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->''"I thought after all these years of searching around\\
I'd found my soulmate finally.\\
Then one day I found out she actually owned a copy of Film/JoeDirt on DVD."''
-->-- Music/WeirdAlYankovic, "Close, but No Cigar"

A Guy or GirlOfTheWeek who is practically perfect in every way, except for one glaring flaw that any normal person would probably be able to live with, but which the protagonist feels is too much for them to handle. The 'glaring' flaw is often something incredibly minor, and may be used to show that the protagonist is a pretty shallow, self-absorbed and petty character. Other times, the writers just wanted to hit the ResetButton.

A frequent subversion used is for the character to eventually get over their partner's minor little flaw, or finally decide to dump them -- only for their partner to dump ''them'' first over something equally small and petty.

For the sake of comedy, the more that one of these breakups sounds like an example of a tale from CloudCuckooland, the better. Usually.

Compare: DerailingLoveInterests, GirlOfTheWeek. See also ToiletSeatDivorce and SecondActBreakup.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* While not being a romantic situation at all, one ''Manga/SoulEater'' episode has Hero, the one student mentally capable to have [[{{Jerkass}} Exca]][[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} libur]] as a partner (because he was the only one that didn't find Excalibur's behavior annoying). While they were perfect Meister and Weapon, the former dumped the latter because [[spoiler:he sneezed too much and in a very disgusting manner]].
* ''Anime/OsomatsuSan'': Desperate to get married [[ChristmasCake in her prime]], Totoko ends up falling in with an ArabOilSheikh and enjoys the luxury. The Sheikh ends up being repulsed by her fishy smell, leading her to ''kick him out of his own palace'' and hightail it back to Akatsuka Ward.

* Subverted by stand-up comic Adam Ferrara when talking about getting a wedding ring proportional to his girlfriend's hand. He did marry her, but while checking her hands for the ring, he was thinking thusly:
-->'''Adam Ferrara:''' Oh, my God... I'm marrying Dan Marino... Look at those mitts... Is the left one bigger?... What is she, a fiddler crab?... When I bought the ring I was so mad, I almost proposed by throwing it at her and saying, "Put this on your flipper, you harbor seal."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Franchise/ArchieComics has a one-shot where Jughead meets a girl he has practically everything in common with. They break up because [[SeriousBusiness she doesn't like hamburgers]].

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* There was an entire story arc dedicated to somewhat shallow Jeremy from ''ComicStrip/{{Zits}}'' obsessing over a large mole he never noticed on the back of his girlfriend Sara's neck. It gets to him so much he begins to start seeing her as a mole herself. Eventually, he confesses to Sara and "forgives her" for her imperfection.

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''Franchise/WallaceAndGromit: WesternAnimation/ACloseShave'', the [[SeriousBusiness cheese-loving]] Wallace and a possible love interest realize that it will never work out because [[spoiler:she's allergic to cheese]]. Wallace didn't seem to mind because that means [[spoiler:[[TrademarkFavoriteFood there's more cheese for him]]]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/ShallowHal'', Hal's friend Mauricio breaks up with a gorgeous woman far out of his league because her second toe is longer than her big toe. [[spoiler:At least, he claims that - but later, it's revealed that he avoids closer relationships because he has a vestigial tail that embarrasses him.]] It's so upsetting that he turns her down when she invites him to a [[Music/TheBeatles Beatles]] reunion -- an event so exclusive that only 70 people are allowed to attend. (And which included George Harrison [[FunnyAneurysmMoment less than a year before he died]].)
* In ''Film/SoIMarriedAnAxeMurderer'', main character Charlie has a bad history of breaking up with his girlfriends for petty and probably made up reasons (she's a klepto, she's in the Cosa Nostra, she smells like beef soup) because he has commitment issues. This makes it hard to convince his cop friend [[CryingWolf when Charlie starts to suspect his current girlfriend might be an axe murderer]].
* Creator/EddieMurphy's character in ''Film/{{Boomerang|1992}}'' spends most of his relationships doing this to women due to an unconscious fear of commitment. He waits until after they've had sex, then breaks up with women because they don't have tiny feet and other such jackassery. Then he finally meets a woman he can't find fault in and falls in love. And she leaves him.
