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16th Sep '17 12:49:45 PM dr_toonie
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->''"Venom... I've been all over this city looking for you! You never call, you never write... It's like I'm the only one interested in making this relationship work..."''
-->-- ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows''

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->''"Venom... I've --> Thou hast beat me out
-> Twelve several times, and I have nightly since
-> Dreamt of encounters 'twixt thyself and me;
-> We have
been all over this city looking for you! You never call, you never write... It's like I'm the only one interested down together in making this relationship work..."''
my sleep,
-> Unbuckling helms, fisting each other's throat,
-> And waked half dead with nothing.
-->-- ''VideoGame/SpiderManWebOfShadows''
Aufidius to his blood enemy, Act 4, Scene 5, ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}''


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[[folder: Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/{{Coriolanus}}'' is a play by Creator/{{Shakespeare}} about a Roman soldier who has become unable to function without war. One of the ways this is highlighted is by the scenes where he faces his blood enemy Tullus Aufidius, where their dialogue is far more impassioned than those between Coriolanus and his own wife and family. Towards the end, he turns his back on Rome and seeks out Aufidius, seeking for Aufidius to kill him. Instead, Aufidius embraces him, saying that he is more glad when he sees Coriolanus than his own wife.
--> "But that I see thee here,\\
Thou noble thing! more dances my rapt heart\\
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw\\
Bestride my threshold"
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12th Sep '17 11:08:30 AM Thesedaysthosedays
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* {{Supernatural}} has explicit DatingCatwoman scenarios with Sam/Ruby and (at least on a HeterosexualLifePartners level) Dean/Crowley. A more subtextual example is Bella's relationship with both Winchesters: They hate her for the many times she's put them into a frustrating situation, but she still talks to them in a flirty way, is very sexy, and her very first interaction with them involves [[ShowSomeLeg giving Sam a titillating moment]] while she steals something from him.
12th Sep '17 1:11:26 AM Byzantine
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**In ''ComicBook/DeathOfTheFamily'', Batman has an interior monologue about how the Joker's eyes never change, never revealing anything about his thoughts or emotions. Except for love for Batman.
30th Aug '17 10:53:17 AM Silverblade2
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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker often makes comments toward Franchise/{{Batman}} of this nature, talking about their relationship as though it were romantic and making flirtatious advances. It's not clear if this is out of some actual attraction or simply to make Batman uncomfortable. To say nothing of how in ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' he ''slaps Batman's ass''.

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* SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker often makes comments toward Franchise/{{Batman}} of this nature, talking about their relationship as though it were romantic and making flirtatious advances. It's not clear if this is out of some actual attraction or simply to make Batman uncomfortable. To say nothing of how in ''Comicbook/ArkhamAsylumASeriousHouseOnSeriousEarth'' he ''slaps Batman's ass''.



* Franchise/{{Batman}} and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' ("You complete me!") [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?rid=11376 One reviewer]] described the delivery of that line as "like a bride to a groom". The Joker also pretty clearly [[CombatSadomasochist enjoys Batman beating him]]. This particular bit of subtext goes back a long way, and has become more or less canon in the comics.

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* Franchise/{{Batman}} and SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker ComicBook/TheJoker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' ("You complete me!") [[http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?rid=11376 One reviewer]] described the delivery of that line as "like a bride to a groom". The Joker also pretty clearly [[CombatSadomasochist enjoys Batman beating him]]. This particular bit of subtext goes back a long way, and has become more or less canon in the comics.
10th Aug '17 9:37:32 PM EnhanceByTorch
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/KingDragonCanon'': One of King Dragon's minions tries and fails to hide his crush on an unnamed hero. (Likely Dennis, the PlayerCharacter)
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7th Aug '17 2:39:43 PM TitaniumDragon
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* Music/MiikeSnow's GenghisKhan is about a PunchClockVillain having captured a JamesBond expy. He has the hero strapped to a table with a laser pointed at him but just as he is about to execute him, the clock strikes five and the villain powers down the machine and goes home. As the villain spends time with his family, he starts imagining the JamesBond expy in the place of his wife, making him eventually freak out and rush back to execute the hero to banish the thoughts from his mind... only to realize that he can't bring himself to do, release the hero, and replace his wife with the hero and enjoy a peaceful domestic life together. At the end of the video, the villain's wife has now become a villain herself, and repeats the song's refrain in a sinister fashion:

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* Music/MiikeSnow's GenghisKhan is about a PunchClockVillain having captured a JamesBond expy. He has the hero strapped to a table with a laser pointed at him but just as he is about to execute him, the clock strikes five and the villain powers down the machine and goes home. As the villain spends time with his perfectly ordinary family, he starts imagining can't get the JamesBond expy in the place of hero off his wife, making him mind even when he's spending time with his wife. The villain eventually freak freaks out and rush rushes back to execute the hero to banish the thoughts thought of him from his mind... only to realize that he can't bring himself to do, release the hero, and replace his wife with the hero and enjoy a peaceful domestic life together. At the end of the video, the villain's wife has now become a villain herself, and repeats the song's refrain in a sinister fashion:
7th Aug '17 2:37:32 PM TitaniumDragon
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* Music/MiikeSnow's GenghisKhan is about a villain having captured a JamesBond expy. He has the hero strapped to a table with a laser pointed at him but he just can't bring himself to execute the hero. As the villain spends time with his family, he starts imagining the JamesBond expy in the place of his wife, making him eventually freak out and rush back to execute the hero to banish the thoughts from his mind... only to realize that he can't, release the hero, and replace his wife with the hero and enjoy a peaceful domestic life together. At the end of the video, the villain's wife has now become a villain herself, and repeats the song's refrain in a sinister fashion:

