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18th Aug '17 8:50:37 AM StarformDCX
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* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'' keeps taking time away from a fascinating and incredibly taut plot centered around a sniper duel in besieged Stalingrad to focus on a tepid and uninteresting love triangle between three principals with zero chemistry. This one is more ironic than others: the love triangle ''did'' happen in real life, but the sniper duel ''didn't''. That still doesn't change the fact that the sniper duel was what most people [[JustHereForGodzilla came to see]]. RealityIsUnrealistic sometimes.

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* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'' keeps taking time away from a fascinating and incredibly taut plot centered around a sniper duel in besieged Stalingrad to focus on a tepid and uninteresting love triangle between three principals with zero chemistry.triangle. This one is more ironic than others: the love triangle ''did'' happen in real life, but the sniper duel ''didn't''. That still doesn't change the fact that the sniper duel was what most people [[JustHereForGodzilla came to see]]. RealityIsUnrealistic sometimes.
16th Aug '17 5:57:57 AM WhiteBirdy
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* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' is about a super hero college, but it's really more about their college romance than it's about their super hero lives.

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* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' is about a super hero five superhero kids in college, but it's really more about their college romance than it's about their super hero lives.superheroing.
16th Aug '17 4:28:55 AM WhiteBirdy
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* ''Literature/SuperPowereds'' is about a super hero college, but it's really more about their college romance than it's about their super hero lives.
1st Aug '17 9:28:46 PM Scabbard
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* One of the main complains in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. Ellie and Isaac fought through the horrors of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and apparently had some form of romantic relationship off-screen (even tho such was not implied in 2). Come 3, Ellie and Isaac have broken up (with Ellie citing Isaac's [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAesop}} inability to just man-up and deal]] [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} with his PTSD]] ) and Ellie quickly replaces Isaac with an EarthGov military Officer: Robert Norton. Despite being on a mission as humanity's last hope from becoming space-zombie fodder, this love triangle becomes the primary conflict among the group that constantly interferes with the mission at hand, with Isaac and Norton constantly butting heads over Ellie's affections. It also lends to Ellie's BadassDecay as they both seek to protect her, even tho she was proven perfectly capable of handling herself in 2 (where she rescues Isaac in the end). And it also tries to play up the drama of Norton's SanitySlippage, with Isaac and Ellie claiming they have no idea why Norton is becoming increasingly hostile to Isaac and possessive of Ellie, even tho both of them know exactly what being around Markers [[{{AxeCrazy}} do]] to people.

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* One of the main complains in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. Ellie and Isaac fought through the horrors of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and apparently had some form of romantic relationship off-screen (even tho (though such was not implied in 2). Come 3, Ellie and Isaac have broken up (with Ellie citing Isaac's [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAesop}} inability to just man-up and deal]] [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} with his PTSD]] ) and Ellie quickly replaces Isaac with an EarthGov military Officer: Robert Norton. Despite being on a mission as humanity's last hope from becoming space-zombie fodder, this love triangle becomes the primary conflict among the group that constantly interferes with the mission at hand, with Isaac and Norton constantly butting heads over Ellie's affections. It also lends to Ellie's BadassDecay as they both seek By trying to protect her, even tho she Ellie (who was proven perfectly once so capable of handling herself that, in 2 (where the second game, she rescues Isaac in the end). And it Isaac) and to accommodate their CockFight, she succumbs to BadassDecay; weakening all three characters. The third game also tries to play up the drama of Norton's SanitySlippage, with Isaac and Ellie claiming they have no idea why Norton is becoming increasingly hostile to Isaac and possessive of Ellie, even tho though both of them know exactly what being around Markers [[{{AxeCrazy}} do]] to people.



* Many critics of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' pointed out that the romance between Noctis and Luna gets a lot of screentime, but never feels convincing or satisfying, with the characters mostly communicating via scrapbook, exposition or anguished pleas. It might have passed muster by the standards of average {{Eastern RPG}}s, and Luna's lines about 'wanting to be by his side' and Noct's anguish over not being able to protect her come right out of the well-regarded Cloud/Tifa romance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but because the NotLoveInterest relationship between Noct and his friends is very well-done and moving, it stands out as comparatively weak.

