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Basic Trope: The hero breaks up with their Love Interest in order to protect said Love Interest from their's enemies.

  • Straight: Amazing Girl breaks up with Bob, her boyfriend, in order to ensure that he is no longer under threat from her numerous enemies.
  • Exaggerated: Amazing Girl fakes her own death in order to ensure that she and Bob are apart and thus protect him.
  • Downplayed: Amazing Girl is worried about Bob's safety, and for that reason tries to shot down any potential romantic moments with him.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Amazing Girl considers breaking up with Bob, but decides to stay with him come what may.
    • She breaks up with him until she deals with her enemies. Once the enemies are dealt with, she gets back together with him.
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    • Amazing Girl states that she has lost many of her loved ones to her enemies, except she killed them herself because they were "stifling her".
  • Doubly Subverted:
    • ...until there's a very close call. Then she decides she really does need to break up with him to protect him.
    • ..but then either the enemies come back, and she has to break up with him once again.
  • Parodied:
    • Amazing Girl breaks up with Bob despite the fact that he is also a superhero who is more than capable of defending himself against any attacks.
    • Amazing Girl breaks up with Bob to protect her enemies from him.
  • Zig Zagged: Amazing Girl keeps changing her mind about whether she and Bob are together or not.
  • Averted: Amazing Girl and Bob are in a steady relationship, but this issue is never brought up.
  • Enforced: "It sure would be a grand romantic gesture if Amazing Girl gave up the man she loved in order to protect him from her enemies; plus, it'd make her angsty, and everyone knows that True Art Is Angsty."
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  • Lampshaded: "If we stay together, they'll find you and kill you. And if that happened, I'd never forgive myself."
  • Invoked:
    • From the outset of the relationship, Amazing Girl warns Bob that she may break up with him due to this trope.
    • Alternatively, Amazing Girl wants to break up with Bob anyhow, and uses her enemies as a convenient excuse.
    • Amazing Girl and Bob stage a very angry, public breakup so that the enemies think they broke. In secret they're still together.
  • Exploited: The villain looks for past romance partners as well as present, knowing that do-gooders so often perform this trope.
  • Defied:
    • Amazing Girl actively cultivates superficial relationships, one-night-stands and relationships without romantic involvement precisely so that she never finds herself in this position.
    • Alternatively, Amazing Girl is a Celibate Heroine. Even when she might want to love like a normal person, she's conscious that heroes must make sacrifices to ensure world's well-being.
    • "Amazing Girl, I am more than capable of defending myself, stop treating me like a child, please!!"
    • Bob hunts down and kills all of Amazing Girl's enemies.
  • Discussed: "Bob has been devastated since Amazing Girl dumped him, but he'll recover when he realizes it has been a blessing in disguise. Living as a super-villain's recurrent hostage is no life for anyone."
  • Conversed: "Amazing Girl might think that by breaking up with Bob she'll be able to keep him out of trouble; but this series has shown us that this guy is just too dense for it work! He'll be falling into another intricate super-villain trap in a couple of episodes."
  • Deconstructed:
    • "Amazing Girl, baby, if you dump me, the villains still might come for me! Even if I'm not your boyfriend anymore, they still know you care for me—I'll be just as likely a target as ever! And now I wouldn't have an awesome superhero girlfriend around all the time to save my sorry ass!"
    • Or, the bad guys aren't really concerned about whether or not Amazing Girl and Bob are currently in a relationship. Despite Amazing Girl's efforts to protect Bob by breaking up with him, they kill him anyway.
    • Bob becomes depressed upon realizing Amazing Girl broke up with him because of her enemies, feeling like if only he was stronger or able to defend himself this never would have been an issue.
  • Reconstructed: After rescuing him one too many times from the clutches of one of her archenemies, Amazing Girl finally snaps and tells Bob he's an incompetent and useless piece of garbage that couldn't do anything to save himself. After watching such negative image of her former lover, Bob decides to end his relationship with Amazing Girl on that instant and walks off with bitter feelings towards her. The enemy spies, having seen that Bob no longer has any connection with Amazing Girl, decide he's not useful as a hostage and finally leave him alone. Meanwhile, Amazing Girl cries in solitude because of the harsh act she had to pull back there; she'll always love Bob no matter what.
  • Implied: Amazing Girl breaks up with Bob for unexplained reasons, but she seems very reluctant, and was earlier expressing concern for Bob's safety.

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