Created By: bulmabriefs144 on February 6, 2013 Last Edited By: bulmabriefs144 on March 3, 2013
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Revenge is Love

Blurring the line between revenge and romantic feelings

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The person in question is obsessed. Because of some small slight, they stalk the person down, spending all of their time thinking about them. But it's not like they're in love or anything. It's just that this person has to pay for what they've done.

This trope comes in a few flavors, either they realize they are in love and drop their revenge, they fail and settle for romance instead, or perhaps they succeed in their revenge and have it end tragically for the other party either having no idea what to do with the rest of their life or realizing too late that what they actually felt was love.

Of course, this is not a bad thing. It makes for an interesting premise to have a love story centered around two people who are supposed to be at odds with each other. Compare with Foe Yay, which is similar but without the revenge subplot, and with more emphasis on shipping. See also The Only One Allowed to Defeat You.


Examples:

  • Sasuke from Naruto spends a good portion of his early background pursuing his brother, who murdered his clan. The flashbacks however show that Itachi was a role model that Sasuke idolized, which is part of why he became so fixated with anger, because he felt betrayed. Sasuke is able to awaken his Mangekyo Sharingan upon Itachi's death (which should only awaken when the person closest to you emotionally dies).
  • Kyoko from Skip Beat! is practically Trope Codifier. The fact that she can't even distinguish love anymore because her brain is broken is part of this. Ren actually tries to dissuade her from taking revenge, as both he and Sho realize that the more obsessed she is, the closer she gets to Sho.
  • Limelda Jorg from Madlax pursues the eponymous protagonist throughout most of the show, at first in an attempt to get even with her after Madlax assassinates the VIP Limelda is assigned to protect right under her nose. By the end of the series, however, Limelda is so obsessed with Madlax, she perceives their firefights as a twisted Dance of Romance of sorts and wants it to perpetuate indefinitely.
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  • February 6, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
  • February 21, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    Bump. This Needs More Examples. Is the show Revenge a good source? I haven't followed it. I suppose Sasuke's relationship with his brother in Naruto might qualify.

  • February 24, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    The show Revenge does not feature this.
  • February 24, 2013
    Oof
    I feel dirty doing this.

    • Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" is about something like this?
  • February 25, 2013
    Koveras
    Finding examples for this is difficult, since it's hard point exactly where revenge goes from Foe Yay to actual love. But maybe this will count...

    • Limelda Jorg from Madlax pursues the eponymous protagonist throughout most of the show, at first in an attempt to get even with her after Madlax assassinates the VIP Limelda is assigned to protect right under her nose. By the end of the series, however, Limelda is so obsessed with Madlax, she perceives their firefights as a twisted Dance Of Romance of sorts and wants it to perpetuate indefinitely.
  • February 25, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    Foe Yay is usually the shipping. Foe Romance Subtext is the actual subtext. This trope is not so much on the foe aspect, so much as the obsession aspect. Example:
    • Misty spends nearly 500 episodes chasing around Ash, due to a broken bike needing to be repaid. At some point, she follows him around anyway, having completely forgotten the original grievance (until of course, he brings it up again).

    (I'm not including this as an example, because it's not really revenge-related, but you get the point, it's more about the payback issue than them being foes or rivals. It may include Foe Yay, but it needs the revenge aspect.)

    I'm gonna look at the lyrics of Lady Gaga's Bad Romance, and decide...

    Well, it's sort of unclear. On her part, it's more Foe Yay and a bit of Casual Kink. On his part, yes, probably but it's never established what the "revenge" she wants from him is.

    Actually, Revenge does have some traces of this... but not to the object of the revenge (more toward the collateral targets)
  • March 3, 2013
    bulmabriefs144
    If we can't get enough examples, I'm gonna nominate for discard.
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