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->''"Thou hast beat me out\\
Twelve several times, and I have nightly since\\
Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me;\\
We have been down together in my sleep,\\
Unbuckling helms, fisting each other's throat,\\
And waked half dead with nothing."''
-->-- '''Aufidius''' to his blood enemy, Act 4, Scene 5, ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}''

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

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

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

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




[[folder:Anime & Manga]]

* The fight between Ladd Russo and Chane Laforet atop the Flying Pussyfoot in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' is punctuated with this, as Ladd repeatedly declares his love for Chane and monologues about how she loves him back. [[InterplayofSexandViolence Even while he's trying to blow her to bits with a shotgun.]] It's implied that Ladd's just trying to mess with her, but when he starts to caress her cheek and play with her hair, [[VillainousCrush one can't help but wonder.]]
-->'''Ladd''': I'll take it. I accept this love from you, young lady! But you have to accept my love, too...\\
* The attraction that Slan, the female member of the Godhand, has to Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Given that she's a sadistic demonic god, she basically derives a lot of pleasure from all the suffering she and the other God Hands can put him through. And it's not exactly helped by the fact that Slan is TooKinkyToTorture -- the only thing Guts succeeds in doing by impaling and blowing off half of Slan's torso with his ArmCannon during his battle with her in the Qliphoth is ''giving her an orgasm.''
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Papillon's obsession with Kazuki. Magnified by how there's already a lot of subtext around Papillon with his flamboyant outfit including speedos and a distinctive butterfly mask.
* ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' has Aion/Chrono. In the manga, Aion is really [[spoiler:Chrono's twin brother, unknown to him]], and actually cares quite a bit for Chrono. The anime adaptation included a scene where Aion holds Chrono's face in his hands and leans so close while speaking to him that their lips are almost touching. He also has a bit of InLoveWithYourCarnage for Chrono in both versions.
* ''Manga/{{Clover}}'' has Barus and Kazuhiko's innuendo-laden dialogue. Barus is especially fond of Kazuhiko, and likes to call him his "prince." And [[ALoveToDismember snuggle with his severed hand at night]].
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', Kurumi at first sought out Shido to consume him and take the mana of the three Spirits he had sealed up to that point. Her behaviour towards him seems to oscillate between "I really want to eat you and take your power" and "I really want to pin you down to the bed and screw your brains out", making little flirting gestures like licking him and nibbling him, to make him squirm. After he nearly gave his life protecting her from [[spoiler:Kotori]], [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan she has seemingly garnered a genuine affection for him]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'' has SerialKiller [[VillainProtagonist Light]] and SympatheticInspectorAntagonist L, who (willingly, at least on one side) become [[ChainedHeat handcuffed together]] for an indeterminate amount of time. Light's girlfriend Misa immediately protests by saying "Light is mine and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything I don't want to share him with you!]]" There was also that time when [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext L gave Light a foot massage]].
* ''Manga/GunsmithCats'':
** This defines the relationship between Rally Vincent and the BigBad Goldie Musou in the manga, even though it's decidedly one-sided, with Goldie's desire to possess Rally, body and soul is the main reason for their conflict. There's also some FoeYay between Rally and the JerkWithAHeartOfGold rival/enemy/ally Bean Bandit.
** To a lesser degree, the relationship between Goldie and Rally's junior sidekick Misty Brown. In one scene Misty drugged senseless in her underwear, in the next Misty in leather bondage gear, crying. [[spoiler:And in the last book of the series the two end up in a consensual relationship!]] [[KarmaHoudini Seriously!]]
* ''Anime/HeavyMetalLGaim'': Lampshaded by TheHero Daba Myroad in chapter 15, as seen in the quote above. UnknownRival Gablet's became so driven and so obsessive with defeating Daba that sometimes it sounded like if he had a crush on him.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' has ''three'' varieties of this, with the top 3 members of the Red Clan, HOMRA, and the Blue Clan, Scepter 4.
** The Red King, Mikoto Suoh, and the Blue King, Reisi Munakata, are a more classic example. It helps that neither neither are "bad guys" just in an OrderVsChaos situation that escalates by the time of s1 when Mikoto's MoralityChain is killed. [[spoiler: Reisi even goes through a variation of AntagonistInMourning after s1, to the point ''he'' might die from a Democles Down.]]
** Their seconds, Izumo Kusanagi and Seri Awashima, are friendly enemies, sharing information somewhat and having nice conversations, though they do go at each other in a fight.
** Their thirds, Misaki Yata and Saruhiko Fushimi, are the former-friend variety (though neither side is evil). Saruhiko left HOMRA and joined Scepter 4, which Misaki took as a grave betrayal (though it doesn't help that Saruhiko invoked being seen as a traitor due to his issues). When they fight, it's clear there's more going on under that. It's even more obvious in side materials, which seems to suggest EveryoneCanSeeIt and Saruhiko being repeatedly reminded of Misaki while Misaki himself repeatedly shows that underneath the bluster he misses Saruhiko as well and tries to repair the relationship.
* ''Literature/KemonoNoSoujaErin'': Damiya becomes suddenly very touchy-feely with Erin, when it turns out that [[spoiler:she can control the beast lords]]. During their first meeting one-on-one he grabs her hand, gets very close with her and compliments her eyes. Unsurprisingly, when they are interrupted by his aunt, she assumes that he tries to force himself on her. He also seems to be impressed when Erin doesn’t buy his sweet talk and is overly fascinated by her ability, even comparing her to [[spoiler:Je, when she rides on Lilan to rescue the queen.]]
* ''Manga/{{Loveless}}'':
** Soubi with two of the main villains, one being Ritsu-sensei in which they actually were sort of in a relationship (Ritsu took his ears) and Soubi was upset when Ritsu gave him to Semei. But they're both just sort of neutral to each other now. And, of course, Semei, with Soubi's obsession to obey the man's every word, despite how he purposefully abandoned him [[spoiler:and replaced him with his real Beloved fighter Nisei]]. However, Soubi's obsession could be because of the way he was trained and nothing more.
** Ritsuka and Semei. Though Semei doesn't see Ritsuka as his enemy, Ritsuka is kind of torn on what Semei is, exactly, due to what people have told him about him and many unanswered questions. Such as why he faked his death.
* [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], who chases after GentlemanThief ''Franchise/LupinIII'', is rumoured to be married. [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday To a lady]]. Huh. [[EnemyMine Could've]] [[{{Tsundere}} fooled]] [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou everyone.]] (It's actually rather sweet how his life falls apart whenever he's taken off the Lupin case.) This is even {{Lampshaded}} in ''Anime/LupinIIIBlueJacket''. When Zenigata tries to crash Lupin's wedding, Rebecca assumes that he's Lupin's jealous ex-boyfriend.
* Michiko Malandro and Atsuko Jackson in ''Anime/MichikoToHatchin''. Michiko even flat out implies that Atsuko used to [[TooKinkyToTorture get aroused whenever Michiko would beat her up or overpower her when they were younger]].
* In ''Manga/MotherKeeper'', Turkes has one on Ricalna; even Adam who didn't see what happened between them could tell. Turkes makes comments about wanting to make Ricalna his man at least twice, willingly gives him whatever information he has and has NoSenseOfPersonalSpace when it comes to Ricalna.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'': It's been stated that the sharingan awakens with the loss of a loved one. [[spoiler:Madara Uchiha awoke his sharingan when he ended his friendship with Hashirama Senju, who would eventually become (though reluctantly) his ArchEnemy. Even into the modern day, after both men have long passed, when Madara is revived he starts bashing on the ''Five Kage'' for not being as good as Hashirama, and is obsessed with having a rematch when he senses his enemy's chakra. Hashirama, for his part, is perhaps the character most sympathetic to Madara, speculating that all of Madara's actions are ultimately him lashing out in grief after his brother Izuna's death]].
