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22nd May '16 5:07:50 AM Adept
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->''"So many engagements called off..."''
-->-- '''Mei Terumi''', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''
20th May '16 9:09:58 AM XFllo
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* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' is an American film but has a character bemoaning the fact she is twenty-six and still not married.



* Arianne Martell from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is considered this for being unwed at 23 in a setting where most women are bethrothed or married off in their early-mid teens.



* A western variant is deliberately invoked in ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'' series. Alexia Tarrabotti is considered a spinster in the alternate Victorian world the books and manga take place in, though she would still be considered rather young by modern standards.



* Act I, Scene 2 of the famed Creator/WilliamShakespeare tragedy ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' described Juliet's situation as a Renaissance Italian version of this. Juliet is only 14 but also in a world where girls are normally married off as soon as they hit puberty. As she's told, someone her age is usually ''[[TeenPregnancy already a mother]]''.
13th May '16 9:42:30 AM Pichu-kun
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* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. 28-year-old detective Miwako Satou was offered a matchup by her mother since she looked as if she MustHaveLotsOfFreeTime, and hence, would become a Christmas cake. Which turned out to cause a WeddingDeadline-like moment for her ''boyfriend'', Detective Takagi. Really not helped by how the guy Satou Sr. wanted for her daughter was Takagi's ''romantic rival'', Detective Shiratori.

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* Subverted in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''.''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** Subverted.
28-year-old detective Miwako Satou was offered a matchup by her mother since she looked as if she MustHaveLotsOfFreeTime, and hence, would become a Christmas cake. Which turned out to cause a WeddingDeadline-like moment for her ''boyfriend'', Detective Takagi. Really not helped by how the guy Satou Sr. wanted for her daughter was Takagi's ''romantic rival'', Detective Shiratori.



* Haruka Urashima from ''Manga/LoveHina''. She ''hates'' being reminded of her single status and called "ObaSan". Though she ultimately marries her VictoriousChildhoodFriend ([[spoiler:none other than Seta Noriyasu]]) in the manga
** The anime seems to be the source for the tales of her discomfort with 'Auntie'; In the manga she seems to understand Keitaro means it as a sign of his affection for her; in any event she doesn't hunt him down for it.
** In the manga she hardly seems to care at all. Although that might be due to the fact she does not appear that often.
* Nanako Kuroi (''Manga/LuckyStar''), 27 and still single. After hearing her students discuss the christmas cake/unmarried woman metaphor earlier in the episode she actually buys a Christmas cake after the 25th and proclaims (as she walks into the sunset) "You are wanted".
** Further joked about when Nanako meets Kona's cousin Yui and assumes because she is alone at a festival that she is also unmarried at an advanced age. Yui however ''is'' married, but with a husband seems to always be off at work [[ImprobablyFemaleCast and offscreen]]. Everyone but Nanako just finds it embarrassing.

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* Haruka Urashima from ''Manga/LoveHina''. She ''hates'' being reminded of her single status and called "ObaSan". Though she ultimately marries her VictoriousChildhoodFriend ([[spoiler:none other than Seta Noriyasu]]) in the manga
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manga. The anime seems to be the source for the tales of her discomfort with 'Auntie'; In the manga she seems to understand Keitaro means it as a sign of his affection for her; in any event she doesn't hunt him down for it.
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it. In the manga she hardly seems to care at all. Although that might be due to the fact she does not appear that often.
* Nanako Kuroi (''Manga/LuckyStar''), 27 and still single. After hearing her students discuss the christmas cake/unmarried woman metaphor earlier in the episode she actually buys a Christmas cake after the 25th and proclaims (as she walks into the sunset) "You are wanted".
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wanted". Further joked about when Nanako meets Kona's cousin Yui and assumes because she is alone at a festival that she is also unmarried at an advanced age. Yui however ''is'' married, but with a husband seems to always be off at work [[ImprobablyFemaleCast and offscreen]]. Everyone but Nanako just finds it embarrassing.



