Belligerent Sexual Tension
"Wonderful girl! Either I'm gonna kill her, or I'm beginning to like her!"
— Han Solo
, A New Hope
, about Princess Leia Organa
There's a couple, usually a sometimes sweet, sometimes grouchy female
paired with a secretly-kind jerk
, who are not able to admit their feelings
. At the top of their lungs.
Despite the conflict
, there is an attraction
. This is usually obvious to everyone around
except the couple. Confront them with the obvious, they'll deny deny deny
. Sometimes they will progress to admitting their friendship
but insist they are Just Friends
. Eventually, they can admit their feelings to practically anyone except their loved one. It ends up where both characters dance around admitting their feelings as if the words "I love you" are some sort of death curse, much to the frustration of the audience and the other characters.
Older Than Steam
, since this is used in Much Ado About Nothing
, and has varying degrees of popularity at different times.
If there is a Love Epiphany
with one of these characters, expect it to change almost nothing, at least in the short term.
This can even be true in established long-term relationships; see Like an Old Married Couple
. If the whole relationship is defined by the belligerence, it can become The Masochism Tango
. If a pair of outright enemies has this sort of attraction, it's a case of Foe Romance Subtext
. See also Slap-Slap-Kiss
, No Accounting for Taste
, and Defrosting Ice Queen
. If we're lucky, at the end we may get to see a moment of Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other
Expect this couple to be popular with the fandom
. For the platonic version, compare Vitriolic Best Buds
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Anime & Manga
- Rumiko Takahashi uses this in most of her manga, even providing the image above and the Trope Codifiers with her most famous work Ranma ½. See Takahashi Couple for examples.
- Sometimes implied and joked about between rivals Eren Yeager and Jean Kirstein in Attack on Titan.
- YuYu Hakusho:
- Keiko Yukimura and Yusuke Urameshi in that Yusuke is definitely a Jerk with a Heart of Gold while Keiko is working to keep him on the straight and narrow. They obviously love each other (and everyone knows it) but Yusuke's jerkitude tends to keep them apart until the end. It's downplayed in that Yusuke realizes early on that he loves Keiko, and there's never really any silliness with love rivals and what not.
- Hiei and Mukuro may also fit this trope, with The Masochism Tango that doesn't seem to dampen Hiei's interest (even Kurama notes it). Not quite the same since she's only introduced in the last arc, and their hinted attraction is too early to be a Will They or Won't They?. Hiei and Mukuro are pretty much canon. They respect each other, like each other, and he brings her her evil and abusive father trapped in a healing plant that Kurama specially got for such a purpose to torture for eternity as a present. Practically romantic for Hiei — or, for that matter, for Mukuro.
- Aoba and Kō in Cross Game. Aoba spends the whole series fighting with him in an attempt to show everyone that she hates him as much as she says she does. No one seems to buy it though. In the end, she tells him that she's always hated him when, in reality, it sounds more like an "I love you".
- Kyohei and Sunako in The Wallflower. In an eerily similar case to InuYasha, they've had their moments, but they're not even a third of the way into the Romance Arc progression in the manga and the readers are already going, "Let them progress! End! End!" at all the plot-stretching.
- Kyon and Haruhi in Haruhi Suzumiya. They're an inverted couple, in that Kyon is closer to a male Tsundere, while Haruhi is the Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Now, if only Haruhi would lose the strong belief that love is for lunatics *coughTheseuscough* and Kyon to stop proclaiming his crush on Mikuru and admit that he wants Haruhi, after the tons of evidence he drops in his monologue. Or just want both of them.
- Code Geass: Lelouch and Kallen have this going on. She's a Tsundere Jerk with a Heart of Gold, who's having issues connecting the heroic Zero with his alter ego, the Jerk with a Heart of Gold Tsundere Lelouch. She also has the distinction of being the only woman Lelouch has ever attempted to seduce, even if - or because - he was lacking any sense of self-restraint at the time. She does eventually resolve the two after hearing Nunnally reminisce over their early days and Lelouch fully committing himself to the cause, but sadly he's forced to Break Her Heart To Save Her when the Black Knights turn on him with her in the crossfire. Ouch.
- Zero no Tsukaima:
- Fullmetal Alchemist has Edward as the Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Winry as his Tsundere. There's tons of Unresolved Sexual Tension moments between them — Edward subtly thinking Winry looks cute, Winry noticing that his shoulders look broader, Edward having to recite the periodic table after remembering the conversation between him and Hawkeye (where Riza suggested he loves Miss Rockbell), Winry wondering why she fell in love with "such a weirdo", and their reunion before the Promised Day, resulting in a flustered Ed and almost-topless Winry. Those are all no doubt proof of this trope. All thanks to puberty, folks! Now Official Couple; they marry post story.
- Detective Conan (more specifically Magic Kaito, set in the same universe with overlapping characters) has Kaito as the Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Aoko as the Tsundere — to the point where fanart of Kaito drawn as Ranma and Aoko drawn as Akane has become fairly popular. In the series proper, Heiji and Kazuha also fit the mould.
- Kouji Kabuto and Sayaka Yumi from Mazinger Z. He's a tactless Idiot Hero, she's his Tsundere partner in crime.
- Mazinkaiser tones it down: Sayaka is tsuntsun for everyone but Kouji and deredere for him, and Kouji's asshattery is reduced to abusing Boss and making snarky comments every now and then.
- Great Mazinger: And then you have their successors, Tetsuya / Jun. They were somewhat more mature than Kouji and Sayaka, but Tetsuya was still arrogant and loudmouthed, and Jun had little patience for stupidity.
- In UFO Robo Grendizer, Maria takes Sayaka's place as the Tsundere to Kouji's loudmouthed Idiot Hero.
- Fairy Tail:
- Gajeel and Levy as part of their ongoing Ship Tease.
- Elfman and Evergreen. They clearly have a thing for each other, but spend too much time arguing to even admit it.
- Sousuke Sagara and Kaname Chidori from Full Metal Panic!. Although Sousuke isn't really a jerk (quite the contrary, he's usually polite and respectful), he's so incredibly oblivious to and insensitive of Kaname's feelings that the end result is much the same, particularly as it's normally compounded by his lack of civilian social skills and the Fish out of Water tendencies which lead him to try to solve most problems with firearms and explosives.
- Alto Saotome and Sheryl Nome in Macross Frontier, a rather interesting case in that they both alternate as to who's the Tsundere and who's the Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- Surprisingly, Laura Haruna's very Happily Married parents from Hamtaro started their relationship this way, with the dad as a snippy Jerk with a Heart of Gold and the mom as a textbook Tsundere. They got over themselves by the time they got married and Laura was born, though.
- Lovely Complex has Atsushi Otani and Risa Koizumi starting out very much like this, although it's somewhat unusual in that it's entirely viewed from the Tsundere's perspective. Also, their feelings for each other develop at a more or less realistic pace.
- Yuuji Kagura and Kazuki Arisaka in Tona Gura. While Yuuji will take his beatdown when he has it coming (and he often does, even past animanga standards), he will be vociferous in telling off Kazuki when she has it wrong (and she often does). Both can be jerks, and both can be tsunderes, though it more or less settles traditionally based on gender.
- Kamille Bidan and Fa Yuiri from Zeta Gundam. To the point that the Argama's crew calls their constant bickering their "hobby". They also mention it when Kamille kisses Fa after a rather tiring battle and tells her that they should reconsider their mutual interaction since he's getting tired of the fighting.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Joey and Mai alternate between positions. Mai begins as arrogant and condescending towards Joey, but her mind begins to change after he beats her in a duel. However, being tsundere, she never admits to having any feelings for him. Joey himself often tries to pick fights with her, but will fight tooth-and-nail to save her.
- Roger and Angel and Roger and Dorothy in The Big O. Of course it's difficult to determine which is the Tsundere and which is the Jerk with a Heart of Gold, since all three characters are a bit of both...
- Dancougar: Sara is a Tsundere who's stuck in Tsun mode because her ex-boyfriend Shapiro pulled a Face-Heel Turn; and Shinobu acts like a macho jerk to try and get her attention. These issues begin to resolve once Shapiro dies at the end of the TV series, and in the sequel OAV they finally start to move toward Official Couple status.
