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->''"Sorry, girl, but you missed out''\\
''Well tough luck, that boy's mine now''\\
''We are more than just good friends''\\
''This is how the story ends."''
-->-- '''Music/AvrilLavigne,''' "[=Sk8er=] Boi"

"FirstLove is the Best Love", that's what they say. Who "they" are is a mystery, but they are (occasionally) wrong. In reality, many people fall in love a second, third, or even fourth time. Despite the FirstGirlWins trope, there are many cases when the second girl (not necessarily [[LastGirlWins Last Girl]]) ends up with the guy. This happens with the guy as well, but not as often. This is not to say that first love can't ever work out, this trope applies to when the first love does not work out and is relevant.

Reasons for the first love not working out vary. The person may have cheated on their significant other, turned evil, or even died. Widowing is popular, as it allows the old love interest to be "[[DeathOfTheHypotenuse out of the way]]" without ruining the dignity or reputation of either of the pair (especially if the deceased is played up as having been TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth). Often, for added tension, the first and second loves know each other, or may have been sworn enemies. In some more supernatural cases, the second love happens [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest to look exactly like the first one.]]

A common ploy is to find the second love to be "true" or "real" love, compared to the first. But unlike the TheCasanova, the CasanovaWannabe and even the ChivalrousPervert, they definitely felt something for the first love.

Quite often the result of WrongGuyFirst -- which may make SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids complicate this. SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan is more likely to succeed AllGirlsWantBadBoys than the other way round.

Compare AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder. Contrast YouHaveWaitedLongEnough, TheMourningAfter. Occasional overlap with DecemberDecemberRomance.



[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* In ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'', Issei's first love was with a girl named Yuma Amano, and went out of his way to be a gentleman to create the perfect first date. However, he quickly learns that his girlfriend is a Fallen Angel named Raynare, who then breaks up with him in [[FirstEpisodeResurrection the worst way possible]]. This would haunt Issei for some time before realizing that he's in love with his master Rias Gremory.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'''s Bulma starts out as Yamcha's girlfriend, a relationship that continues until about halfway into ''Manga/DragonBallZ''. At some unknown point, they split up for good and Bulma ends up having a family with Vegeta.
* Kenshin from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' eventually ends up with Kaoru Kamiya after getting over his guilt of accidentally killing [[spoiler:his first wife, Tomoe.]] Ironically, [[spoiler:he was ''Tomoe's'' second love too, having ''killed'' her fiancé Akira during the war: Tomoe initially wanted revenge on Kenshin for that, but upon finding out that Kenshin was no monster, she fell for him... and sacrificed her life to save him. Too bad her little brother didn't see it that way at least until the very end.]]
* Tsukushi Makino from ''Manga/HanaYoriDango'' eventually falls in love and ends up with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Domyoji]] instead of her first love, [[IneffectualLoner Rui]]. She undoubtedly would have ended up with Rui if he hadn't been so smitten with [[CoolBigSis Shizuka]] for most of the series.
* Hatsumi from the ''Manga/HotGimmick'' manga ends up with Ryoki Tachibana because her first love, Azusa, tried to [[ReunionRevenge get her raped as revenge]]. And if we follow the novels, [[spoiler: she actually ends up with her ''third'' love, Shinogu]].
* [[BelligerentSexualTension Akane]] from ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' ends up falling in love with [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Ranma]] after getting over her first love, Doctor Tofu. Additionally, Ryoga falls in love with Akari and gives up on [[ObliviousToLove Akane]].
* [[{{Tsundere}} Taiga Aisaka]] and Ryuuji Takasu from ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' eventually fall in love, despite initially having first loves (Taiga liking Yuusaku and Ryuuji liking Minori).
* Kyoko from ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' eventually gets married to Yusaku after being widowed from her first love and husband, Soichiro.
** Shun Mitaka also initially was in love with Kyoko, but eventually reciprocated his [[ArrangedMarriage fiancee Asuna Kujou's]] feelings and married her.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Inuyasha and Kikyou had vowed to marry before being torn apart by [[BigBad Naraku]]. Kagome heals Inuyasha's heart, but their romance is complicated by the resurrection of Kikyou by dark magic. Being officially obliged to both women, Inuyasha cannot give up either, a situation only resolved when Kikyou is able to rest in peace, allowing him to move on with Kagome. However, while Kagome and Kikyou are two different women, Kagome is Kikyou's reincarnated soul. Her very existence is the result of Kikyou's lingering desire to meet Inuyasha again. This results in a strange combination of FirstGirlWins and SecondLove at the same time.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'': While their relationship isn't shown in great detail, [[spoiler: Kittan]] could be considered [[spoiler:Yoko]]'s second love. His appearance in her ideal universe alongside obvious "first love" [[spoiler:Kamina]] and their touching encounter before [[spoiler: Kittan's suicide run]] hint at it, but never really bring closure to the idea.
** Nia is this for Simon. His first love, Yoko, was admittedly just an adolescent crush, but it was strong enough to drive him crazy when [[spoiler:she and Kamina kissed.]] But then [[spoiler: Kamina dies]], ''then'' Nia comes along, and he falls for her. Their love becomes strong. Very strong. [[spoiler: As in a flying-across-the-galaxy-in-a-[[CoolShip cool-ship]]-to save-her-from-an-evil-God-by-kicking-said-evil-God's-ass level of strong.]]
* Casca from ''{{Manga/Berserk}}'' eventually falls in love with Guts. Though it's debatable whether she just had a case of [[HeroWorshipper hero worship]] with Griffith or if she genuinely was in love with him. However, the good times didn't last for long [[StarCrossedLovers for these two]].
* In ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'', both Sakura and Syaoran's first love was [[EvenTheGuysWantHim Yukito]]. They later find out it was just a passing crush and get together.
** Also, Yukito himself is the second love of ''Touya'', Sakura's older brother.
*** Touya's first love, Kaho, gets a second love in [[spoiler:Eriol]].
*** And on a technical note, Yukito being Yue means Touya is the second love for Yue after Clow. Sense a theme?
* In the manga ''{{Juline}}'', Juline's first love was her guardian Ryoku. However, Ryoku [[spoiler: dies]]. She eventually reciprocates her [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend best friend Kio's]] feelings.
* In the manga ''Manga/AkumaDeSourou'', Kayano's first love was [[NiceGuy Kamijou Yuuichi]]. She later falls in love with and marries Jerkass Takeru, because AllGirlsWantBadBoys.
* In ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'', Ginta Suoh and Arimi Suzuki are each other's second loves after they [[OperationJealousy team up]] to get their first loves's affections and fail. As they mourn their losses together, they become genuinely fond of each other and hook up, becoming one of the two {{Beta Couple}}s (the other being Meiko and Namura).
* In ''Manga/PeachGirl'', Momo was first in love with Toji, but later falls for (and ends up with) [[spoiler: [[ChivalrousPervert Kairi]]]].
* Yuki Eiri of ''{{Manga/Gravitation}}'' was in love with his tutor Kitazawa when he was younger and more innocent, and still carries a torch for him after six years even after [[spoiler:Kitazawa almost has him raped by his friends and Yuki killed him in self-defense.]] Only when he meets Shuichi does he begin healing from the pain of his first love. Hiro is Ayaka's second love, Yuki being her first and depending on how one sees Hiro's feelings for Shuichi, Ayaka could be Hiro's second love also.
* In ''Manga/VideoGirlAi'', Youta's first love was Moemi, which was unrequited. He eventually falls in love (and ends up) with Ai, whose original purpose was to cheer him up and encourage him to pursue his love.
* Mitsuki from ''Manga/FullMoonOSagashite'' first loved Eichi, who was her childhood friend. However, she later finds out that he [[spoiler: died]]. She eventually falls in love with Takuto, and they end up together (which may be rather [[{{Squick}} Squick-worthy]] to some, considering that [[spoiler: Takuto was fourteen when she was born, saw her as a baby, and was even the one that ''named'' her. But as "the cool older boyfriend" is common in shoujo manga, this is rather overlooked by many Full Moon fans, and the author herself who claims "Takuto is a pure-hearted young man who heals Mitsuki's wounds". Added to this, Mitsuki turns 16 (a legal marriage age in Japan) in the manga before revealing her feelings for Takuto.]])
** Not as squicky, but Eichi was a lot older than Mitsuki as well...he was in his pre-teens when she was a tiny little girl. [[spoiler:A lot of people don't count the time he was "dead" as his living time, making him having been in the real world for no more than 19 years or so. Still, though, he ''was'' a Shinigami...]]
* In the {{manhwa}} ''ThreadsOfTime'', protagonist Moon-Bin's first love was his loyal servant Chung-War. She reciprocated his feelings, but unfortunately, she was [[spoiler: captured by the enemies and forced to marry one of the higher-up soldiers]]. He got drunk over it, and promptly met his to-be-second-love, Atan Hadas. Although he didn't love her as much as she loved him, they eventually do end up together. Sort of. If you [[spoiler: count her reincarnation in the future as being the same person]].
* In ''Anime/{{Gankutsuou}}'', Valentine's first love had been her fiancé, Franz. However, Franz in turn had an [[HoYay unrequited love for Albert]], and ignored her most of the time. She later falls in love with and marries [[BigGuy Maximilien]].
* In ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'', Kei Kurono's first love was Kei Kishimoto. Unfortunately for him, she fell for Kato instead of him. He eventually gets over it, and falls in love with Tae, who becomes his official girlfriend. The same happened with Clone Kurono, who decided to hook up with Reika after he realized that his feelings for Tae would never be requited.
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]'', Shinn's and Lunamaria's respective first loves are Stellar and Athrun. Stellar dies tragically, Athrun, along with Lunamaria's sister, Meyrin, defect, are shot down by Shinn and presumed to be dead. [[spoiler:They got better.]] Lunamaria and Shinn end up together but due to the way it was handled, they are widely believed to have been StrangledByTheRedString (''even by the fans who ship them'').
* In ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED Gundam SEED]]'' Kira's first love was Flay. [[TheLostLenore It ended horribly.]] He eventually falls in love with Lacus Clyne.
* In ''Manga/DNAngel'', Daisuke's first love was Risa. He eventually falls in love and ends up with her [[SiblingYinYang twin sister]], Riku.
