Modern beliefs in equality between the sexes make the good old Rescue Romance
trope somewhat difficult to play straight. However, there's a question in the air... what if "that male" is either hired or honor-bound
to protect "that female"? That wouldn't be chauvinist at all - not only is the guy getting rewarded or paid (whether in money, benefits, rank raises, fame/reputation etc.) by his bosses or upperclassmen for taking care of the girl's safety, but it fulfills residual Knight in Shining Armor
imagery without causing eyebrow raising among the fandom.
If said bodyguard is a female who takes care of a male, she can keep her romantic feelings for her ward and
show off her Action Girl
skills constantly, which greatly decreases the chances of her being a victim of Chickification
. Finally, this provides a good way to get a Chaste
or Celibate Hero
, who normally wouldn't be interested in the opposite (or the same
) sex into a position where their romantic feelings can be more easily played upon.
Sweet deal... or is it? This often conflicts with the protector's sense of professionalism
, especially if they're a Battle Butler
or a Ninja Maid
. What happens if bodyguard and the liege's relationship goes bad
? What if the conflicts distracts the protector or if plans and orders coming from the bosses change...
A Bodyguard Crush is extremely common in Lady and Knight
Variants include the protected having his/her crush for the bodyguard first, and the bodyguard being picked for the job because one of them has a crush. If the bodyguard seeks to protect a person because
he/she has a crush on them, but Cannot Spit It Out
, it's a Declaration of Protection
A subtrope of Unequal Pairing
See also Subordinate Excuse
, Poisonous Friend
. Contrast A Match Made in Stockholm
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- Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny: A foregone conclusion with Athrun and Cagalli in the first part as they were both interested in each other well before he became her bodyguard. Many cute moments ensue. He became her bodyguard because of the fact that they were interested in one another.
- Full Metal Panic!: Sousuke Sagara is the militarily placed protector of modern schoolgirl Kaname Chidori. Raised by the KGB, he has No Social Skills. Nonetheless, he means well. Nothing on Earth had better threaten Chidori, be it a gang of Delinquents, a Psycho for Hire, or a majorly armed nation, for he will take it down.
- In Nurarihyon No Mago we have gender flipped example with Tsurara the Yuki-Onna who has protected Rikuo since his childhood... As the story unfolds it's pretty obvious that her feelings towards him are not only those of loyalty for her master.
- The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya: Itsuki and Mikuru take these roles in the club's home-made movie. Mikuru's character is supposed to protect Itsuki's from Yuki, the antagonist. Given that Haruhi is directing this movie, it quickly goes pear shaped.
- In Samurai 7, Kirara is given to this, though the person turns out to be the least expected. Her sister falls for this trope as well. It ends badly for both sisters—Kirara's crush is forever unrequited, and while Komachi's is possibly requited, the guy dies in the final episode.
- Inverted in Samurai Champloo, Fuu seemed to feel this way towards both her bodyguards Mugen and Jin.
- Hayate the Combat Butler: The entire plot of this parody series is based on this trope. It's inverted (the real crush is the one the girl has for the guard) and subverted (she thinks he has a crush on her, which is how she developed her crush in the first place) as many ways and as long as humanly possible.
- Sweet Ninja Girl Azuki: The format is Gender flipped , with Azuki developing the crush on him even before she becomes his bodyguard. Also notable that the feeling is definitely not reciprocated.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Genders are inverted where the female Lieutenant Riza Hawkeye acts as aide/right-hand woman/bodyguard to male Colonel Roy Mustang. It becomes progressively clearer throughout the manga and Brotherhood anime that their feelings for each other run much deeper than allowable by the military's anti-fraternization law (a fact that the bad guys gleefully exploit twice); it's eventually revealed that their relationship goes back to a long time before either of them joined the military. It's not an exaggeration to say that the most dangerous place in Amestris is between the two of them.
- Lan Fan, the female bodyguard of Prince Ling Yao of Xing, has a very similar relationship with her lord. To the extent that Greed becomes a Shipper on Deck.
- Dragon's Reign subverts this trope because the Big Bad is revealed to be the princess, who has gone through a succession of Bodyguard Romances, each time convincing her new protector that the previous one was a villain who kept her imprisoned and took advantage of her. The hero even figures this out, but is still all but powerless against her Magnificent Bastard charms.
- Inu X Boku SS: Soushi makes it clear from the get-go how wonderful he thinks his mistress Ririchiyo is and that he'd willingly do anything for her. The reason he became Ririchiyo's bodyguard in the first place was because he'd fallen in love with her after she unwittingly saved him emotionally when she was a young child, and he wanted nothing more than to protect her and be as close to her as he possibly could. This desire is so strong it treads into stalker territory.
- Sengoku Basara gives us the Highly-Visible Ninja Kasuga, who was sent to assassinate Uesugi Kenshin but ended up defecting and becoming Kenshin's devoted scout and bodyguard instead. And boy, does she love him...
- In Chrono Crusade,
- In Monster,
- Martin initially dislikes Eva, who he is supposed to protect, but later develops feelings for her just before she is about to be finished off. Martin then tells her to meet him at a train station, but he doesn't make it.
- Roberto seems to be far, far too attached to his boss Johan.
- Gender-flipped version in Sumomomo Momomo. Sanae is the heir of the Nakajima family, which has traditionally functioned as the bodyguards of the Inuzuka family. She has a huge crush on Koushi, the heir of the Inuzuka family, who she will one day have to protect from the shadows, as tradition dictates.
