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Basic Trope: A character, usually a woman, believes that every (doomed) relationship will be The One.

  • Straight: Alice falls in love with men at the drop of a hat and has terrible taste in men, yet is convinced that every relationship she gets into is "The One".
  • Exaggerated: Alice falls in love every five seconds, and each man she falls for is more detestable than the last.
  • Downplayed: Alice falls in love at the drop of a hat, but knows from the start that some of the relationships won't work.
  • Justified:
    • Alice really wants someone to care for her. So she thinks she's willing to look past a few (or several) flaws, but then changes her mind.
    • Alice is desperate.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice has nothing but the most impeccable standards for who dates her.
    • Alice gets into an incredibly long relationship with Bob. He has all the hallmarks of "The One", but she refuses to consider him as such.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice eventually finds Charles, a man who appears to be the one.
    • Alice isn't really seeking a man; she's In Love with Love.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice quickly finds out that Charles is the biggest jerk she's ever dated.
    • Alice was lying because she's embarrassed about her situation.
  • Parodied: Bob is around - he's everything Alice wants, needs, and should look for in a man. He's handsome, has a great job, and is an all-around saint. However, Alice repeatedly ignores him to go after worse and worse men.
  • Zig Zagged: She's found the one! Wait, he's a bigger jerk than usual. But that was just at first and she changed him into a better person.
  • Averted:
    • Everyone who is dating has regular standards.
    • None of the characters are dating.
  • Enforced: "We need a depressing character on this show. How about one of those women who's always trying - and failing - to find the One?"
  • Lampshaded: "Well, that's the twelfth guy I've dated that's not the one."
  • Invoked: Alice runs into Carol, who has found the love of her life. She starts thinking...
  • Exploited: Men play along with Alice's fantasies, reasoning it's an easy way to get a date.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides that she might not find a perfect man, but knows she'll find one who at least sort of suits her.
    • After several failed attempts to find the one, Alice opts to remain single.
  • Discussed: "So, how many guys did you date before me?" "Actually, none. I got lucky and found you on the first try."
  • Conversed: "Alice is so picky! Why can't she just accept one of these men as good enough? I mean, it's not like they're abusive or anything."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice never finds the one because she's so busy dating around.
    • Alice has a tough time discerning "The Butterflies" from actual love; when "The Butterflies" feeling fades, she assumes that she has fallen out of love with the guy (and/or that he has fallen out of love with her), not realizing that real love takes time and effort, and is about far more than schmoopy feelings.
  • Reconstructed: Alice eventually finds her man after a great deal of searching, and puts work into the relationship.
  • Played For Laughs: Alice says that a comically ugly jerk of an Abhorrent Admirer is The One.
  • Played For Drama:
    • Alice gets into an incredibly unhappy relationship. But she's so exhausted from searching for men that she refuses to believe he's not The One.
    • Alice can't find The One because she's too desperate as a result of insecurity about her single status. Her blatantly obvious desperation and insecurity turn the good men off, and the Jerkasses use it to their advantage.
  • Implied: Alice is seen blindingly in love with many different men. It's not clear what happened, but she can't seem to make them stay.

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