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9th Aug '17 2:00:31 PM Rytex
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** This is actually portrayed very well in the various games: even in the few situations where Link ''is'' old enough to conceivably pursue a romance with Zelda, he's also far too intently focused on his duty instead of her. He never ignores her, or through ignorance or malice puts her in danger, but he's never shown even the slightest interest in a romantic relationship. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', however, the initial reason you start your adventure is to go rescue [[DamselInDistress the mayor's daughter]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend who pretty clearly likes Link already]]. Link ''does'' meet Zelda and Midna, but he has almost no interaction with Zelda at all, nor do either he or Midna ever show romantic feelings for each other.

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** This is actually portrayed very well in the various games: even in the few situations where Link ''is'' old enough to conceivably pursue a romance with Zelda, he's also far too intently focused on his duty instead of her. He never ignores her, or through ignorance or malice puts her in danger, but he's never shown even the slightest interest in a romantic relationship. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', however, the initial reason you start your adventure is to go rescue [[DamselInDistress the mayor's daughter]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend who pretty clearly likes Link already]]. Link ''does'' meet Zelda and Midna, but he has almost no interaction with Zelda at all, nor do either he or Midna ever show explicit romantic feelings for each other.
7th Aug '17 1:12:24 AM Abodos
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** Played for laughs in ''Oracle of Ages''. At one point, Link goes back in time to rescue the female Maku Tree sprout from a pair of Veran's moblins who went back in time to kill it. The ''tree sprout'' falls in love with Link and vows to marry him when she grows up. When Link returns to the present, the restored Maku Tree (previously quite professional) is still in love with him, is miffed that he made her wait for centuries, and declares that they are married.

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** Played for laughs in ''Oracle ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames Oracle of Ages''.Ages]]''. At one point, Link goes back in time to rescue the female Maku Tree sprout from a pair of Veran's moblins who went back in time to kill it. The ''tree sprout'' falls in love with Link and vows to marry him when she grows up. When Link returns to the present, the restored Maku Tree (previously quite professional) is still in love with him, is miffed that he made her wait for centuries, and declares that they are married.
2nd Aug '17 7:14:02 PM JJHIL325
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* Roseann Sdoia, who lost her right leg in the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boston_Marathon_bombing Boston Marathon Bombing]], was rushed to the hospital, escorted by Firefighter Michael Materia. Without the tourniquet he was holding, she wouldn't have survived. Four years after the attack, [[https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/us/boston-marathon-survivor-marrying-firefighter.html they decided to get married]].
30th Jul '17 7:47:04 PM Gamermaster
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** The first meeting of [[LesYay Subaru and Ixpellia]] in ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' began with Subaru shielding [[MysteriousWaif Ix]] from falling debris, followed by Subaru fighting off the [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Mariages]] that came for Ix (with an accompanying image of a very battered Subaru cradling Ix as they gaze into each others eyes), and ended with Subaru symbolically and literally bringing Ix out of the darkness and into the light of the current era. When all of that was done, Ix saw Subaru as one of the only people she felt calm with because she rescued her. Unsurprisingly, there's a small but noticeable amount of supporters for this {{ship|ping}} [[spoiler: which would have been bigger, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove had Ix not entered her 1000 years of sleep]]]].

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** The first meeting of [[LesYay Subaru and Ixpellia]] in ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' ''AudioPlay/StrikersSoundStageX'' began with Subaru shielding [[MysteriousWaif Ix]] from falling debris, followed by Subaru fighting off the [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Mariages]] that came for Ix (with an accompanying image of a very battered Subaru cradling Ix as they gaze into each others eyes), and ended with Subaru symbolically and literally bringing Ix out of the darkness and into the light of the current era. When all of that was done, Ix saw Subaru as one of the only people she felt calm with because she rescued her. Unsurprisingly, there's a small but noticeable amount of supporters for this {{ship|ping}} [[spoiler: which would have been bigger, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove had Ix not entered her 1000 years of sleep]]]].
30th Jul '17 7:44:15 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Fanfic/IAmNOTGoingThroughPubertyAgain'': Just like [[Manga/{{Naruto}} in canon]], Karin falls in love with the boy who rescues her in the Forest of Death. Although it wasn't Sasuke this time around... it was [[CrackPairing Lee]].
24th Jul '17 8:08:40 PM harostar
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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', Mikasa's undying devotion and implied romantic feelings for Eren seem to stem from how he saved her life when they met. Mikasa's parents had just been murdered and she was at th mercy of the killers, then Eren showed up and killed ''them'', and as a corollary Eren's mother took Mikasa into the Jaeger family.

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* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
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Mikasa's undying devotion and implied romantic feelings for Eren seem to stem from how he saved her life when they met. Mikasa's parents had just been murdered and she was at th the mercy of the killers, then Eren showed up and killed ''them'', and as a corollary Eren's mother took Mikasa into the Jaeger family.Yeager family.
** Discussed by ShipperOnDeck Reiner, when he teases(?) Bertolt by suggesting that rescuing his crush could result in her falling for him.
17th Jul '17 11:59:15 PM DuelMark
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* A humorous take in ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2''. At first, Gru is annoyed with Lucy for being very cheerful and enthusiastic when they're partnered together. Not helping him is Agnes [[ShipperOnDeck asking Lucy if she's single in front of Gru]]. However, when Gru is forced on a date with a superficial woman who tries to humiliate him for being bald, Lucy uses a tranquilizer dart on her and the two carry her home while bond over failed dates and Lucy complimenting Gru's baldness. By morning, Gru has fallen in love with Lucy. Although he has to rescue her from the BigBad in the climax, Lucy at that point had already fallen in love with Gru.
12th Jul '17 1:53:22 PM ultimomant
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* In ''Anime/K'', Shiro is running away from HOMRA in the first episode when Kuroh saves him. Kuroh picks Shiro up in his arms, and Shiro [[CrushBlush blushes]] as he sees Kuroh's face for the first time. Then Kuroh carries him up to a rooftop... and proceeds to try to "slay" Shiro himself. [[spoiler: They do end up being teammates, though, with a ''lot'' more romantic moments later on - and Kuroh does stop trying to slay him.]]

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* In ''Anime/K'', ''Anime/{{K}}'', Shiro is running away from HOMRA in the first episode when Kuroh saves him. Kuroh picks Shiro up in his arms, and Shiro [[CrushBlush blushes]] as he sees Kuroh's face for the first time. Then Kuroh carries him up to a rooftop... and proceeds to try to "slay" Shiro himself. [[spoiler: They do end up being teammates, though, with a ''lot'' more romantic moments later on - and Kuroh does stop trying to slay him.]]
26th Jun '17 9:41:03 AM merotoker
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Expect a negative response from some if this [[{{Chickification}} chickifies]] an ActionGirl (though this can be almost completely negated by having the couple take turns with the DistressBall). Nevertheless, the KnightInShiningArmor saving the DamselInDistress who he [[StandardHeroReward then weds]] and they lived HappilyEverAfter is at least OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least as far as the myth of Perseus and Andromeda.

