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She's LITERALLY dragging him along!

Mac: Goo, I'm really sorry for what I said about you. You're not weird. You're really creative and funny and nice, and if you're not too mad at me, I really wanna be your friend too.
Goo: [Excited] Okay! [Hugs and squeezes Mac]
Mac: Okay... that's great... you're... crushing me.
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This is when there's a potential pairing (platonic or otherwise) between a pragmatic guy and a girl who is very full of energy.

The usual gender stereotype is that guys are stronger and may only care about sex, while girls are soft but nicer/smarter. This averts that stereotype (for the most part at least): the guy is the smart but physically inept one and it seems he got himself the company of a girl who most would have trouble keeping up with in the first place.

In some cases, the girl can be smarter than the guy, but because she's too busy trying to have fun, this is occasional at most. Perhaps this is why she acts as a Morality Pet sometimes. Compare Good Is Dumb, although she's more likely to merely be calling out the savvy guy than be evil in her smart moments.

If the guy and the girl are in a romantic relationship, the girl may also be a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. If this girl is living with several savvy guys, she's likely a Nerd Nanny.

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Unlike the Savvy Girl, the Savvy Guy is usually wittier and more prone to wisecracks, and doesn't give in to his emotions quite as much.

It doesn't even have to be a guy or a girl, either. Many works featuring male x male or female x female romantic relationships will also follow the trope, with one partner being perky and optimistic while the other is savvy and smarter.

