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15th Jan '18 5:40:16 PM JohnnyHuang
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** Leonard was arguably never really into Leslie or Dr. Stephanie as much as he was with them just for the rebound, but when Penny [[spoiler: breaks up with Leonard]] and he [[spoiler: gets together with Priya]], she re-develops feelings for him [[note]]Admittedly, this is after considerable brainwashing from Amy, who convinces Penny that Leonard was a perfect boyfriend, who dumped ''her'', not the other way around[[/note]]. In season 5, after [[spoiler: Leonard breaks up with Priya,]] he and Penny [[spoiler: get back together]]. But by the beginning of season 6, Penny is already [[spoiler: questioning the future of their relationship.]]
** There's also the on-and-off romance with Bernadette and Howard, which shouldn't being going anywhere considering that [[spoiler: they're now married]].

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** Leonard was arguably never really into Leslie or Dr. Stephanie as much as he was with them just for the rebound, but when Penny [[spoiler: breaks up with Leonard]] and he [[spoiler: gets together with Priya]], she re-develops feelings for him [[note]]Admittedly, this is after considerable brainwashing from Amy, who convinces Penny that Leonard was a perfect boyfriend, who dumped ''her'', not the other way around[[/note]]. In season 5, after [[spoiler: Leonard breaks up with Priya,]] he and Penny [[spoiler: get back together]]. But by the beginning of season 6, Penny is already [[spoiler: questioning the future of their relationship.]] That said, [[spoiler:they eventually become a married couple as of [[LongRunner season 10]].]]
** There's also the on-and-off romance with Bernadette and Howard, which shouldn't being be going anywhere considering that [[spoiler: they're now married]].
6th Dec '17 9:21:09 AM JoeMerl
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* A ''very'' frustrating case from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''- the titular heroine is in love with her crime-fighting partner, Chat Noir, and they're the same way in civilian mode- only they have no idea that they're each others' crushes, and consequently CannotSpitItOut. Even ''more'' aggravating, it's a case of PaperThinDisguise via a DominoMask (one for each of them) - literally, take off the masks (and in Chat Noir's case, a pair of fake cat ears), and their identities are exposed.

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* A ''very'' frustrating case from ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug''- the titular heroine is in love with ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug,'' by way of a [[TwoPersonLoveTriangle Two-Person Love Square]]. Marinette has a crush on Adrien, who (initially) [[ObliviousToLove doesn't really notice her crime-fighting partner, Chat Noir, and they're the same way much]]. However, in civilian mode- only they have no idea that they're each others' crushes, and consequently CannotSpitItOut. Even ''more'' aggravating, their superhero identities, it's Adrien (Cat Noir) who has a case crush on Marinette (Ladybug), but she continually rebuffs him. The [[ClarkKenting weakness of PaperThinDisguise via a DominoMask (one for each of them) - literally, take off the masks (and in Chat Noir's case, a pair of fake cat ears), and their identities are exposed.disguises]] just makes it more ridiculous.
19th Nov '17 4:04:17 AM RedScharlach
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* Played with in ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. Hak doesn't move on from his feelings toward Yona ''per se'', but he seems to have thoroughly abandoned all hope of her ever returning them. Now [[spoiler: Yona]] is the one who's hopelessly crushing on ''him'', while he's become ObliviousToLove.

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* Played with in ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn''. Hak doesn't move on from his feelings toward Yona ''per se'', but he seems to have thoroughly abandoned all hope of her ever returning them. Now [[spoiler: Yona]] [[spoiler:Yona]] is the one who's hopelessly crushing on ''him'', while he's become ObliviousToLove.



