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** At the start of volume 6, Sun and Blake part ways after having spent the last three volumes together. Neptune tries to console Sun, but Sun smiles and says it was never about romance--he just wanted to be as helpful as he could. [[spoiler:Blake ends up with her teammate Yang]].

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** At the start of volume 6, Sun and Blake part ways after having spent the last three volumes together. Neptune tries to console Sun, but Sun smiles and says it was never about romance--he just wanted to be as helpful as he could. [[spoiler:Blake ends up with her teammate Yang]].
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* At the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 3, [[spoiler:Jaune and Pyrrha become an OfficialCouple, and then about 15 minutes later, Pyrrha dies fighting [[TheHeavy Cinder]]]]. Later on, in Volume 5, [[spoiler:part of the reason why Ilia [[ThenLetMeBeEvil embraced villainy]] was out of jealousy towards Blake's relationship with Adam. Although Ilia pulls a HeelFaceTurn and fixes her friendship with Blake, even helping her stop Adam's attack on Haven, Blake leaves for Atlas in Volume 6. Ilia, at least, is thankful for being given a second chance]].

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At the end of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' Volume 3, [[spoiler:Jaune and Pyrrha become an OfficialCouple, and then about 15 minutes later, Pyrrha dies fighting [[TheHeavy Cinder]]]]. Cinder]]]].
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Later on, in Volume 5, [[spoiler:part of the reason why Ilia [[ThenLetMeBeEvil embraced villainy]] was out of jealousy towards Blake's relationship with Adam. Although Ilia pulls a HeelFaceTurn and fixes her friendship with Blake, even helping her stop Adam's attack on Haven, Blake leaves for Atlas in Volume 6. Ilia, at least, is thankful for being given a second chance]].chance]].
** At the start of volume 6, Sun and Blake part ways after having spent the last three volumes together. Neptune tries to console Sun, but Sun smiles and says it was never about romance--he just wanted to be as helpful as he could. [[spoiler:Blake ends up with her teammate Yang]].


* At the end of Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', John Smith, severely injured, returns to Europe and leaves Pocahontas behind. As well as Smith being saved by Pocahontas, this is one of the only historically based moments in the entire movie and one of Disney's few {{Bittersweet Ending}}s.

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* At the end of Disney's ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}'', John Smith, severely injured, returns to Europe and leaves Pocahontas behind. As well as Smith being saved by Pocahontas, this is one of the only historically based moments in the entire movie and one of Disney's few {{Bittersweet Ending}}s. Exacerbated in the [[Disney/PocahontasIIJourneyToANewWorld sequel]], where Pocahontas actually ends up with a different guy.


* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': Although Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, and to a much lesser extent, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and {{Franchise/Barbie}} and Ken, are now finally united with each other, Woody and Bo Peep aren't. (At the very beginning of the film, Bo Peep was seen only in a flashback, and when Woody lists Wheezy, RC, and the other toys that were sold before the film, Rex sheepishly adds Bo-Peep to the list; Woody is notably sad because of this.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'': Although Buzz Lightyear and Jessie, and to a much lesser extent, Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head and {{Franchise/Barbie}} and Ken, are now finally united with each other, Woody and Bo Peep aren't. aren't... at least until ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory4.'' (At the very beginning of the film, Bo Peep was seen only in a flashback, and when Woody lists Wheezy, RC, and the other toys that were sold before the film, Rex sheepishly adds Bo-Peep to the list; Woody is notably sad because of this.)



* ''Film/GoodBoys'': Max does get to kiss Brixlee, but their relationship is short-lived, they break up and he ends up with her friend. This didn't last too, as said friend breaks up with Max and Brixlee ends up dating her in turn. He does get Scout near the end, though.



* ''Series/ANTFarm'': Chyna showed signs of this a la Ranka Lee at the near end of the episode ''[=MeANT=] To Be?'', which implied that she wished she wanted to get a chance of fully loving Fletcher. More worse considering it's the 2nd to last episode, but luckily averted in the finale where Fletcher and Olive (her friend) broke up due that Fletcher stays in New York, but even then, Chyna still never gets a chance to love Fletcher.

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* ''Series/ANTFarm'': Chyna showed signs of this a la Ranka Lee at the near end of the episode ''[=MeANT=] To Be?'', which implied that she wished she wanted to get a chance of fully loving Fletcher. More worse considering it's the 2nd to last episode, but luckily averted in the finale where Fletcher and Olive (her friend) broke up due that as well as Fletcher stays in New York, but even then, Chyna still never gets a chance to love Fletcher.



** ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'': Takeru does not end up with Iyal because she is now the queen of Tube and forbidden to have a relationship with a human. The hint being Iyal saying to Takeru to "Never look back" was a sign that she meant "Forget about me, you still have your friends waiting for you."

