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25th Aug '16 2:09:36 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' mostly averts it - you can only get your characters married after they spend a lot of time on the battlefield together (which can '''never''' be less than four battles, and will usually be more), watch multiple conversations that give reasons at least somewhat believable for the two falling in love (with more conversations implied), and even then you have to make the final push for the characters to get married yourself. Except Chrom. For storyline and mechanics reasons, he gets married to whichever one of his prospects he has the most support points with after Chapter [[spoiler:11]]. One character - which Chrom can marry - is made playable right at the beginning of that chapter! So if Chrom has no support points with any of his other prospects or they are already married, he can marry Olivia very shortly after meeting her with all of ''one'' support point - not even enough for a C-rank conversation! And since the game maintains the series tradition of permadeath should your characters die in a fight (though it's optional in this entry), [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything there's a chance the player could get to the point of Chrom's marriage in the game and not have any of his potential brides still available]], so he will marry a random villager the player never hears from again. This even gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' mostly averts it - you can only get your characters married after they spend a lot of time on the battlefield together (which can '''never''' be less than four battles, and will usually be more), watch multiple conversations that give reasons at least somewhat believable for the two falling in love (with more conversations implied), and even then you have to make the final push for the characters to get married yourself. Except Chrom. For storyline and mechanics reasons, he gets married to whichever one of his prospects he has the most support points with after Chapter [[spoiler:11]]. One character - which of the characters Chrom can marry - marry, Olivia, is made playable right at the beginning of that chapter! chapter. So if Chrom has no support points with any of his other prospects or they are already married, unavailable due to permadeath or marrying someone else, he can marry Olivia very shortly after meeting her with all of ''one'' support point - not even enough for a C-rank conversation! And since the game maintains the series tradition of permadeath should your characters die in a fight (though it's optional in this entry), [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything there's There's also a chance the player could get to the point of Chrom's marriage in the game and not have any ''any'' of his potential brides still available]], so he will available, in which case he'll marry a random villager the player never hears from again. This even gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
18th Aug '16 10:47:20 PM Adept
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* In ''FanFic/AngelOfTheBat'', protagonist Cassandra Cain is only shown to be with her girlfriend Sadie (who had only had a few scenes beforehand) in the epilogue. WordOfGod is it's still early in their relationship and it's just puppy love, which works... Until the story's second epilogue that shows them getting engaged two years offscreen later. The writer admitted its canon status was sketchy and he mostly just wanted to celebrate the ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional. Despite all that, a later fic in the same universe do depict them happily married without much said about hiw they got there.

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* In ''FanFic/AngelOfTheBat'', protagonist Cassandra Cain is only shown to be with her girlfriend Sadie (who had only had a few scenes beforehand) in the epilogue. WordOfGod is it's still early in their relationship and it's just puppy love, which works... Until the story's second epilogue that shows them getting engaged two years offscreen [[OffscreenRomance offscreen]] later. The writer admitted its canon status was sketchy and he mostly just wanted to celebrate the ban on same-sex marriage being unconstitutional. Despite all that, a later fic in the same universe do depict them happily married without much said about hiw they got there.


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* One of the major point of contention among Creator/AgathaChristie's readers is that the romantic development between the two characters she pairs up are rarely believable.
** In ''The Man in Brown Suit'', Anne Bedingsfield saved a strange young man from a murderer, then got into a heated fight with him he proved most ungrateful. When Anne retells this story to a friend a day later, she expressed how passionately in love she is with him, and how she's willing to do anything for him.
** ''Literature/TowardsZero'' has [[spoiler:Audrey Strange and Andrew [=MacWhrter=]]] planning to get married after knowing each other for less than a week, with only one on-screen interaction.
5th Aug '16 6:58:34 AM Mr.Movie
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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a pretty clear example in Ashley and Elliot. It takes ''11'' strips ([[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1776 here]] to [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1787 here]]) to go from introducing each other to asking each other out. The next time we see them together, they're on a date that has an entire storyline dedicated to it.

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* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' has a pretty clear example in Ashley and Elliot. It takes ''11'' strips ([[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1776 here]] to [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1787 here]]) to go from introducing each other to asking each other out. The next time we see them together, they're on a date that has an entire storyline dedicated to it. In the commentary of [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1594 this strip]], Dan explains that Tedd and Grace also fall into this category, and that he wishes he had made the start of their romance more gradual. He explains that he had always hated "Will they or won't they?" plots and that he was going to be different, but that he may have ended up going too far in the other direction.
3rd Aug '16 9:33:16 AM DoctorNemesis
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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** Apollo was in a forced and loveless marriage with Dualla. Website/{{T|elevisionWithoutPity}}WoP even coined a term for it: "The Love That All of a Sudden". There were scenes in several previous episodes that showed them growing closer to each other, all of which ended up being cut. Eventually the writers just said "screw it" and threw them together without any buildup. It also didn't help that they hooked up in the very next episode after Dualla's boyfriend Billy was tragically killed, with the writing not being as clear as it could have been that at least a couple months had passed, making it look like they practically started making out over Billy's corpse.
** Chief and Cally. After a TimeSkip of one year they go from being friends and co-workers to married. The last time they were seen interacting was when Chief smashed Cally's face in after she woke him from a suicidal dream. This one at least had some hints prior to the time skip, as Cally was clearly seen crushing on the Chief on several occassions prior to the beatdown.


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* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'':
** Apollo was in a forced and loveless marriage with Dualla. Website/{{T|elevisionWithoutPity}}WoP even coined a term for it: "The Love That All of a Sudden". There were scenes in several previous episodes that showed them growing closer to each other, all of which ended up being cut. Eventually the writers just said "screw it" and threw them together without any buildup. It also didn't help that they hooked up in the very next episode after Dualla's boyfriend Billy was tragically killed, with the writing not being as clear as it could have been that at least a couple months had passed, making it look like they practically started making out over Billy's corpse.
** Chief and Cally. After a TimeSkip of one year they go from being friends and co-workers to married. The last time they were seen interacting was when Chief smashed Cally's face in after she woke him from a suicidal dream. This one at least had some hints prior to the time skip, as Cally was clearly seen crushing on the Chief on several occassions prior to the beatdown.


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* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', Rosa's relationship with Holt's nephew Marcus in the second season often comes off like this. The relationship is supposedly one of the most significant that Rosa's ever had and she is apparently deeply attached to him. However, the fact that Marcus was hardly ever around, when he was he didn't really seem that interesting or appear to have many distinguishing characteristics, and the fact that Rosa, by nature TheStoic, didn't really show a lot of emotion in general, made it easy for viewers to wonder exactly what the big deal was supposed to be.
30th Jul '16 8:43:29 AM Anddrix
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* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' abuses this to an infuriating amount. Probably the worst example is in the movie ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan''. Fan-favorite couple, Jane and Spinner, end up splitting up. And who does Spinner turn to? Not any of his many exes (all of whom he's turned to comfort before) or even some random one-shot hook up character. The [[WhatDidIDoLastNight morning after drunken festivities]] with his pals, he awakes to [[spoiler:find himself ''[[AccidentalMarriage married]]'' to Emma. Yes, ''that'' [[CreatorsPet Emma]];]] the one who spoke to him a grand total of ''one time'' before the movie, and that one time was her telling him off at the very, very beginning of the show when [[spoiler: Spinner bullied Innocent!Manny]]. Instead of getting the marriage annulled, they say 'what the hell?' and see if the romance roulette will actually work. To say the least, it was a BaseBreaker.

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* ''Series/{{Degrassi}}'' abuses this to an infuriating amount. Probably the worst example is in the movie ''Degrassi Takes Manhattan''. Fan-favorite couple, Jane and Spinner, end up splitting up. And who does Spinner turn to? Not any of his many exes (all of whom he's turned to comfort before) or even some random one-shot hook up character. The [[WhatDidIDoLastNight morning after drunken festivities]] with his pals, he awakes to [[spoiler:find himself ''[[AccidentalMarriage married]]'' to Emma. Yes, ''that'' [[CreatorsPet Emma]];]] the one who spoke to him a grand total of ''one time'' before the movie, and that one time was her telling him off at the very, very beginning of the show when [[spoiler: Spinner bullied Innocent!Manny]]. Instead of getting the marriage annulled, they say 'what the hell?' and see if the romance roulette will actually work. To say the least, it was a BaseBreaker.



** On ''World Tour'', [[TroubledButCute Duncan]] and [[PerkyGoth Gwen]]. Yes, this is [[BaseBreaker half of the fanbase's]] {{O|neTruePairing}}TP, but let's face it--Duncan had ''never'' shown any romantic interest in Gwen before (though she obviously had a thing for him that [[ObliviousToLove he didn't know about]]), and while his relationship with [[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney]] was certainly [[SlapSlapKiss rocky]], he was always depicted as head-over-heels for her, even taking her back after she was [[CharacterDerailment derailed]] into a VillainSue in season two. In season three, he had ''no'' particular reason to want to break up with her, and when he came back to the show, hadn't seen her ''or'' Gwen in months. And ''less than five minutes'' after coming back, he's making out with Gwen [[YourCheatingHeart behind Courtney's back]], after literally the ''first'' conversation they've had in ten episodes.

