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* ''Series/TheExpanse'': Detective Miller is assigned to find Julie Mao, the runaway daughter of a major [[LawEnforcementInc Star Helix]] stockholder. He quickly becomes obsessed with her and even thinks he's in love with her despite their never meeting, while she's alive [[spoiler: and/or human]] anyways.
28th Feb '17 12:09:37 PM stuthehistoryguy
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* According to some accounts, the Stonewall Riots exploded when a woman, having already been hit by a police baton, shouted "Why don't you guys do something?" to a crowd of onlookers just before being roughly thrown into a paddy wagon.
12th Feb '17 10:21:10 PM PrincessGwen
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** Edward knows Bella as an person and not prey a month maybe before he wants to spend the rest of his (non)-life protecting her from every other vampire in the world.

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** Edward knows Bella as an a person and not prey a month maybe before he wants to spend the rest of his (non)-life protecting her from every other vampire in the world.
21st Jan '17 12:37:51 PM LadyNorbert
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* The ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' quest In My Time of Need involves a group of Alik'r warriors looking for a Redguard woman they claim betrayed her family and a Redguard city to the Aldmeri Dominion. The woman herself claims she spoke out against the Dominion who hired the Alik'r to hunt her down an assassinate her. The player can either play the trope straight by killing the Alik'r or defy it by luring Saadia outside Whiterun where the Alik'r will capture her.

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* The ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'' quest In "In My Time of Need Need" involves a group of Alik'r warriors looking for a Redguard woman they claim betrayed her family and a Redguard city to the Aldmeri Dominion. The woman herself claims she spoke out against the Dominion who hired the Alik'r to hunt her down an assassinate her. The player can either play the trope straight by killing the Alik'r or defy it by luring Saadia outside Whiterun where the Alik'r will capture her.



* This is quite common in ''WebComic/WhiteDarkLife'', with several couples starting out this way. (Short list: TailsXAnnie, PhillipXFlora (gender-flipped, she saved him first), PatrickXLillian (gender-flipped), RandyXMargaret, ToddXFelicia, RudyXTulip, ArthurXCassandra (gender-flipped), JamesXDahlia, ThomasXKimono, RexXSarah, DonovanXMeghan, WilliamXSerena, EricXMyla, HarryXManah, CastielXWinter, SunlightXLydia, MaxmillianXEsther, and HorizonXCharmory. The backstory also has Brendan and Nino, Lindsay's grandparents, getting hitched this way, and Lindsay's parents, Lloyd and Lyndis, and her aunt and uncle, Linus and Esther, have their relationships start like this. Linus notably nearly got himself killed CementShoes-style.)

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* This is quite common in ''WebComic/WhiteDarkLife'', with several couples starting out this way. (Short list: TailsXAnnie, PhillipXFlora (gender-flipped, she saved him first), PatrickXLillian (gender-flipped), RandyXMargaret, ToddXFelicia, RudyXTulip, ArthurXCassandra (gender-flipped), JamesXDahlia, ThomasXKimono, RexXSarah, DonovanXMeghan, WilliamXSerena, EricXMyla, HarryXManah, CastielXWinter, SunlightXLydia, MaxmillianXEsther, and HorizonXCharmory. The backstory also has Brendan and Nino, Lindsay's grandparents, getting hitched this way, and Lindsay's parents, Lloyd and Lyndis, and her aunt and uncle, Linus and Esther, have their relationships start like this. Linus notably nearly got himself killed CementShoes-style.)
13th Jan '17 11:43:29 PM Ohio9
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* In episode 4 of ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'', Bell is going about his business when he sees an unknown woman (Liliruca) being attacked by a sword-wielding stranger. He immediately rushes in to protect her, and when the attacker asks why he got involved in someone else's dispute, he replies "because she's a girl".

