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The Dulcinea Effect is often used to hook a hero into the story or steer him in a particular plot direction. Championing the DistressedDamsel is often an excuse for the hero to become involved in righting a larger injustice or confronting the BigBad or foiling the EvilPlan when he otherwise might have simply walked away. Sometimes his devotion to her is a transparent excuse to justify his usual habit of traveling InHarmsWay. By application of the effect, the DistressedDamsel usually becomes the protagonist's LoveInterest.

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The Dulcinea Effect is often used to hook a hero into the story or steer him in a particular plot direction. Championing the DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress is often an excuse for the hero to become involved in righting a larger injustice or confronting the BigBad or foiling the EvilPlan when he otherwise might have simply walked away. Sometimes his devotion to her is a transparent excuse to justify his usual habit of traveling InHarmsWay. By application of the effect, the DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress usually becomes the protagonist's LoveInterest.
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* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s first season, Sousuke goes AWOL and abandons his post under a hostage situation to recover Kaname from the villains. Granted, she ''was'' the VIP he was specifically assigned to protect while the rest of the plane's occupants were not (and he had known her for a bit longer than most examples of this trope), but he was still ordered to stay with the other hostages by his superior officer. As to remove any doubt that he was planning to do disobey that order, said officer also states that [[TemptingFate Sousuke's professionalism]] meant he'd definitely '' not'' do emotional things like charge off after the DistressedDamsel.

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* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s first season, Sousuke goes AWOL and abandons his post under a hostage situation to recover Kaname from the villains. Granted, she ''was'' the VIP he was specifically assigned to protect while the rest of the plane's occupants were not (and he had known her for a bit longer than most examples of this trope), but he was still ordered to stay with the other hostages by his superior officer. As to remove any doubt that he was planning to do disobey that order, said officer also states that [[TemptingFate Sousuke's professionalism]] meant he'd definitely '' not'' do emotional things like charge off after the DistressedDamsel.DamselInDistress.



* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', Woodney, Train's imposter, imagines [[CuteBruiser Eve]] as being a DistressedDamsel "Senorita" he must protect, and is shown continuing to play the Black Cat role and defend her even at the risk of dying.
* Recca from ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' is the equivalent of an Anime Literature/DonQuixote. He plays at being a {{Ninja}} (though later he ''does'' become one) and determines at first sight of [[DistressedDamsel Yanagi]] that he will protect her and follow her every order from now on. He even calls her "Princess," and lets her know that she is now his master.
* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta quickly becomes this way with apparent ShrinkingViolet Minatsuki, feeling the need to protect her with his life and break out of Deadman Wonderland together with her. However, it turns out that [[spoiler:Minatsuki is AxCrazy and and ''counted on'' The Dulcinea Effect kicking in. She tried to use his protectiveness to injure him and make it easier for her to kill him. To put it in her words: "I'm sorry, but the whole virgin knight thing is fucking disgusting."]]
* Yukiteru "Yukki" Amano from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' is shown to act this way towards Tsubaki Kasugano, a [[PrincessClassic beautiful and gentle]] DistressedDamsel from the Omekata cult, quickly jumping in to save her and escape with her despite having just met her. When given a choice to trust her or his partner Yuno Gasai, he chooses Tsubaki (though you can't blame him because Yuno is a {{Yandere}}). It's not until [[spoiler:she makes it obvious that she's actually a ManipulativeBitch (mixed with WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds) that wants to kill him that he decides to go back to teaming up with Yuno. Tsubaki ends up disarmed by Yuno and killed by Yukki]].

