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28th Sep '16 7:08:32 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Surprisingly, once [[RareMaleExample his]] actual motivations are explored, [[spoiler: Juuzo Sakakura]] from ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' ends up fitting in this trope. [[spoiler: He loves Kyousuke Munakata deeply but knows he can't have his romantic affection, would rather step aside and give Chisa Yukizome the chance to love him and being loved back, suffers enormously for such feelings (even if he shows it in very different ways than the standard trope), and ends up dying in a terribly tragic manner to, among other things, protect Munakata with his life. His FamousLastWords are about how much he wants Munakata to live no matter what.]]
17th Sep '16 1:11:18 PM StFan
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* PlayedWith quite a bit in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' - both TheHeroine Duck/Tutu ''and'' [[AntiVillain Anti Villainess]] Rue/Kraehe vie for this position. Considering that [[spoiler: Drosselmeyer was trying to write a tragedy]], it's not that surprising. And considering [[ScrewDestiny the theme of the show]], it's not surprising that [[spoiler: they both subvert this role]].

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* PlayedWith quite a bit in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' - -- both TheHeroine Duck/Tutu ''and'' [[AntiVillain Anti Villainess]] Anti-Villainess]] Rue/Kraehe vie for this position. Considering that [[spoiler: Drosselmeyer was trying to write a tragedy]], it's not that surprising. And considering [[ScrewDestiny the theme of the show]], it's not surprising that [[spoiler: they both subvert this role]].



* Openly defied in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''. [[spoiler: The Baby deals several and ''extremely'' cruel {{Breaking Lecture}}s to Kagome, telling her that she's pretty much condemned to be this to Inuyasha himself, due to his feelings for his ex-girlfriend (and Kagome's past self) Kikyou. Kagome is ''this'' close to give in and have a FaceHeelTurn, which is the Baby's purpose... but then she [[ShutUpHannibal snaps back at him]] via first admitting that yes, she ''is'' often [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous of Kikyou]], but then adding that these feelings are [[HumansAreFlawed proper of human beings]], and finally stating that she ''does'' love Inuyasha anyway.]] Such emotional honesty, and specially coming from [[spoiler: a {{Tsundere}} and self-admitted ClingyJealousGirl]], is VERY welcome and refreshing. [[spoiler: And even more so when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it keeps her from]] going the "LoveMakesYouEvil" way.]]

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Openly defied in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''. [[spoiler: The defied: [[spoiler:The Baby deals several and ''extremely'' cruel {{Breaking Lecture}}s to Kagome, telling her that she's pretty much condemned to be this to Inuyasha Inu-Yasha himself, due to his feelings for his ex-girlfriend (and Kagome's past self) Kikyou. Kagome is ''this'' close to give in and have a FaceHeelTurn, which is the Baby's purpose... but then she [[ShutUpHannibal snaps back at him]] via first admitting that yes, she ''is'' often [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous of Kikyou]], but then adding that these feelings are [[HumansAreFlawed proper of human beings]], and finally stating that she ''does'' love Inuyasha Inu-Yasha anyway.]] Such emotional honesty, and specially coming from [[spoiler: a {{Tsundere}} and self-admitted ClingyJealousGirl]], is VERY welcome and refreshing. [[spoiler: And even more so when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it keeps her from]] going the "LoveMakesYouEvil" way.]]



* In the Manga/MarmaladeBoy anime Anju Kitahara has more than one whiff of this, being a YamatoNadeshiko and loving her ChildhoodFriend Yuu, who already has a girlfriend named Miki by the time they meet again. She immediately [[GenreSavvy recognizes the trope]] and tells Miki that not only she will not step in between them but she'll support them as much as she can. [[spoiler: She ''does'' have a slim chance later when Yuu and Miki break up during a crisis, but since they hook up again later, Anju decides to step aside.]]

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In the Manga/MarmaladeBoy anime anime, Anju Kitahara has more than one whiff of this, being a YamatoNadeshiko and loving her ChildhoodFriend Yuu, who already has a girlfriend named Miki by the time they meet again. She immediately [[GenreSavvy recognizes the trope]] and tells Miki that not only she will not step in between them but she'll support them as much as she can. [[spoiler: She ''does'' have a slim chance later when Yuu and Miki break up during a crisis, but since they hook up again later, Anju decides to step aside.]]



* Several of these appear in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', with the most tragic case being [[spoiler: Shouko Utakura from the ''Seance's Double Locked Mystery Room Case''. Who ends up '''murdered''' by the guy she loves (Ryuuichi Mifune) because he mistakenly believes her to be involved in the death of his girlfriend Kira. (She sorta ''is'', but definitely NOT in the way he expected her to.)]]

