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Additionally, heroes under The Dulcinea Effect in more cynical settings (particularly FilmNoir) tend to fall prey to a WoundedGazelleGambit set up by a FemmeFatale or TheVamp, who generally know about this effect and [[DecoyDamsel take advantage of it in the most evil way possible]].

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Additionally, heroes under The Dulcinea Effect in more cynical settings (particularly FilmNoir) tend to fall prey to a WoundedGazelleGambit set up by a FemmeFatale or TheVamp, who generally know about this effect and [[DecoyDamsel take advantage of it in the most evil evilest way possible]].



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* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s first season, Sousuke goes AWOL and abandons his post under a hostage situation to recover Kaname from the villains. Granted, she ''was'' the VIP he was specifically assigned to protect while the rest of the plane's occupants were not (and he had known her for a bit longer than most examples of this trope), but he was still ordered to stay with the other hostages by his superior officer. As to remove any doubt that he was planning to do disobey that order, said officer also states that [[TemptingFate Sousuke's professionalism]] meant he'd definitely '' not'' do emotional things like charge off after the DamselInDistress.
** An interesting ''female'' version of this is shown with Grace Weissman (AKA Gray). She hardly knows much about Sousuke (who temporarily joined her team in a mission), yet immediately defends him and, in a way, "champions" for him against her skeptical teammates suspicions about him (who dislike him due to him only being 16, yet being an equal in their mission). Her passionately defending him eventually made one of her teammates ask her if she's going that far because she has the hots for him. Even till the end when she's killed by Gauron, her last thoughts are for Sousuke not to worry about her, and that she hopes he will be able to return safely. Considering Sousuke's [[EvenTheGuysWantHim track record]], it isn't far off in saying Gray might've had at least ''some'' attraction to him.

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* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'''s first season, Sousuke goes AWOL and abandons his post under a hostage situation to recover Kaname from the villains. Granted, she ''was'' the VIP he was specifically assigned to protect while the rest of the plane's occupants were not (and he had known her for a bit longer than most examples of this trope), but he was still ordered to stay with the other hostages by his superior officer. As to remove any doubt that he was planning to do disobey that order, said officer also states that [[TemptingFate Sousuke's professionalism]] meant he'd definitely '' not'' do emotional things like charge charging off after the DamselInDistress.
** An interesting ''female'' version of this is shown with Grace Weissman (AKA Gray). She hardly knows much about Sousuke (who temporarily joined her team in a mission), yet immediately defends him and, in a way, "champions" for him against her skeptical teammates teammates' suspicions about him (who dislike him due to him only being 16, yet being an equal in their mission). Her passionately defending him eventually made one of her teammates ask her if she's going that far because she has the hots for him. Even till the end when she's killed by Gauron, her last thoughts are for Sousuke not to worry about her, and that she hopes he will be able to return safely. Considering Sousuke's [[EvenTheGuysWantHim track record]], it isn't far off in saying Gray might've had at least ''some'' attraction to him.



** Lupin's original intention is a simple snatch and grab of the high-quality plates used to make near perfect counterfeit bills, then a pretty girl is chased past him by bad men with guns and the movie happens.

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** Lupin's original intention is a simple snatch and grab of the high-quality plates used to make near perfect near-perfect counterfeit bills, then a pretty girl is chased past him by bad men with guns and the movie happens.



* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna is shown to be willing to die for Kyoko. He hardly ever really talks with her or knows her, and apparently the whole reason he has a crush on her in the first place was because she was the only girl that bothered talking to him in twelve months.

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* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Tsuna is shown to be willing to die for Kyoko. He hardly ever really talks with her or knows her, and apparently the whole reason he has a crush on her in the first place was because that she was the only girl that bothered talking to him in twelve months.



* In ''LightNovel/ReZero'', Subaru practically invokes this after getting TrappedInAnotherWorld; being WrongGenreSavvy, he figures he must be there to protect some cute girl, and after seeing Emilia searching for her insignia, he figures it must be her and decides to help her. The trope doesn't truly kick in until the two of them are murdered by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Elsa the Bowel Hunter]], triggering Subaru's [[TimeTravel Return by Death]] for the first time, at which point Subaru becomes determined to (and eventually unhealthily obsessed with) helping and protecting her. Ram and Rem come to feel that Subaru is acting like this towards them, but in their case they have only known him for a day, but Subaru (and the audience) has actually known them for quite a bit longer. This being a {{Deconstruction}}, he's called out on this trope at every turn, even by Emilia herself, and ends up going through absolute ''hell''.

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* In ''LightNovel/ReZero'', Subaru practically invokes this after getting TrappedInAnotherWorld; being WrongGenreSavvy, he figures he must be there to protect some cute girl, and after seeing Emilia searching for her insignia, he figures it must be her and decides to help her. The trope doesn't truly kick in until the two of them are murdered by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Elsa the Bowel Hunter]], triggering Subaru's [[TimeTravel Return by Death]] for the first time, at which point Subaru becomes determined to (and eventually unhealthily obsessed with) helping and protecting her. Ram and Rem come to feel that Subaru is acting like this towards them, them but in their case case, they have only known him for a day, but Subaru (and the audience) has actually known them for quite a bit longer. This being a {{Deconstruction}}, he's called out on this trope at every turn, even by Emilia herself, and ends up going through absolute ''hell''.



