Created By: Shadowsoul on September 29, 2011

Love Under False Pretences

A false identity or personality used to attract a love interest.

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Whenever a character, usually a man, lies about who they are or uses a false personality to meet or woo their love interest, it is Love Under False Pretences. Usually the lie will be revealed and often the love interest will eventually forgive the character who lied to them and take them back.

This happens a lot in Rom-Coms like Wedding Crashers, There's Something About Mary, Hitch, Coming To America, The Ugly Truth, Just Go With It and She's The Man.

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  • September 29, 2011
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  • September 29, 2011
    • Aladdin: he impersonates a prince. Ironically, Jasmine was more attracted to his street rat persona anyway.
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  • September 30, 2011
    Megamind: Megamind uses his ray-gun and watch to disguise himself as Bernard, a library employee at the Metroman Museum, to win over Roxanne.
  • September 30, 2011
    In Deryni Checkmate, Alaric Morgan is in disguise as a commoner outside Saint Torin's shrine when he's impressed to help free a lady's carriage from a pothole. The lady, Countess Richenda of Marley, leans forwards to offer her thanks, and Morgan calls himself "Alain the hunter". Years later, they've married and their son gets "Alain" as his middle name.
  • October 1, 2011
    Note that in Real Life this is a common trope, and in fact legally constitutes rape in several countries.
  • October 2, 2011
  • January 8, 2013
    • In Bells Are Ringing, when Jeff first meets and falls in love with Ella, she gives her name as Melisande Scott. When he starts telling all his friends how wonderful Miss Scott is, she has a nervous breakdown and tries to break off their relationship.
  • January 8, 2013
    Compare Loves My Alter Ego, which doesn't necessarily happen under malicious pretenses, and usually is to protect the person.
  • January 8, 2013
    In an ad for State Farm Insurance a woman says that "they can't put anything on the internet that isn't true." She then introduces her date, a "French model" she met on the internet. He's obviously not a French model, looking more like Wolowitz's taller, less successful brother.
  • January 9, 2013
    • In Stone Cold by Robert Swindells, a girl pretends to be homeless to attract homeless guys so she can write an article about their toils.