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->"''Strange extremes meet in love's pathway.''"
-->-- ''Literature/TheScarletPimpernel''

Strong relationships, in both TV and real life, thrive on how each member compensates for [[{{Foil}} the otherís weaknesses with his/her own strengths]], and vice versa.

A {{Motormouth}} just isnít as funny if he doesnít have the StraightMan to torment. Similarly, only when a sweet, shy person is paired up with an equally jerkish one is their kindness and timidness [[{{Moe}} made all the more noticeable]].

It is all but guaranteed that the charactersí differences will cause more friction than harmony between them. Thatís what gives the OddCouple its fuel for SlapSlapKiss, WillTheyOrWontThey, and AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther situations. Bickering and mushiness in one package. Whatís not to like?

The OddFriendship also has elements of this, but tends to focus on how the differences make them see each other, and maybe the world, through new eyes. Perhaps the serious one is NotSoAboveItAll, or the ShrinkingViolet has an inner strength she never knew she had. A MoeCouplet also does something similar to this, focusing on how each half of the couplet brings out the other's endearing or nurturing traits.

OppositesAttract has become so widespread in [[BuddyCopShow buddy cop shows]], in the form of Serious White Guy meets Loud Black Guy, that it branched off into [[SaltAndPepper its own subtrope]].

About the biggest challenge in creating a day-and-night dynamic is to keep the ''attract'' and ''repel'' cases relatively balanced. When the pendulum swings too far toward the ''repel'' side and the characters seem more interested in torturing each other than helping out, itís no longer cute to watch; itís just [[TheMasochismTango masochistic]]. The key (both in fiction and in RealLife) is to watch the pair's goals. If they want the same thing but use completely different methods to achieve it, it's OppositesAttract. If they want ''different'' things entirely, it's a divorce waiting to happen.

If you add a third-party mediator for balance, you get a PowerTrio.

Contrast BirdsOfAFeather. Compare TooMuchAlike.

!!Popular OppositesAttract dynamics:

* TheHero + TheLancer (see the latter's entry)
* TroubledButCute boy + [[TheIngenue sweet, innocent]] girl
** BroodingBoyGentleGirl
* OddCouple
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent + ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl
* OneeSama + {{Moe}} {{Dojikko}}
* RedOniBlueOni
* PluckyComicRelief + TheQuietOne
* MagicalGirlfriend + RidiculouslyAverageGuy
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl
* AllWorkVsAllPlay
* PitbullDatesPuppy
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction
* UglyGuyHotWife
* UptightLovesWild
* UptownGirl



'''IMPORTANT''': Please, no {{ship|ping}}s, just {{Canon}} portrayal of attraction. If you see an example that hasn't been portrayed in canon as this type of attraction (or hasn't been portrayed in canon ''at all''), please delete it. This also means examples will tend to be spoilery, so read on at your own risk.

