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25th May '16 9:39:50 AM Willbyr
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* Yuuno Scrya from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''. Nice guy, helpful, supportive; he was the one who gave Nanoha [[JumpedAtTheCall her calling]] but relationship-wise [[YuriFan it]] [[PanderingToTheBase just]] [[HetIsEw didn't]] [[ImprobablyFemaleCast go]] [[PutOnABus anywhere]].

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* Yuuno Scrya from ''Franchise/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha''.''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. Nice guy, helpful, supportive; he was the one who gave Nanoha [[JumpedAtTheCall her calling]] but relationship-wise [[YuriFan it]] [[PanderingToTheBase just]] [[HetIsEw didn't]] [[ImprobablyFemaleCast go]] [[PutOnABus anywhere]].



* Subverted in ''ParadiseKiss''. [[spoiler: Hiroyuki Tokumori was in a love triangle with Miwako and Arashi, ending up as the loser. He also was Yukari's first crush, but then she fell for George. In the end, though, Yukari and George break up, George goes abroads... and Yukari ''marries'' Tokumori]].

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* Subverted in ''ParadiseKiss''.''Manga/ParadiseKiss''. [[spoiler: Hiroyuki Tokumori was in a love triangle with Miwako and Arashi, ending up as the loser. He also was Yukari's first crush, but then she fell for George. In the end, though, Yukari and George break up, George goes abroads... and Yukari ''marries'' Tokumori]].
22nd May '16 5:47:42 PM lakingsif
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* Between her roles on ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' and ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Rashida Jones seems to be building a career on playing this character.

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* Between her roles on ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' and ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'', Rashida Jones Creator/RashidaJones seems to be building a career on playing this character.
14th May '16 9:59:11 PM Adept
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* Seemingly played straight then subverted in ''ParadiseKiss''. [[spoiler: Hiroyuki Tokumori was in a love triangle with Miwako and Arashi, ending up as the loser. He also was Yukari's first crush, but then she fell for George. In the end, though, Yukari and George break up, George goes abroads... and Yukari ''marries'' Tokumori]].

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* Seemingly played straight then subverted Subverted in ''ParadiseKiss''. [[spoiler: Hiroyuki Tokumori was in a love triangle with Miwako and Arashi, ending up as the loser. He also was Yukari's first crush, but then she fell for George. In the end, though, Yukari and George break up, George goes abroads... and Yukari ''marries'' Tokumori]].
12th May '16 2:57:17 AM Adept
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* Female example: Anju Kitahara in the ''MarmaladeBoy'' anime. ''MarmaladeBoy'' has actually more than one example (Ginta, anyone?), but Anju is the one who fits the most.

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* Female example: Anju Kitahara in the ''MarmaladeBoy'' ''Anime/MarmaladeBoy'' anime. ''MarmaladeBoy'' ''Marmalade Boy'' has actually more than one example (Ginta, anyone?), but Anju is the one who fits the most.
7th May '16 1:53:17 PM nombretomado
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* Dean Forester from ''GilmoreGirls''. He may have been Rory's first ever boyfriend, but he eventually loses her to Jess and Logan as the series progressed.

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* Dean Forester from ''GilmoreGirls''.''Series/GilmoreGirls''. He may have been Rory's first ever boyfriend, but he eventually loses her to Jess and Logan as the series progressed.
4th Apr '16 2:20:34 PM YgothanEru
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** The show deconstructs this trope in the episode "Shelter Island". Ted sees himself as the DoggedNiceGuy, and even invites fiancee Stella's JerkAss ex-boyfriend Tony to their wedding. Only when she leaves him at the altar does he realise that Tony was actually the romantic lead of that particular love story, while Ted is the RomanticRunnerUp.

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** The show deconstructs this trope in the episode "Shelter Island". Ted sees himself as the DoggedNiceGuy, and even invites fiancee Stella's JerkAss ex-boyfriend Tony to their wedding. Only when she leaves him at the altar does he realise realizes that Tony was actually the romantic lead of that particular love story, while Ted is the RomanticRunnerUp.
20th Mar '16 8:00:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* [[spoiler: Stuart [=McRae=]]] was a very good version of this in ''RoadToAvonlea''. It made perfect sense for [[spoiler: Felicity]] to want to marry him - ''and'' for her to dump him after [[spoiler: it turned out that Gus was still alive]].
* David, Phoebe's on-and-off boyfriend on ''{{Friends}}'', showed up once again in season nine and proposed. Phoebe promptly rejected him for Mike Hannigan, whom she ultimately married. To add insult to injury, the writers went out of their way to point out that the inoffensive David was a penniless failure by this point.

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* [[spoiler: Stuart [=McRae=]]] was a very good version of this in ''RoadToAvonlea''.''Series/RoadToAvonlea''. It made perfect sense for [[spoiler: Felicity]] to want to marry him - ''and'' for her to dump him after [[spoiler: it turned out that Gus was still alive]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
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David, Phoebe's on-and-off boyfriend on ''{{Friends}}'', boyfriend, showed up once again in season nine and proposed. Phoebe promptly rejected him for Mike Hannigan, whom she ultimately married. To add insult to injury, the writers went out of their way to point out that the inoffensive David was a penniless failure by this point.



