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19th Feb '17 11:45:00 PM Adept
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** ''Ahriman Prophecy'' has Devin marry Princess Alicia Pendragon despite Alicia being an OptionalPartyMember who barely has anything to do with the plot, and could only be recruited if the two main characters, [[FanPreferredCouple Devin and Talia]] completes an optional side quest in Candar.

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** ''Ahriman Prophecy'' has Devin marry Princess Alicia Pendragon despite Pendragon, even though Alicia being is an OptionalPartyMember who barely has anything to do with the plot, and could only be recruited if the two main characters, [[FanPreferredCouple Devin and Talia]] completes an optional side quest in Candar.



** In ''Aveyond 3'' Amanda reveals Edward/Stella to be canon, when the canon prologue of the third chapter has Edward about to marry ''Mel''. Mel's canon love interest doesn't even show up in the games.

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** In ''Aveyond 3'' Amanda 3'', [[WordOfGod Amanda]] reveals Edward/Stella to be canon, when the canon prologue of the third chapter has Edward about to marry ''Mel''. Mel's canon love interest doesn't even show up in the games.
9th Feb '17 2:58:13 AM Kadorhal
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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' Snake and Meryl have a scene where they meet, they separate, then have another scene later on that expands a bit on Meryl's character. Almost immediately after is the Psycho Mantis fight, at the end of which Mantis claims out of nowhere that Snake has a large place in Meryl's heart (ironically coming ten minutes after she herself claims to have had psychotherapy to destroy her interest in men while in training - so much for that). They have another conversation, then Meryl is shot and she's not seen again until the finale, where they're suddenly having a romantic moment and riding off into the sunset. However, in ''[=MGS4=]'' it turns out the two broke up rather quickly afterwards.
** ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' has a rather infamous example with Raiden and Rose. Rose is introduced as Raiden's girlfriend, and most of their conversations are about their relationship, ranging from how SickeninglySweethearts they are to her being a nagging girlfriend asking him to remember an important date. By the end, this is actually justified, as it turns out [[spoiler:she's a spy for the patriots who has changed her looks and personality in order for him to fall in love with her, with much of their relationship being scripted on her part]]. The ending has them both [[spoiler:swear to help each other discover their true selves]] and form a more genuine connection, but that doesn't stop most players from being irritated to hell and back by the forced nature of their relationship.

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** In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' Snake and Meryl have a scene where they meet, they separate, then have another scene later on that expands a bit on Meryl's character. Almost immediately after is the Psycho Mantis fight, at the end of which Mantis claims out of nowhere that Snake has a large place in Meryl's heart (ironically coming ten minutes after she herself claims to have had psychotherapy to destroy her interest in men while in training - so much for that). They have another conversation, then Meryl is shot and she's not seen again until the finale, where they're suddenly having a romantic moment and riding off into the sunset. However, Meryl is a complete no-show in the next game (the only hint of her even still existing is Snake's comment that "I've had enough of tomboys"), and in ''[=MGS4=]'' it turns out the two broke up rather quickly afterwards.
** ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 2|SonsOfLiberty}}'' has a rather infamous example with Raiden and Rose. Rose is introduced as Raiden's girlfriend, and most of their conversations are about their relationship, ranging from how SickeninglySweethearts they are to her being a nagging girlfriend asking him to remember an important date. By the end, this is actually justified, as it turns out [[spoiler:she's a spy for [[AncientConspiracy the patriots Patriots]] who has changed her looks and personality in order for him to fall in love with her, with much of their relationship being scripted on her part]]. The ending has them both [[spoiler:swear to help each other discover their true selves]] and form a more genuine connection, but that doesn't stop most players from being irritated to hell and back by the forced nature of their relationship.



** In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' the relationship between Otacon and [[spoiler:Naomi]] came out of nowhere and was poorly handled whenever it cropped up. Somewhat justifiable, as it's later revealed that [[spoiler:Naomi was throwing herself at him in order to advance her and Ocelot's goals. But then it's implied she did legitimately have feelings for him... post-mortem. Go figure]]. Also, Otacon has a habit of reacting to any overtures of friendship and kindness by immediately dedicating his body and heart to the giver... a not uncommon trait among [[spoiler:[[RapeAsBackstory victims of child sexual abuse]]]].