* Tabool in ''Anime/NowAndThenHereAndThere'' is unhealthily obsessed with garnering any attention whatsoever from his best-friend-turned-rival, Nabuca, to the point that he gets jealous of a freaking ''six''-year-old. Long story short: Nabuca continues to reject Tabool and it [[RivalTurnedEvil does not end well]].
* ''Anime/PhiBrainPuzzleOfGod'' gives us [[BigBad Rook]] and [[TheHero Kaito.]] The two were childhood friends. Unfortunately, Rook was taken away as a child and eventually became a TykeBomb who determined that Kaito was the perfect candidate for [[TitleDrop Phi Brain]], a program filled with DeathTrap puzzles, the ultimate goal of which is to create the perfect puzzle solver. ItMakesSenseInContext. As Kaito solves puzzles, Rook gushes over how beautiful he is when doing so. He even concocts a plan to convince Kaito that the best thing to do is to leave his TrueCompanions behind and join him. [[spoiler: It doesn't work.]] He gets ''very'' angry when Kaito's LoveInterest, Nonoha, displays how close she and Kaito are. When Kaito finally makes it clear that he will '''never''' join POG, the conglomerate Rook works for, Rook goes into a mad rage, screaming that Kaito is ''his'' and that he has to join him. Rook's [[TheDragon personal Dragon]] needs to hold him back from making a grab at Kaito himself.
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'':
** Ferid has this occasionally with Krul. He flirts with her, calls her beautiful, and says he's in love with her after she cuts off his hand. When he attacks her from behind in another scene, tells her that her beautiful neck is wide open, and bites her. He also demands for her to submit to him.
** Ferid once patted Mika on the butt and a dream of Yuu's shows Ferid revealing Mika's shoulder, holding him close, and biting him suggestively.
** In chapter 46 Ferid drives up in his car and holds out his hand to Mika and Yuu, with a flirtatious look and teasingly saying "I heard you two were being attacked by a dangerous vampire so I came to your rescue. Come take a ride with me. I'll save you." He plays mind games with Yuu and Mika throughout the chapter, and when Yuu turns into a demon to attack Ferid for [[spoiler: showing them Akane's head]] Ferid tells Mika he's "worried for the poor guy (Yuu)" because he's says Yuu could turn into a full demon. He states he has an antidote to cure Yuu and tells Shinoa "Let us go rescue dear Yuu." Mika is adamant to keep Ferid from getting near Yuu and says "I won't let you have your way with him!" Ferid smiles and says he just wants to help Yuu. Mika says he's not going to let Ferid touch him. Crowley engages Mika in a fight while Ferid states cheerfully "Now precious Yuu is all mine." Ferid approaches Yuu and blushes saying "Wow! [[ShesAllGrownUp Haven't you grown]] into the [[{{Bishonen}} cute one!]]! Your demon is on the verge of rampage yet you still have [[WhatBeautifulEyes such clear and beautiful eyes.]] No wonder you are the extra special guinea pig." He then lifts Yuu's face by his chin and gets close saying "Perhaps before I heal you I'll take a little sip of your blood." Yuu asks if there's something in it for him if he allows Ferid to suck his blood. Ferid says he got the curse suppressant from Guren and it's the same one he takes. Yuu demands Ferid tells him everything he knows and Ferid smiles, covers Yuu's mouth with his hand, says "Oh, you ''are'' cute" and bites him while gripping his shoulder and hand. He then "cures" Yuu of his advancing demon curse while holding him close and leaning his head on Yuu's shoulder.
* In one episode of ''Anime/SonicX'', during a fighting tournament, Rouge fights Tails and beats him... by ''kissing him''. A few episodes earlier, she essentially flirts with Knuckles. The latter relationship is ''canon'' ( at least in the anime ).
* Akagi and Uozumi have this in ''Manga/SlamDunk''. It's been mentioned that Uozumi talks about defeating Akagi ''everyday'' and from what we've seen, this is probably not an exaggeration. He almost instantly took an interest in Akagi when he first saw him, cheered him on during the Kainan game, and his rivalry with him is his main motivation for improving. Even after quitting basketball he still travels all the way to Hiroshima just to see Akagi play and even gives him advice in the middle of a game. On Akagi's side he considers Uozumi the better player (despite what everyone else says) and has a great deal of respect for him. This is even mocked at times, such as when they hug and cry on each other's shoulder.
* Ayeka and Ryoko from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. Depending on which AlternateContinuity you choose, they are old childhood acquaintances or mortal enemies, but they always fight -- and not just over Tenchi's affections. In at least one alternate world glimpsed during an AlternateUniverse episode of the television series, though, they are clearly in a relationship with each other, though [[LovePotion outside forces]] were involved.
* ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Eto varies in one chapter between getting close to Kaneki to lick his face, reveal her fondness for him and how they're NotSoDifferent, and declaring her love for him as he's tossing her off the building. Further subtext can be read into the fact that he eats her kakuja after defeating her.
** Torso kidnaps Mutsuki, dresses him in a white gown, puts a wedding ring on his finger, and cuts off his arms and legs to prevent him from leaving. He tells him they are going to get married while showing him his cut off legs and arms. In another chapter following that he is depicted shirtless and breathing heavily while standing before Mutsuki and saying "My Tooru" which has [[AttemptedRape disturbing implications]]. In the fourth volume he details how he has a LackOfEmpathy and is aroused by dead bodies and Mutsuki especially to the point of masturbation. With his previous lovers whom he abducted he mentions in his diary how when they show their distaste for him and his actions he retaliates by destroying their faces. He believes he just has to get Mutsuki alone and have a long talk with him to get him to return his love and says that his feelings for Mutsuki might end up being his salvation. He also gets really excited when fighting Mutsuki and says they are connected by knives. He also informs Mutsuki that he's infatuated with him because of his eyes which are the same as his. In chapter 73 of re: Torso brings Mutsuki a flower crown, and waxes romantically about how beautiful Mutsuki is but gets angry when Mutsuki glares at him and won't accept his compliments. He beats Mutsuki violently while screaming insults. Later, the two are lying together on a makeshift futon. Torso says that he only "scolds" Mutsuki because of how deep his love is, and Mutsuki cries while agreeing. He promises to show Mutsuki a field of flowers. In chapter 78 [[spoiler: Torso watches Mutsuki as he's sleeping, wipes away his tears, feeds him, and they share their DarkAndTroubledPast. Mutsuki actually finds himself feeling sorry for Torso and Torso sees Mutsuki as a replacement for his only friend whom was abused, dismembered, and eaten by his father shortly afterward. At the end of the chapter Torso picks up Mutsuki presumably to take him to the beach which he had wanted to do with his friend and the text at the end reads "Because I love you, I'll take you." A couple entries in the 2016 calendar feature the following: Mutsuki dressed as a CatGirl being fawned over by Torso, Torso holding girly underwear he's showing Mutsuki, and writing a love letter to Mutsuki. In the letter he states he would love to drive Mutsuki places and says he would help him dress, bathe, and eat. He says of course he would need help doing all of that because he would have no arms and legs and that he loves him.]]
* In ''Manga/WolfGuyWolfenCrest'', there's the BigBad Haguro Dou, who is the young son of a powerful {{Yakuza}} boss, and who becomes completely obsessed with protagonist (and werewolf) Inugami. He initially doesn't care about or even think twice about Inugami... until he [[BullyingADragon pushes Inugami too far]], which results in Inugami showing him his true form and scaring the shit out of Haguro. Haguro goes insane from it, and [[StalkerWithACrush stalks Inugami]] after that, cutting himself all over his arm and carving the word "Inu" onto his hand. Haguro has been shown after that to, while having sex with his girlfriend Ryuuko (who also lusts after Inugami and thinks about him while having sex with Haguro), think ''only'' about Inugami, and screams his name while imagining him. Later, Haguro ends up [[spoiler:raping his male subordinate to death, while again thinking of Inugami]]. And after Inugami decides he's had enough of this shit and tries to move away, Haguro, being the stalker he is, tries desperately to do stuff to piss Inugami off so that he'll come back.
