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2nd May '17 2:30:30 AM zark117
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* To a lesser extent, Gourry towards Lina in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Romance isn't played up all that much, but in the few times Gourry seems like he might be interested in Lina, something always happens to make us unsure again (it was usually some kind of spell or misunderstanding).

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* Saiki appears to be this way from Teruhashi's perspective in ''Manga/TheDisastrousLifeOfSaikiK''. From the audiences point of view Saiki is clearly uninterested in Teruhashi. He knows from reading her mind with his PsychicPowers that she loves him, but since she hasn't told him Saiki can't reject her without outing himself as a psycic. The only plan Saiki can think of to get her to leave him alone is to act as undesirable as possible. This might work, but whenever he tries this something comes up that makes him look interested in her, and his previous behaviour in some way excusable making him an enigma to her which just makes her more attracted to him.
* To a lesser extent, extent Gourry towards Lina in ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}''. Romance isn't played up all that much, but in the few times Gourry seems like he might be interested in Lina, something always happens to make us unsure again (it was usually some kind of spell or misunderstanding).
29th Apr '17 10:33:09 PM Zyxzy
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* In ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'', Lariatte is in love with Yvienne, who says things like how she'd let the man she was dating die to save Lariatte first if given the choice.
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29th Apr '17 4:22:05 PM nombretomado
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* In ''TokimekiMemorial Girl's Side 2,'' Akagi Kazuyuki's entire route is complicated by poor communication between himself and the heroine; it hits this trope when he invites her out (claiming he "just happened" to have tickets to a concert and the friend he was going to go with couldn't make it) and subsequently completely fails to clarify whether or not it's an actual date. Matters are further complicated when he manages to bungle his attempt to explain himself to the point that the heroine concludes that he wasn't interested in her at all and begins avoiding him when he tries to talk to her. He doesn't manage to sort things out properly until nearly the end of the game.

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* In ''TokimekiMemorial Girl's Side ''VisualNovel/TokimekiMemorialGirlsSide 2,'' Akagi Kazuyuki's entire route is complicated by poor communication between himself and the heroine; it hits this trope when he invites her out (claiming he "just happened" to have tickets to a concert and the friend he was going to go with couldn't make it) and subsequently completely fails to clarify whether or not it's an actual date. Matters are further complicated when he manages to bungle his attempt to explain himself to the point that the heroine concludes that he wasn't interested in her at all and begins avoiding him when he tries to talk to her. He doesn't manage to sort things out properly until nearly the end of the game.
24th Apr '17 7:45:51 AM XFllo
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* ''Series/JudgingAmy''

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* ''Series/JudgingAmy''''Series/JudgingAmy'': David [=McLaren=] towards Amy. They refer to it as the "come here/go away thing". They really like each other, but they go one step forward, one step back, and again and again. It is mostly fuelled by his unresolved issues -- his wife was murdered a while ago and who had murdered had not been found out.
24th Apr '17 7:30:51 AM XFllo
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-->''I've memorized this tune, love. I think I've got the sheet music for it.''

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-->''I've --->''I've memorized this tune, love. I think I've got the sheet music for it.''



-->'''Spike:''' "Well, you're not staying here. You can't buy me off with shiny beads and sweet talk. You got Angel breath. I'm not gonna just let you whack me back and forth like a rubber ball. I've got my pride, you know!"
-->'''Buffy:''' "I understand." (turns to go)
-->'''Spike:''' ""Clearly you don't, 'cause the whole "having my pride" thing was just a smokescreen."

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-->'''Spike:''' "Well, --->'''Spike:''' Well, you're not staying here. You can't buy me off with shiny beads and sweet talk. You got Angel breath. I'm not gonna just let you whack me back and forth like a rubber ball. I've got my pride, you know!"
-->'''Buffy:''' "I understand."
know!
--->'''Buffy:''' I understand.
(turns to go)
-->'''Spike:''' ""Clearly --->'''Spike:''' Clearly you don't, 'cause the whole "having my pride" thing was just a smokescreen."



* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', The Doctor with Rose. He's kissed her twice, left her stranded on a space cruiser a few thousand years in her future while running off to save a French courtesan, and more.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', ''Series/DoctorWho'':
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The Doctor with Rose. He's kissed her twice, left her stranded on a space cruiser a few thousand years in her future while running off to save a French courtesan, and more.



** Amy points out the Doctor's habit of doing this in a DVD-only scene set after "Flesh and Stone".

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** Amy points out the Doctor's habit of doing this sending mixed signals in a DVD-only scene set after "Flesh and Stone".



** And Amy to Rory. She once wanted to pretend they were brother and sister on what could be called the night before their wedding.

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** And Amy to Rory. She once wanted to pretend they were brother and sister on what could be called the night before their wedding.



* Clark Kent in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' sets the standard for Mixed Signals.

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* Clark Kent in ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' sets the standard for Mixed Signals.and Lana, mutually send each other mixed signals.



