"Just fear me. Love me. Do as I say, and I shall be your slave."This trope applies whenever a villainous character has romantic and/or sexual feelings for a heroic one. If this crush takes a turn for the perverse, this can lead to tropes like I Have You Now, My Pretty, Forceful Kiss, Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me, And Now You Must Marry Me, Scarpia Ultimatum, and Go-Go Enslavement, although none of those require a Villainous Crush. Additionally, the villain may become a Stalker with a Crush. If the crush itself is a motivating factor in their Start of Darkness, then it's Love Makes You Evil. This trope isn't always negative, though. This trope can conversely be a very humanising trait for an Anti-Villain. The heroic character may become a Morality Pet, and can be fairly certain that their villainous admirer will never harm them or allow harm to come to them, barring certain exceptions. They may even step in to protect them from other villains who have fewer compunctions. Taken all the way, it may become Love Redeems. If the feelings are mutual or an actual relationship develops, then it's Dating Catwoman instead. When this is purely subtextual, see Foe Romance Subtext. The specific variant when the Evil Empress captures the hero to seduce him is Villainesses Want Heroes. Not to be confused with Foe Yay, which are purely audience reactions.
— Jareth the Goblin King to Sarah, Labyrinth
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- Esdeath of Akame ga Kill! sees the main protagonist Tatsumi as her perfect ideal man and is blindly in love with him. The problem is she is a sadistic Social Darwinist who massacres and tortures people with glee and Tatsumi is a member of a group trying to topple the country she is a leader of.
- Black Butler
- Aleister Chamber engages in black magic and sells girls as sex slaves. When Ciel was Disguised in Drag Aleister demonstrated attraction towards him. And when Ciel was dressed as usual Aleister still hit on him.
- In addition to Aleister, another person who rates high on Ciel's No Yay scale is Baron Kelvin, a fat old ugly psycho who fell for Ciel when he was just a child.
- Creed from Black Cat owns this trope. His crazy rampaging crush on Train is so obvious that everyone notices it... except Train.
- Alphard of Canaan seems to have a tendency to invade her foe's personal space every chance she gets. Some may view the situation as a twisted form of seduction.
- This is what Neil Regan actually feels for Candy White Andree in Candy Candy. Near the end of the series we're briefly fooled into thinking this will lead to Love Redeems... but he tries to pull a Scarpia Ultimatum instead.
- During the Final Battle in Fushigi Yuugi, Nakago admits to having one of these on Tamahome.
- In GoLion, Prince Sincline is obsessed with Princess Fala from the first time he sees her. This carries over to Voltron, where they are Prince Lotor and Princess Allura.
- The ENTIRE story wouldn't even exist if the thief Onigumo didn't fall in love with Kikyou, then made a Deal with the Devil that transformed him into none other than Naraku so he could have her...
- Jakotsu towards InuYasha himself, and Mukotsu towards Kagome.
- Jewelpet (2009): the Big Bad Dian develops a crush on the heroine Rinko after posing as a prince to seduce her. It's messed up in more than one way because Dian is a tiny cat who's Really 700 Years Old and Rinko is a teenage girl.
- Lupin III: As the series' resident Ms. Fanservice and Femme Fatale, Fujiko's used to people wanting her; including villains.
- The Columbus Files: Nazalov was only supposed to abduct Fujiko and make her divulge the secret of the Columbus File. But as the film progresses, he becomes increasingly infatuated with her instead, to the point of literally fighting Lupin over her.
- In Voyage to Danger, it was Todd, who was so taken with her that he was willing to forget both the times she betrayed him, so long as she agreed to be his. By which he meant, as his pet. Naturally, Fujiko wasn't about to let that happen.
- And in Albatross: Wings of Death, she gets abducted by Professor Lumbach for stealing the plans for his remote nuclear detonator. But while she's in his custody, he takes a romantic interest in her and proposes they get married, since she was having a lover's quarrel with Lupin at the time. She refuses.
- In Lupin III: Dead or Alive, it's Girl of the Week Oleander who's the target of this, from General Headhunter's Dragon, Crisis. Given that her actual Love Interest was seemingly killed in Headhunter's coup d'état, she's understandably less than thrilled.
- Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: Haman Khan seems to have one of these on Judau Ashta, while Glemmy Toto has one on Roux. In each case, the "relationship" is deeply messed up, and the heroic individual ends up being responsible in some way for their admirer's death.
- In Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Dewey often teases Ririka about her looks and apparently has a crush on her. It becomes more obvious once he takes a Heel–Face Turn.
- Outlaw Star: Ron had only ordered Harry to kidnap Melfina, since she's the navigation system of the XGP. Instead, he fell in love with her — by which we mean, went full-blown stalker/yandere; especially when she rejected him. Harry spends the remainder of the series shifting from trying to coax her with heartfelt pleas, to trying to murder Gene for being too close to her.
- In Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, Homura retains her feelings for Madoka even after she goes insane. And by "retains" we mean that she literally reshaped the universe for the sole purpose of making Madoka safe and happy. And by "insane" we mean that she wiped everyone's memories and depowered the goddess of hope.
- Everybody's got a crush on Elie in Rave Master — even the psycho Lucia, who stole her first kiss, leaving her in tears.
- In Sailor Moon, Usagi and Mamoru are practically magnets for this.
- Usagi attracts the attention of Prince Diamond and Ail/Seijuuro. And because Ail was part of an anime-only filler arc written for S2, both crushes happened in the same season.
