Created By: DmM on June 26, 2012 Last Edited By: DmM on September 21, 2013
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Odd Lover Out

So many ships are teased that at least one character is guaranteed heartbreak during the climax

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"Oh, wait, wait, wait! Wait, everybody! Let me see if I've got this straight. All the lust coursing through this lodge tonight, all the hormones virtually ricocheting off the walls, and no one... was chasing me?"
Frasier Crane in Frasier Season 5 Episode 14, "The Ski Lodge"

Sometimes a work contains so many ship teases that most of the protagonists end up involved in a tangled web of angst, heartbreak and relationship issues. The author often includes a Shipper on Deck to muddy the waters, and the end result is usually Played for Laughs while also giving dramatic impetus to the plot. However, at the climax, someone is going to get their heart broken because there are too many potential ships going on for them ever to be resolved to all the characters' complete satisfaction.

This trope requires:
  • At least one Ship Tease
  • Characters with unspoken feelings for each other
  • A love triangle (or any similar complication that means at least one character will be left single if it's resolved)
  • Evidence offered to suggest that Alice is attracted to both Bob and Charlie, and possibly Dick (and, in extreme cases, Jane).

For Bonus Points, add:
  • A break up and/or a temporary estrangement
  • A Shipper on Deck, who is unknowingly trying to get the wrong people together
  • A scenario where the characters think Bob and Alice have feelings for each other, but they don't (or only one of them does)
  • A scenario where everyone (the audience and the characters) think Anne likes Billy. Even Billy thinks this. But at the climax it's revealed that she doesn't.

Allow to simmer and then bring all the characters together for the climax. There will be a reconciliation, a violent bout of Ship Sinking and the unveiling of the Official Couples. Any evidence for other relationships that has been offered throughout the story will be explained away. One major character will be left Alone Among the Couples, either because no-one is attracted to them or because they nobly step aside to let their more worthy friend date their love. For Bonus Points include a couple of extras who were in relationships with major characters but whose ships get sunk.

For extra Bonus Points, include a scene after the climax showing all the happy couples, giving any single extras new relationships and offering your single protagonist hope for the future or a relationship.

Then all you have to do is start Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends...

Related Tropes: Ship Tease, Relationship Upgrade, Official Couple, Ship Sinking, Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends, Alone Among the Couples

Fascinating as your social lives undoubtedly are... No Real Life Examples, please

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
  • Marmalade Boy, at least two characters seem to have no romantic options by the end. This might be because the series (especially the anime) is a horribly tangled mess of romantic polygons.

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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
  • The The Magic School Bus Fan Fic Popular Mechanics For Lovers contains an archetypal, immensely complicated, version of this trope that ends up involving twelve people, including all of the protagonists. The story begins with Tim and Arnold in love with Phoebe, the girls believing that Carlos loves D.A. and Ralphie loves Keesha, and someone (the girls reckon Carlos) sending D.A. anonymous notes asking her to got to the end of year dance with them. They joke about Phoebe secretly loving D.A., eliciting a Suspiciously Specific Denial from Phoebe. Janet pesters Ralphie into dating her, and D.A. works out that Keesha and Wanda both like him. The latter two conspire to break up the relationship, although Keesha tells D.A. that she's planning on using Wanda to help her break up Ralphie and Janet and then outsmarting her friend to take Ralphie for herself. Meanwhile, Phoebe agrees to go on one date each with Tim and Arnold to shut them up: her date with Tim isn't great but she ends up in bed with Arnold. When she tells the girls about this, she insists that she doesn't love him, but her behavior towards him indicates otherwise. However, any chance of a relationship between them seems to have been ruined when Phoebe overhears Arnold and Tim talking about their dates with her, and Arnold boasting about sleeping with her. Then the reader finds out that Phoebe's in love with Mikey, Carlos' little brother. Wanda decides that, although she loves Ralphie, the evidence suggests that he loves Keesha and therefore she'll stand aside for her friend if they succeed in breaking up the relationship. Ralphie dumps Janet of his own accord, and Tim and Arnold declare a 'truce' and set out to find and apologise to Phoebe. At the climax, everyone arrives at Carlos' house for various reasons: Phoebe is helping Mikey with his homework in the kitchen, Carlos is watching sport in the living room with Ralphie (who is hiding out from Janet), Wanda and Keesha arrive to talk to Ralphie, with Arnold and Tim hot on their heels seeking Phoebe, and finally D.A. arrives to speak to Carlos. Everyone congregates in the kitchen and D.A. confronts Carlos about the notes, teling him he should admit to writing them, and asks him to go to the dance with her. He agrees, but it turns out Mikey wrote the notes - although he takes his blunt rejection with good grace, pointing out the unlikelihood of a hyper-intelligent, incredibly hot girl two years his senior ever returning his affections - and a heartbroken Phoebe locks herself in Carlos' bedroom. Carlos and Arnold go to try and talk her into coming out, and Arnold is so worried about her that he injures himself trying to break down the door. Meanwhile, Wanda and Keesha agree that, as things seem to be turning into some kind of soap, they will do the decent thing and avoid another feud by getting Ralphie to choose between them and accepting his decision as final. He chooses Wanda. Meanwhile, Phoebe has to drive Arnold to the hospital and they rekindle their relationship there. This climax is followed by a final chapter, set at the dance:
    • Wanda goes with Ralphie
    • Arnold goes with Phoebe
    • Tim goes with Tiffany, who only appears in canon in one episode ("Wet All Over") and hadn't appeared in the fic at all before this point
    • Keesha goes with some random member of Arnold's swimming team
    • D.A. goes with Carlos
    • Mikey goes with no-one. The poor guy doesn't get a mention
    • Janet's reputation ensures she has guys queuing up to ask her to dance

