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21st Jan '16 11:49:33 AM REV6Pilot
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* This is one of the main reasons why so many people hate Flash Sentry from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony:EquestriaGirls''. Twilight, who had never before shown any romantic interest in anyone, bumps into a random guard, bumps into his human counter-part, and she's suddenly crushing on him like mad. It doesn't help that the only noteworthy thing Flash does in the movie is something that anyone else in the cast could've done.
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* This is one of the main reasons why so many people hate Flash Sentry from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePony:EquestriaGirls''.''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls''. Twilight, who had never before shown any romantic interest in anyone, bumps into a random guard, bumps into his human counter-part, and she's suddenly crushing on him like mad. It doesn't help that the only noteworthy thing Flash does in the movie is something that anyone else in the cast could've done.
16th Jan '16 7:31:39 PM Tuckerscreator
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* The LoveTriangle of ''Film/TheHobbit'' movies, between Kili, Tauriel, and Legolas, has been largely despised by critics, fans, ''and'' Peter Jackson and Evangeline Lilly. (It was the result of ExecutiveMeddling, and actually went against Evangeline Lilly's single stipulation for being in the movie: that there be ''no'' LoveTriangle.) It didn't need to be in the movie, especially since two-thirds of the relevant love triangle aren't even in the original book (and one is a straight-up CanonForeigner), and the film was already severely overlong (which was a result of both ExecutiveMeddling and TroubledProduction). Even with that aside, the trio take up far, far more screentime than ought to be necessary, overshadowing most of the non-Kili dwarves and Bilbo, all for the sake of a romance that the audience knows to be DoomedByCanon. It's particularly irritating because Kili and Tauriel do have some chemistry (the scene involving the runestone in the Mirkwood dungeons is cited as their best), but the terrible writing, excessive screentime, and tossing Legolas in there for no good reason other than EstrogenBrigadeBait puts it firmly in here, esepcially considering that it wss meant [[Main/ShipTease to be more subtle]] and Legolas and Tauriel's relationship was strictly LikeBrotherAndSister during the original two-movie shooting period in 2010-2011.
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* The LoveTriangle of ''Film/TheHobbit'' movies, between Kili, Tauriel, and Legolas, has been largely despised by critics, fans, ''and'' Peter Jackson and Evangeline Lilly. (It was the result of ExecutiveMeddling, and actually went against Evangeline Lilly's single stipulation for being in the movie: that there be ''no'' LoveTriangle.) It didn't need to be in the movie, especially since two-thirds of the relevant love triangle aren't even in the original book (and one is a straight-up CanonForeigner), and the film was already severely overlong (which was a result of both ExecutiveMeddling and TroubledProduction). Even with that aside, the trio take up far, far more screentime than ought to be necessary, overshadowing most of the non-Kili dwarves and Bilbo, all for the sake of a romance that the audience knows to be DoomedByCanon. It's particularly irritating because Kili and Tauriel do have some chemistry (the scene involving the runestone in the Mirkwood dungeons is cited as their best), but the terrible writing, excessive screentime, and tossing Legolas in there for no good reason other than EstrogenBrigadeBait puts it firmly in here, esepcially considering that it wss was meant [[Main/ShipTease to be more subtle]] and Legolas and Tauriel's relationship was strictly LikeBrotherAndSister during the original two-movie shooting period in 2010-2011.
15th Jan '16 3:47:30 PM Anddrix
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* The film adaptation of ''Theatre/AChorusLine'' is one of the worst cases of stretching out to tedious extent an affair (between Cassie and Zach) which should have been a minor romantic sub-plot - and, indeed, ''was'' originally a minor romantic sub-plot. This may have been done to beef up the part of Zach, who doesn't sing, enough to get a name actor to play him (Michael Douglas), since the other roles weren't and likely could not have been filled by name performers. ''People'' magazine's critic suspected it may have also been out of fear [[ViewersAreMorons movie audiences wouldn't relate to the plights of the dancers]].
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* The film adaptation of ''Theatre/AChorusLine'' is one of the worst cases of stretching out to tedious extent an affair (between Cassie and Zach) which should have been a minor romantic sub-plot - and, indeed, ''was'' originally a minor romantic sub-plot. This may have been done to beef up the part of Zach, who doesn't sing, enough to get a name actor to play him (Michael Douglas), since the other roles weren't and likely could not have been filled by name performers. ''People'' magazine's critic suspected it may have also been out of fear [[ViewersAreMorons movie audiences wouldn't relate to the plights of the dancers]].dancers.
6th Jan '16 11:11:40 AM Anddrix
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** A shorter-term example [[BaseBreaker arguably]] turned up in Series 9, which had the Doctor and Clara as PlatonicLifePartners. In the final three episodes of the season, Clara [[spoiler: is Killed Off for Real]] and the remainder of the season deals with the Doctor temporarily becoming a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in response. The problem was that this dovetailed with the resolution of one of the revival's longest-running story arcs: [[spoiler: his quest to return to his home planet of Gallifrey]]. Many fans felt this event warranted the central focus of an episode and became TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot in favor of wrapping up the story of the Doctor and Clara's relationship.
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** A shorter-term example [[BaseBreaker [[BrokenBase arguably]] turned up in Series 9, which had the Doctor and Clara as PlatonicLifePartners. In the final three episodes of the season, Clara [[spoiler: is Killed Off for Real]] and the remainder of the season deals with the Doctor temporarily becoming a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in response. The problem was that this dovetailed with the resolution of one of the revival's longest-running story arcs: [[spoiler: his quest to return to his home planet of Gallifrey]]. Many fans felt this event warranted the central focus of an episode and became TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot in favor of wrapping up the story of the Doctor and Clara's relationship.