- Queen Beryl, An/Natsumi, Dark Lady (manga only), Fish Eye (anime only), and Nehelenia (anime only) all develope crushes on Mamoru.
- Ferid of Seraph of the End is a equal opportunity vampire with a tendency to prey on humans that take his liking. In particular, he has a peculiar fixation carrying serious Foe Yay undertones of this nature on Yuu and Mika. Ferid once patted Mika on the butt, caressed his face, bit him and sucked his blood after saying his looks were to his liking, and a dream of Yuu's shows Ferid revealing Mika's shoulder, holding him close, and biting him suggestively.
- In chapter 13 Ferid seems to be hitting on Yuu, calling him a precious princess, and saying he is adorable while blushing when seeing Yuu's Cry Cute expression. He mentions in this chapter and a drama cd about wanting to suck Yuu's blood.
- In chapter 46 Ferid drives up in his car and holds out his hand to Mika and Yuu, with a flirtatious look and teasingly saying "I heard you two were being attacked by a dangerous vampire so I came to your rescue. Come take a ride with me. I'll save you." He plays mind games with Yuu and Mika throughout the chapter, and when Yuu turns into a demon to attack Ferid for showing them Akane's head Ferid tells Mika he's "worried for the poor guy (Yuu)" because he's says Yuu could turn into a full demon. He states he has an antidote to cure Yuu and tells Shinoa "Let us go rescue dear Yuu." Mika is adamant to keep Ferid from getting near Yuu and says "I won't let you have your way with him!" Ferid smiles and says he just wants to help Yuu. Mika says he's not going to let Ferid touch him. Crowley engages Mika in a fight while Ferid states cheerfully "Now precious Yuu is all mine." Ferid approaches Yuu and blushes while looking at him in a almost gentle manner before saying "Wow! Haven't you grown into the cute one!! Your demon is on the verge of rampage yet you still have such clear and beautiful eyes. No wonder you are the extra special guinea pig." He then lifts Yuu's face by his chin, rubs his mouth with his fingers, and gets close saying "Perhaps before I heal you I'll take a little sip of your blood." Yuu asks if there's something in it for him if he allows Ferid to suck his blood. Ferid says he got the curse suppressant from Guren and it's the same one he takes. Yuu demands Ferid tells him everything he knows and Ferid smiles, covers Yuu's mouth with his hand, says "Oh, you are cute" and bites him while gripping his shoulder and hand. He then "cures" Yuu of his advancing demon curse while holding him close and leaning his head on Yuu's shoulder.
- In episode 4 of Sherlock Hound, Professor Moriarty kidnaps Mrs. Hudson to get to Holmes, but she's so kind that he soon develops a serious crush on her himself. When the plan eventually fails, he releases her and promises never to involve her in one of his schemes again.
- Tokyo Ghoul
- Tsukiyama has something for Kaneki that toes the line between romantic and murderous intentions. He wants to eat Kaneki, seeing as how he's a cannibal gourmet ghoul and Kaneki is a rare one eyed ghoul. Eventually, it develops into full-blown romantic feelings with Tsukiyama undergoing a genuine Heel–Face Turn. When he believes Kaneki to be dead, he falls into an Angst Coma and spends nearly three years as The Ophelia before being snapped back to his senses by the news that Kaneki is alive.
- Rize hunts men she finds attractive and when she first saw Kaneki she released heart marks and blushed at his good looks. She later took him on a date, got close to whisper seductively in his ear "I'm interested in you" before taking a bite from his shoulder.
- Romo wants to kill Sasaki because she wants him to become the tragic and beautiful Kaneki she adores once again.
- Kaneki collects another villainous admirer when Eto declares her affection for him....and licks his eye.
- There's also Depraved Homosexual Nico's attraction to Kaneki.
- Torso develops feelings for Mutsuki in the sequel stemming from the latter being biologically female and having scars which is Torso's fetish fuel. This is to the point of abducting him and dressing him in a white dress. He puts a wedding ring on his finger and cuts off his arms and legs to keep him from leaving while saying they are going to get married.
- Ishida Sui (the creator of Tokyo Ghoul) also briefly wrote another comic called The Penisman (about a muscular hero with a penis for a head) who attracted a sexual crush from a Sissy Villain named Carnivoreman.
- Vampire Hunter D. Vampire lord Count Magnus Lee desires the human girl Doris Lang, but she only has eyes for the title hero.
- Rido from Vampire Knight was obsessed with his sister Juri and then subsequently with her daughter, Yuuki.
- Marube from Yuureitou has a sinister attraction to multiple characters, including the protagonists Tetsuo and Taichi. The former is actually his long-lost son, and he knows this.
- Rather infamously in Sins Past, Norman Osborn took a shine to Gwen Stacy. And by that it means he impregnated her, then murdered her.
- The Jackal's entire motivation was that he was in love with Gwen Stacy.
- Pre-Crisis Supergirl often was hit on by seemingly decent guys who later turned out to be super-villains or criminals. One example: In Supergirl vol 1 #4 a gangleader called David Grahm romanced her.
- Post-Crisis Kara had to deal with Powerboy, a Darkseid's minion who had a crush on her and was Not Good with Rejection.
- Post-Flashpoint Supergirl met H'el, a man who claimed to love her... and planned to blow the Sun up in order to save Krypton.
- In Marvel comics, the villain Whirlwind has a huge crush on The Wasp. He even posed as her limo driver once.