* One could argue Rob's character did this -- rather abruptly -- to one of his teenage girlfriends in ''Film/HighFidelity'', dumping her on her doorstep with the line "What's the point -- it never ''goes'' anywhere", after being firmly denied any boob action for several weeks.
* Inverted in ''Film/LoveActually'', wherein everyone goes on about how fat the girl who makes the tea for the Prime Minister is ([[HollywoodPudgy she isn't]]) and how she has 'huge thighs' -- except for the Prime Minister himself, who can't see what they're going on about at all.
* In ''Film/MyBlueHeaven'', Barney's wife leaves him for a younger man because [[SuperOCD Barney eats his pancakes in an unusual way]].
* Mentioned briefly in ''Film/WhatAboutBob''. Bob claims that he left his wife because she liked Neil Diamond; his psychiatrist sees through this and points out that the relationship probably ended for another reason:
-->'''Dr. Leo Marvin:''' Are you married?\\
'''Bob Wiley:''' I'm divorced.\\
'''Dr. Leo Marvin:''' Would you like to talk about that?\\
'''Bob Wiley:''' There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't. My ex-wife loves him.\\
'''Dr. Leo Marvin:''' I see. So, what you're saying is that even though you are an almost-paralyzed, multiphobic personality who is in a constant state of panic, your wife did not leave you. ''You'' left ''her'' because she... liked Neil Diamond?

* In the Nathaniel Hawthorne short story ''[[http://www.online-literature.com/hawthorne/125/ The Birth-Mark]]'', the MadScientist protagonist Aylmer obsesses over a tiny [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port-wine_stain port-wine stain]] on his wife's cheek and eventually attempts to remove it with science. [[spoiler:This is by Hawthorne, so [[ScienceIsBad you can probably guess what happens]].]]
* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire'', Ron finds trivial reasons not to ask girls that are suggested to him to the Yule Ball. In this case, it's not to show Ron is shallow, but to subtly hint at his feelings for Hermione and that he wants to go with her but can't pony up the courage to ask.
-->'''Ron:''' I'd rather go alone than with -- Eloise Midgen, say.\\
'''Hermione:''' Her acne's loads better lately -- and she's really nice!\\
'''Ron:''' [[ContinuityNod Her nose is off center]].
* In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' Nobby Nobbs manages to convince [[MyNaymeIs Tawneee]], an exotic dancer, to go out with him despite the fact he is required to carry a piece of paper to prove he is human. The girl is described as being so ridiculously beautiful that a bar was destroyed just because she gave one guy a look, but by the end of the book, he considers breaking up with her because she can't cook. However, it turns out she only went out with him because ''he's the only guy who ever asked her''; seeing as he has zero chance with other women he might as well try, but the fact that she has a body goddesses would kill for means every man she ever met thought she was was out of their league and didn't even try. As a result she's terrifyingly sheltered. Make what you will of the fact that Nobby is remarkably comfortable with being DisguisedInDrag for a considerable portion of ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'', to the point of coming off as AmbiguouslyGay, or at least certain of his gender identity than previously suspected.
* In Creator/WoodyAllen's humorous short story "The Lunatic's Tale", the narrator breaks up with a woman because she "made the fatal mistake of defending candles shaped like Creator/LaurelAndHardy".
* [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in the ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'' story "Jeeves Takes Charge". Bertie's engaged to Florence Craye, a girl with a terrifyingly bad temper who bosses him around, treats him like garbage, and forces him to read improving literature. He stays with her because she has such a lovely profile.
* In the fifth ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' book, Ms. Ribble is briefly engaged to Mr. Krupp, but calls it off. This is not because [[UnequalPairing he's her boss]], or the fact that he's a sadistic ChildHater (she ''respects'' that!), and it's nothing to do with the fact that the entire engagement is one of George and Harold's pranks GoneHorriblyRight. No, it's because he has a [[GagNose stupid-looking nose]]. Which, as accentuated via close-up, [[HypocriticalHumor is identical to her own.]]
