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Love can make you do [[LoveMakesYouDumb stupid]], [[LoveMakesYouCrazy irrational]] things, and if you happen to be a good person, can make you [[LoveMakesYouEvil suspectible to the Dark Side]]. Things you'd never in your sane mind do. Whether hero or villain and whether or not they can actually have the object of their affections, if they [[IfICantHaveYou can't have them]], or if they even [[StalkerWithACrush try to]], love is forsaken because it's an undesirable weakness. These people often try to separate themselves from their loved one, try to remove the feeling, or, in an extreme case, a villain may choose to kill off [[IHaveYourWife the one they love]]. If the object of their affections loves them anyway knowing their turmoil, they become a LoveMartyr. Unlike a CelibateHero, this person can be someone who ''does'' fall in love--but doesn't want to.

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Love can make you do [[LoveMakesYouDumb stupid]], [[LoveMakesYouCrazy irrational]] things, and if you happen to be a good person, can make you [[LoveMakesYouEvil suspectible susceptible to the Dark Side]]. Things you'd never in your sane mind do. Whether hero or villain and whether or not they can actually have the object of their affections, if they [[IfICantHaveYou can't have them]], or if they even [[StalkerWithACrush try to]], love is forsaken because it's an undesirable weakness. These people often try to separate themselves from their loved one, try to remove the feeling, or, in an extreme case, a villain may choose to kill off [[IHaveYourWife the one they love]]. If the object of their affections loves them anyway knowing their turmoil, they become a LoveMartyr. Unlike a CelibateHero, this person can be someone who ''does'' fall in love--but doesn't want to.


** Potentially averted in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' as the light-side Sith Inquisitor points out (particularly to jedi) that the emotion of love has made them stronger rather than weaker. On the other hand side, played straight with jedi characters: initiating romance ''will'' give out dark side points.

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** Potentially averted in ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' as the light-side Sith Inquisitor points out (particularly to jedi) that the emotion of love has made them stronger rather than weaker. On the Played with in regards to Jedi characters. Jedi can initiate romances just fine, but acting overly selfish or possessive (like doing a one night stand or choosing to spend time with their significant other hand side, played straight with jedi characters: initiating romance ''will'' give out over saving the galaxy) will net them dark side points.


* While ''Literature/HarryPotter'' usually emphasizes ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship, the fifth book has Dumbledore admitting he made ''serious'' mistakes concerning the way he treated Harry throughout the series due to growing to care more for Harry's personal happiness than for properly preparing him for his inevitable showdown with Voldemort.

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* While ''Literature/HarryPotter'' usually emphasizes ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship, the fifth book has Dumbledore admitting he made ''serious'' mistakes concerning the way he treated Harry throughout the series due to growing to care more for Harry's personal happiness than for properly preparing him for his inevitable showdown with Voldemort.
Voldemort. He admits that he acted exactly the way Voldemort expects people who actually care for others to act -- foolishly.



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* While ''Literature/HarryPotter'' usually emphasizes ThePowerOfLove and ThePowerOfFriendship, the fifth book has Dumbledore admitting he made ''serious'' mistakes concerning the way he treated Harry throughout the series due to growing to care more for Harry's personal happiness than for properly preparing him for his inevitable showdown with Voldemort.

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* Iva Kann from ''Fanfic/APrizeForThreeEmpires'' believes that loving someone makes you vulnerable, so she sticks to have casual, non-committed sex.

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* ''Series/VanHelsing2016'': After coming under the influence of [[MysteriousWatcher the Seer]] in Season 3, Sam becomes convinced that love only causes pain and holds him back. [[spoiler: In the end, he's even willing to kill [[MoralityPet Mohammed]] so that he can become the Fourth [[MonsterLord Elder]].]]


