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7th Dec '16 5:40:09 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''GnomeoAndJuliet,'' Juliet's father tries to set her up with Paris. Unlike in the play, [[SparedByTheAdaptation he survives]] and winds up falling for Nanette, Juliet's friend (roughly equivalent to the Nurse).

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* In ''GnomeoAndJuliet,'' ''WesternAnimation/GnomeoAndJuliet,'' Juliet's father tries to set her up with Paris. Unlike in the play, [[SparedByTheAdaptation he survives]] and winds up falling for Nanette, Juliet's friend (roughly equivalent to the Nurse).



* Done for laughs at the end of ''{{Baseketball}}''. Coop ends up with his love interest Jenna, and Squeak embraces the possible transsexual he has been sharing looks with. Remer on the other hand looks despondent until he meets gazes with Yvette, a character he has had no interaction with throughout the movie. They immediately begin making out.

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* Done for laughs at the end of ''{{Baseketball}}''.''Film/{{Baseketball}}''. Coop ends up with his love interest Jenna, and Squeak embraces the possible transsexual he has been sharing looks with. Remer on the other hand looks despondent until he meets gazes with Yvette, a character he has had no interaction with throughout the movie. They immediately begin making out.



* Although in the novel, the pairing ''was'' actually set up quite nicely and built up pretty well in the background of everything else that was going on, the ''movie'' version of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' makes the Faramir/Éowyn pairing seem like a version of this trope. Éowyn loses out on Aragorn and gets his "slightly inferior replacement" of sorts and the whole implied romance comes and goes in the space of a single reaction shot.

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* Although in the novel, the pairing ''was'' actually set up quite nicely and built up pretty well in the background of everything else that was going on, the ''movie'' version of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' makes the Faramir/Éowyn pairing seem like a version of this trope. Éowyn loses out on Aragorn and gets his "slightly inferior replacement" of sorts and the whole implied romance comes and goes in the space of a single reaction shot.
20th Nov '16 7:23:50 AM Morgenthaler
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20th Nov '16 7:23:31 AM Morgenthaler
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* This is more or less described in [[http://www.thalia.org/truelove.html The True Love List]], [[JustForFun/TheUniversalGenreSavvyGuide the Love Interest's counterpart]] to the EvilOverlordList. Rule #32 as follows:
-->''There is a fifty-fifty chance that the Hero's Sidekick is in love with me. I'll find him a spunky, moderately-attractive tomboy type about his height, and steer them towards each other. If they quarrel, they're in love; if they hit it off, she loves him, but he's secretly unhappy with her and still loves me, and the Hero will need to send them off on a mission together.''
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* This is more or less described in [[http://www.thalia.org/truelove.html The True Love List]], [[JustForFun/TheUniversalGenreSavvyGuide the Love Interest's counterpart]] to the EvilOverlordList. Rule #32 as follows:
-->''There is a fifty-fifty chance that the Hero's Sidekick is in love with me. I'll find him a spunky, moderately-attractive tomboy type about his height, and steer them towards each other. If they quarrel, they're in love; if they hit it off, she loves him, but he's secretly unhappy with her and still loves me, and the Hero will need to send them off on a mission together.''
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20th Nov '16 7:22:55 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''{{Twilight}},'' pretty much ''every'' character gets a LoveInterest. Except [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Leah]]. It seems to tie into a theme of romance being the only important thing in a person (especially a woman)'s life. Even the ''baby'' gets betrothed! At a few days' old! To [[spoiler:''[[SquaringTheLoveTriangle her mom's ex]]'']]!

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* In ''{{Twilight}},'' ''Literature/{{Twilight}},'' pretty much ''every'' character gets a LoveInterest. Except [[UnpopularPopularCharacter Leah]]. It seems to tie into a theme of romance being the only important thing in a person (especially a woman)'s life. Even the ''baby'' gets betrothed! At a few days' old! To [[spoiler:''[[SquaringTheLoveTriangle her mom's ex]]'']]!



* Averted and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''TheTomorrowSeries''. Ellie mentions in the first book how the eight of them are in three different romantic relationships: [[spoiler: Lee and Ellie, Kevin and Corrie and Homer and Fi]], and then goes on to comment that it was too bad there wasn't any chance of [[spoiler: Robyn and Chris]] getting together ("then we really could have had Perfect Partners").
* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', this ends up happening to many of the supporting characters, such as [[spoiler: Silk with Velvet]], [[spoiler: Zakath with Cyradis]], and [[spoiler: even Beldin with Vella]]. In fact, several of these characters aren't even mentioned until the second quintet, which suggests that the characters were created specifically for this trope.

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* Averted and {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''TheTomorrowSeries''.''Literature/TheTomorrowSeries''. Ellie mentions in the first book how the eight of them are in three different romantic relationships: [[spoiler: Lee and Ellie, Kevin and Corrie and Homer and Fi]], and then goes on to comment that it was too bad there wasn't any chance of [[spoiler: Robyn and Chris]] getting together ("then we really could have had Perfect Partners").
* In the ''{{Belgariad}}'', ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', this ends up happening to many of the supporting characters, such as [[spoiler: Silk with Velvet]], [[spoiler: Zakath with Cyradis]], and [[spoiler: even Beldin with Vella]]. In fact, several of these characters aren't even mentioned until the second quintet, which suggests that the characters were created specifically for this trope.