* Variant: ''Marry Him: the Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough'', discusses women whose standards are set so high that they frequently reject men over trivial reasons (such as not being tall enough) only to look back 10-20 years later, wishing they hadn't. By that time, the men they had rejected are often married or no longer interested and the women are still single. A study in the book added that, when rating potential partners out of 10, the average man would consider dating a woman with a 7 out of 10 rating to be 'a catch', while the average woman would consider dating a man with an 8 out of 10 rating to be 'settling'.
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', Valentine convinced Stephen to divorce Amatis because of her "undesirable family connections" -- [[spoiler:her brother was a werewolf]] -- and convinced him to marry Celine instead.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' had one of these just about every episode.
** This trope used to be known for the episode "The Bizarro Jerry". In it, Jerry eventually parts with a girlfriend with because she has huge, man-like hands ("...like [[Wrestling/GeorgeSteele George "The Animal" Steele!]]") which poorly complement her otherwise modelesque looks.
** Elaine breaks up with a man because of his scarce use of exclamation points. This was somewhat justified, as the specific incident that drove her over the edge was him not using one on a note about her friend giving birth: she thought he dismissed something very major as unimportant.
** In one episode, Jerry resolves to stop ending relationships over minor things. Then he finds out that his GirlOfTheWeek eats her peas one at a time. Then ''we'' find out that Jerry's real problem is with her inconsistency. She ''only'' does it with peas. With similar foods like corn niblets, she scoops them.
** Jerry dates a girl who is absolutely flawless. The fact that she has no flaws unnerves him enough to want to break up with her.
** Half-mocked in another episode where Jerry is angry with his current girlfriend because she wouldn't eat a piece of pie Jerry offered her.
--->'''Jerry:''' There was no reason for her not to taste that pie.\\
'''Elaine:''' Dump her.\\
'''Jerry:''' Well, I've never broken up with anyone for not tasting pie...\\
'''Elaine:''' I once broke up with a guy for not ''offering'' me pie.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Most of the episodes had an example of "Major Flaw, Major Breakup." A character would seem perfect in every way but then reveal himself to have a flaw that would be taken to [[UpToEleven cartoonish extremes]], and an immediate breakup would ensue.
** Chandler in particular had a habit of breaking up over nothing: he refuses to date one girl because she "has a big head", and talks about breaking up with other women for such reasons as large nostrils and "not hating Yanni". He ''does'' end up giving the girl with the "big head" a chance, but finds that he still can't get past it. This was only mentioned once, in the episode "The One Where Heckles Dies", until "The One With Phoebe's Ex-Partner", when Chandler gets freaked out by the fact that his new girlfriend has a prosthetic leg. He gets over it, but then she discovers that he has a third nipple and breaks up with him.
** Discussing this with Chandler, Joey says he once broke up with the perfect girl because of her gigantic Adam's apple. The others explain to him that [[{{Transgender}} women don't have Adam's Apples]] - but at his confused expression quickly backtrack and pretend they were joking.
** Averted early in Monica and Chandler's relationship. The two have a fight over Monica obsessiveness and Chandler watching car chases prompting Chandler to thinks they're this trope. Monica reassures him they're not broken and can work through it. He's delighted.
** In "TOW Ross's Thing" Phoebe dates two guys - a kindergarten teacher and a firefighter. Eventually they find out about each other. The teacher dumps her because she had had sex with the firefighter but not with him, but then the firefighter dumps her because she had made the teacher a candlelight dinner in the park... a severe fire hazard.
* Inverted in ''Series/BlackBooks'': Fran finds an old boyfriend incredibly annoying but can't resist him because he has [[ArousedByTheirVoice a sexy voice]].
* Danny Tanner from ''Series/FullHouse''. Earlobes that were different sizes. Though it turned out this and his other reasons were just excuses; he was reluctant to get close to another woman as he was still in mourning over his deceased wife.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] this when Turk and Eliot stage an intervention for J.D. because of his tendency to do this (specifically, because of a problem he has with how his current girlfriend reacts to his jokes). [[spoiler: He manages to overlook her saying "that's so funny" instead of actually laughing, then realizes that her hopes/plans for the future aren't quite compatible with his, [[ShaggyDogStory so they split because of that]].]] Curiously, this was a CompressedVice example, as it had earlier been established that J.D. finds it ''impossible'' to break up with girlfriends no matter the reason.
