[[quoteright:238:[[Film/AlongCamePolly http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/Polly2_1596.png]]]]
[[caption-width-right:238: He's an uptight actuary.\\
She has a [[WeaselMascot ferret]].]]

->'''Fry:''' What the hell's going on? I thought you were anti-dirty, not pro-dirty.
->'''Morgan:''' I'm surrounded by neat freaks everyday. There's nothing kinkier to me than a filthy slop-jock like you.
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'', "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back"

He's stuffy. She's untamed. It's true love.

[[BritishStuffiness Mr. Stuffy]] is in a rut: Life is boring because he plays by the rules. Along comes this [[ManicPixieDreamGirl wild and crazy woman to show him how to live life to its fullest]], and she just might [[AnAesop learn a few things along the way]], too.

Though the most common form of this trope is from male creators who idealize femininity as a saving force, it could be {{Gender Flip}}ped. Mr. Stuffy could be [[FragileFlower Ms.]] [[{{Housewife}} Stuffy]] and the [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys wild angel could be male]] and help the [[ShrinkingViolet little wallflower]] come out of her shell and [[BeautifulAllAlong blossom gloriously into a beautiful rose!]] Also, compare WellExcuseMePrincess -- LoveableRogue meets DefrostingIceQueen, the latter trope can also be applied to "Ms. Wild" as well, especially if she doesn't want to waste time with a nerd.

Often seen in 2/3 of a love triangle, especially if the triangle includes [[OddCouple two male]] [[{{Geek}} nerds]] and their [[ManicPixieDreamGirl dream girl]].

Because OppositesAttract, they'll live HappilyEverAfter unless Uptight and/or Wild are dying (Creator/NicholasSparks, we're looking at you!), in which case they'll [[LikeYouWereDying live what remains of their lives to the fullest]]. Or unless there's a sequel, in which case Stuffy will surely develop AesopAmnesia.

The defining trope of ScrewballComedy. ''Extremely'' common in RomanticComedy.

Compare SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl. Not to be confused with ManicPixieDreamGirl as the "Wild" part of this trope doesn't need to be Manic, a Pixie, a Dream, or a Girl.


[[folder:Anime And Manga]]
* Ruby and Sapphire from ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' fit this perfectly. One other character even calls Sapphire "Wild Girl".
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has the shy ProperLady Hinata and the hyperactive IdiotHero Naruto.
* Most of the weapon and meister pairings in ''Manga/SoulEater'' are this way. Maka is very much by-the-rules, studies copiously for tests, and is very modest; her partner, Soul, is very lazy and laid back, often falls asleep during class, and agrees to "piss on [Sid's] grave" with Black*Star. Tsubaki is very kind, a good cook, and doesn't even try to fight without Black*Star; Black*Star, on the other hand, frequently picks fights for no other reason than because he can, and is [[LargeHam loud and obnoxious]]. Kid is the son of the Shinigami, completely OCD to the point of having panic attacks in the middle of battles and is dressed impeccably; Liz is hinted to be a bit of a flirt and Patti blows off an entire test by turning it into an arts-and-crafts giraffe.
* ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' features an uptight newscaster falling for the program's eccentric cosplaying weatherman.
* In ''Manga/KangaNaSpoon'', the main character opens by talking about how perfect, glamorous and orderly his life is before introducing to his lover, an obnoxious, flamboyant, freeloading fashion designer with no life skills.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** [[OfficialCouple Italy and Germany]]. Germany is a [[GermanicDepressives strict, military-oriented]] neat freak who can fall into DrillSergeantNasty at times. Italy is [[TheDitz clueless]], [[GenkiGuy hyperactive]], and [[LovableCoward loves to surrender]]. The ShipTease between them is overwhelming.
** One could argue that [[FanPreferredCouple France and England]] fall under this too. Although England is not as uptight as you might expect, his usually staid demeanor contrasts with France's [[LargeHam hamminess]] and [[CasanovaWannabe constant flirting]].
** There's also [[OfficialCouple Austria and Hungary]]. The former's aristocratic stoicism is in sharp contrast to the latter's ActionGirl personality and yet they still are in a relationship with each other.
* Ranma and Akane from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. It's referenced multiple times throughout the series... Such as one of the opening themes about Ranma and Akane being titled "Dont Make Me Wild Like You" and Ranma's name essentially meaning "wild horse." While (in the manga, at least) Ranma thrives on [[ManipulativeBastard manipulation]], Akane often gets upset with his antics and reveals his identity when he doesn't want her to. He enjoys playing pranks on people, even when Akane gets mad at him for it. [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl He's]] also comfortable with being half-naked or nude around other people. Akane, on the other hand, will have none of that. She always tries to keep him covered up and maintains her own modesty at all times. True to the trope, Akane eventually becomes more relaxed about these traits and starts helping him out in his schemes and even starts coming up with some herself. (Strangely enough, although they're opposites in this sense, they're [[BirdsOfAFeather alike in many other ways]].)
* ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'': Ryo towards Dee which he will deny.
* ''Anime/ArmitageIII'': Ross and Armitage are somewhere between this and SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl, though Armitage is no dummy.
* Invoked and averted in ''Manga/DeathNote'', where the wild and energetic PerkyGoth Misa is deeply in love with the [[NoSenseOfHumor uptight]] BrokenAce Light, and expects him to fall for her goofy GenkiGirl demeanor over time; instead, he takes advantage of her scatterbrained personality and MadLove to enlist her as a weapon against L.
* Mahiro and Nyarko from ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' combine this with a GenderFlip on the normal {{Tsundere}} anime romance, with Nyarko's wildness annoying Mahiro to the point of [[SlapstickKnowsNoGender slapstick punishment]]. It's obvious that he has feelings for her, but [[CanNotSpitItOut won't admit to them]] for a number of reasons, not the least of which is she's [[Franchise/CthulhuMythos Nyarlathotep]], and the idea of [[DidYouJustRomanceCthulhu romancing a]] CosmicHorror scares the [[SanityMeter SAN Points]] out of him.
* ''Anime/{{Gundam 00}}'': gender-flipped variation with Kati Mannequin and Patrick Colasour. Kati is an older, no-nonsense workaholic, Patrick is a carefree, loveable idiot. [[spoiler:At the end of the series, they get married.]]
-->'''Patrick''': Still working? Don't you need to take a break?
-->'''Kati''': Now of all times? Do you realize what will happen if I don't get through this data?
-->'''Patrick''': The eeeeevviiilll space aliens will come and get us?
-->'''Kati''': ''*smiling*'' ...somehow I can never continue to take things seriously with you around.

* ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Death: The High Cost Of Living]]'': A PerkyGoth called Didi[[note]]who may or may not be [[TheGrimReaper Death]] having a day off: you'll be held in all kinds of suspense unless you happen to have some prior experience with the Sandman Verse, in which case Didi appears very familiar[[/note]] guides a [[EmoTeen teen]] [[{{Emo}} guy]] named Sexton on a journey of self discovery and teaches him to respect life and live it to the fullest, and [[AnAesop etcetera]]. A good example of the difference between Wild and ManicPixieDreamGirl, as Didi, while unconventional, spontaneous, and extremely outgoing, is at the same time calm, collected, and thoughful.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'': [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott Summers]] is probably the most uptight man in the history of everything, ever. ComicBook/JeanGrey is Fire and Life incarnate, and acts like it.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Blondie}}'': Dagwood was the heir to a vast fortune and Blondie was a flighty [[TheFlapper flapper]]... [[spoiler:They have been married since ''1933'']].
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': Gender-flipped between stolid veterinarian Liz and goofy CloudCuckooLander Jon.
* This generally tends to be the male / female dynamic of ComicBook/StrangersInParadise, usually with a bossy woman giving it a dominatrix twist.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* The popular, [[{{Fanon}} not-quite-canon]]-[[ShipTease but-hinted-at]] pairing of Sasha Nein and Milla Vodello in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}.'' They're long-time partners, and are without a doubt close ''friends,'' if not in love (though Milla definitely has feeling for Sasha). Sasha's the uptight one (of course; he's [[GermanicDepressives German]]) and Milla's the wild party girl.
* ''Roleplay/DCNation'' : The Titans seem to really like this one. Tempest and Halcyon (the resurrected Aquagirl I) are the best case. Tula all but tackled Garth at the age of 14 and drug him off to have her way with him, and the pair have had a torch for each other since (interrupted by an annoying decade where she was a ghost).
* What founded the OddFriendship between Cloud Kicker (wild) and Blossomforth (uptight) in the ''WesternAnimaio/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony''.
* Two other ''MLP'' fanfics feature the relationship between ElegantClassicalMusician Octavia and uninhibited [=DJ-P0n3=], aka Vinyl Scratch.
** The ''Blog/ReadingRainbowverse'' has Octavia and Vinyl getting married, and everypony is very okay with this.
** In ''Fanfic/TheVinylScratchTapes'', Vinyl and Octavia host a radio talk show together, and their relationship is central to the story.
* Secondary characters Damon and Lavinia in the ''Literature/HungerGames'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning''. [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl He is a soft-spoken, calm stylist; she's the heroes' makeshift mentor and a total]] GenkiGirl. [[spoiler: They end up HappilyMarried.]]
* Light (uptight) and Ryuk (wild) in ''FanFic/ACharmedLife''. Ryuk teaches Light that there's more to life than just homework and death whereas Light teaches Ryuk that anything is possible with hard work and determination no matter how ''insane''.
* This happens in the backstory of the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10255230/1/Canid Canid]] with Coulson and his ex-wife. Unusually for this trope, it didn't work out very well.
* Sabriel, a {{fanon}} ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' ship between {{straight man}} Sam Winchester and smart-ass archangel Gabriel (who is also [[spoiler:the trickster god Loki]]).