** If Clark's the master, what does that make [[{{Hypocrite}} Lana]]?
*** [[IncrediblyLamePun The master]] [[DoubleEntendre baiter?]]



* Ziva and Tony in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Too much {{subtext}} to be completely sure about ''anything''.
** Pretty much also the case with Harm and Mac in ''Series/{{JAG}}''.

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%% * Ziva and Tony in ''Series/{{NCIS}}''. Too much {{subtext}} to be completely sure about ''anything''.
** Pretty much also the %% * The case with Harm and Mac in ''Series/{{JAG}}''.



** When trying to court Erin, Andy did his best to be clear yet inevitably landed in this trope.

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%% ** When trying to court Erin, Andy did his best to be clear yet inevitably landed in this trope.



* Serena on ''Series/GossipGirl'' in season four. She can't seem to make up her mind if she loves Dan or Nate or both or neither and changes her mind every ten minutes or so. Leaving the guys confused, to say the least.
** Chuck can be pretty good at this too when it comes to Blair.
** Blair really takes the trophy on this one. She tells Chuck he's her great love, then she acts like she hates him. She asks him to raise her child by another man and tells him he's all she's ever wanted, then she ignores him completely after he nearly dies in a car accident. She tells him she loves him more and more every day, then she marries another man only moments later. She tells him to wait for her while she gets out of her marriage, then she makes out with his stepbrother in his bedroom. And the list goes on.
*** ''And'' that list doesn't include how Blair was with ''Dan'' towards the end of the show.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has the first season mostly about [[{{Nerd}} Leonard]] trying to work up the nerve to ask [[GirlNextDoor Penny]] out. For the most part she treated Leonard and the other guys as good friends, hanging out with them and getting involved with their activities at times. Yet she showed signs of liking Leonard a little bit more than she let on, being both subtle (signs of interest when Leonard had a brief fling with a co-worker, which he tried and failed to analyze) and overt (she kissed him on several occasions, once when drunk and another as a sort of birthday present). Even when his feelings were made clear the majority of their relationship, either in a [[RelationshipUpgrade Romantic Upgrade]] or JustFriends, rested on what her feelings were at the time. Leonard otherwise has always been fairly clear about where his feelings were.
** In the sixth season they were in a stable relationship that was going well, in fact Penny had managed to say [[TheILoveYouStigma "I Love You"]] to Leonard and they were finally quite happy together. But Penny was terrified of where they were going in the relationship and they had a blow-up on Valentines Day in large part because of her own commitment phobia. Leonard decides to circumvent the issue by saying he will not propose to her ([[WackyMarriageProposal anymore]]) but that he was going to leave it in her hands, she has to be the one to propose when she feels ready.
* Santana to Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Until she realizes she's gay.

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* * ''Series/GossipGirl'':
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Serena on ''Series/GossipGirl'' in season four. She can't seem to make up her mind if she loves Dan or Nate or both or neither and changes her mind every ten minutes or so. Leaving the guys confused, to say the least.
** Chuck can be pretty good at this too when it comes to Blair.
** Blair really takes the trophy on this one.
Blair. She tells Chuck he's her great love, then she acts like she hates him. She asks him to raise her child by another man and tells him he's all she's ever wanted, then she ignores him completely after he nearly dies in a car accident. She tells him she loves him more and more every day, then she marries another man only moments later. She tells him to wait for her while she gets out of her marriage, then she makes out with his stepbrother in his bedroom. And the list goes on.
*** %% ** Chuck can be pretty good at this too when it comes to Blair.
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''And'' that list doesn't include how Blair was with ''Dan'' towards the end of the show.
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' has the first season mostly about [[{{Nerd}} Leonard]] trying to work up the nerve to ask [[GirlNextDoor Penny]] out. For the most part she treated Leonard and the other guys as good friends, hanging out with them and getting involved with their activities at times. Yet she showed signs of liking Leonard a little bit more than she let on, being both subtle (signs of interest when Leonard had a brief fling with a co-worker, which he tried and failed to analyze) and overt (she kissed him on several occasions, once when drunk and another as a sort of birthday present). Even when his feelings were made clear the majority of their relationship, either in a [[RelationshipUpgrade Romantic Upgrade]] or JustFriends, rested on what her feelings were at the time. Leonard otherwise has always been fairly clear about where his feelings were.
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were. In the sixth season they were in a stable relationship that was going well, in fact Penny had managed to say [[TheILoveYouStigma "I Love You"]] to Leonard and they were finally quite happy together. But Penny was terrified of where they were going in the relationship and they had a blow-up on Valentines Day in large part because of her own commitment phobia. Leonard decides to circumvent the issue by saying he will not propose to her ([[WackyMarriageProposal anymore]]) but that he was going to leave it in her hands, she has to be the one to propose when she feels ready.\n
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* Santana to Brittany in ''Series/{{Glee}}''. Until she realizes she's gay.