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* In ''Manga/BlackCat'', Woodney, Train's imposter, imagines [[CuteBruiser Eve]] as being a DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress "Senorita" he must protect, and is shown continuing to play the Black Cat role and defend her even at the risk of dying.
* Recca from ''Manga/FlameOfRecca'' is the equivalent of an Anime Literature/DonQuixote. He plays at being a {{Ninja}} (though later he ''does'' become one) and determines at first sight of [[DistressedDamsel [[DamselInDistress Yanagi]] that he will protect her and follow her every order from now on. He even calls her "Princess," and lets her know that she is now his master.
* In ''Manga/DeadmanWonderland'', Ganta quickly becomes this way with apparent ShrinkingViolet Minatsuki, feeling the need to protect her with his life and break out of Deadman Wonderland together with her. However, it turns out that [[spoiler:Minatsuki is AxCrazy and and ''counted on'' The Dulcinea Effect kicking in. She tried to use his protectiveness to injure him and make it easier for her to kill him. To put it in her words: "I'm sorry, but the whole virgin knight thing is fucking disgusting."]]
* Yukiteru "Yukki" Amano from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' is shown to act this way towards Tsubaki Kasugano, a [[PrincessClassic beautiful and gentle]] DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress from the Omekata cult, quickly jumping in to save her and escape with her despite having just met her. When given a choice to trust her or his partner Yuno Gasai, he chooses Tsubaki (though you can't blame him because Yuno is a {{Yandere}}). It's not until [[spoiler:she makes it obvious that she's actually a ManipulativeBitch {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch (mixed with WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds) that wants to kill him that he decides to go back to teaming up with Yuno. Tsubaki ends up disarmed by Yuno and killed by Yukki]].



** His relationship with Uni too. The series seems to fully be implying a sort of Tsuna = Knight in shining armor who protects and "champions" for Uni (the DistressedDamsel). Just ''look'' at [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kateikyoushi_hitman_reborn/v27/c254/9.html this page]]. Tsuna seems to like the idea - he's certainly [[LuminescentBlush blushing]] a ''lot'' every time she says anything. His decision to take her under his wing seemed to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kateikyoushi_hitman_reborn/v27/c255/7.html mainly be influenced by the tragic, self-sacrificing expression in her eyes]].

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** His relationship with Uni too. The series seems to fully be implying a sort of Tsuna = Knight in shining armor who protects and "champions" for Uni (the DistressedDamsel).DamselInDistress). Just ''look'' at [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kateikyoushi_hitman_reborn/v27/c254/9.html this page]]. Tsuna seems to like the idea - he's certainly [[LuminescentBlush blushing]] a ''lot'' every time she says anything. His decision to take her under his wing seemed to [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/kateikyoushi_hitman_reborn/v27/c255/7.html mainly be influenced by the tragic, self-sacrificing expression in her eyes]].



* Gender flipped, inverted, and otherwise played with in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Screwing with this trope might be the point of the story, as [[spoiler: Prince Dios became the BigBad Akio when he was abandoned by the crowds after he wasn't able to save ''all'' the girls who needed it]], then [[spoiler: ropes Utena into coming to Ohtori by first saving her under the guise of the Prince he used to be, and then setting [[DecoyDamsel his much abused sister Anthy aka the Rose Bride]] in situations that would make [[BullyHunter Utena]] invoke this trope on her.]]
* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Five minutes hadn't even passed in the first episode before Kazuki flings himself in the path of an on-coming homunculus, stabbing him straight through the chest [[spoiler:resulting in his immediate DEATH]], just to save a girl whose face he couldn't even see clearly, let alone know for three minutes. The kicker is that [[spoiler:[[RedundantRescue Tokiko didn't even need to be saved,]] as she was baiting herself in order to draw out the homunculus and Kazuki was merely [[ChronicHeroSyndrome in the way]]. But luckily for Kazuki, Tokiko had an extra kakugane on hand in order to give him a second chance at life: by making his memories of the previous night appear as nothing more than a horrible nightmare. Too bad that Kazuki [[CantStayNormal couldn't just leave it at that]].]]

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* Gender flipped, inverted, and otherwise played with in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Screwing with this trope might be the point of the story, as [[spoiler: Prince Dios became the BigBad Akio when he was abandoned by the crowds after he wasn't able to save ''all'' the girls who needed it]], then [[spoiler: ropes Utena into coming to Ohtori by first saving her under the guise of the Prince he used to be, and then setting [[DecoyDamsel his much abused sister Anthy aka the Rose Bride]] in situations that would make [[BullyHunter Utena]] invoke this trope on her.]]
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* ''Manga/BusouRenkin'': Five minutes hadn't even passed in the first episode before Kazuki flings himself in the path of an on-coming homunculus, stabbing him straight through the chest [[spoiler:resulting in his immediate DEATH]], just to save a girl whose face he couldn't even see clearly, let alone know for three minutes. The kicker is that [[spoiler:[[RedundantRescue Tokiko didn't even need to be saved,]] as she was baiting herself in order to draw out the homunculus and Kazuki was merely [[ChronicHeroSyndrome in the way]]. But luckily for Kazuki, Tokiko had an extra kakugane on hand in order to give him a second chance at life: by making his memories of the previous night appear as nothing more than a horrible nightmare. Too bad that Kazuki [[CantStayNormal couldn't just leave it at that]].]]that]]]].



