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

A type of SatelliteCharacter who exists primarily to serve as the {{Love Interest|s}} 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 the HaremGenre. 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. If a non-satellite character turns into one ''because'' they've become a love interest, they've been DemotedToSatelliteLoveInterest. And pity choice D or E who just loves the character because that's what everyone does in the series, not that they have any chance against BettyAndVeronica or even the ThirdOptionLoveInterest.

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 [[Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000 the Satellite of Love]]. If someone's love interest is an actual satellite, see CompanionCube.

''Please don't use this trope as an excuse to [[Administrivia/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.''



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* ''LightNovel/{{Bakemonogatari}}'' takes this to its [[UpToEleven obvious conclusion]]. Karen and Tsukihi both have boyfriends, but [[TheUnseen they're never seen once on camera]], and the only thing we are told about them is that they're both [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything very similar to Koyomi in terms of personality and appearance]]. Most fans like to make like Koyomi and [[{{Unperson}} pretend like they don't exist]], which, considering the only romantic hints that Karen and Tsukihi have been given in series are with their {{brother|SisterIncest}} or with [[LesYay other girls]], may very well be true.
* Billy from ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}'' starts off as a SatelliteCharacter for Julie, until they become an OfficialCouple, although even before that it was clear there was something between them and had some BelligerentSexualTension. That being said, he doesn't have much personality on his own and even when he was under Masquerade's control, he never fighted against anyone else besides Julie (well, they're both Subterra users after all).
* 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. And for worse, the CrapsackWorld ''punishes'' her for being such.
* ''Manga/BlendS''
** Dino basically can be summed up by his crush on [[TheProtagonist Maika]]. This is a weird example as he's actually her and the rest of the cast's [[InformedAttribute boss]]...but he's hardly ever seen doing anything other than being attracted to her, and everyone else seems to treat him as a bumbling, useless idiot, despite being the reason they all met in the first place.
** Mafuyu's date Itou is even more exaggerated in this regard. The only attribute we know about him is he's a bit of a ManChild. The author doesn't even [[TheFaceless give him a face]].
* 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 {{embarrassing|FirstName}} [[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.
* ''Manga/BokuraWaMinnaKawaisou'' introduces two {{Third Option Love Interest}}s near the end of its run: [[SenpaiKohai Usa's kohai and Ritsu's senpai]]. They hardly have anything else to them except for providing yet another roadblock to the obvious Usa/Ritsu endgame.
* 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 {{Love Interest|s}} show that can be much deeper (and possibly would become like that again).
* Subverted in ''Manga/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 ''Manga/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...]]
* ''Manga/TheDisappearanceOfNagatoYukiChan'', 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.
* 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 second personality Lucy, a borderline psychopathic mass murderer with real, complex, and disturbingly heartbreaking reasons for loving him]].
* Juvia from ''Manga/FairyTail''. The moment she meets Gray just a short time after being introduced, her already established character as an EmotionlessGirl flies out the window in favor of a {{Yandere}} who clings to his arm at every opportunity ([[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend usually to his great revulsion]]), attacks anyone she perceives to be a love rival, and fantasizes about him whenever he isn't around. This even extends to her battles, where her magic is exponentially boosted by [[ThePowerOfLove her passionate love for him]]. Be they comedic or dramatic, it's far easier to count the number of times her scenes ''don't'' involve Gray in any capacity, and it can be done on a single hand.
* Yuno from ''Manga/FutureDiary'' 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 {{deconstruct|edTrope}}ion 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 ''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.
%%* Mayu from ''LightNovel/GoshuushouSamaNinomiyaKun''.
* ''Manga/GirlsBravo'': It's never said what Miharu's reasons are for liking Yukinari, she ''just does'' and [[FlatCharacter there isn't much more to her character]] beyond that.
* Midori from ''VisualNovel/GreenGreen''. If she weren't allowed to squeal "Yuusuke" every ten seconds, she would lose her reason for existence.
* The love interests in ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' are like this. Emily (first generation), Romary (second), and Wendy (third) have very little role or development outside of fretting that generation's protagonist. Once the generation shifts and they become mothers, their role in the plot effectively ends. Romary probably has the most development, as she's in a mild LoveTriangle and gets some expansion in the ''Memory of Eden'' [=OVA=].
* Subverted in ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/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 ''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 ''Anime/{{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.
* Deconstructed in ''Manga/KitchenPrincess''. Sora is supportive of Najika no matter what, and knows just what to say to help cheer her up... and then it's revealed he was told to get close to her to further the director's goals. He later reveals that he ''did'' fall for Najika, showing he had hidden depths.
%%* Koharu in ''KoharuNoHibi'', so very much. Deconstructed, but with no lasting effects.
* [[MyHeroZero Zero]] from ''Manga/{{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 [[GodIsEvil Evil God]] {{Yandere}}.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** In [[http://web.archive.org/web/20170925233946/http://www.saiyanisland.com/2017/01/naruto-creator-masashi-kishimoto-2017-interview/ this 2017 Jump Festa interview]], Creator/MasashiKishimoto reveals that Sakura's character only exists to be Naruto's RomanticFalseLead. He explains that when he created Sakura, he only considered her as just another character, he did '''not''' bring her in as a special female character, and she was at the same level as supporting characters like Kiba or Shikamaru. After he decided "pretty early on" and "from an early stage" that Naruto and Hinata would [[OfficialCouple get together and get married]], he threw Sakura in the middle to create a "messy LoveTriangle."
** Karin is one for Sasuke. Even though her heritage has been revealed, her character solely exists as a parody of Sasuke's fangirls.
** Rin Nohara. The only real characterization which she receives is the fact that Obito loves her but she loves Kakashi. This may be justified since she's a PosthumousCharacter so she isn't exactly around to receive characterization, and the main reason for her existence, this in order to become TheLostLenore for Obito and with motivate him to become [[BigBad Tobi]]. 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.
* ''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]].
