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22nd Feb '17 3:46:05 PM Discar
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* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Of a sort. After their [[spoiler:time in the chasms]], Shallan admits to herself that Kaladin's confidence and dangerous intensity are very attractive. In the end, she goes with Adolin instead, and Kaladin resolves not to pursue her.
26th Jan '17 8:11:54 AM Wyldchyld
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* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'' is all about a girl who is abused by a group of {{Bishonen}} vampire brothers. One of them even calls her 'Bitch-chan'. It's intended to be FetishFuel for girls who do want bad boys.

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* ''VisualNovel/DiabolikLovers'' is all about a girl who is abused by a group of {{Bishonen}} vampire brothers. One of them even calls her 'Bitch-chan'. It's intended to be FetishFuel fanservice for girls who do want bad boys.
23rd Jan '17 12:29:19 PM bravo104
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** Daenerys swoons over the dashing badboy Daario even though she realizes that he's a murderous, opportunistic sellsword. On the other hand, she repeatedly fends off the advances of her devoted and loyal bodyguard Jorah because he's middle-aged, plain and not particularly exciting. (Then again, he's also a [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slaver]] who creepily feels Dany up without her permission, as well as [[TheMole spying on her]], so it's more a case of NiceGuysFinishLast.)

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** Daenerys swoons over the dashing badboy Daario even though she realizes that he's a murderous, opportunistic sellsword. On the other hand, she repeatedly fends off the advances of her devoted and loyal bodyguard Jorah because he's middle-aged, plain and not particularly exciting. (Then again, he's also a [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slaver]] who creepily feels Dany up without her permission, as well as [[TheMole spying on her]], so it's more a case of NiceGuysFinishLast.) It's played straight with Quentyn Martell, though. (Although even then, Daenerys was already married and calling it off would have been a political disaster.)
17th Jan '17 8:14:09 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': The relationship between Wilson Fisk and his mistress Vanessa Marianna can only be described as this. Vanessa decides that the fact that Fisk is a dangerous sociopath and murderer is actually a plus. If nothing else, it means he will definitely keep her safe. And while it initially seems like she's going to humanize Fisk, his relationship and his desire to protect her from his criminal activities lead him to committing even more violent acts which she encourages.
15th Jan '17 11:46:54 AM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/RogueStar'', Molly Zaldiver falls for the rogueish, brooding loner and rebel, Cliff Hawk, rather than the earnest, well-intentioned, and well-behaved Andy Quamodian who is hopelessly in love with her.
14th Jan '17 6:09:32 PM Gamermaster
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* In Chapter 29 of ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'', [[spoiler:12-year old]] Sasuke muses a WallOfText on how he not only finds this trope ''[[WhatAnIdiot stupid]]'' but '''[[DontYouDarePityMe insulting]].'''
-->Sasuke didn't see himself as a charming person. He had no idea what all those girls saw in him, to be frank. He was bitter, asocial, wrapped in darkness and scarred by grief. The phrase "damaged goods" surely existed solely to describe people like himself.\\
He was not the kind of person that he thought a smart or self-respecting girl should pursue. Couldn't they see how messed up he was? How dangerous a path he would have to walk?\\
It galled Sasuke that so many girls should be so smitten with him. It felt insulting, somehow, like their infatuation devalued the tragedy of his clan's destruction, romanticizing his pain and frustration into an unrecognizable caricature of the person he really was.\\
Their smiling, giggling, blushing, and cooing all angered him. Like they saw it all as one big game, like they didn't take anything seriously. They didn't get it. They refused to understand.
8th Jan '17 10:26:15 PM HuffleprideGryphon
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* Frequently deconstructed or subverted in "Fanfic/TheLightInTheDark": Deconstructed with Bertha's and Florence's infatuation with Alton Avery. Subverted by Maria Zabini, who is either drowning in denial or genuinely believes that Mulciber is really a good person. Snape seems to believe this, as he thinks that becoming a powerful dark wizard will make Lily attracted to him. Mrs. Jorkins has been going out with Terrance Banks for years, who's a complete scoundrel. This may or may not have been what attracted Eileen Prince to Tobias Snape, who is most certainly a bad man. Averted with Lily, who hates James' bullying and is weary of Snape's growing interest in the Dark Arts.
7th Jan '17 6:03:06 PM Luigifan
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Sometimes the badness is an InformedAttribute, such as with the LovableRogue. It all depends on what the author wants to use this trope for. It's entirely possible for someone to [[FaceOfAThug look like]] a ''bad boy'' but not fit the above description. Sometimes a supposed ''bad boy'' who really isn't has to deal with the advances of a hyperactive FanGirl who doesn't know when to [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased cut-it-out]] resulting in comedy at [[TheComicallySerious the ''bad boy's'' expense]].

