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29th Aug '17 8:24:41 PM Eievie
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For some reason, they've got a [[StalkerWithACrush special interest]] in playing someone in particular. Maybe that someone is especially [[TheWoobie pure and innocent]], at the start, in which case they can expect their personality to be [[BreakTheCutie broken]] or at least [[CorruptTheCutie corrupted]]. Maybe that someone is seen by the ManipulativeBastard as a WorthyOpponent and even a [[BastardUnderstudy potential player]] themselves, in which case there will soon be GambitPileup in the future. TheSvengali will tend to have this kind of relationship to their protege(s).

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For some reason, they've got a [[StalkerWithACrush special interest]] in playing someone in particular. Maybe that someone is especially [[TheWoobie pure and innocent]], at the start, in which case they can expect their personality to be [[BreakTheCutie broken]] or at least [[CorruptTheCutie corrupted]]. Maybe that someone is seen by the ManipulativeBastard as a WorthyOpponent and even a [[BastardUnderstudy [[TheApprentice potential player]] themselves, in which case there will soon be GambitPileup in the future. TheSvengali will tend to have this kind of relationship to their protege(s).
protégé(s).



[[AC:Note:]] The examples are not canon ships, even through the Mind Game dynamic are largely canonical.



* ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'': Jarlaxle and Entreri are this, though the platonic version. Unless it's SlashFic, in which case there's a 50/50 chance or better of Jarlaxle seriously screwing with Artemis' head for... other purposes. Though in all fairness, he ''is'' a [[MagnificentBastard drow]]. Hey, MindRape is [[RapeIsLove Love]].

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* ''Literature/ForgottenRealms'': Jarlaxle and Entreri are this, though the platonic version. Unless it's SlashFic, in which case there's a 50/50 chance or better of Jarlaxle seriously screwing with Artemis' head for... other purposes. Though in all fairness, he ''is'' a [[MagnificentBastard drow]]. Hey, MindRape is [[RapeIsLove Love]].



* Enid Blyton (Malory Towers). Gwen and Mary-Lou and later Gwen and Clarissa (until she develops a spine). To what extent this applies depends on your personal take on the canon, but the "pushy, dominant partner in a near-exclusive friendship" theme is very much there, even if you're not prone to [[SchoolgirlLesbians subtextual interpretations.]]

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* Enid Blyton (Malory Towers). ''Literature/MaloryTowers'': Gwen and Mary-Lou and later Gwen and Clarissa (until she develops a spine). To what extent this applies depends on your personal take on the canon, but the "pushy, dominant partner in a near-exclusive friendship" theme is very much there, even if you're not prone to [[SchoolgirlLesbians subtextual interpretations.]]interpretations]].
29th Aug '17 8:14:08 PM Eievie
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!!Canonical relationship examples:

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!!Canonical relationship examples:Mind Game relationships:



[[AC:Note:]] The examples are not canon ships, even through the Mind Game dynamic are largely canonical.



* While not foes in most arcs, Mion and her [[{{Twincest}} twin]] Shion from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' count, especially in Meakashi-hen and Watanagashi-hen.
** Before you [[YuriFan get too excited]], you should know that [[spoiler:it ends badly for both of them in both arcs.]]

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* While not foes in most arcs, Mion and her [[{{Twincest}} twin]] Shion from ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' count, especially in Meakashi-hen and Watanagashi-hen.
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Watanagashi-hen. Before you [[YuriFan get too excited]], you should know that [[spoiler:it ends badly for both of them in both arcs.]]
29th Aug '17 8:10:49 PM Eievie
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* ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'': This is part of the dynamic between Jareth and Sarah, which is inherited from their canon (see in the fandom examples below). In the comic Jareth's romantic interest in Sarah is more clear cut... but him courting Sarah still just amounts to him screwing with her and trying to trick her. Deconstructed when Sarah points out that ''this'' is precisely why she can't just get with him.

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* ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'': *''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'': This is part of the dynamic between Jareth and Sarah, which is inherited from their canon (see in the fandom examples below). In the comic Jareth's romantic interest in Sarah is more clear cut... but him courting Sarah her still just amounts to him screwing with her and trying to trick her. Deconstructed when Sarah she points out that ''this'' is precisely why she can't just get with him.
29th Aug '17 8:09:44 PM Eievie
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*''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'': This is part of the dynamic between Jareth and Sarah, which is inherited from their canon (see in the fandom examples below). In the comic Jareth's romantic interest in Sarah is more clear cut... but him courting Sarah still just amounts to him screwing with her and trying to trick her. Deconstructed when Sarah points out that ''this'' is precisely why she can't just get with him.
-->'''Sarah''': Your problem is, you think we're still waltzing about in your crystal ballroom--you want me dazzled and confused, you want to lead the dance, and you've already planned the cushion pit ready for things to get decadent. ''[beat]'' You don't care weather I'm... ready or not, or how foolish you make me look in the process. ''[beat]'' And I know you're all fae and goblin king and make-it-so, but ''see this my way!!'' ''[beat]'' That's... scoring a conquest. It's not trying for a relationship. ''[beat]'' I never ''could'' tell if you wanted to win or if you wanted me.
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* The eponymous ''Literature/HarryPotter'' with Voldemort and Snape, to a lesser extent.
** Ginny and Tom Riddle in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book]].

