Enemies to Lovers
|Trope · Genre|
|Synonyms:||Enemies to Friends to Lovers|
|See Also:||Enemy Slash Hatesex|
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Enemies to Lovers is a common trope in erotic literature and it regularly appears in fan fiction.
The two characters often have a long history of conflict with each other. They may be on opposite sides of a struggle, or may have just met under unfortunate circumstances and their personalities clashed. There is often a lot of bickering and UST.
Works using this trope differ from Enemy Slash and Hatesex fics, in that these characters don't actively hate each other or want to harm one another. These relationships are rarely violent or non-con.
Enemies may be forced to work together to achieve a common goal and come to respect one another, building slowly to a sexual relationship. Their relationship may change as a result of circumstances and fic authors have used Forced Marriage, Sex Pollen, Amnesia or Soulmates AU to get their pairing together.
Although Enemies to Friends to Lovers and Enemies to Lovers can be thought as one and the same, that is not always the case. Sometimes two characters who are enemies, and have UST, pivot quickly into having a sexual (or romantic) relationship, skipping the step of developing a friendship first, for some fans this is satisfactory because they wish to see the pairing together, but for many the friendship component is crucial for them to accept and enjoy the pairing.
- Harry Potter - most often in the pairing of Draco Malfoy with either Harry or Hermione
- Voltron: Legendary Defender - the pairing of Lance McClain/Keith
- The 100 - the pairing of Clexa prior to their short lived romantic relationship in canon, as well as the pairing Bellarke, who often find themselves in conflict. The Kabby pairing had a canonical enemies to lovers story arc
- Arrowverse - the Coldflash pairing, in which Captain Cold is one of The Flash's villains.
- Star Wars - the pairing of Reylo ships canon adversaries Rey and Kylo Ren, who are discovered to have a Force Bond.
- Death Note - the pairing of L/Light often involves the two attempting to manipulate each other through a disingenuous relationship.