'''Basic Trope''': A character pretends to be in a long-distance relationship.
* '''Straight''': Bob is with his buddies when the subject of girlfriends comes up and the others all talk about theirs. Bob has been dateless for a long time, possibly ever, but doesn't want to admit it, so makes up "Marie" who lives in "Quebec." His buddies are dubious, but Bob mentions Marie every so often [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday to reinforce the idea]] that he's [[AManIsNotAVirgin able to interact with a woman.]]
** Bob goes so far as to forge "evidence" that Marie exists; blurry pictures, letters postmarked in Quebec; he even uses his vacation time to go up to Canada to "visit Marie."
** Bob is roped into a trip up to Quebec. "Hey, we can visit your girlfriend! Right?" He quickly hires a local escort or actress to play "Marie" and hurriedly put together a dossier for the role.
** "I used to have a girlfriend named Marie who lived in Quebec, but we broke up a while ago, so I'm free to date."
** Bob does have a girlfriend in Quebec, but there relationship is very casual.
* '''Justified''': Bob is desperate to hide his dateless loser status, and he knows none of the other guys have been to Quebec. Besides, if he ever does get a real girlfriend, he can "dump" Marie with no problem.
* '''Inverted''': SheIsNotMyGirlfriend. Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.
* '''Subverted''': [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Not So Imaginary Girlfriend]]. Marie shows up in person, and verifies all of Bob's wild stories.
* '''Double Subverted''': "Marie" is actually Alice in a WigDressAccent disguise, paying off a ''huge'' favor she owes Bob.
** "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise that fools almost no one, except the group's HandsomeLech SmallNameBigEgo, who tries to steal Marie from Bob.
** [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Bob actually is in a long distance relationship with Marie]], but she's TheUnseen, and all of Bob's stories about her and their relationship are so over-the-top and ludicrous that no one believes him.
** "Marie" is treated like a Bigfoot-esque urban legend; Bob's friends spend their time studying supposed "sightings" of her.
* '''Zig Zagged''':
** As Double Subverted, when someone notices a message from a French-speaking woman on Bob's answering machine, asking why she hasn't been picked up from the airport.
** To everyone's surprise, "Marie" turns up. However, she's actually a fake playing Bob for money, who can't reveal her without exposing his own lies.
** Bob lives in Toronto, so it's not surprising he has a girlfriend in Canada. However, that supposed girlfriend lives across the continent in Vancouver, no-one's ever met her and he doesn't have any pictures, making her a GirlfriendInCanada.
* '''Averted''': No one in the story pretends to have a relationship with an imaginary person--although there may be genuinely mistaken claims of relationship.
* '''Enforced''': "We want to underline just how much of a loser Bob is. Make him claim he has a GirlfriendInCanada."
* '''Lampshaded''': "I know how lame it sounds, but Marie just doesn't like having her picture taken."
* '''Invoked''': Bob's buddies start a conversation about their girlfriends in full knowledge that Bob is dateless, just to see what he'll do when it's his turn.
* '''Exploited''': Bob's FairWeatherFriend Charlie mentions Marie when both men meet a really attractive single woman, so she'll think Bob is taken.
* '''Defied''': "I'm not going to lie. I am between girlfriends. Now that you've made me say it, do any of you have single sisters?"
* '''Discussed''': "No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that."
* '''Conversed''': "I thought I might like ''Generic Sitcom'', but they're being way too mean to Bob with this imaginary girlfriend RunningGag."
* '''Deconstructed''': Bob's imaginary girlfriend is just a symptom of much deeper psychological problems caused by his social maladjustment. Over time, he becomes more and more engrossed in his fantasy of a perfect relationship, until he loses the memory that Marie doesn't actually exist. Meanwhile, real women who might be interested in Bob are discouraged because they think he's taken.
** Bob made up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and is sticking to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends still believe it.
** Bob really does have a girlfriend in Canada, and his friends have even met her a few times. They keep claiming he's doing this just to wind him up.
[[Theatre/AvenueQ Was her name Alberta and she lived in Vancouver, or was it vice versa]]? Either way it's back to your GirlfriendInCanada.
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