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16th Apr '18 11:35:46 PM JoeMerl
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* Oddly, ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2'' kind of does this to Flint and Sam. The movie opens right at the end of the first one, with them kissing, and they're shown as a couple again in the CreativeClosingCredits, but that's about it. Flint even refers to her as a "friend" rather than "girlfriend" one or two times, probably to emphasize ThePowerOfFriendship as the main [[AnAesop Aesop]].

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* Oddly, ''WesternAnimation/CloudyWithAChanceOfMeatballs2'' kind of does this to Flint and Sam. The An ImmediateSequel, the movie opens right at the end of their BigDamnKiss from the first one, with them kissing, film, and they're shown as a couple again in the CreativeClosingCredits, but that's about it. Flint even refers to her as a "friend" rather than "girlfriend" one or two times, probably to emphasize ThePowerOfFriendship as the main [[AnAesop Aesop]].
1st Apr '18 2:01:14 PM Killerikala
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* The Talia-Batman romance of ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamCity'' suffers from this. Their past together is not elaborated upon, the only mention being that they spent ''one'' night together years ago. They are constantly at odds with each other, neither can stand the way the other deals with criminals, and they don't even interact with each other that much... yet her death is shown to be a major DespairEventHorizon for Batman, and [[spoiler: Joker's ghost and/[[MaybeMagicMaybeMundane or]]]] Batman's subconcious brings it up several times in the sequel. It can be argued that Batman has a better romance arc with ''Joker'' than with Talia who is meant to be his one true love.
25th Mar '18 10:01:47 PM Pamina
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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, depending on the version, since other children's versions decide to put the end closest to the original, as the part of the fairies with which the little mermaid stays.

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* ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. The relationship of Ariel and Eric is obviously needs to exist because that it happens in the original book, fairy-tale and that should happen in the plot to give it gives Ariel more her main motivation to go want to the outside world.become human. 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 fairy-tale has a major DownerEnding, depending on where [[spoiler: the prince never loves the mermaid and on his wedding day she dies and becomes an air spirit.]] But in the Disney version, since other children's versions decide they get a HappilyEverAfter ending that can feel slightly forced unless you cling to put the end closest to the original, as the part of the fairies with which the little mermaid stays.an [[MST3KMantra "it's a fairy-tale"]] mindset.
25th Mar '18 9:53:26 PM Pamina
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* Common legend has it that during Puccini's writing of ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'', he supposedly abandoned it before the end because he was unable to justify Calaf being in love with the psychotic, man-hating ice queen Turandot when the pure-hearted slave girl, Liu, had remained loyal to him for so long. He had apparently wanted Calaf to fall in love with and marry Liu, whereas the libretto (as well as the story the libretto was based on) had Liu tortured to suicide, after which Calaf then marries Turandot. After his death, the opera was eventually completed by one of his students. However, this is demonstrably false, as the real reason it was never finished was that Puccini had laryngeal cancer and [[AuthorExistenceFailure died before he could finish]]. That this legend lives on shows how most people think of the story's couple, and it has been famously criticized by scholars for the rushed attempt to pair Calaf and Turandot.

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* Common legend has it that during Puccini's writing of ''Theatre/{{Turandot}}'', he supposedly abandoned it before the end because he was unable to justify Calaf being in love with the psychotic, man-hating ice queen Turandot when the pure-hearted slave girl, Liu, had remained loyal to him for so long. He had apparently wanted Calaf to fall in love with and marry Liu, whereas the libretto (as well as the story the libretto was based on) had Liu tortured to suicide, after which Calaf then marries Turandot. After his death, the opera was eventually completed by one of his students.composer Franco Alfano. However, this is demonstrably false, as the real reason it was never finished was that Puccini had laryngeal cancer and [[AuthorExistenceFailure died before he could finish]]. That this legend lives on shows how most people think of the story's couple, and it has been famously criticized by scholars for the rushed attempt to pair Calaf and Turandot.
23rd Mar '18 7:29:41 AM TacticalUrbanHomo
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* If you entered the ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series at 2, you'd be forgiven for thinking you had missed out on an epic love story between Max and Mona. In 2, the game immediately makes a big deal out of revealing that she's still alive after taking a bullet meant for Max. Max reflects on how he thought she was yet another lost love, but he now has a second chance with her. She's a main (even briefly playable) character throughout the rest of the game, with lots of characterisation and legitimate chemistry between she and Max, and with the two taking considerable risks to help one another. But if you go back and play the original, you'll find that she's a fugitive that Max meets exactly once, and then remains fixated on until she inexplicably shows up at the end for the aforementioned [[HeroicSacrifice]], which comes completely out of nowhere.

