History Main / RelationshipUpgrade

2nd Sep '17 4:43:33 PM Berrenta
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Most commonly broadcasted with a FirstKiss, but every once in a while you find a more… drastic variant (GladToBeAliveSex comes to mind). Compare RelationshipReveal--a moment where an implied but existing couple becomes canon. A move from casual to serious can involve IGotYouADrawer. Also compare TheyDo--the point past which the RomanceArc is concluded and the relationship becomes a constant that feeds ''other'' plot threads. Contrast DerailingLoveInterests-- where a relationship downgrade happens to a RomanticFalseLead so an OfficialCouple can be hooked up. Though they often coincide (e.g. in a LastMinuteHookup) the two are far from synonymous; a RelationshipUpgrade can be the beginning of hardships, trials and tribulations that the relationship may not survive at all.

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Most commonly broadcasted with a FirstKiss, but every once in a while you find a more… drastic variant (GladToBeAliveSex comes to mind). Compare RelationshipReveal--a moment where an implied but existing couple becomes canon. A move from casual to serious can involve IGotYouADrawer. Also compare TheyDo--the point past which the RomanceArc is concluded and the relationship becomes a constant that feeds ''other'' plot threads. Contrast DerailingLoveInterests-- where a relationship downgrade happens to a RomanticFalseLead so an OfficialCouple can be hooked up. Though they often coincide (e.g. in a LastMinuteHookup) the two are far from synonymous; a RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade can be the beginning of hardships, trials and tribulations that the relationship may not survive at all.



* Franchise/{{Superman}}: Clark and Lois were casually dating already, but the RelationshipUpgrade happens in "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite", when he proposes. WordOfGod is that originally she was supposed to turn him down because of her torch for Superman and [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo would be God]], but then they realized that simply wasn't the Lois they were writing anymore.

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* Franchise/{{Superman}}: Clark and Lois were casually dating already, but the RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade happens in "Krisis of the Krimson Kryptonite", when he proposes. WordOfGod is that originally she was supposed to turn him down because of her torch for Superman and [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo would be God]], but then they realized that simply wasn't the Lois they were writing anymore.



* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', just before Percy releases his power on the telekhines at Mount St. Helens, Annabeth kisses him.
** Except that was a "if you don't get out of this alive" kiss. The real RelationshipUpgrade happens after the final battle at camp, when she gives him his birthday cupcake.

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* In ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'', just before Percy releases his power on the telekhines at Mount St. Helens, Annabeth kisses him.
** Except that was a "if you don't get out of this alive" kiss. The real RelationshipUpgrade happens
Percy after the final battle at camp, when she gives him his birthday cupcake.



* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' dabbled with this repeatedly in the relationship between JD and Elliot. At one stage they even became [[FriendsWithBenefits no-strings-attached "sex buddies"]], which JD says is the best thing a man can hear from a female friend. They receive their true RelationshipUpgrade into OfficialCouple during the final (well technically there's another season, but in truth it's really more of a spin off setting/content-wise) season, one that is clean and without any drama mucking it up (aside from one bit of drama that arbitrarily arises during the two-part episode, but that is mostly to make way for a strong CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming at the end).

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* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' dabbled with this repeatedly in the relationship between JD and Elliot. At one stage they even became [[FriendsWithBenefits no-strings-attached "sex buddies"]], which JD says is the best thing a man can hear from a female friend. They receive their true RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade into OfficialCouple during the final (well technically there's another season, but in truth it's really more of a spin off setting/content-wise) season, one that is clean and without any drama mucking it up (aside from one bit of drama that arbitrarily arises during the two-part episode, but that is mostly to make way for a strong CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming at the end).



* Jim and Pam on ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' got a RelationshipUpgrade between seasons three and four, and then another one later on.

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* Jim and Pam on ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' got a RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade between seasons three and four, and then another one later on.



* Given that ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is the RomanticComedy of {{Sitcom}}s, this isn't exactly uncommon. Special mention goes to the season one finale where Ted and Robin finally get together after he makes it ''rain'' for her. Also notable is "Definitions", which is all about this and how the relationship-averse couple wants to stick to their FriendsWithBenefits deal, but Lily won't let them. Although, as Ted points out, they had their RelationshipUpgrade months ago (in the previous season finale). They just never defined it.

