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

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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.

Opposites attract 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 this trope. 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 Opposites Attract dynamics:

* TheHero + TheLancer (see the latter's entry)
* OddCouple
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent + ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl
* OneeSama + {{Moe}} {{Dojikko}}
* RedOniBlueOni
* PluckyComicRelief + TheQuietOne
* MagicalGirlfriend + RidiculouslyAverageGuy
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl
* StrongGirlSmartGuy
* AllWorkVsAllPlay
* FemaleFlatfootAndSnarkyGuy
* PitbullDatesPuppy
* HotSkittyOnWailordAction
* UglyGuyHotWife
* UptightLovesWild
* UptownGirl

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!!Examples:

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'''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 & Manga]]
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'' has tough-as-nails and super-stubborn Hana dating the sweet, good-natured Arashi.
* 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]].
* ''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]].
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** 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.
* 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.
* In ''Manga/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.
* Most of Cool-kyou Shinja's manga are like this, to the point of AuthorAppeal:
** 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.
** ''[=RaButa=]'' is a story about the most beautiful, smart, and popular girl at school falling in love with a {{Gonk}} BookDumb boy after he saved her from a boy she turned down. [[UglyGuyHotWife They eventually got married]], according to a cameo in ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying''.
** Haru from ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' is a tall stereotypical RichBitch ([[CharacterDevelopment at first]]) who loves the sound of her own voice, and she's going out with Tsurezure, who's short, quiet, and reserved. They also got married, according to a cameo in ''Manga/KomorisanWaKotowarenai''.
* ''Manga/Eyeshield21'': Energetic and outgoing Suzuna with ShrinkingViolet Sena. More obviously, foul-mouthed SociopathicHero Hiruma with Mamori the ProperLady.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'': Gajeel and Levy are complete opposites of each other but they are the closest thing to being a couple among the main cast, since Erza and Jellal's situation is complicated.
* The BL series ''{{Manga/FAKE}}'' is a BuddyCopShow about OddCouple Detectives [[TheIngenue Ryo]] and [[LovableSexManiac Dee]].
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': Kyo, a hot-headed, tough, no manners, always wants to fight boy, and Tohru, a girl who's very sweet and kind.
* 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...
* ''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}}.
* In ''Manga/{{Kanamemo}}'', no chance is spared to show the loving bond between sparkly Yume and quiet Yuuki.
* 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.
* ''LightNovel/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.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has TheStoic officer Chrono and his VictoriousChildhoodFriend, the [[GenkiGirl bubbly]] BridgeBunny Amy.
* ''Manga/MedakaBox'': Zenkichi, a OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent with some determination but with a realistic perspective, and Medaka, TheAce who takes every action UpToEleven but mainly ForHappiness.
* BoisterousBruiser ColonelKilgore Ramba Ral and quiet LadyOfWar Crowley Hamon in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam''. They're effectively a boyfriend/girlfriend varient on BrainsAndBrawn.
* The OfficialCouple of ''Manga/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).
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Hinata is attracted to Naruto even though she's an [[JapanesePoliteness overly polite]], stuttering ShrinkingViolet with nil self-confidence and he's a complete [[BrattyHalfPint rude, 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.
** Shikamaru and Temari; he's lazy, calm and prone to doubting himself, she's an aggressive ActionGirl.
** In the [[Manga/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.
* 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.
* ''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 behaviors both stem 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. Ultimately, these differences in dealing with the same problem are what prevents 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.
* ''Manga/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.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Lively, ditzy, ignorant Usagi is with cool, calm, intelligent Mamoru]].
** From the same series [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl sporty tomboy Haruka is in a lesbian relationship with the cultured and elegant Michiru.]]
* 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]].]]
* ''Manga/SoulEater'':
** While not officially a couple, Maka and Soul 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.
** Stein and Marie definitely fit this trope. Stein is an eccentric, sadistic and twisted MadScientist, while Marie is a sweet, calm and gentle teacher. [[spoiler:In the final chapter, it's revealed Marie is pregnant with Stein's child, but she's worried because Stein is already planning to turn their child into his new guinea pig.]]
* In ''Anime/StellviaOfTheUniverse'', the aloof and stoic Akira eventually starts dating the laid-back PluckyComicRelief Joey.
* Considering they form a {{manzai}} duo this is inherent to the eventual romantic relationship between Koganei and Amasawa of ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover''.
