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27th Feb '17 9:07:58 PM Adept
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* Shannon and Raquel are both caretaker and protector to their sister [[spoiler:not really]] Pacifica in ''ScrappedPrincess''. Though Pacifica isn't actually ill, she is hunted by agents of the state and religious authorities.

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* Shannon and Raquel are both caretaker and protector to their sister [[spoiler:not really]] Pacifica in ''ScrappedPrincess''.''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess''. Though Pacifica isn't actually ill, she is hunted by agents of the state and religious authorities.
25th Jan '17 1:51:28 PM N1KF
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* General 'Uncle' Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' voluntarily follows his nephew Zuko in exile, and cares for him as a son. Unfortunately, he only gets yelled at, insulted, abandoned, betrayed and imprisoned in return. It's not that Zuko doesn't care about his uncle, because he ''does''; he's just way too obsessed with [[WellDoneSonGuy proving himself to]] his EvilOverlord [[AbusiveParents father]], Fire Lord Ozai, to have eye for the more important things in life.
** After 51 of 61 episodes, [[spoiler:the message finally gets through, and he [[CallingTheOldManOut tells daddy]] (along with his HeelFaceTurn) that he will from now on consider Iroh his father. All say "aww".]]
*** And after 59 of 61 episodes, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming we finally get to see his tearful apology, and that Iroh doesn't hold a single bit of grudge on him.]]]] Which is not surprising at all when you consider that Iroh was still trying to help Zuko ''while in jail because of him.''
*** Iroh's affection for Zuko might the result of [[spoiler: Iroh's own son getting killed.]] But this might be a small part of it, and it may be even irrelevant towards the end.
** We also see a toxic variant with the lengths Lao Bei Fong will go to keep his "[[DisabilitySuperpower blind]], [[CuteBruiser delicate]], and helpless" little girl Toph safe from harm.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''
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General 'Uncle' Iroh from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' voluntarily follows his nephew Zuko in exile, and cares for him as a son. Unfortunately, he only gets yelled at, insulted, abandoned, betrayed and imprisoned in return. It's not that Zuko doesn't care about his uncle, because he ''does''; he's just way too obsessed with [[WellDoneSonGuy proving himself to]] his EvilOverlord [[AbusiveParents father]], Fire Lord Ozai, to have eye for the more important things in life.
** *** After 51 of 61 episodes, [[spoiler:the message finally gets through, and he [[CallingTheOldManOut tells daddy]] (along with his HeelFaceTurn) that he will from now on consider Iroh his father. All say "aww".]]
*** And after
father]]. After 59 of 61 episodes, [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming we [[spoiler:we finally get to see his tearful apology, and that Iroh doesn't hold a single bit of grudge on him.]]]] him]]. Which is not surprising at all when you consider that Iroh was still trying to help Zuko ''while in jail because of him.''
*** Iroh's affection for Zuko might the result of [[spoiler: Iroh's own son getting killed.]] killed]]. But this might be a small part of it, and it may be even irrelevant towards the end.
** We also see a toxic variant with the lengths Lao Bei Fong will go to keep his "[[DisabilitySuperpower blind]], [[CuteBruiser delicate]], and helpless" little girl Toph safe from harm.



* C.S. Lewis married a woman to protect her from her abusive husband; he later found out she was going to die of cancer but chose to take care of her.

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* C.S. Lewis Creator/CSLewis married a woman to protect her from her abusive husband; he later found out she was going to die of cancer but chose to take care of her.
17th Dec '16 6:13:50 PM xIrelandx
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* Reigen is something like this for Mob in ''Manga/MobPsycho100'', at least up until [[spoiler: he realizes that he's been possessive and a jerk who's been holding Mob back while simultaneously not moving on with his life, accomplishing his own goals, or even making any friends his own age]]. He gets better, and becomes more of a friend who still gives him advice.

