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->''"You are a hateful woman. You oppose me to the very end. But I shall forgive you. Some things are beautiful because they cannot be obtained."''
-->-- '''Gilgamesh''', ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''

A person who, by [[CharmPerson intense charisma]], [[LovePotion magic]], [[LoveIsInTheAir science]], or mundane methods of seduction, is able to make everyone throw themselves at their feet; [[EvenTheGuysWantHim absolutely ]] [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer anyone]] [[StupidSexyFlanders they want]]. Then they find a true challenge when they meet another character who, for [[TooDumbToFool whatever]] [[AntiMagic reason]], is [[TheImmune immune to their charms]]. In other words, this person has the power to ''choose'' the seducer of their own free will, and love them for who they are on the inside. ForbiddenFruit is also a factor, since something [[WantingIsBetterThanHaving unattainable is naturally more desirable]].

If TheCasanova gets a LoveInterest, he will often fall for her because of this trope. This is often an explanation behind LadykillerInLove and implied in TheLoveSlapOfEpiphany. Contrast AllTakeAndNoGive. SubTrope of SomebodyDoesntLoveRaymond, ForbiddenFruit and NoChallengeEqualsNoSatisfaction. When the uncontrollable object [[IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn is not flattered by the attention]], she may be dealing with a PrinceCharmingWannabe.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* A very large amount of {{shoujo}} is based on this trope, where the extremely handsome and cynical male lead falls for the honest, down-to-earth female lead because he can't wrap her around his finger as easily as he can everyone else.
* ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'': Kirche says something that insults Saito so he rejects her advances. She refuses to give up telling him that prey that are hard to win over turn her on the most.
* ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'': Kurama falls for Nanami because unlike the other girls in school she can't stand his pompous playboy attitude.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** Mao became a {{Yandere}} because of this trope, as C.C. is the only person he could have extended contact with that wouldn't fill up his head with the white noise created by his [[PowerIncontinence uncontrollable]] [[{{Telepathy}} Geass power]].
** Lelouch has a case similar to Mao. C.C is the only person he can't geass into submission and she once notes that he's becoming obsessed with her. There's also the fact that she's too experienced to be in awe of him (like some of his other admirers in the series). It is less a lack of control, as much as it is an independent streak and dependency on each other that make them partners, and not merely a subordinate.
* Shin from ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'', who loves Yuria because she is an emotionally strong-willed woman whom he sees as a challenge to make ''willingly'' fall in love with him. It keeps failing, since she [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan will only love]] [[EmotionalBruiser Kenshirou]].
* A mostly mundane version of this seems to be what attracts most of the suitors of Shuurei in ''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari''. Being a confident, outspoken, and blindingly intelligent woman in an otherwise male-dominated society, she doesn't let ANY level of authority or nobility intimidate her, up to and including the Emperor himself. As a result, several of the most powerful men in the Empire become enamoured with her straightforward and willful personality, whether it be a fatherly concern or outright true love.
* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', part of the reason why [[DefrostingIceQueen Boa]] Hancock falls in love with [[IdiotHero Luffy]] is due to the fact that he's the only one who can resist her charms, while everyone else she comes in contact falls head over heels for her.
* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'': [[TheCasanova Touga]] falls in love with Utena because she seems to be the one girl who doesn't immediately fall under his charm.
* The protagonist of ''Manga/BGataHKei'' brushes off the flirtations of [[TheRival her rival's]] stupidly attractive older brother. Apparently she is the first one to ''ever'' do that. He immediately decides he must have her.
* [[FemmeFatale Akako Koizumi]] of ''Manga/MagicKaito''. A mix of HotWitch and DarkMagicalGirl with the power to make men fall in love with her just by looking at her, she's put off by the discovery that [[PhantomThief Kaito Kuroba/Kaitou Kid]] is somehow [[NoSell the only person immune to her spell]]. After two failed attempts to force him under her control [[spoiler: (and another attempt to [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim just kill him]] when that doesn't work)]], she ends up falling in love with him and spends the rest of the series helping him out in her own way, via dropping cryptic warnings and [[spoiler:[[IdentityImpersonator disguising herself as Kid]] on one occasion to stop [[AmateurSleuth Hakuba]] from proving Kaito and Kid are the same person.]]
* One of the reasons Iason is so attracted to Riki in ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' is the latter's rebellious nature and defiant pride. The more Riki fights and resists him, Iason becomes more excited and determined to get Riki to submit willingly.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** Ali, FillerVillain of the "Makaiju[=/=]Doom Tree arc" in the [[Anime/SailorMoon anime]], specifically states to himself after Usagi runs away after he failed in his attempt at wooing her that "Every time she runs away it only heightens my determination to win her over..."
** Prince Dimando likes Usagi's OlderAndWiser self, Neo-Queen Serenity, for this reason as well. When Usagi reacts in the same manner, he also pursues her.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': In the manga and even the anime, it's one of the reasons why Ranma has feelings for Akane. He's wanted by [[EvenTheGuysWantHim men]], [[ChickMagnet women]], and ''a panda doodle''. While most girls either pursue Ranma or at least freely admit they think he's attractive, [[{{Tsundere}} Akane]] is one of the few who refuses to show interest openly. She also seems to almost always know if [[ManipulativeBastard Ranma is trying to trick her]] or [[WigDressAccent is wearing a disguise]]. Because of her fiery temper and refusal to put up with his crap, they eventually fall under the [[JustFriends best friends category]]. Considering that he's [[HatesBeingTouched uncomfortable with physical affection]] and loves a good challenge, it actually makes sense.