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* Many critics of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' pointed out that the romance between Noctis and Luna gets a lot of screentime, screen time, but never feels convincing or satisfying, with the characters mostly communicating via scrapbook, exposition or anguished pleas. It might have passed muster by the standards of average {{Eastern RPG}}s, and Luna's lines about 'wanting to be by his side' and Noct's anguish over not being able to protect her come right out of the well-regarded Cloud/Tifa romance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but because the NotLoveInterest relationship between Noct and his friends is very well-done and moving, it stands out as comparatively weak.
30th Jul '17 8:10:32 AM dmcreif
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** The show has an InUniverse case with Wilson Fisk and Vanessa Marianna. Season 1 shows Fisk having to deal with his criminal empire while also courting Vanessa, but in time, his focus on Vanessa gets to the point that Leland Owlsley and Madame Gao try to have her killed to get Fisk back on track.
29th Jul '17 12:47:38 PM BURGINABC
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* Many critics of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' pointed out that the romance between Noctis and Luna gets a lot of screentime, but never feels convincing or satisfying, with the characters mostly communicating via scrapbook, exposition or anguished pleas. It might have passed muster by the standards of average {{Eastern RPG}}s, and Luna's lines about 'wanting to be by his side' and Noct's anguish over not being able to protect her come right out of the well-regarded Cloud/Tifa romance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but because the NotLoveInterest relationship between Noct and his friends is very well-done and moving, it stands out as weak.

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* Many critics of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' pointed out that the romance between Noctis and Luna gets a lot of screentime, but never feels convincing or satisfying, with the characters mostly communicating via scrapbook, exposition or anguished pleas. It might have passed muster by the standards of average {{Eastern RPG}}s, and Luna's lines about 'wanting to be by his side' and Noct's anguish over not being able to protect her come right out of the well-regarded Cloud/Tifa romance in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', but because the NotLoveInterest relationship between Noct and his friends is very well-done and moving, it stands out as comparatively weak.
28th Jul '17 3:04:22 PM BURGINABC
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This trope can often leave viewers with the feeling that TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot.

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This trope can often leave viewers Strongly overlaps with TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot, as many audience members who liked the feeling plot that TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot.
got overshadowed by the romance will likely end up coming to this conclusion.
28th Jul '17 3:00:56 PM BURGINABC
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A specific form of GenreShift or PlotTumor. While it often invokes StrangledByTheRedString, it is distinct from that trope in that a Romantic Plot Tumor stems from a subplot that completely consumes the non-romantic main storyline, whereas examples of the former trope can happen regardless of whether a faltering romantic storyline is unfairly taking up screentime or not.

This trope can often leave viewers with the feeling that TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot. Contrast NoHuggingNoKissing.

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A specific form of GenreShift or PlotTumor. While it often invokes StrangledByTheRedString, it is distinct from that trope in that a Romantic Plot Tumor stems from a subplot that completely consumes the non-romantic main storyline, whereas examples of the former trope can happen regardless of whether a faltering romantic storyline is unfairly taking up screentime or not.

PlotTumor.

This trope can often leave viewers with the feeling that TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot. TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot.

Contrast NoHuggingNoKissing.
NoHuggingNoKissing, which may stem from the writers having a strong desire to avoid this.

Compare and contrast StrangledByTheRedString, which can overlap with this, but often happens as a result of the writers ''not'' letting the romantic subplot take much screentime away from the main plot, resulting in its resolution happening abruptly out of nowhere with little build-up beforehand.
19th Jul '17 11:58:26 AM RemiV
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* One of the main complains in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. Ellie and Isaac fought through the horrors of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and apparently had some form of romantic relationship off-screen (even tho such was not implied in 2). Come 3, Ellie and Isaac have broken up (with Ellie citing Isaac's [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAseop}} inability to just man-up and deal]] [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} with his PTSD]] ) and Ellie quickly replaces Isaac with an EarthGov military Officer: Robert Norton. Despite being on a mission as humanity's last hope from becoming space-zombie fodder, this love triangle becomes the primary conflict among the group that constantly interferes with the mission at hand, with Isaac and Norton constantly butting heads over Ellie's affections. It also lends to Ellie's BadassDecay as they both seek to protect her, even tho she was proven perfectly capable of handling herself in 2 (where she rescues Isaac in the end). And it also tries to play up the drama of Norton's SanitySlippage, with Isaac and Ellie claiming they have no idea why Norton is becoming increasingly hostile to Isaac and possessive of Ellie, even tho both of them know exactly what being around Markers [[{{AxeCrazy}} do]] to people.