* In ''ComicBook/WonderWomanRebirth'', when Steve Trevor, separated from Wonder Woman, encounters Aphrodite, the GoddessOfLove, he is surprised to find out that [[OutOfCharacterAlert she has come to grow weary of love]], after centuries of mankind [[LoveMakesYouCrazy fighting wars]] and [[LoveMakesYouDumb making rash decisions]] and suffering for it. Steve doesn't disagree, but still believes in [[ThePowerOfLove the good that can come of it]] and asks for her help, to which she reluctantly obliges, and is surprised it involved [[AllLovingHero WonderWoman]], something [[YouDidntAsk Steve didn't mention]].

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* In ''ComicBook/WonderWomanRebirth'', when Steve Trevor, separated from Wonder Woman, encounters Aphrodite, the GoddessOfLove, he is surprised to find out that [[OutOfCharacterAlert she has come to grow weary of love]], after centuries of mankind [[LoveMakesYouCrazy fighting wars]] and [[LoveMakesYouDumb making rash decisions]] and suffering for it. Steve doesn't disagree, but still believes in [[ThePowerOfLove the good that can come of it]] and asks for her help, to which she reluctantly obliges, and is surprised it involved [[AllLovingHero WonderWoman]], Wonder Woman]], something [[YouDidntAsk Steve didn't mention]].


** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has hedonistic pirate Isabela tell [[TheHero Hawke]] she's wary of relationships getting too serious. It just gets in the way of her need for self-preservation. You can agree, keeping the sex [[OneNightStand casual]], or set about changing her mind about this trope over the course of the story.

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** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' has hedonistic pirate Isabela tell [[TheHero Hawke]] she's wary of relationships getting too serious. It just gets in the way of her need for self-preservation. You can agree, keeping the sex [[OneNightStand casual]], casual, or set about changing her mind about this trope over the course of the story.


* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has Ochako Uraraka go through a variation of this, most of "love is a distraction." She is in a TwiceShy relation with her friend and protgonist Izuku Midoriya. However, due to the hero business being a very comeptitive field (least how it's structured in Japan), she feels her more-than-platonic emotions toward him would inhibit her goals of becoming the best heroine she could be and thus gaining income for her parents. As such, she is currently suppressing those feelings. However, it's evident that this is a temporary thing and Uraraka may just be delaying a larger revelation (the fact that heroism is a very dangerous job is another factor.)

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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has Ochako Ochaco Uraraka go through a variation of this, most of "love is a distraction." She is in a TwiceShy relation with her friend and protgonist Izuku Midoriya. However, due to the hero business being a very comeptitive field (least how it's structured in Japan), she feels her more-than-platonic emotions toward him would inhibit her goals of becoming the best heroine she could be and thus gaining income for her parents. As such, she is currently suppressing those feelings. However, it's evident that this is a temporary thing and Uraraka may just be delaying a larger revelation (the fact that heroism is a very dangerous job is another factor.)


* This is precisely why doctors and surgeons are heavily discouraged from treating or operating on loved ones (unless it's a dire emergency and there's no other option) since they might be be affected by their emotions and unable to make the best decisions for the patient.

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* This is precisely why doctors and surgeons are heavily discouraged from treating or operating on loved ones (unless it's a dire emergency and there's [[ClosestThingWeGot no other option) option]]) since they might be be affected by their emotions and unable to make the best decisions for the patient.


* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Deconstructed in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a TieInNovel to the film. [[spoiler:Prince Hans simply saw love as something for the weak-minded [[FlawExploitation that can be easily]] [[ManipulativeBastard exploited with]], and thinks it's a CrapsackWorld out there [[TheSocialDarwinist with the fittest surviving]], thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the harsh]] [[TykeBomb upbringing and indoctrination]] he got at the hands of his abusive father from a young age, rendering him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of understanding or even experiencing love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's recovery from her thawing frozen heart, reconciling with her sister, and her HeroicSacrifice all perplex [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove him]], and when she [[KirkSummation calls]] [[MachiavelliWasWrong him out]] for being "frozen-hearted," this statement leaves him utterly confused.]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': Deconstructed in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a TieInNovel to the film. [[spoiler:Prince Hans simply saw love as something for of the weak-minded [[FlawExploitation Southern Isles derided ActOfTrueLove as a laughable concept that can be easily]] easily [[ManipulativeBastard exploited exploited]] [[FlawExploitation with]], and thinks it's a CrapsackWorld out there [[TheSocialDarwinist with the fittest surviving]], thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the harsh]] [[TykeBomb upbringing and indoctrination]] harsh environment he got at the hands of his abusive father from a young age, rendering grew up in]]. However, it left him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of understanding or even experiencing love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's recovery from her thawing the frozen heart, reconciling heart curse, reconciliation with her sister, and her HeroicSacrifice all perplex [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove him]], and when she [[KirkSummation calls]] [[MachiavelliWasWrong him out]] for being "frozen-hearted," this statement leaves him utterly confused.]]

