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21st Jul '17 1:43:55 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* Some of the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' romances fell into this trope. Aqualad and Rocket being the most obvious victims (and their relationship didn't even get far beyond her kissing him on the cheek at the end of season 1).

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* Some of the ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' romances fell into this trope. trope.
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Aqualad and Rocket being were the most obvious victims (and victims, and their relationship didn't even get far beyond her kissing him on the cheek at the end of season 1). 1.
** Tim Drake and Cassie Sandsmark didn't even get ''that''. They barely interact with each other, but by the end of the second season, they're a couple.
** Also, Lagoon Boy and Miss Martian. They get together in the time skip, but we never really see anything beyond her kissing him a few times. The relationship mostly exists to cause tension between the two and Superboy.
12th Jul '17 10:46:43 PM miraitrunks766
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** Present Trunks, whose exact age is hard to pinpoint given vague timeline and animation designs, only claims that Mai is his girlfriend to impress Goten in the ''Battle of Gods'' movie; the sub-plot is not mentioned in the anime retelling, which makes it very jarring when Mai and the Pilaf Gang turn up in Trunks' house a few sagas later without explanation about the relationship except that they seem to like each other. Also jarring in the manga equivalent. Furthermore, it's given shades of [[squick]] since Mai is chronologically older than Bulma and clearly has the mind of an adult woman in a child's body.

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** Present Trunks, whose exact age is hard to pinpoint given vague timeline and animation designs, only claims that Mai is his girlfriend to impress Goten in the ''Battle of Gods'' movie; the sub-plot is not mentioned in the anime retelling, which makes it very jarring when Mai and the Pilaf Gang turn up in Trunks' house a few sagas later without explanation about the relationship except that they seem to like each other. Also jarring in the manga equivalent. Furthermore, it's given shades of [[squick]] Squick since Mai is chronologically older than Bulma and clearly has the mind of an adult woman in a child's body.
12th Jul '17 10:43:57 PM miraitrunks766
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* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': The relationships between Present Trunks and Mai and Future Trunks and Future Mai can both come across as this, in some sort of attempt at a [[StrangledByTheRedString destined romance]]-type plot.
** Present Trunks, whose exact age is hard to pinpoint given vague timeline and animation designs, only claims that Mai is his girlfriend to impress Goten in the ''Battle of Gods'' movie; the sub-plot is not mentioned in the anime retelling, which makes it very jarring when Mai and the Pilaf Gang turn up in Trunks' house a few sagas later without explanation about the relationship except that they seem to like each other. Also jarring in the manga equivalent. Furthermore, it's given shades of [[squick]] since Mai is chronologically older than Bulma and clearly has the mind of an adult woman in a child's body.
** Meanwhile, in the alternate future, there was no indication throughout ''Dragon Ball Z'' or supplementary material that the Pilaf Gang had survived the Android apocalypse before Future Mai randomly turns up as his ally and designated love interest. Like Present Mai, she has been de-aged and is chronologically older than Bulma, as shown in the manga one-shot. She's also apparently much more competent than she originally was, and never mentions her former friends as Future Trunks doesn't know a thing about them. Whilst not as squick, given Trunks is an adult, the fact that it seems Mai has not old him the truth is a tad off-putting. A new character could have been invented and fulfilled the same purpose to the same effect.
10th May '17 1:40:26 AM Everlighte
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* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'': The end of the movie hookups [[spoiler: between Andy and Allison and Bender and Claire]]. While the characters have clear moments of bonding and all of them growing closer to each other is the whole point of the movie, it's made a [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief little tough to believe]] due to how much of the film they all spend being horrible to each other.

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* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'': The end of the movie hookups [[spoiler: between Andy and Allison and Bender and Claire]]. While the characters have clear moments of bonding and all of them growing closer to each other is the whole point of the movie, it's still made a [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief little tough to believe]] believe]], especially due to how much of the film they all spend being horrible to each other.
10th May '17 1:35:45 AM Everlighte
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3rd Apr '17 10:37:37 AM germanlureag
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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. The relationship of Ariel and Eric is obviously because that happens in the original book, and that should happen in the plot to give Ariel more motivation to go to the outside world. However, the whole thing is complicated because they really only know each other for three days, and she's unable to speak for almost that entire time. Of course, the original book had a major DownerEnding, so a lot of things had to be changed in order to prevent that.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' lampshades the prevalence of this trope; Giselle and Edward start out madly in love with each other without any actual reason for ''why''. It's just how things work in the fairytale land of Andalasia. [[spoiler:When you think about it, this helps explain why Nancy managed to pair herself up with Edward in the end, by eloping back to Andalasia.]]

