Created By: Nowhere Man on July 15, 2010 Last Edited By: Atomicus on July 15, 2010
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Last time we saw Alice and Bob, they were dating. Things seemed to be going fine, and they're happily in love. Now we see Bob flirting with Carol. Someone brings up the fact that he was dating Alice, and Bob will respond with "We broke up", or "Things didn't work out".

This is more than a little jarring because it is just freeing up Bob to be in a new relationship (Or to be single), without actually showing how the last one ended.


Examples

Anime
  • In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Dearka Elsman and Miriallia Haww seem to be headed vaguely in the direction of becoming a couple, and apparently do so following the end of the series - only to have broken up before the beginning of sequel series Gundam SEED Destiny.
  • Pokémon: Might not fit becuase we never saw Brock and Proffessor Ivy dating, but we never really find out what happened between the two.

Film
  • This exact same thing happens with the direct to video An American Tail movies. Tony Toponi had his Love at First Sight moment with Bridget in the first movie and they seemed like soul mates. Come the third movie, not only is the second movie now All Just a Dream but Bridget is gone for some reason and Tony is flirting with someone else.
  • In the Die Hard series, John McClane makes up with ex-wife Holly in the first two films, but he's single again at the start of the third.
  • Indy and Marion between ''Raiders'' and ''Last Crusade''
  • Men in Black. Linda Fiorentino is (kinda) Will Smith's love interest; come the next movie, she's outta there! (Because she apparently wanted to go back to normal life...)
  • Ben and Abigail between the two National Treasure movies.
  • Pocahontas and John Smith between the two Disney Pocahontas movies.

Live-Action TV
  • Leonard's girlfriend in The Big Bang Theory.
  • The second season of Da Capo subverts this: The protagonist of the first season is constantly minded by his haremettes and there are hints that his first season love interest either broke up with him or died... Only it turns out she just moved away for a bit and comes back at around the halfway point of the series.
  • Fourth season of Dexter: First time we see Angel he's romancing Laguerta. When asked about the girlfriend he had last season, he mentions that it didn't work out.

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Western Animation
  • Jay being single in the Webisodes following The Critic Season 2 was explained with one of the first lines:
    "What happened to your self-respect?"
    "I lost it in the second divorce settlement."
  • In Kim Possible, both Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable end up dumped in the middle of season 1 or was it season 2; yet; don't end up dating each other until the end of the movie Kim Possible: So The Drama. Even than, Ron Stoppable needed to be reinsured that they were actually dating and he wasn't just dreaming it for the beginning of season 4.

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • September 27, 2009
    JoieDeCombat
    In Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Dearka Elsman and Miriallia Haww seem to be headed vaguely in the direction of becoming a couple, and apparently do so following the end of the series - only to have broken up before the beginning of sequel series Gundam SEED Destiny.
  • September 28, 2009
    invinible
    In Kim Possible, both Kim Possible and Ron Stoppable end up dumped in the middle of season 1 or was it season 2; yet; don't end up dating each other until the end of the movie Kim Possible: So The Drama. Even than, Ron Stoppable needed to be reinsured that they were actually dating and he wasn't just dreaming it for the beginning of season 4.
  • September 28, 2009
    Nurfle
    Hard to believe we don't have this one already.

    They do this a lot with sequels, don't they?
  • September 28, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • September 29, 2009
    green4tato
    Leonard's girlfriend in The Big Bang Theory.
  • September 29, 2009
    Surenity
    • This exact same thing happens with the direct to video An American Tail movies. Tony Toponi had his Love At First Sight moment with Bridget in the first movie and they seemed like soul mates. Come the third movie, not only is the second movie now All Just A Dream but Bridget is gone for some reason and Tony is flirting with someone else.
  • September 29, 2009
    random surfer
    Sequel Non Entity is at least related.
  • September 30, 2009
    Arilou
    The second season of Da Capo subverts this: The protagonist of the first season is constantly minded by his haremettes and there are hints that his first season love interest either broke up with him or died... Only it turns out she just moved away for a bit and comes back at around the halfway point of the series.
  • September 30, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Tends to happen a lot with Sequelitis. See: Men In Black. Linda Fiorentino is (kinda) Will Smith's love interest; come the next movie, she's outta there! (Because she apparently wanted to go back to normal life...)
  • September 30, 2009
    STUART
    Wasn't the Marion example due to the series' Anachronic Order?

    • Jay being single in the Webisodes following The Critic Season 2 was explained with one of the first lines:

    "What happened to your self-respect?"
    "I lost it in the second divorce settlement."
  • September 30, 2009
    Nurfle
    @STUART: The series chronology is 2,1,3,4, so no, I meant between movies 1 and 3.
  • September 30, 2009
    gorgardard
    This seems to me to be a form of Put On A Bus.
  • October 1, 2009
    Arivne
  • October 1, 2009
    Ryusui
  • October 1, 2009
    Cat22
    Offscreen Breakup. Employed by every sitcom that employs a Girl Of The Week approach to dating.
  • October 1, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    In the Die Hard series, John McClane makes up with ex-wife Holly in the first two films, but he's single again at the start of the third.
  • October 2, 2009
    melloncollie
    The James Bond series? The ones where the girls do make it to the end.
  • October 2, 2009
    Floria
    Snake and Meryl between the first and second Metal Gear Solid.
  • October 5, 2009
    Nowhere Man
    Offscreen Breakup works. I've never written a trope before, so how long do I have to wait before I upload this?
  • October 5, 2009
    Nurfle
    Three Rules Of Three advises three days. You're golden; go fer it!
  • October 6, 2009
    Raw Power
    pocahontas
  • July 15, 2010
    choir
    Mike and Jessica started a relationship in {Twilight}, but by the time Bella ceased to be a functional zombie they had broken up.

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