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10th Feb '17 8:10:55 PM Pichu-kun
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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' shocked fans by giving them what they wanted, but through a conclusion that suggested more than it showed. Utena and Anthy are engaged, share a room, share a bed, make a wonderfully handsome couple on campus, and gaze at each other adoringly during the opening credits. Their feelings for each other grow more and more intense as the series progresses. And, in the end, they ''do'' choose each other over any male love interest! [[UnpleasableFanbase Many fans believed, however, that the way it was depicted wasn't explicit enough]], leading to much debate about whether or not Anthy/Utena should be called a canon couple despite the director's [[WordOfGay confirmation that it is]]. Ironically, when TheMovie went on to depict the relationship as explicitly romantic, many fans [[UnpleasableFanbase then claimed to dislike it because it was somehow TOO obvious and thus fanservice]].

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* ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'' ''Anime/RevolutionaryGirlUtena'':
** ''Utena''
shocked fans by giving them what they wanted, but through a conclusion that suggested more than it showed. Utena and Anthy are engaged, share a room, share a bed, make a wonderfully handsome couple on campus, and gaze at each other adoringly during the opening credits. Their feelings for each other grow more and more intense as the series progresses. And, in the end, they ''do'' choose each other over any male love interest! [[UnpleasableFanbase Many fans believed, however, that the way it was depicted wasn't explicit enough]], leading to much debate about whether or not Anthy/Utena should be called a canon couple despite the director's [[WordOfGay confirmation that it is]]. Ironically, when TheMovie went on to depict the relationship as explicitly romantic, many fans [[UnpleasableFanbase then claimed to dislike it because it was somehow TOO obvious and thus fanservice]].



* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' has caused controversy due to this. Many (if not most) fans were drawn in due to Kumiko and Reina's relationship, though what ''exactly'' is their bond is never specified. The first season is incredibly heavy on the HomoeroticSubtext, however near the end Reina confesses to Kumiko that she has feelings for their (male) [[TeacherStudentRomance teacher]], Taki. This doesn't do much for the subtext between the two, but it's still unusual to confess feelings for someone else if you like someone, making fans debate whether anything canon was even really occuring between them. Season 2 began with the same sort of tension between the two, but over time Reina's crush on Taki took center stage in her arc (despite the continued HomoeroticSubtext between her and Kumiko). This made fans believe even more that they were being baited last season. In the books Kumiko ultimately ends up [[spoiler:Shuuichi]] but the anime downplayed him heavily, making fans worry that they'd get StrangledByTheRedStringOfFate at the end. That didn't occur though. [[spoiler:[[NoRomanticResolution Nothing comes out of]] either Shuuichi/Kumiko or Reina/Kumiko.]] The ending ''did'' end with [[spoiler:Kumiko sobbing "I love you" to ''Asuka'', though it's hard to tell if it was platonic or romantic..]]

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* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' has caused controversy due to this. Many (if not most) fans were drawn in due to Kumiko and Reina's relationship, though what ''exactly'' is their bond is never specified. The first season is incredibly heavy on the HomoeroticSubtext, however near the end Reina confesses to Kumiko that she has feelings for their (male) [[TeacherStudentRomance teacher]], Taki. This doesn't do much for the subtext between the two, but it's still unusual to confess feelings for someone else if you like someone, making fans debate whether anything canon was even really occuring between them. Season 2 began with the same sort of tension between the two, but over time Reina's crush on Taki took center stage in her arc (despite the continued HomoeroticSubtext between her and Kumiko). This made fans believe even more that they were being baited last season. In the books Kumiko ultimately ends up [[spoiler:Shuuichi]] but the anime downplayed him heavily, making fans worry that they'd get StrangledByTheRedStringOfFate StrangledByTheRedString at the end. That didn't occur though. [[spoiler:[[NoRomanticResolution Nothing comes out of]] either Shuuichi/Kumiko or Reina/Kumiko.]] The ending ''did'' end with [[spoiler:Kumiko sobbing "I love you" to ''Asuka'', though it's hard to tell if it was platonic or romantic..]]
10th Feb '17 7:52:55 PM Pichu-kun
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* The ''Manga/AoiHana'' anime combines this with BaitAndSwitchCredits, what with all the romantic imagery involving Fumi and Akira. Sure, Fumi is openly lesbian and seen in an unambiguous relationship with a girl, but that girl is ''not'' Akira.