- Usagi, the bubbly and easily-angered heroine of Sailor Moon loves Mamoru, the cool and snarky hero. In a twist, they're reincarnated, destined lovers and the tension between them dies almost completely after the first arc's reveal.
- Kei and Hayato from Project ARMS. Possibly best summed up when the group is crawling through a tunnel. Hayato coments on the lovely view (of Kei's rear) and Kei gives him a good kick in the face.
- Only a Ship Tease instead of an actual couple, but Slayers TRY has Filia Ul Copt and Xellos. Filia is a Holier Than Thou Tsundere, Xellos is an Affably Evil Token Evil Teammate Lovable Traitor and Magnificent Bastard. For extra 'spice', Filia is a Golden Dragon, a race that is ( or, rather, believes itself to be) Always Lawful Good, while Xellos is a Mazoku, which are Always Chaotic Evil... also, during the last war between their two races, Xellos single-handedly killed thousands of Golden Dragons.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam has Domon Kasshu as a Jerk with a Heart of Gold who later evolves into a Tsundere. His partner Rain Mikamura is a Tsundere, being the perfect lady unless she's dealing with him.
- Ayuzawa Misaki and Usui Takumi in Maid-Sama! are a much milder example than most of the others listed, having progressed to being very nearly a confirmed couple in no more than about forty manga chapters, but they still deserve a mention for continuing to follow the general pattern. Even after kissing several times and going on a couple of actual dates, Misaki is still very Tsundere where Usui is concerned, and Usui still claims that he doesn't date because it's too much trouble.
- Nana to Kaoru are Tsundere and Jerk with a Heart of Gold, respectively.
- Chocomimi has Spoiled Brat Mumu and Tsundere Mimi.
- Chrono and Rosette from Chrono Crusade. Although Chrono isn't exactly a jerk, he does often run out of patience with Rosette's antics, which leads to him being often sarcastic toward her and calling her an idiot. Rosette, on the other hand, is a Tsundere through and through, and often will behave violently toward him for doing that (or even sometimes when he's not). At one point he even ends up laying in a pool of his own blood! (But he has regenerative powers so it's always Played for Laughs.)
- Revy and Rock from Black Lagoon take this to new extremes, seeing as she's nearly blown his head off multiple times. (Not to mention, he's slowly but surely sliding into Magnificent Bastardry, which actually disturbs her).
- B Gata H Kei has Yamada and Kosuda. Notable in that the first plans to sleep with and then just dump the latter so she can then go on having 100 sex friends. The genuine feelings she develops for Kosuda lead to most of the belligerance in the tension, as she continues to stubbornly refuse to admit that she's falling for him and frequently reacts violently to his romantic gestures (or, just as often, to his failure to produce romantic gestures when she wants them). Her initial goal and most of the tension eventually fades near the end of the manga when she finally acknowledges her feelings and they enter a relatively normal relationship.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Asuka Langley Soryu and Shinji Ikari. Everyone Can See It. Even TOJI can see it: Asuka starts chewing out Shinji for not bringing their lunches, while he tries to get his side in. Toji tosses off a remark that they're arguing Like an Old Married Couple. Cue double Luminescent Blush (they HAD kissed not many days earlier), then simultaneous denial in perfect stereo. But due to their personality problems, neither can actually tell the other, leading to... well, The End of the World as We Know It. Luckily, many fanfiction authors go out of their way to fix these problems. So did the canon author in the Rebuild series; her Tsundere and his Shrinking Violet tendencies are toned down considerably.
- Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann: Describes well Kamina and Yoko's relation. The bickering, the insults, the beating, the denial, the accidental perversion that leads to a beating; its all there. They're also a rare example of this trope being Played for Drama and as much tragedy as it possibly can during the culmination where Kamina dies shortly after their first kiss.
- Quarterback Hiruma Youichi and Manager Mamori Anezaki from Eyeshield 21 are hinted to be like this; by the end of the series a lot of their scenes together are more of the Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other kind though.
- The step-sibling pair of Minami and Otome in Cherry Juice often switch between flirtatious and belligerent moments, the latter at times involving Otome walking in on Minami while she's in a compromising position, and getting a Megaton Punch for his efforts.
- In Berserk, this is the usual dynamics between Guts and Casca pre-Eclipse. But then again, what did you expect? Guts is an ultra-manly, aloof and cocksure Byronic Hero who has been Raised by Dudes. Casca is the sole female in a group of mercenaries and a Tsundere Action Girl to boot. Not to mention that both enjoy fighting. Physically, of course.
- Genesis of Aquarion: Apollo and Silvia. Turns out mixing Reincarnation Romance with the usual setup causes some very odd results.
- Hellsing's own Alucard and Integra have this in spades, especially in the manga. The latter, of course, is a Tsundere.
- In the second drama CD of Tiger & Bunny, Karina tells Barnaby that she's fully aware that this trope tends to occur between people like them, and that she has every intention of making sure that doesn't happen, because there's no way she could possibly fall in love with such a Jerkass. No surprise to anyone, she then proceeds to fall in love... with Barnaby's partner, Kotetsu.
- Knuckles the Echidna (Jerk with a Heart of Gold) and Rouge the Bat (Tsundere) (a case of Interspecies Romance) from Sonic X. Just watch almost any episode where they're in the same place and you'll know what I mean. Episodes 12, 13, 39, 52, and 54 are good examples of this (episode 52 being the best example).
- Takano and Ritsu from Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi with a mix of Slap-Slap-Kiss. Episode starts, they're fighting at work, later on in the episode, they're still fighting after work and then at the end, they slowly try to understand each other near the end of the episode. Rinse and repeat at the very end when Takano blows his chance every time Ritsu is close to admitting that he likes Takano.
- Bokura ga Ita: Nanami and Yano. Nanami frequently says "Shine, baka!" ("Die, you idiot!") to Yano, whom she loves, before the two of them start dating.
- A Cruel God Reigns: Jeremy and Ian, for most of the series. Pretty early on Jeremy fantasizes about tasting Ian's blood in a kiss, but that may be a result of his Rape as Backstory and Being Tortured Makes You Evil. However, it also appears to happen with Ambiguously Bi Ian, and his obsession over Jeremy's eyebrows and his step-brother's strange behaviors.
- Being the Genre Deconstruction of the Fighting Series Played for Laughs, Muteki Kanban Musume at Episode 6B, The Rift That Looked Like Red String, deconstructs the concept when Wrong Genre Savvy Token Mini-Moe Wakana assumes 24 year old Kakuro is the Tsundere and 20 year old Miki is the Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Reality is that Kankuro is the Unknown Rival seeking revenge on Schoolyard Bully All Grown Up Miki, that he is not looking for Miki's attention, only for revenge, and that two Arrogant Kung Fu Guys who are still fighting at his adulthood to solve his problems cannot had any sexual tension at all, because they would obviously lack the maturity to fall in love with someone else.
- In Gintama, whenever Kagura and Sougo cross paths, they will immediately be at each other's throats, which is quite uncharacteristic from a laid-back Deadpan Snarker like Sougo. However, it's hinted many times that, in reality, Sougo has a soft spot for Kagura because she's the only person who can actually challenge him and he does like competing with her. Kagura, for her part, is less enthusiastic about this situation but since Sougo knows just all too well how to press her buttons, she usually responds right back at his provocations.
- And it's pretty similar between Sougo and Nobume, minus the soft spot part.
- Naruto: Brilliant but Lazy Shikamaru with Tsundere Warrior Princess Temari. The funny thing is that it's genetic — Shikamaru's own father Shikaku, who's every bit as lazy as his son, has this in spades with his nagging wife Yoshino. Of course, in the epilogue, Shika's married to Temari with a lazy son to boot as well.
- Subverted in Preacher — a man deliberately tries to be the male half of this pair, and instead ends up... eaten by an alligator.
- Donald Duck and Daisy Duck, Depending on the Writer. Donald can be a Jerkass at times, even with his gold-hearted moments, but Daisy is definitely a Tsundere. Newer cartoons tend to reinterpret Daisy as a borderline Cloudcuckoolander instead.
- Italian comics add another layer to this with their Superhero/Anti-Hero alter egos: as Paperinik and Paperinika they vocally loathe each other, but, to their horror, can't deny to themselves they're also attracted to each other..
