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12th Aug '16 11:35:48 AM TommyTree
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* In ''Literature/WarriorCats'' Crookedstar is afraid that having a loved one will make him soft. This is further pushed by his spirit mentor Mapleshade, who tries to convince him that his relationship will turn him weak, and push him away from his great destiny, and so this trope becomes one of the central conflicts for Crookedstar.
27th Jul '16 9:14:25 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', a particularly DangerouslyGenreSavvy enemy of Kenshin's invoked this. He sent Tomoe to act as a HoneyTrap for Kenshin, ostensibly to learn his weaknesses. At the time, Tomoe wanted revenge against Kenshin for killing her fiance, so she agreed. Gradually, she fell in love with Kenshin for real. Then the guy who recruited her kidnapped her to lure Kenshin into an ambush. Tomoe realized at that moment that she hadn't been sent to Kenshin to learn his weakness, she had been sent to Kenshin to ''become'' his weakness.

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* In ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'', a particularly DangerouslyGenreSavvy savvy enemy of Kenshin's invoked this. He sent Tomoe to act as a HoneyTrap for Kenshin, ostensibly to learn his weaknesses. At the time, Tomoe wanted revenge against Kenshin for killing her fiance, so she agreed. Gradually, she fell in love with Kenshin for real. Then the guy who recruited her kidnapped her to lure Kenshin into an ambush. Tomoe realized at that moment that she hadn't been sent to Kenshin to learn his weakness, she had been sent to Kenshin to ''become'' his weakness.
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Love can make you do [[LoveMakesYouDumb stupid]], [[LoveMakesYouCrazy irrational]] things, and if you happen to be a good person, can make you [[LoveMakesYouEvil suspectible to the Dark Side]]. Things you'd [[DerailingLoveInterests never]] in your sane mind do. A GenreSavvy person--hero or villain--knows this. Whether or not they can actually have the object of their affections, if they [[IfICantHaveYou can't have them]], or if they even [[StalkerWithACrush try to]], love is forsaken because it's an undesirable weakness (they are not GenreSavvy enough to know about the PowerOfLove, however). These people often try to separate themselves from their loved one, try to remove the feeling, or, in an extreme case, a villain may choose to kill off the one they love. If the object of their affections loves them anyway knowing their turmoil, they become a LoveMartyr. Unlike a CelibateHero, this person can be someone who ''does'' fall in love--but doesn't want to.

LoveIsAWeakness is invoked to avoid any number of LoveHurts tropes--especially if a villain decides to take advantage of it in the meantime. If a villain decides to finally accept the love and it's not [[AllLoveIsUnrequited reciprocated]], it might be SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny, StalkerWithACrush, or MadLove. Requited, they may also be [[LoveRedeems redeemed]] through the PowerOfLove, or an UnholyMatrimony may be born. If a hero was [[WrongGenreSavvy wrong about love]], a HappilyEverAfter might be in store.

While gender-neutral in terms of occurrence, this trope often has a very different flavor if the subject is male or female: a male character believing this is often a regular CelibateHero or an {{asexual|ity}} thinking poorly of romance in general and usually has never been in a relationship; by contrast, a female is usually a BrokenBird who was shattered so hard by previous relationships that she just doesn't want one anymore. If the character is a villain, gender usually has no impact on their reasoning.

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Love can make you do [[LoveMakesYouDumb stupid]], [[LoveMakesYouCrazy irrational]] things, and if you happen to be a good person, can make you [[LoveMakesYouEvil suspectible to the Dark Side]]. Things you'd [[DerailingLoveInterests never]] never in your sane mind do. A GenreSavvy person--hero or villain--knows this. Whether hero or villain and whether or not they can actually have the object of their affections, if they [[IfICantHaveYou can't have them]], or if they even [[StalkerWithACrush try to]], love is forsaken because it's an undesirable weakness (they are not GenreSavvy enough to know about the PowerOfLove, however).weakness. These people often try to separate themselves from their loved one, try to remove the feeling, or, in an extreme case, a villain may choose to kill off the one they love. If the object of their affections loves them anyway knowing their turmoil, they become a LoveMartyr. Unlike a CelibateHero, this person can be someone who ''does'' fall in love--but doesn't want to.

