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* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' resolves the love triangle between Hikaru, Lantis, and Eagle by killing Eagle off in an HeroicSacrifice (though then again he was fatally ill). (Which does not occur in the manga, where Hikaru does not feel a pressing need to choose just one...)

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* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' resolves the love triangle between Hikaru, Lantis, and Eagle by killing Eagle off in an HeroicSacrifice (though then again he was fatally ill). (Which (This does not occur in the manga, where Hikaru does not feel a pressing need to choose just one...)



* ''Film/KickAss2'' pushed the hints of a Kick-Ass/Hit-Girl romance and had a temporary new love interest in the meantime for both. What about Kick-Ass's main love interest from the first film, whom he spent the whole film pursing and ended the film in a loving relationship? Well, she has a grand total of one scene in the sequel, in which she is [[DerailingLoveInterests derailed]] from a GirlNextDoor to a bitch that cheats on him before dumping him.[[note]]Which ironically brings her much more in line with her original characterization from the source comic.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/KickAss2'' pushed the hints of a Kick-Ass/Hit-Girl romance and had a temporary new love interest in the meantime for both. What about Kick-Ass's main love interest from the first film, whom he spent the whole film pursing and ended the film in a loving relationship? Well, she has a grand total of one scene in the sequel, in which she is [[DerailingLoveInterests derailed]] from a GirlNextDoor to a bitch that cheats on him before dumping him.[[note]]Which [[note]]This ironically brings her much more in line with her original characterization from the source comic.[[/note]]



* In ''Film/ThePalmBeachStory'', Gerry and Tom revive their love but in the process, they leave behind a flabbergasted Hackensacker and his Princess sister. Time to bring in the [[SettleForSibling twin brother/sister plot]] for everyone to be HappilyEverAfter.
* ''Film/VirginTerritory'': At the end of the film, Dimitri comes to marry Pampinea, driving a wedge between her and Lorenzo. Yet when it turns out he mistook her with Elissa (whom he had sex with and now loves). After that, however, Lorenzo is reluctant to marry her either as he's still pining for the mysterious "nun" who kissed him. Yet this turns out to be Pampinea, so everyone ends up with the one they love.

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* In ''Film/ThePalmBeachStory'', Gerry and Tom revive their love but in the process, they leave behind a flabbergasted Hackensacker and his Princess sister. Time to bring in the [[SettleForSibling twin brother/sister plot]] for everyone to be live HappilyEverAfter.
* ''Film/VirginTerritory'': At the end of the film, Dimitri comes to marry Pampinea, driving a wedge between her and Lorenzo. Yet when it turns out he Lorenzo - until they discover that Dimitri mistook her for Elissa, with Elissa (whom whom he had sex with and now loves). After that, loves. Even after that gets cleared up, however, Lorenzo is reluctant to marry her either Pampinea, as he's still pining for the mysterious "nun" who kissed him. Yet Then this turns out to be Pampinea, so everyone ends up with the one they love.love.
* In the Creator/KeanuReeves film ''A Walk in the Clouds,'' the leads are pretending to be married so that her family won't learn that she is pregnant from an affair with one of her college professors. The main thing keeping them apart (even though they're falling in love) is the fact that he's married to someone else, whom he barely knows. He finally goes home to his wife - only to find that she's gotten their marriage annulled while he's been away, leaving him free to be with the one he really loves.



** At the end of ''The Chessmen of Mars'', Tara learns, greatly to her relief, that her betrothed -- believing her dead -- had fallen in love and married thus [[IGaveMyWord freeing her from her word]] and letting her marry the hero.

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** At the end of ''The Chessmen of Mars'', Tara learns, greatly to her relief, that her betrothed -- believing her dead -- had has fallen in love and married married, thus [[IGaveMyWord freeing her from her word]] and letting her marry the hero.



** Additionally, ''Breaking Dawn'' also sees Kate and Garret hooking up with only a few sentences of them spending time together and implies that [[spoiler:Charlie and Sue]] are in the process of hooking up (after, erm...[[spoiler:Sue cooks meals for Charlie, it seems]]). In the first story, Bella casually plays matchmaker for her friends, with no real mention of how well the friends get along before that. In fact, almost all of the protagonists are hooked up with someone, and the characters who are meant to be unsympathetic are left single.

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** Additionally, ''Breaking Dawn'' also sees Kate and Garret hooking up with only a few sentences of them spending time together and implies that [[spoiler:Charlie and Sue]] are in the process of hooking up (after, erm... [[spoiler:Sue cooks meals for Charlie, it seems]]). In the first story, Bella casually plays matchmaker for her friends, with no real mention of how well the friends get along before that. In fact, almost all of the protagonists are hooked up with someone, and the characters who are meant to be unsympathetic are left single.



** All in all: Ross, Rachel and Chandler had all kissed each of the five characters. Monica never kissed Phoebe or Joey (except for an alternate universe in the latter case). Back to the trope, it can be seen with many details throughout the series: Joey introducing Phoebe to her husband (and being actually the one who would marry them later on), Joey and Rachel deciding they're better off as friends (after roughly two years of build-up for their relationship to finally take place), Janice finally getting over Chandler after "one last moment of weakness", Gunther being shot down by Rachel in the finale, hooking up Ross' ex Julie with Rachel's ex Russ, etc.

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** All in all: Ross, Rachel and Chandler had all have each kissed each all of the other five characters. Monica never kissed Phoebe or Joey (except for an alternate universe in the latter case). Back to the trope, it can be seen with many details throughout the series: Joey introducing Phoebe to her husband (and being actually the one who would marry them later on), Joey and Rachel deciding they're better off as friends (after roughly two years of build-up for their relationship to finally take place), Janice finally getting over Chandler after "one last moment of weakness", Gunther being shot down by Rachel in the finale, hooking up Ross' Ross's ex Julie with Rachel's ex Russ, etc.



