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Romance with a woman named Rose ends in tragedy

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
SalFishFin on Sep 5th 2015 at 11:13:58 PM
Last Edited By:
SalFishFin on Feb 13th 2018 at 7:19:07 AM
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Page Type: Trope

This is just something I thought about today and can name four examples off the top of my head. Probably not enough examples, and I'm probably bugging out, but if anyone else has seen it, feel free to add examples and discuss.


A rose by any other name would smell just as sweet. And a Rose by any other name would probably have a happy ending to her romantic relationship. But alas, it seems that being named "Rose" is a deal-breaker on a cosmic level, because events tend to conspire to ruin her romantic relationships. In a tragic, death-y sort of way.

This is often a Death Trope, so Spoilers will be unmarked.



  • Martin the Warrior, a central figure of the Redwall series, fell in love with one Laterose of Noonvale, who was eventually killed in battle with the Big Bad of the book.


  • Jack and Rose's romance in Titanic is stopped cold by the former freezing to death when the eponymous ship goes down.

Western Animation

  • Jake and Rose in American Dragon Jake Long had something of a Romeo And Juliet Plot going on. Rose is a member of a clan of dragon hunters called the Huntsclan. Jake is (if you couldn't tell from the show title) a dragon. Twhw Huntsclan's ultimate goal was to find an artifact that trants wishes and wish all dragons out of existence, and they very nearly succed, but Rose jumps in at the last second and wishes all of the Huntsclan members out of existence. Before she can poof away, though, Jake wishes she was never taken by the Huntsclan in the first place. This saves her, but because she only met him because of her being taken by the clan, she grew up with her own family and never got to meet Jake in the first place and has no memory of him.
  • Steven Universe has Rose Quartz, the mother of the title character, who had to give up her physical form for Steven to be alive. Everyone dealing with her loss is one of the more prominent themes of the story, but special attention is given to Greg, Steven's human father, and to Pearl, a gem who was deeply in love with her.

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Sep 6th 2015 at 5:56:02 AM

Rose from Two And A Half Men is a Cute And Psycho Stalker With A Crush with whom Charlie has an unhealthy relationship with. When Charlie got Mc Leaned, it was strongly implied that Rose killed him. The Grand Finale revealed that she had Charlie imprisoned at her home the whole time.

Sep 6th 2015 at 6:43:25 AM

  • The relationship between The Doctor and Rose Tyler plays out this way at the end of Series 2: Rose gets trapped in an Alternate Dimension, forever separated from the Doctor. However, at the end of Series 4 this gets turned into a Bittersweet Ending by Rose getting reunited with an identical copy of the Doctor.

Sep 6th 2015 at 7:39:26 AM

I think the tragic symbolism of roses is already covered under The Tragic Rose, and if a character's name is purposefully linked to the flower, then it's Meaningful Name. Between those two existing tropes, I cannot tell if this combination warrants a separate page.

Feb 12th 2018 at 8:38:35 PM

^ Is totally covered under those two tropes. Bombing.

Feb 12th 2018 at 9:56:25 PM

  • Film/Spider-Man 2: Otto Octavius' dear wife, named "Rosie" is killed in the demonstration that goes wrong and turns him into Dr. Octopus.

I don't know enough about the other 2 tropes yet to speak on whether it warrants a subtrope page.

Feb 12th 2018 at 11:29:01 PM

The Tragic Rose has a Soft Split between actual roses symbolizing tragedy, and tragic characters named Rose. The latter is exactly the same as this trope.

Feb 13th 2018 at 6:39:44 AM

Being named 'Rose' is not a trope.

Feb 13th 2018 at 7:37:30 AM

Bombing for the same reason as Girl of Mass Destruction. The Tragic Rose already covers tragic characters named "Rose" in general. We don't need "A relationship with a girl named Rose will end in tragedy", which is just The Same But More Specific.