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Playing With / Cartwright Curse

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Basic Trope: Any Love Interest of a character either dies or gets Put on a Bus.

  • Straight: Ver Gen's latest love, Sally Uterland dies in a bus crash and joins the ranks of Alice, Carol, and everyone he's ever loved.
  • Exaggerated:
    • If Ver even admits he has any feelings for someone, they die.
  • Downplayed: Some of Ver's love interests die, while the rest are severely injured.
  • Justified:
    • It's an actual curse put on him by a sadistic Big Bad who wants him to suffer. Ver wants to be rid of the curse.
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    • Ver himself is a Doom Magnet.
  • Inverted:
    • Ver dies every time someone loves him.
    • Ver dies every time he fall in love towards someone.
  • Subverted: It seemed like they were dying, but Ver jumped to conclusions, didn't check autopsies, ran away, etc.
  • Double Subverted: His enemies made it seem like the women were okay to Mind Screw him.
  • Parodied: Ver has tons of girls lined up in front of him outside of a church, where it is having a non-stop wedding and funeral combo.
  • Zig Zagged: ...And is immediately confronted with the death of his new love interest.
  • Averted: All love interests live throughout the show or come and go as in traditional dating.
  • Enforced: The creator believes that the hero should stay single.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked: The Big Bad curses Ver with this trope.
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  • Exploited: In return, Ver uses this curse to off The Dark Chick.
  • Defied: Ver avoids relationships altogether and resolutely remains a Celibate Hero who only has casual sex every once in a while, specifically because he knows what would happen if he had any significant other at all.
  • Discussed: "Ver, you can't have a personal life with your line of work. Not unless you pick a lover who is just as much of a trained fighter as you are, else you will spend more time visiting churchyards than having sex."
  • Conversed: "Why can't superheroes have a personal life?" "Several reasons but mostly because it gets in the way of the job and it gives your enemies too much leverage over you."
  • Deconstructed: A bitter and hateful old man in his grey days, Ver finally confesses how the trope has made him weight the consequences and forgo human relationships.
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  • Reconstructed: Ver starts Dating Catwoman and, even though there is no 0% risk, he finally can enjoy having a slightly less lonely personal time.

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