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23rd Jun '16 4:36:16 AM BlacKat
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* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. Thoug thish might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to [[LoveIsAWeakness reject personal relationships completely]],that's never stated outright by him or anyone else.

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* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. Thoug thish Though this might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to [[LoveIsAWeakness reject personal relationships completely]],that's completely]], it's never stated outright by him or anyone else.confirmed as such in canon.
23rd Jun '16 4:34:24 AM BlacKat
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* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. This might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to [[LoveIsADistraction reject personal relationships almost completely]] -- though that's never stated outright by him or anyone else.

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* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. This Thoug thish might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to [[LoveIsADistraction [[LoveIsAWeakness reject personal relationships almost completely]] -- though that's completely]],that's never stated outright by him or anyone else.
23rd Jun '16 4:32:33 AM BlacKat
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* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. This might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to reject personal relationships almost completely -- though that's never stated outright by him or anyone else.

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* Barnaby from ''Anime/TigerAndBunny''. A natural when it comes to playing TheCharmer, he has no problem with acting cool for the sake of the fangirls in order to stay true to his position as [[ShowWithinAShow [=HeroTV=]'s]] no.1 MrFanservice; but in private he has displayed zero interest in romance. He's said to have had a huge [[UnwantedHarem fan club]] back when he was at school, and apparently ignored all of them. Despite working alongside a cute tomboy (Pao-Lin), an aloof bishoujo (Karina) and a hot career woman (Agnes), he has yet to spare any of them more than a passing glance. This might be due to the obsession with revenge which has caused him to [[LoveIsADistraction reject personal relationships almost completely completely]] -- though that's never stated outright by him or anyone else.
23rd Jun '16 4:30:44 AM BlacKat
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** But the character questionnaire ''does'' have him revealing that he had a crush on a girl prior to the series. Thereby it's likely that he follows the "Love is a Distraction" school of thought. And now that he seems to have lightened up and gotten over the aforementioned obsession...
12th Jun '16 1:51:35 PM LentilSandEater
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** Subverted by their original [[FollowTheLeader answer to Ryu]], [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Ryo Sakazaki]], who's attracted to resident {{Bifauxnen}} King who returns the feelings. However, [[CrushBlush both are shy, unsure and unwilling to even talk about any of it to anyone]].
*** Could be a case of CharacterDevelopment or as the anime section above showed, AlternateCharacterInterpretation on SNK's part as the fighters are never shown to be at their peak when in a relationship or even thinking about it and all characters lost their Ryu-level invincibility once they have officially confirmed to be in a relationship with the exception of Andy Bogard who never surpassed Terry despite shunning Mai away. Robert Garcia could be a possible aversion as he teamed up with Ryo in the ''[=AoF=]'' games. [[spoiler: Terry lost to Rock Howard and Kyo Kusanagi by the time he and Mary fought/talked together regarding their little attraction to each other indefinitely. Ryo never got back to his ''[=AoF=]'' days in ''KOF'' after he and King were recognized as a couple. Incidentally happened to Ken Masters too who was champion of ''SFII''.]]
*** ''Art of Fighting'' and ''Fatal Fury'' are one continuity; ''The King of Fighters'' is [[AlternateContinuity another]]. They share the same basic backstory, but that is where similarities in terms of plot elements end.
** Played with in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', though. Haohmaru has a girlfriend, yes, his priority is fighting and Oshizu knows that very well; Nakoruru has Galford as her DoggedNiceGuy, but her own priority is being a NatureHero; Charlotte also adheres to the trope after she finds out her affections for [[spoiler:Haohmaru]] won't be returned... OTOH, Hattori Hanzou is married to [[ActionMom a fellow Ninja]] named Kaede [[spoiler:(and later was widowed)]] and Sieger got to tie the knot with his lady in liege, Princess Elizabeth.

