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Quotes · Books · Self-Improvement · Creepy · Psychology · Romance That you think his ex girlfriend is a total bitch. . the back of your underwear drawer or rolled up inside a pair of striped socks you never wear. So if you can avoid it, you might as well spare a guy from trying to understand your abortion. I recently had a discussion about my “PAIR & A SPARE” theory of dating multiple people with my sister who has been a wife and mother most of her life and is. According to Myreah Moore -- America's Dating Coach -- women need to start Date Like A Man and millions of other books are available for Amazon Kindle. .. like a man men like every woman pair and a spare date like thanks myreah I quote this book all the time so much so that my single women friends tease me.
That so-and-so is really good at oral sex. When someone on your mental cunnilingus list comes up in conversation, it can be tempting to mention their gift. That you hate any of your exes. Maybe your ex broke your heart or humiliated you or committed some awful relationship crime and you regularly entertain vindictive fantasies in which you set fire to his most prized possessions and terrorize him in the middle of the night.
Whatever you do, keep your vengeful dreams and hateful thoughts to yourself. That you understand what his mom sees or saw in his dad. You know what people find yet more cringeworthy than the mental image of their parents getting it on even in service of their own creation?
The mental image of their significant other getting busy with their mom or dad. That you have a secret stash of cash. It feels good to add a few bucks here and a few bucks there to an envelope you keep in the back of your underwear drawer or rolled up inside a pair of striped socks you never wear.
But the point of a squirrel fund is that you and you alone know it exists. Once you admit to having one, it loses its value as your personal safety net. That you flirt with your superiors at work.
Unlike in the play, he survives and winds up falling for Nanette, Juliet's friend roughly equivalent to the Nurse. In the wedding scene for Despicable Me 2Silas Ramsbottom Lucy's boss and Natalie Gru's "bad" date are shown dancing together and actually enjoying each others' company.
Inside Out has an odd example: During the Creative Closing Creditswe find out that Riley's teacher is apparently involved with him now. One would assume that, since Anna and Kristoff are falling in love that Hans would suddenly become Elsa's love interest, especially since he earns her trust while she's in the dungeon.
However, it turns out he's trying to seize the throne of Arendelle from its heirs and is sent back to his country a criminal. This doesn't stop fanfiction from pairing the two. This was dropped by the time filming was done.
Many screwball comedies, from The Philadelphia Story the reporter and his female assistant are told they should get together, when they've shown absolutely no interest in each other throughout the movie to The Palm Beach Story the couple considering a divorce decide to get back together, but tell their paramours they both have identical twins, leading to a triple marriage at the end. Oddly enough in the musical version the assistant has a crush on him for the entirety of the play. Shown absolutely no interest in each other?
I don't mean to criticise, you probably have other interests outside your work. Done for laughs at the end of Baseketball. Coop ends up with his love interest Jenna, and Squeak embraces the possible transsexual he has been sharing looks with. Remer on the other hand looks despondent until he meets gazes with Yvette, a character he has had no interaction with throughout the movie. They immediately begin making out. In Enchantedleftovers Edward and Nancy get together after an uncertain amount of time passes.
Since the two travel to Andalasia to get married rather than in the "real" worldwhere the fairytale nature of the realm can make spontaneous love work it's quite probable that they literally live happily ever after.
Although in a Deleted SceneNancy gets some extra character development that foreshadows this quite nicely. Lee Ermey playing himself, as usual. Subverted in A Knight's Tale slightly in the movie and expanded in a deleted scene. Will and Jocelyn get together, Chaucer has his wife, and Roland and Christiana hook up.
Kate and Wat are left standing there rather awkwardly and Wat hold his hand out. Instead of her hand, she gives him a pastry and walks off. Wat is fine with this. Taken to its logical extreme in Billy Madisonwhich ends with just about every character who got at least one line sharing passionate kisses including an imaginary penguinonly one pairing of which was set up prior to the ending.
In High School Musical 3, all of the main cast is paired except for Ryan, the closest Disney will ever get to having an openly gay character, and Kelsi, who has been the source of a heated debate over whether or not Disney also put a lesbian in the film.
So, naturally, Disney covers their butts from the many people who would have objected to having homosexual characters in a Disney film, and pairs them up. That said, all they do is sing a duet together, and have no other screen time together.
In the stage version, Kelsi is paired with Jack Scott who doesn't appear in the films. This is done right at the end with no explanation. The two have about five seconds of dialogue. In the musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothersthis is the premise from the beginning; 6 of the titular brothers, unhappy that the oldest of them is wed, kidnap 6 girls they like from the nearby town and try to Stockholm-seduce them over the winter.
