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9th Jan '18 1:56:27 PM BreadBull
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Compare HatesMySecretIdentity, for non-romantic cases of people reacting differently to the two identities.

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Compare HatesMySecretIdentity, for non-romantic cases of people reacting differently to the two identities.
identities. See also LikesClarkKentHatesSuperman, which is when a character has negative feelings to a person but positive ones to his alter ego / secret identity.
20th Dec '17 4:56:19 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Played to the point of parody in ''Webcomic/SidekickGirl'' where [[https://sidekickgirl.net/maelstrom-iii/ Mackenzie feels guilty for crushing on Maelstrom]] because of her boyfriend in her secret identity, Drake. Drake is Maelstrom. [[https://sidekickgirl.net/maelstrom-iv/ He feels similarly guilty about crushing on Illuminia, who is Mackenzie]]...
19th Dec '17 5:17:55 PM ClatoLawa
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* Played with in a number of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fics which start with the setup of the show (see under Western Animation below) but instead go in the direction of pairing up Marinette and Chat Noir for a slow-burn "friends to lovers" story, as each is the persona that the other likes, respects and cares about but doesn't (at least at first) romantically love to the point that they can only communicate through incoherent stammering or annoying flirting. ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5362856/chapters/12384923 Obsession]]'' is a prime example, in which Chat Noir develops [[MyInstinctsAreShowing a cat-like addiction to petting]], and doesn't want to go to Ladybug for help, as he gets the sense that she'd do it out of duty without the affection he craves from her. As he puts it to Marinette, "My lady couldn't feed me macarons and chocolate milk. My lady wouldn't wait up in the rain to make sure I'm okay. My lady's smile doesn't light up her face when she sees me. Yours does. She can't give me what I need, Marinette. What I need, my Princess is you. And a princess is far brighter than a lady." He only finds out that they're the same girl later in the story, after she's found out his identity.
** There are also stories that deal with Ladybug and Adrien's mutual attraction (Ladrien), the discovery of which can be handled in a number of ways. If Marinette finds out about Adrien's crush on Ladybug, it can sometimes push her to approach him as Ladybug, often by visiting him in his bedroom, or else lead her to feel even less secure about measuring up to herself (see ''[[http://www.archiveofourown.org/works/10210028/ The Parts of You]]]'' for an example). Alternately, if Adrien finds out about Ladybug's crush on him, he may view it as an opportunity, or, as in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9511511 fresh eyes]]'', come to believe that his Lady is a lot shallower than he believed, since "a boy she’s really only ever seen on billboards and screens has more effectively stolen her heart than her partner."

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* Played with in a number of ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fics which start with the setup of the show (see under Western Animation below) but instead go in the direction of pairing up Marinette and Chat Noir for a slow-burn "friends to lovers" story, as each is the persona that the other likes, respects and cares about but doesn't (at least at first) romantically love to the point that they can only communicate through incoherent stammering or annoying flirting. ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5362856/chapters/12384923 ''[[Fanfic/{{Tendencies}} Obsession]]'' is a prime example, in which Chat Noir develops [[MyInstinctsAreShowing a cat-like addiction to petting]], and doesn't want to go to Ladybug for help, as he gets the sense that she'd do it out of duty without the affection he craves from her. As he puts it to Marinette, "My lady couldn't feed me macarons and chocolate milk. My lady wouldn't wait up in the rain to make sure I'm okay. My lady's smile doesn't light up her face when she sees me. Yours does. She can't give me what I need, Marinette. What I need, my Princess is you. And a princess is far brighter than a lady." He only finds out that they're the same girl later in the story, after she's found out his identity.
** There are also stories that deal with Ladybug and Adrien's mutual attraction (Ladrien), the discovery of which can be handled in a number of ways. If Marinette finds out about Adrien's crush on Ladybug, it can sometimes push her to approach him as Ladybug, often by visiting him in his bedroom, or else lead her to feel even less secure about measuring up to herself (see ''[[http://www.archiveofourown.org/works/10210028/ The Parts of You]]]'' You]]'' for an example). Alternately, if Adrien finds out about Ladybug's crush on him, he may view it as an opportunity, or, as in ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/9511511 fresh eyes]]'', come to believe that his Lady is a lot shallower than he believed, since "a boy she’s really only ever seen on billboards and screens has more effectively stolen her heart than her partner."
9th Dec '17 5:48:50 AM RedScharlach
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** Before Clark and Lois got married, there was also the character of Cat Grant, who was in love with Clark Kent and had no particularly personal feelings for Superman (whom she liked and admired in the way most Metropolitans like and admire him.)

