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22nd Feb '17 11:39:10 PM JediMasterDraco
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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]].

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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]]. [[spoiler: Which it did]].
6th Feb '17 5:33:17 AM starofjusticev21
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** Kiva also features a subplot in which Wataru's friend Shizuka develops a romantic interest in him and tries to come between him and his official love interest Mio. Inexplicably and without warning, Shizuka then decides that Wataru and Mio are perfect for each other, and becomes a ShipperOnDeck, again with no relevance to or impact upon the story. The focus on romantic storylines (much more than is typical for a Kamen Rider series), some of them seemingly pointless, is a possible reason why Kiva is one of the least successful entries in the franchise.

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** Kiva also features a subplot in which Wataru's friend Shizuka develops a romantic interest in him and tries to come between him and his official love interest Mio. Inexplicably and without warning, Shizuka then decides that Wataru and Mio are perfect for each other, and becomes a ShipperOnDeck, again with no relevance to or impact upon the story. The focus on romantic storylines (much more than is typical for a Kamen Rider series), series, which usually feature little to no overt romance), some of them seemingly pointless, is a possible reason why Kiva is one of the least successful entries in the franchise.
23rd Jan '17 10:00:31 PM skidoo23
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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.

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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. (It should be noted, however, that from the midpoint of the season onward, a LoveTriangle situation was actually established - as confirmed via WordOfSaintPaul (the director of the episode "The Caretaker" in the DVD commentary - so there were now elements of implied romance between Clara and the Doctor ''on top of'' the ongoing scenario with Danny.
15th Jan '17 12:47:10 PM NNinja
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* Members of both the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fandom and hatedom alike note that there is a pretty epic story to be told with the ancient vampire orders and werewolf clans and other sundry elements that are introduced, only to inevitably fall back to Edward and Bella. WordOfGod is that she was more comfortable writing romance than the dark story.
14th Jan '17 9:29:42 PM LlamaRamaDingDong
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** 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.

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** 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 manufactured drama and hiding it from Belle, Belle finding out both will and leaving him, and then Rumple convincing her to come back somehow. unwilling separations. At this point, even fans who used to be hardcore Rumbelle shippers are hoping Belle will just find happiness elsewhere.tired of it.
14th Jan '17 9:27:07 PM LlamaRamaDingDong
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* ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987'' has this problem in the first two seasons; there's a world of possibility to explore with what Vincent is, or where he came from but the series defaults time and time again to the "we can never be together, yet we can never be apart" between him and Catherine, whose actual relationship consists almost entirely of reading lots and lots of poetry to each other. This tends to be why a minority of fans actually prefer the third season [[spoiler: where Catherine dies, and Vincent's conflicts are front and center.]]
5th Jan '17 3:58:41 PM starofjusticev21
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* ''FanFic/ShowaAndVampire'' started out seeming like it was going to be going for a mostly action and adventure-style plot sprinkled with some romantic and teen drama elements. Shortly into the second arc when the other main protagonists were introduced, though, their social lives and the introduction of girls to fill out the characters' harems pretty much swallowed up the plot. Villains showing up on campus to fight the main characters seemed to happen [[ExcusePlot just so there'd be some kind of reason]] to justify them being such powerful fighters.
23rd Dec '16 9:05:43 AM Nakayama90
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** Elizabeth and Will's relationship troubles drag on into the sequels. It's arguable their characters' necessity to the story ended with their romance's resolution in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Black Pearl]].'' It's also rumored that Creator/OrlandoBloom and Creator/KeiraKnightley's CreatorBacklash dispositions [[note]]though [[http://www.fandango.com/movieblog/orlando-bloom-open-to-pirates-of-caribbean-5-return-684391.html this interview]] suggests Bloom has since had a change of heart[[/note]] toward the characters stems from the romance story that took over the trilogy.

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** Elizabeth and Will's relationship troubles drag on into the sequels. It's arguable their Their characters' necessity to the story largely ended with their romance's resolution in ''[[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl Black Pearl]].'' It's also rumored that Creator/OrlandoBloom and Creator/KeiraKnightley's CreatorBacklash dispositions [[note]]though [[http://www.fandango.com/movieblog/orlando-bloom-open-to-pirates-of-caribbean-5-return-684391.html this interview]] suggests Bloom has since had a change of heart[[/note]] toward the characters stems stem from the romance story that took over the trilogy.
21st Dec '16 7:21:33 PM Zaptech
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* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', after being teased with both Captain America and Hawkeye, Black Widow is paired up with Bruce Banner of all people. The fact that they've shown absolutely no signs of interest in each other up to this point means that the plot occasionally takes a backseat to show them flirting with each other or other characters talking about how great they are together. It really goes to show how hated it is that ''even [[Website/{{Tumblr}} Tumblr]]'' hates it.

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* In ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'', after being teased with both Captain America and Hawkeye, Black Widow is paired up with Bruce Banner of all people. The fact that they've shown absolutely no signs of interest in each other up to this point means that the plot occasionally takes a backseat to show them flirting with each other or other characters talking about how great they are together. It really goes to show how hated it is that ''even [[Website/{{Tumblr}} Tumblr]]'' hates it.
10th Dec '16 10:51:31 AM dmcreif
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** 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.]]

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** 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 it's ended so abruptly just as it was getting started]] started due to Elektra's re-entrance into Matt's life, ''and'' the fact that many there are some viewers seem to prefer him with Elektra Elektra, made people feel like it was kind of pointless. The ending for Matt coming clean with Karen about his secret identity in the last scene of season 2 doesn't help, as many interpreted it as [[spoiler: Matt settling for Karen]].
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*** 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 The fact that she her hijacking of Matt both directly and inadvertently plays a role in the breaking up of the law firm Nelson & Murdock also doesn't help.]]
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