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19th Sep '16 8:36:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''[[SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley University]]'', Elizabeth breaks up with her long term boyfriend Todd and he begins dating another girl, Gin-Yung. Gin-Yung conveniently contracts a brain tumour and dies, using her last words to tell Todd to get back together with Elizabeth.

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* In ''[[SweetValleyHigh ''[[Literature/SweetValleyHigh Sweet Valley University]]'', Elizabeth breaks up with her long term boyfriend Todd and he begins dating another girl, Gin-Yung. Gin-Yung conveniently contracts a brain tumour and dies, using her last words to tell Todd to get back together with Elizabeth.



* Robin Hobb's ''{{Realm of the Elderlings}}'' series, [[spoiler:Burrich is badly injured in a fight against a stone dragon.]] Despite the fact that there were three separate ways to save his life, only one is attempted and deemed too difficult. [[spoiler: He eventually dies, his body thrown into the sea, and Fitz is now able to move in on Burrich's widow Molly, his childhood sweetheart.]]

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* Robin Hobb's ''{{Realm ''Literature/{{Realm of the Elderlings}}'' series, [[spoiler:Burrich is badly injured in a fight against a stone dragon.]] Despite the fact that there were three separate ways to save his life, only one is attempted and deemed too difficult. [[spoiler: He eventually dies, his body thrown into the sea, and Fitz is now able to move in on Burrich's widow Molly, his childhood sweetheart.]]



* In the ''{{Xanth}}'' book ''Isle of View'', the characters themselves invoke this--Prince Dolph is engaged to both Nada and Electra, and for various complicated reasons cannot just pick one. With the deadline coming up, Electra and Nada (who get on quite well) quietly start taking turns anytime anything dangerous needs to be done, just in case fate should resolve the problem that way.

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* In the ''{{Xanth}}'' ''Literature/{{Xanth}}'' book ''Isle of View'', the characters themselves invoke this--Prince Dolph is engaged to both Nada and Electra, and for various complicated reasons cannot just pick one. With the deadline coming up, Electra and Nada (who get on quite well) quietly start taking turns anytime anything dangerous needs to be done, just in case fate should resolve the problem that way.
7th Sep '16 12:07:12 AM PaulA
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* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs was fond of the plot where the heroine is engaged to another, and the hero nobly relinquishes her because he knows she's too honorable to break her word, and then they suffer for a bit before the inconvenient fiancé has a convenient death (sometimes JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope first to make sure the reader doesn't feel sorry for him).

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* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs was fond of the plot where the heroine is engaged to another, and the hero nobly relinquishes her because he knows she's too honorable to break her word, and then they suffer for a bit before the inconvenient fiancé has a convenient death (sometimes JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope being handed the JerkassBall first to make sure the reader doesn't feel sorry for him).
6th Sep '16 8:24:38 PM PaulA
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* Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs was fond of the plot where the heroine is engaged to another, and the hero nobly relinquishes her because he knows she's too honorable to break her word, and then they suffer for a bit before the inconvenient fiancé has a convenient death (sometimes JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope first to make sure the reader doesn't feel sorry for him).
** ''Literature/TarzanOfTheApes'' ends with Jane, uncertain of her emotions, accepting a proposal from the RomanticFalseLead, and Tarzan, accepting that she's honor bound, choosing not to make an issue of it and going off alone. In the sequel, ''The Return of Tarzan'', Jane and her fiancé go on a cruise and are shipwrecked, coincidentally very near Tarzan's latest adventure. The fiancé, who by this time has turned out to be a selfish jerk, dies, and Jane and Tarzan are reunited.
** In ''Literature/TheMadKing'', Barney Custer and Princess Emma of Lutha fall in love while Barney is performing an EmergencyImpersonation of Lutha's king, to whom Emma is betrothed. They're both too noble to act on their feelings when she's bound by her betrothal, so they suffer separately for a few years before King Leopold has a DeathByIrony brought on directly by his jealousy over Emma's love for Barney.
11th Aug '16 11:45:25 PM PaulA
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* In [[LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Komarr]]'', Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan finds himself falling in love with the wife of an administrator peripherally involved with an apparent terraforming accident (and the feeling is, unbeknownst to him, mutual). Tien Vorsoisson (the administrator in question) turned out to be involved in an embezzlement scam, Ekaterine (the wife in question) decided to leave him over it, and ''then'' Tien ended up accidentally killed by the conspirators when he tried to sell them out to Vorkosigan. Too bad things got classified enough to create a whole new set of barriers in any courtship.

