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3rd Feb '18 4:37:13 PM nombretomado
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10th Nov '17 12:09:37 AM MasterN
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The reasons behind this are understandable: love is often quoted to be universal, and directors and producers want to cater to the [[MultipleDemographicAppeal largest demographic possible]]. [[GirlShowGhetto What better to draw females to theaters than with a few tender scenes inserted here and there in an action or disaster movie?]] Or to [[{{Fanservice}} titillate]] the [[MaleGaze males]] in the audience with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hanging around the hero? Or [[FemaleGaze vice versa]]?

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The reasons behind this are understandable: love is often quoted to be universal, and directors and producers want to cater to the [[MultipleDemographicAppeal largest demographic possible]]. [[GirlShowGhetto [[MenBuyFromMarsWomenBuyFromVenus What better to draw females to theaters theaters]] than with [[GirlShowGhetto a few tender scenes inserted here and there in an action or disaster movie?]] Or to [[{{Fanservice}} titillate]] the [[MaleGaze males]] in the audience with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hanging around the hero? Or [[FemaleGaze vice versa]]?
10th Nov '17 12:08:47 AM MasterN
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The reasons behind this are understandable: love is often quoted to be universal, and directors and producers want to cater to the [[MultipleDemographicAppeal largest demographic possible]]. What better to draw females to theaters than with a few tender scenes inserted here and there in an action or disaster movie? Or to [[{{Fanservice}} titillate]] the [[MaleGaze males]] in the audience with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hanging around the hero? Or [[FemaleGaze vice versa]]?

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The reasons behind this are understandable: love is often quoted to be universal, and directors and producers want to cater to the [[MultipleDemographicAppeal largest demographic possible]]. [[GirlShowGhetto What better to draw females to theaters than with a few tender scenes inserted here and there in an action or disaster movie? movie?]] Or to [[{{Fanservice}} titillate]] the [[MaleGaze males]] in the audience with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hanging around the hero? Or [[FemaleGaze vice versa]]?
27th Oct '17 2:21:12 PM MasterN
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Unfortunately, the romance subplot itself tends to be shallow and underdeveloped, existing only because the audience expects the hero to have a healthy love life. In fact, if the romance was removed entirely, it would barely leave a ripple in the overall plot quality. The love interest is nothing more than a bland, forgettable SatelliteCharacter, and may even be ignored or replaced by another love interest in a sequel.

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Unfortunately, the romance subplot itself tends to be shallow and underdeveloped, existing only because the audience expects the hero to have a healthy love life. In fact, if the romance was removed entirely, it would barely leave a ripple in the overall plot quality. The love interest is nothing more than a bland, forgettable SatelliteCharacter, and may even be [[DisposableLoveInterest ignored or replaced by another love interest in a sequel.
sequel]].
27th Oct '17 2:20:08 PM MasterN
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The reasons behind this are understandable: love is often quoted to be universal, and directors and producers want to cater to the [[MultipleDemographicAppeal largest demographic possible]]. What better to draw females to theaters than with a few tender scenes inserted here and there in an action or disaster movie? Or to [[TheissTitillationTheory titillate]] the males in the audience with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hanging around the hero? Or vice versa?

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The reasons behind this are understandable: love is often quoted to be universal, and directors and producers want to cater to the [[MultipleDemographicAppeal largest demographic possible]]. What better to draw females to theaters than with a few tender scenes inserted here and there in an action or disaster movie? Or to [[TheissTitillationTheory [[{{Fanservice}} titillate]] the males [[MaleGaze males]] in the audience with a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe hanging around the hero? Or [[FemaleGaze vice versa?
versa]]?
30th Aug '17 7:52:38 AM NNinja
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* Averted in ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'': The love story is the core of the film and the disaster frames and completes it instead of distracting from it. One could state that ''Titanic'' is a ''inversion'' of the trope: a Romance Movie with a Token Disaster.
29th Aug '17 8:29:15 AM Sleeping_Beauty
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** A nice subversion in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', where Elektra King is strongly hinted to be Bond's token love interest early on but is subsequently [[spoiler:revealed to be the [[BigBad main villain]]]]. The less said about the ''real'' Bond girl in that one the better, though.

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** A nice subversion in ''Film/TheWorldIsNotEnough'', where Elektra King is strongly hinted to be Bond's token love interest early on but is subsequently [[spoiler:revealed to be the [[BigBad main villain]]]]. The less said about the ''real'' Bond girl in that one the better, though.
4th Jul '17 10:25:15 AM Silverblade2
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* Many a movie based on an action-adventure book with few or no female characters has a Token Romance tacked onto it.
29th May '17 8:20:09 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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Meanwhile, more cynical voices will claim that the romance is merely there to make absolutely sure make that audience knows what canon sexuality the given character has. Homo- and bisexuality still remain somewhat controversial subjects in this day and age, so establishing that a character is in a relationship with the opposite or same sex is sometimes used as a more roundabout way of enforcing HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday (or more rarely HaveIMentionedIAmGay) and thereby avoid alienating (or in some cases directly appeal to) certain demographics.

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Meanwhile, more cynical voices will claim that the romance is merely there to make absolutely sure make that audience knows what canon sexuality the given character has. Homo- and bisexuality still remain somewhat controversial subjects in this day and age, so establishing that a character is in a relationship with the opposite or same sex is sometimes used as a more roundabout way of enforcing HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday (or more rarely HaveIMentionedIAmGay) and thereby avoid alienating (or in some cases directly appeal to) certain demographics.
9th May '17 4:44:53 AM LB7979
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Not to be confused with TokenMinorityCouple. Can become a RomanticPlotTumor if it threatens to [[PlotTumor overwhelm the main plot]]. Often added in an adaptation by making a minor character PromotedToLoveInterest. Contrast HookedUpAfterwards. See also StrangledByTheRedString. CoitusEnsues is when you skip the token ''romance'' and just have a token sex scene.

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Not to be confused with TokenMinorityCouple. Can become a RomanticPlotTumor if it threatens to [[PlotTumor overwhelm the main plot]]. Often added in an adaptation by making a minor character PromotedToLoveInterest. Contrast HookedUpAfterwards. See also StrangledByTheRedString. CoitusEnsues is when you When the couple skip the token ''romance'' and just have a token sex scene.scene, it's CoitusEnsues.
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