Created By: DAN004 on May 18, 2014 Last Edited By: DAN004 on July 19, 2014
Nuked

Affection Dump/Affection Magnet

Someone characterized with making others care for him/her.

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Trope
Alt title: Honorary Younger Sibling

This is about a character in a cast whom everyone loves and cares for, as their younger sibling of sorts. Basically, everyone will show their Big Brother Instinct (or Mama Bear, or Papa Wolf) towards this character and become furious when said character is slighted in any way. Tend to overlap with The Heart, The Woobie and Token Mini-Moe, but not always.

Some of them, however, may realize the potential of this and thus become Deliberately Cute Child just to achieve this effect. Only fate decides whether it works or not. Another common subversion (or parody) of this is when said character is actually really unsavory (talks too loudly, being a very dirty person, etc) yet everyone still treats him/her with care.

Related to Moe, but that mostly deals with a culture and Audience Reaction of this.

Compare Cuteness Equals Forgiveness.


Examples

Video Games
  • In Persona 4, Nanako Dojima acts like the little sister of the party. There's this in-game scenario where she is kidnapped and the party goes berserk and nearly kills Namatame, the kidnapper. Also, there's a Side Quest where she needs help with her summer homework. If you decide to help her, all of the party comes to pitch in and help her as well.

Community Feedback Replies: 24
  • May 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Affection bump
  • May 22, 2014
    xanderiskander
    Only one example, and It's just a recreated from a YKTTW that went nowhere, was discarded and revived, and said to be not trope worthy by a mod. the trope is basically just Moe In Universe mish mashed with a Kick The Dog moment. It's not trope worthy. Motion To Discard.
  • May 22, 2014
    MiinU
    Yeah, I think this is sufficiently covered by The Cutie.
  • May 22, 2014
    DAN004
    ^^ it went nowhere simply because it was badly written.
  • May 23, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^ It wasn't "simply" because of that. It went nowhere because many people saw that it wasn't trope worthy. Which again it's not. It's not distinct enough from existing pages to have it's own. That's why it was discarded before. It being badly written was just a bonus.
  • May 23, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ which existing pages?

  • May 23, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^ The only example this has would be covered by just listing Nanako as Moe In Universe / The Cutie on the Persona 4 pages and the In Universe link will make it so Moe doesn't get flagged as YMMV. Big Brother Instinct would also cover this. Since it doesn't require the characters actually be related,and the page explicitly says female characters with a Big Brother Instinct also count as examples. That means it can apply to the rest of the Persona 4 team members.
  • May 23, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ more like it's when everyone show a Big Bro Instinct to this character that you know this trope is in effect.

    At its core, yeah, this is Moe In Universe. But but sometimes a Relationship Sue could fit too.
  • May 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Come to think of it... this is the closest to Relationship Sue. :p
  • May 23, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^A relationship sue is a character created to be the perfect partner for a "specific character" not every character in the work.

    Being In Universe isn't enough of a distinction for it to be it's own page separate from Moe. Since the core of the trope is exactly the same it should just be put in the discard bin.
  • May 23, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ my argument is that if we can get enough examples, we can have a split.
  • May 23, 2014
    xanderiskander
    ^ It won't matter how many examples you get if you can't prove there's a significant difference. There's nothing to split. Even you just said that's it's basically a duplicate trope to Moe at it's core.

    Fighteer said in Ask The Tropers regarding the last YKTTW that "there has to be a reason for a trope to happen beyond being In Universe". If I don't see you give me an actual reason for this to exist in your next reply I'm just going to do the honors and discard it.
  • May 23, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ subtrope, you know? They're by definition The Same But More Specific.

    Haven't I spelled it to you? A character that is an Affection Dump can be a plot point; perhaps they're tired of being cared the whole time, perhaps it can lead to an inferiority/dependance complex, perhaps there's a reveal that said character isn't that good and may exploit their status for bad ends?

    I believe there are many more.
  • May 23, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ^ his point was the distinction, not the plot significance.

    I see the difference as this. In Universe Moe is a character aknowledged to be Moe (the budding, adorable, The Cutie definition) In Universe.

    while this one is a a type of character which is cared for by the cast because s/he induces the Big Brother Instinct from them.

    It's the difference between Saika, the Cute And Psycho Idol Singer everyone loves and aknowledges as Moe In Universe. and Nanako, the little orphan that just makes Hiro, Lance, and Coco care for her just by being adorable little self.

    Saika is just a character I made up for illustration.
  • May 24, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ one thousand thanks for you, my brethren. :D
  • May 24, 2014
    DAN004
    Examples needed, badly...
  • June 2, 2014
    PistolsAtDawn
    I'm with DAN 004, this is a real trope. Don't have any examples off the top of my head, but it might be related to Team Pet
  • June 4, 2014
    DAN004
    Affection bump
  • June 11, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    ???

    This should be easy to find examples on. What's the hold up?
  • June 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Thing is, I don't watch anime that often...

    Since you do, can I ask for your help?
  • June 11, 2014
    bulmabriefs144
    Self Demonstrating Article, given its history.

    I despise long drawn out titles though, can we choose either Affection Dump or Affection Magnet?
  • June 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ Lol.

    Personally I like Affection Magnet more.
  • June 11, 2014
    ShanghaiSlave
    DAN 004

    I can't actually name any example on top of my head.

    I haven't watched any Moe shows as of late.

    Dynasty Warriors 8 got me hooked. dat hypothetical scenarios...
  • July 19, 2014
    DAN004
    Discarding this since Everyones Baby Sister is launched.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=d35egww9n51nzu16mxq3im4t&trope=DiscardedYKTTW