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* Given that ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' is the RomanticComedy of {{Sitcom}}s, this isn't exactly uncommon. Special mention goes to the season one finale where Ted and Robin finally get together after he makes it ''rain'' for her. Also notable is "Definitions", which is all about this and how the relationship-averse couple wants to stick to their FriendsWithBenefits deal, but Lily won't let them. Although, as Ted points out, they had their RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade months ago (in the previous season finale). They just never defined it.



* On ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', the path to RelationshipUpgrade is often fraught with OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome.

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* On ''Series/SpartacusBloodAndSand'', the path to RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade is often fraught with OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome.



* In the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, this is an important, but usually optional part of the game. However, in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2'', missing a RelationshipUpgrade means you miss 2/3 of the game.

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* In the ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' series, this is an important, but usually optional part of the game. However, in ''VideoGame/RuneFactory2'', missing a RelationshipUpgrade Relationship Upgrade means you miss 2/3 of the game.
25th Aug '17 10:54:57 AM creader
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--->'''Cyborg''': [[LampshadeHanging Well it's about time!]]

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--->'''Cyborg''': -->'''Cyborg''': [[LampshadeHanging Well it's about time!]]
25th Aug '17 6:12:58 AM Macsen
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* ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' comes with LOTS Of these. A not-entirely-inclusive list:
** The progression of Lindesfarne Dewclaw and Fenton Fuscus through their relationship to marriage.
*** And a non-romantic example in this vein is Kevin insisting that Fenton refer to him [[FirstNameBasis by his first name]] instead of "Mr. Dewclaw" after said engagement.
** The marriage of Martha Fennec and Ralph Dewclaw.
** The marriage of George Fennec and Danielle Kindle.
** The ''de facto'' engagement of Bruno Lupulin and Corrie Dale.
23rd Aug '17 8:48:03 AM CosmicFerret
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* In ''{{Garfield}}'', Liz has somehow fallen for Jon after years of begrudgingly dating him and the two are now the OfficialCouple. This can be considered a good thing given [[TheWoobie Jon]]'s [[YouSuck status]] [[ButtMonkey in]] [[ChewToy life]].

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* In ''{{Garfield}}'', ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'', Liz has somehow fallen for Jon after years of begrudgingly dating him and the two are now the OfficialCouple. This can be considered a good thing given [[TheWoobie Jon]]'s [[YouSuck status]] [[ButtMonkey in]] [[ChewToy life]].
5th Aug '17 10:36:43 AM Gamermaster
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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji and Asuka became a couple in chapter 1 which happens two months before the prologue. During their FirstKiss Shinji accidentally places his hands on Asuka's hips, which leads her to think he is reciprocating and intensify the kiss. In turn Shinji realizes she is kissing him because she wants and kisses her back. After breaking their kiss they talk about their feelings, realize each other's feelings and get together.

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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
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Shinji and Asuka became a couple in chapter 1 which happens two months before the prologue. During their FirstKiss Shinji accidentally places his hands on Asuka's hips, which leads her to think he is reciprocating and intensify the kiss. In turn Shinji realizes she is kissing him because she wants and kisses her back. After breaking their kiss they talk about their feelings, realize each other's feelings and get together.together.
** Ritsuko and Maya get together in chapter 9 after [[spoiler:Rei saves Ritsuko from her suicide attempt.]]
** [[spoiler:[[BelligerentSexualTension Rei and Kaworu]] finally get together at the stroke of midnight on New Year's.]]
21st Jul '17 4:08:05 PM LadyNorbert
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* Varric invokes the trope by name in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge Across the Waking Sea]]'', when writing letters to Bethany Hawke; he talks a good bit about the [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition Inquisitors]] and their respective romance arcs.
3rd Jul '17 9:51:47 PM dmcreif
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** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': [[BlindJustice Matt Murdock]] [[OfficeRomance and]] [[SexySecretary Karen Page]] have signs of tension in season 1, though they don't have time to act on their feelings because they are all preoccupied with taking down Wilson Fisk. By the start of season 2, they've gotten to the point that Matt's willing to let [[HandsOnApproach Karen guide him to sink the 8-ball]] during [[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E1Bang an after-work round of pool at Josie's]]. By "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E4PennyAndDime Penny and Dime]]", the two are flirting whenever they're alone or Foggy has just stepped away from them to handle something else. Their way of celebrating Frank Castle's capture, after a round of drinks at Josie's, is to share [[RomanticRain a passionate first kiss in the rain]]. They are temporarily driven apart in the second half of season 2 by Matt's nighttime activities and Karen finding Elektra in Matt's bed, but in the season 2 finale, Matt privately meets with Karen to disclose his secret, with a hint that they'll reconcile.