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** ''Series/HikariSentaiMaskman'': Takeru does not end up with Iyal because she is now the queen of Tube and is forbidden to have a relationship with a human. The hint being Iyal saying to Takeru to "Never look back" was a sign that she meant "Forget about me, you still have your friends waiting for you."



** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger?'': Yayoi was shown to have a huge crush on Daigo from her introduction, and was determined to win him over. Despite the mild ShipTease between Yayoi and Daigo that followed, including weathering the visit of pop star Mikoto, who Daigo was shown to be very close to and protective of, it was Amy who ended up with Daigo, a romance that was suddenly dropped on viewers' heads during ''[[LastMinuteHookup the last three episodes]]''. Yayoi, who declared early on that she would not lose to Amy, seemed to just suddenly quit pursuing Daigo and was [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy apparently okay with letting Daigo and Amy be together]].

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** ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger?'': ''Series/ZyudenSentaiKyoryuger'': Yayoi was shown to have a huge crush on Daigo from her introduction, and was determined to win him over. Despite the mild ShipTease between Yayoi and Daigo that followed, including weathering the visit of pop star Mikoto, who Daigo was shown to be very close to and protective of, it was Amy who ended up with Daigo, a romance that was suddenly dropped on viewers' heads during ''[[LastMinuteHookup the last three episodes]]''. Yayoi, who declared early on that she would not lose to Amy, seemed to just suddenly quit pursuing Daigo and was [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy apparently okay with letting Daigo and Amy be together]].


* At the end of ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', Sam Spade turns in Brigid O'Shaughnessy for the murder of his partner.

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* At the end of ''Film/TheMalteseFalcon'', ''Film/{{The Maltese Falcon|1941}}'', Sam Spade turns in Brigid O'Shaughnessy for the murder of his partner.


* Brian O'Connor seems to be on the receiving end of this trope in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' after learning that (a) his love interest Mia's brother is the crook he's after and (b) blowing his cover as an undercover cop. It gets resolved by the fifth film though.

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* Brian O'Connor seems to be on the receiving end of this trope in ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious2001'' after learning that (a) his love interest Mia's brother is the crook he's after and (b) blowing his cover as an undercover cop. It gets resolved by the fifth film ''Film/FastFive'' though.


** Harry *does* [[spoiler: agree with her that they both need more time to get their heads together, but that once they do, "we set sail for the fucking iceberg, full speed ahead" Karren agrees.]]

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** Harry *does* [[spoiler: agree with her that they both need more time to get their heads together, but that once they do, "we set sail for the fucking iceberg, full speed ahead" Karren agrees. At the end of ''Skin Game'', they eventually decide to just go for it after realizing that the "right time" will never come and they might as well take the opportunity while they have it, possibly averting this trope.]]


* ''{{Ladybird}}'': The protagonist has two love interests, one of whom turns out to be gay, and one who turns out to be a total asshole who she angrily breaks up with after losing her virginity to. By the end of the movie she's gotten over it though.

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* ''{{Ladybird}}'': ''Film/{{Ladybird}}'': The protagonist has two love interests, one of whom turns out to be gay, and one who turns out to be a total asshole who she angrily breaks up with after losing her virginity to. By the end of the movie she's gotten over it though.

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* ''{{Ladybird}}'': The protagonist has two love interests, one of whom turns out to be gay, and one who turns out to be a total asshole who she angrily breaks up with after losing her virginity to. By the end of the movie she's gotten over it though.


This trope is when TheProtagonist -- who is clearly not {{celibate|Hero}} -- ''doesn't'' end up with the {{Love Interest|s}. Someone else wins her heart or she has no choice but to marry someone to save her family or something. For whatever reason the hero ends the story alone. It can be played either for comedy or tragedy. It isn't always a DownerEnding or a BittersweetEnding, but it sure does tend to be that way.

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This trope is when TheProtagonist -- who is clearly not {{celibate|Hero}} -- ''doesn't'' end up with the {{Love Interest|s}.Interest|s}}. Someone else wins her heart or she has no choice but to marry someone to save her family or something. For whatever reason the hero ends the story alone. It can be played either for comedy or tragedy. It isn't always a DownerEnding or a BittersweetEnding, but it sure does tend to be that way.


This trope is when TheProtagonist -- who is clearly not [[CelibateHero celibate]] -- ''doesn't'' end up with the LoveInterest. Someone else wins her heart or she has no choice but to marry someone to save her family or something. For whatever reason the hero ends the story alone. It can be played either for comedy or tragedy. It isn't always a DownerEnding or a BittersweetEnding, but it sure does tend to be that way.

