but is forced to obey her thanks to a magical contract. Because of this, Tomoe is rude and sarcastic towards Nanami most of the time but should anyone else mock, belittle, or ridicule her he is quick to come to her defense.
- Episode 18 of Sakura-sou no Pet na Kanojo reveals more of Jin and Misaki's back story, and why he always felt he was never good enough for her. Despite that, Sorata and Nanami help them to meet each other at least one more time before he goes off to Osaka for college.
- Sunako Nakahara and Kyohei Takano in The Wallflower are often shown bickering. However its shown more often than not that they place each others well being on very high levels even if they don't admit it to themselves.
- Rintarō Okabe and Kurisu Makise in Steins;Gate.
- Team Rocket from Pokémon demonstrate this when one of them is having emotional troubles or is sick.
- The main couple in I Can't Understand What My Husband is Saying. Despite seeming distant, Kaoru really does want to understand her husband and the two of them have many moments throughout the series where they show their care for one another.
- Cain and Abel from The Sandman. Cain regularly murders his brother (he gets better). Abel never makes much of a fuss, until he gets killed by someone else; both brothers are extremely upset about this.
- Gambit and Rogue from X-Men.
- Ball and Chain is about a marriage on the rocks. A couple that can't seem to get along. But Edgar and Mallory show that they really care about each other occasionally. When Edgar thinks he's going to die, he narrates that you're supposed to see your life flash before your eyes... but all he can think of is Mallory. When Mallory thinks Edgar is dead, she weeps bitterly and says that he was everything to her.
- Thor and Loki from The Mighty Thor. Beneath the centuries of Sibling Rivalry and Cain and Abel behavior, they truly do see each other as brothers.
- Issue 8 of Red Hood and the Outlaws provides a lot of this, bordering on Fanservice.
- In the Donald Duck story So Dear To His Heart, Scrooge is forced to give the thing he treasures the most to Magica De Spell in order to lift a freezing spell placed on Huey, Dewey and Louie. Scrooge is in despair that Magica is going to obtain his Number One Dime, but it is the so abused Donald who is teleported to her arms instead! Scrooge remains a tsundere about it all, but Donald now knows better.
- Bigby Wolf and Snow White from Fables. In the early issues, she shoots him down whenever he tries to flirt with her, but eventually reveals that it was more her being put off by his half-assed attempts, and implies she wouldn't turn down a direct request for a date. When she gets pregnant after their enchantment-caused liason, she is initially angry at him(he could tell from her scent as soon as he woke up from the enchantment, but didn't tell her)and is at first intensely worried about the damage to her image, then spends several weeks avoiding Bigby. But when The Adversary's army of wooden soldiers attack Fabletown, Bigby saves the day. Finally realizing the depth of his love for her, she dashes downstairs (heavily pregnant, and in the pouring rain) and gives him a gigantic hug in front of pretty much everyone of importance.
- Evangelion 303: After several chapters of fights, dog fights, arguments and paranoid behaviour between Shinji and Asuka, you had this simple, sweet kiss between both.
- Kai and Violet from Hogwarts Houses Divided, frequently demonstrate this, though considering their age, YMMV on whether this is Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other, or a Friendship Moment
- Tamers Forever Series:
- Despite constantly mocking Takato, Rika frequently shows genuine concern for him, something that nobody else fails to notice
Rika: You HAVE to let us go help him!
Ms Asagi: If I didn't know you, Miss Nonaka, I'd think you're worried about young Takato.
Kenta: You know, I was THIS close to saying that.
- By the end of the series this is taken Up To Eleven Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty Five
- Also Despite their marriage being on the decline, Sora is genuinely horrified when Matt almost get's his eyes cut out by a Darkscubamon
- A big element in Buzz×Mira fics, since their canonical relationship at the best of times is friendly antagonistic.
- In Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, when Calvin nearly drives himself insane trying to be good so that Karma won't hurt him, it's Susie who talks him down (with a weird variation of a "World of Cardboard" Speech, no less):
Susie: Calvin, you live by your own rules! You make things up! You create! You destroy! You tease temptation! You do all sorts of horrible things, most of them to me, yes, but then there are days you do good all on your own! You shouldn't let something like Karma run your life! You need to be rude and nasty and gross and weird, so that you can be good on your own accord.
