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20th May '16 8:35:34 PM merotoker
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* Played straight in ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay'' SpiderMan with Carlie Cooper. Everyone, including Mary Jane, is trying to get her together with Peter and gushing about how perfect and wonderful for him she is. Too bad she [[InformedAbility hasn't really done much]] to live up to that hype, and the major problem that started with the pairing is that [[DependingOnTheWriter each writer seemed to have their own take]] on who should end up with Pete in ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay.'' Dan Slott was in the Carlie Cooper camp, Creator/MarkWaid focused on [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Michelle]], and Joe Kelly always had [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Peter and Norah]]. The latter two actually went through lengths actually showing the chemistry while Slott spent more time simply presenting Carlie as the perfect match. Now that Carlie has [[OfficialCouple hooked up with Peter]] time will tell on whether or not this trope will still stick. And just to add some {{Squick}}: JoeQuesada invented Carlie Cooper solely so he could sink the Peter/Mary Jane ship. Who did he base Cooper on? ''His own daughter''! Luckily Spider-Island put an end to all of that, and the finale of Superior Spiderman put the final nails in the coffin.

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* Played straight in ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay'' SpiderMan Franchise/SpiderMan with Carlie Cooper. Everyone, including Mary Jane, is trying to get her together with Peter and gushing about how perfect and wonderful for him she is. Too bad she [[InformedAbility hasn't really done much]] to live up to that hype, and the major problem that started with the pairing is that [[DependingOnTheWriter each writer seemed to have their own take]] on who should end up with Pete in ''ComicBook/BrandNewDay.'' Dan Slott was in the Carlie Cooper camp, Creator/MarkWaid focused on [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Michelle]], and Joe Kelly always had [[SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl Peter and Norah]]. The latter two actually went through lengths actually showing the chemistry while Slott spent more time simply presenting Carlie as the perfect match. Now that Carlie has When Carlie [[OfficialCouple hooked up with Peter]] time will tell on whether or not it looked like this trope will still would stick. And just to add some {{Squick}}: JoeQuesada Creator/JoeQuesada invented Carlie Cooper solely so he could sink the Peter/Mary Jane ship. Who did he base Cooper on? ''His own daughter''! Luckily Spider-Island ''ComicBook/SpiderIsland'' put an end to all of that, and the finale of Superior Spiderman ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan'' put the final nails in the coffin.



* The romance in ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. There is never any indication that Selene feels any real emotion toward her intended hookup; they have yet to actually have any sort of conversation with each other about anything apart from vampires and werewolves and they have known each other for a total of about two days. WordOfGod says this was the way it was ''supposed'' to be- special Features on the ''Underworld'' DVD reveal that the two characters were not supposed to actually be "in love," but rather attracted to each other based on lust, confused feelings and being forced together.

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* The romance in ''Film/{{Underworld}}''. There is never any indication that Selene feels any real emotion toward her intended hookup; they have yet to actually have any sort of conversation with each other about anything apart from vampires and werewolves and they have known each other for a total of about two days. WordOfGod says this was the way it was ''supposed'' to be- special Features features on the ''Underworld'' DVD reveal that the two characters were not supposed to actually be "in love," but rather attracted to each other based on lust, confused feelings and being forced together.



* ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005''. The LoveInterest never added anything of value to begin with, and the romance itself comes completely out of the blue. Sadly, by the end the RomanticPlotTumor is the only thing keeping the plot moving forward.

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* ''Film/AloneInTheDark2005''. The LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} never added anything of value to begin with, and the romance itself comes completely out of the blue. Sadly, by the end the RomanticPlotTumor is the only thing keeping the plot moving forward.



* ''Film/TheBreakfastClub'': The end of the movie hookups [[spoiler: between Andy and Allison, 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, 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.



* Io in the remake of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' is the LoveInterest...just because. Amusingly, the original script had Andromeda as the official love interest (as per the myth), yet the women are so interchangeable that they switched to Io with virtually no changes made to the storyline in any way.
** And to make this even ''more'' amusing, by the time the sequel rolls around, Io is dead and Andromeda steps up to fulfill the role that was originally going to be hers anyway.
* The main male and female character in the film Film/{{Stealth}} are supposed to be military personnel, and seem to be interacting as such throughout the entire movie. There is banter between them, but nothing that particularly points towards sexual chemistry. In spite of the film tradition of Dedicated Love Interests, it can come as a shock when they suddenly kiss after the action is over, even without considering the army 'fraternization' laws which are never mentioned by any character.

