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  • In Koan of the Day, the tortoises fight when they run out of lettuce, both thinking that they took the last bite, until they both confess simultaneously.
  • Homestuck
    • Platonic example: Rose Lalonde unfolds her plan to destroy Jack Noir to her paradox brother Dave Strider — which entails a suicide mission to destroy a sun with twice the mass of the universe. His violent reaction to this plan serves as an indicator that, yes, he really does care about her despite all of the mutual snark. (Rose even points out that his outburst was, in fact, pretty sweet).
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    • He goes along with it immediately when it becomes clear that she intends to use her Dream Self for the suicide mission, rather than her "real" self.
    • Karkat and Terezi:
      • This happens in a more typical fashion via Trollian, when despite their constant bickering, they have a conversation ending with mutual <3's (although Karkat's is after Terezi logs off).
      • Later, in the aftermath of Terezi being forced to murder Vriska to save the lives of everyone else, Karkat shows up with some support.
      • A while after that, Terezi admits that while Vriska did some awful things, Terezi feels terrible about killing her and admits that she misses Vriska.
      • And then again later, when Terezi expresses insecurity stemming from the radness of her ancestor and fear for her usefulness to the group, Karkat gives a very sweet response about how she doesn't need all that crap because she's already a beautiful person deep down. It makes such an impression on her that after he leaves she goes to follow him...only to be stopped by Meenah wondering if Karkat asked her out on a date. Terezi seems genuinely upset.
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    • Also, this conversation between Karkat and John.
      CG: WAIT FOR JADE TO SEND THAT CODE, WAIT FOR ME TO CONTACT YOU FOR THE FIRST TIME, AND DO YOUR BEST TO HUMOR HIM WHILE HE IGNORANTLY ATTEMPTS TO FLAME YOU BACK INTO THE PUDDLE OF SLIME YOU CRAWLED OUT OF.
      CG: PLEASE.
      EB: oh, man.
      EB: our "first" conversation ever? i can't wait.
      CG: YEAH, BUT CAN I JUST SAY SOMETHING IN MY DEFENSE BEFORE THAT HAPPENS?
      CG: I DON'T ACTUALLY HATE YOU, AND I NEVER DID. I WAS DELUDING MYSELF.
      CG: DEEP DOWN I'M SURE I WAS ALWAYS PRETTY OK WITH YOU.
    • Also, despite Gamzee's Lusus literally never being there for him during his Grubhood, Gamzee still holds his Lusus as it dies.
  • In Monster of the Week Mulder and Scully constantly snark and call each other the likes of "conspiracy nut" and "boring" respectively, but there are few moments when they show that they genuinely care for each other. Both being smart, they quickly note that this is bound to inspire fanfiction.
  • Girl Genius
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    • Gil responds to his father sending a small army, led by a Jager, to capture him (and maim him, if he resists) with "He DOES care!" And by "capture" we mean "remove from a place that may very well get wiped off the map soon if any little thing goes wrong." Vole is cuddly compared to what he's planning to hit the place with.
    • The three-way love/hate relationship between Agatha, Gil, and Tarvek probably provides enough examples for its own page, to limit things to one among them:
      Tarvek: I can't believe [Gil] was here, and you let him get away! We could have... have... kept him prisoner! We could have used him as a hostage! A bargaining chip! We could have... we could have... we could have kept him safe.
      Agatha: I'm sorry.
  • Velma and Marge from I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space: For the first time, when Male Man threatens to kill Velma.
  • In Blip, when Bang first enters the scene, he and K start fighting almost non-stop. Name calling starts, ClusterFBombs are thrown, and catfights are held. But when the turmoil stops, it's clear that K is really happy to see him. Later, there's a few photographs of how their friendship has changed since 2nd grade. It hasn't.
  • In Pictures Of You, Christo and Michelle spend all there time either fighting or screwing — no in-betweens. It isn't until Michelle thinks she's pregnant that they themselves admit that they are in love with each other. Of course, they proceed to fight afterwards...
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  • Tedd and Susan in El Goonish Shive... Awwww... sort of.
  • From Looking for Group, Benny and her adoptive father Krunch. Constant snarking, but he always looks out for her, and she really does adore him. Still, when she hugs him with tears in her eyes, she cries out in joy "Old cow!" (He's a minotaur.)
  • Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures' Widly shows she really is Dan's friend. With a hug of course.
  • In Platinum Grit Nils torments Jeremy without mercy and angrily denies any suggestion that she has feelings for him. But she loses her shit whenever he almost dies and becomes insanely (and transparently) jealous when Kate takes him out on a date.
  • Penny Arcade's Gabe and Tycho. When they're not insulting or threatening one another with bodily harm.
  • Death and the Maiden—After a run-in with Pestilence causes Mercedes to become deathly ill, Death first takes her to a place where she can't get any worse (but not better either), and admits that he cares about her. The next few strips are one long Aw Look moment.
  • In The Order of the Stick, Roy and Julia are shown to have a fairly strong sibling rivalry, considering that Julia is the favored child of Eugene for pursuing magic. However, a bit of a shouting match, Roy asks how she's doing and the two proceed to hug it out, saying that they love each other. This utterly confuses Nale, who believes that siblings should have an unreasonable hatred of each other and be each others' sworn enemies.
  • In Sinfest, a tender moment.
  • In Sequential Art, despite knowing who and what Hillary is, Art still has to note that she looks genuine.
  • Layla and Kade in Eerie Cutiesusually they don't look like they care much about each other. But they have their moments, such as when Layla jumps to protect him and Kade really appreciates it, to her tsundere-ish blushing awkwardness.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob! — Bob and Jean have an argument at a restaurant that seems to be escalating. Their waiter notices and asks, "Are you guys fighting?" They both look at him, startled, and respond, "What? No, I don't... think so." "No! If we were, we'd know!" They then laugh it off and the fight ends.
  • Gloomverse: Wallis and Harold fight a LOT, but it becomes clear later on that they both mean a lot to each other.
  • Tripping Over You has a familial version between Liam and his strict, judgemental, emotionally distant father Eli. When Liam finally comes clean about having a boyfriend and hating the law school that Eli put him in, they have an uncharacteristically earnest conversation that helps them begin to repair their relationship.
    Eli: Liam... I feel as though it becomes important at times like these for me to tell you... I worry for you as I do because I want only what is best for you. I want you to make good choices— because I want you to be happy.


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