Compare Perky Female Minion, Uptight Loves Wild, Red Oni, Blue Oni, Strong Girl, Smart Guy and Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy. For another couples trope based on personality, see Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Takagi and Miyoshi from Bakuman。.
  • Sanae Nakazawa and Manabu Okazaki from Captain Tsubasa are the very rare non-romantic version, and according to the Road to 2002 anime they remain as this even as adults.
  • Cardcaptor Sakura has a more subtle example with idealistic and childlike Sakura often accidentally exasperating precocious and grumpy Syaoran. In early points of the anime adaptation Syaoran is often at the mercy of his hyperactive Clingy Jealous Girl Meiling as well.
  • Eris/Manami and Kio from Cat Planet Cuties.
  • Chrono and Rosette in Chrono Crusade, although with a few slight variations. For one thing, Chrono is actually stronger than Rosette, but since their contract means his powers take time away from Rosette's lifespan, Chrono prefers to let Rosette take the lead in combat situations and only uses his true power as a back-up plan. And for another, while Chrono comes across as much more rational than Rosette, it's actually only because Rosette is very Hot-Blooded and impulsive, and Chrono has much more experience than she does. When he's matching wits with someone closer to his true age, Chrono comes across as someone with average intelligence and much more impulsive and emotional than is obvious when he's with Rosette.
  • Code Geass:
    • Lelouch Lamperouge and nearly any girl he can be paired with, because Lelouch is a Squishy Wizard of sorts. Even his own little sister is shown to be more energetic than him. (Which is even more hilarious when one recalls that she is paraplegic at the time of the series itself.)
    • C.C., however, the girl he spends the most time with overall, is at most a downplayed example. Granted, she's still doubtless more energetic than the endlessly cerebral Lelouch, and has a bit of a penchant for mischief (usually of the kind intended to give Lelouch a heart attack), but her typical demeanour is aloof and snarky, averting this trope for the most part.
  • Death Note: Light Yagami and Misa Amane, but Light never loves Misa although he shows concern for her well-being when suffering from his self-inflicted amnesia.
  • Detective Conan has several of these couples:
  • Digimon Adventure has Mimi and Koushiro having this relationship. It gets further developed in Digimon Adventure tri.
  • Ryuuji and Rose from Dragon Crisis!.
  • ef: A Tale of Memories: Hirono Hiro and Miyamura Miyako.
  • Flunk Punk Rumble: Shinagawa and Adachi.
  • Fruits Basket: Kyou Sohma and Tohru Honda seem to be this, but the manga shows that Tohru has quite the issues under her Genki Girl facade.
  • Inverted in Goddess Creation System. The prince is goofy and energetic, but Xiaxi adopts a cold and distant attitude. He grows increasingly interested in how she hasn't really emoted in front of him since the time they first met.
  • Gokushufudou: Tatsu's relationship with his wife. He is stone cold ex-criminal while she is a career oriented with a large Otaku streak. Best shown when both go shopping together, with him being frugal and her being more willing to splurge money.
  • The Keet Shuichi Shindou and his Perpetual Frowner boyfriend Eiri Yuki from Gravitation are maybe the trope codifiers in yaoi manga.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san: Mahiro and Nyarko, with the added twist that she's a Cosmic Horror straight out of the pages of H. P. Lovecraft.
  • Haruhi Suzumiya: This is set out for Kyon and Haruhi in the prologue of the first novel and extends to at least the tenth novel.
  • Hyouka gives us Houtarou Oreki and Eru Chitanda in the respective roles.
  • Teppei and Suguri from Inubaka: Crazy for Dogs are a slightly more realistic take on this.
  • K has a (sorta) platonic version in the backstory with Fushimi Saruhiko and Yata Misaki. Saruhiko provided the savvy while Misaki provided the energy and creativity. At least until Saruhiko "betrayed" Misaki rather than have him not pay attention to him. At the end of the second season, they have made up and returned to this dynamic.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss is a lot stronger than Nanami but thanks to the magic contract between them he is forced to obey her.
  • Kämpfer: All the pairings Natsuru could possibly be involved in are this... When Natsuru is a guy, anyway.
  • Kannagi has this with Jin and Nagi.
  • Kyousogiga: Myoe (the second) and Koto (also the second). He's the serious-minded temporary ruler of the "Mirror Capital," and she's the uncontrollable kid who pops in to disrupt his orderly world... with a giant hammer. The original Myoe and Koto also fit this trope, to a lesser degree.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has a female/female version: Setsuna and her charge/crush Konoka. Konoka is bubbly and energetic, while Setsuna is more serious and reluctant of getting too emotionally close to Konoka since she wants to keep acting like a professional bodyguard. Konoka usually tries to shake Setsuna out of her impersonal attitude and likes to tease her and drag her along.
  • Mobile Suit Gundam 00's Saji and Louise. For most of season 1, anyway; in Season 2 they switch to Brooding Girl, Gentle Boy and Star-Crossed Lovers.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Season 1, Yuuno and Nanoha.
  • Ginta and Koyuki have something resembling this in MÄR. He's not super-smart, just kinda geeky and to some extent anti-social. She's pretty energetic and pretty much the only kid around to give him the time of day.
  • Shinya and Futaba at times, in Mitsudomoe.
  • MM!: Taro and Mio (in above picture).
  • In My Hero Academia, protagonist Izuku Midoriya has this dynamic with Ochaco Uraraka. This is enforced by the author himself, as he thought Uraraka's Plucky Girl personality would play off well on Midoriya's more introverted and pessimistic personality.
  • Naruto:
    • Shikamaru and either of the girls he is most paired with fit this trope. Temari and Ino are both far more aggressive than he is. Both tell him to "man up" or push him to be stop being lazy. In the end, Shikamaru is paired with the former and the latter is paired with the near emotionless Sai.
    • In Boruto, there are implications that the upbeat and energetic Hanabi and the more down-to-earth Konohamaru have a similar relationship. They're at minimum enough familiar with one another to go drinking together.
  • A non-romantic(?) version has Kirino and her brother Kyosuke from Oreimo.
  • The co-stars of Pokémon Heroes Latios and Latias fit this as well as Red Oni, Blue Oni. They are both capable in combat, but Latios is a quiet and calm Sugar-and-Ice Personality, while his sister Latias is a friendly and cheerful Genki Girl.
  • The Prince of Tennis has an example featuring two guys: the Keet and Fiery Redhead Eiji Kikumaru and his genderflipped Yamato Nadeshiko partner Shuuichirou Oishi. Naturally, the yaoi fangirls have cheerfully latched on them, and no one can blame them.
  • Princess Tutu: Fakir and Ahiru. The Knight In Sour Armor/Jerk Ass and The Pollyanna. While not physically inept, Fakir acts more controlled and pragmatic than the enthusiastic Ahiru who often trips due to carelessness.
  • So Touma and Kana Mizuhara from Q.E.D..
  • Kenshin and Kaoru from Rurouni Kenshin generally fit the description, Aoshi and Misao even more so.
  • Sailor Moon gives us the main couple: Usagi, the Genki Girl Idiot Hero, and her Tall, Dark, and Snarky boyfriend Mamoru.
  • Sakura Discord starts with Perpetual Frowner Kousuke meeting (or rather reuniting with) Genki Girl Nomiya. According to him, she's the kind of person he can never agree with, and their relationship is lively to say the least. She's not quite a Manic Pixie Dream Girl, as she has her own issues, but she noneless serves as his opposite and motivates him when needed, knowing all too well that he gives up easily.
  • Satou Kashi no Dangan wa Uchinukenai has a same-sex version, with the Little Miss Snarker Nagisa Yamada as the Savvy Girl and the Cloud Cuckoo Lander Mokuzu Umino as the Energetic Girl. It's cruelly subverted when Mokuzu turns out to be a very abused Stepford Smiler, however.
  • Shino and Tsuda from Seitokai Yakuindomo.
  • Sonic and Amy from Sonic X. Also, (at times) Knuckles and Rouge are this and strongly this applies to Shadow and Rouge.
  • Special A has plenty of them: Hikari and Kei, Akira and Tadashi and Sakura and Jun.
  • Spiral: Ayumu Narumi and Hiyono Yuizaki.
  • Tora Dora: Ryuuji and Minorin. A matter of opinion as Ryuuji seems more...Hot-Blooded. And then there are the fans of the Official Couple Ryuuji and Taiga....
  • Tower of God: Yuri Zahard is a princess who does whatever she wants. Evan Edrok is a high ranker and and well-respected guide (also very short). She drags him to the bottom of the tower (World Building in a very literal sense) just to see a new irregular.
  • Yandere Kanojo has Manabu Tanaka, stoic par excellence, dating Hot-Blooded Delinquent Tsundere Reina Ryuuzaki.
  • Your Lie in April:
    • Kousei is the reserved, cynical Straight Man while Kaori is cheerful, wild, and optimistic.
    • Kousei also fits with his best friend, Tsubaki, who is tomboyish and energetic. She has unrequited feelings towards him.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: While they never go beyond subtext, since the series (especially the anime) thrives on Ship Tease, Mahaado and his student Mana fit this trope quite well. About the only point missing is the Squishy Wizard status, since Mahaado is well trained both in magic and military arts.
    • Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D's has Jack and Carly. While he doesn't fit the "soft" attribute (being quite physically adept), he's very aloof and scornful of friendships. She's very excitable and clumsy and is probably the only person in the series who has gotten Jack to attend a social event that didn't involve dueling.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman and Catwoman often have a downplayed version of this relationship: while they're both fairly cynical, she fully embraces the flirtatious side of their encounters, teases him enough that his Deadpan Snarker tendencies show up, and as Nightwing notes, reignites his sense of humor even away from her.
  • Lois Lane and Clark Kent are possibly the Ur-Example of this trope, definitely so in the genre of comics. The question isn't so much who's smarter as it is who's running headlong into danger for a story while the other struggles to keep up. This doesn't completely apply to Lois and Superman, however.
  • Tim Drake/Robin (goal-oriented, serious introvert) with Stephanie Brown/Spoiler (plucky, street-smart people person).
  • Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson have a relationship like this, though he bounces between being savvy and energetic (his constant mockery and jokes he makes while wearing the costume).
  • Young Liars: Sadie acts the way she does because a bullet in her head destroyed her inhibitions and ability to recognize consequences. Danny was her stalker prior to the shooting, and since then has taken advantage of it to make her completely dependent on him.
  • Ragamuffin and Lenore from Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl.