- Scrooge McDuck and Glittering Goldie weren't originally envisioned like this by Carl Barks, but years later, Don Rosa's The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck came along, and, well, just see the page picture for Slap-Slap-Kiss... although Destructo-Nookie actually more accurately describes the end of The Prisoner of White Agony Creek.
- Between the New 52 versions of Superboy and Rose Wilson The fight between Superboy and Wonder Girl in Teen Titans is even more blatant. All the two talk about is how cute they find each other while trying to smear their faces into the sidewalk.
- Nrin Vakil and Ibtisam of X-Wing Series are fairly mild as this trope goes. They argue and gesticulate over topics, having various polar opposite views, but they serve professionally on the same squadron. Another member sees them arguing and muses that they'll either kill each other or get married - and after agreeing on something at last, they hook up.
- Evangelion 303: Shinji and Asuka fought and argued several times during the three first chapters. Asuka was angry at the rookie who had arrived, threatened her top pilot position and managed beating her; however she was strongly attracted to him, too. And Shinji did not know what thinking of that beautiful woman that first beams at him and later punches him (or climbs into his bed shortly after declaring that she wants to destroy him). In chapter 4 they began to get along and in chapter 5 they became lovers.
: “For getting beat up by women this much, shouldn’t you be sleeping with at least one of them?”
- Asa and Yoko in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon fit this, although they're both tsundere — they only tsun around each other. Even in the beginning of the series, when Asa is scared stiff of "Ice Queen Nakayama", they start bickering practically Once per Episode. Late in the series, though, they argue less and start to get along more.
- In A Different Lesson, Tai Lung and Tigress take this trope and run with it for more than half the fic, which is, incidentally, one hell of a Doorstopper.
- Higher Learning: Shinji and Asuka at the start of the fic are still arguing and unwilling admit their feelings at each other. The tension between them soon mellows down, though, and they start to act like Kouji and Sayaka rather Lina and Gourry.
- The Second Try subverts the trope. Living on their own had helped Shinji and Asuka grow past this point, but when they return to the past, they try enacting this trope to avoid arousing suspicion. The key word there is Try.
- In A Brief History of Equestria, Commander Hurricane and Clover the Clever seemed to constantly bicker in half-genuine arguements/half-play constantly. And then they get married, to nopony's surprise.
- Shades of this between Sherlock Holmes and Beth Lestrade in Children of Time. The Hot-Blooded Beth is quite aware of her feelings and doesn't exactly hide them, but Holmes can't seem to figure his out, let alone spit them out. Except for knowing that he doesn't want Beth to go, even if he does cuff her to cab doors and insult her dreadfully.
- True to their canon portrayals, Cor and Aravis have heaps and heaps of this in The Fledgling Year. The author-created Beta Couple Corin and Hana get plenty, too.
- Pretty much every Ed/Roy fanfic makes use of this, even though in the original work, the tension and animosity between them is much more genuine - although they're still more Vitriolic Best Buds than actual adversaries.
- A Protector's Pride: Ichigo has this to say when looking at Hiyori and Shinji's relationship.
Ichigo: (to Rose) "You know, it sounds like there's a lot of repressed sexual tension between them. Maybe that's why they fight – hoping for some good make-up sex?"
Ichigo: "So quick to deny and you reacted so well in unison. It's like you're in tune with each other. Is anyone else here seeing what I am?"
Lisa: (giggles) "Hey Shinji. You wanna borrow my manga? Might give you some ideas."
Shinji: "No! I'm not into little whiny brats like her!"
Hiyori: "Says the man who makes faces when he knows he's lost a verbal war!"
"Definitely an old married couple
. They know each other way too well, push each other's buttons too easily. If they really hated each other, one of them would have killed the other by now. It's been over a hundred years of living together, for crying out loud. Betcha anything they don't act like that with other people normally."
Rose: "He's got a point."
Love: "What? You only get that pissed off at Shinji, and we all know Shinji does those antics just to get a rise out of you."
- In the Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning, Tsundere Vale and District One's Obsidian have BST, though it's mainly on Vale's side.
- In Equestrylvania, this is the case between Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm. Which is obvious to everypony.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this is basically the default setting of Kyoko/Sayaka - two massive Tsunderes battling head-to-head for dominance. In particular, A Happy Dream, probably the most popular story to focus on the pairing, loves this trope.
- Subverted in That Damn Mpreg. Jerkass Bruce Jameson (son of She-Hulk and John Jameson) believes his has this kind of relationship with Tsundere Rebecca Altman-Kaplan (daughter of Young Avengers Wiccan and Hulkling). In reality, she wants nothing to do with him and ends up with one of their Badass Normal teammates instead.
- Occurs between L and OC Erin in Story Of The Century, of the variety that they are, or at least develop into Vitriolic Best Buds with implied UST. And it ends tragically.
Films — Animation
- Anya and Dimitri in Anastasia. Mentioned by Vlad who calls it an unspoken attraction.
- Tiana and Naveen from The Princess and the Frog, although the sexual tension really surfaces when the belligerence starts to die down.
- Blu and Jewel from Rio. Though Blu is definitely not a jerk, Jewel's initial judging of his inability to fly and him being a pet does tend to rub him the wrong way. They actually do end up together at the end, though, even having chicks as well.
- Doctor Doppler and Captain Amelia of Treasure Planet. In the beginning, they fight like cats and dogs, but by the end of the movie, they've developed a fondness for each other and bicker Like an Old Married Couple. Heck, they even have four kids together!
- Whisper of the Heart: Shizuku and Seiji, with Shizuku being the Tsundere (dere dere) and Seiji being the Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
Films — Live-Action
- Star Wars.
- Princess Leia and Han Solo. Oh, lord.
- In the Star Wars Expanded Universe (specifically Fate of the Jedi), Luke's son Ben has a Dating Catwoman relationship with a Sith girl, and they're like this all the time. Taken Up to Eleven when in Ascension, Ben decides to break into her room...
- Luke himself has this with Mara Jade after their first meeting, though the belligerence was largely on her end and Luke just sorta rolled with it. After They Do, Mara's snarking becomes something of a private joke between them.
- Lo and Jen from Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, especially in the desert scenes. This trope has been translated for your convenience into martial arts action!
- Doug Dorsey and Kate Moseley from The Cutting Edge.
- Dexter, Mike, and Tracy in The Philadelphia Story form a BST Love Triangle.
- This trope is also called a Tracy-Hepburn romance because of all the films where Spencer Tracy and Katie Hepburn behaved this way to each other.
- Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night.
- Ben Quick and Clara Varner in The Long Hot Summer. Snarky dialogue with a William Faulkner candy coating!
- Marion Ravenwood and Indiana Jones. Willie Scott and Indiana Jones.
- Thick enough to serve up with an ice cream scoop between Christopher Wilde and Jessica Olson in the Disney Channel original movie Starstruck
- In the second Pirates of the Caribbean film, everyone keeps giving Jack and Elizabeth crap about having the hots for each other. Do they admit it? No way in hell.
- Dastan and Tamina from the Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time movie, so very much.
Kate Kat and Petruchio Patrick from 10 Things I Hate About You, what with the film being a High School A.U. of The Taming of the Shrew.
- Philip Marlowe and Vivian Rutledge in The Big Sleep.
- Following in the footsteps of the Star Wars example above, Spaceballs naturally has Lone Star and Princess Vespa.
- Jake Gittes and Femme Fatale Lillian Bondine in The Two Jakes.
Jake: Honestly, I'm tryin' to be a gentleman about this. Now just, get down on your knees, stick your ass up in the air, and don't move 'til I tell ya.
- Alfred Kralic and Clara Novak in The Shop Around the Corner. To make matters worse, each has got a wonderful pen pal with whom they're falling passionately in love...
- Tori and Junior in Roll Bounce, from the second they meet. They have The Big Damn Kiss right after X and Naomi do to the surprise of only Tori's mother. For that matter, given the argument they have on first meeting, Vivian and Curtis certainly seem on track for a relationship by movie's end.
- Lucy and Jerry for most of The Awful Truth.
- Mia and Nicolas in The Princess Diaries 2.
