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* The White Queen in ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' plays with this. While she is indeed Kyousuke's love interest, and all of her thoughts are related to him in some way, she's also the main villain of the series. Due to [[MoralEventHorizon her actions in the past]], Kyousuke absolutely refuses to be with her again, and is devoted to trying to kill her. The story is essentially all about her attempts to make him fall in love with her again, [[{{Yandere}} no matter the cost]].
27th Jun '17 3:31:33 PM merotoker
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** Rin Nohara. The only real characterization which she receives is the fact that Obito loves her but she loves Kakashi. This may be justified since she's a PosthumousCharacter so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, and [[spoiler:the main reason for her existence, this in order to become TheLostLenore for Obito and with motivate him to become [[BigBad Tobi]].]] Although she still isn't characterized all that much in flashbacks she's featured in - she's a kind girl, a CombatMedic in training, and nothing else.

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** Rin Nohara. The only real characterization which she receives is the fact that Obito loves her but she loves Kakashi. This may be justified since she's a PosthumousCharacter so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, and [[spoiler:the main reason for her existence, this in order to become TheLostLenore for Obito and with motivate him to become [[BigBad Tobi]].]] Tobi]]]]. Although she still isn't characterized all that much in flashbacks she's featured in - she's a kind girl, a CombatMedic in training, and nothing else.



** Cissy Ironwood was a satellite love interest created especially for ''Marvel Team-Up'' in the early 1980s so that the writers of that could write stories in which Spider-Man e. g. ditched his date in order to fight the villain of the month without having to keep track of the latest romantic developments in the other two Spider-books.

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** Cissy Ironwood was a satellite love interest Satellite Love Interest created especially for ''Marvel Team-Up'' in the early 1980s so that the writers of that could write stories in which Spider-Man e. g. ditched his date in order to fight the villain of the month without having to keep track of the latest romantic developments in the other two Spider-books.



** Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three princes (except for the prince of Cinderella in the part 3 where he has more protagonism). But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.

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** Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three other princes listed here (except for the prince of Cinderella in the part 3 where he has more protagonism). But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.



** Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down moves him into a new role that {{Lampshade}}s him as this sort of character: now that Twilight's human counterpart is part of the gang and Pony Twilight is not in the movies anymore, and eventually Sunset Shimmer telling him straight that ''this'' Twilight isn't ''that'' Twilight and he needs to move on (and then going on with the plot and not noticing Flash trying to get back with her), poor Flash's role in the story is now "generic love-interest-y person ''without someone to be a generic love interest to.''" He pops up to fulfill his role in life as the guy who occasionally interrupts the plot to smile cutely and be smiled at in return... and there's no one who needs him for that. He's still no more developed than he ever was, but it's got some of his haters feeling some pity.

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** Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down moves him into a new role that {{Lampshade}}s {{lampshade|Hanging}}s him as this sort of character: now that Twilight's human counterpart is part of the gang and Pony Twilight is not in the movies anymore, and eventually Sunset Shimmer telling him straight that ''this'' Twilight isn't ''that'' Twilight and he needs to move on (and then going on with the plot and not noticing Flash trying to get back with her), poor Flash's role in the story is now "generic love-interest-y person ''without someone to be a generic love interest to.''" He pops up to fulfill his role in life as the guy who occasionally interrupts the plot to smile cutely and be smiled at in return... and there's no one who needs him for that. He's still no more developed than he ever was, but it's got some of his haters feeling some pity.



* Bo Peep from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Sure, she's sweet and has a bit of a naughty side, but both those traits are used in order to demonstrate her affection for Woody (grabbing him around the neck with her shepherdess's crook, for example). She never really interacts with any other toy on-screen and she exists mainly as a sympathetic ear to Woody. [[spoiler: Bo Peep's lack of development -- and the popularity of the other female characters, Jessie the Cowgirl and the tour guide Barbie doll from the second Toy Story movie, and the logistics of having Bo Peep actually be involved in the action of the third movie (given that she wasn't actually a toy at all, but a china figurine) -- were the reason why she didn't appear in the third movie]]

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* Bo Peep from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Sure, she's sweet and has a bit of a naughty side, but both those traits are used in order to demonstrate her affection for Woody (grabbing him around the neck with her shepherdess's crook, for example). She never really interacts with any other toy on-screen and she exists mainly as a sympathetic ear to Woody. [[spoiler: Bo Peep's lack of development -- and the popularity of the other female characters, Jessie the Cowgirl and the tour guide Barbie doll from the second Toy Story movie, ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', and the logistics of having Bo Peep actually be involved in the action of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 the third movie movie]] (given that she wasn't actually a toy at all, but a china figurine) -- were the reason why she didn't appear in the third movie]]movie.]]



* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges wrote that Teodelina Villar, one of the characters of his short tale, ''The Zahir'', was this trope for him. Then he states that in RealLife, this trope is a deconstruction of the ArtifactOfAttraction: After all, a ShallowLoveInterest is someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love, Borges cannot justify why he is in love (fascinated by) Teodelina: Teodelina was described by Borges as a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was younger, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admits he is a snob.

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* Creator/JorgeLuisBorges wrote that Teodelina Villar, one of the characters of his short tale, ''The Zahir'', was this trope for him. Then he states that in RealLife, this trope is a deconstruction of the ArtifactOfAttraction: After all, a ShallowLoveInterest Shallow Love Interest is someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love, Borges cannot justify why he is in love (fascinated by) Teodelina: Teodelina was described by Borges as a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was younger, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admits he is a snob.



** But notably {{subverted|Trope}} with two more of Arthur's {{Romantic False Lead}}s: Princess Elena and Princess Mithian. Both are brought to Camelot (at different times) to join in an ArrangedMarriage to Arthur; but instead of treating them as mere impediments to his happiness with Guinevere, both are likable and developed characters. Elena's importance to the narrative has less to do with her relationship to Arthur as it does her role as an UnwittingPawn in {{The Fair Folk}}s' attempt to take over Camelot, and though Mithian's function ''was'' simply as a LoveInterest for Arthur, she was also a three-dimensional character who ended up being popular enough to return to the show in the next season.

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** But notably {{subverted|Trope}} with two more of Arthur's {{Romantic False Lead}}s: Princess Elena and Princess Mithian. Both are brought to Camelot (at different times) to join in an ArrangedMarriage to Arthur; but instead of treating them as mere impediments to his happiness with Guinevere, both are likable and developed characters. Elena's importance to the narrative has less to do with her relationship to Arthur as it does her role as an UnwittingPawn in {{The Fair Folk}}s' attempt to take over Camelot, and though Mithian's function ''was'' simply as a LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} for Arthur, she was also a three-dimensional character who ended up being popular enough to return to the show in the next season.



** Belle goes through the opposite. She ''began'' as a SatelliteLoveInterest for Rumple, and only existed to be a MoralityPet preventing him from being completely evil. But around Season 4, she started having more storylines of her own and far more agency in them.

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** Belle goes through the opposite. She ''began'' as a SatelliteLoveInterest this for Rumple, and only existed to be a MoralityPet preventing him from being completely evil. But around Season 4, she started having more storylines of her own and far more agency in them.



* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' One reason that he's TheScrappy (aside from the LoveTriangle drama) is that he has little characterization outside of being [[TheSnarkKnight Daria and Jane]]'s SpearCounterpart; throughout the series, the number of scenes where he's not with them (or talking with them on the phone) could probably be counted on one hand. Aspects of his character that make him unique--his OldMoney background or private prep school--don't really get explored outside of some providing light class drama with Daria. We meet his family and he apparently has other friends, but these relationships are only hinted at.

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* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' ''
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One reason that he's [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]]'s TheScrappy (aside from the LoveTriangle drama) is that he has little characterization outside of being [[TheSnarkKnight Daria and Jane]]'s SpearCounterpart; throughout the series, the number of scenes where he's not with them (or talking with them on the phone) could probably be counted on one hand. Aspects of his character that make him unique--his OldMoney background or private prep school--don't really get explored outside of some providing light class drama with Daria. We meet his family and he apparently has other friends, but these relationships are only hinted at.



