Created By: bwayrose7August 3, 2013 Last Edited By: bwayrose7August 25, 2013
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Shipping Torpedo

In-universe anti-shipper.

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Two people are circling each other romantically, or perhaps are already together. Other characters in the story smile fondly at the couple and ship them. And then there's a spoilsport. He does not like the two people together, makes his opinion known, and clearly hopes that the ship will sink. This may be for a variety of reasons:

  • He's secretly (or not-so-secretly) in love with one of them.
  • There's a Love Triangle with in-universe Ship To Ship Combat, and he ships one of them with somebody else.
  • He thinks one or both of them simply aren't good for each other.
  • He just doesn't like one or both of them.

And there may be other reasons too. If it progresses far enough, may result in attempted Relationship Sabotage. Related tropes may include Overprotective Dad and My Sister Is Off Limits.

Contrast Shipper On Deck.

Compare Moment Killer, when the interfering party only ruins a certain moment and/or may not be intentional; and Ship Sinking, when a ship is sunk by the writers, not characters.

Considering that this trope shows up at least as far back as Shakespeare, it is Older Than Steam, if not even older.

Examples

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  • Saeki from Strawberry Shake Sweet is very opposed to Julia and Ran's relationship and continuously tries to sabotage it--ostensibly out of fear of a scandal that will end all three of their careers. That she is the Token Straight Girl in a Cast Full Of Gay probably has something to do with it, too...

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  • Shows up a lot in the films in the Disney Animated Canon, usually courtesy of the villains.
    • The Stepmother in Cinderella wanted to keep Cinderella away from Prince Charming because she hoped he'd choose one of her daughters.
    • In Tangled, Mother Gothel tries to break Rapunzel's faith in Flynn to keep Rapunzel dependent on her.
  • Briefly happens in Anastasia, when Vlad worries about Dmitri and Anya's budding romance. He quickly shifts to a Shipper On Deck, though.

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  • Lots of examples from Jane Austen's novels
    • In Emma, most people think that Emma and Frank Churchill belong together. The only one who thinks that Frank doesn't deserve her is Mr Knightley.
    • Lady Susan: Reginald's whole family is horrified when they find that he's in love with Lady Susan who is a beautiful woman, but evil and rotten to her very core.
    • In Northanger Abbey, General Tilney heavily ships his son Henry and Catherine Morland because he thinks she's a rich heiress. When he finds out it's not true, he throws her out of their house and forbids Henry to think of her.
    • Persuasion: Before the novel begins, Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth got engaged, but Anne broke it off. Her family was against their marriage, especially her dear godmother Lady Russell.
    • Pride And Prejudice:
      • Miss Bingley and Mr Darcy actively break up Jane Bennet and Mr Bingley. She's a snob who ships him with Miss Darcy. Mr Darcy thinks Miss Bennet doesn't love him.
      • Mr Darcy doesn't like that George Wickham flirts with Elizabeth. He's jealous and he knows that Wickham is not an honest man.
      • Mrs Gardiner, Elizabeth's aunt, advises against Elizabeth's possible relationship with Wickham because neither of them has independent fortune.
      • Darcy reveals that he found out that his sister nearly eloped with a man but luckily he stopped them.
      • Lady Catherine is furious when she hears rumours that her nephew Mr Darcy is love with Elizabeth Bennet.
    • In Sense And Sensibility, Edward Ferrars' family ships him with wealthy Miss Morton and they are against him courting Elinor Dashwood. Edward is however secretly engaged with much poorer and less genteel woman, which is even worse for them and poor Edward is disinherited.
  • Scarlett in Gone With The Wind is decidedly this way towards Ashley and Melanie, since she believes Ashley is her true love.
  • A handful in Harry Potter:
    • Ron is not a fan of anyone dating his sister Ginny. It even takes him a little getting used to the idea of his best friend Harry dating her.
    • Ron vehemently tries to torpedo Hermione/Viktor Krum, although at this point he Cannot Spit It Out as to the real reason why.
    • In flashbacks, Snape towards Lily and James.
    • In a more humorous example, this is initially Mrs. Weasley's reaction to Bill and Fleur.
  • Alec Lightwood of The Mortal Instruments isn't a fan of Jace/Clary at first, since he has feelings for Jace himself. But once he falls in love with Magnus, he calms down about it.

