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4th Aug '17 12:27:14 PM nighttrainfm
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** In the book 2 finale, [[spoiler:Mako and Korra break up, deciding that they're BetterAsFriends as well]]. It remains that way throughout the rest of the series; while they have to [[WorkingWithTheEx work through some initial awkwardness]], they learn to support each other platonically. In the GrandFinale, Mako [[spoiler:promises to support Korra no matter what, and Korra's final love interest is [[{{Irony}} revealed to be]] ''[[BiTheWay Asami]]'']].

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** In the book 2 finale, [[spoiler:Mako and Korra break up, deciding that they're BetterAsFriends as well]]. well.]] It remains that way throughout the rest of the series; while they have to [[WorkingWithTheEx work through some initial awkwardness]], they learn to support each other platonically. In the GrandFinale, Mako [[spoiler:promises to support Korra no matter what, and Korra's final love interest is [[{{Irony}} revealed to be]] ''[[BiTheWay Asami]]'']].Asami]]''.]]
19th Jul '17 6:50:00 PM salvadorfranz
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* In ''Anime/ShiningTearsXWind'', Kureha was built up to be Souma's love interest only to find out that she's in love with Kiriya. Souma at first couldn't take it until he gets humbled and then leaves Kureha to Kiriya. She then is DemotedToExtra in the anime because the anime focuses on Souma's viewpoint. If players however do have ''VideoGame/ShiningWind'', then she can be romanced ''to Kiriya'' as he's the protagonist of that game.
19th Jul '17 9:36:20 AM Darkfire545
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* Yukitsuki is this in ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', mainly thanks to her {{Yandere}} outbursts and Miu's intervention in the time stream. In the second game, Shizuku can become this to Yukitsuki in the latter's route.



* Yukitsuki is this in ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', mainly thanks to her {{Yandere}} outbursts and Miu's intervention in the time stream. In the second game, Shizuku can become this to Yukitsuki in the latter's route.

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* Yukitsuki is this in ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', mainly thanks to her {{Yandere}} outbursts and Miu's intervention in the time stream. In the second game, Shizuku can become this to Yukitsuki in the latter's route.
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* Yukitsuki is this in ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote'', mainly thanks to her {{Yandere}} outbursts and Miu's intervention in the time stream. In the second game, Shizuku can become this to Yukitsuki in the latter's route.
8th Jul '17 9:33:37 PM merotoker
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** It looks like [[TheOjou Momiji]] [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Oouka]] is definitely being set as one of these... for [[spoiler: ''[[TheIdiotFromOsaka Heiji]] [[HotBlooded Hattori]] and [[TsunDere Kazuha]] [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Touyama]]'']], of all people

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** It looks like [[TheOjou [[{{Ojou}} Momiji]] [[AwesomenessByAnalysis Oouka]] is definitely being set as one of these... for [[spoiler: ''[[TheIdiotFromOsaka Heiji]] [[HotBlooded Hattori]] and [[TsunDere Kazuha]] [[PatientChildhoodLoveInterest Touyama]]'']], of all people



* In ''Manga/JunaiNoSeinen'', Ian comes to Japan hoping to get together again with his ex-[[FriendsWithBenefits sex friend]] Kaoru. Daigo, Kaoru's lover, thinks that Ian is the RomanticFalseLead, as does Ian himself, but it turns out he's actually the HopelessSuitor and never stood a chance. Kaoru is just invoking the trope to make Daigo jealous for his own reassurance.

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* In ''Manga/JunaiNoSeinen'', Ian comes to Japan hoping to get together again with his ex-[[FriendsWithBenefits sex friend]] Kaoru. Daigo, Kaoru's lover, thinks that Ian is the RomanticFalseLead, Romantic False Lead, as does Ian himself, but it turns out he's actually the HopelessSuitor and never stood a chance. Kaoru is just invoking the trope to make Daigo jealous for his own reassurance.



** Also, Cameron can be seen as a ''subversion'', since he portrayed better than the normal false lead. After a ''very'' ungraceful start, he pulls of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome by [[spoiler: attempting to escort the White Base out of the local colony, putting his own life in risk so he can apologize to Mirai for his behavior.]] And in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' movie, it's revealed that [[spoiler: he still cares for Mirai... and this leads him to help out her husband Bright as much as he can, to ensure Mirai's survival ''and'' save the Earth, despite knowing he could be executed or imprisoned if found out.]]

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** Also, Cameron can be seen as a ''subversion'', since he portrayed better than the normal false lead. After a ''very'' ungraceful start, he pulls of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome by [[spoiler: attempting to escort the White Base out of the local colony, putting his own life in risk so he can apologize to Mirai for his behavior.]] behavior]]. And in the ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'' movie, it's revealed that [[spoiler: he still cares for Mirai... and this leads him to help out her husband Bright as much as he can, to ensure Mirai's survival ''and'' save the Earth, despite knowing he could be executed or imprisoned if found out.]]out]].



