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* An old [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short called "Ding Dog Daddy" features a hapless dog, who shares the voice of ''WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}'', [[InLoveWithLove eager to find love.]] After being cruelly rejected, he falls for a female dog he calls Daisy. He goes through a vicious guard dog to be with her. What he's unable to realize is that Daisy is actually a metal statue of a dog, every time he kisses her is when lightning strikes. Even after she's been melted for scrap and molded into a missile, he's unable to see his girlfriend was never a real dog.

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* An old [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short called "Ding Dog Daddy" features a hapless dog, who shares the voice of ''WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}}'', [[InLoveWithLove eager to find love.]] After being cruelly rejected, he falls for a female dog he calls Daisy. He goes through Daisy and faces down a vicious guard dog just to be with her. What he's unable to realize is that Daisy is actually just a metal statue of a dog, every time he kisses her is and his delusion persists even when lightning strikes. Even after she's been "she" is picked up by scrap men to be [[WartimeCartoon melted down for scrap and molded into a missile, he's unable to see his girlfriend was never a real dog.making munitions]].
28th Jan '17 1:25:39 PM Lemia
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* ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'': Yoosung idolized his cousin Rika and was hit ''hard'' by her suicide. If the player character pursues Yoosung, he begins comparing her constantly with Rika which causes Zen and Jaehee to worry that he only sees the PC as a ReplacementGoldfish for Rika. In his good ending, he overcomes this. In his bad endings... not so much.
23rd Jan '17 7:43:38 AM wootzits
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* Priss Asagiri, the Knight Saber's singing biker, has some of this towards Nigel Kirkland in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis Tokyo 2040'', much of it, as Mackey observes, seems to be based on how they're both very quiet, very reserved individuals who say much by saying very little. She's hurt later on to learn that he's with her boss Sylia Stingray (more or less), after which she finally begins to bond more with the hulking roughneck AD Police officer Leon [=McNichol=].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** The girl [[{{Shotacon}} most overtly fond of Negi]], ClassRepresentative Ayaka, had a younger brother who died at birth the same year Negi was born. In many ways, Negi really ''is'' the "shadow" Ayaka wanted her baby brother to be.
** An arrow-straight version of this is the oddly flirtatious relationship the NobleDemon OldMaster Evangeline has with Negi. She had a crush on his ''father'' and [[StalkerWithACrush followed him halfway around the world]] before he defeated her through trickery and sealed her away on campus... and no, she did not look any older then.

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* ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'': In chapter 3, Takaki is no longer in love with Akari herself, but rather with the idea of Akari. All the things he is longing for are not physical but abstract things that he cannot grasp, which is why he finds it so difficult to find any way to resolve his longing. He's made efforts to move on, as evidenced by his relationship with his new girlfriend Risa, but he's as distant with her as he is with everyone else.
* ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'': In the manga and OVA, Ryoko's obsession with Shin falls into this category. She idealizes Shin and is enamored with the idea of being in love. However, she fails to understand how he thinks, what motivates him, or how his time at Area 88 has affected him. For this reason, she's completely blindsided when [[spoiler: he abandons her]] in both continuities.
* ''Manga/BlackCat'': This happened to Creed's worship of Train in the anime. After Train defeats him, he suddenly does a HeelFaceTurn and no longer has any reaction or romantic obsession with him, even [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds getting together with Echidna]]. This never happened in the manga, where Creed [[VillainousBreakdown goes into a catatonic state of shock]] and is never shown getting over Train. Rather ironic, considering that the anime made Creed more [[StalkerWithACrush pervertedly obsessed with Train]] than in the manga, making this an even less justified trope.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'':
Priss Asagiri, the Knight Saber's singing biker, has some of this towards Nigel Kirkland in ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis Tokyo ''Tokyo 2040'', much of it, as Mackey observes, seems to be based on how they're both very quiet, very reserved individuals who say much by saying very little. She's hurt later on to learn that he's with her boss Sylia Stingray (more or less), after which she finally begins to bond more with the hulking roughneck AD Police officer Leon [=McNichol=].
[=McNichol=].
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** The girl [[{{Shotacon}} most overtly fond of Negi]], ClassRepresentative Ayaka, had a younger brother who died at birth the same year Negi was born. In many ways, Negi really ''is'' the "shadow" Ayaka wanted
''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'': Sakura realizes that her baby brother to be.
** An arrow-straight version of this is the oddly flirtatious relationship the NobleDemon OldMaster Evangeline has with Negi. She had a
feelings for Yukito are (mostly) familial in nature, while Syaoran's crush on Yukito is explained as "attraction of similar magic", which clears the way for both of them to fall in love with each other.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': this is part of the reason for [[MadLove Misa]]'s [[LoveMartyr Love Martyrism]]--to her, [[LightIsNotGood Light Yagami]] will always be the handsome and heroic vigilante that avenged her murdered family, regardless of how [[SerialKiller less]]-[[BlackAndWhiteInsanity than]]-[[AGodAmI heroic]] he actually is, and she is madly in love with him for that. It [[{{Yandere}} proves hazardous]] for them both.
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': [[HotTeacher Kobayashi-sensei]] at first thought [[NonIdleRich Inspector Shiratori's]] love for her was due to the ''extreme'' similarity between her and [[ActionGirl Inspector Satou]], who [[RomanticRunnerUp Shiratori unsuccessfully courted for]]. It was subverted that it was ''Satou'' who was the shadow--Shiratori's childhood friend [[FirstGirlAfterAll that he's been in love for more than half
his ''father'' life]] was ''indeed'' Kobayashi, but he didn't know her name and [[StalkerWithACrush followed mistook that to be [[IdenticalStranger Satou]] when he grew up. When this is cleared up and Kobayashi [[ForgottenFirstMeeting remembered Shiratori]] as clearly as he recalled her, they properly got together.
** How the little girl whom Shiratori loved was a big fangirl of the Japanese police force (just like Satou) didn't really help. Neither did the fact that, back then, Kobayashi lacked [[{{Meganekko}} her trademark glasses]], which is the main physical difference between her and Satou.
* ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'': Kazuya's attraction to Satellizer STARTS like this as she reminds
him halfway around of his departed sister Kazuha. Kazuya grows out of this, but it becomes a source of tension on Satellizer's part as she wonders if she's just a "replacement" for Kazuha.
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': After volumes of what seemed like romantic buildup, in order to [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds solve
the world]] love triangle]] that [[FanPreferredCouple Yuki and Tohru]] are involved in, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Yuki never truly loved Tohru romantically, but was looking for a mother figure in her after years of ParentalAbandonment.]]
* May Chang in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a HUGE crush on Ed when she's introduced (with dream sequences no doubt reminding some of ''Ouran'' above). She inevitably finds out what he's really like... but shortly afterwards she gets to know Al and the squeefest starts all over again. [[spoiler:Not even seeing Al's true emaciated body once he's restored to his original form puts her off, and it's implied that by the time Ed and Winry are married with kids, they may be either together or on their way to get hitched]].
** In the 2003 anime adaptation, a filler episode in the beginning of the show focused on an alchemist named Majahal obsessed with reviving a beautiful woman named Karin who had died decades ago. To that point he's created life-size dummies of how Karin looked
before he defeated she died. [[spoiler:It turns out Karin hadn't actually died. She'd fallen off a cliff and sustained a head injury, which caused her through trickery and sealed her away on campus... and no, to wander off in an amnesiac daze. Everyone just assumed she did not look any died because they couldn't find a body. Years later, as an older then.woman with her youthful beauty having faded, she regained her memory and went back to her village under a different name. The problem was Majahal's love for the younger Karin had turned into an obsession, and when Ed revealed Karin's identity Majahal refused to accept this "hag" was the beautiful Karin of his youth, and dies rejecting her.]]



