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Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_3'); })You all know Alice and Bob. Alice has a crush on Bob. Bob may or may not have a crush on Alice. Then there's Jane. Jane is a close friend of Alice who has nothing but Alice's best interest in mind. So she encourages Alice to go for it with Bob. Over and over again. Jane is a matchmaker.
More advanced cases will introduce Alice and Bob when they are strangers, because the matchmakers deems them perfect for each other.
This person is notable for several things. One, they can't seem to grasp the concept of personal space. Two, they seem to have a pathological obsession with hooking up their friends. If the subject is a single pair, the revelation that this person has feelings for one or both of them is entirely possible. Otherwise, this is something of a Love Triangle with only one romantic connection.
Advertisement:propertag.cmd.push(function() { proper_display('tvtropes_content_2'); })Take note that in older or period works, it is not uncommon to find an older figure who is rather skilled at this. Keep an eye out for professionals and relatives.
A serial Matchmaker is often Oblivious to Love. Expect several attempts to make a match for the character madly in love with the Matchmaker, and resolution only to come at the very end. They may take cues from Astrology or Personality Blood Types when making their matches.
See also Yaoi Fangirl, Yuri Fan and Perverse Sexual Lust, for variants. Compare Shipping for more meta examples. Shipper on Deck is a subtrope. See also Match Maker Quest, where the player can take on this role.
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Cupid the cherub plays this role in The Smurfs.
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In the sequel to the The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess fanfic Til The Sun Grows Cold, Rusl plays matchmaker in order to Pair the Spares among his old Resistance buddies.
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In About Elly, Sepideh does her best to pair Elly and Ahmad. It seems to be working at first, but doesn't end well.
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And in Emma, the titular character tries to match up various members of her circle of friends. It doesn't always go so well, and the trope is rather deconstructed.
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In Fiddler on the Roof there is Yente, the (professional) matchmaker, who fails to make any successful matches in the story.
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Seto from Tenchi Muyo! GXP takes this to extraordinary heights.
She does this for both strategic use and to screw with other people for the hell of it (as pictured expression should explain).
One doesn't get called Jurai no Onihime ("Devil Princess of Jurai") for nothing. It's all good-natured, really, but still Seto is a force of nature that tends to completely steamroll everything and everybody in her vicinity. Her Fanon status of amnesiac Naja Akara notwithstanding.
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The first twenty minutes or so of Mulan focuses on Mulan's appointment with the town matchmaker, which has disastrous results.
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In Advice and Trust, Shinji and Asuka try to help Rei find someone good enough for her.
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Dragon Age has examples in each installment:
In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden can meet a pair of young elves in the Dalish camp who are being kept apart by circumstances. If the player is so inclined, the Warden can meddle in those circumstances and enable them to make plans to marry. (Alternately, the Warden can sleep with one of the elves him/herself, and totally drive them apart.)
In Dragon Age II, there is a quest to help Aveline get together with one of her colleagues. Though it goes disastrously due to misunderstandings and Aveline being unable to spit it out, she will hook up with him at the end, even if Hawke has been trying to pursue Aveline him/herself by using the romance dialogue options. It is entirely possible to confess your feelings to her during the quest, though there is no further romance possible and she will let you down gently.
Cole will do this for Maryden the bard in the Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, although exactly who he matches with her depends on circumstances. If he's been made more human, he matches her with himself. If he's been made more spirit, he matches her with Krem or, if the Chargers didn't survive the main game, with ZITHER! from the multiplayer.
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A variation is shown by Dr. Phlox in Star Trek: Enterprise. "I do believe that they are about to mate. Do you think that they would let me watch?"
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Razz in Don't Call Me Ishmael!. He often tries to help Ishmael get together with Kelly or go on dates with other girls.
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Smash: In one of his moments of genuine friendliness, Jimmy plays matchmaker when he sees his best friend Kyle gazing at lighting designer Blake, then proceeds to ship them for the next several episodes.
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Shake It Up!: in one episode CeCe tried to match her friend Deuce to Savannah and after that pair fell apart, Dina.
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iCarly: Carly does this for Sam on multiple occasions. Once during iMake Sam Girlier, another time during iSpeed Date, and again in 'iOMG' although in that case she might not be correct as to who Sam likes.
