'''Basic Trope''': There is a noticeable power difference between two characters that are shipped, making one obviously dominant.
* '''Straight''': Bob is Alice's teacher and the two are shipped together very often, despite the fact that Bob could easily blackmail her into sleeping with him.
* '''Exaggerated''':
** [[DivineDate Bob is paired with]] {{God}}.
** MindGameShip
* '''Downplayed''': While Bob may be Alice's BodyguardCrush, [[ActionGirl Alice can handle herself in a fight]].
* '''Justified''':
** Alice is {{wimpifi|cation}}ed.
** Bob and Alice, despite their differences in power and status, treat each other as equals.
* '''Inverted''': Due to the nature of this trope, it's impossible to invert.
* '''Subverted''':
** Bob seems more powerful, but Alice turns out to be the long-lost heir to a vast fortune with many connections at her fingertips, which places her higher than Bob.
** Alice actually is the one with the power in the relationship, and she uses it to undermine his authority over her.
* '''Double Subverted''': But then Alice loses that fortune, causing her and Bob to be right back at where they started.
* '''Parodied''':
** {{Fangirl}}s draw {{yaoi}} fan art of Bob and {{God}} together, only to decide that Bob is ''too powerful'' for the pairing to work.
** The fans cry out that Bob and Alice are finally an OfficialCouple with no evidence to support this. When asked "why", they say that Bob is more powerful than Alice.
* '''Zig-Zagged''':
** Bob and Alice are also in an on-and-off again relationship.
** Bob and/or Alice keeps changing their position in power.
** The {{fandom}} switch back and forth between shipping Alice and Bob together to being against the Bob/Alice pairing.
* '''Averted''': Bob and Alice have relatively equal status and power.
* '''Enforced''':
** The {{canon}} author or a fan ([[FanFic fic writer]]) wants to explore power dynamics and how they can affect relationships. So (s)he {{ship|ping}}s Bob and Alice together.
** The fans think PowerIsSexy and use Alice as an AudienceSurrogate.
** Alternatively, Alice is an AuthorAvatar and the author thinks PowerIsSexy.
* '''Lampshaded''': ???
* '''Invoked''': Bob or Alice thinks PowerIsSexy and only goes for powerful (wo)men.
* '''Exploited''': Bob blackmails Alice.
* '''Defied''': Alice refuses to be in relationships with anyone who has power over her even if she really likes them.
* '''Discussed''': ???
* '''Conversed''': ???
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