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Modern beliefs in equal gender rights make the good old RescueRomance trope somewhat difficult to play straight. However, there's a question in the air... what if "that male" is either ''hired or honor-bound'' to protect "that female"? That wouldn't be chauvinist at all - not only is the guy getting rewarded or paid (whether in money, benefits, rank raises, fame/reputation etc.) by his bosses or upperclassmen for taking care of the girl's safety, but it fulfills residual KnightInShiningArmor imagery without causing eyebrow raising among the fandom.

If said bodyguard is a female who takes care of a male, she can keep her romantic feelings for her ward ''and'' show off her ActionGirl skills constantly, which greatly decreases the chances of her being a victim of {{Chickification}}. Finally, this provides a good way to get a [[ChasteHero Chaste]] or CelibateHero, who normally wouldn't be interested in the opposite (or [[HoYay the same]]) sex into a position where their romantic feelings can be more easily played upon.

Sweet deal... or is it? This often conflicts with [[HonorBeforeReason the protector's sense of professionalism]], especially if they're a BattleButler or a NinjaMaid. What happens if bodyguard and the liege's [[WomanScorned relationship goes bad]]? What if the conflicts distracts the protector or if plans and orders coming from the bosses change...

A Bodyguard Crush is extremely common in LadyAndKnight dynamics.

Variants include the protected having his/her crush for the bodyguard first, and the bodyguard being picked for the job because one of them has a crush. If the bodyguard seeks to protect a person ''because'' he/she has a crush on them, but CannotSpitItOut, it's a DeclarationOfProtection.

A subtrope of UnequalPairing.

See also SubordinateExcuse, PoisonousFriend. Contrast AMatchMadeInStockholm.

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* A foregone conclusion with Athrun and Cagalli in the first part of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' as they were both interested in each other well before he became her bodyguard. Many cute moments ensue. He became her bodyguard ''because'' of the fact that they were interested in one another.
* Sousuke Sagara is the militarily placed protector of modern schoolgirl [[{{Tsundere}} Kaname Chidori]] in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''. Raised by the KGB, he has NoSocialSkills. Nonetheless, he means well. ''Nothing'' on Earth had better threaten Chidori, be it a gang of {{Delinquents}}, a PsychoForHire, or a majorly armed nation, ''[[{{Determinator}} for he will take it down]]''.
* In ''NurarihyonNoMago'' we have [[GenderInvertedTrope gender flipped]] example with [[SubordinateExcuse Tsurara]] the [[AnIcePerson Yuki-Onna]] who has protected [[TheHero Rikuo]] since his childhood... As the story unfolds it's pretty obvious that her feelings towards him are not only those of [[UndyingLoyalty loyalty]] for her master.
* ''TheMelancholyOfHaruhiSuzumiya'': Itsuki and Mikuru in the home-made movie. Interestingly subverted in that it's Mikuru who's supposed to be guarding Koizumi. Subverted in that Mikuru doesn't look like a believable body guard, being ten inches shorter than Itsuki. Subverted in that Mikuru also ISN'T an effective body guard, being a klutz who's scared of her own shadow.
* In ''[[SamuraiSeven Samurai 7]]'', Kirara is given to this, though the person turns out to be the least expected. Her sister falls for this trope as well...
** [[spoiler:It ends badly for both sisters--Kirara's crush is forever unrequited, and while Komachi's is ''possibly [[MayDecemberRomance requited]]'', the guy dies in the final episode.]]
* Inverted in ''Anime/SamuraiChamploo'', Fuu seemed to feel this way towards ''both'' her bodyguards Mugen and Jin.
** Although it's [[ShipTease debatable]], Mugen also seems to feel this way towards Fuu, given the number of times he's [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther gone out of his way to rescue her]] when he could have easily abandoned her.
* The entire plot of parody series ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' is based on this trope, and it's [[InvertedTrope inverted]] (the real crush is the one the girl has for the guard) and [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] (she thinks he has a crush on her, which is how she developed ''her'' crush in the first place) as many ways and as long as humanly possible.
* Also the entire plot of comedy manga ''Sweet Ninja Girl Azuki''. [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender flipped however]], and with Azuki developing the crush on him even before she becomes his bodyguard. Also notable that the feeling is definitely not reciprocated.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Genders are inverted]] on ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', where the female Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye acts as aide/right-hand woman/bodyguard to male Colonel Roy Mustang. It becomes progressively clearer throughout the manga and ''Brotherhood'' anime that their feelings for each other run much deeper than allowable by the military's anti-fraternization law (a fact that the bad guys gleefully exploit twice); it's eventually revealed that their relationship goes back to a long time before either of them joined the military. It's not an exaggeration to say that the most dangerous place in Amestris is between the two of them.
** Lan Fan, the female bodyguard of Prince Ling Yao of Xing, has a very similar relationship with her lord. To the extent that [[AntiVillain Greed]] becomes a ShipperOnDeck.
* Subverted in ''Dragon's Reign'', where the BigBad is revealed to be the princess, who has gone through a succession of Bodyguard Romances, each time convincing her new protector that the previous one was a villain who kept her imprisoned and took advantage of her. The hero even figures this out, but is still all but powerless against her MagnificentBastard charms.
* Soushi of ''InuXBokuSS'' takes this UpToEleven, who makes it clear from the get-go how wonderful he thinks his mistress Ririchiyo is and that he'd willingly do anything for her. The reason he ''became'' Ririchiyo's bodyguard in the first place was because he'd fallen in love with her after she unwittingly saved him emotionally when she was a young child, and he wanted nothing more than to protect her and be as close to her as he possibly could. This desire is so strong it treads into [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]] territory.
* Nadie's feelings for Ellis in ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' fit this trope, although it is [[spoiler:Ellis who takes the initiative]].
* The titular heroine of ''Anime/{{Madlax}}'' appears to have romantic feelings for her client, although she later has no problems to [[spoiler:hit the road with the woman who kills her]].
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Genderflipped]] in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'': RebelliousPrincess Relena, the one being protected, ''is'' obviously in love with her bodyguard of sorts Heero Yuy. He shows only a couple of outward signs that he reciprocates, but it's very subtle.
** There's even an odd twist on it in the second episode, where Relena protects Heero in spite of the fact that he was about to shoot her; this might even mark the point where he starts feeling something for her. Making it odder still, the attacker is fellow Gundam Pilot Duo Maxwell, who shot Heero to save Relena and is greatly confused when she chews him out and bandages the guy who was about to shoot her: "Man, when did I become the bad guy in all this?"
* Shizuru Viola's feelings towards Natsuki Kruger in ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'' definitely fall under this (she works as both her bodyguard and assistant, ''and'' they share living quarters on campus), though she tries not to let it interfere ''too'' much with her sense of professionalism. (And she's also kinda fond of [[ChivalrousPervert flirting with other girls, sometimes]].)
** Takumi and Akira are in the same sort of situation in ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', where Takumi is the prince of Zipang and Akira is his bodyguard.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' has many many of these.
** [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-flipped]] with Kallen and Lelouch. where AcePilot and ActionGirl Kallen Kouzuki develops a crush on rebel leader Zero (who eventually does make her his bodyguard). [[spoiler:The second season plays with this as, now knowing Zero's real identity as her classmate Lelouch Lamperouge, Kallen has a hard time reconciling her feelings for him with the RichIdiotWithNoDayJob image he's projected at school. The twist? Had Lelouch let Kallen in on ThePlan [[spoiler:she not only would have turned against the Black Knights and the rest of the world for him (as well as abandoned a HappilyEverAfter ending with her mother), but she would have also followed him in death.]] This in makes the ending even more bittersweet, especially during ''The Miraculous Birthday'' in which [[spoiler:Kallen states she'll never forget (i.e. stop loving) Lelouch, even if she wanted to.]]
*** Ironically, during that same season, Lelouch's own feelings for Kallen evolve to the point where he sees himself as HER protector. This leads him to... [[spoiler: [[HonorBeforeReason abandon a mission]] that he himself says is the key to challenging TheEmpire, and to [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl place his entire army in peril by attempting to rescue her]]; [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies to push her away from the line of fire when she says she is willing to die with him after he is betrayed by the Black Knights]], and [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy excluding her from his final plan altogether in order to spare her the price she would have paid for taking part in it]].]]
