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24th Sep '17 8:42:39 PM ilikeaninjafight
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** ''Film/DoctorStrange2016'' has Doctor Strange and Karl Mordo, with the later playing this role (complete with a RescueRomance) [[spoiler: until his FaceHeelTurn]].
17th Sep '17 5:01:41 AM BigKlingy
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*** From the same game, Aran and Laura. The two have all the hallmarks of a ChildhoodFriendRomance, but don't have a paired ending. It's debatable whether this was intentional or a result of the new support system [[FlatCharacter axing the Dawn Brigade's chances at character interaction]], though.
9th Sep '17 5:41:52 PM NOYB
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* ''Series/SleepyHollow'' has Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills. The former is married and the latter has a quasi-love interest of her own, but the two of them are the Witnesses mentioned in the Bible's Revelation and their relationship is the centerpiece of the show. That said, neither the actors or the writers have discounted the possibility of a hook-up later down the track. [[spoiler:However, her death at the end of season 6 puts a crimp in the prospect.]]

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* ''Series/SleepyHollow'' has Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills. The former is married and the latter has a quasi-love interest of her own, but the two of them are the Witnesses mentioned in the Bible's Revelation and their relationship is the centerpiece of the show. That said, neither the actors or the writers have discounted the possibility of a hook-up later down the track. [[spoiler:However, her death at the end of season 6 Season 3 puts a crimp in the prospect.]]
16th Aug '17 4:40:40 PM DarkHunter
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* Despite several characters making jokes and comments about it, Setsuna and Marina of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' genuinely seem to not have any romantic interest in each other. Their connection comes more from the fact that they are from neighboring countries and are both searching (in very different ways) for answers to the same questions. When outright asked if they were dating, they both deadpanned "We are not a couple" in unison, without any of the embarrassment or blushing [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend this kind of situation]] usually entails. If anything, their relationship is more akin to that between a mother and child - and it's not helped by how Marina looks ''scaringly'' like a younger version of Setsuna's MissingMom.

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* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'': Despite several characters making jokes and comments about it, Setsuna and Marina of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' genuinely seem to not have any romantic interest in each other. Their connection comes more from the fact that they are from neighboring countries and are both searching (in very different ways) for answers to the same questions. When outright asked if they were dating, they both deadpanned "We are not a couple" in unison, without any of the embarrassment or blushing [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend this kind of situation]] usually entails. If anything, their relationship is more akin to that between a mother and child - and it's not helped by how Marina looks ''scaringly'' like a younger version of Setsuna's MissingMom.
15th Aug '17 3:31:24 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Mantis to Drax in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2''. While they do form a tighter emotional bond than either has with the rest of the team, he makes it clear that he finds her utterly hideous to look at.
11th Aug '17 10:50:18 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' has police partners Robert Goren and Alexandra Eames. Eames is Goren's BerserkButton and Most Important Person; being something of a CloudCuckoolandersMinder, she's the one person who really loves and understands him, and he's shown on several occasions to be lost without her despite his brilliance. They are either {{Love Interest}}s or this trope; YMMV.



* Dr. Cal Lightman and Dr. Gillian Foster on ''Series/LieToMe'', partners who own the Lightman Group and have serious WillTheyOrWontThey going on. Made explicit in "The Whole Truth", when Cal talks to the fiance of a man who engineered his own assisted suicide with the help of his best friend (named Leo):

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* Dr. Cal Lightman and Dr. Gillian Foster on ''Series/LieToMe'', partners who own the Lightman Group and have serious WillTheyOrWontThey going on. Made explicit in "The Whole Truth", when Cal talks to the fiance fiancee of a man who engineered his own assisted suicide with the help of his best friend (named Leo):



--> [[spoiler: Gerard: ''You have a knack for creating a vivid picture, Mr. Stilinski. Let me paint one of my own. Scott McCall finds his best friend bloodied and beaten to a pulp. How does that sound now?'']]

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--> [[spoiler: Gerard: ''You have a knack for creating a vivid picture, Mr. Stilinski. Let me paint one of my own. Scott McCall [=McCall=] finds his best friend bloodied and beaten to a pulp. How does that sound now?'']]
11th Aug '17 10:43:54 PM LadyNorbert
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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has Rita and Runt, a pair of homeless animals who are in seek for a new home together. They are not romantically involved, mainly because a dog-cat romance would be really weird.

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' has Rita and Runt, a pair of homeless animals who are in seek for search of a new home together. They are not romantically involved, mainly because a dog-cat romance would be really weird.



* Ingrid and the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' are opposite gender best friends and each others partners however there isn't any romance between them.