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Sometimes the badness is an InformedAttribute, such as with the LovableRogue. It all depends on what the author wants to use this trope for. It's entirely possible for someone to [[FaceOfAThug look like]] a ''bad boy'' but not fit the above description. Sometimes a supposed ''bad boy'' who really isn't has to deal with the advances of a hyperactive FanGirl [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased who doesn't know when to [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased cut-it-out]] cut it out]] resulting in comedy at [[TheComicallySerious the ''bad boy's'' "bad boy's" expense]].



** Played straighter with Naru and [[spoiler: Nephrite]]. Naru knows he isn't a good person and is aware that he has tried to use her, particularly since he tells her as much. Yet she admits to a worried Usagi that she can't help loving him. [[spoiler: Then Nephrite turns out to not be a monster... [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only to die in her arms]].]]

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** Played straighter with Naru and [[spoiler: Nephrite]].[[spoiler:Nephrite]]. Naru knows he isn't a good person and is aware that he has tried to use her, particularly since he tells her as much. Yet she admits to a worried Usagi that she can't help loving him. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Nephrite turns out to not be a monster... [[RedemptionEqualsDeath only to die in her arms]].]]



** Even after everything he's done, Sakura still has feelings for Sasuke. In Sakura's case though, it's a DeconstructedTrope: she's aware that he's broken and ruined beyond belief, and that the gruff yet inwardly kind-hearted boy she fell in love with is long gone... yet still can't help having feelings for him. In chapter 693, [[spoiler:Sasuke mocks Sakura for this. He states that he isn't the least bit interested in her and admits that he has no idea why she has feelings for him, given everything he's said and done. Which is ironic, as both end up as a couple with a child, years after said lost kindness was restored by Naruto, their best friend the both had been neglectful towards]].
** [[DarkChick Karin]]. [[StalkerWithACrush Dear God]], [[{{Yandere}} Karin]]. Although at the end of the Kage Summit arc Karin ditched Sasuke after he tried to kill her, [[spoiler: in manga chapter 574 we see her torn between fawning over and bashing a hand-made portrait of him. Sasuke [[EasilyForgiven need only make the briefest of apologies to get her back on his side]]. She does vent her angst by pounding the snot out of Suigetsu though]].

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** Even after everything he's done, Sakura still has feelings for Sasuke. In Sakura's case though, it's a DeconstructedTrope: she's aware that he's broken and ruined beyond belief, and that the gruff yet inwardly kind-hearted boy she fell in love with is long gone... yet still can't help having feelings for him. In chapter 693, [[spoiler:Sasuke mocks Sakura for this. He states that he isn't the least bit interested in her and admits that he has no idea why she has feelings for him, given everything he's said and done. Which is ironic, as both end up as a couple with a child, years after said lost kindness was restored by Naruto, their best friend the they both had been neglectful towards]].
** [[DarkChick Karin]]. [[StalkerWithACrush Dear God]], [[{{Yandere}} Karin]]. Although at the end of the Kage Summit arc Karin ditched Sasuke after he tried to kill her, [[spoiler: in [[spoiler:in manga chapter 574 574, we see her torn between fawning over and bashing a hand-made portrait of him. Sasuke [[EasilyForgiven need needs only make the briefest of apologies to get her back on his side]]. She does vent her angst by pounding the snot out of Suigetsu Suigetsu, though]].



* ''Manga/DrSlump'': Tsururin has an attraction for Taro, who is a rebellious teenager, troublemaker and proud of it ([[spoiler: although later he happens to be a police officer be]])

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* ''Manga/DrSlump'': Tsururin has an attraction for Taro, who is a rebellious teenager, troublemaker troublemaker, and proud of it ([[spoiler: although ([[spoiler:although later he happens to be a police officer be]])officer]]).



* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Koizumi's love interest, Otani, has a real attitude problem and Koizumi often has to endure quite a bit of verbal abuse. It doesn't prevent her from [[DoggedNiceGuy pursuing him relentlessly]], competing with the other girls who like him--which includes his neighbor Mimi, a fashion model. Then again, she is [[{{Tsundere}} not always lovey-dovey herself]].

