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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.
31st Oct '17 1:29:14 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.
26th Oct '17 7:28:11 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.
20th Oct '17 12:35:57 PM MBG159
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* Fairly common in ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'', where, aside from Gappy and Yasuho and maybe Jonathan and Erina, most romances seem to happen to justify the Joestar bloodline continuing. Joseph and Johnny had almost all their interactions with their wives happen offscreen, and Jotaro's wife isn't even named. Outside of this, Yukako and Koichi get together rather quickly considering her prior interaction with him was [[{{Yandere}} trying to murder him for love]]. Jolyne is a particularly odd example, in that she doesn't get together with Annasui, and spends the entire story viewing him as a creep... [[spoiler: but her alternate-self reincarnation double gets together with Annasui's, with no explanation other than that it's true in the new world.]]
17th Oct '17 10:26:17 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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'''Ryu:''' [[StandardHeroReward She's right in front of me.]]\\

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'''Ryu:''' [[StandardHeroReward She's right in front of me.]]\\\\
17th Oct '17 10:14:06 AM NubianSatyress
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** ''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' retroactively reveal that [[spoiler:Sonia from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' of the Team Ninja series is another alias for Irene and even then, the nature of their relationship is kept deliberately vague despite [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Hayate and Ayane believing something to be going on between them]].

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** ''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' retroactively reveal that [[spoiler:Sonia from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' of the Team Ninja series is another alias for Irene and even then, the nature of their relationship is kept deliberately vague despite [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Hayate and Ayane believing something to be going on between them]]. ]]
17th Oct '17 10:12:51 AM NubianSatyress
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* The page quote comes from [[LastMinuteHookup the very last scene]] in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' on the [[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. ''The Ancient Ship of Doom'' [[AnachronicOrder and]] ''The Dark Sword of Chaos'' are a little bit better about fleshing out their relationship, but then Irene [[PutOnABus disappears for a long time]], with only a small mention in Ryu's ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' profile ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS as "Aileen"]]) confirming that they're HappilyMarried. It wouldn't be until ''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' many years later that Irene would appear in person again, and even then, she only interacts with Ryu in any significant capacity in the former as the nature of their relationship is kept deliberately vague despite [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Hayate and Ayane believing something to be going on between them]]. However, ''Dimensions'' throws a wrench into the works by retroactively revealing [[spoiler:Sonia from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' of the Team Ninja series--set before the events of the NES trilogy--to be another alias for Irene; unlike his professional dealings with the likes of Rachel and Ayane, Ryu is visibly concerned about "Sonia" over the course of that game, their ShipTease culminating with the two sharing a hug at the end]].

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* The ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'':
** In the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]] version, the
page quote comes from [[LastMinuteHookup the very last scene]] in ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' on the [[UsefulNotes/NintendoEntertainmentSystem NES]].scene]]. 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 Ancient Ship of Doom'' [[AnachronicOrder and]] ''The Dark Sword of Chaos'' are a little bit better about fleshing out their relationship, but then Irene [[PutOnABus disappears for a long time]], with only a small mention in Ryu's ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' profile ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS as "Aileen"]]) confirming that they're HappilyMarried. It wouldn't be until HappilyMarried.
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''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' many years later retroactively reveal that [[spoiler:Sonia from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' of the Team Ninja series is another alias for Irene would appear in person again, and even then, she only interacts with Ryu in any significant capacity in the former as the nature of their relationship is kept deliberately vague despite [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Hayate and Ayane believing something to be going on between them]]. However, ''Dimensions'' throws a wrench into the works by retroactively revealing [[spoiler:Sonia from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' of the Team Ninja series--set before the events of the NES trilogy--to be another alias for Irene; unlike his professional dealings with the likes of Rachel and Ayane, Ryu is visibly concerned about "Sonia" over the course of that game, their ShipTease culminating with the two sharing a hug at the end]].
5th Oct '17 11:05:31 AM X2X
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'''Ryu:''' She's right in front of me.\\
''[Big Damn Kiss]''\\

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'''Ryu:''' [[StandardHeroReward She's right in front of me.\\
''[Big Damn Kiss]''\\
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''[BigDamnKiss]''\\



-->-- ''Videogame/NinjaGaiden (NES version)''

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-->-- ''Videogame/NinjaGaiden ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden (NES version)''



* The relationship between Max and Milia in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' - as well as their Americanized counterparts in ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' - was hardly romance at its best. This is somewhat [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in ''Anime/Macross7'', where is showed that Max and Milia's marriage is mainly unstable and troubled.

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* The relationship between Max and Milia in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'' - -- as well as their Americanized counterparts in ''{{Anime/Robotech}}'' - ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' -- was hardly romance at its best. This is somewhat [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructed]] in ''Anime/Macross7'', where is showed that Max and Milia's marriage is mainly unstable and troubled.



* Discussed in ''[[Fanfic/{{Sendai}} Sendai]]''. Ranma and Akane both admit at the start of the fic that while they both care about each other a lot, perhaps to the point of love, they've had very little time to get to know one another, and so it doesn't seem fair to admit to loving each other.

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* Discussed in ''[[Fanfic/{{Sendai}} Sendai]]''.''FanFic/{{Sendai}}''. Ranma and Akane both admit at the start of the fic that while they both care about each other a lot, perhaps to the point of love, they've had very little time to get to know one another, and so it doesn't seem fair to admit to loving each other.



