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20th May '17 4:22:40 AM etherium_prototype
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* ''FireEmblem: Seisen no Keifu'': Played straight with Sigurd and Dierdre (or Diadora, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS depending on who your translator is]]). Gender-swapped in the same game... with Dierdre and Sigurd. Yes, they ''both'' immediately fall madly for each other.

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* ''FireEmblem: Seisen no Keifu'': ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'': Played straight with Sigurd and Dierdre Deirdre (or Diadora, [[SpellMyNameWithAnS depending on who your translator is]]). Gender-swapped in the same game... with Dierdre Deirdre and Sigurd. Yes, they ''both'' immediately fall madly for each other.
15th May '17 6:33:35 PM Daylight
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* In BruceWillis', ''Film/LastManStanding'', he plays a retired [[VillainProtagonist mob hit man]] who is possibly on the run from something. But he decides to stop in a mostly abandoned town near the Mexican border taken over by two Mafia gangs, the Irish and the Italians. He plays both sides against each other to make money, but things get personal for him, when he discovers a Mexican woman being forced to be the Irish mob leader's girlfriend. He decides to risk everything to free her in secret, but is found out and nearly beaten to death before escaping to recover and get revenge.

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* In BruceWillis', Creator/BruceWillis', ''Film/LastManStanding'', he plays a retired [[VillainProtagonist mob hit man]] gunman for hire]] who is possibly on the run from something. But he decides to stop in a mostly abandoned town near the Mexican border taken over by two Mafia gangs, the Irish and the Italians. He plays both sides against each other to make money, but things get personal for him, when he discovers a Mexican woman being forced to be the Irish mob leader's girlfriend. He decides to risk everything to free her in secret, but is found out and nearly beaten to death before escaping to recover and get revenge.
15th May '17 6:25:54 PM Daylight
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* In BruceWillis', ''Film/LastManStanding'', he plays a retired [[VillainProtagonist mob hit man]] who is possibly on the run from something. But he decides to stop in a mostly abandoned town near the Mexican border taken over by two Mafia gangs, the Irish and the Italians. He plays both sides against each other to make money, but things get personal for him, when he discovers a Mexican woman being forced to be the Irish mob leader's girlfriend. He decides to risk everything to free her in secret, but is found out and nearly beaten to death before escaping to recover and get revenge.
4th May '17 12:31:45 AM Plitz
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* An instance of this is optional in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. If Guybrush completes the "Trial of Thievery" last (stealing the Idol of Many Hands from Elaine's mansion), he gets up from attempted drowning by Fester Shinetop [[spoiler:([=LeChuck=] in disguise)]] to see [=LeChuck=]'s ship disappearing and being informed by Herman Toothrot that Elaine has been kidnapped by [=LeChuck=]. Guybrush then proclaims his love for her, even though he mumbled incoherently towards her just prior. If Guybrush doesn't complete the "Trial of Thievery" last, Guybrush and Elaine profess their love for one another and Guybrush still vows to rescue her when she's eventually kidnapped, [[AvertedTrope averting this]].

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* An instance of this is optional in ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland''. If Guybrush completes the "Trial of Thievery" last (stealing the Idol of Many Hands from Elaine's mansion), he gets up from attempted drowning by Fester Shinetop [[spoiler:([=LeChuck=] in disguise)]] to see [=LeChuck=]'s ship disappearing and being informed by Herman Toothrot the Lookout that Elaine has been kidnapped by [=LeChuck=]. Guybrush then proclaims his love for her, even though he mumbled incoherently towards her just prior. If Guybrush doesn't complete the "Trial of Thievery" last, Guybrush and Elaine profess their love for one another and Guybrush still vows to rescue her when she's eventually kidnapped, [[AvertedTrope averting this]].
27th Apr '17 9:31:43 PM Linda58
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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.

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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. Its even {{Lampshaded}}, "Dulcinea" is the title of the pilot.
23rd Apr '17 10:30:19 AM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/SorcererOfTheCrown'' by Zen Cho, Prunella mentions how Zacharias is exactly the kind of gentleman who could be easily manipulated into helping a woman who plays the role of a damsel in distress. Prunella actually needs help, but exaggerates for effect as she doesn't know Zacharias (who would help her anyway).

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* In ''Literature/SorcererOfTheCrown'' ''Literature/SorcererToTheCrown'' by Zen Cho, Prunella mentions how Zacharias is exactly the kind of gentleman who could be easily manipulated into helping a woman who plays the role of a damsel in distress. Prunella actually needs help, but exaggerates for effect as she doesn't know Zacharias (who would help her anyway).
21st Apr '17 12:02:33 PM Gowan
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* In ''Literature/SorcererOfTheCrown'' by Zen Cho, Prunella mentions how Zacharias is exactly the kind of gentleman who could be easily manipulated into helping a woman who plays the role of a damsel in distress. Prunella actually needs help, but exaggerates for effect as she doesn't know Zacharias (who would help her anyway).
9th Apr '17 7:38:22 PM Golondrina
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The Dulcinea Effect is also the main reason that [[StuffedIntoTheFridge women are put into a fridge]] in order to cause the male character [[BreakTheCutie angst]] and push him to [[ItsPersonal drive the plot forward]]. Compare to LovingAShadow, which is being in love with the ''idea'' of someone rather than the actual person. Contrast MagneticHero, for a hero's ability to [[JustForPun pull this]] on followers. ChronicHeroSyndrome is when the hero does this for any random stranger. If this leads to a highly implausible romance, it's a case of StrangledByTheRedString. See also LivingMacGuffin. It's quite possibly related to LoveMakesYouDumb.

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The Dulcinea Effect is also the main reason that [[StuffedIntoTheFridge women are put into a fridge]] in order to cause the male character [[BreakTheCutie angst]] and push him to [[ItsPersonal drive the plot forward]]. Compare to LovingAShadow, which is being in love with the ''idea'' of someone rather than the actual person. Contrast MagneticHero, for a hero's ability to [[JustForPun pull this]] on followers. ChronicHeroSyndrome is when the hero does this for any random stranger. If this leads to a highly implausible romance, it's a case of StrangledByTheRedString. See also LivingMacGuffin. It's quite possibly related to LoveMakesYouDumb.
9th Apr '17 7:35:11 PM Golondrina
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The Dulcinea Effect is also the main reason that [[StuffedIntoTheFridge women are put into a fridge]] in order to cause the male character [[BreakTheCutie angst]] and push him to [[ItsPersonal drive the plot forward]]. Contrast MagneticHero, for a hero's ability to [[JustForPun pull this]] on followers. ChronicHeroSyndrome is when the hero does this for any random stranger. If this leads to a highly implausible romance, it's a case of StrangledByTheRedString. See also LivingMacGuffin. It's quite possibly related to LoveMakesYouDumb.

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The Dulcinea Effect is also the main reason that [[StuffedIntoTheFridge women are put into a fridge]] in order to cause the male character [[BreakTheCutie angst]] and push him to [[ItsPersonal drive the plot forward]]. Compare to LovingAShadow, which is being in love with the ''idea'' of someone rather than the actual person. Contrast MagneticHero, for a hero's ability to [[JustForPun pull this]] on followers. ChronicHeroSyndrome is when the hero does this for any random stranger. If this leads to a highly implausible romance, it's a case of StrangledByTheRedString. See also LivingMacGuffin. It's quite possibly related to LoveMakesYouDumb.
2nd Apr '17 3:49:54 PM constellis
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* This trope is ''{{Deconstructed}}'' in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' with the character Emiya Shirou, who is a deeply damaged individual who is 'incapable' of valuing the lives of other people before his own.
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