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* Reigen is something like a mixed bag of this for Mob in ''Manga/MobPsycho100'', at least up until ''Manga/MobPsycho100''. It's obvious that he cares a lot about Mob and has no problem rushing into dangerous situations to save him, chewing people out for "stressing out" his [[AmbiguousDisorder "mentally weak"]] student. Unfortunately, he can also be a possessive and selfish jerk who tries to manipulate Mob and keep him from hanging out with friends. He eventually gets his comeuppance when [[spoiler: he takes things too far and Mob leaves him, and he's humiliated on national television]]. It's only after this that he realizes he's become more reliant on Mob than helpful to him and that he's been possessive and a jerk who's been holding Mob back while simultaneously not moving on with his life, accomplishing lost sight of his own goals, or even making any friends his own age]]. goals and on what's really important (namely, Mob's happiness, and [[spoiler: trust in him]]). He gets better, and becomes more of a BenevolentBoss and friend who - although he still gives him advice.runs into dangerous situations, and occasionally lies in order to spare Mob's feelings.
17th Dec '16 5:48:51 PM xIrelandx
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* Reigen is something like this for Mob in ''Manga/MobPsycho100'', at least up until [[spoiler: he realizes that he's been possessive and a jerk who's been holding Mob back while simultaneously not moving on with his life, accomplishing his own goals, or even making any friends his own age]]. He gets better, and becomes more of a friend who still gives him advice.
9th Dec '16 3:40:25 AM Morgenthaler
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** We also see a toxic variant with the lengths Lao Bei Fong will go to keep his "[[DisabilitySuperpower blind]], [[CuteBruiser delicate]], and [[BadAss helpless]]" little girl Toph safe from harm.

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** We also see a toxic variant with the lengths Lao Bei Fong will go to keep his "[[DisabilitySuperpower blind]], [[CuteBruiser delicate]], and [[BadAss helpless]]" helpless" little girl Toph safe from harm.
29th Oct '16 2:10:34 PM HeSupplanted15
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->'''Simon:''' River... It's okay! It's okay! It's okay... It's okay, I'm here.\\
'''River:''' ...Simon? ...Simon, they they talk to me! They want me - they want me to talk !\\
'''Simon:''' No, th-they're gone! They're gone. They're gone. They're gone we're safe now! We're safe. We're safe I'm here.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' pilot episode

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->'''Simon:''' River... It's okay! It's okay! It's okay... It's okay, I'm here.\\
'''River:''' ...Simon? ...Simon, they they talk to me! They want me - they want me to talk !\\
'''Simon:''' No, th-they're gone! They're gone. They're gone. They're gone we're safe now! We're safe. We're safe I'm here.
-->-- ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' pilot episode
6th Sep '16 8:49:16 AM HeroGal2347
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* The ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "[[Recap/DarkwingDuckS1E50TimeAndPunishment Time and Punishment]]" has a non-familial variant; when Darkwing goes catatonic after his daughter Gosalyn disappears, his HeterosexualLifePartner Launchpad attempts first to help him find her and then to help him adjust. Neither is very helpful, although not for lack of effort.
1st Sep '16 3:18:15 PM 1810072342
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* Suzy in ''Webcomic/TheSanityCircus'' not only squees and celebrates over seeing Fletch again after a long time, she also fusses over him and checks things like whether he's eating enough.
10th Aug '16 2:18:36 AM Mareon
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->''"Some people will always need help. But that doesn't mean they are not worth helping."''
-->'''Meera Reed''', ''Series/GameOfThrones''

1st Aug '16 3:44:54 PM margdean56
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* Mrs. Medlock in ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''. She watched over the young lord's "ill" son Colin assiduously, and scolded Mary when she worsened his condition as being reckless. When it turns out it was years of overprotective care that left Colin unable to walk, which Mary cured, Medlock was reduced to [[HeroicBSOD a near friendless crying heap]].

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* Mrs. Medlock in ''Literature/TheSecretGarden''. She watched over the young lord's "ill" son Colin assiduously, and scolded Mary for being reckless when she worsened his condition as being reckless.condition. When it turns out it was years of overprotective care that left Colin unable to walk, which Mary cured, Medlock was reduced to [[HeroicBSOD a near friendless crying heap]].



* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]

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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}'' books, Caramon Majere takes on this role for his SquishyWizard brother, Raistlin, who greatly resents needing the help. Made particularly toe-curling by the fact that Raistlin is perfectly capable of murdering his caretaking brother, a fact which Caramon is well aware of - -- and yet, he stays. True to the trope, when Raistlin overcomes his sickness and achieves godlike power, [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurPoseInLife [[DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife Caramon is left as a drunken wreck without a direction in life... ]]



* Princess Marya in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' acts as TheCareTaker for her old father until his death, and then becomes the primary caretaker of her nephew, whose mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] and whose father is off to war.

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* Princess Marya in ''Literature/WarAndPeace'' acts as TheCareTaker TheCaretaker for her old father until his death, and then becomes the primary caretaker of her nephew, whose mother [[DeathByChildbirth died in childbirth]] and whose father is off to war.



* Nadine Cross in ''Literature/TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.

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* Nadine Cross in ''Literature/TheStand'' to an orphan she calls "Joe" who had been rendered mute and feral due to the trauma of seeing his family due to die of the plague. True to the trope, she ultimately needed him much more than he needed her. Things go downhill fast the moment he recovers from his trauma and he doesn't need her to such an extent anymore.
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