- Brigadoon: Marin and Melan,
- Melan initially protects Marin simply because it is his duty. As time goes on, the pair begin to have feelings for one another, though their personalities (Marin is warm and loving towards many people, and Melan is gentle and soft-spoken) make it a little hard to pinpoint exactly when they start seeing each other in this light. In any case, the result is that Melan grows to love Marin so much that he continues to protect her even when it turns out she's not the person he was supposed to protect in the first place.
- Shortly after meeting for the first time Kitano's parents try to pull this too. Turns out Kitano's dad does not really need the help.
- Fushigi Yuugi
- Blade of the Immortal: Rin Asano shows signs of interest in her immortal bodyguard almost right away; showing jealousy of his interest in a prostitute, later directly asking if he finds her appealing, turning red when she's suggested to be his lover, and pretty much willfully sacrificing the lives of strangers to save him. Later in the manga, she even kisses him while he sleeps, and apparently does so again offscreen, after they've been reunited after a looooooong separation. Even later, Rin flat out offers her body to Manji, so the "crush" at this point has become a full-blown declaration of love. In the same scene, Manji, who originally said that he thought Rin looked too much like his sister says that he's mostly forgotten what the latter looked like, and that his feelings for Rin have become something different, finally playing this trope straight. Aforementioned prostitute is actually Makie Otono-Tachibana, who later becomes Kagehisa Anotsu's dragon and bodyguard after having come to terms with the fact that he will never love her as a person, but only as a weapon. Eventually he actually does warm up to her and starts to genuinely care for her... Shortly after that it's revealed that Makie has tubercolosis. It would seem the universe, for some unfathomable reason, simply doesn't want this woman to lead a happy life.
- Hellsing's Alucard is intensely devoted to his Master and Countess Integra Hellsing to the point of any insult done towards her in his presence triggers a Berserk Button. He's referred as her lapdog and bodyguard a couple of times, so fits this role.
- Mirai Nikki Akise Aru clearly stated himself that he's in love with Yukiteru and in chapter 50 tells him that he is no longer interested in changing the future and just wants to protect Yukiteru, especially since he suspects that Yuno, who's very much a Yandere for Yukiteru, is actually trying to kill Yukiteru. When she shows up Akise tries to kill Yuno and destroys her diary. However, she reveals that she had another diary and she stabs Akise. Also, Yuno for Yukiteru.
- Black Butler II: be Claude towards Alois. His catchphrase can be interpreted roughly as "I want nothing but to deeply desire my master." Cue fangirl squee. It's subverted when Claude cruelly kills Alois himself, giving the psychotic kiddo an Alas, Poor Villain demise.
- Ash's Charizard in Pokémon, as seen in the episode Great Bowls of Fire, is this with Liza's Charizard Charla, the same Charizard who has easily thrashed him in their first meeting. But now he has wooed her and is now her bodyguard.◊ It's explicitly stated their relationship is this.
- It has been hinted that various filler characters Naruto was assigned to protect have developed feelings for him.
- In the main storyline, Chojuro's feelings for the 5th Mizukage go beyond simple protectiveness.
- In Hime-sama Goyojin, Adron, a hired assassin sent to steal Himeko's crown, masquerades as her bodyguard in order to get closer to her and kill her. Things get complicated when Adron develops a crush on her, and everytime he tries to murder her, he freezes up completely.
- Hyakujitsu No Bara : Klaus has a relationship with Taki can be seen as this. Klaus often bows down to Taki, and has expressed his desire to serve him and protect the country with him.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: Anzu Mazaki and Yami Yugi from the first manga series - their initial meeting has him possessing Yugi in order to rescue her and disappearing just as quickly, leading to her developing a crush on him. He rescues her a second time in a later chapter, creating the impression on her that he was her protector. When she begins to realise that her crush is in fact a form of Yugi, she deliberately invokes the trope by putting herself in danger to bring him out. This dynamic fades later on, when he becomes his own person and gains a more equal standing as the friend and not just the vengeful protector of Yugi's companions.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: Juudai and Yubel have a variation on this, since she was transformed into a dragon in order to protect him, and he pledged his eternal love to her after that.
- The whole premise of Katanagatari is that Togame wants her bodyguard and human sword Shichika to fall in love with her so that he will develop Undying Loyalty for their quest. Shichika agrees, and the feeling eventually becomes mutual.
- In Mahou Sensei Negima!, Setsuna's duty is to protect Konoka, who is only too glad for the excuse to be with her not-girlfriend all the time. To her embarrassment Everyone Can See It.
- Soi Fong developed this towards her former commander Shihoin Yoruichi after entering the omnitsukido. She worships Yoruichi as a goddess.
- From the time they were very small children, Kanae Katagiri was a devoted servant and bodyguard to Uryuu's father, Ryuuken. Her feelings weren't one-sided; she's Uryuu's Missing Mom.
- Omamori Himari: seeing as Himari climbs into her Master/Charge's bed within 24 hours of starting to protect him, and hasn't stopped trying to get into his pants since.
- In the oneshot Kuroneko Guardian the protagonist falls for his bodyguard. In the ending he outright tells her he plans on making her fall in love with him, which backfires.
- Hak from Yona of the Dawn is a classic example for Yona. Some of the dragons are shaping up to be this to her too.
- In Akagami no Shirayukihime, Obi begins to slowly develop one for Shirayuki after being assigned to protect her.
- Dance in the Vampire Bund: 17 year old Akira Regendorf's feelings for Princess Mina Tepes rapidly slides into this category. Mina has already fallen hard for him... about seven years back.