- Umar, Doctor Strange villainess and sister to Dormammu has a huge crush on The Hulk. She actually kept him as her love-slave for a while, but why don't we just pretend that was fanfiction? They've been reunited since.
- In his short lived series in the 70s, The Joker fell in love with one Dinah Lance note . He realizes he only has two choices, force her to marry him or kill her, because he won't be able to focus on his crimes if he's thinking about her.
- Also in Batman, Two-Face had a long-standing obsession with Renee Montoya. While it did lead to her being able to act as his Morality Pet on a few occasions, it didn't end well, partially because of Incompatible Orientation - Renee is very firmly a lesbian.
- Implied with the Joker towards Batman with all his moments of desperate attention needing, No Sense of Personal Space, use of Terms of Endangerment, and wanting to violate Batman's corpse sexually after he kills him.
- The few times they do interact, Catwoman has a massive crush on Superman. It's completely one-sided and mostly played for laughs however.
- In her early appearance, poor Iris Allen had the misfortune of being the object of Captain Cold and Professor Zoom's affection. Both had nearly forced her into marriage.
- Ultron, as a result of being based on his creator Hank Pym's personality, has a fixation on Pym's wife, The Wasp. He even once attempted to upload her mind into a robotic body named Jocasta so she could be his mate. It worked a bit too well, as Jocasta went the same way as the Vision before her - she betrayed him and joined the Avengers.
- Prince Namor is only a villain when he feels like it, but his crush on Sue Storm dates back to The Fantastic Four's beginnings and has never truly subsided.
- So many supervillains have fallen for Storm that the X-Men joke about it. Particularly notable examples include Doctor Doom (although that may have been a Doombot, depending on the retcon) and Dracula.
- X-23 has picked up a couple of these:
- Kimura is her Arch-Nemesis, whose obsession with X veers into full-on Stalker with a Crush, to the point that her obsession over Laura reads like a jilted Psycho Ex-Girlfriend.
- During the time she spent as a Streetwalker in NYX she was her pimp, Zebra Daddy's, favorite girl (and it's heavily suggested he sampled the goods himself). To the point that her running away with Kiden Nixon's group, after a John committed suicide during one of their sessions, drove the rest of the plot with Daddy's escalating efforts to get her back.
- Gamesmaster — an omnipath who can read all minds, everywhere, and can't turn it off — developed an obsession with her because he finds her mind a refreshingly quiet and peaceful place to hang out. Whether or not Laura actually welcomes his presence in her head never enters into his considerations, and he frequently addresses her with endearments, calling her his "wicked, lovely girl."
- Hellverine wants her to lead his armies, and it's heavily implied that he just plain wants her. He captures the above-mentioned Gamesmaster when he captures him poking around Laura's mind, and presents him muzzled and in chains as a gift (Gamesmaster also tried to drive away Hellverine to protect Laura, which got him caught in the first place). He makes several advances towards her, including appearing to her as a naked Cyclops.
- Played for laughs in All-New Wolverine, when she gets doused in a pheromone designed to make Fin Fang Foom randy for whatever is marked with it. The moment he gets a whiff of her, the background is replaced by a giant Heart Symbol.
- Age of the Wolf: A Neo-Nazi thug in post-apocalyptic Britain has a completely delusional crush on the heroine Rowan Morrigan, even hallucinating that she tells him to not put out a hit on her so that they can make pure "Aryan" babies together.
- Ultimate Spider Woman: When teenage misfit Ronald Hilliard went to a party and saw Spider-Woman fighting to protect the partygoers from the psychopathic Jack O'Lantern, he became convinced that Spider-Woman was fighting specifically to protect him. When he sees people criticizing her in the media, he uses his trust fund to turn himself into an eletrically-charged monstrosity and starts murdering Spider-Woman's critics as a way of proving his "love" for her. Spider-Woman is horrified at what he's done, and bluntly tells him so. This causes Ronald, now calling himself Supercharger, to go into full-on Yandere mode and trying to kill Spider-Woman herself for "humiliating" him. Now, he's torn between his crush on her and his obsession with killing her for "rejecting" him.
- In the Death Note fic I Won't Say Light/Kira towards L. He decides even though L is Kira's enemy, there's no reason he still can't be his boyfriend, especially since Light feels that he has already "won", having discovered L and Watari's true names and so he tries to persuade L that getting together would be the best thing for both of them. Though Light starts out kind of scary like a Yandere-ish Stalker with a Crush, a dose of Lima Syndrome later, he becomes more of a Dogged Nice Guy as he works to earn L's affections.
- Last Child of Krypton: Kaworu -a Humanoid Abomination willing to wipe out mankind in the rewrite- is infatuated with Asuka (who detests him).
- In the My Hostage Not Yours series, second Big Bad Iggins' obsession with Gaz starts out as wanting revenge, but in the end it seems he's got a thing for her as well, judging by his jealousy of Zim and his actions after he manages to brainwash Gaz into his slave.
- In the Team Fortress 2 fic Paternal, Bane, a purple Spy working for the Administrator, holds a villainous lust for the BLU Scout, tying him up and forcefully kissing him on multiple occasions.
- In the Pony POV Series, Discord's sister Rancor develops a thing for Dark World!Spike, constantly flirting with him during her presence in that Story Arc (much to Rarity's annoyance, as she and Spike are an Official Couple by that point).
