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Vitriolic Best Buds: Theater
  • The broadway musical Mame features a song about this, entitled "Bosom Buddies", where Vera and Mame take turns sniping at each other while still simultaneously declaring their great affection. This is a type two.
  • Rod and Nicky in Avenue Q are this way too. From the song "It Sucks to be Me":
    Rod: We live together -
    Nicky: We're close as people can get.
    Rod: We've been the best of buddies,
    Nicky: Ever since the day we met.
    Rod: So he knows lots of ways to make me really upset!
    Nicky: What?!
    Rod: Oh, every day is an aggravation -
    Nicky: Come on, that's an exaggeration!
    Rod: You leave your clothes out, you put your feet on my chair.
    Nicky: Oh yeah? You do such anal things like ironing your underwear!
    Rod: You make the very small apartment we share a Hell!
    Nicky: So do you! That's why I'm in Hell too!
    • By the end of the play, Nicky finds Rod a boyfriend to make up for outing him at Brian and Christmas Eve's wedding.
  • Why, Bialystock & Bloom, of course! Their friendship comes into question when Springtime turns out to be a huge success, but by the end, they've become Fire-Forged Friends.
  • Glinda and Elphaba have moments of this, particularly after the wizard's started his smear campaign against the latter and Glinda is seemingly complicit.
  • Estragon and Vladimir—no surprise there, since they were at least partially inspired by Laurel and Hardy.
  • Depending on your interpretation, Benedick and Beatrice could be seen as this. They spend most of the play in a "merry war of wit" with insults that would hurt even the most tough-skinned. Underneath it all, though, they actually are very good friends who care a great deal about each other, and eventually even admit romantic feelings. However, it doesn't do much to stop their bickering and insults.
  • Cole Porter's song "Friendship", featured in Anything Goes, starts out as two friends expressing affection, but soon descends into sarcasm, with the two singers trading veiled barbs.

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