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18th Nov '17 10:44:45 AM igordebraga
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* ''The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' ran on this for decades. Even after he was married in the early 1980s, most of the time he was estranged/separated from his wife (and then she died). But now he's got a whole family of Hulks.

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* ''The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk'' The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk ran on this for decades. Even after he was married in the early 1980s, most of the time he was estranged/separated from his wife (and then she died). But now he's got a whole family of Hulks.



* ''Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}'' married Madelyne Pryor, and their marriage went down the toilet and he became a widower soon after. He then married Jean Grey who is currently dead.

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* ''Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}'' Comicbook/{{Cyclops}} married Madelyne Pryor, and their marriage went down the toilet and he became a widower soon after. He then married Jean Grey who is currently dead.



* ComicBook/DCRebirth lampshades and deconstructs this, calling out the New 52 on the throwing out of old relationships and marriages. It begins steps towards mending this by having ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} propose to his pre-Flashpoint wife Mera, and bringing [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] and [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Dinah Lance]] back together. Also, the (married) Pre-Flashpoint Superman is now the main one.

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* ComicBook/DCRebirth lampshades and deconstructs this, calling out the New 52 on the throwing out of old relationships and marriages. It begins steps towards mending this by having ComicBook/{{Aquaman}} propose to his pre-Flashpoint wife Mera, and bringing [[ComicBook/GreenArrow Oliver Queen]] and [[ComicBook/BlackCanary Dinah Lance]] back together. Also, the (married) Pre-Flashpoint Superman is now the main one.one.
* ''Film/TheMask'' movie ends with Stanley seemingly having hooked up with Tina. [[Westernanimation/TheMask The animated series]] ditched the character of Tina, and both Stanley and The Mask rarely have luck in love. (and that's not counting [[Comicbook/TheMask the original comic]], where just the fact that [[spoiler:Stanley is killed by his girlfriend]] shows no one in their right minds would remain in a relationship with [[AxCrazy Big Head]]...)
3rd Nov '17 10:28:06 PM marcoasalazarm
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* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has rarely had a long-lasting relationship since at least the GoldenAge. In the 1980s he was with Bernie Rosenthal long enough to become officially engaged to her; however she was eventually put on a bus. In the film ''WesternAnimation/NextAvengersHeroesOfTomorrow'' [[spoiler:it is revealed he married Black Widow and had a son]]. These days, most people talk about him and SharonCarter as the best bet, but unfortunately both them are MarriedToTheJob, so it hasn't really been played up in recent years.

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* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has rarely had a long-lasting relationship since at least the GoldenAge. In the 1980s he was with Bernie Rosenthal long enough to become officially engaged to her; however she was eventually put on a bus. In the film ''WesternAnimation/NextAvengersHeroesOfTomorrow'' [[spoiler:it is revealed he married Black Widow and had a son]]. These days, most people talk about him and SharonCarter as the best bet, but unfortunately both them are MarriedToTheJob, so it hasn't really been played up in recent years.years (except for some serious drama, [[spoiler:like Sharon stabbing herself in the stomach and killing [[MySecretPregnancy the baby she had hidden from Steve]], because she had been captured by the Red Skull, the Skull figured out that she was pregnant, and she was sure he was going to use it for evil]]).



* [=DC=] wouldn't let [[ComicBook/BatWoman Kate Kane]] marry Maggie Sawyer and not because of their sexual orientation, due to an editorial mandate that their characters cannot be married or have happy personal lives in their New 52 continuity. It's one of the many issues of Williams III and Blackman had that made them decide to leave their run on the comic (and in a twist of irony, DC had to make this mandate public knowledge to stave off accusations of homophobia).