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** Before Clark and Lois got married, there was also the character of Cat Grant, who was in love with Clark Kent and had no particularly personal feelings for Superman (whom she liked and admired in the way most Metropolitans like and admire him.)him).



** This has occured with Betty Brant and Gwen Stacey (who liked Peter but distrusted Spider-Man due to blaming him for the death of a relative) and [[ComicBook/BlackCat Felicia Hardy]] (who loves Spider-Man but disliked his bland alter ego, to the point of begging him to put the mask back on when he revealed himself to her). It's more of a subversion with Mary Jane, though: in the 1960s, when she was generally only involved with Peter Parker, she once used an occasion when Spider-Man rescued her to flirt with him. So the double ID would never have been a romantic obstacle as it was with the others. In addition, a later {{Retcon}} has it that she always knew, but didn't say anything.

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** This has occured occurred with Betty Brant and Gwen Stacey (who liked Peter but distrusted Spider-Man due to blaming him for the death of a relative) and [[ComicBook/BlackCat Felicia Hardy]] (who loves Spider-Man but disliked his bland alter ego, to the point of begging him to put the mask back on when he revealed himself to her). It's more of a subversion with Mary Jane, though: in the 1960s, when she was generally only involved with Peter Parker, she once used an occasion when Spider-Man rescued her to flirt with him. So the double ID would never have been a romantic obstacle as it was with the others. In addition, a later {{Retcon}} has it that she always knew, but didn't say anything.



* Parodied in Marvel's comedic superhero team ''GLA'', with the infamously short-lived Grasshopper, a superhero who wore a grasshopper-themed power armor, and was a member for about 6 seconds before he was accidently killed by the assassin Zaran. SquirrelGirl presented his backstory in a prequel, showing that he was Roxxon security officer Doug Taggert who mooned after researcher Cindy Shelton, who only had eyes for Grasshopper.

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* Parodied in Marvel's comedic superhero team ''GLA'', with the infamously short-lived Grasshopper, a superhero who wore a grasshopper-themed power armor, and was a member for about 6 seconds before he was accidently accidentally killed by the assassin Zaran. SquirrelGirl presented his backstory in a prequel, showing that he was Roxxon security officer Doug Taggert who mooned after researcher Cindy Shelton, who only had eyes for Grasshopper.



* ''Film/TheMask''. Tina falls in love with the Mask (while Stanley's wearing it), and eventually realizes she loves Stanley for himself.

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* ''Film/TheMask''. Tina falls in love with the Mask (while Stanley's wearing it), and but eventually realizes she loves Stanley for himself.



* In ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', [[spoiler:Judy loves Scottie but he's too hung up on Madeleine -- the dead woman she impersonated as part of Gavin's scheme -- for her attempts to make him love her true self work, and she ultimately agrees to be "Madeleine" for him. It doesn't work well for anyone involved.]]
* In ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', Ethan falls in love with Linda Lee and is merely grateful and respectful of Supergirl after being rescued by her. He eventually learns they are one and the same.

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* In ''Film/{{Vertigo}}'', [[spoiler:Judy loves Scottie but he's too hung up on Madeleine -- the dead woman she impersonated as part of Gavin's scheme -- for her attempts to make him love her true self work, and she ultimately agrees to be "Madeleine" for him. It doesn't work out well for anyone involved.]]
* In ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', Ethan falls in love with Linda Lee and is merely grateful and respectful of to Supergirl after being rescued by her. He eventually learns they are one and the same.