- In Marie D. Suesse And The Mystery New Pirate Age!, Mar's parents' marriage is plagued by frequent arguing, her father is often not home, and Mar herself is fairly critical about both her parents' flaws. Toward the end of the fic, it is revealed that the tragic events of the last 20 years in the One Piece world can be undone, but doing so will result in Madelyn- who is actually Mar's mother- never eating her Devil Fruit, which also means that she never meets Mar's father or had Mar. They take it fairly hard, and spend their final minutes together as a family.
- This is a huge point in Warden/Mistress fanfics.
- Common in Roy/Ed fanfics, as they are Vitriolic Best Buds in canon.
- In the Ryuk/Light fic A Charmed Life after they get together Light decides he doesn't want to use Ryuk in his schemes anymore and Ryuk helps Light through his psychotic breakdowns.
- In Kung Fu Hustle, the ferocious landlady and her cowardly husband, who have been squabbling for the entire first part of the movie (she even throws him out the window and hits him in the head with a flower pot), band together to defend the neighborhood from the Axe Gang, fight the Beast, and nurse the movie's hero back to health. They also had a brief dance together... before resuming their usual henpecking roles.
- Ball and Chain - Sunil Malhotra's and Lisa Ray's characters are forced into an engagement by their parents. They do all they can to sabotage the relationship, which is cool until realize they may have feelings for each other. By this time, Lisa Ray's character is engaged to someone else.
- In Blindness, the Japanese couple seem to be incredibly strained after they become blind, to the point of her rejecting him completely. But after a while they reconcile. The same goes for the Doctor and his wife, who is sickened and humiliated with how she cares for him now like he was a baby rather than her husband, but ultimately they prove to still care for each other.
- For all his selfishness and scheming, you've got to "Awww" at the look on Jack's face when Will gets stabbed in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.
- Star Wars:
- Han Solo and Princess Leia might have moments like these only under threat of carbonite freezing, death by stormtrooper, or in post-I-can-t-believe-we-survived-that-elation, but they do have them.
- The Expanded Universe novels take this further. Whenever they're together it's hinted at, and finally results in Han winning a planet in a game of Sabacc to give it to Leia as a gift in a fit of jealousy after the Hapan Consortium offers her a shitload of shinies to marry their prince. This doesn't work, so he kidnaps her, takes her to the planet and makes her a bet: if he gets her to love him in seven days or less, she has to marry him. Of course the trip goes horribly wrong but she does end up loving him and they do get married. Later books show that they have kids.
- C-3PO and R2-D2 even have a moment in A New Hope. After blowing up the Death Star, the team pulls R2 out of the X-Wing in disrepair. 3PO is in a panic, begging the others to fix the droid and even offering to donate any of his own parts to help with the repairs.
- Bud and Lindsay Brigman from The Abyss. At the start of the movie they're in the middle of a very bitter divorce, but a few near-death experiences remind them that they still do, in fact, love each other, to the point of being willing to die for one another.
- In Golden Eye, despite delivering a "Reason You Suck" Speech to Bond and even saying she had no problem sending him to his death as long as it was worth something, M tells him:
- Into The Storm shows Clemmie and Winston bicker a lot, but they have their sweet moments too.
- In the remake of The Stepford Wives Walter and Joanna clearly have a difficult marriage, but both gradually learn compromise and in the end, Walter doesn't get a Stepford wife, which in this movie means brainwashing his wife into a servile domestic servant, and proceeds to help Joanna put a stop to their scheme, and Joanna in return protects Walter from Mike. At the end, nothing is really perfect, but it is real.
Live Action TV
- Xiao Yan Zi in Princess Returning Pearl acts oblivious most of the time and it isn't always obvious that she loves Yong Qi. But there are telling moments when she is caught off-guard that shows how much she truly does love him. The most touching when she blindly rushes between him and a sword blade when his life was in danger (twice!).
- Mamas Family: For all the bickering, arguing and name calling that goes on, the Harpers – even Thelma and Naomi, who were constantly at each other's throats – will grudgingly admit they love and care for each other, and ultimately they will always stick up for one another.
- Sanford and Son: Fred and Lamont were always at odds, usually over Lamont wanting to pursue a real job and get married. However, at least during the original series, Lamont agrees to stick it out at the junkyard, feeling an obligation to look after his father. Also, Fred and Aunt Esther were always at each other's throats, but in the end, they could count on each other to help each other in their time of need.
