Created By: chicagomel on January 26, 2012 Last Edited By: chicagomel on March 23, 2013
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Office Romance

Two characters who are coworkers start dating

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Harry: Well Dick, maybe it's the office, you know. Maybe you're destined to fall in love with whoever you share the office with.
Dick: That's ridiculous. If love worked that way, there'd be office romances all over the place. Businessmen having affairs with their secretaries, please!

Very often fiction that features characters in a work environment will have at least one instance of on the job romance. Sometimes it's within the rules, however, it may be against the policy. Characters can get called on it or even get fired. If the pairing fails, there can be a lot of awkwardness in the aftermath.

It can be Truth in Television, although the hot for supervisor version is often forbidden in job rules to avoid ethics problems. If this does occur, one character may wind up changing shifts or departments or quitting the job. Some companies allow dating between colleagues of equal standing, although Hollywood likes to push things further with jobs like police work, where a romantic pairing would likely be a problem unless one partner changes departments.

This trope may be played differently in different cultures. Sometimes it may be even expected to happen. Some companies are aware that people want to show their best and most efficient side in front of a love interest.

Compare with Forbidden Fruit.

Examples from Fan Works are allowed but only submit fanon if we have a work's page for the Fan Fic in question.

Anime and Manga
  • Kurogane Pukapuka Tai is about lesbian warship sailors.
  • Simoun has lesbian fighter pilots.
  • Most of Yuri mangas that don't involve Schoolgirl Lesbians involve some sort of Office Romance instead.
  • Ame-iro Kouchakan Kandan features romance between a tea house owner and her assistant.
  • Otomeiro Stay Tune is about a radio hostess who is in love with her colleague.
  • Strawberry Shake Sweet is about two Teen Idols at the same agency in love.
  • Manga no Tsukurikata is about two yuri manga artists. This one goes meta.
  • Ebisu-san and Hotei-san is about two Office Ladies.
  • In Tramps Like Us Hatsumi and Sumire work in the same office, and date.
  • Sekai-ichi Hatsukoi: Takano and Onodera are a boss and an employee. Much of the plot revolves around getting Ondera to admit he loves Takano
  • The Weatherman Is My Lover features an office romance between a stoic newscaster and his eccentric weatherman on an early bird tv program.
  • ...Virgin Love and its sequels follow the romance between two salarymen who have an anonymous one-night stand, only to discover a few weeks later they are now long-term business partners.
  • In Future Lovers, Kento gets drunk after his girlfriend rejects his proposal, and gets picked up by Akira at a bar. Not long after, Akira is brought in as a substitute teacher at Kento's school, and they start to develop a serious relationship.
  • Ewon gets strong-armed into working for loan-shark Mookyul in Totally Captivated as penance for cheating on his boyfriend (now Mookyul's lover) Jiho. After months of slave-labour and Belligerent Sexual Tension that everyone can see, Ewon and Mookyul fall for each other.
  • In Yellow, Taki and Goh are drug snatchers who work undercover and live together as a result. Goh, who is something of a Loveable Sex Maniac, eventually starts to put the moves on Taki, and after a lot of persistence, succeeds.
  • In Hyakujitsu No Bara, Taki is the head of his division and miles above his personal knight, Klaus, in rank. As if the difference in rank weren't forbidden enough, there's the matter of Taki's chastity and purity being somewhat sacrosanct making their relationship even more troubled, and total secrecy from the rest of the army vital.

Film
  • The Proposal: Margaret asks her employee to marry her quite out of the blue, so that she can stay in America. After some time, he agrees.
  • The Russian film Office Romance: A man seduces his director to get a promotion, then it becomes real love before he even notices.
  • Secretary:
    • Lee, a young, mentally unstable and fragile woman, is hired to work as a secretary for Edward, a successful and demanding lawyer. They slowly develop a sadomasochistic relationship. Both are somewhat uncomfortable with their sexuality, but they find a way to work things out.
    • It's implied that Edward had a similar relationship with his previous secretary who had been fired before Lee was hired. There might have been more of them.

