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* Inverted in "Frozen" by {{Music/Delain}}, in which the protagonist's love interest clearly has issues preventing him from being with her.

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* Inverted in In "Frozen" by {{Music/Delain}}, in which the protagonist's love interest clearly has issues preventing him from being with her.her.
-->Free your mind from doubt\\
All you have, is now\\
Free you mind from shame\\
It will only bring you pain

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* "Good Enough" by Music/{{Evanescence}} asks, "Am I good enough for you to love me too?"


-->(Cause) Iím feeling nervous
Trying to be so perfect

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-->(Cause) Iím feeling nervous
nervous\\
Trying to be so perfectperfect\\

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* This trope shows up in Music/AvrilLavigne's gentler songs such as "[[CannotSpitItOut Things I'll Never Say]]":
-->(Cause) Iím feeling nervous
Trying to be so perfect
Cause I know youíre worth it
* "No Light, No Light" by Music/FlorenceAndTheMachine.
-->Would you leave me,\\
If I told you what I've done?\\
And would you need me,\\
If I told you what I've become?

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* ''ComicBook/AnyasGhost'': {{Deconstruction}}. Elizabeth Standard is one of the prettiest, most athletic girls in school, dating one of the more popular boys, Sean. Everything about her seems to be perfect, and despite how jealous Anya and the other girls are of her she appears to be a nice and carefree girl. Then at a party Anya learns that Sean is a creep who sleeps around with other girls (even his friend's girlfriend) with Elizabeth not only knowing but keeping watch; Anya, who come to the party to steal Sean from Elizabeth, couldn't bring herself to sleep with Sean and hurt Elizabeth. Before Anya leaves the party, she asks Elizabeth why she lets Sean treat her like that, and Elizabeth tells her that while she appears happy, she really is miserable and insecure, and the only person that makes her really happy is Sean. Because she loves him, or as she admits, thinks she loves him, she's willing to do anything to keep him in her life, even though his cheating and her covering for his cheating is hurting her.


* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' deconstructs the UglyGuyHotWife trope with Leonard and Penny. Leonard developed a crush on Penny the first time they met, but felt that she was out of his league. They eventually do get together, and it turns out that Penny is also insecure because Leonard is a genius and makes her feel like a BrainlessBeauty. These insecurities cause them to break up and reunite several times and even after they get married, they never fully she'd these insecurities. Leonard always gets jealous when a better-looking man so much as looks at Penny and Penny feels like she brings nothing to the table other than her looks.

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' deconstructs the UglyGuyHotWife trope with Leonard and Penny. Leonard developed a crush on Penny the first time they met, but never asked her out (until the season one finale) because he felt that she was out of his league. They eventually do get together, and it turns out that Penny is also insecure because Leonard is a genius and makes her feel like a BrainlessBeauty. These insecurities cause them to break up and reunite rekindle several times and even after they get married, they never fully she'd shed these insecurities. Leonard always gets jealous when a better-looking man so much as looks at Penny and Penny often feels like she brings nothing to the table other than her looks.

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** Kaguya (Ice) turns this UpToEleven compared to regular Kaguya, given the fact that [[GhostInTheMachine she's the mental representation of everything that Kaguya hates about herself]]. The only reason her complete lack of self-esteem isn't obvious at first glance is because she's an IceQueen.


* ''Fanfic/TheFlowerPrincessAndTheAlchemist'': [[HopelessSuitor Edward]], surprisingly. It's heavily implied that part of the reason [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend he remains so in denial about his feelings]] for [[LoveInterest Orihime]] is because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he feels incredibly insecure around her]].

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* ''Fanfic/TheFlowerPrincessAndTheAlchemist'': [[HopelessSuitor Edward]], surprisingly. It's heavily implied that part of the reason [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend he remains so in denial about his feelings]] for [[LoveInterest Orihime]] is because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he feels incredibly insecure around her]].her]], and that deems himself [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter second best]] to [[UnknownRival Ichigo]], Orihime's [[FirstLove First Love]].