- A Future of Friendship, A History of Hate: Megalos Tyrant — one of Ruinate's heralds — takes a(n obsessive) shine to Rarity, viewing her as the perfect mate to complete his "perfect" lifestyle. As such, he, in his public guise as Regal Rule, woos her and lures her away from her friends before trying to convince her to return to his kingdom and be his queen... and then tries to abduct her when she refuses. And even though he's beaten, he swears to return for her.
- In Imperfect Metamorphosis, Yuuka has barely disguised lust towards Wriggle, and to a lesser extent the rest of Team 9. Predictably, Wriggle is horrified.
- Children of Time: Professor Moriarty towards Beth Lestrade.
- The original pulls something of an I Have You Now, My Pretty before his Last Villain Stand, abusing Beth and petting her like a sex slave. (He leaves her virginity intact as a matter of chilling practicality: he doesn't have time before the heroes arrive.)
- The clone behaves more like a Stalker with a Crush, outright admitting to Beth's husband, Sherlock Holmes, that he's been keeping an eye on her to ensure that she'll remain a Worthy Opponent. On the whole, he tends to address Beth more than he does Sherlock, apparently as part of his mind games.
- Mega Man Recut has Snake Man having a crush on Roll, though he doesn't realize it.
- In the Attack on Titan fanfic My Child, the demon Xaphan appears to find Levi attractive, speaking to him suggestively and calling him "my dear" and "my darling". More frighteningly, Levi's thoughts all but state that once Xaphan took Levi's soul and dragged him to hell, he raped Levi countless times, among other tortures.
Xaphan: Come now, we both know you don't mean it when you say you don't want me.
- In The Ultimate Evil, Shendu develops this on Valerie, both for being a descendant of his once intended bride 900 years earlier and for being his Other. He has made as one of his goals to have her both physically and in spirit, and over time his feelings towards her turn from possessive to genuine care. Valerie is initially freaked out due to this interest, but the animosity lessens over time with him saving her life several times.
- The Danganronpa 3 fic How Long interprets Chisa as retaining affection for Kyosuke even after her Face Monster Turn...as much affection as a Remnant is capable of having, anyway. A lot of her manipulations are motivated by wanting to share the "wonderful bliss" of (D)espair with him.
Films — Animated
- Gaston to Belle from Beauty and the Beast, developing from a simple Jerkass Prince Charming Wannabe to a Yandere out to Murder the Hypotenuse and throw her father in the asylum if she won't submit to him.
- Pictured above: Frollo to Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Villain Song "Hellfire" is about his conflict over him lusting after her when she's a gypsy and he's a "righteous" man of the church.
- The title character towards Roxanne since before the events of the film, as confirmed by the filmmakers' commentary. Neither of them realize until he starts dating her as his alter-ego Bernard and everybody had assumed she and Metroman were an item (turns out they were Just Friends).
- Hal/Titan, who only wanted to be a superhero to get Roxanne's attention. When she rejects him, he turns into a villain.
- Maynott for Lucille in A Monster in Paris. It's obvious he's eager to have her as a Trophy Wife.
- Eris shows an attraction to Sinbad in Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, namely by calling him cute more than once and constantly getting into his personal space.
- In Strange Magic, Roland wants fairy princess Marianne, as it would make him king. She nearly fell for it until he cheated on her on their wedding day. Now, he's still pursuing her despite her aversion to him.
- Batman: The Killing Joke: Paris Franz has a massive interest in Batgirl.
Films — Live-Action
- Jareth to Sarah in Labyrinth. Foreshadowed in Sarah's story to Toby at the beginning: "But the Goblin King had fallen in love with the girl..." He sends her into a dreamlike state featuring a Dance of Romance between them, and at the end, he (albeit slightly ambiguously) offers her the chance to stay with him and be loved by him if she gives up her quest.
- Ming the Merciless seemed pretty hung up on Dale Arden in Flash Gordon.
- Mr. Barnaby (the Crooked Little Man) for Contrary Mary (or Mary Contrary, in the Disney version) in Victor Herbert's Babes in Toyland and the analogous Little Bo-Peep in March Of The Wooden Soldiers, the Laurel and Hardy version.
- Subverted in The Princess Bride. It appears that Prince Humperdinck is in love with Buttercup, but it turns out that he just wants to marry her so he can arrange for her to be killed and then use her death to justify a war with the scapegoats.
- Dark Helmet for Princess Vespa in Spaceballs, from what you can tell in the scene where he plays with his action figures.
- Rippner to Lisa in Red Eye.
- Joker for Vicki Vale in Batman.
- While we're at it, the Riddler seems to have a bit of one on Chase Meridian in Batman Forever - when he's not crushing on Bruce Wayne, that is.
- Blue for Baby Doll in Sucker Punch.
- Tod to Marge in Mom and Dad Save the World.
- J.D. in Heathers. After Veronica breaks up with him after he starts murdering other teenagers for fun, J.D. is still very much in love with her.
- Schindler's List. Nazi Camp Kommandant Amon Goeth has one on Helen Hirsch, his Jewish maid. This leaves him conflicted because he believes her to be inferior to him.
- Aldrich Killian for Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3.
- In 12 Years a Slave, slave owner Edwin Epps has one on his slave Patsey. Word of God says he's deeply in love with her, but he has an odd and very abusive way of showing it.
- Cal has one on Rose in Titanic (1997).
- Ned to Julie in The Next Karate Kid. He punishes her if she rejects his advances.
- In Cabin by the Lake, Villain Protagonist Stanley seems to develop some sort of odd fixation on his victim Mallory for standing up to him and escaping him once before. There's a Window Love scene with a two-way mirror which she punches when she realizes what he's doing, and when he tries to drown her once again near the end he also starts to lean in for a kiss as she's terrified out of her mind.