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Lively, ditzy, ignorant Usagi is with cool, calm, intelligent Mamoru]] in ''Franchise/SailorMoon''.
** From the same series [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl sporty tomboy Haruka is in a lesbian relationship with the cultured and elegant Michiru.]]
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Shikamaru and Temari; he's lazy, calm and prone to doubting himself, she's an aggressive ActionGirl.
** Hinata is attracted to Naruto even though she's a stuttering ShrinkingViolet with nil self-confidence and he's a loud, overly-optimistic IdiotHero. [[spoiler:Naruto eventually falls for her too.]]
** Minato and Kushina, the former being very a nice and polite man and the latter being a hot-blooded tomboy.
** In the [[RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth Rock Lee spin-off]], possessive, ill-tempered Neji is more than once implied to have some sort of [[KissingCousins romantic affection for his cousin]] sweet, calm Hinata, this being a case of BroodingBoyGentleGirl.
* In ''BlueSeed'', military-minded heavy weapons expert [[SmallGirlBigGun Koume]] [[MoreDakka Sawaguchi]] falls for computer expert and nerd extraordinaire Yoshiki Yaegashi after his [[TookALevelInBadass character growth]] throughout the series culminates in him privately demonstrating a great strength that she herself always lacked - internal strength in self. They get engaged two years later in the OAV.
* The OfficialCouple of ''MonkeyHigh'' - Haruna is TheOjou and used to dealing with high-class folks (her father is a now-disgraced politician), while Macharu is TheFool and very much from working-class roots (his parents run a grocery store).
* In ''{{Kanamemo}}'', no chance is spared to show the loving bond between sparkly Yume and quiet Yuuki.
* [[WillTheyOrWontThey Revy and Rock]] of ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. She's an AxeCrazy BrokenBird and TriggerHappy NietzscheWannabe, among other things. He's a NonActionGuy, a WideEyedIdealist (he ''never'' gets completely disillusioned, and he has every right to), and he's the closest a series this [[SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism cynical]] will allow to an AllLovingHero. The [[UnresolvedSexualTension sparks]] [[BelligerentSexualTension flying]] could power a medium-sized country.
* ShipTease aside, it may as well be Zelgadis the cynical, weary, brooding chimera paired with Amelia the optomistic, innocent, and plucky princess from ''{{Slayers}}'', with hints of BroodingBoyGentleGirl peppered in there. In the novels, there is also the hot-headed, driven Luke with the snarky, calm Millina (in this case, this is AllLoveIsUnrequited).
* Parodied in ''Manga/SayonaraZetsubouSensei''. The first episode plays romantic music when Nozomu first meets Kafuka, and text scrawls across the screen, "[[TheEeyore A man who is negative about everything]]; [[ThePollyanna a girl who is positive about everything]]; a meeting that never should have happened." This gets further parody in a later episode showing Nami's first meeting with Kiri, playing the same music and displaying the message "[[{{Delinquents}} A girl who refuses to come to school]]; [[{{hikikomori}} a girl who refuses to leave school]]; a meeting that never should have happened."
** The series end with [[spoiler:Nozomu and Kafuka pairing becomes canon because of this particular reason, even though Kafuka is [[DeadAllAlong six feet under before the series even started]].]]
* ''OuranHighSchoolHostClub'''s canon couple Haruhi and Tamaki. Haruhi is a DeadpanSnarker, and generally calm and collected when it comes to most things. Tamaki on the other hand is a {{Keet}}, exaggerated, and easily excitable. The series itself has a lot of RedOniBlueOni non-romantic pairs in it.
* ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' has TheStoic officer Chrono and his VictoriousChildhoodFriend, the [[GenkiGirl bubbly]] BridgeBunny Amy.
* Considering they form a {{manzai}} duo this is inherent to the eventual romantic relationship between Koganei and Amasawa of ''TheWeathermanIsMyLover''.
* Early in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' run, [[UnlikelyHero Keiichi]] was a ChivalrousPervert wondering [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what anyone would see in him]], and [[MagicalGirlfriend Belldandy]] was something of an [[TheIngenue Ingenue]]. [[CharacterizationMarchesOn Characterization Marched On]], and the two began develop some of the other's persona, so that after the "Lord of Terror" arc, and in the OVA, K1 became a CovertPervert, and Bell began pouring on the affection nice and thick, frequently expressing her love for Keiichi. About two years after TheMovie, sadly, the two were {{Flanderized}} to the point where [[RelationshipCeiling he was afraid to make a move, and she rarely acknowledged their love]].
* While not officially a couple as of yet, Soul and Maka from ''SoulEater'' are considered this. Maka is a BadassBookworm who always follows the rules and feels the need to do everything right in order to get by. Soul, on the other hand, is a DeadpanSnarker who would rather do things his own way and tends to go against orders that anyone bothers to give him.
** Of course, this could be said about almost every Meister/Weapon team in the series.
*** Not necessarily. Kid and Liz both can be hysterical and serious; Kid has major OCD and Liz is a mega scardy-cat. Liz can calm down and be serious when she needs to help Kid get his act together, and when not having a panic attack, Kid is deadly serious. Tsubaki and Black*Star are both generally serious, although Black*Star is [[LargeHam loud and obnoxious]] about it. Stein and Marie definitely fit this trope, but neither Ox & Harvar, Kim & Jackie, Lord Death & Spirt, nor Kilik & Pot of Fire & Pot of Thunder fits this trope.
*** Ox is very emotionally driven as opposed to Harvar who is more logical and tries not to let his emotions affect him. Kim is a major bully who often bosses around others and likes things done her way, while Jackie is more subissive and simply does what she's told. Pot of Fire and Pot of Thunder are too young for anyone to say anything about them yet.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' has the OfficialCouple of [[{{Keet}} cheerful]], [[TheDitz ditzy]] Italy and [[DrillSergeantNasty stern]], [[GermanicDepressives serious-minded]] Germany.
** Also Italy's HotBlooded CoolBigSis Hungary and her ex-husband-but-still-love-interest, the straightlaced and even more stern than Germany Austria.
* Although the series thrives on '''not''' having an official couple, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'''s attraction between Hinagiku and Hayate is all but blatent, every character that interacts with them at some level knows it exists. While it also fits the BirdsOfAFeather dynamic, both these characters went about dealing with it in very different ways, leaving them almost complete opposites with the same backstory.
** And to further things along, the third character with a similar backstory is being built up to build a PowerTrio dynamic.
* ''FruitsBasket'': [[spoiler: Kyo, a hot-headed, tough, no manners, always wants to fight boy, and Tohru, a girl who's very sweet and kind.]]
* ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'': Energetic and outgoing Suzuna with ShrinkingViolet Sena. More obviously, foul-mouthed SociopathicHero Hiruma with Mamori the ProperLady.
* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' has this as a plot point of why the [[TheBeautifulElite highest of the high]] would want to be with the [[WrongSideOfTheTracks lowest of the low]].
* In ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse'', the aloof and stoic Akira eventually starts dating the laid-back PluckyComicRelief Joey.
* BoisterousBruiser ColonelKilgore Ramba Ral and quiet LadyOfWar Crowley Hamon in ''MobileSuitGundam''. They're effectively a boyfriend/girlfriend varient on BrainsAndBrawn.
* The BL series ''{{Manga/FAKE}}'' is a BuddyCopShow about OddCouple Detectives [[TheIngenue Ryo]] and [[LovableSexManiac Dee]].
* The cynical, reserved Kousei and the optimist, energetic wild Kaori are SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl example from ''Manga/ShigatsuWaKimiNoUso''.
* ''LightNovel/KyoukaiSenjouNoHorizon'' has the overly energetic and carefree Tori and the [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] and analytical RobotGirl P-01s/Horizon Ariadust. They even call each other their opposite.
* ''MedakaBox'': Zenkichi, a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with some determination but with a realistic perspective, and Medaka, TheAce who takes every action UpToEleven but mainly ForHappiness.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has Tomoe and Nanami. Their relationship includes RedOniBlueOni (Nanami is red and Tomoe is blue), BroodingBoyGentleGirl, and Nanami is an OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent while Tomoe is a LittleBitBeastly {{Kitsune}}.
* The entire point of ''Manga/NegativeKunToPositiveKun'': Jun is [[{{GrumpyBear}} pessimistic and somewhat cold]], Shin is [[{{ThePollyanna}} optimistic and cheerful]], yet the two are a very happy couple.
* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has the introverted, somewhat cynical Mahiro and the bubbly, [[GenkiGirl energetic]], outgoing Nyarko, fitting just about perfectly with the standard ManicPixieDreamGirl and/or UptightLovesWild plots.
* We can assume this happened in the backstory of ''Anime/GalileiDonna'': The Ferrari parents are the stern, orderly Sylvia and the kind hippie-like [[ButNotTooForeign Geshio]]. Of course, they're seperated by the time the story starts...
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' subverts this trope with Asuka and Shinji's relationship. Superficially they seem to be complete opposites; he's a [[ExtremeDoormat severe]] ShrinkingViolet and she's a [[ArrogantKungFuGuy extreme]] {{Tsundere}}. But in the later episodes of the series it's revealed that they're ultimately two sides of the same coin, their behavior both stems from their [[NeverBeHurtAgain fears of being hurt by other people]], although they deal with it in completely different ways. While he runs away from others, she actively pushes them away. And ultimately, these differences in dealing with the same problem are actually what prevents the two of them from bonding with each other, when they logically should've easily [[CommonalityConnection been able to connect with each other over their shared issues.]] This conflict is what leads to much of the drama in both the series and [[EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt especially]] TheMovie.
* KyouranKazokuNikki has this in its love triangle. [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl The serious and stoic Ouka is made to marry the lively and energetic Kyouka.]] This is contrasted with his other love interest, Shinigami, who is a BloodKnight compared to Ouka's ConsummateProfessional.
* In Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad, the relationship between Kyousuke and Madoka hits several notes for this trope. He is from the middle class while Madoka is a [[TheOjou Yamanote Girl]]. Madoka is incredibly [[TheAce talented in many respects]]; artistic, scholastic and athletic while Kyosuke is a RidiculouslyAverageGuy. Their relationship inverts the gender dynamic in the BroodingBoyGentleGirl with Madoka having the dark moods. Also they gender invert the MagicalGirlfriend trope; its Kyosuke who has supernatural powers but keeps Madoka in the dark about them.
* Kaoru in ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' is a normal {{Workaholic}} who [[LethalChef can't cook]]. Hajime is an otaku with no desire to work and [[RealMenCook knows his way around the kitchen]]. And yet they're HappilyMarried.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* When their relationship began, [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Starfire and Robin]] (later Nightwing) were this: Robin was reserved and methodical to Starfire's passionate impulsiveness. As the trope often works in real life, they began to influence each other so that each acquired a level of the other's personality, to the point that their breakup ultimately had Nightwing making an impassioned plea for Starfire to stay and Starfire making the reasoned, logical choice to leave.
* Beast Boy and Raven, also of the Teen Titans. One is an emotionally-schizo daughter of a demon who has a tendency to sometimes turn evil and attack her friends quite frequently, one is a fun loving, optimistic man-child who can turn into just about any animal on the planet. Due to Raven's emotional issues and her desire not to harm people she cares about, the two are frequently on/off but always come back to one another due to Beast Boy refusing to take a hint. Prior to the New 52 reboot, Raven had recently made the decision not to ignore or suppress her feelings any longer and to embrace the future with Beast Boy. How they fared may never be known...
* Franchise/{{Batman}} [[DatingCatwoman and]] ComicBook/{{Catwoman}}: One is a stolid, no-nonsense upholder of the law, the other is a mischievous (but never malicious) lawbreaker. TheyFightCrime (sometimes, when she's not causing it herself).
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and Phoenix of the ComicBook/{{X-Men}}. He's an emotionally withdrawn introvert [[CrazyPrepared control freak]] and she's [[strike:fire and life incarnate]] an outgoing [[HeroesWantRedheads redhead]] who reads minds. He draws the attentions of at least two other hot and extrovert telepaths, which suggests there's something interesting going on behind that facade...
** Cyclops' second major love interest, Emma Frost, also qualifies ([[MeaningfulName as suggested by their contrasting surnames, "Frost" and "Summers"]]). One's a [[TheStoic stoic]] [[StandardizedLeader born leader]] who grew up in an orphanage, the other's a wealthy, snarky seductress trying to atone for her past villainous deeds.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' paired quirky genius Gert with dumb jock Chase.
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' has gruff, brooding, cynical Midnighter HappilyMarried to kind, cheerful, optimistic Apollo. Even their costumes emphasise this trope: Apollo's is white with a gold sun emblem, while Midnighter's is black with a silver crescent moon.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' features Peppermint Patty and Marcy. Peppermint Patty is extroverted and athletic but BookDumb. Marcie is introverted and intellectual and not at all into sports. They develop a symbiotic relationship, with Peppermint Patty protecting Marcie from bullies and Marcie helping Peppermint Patty with her studies.
* [[{{Superman}} Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter]] and ComicBook/LoisLane, determined and outgoing reporter.