* ''LightNovel/{{Oreimo}}'' {{play|edWith}}s with this one. Kirino starts dating a boy she knows from one of her doujin circles named Mikagami, whose whole character seemingly exists to show [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter how much better of a match he is for Kirino than Kyousuke]]. Predictably, this pisses off [[LoveInterest Kyousuke]] to no extent...until Kirino finally reveals that [[TheBeard it was all an act]] to make him as jealous as possible, to get back at him for making her feel horribly jealous when he was dating Kuroneko. They drop the charade after this: Kirino goes back to WillTheyOrWontThey with Kyousuke, and as for Mikagami, it's hinted that [[AmbiguouslyGay he's actually gay and in love with Kyousuke as well]].
* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', it's revealed near the end of the anime that [[spoiler:everything Homura has done since before the beginning of the series has been in order to prevent Madoka from becoming a MagicalGirl]] in order to ensure her happiness. However [[spoiler:Homura's]] single minded obsession to protect [[spoiler:Madoka]] has been shown quite a few times to be very unhealthy (at one point in the anime [[spoiler:Homura threating's to kill Sayaka if she causes Madoka anymore pain]]). This gets even worse during [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion the sequel movie]] where [[spoiler:Homura's]] desire to see [[spoiler:Madoka]] happy (and to prevent her from leaving again) [[spoiler:leads to Homura becoming the [[GoddessOfEvil devil]], ripping Madoka away from her godlike power and [[GildedCage trap her in Homura's newly created world]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia with all of her memories wiped]]]].
* Saya from ''Manga/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; during the first season of ''XY'', while she had no life goal at the time, she ''was'' still searching for her purpose in life. She eventually finds one near the end of that season, deciding to become a Pokémon Performer, and spends the rest of ''XY'' acting upon that goal.
* Inverted by Outer Moka from ''Manga/RosarioToVampire''. 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 ''Manga/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. To elaborate, love interests in this series tend to have very thin to no identities because their existence are solely based on Makoto Itou to make him looks like a typical saint-like HaremGenre protagonist. In reality, Makoto [[JerkAss is far from]] [[YourCheatingHeart being a saint]], and the heroines' misjudgement and obsession toward him [[DespairEventHorizon drive them either into despair or insanity when they realize Makoto only thinks of them as sex toys]]. Add to this the fact that the two main heroines are {{Yandere}}s, and [[AxCrazy things get ugly in short order]].
* In ''Manga/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.
* For the most part, Alpha Omega Nova of ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco'' is just a pretty face over whom Luluco's obsessed. [[spoiler: It's later invoked, as his primary goal was to manifest the most worthless thing in existence: the shallow love of an especially foolish girl.]]
* 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]].
* ''Anime/UmiMonogatari'' has Kojima, who never gets much more background than that Kanon likes him.
* Fumiya from ''Manga/WanderingSon'' is introduced as having a crush on Saori. Pretty much everything he does is related to this crush of his. [[spoiler:Surprisingly when they ''do'' begin to date he mostly phases out of the story or appears at the school he shares with Nitori]].
* Himawari of ''Manga/{{xxxHOLiC}}'' comes off like this for a good while. Then we find out that her, Doumeki and Watanuki's bonds are ''far'' more complex.
* Katie from ''Anime/YokaiWatch'' doesn't have much going for her besides being Nate's crush. She has her own set of friends and worries but most of her screentime is just for Nate to be awkward around her.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Lady Sif from ComicBook/TheMightyThor is supposed to be a badass LadyOfWar and the second greatest female warrior in Asgard. Sadly, despite nearly every other supporting character being well developed over the decades, Sif's stories have focused almost exclusively on Thor with only a few making an attempt to give her any personality beyond that. A notable exception being the 2012-2013 run of ''ComicBook/JourneyIntoMystery'' which had Sif as its main character. The writer, Kathryn Immonen, explored Sif's personality and embarked her on various badass (and mostly Thor-unrelated) adventures. Sadly, the series was then cancelled due to low sales.
* It took until the ''ComicBook/{{New 52}}'' for Steve Trevor to significantly evolve into someone other than Franchise/WonderWoman's boyfriend (the fact that they break up helps).
* A number of examples from Franchise/SpiderMan:
** Marla Madison was a scientist who built a Spider-Slayer for J. Jonah Jameson, who subsequently fell in love with her and eventually married her. Since Dr. Madison stopped building Spider-Slayers, she gradually settled down into this position as few writers seemed to be interested in developing her as a character. As she was one of several characters to be fridged in post-''Comicbook/OneMoreDay'' stories, there is now little chance of that being rectified.
** Cissy Ironwood was a Satellite Love Interest created especially for ''Marvel Team-Up'' in the early 1980s so that the writers of that could write stories in which Spider-Man ditched his date in order to fight the villain of the month without having to keep track of the latest romantic developments in the other two Spider-books.
** Carlie Cooper was supposed to be "perfect" for Peter Parker. 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, 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, 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, where more of an assignable personality can surface.
* Sadie in ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'' has no character outside of her relationship with Jack and worrying about her brother.
* ''ComicBook/SupermanEarthOne'': Lisa Lasalle has no characterization outside of her relationship with [[Franchise/{{Superman}} Clark]]. [[spoiler:Even when she revealed she was working as a prostitute to earn extra money, that plotline only comes at the forefront at the final pages of volume 2 and is solved fairly quickly.]]
* 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. 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.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* There's a a category of MarySue that is essentially defined as this: RelationshipSue. Relationship Sues are basically designed to be the perfect significant other of a canon character, and are nothing beyond that.
* 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.
* In-universe, Hermione spends most of ''Fanfic/HarryPotterAndTheMethodsOfRationality'' worried that she's becoming this to Harry, since she'd much prefer to be recognized for her own merits.
* 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, as well as Celestia to the Grand Ruler, in the later half of the story. Their romances are never developed, it's just said that the couples are in love with no real meaningful interaction or development.
* 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.

[[folder:Film -- Animated]]
* Taken to its logical extreme in Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}''. Bartok the Bat [[HeelFaceTurn abandons Rasputin]] near the end, and is rewarded with a {{pink|GirlBlueBoy}} bat who flies in and kisses him.