** Jess actually averts this trope. Yes, he reforms himself but he's still in love with Rory. His final line: "It is what it is. Me. You." is actually them realizing [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} they love each other but their timing's never been right]]. Not that the ends are cleared up. Plus Rory eventually breaks up with the other guy and WordOfGod reveals had the series continued she and Jess would have got together. So definitely not this trope. The 2016 Netflix revival didn't resolve any of Rory's pairings but it left a door open for Jess who had a longing look at her just before the end of the show.

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** Jess actually averts this trope. Yes, he reforms himself but he's still in love with Rory. His final line: "It is what it is. Me. You." is actually them realizing [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} they love each other but their timing's never been right]]. Not that the ends are cleared up. Plus Rory eventually breaks up with the other guy and WordOfGod reveals that, had the series continued continued, she and Jess would have got gotten together. So definitely not this trope. The 2016 Netflix revival didn't resolve any of Rory's pairings but it left a door open for Jess Jess, who had a longing look at {{longing look}} for her just before the end of the show.



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* Or, some ficcers decide on a MathematiciansAnswer and [[OneTrueThreesome decide to ship all three]] as a unit.


Bob, Charlie, Dave etc. have been [[LoveDodecahedron chasing]] Alice. Now it's time for Alice to choose Bob as her one and only.

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Bob, Charlie, Dave Dave, etc. have been [[LoveDodecahedron chasing]] Alice. Now it's time for Alice to choose Bob as her one and only.



* Deciding that what they want the most is to have [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Alice be happy]], and that Alice can ''only'' be happy with Bob.

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* Deciding that what they want the most is to have [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy Alice be happy]], happy]] and that Alice can ''only'' be happy with Bob.



* ''Anime/MarmaladeBoy'' is the number one example. The anime spends so much time doing this sort of thing after Miki and Yuu pair off early in the series, it's almost impossible to take it seriously. Enter boy C who wants Miki, and girl D who wants Yuu. They team up, agreeing to work together to make Miki and Yuu break up. They fail, but it's okay -- because they fall in love in the process and get together! Repeat twenty times, and you have Marmalade Boy. The word "marmalade" has become a standard name for this plot device in the vocabulary of shoujo anime fans. It was a lot less complicated in the manga because there were far less characters in it compared to the anime as well as the author herself not wanting to pair all the characters up since she thought it was unrealistic. She actually has commented on how she was slightly annoyed that virtually all the characters did seem to get paired up in the anime.

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* ''Anime/MarmaladeBoy'' is the number one example. The anime spends so much time doing this sort of thing after Miki and Yuu pair off early in the series, it's almost impossible to take it seriously. Enter boy C who wants Miki, and girl D who wants Yuu. They team up, agreeing to work together to make Miki and Yuu break up. They fail, but it's okay -- because they fall in love in the process and get together! Repeat twenty times, and you have Marmalade Boy. The word "marmalade" has become a standard name for this plot device in the vocabulary of shoujo anime fans. It was a lot less complicated in the manga because there were far less fewer characters in it compared to the anime as well as the author herself not wanting to pair all the characters up since she thought it was unrealistic. She actually has commented on how she was slightly annoyed that virtually all the characters did seem to get paired up in the anime.



* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had Character C ([[spoiler: Hikaru]]) rather quickly turned down once they got to the end, with her taking it bizarrely well that the main character lead her on for so long "in order to not hurt her feelings." A later {{OAV}} subverts this, however, and touches more on the emotional ramifications.'

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* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'' had Character C ([[spoiler: Hikaru]]) rather quickly turned down once they got to the end, with her taking it bizarrely well that the main character lead led her on for so long "in order to not hurt her feelings." A later {{OAV}} subverts this, however, and touches more on the emotional ramifications.'



** We find out that Syaoran's, and to some extent Sakura's, romantic feelings for Yukito were not simply crushes but in fact [[LovingAShadow caused by magical attraction]].
** Tomoyo from the same series is the archetypal IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy-character. Unusual in that Tomoyo acknowledges Sakura is a little dense with subtly, and decides to explain more fully when they're older. It doesn't really come up again once Syaoran enters the picture; Tomoyo was both a {{Muggle}} and largely defined by her relation to Sakura, so it was a pretty serious RoadCone.

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** We find out that Syaoran's, Syaoran's -- and to some extent Sakura's, Sakura's -- romantic feelings for Yukito were not simply crushes a crush but in fact [[LovingAShadow caused by magical attraction]].
** Tomoyo from the same series is the archetypal IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy-character. Unusual in that Tomoyo acknowledges Sakura is a little dense with subtly, subtly and decides to explain more fully when they're older. It doesn't really come up again once Syaoran enters the picture; Tomoyo was both a {{Muggle}} and largely defined by her relation to Sakura, so it was a pretty serious RoadCone.



* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' resolves the love triangle between Hikaru, Lantis and Eagle by killing Eagle off in an HeroicSacrifice (though then again he was fatally ill). (Which does not occur in the manga, where Hikaru does not feel a pressing need to choose just one...)

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* ''Manga/MagicKnightRayearth'' resolves the love triangle between Hikaru, Lantis Lantis, and Eagle by killing Eagle off in an HeroicSacrifice (though then again he was fatally ill). (Which does not occur in the manga, where Hikaru does not feel a pressing need to choose just one...)



** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Schoolgirl Lesbian]] Shizuru has had two of these occur. In the {{anime}} itself, she goes insane, though a combination of her popularity and the ResetButton nature of the ending save her in the end. The video game based on this, which is aimed at a different [[{{demographics}} demographic]], has her committing suicide if the [[DatingSim main character chooses to be]] with Natsuki.

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** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Schoolgirl Lesbian]] Shizuru has had two of these occur. In the {{anime}} itself, she goes insane, insane though a combination of her popularity and the ResetButton nature of the ending save her in the end. The video game based on this, which is aimed at a different [[{{demographics}} demographic]], has her committing suicide if the [[DatingSim main character chooses to be]] with Natsuki.