-->'''Ranma:''' You... sure got spunk.
* Count Germont from ''Manga/HonooNoAlpenRose'' is repeteadly rejected by the heroine Jeudi, but he keeps trying to make her his mistress no matter what. Lampshaded by the Count's wife Francoise, who tells Jeudi that the Count's impressed by Jeudi's ability to tell him no repeatedly, and confesses that she also envies Jeudi for it.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': One of the first few things that attracts Caesar to (and annoys him about) Nakaba is her refusal to be controlled by him.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'':
** Aoshima is implied to be like this to Belldandy.
** Also occurs with Sayoko towards Keiichi, particularly in Season 2.
* ''VideoGame/KiniroNoCorda'': Yunoki to Hino.
* ''Manga/PandoraHearts'': In spite of finding out that Lacie initially doesn't remember him, Jack doesn't particularly mind because he admires Lacie all the more for how free-spirited she is and how she can't be tied down by anything. Subverted once it's revealed that Jack's obsession with Lacie comes from [[spoiler:extreme resentment rather than admiration...]]
* ''Lightnovel/{{Sukisho}}'': Yoru says to Ran at one point when he fights against his advances. "The more stubborn you are, the more you excite a man's domineering nature."
* France of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' groped Italy once and mentioned that "The more you resist the hotter I burn for you."
* Though love is [[NoYay not the best way to describe it]], Iemitsu from ''Manga/{{Gate 7}}'', like a good PsychopathicManchild, loves when he takes things he knows he can't have and if they try to run, he likes them more; special mention is Sugihime, a girl he kidnapped for her {{Seer}} ability and considers her "so cute" for always insulting him and wishing him dead.
* Kanade Suzutsuki from ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'' falls gradually in love with Jiro because of this trope. Where as other guys and girls fawn over her, he's the first guy to overtly stand up to her, although a lot of it is due to her being TheTease towards him till later in the series.
* Apparently discussed by [[HotTeacher Nikaido]]/[[spoiler:[[TheChooserOfTheOne Dokurou]]]] in ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'' FLAG 268. [[spoiler:She thinks that [[AGodAmI Keima]] apparently fell in love with [[TheGenericGuy Chihiro]] for real, because she's the only girl, among his previous capture targets who had an important influence to his CharacterDevelopment, who never got along with his expectations.]]
* In ''LightNovel/DateALive'', Miku Izayoi falls in love with Shiori[[note]]actually Shido disguised as a woman, since Miku DoesNotLikeMen[[/note]] because she is immune to her CompellingVoice. When Shiori says she hates her, Miku says that only makes her want her more.
* ''Anime/CrossAnge'': Embryo seems to desire Ange mostly because she's strong-willed enough to resist his manipulations and even outright MindControl powers. Paradoxically, he doesn't seem to understand why she doesn't consider herself extremely fortunate to have been judged worthy by himself.
* In addition to the InLoveWithYourCarnage aspect and because of his broken badass ghoul nature Eto also develops feelings for Kaneki in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' because of his refusal to fall prey to her advances and determination to maim and kill her.
** When Kaneki issues Tsukiyama a death threat, rather than be deterred, Tsukiyama becomes even more enamored and obsessed with eating Kaneki.
** Roma has something of a crush on Kaneki because he refuses to let anything bring him to his knees. She desires to destroy his life because she thinks he's beautiful in the midst of despair.
** Mutsuki shows no interest in men who try to abuse/control him. It's partially because of Kaneki/Sasaki's complete lack of romantic interest in him and lack of desire to abuse/control him (in addition to his kindness) that Mutsuki fell for him and developed a psychotic attraction towards him.
** Furuta's attraction towards Rize grew more explicit and psychotic the moment he feared she would go off and have a life of her own without him. He also shows attraction to Eto and flirtatiously states how Eto's stubborn pride turns him on and makes him want to make her submit to him.
** Tsukiyama also developed an attraction towards Touka initially because of her cold nature reflected in her eyes and fiery personality.
* ''Manga/{{Yuureitou}}'': Marube likes how Tetsuo tries to fight back against his seductions and he looks forward to break his will.
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'':
** While Ferid is delighted by Krul's ability to hand him his ass and her repulsion of him he also secretly desires to make her submit to him.
** Shinya mentions in the novel how he only really discovered he liked Mahiru when he learned of her beauty and her complete lack of interest in him.
** Ferid seems even more interested in Yuu and Mika because neither are going to take his crap or flirtations towards them sitting down.
* ''Manga/SakuraGari'': From a different angle, this borders on a strange inversion/distortion of this where [[EvenTheGuysWantHim everyone]] wants to control and screw Souma, treating him like a possession, a "doll", but Souma loves Masataka because Masataka doesn't try to control or possess him (i.e. Masataka's affection is pure (read: not bound by sexual possessiveness)).
* Solomon of ''LightNovel/BloodPlus'' develops a infatuation towards Saya in the anime because she was the only girl who ignored him compared to [[ChickMagnet how girls normally get around him]].
* ''Manga/TheCaseStudyOfVanitas'': Vanitas states in chapter 12 he likes Joanne for numerous reasons one being her complete lack of interest in him. He even states he could never love someone who would return his feelings.
