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3rd May '16 10:14:14 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' TV show, Vincent and Catherine first met when he brought her home after she was attacked and left to die in Central Park; given the constraints that Vincent's nonhuman appearance puts on him, it's fair to say they would never otherwise have met.

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* In ''Series/{{Beauty and the ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast'' TV show, Beast|1987}}'', Vincent and Catherine first met when he brought her home after she was attacked and left to die in Central Park; given the constraints that Vincent's nonhuman appearance puts on him, it's fair to say they would never otherwise have met.
2nd May '16 5:04:51 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** While Utena at first mostly intended to duel Saionji for for being cruel to Wakaba, winning their duel let her 'win' ''another'' girl he mistreats: Anthy, the Rose Bride. Whom she pretects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including [[WhiteKnight HERSELF]], in a sense]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so GenreSavvy that he arranged for [[DecoyDamsel Anthy]] to be in vulnerable positions to fire up Utena's BullyHunter side and bring her into the duels.]]

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** While Utena at first mostly intended to duel Saionji for for being cruel to Wakaba, winning their duel let her 'win' ''another'' girl he mistreats: Anthy, the Rose Bride. Whom she pretects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including [[WhiteKnight HERSELF]], HERSELF, in a sense]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so GenreSavvy smart that he arranged for [[DecoyDamsel Anthy]] to be in vulnerable positions to fire up Utena's BullyHunter side and bring her into the duels.]]
30th Apr '16 7:00:38 PM Pichu-kun
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* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', Hayate and Nagi meet in a similar 'saved from thugs' fashion; unknown to Nagi, Hayate's original intention was to kidnap her - he was protecting his prey...Hayate is almost instantly regretful of his intentions, though.

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* In ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'', ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
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Hayate and Nagi meet in a similar 'saved from thugs' fashion; unknown to Nagi, Hayate's original intention was to kidnap her - he was protecting his prey...Hayate is almost instantly regretful of his intentions, though.



* Used slightly in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'', when Kaoru kicks Aoi out of his apartment, then goes to rescue her. No fight occurs though... Basically sums up as: "Come on, that innocent girl is part of some big conspiracy? What am I, a freakin' moron? Uh oh, creeps 3 o'clock..."
** In their defense, the creeps were remarkably good-natured about the whole thing: at no point did they offer to rearrange Kaoru's features over the incident, and even reprimanded him for his poor treatment of the girl.
* Parodied in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', when Fujisawa "saves" Miz from her monstrous looking manservant (she was screaming because the servant poured cold water on her instead of hot). Miz falls in love with him anyway and doesn't bother correcting him.

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* Used slightly in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'', when Kaoru kicks Aoi out of his apartment, then goes to rescue her. No fight occurs though... Basically sums up as: "Come on, that innocent girl is part of some big conspiracy? What am I, a freakin' moron? Uh oh, creeps 3 o'clock..."
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" In their defense, the creeps were remarkably good-natured about the whole thing: at no point did they offer to rearrange Kaoru's features over the incident, and even reprimanded him for his poor treatment of the girl.
* 'Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'':
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Parodied in ''Anime/ElHazardTheMagnificentWorld'', when Fujisawa "saves" Miz from her monstrous looking manservant (she was screaming because the servant poured cold water on her instead of hot). Miz falls in love with him anyway and doesn't bother correcting him.



* Parodied in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': Sakuno has a crush on Ryoma from the first time she saw him, when he stopped a show-off who was about to hit her on the face with his racket - but it turns out Ryoma had not even acknowledged Sakuno's presence back then, and only stopped the moron because he was too loud and didn't let him nap in the train.

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* Parodied in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'': ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'':
** Parodied.
Sakuno has a crush on Ryoma from the first time she saw him, when he stopped a show-off who was about to hit her on the face with his racket - but it turns out Ryoma had not even acknowledged Sakuno's presence back then, and only stopped the moron because he was too loud and didn't let him nap in the train.



