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->'''Elliot:''' Don't go too quickly, or like I said, you'll just end up with ''another'' beautiful girl!\\
'''JD:''' "Dating my laptop."\\
'''Elliot:''' Dating your laptop. Thank you.
-->-- ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', "My Half-Acre"

Like the TemporaryLoveInterest, this is a way to give the hero some romance for the episode while still allowing the focus of the show to be on the plot or the arc, but the Girl of the Week does not have to [[CartwrightCurse die at the end]]. The girl will be [[OneShotCharacter gone by the next episode]], possibly because of a wacky misunderstanding a la the ThreeIsCompany plotline, or a [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup very minor flaw]], but sometimes just not showing up again, with [[SnapBack no explanation offered]]. This relationship will generally be rockier or less passionate than that with the TemporaryLoveInterest, allowing its end to be less dramatic. If someone is ''noted'' for getting extremely passionate about every Girl of the Week, sincerely believing each one in turn to be the love of their life but then forgetting all about them a week later, they're a SerialRomeo. Sometimes, particularly in a WalkingTheEarth series, there's ''no'' relationship, but the girl is shown having an obvious interest in the hero (which may be mutual) before he inevitably moves on.

If she survives longer than her initial appearance, SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome is likely.

Related to DisposableLoveInterest.

[[SocietyMarchesOn Changes in social gender roles]] mean that it is starting to become acceptable for female protagonists to have relations with male guest cast members that fit into this trope, [[MyGirlIsNotASlut although]] examples are less likely to lead to actual sex and usually tend to be more emotionally significant than a pure one-night-stand.

If you were looking for MonsterOfTheWeek, WellThisIsNotThatTrope.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/GalaxyAngel'' parodies this; in each of Ranpha's episodes, she falls over a new hot guy, but [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals they all look and sound the same]].
* Subverted throughout the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime, as Brock generally never has even a slim chance of actually getting the girl. There have been some ''very'' rare instances of girls actually being interested in Brock, but they always go their separate ways by the end of the episode, anyway. Also subverted in that half those girls are either Nurse Joy or Officer Jenny, [[InexplicablyIdenticalIndividuals who all look/sound/act the same.]]
* The anime series ''Manga/KingOfBanditJing'' offered this as a ''feature'', with a different pretty girl in each of the AdventureTowns the titular hero journeyed to.
* ''Franchise/LupinIII'' features a new girl for Lupin to woo in nearly all of its [[MadeForTVMovie movies and television specials:]]
** ''[[Anime/TheCastleOfCagliostro The Castle of Cagliostro]]'' had Lupin trying to save Clarisse from the clutches of the Count and concluded with him leaving her in safe hands, after the treasure had been revealed.
** In ''[[Anime/LupinIIITheSecretOfTwilightGemini The Secret of Twilight Gemini]]'', he had the hots for Lara, the rebel leader of the [[LaResistance Geltic Tribe]], while [[SexWithTheEx still banging Fujiko]] [[SexyDiscretionShot on the side.]] Once [[spoiler: [[BigBad Jean Pierre]]]]'s schemes had been foiled and they'd found the treasure, [[ButNowIMustGo Lupin leaves again.]]
** ''[[Anime/LupinIIIThePursuitOfHarimaosTreasure The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasue]]'' featured Sir Archer's granddaughter, Diana, [[ForeignFanservice a blonde Brit with pale blue eyes and a stunning figure.]] Unlike the previous two examples, Lupin [[DidNotGetTheGirl didn't get anywhere with her]], despite his best efforts.
** ''[[Anime/LupinIIIIslandOfAssassins Island of Assassins]]'' {{downplayed|Trope}} the trope with [[BrokenBird Ellen.]] While Lupin ''did'' hit on her, it was mostly just fun 'n games for him, which was part of the reason she didn't trust him. Her opinion of him changed during the film, but she [[spoiler: [[DiedInYourArmsTonight dies at the end]] after [[TakingTheBullet taking a bullet]] for Lupin]].
** ''[[Anime/LupinIIICrisisInTokyo Crisis in Tokyo]]'' changed things up by giving Inspector Zenigata a love interest for once. Though [[HopelessSuitor it was hopelessly one-sided]], since Maria failed to realize he was interested in her because she only saw him as a CoolOldGuy.
** ''[[Anime/LupinIIITheColumbusFiles The Columbus Files]]'' included [[HomoeroticSubtext Les Yay subtext]] between Rozaria and [[spoiler: the amnesiac]] Fujiko. During the film, Rozaria was not only protective of her, but seemed more than a little taken with her. At one point, she even asked Lupin if they could "share" Fujiko.
** And in the ''[[OriginalVideoAnimation "Aloha Lupin"]]'' television special, Lupin helps a deceased scientist's daughter restore her father's good name, by exposing the group of imposters that were using her father's inventions to orchestrate a high-tech crime wave.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu's'' second season, this trope is combined with VictimOfTheWeek to give [[spoiler:Mytho]] a new conquest in many episodes.
* Makoto of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' usually fell for each minor male character shortly after their introduction. And they all remind her of an ex-[[SempaiKohai senpai]], even [[spoiler:Haruka]].
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'':
** More like Girl of the ''Movie'' as the movies seem to love this trope. Naruto's had at least one older woman giving him a kiss, a DamselInDistress literally offering to have his babies (which, due to the way she phrased it, Naruto unwittingly accepts), and in the second Shipuuden movie he ends up with the current girl clutching him to her chest (it would be MarshmallowHell if she had bigger... tracts of land) while tearfully claiming that she'd never leave him... Since the three ''Naruto'' movies and the first six ''Shippuden'' movies are [[{{Filler}} non-canonical]], not one of them ever shows up again.
** Some of the more cohesive {{Filler}} arcs during the gap between the end of Part I and the beginning of ''Shippuden'' also brought this into play. This adds two female daimyos, a handful of kunoichi, and one girl with [[FishPeople a bad skin condition]] to Naruto's roster. Of these, exactly one has appeared as a background character since then and she was rooting for [[HeroOfAnotherStory Gaara]].
** Subverted in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', the first {{Canon}} movie of the franchise. It's an {{Interquel}} between the second-to-last chapter and the [[DistantFinale epilogue]], so the "girl" of the movie is also the main love interest and [[OneTrueLove the one]] Naruto gets HappilyMarried to: [[spoiler:Hinata]]. The movie is the tale of how [[TheyDo they fell in love]], after the long and hard road that was the main series.