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    Films - Animation 
  • Inverted in Bolt with naïve, idealistic Bolt and witty, down-to-earth Mittens.
  • In Corpse Bride, Emily and Victor. The former is a dead bride who is rather lively and spiritual for a corpse, while the latter is a live man who is shy and awkward almost to a fault.
  • Gru and Lucy from Despicable Me 2. She's a major Genki Girl with a Motor Mouth, he's a Deadpan Snarker Villain Protagonist. Let the shipping commence!
  • Dory and Marlin in Finding Nemo. Marlin tends to be cautious while Dory tends to be happy-go-lucky.
  • This defines Anna and Kristoff's relationship in Frozen nicely. She is a spunky princess willing to do whatever it takes to bring her sister home, he is a grumpy, rough-around-the-edges ice harvester helping her along the way.
  • Manfred and Ellie in the Ice Age series, although Ellie becomes a lot more level-headed in later installments.
  • Even though she barely speaks to him throughout the movie (since her voice has been taken away), Ariel and Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid also fit the trope when they properly meet.
  • Mr. Peabody & Sherman:
  • Moana inverts this with Moana and Maui. The latter is a hammy, excitable and Hot-Blooded demi-god, while the former is much more subdued and down to earth. On the other hand, Maui is the wisecracker of the two, while Moana is the somewhat inexperienced emotional heart of the movie.
  • Gender Inverted on Monsters University: the Scare Games announcers Claire and Brock are a Savvy Girl and Energetic Guy.
  • Inverted in The Princess and the Frog - Tiana is a hard-working, down to earth girl, and Naveen is the Fun Personified prince.
  • Zig-Zagged in Tangled. Their personalities fit the trope because Rapunzel is an energetic Genki Girl and Flynn is a Deadpan Snarker. However Rapunzel has major conflicting feelings of excitement to finally see the world, and guilt for disobeying her mother's orders of staying in the tower. Trying to trick her into dropping the deal, Flynn tells her that this is just a part of growing up. A little adventure, a little rebellion... that's good. Healthy, even.
  • Buzz and Jessie in Toy Story 2.
  • Trolls has the main characters, cynical survivalist Branch and carefree, happy-go-lucky Poppy.
  • Carl and Ellie from Up
    "You know, you don't talk a lot." (beat) "I like you!"
  • Wreck-It Ralph gives us a non-romantic example of Ralph and Vanellope.
  • Zootopia: Nick and Judy to a tee. He's a snarky, cool and cynical guy, she's an optimistic and feisty dreamer. Some promotional images show Judy literally dragging Nick along by his tie.
  • The Prince of Egypt: a sibling example of The Cynic Aaron and Plucky Girl Miriam.