- Calamity Jane: Calamity and Bill Hickok, who are Vitriolic Best Buds until their Relationship Upgrade, have this on multiple occasions and perhaps most memorably so during their duet, I Can Do Without You.
- Upstream Color has a very unusual example. Jeff and Kris have both unknowingly come under the influence of a parasite that causes their minds to be linked with others. They're subconsciously drawn to each other due to the lingering effects of the parasite, but their first few scenes together are awkward, tense and irritable. They have no reason to be with each other except for reasons that are beyond their understanding.
- Between David and Rose in We're the Millers.
- The Spy Five, a short series of virtually unknown books available through Scholastic's book fair order forms, gives us Usula and Julian. They run in the same circles as Ron and Hermione. She's bossy and intelligent, while he's "cool" and loves sports. Both have a Hair-Trigger Temper, triggered by the other.
- Mort and Ysabell. Largely because Ysabell knows she's supposed to marry Mort and resents this, and Mort is perennially clueless. As the book that introduces their daughter puts it "Between Mort and Ysabell there was an instant dislike, and everyone knows what that means in the long term".
- Lords and Ladies implies that Archchancellor Ridcully and Granny Weatherwax had this sort of relationship when they were younger. When they meet again decades later, it immediately starts up again. Ridcully regrets that nothing ever actually happened between them, while Granny takes a more pragmatic "it was for the best" approach (although it's revealed that she kept the love letters he sent all these years).
- Subverted in Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson. Tan Tan's parents had a love that people described as "so sweet it's hot", but eventually turned into pure discord without the sweet. Tan Tan's father killed her mother's lover in a duel and fled with his daughter, and then things got worse...
- Subverted in John C. Wright's Chronicles of Chaos: Amelia notes she once thought Vanity's squabbling with Colin was a sign of love, since that's the way it always happens in books. Vanity actually loves Quentin, and is very attentive and kind around him.
- David Eddings is almost as fond of this trope as Rumiko Takahashi. Half the couples in The Belgariad alone fall under it, most notably Garion / Ce'Nedra, Relg / Taiba, and Beldin/Vella in the Malloreon.
- L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables gives us Anne and Gilbert, though the belligerence is much more on Anne's part than Gilbert's. It started with Gilbert making an ill-timed comment about her red hair, and getting his slate smashed over the top of his head. From there it spawned a legendary academic rivalry and Avonlea's most infamous love affair.
- In Rilla of Ingleside Jerry Meredith and Nan Blythe's relationship is said to be worked out mainly through their own form of sweethearting, which involves a lot of arguing.
- Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels: Maggie Spritzer and Ted Robinson have this going on between them for a long time. They eventually got engaged to be married. However, Deja Vu has Maggie calling it off, because she ends up realizing that she's been unfair to both Ted and Abner Tookus.
- Mercy Thompson and Adam Hauptman don't stop even after they get married. Mercy states that she actually enjoys fighting with Adam.
- In P. G. Wodehouse's Jill the Reckless, Jill remembers how Wally Mason would put a worm down her back or bound out from behind a tree. Adult, he confesses to a mad love for her.
- The Day of Reckoning
- Sasha and Daichi in Greek Ninja. They hate each other's guts, yet Eleonora points out that they are a match made in heaven. So she's onto them...
- Benny and Jason in the Doctor Who New Adventures novel Death and Diplomacy. Eventually Jason's Non-Human Sidekick gives them an infuriated psych evaluation on the grounds that "If I hear one more sexually-charged and mutually misunderstood argument I'm going to shoot the pair of you!"
- The Kingdom and the Crown during the second book has the main character Simeon develop this with the main antagonists' daughter, Miriam. They resolve it by the end and get married in the third book.
- Between Rowena and Jaxon in Summers at Castle Auburn. They clearly have very complicated feelings for each other, and they express it in veiled threats where he says he'll capture her and sell her into slavery and she says she'll enchant him and take him to Alora, the fairy realm.
- Madeleine Urban & Abigail Roux's M/M crime romance series Cut & Run gives us FBI Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett, who bicker Like an Old Married Couple, engage in Snark-to-Snark Combat, even flat-out brawl at times, and - over the course of the series - risk their lives for one another, all while sexy times ensue.
- Heroics: Zach and Casey have this in spades. Word of God says that it's because they had a one night stand that went too well, and now neither of them know how to deal with it.
- Simona Ahrnstedt seems to love this trope! Beatrice and Seth from Överenskommelser might be the prime example, with their neverending tendency to misunderstand each other. But still, Illiana and Markus from "Betvingade" and Magdalena and Gabriel from "De skandalösa" have it too, as they sometimes have unnecessary fights.
- Played with in The Lost Fleet with two lieutenants who are always arguing with each other to the point that when they get kidnapped everyone just assumes that they decided to elope. Inverted when they get rescued and it turns out that no, they just really, really hate each other, to the point that the doctor ends up using drugs to keep them on different sleep cycles to stop them from killing each other while they are in quarantine together.
- Myrren and Raine in Dark Heart. They're thrown together by circumstance as Raine flees from assassins sent by the enemies of his family, which Myrren is none too pleased about (at first).
- Lucias and Clara in Dark Ones Mistress. Practically right off the bat when they first meet as she's trying to escape his notice.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Jenny with Giles, at first.
- Buffy and Faith after Faith's Face-Heel Turn.
- Xander and Cordelia; in fact it's the only reason they can think of for their attraction, given that they loathe each other.
- The Mighty Boosh. Sweet, handsome Vince Noir and awkward Loner Howard Moon are made for each other. Everyone in the Boosh universe, naturally, can see it except them.
- The step-siblings Derek and Casey from Life With Derek fit this trope to a T, despite that the creator of the show constantly stated it was just 'sibling banter'. The actors, however, admitted they intentionally invoked this trope most of the time.
- Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf of Gossip Girl seem poised to play Will They or Won't They? for the remainder of the series. As of season three, they are Happily Married... except without the actual marriage part.
- Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres, the Official Couple on Star Trek: Voyager (sometimes it appeared they were the only couple on Voyager). In one episode, a pair of aliens even described this in precise detail while observing the two.
"Note how the female through the feigned antagonism encourages the male in his attempt to mate."
- A subplot of one Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode involves Chief O'Brien being forced to work with a female Cardassian engineer. The two spend the entire episode bickering and sniping at each other. He interprets her apparent hostility as typical Cardassian disdain for humans. She interprets his apparent hostility as O'Brien coming onto her, since apparently BST forms the basis of Cardassian courtship. (The Garak/Bashir slashers proceeded to have a lot of fun with the implications of Garak arguing with Bashir over literature for three years.)
- Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran of Stargate SG-1. With Vala the Jerk with a Heart of Gold able to annoy Daniel (in a way no one else quite could) into losing his cool. Also none of the other cast really expect them to get together, but Mitchell did sometimes tease Daniel about it. They actually took the Belligerent part of this trope quite literally in Vala's first episode with a spectacular fight sequence unlike anything ever seen in the show. Lampshaded right off the bat by Vala with; "You know, we could just have sex instead."
- In the series finale, the main cast is stuck in a bubble of accelerated time, trying to figure out how to get off the ship before it explodes. It takes Major Carter fifty years to figure out how (by reversing time to before the ship gets hit), and in that time, Vala and Daniel hook up and live a happy (and apparently monogamous) life together.
- Helen Magnus and Nikola Tesla of Sanctuary. Sure, they have different opinions about bringing vampires back. And yes they did have a few arguments about this (Nikola once said "Magnus has shot me more times than I can count"). But still, he is the only one who gets on her nerves that much and gets away with it. Not to mention that lately she seems to realize that she cares about him. And that grabbing his arms and pulling him closer to her during a little quarrel they had is completely acceptable... Taken to another level and possibly made canon with their Now or Never Kiss in the season 4 finale
- Bela Talbot had it with both Winchester boys. She shot Sam and he still had dirty dreams about her. The trope was almost invoked word for word when Bella offered Dean "angry sex".
- Dean's relationship with Cassie in the first season episode 'Route 666' seemed to fall under this.
- Whenever Meg and Castiel show up in the same episode, this is their default behavior toward each other. This includes insults, occasional physical violence, and wall-slamming kisses.
