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15th Apr '16 7:56:27 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** ActionGirl Kallen has a BodyguardCrush on Lelouch's masked identity, [[DarkMessiah Zero]], but has a very low opinion of Lelouch, mostly because he cultivates a reputation for being an [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob apathetic]] [[JerkassFacade jerk]]. When Kallen dramatically learns Zero's true identity, she gets a HeroicBSOD because taking orders from a classmate is the worst humiliation she could suffer. In season 2, after still going through a "you're Lelouch when I hate you and Zero when I love you." kind of relationship for some time, she comes to love both of them.

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** ActionGirl Kallen has a BodyguardCrush on Lelouch's masked identity, [[DarkMessiah Zero]], but has a very low opinion of Lelouch, mostly because he cultivates a reputation for being an [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob apathetic]] [[JerkassFacade jerk]]. When Kallen dramatically learns Zero's true identity, she gets a HeroicBSOD because taking orders from a classmate is she wonders [[WasItAllALie if the worst humiliation she could suffer.whole Black Knight rebellion was a big farce]]. In season 2, after still going through a "you're Lelouch when I hate you and Zero when I love you." kind of relationship for some time, she comes to love both of them.



** C.C. loves Lelouch vi Britannia but sees Zero for the fraud he is.

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** C.C. loves Lelouch vi Britannia but sees Zero for the fraud he is. The difference is that C.C knew about them from the very start.
23rd Mar '16 12:31:52 AM konekootome
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* Inverted ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5362856/chapters/12384923 Obsession]]'' Adrien/Chat Noir falls in love with Marinette and starts to believe that Ladybug to be a bit too aloof, not knowing that they're the same girl.
15th Mar '16 1:41:36 AM narm00
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*** Not exactly: DependingOnTheWriter, in some New 52 books, it's stated she feels attracted to Superman nonetheless. And once again, Lois don't know about his secret identity...

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*** Not exactly: DependingOnTheWriter, in some New 52 books, it's stated she feels attracted to Superman nonetheless. And once again, Lois don't know about is unaware of his secret identity...identity... until she (and the rest of the world) finds out in ''ComicBook/SupermanTruth''.



* Thundermind of Franchise/TheDCU's Great Ten has this in his secret identity (him being the only member of the team to really have one). In a shameless (and [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]]) riff on UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman, Thundermind is also the nebbish, bespectacled schoolteacher Zou Kang. His affections for attractive coworker Ms. Wu are ignored because she only has eyes for Thundermind.

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* Thundermind of Franchise/TheDCU's Great Ten ComicBook/GreatTen has this in his secret identity (him being the only member of the team to really have one). In a shameless (and [[RuleOfFunny hilarious]]) riff on UsefulNotes/{{the Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman, Thundermind is also the nebbish, bespectacled schoolteacher Zou Kang. His affections for attractive coworker Ms. Wu are ignored because she only has eyes for Thundermind.
5th Mar '16 8:06:28 AM Subwharfer409
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*In ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'', Speedy falls for Porky's dance partner (Bugs duisguised as a woman). Once he reveals who "she" really is, Speedy says that he was only being polite, since he considered her to be really ugly (Bugs does make a really ugly woman). Until it's revealed that he had a shrine, AND EVEN AN ENGAGEMENT RING.
26th Feb '16 1:30:40 PM rafi
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* Daisy on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''; Static [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this once.


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* Daisy on ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock''; Static [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this once.
26th Feb '16 1:29:49 PM rafi
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* Suguha in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' begins to fall in love with her brother Kazuto ([[KissingCousins who is actually her cousin]]) whom she knows is in love with another girl. In order to forget about those feelings for him, she tries to fall in love with an online person she met called Kirito. Kirito is Kazuto's online persona. When she figures this out, it breaks her heart since she's fallen in love with the same person twice [[FridgeLogic (which to be quite frank is rather shocking considering the fact that Kirito's avatar shares his face with only minor differences).]]
* Anzu/Téa in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] and [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]] is frequently confused about whether she's in love with Yugi or "the other (Yami) Yugi."
** Even worse, the fact that he's Yugi's alter-ego isn't even a secret for that long - she KNOWS that they're the same person, but she can't help but prefer the Other Yugi. Harsh, man.
* Kaito in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is confused between Lucia and the pink mermaid.
* Kouta quotes this to Lucy about her and IdentityAmnesia personality, Nyu, in the end of ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* Yuuki in ''Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara: Dream Saga'' is actually the ''main'' character, and all over both Takaomi and "that other guy named Takaomi with the same mark on his head but a totally different personality".
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' complicates things. [[spoiler:Ichigo loves Masaya, who loves Ichigo but also Mew Ichigo, and then in comes Ao no Kishi, and ''he'' loves Mew Ichigo, and she's stuck between not only this guy but also her UnwantedHarem. ''Then'' comes the traditional [[BrainwashedAndCrazy trial]] of every MagicalGirl's MysteriousProtector, and we know ''that'' can't be good.]]

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* Suguha In each of Studio Pierrot's MagicalGirl series (''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'', ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi'', ''Anime/PersiaTheMagicFairy''), the heroine is in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' begins love with an older boy, who prefers her metamorphosed alter ego, leading the poor magical girls to fall be jealous of themselves.
* A rather peculiar take on this appears in ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin''. The main character Karin has a crush on her Junior High School soccer captain Kouichi Mizuno. He is
in love with her brother Kazuto ([[KissingCousins who is actually her cousin]]) whom secret identity Buurin. [[InterspeciesRomance But she knows is a pig in love with another girl. In order to forget about those feelings for him, she tries to fall in love with an online person she met called Kirito. Kirito is Kazuto's online persona. When she figures this out, it breaks her heart since she's fallen in love with the same person twice [[FridgeLogic (which to be quite frank is rather shocking considering the fact that Kirito's avatar shares his face with only minor differences).]]
* Anzu/Téa
form]]! Add in the ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] and [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]] is frequently confused about whether she's in love with Yugi or "the other (Yami) Yugi."
** Even worse, the fact that he's Yugi's alter-ego isn't even a secret for that long - she KNOWS that they're the same person, but she can't help but prefer the Other Yugi. Harsh, man.
* Kaito in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is confused between Lucia and the pink mermaid.
* Kouta quotes this to Lucy
issue of Karin being stuck as Buurin if anyone finds out about her and IdentityAmnesia personality, Nyu, in the end of ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* Yuuki in ''Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara: Dream Saga'' is actually the ''main'' character, and all over both Takaomi and "that other guy named Takaomi
secret identity, then you have yourself a very peculiar conundrum. [[spoiler:When Kouichi, along with the same mark on Karin's classmates, finds out that Karin is Buurin, he is upset by this revelation. After fighting his head but a totally different personality".
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' complicates things. [[spoiler:Ichigo loves Masaya, who loves Ichigo but also Mew Ichigo, and then in
own DemonicPossession, he comes Ao no Kishi, and ''he'' loves Mew Ichigo, and she's stuck between not only this guy but also to love her UnwantedHarem. ''Then'' comes the traditional [[BrainwashedAndCrazy trial]] of every MagicalGirl's MysteriousProtector, and we know ''that'' can't be good.]]again]].



