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7th Jan '18 7:49:02 PM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': A lot of the tension in [[OfficialCouple Matt and Karen]]'s relationship stems from them each feeling the other is too good for them, due to their secrets (that Matt's Daredevil, and Karen killed James Wesley) causing them to put on a metaphorical mask where they hide their darker side around each other.

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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': A lot of the tension in [[OfficialCouple Matt and Karen]]'s relationship stems from them each feeling the other is too good for them, due to their secrets (that Matt's Daredevil, and Karen killed James Wesley) causing them to put on a metaphorical mask where they hide their darker side around each other. Somewhat lampshaded when Matt is grabbing Karen from her office at the ''Bulletin'' to move her into police protection with Foggy and the others.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' You deserve better, Karen.
-->'''Karen Page:''' ''[turns around and gives him a small smile]'' So do you.
5th Dec '17 1:40:18 PM eschlowx
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* In ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Louise continues to worry that Saito is only with her because he's her familiar, in spite of the multiple times he tells her that he loves her. To be fair to her, though, Saito can be [[ChivalrousPervert rather easily distracted]] by the other girls in his harem.
29th Nov '17 9:52:31 AM EzekielThagomizer
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''has this with Robbie Valentino. One of the reasons he's hostile to protagonist Dipper Pines is because he sees him as a threat to his relationship to Wendy, the girl they both like. This despite the fact Dipper is only 12 while Wendy is 15 and Robbie 16. While Dipper does prove to be a reason for the break-up, it's because Dipper (with help from Grunkle Stan) brings evidence of Robbie being a lying jerk (heck, she was going to break up with Robbie in the beginning of the episode for being a bad boyfriend.) So ultimately, it was Robbie's own behavior that led to the failure.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''has ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' has this with Robbie Valentino. One of the reasons he's hostile to protagonist Dipper Pines is because he sees him as a threat to his relationship to Wendy, the girl they both like. This despite the fact Dipper is only 12 while Wendy is 15 and Robbie 16. While Dipper does prove to be a reason for the break-up, it's because Dipper (with help from Grunkle Stan) brings evidence of Robbie being a lying jerk (heck, she was going to break up with Robbie in the beginning of the episode for being a bad boyfriend.) So ultimately, it was Robbie's own behavior that led to the failure.
22nd Nov '17 9:08:47 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/Daredevil2015'' and ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': A lot of the tension in [[OfficialCouple Matt and Karen]]'s relationship stems from them each feeling the other is too good for them, due to their secrets (that Matt's Daredevil, and Karen killed James Wesley) causing them to put on a metaphorical mask where they hide their darker side around each other.
10th Nov '17 9:30:51 PM Mei-may
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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'' features a rare mutual example. [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Dean]] and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Laurel]] are completely in love with each other, think the other person "saved them", ''and'' see one another as the perfect parent; and due to long standing insecurities and self loathing see themselves as wholly unworthy of the other's love, and as a mediocre (at best) parent.

