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25th Feb '16 10:23:05 PM Eievie
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** It gets worse in Takahashi's ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf '' series where this trope is beaten into the ground by every single member of the main teen cast towards each other in virtually every single combination possible. And a few of the adult cast too.

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** It gets worse in Takahashi's ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf '' ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' series where this trope is beaten into the ground by every single member of the main teen cast towards each other in virtually every single combination possible. And a few of the adult cast too.



* In ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'', [[TheHero Gainer Sanga]] makes no secret of his crush on his schoolmate Sara Kodama, but for pretty much half the series, it is not known if Sara feels the same towards him. Even when it does become clear that Sara reciprocates (she did get pretty jealous when Gainer was going to meet Cynthia...), she seems not to know what to do about it, and ends up sending her friend contradictory signs. [[spoiler:In the end, though, it all ends well with Gainer and Sara heavily implied to have hooked up.]]

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* In ''Anime/OvermanKingGainer'', [[TheHero Gainer Sanga]] makes no secret of his crush on his schoolmate Sara Kodama, but for pretty much half the series, it is not known if Sara feels the same towards him. Even when it does become clear that Sara reciprocates (she did get pretty jealous when Gainer was going to meet Cynthia...), Cynthia…), she seems not to know what to do about it, and ends up sending her friend contradictory signs. [[spoiler:In the end, though, it all ends well with Gainer and Sara heavily implied to have hooked up.]]



* In ''Manga/SoraNoManimani'' Mihoshi loves Saku... but it's unclear if she loves him as a childhood friend or something else.

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* In ''Manga/SoraNoManimani'' Mihoshi loves Saku... Saku… but it's unclear if she loves him as a childhood friend or something else.



* Miroku in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''. One moment he's doing sweet things for Sango, or [[HandsomeLech groping her]] or telling her how she owns his heart, and the next he's trying to bed every single pretty girl that cross his path. He continues this sort of behavior right up through the episode "Miroku's Most Dangerous Confession," at the end of which he quite seriously tells Sango that he thinks of her as a comrade in arms rather than as a woman... and then asks her to marry him and have his children.

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* Miroku in ''Manga/{{Inuyasha}}''. One moment he's doing sweet things for Sango, or [[HandsomeLech groping her]] or telling her how she owns his heart, and the next he's trying to bed every single pretty girl that cross his path. He continues this sort of behavior right up through the episode "Miroku's Most Dangerous Confession," at the end of which he quite seriously tells Sango that he thinks of her as a comrade in arms rather than as a woman... woman… and then asks her to marry him and have his children.



* Ryo from ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'' is a master of the mixed message. Ryo says that he doesn't want his partner Dee making passes or advancements at him and scolds him for doing so. Even encouraging his adopted son to be a MomentKiller if things heat up with Dee. Yet, he lets Dee kiss him quite a bit and other times ''voluntarily'' kissing Dee himself. All the while telling Dee he's not interested in him like that....

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* Ryo from ''Manga/{{FAKE}}'' is a master of the mixed message. Ryo says that he doesn't want his partner Dee making passes or advancements at him and scolds him for doing so. Even encouraging his adopted son to be a MomentKiller if things heat up with Dee. Yet, he lets Dee kiss him quite a bit and other times ''voluntarily'' kissing Dee himself. All the while telling Dee he's not interested in him like that....that…



* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has a character-specific version like the ''Spice and Wolf'' example above; Nyarko is a ManicPixieDreamGirl and GenkiGirl who repeatedly tells Mahiro that she loves him...but also clings to him like a barnacle and plays around with him and his friends (like claiming she's already pregnant with their first child). In episode 7 of the first TV series, Mahiro outright tells Nyarko that because of her zany, playful nature and tendency to tell tall tales, he has a hard time believing her when she talks about love. Nyarko (who's been on better behavior this episode) explains that it's hard to say it when she's not being silly, but that she's being completely honest and will say it as many times as she needs to; then she turns around, looks Mahiro in the eyes, smiles sweetly, and simply says "I love you."

