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Playing With: Break His Heart to Save Him
Basic Trope: Being a jerk to someone so they'll leave you and stay out of danger.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob are together, but Bob leads a dangerous life and knows that she will be in danger too if she stays with him, so he puts on a Jerkass Fašade in the hopes that she will stay away from him and from danger.
  • Exaggerated: Bob physically abuses Alice in order to make her leave him, and save her from an enemy he is fighting, who would have raped and tortured her if they had caught her.
  • Downplayed: Bob acts slightly coldly toward Alice, hoping she will stay out of his secret and dangerous life and ask no questions.
  • Justified: Bob cares too much for Alice to allow her to be put in terrible danger because of him.
  • Inverted: Bob acts even nicer. So she'll stay with him to make it easier to protect her from danger.
  • Subverted: Bob initially tries a half-hearted Jerkass Fašade, but Alice immediately sees through it...
  • Double Subverted: ...before he pulls a more convincing one that successfully deceives her.
  • Parodied: Bob's enemy called him out from being a jerk to Alice. He also decided to date Alice and treat her better.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Bob makes no attempt to keep Alice away from him.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "He's never acted like that to her before; I am sure that he's putting on an act!"
  • Invoked: Charlie is in love with Alice, so he engages Bob in a battle so dangerous that he will be forced to break Alice's heart to save her.
  • Exploited: Charlie is in love with Alice, and snaps her up as soon as Bob has warded her off.
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed: Bob acts like an jerk to his best friend Alice so she wouldn't be drawn into his dangerous life. However, since Bob and Alice are good friends, Alice ends-up emotionally scarred by Bob's becoming a jerk to her, and since she was betrayed by her closest friend, she feels like she can no longer trust anyone and becomes cold and bitter to the rest of the world.
  • Reconstructed: Once the danger has past, Bob finally lets Alice in on why he acted like a jerk to her. Though it still takes a while, Alice slowly begins to accept him again, and starts to see the world without jarred perspective.

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