%%* This theme is basically the premise of ''Manga/GoldenBoy''.
* The plot of ''Manga/TheWorldGodOnlyKnows'', where the main character's job is to make the Girl of the Week fall in love with him, so he may extract the spirit possessing them from their soul. With his gaming skills. Increasingly subverted as the story progresses, as he finds himself involved with some of the girls again.
* In ''Manga/CityHunter'', Ryo Saeba accepts assignments almost exclusively from beautiful young women, most of whom are never seen again in further episodes. During the rare instances when Ryo accepts a job from a man, it would usually involve protecting a young woman.
* Cobra from ''Manga/SpaceAdventureCobra'' often gets a new female sidekick[=/=]{{Love Interest|s}} in each of the one-shot stories.
* In ''Manga/DragonBall'', there are quite a few Girls of the Week during the WalkingTheEarth segments. Even more are added during the filler episodes. Strangely enough, Goku's wife Chi-Chi is originally introduced as a Girl of the Week and when she makes her second appearance in the manga over a hundred chapters later, there's a LampshadeHanging where no-one can remember her (except Oolong).

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}: In ''[[Comicbook/{{Supergirl 1972}} her 70's series]]'', Kara falls over a new guy in each episode, but she never gets the guy or they break up before the end of the issue. Regardless, the guy is never seen again.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'' has Maria, who serves to drive the LoveTriangle conflict for an episode before disappearing for the rest of the series.
* Played with in ''Series/TheMonkees'' fanfic "Take A giant Step Outside Your Mind". Davy, who usually had a different girlfriend every episode (and often had one girlfriend at the beginning of an episode and a different one by the end!) doesn't have a girlfriend at all, but both Micky and Mike have girlfriends.

* The ''Film/JamesBond'' film franchise is famous for its Bond Girls, the {{disposable|Woman}} companions that Bond acquires in each of his various adventures. Bond Girls have a very high mortality rate, and, with some exceptions, never appear in more than one movie. The only exception is "Trench, Sylvia Trench" from the [[Film/DrNo first]] [[Film/FromRussiaWithLove two]] movies, who perhaps was spared for giving Bond his catchphrase (though she never "made it" with Bond, either). Unless of course we count Ms. Moneypenny (and Judi Dench's M, since the actress considers herself a "bond Girl"). Despite the mortality rate, almost every film will feature at least one Bond girl surviving, and given how many girls Bond tends to get- even in a single film- versus the amount who actually die, maybe the ratio isn't so bad after all.
** Vesper Lynd, in ''Film/CasinoRoyale2006'', is the only character to have a direct effect on the plot of a second film (''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', in which she casts a long shadow but appears onscreen for all of two seconds).
** Bond's murdered wife [[ILetGwenStacyDie Teresa di Vicenzo]] also gets brought up every now and then, but always indirectly (possibly to hide the ContinuitySnarl of Creator/PierceBrosnan's Bond being called upon to mourn a woman Creator/GeorgeLazenby's Bond married almost thirty years earlier), though this was the unspoken reason Creator/SeanConnery's Bond was so pissed at Blofeld in the immediate sequel, ''Film/DiamondsAreForever''.
*** Teresa would have appeared in the film after ''Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService'' and be killed early in the film. Before filming of Lazenby's first film ended he had already decided not to do another, so she was killed at the end of the film.
** Maud Adams, meanwhile, has appeared as two different Bond girls: Andrea Anders in ''Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun'', and the title character in ''Film/{{Octopussy}}''. The former doesn't make it.
** So far, just about every girl that Daniel Craig's Bond has had sex with has died before the closing credits. The only two Daniel Craig-era Bond girls to survive so far are Camille Montes (who Bond doesn't even get in bed with) in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' and the random woman he is seen with at the beginning of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}''. ([[spoiler: Possibly three if he and Eve (later revealed to be Moneypenny) slept together]])
*** In ''Film/{{Spectre}}'', however, Estrella (the girl he's with in the opening sequence, Lucia Sciarra, and Madeline Swann all survive [[spoiler:(and Swann and Bond get together at the end of it)]].
** By contrast, Creator/TimothyDalton is by far the safest Bond to bed down with; only one woman dies across his two films, and she's his friend's love interest (actually wife), not his. All four of the women Dalton's James sleeps with live to be ignored in the sequels.[[note]]Short tenure aside, Dalton's Bond was supposedly the least promiscuous because of the contemporary AIDS panic.[[/note]]
** Everybody else hovers vaguely in the neighborhood of a 65-80% survival rate, with Connery being the second safest behind Dalton (owing largely to the "Dead Bond Girl" trope not manifesting until his third film, he clocks in at a 76% survival rate), Moore being probably the next safest (despite his films sometimes leaning cartoonishly misogynistic, just under 74% of his women survive). Only 2/3s of Lazenby's women survive (although he'd trade 'em both for the one that didn't), and Brosnan's lovers have an exactly 70% survival rate. EON Bond has slept with 57 total women (Sylvia Trench appears in two films, so if you count her as two it's then 58), of whom just about 70% (40) survive. That's... still not great.
** Interestingly, Sylvia Trench was meant to be an ''inversion'' - recurring in every movie, but always excluded from the actual adventure. However, she was dropped by ''Film/{{Goldfinger}}'' (there are rumors she was meant to eventually become ''the'' Bond love-interest).
* ''Film/AustinPowers''. As a Bond spoof, it, too, has its own Bond Girls. In the first film, Vanessa Kensington was a {{Love Interest|s}} with a full back story that made her complex and sympathetic. Because Mike Myers only intended the film to do modestly, Austin learned AnAesop about how life as TheCasanova was far less satisfying in TheNineties, and underwent significant CharacterDevelopment to be with her. After the character became a phenomenon and sequels were planned, the franchise underwent {{Flanderization}} from a quirky, sentimental comedy into DenserAndWackier {{Farce}}. Vanessa was {{Retcon}}ned out of the picture, and this trope was played straight with Felicity Shagwell, [[PunnyName Ivana Humpalot, Dixie Normus]] and Foxxy Cleopatra.
-->'''Austin:''' ''(mournfully)'' I can't believe Vanessa, my bride, my one true love, [[LampshadeHanging the woman who taught me the beauty of monogamy]], [[spoiler: was a fembot all along]]... ''([[MoodWhiplash cheerfully]])'' Wait a tick, that means I'm single again! [[CatchPhrase Oh, behave!]]
* ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' had several:
** [[Film/ThePinkPanther1963 The 1963 original]]: Mme. Clouseau -- she divorced her inspector husband for Sir Charles Litton;
** ''Film/AShotInTheDark'': Maria Gambrelli
** ''Film/InspectorClouseau'': Lisa Morrell
** ''Film/ThePinkPantherStrikesAgain'': Olga
** ''Film/RevengeOfThePinkPanther'': Simone
* Subverted in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull'', where the original love interest returns as a major character.
** It's even revealed [[spoiler: that her son is also his son]] and [[spoiler: they get married at the end of the film]].
** There's also a line that justifies why it was played straight in the first three films. Indiana tells the love interest that it didn't last with any of the other girls because they all had the same problem: "They weren't you."
*** Not to mention the fact that when they meet [[Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk in the first movie]], they've already had a past relationship,[[spoiler: making "Kingdom" the third and final(?) time they hook up!"]]
*** Also, the second film is actually chronologically the first, so in that film Marion was still in his past.
* The 90s ''Batman'' films. ''Film/{{Batman}}'' had Vicki Vale (Creator/KimBasinger), ''Film/BatmanReturns'' had Catwoman (Creator/MichellePfeiffer) and ''Film/BatmanForever'' had Chase Meridian (Creator/NicoleKidman).
** ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'' had Julie Madison (Creator/ElleMacPherson). And that just proves how pivotal she is to the plot.
*** Although, both Vicki and Catwoman are given an explanation as to where they went. Bruce told Selina that Vicki couldn't handle his double life, and [[spoiler:as far as Batman knows Catwoman is dead]].
*** An earlier draft of the script for ''Batman and Robin'' had [[spoiler: Poison Ivy killing Julie Madison]].
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'': Daniel had a different {{Love Interest|s}} in each one of the three movies where he appeared.
* In the ''Film/{{Sallskapsresan}}'' series by Swedish director/actor Lasse Åberg, the protagonist - the {{Adorkable}} CoolLoser Stig-Helmer Olsson - will always hook up with one girl per movie. No matter how well they seem to fit together, the start of the next movie will mention that they broke up or divorced or parted in some other way, to make space for the next girl.

* Creator/FritzLeiber's ''Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser'' series employed this trope. At least one of the women ''left her people'' to join Fafhrd, but where is she in the next book?...
** She's there just long enough to suffer SuddenSequelDeathSyndrome.
** Then, there is a story where they set out, full of vim, certain that they would bump into someone from their old adventures -- and owing to the wrath of certain gods, meet up with Girl of the Week after Girl of the Week, and everyone of them had made her own life and rejects them both. (Until the very end, where abject humiliation succeeds in winning the two they least wanted to meet.)
** Though The Twain both end up more or less as faithful (''more or less'') married husbands in the last stories, set on Rime Isle.
* The Literature/{{Gor}} novels (when Tarl isn't pining for Talena or Vella) tend to have a Slave Girl of the Book, who Tarl teaches to love her slavery. By the next book she's either in his slave harem and (almost) never mentioned again or sold off to someone who is her "ideal master."
* Deconstructed in ''Literature/TalesOfAnMazingGirl'' Story X of the Week, in which Mazing Girl rapidly falls in love and loses him. [[spoiler: The villain gave her a drug to make her fall in love with him, then killed him for the sole purpose of making it personal.]]
* Creator/RobertEHoward's Franchise/ConanTheBarbarian does not always get a girl. But when he does, she vanishes without a trace before the next story. Justified in that there are huge gaps in time between many stories, and that they weren't written in chronological order. Conan had several lengthy relationships, and eventually married. Also before his marriage Conan is specified to run out of money a lot.
* Thomas Lewellyn, of Will Thomas's Barker and Lewellyn Victorian-era mysteries, will fall in love at least once a book, but it never works out. (Then again, it never gets far- twice he's warned off by the young lady's father or guardian and immediately gives up on the matte and twice it turns out she's seeing someone else and lied about it. The one time he manages to entertain serious thoughts of a relationship until the end of the book? Turns out [[spoiler: she's the BigBad]]. Oops.)
* ''Literature/TheJenniferMorgue'' discusses, lampshades, and generally plays hell with this trope: the opposition is using a Hero-trap geas, meaning that all efforts to oppose him will be funneled into the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality; since he cast himself as the villain, he can only be successfully resisted by a Film/JamesBond archetype, which is played by [[TheHero Bob]]. He is quickly paired up with a female [[EagleLand Black Chamber]] agent, making her a Bond girl. [[spoiler:And then the trope is turned completely upside down: it turns out that [[TheChessmaster Angleton]] was able to successfully end-run the geas by making Bob's girlfriend, Mo, the true Bond-figure in the geas, meaning that ''Bob'' is the [[DamselInDistress actual Bond girl]], allowing Mo to save the day in a Bond-worthy BigDamnHeroes moment. The narrative also notes that there's almost always two Bond girls, one "[[TheChick light]]", one "{{dark|ActionGirl}}", thus making room for the Black Chamber agent in the geas.]]
* Bernie Rhodenbarr, Lawrence Block's GentlemanThief protagonist, sleeps with at least one female love interest per novel, and none of them reappear or are mentioned again after that. The closest person in Bernie's life is Carolyn Kaiser, a lesbian pet-groomer who describes herself as his "minion", and is PlatonicLifePartners with him.
* [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] runs through love interests quickly and frequently ends up engaged (often against his will), but never actually gets married because StatusQuoIsGod.
* The pre-WWII ''Literature/TheSaint'' novels and short stories switch randomly between having Simon dating his long-term love interest Patricia Holm and having Girls of the Week (some of which he is clearly indicated to have sex with). It is implied that he and Patricia have an open relationship.
* Each volume of ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' has Kyousuke help out a new girl, who also acts as his partner in performing SummonMagic. Said girls, in keeping with Kyousuke's motif as the [[AliceAllusion White Rabbit]], are referred to as his "Alices". Though he doesn't actually have a romantic relationship with any of them, presumably because [[spoiler:the White Queen, the BigBad of the series and the first "Alice", [[{{Yandere}} would kill them if he did]]]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* A few episodes of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' had a Girl of the Week plot:
** "New Girl In Town" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Walter Denton dates the new girl, while Miss Brooks' {{Love Interest|s}} Mr. Boynton is attracted to the girl's widowed mother.