%%* ''Film/TheAfricanQueen''.
%%* ''Film/AngelA''
* In ''Film/BallOfFire'' a burlesque dancer (Barbara Stanwyck) who needs to hide out from the law winds up staying with a bunch of professors (it's a long story). When the younger, handsome professor (Gary Cooper) decides that it's time for her to leave, she pretends to be in love with him. Naturally, it happens for real.
* Creator/BenStiller is usually typecast as "Mr. Stuffy" whenever he is in a RomanticComedy:
** The trope image is from ''Film/AlongCamePolly'', in which his character who works in the insurance industry tries a second chance at love with his free-spirited junior high classmate Polly (played by Creator/JenniferAniston).
** Deconstructed in ''Film/TheHeartbreakKid2007'', where he impulsively marries an extremely impulsive woman. [[spoiler:It does ''not'' end well]].
** ''[[Film/NightAtTheMuseum Battle of the Smithsonian]]'' has Larry having a platonic romance with UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart.
* A tragic example comes up in ''Film/TheBlueAngel'': A man (Emil Jannings) who has dedicated life and limb to education suddenly falls for a cabaret singer (MarleneDietrich).
* ''Film/BrightStar'': John Keats is man back in the [[OlderThanTheyThink 1800s]] who is hidebound by convention, emotionally closed-off, undaring, and believes himself to be a failed poet. But along comes his muse, Fanny Brawne. She's a young, vibrant, fashionable, fiery, flirty, independent-minded, outspoken, strong-willed [[DancesAndBalls party girl]] who inspires him to write a sonnet that shares a name with the film's title. Will she challenge him and motivate him to new heights and help him achieve success that lasts until the 21st century? Well, it is based on a true story, so take a wild guess.
* ''Film/BringingUpBaby'' -- although in something of a variation, it's Wild who falls for Uptight first, Uptight for many reasons wanting nothing to do with her for a large part of the movie. Wild doesn't so much teach Uptight to loosen up as she does drag him kicking and screaming into it.
** Ditto for ''Film/MyManGodfrey''.
%%* ''Film/CharliesAngels'': Natalie and Pete.
%%* ''Film/CrazyBeautiful''
* ''Film/DesertHearts'' is about the lesbian relationship between a repressed, middle-aged English professor and a free-spirited young casino employee-cum-sculptress.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Stuffy, cynical divorce lawyer Robert meets literal fairytale princess Giselle.
* ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' - Though it's a platonic love, this is exactly the relationship between Erin Brockovich and Ed Masry.
* ''Film/EternalSunshineOfTheSpotlessMind'' quite thoroughly deconstructs this. A relationship like this doesn't always work and after the falling-in-love part, it causes more pain than joy; so much so that both parties opt to have their memories removed of each other. The ManicPixieDreamGirl is also far more complicated: "I'm not a concept, I'm just a fucked-up girl looking for a peace of mind".
* ''Film/AFishCalledWanda'', at least for Archie and Wanda.
%%* ''Film/ForcesOfNature''
* ''Film/FridayThe13thPartVIJasonLives'': Everyone thinks that Tommy is crazy, but he's very sane and stuffy and goal-oriented. His love interest, Megan, is very wild. Megan cracks wise, disobeys her father, breaks Tommy out of prison at gun point, crams his face into her lap for a police chase... um, balances her chair on two legs, and is very lucky to have hooked up with the [[FinalGirl Final Guy]] for a 50/50 chance of survival.
%%* ''Film/GardenState''
* Enid and Seymore from ''ComicBook/GhostWorld''.
* ''Film/TheGoldenChild'': Sassy jokester Chandler Jarrell breaks all the rules while trying to save children, and teaches stoic, bookish, disciplined Kee Nang how to literally let down her hair.
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Grease}}'' with ProperLady Sandy and {{Greaser Delinquent|s}} Danny.
* ''Film/GrumpyOldMen'': John Gustafson and Max Goldman are fairly uptight and stuck in a rut, finding pleasure only in ice fishing, bickering, and tolerating their children. That is until wild and crazy Californian, Ariel Truax, rolls into town, racing a snowmobile up and down the street, turning their lives upside down, and causing a love triangle between the two.
** This trope is showcased chiefly in a scene between John and Ariel, where she gleefully admits to stealing John's mail, claims to be able to tell his fortune by spending 30 seconds in his bathroom, and asks him if he's homosexual or heterosexual, all to his chagrin (but ultimately for his own good). Almost lampshaded with...
-->'''Ariel''': "Well, it's a perfectly legitimate question."