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** ''Series/Daredevil2015'': [[BlindJustice ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
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Matt Murdock]] [[OfficeRomance [[OfficialCouple and]] [[SexySecretary Karen Page]] have signs of tension in an instant attraction to each other. By season 1, though they don't have 2, it's been six months since Fisk has been locked up, giving them more time to act on explore their feelings because they are all preoccupied for each other, with taking down Wilson Fisk. By the start of season 2, they've gotten to the point that Matt's Matt willing to let [[HandsOnApproach Karen guide him to sink the 8-ball]] during [[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E1Bang an after-work round of pool at Josie's]]. By "[[Recap/Daredevil2015S2E4PennyAndDime Penny and Dime]]", the two are flirting whenever they're alone or Foggy has just stepped away from them to handle something else. Their way of celebrating Frank Castle's capture, after a round of drinks at Josie's, is to share [[RomanticRain a passionate first kiss in the rain]]. They are temporarily driven apart in the second half of season 2 by Matt's nighttime activities and Karen finding Elektra in Matt's bed, but in the season 2 finale, Matt privately meets with Karen to disclose his secret, with a hint that they'll reconcile.reconcile.
***Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Marianna get one after James Wesley takes the initiative and reaches out to Vanessa to calm Fisk down after he's intimidated by Madame Gao. Vanessa's calming influence give Fisk a new dose of confidence and inspires to go public, delivering a speech on live TV in which he paints himself as a savior and paints the Devil of Hell's Kitchen as a terrorist. It also alienates Fisk from his own associates, who think that Vanessa is turning him into a softie, to the point that Madame Gao and Leland Owlsley try to have her killed.
30th May '17 6:45:53 PM nombretomado
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* Happens for Josh and Donna midway through the seventh season of ''TheWestWing''. They share a in-the-heat-of-the-moment kiss after getting unexpectedly good polling numbers and consummate their relationship on Election Day shortly thereafter.

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* Happens for Josh and Donna midway through the seventh season of ''TheWestWing''.''Series/TheWestWing''. They share a in-the-heat-of-the-moment kiss after getting unexpectedly good polling numbers and consummate their relationship on Election Day shortly thereafter.
22nd May '17 10:06:49 PM Mhazard
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Most commonly broadcasted with a FirstKiss, but every once in a while you find a more… drastic variant (GladToBeAliveSex comes to mind). Compare RelationshipReveal--a moment where an implied but existing couple becomes canon. A move from casual to serious can involve IGotYouADrawer. Also compare TheyDo--the point past which the RomanceArc is concluded and the relationship becomes a constant that feeds ''other'' plot threads. Contrast DerailingLoveInterests-- where a relationship Downgrade happens to a RomanticFalseLead so an OfficialCouple can be hooked up. Though they often coincide (e.g. in a LastMinuteHookup) the two are far from synonymous; a RelationshipUpgrade can be the beginning of hardships, trials and tribulations that the relationship may not survive at all.

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Most commonly broadcasted with a FirstKiss, but every once in a while you find a more… drastic variant (GladToBeAliveSex comes to mind). Compare RelationshipReveal--a moment where an implied but existing couple becomes canon. A move from casual to serious can involve IGotYouADrawer. Also compare TheyDo--the point past which the RomanceArc is concluded and the relationship becomes a constant that feeds ''other'' plot threads. Contrast DerailingLoveInterests-- where a relationship Downgrade downgrade happens to a RomanticFalseLead so an OfficialCouple can be hooked up. Though they often coincide (e.g. in a LastMinuteHookup) the two are far from synonymous; a RelationshipUpgrade can be the beginning of hardships, trials and tribulations that the relationship may not survive at all.
21st May '17 4:17:24 PM AshlynNyx
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* ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'': Jack and [[spoiler:Ashi]] in the eighth episode of season five, after she tried to kill him earlier in the season and then [[HeelFaceTurn becoming his companion]], the episode ends with their BigDamnKiss after a monster fight.
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