** After OMD, Peter and MJ were on the outs. She moved on and developed a relationship with others while Peter wasn't ready to move on. Peter eventually decided to start a relationship with Carlie Cooper, while MJ started to reevaluate her feelings for Peter and eventually came to the realization that she still loved him during ComicBook/SpiderIsland. The pair slowly tried getting back together, only for the events of ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to drive them apart again. After Peter got his body back, MJ had already moved on and started a relationship with another man. After ''Secret Wars'' it was eventually revealed that MJ had broken up with the new man off-panel and relocated to run a new nightclub, which was soon destroyed, leading to her working for Tony Stark. She currently has no love life to speak of, where as Peter has had some rebounds since then with the likes of heroes like Cindy Moon, aka Sillk, and Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. MJ and Peter are currently trying to mend their friendship more than their romance these days. For fans who desire the two to be together however, Peter and MJ remain a married couple in the ASM Newspaper Strip and the ongoing series ''RenewYourVows''

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** After OMD, Peter and MJ were on the outs. She moved on and developed a relationship with others while Peter wasn't ready to move on. Peter eventually decided to start a relationship with Carlie Cooper, while MJ started to reevaluate her feelings for Peter and eventually came to the realization that she still loved him during ComicBook/SpiderIsland. The pair slowly tried getting back together, only for the events of ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to drive them apart again. After Peter got his body back, MJ had already moved on and started a relationship with another man. After ''Secret Wars'' it was eventually revealed that MJ had broken up with the new man off-panel and relocated to run a new nightclub, which was soon destroyed, leading to her working for Tony Stark. She currently has no love life to speak of, where as Peter has had some rebounds since then with the likes of heroes like Cindy Moon, aka Sillk, Silk, and Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. MJ and Peter are currently trying to mend their friendship more than their romance these days. For fans who desire the two to be together however, Peter and MJ remain a married couple in the ASM Newspaper Strip and the ongoing series ''RenewYourVows''



* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/522094/chapters/923022 This]] [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy/Ed]] fanfic deals mostly with Ed being in love with Roy while Roy only wants him for sex. By the end, [[spoiler: Roy begins to realize he's in love with Ed after all, but at this point Ed has had enough]].

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* [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/522094/chapters/923022 This]] [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist Roy/Ed]] fanfic deals mostly with Ed being in love with Roy while Roy only wants him for sex. By the end, [[spoiler: Roy [[spoiler:Roy begins to realize he's in love with Ed after all, but at this point Ed has had enough]].



** Adam and Marlene. Adam has been in love with his best friend Marlene for several years, who has been in a turbulent long-term relationship with [[{{Jerkass}} Miles]], and [[ObliviousToLove is unaware of his feelings]]. When he finally gets up the nerve to tell her toward the end of sixth year, she is so overwhelmed by [[LoveConfession his confesion]] (and by the fact that she ended her relationship with Miles only a few months previously) that she harshly rejects him, which [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone she immediately regrets]]. Even though they eventually resume their friendship, Adam is hurt enough by the rejection that he decides to move forward with his love life and starts dating an Indian girl named Prudence Daly over the summer, making Marlene [[GreenEyedEpiphany realize she really is in love with him after all]].

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** Adam and Marlene. Adam has been in love with his best friend Marlene for several years, who has been in a turbulent long-term relationship with [[{{Jerkass}} Miles]], and [[ObliviousToLove is unaware of his feelings]]. When he finally gets up the nerve to tell her toward the end of sixth year, she is so overwhelmed by [[LoveConfession his confesion]] confession]] (and by the fact that she ended her relationship with Miles only a few months previously) that she harshly rejects him, which [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone she immediately regrets]]. Even though they eventually resume their friendship, Adam is hurt enough by the rejection that he decides to move forward with his love life and starts dating an Indian girl named Prudence Daly over the summer, making Marlene [[GreenEyedEpiphany realize she really is in love with him after all]].



* While not played entirely straight this trope appears in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. By the time Katniss realizes she's in love with [[spoiler:Peeta he has been captured by the Capitol. They manage to save him and she expects a very happy reunion. Instead he tries to strangle her because he's been brainwashed into thinking she's a mutation who wants him dead.]] Ouch.

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* While not played entirely straight this trope appears in ''Literature/TheHungerGames''. By the time Katniss realizes she's in love with [[spoiler:Peeta [[spoiler:Peeta, he has been captured by the Capitol. They manage to save him and she expects a very happy reunion. Instead he tries to strangle her because he's been brainwashed into thinking she's a mutation who wants him dead.]] Ouch.



