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16th Jan '17 12:40:27 PM ErebusElysium
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* As a Trollhunter, Kanjigar the Courageous from ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'' was deliberately distant with his son Draal as a means to keep him safe. Kanjigar is quick to berate Jim for instead keeping people close to him and putting them in danger, particularly his son Draal, who lost his arm protecting Jim. Over the course of the second half of the first Season, Kanjigar warms to the idea of a Trollhunter having companions to enough of a degree where he apologizes to Draal for pushing him away in the Season finale.
17th Dec '16 6:04:12 PM Arcana4th
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* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''. [[spoiler:Guy has just "saved" Riki by kidnapping him back from Iason whom had been keeping Riki as a SexSlave. He now wants Riki to confess his true feelings about him. Instead Riki tells Guy they can't ever be together again because of Iason's Pet Ring on him to deter Guy away since Iason had threatened to {{Brainwash}} Guy beforehand. Guy completely misunderstands and makes matters even worse]].
* In ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta makes a deal with Muska to let Pazu go free. It involves telling Pazu to return to his home town and forget about her, which he reluctantly does. Fortunately the SkyPirate Ma Dola points out to Pazu that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Muska will undoubtably dispose of Sheeta once he finds Laputa]] so Pazu joins with her gang to get her back.



* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Hijikata knows that his life choices involve a lot of danger and will probably kill him. So he rejects Mitsuba (Okita's sister) to spare her that grief and give her the opportunity to find happiness with someone else.



* In a [[ExaggeratedTrope particularly extreme example]], Chikane's [[spoiler:rape]] of Himeko in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''.
* ''Anime/{{Kiznaiver}}'': This trope is invoked twice in separated occasions, by Nico and Tenga. Both of them believe that the best way to deal with the fact that you have an UnrequitedLove for someone is to properly declare your feelings and then, be properly dumped, no matter how painful that is. It'll hurt, but it'll also help both to move on from that.
* One that ends disastrously in ''LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania'': Gumina pretends to be disgusted with her friend Cherubim because [[spoiler:her betrothed, Cherubim's brother, thinks they're in love (which they are) and was planning to kill him]]. Cherubim thinks that it's genuine hatred, and in response [[spoiler:slaughters his entire family, makes a DealWithTheDevil to charm every woman he wants in order to get her back, becomes the titular Duke and goes slowly insane with lust before being murdered by the lover of one of his victims.]]
* A particularly weird example happens in a filler arc of ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}''. A boy who's in a coma but can still use his Dragon uses it to impersonate a friend and tell his young aunt that neither of them ever really liked her. His reasoning is that it'll help her overcome her incestuous crush on him and find new friends as well as soften the blow when he fakes his death to go into the sea with his Dragon and become one of the Virgins.
* This is what [[spoiler:Sakura]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' truly meant when she [[spoiler:gave the infamous false LoveConfession to Naruto, hoping that he wouldn't keep hurting himself for her and Sasuke]]. It really didn't work how she wanted it to.
** Years later, Hinata reluctantly decides to do this to Naruto in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' [[spoiler: by rejecting his LoveConfession and accepting BigBad Toneri's marriage proposal so she could have a chance at saving her sister and the whole world.]] This time it works, albeit with a few bumps, and she almost immediately apologized to Naruto for it when he come to save her.



* ''Manga/OniisamaE'': While Kaoru isn't a jerk to begin with, [[spoiler:she does this to Takehiko after she shows him her scars from her mastectomy as a result of [[IllGirl breast cancer]] because she [[DontYouDarePityMe doesn't want him to suffer for her illness]]. They make it up years later and they eventually got married (in the manga, she dies from her illness a few years later and in the anime, they had a child)]].



* In a [[ExaggeratedTrope particularly extreme example]], Chikane's [[spoiler:rape]] of Himeko in ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko''.
* ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi''. [[spoiler:Guy has just "saved" Riki by kidnapping him back from Iason whom had been keeping Riki as a SexSlave. He now wants Riki to confess his true feelings about him. Instead Riki tells Guy they can't ever be together again because of Iason's Pet Ring on him to deter Guy away since Iason had threatened to {{Brainwash}} Guy beforehand. Guy completely misunderstands and makes matters even worse]].
* ''Manga/OniisamaE'': While Kaoru isn't a jerk to begin with, [[spoiler:she does this to Takehiko after she shows him her scars from her mastectomy as a result of [[IllGirl breast cancer]] because she [[DontYouDarePityMe doesn't want him to suffer for her illness]]. They make it up years later and they eventually got married (in the manga, she dies from her illness a few years later and in the anime, they had a child)]].
* This is what [[spoiler:Sakura]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' truly meant when she [[spoiler:gave the infamous false LoveConfession to Naruto, hoping that he wouldn't keep hurting himself for her and Sasuke]]. It really didn't work how she wanted it to.
** Years later, Hinata reluctantly decides to do this to Naruto in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' [[spoiler: by rejecting his LoveConfession and accepting BigBad Toneri's marriage proposal so she could have a chance at saving her sister and the whole world.]] This time it works, albeit with a few bumps, and she almost immediately apologized to Naruto for it when he come to save her.