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** In ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 4|GunsOfThePatriots}}'' the relationship between Otacon and [[spoiler:Naomi]] came out of nowhere and was poorly handled whenever it cropped up. Somewhat justifiable, as it's later revealed that [[spoiler:Naomi was throwing herself at him in order to advance her and Ocelot's goals. But then it's implied she did legitimately have feelings for him... post-mortem. Go figure]]. Also, Otacon has a habit of reacting to any overtures of friendship and kindness by immediately dedicating his body and heart to the giver...giver (see also his completely one-sided attraction to Sniper Wolf in the first ''Metal Gear Solid'')... a not uncommon trait among [[spoiler:[[RapeAsBackstory victims of child sexual abuse]]]].



* In ''Spyro:AHero'sTail'' Ember had a clear crush on Spyro, which carried over to the next game. Then an armadillo named Bandit saw her and immediately fell in love with her and had Spyro deliver a love letter to her. When Ember gets the letter, she immediately dropped her crush on Spyro and fell for Bandit, even though the two did not and would not directly interact with each other.

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* In ''Spyro:AHero'sTail'' ''VideoGame/SpyroAHerosTail'', Ember had a clear crush on Spyro, which carried over to the next game. Then an armadillo named Bandit saw her and immediately fell in love with her and had Spyro deliver a love letter to her. When Ember gets the letter, she immediately dropped her crush on Spyro and fell for Bandit, even though the two did not and would not directly interact with each other.
8th Feb '17 10:35:39 PM Kadorhal
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** This is the case with earlier movies, particularly ones like ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. It can be chalked up to 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!".Too in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' the relationship of Ariel and Eric, being equally developed than the above mentioned, occurred between two people, those who have not known each other for more than three days, and she could not speak, leading to a wedding after that within 3 days.

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** This is the case with earlier movies, particularly ones like ''Disney/{{Snow White|AndTheSevenDwarfs}}'', ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}''. It can be chalked up to 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!".Too Even in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'' the relationship of Ariel and Eric, despite being equally more developed than some of the above mentioned, aforementioned, occurred between two people, those people who have did not known know each other for more than three days, and she could not speak, leading to a wedding couldn't even speak at first, yet after that within 3 days.those three days they're already getting married.
29th Jan '17 4:37:01 PM Eievie
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->'''Liu Kang:''' My heart belongs to another.
->'''The Nostalgia Critic:''' Your heart belongs to another? Who? Kitana? That chick you've known for less than an hour? How does she own your heart? True, you just met this other woman, but give her a few minutes and you'll have known her just as long.

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->'''Liu Kang:''' My heart belongs to another.
->'''The
another.\\
'''The
Nostalgia Critic:''' Your heart belongs to another? Who? Kitana? That chick you've known for less than an hour? How does she own your heart? True, you just met this other woman, but give her a few minutes and you'll have known her just as long.



* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin's romance with [[spoiler:Lylia]] ensues quite suddenly. Justified in that she's a HormoneAddledTeenager, and [[spoiler:as he falls in love with [[ExoticExtendedMarriage all the five eldest brides]]]] there would be no time to develop all those relationships in detail. And the narration doesn't claim it's true love, it is just portrayed as a mutual attraction.

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* In ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', Jerin's romance with [[spoiler:Lylia]] ensues quite suddenly. Justified in that she's a HormoneAddledTeenager, they're both {{Hormone Addled Teenager}}a, and [[spoiler:as he falls in love with [[ExoticExtendedMarriage all the five eldest brides]]]] there would be no time to develop all those relationships in detail. And the narration doesn't claim it's true love, it is just portrayed as a mutual attraction.



** Lupin and Tonks. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry sees Tonks upset several times and thinks it's [[spoiler:over Sirius dying]], and that maybe she was even [[KissingCousins in love with him]]. Then the climax reveals that Tonks is deeply in love with and wants to marry Lupin. They proceed to do so despite having no interaction on camera before this. As the books are primarily written from Harry's perspective, it's somewhat understandable that plenty of major events can happen off-camera simply because Harry can't be present for every single storyline. At the same time, the reader can still feel left out as the key parts of the RomanceArc never actually happen in front of ''them'' either.