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[[folder:Literature]]
  • Jane Austen is probably the Trope Codifier, making it Older Than Radio. This happens in all of her novels, but most spectacularly in Emma, where her Shipper on Deck, protagonist Emma Woodehouse is a wannabe matchmaker who always tries to pair off the wrong couples and misses all the not-so-subtle clues that would tell her who the right partnerships were. In the end she almost gets her own heart broken and one of her friends does get her heart broken. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
  • J.K. Rowling does this in the later Harry Potter books. Goblet Of Fire ships Ron/Hermione, Hermione/Krum, Ginny/Harry, Harry/Cho, Cho/Cedric and Ginny/Neville. Order Of The Phoenix keeps up the UST between Ron and Hermione, gives Harry a relationship with Cho and Ginny a relationship with Michael Corner, only for those ships to break up towards the end of the novel. Cho and Michael start going out, Harry is left single and Ginny dates Dean Thomas. Half Blood Prince sees Ron and Hermione almost get together, then gives Ron a relationship with Lavender Brown. Harry falls in love with Ginny, and she leaves Dean for him. At the end of the book, Ron has broken up with Lavender but failed to get together with Hermione, Luna and Neville get a slight ship and Harry breaks up with Ginny for her own safety. Deathly Hallows gives us a slight Luna/Dean ship, Ron and Hermione finally get together, Harry and Ginny get back together and Cho and Michael are still in a relationship. However, there's indications that Cho is still in love with Harry, and Word of God says that Luna and Cho married people who didn't appear in any of the books.

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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
  • Merlin. Arthur/Morgana, Merlin/Morgana, Gwen/Lancelot, Merlin/Nimueh and Gwen/Merlin are teased. Then, you have to remember that the canonical ships are supposed to be Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Morgana, , Gwen/Lancelot, Merlin/Morgana and Merlin/Nimueh.
  • The Frasier episode "The Ski Lodge", as indicated by the page quote.
  • The finale of Veronica Mars has all but the Shipper on Deck. Piz likes Veronica, Veronica kind of likes Piz and is trying to convince herself she feels nothing for her ex, Logan (who was also rebounding on another character), but when Logan punches out a well connected Russian mobster merely for insulting Veronica's honour, Veronica's convictions become less clear. Word of God implies that things didn't work out between her and Piz after the series end. This was after three (ish) break up and re-make ups between her and Logan, during one of which Piz sort of sat quietly in the background.