* Shizune, as shown in one of ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]'''s {{omake}}s where she whines about how she's unmarried at age 31, unlike Kurenai who has already a boyfriend. [[spoiler: Becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment when said boyfriend, Asuma, dies.]]
** The current Mizukage, Mei Terumī, is apparently one as well. While nobody is dumb enough to actually say this, [[TwistingTheWords she often misconstrues]] one of her bodyguard's words as claiming this. She then promptly [[BerserkButton threatens to kill him]] if he won't shut up, [[DissonantSerenity while still maintaining a smile on her face]].
*** The way she treats her younger bodyguard and her comments about Gaara and Sasuke have some fans joking that she fits the "fawning over [[{{Ephebophile}} younger men]]" part of the trope as well.
*** The fact that she called Sasuke attractive before [[spoiler:trying to melt him]] doesn't help at all. For some it might however, and you know who you are.

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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
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Shizune, as shown in one of ''[[Manga/{{Naruto}} Naruto Shippuden]]'''s ''Naruto Shippuden''s {{omake}}s where she whines about how she's unmarried at age 31, unlike Kurenai who has already a boyfriend. [[spoiler: Becomes a FunnyAneurysmMoment when said boyfriend, Asuma, dies.]]
** The current Mizukage, Mei Terumī, is apparently one as well. While nobody is dumb enough to actually say this, [[TwistingTheWords she often misconstrues]] one of her bodyguard's words as claiming this. She then promptly [[BerserkButton threatens to kill him]] if he won't shut up, [[DissonantSerenity while still maintaining a smile on her face]].
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face]]. The way she treats her younger bodyguard and her comments about Gaara and Sasuke have some fans joking that she fits the "fawning over [[{{Ephebophile}} younger men]]" part of the trope as well.
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well. The fact that she called Sasuke attractive before [[spoiler:trying to melt him]] doesn't help at all. For some it might however, and you know who you are.



* Robin from ''Manga/OnePiece'', as a 28 year old unmarried woman (30 post-timeskip), qualifies for this trope, except that that fact doesn't seem [[NoHuggingNoKissing to matter at all in that universe.]]
** Funnily enough in the movie, Z, she ends up de-aged back to 18 by a foe's Devil Fruit ability. Usopp makes a comment that accidently implies this and she wasn't amused to say the least.

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* Robin from ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Robin,
as a 28 year old unmarried woman (30 post-timeskip), qualifies for this trope, except that that fact doesn't seem [[NoHuggingNoKissing to matter at all in that universe.]]
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]] Funnily enough in the movie, Z, she ends up de-aged back to 18 by a foe's Devil Fruit ability. Usopp makes a comment that accidently implies this and she wasn't amused to say the least.



* Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' is 25 years old and lives by herself in an apartment full of used books. She used to have a boyfriend/lover in Donnie Nakajima, but he died [[spoiler:...and it turns out that Yomiko was the one who sent him to his end in the manga. In the anime, it's implied Joker killed him off, though it's never explained what happened. Though, the manga clarifies that it's both: Joker arranged for Yomiko to be forced to kill Donnie. When Yomiko found out at the end of the manga, the events of the anime backstory happen.]]
** She still has a couple potential suitors. It's just that [[LesYay neither of them are men]].

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* Yomiko Readman of ''Anime/ReadOrDie'' is 25 years old and lives by herself in an apartment full of used books. She used to have a boyfriend/lover in Donnie Nakajima, but he died [[spoiler:...and it turns out that Yomiko was the one who sent him to his end in the manga. In the anime, it's implied Joker killed him off, though it's never explained what happened. Though, the manga clarifies that it's both: Joker arranged for Yomiko to be forced to kill Donnie. When Yomiko found out at the end of the manga, the events of the anime backstory happen.]]
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]] She still has a couple potential suitors. It's just that [[LesYay neither of them are men]].



* Yuri-sensei from '' LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' (who is 29) to the point that she talks about it to herself constantly, and nearly acts like a zombie.
** In the LightNovels, this trope is referred to, especially in earlier volumes when she didn't have a large role in the story, literally [[RunningGag almost every time she is mentioned]]. The omniscient narrator seems personally to hate her.