* Serge and Kid of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. The player can have Serge treat Kid like crap, ignore her at every turn, leave her to die a slow death by poison, stab her in the chest, apparently use and manipulate her and then kill her '''again''', and finally leave her in a coma reliving the single most traumatic day of her life, and she'll still be in love with a man she barely knows who already has a girlfriend. Her only mandatory interactions with Serge come from the manipulations of another character. Yet even after the ending of the game apparently presses the ResetButton on the entire series of events, she's apparently so in love with Serge that she will promise to find him and the game completely ignores the fact that, again, ''he already has a girlfriend.'' The game treats this as a cherished romance and there's even concept art depicting a married Serge and Kid. Bet there's going to be some really awkward stories to tell the children...

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* Serge and Kid of ''VideoGame/ChronoCross''. The player can have Serge treat Kid like crap, ignore her at every turn, leave her to die a slow death by poison, stab her in the chest, apparently use and manipulate her and then kill her '''again''', and finally leave her in a coma reliving the single most traumatic day of her life, and she'll still be in love with a man she barely knows who already has a girlfriend. Her only mandatory interactions with Serge come from the manipulations of another character. Yet even after the ending of the game apparently presses the ResetButton on the entire series of events, she's apparently so in love with Serge that she will promise to find him and the game completely ignores the fact that, again, ''he already has a girlfriend.'' girlfriend''. The game treats this as a cherished romance and there's even concept art depicting a married Serge and Kid. Bet there's going to be some really awkward stories to tell the children...



* Asbel and Cheria in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. Other characters constantly tell you that they'd make a really cute couple (to which they get [[LuminescentBlush the usual]] [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend reaction]]), but Asbel and Cheria don't actually get along that well. They're childhood friends, but due to being apart for seven years, they've grown distant. Cheria regularly tells Asbel that [[{{tsundere}} she doesn't like him]], which visibly upsets him. When Asbel tells Cheria that this hurts him, [[{{tsundere}} she blows up at him again and refuses to apologize]]. Their entire relationship is a string of failed communications, and they only get together because other characters (especially Sophie and Malik) play matchmaker for them. It doesn't help that most of their few genuine ShipTease moments are optional sidequests.
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' gives you the choice of two heroines, three on the DS remake, but the game greatly favors [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Bianca]]. That said, the other girls aren't that much more developed either, but at least the game doesn't shove them on your face.
* Matilda's husband, Valentin, in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' doesn't do or say a whole lot, and not much effort is given to develop his personality or build any chemistry between him and Matilda. He seems to exist mainly to prematurely [[ShipSinking sink any ships involving Matilda]] (like Thorve or Drakovic.)
* The page quote comes from [[LastMinuteHookup the very last scene]] in ''Videogame/NinjaGaiden'' on the [[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.
* The ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series, despite every game having multiple potential marriage candidates, seems to invoke this as something (usually the intro video) shows the protagonist with the first female character you could meet in the game more often than any other. Rune Factory 4 is the only real exception.
* 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.

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* Asbel and Cheria in ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces''. Other characters constantly tell you that they'd make a really cute couple (to which they get [[LuminescentBlush the usual]] [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend reaction]]), but Asbel and Cheria don't actually get along that well. They're childhood friends, {{childhood friends}}, but due to being apart for seven years, they've grown distant. Cheria regularly tells Asbel that [[{{tsundere}} [[{{Tsundere}} she doesn't like him]], which visibly upsets him. When Asbel tells Cheria that this hurts him, [[{{tsundere}} [[{{Tsundere}} she blows up at him again and refuses to apologize]]. Their entire relationship is a string of failed communications, and they only get together because other characters (especially Sophie and Malik) play matchmaker for them. It doesn't help that most of their few genuine ShipTease moments are optional sidequests.
* Similarly, ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV'' gives you the choice of two heroines, three on the DS remake, but the game [[ImpliedLoveInterest greatly favors favors]] [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Bianca]]. That said, the other girls aren't that much more developed either, but at least the game doesn't shove them on your face.
* Matilda's husband, Valentin, in ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' doesn't do or say a whole lot, and not much effort is given to develop his personality or build any chemistry between him and Matilda. He seems to exist mainly to prematurely [[ShipSinking sink any ships involving Matilda]] (like Thorve or Drakovic.)
Drakovic).
* The page quote comes from [[LastMinuteHookup the very last scene]] in ''Videogame/NinjaGaiden'' ''VideoGame/NinjaGaiden'' on the [[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. \n ''The Ancient Ship of Doom'' [[AnachronicOrder and]] ''The Dark Sword of Chaos'' are a little bit better about fleshing out their relationship, but then Irene [[PutOnABus disappears for a long time]], with only a small mention in Ryu's ''VideoGame/DeadOrAlive'' profile ([[SpellMyNameWithAnS as "Aileen"]]) confirming that they're HappilyMarried. It wouldn't be until ''Dead or Alive: Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3: [[UpdatedRerelease Razor's Edge]]'' many years later that Irene would appear in person again, and even then, she only interacts with Ryu in any significant capacity in the former as the nature of their relationship is kept deliberately vague despite [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Hayate and Ayane believing something to be going on between them]]. However, ''Dimensions'' throws a wrench into the works by retroactively revealing [[spoiler:Sonia from ''Ninja Gaiden II'' of the Team Ninja series--set before the events of the NES trilogy--to be another alias for Irene; unlike his professional dealings with the likes of Rachel and Ayane, Ryu is visibly concerned about "Sonia" over the course of that game, their ShipTease culminating with the two sharing a hug at the end]].
* The ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' series, despite every game having multiple potential marriage candidates, seems to invoke this as something (usually the intro video) shows the protagonist with the first female character you could meet in the game more often than any other. Rune ''Rune Factory 4 4'' is the only real exception.
* While most couples in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trials and Tribulations]]'' 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 [[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.
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