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26th Feb '18 11:15:01 AM DVB
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has Ochako Uraraka go through a variation of this, most of "love is a distraction." She is in a TwiceShy relation with her friend and protgonist Izuku Midoriya. However, due to the hero business being a very comeptitive field (least how it's structured in Japan), she feels her more-than-platonic emotions toward him would inhibit her goals of becoming the best heroine she could be and thus gaining income for her parents. As such, she is currently suppressing those feelings. However, it's evident that this is a temporary thing and Uraraka may just be delaying a larger revelation (the fact that heroism is a very dangerous job is another factor.)
14th Feb '18 3:59:53 PM IamTheCaligula
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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The sociopath Azula 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]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': The sociopath Azula believes believes, courtesy of the way Fire Lord Ozai raised her, that love is for fools and sees it only as a useful tool for manipulating people... people, only to learn that MachiavelliWasWrong, courtesy of [[spoiler:Mai]].Mai... This trope, combined with Azula's subsequently suppressed desire to be loved by her father, her mother, and her friends, plays a big part in her tragic VillainousBreakdown, to the point where her earlier CardCarryingVillain tendencies are cast in a new light as [[IAmAMonster declarations of self-loathing.]]
10th Jan '18 2:16:19 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', we can gather from [[{{Deuteragonist}} Obsidian's]] point of view that Careers have this drilled into their heads. ("In the arena, your life comes first and foremost. If you have a choice between saving your best friendís life and your own, leave the poor sucker to get eaten by mutts.") We can also gather that Obsidian wasn't listening.

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* In the HungerGames ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', we can gather from [[{{Deuteragonist}} Obsidian's]] point of view that Careers have this drilled into their heads. ("In the arena, your life comes first and foremost. If you have a choice between saving your best friendís life and your own, leave the poor sucker to get eaten by mutts.") We can also gather that Obsidian wasn't listening.
31st Dec '17 3:10:14 PM dieseldragons
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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 wrong about love, a HappilyEverAfter might be in store.

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This trope is invoked to avoid any number of LoveHurts tropes--especially if a villain decides [[GoSeduceMyArchnemesis to take advantage of it in the meantime.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 wrong about love, a HappilyEverAfter might be in store.
31st Dec '17 3:08:23 PM dieseldragons
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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 never in your sane mind do. 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. 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.

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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 never in your sane mind do. 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. 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 [[IHaveYourWife the one they love.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.
20th Dec '17 9:18:01 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': Ego the Living Planet's love for Meredith Quill was so strong that he felt it would distract him from achieving his purpose [[spoiler:so he decided to kill her by giving her cancer]].

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* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': Ego the Living Planet's love for Meredith Quill was so strong that he felt it would distract him from achieving his purpose [[spoiler:so purpose, and so abandoned both her and [[DisappearedDad their son Peter]]. [[spoiler:After he found himself going back to her multiple times, Ego decided to kill her by giving her cancer]]. cancer.]]
10th Dec '17 7:38:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Davy Jones is an aversion. He cut out his own heart because Calyspo's rejection hurt him so much - 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, [[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.
* One of the twisted ironies of ''Franchise/StarWars'' is that both the Jedi Order and the Sith have similarly negative opinions of love. The Jedi attitude to love sits between this trope and LoveMakesYouEvil, as they believe it not only leads to attachment, but opens up a potential conduit for the Dark Side. The Sith, meanwhile, hate love because it can douse the negative emotions they are taught to draw upon for strength, inclines them to sympathise with others, and creates a weakness that others can exploit.
** In the ''Legends'' continuity of ExpandedUniverse, Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order did not believe this, as Luke had witnessed firsthand that love can damn a person, but also that LoveRedeems. The various stories taking place thousands of years prior to the movies also showed that the Jedi Order's position on this trope varied greatly from era to era, and sometimes even just depending on who the current Grand Master was.