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Several of these appear in ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', appear, with the most tragic case being [[spoiler: Shouko Utakura from the ''Seance's Double Locked Mystery Room Case''. Who ends up '''murdered''' by the guy she loves (Ryuuichi Mifune) because he mistakenly believes her to be involved in the death of his girlfriend Kira. (She sorta ''is'', but definitely NOT in the way he expected her to.)]]



* Subverted by Youko Nakagawa in the anime of Manga/CardCaptorSakura. She pines for Touya Kinomoto who (unbeknownst to her) is starting to develop feelings for [[HoYay Yukito Tsukishiro]], and plans to tell him about her love in the SchoolFestival. She does cry when Touya politely turns her affections down at the end of the episode she's featured in, but she actually apologizes for crying and tells him she'll be okay. Her only request is for him to dance with her around the bonfire.

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* Subverted by Youko Nakagawa in the anime of Manga/CardCaptorSakura.''Manga/CardCaptorSakura''. She pines for Touya Kinomoto who (unbeknownst to her) is starting to develop feelings for [[HoYay Yukito Tsukishiro]], and plans to tell him about her love in the SchoolFestival. She does cry when Touya politely turns her affections down at the end of the episode she's featured in, but she actually apologizes for crying and tells him she'll be okay. Her only request is for him to dance with her around the bonfire.



* Sylvie Arte from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', a woman who's in love with a BlitheSpirit friend of hers named Raphael [[spoiler: who simply cannot love her back because he was widowed in very tragic circumstances]]. The trope is also discussed, as Sylvie explains her situation and Raphael's to Nadja and warns her that not everything in love is happiness.

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Sylvie Arte from ''Anime/AshitaNoNadja'', Arte, a woman who's in love with a BlitheSpirit friend of hers named Raphael [[spoiler: who simply cannot love her back because he was widowed in very tragic circumstances]]. The trope is also discussed, as Sylvie explains her situation and Raphael's to Nadja and warns her that not everything in love is happiness.



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* ''The Lady Of Shalott'' (the page image) from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name which is based on the ArthurianLegend character Elaine of Astolat, who pined after Lancelot (who, of course, only had eyes for Guinevere) and eventually died of a broken heart.

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''The Lady Of of Shalott'' (the page image) from Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem of the same name which is based on the ArthurianLegend Arthurian Legend character Elaine of Astolat, who pined after Lancelot (who, of course, only had eyes for Guinevere) and eventually died of a broken heart.



* Actually subverted in the original ''Literature/LesMiserables'' with Eponine - she's more pitiful than tragic, and [[{{Yandere}} far from selfless]]. She despairs when he falls in love with [[TheIngenue Cosette]], so she figures [[IfICantHaveYou she'll just have him die with her]].

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* Actually subverted in the original ''Literature/LesMiserables'' with Eponine - -- she's more pitiful than tragic, and [[{{Yandere}} far from selfless]]. She despairs when he falls in love with [[TheIngenue Cosette]], so she figures [[IfICantHaveYou she'll just have him die with her]].
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* Emma on "Series/BatesMotel" seems to be one of these. She is every bit as hot as Bradley, but Norman just likes Bradley better.

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* Emma on "Series/BatesMotel" ''Series/BatesMotel'' seems to be one of these. She is every bit as hot as Bradley, but Norman just likes Bradley better.
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* ''{{Giselle}}'' from the ballet of the same name. In some versions, Giselle falls in love with Albretch, but Albretch is engaged to Bathilde. After dying of a broken heart ([[IllGirl perhaps]] [[HeartTrauma literally]]), Giselle becomes TheLostLenore.

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* ''{{Giselle}}'' from the ballet of the same name.''Theatre/{{Giselle}}''. In some versions, Giselle falls in love with Albretch, but Albretch is engaged to Bathilde. After dying of a broken heart ([[IllGirl perhaps]] [[HeartTrauma literally]]), Giselle becomes TheLostLenore.



* Viola describes herself like this (although she claims to be talking about her sister) in the middle of "Twelfth Night", trying to explain to Orsino that sometimes you don't end up with the person you want and there's nothing you can do about it.
-->'''Viola''': My father had a daughter loved a man, as it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, I should your lordship.
-->'''Orsino''': And what's her history?
--> '''Viola''': A blank, my lord. She never told her love, but let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, feed on her damask cheek: she pined in thought, and with a green and yellow melancholy she sat like patience on a monument, smiling at grief.
** She does get the guy at the end of the play, though.

