Are you still upset that I stole Jaina from you, Kael?
~ Arthas Menethil taunting Kael'thas Sunstrider about "stealing" Jaina Proudmoore from him.
A love rival, also known as homewreckers, are villains who abduct someone's lover/love interest, usually the one of the people they antagonize. It is most often done to coerce the victim into marriage, but it can also happen when the villain takes a hostage. Examples include King Kong, Jennifer CheckGreen GoblinIsaac Ray Peram WestcottRahul Metha, and Aldrich Killian.

A lover stealer can also be an individual who has "stolen" the protagonist's love interest from them and begins a relationship with them, much to the chagrin of the hero. Examples of this include Biff Tannen in Back to the Future, Part II, Aki Myojin in Sweet Punishment, Arthas Menethil in Warcraft, Regina George in Mean Girls, and Lex Luthor in Smallville.

A lover stealer can also include elements of both of the above; Lucifer, Judge Claude Frollo, Ripslinger, and Bowser are examples.

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