** [[GenerationXerox Lelouch's parents were the same way]]; his mother [[TheMagnificent Marianne the Flash]] was the former Knight of Two for his father, Emperor Charles.
** A classic case with Lelouch's half-sister [[RebelliousPrincess Princess Euphemia Ii Britannia]] and her [[KnightinShiningArmor Knight Suzaku Kururugi.]] At their first meeting, she ''pretended'' to be in danger so they could have a RescueRomance. She's more GenreSavvy than she looks. Later she names her offficial knight because she has a crush on him.
** Li Xingke acted as a servant for Empress Tianzi. His crush is strong enough that [[spoiler:Shirley persuaded Lelouch it would be criminal to separate them.]] [[spoiler: He might be the "reason" why she can't marry. It's better him then the guy she was going to marry who was 40.]]
** Sir Gilbert Guilford and Princess Cornelia have a lot of subtext that points toward this. In fact, Guilford is such a Cornelia fanboy that he has a Cornelia collector's plate.
** Kanon is Schneizel's aide de camp "public and private". Why else Schneizel have a [[TheBeard ''lesbian'' on his arm for ceremonies]]?
** The only bodyguard who does ''not'' have a crush on his charge is Knight of One Bismark for Emperor Charles, and even they are pretty chummy.
* In ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', Seiya is honor-bound to protect Saori, who's the reincarnation of Athena. He quickly develops feelings for her, and she seems to like him back too, but their relationship barely evolves at all... until the quite recent ''Tenkai-Hen'' movie.
** Let's also add Unicorn Jabu in the TV series, as well as Siegfried (towards Hilda) and Hagen (towards Freya) from the Ansgard saga. [[spoiler: May also be subverted with Artemis and Touma from the Tenkai Hen movie, even when Tenkai-Hen is now CanonDiscontinuity thanks to the Next Dimeonsion manga]]
** And if we count the prequel SaintSeiyaTheLostCanvas, this is all but stated to be what Sagittarius Sisyphus actually feels for Sasha aka the Athena incarnation of the 18th century.
* Inverted in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': during the NEXT season, [[spoiler: when Gourry is taken away from her]], Lina suddenly realizes she's fallen in love with her bodyguard and companion Gourry, much to her initial surprise and dismay. Gourry has feelings for her too, but he's a lot more comfortable with them than the volatile sorceress. In fact, Gourry is the one who makes the first move, [[spoiler: when he lectures Lina after she fakes her death without telling him. He first calls her "unsensitive", then asks if she knows what he's come to feel for her, which makes [[TsunDere Lina]] ''very'' flustered.]]
* The first season of ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' is driven by a gender-inverted version of this trope. Since Shana is possibly the biggest {{tsundere}} of all time, she doesn't admit it until the final episode and Yuji doesn't hear it, so the writers get to keep running with this trope well into season 2!
* Haji from ''Anime/BloodPlus'': Not only does he feel nothing but love and loyalty for his master Saya, he's at it for upwards of 100 years before she notices.
* All of the girls from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' qualify to the extreme (they're brainwashed to have no other thought than their handler's safety, and this always manifests in some sort of love, often obsessive). Played straight however when Hilshire and his cyborg are assigned to protect prosecutor Roberta Guellfi. After the assignment is over, Hilshire starts a relationship with her.
* In ''Anime/SpeedGrapher'', Tatsumi Saiga comes to feel this way towards Kagura, the girl he decided to protect after [[IOweYouMyLife she saves him from a bloody and messy death]] through a KissOfLife.
* Played with in ''IkkiTousen Great Guardians'', where Kan'u has become a sort-of CovertPervert for Ryuubi. (To be fair, Kan'u already felt that way from quite a while [[spoiler: and her feelings are enhanced by a certain MacGuffin]]). Also, Koukin feels similarly towards Hakufu, [[KissingCousins his cousin]] (Funniest thing, Hakufu's mom Goei sorta ''encourages'' said crush). And yep, they sorta ''did'' bond in regards to their common feelings in ''Dragon Destiny''.
* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' gives us one truly [[TearJerker heartwretching]] example. [[spoiler: The high-ranked sorcerer Zagato is chosen as the bodyguard of Princess Emeraude, the Pillar of Cephiro, and he falls for her. It turns out she loves him back... but a Pillar isn't allowed to care for ''anything'' except for Cephiro's well-being, or the whole world ''will'' collapse. So Emeraude tries to get the Magic Knights [[ICannotSelfTerminate to kill her so she can be free]] and pass the torch to a new Pillar; Zagato will have ''nothing'' of it, though, and in despair he kidnaps Emeraude so the Knights can't kill her, becoming the BigBad that Hikaru, Umi and Fuu must beat...]]
* ''Anime/MobileFighterGGundam'' gives us {{Moe}} RebelliousPrincess Maria Louise and her crush on the local PrincelyYoungMan, George [=DeSand=].
* ''Manga/VampirePrincessMiyu'': Shinma BattleButler Larva towards his vampire mistress Miyu.
* Played with in ''[[LightNovel/KureNai Kure-nai]]'', where 7-year-old Murasaki seems to develop a puppy-love crush on her hired bodyguard/protector, Shinkurou. The relationship develops into the affectionate sort one might expect between a little sister and a caring older brother, [[spoiler: quite unlike her [[BrotherSisterIncest REAL]] older brother...]].
* In ''Anime/CorrectorYui'', it's hinted that [[spoiler: the Corrector Synchro]] developed some feelings for the titular MagicalGirl [[spoiler: after he was turned into an [[SavageWolves antagonist wolf]] and she helped him BIG time to recover his memories and have his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* In ''Anime/TurnAGundam'', [[spoiler: Harry Ord]] feels like this towards [[spoiler: Kihel Heim, Queen Diana's BodyDouble]].
* ''Manga/{{Basilisk}}'' has two characters behaving like this: Chikuma Koushirou for the Iga Tsubagakure, Kagerou for the Kouga Manjidani. Both of them have feelings for their leaders, Princess Iga-no-Oboro and Koga Gennosuke respectively.
* [[NinjaMaid Hungary]] towards [[{{Meganekko}} Austria]] in ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia''. She worked as his maid and later as his advisor before they got married, yet she also was quite happy to try get [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything "his vital regions"]] back, [[BladeOnAStick spear]] in hand and supported by her legions...
--> '''Austria''': ''Miss Hungary? Why are you here?''
--> '''Hungary''': ''I have 100.000 soldiers! I'll fight alongside you! :D''
* This seems to happen between the female guard/firewall Dita and the male charge/database Zima at the end of the ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' anime. Seemingly caused by Chii [[spoiler: granting all persocoms the ability to feel emotions]].
** In the manga their relationship is a bit more defined. The only reason Dyta is not cuddling up with Zima is because persocoms cannot really feel emotions, so [[ItMakesSenseInCOntext they cannot love each other even if they're in love]].
* In ''LightNovel/MirageOfBlaze'', Naoe is madly in love with his lord and master, Kagetora. Kagetora shows no sign of reciprocating, and in fact has been known to use that to keep Naoe chained to his side. Of course, this situation is exasperated by the fact that they have been reincarnated into this situation for the past ''400 years''. It's no wonder Naoe is [[LoveMakesYouCrazy losing it]].
* In ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'', [[spoiler: coach Kamogawa]] had a female friend named Yuki, [[spoiler: whom he and their common friend Nekota protected from the advances of stationed American soldiers.]] Yuki was hinted to be in love with him, [[spoiler: but as a survivor of the nuclear bombings, she died of radiation poisoning some time later.]]
* ''Anime/DemashitaPowerpuffGirlsZ'' had an episode where an actor from a superhero TV show ended up as the mayor of the city for the day. The Powerpuff Girls were assigned to be his bodyguards, with one of them quite infatuated with him.
* Himari and Yuuto in ''Anime/OmamoriHimari''. What else would be expected of an female bodyguard in an UnwantedHarem story?
* [[TheAtoner Kakihito]] [[spoiler:the Hiiragi]] from the manga ''Manga/{{Basara}}'' cares a lot about Ginko.
