When the writers make it clear that there will be no romance between any of the lead characters. There are a few ways around this, such as giving the characters [[TheGhost offscreen]] significant others, or make the characters a [[TrueCompanions figurative]] or [[TheFamilyThatSlaysTogether literal family group]] and/or [[BrotherSisterTeam siblings]], but on-screen romance still remains non-existent.

Another trick is to [[AdultsAreUseless ratchet the age]] [[ThereAreNoAdults of the characters]] down so it's realistic for them to not be thinking about such things. Particularly common in children's entertainment. One may also make the characters rather mature such as late middle age or older, suggesting that they would be past that sort of thing by then. Common with CoolOldLady or CoolOldGuy main characters.

[[ShippingTropes Doesn't stop Shipping]] [[ToyShip in any]] [[GhostShipping way]], [[CargoShip shape]], [[CrossoverShip or form]]. In some occasions, the writers change their mind along the way and [[RelationshipUpgrade decide to reward fans with an intimate relationship]], even if only at the [[LastMinuteHookup very last second]]. Writers have also stated that instituting the rule is a way to ramp up UST between characters.

One way to show some romantic ability from the characters without actually putting love in the story is if AllLoveIsUnrequited. Can lead to tons of {{Starboarding}}. Can be used to avoid any {{Romantic Plot Tumor}}s.

Compare and contrast ShipSinking.

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* English dubbing of anime, especially those targeted at younger demographics, at times tends to remove or change overtly romantic-sounding dialog with something more [[ThePowerOfFriendship friendship related]]. For example, in the Japanese dub of ''[[Anime/{{Bakugan}} Bakugan Battle Brawlers]]'' Runo repeatedly screams that she's in love with Dan and is finally comfortable with admitting it as part of a plot point, which was changed to a loud declaration of being best friends in the English dub. [[InvertedTrope Or occasionally it goes in the opposite direction]] - adding it in when such context is not in the subbed version, for example in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' and ''[[Manga/{{Saiyuki}} Gensoumaden Saiyuki]]''.
* Nelvana's ''[[Manga/CardcaptorSakura Cardcaptors]]'' dub managed to, [[SarcasmMode amazingly]], [[{{Macekre}} turn a romance-heavy anime into]] a No Hugging No Kissing series. This isn't just [[KissingCousins about]] [[HoYay the]] [[LesYay controversial]] [[MayDecemberRomance stuff]]; even the most acceptable pairs (mainly Syaoran/Sakura) became devoid of romantic interest. This became particularly bad in the Sakura Cards arc, in which Syaoran's feelings towards Sakura sometimes got 50% of an episode. In the dub, all the romantic scenes are cut out and the dialogue is changed to some more generic subjects (fighting the forces of evil, etc). To fill in the minutes of lost footage, many flashbacks were added. For example, while ''Cardcaptor Sakura'' last episode is an intense, emotion-filled finale, ''Cardcaptors'' last episode is almost a ClipShow.
* According to WordOfGod, ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' isn't so much about romance than teenage boys (and some girls) doing things. In fact, the closest things to romance the series have are the Literature Girl and Emi's crushes towards Hidenori, and even then they are one-sided (and in the latter's case, it was even grounded by SurpriseIncest).
-->"[[OutOfFocus The main characters are almost never there]], [[TheFaceless the female characters don't even get faces]] and love [[EventFlag flags]] get destroyed all over the place...[[SelfDeprecation so why is this so popular]]?!"
* In an extreme example, ''Manga/DragonBall'' follows the lives of the protagonists, a few of whom marry and start families, although we're not shown much of the relationships at all, however there was a noticeable build-up to Gohan/Videl. The creator has stated in interviews this is due to his disinterest in romance.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Gundam Wing]]'' was written with no romance in mind at all. In an interview, the director specifically stated that he considered the political and symbolic relationship between the show's two leads more important than any potential romance; he also said "I can't write boy-girl romance", putting him in the same boat as [[Manga/DragonBall Akira Toriyama]]. Despite that, there are some rather obvious romantic overtones in the Duo/Hilde relationship, and [[spoiler:Heero and Relena even actually do share a kiss in the only canonical manga spin-off]]. The most seriously built up romantic connection, in the sense that it would be really cruel to take these two apart, and they build an emotional link and seem to fit together and all that, is Trowa and Quatre. It doesn't have to be sexual, but it's sure as hell romantic.