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Rue is an IceQueen ClingyJealousGirl who takes advantage of Mytho's...[[EmotionlessBoy unfortunate]] [[ExtremeDoormat state]]. And then it turns out she was DaddysLittleVillain all along! Except [[spoiler: she really '''[[LoveMartyr does]]''' [[LoveMartyr love him]]. [[AntiVillain And suffers a lot]] [[DarkMagicalGirl because of her "role"]] [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden and her feelings.]] And they end up [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earning Their Happy Ending Together]]]]. [[FanDumb Some fans]] [[DieForOurShip don't pick up on the "subverted" thing]].

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''Anime/PrincessTutu''. Rue is an IceQueen ClingyJealousGirl who takes advantage of Mytho's...[[EmotionlessBoy unfortunate]] [[ExtremeDoormat state]]. And then it turns out she was DaddysLittleVillain all along! Except [[spoiler: she really '''[[LoveMartyr does]]''' [[LoveMartyr love him]]. [[AntiVillain And suffers a lot]] [[DarkMagicalGirl because of her "role"]] [[UnrequitedTragicMaiden and her feelings.]] And they end up [[EarnYourHappyEnding Earning Their Happy Ending Together]]]]. [[FanDumb Some fans]] [[DieForOurShip don't pick up on the "subverted" thing]].



* Averted in LightNovel/ReZero, where Rem from the very beginning is introduced as the first Subaru's girl from his SupportingHarem. However, being an example of when a similar heroine is portrayed better than the main LoveInterest, along with her popularity with fans, she quickly becomes the first RomanticRunnerUp, and then the second love interest in story, when Subaru realizes, that equally loves her and Emilia to such an extent that he is ready to marry them both. At the same time, [[spoiler: her coma in the future]], makes the subverted this trope still possible.

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* Averted in LightNovel/ReZero, where Rem from the very beginning is introduced as the first Subaru's girl from his SupportingHarem. However, being an example of when a similar heroine is portrayed better than the main LoveInterest, {{Love Interest|s}}, along with her popularity with fans, she quickly becomes the first RomanticRunnerUp, and then the second love interest in story, when Subaru realizes, that equally loves her and Emilia to such an extent that he is ready to marry them both. At the same time, [[spoiler: her coma in the future]], makes the subverted this trope still possible.



* Leon is brought in for the second volume of ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' as a {{Love Interest|s}} for Amasawa. His RelationshipSabotage was doomed to fail from the start considering the manga is ''about'' the [[BoysLoveGenre romance]] between the OfficialCouple.

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* Leon is brought in for the second volume of ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'' as a {{Love Interest|s}} for Amasawa. His RelationshipSabotage was doomed to fail from the start considering the manga is ''about'' the [[BoysLoveGenre [[YaoiGenre romance]] between the OfficialCouple.



* Comicbook/CaptainAtom was involved with [[ChristmasCake Sally Starshine]], [[ActionGirl Eve Eden]], and [[BenevolentBoss Catherine Cobert]], but ultimately married [[FirstGirlWins Bette Sans Souci]], aka [[DatingCatwoman Plastique]], but [[IncrediblyLamePun that explosive relationship blew apart]].

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* Comicbook/CaptainAtom was involved with [[ChristmasCake Sally Starshine]], [[ActionGirl Eve Eden]], and [[BenevolentBoss Catherine Cobert]], but ultimately married [[FirstGirlWins Bette Sans Souci]], aka [[DatingCatwoman Plastique]], but [[IncrediblyLamePun [[{{Pun}} that explosive relationship blew apart]].



** Caryn Earle (Peters neighbor while he lived in New Jersey) briefly dated Peter until MJ return officially in his life. After, she disappear and is not more mentioned.

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** Caryn Earle (Peters neighbor while he lived in New Jersey) briefly dated Peter until MJ return officially in his life. After, she disappear disappears and is not more never mentioned.



* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Subverted. When Kaji babysits Shinji and Asuka for several days, Shinji is jealous because his grilfriend's former crush will be taking care of them, but Asuka reassures him that even though she still finds Kaji yummy she has gotten over it.