* In ''Series/NoahAndSaskia'', one of the major sources of drama is that Noah is this. Even when he's ''not'' being impersonated by well meaning relatives and friends.
* Arguably Winnie Cooper from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' is this to Kevin.

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%% * In ''Series/NoahAndSaskia'', one of the major sources of drama is that Noah is this. Even when he's ''not'' being impersonated by well meaning relatives and friends.
%% * Arguably Winnie Cooper from ''Series/TheWonderYears'' is this to Kevin.



* ''Series/JudgingAmy''



* Hamlet does this to Ophelia. Just how much depends on the interpretation (if Hamlet is not actually insane, then his behavior towards her is much more this trope). Early in the play, Ophelia tells Polonius how Hamlet has lately "made many tenders of his affection" to her. Act II, scene i has Ophelia describing how the disheveled Hamlet comes to her for comfort (just after speaking with the Ghost, though she doesn't know that). In Act III, Scene i, he tells her "I did love you once" and then immediately tells her that he never loved her. In many productions, this scene is made into more of a MindScrew by having Hamlet passionately kiss Ophelia at some point, usually just before he begins verbally abusing her, which he famously finishes off by telling her she'd be better off as a nun (or a whore, depending on how you want to take the word [[GetTheeToANunnery "nunnery"]]).

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* Hamlet does this to Ophelia. Just how much depends on the interpretation (if Hamlet is not actually insane, then his behavior towards her is much more this trope). Early in the play, Ophelia tells Polonius how Hamlet has lately "made many tenders of his affection" to her. Act II, scene i has Ophelia describing how the disheveled Hamlet comes to her for comfort (just after speaking with the Ghost, though she doesn't know that). In Act III, Scene i, he tells her "I did love you once" and then immediately tells her that he never loved her. In many productions, this scene is made into more of a MindScrew by having Hamlet passionately kiss Ophelia at some point, usually just before he begins verbally abusing her, which he famously finishes off by telling her she'd be better off as a nun (or a whore, depending on how you want to take the word [[GetTheeToANunnery "nunnery"]]).
11th Apr '17 7:58:19 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} is this to Mr. Cat. It's painfully obvious that he has a massive crush on her, but it isn't quite clear whether she just sees him as a friend or likes him back.
31st Mar '17 6:11:04 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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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 to be more GenreSavvy 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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* 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 to be more GenreSavvy 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".
6th Feb '17 3:34:07 PM margdean56
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* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': At Act I Scene VI, Roxane sends his Duenna to make a date with Cyrano. Both Cyrano and his best friend Le Bret think it is a romantic date. At Act II Scene X, Cyrano believes that Roxane is confessing his love for him, but [[GuileHero Roxane is]] [[strike: manipulating]] asking him to protect Christian.

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* ''Theatre/CyranoDeBergerac'': At In Act I Scene VI, Roxane sends his her Duenna to make a date with Cyrano. Both Cyrano and his best friend Le Bret think it is a romantic date. At In Act II Scene X, Cyrano believes that Roxane is confessing his her love for him, but [[GuileHero Roxane is]] [[strike: manipulating]] asking him to protect Christian.
6th Feb '17 3:30:41 PM margdean56
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Compare/Contrast {{Tsundere}}, whose "mixed messages" are on the far side of the emotional spectrum rather than hovering in the middle. May require Alice asking "DidYouThinkICantFeel" If Bob drags it out. Compare IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn. See also IgnoredEnamoredUnderling, whose boss may be doing this on purpose.

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Compare/Contrast {{Tsundere}}, whose "mixed messages" are on the far side of the emotional spectrum rather than hovering in the middle. May require Alice asking "DidYouThinkICantFeel" If if Bob drags it out. Compare IDidntMeanToTurnYouOn. See also IgnoredEnamoredUnderling, whose boss may be doing this on purpose.
3rd Feb '17 4:00:25 AM Immortalbear
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[HeelFaceTurn Switching sides]] has not done a favor to Peridot's sanity. Trying to get a consistent understanding of Peridot's mindset is a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality messy, confusing, affair]] as she expects everyone to know what she wants when even doesn't know that. She is a contrarian, lost on an alien world with a shattered mindset of right and wrong. She isn't even satisfied when others do ''exactly'' what she tells them to do.

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': [[HeelFaceTurn Switching sides]] has not done a favor to Peridot's sanity. Trying to get a consistent understanding of Peridot's mindset is a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality messy, confusing, affair]] as she expects everyone to know what she wants when even she doesn't know that. She is a contrarian, lost on an alien world with a shattered mindset of right and wrong. She isn't even satisfied when others do ''exactly'' what she tells them to do.



-->'''Peridot''': Don't say that! Say 'We'll do this together and it's gonna be great!'

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-->'''Peridot''': Don't say that! Say 'We'll "We'll do this together and it's gonna be great!'great!"
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