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* ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Koizumi's love interest, Otani, has a real attitude problem and Koizumi often has to endure quite a bit of verbal abuse. It doesn't prevent her from [[DoggedNiceGuy pursuing him relentlessly]], competing with the other girls who like him--which him -- which includes his neighbor Mimi, a fashion model. Then again, she is [[{{Tsundere}} not always lovey-dovey herself]].



* Christie from ''{{Manga/Dramacon}}'' falls for [[TallDarkAndSnarky Matt]]. A subversion, as he's really not a bad guy at all--just socially inept and very cynical.
* It's more or less the same deal in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', when Tohru falls in love with Kyo--also socially inept and terribly cynical, but then, he may have a ''right'' to be, just a little, considering that not only was he was born under the influence of a curse that turns him into a cat whenever a girl embraces him--[[spoiler:or into a monstrous cat-like ''beast'' if he ever removes his Buddhist rosary]]--as soon as he graduates from high school, [[spoiler:his own family is going to lock him up for the rest of his life]]. As a result, a good part of his "bad boy" attitude comes from genuine psychological problems rather than him being mean just because.

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* Christie from ''{{Manga/Dramacon}}'' falls for [[TallDarkAndSnarky Matt]]. A subversion, as he's really not a bad guy at all--just all -- just socially inept and very cynical.
* It's more or less the same deal in ''Manga/FruitsBasket'', when Tohru falls in love with Kyo--also socially inept and terribly cynical, but then, he may have a ''right'' to be, just a little, considering that not only was he was born under the influence of a curse that turns him into a cat whenever a girl embraces him--[[spoiler:or him -- [[spoiler:or into a monstrous cat-like ''beast'' if he ever removes his Buddhist rosary]]--as rosary]] -- as soon as he graduates from high school, [[spoiler:his own family is going to lock him up for the rest of his life]]. As a result, a good part of his "bad boy" attitude comes from genuine psychological problems rather than him being mean just because.



* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[ActionGirl Casca]] becomes the love interest of the towering, brooding, rugged and usually [[NoSocialSkills maladjusted]] [[BlackKnight Guts]]. However, Guts isn't really a bad guy, he just ''looks'' like one. You just have to get to know him to know that.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. [[ActionGirl Casca]] becomes the love interest of the towering, brooding, rugged rugged, and usually [[NoSocialSkills maladjusted]] [[BlackKnight Guts]]. However, Guts isn't really a bad guy, he just ''looks'' like one. You just have to get to know him to know that.



** Doremi is also drawn to JerkJock Kotake, even though he is more antagonizing. The earlier seasons show a lot of BelligerentSexualTension between the two, and it is pretty obvious he has a crush on her but can't spit it out. [[spoiler:she confesses to him at the end of the anime but the light novels reveal that he didn't accept her feelings. This changes later on when he gets his head on straight and the two become an OfficialCouple.]]

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** Doremi is also drawn to JerkJock Kotake, even though he is more antagonizing. The earlier seasons show a lot of BelligerentSexualTension between the two, and it is pretty obvious he has a crush on her but can't spit it out. [[spoiler:she [[spoiler:She confesses to him at the end of the anime but the light novels reveal that he didn't accept her feelings. This changes later on when he gets his head on straight and the two become an OfficialCouple.]]



* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime. Maria likes Brandon not because of his bad boy image; instead, she [[LoveAtFirstSight immediately falls for him]] when [[ChronicHeroSyndrome he saves her from some hoodlums]]. Brandon himself too, is actually a loyal, caring man despite being a street punk who often gets in street brawls. Unfortunately, said profession becomes a problem when Uncle Jester (Maria's guardian/foster father) sees him walking home with Maria.
* Subverted in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' where the girls are discussing who is the most attractive boy in the class. Troublemaker and BullyHunter Karma comes up...only for them to declare he'd only be desirable if he wasn't such a delinquent.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' ''lives'' this trope. The lead male, Tomoe, is a snarky, rude and conniving fox demon. His main rival, Kurama, is a narcissistic, manipulative and perverted crow tengu. And yet, TheHeroine, Nanami, is involved in a complicated love story with these guys, primarily Tomoe. To be fair, in all cases the boys are [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts Of Gold]] and Tomoe in particular is quite kind and caring underneath his gruff and rude exterior.