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** On ''World Tour'', [[TroubledButCute Duncan]] and [[PerkyGoth Gwen]]. Yes, this is [[BaseBreaker half of the fanbase's]] fanbase's {{O|neTruePairing}}TP, but let's face it--Duncan had ''never'' shown any romantic interest in Gwen before (though she obviously had a thing for him that [[ObliviousToLove he didn't know about]]), and while his relationship with [[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney]] was certainly [[SlapSlapKiss rocky]], he was always depicted as head-over-heels for her, even taking her back after she was [[CharacterDerailment derailed]] into a VillainSue in season two. In season three, he had ''no'' particular reason to want to break up with her, and when he came back to the show, hadn't seen her ''or'' Gwen in months. And ''less than five minutes'' after coming back, he's making out with Gwen [[YourCheatingHeart behind Courtney's back]], after literally the ''first'' conversation they've had in ten episodes.
29th Jul '16 11:59:34 AM merotoker
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Not every RomanceArc gets the luxury of being played out fully to the [[LawOfConservationOfDetail last detail]]. Sometimes the writers [[TheyJustDidntCare just don't care]], or they decide that the important part is getting those two characters in a relationship, and [[HandWave the rest will somehow sort itself out]]. The result is that the two characters go through a leap of characterization all the way to a RelationshipUpgrade without any of the usual in-betweens; apparently Cupid forgot to tie the RedStringOfFate on the lovers' pinkies at birth, and in a desperate attempt to save face he ended up garroting them with it in a back alley while he thought the audience wasn't paying attention.

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Not every RomanceArc gets the luxury of being played out fully to the [[LawOfConservationOfDetail [[TheLawOfConservationOfDetail last detail]]. Sometimes the writers [[TheyJustDidntCare just don't care]], or they decide that the important part is getting those two characters in a relationship, and [[HandWave the rest will somehow sort itself out]]. The result is that the two characters go through a leap of characterization all the way to a RelationshipUpgrade without any of the usual in-betweens; apparently Cupid forgot to tie the RedStringOfFate on the lovers' pinkies at birth, and in a desperate attempt to save face he ended up garroting them with it in a back alley while he thought the audience wasn't paying attention.



May be caused by TheDulcineaEffect. For when the build-up takes place before the series, see NewOldFlame. When this happens to minor characters and is less noticeable, it's a case of PairTheSpares. Can crop up when the writers want to quickly counteract HoYay, IncestSubtext, or a RelationshipWritingFumble. Often results in an AudienceReaction version of ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe or WhatDoesSheSeeInHim. Compare ShipsThatPassInTheNight for {{fanon}} couples like this. Compare and contrast DesignatedLoveInterest.

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May be caused by TheDulcineaEffect. For when the build-up takes place before the series, see NewOldFlame. When this happens to minor characters and is less noticeable, it's a case of PairTheSpares. Can crop up when the writers want to quickly counteract HoYay, IncestSubtext, or a RelationshipWritingFumble. Often results in an AudienceReaction {{Audience Reaction|s}} version of ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe or WhatDoesSheSeeInHim. Compare ShipsThatPassInTheNight for {{fanon}} couples like this. Compare and contrast DesignatedLoveInterest.



** From the first moment Aya and Toya meet it's obvious that they would be the OfficialCouple, but the whole thing happens too fast and very awkwardly. Basically, they've had at least ''five minutes'' of interaction in different scenarios until Toya takes Aya to his apartment where she suddenly declares that she loves him. ''Slightly'' justified by [[spoiler:him being an evolved life form made out of a divine energy ball and was basically wired to serve and protect his family, hence the instant love for application of this instinct.]]
** [[FanPreferredCouple Aya and Yuuhi]] come across as this in the final chapter. Yuuhi has been in love with Aya the entire series, [[PairTheSpares with hints of him and Chidori as a potential couple at times]], and he seems to have [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy accepted Aya and Toya being together]]. Then the final chapter has [[spoiler:Toya telling Yuuhi that he was likely going to [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse die soon]] and that Yuuhi should take care of Aya and their child when that happens.]]
* At the very end of ''Manga/BokuNoFutatsuNoTsubasa'' the long series of romantic arcs end with [[spoiler:Mako and Hiromi ending up together]] which had never been hinted at all and [[spoiler:Hiromi is the very reason Mako comes back to Earth -- instead of going down the cousin[=/=]sister relationship route that had been developing since the start.]]

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** From the first moment Aya and Toya meet it's obvious that they would be the OfficialCouple, but the whole thing happens too fast and very awkwardly. Basically, they've had at least ''five minutes'' of interaction in different scenarios until Toya takes Aya to his apartment where she suddenly declares that she loves him. ''Slightly'' justified by [[spoiler:him being an evolved life form made out of a divine energy ball and was basically wired to serve and protect his family, hence the instant love for application of this instinct.]]
instinct]].
** [[FanPreferredCouple Aya and Yuuhi]] come across as this in the final chapter. Yuuhi has been in love with Aya the entire series, [[PairTheSpares with hints of him and Chidori as a potential couple at times]], and he seems to have [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy accepted Aya and Toya being together]]. Then the final chapter has [[spoiler:Toya telling Yuuhi that he was likely going to [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse die soon]] and that Yuuhi should take care of Aya and their child when that happens.]]
happens]].
* At the very end of ''Manga/BokuNoFutatsuNoTsubasa'' the long series of romantic arcs end with [[spoiler:Mako and Hiromi ending up together]] which had never been hinted at all and [[spoiler:Hiromi is the very reason Mako comes back to Earth -- instead of going down the cousin[=/=]sister relationship route that had been developing since the start.]]start]].



** A case where this might actually be the ''happy ending''; initially Shinobu, the {{Tsundere}} with SuperStrength, seems to be the UnluckyChildhoodFriend, though she legitimately falls out of love with Ataru Moroboshi due to recognizing that he is an apparently irredeemable LoveableSexManiac. Her next choice of crushes? HandsomeLech and RoyalBrat Shuutaro Mendo, who's not only just as bad as Ataru in terms of lustfulness, but is also chasing after CuteMonsterGirl Lum. Meanwhile, she's being pursued by the {{gonk}}iest character in the series, a hulking, repulsive moron who repeatedly tries to ambush her. Finally, she earns the attention of Inaba, a shy and clumsy, but sweet, innocent and genuinely romantic character, whom she grows quite fond of. [[StarCrossedLovers And then he only shows up in about one story.]]

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** A case where this might actually be the ''happy ending''; initially Shinobu, the {{Tsundere}} with SuperStrength, seems to be the UnluckyChildhoodFriend, [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]], though she legitimately falls out of love with Ataru Moroboshi due to recognizing that he is an apparently irredeemable LoveableSexManiac.LovableSexManiac. Her next choice of crushes? HandsomeLech and RoyalBrat Shuutaro Mendo, who's not only just as bad as Ataru in terms of lustfulness, but is also chasing after CuteMonsterGirl Lum. Meanwhile, she's being pursued by the {{gonk}}iest character in the series, a hulking, repulsive moron who repeatedly tries to ambush her. Finally, she earns the attention of Inaba, a shy and clumsy, but sweet, innocent and genuinely romantic character, whom she grows quite fond of. [[StarCrossedLovers And then he only shows up in about one story.]]



* In an oddly well done example, ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} and Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, who got married literally a fortnight after meeting. The two realized they had chemistry after knowing each other for about a day (during which the spent most of bickering, though in an old married couple kind of way), and decided to get married as soon as possible. However, since they ''do'' have great chemistry, have similar personalities, and fighting styles which compliment the other, they work well together despite the questionable introduction and, while they're currently broken up and have had several falling outs and breakups, they remain one of Marvel's most popular pairs. Still, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica telling Clint that getting married to a girl he just met is ''the most responsible thing he ever did'' makes for a {{narm}}y moment.

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* In an oddly well done example, ComicBook/{{Mockingbird}} and Comicbook/{{Hawkeye}}, who got married literally a fortnight after meeting. The two realized they had chemistry after knowing each other for about a day (during which the they spent most of bickering, though in an old married couple kind of way), and decided to get married as soon as possible. However, since they ''do'' have great chemistry, have similar personalities, and fighting styles which compliment the other, they work well together despite the questionable introduction and, while they're currently broken up and have had several falling outs and breakups, they remain one of Marvel's most popular pairs. Still, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica telling Clint that getting married to a girl he just met is ''the most responsible thing he ever did'' makes for a {{narm}}y moment.



* Following the much-loathed ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', (an event which nullified Peter Parker's 20-year marriage to Mary Jane) [[ExecutiveMeddling editor in chief]] of Marvel JoeQuesada's first order of business was to establish a new LoveInterest for Peter, who just happened to be named after [[CreatorsPet Quesada's own daughter]]. Despite how much the readers hated [[RelationshipSue Carlie]], Quesada was so hellbent on setting her up to be Spidey's [[{{OTP}} true love]] that even Mary Jane herself was supporting her on Quesada's behalf.
** It happens again in the prelude to the ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' event, when Spider-Man starts a relationship with newcomer Silk. Thing is, their relationship only happens because of a pheromone that makes them crazy for one another. That means Spider-Man is being strangled, and Silk is the one pulling on the red string.
* Tim Drake (Comicbook/{{Robin}} III) and Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl II) from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''. Given the fact that they had a very platonic interaction before the hookup, that Wonder Girl was the girlfriend of Robin's dead best friend ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, and the reason they kissed in the first place was due to mutual mourning of said person... yeah, it was definitely a trainwreck. Fans of both Wonder Girl and Robin sighed a collective breath of relief when the pairing ended.

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* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan''
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Following the much-loathed ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' comic ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay'', (an event which nullified Peter Parker's 20-year marriage to Mary Jane) [[ExecutiveMeddling editor in chief]] of Marvel JoeQuesada's Creator/JoeQuesada's first order of business was to establish a new LoveInterest {{Love Interest|s}} for Peter, who just happened to be named after [[CreatorsPet Quesada's own daughter]]. Despite how much the readers hated [[RelationshipSue Carlie]], Quesada was so hellbent on setting her up to be Spidey's [[{{OTP}} [[OneTruePairing true love]] that even Mary Jane herself was [[CharacterShilling supporting her on Quesada's behalf.
behalf]].
** It happens again in the prelude to the ''ComicBook/SpiderVerse'' event, when Spider-Man starts a relationship with newcomer Silk.ComicBook/{{Silk}}. Thing is, their relationship only happens because of a pheromone that makes them crazy for one another. That means Spider-Man is being strangled, and Silk is the one pulling on the red string.
* Tim Drake (Comicbook/{{Robin}} III) and Cassie Sandsmark (Wonder Girl (ComicBook/WonderGirl II) from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans''. Given the fact that they had a very platonic interaction before the hookup, that Wonder Girl was the girlfriend of Robin's dead best friend ComicBook/{{Superboy}}, and the reason they kissed in the first place was due to mutual mourning of said person... yeah, it was definitely a trainwreck. Fans of both Wonder Girl and Robin sighed a collective breath of relief when the pairing ended.