* The anime movie ''Anime/HowlsMovingCastle'' gives a gender-flipped variant. The Witch of Waste enjoys pursing "dashing men" and loves that Howl runs from her. It makes it that much more fun to try to get his heart.
* ''Kusuriya no Hitorigoto'' has a platonic example: Jinshi, a male eunuch in the imperial harem, [[SoBeautifulItsACurse is incredibly pretty]] and almost everyone tends to judge him by his looks ([[EvenTheGuysWantHim he is also frequently propositioned by both men and women of the court]], which annoys him since he has no sex drive). Maomao, however, just finds him smug and annoying and tends to respond to his antics with {{Death Glare}}s and {{Face Palm}}s. Jinshi, meanwhile, finds her bluntness and contempt for him incredibly amusing and gets a kick out of interacting with her as a result.
* ''Anime/SevenMortalSins'': Asmodeus becomes intrigued by both Maria Totsuka and Lucifer when they display immunity to her lust inducing powers. She kidnaps them and attempts to sexually torment them until they give in to lust and agree to become her slaves, but that doesn't work either. She then starts genuinely respecting them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the ''ComicBook/{{Sillage}}'' comic, ''The Collector'', a corrupt alien diplomat develops an obsession for Nävis in this way. He keeps a whole harem of his past conquests but obsesses over this one girl he cannot get. (He is a powerful telepath but HumansAreSpecial by not being psykers -- her mind is blank for him.) This develops into a genuine love that gives him what might qualify as a HeelFaceTurn. Although love is a strong word. He just toned down his obsession. It didn't stop him from [[StalkerWithACrush putting dozens of video cameras in her ship and robot friend to watch her all the day.]]
* Jean Grey in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics doesn't really seem to earn Wolverine's interest until she shouts him down. Every time she'd telekinetically clobber him and shout "I am no one's property!", it seems to make him hotter for her. Pity every adaptation ever forgets that, having Logan fall for her [[LoveAtFirstSight the instant he first sees her]].
** The ComicBook/UltimateMarvel adaptation has this as well. Wolverine underestimates Jean, she blasts him with {{Telekinesis}} and afterwards he starts becoming more attracted to her and even [[spoiler:abandons his mission to kill Professor Xavier]].
* Franchise/TheDCU: The latest Clock King is obsessed with Rose Wilson a.k.a. Ravager mostly because she has similar precognitive abilities that can counter his own powers.
* ''ComicBook/ElfQuest'': Leetah and Rayek's relationship in the early issues could easily be interpreted this way.
-->'''Rayek:''' I have asked you to be my lifemate. Any maiden here would say yes!\\
'''Leetah:''' Then why pursue me, my arrogant one?\\
'''Rayek:''' [[http://www.elfquest.com/comic_viewer.php?fd=/gallery/OnlineComics/OQ/OQ02/_Original%20ElfQuest%20-%202_page=14#_14# Because you are the only one worth having!]]
* ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'': In ''Fairest'', Prince Charming tells Nalayani he has genuine feelings for her because she's unaffected by his charm. She replies "''What'' charm?"
* ''Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'': Loki becomes attracted to Verity Willis because [[LivingLieDetector she has the power to see through all forms of falsehood, including illusions]], so fooling her is quite a challenge.
* ''Comicbook/SpiderMan'': Gwen Stacy's attraction to Peter Parker started because he was the only guy she had ever met that didn't instantly fall at her feet and acted very disinterested and dismissive of her on their first day of College when they first met, which quickly made her very determined to get him to notice her. Little did she know that this wasn't because he wasn't or normally wouldn't be interested but because he was running himself so ragged as both Spider-Man and Peter Parker the last several days before that he could barely stay conscious much less hold a conversation at the time.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Many JerkSue fanfics have the "heroine" as this kind of girl, and guys fall head over heels for her because she treats them "with spunk and feminist will"... in other words, like total crap, which [[YouGotSpunk makes her more "interesting"]] than the other silly, stupid, weaker, ''girly'' girls around.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6128545/1/Sun_and_Earth Sun and Earth]]'', Zuko is put in this position by Toph. She stays in a relationship with him, but has a strong need to stay free. She goes her own way, sometimes appearing in Zuko's life again. He still waits, even being married to Mai, because it's Toph being unreachable that attracts him.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'' fic ''Fanfic/TheGameOfTheGods''. The GaryStu second-to-last opponent is, by his creator's decree, capable of seducing any woman he really wants to -- and it works on a [[PhysicalGod Vala]] -- but it doesn't work on Lúthien, causing him to immediately focus all his attention on her, then [[PuffOfLogic vanish from the contradiction]] when she persists in ignoring him.
* Part of the spark for the Fleur×Harry relationship in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fanfic ''Fanfic/TheLieIveLived''. Fleur first sees Harry as an actual romantic prospect when, annoyed, he deliberately snubs her in order to ask her close but non-part-Veela friend to the Yule Ball. She is visibly much more satisfied with her relationship with Harry than with her previous ones, which usually involved much older men so strongly affected by her [[LoveIsInTheAir aura]] that they simply did whatever she told them to.
* Very common in ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fan fiction pairing Draco and an OriginalCharacter. Draco is portrayed as TheCasanova (often referred to as "the Slytherin Sex-God"), but will quickly fall head-over-heels once it's revealed that the new girl isn't impressed by his pick-up lines.
