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11th Feb '18 5:14:25 AM nighttrainfm
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* In one episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', a female coworker of the titular character asks him out to dinner on Valentine's Day, ostensibly to discuss work. Because the woman had to be reminded that it was Valentine's Day and is generally flirty in everyday conversation, Frasier has no idea whether he is on a romantic date or just having dinner with a colleague. The episode ends with [[spoiler:Frasier climbing into bed with her without any clue as to her intentions]]. What happens next is never resolved.

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In one episode of ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', on episode, a female coworker of the titular character asks him out to dinner on Valentine's Day, ostensibly to discuss work. Because the woman had to be reminded that it was Valentine's Day and is generally flirty in everyday conversation, Frasier has no idea whether he is on a romantic date or just having dinner with a colleague. The episode ends with [[spoiler:Frasier climbing into bed with her without any clue as to her intentions]]. intentions.]] What happens next is never resolved.
23rd Jan '18 6:31:59 AM DarkHunter
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* Holo is this to Lawrence in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''. The main problem is that Holo is a ''massive'' [[TheTease Tease]] who engages in ungodly amounts of flirting (and is intimately comfortable with Lawrence physically) even though she knows their journey has to end and thinks a long-term relationship would only end in heartbreak. Furthermore, she intermittently a) coaches Lawrence about relationships and to act in a manner that she considers romantic, and b) manipulates him with those same behaviors to make fun of him and get things she wants. Throughout all this, she still has enough moments of honesty that they grow just about as close as possible without actually becoming a "couple".
** It's a weird example of the trope, as she's not really being coy about the fact that she likes him, she just likes messing with his head until he has no idea how to react. And as the series progresses, he figures out how to get the better of her and starts treating her the exact same way. Which is why the series is awesome.

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* Holo is this to Lawrence in ''LightNovel/SpiceAndWolf''. The main problem is that Holo is a ''massive'' [[TheTease Tease]] who engages in ungodly amounts of flirting (and is intimately comfortable with Lawrence physically) even though she knows their journey has to end and thinks a long-term relationship would only end in heartbreak. Furthermore, she intermittently a) coaches Lawrence about relationships and to act in a manner that she considers romantic, and b) manipulates him with those same behaviors to make fun of him and get things she wants. Throughout all this, she still has enough moments of honesty that they grow just about as close as possible without actually becoming a "couple".
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"couple". It's a weird example of the trope, as she's not really being coy about the fact that she likes him, she just likes messing with his head until he has no idea how to react. And as the series progresses, he figures out how to get the better of her and starts treating her the exact same way. Which is why the series is awesome.
10th Jan '18 2:15:53 AM Cryoclaste
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* In the HungerGames fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', [[ShrinkingViolet Vale]] views [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Obsidian]] as one of these. On one hand, [[IrrationalHatred she hates him]] and thinks he is a huge jerk, but on the other, she can't seem to understand why he does certain things, such as [[spoiler: sparing her life when he finds her and her district partner asleep one night in the arena]]. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt It's pretty obvious to everyone else, though.]]

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* In the HungerGames ''[[Literature/TheHungerGames Hunger Games]]'' fanfiction ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', [[ShrinkingViolet Vale]] views [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Obsidian]] as one of these. On one hand, [[IrrationalHatred she hates him]] and thinks he is a huge jerk, but on the other, she can't seem to understand why he does certain things, such as [[spoiler: sparing her life when he finds her and her district partner asleep one night in the arena]]. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt It's pretty obvious to everyone else, though.]]
19th Dec '17 6:24:37 AM C2
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** Helga is an archetypical {{tsundere}}, she constantly bullied him for being the voice of reason, while secretly ''adoring'' him for being the NiceGuy. On several occasions she tried to get closer to him, only to back away if [[ObliviousToLove Arnold]] ever started to catch on. She confessed her feelings in TheMovie and the ([[DevelopmentHell never made]] until [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell 2017]]) GrandFinale movie would have Arnold finally admit to her (and himself?) that he liked her all along.