Live action TV
  • CSI:
    • Sara and Grissom. Sara changed shifts after their romance became known to Ecklie. It was a bit more complicated relationship since Gil was Sara's supervisor and that's what necessitated the changing of shifts.
    • Catherine and Vartaan. He was a cop and she was a CSI fall into a rather uncomplicated category, and their relationship did not last forever.
    • Wendy and Hodges were going back and forth for a while, but Wendy left.
    • Hodges was kind of dancing around Morgan too, but he later gets engaged to an Italian girl.
  • CSI NY
    • Danny and Lindsay. In real life, someone would probably have to change departments to avoid conflict of interest, but they still work together, though they rarely work on the same case. Danny was on the team from the start and Lindsay joined after Aiden was fired. There was a lot of Will They or Won't They? Unresolved Sexual Tension beteween them, and finally, they got married.
    • Mac and Peyton, though Peyton worked in the ME's office and was not an employee of Mac's.
    • Flack and Angell, then Flack and Levato. Flack dated Angell and got serious with her, and then she was Killed Off for Real. In season 9, Flack started going out a little with the new recurring detective, Jamie Levato.
  • CSI: Miami:
    • Delko and Calleigh. They have a lots of Will They or Won't They? dynamics, it's not fully resolved and unclear whether romance will ensue.
    • Natalia Boa Vista dated one of the CSIs guys for a while.
  • Bones:
    • Brennan and Hacker. Technically, they aren't in the same agency. He's FBI and she's a scientist with the Jeffersonian, but it was established once that agents and consultants couldn't date.
    • Booth and Brennan. Booth is an FBI agent and Brennan his consultant. They worked a lot of cases together, Brennan got pregnant and after that they started living together.
    • Hodgins and Angela. They both work in the Jeffersonian scientifc institute, so their relationship might be less (or more) complicated than the FBI/consultant cases.
    • Cam and Arastoo, she's the supervisor and he's one of the interns.
  • Angel had two pairs who worked together at Angel Investigations, though Angel probably did not mind anyone getting together romantically.
    • Fred and Gunn, who dated for most of season 3 and then broke up in season 4 when Fred killed her former professor for sending her to Pylea.
    • Fred and Wes- Wes wanted her from the start, but lost out to Gunn after his exile from the group, but later, in season 5, they got close again, and started dating only to have Fred die just a day later from Illyria.
  • BuffyTheVampireSlayer had Giles and Jenny, who both worked at Sunnydale High as a librarian and as a teacher, and they were both involved in the supernatural stuff as well. Buffy once caught them kissing in the library. The relationship ended when Jenny died.
  • Highlander had a backstory variant with Joe and another Watcher; it was a brief fling, and though she got pregnant, he didn't want to ruin her marriage, so he let her and her husband think they were the parents, only telling the girl, Amy, when she was an adult.
  • The American version of The Office.
    • Jim and Pam. They end up getting married.
    • Jim dated Karen before he got involved with Pam.
    • Before Pam got together with Jim, she was paired with Roy.
  • Michael and Holly. The ended up together.
  • Grey's Anatomy: Nearly every character is dating one of the other surgeon characters.
  • The Mentalist: Van Pelt and Rigsby. Forbidden inter-office romance gets mentioned and lends most of the drama. After two seasons of Will They or Won't They?, and the occasional bit of meddling from a Shipper on Deck Jane, fellow officers Rigsby and Grace finally decided to go for it and made it official. However, it didn't last.
  • Ally McBeal:
    • Ally once said she'd never date a fellow lawyer, but she was not completely over her colleague Billy, her ex-boyfriend and high-school/collage sweetheart. Billy and Ally have a lot of sexual chemistry and love tension between them.
    • Billy and his wife Georgia both worked for the same law firm Cage&Fish.
    • Ling dates Richard Fish, one of the two bosses. She was at first their regular client and later got hired to work with them as a lawyer. It has the implied power tension, but there was never serious ethical drama explored. Ling however makes it clear several times that she would like to be treated as a queen of the office because she dates the company's king.
    • John Cage is one of the two senior partners and he has a relationship with their newly-hired litigator Nelle Porter. They lasted quite long but ultimately they broke up. It was a case of Pitbull Dates Puppy, Nelle being a tough, icy woman and John an adorkable sweet man.
  • Newsradio, news director Dave and reporter Lisa. They tell their boss Jimmy, who says he is happy for them - and asks them which one is quitting. Office Romances aren't allowed. Jimmy then gives them a chance to take back telling him about it.
  • Cheers: Bar owner Sam dated his employee, a waitress named Diane.
  • NYPD Blue:
    • Detective John Kelly starts secretly dating officer Janice Licalsi. She is secretly working for the Big Bad, who is Blackmailing her because of her father, and wants her to kill Kelly. She kills the Big Bad instead.
    • Bobby Simone and Diane Russel are both detectives in the squad, but they aren't partners. They go out together and eventually get married.
    • Detective Andy Sipowitz starts out with an antagonistic relationship with ADA Sylvia Costas, but they eventually fall in love and get married. She bears him a son, and then gets caught in the crossfire when a man tries to kill his daughter's murderer.
    • Andy later falls in love with Connie McDowell, a female detective, after she starts babysitting his son by Syliva. They get married, and shortly after that she gets written out of the show.
    • Detective Greg Medevoy has an affair with Donna Abandando, a civilian aide at the squad, which ruins his marriage (but it was on the rocks to begin with).
    • After Abandando leaves, her replacement and Medavoy's partner James Martinez go out a few times; he knocks her up and then marries her.
    • Detective Baldwin Jones has an on-and-off relationship with ADA Valerie Heywood. He gets quite upset when, during the course of an investigation into an abortion clinic bombing, he discovers that she was a client there while they were going out.
  • Parks and Recreation:
    • April and Andy go through their entire Will They or Won't They? / Ship Tease at City Hall.
    • Leslie and Ben engage in a Secret Relationship, which needs to be kept on the down-low because of City Manager Chris Traager's policy against superiors dating subordinates.
    • During the Valentine Day episode, Leslie finds out that that Anne might be on a date with Chris. Considering how much grief Chris gave Leslie and Ben over their Secret Relationship, Leslie is furious over the hypocrisy. It turns out that Anne is on a date with Tom
  • Firefly: In "War Stories", it's revealed the Mal was very much against Zoe marrying Wash, for the possibility of after-breakup awkwardness. Frankly, on-the-job romance is the only kind of romance available aboard Serenity.
