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9th Feb '16 4:27:23 PM Hylarn
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9th Feb '16 11:25:02 AM Silverblade2
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* Potentially done in ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', which mostly takes place over four days or so. Let's see, a serial killer of children has kidnapped your son and forced you to go through several painful trials leaving you injured and exhausted, you have had to [[spoiler:cut off the tip of your finger]] not long ago, you JUST [[spoiler:murdered a father of two]] out of necessity and feel absolutely terrible, and your only child is drowning in rainwater AT THIS VERY MOMENT and has been there for days by now. Meanwhile this woman you met a couple of days ago who patched you up and maybe helped you escape the police once has just returned from performing a forced striptease at gunpoint in a nightclub she found out about from a card received from the home of an insane doctor who almost cut her open with a drill and who she killed with that very same drill. The logical thing to do when time is of the essence because very soon rainfall will drown your no doubt starving and hypothermic child? Make out, have sex and instantly fall in love. And all of these are the "best" and very likely choices.
29th Jan '16 2:55:38 PM SolipSchism
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Wick cleanup, Edit War moved to Administrivia
# Most importantly, a couple falling into this trope does not automatically mean they are a bad couple, so there is no need to go ballistic and start an EditWar if you see your favorite couple on here. A couple can fall under this trope and still be a very great couple, just like a DeusExMachina does not automatically make [[ShockingSwerve a plot twist a bad one]].
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# Most importantly, a couple falling into this trope does not automatically mean they are a bad couple, so there is no need to go ballistic and start an EditWar Administrivia/EditWar if you see your favorite couple on here. A couple can fall under this trope and still be a very great couple, just like a DeusExMachina does not automatically make [[ShockingSwerve a plot twist a bad one]].
25th Jan '16 6:48:02 PM UnderwolfYamcha
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His word is that romance bores him.
* Most pairings in ''Manga/DragonBall'' and its continuities (though Gohan/Videl actually averts it, since the two take a while to develop their feelings). The characters marry and have kids during the series's frequent time skips with little on-screen development. To the author's credit, the reason for the lack of development is because [[RelationshipWritingFumble he thought he was terrible at romance]], and most of the couples hook up during a TimeSkip of several years, allowing the readers' imaginations to run wild.
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* Most pairings in ''Manga/DragonBall'' and its continuities (though Gohan/Videl actually averts it, since the two take a while to develop their feelings). The A few characters marry and have kids during the series's frequent time skips with little on-screen development. To the author's credit, the reason for the lack of development is because [[RelationshipWritingFumble he's stated in interviews that he thought he was terrible at romance]], doesn't care for romance, and most of the couples hook up during a TimeSkip of several years, allowing the readers' imaginations to run wild.
24th Jan '16 4:08:30 PM AzureSeas
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* The protagonists of ''VideoGame/LegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' spend the first two chapters doing nothing but bickering over the other's lifestyle and wondering where their father has gone. Nothing about their interactions or narration indicates attraction, and yet ''every single NPC'' mistakes them for a couple or remarks that Estelle should tap that ass. It's like the writers wanted an [[SlapSlapKiss antagonistic]] romance, but forgot about the part where such plots include actual desire. [[spoiler:This gets even more blatant when Joshua declares that he fell in LoveAtFirstSight with Estelle...despite never thinking about this 'love,' acting on it, or doing ''anything'' to foreshadow it since the game began]]. Also, [[NotBloodSiblings they are adoptive siblings]], so Estelle's embarrassment when the topic is brought up seems a lot more justified than in your average WillTheyOrWontThey plot.
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* The protagonists of ''VideoGame/LegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky'' spend the first two chapters doing nothing but bickering over the other's lifestyle and wondering where their father has gone. Nothing about their interactions or narration indicates attraction, and yet ''every single NPC'' mistakes them for a couple or remarks that Estelle should tap that ass. It's like the writers wanted an [[SlapSlapKiss antagonistic]] romance, but forgot about the part where such plots include actual desire. [[spoiler:This gets even more blatant when Joshua declares that he fell in LoveAtFirstSight with Estelle...despite never thinking about this 'love,' acting on it, or doing ''anything'' to foreshadow it since the game began]]. Also, [[NotBloodSiblings they are adoptive siblings]], so Estelle's embarrassment when the topic is brought up seems a lot more justified than in your average WillTheyOrWontThey plot.
23rd Jan '16 10:43:25 AM Silverblade2
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If Korrasami counts there's no reason why Maiko doesn't.
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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.