- Played for Homoerotic Subtext in "Point of No Return." Dean sees Castiel glaring at him and says, "Not for nothing dude, but the last time someone looked at me like that, I got laid."
- Max and Kenny in Picket Fences are a great example of this trope. They may be best friends but they sure love arguing over little things, as well as incessantly insulting and teasing each other. This is mainly because they're clearly in love and just refuse to admit it. Seriously, denial reaches new levels with these two. Even after they've finally slept together, they still refuse to admit their feelings to each other. At first, anyway.
Kenny: I went into that bed to get laid, period.
Max: But that's not what happened, you were making love to me. That wasn't just fun between the sheets, you were making love!
Kenny: That's what you wanted to see!
Max: Ugh, why would I want to see that? You're a cro-magnon, you think I want some neanderthal to fall in love with me??
Kenny: I'M NOT IN LOVE WITH YOU!
- John Crichton and Aeryn Sun in Farscape's first Season. Both seem to be jerks and tsunderes in varying degrees.
- Tony and Ziva epitomize this trope throughout seasons 3 to 10
- Back story indicates Wash and Zoe's relationship began like this: constant fighting that would end up in one or the other's bunk.
- Inara is a highly-respected Companion but Mal hates whoring as a career option. Mal struggles with intimacy complications and Inara struggles with a secret she can't reveal. They also come from different walks of life: he was from the outer planets and volunteered to fight the Alliance. She's from a Core planet and supported Unification. He was a Christian whose faith in God was destroyed, she's a Buddhist whose faith is still going strong. He's a scavenger at the bottom end of the criminal pecking order, she's a highly respected, law abiding member of high society. They're both stubborn, determined, confident, passionate people who both want to protect the people they care about... often in different ways.
- Downton Abbey has Matthew and Mary. So, so much, particularly in Series 1.
Mary: I've been studying the story of Andromeda; do you know it?
Matthew: (suspiciously) Why?
Mary: Her father was King Cepheus, whose country was being ravaged by storms. And, in the end, he decided the only way to appease the gods was to sacrifice his eldest daughter to a hideous sea monster. So they chained her, naked, to a rock—
Violet: (nervously laughs) Really! Mary! We'll all need our smelling salts in a minute!
Matthew: But the sea monster didn't get her, did he?
Mary: No. Just when it seemed he was the only solution to her father's problems, she was rescued.
Matthew: By Perseus.
Mary: That's right. Perseus. Son of a god. Rather more fitting, wouldn't you say?
Matthew: That depends. I'd have to know more about the princess and the sea monster in question.
- Luke and Reid from As the World Turns. They are constantly snarking at each other but everyone knows they will end up together. They got together before the show ended, but only for a little while.
- Kyle and Max in Living Single. At times, they took turns as to who was the Jerk and who was the Tsundere in various episodes.
- Tenkaichi and Fujii (said right from the start to be his possible love interest) have this in The Conditions of Great Detectives mostly because each of them hate how the other solves crimes - throughout Tenkaichi refers to Fujii as an amateur who doesn't understand how crime solving works, who is also completely unfeminine, and she believes he's an idiot because he does extremely counter-intuitive things but always gets it right. Fujii only accepts that she has feelings for Tenkaichi at the very end when she learns she won't see him again after the end of the show.
- Alex Drake and Gene Hunt in Ashes to Ashes. This demonstrates it. Bearing in mind this is only one of three seasons and they didn't hook up until the very end.
- On Northern Exposure, Dr. Joel Fleischmann and Maggie O'Connell's long-simmering UST was severely impeded by a) his tendency to deal with his severe Fish out of Water status with fits of jerk behavior, and b) her severe resistance to relationships after the deaths of several previous boyfriends (which she believed to be her curse).
- Chad and Sonny on Sonny With A Chance. Sonny is definitely, with her tsuntsun side only triggered by Chad and occasionally Tawny. Come to think of it... As Chad was only introduced in the 2nd episode, Sonny and Tawni actually came first for this. As of the end of Season 1, it looks like some movement in the Chad/Sonny relationship is happening, a remarkably quick Relationship Upgrade for this type of couple (assuming they don't muck around for another season or 2 denying their obvious feelings for each other).
- Emerson and Simone from Pushing Daisies might qualify. You can almost picture that woman holding a tight leash around Emerson's neck.
- Moonlighting, anyone? As stated above, can lead to Shipping Bed Death.
- Nathan and Kelly in Misfits are many fans' apparent One True Pairing. What with him being a snarky and immature Jerkass Woobie and she an aggressive, telepathic Tsundere chav, the ensuing clash of issues and attitude problems is an unexpected joy to behold.
- Lee Adama and Kara Thrace of Battlestar Galactica could easily blow the ship to pieces with the force of their BST (which remains belligerent even after they've had sex, and he deals with her sudden marriage to someone else).
- Wendy and Hodges on CSI. The common theory is that at some point Wendy will have to either kiss Hodges or punch him. Possibly both. The former, it turned out.
- Rick Castle and Kate Beckett from Castle scream this trope at the top of their lungs every episode. It progressed from secondary cast members noticing it, to suspects and witnesses who had never seen them before making comments, to eventually the two of them finally acknowledging the attraction, first to themselves and finally to each other. Amusingly, even with the Relationship Upgrade their dynamic hasn't changed one bit. They constantly snark at, belittle, and annoy each other... and then tumble into bed.
- The Mentalist: Lisbon has yelled at Jane more times than there are episodes. Jane does some sort of Bunny-Ears Lawyer trick that is likely to get both of their asses fired about as often. Doesn't mean they wouldn't kill and die for each other.
- Community: Britta says "Jeff and I don't have sexual tension. We just argue all the time."... And then they hook up.
- Power Rangers
- In the jiang hu TV series Chinese Paladin III, both leads are tsunderes. It's particularly bad for the hero, since at the beginning the heroine knows more kung fu than him...
- Rory and Jess from Gilmore Girls started out as a mild form of this trope. They bickered over music, books and television before admitting that they really liked each other. And to a lesser extent, this was also how Rory and Logan initially got to know each other. Paris and Doyle's relationship is a more straightforward example.
- Doctor Who
- River Song and the Doctor, who clearly care for each other very deeply but also spend a considerable amount of time snarking at and bickering with each other Like an Old Married Couple, which they may very well be (it's hinted at in a few episodes). Interestingly, the male half of the couple in question appears to be the Tsundere in the relationship.
- Also, the Doctor and Amy a fair bit, despite the fact that she's been either engaged or married most of the time he's known her, and a child most of the time she's known him. And he's 900-something and a Time Lord, though (both?) of those problems also apply to River Song. It gets better. River Song has Time Lord DNA, and is Amy and Rory's daughter. She's kidnapped as a newborn baby in Season Six, and raised as a Laser Guided Tyke Bomb aimed at the Doctor. Whom she kills, and then sacrifices all her remaining regenerations to save.
- Played with on iCarly with the Sam and Freddie relationship. They do nothing but bicker, whilst Sam routinely abuses him, punches him, bullies him and does things like hit him with tennis racquets and throw him out of tree houses. They share their First Kiss in season two but it's not a result of Slap-Slap-Kiss. In season 4 Sam suddenly kisses him in the middle of a speech he was giving about how she needs to put her feelings out there. Because he thought she liked another guy.
- The trope itself is deconstructed during the 4 part story arc when they enter in a full-blown Masochism Tango. The arc shows what happens when Sam and Freddie, two people who continually bicker, fight, argue and often act in ways that show they legitimately hate each other start dating. They fight, bicker, argue, piss each other off constantly, drag each other down into fighting harder than they did before due to spending more time with each other. They need Carly to fix their fights even more than usual, to the point Carly snaps and tells them they shouldn't be dating at all. It doesn't get better. The last episode shows them being unable to share an interest of the other without ruining it for the person whose interest it is. They have no shared interests outside of filming the webshow and their relationship fades away because they have no reason to see each other for anything but making out. They also realise their personalities are too different to work in a relationship for more than a few weeks. As Sam and Freddie are a pretty standard Belligerent Sexual Tension ship, the arc serves as a deconstruction of the trope as a whole.