    Film - Live Action 
  • The first time Emily Friehl meets Oliver Martin in A Lot Like Love, he tells her that in six years he plans to be settled and content in both life and career while she lives life by the moment.
  • A gender-flipped and downplayed version appears in The Hot Chick: April's batty, meddlesome, slightly paranoid mother and her low-key father who usually responds by telling her to get a life.
  • Down-to-earth Michael and flighty ditz Delysia in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.
  • Larry Daley and Amelia Earheart of Night at the Museum. Bonus points taking that Larry is portrayed by Ben Stiller.

    Literature 
  • Winston and Julia in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
  • Montag and Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451.
  • In 1948, Alice and Jasper met in a small diner in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alice approached him as if they were already close friends and told him that he'd kept her waiting a long time. Jasper was mystified and wary, but his ability to feel Alice's joyful emotions impacted him greatly, which allowed him to take her hand when she held it out, saying that, "For the first time in a century, I felt hope." He then learned to reciprocate her feelings.
  • Raul and Aenea in Endymion.
  • Witch hunter Newt and mystic Anathema in Good Omens. Of the Dating Catwoman variaton.
  • Winterbourne and Daisy in Daisy Miller - Winterbourne is too social-savvy for his own good, whereas Daisy is one odd girl.
  • Theo and Kitsey Barbour pose as an exemple in Literature / The Goldfinch
  • Raven and Wendy in War of the Dreaming.
  • Jack Weyland's Charly has a Latter-day Saint BYU student, Sam, and his free-spirited non-Mormon love interest, Charly.
  • A brother-sister example. The Chronicles of Narnia books portray the adult versions of Edmund as a silent, wise, cold-thinking man, who did all the justice, and Lucy as a wild, bright, tomboyish girl. Their movie versions are close to this, since Edmund is a brooding Deadpan Snarker and Lucy an optimistic, happy-go-lucky girl.
  • Flipped has energetic, friendly, outgoing and socially-inept Juli and Stepford Smiler Jerk with a Heart of Gold Bryce who just wants to keep his head down and get through school without becoming a social pariah. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Asher and Eliza in Someone Else's War.
  • Septimus Heap: Septimus and Jenna, sometimes.
  • Fish and Rose are this in the Fairy Tale Novels, particularly in "Waking Rose".
  • Genderflipped in Florence Barclay's Through the Postern Gate, where Guy "Boy Blue" Chelsea is the Energetic Guy to Christobel Charteris's Savvy Girl.
  • Journey to Chaos: Tiza and Nolien contrast each other in this way. Tiza is a high energy Glory Seeker that loves jumping into danger, and the more the better! Nolien is cautious and more rational and gets metaphorically or literally dragged into Tiza's danger while snarking at her.
  • Wellington Books and Eliza Braun in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurances series of Steampunk novels by Pip Ballatyne and Tee Morris are a brain-and-brawn partnership with Meaningful Names. Books is in charge of the Archives and chiefly concerned with maintaining his analytical engine, while Braun is a field agent who was "trained at an early age by her parents in the art of hand to hand combat, sharpshooting and pouring the perfect pint".

