: Two characters work well together because they're diametric opposites.
- Straight: Bob and Alice are a couple who clash more often than not. However, they're also attracted to each other.
- Exaggerated: Bob and Alice seemingly have nothing in common, but they're madly in love with each other.
- Downplayed: Bob likes dogs. Alice prefers cats. Despite this tiny difference, they become great friends.
- Justified: Bob and Alice feel that they complement each other very well.
- Bob and Alice have extremely similar tastes - but they hate each others' guts.
- Alternatively, Birds of a Feather.
- They're different and hate each other's guts.
- Subverted: Bob and Alice clash frequently - when someone suggests that they are secretly in love with each other, they laugh it off.
- Double Subverted: That's because they secretly are attracted to each other.
- Parodied: A dating service matches compatible couples based on how vitriolic their interaction is with each other.
- Zig Zagged: ???
- Averted: They're not that good of partners; or they have similar interests.
- Enforced: The author wants the relationship to add to a character by having a Foil as the Love Interest.
- Lampshaded: ???
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: ???
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: ???
- Deconstructed: Bob and Alice are initially attracted to each other because of their differences, and decide to get together because they think they complement each other. However, once in a committed relationship their disagreements start to wear on them, they begin to find each others' differing traits annoying or bothersome, and the relationship ultimately fails painfully.
- Reconstructed: Bob and Alice are usually very different people who bicker and have conflicting opinions. However, when together, they bring out the best out of each other by forcing them to go out of their way to appeal to each other's sensibilities, and the fact that they bother to better themselves for each other in the first place is a sign of their relationship going somewhere.
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. What's that? You say you hate that trope? Well, seems like we'll get on just fine.