A trope that gets to me: ‘guard dog’ character and their partner who are both fully aware of it and honestly don’t care/kind of like it. Someone says “call your guard dog off” and their partner does call them off. That person, their ‘guard dog’, is someone who is unreservedly, irrefutably loyal to them. Someone undoubtedly dangerous who is willing to kill, to maim, to obey, simply because of their love for one another. There’s no manipulation involved— it is loyalty, brutal, dogged loyalty. And it goes both ways.