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[[folder:Western Animation]]
  • Legend Of Korra: It's a real Love Dodecahedron. Korra likes Mako, Mako has his Crash-Into Hello girlfriend Asami, Bolin has feelings for Korra, and then it gets tangled in the end. There is even a Shipper on Deck. In the end, Korra and Mako get together.
  • By the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the only main character not in a relationship is Toph. She had been crushing on Sokka, who ends up with the warrior-girl Suki. However, Toph isn't one to complain about something like that, refusing to draw attention to such a feminine part of her personality, and didn't have anything negative to say on the matter on screen. She went on to have a daughter, Lin, but it's still unknown who the father is.

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Community Feedback Replies: 75
  • June 26, 2012
    Lorialet
    Merlin. Arthur/Morgana, Merlin/Morgana, Gwen/Lancelot, Merlin/Nimueh and Gwen/Merlin are teased. Then, you have to remember that the canonical ships are supposed to be Arthur/Gwen, Arthur/Morgana, , Gwen/Lancelot, Merlin/Morgana and Merlin/Nimueh.
  • June 26, 2012
    DmM
    thanks!
  • June 26, 2012
    Sackett
    Isn't this just Love Dodecahedron?
  • June 26, 2012
    DmM
    No, not necessarily (I think). Unlike in Love Dodecahedron, the characters aren't all in conflicting relationships or in love with the same person. The author and/or unreliable narrator (often helped by an incompetant or biased Shipper On Deck) ship an ever-expanding series of potential relationships, only some of which ever become more than hypothetical. This climaxes in a violent bout of Ship Sinking that resolves the confusion but leaves one character at least temporarily single and/or unhappy.

    Subtrope?
  • June 26, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Relationship Roulette? Because anything could happen? Although the current name is good, really.

    Shows about or aimed at teenagers tend to play with this because teens think about sex pretty much all the time, for example, the first series of Skins and most of Buffy.
  • June 26, 2012
    DmM
    @Heart Of An Astronaut: thanks! Any specific examples from those shows?
  • June 27, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Ship Tease is more about hinting at potential reltionships rather than having people explicitly in love with each other.

    As a consequenquence, I think that name rather brings the following idea to mind : So much Ship Tease happening in a show that if a pair (or sevral) ever gets promotion to Official Couple, the Ship Sinking that ensues breaks the heart of fans of the alternative hinted couples.

    Your idea is more like "as parings get promoted to Official Couple, some characters may end up not being paired at all". Both are consequences of Ship Tease, but not exactly the same thing.

    With all the people only reading the trope title and page quote out there, I'm afraid a lot of people may mistake it for what I just decribed. The concept is good, but I'd personally go with one of the alternative titles.
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    Well, I tried to summarize the shipping in Popular Mechanics For Lovers but it didn't post my comment because it was too long. Suffice it to say there's Ship Tease, Les Yay Ship Tease, a Shipper On Deck and a heck of a lot of Shipping and Ship Sinking at the climax... all of which makes it logical to put Ship Tease in the trope name (as all the examples are along the lines of this one). If anyone can suggest an alternative title I'd be very grateful, as my mind's a blank
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    I've changed the laconic. Does that make it clearer?
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    YKTTW Bump... this was an interesting conversation, does anyone have any more thoughts?
  • June 27, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    Not just Luna. Cho also married someone not in the books.
  • June 27, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Yep, the laconic is more clear.

    What I find confusing about he the original title is that I'm not sure Ship Tease is the same thing having the caracters be in love. As a consequence, I'm not shure how Ship Sinking actually breaks the character's heart.

    The way I see it, Ship Tease is something that can be interpreted as the characters just deeply caring for each other without any romance involoved or a complete accident if you just don't see these two characters as a couple. Long story short, the characters involved in a Ship Tease may never have been in love with each other in the first place, may never fall in love, but have had a few scenes meant to activate the Shipping Goggles at some point in the story.

    Having the characters be in love without having told each other is already at least one step beyond Ship Tease and towards an Official Couple. I may be wrong, but I'm getting the impression that for you, Ship Tease and "these two have a thing for each other" are the same thing.

    EDIT : I have title idea that may or may not turn me into a hypocrite : Marooned By The Ship Sinking.
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    I like that title, but it doesn't quite fit the trope, the 'Pile Up' element is there because there is a pileup at the climax of the action.