* On ''Series/JustShootMe'' Elliot can't handle that his girlfriend is in a hemorrhoid cream commercial. Then ''she'' breaks up with ''him'' because he wiped his nose with his handkerchief.
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'':
** Just about every girlfriend Frasier ever had fell under this trope. He eventually began to force himself to ignore flaws in his love interests, leading to him dating horrible women with flaws no sane person would put up with. A good example of the latter is when he wanted to break up with a woman because he knew they were entirely different people and had no mutual interests except having sex, but decided to roll with it and just enjoy the fun of having an active sex life...which lead to him forcing himself to ignore "minor" quirks such as how she howled at the moon, liked to spontaneously cut her hair and use the trimming to stuff pillows in her apartment, and make artwork out of dead mice.
** The women themselves would often dump Frasier for the most trivial of reasons. In the episode "Three Dates and a Breakup" Frasier ended up with [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin three dates over three nights.]] The first was justified in dumping him because he lied about being an animal-loving vegan, but the second storms out after she found out the first woman had been in his apartment, because of some bad blood between the two women. This despite the first woman having a perfectly valid non-romantic reason to be there and the second woman having no evidence anything happened between Frasier and the first woman (which it didn't.)
** One episode revealed that what Frasier was doing was a subversion. Subconsciously he actually had a habit of dumping the women who were perfect for him and dating the ones whose flaws would have ruined to relationship eventually because he suffered so much heartbreak that he developed a fear of relationships.
** Parodied in the episode "Out With Dad", when Niles has to dump his father (as he's pretending to be gay).
* ''Series/WillAndGrace'' has this every so often. One episode has Karen falling for a servant and pretending to be one, worried he'd leave her if he found out she was rich. When he does find out, [[MilhollandRelationshipMoment he accepts her regardless]], and she gets excited and calls for champagne.
-->'''Servant:''' I don't drink.\\
'''Karen:''' It can't work. We're from two different worlds.
* ''Series/TheITCrowd'':
** In the third season, Jen finds herself unable to continue dating a man because he "looks like a magician". He tries to rectify this by learning magic ("would it be less weird if I actually ''was'' a magician..?"), but he's hopeless at it.
** There is the time she dumps her boyfriend Peter after finding out his last name was File. If you don't get it, say the full name out loud a few times.
--->'''Moss:''' [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage In America they say "pedophile"]], perhaps you should move there.
* In ''Series/ICarly'', there is a "horrible" fact about the bad boy in "[=iDate=] a Bad Boy" that shocks and disgusts Carly about her otherwise perfectly fine boyfriend. The horrific, awful, scream-inspiring fact is that he... collects Beanie Babies. Of course, the main character is not considered at all shallow for dumping him based on a fact that had not come up until she commented on it. And none of the other characters call her on it. Even Freddie thinks it's weird, and he's pretty nerdy/subjected to odd things via his mother. Like ''tick baths''. And ''anti-bacterial underwear''. Although, as shown in another episode, he can be extremely obsessive about the beanies. When the power in the apartment building goes out during summer and Carly and Spencer have the only air conditioning machine in the building, the Beanie guy hijacks the machine to keep his Beanie Babies at "optimal temperature".
* An episode of ''Series/StillStanding'' had Bill, Judy, and Linda attend a high school reunion. Linda hits it off with a guy she always liked in school, but then can't get over the fact that he doesn't like Music/TheBeatles.
* ''Series/{{Wings}}'':
** An episode has Helen deciding to dump her boyfriend because of his AnnoyingLaugh; however, he ends up dumping her first, because he cannot stand her Southern accent.