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* Yuri-sensei from '' LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' (who is 29) to the point that she talks about it to herself constantly, and nearly acts like a zombie.
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zombie. In the LightNovels, this trope is referred to, especially in earlier volumes when she didn't have a large role in the story, literally [[RunningGag almost every time she is mentioned]]. The omniscient narrator seems personally to hate her.



* ''Film/{{Airplane}}'' is an American film but has a character bemoaning the fact she is twenty-six and still not married.



* Arianne Martell from Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire is considered this for being unwed at 23 in a setting where most women are bethrothed or married off in their early-mid teens.

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* Arianne Martell from Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' is considered this for being unwed at 23 in a setting where most women are bethrothed or married off in their early-mid teens.



* Muffy from the ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' series; she's always lamenting her failure with men, and in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS,'' her parents even try to arrange a marriage for her! (In the American version, they just try setting her up on a blind date.) She's also one of the available marriage candidates in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' -- in DS, she'll also eventually end up marrying Griffin if the player doesn't marry her, though in ''A Wonderful Life,'' she and Griffin will merely remain in a state of perpetual [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].

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* The thirty year old Muffy from the ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' series; she's series. She's always lamenting her failure with men, men (one of them even dumped her specifically because of her age), and in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS,'' her parents even try to arrange a marriage for her! (In her (n the American version, they just try setting her up on a blind date.) date)! She's also one of the available marriage candidates in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' -- in DS, she'll also eventually end up marrying Griffin if the player doesn't marry her, though in ''A Wonderful Life,'' she and Griffin will merely remain in a state of perpetual [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].



* A male version is given a minor examplie in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' as a VERY brief Joke. Tomitake quips "A man becomes is more attractive at 30!", in response to Mion quipping "You like photography so much, you missed your chance to be married!"

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* A male version is given a minor examplie in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' as a VERY brief Joke. Tomitake quips "A man becomes is more attractive at 30!", in response to Mion quipping "You like photography so much, you missed your chance to be married!"married!" Tomitake himself isn't married but he is dating Miyo.
25th Apr '16 12:27:41 AM Pichu-kun
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* Minamo "Nyamo" Kurosawa (''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': nagged by mom and frequently teased by Yukari, despite the latter being a "cake" herself).

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* Minamo "Nyamo" Kurosawa (''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'': from ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' is nagged by mom and frequently teased by Yukari, despite the latter being a "cake" herself).herself.



* The adult manga ''Manga/ToshiueNoHito'' uses this for some drama when the 20-year-old protagonist (in university at the time) introduces his new girlfriend to his parents; they're scandalised that he's living with a 26-year-old widow. When they actually meet her, they're somewhat surprised to find she's really, ''really'' [[OlderThanTheyLook young-looking]].
** How young? She later models clothes for ''pre-teens''.

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* The adult manga ''Manga/ToshiueNoHito'' uses this for some drama when the 20-year-old protagonist (in university at the time) introduces his new girlfriend to his parents; they're scandalised that he's living with a 26-year-old widow. When they actually meet her, they're somewhat surprised to find she's really, ''really'' [[OlderThanTheyLook young-looking]].
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young-looking]]. How young? She later models clothes for ''pre-teens''.



* A western variant is deliberately invoked in Literature/TheParasolProtectorate series. Alexia Tarrabotti is considered a spinster in the alternate Victorian world the books and manga take place in, though she would still be considered rather young by modern standards.

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* A western variant is deliberately invoked in Literature/TheParasolProtectorate ''Literature/TheParasolProtectorate'' series. Alexia Tarrabotti is considered a spinster in the alternate Victorian world the books and manga take place in, though she would still be considered rather young by modern standards.



