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  • Final Fantasy VII:
    • Parodied when the evil scientist Hojo is surrounded by women at the beach. Played straight when you are told the reasons Sephiroth and Vincent exist. This is especially notable in that Hojo is never shown to be handsome at ALL. In fact, he's as close as you can get to the stereotypical mad scientist look, complete with evil laughs he doesn't even bother to hide.
    • Jessie has an obvious crush on Cloud despite his casually rude treatment of her. Depending on how you talk to her on her deathbed, you can make her say that Cloud's bad-boy attitude is what she liked about him. Averted with Cloud's more serious love interests, who like him for his more wholesome traits.
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  • Both played straight and inverted with The Sims 2. Angela Pleasant, the sweetheart of the Pleasant family, is going steady with Dustin Brooke, who is a rebel, at the start of the game. Lilith Pleasant, who's a bit of a devil, is going steady with a fairly good teen, Dirk Dreamer. Also, a fair number of girls are in love or have a crush on the town Casanova, Don Lothario, when Dina Caliente is dating Mortimer Goth as well, Kayleen Landgrak (One of the towns' maids, mind), is in love with both the aforementioned Don and Daniel Pleasant (whom is married already), and Cassandra is engaged to Don himself. Nina is the only one in the loop who isn't dating or has a crush on anyone else.
  • Karen in Pokémon Gold and Silver explicitly states this trope.
  • In the original Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha mini-scenario that was included in the Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever fandisc, Chrono played the role of the villain and Nanoha eventually ended up with him.
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  • Knights of the Old Republic: Bastila in the first game will fall for the male Player Character regardless of alignment, and has some comments before the kiss about how attractive his strength (of personality, we assume) is.
  • This trope accounts for at least some of Squall's appeal to Rinoa in Final Fantasy VIII, although a lot of it also has to do with the fact that Squall is profoundly broken and Rinoa is strongly motivated to help people. Rinoa also dated Seifer in the game's backstory, but considering Seifer's aspirations to heroism and the fact that Rinoa herself was a member of La Résistance, he may not necessarily have come across as a bad boy at the time.
  • Chillingly deconstructed in Planescape: Torment. A young, naive girl falls desperately in love with a dark, mysterious stranger covered in scars...whose every word is calculated to manipulate her into being willing to do anything for him, because he needs a tool to sacrifice herself for him. He feels nothing for her but irritation for using his time. He is, after all, Practical. It's not until after she dies that she realizes the kind of guy he really was, yet still loves him anyway...
  • Dragon Age: Origins
    • Oghren will bring this up if you talk about his class with him, joking that Berserkers can get all the women they want because women are attracted to men who are mysteriously angry and sulk in the shadows. (Not that it works in his case...)
    • The trope is discussed in a conversation between Alistair and Leliana, where Alistair ponders why Zevran is so successful with the ladies.
      Alistair: Do women go for that sort of thing?
      Leliana: Where I come from they do, oh yes.
      Alistair: Huh. Really? I see.
    • In the expansion, Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, Oghren comments that Nathaniel Howe's tall, dark, and broody appearance must make him very popular with women.
  • Dragon Age II
    • Hawke of either gender can comment on Anders' "sexy, tortured look", upon learning about his experiences with the spirit of Justice; there's also a dialogue option for telling him "I love it when you go all hot-headed revolutionary" (marked "You're cute when you rebel"). There's also a hilarious conversation in the Legacy DLC where Anders goes into depth about his condition and Hawke's response is literally "Ooh, baby. Tell me more."
    • Varric tells Fenris that if he looked any more broody, women would swoon at his feet.
    • The Anders romance arc could be seen as a deconstruction. The bad boy ends up a tragic Fallen Hero gradually being corrupted from within; he essentially goes insane, manipulates his lover into helping him blow up the Chantry and start a war, and Hawke is eventually forced to either kill his/her own beloved, send him away, or run off with him to spend the rest of his/her life a wanted fugitive, also losing and greatly angering a close friend in the latter two cases (who swears vengeance not only on Hawke and Anders, but on everyone in Kirkwall).
    • The minor character Emile de Launcet invokes this, as he tells women he's a blood mage in an attempt to seem "dangerous and suave".
  • Mass Effect 2:
    • Shepard can invoke this trope to explain why Kelly finds Thane alluring. If Shepard is male and played as mostly paragon, Kelly says that that's a dirty stereotype, which just happens to be true in her case. She says to a renegade male Shepard that she was thinking the same way about him too. If Shepard is female, Kelly asked if that includes her. Female Shepard can reply that dangerous men fit right into her dangerous life.
    • It can be gender reversed with a Paragon male Shepard romancing Jack.
    • Played with for Jack and Renegade Shepard. She admires his blood-lust and cruelty, but their relationship can't develop beyond a one-night stand. Sleeping with her actually prevents any meaningful conversations with her, as it effectively reinforces her belief that sex and violence are all she's good for. She can only have a meaningful relationship with Paragon Shepard.