- In the film version of Gone Girl, it's open to interpretation, but the relationship between Nick and Amy could be considered this, as could the relationship between Amy and Desi.
- A comedic version in The Great Muppet Caper when jewel thief Nicky Holiday falls head-over-heels in love with Miss Piggy.
- King Theoden's Evil Chancellor Grima has a big one on the king's beautiful, proud niece, Eowyn in The Lord of the Rings (it's suggested in the books as well, but the film plays it up).
- There's a low budget horror movie called The Mooring where the Axe Crazy Big Bad hunts a group of technology addicted tweens (their trip was a rehabilitation program). He occasionally shows some Pet the Dog moments to some of the girls but still murders all of them via different means, except The Final Girl whom he had earlier shown an, uh... interest in. When he finds her sobbing uncontrollably (due to having witnessed the death of her friends, being terrified out of her mind etc.) he just cradles her and tries to assure her "he isn't going to hurt her". It is easily the most unsettling scene in the whole movie if only because it shows how terrifyingly insane he is.
- Edgar Rice Burroughs has a plenty:
- In Thuvia, Maid of Mars. Carthoris is in love with the title character, who is also desired by the Big Bad, Prince Astok of Dusar and the secondary villain, Tario.
- At the Earth's Core, in which Hooja the Sly One lusts after David Innes's beloved Dian the Beautiful.
- It seems standard for Dejah Thoris to be a magnet for villains who are infatuated with her. In Warlord of Mars, all three main villains - Salensus Oll, Matai Shang and Thurid - fight over who gets to possess her as concubine.
- The Phantom's obsessive infatuation with Christine in The Phantom of the Opera. Leads to Stockholm Syndrome on Christine's side and ends with I Want My Beloved to Be Happy on the Phantom's side. The narrator pities him more than condemns him.
- Apparently Ken Follet's historical novels have always the bad guy falling for an heroic character:
- William Hamleigh for Aliena in The Pillars of the Earth, which is a bad new for her the day he takes over her castle. He keeps lusting after her even as they're reaching old age.
- In World Without End Ralph Fitzgerald has been obsessed since his teens with Lady Philippa , the Countess of Shiring and older than him, a poor squire. He murders his first wife as soon as she's widowed and forces her to marry him. But Reality Ensues as Ralph has now to live with a woman not so young anymore and who utterly despise him. The crush lasts as long as you'd expect.
- Billy "Boil" seems to have one on the titular heroine of the Cat Royal series of books, although how much of a villain he is varies from book to book.
- Played with in A Song of Ice and Fire with Littlefinger's affection for his childhood friend Catelyn Stark, and later on her daughter Sansa. He was an idealistic and rather adorable kid when he fell in love with Cat, but the ensuing line of events that put an end to that matter led to his moral backsliding into a schemer and a scoundrel (or as much a scoundrel a prominent public figure can be). However, it never really ended his feelings towards those ladies, and much of his development came from the offense of falling for a lady who was above his social status.
- Burgo Fitzgerald for Glencora M'Cluskie and George for Alice Vavasor in Anthony Trollope's Can You Forgive Her?.
- In The Balanced Sword by Ryk E. Spoor, Aran Condor has a crush on the heroine, Kyri Vantage, which is complicated by the fact that he's secretly a member of the criminal gang that murdered her father, mother, and brother.
- Harry Potter: Snape's unrequited love for Lily Evans. Though it's somewhat debatable that he even counts as a villain, seeing as everything he's done in life after Lily's death was to protect her son, Harry Potter. Even if he treated him like shit because of petty jealousy over him being the son of James, who was The Rival to him.
- In Another Note, Beyond Birthday both loathes and loves his senpai, L, and begins to imitate the latter's looks and mannerisms.
- Count Kalliovski has one for young, pretty, innocent Sidonie in The Red Necklace, though truthfully it's much more lust than love.
- Oh my God, The Darkling for Alina in The Grisha Trilogy. More than half of their conversations could serve as the quote for the trope page.
- In Crime and Punishment Svidrigailov, the wealthy and depraved former employer Raskolnikov's sister Dunya has nurtured a passion for her since the day she lay foot in his house, and seeks to win her back through blackmail.
- Ivanhoe has Brian de Bois-Guilbert for Jewish hottie Rebecca and tries to play the Abduction Is Love card. Being a Badass Damsel, Rebecca successfully foils his Attempted Rape and gives a well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
- The House of the Spirits: Rather surprisingly - but actually not so much for a Genre Savvy reader - Esteban García develops one for heroine Alba while he holds her captive. Too bad that he slams her into the isolation cell after figuring this out.
- The Worm Ouroboros: Gro, Heming and Corinius fall for Mevrian. Unluckily for them all she's also vowed to Artemis. But recognizing the honorable character and intentions of Gro and Heming Mevrian turns them down with courtesy as opposed to her scornful rejection of the brutish Corinius.
- Grant Ward from Agents Of Shield has a pretty obsessive one on Skye, especially in season 2.
- Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer has this trope down to a tee. When he first (canonically) falls for Buffy, he's still in total opposition to her and the Scoobies' goals, and yet is blatantly head over heels for her. Buffy's mom asks if she might have lead him on unintentionally, to which Buffy replies that she beats him up a lot. Which for Spike is pretty much the same thing.
