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5th Aug '16 1:45:22 PM INH5
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* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Series/The100'' suffers from this. Not including casual hookups and crushes that don't go anywhere, by the end of Season 3 there have been 11 romantic relationships involving Regular characters, and 7 of them have ended with one of the characters involved in the relationship dying. Of the remaining 4, 1 ended with an offscreen breakup due to the actor for one of the characters [[RealLifeWritesThePlot getting fired between seasons]], and 3 are still ongoing as of the Season 3 finale. Of note is that all 3 of those ongoing relationships started sometime during Season 3. Clarke, however, has it especially bad. She has had 3 love interests: Wells (who loved her so much he was willing to get sent down to Earth with her, although she saw them as JustFriends), Finn (whom she had a relationship with when they first landed on the ground), and Lexa (whom she grows closer to in season 3 and finally has sex with in "Thirteen"), and all of whom ended up dying.

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* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Series/The100'' suffers from this. Not including casual hookups and crushes that don't go anywhere, by the end of Season 3 there have been 11 romantic relationships involving Regular characters, and 7 of them have ended with one of the characters involved in the relationship dying. Of the remaining 4, 1 ended with an offscreen breakup due to the actor for one of the characters [[RealLifeWritesThePlot getting fired between seasons]], and 3 are still ongoing as of the Season 3 finale. Of note is that all 3 of those ongoing relationships started sometime during Season 3. Clarke, however, has it especially bad. She has had 3 love interests: Wells (who loved her so much he was willing to get sent down to Earth with her, although she saw them as JustFriends), Finn (whom she had a relationship with when they first landed on the ground), and Lexa (whom she grows closer to in season 3 and finally has sex with in "Thirteen"), and all of whom them ended up dying.
4th Aug '16 10:32:45 PM INH5
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* Pretty much the entire cast of ''Series/The100'' suffers from this. Not including casual hookups and crushes that don't go anywhere, by the end of Season 3 there have been 11 romantic relationships involving Regular characters, and 7 of them have ended with one of the characters involved in the relationship dying. Of the remaining 4, 1 ended with an offscreen breakup due to the actor for one of the characters [[RealLifeWritesThePlot getting fired between seasons]], and 3 are still ongoing as of the Season 3 finale. Of note is that all 3 of those ongoing relationships started sometime during Season 3. Clarke, however, has it especially bad. She has had 3 love interests: Wells (who loved her so much he was willing to get sent down to Earth with her, although she saw them as JustFriends), Finn (whom she had a relationship with when they first landed on the ground), and Lexa (whom she grows closer to in season 3 and finally has sex with in "Thirteen"), and all of whom ended up dying.
1st Aug '16 9:30:55 PM DrOO7
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** Even ''before'' his beloved Shannon (the first wife), flashbacks to his days as a recruit show that he had a crush on a female recruit. Even though it never went beyond flirtation, he clearly felt enough to be devastated when she herself was killed and still remember her years later.
25th Jul '16 5:49:44 AM Dravencour
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Puts the "Temporary" in TemporaryLoveInterest and serves as the "Yank" in YankTheDogsChain. Is a subtrope of DoomMagnet. Don't expect these widow(er)s to be [[ForgottenFallenFriend particularly shook up]] at this untimely parting.

The reason for all this romance being cut short (besides [[SuperheroesStaySingle an authorial inclination for their heroes to stay single and available]]) is the fact that many villains just can't resist tormenting the hero however they can, particularly by [[FriendlyTarget going after friends, family and loved ones (and even the Team Pet!) of the hero]]. It's little wonder that many {{Celibate Hero}}es (who have likely been through this multiple times) have an "ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies" speech handy.

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Puts the "Temporary" in TemporaryLoveInterest and serves as the "Yank" in YankTheDogsChain. Is a subtrope of DoomMagnet. Don't expect these widow(er)s to be [[ForgottenFallenFriend particularly shook up]] at this untimely parting.