-->'''John''': "Well, maybe in California, but here in [[MinnesotaNice Minnesota]]... Woo-hoo-hoo-hoo!"
-->[[spoiler:They get married]]
%%* ''Film/HaroldAndMaude''
* An unremarkable short film called ''Film/{{Headlong}}''. As the reviewer at Website/SomethingAwful puts it:
-->This is just a retelling of one of the most classic stories known to man. Unfortunately, it is a story which man has always found irritating, cliched, and thoroughly useless. It's the tale of an uptight man who meets free-spirited female who teaches him how to cut loose, despite being an intolerable bitch. Simon Raby reinvents this timeless story by giving it a fresh, exciting new angle - he puts it inside a car! How does he come up with this stuff?
* In ''Film/{{Hellraiser}},'' Uncle Frank definitely helps [[{{Housewife}} Julia]] come out of her shell.
%%* ''Film/IntoTheNight''
* The relationship between Juno and Bleeker from ''Film/{{Juno}}''
* ''Film/LatterDays'' is a gay example: promiscuous party boy Christian falls in love with Mormon missionary Aaron. [[spoiler:They actually get a happy ending.]]
* ''Film/LawsOfAttraction'' She's a stuffy uptight cynical genius divorce lawyer! He's a free-spirited genius divorce lawyer who believes in true love! [[strike:TheyFightCrime!]] - uh, they're opposing counsel on a bunch of different cases! It's actually a pretty well-done, if forgettable, example of this trope, and it definitely doesn't hurt that Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore are damned good actors.
* In ''Film/LifeAsWeKnowIt'', it's gender flipped. Holly is an uptight bakery owner, and Messer is a free-wheeling player.
* ''Film/LoveLetters'' is a made-for-TV film directed by Stanley Donen, starring Laura Linney as Melissa Gardner Cobb and Steven Weber as Andrew Ladd. She is a freewheeling artist with plenty of sexual partners and a love of booze and has had a bad reputation since high school. He's a stalwart, stuffy Republican politician. Their letters to each other are his sail and her anchor, but she threatens to moon his respectable peers if his letters get too uniform.
* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'' is an odd case: while they are not romantically entangled, the relationship between wild American Delysia Lafosse and stiff British governess Miss Pettigrew follows this trope pretty closely, with each learning something from the other.
* A (mostly) platonic example appears in ''WesternAnimation/MrPeabodyAndSherman'' between the [[BadassBookworm bookish]], [[{{Adorkable}} dorky]] [[{{Deuteragonist}} Sherman]] and the [[PluckyGirl fun-loving]], [[GirlyGirl girly]] [[{{Tritagonist}} Penny]], although their relationship begins with the ''left'' foot (the plot essentially begins after Sherman bites Penny after she literally treated him like a dog). It is only because of CharacterDevelopment for both parties ([[DefrostingIceQueen especially]] [[BreakTheHaughty hers]]) that they begin to understand each other. However, Mr. Peabody thinks at first she may be a ToxicFriendInfluence.
* ''Film/MyGirl'': Thomas falls for Vada despite her being everything opposite to his usual sedate existence.
* Gender-flipped in ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}'' (and its musical remake, ''Film/SilkStockings)''. A cheerful, carefree Frenchman falls in love with an IceQueen commissar from the Soviet Union.
* ''Film/NottingHill'': William Thacker (Creator/HughGrant) is an unsuccessful Notting Hill bookstore owner who is depressed that his wife has dumped him. But all that will change when Anna Scott (Creator/JuliaRoberts), the world's most beautiful woman and best-liked actress, enters his shop and changes his life with her glamorous Hollywood ways.
* ''Film/{{Ondine}}'': Syracuse is a cynical, reclusive, recovering-alcoholic fisherman who one day brings up a [[SelkiesAndWereseals selky]] named Ondine [[spoiler: Romanian drug mule]] in his fishing net. She brings luck and can grant wishes. Can Ondine help Syracuse learn to live, love, and trust? [[spoiler: Yes. They get married.]].
%%* ''TheOwlAndThePussycat''
* ''Film/PrettyWoman'': An snarky businessman? Check. A wild escort girl? Check. Love? Double check!
** She teaches him that life shouldn't be all about dismembering companies on your giant mobile phone, but sometimes getting a Snapdog and copping a squat under a tree to remove your shoes.
*** [[spoiler:[[WhatCouldHaveBeen ''Not'']] [[WhatCouldHaveBeen that it was originally intended to be that...]]]]
%%* ''Film/ASingleMan''
%%* ''Film/SomethingWild''
* ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'': Maria isn't "wild", but she is a BlitheSpirit in the face of the ''extremely'' uptight, Captain von Trapp.
* ''Film/StacyAttackOfTheSchoolgirlZombies'': A teen girl, Eiko, gets a reclusive [[DirtyOldMan middle-aged]] puppeteer, Shibukawa, to promise to "[[FutureSlang repeat kill]]" her when she becomes a [[ZombieApocalypse zombie]]. She's in the [[ComingOfAge final stage]] of becoming a [[OurZombiesAreDifferent zombie]], a stage called, "[[UnusualEuphemism Near Death Happiness]]" [[note]]"Death" used to mean "Orgasm" hundreds of years ago[[/note]] which is a [[AllPeriodsArePMS period]] of [[StepfordSmiler manic giddiness]], as per usual with all girls [[DangerousSixteenthBirthday around the age of 16]], and she'll soon start [[Literature/{{Twilight}} glowing]] due to the [[NewSpeak B.T.P.]] or "[[WhatKindOfLamePowerIsHeartAnyway Butterfly Twinkle Powder]]." Can [[ManicPixieDreamGirl she help]] him [[AllThatGlitters learn]] to [[PutTheLaughterInSlaughter laugh again]] in this crazy, mixed-up [[CrapSackWorld world]] that's [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory symbolic]] for [[LostAesop lost innocence]]? [[spoiler: Of course, once he [[TheReveal finally]] opens up that [[AnAssKickingChristmas gift]] she [[RelationshipUpgrade gave]] him and finds a [[ChainsawGood chainsaw]] inside!]]
* ''Film/StrangerThanFiction'': He's a methodical/orderly accountant, she's a slightly anarchic college dropout who runs her own cookie shop and doesn't pay her taxes.
* Gender-reversed in ''Film/TheSureThing'', in which prim, somewhat anal-retentive Allison falls for goofy, madcap Gib.
%%* ''Film/SweetNovember''
* ''Film/{{Thor}}'' has shades of this. The serious science student Jane falls for the FishOutOfWater demigod who likes to smash things ([[CharacterDevelopment He gets better]], of course).
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' starts out with a version of this between 10-year-olds. It's very cute -- and leaves a lifelong impact on them as well.
%%* ''Film/AWalkToRemember''
* Lisa, Wyatt, and Gary from ''Film/WeirdScience''
* ''Film/WhatsUpDoc'': Once [[Creator/BarbraStreisand Judy Maxwell]] sets her eye on Howard Bannister (Ryan O'Neal), not even his impending marriage to the controlling Eunice Burns (Madeline Kahn) is going to stand in her way. And as much as he protests, this crazy adventure is just the thing he needs to make him start thinking over the things he ''really'' wants (Eunice is not among them).
* ''Who's That Girl'' (1987): A stuffy suit is about to enter into a bad marriage when he meets an ex-con who loves red lipstick and leather jackets... with a pet cougar named Murray. Or, as the trailer puts it, "She's beautiful, she's impulsive, she's... Music/{{Madonna}}! And in 24 hours, she'll turn a mild-mannered, corporate attorney into a wild-eyed fugitive from justice."
* ''Film/YesMan'' is a very obvious example of this. The stuffy Jim Carrey gets the wild Zooey Deschanel when he finally decides to start saying yes to things.
* ''Film/TheProposal'': This movie tries to trick you into thinking that Bullock's character, Margaret, is the stuffy, uptight one, and Reynolds' character, Andrew, is the comic relief. However...
-->'''Margaret:''' Outsider (from Canada) who breaks the rules, which, as the plot suggests, gets her threatened with deportation, and she then breaks more rules to avoid deportation. She's not the usual perky hippie new age type, though, but she's definitely Wild in the corporate drag of a smart business suit and pony tail, and acts fairly abrupt and harsh, as she delights in acting wild and crazy and keeping Ryan Reynolds on his toes and basically doing as she pleases. She will use her idealized femininity as a saving force with her zany schemes, helping Andrew with his various issues. But will they fall in love by the end? Take a guess!
-->'''Andrew:''' He's in a rut. Life is boring because he plays by the rules.
** Best summarized in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode ''Farmer Guy,'' when a man comes in to a video store and asks for a copy of the film, Peter, the cashier, says nobody has returned their copies, so he simply shows the man a [[http://i44.tinypic.com/2sbvdoo.jpg poster of the movie]] on the wall...
-->'''Peter:''' "I have a poster from The Proposal you can look at. You'll get most of the story."
-->'''Customer:''' "Huh. They seem pretty mismatched."
-->'''Peter:''' "There ya go."
* ''Film/{{Flakes}}'' features this as a B Plot with the uptight Bruce coming to admire the wilder Katz. However, it never goes anywhere because she's devoted to the similarly wild, if unambitious, Neal.

