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In some works, a hero, possibly a KnightInShiningArmor, falls in love with a woman based solely on his perceived image of her as so perfect that he could never actually be together with her. Some knights had, indeed, fallen in love with the princess owing to [[LoveBeforeFirstSight hearing descriptions of her, without seeing her]].

If there are class distinctions, she is of a higher societal rank than he is. [[UptownGirl She usually comes from a wealthy family]], [[BlueBlood and an old family]], and is treated [[InformedAttractiveness as if]] she's the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman, which might give her AttractivenessIsolation. To top it all off, [[HerosMuse even if she is spoiled she's actually a genuinely worthwhile lady]]. The hero is generally determined to fight to prove his worthiness of her, or to defend her honor or reputation, thus becoming TheChampion to her.

One literary term for this type of character--the girl who is too perfect to be obtained--is the ''princesse lointaine''.[[labelnote:note]]French for "faraway princess"[[/labelnote]]

The story is just as likely to be contemporary as historical.

Contrast GirlNextDoor. Compare AttractivenessIsolation, which is often related. Often leads to LovingAShadow.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' has a lesbian example. Chikane is such a perfect girl that even having the courage to propose to her elevates you above the other students. The main character, Himeko, is absolutely smitten by her and believes that she's living the dream when ([[WakeUpGoToSchoolSaveTheWorld due to one thing and another]]) she begins living with her. [[spoiler:{{Deconstructed}} -- crazy things happen and in the end, Chikane is revealed to be neither angel nor devil, just a girl the same age as Himeko]]. There's no such thing as a peerless lover.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': Usui falls for [[ElegantGothicLolita Himegami]], who's considered to be [[HelloNurse one of the hottest girls]] at Tenbi Academy. Which made his chances of hooking up with her seem unlikely to begin with; becoming much less likely once he and the others learn she's [[spoiler: the daughter of Yamato no Orochi]]. Meaning, she's both [[BlueBlood royalty]] ''and'' [[spoiler: a demi-goddess]]! But she [[{{Subverted}} subverts it]] near the end of chapter 65, when she tells him [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c065/21.html she's not above him]] and finally provides him with [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c065/22.html a faint glimmer]] [[http://www.mangatown.com/manga/maken_ki/c065/23.html of hope.]]
* Griffith from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' has shades of this, being not only a FatherToHisMen but an [[LongHairedPrettyBoy incredibly beautiful man]] in an otherwise gritty setting. His lieutenants [[TheProtagonist Guts]] and [[TheSquadette Casca]] are both implied to have feelings for him but see him as too perfect to approach, and end up falling for each other instead. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said of [[TheSociopath Griffith]]'s feelings [[{{Yandere}} for his lieutenants]]. When Guts overhears Griffith claim that his only friends are those he sees as equals, he temporarily quits Griffith's service and leaves on a journey to find himself; to say Griffith takes this poorly would be a [[MoralEventHorizon massive understatement]].

* In ''[[Film/AKnightsTale A Knight's Tale]]'' the peasant William falls in love with the noble lady Jocelyn.
-->'''William:''' Geoff, 'tis my lady.
-->'''Geoffrey:''' Oh, geez, William, you aim too high.
-->'''William:''' Oh, if there's another way to aim, I don't know it.
** For her part, she seems used to this reaction from young knights and doesn't really respond to his advances with anything but amusement bordering on annoyance until he stops treating her like an ideal by actually listening to her and trying to get to know her as a person.
* In ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', Jack is told "Ah, forget it, boyo. You're as like to have angels fly out your arse as get next to the likes of her."
* Dianne Court from ''Film/SayAnything''. Since she's beautiful and the valedictorian, everyone assumes that she's completely unapproachable. When [[Creator/JohnCusack Lloyd Dobler]] asks her out and she accepts, everyone is astonished, especially Lloyd himself.
* Played with and/or deconstructed over the course of the original ''Film/StarWars'' trilogy, vis a vis Han Solo and Princess Leia Organa. In the very first film (Episode IV: A New Hope), the pirate mercenary Han, after a heated argument with the recently rescued princess/senator/revolutionary, nevertheless admits feelings for her, and begins to ask farm boy main protagonist Luke Skywalker (who also has romantic designs on her) "You think a princess and a guy like me..." only to be cut off with a very curt and blunt "no". Han and Leia, of course, become romantically entangled over the course of the later movies, and eventually marry.