The reason for all this romance being cut short (besides [[SuperheroesStaySingle an authorial inclination for their heroes to stay single and available]]) is the fact that many villains just can't resist tormenting the hero however they can, particularly by [[FriendlyTarget going after friends, family and loved ones (and even the Team Pet!) of the hero]]. It's little wonder that many {{Celibate Hero}}es (who have likely been through this multiple times) have an "ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies" speech handy.
handy. {{Doom Magnet}}s suffer this by definition, but it isn't limited to romantic relationships -- ''anyone'' who gets close to them is doomed.
3rd Jul '16 12:16:19 PM Morgenthaler
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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]. One ex he thought was both dead and evil (she came back, briefly), one woman who was turned halfway into a monster (and who he has to kill in a HumanSacrifice in ''Changes''), and a woman who was revealed to have been brainwashed into falling for him. And when the poor guy makes a date for drinks and maybe some casual sex, ''he's'' the one to get killed. Guy can't catch a break.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Harry Dresden]].Dresden. One ex he thought was both dead and evil (she came back, briefly), one woman who was turned halfway into a monster (and who he has to kill in a HumanSacrifice in ''Changes''), and a woman who was revealed to have been brainwashed into falling for him. And when the poor guy makes a date for drinks and maybe some casual sex, ''he's'' the one to get killed. Guy can't catch a break.
3rd Jul '16 12:16:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* A few of Jessica's love interests in the ''SweetValleyHigh'' series.

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* A few of Jessica's love interests in the ''SweetValleyHigh'' ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' series.



* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has a very unfunny tendency to kill off any and all women that [[IronWoobie Obi-Wan]] [[StoicWoobie Kenobi]] ever has feelings for. There are four women that he has admitted to loving- [[JediApprentice Cerasi]], [[JediQuest Siri Tachi]], [[CloneWarsGambit Taria Damsin]] and [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Satine Kryze]]- of which Taria is the only one not to have died in his arms. However, considering that she was [[IllGirl dying from a terminal illness]] in her last appearance, it's only a matter of time. Luke Skywalker loves (Mara Jade, Calista, Shire Brie/Lumina etc..) also falls under this trope.

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* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' has a very unfunny tendency to kill off any and all women that [[IronWoobie Obi-Wan]] [[StoicWoobie Kenobi]] ever has feelings for. There are four women that he has admitted to loving- [[JediApprentice [[Literature/JediApprentice Cerasi]], [[JediQuest [[Literature/JediQuest Siri Tachi]], [[CloneWarsGambit [[Literature/CloneWarsGambit Taria Damsin]] and [[WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars Satine Kryze]]- of which Taria is the only one not to have died in his arms. However, considering that she was [[IllGirl dying from a terminal illness]] in her last appearance, it's only a matter of time. Luke Skywalker loves (Mara Jade, Calista, Shire Brie/Lumina etc..) also falls under this trope.
25th Jun '16 4:58:07 AM Bissek
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* This happens a lot in ''Series/AgentsOfShield''. As of the end of Season 3:
** Skye/Daisy: First love interest compromised a classified data feed to a HYDRA subsidiary, and got dumped and abandoned thousands of miles from his actual home. Second love interest turned out to be a HYDRA mole, who caused problems for the team for a good season and a half after being exposed before he was killed. And then his corpse was taken over by an ancient Inhuman boogieman, who would continue causing problems for another half a season. Third love interest made a HeroicSacrifice to kill said boogieman.
** May: Had Skye's love interest #2 as a casual lover until he was exposed as a traitor. Second love interest was her ex-husband, who she was trying to reconciliate with when he got turned into an extremely violent Inhuman, who was killed by one of the henchmen of the previously mentioned Inhuman boogieman.
** Coulson: Had to leave first love interest after his death in the movies. Second love interest was sniped by Skye's love interest #2.
** Simmons: First love interest was killed by the Inhuman boogieman (Most of these love interest deaths trace back to Ward and/or Hive. Maybe now that they're both dead the team will have better luck?). The second is Fitz (After nearly three entire seasons of ShipTease), which appears stable... for now.
6th Jun '16 3:42:11 PM Bissek
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** Actually fits Ziva of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' just as well or better - Langer, who she's implied to be in a relationship with, is shot by her coworker Lee, the man she falls in love with dies of radiation poisoning, and her serious boyfriend Michael is shot by her coworker and love interest Tony. So far, her relationships are lucky to last out an episode. Her longest lasting boyfriend, Ray, went on and off for a couple seasons before he proposed to her. Then she arrested him for murder.
** Agent [=McGee=] is also an excellent fit, as (with the exception of Abby) anyone he's even shown an interest in either dies or turns out to be the murderer-of-the-week. The cute computer programmer he flirts with for half an episode is strangled right in front of him. A Petty Officer he had a thing for in training turns out to be a lesbian AND is the episode's killer to boot. A cute girl he picks up in a coffee shop ends up being a foreign national who holds him at gunpoint for information and is shot seconds later. His most recent girlfriend was caught in a terrorist bombing, lost the ability to walk, and then took a transfer to Dubai.

