I Will Wait for You. If it takes forever, I will wait for you For a thousand summers, I will wait for you 'Til you're back beside me, 'til I'm holding you 'Til I hear you sigh here in my arms— Les Parapluies de Cherbourg. So someone's love has gone off on a long and dangerous journey: to sea, to war, to find their meaning, to make their fortune, something along those lines. She promises to wait for him, right where she is, until he returns. How long could it be, right? Soon they'll be reunited and all will be well.
Only not so much. Years pass and he doesn't return. Most people would have given up by this point, assuming that something has happened to their loved one and he's never going to come back. But not this woman. She's going to wait right here for the rest of her life, if necessary, because she really believes he's coming back for her someday.
Even though most of the time, he really is dead. This still will often not stop her.
She said she'll wait forever for him, and she meant it. Hundreds of years later, a woman- shaped rock can be seen in that spot, waiting for her love to return to her. If she knows that he is dead, The Mourning After may ensue. Or even if she believes it — sometimes other characters think that claiming it will shake her resolve.
When the hero is being faithful, the Standard Hero Reward can lead to some very difficult to wiggle out of scenes — But Thou Must! If she is coerced into marrying, it's You Have Waited Long Enough — whereupon her true love will show up in time to save her from the wedding. If this trope follows a breakup, you have Love Will Lead You Back. If he does return, and she realizes she no longer loved him, it turns to Old Flame Fizzle. The person waiting, incidentally, is almost Always Female.. See also My Girl Is Not a Slut, The Slow Path. Compare I Will Find You for when the speaker plans to take a more proactive stance.
Contrast Absence Makes the Heart Go Yonder and Taking the Veil, a common historical alternative. Anime and Manga The "turned to stone" variant is featured as a local legend in an episode of Pokémon called "The Ghost of Maiden's Peak." The stone girl's spirit is also said to haunt the area. The trope is lampshaded and defied by Jessie in reference to said ghost. Girls like her disgust me.
Always waiting around for her man as if she were his faithful pet.". Downplayed in another episode with a Ninetales (kitsune Pokemon who can reach 1. But once 1. 00 years passed without his return, she realized he'd died and attempted to leave the house where he'd lived, only to be unable to since her Pokeball was still in there. Another example happened in a Battle Frontier episode, where May meets an old woman at a run- down train station waiting for her husband to return.
The woman's granddaughter reveals that her husband wanted to leave to become a Pokemon Doctor, but she didn't want to leave because she was pregnant. She wanted to tell him before he left, but was unable to catch up to him. Her husband died in an accident a year later, but she didn't believe it and continued to wait for him at the train station everyday for many years. Alpha in Yokohama Kaidashi Kikou is still waiting for her owner to return at the end of the series when humanity goes extinct.
Trisha Elric of Fullmetal Alchemist. Not only does she agree to wait for Hohenheim while she's still alive, it's revealed in an omake at the end of the series that she is still waiting for him, despite being dead for 1. They're finally reunited when Hohenheim dies in the Grand Finale.. Trisha's grave. The Mizu Sahara manga My Girl has the main character waiting for his girlfriend, who went abroad to study and seems to have decided not to return. She dies before he gets the chance to see her again. A variant of this trope occurs in the CLAMP manga Shirahime Shyo.
A couple makes their goodbyes over a frozen lake as he is going to war, and she promises that when he comes back she will be waiting for him in the same spot. Guy returns many years later in the middle of winter thinking she probably didn't wait for him, until he looks down at the frozen river.. When she said she would wait in the same spot.. Gender inverted in Xxx HO Li C when Watanuki takes on ownership of the shop and vows to wait for Yuuko there until the day he sees her again.
Nevermind the fact she's dead right now. It's okay, after all, if "wishes can come true if someone wishes hard enough" she'll definitely come back, even though he'll probably never see her again as the person he knew her as. Watanuki won't be aging until she returns anyway, because he made a deal for prolonged life in return for being unable to leave the shop.
Take that. Double Subverted. Ho Yay. Love Triangle.. In the first Cardcaptor Sakura movie, we have Clow Reed's girlfriend and disciple, only referred to as Mahoudoushi aka "the Sorceress", and the Big Bad of the film.