- While more of personal medics than bodyguards, all the significant Unemezoku in Arata Kangatari (Kotoha, Rami, and Miyabi) seem to be devoted to their masters (Arata, Mikusa, and Kadowaki, respectively) more than the call of duty requires.
- A serious case of Les Yay between Valmet and Koko from Jormungand. While most of it originates from Valmet, Koko not only seems to not mind, she also returns the advances, though if nothing has happened yet (officially).
- Kamisama Kiss has Tomoe develop this around Nanami. Not like he will admit it though...
- Samurai Deeper Kyo has a few (Saizo for Yukimura, and arguably Hishigi for Fubuki), but Kyo's for Yuya is absolutely legendary and a little bit scary at times.
- Conrad Weller might feel something like this for his charge, the king Yuuri Shibuya, in Kyo Kara Maoh.
- Pandora Hearts has Charlotte (Lottie) Baskerville for her master Glen, and Gilbert seems to feel this way about the main character, Oz.Oz himself for Alice.
- Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine: During the second episode, Jigen is ordered to protect Cicciolina by his boss, despite Jigen's attempts at refusal, because the boss wants his wife protected. Cicciolina develops a crush on Jigen, and manipulates him into awkward situations such as having sex in a casket.
- Aldnoah.Zero: Slaine Troyard's thoughts on Princess Asseylum are all but stated to be this, specially since she saved his life and then his father's years ago and therefore he has developed one heck of an Undying Loyalty towards her. On the other hand, in the second season it looks like Asseylum's Body Double and half-sister Lemrina is developing one on him, which is further confirmed when she first kisses him on the lips, and in a later episode (under the disguise of Asseylum) declares that they are to be engaged to marry.
- Gallifrey: It definitely doesn't take much stretching of the imagination to see a bit of this between Leela and Romana in the Doctor Who spin-off audio series — interestingly enough, though, the balance of power in the relationship itself is just a touch inverted, with the higher-status Romana seeming to display more emotional investment in the relationship.
- In Ythe Last Man Agent 355 is attracted to both Allison Mann and Yorick, the two people she's charged with bodyguarding. For much of the series 355 assumes her feelings for Yorick are simply a desire to protect him, until Allison points out that's actually why 355 slept with her, and that she's always realised that 355 was in love with Yorick.
- For a while in the Batman comics, Bruce Wayne had a bodyguard named Sasha Bordeaux who fell in love with him and fell even deeper when she found out that he was Batman.
- Zauriel, from Justice League of America, was a guardian angel who had a Bodyguard Crush on the woman he was watching over, causing him to to be exiled from the Heavenly Host.
- Iron Man: Given the size of Tony Stark's]] ego, we could count him and his (fictional) "body guard". Then there's Bethany Cabe, Tony Stark's corporate bodyguard and love interest for a while.
- Nakia from Black Panther was this Gone Horribly Wrong. There's a reason she started calling herself Malice. It's shows what happens when the Bodyguard Crush is one-sided on the bodyguard's part.
- The Terminator features Kyle Reese, sent to protect the unborn John Connor, future leader of the Human Resistance, by protecting his mother Sarah Connor, who, in a case of predestination paradox, ultimately creates him.
- Someone to Watch Over Me features Tom Berenger as a policeman assigned to guard witness Mimi Rogers.
- In King Of New York, the title character's relationship with his Bodyguard Babes goes well beyond the "crush" stage in the first five minutes.
- The Princess Diaries, surprisingly, has this trope. The Queen falls in love with the guy who is introduced as the chauffer, but nearer to the end of the movie, and especially in the sequel, it's obvious that he's also a bodyguard. In fact, it's implied by certain comments in the sequel that the two have had Unresolved Sexual Tension long before the first movie.
- Mathilda has one of these on Léon in The Professional—in the uncut version, she even asks him to be her first lover, but he refuses.
- In Star Wars Attack of the Clones, Anakin re-encounters Padme Amidala, his childhood crush now having become a full-fledged infatuation. Tasked with being Padme's bodyguard following several attempts on her life by Jango Fett and Zam Wesell, he accompanies her back to Naboo, where they become closer by the day, quickly falling in love, which is against the laws of the Jedi Order.
- Bodyguard From Beijing starring Jet Li has this happen between the protagonist, the titular soldier from China, and his charge, a Hong Kong lady. The latter was the one who made the first moves, but the former tried to be professional distanced himself from her. He Did Not Get the Girl, as he was shown going back to China (posing right in front of the Chinese flag) while the lady stays behind. It's pretty obvious her feelings were reciprocated, however.
- Chasing Liberty has this between The President's Daughter Anna and her bodyguard Ben. Played with a bit, as she doesn't know that he's her bodyguard (although the audience does).
- In Epic, seasoned warrior Ronin is strongly implied to have feelings for Queen Tara, which she possibly returns. Then again, they were childhood friends.
- Technically Kaz's and Noni's relationship in Beyond The Lights begins as this as he was assigned as her bodyguard on the night they meet. However, he was only filling in for another cop and his main job is as an officer of the LAPD.
- in David Eddings's Elenium series, it's very explicit between Sparhawk and Ehlana. In this case she's his Queen, and with the exception of the back-story period during which he mentored her as a child, any power imbalance is weighed strongly towards her end.
- In Laurel K. Hamilton's Meredith Gentry series, the royal bodyguards pretty much also serve as sex slaves to Queen Andais, Princess Meredith, and Prince Cel.