** Flashbacks in a Thanksgiving episode even show this happened with [[BetaCouple Monica and Chandler]] at one point, though in this case it's more of an unrequited ''infatuation'' switcheroo. When Monica and Chandler first meet one Thanksgiving, she immediately has a crush on him, but he doesn't like her because she's fat, she accidently overhears him saying this to Ross, leading to the end of her crush. Then the next Thanksgiving, Chandler becomes attracted to Monica when he sees that she has lost the weight and is now thin, but she is still mad about him calling her fat and wants revenge. Her attempt at this results in her accidently cutting off Chandler's toe, leading to the end of his crush. Years later, Monica and Chandler eventually fall in love and end up HappilyMarried, though even before then there are a few subtle hints (particularly in the episodes "The One At The Beach"/"The One With The Jellyfish") that Chandler has redeveloped a crush on her.

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** Flashbacks in a Thanksgiving episode even show this happened with [[BetaCouple Monica and Chandler]] at one point, though in this case it's more of an unrequited ''infatuation'' switcheroo. When Monica and Chandler first meet one Thanksgiving, she immediately has a crush on him, but he doesn't like her because she's fat, she accidently accidentally overhears him saying this to Ross, leading to the end of her crush. Then the next Thanksgiving, Chandler becomes attracted to Monica when he sees that she has lost the weight and is now thin, but she is still mad about him calling her fat and wants revenge. Her attempt at this results in her accidently accidentally cutting off Chandler's toe, leading to the end of his crush. Years later, Monica and Chandler eventually fall in love and end up HappilyMarried, though even before then there are a few subtle hints (particularly in the episodes "The One At The Beach"/"The One With The Jellyfish") that Chandler has redeveloped a crush on her.



* Done interestingly on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' - Paul Ballard is in love with Echo while Melly is in love with him. Then Echo falls in love with Paul, though they don't consummate the relationship. [[spoiler: Then Alpha kills Paul's mind and it's re-made without his love for Echo]], though she still loves him anyway. Then [[spoiler: in the next ten years they spend together]] he falls for her yet again and they're implied to have a relationship, but she won't say she loves him. [[spoiler: Then he dies]]. Joss Whedon, you make puppies cry.

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* Done interestingly on ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'' - Paul Ballard is in love with Echo while Melly is in love with him. Then Echo falls in love with Paul, though they don't consummate the relationship. [[spoiler: Then [[spoiler:Then Alpha kills Paul's mind and it's re-made without his love for Echo]], though she still loves him anyway. Then [[spoiler: in the next ten years they spend together]] he falls for her yet again and they're implied to have a relationship, but she won't say she loves him. [[spoiler: Then he dies]]. Joss Whedon, you make puppies cry.



* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' has a variant on this: Rory dumps Dean for Jess; Dean longs for her for a while, until he moves on, which visibly upsets Rory. When R&J's relationship is going through a hard time because Jess treats her like dirt, she finds out Dean's engaged. As with many Unrequited Love Switcheroos, they eventually get together ... but not for long.

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* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' has a variant on this: Rory dumps Dean for Jess; Dean longs for her for a while, until he moves on, which visibly upsets Rory. When R&J's relationship is going through a hard time because Jess treats her like dirt, she finds out Dean's engaged. As with many Unrequited Love Switcheroos, they eventually get together ...together... but not for long.



* ITV's ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', in classic scifi fashion, turns this trope on its head with the relationship between Nick Cutter and Claudia/Jenny. Nick and Claudia fall in love by the end of season one. Then Nick goes back in time and [[spoiler: accidentally changes time so that Claudia is erased from history. She is replaced by Jenny who looks just like her but has a different background and personality]] Nick and Jenny start to show feeling for each other, but [[spoiler: Nick dies right before Jenny finds a picture of Claudia that convinces her that Nick was telling the truth]].

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* ITV's ''Series/{{Primeval}}'', in classic scifi fashion, turns this trope on its head with the relationship between Nick Cutter and Claudia/Jenny. Nick and Claudia fall in love by the end of season one. Then Nick goes back in time and [[spoiler: accidentally [[spoiler:accidentally changes time so that Claudia is erased from history. She is replaced by Jenny who looks just like her but has a different background and personality]] Nick and Jenny start to show feeling for each other, but [[spoiler: Nick [[spoiler:Nick dies right before Jenny finds a picture of Claudia that convinces her that Nick was telling the truth]].



