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10th May '18 5:51:09 PM thatother1dude
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* ''Manga/DNAngel'' has a love triangle revolving around this trope. Daisuke has a crush on Risa, but she rejects him because she wants to date someone "cool". Enter [[PhantomThief Dark]]--who is actually Daisuke's alter-ego. Just to make things more complicated, Dark actually has a separate personality and is a big flirt to boot, so Daisuke and Dark sometimes end up in a fight over Risa.
** Later on in the manga, this trope is inverted when [[spoiler:Daisuke realizes that the one he ''really'' loves is actually Risa's twin sister, Riku. Riku cares for him in return, but in a twist, she ''hates'' Dark and thinks he's a pervert.]] This causes all sorts of complications, since Daisuke's [[CursedWithAwesome family curse]] won't leave him until he's completely loved for who he is--which includes the part of him that's like Dark.
** It's still complicated because [[spoiler:Dark is in love with Riku, who's in love with Daisuke. Eventually--in the manga--he begins to reciprocate ''Risa's'' feelings, although knowing that they could never be together because he'll disappear once Riku accepts that Dark is a part of Daisuke.]]

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* ''Manga/DNAngel'' has a love triangle revolving around this trope. Daisuke has a crush on Risa, but she rejects him because she wants to date someone "cool". Enter [[PhantomThief Dark]]--who is actually Daisuke's alter-ego. Just to make things more complicated, Dark actually has a separate personality and is a big flirt to boot, so Daisuke and Dark sometimes end up in a fight over Risa.
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Risa. Later on in the manga, this trope is inverted when the situation [[LikesClarkKentHatesSuperman reverses]] as [[spoiler:Daisuke realizes that the one he ''really'' loves is actually Risa's twin sister, Riku. Riku cares for him in return, but in a twist, she ''hates'' Dark and thinks he's a pervert.]] This causes all sorts of complications, since Daisuke's [[CursedWithAwesome family curse]] won't leave him until he's completely loved for who he is--which includes the part of him that's like Dark.
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Dark. It's still complicated because [[spoiler:Dark is in love with Riku, who's in love with Daisuke. Eventually--in the manga--he begins to reciprocate ''Risa's'' feelings, although knowing that they could never be together because he'll disappear once Riku accepts that Dark is a part of Daisuke.]]



* Inverted in ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' where Hiroto has unrequited love for Misao, but hates Pixy Misa for being a victim of her troubles. Luckily, he gets to find out they're the same person.
** Played straight in one episode, where Konoha uses Sasami's baton. She puts Hiroto under a love spell, but he only falls for her transformed self, Funky Connie.

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* Inverted in ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' where Hiroto has unrequited love for Misao, but hates Pixy Misa for being a victim of her troubles. Luckily, he gets to find out they're the same person.
** Played straight in
''Anime/MagicalProjectS'': In one episode, where Konoha uses Sasami's baton. She puts Hiroto under a love spell, but he only falls for her transformed self, Funky Connie.



** Inverted in ''Anime/FreshPrettyCure'' when Miyuki's brother, Daisuke, loves Love instead of her as Cure Peach. When he finds out that Love is Peach, being stupid to confess to her other her about his feelings for the real her, Daisuke tells Love that he will wait for her to tell her feelings to him. However, in the end, [[spoiler:she's not going to tell him]].
*** Before finding out she's a Pretty Cure, he's a male {{Tsundere}} to Love, but he's very polite and respectful to Cure Peach and he thinks Love [[{{Irony}} should be more like her]].



* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has Kuno hating Ranma, but loves his [[GenderBender female side]]. Inverse for his sister, Kodachi: loves Ranma, but hates his female side.
** Inverse variation to Shampoo and Ukyo. Of course, the two find out soon enough.
** Mikado loves female Ranma, but hates male Ranma.
** Picolet Chardin the 3rd loves female Ranma, but... demands that male Ranma pay his bill for the French food he (Ranma) ate.
** Sentaro, Densuke, and Yohyo all love female Ranma (see a trend?) but are rather nonplussed to discover the truth. Sentaro turns vindictive, Densuke tries ''real hard'' to forget, and Yohyo is completely flabbergasted and fails to react at all.



