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Basic Trope: A character who wants to help two characters hook up, but ends up falling in love with one of them.

  • Straight: Alice agrees to help her friend Carol get together with Bob, but ends up falling in love with him.
  • Exaggerated: There are multiple matchmakers trying to set up other people together, and all of them invariably falls in love with the people they want to ship off with someone else, thus creating an extremely confusing Love Dodecahedron. Alice wants to help Carol get together with Bob and falls in love with him. Bob's friend Dylan tries to do the same, but finds himself attracted to Carol. Bob thinks Dylan and Emily should totally get together, and finds himself in love with the latter. Eric, who misakenly thinks that Bob and Carol are already a couple, pushes Bob to be with Alice so that he can get Carol for himself, only to realise that Alice is a better option than Carol.
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  • Downplayed: After getting to know Bob, Alice starts to see him as a good boyfriend material, but doesn't actually fall in love with him.
  • Justified: Alice's role as The Matchmaker involves Playing Cyrano for Carol. As she interacts more and more with Bob, she begins to see the qualities that made Carol fall in love with him.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice, who is in love with Bob, tries to draw him away from her friend Carol (whom she knows is exactly his type), so that she can have a better chance with him. But she realises later on that they complement each other better than she ever could, and decides to play The Matchmaker for them instead.
    • Bob falls in love with Alice instead of the other way around.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice starts to grow closer to Bob while playing The Matchmaker for him and Carol, but her feelings towards him are entirely platonic.
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    • Not long after agreeing to help Carol pursue Bob, Alice tells her to back away from him. Carol accuses Alice for trying to steal Bob for herself, but Bob turns out to be a Jerkass and a womanizer, and Alice is simply trying to protect her friend from being tied to such a man.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Alice is in denial because she doesn't want to hurt Carol's feelings. Her affections for Bob is really romantic.
    • Alice is lying to convince Carol to give up Bob. She actually does want to steal Bob for herself.
  • Parodied: Bob doesn't exist, and is just a figment of Carol's imagination. Carol is too much of a Shrinking Violet to get an imaginary boyfriend love her back without a friend's help, and Alice still ends up falling in love with "him" and feels bad about it.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice, playing matchmaker for her friend Carol, meets Bob for the first time and finds him quite charming, but decides that he's not really her type. However, Alice is just denying her feelings to protect Carol's, and she actually is attracted to Bob. After getting to know him better, though, she realizes that he's a Jerkass, and warns Carol about this. Bob overhears Alice's complaints about his bad personality, gets a Heel Realization, and tries to change himself for the better, causing Alice to fall in love with the changed man.
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  • Averted: Carol wants to pursue Bob and asks Alice—who is already in a relationship with Daniel—for advice. No one plays matchmaker.
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  • Invoked: Alice is in love with Bob, and offers to help the painfully shy Carol (who is already well-acquainted with Bob) to act as her wingman to get an excuse of getting closer to him.
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  • Defied: Realising that Bob is a pretty cool guy, and that she might fall in love with him if he interacts with her too much, Alice decides to stop interacting with him, instead encouraging Carol to pursue him without her help.
  • Discussed: Alice, confiding to her other friend Emily, "What should I do? I think I'm in love with Bob... but I can't betray Carol like this. I'm supposed to be her wingman."
  • Conversed: "Wanna bet that Alice will fall in love with Bob after all this?"
  • Deconstructed: ???
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  • Played For Laughs: ???
  • Played For Drama: Carol feels betrayed by Alice and breaks off their friendship. Alice's subsequent relationship with Bob is haunted by her guilt at her lost friendship, and this causes a lot of conflict between the couple. Alice and Bob eventually breaks up and no one is happy.


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