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Protect Him is a Urban Fantasy Web Original short story written by Tumblr user eternal-silhouette.The story is about a boy named Shemar who goes shopping with his teacher, Mr.Takeuchi, who soon gets attacked. It was published on August 10, 2015 and can be read here.

Warning: Spoilers ahead.

Protect Him contains examples of:

  • All Abusers Are Male: Averted with Shemar's mother.
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  • All Asians Know Martial Arts: Averted. Mr. Takeuchi gets attacked and is unable to defend himself.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Downplayed with Mr. Takeuchi. It's stated that he's a teacher, but it's unknown what subject he teaches or what his physical appearance is like.
  • Big Bad: Mistress Maria is implied to be this.
  • Dark Action Girl: The woman who attacks Mr. Takeuchi. She even strangles him.
  • Evil Redhead: The woman who attacks Mr. Takeuchi.
  • The Ghost: Shemar's mother and Mistress Maria are mentioned a bit but they don't make any appearances. Justified by the length of the story.
  • Henshin Hero: Shemar powers up into a "tight suit of armor" in order to save Mr. Takeuchi.
  • In Medias Res: The story takes place in a time where Shemar is aware of someone wanting to hurt his teacher and he's obtained the power to fight them.
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  • Invisibility: The woman who attacks Mr. Takeuchi.
  • Made of Plasticine:: When Shemar attacks the woman who hurt Mr. Takeuchi, she collides with a wall and explodes. Potentially justified by the fact that Shemar has inhuman powers.
  • Minimalist Cast: The story only has three characters onscreen.
  • Mook: The woman who attacks Mr. Takeuchi.
  • Named After Somebody Famous: Mr.Takeuchi shares a surname with mangaka Naoko Takeuchi.
  • Properly Paranoid: The opening of the story establishes that Shemar went shopping with Mr. Takeuchi because he knew that someone would attack him.
  • Protectorate: The title is basically referencing this trope.
  • Psychologist Teacher: Mr. Takeuchi is said to be Shemar's teacher, but we only see them discussing Shemar's family troubles.
  • Tempting Fate: The woman who attacks Mr. Takeuchi tells Shemar that he can't stop her.
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  • Token Minority: Averted. Shemar is Black, Mr. Takeuchi is Asian and Mistress Maria is (likely) Latina.
  • Tranquil Fury: Shemar notes that Mr. Takeuchi sounds "calm but threatening" at the idea that Shemar's mother might still be hitting him. Mr. Takeuchi's only physical reaction to is to narrow his eyes and ask about it.
  • White Male Lead: Averted. The story is tagged Black representation and Asian representation.

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