-->'''[[WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick Nostalgia Chick]]''': Do the right thing! [[SexualKarma Karma will get you laid]]!
* Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon:
** The Prince from ''Disney/SnowWhiteAndTheSevenDwarfs''. He shows up at the start to fall in LoveAtFirstSight with Snow White, disappears for the majority of the film (though she does get an IWantSong about him in the middle) and comes in at the end to wake her from the poison. WordOfGod is that he had a larger role originally, but [[RealLifeWritesThePlot the animators were having trouble realistically animating a human male]].
** ''Disney/{{Bambi}}''
*** Faline doesn't really have a personality beyond GenkiGirl in the first film, especially when she grows up into a doe and sheds even that, and sparsely interacts with anyone besides Bambi. The midquel fleshes her personality out a little more and gives her more screen time with the other characters, although she remains fixated around Bambi and is still often kept OutOfFocus.
*** Likewise, neither Thumper's nor Flower's love interests have any personality, though they only appear very briefly.
** The Prince in ''Disney/{{Cinderella}}'' only appears at the ball as someone for Cinderella to fall for and escape her stepfamily by marrying. Both the sequels ([[Disney/CinderellaIIIATwistInTime particularly the third film]]) and the [[Film/Cinderella2015 live-action remake]] go out of their way to subvert this, the former giving him a DeadpanSnarker and LeaningOnTheFourthWall personality, the latter giving him a subplot of his own.
** ''Disney/SleepingBeauty''. Ironically, ''both lovers'' kind of fit this bill - because the story is really a PerspectiveFlip on the efforts of the three Good Fairies to save them from Maleficent. The prince does get to do a little more than his two predecessors (he even gets a name!) but most of the plot is driven by the fairies - making Philip and Aurora essentially {{Living MacGuffin}}s.
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''. Although, Prince Eric appeared more time in the screen than the other princes, since he is saved by Ariel, his main objective is to be Ariel's love interest, the latter serves as a reference for Ariel to be even more animated to go to the surface.
** Vixey from ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound'' has barely any personality, due to being introduced around the time Tod was put in the nature reserve. She is implied to have known Big Mama for some time, but that's pretty much all we know about her besides the fact she and Tod love each other.
* Roxanne in ''WesternAnimation/AGoofyMovie'' has a characterization that amounts to "has some of Max's surface flaws" and "is Max's {{Love Interest|s}}." 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.
* In ''WesternAnimation/IceAge5CollisionCourse'', Brooke the sloth is good for one RousingSpeech, and otherwise only exists to get Sid laid. Julian the mammoth is a lesser example, as he actually gets some decent screentime [[spoiler:and helps make the final push to save the day]], but his character almost entirely revolves around his upcoming marriage with Peaches, which also drives [[OverprotectiveDad Manny's]] character arc for the movie.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/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]].
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'':
** Flash Sentry 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 ''or Twilight'' ever know about him. That doesn't stop the LoveAtFirstSight. The second movie ''really'' puts it in lights: his introduction to the film is to come in and nervously ask the Mane Six's human counterparts if Twilight's come back lately. (You know, Twilight, the ''princess'' from ''another world'' that won't be accessible for ''months'', and who really has ''no'' reason to ''ever'' return?) Evidently, the answer to "What is he when not being the love interest?" is "that guy randomly shows up to ask if Twilight has inexplicably returned." He just ''isn't a character'' in his own right. Emphasized [[UpToEleven even further]] in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'' where his only role is to be shot down by Human Twilight twice, showing how unimportant he is without the ShipTease. Interestingly, ''Friendship Games'' and ''Legend of Everfree'' having him get shot down moves him into a new role that {{lampshade|Hanging}}s him as this sort of character: now that Twilight's human counterpart is part of the gang and Pony Twilight is not in the movies anymore, and eventually Sunset Shimmer telling him straight that ''this'' Twilight isn't ''that'' Twilight and he needs to move on (and then going on with the plot and not noticing Flash trying to get back with her), poor Flash's role in the story is now "generic love-interest-y person ''without someone to be a generic love interest to.''" He pops up to fulfill his role in life as the guy who occasionally interrupts the plot to smile cutely and be smiled at in return... and there's no one who needs him for that. He's still no more developed than he ever was, but it's got some of his haters feeling some pity.
** Then history seems to repeat itself in ''Legend of Everfree'' with Timber Spruce. While at first it seems he's a major character and involved in the incidents leading the cast to believe Gaia Everfree is trying to destroy the camp, [[spoiler: he turns out to be a RedHerring for his sister Gloriosa, and in the end doesn't really contribute anything to the plot outside of that]]. Take all that away, and you're left with a generic NiceGuy love interest for Sci-Twi to crush on. It's so blatant and pointless to the overall plot, fans who had no particular fondness for Flash Sentry [[ReplacementScrappy consider him even more forced]].
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/ShrekForeverAfter''. [[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 ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', and the logistics of having Bo Peep actually be involved in the action of [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory3 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.]]
* Played painfully straight in Creator/VideoBrinquedo's ''WesternAnimation/TheLittlePandaFighter'', where the female bear is a total FlatCharacter and is only there to be Pancada's LoveInterest.

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* Irina, the Greek princess in ''Comicbook/{{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.
* Foxy Cleopatra in ''Film/AustinPowersInGoldmember''. Unlike Vanessa and Felicity, whose roles were more intertwined with Austin's; Foxy's character was limited to being "the token female that Austin kisses before the credits run". This may have been a side-effect of ''Goldmember'' focusing more on Austin's relationship with his father as opposed to him falling in love.
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron'' has [[spoiler:Clint Barton's wife and kids]]. Her only role in the plot is that the gang uses their home as a safehouse ([[spoiler:since Nick Fury had erased the existence of Barton's family from SHIELD's records to keep them safe]]).
* Jennifer in the ''Franchise/BackToTheFuture'' trilogy. She appeared very little in the [[Film/BackToTheFuture 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 [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartII second]] and [[Film/BackToTheFuturePartIII third]] movies.