** "Life Can Be Bones" sees Miss Brooks romantically threatened by Mr. Boynton's temporary laboratory assistant.
** In "Hello, Mr. Chips", Miss Brooks tries to date an English schoolmaster to make Mr. Boynton jealous.
** In "Clay City English Teacher", scheming Clay City High School principal Jason Brille tries to lure Miss Brooks to his school with the eponymous male teacher. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks won't go unless there's a job for Mr. Boynton too.]]
* ''{{Series/CHiPs}}'': Ponch often had one (or more) of these per episode, and they were the hottest, most babelicious girls you could ever feast your eyes on.
* In ''Series/HappyEndings'', Penny, is usually breaking up or having problems with a new guy each week, although mostly off screen. Also happens sometimes with Dave.
* Virtually every DomCom with teen-aged characters has or has had stories where one of the male or female teen-aged characters would become involved in a (almost always, temporary) relationship. The catalyst to the relationship's failure -- usually by episode's end -- provided that episode's [[AnAesop Aesop]]. Other times, the date would be successful, but -- since most of the family sitcoms didn't have story arcs -- the relationship would end without explanation and never be referred to again.
* The Girl of the Week was frequently used on ''Series/MagnumPI'' In fact, when they weren't Girl of the Week episodes, they were probably TemporaryLoveInterest episodes. Pretty much a staple of PI series from the 50's to the 80's (e.g. ''Series/{{Vegas}}'')
%%* ''Series/KnightRider''.
* The guys in ''Series/TheProfessionals'' never have the same girl for more than one episode. Generally, if Girl of the Week is blonde, she will be dumb and annoying. If she's brunette, she will be mildly intelligent, but still in need of looking after. Most notable Girls of the Week are Ann in "Involvement" (Doyle's girlfriend) and Marikka in "Fall Girl" (Bodie's girlfriend).
* ''Series/HogansHeroes'' did this a lot. The women could be German civilians, members of the underground, foreigners, or even German officers, and the Heroes would still go for them. However, the only recurring women were [[LaResistance Tiger]] and [[GloriousMotherRussia Marya]]. Even [[ButtMonkey Klink]] got a few women, although the one non-spy lady wound up leaving with Burkhalter by the end of the episode.
* [[NerdsAreSexy Billy]] from ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' had enough of these to give almost any other character on this list a run for their money. He got more romantic subplots than any other Ranger and probably still holds the record as the franchise's biggest in-canon stud.
* Every romantic interest on ''Series/SilverSpoons'' for ''anyone'' besides Kate and Ricky's father Edward.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' also often used Girl of the Week. Though the [[MinorFlawMajorBreakup increasingly petty reasons those relationships ended]] (liking a certain commercial, eating peas one at a time, having "man hands," etc.) could be considered LampshadeHanging. They actually did hang a lampshade in one episode where Elaine asked Jerry, who is worrying about his new girlfriend, "What are you worried about? You're dating a new girl, like, every week." Larry David said they absolutely loved ending an episode with a girl storming out and Jerry asking "What!?" as she went down the hallway.
* In the first season of ''Series/BeverlyHills90210'', many episodes focused on Brandon's Girl of the Week. Late in the season, Brenda actually commented on it. (See: LampshadeHanging) Sometimes this would flirt with "VerySpecialEpisode" territory, since most of the girls Brandon hooked up with had some kind of "issue" connected to them, e.g., the girl with the baby, the black girl, the racist girl--never let it be said Brandon wasn't an equal opportunity dater.
* ''Series/TheSixMillionDollarMan'' - Steve Austin made out with a lot more women than just Jamie Sommers and Farrah Fawcett....
* The repeated use of Girls of the Week in later seasons of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' was criticized by fans, although they were usually {{temporary love interest}}s since most of the time they died tragically at the end of the episode.
* ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr.'' featured several Girls of the Week. Brisco got kissed by many beautiful women, but his heart always belonged to Dixie Cousins.
* Most early seasons of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'' rarely had Frasier Crane with a girlfriend who stayed around longer than an episode; sometimes they didn't even break up, she simply wasn't there any more an episode later. In later seasons, the girlfriend might stay for a mini-arc but would likely be gone after. Often a focus of LampshadeHanging as Frasier obsessed about his inability to commit. In one memorable episode, most of the former love interests made a cameo in a DreamSequence on the subject.
* All of the main male characters of the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' spinoffs (even including ''[[CreatorsPet that]]'' [[CreatorsPet main male character]], who actually is the ''reigning champion'' of [=TNG=]) got at least one (and occasionally Crusher and Troi would get a Guy Of The Week). As for the original? They were all hogged by Kirk, Spock, and [=McCoy=]. Mostly Kirk.
** Lies! Chekov once got a girl. She didn't even die! (Like Kirk, Chekov insisted the ''Enterprise'' was [[MarriedToTheJob his true love]] and told his flower child girlfriend to hit the street. This scenario would be replayed, ad nauseum, throughout each of the five ''Star Trek'' series. Walter Koenig was ''pissed''.)
** Scotty once got a girl too. Really, the only regular male character on TOS who ''never'' got one was Sulu. [[AscendedMeme Oh]] ''[[StraightGay my!]]''
** Picard had a few dalliances with his female crewmembers, but he only consummated one of them (annoyingly, he did not bed Beverly, a series regular, but a science officer who disappeared as quickly as she came). He also came ''this'' close to performing the... Picard Maneuver on Creator/FamkeJanssen.
** Riker also had several, including a holographic one in Minuet. But, of course, his heart from the start belonged to Deanna.
** Averted with [=DS9=]: everybody was in love on that show. Ben Sisko, who nurtured a SecondLove with a civilian freighter Captain, eventually married her near the end of his series. Ditto with Jadiza Dax and Worf. Odo ended up with Kira. Bashir had a (mostly-offscreen) relationship with Leeta, one of the girls from Quark's casino, before ending up with another series regular, Ezri. Bashir and Odo had one-off girlfriends in "Melora" and "Simple Investigation" respectively.