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Expect a negative response from some if this [[{{Chickification}} chickifies]] {{chickifi|cation}}es an ActionGirl (though this can be almost completely negated by having the couple take turns with the DistressBall). Nevertheless, the KnightInShiningArmor saving the DamselInDistress who he [[StandardHeroReward then weds]] and they lived HappilyEverAfter is at least OlderThanFeudalism, going back at least as far as the myth of Perseus and Andromeda.



* Invoked twice in ''Anime/{{Canaan}}''. Maria Oosawa wants to replay her first meeting with the titual ActionGirl, so she intentionally gets in trouble. Also, [[spoiler: Liang Qi had set up a trap for Alphard to get captured in the beginning so that Liang Qi would get to rescue her. Alphard was very aware of this; and went along merely because she was curious where Liang Qi was going with it.]]

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* Invoked twice in ''Anime/{{Canaan}}''. Maria Oosawa wants to replay her first meeting with the titual ActionGirl, so she intentionally gets in trouble. Also, [[spoiler: Liang Qi had set up a trap for Alphard to get captured in the beginning so that Liang Qi would get to rescue her. Alphard was very aware of this; and went along merely because she was curious where Liang Qi was going with it.]]it]].



** Specifically invoked and then ''harshly'' 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.]]
** 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 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..."
** It's played straight as well with another OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kobayashi and Shiratori]]. [[spoiler: As children, he supported her when she stood up to shoplifters. As adults, he is one of the persons who protects her when she's targeted by a murderer because s{{he knows too much}} (complete with a DeclarationOfProtection), and him giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the culprit that sounded almost ''exactly'' like the one he gave to the shoplifters is what [[FirstGirlAfterAll makes her remember that he was the boy from their past]].]]

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** Specifically invoked and then ''harshly'' 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.]] 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.]]
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 almost alll 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..."
** It's played straight as well with another OfficialCouple: [[spoiler: Kobayashi and Shiratori]]. [[spoiler: Shiratori. As children, he supported her when she stood up to shoplifters. As adults, he is one of the persons who protects her when she's targeted by a murderer because s{{he knows too much}} (complete with a DeclarationOfProtection), and him giving a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to the culprit that sounded almost ''exactly'' like the one he gave to the shoplifters is what [[FirstGirlAfterAll makes her remember that he was the boy from their past]].]] past]]]].



* Gloriously subverted in ''Manga/FujimuraKunMates''. The titular character, Fujimura, once saved a girl from a group of delinquents. Then a very cute and grateful imouto character shows up at his school, initially assumed to be the girl he saved. Turns out, [[spoiler: she's the leader of the deliquents!]]

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* Gloriously subverted in ''Manga/FujimuraKunMates''. The titular character, Fujimura, once saved a girl from a group of delinquents. Then a very cute and grateful imouto character shows up at his school, initially assumed to be the girl he saved. Turns out, [[spoiler: she's the leader of the deliquents!]]delinquents]]!



** Also played with in an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'': the karate club's strategy for a "flirting contest" involves dressing up three of its members as thugs and having them accost young women so that [[{{Bishounen}} Tsubaki]] can come to their rescue. It backfires spectacularly when the crowd of girls he's "rescued" in this fashion find out it was for a contest.

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** Also played with in an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'': the karate club's strategy for a "flirting contest" involves dressing up three of its members as thugs and having them accost young women so that [[{{Bishounen}} [[{{Bishonen}} Tsubaki]] can come to their rescue. It backfires spectacularly when the crowd of girls he's "rescued" in this fashion find out it was for a contest.



* Subverted in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'''s ''Episode Zero'' manga, where [[spoiler: Middie Une falls in love with No-name aka the future Trowa Barton after he rescues and recruits her into their mercenary group, but she ''still'' betrays the band to protect and feed her family.]]

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* Subverted in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'''s ''Episode Zero'' manga, where [[spoiler: Middie Une falls in love with No-name aka the future Trowa Barton after he rescues and recruits her into their mercenary group, but she ''still'' betrays the band to protect and feed her family.]]family]].



** The first meeting of [[LesYay Subaru and Ixpellia]] in ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' began with Subaru shielding [[MysteriousWaif Ix]] from falling debris, followed by Subaru fighting off the [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Mariages]] that came for Ix (with an accompanying image of a very battered Subaru cradling Ix as they gaze into each others eyes), and ended with Subaru symbolically and literally bringing Ix out of the darkness and into the light of the current era. When all of that was done, Ix saw Subaru as one of the only people she felt calm with because she rescued her. Unsurprisingly, there's a small but noticeable amount of supporters for this [[{{Shipping}} ship]] [[spoiler: which would have been bigger, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove had Ix not entered her 1000 years of sleep]]]].

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** The first meeting of [[LesYay Subaru and Ixpellia]] in ''[[AllThereInTheManual StrikerS Sound Stage X]]'' of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' began with Subaru shielding [[MysteriousWaif Ix]] from falling debris, followed by Subaru fighting off the [[NightOfTheLivingMooks Mariages]] that came for Ix (with an accompanying image of a very battered Subaru cradling Ix as they gaze into each others eyes), and ended with Subaru symbolically and literally bringing Ix out of the darkness and into the light of the current era. When all of that was done, Ix saw Subaru as one of the only people she felt calm with because she rescued her. Unsurprisingly, there's a small but noticeable amount of supporters for this [[{{Shipping}} ship]] {{ship|ping}} [[spoiler: which would have been bigger, [[DyingDeclarationOfLove had Ix not entered her 1000 years of sleep]]]].



* Invoked intentionally in ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', when Ringo tries to stage an incident where she's drowning so her crush Tabuki will rescue her. [[spoiler: Subverted since it fails, so Shoma has to save her.]] And then it's [[spoiler: played straight because, after settling her thoughts on Tabuki, Ringo falls for Shouma instead.]]

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* Invoked intentionally in ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'', when Ringo tries to stage an incident where she's drowning so her crush Tabuki will rescue her. [[spoiler: Subverted since it fails, so Shoma has to save her.]] And then it's [[spoiler: played straight because, after settling her thoughts on Tabuki, Ringo falls for Shouma instead.]]instead]].



** In a more straightforward(!) subversion, both the BigBad and TheDragon frequently pose as rescuers and unexpected friends and allies, romantically or otherwise, in order to further their plans. [[HeartwarmingOrphan Karl's]] quasi-idolatrous friendship with Johan also just keeps on giving on the DramaticIrony and FridgeHorror fronts, the more you find out about [[spoiler: Karl's family and Johan's connections with them.]]

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** In a more straightforward(!) subversion, both the BigBad and TheDragon frequently pose as rescuers and unexpected friends and allies, romantically or otherwise, in order to further their plans. [[HeartwarmingOrphan Karl's]] quasi-idolatrous friendship with Johan also just keeps on giving on the DramaticIrony and FridgeHorror fronts, the more you find out about [[spoiler: Karl's family and Johan's connections with them.]]them]].



** Surprisingly averted when Nina is [[spoiler:rescued and nursed back to health by Lipsky. He develops feelings for her, but she doesn't seem to view him as anything more than a close friend]]

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** Surprisingly averted when Nina is [[spoiler:rescued and nursed back to health by Lipsky. He develops feelings for her, but she doesn't seem to view him as anything more than a close friend]]friend]].