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** Lupin and Tonks. In ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheHalfBloodPrince The Half-Blood Prince]]'', Harry sees Tonks upset several times and thinks it's [[spoiler:over Sirius dying]], and that maybe she was even [[KissingCousins in love with him]]. Then the climax reveals that Tonks is deeply in love with and wants to marry Lupin. They proceed to do so despite having no interaction on camera before this. As the books are primarily written from Harry's perspective, it's somewhat understandable that plenty of major events can happen off-camera simply because Harry can't be present for every single storyline. At the same time, the reader can still feel left out as the key parts of the RomanceArc never actually happen in front of ''them'' either.
17th Jan '17 6:00:15 AM thebluebus
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* In ''Spyro:AHero'sTail'' Ember had a clear crush on Spyro, which carried over to the next game. Then an armadillo named Bandit saw her and immediately fell in love with her and had Spyro deliver a love letter to her. When Ember gets the letter, she immediately dropped her crush on Spyro and fell for Bandit, even though the two did not and would not directly interact with each other.
16th Jan '17 8:28:04 PM thebluebus
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfSpyro'', Spyro and Cynder go through the trilogy not showing any romantic interest in each other and then suddenly in the climax of the last game, Cynder says she loves him. The explanation for this is that Spyro and Cynder weren't supposed to hook up but a part of the fanbase wanted them to, so they decided to ThrowItIn.
16th Jan '17 8:07:02 PM merotoker
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** In ''Xenocide'', Wang-Mu idolizes the long-dead-by-''millennia'' Hegemon Peter and at the end of the book gets the unexpected offer to embark on an adventure with a clone of him. Over the course of three days she grows jealous of the AI he communicates with, even though said AI's life is on the line. She also doesn't pay much attention to the Peter clone admitting at the start that he's not actually like the long-deceased Peter and more akin to a {{Flanderized}} version with exaggerated ambition and sociopathy.

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** In ''Xenocide'', Wang-Mu idolizes the long-dead-by-''millennia'' Hegemon Peter and at the end of the book gets the unexpected offer to embark on an adventure with a clone of him. Over the course of three days she grows jealous of the AI he communicates with, even though said AI's life is on the line. She also doesn't pay much attention to the Peter clone admitting at the start that he's not actually like the long-deceased Peter and more akin to a {{Flanderized}} {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed version with exaggerated ambition and sociopathy.



** Even more strangely, the entire storyline for [[spoiler: Will Scarlet]] was dropped without much explanation, and the character was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Brother Chucked]], leaving [[spoiler:Belle and Gold]] free to snap back to OfficialCouple status, and the mystery of what happened to [[spoiler:The Red Queen, who was last shown as Will's wife in the finale of ''OnceUponATimeInWonderland'']] completely unresolved, despite a scene earlier in Season 4 hinting that he was still looking for her.

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** Even more strangely, the entire storyline for [[spoiler: Will Scarlet]] was dropped without much explanation, and the character was [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome Brother Chucked]], leaving [[spoiler:Belle and Gold]] free to snap back to OfficialCouple status, and the mystery of what happened to [[spoiler:The Red Queen, who was last shown as Will's wife in the finale of ''OnceUponATimeInWonderland'']] ''Series/OnceUponATimeInWonderland'']] completely unresolved, despite a scene earlier in Season 4 hinting that he was still looking for her.



** [=SoulKat=] apparently decided that Miles and Rachael needed to be shoved together as soon as possible, with little other than ID holding him back from doing it within a few pages. The part with Miles showing Rachael his junked plane, with Rachael reacting inexplicably well to Miles calling her pet-names and sharing his responsibility-dodging dreams with her, was the ''toned down'' version--the original, according to [=ID=], was filled with juvenile flirting and completely unsubtle double-entendres from both characters. As Rachael has previously given every indication of absolutely ''despising'' guys like Miles, and as Miles has not shown a single sign of miraculously becoming the type of man she'd want to spend her life with, this trope is in full effect as she's steadily [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] into a stereotypical {{Tsundere}} to facilitate their pairing. On the forum, [[WordOfGod despite Chalo himself saying all that's changed is Rachael just hates Miles a tiny bit less]], she's begun adopting [[ItsAllAboutMe his arrogant, myopic worldview]] that she's previously explicitly stated she hates, while he goes on about how close they are and how much time they spend together and refers to her as "[his] girl".