* Also from Creator/RumikoTakahashi, ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' presented a long-running, but less complex LoveDodecahedron. Protagonist (and dropout) Godai is in love with Kyoko, who is actively pursued by suave tennis coach Mitaka, while Godai reluctantly dates Kozue. All this, while Kyoko pines for her dead husband Soichirou. Eventually, Mitaka discovers an engagement with Asuna, a girl who loves dogs (his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes crippling phobia]]), but the girl is so sweet that [[LastMinuteHookup he ultimately warms up to her]]. For her part, Kozue [[LovingAShadow outgrows her infatuation with Godai]] and breaks up with him. Godai's third "relationship," Ibuki Yagami, a highschool girl who continually advanced on [[HotForTeacher her ex teacher]] was the only romantic complication not to get over Godai, still [[UnrequitedLoveLastsForever thinking she will eventually get together with him]] in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.

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* Also from Creator/RumikoTakahashi, ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' presented a long-running, but less complex LoveDodecahedron. Protagonist (and dropout) Godai is in love with Kyoko, who is actively pursued by suave tennis coach Mitaka, while Godai reluctantly dates Kozue. All this, while Kyoko pines for her dead husband Soichirou. Eventually, Mitaka discovers an engagement with Asuna, a girl who loves dogs (his [[WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes crippling phobia]]), but the girl is so sweet that [[LastMinuteHookup he ultimately warms up to her]]. For her part, Kozue [[LovingAShadow outgrows her infatuation with Godai]] and breaks up with him. Godai's third "relationship," Ibuki Yagami, a highschool high school girl who continually advanced on [[HotForTeacher her ex teacher]] ex-teacher]] was the only romantic complication not to get over Godai, still [[UnrequitedLoveLastsForever thinking she will eventually get together with him]] in the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue.



** [[spoiler: Yasuna originally rejected Hazumu not because of any of Hazumu's qualities that carried over through the change, but simply because Hazumu was, at the time, a boy, which, due to her odd affliction, made things a no-go. The later breakup was unrelated.]]
** Also, it was rather less complicated in the manga, where [[spoiler: Hazumu chose Tomari from the start, because she was the one who didn't hesitate to save Hazumu's life. She loved him/her in both genders, choosing to change her own sexuality just to be with Hazumu.]]

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** [[spoiler: Yasuna originally rejected Hazumu Hazumu, not because of any of Hazumu's qualities that carried over through the change, but simply because Hazumu was, at the time, a boy, which, due to her odd affliction, made things a no-go. The later breakup was unrelated.]]
** Also, it was rather less complicated in the manga, where [[spoiler: Hazumu chose Tomari from the start, start because she was the one who didn't hesitate to save Hazumu's life. She loved him/her in both genders, choosing to change her own sexuality just to be with Hazumu.]]



** There is at least a bit more foreshadowing in both the manga and the light novel, since they let you in on Ryuuji's thought process. He is always thinking about [[spoiler:Taiga and how pretty she is]], among other things.

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** There is at least a bit more foreshadowing in both the manga and the light novel, novel since they let you in on Ryuuji's thought process. He is always thinking about [[spoiler:Taiga and how pretty she is]], among other things.



* Towards the end of Creator/BrianKVaughan's run on ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Nico and Victor suddenly become a couple, despite not having much previous chemistry. This is heavily lampshaded; they're both grieving Gert, and Nico's usual way of coping with trauma is [[SexForSolace to throw herself at the nearest available body]]. Nico is well aware that it's neither psychologically healthy for her or fair to Victor, but Victor becomes infatuated with her and she can't bring herself to let him go. This was inverted when Creator/JossWhedon took over and had Victor cheat on Nico, at which point Nico promptly dumped him. Neither of them have been canonically paired with anyone since.
* How Marvel ultimately dealt with Madelyne Pryor, Cyclops' first wife. She ran off after Cyclops left to check on the recently resurrected Jean Grey, along with their son Nathan. Marvel decided they wanted Scott and Jean back together and that Maddie was a loose end and turned her evil and wrote Nathan out of the story by sending him into the future, allowing Cyclops to be free of his commitments. Eventually they revealed that Cable was the grown-up Nathan Summers.
* Black Panther and Storm's marriage despite being popular to a good deal fans ended in divorce as in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' T'challla annulled it in a single page due, to the Mutant's part in the massacre. Ironically Black Panther and Storm [[https://www.cbr.com/marvel-couples-ranked/ still make]] Marvel's top couples lists.

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* Towards the end of Creator/BrianKVaughan's run on ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', Nico and Victor suddenly become a couple, despite not having much previous chemistry. This is heavily lampshaded; they're both grieving Gert, and Nico's usual way of coping with trauma is [[SexForSolace to throw herself at the nearest available body]]. Nico is well aware that it's neither psychologically healthy for her or fair to Victor, but Victor becomes infatuated with her and she can't bring herself to let him go. This was inverted when Creator/JossWhedon took over and had Victor cheat on Nico, at which point Nico promptly dumped him. Neither of them have has been canonically paired with anyone since.
* How Marvel ultimately dealt with Madelyne Pryor, Cyclops' first wife. She ran off after Cyclops left to check on the recently resurrected Jean Grey, along with their son Nathan. Marvel decided they wanted Scott and Jean back together and that Maddie was a loose end and turned her evil and wrote Nathan out of the story by sending him into the future, allowing Cyclops to be free of his commitments. Eventually Eventually, they revealed that Cable was the grown-up Nathan Summers.
* Black Panther and Storm's marriage -- despite being popular to a good deal of fans -- ended in divorce as in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' T'challla annulled it in a single page due, to the Mutant's part in the massacre. Ironically Black Panther and Storm [[https://www.cbr.com/marvel-couples-ranked/ still make]] Marvel's top couples lists.



* Played with hilariously in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Tiana and Naveen fall in love and are married, but this leaves Charlotte as the only "good guy" who doesn't hook up with anyone or achieve her dream of meeting a prince. [[spoiler:In the final song of the movie, we see Charlotte dancing happily with Naveen's younger brother - who is six and half! Charlotte shrugs and says "I've waited this long," suggesting that she can wait until he grows up, but it's clear that she's joking.]]

