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10th May '18 4:18:51 PM catmuto
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* Odette from ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryTidesOfDestiny'' has a scene where she's looking for a foundation that will hide her [[ScarsAreForever small facial and upper arm scars]] because she's worried that Aden doesn't find them attractive. Either option the player can pick leads to reassuring her that her scars are not detrimental to her attractiveness.
27th Apr '18 2:17:51 PM BatmanKalEl
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* Krillin in ''Franchise/DragonBall''. Even after he married 18, he still wonders why she chose him, and still is worried about if he is worthy of her.
27th Apr '18 2:13:33 PM BatmanKalEl
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** In Robbie's defense, Dipper and Wendy are surprisingly pretty close, with her being arguably closer to him than even Tambry, her best friend since they were both five years old (she once called him her best friend early in Season 2.)
30th Mar '18 1:47:36 PM KibaDoku
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* Played straight with Japan in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'' whenever he saw the moments Germany and Italy had with each other. [[spoiler:Italy was this to both Germany and Japan as he saw himself unfit for the both of them with him hiding his insecurities with bright [[StepfordSmiler smiles]].]]

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* Played straight with Japan in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'' Unità]]'': Played straight with Japan whenever he saw the moments Germany and Italy had with each other. [[spoiler:Italy was this to both Germany and Japan as he saw himself unfit for the both of them with him hiding his insecurities with bright [[StepfordSmiler smiles]].]]
22nd Mar '18 12:08:27 PM Pichu-kun
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* The Queen in ''[[Literature/ATaleOf Fairest of All: A Tale of the Wicked Queen]]'' was the daughter of a simple (albeit world-renown) mirror maker. When the King begins courting her, she's shocked and confused on why he would like an "[[IAmNotPretty ugly]]" woman like her.



* In the last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[CoolTeacher Lupin]] has this problem with [[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.) [[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'' ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books, [[CoolTeacher Lupin]] has this problem with [[ActionGirl Tonks]]; he turns her down because a.) he's [[MayDecemberRomance [[AgeGapRomance quite a bit (12 years) older than her]], b.) he has no steady means of support, and c.) [[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.
4th Mar '18 6:23:16 PM Pichu-kun
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* Mametarou from ''Manga/MassuguNiIkou'' is a mutt. After learning his girlfriend is a purebred Kishu, he starts feeling insecure in himself due to "just" being a cross.
19th Feb '18 7:30:24 AM SilverFang
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* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' was shown to be this in Mary Shelley Overdrive. This one one of many instances where his insecurity shows. He meets & saves Bonnie from strange soldiers who want to kill her. Bonding over sex for hours, the two become very attached to each other & Creed takes her someplace safe while trying to get answers on why she's being hunted. When he calls to check on her, she asks if they can just go away & leave everything behind. This shocks Creed, who's surprised & confused that she'd want to be with him.
12th Feb '18 1:21:16 PM GreatKeith
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* Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spends a considerable amount of time angsting over how she feels unworthy of her {{Ojou}}-sama Konoka.

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* Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spends a considerable amount of time angsting over how she feels unworthy of her {{Ojou}}-sama Konoka. In fact, most of the girls in this series are pretty insecure towards their crushes in some way.
8th Feb '18 8:07:43 PM KibaDoku
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* Played straight with Japan in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'' whenever he saw the moments Germany and Italy had with each other. [[spoiler:Italy was this to both Germany and Japan as he saw himself unfit for the both of them with him hiding his insecurities with bright [[StepfordSmiler smiles]].]]
18th Jan '18 8:08:51 PM LadyNorbert
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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.
* [[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.

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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 and, due to long-standing insecurities and self loathing self-loathing, they see themselves as wholly unworthy of the other's love, and as a mediocre (at best) 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 being extremely underweight 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 tells her that she should run away to find a quiet and safe place to live and let him deal with everything 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 leaving him alone, Solas still believe believes that Evelyn could have a better and simpler life without him.him.
* The first story in the ''Fanfic/SkyholdAcademyYearbook'' series has two, though they're insecure for very different reasons. One sees himself as a broken thing, and he doesn't want the woman he loves to pity him or think she has to fix him. The other, who manages to keep his feelings an extremely well-hidden secret for a long time, blames himself (not unreasonably) for a tremendous misfortune which has befallen his love interest.



* {{Implied}} with Xibalba in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. At the end, when he [[spoiler:apologizes to La Muerte for all the trouble he caused, he adds in "you [La Muerte] deserve better than me"]]. [[WordOfGod Gutierrez]] stated that the reason Xibalba wanted to make it ''look'' like he was cheating on her was out of insecurity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', PJ is in this role. Bobby is willing to flirt with Beret Girl, PJ is not. He says a grand total of zero words to her, being visibly stunned speechless each time, until she decides to take the initiative and start flirting with him. At this point, PJ responds by reciting a poem about how nobody notices fat people no matter how they act. Beret Girl is both impressed and sympathetic, asks, "How could ''anyone'' overlook this bundle of yes-ness?" and asks him to dance. This is the catalyst for PJ's CharacterDevelopment: he immediately becomes a lot happier, less insecure, and more confident.