* ''Manga/HaikarasanGaTooru'': [[BrokenBird Countess]] [[IllGirl Larissa]] [[WidowWoman Mikhailovna]], who falls for [[spoiler:the amnesiac Shinobu]] because he looks and acts almost ''exactly'' like [[spoiler:her beloved husband Sasha, who died in the Russian Revolution.]] Even more so: [[spoiler:Shinobu was ''Sasha's older half-brother'' by their mother's side, which explains the [[StrongFamilyResemblance extreme physical similarity]].]]
* ''Manga/HikaruNoGo'': Non-romantic version. In the beginning of the manga, Hikaru, who was being controlled by Sai, defeated [[ChildProdigy Toya Akira]] in a game of Go, and the latter becomes obsessed with him ever since.
-->"If you keep chasing after [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial my ghost]], the real me is going to pass you by!"
* ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' had a variation in the backstory. Upon reflecting on the incident where he falls for Kaoru, he notes that he more idolizes Kaoru and their co-worker, comparing it to falling for fictional characters. Said co-workers' rejection of him forced CharacterDevelopment on him, self-admonishing for his folly. He also suspects it was when his love for Kaoru become something more solid, substantial and real.
* [[spoiler:Sonken Chuubou]] in ''Manga/IkkiTousen: Great Guardians'' was the reincarnation of [[spoiler:Shuuyu Koukin's wife from their past lives, so she was crushing out on him before they even met. She stops doing so once Koukin says [[ScrewDestiny she shouldn't make fate rule her happiness]], though. That, and Koukin was already in love with his cousin ''and'' Chuubou's "older sister", Sonsaku Hakufu, which Chuubou [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy also accepted]] very gracefully.]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** The girl [[{{Shotacon}} most overtly fond of Negi]], ClassRepresentative Ayaka, had a younger brother who died at birth the same year Negi was born. In many ways, Negi really ''is'' the "shadow" Ayaka wanted her baby brother to be.
** An arrow-straight version of this is the oddly flirtatious relationship the NobleDemon OldMaster Evangeline has with Negi. She had a crush on his ''father'' and [[StalkerWithACrush followed him halfway around the world]] before he defeated her through trickery and sealed her away on campus... and no, she did not look any older then.
* ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'': Ringo Oginome seems at first to be utterly smitten with Tabuki--[[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], [[spoiler:feeding him a love potion]], and generally devoting her entire life to pursuing him. However, she eventually reveals that [[spoiler:she only loves him because her dead sister Momoka did, and Ringo believes that if she can fulfill Momoka's role by bearing Tabuki's child, her dysfunctional and broken family will be happy again.]] Eventually,[[spoiler:and with help from Shouma, she gives up on Tabuki and starts pursuing her own desires]]. Tabuki has some troubles with this trope himself; [[spoiler:he and his girlfriend Yuri both loved Momoka and are dating in order to recreate their relationship with her, even though they don't love each other romantically. At the end of the show, they decide to try and start a real relationship.]]
* ''Anime/MillenniumActress'': This is a plot point for two characters. It is even the subject of more direct LampshadeHanging at one point. The main character became an actress in order to find the man she loves, a rebellious artist. She sees him very briefly in her youth, and continues to keep the torch alight all her life. [[spoiler:In the end she admits that "It's the ''chasing him'' that I really love."]]



* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Sakura realizes that her feelings for Yukito are (mostly) familial in nature, while Syaoran's crush on Yukito is explained as "attraction of similar magic", which clears the way for both of them to fall in love with each other.
* A rather heartbreaking and slightly twisted variant occurs in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' with [[NiceGuy Miki Kaoru]], a piano player, who is apparently smitten with [[ShrinkingViolet Anthy Himemiya]]. He is attracted to her demurity and good nature because it reminds him of his [[HalfIdenticalTwin twin sister]] Kozue, or rather, how she ''used'' to be when they were children (in the series, she's a borderline-{{Yandere}} and is [[IncestIsRelative smitten with him.]]) So he projects his feelings about his sister (or the sweet girl he used to be) on Anthy..
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'':
** Everyone assumes Allan Schezar is attracted to slender young [[TheIngenue ingenues]] (borderline-legal in Japan, criminal almost everywhere else). Hints revealed later indicate that they are all ReplacementGoldfish--specifically, replacements for his little sister [[FailureKnight whom he was unable to rescue in his youth]].
** Hitomi's attraction to Allen Schezar was partly caused by his ''extreme'' similarity (both physical and personality-wise) to her beloved Amano-sempai, her long-time crush in school.
* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', Misa Hayase was deeply affected by [[spoiler:the loss of her beloved fiancé and childhood friend, Riber Fruhling. Later, Minmay's handsome cousin Kaifun enters the scene, and he looks a LOT like a Chinese version of the deceased Riber...]]

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* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', Sakura realizes ''Manga/MonkeyHigh'': Haruna suspects this is why Atsu keeps hitting on her. Their classmate Emi similarly pines for Atsu, and it's even pointed out that her feelings for Yukito are (mostly) familial in nature, while Syaoran's crush on Yukito Atsu is explained as "attraction of similar magic", which clears the way for both of them to fall in love with each other.
* A rather heartbreaking and slightly twisted variant occurs in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' with [[NiceGuy Miki Kaoru]], a piano player,
type who is apparently smitten with [[ShrinkingViolet Anthy Himemiya]]. He is attracted to her demurity and good nature because it reminds him of his [[HalfIdenticalTwin twin sister]] Kozue, or rather, how she ''used'' to be when they were children (in the series, she's a borderline-{{Yandere}} and is [[IncestIsRelative smitten with him.]]) So only loves who he projects his feelings about his sister (or the sweet girl he used to be) on Anthy..
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'':
** Everyone assumes Allan Schezar is attracted to slender young [[TheIngenue ingenues]] (borderline-legal in Japan, criminal almost everywhere else). Hints revealed later indicate that they are all ReplacementGoldfish--specifically, replacements for his little sister [[FailureKnight whom he was unable to rescue in his youth]].
** Hitomi's attraction to Allen Schezar was partly caused by his ''extreme'' similarity (both physical and personality-wise) to her beloved Amano-sempai, her long-time crush in school.
* In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', Misa Hayase was deeply affected by [[spoiler:the loss of her beloved fiancé and childhood friend, Riber Fruhling. Later, Minmay's handsome cousin Kaifun enters the scene, and he looks a LOT like a Chinese version of the deceased Riber...]]
can't have.



** Perhaps the most straight example of this trope; ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' reveals that [[spoiler: [[TheHero Naruto]]'s crush on [[TheChick Sakura]] was [[TwoGuysAndAGirl merely a part of his rivalry]] with [[TheRival Sasuke Uchiha]] whom Sakura was in love with. Hinata is the first time he experiences {{True Love}} (even movie's tagline is "His last story is his first love"), making Hinata {{First Girl After All}} in meantime ]].

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** Perhaps the most straight example of this trope; ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' reveals that [[spoiler: [[TheHero [[spoiler:[[TheHero Naruto]]'s crush on [[TheChick Sakura]] was [[TwoGuysAndAGirl merely a part of his rivalry]] with [[TheRival Sasuke Uchiha]] whom Sakura was in love with. Hinata is the first time he experiences {{True Love}} (even movie's tagline is "His last story is his first love"), making Hinata {{First Girl After All}} in meantime ]].



