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->''"Aww, it's love at first plot convenience!"''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob''', ''Film/{{Heartbeeps}}''

A type of SatelliteCharacter who exists primarily to serve as the love interest for a main character. It doesn't matter what their life was like beforehand; their focus in the story revolves around the sole fact that they dig said main character, and the main character digs them. A staple of HaremSeries. When part of a movie, it's usually because the plot revolves around a second love interest that is used to show how much better the Satellite Love Interest is for the protagonist.

The test of course, is to ask "What does this person do when they're not being a love interest?" ...if it's hard to answer, you probably have this.

Contrast with DesignatedLoveInterest, in which a character's characterization isn't involved ''enough'' with loving another character, thus making the "love interest" moniker seem tacked-on. Not to be confused with [[MysteryScienceTheater3000 the Satellite of Love]].

''Please don't use this trope as an excuse to [[ComplainingAboutCharactersYouDontLike bash characters whom you dislike for X/Y/Z motives]]. Being a love interest doesn't immediately equal being a satellite character, and many accusations fit less in this trope and more in DieForOurShip.''

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Aoi from ''AiYoriAoshi''. Being a YamatoNadeshiko alone wouldn't make her fit this trope, and she's far from boring or unsympathetic, but there's no denying that she ''spectacularly'' fails the "imagine the character without her love interest" test.
* Miho Azuki of ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', whose only goal apart from becoming a voice actress is getting together with Moritaka Mashiro, and even then, those two goals are intertwined because of her promise to only marry Mashiro when they both achieve their dreams.
* Princess Charlotte from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' fits this trope to a T. Her only role in the history is being Griffith's MealTicket and she seems to only think about him all the time. The CrapsackWorld ''punishes'' her for being such.
* Shizuki from ''[[LightNovel/BludgeoningAngelDokuroChan Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro Chan]]''. JustifiedTrope, sorta: ''every'' character in that show is a parody/deconstruction of some character archetype. Sakura: TheChewToy / OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent parody, with an [[EmbarrassingFirstName embarrassing]] [[GenderBlenderName feminine name]] to boot. Dokuro: MagicalGirlfriend parody, {{Tsundere}} deconstruction. Zakuro: Parody of YoungerThanTheyLook and her EyepatchOfPower, which is never even mentioned, let alone explained. Etc., etc.
* Chii in ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' is literally this since she's a RobotGirl without an operating system and her entire personality starts from scratch. Later {{flashback}}s to when she wasn't yet a LoveInterest show that can be much deeper (and possibly would become like that again).
* Subverted in ''DeadmanWonderland''. Main character Ganta is trapped in a prison whose inhabitants are, by and large, not very nice people, when he meets a painfully shy and sensitive girl who clings to him from the word "hello." [[spoiler: Minatsuki is actually a [[AxCrazy psychopathic killer]] who puts on the nice-girl persona and then gets sexual pleasure from the look of betrayal on her victims' faces right before she kills them. She ''is'' starting to get a little better, though.]]
* Ren in ''DearS'' -- a particularly extreme example, given the series enjoys the term ''[[HappinessInSlavery slave]]''.
* Misa Amane from ''Manga/DeathNote'' is an interesting illustration of this trope. She's dedicated to her career as an idol and her "job" punishing the guilty, so she can't quite be called shallow... but where Light is concerned, she's shallower than any ''five'' other examples on this page. Her willingness to submit to his slightest whim is so extreme it's scary. It's certainly possible to picture her without Light -- we see her before they meet, and she's clever and dangerous. But ''after'' they meet, she'd rather die than live any kind of life without him. [[spoiler: And she apparently ''does'' in the ending of the anime, when you see her standing on the ''wrong side'' of a guardrail...]]
* There are two of note in the ''Manga/DragonBall'' franchise, both of them intentional examples. First is Marron, Krillin's first girlfriend in Z (and practically a [[YouGottaHaveBlueHair clone of Bulma]]) that appeared during the [[FillerArc Garlic Jr. Saga]], only for her to dump poor Krillin in the only stand-alone episode in the series. Then in GT, Goten was seen on a date with Pares, a girl that got perplexed by ice cream... on a cone.
* Nyu in ''Manga/ElfenLied''; like Chii, Nyu is a BlankSlate, picked up by Kouta from a beach. Possibly a subversion, in that [[spoiler:Nyu's attraction to Kouta is a reflection of her true personality Lucy, a borderline psychopathic mass murderer with real, complex, and disturbingly heartbreaking reasons for loving him.]]
* Mayu from ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun''.
* Midori from ''VisualNovel/GreenGreen''. If she weren't allowed to squeal "Yuusuke" every ten seconds, she would lose her reason for existence.
* Subverted in ''{{GUNNM}}''. In an argument with Gally over her choice to become a Hunter-Warrior, Ido lets it slip that he revived her with the expectation that she would be one of these. Gally, like any sane person would be upon hearing this, ''is pissed''.
* Koutarou Azumamiya of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' used to be this for Hinagiku originally, and the anime even added a few episodes of this to him, but since the second year started, he's actually gotten some character of his own.
* In ''HoneyCrush'' it never becomes very clear why the two other girls are so heavily in love with Madoka (one of them even continues to do so after her death, turning her into a ghostly StalkerWithACrush). Sure, Madoka [[GenericCuteness might be pretty]], but her personality remains elusive throughout the series.
* Shino from the manga ''Manga/{{Ichiroh}}'' is a comedic example, as it's a gag series and can get away with it. She's never seen away from Nanako and almost all she does is lust over her. It doesn't help that she's also a mix of ClingyJealousGirl and StalkerWithACrush with a pinch of PsychoLesbian at her worst.
* Hojo from ''Manga/InuYasha'' is a male example of this. Of course, we don't see him enough for him to have much of a personality. And he exists for the sake of a RunningGag rather than actual romantic tension.
* Something similar happens in ''{{Kamichu}}'', where Yurie is much closer to Matsuri than her supposed love interest Kenji.
* ''LightNovel/{{Kampfer}}'''s Natsuru Senou is the rare case of a Satellite Love Interest who is ''the main character''. He is primarily defined by his rather basic crush on Kaede. When someone asks him in episode 8 why he likes Kaede so much, he first refers to her beauty and elegance. When it's brought up that most of the girls he knows are also beautiful and elegant, all he can do is shrug his shoulders and say that you "don't need a reason to love someone". Seriously, the guy has no personality outside of his crush and his frustration with his new GenderBender status. On the other hand, [[spoiler: Kaede herself has some HiddenDepths...]]
* Sayama in ''KarakuridoujiUltimo''.
* Kyoko from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn''. Her main personality trait is... she's a good GirlNextDoor. And a huge reason why Tsuna has a crush on her is because she was the only girl who bothered being nice to him in 12 months.
* Koharu in ''KoharuNoHibi'', so very much. Deconstructed, but with no lasting effects.
* [[MyHeroZero Zero]] from {{Kurohime}}. Hime herself even realizes it. And arguably it is at that moment when we realize that [[PuritySue Zero]] [[StepfordSmiler isn't quite what he seems]]. Also, Yashahime, who seems to have no thoughts or personality beyond being an AxCrazy EvilGod {{Yandere}}.
* Yuno from ''MiraiNikki'' basically has no personality outside of her devotion to Yukiteru. This is played [[{{Deconstruction}} as straight as possible]] to make [[{{Yandere}} her]] '''[[AxCrazy scary]]''' while being a [[DeconstructedTrope deconstruction]] of the trope. Her entire world revolves around Yukiteru, and if anyone threatens to take him away from her, she [[FreakOut flips her shit]] and equates it to her entire future being taken away. This is with good reason: before meeting Yukiteru, [[spoiler:Yuno had just killed her AbusiveParents, who were sitting dead in her house for three weeks. She had absolutely [[DespairEventHorizon no hope for her own future]], and was deeply moved when Yukiteru's hope for the future was for his family to get along.]] So when Yukiteru jokingly accepted her offer to become his bride, she was thrilled [[spoiler:since she finally had a reason to keep living her life]] -- her life very literally depends on having Yukiteru there for emotional support, he ''is'' her future [[spoiler: after she lost everything.]] It gets even more interesting in that Yuno ''[[GenreSavvy recognizes]]'' this fact and basically gives a [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason We Suck" Speech]] about how it was "pretend love" and she would have been fine with ''anyone'' as long as she could emotionally depend on him. Fortunately, it turns out that maybe their love isn't that meaningless after all.