- Jade and Beck in Nickelodeon TV show Victorious.
- Frank and Marie on Everybody Loves Raymond
- Near the end of "Frank's Tribute," after an unresolved dispute in bed, Frank takes a tissue, wipes off Marie's facial beauty cream, and says "I like you better without the crap on your face."
- In the episode "Marie's Vision," Frank strongly objects to the accusation that he's in a "loveless marriage."
- This trope probably appears in any Disney Channel sitcom where a character has a sibling. Taken Up to Eleven in Wizards of Waverly Place, to the point of a Relationship Writing Fumble with siblings Justin and Alex. Consequently, they are show's Fan-Preferred Couple.
- Married... with Children
- Al and Peg. Strange, because one of the show's creators, Ron Leavitt, relates a story in which, during a pitch session for selling the show, someone suggested they write this trope in for the Bundys, whereupon Leavitt replied, "You are everything that is wrong with American television today." Of course, they might've decided to give Al a reason to stick around. Maybe because it's funny for him to be trapped with his wife because he cares - Al once says about getting a new car that it would be like "trading you [Peggy] in for a young blonde with new, smooth, factory-warranted hooters. Sure the first few rides would be nice but in the long run, and this Peg, is what depresses me everyday, I realize that... You're the one I want."
- One might say that this also involves his family. When in Hell during a near-death experience, Al is given the choice of returning to Earth with a trio of gorgeous women (leaving them in Hell), or returning WITH his family. He chooses his family, and even as their bickering resumes, observes it with a smile on his face.
- Bud and Kelly too. They insult each other and scheme against each other constantly, but when the chips are down, they do stick up for family. (Biggest example: On one occasion, a girl humiliates Bud at a homecoming dance, and while Kelly did nothing to stop it, she did punish the girl for it later; at the end of the episode, the girl was Bound and Gagged, chained to a wall in the school hallway, wrapped in a towel, with Buck's leash tied to the towel and a huge sign saying "DON'T MESS WITH A BUNDY" taped to the locker. Then Kelly walks in and calls Buck to her, and he runs to her, dragging the towel, just as the students start to come in.)
- Dr Cox and Jordan. Zigzagged as it is stated early on that they both like being mean (to both each other and others). Then it becomes clear that Dr. Cox is, at heart, a terrific guy. He uses the surface nastiness as a protective shell. Jordan, on the other hand, definitely does delight in cruelty, though she's not all bad.
- Dr Cox and JD, kinda. Though it does become apparent a few times that they (both) do care, the final episode, in which Cox defends JD from (set-up) false bad claims shows this.
- Arrested Development
- George and Lucille, especially evidenced in the episode "Visiting Ours" where his wife agrees to a conjugal visit in jail and they begin arguing angrily and end up ravishing each other.
- Also, most people forget that, over the course of the entire series, there were one or two of these for Tobias and Lindsay (notably at the end of season one, when he overcame his never nude status).
- Niles and Maris on Frasier (this was later undermined somewhat by their vitriolic divorce) Although since Maris was She Who Must Not Be Seen, (and the longer the show ran, the more horrible her offscreen actions became), the couple might easily have been a one-sided version of the trope, making it depressing rather than heartwarming.
- Ralph and Alice on The Honeymooners are constantly fighting, but have such a moment at the end of every episode, giving an opportunity for Ralph to say one of his Catch Phrases: "Baby, you're the greatest."
- Apollo and Sheba on Battlestar Galactica. Saul and Ellen Tigh from the reboot.
- Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers:
- Lord Zedd and Rita Repulsa. Squatt nearly evokes the trope by name in one episode. (In fact, when Goldar discovered that Rita had initially seduced Zedd with a love potion, he forced Finster into making an antidote; it proved worthless when he actually used it because, well, as the Trope says...)
- Also Ziggy and Dr. K on Power Rangers RPM.
- Voltaire's song "Stuck With You".
- The Parlotones (a South African rock band) portrays this in their music video for Push Me to the Floor, in which the married couple spend the entire video getting back and sabotaging at each other in every possible way...and at the end start getting frisky and about to have sex on a billiards table .
- In the final song of The Simpsons Sing the Blues, "Sibling Rivalry," after it ends with a quiet a capella refrain about their fractious relationship, you hear softly afterward Bart say "Let go of my hand, Lisa."
