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Playing With: The Dulcinea Effect
Basic Trope: The Hero becomes The Champion of a girl he just met.
  • Straight: Mark meets Natalie and immediately falls hard for her, deciding that he'll do anything to please her.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Natalie is one of the girls from Mark's village. After he protects her as a knight, he finds he's attracted to her.
  • Justified:
    • Natalie is some sort of celebrity, and Mark is one of The Knights Who Say Squee.
    • Mark only acts as Natalie's knight because he's hoping he'll get laid for it.
    • Natalie is the daughter of a very powerful king, so Mark decides to get on her good side in order to gain the sovereign's favor.
    • Mark is a bodyguard android. When Natalie reactivated it, (either intentionally or not) his guardian mode did so with him, and it dictates he must protect whoever set him back on-line.
    • Mark was raised to treat women with the highest respect so it feels natural to him.
    • Mark naturally feels attraction for women because they are beautiful and sexy and he is a Manly Man. Mark naturally feels compassion for those in distressed because he is a Nice Guy. Natalie is both a woman and in distress; what more need be said?
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: It seems Mark is about to defend Natalie, but she makes a bad first impression on him, snapping at him and driving him off.
  • Double Subverted: ...However, he decides she must be a Tsundere and decides to help her out anyway in hopes of winning her favor.
  • Parodied: Falling at least once for a complete stranger is a requirement to be known as a knight.
  • Zig Zagged: Mark meets Natalie, who makes a bad first impression by being snappy and surly. Mark gets snappish back, but ends up helping her out, because she's in serious trouble with The Empire and helping her coincides neatly with his interests. His friends suspect there's something more to it, but he denies it all. After they help her out, Natalie joins up, and it's eventually revealed that they've fallen for each other after all... but it's left ambiguous whether or not it was Love at First Sight.
  • Averted: Mark doesn't help Natalie because they have just met.
  • Enforced: The executives thought Mark needed a love interest, so they introduced Natalie.
  • Lampshaded: "Let me see if I get this straight: You've just sworn to protect a girl that you have met a few seconds ago? How many chivalry books have you read?"
  • Invoked: Mark wants to become an Ascended Fanboy so he looks for a girl worthy of championing.
  • Exploited: Aware of Mark's tendencies, Natalie plays Decoy Damsel in order to get him to play right into her hands.
  • Defied: In an effort to keep Mark to herself, Natalie tells Mark about all of Olivia's personality flaws before she introduces them.
  • Discussed: "Greetings, sir knight. Please don't swear undying love for me, it happens every time and it gets old."
  • Conversed: "These Medieval Morons seem to think Love at First Sight is a good enough reason to run off on one Suicide Mission after another. For God's sake, he's never even talked to her face-to-face!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Mark makes a snap judgment that Natalie must be as nice as she looks, only to either be disappointed by her human flaws or ignore them entirely in favor of some idealized image. Natalie's irritated at having some stranger declare himself her protector, but decides to take advantage of his kindness anyway.
    • Mark only acts as Natalie's knight because he's hoping he'll get laid for it.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Mark immediately falls for Natalie, and is willing to accept all of her flaws. Over time, he helps her overcome them and she becomes worthy of his devotion.
    • Mark only acts as Natalie's knight because he's Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life.
  • Played For Laughs: Mark's a bumbling Nice Guy who keeps falling all over himself trying to impress Natalie, with little obvious success (at least, to him; it's made clear to the audience that Natalie is falling just as hard for him, but is also in serious denial).
  • Played For Drama: Natalie is horrified by Mark's decision to fight for her, as she's already having difficulty dealing with The Empire and doesn't want to draw any further attention to herself. Plus, the empire has powerful soldiers, and Mark's just one man; he could wind up getting killed...! Or getting them both killed...!

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