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Comic Books

"Sometimes being a swinging bachelorette isn't all it's cracked up to be. Sometimes it's so hard to keep on my happy-go-lucky face all day...it seems like a hubby, a house, and 2 to 3 kids would be just the ticket. But you had a shot at that didn't you, M. J.—and you couldn't have asked for a better catch than Peter Parker. There was only one problem: I figured out that Peter was really Spider-Man—and once I realized that, I knew I could never marry someone who I never knew for sure would come home from work alive!...Oh, why does he have to have such a darn high sense of responsibility?...If only he were less altruistic — I would've accepted his proposal on the spot. But if he was different...he wouldn't be the same guy you loved, would he, M. J,? Face it, lady: Peter Parker and Spider-Man—two sides of the same coin."
Mary Jane Watson's thought bubbles, Web of Spider-Man, Issue #6 Vol. 1, written by Danny Fingeroth

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Peter: I mean, Peter Parker, but no Spider-Man. I thought that was what you always wanted, MJ.
Mary Jane: Hh. I thought so too, I guess. But leave it to this...very messed-up situation to make me believe otherwise, tiger. I used to dream of a life where we could just be us, you know? With no Green Goblins or Venoms making everything such a horror show. But here's the thing — that wouldn't be us, would it? Because it wouldn't be you. As much as it might scare me or frustrate me or, yeah — even endanger me — I can't change that. I don't want to change that. The guy I'm in love with is a hero. He puts on a costume and risks his life to help other people for no reason other than that it's the right thing to do. And yes, that burden he carries around is why I kept pushing him away. But now I'm starting to realize it's also why I kept coming back to him.
— This trope being defied in Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5 #5 (2018)
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Literature

"If you want to date this Sajan boy, that's okay. Just remember what you are. Because if you forget... the boy will remind you, when he finds out."
Clauss, Unique

Live-Action TV

"You are not, by any chance, betraying your secret identity just to impress cute boys, are you?"

"Doctor, here's a tip. When I am on a date, when that rare and special thing happens in my real life, do not- do not, under any circumstances, put the Pope in my bedroom!"
Bill Potts, Doctor Who, "Extremis"

Western Animation

DD: How does that relationship not work? I can’t remember, why does she end up not with him?
CA: At the end of the episode she basically says, "I like you a lot but you’re the god damn Batman and that’s whack."

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"In other words, duties before cuties."


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