    Live Action TV 
  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Mild example in Fitz Simmons: Fitz is shown to be pragmatic and hyper-alert to potential problems (to the point that he borders on being a Lovable Coward at times), while Simmons is almost relentlessly cheerful and optimistic, and seemingly has little concept of personal danger when something new and interesting catches her attention. Notably, though, they're both The Smart Guy for the team.
  • Angel: In the early seasons Wesley and Cordelia have this dynamic.
  • Arrow: Oliver Queen, the city's resident Vigilante Man is cynical, stoic and rather broken thanks to five years in living hell, while his partner in crime Playful Hacker Felicity is Adorkable, plucky and upbeat. (Though she's suffered a few tragedies of her own). Thankfully after a few years, her optimism has rubbed off on him and he's noticeably more hopeful about life.
  • The Closer: Scattered, frenetic, outrageously brilliant heroine Brenda Leigh Johnson and her husband, the levelheaded, patient, and rather low-key Fritz Howard.
  • Degrassi: Brooding goth Eli and the zany unconventional Imogen, moreso while she's his Perky Female Minion as she's worrying about him too much when they were an official couple. Sunnyshine and happiness Becky played the platonic version with Eli, and the romantic version with Adam. Although there it was more about energy than about ditzy or airheaded.
  • Donnie Loves Jenny: The titular pair, pragmatic Donnie Wahlberg and loopy Jenny McCarthy.
  • Firefly: Simon and Kaylee.
  • Inverted and platonic example in The Flash (2014): coworkers Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow. He is an enthusiastic and easily excitable guy and while she tends to be much more levelheaded and sensible.
  • Friends:
  • Gilmore Girls:
    • Luke and Lorelai own this trope, even when they weren't a couple.
    • Lorelai's neighbors are cool, calm, and collected Morey and his loud and gossipy wife Babette.
    • Lorelai had this relationship with most of her romantic interests. In fact, Max and Lorelai probably didn't stay together because he couldn't keep up with her, as Dean noted.
    • Luke and Nicole were a negative version of this, meant to be compared with Luke and Lorelei's relationship.
    • Go-Getter Girl Paris and her first boyfriend, Jamie. He couldn't keep up, so she leaves him and embarks on a May–December Romance with Silver Fox Asher Flemming, who is infinitely savvier.
    • Jimmy Mariano (Jess' father) and his girlfriend Sasha echo the Lorelei and Luke dynamic very accurately.
  • I Love Lucy: Features one of the earliest TV examples; scheming, rebellious housewife Lucy Ricardo constantly tries her damnedest to get into showbiz, while her husband Ricky (who knows she has no talent) acts as a wet blanket.
  • The Nanny: Prim-and-proper Maxwell and the eccentric, humorous nanny Fran.
  • NCIS: McGee and Abby, though Abby's very smart apart from her slight... oddness.
  • Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica: Sober Straight Man Nick Lachey and highly emotional ditz Jessica Simpson.
  • No Reservations: Anthony Bourdain went to South Korea. His Genki Girl assistant Nari Kye, who actually is from Korea and has several family members there, went with him Hilarity ensued.
    "Are you always this cheerful? You're really starting to annoy me"
  • The O.C.:
  • The Office (US): Ryan and Kelly in the early seasons. He was very quiet and reserved, she was a ditzy and bubbly chatterbox.
  • One Tree Hill: Lampshaded with introverted Lucas and wild party girl Brooke when they were dating.
    Brooke: Hey, broody.
    Lucas: Hey, cheery.
  • Parks and Recreation: Serious and socially inept Ben and cheerful and much more sociable Leslie. Gender inverted with sarcastic but quite intelligent April and exuberant but hopelessly naive Andy.
  • Pretty Little Liars: Played straight with Hanna's relationships: Minister's son Sean, Troubled, but Cute Caleb and Travis The Atoner, as well as her teased relationships with British Hospital Hottie Wren and Holbrook the Fair Cop.
  • Pushing Daisies: Ned and Chuck, although Ned is less "savvy" and more "hyper-cautious and emotionally repressed".
  • Radio Free Roscoe: Travis and Parker end up this way.
  • She-Wolf of London: The 1990 TV series features a male professor of mythology and a female werewolf.
  • Smallville: Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Clark is more stoic and reserved, but tends to be a little clumsy, while Lois is an energetic talker who tends to be very outgoing most of the time. Of course, the 'a little clumsy' thing is, as always, so nobody'll connect Clark with the mysterious "red and blue blur" who goes around righting wrongs.
  • That '70s Show:
    • Hyde and Jackie.
    • Red, a gruff veteran with a dry sense of humor and his wife Kitty who always tries to be cheery and is even more energetic than the kids.
  • Vampire Diaries:
    • Caroline and Matt when they were a couple in the first two seasons.
    • Stefan and Rebekah. Especially when they first met in The Roaring '20s, in the height of her days as a flapper girl.
    • Stefan and Caroline are now an official example (they used to be the friendship variant in early seasons).
  • Veronica Mars:
  • Will & Grace: The titular pair is a Platonic Life-Partners example. He's levelheaded, uptight, and mature, while she is loud, neurotic, and overemotional.
  • Wizards of Waverly Place: Justin and Alex are not a romantic couple but definitely had this dynamic going on as brother and sister.

    Theater 
  • Emmett and Elle in Legally Blonde: The Musical; less so in the movies, but still there.
  • Up and Taz in Starship certainly apply.
  • Tracy Turnblad and Link Larkin from Hairspray.

