'''Basic Trope''': A female character falls in love with or feels very attracted to a 'bad guy' (i.e. a male character with dysfunctional, aggressive or outright criminal character traits), usually choosing him over a 'nice guy'.
* '''Straight''': Alice falls in love with Bob, a convicted criminal.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** MonsterFangirl
** Alice falls in love with {{Satan}}.
** A female who's InLoveWithYourCarnage.
** ...[[IncompatibleOrientation even the]] [[IfItsYouItsOkay lesbians.]]
* '''Downplayed''':
** She rejects Nick, a consummate 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 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]].
** [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim 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 [[ICanChangeMyBeloved 'fi]][[LoveRedeems x']] 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.
** Alice and Bob are {{Childhood Friend}}s, so Alice knows that, despite Bob's reputation, he's not all bad.
** Bob is an obvious JustifiedCriminal who gained [[SourOutsideSadInside something of a mean streak]] due to the way society treats ex-cons; he's nice to Alice because [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe she's nice to him]].
** Alice is a very narcissistic and completely delusional girl who wants to be loved by a horrible man because she wants to feel "ultra special" and wants to make other girls jealous of her.
* '''Inverted''':
** SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan
** VillainessesWantHeroes or VillainousCrush, for an exaggerated inversion.
** A woman falls in love with a an insufferably righteous KnightTemplar.
* '''Gender-Inverted''':
** [[DatingCatwoman The Good Boy loves the Bad Girl.]]
** [[DefrostingIceQueen Good Boy Loves Cold Girl.]]
** The NiceGuy is only a ChickMagnet for Bad Girls.
* '''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 #3: the "nice guy's" 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!
** Alice was [[PolishTheTurd trying to make him sound better]] for her parents. She's truly only interested in his bad qualities.
* '''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.
** A man goes to ludicrously extreme lengths to present himself as a 'bad boy' in order to attract a woman's interest. This includes [[WouldHurtAChild kicking babies in the face]], [[BadPeopleAbuseAnimals setting kitties on fire]], blowing up buses full of nuns, and [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment playing whiny protest songs from the '60s]]. '''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 [[BikerBabe Darlene]] than on Alice. The Creators try to get the 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?"
** "Hmm, this show needs more drama... I know! Why don't we have one of the female characters fall in love with this criminal?"
** "Don't the fangirls always love the bad-boy/good-girl romance?" "Yeah!" "So let's do that!"
* '''Lampshaded''': "Of course she loves him; everyone knows bad boys are sexy!"
* '''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 just as badly as he treats anyone, leaving her with permanent scars on her body and face from his violence.
* '''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''': Alice becomes a MonsterFangirl of the town's convicts to the point of becoming an AbhorrentAdmirer that they all try to avoid as she stalks them constantly in hopes of having sex with any of them.
* '''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.
** As Alice keeps on going out with Bob, it awakens a dormant criminal streak in her that would have never manifested if she had stayed clear from him. Alice becomes a consumate criminal herself and remains so all her life long and raises her children into being criminals too, even her daughters.
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