* Sakura in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' starts as one in the manga, but begins to grow more well defined around The Forest of Death Arc. The same can be said of Karin, who started out as the usual blank slate love interest, but became a more thought out character some time after her introduction. Hinata is also one, because most of her character focus is on or related to her love for Naruto.
** Rin and Obito are this in a sort of odd scenario where ''both'' of them are this to each other. The only real characterization Obito receives is the fact that he loves Rin, and the only real characterization Rin receives is the fact that Obito loves her. This may be justified in Rin's case, since she's a PosthumousCharacter so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, although she still isn't characterized all that much in flashbacks she's featured in - she's a kind girl, a CombatMedic in training, and nothing else. Obito is also a PosthumousCharacter [[spoiler: although this turns out not to be the case, as he's actually Tobi and the one behind the Akatsuki. This still fits mostly because everything Obito does as the villain has been entirely or partially motivated by Rin in some way. This was likely intentional, to show that Obito has so thoroughly lost himself in her that everything else is meaningless.]]
* ''Manga/{{Onidere}}'' is special because ''both protagonists'' could be defined as Satellite Love Interests. Literally no action, thought or monologue in the entire Manga is in no way not connected, even a little, to please and/or become more intimate with their loved one. Hell, the first true show of love in the manga is Saya nearly fainting because Tadashi praised her food while Tadashi ''fainted'' [[MasochistsMeal because a single spoon of said food can cause pain equally to a full session of torture]] and [[WhenSheSmiles he ended the entire meal to make Saya smile]].
* Saya from ''PeacemakerKurogane''. She pretty much exists only to be Tetsunosuke's love interest. She fits very much with the question, "What would her personality be if she never met the male lead?" Nothing. Come on, we know she's mute and all, but even mute people have personalities and quirks.
* A complaint some fans have with Anime/{{Pokemon}}'s Serena. She started her journey to join Ash, mainly acts as support, and cooks him food. The writers seemed to have taken note of this; while she has no life goal yet, she ''is'' still searching for her purpose in life.
* Inverted by Outer Moka from ''[[RosarioToVampire Rosario + Vampire]]''. This is entirely justified, as she is an [[spoiler:artificial person created to protect the true Moka]] and Outer Moka is aware of this, and she [[ShipperOnDeck even does her best]] to put aside her own feelings to pair up Tsukune and [[spoiler: Inner Moka]], albeit this is far more explicitly done in the manga as opposed to the anime. And, to further the inversion (again, in the manga at least), the two of them have worked together to support each other in regards to Tsukune, while [[spoiler: Inner Moka]]'s wishes and intents are kept the primary consideration.
* Tsunetsuki Matoi from ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' CrossesTheLineTwice with this. Literally, her whole personality is about stalking her love interest (hence [[PunnyName her name]]). What would she be like if she didn't meet the protagonist? Stalking other guys that catch her interest.
* ''VisualNovel/SchoolDays'': In the anime the two main female love interests get reduced to only being known for their obsession with Makoto. [[DeconstructedTrope And that is the point, actually]]: the series shows the psychological strain ''and'' the extremes that being completely centered on a single person can bring... specially when said person is a JerkAss who uses both of them ''and'' others for his own pleasure.
* In ''ShugoChara'', Amu's crush on Tadase started out based on looks and really nothing more because she'd never spoken to him. Later on in the series, Amu's feelings for Tadase develop into her liking him based on his personality once she gets to know him.
* In ''Anime/TelepathyShoujoRan'', [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Ran has much more chemistry with Midori]] than with her boyfriend Rui.
* Fatina from ''Anime/TheTowerOfDruaga''. She spends the first 3/4ths of the first season as a character whose sole character traits were being a bitchy Neeba fangirl. This changes later on, where we get an episode where she and the main character are stranded together and bond a little, removing her from Neeba and giving viewers a bit more insight into her character. She never really goes back to being a complete Neeba fangirl after that. To add to things, [[spoiler:Neeba offers Fatina and Fatina alone an invitation to join him and Kaaya after they betray their groups. She turns down his offer and stands by Jil's side.]]
* ''Manga/TheVanishingOfNagatoYukiChan'', a spin-off manga of LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya, turns ''the protagonist of the main series'' into this. Kyon's tendency to be passive stays, while the observational narration is gone, so he has little to show other than caring for Yuki.
* Himawari of ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' comes off like this for a good while. Then we find out that her, Doumeki and Watanuki's bonds are ''fa'' more complex.
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* Carlie Cooper from {{Spider-Man}} was supposed to be "perfect" for Peter. The problem was, she was kind of quickly introduced and then forgotten about for a significant amount of time while the rotating writers focused on THEIR pet characters. When she reappeared it got a collective "huh?". Seemingly to make up for lost time a lot of her appearances consisted of everyone [[CharacterShilling talking about how super awesome she was -even those who had never met her before]]. If this weren't bad enough, she appeared in an issue titled The Many Loves Of Spider-Man before they were even dating. When they finally got together Peter declared it was "the rightest thing in the world" (despite the fact she was dressed up as his ex). What few personality traits could be assigned to her were seemingly all sewn together from other love interests that were much better-developed characters. She and Peter had a laughable lack of any actual chemistry (quite a feat when you're dealing with not actors, but drawings), she was named after Creator/JoeQuesada's daughter, and [[DependingOnTheArtist no one could decide what she looked like]]. Not to mention, she was quite obviously meant to [[ReplacementScrappy replace fan-favorite Mary Jane Watson]], whom Joe Quesada infamously dislikes. She quickly became TheScrappy and when she and Peter broke up during ComicBook/SpiderIsland the fandom rejoiced. She's still in the books, but now they're focusing more on her job as a crime scene investigator, so hopefully this trope will be averted and more of an assignable personality will surface.
* Sadie in ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' has no character outside of her relationship with Jack and worry about her brother.
* Laurie Juspezyk from ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'' was employed by the US government essentially to be one of these for Dr. Manhattan after she quit her old job in the {{Superhero}} business. Deconstructed in that she actually ''does'' have a personality, and it winds up conflicting to some extent with her mission of keeping Manhattan focused/sane/''human'', because the fact that he's too much the first of those and not enough the third upsets her, which in turn upsets ''him''.
** The prequel miniseries ''Minutemen'' features Norbert Veldon, Nelson Gardner's "friend" who presumably helped him recover after losing his beloved Hooded Justice. Veldon briefly shows up at Hollis Mason's shop to threaten him with a lawsuit unless he stops writing his memoirs, claiming that the advance copy that he sent Gardner has upset him (we later find out that specifically, Gardner's turmoil stems from the part of the memoirs where [[spoiler:Mason confesses to killing Hooded Justice and suggests that HJ was behind the circus kidnappings that Nite Owl and Silhouette had investigated]]. The miniseries also features Gretchen, Ursula Zandt's partner and personal physician, although she's somewhat more developed, as we learn much of her backstory when Nite Owl gets ahold of her and Silhouette's notes.
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[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* Maria, a one-off character from ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', provides motivation for a brief LoveTriangle and then disappears afterwards with little explanation.
* Navarone and Kumani in ''FanFic/DiariesOfAMadman'', with Kumani having little purpose in the story other than being Nav's girlfriend. Nor is the relationship itself particularly deep, mostly being based around compatibility in the bedroom, which is acknowledged in-universe.
* Lightning and Starla in ''Fanfic/MyLittleUnicorn''. They develop a crush [[LoveAtFirstSight on first sight]] and we never learn much about her other than her interest in astronomy, which is practically forgotten after her introduction. Starla doesn't even appear in the author's video of character bios for the fic!
** Another example would be Rhymey and Fluttershy in the later half of the story.
*** Celestia to the Grand Ruler.
* Discussed in ''FanFic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'', the reason Suki's competition with Zuko escalated to the heights they rose because she felt that everyone only saw her as "Sokka's girlfriend." She feels that since her talents are [[OvershadowedByAwesome overshadowed]] by others and needed to distinguish herself somehow for anyone to see her differently.
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[[folder: Film -- Animated]]
* Roxanne in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' has a characterization that amounts to "has some of Max's surface flaws" and "is Max's LoveInterest." Oddly enough, PJ's girlfriend in the sequel, who suffers from both NoNameGiven and limited screentime, is probably the biggest aversion among the movies' love interests.
* Taken to its logical extreme in Creator/DonBluth's ''{{Anastasia}}''. Bartok the Bat [[HeelFaceTurn abandons Rasputin]] near the end, and is rewarded with a [[PinkGirlBlueBoy pink]] bat who flies in and kisses him.
