"Now then, Bollinger knickers, you gonna kiss me or punch me?"
— Gene Hunt, Ashes to Ashes
"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, how cute! You two have one of those kind of relationships going..."
— Etna, Disgaea 2: Cursed Memories
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.
BITCH!...I love you.
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
I don't care if you feel small,
Love without Anger isn't love at all.
— Devo, "Love Without Anger"
"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!"
"I love you, you idioooooottttt!!!"
— Valen, Fantasia - Requiem of the Abyss.
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"
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?
Mal: Did you see us fight?
Malcolm Reynolds and Kaylee Frye regarding a Cortex conversation with Inara Serra, Serenity
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?" [slapping him] "Baka!"
Kouji: "How you dare to hit me!"
Shiro [as fortune-telling]: "It is funny. The cards tell they are destined to be together forever."
"Those two are going to be…interesting to watch together" he decided. "Assuming they don't kill each other in the next five minutes, the two of them might, just might…"
— Kaji pondering about Shinji and Asuka, Once More with Feeling
"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 Counsellor giving some rather confusing advice to a student re this trope.
"What do you mean 'something to come home to?' This is just a fling, Vakarian; I'm only using you for your body."
"You are so mean... and I'm okay with that."
— Tali and Garrus, Mass Effect 3.
"There is a kind of merry war betwixt Signor Benedick and her; they never meet but there is a skirmish of wit between them."
— Leonato, Much Ado About Nothing
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?"
They'll either kill each other or be making out by the end of the year. Could go either way.
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?"
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"
"Could we just for once die without all this bickering?"
— Joe Sullivan, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow