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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.
26th Mar '17 12:18:09 AM PhantomRider
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** Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down move him into a new role that make him more likable if not more developed, and certainly has the ''feel'' of a LampshadeHanging of these sort of characters: 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.''

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** Interestingly, **Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down move moves him into a new role that make {{Lampshade}}s him more likable if not more developed, and certainly has the ''feel'' of a LampshadeHanging of these as this sort of characters: 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.
26th Mar '17 12:14:40 AM PhantomRider
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**Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down move him into a new role that make him more likable if not more developed, and certainly has the ''feel'' of a LampshadeHanging of these sort of characters: 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.''
12th Mar '17 5:51:15 AM flodoris
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** Rin Nohara. The only real characterization which she receives is the fact that Obito loves her. 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.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.
11th Mar '17 6:06:30 PM flodoris
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** Rin and Obito are this in a sort of odd scenario where ''both'' of them are this to each other. The only real characterization Obito receives is the fact that he loves Rin, and the only real characterization Rin receives is the fact that Obito loves her. This may be justified in Rin's case, since she's a PosthumousCharacter so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, 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. Obito is also a PosthumousCharacter [[spoiler: although this turns out not to be the case, as he's actually Tobi and the one behind the Akatsuki. This still fits mostly because everything Obito does as the villain has been entirely or partially motivated by Rin in some way. This was likely intentional, to show that Obito has so thoroughly lost himself in her that everything else is meaningless]].

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** Rin and Obito are this in a sort of odd scenario where ''both'' of them are this to each other. Nohara. The only real characterization Obito receives is the fact that he loves Rin, and the only real characterization Rin which she receives is the fact that Obito loves her. This may be justified in Rin's case, since she's a PosthumousCharacter so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, although 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. Obito is also a PosthumousCharacter [[spoiler: although this turns out not to be the case, as he's actually Tobi and the one behind the Akatsuki. This still fits mostly because everything Obito does as the villain has been entirely or partially motivated by Rin in some way. This was likely intentional, to show that Obito has so thoroughly lost himself in her that everything else is meaningless]].
26th Feb '17 3:57:40 PM LadyNorbert
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* For the most part, Alpha Omega Nova of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' is just a pretty face that Luluco's obsessed over. [[spoiler: It's later invoked, as his primary goal was to manifest the most worthless thing in existence: the shallow love of an especially foolish girl.]]

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* For the most part, Alpha Omega Nova of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' is just a pretty face that over whom Luluco's obsessed over.obsessed. [[spoiler: It's later invoked, as his primary goal was to manifest the most worthless thing in existence: the shallow love of an especially foolish girl.]]



** 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 why Robb breaks his engagement to a girl he's never met for her.

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** Jeyne's simplicity is most likely one of the reasons why the Series/GameOfThrones ''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 why that Robb breaks would break his engagement to a girl he's never met for her.



* Male examples in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. Lucy's suitors function in the story as only that. Arthur (who is the one that gets the girl) only hopes for Lucy's affections and then [[spoiler: mourns her death]]. Quinsy doesn't get the girl and only contributes owning a hunting knife to fight Dracula [[spoiler: and [[SacrificialLion getting killed off]] so Dracula could kill someone]]. Lucy's third suitor Jack avoids this. He is more developed as he works in a mental hospital where the patients sense Dracula's presence and it's he who first notices something wrong with Lucy.
* Cimorene's fiancee Therandil in the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles''. They're only in a relationship because their parents decided to betroth them, and she can't stand him because he's utterly shallow. Most of their interactions consist of her trying to get out of the marriage or trying to convince him to go away after she moves in with a dragon to get out of the marriage and he tries to rescue her. Once she finally gets rid of him (by convincing him to rescue an equally shallow princess being held by a different dragon instead) he only ever gets mentioned when she's explaining to other people how she got him to leave.

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* Male examples in ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. Lucy's suitors function in the story as only that. Arthur (who is the one that gets the girl) only hopes for Lucy's affections and then [[spoiler: mourns her death]]. Quinsy doesn't get the girl and only contributes owning a hunting knife to fight Dracula [[spoiler: and [[SacrificialLion getting killed off]] so Dracula could kill someone]]. Lucy's third suitor Jack avoids this. He is more developed developed, as he works in a mental hospital where the patients sense Dracula's presence and it's he who first notices something wrong with Lucy.
* Cimorene's fiancee fiancé Therandil in the ''Literature/EnchantedForestChronicles''. They're only in a relationship because their parents decided to betroth them, and she can't stand him because he's utterly shallow. Most of their interactions consist of her trying to get out of the marriage or trying to convince him to go away after she moves in with a dragon to get out of the marriage and he tries to rescue her. Once she finally gets rid of him (by convincing him to rescue an equally shallow princess being held by a different dragon instead) he only ever gets mentioned when she's explaining to other people how she got him to leave.



