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-->-- ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon''
''Film/TheMalteseFalcon1941''



* The ur-example is probably ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' and the ending scene where the Main/FemmeFatale being led away in handcuffs while saying she really loves the detective is often in these examples via PopculturalOsmosis.

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* The ur-example is probably ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'' ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'' and the ending scene where the Main/FemmeFatale FemmeFatale being led away in handcuffs while saying she really loves the detective is often in these examples via PopculturalOsmosis.


* The (double) crux of the backstory in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'' - Athos (Kiefer Sutherland) married the former Lady de Winter, only to turn her over to the authorities when realizing she'd been condemned for murder - then realizing she probably HAD been innocent - but was, by the time he met her again, guilty of far worse things. [[spoiler:And right after they sorted things out, she DIED. On purpose. To avoid being executed.]]

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* The (double) crux of the backstory in ''Film/TheThreeMusketeers1993'' - Athos (Kiefer Sutherland) married the former Lady de Winter, only to turn her over to the authorities when realizing she'd been condemned for murder - then realizing she probably HAD been innocent - but was, by the time he met her again, guilty of far worse things. [[spoiler:And right after they sorted things out, she DIED. On purpose. To avoid being executed.]]



* The backstory to The Three Musketeers has Athos realizing his wife was a criminal and trying to kill her. In the present, D'Artagnan sleeps with Athos' ex-wife unaware of her true identity. She's a murderer and the villainness, so in the end, [[spoiler: the musketeers murder her]]. Yeah, it was a different time.

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* The backstory to The Three Musketeers ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'' has Athos realizing his wife was a criminal and trying to kill her. In the present, D'Artagnan sleeps with Athos' ex-wife unaware of her true identity. She's a murderer and the villainness, so in the end, [[spoiler: the musketeers murder her]]. Yeah, it was a different time.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesADuckTalesValentine A DuckTales Valentine]]": Under the effects of Cupid's arrows, Launchpad falls in love with a shark. Luckily, the kids and Scrooge, who are very aware that Launchpad's attraction would result in a gruesome death, keep him away from it.


Frequently turns up in the first episode/book of a series, with the implication that the detective's sense of betrayal or loss is what hardens him and forms him into the character we come to know. (Details vary: he might become a commitment-phobic womanizer, a [[CelibateHero celibate]] justice machine, a StrawMisogynist, or just an all-around [[DeadpanSnarker cynic]], but in any case it's all because of ''her''.)

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Frequently turns up in the first episode/book of a series, with the implication that the detective's sense of betrayal or loss is what hardens him and forms him into the character we come to know. (Details vary: he might become a commitment-phobic womanizer, a [[CelibateHero celibate]] [[MarriedToTheJob justice machine, machine]], a StrawMisogynist, or just an all-around [[DeadpanSnarker cynic]], but in any case it's all because of ''her''.)


Frequently turns up in the first episode/book of a series, with the implication that the detective's sense of betrayal or loss is what hardens him and forms him into the character we come to know. (Details vary: he might become a commitment-phobic womanizer, a [[CelibateHero celibate]] justice machine, or just an all-around [[DeadpanSnarker cynic]], but in any case it's all because of ''her''.)

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Frequently turns up in the first episode/book of a series, with the implication that the detective's sense of betrayal or loss is what hardens him and forms him into the character we come to know. (Details vary: he might become a commitment-phobic womanizer, a [[CelibateHero celibate]] justice machine, a StrawMisogynist, or just an all-around [[DeadpanSnarker cynic]], but in any case it's all because of ''her''.)


** This happens a lot with one-shot relationships for Batman. If Bruce Wayne is dating someone who isn't a main character, and it seems serious, she's either a villain or she's going to get [[WomenInRefrigerators fridged.]] The villain from ''Gotham After Midnight'' actually made herself a potential victim, seduced Batman, and then fake-fridged herself.

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** This happens a lot with one-shot relationships for Batman. If Bruce Wayne is dating someone who isn't a main character, and it seems serious, she's either a villain or she's going to get [[WomenInRefrigerators [[StuffedIntoTheFridge fridged.]] The villain from ''Gotham After Midnight'' actually made herself a potential victim, seduced Batman, and then fake-fridged herself.