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* In episode 4 of ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'', Bell is going about his business when he sees an unknown woman (Liliruca) being attacked by a sword-wielding stranger. He immediately rushes in to protect her, and when the attacker asks why he got involved in someone else's dispute, he replies "because she's a girl". Even Liliruca is taken aback by this, and asks him "Will you save any woman just because she's a woman?"
10th Jan '17 10:05:38 PM ultimomant
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** Finn from ''The Force Awakens'' suffers from this. He had ''no idea who Rey was'' before he decided to put himself at risk for her.

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** Finn from ''The Force Awakens'' ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' suffers from this. He had ''no idea who Rey was'' before he decided to put himself at risk for her.
2nd Jan '17 6:24:36 PM Ohio9
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* In episode 4 of ''LightNovel/IsItWrongToTryToPickUpGirlsInADungeon'', Bell is going about his business when he sees an unknown woman (Liliruca) being attacked by a sword-wielding stranger. He immediately rushes in to protect her, and when the attacker asks why he got involved in someone else's dispute, he replies "because she's a girl".
26th Dec '16 9:05:46 PM TSBasilisk
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* Lampshaded in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' when Jimmy falls in love with Leslie and tries to get her freed.
-->'''Tom''': Jimmy... you're thinking with your dick.\\
'''Jimmy''': I am not thinking with my dick.\\
'''Tom''': Yes you are.\\
'''Jimmy''': No, I just think that she's a-\\
'''Tom''': Put your dick away.
22nd Dec '16 5:09:34 PM Gamermaster
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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''
** A FoeYay[=/=]LesYay version. after her quest for the Jewel Seeds leads her to get blasted into unconsciousness by Fate Testarossa, Nanoha Takamachi makes it her sole priority to help get rid of the sadness she saw in the other girl's eyes, with the Jewel Seeds becoming secondary. [[FauxSymbolism What Do You Mean It's Not]] LoveAtFirstSight?

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* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''
''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** A FoeYay[=/=]LesYay version. after her quest for the Jewel Seeds leads her to get blasted into unconsciousness by Fate Testarossa, Nanoha Takamachi makes it her sole priority to help get rid of the sadness she saw in the other girl's eyes, with the Jewel Seeds becoming secondary. [[FauxSymbolism What Do You Mean It's Not]] LoveAtFirstSight?LoveAtFirstPunch?
15th Dec '16 5:07:29 PM merotoker
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-->-- '''Thinking With The Wrong Head ([[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Hiro]] Rule)''', ''TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches''

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-->-- '''Thinking With The Wrong Head ([[VideoGame/LunarEternalBlue Hiro]] Rule)''', ''TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches''
''Website/TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches''



The KnightInShiningArmour (in non-medieval settings, TheCape) is a frequent user of this 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]].

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The KnightInShiningArmour KnightInShiningArmor (in non-medieval settings, TheCape) is a frequent user of this 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]].



** Watanuki is a [[spoiler:replacement clone and deep down knows he is not supposed to exist, thus his ChronicHeroSyndrome; he's subconsciously suicidal. A large purpose of him being at the shop was to gain self-worth so when the time came, he wouldn't vanish and the TimeyWimeyBall would remain intact.]]

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** Watanuki is a [[spoiler:replacement clone and deep down knows he is not supposed to exist, thus his ChronicHeroSyndrome; he's subconsciously suicidal. A large purpose of him being at the shop was to gain self-worth so when the time came, he wouldn't vanish and the TimeyWimeyBall would remain intact.]]intact]].



* Subverted in the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' tale "The Hunt", in which the protagonist travels long and far in order to find a beautiful noblewoman whose picture he's seen on a necklace, only to [[spoiler:end up returning the necklace to her and walking away to marry someone else. The tale ends with [[WantingIsBetterThanHaving the wisdom that some goals are better not attained.]]]]