** Colossus' instant infatuation with Zsaji in ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' counts -- despite his long-established relationship with Kitty Pryde, he falls head over heels for the alien after she heals his injuries. Possibly justified by BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, as some theorize that Zsaji was the Battleworld granting Colossus' wish for "the perfect girlfriend". It was also implied that Zsaji's healing powers also created some degree of emotional bond between her and the recipient. In RealLife, the reason for the instant romance was ExecutiveMeddling -- Creator/JimShooter, who wrote the story, was becoming increasingly concerned and alarmed at Creator/ChrisClaremont's romantic pairing of Colossus, who was 19-20 at the time, and Kitty Pryde, who was 14, especially after scenes where Kitty had offered herself out of despair sexually to Colossus (he refused) and where the two shared a kiss. He took the opportunity of ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' to completely and (he thought) irrevocably sink the Kitty/Colossus ship. It would not be raised until decades later, and both characters were of legal age.
** Scott dating Emma Frost. What's really bad is the excuse given for why they're dating so soon after Jean's death is "not" a rebound relationship (Creator/GrantMorrison had them have an adulterous psychic affair before Jean's death, but realistically that was Emma - his supposed therapist - unethically taking advantage of him when he was vulnerable). As proof it was contrived, there is this BadFuture that Jean needed to avert. Going back in time, like ''every other'' such future, somehow wasn't an option. Instead the only options were: 1. Scott and Emma didn't get together, the X-Men would fall apart and things go all to holy hell. 2. Jean brainwashes her husband into forgetting his feelings for Jean and giving in to his attraction to Emma.

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** Colossus' instant infatuation with Zsaji in ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' counts -- despite his long-established relationship with Kitty Pryde, ComicBook/KittyPryde, he falls head over heels for the alien after she heals his injuries. Possibly justified by BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor, as some theorize that Zsaji was the Battleworld granting Colossus' wish for "the perfect girlfriend". It was also implied that Zsaji's healing powers also created some degree of emotional bond between her and the recipient. In RealLife, the reason for the instant romance was ExecutiveMeddling -- Creator/JimShooter, who wrote the story, was becoming increasingly concerned and alarmed at Creator/ChrisClaremont's romantic pairing of Colossus, who was 19-20 at the time, and Kitty Pryde, who was 14, especially after scenes where Kitty had offered herself out of despair sexually to Colossus (he refused) and where the two shared a kiss. He took the opportunity of ''ComicBook/SecretWars'' to completely and (he thought) irrevocably sink the Kitty/Colossus ship. It would not be raised until decades later, and both characters were of legal age.
** Scott [[ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} Scott]] dating Emma Frost. ComicBook/EmmaFrost. What's really bad is the excuse given for why they're dating so soon after Jean's ComicBook/{{Jean|Grey}}'s death is "not" a rebound relationship (Creator/GrantMorrison had them have an adulterous psychic affair before Jean's death, but realistically that was Emma - his supposed therapist - unethically taking advantage of him when he was vulnerable). As proof it was contrived, there is this BadFuture that Jean needed to avert. Going back in time, like ''every other'' such future, somehow wasn't an option. Instead the only options were: 1. Scott and Emma didn't get together, the X-Men would fall apart and things go all to holy hell. 2. Jean brainwashes her husband into forgetting his feelings for Jean and giving in to his attraction to Emma.



** Bobby Drake/Iceman and Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat. As of the seventh issue of the ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' comic, Bobby and Kitty have shared two kisses, despite how they've spent years as distant acquaintances at best. They had a decent relationship arc in the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, and writers have been known to mix the two up before. It comes completely out of nowhere in the main Franchise/MarvelUniverse. However, this, too, was crashed into the ground, this time by the events of ''ComicBook/BattleOfTheAtom'' after Kitty gets fed up with Wolverine's HolierThanThou attitude and, after chewing out Iceman for not trying to stand up for himself and leaning towards Wolverine's way of thinking, breaks it off and goes to join Cyclops' team.

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** Bobby Drake/Iceman and Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat. As of the seventh issue of the ''Wolverine and the X-Men'' ''ComicBook/WolverineAndTheXMen'' comic, Bobby and Kitty have shared two kisses, despite how they've spent years as distant acquaintances at best. They had a decent relationship arc in the ComicBook/UltimateMarvel universe, and writers have been known to mix the two up before. It comes completely out of nowhere in the main Franchise/MarvelUniverse. However, this, too, was crashed into the ground, this time by the events of ''ComicBook/BattleOfTheAtom'' after Kitty gets fed up with Wolverine's HolierThanThou attitude and, after chewing out Iceman for not trying to stand up for himself and leaning towards Wolverine's way of thinking, breaks it off and goes to join Cyclops' team.



* The recent [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Uncanny Avengers]] run brought us Havok paired with TheWasp. After approximately three issues of flirting, readers were suddenly flung into a timeskip where they were married with a five-year-old daughter. And ''then'', after timey-wimey stuff caused said kid to get erased, everyone to get sent back to the present, and Alex to get turned evil, he ''kidnaps Jan to "make sure they get their daughter back"'', and nothing has been touched on either character in the current time since.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers #200 did this to such an amazingly offensive level that in a later comic, Chris Claremont had Ms. Marvel (the woman who got StrangledByTheRedString) deliver a WhatTheHellHero / TheReasonYouSuck speech to her fellow Avengers.
* During the ComicBook/{{New52}} era, editors were that adamant on pairing Wonder Woman with Superman, that they did not dig much deeper than the “same type of powers and colors pattern” gimmick. They had exactly ''one'' short and mundane exchange before dating without seduction period, while Wonder Woman dumped her ordinary, yet irreproachable usual boyfriend Steve Trevor with no explanation. Then the path to Superman and Diana’s rupture was full of petty arguments, proving they had not much in common, in fact.
** To make things even worse for Diana, Superman was as usual actually attracted to LoisLane but put it on hold as she was dating someone else when they met that time. In the subsequent continuity, ''Rebirth'',the situation came back to normal (Superman married to Lois).

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* The recent [[ComicBook/TheAvengers Uncanny Avengers]] ComicBook/UncannyAvengers run brought us Havok paired with TheWasp.ComicBook/TheWasp. After approximately three issues of flirting, readers were suddenly flung into a timeskip where they were married with a five-year-old daughter. And ''then'', after timey-wimey stuff caused said kid to get erased, everyone to get sent back to the present, and Alex to get turned evil, he ''kidnaps Jan to "make sure they get their daughter back"'', and nothing has been touched on either character in the current time since.
* ComicBook/TheAvengers #200 did this to such an amazingly offensive level that in a later comic, Chris Claremont had Ms. Marvel ComicBook/MsMarvel (the woman who got StrangledByTheRedString) involved) deliver a WhatTheHellHero / TheReasonYouSuck speech TheReasonYouSuckSpeech to her fellow Avengers.
* During the ComicBook/{{New52}} ComicBook/{{New 52}} era, editors were that adamant on pairing Wonder Woman Franchise/WonderWoman with Superman, Franchise/{{Superman}}, that they did not dig much deeper than the “same type of powers and colors pattern” gimmick. They had exactly ''one'' short and mundane exchange before dating without seduction period, while Wonder Woman dumped her ordinary, yet irreproachable usual boyfriend Steve Trevor with no explanation. Then the path to Superman and Diana’s rupture was full of petty arguments, proving they had not much in common, in fact. \n** To make things even worse for Diana, Superman was as usual actually attracted to LoisLane ComicBook/LoisLane but put it on hold as she was dating someone else when they met that time. In the subsequent continuity, ''Rebirth'',the ''Rebirth'', the situation came back to normal (Superman married to Lois).



* Happens in the Literature/InheritanceCycle fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8631890/2/From-the-darkest-of-Shadow-a-Light-is-born From the darkest of Shadow, a Light is born]]'' between the main protagonist and [[spoiler:[[TykeBomb Elva]]]]. They go from just meeting each other for the first time in 11 years in one chapter, to attending a party together in the next, before then diving full into a relationship in the same chapter as the party. [[spoiler:The relationship equally quickly took a turn for the {{wo|manScorned}}rse with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, quickly followed by the male protagonist]]. The use of a TimeSkip means there's 9 years of InnocentCohabitation between the first reunion and the time when the relationship became romantic, [[spoiler:and 12 years between the start of the relationship and the ''lovers' spat''.]]

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* Happens in the Literature/InheritanceCycle fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8631890/2/From-the-darkest-of-Shadow-a-Light-is-born From the darkest of Shadow, a Light is born]]'' between the main protagonist and [[spoiler:[[TykeBomb Elva]]]]. They go from just meeting each other for the first time in 11 years in one chapter, to attending a party together in the next, before then diving full into a relationship in the same chapter as the party. [[spoiler:The relationship equally quickly took a turn for the {{wo|manScorned}}rse with a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, quickly followed by the male protagonist]]. protagonist.]] The use of a TimeSkip means there's 9 years of InnocentCohabitation between the first reunion and the time when the relationship became romantic, [[spoiler:and 12 years between the start of the relationship and the ''lovers' spat''.]]



* This is the case with earlier Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, particularly ones like ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. It can be chalked up to Disney trying to keep to the source material, which in those cases were mostly fairy tales meant to teach morality and not build a believable love story. Later movies fix this, by giving the couples more interaction and personalities beyond "She's the girl of my dreams!". Even ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' the relationship of Ariel and Eric, despite being more developed than the above mentioned, they do not happen to know each other for more than 3 days, and she could not speak, having a wedding after that within 3 days.