** Captain Janeway teased at a romance with her Number Two, Chakotay, but for various reasons (synidication concerns, the two actors hating each others' guts, etc.), nothing ever came of it. She had three 'boyfriends' over the course of VOY: the smarmy Hans Landa lookalike in "Counterpoint", the veteran actor James Read in "Workforce", and a piece of rough in "Fair Haven/Spirit Folk". The latter was a hologram, if that counts. A downside of the series premise is that ''Voyager'' never revisited old locations, and officers are forbidden from intermingling with the crew, so a long-lasting relationship was out of the question.
*** Chakotay had two major relationships in the series: the first one turned adversarial (Seska), and the other hastily-whipped up by the writers, seemingly to torment the actor (Beltran complained that the far superior Jeri Ryan was stealing his screentime; as punishment, his few remaining scenes were spent courting Jeri. The lesson: Don't fuck with Brannon Braga.) In "Unforgettable", his romance with Virginia Marsden is thwarted when her people blank out the memories. Even before she got the Will Smith treatment, there was a constant impression that both actors [[NoSparks would rather be elsewhere]].
--->'''[[http://docohobigfinish.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/voyager-season-four.html Joe Ford]]''': A Chakotay romance almost seems like a contradiction in terms. [[TheGenericGuy The guy is a robot]], plain and simple, and all of his actions are fairly mechanical so to suggest that there is a heart beating underneath all that New Age mysticism and Starfleet procedure is a joke...Beltran makes the plea Ď[[DullSurprise donít go]]í with all the passion of a SpeakíníSpell reading poetry.
** This was such a common event that characters who keep getting the Girl of the Week in a TV series are sometimes referred to as 'Kirk' or 'a Kirk', either as criticism or compliment, often by [[HollywoodNerd geeky]] characters. See various episodes of Stargate Atlantis as an example, with Rodney [=McKay=] calling John Shepherd 'Kirk' after he has met and conquered the girl - but then he's jealous! The epitome of this was when Shephard tried to hit on Rodney's married sister in the episode '[=McKay=] and Mrs Miller' (S3 E08).
** This specific example was hilariously lampshaded in the ''Series/InLivingColor'' skit ''The Wrath of Farrakhan'': '' 'You even take the ugly ones, Captain!' ''
%%* ''Literature/TheSaint'', especially during Ian Ogilvy's time as the hero.
* ''Series/{{Bergerac}}'' (the detective from the island of Jersey, not Cyrano) was a more constant type of chap. He went through a girlfriend per season.
* ''Series/QuantumLeap'' loved this trope - justifying it in that Sam's scrambled brain would pick up on the feelings of the person he replaced and that his pursuit would set the GOTW and the person Sam leapt into "on the right path".
** Besides which, unless it was a two-parter Sam would be forcibly "leaped" out of the situation, therefore he ''couldn't'' have an ongoing relationship with any of them. [[spoiler:(He had a wife in his "present" but didn't remember her. She decided that was for the best: because if he knew, she knew he'd feel obliged not to pursue any GOTW no matter how right it would be for the person he leaped in to. Ironically, his wife originally ''was'' a GOTW from an earlier episode, but because Sam helped her solve her commitment issues in the past she didn't leave him at the altar like she had originally, a fact we don't find out until nearly four seasons later.)]]
* A common trope on ''Series/TheWildWildWest'' -- many episodes ended with West and Gordon on a double date, either with women they'd worked with during the story, or with previously-unmentioned female characters.
* ''Series/TheMonkees'' often had a token female love interest for one of the guys (but mostly for the cute heartthrob and ChickMagnet, Davy Jones.) Sometimes, it was one of the Monkees themselves who acted as the girl, whenever they were so hilariously DisguisedInDrag. They did {{lampshade|Hanging}} it from time to time, though. "Well well, he's in love, for the very first time today!"
* Most of the episodes of ''Music/FlightOfTheConchords'', mainly because most of the duo's songs are love songs. Mel is the only regular female character, and she's a stalker that they cannot stand. The only recurring girlfriends are Sally (3 episodes) and Coco (2). Possibly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d with the song "Carol Brown", in which Jemaine imagines being sung at by a choir of his ex-girlfriends...all of whom we've never seen before.
* Drake from ''Series/DrakeAndJosh''. There eventually came an episode where Drake does wish and attempts to have a committed relationship, but we never see this girl again either. The guy's pick-ups change so much that Josh has even commented and/or mixed up some names to remember. This was even {{lampshade|Hanging}}ded at one point...
-->'''Josh:''' Lucy might end up being the girl you date for more than three weeks!
** Used extensively in the SpiritualSequel ''Series/ICarly''. Many of these can't imply anything other than that Spencer basically has sex with the girl and she slinks off the next day never to be seen again.
*** The rest of the gang have had: Valerie, Melanie, Griffin, Jake, Jonah, Shane, Pete and even Carly/Freddie (to each other) show up like this. Spencer has more than the PowerTrio combined. One notable example was Pete, whom Sam could be argued to have succeeded in getting him, only for it to SnapBack next week.
* A few episodes of the Lee Van Cleef/Timothy Van Patten series ''Series/TheMaster'' that appeared on [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 MST3K]] followed this trope to a tee, the first featuring a young Creator/DemiMoore. They weren't all pining for Tim, but there was always a young woman or two, of variable relevance to the plot.
%%* ''Series/MacGyver'', especially in the early seasons.
* ''Series/TimeTrax'' had very few episodes without one of these.
* A very commonly used trope in TheSixties spy series ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' (befitting the series's status as a ''Film/JamesBond'' knockoff). Usually the girl wound up in the arms of suave operator [[HandsomeLech Napoleon Solo]], but the occasional episode would give her to [[EstrogenBrigade distaff fan favorite]] Illya Kuryakin.
* In the early seasons of ''Series/{{Monk}}'', the title character's assistant, Sharona, would often have a Guy of the Week. He was usually revealed to be either the murderer or some other criminal.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' is filled with this. Ascended Ancients, non-ascended Ancients, Princesses, Female Starship Captains, etc etc.
* Likewise, ''Series/StargateSG1'' had its fair share, including one episode where O'Neill [[spoiler: accidentally marries]] a woman who is never seen again.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. How many candidates have we had for the mother, now? A few dozen? And let's not even get into Barney's numerous conquests.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'' has girls/boys of the season for both Liz and Jack. They also tend to break up with people around the same time. It's eerie.
* Fans of ''Series/ForeverKnight'' referred to this phenomenon as "Neck of the Week."