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* ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan'' has a character-specific version like the ''Spice and Wolf'' example above; Nyarko is a ManicPixieDreamGirl and GenkiGirl who repeatedly tells Mahiro that she loves him...him… but also clings to him like a barnacle and plays around with him and his friends (like claiming she's already pregnant with their first child). In episode 7 of the first TV series, Mahiro outright tells Nyarko that because of her zany, playful nature and tendency to tell tall tales, he has a hard time believing her when she talks about love. Nyarko (who's been on better behavior this episode) explains that it's hard to say it when she's not being silly, but that she's being completely honest and will say it as many times as she needs to; then she turns around, looks Mahiro in the eyes, smiles sweetly, and simply says "I love you."



* Padme in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' tells Anakin their romance is wrong.... while she's wearing a leather, backless dress that shows lots of cleavage and makes her look like a dominatrix.

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* Padme in ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' tells Anakin their romance is wrong.... wrong… while she's wearing a leather, backless dress that shows lots of cleavage and makes her look like a dominatrix.



--> '''Amy''': ''Oh come on!'' You turn up in the middle of the night, get me out of my bed in my nightie -- which you then don't let me change out of for ''ages'' -- and take me for a spin in your time machine? No, no, you're right, ''no'' mixed signals there. ''That'' is just a ''signal''. Like a great big BatSignal in the sky -- "Get your coat, love, the Doctor is in!"

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--> '''Amy''': ''Oh come on!'' You turn up in the middle of the night, get me out of my bed in my nightie -- which nightie--which you then don't let me change out of for ''ages'' -- and ''ages''--and take me for a spin in your time machine? No, no, you're right, ''no'' mixed signals there. ''That'' is just a ''signal''. Like a great big BatSignal in the sky -- "Get sky--"Get your coat, love, the Doctor is in!"



* A variation from a multi-part episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had Aeryn and John, after enforced snuggling in a cramped cockpit, start to make out...but then she breaks away and stalks off, saying:

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* A variation from a multi-part episode of ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' had Aeryn and John, after enforced snuggling in a cramped cockpit, start to make out...out… but then she breaks away and stalks off, saying:



* Vala Mal Doran did this constantly to Daniel Jackson in ''Series/StargateSG1'', shifting between flirting and unprovoked teasing, though it was less about her figuring out her feelings and more about just messing with him. Unfortunately, the result is that Daniel took her teasing seriously and found her annoying most of the time. When he finally ''does'' learn her true feelings, he is genuinely surprised and reciprocates. [[StatusQuoIsGod Kinda...]]

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* Vala Mal Doran did this constantly to Daniel Jackson in ''Series/StargateSG1'', shifting between flirting and unprovoked teasing, though it was less about her figuring out her feelings and more about just messing with him. Unfortunately, the result is that Daniel took her teasing seriously and found her annoying most of the time. When he finally ''does'' learn her true feelings, he is genuinely surprised and reciprocates. [[StatusQuoIsGod Kinda...]]Kinda…]]



* One of Carrie's boyfriends in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' 'teases her like a friend' and 'kisses her like a boyfriend', but they aren't sleeping together, so she's not sure where she stands with him.

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* One of Carrie's boyfriends in ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' 'teases "teases her like a friend' friend" and 'kisses "kisses her like a boyfriend', boyfriend", but they aren't sleeping together, so she's not sure where she stands with him.



* Naomi from ''Series/{{Skins}}'', particularly in Katie And Emily's episode. Seriously, there can't be many characters who can deliver the lines "You look nice -- from the neck down!" and "I think I'm going away for the summer. Spain, Cyprus perhaps. By myself. Spend some time by myself, you know? Do some thinking. By... myself." -- and even fewer who can do them ''consecutively''.

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* Naomi from ''Series/{{Skins}}'', particularly in Katie And Emily's episode. Seriously, there can't be many characters who can deliver the lines "You look nice -- from the neck down!" and "I think I'm going away for the summer. Spain, Cyprus perhaps. By myself. Spend some time by myself, you know? Do some thinking. By... By… myself." -- and even fewer who can do them ''consecutively''.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a doozy drawn out across two seasons and counting: it's pretty obvious from the beginning that Simmons is in love with Fitz -- they're BirdsOfAFeather and EveryoneCanSeeIt. Heck, she ''smothers'' him in kisses when he finally gets the nerve to tell her how he feels about her. Except that she never thought of him that way, and it was such a shock that she had to go away for a while to clear her head. But she still really does care about him, but just as a friend. [[BlatantLies Probably. How would she know, since she's never thought about it?]] Though she doesn't like seeing him happy with someone else, even though it's [[AmbiguouslyBi probably]] platonic. Not that it matters, because he kept secrets from her and she hates him now. But when she gets scared she still desperately wants him to hold her hand, and when it looks like they're going to be separated for another indefinite period she signs her note to him "Love, Jemma x". As if poor Fitz didn't have a hard enough time keeping his sense of reality in check...