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* ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/8793565/chapters/20159878 How the Light Gets In]]'' features a rare mutual example. [[Series/{{Supernatural}} Dean]] and [[Series/{{Arrow}} Laurel]] are completely in love with each other, think the other person "saved them", ''and'' see one another as the perfect parent; and due to long standing long-standing insecurities and self loathing see themselves as wholly unworthy of the other's love, and as a mediocre (at best) parent. parent.
* [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Evelyn and Solas]] in ''Fanfic/WalkingInCircles'' are this toward each other. For Evelyn, once the canon events start and they’re officially together, she often displays doubt about herself due to her experience [[spoiler: as a Tranquil]], her not being able to control her emotions or use her magic. She also sees herself as physically unattractive, having only skin and bones due not being able to take care of her health properly for two years. Solas always quickly assures her that he still finds her very desirable and that any hesitation on his part is only out of concern that he may hurt her.
** Solas, at least in the beginning, often tell her that she should run away to find a quiet and safe place to live and let him deal with everything as he doesn’t want her to suffer for his mistakes. Even when they’re together and he’s accepted that she’s not going anywhere or leaves him alone, Solas still believe that Evelyn could have a better and simpler life without him.
6th Nov '17 9:04:46 PM mouschilight
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** While he never gets into a romantic relationship with Sakura, he stated to Sai that he couldn't tell her that he had a crush on her if he couldn't keep his promise to her, so he seemed to imply that he was unworthy of her. However, after Chapter 469, [[ShipSinking he completely stopped being like this towards her]].
** Hinata is a more straight example. She has been in love with Naruto [[ChildhoodFriendRomance since they were kids]], but her crippling shyness and perceived weakness prevented her from ever pursuing him.
** Naruto is also this to Hinata. In Chapter 611, [[ShipperOnDeck Kiba]] implies that this is the reason why Naruto tries to act so cool around her. [[spoiler:This was confirmed in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Part of why Naruto never noticed her love for him is because deep down, [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he felt he was unworthy of being loved by someone as kind and beautiful as Hinata]]. This is made clear when he makes his HeroicVow, to save her from [[BigBad Toneri]] and properly return her love: He explicitly says, "You always loved me '''[[WartsAndAll for the way I am]]'''" (or "You've loved '''someone like me''' forever and ever," depending on the translation)]].

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** While he Naruto never gets into a romantic relationship with Sakura, he stated to Sai that he couldn't tell her that he had a crush on her if he couldn't keep his promise to her, so he seemed to imply that he was unworthy of her. However, after Chapter 469, [[ShipSinking he completely stopped being like this towards to her]].
** Hinata is a more straight example. this to Naruto. She has been in love with Naruto him [[ChildhoodFriendRomance since they were kids]], children]], but her crippling shyness and perceived weakness severe self-esteem issues prevented her from ever pursuing him.
** Naruto himself is also this to Hinata. In Chapter 611, [[ShipperOnDeck Kiba]] implies that this is the reason why Naruto tries to act so cool around tough in front of her. [[spoiler:This was This is confirmed in the {{canon}} movie ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Part of why Naruto never noticed her Hinata's love for him in the main series is because deep down, [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he felt he was unworthy of being loved by someone as kind and beautiful as Hinata]]. This is made explicitly clear twice: First, when [[ShipperOnDeck Sakura]] tells Naruto that Hinata is "almost too good" for him, he does not disagree with her[[note]][[AllThereInTheManual In the novelization]], Naruto immediately agrees with her[[/note]]. Then, when Naruto makes his HeroicVow, HeroicVow to save her Hinata from [[BigBad Toneri]] and properly return her love: He explicitly says, love, he says "You always loved me '''[[WartsAndAll for the way I am]]'''" (or or "You've loved '''someone like me''' forever and ever," depending on the translation)]].translation.



* Sayaka Miki from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She has a crush on Kyousuke Kamijou but CanNotSpitItOut, ''especially'' once it is revealed that [[spoiler:becoming a MagicalGirl means effectively [[OurLichesAreDifferent becoming a sparkly lich]]. Sayaka feels she can't ask for Kyousuke's love because she now considers herself a zombie, and the realization that she made her supposedly selfless wish for selfish reasons along with her good friend Hitomi [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom pushing the issue by giving her a one day headstart on confessing]] (which she balks at)]]...it doesn't end well.

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* Sayaka Miki from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She has a crush on Kyousuke Kamijou but CanNotSpitItOut, CannotSpitItOut, ''especially'' once it is revealed that [[spoiler:becoming a MagicalGirl means effectively [[OurLichesAreDifferent becoming a sparkly lich]]. Sayaka feels she can't ask for Kyousuke's love because she now considers herself a zombie, and the realization that she made her supposedly selfless wish for selfish reasons along with her good friend Hitomi [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom pushing the issue by giving her a one day headstart on confessing]] (which she balks at)]]...it doesn't end well.