    No, I know what ship tease is. The point is that we get official couples, we get people who have a thing for each other without telling each other and we get Ship Tease. In the fanfic example above, we even get a joke about Faux Yay (Phoebe loves D.A.) that elicits a Suspiciously Specific Denial from Phoebe. In the Frasier example (as in the fanfic) the Ship Tease can work on two levels: effectively the audience think Alice has a thing for Bob, and so does Bob, but actually she doesn't.

    Confused? Because I sure am...

    Marooned By The Pile Up Of Shipping?
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    Apologies for double post, I think I've cracked this:

    This trope requires:
    • Ship Tease
    • People who have unspoken feelings for each other
    • A scenario where the characters think Bob and Alice have feelings for each other, but they don't (or only one of them does)
    • A scenario where everyone (the audience and the characters) think Anne likes Billy. Even Billy thinks this. But at the climax it's revealed that she doesn't
    • A love triangle
    • Evidence to support a character being attracted to two or more characters.
    • Probably a Shipper On Deck, who will more than likely try to ship the wrong couples (although the audience may not know that these are the wrong couples at the time)
    • Probably at least one break up or temporary estrangement
    • At the climax, ships are sunk, the official ships are revealed, evidence for conflicting ships is explained and people are reconciled. Generally one person is left single either because no-one is attracted to them or because they chose to nobly stand aside and let a more worthy friend date their love. There may be extras who are made single by sunk ships where the shippees had actually been dating. However, these characters will find happiness before the end of the story.
      • After the climax, there may be a scene that gives our poor singleton a relationship or hope for the future. Just not in Frasier.
    If you need an example of this, read Popular Mechanics For Lovers (link on the trope page) or get me to explain the ships from it in depth. A Bob And Alice example won't work because there are too many characters.
  • June 27, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Thanks for the clarification and sorry for my assumption. Now that I see the needed elements, I have the impression that some of the "required" elements could actually be optional.

    I would see it like that : Basic trope : Ship Tease / uspoken feelings, love triangle (or any complication of it that means at least a single person once it's resolved), evidence of a character attracted to two or more people, the official couples being revealed and at least on person left single at the climax.

    Bonus Points : Break up and temorary estrangement ;Shipper On Deck trying to get the wrong people together ; one of the potential couples having either th Alice and Bob or the Anne and Billy scenario ; later resolution for single characters, be it protagonists, support, or extras.
  • June 27, 2012
    DmM
    Pretty much it exactly! Any ideas for names?

    Can I use what you've just said in the description?
  • June 28, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Of course, YTTW is meant exactly for that kind of input.

    Still have no other ideas for names and Marrooned By the Pile Of Shipping feels a little obscure.

    I may have one last remark about the choice at a title : Pile up of Ship Tease happens in quite a few works, but reveal of official couples near the end will not necessairly happen (or just for the main one). The characteristic part of the trope is the ending where resolving a complicated poetntial realtionship puzzle gets someone left out.

    It may be a better idea to have the title focus on "how the mess is resolved" then on "there's a mess common to quite few shows in the first place". I agree a title with both would be ideal, but a good idea of how it ends seems more important than the fact that there is a pile up.
  • June 28, 2012
    DmM
  • June 28, 2012
    HollyDash
  • June 28, 2012
    DmM
    thanks!
  • June 28, 2012
    falver
    Mahou Sensei Negima Has successfully averted just about every requirement.
  • June 29, 2012
    Nazetrime
    We may be onto something for the title, but the idea is to have the "resolved but someone gets lefts out" at least hinted at in the title. Keep in mind that quite a few indexes (and I know that both love tropes and shipping trope are part of them) don't have a laconic next to the trope title, so the title is all someone browsing the index will see.

    For now, your title ideas rely at least partly on the laconic for people to get a correct idea of what the trope is about.
  • June 29, 2012
    DmM
  • June 29, 2012
    Nazetrime
    "Castaway" has a nice ring to it.

    The second title has the idea quite right ; Castaway Of The Ship Tease pileup resolution ? "Shipping" tends to be for the fan's couple forming rather than the story hinting towards couples.

    You could go with that one (personally think it's a little long but quite decent compared to other ones out there).

