Quotes / Belligerent Sexual Tension

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    Anime and Manga 

Nao: (after a shouting match) See, our compatibility is absolutely the worst.
Yuu: (matter-of-factly) But I still love you.

Sayaka: You could not have it done without me!
Kouji: I did not need your help!
Sayaka: Yes, right! It is because that YOU asked me helping you, right? (slaps him) Baka!
Kouji: How you dare to hit me!
Shiro: (fortune-telling) It is funny. The cards tell they are destined to be together forever.

What's going on here? They're arguing, but it looks like they're actually flirting.
Nagisa Kashiwagi, Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai

    Fan Works 

So you flirted with him, kicked his ass, and then ran away? Good Lord, you are doing the kindergarten routine.
Ching talking with Asuka about Shinji, A Crown of Stars, chapter 20

They'd been planning to talk about it at lunch, if they could find a place they wouldn't be seen by their friends having a close, perfectly civil conversation. That would blow their "cover."

I might spend the evening making out with [Kaworu], or possibly kill him. I haven't decided yet.

For getting beat up by women this much, shouldn't you be sleeping with at least one of them?
Kensuke shortly after Shinji gets punched by Asuka and slapped by Rei, Evangelion 303, chapter 2

The fourth, well... she just wasn't quite sure what was powering the Alenko/Lawson dynamic... whether it was something as cut-and-dry as two people on opposite sides of an arbitrary line who were both too entrenched in their sometimes equally arbitrary ideals to see that their objectives were actually the same, distasteful as it might seem to them... or if it were instead two people who were similar enough in some ways and different enough in others that under virtually any other circumstances, they'd be fucking like rabbits and alternately hating and loving every minute of it.
Commander Shepard, Manipulations, Chapter 60

Those two are going to be... interesting to watch together. Assuming they don't kill each other in the next five minutes, the two of them might, just might...
Kaji ponders Shinji x Asuka, Once More with Feeling

Alright, fun is fun, but now is the time to put this behind you and shut up. Now, Asuka, stop trying to kill Shinji, and Shinji, stop encouraging her to try.
Misato, Thousand Shinji, chapter 4

    Film - Live-Action 

Kaylee: Wait, how do you know it's a trap? How do you know Inara don't just want to see you? Sometimes people have feelings. I'm referrin' here to people.
Mal: Y'all were watchin', I take it?
Kaylee: Yes.
Mal: Did you see us fight?
Kaylee: No.
Mal: Trap.

"Could we just for once die without all this bickering?"

"Wonderful girl! Either I'm gonna kill her, or I'm beginning to like her!"
Han Solo regarding Princess Leia, Star Wars: A New Hope

"We get on just great. You flirt, I smile."


Between Mort and Ysabell there was an instant dislike, and everyone knows what that means in the long term.

    Live-Action TV 

Now then, Bollinger knickers, you gonna kiss me or punch me?
Gene Hunt, Ashes to Ashes

Xander: Let's not overreact, shall we? We were kissing. It doesn't mean that much.
Willow: No. It just means you'd rather be with someone you hate... than be with me.

"Sometimes that's how people relate. Being mean to each other. Even mortal enemies... (increasingly emphatic) Then with the- And that leads to no good, absolutely no good. And much confusion. A-and then it's over. Absolutely, seriously, definitely over. And that's confusing too. The over part. Which it is. Over!"
Buffy the Guidance Counselor giving some rather confusing advice to a student re: this trope

Sam: You are the nuttiest... the stupidest.. the PHONIEST FRUITCAKE I ever met!
Diane: And you, Sam Malone, are the most arrogant, self-centered, SON OF-
Sam: SHUT UP! ...Shut your fat mouth!
Diane: Make me.
Sam: Make you...? My God, I'm, I'm gonna, I'M GONNA BOUNCE YOU OFF EVERY WALL IN THIS OFFICE!!
Diane: (smirk) Try it and you'll be walking FUNNY tomorrow. Or should I say funnier!
Sam: You know... you know I always wanted to pop you one. Maybe this is my lucky day, huh?
Diane: (low voice) You disgust me... I hate you.
Sam: Are you as turned on as I am?
Diane: More!
Sam: Bet me. (The Big Damn Kiss)

Blanche: I don't think you ought to be talking to him like that either. He's practically you daughter's boyfriend.
Sophia: What are you talking about? They hate each other. They fight all the time.
Blanche: Very passionate fights. Oh, it has all the signs of a classic love/hate relationship. And from the sparks of that conflict rise the flames of desire. Flames that ignite in an uncontrollable frenzy of lust, passion, and ecstasy!! (starts breathing hard and sprays herself with water) I'm sorry, where was I?