* Ayano's father in ''LightNovel/KazeNoStigma'' tries to [[InvokedTrope use this trope]] on Kazuma to quietly set him up with his daughter, but Kazuma is actually smart enough to realize, a great rarity in this media [[IdiotHero for a main character]].
* ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima'' combines this trope with HappinessInSlavery in regards to Saito's relationship with Louise.
* The dog Rino of ''Manga/{{Inumimi}}'' was taken in by Yuichiro's father before the events of the story. As an antisocial doberman, she served as the family security system for quite some time. It's implied throughout the series that after she became a [[PettingZooPeople Petting Zoo Person]] she started having feelings for him.
* This is the basis of ''ShinobiLife''. Kagetora is a ninja assigned to protect the princess of feudal Japan, and falls in love with her. Then he gets warped to the future by accident and ends up falling in love with the princess' descendant. HonorBeforeReason abounds.
* In Emura's manga ''Grand Sun'', Asahi becomes Kisaragi Sakuya's bodyguard. Guess what happens.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' gives us the HighlyVisibleNinja Kasuga, who was sent to assassinate Uesugi Kenshin but ended up defecting and becoming Kenshin's devoted scout and bodyguard instead. And boy, [[LuminescentBlush does]] [[FootPopping she]] [[LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt love]] [[TheImmodestOrgasm him]]...
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Chrono harbors an obvious Bodyguard Crush on his [[DealWithTheDevil contractor]] Rosette, to the point that he's mostly unwilling to let her unseal his ShapeshifterModeLock because of [[PowerDegeneration what it does to her]]. And [[UnstoppableRage God forbid that you ever injure her...]]
** There's also hints that [[NinjaMaid Fiore]] has strong feelings for her ward, Joshua, particularly in the manga.
* In ''Manga/{{Monster}}'', Martin initially dislikes Eva, who he is supposed to protect, but later develops feelings for her just before [[spoiler:she is about to be finished off. Martin then tells her to meet him at a train station, but he [[HeroicSacrifice doesn't make it]].]]
** BrainBleach-inducing version: Roberto seems to be far, far too attached [[HoYay to his boss Johan.]]
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender-flipped version]] in ''Manga/SumomomoMomomo''. Sanae is the heir of the Nakajima family, which has traditionally functioned as the bodyguards of the Inuzuka family. She has a huge crush on Koushi, the heir of the Inuzuka family, who she will one day have to protect from the shadows, as tradition dictates.
* In ''BrigadoonMarinAndMelan'', Melan initially protects Marin simply because it is his duty. As time goes on, the pair begin to have feelings for one another, though their personalities (Marin is warm and loving towards many people, and Melan is gentle and soft-spoken) make it a little hard to pinpoint exactly ''when'' they start seeing each other in this light. In any case, the result is that Melan grows to love Marin so much that he continues to protect her even when [[spoiler: it turns out she's not the person he was supposed to protect in the first place.]]
** Shortly after meeting for the first time [[GenerationXerox Kitano's parents]] try to pull this too. Turns out Kitano's dad [[TheJuggernaut does not really need the help]].
* At least one Seishi will fall in love with the Miko in the ''Manga/FushigiYuugi'' verse. Rarely is it not reciprocated...
** And [[StarCrossedLovers rarely can it be consummated]]. Damn YourUniverseOrMine and VirginPower. [[spoiler: Poor, poor Suzuno/Byakko no Miko and Tatara, who had to wait for ''decades'' (and apparently ''centuries'', in Tatara's case) to be TogetherInDeath.]]
* Rin Asano from ''Manga/BladeOfTheImmortal'' shows signs of interest in her immortal bodyguard almost right away; [[GreenEyedMonster showing jealousy of his interest in a prostitute]], [[LettingHerHairDown later directly asking if he finds her appealing]], [[LuminescentBlush turning red when she's suggested to be his lover]], and pretty much [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl willfully sacrificing the lives of strangers]] to save him. Later in the manga, she even kisses him while he sleeps, and apparently does so again offscreen, after they've been reunited after a looooooong separation. Even later, Rin flat out offers her body to Manji, so the "crush" at this point has become a full-blown declaration of love. In the same scene, Manji, who originally said that he [[LikeBrotherAndSister thought Rin looked too much like his sister]] says that he's mostly forgotten what the latter looked like, and that his feelings for Rin have become something different, finally playing this trope straight.
** Notably, aforementioned prostitute is actually [[ActionGirl Makie Otono-Tachibana]], who later becomes [[BigBad Kagehisa Anotsu's]] [[TheDragon dragon]] and [[BodyguardBabes bodyguard]] after having come to terms with the fact that he will never love her as a person, but [[InLoveWithYourCarnage only as a weapon]]. [[spoiler: Eventually he actually does warm up to her and starts to genuinely care for her... Shortly after that it's revealed [[TooPowerfulToLive that Makie has]] [[IncurableCoughOfDeath tubercolosis.]] It would seem the universe, for some unfathomable reason, simply doesn't want this woman to lead a happy life.]]
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s [[SociopathicHero Alucard]] is intensely devoted to his Master and Countess [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask Integra Hellsing]] to the point of any insult done towards her in his presence triggers a BerserkButton. He's referred as her lapdog and bodyguard a couple of times, so fits this role.
* Possibly Akise Aru from ''Manga/MiraiNikki''. He's clearly stated himself that he's [[HoYay in love with Yukiteru]] and in chapter 50 tells him that [[spoiler: he is no longer interested in changing the future and just wants to protect Yukiteru, especially since he suspects that Yuno, who's very much a {{Yandere}} for Yukiteru, is actually trying to kill Yukiteru. When she shows up Akise tries to kill Yuno and destroys her diary. However, she reveals that she had another diary and she stabs Akise]]. Also, Yuno for Yukiteru.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Agni towards Prince Soma might count. Their relationship really does come across as a Bodyguard Crush sometimes.
** A more recent example from ''[[Manga/BlackButler Black Butler II]]'' would be Claude towards Alois. His catchphrase can even be interpreted roughly as "I want nothing but to deeply desire my master." Cue fangirl squee. [[spoiler: Horrifyingly subverted when Claude cruelly kills Alois himself, giving the psychotic kiddo an AlasPoorVillain demise.]]
* Diamond harbors feelings for Lady Berlitz/Platinum in ''PokemonSpecial''.
* Ash's Charizard in ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'', as seen in the episode ''Great Bowls of Fire'', is this with Liza's Charizard Charla, the same Charizard who has easily [[CurbStompBattle thrashed him]] in their first meeting. But now he has wooed her and is [[http://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/File:Valleyshipping.png now her bodyguard.]] It's even explicitly stated their relationship is this.
* It has been hinted that various filler characters ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' was assigned to protect have developed feelings for him.
** In the main storyline, Chojuro's feelings for the [[ChristmasCake 5th Mizukage]] seem to go beyond simple protectiveness.
* In ''Hime-sama Goyojin'', Adron, a hired assassin sent to steal Himeko's crown, masquerades as her bodyguard in order to get closer to her and kill her. Things get complicated when Adron develops a crush on her, and everytime he tries to murder her, he freezes up completely.
* Klaus from ''HyakujitsuNoBara'' has a relationship with Taki can be seen as this. Klaus often bows down to Taki, and has expressed his desire to serve him and protect the country with him.
* Juudai and Yubel from ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' have a variation on this, since she was transformed into a dragon in order to protect him, and he pledged his eternal love to her after that.
* The whole premise of ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'' is that Togame wants her bodyguard and human sword Shichika to fall in love with her so that he will develop UndyingLoyalty for their quest. Shichika agrees, and the feeling eventually becomes mutual.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', Setsuna's duty is to protect Konoka, who is only too glad for the excuse to be with her [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not-girlfriend all the time]]. To her embarrassment EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* Arguably, Gokudera to [[HoYay Tsuna]] in ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''.
** Also, Gamma to Uni.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}''
** Soi Fong developed this towards her former commander [[FallenPrincess Shihoin Yoruichi]] after entering the omnitsukido. She worships Yoruichi as a goddess.
** From the time they were very small children, Kanae Katagiri was a [[UndyingLoyalty devoted]] servant and bodyguard to Uryuu's father, Ryuuken. [[spoiler:Her feelings weren't one-sided; she's Uryuu's MissingMom.]]