** As an aside, despite the director's statements, the same interview had him saying that just because he can't and didn't wrote romantic elements into the series doesn't mean they don't exist. He even said that he could easily see Heero and Relena becoming a couple somewhere down the line when their lives aren't quite so hectic. [[spoiler:Which is exactly what happens at the end of the sequel novel ''Frozen Teardrop''.]]
* Probably the reason ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' is a total sausagefest. Any women in the series are minor characters who don't stick around long. The two main characters are also prepubescent.
* WordOfGod: "There is no romance in ''Manga/LuckyStar''." They go so far as to have a scene that sets up what looks like a love confession, [[spoiler:and then it turns out the guy wanted to talk to Kagami so he could beg her Yatsuhashi doll off of her.]]
* The ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' series has almost no romance onscreen, although [[ShipTease quite a lot is implied]]. Aside from Nanoha's brother and his girlfriend, the only confirmed relationship is between Amy and Chrono, and these characters mostly [[DemotedToExtra vanish after the second season]], and even when they were a part of the show nothing actually happens onscreen. There are several character pairs that have romantic overtones, but none of them are ever explicitly shown to be more than friendship.
* Creator/NaokiUrasawa's ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' is probably the only anime that can regularly feature a [[LoveChart relationship/connections chart]] between its LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters without ''even one'' romantic relationship. Eva had a few minor ones (none of them ended well), there was an old man and woman in a town Tenma went through that were implied to have developed a relationship after he left, and [[spoiler:Johan disguised as Nina]] seduced intel out of a young detective with pure romance in volume 11.
* In one of the [[WordofGod author freetalk sections]] in the first volume of ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'', the author mentions that she wanted to "make a supernatural manga without much of a romantic element".
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Author Eiichiro Oda openly declared that there would not be any romance in the series, and instead focuses on the series theme of friendship, stating that [[RomanticPlotTumor romantic scenes would ruin the exciting, party-like mood in the story that appeals to boys or the boyish at heart.]] ''One Piece'' may have some characters who are in love, but Oda's never going to write romance into the story because it would ruin the mood it's established. According to Oda, if you want that kind of thing you should probably read a girl's manga. Parodied in one letter written to Mr. Oda.
-->"Are any of the characters in love?"\\
"Yes, they're in love...WITH ADVENTURE!"
** Minor exceptions: Rayleigh and Shakky are referred to as a "cute married couple", but whether they're actually married or just close friends hasn't been made explicit. Usopp has a potential LoveInterest, Kaya, waiting at home for him, but they hadn't yet reached the point of OfficialCouple when he left. Mr. 9 and Miss Monday were shown to have a kid in a cover page. A large part of Kyros' flashback is about Kyros' relationship to Scarlet, and how she falls in love with him.
* ''[[Anime/{{Patlabor}} Patlabor: The Mobile Police]]'': While the exact nature of Noa and Asuma's relationship remains in question, they're very close and have been known to go out while they're off-duty. They think of it as 'hanging out', though it's ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest implied]]'' that it might be deeper than that. [[spoiler: Confirmed in ''[[Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor The Next Generation]]'', which serves as the series' DistantFinale. By which time, Noa and Asuma are said to be HappilyMarried]].
* In the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' anime it seems like the only couples allowed consist of minor characters. None of the main characters are in relationships, and the only ones who seems to want to be are Brock and later Serena. Although, since [[KidHero almost none of them have hit puberty yet]], this kind of makes sense. However, in the original soundtrack, 2 B. A. Master, there is a love song which implies that Misty has very strong feelings for Ash.
* The original novels for ''Roleplay/RecordOfLodossWar'' keeps romance off the radar. There's more of it in the anime adaptations, but other than Deedlit's crush on Parn, most of it is kept low-key.
* Despite being a melodramatic shoujo series, ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' 's director found {{Shipping}} an annoyingly common PlotTumor; many of the relationships in the show are either ambiguously complicated if not morally uncomfortable. TheMovie, in contrast, has just enough time crunch to [[LesYay give the fans what they want]] for the lead characters.