    • Also averted when Kelly says something along the lines of: "Oh I don't know, good guys are pretty nice too." Of course, this is Kelly Chambers we're talking about. It's not like she's picky.
    • Played straight however with the vampire in space Morinth. Her mother Samara asks you to help draw her out to be killed, but advises Shepard that acting nice and good will turn her off. The only way The Paragon can attract her is by studying some clues on Morinth's musical, artistic and vid preferences. On the other hand, a renegade needn't know these preferences and can browbeat Morinth into taking him home. Then, someone who kills Samara to recruit Morinth plays this trope straight. However, consummating the relationship ends badly. Not consummating also ends badly in the third game, as she shows up as a banshee and tries to kill you.
  • In City of Heroes, mook types known as Skulls are often shown with girlfriends who you can't attack, however, if you initiate combat with the Skulls, the girlfriend will almost immediately dump them.
  • Persona:
    • Subverted in the female route of Persona 3 Portable regarding the men the female protagonist can romance. Akihiko Sanada's aloof nature has caused him to be pegged as a Bad Boy with plenty of fangirls, while he is in fact a generally all-around nice guy (as well as being hopelessly awkward when it comes to girls). Ken is quite mature for an eleven-year old and very troubled to boot, but much of his social link is about reassuring him that it isn't shameful to occasionally act his age. Ryoji is a Ladykiller in Love, and while he's supposed to bring about The Fall, he really doesn't want to. And Shinjiro Aragaki is not only nice to you from the very start of his Social Link, a good part of said Social Link is showing that he's not really a jerk at all. His love scene is not only completely optional (available after maxing his Social Link out), but a rare male case of But I Would Really Enjoy It; the female protagonist has to be very persistent with her feelings.
    • A major part of Ulala Serizawa's jealousy of Maya Amano in Persona 2: Eternal Punishment is Maya's editing job and popularity with men; Ulala has no such luck, and the men she had dated in her lifetime were not only this trope, but have swindled her for money several times (you actually meet one of said swindlers during the game). At the end of the game, it's implied that she fell for another "bad boy" - Kaoru Saga, better known as Baofu, a wiretapper, former public persecutor, and another member of the party. However, it's also subverted at that point; both Ulala and Baofu have gone through significant Character Development, and at the end of the game, Baofu shuts down his wiretapping trade and opens a missing persons operation, even taking on his old name again.
    • Subverted with the protagonist of Persona 5; he's a handsome devil of a Phantom Thief with a reputation as an irredeemable delinquent, thanks to a (falsified) assault charge on his criminal record, but the nine women who can fall in love with him do so because he's an endlessly supportive and genuinely compassionate person who actively helps them overcome their problems.
  • In Guilty Party, both dialogue and cutscenes seem to suggest that nefarious Mr. Valentine, the "Shakespeare of Crime", does not lack for feminine affection. He even seduces one female culprit into working for him! Several others seem to have crushes on him.
  • Fallout: New Vegas opens with Benny shooting the Player Character in the head. Later on, if the player character is female and has the Black Widow perk, they can give this trope as an excuse while seducing him. He is (understandably) Squicked out by the offer, but eventually relents.
  • Bully largely averts this. Some of the girls you can flirt with may say they like Jimmy's rough side, but if you so much as hurt their feelings they'll cool on you immediately and the Prefects will quickly jump on your ass. Zoey plays it mostly straight in-story, but abusing her in the game proper will yield equally bad results. You want some action with the ladies, you've gotta play nice.
  • Deconstructed in Last Window. Margaret fell in love with her husband George knowing fully that he was an evil man. Eventually, he became a criminal and the only thing keeping them together was their shared guilt of his crimes. When he murdered a friend of theirs, she decided she'd had enough and planned to kill him, only to be beaten to the punch. Her knowledge of his crimes and the fact she allowed them to happen haunts her to this day. At one point, she describes herself as alternately loving and loathing him.
  • Marin from The Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening seems to be this. If the player attacks a Cucco enough times while she's with you, she will scream out different remarks such as "Ohh! Link, you're a bad boy!" as if she's orgasming over Link's badness.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic, it shows up when playing a male, Dark-side Sith. Interestingly, the two classes have two different variations:
    • If the DS Sith Warrior falls for Vette, it's implied the relationship is genuine love, since to start the romance he has to remove her Shock Collar, which he has no reason to do besides wanting to. She ends up being his Morality Pet, and he her Violently Protective Boyfriend.
    • The DS Sith Inquisitor and Ashara, however, seem to deconstruct this. While the feelings between them are also genuine, he does some pretty dark things to win her over, including staging a Rescue Romance to get in her good books and killing her parental figures so she can travel with him. Additionally, the usual "bad boy is redeemed by love" cliché is completely absent here—while he has a soft spot for Ashara, the Inquisitor remains evil. In fact, his relationship with Ashara opens her up to Sith corruption and she ends up Slowly Slipping Into Evil, showcasing the very real dangers of this trope.
