Rename (28/9/12): Shallow Love Interest get usage counts
- Taken to its logical extreme in Don Bluth's Anastasia. Bartok the Bat abandons Rasputin near the end, and is rewarded with a pink bat who flies in and kisses him. She has no name, no dialogue, and apparently only exists to demonstrate, as The Nostalgia Chick put it, that "Do the right thing; karma will get you laid."
- Aaron from Mean Girls is a rare male version. He pretty much solely exists to be a pretty (and gullible) face and stuck in the Love Triangle between Cady and Regina.
Then we have entries which are just complaining, like:
- Jane from Puma Man. A character so lacking in personality that she barely qualifies as a cardboard cutout.
- Padme Amidala of Star Wars becomes one of these in Revenge of the Sith, much to the annoyance of those who preferred how she was in the previous movies. She did have a subplot revolving around the creation of the Rebel Alliance, but it was cut due to time constraints. Her daughter Leia thankfully avoids it.
- Carlie Cooper from Spider-Man was supposed to be "perfect" for Peter, the problem was because she was kind of quickly introduced and then forgotten about for a significant amount time while the rotating writers focused on THEIR pet characters when she reappeared it got a collective "huh?". Seemingly to make up for lost time a lot of her appearances consisted of everyone talking about how super awesome she was -even those who had never met her before. If this weren't bad enough, she appeared in an issue titled The Many Loves Of Spider-Man before they were even dating. When they finally got together Peter declared it was "the rightest thing in the world" (despite the fact she was dressed up as his ex). What little personality traits could be assigned to her were seemingly all sewn together from other love interests that were much better developed characters. Combined with the fact she and Peter had a laughable lack of actual chemistry (quite a feat when you're dealing with not actors, but drawings), that she was named after Quesada's daughter, no one could decide what she looked like and was a Replacement Scrappy for Mary Jane to boot, she quickly became The Scrappy and when they broke up during Spider-Island the fandom rejoiced. She's still in the books, but now they're focusing more on her job as a CSI, so hopefully this trope will be averted and more of an assignable personality will surface.
Then there's this:
- Pretty much every so-called "Bond girl" in any of the James Bond movies. While some effort is usually made to give them some kind of useful character trait, by and large their function in the movies is to be the Distressed Damsel, and of course to sleep with James.
- Somewhat averted by Prince Eric from The Little Mermaid, though he still pales in comparison to the vitality of Ariel.
In light of all this, what are we trying to do here?
edited 13th Aug '12 10:39:26 AM by AnotherDuck
- Does the character only get introduced to create/solve romantic tension?
- Does the character not accomplish anything plot-related unless it is connected to their love interest?
- Do other characters act out-of-character, forget past events, or otherwise break consistency with the plot to add fuel to the romantic subplot?
edited 13th Aug '12 11:56:42 AM by KingZeal
- Belldandy of Ah! My Goddess: Example is only valid within strict limits, and doubtful even then.
- Kaede of Kämpfer: Her description here reminds me of "What did the Romans ever do for us?"
- Miharu of Girls Bravo: Not a very deep character, but she has a few traits, I think.
- Mayu of Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya-kun: She's androphobic, to begin with.
- Yuuno of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha: Just look at the description...
- Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid: Somewhat averted means averted.
- Bond girls.
- Padme of Star Wars
- Twilight: Natter, and the series is a complaint magnet.
- Cho of Harry Potter: While she doesn't really count herself, they do make a point of the trope. I still think there's too much text, though.
- Lana Lang of Smallville: May not have the greatest characterisation, but still not a Shallow Love Interest.
edited 13th Aug '12 12:30:53 PM by AnotherDuck
edited 13th Aug '12 2:43:41 PM by AnotherDuck
edited 13th Aug '12 2:49:42 PM by abk0100
edited 13th Aug '12 3:37:43 PM by Xtifr
Alternative Titles: Shallow Love Interest
28th Sep '12 1:10:47 PM