* ''Anime/RuneSoldierLouie'' is both an [[AvertedTrope aversion]] and [[{{Parodied}} a parody]] of the [[HaremGenre harem genre.]] So despite joining a travelling party of single women, [[StrictlyProfessionalRelationship none of them have any romantic feelings]] [[JustFriends towards Louie.]] Likewise, even though [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Ila]] is secretly in love with him, [[ObliviousToHints he fails to notice it]] and she never tells him.
* The author of the ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'' novels [[WordOfGod stated]] that there would be no romance (again, like Toriyama, because he felt like he'd be poor at writing it), and whatever comes about resembling romance is either PlayedForLaughs or [[AllLoveIsUnrequited unrequited]] (namely the relationsip between Luke and Millina). When the anime was made, however, Lina and Gourry were cemented as an OfficialCouple, [[spoiler:even sharing a ([[LaserGuidedAmnesia not remembered]]) kiss]], and there was plenty of ShipTease for Amelia and Zelgadis, who were strictly friends in the novels. A few more couples were thrown in for good measure. Later on, Kanzaka [[WordOfGod admitted]] that he didn't plan it, but realized that the characters all fell in love on their own.
* Despite how deep most of the relationships tend to run in ''Manga/SoulEater'' - with Soul and Maka being the most canon example - [[WordofGod according to Ohkubo]] in an interview he doesn't plan on taking any of them to a romantic level. Though he also tends to troll his fans so whether or not he's being honest is unsure, and the ShipTease isn't helping.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'': As hot as the VG warriors are, you'd think they'd have guys lining up around the block for the chance to be with them. Yet, none of them have boyfriends, nor do they seem to have any interest in dating. The subject never even comes up.
* While ''Manga/{{Naruto}} has'' romance in it, even as an important part of its plot (and is a MASSIVELY popular subject for {{Shipping}} fics), effectively NONE of it ever takes place on-page, due to author Masashi Kishimoto's [[http://www.saiyanisland.com/2014/11/kishimoto-sensei-speaks-after-narutos-finale/ self-confessed inability to write romance]], which he attributes to chronic embarrassment. Even in the epilogue chapter, you barely get to see any of the married couples interact with each other and the main ones everyone wanted to see, [[spoiler:Naruto/Hinata and Sasuke/Sakura]], didn't even appear on page at the same time (although in [[spoiler:Sasuke]]'s case at least he has the excuse that he's WalkingTheEarth). Kinda subverted with [[spoiler: Naruto/Hinata]] considering they get a BigDamnKiss in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Masashi Kishimoto says he thought he wouldn't be able to watch the particular scene but surprisingly enough he managed it and felt like "his kids had finally grew up and flew away from home".
* ''Anime/DogDays'' is very weird about this. Practically the entire cast is [[AllLovingHero All-Loving Heroes]] who will proudly declare their love for one another (even to members of the same sex), engage in lots of hugging, glomping, and [[LittleBitBeastly petting]], and at one point each of the three Heroes shares a bed with their respective kingdom's ruler (which includes a male/female coupling). However, it's only ever portrayed as very close friendship without a single trace of sexuality involved, probably in large part because most of the characters are in their early teens. Actual discussion of romance is extremely rare, like the scene where Princess Millihiore and Rebecca discuss their feelings for Cinque and [[ShipperOnDeck each encourages the other to pursue him]]. The weird part comes from the fact that the series can be very {{Fan Service}}-y at times, with lots of ClothingDamage, {{Gainaxing}}, and a few AccidentalPervert moments. When the second season introduced an older male character who engages in perverted behaviors like [[PeepingTom peeping]], one blog referred to him as "The only character in the series who knows what a vagina is".
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''Franchise/{{Tintin}}'' has this in spades, no major characters have shown any interest in romance whatsoever. The only exception is Professor Calculus, who has an innocent crush on Bianca Castafiore. According to the book "Tintin: Herge & His Creation", Snowy would have been a female human and love interest for Tintin, but that idea was discarded.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* To quote the summary of ''FanFic/AdventCrossoverCrisis'' directly; "Rated T for swearing and violence, but relax, there's no kissing!" Indeed, romance is effectively non-existent in the story - a single ship between two featured characters is alluded to in the vaguest possible terms, and the two members of same never actually meet.
* ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' spreads around oodles of ShipTease, especially between Marisa and Alice, Kaguya and Mokou in a side story, and whatever is going on between Rumia and [[spoiler:Rin Satsuki]], but never makes any relationships or attractions explicit. Even Yuuka's [[DepravedBisexual depravations]] are only implied.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In the film adaptations of both ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'' and ''Literature/AngelsAndDemons'', the romantic subplots between Langdon and Sophie and between Langdon and Victoria are scrapped altogether (it was stated that this would make the film less realistic). Langdon does give Sophie a friendly peck on the forehead, but that's about it.
* ''The Mothman Prophecies'', [[http://www.cosmoetica.com/B38-DES17.htm apparently to its detriment]]:
--> This is a film too bad to be good & too good to be so bad it’s good. DULL is the watchword, unless watching Richard Gere’s Shatnerian reactions to a phone ringing is your idea of edge-of-the-seat horror. That Mothman never makes an appearance would be fine if the film gave us something else, or kept a mystery worth keeping- but nada. & this is perhaps the only ‘action’ film I can recall where a [[RomanticPlotTumor gratuitous love story]] would have improved the tale. Laura Linney’s Connie is the only character developed to any emotional or deep extent, or which induces any concern. She radiates a down-home sensuality, yet John never makes a move, even after saving her. Not even a peck on the cheek. Loser!
* Played straight--actually is an essential part of the plot--in ''Film/TheRemainsOfTheDay''.
* In contrast to ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'', there's almost zero romance in ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation''. The closest it gets is some slight ShipTease between Flint and Lady Jaye.
* Creator/GuillermoDelToro says that this trope, coupled with the DownerEnding, is what is making studios hesitant to back his proposed adaptation of "Literature/AtTheMountainsOfMadness".
* In ''Film/TheNumbersStation'', there is no romance between the male and female leads, who are a radio operator and a spook who have only recently met. The two operators on the other shift, however, are hugging and kissing at the very least, but this isn't their story.
* In ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter'', while two leads are man and woman, there's no romantic chemistry and no romance between the two. Explainable by Kaulder having TheLostLenore and, more importantly, being eight hundred years old while Chloe seems to have not yet hit her thirties.
* In spite of coming to respect each other and battling across the Wasteland together, Max and Furiosa in ''Film/MadMaxFuryRoad'' never express any romantic interest towards each other. Joe has his "wives", but his relationship with them is [[SexSlave anything but romantic]].
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/HPLovecraft's stories do not focus on even the slightest bits of romance or affection. Even when the protagonist mentions a wife, it is usually in a rather offhand manner. The story ''Literature/TheThingOnTheDoorstep'' involved a marriage as a plot point but it wasn't the marriage of the protagonist, but that of a friend. Even then, no acts of romantic affection between said friend and his love interest are ever described, and, said marriage was actually just a way for an EldritchAbomination inhabiting the woman to keep the husband close at hand since said EldritchAbomination wants to eventually take control of said husband's body. Even friendships are subject to this since Lovecraftian protagonists often describe friendships in a detached manner, ''Any'' mention of sexual activity in Lovecraft is not only off-screen, but depicted as grotesque and produces abominable things that should not be. (''Literature/TheDunwichHorror,'' ''Literature/TheShadowOverInnsmouth'')
* R.L. Stine's ''Literature/{{Goosebumps}}'' books often assign the protagonist a best friend of the opposite sex. No one ever seems to address the topic of romance between the two; in fact, [[PurelyAestheticGender there's virtually no difference between male and female characters at all]]. Differences between the sexes are only important when the characters are teenagers, just as said differences tend to be [[TruthInTelevision in real life]]. This is most likely because the books are aimed at prepubescent kids, and he wants both genders to be able to relate to it. There is ''one'' aversion, "How I Learned To Fly," in which the male protagonist actively wants his relationship with his female friend to be romantic.
* ''Literature/DaisyMiller'': The 19th century European aristocracy strongly adhered to this rule. Americans did not so much, however, and Daisy refuses to change her ways and (literally) do as the Romans do when in Rome. She finally becomes an outcast among her fellow American tourists when she commits the unforgiveable crime of strolling down the street on the arms of two men! Deliciously inverted in [[spoiler: The Ambassadors.]]
* Several novels by Creator/IsaacAsimov. Asimov himself openly acknowledged his (at least perceived) inability to write interpersonal relationships, let alone romance, and on several occasions lampooned himself for it. There ''are'' married couples in his books, but their relationship seldom plays a large role in the narrative. With the ironic [[AvertedTrope exception]] of ''The Gods Themselves'', written in part as a response to criticism that his books didn't have enough aliens or sex, which featured alien energy beings having the least titillating (to a human audience) threesomes in history. Which are ''absolutely essential'' to the plot.