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* Played with hilariously in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Tiana and Naveen fall in love and are married, but this leaves Charlotte as the only "good guy" who doesn't hook up with anyone or achieve her dream of meeting a prince. [[spoiler:In the final song of the movie, we see Charlotte dancing happily with Naveen's younger brother - who is six and a half! Charlotte shrugs and says "I've waited this long," suggesting that she can wait until he grows up, but it's clear that she's joking.]]



* ''Film/KickAss2'' pushed the hints of a Kick-Ass/Hit-Girl romance and had a temporary new love interest in the meantime for both. What about Kick-Ass's main love interest from the first film, whom he spent the whole film pursing and ended the film in a loving relationship? Well she has a grand total of one scene in the sequel, in which she is [[DerailingLoveInterests derailed]] from a GirlNextDoor to a bitch that cheats on him before dumping him.[[note]]Which ironically brings her much more in line with her original characterization from the source comic.[[/note]]

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* ''Film/KickAss2'' pushed the hints of a Kick-Ass/Hit-Girl romance and had a temporary new love interest in the meantime for both. What about Kick-Ass's main love interest from the first film, whom he spent the whole film pursing and ended the film in a loving relationship? Well Well, she has a grand total of one scene in the sequel, in which she is [[DerailingLoveInterests derailed]] from a GirlNextDoor to a bitch that cheats on him before dumping him.[[note]]Which ironically brings her much more in line with her original characterization from the source comic.[[/note]]



* In ''Film/ThePalmBeachStory'', Gerry and Tom revive their love but in the process they leave behind a flabbergasted Hackensacker and his Princess sister. Time to bring in the [[SettleForSibling twin brother/sister plot]] for everyone to be HappilyEverAfter.
* ''Film/VirginTerritory'': At the end of the film, Dimitri comes to marry Pampinea, driving a wedge between her and Lorenzo. Yet then it turns out he mistook her with Elissa (whom he had sex with and now loves). After that however, Lorenzo is reluctant to marry her either as he's still pining for the mysterious "nun" who kissed him. Yet this turns out to be Pampinea, so everyone ends up with the one they love.

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* In ''Film/ThePalmBeachStory'', Gerry and Tom revive their love but in the process process, they leave behind a flabbergasted Hackensacker and his Princess sister. Time to bring in the [[SettleForSibling twin brother/sister plot]] for everyone to be HappilyEverAfter.
* ''Film/VirginTerritory'': At the end of the film, Dimitri comes to marry Pampinea, driving a wedge between her and Lorenzo. Yet then when it turns out he mistook her with Elissa (whom he had sex with and now loves). After that that, however, Lorenzo is reluctant to marry her either as he's still pining for the mysterious "nun" who kissed him. Yet this turns out to be Pampinea, so everyone ends up with the one they love.



* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Gods of Mars]]'' and ''Warlord of Mars'', Thuvia falls in love with John Carter. At the end, when he is reunited with his wife, they get to watch as Thuvia and their son are flirting (though they get a book of their own before they actually get to marry).
** At the end of ''The Chessmen of Mars'', Tara learns, greatly to her relief, that her betrothed, believing her dead, had fallen in love and married, thus [[IGaveMyWord freeing her from her word]] and letting her marry the hero.

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* In Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs' ''[[Literature/JohnCarterOfMars Gods of Mars]]'' and ''Warlord of Mars'', Thuvia falls in love with John Carter. At In the end, when he is reunited with his wife, they get to watch as Thuvia and their son are flirting (though they get a book of their own before they actually get to marry).
** At the end of ''The Chessmen of Mars'', Tara learns, greatly to her relief, that her betrothed, betrothed -- believing her dead, dead -- had fallen in love and married, married thus [[IGaveMyWord freeing her from her word]] and letting her marry the hero.



* Ken Follett's two Kingsbridge historical fiction novels both feature a main couple (Jack and Aliena and ''Literature/{{The Pillars of the Earth}}'', Merthin and Caris in ''Literature/{{World Without End}}'') who, for various plot contrivances, can't be together in a practical and/or legal (it's 12th or 14th century England) sense for very extended periods of time. As a result, various stopgap love interests are employed, but have to be disposed of when it's time for the main couple to possibly have a shot (which, particularly in ''World Without End'', happens several times before they actually succeed). For example, after Caris is forced into becoming a nun, Merthin leaves for Florence, marries, and has a daughter; then the Black Death kills his wife, and he returns to England, has an affair with a barmaid, who ''also'' dies of the Black Death, gets back together with Caris for a while, but circumstances force another breakup, and he has an affair with Lady Philippa, his brother's wife (loveless forced marriage), but Philippa gets pregnant by him and has to pretend the child is his brother's, and her departure coincides with Caris finally getting out of the nunnery.

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* Ken Follett's two Kingsbridge historical fiction novels both feature a main couple (Jack and Aliena and ''Literature/{{The Pillars of the Earth}}'', Merthin and Caris in ''Literature/{{World Without End}}'') who, for various plot contrivances, can't be together in a practical and/or legal (it's 12th or 14th century England) sense for very extended periods of time. As a result, various stopgap love interests are employed, employed but have to be disposed of when it's time for the main couple to possibly have a shot (which, particularly in ''World Without End'', happens several times before they actually succeed). For example, after Caris is forced into becoming a nun, Merthin leaves for Florence, marries, and has a daughter; then the Black Death kills his wife, and he returns to England, has an affair with a barmaid, who ''also'' dies of the Black Death, gets back together with Caris for a while, but circumstances force another breakup, and he has an affair with Lady Philippa, his brother's wife (loveless forced marriage), but Philippa gets pregnant by him and has to pretend the child is his brother's, and her departure coincides with Caris finally getting out of the nunnery.



* Parodied on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. After Ross and Rachel get back together and Monica and Chandler announce they're dating, Joey asks Phoebe if they should get together, by the virtue of them being the only main characters left. Phoebe reveals that she has a long term-strategy for the two of them in which they make off with Chandler and Monica's money and Rachel's children, and kill Ross.

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* Parodied on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. After Ross and Rachel get back together and Monica and Chandler announce they're dating, Joey asks Phoebe if they should get together, by the virtue of them being the only main characters left. Phoebe reveals that she has a long term-strategy long-term strategy for the two of them in which they make off with Chandler and Monica's money and Rachel's children, and kill Ross.