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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Subverted. When Kaji babysits Shinji and Asuka for several days, Shinji is jealous because his grilfriend's girlfriend's former crush will be taking care of them, but Asuka reassures him that even though she still finds Kaji yummy she has gotten over it.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'', [[GullibleLemmings Melman the giraffe ]]shouts an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove for Gloria the hippo as their plane is crashing. Unfortunately, she was asleep and missed it. However, once they reach the wildlife preserve, Gloria finds herself attracted to the watering hole's resident hottie, Moto Moto. As it turns out, he's only after her for [[ChubbyChaser her looks]], and when Gloria finds out how Melman really feels, she runs after him as he's about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext sacrifice himself to the volcano]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}}: Escape 2 Africa'', ''WesternAnimation/MadagascarEscape2Africa'', [[GullibleLemmings Melman the giraffe ]]shouts an AnguishedDeclarationOfLove for Gloria the hippo as their plane is crashing. Unfortunately, she was asleep and missed it. However, once they reach the wildlife preserve, Gloria finds herself attracted to the watering hole's resident hottie, Moto Moto. As it turns out, he's only after her for [[ChubbyChaser her looks]], and when Gloria finds out how Melman really feels, she runs after him as he's about to [[ItMakesSenseInContext sacrifice himself to the volcano]].



* Done in a [[PlayedForLaughs deliberately silly way]] with Batman in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', where Wyldstyle already has a boyfriend, and he's Batman. Batman is portrayed as abrasive, pretentious and egotistical, and Emmett can't stand him - but whenever [[DerailingLoveInterests he appears to go treat Wyldstyle too badly]], it's immediately {{Subverted}}. Besides his eccentricities, Batman is very much a NiceGuy, and he and Wyldstyle eventually break up on good terms.

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* Done in a [[PlayedForLaughs deliberately silly way]] with Batman in ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'', where Wyldstyle already has a boyfriend, and he's Batman. Batman is portrayed as abrasive, pretentious and egotistical, and Emmett can't stand him - but whenever [[DerailingLoveInterests he appears to go treat Wyldstyle too badly]], it's immediately {{Subverted}}.{{subverted|Trope}}. Besides his eccentricities, Batman is very much a NiceGuy, and he and Wyldstyle eventually break up on good terms.



* Averted in ''Film/OutCold'', in which the protagonist's love interest is engaged to a nice guy in a wheelchair. In the end, [[spoiler: the protagonist urges her to go with her fiancé, and she does.]]

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* Averted in ''Film/OutCold'', in which the protagonist's love interest is engaged to a nice guy in a wheelchair. In the end, [[spoiler: the protagonist urges her to go with her fiancé, and she does.]]does]].



* ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' features a particular well-rounded false lead in Aldous Snow, the rock star who stole the main character's girlfriend. While he's a somewhat obnoxiously hip, self-centered lothario, he's also quite charming, friendly, and has good taste. The main character admits that it's hard to hate him. Ultimately, [[spoiler:his relationship with Sarah Marshall dissolves due to both of their hang-ups.]]

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* ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' features a particular well-rounded false lead in Aldous Snow, the rock star who stole the main character's girlfriend. While he's a somewhat obnoxiously hip, self-centered lothario, he's also quite charming, friendly, and has good taste. The main character admits that it's hard to hate him. Ultimately, [[spoiler:his relationship with Sarah Marshall dissolves due to both of their hang-ups.]]hang-ups]].



* Mary Jane's astronaut fiancé in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' is a good example, similar to Richard in ''Superman Returns''. But despite the fact that he is a good guy (and a freakin' ''astronaut''!) he is just helping get in the way of Spider-Man's love web.
** Of course, in the COMICS, John Jameson actually has super powers (which turn him into a wolf and make him go BERSERK) and Spider-Man has fought and subdued him several times. It's likely he was planned to be a villain in one of the future movies that will probably never be made now.

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* Mary Jane's astronaut fiancé in ''Film/SpiderMan2'' is a good example, similar to Richard in ''Superman Returns''. But despite the fact that he is a good guy (and a freakin' ''astronaut''!) he is just helping get in the way of Spider-Man's love web.
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web. Of course, in the COMICS, John Jameson actually has super powers (which turn him into a wolf and make him go BERSERK) and Spider-Man has fought and subdued him several times. It's likely he was planned to be a villain in one of the future movies that will probably never be made now.



* In ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' Molly is this, being Jude's girlfriend in England before he goes to the US to find his father and meets the heroine Lucy. Surprisingly, she's not [[DerailingLoveInterests villified]] at all, and although Jude and Lucy's relationship is portrayed as a good thing, his cheating on Molly is not. In fact, ''Molly'' gets in the last word, ending up HappilyMarried with a kid on the way. She even gives Jude a short ReasonYouSuckSpeech about how he thought he could have both women. In the end Jude and Lucy get their happy ending, and we can only assume Molly and new husband Phil do, too.