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* Viola describes herself like this (although she claims to be talking about her sister) in the middle of "Twelfth Night", trying to explain to Orsino that sometimes you don't end up with the person you want and there's nothing you can do about it. \n-->'''Viola''': She does get the guy at the end of the play, though.
-->'''Viola:'''
My father had a daughter loved a man, as it might be, perhaps, were I a woman, I should your lordship.
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lordship.\\
'''Orsino:'''
And what's her history?
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history?\\
'''Viola:'''
A blank, my lord. She never told her love, but let concealment, like a worm i' the bud, feed on her damask cheek: she pined in thought, and with a green and yellow melancholy she sat like patience on a monument, smiling at grief.
** She does get the guy at the end of the play, though.
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* Helen Chao from "Flower Drum Song" is one of these. Like Eponine, she gets one of the arguably better songs in the show and does everything she can to be a supportive friend to Ta. He first rejects her by chasing the wrong love object before again passing her over.

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* Helen Chao from "Flower ''Flower Drum Song" Song'' is one of these. Like Eponine, she gets one of the arguably better songs in the show and does everything she can to be a supportive friend to Ta. He first rejects her by chasing the wrong love object before again passing her over.
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* Up to episode 50, this seemed to be Daphne on ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. And that was mainly because Freddy was acutely clueless about Daphne's love for him.

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* Up to episode 50, this seemed to be Daphne on ''ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''.''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated''. And that was mainly because Freddy was acutely clueless about Daphne's love for him.
13th Sep '16 8:32:28 PM Dravencour
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka Miki is a sharp, vicious {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She ''seems'' to play it straight at first sight (she yearns for Kyousuke's love, but he shows no romantic interest in her and [[spoiler: after Sayaka doesn't confess her love for him in time, he hooks up with Hitomi, who ''does'' come forward when she had the chance)]]... [[HiddenDepths but the truth is FAR more complex]]. [[ShyblueHairedGirl Sayaka]] already had serious self-esteem problems from ''before'' becoming a MagicalGirl, and when she's offered to become one and mentions that [[GreaterNeedThanMine she wanted to use her wish for Kyousuke's sake]], CoolBigSis Mami [[ArmorPiercingQuestion immediately questions her purpose.]] She makes her wish for him against Mami's warnings, since [[AFriendInNeed she sincerely believes it would still be worth it]]; only ''then'' Sayaka learns that being a MagicalGirl [[BlessedwithSuck is NOT as sparkly and beautiful as she thinks it is]], which clashes with her black and white view of the world ''and'' her emotional conflicts. While [[spoiler: losing in the LoveTriangle]] is a part of the reason why [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon she fell]] [[FaceHeelTurn out of grace]] and it took her [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion quite a while to recover]] ]], it's not the '''''only''''' reason... but [[FanDumb several of her "fans"]] peg the girl '''only''' as the local UnrequitedTragicMaide, reducing her to a one-note character and few more.

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka Miki is a sharp, vicious {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She ''seems'' to play it straight at first sight (she yearns for Kyousuke's love, but he shows no romantic interest in her and [[spoiler: after Sayaka doesn't confess her love for him in time, he hooks up with Hitomi, who ''does'' come forward when she had the chance)]]... [[HiddenDepths but the truth is FAR more complex]]. [[ShyblueHairedGirl Sayaka]] already had serious self-esteem problems from ''before'' becoming a MagicalGirl, and when she's offered to become one and mentions that [[GreaterNeedThanMine she wanted to use her wish for Kyousuke's sake]], CoolBigSis Mami [[ArmorPiercingQuestion immediately questions her purpose.]] She makes her wish for him against Mami's warnings, since [[AFriendInNeed she sincerely believes it would still be worth it]]; only ''then'' Sayaka learns that being a MagicalGirl [[BlessedwithSuck is NOT as sparkly and beautiful as she thinks it is]], which clashes with her black and white view of the world ''and'' her emotional conflicts. While [[spoiler: losing in the LoveTriangle]] is a part of the reason why [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon she fell]] [[FaceHeelTurn out of grace]] and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie witched out]] and it took her [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion quite a while to recover]] ]], it's not the '''''only''''' reason... but [[FanDumb several of her "fans"]] peg the girl '''only''' as the local UnrequitedTragicMaide, UnrequitedTragicMaiden, reducing her to a one-note character and few little more.
7th Sep '16 11:51:59 AM roxana
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** The Arthurian canon also includes a strong aversion of this trope. The young lady in love with Lancelot in this case opts for a platonic relationship in which Lancelot becomes her friend and champion. It works.
22nd Aug '16 1:07:03 PM GlitteringFlowers
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* [[spoiler: Sayaka Miki]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is a sharp, vicious {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She ''seems'' to play it straight at first sight [[spoiler: (she yearns for Kyousuke's love, but he shows no romantic interest in her and after Sayaka doesn't confess her love for him in time, he hooks up with Hitomi, who ''does'' come forward when she had the chance)]]... [[HiddenDepths but the truth is FAR more complex]]. [[spoiler: [[ShyblueHairedGirl Sayaka]] already had serious self-esteem problems from ''before'' becoming a MagicalGirl, and when she's offered to become one and mentions that [[GreaterNeedThanMine she wanted to use her wish for Kyousuke's sake]], CoolBigSis Mami [[ArmorPiercingQuestion immediately questions her purpose.]] She makes her wish for him against Mami's warnings, since [[AFriendInNeed she sincerely believes it would still be worth it]]; only ''then'' Sayaka learns that being a MagicalGirl [[BlessedwithSuck is NOT as sparkly and beautiful as she thinks it is]], which clashes with her black and white view of the world ''and'' her emotional conflicts]]. While [[spoiler: losing in the LoveTriangle]] is a part of the reason why [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon she fell]] [[FaceHeelTurn out of grace]] ]] , is not the '''''only''''' reason... but go tell that to [[FanDumb several of her "fans"]], who [[NeverLiveItDown peg the girl]] '''only''' as the local UnrequitedTragicMaiden and then make her a PossessionSue.

