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Basic Trope: A woman finds a man attractive for his virtue.

  • Straight: After a fire where Bob bravely helped save people from the flames and then volunteered food and shelter for them, Alice concludes he is the right one for her.
  • Exaggerated: Bob is an All-Loving Hero who spends his days helping ladies walk across the streets, working on charity causes, and building schools for homeless children. Alice has been in love with him since they were kids when he saved her from drowning in a river.
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  • Downplayed: Bob is a Jerk with a Heart of Gold and Alice enjoys his company despite his rough edges.
  • Justified:
    • She wants someone reliable.
    • Alice has a good head on her shoulders and wants someone who will be good to her.
    • Alice is a Broken Bird who has been scorned and abused by her past lovers. When she meets Bob, he stands out in comparison to her old boyfriends in a good way because he treats her well.
  • Inverted:
  • Gender Inverted: Bob finds Alice attractive for her moral standards.
  • Subverted: Alice dates Bob but is secretly trying to make her ex-boyfriend, a bad boy, jealous so her ex will return to her.
  • Double Subverted: Until Alice falls in love with Bob for his incredible kindness.
  • Parodied: Men recklessly paraded heroics and give everything away to charity because it's the only way to attract Alice.
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  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes Alice is attracted to sweet guys, other times to Jerk Asses.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: The Moral Guardians will hit the roof if she ends up with the villain.
  • Lampshaded: "Yes, bad boys are Hotter and Sexier, but good guys make much better husbands in the long run."
  • Invoked: Alice puts Single Woman Seeks Good Man in a personals ad in the paper or on the Web.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied: Alice deliberately seeks out bad boys.
  • Discussed: "Aooww! All the good men are gay, taken, priests, too old, too young, fictional characters, or any combination thereof!"
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  • Conversed: "I think Alice will ultimately pick Bob over Shawn; he's a Knight in Shining Armor without the armor."
  • Deconstructed:
    • 1. Alice does not consider what the hero is like in day to day life, and finds out the hard way.
    • 2. Alice looks only for goodness and does not consider whether she finds him attractive, has interests in common with him, or can stand the tension of his dangerous occupation.
    • 3. Bob is an Extreme Doormat who has been in many relationships where women take advantage of him because of his astonishing kindness.
    • 4. Alice pursues a relationship with Bob because she depends on his kindness for her own emotional stability.
    • 5. Bob has his own emotional issues to deal with, but his relationship with Alice is a one-sided game of give-and-take. His relationship with Alice falls apart because she doesn't really care about supporting him, yet she expects him to always support her unconditionally.
  • Reconstructed:
    • 1. Alice considers whether he reliably acts honorable on a day to day basis aside from the occasional heroics.
    • 2. Alice finds someone who is a good person that shares her interests and treats her with respect.
    • 3. Alice truly falls in love with Bob for being very kind and benevolent. When they start a relationship, Alice teaches Bob how to be a nice guy without a being a doormat.
    • 4. Bob's kindness extends to helping her be emotionally independent (or inter-dependent, as he would despair without her as well). This includes Lady and Knight roleplay.
    • 5. Bob also needs his own emotional support. Together, they work to overcome their problems, becoming more confident and secure.

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