* In ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'', Chrono was originally in love with a woman named [[spoiler:Mary Magdalene, who he accidentally killed.]] The main bulk of the story, however, is concerned with Chrono's relationship with his partner, Rosette Christopher. In the anime he says [[spoiler:to Mary's ghost]] that he's grown to love Rosette so much that "Rosette's taken over the place [she] used to occupy in my heart", but the manga occasionally implies that Chrono never fully gets over his first love, but grows to love Rosette just as much.
* ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' has a spoileriffic example: [[spoiler:Ahiru originally loves Mytho, but grows closer to Fakir throughout the show, and is implied to end up with him after Mytho chooses Rue to be his princess in the GrandFinale.]] Also, a childhood friend of Fakir's, Raetsel, is shown struggling with a love for his foster father, Karon, but eventually ends up marrying another man.
* In the anime version of ''Anime/{{Pretear}}'', Takako fell in love with [[spoiler:Hayate]], but was rejected by him. She didn't handle it well (understatement), but eventually ends up with [[spoiler:Sasame, who had loved her from the beginning.]]
* In ''Lightnovel/FullMetalPanic'', as shown in a side story in ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', Sousuke is Kaname's second love - her first being Fuwa, a senpai she dated during junior high.
** Interestingly enough, Tessa, the other part of that LoveTriangle, was initially the girlfriend of Bunny Morauta (the whispered that built the Arbalest). However, he died, and she ended up meeting and falling in love with Sousuke.
* Something of a theme in ''Manga/JunjouRomantica''. Usami is shown to have been in love with his friend Takahiro for ten years before falling for Takahiro's younger brother Misaki. Hiroki, in turn, suffered from unrequited love for Usami [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend from early on in their childhood acquaintance]], but found his second love with Nowaki. And Miyagi spent years not letting himself get over his first love (a teacher who died of a terminal illness while he was still in high school), before finally unthawing when he met Shinobu.
* [[Manga/CandyCandy Candy's]] first love was Anthony, who died tragically. Then she mets Terry, who becomes her second love, [[spoiler:but their relationship didn't end well]].
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', Kyoko's best friend, Hana, first had a huge crush on adult Lambo. Later, 10 years into the future, however, it's revealed that she's going out with [[spoiler: Ryouhei]]. So if she indeed ends up with him, he'll have been her second love.
** And as for [[spoiler: Ryouhei]] himself, Hana ''herself'' would also be his second love, as his first love would be the adult I-Pin. A coincidence that it correlates with Hana's? I think not.
* ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' featured two examples by way of a LoveDodecahedron. Before getting together, Holland and Talho each had a lover, [[spoiler: Renton's sister Diane and Holland's own brother Dewey, respectively]].
* ''Manga/{{Oishinbo}}'': Morisawa and Yamawaki.
* In ''Manga/ImmortalRain'', Machika is Rain's second love (Freya was his first). There may have been others (he's really old) but these are the ones shown. Eury might be this for Ayla...maybe.
* In ''Manga/HighSchoolDebut'', the main girl (Haruna) falls for Fumi, a friend of the main guy at first. And the main guy, Yoh, is even helping her to date him! Then, Fumi dates Yoh's sister, Asa, who only dated him because Haruna liked him. It's all very confusing.
* In ''Manga/RoseOfVersailles'', Andre is a second love for Oscar, after her unrequited love for Fersen. But Oscar was the first (and only) love for André, as well Fersen is the first for Marie-Antoinette.
* Although the title character of ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' could end up with his first love [[spoiler: Athena]], it's been strongly hinted that he won't, thus, applying this trope to the young woman he does choose out of his UnwantedHarem. He's [[{{Promise}} promised]] that he still will care for his first love though.
* Van of ''Anime/GunXSword'' continues to love his fiance after her tragic death, but the last episode of the series hints that he may have found his second love. This is a case where the first love was most definitely "the real thing;" so much so that the second love comes off looking like a consolation prize in comparison.
* In ''Manga/SuperGALS!'' Yuya falls in love with Ran right off the bat. [[spoiler: Yuya eventually falls in love for real with his girlfriend Mami Honda.]] Also, [[spoiler: it turns out Rei liked Ran from the start as well but after they agree it wouldn't work (because Ran is dating somebody else) he goes out with Aya]] and he is her FirstLove.
* Morinaga of the BoysLove manga ''Manga/TheTyrantFallsInLove'' was left broken-hearted as a teenager when his first love, Masaki, broke up with him and was [[spoiler: DrivenToSuicide after Morinaga's straight older brother, and Masaki's actual love, caught them having sex. Masaki gets better]]. Morinaga says that his love for his senpai Souichi cured him of his long-term TheMourningAfter.
* In another [[BoysLove BL]] manga, ''Manga/FutureLovers'', Akira's first love is a straight man, making it an IncompatibleOrientation. Akira cries over him at an early point in the story.
* Considering that Ringo Oginome from ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' starts crushing on Tabuki-sensei, the trope will come in if she falls for Shouma Takakura, whom she's had quite a bit of ShipTease. [[spoiler:It does, in the GrandFinale. [[HeroicSacrifice And then Shouma]] is {{Ret Gone}}d [[DyingMomentOfAwesome to save Ringo]], with his FamousLastWords doubling as a DyingdeclarationOfLove for her.]]
* [[MaybeEverAfter Implied to be the case]] in ''Anime/AnoHanaTheFlowerWeSawThatDay'', as the ending hints that [[spoiler:Yukiatsu and Tsuruko might have gotten together, and that Jintan and Anaru will probably do so in the future as well. This is after [[TheOneThatGotAway Menma]]'s ghost is able to move on.]]
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', the main character's uncle, Nobuhiro Mashiro, and Miho's mother, Miyuki Haruno, corresponded via letters for a long time, but could never admit how they felt to each other, possibly because they were waiting for the other to say it (and in Nobuhiro's case, he was unwilling to do it until he was sure he had a hit). Eventually, Miyuki moved on to fall in love with and marry Mr. Azuki, having two daughters with him; Miho and Mina.
* In ''LightNovel/KokoroConnect'':
** Quite a bit of drama between Aoki and Yui is drawn from this, when it's revealed that [[spoiler:Aoki used to love a girl similar to Yui, Nana Nishino]].
** Taichi also ends up falling in love with [[spoiler:Inaba, after getting dumped by Iori.]]
* In the ''Manga/{{Area 88}}'' manga, Sela serves as this for Mickey. Years before in New York, Mickey and Tracy broke off their engagement, and Mickey became a mercenary in Asran shortly thereafter. Later in the manga, Mickey falls in love with Sela, who defected from Project 4 to the Asranian pro-government forces.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'', Sato [[spoiler: lost her FirstLove Matsuda to a terrorist attack]]. Since she's in a LoveTriangle with Takagi and Shiratori, either of them will be her SecondLove. [[spoiler: Takagi is the one she falls for]].
* In ''Manga/HirunakaNoRyuusei'', this is a big theme. [[spoiler: Minagawa is this for Yuyuka after being rejected, while Suzume is this for Shishio after his breakup with Tsubomi. Mamura and Suzume start going out in chapter 61, although Suzume isn't sure about her feelings for both Mamura and Shishio. It is in the last chapter where Suzume finally hears Shishio's confession and acknowledges that Shishio was her first love but has already realized that her current feelings remain with Mamura.]]
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'': Jack, the backstory of Fura during his teenage years reveals that he initially fell for Minami, the beautiful DamselInDistress that gets rescued by them from a ghoul. Unfortunately for him, she seemed to be [[LoveTriangle crushing on Arima]]. Even more unfortunately, [[spoiler:Minami turns out to actually be the ghoul that killed his childhood friend and blinded his other female childhood friend in one eye]]. After this, many years into the future, Fura is happily married to his childhood friend, Aki, and they have a daughter together.
* Nitori's first crush in ''Manga/WanderingSon'' was her friend Takatsuki in elementary, however he didn't feel the same. Her second crush was an older girl named Anna that she and her sister met during [[FashionModel modeling]]. They begin dating in middle school and continue dating even when Nitori [[GraduateFromTheStory Graduates from the Story]] and starts college.
* ''{{Franchise/Jewelpet}}'':
** ''{{Anime/Jewelpet 2009}}'': it's implied that Rinko has a PrecociousCrush on Tatewaki but this gets phased out after Akira is introduced and Rinko develops a more mutual crush on him. [[spoiler:They manage to overcome a third suitor and become the OfficialCouple at the end.]]
** ''Anime/LadyJewelpet'': Romeo falls in love with Momona, but since she's in love with Cayenne, she turns him down. Romeo gets over it fast since he knew he didn't stand much of a chance, and later falls in love with [[spoiler:Elena and it's reciprocated]].
* In ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', Yona had been pining after [[ChildhoodFriends Su-Won]] for ''at least'' a decade until he [[spoiler: murdered her father, usurped her throne, and chased her and [[ChildhoodFriends Hak]] out of the castle]]. [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest It took her awhile to heal after the betrayal]], but she eventually finds that she's fallen for [[spoiler: Hak]]--[[BodyguardCrush who'd loved her all along]].
* ''Manga/UQHolder'' features a post-series example for it's prequel series ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' when it was revealed that [[spoiler:Nagi married Evangeline. Given that Arika's fate was already a huge case of WhatHappenedToTheMouse, it only raised further questions.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the original ''[[Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesMirage Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' comics, April is actually Casey's second love. Before they became an item, he had fallen in love with and married Gabrielle, a Colorado waitress. It was only after Gabrielle had [[DeathByChildbirth died and left Casey with a daughter]] that a romance with April began. For the longer version see the second bullet below.
** April and Casey were in the early stages of forming a relationship when he accidentally kills a teenage mugger during the ''City at War'' arc. This leads him into a drunken spiral and the two of them break up almost as soon as they get together. ''Then'' he meets Gabrielle who is essentially his SecondLove who, sadly, dies in childbirth. He then returns to New York and reunites with April and eventually marries her. So April is really his first ''and'' third loves.
* [[TheGwenStacy Gwen Stacy]] was [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter Parker's]] first love (albeit not his first girlfriend), and her death is one of the most iconic deaths in comics. Mary Jane would be his second love, though he technically knew Mary Jane longer, but their relationship wasn't "love" until long after Gwen died.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} fell in love with ComicBook/LoisLane (and in the Post-Crisis universe, married her) after a boyhood romance with ComicBook/LanaLang.