LoveIsAWeakness This trope is invoked to avoid any number of LoveHurts tropes--especially if a villain decides to take advantage of it in the meantime. If a villain decides to finally accept the love and it's not [[AllLoveIsUnrequited reciprocated]], it might be SexIsEvilAndIAmHorny, StalkerWithACrush, or MadLove. Requited, they may also be [[LoveRedeems redeemed]] through the PowerOfLove, or an UnholyMatrimony may be born. If a hero was [[WrongGenreSavvy wrong about love]], love, a HappilyEverAfter might be in store.

While gender-neutral in terms of occurrence, this trope often has a very different flavor if the subject is male or female: a male character believing this is often a regular CelibateHero or an {{asexual|ity}} thinking poorly of romance in general and usually has never been in a relationship; by relationship. By contrast, a female is usually a BrokenBird who was shattered so hard by previous relationships that she just doesn't want one anymore. If the character is a villain, gender usually has no impact on their reasoning.



* Most of the reasonings of [[FistOfTheNorthStar Souther]]'s atrocity is that he thinks of this trope. He was overstruck with extreme weakness and guilt due to his love for his beloved master that he accidentally killed, leading him to believe that LoveIsAWeakness and one must be devoid of love to be strong and successful in the CrapsackWorld he's in.
* Utilized to great effect by the BigBad in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when the heroes get themselves into trouble. Mustang tries and fails to use the trope against Wrath, who turns around and uses it right back on both him and, later, Edward Elric by holding the lives of their {{Love Interest}}s over their heads. Wrath even invokes the trope almost by name when telling Mustang what he's going to do.

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* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'': Most of the reasonings of [[FistOfTheNorthStar Souther]]'s Souther's atrocity is that he thinks of this trope. He was overstruck with extreme weakness and guilt due to his love for his beloved master that he accidentally killed, leading him to believe that LoveIsAWeakness and one must be devoid of love to be strong and successful in the CrapsackWorld he's in.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': Utilized to great effect by the BigBad in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', when the heroes get themselves into trouble. Mustang tries and fails to use the trope against Wrath, who turns around and uses it right back on both him and, later, Edward Elric by holding the lives of their {{Love Interest}}s over their heads. Wrath even invokes the trope almost by name when telling Mustang what he's going to do.



** This of course backfires however, yeah they have feelings for each other. But also know how the other thinks and able to coordinate without arousing suspicion. If anything putting said love interest under his watch only wound up benefiting Mustang as she's able to pass along information to him to plan a better counterattack.



* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Asura turned on and killed Arachne when he realized he loved her, saying he had to eliminate his weaknesses (this is anime only though, they never meet in the manga).

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* In ''Manga/SoulEater'', Asura turned on and killed Arachne when he realized he loved her, saying he had to eliminate his weaknesses (this is anime only though, only; they never meet in the manga).



* Applies to the Priestesses in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', at least according to Taiitsukun. The priestess is not only [[VirginPower not allowed to have sex with anyone]], but also is not supposed to fall in love during her time as Priestess.

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* ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'': Applies to the Priestesses in ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'', Priestesses, at least according to Taiitsukun. The priestess is not only [[VirginPower not allowed to have sex with anyone]], but also is not supposed to fall in love during her time as Priestess.



* In the ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' comic book the hero, Terry [=McGinnis=], has to fight the whole JusticeLeagueUnlimited of his era, one by one (short story: he need to handle an hostage situation alone, and the League wouldn't simply leave Gotham). While he manages to subdue most of the heavy hitters, he's left to face... Marina, the then current Aquagirl-- the cute, meek, adorable GirlNextDoor who everyone likes and always eschews unnecessary fighting. Bruce Wayne, on radio contact with Terry, has only a suggestion for him: "Fear the one you love most", suggesting he consider Aquagirl with extreme prejudice because of the crush almost every male hero, including Terry, usually has on her.
* Doctor Doom holds this belief.

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* In the ''ComicBook/BatmanBeyond'' comic book the hero, Terry [=McGinnis=], has to fight the whole JusticeLeagueUnlimited of his era, one by one (short story: he need needs to handle an hostage situation alone, and the League wouldn't simply leave Gotham). While he manages to subdue most of the heavy hitters, he's left to face... Marina, the then current Aquagirl-- the cute, meek, adorable GirlNextDoor who everyone likes and always eschews unnecessary fighting. Bruce Wayne, on radio contact with Terry, has only a suggestion for him: "Fear the one you love most", suggesting he consider Aquagirl with extreme prejudice because of the crush almost every male hero, including Terry, usually has on her.
* Doctor Doom holds this belief.%%* SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom.



