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Basic Trope: After two characters hook up, the other interested parties announce reasons to stop pursuing them.

  • Straight: Bob and Charlie both pine for Alice. When Alice chooses Bob, Charlie reveals he wasn't that into her.
  • Exaggerated: And Dave just wants Alice to be happy, Edgar starts dating Betty - who liked Bob, Frank dies, and so on.
  • Downplayed: Charlie doesn't actually say that he's not interested anymore, but dials the flirting way back.
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  • Justified: Charlie reveals that he was already chasing two other girls anyway.
  • Inverted: Bob and Alice break up, and all the previously uninterested suitors announce their intent to date Alice.
  • Subverted: Bob and Alice hook up, and Charlie reveals that he wasn't that into her - but he was lying.
  • Double Subverted: ...Turns out he's just acting that way to make Bob nervous.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Charlie reveals he wasn't really into Alice, but he reveals he was lying when he said that. He was actually into Bob.
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "Alice, I know you're dating Bob now, but I want you to know that I'll always love you and you alone."
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???

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