* Gender inverted in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', where Ahiru is talked into becoming Princess Tutu (and thus roping herself into a fairytale charging straight for a DownerEnding) to restore Mytho's heart after little more than a single encounter. She thinks it's LoveAtFirstSight, but later starts having her doubts and goes on to confess to Mytho's companion Fakir that she doesn't really know ''why'' she loves Mytho, other than because he's [[{{Bishonen}} pretty]]. [[spoiler:The answer is that she ''[[ShipSinking doesn't]]''. The girl who ''does'' love him that way is ''Ahiru's opponent'', [[DarkMagicalGirl Rue/Princess Kraehe]], who pulls a HeroicSacrifice for him and ends up becoming his Princess. Something that Ahiru comes to aknowledge, saying that she would have ''not'' been strong and selfless enough to do the same, since it would also involve giving up on her chance to stay as a human.]]

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* Gender inverted in ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', where Ahiru is talked into becoming Princess Tutu (and thus roping herself into a fairytale charging straight for a DownerEnding) to restore Mytho's heart after little more than a single encounter. She thinks it's LoveAtFirstSight, but later starts having her doubts and goes on to confess to Mytho's companion Fakir that she doesn't really know ''why'' she loves Mytho, other than because he's [[{{Bishonen}} pretty]]. [[spoiler:The answer is that she ''[[ShipSinking doesn't]]''. The girl who ''does'' love him that way is ''Ahiru's opponent'', [[DarkMagicalGirl Rue/Princess Kraehe]], who pulls a HeroicSacrifice for him and ends up becoming his Princess. Something that Ahiru comes to aknowledge, acknowledge, saying that she would have ''not'' been strong and selfless enough to do the same, same since it would also involve giving up on her chance to stay as a human.]]



* Gender flipped, inverted, and otherwise played with in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Screwing with this trope might be the point of the story, as [[spoiler: Prince Dios became the BigBad Akio when he was abandoned by the crowds after he wasn't able to save ''all'' the girls who needed it]], then [[spoiler: ropes Utena into coming to Ohtori by first saving her under the guise of the Prince he used to be, and then setting [[DecoyDamsel his much abused sister Anthy aka the Rose Bride]] in situations that would make [[BullyHunter Utena]] invoke this trope on her]].

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* Gender flipped, inverted, and otherwise played with in ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Screwing with this trope might be the point of the story, as [[spoiler: Prince Dios became the BigBad Akio when he was abandoned by the crowds after he wasn't able to save ''all'' the girls who needed it]], then [[spoiler: ropes Utena into coming to Ohtori by first saving her under the guise of the Prince he used to be, and then setting [[DecoyDamsel his much abused much-abused sister Anthy aka the Rose Bride]] in situations that would make [[BullyHunter Utena]] invoke this trope on her]].



** Played perfectly straight in the episode eleven with Shino, whom Jin immediately [[LoveAtFirstSight falls in love]] with.

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** Played perfectly straight in the episode eleven with Shino, whom Jin immediately [[LoveAtFirstSight falls in love]] with.



** Seems to be part of the Quincy honour code that Ishida lives by. He fights a shinigami vice-captain to protect Rukia, despite having professed to hate her only a few days beforehand, and gets outraged at Mayuri's treatment of his daughter Nemu despite the fact that Nemu attacked him. It's lampshaded by Mayuri himself.

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** Seems to be part of the Quincy honour code that Ishida lives by. He fights a shinigami vice-captain to protect Rukia, despite having professed to hate her only a few days beforehand, beforehand and gets outraged at Mayuri's treatment of his daughter Nemu despite the fact that Nemu attacked him. It's lampshaded by Mayuri himself.



* ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'': Sorata Arisugawa decides to protect Arashi Kishuu with his life, immediately when he meets her for the first time. This is justified because Sora ''knows'' that he is fated to die for a woman. And the reason why he chooses Arashi is because he wants to die for a beautiful girl. Though he actually ''does'' fall for Arashi's actual person when he gets to know her, [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan and she falls in love with him as well. It happens both in the anime movie and in the anime series while the manga is never finished but implied to be going the same way.]]

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* ''Manga/{{X 1999}}'': Sorata Arisugawa decides to protect Arashi Kishuu with his life, immediately when he meets her for the first time. This is justified because Sora ''knows'' that he is fated to die for a woman. And the reason why he chooses Arashi is because that he wants to die for a beautiful girl. Though he actually ''does'' fall for Arashi's actual person when he gets to know her, [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan and she falls in love with him as well. It happens both in the anime movie and in the anime series while the manga is never finished but implied to be going the same way.]]



* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Renton Thurston joined on an outlaw ship with a crew that constantly abuses him for the sake of a girl he had just met. Then, she has jealousy issues not over him but the fact that he pilots her mech. Then on top of that she shows little romantic interest in him at all [[spoiler: for about the first twenty episodes]] and admits to using him for the mecha. What does Renton do about this? Sulk about how he wants to continue to protect this girl and continue to take abuse.