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** Subverted Averted by their original [[FollowTheLeader answer to Ryu]], [[VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Ryo Sakazaki]], who's attracted to resident {{Bifauxnen}} King who returns the feelings. However, [[CrushBlush both are shy, unsure and unwilling to even talk about any of it to anyone]].
*** Could be a case of CharacterDevelopment or as the anime section above showed, AlternateCharacterInterpretation on SNK's part as the fighters are never shown to be at their peak when in a relationship or even thinking about it and all characters lost their Ryu-level invincibility once they have officially confirmed to be in a relationship with the exception of Andy Bogard who never surpassed Terry despite shunning Mai away. Robert Garcia could be a possible aversion as he teamed up with Ryo in the ''[=AoF=]'' games. [[spoiler: Terry lost to Rock Howard and Kyo Kusanagi by the time he and Mary fought/talked together regarding their little attraction to each other indefinitely. Ryo never got back to his ''[=AoF=]'' days in ''KOF'' after he and King were recognized as a couple. Incidentally happened to Ken Masters too who was champion of ''SFII''.]]
*** ''Art of Fighting'' and ''Fatal Fury'' are one continuity; ''The King of Fighters'' is [[AlternateContinuity another]]. They share the same basic backstory, but that is where similarities in terms of plot elements end.
** Played with Downplayed in ''VideoGame/SamuraiShodown'', though. Haohmaru has a girlfriend, yes, his priority is fighting and Oshizu knows that very well; Nakoruru has Galford as her DoggedNiceGuy, but her own priority is being a NatureHero; Charlotte also adheres to the trope after she finds out her affections for [[spoiler:Haohmaru]] won't be returned... OTOH, Hattori Hanzou is married to [[ActionMom a fellow Ninja]] named Kaede [[spoiler:(and later was widowed)]] and Sieger got to tie the knot with his lady in liege, Princess Elizabeth.



** Laharl from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is already 1313 years old, but can't stand sexy women, and doesn't appear to be attracted to non-sexy women either. This might also have something to do with the fact that he is AllergicToLove. He is a perfect example of the "Love is Beneath Me" type. We should point out that, centuries-old or no, Laharl has yet to complete puberty and is still considered JustAKid by demon standards - he acts confused/horrified when an older character tries to give him TheTalk.
*** In the [[LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels novels,]] he's an UnwantedHarem, attracting both young girls (such as Etna, Flonne, her younger sister Ozonne, Gordon's 13-year-old daughter Jane,) and Sakura, an [[{{Shotacon}} adult woman.]]

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** Laharl from ''VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness'' is already 1313 years old, but can't stand sexy women, and doesn't appear to be attracted to non-sexy women either. This might also have something to do with the fact that he is AllergicToLove. He is a perfect example of the "Love is Beneath Me" type. We should point out that, centuries-old or no, Laharl has yet to complete puberty and is still considered JustAKid by demon standards - he acts confused/horrified when an older character tries to give him TheTalk.
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TheTalk. In the [[LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels novels,]] he's an UnwantedHarem, attracting both young girls (such as Etna, Flonne, her younger sister Ozonne, Gordon's 13-year-old daughter Jane,) and Sakura, an [[{{Shotacon}} adult woman.]]



** Worth noting that it might be cultural and not just personal. Men from the Warriors' Village inscribe the name of their true love upon their sword--Flik's love for Odessa was strong enough that [[ItMakesSenseInContext he named his sword after her]]. To Flik, there simply may not be anyone else he's ''capable'' of loving on the same level he loved Odessa.



