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19th May '16 1:31:52 PM PrincessGwen
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** One of the most bizarre examples of this trope can be found in the concept of "imprinting", in which males "recognize" the females that they are destined to fall in love with -- which can occur as early as child-birth (in fact, Jacob imprinted on Bella's child before she was even conceived). Many of these female imprintees are "basic" by default considering they're infants or toddlers and thus have no fixed personalities at all. Their lives revolve entirely around their future husbands considering the teenage boys appear to become their caregivers until they're of marriageable age, and [[FridgeHorror whether the girls ''want'' to be in these relationships is treated as somewhat irrelevant in the text]]. [[WifeHusbandry They are future wives, nothing more]]. In-universe, it's explained that the boys become anything and everything that the girls want. They literally live and breath to make their imprints happy. So they're satellites as well.

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** One of the most bizarre examples of this trope can be found in the concept of "imprinting", in which males "recognize" the females that they are destined to fall in love with -- which can occur as early as child-birth (in fact, Jacob imprinted on Bella's child before she was even conceived). Many of these female imprintees are "basic" by default considering they're infants or toddlers and thus have no fixed personalities at all. Their lives revolve entirely around their future husbands considering the teenage boys appear to become their caregivers until they're of marriageable age, and [[FridgeHorror whether the girls ''want'' to be in these relationships is treated as somewhat irrelevant in the text]]. [[WifeHusbandry They are future wives, nothing more]]. In-universe, it's explained that the boys become anything and everything that the girls want. They literally live and breath breathe to make their imprints happy. So they're satellites as well.
27th Apr '16 10:42:02 PM Tdarcos
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A type of SatelliteCharacter who exists primarily to serve as the love interest for a main character. It doesn't matter what their life was like beforehand; their focus in the story revolves around the sole fact that they dig said main character, and the main character digs them. A staple of the HaremGenre. When part of a movie, it's usually because the plot revolves around a second love interest that is used to show how much better the Satellite Love Interest is for the protagonist. If a non-satellite character turns into one ''because'' they've become a love interest, they've been DemotedToSatelliteLoveInterest.

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A type of SatelliteCharacter who exists primarily to serve as the love interest LoveInterest for a main character. It doesn't matter what their life was like beforehand; their focus in the story revolves around the sole fact that they dig said main character, and the main character digs them. A staple of the HaremGenre. When part of a movie, it's usually because the plot revolves around a second love interest that is used to show how much better the Satellite Love Interest is for the protagonist. If a non-satellite character turns into one ''because'' they've become a love interest, they've been DemotedToSatelliteLoveInterest.
10th Apr '16 9:45:05 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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10th Apr '16 9:44:12 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* Many (though definitely not all) original characters in fanfic are this trope. This type of original character is typically an [[MarySue idealized]] [[SelfInsertFic self-insert]] of [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls her (it's usually a her) author]], and exists solely to be the [[WishFulfillment "true" love interest of the chosen canon character,]] regardless of whether said character is already half of a [[OfficialCouple canon]] or [[FanPreferredCouple fan-favored]] pairing. It's made particularly obvious if the author has a profile for the original character and most of the profile consists of the relationship with the canon character, with little information about actual aforementioned original character.
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* Many (though definitely not all) original characters in fanfic There's a a category of MarySue that is essentially defined as this: RelationshipSue. Relationship Sues are this trope. This type of original character is typically an [[MarySue idealized]] [[SelfInsertFic self-insert]] of [[MostFanficWritersAreGirls her (it's usually a her) author]], and exists solely basically designed to be the [[WishFulfillment "true" love interest of the chosen canon character,]] regardless of whether said character is already half perfect significant other of a [[OfficialCouple canon]] or [[FanPreferredCouple fan-favored]] pairing. It's made particularly obvious if the author has a profile for the original character and most of the profile consists of the relationship with the canon character, with little information about actual aforementioned original character.
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7th Apr '16 11:55:56 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''

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* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': In the anime the two main female love interests get reduced to only being known for their obsession with Makoto. [[DeconstructedTrope And that is the point, actually]]: the series shows the psychological strain ''and'' the extremes that being completely centered on a single person can bring... specially when said person is a JerkAss who uses both of them ''and'' others for his own pleasure.
** To elaborate, love interests in this series tend to have very thin to no identities because their existence are solely based on Makoto Itou to make him looks like a typical saint-like HaremGenre protagonist. In reality, Makoto [[JerkAss is far from]] [[YourCheatingHeart being a saint]], and the heroines' misjudgement and obsession toward him [[DespairEventHorizon drive them either into despair or insanity when they realize Makoto only thinks of them as sex toys]]. Add to this the fact that the two main heroines are {{Yandere}}s, and [[AxCrazy things get ugly in short order]].

