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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has an example in Pinestar and Leopardfoot: Pinestar is the leader of [=ThunderClan=], while Leopardfoot is a young, newly made warrior. While in the books the only real thing that characters comment on is that Pinestar doesn't seem to have any interest in their kits, the fandom tends to dislike the pairing due to the age gap and notable power imbalance.

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has an example in Pinestar and Leopardfoot: Pinestar is the leader of [=ThunderClan=], [=ThunderClan=] [[CatsHaveNineLives on his second-to-last life]], while Leopardfoot is a young, newly made warrior. While in the books the only real thing that characters comment on is that Pinestar doesn't seem to have any interest in their kits, the fandom tends to dislike the pairing due to the age gap and notable power imbalance.


* In ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'', the power dynamics between [[RebelLeader Lelouch]] and [[NinjaMaid Sayoko]] are complex, to say the least. One the one hand, she's [[MayDecemberRomance seven years his senior]] and romantically interested in him since he was as young as ''fourteen'', his and especially his paraplegic sister Nunnally's primary caregiver for at least the last four years, his [[MentorShip martial arts teacher]] and so above his superior physically that his chances in a straight fight against her [[CurbStompBattle don't even need to be considered]]. On the other hand, he's a Noble and she's a Number, placing him two or three social classes above her (if not more, given that he's secretly a Prince), she's nominally hired help working for the Ashford family (and by extension him) who doubles as [[BodyguardCrush his bodyguard]], and things gets exponentially more one-sided after Sayoko swears fealty to Lelouch. The latter not only made her his liege-woman and he her lord, but the specific oath she willingly swore also serves as an unequal wedding vow of sorts not too different from that of a concubine. Finally, much of the development of their relationship after getting together revolves around Lelouch coming to accept that Sayoko [[PropertyOfLove considers herself truly his]] and on how they build a healthy romantic relationship and a working professional one from that fact.

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* In ''Fanfic/CodeGeassThePreparedRebellion'', the power dynamics between [[RebelLeader Lelouch]] and [[NinjaMaid Sayoko]] are complex, to say the least. One the one hand, she's [[MayDecemberRomance [[AgeGapRomance seven years his senior]] and romantically interested in him since he was as young as ''fourteen'', his and especially his paraplegic sister Nunnally's primary caregiver for at least the last four years, his [[MentorShip martial arts teacher]] and so above his superior physically that his chances in a straight fight against her [[CurbStompBattle don't even need to be considered]]. On the other hand, he's a Noble and she's a Number, placing him two or three social classes above her (if not more, given that he's secretly a Prince), she's nominally hired help working for the Ashford family (and by extension him) who doubles as [[BodyguardCrush his bodyguard]], and things gets exponentially more one-sided after Sayoko swears fealty to Lelouch. The latter not only made her his liege-woman and he her lord, but the specific oath she willingly swore also serves as an unequal wedding vow of sorts not too different from that of a concubine. Finally, much of the development of their relationship after getting together revolves around Lelouch coming to accept that Sayoko [[PropertyOfLove considers herself truly his]] and on how they build a healthy romantic relationship and a working professional one from that fact.


** [[MadDoctor Eirin Yagokoro]] / [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Kaguya Houraisan]] also falls into this, but not the way most expect. While Kaguya does have authority over Eirin, Eirin is actually ''far'' more powerful than Kaguya and the arrangement is entirely at Eirin's discretion (she could leave whenever she wants, she just doesn't want to).

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** [[MadDoctor Eirin Yagokoro]] / [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Kaguya Houraisan]] Houraisan also falls into this, but not the way most expect. While Kaguya does have authority over Eirin, Eirin is actually ''far'' more powerful than Kaguya and the arrangement is entirely at Eirin's discretion (she could leave whenever she wants, she just doesn't want to).


** The fandom has the relatively common shipping of Princess Celestia, a thousand plus year old immortal who controls the rising and setting of the Sun and is the unquestioned diarch of Equestria, with Twilight Sparkle, who is (aside from magical prowess) a relatively normal unicorn mare who is her student--and somewhat socially naive, to boot. Other fanfics ship Celestia's sister Luna (also immortal, though due to a thousand years of imprisonment in magical stasis in the moon, her "real" age is difficult to determine) with Twilight Sparkle, Trixie, or Fluttershy. [[spoiler:Thanks to Twilight ascending to alicorn-hood]], the first pairing is now more equal, but Twilight would still be the far less powerful of the pair, at least socially. In several fanfics, Celestia [[spoiler:outright ascended Twilight]] because she loved her and wanted her to be with her without social issues (plus she didn't want Twilight to die).

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** The fandom has the relatively common shipping of Princess Celestia, a thousand plus year old immortal who controls the rising and setting of the Sun and is the unquestioned diarch of Equestria, with Twilight Sparkle, who is (aside from magical prowess) a relatively normal unicorn mare who is her student--and somewhat socially naive, to boot. Other fanfics ship Celestia's sister Luna (also immortal, though due to a thousand years of imprisonment in magical stasis in the moon, her "real" age is difficult to determine) with Twilight Sparkle, Trixie, or Fluttershy. [[spoiler:Thanks to Twilight ascending to alicorn-hood]], the first pairing is now more equal, but Twilight would still be the far less powerful of the pair, at least socially. [[spoiler:At least until the finale, when Celestia retires and Twilight takes her place as ruler of Equestria.]] In several fanfics, Celestia [[spoiler:outright ascended Twilight]] because she loved her and wanted her to be with her without social issues (plus she didn't want Twilight to die).