* This is a plot point for two characters in Creator/SatoshiKon's ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. It is even the subject of more direct LampshadeHanging at one point. The main character became an actress in order to find the man she loves, a rebellious artist. She sees him very briefly in her youth, and continues to keep the torch alight all her life. [[spoiler:In the end she admits that "It's the ''chasing him'' that I really love."]]
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': After volumes of what seemed like romantic buildup, in order to [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds solve the love triangle]] that [[FanPreferredCouple Yuki and Tohru]] are involved in, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Yuki never truly loved Tohru romantically, but was looking for a mother figure in her after years of ParentalAbandonment.]]
* [[spoiler:Sonken Chuubou]] in ''Manga/IkkiTousen: Great Guardians'' was the reincarnation of [[spoiler:Shuuyu Koukin's wife from their past lives, so she was crushing out on him before they even met. She stops doing so once Koukin says [[ScrewDestiny she shouldn't make fate rule her happiness]], though. That, and Koukin was already in love with his cousin ''and'' Chuubou's "older sister", Sonsaku Hakufu, which Chuubou [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy also accepted]] very gracefully.]]
* This happened to Creed's worship of Train in the ''Manga/BlackCat'' anime. After Train defeats him, he suddenly does a HeelFaceTurn and no longer has any reaction or romantic obsession with him, even [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds getting together with Echidna]]. This never happened in the manga, where Creed [[VillainousBreakdown goes into a catatonic state of shock]] and is never shown getting over Train. Rather ironic, considering that the anime made Creed more [[StalkerWithACrush pervertedly obsessed with Train]] than in the manga, making this an even less justified trope.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** It's speculated that [[spoiler:Seiya's crush on Usagi may have come from how similar she was to the Starlight's leader, Princess Kakyuu.]]
** Makoto begins the series constantly falling in love with any new guy she meets because they remind her of her old sempai, whom she had a huge crush on. Luckily, she grows out of it.
* In ''Manga/MonkeyHigh'', Haruna suspects this is why Atsu keeps hitting on her. Their classmate Emi similarly pines for Atsu, and it's even pointed out that Atsu is the type who only loves who he can't have.

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* This is a plot point for two characters in Creator/SatoshiKon's ''Anime/MillenniumActress''. It is even the subject of more direct LampshadeHanging ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Misato at one point. The main point openly admits in her narration she loved Kaji in part because he reminded him of her father, who died in the Second Impact.
* In the YaoiGenre manga ''Oku-san's Daily Fantasies'' the titular
character became an actress in order to find the man she loves, a rebellious artist. She sees him very briefly in her youth, and continues to keep the torch alight all her life. [[spoiler:In the end she admits that "It's the ''chasing him'' that I really love."]]
* ''Manga/FruitsBasket'': After volumes of what seemed like romantic buildup, in order to [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds solve the love triangle]] that [[FanPreferredCouple Yuki and Tohru]] are involved in, it's revealed that [[spoiler:Yuki never truly loved Tohru romantically, but was looking for a mother figure in her after years of ParentalAbandonment.]]
* [[spoiler:Sonken Chuubou]] in ''Manga/IkkiTousen: Great Guardians'' was the reincarnation of [[spoiler:Shuuyu Koukin's wife from their past lives, so she was crushing out on him before they even met. She stops doing so once Koukin says [[ScrewDestiny she shouldn't make fate rule her happiness]], though. That, and Koukin was already
has fallen in love with his cousin ''and'' Chuubou's "older sister", Sonsaku Hakufu, which Chuubou [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy also accepted]] very gracefully.]]
* This happened to Creed's worship of Train in the ''Manga/BlackCat'' anime. After Train defeats him, he suddenly does a HeelFaceTurn and no longer has any reaction
local delivery man, Sudo, without knowing anything about him or romantic obsession having a full conversation with him, even [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds getting together with Echidna]]. This never happened in the manga, where Creed [[VillainousBreakdown goes into a catatonic state of shock]] him. When he finally confesses to Sudo and is never shown getting over Train. Rather ironic, considering that the anime made Creed more [[StalkerWithACrush pervertedly obsessed with Train]] than in the manga, making this an even less justified trope.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** It's speculated that [[spoiler:Seiya's crush on Usagi may have come from how similar she
promptly turned down, he realises he isn't as upset as he should be if he really felt something towards him and says he was to the Starlight's leader, Princess Kakyuu.]]
** Makoto begins the series constantly falling
really in love with any new guy she meets because they remind her the idealised version of her old sempai, whom she had a huge crush on. Luckily, she grows out of it.
* In ''Manga/MonkeyHigh'', Haruna suspects
Sudo that he fantastied about. [[spoiler:At this is why Atsu keeps hitting on her. Their classmate Emi similarly pines for Atsu, and it's even pointed out time he realises that Atsu is he has real affections for his neighbour, who confessed near around the type who only loves who he can't have.same time]].