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': In the fourth season's OP, Louise gets [[LecherousLicking licked on her face]] by a new, evil purple-haired girl named Janette and the girl hugs Louise close to her with a blushing Louise struggling to get away. And in episode two Janette tricks Louise by pretending to be a plebeian, gets close to her face, and licks her again. She also touches her face and says that if things had worked out different they could have been friends. She also calls Louise "cute and innocent".
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Negi's ChickMagnet powers work even on his arch-nemesis Fate, their encounters becoming more and more romantically charged each time they meet. Eventually it reaches the point where Negi's other rivals for his affection worry about the extra competition.
* The end of ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'' transforms what was regular HomoeroticSubtext into this, as [[spoiler:Homura becomes [[SatanicArchetype the devil]] of the new world]], imprisoning [[spoiler:Madoka]] against her will, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy all to make her happy]].
* ''Manga/ShokugekiNoSoma'': In a world where cooking is a [[SeriousBusiness highly personal art]], eating Soma's food brings Erina to orgasm. He singlehandedly shakes all her deeply-entrenched beliefs about culinary elitism so deeply that she spends several scenes alone, in her room, just pondering him. One of Soma's driving goals is to make a dish she'll admit to liking, and Erina goes to great lengths to get him out of their school because she's afraid that he might succeed. They soon become {{Worthy Opponent}}s, despite Soma being this nobody peasant first-year and Erina being a renowned SchoolIdol.
* In ''Anime/Danganronpa3'', most of [[spoiler:Munakata]]'s [[CrisisOfFaith inner turmoil]] stems from the fact that his ImpliedLoveInterest was really, ''really'' evil, which he only learns after she's been brutally killed. [[KnightTemplar He]] can't reconcile his grief for her with his hatred for all things Despair, which is foreshadowed in a scene where he, um, stabs her corpse while sighing her name. The fanbase capitalized on this opportunity to make Freudian jokes, even more so after [[spoiler:Munakata admits that, in spite of everything she's done, part of him still wishes Chisa were alive]].
* ''Anime/YuGiOhArcV'': When any of Yuya's counterparts meet, they run the risk of absorbing the other or fusing back into their original form, [[BigBad Zarc.]] When he accidentally absorbs Yugo, the villainous Yuri makes it his mission to do the same with the others. He purposely plays up his attempts as a romantic pursuit, saying that Yuya is begging to be with him, and that they'll be together even if Yuya's father doesn't approve. However, this is likely Yuri being a {{troll}}, as per the norm.
** Crosses with a weird version of ReincarnationRomance: Zarc and Ray were also mortal enemies. Their reincarnations, however, are either suggested to be dating (Yuto and Ruri), have an unspoken romance (Yuya and Yuzu) or are implied to be in love (Yugo and Rin.) The only exception are Yuri and Serena, who never formally met.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhVRAINS'': Yusaku had been searching for the person who saved him during the [[ElectricTorture Lost Incident]]/[[ForScience Hanoi Project]]. ''For ten years''. Yusaku is sixteen. [[spoiler:Turns out the voice was [[ArchEnemy Revolver]]. [[HoYay Yusaku ''still'' wants to save him though]] [[FoeYay and only fought him because he couldn't be convinced otherwise]].]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The twisted relationship between [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]] Trafalgar Law and Donquixote Doflamingo is chock full of this, though it's mainly on the latter's end. Doflamingo is AmbiguouslyBi, and has flirted with Law, offering to go out with him for drinks that he is all grown up. Then it's revealed that Law was intended to be his right-hand man, and even after Law left the crew, he was welcomed back at any time, with Doflamingo even keeping his specific position open for ''thirteen years''. When they have their FinalBattle alongside Luffy, that's when the subtext comes out full force -- Doflamingo continuously beats Law down, shooting him full of bullets and at one point ''cutting his arm off'', all while ranting about Law's numerous betrayals like a CrazyJealousGuy, clearly resenting the fact that Law continuously chose others over him, as Doflamingo views himself as Law's true benefactor. [[spoiler:After Law reveals he is a D, the mortal enemy of a (former) World Noble like Doflamingo]], that's the point where he just full on ''snaps'', goes into {{Yandere}} mode and tries to kill him ala IfICantHaveYou Doflamingo's obsession with Law surpasses the self-centered fondness he has for his loyal crew to such an extent that the romantic subtext becomes that much stronger and more obvious in comparison.
* ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'': Shizuo Heiwajima and Izaya Orihara. HateAtFirstSight meeting, obsessive loathing (to the point that Shizuo flies into a rage just by ''seeing'' Izaya), NoSenseOfPersonalSpace -- it's like a love story, except you replace every instance of "like" and "love" with "''despise''" and "''hate''". Considering how the subtext is so strong that other characters have seriously considered the possibility of at least a "hate sex" relationship, while an InUniverse FanGirl outright ''ships'' it, all signs point to the FoeYay being intentional.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* Made explicit in Mark Waid's ''ComicBook/{{Irredeemable}},'' in which the genius supervillain Modeus (a clear Lex Luthor {{expy}}) explicitly confesses a [[SingleTargetSexuality very disturbing obsession]] with the Plutonian (himself an expy of Franchise/{{Superman}}).
* ComicBook/TheJoker often makes comments toward Franchise/{{Batman}} of this nature, talking about their relationship as though it were romantic and making flirtatious advances. It's not clear if this is out of some actual attraction or simply to make Batman uncomfortable. To say nothing of how in ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' he ''slaps Batman's ass''.
** This aspect of his criminal activity is expanded on in ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightReturns'' from the very first scene, as he sees Batman's return to active crime-fighting reported on the news and segues from dis-interested catatonia to his old grin and the quiet declaration, '''"Darling."''' He goes on to mention how he never keeps count but loves Batman for doing it for him and outright flirts as they try to finish each other (each in his own way) in the Tunnel of Love, of all places.
** In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', Batman has an interior monologue about how the Joker's eyes never change, never revealing anything about his thoughts or emotions. Except for love for Batman.
* in ''ComicBook/NthManTheUltimateNinja'', a flirtatious relationship gradually develops between the American ninja John Doe and the Soviet KGB leader Colonel Novikova... to the consternation of their subordinates and comrades.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} and ComicBook/LexLuthor clearly have ''something'' going on, even if Lex is more recalcitrant about it than the Joker is with Batman. It is genuinely explicit that jealousy of Superman is a major motivating force for Lex; the exact nature of that jealousy, however, can vary quite a bit from the usual platonic state.
** In the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age]], Superboy kept a trophy room of mementos of Luthor before he turned evil, including some of his lost hair. Note that before he turned evil, Lex likewise had a Superboy room.
** When Superman died, Lex immediately arranged for him to be cloned - with the clone having genes added in from Lex himself, making the new Superboy for all intents and purposes [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy the biological son of Superman and Lex Luthor]].
** In the nineties, Lex had an ongoing affair with Supergirl, who, in that version, was a shape-shifter, and there was at least one scene where she used her [[PowerPerversionPotential shape-shifting to flirt with him]]. You have to wonder how often he asked her to wear her costume to bed.
* It's usually one-sided, but Comicbook/{{X 23}} is subject to this:
** Her arch-nemesis, Kimura, is positively ''obsessed'' with her. She sees Laura's escape from the Facility as [[ItsPersonal a personal insult]], and whenever she catches up to her delights in punishing her for "being a bad girl." Much of her other behavior tends towards being stalkerish in nature, she calls her endearments such as "sweetie," enjoys physically and emotionally tormenting her, and threatens harm against Laura's ''actual'' love interest at the time, all the while giving her the vibe of a PsychoExGirlfriend.
** She also gets it with Hellverine in her solo series. He stalks her because he desires her to lead his armies, but he also gives the impression he just plain ''desires'' her. He captures her ''other'' StalkerWithACrush[[note]]an omnipath named Gamesmaster, who hangs out in her mind because he can't shut off his powers and finds peace in how quiet hers is[[/note]] and presents him to her as a gift, approaches her in the form of a ''naked'' Cyclops while complimenting her beauty and skill as a killer, (while also belittling her and claiming she was made to obey a master) all the while approaching her with intimate gestures such as touching her cheek and stroking her hair.