21st Jan '16 4:28:50 PM pinkdalek
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' Squall and Rinoa's romance can come off this way based on the player's actions; not taking Rinoa along as a party member and/or missing certain plot events (which provide CharacterDevelopment for the pair) can make Squall's sudden attachment to her come out of nowhere. Even if you did bring Rinoa with you, it can still end up for naught; Rinoa will ''try'' to get Squall out of his shell, only for Squall to choose whether or not to take the bait. Should the player never take the bait and/or screw up the musical score in Disc 2, the two won't grow any closer. * A similar example can happen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', which clearly intends to ship Tidus/Yuna, but inexplicably includes a relationship system that includes Yuna, Lulu, and Rikku. Thus a number of scenes can take place implying Tidus' attraction with one of the other two girls before the game takes over and pushes him back to Yuna instead. While not nearly as extreme as the Rinoa example, as Yuna and Tidus have plenty of mandatory scenes throughout the story that build them as a couple and Yuna is always in the party when the game needs her to be, it can feel a bit ham-fisted if the player chased one of the other two women and yet Tidus always ends up with Yuna, Lulu always ends up with Wakka (which comes out of nowhere in its own right), and Rikku always ends up in the sequel single and refusing to talk about her relationship with Gippel.
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* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'': ** Some people complain that Cecil and Rosa in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' are unconvincing - they clearly are already in a relationship at the beginning of the game, but Rosa's [[SatelliteLoveInterest bland personality]] means Cecil has more chemistry with almost every other character in the cast besides her. In particular, he has an intense friendship/rivalry with Kain over her affections, in which she has so little actual presence that one may be tempted to remove her entirely, leaving the boys using her as a homoerotic proxy. This is improved a little by the DS version, which provides her with her own opinions on the game's events via seeing her thoughts, so she becomes less of a FlatCharacter. ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' will always have Cloud ending up very close to Tifa and having a DidTheyOrDidntThey scene with her under the Highwind. However, the game also has an affection system which allows the player to be kind to her or horrible - and while Cloud certainly gets a lot of scripted scenes with her in which he states his affection, he can end up bullying her much of the rest of the time. If the player chooses to do this, Cloud's dialogue in the eventual scene changes to come off as distant and bored, but he'll still wake up in her arms the next morning. ** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' Squall and Rinoa's romance can come off this way based on the player's actions; not taking Rinoa along as a party member and/or missing certain plot events (which provide CharacterDevelopment for the pair) can make Squall's sudden attachment to her come out of nowhere. Even if you did bring Rinoa with you, it can still end up for naught; Rinoa will ''try'' to get Squall out of his shell, only for Squall to choose whether or not to take the bait. Should the player never take the bait and/or screw up the musical score in Disc 2, the two won't grow any closer. * ** A similar example can happen in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', which clearly intends to ship Tidus/Yuna, but inexplicably includes a relationship system that includes Yuna, Lulu, and Rikku. Thus a number of scenes can take place implying Tidus' attraction with one of the other two girls before the game takes over and pushes him back to Yuna instead. While not nearly as extreme as the Rinoa example, as Yuna and Tidus have plenty of mandatory scenes throughout the story that build them as a couple and Yuna is always in the party when the game needs her to be, it can feel a bit ham-fisted if the player chased one of the other two women and yet Tidus always ends up with Yuna, Lulu always ends up with Wakka (which comes out of nowhere in its own right), and Rikku always ends up in the sequel single and refusing to talk about her relationship with Gippel.
18th Jan '16 11:28:58 PM StrixObscuro
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* Subverted in the ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' storyline "One Year Later". It had [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]] suddenly involved in a relationship with Nemesis (Tom Tresser), a new co-worker and long-time minor DC character. Many fans felt this new hookup was rushed at best, especially since Tom was [[NotAsYouKnowThem considerably more boorish than in previous appearances]]. Eventually, in ''WonderWoman'' #32, It's revealed that Diana never had romantic feelings towards Tom at all; she was just exploiting his feelings towards her to get him to father her daughters and replenish the Amazon population. So, instead of her loving a jerk, she's a borderline sexual predator taking advantage of ''his'' feelings! What an impro-wait, what?
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* Subverted in the ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis'' storyline "One Year Later". It had [[ComicBook/WonderWoman Diana]] suddenly involved in a relationship with Nemesis (Tom Tresser), a new co-worker and long-time minor DC character. Many fans felt this new hookup was rushed at best, especially since Tom was [[NotAsYouKnowThem considerably more boorish than in previous appearances]]. Eventually, in ''WonderWoman'' ''ComicBook/WonderWoman'' #32, It's revealed that Diana never had romantic feelings towards Tom at all; she was just exploiting his feelings towards her to get him to father her daughters and replenish the Amazon population. So, instead of her loving a jerk, she's a borderline sexual predator taking advantage of ''his'' feelings! What an impro-wait, what?