* Lola serves as this role in ''Film/SpaceJam'', because WesternAnimation/BugsBunny needs to be romantically infatuated. ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' revamps her into a character that ''does'' date Bugs, but has a defined personality, family life, and interests that make her a unique character as well. To a smaller extent, she also has a defined personality on ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'' outside of Bugs, though largely because everyone is infants, there is no romance going on.

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* Lola serves as this role in ''Film/SpaceJam'', because WesternAnimation/BugsBunny needs to be romantically infatuated. ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' revamps her into a character that ''does'' date Bugs, but has a defined personality, family life, and interests that make her a unique character as well. To a smaller extent, she also has a defined personality on ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'' outside of Bugs, though largely because everyone is are infants, there is no romance going on.



* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. has two examples: ''Scott's'' SLI is Taryn Fujioka, whose only connection to the cast besides Scott is the fact she's apparently one of Jean's friends, one that appears once or twice for a few seconds standing next to Jean, then doing nothing until suddenly being interested in Scott. Jean, meanwhile, got Duncan; however, the writers brought him in as a JerkJock to give him something besides dating Jean (IE, making him pick on Toad and, to a lesser extent, Blob, and giving him a rivalry with [[BullyHunter Scott]]), before he developed during seasons 3 and 4 into a mutant hater with a penchant for grudges who's smart enough to avoid antagonizing the mutants that ''will'' fight back with their powers.

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* ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution''. ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'' has two examples: ''Scott's'' SLI is Taryn Fujioka, whose only connection to the cast besides Scott is the fact she's apparently one of Jean's friends, one that appears once or twice for a few seconds standing next to Jean, then doing nothing until suddenly being interested in Scott. Jean, meanwhile, got Duncan; however, the writers brought him in as a JerkJock to give him something besides dating Jean (IE, making him pick on Toad and, to a lesser extent, Blob, and giving him a rivalry with [[BullyHunter Scott]]), before he developed during seasons 3 and 4 into a mutant hater with a penchant for grudges who's smart enough to avoid antagonizing the mutants that ''will'' fight back with their powers.
15th Jun '17 7:33:33 PM SheldonDinkleburg
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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 Factory 4'' manages to subvert this by throwing away the idea of a canon love interest all together. And before that, ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', due to the expanded characterization for the returning characters, also rescued Mist from this trope as she became known more for being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
27th Apr '17 7:40:55 AM JoeMerl
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* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' One reason that he's TheScrappy (aside from the LoveTriangle drama) is that he has little characterization outside of being [[TheSnarkKnight Daria and Jane]]'s SpearCounterpart; throughout the series, the number of scenes where he's not with them (or talking with them on the phone) could probably be counted on one hand. Aspects of his character that make him unique--his OldMoney background or private prep school--don't really get explored outside of some providing light class drama with Daria. We meet his family and hear about friends he has outside of [[FanNickname the Amigas]], but these relationships don't get explored much.

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* [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' One reason that he's TheScrappy (aside from the LoveTriangle drama) is that he has little characterization outside of being [[TheSnarkKnight Daria and Jane]]'s SpearCounterpart; throughout the series, the number of scenes where he's not with them (or talking with them on the phone) could probably be counted on one hand. Aspects of his character that make him unique--his OldMoney background or private prep school--don't really get explored outside of some providing light class drama with Daria. We meet his family and hear about friends he apparently has outside of [[FanNickname the Amigas]], other friends, but these relationships don't get explored much.are only hinted at.
27th Apr '17 7:39:45 AM JoeMerl
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* Explored in a more realistic way in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', with Daria and Tom Sloane. They get along fairly well, there's a brief LoveTriangle with Tom's original girlfriend/Daria's best friend Jane, they hook up in the end when it's resolved -- and they break their relationship amiably in the end, since they simply had different interests in life.