* It's canon that ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is pretty rebellious and defiant. In SlashFic this is sometimes one of the reasons that Sasuke ends up pursuing him.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3504829/1/Feminism ''Feminism'']] Fem!Raito gets even more interested in L when her attempts to seduce him (so she can win as Kira) don't work, and in fact he's noticed many for what they were. In chapter 1-2 she notes herself as far out of his league, when by the fourth or so she admits she finds him attractive too--but still wants to win.
* In the ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' fanfiction [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6022186/1/If_I_Should_Ever_bLose_b_bYou_b ''If I should ever lose you]], that's what makes Basil a real mentor ([[LoverAndBeloved and more]]) for Dorian.
* WordOfGod for the ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' is that this is the main reason [[EldritchAbomination Entropy married Havoc]] -- He's the one being in all of existence who doesn't [[TheDreaded fear Her]].
* A variation in DarkFic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak''. While their relationship revolves purely around friendship, Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog respects VideoGame/ShadowTheHedgehog because Shadow isn't taken in by charisma or smooth talking, forcing Sonic to prove his leadership qualities.
* In ''Fanfic/TheUltimateEvil'', part of Shendu's VillainousCrush on Valerie Payne consists of her strong will that makes her able to resist his ability to play on human desires and exchange verbal barbs with him. The interactions with [[HypnotizeThePrincess her rewritten, more demure version]] make him realize he misses her spunk.
* This is why Garon falls for Arete in ''Fanfic/TheLostKing'': because she's the only woman in his entire court that ''isn't'' pursuing him after his wife dies. Downplayed in that they do genuinely like each other.
* ''FanFic/{{crawlersout}}'': Gellert Grindelwald is...''fascinated'' with Fem!Harry, because she is the only person he didn't have wrapped around his finger after their first meeting. Even people who don't agree with his goals or views were besotted with Grindelwald, Dumbledore included -- Harry, while charmed by him, still felt discomfited, and that was ''before'' she knew his name and realized who he was, and all the terrible things he will go on to do.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'':
** While Gaston says that the reason he fell for Belle is that she's the most beautiful girl in town, Belle also happens to be the only girl in town not taken in by him and her constant rejection of him clearly wounds his ego and only makes him even more determined to have her at ''any'' cost. It's made more explicit in the [[Film/BeautyAndTheBeast2017 2017 live-action remake]] where he explains to Lefou that "it's the ones who play hard to get that are always the sweetest prey".
** The Beast also starts to warm up to Belle after she refuses to obey and defer to him. Unlike with Gaston, who views her refusal to submit as a challenge to break her to his will, the Beast is inspired by her behavior to be a better person.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the ''Film/FantasticFour'' movie, Victor Von Doom's assistant wonders, "Why Sue? You could have any other woman in the world." Victor quickly rejoins, "''That's'' why. Because I could have any other woman."
* Inverted in ''Film/{{Next}}'', where the main character falls for the love interest because his powers work better on her than anyone else.
* In ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', Film/JamesBond falls for Vesper Lynd because she's the only woman he's ever met who doesn't easily fall for his [[TheCharmer charms]].
* This is the premise of ''Film/ComingToAmerica''. Eddie Murphy's character, an African prince, wants to find a woman who would love him for who he is, not an ArrangedMarriage or a GoldDigger after his money.
* Scott from ''Film/LoveBeforeBreakfast'' is accustomed to getting everything he wants, but the fact that Kay doesn't fall for his money or charms makes him want her even more.
* ''Film/GroundhogDay'' pulls this with the lead character, Phil, who is stuck in a GroundHogDayLoop and can't get out. At one point he uses this to take advantage and convince a variety of beautiful women he loves them or he knew them by learning stuff about them, coming back the next day, and using this knowledge to seduce them. Since every day at 6 when he wakes up everything is reset, he can profess his love to a woman, sleep with her, and wake up without her ever realizing this had happened since technically it never did. This goes well for Phil with everyone he wants except Rita, his producer, whom he spends multiple weeks learning everything about her, and yet not one time does she sleep with him; actually they all end with him being slapped for his behavior. As would be expected, this is the one he falls for.

* In ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' Angela feels this way towards Chad. Amusingly, it is later revealed that between the strange nature of his power and his own social cluelessness, he more or less fell in love with her without noticing and just needed Roy to explain as much to him.
* This is eventually the motivation by which Courtney Thane is shown to be in love with Alix Crown in ''Literature/QuillsWindow'': Her aloof, diffident nature is a stark contrast to any other woman he's met.
* Possibly the only reason for Scarlet O'Hara's obsession with Ashley Wilkes in ''Literature/GoneWithTheWind'' is that he is not affected by her "powers of seduction"... at least, not enough to leave his wife.
* Gilgamesh and Enkidu in the HoYay reading of ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh''.
* Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/TheFountainhead'' has a lot of HoYay subtext between Howard Roark and Gail Wynand, with Wynand's feeling for Roark being an example of this trope.
* ''Literature/WutheringHeights'': Edgar for Cathy Earnshaw. She walks all over him, ignores his wishes, throws temper tantrums and obviously prefers the company of Heathcliff, and yet he refuses to give her up.
* ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'': Elizabeth Bennet is smart enough to realize this is why Mr. Darcy fell in love with her -- she was a welcome change from the likes of his ClingyJealousGirl Caroline Bingley.