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* [[spoiler: In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka Miki]] in ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' Miki is a sharp, vicious {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She ''seems'' to play it straight at first sight [[spoiler: (she yearns for Kyousuke's love, but he shows no romantic interest in her and [[spoiler: after Sayaka doesn't confess her love for him in time, he hooks up with Hitomi, who ''does'' come forward when she had the chance)]]... [[HiddenDepths but the truth is FAR more complex]]. [[spoiler: [[ShyblueHairedGirl Sayaka]] already had serious self-esteem problems from ''before'' becoming a MagicalGirl, and when she's offered to become one and mentions that [[GreaterNeedThanMine she wanted to use her wish for Kyousuke's sake]], CoolBigSis Mami [[ArmorPiercingQuestion immediately questions her purpose.]] She makes her wish for him against Mami's warnings, since [[AFriendInNeed she sincerely believes it would still be worth it]]; only ''then'' Sayaka learns that being a MagicalGirl [[BlessedwithSuck is NOT as sparkly and beautiful as she thinks it is]], which clashes with her black and white view of the world ''and'' her emotional conflicts]]. conflicts. While [[spoiler: losing in the LoveTriangle]] is a part of the reason why [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon she fell]] [[FaceHeelTurn out of grace]] ]] , is and it took her [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion quite a while to recover]] ]], it's not the '''''only''''' reason... but go tell that to [[FanDumb several of her "fans"]], who [[NeverLiveItDown "fans"]] peg the girl]] girl '''only''' as the local UnrequitedTragicMaiden UnrequitedTragicMaide, reducing her to a one-note character and then make her a PossessionSue.few more.
10th Aug '16 9:38:56 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can very easily be seen as being this for Rose Quartz, who she was deeply in love with because she made Pearl feel like she was "everything". This [[HeroicSelfDeprecation and]] [[NervousWreck several]] [[NobleBigot other]] [[DevotedToYou factors]] left [[BrokenBird Pearl]] seriously messed up, and she's still reeling from [[TheLostLenore Rose's death]] [[TheMourningAfter after at least 14 years]].

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* Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can very easily be seen as being this for [[HomoeroticSubtext Rose Quartz, Quartz]], who she was deeply in love with because she made Pearl feel like she was "everything". This [[HeroicSelfDeprecation and]] [[NervousWreck several]] [[NobleBigot other]] [[DevotedToYou factors]] left [[BrokenBird Pearl]] seriously messed up, and she's still reeling from [[TheLostLenore Rose's death]] [[TheMourningAfter after at least 14 years]].
10th Aug '16 9:29:10 AM GlitteringFlowers
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* Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can very easily be seen as being this for Rose Quartz, who she was deeply in love with because she made Pearl feel like she was "everything". This [[HeroicSelfDeprecation and]] [[NervousWreck several]] [[NobleBigot other]] [[DevotedToYou factors]] left [[BrokenBird Pearl]] seriously messed up, and she's still reeling from [[TheLostLenore Rose's death]] [[TheMourningAfter after at least 14 years]].
27th Jul '16 1:06:52 PM Willbyr
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* Played for Laughs in UruseiYatsura, with Lum playing the tragic CuteAlienGirl, pining for the love of a CasanovaWannabe named Ataru. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, this was suppose to be played straight with Ataru staying with his original girlfriend, [[FirstGirlWins Shinobu]], after all the hijinks ended. But Lum became such a [[SpotlightStealingSquad popular character]] that the storyline was changed so [[LastGirlWins Lum]] wins in the end.]]

