'''Basic Trope''': A character pretends to be in a long-distance relationship.
* '''Straight''': Bob is with his buddies when the subject of girlfriends comes up and the others all talk about theirs. Bob has been dateless for a long time, possibly ever, but doesn't want to admit it, so makes up "Marie" who lives in Quebec. His buddies are dubious, but Bob mentions Marie every so often [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday to reinforce the idea]] that he's able to interact with a woman.
** Bob goes so far as to forge "evidence" that Marie exists; blurry pictures, letters postmarked in Quebec; he even uses his vacation time to go up to Canada to "visit Marie."
** Bob is roped into a trip up to Quebec. "Hey, we can visit your girlfriend! Right?" He quickly hires a local escort or actress to play "Marie" and hurriedly put together a dossier for the role.
** "I used to have a girlfriend named Marie who lived in Quebec, but we broke up a while ago, so I'm free to date."
** Bob does have a girlfriend in Quebec, but their relationship is very casual.
** Bob is chatting with a girl in Quebec, in hopes of dating her. He tells everyone back home that she is already his girlfriend.
** Bob is desperate to hide his dateless loser status, and he knows none of the other guys have been to Quebec. Besides, if he ever does get a real girlfriend, he can "dump" Marie with no problem.
** [[TransparentCloset Bob is gay, and wants his friends to think he's straight]].
** [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend Bob is in a relationship with someone, but pretends he isn't.]]
** [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Bob really is in a long-distance relationship with Marie]], but she's TheUnseen, and all of Bob's stories about her and their relationship are so over-the-top and ludicrous that no one believes him.
** To everyone's surprise, [[NotSoImaginaryFriend Marie shows up in person]], [[TheCuckoolanderWasRight and verifies all of Bob's wild stories]].
** Bob says he has a girlfriend in Canada and his friends have even met her a few times, but they keep claiming that he has made her up.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** "Marie" is actually Alice in a WigDressAccent disguise, paying off a ''huge'' favor she owes Bob. Bob can't reveal her without exposing his own lies.
** However, Bob's friend Charles is faking a long-distance relationship.
** "Marie" is treated like a Bigfoot-esque urban legend; Bob's friends spend their time studying supposed "sightings" of her.
** After Bob claims he he has a girlfriend, we cut to Marie insisting to her friends that she has a boyfriend in the US.
* '''Zig Zagged''': As Double Subverted, when someone notices a message from a French-speaking woman on Bob's answering machine, asking why she hasn't been picked up from the airport.
* '''Averted''': No one in the story pretends to have a relationship with an imaginary person, and there may or may not be genuinely mistaken claims of relationship.
* '''Enforced''': "We want to underline just how much of a loser Bob is. Make him claim he has a GirlfriendInCanada."
** "No, I've never seen a picture of Bob's girlfriend either. Odd, that." "I know how lame it sounds, but Marie just doesn't like having her picture taken."
** "I'm just typing an email to my girlfriend. Dear [[HelloInsertNameHere my girlfriend]], thank you for sending me a box of chocolates [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial on purpose]]. Don't ever change."
** Bob's buddies start a conversation about their girlfriends in full knowledge that Bob is dateless, just to see what he'll do when it's his turn.
** Bob decides to impress Alice (and possibly [[OperationJealousy give her something to envy]]) by saying he's in a long-distance relationship.
* '''Exploited''': Bob's FairWeatherFriend David mentions Marie when both men meet a really attractive single woman, so she'll think Bob is taken.
* '''Defied''': Bob tells the truth about his single status.
* '''Discussed''': "I'm not going to lie. I am between girlfriends. I was going to pretend I was in a long-distance relationship or something, but I decided against it. Now that you've made me say it, do any of you have single sisters?"
* '''Conversed''': "I thought I might like ''Generic Sitcom'', but they're being way too mean to Bob with this imaginary girlfriend RunningGag."
* '''Deconstructed''': Real women who might be interested in Bob are discouraged because they think he's taken.
* '''Reconstructed''': Most single women don't believe Bob's story.
* '''Played For Laughs''': "Marie" shows up, but it's Bob in a WigDressAccent disguise. He fools almost no one, except [[HandsomeLech Bob's rival]] [[SmallNameBigEgo Ethan]], who tries to steal Marie from Bob before "Bob" returns.
* '''Played For Drama''': Bob's imaginary girlfriend is just a symptom of much deeper psychological problems caused by his social maladjustment. Over time, he becomes more and more engrossed in his fantasy of a perfect relationship, until he loses the memory that Marie doesn't actually exist.
* '''Untwisted''': Bob makes up the GirlfriendInCanada as a joke, and only sticks to the story because he thinks it's funny that his friends believe it.
[[Theatre/AvenueQ Was her name Alberta and she lived in Vancouver, or was it vice versa]]? Either way it's back to your GirlfriendInCanada.
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