- Doctor Who: Fans had long speculated about the Unresolved Sexual Tension between the Doctor and his arch-enemy, the Master. Over the years, the writers decided more and more often to have a bit of fun with it, eventually developing the storyline into a narrative full of Foe Yay. It took a couple of decades, but the Master (now a woman) eventually pushed the Doctor up against the nearest wall and got in a nice long proper snog.
- Unfortunately for Kurt on Glee, David Karofsky, his main homophobic bully, has one on him, and he only finds out when he's given a Forceful Kiss.
- Yet again to Kurt's misfortune, Season 3 introduces Sebastian Smythe, who is adamant on taking Blaine, Kurt's boyfriend, for himself.
- Hannibal: Hannibal has one for Will who ultimately ends up returning it in a case of If It's You, It's Okay.
- On Heroes, even though he'd already taken her power, Sylar appears to have a creepy thing for Claire.
- Kilgrave from Jessica Jones has believed himself to be in love with Jessica ever since she broke free of his power the first time. He's under the delusion that it's partly mutual, completely oblivious to the fact that all his happy memories of their "relationship" took place when Jessica was mind-controlled and desperate to escape.
- On Luther the eponymous detective has to deal with the uncomfortable fact that his closest friend and confidante, and most reliable source of help is Nietzsche Wannabe Manipulative Bastard and thorough psychopath Alice Morgan. That alone would be bad enough, but as many of Alice's lines suggest, she may well have a thing for Luther.
- There were indications in Season Two that how Lord Zedd felt about Kimberly in Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers was not just Foe Yay subtext, especially with the episode he tried to make her his queen.
- A filler episode of Power Rangers Ninja Storm suggests comic relief villain Choobo had one on Tori, the only female ranger on that team.
- Murdoch Mysteries: It's implied that the young psychopath James Gillies is attracted to Detective William Murdoch after the former kisses the latter on the mouth for a full three seconds in "Midnight Train to Kingston." It has been hinted throughout the series that Gillies is gay, and it seems natural that he would be drawn to a handsome, intelligent man like Murdoch. Robert Perry, who was presumably James' boyfriend in an earlier episode, is somewhat similar to the detective in that he was also dark-haired, comely, mild-mannered and smart.
Random student: Lana Lang. How original.
- Meteor freaks on Lana. Oh so many times. Even lampshaded once.
Tess: You have to stop thinking me as just your boss.
- Davis Bloome on Chloe in Season 8 although it is later revealed to be part of Brainiac's programming.
- Sometimes Tess Mercer seems to have one on Clark. It is a lot more explicit in some deleted scenes.
- Appears to be the case with Michael in Stargate Atlantis. Since Teyla was the only person to treat him nicely during his introductory episode, Michael becomes attached to her and, even after she has betrayed him repeatedly (in his own words), he still hopes he can convince her to come away with him.
- Meg from Supernatural has one for Castiel, which is also an Interspecies Romance.
- The Vampire Diaries
- Ares has it bad for Xena: Warrior Princess, to the point where his motivation throughout the show is to win her love.
- Judge Turpin of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street developed two of these. The first was on Sweeney's wife, Lucy Barker, which ultimately led him to kick off the plot by having Sweeney transported for life, followed by luring her to a masked ball and raping her. The second was on Sweeney and Lucy's daughter Johanna, who he adopted out of remorse for what he did to Lucy but came to desire as more than a daughter as she grew older.
- Mrs. Lovett has one for Sweeney Todd himself, though they're both more Villain Protagonist than heroes.
- Jud for Laurey in Oklahoma!, though how much one considers Jud to be a villain is up for debate.
- Count Gregor for Sophia in Fools.
- Abigail Williams has one on John Proctor in The Crucible.
- J.D. and Veronica of Heathers are actually dating for the majority of the show, and are nearly in Unholy Matrimony territory (Veronica being manipulated into participating in J.D.'s murders rather than doing it of her own free will is what stops it from being a straight example of the trope). After Veronica finally gets tired of his shit and dumps him, J.D. still remains very much in love with her, which makes it this trope.
- Final Fantasy IV: Kain is jealous of his best friend Cecil for winning the heart of Rosa, the apple of his eye. Does he Murder the Hypotenuse? Thankfully, no. Kain is ultimately accepting of his status as the Unlucky Childhood Friend and hides his feelings for Rosa out of respect for the trio's deep friendship. Unfortunately, Dark Kain does not value his better half's reservations, even going as far as to pull an I Have You Now, My Pretty moment when he captures Rosa◊ in The After Years.
- Final Fantasy VII: When Cloud's group have an encounter with the Turks outside of Gongaga on the second continent, they bump into them gossiping like schoolgirls about who likes who. Turns out Rude has a crush on Tifa (which can be exploited to the player's advantage - he holds back against her in boss battles), and Tseng likes Aerith. Elena, who's implied to like Tseng nevermind her denials when asked, is clearly and hilariously fed up.
- Final Fantasy X: Seymour Guado has one on Yuna, resulting in a Forceful Kiss. Made squickier by the fact that Yuna shares a voice actress with Seymour's mother.
- Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII: It's clearer in the Japanese version, but the Final Boss and overall Bigger Bad, Bhunivelze, has some very suggestive dialogue towards Lightning. When you take into account his possession of Hope, the implication is that he was influenced by Hope's own feelings to be obsessed with her.
