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1st Dec '16 7:31:03 PM RomanceGirl
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** There was also the ''Angel'' episode "I Will Remember You", which basically served the sole purpose of "You remember these two used to date, right?"
28th Nov '16 11:59:27 AM crazysamaritan
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** The relationship between Thirteen and Foreman was also extremely unpopular for several reasons. Their relationship had very little build up, progressing from a mild dislike of each other to being in a relationship with only a couple of scenes of development. Furthermore, many fans were of the opinion that each of them had better chemistry with just about every other character on the show. Finally, both Foreman and Thirteen were [[TheScrappy very unpopular characters]] to begin with, so a lot of fans [[EightDeadlyWords just didn't care]] what happened to them.

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** The relationship between Thirteen and Foreman was also extremely unpopular for several reasons. Their relationship had very little build up, progressing from a mild dislike of each other to being in a relationship with only a couple of scenes of development. Furthermore, many fans were of the opinion that each of them had better chemistry with just about every other character on the show. Finally, both Foreman and Thirteen were [[TheScrappy very unpopular characters]] to begin with, so a lot of fans [[EightDeadlyWords just didn't care]] care what happened to them.
23rd Nov '16 5:45:55 PM beyondthesea
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** Regina's relationship with Robin started off relatively well-received, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo if poorly]] [[StrangledByTheRedString developed]], but it [[AbandonShipping quickly devolved]] after [[spoiler:Marion turned out to be alive, and then Robin cheated on her with Regina while she was frozen and dying.]] The writers [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to fix it]] by [[spoiler:having Marion turn out to actually be a glamour-ed Zelena]], but this really only made things worse because the faux love triangle [[spoiler:and resulting pregnancy]] turned out to be one of the least popular plot lines in the show's history up to that point.

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** Regina's relationship with Robin started off relatively well-received, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo if poorly]] [[StrangledByTheRedString poorly developed]], but it [[AbandonShipping quickly devolved]] after [[spoiler:Marion turned out to be alive, and then Robin cheated on her with Regina while she was frozen and dying.]] The writers [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to fix it]] by [[spoiler:having Marion turn out to actually be a glamour-ed Zelena]], but this really only made things worse because the faux love triangle [[spoiler:and resulting pregnancy]] turned out to be one of the least popular plot lines in the show's history up to that point.
23rd Nov '16 5:45:33 PM beyondthesea
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** Regina's relationship with Robin started off relatively well-received, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo if poorly developed]], but it [[AbandonShipping quickly devolved]] after [[spoiler:Marion turned out to be alive, and then Robin cheated on her with Regina while she was frozen and dying.]] The writers [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to fix it]] by [[spoiler:having Marion turn out to actually be a glamour-ed Zelena]], but this really only made things worse because the faux love triangle [[spoiler:and resulting pregnancy]] turned out to be one of the least popular plot lines in the show's history up to that point.

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** Regina's relationship with Robin started off relatively well-received, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo if poorly poorly]] [[StrangledByTheRedString developed]], but it [[AbandonShipping quickly devolved]] after [[spoiler:Marion turned out to be alive, and then Robin cheated on her with Regina while she was frozen and dying.]] The writers [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to fix it]] by [[spoiler:having Marion turn out to actually be a glamour-ed Zelena]], but this really only made things worse because the faux love triangle [[spoiler:and resulting pregnancy]] turned out to be one of the least popular plot lines in the show's history up to that point.
22nd Nov '16 4:19:11 PM beyondthesea
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* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Emma's relationship with Hook is this for pretty much all fans who don't ship [[IdiosyncraticShipNaming Captain Swan]] because of how it elevated the importance of an extremely polarizing character above that of several other well-established and much more popular characters and because the show sometimes seems to go out of its way to [[CreatorsPet make Hook look good]] when he doesn't deserve it. The unpopularity of this relationship was cranked UpToEleven when it turned out to be pretty much the entire plot of season 5, over the course of which the show lost over a quarter of its viewership.
** Regina's relationship with Robin started off relatively well-received, [[BecauseDestinySaysSo if poorly developed]], but it [[AbandonShipping quickly devolved]] after [[spoiler:Marion turned out to be alive, and then Robin cheated on her with Regina while she was frozen and dying.]] The writers [[AuthorsSavingThrow tried to fix it]] by [[spoiler:having Marion turn out to actually be a glamour-ed Zelena]], but this really only made things worse because the faux love triangle [[spoiler:and resulting pregnancy]] turned out to be one of the least popular plot lines in the show's history up to that point.
** Though it started out extremely popular, most fans now feel this way about Rumbelle. The characters seem to be [[YoYoPlotPoint stuck in a cycle]] of Rumple doing something awful and hiding it from Belle, Belle finding out and leaving him, and then Rumple convincing her to come back somehow. At this point, even fans who used to be hardcore Rumbelle shippers are hoping Belle will just find happiness elsewhere.
11th Nov '16 7:24:37 PM DarkDuel
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* The latter third of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory'' has a particularly irritating one in the form of the sudden revelation that Nina Purpleton and enemy ace Anavel Gato were once lovers, which results in a horrendously mishandled love triangle involving the two of them and main protagonist Kou Uraki. This is particularly blatant because it came completely out of nowhere, and conflicts with the fact that when Gato appears in the very beginning of the series, she sees him and utterly fails to recognize him.
30th Oct '16 11:32:33 AM rafi
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* There are a few fair ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fans who are quite tired of the Ash/Serena pairing being like this. It didn't help that A: it involved a slight {{retcon}} in Ash's past that Ash didn't remember at first, B: prior to the Summer Camp arc, Serena's one-sided crush on Ash [[SatelliteLoveInterest was her character's primary focus]], and C: Ash [[ObliviousToLove wouldn't get the hint even if you slap him with the Sudowoodo Clue Bat]]. Fortunately, in The ''X&Y'' series proper,[[note]]Seasons 17 & 18 for the dubbies,[[/note]] the would-be romantic moments were mostly one-offs in otherwise innocuous episodes, save for "[[YouMeanXmas Under The]] [[NotADate Pledging Tree]]". However, in ''XY&Z'',[[note]]Season 19,[[/note]] there seems to be one romantic-themed episode ''per month'' with the writers unleashing more and more blatant scenarios. All this for what even the Shippers fear [[StatusQuoIsGod will amount to nothing]] [[PutOnABus at the start of the next Series]].



