History Main / DeclarationOfProtection

7th May '17 10:21:20 PM LadyNorbert
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** It's kind of a plot point in the KOF: KYO continuity. [[spoiler: Ever since he was a kid, Kyo deeply wanted to protect his loved ones (in fact, he promises his mother Shizuka to do so when he's as much 8 years old), and that turned out to be one of the reasons why he was so powerful... but after gradually forgetting it in the middle of his turbulent life, he got BroughtDownToNormal and then susceptible to being BrainwashedAndCrazy by Orochi. Remembering how he began to fight as well as this purpose is what lets Kyo recover his lost powers and shake off Orochi's influence: this is sealed after his WarriorTherapist dad Saisyu undoes a staged HostageSituation that he built to help Kyo and releases Yuki from an UnwillingSuspension. As Kyo rushes to [[FallingIntohisArms catch]] [[BridalCarry her]], his inner thoughts pretty much spell this trope.]]

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** It's kind of a plot point in the KOF: KYO continuity. [[spoiler: Ever since he was a kid, Kyo deeply wanted to protect his loved ones (in fact, he promises his mother Shizuka to that he will do so when he's as much 8 just eight years old), and that turned out to be one of the reasons why he was so powerful... but after gradually forgetting it in the middle of his turbulent life, he got BroughtDownToNormal and then susceptible to being BrainwashedAndCrazy by Orochi. Remembering how he began to fight as well as this purpose is what lets Kyo recover his lost powers and shake off Orochi's influence: this is sealed after his WarriorTherapist dad Saisyu undoes a staged HostageSituation that he built to help Kyo and releases Yuki from an UnwillingSuspension. As Kyo rushes to [[FallingIntohisArms catch]] [[BridalCarry her]], his inner thoughts pretty much spell this trope.]]



** In LegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Mipha makes this promise to the protagonist, Link, which becomes a bit tricky when she dies in the line of duty. She manages to keep the promise, however, by granting him her [[HealingHands magical healing ability]] after her soul is freed from Captivity.

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** In LegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild,'' Mipha makes this promise to the protagonist, Link, which becomes a bit tricky when she dies in the line of duty. She manages to keep the promise, however, by granting him her [[HealingHands magical healing ability]] after her soul is freed from Captivity.captivity.



* ''Manga/Eyeshield21'': Non romantic but the main linemen of a team sometime says that to his teammates. Because that is what their position is about.

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* ''Manga/Eyeshield21'': Non romantic Non-romantic, but the main linemen of a team sometime sometimes says that to his teammates. Because that That is what their position is about.



* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry declares this towards a projection of [[spoiler: his daughter]] who has been kidnapped by [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Red Court]]. Also somewhat [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] due to the lenght he is prepared to go in order to get her back.

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry declares this towards a projection of [[spoiler: his daughter]] who has been kidnapped by [[OurVampiresAreDifferent the Red Court]]. Also somewhat [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] due to the lenght lengths to which he is prepared to go in order to get her back.



--> '''Rory''': And she knows that where-ever she is, I ''am'' coming for her. ''Always.''

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--> '''Rory''': And she knows that where-ever wherever she is, I ''am'' coming for her. ''Always.''



** Toward the end of Season Six, Tyrion swears to Daenerys, "I believe in you. It's embarrassing, really. I'd swear you my sword but I don't actually own a sword." When Daenerys tells Tyrion she needs his council, not his protection, he answers, "It's yours. Now and always."

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** Toward the end of Season Six, Tyrion swears to Daenerys, "I believe in you. It's embarrassing, really. I'd swear you my sword sword, but I don't actually own a sword." When Daenerys tells Tyrion she needs his council, counsel, not his protection, he answers, "It's yours. Now and always."


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* Dorian will make one of these in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' if "In Hushed Whispers" is completed. [[spoiler:In the BadFuture,]] when the Herald of Andraste expresses their anxiousness over what will become of them, Dorian offers some gentle reassurance. "I'm here. I'll protect you."
7th May '17 7:24:14 PM Orome
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** In LegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Mipha makes this promise to the protagonist, Link, which becomes a bit tricky when she dies in the line of duty. She manages to keep the promise, however, by granting him her [[healingHands magical healing ability]] after her soul is freed from Captivity.