* In one episode of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', a boy asked Nagisa out, only to eventually dump her because he'd decided he preferred Cure Black. An unusual case in that Nagisa never actually liked him back, but the same idea.
* 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 PrettyCure, 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]].
* In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Tsubomi falls head over heels for a mysterious handsome young man who, later on, resembles her late grandfather when he was younger. Sadly, she's crushed when she comes to find out that he's [[spoiler:her grandmother's fairy partner, Coupe.]]
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' offers us a rather complicated example: [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Asuka Jr.]] is obsessed with Saint Tail, who has a thing for him both as Saint Tail and her SecretIdentity Meimi... Except that: [[SecretIdentityIdentity Meimi has a sharp personality change as Saint Tail]], and CannotSpitItOut in her civilian persona while Saint Tail couldn't be more obvious; [[ObliviousToLove Asuka Jr. is somehow unable to figure out his own romantic feelings, let alone those of Meimi-as-Meimi, Meimi-as-Saint Tail, the ones of an underclassgirl and those of the local]] ClingyJealousGirl; near the end of the series Asuka Jr. admits was obsessed with Saint Tail because ''she looked like the girl she liked'', said girl being ''Meimi''... And ''[[ObliviousToLove had not realized his feelings until after he thought for days about what he had blurted out]].
* Tadase in ''Manga/ShugoChara'' likes Amulet Heart, Amu's heroic form. His feelings toward the normal Amu are "just friends". This one is especially weird because he knows from the start that the two are the same person and even tells Amu herself about his confused feelings. [[spoiler: Later he confesses that he actually loves Amu for who she is, not her alter ego.]]



* Misa and Takada, who are not shocked to find out Light is Kira in ''Manga/DeathNote''.



* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta was unaware that [[spoiler: his beloved Shiro was the true identity of his arch-nemesis, The Red Man]]. When he finds out, it's not pretty.
* Kouta quotes this to Lucy about her and IdentityAmnesia personality, Nyu, in the end of ''Manga/ElfenLied''.
* A strange case in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Luca appears to have started to fall for Hayate's alterego, but shows no signs of being a lesbian. She'll probably be relieved to find out that Hayate is actually a guy, though probably unhappy about having to deal with his UnwantedHarem.
* Umaru has this issue with her friends in ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan''. Umaru presents a persona of TheAce at school, but at home she is a LazyBum {{Otaku}}. Her best friend Ebina is friends with "Outside-Umaru", but has never seen "Inside-Umaru." Kirie has befriended both, but does not realize they're the same person. The straightest example is Sylphin, who met Umaru at an arcade while Umaru was wearing a mask and going by the name "U.M.R." They become so close that Slyphin recruits her to help her in her FriendlyRivalry against Umaru.
* ''Manga/KaitouSaintTail'' offers us a rather complicated example: [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Asuka Jr.]] is obsessed with Saint Tail, who has a thing for him both as Saint Tail and her SecretIdentity Meimi... Except that: [[SecretIdentityIdentity Meimi has a sharp personality change as Saint Tail]], and CannotSpitItOut in her civilian persona while Saint Tail couldn't be more obvious; [[ObliviousToLove Asuka Jr. is somehow unable to figure out his own romantic feelings, let alone those of Meimi-as-Meimi, Meimi-as-Saint Tail, the ones of an underclassgirl and those of the local]] ClingyJealousGirl; near the end of the series Asuka Jr. admits was obsessed with Saint Tail because ''she looked like the girl she liked'', said girl being ''Meimi''... And ''[[ObliviousToLove had not realized his feelings until after he thought for days about what he had blurted out]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'', Natsuru loves Kaede and Kaede loves Natsuru. The catch? Kaede loves [[GenderBender THE FEMALE NATSURU!]]
** To make things even more ridiculous, Kaede is under the impression that the male Natsuru is her love rival. [[spoiler:It turns out she knew it all along because she's the BigBad. And she really wants only the female Natsuru.]]
* 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.



* Kaito in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is confused between Lucia and the pink mermaid.
* Noel in ''Manga/MintNaBokura'' [[DisguisedInDrag pretends to be a girl]] to attend the same boarding school as his sister. When he runs into his crush on a day he's not wearing a dress and wig, he tells her that he is "Noel's cousin Tohru". "Tohru" begins dating her. [[spoiler: She dumps him when the truth comes out.]]
* In the initial anime PV for ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', we've got it twice over. GenkiGirl Marinette is in love with the brooding intellectual Adrien, but he can't stand her. However, when he transforms into Black Cat, he's swooning over Ladybug, who snubs him. Ladybug, of course, is Marinette. (Compare in Western Animation below.)
* 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.
* Yuuki in ''Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara: Dream Saga'' is actually the ''main'' character, and all over both Takaomi and "that other guy named Takaomi with the same mark on his head but a totally different personality".
* Natsumi from ''Manga/{{Nicoichi}}'' initially fell for the [[WholesomeCrossdresser female persona]] of the protagonist Makoto, not knowing his true identity, which [[StupidSexyFlanders greatly confused her]]. To complicate matters, Natsumi actually disliked Makoto in his normal self, which created lots of problems for Makoto when he was trying to reciprocate the love.
* In ''Manga/{{Onidere}}'', the female protagonist uses an alter ego called Angie to get close to her boyfriend without ruining her reputation as the school's top delinquent and is afraid of losing him to her alter ego, unaware that he figured it out the moment he met her alternate persona. And then another boy named Souta develops a crush on Angie.
* In ''Manga/PhantomThiefPokemon7'', Nazuna is in love with Pokemon 7. She's not quite so fond of Hiori.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'':
** In one episode of ''Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure'', a boy asked Nagisa out, only to eventually dump her because he'd decided he preferred Cure Black. An unusual case in that Nagisa never actually liked him back, but the same idea.
** 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 PrettyCure, 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]].
** In ''Anime/HeartcatchPrettyCure'', Tsubomi falls head over heels for a mysterious handsome young man who, later on, resembles her late grandfather when he was younger. Sadly, she's crushed when she comes to find out that he's [[spoiler:her grandmother's fairy partner, Coupe.]]