** A subversion occurs with Lowell.
--->'''Lowell:''' Sometimes a person has annoying habits that you just can't overlook. Take my wife Bunny, for instance. Every morning as she read the newspaper, she would drum her fingers on the table. That's what broke up our marriage.\\
'''Helen:''' I thought it was because Bunny slept with other men.\\
'''Lowell:''' Okay, make that two annoying habits.
* In ''Series/DrakeAndJosh'', Drake dumps his girlfriends over an annoying laugh and [[NoGuyWantsAnAmazon toughness]]. The laugh probably wouldn't have been so bad if she didn't laugh at ''[[MostAnnoyingSound every single little thing]],'' which is closer to Drake's actual grievance.
* On ''[[Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody The Suite Life on Deck]]'', Miss Tutweiller refuses to date Mr. Moseby [[FanHater because he likes]] ''Film/TheThreeStooges''. They get back together though. [[spoiler: And get engaged in the finale.]]
* Played with in ''Series/{{Castle}}''; Martha offers some of these kinds of reasons for breaking it off with her boyfriend. Castle explicitly notes that these are "sitcom reasons" for breaking it off with someone, and it's later revealed that this is just Martha's insecurities establishing themselves.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Lampshaded in an episode when Ted thinks his new girlfriend is perfect, but everyone else finds her hard to deal with because [[spoiler: she talks way too much]]. Barney describes it as "the oh moment": the moment you realise a person's fatal flaw and your perfect image of them is shattered. The rest of the episode revolves around everyone coming to notice each others' flaws: Lily's is that she chews loudly, Ted's is that he's always correcting people's grammar, Marshall's is singing about everything he does, Robin's is overusing the word 'literally', and Barney's is... basically his entire personality. The episode ends with them learning to live with these flaws, [[spoiler:but Ted still breaks up with his GirlOfTheWeek]].
** When Lily reveals that she has made a habit of sabotaging Ted's relationships when she doesn't like the girl or feels they're futile, she recalls planting a CD in a college girlfriend's dorm room:
--->'''Ted:''' Creed?! Oh my god, I have to break up with her!
* On ''Series/SexAndTheCity'', Charlotte breaks up with a seemingly compatible guy when she discovers that he has different preferences for china patterns.
* One episode of ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had a similar scenario to the ''Series/FullHouse'' example above- Will convinces Hilary to date his professor as part of a plan to keep him from flunking the class, but she decides to break up with him due to the size of his Adam's apple. Will confronted her on this, pointing out that she was still recovering from Trevor's death and just looking for excuses to not date. She got over that, but then started fixating on his mole (or perhaps the mole was first), leading to a great [[IncrediblyLamePun line]]:
-->'''Will:''' You're making a mountain out of a mole, Hil!
* ''Series/{{Girlfriends}}'':
** Joan dates a man who while fairly attractive, has girl hips. Her constant obsessing over this causes them to break up.
** Toni refused to date a guy because [[ButNotTooBlack he was darker than her]]. Although this type of behavior is typical due to her being shallow, it's quite hypocritical since she herself is dark-skinned. Eventually it's revealed that [[FreudianExcuse when she was young, she was teased for being dark-skinned]] and doesn't want her children to go through the same thing.
* A two part episode of ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'' had a fortune teller tell Teddy that she'd meet the love of her life on a ski trip. She meets two guys, the first is ignored before he even gives his name because he laughs weird. The second guy, who gets to talk long enough to tell them that he's a professional chef and model, is ignored because he tells his mom they aren't prettier than her. Her friend agrees that these boys are not good enough.
* Leslie had a brief relationship with Leonard in ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', but she broke it off over philosophical differences regarding their preferred model of spacetime (Leslie supports loop quantum, and often clashes over it with Sheldon, who goes in for string theory, but Leonard doesn't actually care, and would have let their hypothetical children decide for themselves).
* In ''Series/JonathanCreek'', Jonathan decides that a girl he's dating wouldn't work out because of her habit of sticking out her tongue when she eats. Later, he had a much more legitimate excuse not to date her: [[spoiler: she turned out to be that week's killer.]]