- Avon and Servalan of Blake's 7, and how. They spend most of the last two seasons either kissing or trying to kill each other; sometimes they don't even bother to separate the two.
- Niles tries to instigate this intentionally after he and Daphne have an argument that leaves him trembling with arousal. Daphne, being Oblivious to Love as usual, doesn't get it and winds up acting even more sweet and polite than usual, thinking that Niles keeps insulting her because he's depressed. Fail.
- The show also did a Deconstructive Parody of the Cheers example above when Frasier, arguing with a coworker, suddenly says, "Are you as turned on as I am?", which is met with a horrified "NO!"
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: This pretty much sums up Will's relationship with one of his longer-lasting Girls Of The Week, Jackie.
- Dr. Cox and Jordan of Scrubs. They were married and got divorced, but kept up this trope even after their relationship officially ended. They also kept sleeping together, had two kids, move back in together, and basically stayed married in every sense but the technical(though one episode has them find out that they were still married due to an error made by Ted, though they quickly divorced, but stayed together). And they love this trope so much that when Jordan insists they stop fighting for their son's benefit, the other characters treat it as if they have stopped having sex. Fighting is sex to these two.
- The Hardy Boys Nancy Drew Mysteries: Frank Hardy & Nancy Drew. Dear GODS, Frank & Nancy. The first time the Hardys & Nancy Drew met, Nancy throws Frank to the floor. All episodes featuring the trio inevitably have Nancy & Frank getting seriously on each others' nerves — until they finally share a kiss at the end of "Mystery of the Hollywood Phantom".
Nancy: ARGH!!! Frank Hardy is the most exasperating...annoying...frustrating...
Nancy: NO! (pause) Well, maybe a little...
- Pete and Kelly the vet in early Warehouse 13 season 2:
Myka: What is it with you two?
Pete: Man, I hate her!
- Michael Westen and Fiona Glenanne of Burn Notice. Starts out as Working with the Ex, goes through full-blown Destructo-Nookie, into Battle Couple, and ends Season 4 with Fi's non-fatal Heroic Sacrifice to keep Michael from becoming what he hates just to save her.
- Jon and Ygritte in Game of Thrones. Aside from the fact that he's on the Night's Watch and sworn to defend the rest of Westeros from Wildlings like her, he's also sworn a vow of celibacy - something she doesn't hesitate to needle him on constantly. They're also both fully aware of Jon's unspoken attraction to her, and Ygritte keeps baiting him endlessly.
- House of Anubis:
- Patricia and Eddie in Season 2 are the most famous example, as their feelings are obvious to everyone despite their bantering. Eddie eventually heard her tell Joy that she did like him, but she denied it. Their BST even continued after their kiss.
- Joy and Jerome had some of this as well, though it started as actual hatred. She actually tried and failed to invoke this, when she was pretending to have feelings for him, giving us this little gem when she tries to discuss the trope with him.
Joy: —Like we are just pretending, and using hate to cover up our real feelings for each other?
Jerome: ...no, I think it's just cause we don't like each other.
- Lampshaded in Dollhouse in a twisted scene where Dr Saunders, having discovered she's just another personality programmed by Topher, tries to seduce him despite her loathing for the man. (To Topher's credit, he rejects her advances.)
Saunders: But this is the end game. You designed someone to hate you so you could convince them to love you.
Topher: I could whip up a love slave, any day I wanted!
Saunders: But that wouldn't be a challenge, would it? (pushes him onto the bed) Slaves are just slaves. But winning over your enemy, the one person guaranteed to reject everything you are? That's real love.
- The Newsroom: Will and Mac. They spend two full seasons bickering back and forth, with Will repeatedly punishing her for cheating on him back when they were together before the series. The attraction is still there for both of them, but they're both wounded and can't come to terms with it until Will finally realizes that he's still in love with her, and he fumbles around a marriage proposal. She accepts.
- The Ferals: Rattus and Modigliana. In Feral TV, when Modi was helming a "mystery date" show with Rattus as one of the bachelors, they turned out to be pretty much made for each other, but under normal circumstances in both shows the only times they're not hitting and insulting each other is when they team up to hit and insult other people.
- Series 2 of Torchwood introduces John Hart's relationship with Captain Jack Harkness by having them make out with each other... and then immediately beat the crap out of each other.
- Damon and Bonnie from The Vampire Diaries. They're always sniping at each other and calling each other out on their weaknesses, but are also capable of showing flashes of kindness for one another if the situation allows. Also, Damon and Elena to a lesser extent.
- Tsukasa and Natsumi spend much of Kamen Rider Decade arguing. Tsukasa trolls, Natsumi hits him with the Hikari Secret Technique. Admittedly, since this is Kamen Rider, it's not explicitly said that they end up together, but it is implied by the end.
- Calvin and Susie in Calvin and Hobbes, to an extent. With Susie being more stable, Calvin plays much of the role of the avoidant—attracted Tsundere as well as all of the Jerk with a Heart of Gold one, leaving her mostly to react just as any reasonable person would. In one early comic, Calvin makes a hate valentine and dumpster dives for some dead flowers. Susie reacts as can be expected by pelting him with a snowball. As she's walking away and he's recovering, their thought bubbles reveal:
Susie: Flowers and a valentine! He likes me!!
Calvin: She noticed! She likes me!
- Garfield: The title cat and Arlene. Yeah, he's an egotistical jerk, but she's able to strike back at him. They're still considered an Official Couple as far as merchandise is concerned.
- Peter invoked this trope in an early FoxTrot comic strip, where he tells Paige that he thinks her friend Linda Downer likes him because of the way she talks to him.
Paige: She called you a festering snot-ball!
Peter: But it was the WAY she said it.
- The patriotic head of the Tau Fire Caste Commander Shadowsun (hence the Fan Nickname Shadowtsundere) and the dashing renegade and resident Char Clone Commander Farsight of Warhammer 40,000 are sometimes depicted as a particularly violent version of this. Amusingly, as of 6th Edition they actually complement each other extremely well on the tabletop. Inquisitor Adrastia and Kap'n Bluddflagg from Dawn of War II: Retribution also have hints of this, which is particularly impressive in light of the fact that one is a xenophobic religious fanatic trained from birth to hate and kill aliens and the other is an asexual alien fungus that reproduces from spores. They fight demons.
- Older Than Steam: The classical Western theater example is Beatrice and Benedick from William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing. Don't pretend you didn't see that coming.
- Some productions of The Taming of the Shrew play Katherine and Petruchio this way.
- Some productions of Henry IV Part 1 play Hotspur and his wife this way. The arguing is all there, and it's up to the actors involved to sexy it up. The 2012 BBC production has the two of them very hands-on.
- The musical Anne & Gilbert, inspired by Anne of Green Gables makes the title pair into this.
- Amanda and Elyot in Private Lives absolutely exemplify it. They were married, but fight both physically and verbally to the point of having divorced, but as they find when they actually meet again after remarrying different people, they are perfect for each other.
- Sarah and Sky in Guys and Dolls.
- Marion and "Harold" in The Music Man. For obvious reasons—she is a responsible librarian, the Only Sane Man (woman) in her town, and he's a con man, and Harold is probably not even his real name.
- Both Glinda/Fiyero and Elphaba/Fiyero in Wicked have elements of this, even though Fiyero is only a very light Jerk with a Heart of Gold. Even stronger with Elphaba and Glinda. The song "What is This Feeling" is this trope.
- Betty/Rizzo and Kenickie from Grease (both musical and film), doubling as the Beta Couple to Sandy and Danny.
- Fred and Lilli in Kiss Me Kate. They're also playing Katharine and Petruchio in a musical The Taming of the Shrew.
- Amalia and Georg in She Loves Me — at least in person.
- In the musical Louisiana Purchase, Jim and Marina have a duet listing everything they hate about each other, titled "Outside Of That I Love You."
- Elika and the Prince in Prince of Persia (2008) will spend more time snarking at each other than actually completing their quest, if the player lets them.
- Devil May Cry 3 introduced a Lady as a possible love interest for Dante. They didn't become an Official Couple, but that's how it's been in the first three games in the series. Each one introduced a possible love interest for the protagonist, yet no Official Couple was ever stated, and each fan has a different favourite. It's pertinent to note that almost every fanfiction that has Dante and Lady as a couple has the later acting as a full-on Tsundere. Complete with her shooting Dante in the head whenever he angers her as a Running Gag.