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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Davy Jones is an aversion. He cut out his own heart because Calyspo's rejection hurt him so much - 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, [[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.
* One of the twisted ironies of ''Franchise/StarWars'' is that both the Jedi Order and the Sith have similarly negative opinions of love. The Jedi attitude to love sits between this trope and LoveMakesYouEvil, as they believe it not only leads to attachment, but opens up a potential conduit for the Dark Side. The Sith, meanwhile, hate love because it can douse the negative emotions they are taught to draw upon for strength, inclines them to sympathise with others, and creates a weakness that others can exploit.
** In the ''Legends'' continuity of ExpandedUniverse, Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order did not believe this, as Luke had witnessed firsthand that love can damn a person, but also that LoveRedeems. The various stories taking place thousands of years prior to the movies also showed that the Jedi Order's position on this trope varied greatly from era to era, and sometimes even just depending on who the current Grand Master was.
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* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', [[BigBad Loki]] claims this at every possible opportunity. Heís talking [[Film/{{Thor}} from]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy personal]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil experience]].
* ''Film/BellBookAndCandle'' establishes early on that a witch loses her powers if she falls in love. Guess what happens to witch Kim Novak at the end.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Maria says the sultan's love for his son makes him weak and easy to manipulate and repeatedly stresses [[spoiler: to Aguilar that he should put the mission before her and not grieve should she die]]. Likewise, [[spoiler: Joseph's love for his son made him unable to kill said son which means the Templars eventually got their hands on him and plugged him into the Animus so they could find the Apple of Eden]].



* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': Ego the Living Planet's love for Meredith Quill was so strong that he felt it would distract him from achieving his purpose [[spoiler:so he decided to kill her by giving her cancer]].


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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'': Davy Jones is an aversion. He cut out his own heart because Calyspo's rejection hurt him so much - 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, [[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.
* One of the twisted ironies of ''Franchise/StarWars'' is that both the Jedi Order and the Sith have similarly negative opinions of love. The Jedi attitude to love sits between this trope and LoveMakesYouEvil, as they believe it not only leads to attachment, but opens up a potential conduit for the Dark Side. The Sith, meanwhile, hate love because it can douse the negative emotions they are taught to draw upon for strength, inclines them to sympathise with others, and creates a weakness that others can exploit.
** In the ''Legends'' continuity of ExpandedUniverse, Luke Skywalker's New Jedi Order did not believe this, as Luke had witnessed firsthand that love can damn a person, but also that LoveRedeems. The various stories taking place thousands of years prior to the movies also showed that the Jedi Order's position on this trope varied greatly from era to era, and sometimes even just depending on who the current Grand Master was.
* In ''Film/TheAvengers2012'', [[BigBad Loki]] claims this at every possible opportunity. Heís talking [[Film/{{Thor}} from]] [[LoveMakesYouCrazy personal]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil experience]].
* ''Film/BellBookAndCandle'' establishes early on that a witch loses her powers if she falls in love. Guess what happens to witch Kim Novak at the end.
* ''Film/AssassinsCreed2016'': Maria says the sultan's love for his son makes him weak and easy to manipulate and repeatedly stresses [[spoiler: to Aguilar that he should put the mission before her and not grieve should she die]]. Likewise, [[spoiler: Joseph's love for his son made him unable to kill said son which means the Templars eventually got their hands on him and plugged him into the Animus so they could find the Apple of Eden]].
* ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': Ego the Living Planet's love for Meredith Quill was so strong that he felt it would distract him from achieving his purpose [[spoiler:so he decided to kill her by giving her cancer]].
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4th Nov '17 2:51:14 PM Darth_Rasputin32898
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* Cersei Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tells Sansa Stark to "love only your children," because a mother can't help doing that, but no one else because of this trope.

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* Cersei Lannister from ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' tells Sansa Stark to "love only your children," because a mother can't help doing that, but no one else because of this trope. Cersei also states:
-->"Sansa, permit me to share a bit of womanly wisdom with you on this very special day. Love is poison. A sweet poison, yes, but it will kill you all the same."
2nd Nov '17 12:30:47 PM lillolillo
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* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'': Most of the reasonings of 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.

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* ''FistOfTheNorthStar'': ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'': Most of the reasonings of 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.


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* In ''ComicBook/GothamCityGarage'', it's Harley Quinn's view that love is both needless and hurtful.
-->'''Harley:''' 'Cuz really, who needs love? It's like inking a bull's eye on your heart and givin' some rando a crossbow.
1st Oct '17 8:54:51 AM nombretomado
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* In ''The39Clues'', Isabel seems to realize this, because she practically forbids her son 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'', ''Literature/The39Clues'', Isabel seems to realize this, because she practically forbids her son 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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