* Muffy from the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series; she's always lamenting her failure with men, and in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS,'' her parents even try to arrange a marriage for her! (In the American version, they just try setting her up on a blind date.) She's also one of the available marriage candidates in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon: A Wonderful Life'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS'' -- in DS, she'll also eventually end up marrying Griffin if the player doesn't marry her, though in ''A Wonderful Life,'' she and Griffin will merely remain in a state of perpetual [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].

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* Muffy from the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' ''Franchise/HarvestMoon'' series; she's always lamenting her failure with men, and in the Japanese version of ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS,'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS,'' her parents even try to arrange a marriage for her! (In the American version, they just try setting her up on a blind date.) She's also one of the available marriage candidates in ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon: A Wonderful Life'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' and ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS'' ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonDS'' -- in DS, she'll also eventually end up marrying Griffin if the player doesn't marry her, though in ''A Wonderful Life,'' she and Griffin will merely remain in a state of perpetual [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].



** In the earlier ''{{Persona 2}}'', this was deconstructed with Ulala. She not only has no man, she has no job or skills [[spoiler:leading her to attempt to kill her best friend Maya, who is much more successful.]]

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** * In the earlier ''{{Persona ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}'', this was deconstructed with Ulala. She not only has no man, she has no job or skills [[spoiler:leading her to attempt to kill her best friend Maya, who is much more successful.]]



* Reina Mayuzumi of ''TraumaCenter Under The Knife 2'', also TheVamp, is 35, single, and constantly tries to sex up Derek, after which Angie furiously complains that she has to be much older than she looks. Her ultimate fate is related to this trope.

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* Reina Mayuzumi of ''TraumaCenter ''VideoGame/TraumaCenter Under The Knife 2'', also TheVamp, is 35, single, and constantly tries to sex up Derek, after which Angie furiously complains that she has to be much older than she looks. Her ultimate fate is related to this trope.
9th Jan '16 11:00:35 AM StFan
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* Act I, Scene 2 of the famed Creator/WilliamShakespeare tragedy ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'' described Juliet's situation as a Renaissance Italian version of this. Juliet is only 14 but also in a world where girls are normally married off as soon as they hit puberty. As she's told, someone her age is usually ''[[TeenPregnancy already a mother]]''.

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* Act I, Scene 2 of the famed Creator/WilliamShakespeare tragedy ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'' ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' described Juliet's situation as a Renaissance Italian version of this. Juliet is only 14 but also in a world where girls are normally married off as soon as they hit puberty. As she's told, someone her age is usually ''[[TeenPregnancy already a mother]]''.
27th Dec '15 12:47:30 PM WhosAsking
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The ChristmasCake trope is related to NeverASelfMadeWoman. As the Japanese-culture specific variant of OldMaid, only Japanese examples should be listed here. Also, a woman being single and 25 years or older is '''not''' enough to qualify for this trope, even if they ''are'' Japanese. In order to fall under this trope, the woman must make a specific reference to the concept of "needing to have been married by a certain age" - typically by either having a complex about being older and unmarried, or making it clear that they don't believe in the concept of being "too old to marry". If the trope itself [[DiscussedTrope is brought up]] but not in reference to any specific female characters, that counts as an example as well.

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The ChristmasCake trope is related to NeverASelfMadeWoman. As It's primarily the Japanese-culture specific variant of OldMaid, only so Japanese examples entries should be listed here.predominate this list. Also, a woman being single and 25 years or older is '''not''' enough to qualify for this trope, even if they ''are'' Japanese. In order to fall under this trope, the woman must make a specific reference to the concept of "needing to have been married by a certain age" - typically by either having a complex about being older and unmarried, or making it clear that they don't believe in the concept of being "too old to marry". If the trope itself [[DiscussedTrope is brought up]] but not in reference to any specific female characters, that counts as an example as well.
well. If a non-Japanese entry is to be added, it must be one where the trope is discussed ''and'' where the age where an eligible bachelorette becomes a spinster is both specific ''and young'' (25 is still considered young in many cultures; it should be lower for a non-Japanese entry to count such that it stands out).