- A Song of Ice and Fire
- Sandor Clegane is Prince Joffrey's sworn shield, but is more often seen protecting Joffrey's betrothed, Sansa Stark, leading to a Beast and Beauty pairing. Sansa's thoughts seem to be conflicted. She's frightened of Sandor, but he seems to spring to her mind every time sex or kissing is mentioned, and she canonically fabricates a memory of kissing him.
- Two members of Renly's Rainbow Guard have the hots for him: Brienne, a large and ugly Action Girl, and Loras, his gay lover.
- Jorah Mormont is hopelessly in love with Daenerys Targaryen, whom he serves as part of her Queensguard. She's aware of the situation and repeatedly rebuffs him.
- Arys Oakheart, a member of the Kingsguard sent to Dorne with Princess Myrcella, falls in love with Arianne Martell despite his vows. He needlessly dies defending her and their companions at the Greenblood after being forced to yield by the Dornish captain of the guards, Areo Hotah.
- Prince Roger" The 'March/Prince Roger' saga has the spoilt misunderstood brat, Prince Roger Ramius Sergei Alexander Chiang MacClintock (whew, what a mouthful!) and his Action Girl bodyguard, Nimashet Despreaux, agonize endlessly before finally hooking up in the second book, March to the Sea. This was complicated further by the part where after they finally decided to hook up, Roger went from third to first in the line of succession — meaning that country-girl commoner Nimashet had just gone from 'going to be married to the most redundant junior prince' to 'prospective Empress'. The latter possibility terrified her enough that she immediately broke the relationship off cold — which created some serious tension, given that she was still his bodyguard. Then, Nimashet was given a direct order by her superior officer to reinstate the relationship and become the eventual Empress Nimashet. Even though they know it's a bad idea to fraternize inside the chain of command, they need her to steady Roger because he'd either abdicate to be with her again or else try to rule the Empire alone and end up as Emperor Roger the Mad. (Nimashet is pretty much the only person around who can hold Roger back from massacre once his Berserk Button is pushed, and Roger on some level knows this.)
- Kushiels Legacy: Joscelin denies himself any attraction, romantic or otherwise, to Phedre, saying that he can't both be her bodyguard (servant of Cassiel) and her lover, because it goes against his vows. Granted, in Kushiel's Dart he and Phedre, ah...paid homage to Namaah. Later in the series, they develop a proper relationship as the Comtesse Phedre no Delaunay de Montreve and her consort (read: practically husband) Joscelin.
- The Faerie Queene: The Red Cross Knight and Princess Una in the first book; Red Cross is Easily Forgiven for abysmally failing the "bodyguard" part at first, abandoning his charge thanks to a Not What It Looks Like scenario courtesy of the Master of Illusion.
- In the second book of the Coruscant Nights trilogy, we find that Padme's eyepatched bodyguard Typho was in love with her, and at her funeral, having seen the autopsy, comes to the conclusion that she was killed by use of the Force. Anakin Skywalker was supposed to be bodyguarding her in Typho's absence. Thus he decided to track down Skywalker; later he assumes that Vader killed them both, so he has to kill Vader. You can imagine how that went.
- In the Jedi Academy Trilogy General Wedge Antilles is set to bodyguarding Qwi Xux, an ex-Imperial scientist who had worked on the Death Star, the World Devastators, and the Sun Crusher, cheerfully oblivious to what these projects would be used for. Yes, a general serving as bodyguard to a scientist. They fall for each other, and in I, Jedi this development dismays Corran, since he ships his boss with one of his friends (Who Wedge did end up with in a later novel after breaking up with Qwi).
- In Moira Moore's Heroes series there are two kinds of magic users, Sources and Shields, who get permanently paired up. The Source deflects natural disasters while the Shield protects the Source from some kind of backlash that occurs. First person narrator and Shield Dunleavy really likes her Source Shintaro and protects him not only while working magic but tends to protectiveness also in more mundane situations. He in turn makes no attempt to hide that he lusts after her.
- Artemis Fowl: Juliet Butler is Artemis' secondary Battle Butler. Technically, the official bodyguard is her older brother but she's on hand too and she's one of two people that Artemis allows to call him "Arty" (The other is his mother). Canon says it's flipped.
- The Rifter: Kyle (the Kahlil) is assigned to secretly watch and guard John when John is a child. He does so for ten years, and as John grows up Kyle becomes immensely attached to him, though he won’t allow himself to think that he might be falling in love because he knows he might receive the order to kill John. By the end of the book, Kyle knows for certain that guarding and loving John (the Rifter) are his two purposes in life. It’s both a confirmation and a radical revision of the relationship that the holy scriptures indicate between the Kahlil and the Rifter.
- In the Spaceforce series, Prince Ragoth, youngest son of the Taysan Empress, has a personal entourage of three bodyguards from the exclusive Clan of the Imperial Shield. The most recently appointed is Maydith, who is young and pretty. Other characters suspect that the pair are in love, but because of the crippling restrictions of Taysan society, it can never be.
- In the Gemma Doyle trilogy apparently it was once pretty common for the Rakshana and the members of the Order they guarded to be lovers. Named examples include Gemma and Kartik (eventually), and Miss McCleethy and Hugo Fowlson. It may or may not be worth noting that neither pairing ends well, but then, what pairing in this series does?
- In the Quantum Gravity series, Lila Black has been hired to bodyguard/spy on Zal, and the first thing that happens when they meet is a love match Game, which pushes them together, along with Zal's general open flirting. They marry.
- In the The Compass Rose, magic-users in the military are assigned bodyguards. Kallista's bodyguard Torchay is madly in love with her. Kallista resists, but after being ordered into marriage, eventually requites Torchay's feelings.