* Irina, the Greek princess in ''{{Asterix}} at the Olympic Games'', whose entire personality is pretty much 'I love poetry, I love Lovesix, I don't want to marry Brutus'. The person chasing after her, Lovesix, is pretty static as well.
* Tony in ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', who shows up in the beginning and the end of the film and mainly exists as Violet's crush. In fact, he only really exists to demonstrate ''Violet's'' character development. At the beginning of the film, she's too shy to even remain visible in his presence. At the end, she's able to talk with him and get a date while ''he's'' stammering nervously.
* Celia in MonstersInc Aside from being Mike's love interest and the company secretary, she doesn't have much characterization. On her date with Mike they don't really talk about anything but [[SickeninglySweethearts their relationship]] and it is difficult to see why he likes her so much, [[GorgeousGorgon aside from the obvious]].
* Subverted in ''{{Shrek}} Forever After''. [[ForWantOfANail We actually get to see what Fiona would have become]] [[RebelLeader if she had never been rescued]].
* Bo Peep from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory''. Sure, she's sweet and has a bit of a naughty side, but both those traits are used in order to demonstrate her affection for Woody (grabbing him around the neck with her shepherdess's crook, for example). She never really interacts with any other toy on-screen and she exists mainly as a sympathetic ear to Woody. [[spoiler: Bo Peep's lack of development -- and the popularity of the other female characters, Jessie the Cowgirl and the tour guide Barbie doll from the second Toy Story movie, and the logistics of having Bo Peep actually be involved in the action of the third movie (given that she wasn't actually a toy at all, but a china figurine) -- were the reason why she didn't appear in the third movie]]
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** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Both Prince Phillip and Princess Aurora are static non-characters. Phillip ''does'' try to get out of the mold, but fails as the fairies still end up as the more interesting ones. The fact that he actually has a first name still demonstrates that he has much more character development than the princes in Cinderella and Snow White.
** The Prince from ''Disney/SnowWhite''. One of the video releases said that the original intent was for the Prince to be captured by the Queen while looking for Snow White and have scenes involving his imprisonment and breakout. They were dropped in favour of the climax focusing on the dwarfs. [[Disney/SleepingBeauty Prince Phillip]] later gets to do all these things though.
** The Prince in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' was also ridiculously bland and barely has any lines. And all the lines that he had...were to say that Cinderella was wonderful and where she was going when she was running away. Which just makes it worse. Disney appeared to have noticed this, and well made up for it in the third movie where Charming is given not only more lines, but a rather [[DeadpanSnarer snarky]] side.
** Faline in the first ''Disney/{{Bambi}}'' movie doesn't really have a personality, especially when she grows up into a Doe. The midquel fleshes her out. Likewise neither Thumper's nor Flower's love interests have any personality, though they only appear very briefly.
** Vixey from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' has barely any personality, due to being introduced around the time Tod was put in the nature reserve, and meeting and immediately triggering Tod's affections within two minutes of her first appearance. She is implied to have known Big Mama for some time from the sound of her introduction, but that's pretty much all we know about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
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[[folder: Film -- Live Action]]
* Jocelyn in ''AKnightsTale''. She's beautiful, rich, likes clothes, loves William... and that's it. All the poor girl gets to do is stand on the sidelines and then have either a love scene or a fighting scene with Will. Though she's lucky enough to even get moments of [[DeadpanSnarker witty lines]] and [[PluckyGirl displays of spunk.]]
** She also kind of lampshades this. Her initial rejection of Will is based on him treating her like this, as every knight who was smitten with her pretty face has done. She asks him to think of her as a person, not a prize, and when he ''does'' she falls for him. Not that the audience gets to know her very well, she still fits the trope for us.
** And the fact that the ones who point it out the most among fandom [[DieForOurShip are Kate and Will/Kate shippers]] says a lot...
* From the same decade, Jennifer in ''Film/BackToTheFuture''. She appeared very little in the first movie and apparently existed only so that Marty would have someone to spill exposition on in the opening scenes. Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale tried to write her out of the sequels, but the way they ended the first movie made that difficult; she did get some development in the second and third movies.
* Joanna and Elizabeth, the Royal Princess Babes from ''BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure''. While this was somewhat justified in the first movie due to their brief screen time, they remain featureless in the second movie, even with their more prominent role in the heroes' lives.
* Marianne from ''TheBoatThatRocked'' has no consistent personality in her ten minutes total screen time except to be an object of adoration for the teenage protagonist. [[spoiler: She almost immediately breaks his heart by sleeping with another guy on their 'date', but they get back together in the last 15 minutes with practically no apology and no explanation from her.]]
* In ''Film/{{Cherry 2000}}'', the title character is a RobotGirl with a ''very'' limited AI (she probably wouldn't pass a Turing Test). The whole plot of the movie is the hero's trek to find a body to replace her lost one. She only appears for a few minutes of the movie, and is unceremoniously dumped to save the female tracker who the hero fell in love with during the journey.
** Since she's a sexbot, she's more or less ''supposed'' to be this. Dumping her in favor of a real person is character development; if she had a personality it would be more of a KickTheDog moment.
* Casey in ''{{Chronicle}}'' is notable in that being a Satellite Love Interest was a cover for her actual role in the film; to provide another camera for the film's [[FoundFootageFilms Found Footage]] style. Ironically, she clearly has more depth than he does near the start, and they seem to have some offscreen development of their relationship.
* JustinTimberlake's girlfriend in ''Film/{{Edison}}'' exists only to remind everyone that he's a hip, sexy twenty-something [[spoiler:and get beaten to a bloody pulp by the corrupt cops he's investigating]].
* Prince Edward from ''{{Enchanted}}'' parodies it from the usual DisneyPrincess. However, [[spoiler: it was averted in one scene where after his kiss didn't wake up Giselle; Edward realized he wasn't the one for her and immediately asked Robert to do it, showing he is open-minded and not above putting Giselle's well-being over his own. And after Giselle woke up, [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy he was genuinely happy]] for the two of them.]] [[spoiler: And in the epilogue, he [[PairTheSpares hooks up with Robert's girlfriend Nancy.]]]]
* Link Larkin in the original 1988 film version of ''{{Hairspray}}'' had no personality whatsoever outside of being a love interest to Tracey. The musical adaptation gave him a lot more character.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames''' adaptation effectively treats Gale this way. The book was a little more even-handed, but many fans suspect ExecutiveMeddling being the reason that a secondary-at-best plot in the book turns into a full-fledged love triangle from the first minutes of the movie.
* Surprisingly, this is [[ZigZaggedTrope zigzagged all around]] in the ''Film/JamesBond'' films - [[Film/DrNo Honey Ryder]], [[Film/ForYourEyesOnly Melina Havelock]], [[Film/GoldenEye Natalya Simyonova]], [[Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe Anya Amasova]], [[Film/TomorrowNeverDies Wai Lin]], [[Film/CasinoRoyale Vesper Lynd]] ''specially'' [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService Tracy Vincenzo]] [[spoiler: later Bond]] are anything but static. On the other hand, there have been others, often the [[DisposableWoman ones who die early on]], who have been the practical epitome of this trope, such as [[Film/DiamondsAreForever Tiffany Case]], [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Mary Goodnight]], [[Film/{{Moonraker}} Holly Goodhead]] and [[Film/AViewToAKill Stacey Sutton]].
* ''JohnTuckerMustDie'' is an example of the male lead (John Tucker) being the guy who shouldn't end up with the main character, so that the Satellite Love Interest can come in at the end.
* Ali Mills in ''Film/TheKarateKid'' fits this trope to a T. She basically exists only to be Daniel's girlfriend and to sit pretty.
** Meiying in the remake is very shallow too - and even weaker than Ali.
** Averted (but barely) by Kumiko from the second movie, who is shown to have her own dream to become a classical Japanese dancer. . [[spoiler: She's written out of the third movie, and the in-story reason is that she chose said dream over being with Daniel.]]
* Katie Deauxma in the ''Film/KickAss'' movie, who is every bit Dave's dream girl to the core, even to the point of [[spoiler:immediately forgiving him for pretending to be gay and having sex with him right afterward, plus having sex just about anywhere--including on a dumpster.]] She is given an occupation and her interest in comics is touched upon, but her entire character ultimately centers around being Dave's perfect girlfriend. The most important role she plays aside from that is sending Dave after Razul, which leads to him meeting other important characters.
* Tina Carlyle in ''Film/TheMask''. To the point that they had to [[spoiler:reveal that the other half of the BettyAndVeronica was TheMole for the BigBad]] in order to find a good, non-sexual reason why Stanley should prefer her in the end.
