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19th Jul '16 1:42:11 PM Apocrypha
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* In ''VisualNovel/DanganRonpa'', Sayaka is set up as Makoto's love interest from the start--[[ChildhoodFriendRomance shared childhood]], frequently gets described as beautiful in his thoughts, talks about how she only feels safe with him...[[spoiler:and then, not only is she the first one to die, it's also revealed she was [[ManipulativeBitch using him]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing and going to pin]] her planned attempted murder on him.]] Kyoko turns out to be the real {{Deuteragonist}} and love interest.
1st Jul '16 12:48:59 PM Anddrix
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** And then, in the BaseBreaker finale...[[spoiler: Ted and Robin have a LastMinuteHookUp after "the mother" experiences DeathOfTheHypotenuse, suggesting they were the OfficialCouple all along.]] So...who are the false leads again?!

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** And then, in the BaseBreaker finale...[[spoiler: Ted and Robin have a LastMinuteHookUp after "the mother" experiences DeathOfTheHypotenuse, suggesting they were the OfficialCouple all along.]] So...who are the false leads again?!
29th May '16 9:53:22 AM Ohiotomboy101
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** Colleen, from ''The Beast With a Billion Backs'', is Fry's girlfriend and would be this for Leela, except she really doesn't mind. So, another subverted trope.

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** Colleen, from ''The Beast With a Billion Backs'', is Fry's girlfriend and would be this for Leela, except Leela,But she really doesn't mind.was only a little jealous of them. So, another subverted trope.
16th May '16 9:35:17 AM Prfnoff
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** Gilbert and Sullivan use this fairly often. For example, in ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'', Phyllis casts off her fiancé, Strephon, when she catches him speaking to his mother (who being, unbeknownst to her, an unaging fairy, still looks like a young, attractive woman). She then agrees to become engaged to no less than ''two'' [[RomanticFalseLead wealthy peers]] ("one of you two, and I don't care which"), but goes back to Strephon when she finds out about his mother's fairyhood. The more general trope is used as well, though usually with either more subtlety (''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', where RealityEnsues), or with it being PlayedForLaughs. In Gilbert's writing, where he doesn't feel the need to wrap things up so neatly, things can turn out very differently, though: For example, the story "An Elixir of Love" is basically ''The Sorcerer'', except without the love potion being reversed at the end, which is arguably far more interesting.

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** Gilbert and Sullivan use this fairly often. For example, in ''Theatre/{{Iolanthe}}'', Phyllis casts off her fiancé, Strephon, when she catches him speaking to his mother (who being, unbeknownst to her, an unaging fairy, still looks like a young, attractive woman). She then agrees to become engaged to no less than ''two'' [[RomanticFalseLead [[UpperClassTwit wealthy peers]] Peers]] ("one of you two, and I don't care which"), but goes back to Strephon when she finds out about his mother's fairyhood. The more general trope is used as well, though usually with either more subtlety (''Theatre/TheYeomenOfTheGuard'', where RealityEnsues), or with it being PlayedForLaughs. In Gilbert's writing, where he doesn't feel the need to wrap things up so neatly, things can turn out very differently, though: For example, the story "An Elixir of Love" is basically ''The Sorcerer'', except without the love potion being reversed at the end, which is arguably far more interesting.
12th May '16 4:17:57 PM eroock
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* ''Film/MeAndEarlAndTheDyingGirl'' has Madison for Greg ("Me") and Rachel ("The Dying Girl"), a mostly-benevolent version. She's Greg's most popular (and as Earl frequently points out, [[BuxomIsBetter bustiest]]) classmate whom he has something of a crush on but doesn't want to admit it. When Greg is depressed over Rachel's leukemia, Madison tries to cheer him up by asking him to prom, which he accepts, but on his way there a casual conversation with the limo driver makes Greg realize he loves Rachel, not Madison.
7th May '16 2:09:59 PM rafi
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* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', practically every one of Arnold's love interests is one of these, as the show repeatedly implies that [[ObliviousToLove he and Helga belong together, despite what Arnold thinks]]. Most one-time crush characters, such as Summer from the episode "Summer Love," fall under this description, but two girls are particularly notable:
** Ruth Mcdougal, the girl Arnold is infatuated with for most of Season One, is the understandable object of Helga's jealousy for the early part of the show. Arnold's crush on Ruth ends during a Valentine's Day date when [[NoSparks he discovers her inability to carry on an intelligent conversation,]] while simultaneously having a wonderful time with a girl [[LovesMyAlterEgo who turns out to be Helga in disguise]].
** Lila Sawyer, Arnold's longest crush. A sugary sweet country girl who Arnold develops feelings for, although she constantly reminds Arnold that she doesn't "like him-like him." Ironically, while Helga is jealous of Lila, her own actions are the only reason for Arnold and Lila ever even considering a relationship. Near the end of the series, Lila becomes aware of Helga's feelings for Arnold, and coerces Helga into [[LoveConfessor coming clean to her about her love for him]].