** Ichigo gets it too. While he had a month to get to know Rukia, and even longer for Orihime, he was willing to risk his life for Nel after knowing her for a few hours, despite her status as an Arrancar and thus technically being his enemy. It's even more {{egregious}} in the first movie with Senna. After knowing her for about two days, he is more than willing to go on a rescue mission in an unstable region within enemy territory, despite warnings that this equates to a SuicideMission. This is justified, as he lost his mother when he was 9, he believed it was his fault for years, and he decided to become someone who can protect people. In the case of Nel, she has the appearance of a child, is harmless [[spoiler:when she's not in her original form]] and she helps Ichigo.

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** Ichigo gets it too. While he had a month to get to know Rukia, and even longer for Orihime, he was willing to risk his life for Nel after knowing her for a few hours, despite her status as an Arrancar and thus technically being his enemy. It's even more {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} in the first movie with Senna. After knowing her for about two days, he is more than willing to go on a rescue mission in an unstable region within enemy territory, despite warnings that this equates to a SuicideMission. This is justified, as he lost his mother when he was 9, he believed it was his fault for years, and he decided to become someone who can protect people. In the case of Nel, she has the appearance of a child, is harmless [[spoiler:when she's not in her original form]] and she helps Ichigo.



* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'': Sorata Arisugawa decides to protect Arashi Kishuu with his life, immediately when he meets her for the first time. This is justified because Sora ''knows'' that he is fated to die for a woman. And the reason why he chooses Arashi is because he wants to die for a beautiful girl. Though he actually ''does'' fall for Arashi's actual person when he gets to know her, [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan and she falls in love with him as well.]] [[spoiler:It happens both in the anime movie and in the anime series while the manga is never finish but implied to be going the same way.]]

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* ''Manga/{{X1999}}'': ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'': Sorata Arisugawa decides to protect Arashi Kishuu with his life, immediately when he meets her for the first time. This is justified because Sora ''knows'' that he is fated to die for a woman. And the reason why he chooses Arashi is because he wants to die for a beautiful girl. Though he actually ''does'' fall for Arashi's actual person when he gets to know her, [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan and she falls in love with him as well.]] [[spoiler:It happens both in the anime movie and in the anime series while the manga is never finish but implied to be going the same way.]]



* ''Manga/DontenNiWarau'': In a flashback Hirari meets Botan at random in the street, follows her and supposedly saves her from a bunch of thugs she was about to get rid of anyway.. and promptly declares he loves her and will marry her and protect her. Botan's initially having none of it, [[spoiler: but then she starts to reciprocate and they spiral into a ReincarnationRomance until about 600 years later they can finally find happiness.]]

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* ''Manga/DontenNiWarau'': In a flashback Hirari meets Botan at random in the street, follows her and supposedly saves her from a bunch of thugs she was about to get rid of anyway.. and promptly declares he loves her and will marry her and protect her. Botan's initially having none of it, [[spoiler: but then she starts to reciprocate and they spiral into a ReincarnationRomance until about 600 years later they can finally find happiness.]]happiness]].



* ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'': This is parodied when Lord Farquaad chooses [[DistressedDamsel Princess]] Fiona when she's clearly a ''[[PeerlessLoveInterest princesse lointaine]]'' he has never met, only been given a picture and description by the magic mirror. However, Farquaad can't be bothered to go on the quest ''himself'', and holds a tournament to select a knight to do the job for him. When Shrek beats up all the knights, Shrek ends up going on the quest (but only to get his swamp back).

