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18th Jun '17 8:59:35 PM LadyNorbert
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So AliceAndBob don't know each other yet, or Alice regards Bob with either indifference or dislike. But then, she witnesses him committing -- or becomes the recipient of -- some [[PetTheDog single act of kindness]] (rescuing someone from bullies, stopping to help someone with errands, etc.) that makes her think "maybe he's not so bad after all", causes her to develop a blossoming crush on him, or otherwise shoehorns the two towards a romantic relationship.

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So AliceAndBob don't know each other yet, or Alice regards Bob with either indifference or dislike. But then, she witnesses him committing -- or becomes the recipient of -- some [[PetTheDog single act of kindness]] (rescuing someone from bullies, stopping to help someone with errands, etc.) that makes her think "maybe he's not so bad after all", all." This causes her to develop a blossoming crush on him, or otherwise shoehorns the two towards a romantic relationship.



* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' - When the Beast fights off wolves to save Belle, she takes a second look at him. The musical number ''Something There'', quoted at the top of the page, is a FallingInLoveMontage in which Belle realizes this.
* ''Film/GoodDick'' - The main character's relationship starts this way.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - Phoebus is attracted to Esmerelda from the get-go (as is basically every main character), but once he sees her stand up to Frollo and his guards to protect Quasimodo, it's definite. Esmerelda initially sees ''him'' as just another one of Frollo's mooks, but that changes for similar reasons.

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* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' - ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'': When the Beast fights off wolves to save Belle, she takes a second look at him. The musical number ''Something There'', "Something There," quoted at the top of the page, is a FallingInLoveMontage in which Belle realizes this.
* ''Film/GoodDick'' - ''Film/GoodDick'': The main character's relationship starts this way.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Phoebus is attracted to Esmerelda from the get-go (as is basically every main character), but once he sees her stand up to Frollo and his guards to protect Quasimodo, it's definite. Esmerelda initially sees ''him'' as just another one of Frollo's mooks, but that changes for similar reasons.



* Deliciously played with in ''Film/RedEye'', which sort-of resembles a romantic comedy in the very beginning, before turning all creepy.
* ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' - Tiffany is touched when she overhears Pat standing up for her in a conversation with one of her former coworkers.

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* Deliciously played with in ''Film/RedEye'', which sort-of sort of resembles a romantic comedy in the very beginning, before turning all creepy.
* ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'' - ''Film/SilverLiningsPlaybook'': Tiffany is touched when she overhears Pat standing up for her in a conversation with one of her former coworkers.



* This is what kickstarts the WillTheyOrWontThey for Barney and Robin in Series/HowIMetYourMother, when Barney comforts Robin after she is dumped by a jerk boyfriend. They end up sleeping together, which leads to Barney realising he is in love with Robin.

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* This is what kickstarts the WillTheyOrWontThey for Barney and Robin in Series/HowIMetYourMother, ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', when Barney comforts Robin after she is dumped by a jerk boyfriend. They end up sleeping together, which leads to Barney realising he is in love with Robin.



* In the VideoGame/NeverwinterNights mod The Aielund Saga, Criosa really starts to consider the male player character in this manner if you take the heroic dialogue options when helping out the dwarves at the start of chapter 3.

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* In the VideoGame/NeverwinterNights ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' mod The ''The Aielund Saga, Saga'', Criosa really starts to consider the male player character in this manner if you take the heroic dialogue options when helping out the dwarves at the start of chapter 3.
* A non-romantic example: in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'', Hawke meets his/her lifelong best friend Varric when the dwarf apprehends a pickpocket who has stolen Hawke's money pouch. It's later clarified that Varric knew who Hawke was (thanks to their reputation) and had specifically intended to meet them, but the pickpocketing gave him an unusual way to introduce himself.
21st May '17 11:27:43 PM Gamermaster
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* [[FilleFatale Larisa's]] relationship with [[GiveGeeksAChance Landon]] in ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' was kicked off when he helped her pass a math test.
1st Mar '17 11:52:04 AM OlmoJV
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* In ''FanFic/TheVow'', Lord [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shen]] and Lady [[DefrostingIceQueen Lianne]] start off on poor terms and for improvement to begin, it requires for her to openly defend him against slander said about his appearance and genetic health. This along with the realization of how lonely she feels makes him apologize for his behavior with an ApologyGift she can accept.
17th Feb '17 3:43:11 PM rva98014
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** At first, Judy thinks Nick is just another fox thief (not helped by the fact he is a ConArtist and she was the victim of one of his scams in their first meeting). She starts to change her mind when he stands up for her and saves her from getting fired unfairly by her boss. After this and Nick telling her about his DarkAndTroubledPast, Judy realizes Nick is a very nice guy and starts to really like him.
** Similarly, while Nick's contempt for idealistic rookie cop Judy is slowly eroded by grudging respect for her wits, it is only after she tells him to save himself from a berserk panther that was between her and safety and rescues him when he misses his chance does he stand up to the DaChief for her sake and opens up about his childhood trauma.

