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Two characters used to be friends or lovers, but now they aren't even on speaking terms. The odds don't look good that they'll patch things up on their own. Fortunately, the plot is on their side: some external disaster happens and the characters get back together as a direct result.

Variants include:
* Alice is ticked off at Bob, and then disaster strikes and Bob has to rescue Alice. This rescue convinces Alice that Bob isn't so bad after all.
* Alice is ticked off at Bob, and then disaster strikes and ''Bob'' is in danger. Alice has to put aside her anger to rescue Bob.
* Alice and Bob are ticked at each other. The disaster forces them to put their differences aside and work together.

Of course, shared disasters aren't exactly a great foundation for (re)building a relationship. Hopefully, in Bob and Alice's case, the disaster is simply a catalyst for spending more time together and genuinely reconciling; or it reminds them that life is short and their relationship is more important than whatever it was that drove them apart.

Very, ''very'' common in the DisasterMovie genre. May involve TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople. If a [[TriangRelations third party]] is involved, the disaster may cause the DeathOfTheHypotenuse.

Compare FireForgedFriends, RescueRomance. If the two characters were divorced but get together again it can overlap with DivorceIsTemporary.




* In ''Manga/FutureDiary'' a few days after [[spoiler:Yuki is released from Yuno's confinement]], the attacks of the 7th force Yuki and Yuno to come back together to beat the 7th. It helps that after this Yuki was convinced by the 7th to reevaluate their relationship and give Yuno an important ArmorPiercingQuestion about her love for him.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** The Kyoto arc serves as this to Konoka and Setsuna. During several years, Setsuna distanced herself from Konoka due to feeling ashamed of her failure to save her from almost drowning when they were kids. In the Kyoto arc, Konoka is kidnapped and Setsuna helps to save her. After that and Konoka telling Setsuna that [[FreakinessShame her wings are beautiful]], they become close again.
** In the BeachEpisode, some of the girls from Negi's class [[InvokedTrope try to pull this off]] to help Negi and Asuna make up after a fight. They throw Negi in the water and get him attacked by some fake sharks, played by Natsumi and Ku Fei, and have Asuna to go save him. The plan fails miserably.


* This happened with Tim Drake & Stephanie Brown in a [[BatFamilyCrossover crossover]] between ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Red Robin]]'' and ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl| 2009}}''.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Karolina gets fed up with Xavin's behavior during the team's adventures in 1907, and comes ''this'' close to dumping them, but between their near-death during a huge battle and the collapse of Nico and Victor's relationship, the two decide to work out their differences instead. [[spoiler:Of course, Xavin dissolves their relationship shortly afterwards by posing as Karolina when a bunch of her fellow Majesdanians come looking for a scapegoat for the destruction of their homeworld.]]


* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Shinji and Asuka had spent the entire show unable to admit to themselves and each other their feelings. [[BelligerentSexualTension Their relationship got worse]] and as a result of it they were unable to prevent [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt the demise of everyone in the world but them]]. The end of the world forced them to carry with only each other, living and working together. In the process [[TheApocalypseBringsOutTheBestInPeople they not only matured]] but also learnt to open up to each other and got together [[spoiler:and eventually married]].
* In the ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'' now-unreadable fanfic ''A Cruel Angel's Thesis'', [[HighSchoolSweethearts Kyo and Yuki]]'s relationship has become very distant and even the OriginalCharacter protagonist Kira has called him out on it, specially after [[spoiler: Yuki ''almost'' believes that [[MistakenForCheating Kyo is cheating on her with Kira]].]] The "disaster" that fixes it is [[spoiler: Yuki being kidnapped and slated to become a TargetedHumanSacrifice in front of Kyo, Iori and Kira (who by that moment is acting as the ReverseMole within the Orochi clan).]]


* ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'' has Bob and Helen Parr going through relationship troubles due to the former trying to relive the Superhero GloryDays instead of spending time with his family to the point that Helen thought Bob was possibly cheating on him. Then [[BigBad Syndrome]] enters the picture, which forces Helen to go on a rescue mission due to Bob being taken captive.


* ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve'': Our lead starts as a divorcee, but gets back together with his wife despite her new fiancé being there for most of the film as well. [[spoiler:It helps that her new fiancé [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse gets brutally killed in the last act]] of the film, as well.]]
* ''Film/TheAbyss'': In the BackStory, Bud and Lindsey Brigman broke up because they fought all the time. The deep sea rig they're in is cut off from the surface during a storm, and while they await rescue they fall in love again.
* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'', which is a direct parody of ''Film/ZeroHour'', involves a character named Ted Stryker, who re-unites with his ex-wife Elaine as result of his heroics during a crisis.
* ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' starts with Rob and Beth having a fight. Then, {{Kaiju}} happens. A good half of the movie is about Rob & Co. looking for Beth. [[spoiler:Naturally, they reconciled after they meet--for what little time they got left.]]
* After being separated for a long time, it takes an explosive hostage situation to salvage John and Holly's marriage in the first ''Film/DieHard'' film. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they divorce in the later sequels.]]
* In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', the divorced Paul and Amanda Kirby trick Alan Grant into accompanying them on an expedition to save their son Eric after he got stranded in the dinosaur-filled jungle on Isla Sorna with Amanda's new boyfriend Ben Hildebrand. After locating [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse Ben's corpse]] upon arrival, through the dangers on the island they reconcile their differences and reunite as a family after Paul is almost killed saving them from the ''Spinosaurus''.
* In ''Film/Passengers2016'', Jim and Aurora's relationship understandably falls apart when Aurora learns that Jim woke her up and stranded her with him just so he wouldn't be alone. However, a conveniently timed series of malfunctions that nearly destroys the ship gets them to team up and save it, and ultimately brings them back together.
* The 2005 FilmOfTheBook ''Film/ThePoseidonAdventure'' has Richard Clarke, taking his family on a New Years cruise. It's shown at the beginning that Richard's marriage is on the rocks. His wife actually kicks him out of their room. He ends up having an affair with a female crewmember. After the ship flips over due to a bomb planted by a terrorist, the Clarke family and a few other survivors try to make it to safety. As the survivors climb a damaged catwalk, the female crewmember [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse ends up falling to her death]], leaving Richard to reconcile with his family.
* ''Film/TheRadiolandMurders'': The leads are on the brink of divorce, because the male lead (probably) had a one-night stand with [[ReallyGetsAround Ms. Yo-Yo Knickers]]. A LockedRoomMystery ClearMyName plot somehow comes into being at the same time as HilarityEnsues, during which the female lead realizes anew just how many common points the two share. (As she saves his butt repeatedly.)
* ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead'' is billed as "a romantic comedy with zombies" for this reason.
* More like relationship-''beginning'' disaster, but lampshaded in ''Film/{{Speed}}'' when Annie notes that relationships that begin under intense circumstances never work out. Turns out to be true - by the sequel, she and Jack have broken up.
* ''Film/{{Taken}}'': Although Brian Mills stays divorced from his ex-wife, his heroics in the first movie put him on much better terms with her and their daughter for the remainder of the franchise.
* ''Film/{{Twister}}''. Bill Harding meets with his former wife Jo Harding to get her to sign their divorce papers. They end up going on a adventure together involving dangerous tornadoes and discover that they still love each other.
* ''Film/ZeroHour'': Ted Stryker's GrewASpine moment is what saves his marriage in the end.


* Jake and Cassie in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' may represent the flipside of this trope, as they break up after the war ends.
** They played it straight(er) at first, given that they had mutual crushes at the start of the series but their relationship doesn't become (slightly more) official until mid-war.
* In ''[[Literature/RamonaQuimby Ramona Forever]]'', Ramona got into an argument with Beezus and the two refused to speak to each other for a few days. When their cat, Picky-picky died, the sisters reconciled as they tried to give him a proper burial.