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* In ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' Molly is this, being Jude's girlfriend in England before he goes to the US to find his father and meets the heroine Lucy. Surprisingly, she's not [[DerailingLoveInterests villified]] vilified]] at all, and although Jude and Lucy's relationship is portrayed as a good thing, his cheating on Molly is not. In fact, ''Molly'' gets in the last word, ending up HappilyMarried with a kid on the way. She even gives Jude a short ReasonYouSuckSpeech TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how he thought he could have both women. In the end Jude and Lucy get their happy ending, and we can only assume Molly and new husband Phil do, too.



* Bill Pullman was typecast in a number of such roles (SleeplessInSeattle, YouveGotMail), before finally getting the girl in Film/WhileYouWereSleeping (where his character's brother was the RFL instead).

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* Bill Pullman was typecast in a number of such roles (SleeplessInSeattle, YouveGotMail), (''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', ''Film/YouveGotMail''), before finally getting the girl in Film/WhileYouWereSleeping ''Film/WhileYouWereSleeping'' (where his character's brother was the RFL instead).



* Ron and Hermione of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series have this happen multiple times. In ''Goblet of Fire'', Viktor Krum asks Hermione to the Yule Ball, sparking Ron's jealousy. In ''Half-Blood Prince'', when Ron starts going out with Lavender Brown, Hermione [[OperationJealousy retaliates]] by asking Ron's Quidditch [[TheRival rival]] Cormac [=McLaggen=] on a date.
** Harry also has this happen to him a lot. First Cedric asks Cho to the Yule Ball before him; afterwards, [[spoiler:Cedric's death makes Harry's dates with Cho increasingly awkward.]] In later books, Harry becomes increasingly jealous of Ginny's boyfriends. He also takes Parvati to the Yule Ball and thinks that she "looks nice". It goes no further than that, but then again, he only asked her because he was so desperate for a date that he literally asked the first two cute girls (Ron needed a date too!) who were still available that he could find.
* Lucy Dexter is one in the ''Literature/HIVESeries''. Being the only person in the series who can relate to Otto's troubles with [[spoiler:being a superhuman]], they confide in each other despite several previous books of UST between Otto and Laura. Their relationship doesn't last long, however, despite having no actual problems between the two, because [[spoiler:she is killed by Overlord two days after their first kiss.]] This only serves to screw up Otto and keep him away from romance for a while afterwards.

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* ''Literature/HarryPotter''
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Ron and Hermione of the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series have this happen multiple times. In ''Goblet of Fire'', Viktor Krum asks Hermione to the Yule Ball, sparking Ron's jealousy. In ''Half-Blood Prince'', when Ron starts going out with Lavender Brown, Hermione [[OperationJealousy retaliates]] by asking Ron's Quidditch [[TheRival rival]] Cormac [=McLaggen=] on a date.
** Harry also has this happen to him a lot. First Cedric asks Cho to the Yule Ball before him; afterwards, [[spoiler:Cedric's death makes Harry's dates with Cho increasingly awkward.]] awkward]]. In later books, Harry becomes increasingly jealous of Ginny's boyfriends. He also takes Parvati to the Yule Ball and thinks that she "looks nice". It goes no further than that, but then again, he only asked her because he was so desperate for a date that he literally asked the first two cute girls (Ron needed a date too!) who were still available that he could find.
* Lucy Dexter is one in the ''Literature/HIVESeries''. Being the only person in the series who can relate to Otto's troubles with [[spoiler:being a superhuman]], they confide in each other despite several previous books of UST between Otto and Laura. Their relationship doesn't last long, however, despite having no actual problems between the two, because [[spoiler:she is killed by Overlord two days after their first kiss.]] kiss]]. This only serves to screw up Otto and keep him away from romance for a while afterwards.



* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', the story opens with the news that Carthoris's CannotSpitItOut has resulted in Thuvia's accepting the suit of Kulan Tith. Unusually, she then gets kidnapped, Cathoris goes to rescue her, and [[spoiler:Kulan Tith does not even feature until the very end, when Carthoris gets her to his ship, where he can protect her and goes to leave, Thuvia begs him to stay though she knows she is dishonoring herself, and Kulan Tith steps aside.]]

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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs's ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Thuvia, Maid of Mars]]'', the story opens with the news that Carthoris's CannotSpitItOut has resulted in Thuvia's accepting the suit of Kulan Tith. Unusually, she then gets kidnapped, Cathoris goes to rescue her, and [[spoiler:Kulan Tith does not even feature until the very end, when Carthoris gets her to his ship, where he can protect her and goes to leave, Thuvia begs him to stay though she knows she is dishonoring herself, and Kulan Tith steps aside.]]aside]].



* Henry James loved this trope. ''The Bostonians'' is about it, ''Literature/DaisyMiller'' has several and in ''The Ambassadors'' you can go the first two thirds of the book before realizing that [[spoiler:the main character is this.]]