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* Mulan and Shang in ''Disney/MulanII''.
* Milo Thatch and Princess Kida from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'': she's a TomboyPrincess, he's an {{Adorkable}} nerd.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' gives us the jaded, worldly-wise thief and the spirited, innocent princess.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' has TheWoobie WALLēE and ActionGirl EVE.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'':
** Who would have thought that [[spoiler: Maudie the maid]] and [[spoiler: the Hunk of clan Dingwall]] would become an item?
** Not to mention King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Fergus is your typical [[BoisterousBruiser boisterous]] FieryRedhead while Elinor is the graceful, [[ProperLady proper]] [[TheHighQueen queen]]. Their dynamic is one reason why the kingdom stays together: he's the man-of-action and natural leader in wartime, she's the natural diplomat who can calm feuding factions in peacetime.
* La Muerte and Xibalba from ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. She's a kind, loving Goddess made of sweet candy and he's a cheating, gambling God who's made out of everything icky.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* OddCouple Steed and Mrs. Peel in ''Film/TheAvengers1998'': he follows the rules, she doesn't. He admits that she's "just my type".
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Roger and Jessica Rabbit. "He makes me laugh."
* No-nonsense Captain von Trapp and cheerful Maria in ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic''.
* ''Film/TheGreatRace''. The Great Leslie - charming male chauvinist. Maggie [=DuBois=] - militant women's libber. How can they '''not''' fall in love?
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Giselle the cheery optimist, and Robert the sarcastic pessimist.
* Claire and Owen in ''Film/JurassicWorld''. Before the events of the film, they didn't go on a second date because they were too different (he showed up in [[SlobsVsSnobs board shorts]], she showed up [[ControlFreak with an itinerary]]).