-->'''Elizabeth:''' Now be sincere; did you admire me for my impertinence?\\
'''Darcy:''' For the liveliness of your mind, I did.\\
'''Elizabeth:''' You may as well call it impertinence at once. It was very little less. The fact is, that you were sick of civility, of deference, of officious attention. You were disgusted with the women who were always speaking, and looking, and thinking for your approbation alone. I roused, and interested you, because I was so unlike them. Had you not been really amiable, you would have hated me for it; but in spite of the pains you took to disguise yourself, your feelings were always noble and just; and in your heart, you thoroughly despised the persons who so assiduously courted you.
* Interestingly, Creator/JaneAusten takes the opposite approach to the trope in her next novel ''Literature/MansfieldPark'', where Henry Crawford and his sister are both fully aware that the only reason he wants to make Fanny Price fall in love with him is because she's the first girl who doesn't fawn over him and crave his attention. The difference from ''P&P'' is that ItsAllAboutMe in Crawford's case.
* {{Gender flip}}ped in Austen's ''Literature/{{Emma}}'', where Emma falls in love with Mr. Knightley, the only person on Earth who doesn't worship her or treat her like she's perfect.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
** In ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' the young vampire Vlad becomes interested in Agnes/Perditax because she is able to resist his mind control due to her split personality.
** In ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', [[{{Tsundere}} Adora Belle Dearheart]] catches the eye of [[BoxedCrook Moist von Lipwig]] for being almost completely immune to the former con artist's charms.
* Captain Luthar first falls for Ardee West in ''Literature/TheFirstLaw'' because she's the first woman he's ever met who's honest about her low opinion of him.
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' has a variation: "I love you because I can't read your mind." He actually can, and regularly ''does,'' control her. Also, it's implied that it's supposed to be because Bella is way too good to fall for looks alone... except that's all she talks about when she describes Edward, so the meaning is lost.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'': Probably applies in Ciaphas' relationship with Amberley.
* Averted in ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries''. Elena notes that Meredith is the only female who seems immune to Damon's charisma, but this only serves to make Damon rather wary of her.
* "Face" Loran invokes this trope in the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' with Dia Passik, who because of her tough childhood never saw any of his films, and thus is just about the only woman of her age who doesn't gush over him. Although he meant it ironically, in the end the two of them ''do'' get together.
* Esteban for Clara in ''Literature/TheHouseOfTheSpirits''.
* Caine for Diana in ''Literature/{{Gone}}''. He fell for her because she was the only girl who hadn't fallen for his charms.
* In ''[[Literature/TheHeirChronicles The Wizard Heir]]'' by Cinda Williams Chima, protagonist Seph has always been able to get any girl he wants thanks to his magically-aided charisma. Then he meets Madison Moss, whose AntiMagic makes her immune. You can guess where this is going.
* In ''Literature/TheNovelsOfTheJaran'', Ilya fall in love with Tess because she constantly defies him when nearly everyone else in the Jaran obeys him. The fact that she doesn't fall for his charisma and good looks like most other women probably factored in, too.
* Sophie from ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'' (the book) is clever enough to recognize that Miss Angorian, who is not only capable of resisting Howl's charm and is engaged to another man but also smart, pretty, down-to-earth and confident, will steal [[TheCasanova Howl's]] heart after witnessing their first meeting [[spoiler: but it was Sophie who actually made Howl fall in love with her in the end]].
* ''Literature/TheSookieStackhouseMysteries''
** In the novel (and its TV version, ''Series/TrueBlood''), this is the reason Sookie was first attracted to Bill: She realized she couldn't hear his thoughts.
** It's implied that [[spoiler:Eric]] and Sookie's relationship has elements of this. She can't read his mind, he can't glamour her or make her quit her job and live safely as an odd type of housewife. This has nothing to do with the challenge and everything to do with the fact that hearing a guy's thoughts tends to really screw things up for Sookie, e.g. unflattering commentary on her body.
* In Creator/TrudiCanavan's ''[[Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy The Ambassador's Mission]]'' Achati laments his control over his slaves -- "Only when the person could easily leave you do you appriciate it when he stays" -- [[spoiler:and seems to have taken an interest in Dannyl at least partly due to a more equal status.]]
* Cassandra, the PhysicalGod antagonist of ''Literature/FullTilt'', has been preying on people's fears for at least several thousand years, but she's never once felt fear herself. The protagonist initially drew her attention by [[spoiler:being the sole survivor when she sent a school bus careening off a cliff]], but when she challenges him individually, she's both unnerved and strangely turned on by his lack of any apparent weakness for her to target. At various points, she flirts with him, taunts him, [[WeCanRuleTogether offers him a job]], and [[spoiler:begs him for mercy]]. (Only that third one seriously interests him, and not for very long.)
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'', Harry becomes romantically interested in Ginny after she backs off, makes her crush on him less obvious, and interacts with him in a platonic and friendly manner. In this case, it's less that Harry enjoys the challenge of pursuing her, and more that he finds it unnerving and smothering when girls try to get him to love them.
* A non-romantic version of this is apparently a big cause of Breeze's friendship with Clubs in Franchise/{{Mistborn}}. As a Smoker, Clubs is immune to Breeze's Allomancy, and he is immune to more mundane methods of emotional manipulation because everything makes him grumpy.
* In Literature/TheFinishingSchoolSeries future duke Felix ignores the girls that throw themselves at him and only has eyes for the protagonist Sophronia who finds him arrogant and is far more focused on excelling at her espionage training than catching a rich, titled husband.