* Davy Jones of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' cut out his own [[SoulJar heart]] when it caused him too much pain, after Calypso stood him up.
* When told he will fall in love in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', [[ReluctantMadScientist Doc Brown]] insists that falling in love would be an unacceptable distraction from his [[ForScience scientific labors]]. His protestations [[LoveAtFirstSight don't last long]] when he meets her. Ironically, it ''does'' prove to be a distraction that nearly gets them all killed... in a [[RuleOfDrama fun, romantic way]] of course.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', the Red Queen loathes her little sister the White Queen because of the latter's ability to make everyone love her. TheDragon, the Knave of Hearts, inquires whether it's not better to be feared than loved. Later, when the Red Queen discovers that nearly every member of her court has been deceiving her as to their regard for her, she coldly declares that he's right - it ''is'' better to be feared than loved.

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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Davy Jones of ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' is an aversion. He cut out his own [[SoulJar heart]] when it caused heart because Calyspo's rejection hurt him too so much pain, after Calypso stood him up.
but his romantic feeling is not his weakness. The physical, still beating, heart is literally a weakness.
* ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'': When told he will fall in love in ''Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII'', love, [[ReluctantMadScientist Doc Brown]] insists that falling in love would be an unacceptable distraction from his [[ForScience scientific labors]]. His protestations [[LoveAtFirstSight don't last long]] when he meets her. Ironically, it ''does'' prove to be a distraction that nearly gets them all killed... in a [[RuleOfDrama fun, romantic way]] of course.
* In Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland'', the Red Queen loathes her little sister the White Queen because of the latter's ability to make everyone love her. TheDragon, the Knave of Hearts, inquires whether it's not better to be feared than loved. Later, when the Red Queen discovers that nearly every member of her court has been deceiving her as to their regard for her, she coldly declares that he's right - it ''is'' better to be feared than loved.
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* In ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Megara tells Hades Hercules has no weaknesses, to which Hades replies "I think he does, Meg, I truly think he does" and grins evilly, burning the flower he gave her.

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* In ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'', Megara tells Hades Hercules has no weaknesses, to which Hades replies "I think he does, Meg, I truly think he does" and grins evilly, burning the flower he gave her. Cue IHaveYourWife.



* ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'' has a story about a wizard who believed this, and therefore removed his own heart. It didn't end well.
* The Cockroaches, the rampaging evil aliens that created the cyborg Mickey Finn in Spider Robinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' consider love to be a disease deserving of nothing but eradication wherever they find it.

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* ''Literature/TheTalesOfBeedleTheBard'' has a story about a wizard who believed this, and therefore removed his own heart. It didn't end well.
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* ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'': The Cockroaches, the rampaging evil aliens that created the cyborg Mickey Finn in Spider Robinson's ''Literature/CallahansCrosstimeSaloon'' consider love to be a disease deserving of nothing but eradication wherever they find it.



* Cersei Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tells Sansa Stark something along the lines of this.
* This is Torison's attitude towards love in Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath, largely do to his indoctrination at the hands of his insane father.
* [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss Everdeen]] appears to have this frame of mind. Her parents were HappilyMarried and her mother crumbled completely when he died - in other words made her weak. In the first book she more or less says outright that she needs to keep emotional distance to Peeta to protect herself from that kind of weakness. Romantic love would also lead to marriage and children and she believes maternal love to be an even greater weakness, desperately wanting to protect herself from being a mother on Reaping Day.