** Also, WarriorMonk [[SimpleStaff Kilik]]. According to ''IV'', he's well aware of fellow [[TrueCompanions travelling mate]] [[AnimeChineseGirl Chai]] [[ActionGirl Xianghua's]] romantic feelings for him, but doesn't want to reciprocate for two reasons. '''1)''' Xianghua [[YouRemindMeOfX reminds him of]] his [[OneeSama big sister figure]] Xianglian, [[FailureKnight who he accidentally killed four years back thanks to]] [[TheCorruption the Evil Seed]] (the swarm of evil influence that washed across the world when [[TheAtoner Siegfried]] claimed [[EvilWeapon Soul]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Edge]] for himself and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy became]] [[BigBad Nightmare]]) causing him to become [[TheBerserker berserk]] [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed and slaughter in his fellow Ling Sheng-Su monks]] (unbeknownst to them both, Xianghua is actually Xianglian's [[LongLostRelative long-lost little sister]]). '''2)''' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies Due to his mission to destroy Soul Edge]] (which holds the risk of his death), [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he would rather have her live a life of happiness without him]]. This comes to a head in either one of two ways in ''IV''. [[spoiler:Either Kilik absorbs the energies of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur into his Kali-Yuga and goes off into seclusion alone to properly balance these powers (Kilik's ending) or Xianghua pleads to Kilik to not go as [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself to destroy Soul Edge]] [[TogetherInDeath and ultimately goes with him]] (Xianghua's ending). It's a bit saddening no matter how you look at it.]]
*** It should be noted that this is a bit of a departure from ''III'', where Kilik either flat-out asks Xianghua to be with him (his ending) or is {{oblivious|ToLove}} to her [[ShipTease hints]] (her ending). Then again, in their endings, they had finally destroyed Soul Edge, which was a non-canon scenario.
*** Additionally, Xianghua's daughter Leixia is confirmed to be a playable character in ''V'' ([[TimeSkip which is set seventeen years after the fourth game]]). It turns out that Kilik is ''[[DidNotGetTheGirl not]]'' the father, much to the surprise/dismay/anger of many. [[spoiler:Xianghua was instead married off to Ming general Yan Wujin. However, Kilik--before leaving Xianghua--spent one last night with his lover. And that's how Xiba was born.]]

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** Also, WarriorMonk [[SimpleStaff Kilik]]. According to ''IV'', he's well aware of fellow [[TrueCompanions travelling mate]] [[AnimeChineseGirl Chai]] [[ActionGirl Xianghua's]] romantic feelings for him, but doesn't want to reciprocate for two reasons. '''1)''' Xianghua [[YouRemindMeOfX reminds him of]] his [[OneeSama big sister figure]] Xianglian, [[FailureKnight who he accidentally killed four years back thanks to]] [[TheCorruption the Evil Seed]] (the swarm of evil influence that washed across the world when [[TheAtoner Siegfried]] claimed [[EvilWeapon Soul]] [[ArtifactOfDoom Edge]] for himself and [[BrainwashedAndCrazy became]] [[BigBad Nightmare]]) causing him to become [[TheBerserker berserk]] [[WhereIWasBornAndRazed and slaughter in his fellow Ling Sheng-Su monks]] (unbeknownst to them both, Xianghua is actually Xianglian's [[LongLostRelative long-lost little sister]]). '''2)''' [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies Due to his mission to destroy Soul Edge]] (which holds the risk of his death), [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he would rather have her live a life of happiness without him]]. This comes to a head in either one of two ways in ''IV''. [[spoiler:Either Kilik absorbs the energies of Soul Edge and Soul Calibur into his Kali-Yuga and goes off into seclusion alone to properly balance these powers (Kilik's ending) or Xianghua pleads to Kilik to not go as [[HeroicSacrifice he sacrifices himself to destroy Soul Edge]] [[TogetherInDeath and ultimately goes with him]] (Xianghua's ending). It's a bit saddening no matter how you look at it.]]
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]] It should be noted that this is a bit of a departure from ''III'', where Kilik either flat-out asks Xianghua to be with him (his ending) or is {{oblivious|ToLove}} to her [[ShipTease hints]] (her ending). Then again, in their endings, they had finally destroyed Soul Edge, which was a non-canon scenario.
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scenario. Additionally, Xianghua's daughter Leixia is confirmed to be a playable character in ''V'' ([[TimeSkip which is set seventeen years after the fourth game]]). It turns out that Kilik is ''[[DidNotGetTheGirl not]]'' the father, much to the surprise/dismay/anger of many. [[spoiler:Xianghua was instead married off to Ming general Yan Wujin. However, Kilik--before leaving Xianghua--spent one last night with his lover. And that's how Xiba was born.]]
7th Jun '16 7:55:00 PM Willbyr
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* ''TowardTheTerra'' takes this trope to its extreme conclusion. Even the ''thought'' of intimate relationships doesn't seem to exist in the same universe as Soldier Blue [[spoiler:or the next Soldier (title for the leader of the Mu), Jomy. Interestingly, Tony has a girlfriend... but she obligatorily dies a few episodes before he becomes Jomy's replacement.]] Odd considering that they need all the psionic power they can get, AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and power is a function of genetics.

