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11th May '16 10:39:45 AM erforce
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* Inverted by Cameron in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', in love with John from the get-go. Her human companions are constantly telling her she can't feel, despite obvious displays of emotion on her part and her pointedly stating that she wouldn't be much use if she couldn't feel. Sometimes she plays this up, however, denying she can feel when clearly upset, annoyed, jealous or shocked.

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* Inverted by Cameron in ''Series/TheSarahConnorChronicles'', ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'', in love with John from the get-go. Her human companions are constantly telling her she can't feel, despite obvious displays of emotion on her part and her pointedly stating that she wouldn't be much use if she couldn't feel. Sometimes she plays this up, however, denying she can feel when clearly upset, annoyed, jealous or shocked.
3rd May '16 1:59:43 PM Willbyr
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** It should be noted however that in the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, humans and Zentraedi are closely related descendants/creations of the same [[{{Precursors}} precursor]] race: the Protoculture. So the series falls under the human variation of the trope as well.

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** It should be noted however that in the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, humans and Zentraedi are closely related descendants/creations of the same [[{{Precursors}} precursor]] {{precursor|s}} race: the Protoculture. So the series falls under the human variation of the trope as well.



* Happens again in ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada/[[Anime/{{Robotech}} New Generation]]'' with Aisha and Sorzie (Marlene/Ariel and Sera), the first Inbit/Invid to be in human forms. [[spoiler:Eventually causes their HighHeelFaceTurn.]]
* Oasis in ''KyouranKazokuNikki'''s last arc came to Earth specifically to figure out what love is. She tries to ask Chika and Madara for advice, but this doesn't end well.

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* Happens again in ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada/[[Anime/{{Robotech}} ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada[=/=][[Anime/{{Robotech}} New Generation]]'' with Aisha and Sorzie (Marlene/Ariel and Sera), the first Inbit/Invid to be in human forms. [[spoiler:Eventually causes their HighHeelFaceTurn.]]
* Oasis in ''KyouranKazokuNikki'''s ''LightNovel/KyouranKazokuNikki'''s last arc came to Earth specifically to figure out what love is. She tries to ask Chika and Madara for advice, but this doesn't end well.



* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' with the [[OneGenderRace namekian]] Piccolo. He doesn't puzzle over it so much as get mildly annoyed by it.

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* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' ''Anime/DragonBallZ'':
** {{Downplayed|Trope}}
with the [[OneGenderRace namekian]] Namekian]] Piccolo. He doesn't puzzle over it so much as get mildly annoyed by it.
30th Apr '16 1:52:53 PM Assassin-sensei
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* In ''VisualNovel/StrawberryVinegar'', Licia tells Rie about a confusing feeling she has upon her return, causing her to turn red and her heart to beat fast, thinking she's getting sick again. Rie awkwardly convinces her it's not, but dodges explaining it to her.
22nd Apr '16 2:19:21 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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*** Happens again in ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada/[[Anime/{{Robotech}} New Generation]]'' with Aisha and Sorzie (Marlene/Ariel and Sera), as the first Inbit/Invid to be in human forms. [[spoiler:Eventually causes their HighHeelFaceTurn.]]

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*** * Happens again in ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada/[[Anime/{{Robotech}} New Generation]]'' with Aisha and Sorzie (Marlene/Ariel and Sera), as the first Inbit/Invid to be in human forms. [[spoiler:Eventually causes their HighHeelFaceTurn.]]
22nd Apr '16 2:18:43 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* This is essentially the plot of ''Anime/{{Macross}}''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. The Zentraedi know nothing of love or sex; their genders are divided at all times. A woman singing is a valuable distraction, a kiss can bring down fleets, and a mere child can sufficiently creep them out. (Well, the kid was a half-Zentraedi with green hair, and that would freak anyone out.)
** It should be noted however that technically, the Humans and Zentraedi in Macross are the descendants/creations of the same [[{{Precursors}} precursor]] race: the Protoculture. So the series falls under the human sort as well.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milia_Fallyna_Jenius Milia Fallyna Jenius,]] re-named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miriya_Parina_Sterling Miriya Parina Sterling,]] embraces the emotion and uses the concept of mercy to provoke a Zentradi mutiny.

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* This is essentially the plot of ''Anime/{{Macross}}''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}''.''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''/''Anime/{{Robotech}}''. The Zentraedi know nothing of love or sex; their genders are divided at all times. A woman singing is a valuable distraction, a kiss can bring down fleets, and a mere child can sufficiently creep them out. out (Well, the kid was a half-Zentraedi with green hair, and that would freak anyone out.)
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** It should be noted however that technically, in the Humans ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, humans and Zentraedi in Macross are the closely related descendants/creations of the same [[{{Precursors}} precursor]] race: the Protoculture. So the series falls under the human sort variation of the trope as well.
** [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milia_Fallyna_Jenius Milia Fallyna Jenius,]] re-named Jenius]] (re-named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miriya_Parina_Sterling Miriya Parina Sterling,]] Sterling]] in ''Robotech'') embraces the emotion after falling in love with Max, and uses the concept of mercy to provoke a Zentradi mutiny.
16th Apr '16 8:58:25 AM johnnye
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It's not just non-human species that need to learn love by themselves: [[JunglePrincess Jungle Princesses]] and [[NobleSavage Noble Savages]] RaisedByWolves may have [[ObliviousToLove no learned knowledge of those feelings]]. Their basic instincts may lead to them acting strongly on any "urges," but they will be unable to properly articulate or understand the desire behind them -- at least not until the MightyWhitey civilizes them. Some pre-teen children may [[PuppyLove get toguether]] and ''think'' they know about love; they eventually realize that it is a bit more complex, and that there are aspects to it that they would only understand when they grow up. TheCasanova, FemmeFatale, or the HandsomeLech, who [[CaptainObvious is no stranger to lust and attraction]] may, ironically, at some point, [[LadykillerInLove have to learn the difference between these and love]], when he ([[ReallyGetsAround or she]]) meets the right person.