* In the last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[spoiler:[[CoolTeacher Lupin]]]] has this problem with [[spoiler:[[ActionGirl Tonks]]]]--he turns her down because a.) he's [[MayDecemberRomance quite a bit (12 years) older than her]], b.) he has no steady means of support, and c.) [[spoiler:[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent he's a werewolf]]]], with all the danger and FantasticRacism that includes. They wind up eloping sometime between the last two books, but he's so sure that this was a mistake that he tries to leave her (and their [[WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe unborn child]]) until Harry gives him a WhatTheHellHero speech.

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* In the last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[spoiler:[[CoolTeacher Lupin]]]] [[CoolTeacher Lupin]] has this problem with [[spoiler:[[ActionGirl Tonks]]]]--he [[ActionGirl Tonks]]--he turns her down because a.) he's [[MayDecemberRomance quite a bit (12 years) older than her]], b.) he has no steady means of support, and c.) [[spoiler:[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent he's a werewolf]]]], werewolf]], with all the danger and FantasticRacism that includes. They wind up eloping sometime between the last two books, but he's so sure that this was a mistake that he tries to leave her (and their [[WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe unborn child]]) until Harry gives him a WhatTheHellHero speech.


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* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': In the Season 3 episode "Swan Song", when Luke gives Jess advice about his relationship with Rory, Jess reveals that he is this to her.
-->'''Luke:''' She picked you.\\
'''Jess:''' God knows why.\\
'''Luke:''' She knows, that's all that matters.
6th Nov '17 8:40:08 PM mouschilight
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** In the last book, this turns out to be a big part of [[ClassicalAntiHero Ron]]'s problem: with his low self-esteem he's convinced ([[WhyAreYouNotMySon among other things]]) that [[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] would never pick him [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle over Harry]]. While it was heavily hinted at in the previous book through Ron's jealosuy, carrying around an ArtifactOfDoom that could give him a constant mental TheReasonYouSuckSpeech just brought all those issues to a head.
** While more subtle, ''Hermione'' herself was this to Ron. While she has never displayed Ron's levels of insecurity, she does not take it well when other girlsare itnerested in Ron and shows it through fits of sadness and frustrations. THis may also be why they need counseling in the future, since neither of them are well in voicing their feelings (Ron takes BritishStiffUpperLip to a T when it comes to his softer emotions while Hermione fails in realizing how her words tended to hurt Ron's feelings.)

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** In the last book, this turns out to be a big part of [[ClassicalAntiHero Ron]]'s problem: with his low self-esteem he's convinced ([[WhyAreYouNotMySon among other things]]) that [[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] would never pick him [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle over Harry]]. While it was heavily hinted at in the previous book through Ron's jealosuy, jealousy, carrying around an ArtifactOfDoom that could give him a constant mental TheReasonYouSuckSpeech just brought all those issues to a head.
** While more subtle, ''Hermione'' Hermione herself was is this to Ron. While she has never displayed blatantly displays Ron's levels of insecurity, she does not take never takes it well when other girlsare itnerested girls are interested in Ron and shows it through fits of sadness and frustrations. THis [[FridgeBrilliance This may also be explain]] why they need counseling in the future, future per WordOfGod, since neither of them are well in very good at voicing their feelings (Ron feelings--Ron takes BritishStiffUpperLip StiffUpperLip to a T when it comes to his softer emotions emotions, while Hermione fails in realizing how to realize that her words tended tend to hurt Ron's feelings.)
28th Oct '17 11:11:13 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', Berkut and Linea are this ''for each other''. From Berkut's part he loves and trusts Linea deeply but he feels that she genuinely deserves the power and status of an empress, which does not mix well with his severe self-worth issues; from Linea's, since she's from an ImpoverishedPatrician background while Berkut is the nephew to Emperor Rudolf, she frets about whether she's a suitable girlfriend to him or not.
** In ''Echoes'' too, the WhiteMagicianGirl Tatiana is constantly worried that her AmnesiacLover Zeke will remember his old life and leave her, even though he assures her that will not be the case even if he does regain his memories. When she explains herself to Alm, [[HeroicSelfDeprecation she confesses that she feels horribly selfish for it]].