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* ''{{WesternAnimation/Shrek}}'': This is parodied when Lord Farquaad chooses [[DistressedDamsel [[DamselInDistress Princess]] Fiona when she's clearly a ''[[PeerlessLoveInterest princesse lointaine]]'' he has never met, only been given a picture and description by the magic mirror. However, Farquaad can't be bothered to go on the quest ''himself'', and holds a tournament to select a knight to do the job for him. When Shrek beats up all the knights, Shrek ends up going on the quest (but only to get his swamp back).



* ''ThePinkPanther'': Inspector Clouseau in ''A Shot in the Dark'' is unshakably convinced that the beautiful Maria Gambrelli is innocent of murder despite the overwhelming mass of evidence that she is the killer. [[spoiler: She actually ''is'' innocent, but Clouseau was certainly acting under the influence of this trope.]]

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* ''ThePinkPanther'': ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'': Inspector Clouseau in ''A Shot in the Dark'' is unshakably convinced that the beautiful Maria Gambrelli is innocent of murder despite the overwhelming mass of evidence that she is the killer. [[spoiler: She actually ''is'' innocent, but Clouseau was certainly acting under the influence of this trope.]]



* Averted and then Played Straight in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': [[LoveableRogue Peter Quill]] decides to rescue Gamora from Drax not because he has any feelings for her, but because she knew where to pawn off [[MacGuffin the Orb]]. Later however [[spoiler: when Gamora is dying in the vacuum of space, Peter calls on his vindictive mentor to pick them up and jumps into the vacuum after her, even giving up his helmet so she would have enough air before they were picked up]] after knowing her for at most several days.

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* Averted and then Played Straight in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': [[LoveableRogue [[LovableRogue Peter Quill]] decides to rescue Gamora from Drax not because he has any feelings for her, but because she knew where to pawn off [[MacGuffin the Orb]]. Later however [[spoiler: when Gamora is dying in the vacuum of space, Peter calls on his vindictive mentor to pick them up and jumps into the vacuum after her, even giving up his helmet so she would have enough air before they were picked up]] after knowing her for at most several days.



* ''Literature/DonQuixote'', the TropeNamer, is a {{parody}} of this trope. The hero Don Quixote, who believes himself to be a knight, claims to serve a beautiful, virtuous young lady, Dulcinea (really named Aldonza, but Don Quixote doesn't care), who is, in fact, nothing more than a peasant from his hometown, and, in some adaptations, a whore. Interestingly, in the original novel as well as in most adaptations, the actual character Dulcinea makes not a single appearance. He knows that the lady is nothing more than a excuse for the hero to have adventures, so he imagines his lady and begins to live his dreams!

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* ''Literature/DonQuixote'', the TropeNamer, {{Trope Namer|s}}, is a {{parody}} of this trope. The hero Don Quixote, who believes himself to be a knight, claims to serve a beautiful, virtuous young lady, Dulcinea (really named Aldonza, but Don Quixote doesn't care), who is, in fact, nothing more than a peasant from his hometown, and, in some adaptations, a whore. Interestingly, in the original novel as well as in most adaptations, the actual character Dulcinea makes not a single appearance. He knows that the lady is nothing more than a excuse for the hero to have adventures, so he imagines his lady and begins to live his dreams!



* Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries: Subverted in ''The Last Knight'', when it turns out that the apparent DistressedDamsel the hero just rescued from the tower is actually [[spoiler:a murder suspect locked in the tower awaiting trial.]] (There's no indication that the hero is attracted to her; he just [[ChronicHeroSyndrome considers it his duty to help people]].)

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* Literature/KnightAndRogueSeries: Subverted in ''The Last Knight'', when it turns out that the apparent DistressedDamsel DamselInDistress the hero just rescued from the tower is actually [[spoiler:a murder suspect locked in the tower awaiting trial.]] (There's no indication that the hero is attracted to her; he just [[ChronicHeroSyndrome considers it his duty to help people]].)



* In some versions of the KingArthur legend, Sir Gawain takes a knightly vow to be a protector of ladies to atone for having accidentally killed a woman in his youth. Thus the fact that they are strangers to him is irrelevant.

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* In some versions of the KingArthur Myth/KingArthur legend, Sir Gawain takes a knightly vow to be a protector of ladies to atone for having accidentally killed a woman in his youth. Thus the fact that they are strangers to him is irrelevant.