Parodied, then played straight with a little justification in Mean Girls. The remainder of the Power Trio one a gay guy, the other probably not a lesbian have an Almost Kiss at the final dance, before being mutually disgusted and breaking apart.
Then another minor character, who's actually shown an interest in the girl previously, finally gets his chance. Granted, Frank and Heidi would probably be a pretty good couple. Three characters are newly single at the end, two of them by choice, and the narrator says words to the effect of "sometimes the best person for you is you," which means that being in a relationship isn't the be all end all of life, and that not being in one is sometimes the best route to take.
In She's the Manthe main characters' mean exes wind up together. Implied with Finch and Evey in the film version of V for Vendetta. Also implied with Uncas and Alice in the film version of Last of the Mohicans.
In the final Harry Potter film, Neville throws in a line about wanting to find Luna and finally tell her that he's "mad about her. The filmmakers say that they only have a summer fling, but who cares what they think? The rivals date for a while, but the trope is subverted in the end, as the Alpha Couple finish up leaving each other for the rival suitors.
Order-inverted in When Harry Met Sally The title characters Just Friends at the time unintentionally cause the Beta Couple to form, from a cross-pairing in a Double Date. This leaves themselves as the "spares" and after much drama, as the Alpha Couple at the end.
Cinderella and the Baker are hinted in the third act of Into the Woods. Meanwhile, Lisa's ex Darryl appears to end up with Lisa's sister Patrice, who has had the hots for him for a long time.
In fact, Cosmo and his daughter Ariel are Starfish Alienswho escaped from their planet's tyrannical emperor. Ariel's mother was killed during the escape, but she can't bring herself to accept that.
So, when Megan's mother and Ariel's father start dating, both girls are determined to drive them apart. Megan also wants her parents to get back together. They invite their parents to dinner, and Ariel invites Serena Soo, a strange woman who believes in Reincarnationthinking that she is a better match for her father. Fast-forward to the end of the film, and the girls have given up their attempt, Cosmo marries Megan's mother, the girls exchange boyfriends sort of, Ariel ends up hooking up with Megan's high school crush, but Megan starts liking Ariel's ex-boyfriend Fanul, the Emperor's sonand Megan's dad starts dating Serena.
Subverted Trope at the end of Incest! This basically comes out of nowhere, as Lupe and El Presidente have shared literally zero scenes beforehand. In A Cinderella Storythe closing narration reveals that Carter, the protagonist's best friendwinds up with Astrid, the snarky school announcer, with whom he had never really interacted before this.
Big Trouble in Little China. Jack attempts this by telling Margo that Eddie has a crush on her. It's mostly a ploy to keep both of them out of the way while he and Wang are Storming the Castlebut Eddie gives Margo a look that implies Jack isn't wrong.
Near the end of the movie, Margo suggestively asks Eddie to come over to her place later and help her choose the title of her planned book. Tolkien originally wrote Eowyn as the love-interest for Aragorn, before he revised the story to include Arwen; therefore after he did so, Eowyn becomes rather hastily paired with Faramir, and a chapter is dedicated to their growing relationship.
Rowling of Harry Potter fame said in an interview that although she left open the possibility of a relationship between many characters such as Neville and Luna, she didn't explicitly state one in the wrap-up because it "felt too neat. In Twilightpretty much every character gets a Love Interest.We bought a house!
It seems to tie into a theme of romance being the only important thing in a person especially a woman 's life. Even the baby gets betrothed! At a few days' old! To her mom's ex! Charlie, a divorcee ends up dating recently widowed Sue Clearwater. Edward himself was the only single member of his family prior to meeting Bella, which is partly why all of them except Rosalie like her. Averted and Lampshaded in The Tomorrow Series.
Ellie mentions in the first book how the eight of them are in three different romantic relationships: Lee and Ellie, Kevin and Corrie and Homer and Fi, and then goes on to comment that it was too bad there wasn't any chance of Robyn and Chris getting together "then we really could have had Perfect Partners".
In The Belgariadthis ends up happening to many of the supporting characters, such as Silk with Velvet, Zakath with Cyradis, and even Beldin with Vella. In fact, several of these characters aren't even mentioned until the second quintet, which suggests that the characters were created specifically for this trope.
Justified in that The Destiny is a huge Shipper on Deck. Polgara remarks that people who aid Destiny will be rewarded by finding happy love. At no point does anyone entertain the notion of being happy alone. Beldin is quite happy alone.
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Belgarath also spend lots of time wandering the earth or doing research in his tower with little to no interaction with the outside world and liked it this way. But they are happier when Destiny-shipped.