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* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' deconstructs the UglyGuyHotWife trope with Leonard and Penny. Leonard developed a crush on Penny the first time they met, but felt that she was out of his league. They eventually do get together, and it turns out that Penny is also insecure because Leonard is a genius and makes her feel like a BrainlessBeauty. These insecurities cause them to break up and reunite several times and even after they get married, they never fully she'd these insecurities. Leonard always gets jealous when a better-looking man so much as looks at Penny and Penny feels like she brings nothing to the table other than her looks.


* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' was shown to be this in Mary Shelley Overdrive. This one one of many instances where his insecurity shows. He meets & saves Bonnie from strange soldiers who want to kill her. Bonding over sex for hours, the two become very attached to each other & Creed takes her someplace safe while trying to get answers on why she's being hunted. When he calls to check on her, she asks if they can just go away & leave everything behind. This shocks Creed, who's surprised & confused that she'd want to be with him.

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* ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}}'' was shown to be this in Mary Shelley Overdrive. This one was one of many instances where his insecurity shows. He meets & saves Bonnie from strange soldiers who want to kill her. Bonding over sex for hours, the two become very attached to each other & Creed takes her someplace safe while trying to get answers on why she's being hunted. When he calls to check on her, she asks if they can just go away & leave everything behind. This shocks Creed, who's surprised & confused that she'd want to be with him.

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** By ''Manga/FairyTail100YearsQuest'', [[spoiler:Gray himself has developed a case of this, revealing that he returns Juvia's feelings, but still feels guilty for trying to kill her while BrainwashedAndCrazy by Invel's mind control during the Alvarez Empire arc, and as a result believes that he needs to become better man before he truly deserves to be with her.]]

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* ''Fanfic/YoullGetNoAnswersFromTheBlueSeaStar'': Once Seteth actually starts responding to her advances, Jo's inferiority complex kicks in a couple of times; she realizes that her smart mouth and libido are poor substitutes for actual experience with romantic relationships and either babbles uncomfortably or just shuts down.


* Connie Maheswaran, the ImpliedLoveInterest of the titular ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', who doesn't understand how Steven, a boy with magic powers and an epic destiny awaiting him would be interested in a completely normal and mundane girl like her. The insecurity goes both ways, however, as Steven admits at one point he doesn't understand why she would like hanging out with him when he--from his viewpoint--just keeps messing everything up.

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* Connie Maheswaran, the ImpliedLoveInterest of the titular ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', who doesn't understand how Steven, a boy with magic powers and an epic destiny awaiting him him, would be interested in a completely normal and mundane girl like her. The insecurity goes both ways, however, as Steven admits at one point he doesn't understand why she someone as smart as her would like hanging out with him when he--from his viewpoint--just keeps messing everything up.


* In ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'', Nova lets his HeroicSelfDeprecation get to him on more than one occasion as a reason for why Twilight deserves better than him, but without fail, she's always able to talk sense into him.

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* In ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'', ''FanFic/TheApprenticeTheStudentAndTheCharlatan'':
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Nova Shine lets his HeroicSelfDeprecation get to him on more than one occasion as a reason for why Twilight deserves better than him, but without fail, she's always able to talk sense into him.him. It comes to a head during a date, in which Nova can't help but wonder exactly why Twilight would want him out of everyone else, and she dismantles every self-criticism he has in one long YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre speech.
** Later, once Nova has finally confronted and admitted his feelings for Twilight, the roles are flipped, with Twilight wondering why Nova would come back for her when she refused to hear him out after some meddling from their enemy. Nova showcases his own growth and deconstructs all of Twilight's self-criticism. This marks the moment where they become a true couple within the fic.



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* ''Fanfic/TheFlowerPrincessAndTheAlchemist'': [[HopelessSuitor Edward]], surprisingly. It's heavily implied that part of the reason [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend he remains so in denial about his feelings]] for [[LoveInterest Orihime]] is because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he feels incredibly insecure around her]].
** A [[MonsterOfTheWeek Monster of the Week]] [[TheVamp villainess]] even tries to [[BreakThemByTalking exploit]] this to make him do a [[FaceHeelTurn Face Heel Turn]]. Fortunately, [[HeroicSecondWind it]] [[ShutUpHannibal doesn't]] [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove work]].

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