*** Though in the case of Anya, it was less a case of her picking Spike over Xander and more of her taking comfort in Spike after Xander called off their wedding.
*** Also, Cordelia and Xander had long been broken up (and out of contact) by the point she and Angel developed feelings for each other. By this point, Xander had moved on from her to Anya.



** 'Course, the situation is promptly reversed. Ezri goes out with Worf for a while before realizing that her feelings for him are just residual versions of Jadzia's. She dumps him for Julian. Irony? Yes.



** ''The Office'', definitely, but on ''Parks and Rec'', she's playing a super-cute, EvenTheGirlsWantHer HospitalHottie. Of her three relationships, she ended two of them, and the third wasn't ended for another person. Her relationship with Mark ultimately ends because he becomes this to her although there is no one else she is interested in at the time.
** Additionally averted in that her character on ''Parks and Rec'' ends up with Rob Lowe's Chris Traeger, who had been [[ShipTease teased]] as a possible love interest much earlier in the show's run.



* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' deconstructs this trope in the episode ''Shelter Island''. Ted sees himself as the DoggedNiceGuy, and even invites fiancee Stella's JerkAss ex-boyfriend Tony to their wedding. Only when she leaves him at the altar does he realise that Tony was actually the romantic lead of that particular love story, while Ted is the RomanticRunnerUp.

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The show
deconstructs this trope in the episode ''Shelter Island''."Shelter Island". Ted sees himself as the DoggedNiceGuy, and even invites fiancee Stella's JerkAss ex-boyfriend Tony to their wedding. Only when she leaves him at the altar does he realise that Tony was actually the romantic lead of that particular love story, while Ted is the RomanticRunnerUp.



* Mickey Smith from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is the embodiment of this trope. He's decent, okay-looking, just an average guy with a hot girlfriend...until some guy with a leather jacket and a nice ride sweeps her off her feet.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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Mickey Smith from ''Series/DoctorWho'' is the embodiment of this trope. He's decent, okay-looking, just an average guy with a hot girlfriend...until some guy with a leather jacket and a nice ride sweeps her off her feet.



* Given a twist in the final season of ''Frasier'' in which Frasier is the bland nice guy who gets the girl while the more exciting boyfriend doesn't. Aspects of this trope are played straight by the boyfriend Frank, who is overall an extremely nice and friendly guy and a committed environmentalist.
** This was Frasier's [[RomanticFalseLead original reason]] for existing on ''Series/Cheers''. He was meant to appear as a recurring character in the third season as a LoveInterest to Diane, as a way of providing conflict between her and Sam. This eventually led to the two getting engaged and having a wedding in the season finale, one that Diane eventually runs out of. Still, while Diane didn't run out to reunite with Sam initially, she does end up rekindling her romance with him later on, while Frasier forms a relationship with Lilith.
* Part of the rivalry between Jack and Sawyer for Kate's affections in ''Lost''. Jack is a very good guy, skilled, likeable and an excellent surgeon. Sawyer is dangerous, charming, and mysterious as well as almost entirely unlikeable. Ben points this out to Sawyer telling him that ,on the island, he's the dashing adventurous bad boy while Jack is the bland doctor. Off the island, Sawyer is two bit ex-con and Jack is the respected, well-educated Doctor.

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* Given a twist in the final season of ''Frasier'' ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' in which Frasier is the bland nice guy who gets the girl while the more exciting boyfriend doesn't. Aspects of this trope are played straight by the boyfriend Frank, who is overall an extremely nice and friendly guy and a committed environmentalist.
** * This was Frasier's [[RomanticFalseLead original reason]] for existing on ''Series/Cheers''.''Series/{{Cheers}}''. He was meant to appear as a recurring character in the third season as a LoveInterest to Diane, as a way of providing conflict between her and Sam. This eventually led to the two getting engaged and having a wedding in the season finale, one that Diane eventually runs out of. Still, while Diane didn't run out to reunite with Sam initially, she does end up rekindling her romance with him later on, while Frasier forms a relationship with Lilith.
* Part of the rivalry between Jack and Sawyer for Kate's affections in ''Lost''.''Series/{{Lost}}''. Jack is a very good guy, skilled, likeable and an excellent surgeon. Sawyer is dangerous, charming, and mysterious as well as almost entirely unlikeable. Ben points this out to Sawyer telling him that ,on the island, he's the dashing adventurous bad boy while Jack is the bland doctor. Off the island, Sawyer is two bit ex-con and Jack is the respected, well-educated Doctor.



* Damon Salvatore from ''TheVampireDiaries'': Both Katherine and Elena prefer and have chosen Stefan over him. Is always second best to Stefan in regards to love and romance.

