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Playing With: Love Martyr
Basic Trope: A character stays with their significant other despite their major, major flaws.
  • Straight: Alice is dating Bob, who is violent, abusive, and drinks like a fish. She stays with him because she truly loves him.
  • Exaggerated: Bob beats Alice bloody and has nearly killed her on more than one occasion, but she sticks with him.
  • Downplayed: Bob is kind of a jerk, but Alice stays with him.
  • Justified:
    • Bob really does have a very deeply Hidden Heart of Gold, and Alice is trying to bring that out of him.
    • Alice has incredibly poor self-esteem and thinks she can't do any better.
    • One or both grew up in a household where their parents were going through a similar situation, so they think it's normal.
    • Bob is forcing Alice to stay through bribery, blackmail, and/or intimitation.
    • Alice and Bob are in an Arranged Marriage and if she leaves him, her family will disown her.
    • Alice's parents arranged the matched and brainwashed her into overlooking all of Bob's faults no matter how severe.
    • I Can Change My Beloved
    • Alice thinks she deserves it.
    • Alice hallucinates during Bob's displays of his abusive nature and has no idea of what's going on.
    • Alice is too stupid to comprehend what's going on.
    • Every time Alice thinks about leaving, Bob says or does something that changes her mind because he's a Manipulative Bastard or because he really does care but has anger issues and is mentally unstable.
  • Inverted: Bob is a saint, but Alice refuses to stay with him because she thinks she doesn't deserve him.
  • Subverted: Alice puts up with some of Bob's shenanigans, but leaves after things get too hairy.
  • Double Subverted: Then she comes back after a while, because she feels like Bob needs her.
  • Parodied: Bob threatens Alice with a switchblade, beats her silly, and drinks until he blacks out, but she just ignores it for the sake of love...until he leaves the toilet seat up.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice leaves after the first sign that Bob appears to be evil.
  • Enforced: "Like, OMG! This fanfic about Bob and Alice is gonna be soooo good! I'll just have her say that she loves him when she gets beaten!"
  • Lampshaded: "Let me guess, you love him, right? That's why you keep letting him do that?"
  • Invoked: Bob is truly a horrible person, but he makes sure to undermine Alice's self-esteem to the point where she feels like she can't do any better.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "If you hit me again, I'm gone. I don't care if we're dating."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

"Why are you going back to Love Martyr? That's a horrible page!" "No it's not! You just haven't seen the real page, beneath the surface!"

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