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* Subverted in the ''[[ComicBook/TheSandman Sandman]]'' tale "The Hunt", in which the protagonist travels long and far in order to find a beautiful noblewoman whose picture he's seen on a necklace, only to [[spoiler:end up returning the necklace to her and walking away to marry someone else. The tale ends with [[WantingIsBetterThanHaving the wisdom that some goals are better not attained.]]]]attained]]]].



* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'': Queen Guinevere stands accused by Sir Gawain of treason by adultery, and was to have Sir Lancelot champion her in trial by combat. Sir Lancelot is late to the field and KingArthur is dismayed when no other individual is willing to champion Guinevere -- except for the newly-arrived, unarmored, untrained apprentice Perceval, who asks to champion Guinevere and is knighted by King Arthur for that purpose. He then readies himself to charge a fully-armored, battle-hardened Sir Gawain when (fortunately) Lancelot shows up to prevent it from happening.

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* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'': Queen Guinevere stands accused by Sir Gawain of treason by adultery, and was to have Sir Lancelot champion her in trial by combat. Sir Lancelot is late to the field and KingArthur Myth/KingArthur is dismayed when no other individual is willing to champion Guinevere -- except for the newly-arrived, unarmored, untrained apprentice Perceval, who asks to champion Guinevere and is knighted by King Arthur for that purpose. He then readies himself to charge a fully-armored, battle-hardened Sir Gawain when (fortunately) Lancelot shows up to prevent it from happening.



* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' parodies this (as one might expect) : Creator/JohnCleese's Sir Lancelot receives a desperate message from someone he believes to be a wrongfully imprisoned girl, and he immediately sets out to free the prisoner. Sprinting (several times) across open fields, he single-handedly assaults and slaughters half the inhabitants of a local castle in the rescue effort, operating under the influence of The Dulcinea Effect. However, the Effect is instantly overcome by the revelation that [[DudeLooksLikeALady the girl is, in fact, a guy]]. A pathetically effeminate guy, but a guy nonetheless.
** In the stage adapation, ''Film/{{Spamalot}}'', the same thing happens... only it winds up that Herbert becomes Lancelot's love interest anyway.

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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' parodies this (as one might expect) : Creator/JohnCleese's Sir Lancelot receives a desperate message from someone he believes to be a wrongfully imprisoned girl, and he immediately sets out to free the prisoner. Sprinting (several times) across open fields, he single-handedly assaults and slaughters half the inhabitants of a local castle in the rescue effort, operating under the influence of The Dulcinea Effect. However, the Effect is instantly overcome by the revelation that [[DudeLooksLikeALady the girl is, in fact, a guy]]. A pathetically effeminate guy, but a guy nonetheless.
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nonetheless. In the stage adapation, ''Film/{{Spamalot}}'', ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', the same thing happens... only it winds up that Herbert becomes Lancelot's love interest anyway.



* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'': Jamal scrapes by as an orphan from the slums and gets into some very nasty situations, but [[TheDeterminator never gives up]] looking for the girl he was friends with for a short time during his childhood.

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* ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire'': Jamal scrapes by as an orphan from the slums and gets into some very nasty situations, but [[TheDeterminator [[{{Determinator}} never gives up]] looking for the girl he was friends with for a short time during his childhood.



* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' gives us a straight and justifiable male example, but an inversion as well, with the LoveInterest herself. Philip shows the most kindness for Syrena [[spoiler:after she's taken captive by Blackbeard as a means to harvest a tear for the Fountain of Youth]], but [[GoodShepherd as a clergyman, you can understand that his acts of kindness are mostly motivated]] by his view on the value of all life, and he's wary about Syrena possibly [[spoiler:killing him since their first meeting was just after the mermaids attacked the entire crew.]] Once Syrena reveals that Philip has no reason to fear her, she gives a more straight example of this trope by revealing [[spoiler:that her "attack" on Philip was an act to save his life, stating that her reason was that he was different from the other men. She didn't show up prior to her introduction when the mermaids came about.]] It's after that moment that Philip is willing to risk his life for her.
* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'',Jocelyn makes William feel like a poet even though he doesn't know her name. Later, when Jocelyn demands that William prove his love by losing an important joust for her. After watching him get knocked around for awhile, she changes her mind and sends word that he must prove his love by ''winning'' the joust. William is very obviously pissed and, when Chaucer tries to motivate him by pointing out Jocelyn in the stands, William growls "And how I hate her!" He meets her that night and has apparently forgiven her, but when she sees his injuries and says that it's all her fault, he gives a very unromantic "Yes, it is."