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* ''Manga/AoiHana'':
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The ''Manga/AoiHana'' anime combines this with BaitAndSwitchCredits, what with all the romantic imagery involving Fumi and Akira. Sure, Fumi is openly lesbian and seen in an unambiguous relationship with a girl, but that girl is ''not'' Akira.



* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' features a very intimate relationship between two LovelyAngels. The couple gets a lot of ShipTease from manga omakes, endings of the anime, and official artwork. However, they both have male love interests and don't express any romantic feelings for each other. Compared to their male love interests, which tend to be forced and they typically have an awkward relationship with, their relationship is the main cause of troubles in the series.
* Rika and Hanyuu come millimeters away from kissing -with hands intertwined and eyes closed, no less- in the closing theme of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry: Kai''. Rika is fairly AmbiguouslyBi but it's never so obvious.
** To be fair though, [[spoiler: a big part of the reason why they're not a couple is because they're related... specifically Rika is Hanyuu's descendant]].

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* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'' features a very intimate relationship between two LovelyAngels. The couple duo gets a lot of ShipTease from manga omakes, endings of the anime, and official artwork. However, they both have male love interests and don't express any romantic feelings for each other. Compared to their male love interests, which tend to be forced and they typically have an awkward relationship with, their relationship is the main cause of troubles in the series.
* Rika and Hanyuu come millimeters away from kissing -with hands intertwined and eyes closed, no less- in the closing theme of ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry: Kai''. Rika is fairly AmbiguouslyBi but it's never so obvious. \n** To be fair though, [[spoiler: a big part of the reason why they're not a couple is because they're related... specifically Rika is Hanyuu's descendant]].



* ''Literature/SoundEuphonium'' has caused controversy due to this. Many (if not most) fans were drawn in due to Kumiko and Reina's relationship, though what ''exactly'' is their bond is never specified. The first season is incredibly heavy on the HomoeroticSubtext, however near the end Reina confesses to Kumiko that she has feelings for their (male) [[TeacherStudentRomance teacher]], Taki. This doesn't do much for the subtext between the two, but it's still unusual to confess feelings for someone else if you like someone, making fans debate whether anything canon was even really occuring between them. Season 2 began with the same sort of tension between the two, but over time Reina's crush on Taki took center stage in her arc (despite the continued HomoeroticSubtext between her and Kumiko). This made fans believe even more that they were being baited last season. In the books Kumiko ultimately ends up [[spoiler:Shuuichi]] but the anime downplayed him heavily, making fans worry that they'd get StrangledByTheRedStringOfFate at the end. That didn't occur though. [[spoiler:[[NoRomanticResolution Nothing comes out of]] either Shuuichi/Kumiko or Reina/Kumiko.]] The ending ''did'' end with [[spoiler:Kumiko sobbing "I love you" to ''Asuka'', though it's hard to tell if it was platonic or romantic..]]
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* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series ended with Nico declaring that she was done with boys and sharing a meaningful look with Karolina, who canonically had a crush on her. Throughout much of the second series, Nico angsted about losing Karolina after the latter went off to space, and it seemed like they might become a couple when Karolina returned. But then Karolina came back with a fiancee, and Nico ended up with Victor for the rest of Creator/BrianKVaughan's run. A similar thing occurred when Nico joined ''ComicBook/AForce''; the creative team hinted that something might happen between her and Singularity, only to turn around and state point-blank that it was merely a PrecociousCrush on Singularity's part.



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* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series ended with Nico declaring that she was done with boys and sharing a meaningful look with Karolina, who canonically had a crush on her. Throughout much of the second series, Nico angsted about losing Karolina after the latter went off to space, and it seemed like they might become a couple when Karolina returned. But then Karolina came back with a fiancee, and Nico ended up with Victor for the rest of Creator/BrianKVaughan's run. A similar thing occurred when Nico joined ''ComicBook/AForce''; the creative team hinted that something might happen between her and Singularity, only to turn around and state point-blank that it was merely a PrecociousCrush on Singularity's part.