** When she meets Comicbook/{{Sabretooth}} while they're both imprisoned by Shogun during ''The Logan Legacy'', Creed wastes no time making suggestive comments and touching her hair. Even ''more'' subtext is provided by the fact that Creed has long had a similar obsession with Comicbook/{{Wolverine}}, and Laura is effectively Logan's daughter.
* Parodied in "He Tied Me To A Buzzsaw (And It Felt Like A Kiss)", a Cobweb story from ''ComicBook/TomorrowStories'' in which Cobweb narrates the story of her rivalry with a supervillain called the Mongoose as if it was a love affair. It ends with her finding him tying another superheroine up, and killing both of them.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/{{America 3000}}'', the women of Frisco and Kansos in Colorado have an entire mythology built up around hating the men and wanting to exterminate them, and the free men Korvis leads in his compound at Camp Reagan have generally adopted a similarly hostile attitude toward the women. So why does the young Vena smirk and [[FemaleGaze take a good long look]] when her mother cuts off young Korvis' loincloth near the beginning? Why, when Korvis and his men later raid Frisco, does he get distracted and [[MaleGaze linger over]] the [[SleepCute sleeping form]] of the newly-crowned Tiara Vena in her shelter? Because of perfectly natural desires, and because [[DatingCatwoman they're going to get it together]] with each other later, that's why.
* ''Film/JamesBond'':
** There was more than a bit of homoeroticism between Bond and [[spoiler:Alec]] in ''Film/GoldenEye''.
-->'''[[spoiler:Alec]]:''' James and I used to share everything... ''absolutely everything''.
** Bond/Le Chiffre from ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006''. When your naked torture scene begins with the villain eyeing Bond up and saying "You've taken good care of your body"... This is more explicit in the novel where Le Chiffre addresses Bond as "dear boy" during the scene, and Fleming based him on the bisexual Alastair Crowley.
** ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'' throws "implications" right out the window with Silva's opening scene, where Bond is tied to a chair and Silva unbuttons his shirt to touch a scar on Bond's shoulder, continues to caress his throat, and strokes Bond's thighs. Bond responds to Silva's quiet snark, "Well... first time for everything, yes?" with "What makes you think this is my first time?"
* Franchise/{{Batman}} and ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' ("You complete me!") [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?rid=11376 One reviewer]] described the delivery of that line as "like a bride to a groom". The Joker also pretty clearly [[CombatSadomasochist enjoys Batman beating him]]. This particular bit of subtext goes back a long way, and has become more or less canon in the comics.
* While Xerxes, as portrayed in ''Film/ThreeHundred'', appears to be into ''everything'', and his feelings were not reciprocated, his interest in Leonidas certainly appeared to be more than political. The director felt that the teenage boy demographic would find Xerxes scarier if he was presented as a DepravedHomosexual intent on molesting the protagonist.
* Roxy/Velma from ''Film/{{Chicago}}''. Even besides the whole Girls Behind Bars aspect of it, Roxy and Velma do spend a lot of time glaring at each other while wearing nothing but skimpy underwear. And during the last number they seem... a lot more friendly.
* ''Film/DirtyHarry''. Scorpio's reaction to seeing Inspector Callahan's [[HandCannon .44 Magnum revolver]] for the first time. "My, that's a big one." Reportedly actor Andrew Robinson [[ThrowItIn ad-libbed that line]], which made the crew laugh. One of many allusions to Scorpio's stereotypical "gayness", along with the hair and [[SissyVillain the whiny, murderous hissy fits]].
* There is a strong albeit disturbed vibe from Hannibal Lector towards Will Graham in ''Film/RedDragon''.
-->"Clever boy. I think I'll eat your heart."
* In ''Film/ScannersIITheNewOrder'', TheDragon Peter Drak makes a point of repeatedly referring to protagonist David Kellum as a "pretty boy", "Davie", and commenting on his "pretty eyes".
* ''Film/FightClub''. Aside from the fact that [[spoiler: they're basically [[ScrewYourself the same person]]]], there's a large amount of subtext between The Narrator and Tyler, as Tyler is the epitome of everything the Narrator wishes he were, compared to the Narrator's docile, repressed sexuality. The movie opens with Tyler [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything shoving the barrel of a gun down the Narrator's throat]], they live together, bathe together, spend their nights beating each other to a pulp while shirtless and covered in sweat, and let's not forget the chemical burn scene, in which Tyler kisses the Narrator's hand and holds him down while he burns him, and Marla's almost jealous reaction when she sees the scar ("Who did that to you? Guy or girl?"). There's also the Narrator's jealousy and subsequent ''brutal'' beat-down of the pretty blond guy who started to seem like Tyler's new favorite.
* Seymour and [[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Audrey II]] in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors.'' In its first VillainSong "Feed Me", Audrey II (who is named after the woman Seymour loves, by the way) seduces more than convinces Seymour to aid him. Audrey II sings to him "feed me [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything all night long]]", puts one of its roots up Seymour's shirt, and forces Seymour into a chair before bringing him uncomfortably close to his face. Audrey later [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar pulls Seymour's pants down]] (to [[GroinAttack punch him in the scrotum]], but still). And in his later VillainSong "Mean Green Mother From Outerspace", in a brief part Audrey says: "I got garden style, major moves, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything nasty thoughts, and I'm using them."]]
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'': Erik with Charles, to the point where Website/TelevisionWithoutPity gave them the "Best Couple" award. Also present in the original ''[[Film/XMenFilmSeries X-Men]]'' trilogy. It's supported both by James [=McAvoy=] (who plays Xavier in ''First Class'') and Ian [=McKellen=] (who plays Magneto in the other films). A bit of a variation on this trope in that they're actually ''friends'' despite their opposing goals and the subtext comes from the friendship rather than hostility.
* Deliberately inferred in the original ''Film/TheHitcher'', to the point where it creeps out the cops to watch the lead characters interact in the interrogation room.
* ''Film/LAConfidential'': Half the characters are convinced there's something more to detectives Bud White and Ed Exley's rivalry than just hatred.
-->'''Jack''': ''[to Ed]'' Bud White's gonna fuck you for this if it takes him the rest of his life.\\
'''Lynn:''': ''[also to Ed]'' Fucking me and fucking Bud aren't the same thing.
* ''Anime/LupinIIIDeadOrAlive'': While Zenigata is leading a captured Lupin [[spoiler:(or rather, the local bartender Lupin disguised as himself)]] to their helicopter pickup, the good inspector is speaking boastfully of the peaceful life he will lead after turning Lupin's trial and finally going home. He discusses two names he discarded; ''War'' (because he didn't want to upset his female readers) and ''Love and and War'' (because he didn't want people to get the wrong idea about the two of them).
* ''Black Widow'' (1987). There's overt LesYay between the BlackWidow and the female federal agent who's investigating her, from their first face-to-face encounter during a [[IndirectKiss resuscitation exercise]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegoBatmanMovie'' takes the subtext between Joker and Batman's rivalry and cranks it about as far as they can go in a PG family movie. Batman refuses to form connections with ''anyone'', even his enemies, so his refusal to call the Joker his greatest foe is played like an unrequited love, with the other villains reassuring Joker that he "doesn't need" Batman.
* ''Film/IShotJesseJames'': While they don't start out as foes, UsefulNotes/JesseJames and Robert Ford definitely have this going on. Even though Ford plans to [[ForegoneConclusion (and eventually does)]] kill Jesse, [[HoYay he helps Jesse take a bath]] and is tortured by his decision to murder Jesse years afterward. [[spoiler: Though Bob's DyingDeclarationOfLove towards Jesse sort of removes the ''subtext'' part.]]
* ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/TheLastJedi'' turns up the subtext between Kylo and Rey from ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' to full-blown text. Connected by a PsychicLink they initially treat with hostility, they slowly begin to warm up, bond and empathize with each other over their mutual loneliness and sense of loss in the galaxy. Rey [[DistractedByTheSexy gets flustered when she accidentally sees him shirtless]], the pair of them have several long [[HeldGaze held gazes]], actually hold hands at one point, and [[spoiler:he straight-up asks her to rule the galaxy by his side when he usurps his master.]]

* [[spoiler: Hrathen]] towards [[spoiler: Sarene]], in ''Literature/{{Elantris}}''. Later turns from subtext to LoveEpiphany, although the latter character remains totally oblivious to any of this.
* In ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'', Shelena and Veres are nominally mortal enemies, what with her being a werewolf and him a monster hunter specialized in werewolves. But setting aside Shelena's questionable decision to drag him half-dead out of a ditch and take him home to heal, there's some increasing romance subtext between them as the book goes on. Forced to work together, they have to share her hut, ride on the same horse and spend nights talking at the campfire. Shelena just can't keep her paws off Veres, sticking feathers up his nose at night and getting almost stabbed for her trouble. Veres, on his part, is very interested when the talk comes to Shelena's preferences in men, and he's always just around the corner when Shelena has gotten herself into trouble again. When asked by Delirna how Veres is in bed, instead of denying anything, Shelena's answer is '[[DeadpanSnarker Like a corpse.]]' And when Shelena [[spoiler:almost dies from an arrow wound]], Veres uses his own life force to [[spoiler:drag her back from the brink of death]]. Enemies, mortal ones. Sure.\\
Eventually, Shelena has a LoveEpiphany, but that doesn't put the subtext to rest until the very end of the book, as Veres' point of view is never shown.
* ''Literature/BerlinAlexanderplatz'': Seen in the interactions between Franz Biberkopf and Reinhold. The latter screws over the protagonist Biberkopf, time and time again, but Biberkopf keeps showing forgiveness for him. In the tv-adaptation by Creator/RainerWernerFassbinder, the queer subtext is made even more blatant:
--> '''Narrator''': Reinhold and Biberkopf stare fixedly at each other. The one-armed man has no pity for the man in the prisoner's box between the two policemen...he has only a curious devotion for him. I once had a faithful comrade, never a better one could there be. I must look at him, keep on looking at him, nothing seems more important than to look at you. The world is made of sugar and dirt. I can look at you quietly, without batting an eye. I know who you are. I now find you here, m'boy, in the prisoner's box, outside I'll meet you a thousand times more, but my heart will not turn to stone on account of that.
* ''Literature/ColdDays'': In between Mab's attempts to [[SinkOrSwimMentor kill]] Harry Dresden, she gets very touchy-feely with him. The subtext is heightened by their [[spoiler:plot-related sex]] in the previous book. [[spoiler:Also the fact that as Winter Knight, being the consort to the Winter Queens is one of Harry's official duties.]]
-->''Mab moved very slowly, very gracefully. There was something serpentine about the way she slithered up my body and lay with her chest against mine. (...) [She] made a low, hungry sound in her throat as she leaned down, until her lips were almost touching my ear.\\
"I have no use for weakness, wizard." She shivered in a kind of slow, alien ecstasy.''
* ''Franchise/HarryPotter'':
** Harry Potter and Voldemort. They share a mental link with Voldemort continually trying to possess Harry, disregard his personal space, and infiltrate his mind. Also, Harry Potter and Tom Riddle with Harry referring to Tom in flattering terms multiple times, and some fans have read much into their interactions with Tom telling Harry he "can be ''very'' persuasive" and there are slash fics with Harry befriending Tom in the diary and developing feelings for him.
** Ginny Weasely and Tom Riddle, with Tom Riddle's diary in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The diary she befriended turned out to be a SoulJar for a piece of Voldemort's soul, who brainwashed her with the intent of stealing her life to bring himself back to life, taking advantage of how she was feeling lonely due to her difficulty to make any friends in her first year at Hogwarts.
* Violet Baudelaire and Count Olaf in ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents''. He mentions numerous times how pretty she is, caresses her hair, rubs her thigh with a knife under a table, plans to marry her to get her fortune and later says he wants to "consummate" his relationship with her.
* ''Literature/ACourtOfThornsAndRoses:'' Feyre and Rhys, ''[[UnresolvedSexualTension so much]]''. The fact that they have to act as lovers multiple times, including a [[FakeOutMakeOut rather handsy kiss]], does not help. [[spoiler: By the end of the second book, it's no longer "foe" or "subtext".]]
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Safi is annoyed to find out that the "Chiseled Cheat" - the man who stole all her money, now revealed to be [[spoiler:a Hell-Bard, hunting Safi]] - is still very attractive despite being her enemy.
* ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' is about the conflict between Kyousuke and the White Queen, who used to date until she broke her promise to not kill anyone. Then she broke it again to protect him in the Secret War. Currently his goal is to kill her, and her goal is to make him love her again.
-->“We will never understand each other.”\\
''<And that is why I love you.>''\\
“I can’t join you.”\\
''<Doesn’t that just make it all the more exciting?>''
* In the pornographic book ''Crystals of Mida'', Jalav and Ceralt both rape the other, depending on which side is currently winning the war between their races.


[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Spike and Angel are half this, half regular HomoeroticSubtext, depending on how antagonistic Spike is in the specific episode.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** [[SuperpoweredEvilSide Angelus]] relentlessly flirts with Buffy and considers his murdering his way through her friends to be foreplay, while Buffy is continually reluctant to kill him because of her feelings towards Angel. That said, the series wavers back and forth on whether Angel and Angelus are separate people or two sides of the same person.
** Buffy and Faith repeat the same dynamic she had with Angel/us, only with ''more'' emotional baggage, complete with TakeThatKiss from Faith and both of them acting like spurned girlfriends every time they cross paths. Fast forward to season 7, and the First says everything Faith did was so Buffy would love her.
** Buffy and Spike had so much of this that eventually, the subtext became text. Becomes a DeconstructedTrope thanks to the DestructiveRomance that follows.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor and the Master had some of this in discreet 1970s style right from the start, and the twenty-first century show responded to social changes by dumping the "sub" from the subtext altogether.
** The Doctor sobbing over the Master's body in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E13LastOfTheTimeLords "Last of the Time Lords"]] and pleadingly telling him "You could be beautiful" in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E17E18TheEndOfTime "The End of Time"]]. And don't even ''start'' on ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'' (although the Master isn't a foe any more)... There's also that phone call in "The Sound of Drums" where the Doctor says all they have is each other. Then the Master asks if he's asking him on a date. The Doctor responds by offering to fight across the cosmos.
** While observing from afar, Missy in the eighth season of the Revival Series refers to the Doctor as her "boyfriend." When they finally meet, she starts things off by snogging him in a near-tackle, [[CelibateHero much to his confusion and horror. Although later, he voluntarily kisses her]]. [[spoiler:Oh, and she's a [[GenderBender female incarnation]] of the Master]].
* Just as in ''Film/RedDragon'', there's quite a bit of this between Hannibal Lecter and Will Graham on ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''.
* ''Series/{{Killjoys}}'': Dutch, the protagonist, and Delle Seyah Kendry have what Dutch refers to as "Hate Flirting".
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'':
** James Gillies, the criminal mastermind on the show, ''kisses'' Detective William Murdoch ''on the mouth'' for a full three seconds towards the end of "Midnight Train to Kingston."
-->'''Gillies''': For the last time, this is it for us. Doesn't that make you just... a little bit sad?\\
'''Murdoch''': No.\\
'''Gillies''': Not even a teensy bit?\\
'''Murdoch''': ''[shakes his head]''\\
'''Gillies''': Come now, Detective. You and I share something, something... special. I'll miss you, you know that. ''[grabs Murdoch by the collar and kisses him]''
** There's a prop that [[{{Foreshadowing}} foreshadows]] this in "The Murdoch Trap": a film projector has a nearby placard that says, "Turn Me On". The film is of Gillies himself addressing Murdoch.
* ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'': [[FauxAffablyEvil Jim Moriarty]] (who Sherlock [[SherlockScan deduces]] to be gay at first sight) just loves flirting with Sherlock. It begins from the first message Moriarty sends to Sherlock; Moriarty's ''very opening words'' are [[spoiler:"Hello, Sexy"]]. They later meet in person when Jim [[spoiler:is masquerading as Molly Hooper's boyfriend]], and even [[spoiler:in disguise]] Jim overtly flirts with Sherlock, [[spoiler:giving him his phone number just like you would to a romantic prospect]]. Moriarty (as his true self) later talks about this like he's a jilted date:
-->'''Moriarty''': I gave you my number. I thought you might call.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Lex Luthor and Clark Kent go above and beyond the already high bar for homoerotic subtext set by their comic book source material. Just like in the comics via genetic engineering, they basically have a ''son'' together. Unlike the comics, there is a MaidenNameDebate of sorts for said son, Alexander Luthor/Conner Kent.
** Clark has it with both incarnations of Zod. It didn't help that the first was [[spoiler:borrowing Lex's body for their final battle]].
** Lois Lane and Tess Mercer. Exhibit A:
-->'''Lois:''' What is it with you and physical violence?\\
'''Tess:''' The last time you and I saw each other, things did get a little... physical, didn't they? ''[wiggles her shoulders suggestively]''\\
'''Lois:''' And then what happened, Tess? Inquiring minds want to know.\\
'''Tess:''' You don't remember?\\
'''Lois:''' Well, a three-week concussion can do that to you. But I think that you bonked me on the head and then held me somewhere.\\
'''Tess''': Held you? That's wishful thinking, Lane. When I came to, you were already gone. We never did get to finish what we started, though. Little rematch?
** Chloe Sullivan and Lionel Luthor. This one is canonical (from Lionel's end, anyway; they actually had an AlmostKiss, but [[FreakyFridayFlip Lionel was in Clark's body]]), at least according to WordOfGod, since John Glover, the actor who played Lionel, actually said he was putting attraction to Chloe into his portrayal of the character. You can see for yourself [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47757vI_Pd4 here]].
* In ''Series/{{Intelligence|2014}}'' Mei Chen, a rogue Chinese Intelligence operative into whom Dr. Cassidy implanted a chip under duress, gets very flirty when she encounters Gabriel, likewise a chipped operative. Among other things she compares him to [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Adam (to her Eve)]]. He is ''not'' interested, though he does fake it at one point to lure her in so the team can remotely delete some classified data from her chip.
* Spoofed in ''Series/DrTerriblesHouseOfHorrible'' where the YellowPeril DiabolicalMastermind and the GentlemanAdventurer GuileHero are noted in the commentary track to have played it "[[OldFlame like they used to be lovers]]", although it wasn't in the original script and mostly conveyed through the acting. Mark Gatiss explained in the commentary that the relationship between hero and villain is inherently a romantic one, as heroes need villains in order to express their glory and villains need heroes in order to have someone to defeat.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'': Londo and G'Kar start off as fierce rivals, with Londo revealing in the first regular episode ("Midnight on the Firing Line") that he'd had a prophetic dream about his death, where the two of them would choke each other to death some twenty years in the future[[note]]As later revealed, a ProphecyTwist was involved[[/note]]. As the series progressed, the rivalry waxed and waned (with others often commenting about the two ambassadors' unique relationship), with the two settling into a sort of bickering FriendlyRivalry[=/=]VitriolicBestBuds situation by the end of season four, with the two would often arguing LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
-->'''Mack''': [[LampshadeHanging So, how long have those two been married]]?
* In the later seasons of ''Series/BlakesSeven'', there is overt innuendo of sexual attraction between the Seven's new leader Avon and BigBad Servalan. In particular, at one point Avon plants a partially-sincere, partially-TakeThatKiss on her, and she '''doesn't kill him'''. Which for Servalan, is the equivalent of most women ripping their clothes off and leaping on him...
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' has explicit DatingCatwoman scenarios with Sam/Ruby and (at least on a HeterosexualLifePartners level) Dean/Crowley. A more subtextual example is Bella's relationship with both Winchesters: They hate her for the many times she's put them into a frustrating situation, but she still talks to them in a flirty way, is very sexy, and her very first interaction with them involves [[ShowSomeLeg giving Sam a titillating moment]] while she steals something from him.

[[folder: Music]]
* Music/JonathanCoulton's ''Nemeses'' [[http://www.jonathancoulton.com/wiki/Nemeses/Lyrics is this trope,]] and unrequited obsession, and UnknownRival. An earlier version of the song made it more clear.
-->Could it be that you and me\\
Are always meant to be together\\
Promise me you'll let me be\\
The one, the best of your arch enemies
* Music/TheMegas, a ''VideoGame/MegaMan'' fan band, have the song "Blue Like You" about Flash Man feeling this for Mega Man.
* The music video for the K-Pop musical act Troublemaker (comprised of Music/Hyuna of ''4minute'' and Hyunseung of ''Music/B2ST'')'s debut song, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-zRAQmKUkI Troublemaker,]] is all about this trope.
* Music/MiikeSnow's UsefulNotes/GenghisKhan is about a PunchClockVillain having captured a Franchise/JamesBond expy. He has the hero strapped to a table with a laser pointed at him but just as he is about to execute him, the clock strikes five and the villain powers down the machine and goes home. As the villain spends time with his perfectly ordinary family, he can't get the hero off his mind even when he's spending time with his wife. The villain eventually freaks out and rushes back to execute the hero to banish the thought of him from his mind... only to realize that he can't bring himself to do, release the hero, and replace his wife with the hero and enjoy a peaceful domestic life together. At the end of the video, the villain's wife has now become a villain herself, and repeats the song's refrain in a sinister fashion:
-->I get a little bit Genghis Khan
-->Don't want you to get it on
-->With nobody else but me

* Wrestling/ChrisJericho and Wrestling/StephanieMcMahon. Chris spent nearly all of the Wrestling/AttitudeEra insulting Stephanie as much as he could and alluding to her being ''extremely'' promiscuous. At one point, he even insinuated that she had slept with everyone on ''the planet''. Everyone, however, [[SleepsWithEveryoneButYou did not mean Jericho]], which led to a lot of FoeYay BelligerentSexualTension that had numerous fans ''begging'' for them to have the planet-cracking hate sex already. At one point, they were even supposed to have an affair to spite Stephanie's then-husband Hunter (who would later on become her real life husband), but the idea was nixed. The tension was so thick that even today, after over a decade of minimal interaction, fans still strongly support the pairing.
* Wrestling/KevinSteen and Wrestling/ElGenerico. They were ''obsessed'' with each other. Steen's constant claims about how Generico is an "infection"/"disease" that he needed to get rid of and his fixation on Generico's mask and desire to remove it and show Generico's face to the world, the constant mind games -- it all reads as Steen being attracted and/or madly in love with Generico and just sublimating it through intense violence. It was eventually acknowledged onscreen when Steen ''kissed'' Generico on the lips during their grudge match at ''Final Battle 2010''.
* Wrestling/DeanAmbrose and Wrestling/SethRollins have a cross between this and HomoeroticSubtext -- ever since their first feud in 2011, in FCW, aka ''developmental''. Things got particularly heated during 2017 where the two kept on flip-flopping each other before finally reuniting as a team and winning the RAW Tag Titles together. Every segment they shared during that summer was chock full of BelligerentSexualTension, with two acting like a pair of ex-lovers who still love each other but also still hate each other. The WillTheyOrWontThey was so bad that even ''male'' fans were wondering when they were going to screw each other's brains out.
