Created By: Craver357 on January 4, 2013 Last Edited By: Craver357 on March 26, 2013
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Evil Ex-Lover

A hero's ex-lover is now his worst enemy.

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So you have a hero (usually a protagonist) facing off against a Dark Action Girl, when suddenly, you learn about a shocking truth. In their youth, rather than being bitter enemies, they were former lovers!

This trope occurs whenever a good aligned character is revealed to have a history of a former Childhood Friend Romance or a marriage with the villainess. Usually the marriage or romance fell through because the lover in question went mad with power and the hero didn't want any more to do with it.

See also: Psycho Ex-Girlfriend, Not Good with Rejection, Evil Former Friend, We Used to Be Friends

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  • This is the backstory to Hero Squared. Captain Valor broke up with his soon-to-be archenemy Caliginous. She responded by becoming a supervillain so super she destroyed their entire universe, then followed him to another to continue the job of trying to kill him.

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • January 4, 2013
    StarSword
    Wasn't there a Word Of Gay version of this between Dumbledore and Grindelwald in Harry Potter?
  • January 5, 2013
    randomsurfer
    This is the backstory to Hero Squared. Captain Valor broke up with his soon-to-be archenemy Caliginous. She responded by becoming a supervillain so super she destroyed their entire universe, then followed him to another to continue the job of trying to kill him.
  • February 19, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    Do we already have a "oh god, I hate my ex with the burning passion of a million suns" trope? Because this seems likely to slide into that.
  • February 19, 2013
    Chabal2
    Borderline example in Ciaphas Cain, since they never were actual lovers: the Slaaneshi sorceress Emeli was on the verge of claiming him, having dragged him on to the bed (and herself) when she basically said she was an agent of Chaos. This was enough to break the charm she had over him, allowing him to shoot her and escape. Years later, she returns as a daemon prince(ss) of Slaanesh, and must be killed a secon,d time.
  • February 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • Chuck:
      • An ex-girlfriend of Chuck's, who he gets back together with, is discovered to be working for FULCRUM.
      • Superspy Daniel Shaw and Sarah become an item - until he finds out that she killed his wife as part of her "Red Test" (killing someone under orders without being told why they need to die), causing his Face Heel Turn.
  • February 20, 2013
    TwoGunAngel
    Ramona Flowers has seven Evil Exes that Scott Pilgrim has to battle, with the worst of them being Gideon Gordon Graves.
  • February 20, 2013
    Apelvisnamedelvis
    For an example video game: in Sims 3 a lot of times when sims have an ex boyfriend or girlfriend the sims is at the end of the list right next to enemy
  • February 21, 2013
    PaulA
    Other related tropes can include Antagonistic Offspring, Archnemesis Dad.
  • February 22, 2013
    Natria
    Talia al Ghul from Batman? She even has a son with him.
  • March 26, 2013
    Craver357
    Could anyone please tell me whether or not this trope is the same as Psycho Ex Girlfriend, but more specific?
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