** Perhaps the most obvious ''Series/{{Friends}}'' example of this trope: Ross's wedding to Emily. "I, Ross, take thee Rachel..."

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** Perhaps the most obvious ''Series/{{Friends}}'' example of this trope: Ross's wedding to Emily. "I, Ross, take thee Rachel...thee, [[FreudianSlip Rachel]]..."



** Jess actually averts this trope. Yes he reforms himself but he's still in love with Rory. His final line: "It is what it is. Me. You." is actually them realizing [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} they love each other but their timing's never been right]]. Not that the ends are cleared up. Plus Rory eventually breaks up with the other guy and WordOfGod reveals had the series continued she and Jess would have got together. So definitely not this trope. The 2016 Netflix revival didn't resolve any of Rory's pairings but it left a door open for Jess who had a longing look at her just before the end of the show.

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** Jess actually averts this trope. Yes Yes, he reforms himself but he's still in love with Rory. His final line: "It is what it is. Me. You." is actually them realizing [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} they love each other but their timing's never been right]]. Not that the ends are cleared up. Plus Rory eventually breaks up with the other guy and WordOfGod reveals had the series continued she and Jess would have got together. So definitely not this trope. The 2016 Netflix revival didn't resolve any of Rory's pairings but it left a door open for Jess who had a longing look at her just before the end of the show.



* Exception: At the end of ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse'', the main character, poor Robin Tripp, gets ditched by both his love interest and other main character, Chrissy, who prefers Robin's brother Norman. Robin can only acknowledge his defeat, which isn't softened by any narrative gimmick. However, this is only a partial exception, as Robin quickly falls in love with someone else, in the series spin-off ''Robin's Nest''.

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* Exception: At the end of ''Series/ManAboutTheHouse'', the main character, poor Robin Tripp, gets ditched by both his love interest and other another main character, Chrissy, who prefers Robin's brother Norman. Robin can only acknowledge his defeat, which isn't softened by any narrative gimmick. However, this is only a partial exception, as Robin quickly falls in love with someone else, in the series spin-off ''Robin's Nest''.



** During the first season the OfficialCouple of Lucas & Peyton was slowly built up with the clear goal of eventually putting them together. Come the second season, this was all ignored in favor of Lucas & Brooke, due to the real life chemistry between Chad Michael Murray & Sophia Bush. Peyton, however, was retconned into being in love with Jake Jagielski - a recurring character from the previous season, who she had a mild flirtation with whilst she was trying to move on from Peyton[=/=]Lucas[=/=]Brooke love triangle.
** When the writers eventually pulled the trigger on restarting the Lucas[=/=]Peyton relationship in the third season, after subtly leaving hints throughout the season that Peyton wasn't quite as over Lucas she first appeared, they brought Jake for a three episode stint for no other reason than to show that Peyton never really loved Jake by having her confess her feelings for Lucas to Jake when she said "I love you, Lucas" in her sleep.
*** Similarily, the episode before Lucas & Peyton finally got together in the fourth season featured Brooke & Lucas realising that whilst they cared about each other, they really weren't in love with one another.

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** During the first season the OfficialCouple of Lucas & Peyton was slowly built up with the clear goal of eventually putting them together. Come the second season, this was all ignored in favor of Lucas & Brooke, due to the real life real-life chemistry between Chad Michael Murray & Sophia Bush. Peyton, however, was retconned into being in love with Jake Jagielski - a recurring character from the previous season, who she had a mild flirtation with whilst she was trying to move on from Peyton[=/=]Lucas[=/=]Brooke love triangle.
** When the writers eventually pulled the trigger on restarting the Lucas[=/=]Peyton relationship in the third season, after subtly leaving hints throughout the season that Peyton wasn't quite as over Lucas she first appeared, they brought Jake for a three episode three-episode stint for no other reason than to show that Peyton never really loved Jake by having her confess her feelings for Lucas to Jake when she said "I love you, Lucas" in her sleep.
*** Similarily, Similarly, the episode before Lucas & Peyton finally got together in the fourth season featured Brooke & Lucas realising that whilst they cared about each other, they really weren't in love with one another.



* In ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' Steve Elliot was introduced as a possible love interest for the Bradley girls, Billie Jo, Bobbi Jo, and Betty Jo. He and Billie Jo became a couple for several seasons. But then the actor playing Steve married the actress playing Betty Jo, so TPTB decided to have them get married on the show too. Out of the blue, Billie Jo mentions to her mother that she and Steve are "just friends." An episode or two later, Steve and Betty Jo declare their love, and Billie Jo doesn't mind at all. She wanted to focus more on her acting career, and wasn't ready to get married like she knew Steve was wanting. And Bobbi Jo, who'd had a crush on Steve all this time, doesn't mind either, because she didn't have that big of a crush on him anyway.

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* In ''Series/PetticoatJunction'' Steve Elliot was introduced as a possible love interest for the Bradley girls, Billie Jo, Bobbi Jo, and Betty Jo. He and Billie Jo became a couple for several seasons. But then the actor playing Steve married the actress playing Betty Jo, so TPTB decided to have them get married on the show too. Out of the blue, Billie Jo mentions to her mother that she and Steve are "just friends." An episode or two later, Steve and Betty Jo declare their love, and Billie Jo doesn't mind at all. She wanted to focus more on her acting career, career and wasn't ready to get married like she knew Steve was wanting. And Bobbi Jo, who'd had a crush on Steve all this time, doesn't mind either, because she didn't have that big of a crush on him anyway.



* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' ends with the good guys rewarded, the "bad" guys punished, and everyone happily paired up... ''except Antonio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek''. Antonio's constant devotion and implied love for Sebastian goes completely unacknowledged. At least one film version ends with him walking away from the castle all alone. And Aguecheek, well... despite being rather slow in the head, his ending is quite tragic, as he appears smitten with Olivia and, judging by his early comment that "I was adored once too", he's really not got any other existing prospects.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' ends with the good guys rewarded, the "bad" guys punished, and everyone happily paired up... ''except Antonio, Antonio and Sir Andrew Aguecheek''. Antonio's constant devotion and implied love for Sebastian goes completely unacknowledged. At least one film version ends with him walking away from the castle all alone. And Aguecheek, well... despite being rather slow in the head, his ending is quite tragic, as he appears smitten with Olivia and, judging by his early comment that "I was adored once too", he's really not got any other existing prospects.