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* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': In the anime the two main female love interests get reduced to only being known for their obsession with Makoto. [[DeconstructedTrope And that is the point, actually]]: the series shows the psychological strain ''and'' the extremes that being completely centered on a single person can bring... specially when said person is a JerkAss who uses both of them ''and'' others for his own pleasure.
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pleasure. To elaborate, love interests in this series tend to have very thin to no identities because their existence are solely based on Makoto Itou to make him looks like a typical saint-like HaremGenre protagonist. In reality, Makoto [[JerkAss is far from]] [[YourCheatingHeart being a saint]], and the heroines' misjudgement and obsession toward him [[DespairEventHorizon drive them either into despair or insanity when they realize Makoto only thinks of them as sex toys]]. Add to this the fact that the two main heroines are {{Yandere}}s, and [[AxCrazy things get ugly in short order]].



* Fumiya from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is introduced as having a crush on Saori. Pretty much everything he does is related to this crush of his. [[spoiler:Surprisingly when they ''do'' begin to date he mostly phases out of the story or appears at the schoolhe shares with Nitori]].

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* Fumiya from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is introduced as having a crush on Saori. Pretty much everything he does is related to this crush of his. [[spoiler:Surprisingly when they ''do'' begin to date he mostly phases out of the story or appears at the schoolhe school he shares with Nitori]].



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* Mist, Mana, and Shara are considered the Canon love interest in their respectable ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' games. Unsurprisingly, they also tend to be the ones least likely picked by players for marriage due to the much more interesting choices the game gives for other bachelorettes. Rune Factory 4 manages to subvert this by throwing away the idea of a canon love interest all together.

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* Mist, Mana, and Shara are considered the Canon love interest in their respectable ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' games. Unsurprisingly, they also tend to be the ones least likely picked by players for marriage due to the much more interesting choices the game gives for other bachelorettes. Rune ''Rune Factory 4 4'' manages to subvert this by throwing away the idea of a canon love interest all together.



* One-shot girly girl Dawn from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' who showed up in the episode "A Nut in Every Bite!". As soon as he saw her Henry fell in love with her. However, she was rather boring personality-wise, especially compared to the snarky tomboyish June, and other than finding him hilarious, she didn't return his affections. He forgets about his crush on her at the end once he realizes that [[LoveHurts she wasn't worth it]].

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One-shot girly girl Dawn from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' who showed up in the episode "A Nut in Every Bite!". As soon as he saw her Henry fell in love with her. However, she was rather boring personality-wise, especially compared to the snarky tomboyish June, and other than finding him hilarious, she didn't return his affections. He forgets about his crush on her at the end once he realizes that [[LoveHurts she wasn't worth it]].
11th Mar '16 11:50:08 AM bjshipley1
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*** And when Quill finally gained some personality in the form of a love of theater, [[EnforcedTrope Luann ended up dumping him for not paying enough attention to her.]]
8th Mar '16 2:34:05 PM immblueversion
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* Juvia from ''Manga/FairyTail''. The moment she meets Gray just a short time after being introduced, her already established character as an EmotionlessGirl flies out the window in favor of a {{Yandere}} who clings to his arm at every opportunity ([[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend usually to his great revulsion]]), attacks anyone she perceives to be a love rival, and fantasizes about him whenever he isn't around. This even extends to her battles, where her magic is exponentially boosted by [[ThePowerOfLove her passionate love for him]]. Be they comedic or dramatic, it's far easier to count the number of times her scenes ''don't'' involve Gray in any capacity, and it can be done on a single hand.
5th Mar '16 5:44:23 PM Discar
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* ''Series/InspectorLynley'': Helen Clyde, who exists almost entirely to serve as Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley's love interest. When compared to the ''other'' woman in his life -- his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, who is about as three-dimensional as it gets and has her own storylines, quirks, and foibles -- Helen appears practically cardboard by comparison. Throw in a ''very'' healthy dose of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST and a reciprocal case of TheNotLoveInterest between Lynley and Havers, and there's a reason Lynley/Havers is the show's FanPreferredCouple by an overwhelming margin.[[note]]This isn't the case in the novel series from which the show was adapted, where Helen is ''much'' more three-dimensional -- the show, although quite beloved in its own way, is treated as an AlternateContinuity by fans with good reason -- but Lynley/Havers is still the favourite by a considerable distance.[[/note]]