- The Elfstones Of Shannara: Invoked by Rone Leah in Wishsong: he goes along to protect Brin specifically because he has a crush on her.
- The Godless World Trilogy: It isn't obvious, but Anyara's bodyguard Coinach seems to be developing a bit of a crush on her, which she may well reciprocate (she looks straight at him when someone tells her she should marry in order to make herself happy).
- From the Honor Harrington series:
- Hugh Arai for Queen Berry in Torch of Freedom. He's luckier, because she reciprocates the feelings, fires him as her head of security, and drags him off to her bedroom. Possibly inverted, as she fell for him even before he was assigned as her head of security.
- Major Andrew LaFollet, head of Honor's Grayson-assigned Steadholder security detail and her personal chief bodyguard, spends most of his life quietly, deeply, and unrequitedly in love with her, even refusing to marry or have children (all but unheard-of on Grayson) in his devotion to her. She's aware of his feelings and regrets hurting him by not reciprocating, but he doesn't seem to consider it a loss.
- Anne Rice's Angel Time: Lucky the Fox and his boss, The Right Man have something going on, although it's implied that it doesn't involve sex.
- Ari II and her "azi" (essentially slave, though YMMV) bodyguard Florian in Cyteen.
- In Andy McDermott's Nina Wilde series, the titular Adventurer Archaeologist and her ex-SAS bodyguard Eddie Chase slowly fell in love and married over the course of their adventures. The romance is subtle and only made in passing mentions since their main focus is trying not to die preserving rare artifacts.
- In the Kris Longknife series, there are some very strong hints that Kris' bodyguard Jack is in love with her.
- In Cerberon, Margaret becomes attracted to George after he volunteers to be her escort for her journey to America. He is oblivious to her attraction until she mentions she wouldn't mind his intimate attention.
- In Star Trek: String Theory, the Back Story for ally character Ziv and minor antagonist Sem involves this trope; Ziv was Sem's bodyguard, and in violation of their people's custom they had a sexual relationship.
- The Wheel of Time: This sort of thing is common between Warders and Aes Sedai . It helps that the Warder Bond means that the Warder is the one person in the world who can see through the emotionless Aes Sedai mask.
- Mistborn: The Original Trilogy : Vin in the second book to Elend, as she's a Mistborn and he's a Muggle Non-Action Guy. It ends when Elend marries Vin and subsequently Takes A Level In Badass, becoming a Mistborn himself.
- In Shadow of the Red Vixen Alinadar develops one on Lady Sallivera, though it's not requited until "Shadow of her Sins", and had another unrequited one for her previous mistress The Red Vixen. It turns out towards the end of "Shadow of the Red Vixen" that Melanie was trying to invoke this when she hired Ali to be Salli's bodyguard.
- Game of Thrones: King Renly Baratheon is object of affection for both Ser Loras Tyrell (an unusual reciprocal example because they form a same-sex couple) and Brienne of Tarth (a rare gender inversion of the trope), who are members of his Kingsguard.
- In Heroes, this APPEARED to be the case for Peter and Claire. This was squashed immediately upon the reveal that they're actually each others long lost uncle and niece. Of course this didn't actually stop the shipping or the sexual tension between them. The fact that the actors portraying the two got involved surely contributed to the shipping and tension. Hayden's young age (relatively) added some risque' spice, as well.
- In Charmed, the Powers That Be mandate a strict law against Whitelighters falling in love with their wiccan charges. But naturally, this was dealt with offscreen and waived in the case of Piper (main character), who married Leo and later on in the series even got to have a child. Even with Piper's mom and Sam, another whitelighter, having an affair and ended up with Paige.
- In The West Wing, CJ Cregg and her bodyguard Simon Donovan (better known as Gibbs) when she's under Secret Service protection while being stalked. When they catch the guy CJ needed protection from in the first place, Simon is promptly shot and killed. Thanks, Aaron Sorkin. Thanks a lot.
- In The Sarah Connor Chronicles, while there isn't anything romantic going on yet between John and Cameron, a lot of John's growing attachment and protectiveness of her is stemming from her own protectiveness of him. Then there's the second season finale, in which John, against the advice of both his mother and Agent Ellison, travels into the future to retrieve Cameron's chip. Cue Fangirl Squee.
- Chuck and his bodyguard, Sarah. Chuck has a massive crush on Sarah. Sarah seems to entertain the idea of a relationship with Chuck, but there's the whole CIA thing getting in the way, and it's causing a few problems. Especially considering that they have to play the roles of boyfriend and girlfriend and occasionally a married couple on certain missions. Less overtly (this is a family show after all), the other bodyguard in Chuck's life...John Casey, played by Adam Baldwin. Scroll up this page a tad...
- In Tin Man fandom, DG/Cain plays out like this most of the time. DG is Princess of Oz, named for her ancestor, Dorothy Gale. Cain is a Badass Normal by Ozian standards, a commoner, and a law enforcement man/soldier by trade. Sweetening the deal is that, in the first part of the series, Cain's former boss forced him into a promise to "not leave her side at any cost."
- In an episode of The Equalizer Robert McCall chews out Mickey Kostmeyer for sleeping with a Swedish foreign student he was supposed to be guarding, pointing out that if the killers had chosen to strike at that moment they both would have been killed.
- Babylon 5:
- G'Kar may have been trying to invoke this trope when he insisted that the rogue telepaths leaving B5 have Narn bodyguards. Given G'Kar's attempt in the premiere episode to get telepathic genetic material for the Narn race via the old-fashioned mating method, one wonders if he wasn't trying to set up a few Interspecies Romances.