* Subverted in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', in an episode where Fry dates a digital copy of Lucy Liu. At the end, Fry deletes the copy after being asked by the real Liu, and hopes that he can get to know the real Liu. However, it turns out that Liu and Bender (who has [[HypocriticalHumor been against human/robot relationships for the whole episode]]) have fallen in love. The heart fade-out shows Bender and Liu kissing... then turns to Fry, who is growling at them.

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* Subverted in ''{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}}'', in an episode where Fry dates a digital copy of Lucy Liu. At In the end, Fry deletes the copy after being asked by the real Liu, Liu and hopes that he can get to know the real Liu. However, it turns out that Liu and Bender (who has [[HypocriticalHumor been against human/robot relationships for the whole episode]]) have fallen in love. The heart fade-out shows Bender and Liu kissing... then turns to Fry, who is growling at them.



* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Brooklyn is the series' romantic ButtMonkey, falling for multiple femmes and being brushed off by all of them. Creator Greg Weisman to finally fixed that in the official comic book continuation where Brooklyn is whisked away for a 40 year journey where he finds his true love and raises a family before they all return to his clan at a time that is five minutes after the moment he disappeared. That journey was originally supposed to be depicted in a SpinOff series called ''Timedancer''. In addition, in the interim after the original TV series cancellation and before the SLG comic book continuation depicting the results of this, plenty of Brooklyn fans who were FanFic writers were happy to supply their own idea of the ideal true love for him.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'', Brooklyn is the series' romantic ButtMonkey, falling for multiple femmes and being brushed off by all of them. Creator Greg Weisman to finally fixed that in the official comic book continuation where Brooklyn is whisked away for a 40 year 40-year journey where he finds his true love and raises a family before they all return to his clan at a time that is five minutes after the moment he disappeared. That journey was originally supposed to be depicted in a SpinOff series called ''Timedancer''. In addition, in the interim after the original TV series cancellation and before the SLG comic book continuation depicting the results of this, plenty of Brooklyn fans who were FanFic writers were happy to supply their own idea of the ideal true love for him.



** The original miniseries spent considerable time on shipping during the second act, only to realize that its substantially more relevant plotlines were getting less attention. In the span of less than 7 minutes, Korra's love interest nebulously breaks up with his current girlfriend to be with the Avatar.

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** The original miniseries spent considerable time on shipping during the second act, only to realize that its substantially more relevant plotlines were getting less attention. In the span of less fewer than 7 minutes, Korra's love interest nebulously breaks up with his current girlfriend to be with the Avatar.


* After winningly declaring her independence from Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle in ''Theatre/MyFairLady'' returns to Higgins after all give the audience a so called romantic happy ending, deviating from the source material, ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}'', by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw, who strongly felt that the characters should not end up together.

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* ''Film/VirginTerritory'': At the end of the film, Dimitri comes to marry Pampinea, driving a wedge between her and Lorenzo. Yet then it turns out he mistook her with Elissa (whom he had sex with and now loves). After that however, Lorenzo is reluctant to marry her either as he's still pining for the mysterious "nun" who kissed him. Yet this turns out to be Pampinea, so everyone ends up with the one they love.


* Black Panther and Storm's marriage wasn't well-received to begin with, and the events of ''Avengers vs. X-Men'' were used to remove it. Black Panther, being a high-ranking religious figure and king of his country, annulled it on a single page.

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* Black Panther and Storm's marriage wasn't well-received to begin with, and the events of ''Avengers vs. X-Men'' were used to remove it. Black Panther, despite being popular to a high-ranking religious figure and king of his country, good deal fans ended in divorce as in ''ComicBook/AvengersVsXMen'' T'challla annulled it on in a single page.page due, to the Mutant's part in the massacre. Ironically Black Panther and Storm [[https://www.cbr.com/marvel-couples-ranked/ still make]] Marvel's top couples lists.


** [[TheRival Koga]] finally leaving Kagome alone in the same book as well. [[spoiler: In the anime, he marries Ayame aka the CuteBruiser girl he made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to years ago.]]

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** [[TheRival Koga]] finally leaving Kagome alone in the same book as well. [[spoiler: In the anime, he marries Ayame aka the CuteBruiser girl to whom he made a ChildhoodMarriagePromise to years ago.]]



* Played with hilariously in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Tiana and Naveen fall in love and are married, but this leaves Charlotte as the only "good guy" who doesn't hook up with anyone or achieve her dream of meeting a prince. [[spoiler:In the final song of the movie, we see Charlotte dancing happily with Naveen's younger brother - who is six and half! While she shrugs and says "I waited this long", they technically don't hook up.]]

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* Played with hilariously in ''Disney/ThePrincessAndTheFrog''. Tiana and Naveen fall in love and are married, but this leaves Charlotte as the only "good guy" who doesn't hook up with anyone or achieve her dream of meeting a prince. [[spoiler:In the final song of the movie, we see Charlotte dancing happily with Naveen's younger brother - who is six and half! While she Charlotte shrugs and says "I "I've waited this long", they technically don't hook up.long," suggesting that she can wait until he grows up, but it's clear that she's joking.]]



* An JustForFun/{{egregious}} use of the trope was in the film ''Film/PrettyInPink''. Originally the heroine was supposed to end up romantically with her offbeat platonic buddy, but the test audiences insisted that she end up in the arms of the superficial rich pretty-boy instead. Thus was the [[RevisedEnding ending of the film changed]], with poor old Ducky going for some girl who merely winks at him from the dance floor, despite his stalker-like fixation with the heroine throughout the entire damn film. It's speculated that this is why the writer created the film ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'' the next year with the exact same story (save for the genders switched) with the "original" ending.