* The titular protagonist of ''[[Literature/{{Graceling}} Fire]]'' falls in love with Prince Brigan partially because he is one of the very few people who has a strong enough mind to resist the mind-altering effects of her inhuman beauty.
* This is how Bobby and Oran feel about each other in ''Literature/TheManWhoBroughtTheDodgersBackToBrooklyn''. Oran isn't swayed by Bobby's charm and savoir faire, and uses her stature as a TV reporter to try and hold him accountable for his outlandish actions with the Dodgers, which earns his interest. Bobby, on the other hand, doesn't let himself get swayed by her reporting, which ''she'' finds fascinating. [[spoiler:They eventually get together and are married at the end of the novel.]]
* In Literature/ThePosterChildren, CharmPerson Gloria falls for John Wright because he's immune to her pheromones. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they can't convince others of this, so at the first chance, Gloria gets imprisoned for supposedly tricking him into marriage. She's also kept from seeing her son because of this.]]
-->''He could say no, so she had to say please.''
* ''Literature/SkinGame'' reveals that the FallenAngel [[spoiler:Lasciel]] has developed a [[WorthyOpponent perverse]] fascination with Harry Dresden- the only mortal in thousands of years who not only refused [[DealWithTheDevil her temptations]], but convinced [[spoiler:her psychic imprint]] to leave his mind.
-->'''[[spoiler:Lasciel]]:''' ''(during her MotiveRant)'' No one’s ever turned me down before, Harry. Not once.
* This is supposedly why Christian is in love with Ana in ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey''. He claims this is a draw of Ana's, why he loves her... except her moments of defiance send him into a rage more often than not (sometimes on the same ''page'') and he is still very controlling of her.
* In ''Literature/{{Watersong}}'', Penn develops an obsessive love/lust for Daniel because he is immune to her siren song, making him the first person in millennia to actually stand up to her. She admits she wouldn't be nearly so interested if he fell under her spell and just mindlessly worshiped her like everyone else.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''
** There's an episode where Lwaxana Troi is fascinated by someone she cannot read. He turns out to be a hologram, which she is quite embarrassed by.
** Similarly, the telepath from the episode "Tin Man" spends a lot of time with Data, whose mind he cannot read. The difference here is that, unlike Lwaxana, he can't ''not'' read minds, while Lwaxana just has almost no sense of personal space in that regard. He loves having to ''discover'' who Data is as a person rather than being thrust with all that information at once.
** Q's [[WordOfGay attraction]] to Picard is probably the result of this trope. He seems rather pleased with humanity's unpredictability, after all. Taken UpToEleven for Q's appearances in ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' with Janeway, where he explicitly asks her to mate with him (he omits the fact that Q mating is [[GRatedSex touching two fingers together and a flash of light happens]]).
* In ''Series/DarkAngel'', there is an episode focused on one of the X series fugitives who has MindControl powers. She's dating this mob guy called Dougie, despite him being below average in every respect, because her powers don't work on him. She helped him rip off his organisation, manipulating him in more traditional ways.
* ''Series/HannahMontana'': Jake falls for Miley ''because'' she is the only the girl at school who isn't gaga over him.
* ''Series/TrueBlood''
** Sookie was initially attracted to Bill the vampire mainly because she couldn't read his mind, though this was mostly since she wasn't {{Squick}}ed out by what [[AMindIsATerribleThingToRead he thought about her sexually]]. The fact that he saved her from the Rattrays and [[spoiler:fed her his blood, causing her to have sexy dreams about him]] didn't hurt any. It turned out [[spoiler:he'd orchestrated the whole thing specifically to get this response]], which makes it a InvokedTrope.
** There's also Eric, who is mostly into Sookie because he's a bit intimidated by her powers, as shown in a fantasy of his where she tops the hell out of him. Both vampires also feel this way towards Sookie because she can't be glamoured.
* There's a bit of this in ''Series/{{Castle}}''; Richard Castle can [[TheCharmer charm any lady he likes around his little finger]] except for Detective Kate Beckett, who isn't suckered in by any of his usual methods... which makes Castle, who was getting bored with the fawning ladies themselves trying to snare or drape themselves over him, a lot more interested in her as a result. It's also suggested (including by the actors) that it's not so much about Castle trying to find some way to control Beckett as he is kind of thrilled to find someone who can control ''him'', as Castle has no real authority figure in his life except for her.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Dr. Cox loves Jordan because she's one of the only people who can stand up to him. Jordan loves Dr. Cox because he's one of the only people who can stand up to her.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'': Blair loves Chuck because he's the only person who is a WorthyOpponent, Chuck loves Blair because she's the only one who ever seriously challenges him.
* {{Averted}} in the ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' episode, "Heat". When Desiree finds that her seduction power has no effect on Clark Kent, she gets pissed and immediately starts trying to ruin his life. For example, she frames him for arson.
* ''Series/NoahsArc'': This is one of the things that draws Ricky towards Junito early on (as Ricky's sexual advances don't seem to take).
* ''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'' has this in the pilot, proving that at least one of the writers actually knows how to write. The main love interest, after talking to the main character, talks to his councilor.