- Lennier isn't a bodyguard per se, but he does have a crush on Delenn and he does consider himself honor-bound to protect her.
- As Echo's fourth official handler in Dollhouse, love interest Paul Ballard has one of these, though the crush began long before he actually started work as a bodyguard.
- Done much squickier with Sierra and her original handler.
- Bones: Although not a technical bodyguard, Agent Booth often says that keeping his partner, Dr. Brennan, safe is his responsibility, seeing as she is not trained as an agent and (for at least part of the series) is not supposed to be carrying a gun. This stance towards Bones' safety leads to much UST and Everyone Can See It.
- One episode of Angel depicts Wesley getting involved with a girl he's been hired to protect ("Guise Will Be Guise"). The guy who hired him was apparently Genre Savvy to this trope, because Wesley was impersonating Angel, who was wanted specifically because he can't have sex. He needed her for a Virgin Sacrifice - as it turned out, he should have started paying attention to this possibility a lot earlier
- In Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel was originally supposed to act as a secret protector for Buffy the Slayer - but, while watching over her, fell in love.
- Inverted in season 5 of 24, with First Lady Martha Logan, fully disgusted with her husband's actions, falling for Secret Service agent Aaron Pierce. Season 6 finds the Logans separated (divorced?) and Pierce retired from the Secret Service and romantically involved with Martha.
- The NCIS episode "Defiance" had a character of the day fall in love with McGee. She then used this to catch him off guard in order to stage her own abduction, and the episode leaves open whether or not she was acting the entire time.
- This is basically the premise of Amor en custodia, an Argentinean telenovela which has been remade in other countries, included México, where it was remade twice: One time in TV Azteca and Its fourth remake, which is currently on air in Televisa under the title "Amores Verdaderos"
- Starsky & Hutch: Hutch gets into one of these with a visiting Russian ballerina who's received death threats.
- Person of Interest: Reese and Sophia were clearly going down this trope's path, as well as with other women Reese protects, but it's always pretty one sided.
Mythology and Folklore
- King Arthur's wife Guinevere and her bodyguard Lancelot share an ill-fated romance.
- Chyna, the bodyguard to Triple H and Shawn Michaels, ended crushing on and dating Triple H, till he moved on up to the boss's daughter and she ended up fired.
- Generation Next's Roderick Strong to his former enemy Jade Chung of The Embassy, after she left the group and he wound up protecting her from it.
- Samurai Warriors: Kunoichi's crush towards her lord Yukimura is hinted at and became the main focus of her Musou mode in the 3rd installation of the game.
- Suikoden V
- Gender inverted. There is a non-professional relationship of some kind between Prince Freyjadour and his bodyguard Lyon, especially if he gathers all 108 stars. Given that Lyon was raised by Frey's parents, there's also a Not Blood Siblings element.
- Lelei and Lucretia is a rather strange relationship, since the woman Lelei is guarding is definitely the Onee-sama, and it's ambiguous whether she returns Lelei's feelings. Lucretia's own preferences, at least, seem to match up, as Cathari mentions that she and Lucretia were once "more than friends." Lucretia's relationship with Lelei is made rather less ambiguous (or, alternately, given a Relationship Reveal) when, on the night before a big battle, Lucretia suggests that she and Lelei get some rest, and Lelei asks if Lucretia wouldn't mind staying up just a little longer - after which the screen fades to black. After the war, the two of them vanish, presumably together. On a side note, if you have Oboro dig into Lelei's past, he comes up with the following:
Oboro: "Lelei used to be a guard at Agate Prison, but she fell for Lucretia's pretty — I MEAN, she was concerned about Lucretia, as she came with her. Now she's kind of Lucretia's...assistant."
- Suikoden III has Gender Inverted Example #2: Thomas is the Lord of Budehuc Castle and Cecile is the Captain of the Guard. She all but publicly confessing her crush for Thomas (including making meatballs for his lunch)
- This is one of Fire Emblem's favorite tropes. Pick any Fire Emblem game and there will be at least one character (if not more) infatuated with their liege.
- FireEmblem: Radiant Dawn:
- Sothe and Micaiah are like this but the odd part is that they refer to each other as family (and Brother/Sister) regularly.
- Geoffrey's unrequited crush on Elincia, as seen in his support conversations and other dialogue. It's seemingly doomed given Elincia's unsubtle crush on Ike. Then it is requited in the second game as Ike cares for Elincia but not romantically and she starts growing out of it, leading to their marriage in certain endings.
- Lyre's huge crush on her captain, Ranulf. Conversations between Lyre and her twin sister Lethe reveal that Lyre never really liked fighting all that much, and pretty much only joined the army to be with Ranulf and her sister.
- Ranulf's second subordinate Kyza is also implied to have a crush on him, although in the Japanese version it's not so much implied as it is outright spelled out.
- Gatrie has one on Astrid in Path of Radiance, to the point where he doesn't seem as able to flirt with her as easily as he does other girls.
- Fire Emblem Akaneia: Both Camus and Hardin to Nyna (however both fall victim to Ship Sinking) and Samson/Sheema (role inverted, liege infatuated with bodyguard).
- Fire Emblem Jugdral:
- Fire Emblem Binding Blade: Saul/Dorothy (gender flipped), Klein/Thite (gender flipped, possibly also role inverted because Thite's too much of a Sugar and Ice Personality to act on any feelings she might have unless Klein speaks up) and possibly either Rutger or Lance/Clarine and Shin/Sue.
