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21st Jun '16 1:28:47 PM ChaoticNovelist
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A common [[AnimeCharacterTypes Japanese character type]], the Bastard Boyfriend (in Japanese, ''kichiku'', literally "brutal" or "demonic") character is an AlwaysMale LoveInterest whose defining trait is that he is cold, cruel, or abusive to his romantic partner, in a manner intended to be kinky and appealing to the audience. Western versions exist, but are comparatively rare nowadays due to the inherent UnfortunateImplications, except in fanfiction (which lacks the watchful eyes of MoralGuardians).

Bastard Boyfriends can be readily distinguished from the more generic {{Jerkass}} or DomesticAbuser because their abuse is [[{{Fanservice}} eroticized]], and their beloved's conflict and unhappiness will be played for titillation. As such, they are all-but-guaranteed to be MrFanservice, usually a {{Bishonen}}, and the consequences of their behavior are almost never [[DomesticAbuse handled realistically]]. The Bastard Boyfriend ''almost always'' [[OfficialCouple gets his girl (or guy)]], even in cases where they [[StrangledByTheRedString don't seem particularly compatible]], although a few are doomed to merely be [[RomanticFalseLead the rival]].

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A common [[AnimeCharacterTypes Japanese character type]], the Bastard Boyfriend (in Japanese, ''kichiku'', literally "brutal" or "demonic") character is an AlwaysMale LoveInterest whose defining trait is that he is cold, cruel, or abusive to his romantic partner, in a manner intended to be kinky and appealing to the audience. Western versions exist, but are comparatively rare nowadays due to the inherent UnfortunateImplications, their implications, except in fanfiction (which lacks the watchful eyes of MoralGuardians).

Bastard Boyfriends can be readily distinguished from the more generic {{Jerkass}} or DomesticAbuser because their abuse is [[{{Fanservice}} eroticized]], and their beloved's conflict and unhappiness will be played for titillation. As such, they are all-but-guaranteed to be MrFanservice, usually a {{Bishonen}}, and the consequences of their behavior are almost never [[DomesticAbuse [[{{DeconstructedTrope handled realistically]]. The Bastard Boyfriend ''almost always'' [[OfficialCouple gets his girl (or guy)]], even in cases where they [[StrangledByTheRedString don't seem particularly compatible]], although a few are doomed to merely be [[RomanticFalseLead the rival]].



The Bastard Boyfriend is sort of the Alpha Male equivalent of a Type A {{Tsundere}}, but with the violent temper replaced by [[TallDarkAndSnarky cutting sarcasm]] and the ''deredere'' side turned down to near-zero. They are, of course, completely immune to CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest, but they're usually [[EvenEvilHasStandards not]] [[WouldntHitAGirl physically abusive]], since that's [[FetishRetardant just not hot]]. There are plenty of exceptions, though.

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The Bastard Boyfriend is sort of the Alpha Male equivalent of a Type A {{Tsundere}}, but with the violent temper replaced by [[TallDarkAndSnarky cutting sarcasm]] and the ''deredere'' side turned down to near-zero. They are, of course, completely immune to CantActPervertedTowardALoveInterest, but they're usually [[EvenEvilHasStandards not]] [[WouldntHitAGirl physically abusive]], since that's [[FetishRetardant just not hot]]. There are plenty of exceptions, though.
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'''Conflicted''' (less common, though their presence is increasing steadily): TroubledButCute, and his abusiveness is generally driven by [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], insecurity, [[CannotSpitItOut a crushing inability to express his feelings]], a DarkAndTroubledPast that completely screwed up with his view of the world, or (very rarely) a desire to [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend drive the other person away]] (possibly out of a belief that they will be [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy happier with someone else]]). This type may have started as an attempt at a [[DeconstructedTrope more realistic]] implementation of the character type.

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'''Conflicted''' (less common, though their presence is increasing steadily): (alternate): TroubledButCute, and his abusiveness is generally driven by [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], insecurity, [[CannotSpitItOut a crushing inability to express his feelings]], a DarkAndTroubledPast that completely screwed up with his view of the world, or (very rarely) a desire to [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend drive the other person away]] (possibly out of a belief that they will be [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy happier with someone else]]). This type may have started as an attempt at a [[DeconstructedTrope more realistic]] implementation of the character type.
12th Jun '16 3:39:53 AM Dravencour
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Mature-rated works that have Kichiku characters are likely to involve [[MindGameShip psychological abuse]], LovingForce, and maybe some {{B|oundAndGagged}}DSM. PG-rated examples tend to be [[TallDarkAndSnarky cold, aloof, or sarcastic]]. In either case, fan reaction tends to be polarized: either they're [[PerverseSexualLust hot and sexy]] and their love affair is {{squee}}able, or they're total {{Jerkass}}es and the relationship is {{squick}}tastic.