** {{Double Subverted|Trope}} when [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]] jumps in to try to save Naruto from [[TheDragon 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. [[BerserkButton Naruto promptly]] [[UnstoppableRage loses it]] [[DespairEventHorizon worse than]] [[DarkestHour he ever]] [[FromBadToWorse has before]]. The anime turns it into a MeaningfulEcho with both characters in the opposite positions when they were younger, against a trio of bullies (the manga and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' later [[RetCanon canonized the flashback]]).

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** {{Double Subverted|Trope}} Subver|sion}}ted when [[LivingEmotionalCrutch Hinata]] jumps in to try to save Naruto from [[TheDragon 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. [[BerserkButton Naruto promptly]] [[UnstoppableRage loses it]] [[DespairEventHorizon worse than]] [[DarkestHour he ever]] [[FromBadToWorse has before]]. The anime turns it into a MeaningfulEcho with both characters in the opposite positions when they were younger, against a trio of bullies (the manga and ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'' later [[RetCanon canonized the flashback]]).



** Also spoofed in [[{{Filler}} Episode 101]] of the original anime. In a flashback Kakashi easily defeats the pathetic Moya Triad who had been pestering a random woman, and afterwards she's completely smitten with Kakashi. [[spoiler: Rin also loved Kakashi before and after he rescued her, even jumping in front of his attack so that the tailed beast inside her couldn't be unleashed--this was [[TearJerker her idea]] of a "rescue"]].

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** Also spoofed in [[{{Filler}} Episode 101]] of the original anime. In a flashback Kakashi easily defeats the pathetic Moya Triad who had been pestering a random woman, and afterwards she's completely smitten with Kakashi. [[spoiler: Rin also loved Kakashi before and after he rescued her, even jumping in front of his attack so that the tailed beast inside her couldn't be unleashed--this was [[TearJerker her idea]] of a "rescue"]]."rescue".]]



** ZigZagged in ''Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai'' between Alice and Tonio. When they were children, Alice believed that Tonio had saved her from falling off a cliff and professed her love right then and there. Tonio admits during the course of the movie that he didn't know what had really saved her, but has just realized that it was the Pokémon Darkrai, leaving Alice at least mildly disappointed. During the climactic battle, Tonio saves Alice for real, and her reaction shows that the romance is back on track.

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** ZigZagged ZigZaggingTrope in ''Anime/PokemonTheRiseOfDarkrai'' between Alice and Tonio. When they were children, Alice believed that Tonio had saved her from falling off a cliff and professed her love right then and there. Tonio admits during the course of the movie that he didn't know what had really saved her, but has just realized that it was the Pokémon Darkrai, leaving Alice at least mildly disappointed. During the climactic battle, Tonio saves Alice for real, and her reaction shows that the romance is back on track.



** In the first episode, 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.
** Also, it's revealed in the second season that [[spoiler:Rue met Mytho when he saved her from a crow attack, and she in turn saved his life by [[IntimateHealing giving him water through a kiss.]]]] [[HoYay Fakir]] might count for Mytho, as well. Also Ahiru and Fakir's most romantic scenes come when they are rescuing each other.
** And by the end, [[spoiler: Rue and Mytho fully seal the trope when they rescue each other. On one hand Rue's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove breaks the spell that has turned Mytho evil (which she [[LoveMakesyouEvil mistakenly helped cause]] one might add), and when Tutu arrives next to a now-normal Mytho she tells him that Rue saved him. On the other hand, Rue is immediately captured by her ArchnemesisDad the Raven, and Mytho rescues her from a slow and agonizing death.]]

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** In the first episode, 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 OncePerEpisode until he starts to fall for her.
** Also, it's revealed in the second season that [[spoiler:Rue met Mytho when he saved her from a crow attack, and she in turn saved his life by [[IntimateHealing giving him water through a kiss.]]]] kiss]]]]. [[HoYay Fakir]] might count for Mytho, as well. Also Ahiru and Fakir's most romantic scenes come when they are rescuing each other.
** And by the end, [[spoiler: Rue and Mytho fully seal the trope when they rescue each other. On one hand Rue's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove breaks the spell that has turned Mytho evil (which she [[LoveMakesyouEvil mistakenly helped cause]] one might add), and when Tutu arrives next to a now-normal Mytho she tells him that Rue saved him. On the other hand, Rue is immediately captured by her ArchnemesisDad the Raven, and Mytho rescues her from a slow and agonizing death.]]death]].



** 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 HERSELF, in a sense, since she did it more in self-interest than to genuinely help Anthy.]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, since Akio was so 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. She's devastated when she finds out, then realises that she also was selfish to Anthy and resolves to ''truly'' aid her.]]

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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 protects from anyone who wants to possess and harm her, [[spoiler: including her once-kind-and-now-abusive brother and the BigBad, Akio. And including HERSELF, in a sense, since she did it more in self-interest than to genuinely help Anthy.]]. And it turns out [[spoiler: this was a sort-of Invokedtrope, InvokedTrope, since Akio was so 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. She's devastated when she finds out, then realises that she also was selfish to Anthy and resolves to ''truly'' aid her.]]her]].



* Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' earned [[HornyDevil Kurumu's]] ([[UnwantedHarem unwanted]]) affections when he [[MoralityChain stops Moka from ripping off her wings and tail]]. It wasn't a conventional rescue, but he definitely showed his [[NiceGuy good side]].

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* Tsukune from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'' earned [[HornyDevil [[HornyDevils Kurumu's]] ([[UnwantedHarem unwanted]]) affections when he [[MoralityChain stops Moka from ripping off her wings and tail]]. It wasn't a conventional rescue, but he definitely showed his [[NiceGuy good side]].



* Subverted in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' - the entire reason Harima grew facial hair, wears sunglasses, and became a delinquent was so that he could be close to Tenma [[spoiler:without her recognizing him. ''He'' fell in love with ''her'' after saving her from hoodlums, and took her back to his place because she was unconscious. When he leaned in for the [[DudeShesLikeInAComa traditional kiss]], she woke up and thought he was about to molest her (or already had).]]

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* Subverted in ''Manga/SchoolRumble'' - the entire reason Harima grew facial hair, wears sunglasses, and became a delinquent was so that he could be close to Tenma [[spoiler:without her recognizing him. ''He'' fell in love with ''her'' after saving her from hoodlums, and took her back to his place because she was unconscious. When he leaned in for the [[DudeShesLikeInAComa traditional kiss]], she woke up and thought he was about to molest her (or already had).]]had)]].



* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Ox saves his long-time LoveInterest [[CuteWitch Kim]] from [[BigBad Arachne and Arachnophobia]], which earns him a RelationshipUpgrade.

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* ''Manga/SoulEater'': Ox saves his long-time LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} [[CuteWitch Kim]] from [[BigBad Arachne and Arachnophobia]], which earns him a RelationshipUpgrade.



* Doumeki saves Watanuki too many times to count in ''Manga/XxxHOLiC''. HoYay ensues, at least for the fans.