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[BadassNormal Asami]] ended up being this to [[TroubledButCute Mako]]. It was clear from the start that Mako was supposed to end up with Korra, but Asami showed up in the middle of the season to give Korra a reason to be jealous. Though for some this ended up being a textbook example of the "too likable" trap, as many fans wanted Asami and Mako to stay together, and his confused handling of the two girls interested in him didn't help. This was capped off at the end of season one, where [[TheHeroine Korra]] and Mako officially hooking up could be overshadowed by the fact that his break-up with Asami and their following BetterAsFriends relationship is pretty subtle.
** Bolin is technically one for Korra as well, as he was interested in her from the very beginning and went on a date with her, but no one in or out of universe (except poor Bolin) ever expected that relationship to last.
** 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]]''.]]
* Both Jean and Scott in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' get their own false leads: Jean dates Duncan and Scott dates Jean's classmate Taryn, and then Taryn dumped Scott when mutants were revealed, not because she or he became a jerk, but for the same reason most of them lost their friends: He can, quite literally, blow up a building with his eyes. Duncan was an Alpha dog JerkAss type, who played the BitchInSheepsClothing trope (while he made it clear he was a jerk, he treated Jean ''far'' nicer then he treats anyone else), and when they break up, lets just say he takes his jerkary to a whole new level.
* Wendy, Stan's girlfriend in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a couple of these. Gregory, from the Movie, for example.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[BadassNormal Asami]] ended up being
''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess'' averts this to [[TroubledButCute Mako]]. It was clear from when it goes against the start that Mako was supposed to end up "tradition" of making the other girl with Korra, but Asami showed up in an interest on the middle male lead a JerkAss AlphaBitch. The arranged fiancée of the season to give Korra prince is a reason to rather sweet girl who genuinely likes him, voluntarily steps aside when it's clear the prince and the Barbie princess would be jealous. Though for some this ended up being much better, and IIRC she even helps take down her EvilMatriarch of a textbook example mother and the BigBad of the "too likable" trap, as movie.
* Although he wasn't introduced for this, Mayor Pothole [=McPucker=] of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' became this when he returned to the show to get engaged to Jane, the love of Lumpus' life. Pothole is a tool through which the writers let out all their gross-out humor, making Lumpus a decent guy in comparison. Finally he confesses his love for her, but due to the dress he's wearing (don't ask) is mistaken for a woman confessing her love for Pothole. HilarityEnsues.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s William Dunbar has all the trappings of this trope. He is attractive without too
many fans wanted Asami and Mako to stay together, and his confused handling of the two girls sympathetic traits, is definitely interested in him didn't help. This was capped off at the end of season one, where [[TheHeroine Korra]] Yumi, and Mako officially hooking up could be overshadowed by the fact that his break-up with Asami and their following BetterAsFriends relationship is pretty subtle.
** Bolin is technically one
excites her romantic interest for Korra as well, as he was interested a time, but ends up more of a close friend in her view in the end. Ulrich definitely hates him from the very beginning beginning, however, and went on a date with her, but no one in or out of universe (except poor Bolin) ever expected that relationship to last.
** 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
he is [[{{Irony}} revealed to be]] ''[[BiTheWay Asami]]''.]]
* Both Jean and Scott in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' get their own false leads: Jean dates Duncan and Scott dates Jean's classmate Taryn, and then Taryn dumped Scott when mutants were revealed, not because she or he became a jerk, but for the same reason most of them lost their friends: He can, quite literally, blow up a building with his eyes. Duncan was an Alpha dog JerkAss type, who
played the BitchInSheepsClothing trope (while he made it clear he was as a jerk, he treated Jean ''far'' nicer then he treats anyone else), and when they break up, lets just say he takes his jerkary to a whole new level.
* Wendy, Stan's girlfriend in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a couple of these. Gregory, from the Movie,
rival for example.Yumi's affection (William even flat-out tells Ulrich that if he doesn't make a move on Yumi, he [William] ''will'').