- Fire Emblem Blazing Sword: Kent/Lyndis, Rath/Lyndis, Erk/Priscilla, Erk/Serra, Guy/Priscilla and Florina/Lyndis. Tactician / Lyndis (also inverted, or Les Yay) can be implied from the early chapters, though this doesn't really hold out past Chapter 3 or so. This might also be the case for Sain/Lyndis, but he seems to be more partial to supporting Kent's feelings, and on the other hand he also has all the signs of crushing hard on Priscilla during their supports, but they have no shared ending.
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones: Eirika/either Seth or Forde, Vanessa/Innes (gender flipped), and arguably Ephraim/Myrrh. One of the bosses in Eirika's path is even a general under Queen Ismaire, who proves Love Makes You Evil. It's hinted that Selena's feelings towards Emperor Vigarde might fall in this trope too.
- Fire Emblem Awakening: Lissa/either Lon'qu or Frederick, the latter doubling as First Love. Genderflipped with Chrom/either Sully or Sumia and Cordelia's Unrequited Love for Chrom, and also with Virion and Cherche. Also Maribelle and Gaius — and maybe Henry as well, as in their S support he offers to be Maribelle's Knight In Blood-Stained Armor.
- From the second generation, the closest would be Chrom's daughter Lucina and Cherche's son Gerome. Double if Gerome's father is the aforementioned Frederick.
- Part of the premise of first person shooter Red Steel, between the protagonist and the (quickly kidnapped) girl in distress. The relationship had progressed to the point where the two had gotten engaged, and the kidnapped happens when introducing the future husband to her father to ask permission to marry.
- In Tales of the Abyss, it's implied that this is the case between Anise and Ion, as well as Arietta and Ion.
- Disgaea 2
- There's this type of relationship between Adell and Rozalin. After mistakenly summoning her and binding her to follow him around, Adell swears he'll protect Rozalin with his life. Rozalin swears she'll kill him for the indignity he's caused her. They become attracted to each other. Hilarity Ensues.
- Taro also feels this way about Rozalin, to the point that he practically became Rozalin's servant just so he could fit this trope.
- Beyond Good & Evil,: Double H over the heroine, Jade. The fact that she rescued him from an alien torture chamber doesn't help... Nor does the fact that he wears shining armor... And he selflessly dives to catch her when she falls, spouting a line in a sappy voice... And let's not forget his sudden attempt to kiss her. His official description even states that he's "selflessly devoted to her."
- Final Fantasy loves this trope.
- Final Fantasy X: When a summoner makes the pilgrimage, they bring guardians. Romance often ensuses. In fact, according to Yunalesca, love of some kind is required for the guardian to become the Final Aeon.
- Summoner Yuna and her guardian Tidus become a couple on the way.
- Summoner Dona and her guardian Barthello are a couple. This is more evident in Final Fantasy X-2, after they retire.
- Final Fantasy VIII Squall loves Rinoa, though that's less of a bodyguard (although he does that too) and more of a hired gunblade deal.
- Final Fantasy VII: Aerith hires Cloud. She repays him with a date. Though in this case it's invoked: Aerith cares for Cloud but she loves Cloud's dead friend Zack, and they're Together in Death in Advent Children. Cloud was something of a Replacement Goldfish because he resembled Zack. Cloud ends up with his Victorious Childhood Friend Tifa.
- Inverted in Final Fantasy VI, where Locke apparently pledges to bodyguard any girl he gets a crush on. One of the girls he pledges to protect is the mightiest soldier of The Empire's army, and the other is a walking nuke and very sadly by the fact that Locke's pledges are the product of the guilt he feels from failing to protect his first love, twice.
- Final Fantasy IX. Zidane quickly becomes infatuated with Garnet. While he definitely does as much guarding as her offiical knight (Steiner) he's officially her kidnapper.
- Dissidia: Final Fantasy has a few teasing's here and there. There's Cecil teasing the Onion Knight over his protectiveness of Terra, a slight ship tease between Vaan protecting Terra, and the closeness between the Warrior of Light and the goddess Cosmos, especially as the former is revealed to be a Manikin of Cid of the Lufaine and the goddess is revealed to be a Manikin of Cid's wife.
- Neverwinter Nights:
- Nathyrra and Valen are totally there as combat support.
- In the same vein, in KotOR I: Did the Jedi Council really have to assign Carth, Bastila, and/or Juhani (as appropriate to PC gender/preference) to help you? Granted, each has legit reasons to help even without orders or romantic entanglements - but it's much more fun when you consider the possibilities.
- Inverted somewhat in Knights of the Old Republic if you're playing a female. Even though you are a VERY powerful Force-user and the mind-wiped ex-Dark Lord of the Sith, Carth is still very protective, and insists "Let me protect you; from yourself, from the Sith. You HAVE to let me try." Never mind you could probably have wiped the floor with him six levels ago... Ditto with Juhani, albeit in a much subtler manner.
- Knights of the Old Republic II:
- the ex-Sith Assassin Visas Marr, particularly (but not only) if you are the male Exile. This is very quiet (apart from the breathlessly devoted, "My life for yours"...), and will only make itself apparent if you are NOT a dog kicking Sith bastard, and are nice to her when you've defeated her. Yes, Defeat Means Bodyguard Crush.
- Atton Rand remains protective of the Exile and consistently anxious for the Exile's approval, to the point that Kreia is able to blackmail him with it, whether the Exile is Light Side or a crazed dog-kicking Sith bastard. It's most apparent with a female Exile, but it's there with a male Exile too.