  • June 29, 2012
    DmM
    Thanks! I'm gonna change it to that for now and then we can see what it looks like anyway :)
  • June 30, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Now that I'm not so hung up on the title anymore, a little extra clues : try using he/she intead of just "he" for the main character left out. The "(except for Frasier. Poor guy)" part has no reaseon to be int he general description.
  • June 30, 2012
    DmM
    Ok :)
  • July 2, 2012
    DmM
  • July 2, 2012
    surgoshan
    That title looks pretty darn long. Perhaps just Ship Tease Castaway, or maybe just Shipping Castaway for the person who, once all the couples have coupled, is left out in the cold.
  • July 2, 2012
    DmM
    Why didn't we think of that? Or perhaps Ship Tease Resolution Castaway, because it's only when the conflicting ships are resolved at the end that one person is left alone?
  • July 2, 2012
    surgoshan
    That is better. Now if only there were a way to work in some kind of nautical pun...
  • July 3, 2012
    DmM
    Good idea... any suggestions for one? Hopefully after that this page will be shipshape and ready to launch! Sorry, couldn't resist...

    Edit: One thing about that name is it loses the 'Pileup' element... does anyone think this matters?
  • July 3, 2012
    Nazetrime
    Decided to let go of this for a while to see if anyone else came to contribute, and I like the progress. I personally think the new title is perfect. And if you want the idea of multiple Ship Tease involoving the same person to remain, I's rather choose something like "overlap". Overlapping Ship Tease Resolution Castaway?

    What did you mean by working in a nautical plan?
  • July 3, 2012
    DmM
    Shipping is, after all, a nautical term... guess we all ready kinda have a pun in the 'castaway' bit. Overlapping Ship Tease Resolution Castaway is good, but is there any way we could make it shorter?
  • July 5, 2012
    DmM
  • July 10, 2012
    Nazetrime
    No extra ideas, but just suggesting you put Relationship Upgrade somewhere.
  • July 10, 2012
    DmM
    Thanks Nazetrime!
  • July 13, 2012
    DmM
  • July 13, 2012
    MorganWick
    The current title is starting to look like the name of an anime... Marooned By The Piled Up Ships? Marooned By The Fleet, since some ships do get to keep sailing?
  • July 15, 2012
    DmM
    @ Morgan Wick: thanks! I like Marooned By The Piled Up Ships myself, what does anyone else think?
  • July 15, 2012
    LordCirce
    So, does this trope apply to the entire situation, or simply to the character that gets "marooned"?
  • July 16, 2012
    peccantis
    BTW there recently was a "get rid of the terrible shipping puns" Special Efforts thread...
  • July 17, 2012
    DmM
    @ Lord Circe: well... here we go back into murky waters... the trope is the situation, which always culminates in one person being left alone, hence the new name. The original name was simply Ship Tease Plie Up, if that helps.

    @ peccantis: ouch. I didn't know. Thanks for the heads-up :)
  • July 17, 2012
    LordCirce
    ^&^^ I think the anti-shipping title movement came from most Shipping-based titles being considered snowclones. The title I would like to suggest is Odd Lover Out, but I am worried that that would be accused to being a snowclone of Odd Man Out.
  • July 18, 2012
    DmM
    hmmm, good point. I like Odd Lover Out, but I agree there's a potential snowclone issue... anything better, anyone? I'm at a loss :(
  • July 21, 2012
    DmM
  • July 29, 2012
    DmM
    does this name work better?
  • July 29, 2012
    abk0100
    yes, much
  • July 29, 2012
    bulmabriefs144
    Marmalade Boy, at least two characters seem to have no romantic options by the end. This might be because the series (especially the anime) is a horribly tangled mess of romantic polygons.
  • July 29, 2012
    CharacterInWhite
    • The finale of Veronica Mars has all but the Shipper On Deck. Piz likes Veronica, Veronica kind of likes Piz and is trying to convince herself she feels nothing for her ex, Logan (who was also rebounding on another character), but when Logan punches out a well connected Russian mobster merely for insulting Veronica's honour, Veronica's convictions become less clear. Word Of God implies that things didn't work out between her and Piz after the series end. This was after three (ish) break up and re-make ups between her and Logan, during one of which Piz sort of sat quietly in the background.
  • July 30, 2012
    DmM
    Thanks!
  • August 18, 2012
    DmM
    YKTTW Bump. Launchable?
  • August 18, 2012
    lu127
    You don't launch things with only one hat.
  • August 18, 2012
    DmM
    ^ I know, I'm asking because everyone who was involved in the discussion had stopped providing examples/raising issues and appear to have lost interest. I figured I had to say something to prevent this from getting stuck in limbo. We've agreed it's a trope, we like the description, we seem to have found the best possible name, so it's understandable that no-one's commenting any more, but I figured it's worthwhile trying to restart the conversation :)
  • August 18, 2012
    Avurai
    Maybe an alternate title could be "Empty Vessel in the Fleet"