* Joanna and Elizabeth, the Royal Princess Babes from ''Film/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 ''Film/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, as 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 ''Film/{{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 {{Found Footage|Films}} style. Ironically, she clearly has more depth than he does near the start, and they seem to have some offscreen development of their relationship.
* Music/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]].
* Link Larkin in the original 1988 film version of ''Film/{{Hairspray}}'' had no personality whatsoever outside of being a love interest to Tracey. The musical adaptation gave him a lot more character.
* ''Film/TheIronHorse'' is a drama about the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The hero is an idealistic Pony Express rider and son of a railroad surveyor, who does battle against an evil land speculator and his corrupt engineer sidekick. Eventually the hero defeats the bad guys and the railroad is built. He also has a girlfriend. Sometimes, this girlfriend is shown onscreen, looking pretty, and occasionally urging the hero not to fight, but mostly looking pretty.
* Surprisingly, this is [[ZigZaggingTrope 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/CasinoRoyale2006 Vesper Lynd]] and ''especially'' [[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 are the epitome of this trope, such as [[Film/DiamondsAreForever Tiffany Case]], [[Film/TheManWithTheGoldenGun Mary Goodnight]], [[Film/{{Moonraker}} Holly Goodhead]] and [[Film/AViewToAKill Stacey Sutton]].
* ''Film/TheKarateKid'' movies:
** Ali Mills in ''Film/TheKarateKid1984'' fits this trope to a T. She basically exists only to be Daniel's girlfriend and to sit pretty.
** Averted (but barely) by Kumiko from ''Film/TheKarateKidPartII'', who is shown to have her own dream of becoming 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.]]
** Meiying in ''Film/TheKarateKid2010'' remake is very shallow too - and even weaker than Ali.
* Katie Deauxma in ''Film/KickAss'', 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.
* Jocelyn in ''Film/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...
* 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]].
* Bonnie in ''Film/OnlyAngelsHaveWings''. The story is about Geoff the studly pilot and his fellow studly pilots, and their dinky little airline that makes highly dangerous flights over the Andes and back. Bonnie arrives in town for...some reason the movie never specifies. She has a job doing...something the movie never specifies. She falls in love with Geoff. The pilots continue to make perilous flights into the interior of South America and back; tragedy strikes and new friendships are formed. At the end Bonnie is--still in love with Geoff, having hung around throughout the movie but hardly affecting the story at all.
* Jane from ''Film/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 [[LampshadeHanging 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'', Creator/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]].

* In ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfCaterpillarJones'', Cat doesn't get much characterization other than liking C.J., and Sammy's wife Sandy gets even less characterization.
* Bart and Robert in ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' 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 ''Literature/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 Franchise/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 ''Literature/{{Dracula}}''. Lucy's suitors function in the story as little more than that. Arthur (who is the one that gets the girl) only hopes for Lucy's affections and then [[spoiler: mourns her death]]. Quincey doesn't get the girl and only contributes owning a hunting knife to the fight with 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 fiancé Therandil in the ''Literature/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 ''Literature/EternalChampion'' story by Creator/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.
* Bryce Loski of ''Literature/{{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 ''Literature/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 [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation believe her to be a lesbian]]).
* [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]] in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'' where Cho latches on Harry due to serious psychological problems, rather than merely being smitten; also, Harry only knew her on a shallow basis before dating her, and neither could handle the stress.
* In ''Literature/AHarvestOfWar'' Queen Thyll's lover, Penda Mortimer, is this. His life and career literally revolve around her. Still, he ends up doing a lot more than usual for this trope due to said career being "high-ranking knight".
* ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars A Princess of Mars]]'' has John Carter do things beyond the impossible all for his relatively basic love for Dejah Thoris. In the entire ten-book canon, Dejah Thoris' characterization never really gets much beyond "beautiful princess who loves John Carter." The only books in which she actually gets to do anything are the first (''Princess'') and the eighth (''Swords''). In books two and three (''Gods'' and ''Warlord'') she's essentially a MacGuffin, she spends almost the entirety of book nine (''Synthetic Men'') in a coma, and in the other five she makes only a cameo appearance at the end (and sometimes in the beginning as well), with the bulk of the story being about a different couple (Carter himself is a significant character in only one of the five, ''Llana of Gathol'').
* In ''Literature/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 {{Love Interest|s}} 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 that Robb would break his engagement to a girl he's never met for her.
* Many of these in ''Literature/SweetValleyHigh'' and its spin-offs. It was almost guaranteed that [[OncePerEpisode 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.
* The White Queen in ''LightNovel/TheUnexploredSummonBloodSign'' plays with this. While she is indeed Kyousuke's love interest, and all of her thoughts are related to him in some way, [[spoiler:she's also the BigBad of the series. Due to [[MoralEventHorizon her actions in the past]], Kyousuke absolutely refuses to be with her again, and is devoted to trying to kill her. The story is essentially all about her attempts to make him fall in love with her again, [[{{Yandere}} no matter the cost]]]].
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** One of the most bizarre examples of this trope can be found in the concept of "imprinting", 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 breathe 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 can't give even one excuse as she even admits that Renee is totally correct.
* Ramandu's daughter in ''Literature/TheVoyageOfTheDawnTreader'' only appears in one of the last chapters 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 HappilyEverAfter 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.
* Creator/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 is a deconstruction of the ArtifactOfAttraction: After all, a Shallow Love Interest 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 admits he is a snob.
%%* Gustav in ''Literature/TheCircle2011''. Especially in the sequels.

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* ''Series/{{Borgen}}'''s final series introduces Jeremy Welsh, a character who unfortunately has no role or personality beyond "supportive boyfriend" to main character Birgitte.
* ''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. They flirt and exchange a few gazes in Season 3...until he breaks up with her for being too disinterested. Season 7 has another character reveal he later turned out to be gay.
** Oz began as this - entirely as a love interest for Willow. But when he became a werewolf, it allowed him to have plotlines that didn't involve being Willow's boyfriend.