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For specific examples, Cordelia in Lucina Reacts, Yang in Weiss Reacts and Corrin in Corrin Reacts, who try to pair up Lucina and Robin, Jaune and Pyrrha and Flora and Jakob respectively.
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Tachibana Juuta from Otomen goes to great lengths to help Asuka and Ryo hook up. Then again, the plot of his manga depends on it.
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In Sunstone, this is Cassie's other hobby. There's not been a scene between her and Alan or Anne where she's not trying to get the two of them to meet. She's not very good at it either. Neither of them were ready for a relationship at that moment, and when, after some time, they do meet Cassie has got nothing to do with it. (Though she must have felt pretty smug when they got married)
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In Community, Annie at one points notices the hints of a blooming romance between Troy and Britta and schemes to get them to hook up by manipulating them into a lunch date — much to the displeasure of Abed, Troy's Heterosexual Life Partner, who started to worry that a relationship between Troy and Britta would gradually see him excluded. Over the episode, Abed also points out that Annie's motives aren't entirely selfless or based in the belief that Troy and Britta go well together, since Britta had also had romantic tension with Jeff, whom Annie had a crush on, and if Britta was otherwise attached this would leave Jeff free for Annie to approach.
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Cole will do this for Maryden the bard in the Trespasser DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition, although exactly who he matches with her depends on circumstances. If he's been made more human, he matches her with himself. If he's been made more spirit, he matches her with Krem or, if the Chargers didn't survive the main game, with ZITHER! from the multiplayer.
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A rather subtle case in the Hellboy film with John Myers. Hellboy thinks John is taking Liz out on a date, but the whole time, John is trying to convince Liz to accept Hellboy. Hellboy follows and Hilarity Ensues.
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In The Dark Knight Rises, everyone from Lucius Fox to Alfred seems to be trying to set Bruce up with someone, first with Ms. Tate, then with Ms. Kyle. Alfred especially would like to see Bruce hang up the cowl and settle down.
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In How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Smitty's raison d'étre, particularly evident in the songs "Been a Long Day" and "Cinderella Darling".
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In the second season of Princess Tutu, Pique and Lilie decide that Ahiru has a thing for Fakir and attempt to match make them, even writing a love letter from Ahiru to Fakir in an attempt for them to get together. Pique even has a crush on Fakir, but sets it aside in hopes that Ahiru could have a relationship with him. What they don't realize is that it's the other way around—Ahiru is still enamored with Mytho and is spending time with Fakir to try to save Mytho. Fakir, on the other hand, is developing feelings for Ahiru...
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In Gankutsuou, Albert becomes this for Valentine and Maximilien, after becoming convinced that people should only marry for love.
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In The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, there's an undocumented quest in Chorrol that allows YOU to be the matchmaker between the Captain of the Guard, Bittneld and the owner of the Grey Mare, Emfrid. There's no failure condition, just some running back and forth between the two, but eventually it's implied that they start dating. This fact is even lampshaded by Casta Scribonia, who was the gossip who originally told you that they looked good together.
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A few professional matchmakers show up in Judge Dee. The judge himself accidentally becomes this when he hears several confessions of love (from a girl who thinks she has a case of Les Yay and a crossdresser) and brings them into contact. All well and good, but he still has a murderer to catch.
A particularly hilarious example is Cheng Pa, who has a massive crush (hinted to be reciprocated) on a Miss Violet Liang, a Mongolian wrestling champion. He gets Sergeant Hong to put in a good word to her for him, which he does (but until he makes a proposal through the proper channels, won't make up her mind).
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The Powerpuff Girls set up a date between the Professor and their kindergarten teacher in "Keen On Keane."
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In The Initiate Brother, two cousins each teasingly threaten to play this role for the other while indignantly denying any need for it themselves. One of Nishima's attendants argues for striking first as a means of self-defense, since Nishima's cousin "will be searching for a consort for you even as we speak".
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In The Translation in Blood, Commander Shepard eventually does this to her mother and Councilor Sparatus.
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The Child of Love: Misato is very driven to see Shinji and Asuka getting together and she devises many plans to make them getting closer to each other.
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Roxy Lalonde in Homestuck constantly goads both Jake and Jane to try to make them go to "SEX LAND". Meanwhile, Dirk's own AI double tries to play matchmaker between him and Jake.