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* Explored in a more realistic way in ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'', with Daria and Tom Sloane. They get along fairly well, there's a brief [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]] on ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.'' One reason that he's TheScrappy (aside from the LoveTriangle drama) is that he has little characterization outside of being [[TheSnarkKnight Daria and Jane]]'s SpearCounterpart; throughout the series, the number of scenes where he's not with Tom's original girlfriend/Daria's best friend Jane, they hook up in them (or talking with them on the end when it's resolved -- phone) could probably be counted on one hand. Aspects of his character that make him unique--his OldMoney background or private prep school--don't really get explored outside of some providing light class drama with Daria. We meet his family and they break their relationship amiably in hear about friends he has outside of [[FanNickname the end, since they simply had different interests in life.Amigas]], but these relationships don't get explored much.
** [[LovableJock Mack]] is another example, though he at least gets characterization as [[DumbJock Kevin]]'s Satellite Best Friend ([[VitriolicBestBuds semi-willingly]]) as well as being [[ExtracurricularEnthusiast Jodie]]'s often put-upon boyfriend.
7th Apr '17 4:13:10 AM Troperinik
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Eugly the rabbit is Quack Quack's girlfriend... and that's pretty much all we know about her.
3rd Apr '17 4:39:09 PM SurroundedByPerverts
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* Jackie Lynn-Thomas in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''. In Season 1, Jackie doesn't have much of a role besides being the girl Marco's crushing on. This is even lampshaded by Marco in the episode "Sleepover", when he admits he never truly to got know Jackie beyond the image of her he built up, but he would like to try. Jackie is given more characterization in Season 2.

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* Jackie Lynn-Thomas ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': There are two characters whose defining trait in ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil''.the show is to be the person that the two main characters, Star and Marco, have their respective crushes on.
** Jackie-Lynn Thomas to Marco.
In Season 1, Jackie doesn't have much of a role besides being the girl Marco's crushing on. This is even lampshaded by Marco in the episode "Sleepover", when he admits he never truly to got know Jackie beyond the image of her he built up, but he would like to try. Jackie is given a more fleshed out personality in Season 2, but even with the expanded characterization her primary role in the show is as Marco's love interest.
** Oskar Greason only ever gets focus relevant to Star's crush on him. Like Jackie, he does have some HiddenDepths, but is ultimately defined as Star's crush. In fact, Oskar actually goes OutOfFocus at the same time that Star's crush on him fades away [[spoiler:and she falls in love with Marco]], and when he does reappear in the
Season 2. 2 finale, his role is as the guy Star ''used'' to have a crush on.
3rd Apr '17 10:57:40 AM germanlureag
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** Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three princes and has a bit of a personality. But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.

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** Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three princes and (except for the prince of Cinderella in the part 3 where he has a bit of a personality.more protagonism). But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.
29th Mar '17 4:02:43 PM Vanguard1505
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** Then history seems to repeat itself in ''Legend of Everfree'' with Timber Spruce. While at first it seems he's a major character and involved in the incidents leading the cast to believe Gaia Everfree is trying to destroy the camp, [[spoiler: he turns out to be a RedHerring for his sister Gloriosa, and in the end doesn't really contribute anything to the plot outside of that]]. Take all that away, and you're left with a generic NiceGuy love interest for Sci-Twi to crush on. It's so blatant and pointless to the overall plot, fans who had no particular fondness for Flash Sentry [[ReplacementScrappy consider him even more forced]].
27th Mar '17 11:58:14 AM Golondrina
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* A complaint some fans have with Anime/{{Pokemon}}'s Serena. She started her journey to join Ash, mainly acts as support, and cooks him food. The writers seemed to have taken note of this; during the first season of ''XY'', while she had no life goal at the time, she ''was'' still searching for her purpose in life. She eventually finds one near the end of that season, deciding to become a Pokémon Performer, and spends the rest of ''XY'' acting upon that goal.

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* A complaint some fans have with Anime/{{Pokemon}}'s ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Serena. She started her journey to join Ash, mainly acts as support, and cooks him food. The writers seemed to have taken note of this; during the first season of ''XY'', while she had no life goal at the time, she ''was'' still searching for her purpose in life. She eventually finds one near the end of that season, deciding to become a Pokémon Performer, and spends the rest of ''XY'' acting upon that goal.



* Lady Sif from ComicBook/TheMightyThor is supposed to be a badass LadyOfWar and the second greatest female warrior in Asgard. Sadly, despite nearly every other supporting character being well developed over the decades, Sif's stories have focused almost exclusively on Thor with only a few making an attempt to give her any personality beyond that. A notable exception being the 2012-2013 run of ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' which had Sif as its main character. The writer, Kathryn Immonen, explored Sif's personality and embarked her on various badass (and mostly Thor-unrelated) adventures. Sadly, the series was then cancelled due to low sales.
* It took until the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' for Steve Trevor to significantly evolve into someone other than Franchise/WonderWoman's boyfriend (the fact that they break up helps).



* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'': Lisa Lasalle has no characterization outside of her relationship with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]]. [[spoiler:Even when she revealed she was working as a prostitute to earn extra money, that plotline only comes at the forefront at the final pages of volume 2 and is solved fairly quickly.]]



* Lady Sif from ComicBook/TheMightyThor is supposed to be a badass LadyOfWar and the second greatest female warrior in Asgard. Sadly, despite nearly every other supporting character being well developed over the decades, Sif's stories have focused almost exclusively on Thor with only a few making an attempt to give her any personality beyond that. A notable exception being the 2012-2013 run of ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' which had Sif as its main character. The writer, Kathryn Immonen, explored Sif's personality and embarked her on various badass (and mostly Thor-unrelated) adventures. Sadly, the series was then cancelled due to low sales.
* It took until the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' for Steve Trevor to significantly evolve into someone other than Franchise/WonderWoman's boyfriend (the fact that they break up helps).
* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'': Lisa Lasalle has no characterization outside of her relationship with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]]. [[spoiler:Even when she revealed she was working as a prostitute to earn extra money, that plotline only comes at the forefront at the final pages of volume 2 and is solved fairly quickly.]]



* There's a a category of MarySue that is essentially defined as this: RelationshipSue. Relationship Sues are basically designed to be the perfect significant other of a canon character, and are nothing beyond that.



* There's a a category of MarySue that is essentially defined as this: RelationshipSue. Relationship Sues are basically designed to be the perfect significant other of a canon character, and are nothing beyond that.



* Roxanne in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' has a characterization that amounts to "has some of Max's surface flaws" and "is Max's {{Love Interest|s}}." Oddly enough, PJ's girlfriend in the sequel, who suffers from both NoNameGiven and limited screentime, is probably the biggest aversion among the movies' love interests.



* Tony in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', who shows up in the beginning and the end of the film and mainly exists as Violet's crush. In fact, he only really exists to demonstrate ''Violet's'' character development. At the beginning of the film, she's too shy to even remain visible in his presence. At the end, she's able to talk with him and get a date while ''he's'' stammering nervously.
* Celia in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' Aside from being Mike's love interest and the company secretary, she doesn't have much characterization. On her date with Mike they don't really talk about anything but [[SickeninglySweethearts their relationship]] and it is difficult to see why he likes her so much, [[GorgeousGorgon aside from the obvious]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''. [[ForWantOfANail We actually get to see what Fiona would have become]] [[RebelLeader if she had never been rescued]].
* Bo Peep from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Sure, she's sweet and has a bit of a naughty side, but both those traits are used in order to demonstrate her affection for Woody (grabbing him around the neck with her shepherdess's crook, for example). She never really interacts with any other toy on-screen and she exists mainly as a sympathetic ear to Woody. [[spoiler: Bo Peep's lack of development -- and the popularity of the other female characters, Jessie the Cowgirl and the tour guide Barbie doll from the second Toy Story movie, and the logistics of having Bo Peep actually be involved in the action of the third movie (given that she wasn't actually a toy at all, but a china figurine) -- were the reason why she didn't appear in the third movie]]



** The Prince from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. He shows up at the start to fall in LoveAtFirstSight with Snow White, disappears for the majority of the film (though she does get an IWantSong about him in the middle) and comes in at the end to wake her from the poison. WordOfGod is that he had a larger role originally, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the animators were having trouble realistically animating a human male]].

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** The Prince from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. He shows up at the start to fall in LoveAtFirstSight with Snow White, disappears for the majority of the film (though she does get an IWantSong about him Faline in the middle) and comes in at the end to wake first ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' movie doesn't really have a personality, especially when she grows up into a Doe. The midquel fleshes her from the poison. WordOfGod is that he had a larger role originally, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the animators were having trouble realistically animating a human male]].out. Likewise neither Thumper's nor Flower's love interests have any personality, though they only appear very briefly.



