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** To a lesser degree, Joker/Harley Quinn, although given that their relationship has pretty much always been depicted as a physically and emotionally abusive one even in canon, there's a good bit less support for it than Joker/Batman. Even ''Harley'' has internalized this and moved on in the comics.
11th May '17 2:49:54 AM Erda
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Prince Hans is a villain who intends to kill Elsa and Anna to usurp the throne and acts [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative to Anna]] making her fall in love with him.
* Frollo of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has a disturbing infatuation with Esmeralda where he gets close to her, [[PervertedSniffing smells her hair]] and gives her a SadisticChoice of "choose me or the fire". (She either chooses to become his and is freed or he burns her to death)
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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Prince Hans is a villain who intends to kill Elsa and Anna to usurp the throne and acts [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative to Anna]] making her fall in love with him.
* Frollo of ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' has a disturbing infatuation with Esmeralda where he gets close to her, [[PervertedSniffing smells her hair]] and gives her a SadisticChoice of "choose me or the fire". (She either chooses to become his and is freed or he burns her to death)
11th May '17 2:48:04 AM Erda
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* From ''Manga/DNAngel'', Krad/Satoshi. Whenever we see the two together alone, it's generally Krad cuddling Satoshi from behind, or declaring that "You are my everything, Satoshi-sama". Would be incredibly sweet if not for the fact that Krad is also a homicidal blonde angel, who only really wants Satoshi for his body.
* Albert and [[MagnificentBastard the Count]] in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.



* From ''Manga/DNAngel'', Krad/Satoshi. Whenever we see the two together alone, it's generally Krad cuddling Satoshi from behind, or declaring that "You are my everything, Satoshi-sama". Would be incredibly sweet if not for the fact that Krad is also a homicidal blonde angel, who only really wants Satoshi for his body.
* Albert and [[MagnificentBastard the Count]] in ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}''.
11th May '17 2:45:34 AM Erda
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** Envy/Ed is a much more straightforward MindGameShip, especially popular in popular in fics based off [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]].

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** Envy/Ed is a [[FoeYay much more straightforward MindGameShip, version]] of this trope. They're especially popular in popular in fics based off the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]]. anime]], where Envy's hatred of Ed is much more personal.
11th May '17 2:44:00 AM Erda
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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the relationship between Roy and Ed can be interpreted as this. A ''lot'' of people love pairing them together, quite a bit of it having to do with how Roy knows exactly which [[BerserkButton buttons]] to push to make Ed angry, and how much he enjoys doing so.
** Envy/Ed is another popular MindGameShip, especially in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''.

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* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the *''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** The
relationship between Roy and Ed can be interpreted as this. A ''lot'' of people love pairing them together, quite a bit of it having to do with how Roy knows exactly which [[BerserkButton buttons]] to push to make Ed angry, and how much he enjoys doing so.
so. Since they're more like VitriolicBestBuds in canon, it's usually a relatively mild, comedic version of the trope, unless it's a DarkFic.
** Envy/Ed is another popular a much more straightforward MindGameShip, especially popular in ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''.popular in fics based off [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist 2003 anime]].
11th May '17 2:40:43 AM Erda
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* Creator/OsamuTezuka's Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}'' actually ''did'' have an explicit relationship with his MindGameShip target, Garai. Make of that what you will.
* Akio and Touga in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. With [[YaoiGuys each other]], and with [[EvenTheGuysWantHim both boys and girls alike]]. Particularly [[BrotherSisterIncest disturbing]] is Akio/Anthy and Touga/Nanami.



* Creator/OsamuTezuka's Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}'' actually ''did'' have an explicit relationship with his MindGameShip target, Garai. Make of that what you will.
* Akio and Touga in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. With [[YaoiGuys each other]], and with [[EvenTheGuysWantHim both boys and girls alike]]. Particularly [[BrotherSisterIncest disturbing]] is Akio/Anthy and Touga/Nanami.
25th Apr '17 11:23:27 PM Scabbard
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* ''[[Series/{{Gotham}}'': Oswald Cobblepot and James Gordon. He is a ManipulativeBastard, seems to have a thing for Gordon, and they tend to have NoSenseOfPersonalSpace around another. Seems to be NoYay for Gordon though.

