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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.
27th Nov '16 1:46:12 PM nombretomado
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* TheMovie of ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Prince Caspian'' throws in a love subplot between Susan Pevensie and the title character, giving Susan more to do than she had in the book. Audience reactions were mixed.

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* TheMovie of ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Prince Caspian'' ''Film/TheChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/PrinceCaspian'' throws in a love subplot between Susan Pevensie and the title character, giving Susan more to do than she had in the book. Audience reactions were mixed.
25th Nov '16 11:05:05 AM nombretomado
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* Bond's parody in the AustinPowers uses this trope in all its movies. For instance, Foxxy Cleopatra drops into the main plot about Austin and his father Nigel.

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* Bond's parody in the AustinPowers Film/AustinPowers uses this trope in all its movies. For instance, Foxxy Cleopatra drops into the main plot about Austin and his father Nigel.
21st Nov '16 5:41:53 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.
18th Nov '16 5:38:43 AM VPhantom
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* Discussed and mocked in ''WebOriginal/ZeroPunctuation,'' in regards to forcing Token Romances into games where it feels particularly jarring, such as Survival Horror.

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* Discussed and mocked in ''WebOriginal/ZeroPunctuation,'' ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'', in regards to forcing Token Romances into games where it feels particularly jarring, such as Survival Horror.
31st Oct '16 6:24:28 AM Jake
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* Beck and Johannssen's relationship in ''Literature/TheMartian''; not only does it have little to no impact on the plot, it happens almost entirely off the page. [[Film/TheMartian The movie]] cut it down even further to Johannssen giving Beck a quick good-luck kiss at the climax and showing them having HookedUpAfterwards [[BabiesEverAfter and started a family]] in the last couple of scenes.
23rd Oct '16 9:48:19 AM Terwanuli
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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.[[/spoiler]] Even later when there is implied that Han [[spoiler]] is [[TwoGuysAndAGirl jealous of Luke]] for his bond with Leia[[/spoiler]] 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.[[/spoiler]]

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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 [[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.[[/spoiler]] ]] Even later when there is implied that Han [[spoiler]] is [[spoiler:is [[TwoGuysAndAGirl jealous of Luke]] for of his bond with Leia[[/spoiler]] 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 [[spoiler:That part is [[LongLostRelative easily resolved]] later on anyway.[[/spoiler]]]]
23rd Oct '16 9:43:57 AM Terwanuli
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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.[[/spoiler]] Even later when there is implied that Han [[spoiler]] is [[TwoGuysAndAGirl jealous of Luke]] for his bond with Leia[[/spoiler]] 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.[[/spoiler]]
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