* Done ''very'' obviously in ''OmamoriHimari'', seeing as Himari climbs into her Master/Charge's bed within 24 hours of starting to protect him, and hasn't stopped trying to get into his pants since.
* In the oneshot ''Kuroneko Guardian'' the protagonist falls for his bodyguard. In the ending he outright tells her he plans on making her fall in love with him, [[AmusingInjuries which backfires.]]
* Hak from ''Manga/AkatsukiNoYona'' is a classic example for Yona. Some of the dragons are shaping up to be this to her too.
* In ''Manga/AkagamiNoShirayukihime'', [[spoiler: Obi]] begins to slowly develop one for [[spoiler: Shirayuki]] after being assigned to protect her.
* 17 year old Akira Regendorf's feelings for [[VampireMonarch Princess Mina Tepes]] in ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' rapidly slides into this category. Of course Mina [[SubordinateExcuse has already fallen hard for him]]... about seven years back.
* While more of personal medics than bodyguards, all the significant Unemezoku in ''Manga/ArataKangatari'' (Kotoha, Rami, and Miyabi) seem to be devoted to their masters (Arata, Mikusa, and Kadowaki, respectively) more than the call of duty requires.
* A serious case of LesYay between Valmet and Koko from ''Manga/{{Jormungand}}''. While most of it originates from Valmet, Koko not only seems to not mind, she also returns the advances, though if nothing has happened yet (officially).
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' has [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Tomoe]] develop this around Nanami. Not like he will admit it though...
* ''Manga/SamuraiDeeperKyo'' has a few (Saizo for Yukimura, and arguably Hishigi for Fubuki), but Kyo's for Yuya is absolutely ''legendary'' and a little bit scary at times.
* Conrad Weller might feel something like this for his charge, the king Yuuri Shibuya, in ''LightNovel/KyoKaraMaoh''.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'' has [[SilkHidingSteel Charlotte]] ([[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Lottie]]) [[BadassFamily Baskerville]] for her master [[TheStoic Glen]], and [[BattleButler Gilbert]] seems to feel this way about [[GuileHero the main character,]] [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Oz]].Oz himself for Alice.

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* It definitely doesn't take much stretching of the imagination to see a bit of this between Leela and Romana in the ''Series/DoctorWho'' spin-off audio series ''AudioPlay/{{Gallifrey}}'' -- interestingly enough, though, the balance of power in the relationship itself is just a touch inverted, with the higher-status Romana seeming to display more emotional investment in the relationship.
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* In ''ComicBook/YtheLastMan'' Agent 355 is attracted to both Allison Mann and Yorick, the two people she's charged with bodyguarding. [[spoiler:For much of the series 355 assumes her feelings for Yorick are simply a desire to protect him, until Allison points out that's actually why 355 slept with ''her,'' and that she's always realised that 355 was in love with Yorick.]]
* For a while in the ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' comics, Bruce Wayne had a bodyguard named Sasha Bordeaux who fell in love with him and fell even deeper when she found out that he was Batman.
* Zauriel, from ''JusticeLeagueOfAmerica'', was a ''guardian angel'' who had a Bodyguard Crush on the woman he was watching over, causing him to to be exiled from the Heavenly Host.
* Given the size of [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark's]] ego, we could count him and his "body guard".
** And then there's Bethany Cabe, Tony Stark's corporate bodyguard and love interest for a while.
* Nakia from ''Comicbook/BlackPanther'' was this GoneHorriblyWrong. There's a reason she started calling herself [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Malice]]. It's arguably a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] that shows what happens when the Bodyguard Crush is one-sided on the bodyguard's part.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Slight twist in FanFic/WhatHathJoinedTogether where [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Flash Sentry]] gained an enormous crush on Princess Twilight Sparkle when he ranked as a regular Royal Guard, but then found himself assigned as her PraetorianGuard for a foreign visit. Starting a relationship would be huge challenge both due to [[LoveTriangle Flash's superior having his eyes set on Twilight]] and the fact that [[FantasticCasteSystem Twilight ranks a few social classes above him]].
* A common theme in FanFic/ANewWorldANewWay, as MANY of the Pokemon develop (or harbor) feelings for their Trainers, which only grow stronger when said Trainers are turned into Pokemon.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheTerminator'' features Kyle Reese, sent to protect the unborn John Connor, future leader of the Human Resistance, by protecting his mother Sarah Connor, who, in a case of predestination paradox, ultimately creates him.
* ''Film/TheBodyguard,'' starring Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston.
** Kevin wanted to do a sequel starring Princess Diana (yes, '''that''' Princess Diana) as the protectee. She declined after she found out she would have to kiss Kevin.
* ''My Bodyguard'' starring Creator/AdamBaldwin, Matt Dillon and Chris Makepeace.
* ''Someone to Watch Over Me'' features Tom Berenger as a policeman assigned to guard witness MimiRogers.
* In ''Film/KingOfNewYork'', the title character's relationship with his BodyguardBabes goes well beyond the "crush" stage in the first five minutes.
* ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries'', surprisingly, has this trope. The Queen falls in love with the guy who is introduced as the chauffer, but nearer to the end of the movie, and especially in the sequel, it's obvious that he's also a bodyguard.
** In fact, it's implied by certain comments in the sequel that the two have had UnresolvedSexualTension long before the first movie.
* Fanon likes to think that, in the movie ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', there's an attraction between 8 and 1. [[HoYay Given the way they interact a few times, the fanon might not be so far off...]] [[spoiler:Too bad they both die, though.]]
* Mathilda has one of these on Léon in ''Film/TheProfessional''--in the uncut version, she even asks him to be her first lover, but he refuses.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars AttackOfTheClones'', Anakin re-encounters Padme Amidala, his childhood crush now having become a full-fledged infatuation. Tasked with being Padme's bodyguard following several attempts on her life by Jango Fett and Zam Wesell, he accompanies her back to Naboo, where they become closer by the day, quickly falling in love, which is against the laws of the Jedi Order.
* ''BodyguardFromBeijing'' starring JetLi has this happen between the protagonist, the titular soldier from China, and his charge, a HongKong lady. The latter was the one who made the first moves, but the former tried to be professional distanced himself from her. He DidNotGetTheGirl, as he was shown going back to China ([[{{Anvilicious}} posing right in front of the Chinese flag]]) while the lady stays behind. It's pretty obvious her feelings were reciprocated, however.
* ''Film/ChasingLiberty'' has this between ThePresidentsDaughter Anna and her bodyguard Ben. Played with a bit, as she doesn't ''know'' that he's her bodyguard (although [[DramaticIrony the audience does]]).
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'', seasoned warrior Ronin is strongly implied to have feelings for Queen Tara, which she possibly returns. Then again, they were [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friends.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Very explicit between Sparhawk and Ehlana in David Eddings's ''[[Literature/TheElenium Elenium]]'' series. In this case she's [[spoiler:his Queen, and with the exception of the back-story period during which he mentored her as a child, any power imbalance is weighed strongly towards her end.]]
* In Laurel K. Hamilton's [[Literature/MerryGentry Meredith Gentry]] series, the royal bodyguards pretty much also serve as sex slaves to Queen Andais, Princess Meredith, and Prince Cel.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire''
** Sandor Clegane is Prince Joffrey's sworn shield, but is more often seen protecting Joffrey's betrothed, Sansa Stark, leading to a BeastAndBeauty pairing. Sansa's thoughts seem to be conflicted. She's frightened of Sandor, but he seems to spring to her mind every time sex or kissing is mentioned, and she canonically fabricates a memory of kissing him.
** Two members of Renly's Rainbow Guard have the hots for him: Brienne, a large and ugly ActionGirl, and Loras, his gay lover.
** Jorah Mormont is hopelessly in love with Daenerys Targaryen, whom he serves as part of her Queensguard. She's aware of the situation and repeatedly rebuffs him.
** Arys Oakheart, a member of the Kingsguard sent to Dorne with Princess Myrcella, falls in love with Arianne Martell despite his vows. [[spoiler: He needlessly dies defending her and their companions at the Greenblood after being forced to yield by the Dornish captain of the guards, Areo Hotah.]]
