'''Basic Trope''': Men are better at [[ScienceHero science, logic and reason]] than women but are [[InsufferableGenius arrogant]], [[JerkAss inconsiderate]], [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], [[StrawVulcan uncreative]] and [[LackOfEmpathy hardhearted]]. Women are [[CloserToEarth more spiritual, compassionate, empathetic and intuitive]] than men, as well as more [[NatureHero in tune with nature]], but they're [[HystericalWoman overemotional]] and [[StrawmanEmotional lack rationality, pragmatism, decisiveness and self-discipline]].
* '''Straight''': Archibald, a brilliant philosopher and scientist, is [[TheStoic cold]], [[InsufferableGenius condescending]], and prone to MeasuringTheMarigolds. He meets Flora, a [[FriendToAllLivingThings gentle and kind horticulturist]], who doesn't understand much about science and finds it hard to make decisions because she's often overwhelmed by her emotions.
* '''Exaggerated''': Archibald won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking scientific achievements, but he made his discoveries by [[MadScientist performing horrific experiments on human test subjects]], and he's [[ForScience perfectly fine with that fact]], dismissing human suffering as [[EvilCannotComprehendGood "trivial" and "irrelevant" collateral damage]]. Flora is a kind and selfless charity worker who runs a no-kill animal shelter, but as she's cowardly, terrible at handling the budget, [[WhatMeasureIsANonCute only wants to save cute animals]], and [[FragileFlower bursts into tears any time she has to make a decision, her efforts to do good in the world don't really accomplish much]].
* '''Downplayed''': Archibald is a surgeon and Flora is a historian. They generally rely on logic and intuition respectively, but their fields require use of both to at least some extent.
* '''Justified''':
** Archie was raised by strict parents who encouraged him to excel in school but were dismissive of his emotional needs. Flora grew up in a family that was very close and loving, but rather anti-intellectual.
* '''Inverted''': Archibald is a physicist with great emotional intelligence, an office full of plants, and a paternal relationship to his grad students. Flora is a cold, perfectionist wedding-cake baker who got into it for the money and [[ChildHater hates children]].
* '''Gender-Flipped''': Archibald is a gentle and kind gardener who just can't deal with his emotions. Flora is a [[EmotionlessGirl cold]] and [[JerkAss heartless]] physicist who can figure out just about anything in her field of expertise.
* '''Subverted''':
** Archibald turns out to be a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who went into science ''because'' he [[TheWorldIsJustAwesome deeply appreciates the beauty of nature]] and wanted to understand it better, and he really does want to [[ScienceHero use science to make a better world for everyone]]. Flora, on the other hand, is a cynical BitchInSheepsClothing who [[WoundedGazelleGambit pretends to be overwhelmed by her emotions]] only because [[ManipulativeBastard it helps her get what she wants]].
** Archibald is a [[TheStoic stoic]] scientist and Flora is a NatureHero. However it turns out NatureIsNotNice and her moral code more in line with BlueAndOrangeMorality if she even has a moral code at all. And Archibald is case of "DidYouThinkICantFeel".
* '''Double Subverted''': It turns out Archie's more of a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk -- he tells himself he's going to make the world a better place, but what he really cares about is [[GloryHound the glory]]. Flora really does care deeply about others and only became cynical because [[SnarkKnight her high ideals are so often disappointed]].
* '''Parodied''': Sex-change operations come with a free TVGenius computer-brain transplant (for female-to-male operation) or LoveFreak heart transplant (for male-to-female changes).
* '''Zig Zagged''': They're both complex human beings and their interactions reveal a lot about each other. Archie has random bouts of consideration, selflessness, and appreciation of beauty, while Flora occasionally manages to calm down and solve a problem with truly brilliant reasoning. Archie eventually confides in her that he's well aware his dismissal of "emotional" reasoning is a defence mechanism for his own discomfort in that realm, and Flora that she sometimes deliberately acts out when she feels that she's not being taken seriously, even though it tends to be counterproductive.
* '''Averted''':
** Archie and Flora are people with no special inclination towards science and neither is especially over-emotional.
** Alternatively, they are ''both'' good at science and work in the same discipline, in addition to being good and compassionate people. The story also explores the idea of the supposed "conflict" between nature and science, and concludes that the conflict is an imaginary one, since science is, in fact, the study of nature.
* '''Enforced''': "We want a scientist toy to sell to the boys and a dolly with lots of nice outfits to sell to the girls. WHADDYA MEAN, "DOES IT HAVE TO BE THAT WAY ROUND"?!?
* '''Lampshaded''': "Well, of course Archie is brilliant but a selfish asshole, and of course Flora is a sweet girl but impossible to reason with when she gets hysterical. He's a man and she's a woman, after all."
* '''Invoked''': Archibald and Flora's respective parents specifically raised him to be interested in science and her to be interested in nature, reasoning that they'd have better career prospects if they didn't try to swim against the current.
* '''Exploited''': Archie plays the rational genius and Flora the emotional mother-figure because they each believe they'll get more respect from their peers by fitting those roles.
* '''Defied''': Childhood friends Archie and Flora make a pact that they don't care if boys are supposed to be better at science and girls are supposed to be better at emotional stuff -- Archie's going to become a kindergarten teacher, and Flora will be a great inventor.
* '''Discussed''': "Don't you find it strange that it's still considered socially unacceptable for a woman to act rationally and for a man to care about other people?"
* '''Conversed''': "Alice is most probably TheHeart while Bob is TheSpock in this duo. That's how TV likes to portray boys and girls."
* '''Deconstructed''': We're shown how Archie, growing up, was taught to ruthlessly [[MenDontCry repress his emotions]] and value only hard logic [[IWantToBeARealMan because that's what a Real Man does]], gradually becoming cunning, cold, and heartless. Flora, meanwhile, was told that she shouldn't bother studying science or math because girls aren't good at that stuff, and learned that since no one respected her thoughts, the only way to get people to listen to her was to become hysterical. As a result, both of them end up as bitter, miserable and thoroughly unlikeable adults.
* '''Reconstructed''': Archie is brilliant, but sometimes loses sight of emotional issues in his zeal for logic. Flora is empathetic and kind, but often finds it hard to take action or think things through calmly because she's so easily overwhelmed by her emotions. Archie worries that they're walking clichés, but Flora reassures him that they are who they are, and there's nothing inherently wrong with either of their personalities as long as they keep an eye on their flaws.
* '''Played For Laughs:''' Archibald is a {{Comedic Sociopath|y}} MadScientist. Flora is TheDitz, a LoveFreak, and [[HystericalWoman prone to comically extreme overreactions to minor incidents]].
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