* For the first half of the first season of ''Series/{{ER}}'', Doug pursued Carol, begging her for a second chance (he cheated on her left and right the first time they dated), only to be angrily rebuffed everytime, culminating in her fiance punching him out when he showed up at their engagement party. By the second half of the season, he sadly accepted that it was over and began dating a hospital attorney. . .only for ''Carol'' to begin pining over ''him'', visibly wincing everytime she saw the two together

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* For the first half of the first season of ''Series/{{ER}}'', Doug pursued Carol, begging her for a second chance (he cheated on her left and right the first time they dated), only to be angrily rebuffed everytime, culminating in her fiance punching him out when he showed up at their engagement party. By the second half of the season, he sadly accepted that it was over and began dating a hospital attorney. . .attorney... only for ''Carol'' to begin pining over ''him'', visibly wincing everytime she saw the two together



* The point of Stevie Wonder's song "Don't wonder why".

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* The point of Stevie Wonder's song "Don't wonder why".Wonder Why".



--> When I had you to myself/I didn't want you around/Those pretty faces always made you/Stand out in a crowd/But someone picked you from the bunch/One glance was all it took/Now it's much too late for me/To take second look

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--> When I had you to myself/I didn't want you around/Those pretty faces always made you/Stand out in a crowd/But someone picked you from the bunch/One glance was all it took/Now it's much too late for me/To take a second look
14th Nov '17 5:18:03 AM pointycatears
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** In season 3, this seems to be happening to [[spoiler: Marco. Jackie breaks up with him after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy seeing how much he misses Mewni and Star]], but when he returns, Star and Tom are dating again, [[CharacterDevelopment having gotten over some of the issues that caused their breakup in the past]]. However, Marco is still unsure about his feelings for Star, but it appears that she is trying to move on from her crush on him]].

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** In season 3, this seems to be happening to [[spoiler: Marco. Jackie breaks up with him after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy seeing how much he misses Mewni and Star]], but when he returns, Star and Tom are dating again, [[CharacterDevelopment having gotten over some of the issues that caused their breakup in the past]]. However, It takes Marco is still unsure about a while to realise his feelings for Star, but it appears that she is trying to move on from her crush on him]].
13th Nov '17 11:31:39 AM Zarius
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* [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] are often linked this way, with Dick (as Robin) first developing a crush on the slightly older Batgirl as teenagers. By the time Barbara became interested in a relationship, Dick had grown up, became Nightwing, and was dating an alien princess.

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* [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick Grayson]] and [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl}} Barbara Gordon]] are often linked this way, with Dick (as Robin) first developing a crush on the slightly older Batgirl as teenagers. By the time Barbara became interested in a relationship, Dick had grown up, became Nightwing, and was dating an alien princess. Dick and Babs got married in the ''Convergence'' event, but when placed back in their normal universe, they fell victim to the Flashpoint reboot and are back to being on-and-off again.
13th Nov '17 11:09:40 AM pointycatears
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** In season 3, this seems to be happening to [[spoiler: Marco. Jackie breaks up with him after [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy seeing how much he misses Mewni and Star]], but when he returns, Star and Tom are dating again, [[CharacterDevelopment having gotten over some of the issues that caused their breakup in the past]]. However, Marco is still unsure about his feelings for Star, but it appears that she is trying to move on from her crush on him]].
9th Nov '17 2:40:47 AM Zarius
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** After OMD, Peter and MJ were on the outs. She moved on and developed a relationship with others while Peter wasn't ready to move on. Peter eventually decided to start a relationship with Carlie Cooper, while MJ started to reevaluate her feelings for Peter and eventually came to the realization that she still loved him during ComicBook/SpiderIsland. The pair slowly tried getting back together, only for the events of ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to drive them apart again. After Peter got his body back, MJ had already moved on and started a relationship with another man. After ''Secret Wars'' it was eventually revealed that MJ had broken up with the new man off-panel and relocated to run a new nightclub, which was soon destroyed, leading to her working for Tony Stark. She currently has no love life to speak of, where as Peter has had some rebounds since then with the likes of heroes like Cindy Moon, aka Sillk, and Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. MJ and Peter are currently trying to mend their friendship more than their romance these days.