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  • The Buffyverse is full of this:
    • Xander was king of this trope: he loathed Buffy with Angel because he's in love with Buffy; was a Torpedo to Spike/Buffy because he dislikes Spike and thinks he's bad for Buffy, and anti-shipped Wesley/Cordelia for all of the above reasons.
    • Pretty much everyone was against Spike/Buffy- even the two of them on occasion.
    • On spinoff Angel, Wesley isn't fond of Fred's relationship with Gunn and less so of her flirtation with Knox, and the Squick that accompanies the pairing of Connor with Cordy makes it unpopular in-universe and out.
  • Doctor Who: The trope is played for laughs whenever Captain Jack Harkness is around by the Doctor, given that Jack is a Lovable Sex Maniac and an Extreme Omnisexual. It became a running gag that the Doctor would torpedo Jack to avoid the relationships between companions, ex companions, etc and Jack.
  • Gilmore Girls is rife with this.
    • Lorelai is against Rory/Jess, instead shipping the rival Rory/Dean. Later, is against Rory/Logan thinking her daughter can do better.
    • Richard and Emily vehemently torpedo Luke/Lorelai and Rory/Dean, to the point of Relationship Sabotage.
    • Marty is in love with Rory and thus not a fan of her and Logan
    • In a humorous example, Taylor initially opposes Luke and Lorelai's relationship out of a fear of what the breakup would do to the town. He even draws up maps for division in event of a breakup.
  • Heartwarmingly subverted on Castle, when everyone assumes Gates would flip out if she discovered Rick and Kate's relationship. Turns out she's as big a Shipper On Deck as the rest of the cast.
  • Lily from How I Met Your Mother is this for many of Ted's girlfriends, as he has a habit of thinking horrible women who aren't looking for a meaningful relationship and who invariably dump him are "the one", and Lily winds up actively sabotaging several of his relationships. Ted does not take this revelation well, especially when it slips out that Robin was one of the girlfriends in question.
  • Degrassi The Next Generation:
  • Quinn from Glee for Finn and Rachel.
  • Eric True Blood is an Anti-Shipper for Sookie/Alcide (and probably other Sookie shippings?), given that in the fifth season he hypnotizes Alcide into feeling disgusted by Sookie's touch.
  • Several characters from The Big Bang Theory are anti Priya/Leonard shippers:
    • Raj because he doesn't want Leonard dating his sister.
    • Her parents because Leonard isn't Indian.
    • Amy, Bernadette and Penny want Leonard/Penny to happen/think Priya is out of line for trying to change Leonard and demanding he stop being friends with Penny.
    • Sheldon doesn't like her because she's mean to him and challenged the Roommate Agreement to help Leonard.
  • House of Anubis had many, at least one for every couple on the show. Most infamous, though, would probably be Joy, who made no secret of her love for Fabian or her dislike for him and Nina dating.
  • Prince Charming and Snow White get this a lot on Once Upon A Time:
    • Charming's Jerkass father will take any chance in either world to separate the two, for a variety of reasons but mostly stemming from a vindictive streak after Charming refused to make a marriage alliance because he was in love with Snow.
    • Regina wants to prevent Snow from getting a Happily Ever After after a mistake by a young Snow led to the death of her own One True Love.
    • While cursed, pretty much everyone is against Mary Margaret and David pursuing their inexplicable feelings.
  • On Graceland Paige and Johnny are pressuring Mike to break up with Abby. Their reasons are mostly pragmatic since Mike, Paige and Johnny are undercover federal agents and Abby is a civilian who does not know what they do for a living. Abby could inadvertently do something that would break Mike's cover and get him and the others killed. In turn, Mike always lying to Abby about his life and job is no basis for a real relationship and they want to save Mike from the heartbreak.
  • In Game Of Thrones Catelyn Stark displays visible disapproval of her son Robb's starting relationship with field nurse Talisa Maegyr due to his existing betrothal. And hell, she's right...(In the books it's already too late.)
  • In the Firefly episode "War Stories" it's revealed that Mal used to feel like this about Wash and Zoe, since relationships among crew members complicate things.

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  • Eponine of Les Miserables is this towards Marius and Cosette, due to her own unrequited love for Marius.
  • Anita from West Side Story tries to sink Tony/Maria because she believes Tony is a dangerous, murderous boy who will break Maria's heart.
  • The major conflict in Much Ado About Nothing comes from Don John's attempt to wreck Claudio and Hero's relationship. Partly to embarrass his Shipper On Deck brother, but mostly For The Evulz.