- In Final Fight Revenge, Mad Gears member Poison develops a crush on Cody, and visits him in jail (despite the fact it's her fault he's there because she framed him). Note that this was before the official confirmation that Poison was a post-op transsexual, but it was still rather bizarre (She acts very feminine in this particular game).
- Fire Emblem Jugdral: Apparently, King Travant had some feelings for Sigurd's younger sister Ethlyn. Too bad she was already Happily Married to Duke Quan. And even worse: Travant later killed them both in the war and took their daughter Altenna into his household so she would use Quan's signature weapon, the Gae Bolg, for him.
- Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones: Mix this with Yandere, I Have You Now, My Pretty and Dragon Rider, and that's a fairly good description of Valter the Moonstone's thoughts towards Princess Eirika. Her reaction when she finds out can be summed in a simple and very understandable "WTF?!".
- Averted in Fire Emblem Awakening. While Aversa, Walhart, and Gangrel can develop romantic feelings for the Avatar of their opposite genders if the player so desires... they only do so after their Heel Face Turns and recruitments.
- First Encounter Assault Recon 2: Project Origin has one of the most utterly horrific examples of this trope you'll ever see. Over the course of the second game, Alma winds up falling madly in love with Sergeant Beckett, which is bad because Alma is an Ax-Crazy ghost girl who appears as a stark naked zombie-like corpse, spends most of her free time Mind Raping and liquefying people, and is far too psychologically damaged to fully understand her feelings. You know all those times you have to fend her off in hand-to-hand throughout the game? She's not trying to hurt Beckett, she's trying to rape him. It gets worse in the ending, where he's strapped down to a chair and Alma walks over with this smug "I've finally got you right where I want you" body language and slowly leans in for a kiss...
- Halo 5: Guardians: Cortana shows shades of this towards Chief which is hardly surprising considering how devoted she was to him before she Came Back Wrong. Putting a lot of emphasis on wanting him there to see her become ruler of the galaxy. Being visibly broken up over him saying her plans are evil. Then trying to imprison and take him with her rather then killing him for resisting her like she plans to do with everyone else.
- Cia of Hyrule Warriors is driven by her obsession with Link and jealousy towards Zelda for being the one that he'll always save. Most notably, her personal Temple of Souls is essentially a Stalker Shrine covered with portraits and sculptures of various incarnations of Link, with her personal room being completely covered with portraits of him.
- Ghosts are typically the most common antagonist in Pac-Man but that doesn't stop Pinky from having a crush on Pac.
- In Immortal Souls, the crazy vampire the Black Witch is very much into the hero John, openly flirting with him every time they meet. It's implied the attraction is why she turned him into a vampire, and Isis Corporation also "recruited" John mainly so they could use her attraction to their advantage. John is pretty squicked out by the whole deal (mostly understandably pissed off she turned him), but does take (non-sexual) advantage of the matter sometimes.
- Darth Sion of Knights of the Old Republic II: The Sith Lords developed an interest in the female Exile immediately after seeing her; his crush was so intense, it was threatening his connection to the Dark Side, and therefore his life.
- Combined with Les Yay in Shantae. Big Bad Risky keeps oscillating between threatening our heroine and trying to flirt with her.
- Skies of Arcadia: Legends invokes it in the form of Black Comedy, by having Admiral Vigoro attempt to rape Aika in her prison cell, when he first lays eyes on her. Despite being foiled by Vyse and Gilder, he remains persistent and convices himself that he can win her over by defeating Vysenote . You'll have to fight him over her in three separate boss battles (including one ship battle), though he finally relents after being defeated for the third time.
Vigoro: "You win, Vyse. The strongest man has the right to be with the finest woman."
- Eliza of Skull Girls is very keen on the Parasite Samson. Her pre-battle opening dialogue is marked by disdain for his current host Filia and asking him to join her or else. In her story path, she ultimately seals up Filia and Samson with blood to keep Samson alive until she can find another host for him. The feeling is not reciprocated.
- Super Mario Bros.: Bowser has been shown to have one on Princess Peach in several games, starting with the first Paper Mario. In that game, he frequently hits on her and even writes in his diary (which Peach ends up reading at one point) that he hopes that she'll like him. This trait is inconsistent, though, especially since in games where Peach has a playable role, such as Super Princess Peach and Super Mario 3D World, he has no qualms with attempting to kill her when she aims to foil his plans.
- Valkyrie Profile: Lezard is fascinated by Lenneth and would do anything to get her for himself. The fans don't mind though.
- Sinfest's Fuchsia / Criminy romantic subplot started out when the seductive succubus Fuchsia took an interest in Criminy for the purpose of corrupting his innocence. When he treated her kindly, she was reminded of her humanity and developed a crush on him. They gradually started spending more time together, leading to positive Character Development for both of them, as Fuchsia genuinely tried to become the good girl she thought Criminy would like, while Criminy came out of his shell, matured, and arguably Took a Level in Badass for her sake.
- Galgarion from RPG World apparently has some crush on Cherry.
- A spoileriffic but amusing one from Homestuck: Jack Noir, the sort-of Big Bad, has developed a crush on PM, who wants nothing more than his horrible, bloody demise. Given Jack's previous reaction to the entire idea of affection, his response to this realization is to run away.
- In Girl Genius, maybe Zola was faking weakness every time Gil had to rescue her, but her love for him remains after she revealed being way more dangerous than she looks.
- Depending how you interpret him, Tarvek may be this for Agatha (crush undisputed, villainy not certain). And Gil for Agatha as well, but he's rather an Anti-Hero, although recent events out of his control see him shading unwillingly towards He Who Fights Monsters. Given that all four characters thus mentioned are very powerful and not strictly aligned players in European politics, Friend or Foe becomes a complicated question.