* Unlike all other adaptions, in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lois might be a HeroWorshipper of The Blur (don't ask why they never used "Superman"), but she is with Clark all the time.

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* Unlike all other adaptions, adaptations, in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Lois might be a HeroWorshipper of The Blur (don't ask why they never used "Superman"), but she is with Clark all the time.



* Played with in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', the gang is followed by a man in a mask (AKA Superhoodie) who turns out to be [[spoiler: a future version of Simon, Future!Simon and Alisha hook up and he tells her that they are together in the future.]] In the present, they enter into a relationship and he can't help be a little jealous of himself.

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* Played with in ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', the gang is followed by a man in a mask (AKA Superhoodie) who turns out to be [[spoiler: a future version of Simon, Simon. Future!Simon and Alisha hook up and he tells her that they are together in the future.]] In the present, they enter into a relationship and he can't help be a little jealous of himself.



* OlderThanTelevision: in the play ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', both WarriorPoet Cyrano and BookDumb but so very handsome Christian are in love with Roxanne. Since Cyrano thinks he doesn't stand a chance with her anyway because of that big nose issue, he uses his gift for poetry to [[PlayingCyrano help Christian woo her]] so at least he can know [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy they'll both be happy together]], which backfires because it tears them both up for years to know Roxanne's really in love with Cyrano but thinks she's in love with Christian. [[spoiler: There's also the fact that Christian is ''killed'' later and Cyrano ''still'' CannotSpitItOut to not break Roxanne's heart... and keeps denying that the letters are his until his death.]]

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* OlderThanTelevision: in the play ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'', both WarriorPoet Cyrano and BookDumb but so very handsome Christian are in love with Roxanne. Since Cyrano thinks he doesn't stand a chance with her anyway because of that big nose issue, he uses his gift for poetry to [[PlayingCyrano help Christian woo her]] so at least he can know [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy they'll both be happy together]], which backfires because it tears them both up for years to know Roxanne's really in love with Cyrano but thinks she's in love with Christian. [[spoiler: There's [[spoiler:There's also the fact that Christian is ''killed'' later and Cyrano ''still'' CannotSpitItOut to not break Roxanne's heart... and keeps denying that the letters are his until his death.]]



* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'': police officer Sagan Cruz has {{UST}} with Kit Walker, but sees the Phantom as a glory-hogging jerk. Particularly when he used his "Good Mark" to ''deface a necklace Kit gave her''. (It struck him as appropriate since it ''already'' symbolised their friendship, but it hadn't occured to him that it looked like the actions of two separate people.)

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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}'': police officer Sagan Cruz has {{UST}} with Kit Walker, but sees the Phantom as a glory-hogging jerk. Particularly when he used his "Good Mark" to ''deface a necklace Kit gave her''. (It struck him as appropriate since it ''already'' symbolised their friendship, but it hadn't occured occurred to him that it looked like the actions of two separate people.)
6th Dec '17 8:14:57 PM dsneybuf
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* ''WesternAnimation/StretchArmstrongAndTheFlexFighters'' inverts this for Stretch/Jake's crush, Riya, who finds Stretch overhyped, but likes Jake enough to accept his invitation to the school dance. [[spoiler:After the Flex Fighters learn that one of their enemies, Blindstrike, was Riya in disguise, it seems hard not to blame her for hating Stretch. (This reveal also turns Stretch's and Omni-Mass/Ricardo's feelings for Riya into another inversion.)]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StretchArmstrongAndTheFlexFighters'' inverts this for Stretch/Jake's crush, Riya, who finds Stretch overhyped, but likes Jake enough to accept his invitation to the school dance. [[spoiler:After the Flex Fighters learn that one of their enemies, Blindstrike, was Riya in disguise, it seems hard not to blame her for hating Stretch.Stretch, seeing how he kept getting in the way of her mission. (This reveal also turns Stretch's and Omni-Mass/Ricardo's feelings for Riya into another inversion.)]]
6th Dec '17 8:13:43 PM dsneybuf
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* ''WesternAnimation/StretchArmstrongAndTheFlexFighters'' inverts this for Stretch/Jake's crush, Riya, who finds Stretch overhyped, but likes Jake enough to accept his invitation to the school dance. [[spoiler:After the Flex Fighters learn that one of their enemies, Blindstrike, was Riya in disguise, it seems hard not to blame her for hating Stretch. (This reveal also turns Stretch's and Omni-Mass/Ricardo's feelings for Riya into another inversion.)]]