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* Henry James loved this trope. ''The Bostonians'' is about it, ''Literature/DaisyMiller'' has several and in ''The Ambassadors'' you can go the first two thirds of the book before realizing that [[spoiler:the main character is this.]]this]].



* It's nicely subverted in ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', when [[spoiler: Roland's fiancee Letitia appears to be this, except it turns out Letitia is very likable and Roland and Tiffany were actually false leads for each other]]

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* It's nicely subverted in ''Discworld/IShallWearMidnight'', when [[spoiler: Roland's fiancee Letitia appears to be this, except it turns out Letitia is very likable and Roland and Tiffany were actually false leads for each other]]other]].



* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler: In the end, it was Gale.]]

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': [[spoiler: In the end, it was Gale.]]Gale]].



** Though ironically enough she became his LoveInterest in [[Series/{{Angel}} Angel's own show]].

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** Though ironically enough she became his LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} in [[Series/{{Angel}} Angel's own show]].



** In series 5, Rachel inadvertently creates one for Chandler and Monica. Their relationship is secret and they're just FriendsWithBenefits... until Rachel sets up Monica with a very handsome male nurse called Dan, devestating Chandler. Dan's out of the picture by the end of the episode, but his role was to make Chandler and Monica face the realisation that their "goofing around" has taken them well beyond the friendship stage.
** Also [[{{AlwaysSomeoneBetter}} Richard]] in the Season 6 finale when he and Chandler both propose to Monica. Although he had been a serious LoveInterest in the past, by this stage Monica and Chandler were blissfully happy, clearly meant for each other and the ''last'' season finale had Monica promising [[{{InsecureLoveInterest}} Chandler]] he, and not Richard, was the love of her life and she loved him more than anyone else before. Richard's appreance was clearly a (well-written) ploy to create drama and miscommunication. (In fact Monica didn't just choose Chandler over Richard, but when his proposal plans were ruined, staged her own proposal and asked ''him'' to marry ''her''.).

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** In series 5, Rachel inadvertently creates one for Chandler and Monica. Their relationship is secret and they're just FriendsWithBenefits... until Rachel sets up Monica with a very handsome male nurse called Dan, devestating devastating Chandler. Dan's out of the picture by the end of the episode, but his role was to make Chandler and Monica face the realisation that their "goofing around" has taken them well beyond the friendship stage.
** Also [[{{AlwaysSomeoneBetter}} [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Richard]] in the Season 6 finale when he and Chandler both propose to Monica. Although he had been a serious LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} in the past, by this stage Monica and Chandler were blissfully happy, clearly meant for each other and the ''last'' season finale had Monica promising [[{{InsecureLoveInterest}} [[InsecureLoveInterest Chandler]] he, and not Richard, was the love of her life and she loved him more than anyone else before. Richard's appreance appearance was clearly a (well-written) ploy to create drama and miscommunication. (In fact Monica didn't just choose Chandler over Richard, but when his proposal plans were ruined, staged her own proposal and asked ''him'' to marry ''her''.).



* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Steve Holt becomes a false lead when Maeby becomes attracted to him, adding yet another obstacle between George Michael and his cousin. However, Steve Holt turns out to [[spoiler:also be Maeby's cousin (not by blood though, as later revealed).]]

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* In ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', Steve Holt becomes a false lead when Maeby becomes attracted to him, adding yet another obstacle between George Michael and his cousin. However, Steve Holt turns out to [[spoiler:also be Maeby's cousin (not by blood though, as later revealed).]]revealed)]].



* The Helen/Nikki relationship in ''Series/BadGirls'' was beset by false leads. The first -- and arguably most irritating -- was Helen's fiancé Sean, a drippy landscape gardener with a screw loose. [[spoiler: When Helen ditches him, he shows up outside the prison and sets fire to his wedding suit.]] Nikki was briefly interested in a new inmate who [[spoiler: turned out to be a paedophile]]. We mustn't forget Helen's baffling decision to date Thomas, the thoroughly dull prison doctor. When he pulled a IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, there was general rejoicing. Even Nikki's ex turned up hoping for another go but was forced to do the same as Thomas!

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* The Helen/Nikki relationship in ''Series/BadGirls'' was beset by false leads. The first -- and arguably most irritating -- was Helen's fiancé Sean, a drippy landscape gardener with a screw loose. [[spoiler: When Helen ditches him, he shows up outside the prison and sets fire to his wedding suit.]] Nikki was briefly interested in a new inmate who [[spoiler: turned out to be a paedophile]]. We mustn't forget Also Helen's baffling decision to date Thomas, the thoroughly dull prison doctor. When he pulled a IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy, there was general rejoicing. Even Nikki's ex turned up hoping for another go but was forced to do the same as Thomas!