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* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', ''Series/{{Heroes}}''



** The Fourth Doctor novella ''Ghost Ship'' shows the Doctor having a HeroicBSOD when he fails to prevent the death of a woman he spoke to twice, even though he took every reasonable precaution to protect her (keeping an eye out for her, checking in on how she was feeling, and telling her when he experienced a premonition that she would die in water, suggesting that she avoid the swimming pool). It's {{Justified}} in that he is ''not'' in a healthy psychological state during the story, due to a combination of depression and the MindRape effects of the NegativeSpaceWedgie in the place he landed; that he admits to himself that he isn't in pain out of sympathy but out of selfishness and frustration with his own incompetence; and that a plotline of this kind is the [[FunctionalGenreSavvy kind of thing included]] in the GothicHorror novels that the story is pastiching. The Doctor also notes in the opening paragraphs of the story that he is consciously trying to write a gothic horror story and is also a shameless UnreliableNarrator, so it's also possible he's heavily altering the story to make it more romantic and genre-appropriate.

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** The Fourth Doctor novella ''Ghost Ship'' shows the Doctor having a HeroicBSOD when he fails to prevent the death of a woman he spoke to twice, even though he took every reasonable precaution to protect her (keeping an eye out for her, checking in on how she was feeling, and telling her when he experienced a premonition that she would die in water, suggesting that she avoid the swimming pool). It's {{Justified}} {{justified|Trope}} in that he is ''not'' in a healthy psychological state during the story, due to a combination of depression and the MindRape effects of the NegativeSpaceWedgie in the place he landed; that he admits to himself that he isn't in pain out of sympathy but out of selfishness and frustration with his own incompetence; and that a plotline of this kind is the [[FunctionalGenreSavvy kind of thing included]] in the GothicHorror novels that the story is pastiching. The Doctor also notes in the opening paragraphs of the story that he is consciously trying to write a gothic horror story and is also a shameless UnreliableNarrator, so it's also possible he's heavily altering the story to make it more romantic and genre-appropriate.



* Jamie Reagan in ''Series/BlueBloods'' absolutely cannot resist a DistressedDamsel.

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* Jamie Reagan in ''Series/BlueBloods'' absolutely cannot resist a DistressedDamsel.DamselInDistress.



* In Myth/GreekMythology, Perseus had no idea who Andromeda even ''was'' when he saw her shackled to a rock and about to be FedToTheBeast, or who had done it to her, or why. (He got explanations after rescuing her.)

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* In Myth/GreekMythology, [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek Mythology]], Perseus had no idea who Andromeda even ''was'' when he saw her shackled to a rock and about to be FedToTheBeast, or who had done it to her, or why. (He got explanations after rescuing her.)



* As one might garner from the page quote, this trope tends to show up a ''lot'' in video games. However, Hiro from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' is the smack-bang-in-the-centre example of the videogame version of this trope. It's even the TropeNamer in TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches, as seen at the top of this page.

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* As one might garner from the page quote, this trope tends to show up a ''lot'' in video games. However, Hiro from ''VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue'' is the smack-bang-in-the-centre example of the videogame version of this trope. It's even the TropeNamer {{Trope Namer|s}} in TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches, as seen at the top of this page.



* A rare female example crops up in ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' - Marta is infatuated with Emil from the moment he "saves" her - so infatuated, infact, that she sets an ancient guardian monster to stalk him for several months, and when she does reunite with him, offers to hand herself in to be executed in order to spare his village (and his guilt). All for a guy whose name she had learned only an hour or two ago.

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* A rare female example crops up in ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' - Marta is infatuated with Emil from the moment he "saves" her - so infatuated, infact, that she sets an ancient guardian monster to stalk him for several months, and when she does reunite with him, offers to hand herself in to be executed in order to spare his village (and his guilt). All for a guy whose name she had learned only an hour or two ago.



* ''{{Ever17}}'': The Kid fell in love with Coco at first sight. [[spoiler:He then spent the next 17 years of his life learning to imitate his role model Takeshi as exactly as possible. He does this based on a story that You tells him involving the personification of the perception of time. He doesn't even get the girl because by this point he looks 20 and is actually 32 while she's 14, acts about 8 and considers herself to be the girlfriend of said personification. The Drama [=CDs=] show that after the incident, he got over Coco, got a job, and [[PairTheSpares ended up with Sora]], so it seems he's all right.]]