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* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'': Renton Thurston joined on an outlaw ship with a crew that constantly abuses him for the sake of a girl he had just met. Then, she has jealousy issues not over him but the fact that he pilots her mech. Then on top of that that, she shows little romantic interest in him at all [[spoiler: for about the first twenty episodes]] and admits to using him for the mecha. What does Renton do about this? Sulk about how he wants to continue to protect this girl and continue to take abuse.



* ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'': Subverted. In the backstory told in ''Utakata ni Warau'' this is what it looks like when Hirari meets Botan at random in the street, follows her and supposedly saves her from a bunch of thugs (which she was about to get rid of anyway) and promptly declares he loves her and will marry her and protect her. Botan's initially having none of it, but it is later revealed that when Hirari was a child, Botan was the only one who did not treat him like a pariah, and ''that'' is the true reson he falls for her when they meet again.

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* ''Manga/LaughingUnderTheClouds'': Subverted. In the backstory told in ''Utakata ni Warau'' this is what it looks like when Hirari meets Botan at random in the street, follows her and supposedly saves her from a bunch of thugs (which she was about to get rid of anyway) and promptly declares he loves her and will marry her and protect her. Botan's initially having none of it, but it is later revealed that when Hirari was a child, Botan was the only one who did not treat him like a pariah, and ''that'' is the true reson reason he falls for her when they meet again.



** Hartigan from "That Yellow Bastard" goes through even worse hell than Wallace for the sake of a little girl who grows up to be one of Sin City's best known strippers. It's more the fact that this is all UnfinishedBusiness (he originally saved her when she was a child), and until he meets her, it doesn't truly occur to him that's she's no longer a child. Hartigan was more in it to protect the innocent. It just so happen that the innocent was a girl.
** Dwight [=McCarthy=] would also qualify -- the woman in question is someone who burned him in the past, but when it turns out she's in danger, Dwight rushes in to save her. Dwight's adherance to this trope is lampshaded by his lover Gail. [[spoiler: True to the series' FilmNoir roots, it's a WoundedGazelleGambit on the part of Ava to get Dwight to murder her husband so that she can get his hands on all his money]]. Dwight himself lampshades this weakness in "The Babe Wore Red", when he first finds the titular babe and thinks "One look at her and I know I'm in trouble deep." He risks his life once more to save this woman.

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** Hartigan from "That Yellow Bastard" goes through even worse hell than Wallace for the sake of a little girl who grows up to be one of Sin City's best known best-known strippers. It's more the fact that this is all UnfinishedBusiness (he originally saved her when she was a child), and until he meets her, it doesn't truly occur to him that's she's no longer a child. Hartigan was more in it to protect the innocent. It just so happen that the innocent was a girl.
** Dwight [=McCarthy=] would also qualify -- the woman in question is someone who burned him in the past, but when it turns out she's in danger, Dwight rushes in to save her. Dwight's adherance adherence to this trope is lampshaded by his lover Gail. [[spoiler: True to the series' FilmNoir roots, it's a WoundedGazelleGambit on the part of Ava to get Dwight to murder her husband so that she can get his hands on all his money]]. Dwight himself lampshades this weakness in "The Babe Wore Red", when he first finds the titular babe and thinks "One look at her and I know I'm in trouble deep." He risks his life once more to save this woman.



* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Despite Flynn being strongarmed into escorting Rapunzel to the lantern festival, and doing everything he can to weasel out of it, including trying to scare her by taking her to a bar full of scary mercenaries, he does try to protect her the moment he thinks she might actually be in danger, and seems genuinely concerned when the merc leader is bearing down on her.

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* ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'': Despite Flynn being strongarmed into escorting Rapunzel to the lantern festival, and doing everything he can to weasel out of it, including trying to scare her by taking her to a bar full of scary mercenaries, he does try to protect her the moment he thinks she might actually be in danger, danger and seems genuinely concerned when the merc leader is bearing down on her.



* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'': Queen Guinevere stands accused by Sir Gawain of treason by adultery, and was to have Sir Lancelot champion her in trial by combat. Sir Lancelot is late to the field and Myth/KingArthur is dismayed when no other individual is willing to champion Guinevere -- except for the newly-arrived, unarmored, untrained apprentice Perceval, who asks to champion Guinevere and is knighted by King Arthur for that purpose. He then readies himself to charge a fully-armored, battle-hardened Sir Gawain when (fortunately) Lancelot shows up to prevent it from happening.

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* ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'': Queen Guinevere stands accused by Sir Gawain of treason by adultery, adultery and was to have Sir Lancelot champion her in trial by combat. Sir Lancelot is late to the field and Myth/KingArthur is dismayed when no other individual is willing to champion Guinevere -- except for the newly-arrived, unarmored, untrained apprentice Perceval, who asks to champion Guinevere and is knighted by King Arthur for that purpose. He then readies himself to charge a fully-armored, battle-hardened Sir Gawain when (fortunately) Lancelot shows up to prevent it from happening.



* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' parodies this (as one might expect) : Creator/JohnCleese's Sir Lancelot receives a desperate message from someone he believes to be a wrongfully imprisoned girl, and he immediately sets out to free the prisoner. Sprinting (several times) across open fields, he single-handedly assaults and slaughters half the inhabitants of a local castle in the rescue effort, operating under the influence of The Dulcinea Effect. However, the Effect is instantly overcome by the revelation that [[DudeLooksLikeALady the girl is, in fact, a guy]]. A pathetically effeminate guy, but a guy nonetheless. In the stage adaptation, ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', the same thing happens... only it winds up that Herbert becomes Lancelot's love interest anyway.