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': In a plot arc in the third and fourth seasons, Liz writes a sketch in which a fictional relationship expert advises women to break up with or reject advances from men based on inane criteria such as wearing an Atlanta Falcons jersey to a wedding with the CatchPhrase, "That's a dealbreaker, ladies!" The sketch is [[{{Defictionalization}} defictionalized]] in-universe as Liz starts giving out such advice in real life, culminating in a book deal and a short-lived talk show.
* ''Series/AllyMcBeal'': Ally would often dump a guy after one awkward date over a minor flaw. One guy could not eat properly and put salad on his face, or once a guy had AnnoyingLaugh.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' usually had fairly realistic relationships for their main characters, but it seems like side characters couldn't catch a break, specifically Rory's closest friends Lane and Paris.
** Henry, Lane's first major romantic interest is, in her own words, perfect for her. The flaw that worries her is that she's falling for a guy that her parents would approve of and she never tells them about Henry until it's too late.
** Jamie, Paris's first boyfriend on the series is likewise seemingly a perfect match for her. He's an attractive Princeton student who accepts Paris's neuroses and can even keep up with her intellectually, but she breaks up with him after having an affair with one of her professors at Yale. Even Rory calls her out for being out of character.
* ''Series/{{Martin}}'' has the title character and his girlfriend, Gina, end up doing this in the first season after a rather vicious argument that included nasty comments against his mother and her father and disrespect over one another's feelings, likes and dislikes. What caused this blowout to happen in the first place? Gina gave Martin [[ItMakesSenseInContext a sculpture of a woman's butt.]]
* Done several times on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' to facilitate the endless DatingDoSiDo-ing, but the most egregious example is arguably Jesse St. James [[FaceHeelTurn going suddenly evil again]] and breaking up with Rachel by ''egging'' her because...she secretly cast Puck and Finn as well as Jesse as her "boyfriend" in her SoBadItsGood video for "Run Joey Run." The video itself was PlayedForLaughs, and yet he took it extremely seriously.
* In one episode of ''Series/That70sShow'', Eric & Hyde compete over the affections of a girl. Hyde ultimately wins, but dumps her because she likes the Little River Band (and Eric is disgusted by that as well).
* In an episode of ''Series/{{Belle}}'' had it to where the main character was dating a nice guy who was wealthy and successful but then found out he was an atheist (without showing the usual HollywoodAtheist quirks and even enjoyed going to Church with her as he enjoyed the music) and dumped him. However the episode even acts as if this was a big deal, even flat-out stating he is worse than a killer and a drug dealer because "they can be saved and he can't" and that dumping him was the right decision. The episode summary even referred to this as a flaw. As you can guess, [[http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/02/25/on-black-sitcom-atheist-character-is-undateable/ atheists were not amused]].

* Music/WeirdAlYankovic:
** His 2006 album ''Straight Outta Lynwood'' features the song "Close, But No Cigar," which is all about a lecherous guy who dumps otherwise perfect girlfriends for idiotic reasons (like owning ''Film/JoeDirt'' on DVD, or having an earlobe that's "just a little tiny bit too big"). In other words, the guy in the song makes Jerry Seinfeld look like Film/JamesBond.
** In "Albuquerque" the singer dumps "the girl of [his] dreams" because she asked him if he wanted to "join the Columbia Record Club" and that was too much of a commitment. This was after years of marriage and two kids. [[DontExplainTheJoke For those who don't get the joke]], [[spoiler:the Columbia Record Club was notorious for being impossible to leave. The joke is that it's much easier to walk away from a wife, two kids, and a mortgage than that.]]
* Music/PaulSimon's "You're Kind" from the album ''Still Crazy After All These Years'' (1975):
-->''So goodbye, goodbye\\
I'm gonna leave you now and here's the reason why:\\
I like to sleep with the window open, and you keep the window closed\\
So goodbye, goodbye, goodbye''
* Music/TheArrogantWorms song "She Talks During Movies" is about a case of this, although what attracts the narrator to the girl in the first place is a hilarious varient of shallow attraction:
-->''She had beautiful eyes; two of them,\\
A nose on her face and arms of equal length.\\
She walked pretty well\\
And had most of her teeth.\\
That a girl like her could like me was beyond belief!\\
So we went on a date and had dinner.\\
Man, you should've seen the way she ate those chicken fingers.\\
We went to the theatre; I was feeling loose...\\
Then I discovered the terrible truth!\\
She talks during movies!''