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* Ingrid and the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}'' are opposite gender best friends and each others partners however in the school's safety patrol; however, there isn't any romance between them.



* Stormer plays this up to Kimber in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode, "The Bands Break Up". Stormer is treated similarly to Kimber's [[GirlOfTheWeek rotating roster of male love interests]], Kimber's friends fear Stormer is basically a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys "bad girl"]] corrupting Kimber, and they develop a bit of RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. Despite this nothing happens and [[StatusQuoIsGod they go back to being enemies]] come next episode. The ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' reboot comic released thirty years later [[PromotedToLoveInterest scraps]] the "not" part period.

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* Stormer plays this up to Kimber in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' episode, episode "The Bands Break Up". Stormer is treated similarly to Kimber's [[GirlOfTheWeek rotating roster of male love interests]], Kimber's friends fear Stormer is basically a [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys "bad girl"]] corrupting Kimber, and they develop a bit of RomanticTwoGirlFriendship. Despite this nothing happens and [[StatusQuoIsGod they go back to being enemies]] come next episode. The ''ComicBook/JemAndTheHolograms'' reboot comic released thirty years later [[PromotedToLoveInterest scraps]] the "not" part period.



** While [[DarkActionGirl Terra]] is [[PluckyComicRelief Beast Boy's]] official LoveInterest in season two, he and his teammate [[DarkMagicalGirl Raven]] are a FanPreferredCouple and became canon in the DCU right around the time the show ended. Beast Boy's and Raven's relationship comes off like a stereotypical goofball guy trying to romance a stoic, reserved girl however WordOfGod confirms in the cartoon they're meant to be platonic best friends.

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** While [[DarkActionGirl Terra]] is [[PluckyComicRelief Beast Boy's]] official LoveInterest in season two, he and his teammate [[DarkMagicalGirl Raven]] are a FanPreferredCouple and became canon in the DCU right around the time the show ended. Beast Boy's and Raven's relationship comes off like a stereotypical goofball guy trying to romance a stoic, reserved girl however girl; however, WordOfGod confirms in the cartoon they're meant to be platonic best friends.
10th Aug '17 12:53:26 PM randomtroper89
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* Another [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] example: ''Series/AgentCarter'' gives [[TheHero Peggy Carter]] a [[LesYay Not-Love Interest of the same sex]], Angie Martinelli. She provides Peggy with emotional support after [[spoiler:a fellow agent's death]], gets upset when Peggy's double life keeps them from spending time together, and [[spoiler:helps her escape the SSR agents hunting her without questioning her innocence.]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' seems to be making a point of having [[TheHero Coulson]] 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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* Another [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse MCU]] example: ''Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse'':
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''Series/AgentCarter'' gives [[TheHero Peggy Carter]] a [[LesYay Not-Love Interest of the same sex]], Angie Martinelli. She provides Peggy with emotional support after [[spoiler:a fellow agent's death]], gets upset when Peggy's double life keeps them from spending time together, and [[spoiler:helps her escape the SSR agents hunting her without questioning her innocence.]]
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' seems to be making a point of having ** ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD''
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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.



* Apollo and Starbuck in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', to the point that Starbuck is dismayed upon learning that Apollo and Serina are getting married. The relationship is especially obvious in "War of the Gods".

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* Apollo and Starbuck in the original ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|1978}}'', ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'', to the point that Starbuck is dismayed upon learning that Apollo and Serina are getting married. The relationship is especially obvious in "War of the Gods".
6th Aug '17 1:42:21 PM Carliro
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* The ''[[WesternAnimation/CaptainUnderpantsTheFirstEpicMovie Captain Underpants]]'' plays this sort of relationship between the two leads, focusing on their immense bond to one another and how separating them would be devastating. Some scenes, like their brief reunion at the bathroom, are even given romantic comedy clichés, so the writers did know what they were doing. But for the most part, it's one of the ''very'' few things treated seriously in the story.
6th Aug '17 1:42:10 AM KamiKaze
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* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' has Hanako Yamada, the ninth and penultimate rival. She's your Senpai's adorable if clingy younger sister. She adores her older brother so much she transferred into his school to be with him, and her death or disappearance will take a huge hit out of Senpai's hidden SanityMeter. Despite her presence in the game being a clear reference to the LittleSisterHeroine trope in romance anime and dating sims, there's nothing incestuous about their relationship at all. The reason why Hanako is a rival is because she's so clingy she'd demand that Senpai not get a girlfriend, simply because she's scared he'd stop paying attention to her. Unfortunately, that's enough to be targeted by [[VillainProtagonist Ayano]].
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