* The first three ''Literature/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'' books, aside from Arthur's brief crush on Trillian. Then came ''Literature/SoLongAndThanksForAllTheFish'', which devoted a ''majority'' of the book to Arthur and Fenchurch's relationship. Creator/DouglasAdams, being himself, took the opportunity to mock those who kept asking him about Arthur's sex life ''and'' those who prefer this trope.
* There is no romance in ''Literature/TheMysteriousBenedictSociety''. There's no ShipTease between Reynie, Katie, and Sticky despite being of similar age and the adults similarly have no love interests. There's just a lot of [[TrueCompanions friendship]] and familial affection.
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[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* {{Toku}} / HenshinHero shows:
** ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' had three on-screen kisses in seventeen years (all done by the same couple, Kimberly and Tommy), often taking WillTheyOrWontThey to painful levels. According to ''[[Series/PowerRangersSPD SPD]]'' executive producer Greg Aranowitz, higher ups demanded as-low-as-possible levels of romance in the series, since it's targeted at little boys (he only said that about ''SPD'', naturally, but who knows what goes through the minds of Disney). According to [[http://heropower.livejournal.com/90113.html Dan Ewing]], a kiss between [[Series/PowerRangersRPM Dillon and Summer]] was scripted for "Belly of the Beast", but was vetoed (we got [[AlmostKiss the closest thing to it]] instead).
** Its parent show ''Franchise/SuperSentai'', and ''its'' sister show, ''Franchise/KamenRider'', tend to only sparingly feature relationships.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The original series ''did'' have some romance here and there, but it was so rare, almost never involved main characters, when it did it rarely affected the plot, and was more often than not [[StrangledByTheRedString two characters arbitrarily smushed together]]. The Doctor himself didn't have ''any'' interest in romance and often mocked it altogether if it did come up, largely written as asexual (except for a clearly romantic subplot with a guest character in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS1E6TheAztecs The Aztecs]]", in a prime example of the series' EarlyInstallmentWeirdness). This is one of the main complaints that older fans have with the new series, which focuses ''very heavily'' on romance and turned the Doctor into an outright ChickMagnet.
** At one point (particularly in the Davison era), there was a No Hugging, No Kissing, No ''Touching'' (for example, a comforting hand on the shoulder was a no-no) rule between the Doctor and his female companions, to dispel the notion of "hanky-panky" going on in the TARDIS. This was likely due to ExecutiveMeddling, since at one point in the Davison era the young-looking Doctor was travelling alone with two gorgeous female companions, one of whom was about the same age as the actor playing the Doctor. There were a few exceptions, like when [[spoiler:Nyssa leaves.]] [[TearJerker/DoctorWho She gives the Doctor a]] [[Heartwarmin/DoctorWho kiss on the cheek.]]
** This became a bit of a ChekhovsGun in Moffat's run of the new series, since the Doctor still firmly believed that "no hanky-panky in the TARDIS" was still effective. He gave his companions bunk beds and everything. Amy and Rory (who by this point were married, it should be noted) didn't listen ''at all'', and discovered that hanky-panky in the TARDIS while it's in the Time Vortex can result in some very unexpected side effects. The Doctor's face when he realises that ''they shagged in his TARDIS'' is absolutely priceless.
** The Twelfth Doctor tried to enforce the NoHuggingNoKissing rule in Series 8 - in part due to the instigation of an AnchoredShip - but kept being hugged regardless by CuddleBug Clara. By Series 9, by which time a subtle form of ship rescue was under way, not only was he enjoying the hugs, he was instigating them on occasion. WordOfGod (actors and producer) is that the Doctor and Clara don't display affection openly for each other, so the no kissing rule remains in effect, with a notable exception being "Last Christmas" where Clara kisses the Doctor on the cheek before agreeing to run away with him in his TARDIS, and in "Face the Raven" the Doctor [[IKissYourHand kisses Clara's hand]] when he says good bye to her (after sharing one final hug).