* In ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', Big Pete had several Girls of the Week, especially in the last season.
* Milked for all it was worth in an episode of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' where everyone is thrilled that HollywoodNerd Justin is dating someone, and he rattles off a list of girls that's been with, only for his brother to say "Nope, don't remember them."
%%* Frequently used in Creator/DisneyChannel shows.
* Any of Zack's love interests on ''Series/SavedByTheBell'' that wasn't Kelly, Tori, or Stacy. Including Lisa, even though she was a main character for the entire run of the series, Slater's sister (never seen before or after), and the homeless girl that moved into his house with her father.
%%* Little Joe on ''{{Series/Bonanza}}'' was an early example of this.
* Omnipresent during the early seasons of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', where for all but the most important of mythology episodes there would be a new girl in every episode, usually but not always at least an implicit love interest for one of the brothers. In season 4 when the {{Filler}} ratio has become far lower this becomes much less common, and then by season 6 it has disappeared altogether. It's almost jarring going from season 1 where Dean could seemingly not go five minutes without meeting and flirting with some hot girl to seasons 8-10 where through which he doesn't go on a single on-screen date.
* The cast of ''Series/{{Buffy|the Vampire Slayer}}'' has a handful of these for both genders: Buffy's one date with Owen, who she has to dump because living in her world would get him killed; Cordelia has several of these in seasons 1 and 2. Not to mention Xander's tendency to have possible love interests turn out to be demons trying to kill him - one of the few instances where the girl and MonsterOfTheWeek are actually one and the same.
* ''Series/TheATeam'' had tons of these, and they almost always ended up with [[HandsomeLech Face]], except for a handful of times when they ended up with [[BunnyEarsLawyer Mur]][[CrazyAwesome dock]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Happened not infrequently in the first season, before the iconic ''Doctor Who'' NoHuggingNoKissing was in effect. A notable example is an elderly Aztec woman named Cameca, the first love interest the Doctor is ever given.
** Barbara had a few:
*** A male Thal who she apparently had an offscreen romance with in "The Daleks", although we see no indication of this beyond an extremely sexual goodbye kiss and he is never mentioned again. The expanded universe suggests that she had been sleeping with him but it wasn't a big deal.
*** Leon in "The Reign of Terror".
** Samantha in "The Faceless Ones", a PluckyGirl with a Scouse accent who Jamie {{Honey Trap}}s in order to steal her plane tickets. The director wanted her to stay on as a companion to replace the departing Ben and Polly, but the actress declined.
** The sexual tension between Jo and King Peladon in "The Curse of Peladon" is definitely two-way, despite his sudden and entitled initial proposal to her, and she seems to genuinely consider abandoning her life on Earth for him.
** In the last couple of series of the original run of ''Series/DoctorWho'', Ace seemed to find a new young female best friend to hang out with almost everywhere (and everywhen) they went -- Shou in "Battlefield," Gwendoline in "Ghost Light," Susan Q in "The Happiness Patrol" and Kara in "Survival," for starters. The level of [[HoYay subtext]] varied, but was [[WordOfGay later confirmed]] to be deliberate with at least some of them (especially the latter two).
* ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'': Girl of the Week is probably an understatement, seeing how Charlie has even had more than one per day.
* A few characters on ''Series/BabylonFive'' had partners-of-the-week, generally justified by a mix of the characters being career military or politicians, or by the space station being a major travel junction.
** Jeffrey Sinclair, the first commander, had Carolyn Sykes in ThePilot, with Catherine Sakai being another on-again-off-again girlfriend in the series proper[[note]]interestingly enough, both had the same job, being prospectors [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]].[[/note]] Sakai notably had the ability to recite Tennyson and make it sound [[GeekyTurnOn incredibly sexy.]]
*** Catherine Sakai doesn't meet the strict definition of a Girl of the Week, as she appeared in 3 episodes and their story was continued in a novel.
** Dr. Stephen Franklin had several one-off romantic interests, though it is implied that at least a few of these relationships continued OutOfFocus after they were no longer important to the plot.
** Centauri ambassador Londo Mollari not only had one, but he also had three wives (all at once, perfectly legal on his homeworld). He ends up divorcing two of the wives and then the girlfriend [[spoiler: gets StuffedIntoTheFridge as part of an a {{plan}}]].
* Carmen on ''Series/TheGeorgeLopezShow'' averted this in that most of her boyfriends lasted for two episodes or more, and the break-up was usually explained.
* For the first few seasons, Shawn from ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' had this. Even in episodes where they tried to establish a back story of a serious relationship, you only saw the girl for one episode. Eventually they lampshaded it in the episode where he finally takes a permanent girlfriend who sticks around for most of the rest of the series. Justified (kinda) by Shawn's "two-week rule".
* Averted with ''Series/PeterGunn''. Pete had a steady girlfriend in Edie, the [[GlamorousWartimeSinger local nightclub singer]].
* ''{{Series/Highlander}}'' loved this after the first season. Mac did have Amanda around on and off, but he had a lot of Girls of the Week too. The series even had a parody song on one of its commercially released outtake reels that lampshaded it. "He'll chop a head, then land in bed with this week's guest star..." It used to make fans complain because Richie and Joe so rarely had girlfriends.
* ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'' had the genderflip of this, with most of the girls having frequent *guys* of the Week.
* ''{{Series/Merlin|2008}}'' had a milder form of this in the earlier seasons, with several princesses of the Week that came at Uther's behest to try and get Arthur married to someone the king approved of. It didn't work.
* In ''Series/ElleryQueen'', Ellery had several girlfriends in the series, none of whom appeared in more than one episode.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'' distinguished between the type of relationship the different characters have. Both Joey and Phoebe have numerous relationships which last barely an episode. Ross and Monica preferred long-term relationships that lasted for at least a few episodes (Julie, Elizabeth, Mona/Richard and Pete). Rachel switches between Guy of the Week and long term interests. Chandler interestingly ''tried'' to pick up Girl of the Week one night stands but struggled and was actually happier in his longer relationships. (Janice and Kathy).
** The show also had a rather interesting way of using this trope. Often the way relationships worked was that a character would pick up a new love interest, become overly-idealistic and excited about the person. And then some sort of "big reveal" would happen, either immediately ending the relationship (Phoebe and Gary in S5) or gradually ending it throughout the corresponding episode (Rachel and Paul in S6). By the next episode, the character would be totally over it and ready to pursue a new love interest.