* Aaron from ''Film/MeanGirls'' is a rare male version. He pretty much solely exists to be a pretty (and gullible) face and stuck in the LoveTriangle between Cady and Regina. Aaron proves he does have ''some'' depth under that handsome facade when he [[WhatTheHellHero chews out Cady]] for [[spoiler: flunking math so he can tutor her, even though she's good at it.]]
* Adam in ''Film/MorningGlory''. This troper had to look up the character's name just to list it here.
* Sort of in ''Film/PainAndGain''. Daniel is partially motivated to the crime to get with one of the sexy clients he trains, but she is never seen or mentioned again after the gang kidnaps Kershaw. Played straight, however, with Sorina.
* Jane from ''PumaMan''. A character so lacking in personality that she barely qualifies as a cardboard cutout.
* In ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Tristan would do absolutely anything to win Victoria's heart, though she's due to marry another man. And that's pretty much all we know about her. As his relationship with Yvaine the fallen star grows, Yvaine even [[LampshadedTrope points out that she's not exactly proving her love to him the way he is to her...]] [[spoiler: and eventually, he figures this out himself and dumps her for Yvaine.]]
* Whatsherface, Joan, from ''Film/TheStarfighters''. The whole movie is an endless stream nothing of interest happening to incredibly uninteresting people, and she does not disappoint.
* In ''Film/TronLegacy'', OliviaWilde [[DoingItForTheArt went out of her way]] to ensure that her character [[ActionGirl Quorra]] didn't get saddled with this. We see the beginnings of an attraction between the Sam and Quorra once they get to know each other a bit better on the Solar Sailer, which is probably a more natural true-to-life progression than this trope: they only recently met.
* In-universe in ''Film/TheTrumanShow''. Truman's wife Meryl doesn't really love him and is only acting the part of his love interest. At one point, he even asks her "Why did you marry me? You can't stand me." After she leaves the show, the studio was set to have Truman start a new relationship with a hot new co-worker.
* Jennifer from TheEighties kid-hacker movie ''Film/WarGames''.
* Oliver from ''Film/WhipIt'' acts like the very definition of this trope, since his scenes mainly consist of him digging Bliss, and Bliss digging him right back. The trope is {{deconstructed|Trope}} a bit, however, as he [[spoiler:only acts this way [[TheCasanova in order to get into Bliss' pants]]. And she falls for it.]]
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* In ''ASongOfIceAndFire'', Jeyne Westerling is Robb Stark's Satellite Love Interest. Her entire role in the plot is for Robb Stark to first sleep with her when [[SexForSolace mourning the supposed deaths of his brothers]] and [[HonorableMarriageProposal marry her to preserve her honor]] and in the process break his vow to Walder Frey, and all she talks about is how to be a good wife to Robb. (The fact that there are no point-of-view chapters for Robb explains this somewhat; we never see the two of them interact one-on-one, so we don't know what their relationship is really like.)
** Jeyne's simplicity is most likely one of the reasons why the Series/GameOfThrones writers cut her out and replaced her with a new LoveInterest for Robb who, admittedly, is a better developed character: a field nurse who maintains a strong opinion ''against'' the war and is quite intelligent in her own right. It's easier to buy why Robb breaks his engagement to a girl he's never met for her.
* Bart and Robert in the ''BabySittersClub'' series, whose only purpose is as love interests for Kristy and Stacey respectively. By contrast, Mary Anne's boyfriend Logan was a much more rounded character and was part of the club himself.
** Will Yamakawa from the book ''Babysitters Summer Vacation'' was a Satellite Love Interest for Claudia. This also counts as a TokenMinorityCouple.
* Ada from Dickens' ''Literature/BleakHouse'' falls under this trope. She is sweet and so beautiful that EvenTheGirlsWantHer and completely in love with her cousin, Richard. And that's it.
** Ditto for Lucie in ''ATaleOfTwoCities''. Dickens was at such a loss to develop her that her most memorable attribute is her ability to arrange furniture nicely.
* Samson's infatuation with an unnamed Philistine woman in Literature/TheBible.
* Aldous Huxley's ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' has an intentional example in Lenina.
* Kathein, in ''Literature/CourtshipRite'', the woman the maran-Kaiel were originally ''planning'' to marry. She's a brilliant scientist, whose research becomes important to the plot more than once, but since they were ordered to marry someone else, the maran-Kaiel have been forbidden to see her, so she gets only a minimal amount of screen time and character development.
* Lin Carter's CthulhuMythos tales have a variant of this in the form of the Great Old One Idh-Yaa, whose only purpose is to be Cthulhu's mate and the mother of his three sons. This may be one of the reasons why some fans [[FanonDiscontinuity disregard Lin Carter's Mythos]].
* Male examples in ''{{Dracula}}''. Lucy's suitors function in the story as only that. Arthur (who is the one that gets the girl) only hopes for Lucy's affections and then [[spoiler: mourns her death]]. Quinsy doesn't get the girl and only contributes owning a hunting knife to fight Dracula [[spoiler: and [[SacrificialLion getting killed off]] so Dracula could kill someone]]. Lucy's third suitor Jack avoids this. He is more developed as he works in a mental hospital where the patients sense Dracula's presence and it's he who first notices something wrong with Lucy.
* Cimorene's fiancee Therandil in the ''EnchantedForestChronicles''. They're only in a relationship because their parents decided to betroth them, and she can't stand him because he's utterly shallow. Most of their interactions consist of her trying to get out of the marriage or trying to convince him to go away after she moves in with a dragon to get out of the marriage and he tries to rescue her. Once she finally gets rid of him (By convincing him to rescue an equally shallow princess being held by a different dragon instead) he only ever gets mentioned when she's explaining to other people how she got him to leave.
* Played with in the ''EternalChampion'' story by MichaelMoorcock. The hero, Ekrose, wins a battle and becomes betrothed to the beautiful princess Iolinda, even though he just met her. Over the course of the story, he starts developing a much deeper connection to [[spoiler:Ermihazd]] which develops into more genuine love. This has far reaching consequences by the end of the story.
* In ''Literature/FirebirdLackey'', Ilya falls in love with Tatiana because she's incredibly beautiful. After rescuing her from the Katschei, he comes to the unpleasant conclusion that her looks are the only pleasing thing about her. [[spoiler:Fortunately, he catches her cheating with his brother Piotyr, which gives him grounds to end their engagement.]]
* Bryce Loski of ''{{Flipped}}'' is a subversion. Juli is only interested in him for superficial reasons, and her family sees him as a pretty shallow person. In reality he's got lots of HiddenDepths, he's just also a raging StepfordSmiler who deliberately projects his shallow image to cover up how bad things are at home. A major theme of the book is Juli learning to looks past appearances and Bryce learning to act like a decent human being.
* In Creator/AaronAllston's ''Literature/GalateaIn2D'', Kevin had divorced because Donna was not this, and [[ArtInitiatesLife painted Julia]] this way. In the end, after he killed Kevin, Roger paints Julia a new Kevin, who will treat her better -- it wasn't after all her fault.
* Daisy from ''TheGreatGatsby'' is actually pretty well developed, she's just actually genuinely static. Jordan Baker acts this trope, but hints at HiddenDepths frequently (not to mention some [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation believe her to be a lesbian]].)
* [[JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]] has John Carter do things beyond the impossible all for his relatively basic love for Dejah Thoris.
* Many of these in ''SweetValleyHigh'' and its spin-offs. It was almost guaranteed that [[OnceAnEpisode once a book]] Elizabeth, Jessica or both would meet a new love interest who led her into some sort of scheme or caused her to become torn between him and her loyal regular boyfriend. Steven and other supporting characters got Satellite Love Interests too.
* One of the most bizarre examples of this trope can be found in the concept of "imprinting" in ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', in which males "recognize" the females that they are destined to fall in love with -- which can occur as early as child-birth (in fact, Jacob imprinted on Bella's child before she was even conceived). Many of these female imprintees are "basic" by default considering they're infants or toddlers and thus have no fixed personalities at all. Their lives revolve entirely around their future husbands considering the teenage boys appear to become their caregivers until they're of marriageable age, and [[FridgeHorror whether the girls ''want'' to be in these relationships is treated as somewhat irrelevant in the text]]. [[WifeHusbandry They are future wives, nothing more]]. In-universe, it's explained that the boys become anything and everything that the girls want. They literally live and breath to make their imprints happy. So they're satellites as well.
** One example of this was when Jacob came across his friend Quil (a teenage boy) on a date with Claire (a two year old) at the beach, which involved Quil just watching as Claire played in the sand.