* [[Comicbook/XMen Madelyne Pryor and Cyclops.]] And baby makes three! Complicated by the fact that Madelyne is actually [[CloningBlues a clone of Jean Grey]], the first love, [[SummersFamilyTree and things just get more complicated from there]].
* In the comic ''[[BornLucky Lucky]]: The Curse of Wedge Antilles'', we see that as a teenager Wedge was in love with a Rebel sympathizer named Mala, only for her to be killed by Imperials while he was "[[PlotArmor luckily]]" away hauling cargo; he [[NeverGotToSayGoodbye never got to say that he loved her]]. Flash forward to the ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' comics and he has a casual romance with a quartermaster named Reina. Flash forward to the ''Literature/XWingSeries'' novels and he starts getting close to a widow named Iella, only to back off with no hard feelings when they found out her husband wasn't dead; when he died for real, they started romancing each other a little more, but drifted apart. In the ''Literature/JediAcademyTrilogy'' Wedge fell hard for Qwi, a scientist who worked on the Death Star, even writing poetry to her hair, and in ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Starfighters of Adumar]]'' they broke up on good terms and Wedge eventually got back with Iella. He married Iella and they had two daughters.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'': Raven is this for Beast Boy, his first love being Jillian Jackson.
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': Bruce Wayne's first love was Vicky Vale, but his second love was much more popular. Three guesses [[DatingCatwoman who she is]].
** Following his adopted father's footsteps, [[Comicbook/RobinSeries Tim Drake's]] first love was Ariana Dzerchenko and his second love was with [[Comicbook/{{Batgirl2009}} Stephanie Brown]]. In fact, Tim is Stephanie's second love -- her first boyfriend, Dean, got her pregnant and abandoned her after he found out.
* In ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', Antoine D'Coolette's "first love" is either Princess Sally or some cat shown once in the comic, Tatiana.
* ComicBook/WonderWoman becomes this for Superman in ''ComicBook/KingdomCome'', and Superman himself appears to be this for Wonder Woman in the New 52.
* ''{{ComicBook/Batwoman}}'':
** Batwoman herself is this to Maggie Sawyer, after Mags broke up with Toby Raynes. She was married to a man before, but it's implied it was a way to suffocate her lesbian feelings.
** Maggie is this to Batwoman herself, who had a long relationship with Renee Montoya.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Runaways}}'' we have two instances of this trope.
** Victor is this for Nico, after her first love, Alex, [[spoiler:betrayed the team and died]]. It takes them some time to get there, through. [[spoiler:And this romance ends once Victor cheats on her with another girl.]]
*** In the BadFuture where Victor became the supervillain Victorious, he was Gert's second love; in that future, Chase died and Gert apparently fell in love with Victor while they were both serving in the Avengers.
** Xavin is this for Karolina, after the latter's first crush, Nico, rejected her feelings on the ground of not being into girls ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation or deeply in the closet]]).
* In the current line of ''Franchise/StarWars'' comics, Han Solo is revealed to have been married to a woman named Sana in the past before meeting Leia.
* In ''ComicBook/TheVision2015'', Virginia is Vision's second love after ComicBook/ScarletWitch. It's a bit complicated, though, as Virginia's mind was originally modeled after Wanda's.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In one ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfic, Rachel is told that if you are in love with two people, choose the second one, because it wouldn't have happened if the first love was meant to be.
* Another ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfic is [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7147109/1/Bless_the_Broken_Road Bless the Broken Road]]. It's an AU of Burt and Carole's relationship. The title is a reference to a song that embodies the trope, as well.
* [[Fanfic/HuntingTheUnicorn Yet another]] ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fic {{Cerebus Retcon}}s Kurt into this for Blaine, combining it with TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest ''and'' WrongGuyFirst. The kicker? [[WideEyedIdealist Blaine]] doesn't seem to have any concept of this and [[LoveHurts constantly wishes he'd met Kurt first]].
* In the Looney Tunes story ''Forever Loving You'', Sylvia is upset that Sylvester is marrying Tweety. Fortunately, she finds her love in Tweety's ex-boyfriend, Tyler.
* ''Fanfic/FalloutEquestria'' has Littlepip hooking up with Homage after accepting that she and her childhood crush, Velvet Remedy, [[IncompatibleOrientation would never get together]].
* In ''Fanfic/HowIBecameYours'', Sokka finds a third love in ''Azula'' of all people, after it is offhandedly mentioned that he broke up with Suki. Subverted with Zuko and Katara; Zuko tells Mai that he never loved her after finding out that she kept Katara's letters hidden from him.
* In the VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo fanfic Reconcliation, which takes place after Hanako's bad ending, Hisao and Lilly end up as a couple. [[spoiler:Sho becomes this for Hanako]].
* ''FanFic/StarsAbove'' is all about this for [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica Homura]].
* In ''Fanfic/WeekendAtHisaos'', not only has [[VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo Hisao]] gotten together with Shizune, but his old crush Iwanako has been dating his old best friend Takumi since a few months after he started at Yamaku. [[spoiler:Takumi and Iwanako eventually break up and marry other people]].
* In the ''Film/DancesWithWolves'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/7567695/9/Thunder-Horse Thunder Horse]]'', the eponymous character invokes this trope with regards to his wife.
-->"I don't want you to ever be alone. If I cannot be here to love and protect you, let yourself love someone. It is what I want for you. Promise me that you will try to be happy again once your time to cry has passed."
* ''Fanfic/RedFireRedPlanet'' and ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'' take place in the same {{verse}} (a slightly chronology-altered ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'') and overlap a character, Ensign Kate [=McMillan=]. In ''RFRP'' she's engaged to an Academy classmate named Jacques Pierre, but in the later-set ''B&S'' she's dating a Klingon lieutenant named K'lak.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Dr. Watson]] falls in love with [[Series/DoctorWho Sally Sparrow]], some years after the death of his first wife, Mary. He's not shown to have loved Mary any less, and we really shouldn't be surprised that ''John Watson'', of all people, would have a big enough heart to have loved Mary and Sally equally.
* In ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' [[spoiler: R!]]Syaoran believed that he would always love [[spoiler: the original]] Sakura, but eventually moves on and fall in love with Kurogane.
* According to ''FanFic/AngelOfTheBat'', Cassandra Cain's first love was [[spoiler: Stephanie Brown, but they never got the chance to hook up because Steph had a boyfriend and IncompatibleOrientation.]] She later bonds and is shown in an early romance with OriginalCharacter [[spoiler: Sadie, who shares her affection and interest.]]
* In the ''Hobbit'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WearAFlowerInYourHair'', found [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/3385085/chapters/7405448 here]], Fem!Bilbo first fell in love with an abusive jerk, who just wanted to use her for sex because she's infertile, which makes her unmarriageable in Hobbit culture. Thorin is her second love.
* In ''FanFic/RedemptionKHR'', Sawada Tsunayoshi's actions are a result of [[spoiler:[[TheLostLenore the death]] of his FirstLove, Sasagawa Kyoko]]. In the penultimate chapter, during the party celebrating the end of the war with the Scolgio, he catches sight of [[spoiler:Chrome]], and [[spoiler:at the urging of Kyoko's spirit, telling him to ''live'']], goes over to her and asks her to dance. [[spoiler:The epilogue reveals that he and Chrome eventually married]].
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11772125/1/Metroid-Kamen-Rider-Generations-Full-Series Metroid: Kamen Rider Generations]]'': [[Series/KamenRiderGaim Micchy]], as with ''Gaim's'' series canon, his first love was [[AllLoveIsUnrequited Mai]]. [[ObliviousToLove But]], [[LoveMakesYouCrazy it]] [[LoveMakesYouDumb didn't]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil go]] [[{{Yandere}} all too well]]. After exploring his backstory, he eventually ends up with [[Franchise/{{Metroid}} Samus]] as [[LoveRedeems a means]] of moving on from Mai. Samus, in turn, learns to share affection and maintains a healthy and mature relationship towards him.
* The audio version of ''FanFic/BrideOfDiscord'' very heavily implies Fluttershy is this to Discord, who was originally in love with [[spoiler: Celestia.]]
* As in [[VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the game]], Mahanon is this for Cassandra in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]''. In the fic, however, she informs him about her first love Regalyan much sooner.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'':
** Ki Seong had an ArrangedMarriage to Cho Yon, and they fell in love, but he was murdered. She eventually gets together with Anguirus. Interestingly, at one point, Anguirus has to wear Cho Yon's unused wedding garment as a disguise to fool Jeog (Cho Yon's murderer), causing Seong to compare the two in her head.
** Praetorian Guard 098 was married to Controller 011, but he was transformed into Monster X and she was killed, then he developed amnesia. Centuries later, X falls in love with Aria Blaze. His SuperPoweredEvilSide Kaizer Ghidorah doesn't like her and only cares about their deceased wife, but after X briefly sees Kaizer's memories of 011, X decides to move on. The author comments that fate sometimes gives people second chances when X manages to save Aria from a similar situation to what killed 011.

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* [[spoiler: [[TheHighQueen Kida]]]] from ''Disney/AtlantisTheLostEmpire'' is actually this to [[spoiler: Milo]], according to the film's 2-disc DVD. [[spoiler: Milo]]'s first love interest according to Disc 2 is actually named Lisa [=McGrath=].
* Ellie from the ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' series films is this to Manfred, since Manny's first wife and child were both killed by humans, causing the mammoth to distrust humanity as well as fear that he is the last mammoth left.
* In ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDameII'', Quasimodo finds new love in the form of Madellaine, years after he had given up his unrequited feelings for Esmeralda.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Calhoun's tragic BackStory means that any romance is this.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' is Meg's second love. Her first boyfriend betrayed her and ran off with another girl. ([[RecycledTheSeries The animated series]] shows said boyfriend was [[SmallNameBigEgo Adonis]].)
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}},'' Anna's first love [[spoiler: Hans turns out have been playing her to get on the throne of Arendelle (he's 13th in line back at home). While she doesn't get married or a real HappilyEverAfter at the end, she does kiss Kristoff, and the sequel mini-movie has him telling her he loves her.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'' [[spoiler: Marianne and the Bog King]] are both this for each other, each having dealt with their own respective heartbreaks before meeting.

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* Depending on the adaptation, certain interpretations of ''Film/PrideAndPrejudice'' have Wickham initially be Elizabeth's first love, with her eventually realizing his [[TheVamp true nature]], and falling for and ending up with Darcy.