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  • Girl Genius: Gilgamesh Wulfenbach and Tarvek Sturmvoraus are this to each other, since they both love Agatha), considering their backgrounds it gets put on hold at least until they can leave the battlefield where they were at the moment. Also they are inside a deadly architecture construct with a sadistic predisposition.
  • Larisa is this for a while in Sandra And Woo between Sandra and Cloud, until she realises she values her friendship with Sandra more than she wants Cloud as her boyfriend.

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  • The Spectacular Spider Man: Sally Arvil hated that popular, cheerleader Liz was in a relationship with geeky, science nerd Peter because it upset the social balance of Midtown High. Her reaction to their break up was to declare "finally", echoing Mary Jane's reaction to Gwen and Peter getting together.
  • Phineas And Ferb: Suzie always does everything in her power to break up her brother Jeremy's relationship with Candace.

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Community Feedback Replies: 42
  • August 3, 2013
    bwayrose7
    Anime & Manga
    • Saeki from Strawberry Shake Sweet is very opposed to Julia and Ran's relationship and continuously tries to sabotage it--ostensibly out of fear of a scandal that will end all three of their careers. That she is the Token Straight Girl in a Cast Full Of Gay probably has something to do with it, too...

    Live-Action TV:
    • Trope, thy name is Xander Harris. To recap: Xander loathed Buffy with Angel because he's in love with Buffy; was a Cannonball to Spike/Buffy because he dislikes Spike and thinks he's bad for Buffy, and anti-shipped Wesley/Cordelia for all of the above reasons.
    • Gilmore Girls is rife with this.
      • Lorelai is against Rory/Jess, instead shipping the rival Rory/Dean. Later, is against Rory/Logan thinking her daughter can do better.
      • Richard and Emily vehemently cannonball Luke/Lorelai and Rory/Dean, to the point of Relationship Sabotage.
      • Marty is in love with Rory and thus not a fan of her and Logan
      • In a humorous example, Taylor initially opposes Luke and Lorelai's relationship out of a fear of what the breakup would do to the town. He even draws up maps for division in event of a breakup.
    • Heartwarmingly subverted on Castle, when everyone assumes Gates would flip out if she discovered Rick and Kate's relationship. Turns out she's as big a Shipper On Deck as the rest of the cast.
    • Lily from How I Met Your Mother is this for many of Ted's girlfriends, as he has a habit of thinking horrible women who aren't looking for a meaningful relationship and who invariably dump him are "the one", and Lily winds up actively sabotaging several of his relationships. Ted does not take this revelation well, especially when it slips out that Robin was one of the girlfriends in question.
    • Degrassi The Next Generation:
    • Quinn from Glee for Finn and Rachel.
    • Eric True Blood is an Anti-Shipper for Sookie/Alcide (and probably other Sookie shippings?), given that in the fifth season he hypnotizes Alcide into feeling disgusted by Sookie's touch.
    • Several characters from The Big Bang Theory are anti Priya/Leonard shippers:
      • Raj because he doesn't want Leonard dating his sister.
      • Her parents because Leonard isn't Indian.
      • Amy, Bernadette and Penny want Leonard/Penny to happen/think Priya is out of line for trying to change Leonard and demanding he stop being friends with Penny.
      • Sheldon doesn't like her because she's mean to him and challenged the Roommate Agreement to help Leonard.

    Theater:
    • Eponine of Les Miserables is this towards Marius and Cosette, due to her own unrequited love for Marius.
    • West Side Story 's Anita tries to sink Tony/Maria because she believes Tony is a dangerous, murderous boy who will break Maria's heart.

