This is when somebody tries to ruin someone else's romantic relationship or marriage.

There are various reasons someone might do this. One of the most common is that the saboteur is [[LoveTriangle in love with one of the people in the relationship]], and is [[LoveMakesYouEvil willing to stoop pretty low]] to "correct" this situation. (In extreme cases, they may even try to MurderTheHypotenuse.) Alternatively, it could be that they just want {{Revenge}} for something, or that they want to free up one of the parties for a bit of [[GoldDigger gold digging]], or that they're simply [[GreenEyedMonster bitter that someone else is so happy]] and [[LoveHungry they're not]]. Sometimes, they may even be acting from a genuine, well-intentioned, and possibly even accurate belief that their friend [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim has made a poor choice]] or [[TheMatchmaker should have chosen someone else]].

The range of techniques available to a relationship saboteur is similarly varied. Lying is popular - you just need to make one half of the relationship look bad, such as by fabricating [[MistakenForCheating evidence of an affair]] or trying to make them flunk a FidelityTest. It could be as simple as giving deliberately lousy relationship advice. If the relationship is fairly new, being a deliberate MomentKiller might be an option, and might prompt the saboteur to [[DatePeepers follow the targets on dates]].

See also BreakUpDemand for a different method of achieving the same goal. If a character simply makes their dislike of the pairing known, it's probably just a ShippingTorpedo. Contrast ShipperOnDeck, where someone is trying to create a relationship rather than destroy one.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* In one commercial, one teenage boy forces his younger brother upstairs so he can spend time with his girlfriend. The younger brother then uses the TV to show the girlfriend a slideshow of pictures that indicate he's cheating on her.
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* In the backstory of ''SaiunkokuMonogatari'', Kou Reishin and his friend Houju were both interested in the same woman. Reishin sabotaged Houju's relationship with her by forging a letter from her to Houju saying she couldn't bear to be with a man [[SoBeautifulItsACurse so much more beautiful than herself]]. As a result, Houju started wearing masks all the time and calling himself "Kijin," meaning "weirdo," and Reishin married the girl.
* Skuld in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', who takes her [[BigBrotherWorship Big Sister Worship]] towards Belldandy a bit too far and won't stand for anyone, particularly lowly mortal Keiichi, getting too close to her. She frequently sets up booby traps (mostly involving StuffBlowingUp) to prevent their relationship from progressing. [[ShipTease It is hinted a few times]], though, that she's acting out not because she's jealous of Keiichi for taking Belldandy's attention, but that she's jealous of Belldandy for getting Keiichi's love.
* Makie from ''FutariEcchi'' does that at every opportunity to the main character couple. I.e., she leaves false lipstick marks on Makoto's shirt or calls him in the middle of a date with his wife Yura.
* Happens more than once in ''MarmaladeBoy'', with the most notorious perpetrators being Kei Tsuchiya (who [[spoiler: grabs Miki's medallion/bracelet and gives it to Yuu saying she threw it away; Yuu is GenreSavvy enough to not buy it, but he and Miki still almost break up due to stress.]]) and Ginny Golding (who [[spoiler: lies to Miki by telling her she was Yuu's "other woman" as a prank; this causes the already distraught Miki to break off her and Yuu's LongDistanceRelationship.]])
* Manga/{{Naruto}}, after finding out that Sakura doesn't care for him at all while he's disguised as Sasuke, is forced to retreat to the restroom because he drank spoiled milk in the morning. While on the toilet, he plans on returning to Sakura, still disguised as Sasuke and acting like a jerk in order to make her hate him. By the time he gets out, though, Sasuke has already escaped his bonds, and coldly told Sakura that he finds her annoying (although the way the scene is presented leads viewers to initially think that it was Naruto in disguise carrying out his plan).
* ''RanmaOneHalf'': Ryoga, Shampoo, Ukyo, Kodachi, and other characters all try to sabatoge Ranma and Akane's engagement at some point or other.
** Ranma and Akane team up in the manga to thwart the possibility of Hinako and Soun marrying.
* Chihaya of ''Manga/ServantXService'' is dead set on preventing Yutaka and Lucy getting together. Some of Lucy's hesitation on dating Yutaka originates from Chihaya making him sound more devious than he really is. This is mostly because she wants to cosplay Lucy and erroneously believes that so does he.