* ''Literature/PrinceRoger''" The 'March/Prince Roger' saga has the spoilt misunderstood brat, Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang [=MacClintock=] (whew, [[OverlyLongName what a mouthful!]]) and his ActionGirl bodyguard, Nimashet Despreaux, agonize endlessly before finally hooking up in the second book, ''March to the Sea.'' This was complicated further by the part where ''after'' they finally decided to hook up, Roger went from third to first in the line of succession -- meaning that country-girl commoner Nimashet had just gone from 'going to be married to the most redundant junior prince' to 'prospective Empress'. The latter possibility terrified her enough that she immediately broke the relationship off cold -- which created some serious tension, given that she was ''still his bodyguard''. Then, Nimashet was given a ''direct order'' by her superior officer to ''reinstate'' the relationship and become the eventual Empress Nimashet. Even though they know it's a bad idea to fraternize inside the chain of command, they need her to steady Roger because he'd either abdicate to be with her again or else try to rule the Empire alone and end up as Emperor Roger the Mad. (Nimashet is pretty much the only person around who can hold Roger back from massacre once his BerserkButton is pushed, and Roger on some level ''knows'' this.)
* ''Literature/KushielsLegacy'' subverts this at first. [[ChasteHero Joscelin]] denies himself any attraction, romantic or otherwise, to Phedre, saying that he can't both be her bodyguard (servant of Cassiel) and her lover, because it goes against his vows. Granted, in Kushiel's Dart he and Phedre, ah...[[UnusualEuphemism paid homage to Namaah]]. Later in the series, they develop a proper relationship as the Comtesse Phedre no Delaunay de Montreve and her consort (read: practically husband) Joscelin.
* ''Literature/TheFaerieQueene'': The Red Cross Knight and Princess Una in the first book; Red Cross is EasilyForgiven for abysmally failing the "bodyguard" part at first, abandoning his charge thanks to a NotWhatItLooksLike scenario courtesy of the MasterOfIllusion.
* In the second book of the ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Coruscant Nights]]'' trilogy, we find that Padme's eyepatched bodyguard Typho was in [[AllLoveIsUnrequited love]] with her, and at her funeral, having seen the autopsy, comes to the conclusion that she was killed by use of the Force. Anakin Skywalker was supposed to be bodyguarding her in Typho's absence. Thus he decided to track down Skywalker; later he assumes that Vader killed them both, so he has to kill Vader. [[ForegoneConclusion You can imagine how that went.]]
** In the Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy General Wedge Antilles is set to bodyguarding Qwi Xux, an ex-Imperial scientist who had worked on the Death Star, the [[DarkEmpire World Devastators]], and the Sun Crusher, cheerfully oblivious to what these projects would be used for. Yes, a general serving as bodyguard to a scientist. They fall for each other, and in ''I, Jedi'' this development dismays Corran, since he [[ShipperOnDeck ships his boss with one of his friends]] (Who Wedge did end up with in a later novel after breaking up with Qwi).
* In Moira Moore's ''Heroes'' series there are two kinds of magic users, Sources and Shields, who get permanently paired up. The Source deflects natural disasters while the Shield protects the Source from some kind of backlash that occurs. First person narrator and Shield Dunleavy really likes her Source Shintaro and protects him not only while working magic but tends to protectiveness also in more mundane situations. He in turn makes no attempt to hide that he lusts after her.
* [[Literature/ArtemisFowl Juliet and Artemis]], though Juliet's not ''technically'' his bodyguard, and canon says it's flipped.
* ''Literature/TheRifter'': Kyle (the Kahlil) is assigned to secretly watch and guard John when John is a child. He does so for ten years, and as John grows up Kyle becomes immensely attached to him, though he won’t allow himself to think that he might be falling in love because he knows he might receive the order to kill John. By the end of the book, Kyle knows for certain that guarding and loving John (the Rifter) are his two purposes in life. It’s both a confirmation and a radical revision of the relationship that the holy scriptures indicate between the Kahlil and the Rifter.
* In the ''Literature/{{Spaceforce}}'' series, Prince Ragoth, youngest son of the Taysan Empress, has a personal entourage of three bodyguards from the exclusive Clan of the Imperial Shield. The most recently appointed is Maydith, who is young and pretty. Other characters suspect that the pair are in love, but because of the crippling restrictions of Taysan society, [[StarCrossedLovers it can never be]].
* In the ''Literature/GemmaDoyle'' trilogy apparently it was once pretty common for the Rakshana and the members of the Order they guarded to be lovers. Named examples include Gemma and Kartik (eventually), and Miss [=McCleethy=] and Hugo Fowlson. It may or may not be worth noting that neither pairing ends well, but then, what pairing in this series does?
* In the ''Literature/QuantumGravity'' series, [[ActionGirl Lila]] [[{{Cyborg}} Black]] has been hired to bodyguard/spy on [[ElvishPresley Zal]], and the first thing that happens when they meet is a love match Game, which pushes them together, along with Zal's general open flirting. [[spoiler:They marry.]]
* In the ''[[Literature/OneRoseTrilogy The Compass Rose]]'', magic-users in the military are assigned bodyguards. Kallista's bodyguard Torchay is madly in love with her. Kallista resists, but after being ordered into marriage, eventually requites Torchay's feelings.
* Possibly Wil Ohmsford on Amberle in ''Literature/TheElfstonesOfShannara''. Inverted by Rone Leah in [[TheWishsongOfShannara Wishsong]]: he goes along to protect Brin specifically ''because'' he has a crush on her.
* Subtly done in ''Literature/TheGodlessWorldTrilogy''. It isn't obvious, but [[ActionGirl Anyara's]] bodyguard [[BadAss Coinach]] seems to be developing a bit of a crush on her, which she may well reciprocate (she looks straight at him when someone tells her she should marry in order to make herself happy).
* From the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series:
** Hugh Arai for Queen Berry in ''[[Literature/HonorHarrington Torch of Freedom.]]'' [[spoiler: He's luckier, because she reciprocates the feelings, fires him as her head of security, and drags him off to her bedroom.]] Possibly inverted, as [[spoiler:she fell for him even before he was assigned as her head of security]].
** Major Andrew [=LaFollet=], head of Honor's Grayson-assigned Steadholder security detail and her personal chief bodyguard, spends most of his life quietly, deeply, and unrequitedly in love with her, even refusing to marry or have children (all but unheard-of on Grayson) in his devotion to her. She's aware of his feelings and regrets hurting him by not reciprocating, but ''he'' doesn't seem to consider it a loss.
* Lucky the Fox and his boss, The Right Man, from Anne Rice's ''Angel Time'' have something going on, although it's implied that it doesn't involve sex.
* Ari II and her "azi" (essentially slave, though YMMV) bodyguard Florian in ''Literature/{{Cyteen}}''.
* In Andy [=McDermott's=] ''Nina Wilde'' series, the titular AdventurerArchaeologist and her ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase slowly fell in love and married over the course of their adventures. The romance is subtle and only made in passing mentions since their main focus is trying not to die preserving rare artifacts.
* In the ''Literature/KrisLongknife'' series, there are some very strong hints that Kris' bodyguard Jack is in love with her.
* In ''Literature/{{Cerberon}}'', Margaret becomes attracted to George after he volunteers to be her escort for her journey to America. He is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to her attraction]] until she mentions she wouldn't mind his intimate attention.
* In ''Literature/StarTrekStringTheory'', the BackStory for ally character Ziv and minor antagonist Sem involves this trope; Ziv was Sem's bodyguard, and in violation of their people's custom they had a sexual relationship.
* Tolerably common between Warders and Aes Sedai in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. It perhaps helps that the [[PsychicLink Warder Bond]] means that the Warder is the one person in the world who [[BeneathTheMask can see through the emotionless Aes Sedai mask]].
* Vin in the second book of ''Literature/MistbornTheOriginalTrilogy'' to Elend, as she's a [[OneManArmy Mistborn]] and he's a {{Muggle}} NonActionGuy. Ends when [[spoiler: Elend marries Vin and subsequently TakesALevelInBadass, becoming a Mistborn himself]].