* ''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 to blame her for hating 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.)]]
10th May '18 4:35:50 AM M84
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' [[spoiler:Rose Quartz aka Pink Diamond]] got this on both ends. [[spoiler:The Crystal Gems loved Rose while they hated and feared Pink Diamond. The Gems of her court loved Pink Diamond while they hated and feared Rose Quartz for (supposedly) shattering her.]]
7th May '18 7:23:57 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the platonic version: Lars considers Steven annoying and constantly acts rude and mocking toward him. When Steven becomes a masked wrestler called "Tiger Millionaire", Lars is his biggest fan. Some excessive {{Heel}} behavior has that [[BrokenPedestal pedestal broken]] and [[RebuiltPedestal rebuilt]] by the end of the episode.
5th Apr '18 5:07:26 AM jormis29
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* In a 1992 Japanese ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' manga publication, Amy was the girlfriend of Nikki, but not of his superhero alter ego, Sonic the Hedgehog. Amy would eventually become part of the main franchise, along with another friend called Charmy.

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* In a 1992 Japanese ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' manga publication, ''Manga/SonicTheHedgehog'', Amy was the girlfriend of Nikki, but not of his superhero alter ego, Sonic the Hedgehog. Amy would eventually become part of the main franchise, along with another friend called Charmy.
4th Mar '18 1:55:36 PM nombretomado
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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 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.

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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 accidentally killed by the assassin Zaran. SquirrelGirl ComicBook/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.
22nd Feb '18 8:43:49 AM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'': TJ has a fanboyish obsession with Word Girl that seems to border on a PrecociousCrush...but Word Girl is actually his older sister Becky.
** It's ok, they're NotBloodSiblings.
*** However, in one episode where the Botsfords find out Becky is [=WordGirl=], he is mortified and throws away his [=WordGirl=] merchandise. He can't get over the fact that someone he looks up to and admires is also someone he considers "ordinary". He even refuses to help her when the entire family is captured by Dr. Two-Brains. In the end, their memories of Becky as [=WordGirl=] is erased.
** Tobey has a VillainousCrush on Word Girl, but generally treats Becky either indifferently or as an annoying rival. (He sometimes ''does'' suspect that they are the same person, though; events just usually conspire to dissuade him of that theory.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'': ''WesternAnimation/WordGirl'':
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TJ has a fanboyish obsession with Word Girl that seems to border on a PrecociousCrush...but Word Girl is actually his ([[NotBloodRelated adopted]]) older sister Becky.
** It's ok, they're NotBloodSiblings.
*** However, in one
Becky. In an episode where the Botsfords find out Becky is [=WordGirl=], her family discovers her identity, he is mortified and throws away his [=WordGirl=] merchandise. He can't get over the fact merchandise, unable to handle that someone he looks up to and admires his hero is also someone he considers "ordinary".his painfully "ordinary" sibling. He even refuses to help her when the entire family is captured by Dr. Two-Brains. In the end, their the family's memories of Becky as [=WordGirl=] is erased.
are erased, returning things to the StatusQuo.
** Tobey has a VillainousCrush on Word Girl, but generally treats Becky either indifferently or as an annoying rival. (He sometimes ''does'' Some episodes have him suspect that they are the same person, though; though by the end of them, events just usually conspire to once again dissuade him of that theory.)
20th Feb '18 1:51:03 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio The Return of Doctor Mysterio]]". Grant is the mild-mannered nanny to [[HotScoop Lucy]], whom he's been pining over for 24 years. His alter-ego is a masked superhero called the Ghost. Naturally, when the Ghost saves her life, Lucy is interested in him, while largely ignoring Grant (who starts feeling jealous towards his other self). During her interview/date with the Ghost, the latter starts to make fun of her male nanny, causing Lucy to get defensive and have a LoveEpiphany about Grant. Everything gets resolved by the end, when Grant is forced to reveal his powers to her, although she says she prefers his superhero costume... before putting the glasses he dropped back on him (i.e. his supernanny costume).

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "[[Recap/DoctorWho2016CSTheReturnOfDoctorMysterio The Return of Doctor Mysterio]]". Grant is the mild-mannered nanny to [[HotScoop Lucy]], Lucy, whom he's been pining over for 24 years. His alter-ego is a masked superhero called the Ghost. Naturally, when the Ghost saves her life, Lucy is interested in him, while largely ignoring Grant (who starts feeling jealous towards his other self). During her interview/date with the Ghost, the latter starts to make fun of her male nanny, causing Lucy to get defensive and have a LoveEpiphany about Grant. Everything gets resolved by the end, when Grant is forced to reveal his powers to her, although she says she prefers his superhero costume... before putting the glasses he dropped back on him (i.e. his supernanny costume).
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."
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