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* ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' parodies this (as one might expect) : expect): Creator/JohnCleese's Sir Lancelot receives a desperate message from someone he believes to be a wrongfully imprisoned girl, and he immediately sets out to free the prisoner. Sprinting (several times) across open fields, he single-handedly assaults and slaughters half the inhabitants of a local castle in the rescue effort, operating under the influence of The Dulcinea Effect. However, the Effect is instantly overcome by the revelation that [[DudeLooksLikeALady the girl is, in fact, a guy]]. A pathetically effeminate guy, but a guy nonetheless. In the stage adaptation, ''Theatre/{{Spamalot}}'', the same thing happens... only it winds up that Herbert becomes Lancelot's love interest anyway.



* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'', Jocelyn makes William feel like a poet even though he doesn't know her name. Later, Jocelyn demands that William prove his love by losing an important joust for her. After watching him get knocked around for awhile, she changes her mind and sends word that he must prove his love by ''winning'' the joust. William is very obviously pissed and, when Chaucer tries to motivate him by pointing out Jocelyn in the stands, William growls "And how I hate her!" He meets her that night and has apparently forgiven her, but when she sees his injuries and says that it's all her fault, he gives a very unromantic "Yes, it is."

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* In ''Film/AKnightsTale'', Jocelyn makes William feel like a poet even though he doesn't know her name. Later, Jocelyn demands that William prove his love by losing an important joust for her. After watching him get knocked around for awhile, a while, she changes her mind and sends word that he must prove his love by ''winning'' the joust. William is very obviously pissed and, when Chaucer tries to motivate him by pointing out Jocelyn in the stands, William growls "And how I hate her!" He meets her that night and has apparently forgiven her, but when she sees his injuries and says that it's all her fault, he gives a very unromantic "Yes, it is."



* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Peeta may have known Katniss since the age of five but he only actually interacted with her once before being reaped with her and never speaks to her until they've become tributes. All the same he's so determined to die for her survival's sake that Haymitch notes it's not even worth trying to save Peeta in the arena.
* In Creator/BruceWillis', ''Film/LastManStanding'', he plays a retired [[VillainProtagonist gunman for hire]] who is possibly on the run from something. But he decides to stop in a mostly abandoned town near the Mexican border taken over by two Mafia gangs, the Irish and the Italians. He plays both sides against each other to make money, but things get personal for him, when he discovers a Mexican woman being forced to be the Irish mob leader's girlfriend. He decides to risk everything to free her in secret, but is found out and nearly beaten to death before escaping to recover and get revenge.

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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Peeta may have known Katniss since the age of five but he only actually interacted with her once before being reaped with her and never speaks to her until they've become tributes. All the same same, he's so determined to die for her survival's sake that Haymitch notes it's not even worth trying to save Peeta in the arena.
* In Creator/BruceWillis', ''Film/LastManStanding'', he plays a retired [[VillainProtagonist gunman for hire]] who is possibly on the run from something. But he decides to stop in a mostly abandoned town near the Mexican border taken over by two Mafia gangs, the Irish and the Italians. He plays both sides against each other to make money, but things get personal for him, him when he discovers a Mexican woman being forced to be the Irish mob leader's girlfriend. He decides to risk everything to free her in secret, secret but is found out and nearly beaten to death before escaping to recover and get revenge.



** In ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars'', hearing a woman scream draws Carthoris from his sabotaged air ship.

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** In ''Thuvia, Maid of Mars'', hearing a woman scream draws Carthoris from his sabotaged air ship.airship.



* ''Literature/FalconQuinn'': Pearl is both a genderflip and a ''platonic'' example, in that she is only too willing to declare herself the "Sworn Friend" of numerous people she's only just met, and vows that she's willing to give her life defending them. Being HotBlooded is part of her schtick.

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* ''Literature/FalconQuinn'': Pearl is both a genderflip gender-flipped and a ''platonic'' example, in that she is only too willing to declare herself the "Sworn Friend" of numerous people she's only just met, and vows that she's willing to give her life defending them. Being HotBlooded is part of her schtick.



* ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' from the Creator/WalterScott novel has one of these. Ivanhoe champions for Rebecca, a girl who is not his {{Love Interest|s}}. It was a fair exchange, since she healed his injuries and was accused of witchcraft for that and for being Jewish. Ivanhoe and Rebecca may not be the OfficialCouple, but they are very much the FanPreferredCouple... even by the ''author.''

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* ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' from the Creator/WalterScott novel has one of these. Ivanhoe champions for Rebecca, a girl who is not his {{Love Interest|s}}. It was a fair exchange, exchange since she healed his injuries and was accused of witchcraft for that and for being Jewish. Ivanhoe and Rebecca may not be the OfficialCouple, but they are very much the FanPreferredCouple... even by the ''author.''