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* [=DC=] wouldn't let [[ComicBook/BatWoman Kate Kane]] marry Maggie Sawyer and not because of their sexual orientation, due to an editorial mandate that their characters cannot be married or have happy personal lives in their New 52 continuity.continuity (the reason Creator/DanDidio personally said was that [[TrueArtIsAngsty personal happiness should be sacrificed by the heroes for the sake of focusing on their "work"]]). It's one of the many issues of Williams III and Blackman had that made them decide to leave their run on the comic (and in a twist of irony, DC had to make this mandate public knowledge to stave off accusations of homophobia).
3rd Nov '17 10:06:50 PM EricW
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* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has rarely had a long-lasting relationship since at least the GoldenAge. In the 1980s he was with Bernie Rosenthal long enough to become officially engaged to her; however she was eventually put on a bus. In the film ''WesternAnimation/NextAvengersHeroesOfTomorrow'' [[spoiler:it is revealed he married Black Widow and had a son]].

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* ComicBook/CaptainAmerica has rarely had a long-lasting relationship since at least the GoldenAge. In the 1980s he was with Bernie Rosenthal long enough to become officially engaged to her; however she was eventually put on a bus. In the film ''WesternAnimation/NextAvengersHeroesOfTomorrow'' [[spoiler:it is revealed he married Black Widow and had a son]]. These days, most people talk about him and SharonCarter as the best bet, but unfortunately both them are MarriedToTheJob, so it hasn't really been played up in recent years.
1st Nov '17 9:10:37 AM nighttrainfm
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* Franchise/{{Batman}} falls squarely into this trope in nearly all incarnations, but ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' completely averts it by introducing its [[LegacyCharacter protagonist]] in a serious dating relationship that he maintains throughout the series. [[spoiler: "Epilogue" reveals that they will marry.]]

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} Franchise/{{Batman}}:
** Bruce himself
falls squarely into this trope in nearly all incarnations, but ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' completely averts it by introducing its [[LegacyCharacter protagonist]] in a serious dating relationship that he maintains throughout the series. [[spoiler: "Epilogue" reveals that they will marry.]]



** Most attempts to give Cassandra Cain a love interest failed miserably, and usually resulted in said love interest being killed off. Given her bad luck (and some would argue [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad taste]]) with men, it's no surprise that most {{Shipping}} involving her is centered around her female friends.

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** Most attempts to give [[ComicBook/Batgirl2000 Cassandra Cain Cain]] a love interest failed miserably, and usually resulted in said love interest being killed off. Given her bad luck (and some would argue [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad taste]]) with men, it's no surprise that most {{Shipping}} involving her is centered around her female friends.
9th Jun '17 9:14:27 PM nombretomado
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* Elizabeth Carson of the WhateleyUniverse has been married three times: two divorces and one husband killed by a supervillain. One of the divorces was apparently caused when one of their kids got superpowers and died from a burnout. She's single now, but has at least one (living) child and at least one granddaughter. (She's over seventy at the start of the series).

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* Elizabeth Carson of the WhateleyUniverse Literature/WhateleyUniverse has been married three times: two divorces and one husband killed by a supervillain. One of the divorces was apparently caused when one of their kids got superpowers and died from a burnout. She's single now, but has at least one (living) child and at least one granddaughter. (She's over seventy at the start of the series).
19th Mar '17 4:44:30 PM marcoasalazarm
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* Elizabeth Carson of the WhateleyUniverse has been married three times: two divorces and one husband killed by a supervillain. One of the divorces was apparently caused when one of their kids got superpowers and died from a burnout. She's single now, but has at least one (living) child and at least one granddaughter. (She's over seventy at the start of the series.

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* Elizabeth Carson of the WhateleyUniverse has been married three times: two divorces and one husband killed by a supervillain. One of the divorces was apparently caused when one of their kids got superpowers and died from a burnout. She's single now, but has at least one (living) child and at least one granddaughter. (She's over seventy at the start of the series.series).



* [=DC=] wouldn't let [[ComicBook/BatWoman Kate Kane]] marry Maggie Sawyer and not because of their sexual orientation, due to an editorial mandate that their characters cannot be married or have happy personal lives in their New 52 continuity. It's one of the many issues of Williams III and Blackman had that made them decide to leave their run on the comic.

