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  • A Crown of Stars: After the Angel War, the Third Impact and the horrors of the next four years, Shinji and Asuka were so messed-up that they had all but given up on the possibility of having a real relationship. Still Shinji was always trying to take care of Asuka and looking at her, and Asuka dreaded the possibility of Shinji leaving her or someone forcing them to stay apart, and they were always thinking of each other.
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  • Advice and Trust: Even though Shinji and Asuka argued frequently to try to hide they had gotten together, they could not help to make things that showed they cared for each other, such like Shinji's reaction when Leliel swallowed Unit 02.
  • The Child of Love: Even when they were fighting and mad with each other, Shinji and Asuka still showed they cared for each other.
    • When Asuka collapsed in front of Misato’s apartment Shinji remained the whole time by her side, keeping watch over her and gazing at her beautiful sleeping face.
    • Asuka said Shinji’s birthday gift was the only gift meant something to her that day, and she cried when she saw it.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji and Asuka's relationship was uneasy at the beginning. Still, when Gendo lectured Asuka angrily, Shinji went out of his way to reassure her. And when Asuka found out that Gendo ordered Shinji getting into an Eva without previously warning his son that most people tried to synch with an Eva died or went crazy, she got angry.
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  • Doing It Right This Time: When Shinji and Asuka visit Rei's apartment for first time after their return and she tells them what her life was like, the three children hug each other reassuringly.
  • Don't Keep Your Distance: Maxwell the Firefly is a recurring bully of protagonist Paint the Seedrian-Fox, but comes to respect her after she delivers an abrasive "The Reason You Suck" Speech to his neglectful parents, and ends up defending her (albeit awkwardly) when she is on trial and risks being banished from her home village.
  • Evangelion 303: After several chapters of fights, dog fights, arguments and paranoid behaviour between Shinji and Asuka, you had this simple, sweet kiss between both.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: After returning from Instrumentality Shinji and Asuka's relationship is understandably very strained, but they still show that they care about each other. When Asuka comes back from Kyoto, she visits Shinji to tell him she doesn't blame him for what happened, and he is the one she wanted to live with.
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  • In Goldstein, Esti spends the part of the story as a typical crabby older sister, but she eventually realizes that Yehudah is hiding something from the family and tries to get him to open up about it.
  • HERZ: Although Asuka seems being always angry, there many times where it is clear how much she loves Shinji, and where it is obvious he loves her back just so much:
    • In chapter 2 she wakes up from a nightmare. Shinji hugs her while she cries and she pleads him never leaving her.
    • Later she deems necessary deploying Unit 01… and she wants to deploy all Evas together with it to protect Shinji.
    • In chapter 10 Shinji got kidnapped and Asuka was barely keeping herself under control.
      Asuka was obviously upset but was trying admirably to keep her turbulent emotions under control. Her first impulse was to run off and thrash wildly in an effort to find her husband. She didn't notice the blood beginning to drip through the patch covering her left eye. She took a deep breath.
  • Last Child of Krypton: After spending one or two chapters arguing, Asuka accidentally sees Shinji berating his friends for taking pictures of her and selling them, and she is moved. Later he is not in their apartment so that she goes out to find him, the whole time telling herself she is not looking for him.
  • The One I Love Is: At the beginning of the story Shinji and Asuka argued very often. Then Rei gave Shinji chocolates and Asuka was jealous, slapped him and stormed out of the classroom... and Shinji felt awful because he had noticed she was crying, and her tears hurt him more than her slap. Later he found a chocolate heart in his bedroom, made by Asuka.
  • Scar Tissue: After spending months abusing him and finally going too far Asuka is so horrified that she resolves to stop to hurt him, change her behaviour and atone for her actions. It takes a lot of effort to snap out of an abusive mindset, but she managed it for Shinji's sake.
  • Superwomen of Eva 2: Lone Heir of Krypton: Although Asuka and Shinji argue a lot, after a certain point Asuka starts to deliberately make things so that Shinji feels better (such like stopping to show off her superior strength because he feels more entushiastic when he thinks he is catching up to her).
  • Kai and Violet from Hogwarts Houses Divided, frequently demonstrate this, though considering their age, YMMV on whether this is Aw Look They Really Do Love Each Other, or a Friendship Moment.
  • A "brotherly love" example in Tales of the Emperasque. Leman spends a few minutes badmouthing Guilliman, ending with calling him a bastard. When Roboute arrives, freshly healed after spending ten thousand years with cut throat, Leman is the one to give him a hug.
  • Tamers Forever Series:
    • Despite constantly mocking Takato, Rika frequently shows genuine concern for him, something that nobody else fails to notice
      Rika: You HAVE to let us go help him!
      Ms Asagi: If I didn't know you, Miss Nonaka, I'd think you're worried about young Takato.