* May Chang in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has a HUGE crush on Ed when she's introduced (with dream sequences no doubt reminding some of ''Ouran'' above). She inevitably finds out what he's really like...but shortly afterwards she gets to know Al and the squeefest starts all over again. [[spoiler:Not even seeing Al's true emaciated body once he's restored to his original form puts her off, and it's implied that by the time Ed and Winry are married with kids, they may be either together or on their way to get hitched]].
** In the 2003 anime adaptation, a filler episode in the beginning of the show focused on an alchemist named Majahal obsessed with reviving a beautiful woman named Karin who had died decades ago. To that point he's created life-size dummies of how Karin looked before she died. [[spoiler:It turns out Karin hadn't actually died. She'd fallen off a cliff and sustained a head injury, which caused her to wander off in an amnesiac daze. Everyone just assumed she died because they couldn't find a body. Years later, as an older woman with her youthful beauty having faded, she regained her memory and went back to her village under a different name. The problem was Majahal's love for the younger Karin had turned into an obsession, and when Ed revealed Karin's identity Majahal refused to accept this "hag" was the beautiful Karin of his youth, and dies rejecting her.]]
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'': Misato at one point openly admits in her narration she loved Kaji in part because he reminded him of her father, who died in the Second Impact.
* Oldschool {{shoujo}} manga ''Manga/HaikarasanGaTooru'' has [[BrokenBird Countess]] [[IllGirl Larissa]] [[WidowWoman Mikhailovna]], who falls for [[spoiler:the amnesiac Shinobu]] because he looks and acts almost ''exactly'' like [[spoiler:her beloved husband Sasha, who died in the Russian Revolution.]] Even more so: [[spoiler:Shinobu was ''Sasha's older half-brother'' by their mother's side, which explains the [[StrongFamilyResemblance extreme physical similarity]].]]
* Since the plot of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' revolves around having Keima make girls fall in love with him for their own good, there's going to be a lot of this. In fact, he seems to do it intentionally. He projects whatever personality they want to see in him so that they become attracted while he helps them solve whatever problems created a gap for them in the first place. Only two targets and the supernatural characters avert this.
* [[HotTeacher Kobayashi-sensei]] in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' at first thought [[NonIdleRich Inspector Shiratori's]] love for her was due to the ''extreme'' similarity between her and [[ActionGirl Inspector Satou]], who [[RomanticRunnerUp Shiratori unsuccessfully courted for]]. It was subverted that it was ''Satou'' who was the shadow--Shiratori's childhood friend [[FirstGirlAfterAll that he's been in love for more than half his life]] was ''indeed'' Kobayashi, but he didn't know her name and mistook that to be [[IdenticalStranger Satou]] when he grew up. When this is cleared up and Kobayashi [[ForgottenFirstMeeting remembered Shiratori]] as clearly as he recalled her, they properly got together..
** How the little girl whom Shiratori loved was a big fangirl of the Japanese police force (just like Satou) didn't really help. Neither did the fact that, back then, Kobayashi lacked [[{{Meganekko}} her trademark glasses]], which is the main physical difference between her and Satou.
* A non-romantic version occurs in ''Manga/HikaruNoGo''. In the beginning of the manga, Hikaru, who was being controlled by Sai, defeated [[ChildProdigy Toya Akira]] in a game of Go, and the latter becomes obsessed with him ever since.
-->"If you keep chasing after [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial my ghost]], the real me is going to pass you by!"
* Played [[PlayedForDrama for tragedy]] in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'', when the focus of the episode turns to [[TheAce Sky High.]] During a slump in his superheroics, he falls in LoveAtFirstSight with a beautiful girl he meets at the park, and his conversations with her help him work through his issues. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the girl in question, Cis, was a malfunctioning [[DeceptivelyHumanRobot android]], and everything she said to him was the result of simplistic conversational programming. When Cis [[AIIsACrapshoot goes berserk]] because of her damaged programming, her artificial skin burns off, and a freshly re-moralized Sky High destroys the rampaging robot. [[TearJerker The next day, he goes back to the park with a bouquet of flowers to thank Cis]]...]]
* The reason why [[AlphaBitch Otome Katou]] loved [[JerkAss Makoto Itou]] in ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'', since she's the UnluckyChildhoodFriend in the UnwantedHarem surrounding him. [[spoiler:She's [[BrokenPedestal heartbroken]] when it '''finally''' sinks in that [[UsedToBeASweetKid the kind Makoto she once loved]] [[TookALevelInJerkAss doesn't exist anymore]], so she decides to [[WhatTheHellHero call him out on it to his very face]] right before the... [[DownerEnding very special]] GrandFinale.]]