- Jessica and Kyle of Lunar: The Silver Star fit this trope very well, with Jessica being a Hot-Blooded, Cute Monster Girl dropout priestess and Kyle being a drunken, Loveable Rogue bandit running a sort of Monster Protection Racket.
- From the Sonic the Hedgehog series, Knuckles the Echidna and Rouge the Bat, who practically define the term "Sexual Tension".
- Loni and Nanaly in Tales of Destiny 2. Oh. So. Much. Every time she gives him a bone-crusher makes you think "Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other"
- In Tales of the Abyss, Luke and Tear have a relationship like this. But then again, everyone treats Luke like dirt. After the Wham Episode, their relationship becomes much less belligerent as Luke begins to mature (after an overlarge heaping of Break the Haughty) and Tear starts showing her more gentle and caring side.
- Another example can be found in Chester and Arche in Tales of Phantasia. And it's taken to insane levels in the sequel, Narikiri Dungeon (specifically, the PSP remake).
- This is the general consensus in the Touhou fandom as to Marisa and Alice's relationship, with Marisa being the kleptomaniacal, master spark-happy jerk and Alice being the haughty, dismissive tsundere.
- Mass Effect:
- Shepard and Miranda's romance can play out this way, as seen here.
- Shepard can also joke that Joker has this sort of relationship with EDI. And in Mass Effect 3, this plays out.
- Shepard's interactions with Liara during Lair of the Shadow Broker, if the two were involved in the first game. This is mostly due to Liara's new Darker and Edgier attitude, which eventually cracks and is revealed to have been an act to help her cope with the murky business of being an information broker on Illium. Afterwards, their interaction veers into Like an Old Married Couple territory.
- Garrus and Tali in the third game have shades of this as well. They didn't get along well at all in the first game, and in the second, one of them threatened the other with a shotgun in order to shut them up. Third time around, they patch up their differences, and if neither of them are occupied with Shepard, they hook up.
- Take Back Omega has a lot between Aria and Nyreen, left over from when they were an item. Aria and Renegade!Shepard likewise have this relationship, leading to Aria planting a "Shut Up" Kiss on them at the end. Aria's relationship with Paragon!Shepard is similar, though less belligerent and more annoyance at their "boy/girlscout" ways.
- Citadel lets Shepard suggest that this is the reason for Miranda and Jack's bickering.
- Fem!Shep and James Vega can have this if you have the Citadel DLC (which adds in other romances such as Samara). One of the first conversations they have is during a sparring match. Their very first conversation on the ship is them butting heads over abandoning Earth to build a coalition.
- Dragon Age II features a companion system based on Friendship/Rivalry rather than Like/Dislike; you can have both genuinely romantic and Slap-Slap-Kiss relationships with your party members. They carry on the theme from the main rivalry with the character; e.g. getting Merrill to stand up for herself.
- The Smuggler and Risha in Star Wars: The Old Republic, likely homage to Han and Leia in the source material.
- Left 4 Dead 2 Ellis is Smitten with Zoey the moment he lays eyes on her. When he gets a chance to see her again, she may be rather belligerent and insult him. This does nothing to tarnish her "Angel" image in Ellis's eyes.
- The Nameless One and Annah in Planescape: Torment,. The intensity of it is left to how Jerkish the player wishes to be, which in turn determines how provoked Annah will be to hold up her Tsundere end.
- The relationship between Squall and Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII initially has some elements of this thanks to the conflict between Squall's stoic cynicism and Rinoa's enthusiastic idealism. The trope only really applies up until they reach Galbadia Garden in disc 1, however, after which point Rinoa is more interested in finding out what Squall is thinking than in challenging him over it.
- Fear Effect. Hana and Glas have something like this. They have a habit of pointing guns at each other and giving tough talk to each other. Glas is the one who gives her a hand and helps her up in various situations. Hana did give Glas a hand and help him up in the first game. Also, the one female of the Eight Immortals says to Glas about Hana being his friend, which he tries so very hard to deny. A Fear Effect Inferno trailer shows Glas putting a hand over Hana's hand. He awkwardly tells her that "I just want to say...be careful, you know?" A few seconds later, she smiles and puts her head against his back, surprising him. She responds "We've all got to be careful." Considering what happens later...well, see the Love Triangle entry.
- In Solatorobo, Red and Elh play with this trope. Normally they are quite capable of working together, but if Red should do something incredibly stupid (and he will), Elh is not shy about calling him an idiot and giving him an Armor-Piercing Slap or a good Megaton Punch or two, or just glaring and leaving the room.
- Lily and Taiga have this sort of relationship in Duel Savior Destiny, though it doesn't seem as though Taiga realizes he's attracted to her at all. Mia, the clingy little sister, is actually rather genre savvy about this and tries to get them to stop fighting so Lily treats him like a normal squad member rather than switch from tsun over to dere.
- In Fallout: New Vegas, a Male Courier and Cass have this type of relationship and often bicker Like an Old Married Couple. In fact, before companion romances were dropped, they were supposed to wake up in bed together, having gotten married whilst insanely drunk the previous night.
- Von Mackwitz und Fräulein Eleonore from Die Reise Ins All. They start as an military loving buff and an journalist, who thinkt that military shouldn't influence politics or people at all. In the end, they are married and parents as well.
- Klavier Gavin seems to be coming on to Ema Skye in Ace Attorney: Apollo Justice during the very few times they actually talk to each other - though it mostly annoys her. She constantly - and not always behind his back - calls him a "Glimmerous Fop".
- The "Unlimited Blade Works" route of Fate/stay night includes a refreshingly mild example of this. Shirou is socially awkward and something of a Deadpan Snarker and Rin is a grade-A tsundere. It never degrades into actual violence, and very rarely more than grousing (this applies to both individuals for differing reasons, and both resort to grousing more to hide their embarrassment than anything). Also refreshing is that this does not define their relationship; it only tends to occur when either party gets flustered due to praise, teasing or (in Rin's case) having the subject of their feelings brought up. Outside of these events, they're able to maintain an effective partnership that is more affected by the difference in their methods and worldview than their attraction.
- Battler and Beatrice in Umineko: When They Cry, as part of their ongoing Mind Game Ship. Battler's hostility is entirely justified, as Beatrice claims to have killed him and his entire family, and she'll do it as often as it takes to make him believe her.
- Any given Voltage Inc Romance Game is all but guaranteed to have at least one route based heavily in this kind of relationship dynamic, if not more than one. By far most cases are thanks to the guy in question being an arrogant alpha male who either has difficulty expressing affection or just plain enjoys picking on the protagonist to get a rise out of her. Or both.
- Brandon and Vera in Vera Blanc. But as they are both Deadpan Snarkers what can you expect.
- Yuuji and Yumiko go through most of a sex scene in Grisaia No Rakuen doing nothing but teasing (Yuuji) or snapping (Yumiko) throughout the entire thing.
- This will take place you-as-the-Player Character go for the paths of either Mayumi Kamijou or Mikae Morikawa in True Love Junai Monogatari, since both girls are Tsunderes: Mayumi is a Type A (cold to the PC, becomes warmer with time), Mikae is a Type B (sweet to others but snappy to the PC).
- Gavin and Tyrna is Sword Daughter spend a lot of their time together butting heads. As a half-elf, Gavin struggles to maintain the legendary elven calm and control over his emotions, so the more attracted he grows toward Tyrna, the more belligerent he becomes.
- In Arthur, King of Time and Space, which ports the Arthurian legends to various genres, this is usually how Guinevere and Lancelot start out. In the genre where they're based on McCoy and Spock, they form a belligerent nascent threesome with Arthur/Kirk.
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Most America/England fanworks accurately portray the pairing as this. It helps that both characters have Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Tsundere qualities. This was even lampshaded in the dub with France's remark, "When you two are done releasing sexual tensions, we have a meeting to finish."
