A common trope in shows, books, and even in real life I guess, is that opposites attract. I've recently watched a show where my favorite paring in it was definitely an 'opposites attract' situation, and I loved it. Sometimes though, the trope just doesn't work for me, and I wanted to figure out why I may sometimes love it, and why it feels forced and unnatural other times. So my question for you guys is, what makes an opposites attract situation work, and what makes it fall apart? For me, at least in shows and stuff, I don't like this trope when the characters themselves emphasize just how different they are from each other. If the characters do nothing but scold or nag each other for doing things in a different way, that's a problem for me. I'm not going to get behind a relationship where the characters do nothing but fight with each other. If an opposites attract story is going to work, then the characters involved need to accept the other person for who they are, and not try to change them. The characters can fight every once and awhile (it's inevitable in any relationship) but it can't be the focus of their relationship. The focus needs to be on what they have in common, not what's different about them. For example, the pairing I mentioned earlier that I really came to like was with an angel and a demon. Of course, one was more inclined to help humanity and see the good in everything, and the other was mischievous and liked to cause trouble. However, they both have a fondness for humanity, and for each other, and that was what their relationship focused on. (I mostly just wrote this post to have a little rant about two of my new favorite characters from a show, but I really do want to hear how you guys feel about the opposites attract thing).