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Basic Trope: A female character falls in love with or feels very attracted to a "bad guy" (i.e. a male character with dysfunctional, aggressive or outright criminal character traits), usually choosing him over a "Nice Guy".

  • Straight: Alice falls in love with Bob, a convicted criminal.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Gender-Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • The woman seems to have fallen for the bad boy... but she's actually into someone else, he was misinterpreting all the signs.
    • The man was a Hero with Bad Publicity.
    • See Justified #3: it’s just the "nice guy's" point of view.
    • Her Love Interest is a bad boy, but she appreciates his good qualities more than his dark ones.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Alice has an obvious crush on her friend Bob, the bad boy of the school (he has yet to tell anyone but Alice that he just likes the fashion), but then Bob's put into a situation that is out of the law's hands. Alice is against all of this, seeing that it's changing him, and abandons him. Later, she gets attracted to him anyway. She's also attracted to Charles and Bob gets a new friend, Diane. Charles has his eyes more on Diane than on Alice. The Creators try to get the Yaoi demographic by introducing Eddy who's involved in a Ho Yay Love Triangle with Bob and Charles. Alice and Diane also have their own Les Yay going on.
    • Alice is in love with Bob the Jerkass, but then it turns out Charles the so-called "nice" guy is an Unreliable Narrator who is in love with Alice. It turns out the person who called Charles out was the real Unreliable Narrator all along. However they weren't lying about Charles making up all that stuff up about Bob. Then it turns outs he wasn't making all that stuff up, Bob was just picking on Charles because he hates his guts.
  • Averted: There is no single "bad boy" character; the woman's romantic options are between flawed but decent men.
  • Enforced:
    • "We need to soften this criminal character up, so he has a reason to clean up his act. Maybe make one of the supporting female characters fall for him?"
    • "Hmm, this show needs more drama... I know! Why don't we have one of the female characters fall in love with this criminal?"
    • "Don't the fangirls always love the bad-boy/good-girl romance?" "Yeah!" "So let's do that!"
  • Lampshaded: "Of course she loves him; everyone knows bad boys are sexy!"
  • Invoked: A guy tries to build up a bad boy image to get a girl to like him.
  • Exploited: Reformed Rakes
  • Defied: "What, you think your attitude turns me on? No, thanks, unlike the girls that fawn on you, I have self-respect AND standards."
  • Discussed: "It's weird, isn't it, how women seem to be really attracted to bad guys?"
  • Conversed: "That character is dreamy! He's such a rebel!"
  • Implied: "My first boyfriend was a real jerk... so was my second... and the ones after that. Hmmm."
  • Deconstructed: A woman falls in love with a bad boy and starts a relationship with him. He then treats her just as badly as he treats anyone. At best he exploits her infatuation to get what he wants, be it sex, money, favors, etc. At worst he's abusive, and/or his antics put Alice's safety and legal status at risk.
  • Reconstructed: A woman falls in love with a bad boy and starts a relationship with him, because he treats everyone except her badly.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice becomes a Monster Fangirl of the town's convicts to the point of becoming an Abhorrent Admirer that they all try to avoid as she stalks them constantly in hopes of having sex with any of them.
  • Played For Drama:
    • A woman can't resist getting into abusive relationships due to having an abusive father growing up. Her desires reflect her need to be loved by the cruel men in her life.
    • As Alice keeps on going out with Bob, it awakens a dormant criminal streak in her that would have never manifested if she had stayed clear from him. Alice becomes a consumate criminal herself and remains so all her life long and raises her children into being criminals too, even her daughters.
    • Alice inadvertently becomes caught in Bob's criminal escapades and either gets hurt by his rivals, or arrested as an accessory to his crimes. Bonus points if she gets arrested and he doesn't.

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