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Mature-rated works that have Kichiku characters are likely to involve [[MindGameShip psychological abuse]], LovingForce, rather rapey behavior, and maybe some {{B|oundAndGagged}}DSM. PG-rated examples tend to be [[TallDarkAndSnarky cold, aloof, or sarcastic]]. In either case, fan reaction tends to be polarized: either they're [[PerverseSexualLust hot and sexy]] and their love affair is {{squee}}able, or they're total {{Jerkass}}es and the relationship is {{squick}}tastic.
9th Jun '16 4:16:10 PM WriterGirl2015
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* Ferid of ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' gets great enjoyment out of screwing with people's emotions and lives in canon and enjoys biting ones he finds attractive (which gives both the biter and the one being bitten immoral pleasure) which he does to [[DepravedBisexual both girls and boys]]. This carries over to fanfiction with Ferid's actions being written to include rape into the mix, particularly towards Mika, Yuu, and Krul whom he already demonstrates a particular interest in for their looks and dicking around with their emotions.

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* Ferid of ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' gets great enjoyment out of screwing with people's emotions and lives in canon and enjoys biting ones he finds attractive (which gives both the biter and the one being bitten immoral pleasure) which he does to [[DepravedBisexual both girls and boys]]. This carries over to fanfiction with Ferid's actions being written to include rape into the mix, particularly towards Mika, Yuu, and Krul whom he already demonstrates a particular interest in for their looks and dicking around with their emotions.emotions for kicks. In canon, if he was actually in a relationship with anyone he would definitely be a Unconflicted BastardBoyfriend.
9th Jun '16 4:11:48 PM WriterGirl2015
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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' can be made into this for Will Graham. Not that it doesn't show up in the tv series too with all the manipulative HoYay Hannibal directs toward Will.

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* ''Series/{{Hannibal}}'' can be made into this for Will Graham. Not that it doesn't show up in the tv series too with all the manipulative twisted HoYay Hannibal directs toward Will.Will.
* Ferid of ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'' gets great enjoyment out of screwing with people's emotions and lives in canon and enjoys biting ones he finds attractive (which gives both the biter and the one being bitten immoral pleasure) which he does to [[DepravedBisexual both girls and boys]]. This carries over to fanfiction with Ferid's actions being written to include rape into the mix, particularly towards Mika, Yuu, and Krul whom he already demonstrates a particular interest in for their looks and dicking around with their emotions.
9th Jun '16 1:32:04 PM Shadowgazer
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* Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera: In the original book by Gaston Leroux, Erik (the titular phantom) could be a {{deconstruction}}, if not an UnbuiltTrope: Erik is TheGrotesque PsychopathicManchild who terrorizes Christine [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe into marrying him]]. In the book, the author wants you to think Erik's a {{Jerkass}} and Christine is a saint for putting up with him (DomesticAbuser meets LoveMartyr), but the MisaimedFandom (and [[LostInImitation all the adaptations]]) wants you to think Erik's totally hot and the relationship is [[CorruptTheCutie deliciously kinky]].

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* Literature/ThePhantomOfTheOpera: Subverted. In the original book by Gaston Leroux, Erik (the titular phantom) could would be a {{deconstruction}}, if not an UnbuiltTrope: UnbuiltTrope IF it was a relationship: Erik is TheGrotesque PsychopathicManchild who terrorizes Christine [[AndNowYouMustMarryMe into marrying him]]. In the book, the author wants you to think Erik's a an admittedly tragic {{Jerkass}} and Christine is a saint for putting up feeling compassion along with him (DomesticAbuser meets LoveMartyr), but revulsion and fear for Raoul's fate, BUT the MisaimedFandom (and [[LostInImitation all the many adaptations]]) wants want you to think Erik's totally hot and the relationship is [[CorruptTheCutie deliciously kinky]].
8th May '16 2:05:57 PM Morgenthaler
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* The ''WickedLovely'' series has Irial, who is incredibly emotionally abusive to Leslie, but is still hot. One reviewer describes their connection as 'Destructive yet seductive'.

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* The ''WickedLovely'' ''Literature/WickedLovely'' series has Irial, who is incredibly emotionally abusive to Leslie, but is still hot. One reviewer describes their connection as 'Destructive yet seductive'.
6th May '16 2:16:38 AM Morgenthaler
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SpearCounterpart of BastardGirlfriend. Usually a type of RomanticizedAbuse and subtrope to AllGirlsWantBadBoys, with a side order of EvilIsSexy. If the Kichiku character also has status, power, and [[SexySpectacles hot little glasses]], he's a ''kichiku megane'' (see BespectacledBastardBoyfriend). For sort-of Western equivalents, see HandsomeDevil, who is usually more sarcastic than cruel, and the RomanceGenreHeroes under The Bastard and The Sadist, although those are usually played as villains. Contrast the {{Jerkass}} varieties of RomanticFalseLead and the DisposableFiance, who are superficially similar but guaranteed ''not'' to get the girl, and the DomesticAbuser and UnsexySadist, who have the cruelty minus the fetishization.