- Depending on your interpretation, either played straight or deconstructed in The Pogues' "Fairytale Of New York".
- Beetle Bailey: Happens sometimes between Sarge and Beetle, or Sarge and the privates in his company in general, typically involving a situation where someone is about to leave the company but starts remembering all the good times they've had together. Sometimes subverted instead: One party's happy memories about their times together are ones that make the other angry.
- Almost the entire point of The Bickersons - John and Blanche may constantly fight with each other, but there's no doubt that neither one would ever consider a divorce.
- Damien and Anthony in In And Out Of The Kitchen - they bicker all the time, but are obviously in love.
- In Fantasia - Requiem of the Abyss, Cain and Valen spend most of the time insulting each other. Cue "awwww" when he says that he loves her. On a less romantic side, Oswald and Valen as well. Stern daddy admits he cares about daughter's safety.
- Erk and Serra in Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken if you pair them up. Their A support has him asking her rather roughly why does she tag along with him when she hates him so much... but Serra unexpectdly says she's trying to take care of Erk so he won't neglect himself to death. Then he replies that he's trying to protect her because he believes nobody else would do it.
- Knights of the Old Republic:
- Carth Onasi and a female player spend a lot of time arguing.
- As do Bastila Shan and a male player. The relationships in the sequel are much less combative, unless you want to be literal about the training sessions with the Handmaiden.
- After rather a lot of sarcastic bickering between the Smuggler and Risha in Star Wars: The Old Republic, she drops the caustic mood long enough to express concern when he's heading out the airlock to answer a distress call.
- Dragon Age: Origins
- The romance between a male Warden and Morrigan.
- Despite Morrigan frequently expressing annoyance at the Dog in Origins for leaving dead rabbits in her pack because he thinks she needs to eat more, when the Dog happily bounds up to greet her for the first time in two years at the end of Witch Hunt, she greets him as an old friend and displays one of her very rare smiles.
- Dragon Age II:
- Karl and Lynn from Valkyria Chronicles. So much that their (in-game) death quotes are entirely of one of them calling out to another... in a really sad way.
- Radiata Stories has Jack and Ridley who initially can't hold a conversation that doesn't involve insulting each other. After a mssion goes wrong, Jack devotes himself to protecting her and she becomes affectionate in return.
- Possibly subverted in the end of Ratchet and Clank Deadlocked/Gladiator, where the commentators Dallas and Juanita, having verbally attacked each other all through the game, end up getting married, though this was a result of deception on Dallas' part. They then go on to star in their own TV show, where Juanita attempts to kill him in every episode.
- If you end up taking Banjo or Kazooie far apart from each other in Banjo-Tooie, they will end up whining about missing each other. And considering how much they argue, their differing personalities, and the fact Banjo often uses Kazooie as a weapon, this means A LOT.
- Kaltos and Charlotte from The Spirit Engine 2 if you have them in the same party. Despite constant bickering and insults, they suddenly turn out to love each other near the end, even though there's no indication of it whatsoever.
- Nick will spend all of Left 4 Dead 2 insulting his comrades, but if any of them die, he may say something about how he'll miss them, except for Ellis on some occasions.
- In the end of Chibi-Robo, after Chibi and Mr. Sanderson have saved the house from the Spydorz, Mrs. Sanderson rushes to his side, tackles him to the ground and, and gives him a big smooooch! She considers the argument they've been having over the entire game to be over.
- Radiant Historia has one and only one moment where Stocke and Raynie share affection, during a Nonstandard Game Over, and it's a doozie. In which they give up fighting to live in peace together for an entire year before the world ends together. Stocke uses the White Chronicle to go back in time to tell Raynie he can't give up fighting, and instead makes The Promise.
- Grand Theft Auto V: Micheal and his son Jimmy. While Jimmy openly calls his father a Jaded Washout with a "completely fucked" moral compass and Micheal repeatedly calls Jimmy a fat slob who leeches off of his money, Micheal tends to level with Jimmy and Jimmy outright states he's worried Micheal is gonna get himself killed.
- The entire DeSanta family, really. Michael doesn't understand his kids at all and his attempts to bond with them usually don't go well. But the second either of them are in danger, Michael will rush in to help them. Michael and Amanda are constantly at each other's throats, but after a period of separation Amanda and the kids begin to miss Michael. After they reunite, at the end of an intense family therapy session, Michael tells Amanda that he'd kill her if she ever reported him to the police, in a tone that makes it sound like he means. Afterwards, the two have a civil conversation on the way home where Amanda tells Michael to not get himself killed while he takes care of his business.
