I know this trope is usually called hate to love, but hate isn't the right word for how I like these relationships arcs to start out. It's more that the hero and heroine are in opposition for some reason. Sometimes it is initial dislike, but it can also be a circumstantial thing. Whichever, it usually results in excellent banter and fun all around.
Back in 2014 I wrote a post on the love stories I trained on and many of these were featured there. My affinity for this trope started young.
Here they are in order of obsession:
Han and Leia from Star Wars
"'Go back' Taran shouted at the top of his voice.'Have you lost your wits?'
Eilonwy, for it was she, half-halted. She had tucked her plaited hair under a leather helmet. The Princess of Llyr smiled cheerfully at him. 'I understand you're upset,' she shouted back, 'but that's no cause to be rude.' She galloped on.
For a time, Taran could not believe he had really seen her."
Taran and Eilonwy from the Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander
Anne and Gilbert from the Anne series by Lucy Maude Montgomery
Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Beatrice and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
"Aravis also had many quarrels (and, I'm afraid even fights) with Cor, but they always made it up again: so that years later, when they were grown up they were so used to quarreling and making it up again that they got married so as to go on doing it more conveniently."
Shasta (Cor) and Aravis from The Horse and his Boy by C.S. Lewis
Ron and Hermione from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
"Discretion prevented me from saying that I thought she was a fiend from the underworld and that mountain lions couldn't force me to enter her service."
"Today, she had yielded the sovereignty of her country to Eugenides, who had given up everything he had ever hoped for, to be her King."
(I always feel kind of bad talking about this on these sorts of lists because it is technically a pretty massive spoiler, but they are my otpest of otps and they BELONG HERE. So....sorry?)
Gen and Irene from The Queen's Thief Series by Megan Whalen Turner
"I've never thought of you like that,' said Christopher. 'How could I? If you were any other woman, I could tell you I loved you, easily enough, but not you-- because you've always seemed to me like a part of myself, and it would be like saying I loved my own eyes or my own mind. But have you ever thought of what it would be to have to live without your mind or your eyes, Kate? To be mad? Or blind?"
Kate and Christopher from The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope
Leslie and Ben from Parks and Recreation
HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!!
Do you have a favorite couple who fits this trope?