- In Neverwinter Nights 2 and Mask of the Betrayer, both of the romance options for male characters that made the final cut began watching over the hero to keep him safe.
- Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Time/Darkness/Sky: Apparent inversion (liege seemingly in love with bodyguard, although that may be a matter of interpretation) with Celebi (technically a gender-neutral Pokémon, but it acts feminine (and kinda Tsundere) and has the "Shiny" pink coloration instead of its normal green) for Grovyle.
- Mega Man Zero: Zero and Ciel is certanly an inversion, as Ciel quite clearly has a crush on Zero, and he doesn't show any feelings for her or at least recognition of her feelings. It's directly addressed in the 4th game where Neige and Craft were once in a relationship, and she seems to show that she can relate to Ciel in the ending, as both Zero and Craft were reploids and thus the situation is similar.
- Utawarerumono: When Touka's clan becomes someone's bodyguard, they're supposed to bear their child (assuming they're female) which makes her... eagerness... to be his bodyguard make a little more sense, no?
- Half-Life 2: Played straight and flipped a few times in Episodes. Alyx Vance is sometimes escorted by Gordon, and when Gordon loses his weapons, she becomes the bodyguard. She has an obvious hero worship and geekette attraction to Gordon, which her father openly encourages.
- Legend of Mana: Jumi always come in pairs as a Guardian and a Knight, and they are expected to be devoted to one another in ways that blur the boundaries between duty and love. And gender doesn't matter, either.
- At the end of Resident Evil 4 Ashley asks if Leon wants to go to "her place" for some overtime. He declines.
- Grandia II, Ryudo towards Elena. "Don't like women", huh? Right....
- Drakengard: Furiae has one of these crushes. Too bad it's her brother, Caim.
- In Exit Fate, Ayara has this kind of relationship with her commanding officer, Daniel Vinyard, deserting her post so she could track down and join him after he was accused of being a traitor. She routinely insists on accompanying him into the more dangerous places (fortunately she's a very good fighter) and has a heartbreak when she feels the growing size of the Elysium Army puts a distance between them. She can also relate well to Jasper, who has a similar situation with his own commander, Erin.
- In Star Stealing Prince, Erio is implied to have such feelings towards Astra, but doesn't speak up about it due to thinking it's creepy to feel that way.
- Tears To Tiara 2: Daphnis is a Wholesome Crossdresser Meido who's Happiness in Slavery that he get to protect his master and childhood friend Elissa. When he's about to pull a Heroic Sacrifice so she can escape, she quickly realize she loves him back.
- Tsukihime: Near the end of the closest to canon ending, Shiki realizes the real reason he kept agreeing to guard Arcueid and help her hunt Roa was that he loved her. He doesn't really feel responsible for the town or anything. It goes the other way too, in that Arcueid only decided not to publicly dismember him because, as she puts it, she also loved him from... well, the first moment he cut her to pieces.
- The Bodyguard Crush is the whole point of Yo-Jin-Bo, a Visual Novel Romance Game about a princess and her six bodyguards.
- Peko Pekoyama's Dangan Island ending in Super Dangan Ronpa 2 more or less reveals her to have this towards Fuyuhiko. It just makes the circumstances surrounding Chapter 2 all the more tragic. Fuyuhiko's final words to her can even be interpreted as an Anguished Declaration of Love.
- The Venture Bros.
- Myra Brandish was Dr. Venture's former bodyguard and the possible mother of the titular brothers. In the present, she's clearly insane and breaks out of her asylum once every couple years to kidnap her sons.
- current bodyguard Brock Samson and Dr. Venture's relationship has these vibes. It's referenced in the pilot episode, "The Terrible Secret of Turtle Bay," when Pete White argues to Billy Quizboy that "you can't tell me there's nothing going on there." Also played with in the season 1 finale, "Return to Spider-Skull Island;" when Brock isn't allowed to go with Dr. Venture to the operation room and argues, the doctor assumes they're "partners."
Brock: Not really, it's more like I work for him—wait a minute, no!
- Played with again in the intro to the season 3 episode "What Goes Down, Must Come Up."
Doc: Thaaat's it,just like that, easy, pull back a bit, God, you're right on top of me!
Brock: I can't help it, it's stiff, Doc, maybe I should lube this thing up before we take it down there.
Doc: It'll be fine, it's not built for speed, it's built for deep penetration!
- Adventure Time: Finn had a crush on Princess Bubblegum, who he's rescued on countless occasions.
- Additionally, nearly every single other princess Finn's rescued has shown an interest in him. Including Bubblegum when she was briefly the same age as him.
- Zig And Sharko: Marina's bodyguard Sharko is in love with her but unfortunately, although Marina shares his feelings for her, she also has a crush on the villain, Zig.
- In ThunderCats (2011) young King Lion-O has an obvious crush on the (slightly older) Cheetara, the Sole Survivor of his Church Militant Praetorian Guard. Complicating matters are her necessary roles towards him as Good Shepherd and The Champion, as well as the fact that Lion-O's older brother Tygra is also Hot for Preacher. In the end... Lion-O Did Not Get the Girl, because Cheetara's romantic affections always were with Tygra.
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Inverted in the Slaves of the Republic-trilogy. Miraj Scintel, the slaver queen blackmailed Anakin to act as her bodyguard because she had a crush on him, by using the captured Obi-Wan and Ahsoka as leverage. Anakin couldn't stand her (and given his background, that's understandable).