In fantasy based fiction, it is a recurring feature that mages would summon a familiar, usually a demon or an owl. But wait! What if the being they entered a Magically-Binding Contract with is a humanoid or of their same species and at least one party develops romantic interest in the other? Then, this is a Magic Contract Romance. In many cases, the contract between the contractor and his/her contractee would also grant greater spiritual bonds between them, often furthering their relations with one another—often romantic feelings. In many cases, weaker heroes would also enter into a contract with a stronger being for protection. A common plot regarding this trope would usually involve the breaking down of the contract—forcing the couple apart— in order to test the two's strength of their love. A subtrope of Rescue Romance and Magically-Binding Contract, the contractor and the being they summoned would generally admire the qualities of one and other as they travel through a journey between life and death, gradually till they fall in love. If the contracted being was originally disgusted by the weakness of his/her contractor, then the protagonist would usually gain affection of his/her contractee through bravery, his/her inner kindness or other inner qualities.This trope is common in both anime and manga. When this trope is present, expect a lot of action. Why in the world would one summon a guardian unless in grave danger? Note, if the contractor is as powerful as his/her contractee or increased his power then this trope will usually lead to a Battle Couple situation. See also, the sister trope: A Magic Contract Comes with a Kiss, Merlin and Nimue, and Bodyguard Crush.
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