      Kenta: You know, I was THIS close to saying that.
    • By the end of the series this is taken Up To Eleven Thousand Seven Hundred And Sixty Five
    • Also despite their marriage being on the decline, Sora is genuinely horrified when Matt almost gets his eyes cut out by a Darkscubamon
  • A big element in Buzz×Mira fics, since their canonical relationship at the best of times is friendly antagonistic.
  • In Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, when Calvin nearly drives himself insane trying to be good so that Karma won't hurt him, it's Susie who talks him down (with a weird variation of a "World of Cardboard" Speech, no less):
    Susie: Calvin, you live by your own rules! You make things up! You create! You destroy! You tease temptation! You do all sorts of horrible things, most of them to me, yes, but then there are days you do good all on your own! You shouldn't let something like Karma run your life! You need to be rude and nasty and gross and weird, so that you can be good on your own accord.
  • In Marie D. Suesse and the Mystery New Pirate Age!, Mar's parents' marriage is plagued by frequent arguing, her father is often not home, and Mar herself is fairly critical about both her parents' flaws. Toward the end of the fic, it is revealed that the tragic events of the last 20 years in the One Piece world can be undone, but doing so will result in Madelyn- who is actually Mar's mother- never eating her Devil Fruit, which also means that she never meets Mar's father or had Mar. They take it fairly hard, and spend their final minutes together as a family.
  • This is a huge point in Warden/Mistress fanfics.
  • Common in Fullmetal Alchemist Roy/Ed fanfics, as they are Vitriolic Best Buds in canon.
  • In the Ryuk/Light fic A Charmed Life after they get together Light decides he doesn't want to use Ryuk in his schemes anymore and Ryuk helps Light through his psychotic breakdowns.
  • In i'm giving you a nightcall, despite Ed and Dante constantly sniping at each other and being rude, Dante pushes Edward out the way of the assassin's bullets to save him. Edward is beside himself with grief when she dies instantly.
  • Moratorium: Tom and Harry might snark at each other, but they're still good friends.
  • In The Second Try, chapters 2 "Survive" and 4 "Love" explore Shinji and Asuka’s slowly developing relationship during nearly two years. Even at the beginning, when they’re merely trying to not kill each other –again-, they still try to help and support each other.
  • Thousand Shinji: At the beginning, Shinji and Asuka argued, bickered and fought the whole time. However Shinji wanted to romance her as soon as he met her, he winced when he realized how sad and hurt she was, and he tried to help her to lessen her pain. And Asuka was completely drawn to him.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: In spite of their constants and bitter fights, Shinji and Asuka often show that they care about each other deeply. For example, Shinji spends much of the first half of the story blaming himself for not helping Asuka when she was in pain, and Asuka's She's Back moment is brought on by her witnessing an Angel about to finish off Unit-01, causing her to will the unresponsive Unit-02 back into activation and jump into the fray to protect Shinji.
  • In Once More with Feeling, Shinji and Asuka trade barbs the whole time, but Shinji is fully committed to Asuka, and the red-haired girl shows that she cares for him, too. When they danced together she dropped her mask for a while, and when he was having a nightmare she tried to reassure him and comfort him.
  • Universe Falls: There's a few moments here and there that show that Stan, for all that he complains about him hanging around and being insufferably cheerful, really does care about Steven, like when he comforts Steven in "Cry for Help".
  • Steve and Viera from The New Adventures of Invader Zim argue a lot, but they do care about each other.
  • At the beginning of Hellsister Trilogy, Kara and Dev-Em bicker constantly due to their different outlooks (idealistic versus pragmatic), but after Dev risks his life to save people, Kara admits she loves him openly.
  • In A Cure for Love, you'd think Light and L can't stand each other... but after an attempt is made on L's life, Light meets his Astraea contact and tells them, in no uncertain terms, that L is off-limits.
  • The Many Dates of Danny Fenton (Danny Phantom Western Animation, TV Series, and Comic Books.)
    • As much as Katie's from Animaniacs family fears her, after Danny yelled at her, they looked visibly concern and tried to comfort her.
    • In the alternate ending where Danny chose Penny from The Proud Family , Suga Mama passed away months after their marriage. Despite how tense their relationship was, Oscar gave his mother a touching eulogy at her funeral.
  • A Starstruck Phantasmic Romance: Despite how wary he can be of her less than subtle interest in him, Danny Phantom does grow to care about Starfire and gets upset whenever her feelings are hurt. He denies he likes her but Frostbite isn't buying it.
  • Blackbird (Arrow): Despite everything that's happened between them, Oliver and Laurel still love each other. Oliver trains his ass off so he can save Laurel from the League, and Laurel loses all control of herself and has to be restrained when it seems like he's about to be killed by Ra's al Ghul during their duel for her freedom.


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