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* ''Manga/SkipBeat'': Kyoko Mogami decided that love is something that makes people weak, after she realized that her childhood friend and crush, Sho Fuwa, never saw her as more than just a friend and maid to take care of him when he ran away from home. She chose to give up on love because she never wants to become 'that foolish person' again. Part of being a Love Me member involves learning to love and be loved again.


* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Aeryn warns John that "personal indulgences can fracture a small crew" and later when they admit that they love each other complete with BigDamnKiss, she says they can't act on it because emotional attachments distort one's judgment. This also becomes a plot point in season 4 when John and Aeryn have to hide their relationship because Scorpius would eagerly exploit John's weakness: his love for Aeryn and their unborn child. Unfortunately for them, Scorpius isn't fooled...

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* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'': Aeryn warns John that "personal indulgences can fracture a small crew" and later when they admit that they love each other complete with BigDamnKiss, TheBigDamnKiss, she says they can't act on it because emotional attachments distort one's judgment. This also becomes a plot point in season 4 when John and Aeryn have to hide their relationship because Scorpius would eagerly exploit John's weakness: his love for Aeryn and their unborn child. Unfortunately for them, Scorpius isn't fooled...


* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': In ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a TieInNovel to the film, [[spoiler:Prince Hans simply saw love as something for the weak-minded [[FlawExploitation that can be easily]] [[ManipulativeBastard exploited with]], and thinks it's a CrapsackWorld out there [[TheSocialDarwinist with the fittest surviving]], thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the harsh]] [[TykeBomb upbringing and indoctrination]] he got at the hands of his abusive father from a young age, rendering him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of understanding or even experiencing love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's recovery from her thawing frozen heart and her HeroicSacrifice [[EvilCannotComprehendGood perplexes]] [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove him]], and when she [[KirkSummation calls]] [[MachiavelliWasWrong him out]] for being "frozen-hearted," this statement leaves him utterly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood confused]].]]

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* ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'': In Deconstructed in ''Literature/AFrozenHeart'', a TieInNovel to the film, film. [[spoiler:Prince Hans simply saw love as something for the weak-minded [[FlawExploitation that can be easily]] [[ManipulativeBastard exploited with]], and thinks it's a CrapsackWorld out there [[TheSocialDarwinist with the fittest surviving]], thanks to [[FreudianExcuse the harsh]] [[TykeBomb upbringing and indoctrination]] he got at the hands of his abusive father from a young age, rendering him [[EvilCannotComprehendGood incapable]] of understanding or even experiencing love beyond an intellectual level. As a result, Anna's recovery from her thawing frozen heart heart, reconciling with her sister, and her HeroicSacrifice [[EvilCannotComprehendGood perplexes]] all perplex [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove him]], and when she [[KirkSummation calls]] [[MachiavelliWasWrong him out]] for being "frozen-hearted," this statement leaves him utterly [[EvilCannotComprehendGood confused]].confused.]]


* In ''Webcomic/TheYoungProtectors'', [[spoiler:the Annihilator]] spells it out after [[spoiler:springing a HoneyTrap on Kyle]]:

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* In ''Webcomic/TheYoungProtectors'', [[spoiler:the Annihilator]] spells it out after [[spoiler:springing springing a HoneyTrap on Kyle]]:[[spoiler:Kyle]]:

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