6th Jan '16 11:01:37 AM Sapphirea2
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** Series 8, despite having a brand-new Doctor played by a charismatic and well-liked actor, focused strongly on the romantic relationship between the companion Clara and her new boyfriend Danny, meaning the Doctor and the monsters were often pushed to the sidelines. Even "Listen", the CharacterDevelopment episode pitched as being about the Doctor having a mental breakdown, gives most of the screen time to Clara going on a bad date with Danny, and using time travel to meet his child self and IdenticalGrandson.
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** Series 8, despite having a brand-new Doctor played by a charismatic and well-liked actor, focused strongly on the romantic relationship between the companion Clara and her new boyfriend Danny, meaning the Doctor and the monsters were often pushed to the sidelines. Even "Listen", the CharacterDevelopment episode pitched as being about the Doctor having a mental breakdown, gives most of the screen time to Clara going on a bad date with Danny, and using time travel to meet his child self and IdenticalGrandson. This arc was tied off at the end of the season, however, with a coda in the ChristmasEpisode afterward. ** A shorter-term example [[BaseBreaker arguably]] turned up in Series 9, which had the Doctor and Clara as PlatonicLifePartners. In the final three episodes of the season, Clara [[spoiler: is Killed Off for Real]] and the remainder of the season deals with the Doctor temporarily becoming a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in response. The problem was that this dovetailed with the resolution of one of the revival's longest-running story arcs: [[spoiler: his quest to return to his home planet of Gallifrey]]. Many fans felt this event warranted the central focus of an episode and became TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot in favor of wrapping up the story of the Doctor and Clara's relationship.
14th Dec '15 2:52:01 PM Discar
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The Presidents Daughter is no longer a trope.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'': The main story was about the league trying to liberate an alternate earth from an evil Justice League, but spent quite a bit of time developing a romance between [[ThePresidentsDaughter Rose Wilson-2]] and Comicbook/MartianManhunter. Had the story taken place in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} (as originally intended) it would have probably been valuable character development for him, but it's pointless when that's taken out of the equation.
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* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'': The main story was about the league trying to liberate an alternate earth from an evil Justice League, but spent quite a bit of time developing a romance between [[ThePresidentsDaughter Rose Wilson-2]] Wilson-2 and Comicbook/MartianManhunter. Had the story taken place in the Franchise/{{DCAU}} (as originally intended) it would have probably been valuable character development for him, but it's pointless when that's taken out of the equation.
13th Dec '15 8:07:46 PM Josef5678
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* For many, the romantic tension among Korra, Mako and Asami in the first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' was this, with a love triangle forming amongst the three as they wrestled with their feelings for each other widely considered to have served as a major diversion to other critical plots of the earlier seasons. Said triangle only served to make Mako especially unpopular with fans, as he had come across as indecisive in choosing between two women who held strong feelings for him, only for him to (unintentionally) mistreat both as he bounced from Asami to Korra and then seemingly back to Asami after an especially messy breakup between himself and Korra. After two seasons, fans had grown exhausted of this drama and Mako himself was nearly reduced to TheScrappy status as much of his initial fandom's opinion of him soured in the wake of his poor decisions. Creators Mike and Bryan took note of their fanbase's irritation with this romantic arc, and in next two seasons the romantic tension among the three was considerably downplayed, as all three received much more independent focus and Mako himself was finally given room to develop, the love triangle itself and Mako's stupid relationship decisions [[SelfDeprecation were extensively mocked in the fourth season's]] RecapEpisode, and Korra and Asami's friendship was given more focus, [[spoiler:[[BiTheWay developing into much more]] [[OfficialCouple by the series' conclusion....]]]]
12th Dec '15 8:19:01 AM CheeseDogX
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* The Sam[=/=]Amelia romance on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' suffered from this, not entirely due to the fandom's notorious [[HetIsEw treatment]] [[FanDumb of women]]. The romance being told entirely through flashbacks robbed the audience of seeing the natural progression, and framing the story in opposition to not just the current {{monster of the week}}, but also the much more interesting storyline of Dean escaping Purgatory, essentially set the whole romance up as a plot tumor. The most egregious example would be showing Dean first finding himself in Purgatory, then cutting to... Sam running over a dog and meeting Amelia. ** What really upset a lot of viewers was that Sam basically abandoned his brother to purgatory to pursue this relationship, which felt like a serious bit of CharacterDerailment.
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* The Sam[=/=]Amelia romance on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' suffered from this, not entirely due to the fandom's notorious [[HetIsEw treatment]] [[FanDumb of women]]. The romance being told entirely through flashbacks robbed the audience of seeing the natural progression, and framing the story in opposition to not just the current {{monster of the week}}, but also the much more interesting storyline of Dean escaping Purgatory, essentially set the whole romance up as a plot tumor. The most egregious {{Egregious}} example would be showing Dean first finding himself in Purgatory, then cutting to... Sam running over a dog and meeting Amelia. ** What really upset a lot of viewers was that Sam basically abandoned his brother to purgatory to pursue this relationship, which felt like a serious bit of CharacterDerailment.CharacterDerailment for a pair that had literally gone to Hell and back for each other.
12th Dec '15 8:17:05 AM CheeseDogX
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** What really upset a lot of viewers was that Sam basically abandoned his brother to purgatory to pursue this relationship, which felt like a serious bit of CharacterDerailment.
12th Dec '15 8:12:42 AM CheeseDogX
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** It even became a RunningGag in the series, where every single Alternate Universe showed them being together, usually because Sam wasn't in the military in that universe.
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