Romantic interest  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

The romantic interest (also called love interest) is a stock character, an object of romantic admiration and attraction for the principal character(s), or heroes. It is also the plot element, the romantic subplot, thus introduced.

This person is often a female acquaintance of the protagonist, as in the case of Jane in Tarzan or a man, as in the case of Disney's Pocahontas. The primary characters and romantic interests may be the two main characters, as in the case of Brokeback Mountain.

This term is often used in movie reviews, less so in classic literature, though such characters are common. Nearly all of the Disney animated features have main characters, villains and romantic interests that even children can easily identify.

Many stories contain love interests in which the character, or the subplot, is immensely implausible.

Literary romantic interests

Video game romantic interests

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