* Wrestling/{{WWENXT}} has the former tag team #DIY, between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Ciampa, being a {{Yandere}}, betrayed Gargano at ''[=TakeOver=]: Chicago'' because he couldn't stand the idea of Gargano "replacing" him with another tag team partner[[note]]Ciampa was suffering a litany of injuries (including a torn ACL during the match at ''Chicago''), and would be out for the rest of 2017[[/note]]; and if ''he'' couldn't wrestle, neither could Gargano. Gargano was completely traumatized by the betrayal, and couldn't really find it in himself to return Ciampa's newfound hatred until Ciampa attacked him at the end of ''[=TakeOver=]: Philadelphia'' -- and even then, he couldn't ''completely'' return it until [[spoiler:Ciampa cost him his NXT career]]. After that, the subtext blew up full force; on top of Ciampa regarding Gargano as selfish for trying to move his career forward without him, Gargano started ''stalking'' Ciampa in hopes of forcing him to accept a grudge match against him (which eventually succeeded). The actual match itself was so raw with emotion that it was borderline ''intimate'', with many fans stating that they felt like they were voyeurs for watching something so personal. [[spoiler:Especially towards the end of the match, where it seemed like Gargano and Ciampa were about to reconcile; despite everything that happened between them, despite now hating him with everything he had, Gargano never quite gave up hope that Ciampa could be redeemed]].

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

[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' is a play by Creator/{{Shakespeare}} about a Roman soldier who has become unable to function without war. One of the ways this is highlighted is by the scenes where he faces his blood enemy Tullus Aufidius, where their dialogue is far more impassioned than those between Coriolanus and his own wife and family. Towards the end, he turns his back on Rome and seeks out Aufidius, seeking for Aufidius to kill him. Instead, Aufidius embraces him, saying that he is more glad when he sees Coriolanus than his own wife.
--> "But that I see thee here,\\
Thou noble thing! more dances my rapt heart\\
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw\\
Bestride my threshold"

[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Dota 2}}'' between, of all people, Tidehunter and Kunkka. They are established in their backstories as hating each other - Tidehunter's hatred for Kunkka is never explained though, but out of that hatred he sunk his beloved ship. Those are some of the responses they have to each other:
-->'''Kunkka:''' I never tire of hearing my name on your lips.\\
'''Kunkka:''' Ah, nobody hated me like Tidehunter. He made me feel appreciated.\\
'''Kunkka:''' Ah, Tidehunter, you cared enough to hate me. You can't buy that sort of love.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darksiders}}'': A creepy one-sided version of the [[SmugSnake Watcher]] towards [[HorsemenOfTheApocalypse War]]. They're magically [[ChainedHeat chained together]], with the Watcher imbued with [[ScrewTheRulesIHaveConnections the Charred Council's favor]] to supervise War. The Watcher's every other line reminds War that he's his bitch, and some of his lines [[PrisonRape sound a bit less-than-chaste]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': [[HotBlooded Knuckles]] and [[ClassyCatBurglar Rouge]], particularly in ''VideoGame/SonicAdventure2''. The two spend the better part of the game at each other's throats, mainly because they both want to restore the Master Emerald after it as broken earlier, albeit for different reasons, noble and selfish respectively. However, in their final confrontation when Rouge was in trouble, Knuckles saved her and the two [[HeldGaze gazed in each other's eyes while holding hands]] for a good few seconds before Rouge pulled away in disgust. Knuckles calls her out on her ungrateful attitude, but then Rouge teases that he just wanted to hold her hand. Rouge decides to just give up her pieces and leaves it at that, Knuckles apologizes if he hurt her in their previous fight and Rouge gives a small smile in his direction before departing. ''Anime/SonicX'' all but states they're a couple.
* ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'': Garen and Katarina, both paragons of diametrically opposed city states. They received [[FoeYayShipping high compatibility]] ratings under Blitzcrank's [[TheMatchmaker matchmaking service]] but aren't an official couple. During the game, Garen has unique jokes specifically toward Katarina, which are somewhat flirty.
* ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'' has [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Phosphora]]]] and Pit, the former going on several times about how cute the latter is, much to his embarrassment. [[MissionControl Palutena]] has to remind Pit that [[spoiler:Phosphora]] is an enemy.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' drops several hints that [=GLaDOS=]'s fixation on Chell goes beyond the usual KillAllHumans motivation, with lines such as "Despite your violent behavior, the only thing you've managed to break so far... is my heart." It could be unintentional... but then ''VideoGame/Portal2'' ramps it up further, giving [=GLaDOS=] every PsychoLesbian trope in the book, and she frequently tries to guilt trip Chell using language common to abusive partners. This culminates in "Want You Gone", a BreakupSong in everything but name. ''The Final Hours of Portal 2'' reveals that a cut plotline had [=GLaDOS=] growing increasingly jealous as the player collected personality cores, culminating in them entering a room to be greeted with the sight of a cold roast dinner, at which point [=GLaDOS=] would berate them for missing dinner because they were busy cheating on her with a personality core. In "You Wouldn't Know", the credits song of ''VideoGame/LegoDimensions'', [=GLaDOS=] tries to make Chell jealous, shows resentment over her keeping away, and reminisces over "how much we had".
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has former HeterosexualLifePartners, Statesman and Lord Recluse as the main hero and villain of the game. Statesman has an entirely unironic hope that they can be B.F,F.s again even while beating up Lord Recluse's mooks; As for Lord Recluse, the entire villain zone is a monument to thinking Statesman is a dick. Seriously, taking over the world is secondary to just seeing Statesman suffer. Both are clearly the center of the others world.
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Shantae}}'' games, [[BigBad Risky Boots]]' attitude towards the eponymous heroine frequently oscillates between despising her and wanting to tumble in bed with her. In ''Pirate's Curse'', there's a scene where Risky traps Shantae in a trap disguised as a bathtub and seems very excited from her dialogue that the trap worked. In the ending of ''Risky's Revenge'', there's a very specifically placed line break so Risky's JustBetweenYouAndMe speech to Shantae comes across as wanting to "strip you [...] of your powers". According to the developers [[InvokedTrope this was fully intended]].
* In ''{{VideoGame/Tekken}}'', there's quite a bit of this between Emilie "Lili" de Rochefort and her rival Asuka Kazama. Mostly (if not entirely) on Lili's end, though.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'': In the story "Girls' Night Out", a series of random events leads the main characters to get tangled with a minor, [[AnimalWrongsGroup animal-obsessed]] DiabolicalMastermind called Tadius Greasenherr, and Zoë having to bluff him that she's a fellow criminal boss called Cacamille to save the others. As soon as she's away from his sight, though, she's forced to admit out loud that she finds him ridiculously cute. They ultimately part on hostile terms, but events years later force Zoë to adopt the "Kaka"[[note]]English doesn't seem to be Greasenherr's first language, and he sees nothing funny in calling her that[[/note]] persona again to make a deal with Greasenherr; and even though they end up parting on hostile terms again, she's still affected by his cuteness again, and he's smitten by her coming across as TheChessmaster and MagnificentBastard (and as controlling [[KillerRabbit Bun-bun]]).
-->"My heart is filled with Kaka."
* The page image is from ''Webcomic/HarkAVagrant'', from a [[http://www.harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=327 series of strips]] about a pirate and a British naval officer who get a little ''too'' obsessed with each other.
* ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'': Invoked and Deconstructed in ''Punching Above Your Weight''. To give a swordsman-in-training proper motivation, his master instructs him to [[ConverseError develop an attraction]] to his [[HoYay male opponent]] and [[TeachHimAnger find strength]] in [[WomanScorned his rage]] at being a HopelessSuitor. (As per RuleOfFunny [[RuleOfSexy and Sexy]], [[SituationalSexuality he actually succeeds]].) This does backfire, however, when [[CuttingTheKnot the swordsmen just snog in the arena]], [[YouHaveFailedMe to the master's fury]].
* The troll concept of "kismesissitude" in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is rooted in this and is a vital part of their reproduction process, [[BizarreAlienReproduction as only couples with deep feelings of love or loathing can reproduce]] (although it's more than ''just'' mutual hate, as there's usually some admiration on some level). [[http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6&p=004295 It's strongly implied]] (if not outright stated) that Jack Noir and the Black Queen have this attitude towards each other whether they realize it or not.