** Vixey from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' has barely any personality, due to being introduced around the time Tod was put in the nature reserve. She is implied to have known Big Mama for some time, but that's pretty much all we know about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
** Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three princes and has a bit of a personality. But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.



** Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three princes and has a bit of a personality. But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.
** Faline in the first ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' movie doesn't really have a personality, especially when she grows up into a Doe. The midquel fleshes her out. Likewise neither Thumper's nor Flower's love interests have any personality, though they only appear very briefly.
** Vixey from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' has barely any personality, due to being introduced around the time Tod was put in the nature reserve. She is implied to have known Big Mama for some time, but that's pretty much all we know about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
* Flash Sentry from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has received quite a bit of criticism for this reason. He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a NiceGuy, [[spoiler:was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle]]. And that's all we ''or Twilight'' ever know about him. That doesn't stop the LoveAtFirstSight. The second movie ''really'' puts it in lights: his introduction to the film is to come in and nervously ask the Mane Six's human counterparts if Twilight's come back lately. (You know, Twilight, the ''princess'' from ''another world'' that won't be accessible for ''months'', and who really has ''no'' reason to ''ever'' return?) Evidently, the answer to "What is he when not being the love interest?" is "that guy randomly shows up to ask if Twilight has inexplicably returned." He just ''isn't a character'' in his own right. Emphasized [[UpToEleven even further]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' where his only role is to be shot down by Human Twilight twice, showing how unimportant he is without the ShipTease.
** Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down moves him into a new role that {{Lampshade}}s him as this sort of character: now that Twilight's human counterpart is part of the gang and Pony Twilight is not in the movies anymore, and eventually Sunset Shimmer telling him straight that ''this'' Twilight isn't ''that'' Twilight and he needs to move on (and then going on with the plot and not noticing Flash trying to get back with her), poor Flash's role in the story is now "generic love-interest-y person ''without someone to be a generic love interest to.''" He pops up to fulfill his role in life as the guy who occasionally interrupts the plot to smile cutely and be smiled at in return... and there's no one who needs him for that. He's still no more developed than he ever was, but it's got some of his haters feeling some pity.

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** The Prince Eric in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' is borderline. He is featured far more in the story than the previous three princes and has a bit of a personality. But still his main function is to be a love interest for Ariel - even falling into DistressedDude a couple of times.
** Faline in the first ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' movie doesn't really have a personality, especially when she grows up into a Doe. The midquel fleshes her out. Likewise neither Thumper's nor Flower's love interests have any personality, though they only appear very briefly.
** Vixey
from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' has barely any personality, due to being introduced around ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. He shows up at the time Tod was put start to fall in LoveAtFirstSight with Snow White, disappears for the nature reserve. She is implied to have known Big Mama for some time, but that's pretty much all we know about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
* Flash Sentry from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has received quite a bit
majority of criticism for this reason. He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a NiceGuy, [[spoiler:was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle]]. And that's all we ''or Twilight'' ever know about him. That doesn't stop the LoveAtFirstSight. The second movie ''really'' puts it in lights: his introduction to the film is to come (though she does get an IWantSong about him in the middle) and nervously ask comes in at the Mane Six's human counterparts if Twilight's come back lately. (You know, Twilight, the ''princess'' end to wake her from ''another world'' the poison. WordOfGod is that won't be accessible for ''months'', and who really has ''no'' reason to ''ever'' return?) Evidently, the answer to "What is he when not being the love interest?" is "that guy randomly shows up to ask if Twilight has inexplicably returned." He just ''isn't had a character'' in his own right. Emphasized [[UpToEleven even further]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' where his only larger role is to be shot down by Human Twilight twice, showing how unimportant he is without originally, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the ShipTease.
** Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree''
animators were having him get shot down moves him into trouble realistically animating a new role that {{Lampshade}}s him as this sort of character: now that Twilight's human counterpart is part of the gang and Pony Twilight is not male]].
* Roxanne
in the movies anymore, and eventually Sunset Shimmer telling him straight ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' has a characterization that ''this'' Twilight isn't ''that'' Twilight and he needs amounts to move on (and then going on with the plot and not noticing Flash trying to get back with her), poor Flash's role in the story is now "generic love-interest-y person ''without someone to be a generic love interest to.''" He pops up to fulfill his role in life as the guy who occasionally interrupts the plot to smile cutely and be smiled at in return... and there's no one who needs him for that. He's still no more developed than he ever was, but it's got "has some of his haters feeling some pity.Max's surface flaws" and "is Max's {{Love Interest|s}}." Oddly enough, PJ's girlfriend in the sequel, who suffers from both NoNameGiven and limited screentime, is probably the biggest aversion among the movies' love interests.