Nepeta's ancestor, Meulin, is obsessed with shipping to the point of hooking up her friends together. After all, she's a Flanderized version of Nepeta in general.
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Queen Tatiana from Vampire Academy, attempts to set up a match between Lissa Dragomir and her great-nephew Adrian. It doesn't work.
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In Sinfest, God promises to, but warns that match-making is inexact.
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Sachi and Megumi from Kindred Spirits on the Roof are an interesting example: they do work to set up couples together, but Sachi makes it clear that her main goal is simply to give girls the opportunity to express their love for one another. If it doesn't work out, that's disappointing, but they won't force anything. And in fact, when Miyu and Matsuri start fighting and competing over Hina, they muse about whether it would be better to let them break up and set one of them up with Hina instead.
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Fans!: Meighan secretly hired Julia to the staff of Station 13, a company she co-founded with Tim and Guthrie, largely to get Tim and Julia together.
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In Dragon Age: Origins, the Warden can meet a pair of young elves in the Dalish camp who are being kept apart by circumstances. If the player is so inclined, the Warden can meddle in those circumstances and enable them to make plans to marry. (Alternately, the Warden can sleep with one of the elves him/herself, and totally drive them apart.)
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Shinji in Thousand Shinji played matchmaker for Touji and Hikari and managed to hook them up with each other.
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The Captain America movies have made a Running Gag out of Cap's friends deciding he needs to get laid. The beginning of Captain America: The First Avenger has Bucky using his Chick Magnet skills to set up a double date, and it's clear this is far from the first time he's done so. It's taken Up to Eleven in Captain America: The Winter Soldier when Black Widow picks up the ball, talking with Steve about which S.H.I.E.L.D. women he might want to date. Even during their missions. Overlaps with Shipper on Deck as she repeatedly tries to convince him to ask out Agent 13/Sharon, aka Kate the nurse. In Captain America: Civil War, when Steve and Sharon do get together, Sam gives him the grin of approval and Bucky looks like a proud parent.
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Brigitta McBridge from the Disney Ducks Comic Universe is a professional one. Her most frequent enterprise is a dating agency, and a rather successful one.
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Supergirl: In Action Comics #289, Kara vows find a wife for her cousin. She tries to hook Superman up with Helen of Troy, Saturn Girl's adult self, an alien superwoman... However all of her attempts end up in failure, and she vows never play match-maker again.
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Once More with Feeling:
Shinji -helped by Toji's little sister- played matchmaker for Touji and Hikari, and tried to set Rei up with Kensuke.
Kaji gave Shinji tips to interact with Asuka and win her over. Thanks to his help, Shinji managed to take her to the school dance.
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In Disraeli, Benjamin Disraeli might be busy with stuff like being the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and running both that nation and the vast British Empire, but that doesn't mean that he doesn't have time to fix things after a young lady admirer of his rejects her boyfriends clumsy, hamhanded marriage proposal. His wife even calls him a matchmaker.
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Judeau fits this role for Guts and Casca in Berserk. While he was secretly in love with Casca, he was also good friends with Guts, and being the only one of the Hawks who actually paid attention to the complicated Love Triangle between Guts, Griffith, and Casca, Judeau decided to at least resolve the non-conflicting triangle between he, Guts and Casca by trying to push Guts and Casca together, since he correctly predicted that things would not work out between Griffith and Casca but that she was more suited to be with Guts. It eventually pays off, after a hunk load of shit happened over a time span of a year, and it then took a tragic turn when the Eclipse happened, and Judeau sacrifices his own life to save Casca's, but one the last things he does is reassure Casca that Guts loved her, even though he never got to tell her how he felt himself. Oh sadness!
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The Reactsverse:
The Antic Order in general in all four Reactsverse stories aim to pair everyone up. Of course, they also pair it up with acting like absolute trolls, causing their tricks to backfire.
For specific examples, Cordelia in Lucina Reacts, Yang in Weiss Reacts and Corrin in Corrin Reacts, who try to pair up Lucina and Robin, Jaune and Pyrrha and Flora and Jakob respectively.
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In Gilligan's Island, Mrs. Howell was a matchmaker in one episode.
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In the start of Hellsister Trilogy, Supergirl goes on about all the times she tried to get her cousin and Lois together:
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Our Miss Brooks:
In "Weekend At Crystal Lake", Mrs. Conklin tries to play matchmaker for Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton. It backfires horribly.