** Chandler {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in an episode, where the group discovers a man in an apartment in their building had died lonely. Chandler reads the man's reasons for dumping his girlfriends- all of which were done for petty reasons- and realizes he's been doing the same thing. He resolves not to do that anymore and decides to give his former girlfriends a second chance. The first one he sees, Janice, is pregnant and thus unavailable, but he actually goes on a date with the second one- a girl he dumped for having "big head". He then realizes he actually liked her big head, and the episode ends with him smiling.
** Also lampshaded in an episode after Chandler and Monica started dating. After they had their first fight, Chandler assumed the relationship was outright over.
-->'''Monica:''' Why exactly?\\
'''Chandler:''' Because of the weekend. We had a fight.\\
'''Monica:''' Chandler, that's crazy. If you give up every time you have a fight with someone, you'd never be with anyone longer than... ''(realizing)'' Oh...
* [[TheVamp Irene]] [[FemmeFatale Adler]] is the protagonist's Girl of the Week in [[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia episode 4]] of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', though her disappearance from Sherlock's life at the end of the episode is more out of a desire to adhere to the [[Literature/SherlockHolmes source material]] than a firm belief in maintaining the status quo.
* Played for laughs on ''Series/MarriedWithChildren''. There were many episodes where Bud Bundy brought a girl back to his house, using a fake [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys tough guy persona]], only for one of the family members to embarrass him and run her off.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' mainly had shipping within the regular cast, but several regulars had a Boy/Girl of the Week in at least one episode. These ranged from casual sex to love tragically ended by death or betrayal.
* As indicated by its title, a major theme of ''Series/TheManyLovesOfDobieGillis'' was Dobie's pursuit of various Girls of the Week. Two of the girls lasted long enough to become major characters: the money-hungry Thalia Menninger and the hyperintelligent Zelda Gilroy.
* Iolaus had countless flings with women on ''Series/HerculesTheLegendaryJourneys'', most of which he never saw again given the nature of the series. Hercules had quite a few as well, but he had more qualms about romance given his history with women. He was more likely to have long-lasting relationships than Iolaus.
* It isn't quite the serial-romance version, but every episode of the ''Series/{{Casablanca}}'' TV series centers on a woman who interacts with Rick in some way.
* Happens pretty often in ''Series/SiliconValley''. The only character who had a girlfriend for any amount of time was Gilfoyle. Dinesh and Richard have had a handful of Girls of the Week, and one episode implies that the seemingly shy and awkward Jared ReallyGetsAround when he wants to, but there haven't been any relationships lasting more than a few episodes.
* In the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' recurring sketch "Whiskers R We", Barbara [= DeDrew =] has a new girlfriend every sketch (played by the show's host) to help her showcase the cats in her adopt-a-thons.
* In the early seasons of ''Series/MacGyver1985'', Mac seemed to get involved with a different every week. It was toned down in later seasons.

* A few episodes of ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'' had a Girl of the Week plot:
** "New Girl In Town" is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Walter Denton dates the new girl, while Miss Brooks' {{Love Interest|s}} Mr. Boynton is attracted to the girl's widowed mother.
** "Life Can Be Bones" sees Miss Brooks romantically threatened by Mr. Boynton's temporary laboratory assistant.
** In "Hello, Mr. Chips", Miss Brooks tries to date an English schoolmaster to make Mr. Boynton jealous.
** In "Clay City English Teacher", scheming Clay City High School principal Jason Brille tries to lure Miss Brooks to his school with the eponymous male teacher. [[spoiler: Miss Brooks won't go unless there's a job for Mr. Boynton too.]]
* At least the radio show of ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'' has the main character Paladin returning from his adventures to a new girl. Subverted in that he wasn't always successful in the attempt.
* Harry Lime almost always had one of these (generally some girl he was attempting to scam) in ''Radio/TheLivesOfHarryLime''.
* ''Radio/{{Ectoplasm}}'' has a DamselInDistress of the Week, played each time by Creator/SophieAldred.

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* Dante from the ''Franchise/DevilMayCry'' series had one for almost each game. The first had Trish, the second had Lucia and the third (a prequel) had Lady. The fourth game brings back Trish and Lady at the same time. However, Dante has not shown explicit romantic interest in any of them, and how exactly they feel about him is up in the air as well.
* Solid Snake had a different potential love interest in the earlier ''VideoGame/MetalGear'' games which culminated with Meryl in ''[=MGS1=]'' (the previous ones being Diane in ''[=MG1=]'' and Holly in ''[=MG2=]''). This was subverted in subsequent installments , with Snake having no real love interest in ''[=MGS2=]'' (going as far as to dismiss Olga as a potential love interest by claiming that he's "tired of tomboys") and in ''[=MGS4=]'' he loses Meryl to Akiba of all people ([[DieForOurShip which upset quite a few Snake/Meryl fans]]). He still got quite a few ladies after him in the non-canon games, if you count Chris Jenner, Teliko Friedman, and Venus. Out of all these girls, the only ones whose affections are truly reciprocated are Meryl, Chris and (depending on [[ImpliedLoveInterest how you interpret]] [[SergeantRock their]] [[ActionGirl relationship]]) Teliko - Diane won't admit she admires Snake, Venus flirts with Snake but Snake turns her down, and while Snake agrees to go out with Holly he loses interest in her pretty much immediately afterwards and dumps her.
* Ratchet from the ''Franchise/RatchetAndClank'' series, seems to be quite the ladies man for a short fuzzy dude. While Angela Cross from the second game is a debatable case, it really started with Sasha Phyronix in the third game (she made a cameo in the fourth), a character named Hydrogirl offered Ratchet to 'come hook her up' if he was ever near her home planet at the end of the fourth game, the most recent games seem to have Talwyn Apogee in this role.
** Clank himself is probably more successful. Hell, the dude literally was a robot Film/JamesBond in his big-screen movie role.
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' has this played straight and averted, depending on the continuity.
** In the ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfSonicTheHedgehog'' series, Sonic had a new love interest every other episode. Averted on the rare occasion when his job was to set the girl up with her true love and to save her from Robotnik's advances. [[FoeYay He "married" Robotnik himself disguised as said love interest]].
