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22nd Sep '17 2:18:01 AM LB7979
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* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', despite Flynn Rider's annoyance of how Rapunzel forced him into guiding her, when the thugs turn on them in the Snuggly Duckling tavern, he pushes her behind him, and when they realize they are being chased in the tunnels by the royal guards, he tells her to run and waits until she's ahead of him before he flees himself.
16th Sep '17 8:49:47 PM Discar
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* This trope is ''{{deconstructed|Trope}}'' 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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* This trope is ''{{deconstructed|Trope}}'' {{deconstructed|Trope}} in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' with the character Emiya Shirou, who is a deeply damaged individual who is 'incapable' ''incapable'' of valuing the lives of other people before his own.
1st Sep '17 10:12:36 PM icimalt
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** It's played straight with Ringabel, who joins the party because he feels an intense and inexplicable urge to protect Edea. [[spoiler:It is hinted during the game that Ringabel subconsciously helps Tiz, Agnès, and Edea because he wants to avoid them dying at the hands of Airy like the previous cycle. Then again, Alternis has a huge crush on Edea anyway...]]

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** It's played straight with Ringabel, who joins the party because he feels an intense and inexplicable urge to protect Edea. [[spoiler:It is hinted during the game that Ringabel subconsciously helps Tiz, Agnès, and Edea [[FailureKnight because he wants to avoid them dying at the hands of Airy like the previous cycle.cycle]]. Then again, Alternis has a huge crush on Edea anyway...]]
30th Aug '17 4:51:48 AM GigaHand
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** [[spoiler:Said "girl she's only recently met" actually has the ability to induce this in nearby people, whether she wants to or not. This revelation causes Tokaku to seriously question why she wants to protect Haru.]]
27th Aug '17 10:03:29 AM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'': Lyner has no hesitation in helping any {{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.]]

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* ''VideoGame/ArTonelico'': ''VideoGame/ArTonelicoMelodyOfElemia'': Lyner has no hesitation in helping any {{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.]]
25th Aug '17 7:11:35 AM XFllo
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* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', Shinn risks his military career and possible execution to save Stellar, an enemy SuperSoldier and TykeBomb who he met ''once'' before he found this out. Slightly justified in that she reminds him of his DeadLittleSister, and its hinted that he loves her more as a ReplacementGoldfish than anything else.

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* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', Shinn risks his military career and possible execution to save Stellar, an enemy SuperSoldier and TykeBomb who he met ''once'' before he found this out. Slightly justified in that she reminds him of his DeadLittleSister, late little sister, and its it's hinted that he loves her more as a ReplacementGoldfish than anything else.
9th Aug '17 8:14:04 AM RedScharlach
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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]]]].
* In ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'', Kinji inheritated this ''genetically''. It's a side effect of his SuperMode. He can't ''not'' help a girl in trouble.

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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 oncoming 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]]]].
* In ''LightNovel/AriaTheScarletAmmo'', Kinji inheritated inherited this ''genetically''. It's a side effect of his SuperMode. He can't ''not'' help a girl in trouble.



* ''The Ambulance'', the main character sees an attractive woman walking down the street and attempts to hit on her, she rebuffs him, he follows her and continues hitting on her, she collapses and the titular ambulance picks her up. He then spends the rest of the movie risking life and limb, fighting a sociopathic doctor constantly trying to run him down with an ambulance, and he never even got her name. After he rescues her from certain excruciating death and declares he did it for true love which he recognized at first, she asks him to call her boyfriend and let him know she's ok.

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* In ''The Ambulance'', the main character sees an attractive woman walking down the street and attempts to hit on her, she rebuffs him, he follows her and continues hitting on her, she collapses and the titular ambulance picks her up. He then spends the rest of the movie risking life and limb, fighting a sociopathic doctor constantly trying to run him down with an ambulance, and he never even got her name. After he rescues her from certain excruciating death and declares he did it for true love which he recognized at first, she asks him to call her boyfriend and let him know she's ok.



* Averted and then Played Straight in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': [[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.

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* Averted and then Played Straight played straight in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'': [[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.



** Edward knows Bella as 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.

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** Edward knows Bella as a person and not prey for maybe a month maybe before he wants to spend the rest of his (non)-life protecting her from every other vampire in the world.



* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Eragon is only too ready to give his life saving a girl he met moments ago, who's spent the entire time he's known her in a coma. All he had to work with was a dream of a beautiful woman behind held in a dungeon.

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* ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'': Eragon is only too ready to give his life saving a girl he met moments ago, who's spent the entire time he's known her in a coma. All he had to work with was a dream of a beautiful woman behind being held in a dungeon.



%%* ''Literature/IfOnAWintersNightATraveler'' by Ludmilla of Italo. Calvino's has this on [[AudienceSurrogate you]], Silas Flannery, and Ermes Marana. It's also a running theme in the various [[ShowWithinAShow novels]].

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%%* In ''Literature/IfOnAWintersNightATraveler'' by Italo Calvino, Ludmilla of Italo. Calvino's has this effect on [[AudienceSurrogate you]], Silas Flannery, and Ermes Marana. It's also a running theme in the various [[ShowWithinAShow novels]].