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** In LegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Mipha makes this promise to the protagonist, Link, which becomes a bit tricky when she dies in the line of duty. She manages to keep the promise, however, by granting him her [[healingHands [[HealingHands magical healing ability]] after her soul is freed from Captivity.
19th Apr '17 12:24:42 PM Scarab
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** In LegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Mipha makes this promise to the protagonist, Link, which becomes a bit tricky when she dies in the line of duty. She manages to keep the promise, however, by granting him her [[healingHands magical healing ability]] after her soul is freed from Captivity.
18th Apr '17 4:52:20 AM sasagane_alan
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' plays with this. Nico Saiba is the most badass Rider Player around, but still needs to be looked after by Taiga Hanaya, who is in a completely different league around 40 levels above her.

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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' plays with this. Nico Saiba is the most badass Rider Player Ride-Player around, but still needs to be looked after by Taiga Hanaya, who who's ability is in a completely different league around 40 levels above than her.
16th Apr '17 12:42:52 PM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' plays with this. Nico Saiba is the most badass Rider Player around, but still needs to be looked after by Taiga Hanaya, who is in a completely different league around 40 levels above her.
11th Apr '17 12:05:05 AM Eievie
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In Anime, the sentence "''Zettai ni mamoru!''" is likely to be used - if not spoken aloud, then thought. Depending on context, this can mean anything from a literal "I'll protect you from danger" to a more comradely "I'll watch your back" to akin to a LoveConfession, i.e. "I'll always be there for you." Because of this, expect the recipient to respond with a LuminescentBlush regardless of what she says.

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In Anime, the sentence "''Zettai ''"Zettai ni mamoru!''" mamoru!"'' is likely to be used - if used--if not spoken aloud, then thought. Depending on context, this can mean anything from a literal "I'll protect you from danger" to a more comradely "I'll watch your back" to akin to a LoveConfession, i.e. "I'll always be there for you." Because of this, expect the recipient to respond with a LuminescentBlush regardless of what she says.



* The protected person [[BodyguardingABadass is capable of looking after her or himself]]. The protector has a hard enough time keeping up with them, much less being of any use, and will often chastise themselves for failing to live up to their perceived duty as protector. Inevitably, however, the protected ''will'' get into trouble, at which point the hero's HeroicResolve will manifest and s/he'll become [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass suddenly competent]] as s/he leaps to save her.
* The protector fails to protect the protectee, resulting in the latter's death. This will be his or her [[MyGreatestFailure Greatest Failure]]. In this case, the relationship is more likely to be part of the backstory. It might have been the former protector's StartOfDarkness, as s/he went over to TheDarkSide while seeking revenge, or went mad while seeking to bring the protected back. Or maybe the protector just cracked and turned into a DeathSeeker. If the protected person survived despite his failure, the effects will be less severe, but all of the above can still occur -- there's just a better chance of [[LoveRedeems redemption]] later on. If the protector has to protect multiple people, and fails at doing so, then they're effectively a DoomMagnet and tend to suffer SurvivorGuilt.
* The protected person is normal, and the protector is not... and the main reason the protected is even in danger is that someone is hunting the ''protector''. Thus, the protector feels compelled to [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies part with the protected]], or run away from any other responsibilities to keep her safe. It almost never works. Note that most of the examples in ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies do ''not'' apply here -- for it to qualify, protecting that person has to be the character's main driving motivation -- so, for example, SpiderMan wouldn't qualify, since he knows he has a greater responsibility to protect the entire city, and the world. (And let's not even ''mention'' ComicBook/OneMoreDay...)
* The protector protects their person, but at [[TakingTheBullet the cost of his/her life]], or nearly so. If the protector dies, it could be a StartOfDarkness for the ''protected'', particularly if the protected person has any kind of power. If the protector survives, it's more likely to work as a BerserkButton, but it might also compel the protected to try and [[ShooTheDog push him/her away]] so s/he won't get hurt again.
* The protected person turns out to be TheMole, or just plain bad news. The protector likely won't see this, even if other try to tell her/him - and it's fairly likely that s/he won't realize it 'till the protected person finally stabs him in the back. It can turn out in a lot of different ways, but it's usually quite tragic. If the protector kills their (former) protected in response, it'll probably turn out that the traitor was acting under duress, and the protector will be swallowed by grief and regret. If the protector dies by the traitor's hand, s/he'll probably realize that s/he really did love her/him, and be swallowed by grief and regret. But if the protector continued to insist on protecting the protected, even after s/he's shown her TrueColors, s/he might realize that s/he really does love him ''before'' s/he kills her/him, and be [[LoveRedeems redeemed by love]]...
* 'Protecting' turns out to be more complicated and morally ambiguous than it sounds. Maybe the protected person has some sort of weird power that makes a lot of people fear them, or maybe the very layout of the world makes it impossible for them to live in peace. The hero may be forced to fight and kill more-or-less innocent people who attack the protected person out of fear, or orchestrate [[LaResistance rebellions]] and war in order to change the world for their love's benefit -- either way, there's bound to be a lot of victims, and the 'hero' will start to look less and less heroic...
* In the past, the protected person did something for the protector. Either saved her/his life, pulled her/him out of non-lethal trouble, gave her/him something s/he needed, befriended him/her when nobody else was willing to, etc. So the protector [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe cherishes said moment]] in which the protected was there for her/him, feels indebted to them, and decides to protect them as a way to pay them back for their help. Debts must be paid, after all... even if it involves pretty much going to Hell and back to not owe that person anything.