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* Doumeki saves Watanuki too many times to count in ''Manga/XxxHOLiC''.''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}''. HoYay ensues, at least for the fans.



* Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s first encounter with Lois Lane ComicBook/PostCrisis was the rescue of a space shuttle she was on. It sorta became a RunningGag [=/=] InJoke between the two.
** In their original [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] meeting (at least when he was in costume), Superman saves Lois from some gangsters who aren't happy about Lois', erm, professional dedication.
* The MarvelUniverse also has a LesYay[=/=]Friendship variation of this. After [[ComicBook/XMen Rogue]] drained her powers, Ms. Marvel was rescued by the first ComicBook/SpiderWoman and was counseled to get over her trauma/pain of power-loss, which is the beginning of their friendship... or LesYay.
** Speaking of Jessica Drew, her close friendship with Lindsey [=McCabe=] began after Lindsey stood up for her during a humiliating group therapy session.

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* Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s first encounter with Lois Lane ComicBook/LoisLane ComicBook/PostCrisis was the rescue of a space shuttle she was on. It sorta became a RunningGag [=/=] InJoke between the two.
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two. In their original [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] meeting (at least when he was in costume), Superman saves Lois from some gangsters who aren't happy about Lois', erm, professional dedication.
* The MarvelUniverse Franchise/MarvelUniverse also has a LesYay[=/=]Friendship variation of this. After [[ComicBook/XMen Rogue]] ComicBook/{{Rogue}} drained her powers, Ms. Marvel ComicBook/MsMarvel was rescued by the first ComicBook/SpiderWoman and was counseled to get over her trauma/pain of power-loss, which is the beginning of their friendship... or LesYay.
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LesYay. Speaking of Jessica Drew, her close friendship with Lindsey [=McCabe=] began after Lindsey stood up for her during a humiliating group therapy session.



* In some versions of the KingArthur legend this is the start of Lancelot's and Guinevere's affair. More commonly Lancelot rescues her because of his love for her, but their love isn't consummated till after the rescue.

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* In some versions of the KingArthur Myth/KingArthur legend this is the start of Lancelot's and Guinevere's affair. More commonly Lancelot rescues her because of his love for her, but their love isn't consummated till after the rescue.



* The prince from "Literature/SnowWhite", who never even has a conversation with Snow White before kissing her apparently dead body, then carrying her off into the sunset. Likewise the Prince in "Literature/SleepingBeauty".
* A male example of a rescuee is the prince in "Literature/TheLittleMermaid". But the trope is subverted in the original Creator/HansChristianAndersen version, the prince never knew that the mermaid had saved him and, while he showed concern for her well-being, wasn't in love with her -- he fell in love with the girl from the temple who found him on the beach (who he ''thought'' rescued him and, in some versions, is his bethrothed), and [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden the real heroine ends up heartbroken]]. Disney's animated ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' however, doubly subverts it, thus playing the trope straight and giving the story a HappyEnding.

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* The prince from "Literature/SnowWhite", "Literature/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}", who never even has a conversation with Snow White before kissing her apparently dead body, then carrying her off into the sunset. Likewise the Prince in "Literature/SleepingBeauty".
* A male example of a rescuee is the prince in "Literature/TheLittleMermaid". But the trope is subverted in the original Creator/HansChristianAndersen version, the prince never knew that the mermaid had saved him and, while he showed concern for her well-being, wasn't in love with her -- he fell in love with the girl from the temple who found him on the beach (who he ''thought'' rescued him and, in some versions, is his bethrothed), betrothed), and [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden the real heroine ends up heartbroken]]. Disney's animated ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' however, doubly subverts it, thus playing the trope straight and giving the story a HappyEnding.



** In a more horrifying example, [[spoiler: Elly tried to ''invoke'' this on Elizabeth and Anthony by arranging the AttemptedRape of Elizabeth just so Anthony can rescue her and they could rekindle their romance.]]

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** In a more horrifying example, [[spoiler: Elly tried to ''invoke'' this on Elizabeth and Anthony by arranging the AttemptedRape of Elizabeth just so Anthony can rescue her and they could rekindle their romance.]]romance]].



** [[Franchise/MickeyMouse It all started with a mouse and his girlfriend.]]

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** [[Franchise/MickeyMouse [[WesternAnimation/MickeyMouse It all started with a mouse and his girlfriend.]]



* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Speed}}'' in which Sandra Bullock's character tells Keanu Reeves' character "Relationships based on extreme circumstances rarely work." Sure enough, by the sequel, she's got a new guy.
** It also features one of the best bond one liners when the line is echoed back later by Keanu's character and she responds 'Then we'll have to base it on sex.' Judging by [[ReplacementGoldfish her new beau in the sequel]], though, it seems the sex must not have been all that great. [[LosingHorns Wah-wah-wah-]]''[[LosingHorns waaaaaaaaahhhhhh...]]''
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', a child Will was rescued from a wrecked ship by the crew of a nearby boat that a just-as-young Elizabeth and her dad were travelling in. In fact, little Elizabeth was the one who saw Will lying unconscious between what was left of the other ship and alerted the sailors.
** They go on to spend the rest of the series [[BattleCouple rescuing each other from various dangerous circumstances.]]

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* Lampshaded in ''Film/{{Speed}}'' in which Sandra Bullock's Creator/SandraBullock's character tells Keanu Reeves' Creator/KeanuReeves' character "Relationships based on extreme circumstances rarely work." Sure enough, by the sequel, she's got a new guy.
**
It also features one of the best bond one liners when the line is echoed back later by Keanu's character and she responds 'Then we'll have to base it on sex.' Judging by [[ReplacementGoldfish her new beau beau]] in [[Film/Speed2CruiseControl the sequel]], though, it seems the sex must not have been all that great. [[LosingHorns Wah-wah-wah-]]''[[LosingHorns waaaaaaaaahhhhhh...]]''
* In ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl'', a child Will was rescued from a wrecked ship by the crew of a nearby boat that a just-as-young Elizabeth and her dad were travelling in. In fact, little Elizabeth was the one who saw Will lying unconscious between what was left of the other ship and alerted the sailors.
**
sailors. They go on to spend the rest of the series [[BattleCouple rescuing each other from various dangerous circumstances.]]



* After being rescued in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', Christy apparently forgets about her boyfriend in favor of TheProtagonist. This probably has something to do with said boyfriend fleeing by himself, while the protagonist sticks around to help her.

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* After being rescued Having TheProtagonist in ''Film/SmallSoldiers'', ''Film/SmallSoldiers'' rescue Christy apparently forgets about her boyfriend in favor is a convenient way of TheProtagonist.forging a relationship with someone who already had a boyfriend. This probably has something to do with said boyfriend fleeing by himself, while the protagonist sticks around to help her.



* Becomes TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior in the International Cut of ''Film/TheProfessional''. Leon saves 12 year-old Mathilda from the middle of DEA headquarters after she fails to kill the {{Dirty Cop}}s who murdered her family. Mathilda then decides she is in love and offers to [[RescueSex lose her virginity with him]], so Leon has to gently refuse her. They compromise on [[InnocentCohabitation agreeing to share the bed]].

