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23rd Mar '17 9:44:37 AM unexplainedEnemy
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** ''Theater/TheSorceror'' takes the cake, though, as it's due to the LovePotion that everything happens.

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** ''Theater/TheSorceror'' ''Theatre/TheSorcerer'' takes the cake, though, as it's due to the LovePotion that everything happens.
13th Mar '17 6:13:32 PM Heartlesswithaheart
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* ''HarvestMoonAWonderfulLife'' has this happen if you don't marry anyone by the end of the first year. If such a thing happens, you end up proposed to by whichever marriage candidate has the highest affection, regardless of how little it is. However, this is averted if it's Nami, who agrees to marry you so she can stay in Forget-Me-Not Valley, since she's otherwise forced to leave because of a lack of money.
7th Mar '17 1:01:25 AM CaptEquinox
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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 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.

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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 steady 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 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.


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* The relationship between Eowyn and Faramir in ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'' can seem like this, or at the very least, wedged-in. The truth is that Tolkien initially intended Eowyn and ''Aragorn'' to be together -- then believed they wouldn't be a good match as Aragorn was "too old and lordly and grim", so he backtracked and created Arwen, later joining Eowyn to Faramir. Tolkien's notes show this was plainly an afterthought.
6th Mar '17 6:35:49 PM thebluebus
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* In ''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.

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* In ''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.barely interacted.
5th Mar '17 5:13:17 AM Sapphirea2
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** Clara Oswald and Danny Pink in Series 8. Clara and Eleven had been growing close in Series 7, but after he regenerates into the older-looking Twelve and draws back from her emotionally, she befriends this fellow teacher at Coal Hill. The problem is that this relationship's onscreen development into a romance that she struggles with for the remainder of the season -- should she settle down into a safe life with him, or continue traveling with the Doctor? -- consists of a few short scenes bookending "Into the Dalek" and a disastrous date (twice over) in "Listen". To make matters worse, she's ''still'' interested in the Doctor as a PlatonicLifePartner at the very least, with actress Jenna Coleman confirming that her "I love you" at the end of "Mummy on the Orient Express" is directed at the Doctor rather than Danny, and given how much more chemistry and ''screen time'' Twelve and Clara have together it's not hard to see why!
5th Mar '17 5:12:12 AM Sapphirea2
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** Clara Oswald and Danny Pink in Series 8. Clara and Eleven had been growing close in Series 7, but after he regenerates into the older-looking Twelve and draws back from her emotionally, she befriends this fellow teacher at Coal Hill. The problem is that this relationship's onscreen development into a romance that she struggles with for the remainder of the season -- should she settle down into a safe life with him, or continue traveling with the Doctor? -- consists of a few short scenes bookending "Into the Dalek" and a disastrous date (twice over) in "Listen". To make matters worse, she's ''still'' interested in the Doctor as a PlatonicLifePartner at the very least, with actress Jenna Coleman confirming that her "I love you" at the end of "Mummy on the Orient Express" is directed at the Doctor rather than Danny, and given how much more chemistry and ''screen time'' Twelve and Clara have together it's not hard to see why!
5th Mar '17 5:01:38 AM Sapphirea2
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** "Invasion of Time": companion Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey and marry the guard Andred. There's been nothing romantic between them. While the actors tried to suggest attraction in the story with their acting, the script didn't give them much to work with. It was basically, Doctor: "Come on, Leela, let's go." Leela: "No, I'm going to stay here and marry Andred." Doctor: "Okay, bye." This happened because the actress told the producer she was leaving at the end of the season, and he kept trying to change her mind. The Big Finish audio drama series ''Gallifrey'' ends up subverting this relationship in a fairly satisfying way.
** The posthumous pairing of Peri with King Yrcanos at the end of "Trial of a Time Lord". Apparently, Colin Baker was distressed by Peri's death at the end of the "Mindwarp" portion of the Trial story arc and mentioned this to producer John Nathan-Turner. JNT, in his usual subtle way, fixed the problem by giving the Inquisitor a quick line stating that Peri is living happily with Yrcanos as a warrior queen, despite how nothing in the story, apart from the brief clip of his putting his hand on her shoulder that is shown ''after'' that line, supports that romance, and doing a {{Retcon}} of it makes a hash of the entire end of the story.
** Susan, Vicki, and Jo are three other female companions who were wrote out of the show by perfunctorily marrying them off, though while the relationships had [[FourthDateMarriage very rapid development]] they weren't as completely out-of-nowhere as the two above.
** Vicki and Troilus. As soon as Vicki is gratuitously renamed "[[Theatre/TroilusAndCressida Cressida]]" by Agamemnon simply because he doesn't like her real name, it should be quite clear to the viewers where this is going.
** Martha Jones and Mickey Smith, two characters who before "Journey's End" had never even met, and had only been onscreen together in the scene where ''everybody from the new series ever'' flies the TARDIS, are shown in their "happy ending" vignette in ''The End of Time'' as a married couple, freelancers and fighting a Sontaran. This is despite the fact that Martha had been shown to be engaged in a previous appearance (though her fiance never showed up). It ends up looking like a bad case of PairTheSpares, and an even worse case of the TokenMinorityCouple.
*** At the end of ''Journey's End'', Martha and Mickey walk off with Captain Jack, but (despite initial plans) never appear in Torchwood's ''Children of Earth'' miniseries. While we never see any real interaction between them onscreen, there is at least an implication that they start spending time together after this point.
** In their early days, River and Eleven fell into this trope for some fans due to the main gimmick of their relationship being that they meet in the wrong order and therefore one tends to gain affection as the other loses it. Post-"The Wedding of River Song" they seem to be on the same wavelength, alleviating this aspect of their relationship.