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* In [[LoisMcMasterBujold Bujold's]] ''[[Literature/VorkosiganSaga Komarr]]'', Creator/LoisMcMasterBujold's ''Literature/{{Komarr}}'', Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan finds himself falling in love with Ekaterin Vorsoisson, the wife of an administrator peripherally involved with an apparent terraforming accident (and the feeling is, unbeknownst to him, mutual). Tien Vorsoisson (the administrator in question) turned out to be involved in an embezzlement scam, Ekaterine (the wife in question) decided to leave him over it, and ''then'' Tien ended up accidentally killed by the conspirators when he tried to sell them out to Vorkosigan. Too bad things got classified enough to create a whole new set of barriers in any courtship.
25th Jul '16 3:55:44 PM nombretomado
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* Semi-averted in ''CyranoDeBergerac''. After Christian dies, Cyrano has the opportunity to reveal he wrote the letters and finally receive Roxane's love, but he withholds the information so that his beloved Roxane's memory of Christian won't be tarnished.

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* Semi-averted in ''CyranoDeBergerac''.''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac''. After Christian dies, Cyrano has the opportunity to reveal he wrote the letters and finally receive Roxane's love, but he withholds the information so that his beloved Roxane's memory of Christian won't be tarnished.
1st Jul '16 5:05:30 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': [[SubvertedTrope subverts this]]. Near the end [[spoiler: Sheryl, close to death from her illness pleads Alto to save Ranka, so the two can be together after she dies (emphatised more in novel, but still present in series). Then [[LaserGuidedKarma Ranka heals Sheryl]], so the threesome persists, and isn't resoved in series]]
** The movies, meanwhile [[spoiler: [[InvertedTrope invert this]]. The "hypotenuse" is the only one left standing, while her rival is in coma (but probably will make it, though)) and the object of attraction is missing, and [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat probably dead]]. ]]

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* ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'': ''Anime/MacrossFrontier'' [[SubvertedTrope subverts this]]. Near the end [[spoiler: Sheryl, close to death from her illness pleads Alto to save Ranka, so the two can be together after she dies (emphatised (emphasized more in novel, the novels, but still present in the series). Then [[LaserGuidedKarma Ranka heals Sheryl]], so the threesome persists, and isn't resoved remains unresolved in series]]
the show itself]].
** The movies, meanwhile movies [[spoiler: ''seem to'' [[InvertedTrope invert this]]. The "hypotenuse" is the only one left standing, while her victorious rival is in coma (but probably will make it, though)) a coma, and the their object of attraction is missing, missing. However, WordOfGod confirms that they all survive, and [[NoOneCouldSurviveThat probably dead]]. ]]implies that the latter two eventually get back together again after the ending]].
16th Jun '16 8:15:29 PM Eievie
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Alice, Bob, and Charlie are in a LoveTriangle. Alice loves Bob, but also has feelings for Charlie -- or maybe she doesn't, but can't or doesn't want to turn him down (maybe she's even in a relationship with or married to Charlie while pining after Bob). However will she resolve this dilemma? Well, fortunately, she doesn't have to -- Charlie meets with a convenient illness, accident, or other such fatal situation, freeing Alice up to go after Bob without guilt. If Charlie is aware of Alice's feelings for Bob, he may tell her with his dying breath that she shouldn't mourn him too much, because he [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants his beloved to be happy]].

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Alice, Bob, and Charlie are in a LoveTriangle. Alice loves Bob, but also has feelings for Charlie -- or Charlie--or maybe she doesn't, but can't or doesn't want to turn him down (maybe down. Maybe she's even in a relationship with with, or married to Charlie Charlie, while pining after Bob). Bob. However will she resolve this dilemma? Well, fortunately, she doesn't have to -- Charlie to--Charlie meets with a convenient illness, accident, or other such fatal situation, freeing Alice up to go after Bob without guilt. If Charlie is aware of Alice's feelings for Bob, he may tell her with his dying breath that she shouldn't mourn him too much, because he [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy wants his beloved to be happy]].



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29th May '16 12:47:14 AM Doug86
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* In ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', Cyclops making it out with Emma Frost -- almost literally on his dead wife's grave. In this case, the dead wife made them do it with her psychic powers, or rather, the future resurrected her did it, but still perplexing, since [[FridgeLogic there were plenty of other ways she could have made Scott stay]] that were a lot less tacky.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'', ''ComicBook/XMen'', Cyclops making it out with Emma Frost -- almost literally on his dead wife's grave. In this case, the dead wife made them do it with her psychic powers, or rather, the future resurrected her did it, but still perplexing, since [[FridgeLogic there were plenty of other ways she could have made Scott stay]] that were a lot less tacky.
4th May '16 7:34:34 PM sayaleviathan
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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had this with Robin/Ted/The Mother in the series finale. Robin stopped hanging out with the gang not only because she’s busy with her job but she couldn’t stand Ted and The Mother enjoying themselves and that her ex-husband is there. [[spoiler:In the end, it turns out the Mother died and Ted got the permission from his kids to date Robin again]].
27th Mar '16 5:29:34 PM nombretomado
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* ''DowntonAbbey'':

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