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* Becomes TroublingUnchildhoodBehavior TroublingUnchildlikeBehavior in the International Cut of ''Film/TheProfessional''. Leon saves 12 year-old Mathilda from the middle of DEA headquarters after she fails to kill the {{Dirty Cop}}s who murdered her family. Mathilda then decides she is in love and offers to [[RescueSex lose her virginity with him]], so Leon has to gently refuse her. They compromise on [[InnocentCohabitation agreeing to share the bed]].



* InvokedTrope in ''Film/MechanicResurrection''. When Creator/JasonStatham's character saves Creator/JessicaAlba from an abusive boyfriend, he quickly realises the BigBad is trying to set up this trope in preparation for an [[IHaveYourWife I Have Your]] LoveInterest scenario. [[IdiotPlot They fall for each other anyway.]]

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* InvokedTrope in ''Film/MechanicResurrection''. When Creator/JasonStatham's character saves Creator/JessicaAlba from an abusive boyfriend, he quickly realises the BigBad is trying to set up this trope in preparation for an [[IHaveYourWife I {{I Have Your]] LoveInterest Your|Wife}} {{Love Interest|s}} scenario. [[IdiotPlot They fall for each other anyway.]]



* Played with in Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles. Many princes attempt to rescue Cimorene, who doesn't want to be rescued. Cimorene says that if a princess wanted to make a good match, a good way would be to get kidnapped by a dragon. The other princesses kidnapped by dragons compete for who has the most princes attempting to rescue them.

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* Played with in Literature/TheEnchantedForestChronicles.''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles''. Many princes attempt to rescue Cimorene, who doesn't want to be rescued. Cimorene says that if a princess wanted to make a good match, a good way would be to get kidnapped by a dragon. The other princesses kidnapped by dragons compete for who has the most princes attempting to rescue them.



* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' subverts this ''twice'' in two different yet ''nasty'' ways with two {{Distressed Damsel}}s.
** We meet Serwe for the first time when she is rescued by [[spoiler:Cnaiür, who then proceeds to rape her. Cnaiür then proceeds to develop a strictly one-sided, insane obsession with her while not treating her any better because of it.]]
** [[spoiler:Esmenet]] is rescued by a seeming KnightInShiningArmor and they engage in a romance, but the man turns out to be [[spoiler:a sadistic, inhuman monster disguised as a man who is keeping track of Esmenet for his evil masters' benefit. No hearts are broken, though, as she was staying with him only for the free food and protection.]]

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* ''Literature/SecondApocalypse'' subverts this ''twice'' in two different yet ''nasty'' ways with two {{Distressed Damsel}}s.
[[DamselInDistress Distressed Damsels]].
** We meet Serwe for the first time when she is rescued by [[spoiler:Cnaiür, who then proceeds to rape her. Cnaiür then proceeds to develop a strictly one-sided, insane obsession with her while not treating her any better because of it.]]
it]].
** [[spoiler:Esmenet]] is rescued by a seeming KnightInShiningArmor and they engage in a romance, but the man turns out to be [[spoiler:a sadistic, inhuman monster disguised as a man who is keeping track of Esmenet for his evil masters' benefit. No hearts are broken, though, as she was staying with him only for the free food and protection.]]protection]].



** [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] in Book 3: Arthur's squire, Timias, falls in love with the huntress Belphoebe after she finds him injured in the woods and nurses him back to health.

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** [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]] {{Gender inverted|Trope}} in Book 3: Arthur's squire, Timias, falls in love with the huntress Belphoebe after she finds him injured in the woods and nurses him back to health.



* Both {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows'' trilogy. Tony saves Lee's life multiple times, and when Lee finally comes out of the closet, Tony remarks, "I never thought of you as a damsel."

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* Both {{Gender Inverted|Trope}} {{gender inverted|Trope}} and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows'' trilogy. Tony saves Lee's life multiple times, and when Lee finally comes out of the closet, Tony remarks, "I never thought of you as a damsel."



* Used in the backstory of ''[[SherlockHolmes A Study in Scarlet]]'', where it already seems like a cliche being pulled off the shelf, if a fairly well-executed one. [[spoiler: A hunter and miner named Jefferson Hope finds a Mormon farm girl named Lucy Terrier, who is trying to control her horse and avert causing a stampede; with kind words and a firm touch, he calms her down and they're soon safe.]] [[spoiler: [[StarCrossedLovers Doesn't end well]].]]

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* Used in the backstory of ''[[SherlockHolmes A Study in Scarlet]]'', ''Literature/AStudyInScarlet'', where it already seems like a cliche being pulled off the shelf, if a fairly well-executed one. [[spoiler: A hunter and miner named Jefferson Hope finds a Mormon farm girl named Lucy Terrier, who is trying to control her horse and avert causing a stampede; with kind words and a firm touch, he calms her down and they're soon safe.]] [[spoiler: [[StarCrossedLovers Doesn't end well]].]]



* The protagonist saves Mo from a blood sacrifice in ''The Atrocity Archives''. She's seeing someone else at the time so he doesn't follow it up, but he saves her life two more times during the course of the novel, so at the end she decides to move in with him of her own accord.
** In the second book [[spoiler:she ends up saving the protagonist from a horrific death trap. This leads to him proposing to her.]]

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* ** The protagonist saves Mo from a blood sacrifice in ''The Atrocity Archives''. She's seeing someone else at the time so he doesn't follow it up, but he saves her life two more times during the course of the novel, so at the end she decides to move in with him of her own accord.
** In the second book [[spoiler:she ends up saving the protagonist from a horrific death trap. This leads to him proposing to her.]]her]].



* Between Marianne and Willougby in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. He carries her home in the rain after she sprains her ankle, kickstaring their passionate romance. Later, of course, he turns out to be a cad.

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* Between Marianne and Willougby in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. He carries her home in the rain after she sprains her ankle, kickstaring kickstarting their passionate romance. Later, of course, he turns out to be a cad.



'''Percy:''' Upon my honour, if you were a boy I'd bash you good and proper!\\

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'''Percy:''' Upon my honour, [[WouldntHitAGirl if you were a boy I'd bash you good and proper!\\proper!]]\\



* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with Tyrion's first wife, Tysha. It's first played straight with a slight twist: she falls in love, not with the dashing knight who most directly and physically rescued her from a group of bandits and implied would-be rapists (older brother Jaime), but the malformed midget who comforted her afterward (younger brother Tyrion). Then it's subverted when it turns out that Tysha was a prostitute and the whole thing was staged for Tyrion's benefit by Jaime, who thought it was about time his little brother had a woman. [[spoiler: then it's doubly subverted when it turns out that their father Twyin, incensed at his son's marriage to a commoner, forced Jaime to tell Tyrion she was a prostitute when she actually wasn't. (Or at least, she wasn't hired by Jaime; [[FromACertainPointOfView Twyin considered her a whore because he believed that her only motivation for marrying Tyrion was his family's money.]] How pure her motives actually were is unknown.)]]