* In the YaoiGenre manga ''Oku-san's Daily Fantasies'' the titular character has fallen in love with his local delivery man, Sudo, without knowing anything about him or having a full conversation with him. When he finally confesses to Sudo and is promptly turned down, he realises he isn't as upset as he should be if he really felt something towards him and says he was really in love with the idealised version of Sudo that he fantastied about. [[spoiler:At this time he realises that he has real affections for his neighbour, who confessed near around the same time]].
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', Ringo Oginome seems at first to be utterly smitten with Tabuki--[[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], [[spoiler:feeding him a love potion]], and generally devoting her entire life to pursuing him. However, she eventually reveals that [[spoiler:she only loves him because her dead sister Momoka did, and Ringo believes that if she can fulfill Momoka's role by bearing Tabuki's child, her dysfunctional and broken family will be happy again.]] Eventually,[[spoiler:and with help from Shouma, she gives up on Tabuki and starts pursuing her own desires]]. Tabuki has some troubles with this trope himself; [[spoiler:he and his girlfriend Yuri both loved Momoka and are dating in order to recreate their relationship with her, even though they don't love each other romantically. At the end of the show, they decide to try and start a real relationship.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', Kazuya's attraction to Satellizer STARTS like this as she reminds him of his departed sister Kazuha. Kazuya grows out of this, but it becomes a source of tension on Satellizer's part as she wonders if she's just a "replacement" for Kazuha.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is part of the reason for [[MadLove Misa]]'s [[LoveMartyr Love Martyrism]]--to her, [[LightIsNotGood Light Yagami]] will always be the handsome and heroic vigilante that avenged her murdered family, regardless of how [[SerialKiller less]]-[[BlackAndWhiteInsanity than]]-[[AGodAmI heroic]] he actually is, and she is madly in love with him for that. It [[{{Yandere}} proves hazardous]] for them both.
* In the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga and OVA, Ryoko's obsession with Shin falls into this category. She idealizes Shin and is enamored with the idea of being in love. However, she fails to understand how he thinks, what motivates him, or how his time at Area 88 has affected him. For this reason, she's completely blindsided when [[spoiler: he abandons her]] in both continuities.
* In the anime version of ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' it's strongly implied that Lolita's infatuation with Zorro is born from him being like an adult version of her brave and astute childhood friend that she actually love, even if he has become a wimp while abroad. Luckily, [[LovesMyAlterEgo said childhood friend is actually Diego de la Vega]], and the two ultimately get together when he can drop the facade.
* ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' had a variation in the backstory. Upon reflecting on the incident where he falls for Kaoru, he notes that he more idolizes Kaoru and their co-worker, comparing it to falling for fictional characters. Said co-workers' rejection of him forced CharacterDevelopment on him, self-admonishing for his folly. He also suspects it was when his love for Kaoru become something more solid, substantial and real.
* In third chapter of ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'', Takaki is no longer in love with Akari herself, but rather with the idea of Akari. All the things he is longing for are not physical but abstract things that he cannot grasp, which is why he finds it so difficult to find any way to resolve his longing. He's made efforts to move on, as evidenced by his relationship with his new girlfriend Risa, but he's as distant with her as he is with everyone else.

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* In the YaoiGenre manga ''Oku-san's Daily Fantasies'' the titular character has fallen in love ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': A rather heartbreaking and slightly twisted variant occurs with his local delivery man, Sudo, without knowing anything about him or having [[NiceGuy Miki Kaoru]], a full conversation with him. When he finally confesses to Sudo and is promptly turned down, he realises he isn't as upset as he should be if he really felt something towards him and says he was really in love with the idealised version of Sudo that he fantastied about. [[spoiler:At this time he realises that he has real affections for his neighbour, piano player, who confessed near around the same time]].
* In ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', Ringo Oginome seems at first to be utterly
is apparently smitten with Tabuki--[[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], [[spoiler:feeding him a love potion]], [[ShrinkingViolet Anthy Himemiya]]. He is attracted to her demurity and generally devoting her entire life to pursuing him. However, she eventually reveals that [[spoiler:she only loves him good nature because her dead it reminds him of his [[HalfIdenticalTwin twin sister]] Kozue, or rather, how she ''used'' to be when they were children (in the series, she's a borderline-{{Yandere}} and is [[IncestIsRelative smitten with him.]]) So he projects his feelings about his sister Momoka did, and Ringo believes (or the sweet girl he used to be) on Anthy...
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** It's speculated
that if she can fulfill Momoka's role by bearing Tabuki's child, her dysfunctional and broken family will be happy again.]] Eventually,[[spoiler:and with help [[spoiler:Seiya's crush on Usagi may have come from Shouma, how similar she gives up on Tabuki and starts pursuing her own desires]]. Tabuki has some troubles with this trope himself; [[spoiler:he and his girlfriend Yuri both loved Momoka and are dating in order was to recreate their relationship with her, even though they don't love each other romantically. At the end of the show, they decide to try and start a real relationship.Starlight's leader, Princess Kakyuu.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Freezing}}'', Kazuya's attraction to Satellizer STARTS like this as ** Makoto begins the series constantly falling in love with any new guy she reminds him meets because they remind her of his departed sister Kazuha. Kazuya her old sempai, whom she had a huge crush on. Luckily, she grows out of this, but it becomes a source of tension on Satellizer's part as she wonders if it.
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': The reason why [[AlphaBitch Otome Katou]] loved [[JerkAss Makoto Itou]], since
she's just a "replacement" for Kazuha.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'', this is part of
the reason for [[MadLove Misa]]'s [[LoveMartyr Love Martyrism]]--to her, [[LightIsNotGood Light Yagami]] will always be the handsome and heroic vigilante that avenged her murdered family, regardless of how [[SerialKiller less]]-[[BlackAndWhiteInsanity than]]-[[AGodAmI heroic]] he actually is, and she is madly in love with him for that. It [[{{Yandere}} proves hazardous]] for them both.
* In the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga and OVA, Ryoko's obsession with Shin falls into this category. She idealizes Shin and is enamored with the idea of being in love. However, she fails to understand how he thinks, what motivates him, or how his time at Area 88 has affected him. For this reason, she's completely blindsided when [[spoiler: he abandons her]] in both continuities.
* In the anime version of ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' it's strongly implied that Lolita's infatuation with Zorro is born from him being like an adult version of her brave and astute childhood friend that she actually love, even if he has become a wimp while abroad. Luckily, [[LovesMyAlterEgo said childhood friend is actually Diego de la Vega]], and the two ultimately get together when he can drop the facade.
* ''Manga/ICantUnderstandWhatMyHusbandIsSaying'' had a variation
UnluckyChildhoodFriend in the backstory. Upon reflecting on the incident where he falls for Kaoru, he notes UnwantedHarem surrounding him. [[spoiler:She's [[BrokenPedestal heartbroken]] when it '''finally''' sinks in that he more idolizes Kaoru and their co-worker, comparing [[UsedToBeASweetKid the kind Makoto she once loved]] [[TookALevelInJerkAss doesn't exist anymore]], so she decides to [[WhatTheHellHero call him out on it to falling for fictional characters. Said co-workers' rejection of him forced CharacterDevelopment on him, self-admonishing for his folly. He also suspects it was when his love for Kaoru become something more solid, substantial and real.
* In third chapter of ''Anime/FiveCentimetersPerSecond'', Takaki is no longer in love with Akari herself, but rather with the idea of Akari. All the things he is longing for are not physical but abstract things that he cannot grasp, which is why he finds it so difficult to find any way to resolve his longing. He's made efforts to move on, as evidenced by his relationship with his new girlfriend Risa, but he's as distant with her as he is with everyone else.
very face]] right before the... [[DownerEnding very special]] GrandFinale.]]



* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': Misa Hayase was deeply affected by [[spoiler:the loss of her beloved fiancé and childhood friend, Riber Fruhling. Later, Minmay's handsome cousin Kaifun enters the scene, and he looks a LOT like a Chinese version of the deceased Riber...]]
* ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'': Played [[PlayedForDrama for tragedy]] when the focus of the episode turns to [[TheAce Sky High.]] During a slump in his superheroics, he falls in LoveAtFirstSight with a beautiful girl he meets at the park, and his conversations with her help him work through his issues. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the girl in question, Cis, was a malfunctioning [[DeceptivelyHumanRobot android]], and everything she said to him was the result of simplistic conversational programming. When Cis [[AIIsACrapshoot goes berserk]] because of her damaged programming, her artificial skin burns off, and a freshly re-moralized Sky High destroys the rampaging robot. [[TearJerker The next day, he goes back to the park with a bouquet of flowers to thank Cis]]...]]
* ''Anime/TheVisionOfEscaflowne'':
** Everyone assumes Allan Schezar is attracted to slender young [[TheIngenue ingenues]] (borderline-legal in Japan, criminal almost everywhere else). Hints revealed later indicate that they are all ReplacementGoldfish--specifically, replacements for his little sister [[FailureKnight whom he was unable to rescue in his youth]].
** Hitomi's attraction to Allen Schezar was partly caused by his ''extreme'' similarity (both physical and personality-wise) to her beloved Amano-sempai, her long-time crush in school.
* Since the plot of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' revolves around having Keima make girls fall in love with him for their own good, there's going to be a lot of this. In fact, he seems to do it intentionally. He projects whatever personality they want to see in him so that they become attracted while he helps them solve whatever problems created a gap for them in the first place. Only two targets and the supernatural characters avert this.
* In the anime version of ''Franchise/{{Zorro}}'' it's strongly implied that Lolita's infatuation with Zorro is born from him being like an adult version of her brave and astute childhood friend that she actually love, even if he has become a wimp while abroad. Luckily, [[LovesMyAlterEgo said childhood friend is actually Diego de la Vega]], and the two ultimately get together when he can drop the facade.



* In Disney/{{Frozen}} Anna falls for Hans and agrees to marry him quickly because she's desperate for affection, when the person she really wants to be close to again is her sister Elsa (not in that way). After reconciling with her sister and seeing that Hans is not the PrinceCharming he made himself out to be, she's able to move on and actually spends time getting to know her new LoveInterest Kristoph before getting into a serious commitment with him.

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* In Disney/{{Frozen}} ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Anna falls for Hans and agrees to marry him quickly because she's desperate for affection, when the person she really wants to be close to again is her sister Elsa (not in that way). After reconciling with her sister and seeing that Hans is not the PrinceCharming he made himself out to be, she's able to move on and actually spends time getting to know her new LoveInterest Kristoph Kristoff before getting into a serious commitment with him.
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* ''Webcomic/BestFriendsForever'': By chapter 23, Vincent finally confesses to Louis that [[spoiler:his feelings for Ted are this. He has tried to compare other men to Ted in his mind, but realized that this is unfair to everybody, as he isn't really with Ted, and is much more in love with the idea of having a relationship with Ted and the mental image of a perfect LovableNerd he has of Ted rather than Ted himself.]]



* In ''NamirDeiter'', Cedric convinces himself that he's still in love with Tipper (his high-school sweetheart, whom ''he'' broke up with). Tipper tells him point-blank that he's in love with the girl she used to be and she's changed drastically since then. Not to mention she's engaged to someone else. Cedric doesn't take no for an answer. From Tipper OR her fiancee, Charles. [[http://www.namirdeiter.com/comics/index.php?date=20081019 It doesn't]] [[http://www.namirdeiter.com/comics/index.php?date=20081021 end well]]. Then again, Cedric has always been portrayed as a flake who tends to react first and think when forced to.