** Also, Bella Swan, our romantic heroine and POV character herself. We never learn much about her life in Phoenix, and although she easily makes friends in the beginning of the first novel, she immediately dumps them to be with Edward. Her whole life revolves around Edward, to the point where she [[UpToEleven actually goes catatonic]] when he leaves her, and in the last book [[spoiler: she turns into a vampire, and completely leaves her human life behind her for a life with her Edward.]] She also has [[FlatCharacter no character development]] at all throughout the books. At one point her mother literally compares Bella to a satellite around Edward--always orientating herself to always be near him--and Bella ''agrees'' with her mother with no second thoughts.
* Ramandu's daughter in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' only appears in the last chapter and exists largely to be beautiful, be the group's host, and [[MrExposition provide exposition]] on [[spoiler: the curses that affect both her father Ramandu ''and'' the three lords that still remain alive.]] She isn't even named in the text, though WordOfGod says she's called Lilliandil. She marries Caspian when it's all over, and we're informed that they live happily ever after Until poor Lilliandil gets [[spoiler:nommed by a snake and provides the inciting incident for ''Literature/TheSilverChair''.]]
* Silverstream from ''Literature/WarriorCats''. She never appeared in ''Into the Wild'' (not even as an apprentice or at least in the allegiances), and her first appearance in the second book was only to rescue Graystripe from drowning. She never had an appearance where it didn't involve another more important character, and the only notable thing she did outside of bearing Graystripe's kits was getting Firestar in touch with cats who knew something about Redtail's death.
* JorgeLuisBorges wrote that Teodelina Villar, one of the characters of his short tale, ''The Zahir'', was this trope for him. Then he states that in RealLife, this trope isa a deconstruction of the ArtifactOfAttraction: After all, a ShallowLoveInterest is someone who nobody (not even the guy who is in love with her) can define ''why'' is he in love, Borges cannot justify why he is in love (fascinated by) Teodelina: Teodelina was described by Borges as a RichInDollarsPoorInSense RichBitch when she was younger, and then she was a FallenPrincess. Even when Borges describes her as pretty stupid, he claims to love her, even when he cannot justify why, except because Borges admit he is a snob.
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Kennedy from season 7 appears to be interested in Willow for two reasons: she's cute, and she's willing to have sex with girls. At one point Willow asks her flat out what Kennedy knows about her, and Kennedy is barely able to come up with anything. But by the next episode, they're in a relationship.
** Scott Hope, Buffy's incredibly forgettable high school boyfriend. The writers probably made him shallow deliberately to contrast with Buffy's vampire boyfriend Angel [[spoiler:who had just been killed.]]
** For all his popularity with the fandom even Oz counts; in his entire time as one of the main cast he had no individual plotline that ''didn't'' involve being Willow's love interest. Proof that TropesAreNotBad in that he still managed to be a likable, entertaining character.
* ''{{CSI NY}}'':
** Dr. Peyton Driscoll has hints of this. She had the potential to be a great character, as an ME she was obviously smart, but the writers ruined this by making her very first scene one of her in bed with Mac. Later on, it seemed virtually every scene with her had to be connected to Mac in some way.
** Christine is getting milder complaints about this, though she's better liked than Peyton. Some fans feel she hasn't been fleshed out enough or given enough personality to allow people to relate well to her, and they feel she's a bit too perfect to seem real or that she's a written a bit too much like Mac's perfect woman. They point out things like her being quick to forgive Mac for initially shutting her out somewhat from his aphasia problem and that in several scenes, she's been sitting in her restaurant with the door open after hours,even in dangerous New York, as though just waiting for Mac, even the time when she hadn't been answering her phone and wouldn't have known he would be coming over.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'', thanks to its unfortunate habit of writing out female companions by [[StrangledByTheRedString marrying them off]], ended up resorting to this on occasion - great examples are David from "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", who is just there for a romance with Susan, and Troilus from "The Myth Makers", who does not have a single line of dialogue which is not about how much he loves Vicki, how happy he is loving Vicki or about how angry he is when people try to hurt Vicki.
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'': Mellie starts out as this as she is just Paul's neighbor/girlfriend. Later it is revealed that [[spoiler: she is a doll and the whole Mellie personality was made just to be Paul's LoveInterest.]] Her real persona, Madeline, actually has much more going on in the story.
* ''FreaksAndGeeks'': Cindy Sanders was sort of an [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited]] one of these for Sam Weir. Then they [[GiveGeeksAChance actually started dating]], and she turned out to be something of a BitchInSheepsClothing.
* ''{{Glee}}'':
** Blaine Anderson; his primary role being Kurt's boyfriend. He rarely gets any real plots or scenes for himself; even the few that don't directly involve Kurt nevertheless end up being more about Kurt than Blaine. In the third season, he had a few Kurt-free plotlines such as friction with Finn and Sam, and his relationship with his brother.
** Season four sees him become almost completely independent from Kurt. He has plenty of his own storylines and scenes.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': West, Caitlin, Yaeko, Simone. Most of these examples are so egregious as to be almost [[Film/JamesBond Bond]] girls (boys?) with how little we see of them if at all after the season they're introduced in. One of these lucky ladies is introduced and then [[RetGone retconned]] out of existence in show.
* ''Series/HoratioHornblower'': Mariette from "The Frogs and the Lobsters" is given very little personality. She is there just so Hornblower can fall in love with her and she reciprocates. Nearly everything she does in the episode is related in one way or another to Horatio. For example, when she's insulted by the chauvinistic Marquis, it's just a set-up to show that Horatio acts like a gentleman even to a French peasant girl.
* ''TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'': Helen Clyde, who exists almost entirely to serve as Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley's love interest. When compared to the ''other'' woman in his life -- his partner Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers, who is about as three-dimensional as it gets and has her own storylines, quirks, and foibles -- Helen appears practically cardboard by comparison. Throw in a ''very'' healthy dose of {{UST}} and a reciprocal case of TheNotLoveInterest between Lynley and Havers, and there's a reason Lynley/Havers is the show's FanPreferredCouple by an overwhelming margin.[[note]]This isn't the case in the novel series from which the show was adapted, where Helen is ''much'' more three-dimensional -- the show, although quite beloved in its own way, is treated as an AlternateContinuity by fans with good reason -- but Lynley/Havers is still the favourite by a considerable distance.[[/note]]
* ''KamenRider'':
** ''Series/KamenRiderFourze'': Nadeshiko Misaki. Although she fights as a Rider herself, her primary purpose is to fall in love with Gentaro and to give him the Rocket States upgrade.
** ''Series/KamenRiderBlade'': Mutsuki's girlfriend Nozomi Yamanaka. We're told that she has other interests and is a tennis player, yet she is only ever seen in the context of her relationship with Mutsuki.
** In ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', Ashihara had ''two'' Satellite Love Interests who only appeared briefly before being StuffedIntoTheFridge. A third [[GenreSavvy left town for her own safety]].
* ''MalcolmInTheMiddle'': SubvertedTrope in one episode. Malcolm accuses his then-girlfriend of only dating him for the thrill of sneaking around. She retaliates by explaining why she genuinely likes him, citing reasons that actually make sense (e.g. he's funny, even when he's complaining.) Malcolm then figures out that he actually likes her as well, again citing reasons that [[ShowDontTell she actually demonstrates]]. DoubleSubversion two episodes later, when she dumps him for being self-centered.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** Deliberately an InvokedTrope between Arthur and Vivian, the latter being a RoyalBrat who only exists to flounce around in pretty clothes. The two of them are put under a [[LovePotion Love Spell]] that makes them act like SickeningSweethearts, much to the bafflement of everyone else.
** But notably {{subverted}} with two more of Arthur's [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]]: Princess Elena and Princess Mithian. Both are brought to Camelot (at different times) to join in an ArrangedMarriage to Arthur, but instead of treating them as mere impediments to his happiness with Guinevere, both are likeable and developed characters. Elena's importance to the narrative has less to do with her relationship to Arthur as it does her role as an UnwittingPawn in [[TheFairFolk The Fair Folks']] attempt to take over Camelot, and though Mithian's function ''was'' simply as a LoveInterest to Arthur, she was also a three-dimensional character who ended up being popular enough to return to the show in the next season.
** But played straight with Freya, Merlin's [[TheLostLenore Lost Lenore]]. She gets ''one'' scene in which she's permitted to share details of her past (and even that is more of a MythologyGag that establishes her affinity for lakes), the rest of the time she only exists so that Merlin can be her [[TheCaretaker Caretaker]], enjoy openly using his magic in front of her, and experience manpain when she dies. It's especially glaring when he takes her to a lakeside in order to [[LetThemDieHappy Let Her Die Happy]] and she mutters: "you remembered..." Well of course he remembered - her love of lakes is the only personal detail she ever shares with him!
