[[AliceAndBob Bob loves Alice]], his childhood sweetheart/girl he dated in HighSchool/college classmate. Unfortunately, Alice is dating [[RomanticFalseLead André]], a suave, handsome, rich foreigner who has asked her to marry him and move far away from Bob. The audience roots for Bob, as he's both the underdog and the same nationality as they, the target audience. It is soon revealed that [[EveryoneLooksSexierIfFrench André]] [[DerailingLoveInterests is a jerk]], or at the very least isn't as good a match for Alice as Bob is, and Alice unceremoniously dumps him in favor of Bob.

Problems arise when this trope is exported to André's home country, particularly if Bob is American. Eyes are rolled and people mutter about prejudice and how they hate their nationality being stereotyped as evil or jerky. This isn't an exclusively American trope, however, and has been done with different nationalities involved, or with Andre and Bob's roles reversed. It can also be given a GenderFlip with a woman trying to win a guy back from the arms of a foreign lady.

A form of CreatorProvincialism portrayed as a LoveTriangle. Related to BettyAndVeronica; which lover is which is quite obvious. A subtrope of WrongGuyFirst.


* ''Anime/PorcoRosso'', where Gina (Italian) is being pursued by Curtis (American), who wants to take her away to be a movie star with him. However, she mostly seems amused by this; [[spoiler:she's had a thing for the title character for years.]]
* In ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'', we have Shinji (Japanese) caught in a love triangle with Rei (Japanese) and Asuka (American, German, and [[ButNotTooForeign technically Japanese]], but raised in the former two). While the series has ShipTease moments with both couples and doesn't resolve anything by the end of the series, different nationalities interpret the triangle based on different cultural expectations. In native Japan, the Rei/Shinji ship is definitely the winner, to the point that the reboot ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' makes it canon and has Asuka drop her feelings for Shinji the minute she realizes Rei likes him. In the West, however, Asuka is far more popular, and most western fanfiction has her come out as the clear winner for Shinji's heart.

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* ''Disney/TheRescuersDownUnder'' has Australian mouse Jake as the foreigner, but he's not evil, and Miss Bianca herself is Hungarian.

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* A variant of this is done in the Jim Carrey vehicle ''Film/LiarLiar'', where the move is to Boston (the movie is set in California) and the reason behind Fletcher's despair is that his ex has custody of his son and he'll lose almost any chance of seeing him if they move across the country.
* ''Film/LeapYear'' (2010) uses this trope. The heroine Anna goes to Ireland to propose to her New York City boyfriend Jeremy. By the end, this has become [[spoiler:an inversion, when she moves to Ireland and marries the Irish man she meets there]]
* ''Film/MadeOfHonour'' (2008): Tom vs. Colin [=McMurray=] over Helen. Helen is Tom's best friend from college. He realizes he is in love with her only when she's on sabbatical in Scotland. Lo and behold, she returns to New York with Colin, a Scottish duke who wants to marry her. Colin isn't portrayed as a jerk (except when it comes to sharing cake) but he just turns out to be wrong for Helen.
* ''[[Film/ThreeMenAndABaby Three Men and a Little Lady]]'' has a variation with Peter vs. Edward over Sylvia. The variation being that Sylvia is English too, but otherwise this trope is played in a very similar way. Peter is the American underdog and Edward is a horrible jerk who wants to send the titular little lady (Mary) OffToBoardingSchool.
* ''Film/SweetHomeAlabama'' does it with States instead of Nations. Alabama vs. New York (which, granted, are about as different as different countries to some people).
* Inverted by ''Film/CrocodileDundee'', which ends with American Sue Charlton choosing the Australian main character over her stateside boyfriend.
* ''Film/RunFatBoyRun'' makes the underdog and the girl he loves British, and the opponent a jerky American. It was going to be set in Chicago so presumably it would have had this plot follow the more American underdog mold, but then Creator/SimonPegg bought the script.
* ''Film/FrenchKiss'' has the audience initially rooting for American Meg Ryan to win back her Canadian fiancé from a French seductress. In an inversion however, as the film goes on the audience instead begins to root for her and French thief Kevin Kline to get together.
* The English woman vs. the Indian woman competing for the Indian hero's affections in the Bollywood film ''Bollywood/{{Lagaan}}''.

* OlderThanTelevision: Quincy Morris (A Texan), Dr. Jack Seward (An Englishman), and Lord Arthur Holmwood (Another Englishman) fighting over Lucy Westenra (An Englishwoman) in ''Dracula''. Holmwood wins, but then Lucy turns into a vampire. And then, of course, on the more analytical level it's the whole team competing with Dracula (a grade-a Scary Foreigner) over their women.
* The Ron-Hermione-Viktor LoveTriangle in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'' (Britain vs. Bulgaria). Viktor didn't end up being bad though, and still remained in contact with Hermione after the end of the story. (WordOfGod says Viktor attended their wedding, to Ron's chagrin.)
* ''Emily's Quest'' follows this trajectory with Emily, who receives marriage a proposal from a ''samurai'', (and this is Victorian-era Canada!) eventually finding love with her childhood sweetheart. Some fans object, finding [[WifeHusbandry Dean Priest]] to be BetterThanCanon.

* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': The Ross/Rachel storyline that stretched across the series' run used this trope at least twice.
** Ross vs. Paolo over Rachel. Paolo eventually tries it on with Phoebe and the whole gang turns against him, after several episodes of Ross looking mopey and bemoaning the situation to everyone else. He's understandably chirpier when Rachel dumps Paolo, but it kinda backfires when she tells him she's sworn off men for the foreseeable future.
** Rachel vs. Emily over Ross. Emily is a [[BritishStuffiness Stuffy Brit]] who, sure enough, expects him to move to the United Kingdom with her. [[OfficialCouple Official Partner]] Rachel is a laid-back, albeit rather ditzy, American gal.
* ''Series/DesperateHousewives'' did this with the whole Ian/Susan/Mike triangle.
* Big vs. the Russian from ''Series/SexAndTheCity''.
* Woody vs. Henri on ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Reversed, then played straight on ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' when Robin and strait-laced Ted break up and she almost immediately leaves for an extended trip to Argentina. When she comes home she brings back an [[RomanticFalseLead Andre]], then when she gets annoyed with all the personality traits she first found attractive about him (trying to sensually feed her by hand, sweeping everything off the table to have sex, inviting strangers into her home), she realizes he's just a rebound and dumps him, but not to go back to Ted.
* Charlie/Zoe/[[FrenchJerk Jean-Paul]] from ''Series/TheWestWing''.

* Inverted ''and'' [[GenderFlip Gender Flipped]] in ''Theatre/{{Brigadoon}}'', where the American guy chooses the [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Scottish lassie]] over his [[BigApplesauce New York]] fiancee.