* Depending on which version of the ''KingArthur'' myth you read, Sir Gareth either marries his DamselInDistress Lyonesse or his DamselErrant Lynette (Lyonesse's sister). Either way, his brother Sir Gaheris [[DoubleInLawMarriage marries the other one]].

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* Depending on which version of the ''KingArthur'' ''Myth/KingArthur'' myth you read, Sir Gareth either marries his DamselInDistress Lyonesse or his DamselErrant Lynette (Lyonesse's sister). Either way, his brother Sir Gaheris [[DoubleInLawMarriage marries the other one]].
22nd Oct '16 2:35:54 AM foxley
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* The season one finale of ''Series/AgathaRaisin'' ends with it looking like Gemma and Bill are getting together.
30th Sep '16 8:51:13 AM 64SuperNintendo
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* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' has some very [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds clearly defined pairings]] for its cast... all except for Mikorin, who doesn't have another character (background or otherwise) to get paired up with. This usually results in Mikorin either getting paired up with [[LauncherOfAThousandShips everyone]] or [[YaoiGuys pairing him up with Mayu]], as he's the only other character without a pairing. It all seems to have worked out in hindsight, as Mayu's [[WhatCOuldHaveBeen original purpose]] was to be paired up with Mikorin anyway (as a girl) when the author noticed that Mikorin was the only shipless character.

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* ''Manga/MonthlyGirlsNozakiKun'' has some very [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds clearly defined pairings]] for its cast... all except for Mikorin, who doesn't have another character (background or otherwise) to get paired up with. This usually results in Mikorin either getting paired up with [[LauncherOfAThousandShips everyone]] or [[YaoiGuys pairing him up with Mayu]], as he's the only other character without a pairing. It all seems to have worked out in hindsight, as Mayu's [[WhatCOuldHaveBeen [[WhatCouldHaveBeen original purpose]] was to be paired up with Mikorin anyway (as a girl) when the author noticed that Mikorin was the only shipless character.
15th Sep '16 8:09:46 PM Berrenta
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* In the wake of the wedding of [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishRoyalFamily Prince William]] and Kate Middleton, even the legitimate media is gleefully speculating about William's younger brother Prince Harry possibly getting together with Kate's younger sister Pippa Middleton, despite the fact that they're both seriously seeing other people.
* When Nicole Ritchie started dating [[Music/GoodCharlotte Joel Madden]], Nicole's best friend Paris Hilton started dating Joel's identical twin Benji. Though unlike the former, they broke up.
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12th Sep '16 5:16:46 AM Freezer
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** Taken to an extreme in the HomecomingSeries. She's a functionally asexual scientist! He's a gay librarian! TheyFightCrime![[note]]They don't actually fight crime[[/note]] They get married! They have kids!

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** Taken to an extreme in the HomecomingSeries.''Literature/HomecomingSaga''. She's a functionally asexual scientist! He's a gay librarian! TheyFightCrime![[note]]They don't actually fight crime[[/note]] They get married! They have kids!
11th Sep '16 9:57:17 PM PaulA
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* Taken to an extreme in OrsonScottCard's HomecomingSeries. She's a functionally asexual scientist! He's a gay librarian! TheyFightCrime![[note]]They don't actually fight crime[[/note]] They get married! They have kids!
** OrsonScottCard seems to be a fan of this in general. He ends the Literature/EndersGame series in Children Of The Mind with a double marriage that seems to serve little point but to pair up all the remaining single characters of young adult age, among them an embodied fragment of another character's psyche and the recently created biological avatar of the future-internet's artificial intelligence.

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Taken to an extreme in OrsonScottCard's the HomecomingSeries. She's a functionally asexual scientist! He's a gay librarian! TheyFightCrime![[note]]They don't actually fight crime[[/note]] They get married! They have kids!
** OrsonScottCard seems to be a fan of this in general. He ends the The Literature/EndersGame series ends in Children Of The Mind ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'' with a double marriage that seems to serve little point but to pair up all the remaining single characters of young adult age, among them an embodied fragment of another character's psyche and the recently created biological avatar of the future-internet's artificial intelligence.
26th Aug '16 7:20:45 PM lucy24
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* The final season of ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' works with this trope to a hilarious extent. First there are the people who really do get married--Mary to her mechanic, Edith to her marquis, Isobel to Lord Merton, Carson and Mrs Hughes to each other--to say nothing of Rose, who married and went to America at the end of the previous season. Then there are all the hinted-at future pairings: Moseley with Baxter, Mrs Patmore the cook with Mr Mason, Daisy the under-cook with the latest footman, Tom with Edith’s new editor. By the end of the series, poor Thomas is the only one left without a soulmate.
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