Naturally, not all cases will fit neatly into one of these categories, and of course, there ''are'' cases where there isn't really any major complications - just someone protecting another person from the MonsterOfTheWeek, for as long as it takes. And sometimes the declaration is mutual, and you get a BattleCouple.

Related tropes are numerous. Effectively, it is a subtrope of The {{Protectorate}} and TheChampion. BodyguardCrush is when the protection comes before the emotions. TheDulcineaEffect is when this absolute dedication pops up all of 10 seconds after he first sees her. MamaBear and PapaWolf are when it's a parent protecting their child. This trope is part of the job description for LadyAndKnight. In ancient times, [[SacredHospitality becoming someone's guest]] automatically put you under their protection, leading to a lot of this.

Warning! Some of these examples will be spoilers solely by virtue of which 'type' they get placed under!

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* The protected person [[BodyguardingABadass is capable of looking after her or himself]]. themself]]. The protector has a hard enough time keeping up with them, much less being of any use, and will often chastise themselves themself for failing to live up to their perceived duty as protector. Inevitably, however, the protected ''will'' get into trouble, at which point the hero's HeroicResolve will manifest and s/he'll they'll become [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass suddenly competent]] as s/he they leaps to save her.
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* The protector fails to protect the protectee, resulting in the latter's death. This will be his or her their [[MyGreatestFailure Greatest Failure]]. In this case, the relationship is more likely to be part of the backstory. It might have been the former protector's StartOfDarkness, as s/he they went over to TheDarkSide while seeking revenge, or went mad while seeking to bring the protected back. Or maybe the protector just cracked and turned into a DeathSeeker. If the protected person survived despite his their failure, the effects will be less severe, but all of the above can still occur -- there's occur--there's just a better chance of [[LoveRedeems redemption]] later on. If the protector has to protect multiple people, and fails at doing so, then they're effectively a DoomMagnet and tend to suffer SurvivorGuilt.
* The protected person is normal, and the protector is not... and the main reason the protected is even in danger is that someone is hunting the ''protector''. Thus, the protector feels compelled to [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies part with the protected]], or run away from any other responsibilities to keep her them safe. It almost never works. Note that most of the examples in ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies do ''not'' apply here -- for here--for it to qualify, protecting that person has to be the character's main driving motivation -- so, motivation--so, for example, SpiderMan wouldn't qualify, since he knows he has a greater responsibility to protect the entire city, and the world. (And let's not even ''mention'' ComicBook/OneMoreDay...)
* The protector protects their person, but at [[TakingTheBullet the cost of his/her their own life]], or nearly so. If the protector dies, it could be a StartOfDarkness for the ''protected'', particularly if the protected person has any kind of power. If the protector survives, it's more likely to work as a BerserkButton, but it might also compel the protected to try and [[ShooTheDog push him/her them away]] so s/he they won't get hurt again.