-->"I asked her out, and she turned me down. Of course, I must have her."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Buffy treats Spike's sexual advances with contempt until he reveals that his [[RestrainingBolt chip]] doesn't read her as human, and so he can hurt or even kill her without consequence. This results in an immediate mutual NoHoldsBarredBeatdown which [[SlapSlapKiss leads to passionate sex]] in a [[DestructoNookie collapsing building]]. There were [[HeroicBSOD other factors]] leading up to this moment, but the timing is interesting.
* In ''Series/{{Haven}}'', Chris Brody is attracted to Audrey only because she doesn't fall for him [[spoiler: like all the town's people do due to his Trouble.]]
* Probably part of the reason why BigBad [[NobleDemon Klaus]] harbors a strong attraction for Caroline in ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries''. It's part of the reason why he admires her so much at least, which is saying a lot as the guy is very easy to disappoint and can be quick to disown people.
* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', [[TheVamp Irene]]'s first meeting with the protagonist starts with her trying -- and [[IgnoreTheFanservice failing]] -- to manipulate him the way she would most men (and a statistically significant portion of women). Given that [[{{dominatrix}} this version]] of her is all about control, the trope is in play -- though she does eventually find a way to dupe him: don't appeal to his sexual desires; appeal to his ''intellect''.
* ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Unlike in the novel, played straight between [[BelligerentSexualTension Damon and Elena]] literally because her vervain necklace prevents her from being compelled. At least, while she is actually wearing it.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}'': Chloe is immune to Lucifer's abilities and charms, sexual or otherwise. Lucifer is fascinated by the implications, but Linda the therapist also notes that he's more than a little disturbed. Her immunity means that Lucifer has to rely on being himself to get her attention, which leads to a genuine friendship developing between them and Lucifer [[spoiler: falling in love with her.]]
* In the ''Series/NorthernExposure'' episode "Only You", Chris goes through one of his recurring hormone/pheromone surges, which make him almost irresistible to women. When he discovers that the visiting optometrist is completely immune to his pheromones, and doesn't even find him attractive at his ''baseline'' level, he becomes fixated on her. As a result, he finds himself impotent while in bed with other women, and his body actually ends the surge earlier than usual.
* The is the driving plot of the first season of ''Series/JessicaJones''. Her arch-enemy Killgrave has a CompellingVoice which he uses to horrifying effect, and Jessica was his love-slave for over a year. But one day, his powers just stopped working on her[[note]]How and why she grew immune to him was deliberately unexplained and left open to interpretation[[/note]], and he became obsessed with having her at his side again.
** In the second season, Dr. Karl Malus admits that his falling in love with Jessica's mentally unstable mom was much this way.

* Music/DonMcLean's ''Everybody Loves Me Baby'' is a great example of this. "Everybody loves me, baby -- what's the matter with you?"
* "Crave You" by Flight Facilities revolves around this idea, too. "Why can't you want me like the other boys do?"
* Music/{{Kesha}}'s "Steven", a song where the narrator is a StalkerWithACrush (literally, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk7vFBIm-kw according to the official video]]) features the following as its second verse:
-->''I've got guys waiting in a line\\
For me to play my evil girly games\\
With all their minds\\
Just watch me\\
I've got it down to a simple art\\
Just bat my eyes like this\\
And there's a broken heart\\\
But somehow\\
you turned the tables\\
what the hell?\\
I can charm the pants off anyone else\\
but you...''
* Music/TheRollingStones' "Ruby Tuesday" is all about this, a woman who lives only for the present ("yesterday don't matter if it's gone"), never stays in one place for long, and can't really be obtained by anyone.

* It's possible to interpret ''Theatre/TheTamingOfTheShrew'' like this, with Kate being impressed that she is unable to frighten away Petruchio (YMMV of course). This is the approach taken in ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou''.
-->'''Kat:''' Why would you care if I never woke up again?\\
'''Patrick:''' Because then I'd have to start taking out girls who actually liked me.\\
'''Kat:''' Like you could find any.\\
'''Patrick:''' Now see, right there, who needs affection when you have blind hatred?
** The inverse is also true for the movie -- Patrick grows to love Kat because she's not afraid of or especially impressed by him, unlike most of the student body.
* In ''Theatre/MyFairLady'', Prof. Higgins realizes his attraction to Eliza only when she leaves him and declares that she doesn't need him.
* Mrs Lovett to SweeneyTodd. She's consistently portrayed as being very attractive. Preskett Prest, author of the original book, in particular waxes lyrical about how captivating she is to the men that visit her shop and most adaptations go with that and make her very flirty but Sweeney is largely immune to her charms, or incapable of having a real relationship with her. Or else he mercilessly uses her as a pawn in his plotting...
* Solveig is this to Peer in ''Theater/PeerGynt''.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Zelos Wilder is used to girls throwing themselves at him, so naturally he takes a keen interest in Sheena, who refuses to fall for any of his charms. [[spoiler:If you get Zelos's backstory, he reveals that his happy-go-lucky exterior is just [[StepfordSmiler a facade]], and he's actually quite cynical--and that ''especially'' goes for his instant harem, whom he believes is more interested in being with Zelos the Chosen than they are in Zelos the person. Sheena doesn't care if he's the Chosen or no, meaning that whatever she is feeling for Zelos -- even though it's currently "he's a disgusting pervert" -- is genuine.]]
* In the second ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'', that might explain some of Sion's StalkerWithACrush dialogue towards a female Exile.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'', due to her SocialDarwinist approach, Morrigan is frequently left exasperated by the actions of a heroic Male Warden. Particulary after she realises that she's actually started to develop ''[[InLoveWithTheMark genuine]]'' feelings for them.