** Buffy's season 4 boyfriend Riley Finn existed on the show to only be Buffy's love interest after Angel, and while he did play an important role in the Initiative Plot, that role was just to give their relationship more "drama". It's really not that surprising that, come season 5 when the writers realized he had nothing interesting to do, they promptly got rid of him.
* ''{{Series/Charmed}}'':
** Dan initially began as an aversion - as he was taking care of his teenage sister while living next door to the Halliwells. But when Jenny was PutOnABus to live with her parents again, Dan's only role was to be part of a LoveTriangle between Piper and Leo. Even when he and Piper split up halfway through the season, he spends the rest of his time getting jealous and suspicious of Leo. He moves away at the end of the season.
** Some of Phoebe's boyfriends exist only to give her someone to go on dates with. Leslie was probably the most notable long-term example. Season 8 both lampshades and deconstructs this. Her boyfriend Dex - when he finds out she's a witch - questions whether she actually fell in love with him or just pursued him because she had a premonition of them getting married. It's later revealed that the endless series of failed relationships has left her broken and terrified of love. [[spoiler: But she marries a cupid called Coop, who was actually sent by the Elders to ''be'' her perfect match.]]
* ''Series/CooperBarrettsGuideToSurvivingLife'': Josh's wife Leslie and Cooper's neighbor Kelly are both this in the first episode. They only interact with their love interests, and don't mention anything that isn't directly related to those love interests. Averted from the second episode on; Leslie and Kelly end up becoming fast friends and we find out more about their lives that don't have anything to do with men.
* ''Series/CrashAndBernstein'': Wyatt's best friend Pesto has only one defining trait: he has a massive crush on Wyatt's older sister Amanda.
* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'':
** 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/Daredevil2015'':
** Foggy's girlfriend Marci Stahl has shades of this for the first two seasons, since she only ever interacts with Foggy, and the only time she has interactions with someone who isn't Foggy is in her intro scene, where in addition to Foggy, she also gets to interact with Karen. This changes in season 3, when she becomes a fourth wheel in the Avocados gang to help Matt, Karen and Foggy with their second investigation of Wilson Fisk.
** Elektra gets shades of this in season 2, since a lot of her characterization is built around her relationships with the male figures in her life, namely her ex-boyfriend (Matt) and her surrogate father/sensei (Stick), and those are the two people she primarily interacts with.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'':
** Understandably, due to time constraints and the large cast of leads and supporting characters from the solo shows being juggled around, there were going to be out of focus and sidelined. But this is most apparent with Karen Page, as outside of a single interaction with Trish Walker, her interactions are primarily with Matt or with Foggy.
** Claire Temple gets hit a bit with this. After having been integral to linking the standalone shows together, ''The Defenders'' treats her primarily as Luke's love interest, and never allows her to do her medical work onscreen. The show barely even acknowledges until a conversation between Claire and Foggy that she had past romantic history with Matt for a bit back in ''Daredevil'' season 1, and no acknowledgment of the role Jessica played in the season 1 finale of [[Series/JessicaJones2015 her show]] in bringing Luke and Claire together.
* ''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.
** Danny Pink in the 2014 series qualifies. Although he has a rather well-developed backstory (an Afghanistan war veteran with PTSD, and one episode features the Doctor and Clara meeting him as a child when he lived in an orphanage), in terms of his relationship with Clara we don't see very much of what he does outside said relationship other than giving Clara a shoulder to cry on when things get a bit rough with the Doctor and occasionally letting his PTSD get the better of him in front of his students. Primarily, he refuses to go on any adventures with her, which enforces his satellite status as this prevents him from becoming directly involved in the mandate of the series - except for two key exceptions, one of which [[KilledOffForReal doesn't end well for Danny]].
* ''Series/{{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 {{Love Interest|s}}. Her real persona, Madeline, actually has much more going on in the story]].
* In ''Series/DowntonAbbey'', most suitors for the Crawley girls (with the exception of Matthew Crawley and Tom Branson) turn out to be this. Matthew had his own in the form of [[RomanticFalseLead Lavinia Swire]].
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/{{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.
* Juliette in ''Series/{{Grimm}}''. Girlfriend of the protagonist, she seemingly only exists in Nick's presence. Despite being a licensed veterinarian, we only see her go to work when it furthers the plot of a case Nick is investigating. We know nothing about her family, where she's from or even how she met Nick. Her friends on the show consist of Monroe and Rosalie who she met through Nick. The one friend who appears from her pre-Nick past only appeared because she needed Nick's help and disappeared never to be heard from again after the situation was resolved. Juliette is bilingual but this is only revealed when Nick needs a Spanish-speaker to help him with a case based in Mexican lore. When Juliette finally got an independent plot involving [[LaserGuidedAmnesia amnesia that made her forget Nick]] she decided she was in love with Captain Renard, Nick's boss! When [[TheScrappy fan's had had enough]] she was [[PutOnABus put on a bus]] [[spoiler: until the writers could retool the character and bring her back as "Eve" who is a reprogrammed with Juliette's memories and powers, but stripped of her feelings for Nick]].
* ''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 anything) after the season they're introduced in. One of these lucky ladies is even [[RetGone retconned]] out of existence.
* ''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.
* ''Series/InspectorLynley'': 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 {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST 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. 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.
* ''Franchise/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 left town for her own safety.
* All of Janelle's appearances on ''Series/LabRats'' to date have revolved around Leo's crush on her.
* ''Series/{{Luke Cage|2016}}'': In the second season, a lot of Claire Temple's presence revolves around her role as Luke's love interest.
* Subverted in one episode of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle''. 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|2008}}'':
** 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 SickeninglySweethearts, much to the bafflement of everyone else.
** But notably {{subverted|Trope}} with two more of Arthur's {{Romantic False Lead}}s: 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 likable 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 {{The Fair Folk}}s' attempt to take over Camelot, and though Mithian's function ''was'' simply as a {{Love Interest|s}} for Arthur, she was also a three-dimensional character who ended up being popular enough to return to the show in the next season.
** 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!
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** Robin Hood is introduced solely as a potential SecondLove for Regina. For all his interesting backstory, all his plots and storylines revolve around his relationship with Regina.