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* This is the case with earlier Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon movies, particularly ones like ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. It can be chalked up to Disney Creator/{{Disney}} trying to keep to the source material, which in those cases were mostly fairy tales meant to teach morality and not build a believable love story. Later movies fix this, by giving the couples more interaction and personalities beyond "She's the girl of my dreams!". Even in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' the relationship of Ariel and Eric, despite being more developed than the above mentioned, they do occurred between two people who did not happen to know each other for more than 3 days, and she could not speak, having leading to a wedding after that within 3 days.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' clearly tried to avoid this, but didn't quite know how. Odette and Derek are [[ArrangedMarriage being pushed to marry]] from childhood, but grow up being FriendlyEnemies at best. Then they suddenly fall in love as adults upon [[ShesAllGrownUp seeing how good-looking the other is]]. The movie tries to [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] this part--Odette actually [[ChildMarriageVeto calls off the engagement]] when Derek can't think of anything to compliment but her beauty--but once she gets captured by Rothbart the two act like they're engaged again, their conflict forgotten except for a throwaway line at the very end of the movie.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'' clearly tried to avoid this, but didn't quite know how. Odette and Derek are [[ArrangedMarriage being pushed to marry]] from childhood, but grow up being FriendlyEnemies {{Friendly Enem|y}}ies at best. Then they suddenly fall in love as adults upon [[ShesAllGrownUp seeing how good-looking the other is]]. The movie tries to [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruct]] {{deconstruct|edTrope}} this part--Odette actually [[ChildMarriageVeto calls off the engagement]] when Derek can't think of anything to compliment but her beauty--but once she gets captured by Rothbart the two act like they're engaged again, their conflict forgotten except for a throwaway line at the very end of the movie.



* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', new character Rose Wilson has a crush on ComicBook/MartianManhunter. The Martian inadvertently discovers they're "attuned" when he accidentally reads her thoughts (something he'd never do by accident with a non attuned person). He then Mind Melds with her so that they can get to know each other instantly and fall completely in love. Martians apparently have no need to date.



* Creator/AdamSandler movies are ''very'' fond of this trope. For example, ''Film/BillyMadison'', where Veronica quite clearly finds Billy to be both obnoxious and a burden on her as a teacher. But then, during a field trip, she has a random MoodDissonance and is madly in love with him for the rest of the movie. All it took was [[spoiler:Billy faking his own pants incident to rescue another student from being shamed by his classmates. Nevermind that, just a few scenes back, Billy himself shamed another classmate by mocking him for struggling with a reading assignment.]]

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* Creator/AdamSandler movies are ''very'' fond of this trope. For example, ''Film/BillyMadison'', where Veronica quite clearly finds Billy to be both obnoxious and a burden on her as a teacher. But then, during a field trip, she has a random MoodDissonance and is madly in love with him for the rest of the movie. All it took was [[spoiler:Billy faking his own pants incident to rescue another student from being shamed by his classmates. Nevermind that, just a few scenes back, Billy himself shamed another classmate by mocking him for struggling with a reading assignment.]]assignment]].



* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, mainly due to their being {{Compressed Adaptation}}s, definitely lean towards the asphyxiatory side of things in regards to Harry and Ginny. The two barely interact, sharing the screen for about seven minutes combined in the last ''three movies''. In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]], Ginny [[ShrinkingViolet being able to speak to Harry]] was a big deal; in the [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth movie]], BonnieWright barely has any lines. Whenever they are on screen together, they barely talk, instead just sharing a kiss and an awkward look before Harry rushes off to do something and Ginny sits down to be irrelevant to the plot.
* In the [[FilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Film/IAmNumberFour'', it's explained that the alien race ''works like this'', with your first love being for life. Number Four falls in love with Sarah within two days and apparently ''permanently.''There's a long scene of overly-flowery declarations of love delivered in a manner that would make ''[[Franchise/StarWars Padme and Anakin]]'' cringe.

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* The ''Film/HarryPotter'' films, mainly due to their being {{Compressed Adaptation}}s, definitely lean towards the asphyxiatory side of things in regards to Harry and Ginny. The two barely interact, sharing the screen for about seven minutes combined in the last ''three movies''. In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth book]], Ginny [[ShrinkingViolet being able to speak to Harry]] was a big deal; in the [[Film/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix fifth movie]], BonnieWright Creator/BonnieWright barely has any lines. Whenever they are on screen together, they barely talk, instead just sharing a kiss and an awkward look before Harry rushes off to do something and Ginny sits down to be irrelevant to the plot.
* In the [[FilmOfTheBook [[TheFilmOfTheBook film adaptation]] of ''Film/IAmNumberFour'', it's explained that the alien race ''works like this'', with your first love being for life. Number Four falls in love with Sarah within two days and apparently ''permanently.''There's '' There's a long scene of overly-flowery declarations of love delivered in a manner that would make ''[[Franchise/StarWars Padme and Anakin]]'' cringe.



* Oscar and Theodora in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful''. A major part of the movie's plot revolves around her falling in love with him, and then [[spoiler: turning evil after she thinks he's betrayed her.]] But this falls short when you realize that Oscar and Theodora have only known each other for a day or two before he leaves the Emerald City and they don't see each other again [[spoiler: until after her FaceHeelTurn]]. Despite this, she's already talking about how she'll be his queen and they'll rule Oz together, and completely breaks down when she thinks he's cheating on her. It's also not entirely clear how far their relationship went to begin with and whether they actually slept together or not, which can make Theodora come off as a ClingyJealousGirl or a StalkerWithACrush.

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* Oscar and Theodora in ''Film/OzTheGreatAndPowerful''. A major part of the movie's plot revolves around her falling in love with him, and then [[spoiler: turning evil after she thinks he's betrayed her.]] her]]. But this falls short when you realize that Oscar and Theodora have only known each other for a day or two before he leaves the Emerald City and they don't see each other again [[spoiler: until after her FaceHeelTurn]]. Despite this, she's already talking about how she'll be his queen and they'll rule Oz together, and completely breaks down when she thinks he's cheating on her. It's also not entirely clear how far their relationship went to begin with and whether they actually slept together or not, which can make Theodora come off as a ClingyJealousGirl or a StalkerWithACrush.



* In the film adaptation of ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', Caspian and Susan [[PromotedToLoveInterest become a couple]]. For five minutes at the end of the movie because he rescued her once from some soldiers. Suddenly at the end the two are snogging in front of a crowd, only for their relationship to end five seconds later after Susan and her siblings return through the portal to England, meaning she and Caspian will never see each other again. Thus, there was no reason to include their romance in the first place because it was doomed to end anyway.

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* In the film adaptation of ''Film/PrinceCaspian'', Caspian and Susan [[PromotedToLoveInterest become a couple]]. For five minutes at the end of the movie because [[RescueRomance he rescued her once from some soldiers.soldiers]]. Suddenly at the end the two are snogging in front of a crowd, only for their relationship to end five seconds later after Susan and her siblings return through the portal to England, meaning she and Caspian will never see each other again. Thus, there was no reason to include their romance in the first place because it was doomed to end anyway.



* Deconstructed in ''{{Film/Rush|2013}}'': [[TheCasanova James Hunt's]] resolve to "marry a good woman and form a stable relationship" is to marry a British model Suzy Miller ''one scene'' after their initial interaction. Hunt's unsucessful FormulaOne career in 1975 and his team's bankruptcy causes him to throw a tantrum, yelling at his wife and ultmately leading her to desert him through sheer frustration. This marks them unideal couples compared to [[HappilyMarried the stable and understanding Niki and Marlene Lauda]], whose developments and dramas are played throughout the last third of the film.

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* Deconstructed in ''{{Film/Rush|2013}}'': [[TheCasanova James Hunt's]] resolve to "marry a good woman and form a stable relationship" is to marry a British model Suzy Miller ''one scene'' after their initial interaction. Hunt's unsucessful unsuccessful FormulaOne career in 1975 and his team's bankruptcy causes him to throw a tantrum, yelling at his wife and ultmately ultimately leading her to desert him through sheer frustration. This marks them unideal couples compared to [[HappilyMarried the stable and understanding Niki and Marlene Lauda]], whose developments and dramas are played throughout the last third of the film.



* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', this seems to be a widely held opinion on the romance between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Jane Foster (NataliePortman), which really only serves to give Thor a reason to want to get back to Earth. Some have even labeled it a RomanticPlotTumor, which is kind of funny considering that the same thing was said about Portman's character in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. KennethBranagh must have realized this and says in the DVD commentary that their relationship wasn't meant to be true love, but more a mutual crush and respect.
* Worse in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. They've been pining for each other for the ''two whole years'' since. Once reunited, this movie proceeds to pretend they were madly in love throughout the last and their SickeninglySweethearts interaction is ''incredibly'' jarring when they've never been ''anything'' like that before. Part of one of {{The Stinger}}s at the end even starts with Jane looking all miserable ''again'' as if two days without him is hell on earth.

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* In ''Film/{{Thor}}'', this seems to be a widely held opinion on the romance between Thor (Chris Hemsworth) (Creator/ChrisHemsworth) and Jane Foster (NataliePortman), (Creator/NataliePortman), which really only serves to give Thor a reason to want to get back to Earth. Some have even labeled it a RomanticPlotTumor, which is kind of funny considering that the same thing was said about Portman's character in the ''Franchise/StarWars'' prequels. KennethBranagh Creator/KennethBranagh must have realized this and says in the DVD commentary DVDCommentary that their relationship wasn't meant to be true love, but more a mutual crush and respect.
* Worse
respect. It gets worse in ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld''. They've been pining for each other for the ''two whole years'' since. Once reunited, this movie proceeds to pretend they were madly in love throughout the last and their SickeninglySweethearts interaction is ''incredibly'' jarring when they've never been ''anything'' like that before. Part of one of {{The Stinger}}s at the end even starts with Jane looking all miserable ''again'' as if two days without him is hell on earth.



* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan constantly dreams about Jean Grey and wishes to be with her again yet he shares a few intimate moments with Mariko, who already engaged to another man at the time and only knew him for a few days. The film noir setting could justify this relationship as a form of comfort for Logan.
** It's worth noting that Wolverine also only knew Jean Grey ''for a few days at most'' [[note]](the first X-Men film takes place over maybe two days, then Wolverine goes to Canada to look around the Alkali Lake facility; in X2 he sees Jean at the mansion for a couple minutes, and then meets up with her again the evening before the big battle; then they see each other on a couple occasions in X3 when she's the Phoenix)[[/note]] and, more importantly, ''they weren't actually in a relationship''. And that one's played as a romance for the ages.

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* In ''Film/TheWolverine'', Logan constantly dreams about Jean Grey and wishes to be with her again yet he shares a few intimate moments with Mariko, who already engaged to another man at the time and only knew him for a few days. The film noir setting could justify this relationship as a form of comfort for Logan.
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Logan. It's worth noting that Wolverine also only knew Jean Grey ''for a few days at most'' [[note]](the first X-Men film takes place over maybe two days, then Wolverine goes to Canada to look around the Alkali Lake facility; in X2 he sees Jean at the mansion for a couple minutes, and then meets up with her again the evening before the big battle; then they see each other on a couple occasions in X3 when she's the Phoenix)[[/note]] and, more importantly, ''they weren't actually in a relationship''. And that one's played as a romance for the ages.



* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, there's an InUniverse mechanism for this in the form of lifebonds, magical or divinely-caused compulsions that cause the lifebonded individuals to fall in love and also to share [[MindlinkMates an emotional link]]. As the series goes on, the concept is increasingly deconstructed: ''Winds of Fury'' contains an entire scene in which the spirit of Bard Stefen[[note]]Vanyel's lifebonded partner from The Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy[[/note]] explains to the trilogy's BetaCouple his well-supported theory that lifebonding primarily occurs between someone very powerful but emotionally unstable and someone more normal who can provide their lifebonded partner with the emotional grounding and stability they desperately need to keep them sane. As Stef advises from personal experience, the fact that one half of a lifebond is likely to be incredibly broken, this generally leads to an intense and angsty relationship ''far'' from the ultimate ideal of romantic love that many people in the setting mistakenly make lifebonds out to be. In the next trilogy, another character's obssession with forming a lifebond is rightfully presented as unhealthy and makes other characters uncomfortable; the general impression created by the narrative is that lifebonds are less about the depth of a couple's feelings for each other and more a case of BecauseDestinySaysSo which the vast majority of people are quite fine without, thank you.

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* In the ''Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar'' series, there's an InUniverse mechanism for this in the form of lifebonds, magical or divinely-caused compulsions that cause the lifebonded individuals to fall in love and also to share [[MindlinkMates an emotional link]]. As the series goes on, the concept is increasingly deconstructed: ''Winds of Fury'' contains an entire scene in which the spirit of Bard Stefen[[note]]Vanyel's lifebonded partner from The Literature/LastHeraldMageTrilogy[[/note]] explains to the trilogy's BetaCouple his well-supported theory that lifebonding primarily occurs between someone very powerful but emotionally unstable and someone more normal who can provide their lifebonded partner with the emotional grounding and stability they desperately need to keep them sane. As Stef advises from personal experience, the fact that one half of a lifebond is likely to be incredibly broken, this generally leads to an intense and angsty relationship ''far'' from the ultimate ideal of romantic love that many people in the setting mistakenly make lifebonds out to be. In the next trilogy, another character's obssession obsession with forming a lifebond is rightfully presented as unhealthy and makes other characters uncomfortable; the general impression created by the narrative is that lifebonds are less about the depth of a couple's feelings for each other and more a case of BecauseDestinySaysSo which the vast majority of people are quite fine without, thank you.



** Patch and Nora. Nora is warned by people who care about her to stay away from him, because he's clearly not a good person in any way, shape, or form. Patch stalks Nora, intentionally scares her, sexually harasses her, [[spoiler:[[MindRape mind rapes]] her, and possesses her body]]. On top of that, his ''original'' plan was [[spoiler:to murder her in cold blood]], which he flat out ''tells her'' -- and, when she asks if he's going to do it, he admits that it's "tempting". Nora says, more than once, that she sees absolutely nothing good about Patch. Wait, why does she fall in love with him again?
** Vee gets this when she hooks up with Rixon in ''Crescendo''. The two are hardly shown together and for all Vee fawns over him as the "perfect" boyfriend, there's precious little on them actually having anything in common. Vee repeatedly states that she thinks that Patch is a jerk and a potential murderer but isn't the least bit concerned about the fact that ''he'' introduced her to Rixon (and that Rixon is Patch's best and possibly only friend). Vee seems quite certain that he's a "boyscout", despite that he more or less lives in a very nasty bar and is not exactly shy about dropping crude innuendos towards Nora. That could be chalked up to Vee being a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, except that Nora also thinks that Rixon is "cool" and sees no problem with them dating, even though she knows that Rixon is a fallen angel who possesses a Nephilim for two weeks out of every year for sex (with said Nephilim [[AndIMustScream being conscious for it all]]). [[spoiler:The fact that Patch hooked Rixon up with Vee as a response to suspecting that Rixon was murderous just raises even more eyebrows]].

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** Patch and Nora. Nora is warned by people who care about her to stay away from him, because he's clearly not a good person in any way, shape, or form. Patch stalks Nora, intentionally scares her, sexually harasses her, [[spoiler:[[MindRape mind rapes]] [[spoiler:{{mind rape}}s her, and possesses her body]]. On top of that, his ''original'' plan was [[spoiler:to murder her in cold blood]], which he flat out ''tells her'' -- and, when she asks if he's going to do it, he admits that it's "tempting". Nora says, more than once, that she sees absolutely nothing good about Patch. Wait, why does she fall in love with him again?
** Vee gets this when she hooks up with Rixon in ''Crescendo''. The two are hardly shown together and for all Vee fawns over him as the "perfect" boyfriend, there's precious little on them actually having anything in common. Vee repeatedly states that she thinks that Patch is a jerk and a potential murderer but isn't the least bit concerned about the fact that ''he'' introduced her to Rixon (and that Rixon is Patch's best and possibly only friend). Vee seems quite certain that he's a "boyscout", despite that he more or less lives in a very nasty bar and is not exactly shy about dropping crude innuendos towards Nora. That could be chalked up to Vee being a HorribleJudgeOfCharacter, except that Nora also thinks that Rixon is "cool" and sees no problem with them dating, even though she knows that Rixon is a fallen angel who possesses a Nephilim for two weeks out of every year for sex (with said Nephilim [[AndIMustScream being conscious for it all]]). [[spoiler:The fact that Patch hooked Rixon up with Vee as a response to suspecting that Rixon was murderous just raises even more eyebrows]].eyebrows.]]



* ''The Magicians and Mrs Quent'' -- Ivy's marriage to Mr. Quent is a textbook example. The first half of the book is taken up by a RomanticPlotTumour between Ivy and Mr. Rafferdy, which took time to develop their characters; then, Ivy meets Mr. Quent, hates him, argues with him, and all of a sudden they decide they love each other and get married. Apparently he's "right for her" in a way that Rafferdy never was, for reasons completely lost on the reader.

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* ''The Magicians and Mrs Quent'' -- Ivy's marriage to Mr. Quent is a textbook example. The first half of the book is taken up by a RomanticPlotTumour RomanticPlotTumor between Ivy and Mr. Rafferdy, which took time to develop their characters; then, Ivy meets Mr. Quent, hates him, argues with him, and all of a sudden they decide they love each other and get married. Apparently he's "right for her" in a way that Rafferdy never was, for reasons completely lost on the reader.



** The same book has Henar Vygulf and Lostara Yil, the latter barely recovering from her previous StrangledByTheRedString encounter with the assassin Pearl, who are instantly in love after their first meeting. So in love, in fact, that Lostara does a Shadow Dance to protect Vygulf when he's in danger, something she's never done before in the series. A damn god even comments about how much in love they are. It's especially jarring since, by their own admissions, they know almost nothing about each other.

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** The same book has Henar Vygulf and Lostara Yil, the latter barely recovering from her previous StrangledByTheRedString strangled by the red string encounter with the assassin Pearl, who are instantly in love after their first meeting. So in love, in fact, that Lostara does a Shadow Dance to protect Vygulf when he's in danger, something she's never done before in the series. A damn god even comments about how much in love they are. It's especially jarring since, by their own admissions, they know almost nothing about each other.



* The ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series has [[spoiler:Cherijo and Duncan, Dhreen and Ilona, and Squilyp and Garphawayn]]; ''Blade Dancer'' has [[spoiler:Jory and Kol.]]
* ''Series/SweetValleyHigh'':

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* The ''Literature/{{Stardoc}}'' series has [[spoiler:Cherijo and Duncan, Dhreen and Ilona, and Squilyp and Garphawayn]]; ''Blade Dancer'' has [[spoiler:Jory and Kol.]]
Kol]].
* ''Series/SweetValleyHigh'':''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'':



* Likewise, in the ''The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner'', with Bree and Diego and, later, Freddie. Bree and Diego interact for one night, she spends most of it afraid that he's going to kill her, and by morning they seemingly are madly in love with each other. The same goes for Freddie. Since it's from Bree's point of view and the "relationships" between her and the guys are so muted, it's possible that we're supposed to see it as her mistaking simple friendship for love (which would fit with her background of being abused and neglected), except that nothing ever indicates this and she acts almost exactly the same way Bella does, including [[spoiler:being perfectly alright to die when she finds out he's gone, because life without him isn't worth living.]]