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** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemEchoesShadowsOfValentia'', Prince Berkut and Linea Lady Rinea are this ''for each other''. From Berkut's part he loves and trusts Linea Rinea deeply but he feels that she genuinely deserves the power and status of an empress, which does not mix well with his severe self-worth issues; from Linea's, Rinea's, since she's from an ImpoverishedPatrician background while Berkut is the nephew and heir apparent to Emperor Rudolf, she frets about whether she's a suitable girlfriend to him or not.
** In ''Echoes'' too, the WhiteMagicianGirl Tatiana is constantly worried that her AmnesiacLover Zeke will remember his old life and leave her, even though he assures her that will not be the case even if he does regain his memories. When she explains herself to Alm, [[HeroicSelfDeprecation she confesses that she feels horribly selfish for it]].it]] and immediately adds that if Zeke ''did'' turn out to have a girlfriend and still loved her, [[IWantMyBelovedtoBeHappy she'd let him return to her]].



* Kotonoha of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' doesn't believe herself worthy of Makoto's affections, an impression not helped by his tendency to sleep with other girls behind her back. In some paths, this drives her to start using her body to keep Makoto interested in her, while in other paths it drives her to [[MurderTheHypotenuse get the competition out of the way]].

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* Kotonoha of ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' doesn't believe herself worthy of Makoto's affections, an impression not helped by his tendency to sleep with other girls behind her back. back (should the player make him do so). For worse, Kotonoha already had self-esteem problems due the ''severe'' bullying she's been subjected to... often coming from another prospect love rival, Makoto's childhood friend Otome. In some paths, this drives her to [[IHaveBoobsYouMustObey start using her body to keep Makoto interested in her, her]], while in other paths it drives her to [[MurderTheHypotenuse get the competition out of the way]].way]], and in at least one she'll be SpurnedIntoSuicide if she loses.
26th Oct '17 5:55:49 PM DVB
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' -- Robbie Valentino must have been pretty insecure if he was worried about that a twelve-year-old boy would actually steal his then-girlfriend, Wendy Corduroy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' -- ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls''has this with Robbie Valentino must have been Valentino. One of the reasons he's hostile to protagonist Dipper Pines is because he sees him as a threat to his relationship to Wendy, the girl they both like. This despite the fact Dipper is only 12 while Wendy is 15 and Robbie 16. While Dipper does prove to be a reason for the break-up, it's because Dipper (with help from Grunkle Stan) brings evidence of Robbie being a lying jerk (heck, she was going to break up with Robbie in the beginning of the episode for being a bad boyfriend.) So ultimately, it was Robbie's own behavior that led to the failure.
** In Robbie's defense, Dipper and Wendy are surprisingly
pretty insecure if he was worried about that a twelve-year-old boy would actually steal his then-girlfriend, Wendy Corduroy.close, with her being arguably closer to him than even Tambry, her best friend since they were both five years old (heck, she once called him her best friend early in Season 2.)



* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', a large part of the reason why CJ and Mordecai have relationship troubles is that despite Mordecai constantly trying to prove his dedication to her, she is afraid that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Margaret and when seeing the two together she tends to jump to conclusions. Which isn't helped by the fact that they regularly find themselves in NotWhatItLooksLike scenarios when they hang out and Margaret '''does''' still have feelings for Mordecai.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', a large part of the reason why CJ and Mordecai have relationship troubles is that despite Mordecai constantly trying to prove his dedication to her, she is afraid that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Margaret and when seeing the two together she tends to jump to conclusions. conclusions (and CJ has a bad temper and being a cloud person, manifests as literal storms.) Which isn't helped by the fact that they regularly find themselves in NotWhatItLooksLike scenarios when they hang out and Margaret '''does''' still have feelings for Mordecai.Mordecai (though Mordecai doesn't find this out until CJ is gone.)
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