* Loretta Chase loves this trope: ''Mr. Impossible'' (Rupert is the wild one, Daphne is the nerd), ''Lord Perfect'' and ''Last Night's Scandal'' (Olivia is the wild one, Peregrine/Lisle is less so). Benedict and Bathsheba from ''Lord Perfect'' seem to be set up to be this trope, except that Bathsheba isn't nearly as wild as her daughter/the rest of her relatives are.
* At the end of the ''Literature/KhaavrenRomances'', it is revealed that [[BloodKnight Tazendra]] has been in love with [[BlueOni Aerich]] all along, and it seems to be mutual.
* Subverted in ''Literature/EffiBriest'' where the relationship between the Prussian official Geert von Instetten and the titular "Daughter of the Air" just plain doesn't work out because of their conflicting personalities. In the end, she ends up cheating on him with a more exciting, [[TheCasanova womanizing officer]], and despite the fact that [[AllLoveIsUnrequited he still loves her]], he sees no choice but to divorce her because his honor code says so. To be fair, him being twice her age and their marriage being [[ArrangedMarriage arranged]] didn't help in the slightest.
* Remy and Dexter in ''Literature/ThisLullaby'' by Creator/SarahDessen, a GenderFlip of SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl.
* Shelby and Calhoun in ''Literature/StarTrekNewFrontier'' is one of two [[GenderFlip gender-flipped]] versions of this trope. He's MilitaryMaverick, and she's by the book.
** The other is Selar and Burgoyne: She's a Vulcan, s/he's from a hedonistic race of hermaphrodites.
* Rebel pilots Braylen Stramm and Gina Moonsong in ''Literature/StarWarsBladeSquadron''. He is a former Imperial military officer who does things by-the-book, while she is an ex-smuggler who is MildlyMilitary and a FieryRedhead.
* Proper British gentleman Lord Oswald Nelvil, and the titular free-spirited Renaissance woman in Madame de Staël's romance novel, ''Literature/{{Corinne}}''.
* The Light Novel LightNovel/{{Reaper}} has Life and Death as a married couple and a prime example. Death is much more formal and straight lanced while Life has a tendency to be more wild and generally do whatever he likes despite to occasional objects from his wife.