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* Likewise, in the ''The Short Second Life Of Bree Tanner'', with Bree and Diego and, later, Freddie. Bree and Diego interact for one night, she spends most of it afraid that he's going to kill her, and by morning they seemingly are madly in love with each other. The same goes for Freddie. Since it's from Bree's point of view and the "relationships" between her and the guys are so muted, it's possible that we're supposed to see it as her mistaking simple friendship for love (which would fit with her background of being abused and neglected), except that nothing ever indicates this and she acts almost exactly the same way Bella does, including [[spoiler:being perfectly alright to die when she finds out he's gone, because life without him isn't worth living.]]living]].



** Apollo was in a forced and loveless marriage with Dualla. {{T|elevisionWithoutPity}}WoP even coined a term for it: "The Love That All of a Sudden". There were scenes in several previous episodes that showed them growing closer to each other, all of which ended up being cut. Eventually the writers just said "screw it" and threw them together without any buildup. It also didn't help that they hooked up in the very next episode after Dualla's boyfriend Billy was tragically killed, with the writing not being as clear as it could have been that at least a couple months had passed, making it look like they practically started making out over Billy's corpse.

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** Apollo was in a forced and loveless marriage with Dualla. {{T|elevisionWithoutPity}}WoP Website/{{T|elevisionWithoutPity}}WoP even coined a term for it: "The Love That All of a Sudden". There were scenes in several previous episodes that showed them growing closer to each other, all of which ended up being cut. Eventually the writers just said "screw it" and threw them together without any buildup. It also didn't help that they hooked up in the very next episode after Dualla's boyfriend Billy was tragically killed, with the writing not being as clear as it could have been that at least a couple months had passed, making it look like they practically started making out over Billy's corpse.



** Season Two is generally considered the best season, but it does have one glaring issue, with the StartOfDarkness given for [[{{Deathstroke}} Slade Wilson]] caused by the loss of the woman he loved, Shado. Except, despite knowing Shado for several months and regularly interacting with her, we never actually see the two bond in any real romantic way. Slade regularly hits on her and makes several flirty comments, but he seemed to be going out of his way to support her relationship with Oliver. Then, when he's dying, Slade confesses to being in love with her...despite it indicating that he was HappilyMarried to another woman back home, and Shado being nearly half his age. It seems the only reason he even fell for her was because she was the only woman on the island.
** Felicity and Oliver are an interesting case. They knew each other for some time prior, forged a very strong partnership and friendship, and were close enough that they were a FanPreferredCouple. During Season 1 Felicity was clearly physically attracted to Oliver and frequently dropped accidental sexual innuendos around him but there weren't hints of deep romantic feelings. Come Season 2, they get a fair amount of shippy moments with regular NoSenseOfPersonalSpace, [[{{LongingLook}} LongingLooks]], jealousy on both sides (when Isabel/Sara and Barry show up respectively), Oliver telling Felicity he couldn't be with anyone because of his dangerous life and several characters bringing up how Felicity obviously likes Oliver. However there wasn't any exploration into how deep these feelings were and whether they would genuinely consider a relationship, and Oliver dated Sara for the second half of the season. But at the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3 Oliver is completely in love with Felicity and wants it all with her, even though his feelings were always more ambiguous. Although the groundwork was there, the writers skipped a few steps to lead up to the RelationshipUpgrade.

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** Season Two is generally considered the best season, but it does have one glaring issue, with the StartOfDarkness given for [[{{Deathstroke}} [[ComicBook/{{Deathstroke}} Slade Wilson]] caused by the loss of the woman he loved, Shado. Except, despite knowing Shado for several months and regularly interacting with her, we never actually see the two bond in any real romantic way. Slade regularly hits on her and makes several flirty comments, but he seemed to be going out of his way to support her relationship with Oliver. Then, when he's dying, Slade confesses to being in love with her...despite it indicating that he was HappilyMarried to another woman back home, and Shado being nearly half his age. It seems the only reason he even fell for her was because she was the only woman on the island.
** Felicity and Oliver are an interesting case. They knew each other for some time prior, forged a very strong partnership and friendship, and were close enough that they were a FanPreferredCouple. During Season 1 Felicity was clearly physically attracted to Oliver and frequently dropped accidental sexual innuendos around him but there weren't hints of deep romantic feelings. Come Season 2, they get a fair amount of shippy moments with regular NoSenseOfPersonalSpace, [[{{LongingLook}} LongingLooks]], {{Longing Look}}s, jealousy on both sides (when Isabel/Sara and Barry show up respectively), Oliver telling Felicity he couldn't be with anyone because of his dangerous life and several characters bringing up how Felicity obviously likes Oliver. However there wasn't any exploration into how deep these feelings were and whether they would genuinely consider a relationship, and Oliver dated Sara for the second half of the season. But at the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3 Oliver is completely in love with Felicity and wants it all with her, even though his feelings were always more ambiguous. Although the groundwork was there, the writers skipped a few steps to lead up to the RelationshipUpgrade.



* Series/FamilyMatters had Steve being in love with Laura from the beginning, despite how she had never given him any hopes that he would win her heart and was even mean to him during the first couple of seasons. And it was clear that she preferred the JerkJock type, which was the polar opposite of Steve's nerdy personality. And for a couple of seasons, when Steve had a serious relationship with Myra and he had become friends with Laura, Steve's crush on Laura was almost forgotten about. But then came the 9th and last season, when it seems like the writers suddenly decided that Steve and Laura just ''had to'' end up together, despite how they both were in serious relationships with other people...

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* Series/FamilyMatters ''Series/FamilyMatters'' had Steve being in love with Laura from the beginning, despite how she had never given him any hopes that he would win her heart and was even mean to him during the first couple of seasons. And it was clear that she preferred the JerkJock type, which was the polar opposite of Steve's nerdy personality. And for a couple of seasons, when Steve had a serious relationship with Myra and he had become friends with Laura, Steve's crush on Laura was almost forgotten about. But then came the 9th and last season, when it seems like the writers suddenly decided that Steve and Laura just ''had to'' end up together, despite how they both were in serious relationships with other people...



* Popular ''HomeAndAway'' pairing Aden and Belle was considered random by a number of fans. Having never interacted prior to the 2008 season, they started working together and established a relationship based purely on insults, which half the audience interpreted as "secretly wanting to rip each other's clothes off" and the other half interpreted as "genuinely not liking each other" until one episode when she insults him, he looks like he's going to cry and her [[AuthorAvatar best friend]] declares that he likes her. A few weeks later, when the closest they've come to a meaningful conversation is her sitting silent while he chats to his surrogate father, he drunkenly climbs through her bedroom window and gets into bed with her, which apparently means they're now a couple.

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* Popular ''HomeAndAway'' ''Series/HomeAndAway'' pairing Aden and Belle was considered random by a number of fans. Having never interacted prior to the 2008 season, they started working together and established a relationship based purely on insults, which half the audience interpreted as "secretly wanting to rip each other's clothes off" and the other half interpreted as "genuinely not liking each other" until one episode when she insults him, he looks like he's going to cry and her [[AuthorAvatar best friend]] declares that he likes her. A few weeks later, when the closest they've come to a meaningful conversation is her sitting silent while he chats to his surrogate father, he drunkenly climbs through her bedroom window and gets into bed with her, which apparently means they're now a couple.



* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had this with [[spoiler: Ted and Robin getting together in the final episode. While they were the OfficialCouple for most of the show, the previous season had made a whole plotline out of Ted letting go of Robin and accepting that they just weren't meant to be together, opening up room for him to meet The Mother. Who was then killed off, and Robin and Barney got divorced, then Ted and Robin got together, despite it being established that Robin at that point had not spoken to the group for years due to just not fitting in anymore, presumably including Ted.]]

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* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' had this with [[spoiler: Ted and Robin getting together in the final episode. While they were the OfficialCouple for most of the show, the previous season had made a whole plotline out of Ted letting go of Robin and accepting that they just weren't meant to be together, opening up room for him to meet The Mother. Who was then killed off, and Robin and Barney got divorced, then Ted and Robin got together, despite it being established that Robin at that point had not spoken to the group for years due to just not fitting in anymore, presumably including Ted.]]Ted]].



* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':

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* A straight example in the final season of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' that ultimately evolves into a Deconstruction. Sabrina falls for Aaron in his debut episode so much that she uses magic to find out what his flaws are. They hook up at the end of the episode and for the rest of the season simply act as a couple that's been together for years, rather than developing slowly. It's never explained why Sabrina literally makes room for him in her heart. However cracks start to appear as Sabrina initially thinks his proposal is a trick caused by the MonsterOfTheWeek and accepts reluctantly. The rest of her actions during their engagement come across as straight-up denial more than anything else. Finally when her wedding day comes, she gets cold feet and dithers between that and denial. [[spoiler: She and Aaron ultimately agree to call off the wedding]].
** It's worth noting that this plot wasn't supposed to be an example of this trope. The showrunners originally wanted Sabrina to develop a serious relationship with Josh, a character who'd been on the show since Season Four; the two really ''had'' known each other for years, and their back-and-forth feelings for each other were a recurring subplot. The problem--Josh's actor didn't want to come back for the last season, forcing the producers to come up with a last-minute replacement.
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* A straight example in the final season of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' that ultimately evolves into a Deconstruction. Sabrina falls for Aaron in his debut episode so much that she uses magic to find out what his flaws are. They hook up at the end of the episode and for the rest of the season simply act as a couple that's been together for years, rather than developing slowly. It's never explained why Sabrina literally makes room for him in her heart. However cracks start to appear as Sabrina initially thinks his proposal is a trick caused by the MonsterOfTheWeek and accepts reluctantly. The rest of her actions during their engagement come across as straight-up denial more than anything else. Finally when her wedding day comes, she gets cold feet and dithers between that and denial. [[spoiler: She and Aaron ultimately agree to call off the wedding]].
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wedding.]] It's worth noting that this plot wasn't supposed to be an example of this trope. The showrunners originally wanted Sabrina to develop a serious relationship with Josh, a character who'd been on the show since Season Four; the two really ''had'' known each other for years, and their back-and-forth feelings for each other were a recurring subplot. The problem--Josh's actor didn't want to come back for the last season, forcing the producers to come up with a last-minute replacement.
* ''TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'':''Series/TheSecretLifeOfTheAmericanTeenager'':



** Nerys and Shakaar. Nerys even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] how sudden the beginning of the relationship was while talking to Odo, solely to make the audience feel sorry for Odo [[spoiler:because he just realized he's in love with Nerys]].