** Hook is a similar offender. Around midway through Season 4, he becomes defined almost entirely through his relationship with Emma.
** Belle goes through the opposite. She ''began'' as this for Rumple, and only existed to be a MoralityPet preventing him from being completely evil. But around Season 4, she started having more storylines of her own and far more agency in them.
* The love interests of Finch and Reese from before the start of ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Grace Hendricks and Jessica Arndt, fall into this. With Jessica this is because she actually died before the start of the series, so her only relevance is how her failed relationship with John and her eventual death impacted him. Grace is still around, but even then, most of her appearances are flashbacks to when she and Harold were dating, and the majority of her present-day scenes center around people using her to get to Harold.
* ''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 [[DamselInDistress 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 Satellite Love Interests to ''her'', since they were given no significant screen-time in the third season that went beyond their LoveTriangle with her.
%%* ''{{Series/Salem}}'': Gloriana, a sex worker whom Cotton Mather is apparently in love with.
* Clara from ''Series/{{Sanctuary}}'' 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.
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'': Elliot's boyfriend, Jake, who existed only for Elliot to pine over him and be her perfect match for a few episodes. In the transition from Season 4 to 5, he abruptly disappears.
* ''Series/TheSecretWorldOfAlexMack'': 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.]]
* OncePerEpisode in ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'', though sometimes subverted as many of the dates are complete and utter weirdos.
* ''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/{{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]] tendencies, 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 more than 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".
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'': Has had many instances of this trope in the course of its [[LongRunners 38 series history]], most of them being one-shot interests to the resident [[TheCasanova playboy]] on the team.
* ''Series/TheThundermans'': Link has absolutely no function in the show other than being Phoebe's boyfriend. He has only appeared in episodes that are about him and his relationship with Phoebe. Otherwise, his name is never even ''mentioned.''
* ''Series/UglyBetty'': Austin has no last name and is more of a plot device to get Justin to realize his sexuality than an actual character.
* ''Series/{{Victorious}}'': Beck, though a slight aversion as he gets more characterization in season one than most do of this trope, but whenever he figures prominently in a plot, it's always either relationship drama with Jade or ship tease with Tori and other cast members, and he's almost always seen through Tori's, Jade's or even Robbie's(!) point of view.

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* ''ComicStrip/{{Luann}}'':
** 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.
*** And when Quill finally gained some personality in the form of a love of theater, [[EnforcedTrope Luann ended up dumping him for not paying enough attention to her.]]
* A prime example is The Little Red Haired Girl from the ''ComicStrip/{{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. Which actually makes her essentially the ''opposite'' of this trope: her life emphatically does ''not'' revolve around Charlie, and she presumably has her own interests, we just don't know anything about them.

%%* Sophie in ''Theatre/DerRosenkavalier''.
%%* Practically any soprano heroine in Music/GiuseppeVerdi's operas.
* Papagena in ''Theatre/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.

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* Isabella/Catleia in ''[[Videogame/NintendoWars Advance Wars: Days of Ruin/Dark Conflict]]'' derives her entire character around being an amnesiac MysteriousWaif who is (going to be) the girlfriend of main character Will/Ed. Consequently, despite being [[MasterOfAll one of the best commanders in the game]], she is never used in any Campaign mission.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' - a page debating whether Aeris or Tifa is Cloud's true love invoked this trope to argue this for Tifa. While Aeris has a role in the story of her own, Tifa's role revolves around her relationship to Cloud. WordOfGod is that Tifa is the one. She's still a developed character though, showing that [[TropesAreTools Tropes Are Not Bad]].
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'' has Sir Fratley for Freya. He's her motivation for leaving Burmecia and travelling the world, and he shows up with amnesia to add even more trauma for her. While Freya helps save the world, Fratley is there entirely as her love interest. He disappears after the second disk, only to reappear in the end. Perhaps in acknowledgment of the trope, Freya's inner monologue expresses [[MaybeEverAfter doubts]] over whether they can pick up where they left off (as he still does not remember her).
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV'' - one of the main criticisms concerning Lunafreya Nox Fleuret outside of the [[ReplacementScrappy controversy concerning certain production decisions]] is that Luna's character literally revolves around Noctis and that she has little agency or character outside of helping him achieve his destiny. While this isn't so bad in itself, the problem most have is that she and Noctis have little chemistry and share almost no scenes together when they are both adults [[spoiler: when both are alive]], so the audience doesn't get a good read on what the two would actually be like as a couple.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
** All of the playable characters 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. And there's a rather popular AlternativeCharacterInterpretation about Olivia and Chrom's deal being a LoveAtFirstSight that later [[HappilyMarried developed into true affection]]. 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, since she has no prevalence in the story beyond being his love interest, yet she is the only one who receives extra scenes that serve no purpose other than hinting at her to be the ImpliedLoveInterest. Even though choosing Chrom's wife is optional, the game's mechanics and her extra scenes (one even titled "lovebirds") does push you to choose Sumia, and she's the only one who receives a cutscene for the proposal. However, she vanishes from the narrative after Lucina joins, instead just becoming just like any of the other units.
* Ultimately {{averted|Trope}} by Ninian from ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade''. She ''can'' be one of Eliwood's brides and is the only one who develops feelings for him [[AllLoveIsUnrequited 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]] ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pUMJaEjmco 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 [[UsefulNotes/TheBlockbusterAgeOfHollywood modern Hollywood filmmaking]].
* ''VideoGame/LastScenario'' has Valentin, Matilda's husband, who's only relevant in two scenes in the entire game, has very little chemistry with his wife, and in fact very little personality at all beyond just being the wimpy NonActionGuy to Matilda's tough, intimidating ActionGirl. He seems to exist solely to prematurely [[ShipSinking sink any ships]] revolving around Matilda or Thorve/Drakovic (she even warns Drakovic that she's a married woman at one point.)
* 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 [[BridgeBunnies 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]]. Particularly telling is that she is the only love interest who will even attempt to hit on Shepard if a true romance has already been locked in.