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This trope is when TheProtagonist -- who is clearly not [[CelibateHero celibate]] {{celibate|Hero}} -- ''doesn't'' end up with the LoveInterest.{{Love Interest|s}. Someone else wins her heart or she has no choice but to marry someone to save her family or something. For whatever reason the hero ends the story alone. It can be played either for comedy or tragedy. It isn't always a DownerEnding or a BittersweetEnding, but it sure does tend to be that way.



* Ike and Elincia in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', despite a decent amount of ShipTease between them. By the sequel, the chemistry between them is nonexistent and Elincia's feelings have shifted towards [[BodyguardCrush Geoffrey]] (and possibly [[LesYay his sister Lucia]]). This is mostly the result of [[DubText the English dub adding hints toward the pairing]] when the original Japanese portrayed them as strictly platonic, but being forced to back off when the sequel had a different OfficialCouple.

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* Ike and Elincia in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemPathOfRadiance'', despite a decent amount of ShipTease between them. By the sequel, the chemistry between them is nonexistent and Elincia's feelings have shifted towards [[BodyguardCrush Geoffrey]] (and possibly [[LesYay [[HoYay his sister Lucia]]). This is mostly the result of [[DubText the English dub adding hints toward the pairing]] when the original Japanese portrayed them as strictly platonic, but being forced to back off when the sequel had a different OfficialCouple.



* At the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', [[spoiler:Mario tries to propose to Princess Peach, but Bowser butts in and they get caught up in a squabble over her and end up just shoving flowers in her face. Annoyed by their immaturity, Peach shoots them down and preserves the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].]]

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* At the end of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'', [[spoiler:Mario tries to propose to Princess Peach, but Bowser butts in and they get caught up in a squabble over her and end up just shoving flowers in her face. Annoyed by their immaturity, Peach shoots them down and preserves the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]].{{status quo|IsGod}}.]]
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption2'': [[UptownGirl Mary Linton]] loves Arthur Morgan dearly, but doesn't want to be with him while he's still riding with a gang. He promises once he gets enough money he will run away with her. [[spoiler:Though she still loves him, she breaks things off with him for good via a "Dear John" letter once word reaches her of the gang's botched robbery at Saint Denis. Tragically, Arthur is in the final stages of tuberculosis by the time he receives the letter, and before he can patch things up with her, he either gets killed by [[BigBad Micah Bell]] (low honor) or succumbs to the disease (high honor). She is seen in the credits crying at his grave.
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* Creator/IsaacAsimov's "Literature/TrueLove": The surprising PlotTwist at the end has Milton end up [[spoiler:going to jail while Joe gets the girl]].


** ''[[Anime/LupinIIIThePursuitOfHarimaosTreasure The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure]]'': From the moment he first sees her, Lupin does his damndest to woo [[CoolOldGuy Sir Archer's]] granddaughter, [[ForeignFanservice Diana]]. She repeatedly blows off his advances throughout the film; including [[ArmorPiercingSlap belting him]] several times for emphasis. By the end, she agrees to have dinner with him, but makes it clear that '''THAT's''' as far as it goes.

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** ''[[Anime/LupinIIIThePursuitOfHarimaosTreasure The Pursuit of Harimao's Treasure]]'': From the moment he first sees her, Lupin does his damndest to woo [[CoolOldGuy Sir Archer's]] granddaughter, [[ForeignFanservice Diana]].Diana. She repeatedly blows off his advances throughout the film; including [[ArmorPiercingSlap belting him]] several times for emphasis. By the end, she agrees to have dinner with him, but makes it clear that '''THAT's''' as far as it goes.


** Subverted in the [[ComicBook/AdventureTimeSeason11 Season 11 comic]] where [[spoiler:it's implied that Finn and Huntress Wizard are still dating.]]

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** Subverted in the [[ComicBook/AdventureTimeSeason11 post-finale comics: [[spoiler:[[ComicBook/AdventureTimeSeason11 the Season 11 comic]] where [[spoiler:it's implied implies that Finn and Huntress Wizard are still dating.dating while [[ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcyAndSimon Marcy and Simon]] ends with Simon and Betty being reunited thanks to Hunson.]]


* In the theatrical ending to ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'', after many failed attempts to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, Evan realizes the only way for Kayleigh to be happy is to prevent them from ever befriending each other, so that she and her brother would choose to live far away with their mom instead of their sexually abusive father. Evan runs into Kayleigh in a downtown street in New York, but he ignores her after hesitating for a moment.

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* In the theatrical ending to ''Film/TheButterflyEffect'', after many failed attempts to SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong, Evan realizes the only way for Kayleigh to be happy is to prevent [[spoiler:prevent them from ever befriending each other, so that she and her brother would choose to live far away with their mom instead of their sexually abusive father. Evan runs into Kayleigh in a downtown street in New York, but he ignores her after hesitating for a moment.]]

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