  • House:
    • Doctors Cameron and Chase, members of House's team. They slept together once when Cameron was high on drugs, and later decided to start a Friends with Benefits relationship. Chase later fell in love with her and wanted to go steady which she refused and ended their casual relationship. When they left House's team, they got serious though, and later even got married, still both working at Plainsborough hospital. However, they did not last and Cameron filed for divorce.
    • Thirteen and Foreman were two members of House's team involved romantically. Their on the job romance later came into direct conflict.
    • House himself and Cuddy, his boss, started a relationship. She's a director at Plainsborough Hospital and House's direct superior.
  • How I Met Your Mother:
    • In season one, Robin refuses to date Sandy, stating that it's because he's a co-worker. Sandy actually tenders his resignation as part of an attempt to convince Robin to date him.
    • Robin ended up in a relationship with Don for a while, despite him being a co-worker. There was never a problem with it. She was cruhed when he was offered a better job and decided to relocate. She was offered the job before him, but refused becuase of him.
    • When Ted romantically pursues Stella, his dermatologist, his friends try to convince him that it is a bad idea to date somebody who you see all the time, because it makes things awkward when it doesn't work out. Robin, an anchor, describes her affair with their TV station's sports guy. She enjoyed her dates with him but was casual about it. However, he was very clingy and perceived them as a super serious couple.
  • Dexter:
    • Lieutenant Maria LaGuerta, a boss of Homicide, and Sergeant Angel Battista start a sexual affair in season 4. Their superior Captain Matthews wants them to either break up or have Angel transferred to another department. They decide to marry and the pro-family politics allows them to stay together and both at Homicide department. Season 6 begins with them being Amicably Divorced.
    • Deb Morgan and Detective Quinn. Debra's promotion to Lieutenant and the new head of Homicide of Miami Metro PD essentially ends their relationship, although Debra never saw them as something very serious in the first place.
    • There is a very brief romantic flirting between Masuka, a forensics expert, and Ryan, his sexy blonde of an intern. They also had the forbidden teacher/student dynamics. She screwed him over, stealing The Ice Truck Killer's prosthetic hand from the evidence room. He ended their relationship and he fired her as well.
  • Scrubs: Sacred Heart Hospiatl apparently has no policy whatsoever on this matter.
    • Happily Married Carla and Turk.
    • Young doctors and Hospital Hotties J.D. and Elliot.
    • Cox and Jordan technically work together, although they are from completely unrelated departments.
    • A few of J.D.'s romances with Gift Shop Girl, Cloud Cuckoo Lander Molly Clock.
    • Elliot's boyfriends
      • Keith
      • Nurse Flowers
  • Dick and Mary on 3rd Rock from the Sun. When a three-episode arc had a character played by Laurie Metcalf take Mary's place in the office, Dick started to fall for her.
    Harry: Well Dick, maybe it's the office, you know. Maybe you're destined to fall in love with whoever you share the office with.
    Dick: That's ridiculous. If love worked that way, there'd be office romances all over the place. Businessmen having affairs with their secretaries, please!
  • Friends:
    • Ross dates an extremely hot woman who is pursuing a doctorate at Ross's department in the museum. The relationship doesn't work out because she is a disgustingly dirty hoarder and her apartment is one big pile of garbage.
    • When Rachel starts working in the fashion industry, her boyfriend Ross is extremely and unreasonably jealous of Mark, her colleague who got Rachel the position. Ross does all he can to defy Office Romance. It's later revealed that Mark indeed does find Rachel attractive and they have a date, but Mark already started to work elsewhere.
    • When Ross starts teaching at the university, he once asked a linguist to be his plus one at a wedding. He's a palaeontologist so they work at different departments and there wouldn't be any tension. However, this relationship never went anywhere beyond that asking her out.
    • Zig-Zagged. When Rachel works for Ralph Lauren, she starts a rumour that a woman was kissing with Ralph, the big man himself. It was her friend Phoebe (not working there, jsut using a xerox machine) and she actually kissed a copy guy who had lied to her. Rachel's boss is interested in the gossip but concludes that the kisser must have been Rachel herself and that she tries to advance her career, and hisses at Rachel that she better not try to steal her job. They then encounter Lauren in the elevator: twice. Lauren never speaks besides greeting them, and Rachel's boss interprets the silence first as sexual tension and then, luckily for Rachel, as lack of interest. Rachel's boss later admits she herself had an office romance that ended badly -- with the copy guy.
    • Zig-Zagged with Rachel and Tag's relationship. Rachel was promoted and supposed to hire an assistant. She chose Tag who wasn't very suitable for the job but Rachel saw it as opportunity to spend time with him. She fretted because she couldn't date him, being his superior, but did all she could to prevent him from dating anybody else. For instance, she told him that all the women he had flirted with were gay. She invited him as a friend for their Thanksgiving dinner and blabbed that she liked him, but tried to take it back and say that it's just physical and doesn't want to pursue it. Tag, however, liked her too, and they started a secret office romance. They broke up when Rachel realized he's not mature enough and too young for her.
    • Joey, an soap opera star playing Dr Drake Remoray, who Really Gets Around, sleeps with all the attractive extras of his show. When they all reveal it one by one when shooting one scene, he sheepishly suggests they need to hire new actresses.
    • When Rachel returns to her job after her maternity leave, her new colleague Gavin constantly teases and mocks her. It's becuase he kind of likes her, but Rachel and Ross's on again off again thing prevents them dating or starting a relationship.
    • In last seasons, Ross has a crush on his gorgeous colleague Charlie who is also a palaeontologist and works at the same department. She first dated his friend Joey which also complicated things.
    • Ross and Charlie's relationship is ultimately ended when she returns to her ex who is suddenly the head of their department. He was evaluating applications for grants and Ross was seriously mistreated. The boss says he will get the grant if he lets Charlie go. Charlie somehow finds it romantic and decides to dump Ross and take her ex back.
  • Barney Miller: Wojohowicz and recurring female detective Wentworth realize they are attracted to each other. Barney is OK with it, but just as long as it doesn't show up on the job nor affect their work. It gets "resolved" by Wentworth's character being dropped for no in-universe reason.