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* Subverted in ''VideoGame/{{Gungrave}}'' anime. Maria likes Brandon not because of his bad boy image; instead, she [[LoveAtFirstSight immediately falls for him]] when [[ChronicHeroSyndrome he saves her from some hoodlums]]. Brandon himself himself, too, is actually a loyal, caring man despite being a street punk who often gets in street brawls. Unfortunately, said profession becomes a problem when Uncle Jester (Maria's guardian/foster father) sees him walking home with Maria.
* Subverted in ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' where the girls are discussing who is the most attractive boy in the class. Troublemaker and BullyHunter Karma comes up... only for them to declare he'd only be desirable if he wasn't such a delinquent.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' ''lives'' this trope. The lead male, Tomoe, is a snarky, rude rude, and conniving fox demon. His main rival, Kurama, is a narcissistic, manipulative manipulative, and perverted crow tengu. And yet, TheHeroine, Nanami, is involved in a complicated love story with these guys, primarily Tomoe. To be fair, in all cases cases, the boys are [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Jerks With Hearts Of Gold]] and Tomoe in particular is quite kind and caring underneath his gruff and rude exterior.



* Played with in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''; Sue Storm is endlessly pursued by bad boy AntiHero Prince Namor the Comicbook/SubMariner of Atlantis, who isn't exactly shy about letting her know that he has the hots for her, but consistently turns him down in favor of geeky, slightly clueless Reed Richards. Needless to say, the two men don't exactly have a warm friendship. Depending on who's writing her, Sue reacts to Namor's attentions with either barely-concealed interest (which is closer to the spirit of the trope, although she nevertheless continues to spurn him out of loyalty to Reed) or outright irritation. Interestingly, sometimes Reed ''is'' on the badboy side, though when Reed is bad, he's more of a CorruptCorporateExecutive than a 100% Bad Boy. There are times when Sue admits that she feels attraction for Namor.

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* Played with in ''Comicbook/FantasticFour''; Sue Storm is endlessly pursued by bad boy AntiHero Prince Namor the Comicbook/SubMariner of Atlantis, who isn't exactly shy about letting her know that he has the hots for her, but consistently turns him down in favor of geeky, slightly clueless Reed Richards. Needless to say, the two men don't exactly have a warm friendship. Depending on who's writing her, Sue reacts to Namor's attentions with either barely-concealed interest (which is closer to the spirit of the trope, although she nevertheless continues to spurn him out of loyalty to Reed) or outright irritation. Interestingly, sometimes Reed ''is'' on the badboy bad-boy side, though when Reed is bad, he's more of a CorruptCorporateExecutive than a 100% Bad Boy. There are times when Sue admits that she feels attraction for Namor.



** Batman is also an example of this trope inverted; he tends to go for Bad Girls (Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Talia Al Ghul, etc). [[spoiler:In fact, this tendency was enough to convince him in "Batman RIP" that the woman he was becoming attracted to was TheMole out to betray him to the bad guys--she was a bit too nice for him...]]

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** Batman is also an example of this trope inverted; he tends to go for Bad Girls (Comicbook/{{Catwoman}}, Talia Al Ghul, etc). [[spoiler:In fact, this tendency was enough to convince him in "Batman RIP" that the woman he was becoming attracted to was TheMole out to betray him to the bad guys--she guys -- she was a bit too nice for him...]]
1st Jan '17 11:10:36 PM bravo104
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** Daenerys swoons over the dashing badboy Daario even though she realizes that he's a murderous, opportunistic sellsword. On the other hand, she repeatedly fends off the advances of her devoted and loyal bodyguard Jorah because he's middle-aged, plain and not particularly exciting.

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** Daenerys swoons over the dashing badboy Daario even though she realizes that he's a murderous, opportunistic sellsword. On the other hand, she repeatedly fends off the advances of her devoted and loyal bodyguard Jorah because he's middle-aged, plain and not particularly exciting. (Then again, he's also a [[SlaveryIsASpecialKindOfEvil slaver]] who creepily feels Dany up without her permission, as well as [[TheMole spying on her]], so it's more a case of NiceGuysFinishLast.)
1st Jan '17 6:47:41 PM elemt
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* ''Series/StudioC'' parodies this in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-25NxT1sk Bad Boy Rap]]", which is supposed to be a song about how girls prefer troubled boys with tattoos and a motorcycle, until it's hijacked by a pair with [[MonsterFangirl a different definition of bad boy]:

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* ''Series/StudioC'' parodies this in "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eo-25NxT1sk Bad Boy Rap]]", which is supposed to be a song about how girls prefer troubled boys with tattoos and a motorcycle, until it's hijacked by a pair with [[MonsterFangirl a different definition of bad boy]:boy]]:
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