* In ''[[Literature/TheRedVixenAdventures Shadow of the Red Vixen]]'' Alinadar develops one on Lady Sallivera, though it's not requited [[spoiler: until "Shadow of her Sins"]], and had another unrequited one for her previous mistress [[spoiler: The Red Vixen]]. It turns out towards the end of "Shadow of the Red Vixen" that [[spoiler: Melanie was trying to invoke this when she hired Ali to be Salli's bodyguard.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': King Renly Baratheon is object of affection for both Ser Loras Tyrell (an unusual reciprocal example because they form a same-sex couple) and Brienne of Tarth (a rare gender inversion of the trope), who are members of his Kingsguard.
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', this APPEARED to be the case for Peter and Claire. This was squashed immediately upon the reveal that they're actually each others long lost uncle and niece. Of course this didn't actually stop the shipping or the sexual tension between them.
** The fact that the actors portraying the two got involved surely contributed to the shipping and tension. Hayden's young age (relatively) added some risque' spice, as well.
* In ''Series/{{Charmed}}'', the PowersThatBe mandate a strict law against Whitelighters falling in love with their wiccan charges. But naturally, this was dealt with [[SecondHandStorytelling offscreen]] and waived in the case of Piper (main character), who married Leo and later on in the series even got to have a child.
** And even with Piper's mom and Sam, another whitelighter, having an affair and ended up with Paige.
* In ''Series/TheWestWing'', CJ Cregg and her bodyguard Simon Donovan ([[RetroactiveRecognition better known as]] [[Series/{{NCIS}} Gibbs]]) when she's under Secret Service protection while being stalked. When they catch the guy CJ needed protection from in the first place, [[spoiler:Simon is promptly shot and killed. Thanks, Creator/AaronSorkin. Thanks a lot.]]
* In ''TheSarahConnorChronicles'', while there isn't anything romantic going on ''yet'' between John and Cameron, a lot of John's growing attachment and protectiveness of her is stemming from her own protectiveness of him.
** And then there's the second season finale, in which [[spoiler:John, against the advice of both his mother and Agent Ellison, travels into the future to retrieve Cameron's chip]]. Cue Fangirl {{Squee}}.
* Series/{{Chuck}} and his bodyguard, Sarah. Chuck has a massive crush on Sarah. Sarah seems to entertain the idea of a relationship with Chuck, but there's the whole CIA thing getting in the way, and it's causing a few problems. Especially considering that they have to play the roles of [[TheBeard boyfriend and girlfriend]] and occasionally a [[UndercoverAsLovers married couple]] on certain missions. Less overtly (this is a family show after all), the other bodyguard in Chuck's life...John Casey, played by Creator/AdamBaldwin. Scroll up this page a tad...
* In ''Series/TinMan'' fandom, DG/Cain plays out like this most of the time. DG is [[spoiler: Princess of Oz, named for her ancestor, Dorothy Gale]]. Cain is a BadassNormal by Ozian standards, a commoner, and a law enforcement man/soldier by trade. Sweetening the deal is that, in the first part of the series, Cain's former boss forced him into a promise to "not leave her side at any cost."
** Except Cain spends half the time looking for his wife. Eventually, he [[spoiler:finds her grave but ends up reconnecting with his son]].
* In an episode of ''Series/TheEqualizer'' Robert [=McCall=] chews out Mickey Kostmeyer for sleeping with a Swedish foreign student he was supposed to be guarding, pointing out that if the killers had chosen to strike at that moment they both would have been killed.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** G'Kar may have been trying to invoke this trope when he insisted that the rogue telepaths leaving B5 have Narn bodyguards. Given G'Kar's attempt in the premiere episode to get telepathic genetic material for the Narn race via the old-fashioned mating method, one wonders if he wasn't trying to set up a few {{Interspecies Romance}}s.
** Lennier isn't a bodyguard per se, but he does have a crush on Delenn and he does consider himself honor-bound to protect her.
* As Echo's [[spoiler: fourth]] official handler in ''{{Dollhouse}}'', love interest Paul Ballard has one of these, though the crush began long before he actually started work as a bodyguard.
** Done much squickier with [[spoiler: Sierra]] and her original handler.
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Although not a technical bodyguard, Agent Booth often says that keeping his partner, Dr. Brennan, safe is his responsibility, seeing as she is not trained as an agent and (for at least part of the series) is not supposed to be carrying a gun. This stance towards Bones' safety leads to much [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] and EveryoneCanSeeIt.
* One episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}'' depicts Wesley getting involved with a girl he's been hired to protect ("Guise Will Be Guise"). The guy who hired him was apparently GenreSavvy to this trope, because Wesley was impersonating Angel, who was wanted specifically because he [[CelibateHero can't have sex]]. [[spoiler: He needed her for a VirginSacrifice - as it turned out, he should have started paying attention to this possibility a lot earlier]]
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', Angel was originally supposed to act as a secret protector for Buffy - but, while watching over her, fell in love.
* Inverted in season 5 of ''[[Series/TwentyFour 24]]'', with First Lady Martha Logan, fully disgusted with her husband's actions, falling for Secret Service agent Aaron Pierce. [[spoiler:Season 6 finds the Logans separated (divorced?) and Pierce retired from the Secret Service and romantically involved with Martha.]]
* Because StalkingIsLove, the ''{{Smallville}}'' episode "Trespass".
* The ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' episode "Defiance" had a character of the day fall in love with [=McGee=]. She then used this to catch him off guard in order to stage her own abduction, and the episode leaves open whether or not she was acting the entire time, making this a potential subversion.
* This is basically the premise of ''Amor en custodia'', an Argentinean telenovela which has been remade in other countries, included México, where it was remade twice: One time in TV Azteca and Its fourth remake, which is currently on air in Televisa under the title "Amores Verdaderos"
* ''Series/StarskyAndHutch'': Hutch gets into one of these with a visiting Russian ballerina who's received death threats.
* ''PersonOfInterest'': Reese and Sophia were clearly going down this trope's path, as well as with other women Reese protects, but it's always pretty one sided.
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[[folder: Mythology and Folklore ]]
* King Arthur's wife Guinevere and her bodyguard Lancelot share an ill-fated romance.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Kunoichi's crush towards her lord Yukimura, hinted merely in ''SamuraiWarriors'', became the main focus of her Musou mode in the 3rd installation of the game.
* [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender inverted]]: ''SuikodenV'' has a non-professional relationship of ''some'' kind between Prince Freyjadour and his bodyguard Lyon, especially if he gathers all [[OneHundredandEight 108]] stars.
** Given that Lyon was raised by Frey's parents, there's also a NotBloodSiblings element.
** Let's not forget [[LesYay Lelei and Lucretia.]] It's a rather strange relationship, since the woman Lelei is guarding is definitely the OneeSama, ''and'' it's very ambiguous whether she returns Lelei's feelings.
*** Lucretia's own preferences, at least, seem to match up, as Cathari mentions that she and Lucretia were once "more than friends." Lucretia's relationship with Lelei is made rather less ambiguous (or, alternately, given a RelationshipReveal) when, on the night before a big battle, Lucretia suggests that she and Lelei get some rest, and Lelei asks if Lucretia wouldn't mind staying up just a little longer - after which the screen fades to black. After the war, [[spoiler:the two of them vanish, presumably together]]. On a side note, if you have Oboro dig into Lelei's past, he comes up with the following:
---->'''Oboro:''' "Lelei used to be a guard at Agate Prison, but she fell for Lucretia's pretty -- I MEAN, she was concerned about Lucretia, as she came with her. Now she's kind of Lucretia's...assistant."
**** [[GenderInvertedTrope Gender Inverted Example]] #2: [[NonActionGuy Thomas]] and [[CuteBruiser Cecile]] in Suikoden 3, with Cecile all but publicly confessing her crush for Thomas (including [[FireBreathingDiner making meatballs]] [[LethalChef for his lunch]])
* Sothe and Micaiah in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius FireEmblem: Radiant Dawn]]''. The... odd part is that they refer to each other as family (and [[LikeBrotherAndSister Brother/Sister]]) regularly.
** Furthermore, Geoffrey's rather unrequited crush on Elincia, as seen in his support conversations and other dialogue. Seemingly doomed given Elincia's not-exactly-subtle crush on Ike, [[spoiler:it surprisingly is requited in the second game as Ike cares for Elincia but ''not'' romantically and she starts growing out of it, leading to their marriage in certain endings]].