** BaseBreaker Guinevere is often accused of being "just a love interest" by detractors, and though it's true that most of her screen-time does indeed centre on her relationship with Arthur, the ultimate purpose of her CharacterArc was to become Queen of Camelot -- and it's unclear how her cynics expected this to happen ''without'' a relationship with Arthur arising (as you may have guessed, a lot of DieForOurShip was at work here). Her CharacterDevelopment involved a significant boost in confidence brought about by Arthur's love for her, and many of her strongest scenes [[note]]outsmarting the Witchfinder, freeing Sir Leon, confronting Agravaine, withstanding Morgana, trapping Ruadan[[/note]] occurred when Arthur was completely absent. And by the end of the series, [[spoiler:she assumes control over Camelot after Arthur's death]] with confirmation by WordOfGod that she successfully ruled over the Golden Age [[spoiler:in his stead]]. She could be described as a case of a SatelliteLoveInterest in the sense that she's NeverASelfMadeWoman, ''but'' her character was given plenty of '''personal''' development and independent power as a ''direct result'' of her role as Arthur's LoveInterest.
* ''NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'': Ned constantly tries to woo Susie Crabgrass, but Susie is very shallow, stuck up and self righteous, that she constantly dumps Ned for the smallest reasons. She exists solely to make Moze look good.
* ''Series/{{Revolution}}'': From the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E1Pilot pilot episode]], Nate Walker to Charlie. He has saved her life more than once and you can tell that the show is trying to portray them as StarCrossedLovers, even though we don't get to see that much. However, [[Recap/RevolutionS1E5SoulTrain episode 5]] reveals that he is Jason, Captain Tom Neville's son. He has contributed to the plot in a number of ways. [[Recap/RevolutionS1E7TheChildrensCrusade Episode 7]] has Jason revealing that Aaron Pittman has the pendant, prompting Monroe to sic Will Strausser on Team Matheson. [[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand Episode 11]] has Jason refuse to obey his father's orders, causing him to get thrown out with bruises and he warns Charlie about the air strike occurring in 12 hours. [[Recap/RevolutionS1E16TheLoveBoat Episode 16]] has Jason helping Charlie and Nora stage a mutiny to free Dr. Ethan Camp and his family, as well as finally getting some bonding time with Charlie. [[Recap/RevolutionS1E18Clue Episode 18]] has Jason shoot down [[spoiler: Jim Hudson]] and proving that he hasn't been working against them. [[Recap/RevolutionS1E19ChildrenOfMen Episode 19]] and the [[Recap/RevolutionS1E20TheDarkTower first season finale]] show Jason trying to be a MoralityPet or at least a MoralityChain for his father, but it doesn't seem to be working so far. All in all, he's a subversion of the trope.
* The BBC's ''Series/RobinHood'': Kate. There was an early attempt to characterize her as someone who would question Robin's authority and tactics, but three episodes in and she wasn't doing anything [[DistressedDamsel but wandering into trouble so that Robin could rescue her]], and serving no other purpose [[ReplacementLoveInterest but to be his rebound girl]]. Or more accurately, the ''rebound'' of his rebound girl. Her presence also turned Allan and Much into [[SatelliteLoveInterest Satellite Love Interests]] to ''her'', since they were given no significant screen-time in the third season that went beyond their LoveTriangle with her.
* ''{{Sanctuary}}'': Clara. She is the last descendant of the original Invisible Man, so the Sanctuary team has to recruit her to complete a mission. She and Will hook up pretty quickly despite the fact that they have absolutely nothing in common and she really has no purpose in the show other than {{Fanservice}} (she has to be naked to turn invisible.) Despite the fact that their relationship lasts all of four episodes, Will later describes it as one of only two "serious" relationships he's ever had. Abby has shades of this, though she does have her own job (which conflicts with the {{Sanctuary}} sometimes) and she and Will have a history together that makes their instant relationship a bit more palatable. She's still something of a {{Scrappy}}, though.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Elliot's boyfriend, Jake. This was explained as his having trouble expressing emotion, so they never really got to know each other very well.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': Has Scott, Alex's first crush. He doesn't really have any personality beyond sending [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage mixed signals]] to Alex, dating the AlphaBitch, and being a BigManOnCampus. [[spoiler:In fact, when Alex gets closer to him, she realizes that his actual personality isn't a very nice one, and she gets over her crush.]]
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'': OnceAnEpisode.
* ''Series/SilentWitness'': Nikki and Harry both had a number of these, ostensibly to ramp up the ShipTease between them when all of these relationships prove to be short-lived. Nikki continues to have them every so often after Harry leaves and [[ReplacementLoveInterest Jack Hodgson]] arrives.
* ''Series/{{Skins}}'': Sets up several of its characters as this before eventually subverting the trope - for example, Michelle in the first generation, and Mini and Nick in the third.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** An interesting subversion with Jo in the second season. She made her first appearance as an [[RelationshipSue obvious love interest]] for Dean, complete with an "adorably" feisty demeanor, a tragic backstory that mirrored the Winchesters', and - despite her tiny frame, lack of muscle tone, and dearth of any special powers - the ability to somehow best Dean in a physical altercation. However, by the time her subsequent appearances rolled around, the writers dramatically scaled back on her [[MarySue Sue]] tenancies, having her pull an inconveniently timed "I'm coming with you" on the Winchesters, [[TooDumbToLive idiotically]] deciding to go alone into the lair of a MonsterOfTheWeek whose MO was known to be the gruesome slaughter of young, attractive blondes, and having to be rescued by Sam and Dean, both of whom found her presence a burden and were only too happy to hand her back to her mother as soon as possible. She pretty much disappeared from the season after that, making only one more appearance which existed mainly to establish that the idea of any romantic relationship between herself and Dean was ridiculous, and that he would never come close to caring for her as much as he cared for Sam. WordOfGod states that Jo was originally conceived as a love interest for Dean, and that she was phased out of the series due to negative fan reaction, which explains the rapid scrapping of her original characterization.
** DeconstructedTrope in "Wishful Thinking". In this example a guy uses a magic coin he inherited to create a wishing well, so he can make the girl who he's been in love with since high school, but is oblivious to him, love him over anything else. At first he's happy with the new situation, but eventually gets disheartened from the fact that she literally has no personality other than pleasing and loving him, even killing others for him to maintain their "love".
* ''SuperSentai'': Has had many instances of this trope in the course of its [[LongRunner 37 series history]], most of them being one-shot interests to the resident [[TheCasanova playboy]] on the team.
* ''UglyBetty'': Austin has no last name and is more of a plot device to get Justin to realize his sexuality than an actual character.
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* Aaron Hill, ''{{Luann}}'''s long time crush object. Very pretty... and that's it. Even attempts at giving him depth (the revelation of his relationship with legally-adult Dianne) only served to underline what little personality he had.
** There was an arc where Luann was spending a lot of time with Gunther, only for the end of the arc to reveal that it had been Aaron [[LatexPerfection in disguise]] the whole time, trying to teach her a lesson about judging on appearances vs. actual merits. It's telling that, aside from disguise time, the most interaction the two had was Aaron berating Luann for missing the point when she asked to try on the Gunther mask.
** Aaron ended up getting more depth with later stories, though that ended up being negated when he was PutOnABus. But he has nothing on the blandness of Quill, who is handsome and... Australian. And that's about it.
* A prime example is The Little Red Haired Girl from the ''{{Peanuts}}'' comics. We hardly know a thing about her, she didn't appear onstage in the strip (her first on screen appearance was in an animated TV special in 1977) or even her name (the specials called her "Heather"). Of course the whole point of this romance is about [[DeconstructedTrope Charlie Brown's one-sided affections and inner emotional turmoil for her]], rather than actual interaction.
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* Ultimately averted with Christian in ''CyranoDeBergerac''. He is a NaiveNewcomer that came to Paris to be in the best regiment, he displays SamaritanSyndrome because he wants to save a friendís life instead of being with his love, he is willing to go with the DeadlyPrank because he really wants to be part of the cadets, he is the only one in the play who shows CharacterDevelopment when [[ShipperOnDeck he convinces Cyrano to tell Roxane the truth]] [[BeYourself instead of lying]], and [[ThePowerOfFriendship he convinces Cyrano to face his greatest fear]]. All those things he did without Roxanne being involved. So why everyone thinks of him as a Satellite Love Interest? [[IronicEcho Because the audience expects a Satellite Love Interest to be the]] RomanticFalseLead.