Many times throughout the series, teenager Walter Denton lends his "skills", usually with little positive effect. "Trying to Pick A Fight" and "Life Can Be Bones" are just two of his more flatfooted attempts.
It is, however, Mrs. Davis who eventually emerges as the champ. Mrs. Davis' advice in "Tears for Mr. Boynton", nearly gets Miss Brooks a proposal of marriage. However, in the The Movie Grand Finale, it is Mrs. Davis' matchmaking that finally gets Miss Brooks married to Mr. Boynton and achieving her Happily Ever After.
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In later volumes of Chrono Crusade, it's implied that Azmaria is silently trying to matchmake Chrono and Rosette, including purposefully having her and Satella separated from the two of them so they can be alone.
There's a brief scene in the epilogue of the manga that seems to imply that Rosette is trying to set up Joshua and Azmaria, too. If so, it works—they get married not long before she dies.
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In The Sims 2, you can summon a gypsy woman who will provide a matchmaking service for your active Sim. The more Simoleons you're willing to shell out, the more compatible a match she will provide.
Furthermore, the expansion packs bring the ability for the player Sim to influence other Sims into doing stuff, including talking or even flirting with other Sims. This means that you yourself can now try being the matchmaker.
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In the XV century Spanish novel La Celestina, the titular character is both the Trope Namer and Trope Codifier for the Spanish language. So much that it's even used in real life for naming people who matchmake their friends.
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The plot of the first Back to the Future revolves around Marty trying to get his parents to date so he can exist in the future.
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Matsuda from Death Note seems to fit. He always seemed to want Light and Misa together, when really there was nothing there.
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Boy Meets World:
Shawn takes up this role for a while when Corey and Topanga broke up, with a lot of people commenting he took the breakup harder than they did, and being the number one champion of the get-back-together cause.
Reversed later in the show, where Corey becomes obsessed with getting Shawn and Angela back together. Doubly so at the end of the show when Corey completely IGNORES Topanga's interview with New York until the very end of the episode, where he is caught off guard that she wants to move to New York.
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Shakugan no Shana has Ike, who tries to help Kazumi get together with Yuji, but he doesn't really have a pathological obsession with watching other people get into relationships, and the ending heavily implies that he ends up paired with Kazumi.
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Haruna Saotome from Mahou Sensei Negima!, who has taken a personal interest in seeing her friend Nodoka advancing her relationship with their teacher Negi. The best way to summarize her mentality is that when Nodoka builds up the nerve to ask Negi to go with her group on the trip, Haruna berates her for settling for just that, dares her to confess to him, and starts talking about actual romantic dating.
Of course, Chamo isn't much better. While he's been shown to have his own reasons for his actions, he has encouraged Negi to kiss girls on multiple occasions and even setting him up with several, most notably with the "Kiss Negi" competition. He's also been shown to encourage the girls themselves on a few occasions.
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Spider-Man
May Parker had to work hard and persistently to set up a date her nephew Peter and her good friend Anna Watson's niece Mary Jane. After the Gwen Stacy clone appeared, Aunt May encouraged MJ to fight for Peter's love. And after Mary Jane returned from a long absence in the 1980s, Aunts May and Anna once again set up a date between her and and Peter.
In a time-travel story in Spider-Girl, Peter and MJ's daughter Spider-Girl visits Aunt May before Peter and MJ's first date. Aunt May is at that point just about to throw in the towel because Peter keeps avoiding a meeting with the Watson girl, but "May Day" encourages her not to give up.
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Talesof Legendia has Norma, who spends the first half of the game trying to get uptight and shy Chloe to interact with main lead Senel. When Shirley, the female lead, joins the party though, Norma also seems to be helping her with her relationship with Senel. Really, it seems like Norma doesn't actually care that deeply about relationships and is just messing with everyone for fun.
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Charlie simply loves to do this on The West Wing. "She's a fine-looking woman." "Stop saying that!!"
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In The Mayor of Casterbridge, Susan Henchard sees the sparks of attraction beginning to fly between her daughter, Elizabeth-Jane, and her husband's business manager, Donald Farfrae. She proceeds to forge notes in which each asks the other to meet, hoping they will hit it off. Although the spark is fanned into a flame by the carefully orchestrated meeting, they do not get together properly until much later.