* While ''Series/CornerGas'' isn't ''completely'' devoid of romance, the level is incredibly low for a show about six single, middle aged characters (and Oscar and Emma), and the few episodes do deal with romance [[ShipSinking bring up pairings just to dismiss them]]. Except for the reunion movie where [[spoiler: Brent and Lacey kiss, much to the stunned amazement of their friends, only to reveal that they've been a couple for more than a year!]]
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[[folder: Radio]]
* ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'' has fun with this. There's no longer any radar to slip things by and they can get away with things the old series never could, but the cast are still aware there's some kind of ''rule'' preventing classic Doctors from getting too close to people. Five's awkwardness makes Turlough wonder how he managed to have grandchildren, Six convinces someone he's not the Doctor by passionately kissing a woman, and Seven showing interest in a woman is a warning sign [[spoiler: he's been drugged.]] Eight, the first Doctor to break the trend, is a ChickMagnet with a lot of painful consequences.
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[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' and all of its spinoffs, including the role-playing games, tend to gloss over or completely avoid the subject of romance and love, bar that love and desire feed one of the [[EldritchAbomination Gods of Chaos]]. It's understandable, given the settings' all-encompassing emphasis on war and mayhem, but even in the books, offhand references at best are the rule, with exceptions few and far between. Said exceptions are either mild (''Literature/CiaphasCain'', where it's mostly implied) or to show why this trope is a good idea (''Literature/{{Ravenor}}'', where it all ends horribly).
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'', likewise, gives virtually no attention to romance or romantic/sexual relationships, thanks to being focused almost entirely on warfare and battles. Such things are touched on briefly in a couple of the novels, but always in passing and never as a major plot device or focus. The game materials themselves leave the romantic status of most characters almost entirely unmentioned. Exceptions include the vampires Vlad and Isabella von Carstein (who are married and deeply devoted to each other), the High Elf Prince Tyrion (who is the consort of Alarielle the Everqueen, though the precise nature of their feelings are not mentioned), the Wood Elf King and Queen Orion and Ariel (likewise a couple, but left at that) and perhaps Malekith the Witch King (who is rumoured to be disturbingly and unnaturally close to his mother Morathi...).
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* The Theatre/MrsHawking series: None of the three main characters have any romantic interest in each other, and though there are some relationships with supporting cast, romance is not a big part of the series.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'':
** An example of ExecutiveMeddling. There were hints of romance in the early flash animations and online games, but these were [[CanonDisContinuity decanonized]] when the Lego Company decided to eliminate romance on the grounds that the core demographic (5-12 year olds) would find it "icky." Greg Farshtey, the lead story writer for Bionicle, also refuses to explain how new beings come into existence. To paraphrase Farshtey:
-->"If I say no, I open one can of worms. If I say yes, I then get dozens of questions about the [[{{Squick}} sex lives of plastic toys]]."
** One of the movies went ahead and had an UnholyMatrimony plot. Farshtey had to handwave that one as merely a kind of political alliance, the same way kings would have their children married to strengthen bonds between royal houses (which to be fair is very much TruthInTelevision).
** The rule officially only existed within the Matoran Universe (story years 2001-2008) where NoBiologicalSex strictly applied. Outside that, romance does exist, but is only touched upon twice: In the final novel, Kiina confesses her feelings toward Mata Nui by hugging him, and riding away in tears... and she was a feisty ActionGirl who barely displayed any [[HiddenDepths deep emotions]] like this up to that point. The only other example was the marriage between Sahmad and his deceased wife, as part of Sahmad's backstory.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' has hundreds of characters but relatively little romance. In G1 there were a few "family" sets that consisted of mares, stallions, and their foals however that was more-or-less it besides a Moondancer/Glory figurine. The adaptations had some romance but not by much. By G3 there weren't even any stallions or colts. The G4 [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic cartoon]] has romance pop up frequently but none of the main characters have anything concrete besides Spike's PrecociousCrush on Rarity, Twilight's crush on Flash in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', and Rarity having a few crushes that never go anywhere.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/BetrayalAtKrondor'' has no romance, Disregarding Owyn's crush on Gamina or references to James's one-night-stands. This is facilitated by all six of the main characters being male.
* The relationships in the ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' games seem entirely platonic, with Mario and Luigi only receiving kisses on the cheek for the reward to each rescue. Surprisingly, Luigi is asked about Mario and Peach's relationship in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', and he admits that it is confusing but they seem to be just friends. Additionally, ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG'' employed joke kisses (where Bowser and Booster could accidentally wind up kissing Mario on the cheek or each other on the lips while trying to steal a kiss from Peach). Aside from that, the series just [[ShipTease teases]] potential pairings such as Luigi/Daisy and Yoshi/Birdo.