* A rather peculiar take on this appears in ''Manga/AiToYuukiNoPigGirlTondeBuurin''. The main character Karin has a crush on her Junior High School soccer captain Kouichi Mizuno. He is in love with her secret identity Buurin. [[InterspeciesRomance But she is a pig in that form]]! Add in the issue of Karin being stuck as Buurin if anyone finds out about her secret identity, then you have yourself a very peculiar conundrum. [[spoiler:When Kouichi, along with Karin's classmates, finds out that Karin is Buurin, he is upset by this revelation. After fighting his own DemonicPossession, he comes to love her again]].
* A very obscure example; In a 1992 Japanese Manga Publication, Amy was the girlfriend of Nikki, but not of his superhero alter ego. The alter ego? Well, let's just say [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Amy managed to turn up elsewhere, along with another friend called Charmy.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'', Natsuru loves Kaede and Kaede loves Natsuru. The catch? Kaede loves [[GenderBender THE FEMALE NATSURU!]]
** To make things even more ridiculous, Kaede is under the impression that the male Natsuru is her love rival. [[spoiler:It turns out she knew it all along because she's the BigBad. And she really wants only the female Natsuru.]]
* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is something of a subversion of this trope. Tsukune falls in LoveAtFirstSight with [[NaiveEverygirl Outer Moka]], but he's at least quite fond of [[{{Tsundere}} Inner Moka]], and has recently said that "he'd like the two of them to become one". Take that as you will.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''. In the first anime, Usagi[=/=]Sailor Moon loves Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask, while he has a mysterious need to protect Moon. Usagi can't stand Mamoru, who also seems to dislike "Odango Atama". At the same time, he's in love with the mysterious princess of his dreams [[spoiler:who is actually Usagi's past self.]] In the second season, there's also the Tsukikage no Knight, whom Usagi loves while she also loves Mamoru/Mask, though he turns out to be [[spoiler:the astral-projected manifestation of Mamoru's love for Usagi when his memories are sealed.]] The [[Mamga/SailorMoon manga]] is even worse, because Usagi and Mamoru actually like each other there before learning each other's identities.
** And Usagi/Serena's little brother Shingo/Sammy idolizes Sailor Moon but can't stand his sister.
* In each of Studio Pierrot's MagicalGirl series (''Anime/MagicalAngelCreamyMami'', ''Anime/MagicalStarMagicalEmi'', ''Anime/PersiaTheMagicFairy''), the heroine is in love with an older boy, who prefers her metamorphosed alter ego, leading the poor magical girls to be jealous of themselves.



* ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' is something of a subversion of this trope. Tsukune falls in LoveAtFirstSight with [[NaiveEverygirl Outer Moka]], but he's at least quite fond of [[{{Tsundere}} Inner Moka]], and has recently said that "he'd like the two of them to become one". Take that as you will.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon''. In the first anime, Usagi[=/=]Sailor Moon loves Mamoru/Tuxedo Mask, while he has a mysterious need to protect Moon. Usagi can't stand Mamoru, who also seems to dislike "Odango Atama". At the same time, he's in love with the mysterious princess of his dreams [[spoiler:who is actually Usagi's past self.]] In the second season, there's also the Tsukikage no Knight, whom Usagi loves while she also loves Mamoru/Mask, though he turns out to be [[spoiler:the astral-projected manifestation of Mamoru's love for Usagi when his memories are sealed.]] The [[Mamga/SailorMoon manga]] is even worse, because Usagi and Mamoru actually like each other there before learning each other's identities.
** And Usagi/Serena's little brother Shingo/Sammy idolizes Sailor Moon but can't stand his sister.
* Tadase in ''Manga/ShugoChara'' likes Amulet Heart, Amu's heroic form. His feelings toward the normal Amu are "just friends". This one is especially weird because he knows from the start that the two are the same person and even tells Amu herself about his confused feelings. [[spoiler: Later he confesses that he actually loves Amu for who she is, not her alter ego.]]
* Suguha in ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'' begins to fall in love with her brother Kazuto ([[KissingCousins who is actually her cousin]]) whom she knows is in love with another girl. In order to forget about those feelings for him, she tries to fall in love with an online person she met called Kirito. Kirito is Kazuto's online persona. When she figures this out, it breaks her heart since she's fallen in love with the same person twice [[FridgeLogic (which to be quite frank is rather shocking considering the fact that Kirito's avatar shares his face with only minor differences).]]
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', when [[BromanticFoil Saruyama]] falls in love with "Riko" (Rito's [[GenderBender genderbent]] persona).
* ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'' complicates things. Ichigo loves Masaya, who loves Ichigo but also Mew Ichigo, and then in comes Ao no Kishi, and ''he'' loves Mew Ichigo, and she's stuck between not only this guy but also her UnwantedHarem. ''Then'' comes the traditional [[BrainwashedAndCrazy trial]] of every MagicalGirl's MysteriousProtector, and we know ''that'' can't be good.



* In ''Manga/PhantomThiefPokemon7'', Nazuna is in love with Pokemon 7. She's not quite so fond of Hiori.
* A strange case in ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Luca appears to have started to fall for Hayate's alterego, but shows no signs of being a lesbian. She'll probably be relieved to find out that Hayate is actually a guy, though probably unhappy about having to deal with his UnwantedHarem.
* ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'' first play it straight when Wataru fall in love with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Yuki]], the alter ego of his best friend Yoshinori, the main protagonist. Later an odd example comes to when Yoshinori realise that ''he'' is in love with his OWN alter ego. Both causes a few issues.