T'Pol: It's my understanding that your mating ritual is effective in easing tension.
Trip: That hasn't always been my experience.
Star Trek: Enterprise, "Fallen Hero"


How can we be lovers if we can't be friends?
How can we start over when the fighting never ends?
Baby, how can we make love if we can't make amends?
How we can be lovers if we can't be, can't be friends?
Michael Bolton, "How Can We Be Lovers?"

Maybe I was stupid
For telling you goodbye.
Maybe I was wrong
For tryin' to pick a fight.
I know that I've got issues
But you're pretty messed up too.
Either way I found out I'm nothing without you.
Kelly Clarkson, "My Life Would Suck Without You"

I don't care if you feel small,
Love without Anger isn't love at all.
Devo, "Love Without Anger"

I'm in love with a girl I hate
She enjoys pointing out every bad thing about me
I'm in love with a critic and a skeptic, a traitor
I'd trade her in a second
Forever the Sickest Kids, "She's a Lady"

I miss the sound of your voice
Loudest thing in my head
And I ache to remember
All the violent, sweet
Perfect words that you said...
Matt Nathanson, "Come On, Get Higher"

My love she throws me like a rubber ball,
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing.
She won't catch me or break my fall,
Oh oh oh, the sweetest thing.
Baby's got blue skies up ahead,
But in this I'm a rain cloud[...]
[...]Ours is a stormy kind of love.
U2, "The Sweetest Thing"

    Newspaper Comics 

Cobra + Mongoose
Advantages: The thrill of victory.
Drawbacks: The agony of a toaster hurled at your face.
— "The 9 Types of Relationships," Life in Hell


There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her; they never meet but there is a skirmish of wit between them.

    Video Games 

Were you to mount a stage performance of one of the great love stories, 'twould be an event to remember. Nay, not some simple tale of star-crossed lovers, but the best kind, full of mistrust, words spat in anger and faces slapped in fury, culminating in the inevitable pairing of two so obviously meant for one another. The passionate hatred, the uneasy alliance and then the sweet surrender to passionate embrace... ah, the audience would feel your pain and pleasure for they would be so real!

Ah, how cute! You two have one of those kind of relationships going...

L'Arachel: N-no. Everything is fine... Please, don't look at me in such a vulgar, leering way. I find it very inappropriate.
Ephraim: Oh. I'm sorry. I had no idea. I certainly would never—
L'Arachel: What!? Are you saying you do not find me attractive?
Ephraim: No! I... what do you want me to say?
L'Arachel: How can you be so calm at a time like this? Don't you see what you've done!? Ahhhh! I'm so frustrated! Don't ever forget this, Ephraim! I hope that, someday, some girl comes along and gets YOU all rattled, too!
Ephraim: ... I just do NOT get her. She is rather cute, though.

Tali: What do you mean "something to come home to?" This is just a fling, Vakarian; I'm only using you for your body.
Garrus: You are so mean... and I'm okay with that.

    Visual Novels 

I love you, you idioooooottttt!!!


EB: anyway, i kind of got the impression that you and terezi were a thing.
EB: Like, i dunno.
EB: Going on weird fight dates and beating the crap out of each other, and being in hate-love or love-hate.
EB: Isn't that how it works?

    Web Original 

If an attractive young couple enters my realm, I will carefully monitor their activities. If I find they are happy and affectionate, I will ignore them. However if circumstance have forced them together against their will and they spend all their time bickering and criticizing each other except during the intermittent occasions when they are saving each others' lives at which point there are hints of sexual tension, I will immediately order their execution.
— The Evil Overlord List, #98

Ah, animosity! It must be love!

Fight! Fight! Fight! Kiss, Kiss...
Joel, Rooster Teeth

=Beacon Academy Report Card=
Written by Professor Ozpin
Assessment 1.2: Partnershippping
Name 1: Rose, Ruby
Name 2: Schnee, Weiss
Comments: They'll either kill each other or be making out by the end of the year. Could go either way.

Yui: Day after day, constantly bombarded by the pain and anger of all the people I could not help, I gradually fell into despair... But then, all of that changed when I found you two!
Kirito and Asuna: Awwwwww.
Yui: The most broken, sociopathic players I had ever laid eyes on! Less people than a loose collection of character defects!
Kirito: That kinda went in a different direction than I was expecting.
Yui: But somehow, together, you were happy. Everything I knew about human relationships told me that one would eventually kill the other. And yet, no matter how often you fought, your bond only seemed to grow stronger.

BITCH! ...I love you.

    Western Animation 

Oh. My. God. Just screw already!
Noah to Lana and Archer