* In Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
** Gareth Bryne's chasing down Siuan might count for this trope. He certainly believes he does at first, {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing that he's too old to be chasing after pretty girls, much less when he can't figure out the reason (beyond the money/service she owed).

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* In Robert Jordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''.
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** Gareth Bryne's chasing down Siuan might count for as this trope. He certainly believes he does at first, {{lampshad|eHanging}}ing that he's too old to be chasing after pretty girls, much less when he can't figure out the reason (beyond the money/service she owed).



** Wilson was unbelievably devastated by the death of his girlfriend, who he had known only for four months, and dated for a few weeks. He asked his best friend of many years (House) to risk his life for her. He's still devastated by her death, about a year later, because she was the only person he had "loved in a long time". Season 4 was shortened, and if it had gone as the writers intended, they would have been dating for 6 months or so. Also, Wilson deeply attaches himself to girlfriends with pathological ease.

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** Wilson was unbelievably devastated by the death of his girlfriend, who he had known only for four months, and dated for a few weeks. He asked his best friend of many years (House) to risk his life for her. He's still devastated by her death, death about a year later, because she was the only person he had "loved in a long time". Season 4 was shortened, and if it had gone as the writers intended, they would have been dating for 6 months or so. Also, Wilson deeply attaches himself to girlfriends with pathological ease.



* ''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 {{subver|tedTrope}}sion.

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* ''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 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 {{subver|tedTrope}}sion.



** Steven sees a young woman, Anne, getting chased by guards in the first episode of "The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew's Eve" and becomes immediately fixated on saving her. When the Doctor leaves the time period without doing anything to prevent the massacre, he focuses most of his grief over it on the fact that they'd left Anne to die.

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** Steven sees a young woman, Anne, getting chased by guards in the first episode of "The Massacre of Saint Bartholemew's Eve" and becomes immediately fixated on saving her. When the Doctor leaves the time period without doing anything to prevent the massacre, he focuses most of his grief over it on the fact that they'd left Anne to die.



* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In "Valerie on the Stairs", Rob is rather drawn to Valerie, the woman who begs him to save her from a monster, even though he knows nothing about her. [[spoiler:This is later explained to be because they're both fictional characters who were written that way. Valerie specifically has no personality attributes beyond her status as a damsel in distress because she's defined solely by her relation to Rob.]]

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* ''Series/MastersOfHorror'': In "Valerie on the Stairs", Rob is rather drawn to Valerie, the woman who begs him to save her from a monster, even though he knows nothing about her. [[spoiler:This is later explained to be because they're both fictional characters who were written that way. Valerie specifically has no personality attributes beyond her status as a damsel in distress because she's defined solely by her relation relationship to Rob.]]



* The quoted musical, ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', as well as the classical novel Don Quixote upon which it was based, parodies this very trope, when the self-considered knight Don Quixote falls instantly in love with a beautiful damsel (in fact, a barmaid moonlighting as a prostitute) and refuses to be convinced by any means that his lady "Dulcinea" (a name he gave her, because certainly her real name, Aldonza, was ill-fitting for a lady of her splendor) was anything less than the beautiful and virtuous lady he imagined her to be. In this particular musical, Don Quixote's high (if misguided) opinion of Aldonza eventually causes her to realize that she is not living up to her potential, and makes it her business to take more pride in herself and become her own Dulcinea.

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* The quoted musical, ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'', as well as the classical novel Don Quixote ''Don Quixote'', upon which it was based, parodies parody this very trope, when the self-considered self-proclaimed knight Don Quixote falls instantly in love with a beautiful damsel (in fact, a barmaid moonlighting as a prostitute) and refuses to be convinced by any means that his lady "Dulcinea" (a name he gave her, because certainly her real name, Aldonza, was ill-fitting for a lady of her splendor) was anything less than the beautiful and virtuous lady he imagined her to be. In this particular musical, Don Quixote's high (if misguided) opinion of Aldonza eventually causes her to realize that she is not living up to her potential, and makes it her business to take more pride in herself and become her own Dulcinea.
23rd Jul '17 4:26:38 PM Sar-Chasm
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* ''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.

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* ''VideoGame/{{ICO}}'': a 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.
21st Jul '17 1:11:04 PM Sonofstranger
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* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'': Obviously, given that you're the omnibenevolent sun god and all. Issun tends to be more cynical than Ammy, but is also a huge sucker for a pretty face.
** Same in ''VideoGame/{{Okamiden}}''. Your first partner, Kuni, actually believes that it is his duty as a swordsman and son of Susano to help out any damsel in distress he sees, [[MilesGloriosus despite initially being too afraid of demons to face up to them]]. Kurow also seems to display this, despite his EstablishingCharacterMoment showing him to be a bit of a jerk and possibly a criminal.
13th Jul '17 5:57:13 PM ANewBeginning
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* The TruthInTelevision aspect of this really should come as no surprise: story devices are based on reality (to a degree) and human nature hasn't majorly changed. There are more than likely evolutionary and group-preservation aspects at play here, as the same is observable in many group-oriented animals. The key to this is the different procreative roles between men and women that makes the latter incomparably valuable when you reduce each gender to a resource. Though each person is an individual and men and women exist in roughly equal proportions, a population consisting of one man and a hundred women is many, ''many'' times more likely to survive than a population consisting of one woman and a hundred men.
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