* Implied to be behind Haytham's feelings for Ziio in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIII''. As a Templar, Haytham is totally obsessed with control; although their relationship was happy enough, if brief, Ziio's deepest worry about their son is that he might have inherited the obsession.
* Seraphina's relationship with Killia in ''[[VideoGame/{{Disgaea 5}} Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance]]'' is a rather literal case. Seraphina prides herself on being TheCharmer with her ability to make any man do whatever she wants with a single gaze. However, her ability has absolutely no effect on Killia and because of that, plus his selflessness, she has fallen for him.
* In ''VideoGame/FateGrandOrder'', Queen Medb is obsessed with Cu Chulainn because he's the only man who she cannot seduce.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Gilgamesh towards Saber in ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight''. In one route he even states to her face [[spoiler:as he's dying]] that "[[WantingIsBetterThanHaving Some things are more beautiful because you can't have them.]]" In one of the alternate timelines in a sequel game he's actually disappointed when he sees that [[spoiler:Dark Saber]] has abandoned her ideals and become corrupted.
* ''VisualNovel/TogainuNoChi'': Shiki is interested in Akira because he refuses to surrender to him and doesn't beg for his life.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Nicole}}'', the best way into Jeff's heart is to challenge him and/or go outside of his expectations. For someone who bases his entire persona on what he expects that people want to see, he's intrigued by Nicole when she does the opposite of what she "should" have done.
* A couple of the possible relationships in ''VisualNovel/SevenKingdomsThePrincessProblem'' run along these lines. Prince Zarad of Corval is intrigued by a lady who won't fall for his charm; Prince Jarrod of Revaire isn't accustomed to being stood up to. In both cases, the best way to get the prince's attention is to challenge him and refuse to play his game.
* Ikki from ''[[VideoGame/AmnesiaOtome Amnesia: Memories]]'' was given the magical ([[PowerIncontinence and uncontrollable]]) ability to make any girl who looks into his eyes fall in love with him. In his route, he becomes interested in the female protagonist when she proves to be the only girl in the school capable of resisting his magical charm to some extent.
* In ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'', this is one major reason for Oda Nobunaga becoming fascinated with the heroine (the other major reason being that she [[RescueRomance saved his life]]) who rejects his offer for her to [[WeCanRuleTogether rule the world by his side]] and stands up to him in a way that no other woman does.
** While not as pronounced, several other guys also take an interest in the heroine specifically because of her assertive, willful personality. Masamune states on several routes that he finds the challenge of winning the heart of a spirited woman like her to be attractive, and Shingen responds to her defiantly telling him on his own route that she'll make his life as miserable as possible by saying that he likes her even better as a "war goddess".

* ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'': Not love ''per se'', since he seems incapable of loving anyone besides himself, but Coyote is clearly fascinated with Antimony and Reynardine precisely because they're not afraid to disagree with him or brush him off. In contrast, Ysengrin is a fawning yes-man to Coyote, so Coyote barely gives him the time of day. Except of course when he's [[spoiler: eating Ysengrin's memories.]]
* ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'': Tigerlily Jones is the only (human) female to appear for more than a panel and not find Tip extremely attractive. She barely even noticed him unless forced to. This is probably the main reason she's the only woman Tip's actually thought twice about (without sleeping with her or her trying to kill him).
* Dan from ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'' is an [[HornyDevil incubus]] who believes he will never find [[OneTrueLove true love]]. With his [[{{Telepathy}} mind reading]], [[CharmPerson charm]] and [[VoluntaryShapeshifting shape shifting]] abilities, Dan could seduce anyone he wants, but it would not be love. Matilda is his first real shot at a girlfriend because she is [[TheImmune immune]] to his abilities, and loves him for who he is.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Subverted in ''Podcast/TheBrightSessions'', where CharmPerson Damien isn't remotely attracted to Chloe, who cannot be compelled by him, but is obsessed with Mark, because his PowerCopying means they will both be able to compel others and so can relate to each other.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'':
** Nobody probably finds his mental equal as literally "highly erotic" as David Xanatos does. He tells his new wife so in the episode "Upgrade."
** [[TricksterArchetype Puck]] feels this way (probably platonically) towards David Xanatos.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Xander falls for Max because she is tough and sassy, unlike his sickeningly submissive servants.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents'':
** "You're... rejecting ME? You're... you're awesome, Timmy! I love you!"
** "Stupid Cupid" also confirms what anyone could have guessed -- that Juandissimo is so obsessed with Wanda, who hates his guts, because she's "[[ForbiddenFruit so unattainable]]."
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', Carver tries to set Tino up with a popular, stuck-up girl; the girl isn't interested in Tino, until she discovers that Tino isn't interested in her either. Then, she becomes infatuated with him, claiming that "unattainable boys are so ''fascinating''".
* Franchise/WonderWoman's attraction to Franchise/{{Batman}} in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' and ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'' has shades of this as part of their OppositesAttract routine.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour'': Alejandro falls in love with Heather after he finds himself unable to manipulate her nor get her eliminated like he did with the other female contestants, due to Heather being aware of his true colors.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In Neil Strauss' ''Literature/TheGame'', a memoir about his time as a pickup artist, he describes how he ended up in a serious romantic relationship with the one woman not affected by his seduction techniques.