[[folder:Live Action Television]]
* ''Series/AustinAndAlly'': He's wild and fun, while she's serious and responsible.
* In ''Series/{{Glue}}'', the SecretRelationship between [[spoiler:James and Eli]] is this: the former is [[TheDutifulSon a dutiful son]] and an all-around [[NiceGuy goody-two-shoes]], while the latter is [[spoiler:basically a rentboy and a drug dealer]] and often in trouble with the law.
* Both major couples in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''.
** Worf and Jadzia: he's a stuffy ProudWarriorRaceGuy, she's a Trill with several hundred years' worth of memories who does whatever she can to avoid boredom.
--> "Worf. My love. Let me make this very clear: I do not want to spend ''my'' honeymoon climbing, hiking, sweating, bleeding or suffering in any way."
--> "Alright. What do you want?"
--> "Room service. I wanna be pampered. I want a staff to cater to our every whim - I wanna be ''embarrassed'' by the size of our room."
** Odo and Kira: he's a policeman so uptight he can't stand people moving the things in his room an inch out of place, she's a FieryRedhead ex-guerrilla fighter with little respect for any rules but her own.
* ''Series/QueerAsFolk'': Drew Boyd is a star quarterback who, although engaged to a woman, is a closeted homosexual. Emmett's flamboyant feminine saving force propels Drew out of the closet with a controversial on-air kiss.
* ''Series/TheLWord'': This show verts this trope pretty well, as most people tend to be varying degrees of wild no matter their gender or sexual preference, with the most notable exception being Tasha, uptight and in her rut, being rescued by Alice's feminine saving force, which sends quakes throughout the military and "frees" Tasha from her "oppressors."
* ''Series/DharmaAndGreg'' as parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy,'' which shows Dharma standing on a coffee table, and Greg telling her, "Dharma, come down from there. Wow, I can't get over what a free spirit you are."
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}:'' Simon and Kaylee are attracted to each other from the first moment they meet, something that's immediately noticed by everyone. He's a properly raised, upper class gentleman who lives by the mantra of behaving courteously at all times ([[GentlemanSnarker even when insulting people]]) while she's a country girl who's in love with life, freedom and fun. Their different social classes causes difficulties; he fumbles his attempts to compliment her and she has a habit of misinterpreting his respect for her honour as evidence he thinks she'd never be good enough for him under normal circumstances.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Cupid}}'' revolved around this. The title character had to hook the stuffy guy up with an untamed woman, despite their differences.
* ''Series/LifeWithDerek'': [[FlirtyStepSiblings Casey (stuffy) and Derek (untamed)]], as a result of a RelationshipWritingFumble.
** The same goes for [[IncestYayShipping Alex (untamed) and Justin (stuffy)]], of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
* ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'': As of the episode "If Venjix Won", this is Dr. K and Ziggy.
* ''Series/FlyingBlind,'' a short-lived series from 1992, explored the difficulties faced by self-conscious and repressed Neil in dealing with the erotic antics of liberated Alicia.
* Lisa, Wyatt, and Gary from ''Series/WeirdScience''.
* KissingCousins George Michael and Maeby in ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. George Michael was mostly a timid, dutiful son while Maeby was something of an independent delinquent.
* ''Series/AshesToAshes'' messes around slightly with [[BelligerentSexualTension Alex and Gene]]; at first it seems that Alex ([[BrainyBrunette sophisticated, intelligent]] [[MarriedToTheJob career woman]]) is obviously the uptight one to Gene's [[TortureForFunAndInformation fist-happy,]] racist, sexist, [[CatchPhrase armed bastard]] of a guy. But then Alex goes and [[AllWomenAreLustful throws herself]] at [[ReallyGetsAround every guy she meets]] whilst [[LadyDrunk getting frequently smashed]], and it's Gene who [[MyGirlIsNotASlut pulls her up on it.]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'': Penny moves into an apartment next door to two brilliant but socially awkward physicists and shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Series/{{Angel}} is moody, broody, and [[GypsyCurse cursed by the Roma]]. Can Buffy help [[IncrediblyLamePun raise his spirits]] and break the curse? Yes. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome Epicly]].
** This later happens with Angel's blossoming feelings towards Cordy.
** Then inverted when Faith and later Spike try to get Buffy the Uptight Slayer to loosen up. It doesn't end well either.
** StuffyBrit Giles with the lovely Romani granola girl techno-pagan Wicca hippie Ms. Calender.
* Lee "Apollo" Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace on ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}''. And because they somehow also manage to be LikeBrotherAndSister, this kind of puts them under the SiblingYinYang trope as well.
* This is gender-flipped in ''Series/GossipGirl'', with Blair as an uptight, proper, virginal lady, and Chuck a hedonist who likes his hookers to come in twos. She makes him less wild and more responsible, and he makes her far more sexual and liberated.
* As of the episode 'iOMG', this trope could be in the offing for 'Seddie' (Sam and Freddie) in ''Series/ICarly''.
* Gender-flipped in ''Series/{{Skins}}'' with Chris and Jal. Like the ''Gossip Girl'' example, Jal inspires Chris to work hard to get and keep a job, and Chris inspires Jal to let her hair down a little.
* ''Series/FreeSpirit'' is a standard sitcom from TheEighties in which T.J. is a wise and reserved lawyer and wears sweater vests. Winnie is goofy and wacky and an immortal, magic-using witch with [[EightiesHair awesome hair]]. He has some kids but he and his wife got divorced. She's the live-in MagicalNanny[=/=]housekeeper. Together, they spend 14 episodes making the audience wonder WillTheyOrWontThey ...before it was rightfully canceled.
* Even without the unfortunate implications that run rampant, this trope ''so'' defines Alex and Justin from ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' has the extremely nerdy Ross and the laid-back Rachel.
** Phoebe and Mike could arguably count as well. She's very free spirited and [[CloudcuckooLander quirky]], he (while not particularly uptight per se) is much more [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl tamed and reserved]] in comparison.
* Deconstructed on ''Series/{{ER}}'' with Peter Benton and Elizabeth Corday. Aside from his persistent discomfort over their racial difference (he's black, she's white), his aloof, dour demeanor eventually proves too much of a contrast to her vivacious, fun-loving personality and the relationship fizzles. Though this trope does play very well in regards to their ''friendship'', as even years later, she's one of the few people he's genuinely able to relax around. They even seem to share a quiet moment of understanding in the [[BackForTheFinale series finale]], which aired roughly 11 years after they broke up.
** Also with Kerry Weaver and several of her girlfriends after she comes out of the closet. Her reacting like a scared jackrabbit when encountering her coworkers while on a date, her reluctance to engage in any PDA, etc., quickly irritates and upsets them enough to end the relationship.
* ''Series/{{Bewitched}}'': Samantha and Darrin
* ''Series/IDreamOfJeannie'': Jeannie and Tony
* Gender flipped with Sam and Diane in ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', but they definitely qualify.
* Fran and Maxwell in ''Series/TheNanny''.
* Max and Logan in ''Series/DarkAngel'', especially in the first season.
* Gender flipped in ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' when [[GoGetterGirl hard working straight A student and aspiring journalist]] Rory falls for TroubledButCute [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]] Jess.