** Ziva's boyfriend Michael [[spoiler:started [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking killing people and drinking too much]].]]
*** Plus may have been sent [[spoiler: not out of sincere interest but to draw her back to Israel and her father's control.]]
** Ziva's other boyfriend Ray [[spoiler:killed an innocent woman when hunting a terrorist and was completely unrepentant about the matter.]]

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** Ziva's boyfriend Michael [[spoiler:started [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking killing people and drinking too much]].]]
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*** Plus may have been sent [[spoiler: not out of sincere interest but to draw her back to Israel and her father's control.]]
control]].
** Ziva's other boyfriend Ray [[spoiler:killed an innocent woman when hunting a terrorist and was completely unrepentant about the matter.]]matter]].



* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': There were several for HighSchoolSweethearts Zack and Kelly. While Zack wasn't pleased with Kelly's relationship with Jeff, Kelly didn't seem to comment on [[ChickMagnet Zack's]] numerous love interests such as each GirlOfTheWeek and Stacey Carosi. The GirlOfTheWeek wouldn't appear in the next episode and Stacy had to leave at the end of summer. One episode even had a RomanticFalseLead for Stacey when her old boyfriend showed up.

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* ''Series/SavedByTheBell'': There were several for HighSchoolSweethearts Zack and Kelly. While Zack wasn't pleased with Kelly's relationship with Jeff, Kelly didn't seem to comment on [[ChickMagnet Zack's]] numerous love interests such as each GirlOfTheWeek and Stacey Carosi. The GirlOfTheWeek wouldn't appear in the next episode and Stacy had to leave at the end of summer. One episode even had a RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Lead for Stacey when her old boyfriend showed up.



* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' had boyfriend Leo in season 1, who was nice, well-liked by her father and a useful contact for Veronica... although it sure looked like she wasn't very invested in the relationship. Not to mention they hooked up just when her relationship with [[JerkassWoobie Logan]] heated up (after which she chose Logan over Leo without much hesitation). Logan himself, however, could be viewed as a RomanticFalseLead for Veronica/Duncan, which was clearly a destined pairing from the start of the show, and [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real life wound up writing the plot]] for Veronica/Duncan in so far as the chemistry between Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring was electric, the chemistry between her and Teddy Dunn was nonexistent [[spoiler: which would have been oddly apt if they'd turned out to be siblings after all]]. Factor in that Dohring is ten times the actor Dunn is, and that fans just weren't interested in their pairing (and indeed, [[spoiler: when season two got them together again, people were [[FlatWhat not happy]] that she wasn't with Logan anymore)]]. Hence, Dunn was written out, and Veronica/Logan was made the OfficialCouple. Finally, season 3 has [[SatelliteLoveInterest Piz]], who may have been intended to become this trope (again, a nice normal guy who treated her nicely, was liked by her dad, etc.), but as the show was cancelled, we'll probably never know for sure. The final moments of the final episode certainly made it seem likely, however.
* The OfficialCouple of Arthur and Guinevere had plenty each on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''. Guinevere was romantically linked with [[JustFriends Merlin]] and [[FirstLove Lancelot]], whilst Arthur had [[BitchInSheepsClothing Sophia]], [[SpoiledBrat Vivian]], [[ArrangedMarriage Elena]] and [[RelationshipSue Mithian]] - and even [[BrotherSisterIncest Morgana]], briefly.

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* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' had boyfriend Leo in season 1, who was nice, well-liked by her father and a useful contact for Veronica... although it sure looked like she wasn't very invested in the relationship. Not to mention they hooked up just when her relationship with [[JerkassWoobie Logan]] heated up (after which she chose Logan over Leo without much hesitation). Logan himself, however, could be viewed as a RomanticFalseLead an example for Veronica/Duncan, which was clearly a destined pairing from the start of the show, and [[RealLifeWritesThePlot real life wound up writing the plot]] for Veronica/Duncan in so far as the chemistry between Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring was electric, the chemistry between her and Teddy Dunn was nonexistent [[spoiler: which would have been oddly apt if they'd turned out to be siblings after all]]. Factor in that Dohring is ten times the actor Dunn is, and that fans just weren't interested in their pairing (and indeed, [[spoiler: when season two got them together again, people were [[FlatWhat not happy]] that she wasn't with Logan anymore)]]. Hence, Dunn was written out, and Veronica/Logan was made the OfficialCouple. Finally, season 3 has [[SatelliteLoveInterest Piz]], who may have been intended to become this trope (again, a nice normal guy who treated her nicely, was liked by her dad, etc.), but as the show was cancelled, we'll probably never know for sure. The final moments of the final episode certainly made it seem likely, however.
* The OfficialCouple of Arthur and Guinevere had plenty each on ''Series/{{Merlin}}''.''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}''. Guinevere was romantically linked with [[JustFriends Merlin]] and [[FirstLove Lancelot]], whilst Arthur had [[BitchInSheepsClothing Sophia]], [[SpoiledBrat Vivian]], [[ArrangedMarriage Elena]] and [[RelationshipSue Mithian]] - and even [[BrotherSisterIncest Morgana]], briefly.