* Played with in ''[[Creator/LouisaMayAlcott Rose in Bloom]]'', the sequel to ''Literature/EightCousins''. Mac finds a girl, and tries very hard to help her, even though he's only known her for a few minutes at the time he agrees. [[spoiler:Then again, she's about two years old, an orphan, and has no other close relatives.]] Lampshaded when he and Rose call her [[note]]Name her, actually; her mother was too sick to tell Mac her name, and nobody else knew either the mother or the baby.[[/note]] Dulcinea.

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* Played with in ''[[Creator/LouisaMayAlcott Rose in Bloom]]'', the sequel to ''Literature/EightCousins''. Mac finds a girl, girl and tries very hard to help her, even though he's only known her for a few minutes at the time he agrees. [[spoiler:Then again, she's about two years old, an orphan, and has no other close relatives.]] Lampshaded when he and Rose call her [[note]]Name her, actually; her mother was too sick to tell Mac her name, and nobody else knew either the mother or the baby.[[/note]] Dulcinea.



* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'': This was clearly a reasonable thing to expect, ''if'' the woman was English like himself. Thus it's proof that nationalism was a lot stronger in the 1890s: if a character in 21st century fiction [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl drops everything to help out]] a random stranger who happens to be from his home country, nobody would buy it.

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* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'': This was clearly a reasonable thing to expect, ''if'' the woman was English like himself. Thus it's proof that nationalism was a lot stronger in the 1890s: if a character in 21st century 21st-century fiction [[AlwaysSaveTheGirl drops everything to help out]] a random stranger who happens to be from his home country, nobody would buy it.



* In ''Literature/SorcererToTheCrown'' by Zen Cho, Prunella mentions how Zacharias is exactly the kind of gentleman who could be easily manipulated into helping a woman who plays the role of a damsel in distress. Prunella actually needs help, but exaggerates for effect as she doesn't know Zacharias (who would help her anyway).

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* In ''Literature/SorcererToTheCrown'' by Zen Cho, Prunella mentions how Zacharias is exactly the kind of gentleman who could be easily manipulated into helping a woman who plays the role of a damsel in distress. Prunella actually needs help, help but exaggerates for effect as she doesn't know Zacharias (who would help her anyway).



* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has a GenderFlip example. It may be Sarah's job to protect the Intersect, but her feelings for Chuck provide the motivation for just how seriously she takes his safety. In Season 3, she admits she fell in love with Chuck "some time between his fixing her phone and defusing a bomb" when they first met.
* In an episode of the 90s version of ''Series/{{Cupid}}'', a nutcase who thinks he ''is'' Don Quixote singles out a bewildered sex worker as literally his Dulcinea.

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* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' has a GenderFlip example. It may be Sarah's job to protect the Intersect, but her feelings for Chuck provide the motivation for just how seriously she takes his safety. In Season 3, she admits she fell in love with Chuck "some time "sometime between his fixing her phone and defusing a bomb" when they first met.
* In an episode of the 90s '90s version of ''Series/{{Cupid}}'', a nutcase who thinks he ''is'' Don Quixote singles out a bewildered sex worker as literally his Dulcinea.



** In the Tenth Doctor audio story "Dead Air", [[spoiler:the Hush's plan depends on the Doctor being willing to take a beautiful young woman on board the TARDIS despite hardly knowing her]]. The Doctor even lampshades this in the narration. It's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome completely in character for him]].

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** In the Tenth Doctor audio story "Dead Air", [[spoiler:the Hush's plan depends on the Doctor being willing to take a beautiful young woman on board onboard the TARDIS despite hardly knowing her]]. The Doctor even lampshades this in the narration. It's [[ChronicHeroSyndrome completely in character for him]].



** Wilson was unbelievably devastated by the death of his girlfriend, who he had known only for four months, and dated for a few weeks. He asked his best friend of many years (House) to risk his life for her. He's still devastated by her death about a year later, because she was the only person he had "loved in a long time". Season 4 was shortened, and if it had gone as the writers intended, they would have been dating for 6 months or so. Also, Wilson deeply attaches himself to girlfriends with pathological ease.

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** Wilson was unbelievably devastated by the death of his girlfriend, who he had known only for four months, and dated for a few weeks. He asked his best friend of many years (House) to risk his life for her. He's still devastated by her death about a year later, later because she was the only person he had "loved in a long time". Season 4 was shortened, and if it had gone as the writers intended, they would have been dating for 6 months or so. Also, Wilson deeply attaches himself to girlfriends with pathological ease.



* In [[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/lfb/gn/gnfb17.htm The Little Soldier]], the titular little soldier finds a beautiful woman in a fireplace, who has the body of a serpent. She begs him to retrieve various articles of clothing for her and he readily does so, even though he must fight through monsters to get to them and has never seen this girl before in his life. This bites him in the ass big time, when the princess turns out to be a horrible person who drugs him so she doesn't have to marry him, steals various magic items from him, and mocks his attempts to woo her. [[spoiler:He gets over her and ends up with the fisher-woman who helped him out.]]

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* In [[http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/lfb/gn/gnfb17.htm The Little Soldier]], the titular little soldier finds a beautiful woman in a fireplace, who has the body of a serpent. She begs him to retrieve various articles of clothing for her and he readily does so, even though he must fight through monsters to get to them and has never seen this girl before in his life. This bites him in the ass big time, time when the princess turns out to be a horrible person who drugs him so she doesn't have to marry him, steals various magic items from him, and mocks his attempts to woo her. [[spoiler:He gets over her and ends up with the fisher-woman who helped him out.]]



* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' gets away with this by turning it into a part of a larger plot point: the hero not only leaps unreasonably to the heroine's defense, he shouts her name in the process before he's told it. Dun dun DUUUUN! [[spoiler:They'd been lovers over several incarnations, the latest being the one we see in-game.]]

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' gets away with this by turning it into a part of a larger plot point: the hero not only leaps unreasonably to the heroine's defense, but he also shouts her name in the process before he's told it. Dun dun DUUUUN! [[spoiler:They'd been lovers over several incarnations, the latest being the one we see in-game.]]



** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' mostly avert it. In ''Wind Waker'', Link starts his quest because [[BigBrotherInstinct his little sister was taken by a giant bird]], and finishes BecauseDestinySaysSo. ''Twilight Princess'' has Link trying to save the kids from the village; at first he's helping Midna because she's helping him. Those first 3 dungeons are by no means short ([[DownTheDrain especially the third one]]), so by the second half of the game, he and Midna have had time to bond. Ganondorf just happens to know how to push Link's BerserkButton at the end.
*** If you look at the genderflipped version for ''Twilight Princess'', Midna rescues [[DistressedDude Link]] from Zant's dungeon, after seeing him for five minutes. [[spoiler:It turns out that she only did so because it was foretold that he'd help her overthrow Zant, and she later apologizes for this.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' mostly avert it. In ''Wind Waker'', Link starts his quest because [[BigBrotherInstinct his little sister was taken by a giant bird]], and finishes BecauseDestinySaysSo. ''Twilight Princess'' has Link trying to save the kids from the village; at first first, he's helping Midna because she's helping him. Those first 3 dungeons are by no means short ([[DownTheDrain especially the third one]]), so by the second half of the game, he and Midna have had time to bond. Ganondorf just happens to know how to push Link's BerserkButton at the end.
*** If you look at the genderflipped gender-flipped version for ''Twilight Princess'', Midna rescues [[DistressedDude Link]] from Zant's dungeon, after seeing him for five minutes. [[spoiler:It turns out that she only did so because it was foretold that he'd help her overthrow Zant, and she later apologizes for this.]]



* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': A very short time after Cecil finds Rydia, and witnesses her summon a monster that appeared to kill his best friend Kain, he immediately throws away his career to protect Rydia by killing the troops sent by his king to arrest and execute her. This can be considered a JustifiedTrope, as he was already suffering a crisis of conscience against his kingdom of Baron due to the the immoral acts the king had ordered him to commit, which included unwittingly destroying Rydia's village by delivering a deadly item there.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'': A very short time after Cecil finds Rydia, and witnesses her summon a monster that appeared to kill his best friend Kain, he immediately throws away his career to protect Rydia by killing the troops sent by his king to arrest and execute her. This can be considered a JustifiedTrope, as he was already suffering a crisis of conscience against his kingdom of Baron due to the the immoral acts the king had ordered him to commit, which included unwittingly destroying Rydia's village by delivering a deadly item there.



* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'': Obviously, given that you're the omnibenevolent sun god and all. Issun tends to be more cynical than Ammy, but is also a huge sucker for a pretty face.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Okami}}'': Obviously, given that you're the omnibenevolent sun god and all. Issun tends to be more cynical than Ammy, Ammy but is also a huge sucker for a pretty face.



* In the online tie-in game for the movie ''Salt,'' the player is led to believe that Salt is being setup by the bad guys and she needs your help to clear her name. In reality, [[spoiler:she is a Soviet mole and is using you to eliminate some loose ends. She later betrays the player to his (it's always shown as a male player) bosses in the CIA]].

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* In the online tie-in game for the movie ''Salt,'' the player is led to believe that Salt is being setup set up by the bad guys and she needs your help to clear her name. In reality, [[spoiler:she is a Soviet mole and is using you to eliminate some loose ends. She later betrays the player to his (it's always shown as a male player) bosses in the CIA]].



* 2B from ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' forms a close bond with 9S in the middle of their first mission, to the point of not minding pulling a HeroicSacrifice with him (granted, DeathIsCheap for [=YoRHa=] androids, but even then she had no idea if she'd even remember 9S afterwards due to thinking her memories during the mission weren't backed up.) [[spoiler: This is justified later on with the revelation that this was ''far'' from her first mission with 9S. It's just the first one the player is privvy to, and due to 2B being tasked with regularly rewriting 9S' memories, it's the first one that ''he'' remembers.]]

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* 2B from ''VideoGame/NierAutomata'' forms a close bond with 9S in the middle of their first mission, to the point of not minding pulling a HeroicSacrifice with him (granted, DeathIsCheap for [=YoRHa=] androids, but even then she had no idea if she'd even remember 9S afterwards due to thinking her memories during the mission weren't backed up.) [[spoiler: This is justified later on with the revelation that this was ''far'' from her first mission with 9S. It's just the first one the player is privvy privy to, and due to 2B being tasked with regularly rewriting 9S' memories, it's the first one that ''he'' remembers.]]