* ''{{Freelancer}}'' makes it very clear that Trent and Juni start out as brothers at arms to end up as close friends, but nothing more.
* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' has no romance whatsoever. Strangely this managed to ''help'' the massive shipping fanbase, as they could pair anyone with anyone else without any ShipToShipCombat or conflict with canon.
* ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' was pretty bad with this, despite the canon couples such as Liu Bei and Sun Shang Xiang, then Sima Zhao and Wang Yuanji, most notably on the latter, which has both of them act like close friends instead of being a couple, at least. The closest to averting this trope is Wu's ending on ''[=DW7=]'', with Sun Quan carrying Lian Shi (both are an example similar to Zhao and Yuanji).
* As mentioned in the anime, there's little romance in ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' other than implications and subtext.
* ''VideoGame/WildArms3'' has ''no romance subplot'' at all whatsoever.
* Love and sex are never mentioned in ''VideoGame/DarkSouls''. The only marriage ever mentioned is off screen and neither character involved is personally encountered. However, it's heavily implied through Ciaran's dialogue that she was in a relationship with the Knight Artorias, [[spoiler:even going so far as to say this as she dies, should the player kill her:]]
-->'''Ciaran''': [[spoiler:[[DyingDeclarationOfLove "My... dear... Artorias..."]]]]
** Played with in ''Videogame/DarkSouls3''. Technically, there is one character who has something of a romance plot, however it involves [[spoiler:a cult you can work with kidnapping him/her (his/her gender changes depending on yours), possibly killing him/her, then you stabbing his/her face with a ceremonial sword in some sort of ritual. Though you do see him/her alive in the ending you get from doing this,]] it's clearly not your standard romance plot.
** While love and sex are referenced in ''VideoGame/{{Bloodborne}}'' none of it really approaches the physical level. The closest thing is the resident HookerWithAHeartOfGold who gives you her blood, and even then it's only because blood transfusion is comparable to sex in the culture of Yharnam.
* ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' is a very odd example. In the original game, the SilentProtagonist could pick from one of several girls from optional [[RomanceSidequest Romance Sidequests.]] Since Arena is a direct sequel, story wise, whether or not the hero (now named Yu Narukami) entered into a relationship with a girl, or who the girl would be is never discussed in order to keep it open and prevent ShipToShipCombat. It's merely hinted at by some characters that he is a ChickMagnet.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyV''. Apart from a very light Bartz/Lenna ShipTease and a [[StupidSexyFlanders Stupid Sexy Faris]] moment early in the game, there's absolutely no romance in the main party. Instead, the focus is on familial love (for both birth family and their TrueCompanions bond). Quite a contrast to ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' having an OfficialCouple from the start and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'''s multiple LoveHurts backstories.
* Unusually for a TalesSeries game, ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' manages to play this trope straight, or the most part. No romance seems to develop between any of the characters. However, it's not without its DirtyOldMan trope, wherein Raven often hits on the female characters. Estelle seems clueless, Judith doesn't care, and Rita gets ''violent''.
* ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' has about a half-dozen [[BattleCouple battle couples]], but since every every game is about narrowly averting a ZombieApocalypse, they're always a little too busy for romance, barring the occasional flirty character. The closest exception is [[DatingCatwoman Leon Kennedy and Ada Wong]], who have a ton of {{UST}} between them. They're the only ones to share an onscreen kiss.
* Unlike most life simulation games, there is no romance option in ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing''. The only romantic elements are a SiblingTriangle involving three [=NPCs=], several Villagers mentioning dating, and some gossip about Villagers being in love. This is likely due to the fact you are a TokenHuman in a WorldOfFunnyAnimals, and Creator/{{Nintendo}} wants to avoid InterspeciesRomance.
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* ''Webcomic/FreeSpirit'' cartoonist Peter Paltridge has no plans to make Winnie Goodwin and Thomas Harper a couple. While [[Series/FreeSpirit the show]] that inspired the comic created romantic tension between them, Peter fears that hooking them up would require Winnie to out herself as a witch to Thomas. The pilots of both the show and the comic had Winnie clearly state that the terms of her staying with mortals forbid Thomas from finding out about her magical abilities.