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* If you entered the ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series at 2, you'd be forgiven for thinking you had missed out on an epic love story between Max and Mona. In 2, the game immediately makes a big deal out of revealing that she's still alive after taking a bullet meant for Max. Max reflects on how he thought she was yet another lost love, but he now has a second chance with her. She's a main (even briefly playable) character throughout the rest of the game, with lots of characterisation and legitimate chemistry between she and Max, and with the two taking considerable risks to help one another. But if you go back and play the original, you'll find that she's a fugitive that Max meets exactly once, and then remains fixated on until she inexplicably shows up at the end for the aforementioned [[HeroicSacrifice]], [[HeroicSacrifice Heroic Sacrifice]], which comes completely out of nowhere.
23rd Mar '18 7:21:21 AM TacticalUrbanHomo
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* If you entered the ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' series at 2, you'd be forgiven for thinking you had missed out on an epic love story between Max and Mona. In 2, the game immediately makes a big deal out of revealing that she's still alive after taking a bullet meant for Max. Max reflects on how he thought she was yet another lost love, but he now has a second chance with her. She's a main (even briefly playable) character throughout the rest of the game, with lots of characterisation and legitimate chemistry between she and Max, and with the two taking considerable risks to help one another. But if you go back and play the original, you'll find that she's a fugitive that Max meets exactly once, and then remains fixated on until she inexplicably shows up at the end for the aforementioned [[HeroicSacrifice]], which comes completely out of nowhere.
2nd Mar '18 2:40:57 PM XFllo
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* Edward for Elinor, in Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', falls into this. He hasn't even been introduced on the page before the narrative is explaining that Elinor's mother has observed an attachment growing between her daughter and the young man, and there's never a very concise explanation for why Elinor falls for him.
2nd Nov '17 9:50:17 AM NubianSatyress
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* ''Videogame/CastleVaniaIIIDraculasCurse'': This game introduced the ability to recruit and switch between [[TheHero Trevor Belmont]] and three other characters: Sypha Belnades, Grant Danasty, and Alucard. None of the characters share any dialogue except normal greetings when being recruited, and said recruitment is optional. When recruited, Sypha is misgendered as "him" (in the English version), which led to a ''lot'' of head-scratching confusion when [[SamusIsAGirl Sypha is revealed as a woman]] at the end and Trevor places a romantic arm around her. There is absolutely nothing in the game that suggested they were a couple.
1st Nov '17 7:59:29 AM MBG
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* WebVideo/RedLetterMedia refers to this as "a case of the not-gays", when a character has an incredibly offhand romance or romantic partner for no other reason than to reassure the audience [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday that they're heterosexual.]] Specifically cited is the example of ''Film/StarTrek'', where all the protagonists and the main villain all show or mention an interest in a woman, of which maaaybe one is developed or significant to any degree. He also jokingly did it with ''Film/CopDog'', pointing out that Marlow gets together with a female dog with no setup besides him seeing a dog with pink bows tied to it.

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* WebVideo/RedLetterMedia refers to this as "a case of the not-gays", when a character has an incredibly offhand romance or romantic partner for no other reason than to reassure the audience [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday that they're heterosexual.]] Specifically cited is the example of ''Film/StarTrek'', where all the protagonists and the main villain all show or mention an interest in a woman, of which maaaybe one is developed or significant to any degree. He also jokingly did it with ''Film/CopDog'', pointing pointed out that Marlow gets it even happens in dog movies, where the dog will usually get together with a female dog with no setup besides him seeing a dog [[TertiarySexualCharacteristics (usually with pink bows tied to it.them)]] for no reason and with no development - though to be fair, it's hard to give a non-sentient dog romantic development.
31st Oct '17 7:22:07 PM WaxingName
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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has Ilia. As she is something of a combination of Saria and Malon from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', she is stated to have a close relationship with Link, and many characters take note of their closeness (though [[ImpliedLoveInterest no one outright states]] that they are romantically involved). In spite of this, Ilia and Link's romantic interactions are limited to one moment prior to one of the last dungeons where [[spoiler:Link finally restores her memories after she gets inflicted with EasyAmnesia]]. During the prologue, which is otherwise meant to show [[EasingIntoTheAdventure Link's domestic life]], Ilia seems to care more for Link's horse Epona rather than Link himself.

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* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'' has Ilia. As she is something of a combination of Saria and Malon from ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime Ocarina of Time]]'', she is stated to have a close relationship with Link, and many characters take note of their closeness (though [[ImpliedLoveInterest no one outright states]] that they are romantically involved). In spite of this, Ilia and Link's romantic interactions are limited to one moment prior to one of the last dungeons where [[spoiler:Link finally restores her memories after she gets inflicted with EasyAmnesia]]. During the prologue, which is otherwise meant to show [[EasingIntoTheAdventure Link's domestic life]], Ilia seems to care more for Link's horse Epona rather than Link himself. The aforementioned Malon ultimately has more chemistry with her Link than Ilia with hers, despite the former being a minor character.
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