** He also hooked up a former Girl of the Week with Robotnik's son, which worked because they were both robots.
** Completely averted in [[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog SEGA's Sonic]] for obvious reasons, where he has best-friend of the week instead. However, depending on how you look at it, some of [[VideoGame/SonicRush them]] [[VideoGame/SonicTheHedgehogCD are]] [[ShipTease somewhat played straight]]. Occasionally, the 'Girl of the Week' part was given to [[VideoGame/SonicAdventure2 Knuckles]] [[FoeYay of]] [[VideoGame/SonicChronicles all]] [[ThereIsAnother people]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Uncharted}}'' series both fits and subverts this trope. In the first game Elena Fisher is the main love interest for Nathan Drake. The second has Elena absent at first and instead has an even older flame, Chloe Frazer supposedly rekindling her relationship with Drake. Halfway through the game, Drake runs into Elena which starts a love triangle of sorts. At the end [[spoiler: [[TearJerker after Elena has seemingly died]] (they even show Drake standing next to a Tibetan grave), the game reveals her to [[UnexplainedRecovery actually be alive and well]] (the grave was for another supporting character), Chloe and Drake go their respective ways and Drake and Elena officially become a couple a last. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Awwwwww]]]].
** [[spoiler:And they do it whilst [[CrowningMomentOfFunny bickering into the sunset]].]]
*** Lampshaded in Elena's first encounter with Drake and Chloe in ''[[VideoGame/Uncharted2AmongThieves Among Thieves]]''. "Elena Fisher, last year's model."
* ''VideoGame/{{Ys}}'''s heroine changes each game. Some are seen again in the sequels, but none of them ever get the guy.
* Ribbon is this to Kirby in ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'', never seen after that game. She never does get a proper replacement, however, unlike most other examples, and fans ''clamor'' for her return.

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* In the Wiki/TVTropes original series ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', Tom starts dating [[BestKnownForTheFanservice Porn Girl]], but for [[GenreBlindness some reason]], doesn't realize the relationship is doomed. [[GenreSavvy Dana]] is not fooled.

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* ''Literature/{{Sapphire}}'': Ivanka, Michiru, and Élodie.
** Averted in Episode II. [[spoiler:Michiru]] would fit this trope, but [[spoiler:Alec refuses to fall for her, still waiting to be with Ivanka again. Although, Alec and Michiru eventually try to make love, but are rudely interrupted by Daisuke]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Zuko, or better yet Sokka, has multiple love interests. [[spoiler:However, Zuko ends up with Mai, and Sokka with Suki.]]
** TheAbridgedSeries has Sokka proudly declare "I got hos in different area codes" when this is brought up.
** Interestingly enough, [[spoiler:Suki]] was originally intended to be this, but was brought back and made a permanent love interest [[EnsembleDarkhorse due to fandom demand.]]
** [[spoiler:Suki]] is an example of FirstGirlWins while [[spoiler:Mai]] is an example of [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Victorious Childhood Friend]].
* Irene, for Terry in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. [[DatingCatwoman Melanie]] comes off as this in her initial appearance, but came back a few times.
* Tammy the squirrel and Foxglove the bat in ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers''. There were others too, including Sparky, a rare example of a "Boy of the Week", for Gadget. It was a fairly regular trope in the show. An interesting case, since Foxglove does return in the official (but short-lived) comic revival.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}},'' Quinn could have a new boyfriend every week, along with her usual harem, the Three J's. Daria herself had one Boy of the Week in [[DitzyGenius Ted Dewitt-Clinton]], though it was more of just an OddFriendship with rather obvious ShipTease. Jane had one in Nathan the retrophile.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''.:
** Believe it or not, [[HollywoodDateless Meg]]. There have been a few episodes where she finds a guy who likes her, only for him to vanish.
** Any character introduced as a love interest for Meg, Chris, Stewie, or Brian (Jillian is the only subversion).
* Mabel of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'', due to her wanting an 'epic summer romance'. The very first episode had a montage of her flirting with various guys with no success. This has happened so much that in "Boyz Crazy", she laments that every boy she's met has had to leave her. In "Sock Opera", Dipper refers to her latest crush as her crush-of-the-week. In something of a subversion, Mabel is actually affected by these failed romances to the point where she's seriously considering LaserGuidedAmnesia.
* ''WesternAnimation/JamesBondJr'' is said to have "learned the game from [[Film/JamesBond his uncle James]]".
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' gives us [[RobotMe Schmeloise]] and [[BitchInSheepsClothing Areanna]], both to Jimmy. Justified in that Areanna ran off as soon as she escaped her tower while Schmeloise ended up exploding after [[MadScientist Heloise]] reprogrammed her.
* In ''[[WesternAnimation/KaBlam Life With Loopy]]'', Stacy is this to Larry in the short "Larry's Girl". After they become a couple at the end of the episode, [[WhatHappenedToTheMouse she's never seen nor mentioned again]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall,'' [[IllGirl Lorna]] is this to [[SociallyAwkwardHero Wirt]]. After being freed from [[spoiler:DemonicPossession]], she opts to stay with [[HappilyAdopted her family]] rather than go with him and [[CheerfulChild Greg]].
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'':
** The episode "That Sinking Feeling" features Baljeet and his childhood friend Mishti. The titular brothers attempt to create romance for the two during the episode ([[ToyShip even though Isabella mistakenly thinks it's for her]]), and it looks like it worked at the end (kinda). Too bad she's never seen again.
** Candace got one in "A Hard Day's Knight." Interestingly, he looked almost identical to her usual {{Love Interest|s}}, Jeremy; since that episode takes place while the family is on vacation the writers presumably just realized they needed a replacement.
** {{Subverted|Trope}} with Vanessa's boyfriend Johnny, who seemed like this at first but was revealed to be [[OfficialCouple officially dating]] Vanessa a season and a half later. Stacy has also had Chad and Coltrane, though the latter is implied to be her on-and-off boyfriend.
** All the Doof's dates.
* Megan for Chuckie in "Cradle Attraction" in ''WesternAnimation/{{Rugrats}}'', [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything/WesternAnimation much to Chuckie's dismay]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', Bart and Lisa have occasional love interests, or at least someone romantically interested in them. Also a not-romantic example with Lisa when she befriend some one-episode girls.
* The girls in ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'' rarely keep a love interest for more than one episode due to StatusQuoIsGod.
* Kimber from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' has a new love interest every several episodes and they almost never last more than that episode. Two eventually did come back though, and there was a LoveTriangle where both wanted to marry Kimber.