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* ''Series/InspectorLynley'': Helen Clyde, who exists almost entirely to serve as Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley's love interest. When compared to the ''other'' woman in his life -- his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, who is about as three-dimensional as it gets and has her own storylines, quirks, and foibles -- Helen appears practically cardboard by comparison. Throw in a ''very'' healthy dose of {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST and a reciprocal case of TheNotLoveInterest between Lynley and Havers, and there's a reason Lynley/Havers is the show's FanPreferredCouple by an overwhelming margin.[[note]]This This isn't the case in the novel series from which the show was adapted, where Helen is ''much'' more three-dimensional -- the show, although quite beloved in its own way, is treated as an AlternateContinuity by fans with good reason -- but Lynley/Havers is still the favourite by a considerable distance.[[/note]]



** BaseBreaker Guinevere is often accused of being "just a love interest" by detractors, and though it's true that most of her screen-time does indeed centre on her relationship with Arthur, the ultimate purpose of her CharacterArc was to become Queen of Camelot -- and it's unclear how her cynics expected this to happen ''without'' a relationship with Arthur arising (as you may have guessed, a lot of DieForOurShip was at work here). Her CharacterDevelopment involved a significant boost in confidence brought about by Arthur's love for her, and many of her strongest scenes [[note]]outsmarting the Witchfinder, freeing Sir Leon, confronting Agravaine, withstanding Morgana, trapping Ruadan[[/note]] occurred when Arthur was completely absent. And by the end of the series, [[spoiler:she assumes control over Camelot after Arthur's death]] with confirmation by WordOfGod that she successfully ruled over the Golden Age [[spoiler:in his stead]]. She could qualify in the sense that she's NeverASelfMadeWoman, ''but'' her character was given plenty of '''personal''' development and independent power as a ''direct result'' of her role as Arthur's {{Love Interest|s}}.

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** BaseBreaker Guinevere is often accused of being "just a love interest" by detractors, and though it's true that most of her screen-time does indeed centre on her relationship with Arthur, the ultimate purpose of her CharacterArc was to become Queen of Camelot -- and it's unclear how her cynics expected this to happen ''without'' a relationship with Arthur arising (as you may have guessed, a lot of DieForOurShip was at work here). Her CharacterDevelopment involved a significant boost in confidence brought about by Arthur's love for her, and many of her strongest scenes [[note]]outsmarting (outsmarting the Witchfinder, freeing Sir Leon, confronting Agravaine, withstanding Morgana, trapping Ruadan[[/note]] Ruadan) occurred when Arthur was completely absent. And by the end of the series, [[spoiler:she assumes control over Camelot after Arthur's death]] with confirmation by WordOfGod that she successfully ruled over the Golden Age [[spoiler:in his stead]]. She could qualify in the sense that she's NeverASelfMadeWoman, ''but'' her character was given plenty of '''personal''' development and independent power as a ''direct result'' of her role as Arthur's {{Love Interest|s}}.



* All of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' can marry each other at any time in the game, while TheHero Chrom must marry at the end of Chapter 11. He can get good development with any of his five love interests (including a [[PlayerCharacter Female Avatar]]), and though pairing with [[ShrinkingViolet Olivia]] is more or less [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]] if you chose to do it (she joins ''the same chapter'' Chrom has to marry), he ''can'' support with her after the fact, and many fans consider said supports to be pretty cute on their own. [[note]](And there's a rather popular AlternativeCharacterInterpretation about Olivia and Chrom's deal being a LoveAtFirstSight that later [[HappilyMarried developed into true affection]].)[[/note]] However, if all of Chrom's choices are married off, killed off or have no affection points with him before then, he marries a [[GirlNextDoor generic village girl]] who only appears in one scene and isn't heard of after that.