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* The original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' series In the TV ''Series/DoctorWho'' there was some fairly strong innuendo that MadBomber ActionGirl companion Ace was bisexual, especially in the stories ''Ghost Light'' and ''Survival''. But when the TV show ended with Nico declaring that and the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures spin-off novels were allowed to go for a [[HotterAndSexier more]] [[DarkerAndEdgier "adult"]] tone, she was done with boys and sharing a meaningful look with Karolina, who canonically had a crush on her. Throughout much of the second series, Nico angsted about losing Karolina after the latter went off to space, and it seemed like they might become a couple when Karolina returned. But then Karolina came back with a fiancee, and Nico ended up with Victor for the rest of Creator/BrianKVaughan's run. A similar thing occurred when Nico joined ''ComicBook/AForce''; the creative team hinted that something might happen between her and Singularity, only to turn around and state point-blank that it was merely a PrecociousCrush on Singularity's part.depicted as entirely straight.




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* In the TV ''Series/DoctorWho'' there was some fairly strong innuendo that MadBomber ActionGirl companion Ace was bisexual, especially in the stories ''Ghost Light'' and ''Survival''. But when the TV show ended and the Literature/DoctorWhoNewAdventures spin-off novels were allowed to go for a [[HotterAndSexier more]] [[DarkerAndEdgier "adult"]] tone, she was depicted as entirely straight.
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13th Jan '17 9:41:58 AM Lemia
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* Several otome mobile games feature what seems on the cover or in the intro to be a female included among the female protagonist's possible love interests but turns out to actually be a [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing male]]. Examples of this are Hinata from ''Shall We Date?: Heian Love'' and Kirisato from ''Destined to Love''.

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* Several otome mobile games feature what seems on the cover or in the intro to be a female GayOption included among the female protagonist's possible potential love interests but turns out to actually be a [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing male]]. Examples of this are Hinata from ''Shall We Date?: Heian Love'' and Kirisato from ''Destined to Love''.
13th Jan '17 9:40:06 AM Lemia
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* Several otome mobile games feature what seems on the cover or in the intro to be a female included among the female protagonist's possible love interests but turns out to actually be a [[WholesomeCrossdresser crossdressing male]]. Examples of this are Hinata from ''Shall We Date?: Heian Love'' and Kirisato from ''Destined to Love''.
25th Dec '16 1:29:18 PM pinkdalek
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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' is very, very, ''very'' homoerotic, which is a major part of its appeal (as it's one of the things that sets it apart from other cinematic-styled games). This was not really the focus in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (despite the innuendo-laden subplot about Gray Fox), but has received increased attention from ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'' onwards - trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid V|GroundZeroes}}'' prominently featured Snake and Kaz's AlmostKiss, for example. Despite this, most indication of Snake's bisexuality is kept to acting choices (whether voice or motion capture) or humorous EasterEggs, with Snake and Otacon remaining nominally heterosexual (although clear [[TheNotLoveInterest Not-Love Interest]]) characters until the very end. And Kaz is supposed to be a womaniser, something that gets on Snake's nerves enough that Snake has to fight him completely naked with soap flying everywhere. The only same-sex relationships that are utterly, canonically confirmed are: Volgin is having sex with Raikov, Ocelot is in love with Snake (whose degree of reciprocation is ambiguous), and Strangelove was a lover of The Boss. Even Vamp, an openly bisexual character, is only ''rumoured'' to have been involved with Scott Dolph, who he never mentions in the game (outside of a LooseCanon bonus mission); his relationships with Fortune and Naomi are way more important than anything he has with a male character.