* Tony in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', who shows up in the beginning and the end of the film and mainly exists as Violet's crush. In fact, he only really exists to demonstrate ''Violet's'' character development. At the beginning of the film, she's too shy to even remain visible in his presence. At the end, she's able to talk with him and get a date while ''he's'' stammering nervously.
* Celia in ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' Aside from being Mike's love interest and the company secretary, she doesn't have much characterization. On her date with Mike they don't really talk about anything but [[SickeninglySweethearts their relationship]] and it is difficult to see why he likes her so much, [[GorgeousGorgon aside from the obvious]].
* Flash Sentry from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has received quite a bit of criticism for this reason. He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a NiceGuy, [[spoiler:was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle]]. And that's all we ''or Twilight'' ever know about him. That doesn't stop the LoveAtFirstSight. The second movie ''really'' puts it in lights: his introduction to the film is to come in and nervously ask the Mane Six's human counterparts if Twilight's come back lately. (You know, Twilight, the ''princess'' from ''another world'' that won't be accessible for ''months'', and who really has ''no'' reason to ''ever'' return?) Evidently, the answer to "What is he when not being the love interest?" is "that guy randomly shows up to ask if Twilight has inexplicably returned." He just ''isn't a character'' in his own right. Emphasized [[UpToEleven even further]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' where his only role is to be shot down by Human Twilight twice, showing how unimportant he is without the ShipTease.
** Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down moves him into a new role that {{Lampshade}}s him as this sort of character: now that Twilight's human counterpart is part of the gang and Pony Twilight is not in the movies anymore, and eventually Sunset Shimmer telling him straight that ''this'' Twilight isn't ''that'' Twilight and he needs to move on (and then going on with the plot and not noticing Flash trying to get back with her), poor Flash's role in the story is now "generic love-interest-y person ''without someone to be a generic love interest to.''" He pops up to fulfill his role in life as the guy who occasionally interrupts the plot to smile cutely and be smiled at in return... and there's no one who needs him for that. He's still no more developed than he ever was, but it's got some of his haters feeling some pity.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''. [[ForWantOfANail We actually get to see what Fiona would have become]] [[RebelLeader if she had never been rescued]].
* Bo Peep from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Sure, she's sweet and has a bit of a naughty side, but both those traits are used in order to demonstrate her affection for Woody (grabbing him around the neck with her shepherdess's crook, for example). She never really interacts with any other toy on-screen and she exists mainly as a sympathetic ear to Woody. [[spoiler: Bo Peep's lack of development -- and the popularity of the other female characters, Jessie the Cowgirl and the tour guide Barbie doll from the second Toy Story movie, and the logistics of having Bo Peep actually be involved in the action of the third movie (given that she wasn't actually a toy at all, but a china figurine) -- were the reason why she didn't appear in the third movie]]



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Jeyne Westerling is Robb Stark's Satellite Love Interest. Her entire role in the plot is for Robb Stark to first sleep with her when [[SexForSolace mourning the supposed deaths of his brothers]] and [[HonorableMarriageProposal marry her to preserve her honor]] and in the process break his vow to Walder Frey, and all she talks about is how to be a good wife to Robb. (The fact that there are no point-of-view chapters for Robb explains this somewhat; we never see the two of them interact one-on-one, so we don't know what their relationship is really like.)
** Jeyne's simplicity is most likely one of the reasons why the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' writers cut her out and replaced her with a new {{Love Interest|s}} for Robb who, admittedly, is a better developed character: a field nurse who maintains a strong opinion ''against'' the war and is quite intelligent in her own right. It's easier to buy that Robb would break his engagement to a girl he's never met for her.



* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Jeyne Westerling is Robb Stark's Satellite Love Interest. Her entire role in the plot is for Robb Stark to first sleep with her when [[SexForSolace mourning the supposed deaths of his brothers]] and [[HonorableMarriageProposal marry her to preserve her honor]] and in the process break his vow to Walder Frey, and all she talks about is how to be a good wife to Robb. (The fact that there are no point-of-view chapters for Robb explains this somewhat; we never see the two of them interact one-on-one, so we don't know what their relationship is really like.)
** Jeyne's simplicity is most likely one of the reasons why the ''Series/GameOfThrones'' writers cut her out and replaced her with a new {{Love Interest|s}} for Robb who, admittedly, is a better developed character: a field nurse who maintains a strong opinion ''against'' the war and is quite intelligent in her own right. It's easier to buy that Robb would break his engagement to a girl he's never met for her.



* Practically any soprano heroine in Creator/GiuseppeVerdi's operas.



* Practically any soprano heroine in Creator/GiuseppeVerdi's operas.



* Rika Shiraki's "path" in ''VideoGame/BibleBlack''. Minase is only slightly interested in her at first because she's the popular "school idol". After he puts a love spell on her, she only exists to have lots of sex with not just Minase, who she is now obsessively in love with, but anyone Minase tells her to have sex with.



* Akane Kurashiki of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' is [[TheHero Junpei]]'s {{childhood friend|Romance}} [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown up]], [[CovertPervert flirts with him while they're in a dangerous situation]], [[TheChick and her personality is largely built around that]]. Sure, she has some {{Cloudcuckoolander}} AgentMulder tendencies, but by and large Akane is a ''textbook'' flat Love Interest...[[spoiler:right up until the [[TheEndingChangesEverything True Ending]], where we learn that [[LoveInterestTraitor she]] [[TheChessmaster is]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare neither]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid of]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing those]] [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon things]].]]



* 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.



* 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.
* Akane Kurashiki of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' is [[TheHero Junpei]]'s {{childhood friend|Romance}} [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown up]], [[CovertPervert flirts with him while they're in a dangerous situation]], [[TheChick and her personality is largely built around that]]. Sure, she has some {{Cloudcuckoolander}} AgentMulder tendencies, but by and large Akane is a ''textbook'' flat Love Interest...[[spoiler:right up until the [[TheEndingChangesEverything True Ending]], where we learn that [[LoveInterestTraitor she]] [[TheChessmaster is]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare neither]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid of]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing those]] [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon things]].]]



* Dorothy from ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' dumps Danny due to fears that his life is increasingly revolving around her, turning him into one of these.
* Paz from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. While her relationship with Kat is cute, we don't learn anything much about her other than that she used to have a crush on a boy before developing feelings for Kat, she's generally cheerful, and she can talk to animals. After her hook-up with Kat, she's only had one big, plot-relevant scene of talking down a monster that wasn't some variation of "she's happy to be with Kat". Whenever the main characters have to go on some adventure or quest, Paz is conspicuously absent from it and we never even get to see her reactions to Kat and her other schoolmates doing potentially dangerous things or Kat telling her about them. Her main role in the plot so far has been to just occasionally appear to remind us that Kat has a cute girlfriend.
* Layla the butterfly from ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfSpyroZonoyasRevenge'' does not affect the plot at all except to be Sparx's girlfriend.



* Dorothy from ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' dumps Danny due to fears that his life is increasingly revolving around her, turning him into one of these.



* Paz from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. While her relationship with Kat is cute, we don't learn anything much about her other than that she used to have a crush on a boy before developing feelings for Kat, she's generally cheerful, and she can talk to animals. After her hook-up with Kat, she's only had one big, plot-relevant scene of talking down a monster that wasn't some variation of "she's happy to be with Kat". Whenever the main characters have to go on some adventure or quest, Paz is conspicuously absent from it and we never even get to see her reactions to Kat and her other schoolmates doing potentially dangerous things or Kat telling her about them. Her main role in the plot so far has been to just occasionally appear to remind us that Kat has a cute girlfriend.
* Layla the butterfly from ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfSpyroZonoyasRevenge'' does not affect the plot at all except to be Sparx's girlfriend.
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