Playing With / What Does She See in Him?

Basic Trope: A woman falls for a guy, and someone else doesn't understand his appeal to her.
  • Straight:
    • Alice falls for Bob, who is The Pig Pen and a bit of a Jerkass, and her sister Charlotte can't figure it out.
    • Alice falls for Bob, and Carl, jealous, overlooks that Bob's better looking and more reliable than him to fall to get it.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice falls for Bob, even though she knows he's got bad habits of cheating on, abusing, and even killing his Love Interests, and her family and friends have her committed as insane.
    • Alice and Bob are both good looking, well-off, charming, and good, and furthermore have many interests in common. Nevertheless Carol and David each grouse that Bob and Alice (respectively) have no taste.
  • Downplayed: Carl thinks Alice could do a bit better than Bob, who doesn't always say "excuse me" after burping.
  • Justified:
    • Alice knows that in spite of his bad habits and flaws, Bob is actually a good person, but her sister can't be bothered to look that far.
    • Alice is desperate.
    • Alice is a rebellious teenager or twenty-something, Dating What Daddy Hates.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob is a sadist murderer who lives under a bridge. Alice is the head of the biggest company of the city, has written six books about theorethical physics, plays tennis with the Queen of England every Friday and owns the New York Yankees. Everybody treats Bob like he's the desirable part and Alice like a very bad choice he's making.
    • Everyone knows that Lucinda and Mortimer are both wonderful people who would be great together, but they show no interest.
    • Alice falls for Carl, who is darn near perfect.

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