** 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 breathe to make their imprints happy. So they're satellites as well.
** One example of this was when Jacob came across his friend Quil (a teenage boy) on a date with Claire (a two year old) at the beach, which involved Quil just watching as Claire played in the sand.

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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 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 breathe to make their imprints happy. So they're satellites as well.
** One example of this was when Jacob came across his friend Quil (a teenage boy) on a date with Claire (a two year old) two-year-old) at the beach, which involved Quil just watching as Claire played in the sand.



** Buffy's season 4 boyfriend Riley Finn existed on the show to only be Buffy's love interest after Angel, and while he did play an important role in the Initiative Plot, that role was just to give their relationship more "drama". It's really not that surprising come season 5 when the writer's realized he had nothing interesting to do so promptly got rid of him.

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** Buffy's season 4 boyfriend Riley Finn existed on the show to only be Buffy's love interest after Angel, and while he did play an important role in the Initiative Plot, that role was just to give their relationship more "drama". It's really not that surprising that, come season 5 when the writer's writers realized he had nothing interesting to do so do, they promptly got rid of him.



** But notably {{subverted|Trope}} with two more of Arthur's [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]]: 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 likeable 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 {{Love Interest|s}} to Arthur, she was also a three-dimensional character who ended up being popular enough to return to the show in the next season.
** But played straight with Freya, Merlin's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]. She gets ''one'' scene in which she's permitted to share details of her past (and even that is more of a MythologyGag that establishes her affinity for lakes), the rest of the time she only exists so that Merlin can be her [[TheCaretaker Caretaker]], enjoy openly using his magic in front of her, and experience manpain when she dies. It's especially glaring when he takes her to a lakeside in order to [[LetThemDieHappy Let Her Die Happy]] and she mutters: "you remembered..." Well of course he remembered - her love of lakes is the only personal detail she ever shares with him!

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** But notably {{subverted|Trope}} with two more of Arthur's [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic {{Romantic False Leads]]: Lead}}s: Princess Elena and Princess Mithian. Both are brought to Camelot (at different times) to join in an ArrangedMarriage to Arthur, Arthur; but instead of treating them as mere impediments to his happiness with Guinevere, both are likeable 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 {{Love Interest|s}} to 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.
** But played Played straight with Freya, Merlin's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]. She gets ''one'' scene in which she's permitted to share details of her past (and even that is more of a MythologyGag that establishes her affinity for lakes), the rest of the time she only exists so that Merlin can be her [[TheCaretaker Caretaker]], enjoy openly using his magic in front of her, and experience manpain when she dies. It's especially glaring when he takes her to a lakeside in order to [[LetThemDieHappy Let Her Die Happy]] and she mutters: "you mutters, "You remembered..." Well Well, of course he remembered - her love of lakes is the only personal detail she ever shares with him!



* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Beck, though a slight aversion as he gets more characterization in season one than most do of this trope, but whenever he figures prominently in a plot it's always either relationship drama with Jade or ship tease with Tori and other cast members, and he's almost always seen through Tori, Jade or even Robbie's(!) point of view.

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* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Beck, though a slight aversion as he gets more characterization in season one than most do of this trope, but whenever he figures prominently in a plot plot, it's always either relationship drama with Jade or ship tease with Tori and other cast members, and he's almost always seen through Tori, Jade or even Robbie's(!) point of view.



* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Betty Grof's entire role in the plot is to be Simon Petrikov's former love interest. The only reason she even appears in the present time of Ooo is to find a cure for her insane fiancee.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Betty Grof's entire role in the plot is to be Simon Petrikov's former love interest. The only reason she even appears in the present time of Ooo is to find a cure for her insane fiancee.fiancé.



* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has Dana Tan. TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife, and for Terry, that means Dana Tan is the girl he's always missing dates with. She ends up being little more, which ends up making her none too likeable as TheObstructiveLoveInterest, which is sad - her first season appearances gives her plenty of qualities that could have been expanded upon. But, aside from [[ADayInTheLimelight one focus episode]] where she got to be a [[DamselOutOfDistress fairly]] [[DefiantCaptive proactive]] DamselInDistress, [[OutOfFocus she was never given enough attention to develop]] and [[DemotedToExtra almost disappeared in the third season]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has Dana Tan. TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife, and for Terry, that means Dana Tan is the girl he's always missing dates with. She ends up being little more, which ends up making her none too likeable likable as TheObstructiveLoveInterest, which is sad - her first season appearances gives her plenty of qualities that could have been expanded upon. But, aside from [[ADayInTheLimelight one focus episode]] where she got to be a [[DamselOutOfDistress fairly]] [[DefiantCaptive proactive]] DamselInDistress, [[OutOfFocus she was never given enough attention to develop]] and [[DemotedToExtra almost disappeared in the third season]].



* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', where Senor Senor Junior kidnapped a computer expert so he can find the perfect girl that matched his Shallow requirements. Turns out it's [[spoiler:Bonnie]].

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* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', where Senor Senor Junior kidnapped a computer expert so he can find the perfect girl that matched his Shallow shallow requirements. Turns out it's [[spoiler:Bonnie]].



*** These two characters actually prove why this trope can be [[TropesAreTools both good and bad]]. Angel actually became a BreakoutCharacter for the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' franchise despite only appearing in two episodes of ''The Series'' (her eponymous debut and [[GrandFinale "Snafu"]]) and a few scenes in ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', eventually becoming a major character with a more defined personality in the later anime ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' Keoni, on the other hand, [[TheScrappy was despised by the fanbase]] [[ExecutiveMeddling and even the]] [[CreatorBacklash writing team]] for being a bland character who (in most episodes he appears) unintentionally causes Lilo to bring out the worst in her, unlike how Stitch [[MoralityPet behaves much more politely whenever he's around Angel]].

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*** These two characters actually prove why this trope can be [[TropesAreTools both good and bad]]. Angel actually became a BreakoutCharacter for the ''Disney/LiloAndStitch'' franchise despite only appearing in two episodes of ''The Series'' (her eponymous debut and [[GrandFinale "Snafu"]]) and a few scenes in ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', eventually becoming a major character with a more defined personality in the later anime ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' Keoni, on the other hand, [[TheScrappy was despised by the fanbase]] [[ExecutiveMeddling and even the]] [[CreatorBacklash writing team]] for being a bland character who (in most episodes he appears) unintentionally causes Lilo to bring brings out the worst in her, Lilo, unlike how Stitch [[MoralityPet behaves much more politely whenever he's around Angel]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'': Suga Mamma is attracted to Lasienaga's Grandpa, although the latter not only has no interest in her, but also seems to insult her every time, and in at least one episode also wished for her to disappear. Literally the only reason why she continues with her crush anyways is because she doesn't understand Spanish (the grandpa always speaks in Spanish). Then again, in this case it's just a RunningGag so that the grandfather can insult her and [[EvilLaugh laugh maniacally afterwards.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'': Suga Mamma is attracted to Lasienaga's Grandpa, although the latter not only has no interest in her, but also seems to insult her every time, and in at least one episode also wished for her to disappear. Literally the only reason why she continues with her crush anyways is because she doesn't understand Spanish (the grandpa always speaks in Spanish). Then again, in this case it's just a RunningGag so that the grandfather can insult her and [[EvilLaugh laugh maniacally afterwards.]]



* Johnny V. from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' only existed to give Spinelli a TemporaryLoveInterest. To the point where he doesn't even appear outside the episode he first appears in.

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* Johnny V. from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' only existed to give Spinelli a TemporaryLoveInterest. To TemporaryLoveInterest, to the point where he doesn't even appear outside appears only in the episode he first appears in.where she likes him.
12th Feb '17 9:50:38 AM FuzzyBarbarian
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* ''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.]]
* Angel of the Comicbook/XMen tends to wind up as this in every relationship he gets into, as he tends not to get much development beyond "pretty rich guy." Even his ''Teen'' self can't escape it: In ''Comicbook/AllNewXMen'' his role in volume 2 has consisted entirely of worrying/griping about his girlfriend, Comicbook/{{X 23}}, throwing herself into danger. And being her taxi.

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* ''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 2 and is solved fairly quickly.]]
* Angel of the Comicbook/XMen tends to wind up as this in every relationship he gets into, as he tends not to get much development beyond "pretty rich guy." Even his ''Teen'' self can't escape it: In ''Comicbook/AllNewXMen'' his role in volume 2 has consisted entirely of worrying/griping about his girlfriend, Comicbook/{{X 23}}, throwing herself into danger. And being her taxi.
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* In ''Anime/TelepathyShoujoRan'', [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Ran has much more chemistry with Midori]] than with her boyfriend Rui.
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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 isa 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 admit 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 isa 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 admit admits he is a snob.
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