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* An JustForFun/{{egregious}} use of the trope was in the film ''Film/PrettyInPink''. Originally the heroine was supposed to end up romantically with her offbeat platonic buddy, but the test audiences insisted that she end up in the arms of the superficial rich pretty-boy {{pretty boy}} instead. Thus was the [[RevisedEnding ending of the film was changed]], with poor old Ducky going for some girl who merely winks at him from the dance floor, despite his stalker-like fixation with the heroine throughout the entire damn film. It's speculated that this is why the writer created the film ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'' the next year with the exact same story (save for the genders switched) with the "original" ending.



* After inadvertently causing the end of the world, the heroes and their Soviet counterparts from ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'' decide to at least die happy: Chevy Chase pairs up with the gorgeous Donna Dixon, while the two older Soviet techs hook up together. Since there are two male techs and one female left, it seems that Dan Ackroyd's character and one of the other guys will be left out of the fun. Then it turns out the other two guys are gay, leaving Ackroyd to pair up with the very hot Vanessa Angel; win freakin' win. Oh, and the end of the world part? It gets better.
* A major subplot in ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'' has two warriors, [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Gavrilo and Vassili]], as rivals for the hand of [[ProperLady Olga Danilova]], declaring that whoever is bravest in battle will win her. It ends with Vasili yielding place to Gavrilo, as he has fallen hard for [[ActionGirl Vasilissa of Pskov]] (Vasili claims that ''she'' was the bravest of all, and Gavrilo was second).

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* After inadvertently causing the end of the world, the heroes and their Soviet counterparts from ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'' decide to at least die happy: Chevy Chase pairs up with the gorgeous Donna Dixon, while the two older Soviet techs hook up together. Since there are two male techs and one female left, it seems that Dan Ackroyd's Aykroyd's character and one of the other guys will be left out of the fun. Then it turns out the other two guys are gay, leaving Ackroyd Aykroyd to pair up with the very hot Vanessa Angel; win freakin' win. Oh, and the end of the world part? It gets better.
* A major subplot in ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'' has two warriors, [[SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan Gavrilo and Vassili]], Vasili]], as rivals for the hand of [[ProperLady Olga Danilova]], declaring that whoever is bravest in battle will win her. It ends with Vasili yielding place to Gavrilo, as he has fallen hard for [[ActionGirl Vasilissa of Pskov]] (Vasili claims that ''she'' was the bravest of all, and Gavrilo was second).



* ''[[Film/LAStory L.A. Story]]''. Harris K. Telemacher falls in love with a younger woman, but his loyalty to his girlfriend prevents him from going any further. Luckily, he discovers that his girlfriend is cheating on him with another man, so he can proceed with his new romance.
* Kelsi and Jason at the end of the first ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' movie: Kelsi, who seemed to have a bit of a crush on Troy, is randomly paired up with his only friend, (with actual lines,) Jason, that doesn't have a crush/girlfriend/whatever, despite the fact that they never interacted before in the movie and they have nothing in common.

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* ''[[Film/LAStory L.A. Story]]''. ''Film/LAStory'': Harris K. Telemacher falls in love with a younger woman, but his loyalty to his girlfriend prevents him from going any further. Luckily, he discovers that his girlfriend is cheating on him with another man, so he can proceed with his new romance.
* Kelsi and Jason at the end of the first ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'' movie: Kelsi, who seemed to have a bit of a crush on Troy, is randomly paired up with his only friend, friend (with actual lines,) lines), Jason, that who doesn't have a crush/girlfriend/whatever, despite the fact that they never interacted before in the movie and they have nothing in common.



* This trope appears to be Creator/NoraEphron's bread and butter. In ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', [[spoiler: Annie Reed and Walter come a mutual agreement that they are not all that in love and part amicably, leaving Annie free to hook up with Sam later that very night]]. Meanwhile, in ''Film/YouveGotMail'', [[spoiler: Joe gives the boot to his shrill and unlikable girlfriend Patricia after being trapped in an elevator with her. Kathleen and Frank mutually agree that they are not all that in love and break off their engagement, leaving Kathleen free to hook up with Joe within a few weeks.]]

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* This trope appears to be Creator/NoraEphron's bread and butter. In ''Film/SleeplessInSeattle'', [[spoiler: Annie Reed and Walter come a mutual agreement that they are not all that in love and part amicably, leaving Annie free to hook up with Sam later that very night]]. Meanwhile, in ''Film/YouveGotMail'', [[spoiler: Joe gives the boot to his shrill and unlikable girlfriend Patricia after being trapped in an elevator with her. Kathleen and Frank mutually agree that they are not all that in love and break off their engagement, leaving Kathleen free to hook up with Joe within a few weeks.]]]] The fact that the romantic leads in both movies are played by Creator/TomHanks and Creator/MegRyan makes it particularly evident.



** A deleted scene has Worf hung over on Romulan Ale. General consensus and possibly WordOfGod says it's because of this. Nevermind that Worf married another woman on another show.

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** A deleted scene has Worf hung over on Romulan Ale. General consensus and possibly WordOfGod says it's because of this. Nevermind Never mind that Worf married another woman on another show.



* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' ends with the good guys rewarded, the "bad" guys punished, and everyone happily paired up... ''except Antonio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek''. Antonio's constant devotion and implied love for Sebastian goes completely unacknowledged. At least one film version ends with him walking away from the castle all alone. And Aguecheek, well... despite being rather slow in the head, his ending is quite tragic, as he appears smitten with Olivia and, judging by his comment early on "I was adored once too", he's really not got any other existing prospects.

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* Creator/WilliamShakespeare's ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'' ends with the good guys rewarded, the "bad" guys punished, and everyone happily paired up... ''except Antonio, and Sir Andrew Aguecheek''. Antonio's constant devotion and implied love for Sebastian goes completely unacknowledged. At least one film version ends with him walking away from the castle all alone. And Aguecheek, well... despite being rather slow in the head, his ending is quite tragic, as he appears smitten with Olivia and, judging by his early comment early on that "I was adored once too", he's really not got any other existing prospects.