* The cynical, reserved Kousei and the optimist, energetic wild Kaori are SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl example from ''Manga/YourLieInApril''.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/TheAuthority'' has gruff, brooding, cynical Midnighter HappilyMarried to kind, cheerful, optimistic Apollo. Even their costumes emphasize this trope: Apollo's is white with a gold sun emblem, while Midnighter's is black with a silver crescent moon.
* 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).
* ''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.
* ''ComicBook/{{Persepolis}}'': Subverted. When Marjane returns to Iran in her late teens, she starts a relationship with Reza, who's her polar opposite in terms of personality, Marjane being outspoken and extroverted and Reza collected and introverted. Marjane initially thinks that this is why they complement each other so well, but after they get married their personalities increasingly clash until they decide to avoid each other.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' paired quirky nerd Gert with dumb jock Chase, AllLovingHero Karolina with BloodKnight Xavin, and fearless Molly with shy Klara.
** In the [[ComicBook/{{Runaways 2015}} reboot]], troublemaker Jubilee grudgingly admits that she's attracted to rule-abiding Sanna. [[spoiler:It later turns out that the attraction is mutual, and they end up as a couple.]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' has Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter and ComicBook/LoisLane, determined and outgoing reporter.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'':
** When their relationship began, 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.
** Raven and Beast Boy. 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 ManChild 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...
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and Phoenix of the ''ComicBook/XMen''. 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/{{Morbius}} and his fiancée Martine are this, both in appearance and personality. Morbius himself even wonders out loud how "an out and about society girl" could fall in love with "a morose scientist who can't stand the sun", saying even he doesn't have a hypothesis for that one.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Guardian}}'' portrays Lulu's romance with PosthumousCharacter Chappu as this--while she is a serious and somewhat cynical teen, he's fun and goofy and acts more his age.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* Milo Thatch and Princess Kida from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire''. She's a TomboyPrincess, he's an {{Adorkable}} nerd.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Brave}}'': 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.
* Mulan and Shang in ''Disney/MulanII''. She's a rebellious, free-spirited warrior and he's a stern, no-nonsense captian. Throughout the sequel, their differences (coupled with Mushu trying to break them up) nearly ruin their engagement, but they manage to find the balance necessary to make it work.
* ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog'' has Tiana and Naveen. She's a {{Workaholic}}, no-nonsense waitress and he's a fun-loving, lazy prince.
* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'' gives us the jaded, worldly-wise thief Flynn Rider and the spirited, innocent princess Rapunzel.
* ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'' has Captain Amelia and Dr. Doppler. She's a tough-as-nails ActionGirl, he's a bookish scientist, not to mention they're basically an anthropomorphic cat and dog, respectively. The two grow closer throughout the movie, and by the end they even have several kids.
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' has TheWoobie WALLēE and ActionGirl EVE.
* Judy and Nick from ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. She's an energetic, optimistic and naive rookie police officer and he's a sarcastic, laid-back and jaded ConArtist. Not to mention they're a rabbit and a fox, respectively.
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[[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".
* Rough and tough, working-class, Mike Hagen, and high-society, prim, Mirella Brown in the film, ''Film/DesigningWoman''.
* 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]]).
* ''Film/PerformanceAnxiety'': Peter - the neat freak accountant - and his boyfriend, Jeff, who is a messy, hippy musician.
* ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'': Roger and Jessica Rabbit. He's an energetic and goofy rabbit, she's a sexy and glamorous woman. They are married and couldn't be happier. Why? "He makes me laugh."
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[[folder:Light Novels]]
* ''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.
* The main couples of Minoru Kawakami's light novels are usually like this, due to AuthorAppeal:
** Mikoto Sayama and Sadagiri Shinjou from ''LightNovel/TheEndingChronicle''. He's an arrogant, eccentric self-proclaimed villain who thinks he's the center of the universe and she's a sensitive, insecure and modest NiceGirl. It gets lampshaded constantly with both outright calling themselves opposites and loving each other for it.
** ''LightNovel/HorizonInTheMiddleOfNowhere'' has the overly energetic and carefree Tori and the [[EmotionlessGirl emotionless]] and analytical RobotGirl Horizon Ariadust.
* ''LightNovel/{{Reaper}}'' has a rather extreme example: Life and Death are a married couple despite being as opposite as anyone could be. They do have some disagreements but are loving and caring couple who truly care about one another.