* ''Film/MustLoveDogs'': Sarah, a slightly embittered divorcee, ultimately falls for Jake, a guy she met from an online dating service.
* ''Film/AlongCamePolly'': Played straight. The main character's second love with the ManicPixieDreamGirl becomes true love. The spontaneity and freedom of the second relationship is contrasted with the caution of the first, which serves as the obvious foil.
* ''Film/HighFidelity'': the #1 in Rob's list of breakups is a childhood love who lasted a total of six hours through three days. In the fourth, she dumped him for another guy. 20 years later, he calls her... and it's summed up by Rob as this:
-->''Alison married Kevin! I am fine now! Married her junior high school sweetheart: kissed me on the bench, kissed Kevin on the bench - MARRIED Kevin. This is great! This has got nothing to do with me! This is fate, this is destiny; it is beyond my control, beyond my fault. I love this!''
* Charlie proposes to Irene at the end of ''Film/MeMyselfAndIrene.'' In the beginning, his wife had left him for the limo driver.
* ''Film/ImagineMeAndYou'' ends like this with the unusual twist that the person falling in love is a woman falling in love on her wedding day. Oh and the person she falls for is a woman too.
* Carly Spencer from ''Film/TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' to Sam Witwicky, due to Creator/MeganFox quitting production of that film.
* Maria was this for Captain Von Trapp in ''Film/TheSoundOfMusic'', who had lost his wife and made changes in his household - such as allowing no dancing or singing - to prevent anything from reminding him of her.
* Robert in ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' didn't believe in romance and "happily ever afters" after [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest his wife had divorced him and left him and their daughter]] and it wasn't until Giselle came along that he truly begun to love again.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Following [[spoiler:the death of Rachel]] in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Bruce Wayne spends 8 years mourning. [[spoiler: Only to learn that ultimately Rachel didn't even want him anyway.]] Finding a new found respect for life, [[spoiler: he makes a fresh start with Selina Kyle In Italy.]]
* In ''Film/{{Braveheart}}'' William Wallace's first love was his ill-fated wife Murron, with whom he fell in love in childhood; she was executed shortly after their wedding for getting into trouble which led to a fight with a group of English soldiers stationed at their village who tried to rape her. Subsequently, the Princess of Wales,, Isabella would start to fall for him after hearing of his story, and the two would form a mutual respect and romantic attraction after finally meeting face-to-face. The two would go on to conceive a child as well. However, it should also be noted that as William dies he sees his wife appear to him in the crowd as if welcoming him into the afterlife with her.
* In ''Film/{{Gladiator}}'' Maximus Decimus Meridius has a wife back at his home in Spain that he is hoping to return to after the war with the Germanians ends. However after Commodus discovers his father's plans to pass power to Maximus rather than himself he kills his father, tries to have Maximus executed, and sends a contingent of men to destroy his home and kill both his wife and son which they succeed in doing. Previously he had been in a relationship with Marcus Aurelius' daughter Lucilla before they had a falling out. Lucilla appears to still have feelings for Maximus at the start, and by the end the two wind up deciding to pursue a relationship with each other that's sealed with a kiss when Maximus decides to move on with his life again. Though, similar to the last example, it's notable that Maximus ultimately dies and as he does so has a vision of entering the afterlife to be reunited with his deceased family.
* In ''Film/ThePatriot'' Benjamin Martin's wife has died, apparently of natural causes by the film's start. Her sister Charlotte and he however come to develop a mutual attraction that they are at first hesitant to act on. By the end however they decide to become a couple.
* In ''Film/KingdomOfHeaven'' Balian's wife at the start had just recently committed suicide after having a stillborn child, which sends him into major duress to the point of being briefly institutionalized. When he gets to Jerusalem he winds up having an affair with the sister of the king Princess Sibylla. Though their relationship becomes strained when he refuses to make himself to take her hand in marriage and make himself party to the killing of her current husband Guy de Lusignan at the end of the film they do wind up going off together as a couple.
* ''Film/JamesBond'': Dr. Madeleine Swann to Vesper Lynd in the Creator/DanielCraig continuity.
* ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'': Even though the protagonists don't even meet until the end of the movie, it's obvious that Annie will be this to the widowed Sam.
* ''Film/{{Underworld}}'': According to the extended cut and the novelization, Michael Corvin had a fiancee named Samantha who was killed in a car crash (the reason he moved from the US to his ancestral homeland). He was withdrawn until he met and fell in love with Selene.
* Given their FallingInLoveMontage and the fact that she's genuinely happy with him, ''Film/TheNotebook'''s Lon is arguably this to the heroine Allie following her failed summer romance with the hero Noah, even though he gets turned into a DisposableFiance once Noah resurfaces.

* In ''Literature/{{Hurog}}'' Ward mentions that his first love married another man. This happened prior to the narrative. He meets someone else.
* In ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry ended up with Ginny Weasley after an ill-fated infatuation with Cho Chang. Ron did this with Hermione, after a disastrous few months with Lavender Brown. Hermione herself briefly dated Viktor Krum. Rowling has said that she ''specifically'' wanted her main characters to not end up with the first person they kissed.
** Lily Evans ended up with James Potter after falling out with her UnluckyChildhoodFriend, [[spoiler:Severus Snape.]]
* In Creator/JRRTolkien's ''TheLordOfTheRings'', Éowyn didn't get Aragorn in the end. She did, however, get Faramir. (And her love for Aragorn was admittedly LovingAShadow.)
* In Creator/DanAbnett's ''Literature/GauntsGhosts'' novels, Caffren lost his sweetheart with the destruction of Tanith, in the BackStory; then he and Criid met.
* In Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'', Marianne Dashwood's disbelief in second loves is a major plot driver. Not surprisingly, she [[spoiler:finds her first love unworthy of her, and ends up falling in love again [[MayDecemberRomance with Colonel Brandon]]]]. Her sister Elinor is also this for the man she eventually marries, and the trope also applies to the girls' mother, who was their father's second wife.
* In ''Literature/TheBelgariad'', Garion's first love was Zubrette, his childhood playmate he grew up with at the farm. However, he ends up with [[{{Tsundere}} Ce'Nedra]], [[YouCantFightFate because fate says so]]. The relationship [[TheMasochismTango was rocky and painful]], but improved a bit once the pair of them had matured a bit.
* [[Franchise/StarWars Luke Skywalker]] went through a lot of girlfriends in the ExpandedUniverse. Mara Jade was his latest (and [[spoiler:longest lasting]]), and she was his [[strike:second]] [[strike:third]] [[strike:fourth]] ''oh forget it!'' She wasn't his first love, that's all you have to know.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Firestar initially fell in love with Spottedleaf. Though they never spoke about their feelings when she was alive, she continued to visit him in his dreams. In the end, though, he fell in love with Sandstorm and became her mate.
** Graystripe's first love was Silverstream: they were StarCrossedLovers, and she died giving birth to his kits. Many, many moons later - when his children are grown up and thinking about having their own kits - he falls in love with Millie.
* In Creator/TamoraPierce's ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', Alanna and Prince Jonathan are each other's first loves, but they ultimately break up and find happiness with other people.
* In David Weber's ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series, Honor [[spoiler: ends up marrying Hamish Alexander, Earl of White Haven, but in the early books, she was in love with Paul Tankersley, the exec to her biggest enemy in ''On Basilisk Station''. He is killed in ''Field of Dishonor'', and she doesn't have a relationship again until ''At All Costs'']]. Unlike the usual application of this trope, they really were desperately in love with each other - [[spoiler:she named her private yacht after Paul]]. Also unusual in the case of [[spoiler:Hamish Alexander, who is still married to his first wife Emily, a well-known actress. However, having been crippled by a car accident, she doesn't want to stand in the way of her husband's happiness. It all gets resolved, when they decide to follow Grayson law that allows (even encourages) polygyny, so Honor and Emily become sister-wives and are the best of friends]].
* Creator/DorothyLSayers' Literature/LordPeterWimsey and Harriet Vane were both on their SecondLove.
* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Sorceress of the Literature/WitchWorld'', Kaththea, having been bitterly deceived, has great difficulty trusting [[spoiler:Hilarion]] but lives HappilyEverAfter in the end.
* In Creator/RobertJordan's ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', Rand and Egwene start out essentially happily betrothed. But [[spoiler: Egwene ends up finding PrinceCharming Gawyn, and Rand ends up with [[BlondeBrunetteRedhead Elayne, Min, and Aviendha]].]]
* In Laurell K. Hamilton's ''Literature/AnitaBlakeVampireHunter'' series, the chaste heroine was engaged to be married to her college sweetheart. However, his wealthy parents objected to her being half Mexican and the engagement was broken. This left her cynical about romance, but primed for a non-human menage-a-trois with Jean Claude the vampire and Richard the werewolf. And, then, once she got started, it was, "Katie, bar the door".
* Early on in ''Literature/GreatExpectations'', Mrs. Joe is murdered by Orlick. Towards the end of the story, Joe is HappilyMarried to Biddy, [[AbsenceMakesTheHeartGoYonder much to the disappointment of Pip]].
* In ''Literature/TheRedTent'', Dinah first falls in love with Prince Shalem, then [[spoiler: after he is murdered by her brothers, she moves to Egypt and falls in love with a carpenter named Benia.]]
* Terry Brooks tends to use this in his stories.
** In ''Literature/TheSwordOfShannara'' trilogy, Wil Ohmsford is in a LoveTriangle with Amberle and Eretria. He and Amberle are deeply connected, and he is left devastated when they don't work out. He goes on to marry and have children with Eretria.
** In ''Literature/TheHeritageOfShannara'', Morgan Leah is left devastated by how his romance with Quickening ends. However, he later meets [[ActionGirl Matty Roh]] with whom he is able to have a happier future.
** In the ''Literature/MagicKingdomOfLandover'' series, Ben Holiday is devastated by the loss of his pregnant wife Annie, which kicks off the depression and restlessness that leads him to purchase Landover. In fairy lore, the first man a sylph lays on eyes on will be her true love, and Ben is the man Willow meets. He has a devil of a time moving on from his first wife's death, never mind accepting Willow's fairy tale attitude towards their future. Willow's loyal persistence eventually defeats Ben's brooding despair.
* In Creator/PGWodehouse's ''Jill The Reckless'', Jill carefully explains to Wally that she knows she will never marry Derek, but she still has to recover from her love before she will be ready for this.