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?x-yt-cl=84411374&v=iC4dyR7_isY&x-yt-ts=1421828030 "Mein Baby war beim Frisör" (My baby's been to the hairdresser's)]] by German PunkRock band Music/DieArzte. It's exactly what you think it is: A guy breaks up with his girlfriend because he can't stand her new look.
* Music/ToddRundgren, "Flaw".
-->''You could be my everything, the envy of them all\\
You'd be perfect... but you've got one fatal flaw.''

* Tom Leykis once told the story of a graphic artist he knew whose girlfriend dumped him when she found out that he occasionally used Microsoft Paint in his work.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Alex, the spineless protagonist of Stephen Bond's InteractiveFiction story ''Rameses'', goes on a double date with a girl named Claire. Toward the end, [[spoiler: he meets her by the quay and is about to kiss her but gets distracted by a mole on her face. It's enough for him to ruin the moment until, it's implied, he regrets it for quite a while after.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* In ''Webcomic/NoRestForTheWicked'', after slashing his way through the roses that have killed many princes, Ricardo finds the Literature/SleepingBeauty. [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03i-07.html She snores]]. He turns and leaves. [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/03i-08.html He has a history of this.]] There's a good reason his nickname is "Dick the Picky". Or, rather, a long string of shallow reasons, that was even [[http://www.forthewicked.net/archive/04i-01.html put into song]].
* Non-romantic example: In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', after changing from fairies to humans, Red is convinced that the reason that Blue doesn't want to be her friend anymore is because [[AnimeHair Red's hair doesn't stick up anymore]]. Antimony and Kat try to convince her that it's probably Red's horrible behavior and mistreatment of Blue (such as not even knowing Blue's real name), but Red is insistent that that never mattered before they got human bodies. [[spoiler:And she's right -- as soon as Red figures out a way to get her hair to stand up again, Blue begs her to take her back. [[TheFairFolk Fairies aren't quite like us]].]]
* [[http://xkcd.com/304/ This]] ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic.
* This particular variant is termed [[http://www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2280 "Solar Geeklipse"]] in ''Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal''.
* ''Webcomic/TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella'' episode [[http://nonadventures.com/2009/03/28/led-astray/ "LED Astray"]] points out how Wonderella dumps people over the smallest things. This time, she can't get over the fact that the guy she's seeing hasn't bothered to set the clock on his microwave's display.
* A variant appears in [[http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/images/gws/GWS849.jpg this]] ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots'' strip where poor grammar is a deal-breaker enough to call off a sexual encounter. ''And this has happened before.''
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' has a girl breaking up with a boy for being unable to grow a beard and having one ear pierced.
* "[[http://scythemantis.deviantart.com/art/Lycanthropy-264814892 Lycanthropy]]" by the infamous Scythemantis

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWeekenders'', Carver's new secret admirer is minor recurring character Nona, who is significantly taller than all her peers. This eats Carver up at first, but he eventually gets over it... only for Nona to suddenly realize that Carver's head looks like a pineapple, get weirded out by it (she had a [[AbsurdPhobia fear of pineapples]]), and nervously back away.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'':
** Leela has trouble keeping boyfriends because of her single large eye. (She also has large feet, but most people who get past the eye can accept that.) Not that she's any better; in one episode, she dumps a guy because of his long reptilian tongue.
-->'''Leela:''' I could have liked Zapp Brannigan if he wasn't a pompous nitwit who threw me in prison.\\
'''Bender:''' You really ''are'' too picky!
** The Professor used to go out with Mom when they were much, much younger. He eventually dumped her because she decided to make a soft-toy of his fifteen feet tall, and weaponise them. The Professor objected on the grounds that big toys "aren't cute". When they eventually reconciled over this fact, he broke up with her again for saying she'd made new sixteen feet versions.
-->"''Sixteen feet?! Go to Hell! I WAS A FOOL TO THINK YOU'D CHANGED!'''"