** Karolina Dean and Xavin. The entire basis for their relationship was that she was a lonely, depressed teenage lesbian, and he was able to become female, and also, they had an ArrangedMarriage that had to be consummated or else three different worlds would be destroyed, the result of Karolina's evil parents' machinations. That Karolina had a history of suicidal tendencies gave their relationship some UnfortunateImplications that Brian K Vaughn apparently had no interest in averting (instead of softening Xavin over time, he made him more boorish, arrogant, and masculine, and even had him point-blank refuse to assume a feminine form unless he and Karolina were alone, which of course meant that we never saw it). Even Joss Whedon seemed to struggle to make their relationship look good before finally just making Xavin female. Later on, Terry Moore [[PutOnABus put Xavin on a bus]]. ** Victor Mancha completely falling for a girl named Lillie the very same day he met her, even going so far to start having wet dreams about her, and cheating on his current girlfriend Nico the very next day. The fact that Nico herself pushed Victor to cheat on her and later justified it as they having discovered "true love" was way too much to swallow. Especially considering that original creator, Brian K. Vaughan, took a long time to develop Victor and Nico's relationship, from a mistake to a real bond of love, before leaving. What's worse, the girl doesn't even stay with him in the end, so the thing just ended up looking like a messy plan to break up Victor and Nico. Makes you wonder if Josh Whedon hated poor Victor or something.
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** For most of the original series, Chase showed an obvious attraction to Karolina, completely oblivious to the signs that she was a lesbian, but suddenly fell in love with Gert after the latter saved his life. ** Karolina Dean and Xavin. The entire basis for their relationship was that she was a lonely, depressed teenage lesbian, and he Xavin was able to become female, and also, they had an ArrangedMarriage that had to be consummated or else three different worlds would be destroyed, the result of Karolina's evil parents' machinations. That Karolina had a history of suicidal tendencies gave their relationship some UnfortunateImplications that Brian K Vaughn Creator/BrianKVaughan apparently had no interest in averting (instead (the little that is shown of softening Karolina's time among the Skrulls suggests that Xavin over time, he made him more boorish, arrogant, and masculine, and even had him point-blank refuse to assume a feminine form unless he and Karolina were alone, which of course meant that we never saw it). kept her completely isolated throughout their courtship). Even Joss Whedon Creator/JossWhedon seemed to struggle to make their relationship look good before finally just making Xavin female. Later on, Terry Moore Creator/TerryMoore [[PutOnABus put Xavin on a bus]]. ** Victor Mancha completely falling for a girl named Lillie the very same day he met her, even going so far to start having wet dreams about her, and cheating on his current girlfriend Nico the very next day. The fact that Nico herself pushed Victor to cheat on her and later justified it as they having discovered "true love" was way too much to swallow. Especially considering that original creator, Brian K. Vaughan, took a long time to develop Victor and Nico's relationship, from a mistake to a real bond of love, before leaving. What's worse, the girl doesn't even stay with him in the end, so the thing just ended up looking like a messy plan to break up Victor and Nico. Makes you wonder if Josh Joss Whedon hated poor Victor or something.
16th Jan '16 10:55:52 PM Bionicman
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* No quite a romantic example, but VideoGame/MassEffect gives us Liara T'Soni who, no matter how rude you've been toward her in the first game, is treated by the third game as Shepard's best friend.
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* No quite a romantic example, but VideoGame/MassEffect gives us Liara T'Soni who, T'Soni, who is constantly pushed as the canon love interest of [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]]. In the first game, simply being polite to her can easily trigger a romance with her (complete with the game's most explicit sex scene), and no matter how rude you've been you are toward her in the first game, her, she is treated by in the third game as Shepard's best friend.friend.
16th Jan '16 7:33:30 PM Tuckerscreator
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That's already clear from the entry.
* ''{{Film/Enchanted}}'' The PairTheSpares is worse than other examples because it's a BrokenAesop. After mocking Love At First Sight for the whole movie, Nancy runs off with Edward to the animated world the same night that she meets him. It seems that true love ''does'' come as fast as fairy tales suggest it does, after all -- if you live in a Disney movie. It's more understandabale if you see a deleted scene that paints Nancy as a jaded romantist whose given up on meeting PrinceCharming but it's still jarring. Notice that the live action Giselle and Robert appears to spend weeks or even months together building their relationship and her career, while animated Nancy and Edward are getting married before her cell phone has completely run out of charge.
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* ''{{Film/Enchanted}}'' ''{{Film/Enchanted}}'': The PairTheSpares is worse than other examples because it's a BrokenAesop. After mocking Love At First Sight for the whole movie, Nancy runs off with Edward to the animated world the same night that she meets him. It seems that true love ''does'' come as fast as fairy tales suggest it does, after all -- if you live in a Disney movie. It's more understandabale understandable if you see a deleted scene that paints Nancy as a jaded romantist whose romanticist who's given up on meeting PrinceCharming but it's still jarring. Notice that the live action Giselle and Robert appears to spend weeks or even months together building their relationship and her career, while animated Nancy and Edward are getting married before her cell phone has completely run out of charge.

** It's also not in the book at all.
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