Created By: crossed_xd on October 15, 2013 Last Edited By: crossed_xd on October 18, 2013
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Killing for Affection

A character is in love with a killer, and starts kills others, thinking that the killer approves/will fall in love with them

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Here's a rough example: a mentally unstable woman has heard stories of an assassin who's the best at what he does. Thinking that all he cares about is killing, she becomes a murderer herself. She commits violent atrocities with the expectation that the assassin will be so awestruck by her actions that he will seek her out, and they'll be together forever.

Even though she goes so far that she's eventually given a nickname, the assassin never actually notices. This pushes her further and further over the edge until she's finally dealt with by the authorities.
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  • October 15, 2013
    Tallens
    Description needs an overhaul. Example As Thesis is usually frowned on.
  • October 15, 2013
    sgamer82
    • This is more or less Misa Amane's reason for becoming the Second Kira in Death Note. However, Light does not approve and she is one big Spanner In The Works for him.
  • October 15, 2013
    crossed_xd
    I'll read through some of the guides and try to rework the description. I don't really have any solid examples in mind (though I'm trying to find/think of them), but here are a few examples that are similar.

    • Liang Qi from Canaan has a sort of affection for Alphard, but doesn't get hung up on the idea that Alphard will be impressed with killing. Instead, she just decides that she'll kill off her only "competition", Canaan, so that Alphard will be able to focus on her instead.
    • Yuno Gasai from Future Diary is in love with Yukiteru Amano, but he's been made very aware of that fact. In some situations, he even uses it to his advantage, cheering her on to keep her motivated (to kill).
    • Lila West/Tourney from Dexter is a pretty good example. After she finds out that Dexter is a closet sociopath, she kills Doakes, the one man closest to discovering his secret, thinking that Dexter will want to run off with her because of it.
  • October 16, 2013
    Synchronicity
    ^ The first one of those sounds like Murder The Hypotenuse.

    Compare Yandere.
  • October 16, 2013
    crossed_xd
    This concept is pretty close to Yandere, but with some key differences.
    • The woman doesn't view the assassin as hers and hers alone. She just believes that he'll be attracted to her because of her actions.
    • She also doesn't actively stalk him. She's perfectly content with waiting for him to come to her, while hearing word of his activities through the grapevine.
    • A Yandere usually only kills people who are perceived as threats to their relationship with the person they love; in this situation, the woman doesn't really care who she's killing, as long as she racks up enough kills for him to notice her.

    If he were ever actually confronted with the knowledge of her obsession with him, and dismissed it, it's highly likely that this would turn into a Yandere situation. But the overall focus here is more on the fact that she's trying to indirectly attract him to her via her actions, rather than directly approach him and confess.
  • October 16, 2013
    DAN004
    In short: Yandere is possessive. This trope is merely obsessive.
  • October 16, 2013
    crossed_xd
    That's a good way to describe it. Now I just need to figure out if there are any legitimate, complete examples of this trope.
  • October 16, 2013
    grapesandmilk
    A form of Monster Fangirl.
  • October 16, 2013
    crossed_xd
    That's also pretty close, though it seems like that would be an effect of this trope, rather than the trope itself. What I mean is that when the Monster Fangirl commits violent acts, they rationalize it as helping the target of their affection. In my example's case, however, she's just killing to try to draw attention to herself, hoping that her secret crush notices.
  • October 17, 2013
    DAN004
    I mistook the title for "Killing for public attention" instead of "someone's attention". :/

    But well, we already have the former, Herostratic Attention Seeker - which is definitely a sister trope.

    So maybe Killing For Someones Attention?
  • October 17, 2013
    Synchronicity
    ^ That kind of works. It wouldn't restrict it to Love Interest examples, either.
  • October 17, 2013
    Ryusui
    I think we want Killing For Affection here.
  • October 17, 2013
    DAN004
    ^ Liiiiiiiiiiike.
  • October 17, 2013
    crossed_xd
    ^ ^ Definitely approve. Title updated to reflect that suggestion.
  • October 18, 2013
    Tallens
    Description still needs work.
  • October 18, 2013
    Koveras
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