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* ''{{Ever17}}'': ''VisualNovel/{{Ever17}}'': The Kid fell in love with Coco at first sight. [[spoiler:He then spent the next 17 years of his life learning to imitate his role model Takeshi as exactly as possible. He does this based on a story that You tells him involving the personification of the perception of time. He doesn't even get the girl because by this point he looks 20 and is actually 32 while she's 14, acts about 8 and considers herself to be the girlfriend of said personification. The Drama [=CDs=] show that after the incident, he got over Coco, got a job, and [[PairTheSpares ended up with Sora]], so it seems he's all right.]]



* ''{{ICO}}'': a childish innocence is the driving force because Ico and Yorda are kids. The game's {{minimalism}} leaves a lot [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation open to interpretation]], but Ico clearly cares for Yorda, who implicitly trusts Ico with her life. It helps avoid any cliche by the fact that the game is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome so well done]] that [[VideogameCaringPotential the player comes to love]] both Yorda and Ico as much as they love each other. It also helps that A) One of the first things Ico sees of Yorda is her ability to open locked doors; doors which surround the castle they're trapped in [[spoiler:there's also one at the end of the giant bridge, assuming you don't turn around and try to jump back for Yorda the second the queen tries to capture her]] B) he has a vague idea of why he himself was trapped in the castle, and knows it's a bad idea for anyone to stick around there.

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* ''{{ICO}}'': a childish innocence is the driving force because Ico and Yorda are kids. The game's {{minimalism}} leaves a lot [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation open to interpretation]], but Ico clearly cares for Yorda, who implicitly trusts Ico with her life. It helps avoid any cliche by the fact that the game is [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome so well done]] that [[VideogameCaringPotential the player comes to love]] both Yorda and Ico as much as they love each other. It also helps that A) One of the first things Ico sees of Yorda is her ability to open locked doors; doors which surround the castle they're trapped in [[spoiler:there's also one at the end of the giant bridge, assuming you don't turn around and try to jump back for Yorda the second the queen tries to capture her]] B) he has a vague idea of why he himself was trapped in the castle, and knows it's a bad idea for anyone to stick around there.



** Justified and averted in two instances in ''ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney''. Phoenix is more than willing to defend Espella from accusations of witchcraft even though he's known her for less than a week, but [[spoiler:he'd been given fake memories of knowing her for five years.]] And the second instance: when Maya is accused, Luke Triton is more than willing to testify against her.

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** Justified and averted in two instances in ''ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney''.''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney''. Phoenix is more than willing to defend Espella from accusations of witchcraft even though he's known her for less than a week, but [[spoiler:he'd been given fake memories of knowing her for five years.]] And the second instance: when Maya is accused, Luke Triton is more than willing to testify against her.



* In the WhateleyUniverse, Stalwart declares his undying love for Fey only seconds after seeing her. To make it extra-uncomfortable, he does it in the middle of the [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] quad, while Fey's father is standing right there. Fey throws him across the quad, but he doesn't give up. His DoggedNiceGuy behavior eventually saves Fey's life, and he gets several dates with her.

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* In the WhateleyUniverse, Literature/WhateleyUniverse, Stalwart declares his undying love for Fey only seconds after seeing her. To make it extra-uncomfortable, he does it in the middle of the [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]] quad, while Fey's father is standing right there. Fey throws him across the quad, but he doesn't give up. His DoggedNiceGuy behavior eventually saves Fey's life, and he gets several dates with her.



** It's ''alleged'' that in demos during TheTroubles, police would pick on women in a group attempting peaceful protest in order to make the men... less peaceful, so they could justifiably be arrested.