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They got into a huge fight when she started practising Black Magic despite his warnings, so he sealed her away in a Pocket Dimension. Sorceress broke free many years later.. Clow was already dead; she then proceeeded to unleash her magic against Syaoran's family as well as against Sakura, and as she did so, a lot of her dialogue parts are summed up as her asking "Where.
Is. Clow Reed?". When Sakura finally managed to tell her that he's dead, she suffered a Villainous BSOD, saying "But.. I.. waited..!" all over. An non- dog animal variant of this is Laboon from One Piece, who's been waiting over 5. And in keeping with the trope, it turns out all members of the crew are dead.
Good news Brook's Devil Fruit powers aren't going to let that get in the way. A subversion occurs much earlier in the Buggy Arc. In the town Buggy's crew have occupied, there's a little dog called Chou- Chou, who's standing guard at a shop his master founded. Said master went to the hospital several weeks ago, and never came back, having died. Most of the townspeople think Chou- Chou's still waiting, but not the mayor, Boodle. Boodle thinks that Chou- Chou knows his master isn't coming back, but watches over the shop because it's all he has left of his master.
This makes it all the sadder when Mohji burns said shop down. Role reversal in Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. Tanda has been waiting for years for Balsa to fulfill her vow to save the lives of eight people so they can settle down and get married. Then at the end she decides to return to her hometown for a while, and he ends up waiting again. Tanda is a very patient guy.
He does express some frustration with Balsa's wandering ways, noting that she seems to thrive on life- or- death situations. When Balsa admits that this is true and jokingly asks him if he has a cure for it, he painedly replies that if he himself isn't enough of a cure, then there's no point in going on waiting. But he goes on waiting all the same. In Sailor Moon, after a lot of agonising on both parts, Reika goes to study in Africa and Motoki decides to wait for her. She eventually returns so that they can have their agonising all over again, since she wants to go back to Africa, this time for ten years. Motoki is still prepared to wait. In an early episode of Slayers Revolution, when Lina is almost arrested for "the crime of being Lina Inverse", Gourry tearfully promises to wait for her until she gets out of prison, no matter how many years it takes.
Lina, of course, responds with violence. In Kannazuki no Miko, when Chikane is being, in essence, erased from existence she declares that she will reincarnate. At that point Himeko promises to wait for her. In the ending of the manga version of Chrono Crusade, Chrono promises Rosette that he'll return to her because the place he belongs is "wherever she is" before going off to fight Aion in their final battle. For a reason that is never explained, he disappears for years, leaving her to wait for him even though their contract means that she doesn't have very long to live. After eight years he eventually does make it back to her right in time for her to die in his arms.
It's left up to interpretation if the scene is really him returning to her or their spirits reuniting in the afterlife. Present in the manga version of Hellsing of all the things: Alucard disappears and Integra kills the Major, telling him he's a monster and Alucard will return. She then waits for him for thirty years (naturally she never married). In the Distant Finale, Romancia, Integra has begun to worry that he's never come back, and that she's getting old. He returns to her that night, after deliberately losing millions of his own lives to get back, and reassures her that her age is fine with him. In the finale of GUN×SWORD, Wendy parts from the man she loves.
It's unclear whether Van returns her romantic feelings). The series ends with a few minutes of Distant Finale in which Wendy reveals that she's learned to cook food he would like, so that she can give him a good meal when he shows up. Though she never explicitly promised to wait for him, it seems to be what she's doing, and she insists that she will see him again some day. Cue Van walking in the door not five seconds later. An everyday sort of version occurs in The Weatherman Is My Lover where Amasawa supports the reluctant Koganei in going overseas to work and convinces him that he'll be okay without him and wait for his return.
In the manga ending of Eureka Seven, Renton refuses to acknowledge that his lover Eureka is dead and will continue to wait upon the day she returns back. The final page indicates they might have finally reunited after 2 years. In the movie version Eureka Seven: Pocket Full of Rainbows, Eureka waited patiently and hoped for the moment she could be reunited with Renton, considering she thought of suicide throughout the 8 years of imprisonment. Misato tries to invoke this trope in End of Evangelion when she sends Shinji off to fight the Final Battle..