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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.

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[[folder: {{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]

* ''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 ''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 ''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 ''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 Minorin).
* Kyoko from ''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. Despite being her reincarnation Kagome is however ultimately not Kikyou and Inuyasha acknowledges this as early as the "gentle smell" arc.
* ''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 ''DevilBesideYou'', Kayano's first love was [[NiceGuy Kamijou Yuuichi]]. She later falls in love with and marries Jerkass Takeru, because AllGirlsWantBadBoys.
* In ''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 ''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 ''{{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 ''DNAngel'', Daisuke's first love was Risa. He eventually falls in love and ends up with her [[SiblingYinYang twin sister]], Riku.
* In ''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 ''{{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 ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' [[spoiler:the title character]] has had a crush on [[spoiler:Sakura]] for years but in the epilogue it's revealed that he outgrew his crush and married [[spoiler: Hinata]]. However, in the movie Film/Naruto7TheLast, an {{interquel}} bridging the two last chapters of the series, it's established that [[spoiler: Hinata]] [[ZigZaggingTrope is actually his first love]]. [[spoiler:His crush on Sakura was more about competing with his rival Sasuke, whom Sakura is in love with]].
* 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 ''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.
* [[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.
* ''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]].
* ''{{Oishinbo}}'': Morisawa and Yamawaki.
* In ''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 ''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 ''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 ''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, ''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.]].]]
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[[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]] is often thought of as [[{{Spider-Man}} Peter Parker's]] first love, and her death is one of the most iconic deaths in comics. Mary Jane is often thought of as his second love, though he technically knew Mary Jane longer, but their relationship wasn't "love" until after Gwen died. However, according to the other wiki: "Betty Brant was Peter's very first love; in issue #142 page 17 of The Amazing Spider-Man Peter tells Mary Jane Watson that Betty was his first." That would make Gwen Stacy his second love and Mary Janes his third. There was also some attraction and flirting between Liz Allen and Peter Parker, making her Betty Brant's rival.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} fell in love with ComicBook/LoisLane (and in the Post-Crisis universe, married her) after a boyhood romance with ComicBook/LanaLang.
* [[Comicbook/{{X-Men}} 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 XWingSeries comics and he has a casual romance with a quartermaster named Reina. Flash forward to the 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 JediAcademyTrilogy Wedge fell hard for Qwi, a scientist who worked on the Death Star, even writing poetry to her hair, and in ''[[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/{{Robin}}'s (Tim Drake) first love with Ariana Dzerchenko and his second love 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 ''[[ArchieComicsSonictheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'', Antoine D'Coolette's "first love" is either Princess Sally or some cat shown once in the comic, Tatiana.
* WonderWoman becomes this for Superman in ''KingdomCome'', and Superman himself appears to be this for Wonder Woman in the New 52.
* {{ComicBook/Batwoman}} 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.
* 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.]]
** 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]]).
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[[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 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 [[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 ''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.]]
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[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* [[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.
* Madellaine to Quasimodo in ''Disney/TheHunchbackofNotreDameII''.
* In ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', Calhoun's tragic BackStory means that any romance is this.
* ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' was Meg's second love. Her first boyfriend had betrayed her and run 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.]]
* 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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[[folder:Film - Live Action]]

* Depending on the adaptation, certain interpretations of ''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.
* ''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 ''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 at her wedding day. Oh and the person she falls for is a woman too.
* Carly Spencer from ''TransformersDarkOfTheMoon'' to Sam Witwicky, due to MeganFox quitting production of that film.
* Maria was this for Captain Von Trapp in ''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 ''{{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.]]
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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. Likewise, Ron 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 unsurprising, she [[spoiler:finds her first love unworthy of her, and ends up falling in love again [[MayDecemberRomance with Colonel Brandon]]]].
* 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.
* [[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 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]].
* Creator/DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey and Harriet Vane were both on their SecondLove.
* In AndreNorton's ''Sorceress of the WitchWorld'', Kaththea, having been bitterly deceived, has great difficulty trusting [[spoiler:Hilarion]] but lives HappilyEverAfter in the end.
* In 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 ''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 ''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 wife 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 fairytale 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 ''{{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]].
%% * ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'': Luke ends up being this for [[spoiler:Jocelyn]].
* 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.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''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.
* On ''{{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).
** Also in {{Friends}}, 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 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 [[AManIsNotAVirgin 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.
* The new ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Reimagined}}'' 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."
* Charlotte in ''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 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 ''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 ''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, [[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.
* RepublicOfDoyle: Rose, after her husband went to jail, hit it off with Malachy.
* 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 [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming adorable.]]
* 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 two notable examples, both involving the deaths of the previous loves: Kasidy Yates, who Benjamin Sisko marries after years of mourning for his first wife, Jennifer; and Odo, who pines after Kira Nerys for years while she's with Vedek Barail Antos (and later Shakaar Edon, but this is a less serious relationship) before eventually confessing his feelings end 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 merried 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 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.
* ''{{CSI NY}}'': Christine is this to Mac. His first love was Claire, and her death on 9/11 pained Mac greatly. 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 appear to be on their way to getting married as of the end of season 9.
* ''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 one, but by the end of series two she has fallen in love with the Tenth Doctor and ultimately marries his [[HalfHumanHybrid half-human]] [[DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest clone]].
* ''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 enters a sexually charged relationship with Isaac. [[spoiler: However on her deathbed Allison confesses that she still loves Scott]]
* ''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]]
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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...
* 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.
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[[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 ahold 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.]]
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Shakespeare's RomeoAndJuliet has Romeo's first love Rosaline, who only gets mentioned a few times before Juliet's appearance makes her utterly insignificant.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* 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]].
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' mixes this with FirstGirlWins. After Aerith [[spoiler: dies at the hands of Sephiroth]], Cloud ends up with Tifa, with the supplemental material confirming it.
* 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.
* 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 ''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''.
*** The player character to Anders or Isabela in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''.
* 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 Trilogy(the original G.U games are YMMV on it being the case!)
* ''HarvestMoon: Animal Parade'' 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 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 has 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 [[BadassPrincess 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.
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* Lampshaded but averted 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 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.
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* 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]]

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* In A Loaf Story, an entry from TheWanderersLibrary, after [[spoiler: Emilio is eaten by a pigeon]], Elizabeth finds happiness with this in the most Tearjerking way possible.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In ''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.
* ''SofiaTheFirst'': Miranda and King Roland are this to each other.
* ''{{WesternAnimation/Gargoyles}}'' never showed us any of Elisa's past relationships, but Goliath's ex-mate [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Demona]] featured prominently as an antagonist throughout the series.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* In modern (especially Western) Civilization, serial monogamy is so common that some evolutionary psychologists think humans evolved to favor such relationships.
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