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** It's ''alleged'' that in demos during TheTroubles, UsefulNotes/TheTroubles, police would pick on women in a group attempting peaceful protest in order to make the men... less peaceful, so they could justifiably be arrested.
26th Jun '16 10:46:08 AM nombretomado
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* ''BaldursGate'' allows a justification of the trope, where you find a drow woman being pursued by a member of the Flaming Fist (a mercenary company that acts as law and order for the region). He says she is accused of murder, and he's going to kill her... without the messiness of a trial or any of that because she's a drow. [[spoiler:She is [[NeutralEvil evil]] and may well be guilty, but your character can protest that the law should be obeyed. The mercenary comes after you for it, and you get to fight him (with no loss of reputation, as would happen if you killed any other Flaming Fist soldier in the game).You do, however, lose 2 reputation points if you let her join your party.]]

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* ''BaldursGate'' ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' allows a justification of the trope, where you find a drow woman being pursued by a member of the Flaming Fist (a mercenary company that acts as law and order for the region). He says she is accused of murder, and he's going to kill her... without the messiness of a trial or any of that because she's a drow. [[spoiler:She is [[NeutralEvil evil]] and may well be guilty, but your character can protest that the law should be obeyed. The mercenary comes after you for it, and you get to fight him (with no loss of reputation, as would happen if you killed any other Flaming Fist soldier in the game).You do, however, lose 2 reputation points if you let her join your party.]]
23rd Jun '16 12:11:35 AM TriumphantMagician
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** Finn from ''The Force Awakens'' suffers from this. He had ''no idea who Rey was'' before he decided to try and help her in a fight.

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** Finn from ''The Force Awakens'' suffers from this. He had ''no idea who Rey was'' before he decided to try and help her in a fight.put himself at risk for her.
17th Jun '16 1:00:54 PM TriumphantMagician
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** Finn from ''The Force Awakens'' suffers from this. He had ''no idea who Rey was'' before he decided to try and help her in a fight.
2nd May '16 12:50:36 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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2nd May '16 12:48:44 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Engaging in this practice on an internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called "WhiteKnighting." Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.

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* Engaging in this practice on an internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called "WhiteKnighting."white knighting." Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.
1st May '16 5:43:37 PM Steven
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* Leon in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'' goes out of his way to escort and protect Ada no matter how many times she tries to ditch him. Even when Ada is being shot at, he takes a bullet for her! [[note]]Since Leon is a police officer and it was his first day, he most likely felt it was his duty to protect Ada, although it's implied he may have fallen in love with her as well.[[/note]] After Leon hears Ada is a spy for the Umbrella corporation, he refuses to believe it until Ada confirms it herself (in scenario A anyway). Since then, Leon and Ada have a "it's complicated" relationship in later games where Ada will help Leon when she can, but she will still hinder his progress if she is ordered to (though she won't harm him).
6th Apr '16 10:43:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SinCity'': Most of the {{antihero}}es ''SinCity''are afflicted with this trope to some degree. Several characters compare themselves to knights, with Dwight being Lancelot, and Hartigan "charging in like Galahad."

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* ''SinCity'': ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Most of the {{antihero}}es ''SinCity''are are afflicted with this trope to some degree. Several characters compare themselves to knights, with Dwight being Lancelot, and Hartigan "charging in like Galahad."
2nd Apr '16 8:57:32 AM ANTMuddle
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The KnightInShiningArmour (in non-medieval settings, TheCape) is a frequent user of this trope. Medieval {{chivalric romance}}s, indeed, portrayed knights who fell in love with a ''[[PeerlessLoveInterest princesse lointaine]]'' (faraway princess) merely on [[LoveBeforeFirstSight hearing her described]].

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The KnightInShiningArmour (in non-medieval settings, TheCape) is a frequent user of this trope.trope, with TheLadysFavour being its primary indicator. Medieval {{chivalric romance}}s, indeed, portrayed knights who fell in love with a ''[[PeerlessLoveInterest princesse lointaine]]'' (faraway princess) merely on [[LoveBeforeFirstSight hearing her described]].
23rd Mar '16 5:17:02 AM RubySlippers11
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** Although Richard doesn't help the girl because he's in love with her, he helps her because she's lying in the street alone and bleeding. His fiancée breaks up with him because she's upset that Richard doesn't care that helping the girl would make them late for dinner.

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** Although Richard doesn't help the girl because he's in love with her, he helps her because she's lying in the street alone and bleeding. His fiancée breaks up with him because she's upset that Richard doesn't care about the fact that helping the girl would make them late for dinner.
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