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* %%* Cersei Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tells Sansa Stark something along the lines of this.
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This is Torison's attitude towards love in Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath, love, largely do to his indoctrination at the hands of his insane father.
* [[Literature/TheHungerGames ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen]] appears to have Everdeen has this frame of mind.mind from her childhood. Her parents were HappilyMarried and her mother crumbled completely when he died - in other words made her weak. In the first book she more or less says outright that she needs to keep emotional distance to Peeta to protect herself from that kind of weakness. Romantic love would also lead to marriage and children and she believes maternal love to be an even greater weakness, desperately wanting to protect herself from being a mother on Reaping Day.Day.
*''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Ordercrafters find love to be the most useful of openings for their MindControl, and Order himself uses to sweeten a DealWithTheDevil. For instance, in ''Literature/AMagesPower'', [[spoiler: Duke Selen Esrah's loyalty to his country was corrupted into treason and sedition with the idea that his beloved son would be the best prince-consort the country could wish for.]] Further, in ''Literature/ManaMutationMenace'', [[spoiler: Nolien agrees to become Order's mole in the Mana Mutation Summit in return for help in rescuing his LoveInterest. Just moments prior, he effortlessly refused a similar deal when it was just his own life on the line.]]



* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Scully is Mulder's weakness. Without fail. And everyone knows it.
* Crops up often in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''. Aeryn warns John that "personal indulgences can fracture a small crew" and later when they admit that they love each other complete with BigDamnKiss, she says they can't act on it because emotional attachments distort one's judgment. This also becomes a plot point in season 4 when John and Aeryn have to hide their relationship because Scorpius would eagerly exploit John's weakness: his love for Aeryn and their unborn child. Unfortunately for them, Scorpius isn't fooled...
* The underlying reason why Chuck and Blair broke up in ''Series/GossipGirl'''s third season (not to mention one of the main reasons why it took them all of season two to get together). In episode "312" Chuck had visions of his dead father telling him he was weak for loving Blair and even mocking his feelings for her. Later that season EvilUncle Jack showed up and made full use of this trope to manipulate Chuck and destroy the Chair relationship.

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* %%* On ''Series/TheXFiles'', Scully is Mulder's weakness. Without fail. And everyone knows it.
* Crops up often in ''Series/{{Farscape}}''.
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Aeryn warns John that "personal indulgences can fracture a small crew" and later when they admit that they love each other complete with BigDamnKiss, she says they can't act on it because emotional attachments distort one's judgment. This also becomes a plot point in season 4 when John and Aeryn have to hide their relationship because Scorpius would eagerly exploit John's weakness: his love for Aeryn and their unborn child. Unfortunately for them, Scorpius isn't fooled...
* ''Series/GossipGirl''': The underlying reason why Chuck and Blair broke up in ''Series/GossipGirl'''s the third season (not to mention one of the main reasons why it took them all of season two to get together).together) is this trope. In episode "312" Chuck had visions of his dead father telling him he was weak for loving Blair and even mocking his feelings for her. Later that season EvilUncle Jack showed up and made full use of this trope to manipulate Chuck and destroy the Chair their relationship.



* Inverted in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' Vypra believes love to be the Blue Ranger's weakness, despite the fact that it motivated him to kick her team's butt (Lokai brings up the contradiction).
* Played straight with the villains of ''Series/OnceUponATime''. In the second episode, Regina says this to Maleficient. "Love is weakness, Maleficent. I thought you knew that?",
** Cora, Regina's mother, tells Regina this after she kills Regina's boyfriend, a nice MeaningfulEcho to Regina saying it in the earlier episode
*** Cora says it again, this time to Emma, but it doesn't quite go as she expected: [[spoiler: Emma does a NoSell to Cora's heart-stealing attack, and is able to repel it by quietly retorting that [[ShutUpHannibal love is strength]], because Emma is basically the embodiment of True Love.]]

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* Inverted in ''Series/PowerRangersLightspeedRescue'' has an inversion. Vypra believes love to be the Blue Ranger's weakness, despite the fact that it motivated him to kick her team's butt (Lokai brings up the contradiction).
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Played straight with the villains of ''Series/OnceUponATime''. In villains; in the second episode, Regina says this to Maleficient. "Love is weakness, Maleficent. I thought you knew that?",
** Cora, Regina's mother, tells Regina this after she kills Regina's boyfriend, a nice MeaningfulEcho to Regina saying it in the earlier episode
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episode Cora says it again, this time to Emma, but it doesn't quite go as she expected: [[spoiler: Emma does a NoSell to Cora's heart-stealing attack, and is able to repel it by quietly retorting that [[ShutUpHannibal love is strength]], because Emma is basically the embodiment of True Love.]]



* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand Spartacus Vengeance]]'': [[SmugSnake Ashur]] mockingly points out how love has led to ruin for Gannicus, Crixus, and Oenomaus. Gannicus later laments this as well. [[spoiler: Ironically Ashur meets his downfall for trying to wed Lucretia.]]

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* ''[[Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand - Spartacus Vengeance]]'': Vengeance'': [[SmugSnake Ashur]] mockingly points out how love has led to ruin for Gannicus, Crixus, and Oenomaus. Gannicus later laments this as well. [[spoiler: Ironically Ashur meets his downfall for trying to wed Lucretia.]]



* ''Series/{{The 100}}'': Commander Lexa's life philosophy, as her way of coping after her girlfriend was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by an enemy clan in order to get to her. She now shows little to no emotion in front of her people, and implores Clarke to do the same, which she is all too willing to do after [[spoiler: Finn's death]].

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Commander Lexa's life philosophy, as her way of coping after her girlfriend was kidnapped, tortured, and killed by an enemy clan in order to get to her. She now shows little to no emotion in front of her people, and implores Clarke to do the same, which she is all too willing to do after [[spoiler: Finn's death]].



* Darth Sion declares to a female Exile in ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights of The Old Republic 2]]'' that he hates her because she's beautiful to him, and for that she must die. In Sion's case, love literally is a weakness because ThePowerOfHate is what keeps his [[TechnicallyLivingZombie broken and decaying body]] from falling apart.

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* Darth Sion declares to a female Exile in ''[[VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic Knights of The Old Republic 2]]'' 2]]'':
** Darth Sion declares to a female Exile
that he hates her because she's beautiful to him, and for that she must die. In Sion's case, love literally is a weakness because ThePowerOfHate is what keeps his [[TechnicallyLivingZombie broken and decaying body]] from falling apart.



* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', Morrigan grows intensely fearful of her strengthening feelings for the Warden, and repeatedly begs him to end their relationship to stop future suffering. At one point, Leliana expresses certainty that Morrigan must be happy to be in love: her response is the page quote. [[DefrostingIceQueen Only at the very end of the game will she relent and fully accept the Warden's feelings while admitting her own]].

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* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'',
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Morrigan grows intensely fearful of her strengthening feelings for the Warden, and repeatedly begs him to end their relationship to stop future suffering. At one point, Leliana expresses certainty that Morrigan must be happy to be in love: her response is the page quote. [[DefrostingIceQueen Only at the very end of the game will she relent and fully accept the Warden's feelings while admitting her own]].



* Viconia from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is pretty much identical to Morrigan in this aspect.

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* %%* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'': Viconia from ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is pretty much identical to Morrigan in this aspect.



* Toyotomi Hideyoshi from the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series killed his wife Nene out of belief in this trope, and also to prove to himself that, if he was able to destroy what he loved the most to obtain his ambitions, [[TheUnfettered nothing else would be able to stop him]]. It's implied Nene [[LoveMartyr went to her death willingly out of love for him]]. He ends up [[TheCorrupter imparting his ideals]] upon [[IgnoredEnamouredUnderling Katsuie]] in the fourth game, telling him that he must rid himself of his feelings for Oichi and end her if he ever wishes to become an equal to him and Nobunaga.
* Bill of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' was once with a man named Frank until the latter ran off. The experience seems to have only hardened him even more. However, [[spoiler:he's obviously affected when he sees Frank's corpse hanging from a noose and is visibly heartbroken if Joel gives him a letter from Frank saying how much he despised Bill.]]

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* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'': Toyotomi Hideyoshi from the ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' series killed his wife Nene out of belief in this trope, and also to prove to himself that, if he was able to destroy what he loved the most to obtain his ambitions, [[TheUnfettered nothing else would be able to stop him]]. It's implied Nene [[LoveMartyr went to her death willingly out of love for him]]. He ends up [[TheCorrupter imparting his ideals]] upon [[IgnoredEnamouredUnderling Katsuie]] in the fourth game, telling him that he must rid himself of his feelings for Oichi and end her if he ever wishes to become an equal to him and Nobunaga.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'': Bill of ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' was once with a man named Frank until the latter ran off. The experience seems to have only hardened him even more. However, [[spoiler:he's obviously affected when he sees Frank's corpse hanging from a noose and is visibly heartbroken if Joel gives him a letter from Frank saying how much he despised Bill.]]



