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14th May '16 6:42:33 PM cdrood
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[[spoiler: ''Film/CaptainAmericaCivilWar'' has a kiss between Cap and Agent 13/Sharon Carter. This seems to be there because they've been an on and off couple in the comics and she was introduced in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier'' as a potential love interest. However, there's no indication they've even seen each other in the two years that passed in-universe. Also, he has just learned she's the niece of his World War II love interest, who just died.]]
15th Apr '16 10:30:08 AM JoeMerl
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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.

This page is not "Complaining about love subplots that you don't like". Please do not treat that way.

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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.

StrangledByTheRedString. CoitusEnsues is when you skip the token ''romance'' and just have a token sex scene.

This page is not "Complaining about love subplots that you don't like". like." Please do not treat that way.
24th Mar '16 2:05:52 AM erforce
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* ''Film/{{Oldboy}}'': 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}}'': ''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]].
27th Feb '16 8:46:54 AM HelloLamppost
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** While Arwen and Aragorn are originally in the book, the spotlight was highly tweaked to feature more Arwen than the narrative could support just because she was one of the only significant female in the book.

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** While Arwen and Aragorn are originally in the book, the spotlight was highly tweaked to feature more Arwen than the narrative could support just because she was one of the only significant female in the book. Perhaps justified, in that Tolkien himself supposedly expressed regret for not giving Arwen more to do in the books.
27th Feb '16 8:41:49 AM HelloLamppost
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* ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' (all movie versions). The book was about a British lord who hires the heroic explorer hero to find the lord's brother, who disappeared somewhere in DarkestAfrica. Various films have adapted this plot, and all of them wedge in a female character who serves as a love interest for either the lord or the heroic explorer.

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* ''Literature/KingSolomonsMines'' (all movie versions). The book was about a British lord who hires the heroic explorer hero to find the lord's brother, who disappeared somewhere in DarkestAfrica. Various films have adapted this plot, and all of them wedge in a female character who serves as a love interest for either the lord or the heroic explorer. Which is ironic, since the original book ''has'' a romantic subplot between a member of the party and a beautiful native girl, but it (sadly understandably) doesn't work out because it's a 19th century interracial romance. No doubt, even a story about a ''failed'' interracial romance was considered too risky in old-time Hollywood, so other more conventional romances got stuck in instead.
17th Feb '16 4:36:53 AM TheRhapsodianTourist
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** Parodied and lampshaded by Director Hawks in ''The Smoking Mirror'':
--->'''Hawks''': "Gotta think box office! People like that kind of thing."
23rd Dec '15 1:50:28 AM AndIntroducingALeg
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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.
20th Dec '15 6:08:53 PM ArcaneAzmadi
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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.

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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.
HookedUpAfterwards. See also StrangledByTheRedString.
4th Dec '15 10:08:34 PM MrMediaGuy2
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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 TokenRomance 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.

Sometimes a TokenRomance [[TropesAreTools works]], but even then, it'll still have "obligatory romance" stamped on it because the mere presence of a lone hero with the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] is enough for the audience to anticipate sexual tension.

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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 TokenRomance 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.

Sometimes a TokenRomance it [[TropesAreTools works]], but even then, it'll still have "obligatory romance" stamped on it because the mere presence of a lone hero with the [[TheSmurfettePrinciple token female]] is enough for the audience to anticipate sexual tension.
30th Aug '15 9:57:59 AM comicwriter
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* One of the criticisms of ''Film/AntMan'' is that the [[spoiler: ending kiss between Scott and Hope]] comes completely out of nowhere, and that there was little buildup for it in the actual film.
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