* Ron and Hermione of ''Literature/HarryPotter'''s PowerTrio: She's uptight, smart, logical and CrazyPrepared, while he's more laid back, driven by emotion and acts on instinct. This one is particularly notorious for the fierce ShipToShipCombat that surrounded it, and for [[WordOfGod the author's somber look back on it years after the fact]].
-->'''Rowling''': "I wrote the Hermione/Ron relationship as a form of wish fulfillment. Thatís how it was conceived, really. For reasons that have very little to do with literature and far more to do with me clinging to the plot as I first imagined it, Hermione with Ron. [..] I know, Iím sorry, I can hear the rage and fury it might cause some fans, but if Iím absolutely honest, distance has given me perspective on that. It was a choice I made for very personal reasons, not for reasons of credibility. Am I breaking peopleís hearts by saying this? I hope not. [..] It was a young relationship. I think the attraction itself is plausible but the combative side of itÖ Iím not sure you could have got over that in an adult relationship, there was too much fundamental incompatibility. I canít believe we are saying all of this Ė this is Potter heresy! [..] Oh, maybe she and Ron will be alright with a bit of counseling, you know. I wonder what happens at wizard marriage counseling? Theyíll probably be fine. He needs to work on his self-esteem issues and she needs to work on being a little less critical."
* ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'':
** Mary Anne's father and Dawn's mother are a textbook example.
** Also shy and quiet Mary Anne paired with jockish and outgoing Logan.
* Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker in ''TheGreatGatsby''. He WillNotTellALie; she's a ConsummateLiar.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade. Mara even ''says'' it, for crying out loud!
* Brainy ambitious women regularly find Creator/PGWodehouse's UpperClassTwit [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] romantically irresistible.
* Kenneth Oppel's ''Literature/{{Airborn}}'' series has Matt Cruse, poor cabin boy, and Kate de Vries, rich wanna-be scientist... cue angsting about how they [[StarCrossedLovers can never be together...]]
* This seems to be the driving force behind Zavahl's and Ailie's relationship in the {{Shadowleague}} books- he has the personality of a bad rainstorm, whereas she is never seen to frown.
* From the WheelOfTime, Mat is a Farmboy turned FourStarBadass raised in a {{Arcadia}}, Tuon is an [[TheEmpire Empress]] and Chessmaster who was raised in a DeadlyDecadentCourt. They're married.
* ''The39Clues''. Ian is a HandsomeDevil, mega-rich, [[EvilBrit an Evil Brit]], and a MommasBoy. Amy is a ShrinkingViolet, [[SmartGuy pretty smart]], poor, and [[HeartwarmingOrphan an orphan]]. She apparently always found him attractive, but [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe when he actually started flirting with her]], it was, of course, [[IWasOnlyPretendingToLikeYou a trick]]. And then came [[UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo a whole new]] [[MyBelovedSmother set of complications]].
** Also, [[TheBigGuy Hamilton]] and [[TeenGenius Sinead]] was hinted a bit in Book 10.
* Captains Carrot Ironfounderson and Angua von Uberwald in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' are on opposite ends of the SlidingScaleOfCynicismVersusIdealism. He inspires her to fight injustice, she reminds him not to set his expectations too high.
** Similarly, in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', it's strongly suggested that WideEyedIdealist Twoflower's daughter Pretty Butterfly inherited her Rincewindian view of the world from her late mother.
* ''InDeath'': Eve has pointed out that Roarke and her have this between them, like in ''Divided In Death''. She is a cop who is crude, rude, not interested in money, believes in the law, and has morals that are basically black and white. He is a former thief who is suave, charming, has more money than you can imagine, believe more in his conscience than in the law, and his morals are very much grey. Fortunately, one thing they do have in common is that they both were raised by bad parents and had lousy childhoods.
* Enforced in the novel ''Literature/YouthInSexualEcstasy'', the [[CharacterFilibuster sexual therapist]] actually says that for a couple to succeed in the long term, they must have opposite temperaments alongside with similar lifestyles and independent realization. The protagonist and his fiancee agree on this being the case for them.
* In MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm Up Jim River]]'', Greystroke says that he and Bridget have this.
* Alan E. Nourse's "The Compleat Consummators" took this to a horrifying conclusion with a couple whose differing interests and personalities meshed so well that they ended up as a sort of composite creature:
-->After It had jelled for awhile, It got up from the sofa and went into the kitchen to make a pot of coffee.
* Ignatius J. Reilly and Myrna Minkoff of ''Literature/AConfederacyOfDunces''. Him: fat, stentorian (if hypocritical) in his morality, obsessed with chastity, an archconservative--nay, reactionary!--who believes Western civilization took a wrong turn at the Renaissance and longs for an authoritarian king and authoritarian Catholic Church. Her: thin, stentorian in her love of sex, believing that [[SexIsGood the world in general]] and [[YouNeedToGetLaid Ignatius in particular]] is perfectible through sex, an archliberal--nay, radical!--who believes in revolutionary socialism and racial (and gender) equality, and who long ago abandoned her ancestral Judaism for--something. It isn't clear what (other than sex). They engage in a fevered exchange of letters that has all readers firmly convinced that they are in fact [[NotSoDifferent almost exactly the same]] despite appearances and perfect for each other. [[spoiler:By the end of the novel, Ignatius has agreed to go to New York with Myrna.]]
* Ben and Lacey in ''Literature/PaperTowns''. Excitable geek who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold, dating a SpoiledSweet LovableAlphaBitch? Believe it or not, they're not just dating, but incredibly happy together.
* [[TheDitz Razz]] and [[AcademicAthlete Sally]] in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. They do have some common interests (for example [[TheBeautifulGame football]]), but she is down-to-earth, very studious, intelligent and calm. [[MotorMouth Razz]]... is not.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Sam and Diane of ''{{Cheers}}'', practically archetypes of the MarsAndVenusGenderContrast.