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
** At first,
''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'': Nick and Judy thinks Nick is just another fox thief (not helped by the fact he is a ConArtist and she was the victim are an intertwined example of one of his scams in their first meeting). She starts to change her mind when he stands up for her and saves her from getting fired unfairly by her boss. After this and Nick telling her about his DarkAndTroubledPast, this. Judy realizes Nick is a very nice guy and starts to really like him.
** Similarly, while Nick's contempt for idealistic rookie cop Judy is slowly eroded by grudging respect for her wits, it is only after she tells him to save himself from a berserk panther that was between her and safety and
rescues him Nick from a savage jaguar and then saves his life when he misses his chance does he stand they are both knocked off the Skytram platform which leads to Nick standing up to the DaChief for her sake and then opens up to her about his childhood trauma.
trauma. This leads to a deep friendship forming between them.
26th Aug '16 4:52:12 PM lavendermintrose
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]] thinks [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is a cold, spoiled brat until she witnesses him helping out some strangers when no one else would. Thus begins her infamous and tragic crush on him.

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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]] thinks [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is a cold, spoiled brat until she witnesses him helping out some strangers when no one else would. would, apparently a habit of his. And it wasn't just that he helped - it was that afterwards, he didn't boast or anything, he just went back to what he'd been doing as if nothing had happened. Thus begins her infamous and tragic crush on him.him.
** [[AllThereInTheManual When they were children]], Lelouch and Suzaku had this mutually. They had been fighting since they met, but one day, Nunnally went missing. Both of them wanted to find her, but they refused to work together - until Suzaku found her first, and Lelouch sees her laugh for the first time since their mother was killed, because of Suzaku. After that, they become friends ([[ShipTease or more]]).
21st Jul '16 9:53:50 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Psychology-wise, the trope works due to the belief on the part of the girl that only she has seen this "hidden side" of the guy, which makes her feel special and connected with him. After all, the appeal of [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys the bad boy]] is that he only acts like a dick around people other than ''you''. DangerouslyGenreSavvy characters can exploit this.

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Psychology-wise, the trope works due to the belief on the part of the girl that only she has seen this "hidden side" of the guy, which makes her feel special and connected with him. After all, the appeal of [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys the bad boy]] is that he only acts like a dick around people other than ''you''. DangerouslyGenreSavvy Savvy characters can exploit this.
16th Apr '16 9:02:31 AM H.TorranceGriffin
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' - At first, Judy thinks Nick is just another fox thief (not helped by the fact he is a ConArtist and she was the victim of one of his scams in their first meeting). She starts to change her mind when he stands up for her and saves her from getting fired unfairly by her boss. After this and Nick telling her about his DarkAndTroubledPast, Judy realizes Nick is a very nice guy and starts to really like him.

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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' - ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'':
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At first, Judy thinks Nick is just another fox thief (not helped by the fact he is a ConArtist and she was the victim of one of his scams in their first meeting). She starts to change her mind when he stands up for her and saves her from getting fired unfairly by her boss. After this and Nick telling her about his DarkAndTroubledPast, Judy realizes Nick is a very nice guy and starts to really like him.
** Similarly, while Nick's contempt for idealistic rookie cop Judy is slowly eroded by grudging respect for her wits, it is only after she tells him to save himself from a berserk panther that was between her and safety and rescues him when he misses his chance does he stand up to the DaChief for her sake and opens up about his childhood trauma.
9th Mar '16 8:08:42 PM sorako
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* ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'' - At first, Judy thinks Nick is just another fox thief (not helped by the fact he is a ConArtist and she was the victim of one of his scams in their first meeting). She starts to change her mind when he stands up for her and saves her from getting fired unfairly by her boss. After this and Nick telling her about his DarkAndTroubledPast, Judy realizes Nick is a very nice guy and starts to really like him.
4th Dec '15 5:38:45 AM sorako
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* ''Film/GoodDick'' - The main character's relationship starts this way.



* ''Film/GoodDick'' - The main character's relationship starts this way.

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* ''Film/GoodDick'' - The main character's relationship starts this way.
4th Dec '15 5:38:05 AM sorako
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* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]] thinks [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is a cold, spoiled brat until she witnesses him helping out some strangers when no one else would. Thus begins her infamous and tragic crush on him.



* Played for laughs in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with Ukyo; she and Ranma already have an ArrangedMarriage, but he's initially unaware and she's initially out for revenge because she thinks he abandoned her. When he interrupts her rant about being ruined for marriage and cursed to be alone forever by telling her that she's a very cute girl and will make someone a great wife someday, that's when she drops the vendetta and decides to give being engaged to him another shot. Especially because his ''[[LoveDodecahedron other]]'' ArrangedMarriage is a {{tsundere}} with whom he evidently does ''not'' get along.