- Martellus has one of these on Agatha, although romance doesn't enter into the equation. He's outright stated that he would be perfectly willing to kill her if she interferes with his plans, and the main reason he's chasing her is because of the legend that the Storm King would marry the Heterodyne Girl - she's the Heterodyne, so if he wants to be the Storm King he obviously has to marry her. However, some of his behaviour suggests that he finds her attractive, and he certainly doesn't seem annoyed by the idea of marrying her, with or without her permission.
- Dinah Might from Everyday Heroes seems to be a fan of Mr. Mighty. At first it looks like this is just a distraction to help her and her boss escape; later, though, it looks as if there is some genuine attraction.
- Peridot from Cucumber Quest has a pretty blatant crush on Almond (If you don't believe it, ask Gigi Digi). Being the little brat that she is, she mostly shows it through being Tsundere. Almond is very aware and likes to toy with her about it.
Almond: You just can't stay away, can you?Peridot: Sh-SHUT UP!
- Hyde's constant flirting and occasional advances in The Search For Henry Jekyll really make Al confused and uncomfortable.
- Dr. Horrible, of Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, has a crush on a local do-gooder, but his arch-nemesis hero beats him to the punch. Unusually, Dr. Horrible is more of a Well-Intentioned Extremist, while the so-called hero is an arrogant bully who only dates the girl to make the protagonist jealous.
- In Death Note: The Abridged Series (kpts4tv), Light has an obvious crush on L. L, for his part, takes full advantage of this and agrees to go out with him for the investigation.
Light: Well, we've been outside talking for awhile and we've decided to make it official. I LOVE L! AND HE LOVES ME! I'm going to dump Misa so I can be with L!Everyone: Gasp
- In keeping with her role as sex goddess of TGWTG, Ask That Guy with the Glasses is implied to have a crush on Allison Pregler (Not so much since he fired her IRL). He's also slept with Anti-Hero champion of the universe Linkara.
- Friendship is Witchcraft has Pinkie Pie and Fluttershy as a Shout-Out to Esmeralda and Frollo. Pinkie is a Hot Gypsy Woman while Fluttershy is the cult leader of a Religion of Evil.
- Sylvester, the Villain Protagonist of Twig, crosses over into this from Foe Yay when he admits that he doesn't actually see a difference between admiring someone for their abilities and being romantically attracted to them, meaning that, yes, he's been crushing on his recurring enemies Genevieve Fray and Reverend Mauer.
- The Ice King in Adventure Time would be a very extreme case of this. Early on in the show, he was known for kidnapping numerous princesses and try to force them to marry him, with Princess Bubblegum being his main victim.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender: Ty Lee's one-sided crush on Sokka was an amicable example, since he was flattered by it in "The Drill" episode. Though he later tells her that he was already seeing Suki, in "The Crossroads of Destiny".
- Princess Attea towards Ben in his Inkursian form Bullfrag in Ben 10: Omniverse. To Ben's chagrin, the feeling is mutual as Bullfrag.
- Martian Queen towards Duck Dodgers. Seriously, the woman veers between wanting to destroy him and wanting to marry him.
- Gravity Falls
- This happened to Mabel Pines twice, the first being Norman/Jeff which turned out to actually be a colony of gnomes that want her to be their queen by marrying all 1,000 of them and the creepy 8 year old Phony Psychic mystery shack rival Gideon (who tends to lean more towards a Stalker with a Crush).
- Giffany might also count, but Soos did return her affection. That is, until she became a total Yandere.
- Looney Tunes. A 1935 Merrie Melodies short, The Little Dutch Plate subverts it. The villainous Vinegar Bottle (all the characters are household items) who has been pursuing the Girl on the Little Dutch Plate gets in a fight with the hero (a little Dutch boy saltshaker), who literally knocks his block off (Vinegar's head is just a bottlestopper, after all). Looking for his head, he accidentally puts on a girlish one from a perfume bottle. The Girl sees his new Pretty Boy looks and immediately defends him from the Boy, walking off with him while cooing "You handsome man!"
- One time on The Simpsons Marge got a job at the nuclear plant and Mr. Burns developed a thing for her.
- The G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero episode "The Gamemaster" not only hints that Zartan has something like this towards Scarlett, but that she reciprocates it!
- In the "Super Powers Team" incarnation of Superfriends, Darkseid had a crush on Wonder Woman and constantly tried to make her his bride.
- In one episode of Teen Titans, Red X flirted with Starfire after pinning her to the wall with one of his gadgets, calling her "cutie" and remarking that the "only crime" between them was that they hadn't gone on a date. (Her only response was to blast him with her starbolts through her eyes.)
- Pyro once tried making a pass at Rogue in X-Men she replied by throwing him through the wall as a non-subtle "No".
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
- Agent Bishop is very affectionate towards Karai when he has her captured in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2003) (despite his threat to Shredder to chop her into "a supersized pile of Highland julienne fries" if his demands aren't met), spending half the episode kicking the asses of Hun and the Turtles, and the other half admiring Karai and going on about how lovely she is.
- While we're talking about the Turtles, in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987), the Shredder seemed to have a thing for April.
- Played for Laughs on WordGirl, with Tobey McCallister's crush on the titular character. She almost always rebuffs him, but there are some cases of legitimate Ship Tease between them.