    Western Animation
    • The Spectacular Spider Man: Sally Arvil hated that popular, cheerleader Liz was in a relationship with geeky, science nerd Peter because it upset the social balance of Midtown High. Her reaction to their break up was to declare "finally", echoing Mary Jane's reaction to Gwen and Peter getting together.
  • August 3, 2013
    randomtroper89
    ^Trope Codifier does not mean what you seem to think it means.
  • August 3, 2013
    randomtroper89
    A few examples and rewrites:
    • Lily from How I Met Your Mother is this for many of Ted's girlfriends, as he has a habit of thinking horrible women who aren't looking for a meaningful relationship and who invariably dump him are "the one", and Lily winds up actively sabotaging several of his relationships. Ted does not take this revelation well, especially when it slips out that Robin was one of the girlfriends in question.
    • Degrassi The Next Generation:
    • Quinn from Glee for Finn and Rachel.
    • Eric True Blood is an Anti-Shipper for Sookie/Alcide (and probably other Sookie shippings?), given that in the fifth season he hypnotizes Alcide into feeling disgusted by Sookie's touch.
    • Several characters from The Big Bang Theory are anti Priya/Leonard shippers:
      • Raj because he doesn't want Leonard dating his sister.
      • Her parents because Leonard isn't Indian.
      • Amy, Bernadette and Penny want Leonard/Penny to happen/think Priya is out of line for trying to change Leonard and demanding he stop being friends with Penny.
      • Sheldon doesn't like her because she's mean to him and challenged the Roommate Agreement to help Leonard.
    Now for the rewrites:
    • Anita from West Side Story tries to sink Tony/Maria because she believes Tony is a dangerous, murderous boy who will break Maria's heart.
    • Heartwarmingly subverted on Castle, when everyone assumes Gates would flip out if she discovered Rick and Kate's relationship. Turns out she's as big a Shipper On Deck as the rest of the cast.
    • Xander Harris from Buffy The Vampire Slayer was opposed to several relationships:
      • He loathed Buffy with Angel because he's in love with Buffy.
      • He was a Cannonball to Spike/Buffy because he dislikes Spike and thinks he's bad for Buffy.
      • He anti-shipped Wesley/Cordelia for all of the above reasons.

  • August 3, 2013
    bwayrose7
    ^ Thank you both- sorry for the mistakes :)
  • August 3, 2013
    randomtroper89
    • The Spectacular Spider Man: Sally Arvil hated that popular, cheerleader Liz was in a relationship with geeky, science nerd Peter because it upset the social balance of Midtown High. Her reaction to their break up was to declare "finally", echoing Mary Jane's reaction to them getting together.
  • August 3, 2013
    Larkmarn
    I prefer "Torpedo" to "Cannonball," personally.
  • August 3, 2013
    Mauri
    So this case is an intentional case instead of the more controversial Moment Killer that is by itself this trope without intention.
  • August 3, 2013
    captainpat
    Please rewrite the description without the Alice And Bob scenario. That's an Example As A Thesis. You don't need an example in your trope description when you have an example section right below it.

  • August 4, 2013
    Koveras
    ^ There is nothing wrong with using Alice And Bob as variables in a description. Or would it be better if OP used "person A", "person B", etc.?

    • Saeki from Strawberry Shake Sweet is very opposed to Julia and Ran's relationship and continuously tries to sabotage it--ostensibly out of fear of a scandal that will end all three of their careers. That she is the Token Straight Girl in a Cast Full Of Gay probably has something to do with it, too...
  • August 4, 2013
    Arivne
    ^ Example As A Thesis says "Instead of trying to tell people what the trope is, it starts out describing a scenario, often written in the third person referring to Alice And Bob."

    In other words, the description must define the trope in general terms and not sound like an example. Sometimes just replacing the Alice And Bob names is enough.

    For example, the current description could be changed thusly:

    Two people are circling each other romantically, or perhaps are already together. Other characters in the story smile fondly at the couple and ship them. And then there's a spoilsport. He does not like the two people together, makes his opinion known, and clearly hopes that the ship will sink. This may be for a variety of reasons:

    • 1. He's secretly (or not-so-secretly) in love with one of them.
    • 2. There's a Love Triangle with in-universe Ship To Ship Combat, and he ships one of them with somebody else.
    • 3. He thinks one or both of them simply aren't good for each other.
    • 4. He just doesn't like one or both of them.
  • August 4, 2013
    Arivne
  • August 4, 2013
    DAN004
  • August 4, 2013
    KingZeal
    Ship Sinker alone is good.
  • August 4, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    Ummm someone edited my example...and changed it so its factually wrong. Sally's "finally" echoed Mary Jane's reaction to Gwen and Peter moving toward getting together, not her reaction to Liz and Peter getting together.
  • August 4, 2013
    XFllo
    Lots of examples from Jane Austen's novels

    • In Emma, most people think that Emma and Frank Churchill belong together. The only one who thinks that Frank doesn't deserve her is Mr Knightley.
    • Lady Susan: Reginald's whole family is horrified when they find that he's in love with Lady Susan who is a beautiful woman, but evil and rotten to her very core.
    • In Northanger Abbey, General Tilney heavily ships his son Henry and Catherine Morland because he thinks she's a rich heiress. When he finds out it's not true, he throws her out of their house and forbids Henry to think of her.
    • Persuasion: Before the novel begins, Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth got engaged, but Anne broke it off. Her family was against their marriage, especially her dear godmother Lady Russell.
    • Pride And Prejudice:
      • Miss Bingley and Mr Darcy actively break up Jane Bennet and Mr Bingley. She's a snob who ships him with Miss Darcy. Mr Darcy thinks Miss Bennet doesn't love him.
      • Mr Darcy doesn't like that George Wickham flirts with Elizabeth. He's jealous and he knows that Wickham is not an honest man.
      • Mrs Gardiner, Elizabeth's aunt, advises against Elizabeth's possible relationship with Wickham because neither of them has independent fortune.
      • Darcy reveals that he found out that his sister nearly eloped with a man but luckily he stopped them.
      • Lady Catherine is furious when she hears rumours that her nephew Mr Darcy is love with Elizabeth Bennet.
    • In Sense And Sensibility, Edward Ferrars' family ships him with wealthy Miss Morton and they are against him courting Elinor Dashwood. Edward is however secretly engaged with much poorer and less genteel woman, which is even worse for them and poor Edward is disinherited.
  • August 4, 2013
    captainpat
    Also, it's a good idea to replace the numbers with bullet points. Otherwise, it'll encourage type labels.
  • August 8, 2013
    bwayrose7
    • Scarlett in Gone With The Wind is decidedly this way towards Ashley and Melanie, since she believes Ashley is her true love.
    • A handful in Harry Potter:
      • Ron is not a fan of anyone dating his sister Ginny. It even takes him a little getting used to the idea of his best friend Harry dating her.
      • Ron vehemently tries to torpedo Hermione/Viktor Krum, although at this point he Cannot Spit It Out as to the real reason why.
      • In flashbacks, Snape towards Lily and James.
      • In a more humorous example, this is initially Mrs. Weasley's reaction to Bill and Fleur.
  • August 8, 2013
    Mauri
    Webcomics
    • Girl Genius: Gilgamesh Wulfenbach and Tarvek Sturmvoraus are this to each other in a type 2 (since they both love Agatha), considering their backgrounds it gets put on hold at least until they can go outside the battlefield they where at the moment. It also includes they are inside a deadly architecture construct with a sadistic predisposition.
    Still I guess the torpedo versus cannonball will take its time however... it is time to put the examples in order in the main part.
  • August 9, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    I honestly like cannonball because I just realized the pun. It can be read as CanonBall (as in the canon character trying to do the sinking).
  • August 9, 2013
    bwayrose7
    Glad you like the pun :) I also had the idea of the page image being the very popular one used frequently on Tumblr of Capt. Jack Sparrow yelling, "Stop blowing holes in my ship!" Examples so far added to the main section- any more?
  • August 9, 2013
    Sibuna
    • House of Anubis had many, at least one for every couple on the show. Most infamous, though, would probably be Joy, who made no secret of her love for Fabian or her dislike for him and Nina dating.
  • August 11, 2013
    RaustBD
    If I could just suggest an alternative name, what about "Broadside Canon"?
  • August 12, 2013
    Melkior
    ^ That doesn't sound like it relates to character shipping. That sounds more like "fans think that X is true but Word Of God says that it isn't"

    Webcomics
    • Larisa is this for a while in Sandra And Woo between Sandra and Cloud, until she realises she values her friendship with Sandra more than she wants Cloud as her boyfriend.
  • August 12, 2013
    Mauri
    Well sometimes when you drink a cup of tea you get some examples... that or for some it is the cup of coffee.