** Also, Lyre's huge crush on her captain, Ranulf. Conversations between Lyre and her twin sister Lethe reveal that Lyre never really liked fighting all that much, and pretty much only joined the army [[SubordinateExcuse to be with Ranulf and her sister]].
** Ranulf's second subordinate Kyza is also implied to have a [[HoYay crush on him]], although in the Japanese version it's not so much implied as it is outright spelled out.
** Gatrie has one on Astrid in ''Path of Radiance'', to the point where he doesn't seem as able to flirt with her as easily as he does other girls.
* In fact, this is one of ''Franchise/FireEmblem's'' favorite tropes. Pick any Fire Emblem game and there will be at least one character (if not more) infatuated with their liege.
** VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia: Both Camus and Hardin to Nyna ([[spoiler:however both fall victim to ShipSinking]]) and Samson/Sheema (role inverted, liege infatuated with bodyguard).
** VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral: Mideel/Aideen, Lewyn/Fury ([[GenderInvertedTrope gender flipped]] and also subverted - Lewyn had a crush on Fury's [[CoolBigSis older sister Mahnya]]), Leif/Nanna (again, gender flipped, though the 5th game reveals that this is more like ChildhoodFriendRomance), and Fred/Olwen (doubling as MayDecemberRomance since he's quite older than her).
*** It's also heavily implied that [[LadyOfBlackMagic Princess Isthar's]] childhood friend and guardian Reinhardt is in love with her. Unfortunately for him, [[AllLoveIsUnrequited she's in love with]] [[TheDragon Prince Julius]]. Doubly unfortunately for him, Julius loves her back and is a major {{Yandere}} to boot, threatening to kill Reinhardt if he ever comes near Ishtar again.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Binding Blade]]: Saul/Dorothy ([[GenderInvertedTrope gender flipped]]), Klein/Thite ([[GenderInvertedTrope gender flipped]], possibly also role inverted because Thite's too much of a SugarAndIcePersonality to act on any feelings she might have unless Klein speaks up) and possibly either Rutger or Lance/Clarine and Shin/Sue.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Blazing Sword]]: Kent/Lyndis, Rath/Lyndis, Erk/Priscilla, Erk/Serra, Guy/Priscilla and [[LesYay Florina/Lyndis]]. [[PlayerCharacter Tactician]] / [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Lyndis]] (also inverted, or LesYay) can be implied from the early chapters, though this doesn't really hold out past Chapter 3 or so. This might also be the case for Sain/Lyndis, but he seems to [[MatchmakerCrush be more partial to supporting Kent's feelings]], and on the other hand he also has all the signs of [[LadykillerInLove crushing]] ''[[LadykillerInLove hard]]'' on Priscilla during their supports, but they have no shared ending.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones'': Eirika/either Seth or Forde, Vanessa/Innes ([[GenderInvertedTrope gender flipped]]), and arguably Ephraim/Myrrh. One of the bosses in Eirika's path is even a general under Queen Ismaire, who proves LoveMakesYouEvil. It's hinted that Selena's feelings towards Emperor Vigarde might fall in this trope too.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'': Lissa/either Lon'qu or Frederick, the latter doubling as FirstLove. Genderflipped with Chrom/either Sully or Sumia and Cordelia's UnrequitedLove for Chrom, and also with Virion and Cherche. Also Maribelle and Gaius -- and maybe Henry as well, as in their S support he offers to be Maribelle's [[KnightInShiningArmor Knight In Blood-Stained Armor]].
*** From the [[spoiler: second generation]], the closest would be [[spoiler: Chrom's daughter]] Lucina and [[spoiler: Cherche's son]] Gerome. Double if [[spoiler: Gerome's father is the aforementioned Frederick.]]
* Part of the premise of first person shooter ''RedSteel'', between the protagonist and the (quickly kidnapped) girl in distress. The relationship had progressed to the point where the two had gotten engaged, and the kidnapped happens when introducing the future husband to her father to ask permission to marry.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', it's [[ImpliedLoveInterest implied]] that this is the case between Anise and Ion, as well as Arietta and Ion.
* ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'' has this type of relationship between Adell and Rozalin. After mistakenly summoning her and binding her to follow him around, Adell swears he'll protect Rozalin with his life. Rozalin swears she'll kill him for the indignity he's caused her. They become attracted to each other. HilarityEnsues.
** Taro also feels this way about Rozalin, to the point that he practically became Rozalin's servant just so he could fit this trope.
* {{Fanon}} has a tendency to attribute one of these to Double H from ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil,'' over the heroine, Jade. The fact that she [[RescueRomance rescued him]] from an [[ElectricTorture alien torture chamber]] doesn't help... Nor does the fact that he [[KnightInShiningArmor wears shining armor...]] And he [[TakeMyHand selflessly dives to catch her when she falls]], spouting a line in a sappy voice... And let's not forget his sudden attempt to [[SmoochOfVictory kiss her.]] His [[AllThereInTheManual official description]] even states that he's "selflessly devoted to her."
** The kiss isn't really indicative of anything, though; he was just tremendously giddy because they'd just won the hovercraft racing championships, a sport over which he gets far too excited. The fact that Jade only laughs and says, "Hey, knock it off!" might say something about how ''she'' feels though.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'': Tidus loves Yuna.
** Summoner Dona and her guardian Barthello are a couple. This is more evident in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'', after they retire.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' Squall loves Rinoa, though that's less of a bodyguard (although he does that too) and more of a [[IncrediblyLamePun hired gunblade]] deal.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Aerith hires Cloud. She repays him with a date. ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' loves this trope. [[spoiler: Though in this case it's subverted: Aerith cares for Cloud but she loves Cloud's dead friend Zack, and they're TogetherInDeath in ''Advent Children'' while Cloud ends up with his VictoriousChildhoodFriend Tifa.]]
* Inverted in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', where Locke apparently pledges to bodyguard any girl he gets a crush on.
** And subverted at the same time hilariously by the fact that during the course of the game, one of the girls he pledges to protect is the mightiest soldier of TheEmpire's army, and the other is a [[PersonOfMassDestruction walking nuke]] and [[TearJerker very sadly]] by the fact that Locke's pledges are the product of the guilt he feels from failing to protect his first love, twice.
* Happens in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX''. Zidane has feelings for Garnet.
* It is quite possible to argue that Basch displays subtle hints towards Ashe in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'', although he interacts [[TeamDad much more directly with Vaan and Penelo]], and often appears indifferent toward Princess Ashe. Basch may be more emotionally attached to the fate of Ashe's kingdom than to Ashe herself, but hints of 'something' undefined are there in the subtext. Given the purposeful lack of romance in FFXII, interpretation of what that 'something' happens to be is open to debate.
* ''DissidiaFinalFantasy'' has a few teasing's here and there. There's Cecil teasing the Onion Knight over his protectiveness of Terra, a slight ship tease between Vaan protecting Terra, and the closeness between the Warrior of Light and the goddess Cosmos, [[spoiler:especially as the former is revealed to be a Manikin of Cid of the Lufaine and the goddess is revealed to be a Manikin of Cid's wife.]]
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'': Nathyrra and Valen are totally there as combat support. Totally. *insincere smile*
** In the same vein, in [=KotOR=] I: Did the Jedi Council really have to assign Carth, Bastila, and/or Juhani (as appropriate to PC gender/preference) to help you? Granted, each has legit reasons to help even without orders ''or'' romantic entanglements - but [[WildMassGuessing it's much more fun]] [[EpilepticTrees when you consider the possibilities]].
*** Inverted somewhat in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' if you're playing a female. Even though you are a VERY powerful Force-user and [[spoiler: the mind-wiped ex-Dark Lord of the Sith]], Carth is still very protective, and insists "Let me protect you; from yourself, from the Sith. You HAVE to let me try." Never mind you could probably have wiped the floor with him six levels ago... [[spoiler: Ditto with Juhani, albeit in a much subtler manner]].
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', the ex-Sith Assassin Visas Marr, particularly ([[LesYay but not only]]) if you are the male Exile. This is very quiet (apart from the breathlessly devoted, "My life for yours"...), and will only make itself apparent if you are NOT a dog kicking Sith bastard, and are nice to her when you've defeated her. Yes, [[DefeatMeansFriendship Defeat Means Bodyguard Crush]].