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* ''[[Series/{{Gotham}}'': ''Series/{{Gotham}}'': Oswald Cobblepot and James Gordon. He is a ManipulativeBastard, seems to have a thing for Gordon, and they tend to have NoSenseOfPersonalSpace around another. Seems to be NoYay for Gordon though.
16th Apr '17 9:03:56 AM Eievie
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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming SommelierShipping]] (Cilan/Cabernet) comes off as this, with Cilan being the manipulator.
* Johan Liebert (the eponymous ''Manga/{{Monster}}'') and Dr. Kenzou Tenma.
** Also, Johan and Anna/Nina. She is probably the only person in the world that he cares about, but he's not above [[spoiler:mind raping her, allowing his henchman to kill her, and manipulating her into nearly shooting herself.]] And not to mention those certain "emails" he sent her about being "born to smother [her] with flowers." ... Whatever ''that'' means.
* Creator/OsamuTezuka's Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}'' actually ''did'' have an explicit relationship with his MindGameShip target, Garai. Make of that what you will.



* ''Manga/{{MAR}}'': Phantom and Alviss. Made canon in the anime.
*''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'': Kurama/Karasu canonically.
* Somewhat benign case, but entirely canon, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' Miki has a stated crush on Hinagiku, and she's shown that she plays a lot of mind games on her. It's even on her profile as one of the things she likes. Luckily for the [[UnwantedHarem harem]], it seems that she's using these powers to push Hayate and Hinagiku together.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Rhett/Scarlett from ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' comes across as this at times; Rhett is definitely manipulating her and toys with her emotions. Subverted in that she causes him significantly more angst than he does her, despite hardly manipulating him consciously at all.
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'': Melisande Shahrizai is like this canonically with Phèdre. There appears to be some genuine love buried amidst the casual backstabbing.
* ''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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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* 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.
-->'''Chuck''': I think we both know that the moment we do,[[note]](say they love each other)[[/note]] it won't be the start of something: It will be the end. Think about it. ''Chuck and Blair, going to the movies. Chuck and Blair, holding hands.''\\
'''Blair''': We don't have to do those things. We can do the things that we like.\\
'''Chuck''': What we like is this.\\
'''Blair''': The game.\\
'''Chuck''': Without it, I'm not sure how long we'd last.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': [[LesYay Alex and Piper]] are described by reviewers as being in an epic, if psychotic, love affair. Initially, Alex manipulates Piper into joining an international drug ring after beginning a relationship with her, naming Piper in her indictment and lying about it, and ultimately cutting a separate deal with the prosecutor for release for her testimony after convincing Piper to lie under oath. The last one burns back though, as Alex's testimony is not enough to convict the ringleader, and she is forced to live in fear of retribution. Piper then betrays her back, revealing her plan to skip parole and gets Alex arrested again. There's also season 3 which includes a scene where Piper mocks Alex in a cruel KickTheDog moment for being fearful for her life and she seems insistent on making Alex mad so that they can engage in "hate sex".
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* A canonical example in ''{{Theatre/Heathers}}'' with Veronica and her SerialKiller boyfriend, J.D. Even after she gets sick of his shit and dumps him, the mind games and sexual tension continues.
* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Stanley/Blanche. They are somewhat attracted to each other at first, but Stanley eventually sees through [[StepfordSmiler Blanche's mask]] and his continued involvement in her life causes her to descend into permanent insanity.
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''GrandmasterOfTheft'' has Deus canonically doing this towards Cassidy. While he generally enjoys causing trouble to anyone for sake of drama, she interests him more than anyone else because of her abilities as MagnificentBitch and drive to capture him.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Terra/Slade is canon in the comics.
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': Breach starts canonically trying this on Rex after she decides that messing with his head is far more fun than [[CollectorOfTheStrange adding him to her "collection"]]. Naturally, he's not pleased.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming SommelierShipping]] (Cilan/Cabernet) comes off as this, with Cilan being the manipulator.
* Johan Liebert (the eponymous ''Manga/{{Monster}}'') and Dr. Kenzou Tenma.
** Also, Johan and Anna/Nina. She is probably the only person in the world that he cares about, but he's not above [[spoiler:mind raping her, allowing his henchman to kill her, and manipulating her into nearly shooting herself.]] And not to mention those certain "emails" he sent her about being "born to smother [her] with flowers." ... Whatever ''that'' means.
* Creator/OsamuTezuka's Michio Yuki from ''Manga/{{MW}}'' actually ''did'' have an explicit relationship with his MindGameShip target, Garai. Make of that what you will.



