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Basic Trope: A (usually) male’s primary motivation is to protect a female close to him.
Straight: Budou is being persecuted by the Big Bad. Hiro swears to do whatever it takes to protect her.
Exaggerated: Budou is a total Damsel in Distress that everyone in the world wants to kill except for her Satellite Love Interest, Hiro, who refuses to ever leave her side by the off-chance that something bad would happen.
Parodied: Hiro is a Dogged Nice Guy who tries to impress Ichigo from any perceived danger. However, his tactics get ridiculous (such as putting bubble wrap on everything in her house), annoying her greatly.
Zigzagged: Hiro is Budou’s bodyguard; however, he slacks off, allowing Emperor Evulz to kidnap her. So he goes to rescue her, but then he gets distracted for a while. Later, Hiro sees the error in his ways and continues his quest to save Budou. But when he does save her, he stops protecting her, because he’s killed Emperor Evulz, so there’s no one to protect her from anymore.
Averted: No one declares to protect anyone.
Enforced: "Hiro needed a motivation to fight against enemies, otherwise he'd come across as a ruthless Blood Knight, and that's not the image the show producers want to showcase to the kids."
Lampshaded: “I will always protect Budou, no matter what.”
Invoked: Emperor Evulz is kidnapping Budou to bring out a protective instinct in Hiro, hoping it will get the two to fall in love.
Alternatively: “What do I look like, your bodyguard?”
"Am I my girlfreind's keeper?"
Discussed: “Man, I wouldn’t want to even be caught looking at Budou the wrong way, not since Hiro stuck himself to her.”
Conversed: “Wouldn’t it be wonderful if a hot guy promised to protect me from all harm like in this show?”
Deconstructed: Lots of people want to kill Budou for whatever reason and Hiro kills them all for being a threat to her. This leads to legal issues, grieving families and a repulsed Budou.
Reconstructed: Lots of people want to kill Budou for whatever reason. Even though things get extremely complicated as a result, Hiro protects Budou without killing people. He even debunks her stigma, causing a happy ending for everyone.