'''Basic Trope''': A female character falls in love with or feels very attracted to a 'bad boy' (i.e. a male character with dysfunctional, aggressive or outright criminal character traits), usually choosing him over a 'nice guy'.
* '''Straight''': The female character falls in love with a convicted criminal.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** MonsterFangirl
** The female character falls in love with {{Satan}}.
** A female who's InLoveWithYourCarnage.
** ...[[IncompatibleOrientation even the]] [[IfItsYouItsOkay lesbians]]
* '''Downplayed''':
** She rejects a NiceGuy for being too boring in favour of a JerkAss, for a while, at least.
** A girl prefers an outwardly [[TallDarkAndSnarky sarcastic or belligerent]] [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold guy who isn't really 'bad']] over a conventional gentlemanly NiceGuy.
* '''Justified''':
** She fell in love with him [[FreudianExcuse because]] [[LikeParentLikeSpouse her father]] [[AbusiveParents abused her]], thus resulting in a cycle of attraction to abusive men.
** She's hardly a paragon herself; BirdsOfAFeather [[UnholyMatrimony flock together]].
** We're seeing the "nice guy's" point of view and [[UnreliableNarrator he sees the guy as worse than he really is]].
** DatingWhatDaddyHates / ShockValueRelationship
** Alice believes she can [[LoveRedeems "fix"]] her [[DracoInLeatherPants boyfriend]] with the PowerOfLove and [[MoralityChain mold him into The Perfect Guy over time]]; in other words, she's LovingAShadow.
** Alice is suffering a GenderInverted version of TheDulcineaEffect
* '''Inverted''':
** SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan
** Or the Good Boy loves the Bad Girl.
** Or, for the potential GenderFlip, [[DefrostingIceQueen Good Boy Loves Cold Girl]].
** Or the NiceGuy is only a ChickMagnet for Bad Girls.
** VillainessesWantHeroes, for an exaggerated inversion.
** DatingCatwoman
** EvilParentsWantGoodKids
* '''Subverted''':
** The woman seems to have fallen for the bad boy...but she's actually into someone else, he was misinterpreting all the signs.
** The man was a HeroWithBadPublicity
** See Justified #4: the "nice guy" point of view
** Her LoveInterest is a bad boy, but she appreciates his good qualities more than his dark ones.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...but, later, she falls for him anyway.
** Bob is a JerkWithAHeartOfJerk.
** It turns out that the guy, telling us that the "nice" guy was an UnreliableNarrator, is the ''true'' UnreliableNarrator!
* '''Parodied''':
** A woman falls in love with a man because he forgot to pay a parking ticket (or some other similarly minor 'bad' trait), this making him a 'bad boy' in her eyes.
** Alternatively: a man goes to ludicrously extreme lengths to present himself as a 'bad boy' in order to attract a woman's interest. This includes kicking babies in the face, setting kitties on fire, blowing up buses full of nuns, and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment playing whiny protest songs from the 60's]]. '''And it works!'''
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** Alice has an obvious crush on her friend Bob, the bad boy of the school (he has yet to tell anyone but Alice that he just likes the fashion), but then Bob's put into a situation that is out of the law's hands. Alice is against all of this, [[AntiHero seeing that it's changing him]], and abandons him. Later, she gets attracted to him anyway. She's also attracted to [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Charlie]] and Bob gets a new friend, [[OutlawCouple Darlene]]. Charlie has his eyes more on [[{{Biker Babe}} Darlene]] than on Alice. The Creators try to get Yaoi demographic by introducing Eddy who's involved in a HoYay LoveTriangle with Bob and Charlie. [[TomboyAndGirlyGirl Alice and Darlene]] also have their own LesYay going on.
** Alice in love with Bob the {{Jerkass}}, but then it turns out Charlie the so-called "nice" guy is an UnreliableNarrator who is in love with Alice. It turns out the person who called Charlie out was the real UnreliableNarrator all along. However (s)he wasn't lying about Charlie making up all that stuff up about Bob. Then it turns outs he wasn't making all that stuff up, Bob was just picking on Charlie because he hates his guts.
* '''Averted''': There is no single 'bad boy' character; the woman's romantic options are between flawed but decent men.
* '''Enforced''': "We need to soften this criminal character up, so he has a reason to clean up his act. Maybe make one of the supporting female characters fall for him?"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Of course, she loves him; bad boys are sexy, everyone knows that!"
* '''Invoked''': A guy tries to build up a bad boy image to get a girl to like him.
* '''Exploited''': ReformedRakes
* '''Defied''': "What, you think your attitude turns me on? No, thanks, unlike the girls that fawn on you, I have self-respect AND standards."
* '''Discussed''': "It's weird, isn't it, how women seem to be really attracted to bad guys?"
* '''Conversed''': "That character is ''dreamy''! He's such a rebel!"
* '''Implied''': "My first boyfriend was a real jerk... so was my second... and the ones after that. Hmmm."
* '''Deconstructed''': A woman falls in love with a bad boy and starts a relationship with him. He then treats her badly, from standing her up on a date to raping her after a date.
* '''Reconstructed''': A woman falls in love with a bad boy and starts a relationship with him, because he treats everyone ''except'' her badly.
* '''Played For Laughs''': A woman has a boyfriend who is loud, smelly, and obnoxious to the point where he CrossesTheLineTwice.
* '''Played For Drama''': A woman can't resist getting into abusive relationships due to having an abusive father growing up. Her desires relfect her need to be loved by the cruel men in her life.
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