    Video Games 
  • Jenon and Siskier in Blaze Union.
  • Borderlands 2 has Roland and Lilith. While Roland is straightforward and seemingly humorless, Lilith is snarky and outgoing. In this case, it's a rare example of exes, though they separated mainly due to their war with Handsome Jack getting in the way and the two still care about each other.
  • Dragon Age:
    • Alistair and the Warden can be this in Origins.
      • So can Leliana and a more level-headed Warden.
      • A gender-inverted example can be Morrigan and a more enthusiastic Warden.
    • Dorian Pavus and the Iron Bull in Dragon Age: Inquisition play with this trope. In battle, The Iron Bull is bombastic, louder than life and very enthusiastic, in contrast to Dorian; in their free time, however, The Iron Bull is a lot more savvy, and is incredibly calm and calculated in contract to Dorian's chatty, highly-expressive nature.
      • Sera and a more level-headed Inquisitor are a lesbian version of this trope.
  • Zhou Yu and Xiao Qiao in Dynasty Warriors. Exactly the other way round with the "Little Conqueror" Sun Ce and Da Qiao. Actually, Sun Ce - Zhou Yu and Da Qiao - Xiao Qiao also qualify.
  • Two of the minor Masters participating in Fate/EXTRA's Holy Grail War. Having entered as a couple on the girl's suggestion, they find the rules prevent them from becoming a Battle Couple as she originally planned. The boyfriend realizes the full implications of what they've gotten themselves into much sooner, while the girl remains cheerful, optimistic and sunny.
  • Final Fantasy:
  • Fire Emblem has MANY of these: Azel and Tiltyu, Shannan and Patty/Daisy, Orson and Karin, Lalam and Roy, Shanna and Roy or Dieck, Erk and Serra, Oswin and Serra, Lowen and Rebecca, Rennac and L'Arachel, Ephraim and L'Arachel, Innes and L'Arachel, Rhys and Mia... and after the remake, Boey and Mae.
    • As of Fire Emblem Awakening, the newest examples are: Lissa and several guys she can marry (like Lon'qu, Frederick or a male Avatar), Nowi and almost everyone she can marry (specially Libra and Lon'qu), the Female Avatar and Lon'qu...
      • Subverted with Sumia and Gaius. Personality-wise, she's more of a Shrinking Violet so they'd be more likely to play out Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl... and yet she and Gaius play this trope to the very hilt as they look for honey to bake cakes and Hilarity Ensues.
      • Genderflipped with Henry and several of his prospect brides. Particularly Miriel, Tharja, Cherche, the aforementioned Sumia, or a female Avatar.
      • Almost any pairing that includes either girl!Morgan or Cynthia is this to the hilt. Special mention goes to the aforementioned Laurent, Gerome and, in Cynthia's case only, a male Avatar.
    • Fire Emblem Fates also has several of these, whether in Hoshido or Nohr. Some of these are: Felicia and almost anyone but especially Jakob, Prince Xander and almost anyone but especially Selena, Laslow and Peri, Elise and almost anyone, Hana and either Subaki or Prince Takumi, either Odin or Arthur with almost anyone, Azura and Keaton, Asugi and Sophie, Rhajat and Kiragi or Percy (genderflipped), Forrest and Ophelia or Soleil...
    • Gaiden's remake Shadows of Valentia plays this straight with Mae and Boey (a pigtailed Genki Girl and a dark-skinned Lovable Coward) as mentioned, but subverts it with Zeke and Tatiana (they play it straight in the Memory Prism depicting how they met and their C support, but their B and A supports have Tatiana as an Insecure Love Interest and Zeke has to reassure her about his feelings for her.) Python and Forsyth count as an example between two guys (with a side dish of Homoerotic Subtext), and so do Tobin and Gray.
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky - Estelle and Joshua, though Joshua isn't exactly physically inept. He IS a bracer, after all. He just prefers reading a book to hiking or fishing.
  • Mass Effect:
    • A female Shepard and Kaidan Alenko have this dynamic, especially if Shepard is a Renegade. Kaidan might kick some ass, but overall he's a pretty even-tempered guy.
    • Fem!Shepard and damn near any male team member could be said to have this dynamic; even if Shepard is Paragon, she's still arguably the toughest soldier in the entire galaxy. The only inversion is when she's teamed with Grunt.
    • Keiji and Kasumi in Mass Effect 2, though since Keiji died before the story began the only screen time we get is a recording of a message for Kasumi.
  • Nice!Hawke and Isabela in Dragon Age II, or Silly!Hawke and either Anders or Fenris.
    • Aggressive!Hawke and Merrill have some shades as well. Merrill also has platonic versions of this trope with Carver and Varric; subverted with Anders and Fenris, who often respond to her with aggression rather than calm.
  • Reiji Arisu and Xiaomu from Namco × Capcom.
  • The Professor Layton series, in the second arc, pairs the Professor with Emmy Altava. She packs some serious martial arts skill to complement the Professor's sharp mind. Although the Professor himself is no slouch in a fight, and Emmy solves puzzles just as easily, they do fit the trope.
  • From Psychonauts, Sasha Nein (that's the guy) and Milla Vodello, who are partners in the Psychonauts and Love Interests. (Technically not together, but we know she likes him and it doesn't take much to read it as being reciprocal.)
  • The (Male) Jedi Consular and Nadia Grell from Star Wars: The Old Republic. The Consular is Jedi who perfectly embodies calmness and stoicism to point of rarely showing emotions, while Nadia herself is their excitable Padawan who just loves exploring the new places her master takes her. Whether the relationship is romantic or platonic is up to the player.
  • Suikoden II has Shrinking Violet Hix and Fiery Redhead Tengaar. In the ending, she is seen dragging him along just like the girl in the trope picture.
  • Kyosuke Nanbu and Excellen Browning from Super Robot Wars.
  • Valkyria Chronicles: Homer Pieron and Edy Nelson. Although she's more of a Leeroy Jenkins rather than dumb, and he's mostly lucid until one appeals to his masochistic side.