- Michael and Trevor. The two fight about everything, from how to approach a job to Michael's decision to retire. Trevor is extremely bitter about Michael giving him up to the police as part of a deal with the FIB, and becomes homicidal when he discovers that their partner Brad was killed, instead of arrested like Trevor thought. Yet, no matter how bad things get between them, they can never stop caring about the other's well being. To borrow a quote from South Park, they're best friends whether they like it or not.
- Guild Wars: Eye of the North has Gadd and Vekk at odds with one another, Gadd criticizing Vekk for too much concern with safety and for his comrades while Vekk criticizes Gadd for putting his pursuit of knowledge ahead of everything else. When Gadd dies while preparing a golem Vekk collapses in tears because no matter how much they argued, they were still father and son.
- In Grisaia No Rakuen Makina spends pretty much the entire story mocking and abusing Michiru as a flanderization of her previous mildly annoying behavior. She considers Michiru to be one of her best friends, but rarely shows that. However, in the afterstory, Michiru is incredibly upset and frustrated about getting pregnant which the other girls consider to be a good thing. When they see Michiru is upset, however, they instantly cut out the jokes and spend a few minutes assuring her everything is going to be okay.
- In one episode of Red vs. Blue:
Church: From now on, if anybody makes my girlfriend cranky and psychotic, it's gonna be me!
Tex: Aw, that's sweet.
Church: Shut up, bitch.
- Alex and Seth from DSBT InsaniT have a moment in 'Beach Brawl', which Koden teases them about.
- Louie stands up for Dewey and Huey in Ducktalez 4, when Buzzkill is about to kill them, because they're Louie's brothers despite the crap they give Louie.
- In Koan Of The Day, the tortoises fight when they run out of lettuce, both thinking that they took the last bite, until they both confess simultaneously.
- Platonic example: Rose Lalonde unfolds her plan to destroy Jack Noir to her paradox brother Dave Strider - which entails a suicide mission to destroy a sun with twice the mass of the universe. His violent reaction to this plan serves as an indicator that, yes, he really does care about her despite all of the mutual snark. (Rose even points out that his outburst was, in fact, pretty sweet.
- He goes along with it immediately when it becomes clear that she intends to use her Dream Self for the suicide mission, rather than her "real" self.
- Karkat and Terezi:
- This happens in a more typical fashion via Trollian, when despite their constant bickering, they have a conversation ending with mutual <3's (although Karkat's is after Terezi logs off).
- Later, in the aftermath ofTerezi being forced to murder Vriska to save the lives of everyone else,, Karkat shows up with some support.
- A while after that, Terezi admits that while Vriska did some awful things, Terezi feels terrible about killing her and admits that she misses Vriska.
- And then again later, when Terezi expresses insecurity stemming from the radness of her ancestor and fear for her usefulness to the group, Karkat gives a very sweet response about how she doesn't need all that crap because she's already a beautiful person deep down. It makes such an impression on her that after he leaves she goes to follow him...only to be stopped by Meenah wondering if Karkat asked her out on a date. Terezi seems genuinely upset.
- Also, this conversation between Karkat and John.
CG: WAIT FOR JADE TO SEND THAT CODE
, WAIT FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME
, AND DO YOUR BEST TO HUMOR HIM WHILE HE IGNORANTLY ATTEMPTS TO FLAME YOU BACK INTO THE PUDDLE OF SLIME YOU CRAWLED OUT OF.
EB: oh, man.
EB: our "first" conversation ever? i can't wait.
CG: YEAH, BUT CAN I JUST SAY SOMETHING IN MY DEFENSE BEFORE THAT HAPPENS?
CG: I DON'T ACTUALLY HATE YOU, AND I NEVER DID. I WAS DELUDING MYSELF.
CG: DEEP DOWN I'M SURE I WAS ALWAYS PRETTY OK WITH YOU.
- Also, despite Gamzee's Lusus literally never being there for him during his Grubhood, Gamzee still holds his Lusus as it dies.
- In Monster of the Week Mulder and Scully constantly snark and call each other the likes of "conspiracy nut" and "boring" respectively, but there are few moments when they show that they genuinely care for each other. Both being Genre Savvy, they quickly note that this is bound to inspire fanfiction.