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** "Invasion "The Invasion of Time": companion Companion Leela decides to stay on Gallifrey and marry the guard Andred. There's been nothing romantic between them. While the actors tried to suggest attraction in the story with their acting, the script didn't give them much to work with. It was It's basically, Doctor: "Come on, Leela, let's go." Leela: "No, I'm going to stay here and marry Andred." Doctor: "Okay, bye." This happened because the actress told the producer she was leaving at the end of the season, and he kept trying to change her mind. The Big Finish audio drama series ''Gallifrey'' ends up subverting this relationship in a fairly satisfying way.
** The posthumous pairing of Peri with King Yrcanos at the end of "Trial "The Trial of a Time Lord". Apparently, Colin Baker was distressed by Peri's death at the end of the "Mindwarp" portion of the Trial story arc StoryArc and mentioned this to producer John Nathan-Turner. JNT, in his usual subtle way, fixed the problem by giving the Inquisitor a quick line stating that Peri is living happily with Yrcanos as a warrior queen, despite how nothing in the story, apart from the brief clip of his putting his hand on her shoulder that is shown ''after'' that line, supports that romance, and doing a {{Retcon}} of it makes a hash of the entire end of the story.
** Susan, Vicki, and Jo are three other female companions who were wrote out of the show by perfunctorily marrying them off, though while the relationships had [[FourthDateMarriage very rapid development]] (one serial apiece) they weren't as completely out-of-nowhere as the two above.
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above. Still, with regards to Vicki and Troilus. As as soon as Vicki is she's gratuitously renamed "[[Theatre/TroilusAndCressida Cressida]]" by Agamemnon simply because he doesn't like her real name, it should be quite clear to the viewers where this is going.
** Martha Jones and Mickey Smith, two characters who before "Journey's End" had never even met, and had only been onscreen together in the scene where ''everybody from the new series ever'' flies the TARDIS, are shown in their "happy ending" vignette in ''The "The End of Time'' Time" as a married couple, freelancers and fighting a Sontaran. This is despite the fact that Martha had been shown to be engaged in a previous appearance (though her fiance never showed up). It ends up looking like a bad case of PairTheSpares, and an even worse case of the TokenMinorityCouple.
*** At the end of ''Journey's End'', "Journey's End", Martha and Mickey walk off with Captain Jack, but (despite initial plans) never appear in Torchwood's ''Children ''Series/TorchwoodChildrenOfEarth'' (which aired between this story and "The End of Earth'' miniseries.Time"). While we never see any real interaction between them onscreen, there is at least an implication that they start spending time together after this point.
** In their early days, River and Eleven fell into this trope for some fans due to the main gimmick of their relationship being that [[HaveWeMetYet they meet in the wrong order and therefore one tends to gain affection as the other loses it. it]]. Post-"The Wedding of River Song" they seem to be were on the same wavelength, alleviating this aspect of their relationship.relationship. Later, the Twelfth Doctor story "The Husbands of River Song" revealed that River still had doubts that the Doctor truly loved her, not thinking it was in his nature; the story also did a {{Retcon}} of the Eleven-era short "Last Night" ([[spoiler: Eleven didn't take her to the Singing Towers after all]]). The ending of this story went on to reveal that [[spoiler: it was Twelve who was with River at the Singing Towers, and the "night" they spent there lasted twenty-four years, effectively making him her "true" husband]].
4th Mar '17 2:24:48 AM MicoolTNT
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[[CharacterDerailment Characters may be derailed]], and [[DerailingLoveInterests competing love interests particularly so]]; {{Narm}}y moments and RelationshipSue transformations may become a frequent sighting; chemistry and interaction is prone to be reduced to the SickeninglySweethearts sort, if there was any to begin with. In more degenerate cases, the relationship may undergo a malignant mutation into a RomanticPlotTumor, taking the focus off the more important aspects of the story. Cue [[{{Shipping}} one part]] of the audience [[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced sighing happily]], since [[FanPreferredCouple those two were obviously made for each other]], and it's about time. Cue [[BrokenBase the other part]] of the audience scratching their heads in bewilderment and disdain, since this "development" just asked for too much WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief and feels suspiciously like the writers just [[AssPull pulled it straight out of their hindquarters]]. [[ShipToShipCombat Arguments]] may break out regarding how well-[[{{foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] and well-handled the whole thing was.

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[[CharacterDerailment Characters may be derailed]], and [[DerailingLoveInterests competing love interests particularly so]]; {{Narm}}y moments and RelationshipSue transformations may become a frequent sighting; chemistry and interaction is prone to be reduced to the SickeninglySweethearts sort, if there was any to begin with. In more degenerate cases, the relationship may undergo a malignant mutation into a RomanticPlotTumor, taking the focus off the more important aspects of the story. Cue [[{{Shipping}} one part]] of the audience [[SugarWiki/AndTheFandomRejoiced sighing happily]], since [[FanPreferredCouple those two were obviously made for each other]], and it's about time. Cue time, while [[BrokenBase the other part]] of the audience scratching scratches their heads in bewilderment and disdain, since this "development" just asked for too much WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief and feels suspiciously like the writers just [[AssPull pulled it straight out of their hindquarters]]. [[ShipToShipCombat Arguments]] may break out regarding how well-[[{{foreshadowing}} foreshadowed]] and well-handled the whole thing was.
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.
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