Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on May 11, 2013 Last Edited By: Arivne on November 20, 2013
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Rescued By The Stalker

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I think I have a super-hero stalker!
- Mary-Jane Watson, from Spider-Man

Sometimes, whether the stalking is otherwise endearing or not, the stalker is portrayed as saving their victim from something worse. (Or in some cases, from another stalker.)

EDITED IN: Bumping after a few months to see how it fares now.

Examples

Anime and Manga
  • Yukiteru frequently gets rescued by his Yandere stalker in Future Diary.
  • In Death Note, Misa Amane's life was saved by a shinigami who became obsessed with her. While watching her one night he saw a second stalker, this one with a knife, come up behind her and threaten murder/suicide if she didn't date him, and zapped the guy with his Death Note. Of course, killing to save a life is something shinigami aren't allowed to do.

Film
  • Spider-Man is mistaken for a stalker by Mary-Jane Watson, who at the time didn't realize that he was Peter Parker; she had just been talking to him a minute ago, and he noticed that a bunch of street thugs were following her, apparently with the intent to commit rape. Peter Parker fought them off, then put his mask back on before she could find out who he was.
  • Coraline. Wybie is known for being somewhat stalkerish toward Coraline, but toward the end his stalking turned out to be part of the reason he was able to rescue Coraline from the metal claw that was left behind when Coraline removed it from the Other Mother.
    Coraline: I'm glad you decided to stalk me.
  • In Conspiracy Theory, Alice tolerates Jerry's ramblings and behavior because he once saved her from a mugger. He also helps her (and she him) throughout the film as part of the plot.
  • In Shortbus, James is rescued from his attempted suicide by his stalker Caleb. They end in a relationship because of it.

Literature
  • Quasimodo rescues the gypsy Esmeralda from public hanging in Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Edward from Twilight saves Bella from some thugs (who are implied rapists) whilst stalking her in Seattle.

Live-Action TV
  • In The X-Files, Mr. X saves Mulder from an exploding train.
  • Twisted in a Dollhouse episode where a pop diva's murderous stalker is actually working with her because she wants to commit suicide-by-stalker on stage.

Video Games
  • Persona 4. The main characters are investigating a murder/kidnapping case, and end up tailing Kanji suspecting he'd be kidnapped, and thrown into the TV World. Which he is and they rescue him. The actual stalking itself is pretty harmless, and played for comedy though.

Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • May 11, 2013
    pixelpunk
    Boo Radley from To Kill A Mockingbird probably qualifies.
  • May 11, 2013
    ilniaj
    Yukiteru frequently gets rescued by his Yandere stalker in Mirai Nikki.
  • May 11, 2013
    WeAreAllKosh
    Trying to think of specific things Rosie has done for Charlie on Two And A Half Men that actually fit this--there may have been.
  • May 12, 2013
    oneuglybunny
    Literature
  • May 22, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Sure he was a stalker, though? I don't remember the book or movie that well. @ pixelpunk
  • May 23, 2013
    snowbird
    Edward from Twilight saves Bella from some Thugs(who are implied rapists) whilst stalking her in Seattle.

    I recon there are lots of examples of this to justify the Stalking Is Love trope. It's easier to use the "I'm just protecting my beloved Damsel In Distress" excuse if you can see them do some actual protecting, even if that need for it is created through contrived coincidences.
  • May 23, 2013
    Chernoskill
    • In Conspiracy Theory, Alice tolerates Jerry's ramblings and behavior because he once saved her from a mugger. He also helps her (and she him) throughout the film as part of the plot.
  • May 23, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • In Shortbus, James is rescued from his attempted suicide by his stalker Caleb. They end in a relationship because of it.
  • May 23, 2013
    surgoshan
    • Subverted? Twisted? In an episode Dollhouse where a pop diva's murderous stalker is actually working with her because she wants to commit suicide-by-stalker on stage.
  • May 23, 2013
    TheTitan99
    (I'm not sure if he completely qualifies as a Stalker, but...)

    • In The X Files, Mr. X saves Mulder from an exploding train.
  • May 23, 2013
    xanderiskander
    Video Games
    • Persona 4: The main characters are investigating a murder/kidnapping case, and end up tailing Kanji suspecting he'd be kidnapped, and thrown into the TV World. Which he is and they rescue him. The actual stalking itself is pretty harmless, and played for comedy though.
  • May 23, 2013
    arbiter099
    Does Misery count? Annie isn't exactly a stalker, but her obsession is far from healthy...
  • May 24, 2013
    StarSword
    Anime and Manga:
    • In Death Note, Misa Amane's life was saved by a shinigami who became obsessed with her. While watching her one night he saw a second stalker, this one with a knife, come up behind her and threaten murder/suicide if she didn't date him, and zapped the guy with his Death Note. Of course, killing to save a life is something shinigami aren't allowed to do.
  • May 25, 2013
    DracMonster
    Probably often a Terrifying Rescuer.
  • May 25, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    What do you mean, not "exactly" a stalker? @ arbiter099
  • November 20, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized work titles and sorted the examples by media.
  • November 20, 2013
    DAN004
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