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  • Ben and Fi platonically in Storywisher.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia:
    • The Austro-Hungarian Empire, with Austria as a serious Team Dad and Hungary as a cheery and Hot-Blooded Team Mom.
    • Also, there are several Ho Yay versions: Spain and Romano, Germany and Italy, England and America, China and Korea, Lithuania and Poland...
    • Taiwan is this to China in a Drama CD, where they have a rather... weird interaction (She lectures him for being Totally Radical and loud, then ends up breaking his arm while attempting to fix his back). From the fourth volume on she's the energetic girl to pretty much everyone in Asia, whether males (China, Japan, HK, Macau) or females (Vietnam); the sole exception is Korea, because he's as energetic as she is.
    • The Netherlands and Belgium have a milder version of these dynamics. Arguably, he also has them with Spain.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Andrew and Parley. This applies to their superpowers, too: Andrew spontaneously creates organization and solves problems, while Parley can teleport, but she has difficulty controlling her teleportation without Andrew's help.
  • Genderflipped with Zoophobia's Spam and Vanex.
  • More like Sarcastic Guy Energetic Girl, since he's not had too much experience, but Conrad and Toni from Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name count for their shippers.
  • The two leads in A Miracle of Science.
  • Ardam and Tesla in Adventurers! Interestingly, Tesla is less Genki Girl-like (if only somewhat) when Ardam isn't present.
  • Kristoph Gavin and Shirley Patton in Kristoph Gavin: Ace Attorney could be considered this.
  • Tedd and Grace from El Goonish Shive.
  • Pixie and Brutus: Brutus is the worldly, grizzled veteran to Pixie's cheerful, naive kitten.
  • Kazuo and Miharu of Red String.
  • Jordan and Li of Extra Ordinary.
  • Nimona and Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona.
  • Roy and Celia from The Order of the Stick fit this description, though it's worth noting that this is an example where the girl isn't any less intelligent than the guy, just not as down-to-earth (pun not intended); at worst, Celia is just a little naïve when it comes to humans, what with her being a sylph and all.
  • Ménage à 3 repeatedly evokes the trope, mostly in Gary's relationships. He is "savvy" in the sense of being deeply knowledgeable concerning geeky matters, but not by any other definition of the word; virtually any woman in the comic is energetic by comparison to him.
    • His relationship with Yuki seems to fit the trope, but hits the problem that Yuki isn't just energetic, but is flat-out and rather dangerously crazy.
    • His relationship with Sonya rapidly collapses because she is a passionate with a love of excitement and novelty, and she rapidly comes to find him simply boring.
    • Senna energetically drags him onto a flight to Paris and seduces him — but she has no respect at all for his brand of savviness.
    • His platonic friendship with Sandra (mostly depicted in spinoff comic Sandra on the Rocks) actually invokes the trope quite strongly, in that Sandra respects and needs Gary for his savviness in the geek world, and energetically pushes him into pursuing a career in videogames (and into her employer's drinks cabinet).
    • The exceptions are Gary's brief fling with Kiley and Friends with Benefits arrangement with Peggy; both are far more savvy than him. The latter relationship eventually becomes more serious, but by that time Gary is a bit more savvy and energetic.
    • And for variety — Erik seems to see his relationship with Zii in terms of this trope, but fails to anticipate the implications.
  • Larisa and Landon from Sandra and Woo.
  • Homestuck:
    • Nepeta (upbeat and irrepressible catgirl-roleplayer) and Equius (stern and classist Blue Blood).
    • Dave has this with Terezi and Jade; he hides most of his emotions in a layer of snark and irony, while Terezi is a constantly laughing Slasher Smiler and Jade is a Genki Girl Cute Witch.
  • Sword Princess Amaltea: Princess Amaltea is a Hot-Blooded Royal Brat that fights before and thinks later while Prince Ossian is a more sensitive, down to earth character with a practical mind. Ossian very often calls Amaltea for her impulsiveness and she answers with sarcasm.
  • Unsounded: Duane and Sette. Duane is probably the most skilled and educated spellwright in the world; but he's also a zombie owned and occasionally controlled by Sette, a hyperactive thief girl who's only smarter than Duane in the Street Smart sense.
  • Nebula: Mars has enough Genre Savvy enough to be the Only Sane Man of the cast, while Earth is the most social one of the group and the one to kick-start things into action through her sheer enthusiasm.
  • Darwin and Haley from Undead Friend.
  • The Lonely Vincent Bellingham has Luke and Ursula, two young children who are more or less adoptive siblings. He's very stoic and deadpan (and apparently a werewolf) while she's a silly Motor Mouth witch.

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  • Doki and Nabi from There she is!!. Also, he's a cat and she's a rabbit.
  • With superheroes the key part of the Whateley Universe, it happens all the time. Jade Sinclair (Generator) and Stephen Lee (Thuban). Toni Chandler (Chaka) and Scott Emerson (Thunderbird). Anna Parsons (Aquerna) and Jerry Walsh (Hazmat). Since Hazmat is an inventor and Aquerna is a bubbly babbler with squirrel powers, they may be the classic example so far.
  • Paw Dugan and Pushing Up Roses, when they work together.
  • Quincy Bolthouse and Megan Kher from the Playdom game Gardens of Time. Megan is more of a Naïve Newcomer than The Ditz, though, and she has a huge crush on Quincy that he's oblivious to. For a while, anyway.
  • RWBY's Lie Ren and Nora Valkyrie. About the only thing they have in common is skill at fighting, but they've been friends since childhood.
  • Kakos Industries has the business oriented and snarky Corin Deeth the III and the high energy and girly Hailey Sollamanari have this dynamic for a while until they "break up" under some complex circumstances. They were less romantic than they did occasionally have sex with each other.