    To provide an example, by the finale of Avatar: The Last Airbender, the only main character not in a relationship is Toph. She had been crushing on Sokka, who ends up with the warrior-girl Suki. However, Toph isn't one to complain about something like that, refusing to draw attention to such a feminine part of her personality, and didn't have anything negative to say on the matter on screen. She went on to have a daughter, Lin, but it's still unknown who the father is.
  • August 18, 2012
    DmM
    ^ Thanks! I like that title... what does anyone else think?
  • August 22, 2012
    DmM
  • August 26, 2012
    DmM
    Bump...
  • September 1, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    Oops.

    • In the first series of Skins, Michelle and Tony are in a relationship. Sid loves Michelle. Cassie falls for Sid. For much of the series the obvious couples seem to be Cassie and Sid, and Michelle and Tony, but the characters themselves (especially Sid and Michelle, obviously) don't seem to know what they want and constantly change their minds about what they actually need from a relationship. By the end of the series Tony and Michelle are happily together which should clear the way for Sid and Cassie... but Cassie's uncertainty results in her running away to New York. In the final episode Sid goes there trying to find her but we don't find out if he's successful. In another sense the Odd One Out at the end of the series is Jal. Anwar runs off to London with Maxie and his boyfriend. The above couples are accounted for, but Chris is dead.

  • September 1, 2012
    XFllo
    Don't we have it already? I think Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends is pretty much it.
  • September 5, 2012
    LordCirce
    ^Actually, Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends is pretty much how authors deal with this trope. This trope is the problem, and cleaning up is the solution.
  • September 5, 2012
    Nazetrime
    This made nice progress. How about Alone Among The Couples for a possible outcome ? Adding a hat so it will be closer to launchable once you find a good name (no ideas of my own).
  • September 14, 2012
    DmM
    @ Nazetrime: Thanks! Indeed that's a possible outcome... better put it in the description!

    @ Lord Circe: exactly. The existance of Cleaning Up Romantic Loose Ends was part of the reason I started this thread :)
  • September 26, 2012
    DmM
  • September 26, 2012
    mythbuster
    The laconic sounds like an innuendo. Change it unless it was intended as such.
  • September 26, 2012
    Tuckerscreator
    ^Hardly. It doesn't make any sense as an innuendo. Don't read so far into things.
  • September 30, 2012
    DmM
    ^I see innuendos everywhere and I don't see the innuendo. Can anyone enlighten me?
  • September 30, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    "climax" can also refer to the orgasm at the "climax" of a sexual encounter but Tuckerscreator is right, it doesn't make sense in the context of the laconic. It's also (arguably) a word used equally commonly in a non-sexual context as in a sexual one, like "come".
  • October 1, 2012
    DmM
    OHHHHH! I thought they meant there was an innuendo in the Trope Name... that explains it. I'm just to thick to read people's comments properly...
  • October 9, 2012
    DmM
  • October 10, 2012
    Nazetrime
    You could use "end of the show/installement" instead of "climax" in the laconic. No title that I didn't offer earlier comes to mind, otherwise. Maybe you could figure out how to open a name crowner discussion.
  • October 10, 2012
    shimaspawn
    <Moderator Note>

    This trope requires so many subjectives and so much speculation that it's not even concrete enough to be a YMMV currently. There are objective ways to do that but you need to ditch ALL the shipping and instead focus on characters that actually are involved in a Love Triangle or a Love Dodecahedron In Universe. Right now there's no actual value to this and if it continues on this path it shall be discarded.
  • September 20, 2013
    XFllo
    Motion to discard?
  • September 21, 2013
    DAN004
    I couldn't even get what this trope is aiming for...
  • September 21, 2013
    XFllo
    Also to note: We have Triang Relations.
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