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25th Feb '18 10:17:15 PM nombretomado
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* All main routes of ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'' lead inevitably to this trope thanks to Chizuru spending a good four years in the constant company of the captains of the {{Shinsengumi}}, all of whom, aside from Sanan, develop protective feelings toward her and go out of their way to keep her with them and protect her, even though she's TheLoad and the Shinsengumi's situation becomes increasingly dire as events unfold. In Okita Souji's route, [[spoiler:her EvilTwin Kaoru]] purposefully exploits the trope with malice aforethought [[BreakTheCutie to make poor Chizuru suffer]] by repeatedly creating situations that inspire Souji to protect her at his own expense.

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* All main routes of ''VideoGame/{{Hakuouki}}'' lead inevitably to this trope thanks to Chizuru spending a good four years in the constant company of the captains of the {{Shinsengumi}}, UsefulNotes/TheShinsengumi, all of whom, aside from Sanan, develop protective feelings toward her and go out of their way to keep her with them and protect her, even though she's TheLoad and the Shinsengumi's situation becomes increasingly dire as events unfold. In Okita Souji's route, [[spoiler:her EvilTwin Kaoru]] purposefully exploits the trope with malice aforethought [[BreakTheCutie to make poor Chizuru suffer]] by repeatedly creating situations that inspire Souji to protect her at his own expense.
25th Feb '18 1:22:47 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric vowed to protect his love interest, Annala, and while she initially needed it, he maintains this vow even after she becomes an ActionGirl archer and develops [[HolyHandGrenade offensive holy magic]]. It is at this point that Annala makes a similar vow. Her boyfriend may be a MagicKnight but even would have trouble fighting a GrimReaper by himself.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric vowed to protect his love interest, Annala, and while she initially needed it, he maintains this vow even after she becomes an ActionGirl archer and develops [[HolyHandGrenade offensive holy magic]]. It is at this point that Annala makes a similar vow. Her boyfriend may be a MagicKnight but even he would have trouble fighting a GrimReaper by himself.



* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Kallen has swore to protect her little sister, Ariel, who is the only family she has left. The problem is that Ariel wants to kill her because the sisters are on opposite sides of an OrderVersusChaos conflict.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Kallen has swore sworn to protect her little sister, Ariel, who is the only family she has left. The problem is that Ariel wants to kill her because the sisters are on opposite sides of an OrderVersusChaos conflict.
25th Feb '18 1:13:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch makes a pledge that he will always protect his little sister, Nunnaly. His rebellion is supposedly about changing the world to make a better place for her to live in but his revenge motif muddies the water.



*''Anime/CodeGeass'': Lelouch has this strange habit of personally jumping into mobile suit combat whenever Kallen (who is one of the best soldiers in his army) is in trouble, even if it means putting himself in danger. He claims it's just because she's too valuable a resource to lose but the essence is this trope.



*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Eric vowed to protect his love interest, Annala, and while she initially needed it, he maintains this vow even after she becomes an ActionGirl archer and develops [[HolyHandGrenade offensive holy magic]]. It is at this point that Annala makes a similar vow. Her boyfriend may be a MagicKnight but even would have trouble fighting a GrimReaper by himself.



* River Tam in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a slight variation; she really did need and want her brother Simon's protection, but that was because she was so erratic that she needed a stabilizing influence. Despite her abilities and [[spoiler: combat training]] she's still scared and confused about herself and the world around her. And Simon, despite possessing a PapaWolf instinct to rival the Captain's own, had an unimposing appearance and soft-spoken nature unless he needed to protect someone (like a patient endangered by an incompetent surgeon).

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* River Tam in ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' is a slight variation; she really did need and want her brother Simon's protection, but that was because she was so erratic that she needed a stabilizing influence. Despite her abilities and [[spoiler: combat training]] she's still scared and confused about herself and the world around her. And Simon, despite possessing a PapaWolf instinct BigBrotherInstinct to rival the Captain's own, had an unimposing appearance and soft-spoken nature unless he needed to protect someone (like a patient endangered by an incompetent surgeon).



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*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Kallen has swore to protect her little sister, Ariel, who is the only family she has left. The problem is that Ariel wants to kill her because the sisters are on opposite sides of an OrderVersusChaos conflict.
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ([[TropeOverdosed yes]], ''[[TropeOverdosed again]]''), a teenaged [[MaryTzu Xing-ke]] vows to protect [[AChildShallLeadThem Empress Tianzi]] after she saves him from execution. Years later, he keeps his promise. Spectacularly.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ([[TropeOverdosed yes]], ''[[TropeOverdosed again]]''), a teenaged [[MaryTzu [[GeniusBruiser Xing-ke]] vows to protect [[AChildShallLeadThem Empress Tianzi]] after she saves him from execution. Years later, he keeps his promise. Spectacularly.
25th Feb '18 12:27:33 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The protector fails to protect the protectee, resulting in the latter's death. This will be 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 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 their 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.