    Western Animation 
  • Inverted in Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! with No-Nonsense Nova with the Jokester Sparx. Basically he just teases her, until she shuts him him by giving him a good punch.
  • Hank Pym and Janet Van Dyne in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!.
  • Berix and Kiina in BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn.
  • Bob and Linda Belcher in Bob's Burgers.
  • Grumpy Bear when paired with pretty much any other Care Bear. Cheer Bear in particular.
  • The protagonist of the Cartoon Network pilot Twelve Forever has a problem with thinking things through before she does them, but by the end of the episode has learned to listen to her down-to-Earth male sidekick's advice. Their appearances also match their personalities: he has brown hair and wears a black t-shirt, jeans, and glasses, while she's a redhead with mismatched sneakers, and her appearance gets even wackier when she transports them to the magical realm of her imagination.
  • Dexter and his sister Dee Dee in Dexter's Laboratory. Dee Dee is energetic and imaginative while her little brother is quiet and intellectual.
  • Zak and Wheezie in Dragon Tales. Unfortunately for Zak, they happen to be literally joined at the hip.
  • In season 10 of The Fairly OddParents!, Timmy Turner and Chloe Carmichael become this as Chloe becomes a new major character in the show.
  • Quoted above: Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends: Mac and Goo, though they weren't ever actually dating.
  • Geronimo and his sister Thea in Geronimo Stilton.
  • Gravity Falls has a non-romantic example with its two leads, Brother-Sister Team Dipper and Mabel.
  • Reversed in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, with Billy being a Keet and Mandy the Deadpan Snarker.
  • Henry and June in KaBlam!. Though as the series went on, the roles ended up getting reversed.
    • A sibling example would be Larry and Loopy from the Life With Loopy segments.
  • Kaeloo has energetic Genki Girl Kaeloo and intelligent Mr. Cat.
  • Mako and Korra from The Legend of Korra.
  • Bugs and Lola in The Looney Tunes Show. Of course, this being the Looney Tunes, Lola isn't just energetic, she's flat-out insane.
  • Maya & Miguel: Miguel can never discourage his sister from doing anything he believes to be dangerous.
  • The Polar Opposite Twins Scooter and Skeeter in Muppet Babies.
  • Candace and Jeremy on Phineas and Ferb. He's about the nicest, most level-headed guy in the world; she's an obsessive, neurotic, and incredibly high-strung Genki Girl.
  • A sibling example of this trope is Chuckie and Kimi from Rugrats.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil has Marco the safety minded regular guy, and Star the hyper energetic magical girl.
  • Teen Titans:
  • Thomas the Tank Engine:
    • Mavis was the Energetic Girl to Toby's Savvy Guy in her debut season; she was feisty and full of her own ideas and therefore wouldn't take advice from anyone, while he was her shrewd, level-headed mentor who would get frustrated by her antics.
    • Thomas and Rosie in the episode Thomas and the Birthday Mail: Rosie was a high-spirited and boisterous young engine whose attempts to be like Thomas made him feel rather annoyed; Thomas by contrast was much blunter and more serious.
    • Connor and Caitlin in general. Connor often comes off as the more laid-back and sensible of the two, while Caitlin has a lively spirit to her and gets excited more easily.
  • Buster and Babs Bunny (no relation!) in Tiny Toon Adventures.
  • Total Drama:
    • Cody and Sierra, much to Cody's chagrin.
    • In a non-romantic example, Noah and Izzy are sometimes used as foils for each other.
    • A darker example from Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race is Jacques and Josee. Josee is often impulsive and Jacques attempts to be the voice of reason.
  • Jack and Miko in Transformers Prime.
  • Squeak and Bubble in Tube Mice. Squeak is literally a Country Mouse, who finds London fascinating but is still rather cautious and pragmatic, Bubble is a City Mouse who drags him on adventures.
  • The duo of Cow and Chicken. Chicken is normally pessimistic, sarcastic, and serves as the Only Sane Man of the family (and the entire show to be exact), while his "little" sister, Cow, is normally excitable, playful, and is quite prone to being super emotional most of the time.
  • A Vitriolic Best Buds example: in Numberjacks, Three is always bouncy, full of energy and always eager to go out on a mission (even when she's deemed "too small a number" in the earlier episodes). Four on the other hand would rather spend his time tinkering things in the sofa and is overall a calm and collected Numberjack... however, he does get nervous when he's asked to go on a mission.


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