This probably isn't all that unlikely, but it comes out of nowhere nevertheless. Generally subverted in P. Wodehouse 's books Blandings CastleJeeves and Woosteretcin which a typical plot might go as follows: A loves B, and C loves D.
But just before the book starts, A and B break up over something, and A, seeking to show he's not heartbroken though he is proposes to D, who is temporarily convinced that C is a complete bastard. Then everything gets disentangled. Subverted in that the eventual pairings are set up quite early on in the book.
This formula is then livened up by wonderfully eccentric characters, hilarious plot twists, and fabulously funny writing. The Fionavar Tapestry series of books begins with five protagonists transported from Canada to the magical world of Fionavar: Taken to an extreme in the Homecoming Saga.
She's a functionally asexual scientist! He's a gay librarian!
The Ender's Game series ends in Children of the Mind with a double marriage that seems to serve little point but to pair up all the remaining single characters of young adult age, among them an embodied fragment of another character's psyche and the recently created biological avatar of the future-internet's artificial intelligence.
Nicely averted in Jennifer Crusie's Bet Me. Despite the main couple and many of the side characters hooking up, Liza remains with temporary boyfriends by the end of the book. Either way, his brother Sir Gaheris marries the other one. Lampshaded in The King's Damosel by Vera Chapman, in which Lynette marries Gaheris but is in love with Gareth since they've, you know, actually spent time together.
Luckily, Gaheris is as uninterested in the marriage as she is possibly more so. Multiple couples and pairings are suggested or named throughout the high school books, but only four of those couples ultimately marry. All other characters marry someone they met after high school. Further complicating things is the fact that the ghost of Archer's ex-girlfriend Elodie is magically bound to Sophie.
In the final book, Spell Bound, Cal decides to sacrifice his life in order for Sophie to live, knowing she is in love with Archer. Afterwards, Elodie's ghost asks Sophie to unbind them so that she can stay with Cal's ghost. William Collins' and Charlotte Lucas' marriage in Pride and Prejudicethough it takes place well before the end, has overtones of this- he being rejected by Lizzie Bennet and she being pretty much an Old Maid already, by contemporary standards.
Also humorously Discussed at the end by Mr Bennett, after Jane and Lizzie have become engaged in quick succession: Not only does the story end with the Alpha Couple Alaric and Laeshana formally getting engaged, Word of God reveals that Gratelle later got engaged to a ruahk noble somewhere in the south and Nahruahn is too young to get married for another few years.
Everyone in The Infernal Devicesgets a fairytale romance at the age of sixteen. Sophie is paired up with Gideon after deciding she didn't really love Jem anywayand almost from the moment she is introduced Cecily is paired off with his conveniently single brother. Meanwhile, only single characters are killed off Jessamine, Thomas. Parodied in Star Smashers of the Galaxy Rangers. After The Hero and The Chick get together at the end of the novel, the two remaining male characters suddenly realise they're gay and do the same.
Lampshaded at the end of The Enemy by Desmond Bagley, where the first-person protagonist mentions how the Hero Gets the Girl and his offsider gets the second-best girl.
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While the latter is true, the protagonist has less than a year to live thanks to an infection he caught, so the hero at least Did Not Get the Girl. Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide: While Ned and Moze officially hook upNed's ex-girlfriend, Susie, and one of Moze's fanboys, Loomer, get back together.
When Drake and Tori get back together, Drake hooks her date up with his Operation: Julie, the woman Ross broke up with to be with Rachel, turns up. Russ and Julie look into each other's eyes, and in mere seconds are completely in love. Jack and Kate get off the Island and hook up for a whileleaving behind Kate's other love interest, Sawyer, and Jack's other love interest, Juliet.
Parodied on an episode of the sitcom Workingwhere after a ban on inter-office relationships is lifted, everyone quickly pairs off in order to release the sexual tension that had been building.
Sarah left the Doctor a good deal before he picked up K-9 and they never had anything to do with each other in any Fourth Doctor stories, but they're the two most beloved Fourth Doctor companions, so apparently belong together. The story The End of Time shows Martha Jones and Mickey Smith being married, even though Martha was previously supposedly happily engaged to someone else and their interaction during the show was minimal.
Word of God states that her honeymoon mentioned in Torchwood was actually to Mickey, and both characters were initially intended to appear before Noel Clarke and Freema Agyeman were unavailable. Also at the end of Doomsday. In the main universe, Pete had died some years ago visited in Father's Dayleaving Jackie widowed.
The surviving Jackie and Pete are naturally paired together. In Scrubsafter J. Emma is paired with Sean. Ellie is not paired with Jay.
Some fans were not pleased by this.