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a doozy drawn out across two seasons and counting: it's pretty obvious from the beginning that Simmons is in love with Fitz -- they're BirdsOfAFeather and EveryoneCanSeeIt. Heck, she ''smothers'' him in kisses when he finally gets the nerve to tell her how he feels about her. Except that she never thought of him that way, and it was such a shock that she had to go away for a while to clear her head. But she still really does care about him, but just as a friend. [[BlatantLies Probably. How would she know, since she's never thought about it?]] Though she doesn't like seeing him happy with someone else, even though it's [[AmbiguouslyBi probably]] platonic. Not that it matters, because he kept secrets from her and she hates him now. But when she gets scared she still desperately wants him to hold her hand, and when it looks like they're going to be separated for another indefinite period she signs her note to him "Love, Jemma x". As if poor Fitz didn't have a hard enough time keeping his sense of reality in check...check…



* Lan/Netto Hikari in regards to his canon love interest in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. He's generally a [[AllLovingHero nice guy]] to everyone, but goes out of his way to make her feel better several times and they even go on a couple of dates in both the show and game canons. However, it always ''seems'' as though he's totally oblivious to her affections, though one does have to wonder...especially when in the game series' ending, they [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple end up together with a son]].]] This doesn't seem to apply to the manga however, which contains a lot more...[[HoYay other interesting notes...]] Lan also seems to know Mayl has a crush on him in the manga, at least according to the first volume (he says that they shouldn't be seen walking home together because people 'might get ideas' in a very teasing manner).

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* Lan/Netto Hikari in regards to his canon love interest in ''VideoGame/MegaManBattleNetwork''. He's generally a [[AllLovingHero nice guy]] to everyone, but goes out of his way to make her feel better several times and they even go on a couple of dates in both the show and game canons. However, it always ''seems'' as though he's totally oblivious to her affections, though one does have to wonder...wonder… especially when in the game series' ending, they [[spoiler:[[OfficialCouple end up together with a son]].]] This doesn't seem to apply to the manga however, which contains a lot more...more… [[HoYay other interesting notes...]] notes…]] Lan also seems to know Mayl has a crush on him in the manga, at least according to the first volume (he says that they shouldn't be seen walking home together because people 'might "might get ideas' ideas" in a very teasing manner).



* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Kyousuke to Riki in an optional scene where Riki chooses to stay with the guys rather than go on a sleepover with the girls and ends up being asked jokingly by Masato whether he has a crush on Kyousuke. If he chooses to lie and deny it, he then asks Kyousuke who he likes, and he responds 'right now, Riki is my number one', failing to clarify what he means by that. When Riki berates himself for interpreting the situation in an 'indecent' way, Kyousuke asks [[ThatCameOutWrong 'Wanna do it with me?']], but is only referring to playing tabletop baseball. If Riki chooses to admit it, he asks Kyousuke how he'd feel if he said he liked him, and Kyousuke says that it would make him happy since he always thought Riki was cute. But Riki asks 'and Rin?' and Kyousuke agrees that she's cute, too, making Riki depressed to think Kyousuke only sees him as [[BigBrotherInstinct a cute little brother to take care of]].

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* ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'': Kyousuke to Riki in an optional scene where Riki chooses to stay with the guys rather than go on a sleepover with the girls and ends up being asked jokingly by Masato whether he has a crush on Kyousuke. If he chooses to lie and deny it, he then asks Kyousuke who he likes, and he responds 'right responds, "Right now, Riki is my number one', one," failing to clarify what he means by that. When Riki berates himself for interpreting the situation in an 'indecent' "indecent" way, Kyousuke asks [[ThatCameOutWrong 'Wanna "Wanna do it with me?']], me?"]], but is only referring to playing tabletop baseball. If Riki chooses to admit it, he asks Kyousuke how he'd feel if he said he liked him, and Kyousuke says that it would make him happy since he always thought Riki was cute. But Riki asks 'and Rin?' asks, "And Rin?" and Kyousuke agrees that she's cute, too, making Riki depressed to think Kyousuke only sees him as [[BigBrotherInstinct a cute little brother to take care of]].