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SpearCounterpart of BastardGirlfriend. Usually a type of RomanticizedAbuse and subtrope to AllGirlsWantBadBoys, with a side order of EvilIsSexy. If the Kichiku character also has status, power, and [[SexySpectacles hot little glasses]], he's a ''kichiku megane'' (see BespectacledBastardBoyfriend). For sort-of Western equivalents, see HandsomeDevil, who is usually more sarcastic than cruel, and the RomanceGenreHeroes under The Bastard and The Sadist, although those are usually played as villains. Contrast the {{Jerkass}} varieties of RomanticFalseLead and the DisposableFiance, who are superficially similar but guaranteed ''not'' to get the girl, and the DomesticAbuser and UnsexySadist, who have the cruelty minus the fetishization.



* ''Manga/AkumaDeSourou'' has [[HandsomeDevil Takeru]], who blackmails [[ShrinkingViolet Kayano]] into becoming his servant, sabotages her relationship with the guy she likes, and generally emotionally bullies her in the beginning. He seems to think it's only teasing, but considering how shy and emotional Kayano is, it comes off much harsher. Despite the progression in their relationship, he remains cold and distant, which makes her almost perpetually nervous.

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* ''Manga/AkumaDeSourou'' has [[HandsomeDevil Takeru]], Takeru, who blackmails [[ShrinkingViolet Kayano]] into becoming his servant, sabotages her relationship with the guy she likes, and generally emotionally bullies her in the beginning. He seems to think it's only teasing, but considering how shy and emotional Kayano is, it comes off much harsher. Despite the progression in their relationship, he remains cold and distant, which makes her almost perpetually nervous.
5th Mar '16 1:20:09 PM Anddrix
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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Christian seems he will be this, but he softens. He at first taunts Lissa about her troubles, criticizes Lissa for her treatment of Mia Rinaldi, reveals the secret bastard side of her beloved brother Andre, and accuses her of enslaving the people she compels. He does not mean to harm her however.

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* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Christian seems like he will be this, but he softens. He at first taunts Lissa about her troubles, criticizes Lissa for her treatment of Mia Rinaldi, reveals the secret bastard side of her beloved brother Andre, and accuses her of enslaving the people she compels. He does not mean to harm her however.
20th Jan '16 11:53:07 AM Willbyr
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* Damien has at least significant shades of the conflicted version in ''MagicalDiary'', considering that he jerks you around for most of the year, culminating in breaking your heart [[spoiler:and trying to kill you by way of stealing your soul]]. The ''only'' way to get any of his endings - not even just the good one - is to tell him that you love him no matter what and then forgive him for what he did when he shows up again. Your roomies, however, ''will'' call you out on being a LoveMartyr if they find out that you've taken him back, though. [[spoiler:And by using Spirit Echoes and Empathy, you can find out that he has genuinely fallen in love with you and really does want to reform. But if you haven't been working on White magic, you might be left wondering how long it will be before he turns on you again.]]

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* Damien has at least significant shades of the conflicted version in ''MagicalDiary'', ''vMagicalDiary'', considering that he jerks you around for most of the year, culminating in breaking your heart [[spoiler:and trying to kill you by way of stealing your soul]]. The ''only'' way to get any of his endings - not even just the good one - is to tell him that you love him no matter what and then forgive him for what he did when he shows up again. Your roomies, however, ''will'' call you out on being a LoveMartyr if they find out that you've taken him back, though. [[spoiler:And by using Spirit Echoes and Empathy, you can find out that he has genuinely fallen in love with you and really does want to reform. But if you haven't been working on White magic, you might be left wondering how long it will be before he turns on you again.]]
19th Jan '16 8:05:17 AM catmuto
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* Majima Tarou, a bonus character for Tokimeki Memorial Girls' Side. Basically everything he does involves being a narcissistic, self-absorbed, emotionally flip-floppy Jerkass who torments the protagonist, demands that she do ridiculous things for her, yells at her when he does, and all-around acts abusive to the poor Love Martyr protag who spends a lot of the time in tears.

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* ''VisualNovel/{{Nameless}}'' has Lance begin to show some shades of this, if his route is pursued. He begins to tease Eri in a way that is different from [[ChivalrousPervert Yuri's]] and flat out insults her, though it's presented as part of his [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice Prince]] routine.
* Majima Tarou, a bonus character for [[Franchise/TokimekiMemorial Tokimeki Memorial Girls' Side.Side]]. Basically everything he does involves being a narcissistic, self-absorbed, emotionally flip-floppy Jerkass who torments the protagonist, demands that she do ridiculous things for her, yells at her when he does, and all-around acts abusive to the poor Love Martyr protag who spends a lot of the time in tears.
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