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14th Apr '18 9:33:56 PM DragonRanger
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*** [[TheHero Coulson]] seems be [[LoveDodecahedron the only lead character with no potential love interests among the main cast]]. In relation to the two women on his team who potentially fill the typical role of the hero's love interest, he's more of a ParentalSubstitute to Skye, and while there are hints of a long-ago history between him and May, they seem to be JustFriends these days. Of course, ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' established that he did have a love interest before the show started, but [[FakingTheDead there's a good reason why he and Audrey can't be together just now]] and an episode was devoted to ShipSinking them, with Coulson declining to reunite with her so she can get on with her life. He finally gets an actual love interest in the third season, but [[spoiler:she gets gunned down midway through]].
*** Another example is Mack for Fitz: As Fitz and Simmons go through their RomanceArc, Mack fulfills the role of the RomanticFalseLead for Fitz. He and Fitz bond while Simmons is undercover in Hydra and the drama that plays out between the three seems very much like a LoveTriangle with Simmons acting very jealous and Mack appearing as a tempting potential partner.

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*** [[TheHero Coulson]] seems be [[LoveDodecahedron the only lead character with no potential love interests among the main cast]]. In relation to the two women on his team who potentially fill the typical role of the hero's love interest, he's more of a ParentalSubstitute to Skye, and while there are hints of a long-ago history between him and May, they seem to be JustFriends these days. Of course, ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' established that he did have a love interest before the show started, but [[FakingTheDead there's a good reason why he and Audrey can't be together just now]] and an episode was devoted to ShipSinking them, with Coulson declining to reunite with her so she can get on with her life. He finally gets an actual love interest in the third season, but [[spoiler:she gets gunned down midway through]].
through]]. After that, he and May get more {{Ship Tease}}s and they consider rekindling their old relationship, but for various reasons it stays an AnchoredShip and they don't pursue it further.
*** Another example is Mack for Fitz: Fitz during Season Two: As Fitz and Simmons go through their RomanceArc, Mack fulfills the role of the RomanticFalseLead for Fitz. He and Fitz bond while Simmons is undercover in Hydra and the drama that plays out between the three seems very much like a LoveTriangle with Simmons acting very jealous and Mack appearing as a tempting potential partner.
18th Mar '18 4:21:43 AM Synchronicity
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*** In ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'', the ''lack'' of a LoveInterest is almost a running gag. Steve still loves Peggy, [[spoiler:but she's well into her 90s and suffering from dementia.]] His post-war comics LoveInterest, Sharon Carter/Agent 13 is introduced in this movie, but they speak to each other exactly twice. Instead, the Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff all take different aspects of The Not-Love Interest: the Winter Soldier serves as Steve's primary motivation, because [[spoiler:he's actually a brainwashed Bucky Barnes]]; Sam Wilson is his emotional support, with whom he's able to talk about his feelings for once; and Natasha gives the movie its flirty banter, though it's made subtly clear that the two of them have a platonic "work wife/husband" type of relationship, and most of that banter revolves around her trying to set him up with other women.

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*** In ''[[Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier The Winter Soldier]]'', the ''lack'' of a LoveInterest is almost a running gag. Steve still loves Peggy, [[spoiler:but she's well into her 90s and suffering from dementia.]] His post-war comics LoveInterest, Sharon Carter/Agent 13 is introduced in this movie, but they speak to each other exactly twice. Instead, the Winter Soldier, Sam Wilson, and Natasha Romanoff all take different aspects of The Not-Love Interest: the Winter Soldier serves as Steve's primary motivation, because [[spoiler:he's actually a brainwashed Bucky Barnes]]; Sam Wilson is his emotional support, with whom he's able to talk about his feelings for once; and Natasha is his [[{{Foil}} character contrast]], companion through most of the action, and gives the movie its flirty banter, though it's made subtly clear that the two of them have a platonic "work wife/husband" type of relationship, relationship and most of that banter revolves around her trying to set him up with other women.
16th Mar '18 12:24:40 PM matthewvzrussell
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* In ''Film/StarTrekFirstContact'', Captain Picard and Lily’s relationship hints at a possible romantic interest between them, but ultimately amounts to Picard giving Lily a peck on the cheek before returning to the 24th century.
1st Mar '18 1:23:57 AM jormis29
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** Joey and Phoebe. Also a FanPreferredCouple and often hinting about potentially being together in a future. Besides some isolated kisses, they never actually dated or had sex. Lisa Kudrow and Matt Le Blanc even wanted to [[ThrowItIn throw in]] a line during Phoebe's wedding episode that implied the two had been having casual sex throughout the show's run but the producers denied them.