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* ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' gives us a straight and justifiable male example, but an inversion as well, with the LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} herself. Philip shows the most kindness for Syrena [[spoiler:after she's taken captive by Blackbeard as a means to harvest a tear for the Fountain of Youth]], but [[GoodShepherd as a clergyman, you can understand that his acts of kindness are mostly motivated]] by his view on the value of all life, and he's wary about Syrena possibly [[spoiler:killing him since their first meeting was just after the mermaids attacked the entire crew.]] crew]]. Once Syrena reveals that Philip has no reason to fear her, she gives a more straight example of this trope by revealing [[spoiler:that her "attack" on Philip was an act to save his life, stating that her reason was that he was different from the other men. She didn't show up prior to her introduction when the mermaids came about.]] about]]. It's after that moment that Philip is willing to risk his life for her.
* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'',Jocelyn ''Film/AKnightsTale'', Jocelyn makes William feel like a poet even though he doesn't know her name. Later, when Jocelyn demands that William prove his love by losing an important joust for her. After watching him get knocked around for awhile, she changes her mind and sends word that he must prove his love by ''winning'' the joust. William is very obviously pissed and, when Chaucer tries to motivate him by pointing out Jocelyn in the stands, William growls "And how I hate her!" He meets her that night and has apparently forgiven her, but when she sees his injuries and says that it's all her fault, he gives a very unromantic "Yes, it is."



* ''Literature/DonQuixote'', the {{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!

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* ''Literature/DonQuixote'', the {{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 an excuse for the hero to have adventures, so he imagines his lady and begins to live his dreams!



* ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' from the Creator/WalterScott novel has one of these. Ivanhoe champions for Rebecca, a girl who is not his LoveInterest. It was a fair exchange, since she healed his injuries and was accused of witchcraft for that and for being Jewish. Ivanhoe and Rebecca may not be the OfficialCouple, but they are very much the FanPreferredCouple... even by the ''author.''

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* ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' from the Creator/WalterScott novel has one of these. Ivanhoe champions for Rebecca, a girl who is not his LoveInterest.{{Love Interest|s}}. It was a fair exchange, since she healed his injuries and was accused of witchcraft for that and for being Jewish. Ivanhoe and Rebecca may not be the OfficialCouple, but they are very much the FanPreferredCouple... even by the ''author.''



* ''Literature/TheRainmaker'': Rudy Baylor does this even to the point where he tells himself in the first stages of his relationship with Kelly, the LoveInterest, that doing so is a bad idea.

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* ''Literature/TheRainmaker'': Rudy Baylor does this even to the point where he tells himself in the first stages of his relationship with Kelly, the LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, that doing so is a bad idea.



* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Victor's feelings for Sierra are just as much about this -- he tries to save her and take care of her even in personalities that don't know her. However, just like Echo and Paul, [[spoiler:they eventually fall in love and turn out to be just right for each other.]]

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* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'': Victor's feelings for Sierra are just as much about this -- he tries to save her and take care of her even in personalities that don't know her. However, just like Echo and Paul, [[spoiler:they eventually fall in love and turn out to be just right for each other.]] other]].



* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Requiem for Methuselah", Kirk goes down to a planet where he only has four hours to obtain some material for a vaccine and promptly falls so in love with the girl he meets down there that Spock is forced to erase her from his memory when he's left too heartbroken to go on after being forced to leave her. Even for the notoriously womanizing Kirk, this is a severe example.
* Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: In the episode 'Q-pid', Q insists that Picard is still in love with Vash, a woman he knew for one day a year earlier, and proves it by trapping them in a storyline where he has to rescue her. Picard brushes off his claims, pointing out that he'd try to rescue anyone in danger.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': Robin takes one look at Kate and is instantly in love, even though she treats him with mild contempt. All of a sudden, Kate is the centre of Much's universe (and all the outlaws thanks to the AlwaysSaveTheGirl principle). Oddly though, in a mid-season episode Much laments the fact that Kate has been captured and says: "I'd do anything for her." Yet he doesn't stop what he's doing in order to go and rescue her, so this is a {{subversion}}.

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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Requiem "[[Recap/StarTrekS3E19RequiemForMethuselah Requiem for Methuselah", Methuselah]]", Kirk goes down to a planet where he only has four hours to obtain some material for a vaccine and vaccine. He promptly falls so in love with the girl he meets down there that Spock is forced to erase her from his memory when he's left too heartbroken to go on after being forced to leave her. Even for the notoriously womanizing Kirk, this is a severe example.
* Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration: ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In the episode 'Q-pid', Q insists that Picard is still in love with Vash, a woman he knew for one day a year earlier, and proves it by trapping them in a storyline where he has to rescue her. Picard brushes off his claims, pointing out that he'd try to rescue anyone in danger.
* ''Series/RobinHood'': Robin takes one look at Kate and is instantly in love, even though she treats him with mild contempt. All of a sudden, Kate is the centre of Much's universe (and all the outlaws thanks to the AlwaysSaveTheGirl principle). Oddly though, in a mid-season episode Much laments the fact that Kate has been captured and says: "I'd do anything for her." Yet he doesn't stop what he's doing in order to go and rescue her, so this is a {{subversion}}.{{subver|tedTrope}}sion.



** Also common is the {{heel}} wrestler blaming his diva manager for a series of losses and attacks her. This leads to his {{face}} rival coming to her rescue and she gets an automatic HeelFaceTurn.

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** * Also common is the {{heel}} wrestler blaming his diva manager for a series of losses and attacks her. This leads to his {{face}} rival coming to her rescue and she gets an automatic HeelFaceTurn.



* 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 {{Trope Namer|s}} 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 {{Trope Namer|s}} in TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches, Website/TheGrandListOfConsoleRolePlayingGameCliches, as seen at the top of this page.



** A male player in the VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 community module Dark Avenger can behave like this towards Contessa Mignet. Her being madly in love with a Casanova character who is trying to get rid of her for being too clingy doesn't help.

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** A male player in the VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2 ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' community module Dark Avenger can behave like this towards Contessa Mignet. Her being madly in love with a Casanova character who is trying to get rid of her for being too clingy doesn't help.



* ''TheBardsTale'': The female shows up as an unreal owner of boob, so he immediately works for her although his tasks mess up his life severely. [[spoiler:Later we "find" out that she is a demon.]]

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* ''TheBardsTale'': ''VideoGame/TheBardsTale'': The female shows up as an unreal owner of boob, so he immediately works for her although his tasks mess up his life severely. [[spoiler:Later we "find" out that she is a demon.]]



* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'': Invoked during the "Death of Chivalry" quest as you come across a woman named Dawn, who is held captive by the Black Knight faction under the control of Captain Dulcin. It is later revealed that Dawn has [[spoiler:secretly killed Dulcin long ago in a plan that ultimately has the Player Character and/or his companion Sir Owen complete a series of tests of chivalry so that she may obtain an artifact of power.]]

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* ''VideoGame/RuneScape'': Invoked during the "Death of Chivalry" quest as you come across a woman named Dawn, who is held captive by the Black Knight faction under the control of Captain Dulcin. It is later revealed that Dawn has [[spoiler:secretly killed Dulcin long ago in a plan that ultimately has the Player Character and/or his companion Sir Owen complete a series of tests of chivalry so that she may obtain an artifact of power.]]power]].



* ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'': Leonard had only met the princess, Cisna, once before, when they were kids (and she wasn't even interested in him, but in [[DistractedByTheShiny the butterfly on his head]]), but [[LoveAtFirstSight he falls in love with her the moment he sees her again (and she with him)]] and is willing to rush off and confront a hostile nation searching for destructive lost technology after they kidnap her (dragging his UnluckyChildhoodFriend and the HeroicMime with him).

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* ''VideoGame/WhiteKnightChronicles'': Leonard had only met the princess, Cisna, once before, when they were kids (and she wasn't even interested in him, but in [[DistractedByTheShiny the butterfly on his head]]), but [[LoveAtFirstSight he falls in love with her the moment he sees her again (and she with him)]] and is willing to rush off and confront a hostile nation searching for destructive lost technology after they kidnap her (dragging his UnluckyChildhoodFriend [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]] and the HeroicMime with him).



* ''AgarestSenki'': Leonhardt plays this so straight, the first time he does this, ''he gets killed'' (curiously, the first time he did this, the girl in question is not a LoveInterest seeing as she's just twelve years old). He recovered, though, and does this trope again to two women.
* ''{{ICO}}'': a childish innocence is the driving force because Ico and Yorda are kids. The game's {{minimalism}} leaves a lot [[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]], and 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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* ''AgarestSenki'': ''VideoGame/AgarestSenki'': Leonhardt plays this so straight, the first time he does this, ''he gets killed'' (curiously, the first time he did this, the girl in question is not a LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} seeing as she's just twelve years old). He recovered, though, and does this trope again to two women.
* ''{{ICO}}'': ''VideoGame/{{ICO}}'': a childish innocence is the driving force because Ico and Yorda are kids. The game's {{minimalism}} leaves a lot [[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]], and 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.



** In Trials and Tribulations case [[spoiler:5]], there is no evidence that [[spoiler:Godot]] had ever met [[spoiler:Maya]] before risking life and limb to protect her. He had a pretty good excuse, though: [[spoiler:she is his dead girlfriend's sister, after all. That, and the one after her was essentially his girlfriend's arch-nemesis, who was responsible for ruining Godot's life too.]]

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** In Trials and Tribulations case [[spoiler:5]], there is no evidence that [[spoiler:Godot]] had ever met [[spoiler:Maya]] before risking life and limb to protect her. He had a pretty good excuse, though: [[spoiler:she is his dead girlfriend's sister, after all. That, and the one after her was essentially his girlfriend's arch-nemesis, who was responsible for ruining Godot's life too.]]too]].



** Justified and averted in two instances in ''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.
* ''ArTonelico'': Lyner has no hesitation in helping any SquishyWitch of the Reyvateil race, which only consist of girls. Lyner's keeping up with this trope so much that he will have no hesitation in "saving" a BigBad in the final battle, who appears to be an [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds over-abused Reyvateil.]]
* Subverted in ''TheWitcher 2: Assassin of Kings'', where you meet an elf girl accused of luring town guards to their death. When you do the investigation, [[spoiler:it turns out that she was completely responsible. If you defend her, as "thanks", she'll lead you to an ambush.]]

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** Justified and averted in two instances in ''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.]] years]]. And the second instance: when Maya is accused, Luke Triton is more than willing to testify against her.
* ''ArTonelico'': ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'': Lyner has no hesitation in helping any SquishyWitch {{Squishy Wi|zard}}tch of the Reyvateil race, which only consist of girls. Lyner's keeping up with this trope so much that he will have no hesitation in "saving" a BigBad in the final battle, who appears to be an [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds over-abused Reyvateil.]]
* Subverted in ''TheWitcher 2: Assassin of Kings'', ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'', where you meet an elf girl accused of luring town guards to their death. When you do the investigation, [[spoiler:it turns out that she was completely responsible. If you defend her, as "thanks", she'll lead you to an ambush.]]ambush]].



* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' Raz goes down [[SuperDrowningSkills into the lake]], fights the Lungfish, enters its mind to [[spoiler:bring it back from being brainwashed by Oleander]], and also fights [[spoiler:Oleander]] while there, cures all four asylum inmates to [[MakesSenseInContext collect pieces for his costume so he can get inside the tower]], ''climbs'' that hellish tower. All so he can get up to the top and save Lili. It's both downplayed and justified as Raz has multiple reasons for wanting to get up the tower and the game never explicitly makes any of them the only reason.
* In the online tie-in game for the movie ''Salt,'' the player is led to believe that Salt is being setup by the bad guys and she needs your help to clear her name. In reality, [[spoiler:she is a Soviet mole and is using you to eliminate some loose ends. She later betrays the player to his (it's always shown as a male player) bosses in the CIA.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' Raz goes down [[SuperDrowningSkills into the lake]], fights the Lungfish, enters its mind to [[spoiler:bring it back from being brainwashed by Oleander]], and also fights [[spoiler:Oleander]] while there, cures all four asylum inmates to [[MakesSenseInContext [[ItMakesSenseInContext collect pieces for his costume so he can get inside the tower]], ''climbs'' that hellish tower. All so he can get up to the top and save Lili. It's both downplayed and justified as Raz has multiple reasons for wanting to get up the tower and the game never explicitly makes any of them the only reason.
* In the online tie-in game for the movie ''Salt,'' the player is led to believe that Salt is being setup by the bad guys and she needs your help to clear her name. In reality, [[spoiler:she is a Soviet mole and is using you to eliminate some loose ends. She later betrays the player to his (it's always shown as a male player) bosses in the CIA.]]CIA]].



* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', there is a PlayingWithATrope example. Cale is revived by a priestess (Benny) after being incinerated by Richard the warlock and almost immediately devotes his life to her. While this sounds like IOweYouMyLife, he was pretty inclined to risk his life for her ''before'' being revived (she was being ganged up upon by some thugs and Richard and Cale's ashes watched as she fought them off). This ultimately leads to the forming of the group [[spoiler:and their ultimate coupling.]] It had less to do with protecting the girl and more to do with his view of ultimate pure good and wanting to help everyone and everything and saving those who save him.

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* In ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'', there is a PlayingWithATrope example. Cale is revived by a priestess (Benny) after being incinerated by Richard the warlock and almost immediately devotes his life to her. While this sounds like IOweYouMyLife, he was pretty inclined to risk his life for her ''before'' being revived (she was being ganged up upon by some thugs and Richard and Cale's ashes watched as she fought them off). This ultimately leads to the forming of the group [[spoiler:and their ultimate coupling.]] coupling]]. It had less to do with protecting the girl and more to do with his view of ultimate pure good and wanting to help everyone and everything and saving those who save him.



* Dante Alighieri only saw his "beloved" Beatrice twice in life, probably for a length of time spanning less than an hour, and likely never spoke to her. Yet in his [[Literature/TheDivineComedy most famous work]] (in fact, all his famous ones), she serves as his spirit guide, muse, etc. At the time of writing, Dante was married to a different woman and had kids by her, yet none of these loved ones merit any mention in his work.
* Engaging in this practice on an internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called "white knighting." Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.



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* Dante Alighieri Creator/DanteAlighieri only saw his "beloved" Beatrice twice in life, probably for a length of time spanning less than an hour, and likely never spoke to her. Yet in his [[Literature/TheDivineComedy most famous work]] (in fact, all his famous ones), she serves as his spirit guide, muse, etc. At the time of writing, Dante was married to a different woman and had kids by her, yet none of these loved ones merit any mention in his work.
* Engaging in this practice on an internet Internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called "white knighting." Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.


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