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* Damon Salvatore from ''TheVampireDiaries'': ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'': Both Katherine and Elena prefer and have chosen Stefan over him. Is always second best to Stefan in regards to love and romance.



* Joy Mercer on ''House of Anubis''so very much. It gets to the point where [[spoiler:even when Nina was gone, Fabian refused to date Joy, as he believes they should be [[JustFriends just good friends and nothing else.]]]]
** Although this can be partially because of all the tricks she pulled to try and get Nina to be this instead, as EVERY fan knows just how attached to and protective over Nina Fabian is.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'': Sam unfortunately ends up being this. First, Quinn cheats on him and ends up choosing Finn. Then, he briefly dates Santana until she dumps him for the bully Karofsky, [[ArmouredClosetGay not knowing that they are acting as each others' beards.]] Then after a long term relationship with Brittany, she dumps him and gets back together with Santana a couple months later.

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* Joy Mercer on ''House of Anubis''so ''Series/HouseOfAnubis''so very much. It gets to the point where [[spoiler:even when Nina was gone, Fabian refused to date Joy, as he believes they should be [[JustFriends just good friends and nothing else.]]]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Although this can be partially because of all the tricks she pulled to try and get Nina to be this instead, as EVERY fan knows just how attached to and protective over Nina Fabian is.
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
Sam unfortunately ends up being this. First, Quinn cheats on him and ends up choosing Finn. Then, he briefly dates Santana until she dumps him for the bully Karofsky, [[ArmouredClosetGay not knowing that they are acting as each others' beards.]] Then after a long term relationship with Brittany, she dumps him and gets back together with Santana a couple months later.
20th Mar '16 7:56:07 AM Morgenthaler
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** For that matter, Apollo as well. Sure, he steals [[spoiler:Dualla from Billy]] but ''then'' it turns out [[spoiler:he really wanted to be with Starbuck, who instead goes for handsome, kind-hearted jock Anders. He eventually tries to get over her but it doesn't work and he gets separated. But Starbuck's dead by that point, or at least appears to be, and things get way hectic when she comes back. Then Anders is revealed as a Cylon, but the revelation doesn't break Starbuck and Anders up as one might predict. [[FromBadToWorse And then, Dualla shoots herself]]]]. To top it all off, [[spoiler:when Anders dies, Starbuck, who's NotQuiteDead, disappears again. Sucks to be Apollo]].
*** Which is hilarious, because in some ways Anders also fits. While, yes, [[spoiler:he does actually get to marry Starbuck, it's implied a number of times that she would rather be with Apollo (and Anders knows this). At one point, she basically out-right states that the only reason she hasn't left Anders for Apollo is because she doesn't believe in divorce]].

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** For that matter, Apollo as well. Sure, he steals [[spoiler:Dualla Dualla from Billy]] Billy but ''then'' it turns out [[spoiler:he he really wanted to be with Starbuck, who instead goes for handsome, kind-hearted jock Anders. He eventually tries to get over her but it doesn't work and he gets separated. But Starbuck's dead by that point, or at least appears to be, and things get way hectic when she comes back. Then Anders [[spoiler:Anders is revealed as a Cylon, but the revelation doesn't break Starbuck and Anders up as one might predict. [[FromBadToWorse And then, Dualla shoots herself]]]]. herself. To top it all off, [[spoiler:when when Anders dies, Starbuck, who's NotQuiteDead, disappears again. Sucks to be Apollo]].
*** ** Which is hilarious, because in some ways Anders also fits. While, yes, [[spoiler:he he does actually get to marry Starbuck, it's implied a number of times that she would rather be with Apollo (and Anders knows this). At one point, she basically out-right states that the only reason she hasn't left Anders for Apollo is because she doesn't believe in divorce]].divorce.
20th Mar '16 7:51:51 AM Morgenthaler
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** Galen "Chief" Tyrol also sort of counts. First, his girlfriend, who he's not supposed to be seeing anyway, turns out to be a cylon. Then, [[spoiler:though she resists her programming at first, she ends up shooting [[TheCaptain Commander]] [[AFatherToHisMen Adama]], revealing her identity. Galen is suspected of being a Cylon and badly treated as a result and because of this he forsakes Boomer and tells her he wants nothing to do with her -- until she gets shot, at which point it's clear that AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachother. He's hung up on her for a year afterwards, made all the worst when her [[EvilTwin Good Twin]] shows up and is pregnant with TheFettered's kid. He then, subsequently, gets married to TheScrappy, which ends badly when [[FantasticRacism she finds out he actually]] ''is'' a cylon (which he himself didn't known) and gets shoved out an airlock by the girlfriend Tyrol doesn't remember he had. Then, he finds out their kid ''[[LukeIAmYourFather isn't]]'' his kid]]. Last, but far from least, [[spoiler:Tyrol eventually sorta-kinda-maybe gets back together with Boomer when she's taken prisoner, only for it to turn out she's [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor a double agent]], who's going out with the show's BigBad. Damn]].
19th Mar '16 7:53:06 AM Hossmeister
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