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** Nerys and Shakaar. Nerys even [[LampshadeHanging Lampshades]] {{lampshade|Hanging}}s how sudden the beginning of the relationship was while talking to Odo, solely to make the audience feel sorry for Odo [[spoiler:because he just realized he's in love with Nerys]].



** Eric and Sookie. When [[spoiler:she and Bill split]], it's been set up for the viewer to expect this, but doing it by [[spoiler:completely changing Eric's personality due to memory loss?]]

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** Eric and Sookie. When [[spoiler:she and Bill split]], it's been set up for the viewer to expect this, but doing it by [[spoiler:completely changing Eric's personality due to memory loss?]]loss]]?



* Veronica and Piz on ''Series/VeronicaMars'', which was a particularly {{egregious}} offense because the cancellation of the show left them together after. God bless WordOfGod; [[LastMinuteHookup "It was always Logan and Veronica."]]

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* Veronica and Piz on ''Series/VeronicaMars'', which was a particularly {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} offense because the cancellation of the show left them together after. God bless WordOfGod; [[LastMinuteHookup "It was always Logan and Veronica."]]



** Zoey and James. In the episode that introduces him everyone instantly loves him, except Micheal and Logan, who still miss Chase. So after everyone thought they were dating because they interacted, the the episode ends with them getting together despite having no chemistry. Sort of {{Deconstructed}} as she later realizes she doesn't actually love him. It was still terribly executed and lead to the series' SeasonalRot.

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** Zoey and James. In the episode that introduces him everyone instantly loves him, except Micheal and Logan, who still miss Chase. So after everyone thought they were dating because they interacted, the the episode ends with them getting together despite having no chemistry. Sort of {{Deconstructed}} {{deconstructed}} as she later realizes she doesn't actually love him. It was still terribly executed and lead to the series' SeasonalRot.



* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is the TropeCodifier and possibly the TropeMaker. While it's considered one of Shakespeare's best plays as well as one of the greatest written works ever, let's face it; the title characters are the textbook definition of this. They fall in LoveAtFirstSight and are immediately making out at the Capulet's party. Okay, not so bad. However, Romeo goes from {{wangst}}ing over breaking up with Rosaline earlier ''that afternoon'' to being engaged to marry Juliet ''later that night'', and Juliet is so in love with him that she's willing to fake her own death to keep from marrying Paris. Lampshaded by Friar Lawrence when he says "Young men's love lies not in their hearts but in their eyes." A popular interpretation is that part of the tragedy is these two kids mistaking their shallow youthful lust for true love.

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* ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet'' is the TropeCodifier and possibly the TropeMaker.{{Trope Maker|s}}. While it's considered one of Shakespeare's best plays as well as one of the greatest written works ever, let's face it; the title characters are the textbook definition of this. They fall in LoveAtFirstSight and are immediately making out at the Capulet's party. Okay, not so bad. However, Romeo goes from {{wangst}}ing over breaking up with Rosaline earlier ''that afternoon'' to being engaged to marry Juliet ''later that night'', and Juliet is so in love with him that she's willing to fake her own death to keep from marrying Paris. Lampshaded by Friar Lawrence when he says "Young men's love lies not in their hearts but in their eyes." A popular interpretation is that part of the tragedy is these two kids mistaking their shallow youthful lust for true love.



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' mostly averts it - you can only get your characters married after they spend a lot of time on the battlefield together (which can '''never''' be less than four battles, and will usually be more), watch multiple conversations that give reasons at least somewhat believable for the two falling in love (with more conversations implied), and even then you have to make the final push for the characters to get married yourself. Except Chrom. For storyline and mechanics reasons, he gets married to whichever one of his prospects he has the most support points with after Chapter [[spoiler:11]]. One character - which Chrom can marry - is made playable right at the beginning of that chapter! So if Chrom has no support points with any of his other prospects or they are already married, he can marry Olivia very shortly after meeting her with all of ''one'' support point - not even enough for a C-rank conversation! And since the game maintains the series tradition of permadeath should your characters die in a fight (though it's optional in this entry), [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything there's a chance the player could get to the point of Chrom's marriage in the game and not have any of his potential brides still available]], so he will marry a random villager the player never hears from again. This get [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded even]]:
--->'''Lissa''': "Turn my back one minute and you're married. The next minute? A baby!"

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' mostly averts it - you can only get your characters married after they spend a lot of time on the battlefield together (which can '''never''' be less than four battles, and will usually be more), watch multiple conversations that give reasons at least somewhat believable for the two falling in love (with more conversations implied), and even then you have to make the final push for the characters to get married yourself. Except Chrom. For storyline and mechanics reasons, he gets married to whichever one of his prospects he has the most support points with after Chapter [[spoiler:11]]. One character - which Chrom can marry - is made playable right at the beginning of that chapter! So if Chrom has no support points with any of his other prospects or they are already married, he can marry Olivia very shortly after meeting her with all of ''one'' support point - not even enough for a C-rank conversation! And since the game maintains the series tradition of permadeath should your characters die in a fight (though it's optional in this entry), [[TheDevTeamThinksOfEverything there's a chance the player could get to the point of Chrom's marriage in the game and not have any of his potential brides still available]], so he will marry a random villager the player never hears from again. This get [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded even]]:
--->'''Lissa''':
even gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d:
-->'''Lissa''':
"Turn my back one minute and you're married. The next minute? A baby!"



* The ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' games have Marcus and Anya, who have so little chemistry it hurts. They barely interact, and when they do, there's nothing particularly romantic about it. It doesn't help that the games tend to be light on the characterisation side, making these two's romance just awkward every time it appears. In the games, Anya has very little personality beyond being a caring person, while Marcus is the typical aggressive screaming soldier (he may even be the new poster boy). While this can be justified by the fact that there is a world-ending conflict going on, it doesn't change that we're supposed to swallow that these two apparetly love each other.

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* The ''VideoGame/GearsOfWar'' games have Marcus and Anya, who have so little chemistry it hurts. They barely interact, and when they do, there's nothing particularly romantic about it. It doesn't help that the games tend to be light on the characterisation side, making these two's romance just awkward every time it appears. In the games, Anya has very little personality beyond being a caring person, while Marcus is the typical aggressive screaming soldier (he may even be the new poster boy). While this can be justified by the fact that there is a world-ending conflict going on, it doesn't change that we're supposed to swallow that these two apparetly apparently love each other.



* ''VideoGame/ObsCure'' has a few couples in the game, and most of them are standard high school and college romances, or one-sided but believable crushes. However, Stan gets one with Shannon. The two of them have no interaction with each other [[spoiler: until Stan helps her kill a mutated Kenny.]] All of a sudden, they're making out.

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* ''VideoGame/ObsCure'' has a few couples in the game, and most of them are standard high school and college romances, or one-sided but believable crushes. However, Stan gets one with Shannon. The two of them have no interaction with each other [[spoiler: until Stan helps her kill a mutated Kenny.]] Kenny]]. All of a sudden, they're making out.



* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' has this happen to the OfficialCouple of Guybrush and Elaine. They meet once (after he's just broken into and trashed her mansion no less!) have a brief conversation then, when they meet again, they're suddenly acting like SickeningSweethearts and declaring their undying love! The whole thing is played very tongue-in-cheek like the rest of the game so most players don't mind much.

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* ''VideoGame/TheSecretOfMonkeyIsland'' has this happen to the OfficialCouple of Guybrush and Elaine. They meet once (after he's just broken into and trashed her mansion no less!) have a brief conversation then, when they meet again, they're suddenly acting like SickeningSweethearts SickeninglySweethearts and declaring their undying love! The whole thing is played very tongue-in-cheek like the rest of the game so most players don't mind much.



** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': The player can invoke this if they bungle Colette's RelationshipValues and then chooses to [[spoiler: kill Zelos off to get Kratos back in the party,]] since Colette is the default love interest and the scene where you choose which ending makes you reject everyone in order to [[spoiler: pick him.]]

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** ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': The player can invoke this if they bungle Colette's RelationshipValues and then chooses to [[spoiler: kill Zelos off to get Kratos back in the party,]] since Colette is the default love interest and the scene where you choose which ending makes you reject everyone in order to [[spoiler: pick him.]]him]].



* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': John and Vriska have known each other for all of six hours before she starts developing a crush on him. However, after a year's TimeSkip, someone brings up the subject to John again... and he proceeds to go over all the problems that commonly accompany this trope, and concludes that ultimately, they'd have to know each other far longer before it could really mean anything. Indeed, during the TimeSkip, Vriska [[spoiler:dated an [[BadFuture alternate version]] of John for a while, but since they were both [[OurGhostsAreDifferent dead]], they had infinite time to get to know each other. And then their relationship fizzled out anyway.]]

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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': John and Vriska have known each other for all of six hours before she starts developing a crush on him. However, after a year's TimeSkip, someone brings up the subject to John again... and he proceeds to go over all the problems that commonly accompany this trope, and concludes that ultimately, they'd have to know each other far longer before it could really mean anything. Indeed, during the TimeSkip, Vriska [[spoiler:dated an [[BadFuture alternate version]] of John for a while, but since they were both [[OurGhostsAreDifferent dead]], they had infinite time to get to know each other. And then their relationship fizzled out anyway.]]anyway]].