* Sophie in ''Theatre/DerRosenkavalier''.
* Papagena in ''TheMagicFlute'' is one of the most blatant examples ever - having literally the same personality as Papageno but as a woman.
* Lia in Creator/CirqueDuSoleil's ''Theatre/{{Zarkana}}''. The whole show is about her sweetheart, Zark, going on TheQuest to find her after, sometime prior to the beginning of the show, they were separated for reasons unknown to the audience. With this in mind, she only appears in the final scene.
* Practically any soprano heroine in GiuseppeVerdi's operas.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Many early video games featured a DamselInDistress as part of the backstory who didn't even manage to rank as high up as ''static'', since the poor girl spends the whole game imprisoned somewhere and rarely gets to do more than possibly say thanks to the heroes at the end.
* Li in ''VideoGame/{{Aquaria}}'' due to the fact that we only ever hear Naija talk, and in the past tense.
** Naija to Li, as well. When she was on her own, her desire just to figure out what the hell happened to everyone made for a pretty compelling motivation; when she meets Li, the story ''utterly derails'' as she loses all interest in solving the mystery or exploring; she's so happy that she's not completely alone anymore that as long as she doesn't have to be alone ever again, the game could end right there for all she cares. She literally only continues along to find the answers and beat the final boss because there's a mouse cursor telling her where to go and what to shoot.
* Rika Shiraki's "path" in ''BibleBlack''. Minase is only slightly interested in her at first because she's the popular "school idol". After he puts a love spell on her, she only exists to have lots of sex with not just Minase, who she is now obsessively in love with, but anyone Minase tells her to have sex with.
* Rosa Joanna Farrell from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' is often criticized for her only noticeable character trait being her dedication to Cecil. Ultimately subverted in that she does have reasons to oppose Baron that are unrelated to Cecil; the DS version in particular allows the player to view her thoughts on the game's events; they have remarkably little to do with Cecil.
* All of the playable characters in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' can marry each other at any time in the game, while TheHero Chrom must marry at the end of Chapter 11. He can get good development with any of his five love interests (including a [[PlayerCharacter Female Avatar]]), and though pairing with [[ShrinkingViolet Olivia]] is more or less [[StrangledByTheRedString forced]] if you chose to do it (she joins ''the same chapter'' Chrom has to marry), he ''can'' support with her after the fact, and many fans consider said supports to be pretty cute on their own. [[note]](And there's a rather popular AlternateCharacterIntepretation about Olivia and Chrom's deal being a LoveAtFirstSight that later [[HappilyMarried developed into true affection]].)[[/note]] However, if all of Chrom's choices are married off, killed off or have no affection points with him before then, he marries a [[GirlNextDoor generic village girl]] who only appears in one scene and isn't heard of after that.
** Out of Chrom's love interests, Sumia is the one who's more frequently accused of being this to him. Predictably, the potshots come from [[DieforOurShip insecure and rabid Chrom/Female Avatar shippers]] who feel threatened by her being the ''other'' ImpliedLoveInterest for him, and therefore the one who poses the biggest "threat" to their ship. Sumia's romantic and non-romantic supports, limited as they are, rarely if ever mention Chrom himself in almost any way, focusing instead on how she tries to help other people and work on her insecurities.
* Ultimately [[AvertedTrope averted]] by Ninian from [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem Blazing Sword]]. She ''can'' be one of Eliwood's brides and is the only one who develops feelings for him [[UnrequitedLove whether her love's requited or not]], but she also has HiddenDepths regarding her [[IJustWantToHaveFriends her loneliness]], her relationship with her little brother Nils, the isolation she feels [[spoiler: due to her heritage as a half-Dragon woman]] and her SurvivorsGuilt [[spoiler: regarding the death of Eliwood's dad while trying to protect her and Nils.]] But since she's a ShrinkingViolet and WhiteMagicianGirl, the fans of Eliwood's other brides Fiora and Lyndis [[DieForOurShip often accuse her of fitting in here to make the other girls look better.]]
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', the [[Radio/GTARadio film-within-a-game]] ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vDu2se24TA Meltdown]]'' parodies these sorts of characters with Miranda, who only shows up in two scenes (one of which is the ending) and has about as many lines of dialogue. The film even [[LampshadeHanging refers to her]] as "a hot, brainless woman to act as a plot device." All of this is part of the film's (and the game's) vicious parody of {{summer blockbuster}}s and [[BlockbusterAgeOfHollywood modern Hollywood filmmaking]].
* Zael and Calista from ''VideoGame/TheLastStory'' have absolutely no reason to be in love other than "because ''shut up'' they're in love". It's a complete MindScrew as to why when you consider that the BetaCouple gets a full development arc from VolleyingInsults to FriendlyWar to BelligerentSexualTension and finally to EveryoneCanSeeIt before they make the RelationshipUpgrade. Zael and Calista, on the other hand, are an extremely basic LoveAtFirstSight affair that consumes 60% of the plot without ever really ''going'' anywhere.
* Diana Allers from ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' is the most shallow love interest in the series by ''far'', a title formerly held by [[BridgeBunny Kelly Chambers]]. She initially joins the ''Normandy'' crew to help drum up support for the war effort, but as she interviews Shepard, she makes increasingly flirty gestures at him/her; if the player has Shep reciprocate, it's treated as an incredibly brief fling and never referenced again. You're not even admonished or locked out of pursuing a legitimate romance for [[DoubleEntendre giving Diana an exclusive]].
* Sunny Funny from ParappaTheRapper. Her role in both games revolves around her being Parappa's crush.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' has Aigis, whose development leads her to ''become'' a Satellite Love Interest as part of her BecomeARealBoy plot. Her role in FES expands on this, but her relationship with the protagonist is still the core of her character.
** Justified: She is a Shadow destroying robot. The protagonist fights shadows [[spoiler:and has the worst one sealed inside him]] so naturally she joins him.
* Beth in ShinMegamiTenseiII was intended as such for the hero, but she also proves useful in battle, thus giving her a useful purpose. [[spoiler: Is totally subverted because she also does a HeroicSacrifice and gives you her power in death, as, even though you find out she was created to serve you, her love for you was quite real.]]
* [[VideoGame/StarFox Fox and Krystal]], complete with cheesy {{Sexophone}} music and negligible character development.
* Decus in ''TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' is pretty much motivated only by his love for Alice. Of course, [[spoiler:she did save his life]], but it does come off as rather extreme nonetheless.
* Aggra from ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', who seems to have been invented solely for the purpose of getting Thrall laid [[spoiler:and [[BabiesEverAfter ensuring that he procreates]]]]. Or, perhaps more maliciously, [[ShipSinking sinking the Thrall x Jaina ship.]]
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* Molly in ''{{Achewood}}'' semi-averts this at first, with her introduction giving her plenty of reasons to find interest in Roast Beef. However, this development (such as her interest in computer programming) was more or less dropped when she moved in with him. She then pretty much played this trope to a tee, getting defined only by her relationship with Roast Beef (to the point where she almost never even interacted with the other characters). As of recently, though, she's been getting more development.
* Alex in ''{{Candi}}''. He seems to be getting more static and more dense with every appearance. Not that he was ever much more than "Candi's boyfriend" before.
* Ping of ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' was [[RobotGirl programmed]] to start like this, and then slowly become an amalgamation of the favored love interests of her end user. But since no one has been "playing" with her ([[WildMassGuessing except maybe Miho]]), she's forced to grow naturally. [[FridgeBrilliance It's actually a little beautiful, when you think about it]].
* Regardless of whether or not it was intentional, Yosue Makoto from ''Webcomic/RedString'' ended up like this by the end of the comic's run. From his first appearance and throughout the comic, all he has ever wanted was Miharu, even while she was engaged to Kazuo (and while he was engaged to Miharu's cousin Karen.) He never gives Miharu (or the audience) a reason why he's in love with her, he just is. The most insight we've gotten into his single-minded desire to completely possess Miharu is that he fell in love with her image in a photograph. Aside from his obsession with her, we don't know much else about him aside from a few throwaway traits. [[spoiler: All of which completely vanish as in the final ten pages of the comic, he literally makes a phone call to his parents to arrange things so he can safely quit his job, explicitly so he can date Miharu full-time, and then travel the world with her doing...apparently, nothing but eating, given his description of their future activities as "I want to taste food...together."]]