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Mikage from Kamisama Kiss is a Shinto God that specializes in matchmaking and marriages. Nanami is an Ordinary High-School Student who ends up becoming his replacement and takes to this divine duty with extreme enthusiasm. She especially seems to like pairing up ordinary humans with demons.
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Clueless's Cher Horowitz, which is hardly a surprise since it's essentially a High School A.U. of Jane Austen's Emma.
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In Rhapsodies, Tara, the older Fitzpatrick sister, enjoys hooking her three younger siblings up with... anybody to deal with the boredom of maternity leave.
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Twilight Sparkle's Secret Shipfic Folder has a few cards that depict matchmakers... but the gameplay is more Shipping than anything.
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Jessica Darling's mother is forever dropping unsubtle hints about how Jessica should really take more interest in one guy or another, he's really quite a catch and I think he likes you, and anyway you can't be too choosy or else you'll be alone forever. Jess, needless to say, is not appreciative of her efforts.
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In the The Hobbit Fanfic A Not Quite Smooth Wooing, Dís subtly sets up her son Fíli with a woman from Laketown, whom she likes, by telling him to go and buy something for her which this woman sells on the market. After that plan works flawlessly and the two want to meet again, she provides an opportunity for a second meeting.
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Mutsumi Otohime from the Love Hina manga and anime tries more than anybody to help Keitaro and Naru be together. Mutsumi wants Keitaro to be happy (with an massive case of "I Want My Beloved to Be Happy"). Even though Mutsumi has loved Keitaro since childhood.
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Anne from Anne of Green Gables seemed to make a habit of this. She finally gave it up when she threw a party intended to bring a couple together... except the party was a complete disaster and it turns out the couple were already engaged.
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Ayuki in Kashimashi: Girl Meets Girl has an interest in resolving Hazumu's Love Triangle, and does have the pathological obsession with seeing people other than herself getting into relationships.
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Rafiki plays this role in The Lion King II: Simba's Pride for Kiara and Kovu.
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In El Goonish Shive, Sarah talks Grace out of "playing Cupid" for Nananse and Ellen, then does so herself.
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In Men in Black II, J neuralizes his partner in a diner after the latter's Heroic Wannabe tendencies nearly screwed up a mission. After wiping the guy's memory, J tells him to get married and have a bunch of kids. Before leaving the diner, J tells their waitress that his friend thinks she's hot. She grins at his ex-partner, and his ex-partner grins back.
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Naruto and Sakura took a hobby of hooking up their friends in I Am NOT Going Through Puberty Again!, being responsible for Choji/Karui and Kiba/Tamaki. It's mentioned that they don't have a very good success rate (one happy couple for every twelve disasters), Shino/Hana being one such failure that resulted in millions of ryo in property damage on the first date.
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My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Of a non-romantic type. One of the few things that will elicit an enthusiastic and energetic response from Fluttershy is suggesting you might be interested in getting a pet. When Rainbow Dash suggested she might eventually want a pet, Fluttershy proceeded to drag Dash off to her cottage so she could introduce her around to the various and sundry animals she's caring for at the moment.
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The Eleventh Doctor. Particularly for his companions Amy and Rory, but he also helps his landlord-for-a-week with his unspoken crush on a friend. Lampshaded by Amy.
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In the Aunt Dimity novels, Dimity is a highly skilled one. She introduced Lori's parents, she presciently told a then-twelve year old Bill Willis that he and Lori would wed, and has a hand in pairing Emma and Derek (then a widower with two children).
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In Person of Interest, Finch and his fiance, Grace, were matched up by the Machine. Yes, that's right: the sapient government surveillance supercomputer took time out of its busy schedule of fighting terror and spying on everyone in New York to find daddy a girlfriend.
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In addition to solving various murders, thefts and assorted misdoings, Hercule Poirot also has a surprising number of happy marriages and romances arranged to the satisfaction of all to his credit as well.
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Mr Mxyzptlk, of all beings, when Clark and Lois had split up in the Superman comics.
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In Miki Falls, this is part of the job description of the Deliverers, super-natural beings charged with protecting love.