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* Io in the remake TheRemake of ''Film/ClashOfTheTitans'' is the LoveInterest...{{Love Interest|s}}...just because. Amusingly, the original script had Andromeda as the official love interest (as per the myth), yet the women are so interchangeable that they switched to Io with virtually no changes made to the storyline in any way.
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way. And to make this even ''more'' amusing, by the time the sequel rolls around, Io is dead and Andromeda steps up to fulfill the role that was originally going to be hers anyway.
* The main male and female character in the film Film/{{Stealth}} ''Film/{{Stealth}}'' are supposed to be military personnel, and seem to be interacting as such throughout the entire movie. There is banter between them, but nothing that particularly points towards sexual chemistry. In spite of the film tradition of Dedicated Love Interests, it can come as a shock when they suddenly kiss after the action is over, even without considering the army 'fraternization' laws which are never mentioned by any character.



* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'': Lancelot and Guinevere. It's an inevitable pairing, but it moves like a runaway train. She fits him for a suit of armour and he kisses her hand. That's the last time they interact for a year, and then their paths cross again whilst Guinevere is held captive in a warlord's castle. Lancelot helps her escape, during which he tells her (and others): "I would die for you ten thousand times over," "She means more to me than you will ever understand" and "tell her that she's changed me forever." All this on the basis of two short conversations. Still, some say that the chemistry of the actors makes up for it...

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* ''{{Series/Merlin}}'': ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'': Lancelot and Guinevere. It's an inevitable pairing, but it moves like a runaway train. She fits him for a suit of armour and he kisses her hand. That's the last time they interact for a year, and then their paths cross again whilst Guinevere is held captive in a warlord's castle. Lancelot helps her escape, during which he tells her (and others): "I would die for you ten thousand times over," "She means more to me than you will ever understand" and "tell her that she's changed me forever." All this on the basis of two short conversations. Still, some say that the chemistry of the actors makes up for it...



** "Nate" saved Charlie's life once, and yet is seen as a heavily implied StarCrossedLovers situation in progress. Aside from that one instance in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot]] of saving her ([[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil which only really made sense if taken from a certain angle]]), he didn't show any real compassion for her for the most part aside from what even Tom Neville realizes is a crush...which sort of makes ''Charlie'' a DesignatedLoveInterest as well.

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** "Nate" saved Charlie's life once, and yet is seen as a heavily implied StarCrossedLovers situation in progress. Aside from that one instance in the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot]] of saving her ([[RapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil which only really made sense if taken from a certain angle]]), he didn't show any real compassion for her for the most part aside from what even Tom Neville realizes is a crush...which sort of makes ''Charlie'' a DesignatedLoveInterest qualify as well.



* Averted in ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' and called out by George Bernard Shaw in his ShipSinking epilogue:

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* Averted in ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'' and called out by George Bernard Shaw Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw in his ShipSinking epilogue:



* Polka and Allegretto of ''EternalSonata'' have very little chemistry together. Over the course of the game, Polka spends more time (and has more chemistry) with Chopin. But since he's a) old enough to be her father, and b) dying, they shove her together with Allegretto at the end.

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* Polka and Allegretto of ''EternalSonata'' ''VideoGame/EternalSonata'' have very little chemistry together. Over the course of the game, Polka spends more time (and has more chemistry) with Chopin. But since he's a) old enough to be her father, and b) dying, they shove her together with Allegretto at the end.



* Similarly, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' gives you the choice of two heroines, three on the DS remake, but the game almost forces [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Bianca]] on you, even having some nasty {{Player Punch}}es if you pick the other girl, though thankfully the worst one was removed in the PS2 and DS versions. That said, the other girls aren't that much more developed either, but at least the game doesn't shove them on your face.

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* Similarly, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' gives you the choice of two heroines, three on the DS remake, but the game almost forces [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Bianca]] on you, even having some nasty {{Player Punch}}es if you pick the other girl, though thankfully the worst one was removed in the PS2 UsefulNotes/{{P|layStation2}}S2 and DS versions. That said, the other girls aren't that much more developed either, but at least the game doesn't shove them on your face.