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* Played with in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' with Tyrion's first wife, Tysha. It's first played straight with a slight twist: she falls in love, not with the dashing knight who most directly and physically rescued her from a group of bandits and implied would-be rapists (older brother Jaime), but the malformed midget who comforted her afterward (younger brother Tyrion). Then it's subverted when it turns out that Tysha was a prostitute and the whole thing was staged for Tyrion's benefit by Jaime, who thought it was about time his little brother had a woman. [[spoiler: then it's doubly subverted when it turns out that their father Twyin, incensed at his son's marriage to a commoner, forced Jaime to tell Tyrion she was a prostitute when she actually wasn't. (Or at least, she wasn't hired by Jaime; [[FromACertainPointOfView [[MetaphoricallyTrue Twyin considered her a whore because he believed that her only motivation for marrying Tyrion was his family's money.]] How pure her motives actually were is unknown.)]]



* Played straight, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], invoked, and all-around played with in Stephanie Laurens' ''Cynster Sisters'' trilogy[[note]]''Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue'', ''In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster'', and ''The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae''[[/note]]. It fits, since they're set in the late 1820s.

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* Played straight, [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]], {{lampshade|Hanging}}d, invoked, and all-around played with in Stephanie Laurens' ''Cynster Sisters'' trilogy[[note]]''Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue'', ''In Pursuit of Eliza Cynster'', and ''The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae''[[/note]]. It fits, since they're set in the late 1820s.



* The central relationship in ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' starts out as a mutual example of this. Unarmed, sawed-off {{muggle}} Fawn was at the feet of the [[EldritchAbomination Malice]]; while experienced monster hunter Dag was well out of reach and moments from being torn apart by the Malice's creatures. Dag managed to get his hand free and toss his [[KryptoniteFactor enchanted blades]] to Fawn, who caught them and slew the Malice causing it's guards to [[NoOntologicalInertia scatter]].

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* The central relationship in ''Literature/TheSharingKnife'' starts out as a mutual example of this. Unarmed, sawed-off {{muggle}} {{muggle|s}} Fawn was at the feet of the [[EldritchAbomination Malice]]; while experienced monster hunter Dag was well out of reach and moments from being torn apart by the Malice's creatures. Dag managed to get his hand free and toss his [[KryptoniteFactor enchanted blades]] to Fawn, who caught them and slew the Malice causing it's guards to [[NoOntologicalInertia scatter]].



** Eric saving Annala from [[spoiler: Tahart]] is where their {{UST}} begins.

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** Eric saving Annala from [[spoiler: Tahart]] is where their {{UST}} {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST begins.



* In the sequel to ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'', ''My Dear Enemy'', this is twisted on its head when [[spoiler: Sallie [=McBride=] and Dr. Robin [=McRae=]'s BelligerentSexualTension starts "properly" turning into love when Sallie ''witnesses Robin saving other people''. First, he brings an alcoholic teenager back from the brink of death with Sallie's help, and she almost has a LoveEpiphany; later, he almost dies rescuing a little girl from a HollywoodFire and she realizes where her feelings lie.]]

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* In the sequel to ''Literature/DaddyLongLegs'', ''My Dear Enemy'', this is twisted on its head when [[spoiler: Sallie [=McBride=] and Dr. Robin [=McRae=]'s BelligerentSexualTension starts "properly" turning into love when Sallie ''witnesses Robin saving other people''. First, he brings an alcoholic teenager back from the brink of death with Sallie's help, and she almost has a LoveEpiphany; later, he almost dies rescuing a little girl from a HollywoodFire and she realizes where her feelings lie.]]lie]].



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' when the Cylons on Caprica are trying to get Helo to fall in love with Sharon so she'll get pregnant with a hybrid. They stage a Centurion attack wherein Sharon gets "captured" and lead him to track her down and "rescue" her. This gives their already developing relationship a significant push.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} in ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' when the Cylons on Caprica are trying to get Helo to fall in love with Sharon so she'll get pregnant with a hybrid. They stage a Centurion attack wherein Sharon gets "captured" and lead him to track her down and "rescue" her. This gives their already developing relationship a significant push.



* An episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'' also takes a spin on the trope with a woman who, it initially appears, gets back together with her ex after he saves her from being kidnapped and assaulted. It turns out that the "abduction" was a fetish game she and her current partner had knowingly staged, and her ex killed her lover in a fit of jealousy - she just found it hot that he would go that far for her.

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* An episode of ''Series/CSINewYork'' ''Series/{{CSINY}}'' also takes a spin on the trope with a woman who, it initially appears, gets back together with her ex after he saves her from being kidnapped and assaulted. It turns out that the "abduction" was a fetish game she and her current partner had knowingly staged, and her ex killed her lover in a fit of jealousy - she just found it hot that he would go that far for her.



* Used as a plot detail in ''Series/{{Monk}}''; a nebbish millionare got his best friend to fake a mugging in college so he could look heroic to his girlfriend (it worked, although he ultimately married someone else, the girl still said she should have married him). It didn't turn out so well later down the road, when the friend pulled a gun and shot the millionare when they did the same thing, for supposedly the same reason, which turned out to be an attempt to hide the friend stealing company money and killing the only guy in the way.

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* Used as a plot detail in ''Series/{{Monk}}''; a nebbish millionare millionaire got his best friend to fake a mugging in college so he could look heroic to his girlfriend (it worked, although he ultimately married someone else, the girl still said she should have married him). It didn't turn out so well later down the road, when the friend pulled a gun and shot the millionare millionaire when they did the same thing, for supposedly the same reason, which turned out to be an attempt to hide the friend stealing company money and killing the only guy in the way.



* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' Gene saves Alex's life no less than seven times, not to mention her [[spoiler:soul]]
* On ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' Denise Richards' characters stages this to meet Slater, but like most characters that don't appear in the opening credits [[StatusQuoIsGod is never seen again]].

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* In ''Series/AshesToAshes'' Gene saves Alex's life no less than seven times, not to mention her [[spoiler:soul]]
[[spoiler:soul]].
* On ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' Denise Richards' characters character stages this to meet Slater, but like most characters that don't appear in the opening credits [[StatusQuoIsGod is never seen again]].



* Subverted in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' in which both Arthur and Lancelot (separately) go to great lengths to rescue Guinevere from a warlord, only for ''extreme'' awkwardness to ensue when they realize why the other one is there. Neither one ends up with her (at least, at the end of that particular episode).
** Played straight with Merlin and Freya, [[spoiler:with tragic consequences]].

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* Subverted in ''Series/{{Merlin}}'' ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'' in which both Arthur and Lancelot (separately) go to great lengths to rescue Guinevere from a warlord, only for ''extreme'' awkwardness to ensue when they realize why the other one is there. Neither one ends up with her (at least, at the end of that particular episode).
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episode). Played straight with Merlin and Freya, [[spoiler:with tragic consequences]].