* [[TheAce Laid-back, jovial "Hawkeye" Pierce]] and [[IceQueen hard-nosed Margaret Houlihan]] in ''Series/{{Mash}}''.
* Penny and Leonard on TheBigBangTheory are such an extreme example as to nearly defy belief. Leonard is a bespectacled, hopeless nerd with a Ph.D in Physics and alarmingly subpar social skills (which suddenly appear impressive when compared with those of the people he hangs out with); Penny is an attractive aspiring actress who works as a waitress in the nearby Cheesecake Factory and never finished college. Lots of LampshadeHanging on this one.
-->'''Leonard''': Are you even listening to me?
-->'''Sheldon''': Yes. "Blah blah, hopeless Penny delusion, blah blah."
* BadAss ActionGirl Aeryn Sun of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', for some reason, finds herself falling for PluckyComicRelief who alternates between TheKirk and TheMcCoy in the form of John Crichton. Though he's pretty well helpless in a real battle, she does end up training him up almost to BadassBookworm levels. And while she does thaw a bit from her IceQueen demeanor, he just gets more and more extroverted as he slowly goes crazier.
* ''Microsoap'' used and deconstructed it. As the kids describe it, "It was a case of OppositesAttract. Then it was a case of OppositesDriveEachOtherCrazy".
* Damon and Elena on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''. They have vastly different personalities, values, outlooks and beliefs.
* Fox Mulder and Dana Scully from ''Series/TheXFiles'': Skeptical, scientifically oriented [[FieryRedhead redheaded]] Catholic meets agnostic UFO/supernatural enthusiast. [[TrueLoveIsExceptional And it works]].
* Ultra-conservative [[Series/FamilyTies Alex P. Keaton]] finds himself attracted to women who are the ideological opposite of him - while his best friend, Skippy, is the intellectual opposite of him.
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has done this for just about every pairing and friendship it can. It'd be faster to list the exceptions.
* ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', starring Cybill Shepherd and BruceWillis. Maddie (Shepherd) is a chic, smart, former supermodel who's dead serious about running the business; David (Willis) is a glib, lighthearted, and pragmatic Private Investigator.
* The show ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' revolves around this trope. Dharma is a free-spirited, tolerant, and ditzy flower child. While Greg is an upright, conservative, somewhat uptight lawyer. Despite the fact that they have virtually nothing in common they got married on their first date.
* ''Series/ICarly'': [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] or [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] with the [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale Sam/Fredde]] arc depending on what aspect you look at. The subversion is they are complete and total opposites that become physically attracted to each other but eventually break up when the actual relationship fails. They are unable to find any common ground in their interests and actually end up sabotaging them for each other when they try being involved in each other's activities. It ends up being one of the main causes of their break up. The inversion is Sam wants someone abnormal like her, and Freddie wants someone more normal like him, so that while they did have an OppositesAttract vibe, it's not what they need in a partner, making it clear that in their case they are attracted by similarity not opposition.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'' has the coldly intelligent, scientific, atheist, hyper-rational titular character and her partner the FBI agent- religious, more emotional, more of a people person. Clearly they complement each other, but each also finds the other fascinating and attractive.
** Both lampshaded and subverted on the show; Sweets wrote an essay about Booth and Brennan's relationship dynamic called "Opposites Attract", which Gordon Gordon punctured by calmly stating that Booth and Brennan were complimentary, not opposites.
* ActionGirl[=/=]AmazonianBeauty Zoe in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is married to NonActionGuy[=/=]AcePilot Wash.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' City boy Danny Messer and country girl wife Lindsay "Montana" Messer. (she's still tough in her own right, though.)
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold Arthur and ShrinkingViolet ([[BewareTheNiceOnes except when she's sufficiently ticked-off]]) Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Also noteworthy was their difference in class status, with him being a prince and she being a servant.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Elizabeth Weir and John Sheppard. She's a civilian diplomat and has a total of two relationships throughout the series; he's a Air Force pilot and military man who practically has a girl on every planet. Despite this they establish a successful co-command of Atlantis, frequently defend each other from other interfering superiors and build a close and affectionate friendship, often acting as each others' only confidantes. With lots of UnresolvedSexualTension thrown in of course.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': [[RealMenEatMeat Carnivorous]] libertarian [[RatedMForManly man's-man]] Ron Swanson, meet [[GranolaGirl liberal feminist vegetarian]] single-mother community college professor Diane Lewis.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is built on this. [[AlphaBitch Cordelia]] and [[CoolLoser Xander,]] [[CuteWitch Willow]] and [[TheStoic Oz,]] [[DarkActionGirl Faith]] and [[TheHeart Xander,]] [[BritishStuffiness Giles]] and [[CoolOldLady Jenny,]] [[ParentalSubstitute Giles]] and [[YourMom Joyce,]] [[TookALevelInBadass Willow]] and [[TheWoobie Tara,]] [[FoeYay Buffy and Spike,]] [[NiceGuy William]] and [[CrazyAwesome Drusilia,]] [[AnythingThatMoves Faith]] and [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Wood,]] and there's likely several others unmentioned.
* In ''Series/TheGoodWife'' the law firm's co-owner Diane Lockhart, who would probably consider the term "liberal wacko" a compliment, is in a relationship with weapons expert Kurt [=McVeigh=], who would likely feel the same about the phrase "right-wing nutjob". They even get engaged as of "The Wheels of Justice".
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' : Ross and Rachel; Phoebe and Mike. To a lesser extent Monica and Chandler.
* ''Series/DocMartin'': Martin and Louisa basically cover every trope in this section at some point.
* ''Series/Glee'' has the ditzy, goofy but sweet Brittany paired with the bitchy, sarcastic Santana.

