A subtrope of I Will Protect Her
and Relationship Upgrade
, where it's implied or outright stated that they are both the same.
The subtext is that it means something like, "I will always be there for you." (A very serious commitment that comes with strong romantic connotations.) In an actual romantic context, it's a very intimate promise to always be there for your partner; serious enough to be the equivalent of a marriage proposal depending on the scene.
You'll probably see it most often in classic fiction, Romance Novels
series, Dating Sims
, or Unwanted Harem
comedies. The idea that rescue equals romance
is Older Than Dirt
, but the key behind this trope is that it's so
common that a Genre Savvy
character picks up on it.
Our oblivious hero boasts, "I will definitely protect you!" Our confused heroine thinks he is confessing his life-long devotion to her.
She will question, "Why would he say something like that to me?" or tell him "Don't say things that can be misunderstood!" Hilarity Ensues
. It's also used more straight in series where a male lead wants
to sound like both a Badass
and a Knight in Shining Armor
, with aims to invoke a Relationship Upgrade
There must be an in-universe invocation or implication of the romantic context. If not, this is simply I Will Protect Her
Well, Zeal, aren't you asking to make it a Japanese-specific variant? That is what you've been saying all along, that the declaration of protection is in and of itself a commitment akin to a future marriage proposal, and that this only happens in Japan.
No it isn't.
What I've been saying all along is that this trope is distinct because Japanese fiction uses it far more than other genres, to the point that it's taken on a completely different understanding and usage. As the line between Japanese and Western media blurs, it may not be unique
to asian media, but thanks to it, it's a completely different trope. There are tons of things like that on Anime Tropes
edited 9th Jan '13 2:53:23 PM by KingZeal