* The protected person turns out to be TheMole, or just plain bad news. The protector likely won't see this, even if other try to tell her/him - and them--and it's fairly likely that s/he they won't realize it 'till the protected person finally stabs him in the back. It can turn out in a lot of different ways, but it's usually quite tragic. If the protector kills their (former) protected in response, it'll probably turn out that the traitor was acting under duress, and the protector will be swallowed by grief and regret. If the protector dies by the traitor's hand, s/he'll they'll probably realize that s/he they really did love her/him, them, and be swallowed by grief and regret. But if the protector continued to insist on protecting the protected, even after s/he's they've shown her their TrueColors, s/he they might realize that s/he they really does love him them ''before'' s/he they kills her/him, them, and be [[LoveRedeems redeemed by love]]...
* 'Protecting' "Protecting" turns out to be more complicated and morally ambiguous than it sounds. Maybe the protected person has some sort of weird power that makes a lot of people fear them, or maybe the very layout of the world makes it impossible for them to live in peace. The hero may be forced to fight and kill more-or-less innocent people who attack the protected person out of fear, or orchestrate [[LaResistance rebellions]] and war in order to change the world for their love's benefit -- either benefit--either way, there's bound to be a lot of victims, and the 'hero' "hero" will start to look less and less heroic...
* In the past, the protected person did something for the protector. Either saved her/his their life, pulled her/him them out of non-lethal trouble, gave her/him them something s/he they needed, befriended him/her them when nobody else was willing to, etc. So the protector [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe cherishes said moment]] in which the protected was there for her/him, them, feels indebted to them, and decides to protect them as a way to pay them back for their help. Debts must be paid, after all... even if it involves pretty much going to Hell and back to not owe that person anything.

Naturally, not all cases will fit neatly into one of these categories, and of course, there ''are'' cases where there isn't really any major complications - just someone protecting another person from the MonsterOfTheWeek, for as long as it takes. And sometimes the declaration is mutual, ''mutual'', and you get a BattleCouple.

Related tropes are numerous. Effectively, it is a subtrope of The the {{Protectorate}} and TheChampion. BodyguardCrush is when the protection comes before the emotions. TheDulcineaEffect is when this absolute dedication pops up all of 10 seconds after he first sees her. MamaBear and PapaWolf are when it's a parent protecting their child. This trope is part of the job description for LadyAndKnight. In ancient times, [[SacredHospitality becoming someone's guest]] automatically put you under their protection, leading to a lot of this.

Warning! Some of these examples will be spoilers solely by virtue of which 'type' "type" they get placed under!



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31st Mar '17 7:12:19 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Throughout the show, while Matt rarely admits it, he is very protective of those he cares about, especially Karen.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Throughout the show, while Matt rarely admits it, he is very protective of those he cares about, especially Karen.Karen Page's safety.



** Throughout season 2, we see that Matt continues to be very protective of Karen. When she admits to breaking into Frank Castle's house, [[AngerBornOfWorry he's mad at her because he's scared that something bad could have happened to her]]. He tackles her to the ground and shields her from the bullets when Reyes is gunned down in front of them. In the season 2 finale, when the Hand kidnaps her and a bunch of other people Matt has saved as bait, he's so worried about Karen that he can't focus on tracking the hostages that Elektra has to calm him down, and when he does rescue the hostages, he can't resist stopping to make sure Karen is okay before she goes.