* Kyle and the Annihilator of ''The Young Protectors''. Before the comic even progressed past the ''prologue'' the two are all but professing their undying love for each other with Kyle insisting that he wants to have his first-ever sexual experience with the world's most notorious supervillain and has absolutely no doubts about it (in spite of being terrified for years of even having ADateWithRosiePalms due to [[spoiler:his fire-based powers being fueled by emotion, which includes orgasm]]), and said notorious supervillain declaring that he wants to reform himself for Kyle even though he's never had any second thoughts about his supervillain career before. Before this they had a single kiss in a back alley and a single dinner date. Add to that Kyle being only seventeen years old and the Annihilator being ''fifty-eight'' years old, something that doesn't give either of them more than the slightest hesitation... [[spoiler:which was [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste entirely the point]]. The comic, up through half of the second chapter, was busy {{invok|edTrope}}ing, {{subvert|edTrope}}ing and {{exploit|edTrope}}ing all things LoveAtFirstSight, ''particularly'' of the standard BoysLove variety. Kyle, being a lonely, closeted seventeen-year-old with [[CelibateHero self-enforced celibacy]], lacks much experience with adult life and ''any'' with romance, leaving him extremely susceptible to seduction from the resident ManipulativeBastard, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything who abandons him the moment he gets what he wants.]]]]

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* Kyle and the Annihilator of ''The Young Protectors''. Before the comic even progressed past the ''prologue'' the two are all but professing their undying love for each other with Kyle insisting that he wants to have his first-ever sexual experience with the world's most notorious supervillain and has absolutely no doubts about it (in spite of being terrified for years of even having ADateWithRosiePalms due to [[spoiler:his fire-based powers being fueled by emotion, which includes orgasm]]), and said notorious supervillain declaring that he wants to reform himself for Kyle even though he's never had any second thoughts about his supervillain career before. Before this they had a single kiss in a back alley and a single dinner date. Add to that Kyle being only seventeen years old and the Annihilator being ''fifty-eight'' years old, something that doesn't give either of them more than the slightest hesitation... [[spoiler:which was [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste [[IntendedAudienceReaction entirely the point]]. The comic, up through half of the second chapter, was busy {{invok|edTrope}}ing, {{subvert|edTrope}}ing and {{exploit|edTrope}}ing all things LoveAtFirstSight, ''particularly'' of the standard BoysLove variety. Kyle, being a lonely, closeted seventeen-year-old with [[CelibateHero self-enforced celibacy]], lacks much experience with adult life and ''any'' with romance, leaving him extremely susceptible to seduction from the resident ManipulativeBastard, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything who abandons him the moment he gets what he wants.]]]]



* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 pre-game has the "relationship" with [[LonersAreFreaks Jonathan Jarocki]] and [[PerkyGoth Anna Chase]], which seemingly came out of nowhere when they took each other to prom and started dating afterwards. Most of their scenes were kind of awkward, despite the fact that both of them had [[NightmareFetishist rather dark interests]]. This wasn't helped by the fact that one of them (Jonathan) has actually been confirmed to be a self-insert, bringing NoYay into the picture. A lot of handlers expressed disgust at the pairing, which lead to this being fixed once v4 actually started by the two of them having an OffscreenBreakUp.

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* ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'' ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'' v4 pre-game has the "relationship" with [[LonersAreFreaks Jonathan Jarocki]] and [[PerkyGoth Anna Chase]], which seemingly came out of nowhere when they took each other to prom and started dating afterwards. Most of their scenes were kind of awkward, despite the fact that both of them had [[NightmareFetishist rather dark interests]]. This wasn't helped by the fact that one of them (Jonathan) has actually been confirmed to be a self-insert, bringing NoYay into the picture. A lot of handlers expressed disgust at the pairing, which lead to this being fixed once v4 actually started by the two of them having an OffscreenBreakUp.



** Poor Supergirl - [[spoiler:she meets a guy in the future, has a few lines with him, and is suddenly so in love that she abandons all she knows and cares about by [[PutOnABus staying in the far future]].]] [[spoiler:Braniac-5]] is hit pretty hard by this too: he's barely spoken to her, has only known her for a few minutes and suddenly he's agreeing with Green Arrow's suggestion that he's fallen for Supergirl?
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', new character Rose Wilson has a crush on ComicBook/MartianManhunter. The Martian inadvertently discovers they're "attuned" when he accidentally reads her thoughts (something he'd never do by accident with a non attuned person). He then Mind Melds with her so that they can get to know each other instantly and fall completely in love. Martians apparently have no need to date.

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** Poor Supergirl ComicBook/{{Supergirl}} - [[spoiler:she meets a guy in the future, has a few lines with him, and is suddenly so in love that she abandons all she knows and cares about by [[PutOnABus staying in the far future]].]] [[spoiler:Braniac-5]] is hit pretty hard by this too: he's barely spoken to her, has only known her for a few minutes and suddenly he's agreeing with Green Arrow's suggestion that he's fallen for Supergirl?
* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', new character Rose Wilson has a crush on ComicBook/MartianManhunter. The Martian inadvertently discovers they're "attuned" when he accidentally reads her thoughts (something he'd never do by accident with a non attuned person). He then Mind Melds with her so that they can get to know each other instantly and fall completely in love. Martians apparently have no need to date.
Supergirl?



** On ''World Tour'', [[TroubledButCute Duncan]] and [[PerkyGoth Gwen]]. Yes, this is [[BaseBreaker half of the fanbase's]] {{OTP}}, but let's face it--Duncan had ''never'' shown any romantic interest in Gwen before (though she obviously had a thing for him that [[ObliviousToLove he didn't know about]]), and while his relationship with [[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney]] was certainly [[SlapSlapKiss rocky]], he was always depicted as head-over-heels for her, even taking her back after she was [[CharacterDerailment derailed]] into a VillainSue in season two. In season three, he had ''no'' particular reason to want to break up with her, and when he came back to the show, hadn't seen her ''or'' Gwen in months. And ''less than five minutes'' after coming back, he's making out with Gwen [[YourCheatingHeart behind Courtney's back]], after literally the ''first'' conversation they've had in ten episodes.
** All three become contestants again in the fifth season ''Total Drama All-Stars''. The problems between them resurface, with Gwen being defined solely as a boyfriend stealer, Gwen trying to make things right with Courtney only to accidently hurt her numerous times, and Duncan still harboring feelings for Courtney. This all culminates in [[spoiler: Gwen dumping Duncan because she feels he's still too interested in Courtney.]]

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** On ''World Tour'', [[TroubledButCute Duncan]] and [[PerkyGoth Gwen]]. Yes, this is [[BaseBreaker half of the fanbase's]] {{OTP}}, {{O|neTruePairing}}TP, but let's face it--Duncan had ''never'' shown any romantic interest in Gwen before (though she obviously had a thing for him that [[ObliviousToLove he didn't know about]]), and while his relationship with [[WellExcuseMePrincess Courtney]] was certainly [[SlapSlapKiss rocky]], he was always depicted as head-over-heels for her, even taking her back after she was [[CharacterDerailment derailed]] into a VillainSue in season two. In season three, he had ''no'' particular reason to want to break up with her, and when he came back to the show, hadn't seen her ''or'' Gwen in months. And ''less than five minutes'' after coming back, he's making out with Gwen [[YourCheatingHeart behind Courtney's back]], after literally the ''first'' conversation they've had in ten episodes.
** All three become contestants again in the fifth season ''Total Drama All-Stars''. The problems between them resurface, with Gwen being defined solely as a boyfriend stealer, Gwen trying to make things right with Courtney only to accidently hurt her numerous times, and Duncan still harboring feelings for Courtney. This all culminates in [[spoiler: Gwen dumping Duncan because she feels he's still too interested in Courtney.]]Courtney]].
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* The early ''Literature/NightWatch'' novels have this with Anton and Svetlana. It seems the only reason they're together is because Gesar says so. In fact, Svetlana is frustrated that Anton seems to be taking the fact that they're going to end up together for granted, culminating in her having a threesome with two of his colleagues during a weekend getaway with Anton in the next room. When he finds out that truth, his calm acceptance and brushing off of this infuriates her, further pointing out how he doesn't care about it because their future together is set. It's pointed out, however, that Anton's big problem is Svetlana's power level, which is far above his. Historically, such relationships haven't lasted among Others. Their relationship is temporarily salvaged, when Svetlana is drained by the Mirror, making them more or less even. In later novels, they're HappilyMarried and raising a daughter, especially after [[spoiler:Anton is boosted to Svetlana's power level]]. It's not clear what will happen after ''Sixth Watch'', when [[spoiler:Anton is BroughtDownToNormal permanently, meaning Svetlana will outlive him by centuries]].
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Has absolutely nothing to do with TheRedStapler.



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** In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', new character Rose Wilson has a crush on ComicBook/MartianManhunter. The Martian inadvertently discovers they're "attuned" when he accidentally reads her thoughts (something he'd never do by accident with a non attuned person). He then Mind Melds with her so that they can get to know each other instantly and fall completely in love. Martians apparently have no need to date.

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** * In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueCrisisOnTwoEarths'', new character Rose Wilson has a crush on ComicBook/MartianManhunter. The Martian inadvertently discovers they're "attuned" when he accidentally reads her thoughts (something he'd never do by accident with a non attuned person). He then Mind Melds with her so that they can get to know each other instantly and fall completely in love. Martians apparently have no need to date.
16th Jul '16 6:57:36 PM Scabbard
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** [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender The original series]] has Zuko and Mai becoming a couple in the very first scene involving both characters at the beginning of Book 3. The only build up to the relationship in the second book are a throwaway line from her friend Ty Lee [[note]]"It'll be interesting seeing Zuko again, won't it, Mai?"[[/note]] and a scene in a flashback sequence set several years before where Mai appears to have a crush on him but there's no implication they've seen each others since.

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** [[WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender The original series]] has Zuko and Mai becoming a couple in the very first scene involving both characters at the beginning of Book 3. The only build up to the relationship in the second book are a throwaway line from her friend Ty Lee [[note]]"It'll be interesting seeing Zuko again, won't it, Mai?"[[/note]] and a scene in a flashback sequence set several years before where Mai appears to have a crush on him but there's no implication they've seen each others since.other since, much less that Zuko has ever been interested.
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