* In Manga/{{Onidere}}, the female protagonist uses an alter ego called Angie to get close to her boyfriend without ruining her reputation as the school's top delinquent and is afraid of losing him to her alter ego, unaware that he figured it out the moment he met her alternate persona. And then another boy named Souta develops a crush on Angie.
* 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.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'', when [[BromanticFoil Saruyama]] falls in love with "Riko" (Rito's [[GenderBender genderbent]] persona).
* Natsumi from ''Manga/{{Nicoichi}}'' initially fell for the [[WholesomeCrossdresser female persona]] of the protagonist Makoto, not knowing his true identity, which [[StupidSexyFlanders greatly confused her]]. To complicate matters, Natsumi actually disliked Makoto in his normal self, which created lots of problems for Makoto when he was trying to reciprocate the love.
* In the initial anime PV for ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', we've got it twice over. GenkiGirl Marinette is in love with the brooding intellectual Adrien, but he can't stand her. However, when he transforms into Black Cat, he's swooning over Ladybug, who snubs him. Ladybug, of course, is Marinette. (Compare in Western Animation below.)
* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta was unaware that [[spoiler: his beloved Shiro was the true identity of his arch-nemesis, The Red Man]]. When he finds out, it's not pretty.
* Noel in ''Manga/MintNaBokura'' [[DisguisedInDrag pretends to be a girl]] to attend the same boarding school as his sister. When he runs into his crush on a day he's not wearing a dress and wig, he tells her that he is "Noel's cousin Tohru". "Tohru" begins dating her. [[spoiler: She dumps him when the truth comes out.]]
* 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.
* Umaru has this issue with her friends in ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan''. Umaru presents a persona of TheAce at school, but at home she is a LazyBum {{Otaku}}. Her best friend Ebina is friends with "Outside-Umaru", but has never seen "Inside-Umaru." Kirie has befriended both, but does not realize they're the same person. The straightest example is Sylphin, who met Umaru at an arcade while Umaru was wearing a mask and going by the name "U.M.R." They become so close that Slyphin recruits her to help her in her FriendlyRivalry against Umaru.

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* In Manga/{{Onidere}}, Anzu/Téa in the female protagonist uses an alter ego called Angie to get close to her boyfriend without ruining her reputation as ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' [[Manga/YuGiOh manga]] and [[Anime/YuGiOh anime]] is frequently confused about whether she's in love with Yugi or "the other (Yami) Yugi."
** Even worse,
the school's top delinquent and is afraid of losing him to her alter ego, unaware fact that he figured it out the moment he met her alternate persona. And then another boy named Souta develops he's Yugi's alter-ego isn't even a crush on Angie.
* Inverted in ''Anime/MagicalProjectS'' where Hiroto has unrequited love
secret for Misao, but hates Pixy Misa for being a victim of her troubles. Luckily, he gets to find out that long - she KNOWS that they're the same person.
** Played
person, but she can't help but prefer the Other Yugi. Harsh, man.
* ''Manga/YubisakiMilkTea'' first play it
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.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'',
when [[BromanticFoil Saruyama]] falls Wataru fall in love with "Riko" (Rito's [[GenderBender genderbent]] persona).
* Natsumi from ''Manga/{{Nicoichi}}'' initially fell for the
[[WholesomeCrossdresser female persona]] of Yuki]], the protagonist Makoto, not knowing alter ego of his true identity, which [[StupidSexyFlanders greatly confused her]]. To complicate matters, Natsumi actually disliked Makoto in his normal self, which created lots of problems for Makoto best friend Yoshinori, the main protagonist. Later an odd example comes to when he was trying to reciprocate the love.
* In the initial anime PV for ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'', we've got it twice over. GenkiGirl Marinette
Yoshinori realise that ''he'' is in love with the brooding intellectual Adrien, but he can't stand her. However, when he transforms into Black Cat, he's swooning over Ladybug, who snubs him. Ladybug, of course, is Marinette. (Compare in Western Animation below.)
* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta was unaware that [[spoiler:
his beloved Shiro was the true identity of his arch-nemesis, The Red Man]]. When he finds out, it's not pretty.
* Noel in ''Manga/MintNaBokura'' [[DisguisedInDrag pretends to be
OWN alter ego. Both causes a girl]] to attend the same boarding school as his sister. When he runs into his crush on a day he's not wearing a dress and wig, he tells her that he is "Noel's cousin Tohru". "Tohru" begins dating her. [[spoiler: She dumps him when the truth comes out.]]
* 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.
* Umaru has this issue with her friends in ''Manga/HimoutoUmaruChan''. Umaru presents a persona of TheAce at school, but at home she is a LazyBum {{Otaku}}. Her best friend Ebina is friends with "Outside-Umaru", but has never seen "Inside-Umaru." Kirie has befriended both, but does not realize they're the same person. The straightest example is Sylphin, who met Umaru at an arcade while Umaru was wearing a mask and going by the name "U.M.R." They become so close that Slyphin recruits her to help her in her FriendlyRivalry against Umaru.
few issues.



* A very obscure example; In a 1992 Japanese Manga Publication, Amy was the girlfriend of Nikki, but not of his superhero alter ego. The alter ego? Well, let's just say [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Amy managed to turn up elsewhere, along with another friend called Charmy.]]



