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  • A Crown of Stars: Reinforced. Asuka and several characters repeatedly tell Shinji that if he wants his relationship with Asuka progressing he must stop being a wimp and push back when she pushes.
    Ching: "So you flirted with him, kicked his ass, and then ran away? Good Lord, you are doing the kindergarten routine."
  • Ruby and Nora: Qrow and Daisy have a lot of this. That said, it’s implied that Qrow may have genuinely loved her, and is devastated when she died.
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  • Advice and Trust: Subverted. Before hooking up Shinji and Asuka often fought and argued despite being clearly drawn to each other. Eventually they got together but they don't want anybody knowing, so that they pretend their relationship is still stuck in that stage.
  • The Child of Love: The tension between Shinji and Asuka was due to their inability to acknowledge and express their feelings –and realize each other’s—and their fear of others. After Asuka got pregnant they still fought for a while, but Shinji gradually tried to be more courageous and Asuka slowly tried to open herself a bit, and they finally got together.
  • Evangelion 303: Shinji and Asuka fought and argued several times during the three first chapters. Asuka was angry at the rookie who had arrived, threatened her top pilot position and managed beating her; however she was strongly attracted to him, too. And Shinji did not know what thinking of that beautiful woman that first beams at him and later punches him (or climbs into his bed shortly after declaring that she wants to destroy him). In chapter 4 they began to get along, in chapter 5 they became lovers, and in chapter 13 they're officially engaged.
    Kensuke:"For getting beat up by women this much, shouldn’t you be sleeping with at least one of them?"
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  • Asa and Yoko in Futari Wa Pretty Cure Blue Moon fit this, although they're both tsundere—they only tsun around each other. Even in the beginning of the series, when Asa is scared stiff of "Ice Queen Nakayama", they start bickering practically Once per Episode. Late in the series, though, they argue less and start to get along more.
  • HERZ: Although they resolved it several years before the beginning of the story, Shinji and Asuka still indulge in some good bickering every so often, such like after the Final Battle when Asuka complained about Shinji getting her knocked up again.
  • Higher Learning: At the beginning of the story Shinji and Asuka argue a lot and are unwilling to admit their feelings at each other. Gradually the tension between they mellows down, they get together around chapter 5 they got together, and their relationship becomes more civil. They start to act like Kouji and Sayaka rather Lina and Gourry, and they still fight every so often, but their arguments are more good-natured.
  • Last Child of Krypton:
    • Shinji and Asuka argued sometimes, although less often than in canon due to Shinji being more patient and less wimpy.
    • On the other hand, Misato and Kaji argued nearly every time they met before reconciling.
  • Once More with Feeling: Asuka/Shinji. It was there in the series but it has increased due to Shinji having a better insight into Asuka's feelings and emotions. Sometimes they seem to be channeling Kouji/Sayaka. Or more properly, Gender Flipped Tetsuya/Jun (since Asuka is a Gender Flipped Tetsuya, and Shinji, ignoring his partner's barbs or replying back, acts just like Jun... who is a half-black girl, just like Shinji's template).
    • Amusingly, they actually enjoy trading barbs back and forth, Shinji because of his affection for Asuka, Asuka because she believes to have found a worthy rival in Shinji.
  • The One I Love Is: At the beginning Shinji and Asuka fight a lot even though they are clearly drawn to each other. However Rei starts to actively pursue Shinji and show her affection openly, forcing Asuka to try to show her softer, nicer side openly. As a result of it their relationship becomes calmer and stronger.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: At the beginning Shinji and Asuka argued due to their clashing personalities (Asuka was temperamental and strong-willed, and Shinji meek and wimpy. Often Asuka got angry with Shinji because he would not stand up for himself and apologized for everything without meaning it) and different ways to deal with their past very similar pains, even though they liked each other. However, as Asuka starts to try to live up to expectations her Supergirl role placed upon her, her temper gradually softens, and Shinji becomes more assertive, and their relationship progresses.
  • Thousand Shinji: Shinji and Asuka's first meeting consisted of arguing, snarking and peeping at each other when they thought that nobody was looking. Shinji loved taunting her as loving inwardly how beautiful, intelligent and passionate she was, and Asuka tried to hit him as developing a crush on him. Their relationship was scarily similar to Kouji and Sayaka's one.
    Misato:"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."
  • In A Different Lesson, Tai Lung and Tigress take this trope and run with it for more than half the fic, which is, incidentally, one hell of a Doorstopper.