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'', Caitlin often dumps guys over minor flaws. However, she is rather [[{{Hypocrite}} hypocritical]] about this as she fears that she will be dumped for her own minor flaws.
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'':
** A non-romantic example when Hank suddenly loses faith in then-presidential-candidate George W. Bush after finding out that he has a weak handshake. Even his [[SurroundedByIdiots friends]] realize how dumb it is.
--->'''Dale:''' That makes a lot of sense. A lot of ''non''sense.
** Bill ''tries'' to invoke a romantic example the episode he dates Reverend Karen Stroup. After she quits her job and is no longer ForbiddenFruit, he becomes bored of the relationship. [[ReallyGetsAround Boomhauer]] suggests he get ''her'' to break up with ''him'', resulting in one of the weakest attempts in television history.
--->'''Bill:''' If I want to drink beer with my friends in the alley and talk about--the Devil! Then I will! Now, do you want to break up with me? Please say you want to break up with me!\\
'''Stroup:''' I don't want to break up with you! I love you! ''[smiles]''\\
'''Bill:''' ''[sighs]'' Of course you do.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Real-life example: Glynn Wolfe, who famously [[SerialSpouse remarried and divorced 29 times in his life]], once divorced one of his wives because she kept eating sunflower seeds in bed. He also divorced a woman after she used his toothbrush.
* The recent discovery that Creator/MeganFox (yes, her!) has "toe thumbs" was apparently enough to disgust many male fans (although it's equally possible that a lot of people are [[HypeBacklash just plain sick of her,]] and the "toe thumbs" are just an excuse or a joke.)
* Non-dating example -- in the 2007 series of [[Series/BigBrother Celebrity Big Brother]] (UK version), when several of the other female housemates were picking on Shilpa Shetty, they resorted to making fun of the fact that her second toes were "almost as long" as her big toes. Yes, something that was actually a joke in [[Film/ShallowHal a comedy about this very topic]] was all they could come up with. It should be noted that the ladies in question were not up to Shilpa's level looks-wise, and a close-up showed her feet to be rather yummy (if you're into that) despite this [[SarcasmMode crippling handicap]], so they sounded pretty hypocritical from the off. Then the racist remarks started...
* A somewhat popular JPG has a Website/{{Fark}} post of someone looking at a supermodel and complaining that her knees are too pointy; superimposed over this is a photo of the stereotypical ugly nerd one imagines posted it. This has spawned the meme "2/10 would not bang", in which a photo of a supermodel or other attractive person is heavily annotated with complaints about minor or even completely imagined flaws about them or the setting of the photo (and by extension what living there implies about them).
* Some of the entries on the "Dealbreaker" blog, the whole purpose of which is to list those irritating things which can derail a relationship from the start, can come across as this; there's lots of significant reasons why someone might be turned off by someone else, but there's also a few tiny things which suggest that the author in question has standards that are just a little ''too'' high (or superficial, or {{Control Freak}}y). Such as the person who complains about the type of .mp3 player the other person bought. And the person who breaks up with their partner because the other person doesn't like sushi (and they had this whole thing planned about about sharing sushi on the first date and the other person ''ruined it''...).\\\
The blog also appears to contain some inversions, where people appear to have put up with a hell of a lot of crap for fairly superficial reasons (i.e. he's gorgeous so I can live with him being a complete sponger) only for their personality faults to eventually grow way out of control.
* [[http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FZZa0VZKN4Y/UB2t75BYM7I/AAAAAAAAUXk/hklPI_KbJcU/s1600/forksdown.jpg This secret]] from Post Secret confesses to leaving someone because of the way they put forks in a drainer... although the poster seems aware that this is ridiculous.
* One writer has called this the [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/05/AR2006020501139.html Taquito Moment]], after a date who bought and ate some gas-station taquitos at 3 a.m.
* In a (possibly apocryphal) example that's OlderThanFeudalism, Plutarch tells of a Roman who was divorcing his wife over his friend's objections. Holding out his shoe, he pointed out that, while it was new and well-made, "none of you can tell where it pinches me."