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** [=SoulKat=] apparently decided that Miles and Rachael needed to be shoved together as soon as possible, with little other than ID holding him back from doing it within a few pages. The part with Miles showing Rachael his junked plane, with Rachael reacting inexplicably well to Miles calling her pet-names and sharing his responsibility-dodging dreams with her, was the ''toned down'' version--the original, according to [=ID=], was filled with juvenile flirting and completely unsubtle double-entendres from both characters. As Rachael has previously given every indication of absolutely ''despising'' guys like Miles, and as Miles has not shown a single sign of miraculously becoming the type of man she'd want to spend her life with, this trope is in full effect as she's steadily [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] {{Flanderiz|ation}}ed into a stereotypical {{Tsundere}} to facilitate their pairing. On the forum, [[WordOfGod despite Chalo himself saying all that's changed is Rachael just hates Miles a tiny bit less]], she's begun adopting [[ItsAllAboutMe his arrogant, myopic worldview]] that she's previously explicitly stated she hates, while he goes on about how close they are and how much time they spend together and refers to her as "[his] girl".
10th Jan '17 9:55:52 PM Katya0133
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** ''Theater/Ruddigore'' frequently ends with the newly-revived ghosts marrying the chorus of bridesmaids. Never mind that they never interacted, and most of the ghosts have been dead for centuries, it's more important to give everyone a wedding!

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** ''Theater/Ruddigore'' ''Theater/{{Ruddigore}}'' frequently ends with the newly-revived ghosts marrying the chorus of bridesmaids. Never mind that they never interacted, and most of the ghosts have been dead for centuries, it's more important to give everyone a wedding!
7th Jan '17 5:28:22 PM Benthelame
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*''WesternAnimation/{{Thumbelina}}'' has a definite example of this trope with respect to the main character and her love interest Prince Cornelius. They only spent one night together flying around in the starlit sky and singing about how much they loved each other. This is made even more poignant when you take into account that the night they did all that was the night they met for the very first time.
29th Dec '16 10:40:49 PM Wuz
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*** In fact, where Kakudou wasn't ''directly'' involved, the creative trend inevitably slid towards developing Tai and Sora. Mamoru Hosoda, another major series director, introduced a romantic sub-plot between them in ''[[TheMovie Our War Game]]'', rife with ShipTease. The staff behind the Fox Kids dub, including head writer Jeff Nimoy, openly preferred them as a pair, which [[FanPreferredCouple they considered to be the more plausible couple]] and [[WriterOnBoard emphasized it in their writing]]. Back on Kakudou's end, efforts were taken to ensure his vision, which led to the infamous ChristmasEpisode in which Sora and Yamato, who were now OutOfFocus along with the rest of the original cast, became the series' Official Couple; in the States, this became a spontaneous LoveTriangle with [[DidNotGetTheGirl a tragic outcome for Tai]]. At this point the RelationshipWritingFumble was growing out of control, leading to the franchise producing [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials and the drama CDs]] trying to develop it; the ''Digimon Adventure'' PSP game recast the whole affair as a love triangle, which was [[https://twitter.com/kakudou/status/340757798776348672 completely against Kakudou's vision.]]

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*** In fact, where Kakudou wasn't ''directly'' involved, the creative trend inevitably slid towards developing Tai and Sora. Mamoru Hosoda, Creator/MamoruHosoda, another major series director, introduced a romantic sub-plot between them in ''[[TheMovie Our War Game]]'', rife with ShipTease. The staff behind the Fox Kids dub, including head writer Jeff Nimoy, openly preferred them as a pair, which [[FanPreferredCouple they considered to be the more plausible couple]] and [[WriterOnBoard emphasized it in their writing]]. Back on Kakudou's end, efforts were taken to ensure his vision, which led to the infamous ChristmasEpisode in which Sora and Yamato, who were now OutOfFocus along with the rest of the original cast, became the series' Official Couple; in the States, this became a spontaneous LoveTriangle with [[DidNotGetTheGirl a tragic outcome for Tai]]. At this point the RelationshipWritingFumble was growing out of control, leading to the franchise producing [[AllThereInTheManual supplementary materials and the drama CDs]] trying to develop it; the ''Digimon Adventure'' PSP game recast the whole affair as a love triangle, which was [[https://twitter.com/kakudou/status/340757798776348672 completely against Kakudou's vision.]]
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