* In the anime of ''Anime/SailorMoon'', Lita is jealous that her crush, Andy, has a girlfriend. Upon finding out that the girlfriend is tempted to accept a job abroad which would separate her from Andy for a long period of time, Lita nicely sits down and has a talk with her, trying to convince her to take the job. She ends the talk with the suggestion that Andy and the girlfriend could very well pick up where they left off, before lampshading to herself how terrible she is at sabotaging relationships.
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* At the end of Creator/FrankMiller's ''Comicbook/{{Daredevil}}'', a grieving Matt Murdock had pressured his rather fragile girlfriend Heather Glenn into agreeing to marry him, which was literally driving her to drink. Believing that no good could come of this for anyone, Matt's partner Foggy and his ex the Black Widow created forged notes telling each partner that the other one wanted to break it off and never see them again. The immediate consequences were never shown, but a few years later Heather committed suicide.
* Lana Lang attempted this occasionally when her jealousy of [[{{Franchise/Superman}} Clark]] and Lois' marriage got the best of her. In one instance she tried to convince Clark that Lois was a bad wife and left her panties in the Kents' bed in a fit of jealous anger when Clark refused to be swayed by her arguments.
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* In one of the stories of the ''FanFic/FacingTheFutureSeries'', [[WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom Danny's enemies]] unsuccessfully tried to this to Danny and Sam.
** In another story, Nocturne nearly pulled this trope off by sealing away their memories of each other, only to be thwarted by ThePowerOfLove.
* PonyvilleGoesToTheDragons: Applejack warns Rarity ''not'' to attempt this Trope when she learns Spike has started a relationship with [[Franchise/SpyroTheDragon Ember]], telling her about how she knew about Spike's affection for her yet did nothing about it when she had the chance, and stating that she'll ''prefer'' being sent to the moon compaired to what AJ will do to her if she tries anything. [[spoiler: Still doesn't stop her from giving an anonymous 'tip' about there being vicious dragons in Ponyville to the Canterlot Royal Guards...]]
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'', Julianne tries to derail the upcoming marriage of a guy who had promised to marry her if they were both still single at a certain age. [[spoiler: It fails, epically.]]
* Pretty much the entire plot of the film ''Film/SavingSilverman''.
* Both Balraj's sister Kiran and Darcy's mother try very hard to keep Jaya and Lalita very far away from Balraj and Darcy in ''Film/BrideAndPrejudice''.
* Film/SherlockHolmes went out of his way to try to get Dr. Watson to not get engaged to Mary since he wanted to keep him for himself. He insulted Mary with a deduction and he paid a fortune teller to plant seeds of doubt into Watson's head. He eventually did give his consent.
* In ''Film/PlanB'', Bruno's "Plan B" to make his ex-girlfriend Laura and her new boyfriend Pablo break up is to seduce Pablo and drive him away from her. [[spoiler:It works, but by then it's not ''Laura'' he wants to be with.]]
* In ''{{Disney/Mulan}} 2'', Mushu tries to break up Mulan and Shang to save his job. When Mulan finds out, she gets ''pissed.'' Fortunately, Mushu makes amends.
* This is Peggy's plan in ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'': she declares that she's going to break up the unhappy marriage between Fred and Marie. [[spoiler:It's not really her fault the marriage falls apart, but she does get Fred in the end.]]
* In ''Film/WickerPark'', Alex does this to Matthew and Lisa's relationship as we learn via flashbacks. She never delivered that one letter that would have explained Lisa's sudden departure to Matthew.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In PrideAndPrejudice, Darcy breaks up Jane and Bingley's relationship because he thinks Jane is just stringing his friend along, due to her showing him the same affection she shows everyone (he didn't realize she's just ''that nice''). That he broke them up is the main thing that leads Elisabeth, Jane's sister, to think that Darcy is an a-hole. The reveal of ''why'' (caring deeply for and trying to protect his friend) is what leads her to realize that she loves him.
* Dr. Austin Sloper in ''Literature/WashingtonSquare'' goes out of his way to ruin his daughter Catherine and Morris's relationship, culminating in taking her on a trip to Europe for a full year to test the strength of their affection. His reasoning is that he is convinced that Morris is nothing more than a GoldDigger after his family's fortune. [[spoiler: He turns out to be right.]]
