Foe Yay can refer to different things:
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Romantic partners aren't enemies per se, but they get into arguments that get physical...and then very physical.
- Foe Yay Shipping: Shipping between arch-enemies.
- Foe Romance Subtext: In-Universe romantic subtext between enemies.
- Dating Catwoman: Explicit romance between enemies.
- Villainous Crush: A one-sided romantic interest by a villain.
- War Ship: Shipping between people from hostile factions.
- Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Two partners can't stand each other at first, but their mutual hatred starts to come off as downright cute...
Please change any wicks to refer to the actual meaning, and sort the examples listed below.
- William Shakespeare's tragedies are rife with this trope... Tybalt and Romeo? Check. Cassius and Caesar? Check. Iago and Othello? Check. Coriolanus and Aufidius? Check. Antonio/Shylock? Check. And in this case, people with fancy degrees actually spend too much of their time researching and writing about it.
- The comedies aren't free, either. Valentine/Proteus, anyone?
- Nor are the histories, which give us Hal/Hotspur and Richard III/Bolingbroke.
- Tybalt and Romeo? How about Romeo and Mercutio?!?
- Jean Valjean and the original Inspector Javert from Les Misérables. Hey, the woman whose child you've sworn to raise as your own has just died from an STD? No problem — just sing a song with your sworn nemesis!
- Let the record show that the song in question named "The confronation" Is about how Valjean is vowing to go and save the child immediately, and Javerts desire to stop him, leading to Valjean even claiming he will kill Javert if he has to.