* ''WesternAnimation/StretchArmstrongAndTheFlexFighters'' inverts this for Stretch/Jake's crush, Riya, who finds Stretch overhyped, but likes Jake enough to accept his invitation to the school dance. [[spoiler:After the Flex Fighters learn that one of their enemies, Blindstrike, was Riya in disguise, it seems hard not to blame her for hating Stretch. (This reveal also turns Stretch's and Omni-Mass/Ricardo's feelings for Riya into another inversion.)]]
30th Nov '17 3:37:13 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'', many guys can't stand [[{{jerkass}} Seo]], but are in love with 'Lorelei' from the music club... who is Seo, or at least her singing voice; the chief victim of this is Nozaki's junior Wakamatsu. In an inversion, Seo doesn't particularly seem to care either way, and if anything enjoys destroying people's fantasies by revealing who she is.

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* In ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'', many guys can't stand [[{{jerkass}} [[{{Jerkass}} Seo]], but are in love with 'Lorelei' from the music club... who is Seo, or at least her singing voice; the chief victim of this is Nozaki's junior Wakamatsu. In an inversion, Seo doesn't particularly seem to care either way, and if anything enjoys destroying people's fantasies by revealing who she is.


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* In ''Film/{{Supergirl}}'', Ethan falls in love with Linda Lee and is merely grateful and respectful of Supergirl after being rescued by her. He eventually learns they are one and the same.
24th Nov '17 8:45:30 AM dsneybuf
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* ''WesternAnimation/StretchArmstrongAndTheFlexFighters'' inverts this for Stretch/Jake's crush, Riya, who finds Stretch overhyped, but likes Jake enough to accept his invitation to the school dance. [[spoiler:After the Flex Fighters learn that one of their enemies, Blindstrike, was Riya in disguise, it seems hard not to blame her for hating Stretch. (This reveal also turns Stretch's and Omni-Mass/Ricardo's feelings for Riya into another inversion.)]]
21st Nov '17 12:46:56 AM Loekman3
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Modern AU fan fiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12224763/1/Struggling-in-Arendelle-City Struggling in Arendelle City]] has Elsa masquerading as a superhero and lived a double life as both a sister and a Snow Queen and Anna is shown to fall in love with the masked woman, completely unaware of her true identity. [[{{Understatement}} She does not take it well]] when she realizes that both Elsa and Snow Queen turned out to be the same person and the person [[BrotherSisterIncest she fell in love all the time turned out to be her sister]].

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Modern AU fan fiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12224763/1/Struggling-in-Arendelle-City Struggling in Arendelle City]] City]]'' has Elsa masquerading as a superhero and lived a double life as both a sister and a Snow Queen and Anna is shown to fall in love with the masked woman, completely unaware of her true identity. [[{{Understatement}} She does not take it well]] when she realizes that both Elsa and Snow Queen turned out to be the same person and the person [[BrotherSisterIncest she fell in love all the time turned out to be her sister]].
21st Nov '17 12:46:33 AM Loekman3
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Modern AU fan fiction ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12224763/1/Struggling-in-Arendelle-City Struggling in Arendelle City]] has Elsa masquerading as a superhero and lived a double life as both a sister and a Snow Queen and Anna is shown to fall in love with the masked woman, completely unaware of her true identity. [[{{Understatement}} She does not take it well]] when she realizes that both Elsa and Snow Queen turned out to be the same person and the person [[BrotherSisterIncest she fell in love all the time turned out to be her sister]].
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