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** After OMD, Peter and MJ were on the outs. She moved on and developed a relationship with others while Peter wasn't ready to move on. Peter eventually decided to start a relationship with Carlie Cooper, while MJ started to reevaluate her feelings for Peter and eventually came to the realization that she still loved him during ComicBook/SpiderIsland. The pair slowly tried getting back together, only for the events of ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to drive them apart again. After Peter got his body back, MJ had already moved on and started a relationship with another man. After ''Secret Wars'' it was eventually revealed that MJ had broken up with the new man off-panel and relocated to run a new nightclub, which was soon destroyed, leading to her working for Tony Stark. She currently has no love life to speak of, where as Peter has had some rebounds since then with the likes of heroes like Cindy Moon, aka Sillk, and Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. MJ and Peter are currently trying to mend their friendship more than their romance these days. For fans who desire the two to be together however, Peter and MJ remain a married couple in the ASM Newspaper Strip and the ongoing series ''RenewYourVows''
9th Nov '17 2:38:54 AM Zarius
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** After OMD, Peter and MJ were on the outs. She moved on and developed a relationship with others while Peter wasn't ready to move on. Peter eventually decided to start a relationship with Carlie Cooper, while MJ started to reevaluate her feelings for Peter and eventually came to the realization that she still loved him during ComicBook/SpiderIsland. The pair slowly tried getting back together, only for the events of ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to drive them apart again. After Peter got his body back, MJ had already moved on and started a relationship with another man. Time will tell how the situation will resolve itself, but if they don't get back together, the fans may riot.

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** After OMD, Peter and MJ were on the outs. She moved on and developed a relationship with others while Peter wasn't ready to move on. Peter eventually decided to start a relationship with Carlie Cooper, while MJ started to reevaluate her feelings for Peter and eventually came to the realization that she still loved him during ComicBook/SpiderIsland. The pair slowly tried getting back together, only for the events of ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan to drive them apart again. After Peter got his body back, MJ had already moved on and started a relationship with another man. Time will tell how After ''Secret Wars'' it was eventually revealed that MJ had broken up with the situation will resolve itself, but if they don't get back together, new man off-panel and relocated to run a new nightclub, which was soon destroyed, leading to her working for Tony Stark. She currently has no love life to speak of, where as Peter has had some rebounds since then with the fans may riot. likes of heroes like Cindy Moon, aka Sillk, and Bobbi Morse, aka Mockingbird. MJ and Peter are currently trying to mend their friendship more than their romance these days.
21st Oct '17 7:20:40 PM Malady
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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', this is briefly shown as one of the effects of a "swish" of a magic wand. No one in universe is aware of any of the effects of the wand because that is how it works. While that example is not canon, there is one canon example. Justin is in love with Elliot, who is straight. However, when Elliot develops magical powers that mostly revolve around him [[GenderBender turning into a girl]], one of his female alter egos is [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1170 clearly attracted to Justin]], making this a case of IncompatibleOrientation twice between the same two people.

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* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', this is [[http://www.egscomics.com/egsnp.php?id=144 briefly shown shown]] as one of the effects of a "swish" of a magic wand. No one in universe is aware of any of the effects of the wand because that is how it works. While that example is not canon, there is one canon example. Justin is in love with Elliot, who is straight. However, when Elliot develops magical powers that mostly revolve around him [[GenderBender turning into a girl]], one of his female alter egos is [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=1170 clearly attracted to Justin]], making this a case of IncompatibleOrientation twice between the same two people.
21st Oct '17 7:18:38 PM Malady
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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfiction HerdingCats, Karkat wrongly thinks this is what has happened between him and Nepeta.

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* In the ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' fanfiction HerdingCats, Fanfic/HerdingCats, Karkat wrongly thinks this is what has happened between him and Nepeta.
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