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* An InvokedTrope in WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic reboot, as in ''WesternAnimation/EightCrazyNights'' Rachel and Malcolm (their [[AsHimself As Themselves]] characters, not the people) try to get together for Christmas sex, but Critic instantly separates them and tells them to watch the movie with him.
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* Creator/CraigMcCracken seems to prefer this rule for ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'', and ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'', with the closest exceptions being one-sided (e.g. [[{{Yandere}} Berry]] in ''Foster's'') or ending badly (e.g. [[StrangledByTheRedString The Professor and Ms Keane]] in ''PPG'').
* The closest thing to romance in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'' is [[MauveShirt Gretchen's]] implied crush on [[HeroAntagonist Dib]], [[EvilerThanThou Tak's]] brief and incredibly violent "relationship" with Zim (motivated by revenge and SCIENCE!, respectively), and [[RobotBuddy GIR's]] very obvious interest in [[CreepyChild Gaz]]. WordOfGod clearly established that "liking each other is not the point" and that Zim does not love anyone. Even the Valentine's Day Special itself, when such episodes are usually about romance, was as far from romantic as one show can get.
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'' in general tends to not have any on-screen romance.
** [[WordOfGod Lauren Faust specifically noted that]] ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' was not a show which would contain romance of any kind for the [[FanNickname mane cast]]. Despite this, Rarity is initially attracted to [[PrinceCharmless Prince Blueblood]] (she got over ''that'' quickly though) and Spike has a PrecociousCrush on Rarity herself. All other romantic scenarios happen to minor or less recurring characters, so there is still a [[ValentinesDayEpisodes Valentines' Day]] episode, "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E18AFriendInDeed A Friend In Deed]]" has Cranky and Matilda, and "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E25ACanterlotWeddingPart1 A Canterlot]] [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E26ACanterlotWeddingPart2 Wedding]]" is about the wedding between Princess Cadance and Shining Armor.
*** Averted in the HighSchoolAU film ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'', where the main character Twilight Sparkle develops a crush on Flash Sentry, who had previously dated Sunset Shimmer, in the human world [[spoiler:and his pony counterpart in Equestria]]. WordOfGod has stated that this romance is restricted to the film and will not be presented in the show.
*** Averted and subverted in the episode "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E13SimpleWays Simple Ways]]".
** Averted in the romance heavy ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'', and an episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyAndFriends'' featured a mutual crush between a mare and a Big Brother Pony. The toy line attempted to avert up until [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyG3 G3]], where all romance was dropped.
* The first two seasons of ''WesternAnimation/ReBoot'', strangled mercilessly by ExecutiveMeddling, made sure to ruthlessly stifle any impression that Bob and Dot were romantically linked, or were at all interested in each other in ''that way''. Needless to say, once cut free, the creators quite happily rectified that.
* Despite the many love songs and possible IncestSubtext in ''TheAmazingChanAndTheChanClan'', the lives of Mr. Chan and his children were decidedly romance-free (on camera, anyway). The only romantic subplot ever was between the family dog and a one-episode canine character.
* ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' completely avoids every form of teen romance, which is ironic given how complicated Peter's love life has been in almost every other version. WordOfGod Loeb established "Our show lives in a world that is pre-romance".
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'', none of the main characters have any onscreen romantic relationships.
* There is very little romance in ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}}''. It's most noticeable with the main duo, as most series would have ShipTease between opposite gender leads but Fillmore's partnership with Ingrid is strictly professional and platonic.
* The first two ''Disney/TheLionKing'' films had romance in them, and in fact the [[Disney/TheLionKingIISimbasPride second film]] was influenced by ''Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet''. ''WesternAnimation/TheLionGuard'' is aimed at a younger demographic than the films (despite the films being aimed at a young demographic themselves) and stars {{Kid Hero}}es. There's much more of a lean towards family and friends than romance.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RatchetAndClank2016'' movie has two females whose personalities complement the main characters: one takes action and shoots anything that gets in her way, like Ratchet, and the other prefers to create clever strategies, like Clank. [[CompressedAdaptation In the interest of time]], however, the movie skips any sort of romantic entanglements and instead chooses to focus on the newly-formed friendship between the two male leads, detailing how they became HeterosexualLifePartners.
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