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* In ''NamirDeiter'', Cedric convinces himself that he's still in love with Tipper (his high-school sweetheart, whom ''he'' broke up with). Tipper tells him point-blank that he's in love with the girl she used to be and she's changed drastically since then. Not to mention she's engaged to someone else. Cedric doesn't take no for an answer. From Tipper OR her fiancee, Charles. [[http://www.namirdeiter.com/comics/index.php?date=20081019 It doesn't]] [[http://www.namirdeiter.com/comics/index.php?date=20081021 end well]]. Then again, Cedric has always been portrayed as a flake who tends to react first and think when forced to.
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** Earlier in the series, Ayame tried to warn Tanukichi of the dangers of idealizing someone, but he didn't listen. In his mind, Anna was pure and innocent. Even after she awakens to [[AllWomenAreLustful her spent-up exual urges]] and begins [[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], he refuses to believe it's "the real" her. It isn't until episode 7 that he finally faces the truth and now [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased wants nothing to do with her.]]

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** Earlier in the series, Ayame tried to warn Tanukichi of about the dangers of idealizing someone, but he didn't listen. In his mind, Anna was pure and innocent. Even after she awakens to [[AllWomenAreLustful her spent-up exual urges]] and begins [[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], he refuses to believe it's "the real" her. It isn't until episode 7 that he finally faces the truth and now [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased wants nothing to do with her.]]
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* ''LightNovel/{{Shomineta}}'':
** Early in the series, Ayame tried to warn Tanukichi of the dangers of idealizing someone, but he didn't listen. In his mind, Anna was pure and innocent. Even after she awakens to [[AllWomenAreLustful her spent-up exual urges]] and begins [[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], he refuses to believe it's "the real" her. It isn't until episode 7 that he finally faces the truth and now [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased wants nothing to do with her.]]
** During the same episode, Ayame realizes Tanukichi's begun to idealize her as well. So she reminds him that [[HeroicSelfDeprecition she isn't as noble as he believes her to be]] and that her reasons for opposing the Public Morals Committee [[EthicalSlut are selfish ones.]]

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* ''LightNovel/{{Shomineta}}'':
''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'':
** Early Earlier in the series, Ayame tried to warn Tanukichi of the dangers of idealizing someone, but he didn't listen. In his mind, Anna was pure and innocent. Even after she awakens to [[AllWomenAreLustful her spent-up exual urges]] and begins [[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], he refuses to believe it's "the real" her. It isn't until episode 7 that he finally faces the truth and now [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased wants nothing to do with her.]]
** During the same episode, Ayame realizes Tanukichi's begun to idealize her as well. So she reminds him that [[HeroicSelfDeprecition [[HeroicSelfDeprecation she isn't as noble as he believes her to be]] and that her reasons for opposing the Public Morals Committee [[EthicalSlut are selfish ones.]]
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*''LightNovel/{{Shomineta}}'':
**Early in the series, Ayame tried to warn Tanukichi of the dangers of idealizing someone, but he didn't listen. In his mind, Anna was pure and innocent. Even after she awakens to [[AllWomenAreLustful her spent-up exual urges]] and begins [[StalkerWithACrush stalking him]], he refuses to believe it's "the real" her. It isn't until episode 7 that he finally faces the truth and now [[NoGuyWantsToBeChased wants nothing to do with her.]]
**During the same episode, Ayame realizes Tanukichi's begun to idealize her as well. So she reminds him that [[HeroicSelfDeprecition she isn't as noble as he believes her to be]] and that her reasons for opposing the Public Morals Committee [[EthicalSlut are selfish ones.]]
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->''Almost five years [he had pined for her]! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams--not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.''

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->''Almost ->''"Almost five years [he had pined for her]! There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams--not through her own fault but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion. It had gone beyond her, beyond everything. He had thrown himself into it with a creative passion, adding to it all the time, decking it out with every bright feather that drifted his way. No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.''"''
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* Literature/{{Lolita}} arguably. Consider for a second that the origins of Humbert Humbert's obsession with Lolita is explained by him in the very first pages. He says the it was his unconsummated relationship with Annabel that caused him to be attracted to "nymphets". So he essentially loves Lolita because [[YouRemindMeOfX she reminds him of Annabel]].
** Humbert also says that Lolita eventually replaced Annabel in this role; however while he continues to wax lyrical over his idealised "Lolita", in reality he's in a sordid sexual relationship maintained through threats and bribery, with a [[BreakTheCutie miserable, sullen teenager]] whose [[CorruptTheCutie innocence he has thoroughly destroyed]].

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* Literature/{{Lolita}} arguably. ''Literature/{{Lolita}}'': Consider for a second that the origins of Humbert Humbert's obsession with Lolita is explained by him in the very first pages. He says the it was his unconsummated relationship with Annabel that caused him to be attracted to "nymphets". So he essentially loves Lolita because [[YouRemindMeOfX she reminds him of Annabel]].
**
Annabel]]. Humbert also says that Lolita eventually replaced Annabel in this role; however while he continues to wax lyrical over his idealised "Lolita", in reality he's in a sordid sexual relationship maintained through threats and bribery, with a [[BreakTheCutie miserable, sullen teenager]] whose [[CorruptTheCutie innocence he has thoroughly destroyed]].
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