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Basic Trope: A (usually male) character declares to protect someone (typically a female close to him) as their primary motivation for their actions.

  • Straight: Alice is being persecuted by the Big Bad. Bob swears to do whatever it takes to protect her.
  • Exaggerated: Alice is a total Damsel in Distress that everyone in the world wants to kill except for her Satellite Love Interest, Bob, who refuses to ever leave her side by the off-chance that something bad would happen.
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  • Downplayed: Alice is being persecuted by the Big Bad. Bob volunteers to become her bodyguard... In exchange of a reasonable price.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is Alice's bodyguard.
    • Bob is a big fan of The Golden Rule and hopes that one day she will be willing to do the same for him.
    • Protecting her makes him more confident in his abilities and about who he is as a person.
    • Bob just loves her that much.
    • Bob wants to win her over.
    • Protecting women is part of Bob's Code of Honour.
    • Alice is a family member, and Bob is big on family.
  • Inverted: Claire is a completely self-sufficient woman. David is a mentally ill man whose prime motivation is to commit a lust murder on her.
  • Gender Flipped: Bob is being persecuted by the Big Bad. Alice swears to do whatever it takes to protect him.
  • Subverted: Bob claims that he will protect Alice no matter what, but when she gets kidnapped by Emperor Evulz, he does nothing.
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  • Double Subverted: ...Resulting in a Rescue Arc.
  • Parodied: Bob is a Dogged Nice Guy who tries to impress Alice from any perceived danger. However, his tactics get ridiculous (such as putting bubble wrap on everything in her house), annoying her greatly.
  • Zigzagged: Bob is Alice's bodyguard; however, he slacks off, allowing Emperor Evulz to kidnap her. So he goes to rescue her, but then he gets distracted for a while. Later, Bob sees the error in his ways and continues his quest to save Alice. But when he does save her, he stops protecting her, because he's killed Emperor Evulz, so there's no one to protect her from anymore.
  • Averted: No one declares to protect anyone.
  • Enforced: "Bob needed a motivation to fight against enemies, otherwise he'd come across as a ruthless Blood Knight, and that's not the image the show producers want to showcase to the kids."
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  • Lampshaded: "I will always protect Alice, no matter what."
  • Invoked: Emperor Evulz is kidnapping Alice to bring out a protective instinct in Bob, hoping it will get the two to fall in love.
  • Exploited: Alice puts herself in danger to force Bob to join her cause.
  • Defied:
    • "I can protect myself, Bob."
    • "What do I look like, your bodyguard?"
    • "Am I my girlfriend's keeper?"
  • Discussed: "Man, I wouldn't want to even be caught looking at Alice the wrong way, not since Bob stuck himself to her."
  • Conversed: "Wouldn't it be wonderful if a hot guy promised to protect me from all harm like in this show?"
  • Deconstructed: Lots of people want to kill Alice for whatever reason and Bob kills them all for being a threat to her. This leads to legal issues, grieving families and a repulsed Alice.
  • Reconstructed: Lots of people want to kill Alice for whatever reason. Even though things get extremely complicated as a result, Bob protects Alice without killing people. He even debunks her stigma, causing a happy ending for everyone.

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