* Subverted at the beginning of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': Touma tries to get a delinquent hitting on Mikoto in a diner to leave her alone--saying that he's troubling her--and winds up getting chased off when the delinquent's friends return from the bathroom. When he finally seems to lose them and stops to rest, Mikoto walks up and admits to frying them to save trouble. Turns out Touma had known she was a powerful lightning esper the entire time, and had been trying to protect the ''delinquents''. She then tries to blast ''him'', and her determination as the UnknownRival is increased.

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* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
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Subverted at the beginning of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'': beginning. Touma tries to get a delinquent hitting on Mikoto in a diner to leave her alone--saying that he's troubling her--and winds up getting chased off when the delinquent's friends return from the bathroom. When he finally seems to lose them and stops to rest, Mikoto walks up and admits to frying them to save trouble. Turns out Touma had known she was a powerful lightning esper the entire time, and had been trying to protect the ''delinquents''. She then tries to blast ''him'', and her determination as the UnknownRival is increased.



* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''

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* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':



* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in the ''IkkiTousen'' anime. Sonsaku Hakufu used to protect her cousin Shuuyu Koukin from bullies when they were small, and Koukin [[KissingCousins fell in love with Hakufu]] when they grew up.

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* ''Manga/IkkiTousen'':
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[[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in the ''IkkiTousen'' anime. Sonsaku Hakufu used to protect her cousin Shuuyu Koukin from bullies when they were small, and Koukin [[KissingCousins fell in love with Hakufu]] when they grew up.



* Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye spend the entirety of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' saving ''each other''. In chronological order, she gunned down an Ishvalan who was about to stab him during the war, and saved him from Scar by ''tripping him'' (ItMakesSenseInContext), then he risked blowing their cover to [[spoiler: save her from Gluttony, and later rescued both her and Al from Lust when she was in the middle of a [[HeroicBSOD suicidal breakdown]], believing him dead]]. In later chapters, he went [[spoiler:completely AxCrazy againt Envy, when he/she/it admitted to killing Hughes. He only snapped out of it when she assured him she would keep her promise of shooting him if he ever became corrupted, but she would kill herself afterwards]]. And just when they got all that cleared up, they found themselves in a situation where [[spoiler:she was dying from a jugular wound...and he ''couldn't save her.'' Luckily, someone who could showed up; the emotional scene which followed is easily one of the single most romantic things in the entire series.]]
** This trope is played with in this case, since they went that way simply because they love each other, even before they enter military.

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* Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye spend the entirety of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' saving ''each other''. In chronological order, she gunned down an Ishvalan who was about to stab him during the war, and saved him from Scar by ''tripping him'' (ItMakesSenseInContext), then he risked blowing their cover to [[spoiler: save her from Gluttony, and later rescued both her and Al from Lust when she was in the middle of a [[HeroicBSOD suicidal breakdown]], believing him dead]]. In later chapters, he went [[spoiler:completely AxCrazy againt Envy, when he/she/it admitted to killing Hughes. He only snapped out of it when she assured him she would keep her promise of shooting him if he ever became corrupted, but she would kill herself afterwards]]. And just when they got all that cleared up, they found themselves in a situation where [[spoiler:she was dying from a jugular wound...and he ''couldn't save her.'' Luckily, someone who could showed up; the emotional scene which followed is easily one of the single most romantic things in the entire series.]]
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]] This trope is played with in this case, since they went that way simply because they love each other, even before they enter military.



* In the first episode, ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' saves Mytho after he jumps out a window to save a baby bird from a raven attack. She then starts to save him about OnceAnEpisode until he starts to fall for her.

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* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'':
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In the first episode, ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' Princess Tutu saves Mytho after he jumps out a window to save a baby bird from a raven attack. She then starts to save him about OnceAnEpisode until he starts to fall for her.