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* {{Implied}} with Xibalba in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. At the end, when he [[spoiler:apologizes to La Muerte for all the trouble he caused, he adds in that "you [La Muerte] deserve better than me"]]. [[WordOfGod Gutierrez]] stated that the reason Xibalba wanted to make it ''look'' like he was cheating on her was out of insecurity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', PJ is in this role. Bobby is willing to flirt with Beret Girl, PJ is not. He says a grand total of zero words to her, being visibly stunned speechless each time, until she decides to take the initiative and start flirting with him. At this point, PJ responds by reciting a poem about how nobody notices fat people no matter how they act. Beret Girl is both impressed and sympathetic, and asks, "How could ''anyone'' overlook this bundle of yes-ness?" and asks him to dance. This is the catalyst for PJ's CharacterDevelopment: he immediately becomes a lot happier, less insecure, and more confident.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he is so hideous that even a magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that the the object of his affections was already in love - the one thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] {{love potion}} goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he is so hideous that even a magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that the the object of his affections was already in love - the one thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. the potion's power.]] Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].{{second love}}.



* [[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]] does this with the protagonist playing this role.

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* [[Literature/BridgetJones ''[[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]] Reason]]'' does this with the protagonist playing this role.



'''Bridget''': First off, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I embarrass you. I can't ski, I can't ride, I can't speak Latin , my legs only come up to here]] and yes I will always be just a [[HollywoodPudgy little bit fat]].

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'''Bridget''': First off, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I embarrass you. I can't ski, I can't ride, I can't speak Latin , Latin, my legs only come up to here]] here]], and yes yes, I will always be just a [[HollywoodPudgy little bit fat]].



* ''Film/ShesOutOfMyLeague'' is from the perspective of one of these; it's about a man who has found a very attractive girlfriend who really likes him, but he considers her way out of his league, leading him to sabotage things. It doesn't help that almost everyone around him appears to be an incredibly petty and spiteful person who either encourage him or actively attempt to sabotage things out of jealousy.

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* ''Film/ShesOutOfMyLeague'' is from the perspective of one of these; it's about a man who has found a very attractive girlfriend who really likes him, but he considers her way out of his league, leading him to sabotage things. It doesn't help that almost everyone around him appears to be an incredibly petty and spiteful person who either encourage encourages him or actively attempt attempts to sabotage things out of jealousy.



* This is par for the course in Creator/CatherineAnderson's novels, but Molly Sterling, Laura Townsend, Natalie Patterson and Bethany Coulter are the biggest examples.

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* This is par for the course in Creator/CatherineAnderson's novels, but Molly Sterling, Laura Townsend, Natalie Patterson Patterson, and Bethany Coulter are the biggest examples.



* In the last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[CoolTeacher Lupin]] has this problem with [[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.) [[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, [[CoolTeacher Lupin]] has this problem with [[ActionGirl Tonks]]--he 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.) [[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.



* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' Watson to Mary Morstan in Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''The Sign of Four''. As a wounded retiree from the Afghan army with little income, he feels that he has no right to even ''think'' about her, and things get worse when it turns out that she [[NotWithThemForTheMoney stands to gain a large sum of money]].

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* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' Watson to is this toward Mary Morstan in Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''The Sign of Four''.Four'', the second ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' story. As a wounded retiree from the Afghan army with little income, he feels that he has no right to even ''think'' about her, and things get worse when it turns out that she [[NotWithThemForTheMoney stands to gain a large sum of money]].



** Clara and Danny grow fond of each other very quickly, but their own personal insecurities (often caused by trauma from the past) tend to hold them back or have them fall into awkward conversations and situations. This is not helped by Clara trying hard to keep her adventures with the Doctor and her ordinary life as a schoolteacher and Danny's girlfriend separate, only for the effort to get out of hand. Later on, it does look like she and Danny will be able to resolve their grievances, and even the grumpy Twelfth Doctor grows to respect their relationship. [[spoiler:This is cut short when Danny dies in an accident, and though he and Clara make peace before his, Clara's clearly heartbroken she lost him just as they were beginning to really understand each other and what pained them both.]]

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** Clara and Danny grow fond of each other very quickly, but their own personal insecurities (often caused by trauma from the past) tend to hold them back or have them fall into awkward conversations and situations. This is not helped by Clara trying hard to keep her adventures with the Doctor and her ordinary life as a schoolteacher and Danny's girlfriend separate, only for the effort to get out of hand. Later on, it does look like she and Danny will be able to resolve their grievances, and even the grumpy Twelfth Doctor grows to respect their relationship. [[spoiler:This is cut short when Danny dies in an accident, and though he and Clara make peace before his, Clara's clearly heartbroken that she lost him just as they were beginning to really understand each other and what pained them both.]]



** Between being an [[FantasticRacism elf]], a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] and a FishOutOfWater, Merrill refuses to believe Hawke feels romantic affection towards her until Hawke specifically tells her s/he does. Even after they've just had sex.

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** Between being an [[FantasticRacism elf]], a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] mage]], and a FishOutOfWater, Merrill refuses to believe Hawke feels romantic affection towards her until Hawke specifically tells her s/he does. Even after they've just had sex.



** Dorian, who constantly reminds the Inquisitor that their relationship will not be seen well, as Dorian is a mage from [[TheEmpire the Tevinter Imperium]], and it could cost the Inquistor goodwill. He's especially unhappy when the Inquisitor uses his influence to help Dorian get an amulet back, as he's afraid people will assume Dorian's merely cozied up to him to use his power for himself.

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** Dorian, who constantly reminds the Inquisitor that their relationship will not be seen well, as Dorian is a mage from [[TheEmpire the Tevinter Imperium]], and it could cost the Inquistor Inquisitor goodwill. He's especially unhappy when the Inquisitor uses his influence to help Dorian get an amulet back, as he's afraid people will assume Dorian's merely cozied up to him to use his power for himself.



* ''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.
** In Robbie's defense, Dipper and Wendy are surprisingly pretty 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.)

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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 is 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 close, with her being arguably closer to him than even Tambry, her best friend since they were both five years old (heck, she (she once called him her best friend early in Season 2.)
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