* In Literature/TheZombieKnight, Geoffry's grandfather did this to his mother. Primarily, it was to create a suitable host for an [[HumanoidAbomination aberration]], bet he does admit that he also [[ItAmusedMe thought it was funny]].
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In the sixth season of ''Series/{{House}}'', House decides to try to break up Cuddy and Lucas after deciding that he might just be interested in the former.
* In ''SugarRush'', the efforts of Sugar to sabotage the relationship between Saint and Kim rather indicate that she's not being honest about having no interest in the latter.
* In ''TheBigBangTheory'', Evil Creator/WilWheaton sabotages Leonard and Penny's relationship in order to win a ''bowling game''!
* On ''GossipGirl'', this is Blair's MO. And not just for own ex-boyfriends - she's perfectly happy to break up any new relationships that might make Serena unhappy too. Chuck, as well, loves to mess with any relationships that would a) stop Blair being with him or b) distract Nate from their friendship. And Jenny does this occasionally. And Vanessa - oh, screw it, let's just say ''Gossip Girl'' is built around this trope and leave it at that, okay?
* On ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' Lily has done this to Ted ''six times'', each time because she thinks the girl Ted's dating is a bad fit for [[TrueCompanions their group of friends]]. Methods range from planting a woman's earring in Ted's bed so his girlfriend thinks he's cheating on her, to planting a ''Creed'' CD in the girlfriend's apartment so that Ted becomes disgusted with her, to dressing up in the girlfriend's Darth Vader costume, pretending to be her, and telling Ted they should see other people.
** Later on, Lily is called upon to break Barney and Robin up, but a sudden bout of ComplexityAddiction almost does her in.
* Happened all the time on ''Series/{{Rome}}''.
* This is pretty much Diana Fowley's job during season six and seven of ''Series/TheXFiles''. She's working for the Syndicate to lure Mulder, but whether her true aim in breaking up Mulder and Scully is professional or personal (she's Mulder's ex-partner and may or may not be his ex-wife) is up to interpretation. She plays off Mulder's previous trust in her, and almost succeeds in breaking them up. [[DieForOurShip To the delight of many a shipper]], she is [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse killed off]] in the early parts of season seven.
* The season 4 finale of ''Series/ICarly'' had a revelation that Sam likes Freddie. It's quite possible that her actions in ''iSaved Your Life'', where she completely fucked up Carly and Freddie's newly formed relationship by planting seeds of doubt in Freddie's mind was a subconscious desire to sabotage the relationship to keep Freddie away from Carly.
** [[MamaBear Mrs. Benson]] actually tries to do this in ''iCan't Stand It''. In a way, she's right to be upset by Freddie and Sam's relationship. However, the last few minutes of the episode shows how much she delighted in ruining the relationship. Maybe she's just a ControlFreak?
* In pretty much any episode of ''{{Glee}}'' in which Finn Hudson is dating somebody not named Rachel Berry, you'll find Rachel trying some form of this, by means including: staging singing lessons that are intended to turn into something a lot less innocent; dramatic changes of appearance (fortunately Kurt was onto her and [[LaserGuidedKarma ensured it didn't work]]); informing Finn that his girlfriend is pregnant by another boy; duetting with other boys (particularly if it's the boy who got his first girlfriend pregnant) to make Finn jealous; and encouraging him to distrust his girlfriend and ''spy on the boy a blind item in the school newspaper implies she's cheating with'' in company with, you guessed it, Rachel Berry. Every single one of these backfires on her in some way. You'd think she'd have caught on by now, but no such luck...
* Mary of ''DowntonAbbey'' tells [[spoiler: her sister Edith's suitor]] that [[spoiler: Edith]] was looking for an "old bore" as revenge for [[spoiler: Edith]]'s spreading Mary's DarkSecret.
* ''{{Friends}}'': Phoebe does this to Monica and Chandler a few times, whether accidental or deliberate, through playing on Chandler's fears as an InsecureLoveInterest. She tells him Monica saw her old boyfriend [[{{AlwaysSomeoneBetter}} Richard]] and later introduces Monica's 'soulmate' ''right in front of him''. (And AFTER they're married). Thanks to Monica and Chandler's strong relationship nothing sticks and the only result is several heartwarming scenes of Monica promising Chandler is the love of her life and she's not interested in anyone else. It's not clear if Phoebe is just being her usual CloudCuckooLander self, or a GreenEyedMonster, that they're happy and she isn't.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Morgana tries and fails to break up Gwen and Arthur in "Queen of Hearts" but succeeds masterfully (though temporarily) in "Lancelot du Lac."