* Mary Jane, at least for awhile, in some incarnations of Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}. A later {{Retcon}} has it that she always knew, but didn't say anything.
** Thing is though that Mary Jane really never was portrayed in a situation where she felt attracted by one of Spider-Man's identities but repelled by the other - 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 in the case of Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy, who sometimes distrusted and feared Spider-Man (both at one time blaming him for the death of a close relative) or the Black Cat (who disliked Spider-Man's bland civilian alter ego).
** Spidey also had the Black Cat/Felicia Hardy. In the comics, this was an inversion: Felicia loved Spidey, and was uninterested in the man beneath the mask. In the cartoon Felicia was in love with Peter, but Black Cat was in love with Spidey. Eventually, Felicia decided not to pursue a relationship with Peter Parker so that her Black Cat persona would be free to be with Spider-Man. In the end, she left with a vampire, and he went with Mary Jane anyway, but it was all very dramatic at the time.
*** In the comics, the Black Cat was repulsed and disgusted when Spider-Man revealed his identity to her, begging him to put his mask back on. ''Damn.'' Worse still, in the [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate]] version of that occurrence, she was so grossed out she ''vomited on him''. (She'd been expecting someone a little older...)
*** In her defense, the Ultimate Black Cat was a complete [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the standard one; she ''wanted'' to live a normal life with the man under the mask. The problem being she's an adult (at least in her mid-20's) and he's a 15 year old kid. Definitely a justified {{squick}}.
** The AlternateContinuity title ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'' explores this from Mary Jane's perspective.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}''
**
Mary Jane, at least for awhile, in some incarnations of Comicbook/{{Spider-Man}}.incarnations. A later {{Retcon}} has it that she always knew, but didn't say anything.
** *** Thing is though that Mary Jane really never was portrayed in a situation where she felt attracted by one of Spider-Man's identities but repelled by the other - 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 in the case of Betty Brant and Gwen Stacy, who sometimes distrusted and feared Spider-Man (both at one time blaming him for the death of a close relative) or the Black Cat (who disliked Spider-Man's bland civilian alter ego).
*** The AlternateContinuity title ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'' explores this from Mary Jane's perspective.
** Spidey also had the Black Cat/Felicia Hardy.Felicia Hardy alias ComicBook/BlackCat. In the comics, this was an inversion: Felicia loved Spidey, and was uninterested in the man beneath the mask. In the cartoon Felicia was in love with Peter, but Black Cat was in love with Spidey. Eventually, Felicia decided not to pursue a relationship with Peter Parker so that her Black Cat persona would be free to be with Spider-Man. In the end, she left with a vampire, and he went with Mary Jane anyway, but it was all very dramatic at the time.
*** In the comics, the Black Cat
She was repulsed and disgusted when Spider-Man revealed his identity to her, begging him to put his mask back on. ''Damn.'' ''
***
Worse still, in the [[Comicbook/UltimateSpiderMan Ultimate]] version of that occurrence, she was so grossed out she ''vomited on him''. (She'd been expecting someone a little older...)
***
In her defense, the Ultimate Black Cat was a complete [[InvertedTrope inversion]] of the standard one; she ''wanted'' to live a normal life with the man under the mask. The problem being she's an adult (at least in her mid-20's) and he's a 15 year old kid. Definitely a justified {{squick}}.
** The AlternateContinuity title ''ComicBook/SpiderManLovesMaryJane'' explores this from Mary Jane's perspective.
{{squick}}.



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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' has this with Roxanne falling for [[spoiler:the eponymous character impersonating Bernard]].
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Eric has vowed to marry the girl who rescued him but since the only thing he clearly remembers about her is her beautiful voice, he assumes that the mute girl he finds on the beach soon after can't possibly be her and is thus reluctant to kiss her even though he's clearly attracted to her from the start. He actually decides after Grimsby's advice that he prefers the flesh-and-blood girl to a "dream girl" who might not even exist, but then Ursula shows up in disguise pretending to be his actual dream girl...
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* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' where Rose likes Jake, but hates his dragon form, due to hunting him down. Luckily, she gets to find out they're the same person near the season 1 finale.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Moon Over Minerva", [[HelloNurse Minerva Mink]] spurns the affections of the nerdy and unsophisticated Wilford Wolf. However, during a full moon, Wilford transforms into a hulking Fabio-esque werewolf, and she immediately falls for him.
* Parodied in a special [[SuperDeformed chibi]] style short of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. [[OfficialCouple Aang]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Jet]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Haru]] and [[FanPreferredCouple Prince Zuko]] all battle it out for [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Katara's]] affection...only to find out she's already chosen [[CrackPairing the Blue Spirit]], who's Zuko's alter-ego on the regular show but inexplicably a separate person here. Zuko faints, saying "I did ''not'' see that one coming."
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has a non-romantic version of this trope where Terry's younger brother Matt idolizes the new Batman as BadAss and the epitome of cool but sees his own older brother as a boring workaholic who's never around.
** Inverted with Terry's relationship with Melanie. Melanie loves Terry, but is lukewarm to antagonistic towards Batman.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Jaime]] spends one episode [[PrecociousCrush smitten]] with ComicBook/{{Huntress}}. The same episode has him escorted around Gotham University by [[HotTeacher Professor Bertinelli]], whom [[ClarkKenting he doesn't recognize]] and doesn't seem particularly attracted to. (Though perhaps that's because her Huntress outfit [[MaleGaze diverts attention from the face]]...)
* This has happened to Ben of ''Ben 10'' on occasion. In the [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} original series]], he meets the tetramand female Tiny while as Fourarms, and she immediately starts hitting on him. Luckily, the Omnitrix times out, turning him back to human. "Saved by the beep!" Later in the episode, Tiny asks if he'll go back to Fourarms, to which he replies, "Never!"
** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', Ben turns into an Incursean to infiltrate their fleet, attracting the eye of Princess Attea. Due to the influence of Incursean DNA, Bullfrag (Ben's Incursean form) actually starts flirting with her! When all is said and done, Attea offers Ben to join the Incurseans... provided he does so as Bullfrag.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'': Subverted, Cybersix's civilian alter ego is her [[SweetPollyOliver crossdressing]] as Lucas' best friend Adrian. Lucas is in love with Cybersix and vice versa... but then Lucas sees Cybersix go into Adrian's apartment and assumes they're lovers.
** Don't forget Lori, a student at the high school who has a pretty open crush on "Adrian," but considers Cybersix to be a tramp (possibly not helped by the fact that she was the one who initially jumped to the "Cybersix/Adrian" conclusion because she tried to see Adrian in his own apartment). [[spoiler:And then all is resolved in the final episode, when Cybersix hands Lori "Adrian's" glasses...]]
** It's subtly hinted that Lucas [[spoiler: ''might'' be bisexual and is also attracted to Adrian, regularly taking "him" out for dinner and at one point even invites him to go see a romantic movie. He even drops everything when Adrian got injured by the monster that turns invisible, sent to hunt down Cybersix, so he can take him to the hospital; and tells him sternly to stop making a fuss when he refused to go to the hospital.]]



* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' this works both ways: in their civilian forms, Marinette has a huge crush on Adrien, but becomes a flustered wreck whenever she tries to talk to him. However, when they meet in their superhero personae of Ladybug and Chat Noir, Adrien is the one flirting while Marinette is indifferent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny falls for the Silver Shell, a robot suit piloted by Sheldon, who has a crush on her. He originally designed it so that he could act like a jerk and dissuade her from liking robot boys, but instead decided to take advantage of the changing situation.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' this works both ways: in their civilian forms, Marinette ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has a huge crush non-romantic example. Dexter experimented on Adrien, but becomes a flustered wreck whenever she tries lab monkey, creatively named Monkey, in hopes of giving him superpowers only to talk to him. However, get frustrated when they meet in their all of it seemed to have no effect. In reality, the monkey gained a slew of [[SuperpowerLottery superpowers]] and fights to protect the Earth as a superhero personae of Ladybug and Chat Noir, Adrien is under the one flirting while Marinette is indifferent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny falls
codename Monkey. Dexter remains oblivious to all this but frequently shows admiration for the Silver Shell, a robot suit piloted by Sheldon, superhero.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode where Timmy is "the Masked Magician" may qualify for this--Trixie Tang,
who has a crush on her. He originally designed it so that he could act like a jerk and dissuade her from liking robot boys, but instead decided (usually) detests him, finds his eponymous alter-ego to take advantage of the changing situation.be "a ''cute'' superhero!"



* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', Phil is constantly trying to seduce Birdgirl--despite it being horribly obvious to everyone else that Birdgirl is Judy, his ''[[{{Squick}} daughter]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': Teela has a crush on He-Man and dismisses Prince Adam as a lazy coward.
** Similarly, in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', Bow likes She-Ra and ignores Princess Adora.
** Mercifully inverted with Sea Hawk, who only respects She-Ra, and likes Adora.
* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold,'' Arnold's attraction to Helga (disguised as Arnold's French pen pal Cecile) in the episode "Arnold's Valentine." Helga even soliloquizes about it:
-->'''Helga:''' He likes me. He really likes me! Ohh! (beat) Wait a minute - he doesn't like me, he likes Cecile. Well, not ''Cecile''-Cecile, ''me''-Cecile - so he ''does'' like me!. Oh, criminy, I'm a basket case!
* Similarly, Rosemary the police dispatcher is smitten with ''WesternAnimation/HongKongPhooey'', but couldn't care less about Penrod Pooch.
* Playfully inverted in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/HouseOfMouse'': Clarabelle accepts a date from Goofy, but in his cluelessness, Goofy believes she turned him down. He later becomes Super Goof and does various heroic acts around the House of Mouse. After he saves Clarabelle from a meteor, he asks her out, but Clarabelle refuses -- because she has a date with Goofy.



* Sweet Polly Purebred (practically a Lois Lane {{Expy}} anyway) from ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''.
* Similarly, Rosemary the police dispatcher is smitten with HongKongPhooey, but couldn't care less about Penrod Pooch.
* Playfully inverted in an episode of ''HouseOfMouse'': Clarabelle accepts a date from Goofy, but in his cluelessness, Goofy believes she turned him down. He later becomes Super Goof and does various heroic acts around the House of Mouse. After he saves Clarabelle from a meteor, he asks her out, but Clarabelle refuses -- because she has a date with Goofy.
* Parodied in a special [[SuperDeformed chibi]] style short of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. [[OfficialCouple Aang]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Jet]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Haru]] and [[FanPreferredCouple Prince Zuko]] all battle it out for [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Katara's]] affection...only to find out she's already chosen [[CrackPairing the Blue Spirit]], who's Zuko's alter-ego on the regular show but inexplicably a separate person here. Zuko faints, saying "I did ''not'' see that one coming."

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* Sweet Polly Purebred (practically a Lois Lane {{Expy}} anyway) from ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''.
* Similarly, Rosemary the police dispatcher is smitten with HongKongPhooey, but couldn't care less about Penrod Pooch.
* Playfully inverted in
In an episode of ''HouseOfMouse'': Clarabelle accepts ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', Tigress falls in love with the Midnight Stranger who is actually Po in disguise. When Tigress finds out who he really is, she leaves to throw up.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' this works both ways: in their civilian forms, Marinette has
a date from Goofy, huge crush on Adrien, but in his cluelessness, Goofy believes she turned him down. He later becomes Super Goof a flustered wreck whenever she tries to talk to him. However, when they meet in their superhero personae of Ladybug and does various heroic acts Chat Noir, Adrien is the one flirting while Marinette is indifferent.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'', Jenny falls for the Silver Shell, a robot suit piloted by Sheldon, who has a crush on her. He originally designed it so that he could act like a jerk and dissuade her from liking robot boys, but instead decided to take advantage of the changing situation.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': In "Otter Woman" Skipper falls for Arlene (Marlene in disguise due chlorine accident)
* A ''WesternAnimation/PepperAnn'' episode had Pepper Ann become the mascot of her school's field hockey team. While performing in her otter costume, she managed to win over upperclassman Craig Bean. Pepper Ann continued to meet Craig in guise of the otter, but eventually decided to reveal herself to him. Craig subsequently admitted that he knew all along that Pepper Ann was the otter, and also acknowledged how ridiculous it would feel if it turned out he ''did'' love Pepper Ann's mascot self more than her.
* 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 seperate people.)
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' plays with this in one episode. Isabella gets annoyed that her usual crush, Phineas, keeps disappearing when she needs him. Meanwhile she swoons over the Beak, the new local superhero, whom she follows
around ComicBook/LoisLane-style. Of course, the House of Mouse. After he saves Clarabelle from a meteor, he asks her out, but Clarabelle refuses -- because she has a date with Goofy.
* Parodied
Beak is actually Phineas (and his brother, Ferb) in a special [[SuperDeformed chibi]] style short of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. [[OfficialCouple Aang]], [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys Jet]], [[ShipsThatPassInTheNight Haru]] and [[FanPreferredCouple Prince Zuko]] all battle it robotic suit. GenreSavvy Candace calls her out for [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Katara's]] affection...only to find out she's already chosen [[CrackPairing her GenreBlindness.
--> '''Candace:''' Congratulations, you just earned your "''Uh, Durr''" Patch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost]] had a platonic example--apparently, in
the Blue Spirit]], who's Zuko's alter-ego on early seasons, Krusty the regular show Clown was going to secretly be Homer, with Bart disrespecting Homer but inexplicably a separate person here. Zuko faints, saying "I did ''not'' see worshiping Krusty. This was deemed too complicated and eventually scrapped, with Krusty becoming his own character.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' Shelly loves the singer {{Music/Lorde}}, unaware
that one coming.""she" is actually her own father.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SpiderManTheAnimatedSeries'' Felicia was in love with Peter, but Black Cat was in love with Spidey. Eventually, Felicia decided not to pursue a relationship with Peter Parker so that her Black Cat persona would be free to be with Spider-Man. In the end, she left with a vampire, and he went with Mary Jane anyway, but it was all very dramatic at the time.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the ([[FoeYay presumably]]) platonic version: Lars considers Steven annoying and constantly acts rude and mocking toward him. When Steven becomes a masked wrestler, Lars is his biggest fan. Some excessive {{Heel}} behavior has that [[BrokenPedestal pedestal broken]] and [[RebuiltPedestal rebuilt]] by the end of the episode.