* Played with on ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': Daisy starts going out with a TV producer named Ray. Mason, while obviously jealous, tries to respect their relationship, at least until Ray is revealed to be an [[DomesticAbuser abusive jerk]]. However, when Mason tries to convince Daisy that the way Ray treats her is wrong, Daisy [[WrongGenreSavvy calls him out on this trope]], saying he is just jealous. [[spoiler: Ray is eventually killed off, but the show was cancelled before it was clear if Mason and Daisy would get together.]]

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* Played with on ''Series/DeadLikeMe'': Daisy starts going out with a TV producer named Ray. Mason, while obviously jealous, tries to respect their relationship, at least until Ray is revealed to be an [[DomesticAbuser [[DomesticAbuse abusive jerk]]. However, when Mason tries to convince Daisy that the way Ray treats her is wrong, Daisy [[WrongGenreSavvy calls him out on this trope]], saying he is just jealous. [[spoiler: Ray is eventually killed off, but the show was cancelled before it was clear if Mason and Daisy would get together.]]



* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': By Season Three, it became clear that Daniel Grayson was this, either for Jack/Emily or Aiden/Emily. [[spoiler:After Aiden died, it was obvious that the endgame pairing was going to be the former, though the show did try to psych out the fans by introducing ''another'' false lead in Jack's police partner Ben Hunter and briefly teasing the return of Daniel/Emily, before killing off both Ben and Daniel, leaving the path clear for Jack]].

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* ''Series/{{Revenge}}'': By Season Three, it became clear that Daniel Grayson was this, either for Jack/Emily or Aiden/Emily. [[spoiler:After Aiden died, it was obvious that the endgame pairing was going to be the former, though the show did try to psych out the fans by introducing ''another'' false lead in Jack's police partner Ben Hunter and briefly teasing the return of Daniel/Emily, before killing off both Ben and Daniel, leaving the path clear for Jack]].Jack.]]



* In ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', the Captain almost goes through with marrying Elsa Schraeder after Maria flees into TenMinuteRetirement expecting exactly that to happen, even though the children obviously would rather have Maria as their mother and, as Brigitta can tell, the Captain is more fond of her too.

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* In ''Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic'', the Captain almost goes through with marrying Elsa Schraeder after Maria flees into TenMinuteRetirement expecting exactly that to happen, even though the children obviously would rather have Maria as their mother and, as Brigitta can tell, the Captain is more fond fonder of her too.



* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', Penelope Mouse spends a good portion of the game crushing on Sly, before she settles with Bentley instead. [[spoiler:However, she then becomes this trope to Bentley in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the very next game]] when her FaceHeelTurn is exposed and they become fierce enemies]].

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* In ''VideoGame/Sly3HonorAmongThieves'', Penelope Mouse spends a good portion of the game crushing on Sly, before she settles with Bentley instead. [[spoiler:However, she then becomes this trope to Bentley in [[VideoGame/SlyCooperThievesInTime the very next game]] when her FaceHeelTurn is exposed and they become fierce enemies]].enemies.]]



** This gets subverted much later, when [[spoiler: Elliot realizes he loves Sarah like a sister, and decides to downgrade their relationship to close friends. Sarah is fine with it for her own unrelated reasons. However, this opens this trope back up, as longtime friend [[DefrostingIceQueen Susan]], newcomer [[{{Adorkable}} Ashley]], and wildcard [[LovableAlphaBitch Diane]] are all attracted to him. Ashley fits the trope best, as she swoops in and gets a date with Elliot within minutes of meeting him for the first time, while Susan is still busy trying to make sense of her feelings for him that have been developing over several months]]

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** This gets subverted much later, when [[spoiler: Elliot realizes he loves Sarah like a sister, and decides to downgrade their relationship to close friends. Sarah is fine with it for her own unrelated reasons. However, this opens this trope back up, as longtime friend [[DefrostingIceQueen Susan]], newcomer [[{{Adorkable}} Ashley]], and wildcard [[LovableAlphaBitch Diane]] are all attracted to him. Ashley fits the trope best, as she swoops in and gets a date with Elliot within minutes of meeting him for the first time, while Susan is still busy trying to make sense of her feelings for him that have been developing over several months]]months]].



** Of course, Torg and Zoe still didn't get together, so years later we had Leo. Also a bit of a jerk in the end, as he was all right with Zoe's crazy stories about what happened in her life only until it turned out they ''weren't'' lies. Of course, Zoe and Torg still didn't get together after this breakup, because Torg was afraid of getting too close to her (since terrible things happen to all of his love interests) and Zoe somehow failed to realize he had romantic feelings for her [[spoiler:(or that ''she'' had romantic feelings for ''him'').]]