-->'''Yugi:''' "...Oh, um, okay...sorry."

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-->'''Yugi:''' "...Oh, "…oh, um, okay...okay… sorry."



-->'''Yugi:''' "...huh?"

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-->'''Yugi:''' "...huh?""…huh?"



* [[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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* [[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...''''Kids…''
12th Feb '16 12:40:24 AM Hanz
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** ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' parodies this scene pretty mercilessly, turning Padme into TheTease.

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** ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DFOE0td1Yw parodies this scene scene]] pretty mercilessly, turning Padme into TheTease.
12th Jan '16 10:10:20 PM Eievie
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--> '''Amy''': ''Oh come on!'' You turn up in the middle of the night, get me out of my bed in my nightie - which you then don't let me change out of for ''ages''- and take me for a spin in your time machine? No, no, you're right, ''no'' mixed signals there. ''That'' is just a ''signal''. Like a great big BatSignal in the sky— "Get your coat, love, the Doctor is in!"

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--> '''Amy''': ''Oh come on!'' You turn up in the middle of the night, get me out of my bed in my nightie - -- which you then don't let me change out of for ''ages''- ''ages'' -- and take me for a spin in your time machine? No, no, you're right, ''no'' mixed signals there. ''That'' is just a ''signal''. Like a great big BatSignal in the sky— sky -- "Get your coat, love, the Doctor is in!"



* Naomi from ''Series/{{Skins}}'', particularly in Katie And Emily's episode. Seriously, there can't be many characters who can deliver the lines "You look nice - from the neck down!" and "I think I'm going away for the summer. Spain, Cyprus perhaps. By myself. Spend some time by myself, you know? Do some thinking. By... myself." - and even fewer who can do them ''consecutively''.

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* Naomi from ''Series/{{Skins}}'', particularly in Katie And Emily's episode. Seriously, there can't be many characters who can deliver the lines "You look nice - -- from the neck down!" and "I think I'm going away for the summer. Spain, Cyprus perhaps. By myself. Spend some time by myself, you know? Do some thinking. By... myself." - -- and even fewer who can do them ''consecutively''.



* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a doozy drawn out across two seasons and counting: it's pretty obvious from the beginning that Simmons is in love with Fitz - they're BirdsOfAFeather and EveryoneCanSeeIt. Heck, she ''smothers'' him in kisses when he finally gets the nerve to tell her how he feels about her. Except that she never thought of him that way, and it was such a shock that she had to go away for a while to clear her head. But she still really does care about him, but just as a friend. [[BlatantLies Probably. How would she know, since she's never thought about it?]] Though she doesn't like seeing him happy with someone else, even though it's [[AmbiguouslyBi probably]] platonic. Not that it matters, because he kept secrets from her and she hates him now. But when she gets scared she still desperately wants him to hold her hand, and when it looks like they're going to be separated for another indefinite period she signs her note to him "Love, Jemma x". As if poor Fitz didn't have a hard enough time keeping his sense of reality in check...

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* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' has a doozy drawn out across two seasons and counting: it's pretty obvious from the beginning that Simmons is in love with Fitz - -- they're BirdsOfAFeather and EveryoneCanSeeIt. Heck, she ''smothers'' him in kisses when he finally gets the nerve to tell her how he feels about her. Except that she never thought of him that way, and it was such a shock that she had to go away for a while to clear her head. But she still really does care about him, but just as a friend. [[BlatantLies Probably. How would she know, since she's never thought about it?]] Though she doesn't like seeing him happy with someone else, even though it's [[AmbiguouslyBi probably]] platonic. Not that it matters, because he kept secrets from her and she hates him now. But when she gets scared she still desperately wants him to hold her hand, and when it looks like they're going to be separated for another indefinite period she signs her note to him "Love, Jemma x". As if poor Fitz didn't have a hard enough time keeping his sense of reality in check...



* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Jake apparently used to say some rather questionable things to [[StraightGay Dirk]] before he realised he was in love with him. Rose is even worse, though - apparently she insisted for months that [[spoiler:she and Kanaya]] [[NotADate weren't actually dating]] and only admitted the truth [[InVinoVeritas while drunk]].