* ''Opposites Attract'' by Music/PaulaAbdul, about an uptight human who has a whirlwind [[InterspeciesRomance love affair with a wildcat]].
-->"I like it quiet..."
-->"And I love to shout!"
-->"But when we get together..."
-->"It just all works out!"

* ''Theatre/BarefootInThePark''
* ''Theatre/GuysAndDolls''
* ''Theatre/{{Rent}}'' - Maureen and Joanne

[[folder:Video Games]]
* This is how the player character's relationship with [[DefrostingIceQueen Bastila]] appears in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. Females can also play this card with Carth (who's a bit wound up due to his trust issues), but it takes a gentle approach to win over [[GayOption Juhani]]
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'' has several pairings that end up looking like this, especially Renegade Shepard and Miranda, and to a lesser extent Shepard and Liara.
** There's also ConsummateProfessional Kaidan Alenko stating that he prefers "adventurous women," and potentially falling in love with Shepard, who makes a habit of defying authority and regularly breaks the rules when she needs to get something done.
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'' also tends to have pairings that look like this. In general, each game provides at least one uptight or rule-abiding love interest that makes a more snarky or off-kilter protagonist look wild by comparison, or a more wild protagonist that makes a more duty-bound or rule-abiding protagonist look uptight by comparison.
** ''Game/DragonAgeOrigins'': Duty-bound KnightInSourArmor Alistair has shades of this with a Warden who tends to pick more snarky [[PlayerCharacter Warden]] (particularly during romantic conversations), and the wildly uninhibited (in more ways than one) Zevran for a Warden who tends to pick more serious or rule-abiding responses.
** ''Game/DragonAge2'': A non-humorous [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] has shades of this with both Isabela or Merrill, as the former is a thrill-seeking pirate queen and the latter is a {{Moe}} {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Elf who does things like swing on chandeliers, pick flowers from other nobles' gardens, and coo over their vicious attack dogs. By contrast, a Humorous Hawke has shades of this with [[TheEeyore Fenris]].
** ''Game/DragonAgeInquisition'' calmed down on the formula some, though a female [[PlayerCharacter Inquisitor]] always has shades of this with [[{{Gayngster}} Sera]]. Even if a little snarky, the Inquisitor always comes across as polite and self-contained (if not stoic), while [[WomanChild Sera]] is as wild, spirited, and care-free as they come.
* Squall and Rinoa from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' could be a trope image.
* Kyle and Lute from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones''. Lute is a BlackMagicianGirl with NoSocialSkills who can barely interact with people around her, whereas Kyle is a CulturedBadass GeniusBruiser who's simply fascinated with her odd personality. If they reach an A support, they can get married -- and his friends are said to simply not be able to understand what he saw in such a strange girl like her.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' has Landon and Larisa. The former is a shy, bookish, nerd. The latter is an insane pyromaniac [[spoiler:who is set to become a succubus when she dies]]. Though in something of a twist, [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe Larisa fell in love first]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The page quote comes from the ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' episode "How Hermes Requisitioned His Groove Back", which features an inversion between substitute bureaucrat Morgan Proctor and Fry. Here is the entire dialogue:
-->'''Morgan Proctor:''' (''seductively pins Fry against a wall'') DIRTY BOY! Dirtydirtydirty!
-->'''Fry:''' I thought you were anti-dirty, not pro-dirty!?
-->'''Morgan Proctor:''' I'm surrounded by neat freaks all day. There's nothing kinkier to me than a filthy slop jockey like you!
-->'''Fry:''' Oh, stop...
* Courtney and Duncan in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland''. She's an uptight priss with high hopes for her future; he's a wild teenage delinquent.
* Happens often in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** Gender-flipped between Marge and Homer. It gets more prominent in later seasons, such as in the episode "Jaws Wide Shut".
** Also between the eternally uptight Principal Skinner and the free-minded Edna Krabappel. However [[spoiler: she ends up leaving him at the altar because of his [[MyBelovedSmother "mommy issues"]]]]. Years later she ended up marrying [[spoiler:Ned Flanders]], also known for his stuffiness.
** On a later episode ([[NamesTheSame "Flaming Moe"]] [[note]]when Smithers turns Moe's into a gay bar[[/note]]) Skinner falls for Juniper, a younger, freewheeling music teacher who replaces Mr. Largo. [[spoiler: He then follows her out of town, and returns three months later]].
* Seems to be the case for Kendall on ''WesternAnimation/KickButtowskiSuburbanDaredevil'' who is the residential "Fun Police", a lover of school, rules, books and opera who seems to be holding a torch for the daredevil Kick... even going so far as to flat out tell her actual boyfriend that she wishes he could be more awesome like him (ouch!). Not that Kick hasn't complimented Kendall on her "elegance"...
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'''s parents: The [[BritishStuffiness somewhat stuffy]] and decidedly dorky Lawrence [[UglyGuyHotWife is married to]] Linda, whose hit song was titled [[IAmSong "I'm Lindana And]] [[IWantSong I Wanna Have Fun"]].
* Marco Diaz who is bit of a NeatFreak in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'' has a crush in skater girl Jackie Lynn-Thomas, and has some ShipTease with the very wild Star Butterfly.
* The titular character in ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'', a WalkingDisasterArea, has a potentially requited crush on Amanda, a girl with SuperOCD and an obsession with scheduling her life down to the last detail.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'' has uptight, stuffy Kaeloo and resident bad boy Mr. Cat who couldn't care less about the rules.