* Inverted in Literature/TheEdgeChronicles. In ''The Immortals'', an aged [[spoiler: and immortal]] Twig tells Nate that when the caterbird flew him, fatally wounded, back to Riverrise after the events of ''The Last of the Sky Pirates'', he stayed conscious long enough to see Maugin waving happily at him....[[spoiler: only to drop dead a second later when Golderyace One-Eye's poison dart hit her in the neck]]. We later learn that [[spoiler: Golderyace killed her because he'd fallen in love with her thoughts from a distance over the last 50 years, but killed her out of jealousy when she remained loyal to Twig]].
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: A mutual example. Rana's first love didn't work out [[spoiler:because Daniar was interested in the same guy and he choose Daniar over Rana.]] This drove her into self-exile and seclusion. [[spoiler: Then she meets Taurok and is quickly taken with his nobility. Taurok himself has already been married and widowed but nothing is said of what happened to his first wife. They're married in the epilogue.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Petaybee}}'' series, Sean is Yana's second husband. When she's first introduced, Yana clearly misses her deceased first husband.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "Arsenal Port", Heim has not gotten over his wife when Jocelyn approaches him suggesting this.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/OctoberDaye'' novel ''Ashes Of Honor'', [[spoiler:Tybalt]] confesses to having lost his first love to [[DeathByChildbirth Dying In Childbirth]], which made his love a second love, and he willfully ignored that he was in love again.
* In Creator/SeananMcGuire's ''Literature/VelveteenVs The Junior Super Patriots'',
** A blind date for Velma, despite her love for Action Dude, start a second love -- though complications then ensue.
** Victoria persuades Yelena to let her court her, by convincing her that she indeed would be a second love, because of the differences between her and her counterpart.
* In Creator/PoulAnderson's "The Sharing of Flesh", Evalyth realizes she is starting to recover when she thinks that she is young, and there may be another man, and it doesn't feel disloyal.
* Sarah Levine, the eventual wife of ''Literature/RichardTheThirdInTheTwentyFirstCentury''.
* In Literature/VoyageOfTheBasset, [[spoiler: Medusa]] winds up being this for [[spoiler: Professor Aisling]].
* In ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'', [[spoiler:Luke is the second person Jocelyn falls in love with, after her disastrous marriage to Valentine]].
* Christian Ozera to Lissa Dragomir in ''Literature/VampireAcademy''. Her first love was Aaron, who she lost her virginity to. But she was eventually bored with him, while Christian is her true love and holds her interest.
* ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'': Dalinar Kholin finds one in (and is one to) [[spoiler:Navani Kholin]]. He resists this for a time, since in Alethi culture it's highly improper for him to [[spoiler:date his brother's widow, but after he is betrayed by Sadeas and nearly killed, he changes his mind.]]
* ''Literature/JamesBond'': Tracy [=DiVicenzo=] to Vesper Lynd. While there are a handful of other women he genuinely cares about, possibly to the point of love, Tracy's the only one he took to the altar. Sadly, her end was as tragic as Vesper's.
* Several cases across the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** Aral and Cordelia Vorkosigan to one another. Aral's history involves a loveless marriage and a secret male lover in extremely homophobic Barrayar, both relationships which end in tragedy. Cordelia talks circumspectly about an old relationship where she got left behind. Both find as true a love as possible in one another.
** Given how Elena Bothari never actually reciprocated his interest, Miles finds his actual Second Love with Ekaterin Vorsoisson in ''Komarr'', though he had a few successful flings along with his first love, Elli Quinn. He and Elli broke up mostly over their responsibilities pulling them apart. The tension between first and second loves is deliberately invoked in ''Winterfair Gifts'' when [[spoiler:someone tries to frame Elli for a poisonous gift sent to Miles and Ekaterin's wedding]].
** As for Ekaterin, Miles is her Second Love, after a marriage that started off well but ended in constant emotional abuse. It ground her down until love itself seemed horrible, made worse after her husband's death when various suitors wanted her as an eligible Vor widow to marry. Miles got through by being the one who wanted ''her'', and not as a meek and proper housewife.
** Alys Vorpatril is widowed the same day her son Ivan is born in ''Barrayar'', and though it takes close to thirty years she finally finds (or rather, is able to openly act upon) her Second Love with [[spoiler:medically discharged and retired Simon Illyan]] in ''Memory''.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Cordelia with Angel which is ironic, since Angel used to find the noblewomen of his era (of whom Cordelia is a modern avatar) to be a horrific bore. Cordelia immediately had a crush on him on ''Buffy'' though, so it's keeping in continuity.
* Nobody who's seen ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' would dispute that Delenn is the love of John Sheridan's life. She is his second love; he was a widower for some years before they met. Then the tension goes through the roof for a while when there's some dispute over whether the [[strike:first]] second wife is really dead.... [[note]]Technically, she is his third love, but John and Elizabeth Lochley burnt out fast, whereas he was still in love with Anna for years after her "death".[[/note]] Sheridan is also Delenn's second love, not through authorial intent, but because her character was intended as the LoveInterest of the main character, and that role got [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute passed from Sinclair to Sheridan]] in the second season.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** Ross' rarely seen ex-wife Carol might count as his second love, following as she did after his teenage crush on Rachel (or Rachel herself could be the second love, as their relationship did not progress into actual romance until after Carol).
** Chandler was Monica's Third Love whose first love was Richard and second love was Pete. She had other short relationships but they were the only ones she seriously thought about marrying. The writers specifically hammered it in, when Richard returned wanting to marry her and she decisively picked Chandler showing how people do move on and your first love isn't necessarily the love of your life, a label she specifically gave Chandler.
** Fittingly Monica was also Chandler's Third Love as he had serious relationships with Janice and Kathy and was devastated when they ended. Flashbacks reveal both Chandler and Monica had crushes on each other the first and second time they met respectively but it wasn't until they got to know each other and been friends for almost a decade that they fell in love.
** Monica was also this to Richard. His first love was his ex-wife, who was his [[HighSchoolSweethearts High School Sweetheart]], and after they got divorced, he fell in love with Monica.
** Mike is this to Phoebe, her first love being David. Like the Richard/Monica/Chandler triangle, both of them proposed to her at the same time, and she turned David down despite being in love with him for years.
** And, interestingly enough, Phoebe might have been this for Mike, as it was established that the latter had been married before, and the divorce was harsh enough for him to give up on the institution of marriage until he met Phoebe.
* Happens to a number of characters in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Usually their second loves don't last either, but that's Creator/JossWhedon for you.
** According to the ''Origin'' graphic novel (the canonical version of TheMovie), Buffy's first real love was Pike. However, Pike feared that he would get Buffy killed, so he left her. Buffy's next serious relationship was Angel.
** Those who consider Angel to be Buffy's FirstLove, however, also consider Spike to be her second (ignoring the writers' poor attempt to get her together with soldier and demon hunter, Riley). [[spoiler: They get together in the comics.]]
** Willow had a serious relationship with Oz for almost two years, until he left because he was afraid the werewolf in him would harm her. She later established an even stronger relationship with Tara... [[spoiler: Until Tara died that is.]] After Tara she got together with Kennedy, though Tara has always been portrayed as her OneTrueLove.
** Xander's first serious relationship was with Cordelia. After they broke up, he entered a relationship with Anya. Their relationship officially ended when he left her at the altar, although season seven was largely about them struggling with the fact that they still loved each other. [[spoiler:Anya's death in the SeriesFinale was the ''real'' end.]]
** Although he had been with at least one other girl before starting a relationship with Willow, Oz has said she is the only one he ever loved. After their near-two year relationship ended, he fell in love with another werewolf, Bay, with whom he has a son.
** Dawn's first serious boyfriend was a demon named Kenny, until she cheated on him and [[WhatAnIdiot lost her virginity to his roommate]]. She is now in a relationship with Xander. However, Dawn has been shown to have had a childhood crush on Xander, so one could argue he is not technically her Second Love.
* ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|2003}}'' is full of these. Since we are dealing with only 50,000 human beings left, most people ended up with people they might not have picked initially as a second choice.
** In some cases, it leads to the love of their lives, such as with Laura Roslin and Bill Adama. Just before the attacks, Laura had ended a decade-long affair and Bill had found out that his ex-wife (long-divorced) was remarrying. Forced to work together to protect the rest of humanity, the two eventually developed a close friendship that grew into real love. When Laura is kidnapped and presumed dead, Bill quits his job to stay behind on the slim chance she might still be alive, telling his grown son "I can't live without her."
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Initially, Tyrion fell in love with a girl named Tysha until his father intervened. Later on, Tyrion feels this way about Shae until she testifies against him.
** Catelyn really loved (and was originally betrothed to) Ned's eldest brother.
** Daenerys slowly accepted Khal Drogo as her husband until she had to give him a MercyKill after Mirri Maz Duur put him into a [[EmptyShell a vegetative state]]. Later, she was enamored with the mercenary Daario Naharis who she took as her lover during her time in Mereen, though their relationship seemingly wasn't anything serious, since she didn't have any trouble leaving him behind once she set sail for Westeros. In Season 7 Daenerys meets [[spoiler:Jon Snow, who had also [[TheLostLenore lost his first love Ygritte]]]] and the two gradually begin to develop feelings for one another. By the time of the season finale, they both have fallen for each other [[spoiler:[[SurpriseIncest though neither of them knows that they're actually aunt and nephew]] ]].
* Charlotte in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' is a firm believer in this trope, stating at one point that she thinks everyone has two great loves in their life, later proving her theory with her [[HappilyMarried happy marriage]] to second husband Harry (who was her divorce lawyer from her first marriage).
* On ''Series/GilmoreGirls'': Rory had three loves: Dean, Jess and Logan. According to WordOfGod, she and Jess would have found their way back to each other had the series continued the way ASP had wanted. And her mother Lorelai hooked up with Luke, her Second Love after UnluckyChildhoodFriend Christopher. (Though Luke was actually her Third Love, if you count Max).
* On ''Series/TheOC'' Ryan had three loves, though the first mostly took place before the start of the series. The first was with his childhood friend Theresa that was never more than on and off again but left them with strong feelings for each other. The second was with Marissa and was stormy and passionate and ultimately tragic, the great romance of his life. The third love with Taylor was never as comfortable as with Theresa or as passionate as with Marissa but it was the first truly adult love and - depending on how you interpret the enigmatic ending series ending- the one that might have lasted.