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* ''Franchise/MetalGear'' is very, very, ''very'' homoerotic, which is a major part of its appeal (as it's [[{{Camp}} one of the things that sets it apart from other cinematic-styled games). games]]). This was not really the focus in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'' (despite ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid'', which, despite the innuendo-laden subplot about Gray Fox), Fox, was marketed as a heterosexual love story about Snake and Meryl, but has received increased attention from ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid 3|SnakeEater}}'' onwards - ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' trailers showed Raiden and Vamp in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything white-blood-spraying]] OrgasmicCombat, and trailers for ''VideoGame/{{Metal Gear Solid V|GroundZeroes}}'' prominently featured Snake and Kaz's AlmostKiss, for example. Despite this, most indication of Snake's bisexuality is kept to acting choices (whether voice or motion capture) or humorous EasterEggs, with Snake and Otacon remaining nominally heterosexual (although clear [[TheNotLoveInterest Not-Love Interest]]) characters until the very end. And Kaz is supposed to be a womaniser, something that gets on Snake's nerves enough that Snake has to fight him completely naked with soap flying everywhere. The only same-sex relationships that are utterly, canonically confirmed are: Volgin is having sex with Raikov, Ocelot is in love with Snake (whose degree of reciprocation is ambiguous), and Strangelove was a lover of The Boss. Even Vamp, an openly bisexual character, is only ''rumoured'' to have been involved with Scott Dolph, who he never mentions in the game (outside of a LooseCanon bonus mission); his relationships with Fortune and Naomi are way more important than anything he has with a male character.
23rd Dec '16 4:23:04 AM ClockStopping
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** The Christmas DLC, however, escalates the subtext enough to confirm the romance to all but the strictest of canon snobs. If the player calls Jaehee after the 10am chat, they'll get a scene where Jaehee gets hit on by a guy, but turns him down, explaining to the main character that she doesn't believe in immediate love and would want a romance with someone she's already intimate friends with. The only option the player can choose is 'So like us...?' which makes Jaehee laugh happily and agree - and say that yes, her relationship with the main character right now is the most ideal one for her. And if that wasn't enough, in her good ending, [[spoiler:the main character travels to see Jaehee at her office, where she's fallen asleep from overwork. There, the player kisses her on the cheek while blushing, and has the option to say 'One day I'll tell you my true feelings...' And then there's a solo chat where Jaehee writes about how she dreamed the main character came to see her, and says 'Perhaps...I've developed feelings over you without knowing.' with a flowery text box.]] So although they don't get to become a couple like the main character does with the guys, there is no longer any doubt about the nature of their feelings for one another.
22nd Dec '16 1:26:10 AM ClockStopping
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* In ''VisualNovel/MysticMessenger'', apart from the requisite four {{Bishounen}} you can date, you can also develop a relationship with the other woman on the team, Jaehee. Although all the other routes are romantic, Jaehee's is very...mixed. She says many times that her feelings for the main character are friendly, not romantic, but she also does things like calling the MC just to hear her voice, and shortly before the end of her route, she admits that she's starting to better understand herself and how she really feels about the MC. At the end of the route, [[spoiler:she asks the MC to be her partner (in business), and they start a coffee shop together.]] It certainly doesn't help that the MC is given many opportunities to act like she has a crush on Jaehee, such as by declaring that Jaehee belongs to her. So, the possibility of romance is definitely there, but it's ambiguous enough to save it from being {{Canon}}.
17th Dec '16 2:14:03 PM BB8ForPresident
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* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'': Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy hit this hard given their fierce devotion to each other is at the heart of the whole play and they invoke almost every romantic trope along the way. Their formerly-warring families [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} disapprove of their friendship]], when the rest of the school shuns them they declare they [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} don't need anyone but each other]], are canonically "heartbroken" [[{{ForbiddenFriendship}} when they're forced apart]] and exchange [[{{AnguishedDeclarationOfLove}} numerous heartfelt confessions]] about how much they mean to each other. [[note]] Albus: "You're probably the best person I know. And you don't - you couldn't - hold me back - you make me stronger - and when Dad forced us apart, without you...." Scorpius: "If I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you." [[/note]]. [[spoiler: Scorpius refuses to live in a world without Albus in it, the villain knows Scorpius is Albus's greatest weakness and the script outright parallels their feelings with the doomed Snape/Lily romance. Then in the second to last scene Scorpius... asks out Albus's cousin Rose who has acted like a complete {{Jerkass}} and treated him horribly.]] Needless to say fans were ''not'' pleased, especially as Rowling is seen as a genuine LGBT advocate.