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* The eponymous ''Literature/HarryPotter'' ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry
with Voldemort Voldemort, and Snape, Snape to a lesser extent.
** Ginny and Tom Riddle with Ginny in the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets second book]].



* Lara Raith seems to enjoy manipulating [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] a bit more than can be considered strictly professional.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Watch books, the relationship between Vetinari and Vimes.
** Also Vetinari and Moist, although they get less screen time together.
** Vetinari and ''anyone.''

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* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Lara Raith seems to enjoy manipulating [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]] Dresden a bit more than can be considered strictly professional.
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' Watch books, the relationship between books
** Vetinari with ''anyone''. Namely
Vetinari and Vimes.
** Also
Vimes, and also Vetinari and Moist, although they get less screen time together.
** Vetinari and ''anyone.''
together.



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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Ben Linus. With just about everyone. [[MagnificentBastard And it is awesome]].

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* ''Series/{{Lost}}'': Ben Linus. With just about everyone. [[MagnificentBastard And it is awesome]].awesome.]]



* The ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' fandom's tendency to ship River and Jayne often uses this as an aspect of it, as River ''does'' like to screw around with people's heads, when her own head isn't screwy itself.

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* ''{{Series/Firefly}}'':
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The ''{{Series/Firefly}}'' fandom's tendency to ship River and Jayne often uses this as an aspect of it, as River ''does'' like to screw around with people's heads, when her own head isn't screwy itself.



** [[MagnificentBastard Crowley]] tends to toss around double entendres like they're going out of style, but whenever he faces off against [[FallenAngel Castiel]], the "sub" just goes out of the {{subtext}}.

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** [[MagnificentBastard Crowley]] tends to toss around double entendres like they're going out of style, but whenever he faces off against [[FallenAngel Castiel]], Castiel, the "sub" just goes out of the {{subtext}}.



** Castiel/Meg: he's an angel, she's a demon; she calls him "Clarence", he calls her an "abomination"; she eye-fucks him from the second they meet and she kisses him in an attempt to steal his angel blade when they first kiss (in true TakeThatKiss form). In Season 7, she reluctantly assists Team Free Will by acting as Castiel's caretaker when he goes insane from absorbing Sam's Hell-pain and he develops a kind of StockholmSyndrome-like crush on her. Meg's actress actually admits to Meg having a genuine crush on Castiel, something the demon is obviously not used to.

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** *** Castiel/Meg: he's an angel, she's a demon; she calls him "Clarence", he calls her an "abomination"; she eye-fucks him from the second they meet and she kisses him in an attempt to steal his angel blade when they first kiss (in true TakeThatKiss form). In Season 7, she reluctantly assists Team Free Will by acting as Castiel's caretaker when he goes insane from absorbing Sam's Hell-pain and he develops a kind of StockholmSyndrome-like crush on her. Meg's actress actually admits to Meg having a genuine crush on Castiel, something the demon is obviously not used to.



--> Azazel: (walking up to John with an intense look on his face) There's something else I want, as much as that gun. Maybe more...

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--> Azazel: (walking -->'''Azazel''': ''[walking up to John with an intense look on his face) face'' There's something else I want, as much as that gun. Maybe more...



* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': There are interpretations of Iago and Othello] like this.

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* ''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': There are interpretations of Iago and Othello] Othello like this.



** He openly admits in the same conversation that he was watching over/stalking Neku, and was impressed with him. The HoYay continues with Josh's teasing and Neku's attempts to fight it dwindling as he starts to finally get used to his eccentric 'partner'. When [[spoiler: [[TearJerker he 'dies' saving him from Sho]]]], we all end up liking him, and it makes the MindScrew elements that much harder to deal with. It's revealed that [[spoiler:he escaped to a parallel world (one obsessed with Tin Pin, according to the Reports) during his HeroicSacrifice]], and he glibly tells Neku that [[spoiler:he ''had'' tried to kill him before the Game]], after Neku had been guilt-ridden for the whole week thinking that [[spoiler:Josh was innocent and that his mistrust got him killed.]] Despite this, [[spoiler:Neku risks his own life and the existence of Shibuya to avoid shooting Josh]], even after he's revealed himself to be [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Composer]] who wants to destroy Shibuya (to save the rest of the world from its corruption) and challenged him to a duel with pistols. [[KickTheDog Josh ''does'' shoot]], but he also [[PetTheDog resurrects them all and leaves Shibuya alone]], [[HeelFaceTurn changing his mind]], and in the ending, while Neku says that while he can't forgive him, he still trusts him.]]