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It's not just non-human species that need to learn love by themselves: [[JunglePrincess Jungle Princesses]] and [[NobleSavage Noble Savages]] RaisedByWolves may have [[ObliviousToLove no learned knowledge of those feelings]]. Their basic instincts may lead to them acting strongly on any "urges," but they will be unable to properly articulate or understand the desire behind them -- at least not until the MightyWhitey civilizes them. Some pre-teen children may [[PuppyLove get toguether]] together]] and ''think'' they know about love; they eventually realize that it is a bit more complex, and that there are aspects to it that they would only understand when they grow up. TheCasanova, FemmeFatale, or the HandsomeLech, who [[CaptainObvious is no stranger to lust and attraction]] may, ironically, at some point, [[LadykillerInLove have to learn the difference between these and love]], when he ([[ReallyGetsAround or she]]) meets the right person.
1st Apr '16 6:46:46 AM owlyoudoin
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* Jonas of ''Literature/TheGiver'' grows up in a false Utopian society where the word "love" has become obsolete. When he learns about it through memories received from the Giver and asks his parents if they love him, they admonish him for not using precise language and say that asking "Do you enjoy me?" or "Do you take pride in my accomplishments?" would have been better. What makes it better is that they actually laugh and treat the question as meaningless. Jonas can't help but think that what he felt earlier was anything ''but'' meaningless. He realizes that further questions would also be met with either ignorance or programmed responses. It's also explained that there is no choosing of one's own spouses -- everyone is paired up according to how "compatible" they are. Couples also don't have their own children and aren't even allowed to chose the ones they adopt.

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* Jonas of ''Literature/TheGiver'' grows up in a false Utopian society where the word "love" has become obsolete. When he learns about it through memories received from the Giver and asks his parents if they love him, they admonish him for not using precise language and say that asking "Do you enjoy me?" or "Do you take pride in my accomplishments?" would have been better. What makes it better is that they actually laugh and treat the question as meaningless. Jonas can't help but think that what he felt earlier was anything ''but'' meaningless. He realizes that further questions would also be met with either ignorance or programmed responses. It's also explained that there is no choosing of one's own spouses -- everyone is paired up according to how "compatible" they are. Couples also don't have their own children and aren't even allowed to chose choose the ones they adopt.
28th Mar '16 6:12:50 AM JackG
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* ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd''. Dredd doesn't understand why Galen Demarco would want to fraternize with a fellow Judge, or why he didn't report her for kissing him like he was supposed to. At one point Dredd tries to convince Galen that her need for love is just DaddyIssues; nothing that aversion therapy wouldn't cure. She's not impressed.
27th Mar '16 11:22:08 AM Morgenthaler
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* Alta in the movie ''ForbiddenPlanet'', raised alone by her father, is unfamiliar in the way of kissing until crewmembers offer to explain to her.

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* Alta in the movie ''ForbiddenPlanet'', ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'', raised alone by her father, is unfamiliar in the way of kissing until crewmembers offer to explain to her.



* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' uses the catchphrase "What is 'Kiss'?" to mock this trope when a character reacts to a kiss with confusion, usually due to the actor's [[{{Narm}} failure to emote properly]]. The quote "What is 'Kiss'" is often attributed to ''ForbiddenPlanet'' or ''Franchise/StarTrek'', although the exact phrase was not used in either of these sources. The phase "what is 'kiss'?" is used verbatim in a skit of ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', with the discovery of the garden store natives. Followed a few seconds later by "what is 'handjob'?"

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* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' uses the catchphrase "What is 'Kiss'?" to mock this trope when a character reacts to a kiss with confusion, usually due to the actor's [[{{Narm}} failure to emote properly]]. The quote "What is 'Kiss'" is often attributed to ''ForbiddenPlanet'' ''Film/ForbiddenPlanet'' or ''Franchise/StarTrek'', although the exact phrase was not used in either of these sources. The phase "what is 'kiss'?" is used verbatim in a skit of ''ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'', with the discovery of the garden store natives. Followed a few seconds later by "what is 'handjob'?"
21st Mar '16 2:42:47 PM TheTropper
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* TEC in VideoGame/PaperMario ''TTYD'' spent the entire Peach sub-plot asking this question. He struggles with this at first, but figures it out by the end of the game when [[spoiler: he pulls a HeroicSacrifice to try and save her.]] [[spoiler:If you go to visit him after beating the game, it's implied that ThePowerOfLove saved him from dying.]]

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* TEC in VideoGame/PaperMario ''TTYD'' ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' spent the entire Peach sub-plot asking this question. He struggles with this at first, but figures it out by the end of the game when [[spoiler: he pulls a HeroicSacrifice to try and save her.]] [[spoiler:If you go to visit him after beating the game, it's implied that ThePowerOfLove saved him from dying.]]
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