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* Played for Laughs in UruseiYatsura, ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', with Lum playing the tragic CuteAlienGirl, pining for the love of a CasanovaWannabe named Ataru. [[spoiler: Interestingly enough, this was suppose to be played straight with Ataru staying with his original girlfriend, [[FirstGirlWins Shinobu]], after all the hijinks ended. But Lum became such a [[SpotlightStealingSquad popular character]] that the storyline was changed so [[LastGirlWins Lum]] wins in the end.]]
1st Jul '16 4:20:05 PM Anddrix
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[[BaseBreaker Fan reactions to her tend to be mixed.]] Many fans will cheer and push for the Maiden's success, to the extent of calling TheHero an UngratefulBastard if he doesn't fall at the girl's feet (because the more often than not '''never asked for''' pining and sacrifices are seen by fans [[EntitledToHaveYou as him owing her affection or sex no matter what he actually thinks or says]]) or SlutShaming any possible female love rival (because TheHero is seen as [[DoubleStandard a tool of women's validation]] and some think that women [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy shouldn't act on their own romantic feelings if it interferes with others's]]); and if the Maiden doesn't succeed, much bashing of ''the author'' shall be expected. On the other hand, others will turn against the Maiden and call her insulting names, from "idiot" to "bitch" to "slut" to "bad example for women": this is especially obvious if either TheHero has another prospective love interest or female friend [[RealWomenDontWearDresses who's perceived as being "stronger" and "cooler"]] than the maiden herself (because again, TheHero is a tool for women's validation, and a woman seen as "strong" will not be fully completed if she doesn't have a love interest), or the Maiden has a second prospective male love interest whose canon-or-not feelings she passes up on to favor TheHero (because a woman's feelings for Man 1 are automatically less important than Man 2's feelings for her, and she OWES Man 2 affection no matter what).

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[[BaseBreaker [[BaseBreakingCharacter Fan reactions to her tend to be mixed.]] Many fans will cheer and push for the Maiden's success, to the extent of calling TheHero an UngratefulBastard if he doesn't fall at the girl's feet (because the more often than not '''never asked for''' pining and sacrifices are seen by fans [[EntitledToHaveYou as him owing her affection or sex no matter what he actually thinks or says]]) or SlutShaming any possible female love rival (because TheHero is seen as [[DoubleStandard a tool of women's validation]] and some think that women [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy shouldn't act on their own romantic feelings if it interferes with others's]]); and if the Maiden doesn't succeed, much bashing of ''the author'' shall be expected. On the other hand, others will turn against the Maiden and call her insulting names, from "idiot" to "bitch" to "slut" to "bad example for women": this is especially obvious if either TheHero has another prospective love interest or female friend [[RealWomenDontWearDresses who's perceived as being "stronger" and "cooler"]] than the maiden herself (because again, TheHero is a tool for women's validation, and a woman seen as "strong" will not be fully completed if she doesn't have a love interest), or the Maiden has a second prospective male love interest whose canon-or-not feelings she passes up on to favor TheHero (because a woman's feelings for Man 1 are automatically less important than Man 2's feelings for her, and she OWES Man 2 affection no matter what).
12th May '16 3:00:00 AM Adept
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* In the MarmaladeBoy anime Anju Kitahara has more than one whiff of this, being a YamatoNadeshiko and loving her ChildhoodFriend Yuu, who already has a girlfriend named Miki by the time they meet again. She immediately [[GenreSavvy recognizes the trope]] and tells Miki that not only she will not step in between them but she'll support them as much as she can. [[spoiler: She ''does'' have a slim chance later when Yuu and Miki break up during a crisis, but since they hook up again later, Anju decides to step aside.]]

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* In the MarmaladeBoy Manga/MarmaladeBoy anime Anju Kitahara has more than one whiff of this, being a YamatoNadeshiko and loving her ChildhoodFriend Yuu, who already has a girlfriend named Miki by the time they meet again. She immediately [[GenreSavvy recognizes the trope]] and tells Miki that not only she will not step in between them but she'll support them as much as she can. [[spoiler: She ''does'' have a slim chance later when Yuu and Miki break up during a crisis, but since they hook up again later, Anju decides to step aside.]]
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