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* One of the main complains in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. Ellie and Isaac fought through the horrors of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and apparently had some form of romantic relationship off-screen (even tho such was not implied in 2). Come 3, Ellie and Isaac have broken up (with Ellie citing Isaac's [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAseop}} [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAesop}} inability to just man-up and deal]] [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} with his PTSD]] ) and Ellie quickly replaces Isaac with an EarthGov military Officer: Robert Norton. Despite being on a mission as humanity's last hope from becoming space-zombie fodder, this love triangle becomes the primary conflict among the group that constantly interferes with the mission at hand, with Isaac and Norton constantly butting heads over Ellie's affections. It also lends to Ellie's BadassDecay as they both seek to protect her, even tho she was proven perfectly capable of handling herself in 2 (where she rescues Isaac in the end). And it also tries to play up the drama of Norton's SanitySlippage, with Isaac and Ellie claiming they have no idea why Norton is becoming increasingly hostile to Isaac and possessive of Ellie, even tho both of them know exactly what being around Markers [[{{AxeCrazy}} do]] to people.
19th Jul '17 11:57:00 AM RemiV
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* One of the main complains in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. Ellie and Isaac fought through the horrors of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and apparently had some form of romantic relationship off-screen (even tho such was not implied in 2). Come 3, Ellie and Isaac have broken up (with Ellie citing Isaac's [[{{FamilyUnfrienlyAseop}} inability to just man-up and deal]] [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} with his PTSD]] ) and Ellie quickly replaces Isaac with an EarthGov military Officer: Robert Norton. Despite being on a mission as humanity's last hope from becoming space-zombie fodder, this love triangle becomes the primary conflict among the group that constantly interferes with the mission at hand, with Isaac and Norton constantly butting heads over Ellie's affections. It also lends to Ellie's BadassDecay as they both seek to protect her, even tho she was proven perfectly capable of handling herself in 2 (where she rescues Isaac in the end). And it also tries to play up the drama of Norton's SanitySlippage, with Isaac and Ellie claiming they have no idea why Norton is becoming increasingly hostile to Isaac and possessive of Ellie, even tho both of them know exactly what being around Markers [[{{AxeCrazy}} do]] to people.

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* One of the main complains in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace3''. Ellie and Isaac fought through the horrors of the Necromorph outbreak on the Sprawl in ''VideoGame/DeadSpace2'', and apparently had some form of romantic relationship off-screen (even tho such was not implied in 2). Come 3, Ellie and Isaac have broken up (with Ellie citing Isaac's [[{{FamilyUnfrienlyAseop}} [[{{FamilyUnfriendlyAseop}} inability to just man-up and deal]] [[{{ShellShockedVeteran}} with his PTSD]] ) and Ellie quickly replaces Isaac with an EarthGov military Officer: Robert Norton. Despite being on a mission as humanity's last hope from becoming space-zombie fodder, this love triangle becomes the primary conflict among the group that constantly interferes with the mission at hand, with Isaac and Norton constantly butting heads over Ellie's affections. It also lends to Ellie's BadassDecay as they both seek to protect her, even tho she was proven perfectly capable of handling herself in 2 (where she rescues Isaac in the end). And it also tries to play up the drama of Norton's SanitySlippage, with Isaac and Ellie claiming they have no idea why Norton is becoming increasingly hostile to Isaac and possessive of Ellie, even tho both of them know exactly what being around Markers [[{{AxeCrazy}} do]] to people.
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