* Reid is this for Luke on ''Series/AsTheWorldTurns''. [[spoiler: [[BuryYourGays Well, was.]]]]
* In a rare [[SoapOpera telenovela]] example, ''Simplemente Marãa''. Marã­a ends with her second love, a humble teacher who had been near her since she arrived from the country, on all the road she went to be a famous fashion designer, instead of the rich, [[JerkWithAHeartofGold somewhat jerkish]] father of her son, a rare move back in the day. Other writers would have applied LoveRedeems on the rich dude, but here they glanced towards SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan and built towards it.
* Technically, if you throw away the "first person I've ever loved for real" excuse, [[Series/YoSoyBettyLaFea Betty's]] second love is Armando, and viceversa.
* In a supernatural example, one ''Series/BeyondBeliefFactOrFiction'' segment shows us a man who has lost his wife. He soon meets a new love who looks and acts ''very'' similar too her. When ''she'' ends up dying as well, he happens upon a ''third'' love who is exactly the same. It's implied that this cycle keeps on going, and that it's the exact same woman's spirit.
* ''Series/RepublicOfDoyle'':
** After her husband went to jail and she filed for divorce, Rose hit it off with Malachy who is a widower with three grown children.
** Jake tends to be TheCasanova but it is clear that Nikki was his first big love and it took him a long time to get over their divorce. Leslie is his second big love and while the feelings are reciprocated, she breaks up with him a numerous occasions due to the illegal stunts he pulls. [[spoiler: They end up HappilyMarried in the series finale.]]
* On ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** Kurt Hummel and Finn Hudson are both raised by single, widowed parents. When Kurt introduces Burt and Carole, they fall in love almost instantly, and get married in the second season. And it is adorable.
** Will was married to Terri, his high school sweetheart, and while they were obviously once in love, by the time the series starts it is a very unhealthy relationship that is hanging on by threads. Will's only other major love interest is Emma, with whom he eventually marries and has a family with. Emma is usually portrayed as his true love.
** An interesting example with Rachel. Her first love is Finn, and he has been portrayed as her true love. While they were broken up in season 1, she dated Jesse before getting back together with Finn by the end of the season. Finn was supposed to be her endgame, but [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim the character died when his actor Cory Monteith died]]. As a result, Rachel eventually (after a long period of grieving) marries Jesse and is shown to be very happy with him. So Jesse ''is'' her second love, but in a roundabout way.
* Chuck is this to Blair on ''Series/GossipGirl'', whose first love was Nate. Nate's first love was Blair and his second was Serena.
* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Stefan is this to Elena. Elena's first love was Matt, also her childhood friend whom Elena broke up with four months before unexpectedly meeting and eventually falling in love with Stefan.
*** After Elena and Stefan break up, she eventually falls for his older brother Damon, and he becomes her ''third'' love.
** Elena herself is the second love of ''both'' Damon and Stefan after they have spent over a century in love with her ancestor and doppelganger Katherine.
* Ianto of ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' finds love again after the [[TearJerker tragic]] fate of Lisa. Actually, Torchwood being [[EveryoneHasLotsOfSex what it is]], most of the characters fall under this trope, losing people they loved before hooking up with [[spoiler: or at least getting a [[TearJerker heartbreaking]] AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther moment before dying]]. Gwen is really the only exception.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' has three notable examples, each involving the deaths of the previous loves.
** Kasidy Yates, who Benjamin Sisko marries after years of mourning for his first wife, Jennifer.
** Jadzia Dax, who Worf ends up marrying several years after the death of his first love K'Ehlyr.
** Odo, who pines after Kira Nerys for years while she's with Vedek Bareil Antos (and later Shakaar Edon, but this is a less serious relationship) before eventually confessing his feelings and entering a relationship with her.
* For ''Series/TheXFiles'', the [[spoiler: dying doctor]] Scully revisits in season 7's "all things" seems to have been her first love when she was a student of medicine. (Phoebe Green, mentioned only in one first-season episode, was Mulder's.) She still has some feelings for him but rejects the idea of restarting their relationship, all but telling him she's moved on and has somebody else.
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', Chiana was this for D'Argo.
** Crichton was also Aeryn's second love, though both had [[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow recreated]] with plenty of others before.
* In ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Arthur is Guinevere's SecondLove after [[FirstLove Lancelot]].
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** Although she had been in several relationships before, Ted was the first man Robin ever fell in love with, while Barney was the second. And although, after she and Barney broke up, she had two other serious relationships, she has been in love with Barney since before the second one started (she even cheated with Barney on him) and there's something like a 95% probability that she and Barney are going to get back together for good in the end. [[spoiler:They get married, but they divorce after three years.]]
** Robin is Barney's second love as well, his love before Robin was Shannon. He dated Shannon in college and loved her with all his soul, but she broke his heart when she left for a wealthy suit. Barney then took up his womanizing ways. He fell for Robin, his close friend.
** The Mother is the second love for Ted. Ted dated other girls before and after Robin, but he thought that she was his destiny and his one true love. Meeting her helps Ted move on from Robin. None of the other girls he dated were ever serious because he was always obsessed with Robin.
** It turns out that [[spoiler: Ted becomes the Mother's second love]] as their meeting allows her to move on from grieving her first love, who died when she was 21. She spent several years being single and later was in a relationship with another guy, but it wasn't love. She and Ted are soulmates.
* On ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Sayid's first and second loves Nadia and Shannon became the subject of disagreement among fans that wasn't limited to shippers. [[spoiler:Both were killed; Shannon in season 2 and Nadia in season 4 or 5, depending on your perspective. Sayid was then reunited with Shannon in season 6 courtesy of the "sideways universe" while Nadia ended up with his brother,]] which annoyed many fans who believed [[spoiler:the character whose name happened to be Nadia]] was the "truer" of the two loves.
* In ''Series/TheDeadZone'' ([[Film/TheDeadZone movie]] and TV series), Sarah marries the town sheriff after Johnny's car accident leaves him in a coma for several years. (In the book version, her eventual husband is a lawyer and aspiring politician, with the sheriff a HappilyMarried separate character who never interacts with Sarah "on camera".)
* ''Series/{{Bones}}'': Brennan is Booth's second love. Rebecca, Parker's mother, refused to marry him and they did try getting back together but fought too much. Then he fell badly for Bones, only to have her reject him for a while before they got together. Hannah was in there as well, but she was a rebound thing, a woman he met and turned to when Brennan rejected him. Brennan also had a brief thing with Sully, another FBI agent, before he bought a boat and left, and she refused to join him.
* ''Series/{{CSI NY}}'': Christine Whitney, for Mac Taylor. His first love was his wife Claire, and her death on 9/11 devastated him. Peyton was a bit of a subversion; they seemed in love for a while, but it became clear Mac was still not ready, and comparing then with now, it does not seem he was in love with her the way he is with Christine. Especially since he and Christine get engaged during the series finale.
* ''Series/MurdochMysteries'': Detective William Murdoch's fiancée died of consumption before the beginning of the series. He falls for his colleague, beautiful [[TheCoroner pathologist]] Dr. Julia Ogden. He has to struggle to let his first love go and acknowledge his deepening feelings for Julia, his intellectual equal.
* In the revived ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Rose Tyler is in a serious relationship with Mickey at the beginning of Series 1, but by the end of Series 2 she has fallen in love with the Tenth Doctor and ultimately marries his [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest clone]] at the end of Series 4.
** Clara Oswald and the Eleventh Doctor's relationship was becoming platonically romantic by the time he regenerated, but when he became the much older-looking, broodier Twelfth Doctor he decided that this was a mistake and pulled back. Clara subsequently fell in love with fellow schoolteacher Danny Pink, [[LoveTriangle but was now torn between ordinary human life with him and her risky-but-exciting life with the Doctor, whom she came to realize she still loved for all that he had changed]]. At the end of Series 8 she decides to stay with Danny...'''but''' [[spoiler: he dies in an accident just as she's giving him the news by phone, ends up a Cyberman, and makes a HeroicSacrifice to save the world]]. The Doctor and Clara separate over mutual IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy lies after this, but the events of "Last Christmas" bring them back together and, having realized they are soulmates, they become an OfficialCouple in Series 9. But Clara never tells the Doctor she loves him, at least not onscreen, to maintain her promise to Danny that she would never say the three little words to any other man.
** After Clara is [[spoiler: Killed Off for Real, then rendered Only Mostly Dead while the Doctor loses his personal memories of her]] at the end of Series 9, River Song becomes this for the Twelfth Doctor. Although his eleventh self married River at the end of Series 6 and they had offscreen adventures after that, "The Husbands of River Song" reveals she never actually believed the Doctor ''loved'' her, or anyone else for that matter. But Twelve is delighted to cross her path again, subtly jealous of her other husbands, and in the end proves his love for her by [[spoiler: preparing the final night they spend together at the Singing Towers of Darillium, and staying with her for that whole night, which turns out to last '''24 Earth years''']]. If that's not love...
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'':
** It was magically revealed by Tinkerbell that Regina and Robin Hood are destined to be each other's second loves.
** Emma is Killian/Hook's second love after Milah.
** Killian/Hook himself is Emma's after Neal/Baelfire.
* In ''Series/TeenWolf'', the OfficialCouple of Scott and Allison breaks up in the season 2 finale. Then in season 3B Scott begins to fall for new girl Kira, and Allison gets together with Isaac. [[spoiler: However on her deathbed Allison confesses that she still loves Scott]]
** By the final season, Scott has found a third love in [[spoiler: Malia Tate]], with him being ''her'' second love after [[spoiler: Stiles]].
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': Sarah is Chuck's second love after he has spent ''four years'' trying to get over his old college girlfriend Jill. Later in the series, Casey's daughter Alex becomes this for Morgan after his original girlfriend Anna [[PutOnABus leaves him]]. Before Chuck, Sarah also had a relationship with his former friend Bryce.
* ''Series/DrQuinnMedicineWoman'' The titular character and her beau and later husband Sully are this to each other. Her backstory includes a fiance presumed dead in the Civil War, while his includes a wife who died in childbirth along with their baby.