** There's also Valerie Gray.
* Pulled off quite nicely in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Leela dates a wealthy and handsome man -- the Mayor's aide, Chaz. He seems charming and kind, if a little overbearing, and Fry seethes with jealousy. However, Chaz's self-obsession begins to tire on Leela, and reaches a peak when it turns out he has used his money and connections to buy the whole of the ice rink for their date, ruining the plans of a coachload of orphans from the same orphanage Leela grew up in. She asks him to let the orphans on. He refuses. She realizes what kind of man he is and leaves him.
** Pulled off again with Adlai Atkins (Leela's plastic surgeon), whose main flaw is that he's horrifyingly intolerant of anyone with physical abnormalities.

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** There's also Valerie Gray.
more so with Danny. Paulina was more of a silly crush that never had any chance of happening.
* Pulled off quite nicely The Disney version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had this in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. Guy Graham, a slightly older more narcissistic kid who had a crush on Patti Mayonnaise, much to Doug's chagrin.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.
**
Leela dates a wealthy and handsome man -- the Mayor's aide, Chaz. He seems charming and kind, if a little overbearing, and Fry seethes with jealousy. However, Chaz's self-obsession begins to tire on Leela, and reaches a peak when it turns out he has used his money and connections to buy the whole of the ice rink for their date, ruining the plans of a coachload of orphans from the same orphanage Leela grew up in. She asks him to let the orphans on. He refuses. She realizes what kind of man he is and leaves him.
** Pulled off again Again with Adlai Atkins (Leela's plastic surgeon), whose main flaw is that he's horrifyingly intolerant of anyone with physical abnormalities.



*** Justified, in that it's really expensive to rent a tuxedo that can shape-shift with him.



** Colleen, from The Beast With a Billion Backs, is Fry's girlfriend and would be this for Leela, except she really doesn't mind. So, another subverted trope.

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** Colleen, from The ''The Beast With a Billion Backs, Backs'', is Fry's girlfriend and would be this for Leela, except she really doesn't mind. So, another subverted trope.trope.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'', practically every one of Arnold's love interests is one of these, as the show repeatedly implies that [[ObliviousToLove he and Helga belong together, despite what Arnold thinks]]. Most one-time crush characters, such as Summer from the episode "Summer Love," fall under this description, but two girls are particularly notable:
** Ruth Mcdougal, the girl Arnold is infatuated with for most of Season One, is the understandable object of Helga's jealousy for the early part of the show. Arnold's crush on Ruth ends during a Valentine's Day date when [[NoSparks he discovers her inability to carry on an intelligent conversation,]] while simultaneously having a wonderful time with a girl [[LovesMyAlterEgo who turns out to be Helga in disguise]].
** Lila Sawyer, Arnold's longest crush. A sugary sweet country girl who Arnold develops feelings for, although she constantly reminds Arnold that she doesn't "like him-like him." Ironically, while Helga is jealous of Lila, her own actions are the only reason for Arnold and Lila ever even considering a relationship. Near the end of the series, Lila becomes aware of Helga's feelings for Arnold, and coerces Helga into [[LoveConfessor coming clean to her about her love for him]].



* Although he wasn't introduced for this, Mayor Pothole [=McPucker=] of ''WesternAnimation/CampLazlo'' became this when he returned to the show to get engaged to Jane, the love of Lumpus' life. Pothole is a tool through which the writers let out all their gross-out humor, making Lumpus a decent guy in comparison. Finally he confesses his love for her, but due to the dress he's wearing (don't ask) is mistaken for a woman confessing her love for Pothole. HilarityEnsues.
* ''WesternAnimation/BarbieAsTheIslandPrincess'' averts this when it goes against the "tradition" of making the other girl with an interest on the male lead a JerkAss AlphaBitch. The arranged fiancée of the prince is a rather sweet girl who genuinely likes him, voluntarily steps aside when it's clear the prince and the Barbie princess would be much better, and IIRC she even helps take down her EvilMatriarch of a mother and the BigBad of the movie.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko'''s William Dunbar has all the trappings of this trope. He is attractive without too many sympathetic traits, is definitely interested in Yumi, and excites her romantic interest for a time, but ends up more of a close friend in her view in the end. Ulrich definitely hates him from the beginning, however, and he is played as a rival for Yumi's affection (William even flat-out tells Ulrich that if he doesn't make a move on Yumi, he [William] ''will'').



* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'':
** [[BadassNormal Asami]] ended up being this to [[TroubledButCute Mako]]. It was clear from the start that Mako was supposed to end up with Korra, but Asami showed up in the middle of the season to give Korra a reason to be jealous. Though for some this ended up being a textbook example of the "too likable" trap, as many fans wanted Asami and Mako to stay together, and his confused handling of the two girls interested in him didn't help. This was capped off at the end of season one, where [[TheHeroine Korra]] and Mako officially hooking up could be overshadowed by the fact that his break-up with Asami and their following BetterAsFriends relationship is pretty subtle.
** Bolin is technically one for Korra as well, as he was interested in her from the very beginning and went on a date with her, but no one in or out of universe (except poor Bolin) ever expected that relationship to last.
** 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]]''.]]
* Many ''[[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries Scooby Doo movies]]'' have these. Ben to Velma in ''The Witch's Ghost'', Jessica to Fred in ''Camp Scare'', Winsor to Velma in ''Legend of the Phantosaur'' and Bram to Daphne in ''Music of the Vampire''.
* Wendy, Stan's girlfriend in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has a couple of these. Gregory, from the Movie, for example.



* The Disney version of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had this in Guy Graham, a slightly older more narcissistic kid who had a crush on Patti Mayonnaise, much to Doug's chagrin.

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* The Disney version Both Jean and Scott in ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' get their own false leads: Jean dates Duncan and Scott dates Jean's classmate Taryn, and then Taryn dumped Scott when mutants were revealed, not because she or he became a jerk, but for the same reason most of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had this in Guy Graham, them lost their friends: He can, quite literally, blow up a slightly older more narcissistic kid building with his eyes. Duncan was an Alpha dog JerkAss type, who had played the BitchInSheepsClothing trope (while he made it clear he was a crush on Patti Mayonnaise, much jerk, he treated Jean ''far'' nicer then he treats anyone else), and when they break up, lets just say he takes his jerkary to Doug's chagrin.a whole new level.
7th May '16 1:53:01 PM nombretomado
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* ''GilmoreGirls'' has numerous ones for [[{{WillTheyOrWontThey}} Luke and Lorelai]]: Max, Rachel, Christopher, Nicole, Alex, Jason...

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* ''GilmoreGirls'' ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' has numerous ones for [[{{WillTheyOrWontThey}} [[WillTheyOrWontThey Luke and Lorelai]]: Max, Rachel, Christopher, Nicole, Alex, Jason...
31st Mar '16 5:55:26 PM MysteriousZorua1994
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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]].
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27th Mar '16 8:23:33 PM skidoo23
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Averted in Series 5. After several episodes of teasing (and one attempted seduction), Rory Williams is properly introduced as Amy Pond's fiancee, resulting in an assumed AnchoredShip. When Rory [[spoiler: is erased from history]], he appears to fit the trope. Ultimately, however, [[spoiler: not only is Rory revived, he goes on to marry Amy ''and'' become the Doctor's father-in-law over time]], again averting the trope.
** Danny Pink in Series 8. Introduced as Clara's boyfriend after the first episode made it clear the colder new incarnation of the Doctor wasn't interested in romance. This soon was revealed to not be the case and, coupled with his refusal to join the TARDIS crew and his undisguised dislike of the Doctor, Danny ultimately finds himself on the losing side of an off-kilter LoveTriangle.
27th Mar '16 10:10:07 AM nombretomado
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* The Disney version of ''{{Doug}}'' had this in Guy Graham, a slightly older more narcissistic kid who had a crush on Patti Mayonnaise, much to Doug's chagrin.

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* The Disney version of ''{{Doug}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' had this in Guy Graham, a slightly older more narcissistic kid who had a crush on Patti Mayonnaise, much to Doug's chagrin.
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