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** Actually fits Ziva of ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' just as well or better - Langer, who she's implied to be in a relationship with, is shot by her coworker Lee, the man she falls in love with dies of radiation poisoning, and her serious boyfriend Michael is shot by her coworker and love interest Tony. So far, her relationships are lucky to last out an episode. Her longest lasting boyfriend, Ray, went on and off for a couple seasons before he proposed to her. Then she arrested him for murder.
murder. Her final relationship was a one-night stand with Tony, [[spoiler:which resulted in a child, which [=DiNozzo=] didn't learn about until her house was blown up with her in it, leaving Tony to raise their one-year old daughter.]]
** Agent [=McGee=] is also an excellent fit, as (with the exception of Abby) anyone he's even shown an interest in either dies or turns out to be the murderer-of-the-week. The cute computer programmer he flirts with for half an episode is strangled right in front of him. A Petty Officer he had a thing for in training turns out to be a lesbian AND is the episode's killer to boot. A cute girl he picks up in a coffee shop ends up being a foreign national who holds him at gunpoint for information and is shot seconds later. His most recent girlfriend was caught in a terrorist bombing, lost the ability to walk, and then took a transfer to Dubai. She eventually moved back, and Tim's actively considering proposing to her, so he might be escaping the curse.
30th May '16 7:59:54 AM JoieDeCombat
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* On ''Series/TheMusketeers'', Aramis falls into this trope. Adele, the Cardinal's mistress, ends up being shot to death on the cardinal's orders in the pilot episode (although Aramis doesn't find this out until the next season). His FirstLove, Isabel, who he was almost forced to marry in a ShotgunWedding, ends up TakingTheVeil. He runs into her again in season 1 only for her to die shortly after. In the season 2 premiere he worries that this fate will befall the Queen.


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* On ''Series/TheMusketeers'', Aramis falls into this trope. Adele, the Cardinal's mistress, ends up being shot to death on the cardinal's orders in the pilot episode (although Aramis doesn't find this out until the next season). His FirstLove, Isabel, who he was almost forced to marry in a ShotgunWedding, ends up TakingTheVeil. He runs into her again in season 1 only for her to die shortly after. In the season 2 premiere he worries that this fate will befall the Queen.
21st May '16 8:12:15 AM nighttrainfm
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. During the quest "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts", the player can overhear a dowager detail the deaths of ''nine'' different husbands, each death more ridiculous than the last. At least a few are so out-there, you have to wonder if she's a BlackWidow.



* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition''. During the quest "Wicked Eyes and Wicked Hearts", the player can overhear a dowager detail the deaths of ''nine'' different husbands, each death more ridiculous than the last.
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