* ''Series/VeronicaMars'' and Logan Echolls were in serious relationships and in love with the Kane siblings, Duncan and Lilly, respectively. Duncan's unexpected breakup with Veronica and Lilly's death set off a course of events that lead to Veronica and Logan falling in love with each other, though their relationship is very much on again/off again until [[TheMovie the]] [[Film/VeronicaMars movie]] where they finally commit to each other after spending nine years apart.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'': Adalind, to Nick after having his baby. Their long adversarial relationship always had an element of UnresolvedSexualTension, despite their mutual loathing. A case where the SecondLove and FirstLove, Juliette, spent much of the series as mortal enemies. Becomes inevitable after Juliette becomes a Hexenbiest and makes a FaceHeelTurn. Later, the reformed Juliette, now known as "Eve," rightly perceives Nick's love for Adalind even when he is still reluctant to fully admit it. Adalind has by this point made her own full-on HeelFaceTurn. Nick's unexpectedly chivalrous treatment of Adalind after she reveals her pregnancy causes Adalind to fall deeply in love with her former nemesis, and she confesses that love much earlier than he does. Nick and Adalind also had arguably as many as three instances of TheirFirstTime (when Adalind, disguised as Juliette, took his powers; when Juliette, disguised as Adalind, got them back for him; and when they knowingly and passionately made love for the first time in the loft--well after Adalind gave birth to their son Kelly). At one point, Juliette/Eve and Nick both admit to wonder how thing would've turned out between them, had things been different, but, ultimately Julitete/Eve accepts that Nick is with Adalind now.
* ''Series/{{Lewis}}'' has the titular Robbie Lewis, whose wife Valerie was killed during the gap between ''Series/InspectorMorse'' and this series. After years of mourning her, he falls in love with resident pathologist Dr Laura Hobson, with whom he has been close friends for years. It's hinted, though not outright stated, that Laura has been quietly in love with him for quite some time before they finally get together, but never said anything as she knew how much losing Val had hurt him.
* At the beginning of ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', Dr Patrick Turner, the local GP, was a recent widower. Over time he falls in love with Sister Bernadette, one of Nonnatus House's resident nun-midwives. Needless to say, the whole "nun" thing complicates their relationship significantly despite her falling just as in love with him as he is with her, but after a bout of tuberculosis she leaves the Order to marry him and they remain happily married throughout the rest of the programme.
* ''Series/AgentCarter'': After losing her first love, Steve Rogers, in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', Peggy Carter spends several years grieving his loss before falling in love with Agent Daniel Sousa, who works with her at the SSR. The show ends with their RelationshipUpgrade, and WordOfSaintPaul (in this case Enver Gjokaj) confirms that Sousa is indeed the mysterious "husband" mentioned in ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheWinterSoldier''. Though Peggy never ''gets over'' Steve (as he was the love of her life), and carries a torch for him all her life, she does move on enough to live a long, happy life with Daniel, whom she clearly loves quite deeply.
* ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger'': Alex Cahill is this to Walker, whose backstory includes a fiancee who was murdered.
* ''Series/{{Amen}}'': Thelma is apparently this to Reverend Reuben Gregory--''his'' backstory includes a fiancee who left him at the altar.
* ''Series/TheFlash2014'': Iris West is a weird case, as both her major love interests are technically this for her. While she started a relationship with Eddie Thawne first, and loved him quite deeply, her OneTrueLove is her best friend Barry Allen, and Iris herself admits that she had loved Barry long before she had even met Eddie (they fell in love [[ChildhoodFriendRomance when they were kids, according to her]]), and just hadn't realized it yet. Thus, both men can function as this ''and'' as her FirstLove. Barry also had a serious thing going with Patty Spivot, but his refusal to admit to her that he's the Flash leads to their breakup and her moving away.
* With their omnipresent [[LoveTriangle love triangles]] and [[SuperCouple super couples]], [[SoapOpera soaps]] are rife with these. People's opinions even frequently vary on what character deserves this title. For example, it's a tossup as to whether Brooke or Taylor is this to Series/TheBoldAndTheBeautiful'''s Ridge following the death of his beloved first wife Caroline.
* ''Series/{{Supergirl}}'' has Kara falling in love with Mon-El. Unfortunately, she's forced to send him away, after unleashing a lead-based weapon to drive off the Daxamite invasion. [[spoiler:His pod ends up being sucked into a wormhole that throws him into the 31st century, where he lives for 7 years (as opposed to the 7 months that passed for Kara). Unable to send any messages back in time, he resigned himself to a life without her and ends up marrying Imra Adeen, Saturn Girl. He still wears the pendant Kara has given him, but it's a reminder of their lost love and everything she has taught him about being a hero]]. Kara also had some previous attempts at a relationship with James, but it never went anywhere.

* In the Literature/{{Child Ballad|s}} ''The Famous Flower of Serving Man'', the heroine goes to serve the king as a serving man after her husband and baby have been murdered; there, the king falls in love with her. In some variants, her dead husband, in the form of a ghost, tells the king what had happened to her; in all, the king executes her mother, who had arranged for the murders.
* Sally, in Smokie's ''Living Next Door to Alice'', who too had waited for 24 years... though it's not known whether or not she and the narrator actually do hook up.
* Music/GarthBrooks' song "Unanswered Prayers" tells about a guy who runs into his ex and thanks the heavens that they didn't end up together.
* "If I Fell" by Music/TheBeatles.
* "You Got It All," by the Jets, praises one.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In the supplemental novels for ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', [[RoyalsWhoActuallyDoSomething Victor Davion]], a central character, loses his beloved [[StarCrossedLovers Omiko Kurita]] to an assassin in the employ of his wily sister, [[TheSociopath Katherine Steiner]] (who also had their mother and youngest brother assassinated as well). Isis Marik, the illegitimate daughter of Thomas Marik who was exiled and was traveling with them, gives him a "get a hold of yourself" talk in the aftermath to shake him out of his despair. Eventually, the two fall in love, marry, and have three kids. [[spoiler:And Vic later finds out Omi had [[SomeoneToRememberHimBy a son]] by him.]]

* Shakespeare's RomeoAndJuliet has Romeo's first love Rosaline, who only gets mentioned a few times before Juliet's appearance makes her utterly insignificant.
* ''Theatre/MissSaigon''. Chris's wife Ellen, the woman he marries after returning home from the war.
* ''Theatre/{{Bandstand}}'': Donny is Julia's second love; her first was her late husband Michael.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'', Lulu ended up with Wakka, after her first love, Chappu, was killed by Sin.
** In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', Locke falls in love with Celes while trying to find a way to ressurect his first girlfriend. She eventually comes back, but [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse dies shortly after]], using her [[FinalSpeech last words]] to [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds wish the new couple a happy life together]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'', Fei's first love was his [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend childhood friend]] Alice (who was engaged to his other childhood friend Timothy). However, both Alice and Timothy were killed. Later, Fei ends up with Elly.
** Later in the game, it is revealed that [[spoiler:Elly really is Fei's first love, as they have been lovers for 10000 years via reincarnation.]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', Meryl's first love was Solid Snake. Unfortunately for her, Snake was too concerned with his [[HeterosexualLifePartners Heterosexual Life Partner Otacon]]. She eventually marries the game's ButtMonkey Johnny Sasaki.
* Creator/BioWare seems to have a thing for this trope:
** The PlayerCharacter to Jaheira in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate 2''.
** The player character of ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' to Carth.
** ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'':
*** The player character to Aribeth, and possibly a different player character again to Aribeth as her third love in ''Hordes of the Underdark''.
*** Any love interest you could possibly end up with in the ''VideoGame/TheBastardOfKosigan'' series is going to be your character's second at least, after [[spoiler:Alex]]'s unavoidable plotline death.
*** The player to Anera in the Shadowlords/Dreamcatcher/Demon arc.
** The player character to Sky in ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', and possibly (alternately) Silk Fox to the Player Character. (Complicating matters a bit is that they're both BiTheWay.)
** ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
*** The player character to Thane or Jack in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''.
*** [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] him/herself can have one in the second game, if you romance Ashley/Kaidan/Liara in the first game and move on to someone else in the second. This can cause tension in the third game... unless your ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' romance is dead, of course.
*** In the third game, Male Shepard can be one to GayOption Steve after helping him to move past the death of his husband.
*** Potentially, [[spoiler:Jacob in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' hooks up with a new woman after his relationship with Shepard. He states that he believed they wouldn't be able to be together after her incarceration by the Alliance and that he still has feelings for her, but stays with his new love.]]
** ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
*** The player character to Zevran or Leliana in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. Also, if the player character is a female Dwarf Noble and the origin was played with her being romantically involved with Gorim, he finds a second love, gets married, and is expecting a child by the time they see each other again. She can then become involved with Alistair, Zevran, or Leliana, making ''them'' this trope. The same arguably goes for a City Elf (of either gender), who was betrothed prior to becoming a Grey Warden.
*** The player character to Anders or Isabela in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. The player character's mother will also have a conversation with her eldest child about the possibility of her finding this trope. [[spoiler:That, however, ends disastrously.]]
*** The player character to Cullen or Cassandra in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition.'' (In Cullen's case, however, it will only be mentioned if the imported world state has a mage as the Hero of Ferelden.)
* The player character to Casavir in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2''.
** And Gann or Safiya (depending on gender) to the player in ''Mask of the Betrayer''. [[spoiler:Though, given the soul-juggling mechanics, Safiya is a male player's first love and Elanee was his second.]]
* The Player Character to Atton in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2''. [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation Depending on how you interpret his feelings for the woman he was talking about.]]
* Princess Peach to Mario in the ''SuperMarioBros'' series games. Originally, Mario's love interest is Pauline, from his debut game, ''VideoGame/DonkeyKong''.
* Atoli from ''VideoGame/DotHackGUGames'' to Haseo, at least in G.U. Film Trilogy. The games themselves have ''no'' canon pairing.
* ''VideoGame/HarvestMoonAnimalParade'' has Jin, one of the few and only characters in the series who is a marriageable bachelor and had a previous wife. [[spoiler:She was an IllGirl who passed away, and Jin, despite being a doctor, couldn't help her.]] Whether he ends up with the player or his LoveInterest Anissa depends on the player, however.
** The original {{SNES}} version has Ann's father marrying Nina's mother, if you marry Ann.
* The PlayerCharacter can be this to [[spoiler:Professor Grabiner]] in ''VisualNovel/MagicalDiary''.