* ''Manga/{{MAR}}'': Phantom and Alviss. Made ''canon'' in the anime.



** Kurama/Karasu canonically and any halfway ''realistic'' Kurama/Hiei, considering Hiei dislikes almost everyone, including himself, and kitsune play games practically obsessively. Considering Hiei seems to enjoy being around Kurama beyond anyone, one could say he enjoys partaking in Kurama's teasing.

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** Kurama/Karasu canonically and any Any halfway ''realistic'' Kurama/Hiei, considering Hiei dislikes almost everyone, including himself, and kitsune play games practically obsessively. Considering Hiei seems to enjoy being around Kurama beyond anyone, one could say he enjoys partaking in Kurama's teasing.



* Somewhat benign case, but entirely canon, ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' Miki has a stated crush on Hinagiku, and she's shown that she plays a lot of mind games on her. It's even on her profile as one of the things she likes. Luckily for the [[UnwantedHarem harem]], it seems that she's using these powers to push Hayate and Hinagiku together.



* Rhett/Scarlett from ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' comes across as this at times; Rhett is definitely manipulating her and toys with her emotions. Subverted in that she causes him significantly more angst than he does her, despite hardly manipulating him consciously at all.



* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'': Melisande Shahrizai is like this canonically with Phèdre. There appears to be some genuine love buried amidst the casual backstabbing.



* 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.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Fits perfectly for those who ship Littlefinger and Sansa, although it's not a very common pairing, as most prefer [[BodyguardCrush Sansa and The Hound.]] Why not [[TakeAThirdOption have both?]] At any rate, 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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* 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, "pushy, dominant partner in a near-exclusive friendship' friendship" theme is very much there, even if you're not prone to [[SchoolgirlLesbians subtextual interpretations.]]
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': Fits perfectly for those who ship Littlefinger and Sansa, although it's not a very common pairing, as most prefer [[BodyguardCrush Sansa and The Hound.]] Why not [[TakeAThirdOption have both?]] At any rate, 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.
]]



* The Blake/Avon and Avon/Vila ships in {Blake's7} have shades of this: Avon's something of a ship bicycle.

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* The Blake/Avon and Avon/Vila ships in {Blake's7} '' Series/BlakesSeven'' have shades of this: Avon's something of a ship bicycle.LauncherOfAThousandShips.



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



* Justin and Alex fit this trope to a tee in [[Main/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Wizards]]

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* Justin and Alex fit this trope to a tee in [[Main/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Wizards]]''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace''.



** And now we have Abaddon/Dean which became canon after Abaddon kills several people to get Dean and Sam's attention, sends her minions after Sam and the other hunters with them, and zones in on Dean. Her first words to Dean? 'I missed you. Did you miss me?'. During their fight Dean tells Abaddon she's sending mixed signals and Abaddon explicitly states that she has wanted Dean since the moment she saw him and as soon as she gets the chance she will 'Rip off this little no demons allowed tattoo and take you for a ride'. Abaddon finally gets the upper hand and starts to make good on her threat until Ezekiel!Sam senses danger and comes to the rescue.

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** And now we have Abaddon/Dean which became canon after Abaddon kills several people to get Dean and Sam's attention, sends her minions after Sam and the other hunters with them, and zones in on Dean. Her first words to Dean? 'I "I missed you. Did you miss me?'. me?" During their fight Dean tells Abaddon she's sending mixed signals and Abaddon explicitly states that she has wanted Dean since the moment she saw him and as soon as she gets the chance she will 'Rip "Rip off this little no demons allowed tattoo and take you for a ride'. ride." Abaddon finally gets the upper hand and starts to make good on her threat until Ezekiel!Sam senses danger and comes to the rescue.



* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': [[LesYay Alex and Piper]] are described by reviewers as being in a epic, if psychotic, love affair. Initially, Alex manipulates Piper into joining an international drug ring after beginning a relationship with her, naming Piper in her indictment and lying about it, and ultimately cutting a separate deal with the prosecutor for release for her testimony after convincing Piper to lie under oath. The last one burns back though, as Alex's testimony is not enough to convict the ringleader, and she is forced to live in fear of retribution. Piper then betrays her back, revealing her plan to skip parole and gets Alex arrested again. There's also season 3 which includes a scene where Piper mocks Alex in a cruel KickTheDog moment for being fearful for her life and she seems insistent on making Alex mad so that they can engage in "hate sex".



* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Stanley/Blanche. They are somewhat attracted to each other at first, but Stanley eventually sees through [[StepfordSmiler Blanche's mask]] and his continued involvement in her life causes her to descend into permanent insanity.
* There are interpretations of [[Theatre/{{Othello}} Iago and Othello]] like this.
* A ''canonical'' example in ''{{Theatre/Heathers}}'' with Veronica and her SerialKiller boyfriend, J.D. Even after she gets sick of his shit and dumps him, the mind games and sexual tension continues.

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* ''Theatre/AStreetcarNamedDesire'': Stanley/Blanche. They are somewhat attracted to each other at first, but Stanley eventually sees through [[StepfordSmiler Blanche's mask]] and his continued involvement in her life causes her to descend into permanent insanity.
*
*''Theatre/{{Othello}}'': There are interpretations of [[Theatre/{{Othello}} Iago and Othello]] Othello] like this.
* A ''canonical'' example in ''{{Theatre/Heathers}}'' with Veronica and her SerialKiller boyfriend, J.D. Even after she gets sick of his shit and dumps him, the mind games and sexual tension continues.
this.



--->'''Joshua:''' I could never live with myself if I let you go alone. Let's spend some quality time.
--->'''Beat:''' Whoa ho ho! You guys are... Like, you ain't...
--->'''Shiki:''' Blue and Pink!? Sure, they go.. but I didn't know they went LIKE THAT!
--->'''Neku:''' Now look what you've done!

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--->'''Joshua:''' -->'''Joshua:''' I could never live with myself if I let you go alone. Let's spend some quality time.
--->'''Beat:'''
time.\\
'''Beat:'''
Whoa ho ho! You guys are... Like, you ain't...
--->'''Shiki:'''
ain't...\\
'''Shiki:'''
Blue and Pink!? Sure, they go.. but I didn't know they went LIKE THAT!
--->'''Neku:'''
THAT!\\
'''Neku:'''
Now look what you've done!



--->'''Joshua:''' The name's Yoshiya Kiryu. But Mother and Father call me Joshua.
--->'''Neku:''' Please don't tell me...
--->'''Joshua:''' I guess you can call me Joshua, too - seeing as how you're my dear, dear partner. Hee hee...

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--->'''Joshua:''' The name's Yoshiya Kiryu. But Mother and Father call me Joshua.
--->'''Neku:'''
Joshua.\\
'''Neku:'''
Please don't tell me...
--->'''Joshua:'''
me...\\
'''Joshua:'''
I guess you can call me Joshua, too - seeing as how you're my dear, dear partner. Hee hee...



* GrandmasterOfTheft has Deus canonically doing this towards Cassidy. While he generally enjoys causing trouble to anyone for sake of drama, she interests him more than anyone else because of her abilities as MagnificentBitch and drive to capture him.



* Slade/Robin, Slade/Raven, and Slade/Terra from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. There's also Red X/Robin, Red X/Starfire, Malchior/Raven, Jinx/Raven, Trigon/Raven, and Cyborg/Brother Blood. The show has definite [[FoeYay undertones]] to support each shipping.
** Red X/Raven is getting to be a popular MindGameShip on FanfictionDotNet.
** Blackfire/Starfire.
** Terra/Slade is ''canon'' in the comics.

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* Slade/Robin, Slade/Raven, Blackfire/Starfire, and Slade/Terra from ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans''. There's also Red X/Robin, Red X/Starfire, Malchior/Raven, Jinx/Raven, Trigon/Raven, and Cyborg/Brother Blood. The show has definite [[FoeYay undertones]] to support each shipping.
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shipping. Red X/Raven is getting to be a popular MindGameShip on FanfictionDotNet.
** Blackfire/Starfire.
** Terra/Slade is ''canon'' in the comics.
FanfictionDotNet.



* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'':
** Van Kleiss and Rex.
** Later, Breach starts canonically trying this on Rex after she decides that messing with his head is far more fun than [[CollectorOfTheStrange adding him to her 'collection']]. Naturally, he's not pleased.
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-->-- '''Sarah''' to '''Jarath''', ''Webcomic/GirlsNextDoor''

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