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18th Jan '17 6:23:42 PM thecarolinabull01
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** 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]].

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** 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]].him]]. Near the end of the series, Arnold finally gets the message and gives up on Lila.
28th Dec '16 9:48:44 AM Arcana4th
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* Early on in ''Series/UnbreakableKimmySchmidt'', Kimmy and Charles received a lot of ShipTease, to the point where they would eventually start a fling, but by the end of that episode, they break up, and Kimmy starts chasing after her real RomanticInterest, Dong.
27th Dec '16 6:13:15 PM nombretomado
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* Evan in ''AshesToAshes''. He's a great guy though, and played by Stephen Campbell Moore.
* ''DarkAngel'': Both of Logan's exes, though Max's instinctive dislike for the second one turns out to be totally justified.

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* Evan in ''AshesToAshes''.''Series/AshesToAshes''. He's a great guy though, and played by Stephen Campbell Moore.
* ''DarkAngel'': ''Series/DarkAngel'': Both of Logan's exes, though Max's instinctive dislike for the second one turns out to be totally justified.
23rd Nov '16 8:37:06 PM BatmanKalEl
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* 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.

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* 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 {{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.
23rd Nov '16 1:29:27 PM rafi
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* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', a good part of [[GentlemanDetective Inspector]] [[NonIdleRich Shiratori-]]'s role in the story was simply to throw a wrench between the [[CannotSpitItOut sweet yet awkward]] relationship between [[ActionGirl Sato]] and [[ButtMonkey Takagi.]] [[spoiler: Not only [[OfficialCouple Sato and Takagi still get together]] but he's revealed to have [[LovingAShadow misguided yet sympathetic]] reasons to like Satou. And then [[BecauseDestinySaysSo said reasons ultimately guide him]] [[FirstGirlAfterAll to the girl he actually falls for]].]]



* 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.



* In ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'', WordOfGod revealed that [[spoiler: Sakura's close relationship with his teammate, Naruto, LikeParentLikeSpouse implications and his crush on her were RedHerring to keep the true romance between Naruto and Hinata]] as a surprise. It has taken to a whole new level in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'' where Sakura states, [[LovingAShadow he never loved her and his crush was out of the rivalry he had with Sasuke.]]

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* In ''{{Manga/Naruto}}'', ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'', WordOfGod revealed that [[spoiler: Sakura's close relationship with his teammate, Naruto, LikeParentLikeSpouse implications and his crush on her were RedHerring to keep the true romance between Naruto and Hinata]] as a surprise. It has taken to a whole new level in ''[[Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie The Last]]'' where Sakura states, [[LovingAShadow he never loved her and his crush was out of the rivalry he had with Sasuke.]]]]
* [[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]].



* In a bonus chapter of the manga of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Moka goes out with another vampire for a while... [[spoiler:Turns out: 1) He blackmailed Moka into it by threatening to kill Tsukune, 2) he's not an actual vampire, but a monster who imitates other monsters.]]
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Rei/Sailor Mars is this for Mamoru in the first season of the anime, though they drift apart shortly before he learns about his past with Princess Serenity, a.k.a. Usagi/Sailor Moon. Though right around the time they ''do'' learn about this, he'd also developed a genuine attraction to Usagi.



* Kozue Mukai from ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent'' that is introduced in the second half and last girl that falls in love with the main character, Junpei. Readers comment that she seems nearly a {{Filler}} character in the story.



* In a bonus chapter of the manga of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Moka goes out with another vampire for a while... [[spoiler:Turns out: 1) He blackmailed Moka into it by threatening to kill Tsukune, 2) he's not an actual vampire, but a monster who imitates other monsters.]]
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Rei/Sailor Mars is this for Mamoru in the first season of the anime, though they drift apart shortly before he learns about his past with Princess Serenity, a.k.a. Usagi/Sailor Moon. Though right around the time they ''do'' learn about this, he'd also developed a genuine attraction to Usagi.

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* In a bonus chapter Subverted in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', to the shock and dismay of the manga fandom. At the beginning of ''Manga/RosarioToVampire'', Moka goes out with another vampire for the manga, Ichigo has a while... [[spoiler:Turns out: 1) He blackmailed Moka into it by threatening to kill Tsukune, 2) he's not an actual vampire, crush on Aoyama Masaya, a kind and popular kendo player. They get along well enough, but a monster who imitates then Ichigo is introduced to two other monsters.]]
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Rei/Sailor Mars
possible love interests - StalkerWithACrush AffablyEvil Kisshu and {{Bishonen}} JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shirogane Ryou. And so Ichigo is this for Mamoru {{Ship Tease}}d with both...but ultimately does stay together with Masaya in the first season of the anime, though they drift apart shortly before he learns about his past with Princess Serenity, a.k.a. Usagi/Sailor Moon. Though right around the time they ''do'' learn about this, he'd also developed a genuine attraction to Usagi.end.