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In Red Dead Virgo, Blue!Karkat was one of these before he got into SGRUB. Kanaya calls him out on deliberately pairing off poorly matched blackroms so that more trolls would kill each other to provide food for his troll eating lusus. Karkat doesn't deny it, but he still boasts that despite that he is the best relationship consultant Alternia has ever known. Appropriately enough, his title in the game is "Thief of Heart".
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Usagi in Sailor Moon dresses up as an actual matchmaker to get Rei and Yuuichirou together. It doesn't work.
Then, in S, she persuades Naru and Umino to enter a love contest.
Finally, fandom ratchets up her "love for all" mentality until she's trying to pair up everyone who has ever talked to her. Minako is also put into the matchmaker role because her realm of influence is love.
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Pound Puppies: In the same vein as above, what the Pound Puppies basically do is match each person to their "perfect pup" and vice versa.
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In a time-travel story in Spider-Girl, Peter and MJ's daughter Spider-Girl visits Aunt May before Peter and MJ's first date. Aunt May is at that point just about to throw in the towel because Peter keeps avoiding a meeting with the Watson girl, but "May Day" encourages her not to give up.
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In Dragon Age II, there is a quest to help Aveline get together with one of her colleagues. Though it goes disastrously due to misunderstandings and Aveline being unable to spit it out, she will hook up with him at the end, even if Hawke has been trying to pursue Aveline him/herself by using the romance dialogue options. It is entirely possible to confess your feelings to her during the quest, though there is no further romance possible and she will let you down gently.
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Hatsune Arisaka from Tona-Gura! tries early and often to play this for her uptight younger sister Kazuki and her Coyote-like affectionate-but-dense pursuer, Yuuji Kagura. Kazuki's pleas that she stop this, needless to say, fall on broadly smiling deaf ears.
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Washington Square has a Wrong Genre Savvy variant of this trope in the main character's ditzy aunt Lavinia Penniman; played with in that the man she is trying to match her niece with is an obvious Gold Digger, but she is so enamored with living out a romance novel that she doesn't care.
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The title character in Frasier is always doing this, mostly as a way to vicariously live through the other couples while he himself is consistently lonely or having relationship troubles. These attempts almost always either fail hilariously or leave him bitter and miserable if they're successful, but his machinations regarding Niles and Daphne (which began with painkiller-stoned ramblings) ended with Happily Ever After.
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Friends has this for one episode where Phoebe, Chandler and Monica go to great lengths to get Rachel a date for a business dinner, and start shilling their respective dates right in front of them. She at one point finds a date on her own, and they end up scaring him off in an almost Die for Our Ship manner. Naturally, the whole thing eventually blows up and Rachel ditches both guys.
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Kagome from InuYasha puts considerable effort into bringing Miroku and Sango together, effort that ultimately pays off. Still, things probably would have worked out sooner if she just sat Miroku down and explained to him that gropping a woman whenever you feel like isn't the best way to build a relationship.
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The Second Try gives the next examples:
Shinji and Asuka act as this for Hikari and Toji.
Hikari thinks she's acting as this for Asuka and Shinji, which they (and the audience) find hilariously ironic because they got together several years ago from their perspective.
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The Miser has Frosine, a professional matchmaker who's determined to get the old, greedy Harpagon and young fair Marianne together. However, she later sides with Marianne and her lover Cléante (Harpagon's son) and supports their romantic plans, not having "a heart of flint" to get in the way of "young people loving each other in all earnestness and honesty".
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In the apocryphal Book of Tobit, the Archangel Raphael plays this role in the story, hooking up Tobit's son Tobias with Sarah while defeating the demon that has been plaguing her.
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Ao no Flag deconstructs this trope, as well as Matchmaker Crush. Ichinose is playing this to get Naïve Everygirl Kuze with his Childhood Friend Mita. He however, gets berated when Itachi, Kuze's friend, realizes what he is doing. Playing this can end up with the feelings of the people he is trying to get together hurt and it's something he can't possibly understand because he is in a position that his feelings cannot be directly hurt.
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Tsuruya from Haruhi Suzumiya. At times, she talks to Kyon about his relationship to Haruhi and Mikuru. Well, this quote probably says it best: "Well, Mikuru will always follow you! But, don't be mischievous. That's the one thing that's not allowed. If you wish to be mischievous, do it to Haru-nyan. Just my intuition. Mhm, I'm sure she'll always forgive you!" Oh, and she also likes to tease him, but that's just for fun.
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