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Basic Trope: A protagonist who avoids all romantic relationships.

  • Straight: Bob makes it a point to never get involved in romantic entanglements.
  • Exaggerated: Bob never shows any romantic feelings towards the opposite sex, nor the same sex, nor anyone outside the norm, and is proud of it.
  • Downplayed: While Bob is secretly intrigued by women, he has no interest in romance.
  • Justified:
    • Bob was scorned by a former lover and has lost all interest in love or romance.
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    • Bob scorned a former lover and feels guilty about it.
    • Bob is a widower and he still loves his dead wife.
    • Bob's mission has already taken the life of several love interests, so he decides to become a celibate hero in order to avoid causing the demise of more loved ones.
    • Bob is a Knight Errant who walks the Earth, or perhaps being pursued. He will not (or can't) put down roots, and doesn't want to break any hearts when he leaves, so he simply refuses any sort of romantic attraction.
    • Bob is asexual and aromantic.
    • Bob is a member of a Religious Order which requires members to take a Heroic Vow of celibacy.
    • Bob is a monk.
    • Bob knows that when you enter a romantic relationship, things can get complicated and it usually ends up with a kid. He wants to focus on himself and or his career for right now.
    • Bob is a eunuch.
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    • Bob is a castrato.
    • Bob finds romantic relationships a waste of time. He would rather enjoy the single life than sacrificing his freedom to be with a woman.
    • Bob has a very dangerous STD and lives in a world which is completely devoid of Contraception. He does not want anyone else to get his disease, so he avoids romantic relationships.
    • Bob was molested as a child, and so he is unable to form a healthy relationship.
    • Bob values self control, and as such does not want his sexual urges to get in the way of his work.
    • Bob has Schizoid Personality Disorder, which really hampers his ability to stablish bonds with other people... Let alone something as complex and nuanced as a romantic bond.
    • Bob considers love to be nothing more than a sign of weakness.
    • Bob is The Captain, and regulations forbid him from getting involved with his subordinates.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Bob makes constant attempts to avoid all romance, until he meets the woman of his dreams, whom he falls madly in love with.
    • Bob doesn't believe in having sex until marriage, making him a Chaste Hero instead.
    • Bob shuns romance from all women because he's pining after one woman from his hometown, who, for whatever reason, he cannot be with for the time being.
    • Bob shuns all romance; we eventually find out he's married with kids.
  • Double Subverted: His relationship with this woman turns to be extremely pathological and auto-destructive, so he swears off of love for good this time.
  • Parodied: Bob's celibacy turns him into the ultimate Forbidden Fruit; women and Horny Devils from everywhere try their damnest to try and seduce him... And fail spectacularly.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is constantly switching modes. On one day he may swear off love entirely, while the next he has fallen helplessly in love. This goes back and forth for some time, before Bob finally realizes he is being dumb and decides to give love a chance.
  • Averted: Bob's love life is never brought to issue or is never discussed.
  • Enforced:
    • This film is being produced by the Catholic church, and Bob is an adventuring priest who must remain celibate.
    • The author is sick of the Power of Love's dominance in fiction, so the author makes an aromantic hero to not only make a breath of fresh air, but to make a positive role model that single people can look up to.
  • Lampshaded: "What are you going to do, Bob, be a single person for the rest of your life?"
  • Invoked:
    • After a painful breakup, Bob removes all female contacts from his address book and begins to distance himself from all female friends.
    • Bob has received some sort of Virgin Power, so he decides to take the celibate hero route in order to sustain it.
  • Exploited: Because Bob is well known for never having sex, the king chooses him to be the Queen's bodyguard. This is despite the fact that Bob is a bumbling fool with no combat abilities whatsoever.
  • Defied:
    • The woman who is deeply in love with Bob is finally able to break through his icy exterior and open him up to romance again.
    • Alternatively, Bob's friends get him, really, really drunk one night...
    • Alice tries to force Bob into loving him forever or else.
  • Discussed: "Bob, I know you think love is a waste of time, but you can't just give up."
  • Conversed:
    Dave: "What's wrong, Bob? Not into girls anymore?"
    Claire: "Good for him! Romance is overrated anyway."
    Dave: "What?! Don't tell me you are..."
    Claire: "Asexual? Didn't you know already?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Bob's existence without romance causes him to become a lonely and bitter person, which in turn causes him to lose all interest in his original quest, and he lives the rest of his life as a lonely hermit.
    • Bob is very clearly sexually repressed to an unhealthy degree, and is deep in denial about it.
    • Bob's lack of interest in romance has earned him the criticism of society who expects everyone, especially men, to get married and have children.
    • Despite not being interested in romance, Bob always wanted to have children. Since he can not find a woman to bear his children, he will probably be childless his whole life.
    • Bob's rejection of romantic or sexual relationships doesn't stop Alice or other women from pursuing him relentlessly.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Bob learns how to channel his frustration into a greater drive to complete his quest.
    • Alternatively (or in addition) Bob turns out to be asexual, so the absence of romance in his life doesn't affects him at all.
    • But Bob doesn't care about their opinions, so if they don't like it, that's their own problem.
    • Bob becomes an antinatalistnote , so he adopts and raises an orphaned child with great compassion and kindness rather than procreate.
    • Bob kindly turns down any women or men for potential relationships, but since he likes to make more friends along the way, he influence them to become his friends instead.

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