** This happens a lot with one-shot relationships for Batman. If Bruce Wayne is dating someone who isn't a main character, and it seems serious, she's either a villain or she's going to get [[WomenInRefrigerators fridged.]] The villain from ''Gotham After Midnight'' was actually GenreSavvy enough to make herself a potential victim, seduce Batman, and then fake-fridge herself.

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** This happens a lot with one-shot relationships for Batman. If Bruce Wayne is dating someone who isn't a main character, and it seems serious, she's either a villain or she's going to get [[WomenInRefrigerators fridged.]] The villain from ''Gotham After Midnight'' was actually GenreSavvy enough to make made herself a potential victim, seduce seduced Batman, and then fake-fridge fake-fridged herself.


* Franchise/{{Batman}} repeatedly falls for [[DatingCatwoman Catwoman]]. And he's with Talia, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. It's pretty obvious it's not going to work out.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} repeatedly falls for [[DatingCatwoman Catwoman]]. And he's with Talia, the daughter of Ra's Al Ghul. It's pretty obvious it's not going to work out.out, despite the fact that they have been explicitly stated to be the only two women he has ever loved.


* Leo falls for Karai in "WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 despite her relationship to the Shredder.

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* Leo falls for Karai in "WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012 ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'' despite her relationship to the Shredder.


* In "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes," the pilot to ''MurderSheWrote'', Jessica's publisher romances her as she investigates a murder committed at his house. He did it, of course. Her disappointment and moral outrage when she confronts him are a wonder to behold.

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* In "The Murder of Sherlock Holmes," the pilot to ''MurderSheWrote'', ''Series/MurderSheWrote'', Jessica's publisher romances her as she investigates a murder committed at his house. He did it, of course. Her disappointment and moral outrage when she confronts him are a wonder to behold.


* Ava Lord from SinCity does this to a cop and a PI in ''A Dame To Kill For'' in order to manipulate them.

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* Ava Lord from SinCity ''ComicBook/SinCity'' does this to a cop and a PI in ''A Dame To Kill For'' in order to manipulate them.


* ''OutlawStar'' had one TearJerker of an example, which is impressive, since it was also a PuppyLove. A girl Jim meets and falls for turns out to be the pilot of the ship sent to kill them - but neither ever realizes the other's identity, and both go into combat looking forward to their date. After the fight, Jim doesn't know why she didn't come...

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* ''OutlawStar'' ''Anime/OutlawStar'' had one TearJerker of an example, which is impressive, since it was also a PuppyLove. A girl Jim meets and falls for turns out to be the pilot of the ship sent to kill them - but neither ever realizes the other's identity, and both go into combat looking forward to their date. After the fight, Jim doesn't know why she didn't come...


* [[spoiler: Lyle "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy and Anew Returner]] in ''{{Gundam 00}}''.

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* [[spoiler: Lyle "Lockon Stratos" Dylandy and Anew Returner]] in ''{{Gundam 00}}''.''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00''.


* ''BasicInstinct'' is all about this trope.
* The Al Pacino/Ellen Barkin film, 'SeaOfLove', is of the falsely accused variety.

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* ''BasicInstinct'' ''Film/BasicInstinct'' is all about this trope.
* The Al Pacino/Ellen Barkin film, 'SeaOfLove', 'Film/SeaOfLove', is of the falsely accused variety.


* Famously, in ''I, the Jury'' MikeHammer ends up [[spoiler:revenge-killing]] the ([[spoiler:very guilty]]) woman he was all ready to settle down with. This is probably the case that turned him from an ordinary PrivateDetective into the dispenser of brutal justice we all know and love.

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* Famously, in ''I, the Jury'' MikeHammer Literature/MikeHammer ends up [[spoiler:revenge-killing]] the ([[spoiler:very guilty]]) woman he was all ready to settle down with. This is probably the case that turned him from an ordinary PrivateDetective into the dispenser of brutal justice we all know and love.

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