* ''You Lost My Memory'' by {{Skyclad}}. This romance doesn't end well, but is described as sort of awesome anyway.
--> The Brownian-Motion within this love potion,
--> ensures our opinions are always dividing.
* The PaulaAbdul song "Opposites Attract" is basically all about this trope. And the music video involves her singing it as a duet with an [[RogerRabbitEffect animated rapping cat]]...
* The song also called "Opposites Attract" by Juris.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* BioWare has a tendency to create somewhat psychotic mad people (usually women) who can be most successfully romanced by a nicer player character.
** [[AxCrazy Jack]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' is impulsive, impatient, anger-driven, and generally insane; the Paragon romance arc involves calmly and patiently listening to her issues and generally being nice.
** [[BlackMagicianGirl Morrigan]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' is a survivalist in the extreme who believes love is a weakness; she does, however, approve of some of the Warden's behavior that is rather contrary to her stated doctrine.
** [[CowboyCop Garrus]] in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' has trouble with the rules, but is just as likely to fall for Female!Shepard if she calls him out on it and points out that the rules are there for good reasons as if she goes along with his ends justify the means ideas.
** Bastila in KnightsOfTheOldRepublic is attracted to the male player character no matter what, so if you are a silly rule-bending sort or an AxCrazy maniac your very straight-laced and overly serious companion will still fall for you.
** Viconia [=DeVir=] in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate2'' is a neutral evil drow priestess who believes that the strong are meant to dominate the weak, but that doesn't stop her from being romancable by good-aligned male player characters.
** Fenris in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has [[DoesNotLikeMagic a real bone to pick with mages]] and is brooding as all hell. It still doesn't stop him from falling for a snarky mage Hawke. The irony of this is not lost on him and is noted at a few points.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe'' we have Fiora (serious, motherly Pegasus Knight) and Sain (ChivalrousPervert who mouths off to authority). And if you max out their supports, they get married.
** Also Fiora's {{Tsundere}} and HotBlooded middle sister Farina and Sain's KnightInShiningArmor partner Kent. Yup, they can get hitched at A support level too. They even hang a huge lampshade on this:
-->'''Farina:''' ďThis is probably someone else's doing... Like Marcus, or Oswin... You know, Merlinus might try something like this, too...Ē
-->'''Kent:''' ďI don't think it is a conspiracy... I mean, what would anyone have to gain from making us fight together?Ē
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' gives us Henry, a BloodKnight and PerpetualSmiler [[BlueandOrangeMorality with some VERY loose screws]], and two of his potential love interests: Sumia and Olivia. The first one is a klutzy SubmissiveBadass, the second is a cute ShrinkingViolet.
** Also TeamDad Frederick and TomboyPrincess Lissa, if paired up.
* The Forerunners Didact and Librarian from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''. The Librarian is a FriendToAllLivingThings whose favorite species was humanity. The Didact is a FourStarBadass in a society of pacifists, who was responsible for destroying humanity's empire and sending us back to earth as cavemen. Everyone lampshades how odd this match is; however, they both love each other fiercely.
--> Bornstellar: Your relationship with the Lifeshaper does not seem ideal.
--> Didact: You don't know the half of it.
* GTARadio has a married couple host a political talk show. One's a Democrat, the other's a Republican, both are strawmen.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] in ''Webcomic/SlightlyDamned''. The main pairing is [[spoiler: Kieri, a [[MakingASplash water-elemental]] [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel]], and Buwaro, a [[PlayingWithFire fire]] [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]]. Seems like a perfect setup for this trope...but in terms of personality, they're really very similar.]]
* In ''Webcomic/DubiousCompany'', Walter is an [[GadgeteerGenius Educated]], [[StraightManAndWiseGuy Goofy]], SkyPirate [[WingedHumanoid Bird Man]]. Tiren is a [[BloodKnight Hardened]], [[StraightMan Straight-laced]], {{Ninja}} CatGirl. [[CoolVsAwesome Clearly]], the crew [[EveryoneCanSeeIt knows]] they were made for each other. Except [[FailedASpotCheck Mary]], who insists that Tiren has eyes for Elator.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'':
** [[ManipulativeBastard Vriska]] and [[TheHero John]]. This is also rather the point of moirallegiance; two moirails are supposed to balance each other's negative traits, thus allowing their other relationships to be more successful and facilitating self-improvement.
** Deconstructed with Vriska and [[WheelchairWoobie Tavros Nitram]]. Vriska is so revolted by her attraction to him that she ends up bullying/stalking him- unable to really love him, but too fixated on her feelings to stay away from him. [[spoiler:They do end up together at one point, but soon break up]].
** Deconstructed with Eridan and Feferi's moirallegiance [[spoiler:which is similarly ill-fated]]. They're both high-blooded, given an incredible amount of power over other trolls- but that's where their similarities end. Feferi's a HotBlooded optimist who wants to even out Alternia's caste system; Eridan's a spoiled, pessimistic racist with genocidal ambitions. Their relationship is dysfunctional ''because'' they can't reconcile their different ideologies.
** Dirk and Jake are polar opposites in personality, and their differences ultimately lead to a messy breakup.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Hannelore's parents - her father is a goofy well meaning MadScientist, and her mother is a calculating, dispassionate {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} supervillain.
* ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' has Carnation and Pix who are pure evil and pure good respectively.
* Parodied in ''Webcomic/IWasKidnappedByLesbianPiratesFromOuterSpace'' when [[TheMedic Dr. Wendy]] and [[WrenchWench Alice]] decide to try a PairTheSpares situation. They go out on a date, have a wonderful time...and Wendy decides they're ''too'' opposite of each other, and declines a second date.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Freefall}}'', Florence the anthromorphic wolf is dating Winston, who has spacer genes and so no hair. [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2000/fc01947.htm Niomi thinks it's a very odd case of opposites attracting.]]
* {{Discussed}} in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal'''s "Uncomfortable Truthasaurus!" by Zach Weiner. Common misconception: Opposites attract or [[BirdsOfAFeather like attracts like]]. Somehow you get both of these. The truth is that [[spoiler: 95% of people want someone hot. 100 % of people just want anyone with a higher social status.]]
%% * Candice Givens (AmoralAttorney) and Eva Nutley (GranolaGirl) from ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}''.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Hayley is TheCynic and has has a bit of a selfish streak. Elan is a WideEyedIdealist who loves being in a team and automatically puts the needs of others before himself. As a result of their relationship, Hayley becomes more open to others (but is still cynical) and Elan becomes less of a QuirkyBard (but is still idealistic). The opposites attract trope is [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by V, who compares them with Roy and Miko, who, despite their similarities and Roy's intial attraction to Miko, can't ''stand'' each other.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Mille and Iriana of ''IlivaisX''. Iriana is a BrokenBird CreepyChild who acts like an EmotionlessGirl to avoid her Drive Core pushing her towards being a hyper LoveFreak, and is highly logical and cynical, yet becomes surprisingly impassioned and devoted when those she cares about are in danger. Mille is [[spoiler: essentially a blank slate Phonos Weapon in the form of]] a cheerful, lively, and outgoing EthicalSlut who's a little on the ditzy side and erratically emotional, but [[BerserkButton take Iriana from her]] and she becomes dark and sullen. They couldn't be more opposite, and they couldn't be crazier about each other.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Robin and Starfire on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Robin is the serious and determined [[TheLeader leader]], and Starfire is the [[GenkiGirl sensitive, sunny one]].