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* ''TowardTheTerra'' ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' takes this trope to its extreme conclusion. Even the ''thought'' of intimate relationships doesn't seem to exist in the same universe as Soldier Blue [[spoiler:or the next Soldier (title for the leader of the Mu), Jomy. Interestingly, Tony has a girlfriend... but she obligatorily dies a few episodes before he becomes Jomy's replacement.]] Odd considering that they need all the psionic power they can get, AuthorityEqualsAsskicking, and power is a function of genetics.
6th Jun '16 10:13:14 AM DoctorCooper
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* For the matter of that, even laymen who can't marry are expected to be this. And they don't even get to wear [[ErmineCapeEffect cool robes]] to make up for it.

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* For the matter of that, even laymen who can't marry are expected to be this. And they don't even get to wear [[ErmineCapeEffect cool robes]] to make up for it.
6th Jun '16 10:10:07 AM DoctorCooper
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* In [[DefiedTrope defiance]] of this trope's AlwaysMale status, how about [[http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Wake_Nancy.html Nancy]] [[http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-heroes/white_mouse.htm "The White Mouse"]][[http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/wake.html Wake]]? A journalist hailing from New Zealand, she aided the French Resistance, and after her cover was blown, trained with the British SOE, returned to France, and went on to do such {{Badass}} things as riding a bicycle for 71 km to get much needed supplies and commanding 7,000 Maquis troops against 22,000 Nazi soldiers. She's the most decorated servicewoman of WWII and would like to be remembered as "the woman who turned down 7,000 horny Frenchmen."

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* In [[DefiedTrope defiance]] of this trope's AlwaysMale status, how How about [[http://www.biographybase.com/biography/Wake_Nancy.html Nancy]] [[http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-heroes/white_mouse.htm "The White Mouse"]][[http://www.moreorless.au.com/heroes/wake.html Wake]]? A journalist hailing from New Zealand, she aided the French Resistance, and after her cover was blown, trained with the British SOE, returned to France, and went on to do such {{Badass}} badass things as riding a bicycle for 71 km to get much needed supplies and commanding 7,000 Maquis troops against 22,000 Nazi soldiers. She's the most decorated servicewoman of WWII and would like to be remembered as "the woman who turned down 7,000 horny Frenchmen."
28th Apr '16 8:53:23 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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There are a variety of potential motives for this behavior: belief that it's a distraction, a weakness, something they would like but don't have time for, etc. See the [[Analysis/CelibateHero Analysis]] page for details.

Expect more than one reason to come into play, usually reinforcing one another; rarely do any of these show up alone.

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There are a variety of potential motives for this behavior: belief that it's a distraction, a weakness, something they would like but don't have time for, etc. Expect more than one reason to come into play, usually reinforcing one another; rarely do any of these show up alone. See the [[Analysis/CelibateHero Analysis]] page for details. \n\nExpect more than one reason to come into play, usually reinforcing one another; rarely do any of these show up alone.\n
27th Apr '16 12:08:09 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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Compare {{Asexuality}}, OldFashionedRowboatDate, CourtlyLove, DidNotGetTheGirl, NoHuggingNoKissing. Compare and contrast ConfirmedBachelor, who's specifically opposed to ''marriage'', which could be due to this trope or [[TheCasanova the opposite]].

Contrast LovedINotHonorMore, AManIsNotAVirgin, and EunuchsAreEvil.

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Compare {{Asexuality}}, CelibateEccentricGenius, OldFashionedRowboatDate, CourtlyLove, DidNotGetTheGirl, NoHuggingNoKissing. Compare and contrast ConfirmedBachelor, who's specifically opposed to ''marriage'', which could be due to this trope or [[TheCasanova the opposite]].

Contrast LovedINotHonorMore, AManIsNotAVirgin, MustNotDieAVirgin, NatureAbhorsAVirgin, VirginityMakesYouStupid, EunuchsAreEvil, StraightEdgeEvil, and EunuchsAreEvil.
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