* There are a few fair ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' fans who are quite tired of the Ash/Serena pairing being like this. It didn't help that A: it involved a slight {{retcon}} in Ash's past that Ash didn't remember at first, B: prior to the Summer Camp arc, Serena's one-sided crush on Ash [[SatelliteLoveInterest was her character's primary focus]], and C: Ash [[ObliviousToLove wouldn't get the hint even if you slap him with the Sudowoodo Clue Bat]]. Fortunately, in The ''X&Y'' series proper,[[note]]Seasons 17 & 18 for the dubbies,[[/note]] the would-be romantic moments were mostly one-offs in otherwise innocuous episodes, save for "[[YouMeanXmas Under The]] [[NotADate Pledging Tree]]". However, in ''XY&Z'',[[note]]Season 19,[[/note]] there seems to be one romantic-themed episode ''per month'' with the writers unleashing more and more blatant scenarios. All this for what even the Shippers fear [[StatusQuoIsGod will amount to nothing]] [[PutOnABus at the start of the next Series]].



* The Olicity ship on ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has resulted in a significant BrokenBase, best demonstrated by the fandom polarization you can find on {{Website/Tumblr}} and {{Website/Reddit}}.

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* The Olicity ship on A common criticism of ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' has resulted is how much unneeded drama is mined from romantic foibles, especially Oliver's, mostly because a lot of it comes down to one party lecturing the other (often with them presented as right to do so, [[InformedWrongness while the audience often disagrees]]) or them arguing over issues that could be avoided by talking it out like adults. Oliver/Laurel was the first to get flak for this with cheating, sleeping with the sibling, love triangles and romantic angst, but Oliver/Felicity, previously a popular FanPreferredCouple, to get heat for it as well when it became not only canon, but a huge part of the show (with many finding it causing a negative effect on Felicity's character), while other couples like Carly/Diggle and Donna/Quinten have gotten similar complaints for being needless subplots. The only romantic couples that seem to be universally liked are Diggle/Lyla and Roy/Thea, in large part because of their comparatively less drama (at least, Roy/Thea grew out of their drama and became probably the healthiest couple on the show, while Diggle/Lyla apparently worked out their drama before the show started), with Sara/Oliver and Tommy/Laurel being mostly well liked (with the exception of shipping-related issues), for similarly having little drama that they didn't work through in a significant BrokenBase, best demonstrated by healthy manner and only breaking up due to plot reasons. As a result though, the fandom polarization you can find show has became ''infamous'' for its focus on {{Website/Tumblr}} and {{Website/Reddit}}.complex romance, to the point that talking about shipping among fans of ''Series/TheFlash2014'', ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', and/or any other comics book show, to result in arguments due to it 'ruining' ''Arrow''.



* ''{{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The Buffy/Angel elements in "End of Days"/"Chosen" and the entire episode "The Girl in Question" are argued as Romantic Plot Tumors for their respective series, whose leads both changed and developed drastically different lives from the one they had together. Making it worse was their proximity to the end of each series, which used precious screentime that could have been dedicated to setting up the storyline of the finale.

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* ''{{Series/Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' ''Series/{{Buffy|TheVampireSlayer}}'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'': The Buffy/Angel elements in "End of Days"/"Chosen" and the entire episode "The Girl in Question" are argued as Romantic Plot Tumors for their respective series, whose leads both changed and developed drastically different lives from the one they had together. Making it worse was their proximity to the end of each series, which used precious screentime that could have been dedicated to setting up the storyline of the finale.