* Lord Entropy in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' maintains that this is the case, and as a result there's pretty much a blanket ban on Nobles openly loving other Nobles, mortals, or anything else. It's unclear whether this is seriously what he believes or if he just hates love for some reason.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'': Lord Entropy in ''TabletopGame/{{Nobilis}}'' maintains that this is the case, and as a result there's pretty much a blanket ban on Nobles openly loving other Nobles, mortals, or anything else. It's unclear whether this is seriously what he believes or if he just hates love for some reason.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Xanatos loves Fox, even if he doesn't want to admit it. At one point, he has this exchange with Goliath:

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'': Xanatos loves Fox, even if he doesn't want and once gave up the Eye of Odin to admit it.get her back safely. At one point, he has this exchange with Goliath:



* Megara from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' even sings a song about it ([[CrowningMusicOfAwesome and it's awesome]]).
* The sociopath Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' believes love is for fools and sees it only as a useful tool for manipulating people... only to learn that MachiavelliWasWrong, courtesy of [[spoiler:Mai]].
* [[BigBad Derek Powers]] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' told one villain, "It's better to be '''feared''' than loved."

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* Megara from ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' even sings a song about it ([[CrowningMusicOfAwesome and it's awesome]]).
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''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The sociopath Azula of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' believes love is for fools and sees it only as a useful tool for manipulating people... only to learn that MachiavelliWasWrong, courtesy of [[spoiler:Mai]].
* [[BigBad Derek Powers]] of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' told one villain, "It's better to be '''feared''' than loved."
[[spoiler:Mai]].



* That's the reason NASA won't allow couples into space together.
* Likewise, it's one historical argument against allowing women in the armed forces into combat, and has been occasionally trotted out against allowing gays in the military as well. The fear is that romantic relationships will develop which will hamper combat effectiveness.

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together is that it could compromise judgement.
* Likewise, it's This trope is one historical argument against allowing women in the armed forces into combat, and has been occasionally trotted out against allowing gays in the military as well. The fear is that romantic relationships will develop which will hamper combat effectiveness.
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* Viconia from ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2]]'' is pretty much identical to Morrigan in this aspect.

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* Viconia from ''[[BaldursGate Baldur's Gate 2]]'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'' is pretty much identical to Morrigan in this aspect.
6th May '16 2:20:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''The39Clues'', Isabel seems to realize this, because she practically forbids her son [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] from "having an inkling of a shadow of a thought..." (or, I think that's how it goes) about [[ShrinkingViolet Amy]].

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* In ''The39Clues'', Isabel seems to realize this, because she practically forbids her son [[HandsomeDevil Ian]] Ian from "having an inkling of a shadow of a thought..." (or, I think that's how it goes) about [[ShrinkingViolet Amy]].
10th Apr '16 5:53:02 AM Cifer
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**Potentially averted in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' as the light-side Sith Inquisitor points out (particularly to jedi) that the emotion of love has made them stronger rather than weaker. On the other hand side, played straight with jedi characters: initiating romance ''will'' give out dark side points.
9th Apr '16 7:33:52 AM sorako
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* In ''Manga/MedakaBox'', Zenkichi freaks out when he finally figures out he is in love with Medaka and wants to date her, because he thinks the fact he has these feelings makes him a despicable and horrible person who barely deserves to live, as they mean he has only been supporting Medaka ''the majority of both of their lives'' for a selfish reason.
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* ''Manga/DragonBallZ'': During the Buu Saga, Vegeta allowed [[EvilSorcerer Babidi]] to turn him into a Majin in part because of this trope; he believed his love for Bulma and Trunks to be a hindrance to his goal of surpassing Goku.
* ''Manga/LoveHina'': Motoko thinks this way at first; it isn't until the second half of the series that she realizes that [[ThePowerOfLove love can be a source of strength]] as well.
9th Jan '16 10:17:43 PM Discar
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->''Let me tell you one thing, and then let us speak of it no more. Love is a weakness. Love is a cancer that grows inside and makes one do foolish things. Love is death.''
-->--'''Morrigan''', ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''

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* [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Dr. Doom]] holds this belief.

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* [[SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom Dr. Doom]] Doctor Doom holds this belief.
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