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All of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' can marry each other at any time in the game, while TheHero Chrom must marry at the end of Chapter 11. He can get good development with any of his five love interests (including a [[PlayerCharacter Female Avatar]]), and though pairing with [[ShrinkingViolet Olivia]] is more or less [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]] if you chose to do it (she joins ''the same chapter'' Chrom has to marry), he ''can'' support with her after the fact, and many fans consider said supports to be pretty cute on their own. [[note]](And And there's a rather popular AlternativeCharacterInterpretation about Olivia and Chrom's deal being a LoveAtFirstSight that later [[HappilyMarried developed into true affection]].)[[/note]] affection]]. However, if all of Chrom's choices are married off, killed off or have no affection points with him before then, he marries a [[GirlNextDoor generic village girl]] who only appears in one scene and isn't heard of after that.



* A contingent of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fans believe that Pyrrha is this. They usually cite as proof the fact that her {{Love Interest|s}} gets more screentime than she does. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that's all it's really safe to say.]] [[note]]Unusually for the trope, these fans generally ''like'' Pyrrha- they criticise not her character, but the way she is written.[[/note]]

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A contingent of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' fans believe that Pyrrha is this. They usually cite as proof the fact that her {{Love Interest|s}} gets more screentime than she does. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement And that's all it's really safe to say.]] [[note]]Unusually Unusually for the trope, these fans generally ''like'' Pyrrha- they criticise not her character, but the way she is written.[[/note]]



* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has Josh Sharpe, whose only known traits are limited to, he's nice and is in a band. The show had several crushes for the pets who only appeared in one single episode [[note]] Delilah was in a two-parter [[/note]]and they were all developed much deeper. Except for the polecat Captain Cuddles who also didn't have very much characterization aside from being charming. And Philippe Boudreaux who was a Dog Mime, nothing more.

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* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has Josh Sharpe, whose only known traits are limited to, he's nice and is in a band. The show had several crushes for the pets who only appeared in one single episode [[note]] Delilah (Delilah was in a two-parter [[/note]]and two-parter) and they were all developed much deeper. Except for the polecat Captain Cuddles who also didn't have very much characterization aside from being charming. And Philippe Boudreaux who was a Dog Mime, nothing more.
3rd Mar '16 9:30:28 PM AndreaTx
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* Juliette in "Series/{{Grimm}}". Girlfriend of the protagonist, she seemingly only exists in Nick's presence. Despite being a licensed veterinarian, we only see her go to work when it furthers the plot of a case Nick is investigating. We know nothing about her family, where she's from or even how she met Nick. Her friends on the show consist of Monroe and Rosalie who she met through Nick. The one friend who appears from her pre-Nick past only appeared because she needed Nick's help and disappeared never to be heard from again after the situation was resolved. Juliette is bilingual but this is only revealed when Nick needs a Spanish-speaker to help him with a case based in Mexican lore. When Juliette finally got an independent plot involving [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesia that made her forget Nick]] she decided she was in love with Captain Renard, Nick's boss! When [[TheScrappy fan's had had enough]] she was [[PutOnABus put on a bus]] [[spoiler: until the writers could retool the character and bring her back as "Eve" who is a reprogrammed with Juliette's memories and powers, but stripped of her feelings for Nick.]]
20th Feb '16 1:42:17 PM skidoo23
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** Danny Pink in the 2014 series qualifies. Although he has a rather well-developed backstory (an Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD, and one episode features the Doctor and Clara meeting him as a child when he lived in an orphanage), in terms of his relationship with Clara we don't see very much of what he does outside said relationship other than giving Clara a shoulder to cry on when things get a bit rough with the Doctor and occasionally letting his PTSD get the better of him in front of his students. Primarily, he refuses to go on any adventures with her, which enforces his satellite status as this prevents him from becoming directly in the mandate of the series - except for two key exceptions, one of which [[KilledOffForReal doesn't end well for Danny]].

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** Danny Pink in the 2014 series qualifies. Although he has a rather well-developed backstory (an Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD, and one episode features the Doctor and Clara meeting him as a child when he lived in an orphanage), in terms of his relationship with Clara we don't see very much of what he does outside said relationship other than giving Clara a shoulder to cry on when things get a bit rough with the Doctor and occasionally letting his PTSD get the better of him in front of his students. Primarily, he refuses to go on any adventures with her, which enforces his satellite status as this prevents him from becoming directly involved in the mandate of the series - except for two key exceptions, one of which [[KilledOffForReal doesn't end well for Danny]].
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