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* Act I, Scene 2 of the famed Creator/WilliamShakespeare tragedy ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'' described Juliet's situation as a Renaissance Italian version of this. Juliet is only 14 but also in a world where girls are normally married off as soon as they hit puberty. As she's told, someone her age is usually ''[[TeenPregnancy already a mother]]''.
24th Dec '15 8:57:43 AM WhosAsking
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* Haruna Sakurada from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is one of the most famous examples of this, specially in the first anime. in its second episode she has a sobbing HeroicBSOD when a BrainwashedAndCrazy Umino flips her skirt and gives the audience and the boys quite a PantyShot ([[DefiledForever "... I'm soileeeed! I'll never get marrieeeeed!"]]), shows LOTS of envy when a fellow teacher accepts a marriage proposal and then almost catfights with Rei and Usagi for the bridal bouquet, and when she ''does'' get an off-screen prospect boyfriend and the guy cancels their date due to work she becomes ''very'' irritable. On the episode following that Panty Shot, Usagi hears a love letter on the radio that came from her and can't believe it came from her teacher [[LampshadeHanging seeing as how she's too old for this stuff]].

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* Haruna Sakurada from ''Anime/SailorMoon'' is one of the most famous examples of this, specially in the first anime. in its second episode she has a sobbing HeroicBSOD when a BrainwashedAndCrazy Umino flips her skirt and gives the audience and the boys quite a PantyShot ([[DefiledForever "... I'm soileeeed! I'll never get marrieeeeed!"]]), shows LOTS of envy when a fellow teacher accepts a marriage proposal (subverting the trope in the process; she's noted to be ''34'') and then almost catfights with Rei and Usagi for the bridal bouquet, and when she ''does'' get an off-screen prospect boyfriend and the guy cancels their date due to work she becomes ''very'' irritable. On the episode following that Panty Shot, Usagi hears a love letter on the radio that came from her and can't believe it came from her teacher [[LampshadeHanging seeing as how she's too old for this stuff]].
19th Dec '15 11:05:01 AM WhosAsking
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* Miz Mishtal in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' is another example of this; her first appearance shows her negative reaction to a letter from one her old (and married) schoolmate.

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* Miz Mishtal in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'' is another example of this; her first appearance shows her negative reaction to a letter from one her old (and married) schoolmate. Of course, the trope then gets famously subverted soon after when she meets Fujisawa. Since both are in their late 20's, it works out well for all involved.
15th Nov '15 11:24:08 AM Lyendith
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* Koumoto Akari, [[TwoTeacherSchool the teacher of the school]] in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', is considered a LivingLegend for her sheer number of failed attempts at getting a boyfriend, and her inability to attract any man is treated as an almost supernatural aura that deprives even [[MsFanservice Shiho]] of her sexiness when the latter tries to give her advice. Her [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld great-great-grandmother]] [[{{Troll}} Akane]] takes an intense delight in reminding her, and often pays dearly for it.
** It doesn't help that she's inhumanly strong, extremely prone to violence, and her ideal man is a literal Prince Charming on a white horse.

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* Koumoto Akari, [[TwoTeacherSchool the teacher of the school]] in ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', is considered a LivingLegend for her sheer number of failed attempts at getting a boyfriend, and her inability to attract any man is treated as an almost supernatural aura that deprives even [[MsFanservice Shiho]] of her sexiness when the latter tries to give her advice. Her [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld great-great-grandmother]] [[{{Troll}} Akane]] takes an intense delight in reminding her, and often pays dearly for it.
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it. It doesn't help that she's inhumanly strong, extremely prone to violence, and her ideal man is a literal Prince Charming on a white horse.
11th Oct '15 11:43:57 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* The club advisor's single status become a running gag in ''LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru'', to the point where it the physiological damage could bring her down to her knee,

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* The club advisor's single status become a running gag in ''LightNovel/YahariOreNoSeishunLoveComeWaMachigatteiru'', ''LightNovel/MyTeenRomanticComedySNAFU'', to the point where it the physiological damage could bring her down to her knee,
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