* The morganatic marriage system came into being because of such pairings being royal men and lesser-ranking women. This system primarily existed in German-speaking regions of Europe, but was sometimes implemented elsewhere when deemed necessary by the royal families and/or parliaments when a royal insisted on marrying someone of lower rank. It specifically did ''not'' exist in Britain, where the only legal issue of a royal marrying a commoner was whether the current monarch would approve of the pairing.

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* The morganatic marriage system came into being because of such pairings being royal men and lesser-ranking women. This system primarily existed in German-speaking regions of Europe, but was sometimes implemented elsewhere when deemed necessary by the royal families and/or parliaments when a royal insisted on marrying someone of lower rank. In such a marriage, the children will be considered legitimate but not eligible to inherit the throne. It specifically did ''not'' exist in Britain, where the only legal issue of a royal marrying a commoner was whether the current monarch would approve of the pairing. Meaning that if it's the current monarch him/herself getting married, they can marry anybody they bloody well please.

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* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' has an example in Pinestar and Leopardfoot: Pinestar is the leader of [=ThunderClan=], while Leopardfoot is a young, newly made warrior. While in the books the only real thing that characters comment on is that Pinestar doesn't seem to have any interest in their kits, the fandom tends to dislike the pairing due to the age gap and notable power imbalance.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels Captain Carrot and Lance-Constable Angua (later Sergeant Angua) qualify, although Carrot is too nice to hold his rank over ''anyone'' if he can avoid doing so, and the cynical and sarcastic Angua is generally taking the lead in the relationship. And as of ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', Angua has been promoted to captain as well, so it's no longer an issue at all. Far more uncomfortable than the actual rank however, is Angua's observation that "I'm a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolf]] who lives among humans, and there's a word for that. If he whistled, I'd come running."

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* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels Captain Carrot and Lance-Constable Angua (later Sergeant Angua) qualify, although Carrot is too nice to hold his rank over ''anyone'' if he can avoid doing so, and the cynical and sarcastic Angua is generally taking the lead in the relationship. And as of ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', ''Literature/IShallWearMidnight'', Angua has been promoted to captain as well, so it's no longer an issue at all. Far more uncomfortable than the actual rank however, is Angua's observation that "I'm a [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent wolf]] who lives among humans, and there's a word for that. If he whistled, I'd come running."

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*In ''[[Literature/AmaranthineSaga Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox]]'', despite falling in love with Argent, who is magically bound to her, Tsumiko refuses to accept a relationship with him until she has secured his freedom, as any relationship between them with the bond intact could never truly be equal. On a series-wide level, the powerful nature of the Amaranthine makes it hard to avoid this trope in InterspeciesRomance, but the series typically handles it by giving the human characters powerful Reaver abilities, or, in Kimiko's case, deliberately framing the relationship so that she has the majority of the agency.


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* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' this is the main source of tension in Alec Lightwood and Magnus Bane's relationship. Alec is a [[DemonSlaying Shadowhunter]] in his late-teens who is rather reserved, insecure about his homosexuality and has never been in a relationship. Magnus is a 400+ year old warlock with immense magical powers, is not getting any older physically-speaking, has had innumerable relationships over the centuries and is very secretive about himself even though he knows virtually everything about Alec. Initially, Magnus pretty much dictates all of the terms of their relationship and it causes a lot of problems. They get over it, and the relationship starts to become better balanced as it progresses in later books in the series.


* Many universities prohibit teacher-student relationships because of this, even if most university students are legal adults.

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* Many universities prohibit teacher-student relationships because of this, even if most university students are legal adults. This is mostly because even if there's significantly lessened {{Squick}} about statutory rape, the ethical issues of giving your student higher grades for "favors" are still ''very much'' true.

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* PaedoHunt (adult/child)

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* Many universities prohibit teacher-student relationships because of this, even if most university students are legal adults.


* Defied by [[LesbianCop Detective Morris]] in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', who never dared ask her partner out because Morris was her superior. [[spoiler:After said partner gets a case of LaserGuidedAmnesia and can no longer be in the police, the two eventually end up dating.]]

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* Defied by [[LesbianCop Detective Morris]] Morris in ''Webcomic/SamAndFuzzy'', who never dared ask her partner out because Morris was her superior. [[spoiler:After said partner gets a case of LaserGuidedAmnesia and can no longer be in the police, the two eventually end up dating.]]


* A non-fanon example occurs in David Edding's ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. After [[spoiler:Durnik's death]], Polgara announces that she loves him. However, while Aldur helps him return, he informs Polgara that the fact that she's a sorceress and Durnik's not would doom their relationship. She agrees to "become his equal" as the price for his return, and for several weeks believes that she's lost her powers -- but as it turned out, she didn't. Instead, Durnik had been given power to match hers.

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* A non-fanon example occurs in David Edding's ''Literature/TheBelgariad''. After [[spoiler:Durnik's death]], Polgara announces that she loves him.him[[note]]note that it has been obvious from page one that Durnik is deeply in love with her and has been for years, long before he knew she was an ageless sorceress who'd shaped world history[[/note]]. However, while Aldur helps him return, he informs Polgara that the fact that she's a sorceress and Durnik's not would doom their relationship. She agrees to "become his equal" as the price for his return, and for several weeks believes that she's lost her powers -- but as it turned out, she didn't. Instead, Durnik had been given power to match hers.

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