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15th May '16 11:26:07 PM StrixObscuro
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* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series offers a dark in-universe example of this trope: [[spoiler:Alex deliberately manipulates the team's adventures so that his crush Nico will survive the endgame - in which EldritchAbominations kill all but six of the Earth's inhabitants.]]

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* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series offers a dark in-universe example of this trope: [[spoiler:Alex deliberately manipulates the team's adventures so that his crush Nico will survive the endgame - in which EldritchAbominations the Gibborim kill all but six of the Earth's inhabitants.]]
15th May '16 11:25:14 PM StrixObscuro
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* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series offers a dark in-universe example of this trope: [[spoiler:Alex deliberately manipulates the team's adventures so that his crush Nico will survive the endgame - in which EldritchAbominations kill all but six of the Earth's inhabitants.]]
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* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' has Creator/KateBeckinsale, who met the director on set and is now married to him. Guess who all the action in 4 films centers on. (Scott Speedman even mention how awkward is to perform a sex scene when the actress' husband is behind the camera)

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* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'' has Creator/KateBeckinsale, who met the director on set and is now married to him. Guess who all the action in 4 films centers on. (Scott Speedman even mention how awkward is to perform a sex scene when the actress' husband is behind the camera) camera.)
2nd Mar '16 6:31:13 AM Eievie
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Term used in roleplaying game circles for a player - often literally the DM's girlfriend, sometimes a younger family member - who is getting special treatment from the gamemaster due to an out-of game personal relationship, specifically because the GM either wants to curry favor with them or is afraid of incurring their ire. This is often at the expense of other players, who showed up at the table to participate equally, but have somehow ended up playing sidekicks to the Dungeon Master's Girlfriend.

This trope is much older than, and not limited to gaming situations, though. Before there were [=RPGs=], it was a situation that would arise in theatre, film, and TV -- the director would give his girlfriend a large or important role, or a producer would insist that his current girlfriend be given a part as a condition for his backing. In most cases, she is not competent enough to handle the role; in some, she's not competent at all.

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Term used in roleplaying game circles for a player - often player--often literally the DM's girlfriend, sometimes a younger family member - who member--who is getting special treatment from the gamemaster due to an out-of game personal relationship, specifically because the GM either wants to curry favor with them or is afraid of incurring their ire. This is often at the expense of other players, who showed up at the table to participate equally, but have somehow ended up playing sidekicks to the Dungeon Master's Girlfriend.

This trope is much older than, and not limited to gaming situations, though. Before there were [=RPGs=], it was a situation that would arise in theatre, film, and TV -- the TV--the director would give his girlfriend a large or important role, or a producer would insist that his current girlfriend be given a part as a condition for his backing. In most cases, she is not competent enough to handle the role; in some, she's not competent at all.
17th Nov '15 7:27:17 PM FF32
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* ''Film/HotFuzz'' has this with the director (and star) of the small-town's production of ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'', where his girlfriend is cast in the other lead role.

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* ''Film/HotFuzz'' has this with the director (and star) of the small-town's production of ''Theater/RomeoAndJuliet'', ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'', where his girlfriend is cast in the other lead role.
30th Sep '15 5:59:38 PM Nohbody
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* Unfortunately, a very real problem IRL, especially when a dungeonmaster's significant other is playing the game for the first time.
** Another problem is that people may perceive it happening when it isn't, or the Dungeon Master isn't sure how much slack to give to their significant other's character and they are instead overly harsh. Prospective [=DMs=] need to be careful to disassociate your players from their characters since favoritism will breed resentment in all parties, including (and even especially) the one receiving favor since they can easily find it condescending. If unsure, just ask the other players privately if they think you are playing favorites and see what they have to say.
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27th Sep '15 5:36:46 AM Rjinswand
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Compare {{Nepotism}}. This person may be regarded as something of a YokoOhNo, especially in the case of film and music, and also may result in the LoveMakesYouUncreative trope being invoked.

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Compare {{Nepotism}}.{{Nepotism}} and SleepingTheirWayToTheTop. This person may be regarded as something of a YokoOhNo, especially in the case of film and music, and also may result in the LoveMakesYouUncreative trope being invoked.
22nd Sep '15 11:35:14 AM OptimumTaurus
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* ''Film/TheGodfather'' had Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia play Michael Corleone's daughter Mary. It didn't go well (fortunately, she became a quite talented director in her own right instead of pursuing a career in acting).

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* ''Film/TheGodfather'' had Francis Ford Coppola's daughter Sofia play Michael Corleone's daughter Mary. It didn't go well (fortunately, she became a quite talented director in her own right instead of pursuing a career in acting). To a lesser extent Talia Shire, Coppola's sister, as Connie Corleone.
7th Sep '15 12:52:46 PM Prfnoff
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* Inverted in ''Film/AChorusLine'' where the ''ex-''girlfriend of the director ia at audirions applying for one of the roles in the show, because she wants to work as a dancer and nobody will hire her, saying she's ''too good''. He realizes she really is much more talented than he was thinking she is, and gives her one of the parts. He kids her by saying that he guesses she'll have to sleep with him again to keep the part.

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* Inverted in ''Film/AChorusLine'' where the ''ex-''girlfriend of the director ia is at audirions auditions applying for one of the roles in the show, because she wants to work as a dancer and nobody will hire her, saying she's ''too good''. He realizes she really is much more talented than he was thinking she is, and gives her one of the parts. He kids her by saying that he guesses she'll have to sleep with him again to keep the part.
7th Sep '15 12:48:05 PM Prfnoff
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* Throughout [[http://www.heroesoflesserearth.com/ Heroes of Lesser Earth]], the character known as Freya is given special treatment due to being the Dungeon Master's Girlfriend, most notably in the comic entitled [[http://www.heroesoflesserearth.com/2005/12/were-live-theres-still-plenty-of-work-to-be-done-but-we-are-officially-an-up-and-going-concern-super-thanks-to-my-wife-lena-without-whom-this-project-would-absolutely-never-have-gotten-off-of-th/ Preferential Treatment]].

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* Throughout [[http://www.heroesoflesserearth.com/ Heroes of Lesser Earth]], ''Webcomic/HeroesOfLesserEarth'', the character known as Freya is given special treatment due to being the Dungeon Master's Girlfriend, most notably in the comic entitled [[http://www.heroesoflesserearth.com/2005/12/were-live-theres-still-plenty-of-work-to-be-done-but-we-are-officially-an-up-and-going-concern-super-thanks-to-my-wife-lena-without-whom-this-project-would-absolutely-never-have-gotten-off-of-th/ Preferential Treatment]].



* A ''Website/{{Reddit}}'' [[https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/3jtat3/the_case_of_boromir_vs_the_killer_dm/ thread]] considering ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' as a RolePlayingGameVerse posits the theory that "Boromir was killed not as a plot device, but because he was getting too close to the DM's girlfriend," who was obviously playing Frodo.


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* A ''Website/{{Reddit}}'' [[https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/3jtat3/the_case_of_boromir_vs_the_killer_dm/ thread]] considering ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' as a RolePlayingGameVerse posits the theory that "Boromir was killed not as a plot device, but because he was getting too close to the DM's girlfriend," who was obviously playing Frodo.
7th Sep '15 12:43:18 PM Prfnoff
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* A ''Website/{{Reddit}}'' [[https://www.reddit.com/r/DnD/comments/3jtat3/the_case_of_boromir_vs_the_killer_dm/ thread]] considering ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' as a RolePlayingGameVerse posits the theory that "Boromir was killed not as a plot device, but because he was getting too close to the DM's girlfriend," who was obviously playing Frodo.
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