* 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.
* Subverted in ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', to the shock and dismay of the fandom. At the beginning of the manga, Ichigo has a crush on Aoyama Masaya, a kind and popular kendo player. They get along well enough, but then Ichigo is introduced to two other possible love interests - StalkerWithACrush AffablyEvil Kisshu and {{Bishonen}} JerkWithAHeartOfGold Shirogane Ryou. And so Ichigo is {{Ship Tease}}d with both...but ultimately does stay together with Masaya in the end.
* [[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]].
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', a good part of [[GentlemanDetective Inspector]] [[NonIdleRich Shiratori-]]'s role in the story was simply to throw a wrench between the [[CannotSpitItOut sweet yet awkward]] relationship between [[ActionGirl Sato]] and [[ButtMonkey Takagi.]] [[spoiler: Not only [[OfficialCouple Sato and Takagi still get together]] but he's revealed to have [[LovingAShadow misguided yet sympathetic]] reasons to like Satou. And then [[BecauseDestinySaysSo said reasons ultimately guide him]] [[FirstGirlAfterAll to the girl he actually falls for]].]]


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* Jill Stacy, Gwen Stacy's cousin in ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''. She was set up as a new love interest for Peter Parker after MJ's apparent death. When Mary Jane was found to be alive, Jill withdrew her advances toward Peter and her entire character is put aside.
20th Nov '16 4:42:02 AM Morgenthaler
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* Virtually any boyfriend or girlfriend of the main cast on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' -- except Gibbs' girlfriends. All are to illustrate that the man cast are too {{badass}} for anyone except another member of the main cast.

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* Virtually any boyfriend or girlfriend of the main cast on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'' -- except Gibbs' girlfriends. All are to illustrate that the man cast are too {{badass}} badass for anyone except another member of the main cast.
10th Nov '16 1:28:46 AM Sapphirea2
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** 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. (Danny's position as the "romantic false lead" in Series 8 has since been confirmed by WordOfGod, specifically the showrunner and the actors who played both Danny and Clara in interviews with ''Doctor Who Magazine'' and other media.) Notably inverts DerailingLoveInterests by having Danny turn out to be a noble, heroic person but revealing ''Clara'' as a morally ambiguous thrill-seeker, which made her and the Doctor BirdsOfAFeather.

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** Danny Pink in Series 8. Introduced 8 was introduced as Clara's new boyfriend in "Into the Dalek" after the first episode denouement of "Deep Breath" made it clear the colder and much older-looking 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 thanks in part to his undisguised dislike of the Doctor, Twelfth Doctor after the events of "The Caretaker", Danny ultimately finds himself on the losing side of an off-kilter LoveTriangle. (Danny's Danny's position as the "romantic false lead" in Series 8 this has since been confirmed by WordOfGod, specifically the showrunner and the actors who played both Danny and Clara in interviews with ''Doctor Who Magazine'' and other media.) media. Notably inverts DerailingLoveInterests by having Danny turn out to be a noble, heroic person down to his ultimate fate ([[spoiler: effectively a Heroic Sacrifice from beyond the grave, followed by Greater Need Than Mine with regards to the boy he killed in Afganistan]]), but revealing ''Clara'' as a morally ambiguous thrill-seeker, morally-ambiguous thrillseeker, which made her and the Doctor BirdsOfAFeather.
18th Oct '16 4:08:07 PM foxley
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* Tad Hamilton in ''Win a Date with Tad Hamilton'', for Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.

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* Tad Hamilton in ''Win ''Film/{{Win a Date with Tad Hamilton'', Hamilton}}'', for Kate Bosworth and Topher Grace.


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* In ''Film/{{Purgatory}}'', Dolly is set up as the romantic interest for Sonny, especially when she ends up in Refuge, but he ends up with Rose.
18th Oct '16 4:04:54 PM LongTallShorty64
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**Unsurprisingly, happens to him in ''Film/HandsAcrossTheTable'' which was made before the aforementioned films.
13th Oct '16 11:10:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', [[spoiler: Gwen Grayson]] is Will's romantic false lead, and not only that, but [[spoiler: the main antagonist of the film]]. This is better-hidden than most, due both to Will's hookup with her [[WrongGuyFirst not coming after any breakup with his intended partner]] and the fact that to figure it out before TheReveal requires paying attention to a number of seemingly-minor things she does [[RewatchBonus that likely wouldn't be obvious on a first viewing]].

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* In ''Film/SkyHigh'', ''Film/SkyHigh2005'', [[spoiler: Gwen Grayson]] is Will's romantic false lead, and not only that, but [[spoiler: the main antagonist of the film]]. This is better-hidden than most, due both to Will's hookup with her [[WrongGuyFirst not coming after any breakup with his intended partner]] and the fact that to figure it out before TheReveal requires paying attention to a number of seemingly-minor things she does [[RewatchBonus that likely wouldn't be obvious on a first viewing]].
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