* In ''Manga/WildRock'', Yuni falls into an animal trap set by Selim. Selim gets him out and gently nurses him back to health. Since they're of [[FeudingFamilies rival clans]], Yuni wouldn't have given him the time of day before this.



* In ''Manga/WildRock'', Yuni falls into an animal trap set by Selim. Selim gets him out and gently nurses him back to health. Since they're of [[FeudingFamilies rival clans]], Yuni wouldn't have given him the time of day before this.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]] thinks [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is a cold, spoiled brat until she witnesses him helping out some strangers when no one else would. Thus begins her infamous and tragic crush on him.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with Ukyo; she and Ranma already have an ArrangedMarriage, but he's initially unaware and she's initially out for revenge because she thinks he abandoned her. When he interrupts her rant about being ruined for marriage and cursed to be alone forever by telling her that she's a very cute girl and will make someone a great wife someday, that's when she drops the vendetta and decides to give being engaged to him another shot. Especially because his ''[[LoveDodecahedron other]]'' ArrangedMarriage is a {{tsundere}} with whom he evidently does ''not'' get along.

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* In ''Manga/WildRock'', Yuni falls into an animal trap set by Selim. Selim gets him out and gently nurses him back to health. Since they're of [[FeudingFamilies rival clans]], Yuni wouldn't have given him the time of day before this.
* In ''Anime/CodeGeass'', [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]] thinks [[MagnificentBastard Lelouch]] is a cold, spoiled brat until she witnesses him helping out some strangers when no one else would. Thus begins her infamous and tragic crush on him.
* Played for laughs in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' with Ukyo; she and Ranma already have an ArrangedMarriage, but he's initially unaware and she's initially out for revenge because she thinks he abandoned her. When he interrupts her rant about being ruined for marriage and cursed to be alone forever by telling her that she's a very cute girl and will make someone a great wife someday, that's when she drops the vendetta and decides to give being engaged to him another shot. Especially because his ''[[LoveDodecahedron other]]'' ArrangedMarriage is a {{tsundere}} with whom he evidently does ''not'' get along.



* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' - When the Beast fights off wolves to save Belle, she takes a second look at him. The musical number ''Something There'', quoted at the top of the page, is a FallingInLoveMontage in which Belle realizes this.
* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - Phoebus is attracted to Esmerelda from the get-go (as is basically every main character), but once he sees her stand up to Frollo and his guards to protect Quasimodo, it's definite. Esmerelda initially sees ''him'' as just another one of Frollo's mooks, but that changes for similar reasons.



* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'' - Phoebus is attracted to Esmerelda from the get-go (as is basically every main character), but once he sees her stand up to Frollo and his guards to protect Quasimodo, it's definite. Esmerelda initially sees ''him'' as just another one of Frollo's mooks, but that changes for similar reasons.
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' - When the Beast fights off wolves to save Belle, she takes a second look at him. The musical number ''Something There'', quoted at the top of the page, is a FallingInLoveMontage in which Belle realizes this.



* ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Season 2: JerkJock Flash Thompson tries to hook up with quiet and artistic Sha Shan, completely failing to woo her when he relies on his usual sports reputation and personality to attract her attention. She only begins to respond to his affections when he reports to his coach that one of his teammates was using performance-enhancing drugs during their recent championship game (specifically [[spoiler: Harry Osborn using Globulin Green, the drug that would turn Norman into the Green Goblin]]. His actions force the team to retroactively forfeit the game and lose their title, something that he had worked long and hard for (having even broken his leg for and costing him a potential scholarship), but he felt that the championship did not mean anything if had been earned dishonestly. After this, Sha begins to reciprocate his feelings.
* In ''TotalDramaIsland'', Courtney finds out that Duncan is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold when she sees him tricking DJ with a replacement Bunny so DJ wouldn't be sad.

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* ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan'', Season 2: JerkJock Flash Thompson tries to hook up with quiet and artistic Sha Shan, completely failing to woo her when he relies on his usual sports reputation and personality to attract her attention. She only begins to respond to his affections when he reports to his coach that one of his teammates was using performance-enhancing drugs during their recent championship game (specifically [[spoiler: Harry Osborn using Globulin Green, the drug that would turn Norman into the Green Goblin]]. His actions force the team to retroactively forfeit the game and lose their title, something that he had worked long and hard for (having even broken his leg for and costing him a potential scholarship), but he felt that the championship did not mean anything if had been earned dishonestly. After this, Sha begins to reciprocate his feelings.
* In ''TotalDramaIsland'', ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'', Courtney finds out that Duncan is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold when she sees him tricking DJ with a replacement Bunny so DJ wouldn't be sad.
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