* Pretty much every female character in ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', but the most obvious is Rosechu, who mostly cooks, cleans, and has sex with her titular boyfriend (later husband)... despite [[ADayInTheLimelight issue 8]] showing off [[HulkingOut The Incredible Lioness]], who would ''definitely'' aid in some later issues, [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodCharacter but is never brought up again]], and pretty much only exists to show that Sonichu is [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday STRAIGHT]]. Ivy O'Neil in the comics can be considered this too. She's told by God and Jesus that her true love is to be Chris himself once he escapes from the mirror, and she accepts this without question or protest. She's pretty much not characterised at all beyond that.
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* ''DarwinsSoldiers'' has Aydin Marcos. His only defining personality trait is the fact that he loves Aimee.
* The YouTube series "LPS: Popular" ([[LittlestPetShop and yes, the LPS stands for exactly what you think it means]]) has Sage and Tom. The former only exists to be in a LoveTriangle between [[AlphaBitch Brooke]] and [[CoolLoser Savvy]], and the latter is merely a boyfriend for Savvy to shake up the status quo. This is particularly blatant because Sage and Tom are the only males in the main cast.
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* Betty Quinlan of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
* Flame Princess of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' sort of falls into this. Although she has become her own character eventually.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AllGrownUp'', Rachel (Tommy's girlfriend) is this to a T. Not only doesn't she receive any character development, but she has no close connections with any of the Rats, nor is she seen with anyone else aside from Tommy. Compared to more popular fan pairings such as Tommy/Kimi and Tommy/Lil, Rachel generally contributes nothing to the series. In addition, their romance has had its share of complications. In the end, because of her family moving away, she generally breaks up with Tommy. But to make matters worse, when Rachel sees Tommy with another girl, she tells him that she never wants to see him again.
* Julie from ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce''. Initially appeared out of the blue (not helped by the fact many fans felt she was introduced just to get rid of the IncestSubtext between Ben and Gwen.). Unlike other examples, [[CharacterDevelopment she gets]] [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap better over time]].
* Queen Rapsheeba, Snap's love interest on ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.
* Explored in a more realistic way in {{Daria}}, with Daria and Tom Sloane. They get along fairly well, there's a brief LoveTriangle with tom's original girlfriend/Daria's best friend Jane, they hook up in the end when it's resolved -- and they break their relationship amiably in the end, since they simply had different interests in life.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'', [[AlphaBitch Trixie Tang]] and in the opposite way, [[UglyCute Tootie]]. Neither have much personality outside of either being liked by or having a crush on Timmy, barring some [[TheWoobie depressing backstory]] for Tootie, and some HiddenDepths revealed in one episode for Trixie.
* Angela from ''FishHooks'' really has no character outside of being Oscar's girlfriend and having a lot in common with him.
* Ruth [=MacDougal=] (the brunette sixth grader with braces whom Arnold had a crush on during the first season) on ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' is an example, though Arnold stopped pursuing her on the Valentine's Day episode when Ruth talks and Arnold [[DeconstructedTrope discovers]] that she's not like he imagined her.
* On ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', [[RichBitch Jez]] and [[CrazyAwesome Saffi]] exist only to be girlfriends of [[{{Satan}} Lucius]] and [[TheHedonist Beezy]], respectively, and are ignored when these connections aren't important. This is notable in one episode involving Beezy being put in an ArrangedMarriage, when he points out he has Saffi, she's wheeled out to say "I don't mind," then proceeds to disappear other than a cameo near the end.
* One-shot girly girl Dawn from ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'' who showed up in the episode "A Nut in Every Bite!". As soon as he saw her Henry fell in love with her. However, she was rather boring personality-wise, especially compared to the snarky tomboyish June, and other than finding him hilarious, she didn't return his affections. He forgets about his crush on her at the end once he realizes that [[LoveHurts she wasn't worth it]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', where Senor Senor Junior kidnapped a computer expert so he can find the perfect girl that matched his Shallow requirements. Turns out it's [[spoiler:Bonnie]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'':
** Angel has no noticeable personality traits outside of being a girl version of Stitch and being his love interest. Oh, there's also something to do with her singing being able to turn older Experiments evil and that's about it.
** Lilo's love interest Keoni.
* MinnieMouse to MickeyMouse.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': As adorable as their relationship is, Christina is pretty hard to characterize outside of being Orel's crush [[spoiler:and eventually, his wife]].
* Don Prima of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' for Jenny. And boy is he shallow!
* Flash Sentry from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'' has received quite a bit of criticism for this reason. He looks nice, helps Twilight twice, plays a guitar, generally seems to be a NiceGuy, [[spoiler:was Sunset Shimmer's ex-boyfriend, and his equine counterpart is a guard in Cadance's castle]]. And that's all we ever know about him.
* Jeremy Johnson from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' used to qualify. Earlier episodes gave him no purpose other than being a bright spot in Candace's life, but recent episodes develop him more. He's shown to have his own life and friends, and is savvy to Candace's freak outs. He's even got extensive interaction with other characters up to and including [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Doofenshmirtz.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheProudFamily'': Suga Mamma is attracted to Lasienaga's Grandpa, although the latter not only has no interest in her, but also seems to insult her every time, and in at least one episode also wished for her to disappear. Literally the only reason why she continues with her crush anyways is because she doesn't understand Spanish (the grandpa always speaks in Spanish). Then again, in this case it's just a RunningGag so that the grandfather can insult her and [[EvilLaugh laugh maniacally afterwards.]]
* [=AndrAIa=] from ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'' has this problem, especially after she grows up & loses the naive FishOutOfWater characteristics that made her so endearing at the beginning. She was originally created to do nothing more than try to kill a guy in a submarine, so it's not like she would have needed much of a personality. Also, she's a bit of an ActionGirl, so it's not like she's totally useless.
* Johnny V. from ''WesternAnimation/{{Recess}}'' only existed to give Spinelli a TemporaryLoveInterest. To the point where he doesn't even appear outside the episode he first appears in.
* Several minor characters from ''TheSimpsons'' can come off as this, defined entirely by being the wife of a more prominent character. Sarah Wiggum, Bernice Hibbert and Brandine Spuckler all come across as this at times, although to some degree they have all developed to a limited extent. Averted with Helen Lovejoy, whose personality of being a gossipy MoralGuardian is more than enough to stand on its own.
* [[Film/SpaceJam Lola Bunny]] in her initial appearance, because Bugs Bunny needs to be romantically infatuated. WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow revamped her into a character that ''does'' date Bugs, but has a defined personality, family life, and interests that make her a unique character as well. To a smaller extent, she also had a defined personality on WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes outside of Bugs, though largely because everyone was now infants, there was no romance going on.
* [[ChickMagnet Trent]] from ''[[WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland Total Drama]]'' has some characterization, but really never gets a plotline that doesn't involve [[PerkyGoth Gwen]]. The writers don't seem to have much else to do with him, at least in the context of the ShowWithinAShow--he's voted off as soon as they break up in season two and he's not a contestant on season three, though there is a minor subplot about him forming a boy band with [[DoggedNiceGuy Cody]], [[PrettyFlyForAWhiteGuy Harold]] and [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Justin]].
* Another male example: David of ''WesternAnimation/TotallySpies'', who is [[TheAce good-looking, a book smart genius, an artist, and an athlete]] -- something that appeals to each of the three spies (and sometimes the AlphaBitch too!), making him a universal love interest who exists solely to provide [[TwoLinesNoWaiting romantic B-plots]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{X-Men Evolution}}''. has two examples: ''Scott's'' SLI is Taryn Fujioka, whose only connection to the cast besides Scott is the fact she's apparently one of Jean's friends, one that appears once or twice for a few seconds standing next to Jean, then doing nothing until suddenly being interested in Scott. Jean, meanwhile, got Duncan; however, the writers brought him in as a JerkJock to give him something besides dating Jean (IE, making him pick on Toad and, to a lesser extent, Blob, and giving him a rivalry with [[BullyHunter Scott]]), before he developed during seasons 3 and 4 into a mutant hater with a penchant for grudges who's smart enough to avoid antagonizing the mutants that ''will'' fight back with their powers.
* Gandra Dee in ''DuckTales'' is this. She has no purpose on the show other than being Fenton's love interest/girlfriend. She only appeared in six episodes though.
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* TheBlockBusterBuster refers to them as F.R.I.:Forced Romantic Interest.
* [[LimyaaelsFantasyRants Limyaael]] refers to both male and female versions until the title [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/377262.html "Designated Love Interest"]]
* WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick describes this as "LINETS" (Love Interest Non-Essential To Story) in her ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' review (though Kara isn't used as a love interest in the movie, with only throwaway line at the end implies she and Bowen HookedUpAfterwards).
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