* The page quote comes from [[LastMinuteHookup the very last scene]] in ''Videogame/NinjaGaiden'' on the [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]]. The only onscreen interaction between Ryu and Irene goes like this: she shoots him with a tranquilizer in the first mission, frees him and gives him the MacGuffin in the second level, and [[DamselInDistress gets kidnapped offscreen]] at some point before the fifth level, forcing Ryu to choose to save her life during a SadisticChoice. And...''that's it''. The quote above is the first time any romantic affection or the prospect of a relationship is ever brought up.

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* The page quote comes from [[LastMinuteHookup the very last scene]] in ''Videogame/NinjaGaiden'' on the [[NintendoEntertainmentSystem [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]]. The only onscreen interaction between Ryu and Irene goes like this: she shoots him with a tranquilizer in the first mission, frees him and gives him the MacGuffin in the second level, and [[DamselInDistress gets kidnapped offscreen]] at some point before the fifth level, forcing Ryu to choose to save her life during a SadisticChoice. And...''that's it''. The quote above is the first time any romantic affection or the prospect of a relationship is ever brought up.



* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' Elisa and Goliath could be considered this [[SeasonalRot in season three]]. The ''build-up'' went well for two seasons, culminating in a kiss in the second season finale and a date in the third season premiere (well, a planned date that got aborted by attempted murder, anyway). After that any overt romance disappears, save for an AllJustADream episode where they're married. In this case the problem was ExecutiveMeddling--the creator, GregWeisman, had been booted from the show, and as a result every episode after the premiere is CanonDiscontinuity; the comic book PostScriptSeason that replaces it does, in fact, deal with the implications of their hook-up.

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* From ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}},'' Elisa and Goliath could be considered this [[SeasonalRot in season three]]. The ''build-up'' went well for two seasons, culminating in a kiss in the second season finale and a date in the third season premiere (well, a planned date that got aborted by attempted murder, anyway). After that any overt romance disappears, save for an AllJustADream episode where they're married. In this case the problem was ExecutiveMeddling--the creator, GregWeisman, Creator/GregWeisman, had been booted from the show, and as a result every episode after the premiere is CanonDiscontinuity; the comic book PostScriptSeason that replaces it does, in fact, deal with the implications of their hook-up.
20th Apr '16 7:12:58 AM Piando
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* Creator/RumikoTakahashi, author of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Anime/InuYasha'', and ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', is especially guilty of introducing characters [[RomanticFalseLead just to pair up with other characters]], and then forgetting about them. Usually, they make a token appearance and then are never heard from again, or perhaps two or three times at best. Her justifications have driven away many former fans; she has stated on multiples occasions that she only creates some characters to attempt to [[ShipSinking deter fans from inventing pairings she didn't intend]].

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* Creator/RumikoTakahashi, author of ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', ''Anime/InuYasha'', ''Manga/InuYasha'', and ''Manga/UruseiYatsura'', is especially guilty of introducing characters [[RomanticFalseLead just to pair up with other characters]], and then forgetting about them. Usually, they make a token appearance and then are never heard from again, or perhaps two or three times at best. Her justifications have driven away many former fans; she has stated on multiples occasions that she only creates some characters to attempt to [[ShipSinking deter fans from inventing pairings she didn't intend]].
14th Apr '16 10:34:36 AM roxana
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** WordOfGod is Eowyn was originally intended to be Aragorn's queen but Tolkien had second thoughts, deciding he was too old and too grim for her.
4th Apr '16 9:49:20 PM Adept
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* A lot of [[BoysLove yaoi works]] fall squarely into this trope, as most are focused on getting the {{Seme}} and {{Uke}} into bed together as soon and often as possible and don't bother developing their personalities or relationship beyond "they're hot and readers want to see them boinking each other, so let's have the cool Seme fall in LoveAtFirstSight with the cute Uke and/or [[LovingForce rape]] him at the first opportunity to get to the sexytimes ASAP". The same could be said of many of the shorter and smuttier {{josei}} stories, and frankly any "erotic romance" genre regardless of the sexes of the characters or readers.



* ''DragonBallZ'':

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29th Mar '16 3:34:37 PM NineballCirno
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/Dinosaucers'' had Teryx admit her feelings to Ichy. However, she'd never shown any interest in him previously, Ichy didn't seem at all interested in her, when she was kidnapped by Genghis Rex to force her to marry him, Ichy was not the one who rescued her, and the relationship was barely even touched upon afterwards. Although, a lot of that may be blamed on StatusQuoIsGod.