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''MuchAdoAboutNothing'': Don John to Claudio and Hero, mostly ForTheEvulz
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''TokimekiMemorial 2'', [[spoiler: KnightTemplarBigBrother Kaoru "Sou-Banchou" Ichimonji]] will constantly try to do this in [[spoiler: Akane]]'s storyline. Resolved to prevent any boy to hurt her little sister's feelings, and also fearing to lose her (who's his sole family) if she ever hooks with a guy, he will sic at you [[{{Delinquents}} his underlings]], then will fight you in person, will barge in the scene if he feels you're too close from her, and in ''Memories Ringing On'', will even go as far as [[spoiler: trying to sabotage your wedding ceremony preparations with her by threatening the assembly hall's clerk of obstruction of business]]! Said sister is ''not'' very pleased by her brother's antics, and constantly resolves them with a MegatonPunch.
* One of the selling points on the back of the ''MisterMosquito'' boxart.
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* In GeneralProtectionFault, Trudy steals Ki's stuffed animal "Mr. Pookel" and leaves it where Nick will find it so that he'll learn her screen name. He's upset with her for not telling him in order to test his loyalty, but utlimately forgives her.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' has a variant skewed a bit by the nature of troll romance. Basically, trolls have four romantic quadrants - "genuine love", "MoralityPet", "mediation between two others" and "mutually destructive hatelust" - and you're generally expected to have relations with a given person confined to only one quadrant. As a result, at one point CasanovaWannabe Eridan attempted to sabotage Feferi and Sollux's "genuine love" romance by trying to make Feferi mediate between himself and Sollux, which would push them out of their preferred quadrant.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' once had Bart try to break up the relationship of his PrecociousCrush (with the added motivation that the person she was going out with had bullied him).
** In an earlier episode, when his best friend Milhouse started 'dating' the new girl at school, he tipped off the girl's OverprotectiveDad so Milhouse would hang out with him again. He ended up regretting it.
** In another episode, Milhouse's parents (who several seasons back had a nasty ToiletSeatDivorce) are getting back together. Which seems great at first, except that Milhouse starts to feel that they're ignoring him. He complains about this to Bart, and Bart sees a TeenDrama on TV wherein a girl angrily dumps her boyfriend because she found another girl's bra in his room. Bart steals one of Marge's bras and leaves it in the Van Houtens' bedroom. But because the bra had Marge's name sewn into it, it poses a threat to Homer and Marge's marriage as well. [[spoiler: Homer and Marge reconcile over the fact that it was a big misunderstanding.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill'': Peggy sabotages Lucky & Luann's relationship.
* Helga always fails at this in ''HeyArnold''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'' has Quincy trying to break Willy and Alyssa up because he thinks that if they're together, they wouldn't want him hanging around getting in their way.
* WesternAnimation/{{Archer}} tries to get his ex back by manipulating recordings of her current boyfriend in order to make it look like he's cheating on her. She doesn't believe him, but still appreciates the effort.
** Archer's mom also purposely drives Lana closer to her boyfriend to get her away from Archer, because while Lana and Cyril are the OfficialCouple, she can see the UnresolvedSexualTension between her and her son.
** And Archer's "Operation Something About I Rescue Lana and She Begs Me to Take Her Back, so Then [[DrivenToSuicide Cyril Commits Suicide.]]"
* Diaspro in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub'' is in love with and originally engaged to Prince Sky. However, Sky falls in love with Bloom and breaks up with Diaspro. Diaspro is still in love with Sky and tries to brainwash him with a love potion. When this fails, she turns to more conventional means such as not letting the two spend time together and feeding the two misinformation in an attempt to drive them apart. She's helped when Sky's father declares her his liaison, giving her some power over Sky.
* In the first season of ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'', believing they are forming an alliance that could threaten hers, Heather does this to Gwen and Trent. To make it worse, due to the misunderstanding, everyone votes Trent off.
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