* One ''Webcomic/PrincessPi'' comic ends with Pi [[spoiler:impulsively [[SaveTheVillain saving her greatest enemy, Princess Ip]], from getting flattened by the MonsterOfTheWeek]]. Ip responds by kissing Pi while exclaiming "You do care!". As Pi stands startled and shocked, Ip leaves while exclaiming, "Well, that was embarrassing!"
* [[http://xkcd.com/1041/ This strip]] from ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'', where a character takes the saying "Don't fire until you see the whites of their eyes" a little too far.
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'' has this up the wazoo between [[SmugSuper Faith]], who's Artemis Academy's [[GreyAndGrayMorality morally grey]] StudentCouncilPresident, and Tiffany who is the school's self-appointed champion of justice. Faith is all for it and has repeatedly said as much, but Tiff still thinks of Faith [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/clandestine_meeting as her enemy.]] Which is why she's still coming to terms with [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/omigawd the realization]] that [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/forces_of_darkness she's attracted to her.]]
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' has the bisexuals Yuki and Sonya, who can't stand each other. Yuki can't deny finding Sonya attractive, though, and Sonya gets pointedly accused of wanting Yuki in one crucial scene. An eventual resolution ... [[SlapSlapKiss doesn't actually remove the enmity]].

[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/KingDragonCanon'': One of King Dragon's minions tries and fails to hide his crush on an unnamed hero. (Likely Dennis, the PlayerCharacter)
* Tom and Tord from WebAnimation/EddsWorld are believed to have this by quite a few people.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'': Beck/Paige. Paige is a Type IV AntiVillain (not evil, but fighting for the wrong side, [[spoiler:Tessler killed her friends, framed the Isos for it, and [[MagnificentBastard made it look like he saved her life]] so he could have her as a [[TheDragon dragon]]]]). Beck? Well, he's trying to start a revolt to overthrow her boss.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** Perry the Platypus and Dr. Doofenshmirtz are at the very least the epitome of the FriendlyEnemy, treating their adversity as a job more than any actual effort to harm one another. Doofenshmirtz owns a pair of boxers with Agent P's face on them. In another episode Doofenshmirtz is shown ordering home nemesis dolls (resembling blow up dolls) and receiving "yet another platypus". Then there's the episode "It's About Time", where Doofenshmirtz acquires a new nemesis, which is [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything presented as]] him having an affair, culminating with them on a relationship talk show together. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOfM7WB1ya4 "Yeah, I've got a nemesis..."]]
** It's heavily implied that this is the standard relationship for ''all'' nemeses. The aforementioned agent that was thwarting Doofenshmirtz without Perry's knowledge was Peter the Panda, and lo and behold, he too has a nemesis, called Dr. Mystery, who becomes jealous of Doofenshmirtz and proceeds to kidnap and attempt to kill him. Doofenshmirtz learns more of their relationship while in captivity, and finds out, much to his horror, that Mystery doesn't tell Peter his plans or his back stories (a staple of all Perry/Doofenshmirtz confrontations). [[PoorCommunicationKills This is quickly presented as a communication problem]], and Doofenshmirtz finds himself giving Mystery ''relationship advice'', all culminating in Peter appearing to thwart Mystery and save Doofenshmirtz with Perry in tow, the former of whom reacts in ''delight'' and [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything begins asking what Doofenshmirtz gave Peter that he couldn't]] in between getting punched in the face.
* ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' sets up a lot of StarCrossedLovers tropes with Piper and Master Cyclonis, especially in the episode "Best Friends", where they get very close very quickly before Cyclonis' sudden but inevitable betrayal. Then when Piper starts tapping into her DarkMagicalGirl side, Cyclonis starts showing up in her ''dreams''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** "Magic Duel" has [[MilesGloriosus The Great And Powerful Trixie]] outright stating that defeating [[CuteWitch Twilight Sparkle]] became her highest priority after she (indirectly) humiliated her, and after her defeat Twilight focuses all of ''her'' attention into defeating Trixie in a re-match, complete with the gem "I can't stop thinking about Trixie!".
** [[GodOfEvil Discord]] spends "The Return of Harmony" creeping on ''all'' of [[FanNickname the mane six]], especially Twilight, what with frequently [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace invading her personal space]], picking her up and hugging her, and at one point he ''strokes her face''. And while he exchanges maybe half a dozen lines with [[BigGood Celestia]] ''all'' of them are said in a playful, flirtatious manner, including "Did you miss me, Celestia? I missed you...".
*** "Keep Calm and Flutter On" has Discord up to his usual tricks, faking affection for Fluttershy so that [[ManipulativeBastard he can convince her to not use her Element against him]]. It's over by the end of the episode though, what with [[spoiler:his HeelFaceTurn.]]
*** [[spoiler: Even when he's reformed,]] Discord inflicts this on Twilight in the Season 4 episode "Three's A Crowd". If anything, it's even ''more'' pronounced than in his first appearance. Special mention goes to the part during Discord's song "Glass of Water" where the two ''dance together''.
** This is how the changelings operate, impersonating a loved one then draining the love they're provided by their unsuspecting enemy. Relatedly, much speculation arose around [[spoiler:Shining Armor and Chrysalis]], what with the latter impersonating [[spoiler:Cadance]] for who knows how long.
** Daring Do {{invoke|d}}s it in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]]". Bonus for [[FanGirl Rainbow Dash]]'s reaction to it.
--->'''Ahuizotl:''' The ring, Daring Do! Give it to me!\\
'''Daring Do:''' Now, Ahuizotl, you know I love you, but I can't give you the ring till I've properly proposed.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' sets up [[spoiler:Jasper and Lapis Lazuli]] as [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a metaphor]] for an abusive relationship, with the former coercing the latter into {{fus|ionDance}}ing ("Come on. ''Just say yes.''"), then the latter trapping the both of them [[spoiler:at the bottom of the ocean]], literally holding each other down and both twisted into something much worse.
** It gets even more blatant every time we see anything to do with [[spoiler: Malachite and what's going on in her "head".]] "Chille Tid" shows her mindscape and [[spoiler: in it Lapis has physically chained Jasper up, using herself as the anchor.]] "Super Watermelon Island" [[spoiler: shows Jasper expressing admiration for Lapis' endurance and Malachite later exulting about the power of fusion.]] By "Alone At Sea", it can barely even be called subtext: [[spoiler: Lapis admits to ''missing'' Jasper, and Jasper returns and forcibly manhandles Lapis, admits she's been stalking Lapis, accuses her of being a monster, and then gets down on her knees with her hand locked around Lapis' and ''begs'' her to become Malachite with her again, insisting that she's changed and she can take whatever Lapis cares to dish out to her in return for having their toxic dynamic back. InLoveWithYourCarnage indeed...]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Bart and Sideshow Bob to an extent. It gets to a point where Bob can't kill Bart in one episode because he's grown accustomed to his face, literally.
** The "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS27E5TreehouseOfHorrorXXVI Treehouse of Horror XXVI]]" segment "Wanted: Dead, then Alive" has this in spades, where there is some (possibly romantic) subtext between Bob and Bart (Bob showing his "I ♥ Bart" tattoo on his back, taking Bart's body home after killing him and playing with him [[MummiesAtTheDinnerTable as if he were still alive]], realizing that VictoryIsBoring without Bart around and [[TalkingToTheDead talking to his corpse]]). Bob even decides to revive Bart because it brought him some excitement in his life.
-->'''Bob:''' And now, Bart, let's bring the old ''spark'' back to our special relationship.
* In ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'', the Seventh Sister likes to flirt with Ezra and Kanan. In the next breath, she will fantasize about cutting them to pieces.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'' "The Ex", Gumball's ArchEnemy Rob deciding to be Banana Joe's nemesis instead is treated like a breakup. Gumball takes it badly and tries to win back Rob's enmity. Gumball even tries ''dressing up like a banana'' and pleading that "[he] can change!" Gumball's girlfriend Penny finds the whole situation ridiculous.