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* [=DC=] wouldn't let [[ComicBook/BatWoman Kate Kane]] marry Maggie Sawyer and not because of their sexual orientation, due to an editorial mandate that their characters cannot be married or have happy personal lives in their New 52 continuity. It's one of the many issues of Williams III and Blackman had that made them decide to leave their run on the comic.comic (and in a twist of irony, DC had to make this mandate public knowledge to stave off accusations of homophobia).
29th Sep '16 8:57:48 AM XanderVJ
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* This may have been the mentality behind the destruction of the SpiderMan[=/=]Mary Jane relationship in ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''. [[FlameBait Please refrain from adding further commentary on the subject.]]

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* This may have been was the mentality behind the destruction of the SpiderMan[=/=]Mary Jane relationship in ''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''.''ComicBook/OneMoreDay''. We'll just say this is one of the most iconic and well-known examples in the entire genre. [[FlameBait Please refrain from adding further commentary on the subject.]]
6th Jul '16 1:32:37 AM Tron80
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* Superman's cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' have never had a stable, long-lasting relationship. Her love interests usually are: cheaters; assholes; creeps; stalkers; manipulative bastards who are using her; or actual nice guys who break up with her and are put on a bus shortly after meeting her.

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* Superman's cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' have has never had a stable, long-lasting relationship. Her love interests usually are: cheaters; assholes; creeps; stalkers; manipulative bastards who are using her; or actual nice guys who break up with her and are put on a bus shortly after meeting her.
6th Jul '16 1:31:37 AM Tron80
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* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman stories ran on this.

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* UsefulNotes/{{The Silver Age|of Comic Books}} Superman Franchise/{{Superman}} stories ran on this.



* Superman's cousin ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' have never had a stable, long-lasting relationship. Her love interests usually are: cheaters; assholes; creeps; stalkers; manipulative bastards who are using her; or actual nice guys who break up with her and are put on a bus shortly after meeting her.



* [[Comicbook/XMen Cyclops]] married Madelyne Pryor, only to abandon her and become widowed soon after. He then married Jean Grey who is currently dead.

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* [[Comicbook/XMen Cyclops]] ''Comicbook/{{Cyclops}}'' married Madelyne Pryor, only to abandon her and become widowed their marriage went down the toilet and he became a widower soon after. He then married Jean Grey who is currently dead.



* Donna Troy's husband and child were murdered in a car wreck, arguably for this trope to be justified.

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* ''[[Comicbook/WonderGirl Donna Troy's Troy]]'''s husband and child were murdered in a car wreck, arguably for this trope to be justified.



* [[TheFlash Barry Allen]] had his marriage to Iris West undone as part of the {{ComicBook/New 52}} reboot, with the fact that it would open up more story possibilities cited as the main reason by [=DC=]. [[spoiler:He is now with Patty Spivot]]. An unfortunate consequence is the removal of fan-favorite character Bart Allen in favor of his DarkerAndEdgier counterpart Bar Torr.
** Wally had his marriage undone by [[RetGone being removed from canon.]] Even when [[TheBusCameBack he returned]], the ContinuityReboot meant that [[TearJerker his wife doesn't recognize him]].

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* [[TheFlash [[Franchise/TheFlash Barry Allen]] had his marriage to Iris West undone as part of the {{ComicBook/New 52}} reboot, with the fact that it would open up more story possibilities cited as the main reason by [=DC=]. [[spoiler:He is now with Patty Spivot]]. An unfortunate consequence is the removal of fan-favorite character Bart Allen in favor of his DarkerAndEdgier counterpart Bar Torr.
** Wally had his marriage undone by [[RetGone being removed from canon.]] Even when [[TheBusCameBack he returned]], the ContinuityReboot meant that [[TearJerker his wife doesn't recognize him]].him.
28th Jun '16 1:47:27 AM katrynn
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*** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] later: in {{ComicBook/New 52}} universe reboot. [[spoiler: First, said reboot sent Superman back to unmarried status. Then, the situation came back to normal (married to Lois with a son as a bonus in ''Rebirth'')]].

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*** [[ZigZaggingTrope Zigzagged]] later: in {{ComicBook/New 52}} universe reboot. reboot, [[spoiler: First, because first, said reboot sent Superman back to unmarried status. Then, the situation came back to normal (married to Lois with a son as a bonus in ''Rebirth'')]].
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