* Akane Kurashiki of ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'' is [[TheHero Junpei]]'s {{childhood friend|Romance}} [[SheIsAllGrownUp all grown up]], [[CovertPervert flirts with him while they're in a dangerous situation]], [[TheChick and her personality is largely built around that]]. Sure, she has some {{Cloudcuckoolander}} AgentMulder tendencies, but by and large Akane is a ''textbook'' flat Love Interest...[[spoiler:right up until the [[TheEndingChangesEverything True Ending]], where we learn that [[LoveInterestTraitor she]] [[TheChessmaster is]] [[FromNobodyToNightmare neither]] [[UsedToBeASweetKid of]] [[BitchInSheepsClothing those]] [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon things]].]]
* Sunny Funny from ''VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper''. Her role in both games revolves around her being Parappa's crush.
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 2}}: Innocent Sin'' initially presents the Lisa as one to Tatsuya. Her main features are that her parents are American Japanophiles (making her a PhenotypeStereotype), she's interested in Chinese, and she ''really really'' wants Tatsuya to date her. Even when showing off her knowledge of Chinese, it's to hit on Tatsuya. Then the backstory comes in and the trope becomes massively deconstructed. By the time you have the option of choosing her as a genuine love interest, she has gained a lot of depth and thoroughly subverted the trope.
* ''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.
* Mist, Mana, and Shara are considered the Canon love interest in their respectable ''VideoGame/RuneFactory'' games. Unsurprisingly, they also tend to be the ones least likely picked by players for marriage due to the much more interesting choices the game gives for other bachelorettes. ''Rune Factory 4'' manages to subvert this by throwing away the idea of a canon love interest all together. And before that, ''VideoGame/RuneFactoryFrontier'', due to the expanded characterization for the returning characters, also rescued Mist from this trope as she became known more for being a {{Cloudcuckoolander}}.
* Beth in ''VideoGame/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 ''VideoGame/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.]]

* Molly in ''Webcomic/{{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 ''Webcomic/{{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.
* Dorothy from ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' dumps Danny due to fears that his life is increasingly revolving around her, turning him into one of these.
* Paz from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. While her relationship with Kat is cute, we don't learn anything much about her other than that she used to have a crush on a boy before developing feelings for Kat, she's generally cheerful, and she can talk to animals. After her hook-up with Kat, she's only had one big, plot-relevant scene of talking down a monster that wasn't some variation of "she's happy to be with Kat". Whenever the main characters have to go on some adventure or quest, Paz is conspicuously absent from it and we never even get to see her reactions to Kat and her other schoolmates doing potentially dangerous things or Kat telling her about them. Her main role in the plot so far has been to just occasionally appear to remind us that Kat has a cute girlfriend.
* Layla the butterfly from ''Webcomic/TheLegendOfSpyroZonoyasRevenge'' does not affect the plot at all except to be Sparx's girlfriend.
* 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.
* Rosey in ''Webcomic/WeenieLicked'', to Paul. {{Justified|Trope}} as she is created by Paul specifically to be his girlfriend and he doesn't think of any other traits for her until after the fact. She seems to be developing away from this.

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* ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' has Aydin Marcos. His only defining personality trait is the fact that he loves Aimee.
* The Website/YouTube series ''WebVideo/LPSPopular'' ([[Franchise/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.
* In ''Series/{{Noob}}'', Arthéon and Kary bonded over both being TheRoleplayer, but Kary's role in the story seems to limit itself to dating Arthéon long enough for him to get deeply attached to her, then [[spoiler:choosing the discovery of new game content over their in-game wedding that Arthéon viewed as a first step towards a real-life one]]. This causes the RageBreakingPoint that ends up pushing Arthéon's storyline in a new direction, and Kary is out of the picture after this.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Betty Grof's entire role in the plot is to be Simon Petrikov's former love interest. The only reason she even appears in the present time of Ooo is to find a cure for her insane fiancé.
%%* Betty Quinlan of ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius''.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' has Dana Tan. TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife, and for Terry, that means Dana Tan is the girl he's always missing dates with. She ends up being little more, which ends up making her none too likable as TheObstructiveLoveInterest, which is sad - her first season appearances gives her plenty of qualities that could have been expanded upon. But, aside from [[ADayInTheLimelight one focus episode]] where she got to be a [[DamselOutOfDistress fairly]] [[DefiantCaptive proactive]] DamselInDistress, [[OutOfFocus she was never given enough attention to develop]] and [[DemotedToExtra almost disappeared in the third season]].
* 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''. Besides her only shown personality traits being that she's nice, she's [=ChalkZone=]'s local celebrity, and that Snap has a crush on her, she also rarely ever appears without Snap in the same scene.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}.''
** One reason that [[TallDarkAndSnarky Tom]]'s TheScrappy (aside from the LoveTriangle drama) is that he has little characterization outside of being [[TheSnarkKnight Daria and Jane]]'s SpearCounterpart; throughout the series, the number of scenes where he's not with them (or talking with them on the phone) could probably be counted on one hand. Aspects of his character that make him unique--his OldMoney background or private prep school--don't really get explored outside of some providing light class drama with Daria. We meet his family and he apparently has other friends, but these relationships are only hinted at.
** [[LovableJock Mack]] is another example, though he at least gets characterization as [[DumbJock Kevin]]'s Satellite Best Friend ([[VitriolicBestBuds semi-willingly]]) as well as being [[ExtracurricularEnthusiast Jodie]]'s often put-upon boyfriend.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', Gandra Dee would never get much characterization other than being Fenton Crackshell's love interest and girlfriend (except for how she could be really rude and ungrateful to Fenton). She only appeared in six episodes though, but she would seldom be the main focus of the plot even within that limited screen time.
* 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 ''WesternAnimation/FishHooks'' really has no character outside of being Oscar's girlfriend and having a lot in common with him.
* Panini from ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', her only real character trait is that she has a crush on Chowder. Her whole character involves around Chowder to the point that not much is known about her personality (besides having a crush on the main character).
