When the hero of the show and one of the antagonists have a romantic tone right out in the open, as opposed to Foe Romance Subtext.
In other words, you have to go on roughly 10 first dates, with mates who are within your aspiration level.
If after 10 dates there’s someone you want to go back to and he or she is available, then go for it. Want some other tips to date with science on your side?
It’s impossible – or so the assumptions go – that perhaps she’s legitimately attracted to him, that attractiveness and desire are about more than just the accepted definitions of good looks.
We get so hung up on beauty privilege, the halo effect, the value of facial symmetry and waist-to-hip ratios and the idea that only 20% of whomever get 80% of the fucking that we tend to ignore things that don’t fit the accepted narrative.
Their different senses of morality will conveniently keep things from progressing too quickly and sometimes they won't move at all, since the character won't be as fun if they go straight. Compare Go-Karting with Bowser (when the relationship is platonic rather than romantic or sexual), Loves My Alter Ego (for similar relationships between heroes and bystanders), and Defecting for Love (which happens when the Catwoman decides to go straight after all).
The same concerns about getting rid of the dramatic tension that fuel Will They or Won't They? Easily overlaps with Villainesses Want Heroes and Trickster Girlfriend.
May lead to The Masquerade Will Kill Your Dating Life if the pairing is ultimately incompatible or too unstable. For double points, they had this relationship in the sequel series as well but in reverse; Silverbolt's spark was in one of their foes and Blackarachnia was determined to convert him as he had converted her.
The one-sided version of this may be a Villainous Crush.
In this situation, a person must pick the best secretary from a group of applicants who appear in random order, drawn from a pool whose quality is not known. It’s all about moving forward and making smart choices. ” Going back to their advanced computer simulations, Miller and Todd raised the number of potential candidates from 100 to 1,000 and proved, to the relief of singles everywhere, that a little bit of searching indeed goes a long way.
Todd and Miller found that the solution to the secretary problem - and potentially your dating problem - requires sampling a certain proportion of people, remembering the best of them, and then picking the next person who is even better. In the secretary problem, the ideal percentage for sampling is 37% of a pool of 100 applicants. According to their research, in a group of 1,000 potential mates, only 1 to 2 percent needs to be sampled.
See Foe Romance Subtext for the less explicit version of this, and Fatal Attraction when it's more dangerous.