* On ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Revenge of the Island]],'' Mike's relationship with Zoey is continually impeded by his SplitPersonality, Vito, having make-out sessions with Anne Maria. Neither girl knows about Mike's condition at first and assumes that the personality they're into is the "true" one and the other is an act.
* DarkActionGirl Paige from ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' ''hates'' "The Renegade", despite certain [[DatingCatwoman flirtatious remarks]] she makes during their confrontations. Yet she ends up developing an attraction to his civilian persona, Beck, upon getting to know him better.
* Sweet Polly Purebred (practically a Lois Lane {{Expy}} anyway) from ''WesternAnimation/{{Underdog}}''.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cybersix}}'': Subverted, Cybersix's civilian alter ego is her [[SweetPollyOliver crossdressing]] as Lucas' best friend Adrian. Lucas is in love with Cybersix and vice versa... but then Lucas sees Cybersix go into Adrian's apartment and assumes they're lovers.
** Don't forget Lori, a student at the high school who has a pretty open crush on "Adrian," but considers Cybersix to be a tramp (possibly not helped by the fact that she was the one who initially jumped to the "Cybersix/Adrian" conclusion because she tried to see Adrian in his own apartment). [[spoiler:And then all is resolved in the final episode, when Cybersix hands Lori "Adrian's" glasses...]]
** It's subtly hinted that Lucas [[spoiler: ''might'' be bisexual and is also attracted to Adrian, regularly taking "him" out for dinner and at one point even invites him to go see a romantic movie. He even drops everything when Adrian got injured by the monster that turns invisible, sent to hunt down Cybersix, so he can take him to the hospital; and tells him sternly to stop making a fuss when he refused to go to the hospital.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' short "Moon Over Minerva", [[HelloNurse Minerva Mink]] spurns the affections of the nerdy and unsophisticated Wilford Wolf. However, during a full moon, Wilford transforms into a hulking Fabio-esque werewolf, and she immediately falls for him.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' plays with this in one episode. Isabella gets annoyed that her usual crush, Phineas, keeps disappearing when she needs him. Meanwhile she swoons over the Beak, the new local superhero, whom she follows around ComicBook/LoisLane-style. Of course, the Beak is actually Phineas (and his brother, Ferb) in a robotic suit. GenreSavvy Candace calls her out for her GenreBlindness.
--> '''Candace:''' Congratulations, you just earned your "''Uh, Durr''" Patch.
* On ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold,'' Arnold's attraction to Helga (disguised as Arnold's French pen pal Cecile) in the episode "Arnold's Valentine." Helga even soliloquizes about it:
-->'''Helga:''' He likes me. He really likes me! Ohh! (beat) Wait a minute - he doesn't like me, he likes Cecile. Well, not ''Cecile''-Cecile, ''me''-Cecile - so he ''does'' like me!. Oh, criminy, I'm a basket case!
* ''WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse1983'': Teela has a crush on He-Man and dismisses Prince Adam as a lazy coward.
** Similarly, in ''WesternAnimation/SheRaPrincessOfPower'', Bow likes She-Ra and ignores Princess Adora.
** Mercifully inverted with Sea Hawk, who only respects She-Ra, and likes Adora.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HarveyBirdmanAttorneyAtLaw'', Phil is constantly trying to seduce Birdgirl--despite it being horribly obvious to everyone else that Birdgirl is Judy, his ''[[{{Squick}} daughter]]''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' episode where Timmy is "the Masked Magician" may qualify for this--Trixie Tang, who (usually) detests him, finds his eponymous alter-ego to be "a ''cute'' superhero!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'' has this with Roxanne falling for [[spoiler:the eponymous character impersonating Bernard]].
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has a non-romantic version of this trope where Terry's younger brother Matt idolizes the new Batman as BadAss and the epitome of cool but sees his own older brother as a boring workaholic who's never around.
** Inverted with Terry's relationship with Melanie. Melanie loves Terry, but is lukewarm to antagonistic towards Batman.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePenguinsOfMadagascar'': In "Otter Woman" Skipper falls for Arlene (Marlene in disguise due chlorine accident)
* 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 seperate people.)
* Inverted in ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' where Rose likes Jake, but hates his dragon form, due to hunting him down. Luckily, she gets to find out they're the same person near the season 1 finale.
* On ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheBraveAndTheBold,'' [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle Jaime]] spends one episode [[PrecociousCrush smitten]] with ComicBook/{{Huntress}}. The same episode has him escorted around Gotham University by [[HotTeacher Professor Bertinelli]], whom [[ClarkKenting he doesn't recognize]] and doesn't seem particularly attracted to. (Though perhaps that's because her Huntress outfit [[MaleGaze diverts attention from the face]]...)
* A ''PepperAnn'' episode had Pepper Ann become the mascot of her school's field hockey team. While performing in her otter costume, she managed to win over upperclassman Craig Bean. Pepper Ann continued to meet Craig in guise of the otter, but eventually decided to reveal herself to him. Craig subsequently admitted that he knew all along that Pepper Ann was the otter, and also acknowledged how ridiculous it would feel if it turned out he ''did'' love Pepper Ann's mascot self more than her.
* On ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDrama Total Drama Revenge of the Island]],'' Mike's relationship with Zoey is continually impeded by his SplitPersonality, Vito, having make-out sessions with Anne Maria. Neither girl knows about Mike's condition at first and assumes that the personality they're into is the "true" one and the other is an act.
* DarkActionGirl Paige from ''WesternAnimation/TronUprising'' ''hates'' "The Renegade", despite certain [[DatingCatwoman flirtatious remarks]] she makes during their confrontations. Yet she ends up developing an attraction to his civilian persona, Beck, upon getting to know him better.
* This has happened to Ben of ''Ben 10'' on occasion. In the [[WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}} original series]], he meets the tetramand female Tiny while as Fourarms, and she immediately starts hitting on him. Luckily, the Omnitrix times out, turning him back to human. "Saved by the beep!" Later in the episode, Tiny asks if he'll go back to Fourarms, to which he replies, "Never!"
