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Sequels That Totally Blew Up Relationships For No Reason

Updated September 2, 2020 1.3k votes 200 voters 13.5k views14 items

List RulesVote up the sequels that needlessly ruined the relationships from the original movies.

No matter what type of movie you choose to watch, there's almost always some type of romance. Sometimes, it's a heartwarming romance that we wish would last a lifetime, but other times, it involves more "disposable love interests." In some cases, the missing romance doesn't make a difference, but in other scenarios, it can be devastating. Why waste time building up a strong relationship just to get rid of it in the sequel?

A number of disposable love interests have a solid reasoning behind them, such as the actors quitting or the location shifting. On the other hand, there are some that offer no explanations, which can be frustrating for fans. Regardless of how you feel about these characters, it's confusing that such important relationships would later be discarded from the plot. 

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    Grant And Ellie Are No Longer Together In ‘Jurassic Park III’

    Grant And Ellie Are No Longer Together In ‘Jurassic Park III’
    Photo: Jurassic Park / Universal Pictures

    While there's some speculation about whether or not Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant were a couple in the first Jurassic Park, it's clear that they had a connection. The first film spent time building up their relationship, which led fans to hope that the two would commit to each other and have a family by the third film. 

    Instead, Jurassic Park III reveals that Ellie left Alan when he didn't want to settle down. So, she married a State Department employee and had two children with him instead. It's an unsatisfying subplot that many fans could've done without.

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    John McClane Saves His Wife’s Life Twice Then They’re Separated In ‘Die Hard With a Vengeance’

    John McClane Saves His Wife’s Life Twice Then They’re Separated In ‘Die Hard With a Vengeance’
    Photo: Die Hard 2 / 20th Century Fox

    John McClane went through so much to keep his wife, Holly Gennaro McClane, safe. He fends off terrorists while trying to fix their deteriorating marriage, and he turns down the advances of other beautiful women. He's committed to his wife throughout the first two films, but she still leaves him in the end. 

    In Die Hard with a Vengeance, they're separated, and Holly is never even seen in the film (though her voice is heard on the phone). Finally, in Live Free or Die Hard, it's revealed that the couple just couldn't make it work, so they're now divorced. It seemed there was no longer a need for her character in the later films, but actor Bonnie Bedelia says that she thinks her character is doing just fine on her own.

    In fact, the actor has her own idea on what happened after Holly's disappearance: "Holly got remarried. There have been other Die Hards since then, and she's not there. And the daughter's there. So if she was still in the picture, it would be different. And, you know, she's too lovely to be alone for long."

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    Ali Suddenly Changes Personalities In 'The Karate Kid Part II'

    Ali Suddenly Changes Personalities In 'The Karate Kid Part II'
    Photo: The Karate Kid / Columbia Pictures

    Ali Mills seems like a sweet girl in the original Karate Kid, but in the sequel she's anything but sweet. Apparently, she wrecked Daniel LaRusso's car, which caused them to split. It seemed very out of character for her, but she has since returned for the spinoff, Cobra Kai. Actor Elisabeth Shue, who played Ali, explained:

    In Karate Kid 2, my character was kind of pushed aside in a way that didn't feel so great. So it's funny how the idea of Ali coming back [started]. [...] At first, I thought, "Well, her character really left the world of The Karate Kid in a way that wasn't so great... would people care about her coming back?"

    In The Karate Kid Part II, Daniel ended up with a girl named Kumiko instead. Coincidentally, she disappears in The Karate Kid Part III, and Daniel has a new girlfriend yet again.

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    Vicki Vale Suddenly Isn’t Around Anymore In ‘Batman Returns’

    Vicki Vale Suddenly Isn’t Around Anymore In ‘Batman Returns’
    Photo: Batman / Warner Bros.

    Vicki Vale, Batman's love interest from the 1989 Batman film, is gone without a trace in Batman Returns. According to the first draft of the script from Batman Returns, the film was supposed to be a direct sequel of the first film, with Vicki included in it. However, Tim Burton wasn't a fan of sequels, so he rewrote the script with a new Gotham City in mind. It no longer made sense for Vicki to appear in the universe.

    There are only two scenes in Batman Returns in which Bruce Wayne acknowledges Vicki's existence. He briefly chastises Alfred Pennyworth for letting her into his Batcave in the first film, then later mentions to Selina Kyle (Catwoman) that Vicki ended things because she could not accept his two lives.