- France/England fanworks are often portrayed as this as well, due to their tendency of taking potshots at each other. This is lampshaded in the dub of Hetalia: Paint It White when an alien machine is describing Britain
... France is a long time acquaintance he's often found bickering with for bickering's sake. However, in their heart of hearts they love each other (Beat
- This is the most popular fandom take on Hungary/Prussia, with Elizabeta/Hungary as the Tsundere and Gilbert/Prussia as the Jerk Ass with a VERY well-hidden softer side.
- Also for Denmark/Norway with Denmark as the thick-headed but ultimately good-hearted Boisterous Bruiser and Norway as a mostly stoic Deadpan Snarker who can get quite violent with his Armor Piercing Slaps when Denmark is being particularly tactless.
- And Turkey/Greece, too. As a contrast to Greece/Japan, it has Turkey as a grumpy Boisterous Bruiser and Greece as a violent mix of both Tsundere types (he's usually technically a Tsundere who's pleasant to everyone except Turkey, but often comes across as instead due to him being with Turkey almost all the time).
- The High School A.U. Gakuen Hetalia uses the formula too. While France and Seychelles aren't 100% a couple there, they play the Jerk with a Heart of Gold (France) and Tsundere (Seychelles) roles quite well.
- Oddly enough, Russia / China gets this too; usually in a comedic situation, China will flat out reject Russia's advances in sometimes violent and hurtful ways while the other remains blissfully ignorant of the former's infuriation. The pair can be subjected to Alternative Character Interpretation, either between this and Birds of a Feather, Mind Game Ship or Happily Married.
- Taiwan and Hong Kong: she is fanonly portrayed as a Tsundere with a Kawaiiko side (admittedly, her canon personality seems to be leaning towards this too) and Hong Kong as a Deadpan Snarker with a Sugar and Ice Personality. Taiwan and Korea also can qualify, though Korea tends to be shown as more oblivious and childish than a real jerk.
- In Bittersweet Candy Bowl
- Womanizer Sven and deconstructied Hard-Drinking Party Girl Faye of Questionable Content. Yes, even after they kind-of sort-of get together.
- No-Woo and Mu-Hyang of Divine Bells. Though this may disappear after the recent reveal of Mu-Hyang's connection to the Big Bad Baek-Yeom.
- Karkat and Terezi of Homestuck. To the extent that it has been commented upon in canon:
EB: anyway, i kind of got the impression that you and terezi were a thing.
CG: WHAT DO YOU MEAN A THING.
EB: Like, i dunno.
EB: Going on weird fight dates and beating the crap out of each other, and being in hate-love or love-hate.
EB: Isn't that how it works?
- Lampshaded? There are pages of explicit exposition on the subject. Kismesis is BST by another name. Troll society considers having such a relationship a critical part of mental and romantic health. The intensity of the hate also has a valued effect on offspring. Homestuck has too many examples to name because half the characters are trying to engineer this to one extent or another.
- Ash and Rumisiel seem to be dating despite her constant annoyance at him, but it's a fake relationship and she's really just angry at him for other reasons.
- The relationship between Ash and Emily. It's been established many times that they have feelings for each other, and Emily has struggled with the idea of being in a lesbian relationship with a former guy, they have yet to make a real statement on the nature of their relationship after over 1700 comic strips.
- Nasty variation occurs in Narbonic, where Helen is unable to admit her feelings for Dave because she values him too much as a test subject, and Dave is too shy and insecure.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Riff and Gwynn dating was a bit like this, she being very Tsundere and he an insensitive jerk towards women he dates. It didn't last, though. The relationship wasn't focused on, and while it went on, it didn't seem to have any redeeming features, but afterwards it was shown clearly enough that there had been some actual positive emotions involved.
- WTF Comics: Grouchy dragon warrior Straha and haughty elven summoner Maguna.
- Tarvek and his cousin Violetta in Girl Genius. When she's first introduced, Violetta's rage at and contempt for Tarvek makes Moloch von Zinzer ask it they're married. Violetta makes a sick face ("Ewwww . . . ") but many in the fandom have already shipped the two. They deserve each other.
- Black Mage and White Mage in 8-Bit Theater would have this. Only BM lacks the heart of gold. Probably a heart at all. Oh and White Mage finds him completely and utterly repulsive in every single way possible. And some that aren't.
- Zexion and Namine spend much of Ansem Retort alternating between baiting and belittling each other in an unending battle of wits, and helping each other coordinate and execute incredibly unlikely plots. They claim to hate each other, but spend all their time around each other anyway. Namine was impressed when Zexion sold territory to Mexico for a sexy Spanish name, Zexion knew immediately who had swapped his cyanide pills with Mentos, he detoured from his booty call with Belle to brag to Namine, and Namine developed a psychic "Zexion-sense" alerting her that he was in trouble... not that she cared enough to do anything about it, mind you. It ultimately is resolved when Zexion announces that he will have sex with everything Namine loves, and Namine immediately replies that she loves herself, daring him to go through with it. He does.
- Legion Of Extraordinary Dancers delivers a fun example, as always. In this case, the two characters (Ninjato and Katana express this through DANCE. However, Ninjato is captured and held at an enemy headquarter, and made to dance (it's more tasteful than it sounds—they used to be close friends, and Ninjato likes to dance). Katana sneaks in mid dance and they subsequently convey the epitome of this through dance. The bad guys are so in awe of their performance that they don't even get up out of their seats until Katana spirits away Ninjato.
- Simon and Jeremy from Shadow of the Templar. They have sex often, but are extremely poor at admitting how important the other is to him, with Simon vigorously denying that Jeremy could even be his friend. Jeremy's love of treating Simon like an amusing playmate and infuriating him with his cool and unruffled demeanor doesn't help, though he does seem to be more conscious about his own feelings and makes the occasional barb about Simon's capacity for denial.
- Although ship-sunk with an embarrassing date, the Nostalgia Chick/Nostalgia Critic ship caught new fire with her Transformers-Bratz-reviews arc and Kickassia and thereafter alternates between this at best and The Masochism Tango at worst.
- In Echo Chamber's Unresolved Sexual Tension episode, Dana's "I hate you" directed at Tom marks a moment of belligerent tension (if any), but The Stinger leaves things a bit more unresolved.
- Lizzie and Darcy, naturally, in the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Especially after Darcy declared his love for her and she is absolutely flabbergasted.
- Ultra Fast Pony: According to Spike and the Gala song choir, Twilight and Princess Celestia both have crushes on each other. Yet Twilight seems to resent Celestia, and Celestia hides her romantic gestures behind acts of petty antagonism. For example, when Twilight shows up late to the Grand Galloping Gala, Celestia declares that Twi must spend the whole night at her side, as "punishment".
- SF Debris: Parody Janeway develops a brief crush on Picard during "Inter Arma Enim Silent Leges" when he compares her voice to Chewbacca having sex with a set of bagpipes. Janeway also supposedly has this reaction to herself in "Deadlock".
- Total Drama Heather and Alejandro in World Tour. Both have met their manipulative match and sparks are flying.
- The Transformers episode: "The Girl who Loved Powerglide" featured the aforementioned Autobot in one of these with a human named Astoria Carlton-Ritz.
- Cartman and Wendy in South Park are this, or at least were. Cartman’s early, season three crush may have already been diminished by the time she beat the shit out of him in season twelve.
- In Young Justice, Artemis and Kid Flash have a lot of this going on, due to Kid Flash resenting her for replacing Red Arrow/Speedy. Lampshaded in "Bereft" by Robin.
- Baloo and Rebecca in TaleSpin have this, understandable as the show's creators modeled the relationship after Sam and Diane in Cheers.
- Ben 10: Omniverse: Ben has this in spades with his "former" crush Kai Green. They do nothing but bicker yet the attraction is so blatant that the Forever Knights thought they were boyfriend and girlfriend, while Rook called their incessant arguing "romantic bantering".
- Gravity Falls: In an attempt to help Robbie get out of his funk after his breakup with Wendy (and to prove her matchmaking skills), Mabel attempts to set him up with Tambry, a girl just as gloomy as he is. When the two end up on a blind date, they immediately start arguing (having known each other for years), and claim that it will never happen. However, they still stick around for the food, and Robbie calls her "Tambers", a nickname she had previously told someone else earlier in the episode not to call her. There was clearly something there, and they probably would've ended up together eventually, even without Mabel's meddling to speed things up.