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** Throughout season 2, we see that Matt continues to be very protective of Karen. When she His first engagement with Frank Castle sees him taking the guy on when he's shooting at Grotto and Karen with a sniper rifle. A few episodes later, when Karen admits to breaking into Frank Castle's Frank's house, Matt and Foggy both get mad at her, but Matt admits [[AngerBornOfWorry he's mad at her because he's mostly just scared that something bad she could have happened to her]].gotten hurt]]. He tackles her to the ground and shields her from the bullets when Reyes is gunned down in front of them. In the season 2 finale, when the Hand kidnaps her and a bunch of other people Matt has saved as bait, he's so worried about Karen that he can't focus on tracking the hostages that Elektra has to calm him down, and when he does rescue the hostages, he can't resist stopping to make sure Karen is okay before she goes.
1st Mar '17 8:37:49 PM QueenOfSpades
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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', one of his bodyguards takes a blade for Maia.

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* In ''Literature/TheGoblinEmperor'', one of his bodyguards takes a blade for Maia. \n The alternative for royal bodyguards, should they fail to save the Emperor, is dishonorable suicide upon seeing the Emperor's corpse. So they generally prefer to take the bullet.
25th Feb '17 9:35:52 AM LadyNorbert
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* In Suzanne Collins' ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Peeta ''devotes'' himself to this cause for Katniss, who spends most of her time in the series kicking asses and taking names. He generally devolves into TheLoad because he saves Katniss' life by fighting off Cato and gets a sword to the leg for his troubles. In the second book it's less heroic, but getting electrocuted would slow most people down. In the third book, the Capital, aware this trope is in effect, turns it against them both in a sadistic way: [[spoiler: brainwashing Peeta to assassinate her on sight]]

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* In Suzanne Collins' ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', Peeta ''devotes'' himself to this cause for Katniss, who spends most of her time in the series kicking asses and taking names. He generally devolves into TheLoad because he saves Katniss' life by fighting off Cato and gets a sword to the leg for his troubles. In the second book it's less heroic, but getting electrocuted would slow most people down. In the third book, the Capital, aware this trope is in effect, turns it against them both in a sadistic way: [[spoiler: brainwashing Peeta to assassinate her on sight]]sight]].



* [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] is the galaxy's ultimate badass, however a certain dialogue path with [[ActionGirl Ash]] will have her invoke this trope. While [[DeadpanSnarker Ash]] does so very tongue in cheek she lives up to that promise.

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* [[Franchise/MassEffect Commander Shepard]] is the galaxy's ultimate badass, however badass; however, a certain dialogue path with [[ActionGirl Ash]] will have her invoke this trope. While [[DeadpanSnarker Ash]] does so very tongue in cheek cheek, she lives up to that promise.


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* When the Iron Bull is recruited in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'', he informs the perfectly badass Inquisitor that he will consider it his duty to serve as their front-line bodyguard. Whether this ultimately becomes romantic or not depends on whether they pursue him as their love interest, but [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration it's an actual gameplay mechanic]] - if he's in the active party, he invariably runs in to attack anything which makes the Inquisitor its target.
24th Feb '17 9:22:48 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'': Throughout the show, while Matt rarely admits it, he is very protective of those he cares about, especially Karen.
**When putting Karen up at his apartment after she escapes Wilson Fisk's attempt to have her killed in jail, Matt reassures her I will keep you safe, Karen," a promise he keeps when he rescues her from the assassin Fisk has sent to her apartment to attack her when she attempts to retrieve the Union Allied pension file.
**Which gets called back in the season 1 finale when Matt assures Karen, I told you I would keep you safe, Karen. When he [Fisk] came after you over Union Allied. That hasnt changed.
**Throughout season 2, we see that Matt continues to be very protective of Karen. When she admits to breaking into Frank Castle's house, [[AngerBornOfWorry he's mad at her because he's scared that something bad could have happened to her]]. He tackles her to the ground and shields her from the bullets when Reyes is gunned down in front of them. In the season 2 finale, when the Hand kidnaps her and a bunch of other people Matt has saved as bait, he's so worried about Karen that he can't focus on tracking the hostages that Elektra has to calm him down, and when he does rescue the hostages, he can't resist stopping to make sure Karen is okay before she goes.
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