* Played with repeatedly in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': Tenma's first meeting with adult Nina when she's waiting by Heidelberg castle seems like it's going this way, except for the aversion [[spoiler: they never unambiguously get beyond WillTheyOrWontThey]], the inversion [[spoiler: [[ActionGirl she]] ends up rescuing him that time, and by being there, they both fail to save her foster parents]], and the disturbing subversion that her MeetCute-ish LampshadeHanging response to Tenma's appearance ("Are you my prince?") is primed by a series of anonymous romantic emails [[spoiler: which are [[{{Squick}} actually]] from her twin brother.]].

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* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'':
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Played with repeatedly in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': repeatedly. Tenma's first meeting with adult Nina when she's waiting by Heidelberg castle seems like it's going this way, except for the aversion [[spoiler: they never unambiguously get beyond WillTheyOrWontThey]], the inversion [[spoiler: [[ActionGirl she]] ends up rescuing him that time, and by being there, they both fail to save her foster parents]], and the disturbing subversion that her MeetCute-ish LampshadeHanging response to Tenma's appearance ("Are you my prince?") is primed by a series of anonymous romantic emails [[spoiler: which are [[{{Squick}} actually]] from her twin brother.]].



** Doubly-subverted when [[spoiler:Hinata jumps in to try to save Naruto from Pain. She tells Naruto that she can't stay back while he's in danger [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove because she loves him]], then attacks Pain - who simply smacks her down, stabs her, and insinuates to Naruto that she's dead. Naruto promptly [[BerserkButton loses it]] worse than he ever has before.]] The anime turns it into a MeaningfulEcho with both characters in the opposite positions when they were younger, against bullies.

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** Doubly-subverted when [[spoiler:Hinata jumps in to try to save Naruto from Pain. She tells Naruto that she can't stay back while he's in danger [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove because she loves him]], then attacks Pain - who simply smacks her down, stabs her, and insinuates to Naruto that she's dead. Naruto promptly [[BerserkButton loses it]] worse than he ever has before.]] The anime turns it into a MeaningfulEcho with both characters in the opposite positions when they were younger, against bullies.bullies (the manga later canonized the flashback).



* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', [[ChasteHero Ash's]] first major opponent in the Johto League, Macy, suggests this in a not-very-subtle way after he saves her and her Vulpix during a Team Rocket attack. [[ObliviousToLove Ash being Ash]], this does not go anywhere.

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* In ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
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[[ChasteHero Ash's]] first major opponent in the Johto League, Macy, suggests this in a not-very-subtle way after he saves her and her Vulpix during a Team Rocket attack. [[ObliviousToLove Ash being Ash]], this does not go anywhere.



* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', Yellow both gains admiration for and falls in love with Red after he saves her life from a rampaging Dratini, prompting her to be determined to [[RescueArc save ''him'' when she learns that he's gone missing]]. Of course, Red, [[IdiotHero being as oblivious as he is]], doesn't recognize her as the girl he once saved and probably never bothered wondering why she through so much trouble for him.

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* In ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'', ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'', Yellow both gains admiration for and falls in love with Red after he saves her life from a rampaging Dratini, prompting her to be determined to [[RescueArc save ''him'' when she learns that he's gone missing]]. Of course, Red, [[IdiotHero being as oblivious as he is]], doesn't recognize her as the girl he once saved and probably never bothered wondering why she through so much trouble for him.



* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna saves Gokudera from his own bombs, leading to a StalkerWithACrush situation. This show is kinda known for its ridiculous amounts of HoYay.

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* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'':
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Tsuna saves Gokudera from his own bombs, leading to a StalkerWithACrush situation. This show is kinda known for its ridiculous amounts of HoYay.



* Specifically invoked and then ''harshly'' deconstructed in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. A guy who hopelessly crushes on Ran, Sonoko and Shinichi's sempai Asami [[spoiler: drugs her when they go karaoke singing and then secretly sets her place in fire, hoping she'd finally fall for him when he rescued her.]] In the end, [[spoiler: not only Ran was the one who really rescued Asami, but Conan (through Kogoro) revealed his gambit to everyone, [[WhatTheHellHero harshly calling him out]] on his selfishness.]]