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* The protector fails to protect the protectee, resulting in the latter's death. This will be 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 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 their failure, the effects will be less severe, but all of the above can still occur--there's just a better chance of [[LoveRedeems [[MyGreatestSecondChance 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 protector protects their person, but at [[TakingTheBullet the cost of 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 them away]] so 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 them--and it's fairly likely that 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, they'll probably realize that they really did love them, and be swallowed by grief and regret. But if the protector continued to insist on protecting the protected, even after they've shown their TrueColors, they might realize that they really does love them ''before'' they kill them, 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 their life, pulled them out of non-lethal trouble, gave them something they needed, befriended them when nobody else was willing to, etc. So the protector [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe cherishes said moment]] in which the protected was there for 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'', and you get a BattleCouple.

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* The protector protects their person, but at [[TakingTheBullet the cost of 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.as guilt and anger push them towards extreme action. 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 them away]] so 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 them--and it's fairly likely that 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, they'll probably realize that they really did love them, and be swallowed by grief and regret. But if the protector continued to insist on protecting the protected, even after they've shown their TrueColors, they might realize that they really does love them ''before'' they kill them, and be [[LoveRedeems redeemed by love]]...
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* "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...
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* In the past, the protected person did something for the protector. Either saved their life, pulled them out of non-lethal trouble, gave them something they needed, befriended them when nobody else was willing to, etc. So the protector [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe cherishes said moment]] in which the protected was there for 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 Sometimes the declaration is ''mutual'', and you get a BattleCouple.



* ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' could be interpreted as having at least two of these.

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''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' could be interpreted as having at least two of these.



* In ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis'', Ryuuji does this for Ai. She is able to read his thoughts due to magical [[MacGuffin earrings]] she was wearing at the time. Although she learns that he's scared, he still tries to protect her, long enough for the BigDamnHeroes to show up to help him.

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* In ''LightNovel/DragonCrisis'', Ryuuji does this for Ai. She is able to read his thoughts due to magical [[MacGuffin earrings]] earrings she was wearing at the time. Although she learns that he's scared, he still tries to protect her, long enough for the BigDamnHeroes to show up to help him.



* The eponymous character of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has sworn to just about everyone in earshot that he'll become strong enough to protect the LoveInterest, Miu. Naturally, since she's the granddaughter of the man who owns the dojo that Kenichi attends, she's a ''far'' better fighter than him.

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* The eponymous character of ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' has sworn to just about everyone in earshot that he'll become strong enough to protect the his LoveInterest, Miu. Naturally, since she's the granddaughter of the man who owns the dojo that Kenichi attends, she's a ''far'' better fighter than him.



* While rather understated (as in it's clear to the reader, but he hardly shouts about it) it's plainly one of [[Manga/SoulEater Soul's]] motivations for protecting Maka. He insists its because it's his job as a Weapon. Fits whether or not you view them as a canon couple. Jackie shows a similar angle towards Kim with aforementioned connotations. Though the basic sentiment extends to pretty much every Weapon/meister team and works both ways.

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'': While rather understated (as in it's clear to the reader, but he hardly shouts about it) it's plainly one of [[Manga/SoulEater Soul's]] Soul's motivations for protecting Maka. He insists its because it's his job as a Weapon. Fits It fits whether or not you view them as a canon couple. Jackie shows a similar angle towards Kim with aforementioned connotations. Though the basic sentiment extends to pretty much every most Weapon/meister team and works both ways.



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch does this for Kallen [[spoiler:first by lying to her about using her in order to have her spared from going down with him when the Black Knights turn on him, and later by keeping her locked out of the Zero Requiem]].
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres''. [[spoiler:Shiso and Ceres have an InterSpeciesRomance-type marriage, with him as a human and her as a MagicalGirl of sorts. After they're attacked and he cannot help her fight off their attackers, Shiso decides that he doesn't want to be TheLoad and asks Ceres to give him a part of her powers, so he can fulfill this trope. But said powers drive him literally ''crazy'' for Ceres, with dire consequences.]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' subverts this with Hinata and Yuri/Yurippe [[http://www.mangareader.net/angel-beats-heavens-door/2/6 here]] seeing as [[spoiler: they're both immortal]].