* ''Series/Daredevil2015'':
** Up to twenty minutes per episode for the first several episodes of Season 1 were spent on Foggy and Karen's budding relationship. This was negatively received, with many fans calling it boring filler and a GiveGeeksAChance-type romance.
** Some feel this way about Karen and Matt in season 2. While the build-up and initial execution is sweet, the fact that it [[spoiler: ends so abruptly just as it was getting started]] ''and'' the fact that many viewers seem to prefer him with Elektra made people feel like it was kind of pointless. The ending for season 2 doesn't help, as many interpreted it as [[spoiler: Matt settling for Karen]].
*** Additionally, though many fans liked Elektra's portrayal, some didn't feel convinced by the relationship between her and Matt. Other detractors state that it only added an unnecessary [[BettyAndVeronica love triangle to the plot]], or took up too much screen time when a slew of other interesting events were going on. [[spoiler:The fact that she both directly and inadvertently plays a role in the breaking up of the law firm also doesn't help.]]



* The barely there triangle of Emma Frost/Cyclops/Jean Grey on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' may count.



* Many feel that the belligerent love triangle between Duncan, Courtney, and Gwen in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series got a little tired at some point. But there weren't too many episodes of it. Plenty of fans, especially adult fans feel this way about the ongoing romantic tension between Mike and Zoey between ''Revenge of the Island'' and especially ''All-Stars''; already coming across as overblown and repetitive, with Mike's Multiple Personality Disorder seen as distasteful in serving as the sole obstacle of their romance, many have gone so far as to blame the critical failure of the latter season almost entirely upon this plot.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama''. In general, the romantic relationships among the cast end up getting a disproportionate amount of focus, at the expense of the other subplots and important friendships among the characters. This becomes far more noticeable after the episode count for each season was sliced in half, forcing the writers to cram a lot more into the episodes instead of being able to spread things out.
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Many feel that the belligerent love triangle between Duncan, Courtney, and Gwen in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series got a little tired at some point. But there weren't too many episodes of it.
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Plenty of fans, especially adult fans feel this way about the ongoing romantic tension between Mike and Zoey between ''Revenge of the Island'' and especially ''All-Stars''; already coming across as overblown and repetitive, with Mike's Multiple Personality Disorder seen as distasteful in serving as the sole obstacle of their romance, many have gone so far as to blame the critical failure of the latter season almost entirely upon this plot.




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* The barely there triangle of Emma Frost/Cyclops/Jean Grey on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' may count.
30th Oct '16 11:23:06 AM rafi
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* ''Film/TheLittleMermaid '' The relationship of Ariel and Eric, consummate after of 3 days to end of the movie has been accused of this, that cleary was given to prevent DownerEnding of original book. But some fans assume that even without such relationship is met, the plot may have run its course perfectly, giving Ariel go to the outside world as motivation, with the same plot as the movie but with the original end adapted for children, breaking the Aesop of LoveAtFirstSight.
30th Oct '16 11:19:15 AM DesertDragon
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** Series/TrueBlood
** Bill and Sookie. This is a particularly bad example as ''Series/TrueBlood'' has a lot of really interesting ideas ([[FantasticRacism discrimination against vampires]], [[ImmortalityImmorality how would Immortals function in the real world]]) that is being completely sacrificed for a love triangle (with shapeshifter Sam).

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** Series/TrueBlood
* ''Series/TrueBlood''
** Bill and Sookie. This is a particularly bad example as ''Series/TrueBlood'' ''True Blood'' has a lot of really interesting ideas ([[FantasticRacism discrimination against vampires]], [[ImmortalityImmorality how would Immortals function in the real world]]) that is being completely sacrificed were pushed to the side for a love triangle (with shapeshifter Sam).


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** Sam and Nicole. He had to rescue her when her college-age group of humans-for-supernaturals activists reached out to the local werewolves and got [[TooDumbToLive killed for their troubles]], including her previous boyfriend. It was particularly weird watching her have sex with Sam in the shower when by that point, her boyfriend had just been murdered a few days ago. A huge chunk of his side of the romance had to do with the fact that he had gotten her pregnant and sensed it before she did, but that did not keep the whole thing from feeling extremely forced. The protests of Nicole's mother ("You're traumatized and you just met this man who's twice your age...") were supposed to sound unreasonable and prejudiced, but frankly she said everything viewers were saying.
30th Oct '16 11:08:06 AM DesertDragon
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* Bill and Sookie. This is a particularly bad example as ''Series/TrueBlood'' has a lot of really interesting ideas ([[FantasticRacism discrimination against vampires]], [[ImmortalityImmorality how would Immortals function in the real world]]) that is being completely sacrificed for a love triangle.

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Bill and Sookie. This is a particularly bad example as ''Series/TrueBlood'' has a lot of really interesting ideas ([[FantasticRacism discrimination against vampires]], [[ImmortalityImmorality how would Immortals function in the real world]]) that is being completely sacrificed for a love triangle.triangle (with shapeshifter Sam).
** Later, Andy and Holly. These were two secondary characters whose attraction to each other not only came out of nowhere, but their relationship (and their children's [[FlirtyStepsiblings relationship]]) suddenly became a major part of the show in the later seasons. It didn't help that Holly was an interesting character at first--the first Witch introduced in the series, quite the badass, and was instrumental in bringing down Season 4's BigBad--but once she became Andy's girlfriend, her entire characterization revolved around that, and she became a crying DamselInDistress to boot.
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