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* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
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Specifically invoked and then ''harshly'' deconstructed in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''.deconstructed. A guy who hopelessly crushes on Ran, Sonoko and Shinichi's sempai Asami [[spoiler: drugs her when they go karaoke singing and then secretly sets her place in fire, hoping she'd finally fall for him when he rescued her.]] In the end, [[spoiler: not only Ran was the one who really rescued Asami, but Conan (through Kogoro) revealed his gambit to everyone, [[WhatTheHellHero harshly calling him out]] on his selfishness.]]



* In ''FlameOfRecca'', Recca and Yanagi meet in a 'saved from forceful advances' scenario.
** Played slightly-more-straight in the anime [[spoiler: when Recca pushes her out of the way of a bunch of falling girders.]]

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* In ''FlameOfRecca'', ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'', Recca and Yanagi meet in a 'saved from forceful advances' scenario.
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scenario. Played slightly-more-straight in the anime [[spoiler: when Recca pushes her out of the way of a bunch of falling girders.]]



* In ''TigerAndBunny'', Kotetsu Kaburagi and Tomoe Amamiya's relationship was kick-started when Kotetsu rescued her from a factory explosion. Of course, the fact that he was an aspiring superhero and she was a raging superhero fangirl [[GeekyTurnOn might have had something to do with it]].

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* In ''TigerAndBunny'', ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'':
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Kotetsu Kaburagi and Tomoe Amamiya's relationship was kick-started when Kotetsu rescued her from a factory explosion. Of course, the fact that he was an aspiring superhero and she was a raging superhero fangirl [[GeekyTurnOn might have had something to do with it]].



* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' Nina [[LesYay falls for]] Euphemia after the princess saves her.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'' ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
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Nina [[LesYay falls for]] Euphemia after the princess saves her.



* In Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena, while Utena at first mostly intended to duel Saionji for for being cruel to Wakaba, winning their duel let her 'win' ''another'' girl he mistreats: Anthy, the Rose Bride. Whom she pretects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including [[WhiteKnight HERSELF]], in a sense]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so GenreSavvy that he arranged for [[DecoyDamsel Anthy]] to be in vulnerable positions to fire up Utena's BullyHunter side and bring her into the duels.]]

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* In Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena, while ''Manga/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
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Utena at first mostly intended to duel Saionji for for being cruel to Wakaba, winning their duel let her 'win' ''another'' girl he mistreats: Anthy, the Rose Bride. Whom she pretects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including [[WhiteKnight HERSELF]], in a sense]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so GenreSavvy that he arranged for [[DecoyDamsel Anthy]] to be in vulnerable positions to fire up Utena's BullyHunter side and bring her into the duels.]]


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* ''Manga/MyLoveStory'' starts when Takeo saves Yamato from a man on the train. It's LoveAtFirstSight and they start dating soon afterwards.
26th Apr '16 1:37:35 AM aye_amber
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* This is how Cornet's infatuation with Prince Ferdinand gets kick-started in ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''. She dreams of him saving her from a scary, nondescript monster, and then it happens for real when she goes off to the forest to retrieve some red Inotium and gets attacked by Myao and her hench-cats. And ''then'' she has to play it straight for him, as the BigBad gets Ferdinand TakenForGranite and Cornet has to undo the spell...