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'':
** One-shot girly girl Dawn 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]].
** As cute as a couple they were, Larry's girlfriend, Stacey from the ''Life With Loopy'' short "Larry's Girl" was one of these, with her only shown traits being that she fell in love with Larry and sharing interests with him. This was inevitable, though; she only appeared in the last minute of the short (which normally runs for four minutes), had only one line of dialogue, and never appeared again for the rest of the series.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Eugly the rabbit is Quack Quack's girlfriend... and that's pretty much all we know about her.
* 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 (Experiment 624), an experiment who is designed [[FaceHeelTurn to make experiments made before her evil]] with a [[EnthrallingSiren siren song]], was primarily introduced to give Stitch a love interest. She even looks a lot like a [[PinkGirlBlueBoy pink]], [[DistaffCounterpart female version of him]].
** Lilo has a crush on a local skateboarding boy named Keoni Jameson, who is the son of her older sister Nani's employer. According to [[WordOfGod executive producer Jess Winfield]], he was also designed to be an AudienceSurrogate, as he's a generally NiceGuy who accepts Lilo for who she is, though he still doesn't have that much of a personality.
*** These two characters actually prove why this trope can be [[TropesAreTools both good and bad]]. Angel actually became a BreakoutCharacter for the ''Franchise/LiloAndStitch'' franchise despite only appearing in two episodes of ''The Series'' (her eponymous debut and [[GrandFinale "Snafu"]]) and a few scenes in ''WesternAnimation/LeroyAndStitch'', eventually becoming a major character with a more defined personality in the later anime ''Anime/{{Stitch}}'' Keoni, on the other hand, [[TheScrappy was despised by the fanbase]] [[ExecutiveMeddling and even the]] [[CreatorBacklash writing team]] for being a bland character who (in most episodes he appears) unintentionally brings out the worst in Lilo, unlike how Stitch [[MoralityPet behaves much more politely whenever he's around Angel]].
* ''WesternAnimation/LittlestPetShop2012'' has Josh Sharpe, whose only known traits are limited to, he's nice and is in a band. The show had several crushes for the pets who only appeared in one single episode (Delilah was in a two-parter) and they were all developed much deeper. Except for the polecat Captain Cuddles who also didn't have very much characterization aside from being charming. And Philippe Boudreaux who was a Dog Mime, nothing more.
* ''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.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls2016'' gives Blossom a crush on a boy named Jared Shapiro. He's around her age, goes to her school, is nerdy, and likes her but can't tell her... That's about all there is to Jared Shapiro.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Jeremy Johnson initially had no purpose other than being a bright spot in Candace's life, but later episodes develop him a bit more. He's shown to have his own life and friends, is savvy to Candace's freak outs, and got some interaction with other characters like [[HarmlessVillain Dr. Doofenshmirtz.]] In terms of personality, he's pretty much a chill, relaxed, mature, responsible {{Workaholic}}. The answer to what he's doing when not being a love interest is [[{{Workaholic}} "Probably working, usually at Mr. Slushy Burger, or maybe teaching guitar lessons, or being a lifeguard."]]
** Isabella has a huge crush on Phineas, and is usually involved in the boys' projects because of this. She's not truly a flat character, and has received a decent amount of characterization, but her role and actions in the show largely revolve around her feelings for Phineas.
* 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 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 appears only in the episode where she likes him.
* Several minor characters from ''WesternAnimation/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 {{Moral Guardian|s}} is more than enough to stand on its own.
* Lola serves as this role in ''Film/SpaceJam'', because WesternAnimation/BugsBunny needs to be romantically infatuated. ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' revamps 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 has a defined personality on ''WesternAnimation/BabyLooneyTunes'' outside of Bugs, though largely because everyone are infants, there is no romance going on.
* Squilvia, a one-shot character from ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'', doesn't have much to her outside of being attracted to those who are EnragedByIdiocy.
* ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'': There are two characters whose defining trait in the show is to be the person that the two main characters, Star and Marco, have their respective crushes on.
** Jackie-Lynn Thomas to Marco. In Season 1, Jackie doesn't have much of a role besides being the girl Marco's crushing on. This is even lampshaded by Marco in the episode "Sleepover", when he admits he never truly to got know Jackie beyond the image of her he built up, but he would like to try. Jackie is given a more fleshed out personality in Season 2, but even with the expanded characterization her primary role in the show is as Marco's love interest.
** Oskar Greason only ever gets focus relevant to Star's crush on him. Like Jackie, he does have some HiddenDepths, but is ultimately defined as Star's crush. In fact, Oskar actually goes OutOfFocus at the same time that Star's crush on him fades away [[spoiler:and she falls in love with Marco]], and when he does reappear in the Season 2 finale, his role is as the guy Star ''used'' to have a crush on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'':
** Trent 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]].
** Zoey's label and biography describe her as an "indie chick", but [[InformedAttribute this never comes up in the show itself]]. Instead, her defining trait is her mutual crush on Mike, who has multiple personalities and is trying to hide this from her.
** Devin serves as Carrie's [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] target of affection, and the majority of his dialogue is dedicated to [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage either fueling or denting her feelings for him]]. His satellite status is made all the more apparent by his lack of interaction with anyone ''other'' than Carrie, as nearly all the other characters (including Carrie herself) had managed to gain at least one friend or rival by the midpoint of the competition.
* 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/XMenEvolution'' 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'' has Zooey the Fox, Tails' girlfriend. She's a nice girl, and the two do make an adorable couple...but outside of being Tails' girlfriend very little can be said about her, especially related to Tails' other girlfriends across the franchise's history, specifically [[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Fiona Fox]] and [[Anime/SonicX Cosmo the Seedrian]] - though at least this relationship hasn't ended in disaster like those other two have.

* WebVideo/TheBlockBusterBuster refers to them as "F.R.I." - Forced Romantic Interest.
* Blog/{{Limyaael|sFantasyRants}} refers to both male and female versions under the title [[http://limyaael.livejournal.com/377262.html "Designated Love Interest"]] (no relation to [[DesignatedLoveInterest the trope]] [[NamesTheSame besides the name]]).
* 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--only a throwaway line at the end implies she and Bowen HookedUpAfterwards).