  • The Second Try subverts the trope. Living on their own had helped Shinji and Asuka grow past this point, but when they return to the past, they try enacting this trope to avoid arousing suspicion. The key word there is Try.
  • In The Malfoy Series, Draco's obsession with taunting Harry stems from more than just rivalry.
  • In A Brief History of Equestria, Commander Hurricane and Clover the Clever seemed to constantly bicker in half-genuine arguements/half-play constantly. And then they get married, to nopony's surprise.
  • Shades of this between Sherlock Holmes and Beth Lestrade in Children of Time. The Hot-Blooded Beth is quite aware of her feelings and doesn't exactly hide them, but Holmes can't seem to figure his out, let alone spit them out. Except for knowing that he doesn't want Beth to go, even if he does cuff her to cab doors and insult her dreadfully.
  • True to their canon portrayals, Cor and Aravis have heaps and heaps of this in The Fledgling Year. The author-created Beta Couple Corin and Hana get plenty, too.
  • Pretty much every Ed/Roy fanfic makes use of this, even though in the original work, the tension and animosity between them is much more genuine—although they're still more Vitriolic Best Buds than actual adversaries.
    • For example i'm giving you a nightcall: Ed and Roy argue and tease each other fiercely but are still attracted to each other despite their break-up.
  • A Protector's Pride: Ichigo has this to say when looking at Hiyori and Shinji's relationship.
    Ichigo: (to Rose) "You know, it sounds like there's a lot of repressed sexual tension between them. Maybe that's why they fight – hoping for some good make-up sex?"
    Hiyori and Shinji: (kick Ichigo in the face while showing a Luminescent Blush) "Baka-Strawberry! It's not like that."
    Ichigo: "So quick to deny and you reacted so well in unison. It's like you're in tune with each other. Is anyone else here seeing what I am?"
    Lisa: (giggles) "Hey Shinji. You wanna borrow my manga? Might give you some ideas."
    Shinji: "No! I'm not into little whiny brats like her!"
    Hiyori: "Says the man who makes faces when he knows he's lost a verbal war!"
    Ichigo: "Definitely an old married couple. They know each other way too well, push each other's buttons too easily. If they really hated each other, one of them would have killed the other by now. It's been over a hundred years of living together, for crying out loud. Betcha anything they don't act like that with other people normally."
    Rose: "He's got a point."
    Hiyori: "ROSE!"
    Love: "What? You only get that pissed off at Shinji, and we all know Shinji does those antics just to get a rise out of you."
  • In the Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning, Tsundere Vale and District One's Obsidian have BST, though it's mainly on Vale's side.
  • In Equestrylvania, this is the case between Rainbow Dash and Shatterstorm. Which is obvious to everypony.
  • In Prison Island Break, Sonic and Shadow have this smeared all over them, despite both being straight. Shadow starts having dreams. Eventually Shadow is so desperate to be rid of it that he tells Sonic he needs to vent it all off in a fierce make-out session with Sonic as the dominant.
  • In Puella Magi Madoka Magica, this is basically the default setting of Kyoko/Sayaka—two massive Tsunderes battling head-to-head for dominance. In particular, A Happy Dream, probably the most popular story to focus on the pairing, loves this trope.
  • Subverted in That Damn Mpreg. Jerkass Bruce Jameson (son of She-Hulk and John Jameson) believes his has this kind of relationship with Tsundere Rebecca Altman-Kaplan (daughter of Young Avengers Wiccan and Hulkling). In reality, she wants nothing to do with him and ends up with one of their Badass Normal teammates instead.
  • Occurs between L and OC Erin in Story of the Century, of the variety that they are, or at least develop into Vitriolic Best Buds with implied UST. And it ends tragically.
  • As in the cartoon Captain Planet, Linka and Wheeler has a lot of tension in Heroes For Earth. As a Deconstruction Fic, it takes a dark turn in later chapters when Linka has been pressured by the villain for sexual favors, with Wheeler trying to respect her boundaries.
  • Ice And Fire: Lelouch vi Britannia and Kallen Stadtfeld—just like in the actual anime. Of course, everything is further complicated by the fact that Kallen is Zero while Lelouch is a prince/general in this continuity, but that doesn't stop his father from giving him advice on the matter (much to Lelouch's disbelief).
  • A Snake Named Voldemort: Between Harry and Tom/Voldemort, although the sexual tension only starts once the belligerence stops (mostly).