** And on the other end of things, Atton Rand remains protective of the Exile and consistently anxious for the Exile's approval, to the point that [[spoiler:Kreia]] is able to blackmail him with it, whether the Exile is Light Side ''or'' a crazed dog-kicking Sith bastard. It's most apparent with a female Exile, but [[HoYay it's there with a male Exile too]].
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' and Mask of the Betrayer, both of the romance options for male characters that made the final cut began watching over the hero to keep him safe.
* Apparent inversion (liege seemingly in love with bodyguard, although that may be a matter of interpretation) in ''[[VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeonExplorers Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky]]'', with Celebi (technically a gender-neutral Pokémon, but it acts feminine (and kinda {{Tsundere}}) and has the "Shiny" pink coloration instead of its normal green) for Grovyle.
* ''VideoGame/MegaManZero'': Some fans see this between Zero and Ciel, some don't.
** It's certanly an inversion, as Ciel quite clearly has a crush on Zero, and he doesn't show any feelings for her or at least recognition of her feelings. It's even directly addressed in the 4th game where Neige and Craft were once in a relationship, and she seems to show that she can relate to Ciel in the ending, as both Zero and Craft were reploids and thus the situation is similar.
* Touka in ''{{Utawarerumono}}''. Apparently, when her clan becomes someone's bodyguard, they're supposed to bear their child (assuming they're female) which makes her... eagerness... to be his bodyguard make a little more sense, no?
* Near the end of the closest to canon ending in ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Shiki realizes the real reason he kept agreeing to guard Arcueid and help her hunt Roa was that he loved her. He doesn't really feel responsible for the town or anything. Goes the other way too, in that Arcueid only decided not to publicly dismember him because, as she puts it, she also loved him from... well, the first moment he cut her to pieces. Bit of a rocky start, but eh...
* Played straight and flipped a few times in ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' and Episodes. Alyx Vance is sometimes escorted by Gordon, and when Gordon loses his weapons, she becomes the bodyguard. And she has an obvious hero worship and geekette attraction to Gordon. Which her father openly encourages.
* ''LegendOfMana'': Jumi always come in pairs as a Guardian and a Knight, and they are expected to be devoted to one another in ways that blur the boundaries between duty and love. And gender doesn't matter, either.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4'' Ashley asks if Leon wants to go to "her place" for some ''overtime''. He declines.
** Manuela seems to really like Leon too.
** Leon's basically a bishonen ChuckNorris. ''Of course they want him''.
* ''GrandiaII'', Ryudo towards Elena. "Don't like women", huh? ''Right''....
* The Bodyguard Crush is the whole ''point'' of ''{{Yo-Jin-Bo}}'', a VisualNovel RomanceGame about a princess and her six bodyguards.
* [[DistressedDamsel Furiae]] of ''VideoGame/{{Drakengard}}'' has one of these crushes. [[spoiler: Too bad it's her brother, Caim.]]
* In ''ExitFate'', Ayara has this kind of relationship with her commanding officer, Daniel Vinyard, deserting her post so she could track down and join him after he was accused of being a traitor. She routinely insists on accompanying him into the more dangerous places (fortunately she's a very good fighter) and has a heartbreak when she feels the growing size of the Elysium Army puts a distance between them. She can also relate well to Jasper, who has a similar situation with his own commander, Erin.
* Hinted at, but never actually confirmed in ''VideoGame/{{Dishonored}}''. Empress Jessamine expresses a fondness for Corvo that is rather hard to take as simply platonic affection. A few characters actually ponder this themselves, with Lydia considering asking Corvo about this but deciding that it'd be too rude to do so. Similarly, it's also heavily hinted that Emily is likely Corvo's biological daughter considering [[PapaWolf how close he is to her]].
** The Empresses' words during the OpeningNarration just add fuel to the belief that she and Corvo were lovers. You don't say "When you are near, my heart is at peace" to just anybody after all.
*** [[OedipusComplex Emily herself]] seems to have a crush on Corvo:
---> "If you don't marry my mother, will you marry me?"
* In ''VideoGame/StarStealingPrince'', [[spoiler:Erio]] is implied to have such feelings towards [[spoiler:Astra,]] but doesn't speak up about it due to thinking it's creepy to feel that way.
* Daphnis in ''VideoGame/TearsToTiara2'' is a WholesomeCrossdresser {{Meido}} who's HappinessInSlavery that he get to protect his master and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance childhood friend]] Elissa. When he's about to pull a HeroicSacrifice so she can escape, she quickly realize she loves him back.
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* In DubiousCompany, [[ChurchMilitant Leeroy]] starts as [[TheChosenOne Sal's]] rival and [[ChildhoodFriendRomance friend]]. He is later appointed as her bodyguard.
* [[http://www.webtoonlive.com/webtoon/Welcome%20to%20the%20Convenience%20Store/ch68/ This]] page/chapter of ''Webcomic/WelcomeToTheConvenienceStore''.
* Inverted in ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'': Violetta [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080926 makes it clear]] she would kill Tarvek as soon as his life is no longer her responsibility. Hilariously, von Zinzer points they are fighting LikeAnOldMarriedCouple. Note that she is actually his cousin, and a ShipperOnDeck for Tarvek/agatha.
** All other bodyguards in this series avert this trope just by being the same gender as the one they protect. Actually, Gil and Agatha have their bodyguards paired ''together''.
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* ''TechInfantry'' has Miro Creed, bodyguard for IdolSinger PriscillaSavant, and the romance between them.
* Sabastian, in ''Literature/TheGraystoneSaga'', spends his time BodyguardingABadass with whom he's been in love for the last two decades. He mixes this up with HopelessSuitor, which might explain why he's perpetually in a bad mood.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' subverts this to hell and back - Myra Brandish, Dr. Venture's former bodyguard and the mother of the titular brothers. In the present, though, she's clearly insane and [[StalkerWithACrush breaks out of her asylum once every couple years to kidnap her sons.]]
** This is to say nothing of the people who misinterpret [[HoYay current bodyguard Brock Samson and Dr. Venture's relationship.]] Referenced in the pilot episode, "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay," when Pete White argues to Billy Quizboy that "you can't tell me there's nothing going on there." Also played with in the season 1 finale, "Return to Spider-Skull Island;" when Brock [[spoiler: isn't allowed to go with Dr. Venture to the operation room and argues, the doctor]] assumes they're "partners."
--> '''Brock:''' Not really, it's more like I work for him--''wait a minute, no!''
** Played with again in the intro to the season 3 episode "What Goes Down, Must Come Up."
--> '''Doc:''' Thaaat's it,just like that, easy, pull back a bit, God, you're right on top of me!
--> '''Brock:''' I can't help it, it's stiff, Doc, maybe I should lube this thing up before we take it down there.
-->''' Doc:''' It'll be fine, it's not built for speed, it's built for deep penetration!
* Finn had a crush on Princess Bubblegum, who he's rescued on countless occasions, in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''.
* ''WesternAnimation/ZigAndSharko'': Marina's bodyguard Sharko is in love with her but unfortunately, although Marina shares his feelings for her, she also has a crush on the villain, Zig.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThunderCats2011'' young King Lion-O has an obvious crush on the (slightly [[LikesOlderWomen older]]) Cheetara, the SoleSurvivor of his ChurchMilitant PraetorianGuard. Complicating matters are her necessary roles towards him as GoodShepherd and TheChampion, as well as the fact that Lion-O's [[SiblingTriangle older brother]] Tygra is ''also'' HotForPreacher. [[spoiler: And in the end... Lion-O DidNotGetTheGirl, because Cheetara's romantic affections ''always'' were with Tygra.]]
* Inverted in the Slaves of the Republic-trilogy of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars''. Miraj Scintel, the slaver queen blackmailed Anakin to act as her bodyguard because she had a crush on him, by using the captured Obi-Wan and Ahsoka as leverage. Anakin of course couldn't stand her (and given his background, that's understandable).
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* Daniel Ducruet and RebelliousPrincess Stéphanie of UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}. [[YourCheatingHeart It... didn't end well.]]
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