Created By: Floria on December 24, 2011 Last Edited By: Floria on April 7, 2014

Romantic Hero Worship

A character\\\'s admiration of another character\\\'s prowess develops romantic or sexual overtones

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When a character falls in love and/or lust - or at least develops a strong infatuation - based on admiration of another character's glorious deeds or sheer awesomeness. There may be an element of "do you want them or want to be them?", with the admired character serving as a role model as well as lust object. If the Memetic Badass is also a Memetic Sex God, this may be the reason why. Compare Rescue Romance.

This is different from simply being attracted to someone who's Badass or extremely competent. If you find Solid Snake sexy because of his character development, his voice acting, or the tight Spy Catsuit but also appreciate his badassery, that is not this trope. If what really attracts you is his Determinator nature and ability to take on Humongous Mecha on foot, and the visible Fetish Fuel is just gravy, that would be this trope.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Misa from Death Note at first worships Kira, before even meeting him. Then she meets Light, and her admiration only deepens. After getting to know him better, she falls head over heels. Which most certainly has nothing to do with him being young and handsome.
  • Bleach: upon first seeing her, Soi Fon was awed by the woman who would later become her sempai: Yoruichi Shihouin. Years later, after becoming Yoruichi's personal bodyguard and protege, Soi Fon's admiration had become hero worship. The point where those feelings changed to "those" feelings is unclear, but there's no denying that Soi Fon has it bad for Yoruichi.
  • Kallen in Code Geass becomes pretty heavily infatuated with Zero after becoming his right-hand woman in the rebellion he leads to liberate her people. She is bitterly disappointed to find out his real identity: her classmate, Lelouch.

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  • Melissa in El Goonish Shive seems to have something like this with Noah. It's not shown yet what he did before her eyes, but after that she's enthusiastically confident in her boyfriend's abiity to kick the butt of any size. The Makeover turning the "blonde androgynous interloper" into a dark cloaked hero probably helps, too.

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 21
  • December 24, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    • Misa from Death Note at first worships Kira, before even meeting him. Then she meets Light, and her admiration only deepens. After getting to know him better, she falls head over heels. Which most certainly has nothing to do with him being young and handsome.
  • December 24, 2011
    MiinU

    Anime and Manga

    • Bleach: upon first seeing her, Soi Fon was awed by the woman who would later become her sempai: Yoruichi Shihouin. Years later, after becoming Yoruichi's personal bodyguard and protege, Soi Fon's admiration had become hero worship. The point where those feelings changed to "those" feelings is unclear, but there's no denying that Soi Fon has it bad for Yoruichi.
  • December 25, 2011
    miru
    Sonic amd Amy.
  • December 25, 2011
    Floria
    Regarding Sonic and Amy: in which direction, and in which canon? I'm not familiar with the fandom, but I believe the Sonic characters have shown up in several different media.
  • December 25, 2011
    Duncan
    Rachel got this toward Mr. Schuster as a Compressed Vice in one episode of Glee.

  • December 25, 2011
    MiinU
    Regarding Amy and Sonic: as far as I know, she has a crush on him and, for the most part, he used to avoid her like the plague. At some point, it became that Sonic didn't mind it so much, and he thinks of her as a friend, though he still ditches her whenever she tries to make a move on him. This can be seen in Sonic X and the games themselves.

    While Amy acknowledges Sonic's bravery, the only reasons she given for being attracted to him is because she thinks he's cute, cool, charming, etc. In other words: a typical teenage crush. So, unless I've missed something, I don't think she fits the trope.
  • December 26, 2011
    cityofmist
  • December 26, 2011
    Clevomon
    In Tales Of Symphonia Dawn Of The New World, Emil's quasi-mancrush on Richter is like this.
  • December 26, 2011
    ClockStopping

  • December 28, 2011
    MorganWick
    Would Lois Lane count?

    Compare Rescue Romance.
  • January 10, 2012
    TBeholder
    • Melissa in El Goonish Shive seems to have something like this with Noah. It's not shown yet what he did before her eyes, but after that she's enthusiastically confident in her boyfriend's abiity to kick the butt of any size. The Makeover turning the "blonde androgynous interloper" into a dark cloaked hero probably helps, too.
  • January 17, 2012
    jatay3
  • February 4, 2012
    MiinU
    bump.
  • February 4, 2012
    Octagon8
    Aht from Radiant Historia already considers Stocke a hero after knowing him for five minutes, and eventually develops a crush on him. Made creepy by the fact that she's nine years old and absurdly powerful.
  • February 4, 2012
    KingZeal
    • Liara and Tali in Mass Effect; both of them start as naive young women (at least for their species' lifespans) who grow more infatuated with Commander Shepard because of his/her accomplishments. In Liara's case, the attraction is almost immediate if you choose to protect her from a krogan abductor and only becomes more blatant after she looks up your history and reads about how awesome you are. In Tali's case, the attraction isn't revealed until Mass Effect 2, where she sarcastically lampshades that there's no possible way a young woman would ever fall in love with a dashing rescuer who then races off to save the galaxy. At one point, you even find an audio log in which Tali tries to solve problems by asking herself "What Would Shepard Do?"
  • February 4, 2012
    girlinnglasses375
    Kallen in Code Geass becomes pretty heavily infatuated with Zero after becoming his right-hand woman in the rebellion he leads to liberate her people. She is bitterly disappointed to find out his real identity: her classmate, Lelouch.
  • February 4, 2012
    girlinnglasses375
    Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter is completely in love with Lord Voldemort. Heavily implied in-series and confirmed Word of J.K. Rowling.
  • April 6, 2014
    needsanewhobby
    ^ This is not the only example on the page where the character worshipped is not the hero. The title is a little confusing...

    And for the record Amy and Sonic was the first thing I thought of too.
  • April 6, 2014
    DAN004
    I wonder if Hero Worshipper has anything to do with this.
  • April 6, 2014
    Floria
    Maybe "In Love With Your Awesome" would be better? Since the character being admired isn't necessarily The Hero in any larger narrative sense except the eyes of their admirer.
  • April 7, 2014
    DAN004
    We also have Psycho Supporter for villainous examples.
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