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* Music/MiikeSnow's GenghisKhan is about a villain PunchClockVillain having captured a JamesBond expy. He has the hero strapped to a table with a laser pointed at him but he just can't bring himself as he is about to execute him, the hero.clock strikes five and the villain powers down the machine and goes home. As the villain spends time with his family, he starts imagining the JamesBond expy in the place of his wife, making him eventually freak out and rush back to execute the hero to banish the thoughts from his mind... only to realize that he can't, can't bring himself to do, release the hero, and replace his wife with the hero and enjoy a peaceful domestic life together. At the end of the video, the villain's wife has now become a villain herself, and repeats the song's refrain in a sinister fashion:
7th Aug '17 2:34:49 PM TitaniumDragon
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* Music/MiikeSnow's GenghisKhan is about a villain having captured a JamesBond expy. He has the hero strapped to a table with a laser pointed at him but he just can't bring himself to execute the hero. As the villain spends time with his family, he starts imagining the JamesBond expy in the place of his wife, making him eventually freak out and rush back to execute the hero to banish the thoughts from his mind... only to realize that he can't, release the hero, and replace his wife with the hero and enjoy a peaceful domestic life together. At the end of the video, the villain's wife has now become a villain herself, and repeats the song's refrain in a sinister fashion:
-->I get a little bit Genghis Khan
-->Don't want you to get it on
-->With nobody else but me
21st Jul '17 7:11:23 AM Nyame
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The twisted relationship between [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]] Trafalgar Law and Donquixote Doflamingo is chock full of this, though it's mainly on the latter's end. Doflamingo is AmbiguouslyBi, and has flirted with Law, offering to go out with him for drinks that he is all grown up. Then it's revealed that Law was intended to be his right-hand man, and even after Law left the crew, he was welcomed back at any time, with Doflamingo even keeping his specific position open for ''thirteen years''. When they have their FinalBattle alongside Luffy, that's when the subtext comes out full force -- Doflamingo continuously beats Law down, shooting him full of bullets and at one point ''cutting his arm off'', all while ranting about Law's numerous betrayals like a CrazyJealousGuy, clearly resenting the fact that Law continuously chose others over him, as Doflamingo views himself as Law's true benefactor. [[spoiler:After Law reveals he is a D, the mortal enemy of a (former) World Noble like Doflamingo]], that's the point where he just full on ''snaps'', goes into {{Yandere}} mode and tries to kill him ala IfICantHaveYou. Doflamingo's obsession with Law surpasses the self-centered fondness he has for his loyal crew to such an extent that the romantic subtext becomes that much stronger and more obvious.

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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The twisted relationship between [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]] Trafalgar Law and Donquixote Doflamingo is chock full of this, though it's mainly on the latter's end. Doflamingo is AmbiguouslyBi, and has flirted with Law, offering to go out with him for drinks that he is all grown up. Then it's revealed that Law was intended to be his right-hand man, and even after Law left the crew, he was welcomed back at any time, with Doflamingo even keeping his specific position open for ''thirteen years''. When they have their FinalBattle alongside Luffy, that's when the subtext comes out full force -- Doflamingo continuously beats Law down, shooting him full of bullets and at one point ''cutting his arm off'', all while ranting about Law's numerous betrayals like a CrazyJealousGuy, clearly resenting the fact that Law continuously chose others over him, as Doflamingo views himself as Law's true benefactor. [[spoiler:After Law reveals he is a D, the mortal enemy of a (former) World Noble like Doflamingo]], that's the point where he just full on ''snaps'', goes into {{Yandere}} mode and tries to kill him ala IfICantHaveYou. IfICantHaveYou Doflamingo's obsession with Law surpasses the self-centered fondness he has for his loyal crew to such an extent that the romantic subtext becomes that much stronger and more obvious.obvious in comparison.
21st Jul '17 7:10:10 AM Nyame
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* ''Manga/OnePiece'': The twisted relationship between [[ArchEnemy Arch-Enemies]] Trafalgar Law and Donquixote Doflamingo is chock full of this, though it's mainly on the latter's end. Doflamingo is AmbiguouslyBi, and has flirted with Law, offering to go out with him for drinks that he is all grown up. Then it's revealed that Law was intended to be his right-hand man, and even after Law left the crew, he was welcomed back at any time, with Doflamingo even keeping his specific position open for ''thirteen years''. When they have their FinalBattle alongside Luffy, that's when the subtext comes out full force -- Doflamingo continuously beats Law down, shooting him full of bullets and at one point ''cutting his arm off'', all while ranting about Law's numerous betrayals like a CrazyJealousGuy, clearly resenting the fact that Law continuously chose others over him, as Doflamingo views himself as Law's true benefactor. [[spoiler:After Law reveals he is a D, the mortal enemy of a (former) World Noble like Doflamingo]], that's the point where he just full on ''snaps'', goes into {{Yandere}} mode and tries to kill him ala IfICantHaveYou. Doflamingo's obsession with Law surpasses the self-centered fondness he has for his loyal crew to such an extent that the romantic subtext becomes that much stronger and more obvious.
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