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* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'': Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy hit this hard given their fierce devotion to each other is at the heart of the whole play and they invoke almost every romantic trope along the way. Their formerly-warring families [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} disapprove of their friendship]], when the rest of the school shuns them they declare they [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} don't need anyone but each other]], are canonically "heartbroken" [[{{ForbiddenFriendship}} when they're forced apart]] and exchange [[{{AnguishedDeclarationOfLove}} numerous heartfelt confessions]] about how much they mean to each other. [[note]] Albus: "You're probably the best person I know. And you don't - you couldn't - hold me back - you make me stronger - and when Dad forced us apart, without you...." Scorpius: "If I had to choose a companion to be with at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you." [[/note]]. [[spoiler: Scorpius refuses to live in a world without Albus in it, the villain knows Scorpius is Albus's greatest weakness and the script outright parallels their feelings with the doomed Snape/Lily romance. Then in the second to last scene Scorpius... asks out Albus's cousin Rose who has acted like a complete {{Jerkass}} and treated him horribly.]] Needless to say fans were ''not'' pleased, especially as Rowling is seen as a genuine advocate for the LGBT advocate.community.
14th Dec '16 7:48:35 AM theknack101
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** Which comes across as weird considering there IS (one) lesbian option in the game.
8th Dec '16 8:08:40 PM BB8ForPresident
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* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'': Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy hit this hard given their fierce devotion to each other is at the heart of the whole play and they invoke almost every romantic trope along the way. Their formerly-warring families [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} disapprove of their friendship]], when the rest of the school shuns them they declare they [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} don't need anyone but each other]], are canonically "heartbroken" [[{{ForbiddenFriendship}} when they're forced apart]] and exchange [[{{AnguishedDeclarationOfLove}} numerous heartfelt confessions]] about how much they mean to each other. [[note]] [[spoiler: Albus: "You're probably the best person I know. And you don't - you couldn't - hold me back - you make me stronger - and when Dad forced us apart, without you...." Scorpius: "If I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you."]] [[/note]]. [[spoiler: Scorpius refuses to live in a world without Albus in it, the villain knows Scorpius is Albus's greatest weakness and the script outright parallels their feelings with the doomed Snape/Lily romance. Then in the second to last scene Scorpius... asks out Albus's cousin Rose who has acted like a complete {{Jerkass}} and treated him horribly.]] Needless to say fans were ''not'' pleased, especially as Rowling is seen as a genuine LGBT advocate.

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* ''Theatre/HarryPotterAndTheCursedChild'': Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy hit this hard given their fierce devotion to each other is at the heart of the whole play and they invoke almost every romantic trope along the way. Their formerly-warring families [[{{StarCrossedLovers}} disapprove of their friendship]], when the rest of the school shuns them they declare they [[{{UndyingLoyalty}} don't need anyone but each other]], are canonically "heartbroken" [[{{ForbiddenFriendship}} when they're forced apart]] and exchange [[{{AnguishedDeclarationOfLove}} numerous heartfelt confessions]] about how much they mean to each other. [[note]] [[spoiler: Albus: "You're probably the best person I know. And you don't - you couldn't - hold me back - you make me stronger - and when Dad forced us apart, without you...." Scorpius: "If I had to choose a companion to be at the return of eternal darkness with, I'd choose you."]] " [[/note]]. [[spoiler: Scorpius refuses to live in a world without Albus in it, the villain knows Scorpius is Albus's greatest weakness and the script outright parallels their feelings with the doomed Snape/Lily romance. Then in the second to last scene Scorpius... asks out Albus's cousin Rose who has acted like a complete {{Jerkass}} and treated him horribly.]] Needless to say fans were ''not'' pleased, especially as Rowling is seen as a genuine LGBT advocate.
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