* Fantomex and Psylocke hooked up as part of the long-running romance subplot in Rick Remender's ''ComicBook/UncannyXForce'', after the LoveTriangle between Psylocke, Fantomex and Angel was resolved (basically Angel had his entire personality and all his memories wiped). Psylocke and Fantomex hook up at the very end of the series, and it's clear that this was presented as a happy ending (those words are even used)... yeah, not even a year later, the new ''Uncanny X-Force'' series by a different writer had them break-up off-panel.

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* Fantomex and Psylocke hooked up as part of the long-running romance subplot in Rick Remender's ''ComicBook/UncannyXForce'', after the LoveTriangle between Psylocke, Fantomex and Angel was resolved (basically Angel had his entire personality and all his memories wiped). Psylocke and Fantomex hook up at the very end of the series, and it's clear that this was presented as a happy ending (those words are even used)... yeah, not even a year later, the new ''Uncanny X-Force'' series by a different writer had them break-up off-panel.off-panel, with the justification that neither truly loved the other; Fantomex used his misdirection to get Betsy to think she loved him and he never loved her... no matter how hard this flies in conflict with what Remender wrote.

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* How Marvel ultimately dealt with Madelyne Pryor, Cyclops' first wife. She ran off after Cyclops left to check on the recently resurrected Jean Grey, along with their son Nathan. Marvel decided they wanted Scott and Jean back together and that Maddie was a loose end and turned her evil and wrote Nathan out of the story by sending him into the future, allowing Cyclops to be free of his commitments. Eventually they revealed that Cable was the grown-up Nathan Summers.
* Black Panther and Storm's marriage wasn't well-received to begin with, and the events of ''Avengers vs. X-Men'' were used to remove it. Black Panther, being a high-ranking religious figure and king of his country, annulled it on a single page.
* Fantomex and Psylocke hooked up as part of the long-running romance subplot in Rick Remender's ''ComicBook/UncannyXForce'', after the LoveTriangle between Psylocke, Fantomex and Angel was resolved (basically Angel had his entire personality and all his memories wiped). Psylocke and Fantomex hook up at the very end of the series, and it's clear that this was presented as a happy ending (those words are even used)... yeah, not even a year later, the new ''Uncanny X-Force'' series by a different writer had them break-up off-panel.


** All loose ends are completely and happily swept under the rug by season 3 with only Mako being the one unable to move past the drama.

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** All loose ends are completely and happily swept under the rug by season 3 during a driving lesson between Korra and Asami ''finally'' admitting each's previous actions with Mako and forgiving each other to become closer with only Mako being the one unable to move past the drama.


* This is done rather wonderfully in ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' where Tristran gets home, finds out the girl he went on the adventure for in the first place [[spoiler:wants to marry someone else]] and promptly informs her his heart's desire is for her [[spoiler:to have the happiest marriage anyone ever had]] before going to find his star.



* This is done rather wonderfully in ''Literature/{{Stardust}}'' where Tristran gets home, finds the girl he went on the adventure for in the first place [[spoiler:wants to marry someone else]] and promptly informs her his heart's desire is for her [[spoiler:to have the happiest marriage anyone ever had]] before going to find his star.

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* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': When Tsukune finally chooses Moka as his girlfriend, the other members of his harem slowly but surely move on to other boys that become part of the TrueCompanions; Kurumu ends up with [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Rason Miyamosa]], Mizore with [[DarkIsNotEvil Dark Kuyumaya]], Yukari with [[ChildMage Ahakon Maradoza]], and Ruby with [[GentlemanThief Razico Kalashin]].


* Fans of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' have to wait until the 3rd game to confirm the romantic relationship between Isaac and Jenna.
** [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Not anymore...]]
*** Subverted somewhat because while [[spoiler:Isaac and Jenna are confirmed]], it's heavily implied by the presence of the other children that virtually ''none'' of the others married off to each other. The only one that can even be speculated at this point is [[spoiler:Felix and Sheba, but it's heavily implied that Felix has gone missing and Sheba wasn't even mentioned]].

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* Fans of ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' have to wait until they play the [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn 3rd game game]] to confirm the romantic relationship between Isaac and Jenna.
** [[VideoGame/GoldenSunDarkDawn Not anymore...]]
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Jenna. Subverted somewhat because while [[spoiler:Isaac and Jenna are confirmed]], it's heavily implied by the presence of the other children that virtually ''none'' of the others married off to each other. The only one that can even be speculated at this point is [[spoiler:Felix and Sheba, but it's heavily implied that Felix has gone missing and Sheba wasn't even mentioned]].

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* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' fanfic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11886910/1/Gankona-Unnachgiebig-Unità Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità]]'': [[{{Tsundere}} Germany]] sought Italy. [[YamatoNadeshiko Japan]] sought Italy. [[CrazyJealousGuy Both]] [[GreenEyedMonster were jealous of each other]]. Italy [[{{Polyamory}} chose them both]].


* An {{egregious}} use of the trope was in the film ''Film/PrettyInPink''. Originally the heroine was supposed to end up romantically with her offbeat platonic buddy, but the test audiences insisted that she end up in the arms of the superficial rich pretty-boy instead. Thus was the [[RevisedEnding ending of the film changed]], with poor old Ducky going for some girl who merely winks at him from the dance floor, despite his stalker-like fixation with the heroine throughout the entire damn film. It's speculated that this is why the writer created the film ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'' the next year with the exact same story (save for the genders switched) with the "original" ending.

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* An {{egregious}} JustForFun/{{egregious}} use of the trope was in the film ''Film/PrettyInPink''. Originally the heroine was supposed to end up romantically with her offbeat platonic buddy, but the test audiences insisted that she end up in the arms of the superficial rich pretty-boy instead. Thus was the [[RevisedEnding ending of the film changed]], with poor old Ducky going for some girl who merely winks at him from the dance floor, despite his stalker-like fixation with the heroine throughout the entire damn film. It's speculated that this is why the writer created the film ''Film/SomeKindOfWonderful'' the next year with the exact same story (save for the genders switched) with the "original" ending.

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