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* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Jake apparently used to say some rather questionable things to [[StraightGay Dirk]] before he realised he was in love with him. Rose is even worse, though - -- apparently she insisted for months that [[spoiler:she and Kanaya]] [[NotADate weren't actually dating]] and only admitted the truth [[InVinoVeritas while drunk]].



* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Phineas]] is this to Isabella, oh so very much. It's clear that she has a massive crush on him, but his feelings towards her are a bit more ambiguous. They spend a lot of time together, and she seems to be one of his closest friends in particular, as they're often paired together in group activities. In fact, aside from his stepbrother Ferb, Isabella is the one Phineas is most likely to team up or hang around with in their friend group. [[spoiler: It's revealed that he was completely unaware of her crush on him until told directly by one of their friends many years later, right before college. He later admits that he had started developing romantic feelings toward her during high school, while he was still unaware that she had a crush on him too.]]

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* [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Phineas]] is this to Isabella, oh so very much. It's clear that she has a massive crush on him, but his feelings towards her are a bit more ambiguous. They spend a lot of time together, and she seems to be one of his closest friends in particular, as they're often paired together in group activities. In fact, aside Aside from his stepbrother Ferb, Isabella is the one Phineas is most likely to team up or hang around with in their friend group. [[spoiler: It's revealed that he was completely unaware of her crush on him until told directly by one of their friends many years later, right before college. He later admits that he had started developing romantic feelings toward her during high school, while he was still unaware ''still unaware'' that she had a crush on him too.]]
31st Dec '15 9:22:47 AM Desdemona
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* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', Serana acts this way towards the Dragonborn. While showing great affection and caring for the protagonist throughout the questline of the Dawnguard DLC, even playfully flirting when choosing certain dialogue options, she refuses to start any kind of romantic relationship and will reject the Dragonborn should they propose the idea of marriage to her.
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* Claude of ''Manga/BlackButler'' to Alois. He alternates between acting affectionate suggesting a twisted love for Alois, and acting cold and indifferent to him, even [[spoiler: killing him]].
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* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen, to both Peeta and Gale. Peeta eventually calls her on it.
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* Kyoko from ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', and pretty much every other member of a [[BelligerentSexualTension main couple]] in RumikoTakahashi's works. Except [[ClingyJealousGirl Lum]], of course.

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* Kyoko from ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', and pretty much every other member of a [[BelligerentSexualTension main couple]] in RumikoTakahashi's Creator/RumikoTakahashi's works. Except [[ClingyJealousGirl Lum]], of course.
14th Sep '15 5:22:18 PM IlGreven
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* Phineas is this to Isabella, oh so very much. It's clear that she has a massive crush on him, but his feelings towards her are a bit more ambiguous. They spend a lot of time together, and she seems to be one of his closest friends in particular, as they're often paired together in group activities. In fact, aside from his stepbrother Ferb, Isabella is the one Phineas is most likely to team up or hang around with in their friend group. [[spoiler: It's revealed that he was completely unaware of her crush on him until told directly by one of their friends many years later, right before college. He later admits that he had started developing romantic feelings toward her during high school, while he was still unaware that she had a crush on him too.]]

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* Phineas [[WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb Phineas]] is this to Isabella, oh so very much. It's clear that she has a massive crush on him, but his feelings towards her are a bit more ambiguous. They spend a lot of time together, and she seems to be one of his closest friends in particular, as they're often paired together in group activities. In fact, aside from his stepbrother Ferb, Isabella is the one Phineas is most likely to team up or hang around with in their friend group. [[spoiler: It's revealed that he was completely unaware of her crush on him until told directly by one of their friends many years later, right before college. He later admits that he had started developing romantic feelings toward her during high school, while he was still unaware that she had a crush on him too.]]
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* In ''Literature/{{Twig}}'', [[TheSocialExpert Sylvester]] is very open about his respect for [[KnifeNut Mary]], calling her the one person he'd least like to fight, but he's always careful to avoid admitting he loves her as anything more than a friend. When a frustrated Mary corners him with a knife to his throat and informs him that she likes him, he admits that he knows, but he (correctly) suspects that she also likes Gordon, and thinks that the two of them deserve to be happy in [[DoomedProtagonist the time they have left.]]
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