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** Helga is an archetypical {{tsundere}}, she constantly bullied him for being the voice of reason, while secretly ''adoring'' him for being the NiceGuy. On several occasions she tried to get closer to him, only to back away if [[ObliviousToLove Arnold]] ever started to catch on. She confessed her feelings in TheMovie and the ([[DevelopmentHell never not made]] until [[SavedFromDevelopmentHell 2017]]) GrandFinale movie would have had Arnold finally admit to her (and himself?) that he liked her all along.
16th Dec '17 10:21:40 AM akanesarumara
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*** Though given one time when he seemed to [[DudeNotFunny actually manage to hurt England's feelings]] from an offhand remark, he was [[IWasJustJoking he claims he was joking]].

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*** Though given one time when he seemed to [[DudeNotFunny actually manage to hurt England's feelings]] from an offhand remark, feelings (by saying that the reason he looks forward to his own birthday is because he remembers how pathetic England's face looked when he was beaten)]], [[IWasJustJoking he claims he was joking]].
16th Dec '17 10:16:23 AM akanesarumara
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*** Though given one time when he seemed to [[DudeNotFunny actually manage to hurt England's feelings]] from an offhand remark, he was [[IWasJustJoking very quick to backtrack]], so it doesn't seem like he's being cruel deliberately.

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*** Though given one time when he seemed to [[DudeNotFunny actually manage to hurt England's feelings]] from an offhand remark, he was [[IWasJustJoking very quick to backtrack]], so it doesn't seem like he's being cruel deliberately.he claims he was joking]].
11th Dec '17 1:44:19 AM Darth_Marth
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* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'': Chris Traeger. Anne initially didn't even realize he'd broke up with her due to his incredibly positive attitude. Later, he accidentally leads her to believe he's interested in getting back together.
15th Oct '17 6:06:58 AM nighttrainfm
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* Katara of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Even when she gets to know how Aang feels, nothing whatsoever happens for a few episodes and then she tells him she's confused. She does other things to confuse the issue, like when she suggested kissing as a way to get out of the cave of two lovers, and mixing playing his TeamMom with, for example, using the HandsOnApproach. Ah, adolescence and the emotional befuddlement it causes.

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Katara of ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'': Even - even when she gets to know how Aang feels, nothing whatsoever happens for a few episodes and then she tells him she's confused. She does other things to confuse the issue, like when she suggested kissing as a way to get out of the cave of two lovers, and mixing playing his TeamMom with, for example, using the HandsOnApproach. Ah, adolescence and the emotional befuddlement it causes.



* [[WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra Avatar Korra]] gives Mako a ShutUpKiss the night after she went on a date with Bolin. Fortunately, the writers restrain the strife she causes between the two brothers with her mixed signals to one episode; the same cannot be said of how Mako refuses to come clean with his girlfriend Asami after making no attempt to hide his obvious feelings for Korra. ''Kids…''

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Avatar Korra]] Korra gives Mako a ShutUpKiss the night after she went on a date with Bolin. Fortunately, the writers restrain the strife she causes between the two brothers with her mixed signals to one episode; the same cannot be said of how Mako refuses to come clean with his girlfriend Asami after making no attempt to hide his obvious feelings for Korra. ''Kids…''
25th Sep '17 12:46:24 PM CheeseDogX
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** Another episode has Frasier and Niles (who is separated from his wife at the time) meet two woman they immediately hit it off with. They decide on an impulse to spend a weekend in a cabin together. However, they were moving so fast they didn't take the time to find out what the ladies' intentions are. And their attempts to subtly figure out if there's anything romantic going on fail miserably. In this case, it does get resolved, when the women retreat to separate bedrooms and ask "Are you coming?"
25th Sep '17 12:00:32 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen towards both Gale and Peeta. Peeta eventually calls her on it.

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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen towards both Gale and Peeta. Peeta eventually calls her on it. Her motives are less ambiguous in the books than in the films, since the books take place from her POV. Katniss did not want to bring children into the CrapsackWorld she lived in, and so she didn't want to let herself fall for either Gale or Peeta.
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