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* This is how Cornet's infatuation with Prince Ferdinand gets kick-started in ''RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure''. ''VideoGame/RhapsodyAMusicalAdventure.'' She dreams of him saving her from a scary, nondescript monster, and then it happens for real when she goes off to the forest to retrieve some red Inotium and gets attacked by Myao and her hench-cats. And ''then'' she has to play it straight for him, as the BigBad gets Ferdinand TakenForGranite and Cornet has to undo the spell...
22nd Apr '16 8:53:31 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Specifically invoked and then ''harshly'' deconstructed in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. A guy who hopelessly crushes on Ran, Sonoko and Shinichi's sempai Asami [[spoiler: drugs her when they go karaoke singing and then secretly sets her place in fire, hoping she'd finally fall for him when he rescued her.]] In the end, [[spoiler: not only Ran was the one who really rescued Asami, but Conan (through Sonoko in the manga, and Kogoro in the anime) revealed his gambit to everyone, [[WhatTheHellHero harshly calling him out]] on his selfishness.]]
** Played straighter with the OfficialCouple of Ran and Shinichi, since they've mutually helped and rescued each other (even if Shinichi is in his Conan form all the time) several times - often a ''great'' risk to themselves. Lampshaded once when Ran's drugged and almost forcibly drowned at some point, then Conan rushes in to help her; thanks to the drug and lack of oxygen she sees Conan as Shinichi, and before passing out she smiles and says "Don't worry, I'm okay... Shinichi came to save me..."

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* Specifically invoked and then ''harshly'' deconstructed in ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. A guy who hopelessly crushes on Ran, Sonoko and Shinichi's sempai Asami [[spoiler: drugs her when they go karaoke singing and then secretly sets her place in fire, hoping she'd finally fall for him when he rescued her.]] In the end, [[spoiler: not only Ran was the one who really rescued Asami, but Conan (through Sonoko in the manga, and Kogoro in the anime) Kogoro) revealed his gambit to everyone, [[WhatTheHellHero harshly calling him out]] on his selfishness.]]
** Played straighter with the OfficialCouple of Ran and Shinichi, since they've mutually helped and rescued each other (even if Shinichi is in his Conan form all almost alll the time) several times - often a ''great'' risk to themselves. Lampshaded once when Ran's drugged and almost forcibly drowned at some point, then Conan rushes in to help her; thanks to the drug and lack of oxygen she sees Conan as Shinichi, and before passing out she smiles and says "Don't worry, I'm okay... Shinichi came to save me..."


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** Played straight with [[spoiler: Miwako and Takagi]] more than once. She's his ActionGirlfriend and [[spoiler: ''did'' lose her FirstLove to a MadBomber]], so any time the guy's in risk she's gone ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend on the culprits.
12th Apr '16 11:50:42 PM Tron80
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** To Frederick's credit [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend he freaks out when Chrom brings it up]], showing that he is aware of the implications.

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** To Frederick's credit [[HeIsNotMyBoyfriend [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend he freaks out when Chrom brings it up]], showing that he is aware of the implications.
12th Apr '16 2:11:16 PM Willbyr
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* ''LovelyComplex'': Seiko falls for Otani after Otani saves her from a dog.

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* ''LovelyComplex'': ''Manga/LovelyComplex'': Seiko falls for Otani after Otani saves her from a dog.
9th Apr '16 7:46:23 PM sorako
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* Seiji Sawamura saves Takako Ayase in ''MidoriNoHibi'' from a band of delinquents that were dragging her away. She falls in love shortly afterward when she sees him letting himself get beaten up without resorting to violence (fighting back) in order to save a friend and defuse the gang's grudge.

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* Seiji Sawamura saves Takako Ayase in ''MidoriNoHibi'' ''Manga/MidoriDays'' from a band of delinquents that were dragging her away. She falls in love shortly afterward when she sees him letting himself get beaten up without resorting to violence (fighting back) in order to save a friend and defuse the gang's grudge.
6th Apr '16 11:56:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Hartigan and Nancy are a one-way example. When Nancy was 11, Hartigan rescued her from rape and death at the hands of the sadistic paedophile Roark Jr., nearly giving his own life in the process. 8 years later he tracks her down when he thinks that she's been targeted by his enemies. Nancy declares that Hartigan is the only man she's ever loved and tries to make a move on him. He rejects her, both because of their huge age difference and their history.
25th Mar '16 1:30:13 PM Willbyr
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* When Junichi defends Ai from an aggressive dog in her route in ''{{Amagami}}''.

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* When Junichi defends Ai from an aggressive dog in her route in ''{{Amagami}}''.''VideoGame/{{Amagami}}''.
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