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''The limit of the WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief for a given element is directly proportional to how romantic it is.''

There are many ways for how fiction deals with love. And just like RuleOfCool, RuleOfDrama, RuleOfFunny, and RuleOfScary, if something is considered romantic enough by the audience, it can be excused, not matter how unrealistic it is. This is entertainment, after all.

But unlike those tropes, this doesn't require things to be impossible, just implausible or highly improbable.

ValuesDissonance can come into play here far more often than the other "Rule" tropes, varying not only across cultural lines, but across gender -- men and woman can have very different ideas of what constitutes romance, and both of these may differ from what you'll see in a typical RomanticComedy or RomanceNovel (although the genre is generally assumed to cater more to women as a demographic). Then there's the issue of people of either gender taking romantic fantasy and [[TVNeverLies reading it as real-life dating advice]], which is not advised. Many times, a sweet show of devotion on the Silver Screen translates into real life as a delusional, obsessive, or just dangerous act.

This trope doesn't actually apply with ShipToShipCombat. Those people usually just care about making their couples look good. You can tell because they often praise an unrealistic point if it supports a couple they favor, and slam that exact same point if it supports a couple they don't.

Not to be confused with anything about the 19th century artistic movement.

Compare RuleOfDrama, RuleOfGlamorous, RuleOfSexy, FlirtingAndCourtship.
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!!A SuperTrope to:
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* AbductionIsLove
* AttractionToOutliers
* AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther
* BeastAndBeauty
* ChocolateOfRomance
* CoordinatedClothes
* EnormousEngagementRing
* FlowersOfRomance
* FreakinessShame
* GrandRomanticGesture
* HappilyEverAfter
* HeldGaze
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy
* LanguageOfLove
* LastMinuteHookup
* LiterallyFallingInLove
* LoveTranscendsSpacetime
* MustNotDieAVirgin
* ThePowerOfLove
* RomanticRain
* RunawayBride
* RunawayFiance
* SnowMeansLove
* SwanBoats
* TrainStationGoodbye
* TwirlOfLove
* UmbrellaOfTogetherness
* UnresolvedSexualTension
[[/index]]
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!!Examples

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* ''WesternAnimation/WallE''. How is it that EVE's kiss restores WALL•E's memories and personality? Well, [[AllThereInTheManual the Buy n Large website]] (sadly defunct) explicitly {{Hand Wave}}d this: "''Your WALL•E unit may take up to 10 minutes on first boot before scanning for additional operating software (eg. hazardous waste protocols).''" But if you have any soul, you wouldn't need an explanation.
* About half the works in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, especially earlier works. [[GrandfatherClause The stories they were based on used this anyway]], like ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast''.
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