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** Joey and Phoebe. Also a FanPreferredCouple and often hinting about potentially being together in a future. Besides some isolated kisses, they never actually dated or had sex. Lisa Kudrow Creator/LisaKudrow and Matt Le Blanc Creator/MattLeBlanc even wanted to [[ThrowItIn throw in]] a line during Phoebe's wedding episode that implied the two had been having casual sex throughout the show's run but the producers denied them.
28th Feb '18 11:32:26 AM Carliro
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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has Dory, a blue-tang fish with short-term memory loss who befriends Marlin the clownfish on his quest to find his son. Most of the movie consists of their dialogue with each other, they share body contact often, and even though she's not attentive most of the time she truly worries for him. Yet they never hook up, probably because 1.) interspecies dating is really weird, and 2.) Marlin's a widower who lost his clownfish wife to a barracuda, and most likely is in too rough a time of his life to find another wife. WordOfGod (aka Audio Commentary) states that Dory was introduced to serve as a [[LikeASonToMe surrogate child]] so Marlin could re-adapt his parenting approach.

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* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' has Dory, a blue-tang fish with short-term memory loss who befriends Marlin the clownfish on his quest to find his son. Most of the movie consists of their dialogue with each other, they share body contact often, and even though she's not attentive most of the time she truly worries for him. Yet they never hook up, probably because 1.) interspecies dating is really weird, and 2.) Marlin's a widower who lost his clownfish wife to a barracuda, and most likely is in too rough a time of his life to find another wife.wife, and 3) Dory is not neurotypical and this could be perceived as taking advantage of her. WordOfGod (aka Audio Commentary) states that Dory was introduced to serve as a [[LikeASonToMe surrogate child]] so Marlin could re-adapt his parenting approach.
25th Feb '18 4:27:59 PM eschlowx
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* Meg McCaffrey to Apollo in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo''. She's the first one he meets after being expelled from Olympus, and quickly becomes his closest friend during his latest bout of mortality. He is also distraught when [[spoiler:she [[EtTuBrute betrays him]] to her [[AbusiveParents abusive stepfather]], [[BigBad Emperor Nero]], at the end of ''The Hidden Oracle'', and half of his motivation for defeating the Triumvirate thereafter is to free her from Nero's grasp]].

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* Meg McCaffrey [=McCaffery=] to Apollo in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo''. She's the first one he meets after being expelled from Olympus, and quickly becomes his closest friend during his latest bout of mortality. He is also distraught when [[spoiler:she [[EtTuBrute betrays him]] to her [[AbusiveParents abusive stepfather]], [[BigBad Emperor Nero]], at the end of ''The Hidden Oracle'', and half of his motivation for defeating the Triumvirate thereafter is to free her from Nero's grasp]].
25th Feb '18 4:26:16 PM eschlowx
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* Meg McCaffrey to Apollo in ''Literate/TheTrialsOfApollo''. She's the first one he meets after being expelled from Olympus, and quickly becomes his closest friend during his latest bout of mortality. He is also distraught when [[spoiler:she [[EtTuBrute betrays him]] to her [[AbusiveParents abusive stepfather]], [[BigBad Emperor Nero]], at the end of ''The Hidden Oracle'', and half of his motivation for defeating the Triumvirate thereafter is to free her from Nero's grasp]].

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* Meg McCaffrey to Apollo in ''Literate/TheTrialsOfApollo''.''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo''. She's the first one he meets after being expelled from Olympus, and quickly becomes his closest friend during his latest bout of mortality. He is also distraught when [[spoiler:she [[EtTuBrute betrays him]] to her [[AbusiveParents abusive stepfather]], [[BigBad Emperor Nero]], at the end of ''The Hidden Oracle'', and half of his motivation for defeating the Triumvirate thereafter is to free her from Nero's grasp]].
25th Feb '18 4:24:56 PM eschlowx
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25th Feb '18 4:22:56 PM eschlowx
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* Meg McCaffrey to Apollo in ''Literate/TheTrialsOfApollo''. She's the first one he meets after being expelled from Olympus, and quickly becomes his closest friend during his latest bout of mortality. He is also distraught when [[spoiler:she [[EtTuBrute betrays him]] to her [[AbusiveParents abusive stepfather]], [[BigBad Emperor Nero]], at the end of ''The Hidden Oracle'', and half of his motivation for defeating the Triumvirate thereafter is to free her from Nero's grasp]].
22nd Feb '18 12:26:57 AM priestessofdan
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* To some extent, Franchise/{{Batman}} has ComicBook/{{Robin}} to fulfil this. He tends to be an emotional crutch to help the Dark Knight through his darkest periods, and provide constant support when needed. Because of this, many RealLife critics interpreted Batman and Robin as a gay couple, [[ValuesDissonance and this was used as propoganda against them and, by extension, comic books as a whole]]. In canon Batman is either presented as a father to Robin (especially ex-Robin Dick Grayson) or an older brother DependingOnTheWriter.

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* To some extent, Franchise/{{Batman}} has ComicBook/{{Robin}} fulfills this role to fulfil this. some extent for Franchise/{{Batman}}. Especially the first Robin (and later Nightwing), Dick Grayson. He tends to be often serves as an emotional crutch to help the Dark Knight through his darkest periods, periods and provide provides constant support when needed. Because of this, many RealLife critics interpreted Batman and Robin as a gay couple, [[ValuesDissonance and this was used as propoganda propaganda against them and, by extension, comic books as a whole]]. In canon Batman is either presented as a Dick's father to Robin (especially ex-Robin Dick Grayson) figure or an older brother brother, DependingOnTheWriter.
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