    Video Games:
    • A Staple of Dating Sim games (be it for boys or girls) when the player has a relationship with one character and due to relationships another character due to any of the reasons in this trope can go and instead of a Moment Killer can go to do this.
    • Heartache 101 Sour Into Sweet: Takes this trope and plays with it via the relationships between the characters; best friends (or sister, not sure if a third option outside the circle can happen but given how rumors run in that school) butting into your date with another girl (only for the interferer losing value with the player).
    [[italics: Player: If you would have handed us copies of the script then maybe we could have pulled it off.]] (note: this troper doesn't recall the proper dialogue and would have to look at the script for it.)
  • August 12, 2013
    paycheckgurl
    ^ The Sims example is really confusing. Speaking as a player of the Sims, I can't quite work out what you were trying to say. Were you maybe referring to what happens when you're romantic with one Sim in front of a Sim you are/were romantic with and their inevitable negative reaction to the relationship? Or did you mean some Sim's lack of interest with/relation meter going down when you chose the "Confess attraction for [insert name here]" interaction? In the Late Night expansion pack there's also a citywide negative reaction whenever a celebrity Sim is caught cheating, has a child out of wedlock, whohoos with a ghost, whohoos in a public place, etc. which can be read as a negative reaction to a relationship.
  • August 12, 2013
    Mauri
    Should have specified that in some sim games I've seen they leave that situation coded inside the game. That if you are dating one then the friend or the sister will go and try to sink the ship. Still it goes with the Relationship Values. Also didn't mean "The Sims" as I have the problem of not separating when I meant "Dating Sims" which I'll add to the previous part.
  • August 12, 2013
    bwayrose7
    Alright, everyone, since we've got a lot of examples now, I'd like to know which title you prefer: "Shipping Cannonball" or "Shipping Torpedo"? I think those are probably the two clearest titles out of the suggestions.
  • August 12, 2013
    randomtroper89
    I'll go with Torpedo
  • August 12, 2013
    DAN004
    Both are good, actually... Torpedo is just the modern version of cannonball anyway.
  • August 12, 2013
    nielas
    • On Graceland Paige and Johnny are pressuring Mike to break up with Abby. Their reasons are mostly pragmatic since Mike, Paige and Johnny are undercover federal agents and Abby is a civilian who does not know what they do for a living. Abby could inadvertently do something that would break Mike's cover and get him and the others killed. In turn, Mike always lying to Abby about his life and job is no basis for a real relationship and they want to save Mike from the heartbreak.
  • August 13, 2013
    Melkior
    I fixed the grammar and spelling in the Girl Genius example.
  • August 13, 2013
    Mauri
    Different schools different takes on the Grammar itself. Still considering about the need for more examples, but not getting anything in my mind at the moment.
  • August 13, 2013
    bwayrose7
    Changed the title to "Torpedo" since it lends itself better to being used as a verb (i.e. Character A "torpedoed" the X/Y relationship"). Cannonball as a verb has a meaning irrelevant to this trope.
  • August 13, 2013
    Mauri
    Well outside what happens in Dating Sim there must be a set of examples that we are missing. And I can think of the following details (could be wrong but only leaving for consideration): Fan Fiction
    • Many Fan Fictions do this so the designated Mary Sue or Marty Stu get the pairing. This is a blatant type one.

    Real Life
    • No Real Life examples please.
  • August 14, 2013
    WisdomCat37
    • In Josie and the Pussycats, Alexandra cannot stand Alan and Josie together. Naturally, she is smitten by Alan.
  • August 15, 2013
    Arivne
    Overprotective Dad and My Sister Is Off Limits appear to be Sub Tropes of this.

    Some of the examples above belong in one of them.
  • August 16, 2013
    Mauri
    Recalled another example,even if played for laughs.

    Live Action TV
    • Doctor Who: It is played for laughs whenever the Doctor plays this whenever Jack Harness is around, given that Jack is a Lovable Sex Maniac who plays the Bi the way, and other tropes including the casanova. It became a running gag that the Doctor would torpedo Jack to avoid the relationships between companions, ex companions, etc and Jack.

    Edit: Fixing the grammar on the page one not the stub I left here...
  • August 19, 2013
    Himbeergeist
    • In Game Of Thrones Catelyn Stark displays visible disapproval of her son Robb's starting relationship with field nurse Talisa Maegyr due to his existing betrothal. And hell, she's right...(In the books it's already too late.)
    • In the Firefly episode "War Stories" it's revealed that Mal used to feel like this about Wash and Zoe, since relationships among crew members complicate things.
  • August 20, 2013
    JoeG
    • Phineas And Ferb: Suzie always does everything in her power to break up her brother Jeremy's relationship with Candace.
  • August 24, 2013
    Koveras
  • August 24, 2013
    Mauri
    Well I guess that before launching some poor soul will have to put the last examples in position. Then put after launch the mention in the correspondent pages... OK I'm fearing that part.
  • August 25, 2013
    randomtroper89
    A few more edits:

    Add this to description: If this character is a parent see Overprotective Dad, if this character is a sibling see My Sister Is Off Limits.

    Italicize the Girl Genius example, and add a Webcomic namespace.

    Move Phineas And Ferb to Western Animation, and add an appropriate namespace.

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