* Isaac spent almost all of the original ''VideoGame/DeadSpace'' trying to find his girlfriend, Nicole [[spoiler:only to find out that she had been DeadAllAlong]]. In the [[Videogame/DeadSpace2 sequel]], he meets Ellie Langford; they help each other survive for a while, and [[spoiler:Isaac eventually manages to overcome his guilt and sorrow over Nicole's death]]. Sometime between ''2'' and ''[[VideoGame/DeadSpace3 3]]'', Isaac and Ellie had a relationship. His relationship with the two women serve as BookEnds for the series; the opening of ''Dead Space'' had Isaac watching at a recording Nicole had sent, and at the end of ''3'' [[spoiler:as he plummets without sign of rescue]] he looks at a picture of Ellie.
* ''Any'' guy who marries Cordelia in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', since she's had feelings for Prince Chrom for a long time and her romantic supports are, more often than not, about her trying to deal with it. And this certainly includes a male PlayerCharacter.
** This ''may'' be the case in regards to Cordelia's best friend Sumia too, but it's much less harped on since she ''does'' have a chance to be with Chrom if the player so desires ''and'' her possible feelings for Chrom are less focused on than Cordelia's own.
** And possibly genderflipped in in regards to [[CannotTalkToWomen Lon'qu]], if his thoughts and feelings regarding [[spoiler: his [[TheLostLenore dead]] OnlyFriend Ke'ri]] ''were'' romantic in nature. (This includes a female PlayerCharacter, of course.)
** Also any guy who hooks up with Lissa ([[BodyguardCrush the aforementioned Lon'qu]] included) save for Frederick, her FirstLove.
** In regards to the [[spoiler:[[KidFromTheFuture kids from the future]]]], Cynthia implies in her supports with Inigo that she's had a crush on him [[ChildhoodFriendRomance since they were children]], so any guy ''save'' for Inigo will be this for her. This may also be the case for Owain and ''maybe'' [[spoiler:Gerome]], in regards to [[spoiler:''Cynthia herself'']], as both boys imply that they might have harbored feelings of their own for the girl in their respective support chains with her.
* This happens a bit in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'' as well.
** Camilla confesses that she's been in love with the male Avatar since she first saw him, making any other man she marries her runner up.
** The male Avatar is this to Scarlet, who falls in love with Ryoma after seeing him, but cannot gain supports with or marry him, the Male Avatar being her only potential partner.
** Any guy who pairs up with Oboro, who's been enamored with her friend and lord Takumi for a long time.
* ''VideoGame/PretentiousGame 2'' is about [[PlayerCharacter the blue square]] moving on from [[FirstLove the bright pink square]] and getting romantically involved with the light pink square. It doesn't end well.
* In ''VideoGame/QueenAtArms'', if Marcus romances the court mage Rubus, she is this for him; he tells her that part of what draws him to her is how much she resembles his old mentor, who was also his first love.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the [[FishPeople Zora]] commoner Kodah was in love with Link and competed for his affection with Princess Mipha. Kodah mentions that at one point she demanded that Link make a choice between her or Mipha; it's not clear exactly how Link viewed either of these two ChildhoodFriends, what with him being a HeroicMime and traditionally a CelibateHero, but it's implied that he did reject Kodah as a romantic interest. Following Link's near-death in the Great Calamity and subsequent century-long slumber in the Shrine of Resurrection, Kodah eventually married a Zora man named Kayden; a recently-awakened Link can act as RomanticWingman for their daughter Finley. The Sheikah scientist Robbie also has one with his current wife Jerrin. His first love was a woman named Cherry, who he named his mechanical "ancient oven" after (though he stopped referring to it by that name after seeing how much this upset Jerrin).
* In the IGA continuity of the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' franchise, Dracula became an immortal due to the death of his wife Elisabetha in order to spite God. [[MayDecemberRomance Several hundred years later]], he would fall in love with a woman named Lisa and have a son named Alucard. Unfortunately, this relationship didn't go well for poor Drac either.
* In ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'', the PlayerCharacter, Max, eventually falls in love with her childhood best friend Chloe. Rachel Amber (who Chloe befriended when Max moved away prior to the game) is heavily implied to be Chloe's first love. The prequel, ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrangeBeforeTheStorm'', [[spoiler: confirms this (although exactly how close they are depends).]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Yukitsuki is the unfortunate first love in ''VisualNovel/FragmentsNote''. Thanks to Miu's [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong intervention]], Yukiha ends up with someone else.
* Discussed in ''VisualNovel/{{Kanon}}'' with the OfficialCouple. Yuuichi jokes that he hopes Ayu retracts having said that he was her first love, as everyone knows it's only the times after your first that the relationships work.
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', there are a few cases of this.
** Emi has this happen [[spoiler:twice. The first time was with her team captain, [[IncompatibleOrientation who turned out to be gay]], and she later had a boyfriend at Yamaku, but they broke up because she kept him at arm's length (a problem Hisao must resolve to successfully complete her route).]]
** Lilly had a crush on [[spoiler:her English tutor]], but never acted on it.
** Hisao himself had feelings for Iwanako, the girl who met with him for a LoveConfession in the first scene, just before he suffered a heart attack. She stops visiting him in the hospital after six weeks [[spoiler:and later sends a DearJohnLetter]], meaning that any girl Hisao winds up with is going to be his second love.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Sunrider}}'', Kayto Shields was in love with his childhood friend Ava Crescentia when they were in high school. She left to join the military right after graduation, and when they finally meet again twelve years later as captain and first officer of the Sunrider, Ava is determined not to renew their relationship on the grounds that it could [[InappropriatelyCloseComrades compromise their judgment]]. Her rejection drives Kayto into the arms of his chief engineer, Chigara Ashada, and the two of them become the OfficialCouple. [[spoiler:Then Chigara gets hijacked by the BigBad and dies.]]
** In ''Sunrider Liberation Day'', any woman that Kayto hooks up with in the post-game [RE]turn scenario is technically his ''Third'' Love (except for Ava, [[FirstGirlWins naturally]]). In the good endings, Chigara even [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy gives Kayto her blessing to be with his new]] LoveInterest since she herself [[spoiler:is being held indefinitely in solitary confinement to prevent her from causing trouble if the Prototypes take control of her again]].


[[folder:Web Animation]]

* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Taiyang Xiao Long was married to his teammate Raven Branwen. She gave birth to a daughter, Yang Xiao Long, but then Raven disappeared shortly thereafter. Taiyang then fell for his other teammate, Summer Rose, and she raised Yang as her own even as she and Taiyang had their own daughter, Ruby Rose. It wasn't until Summer disappeared as well that Yang found out about all this--she had thought Summer was her biological mother for most of her childhood.


[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Many of the main couples in ''Webcomic/KevinAndKell'' fall under this trope. The titular couple itself is one: Kevin was a divorcee, Kell a widow. Others include Dorothy (divorced) and Douglas (widower), Martha (divorce) and Ralph (unmarried widower), Angelique (Kevin's ex) , and George (Martha's ex).
** George is a bit complicated though. [[spoiler: His second love was Danielle, Kevin's sister, who died during an attack on Rabbit's Revenge, but her human counterpart ended up crossing over into Domain, falling in love with George herself, and eventually married him. So, depending on whether you count the formerly human Danielle as a separate person from the original Danielle, George is either on his second or third love.]]
* Makoto is Miharu's second love in ''Webcomic/RedString'', after her disastrous breakup with Kazuo. Miharu, for her part, is Makoto's second serious relationship after his first girlfriend dumped him and his attempts to love and woo Karen failed. Hanae is Fuuko's second love after Maya figured out she didn't feel the same way for Fuuko.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' Ally is this to Lisa; her relationship with her first love ended due to Lisa never getting the confidence to explain her intimate interests to him; despite them discussing engagement before it turned sour; this causes her moments of doubts and guilt early into her relationship with Ally.
* In ''Webcomic/TwoKinds'': Flora is Trace's second great love after his deceased wife (who's death sparked Trace's original StartOfDarkness).[[note]]His wife's ghost has been shown to be watching over Trace and [[IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy approves of him and Flora.]][[/note]][[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In A Loaf Story, an entry from ''Wiki/TheWanderersLibrary'', after [[spoiler: Emilio is eaten by a pigeon]], Elizabeth finds happiness with this in the most Tearjerking way possible.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyDadTheRockStar'' Willy falls for his best friend Alyssa in the [[LastMinuteHookup last episode]]. Alyssa was the second girl he fell for in the series, with his first love being Angela D'Angelo. While mutually interested, Willy and Angela's relationship never even technically got started due to the actions of Angela's ''extremely'' [[OverprotectiveDad protective]] [[MyBelovedSmother parents]], with said parents moving the entire family out of town just to prevent said relationship.
* On ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' Linda and Lawrence are [[HappilyMarried Happily Re-Married]], each having been a single parent before they met. The creators are [[ShrugOfGod specifically vague]] about their previous spouses.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Although he met her first, Sokka only fell in love with Suki after his first love, Princess Yue, [[spoiler: AscendedToAHigherPlaneOfExistence.]]
** [[spoiler:Aang]] to Katara, as the first guy she had a crush on (Jet) was a freedom fighter who wasn't all that concerned about collateral damage.
* In the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Korra and Asami, who both dated one other person before getting together in the GrandFinale]]. [[{{Irony}} Ironically]], the first loves of both of them were [[spoiler:the same: Mako.]]
* On ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', Flame Princess is the second love for Finn, since his old crush Princess Bubblegum considered herself too old for him (even before the reveal of her ''real'' age.)
* It looked like ''WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}}'' was going to do this when Cheetara turned out to be into Lion-o's brother Tygra and he meets a new girl. [[spoiler:Then she, Pumyra, turns out to be DeadAllAlong and revived by his enemies to infiltrate his gang and betray him.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'': Razer became a Red Lantern because of his wife's death, but he slowly falls in love with Aya during the first half of the series. [[spoiler:And then he completely fucks it up by telling her he loves her and taking it back. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Everything goes to hell after that.]]]]
* Emma Frost was set up to be this to Cyclops on ''WesternAnimation/WolverineAndTheXMen'' after his first love/DesignatedLoveInterest Jean Grey disappeared (after chastising him for getting into a fight with Wolverine no less), but the series didn't follow through on it.
* ''WesternAnimation/SofiaTheFirst'': Miranda and King Roland are this to each other.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' never shows us any of Elisa's past relationships, but Goliath's ex-mate [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Demona]] features prominently as an antagonist throughout the series.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* In modern (especially Western) Civilization, serial monogamy is so common that some evolutionary psychologists think humans evolved to favor such relationships.