* A particularly weird example happens in a filler arc of ''Manga/{{Narutaru}}''. A boy who's in a coma but can still use his Dragon uses it to impersonate a friend and tell his young aunt that neither of them ever really liked her. His reasoning is that it'll help her overcome her incestuous crush on him and find new friends as well as soften the blow when he fakes his death to go into the sea with his Dragon and become one of the Virgins.
* One that ends disastrously in ''LightNovel/TheLunacyOfDukeVenomania'': Gumina pretends to be disgusted with her friend Cherubim because [[spoiler:her betrothed, Cherubim's brother, thinks they're in love (which they are) and was planning to kill him]]. Cherubim thinks that it's genuine hatred, and in response [[spoiler:slaughters his entire family, makes a DealWithTheDevil to charm every woman he wants in order to get her back, becomes the titular Duke and goes slowly insane with lust before being murdered by the lover of one of his victims.]]
* In ''Anime/CastleInTheSky'', Sheeta makes a deal with Muska to let Pazu go free. It involves telling Pazu to return to his home town and forget about her, which he reluctantly does. Fortunately the SkyPirate Ma Dola points out to Pazu that [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness Muska will undoubtably dispose of Sheeta once he finds Laputa]] so Pazu joins with her gang to get her back.
* In ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'', Hijikata knows that his life choices involve a lot of danger and will probably kill him. So he rejects Mitsuba (Okita's sister) to spare her that grief and give her the opportunity to find happiness with someone else.
2nd Dec '16 5:50:20 PM LongTallShorty64
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* In the [[UsefulNotes/ThePreCodeEra pre-code]] film, ''Film/MidnightMary'', Mary wants to save Tom from being implicated with her crimes, so she lies to him, saying that she was taking him for a ride and how he's a sucker for falling for her line.
2nd Dec '16 8:57:14 AM Tron80
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* In ''Comicbook/ActionComics'' #317, Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} thinks her friend Lena's boyfriend is an enemy spy so she sets out to break them up and save Lena from a future heartbreak, even if she ruins their friendship.
29th Nov '16 7:16:03 PM pugmom45
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* ''Series/PennyDreadful'': Ethan does this to Vanessa at the end of season two, believing that his [[spoiler: lycanthropy]] and murderous past has doomed him, and wanting to spare Vanessa the agony of [[spoiler: seeing him hanged]]. Of course, he doesn't actually tell her any of this, and instead of [[spoiler: being hanged]], he is [[spoiler: extradited back to America]], leaving Vanessa believing that he abandoned her.

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* ''Series/PennyDreadful'': Ethan does this to Vanessa at the end of season two, believing that his [[spoiler: lycanthropy]] lycanthropy and murderous past has doomed him, and wanting to spare Vanessa the agony of [[spoiler: seeing him hanged]]. Of course, he doesn't actually tell her any of this, [[spoiler: and instead of [[spoiler: being hanged]], hanged, he is [[spoiler: extradited back to America]], leaving Vanessa believing that he abandoned her.
28th Nov '16 6:39:51 PM pugmom45
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* ''Series/PennyDreadful'': Ethan does this to Vanessa at the end of season two, believing that his [[spoiler: lycanthropy]] and murderous past has doomed him, and wanting to spare Vanessa the agony of [[spoiler: seeing him hanged]]. Of course, he doesn't actually tell her any of this, and instead of [[spoiler: being hanged]], he is [[spoiler: extradited back to America]], leaving Vanessa believing that he abandoned her.
27th Oct '16 1:44:44 PM mhj0808
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Compare InspirationalInsult. See also JerkassFacade.

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Compare InspirationalInsult. See also A sub-trope of JerkassFacade.
27th Oct '16 1:43:40 PM mhj0808
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Compare InspirationalInsult.

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Compare InspirationalInsult. See also JerkassFacade.
5th Oct '16 3:02:19 AM dogtree103
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* In ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'' Seven does this to the player in his route, fearing that his job as a secret agent hacker would only put her in danger, or he'd have to dissapear one day and hurt her. The protagonist manages to convince him otherwise.
20th Sep '16 3:07:47 AM Tron80
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* This was common in Silver Age Superman and Batman comics, usually to explain plot twists that would otherwise make the characters out to be total jerks.

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* This was common in Silver Age Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} and Batman Franchise/{{Batman}} comics, usually to explain plot twists that would otherwise make the characters out to be total jerks.
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