  • Rebuilt: Harry and Voldemort's relationship eventually becomes this.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji and Asuka had this kind of relationship for a while. He was an Idiot Hero, and she was his Tsundere Battle Couple. However their arguments were more civil than in canon since he was less wimpy and she less short-tempered.
  • At the beginning of Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide things are still unsteady between Asuka and Shinji after the events of the series, with her resenting him because he never helped her when she needed him, and him frustrated with her because he thought he would never have a chance to understand her as he believed she would not open up to him. Their fights and arguments becomes increasingly bitter and angrier until Asuka moves out... upon which they both gradually come to the realization that that they miss each other. They eventually patch things up, and although they still argue, their arguments are remarkably more civil, eventually culminating in a Relationship Upgrade.
  • Child of the Storm:
    • As Harry and Carol's relationship develops, they get occasional moments of this, most of which comes in the form of Snark-to-Snark Combat. Notably, from Ghosts of the Past:
    Harry: HYDRA had it coming.
    Carol: Yeah. [Their base] was offensive to my artistic sensibilities.
    Harry: What artistic sensibilities?
    [cue Death Glare]
    • Ron and Hermione, as per canon, have this up the wazoo, to the point where Harry's usual response is to tone them out and consider locking them in a room together until they get over their UST.
  • Between Scott Summers and Jean Grey in X-Men: The Early Years. Their teammates consider their fights "entertainment".
    Sue: Hank can I ask you a question?
    Hank: Yes?
    Sue: Are those two going to kill each other or start ripping each other's clothes off?
    Hank: I don't think the two of them have it figured out yet.
  • In The Young Wolf Victorious, this is how the relationship between Robb Stark and Asha Greyjoy is portrayed. Their wedding night begins with furious taunting, continues with weapon fighting that destroys half the furniture, and leading into frenzied coitus. The following morning, Robb is bruised and scratched up, while Asha has a black eye and a scuffed chin.
  • In Rival Series One-sided, as Yuuri fiercely hates Viktor and subconsciously in love with him. Which he expresses by snipping at Viktor and attempting to pop Viktor's massive ego. On Viktor's part, he doesn't hate Yuuri at all, initially misinterprets Yuuri's competivess as flirting and wonders how to get Yuuri to be a little nicer.
  • In Son of the Sannin:
    • Mei and Zabuza. The former acts very flirtatious to him (more than usual, in any case) and goes to great lengths to recruit him for her cause, while the latter is very angry for having to follow her orders and play second fiddle to her. By the time of the Hidan and Kakuzu arc, they've become an item, and Mei is pregnant with their child.
    • Tamaki and Kiba's constant bickering also borders on this, which hasn't gone unnoticed by the rest of their friends (barring Naruto).
  • In My Huntsman Academia, Shouto and Weiss are busy being at each other's throats for their respective "privileged" upbringings. After Izuku helps the two of them resolve some of their differences, Weiss starts getting flustered around Shouto, particularly after he's forced to strip her naked to warm her up after she was caught in a blizzard.
  • In Old West, Rattlesnake Jake and Grace Glossy start out on hostile terms, for the notorious outlaw represents everything the law-abiding farmer detests. However, Sheriff Rango forces Jake to protect Grace's property and son. As they get to know each other and realize they're not so different after all, they gradually develop feelings for each other and eventually start a relationship, but even then their different viewpoints in regards to the law bring them into conflict with each other.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Changeling Courtship Rituals: Due to some Blue and Orange Morality, this is standard for changelings; everything is about domination, and that includes courtship. Chrysalis thought that Twilight unmasking her in "A Canterlot Wedding" was an invitation to start dating, and their years of constant back and forth battles where they tried to kill each other were extremely romantic. The fic starts with Twilight accidentally marrying Chrysalis because she thought the proposal Chrysalis sent, where Chrysalis expressed her desire to "squeeze tight and never let go," was just another threat. Funnily enough, there is almost no belligerent tension in the fic itself; after they're married, Chrysalis becomes a doting wife and has a great deal of difficulty arguing with Twilight on even the smallest things.
    Chrysalis: I don't like fighting with you. It's no fun when it's real.
  • In Antecedent, it gets to the point that Raindrop and Sentinel will willingly smack each other around and regularly insult one another. They are both fully aware of what they really mean but they have gotten so used to doing it that way they don't bother changing.
  • Hellsister Trilogy has Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em, who argue constantly because of their different personalities and outlooks (she's a kind-hearted idealist, he's a pragmatic jerkass) in spite of being attracted each other. It isn't until Dev risks his life to save people Kara confesses her feelings.


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