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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. The relationship of Ariel and Eric is obviously because that happens in the original book, and that should happen in the plot to give Ariel more motivation to go to the outside world. However, the whole thing is complicated because they really only know each other for three days, and she's unable to speak for almost that entire time. Of course, the original book had a major DownerEnding, so a lot depending on the version, since other children's versions decide to put the end closest to the original, as the part of things had to be changed in order to prevent that.
the fairies with which the little mermaid stays.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' lampshades the prevalence of this trope; Giselle and Edward start out madly in love with each other without any actual reason for ''why''. It's just how things work in the fairytale land of Andalasia. [[spoiler:When you think about it, this helps explain why Nancy managed to pair herself up with Edward in the end, by eloping back to Andalasia.]]]] Even at the end of the story, this applies to the official couple.
8th Mar '17 6:39:29 PM JoeG
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* At the end of ''Theatre/MeasureForMeasure'', the Duke announced that he was going to marry Isabella. Not only did they never show any interest in each other before that point, but Isabella's dearest wish was to become a nun. Also, for most of the play she thought he was a Friar and thus sworn to celibacy.
19th Feb '17 1:30:14 AM chucknormie
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* In ''Manga/ShouwaGenrokuRakugoShinjuu'', Yotaro is simplemindedly head-over-heels for Konatsu, who is cold to him, but not in a {{Tsundere}} kind of way; she never once says or does anything romantic towards him, or have any romantic thoughts about him even after ''[[spoiler:they get married]]''. This creates the very strange situation of Yotaro having [[spoiler:a "wife" who treats him as a close friend at best and a "son" who isn't even his actual child]].
28th Jan '17 8:18:14 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Rodney [=McKay=], ''repeatedly'', in the last two seasons. The first major girlfriend, Katie Brown, was a drippy botanist that he had nothing in common with whatsoever, and the second was Jennifer Keller, who had previously [[FanPreferredCouple seemed to have a nice thing going on with Ronon]]. This [[ExecutiveMeddling may]] have had something to do with the fact that the most popular ship in the entire fandom was [[HoYay McKay/Sheppard]]. In the episode ''The Shrine'', after all of one episode of any serious interaction, he's [[DyingDeclarationOfLove declaring]] his love for Keller in a video recording.

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* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'': Rodney [=McKay=], ''repeatedly'', in the last two seasons. The first major girlfriend, Katie Brown, was a drippy botanist that with whom he had nothing in common with whatsoever, and the second was Jennifer Keller, who had previously [[FanPreferredCouple seemed to have a nice thing going on with Ronon]]. This [[ExecutiveMeddling may]] have had something to do with the fact that the most popular ship in the entire fandom was [[HoYay McKay/Sheppard]]. In the episode ''The Shrine'', after all of one episode of any serious interaction, he's [[DyingDeclarationOfLove declaring]] his love for Keller in a video recording.



* While most couples in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' are clearly shown to care for each other, Mia and Diego is an exception. Diego being Mia's boyfriend is literally the first thing we learn about him and it provides Mia with motivation to hunt Dahlia and [[spoiler: for Diego(as Godot) to hate Phoenix for being unable to save her two games earlier]], but when we see them actually interacting with each other they don't seem any closer than co-workers, aside from Diego using AffectionateNickname.

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* While most couples in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' are clearly shown to care for each other, Mia and Diego is an exception. Diego being Mia's boyfriend is literally the first thing we learn about him and it provides Mia with motivation to hunt Dahlia and [[spoiler: for Diego(as Godot) to hate Phoenix for being unable to save her two games earlier]], but when we see them actually interacting with each other they don't seem any closer than co-workers, aside from Diego using an AffectionateNickname.
14th Dec '16 10:53:58 PM Everlighte
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* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'': The end of the movie hookups [[spoiler: between Andy and Allison and Bender and Claire]]. While the characters have clear moments of bonding and all of them growing closer to each other is the whole point of the movie, it's made a [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief little tough to believe]] due to how much of the film they all spend abusing each other. And no, abuse in this case does ''not'' mean BelligerentSexualTension; it means abuse.

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* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'': The end of the movie hookups [[spoiler: between Andy and Allison and Bender and Claire]]. While the characters have clear moments of bonding and all of them growing closer to each other is the whole point of the movie, it's made a [[WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief little tough to believe]] due to how much of the film they all spend abusing being horrible to each other. And no, abuse in this case does ''not'' mean BelligerentSexualTension; it means abuse.
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