* In the ChivalricRomance ''The Earl of Toulos'', the earl falls in love with his enemy's wife and sneaks into his lands to catch a glimpse of her. Then he withdraws until she is [[MaliciousSlander accused of adultery]], whereupon he goes in disguise to act as her champion and clear her name. (Some variants have an ending tacked on where she is widowed and they marry.)
* In another ChivalricRomance, ''Sir Degravant'', Degravant, persecuted by his neighbor, falls in love with the man's daughter and risks himself on a venture to his enemy's lands, where he catches a glimpse of her and has to fight free. Later he wins TheTourney [[StandardHeroReward in which her hand is the prize.]]
* ''Literature/TheKharkanasTrilogy'':
** Invoked with Lady Hish Tulla, who is one for both Anomander Rake and Silchas Ruin. They consider her the WorldsMostBeautifulWoman and thus, even though both have scored first base before, they still see her as unreachable and virtuous and only to be worshiped from afar.
** Dragged through the mud and deconstructed with Enesdia. Her betrothed Andarist has delusions about her IncorruptiblePurePureness. Her brother Kadaspala has an unhealthy obsession -- though not of a romantic nature -- with how pure and virtuous she is and considers her impending marriage to be detrimental to those qualities. Others consider her vain and spoiled. She is none of these extremes, and the only one who sees that, Cryl Durav, thinks she only considers him her adopted brother and is unreachable for him for other reasons.
* Lyanna Stark to Robert Baratheon in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', to the point that he fought in a rebellion (partly) in order to rescue her. After Lyanna died, Robert became a broken man, bitter over having to marry someone else. When Robert grumbles that Lyanna would have let him do what he wanted to if he had married her, Ned (Lyanna's brother) comments that Robert only saw Lyanna's beauty, not her personality.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Essentially how Dan Humphrey falls in love with Serena van der Woodsen on ''Literature/GossipGirl''. Many of their problems as a couple arise from the fact that she can't possibly live up to the image of her he's created in his mind.

* "She's So High" by Tal Bachman is all about this:
--> She's so high\\
High above me, she's so lovely\\
She's so high\\
Like Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, or Aphrodite

[[folder:Tabletop RPG]]
* This happens all the time in the ''TabletopGame/{{Pendragon}}'' game. The rules actually force knights to fall in love with (develop a Passion/Amor for) women, usually higher class noblewomen of the setting. One of the most common targets was Queen Guenever (sic).

* In ''La Princesse Lointaine'' (written by Edmond Rostand prior to the more famous ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''), a knight falls in love with a princess solely from hearing a description of her beauty and virtues. The play is [[BasedOnATrueStory based on]] the story of the troubadour Joffrey Rudel and his love for the Countess of Tripoli.
* Dulcinea in ''Theatre/ManOfLaMancha'' is too perfect to be real (which is why it's not really a surprise when it turns out she isn't). She is Don Quixote's HerosMuse and a winsome twist of his HorribleJudgeOfCharacter ways -- the wretched Aldonza, hearing herself called Dulcinea, is eventually inspired to try to live up to it.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/LovePlus'', Manaka is seen as this by the other students due to her great grades, beautiful looks, amazing tennis skills, [[TheOjou high-standing family]], and overly-polite behaviour. For this reason, no-one really tries to get close to her, causing her some deal of angst and social awkwardness as she isn't sure how to make genuine friends. One background character even says at one point that it's like she lives in a totally different world to everyone else.
* Most ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorial'' games, including the [[DistaffCounterpart Girls' Side series]], have as the main love interest a seemingly perfect character who is beautiful, athletic, intelligent, beloved by the school populace, and easily the most difficult character to win over.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Kotonoha Katsura from ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'' starts as this. The guys at her school either look at her from afar or ogle her GagBoobs without actually asking her for a date, since not only she's considered to be [[CuteBookworm beautiful and smart]] but also comes [[TheOjou from a millionaire family]]. (In the meantime, almost all the girls either ignore or bully her [[AttractivenessIsolation out of jealousy and envy]].) Makoto Itou is the first guy who ''ever'' asks her out, and he himself had also been also liking her from afar at first.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/SandraOnTheRocks'': As far as [[StraightGay Lavali's]] concerned, she has no hope of ever being [[EvilIsSexy with Eva]], even though she hit on Lavali and [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/scribbling_on_my_hand gave her her phone number.]] This is the reason she said she couldn't muster the nerve to call her:
-->'''Lavali:''' ''(to Sandra and Aina)'' [[LampshadeHanging "She's out of my league. She makes perfect 10's weep tears of despair]], [[http://www.sandraontherocks.com/strips-sotr/i_want_sexy_details from the knowledge they'll never be as hot as her."]]
* This was Creator/RalphHayesJr's intention for Lily in ''Under the Lemon Tree''. [[http://www.rhjunior.com/under-the-lemon-tree-0029/ Didn't work.]] Utterly forgotten by ''Webcomic/GoblinHollow.''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Oglaf}}'', a young woman who [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor wishes for beauty]] turns into a GaussianGirl who is also this -- too beautiful for any man to dare court her.