* ShipTease aside, it may as well be Zelgadis the cynical, weary, brooding chimera paired with Amelia the optimistic, innocent, and plucky princess from ''{{LightNovel/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).
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/The39Clues''. Ian is a 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]].
* 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...]]
* ''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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* [[TheDitz Razz]] and [[AcademicAthlete Sally]] in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. They do have some common interests (for example [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]]), but she is down-to-earth, very studious, intelligent and calm. [[MotorMouth Razz]]... is not.
* Nick Carraway and Jordan Baker in ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby''. He WillNotTellALie; she's a ConsummateLiar.
* 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/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler: Katniss and Peeta]], at least by the end of ''Mockingjay''.
* ''Literature/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.
* Brainy ambitious women regularly find Creator/PGWodehouse's UpperClassTwit Bertie Wooster from ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' romantically irresistible.
* Victor Hugo discusses this trope in ''Literature/LesMiserables'', in reference to [[SourSupporter Grantaire]]'s devotion to [[WideEyedIdealist Enjolras]].
--> A sceptic who adheres to a believer is as simple as the law of complementary colors. That which we lack attracts us. No one loves the light like the blind man. The dwarf adores the drum-major. The toad always has his eyes fixed on heaven. Why? In order to watch the bird in its flight. Grantaire, in whom writhed doubt, loved to watch faith soar in Enjolras. He had need of Enjolras.
* 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.
* This seems to be the driving force behind Zavahl's and Ailie's relationship in the ''Literature/{{Shadowleague}}'' books- he has the personality of a bad rainstorm, whereas she is never seen to frown.
* ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'': Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade. Mara even ''says'' it, for crying out loud!
* In Creator/MichaelFlynn's ''[[Literature/SpiralArm Up Jim River]]'', Greystroke says that he and Bridget have this.
* From the ''Literature/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.
* DiscussedTrope 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.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Penny and Leonard on ''Series/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."
* ''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.
* ''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.
* Sam and Diane of ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', practically archetypes of the MarsAndVenusGenderContrast.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'' City boy Danny Messer and country girl wife Lindsay "Montana" Messer. (she's still tough in her own right, though.)
* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' has done this for just about every pairing and friendship it can. It'd be faster to list the exceptions.
* 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/DocMartin'': Martin and Louisa basically cover every trope in this section at some point.
* Ultra-conservative Alex P. Keaton from ''Series/FamilyTies'' finds himself attracted to women who are the ideological opposite of him - while his best friend, Skippy, is the intellectual opposite of him.
* {{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.
* ActionGirl[=/=]AmazonianBeauty Zoe in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is married to NonActionGuy[=/=]AcePilot Wash.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'' has the ditzy, goofy but sweet Brittany paired with the bitchy, sarcastic Santana.
* 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/{{Hannibal}} [[AGodIAm Lecter]] and [[KnightInSourArmour Will Graham]] are harsh polar opposites that complement each other well. Hannibal is stylish, charismatic and severely lacking in empathy, where Will is twitchy, unsociable and overflowing with too much empathy. [[spoiler: In the series finale, after years of fighting against and for each other, their relationship evolves into something romantic and they run away together.]]
* Ted and Robin in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Ted is the DoggedNiceGuy who is a romantic, wants to settle down and have kids and Robin is TheLadette who is a gun nut, hates commitment and kids, focuses on her career. The show deconstructs their relationship where they did get together but by the time they talked about their goals, they want different things which resulted to their break-up and remained friends. After a few years, Ted is still in love with Robin which one of his ex-girlfriends pointed out that he's unable to move on due to his unrequited feelings for her while Robin herself did move on. In the series finale, [[spoiler:it's implied that now-widower and single dad Ted and the divorced and single Robin got together]].
* ''Series/ICarly'': [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] with the [[BelligerentSexualTension Sam/Freddie]] arc. 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.
* [[TheAce Laid-back, jovial "Hawkeye" Pierce]] and [[IceQueen hard-nosed Margaret Houlihan]] in ''Series/{{Mash}}''.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold Arthur and ShrinkingViolet ([[BewareTheNiceOnes except when she's sufficiently ticked-off]]) Guinevere from ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Also noteworthy was their difference in class status, with him being a prince and she being a servant.
* ''Microsoap'' used and deconstructed it. As the kids describe it, "It was a case of opposites attract. Then it was a case of opposites drive each other crazy".
* ''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.