* Amy and Rory on ''Series/DoctorWho''. It took being kidnapped by Daleks to get those two to work things out. Although the fact the the initial reason for the split was Amy's ill-advised case of IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy may have been a factor in their reconciliation.
* Jax and Tara in ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy''. After Abel [[spoiler:gets kidnapped]] at the end of season 2, throughout season 3 Jax tries to push Tara away. But when she gets [[spoiler:kidnapped and he saves her,]] and he finds out that she [[spoiler:is pregnant with his child]], things smooth out.
* The first-season finale of ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' sees Lindsey and Tobias Funke contemplating divorce, as it seems obvious that they have IncompatibleOrientation. However, when Lindsey's father, George Bluth, Sr., suffers a heart attack, and Tobias rushes to her side to offer emotional support, Lindsey decides that maybe there is still something worth saving in their relationship.


* {{Deconstructed}} in ''VideoGame/EnigmaAnIllusionNamedFamily''. The Yoo family's [[BigScrewedUpFamily various issues]] with each other don't simply ''go away'' when they're [[ClosedCircle trapped in their manor]] with an unknown killer. What's more, one of the main routes climaxes with the mastermind revealing [[spoiler:they were trying to [[InvokedTrope invoke this]], only to watch everything snowball far beyond their control]].
* One of Ethan's possible epilogues in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'' implies that he's going to get back together with his estranged wife despite the fact she's responsible for getting Blake to think he is the Origami Killer.
* This happens twice in the first ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'' game.
** First is Sora and Donald beginning to bicker over landing in a world because Sora thinks his missing friends are there, but Donald thinks it is a type of world where Mickey wouldn't enter ([[CanonDiscontinuity anymore]], [[ScrewedByTheLawyers in hindsight]]). Their friendship is mended after defeating the predator ArcVillain... and slightly torn over a petty fight over who pilots the Gummi Ship later on.
** Second is when [[spoiler:Donald and Goofy are both forced into a FaceHeelTurn when Riku retakes the Keyblade from Sora. But when Riku later tries to kill Sora, both imminently rejoin him to protect him, which also gives Sora the strength to retake the Keyblade from Riku]].
* [[VideoGame/RatchetAndClank2002 The very first game]] of the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series has the titular duo on negative terms after the events of Umbris, because Ratchet is obsessed with {{revenge}} against Captain Qwark, to the point of ignoring Clank's warnings that billions of lives are at stake because of Drek. It takes [[spoiler:the destruction of Oltanis and a good chunk of its population]] for Ratchet to finally get a HeelRealization and set things right again, with him and Clank finally getting along again.


* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' features a humorously meta example. Kat is [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=854 somewhat upset]] with Annie and wants some time away from her. Annie [[InvokedTrope tries to patch things up by arranging fake catastrophes]] so Kat can save the day: [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=855 pretending that Robot has gone rogue]] and [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=856 she needs Kat to "hack" him]], pretending that she's been "kidnapped by evil dino-demons" and needs Kat to rescue her, and so on. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=857 Kat isn't fooled by any of this]], but she ''is'' touched by the fact that Annie went to all this trouble to patch things up with her. Of course, right when Kat is ready make amends, [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=861 she encounters something]] Annie [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=862 had nothing to do with]].
** And now it seems that the LesYay subtext was [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=959 intentional]], so make of this what you will.
* In the ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' strip [[http://nonadventures.com/2008/02/09/old-flames/ "Old FLAMES"]], Wonderella and her ex-husband, [[{{pyromaniac}} Devlin]], get attacked by robots. One fight scene later, Wonderella and Devlin decide to get back together. [[SubvertedTrope The rekindled relationship doesn't even last until the end of the page.]]


* In ''Literature/ThaliasMusings'', Thalia thinks Eros' disappearance will be this to Hephaestus and Aphrodite's troubled marriage. Averted when the resolution culminates in their long-overdue divorce.


* The Weirdmageddon event in ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' did a number of effect on other characters but the most prominent one is the relationship between the Stans. Prior to the event, Stan and Ford are completely at each other throats; the former considering Ford as an UngratefulBastard while the latter threatening to end the Stan's Mystery Shack business by the end of summer out of spite. But during the apocalypse the two Stans are agreed to work together to stop Bill and save the kids and afterwards, reconciled each other and travel the world together with their Stan O' War II like they always dreamed of.