* In an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'', a woman is involved in a car accident and is rescued from the wreckage by a firefighter. She is rendered paraplegic but goes on to marry said firefighter. However [[spoiler:the woman's ex boyfriend (who was driving the car yet got away with minor injuries) noticed something amiss with the whole accident. After doing some research and recalling that the woman complained about her legs hurting ''before'' being taken out of the wreck, he comes to the conclusion that the firefighter used the jaws of life incorrectly and crippled her. He confronts him about this in hopes of getting back together with her, only for the firefighter to murder him.]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/ColdCase'', a woman is involved in a car accident and is rescued from the wreckage by a firefighter. She is rendered paraplegic but goes on to marry said firefighter. However [[spoiler:the woman's ex boyfriend (who was driving the car yet got away with minor injuries) noticed something amiss with the whole accident. After doing some research and recalling that the woman complained about her legs hurting ''before'' being taken out of the wreck, he comes to the conclusion that the firefighter used the jaws of life incorrectly and crippled her. He confronts him about this in hopes of getting back together with her, only for the firefighter to murder him.]]him]].



** Interestingly, all of the Doctor's own long-term love interests in the new series somehow saved his backside durng their first adventure together - or the first [[HaveWeMetYet from his own point of view]] that he [[ForgottenFirstMeeting actually remembers]], anyways:

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** Interestingly, all of the Doctor's own long-term love interests in the new series somehow saved his backside durng during their first adventure together - or the first [[HaveWeMetYet from his own point of view]] that he [[ForgottenFirstMeeting actually remembers]], anyways:



*** River stopped him from pulling a HeroicSacrifice and [[MoreHeroThanThou took his place at the cost of her own life]]. He goes on to encounter younger versions of her from all throuhout her life and becomes her husband. Somewhat downplayed in that it takes a few more encounters (in which she is [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend generally fiercely protective of him]]) before he gradually stops being suspicious of her ample knowledge about him and his personal future and comes to reciprocate her feelings.
*** In a clear parallel to [[GenerationXerox the above example of her parents]], the Doctor first meets - or notices - Clara when she, or one of [[AlternateSelf her echoes]], saves his life in Victorian London, leading to much hilarity when he arrives at Clara's doorstep with a poorly concealed crush, only to find that she has no idea who he is and doesn't remember saving him. From her own perspective, she does not actually spawn the afore mentioned [[AlternateSelf alternate selves]] or go on to personally support him at a few key points of his past untill they had already been together for a while.

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*** River stopped him from pulling a HeroicSacrifice and [[MoreHeroThanThou took his place at the cost of her own life]]. He goes on to encounter younger versions of her from all throuhout throughout her life and becomes her husband. Somewhat downplayed in that it takes a few more encounters (in which she is [[ViolentlyProtectiveGirlfriend generally fiercely protective of him]]) before he gradually stops being suspicious of her ample knowledge about him and his personal future and comes to reciprocate her feelings.
*** In a clear parallel to [[GenerationXerox the above example of her parents]], the Doctor first meets - or notices - Clara when she, or one of [[AlternateSelf her echoes]], saves his life in Victorian London, leading to much hilarity when he arrives at Clara's doorstep with a poorly concealed crush, only to find that she has no idea who he is and doesn't remember saving him. From her own perspective, she does not actually spawn the afore mentioned [[AlternateSelf alternate selves]] aforementioned {{alternate sel|f}}ves or go on to personally support him at a few key points of his past untill until they had already been together for a while.



* Mario and Peach in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. Noted numerous times by web cartoonists.

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* Mario and Peach in ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''. ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' Noted numerous times by web cartoonists.



** This is actually portrayed very well in the various games: even in the few situations where Link ''is'' old enough to conceivably pursue a romance with Zelda, he's also far too intently focused on his duty instead of her. He never ignores her, or through ignorance or malice puts her in danger, but he's never shown even the slightest interest in a romantic relationship. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', however, the initial reason you start your adventure is to go rescue [[DistressedDamsel the mayor's daughter]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend who pretty clearly likes Link already]]. Link ''does'' meet Zelda and Midna, but he has almost no interaction with Zelda at all, nor do either he or Midna ever show romantic feelings for each other.
*** In the cartoon and early games it was played as romance. Later however they avert this, from A Link to the Past onwards, except for [[spoiler:that kiss at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' linked game]].

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** This is actually portrayed very well in the various games: even in the few situations where Link ''is'' old enough to conceivably pursue a romance with Zelda, he's also far too intently focused on his duty instead of her. He never ignores her, or through ignorance or malice puts her in danger, but he's never shown even the slightest interest in a romantic relationship. In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', however, the initial reason you start your adventure is to go rescue [[DistressedDamsel [[DamselInDistress the mayor's daughter]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend who pretty clearly likes Link already]]. Link ''does'' meet Zelda and Midna, but he has almost no interaction with Zelda at all, nor do either he or Midna ever show romantic feelings for each other.
*** In the cartoon and early games it was played as romance. Later however they avert this, from A ''A Link to the Past Past'' onwards, except for [[spoiler:that kiss at the end of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOracleGames'' linked game]].



*** Chrom and a female Avatar can have something like this as well: He's one of the two persons who find her in the field at the beginning and take her into the Shepherds (the other being Chrom's sister Lissa), and [[spoiler:when she's trapped by Grima in the final chapter, it's the sound of his voice that brings her back]]. In the case of a male Avatar and Lissa, the tie-in comics explain that [[spoiler:while she can't bring the Avatar back when trapped by Grima... she ''is'' the one who actually found the passed out Avatar in the fields (via [[CrashIntoHello tripping on them]]), then called Chrom over for help.]]

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*** Chrom and a female Avatar can have something like this as well: He's one of the two persons who find her in the field at the beginning and take her into the Shepherds (the other being Chrom's sister Lissa), and [[spoiler:when she's trapped by Grima in the final chapter, it's the sound of his voice that brings her back]]. In the case of a male Avatar and Lissa, the tie-in comics explain that [[spoiler:while she can't bring the Avatar back when trapped by Grima... she ''is'' the one who actually found the passed out Avatar in the fields (via [[CrashIntoHello tripping on them]]), then called Chrom over for help.]]help]].



* Arguably used in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', where Alyx rescues Gordon from Civil Protection. "Arguably" because [[SilentProtagonist Gordon]] never confirms his feelings - in fact, Gordon isn't really supposed to have feelings separate from the player. But judging by the reaction of the majority of players to Alyx, it worked. This is also an example of a male rescuee.

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* Arguably used in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'', where Alyx rescues Gordon from Civil Protection. "Arguably" because [[SilentProtagonist [[HeroicMime Gordon]] never confirms his feelings - in fact, Gordon isn't really supposed to have feelings separate from the player. But judging by the reaction of the majority of players to Alyx, it worked. This is also an example of a male rescuee.



* The player's relationship with Aribeth in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights Hordes of the Underdark is at least partially based on this trope.

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* The player's relationship with Aribeth in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' Hordes of the Underdark is at least partially based on this trope.



* If Obsidian had kept Neeshka's romance arc in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, her relationship with the hero would count. Safiya's first meeting with the player in Mask of the Betrayer might also qualify.

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* If Obsidian had kept Neeshka's romance arc in VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2, ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', her relationship with the hero would count. Safiya's first meeting with the player in Mask of the Betrayer might also qualify.