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': [[RealMenEatMeat Carnivorous]] libertarian [[RatedMForManly man's-man]] Ron Swanson, meet [[GranolaGirl liberal feminist vegetarian]] single-mother community college professor Diane Lewis.
* ''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.
* 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]].
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* "You Lost My Memory" by Music/{{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 Music/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.
* "Little War" by Axxis describes a couple that are exact opposites of each other personality-wise, yet still love each other greatly.
-->We belong together like summer and cold ice
* Music/DanielAmos's "She's All Heart" (from ''Music/VoxHumana'') is about a couple who are "one heart" in spite of their different perspectives and disagreements.
-->She says I complicate things\\
I say she over simplifies everything\\
But either way, I still believe we need each other
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* The driving force behind the central love story of ''Theatre/TheMisanthrope''. Alceste despises anyone who is polite instead of honest, but is in love with Célimène, who by the end of the play is revealed to be about as two-faced as they come. It's {{Lampshaded}} several times.
-->'''Alceste:''' I see her faults, despite my ardent love\\
And all I see I fervently reprove\\
And yet I'm weak; for all her falsity,\\
That woman knows the art of pleasing me\\
And though I never cease complaining of her\\
I swear I cannot manage not to love her.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Creator/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:''' This is probably someone else's doing... Like Marcus, or Oswin... You know, Merlinus might try something like this, too...\\
'''Kent:''' I don't think it is a conspiracy... I mean, what would anyone have to gain from making us fight together?
* ''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.
* ''Radio/GTARadio'' has a married couple host a political talk show. One's a Democrat, the other's a Republican, both are strawmen.
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* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/LsEmpire'' has Carnation and Pix who are pure evil and pure good respectively.
* 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.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Hannelore's parents - her father is a goofy well meaning MadScientist, and her mother is a calculating, dispassionate {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}} supervillain.
%% * Candice Givens (AmoralAttorney) and Eva Nutley (GranolaGirl) from ''Webcomic/{{Precocious}}''.
* {{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.]]
* [[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.]]
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* Mille and Iriana of ''Literature/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.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* {{Exaggerated}} in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'' with Kuki Sanban (Numbuh Three) and Wallabee Beatles (Numbuh Four); 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]].
* Laid-back slacker Fry and responsible, reliable Leela on ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
* ''Franchise/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.
* Miss Information and Mr. Smartypants on ''WesternAnimation/{{Histeria}}'': The DumbBlonde and TheSmartGuy.
* Warm, passionate, generally friendly, closer to Earth Franchise/WonderWoman and cold, stoic, anti-social, sometimes arrogant Batman on ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague''.
* WesternAnimation/KimPossible and Ron Stoppable. Kim's always been a popular overachiever while Ron was an unpopular underachiever (at least until the final season, when he joined the football team as the new star running back).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** Hotheaded, headstrong waterbender Korra and serious, collected firebender Mako, who fit several of the dynamics listed: RedOniBlueOni (Korra's red, Mako's blue, despite their ChromaticArrangement), TheHero + TheLancer, SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, and possibly UptightLovesWild.
*** Ultimately deconstructed as their opposite natures (as well as tense situations) end up pushing them apart. They do [[AmicableExes 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. Same as Korra and Mako, they don't work out.
** 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.]]
* ''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.]]
* Robin and Starfire on ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. Robin is the serious and determined [[TheLeader leader]], and Starfire is the [[GenkiGirl sensitive, sunny one]].
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] realistically in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' with AcademicAlphaBitch Courtney and delinquent 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.
* Silverbolt and Blackarachnia of ''{{Transformers}} WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' fit this trope without Question: FemmeFatale and KnightInShiningArmor.
* Rogue's attraction to Scott in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', at least [[PowerIncontinence until you think about it for a while]]. But on the surface, he is TheStoic and she is TheSnarkKnight.
* ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'':
** Goofy, happy go lucky Wally West/Kid Flash and focused, rough and tumble Artemis Crock. 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.
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* [[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? ''Creator/JohnOliver''.
* Creator/RogerEbert [[HeterosexualLifePartners and]] Creator/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 ''Film/BlueVelvet''. Ebert notoriously hated it and found the scene with Isabella Rosselini standing naked on Creator/KyleMacLachlan'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.
* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges was a highly literate intellectual and a vocal anticommunist. Estela Canto was a "dancer for hire" and a committed socialist who was twenty years younger than him. They bonded over, among other things, a mutual love of Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, who ticked both their boxes by being both a great writer and a socialist.
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