08:15:10 PM Apr 18th 2013
"Jerrica and Rio in Jem and the Holograms are an established couple well before Jerrica takes on the identity of Jem, and it's mostly her inability to separate her feelings for Rio from her "Jem" role that leads to Rio falling for Jem and effectively two-timing her with herself. Music video numbers about the guilt and stress that keeping up the lie causes her, or about her jealousy of her own alter-ego, are practically a Once an Episode occurrence." And then there's the episode where Jerrica creates another alter ego, the brunette 'Jessica', and Rio falls for her... which Synergy interprets as Jerrica's real personality always shining through, and that Rio will always fall/be in love with the real her.
10:02:24 AM May 21st 2010
11:31:20 AM May 21st 2010
edited by lebrel
edited by lebrel
I think Two-Person Love Triangle is the supertrope. Loves My Alter Ego is specifically when someone falls in love with a Secret Identity, while Two-Person Love Triangle also covers cases where the person is not actually trying to conceal their identity (due to Mistaken Identity or other confusion), or is unaware that the "third party" is actually themselves (as in some of the Arranged Marriage versions), or is physically split into two copies (time travel, cloning, what-have-you), or has two (or more) rival personas that occupy the same body but do not consider themselves the same person, etc.
01:03:21 PM Jul 3rd 2010
I'm unconvinced- while it's possible that the latter category you describe is tropable, Loves My Alter Ego is a lousy title for it, since the term "alter ego" implies to most people a superhero doing such deliberately. Moreover, the page description and examples do not indicate this trend. I've put up a crowner about action to take on this topic. It's a page-action crowner, so anyone's free to offer alternatives to my merging proposal.
02:05:51 PM Jul 3rd 2010
I, ah, don't go to the forums anymore. Feel free to ask their input on your own initiative, though.