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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.
7th May '17 1:11:44 PM Scabbard
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* Played straight in the first [[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars]] Triology (IV - VI) with Han and Leia. She is not a minor character but the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only woman]] with a little more lines. The plot, however, focousing on the fight against the empire and other subplots, is not affected by their romance although Leia and Han are both main characters. [[spoiler:When Leia [[DistressedDude saves Han]] from Jabba in Return of the Jedi there is a "saving your love interest" backround but the plot rather focuses on the male characters and their [[DamselInDistress rescue mission]] for [[GoGoEnslavement Leia in the bikini]]. However, if they had just been friends or at least allies this wouldn't have changed anything.]] Even later when there is implied that Han [[spoiler:is [[TwoGuysAndAGirl jealous of Luke]] of his bond with Leia]] this doesn't cause any real conflict between the three about this; nothing would be different if there wasn't a love subplot. [[spoiler:That part is [[LongLostRelative easily resolved]] later on anyway.]]

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* Played straight in the first [[Franchise/StarWars Star Wars]] Triology (IV - VI) with Han and Leia. She is not a minor character but the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple only woman]] with a little more lines. The plot, however, focousing focusing on the fight against the empire and other subplots, is not affected by their romance although Leia and Han are both main characters. [[spoiler:When Leia [[DistressedDude saves Han]] from Jabba in Return of the Jedi there is a "saving your love interest" backround background but the plot rather focuses on the male characters and their [[DamselInDistress rescue mission]] for [[GoGoEnslavement Leia in the bikini]]. However, if they had just been friends or at least allies this wouldn't have changed anything.]] Even later when there is implied that Han [[spoiler:is [[TwoGuysAndAGirl jealous of Luke]] of his bond with Leia]] this doesn't cause any real conflict between the three about this; nothing would be different if there wasn't a love subplot. [[spoiler:That part is [[LongLostRelative easily resolved]] later on anyway.]]
2nd May '17 3:53:30 PM JoeMerl
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* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': Tony and Bridget's romance was a LoveAtFirstSight one and tangential to the main plot of Fivel reuniting with his family and then kicking out the cats.
* Colin and Lisa from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie.'' Many fans liked it, admittedly, but Colin exists only for the movie, and he doesn't have any major influence on the plot; it seems that the writers just decided for some reason that Lisa should have a LoveInterest (perhaps [[OutOfFocus just so she had some sort of subplot at all]]), and they scrapped the idea of using [[DoggedNiceGuy Milhouse]] because they felt it would interfere with the main show. Colin also disappears for much of the second half.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Flash Sentry is extremely tangential to the plot and has only a few interactions with Twilight, at most building a tentative friendship. [[spoiler:She leaves him behind in the end, and although there's a pony counterpart of him in Equestria, they have even less of a connection.]] Also, he does not appear in season 4 of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic outside of a few minor cameos. This has not stopped fans from vilifying him even before seeing the movie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/JetsonsTheMovie,'' Judy's subplot consists of getting a date with a teen heartthrob, having to cancel said date because of the family's move, angsting for a bit, and then meeting some new [[InterspeciesRomance alien]] guy named Apollo Blue. This has little to nothing to do with the main plot, and includes multiple love songs that just serve to pad the run-time (and prove that WereStillRelevantDammit)
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* ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'': Tony and Bridget's romance was a LoveAtFirstSight one and tangential to the main plot of Fivel reuniting with his family and then kicking out the cats.
* Colin and Lisa from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie.'' Many fans liked it, admittedly, but Colin exists only for the movie, and he doesn't have any major influence on the plot; it seems that the writers just decided for some reason that Lisa should have a LoveInterest (perhaps [[OutOfFocus just so she had some sort of subplot at all]]), and they scrapped the idea of using [[DoggedNiceGuy Milhouse]] because they felt it would interfere with the main show. Colin also disappears for much of the second half.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': Flash Sentry is extremely tangential to the plot and has only a few interactions with Twilight, at most building a tentative friendship. [[spoiler:She leaves him behind in the end, and although there's a pony counterpart of him in Equestria, they have even less of a connection.]] Also, he does not appear in season 4 of WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic outside of a few minor cameos. This has not stopped fans from vilifying him even before seeing the movie.
20th Apr '17 3:14:42 PM Bissek
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* In a one-sided case between major characters, the anime adaptation of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' has Kuwabara constantly hitting on Botan throughout the Genkai and Spirit Beast arcs. Then Kuwabara learns about Yukina, falls madly in LoveAtFirstSight from looking at her picture on a briefing tape, and drops his attraction to Botan like a hot rock. Botan's reaction to this is a highly sarcastic "Oh, darn," and then they go on through the rest of the series without Kuwabara's failed courtship of Botan ever being mentioned again.
29th Mar '17 1:23:41 AM NNinja
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* Due to the unfinished nature of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', none of the four romances are at all developed or given any conclusion. Atton's consists of one conversation that is worded the exact same way for male and female characters, the Disciple's barely exists, the Handmaiden's barely mentions romance at all, and Visas' is barely different with male and female characters. They mostly consist of a few hints that Mira drops, and some cutscenes of one being jealous of the attention the other is given by the Exile.
29th Mar '17 1:00:48 AM NNinja
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* ''Film/PitchPerfect'': Becca and Jesse's relationship adds little to the plot and nothing to her character. All of her growth comes about due to her interaction with The Bellas. We get no indication that he has any impact on her whatsoever. The filmmakers seem wise to this since by the time of the sequel, Jesse is essentially DemotedToExtra.



* ''Film/PitchPerfect'': Becca and Jesse's relationship adds little to the plot and nothing to her character. All of her growth comes about due to her interaction with The Bellas. We get no indication that he has any impact on her whatsoever. The filmmakers seem wise to this since by the time of the sequel, Jesse is essentially DemotedToExtra.

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* ''Film/PitchPerfect'': Becca and Jesse's relationship adds little to the plot and nothing to her character. All of her growth comes about due to her interaction with The Bellas. We get no indication that he has any impact on her whatsoever. The filmmakers seem wise to this since by the time of the sequel, Jesse is essentially DemotedToExtra.

22nd Mar '17 10:52:09 PM loudmouthgeek
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* ''Film/PitchPerfect'': Becca and Jesse's relationship adds little to the plot and nothing to her character. All of her growth comes about due to her interaction with The Bellas. We get no indication that he has any impact on her whatsoever. The filmmakers seem wise to this since by the time of the sequel, Jesse is essentially DemotedToExtra.
18th Jan '17 10:03:30 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'': Dae-su's relationship with Mi-do initially appears to be an essentially irrelevant sub-plot, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope but instead turns out to be the whole point]] of the villain's revenge scheme]].

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* ''Film/{{Oldboy 2003}}'': Dae-su's relationship with Mi-do initially appears to be an essentially irrelevant sub-plot, sub-plot to his quest to find the person responsible for locking him up all those years, [[spoiler: [[SubvertedTrope but instead turns out to be the whole point]] of the villain's revenge scheme]].
21st Dec '16 3:01:01 PM Discar
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Unfortunately, the romance subplot itself tends to be shallow and underdeveloped, existing only because [[AManIsNotAVirgin 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 [[AManIsNotAVirgin the audience expects the hero to have a healthy love life]].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.
1st Dec '16 2:22:48 PM NNinja
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* ''Film/TheMatrix'': Neo and Trinity is a plot point. The Oracle said that Trinity's true love would be The One. However, their relationship is never really explored or given time to develop; it's simply [[ShowDontTell stated]] in a short scene near the end that they love each other. The sequels give their romance more screen time, but the "man vs machine" angle overwhelms it.
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