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** Of course, Torg and Zoe still didn't get together, so years later we had Leo. Also a bit of a jerk in the end, as he was all right with Zoe's crazy stories about what happened in her life only until it turned out they ''weren't'' lies. Of course, Zoe and Torg still didn't get together after this breakup, because Torg was afraid of getting too close to her (since terrible things happen to all of his love interests) and Zoe somehow failed to realize he had romantic feelings for her [[spoiler:(or that ''she'' had romantic feelings for ''him'').]]''him'')]].



* [[GirlOfTheWeek Sakura]] is this for Walter in Webcomic/DubiousCompany. Surprisingly, she is neither a JerkAss nor a boring milquetoast, but a [[TheBeautifulElite pretty]] [[ThroughHisStomach sweet]] [[NiceGuy gal]]. It's Mary and Sue that act as the AlphaBitch and manipulate Walter's [[UnresolvedSexualTension best]] [[JustFriends friend]], Tiren, into a CatFight with Sakura. Which leads to [[spoiler: Walter realizing that something is [[IsItSomethingYouEat wrong with Tiren]] and tries to stop the fight. Shortly after, the cast blinks back to [[HubLevel Nowhere Island]]]] and get a strict lecture from [[TeamDad Izor]].

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* [[GirlOfTheWeek Sakura]] is this for Walter in Webcomic/DubiousCompany.''Webcomic/DubiousCompany''. Surprisingly, she is neither a JerkAss nor a boring milquetoast, but a [[TheBeautifulElite pretty]] [[ThroughHisStomach sweet]] [[NiceGuy gal]]. It's Mary and Sue that act as the AlphaBitch and manipulate Walter's [[UnresolvedSexualTension best]] [[JustFriends friend]], Tiren, into a CatFight with Sakura. Which leads to [[spoiler: Walter realizing that something is [[IsItSomethingYouEat wrong with Tiren]] and tries to stop the fight. Shortly after, the cast blinks back to [[HubLevel Nowhere Island]]]] and get a strict lecture from [[TeamDad Izor]].



** In the book 2 finale, [[spoiler:Mako and Korra break up, deciding that they're BetterAsFriends as well]]. It remains that way throughout the rest of the series; while they have to [[WorkingWithTheEx work through some initial awkwardness]], they learn to support each other platonically. In the GrandFinale, Mako [[spoiler:promises to support Korra no matter what, and Korra's final love interest is [[{{Irony}} revealed to be]] ''[[BiTheWay Asami]]''.]]

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** In the book 2 finale, [[spoiler:Mako and Korra break up, deciding that they're BetterAsFriends as well]]. It remains that way throughout the rest of the series; while they have to [[WorkingWithTheEx work through some initial awkwardness]], they learn to support each other platonically. In the GrandFinale, Mako [[spoiler:promises to support Korra no matter what, and Korra's final love interest is [[{{Irony}} revealed to be]] ''[[BiTheWay Asami]]''.]]Asami]]'']].
4th Jul '17 9:35:51 AM wuggles
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** Angela has two false leads. Andy is the first one, and the trope is played differently than usual, with Angela being portrayed as the wrong one, by continuing her affair with Dwight. In a later season, she marries and has a child with a [[spoiler: closeted gay]] congressman, and later it's revealed that [[spoiler: the child is actually Dwight's]]. In the series finale, she and Dwight get married.
9th Jun '17 4:55:22 PM KizunaTallis
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* Shauna Mulwae-Tweep in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' repeatedly plays the RomanticFalseLead for several main characters, which only serves to make their DesignatedLoveInterest more interested in him and she's promptly forgotten. As she says, she can't even land the shoeshine boy.

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* Shauna Mulwae-Tweep in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' repeatedly plays the RomanticFalseLead this role for several main male characters, which only serves to make their DesignatedLoveInterest more interested in him where she gets friendly with the guy and makes his actual LoveInterest [[GreenEyedEpiphany realize her own feelings for him]] and she's promptly forgotten. As She even lampshades it when she says, grumbles that she can't "can't even land the shoeshine boy.boy" (Andy, who would later get together with April). It's deconstructed later on, as it's shown she's quite miserable as a result. [[ThrowTheDogABone She does eventually find happiness]] in the series' GrandFinale.
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* On a broader level, this is a very common role for RonTheDeathEater to fulfill in fanfiction.
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* Simon from ''Literature/SimonVsTheHomoSapiensAgenda'' spends a good chunk of the book thinking stage manager Cal is Blue, but never makes a move because he isn't 100% sure and doesn't want to out himself.
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