    • While not to the extent of the Sith classes, and certainly not played with on the same level as the Inquisitor's, this can also be present in any other class where the male Player Character is Dark-side and going after a Light-side companion.
  • Interestingly toyed with in Fire Emblem Awakening. Henry is a beautiful white-haired youth with some screws loose due to a Dark and Troubled Past, and, as a result, he's a merciless Blood Knight with a Lack of Empathy. However, when a girl falls for him, it's NOT due to his badassery and bad attitude but because, despite his craziness on the battlefield, outside of it he tries to help them in their daily lives—he joins Cherche in her vigilance rounds, fixes the plates Sumia broke, tries to help Lissa catch some sleep, etc. He also turns out to be a surprisingly loving and dedicated father to any child he has.
    • Inverted in Fire Emblem Fates with Niles and two of his possible love interests, Effie and Oboro, who don't show any romantic interest in him until they get a glimpse of his Hidden Heart of Gold.
  • Amy Rose's attraction to Sonic the Hedgehog—basically the progenitor of the Mascot with Attitude trope—definitely has shades of this. Despite her being a Bad Girl, Rouge's frequent flirting with Shadow is also ultimately this... oh wait...!
  • The former queen of the Night Elves Azshara from Warcraft entranced everyone around her with her beauty and power. The one man she considered worthy of her? The Burning Titan Sargeras, who is essentially the Devil in the Warcraft mythos. Many of Azeroth's magic-related problems can be directly attributed to Azshara's twisted desire to bring Sargeras into the world and rule alongside him.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: Nirya, one of the mages at the College of Winterhold, says that Ancano is clearly up to no good, but he's "rather handsome" anyway. Of course, if you read the Skyrim Kink Meme at all, you know that many, many people agree with her, as Ancano and various other male Thalmor (especially Ondolemar) feature prominently in the fills.
  • In Roommates, Anne going for Max fits the trope to a t. She describes him as being the kind of guy her parents warned her about, despite the fact that there were no guys like him within miles of her hometown. Anne's Gay Option Isabella also counts. Flipping the player's gender, Max going for Sally could be seen as counting in a way, as while Sally isn't as sheltered as Anne, she's not nearly as wild as Max, either.
  • Blazblue: Tsubaki Yayoi has a rather obvious attraction to Jin Kisaragi. Jin himself is an Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy who barely holds his contempt for those around him. To be fair, they are Childhood Friends and Tsubaki is pretty much the only character Jin treats with any sort of kindness.
  • Mass Effect: Andromeda
    • Discussed when the Ryder twins talk about how their parents met. If Scott is the NPC twin, the version he was told is that Alec put on the bad boy act to woo Ellen and it worked like a charm. If Sara is the NPC twin, the version she heard is that Alec's act failed miserably, but it worked out anyway because Ellen thought it was utterly adorable.
    • Played with after meeting Reyes Vidal who oozes bad boy vibes. If the player is controlling Sara Ryder, then this trope can be played straight depending on her conversation choices.
    • The game also has an All Gay Guys Want Bad Boys variant. Scott Ryder can potentially show the same interest in Reyes that his sister does, and Gil Brodie mentions if romanced that he previously had a preference for the dangerous type, and that it tended to end badly.
  • Tawna, who was Crash's girlfriend and also rescued by him in Crash Bandicoot, was met with scorn by Moral Guardians due to her Ms. Fanservice design. She was replaced by Crash's sister Coco in the sequel, who was more kid friendly. To explain Tawna's disappearance, the developers stated that she dumped Crash for Pinstripe Potoroo (a boss from the first game), who was a bad boy with a tommy gun.
  • Clarence's Big Chance: Subverted. Some of the NPCs do, and Clarence's girlfriend might, but more often than not, she won't.
  • Subverted in Under Night In-Birth. Orie developed a crush on Hyde not long after she first met him. Even though he dresses like a school delinquent, swears like a sailor and his face is seemingly set in a constant scowl, Hyde kindly takes the time out to help her get used to the city and being in a co-ed school, and he is also shown to be a incredibly selfless and brave individual in other events.
  • In Demonheart, the two men Bright can go for are both evil. Raze is a demonspawn and fan of Murder Is the Best Solution, and Brash is a foulmouthed corrupt knight and rumored rapist.
  • Slightly inverted in Stardew Valley. He has some of the bad boy-isms (edgy design, smokes, rides a motorcycle, is in a band, and is a jerk to you in the beginning). However, once you start his Friendship route, it’s revealed that he’s an Adorkable nerd who loves the Dungeons and Dragons Expy in the game; is a programmer; has a strong relationship with his mother, Robyn; and has a textbook case of social anxiety. And if you choose to date or marry him later on, he’s a giant mush.


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