* In a strange varation on this trope, Isaac from ''Webcomic/CrystalHeroes'' decides to join the expedition into a dangerous dungeon immediately after Garrett volunteers to join, on the grounds that he's "so hot." So, rather than risking his life for the sake of aiding someone he just met and finds attractive, he risks his life just to spend time with one of the other party members who he just met and finds attractive.

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* In a strange varation variation on this trope, Isaac from ''Webcomic/CrystalHeroes'' decides to join the expedition into a dangerous dungeon immediately after Garrett volunteers to join, on the grounds that he's "so hot." So, rather than risking his life for the sake of aiding someone he just met and finds attractive, he risks his life just to spend time with one of the other party members who he just met and finds attractive.

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* Deconstructed in one of ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'''s Radio [=CDs=]; [[ChurchMilitant Ky Kiske]] charges into a group of Gears in an attempt to save a woman. [[spoiler:He dies horribly and it leads to a BadFuture. ''And'' [[ManipulativeBitch the woman]] was counting on it]].


* Played with in ''[[Creator/LouisaMayAlcott Rose in Bloom]]'', the sequel to ''Eight Cousins''. Mac finds a girl, and tries very hard to help her, even though he's only known her for a few minutes at the time he agrees. [[spoiler:Then again, she's about two years old, an orphan, and has no other close relatives.]] Lampshaded when he and Rose call her [[note]]Name her, actually; her mother was too sick to tell Mac her name, and nobody else knew either the mother or the baby.[[/note]] Dulcinea.

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* Played with in ''[[Creator/LouisaMayAlcott Rose in Bloom]]'', the sequel to ''Eight Cousins''.''Literature/EightCousins''. Mac finds a girl, and tries very hard to help her, even though he's only known her for a few minutes at the time he agrees. [[spoiler:Then again, she's about two years old, an orphan, and has no other close relatives.]] Lampshaded when he and Rose call her [[note]]Name her, actually; her mother was too sick to tell Mac her name, and nobody else knew either the mother or the baby.[[/note]] Dulcinea.


* In ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', if the resident CowardlyLion Zenitsu canít muster the inner courage he has to surpass all of his cowardice on the surface, a good way to make him focus and be brave, or at least try to, is find himself in a situation where thereís a woman in peril, Zenitsu will stop his complaining right away and go for the rescue, that of course by expecting to charm the woman in question if he succeeds in saving her from demonic threats.

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* In ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', if the resident CowardlyLion Zenitsu canít muster the inner courage he has to surpass all of his cowardice on the surface, a good way to make him focus and be brave, or at least try to, is find himself in a situation where thereís a woman in peril, Zenitsu will stop his complaining right away and go for the rescue, that of course by expecting to charm the woman in question if he succeeds in saving her from demonic threats.rescue.


* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' mostly avert it. In ''Wind Waker'', Link starts his quest because [[KnightTemplarBigBrother his little sister was taken by a giant bird]], and finishes BecauseDestinySaysSo. ''Twilight Princess'' has Link trying to save the kids from the village; at first he's helping Midna because she's helping him. Those first 3 dungeons are by no means short ([[DownTheDrain especially the third one]]), so by the second half of the game, he and Midna have had time to bond. Ganondorf just happens to know how to push Link's BerserkButton at the end.

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** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'' and ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' mostly avert it. In ''Wind Waker'', Link starts his quest because [[KnightTemplarBigBrother [[BigBrotherInstinct his little sister was taken by a giant bird]], and finishes BecauseDestinySaysSo. ''Twilight Princess'' has Link trying to save the kids from the village; at first he's helping Midna because she's helping him. Those first 3 dungeons are by no means short ([[DownTheDrain especially the third one]]), so by the second half of the game, he and Midna have had time to bond. Ganondorf just happens to know how to push Link's BerserkButton at the end.


* In ''Tenspeed and Brown Shoe'', private detective Lionel Whitney (Creator/JeffGoldblum) is prone to this with the GirlOfTheWeek. It's worth noting that a key reason he gave up his job as a stockbroker to became a detective was to live out his longstanding fantasies of being "Mark Savage", the 1940s-style private eye protagonist of the pulpy novels he devours. This trope gets him into particular trouble in "Savage Says: There's No Free Lunch" because [[spoiler: that week's Dulcinea is actually The Vamp]].

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* In ''Tenspeed and Brown Shoe'', private detective Lionel Whitney (Creator/JeffGoldblum) is prone to this with the GirlOfTheWeek. It's worth noting that a key reason he gave up his job as a stockbroker to became a detective was to live out his longstanding fantasies of being "Mark Savage", the 1940s-style private eye protagonist of the pulpy novels he devours. This trope gets him into particular trouble in "Savage Says: There's No Free Lunch" because [[spoiler: that week's Dulcinea is actually The Vamp]].Vamp. Even better? The novel he's working his way through at the time sees Savage similarly deceived, but it isn't until Lionel's recovering in the hospital that he finishes it and realizes how strong the Plot Parallel was]].

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* In ''Tenspeed and Brown Shoe'', private detective Lionel Whitney (Creator/JeffGoldblum) is prone to this with the GirlOfTheWeek. It's worth noting that a key reason he gave up his job as a stockbroker to became a detective was to live out his longstanding fantasies of being "Mark Savage", the 1940s-style private eye protagonist of the pulpy novels he devours. This trope gets him into particular trouble in "Savage Says: There's No Free Lunch" because [[spoiler: that week's Dulcinea is actually The Vamp]].