* Possibly played with in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': In Ground Zeroes [[spoiler:Chico goes to Camp Omega with the intention of rescuing Paz, who he has feelings for, but ends up getting himself caught. Nevertheless, Paz is extremely happy that he came to her rescue, and gives him a kiss at one point.]]

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* Possibly played with in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain'': In Ground Zeroes [[spoiler:Chico goes to Camp Omega with the intention of rescuing Paz, who he has feelings for, but ends up getting himself caught. Nevertheless, Paz is extremely happy that he came to her rescue, and gives him a kiss at one point.]]point]].



** Played with in case of [[spoiler:Phoenix and Iris]]. She stated dating him ''to'' save him([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's complicated]]), and ''then'' she fell in love with him.

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** Played with in case of [[spoiler:Phoenix and Iris]]. She stated dating him ''to'' save him([[ItMakesSenseInContext him ([[ItMakesSenseInContext it's complicated]]), and ''then'' she fell in love with him.



* Kind of a theme in VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari, where TheProtagonist has to rescue several of the girls he can romance from one or another danger. I.e [[spoiler:he meets Arisa when he saves her from drowning]], then can either [[spoiler:save Remi from her StalkerWithACrush]] or [[spoiler:rescue Mayumi from a NearRapeExperience]] (the last one leads to him [[spoiler:also winning affection points with his and Mayumi's HotTeacher Yumi-sensei]]. [[spoiler:And then it's inverted if you make him romance either Chiemi or Yumi: the first saves him from drowning during their swimming competition, the second saves him from a thug... and one that ''he'' was trying to protect her from.]]
* Arsenik and Ambrosia's romance in ''VisualNovel/War13thDay''. He rescues her on more than one occasion, giving rise to many beautiful feelings...if you decide to embark on his route, that is. This is central to the [[spoiler:GenreDeconstruction that takes place in the True End.]]

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* Kind of a theme in VisualNovel/TrueLoveJunaiMonogatari, where TheProtagonist has to rescue several of the girls he can romance from one or another danger. I.e [[spoiler:he meets Arisa when he saves her from drowning]], then can either [[spoiler:save Remi from her StalkerWithACrush]] or [[spoiler:rescue Mayumi from a NearRapeExperience]] (the last one leads to him [[spoiler:also winning affection points with his and Mayumi's HotTeacher Yumi-sensei]]. [[spoiler:And Yumi-sensei. And then it's inverted if you make him romance either Chiemi or Yumi: the first saves him from drowning during their swimming competition, the second saves him from a thug... and one that ''he'' was trying to protect her from.]]
from]].
* Arsenik and Ambrosia's romance in ''VisualNovel/War13thDay''. He rescues her on more than one occasion, giving rise to many beautiful feelings...if you decide to embark on his route, that is. This is central to the [[spoiler:GenreDeconstruction that takes place in the True End.]]End]].



* In Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, this is what [[StraightGay Dirk]] plans on trying to attempt a seduction of [[IncompatibleOrientation Jake]].
** Also occurs in both directions between Sollux and Feferi: He rescues her from the [[BrownNote Vast Glub]], [[HeroicSacrifice dying in the process]], and she rescues him by [[MagicKiss kissing him]] back to life. [[HopelessSuitor Eridan]] tries to invoke this trope by rescuing Nepeta in a similar manner, but as usual, he's unsuccessful.

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* In Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}, ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', this is what [[StraightGay Dirk]] plans on trying to attempt a seduction of [[IncompatibleOrientation Jake]].
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Jake]]. Also occurs in both directions between Sollux and Feferi: He rescues her from the [[BrownNote Vast Glub]], [[HeroicSacrifice dying in the process]], and she rescues him by [[MagicKiss kissing him]] back to life. [[HopelessSuitor Eridan]] tries to invoke this trope by rescuing Nepeta in a similar manner, but as usual, he's unsuccessful.



* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Faith was already [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/school_protocol infatuted with Tiffany]] to begin with. But her lust [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/official_girlfriend turned into genuine affection]] after Tiffany saved her from [[spoiler: [[WebComic/EerieCuties Layla]]]] and after coming to her rescue again, when [[spoiler: Hecate]] tried to have them killed. Now she thinks of Tiffany as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/it_is_for_realsies "her heroine".]]

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* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Faith was already [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/school_protocol infatuted infatuated with Tiffany]] to begin with. But her lust [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/official_girlfriend turned into genuine affection]] after Tiffany saved her from [[spoiler: [[WebComic/EerieCuties Layla]]]] and after coming to her rescue again, when [[spoiler: Hecate]] tried to have them killed. Now she thinks of Tiffany as [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/it_is_for_realsies "her heroine".]]



* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', where a {{Fangirl}} of Sonic's falls off a tall building. Sonic, being the hero that he is, zooms over and saves her. When Tails asks her about how she fell off the roof, she says, "Oh, that? I jumped. I wanted you to save me! How else was I going to meet you, silly?"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron dreams of saving Kim, and then actually does.
** Not to mention Kim saves Ron numerous times throughout the show.

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* [[InvokedTrope Invoked]] {{Invoked|Trope}} in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'', where a {{Fangirl}} of Sonic's falls off a tall building. Sonic, being the hero that he is, zooms over and saves her. When Tails asks her about how she fell off the roof, she says, "Oh, that? I jumped. I wanted you to save me! How else was I going to meet you, silly?"
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Ron dreams of saving Kim, and then actually does.
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does. Not to mention Kim saves Ron numerous times throughout the show.



* A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch featured a nerd winning a date with Scarlett Johanson in a contest. When she arrives, she hardly masks her frustration with the situation. Suddenly, a bunch of goons hired by the nerd "attack" the two during the date, causing the nerd to "chase" them off. She instantly falls in love with him, and we get a Happily Ever After montage of them marrying, having kids, etc. Then we see the nerd at his death bed confessing the ruse to Scarlett who, instead of being outraged, suddenly starts speaking in a man's voice and claiming she's not the real Scarlett Johanson but a (male) impersonator. The revelation causes the nerd to flatline right then and there and "Scarlett" to break down in tears.
** [[FridgeLogic How did they have kids, you ask]]? Probably conceived by the RuleOfFunny.

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* ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''
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A ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' sketch featured a nerd winning a date with Scarlett Johanson Creator/ScarlettJohansson in a contest. When she arrives, she hardly masks her frustration with the situation. Suddenly, a bunch of goons hired by the nerd "attack" the two during the date, causing the nerd to "chase" them off. She instantly falls in love with him, and we get a Happily Ever After montage of them marrying, having kids, etc. Then we see the nerd at his death bed confessing the ruse to Scarlett who, instead of being outraged, suddenly starts speaking in a man's voice and claiming she's not the real Scarlett Johanson Johansson but a (male) impersonator. The revelation causes the nerd to flatline right then and there and "Scarlett" to break down in tears.
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tears. [[FridgeLogic How did they have kids, you ask]]? Probably conceived by the RuleOfFunny.
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** In "The Pyramid at the End of the World" the Doctor is about to save not only a woman's life but the entire world, and predicts she'll have a pretty intense crush on him as a result. [[TemptingFate Unfortunately he spoke too soon.]]
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