** In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'', Ben turns into an Incursean to infiltrate their fleet, attracting the eye of Princess Attea. Due to the influence of Incursean DNA, Bullfrag (Ben's Incursean form) actually starts flirting with her! When all is said and done, Attea offers Ben to join the Incurseans... provided he does so as Bullfrag.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the ([[FoeYay presumably]]) platonic version: Lars considers Steven annoying and constantly acts rude and mocking toward him. When Steven becomes a masked wrestler, Lars is his biggest fan. Some excessive {{Heel}} behavior has that [[BrokenPedestal pedestal broken]] and [[RebuiltPedestal rebuilt]] by the end of the episode.
* In ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'', Eric has vowed to marry the girl who rescued him but since the only thing he clearly remembers about her is her beautiful voice, he assumes that the mute girl he finds on the beach soon after can't possibly be her and is thus reluctant to kiss her even though he's clearly attracted to her from the start. He actually decides after Grimsby's advice that he prefers the flesh-and-blood girl to a "dream girl" who might not even exist, but then Ursula shows up in disguise pretending to be his actual dream girl...
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'', Tigress falls in love with the Midnight Stranger who is actually Po in disguise. When Tigress finds out who he really is, she leaves to throw up.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[WhatCouldHaveBeen almost]] had a platonic example--apparently, in the early seasons, Krusty the Clown was going to secretly be Homer, with Bart disrespecting Homer but worshiping Krusty. This was deemed too complicated and eventually scrapped, with Krusty becoming his own character.
* On ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark,'' Shelly loves the singer {{Music/Lorde}}, unaware that "she" is actually her own father.
* ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' has a non-romantic example. Dexter experimented on a lab monkey, creatively named Monkey, in hopes of giving him superpowers only to get frustrated when all of it seemed to have no effect. In reality, the monkey gained a slew of [[SuperpowerLottery superpowers]] and fights to protect the Earth as a superhero under the codename Monkey. Dexter remains oblivious to all this but frequently shows admiration for the superhero.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!'', Dexter Douglas can't catch a break from the ladies, but they're all over Freakazoid. In the first episode, Dexter even turns into Freakazoid to make out with a girl who couldn't stand him--he even acknowledges how shallow it is, but he doesn't care. Freakazoid's girlfriend Steff won't even talk to Dex. [[SharingABody Freakazoid is more of a split personality than an alter ego]], which occasionally caused him to actively mock Dexter over this trope. It also meant that when Steff found out the truth, she was at first incredulous, then thought it was funny more than anything else, and never brought it up thereafter.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!'', Dexter Douglas can't catch a break from the ladies, but they're all over Freakazoid. Freakazoid [[SplitPersonality has a mind separate from Dexter]], which occasionally caused him to actively mock Dexter for this. In the first episode, Dexter even turns into Freakazoid to make out with a girl who couldn't stand him--he even acknowledges how shallow it is, but he doesn't care. Freakazoid's girlfriend Steff won't even talk to Dex. [[SharingABody Freakazoid is more of a split personality than an alter ego]], which occasionally caused him to actively mock Dexter over this trope. It also meant that Dex and when Steff she found out the truth, she was at first incredulous, then thought it was funny more than anything else, and never brought it up thereafter.
26th Feb '16 12:37:56 PM thatother1dude
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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!'', Dexter Douglas can't catch a break from the ladies, but they're all over his alter ego Freakazoid. Hell, Freakazoid's girlfriend, Steff, won't even talk to Dex.
** Technically, Freakazoid is more of a split personality than an alter ego, which occasionally caused him to actively mock Dexter over this trope. It also meant that when Steff found out the truth, she was at first incredulous, then thought it was funny more than anything else, and never brought it up thereafter.
** He actually invokes this trope to get the girl in the first episode. He even acknowledges how shallow it is, but he doesn't care.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Freakazoid}}!'', Dexter Douglas can't catch a break from the ladies, but they're all over his alter ego Freakazoid. Hell, In the first episode, Dexter even turns into Freakazoid to make out with a girl who couldn't stand him--he even acknowledges how shallow it is, but he doesn't care. Freakazoid's girlfriend, Steff, girlfriend Steff won't even talk to Dex.
** Technically,
Dex. [[SharingABody Freakazoid is more of a split personality than an alter ego, ego]], which occasionally caused him to actively mock Dexter over this trope. It also meant that when Steff found out the truth, she was at first incredulous, then thought it was funny more than anything else, and never brought it up thereafter.
** He actually invokes this trope to get the girl in the first episode. He even acknowledges how shallow it is, but he doesn't care.
thereafter.
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the ([[FoeYay presumably]]) platonic version: when [[TagalongKid Steven]] becomes a masked wrestler his normal bully, [[TheBully Lars]], is his biggest fan. Some accidental {{Heel}} behavior has that [[BrokenPedestal pedestal broken]] and [[RebuiltPedestal rebuilt]] by the end of the episode.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has the ([[FoeYay presumably]]) platonic version: when [[TagalongKid Steven]] Lars considers Steven annoying and constantly acts rude and mocking toward him. When Steven becomes a masked wrestler his normal bully, [[TheBully Lars]], wrestler, Lars is his biggest fan. Some accidental excessive {{Heel}} behavior has that [[BrokenPedestal pedestal broken]] and [[RebuiltPedestal rebuilt]] by the end of the episode.
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* Played with in the anime adaptation of ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'': Lolita loves Zorro and barely tolerates the cowardly Diego, but it's implied she loves Zorro [[LovingAShadow because he's like Diego was before his voyage to Spain]].

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* Played with in the anime adaptation of ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'': Lolita loves Zorro and barely tolerates the cowardly Diego, but it's implied she actually loves Diego and is infatuated with Zorro [[LovingAShadow because he's like Diego was before his voyage to Spain]].
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