- Girl Genius
- Velma and Marge from I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space: For the first time, when Male Man threatens to kill Velma.
- In Blip, when Bang first enters the scene, he and K start fighting almost non-stop. Name calling starts, ClusterFBombs are thrown, and catfights are held. But when the turmoil stops, it's clear that K is really happy to see him. Later, there's a few photographs of how their friendship has changed since 2nd grade. It hasn't.
- In Pictures Of You, Christo and Michelle spend all there time either fighting or screwing - no in-betweens. It isn't until Michelle thinks she's pregnant that they themselves admit that they are in love with each other. Of course, they proceed to fight afterwards...
- VG Cats - Dawwwwwww
- Tedd and Susan in El Goonish Shive... Awwww... sort of.
- From Looking for Group, Benny and her adoptive father Krunch. Constant snarking, but he always looks out for her, and she really does adore him. Still, when she hugs him with tears in her eyes, she cries out in joy "Old cow!" (He's a minotaur.)
- Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures ' Widly shows she really is Dan's friend. With a hug of course.
- In Platinum Grit Nils torments Jeremy without mercy and angrily denies any suggestion that she has feelings for him. But she loses her shit whenever he almost dies and becomes insanely (and transparently) jealous when Kate takes him out on a date.
- Penny Arcade's Gabe and Tycho. When they're not insulting or threatening one another with bodily harm.
- Death and the Maiden—After a run-in with Pestilence causes Mercedes to become deathly ill, Death first takes her to a place where she can't get any worse (but not better either), and admits that he cares about her. The next few strips are one long Aw Look moment.
- In The Order of the Stick, Roy and Julia are shown to have a fairly strong sibling rivalry, considering that Julia is the favored child of Eugene for pursuing magic. However, a bit of a shouting match, Roy asks how she's doing and the two proceed to hug it out, saying that they love each other. This utterly confuses Nale, who believes that siblings should have an unreasonable hatred of each other and be each others' sworn enemies.
- In Sinfest, a tender moment.
- In Sequential Art, despite knowing who and what Hillary is, Art still has to note that she looks genuine.
- Layla and Kade in Eerie Cuties — usually they don't look like they care much about each other. But they have their moments, such as when Layla jumps to protect him and Kade really appreciates it, to her tsundere-ish blushing awkwardness.
- The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! — Bob and Jean have an argument at a restaurant that seems to be escalating. Their waiter notices and asks, "Are you guys fighting?" They both look at him, startled, and respond, "What? No, I don't... think so." "No! If we were, we'd know!" They then laugh it off and the fight ends.
- Admit it, even YOU have had this relationship with someone. Whether it be your siblings, family members, or significant other.
- Even the meanest, grumpiest male crocodile would soften up if you pair him with a female.
- Unless one of them ate the other for dinner instead. In nature, male and female often only show interest in each other in that way at mating time, the rest of the time, it's just another rival/potential meal.
- Dogs; if you own two or more, you'll often see them badgering each other, swiping their toys, chasing one another around and generally harassing one another back and forth. But if one is sick or injured, the others will stick by him or her and comfort them until they get better.
- Cats as well, to a lesser extent. Most companion cats (who live together but may or may not be related by blood) spend a fair chunk of their time fighting, but it's all for play and they'll often slip into social grooming shortly thereafter. And God help you if a door stands between a sick cat and her mother. Momma doesn't care that her baby is full grown now- she will make damn sure you let her in that room to look after her baby.
- Neil Young has had this relationship with Stephen Stills since they were in the Buffalo Springfield. Their arguments are the stuff of legend in the rock music world. Yet they deeply respect each other's musicianship, frequently announce that they love each other as brothers, and Stephen named his youngest son Oliver Ragland, a name in Neil's maternal family.
- Although The Beatles disbanded in bitter acrimony, each of them eventually patched up their differences. This included even John Lennon in the early 70s, at a time when the band had recently broken up and Paul and John were still supposed to be at each other's throats. A fan encountered John strolling around Greenwich Village with an "I Love Paul" button from the days of Beatlemania. Wondering if he was making some kind of ironic statement, the fan asked him why he was wearing it—to which John replied, without missing a beat and without a trace of sarcasm, "Because I love Paul."