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Basic Trope: The bodyguard falls in love with the person they're supposed to protect, and/or the person falls in love with their bodyguard.

  • Straight: After years of having her life saved by Bob, Princess Alice confesses her love for him.
  • Exaggerated: As soon as Bob is designated as Princess Alice's bodyguard, she falls in love with him.
  • Downplayed: Bob has protected Alice for years, and as a result, they become more like friends than having a power dynamic.
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  • Justified: Alice and Bob gradually warm to each other as they spend time together, and a romantic relationship emerges organically.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob can't stand Alice. Seriously, his perfect dream would be someone paying him more to kill Alice than he's currently paid to keep her alive.
    • Alice can't stand Bob. He was assigned to her by her controlling father, King Zachary, and Bob's brusqueness toward her makes it very clear that he is nothing more than an extension of Zachary's will, someone to keep her in line and out of trouble.
  • Subverted: Bob pretends to be both Alice's bodyguard and boyfriend, because Alice's father wants her to stay single for a few years.
  • Double Subverted: Bob Becomes the Mask.
  • Parodied:
    • Despite sexual incompatibility, cultural differences or the fact that one of them isn't even human (guard dogs, etc.), have never met before or been in the same time zone before the job, bodyguards always fall for their charges. Hilarity Ensues.
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  • Zig Zagged: Bob pretends to be both Alice's bodyguard and boyfriend, because Alice's father wants her to stay single for a few years. Then Bob becomes the mask but keeps it a secret in the name of professionalism. Then Alice confesses to him and he reciporcates.
  • Averted: Bob and Alice don't fall in love, and their relationship remains strictly professional.
  • Enforced: "Alice needs to have her less likeable tendencies reduced ... maybe if she grew to appreciate a badass who unconditionally sacrificed himself for her, she'd become kinder."
  • Lampshaded: As soon as the bodyguard position is accepted, the question of where to hold the wedding comes up next.
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  • Invoked: Alice has a crush on Bob, so she picks him as a bodyguard, hoping he will fall in love with her.
  • Exploited: Charles gives Alice a Dare to Be Badass call by capturing Bob.
  • Defied: Bob prefers Dana, whom he can fight alongside.
  • Discussed: Dana tells Alice that she can totally make it work with Bob, because Dana knows lots of bodyguards who've fallen in love with their charges.
  • Conversed: "Let's see, Bob is a bodyguard and Alice his charge. I wonder if that makes her more or less likely to win his heart than Rebecca, his childhood friend."
  • Deconstructed: Alice has a romance with her bodyguard Bob and is killed because she refused to let Bob die to save her.
  • Reconstructed: Alice has a romance with her bodyguard Bob and learns self-defense from him to help him do his job. They both enjoy the Hands-On Approach and Alice can provide cover fire from her safe spot away from the fighting.
  • Implied: Alice has lots of Ship Tease with her bodyguard, Bob. That being said, there hasn't been any actual confirmation on whether or not they do have feelings for each other. Not to mention that their interactions straddle the line between platonic and romantic so we can't really know for sure.

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