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22nd Nov '16 7:09:09 PM PaulA
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* Creator/GordonRDickson seems to have a weakness for this trope. In the ''Literature/ChildeCycle'', both Anea Marlivana from ''Dorsai'' and Melissa Khan from ''Tactics of Mistake'' are obstructive love interests in spades. (The latter is lampshaded in the later story "Amanda Morgan", where the title character observes that Melissa is terrific in a crisis, but incompetent the rest of the time.)

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* Creator/GordonRDickson seems to have a weakness for this trope. In the Creator/GordonRDickson's ''Literature/ChildeCycle'', both Anea Marlivana from ''Dorsai'' ''Literature/{{Dorsai}}'' and Melissa Khan from ''Tactics of Mistake'' ''Literature/TacticsOfMistake'' are obstructive love interests in spades.interests. (The latter is lampshaded in the later story "Amanda Morgan", where the title character observes that Melissa is terrific in a crisis, but incompetent the rest of the time.)
22nd Sep '16 8:22:49 PM nombretomado
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* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended as she came up with her [[ParentalSubstitute own explanation for Terry's devotion to his job]]. The JusticeLeagueUnlimited FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue" suggests that things have gotten much better now that she knows about his superhero life.
* Julie in ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', which was frustrating since she wasn't like that in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce the previous show.]]

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* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended as she came up with her [[ParentalSubstitute own explanation for Terry's devotion to his job]]. The JusticeLeagueUnlimited WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue" suggests that things have gotten much better now that she knows about his superhero life.
* Julie in ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', ''WesternAnimation/Ben10UltimateAlien'', which was frustrating since she wasn't like that in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce the previous show.]]
10th Sep '16 10:18:41 AM fearlessnikki
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* Brooke in ''Film/MagicMike'' responds to most of Mike's flirting with SnarkToSnarkCombat and disapproval about his chosen lifestyle. Until the end where he announces he's quitting stripping.


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* Skyler White in ''Series/BreakingBad'' devotes a lot of her screen time to questioning what Walt is up to when he's out secretly cooking and selling drugs. Uniquely they're already married at the start.
* Used with Lucy Lane in ''{{Series/Supergirl2015}}'' - but this is to show her as a RomanticFalseLead for James. She's constantly questioning what he's up to and misunderstanding a lot of his situations - when he's really helping Kara keep her secret identity as Supergirl.
18th Feb '16 6:54:08 PM HeraldAlberich
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* In the film of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Victoria Forrester is a big one of these. We're not meant to like her, and TheHero comes round eventually. In the original book, she's a lot more sympathetic, mainly because she seemed to make her claim sarcastically and didn't actually expect the Hero to try to fulfill it, feeling guilty when he does.
28th Dec '15 8:48:38 PM StrixObscuro
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* Played straight and depending on if you think it's funny, parodied in the {{yaoi}} title ''IllBeYourSlave''. The Obstructive Love Interest is a pretty boy, well aware of his looks, who's used to having his admirers doing everything for him. The seme becomes his dedicated slave to keep him co-operative in a modelling job. The boy abuses this to no end.

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* Played straight and depending on if you think it's funny, parodied in the {{yaoi}} title ''IllBeYourSlave''.''Manga/IllBeYourSlave''. The Obstructive Love Interest is a pretty boy, well aware of his looks, who's used to having his admirers doing everything for him. The seme becomes his dedicated slave to keep him co-operative in a modelling job. The boy abuses this to no end.


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* In the original ''ComicBook/SpiderWoman'' series, Jerry Hunt had shades of this, constantly getting frustrated over Jessica Drew's inability to put his needs before her drive to fight crime, even when said crimes tended to involve him. One issue gave us a peek into his mind and showed that he would have much preferred if Jessica had been a damsel in distress who needed him to rescue her.
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28th Dec '15 8:03:12 PM Ayasugi
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* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended, sort of (she [[DemotedToExtra appeared less and thus obstructed less]], as opposed to her role going in a positive way.) The JusticeLeagueUnlimited FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue" suggests that things have gotten better.

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* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended, sort of (she [[DemotedToExtra appeared less and thus obstructed less]], ended as opposed to she came up with her role going in a positive way.) [[ParentalSubstitute own explanation for Terry's devotion to his job]]. The JusticeLeagueUnlimited FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue" suggests that things have gotten better.much better now that she knows about his superhero life.
30th Oct '15 9:49:50 PM EcliptorCalrissian
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* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended, and fully gone in the JusticeLeagueUnlimited DistantFinale "Epilogue".

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* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended, sort of (she [[DemotedToExtra appeared less and fully gone thus obstructed less]], as opposed to her role going in the a positive way.) The JusticeLeagueUnlimited DistantFinale "Epilogue".FullyAbsorbedFinale "Epilogue" suggests that things have gotten better.
21st Sep '15 6:34:39 AM catmuto
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* Shiori in ''Manga/GlassMask'', who is Hayami's fiancée. When she realizes that Hayami loves Maya, she shows her [[BitchInSheepsClothing true colors]] and often causes events that make Maya come across as rude or mean out of jealousy.
31st Mar '15 10:18:19 PM vifetoile
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As you can see, this trope has some pretty discriminatory underpinnings -- by painting the female love interest as unreasoable, whiny, and hysterical, it compares her unfavorably to the manly and stoic hero, and his always-male band of TrueCompanions that he can't wait to rejoin. Masculinity is favored over femininity, and militarism over domesticity.

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As you can see, this trope has some pretty discriminatory underpinnings -- by painting the female love interest as unreasoable, unreasonable, whiny, and hysterical, it compares her unfavorably to the manly and stoic hero, and his always-male band of TrueCompanions that he can't wait to rejoin. Masculinity is favored over femininity, and militarism over domesticity.
31st Mar '15 8:37:59 PM vifetoile
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As you can see, this trope has some pretty discriminatory underpinnings -- by painting the female love interest as unreasoable, whiny, and hysterical, it compares her unfavorably to the manly and stoic hero, and his always-male band of TrueCompanions that he can't wait to rejoin. Masculinity is favored over femininity, and militarism over domesticity.
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