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* Sasuke from ''VisualNovel/IkemenSengoku'' briefly met the female main character just before they got flung back to Japan's Sengoku era by a wormhole and got separated for four years. Despite that long period of time after their first meeting and them being total strangers who barely said three sentences to one another during that meeting, he never forgot about her and vowed to find her and do anything needed to ensure that she'd stay safe and be able to return to their original time. The MC even notes on his route that while he's a NiceGuy, that alone doesn't explain his complete devotion to protecting someone he had only about ten seconds of interaction with four years ago. However, it turns out there's a better reason for his devotion to her than just ChronicHeroSyndrome or LoveAtFirstSight -- [[spoiler:during their first meeting, she pushed him out of the way of a lightning bolt strike and while it happened so quickly that she forgot about it, he never forgot that he would have been dead if not for her quick and brave action and he vowed to repay her for it.]]


* Engaging in this practice on an Internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called [[WhiteKnight white knighting]]. Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.

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* Engaging in this practice on an Internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called [[WhiteKnight white knighting]]."white knighting". Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.


* Engaging in this practice on an Internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called "white knighting". Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.

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* Engaging in this practice on an Internet forum (or wiki) is derisively called "white knighting".[[WhiteKnight white knighting]]. Doing it is particularly laughable due to most net denizens being aware of ''{{GIRL}}''.


* In ''Manga/KimetsuNoYaiba'' if the resident CowardlyLion Zenitsu canít muster the inner courage he has to surpass all of his cowardice on the surface, a good way to make him focus and be brave, or at least try to, is find himself in a situation where thereís a woman in peril, Zenitsu will stop his complaining right away and go for the rescue, that of course by expecting to charm the woman in question if he succeeds in saving her from demonic threats.

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* In ''Manga/KimetsuNoYaiba'' ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', if the resident CowardlyLion Zenitsu canít muster the inner courage he has to surpass all of his cowardice on the surface, a good way to make him focus and be brave, or at least try to, is find himself in a situation where thereís a woman in peril, Zenitsu will stop his complaining right away and go for the rescue, that of course by expecting to charm the woman in question if he succeeds in saving her from demonic threats.


* In ''LightNovel/ReZero'', Subaru practically invokes this after getting TrappedInAnotherWorld; being WrongGenreSavvy, he figures he must be there to protect some cute girl, and after seeing Emilia searching for her insignia, he figures it must be her and decides to help her. The trope doesn't truly kick in until the two of them are murdered by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Elsa the Bowel Hunter]], triggering Subaru's [[TimeTravel Return by Death]] for the first time, at which point Subaru becomes determined to (and eventually unhealthily obsessed with) helping and protecting her. Ram and Rem are a subversion, as while it seems to them like he's trying to help them despite having only met them the other day, [[TimeyWimeyBall Subaru has actually known them for quite a bit longer]]. This being a {{Deconstruction}}, he's called out on this trope at every turn, even by Emilia herself, and ends up going through absolute ''hell''.

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* In ''LightNovel/ReZero'', Subaru practically invokes this after getting TrappedInAnotherWorld; being WrongGenreSavvy, he figures he must be there to protect some cute girl, and after seeing Emilia searching for her insignia, he figures it must be her and decides to help her. The trope doesn't truly kick in until the two of them are murdered by [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Elsa the Bowel Hunter]], triggering Subaru's [[TimeTravel Return by Death]] for the first time, at which point Subaru becomes determined to (and eventually unhealthily obsessed with) helping and protecting her. Ram and Rem are a subversion, as while it seems come to them like he's trying to help them despite having only met them the other day, [[TimeyWimeyBall feel that Subaru is acting like this towards them, but in their case they have only known him for a day, but Subaru (and the audience) has actually known them for quite a bit longer]].longer. This being a {{Deconstruction}}, he's called out on this trope at every turn, even by Emilia herself, and ends up going through absolute ''hell''.


* Invoked in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''. Makoto Naegi has this in regards to Sayaka Maizono, who he has been pining for her since childhood, and he is willing to do anything to protect her during Monokuma's game of High School Life of Mutual Killing. [[spoiler:It turns out that she's using the DE as a way to frame him for murder when she tries to kill Leon so she can escape from the school, but Leon kills her before she can do so.]]

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* Invoked in ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa''.''VisualNovel/DanganronpaTriggerHappyHavoc''. Makoto Naegi has this in regards to Sayaka Maizono, who he has been pining for her since childhood, and he is willing to do anything to protect her during Monokuma's game of High School Life of Mutual Killing. [[spoiler:It turns out that she's using the DE as a way to frame him for murder when she tries to kill Leon so she can escape from the school, but Leon kills her before she can do so.]]

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* In ''Manga/KimetsuNoYaiba'' if the resident CowardlyLion Zenitsu canít muster the inner courage he has to surpass all of his cowardice on the surface, a good way to make him focus and be brave, or at least try to, is find himself in a situation where thereís a woman in peril, Zenitsu will stop his complaining right away and go for the rescue, that of course by expecting to charm the woman in question if he succeeds in saving her from demonic threats.

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