Created By: Clay on December 1, 2012 Last Edited By: Clay on December 2, 2012

They Would Have By Now

When it becomes clear that a Will They Or Won't They plot arc can't have a satisfying resolution.

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Sometimes a series has a couple involved in a Will They or Won't They? plot arc, but the couple are no closer to being in a relationship in season seven or book twelve than they were in the beginning.

This can happen because other story elements take precedence and the relationship is lost in the shuffle or suffers Exponential Plot Delay because maintaining the status quo helps prolong the series. Basically there's a sense that if they haven't found a time or a place or a reason to get together yet, any Unresolved Sexual Tension between either was overrated in the first place, or has faded into oblivion.

If They Don't this may become Maybe Ever After or No Romantic Resolution.

If They Do it's likely to be a Last Minute Hookup.


Ranma - Ranma and Akane have been in a non-relationship with hints at UST for so long you feel that neither character is particularly attracted to the other.
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  • December 1, 2012
    This is complaining. Motion to discard seconded.
  • December 1, 2012
    It's not meant to be complaining. I don't think it's necessarily a negative trope. It happens in real life too, where two people who might have hooked up earlier on in their association had circumstances been different realize that the idea of getting together has lost its appeal after the novelty of the idea has worn off.

    People have a natural "honeymoon period" or "romantic period" when they are swept up in a new relationship. It's hard to generate that same feeling when you've known someone for six years and you know all about their flaws, habits and personality. Settling into a relationship like that can be more "comfortable" than exciting, and border on simply adding "benefits" to an existing friendship.

    When done poorly, it might be a subtrope of Arc Fatigue that doesn't warrant its' own article on its own.

    On the other hand, when done well it shows that character development has caused the characters in question to "outgrow" that phase in their lives.
  • December 2, 2012
    At best, it needs a complete rewrite, because as is it seems to refer to a sense of resignation by shippers that their OTP will never happen. Maaaaaayyyyyyyybe it can escape YMMV as a result, but I really doubt it.