* Rogue's attraction to Scott in ''XMenEvolution'', at least [[PowerIncontinence until you think about it for a while]]. But on the surface, he is TheStoic and she is TheSnarkKnight.
* Silverbolt and Blackarachnia of ''{{Transformers}} WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' fit this trope without Question: FemmeFatale and KnightInShiningArmor.
* Miss Information and Mr. Smartypants on ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'': The DumbBlonde and TheSmartGuy.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible and Ron Stoppable who do eventually hook up. The first one is a popular overachiever, the second one is a unpopular underachiever.
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' with Kuki Sanban (Numbuh 3) and Wallabee Beatles (Numbuh 4); he's an abrasive hard-boiled proto-{{Badass}} with an extreme aversion to everything cutesy and sugary, while she's an upbeat Japanese girl with a kind heart and an obsession for stuffed animals. In the series DistantFinale [[spoiler: they get married]].
* Hotheaded, headstrong waterbender Korra and serious, collected firebender Mako in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', who fit several of the dynamics listed: RedOniBlueOni (Korra's red, Mako's blue, despite their ChromaticArrangement), TheHero + TheLancer, SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, and possibly UptightLovesWild.
** Ultimately averted as their opposite natures (as well as tense situations) end up pushing them apart. They do manage to remain friends however.
** Same goes for Mako's brother, Bolin, for one of Korra's cousins, Eska. Bolin is a happy, funny guy who took a serious interest in Eska while Eska herself is a bit of an emotionless DeadpanSnarker and a RoyalBrat who sees Bolin as a means to an end. They're more like PluckyComicRelief + TheQuietOne.
** As of the finale [[spoiler: [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl tomboyish]], technologically-stunted, BoisterousBruiser [[MasterOfAll Master-Of-All-Four-Elements]] Korra, and the [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl feminine]], WrenchWench {{Ojou}}, [[{{Muggle}} non-bender]] Asami.]]
* Warm, passionate, generally friendly, closer to Earth Franchise/WonderWoman and cold, stoic, anti-social, sometimes arrogant Batman on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] realistically in [[TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]] with AlphaBitch Courtney and her delinquent ex-boyfriend Duncan. The bitter arguments start up almost as quickly as the sparks fly, with her ultra-preppyness directly contrasting his harsh nature. Their relationship is unstable from the beginning, and they break up and come back together several times. Eventually, the constant arguing becomes too much and Duncan tires of her by season 3 and he cheats on her with Goth girl Gwen; leading to his and Courtney's final breakup.
* Goofy, happy go lucky Wally West/Kid Flash and focused, rough and tumble Artemis Crock on ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice''. Ironically, the writers paired them up because of their ''similarities'' -- namely, they're both intelligent, yet insecure teenage heroes who resort to sarcasm and bravado to hide how much they care about each other, and are somewhat amused by the fandom latching on to them as part of this trope.
** From the same series, moody, emotionally stunted Superboy and perky, outgoing Miss Martian.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Ruby and Sapphire]] could not be more different and could not be more devoted to each other. [[spoiler: Their love [[FusionDance makes up]] the strongest character in the show, Garnet.]]
* GIJoe has a lot of these, most notably the silent Snake Eyes is teamed up with the loudmouthed Shipwreck. Also the stoic and by-the-books Duke teams up with the FieryRedhead Scarlet. Averted with Flint and Lady Jaye, who are very similar in personality and behavior.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* [[http://www.scientificamerican.com/podcast/episode.cfm?id=busting-the-myth-that-opposites-att-10-08-31 Actual science]] tends to show that the best predictor of compatibility is in fact similar background, interests, and attitudes. A likely reason is that we tend to only ''notice'' the ways a couple are different (since it's not that surprising when two partners are alike), at which point we feel the need to form a theory to explain why all the couples we see are so different (when they are, in fact, NotSoDifferent). The grain of truth in it is that a partner who's exactly like you ''in every way'' would probably [[TooMuchAlike cause all sorts of problems]], so we do seek our opposites, after a fashion--just not our ''total'' opposites.
* There is also the fact that, up to the past 100-150 years, a person's social circle was limited to their immediate community; people in the same age group, social class, and locality would (theoretically) have common experiences and, ergo, background. This similarity was overlooked because it was so ubiquitous; it wasn't until the modern era with its quick communication between communities that similar backgrounds became a qualifiable factor. Since this factor was discounted (or, rather, not known to exist,) [[DidntSeeThatComing it was not accounted for]]; ergo, the importance of differences becoming CommonKnowledge.
* SPC Kate Norley, an activist representing Vets For Freedom, a group whose "mission is to educate the American public about the importance of achieving success in [Iraq and Afghanistan]," and ''still'' an occasional guest commentator on Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}}, while attending the 2008 RNC convention to ''show her support for John [=McCain=]'', as part of a campaign that earned her praise from right-wing bloggers up to and including Creator/MichelleMalkin, apparently fell in love with one of the correspondents there. They married in 2011. His name? ''[[Series/TheDailyShow John Oliver]]''.
* RogerEbert [[HeterosexualLifePartners and]] GeneSiskel. For example, Roger Ebert ''hated'' ''Film/MarsAttacks'' because Tim Burton "seemed to like the aliens more than the humans" (paraphrasing); Gene Siskel loved it for the exact same reason. Even in watching old ''At the Movies'' episodes, you can tell that Siskel is more carefree and cheery, while Roger Ebert is ever-sarcastic and snarky.
** The biggest case of this is perhaps their disparate views on ''BlueVelvet''. Ebert notoriously hated it and found the scene with Isabella Rosselini standing naked on {{Kyle MacLachlan}}'s lawn to be misogynstic, while Gene Siskel loved it and compared it to ''Film/{{Psycho}}''.
** "[[http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/02/i_remember_gene.html Gene Siskel and I were like tuning forks. Strike one, and the other would pick up the same frequency.]]"
* [[BaldOfAwesome James]] "The RaginCajun" [[CoolOldGuy Carville]] and Mary Matalin. He's a rather liberal Democrat; she's a quite conservative Republican. They were both [[TheStrategist prominent campaign managers]]/political operatives in their respective parties from the late 1970s through the early 1990s, facing each other occasionally in races across the country and seeing each other as [[TheRival rivals]], being the top operatives of their day. It came to a head in the early 90s, when he was chief strategist for UsefulNotes/BillClinton and she was deputy manager for UsefulNotes/GeorgeHWBush, in preparation for the 1992 presidential campaign. Then...they started ''dating''. Mind you, ''while'' they were thinking of ways to beat each other (making this a case of DatingCatwoman, as well). They married in 1993, and now have two daughters. They understandably do not talk politics at home.
* Literally true (in terms of forces) for charged particles and magnetic poles. Sometimes described as a pun on this trope.
* Legendarily taciturn and introverted UsefulNotes/CalvinCoolidge and [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl his lively, socially-adept wife, Grace.]] The most common reaction people had to meeting the two of them was "Why did she marry ''him''?" Interestingly, however, they were most definitely HappilyMarried.
* HeterosexualLifePartners Creator/BurtReynolds and Creator/DomDeLuise, particularly during the height of their fame in the 70s and 80s. Reynolds was a brawny, macho ladies man, while [=DeLuise=] was an overweight, campy goofball.