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** He openly admits in the same conversation that he was watching over/stalking Neku, and was impressed with him. The HoYay continues with Josh's teasing and Neku's attempts to fight it dwindling as he starts to finally get used to his eccentric 'partner'. When [[spoiler: [[TearJerker he 'dies' "dies" saving him from Sho]]]], we all end up liking him, and it makes the MindScrew elements that much harder to deal with. It's revealed that [[spoiler:he escaped to a parallel world (one obsessed with Tin Pin, according to the Reports) during his HeroicSacrifice]], and he glibly tells Neku that [[spoiler:he ''had'' tried to kill him before the Game]], after Neku had been guilt-ridden for the whole week thinking that [[spoiler:Josh was innocent and that his mistrust got him killed.]] Despite this, [[spoiler:Neku risks his own life and the existence of Shibuya to avoid shooting Josh]], even after he's revealed himself to be [[spoiler:the [[BigBad Composer]] who wants to destroy Shibuya (to save the rest of the world from its corruption) and challenged him to a duel with pistols. [[KickTheDog Josh ''does'' shoot]], but he also [[PetTheDog resurrects them all and leaves Shibuya alone]], [[HeelFaceTurn changing his mind]], and in the ending, while Neku says that while he can't forgive him, he still trusts him.]]



* [[Webcomic/MegaTokyo Miho/Anyone.]]

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* [[Webcomic/MegaTokyo ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Miho/Anyone.]]
29th Aug '17 7:53:58 PM Eievie
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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Littlefinger/Sansa entirely canon in one direction, and given what [[MagnificentBastard Littlefinger is]] (bearing in mind that he is prominent in this status in a series chock full of them by normal standards) and [[CorruptTheCutie what he seems to be trying to do]] to Sansa, this trope is in full effect.

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* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Littlefinger/Sansa entirely canon is a one-directional example. The trope is in one direction, and full effect, given what [[MagnificentBastard that Littlefinger is]] (bearing in mind is a MagnificentBastard--''so much so'' that he is he's prominent in this his status as one even in a series that's chock full of them by normal standards) and [[CorruptTheCutie what standards--and that he seems to be trying to do]] to Sansa, this trope is in full effect.CorruptTheCutie.



** Later it's {{reconstructed|Trope}}, and with a combo of the PowerOfLove and BrainsAndBondage, they make it work.

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** Later it's {{reconstructed|Trope}}, and with a combo combination of the PowerOfLove and BrainsAndBondage, they make it work.
18th Aug '17 5:29:40 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Dirk Strider seems to make [[GenreSavvy more or less deliberate attempts]] to fit into this trope towards his crush Jake, but rather than the ironic puppetmaster he wants to be seen as, [[WrongGenreSavvy he comes off as]] clingy, overbearing, socially awkward, and stalker-y. All of which is accurate.

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** Dirk Strider seems to make [[GenreSavvy [[InvokedTrope more or less deliberate attempts]] to fit into this trope towards his crush Jake, but rather than the ironic puppetmaster he wants to be seen as, [[WrongGenreSavvy he comes off as]] clingy, overbearing, socially awkward, and stalker-y. All of which is accurate.
5th Jul '17 9:21:34 PM Eievie
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->''"I never could tell if you wanted to win or if you wanted me."''
-->-- '''Sarah''' to '''Jarath''', ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'', "A Conversation"

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->''"I never could ''could'' tell if you wanted to win or if you wanted me."''
-->-- '''Sarah''' to '''Jarath''', ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor'', "A "139 - A Conversation"



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12th Jun '17 11:55:06 AM MajinAkuma
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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Kurama/Karasu canonically.

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* ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': ''Manga/YuuYuuHakusho'': Kurama/Karasu canonically.
11th Jun '17 11:33:13 AM Gamermaster
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* This is the plot of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' in a nutshell. Kaguya and Shirogane spend their time messing with each other in hopes of forcing a LoveConfession because they're too prideful to give one themselves.



* This is the plot of ''Manga/KaguyaSamaWaKokurasetai'' in a nutshell. Kaguya and Shirogane spend their time messing with each other in hopes of forcing a LoveConfession because they're too prideful to give one themselves.
1st Jun '17 9:23:13 AM Eievie
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* The entire second season of ''Series/GossipGirl'' saw [[BelligerentSexualTension Chuck and Blair]] competing over who could invoke this trope the most. {{Deconstructed|Trope}}, when Chuck points out how the real reason they ''can't'' be together is that the the entire foundation of their relationship is built on screwing each other over--with normal dating, that would just crumble. Later it's {{reconstructed|Trope}}, and with a combo of the PowerOfLove and BrainsAndBondage, they make it work.

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* The entire second season of ''Series/GossipGirl'' saw [[BelligerentSexualTension Chuck and Blair]] competing over who could invoke this trope the most. {{Deconstructed|Trope}}, when Chuck points out how the real reason they ''can't'' be together is that the the entire foundation of their relationship is built on screwing each other over--with normal dating, that would just crumble. Later it's {{reconstructed|Trope}}, and with a combo of the PowerOfLove and BrainsAndBondage, they make it work.


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**Later it's {{reconstructed|Trope}}, and with a combo of the PowerOfLove and BrainsAndBondage, they make it work.
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