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', Lelouch does this for Kallen [[spoiler:first by lying to her makes a pledge that he will always protect his little sister, Nunnaly. His rebellion is supposedly about using changing the world to make a better place for her to live in order to have her spared from going down with him when but his revenge motif muddies the Black Knights turn on him, and later by keeping her locked out of the Zero Requiem]].
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* Deconstructed in ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres''. ''Manga/AyashiNoCeres'': [[spoiler:Shiso and Ceres have an InterSpeciesRomance-type marriage, with him as a human and her as a MagicalGirl of sorts. After they're attacked and he cannot help her fight off their attackers, Shiso decides that he doesn't want to be TheLoad and asks Ceres to give him a part of her powers, so he can fulfill this trope. But said Said powers drive him literally ''crazy'' for Ceres, with dire consequences.]]
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'' subverts uses this with Hinata and Yuri/Yurippe [[http://www.mangareader.net/angel-beats-heavens-door/2/6 here]] seeing as and also [[spoiler: they're both immortal]].



* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' [[IdiotHero Emiya Shirou.]] He does this ''twice.'' In Fate, he does this to Saber, despite Saber being '''[[spoiler: motherfucking KingArthur]]'''. (To be fair, he HAD no idea who she really was AND had watched her get totally curbstomped by Hercules.) Fortunately, he's [[LampshadeHanging called out on this]] and eventually it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in the Unlimited Blade Works route (the second example), where it turns out that Shirou has a massive case of SurvivorGuilt that causes him to totally disregard his own safety. Heaven's Feel also plays with this trope by having Sakura be, from Shirou's point of view, [[IllGirl totally helpless...]] then you get closer to the end and she turns out to [[spoiler:have an absurdly powerful SuperpoweredEvilSide. Shirou promptly modifies his definition of "protect Sakura" to mean "get rid of Sakura's SuperpoweredEvilSide."]]

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* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight.'' [[IdiotHero Emiya Shirou.]] He does this ''twice.'' In Fate, he does this to Saber, despite Saber being '''[[spoiler: motherfucking KingArthur]]'''. (To be fair, he HAD no idea who she really was AND had watched her get totally curbstomped by Hercules.) Fortunately, he's [[LampshadeHanging called out on this]] and eventually it gets [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructed]] in the Unlimited Blade Works route (the second example), where it turns out that Shirou has a massive case of SurvivorGuilt that causes him to totally disregard his own safety.safety; the deconstruction is that he feels the other person's safety is more important than his own so there's no problem getting hurt. Heaven's Feel also plays with this trope by having Sakura be, from Shirou's point of view, [[IllGirl totally helpless...]] then you get closer to the end and she turns out to [[spoiler:have an absurdly powerful SuperpoweredEvilSide. Shirou promptly modifies his definition of "protect Sakura" to mean "get rid of Sakura's SuperpoweredEvilSide."]]
10th Feb '18 6:13:41 PM CyokieRevott
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* In ''Manga/PandoraHearts'', Gilbert Nightray repeatedly swears to protect his master, Oz Vessalius--not simply out of obligation, but because he adores Oz. There's no shortage of one-sided HoYay implications here.
16th Jan '18 3:25:48 AM darkemyst
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* ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'' has the knight Mitsuhide who became the prince Zen's first retainer when the prince was still a child. While Zen is an accomplished swordsman in his own right by the time of the series he's not quite up to Mitsuhide's level. Mitsuhide's initial reaction to being assigned to the prince was some trepidation as he had hoped to serve under Zen's older brother it was mostly out of surprise and he has never considered turning down the position. He is [[Main/UndyingLoyalty completely loyal]] to the prince to the point that it sometimes concerns Zen.
11th Jan '18 6:56:05 AM JoieDeCombat
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* In the first season of his route of ''VisualNovel/StarshipPromise'', Atlas Molniya drops an unorthodox version when he informs the protagonist that he intends to protect her from the Union out of ''pure spite''. The effect is still the same, especially given the vehemence of his phrasing.
-->'''Atlas:''' I wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire! So if they want you, then... then they'll have to rip you from my cold dead fingers.



* Despite providing the quote at the top, which suggests a 'It Gets Complicated' situation, Squall of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' really DOES get it easy. In order to protect Rinoa, the girl who finally brought him out of his sarcastic, just-dont-care shell, and taught him what love was - all he has to do is beat up all the villains. Then everything is all right.

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* Despite providing the quote at the top, which suggests a 'It Gets Complicated' situation, Squall of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' really DOES ''does'' get it that easy. In order to protect Rinoa, the girl who finally brought him out of his sarcastic, just-dont-care shell, and taught him what love was - all he has to do is beat up all the villains. Then everything is all right.



* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Kyousuke feels this way towards Riki and [[BigBrotherInstinct Rin]], and tries to encourage Riki to develop it towards Rin. In one of the final {{Bad End}}s, [[spoiler:when all of their other friends have died,]] Riki quietly promises to Rin that he will always protect her. She asks if he's proposing, and the player is given a choice whether to agree or not.


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* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Kyousuke feels this way towards Riki and [[BigBrotherInstinct Rin]], and tries to encourage Riki to develop it towards Rin. In one of the final {{Bad End}}s, [[spoiler:when all of their other friends have died,]] Riki quietly promises to Rin that he will always protect her. She asks if he's proposing, and the player is given a choice whether to agree or not.
* In the first season of his route of ''VisualNovel/StarshipPromise'', Atlas Molniya drops an unorthodox version when he informs the protagonist that he intends to protect her from the Union out of ''pure spite''. The effect is still the same, especially given the vehemence of his phrasing.
-->'''Atlas:''' I wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire! So if they want you, then... then they'll have to rip you from my cold dead fingers.
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11th Jan '18 6:53:23 AM JoieDeCombat
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* In the first season of his route of ''VisualNovel/StarshipPromise'', Atlas Molniya drops an unorthodox version when he informs the protagonist that he intends to protect her from the Union out of ''pure spite''. The effect is still the same, especially given the vehemence of his phrasing.
-->'''Atlas:''' I wouldn't spit on them if they were on fire! So if they want you, then... then they'll have to rip you from my cold dead fingers.
7th Jan '18 10:19:33 AM Twentington
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* "Parachute" by Music/ChrisStapleton: "Say the word and I'll be there for you / Baby, I will be your parachute"
30th Nov '17 7:35:50 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** When Espada attack Karakura Town, Ichigo is devastated by his inability to prevent Orihime getting seriously injured. Rukia then makes Ichigo go meet up with Orihime, to apologise for his failure and promise to not fail next time. The following arc has Orihime forced to go with the Espadas and Ichigo going to rescue her with Rukia, Chad, Renji and Ishida, focusing on getting Orihime back no matter what - even when such a desire triggers situations like Ichigo bringing himself BackFromTheDead upon hearing her cry out for him and brutalising both foes (Ulquiorra, alias the one who killed him ''and'' mentally tortured Orihime) '''and''' friends (Ishida, who tried to calm him down from such a rage):

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** When Espada attack Karakura Town, Ichigo is devastated by his inability to prevent Orihime getting seriously injured. Rukia then makes Ichigo go meet up with Orihime, to apologise for his failure and promise to not fail next time. The following arc has Orihime forced to go with the Espadas and Ichigo going to rescue her with Rukia, Chad, Renji and Ishida, focusing on getting Orihime back no matter what - even when such a desire triggers situations like Ichigo bringing himself BackFromTheDead upon hearing her cry out for him and brutalising both foes (Ulquiorra, alias the one who killed him ''and'' mentally tortured Orihime) '''and''' friends (Ishida, who tried commited the well-intentioned but huge mistake of trying to calm him down from such a rage):



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': In the "Princess and Dragon" chapters, Orihime reveals that Tatsuki had always [[BullyHunter protected her from the bullies]] that had prevented her from keeping her unusually-coloured hair at the length her beloved older brother preferred. When Tatsuki is defeated and almost killed by a Hollow, Orihime steps in to protect Tatsuki, motived by the gratitude and desire to repay the debt. Her resolve awakens her BarrierWarrior powers.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'':
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In the "Princess and Dragon" chapters, Orihime reveals that Tatsuki had always [[BullyHunter protected her from the bullies]] that had prevented her from keeping her unusually-coloured hair at the length her beloved older brother preferred. When Tatsuki is defeated and almost killed by a Hollow, Orihime steps in to protect Tatsuki, motived by the gratitude and desire to repay the debt. Her resolve awakens her BarrierWarrior powers.powers, which were already there but needed a bit more of a push to fully come to the surface.



** Rukia was the one who unlocked Ichigo's powers by giving him hers, giving him the chance to protect others from supernatural threats. By doing so, she broke a cardinal law of Soul Society and was taken away to be executed; Ichigo's motivation to go into Soul Society with his friends to retrieve and save her comes from both Orihime coming up with the idea and his own desire to repay Rukia for what he did for him.



*** Also in Fates' GoldenPath, Azama promises to protect Effie while at the same time giving her a LoveConfession:

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*** Also in Fates' GoldenPath, if Azama promises to protect and Effie while at the same time giving her reach a LoveConfession:RelationshipUpgrade, his LoveConfession is basically ''made'' of this trope:
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