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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/Dinosaucers'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'' had Teryx admit her feelings to Ichy. However, she'd never shown any interest in him previously, Ichy didn't seem at all interested in her, when she was kidnapped by Genghis Rex to force her to marry him, Ichy was not the one who rescued her, and the relationship was barely even touched upon afterwards. Although, a lot of that may be blamed on StatusQuoIsGod.
28th Mar '16 3:35:51 AM SSJMagus
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** Bulma and Vegeta basically got together because "a kid from the future said so." They had exactly two on-screen interactions before the three-year time skip when for some unknown reason Bulma dumped her previous love interest in favor of having a baby with the guy who'd once tried to massacre the planet.

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** Bulma and Vegeta basically got together because "a kid from the future said so." They had exactly two on-screen interactions before the three-year time skip when for some unknown reason Bulma dumped her previous love interest in favor of having a baby with the guy who'd once tried to massacre the planet. The implication seems to be that she simply had sex with him once, and that any actual romance between them didn't come until after ''another'' time skip...but even then no explanation is given for why she hooked up with him on any sort of permanent basis.
6th Mar '16 11:33:44 PM NNinja
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* Edward and Bella from ''Literature/{{Twilight}}''. Edward acts surly and moody toward Bella for the first half of the book, and yet Bella decides that she's "unconditionally and irrevocably in love with [Edward]" ''right after she realizes that he's a vampire who thirsts after her blood'', and is completely devoted to him from that point on, even in the face of Edward's own warnings about how he could ''kill'' her. Just how devoted is she? She's willing to give up her human life without any second thoughts to be with him forever after what can't be any more than a month of knowing him, and instantly leaps back into his arms after he renders her ''practically comatose'' by leaving her without explanation. ''And'' her interactions with Edward after the vampire "reveal" consist almost entirely of them repeatedly professing their love to one another and her even more repeatedly being "dazzled" by Edward's glorious beauty. And let's not start talking about the werewolves who have an "imprinting" mechanism that causes them to fall for each other soon after they're born (essentially the ''opposite'' of the well-documented [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imprinting_(psychology)#Westermarck_effect Westermarck effect]]).
** An even more shallow version happens in ''The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner'', with Bree and Diego and, later, Freddie. Bree and Diego interact for one night, she spends most of it afraid that he's going to kill her, and by morning they seemingly are madly in love with each other. The same goes for Freddie. Since it's from Bree's point of view and the "relationships" between her and the guys are so muted, it's possible that we're supposed to see it as her mistaking simple friendship for love (which would fit with her background of being abused and neglected), except that nothing ever indicates this and she acts almost exactly the same way Bella does, including [[spoiler:being perfectly alright to die when she finds out he's gone, because life without him isn't worth living.]]
17th Dec '15 10:07:30 AM thebluebus
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* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/Dinosaucers'' had Teryx admit her feelings to Ichy. However, she'd never shown any interest in him previously, Ichy didn't seem at all interested in her, when she was kidnapped by Genghis Rex to force her to marry him, Ichy was not the one who rescued her, and the relationship was barely even touched upon afterwards. Although, a lot of that may be blamed on StatusQuoIsGod.
12th Dec '15 11:09:31 AM CheeseDogX
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* Johnnie Goodboy Tyler and Chrissy in ''Film/BattlefieldEarth''. They have only a few scenes together, and don't even talk to each other in some of them. Johnnie has much more chemistry with [[HoYay one of the guys he's planning the rebellion with]]. It feels like she's only there because everyone knows TheHero has to have a love interest. The [[Literature/BattlefieldEarth book]] is a little better, though the relationship is still pretty flat there, too.
29th Nov '15 7:18:54 PM Discar
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->'''Irene:''' "Ryu, what is the payment you already received?"
->'''Ryu:''' "She's right in front of me."
->''*Big Damn Kiss*''
->'''Ryu:''' "I don't even know your name."

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->'''Irene:''' "Ryu, Ryu, what is the payment you already received?"
->'''Ryu:''' "She's
received?\\
'''Ryu:''' She's
right in front of me."
->''*Big
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''[Big
Damn Kiss*''
->'''Ryu:''' "I
Kiss]''\\
'''Ryu:''' I
don't even know your name."
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