Video Games
  • In Alpha Protocol, it's possible to romance Mina Tang, one of the handlers and an analyst at Alpha Protocol. The perk you get for completing her Romance Sidequest is even called "Office Romance".
  • In the backstory of X: Beyond the Frontier, Player Character Maj. Kyle Brennan and supporting character Maj. Elena Kho had a brief love affair during their eight years working together in the United Space Command.
  • In the backstory of X: Beyond the Frontier, Maj. Kyle Brennan and supporting character Maj. Elena Kho had a brief love affair during their eight years working together in the United Space Command.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 53
  • January 26, 2012
    Koveras
    We don't have this yet, I think. We have Unequal Pairing but it is a specific Sub Trope. Contrast Being Personal Isnt Professional.

    If military settings count, as well, I have more yuri manga examples:

  • January 26, 2012
    animeg3282
    American tv-Jim and Pam from The Office they end up getting married Manga In Tramps Like Us Hatsumi and Sumire work in the same office, and date. Sekaiichi Hatsukoi -Takano and Onodera are boss and employee. Much of the plot revolves around gettting Ondera to admit he loves Takano
  • January 26, 2012
    Rognik
    • Greys Anatomy - Nearly every character is dating one of the other surgeon characters.
    • The Mentalist - Van Pelt and Rigsby. Forbidden interoffice romance gets mentioned and lends most of the drama in this pairing.
    • Ally Mc Beal - The title character once said she'd never date a fellow lawyer, but there was a couple in that law firm. It's been so long since I've seen the show, though, that I've forgotten all the character names. Lucy Liu and the head lawyer would also count after she got hired on as a lawyer; however, it has the implied power gap.

    And put a spoiler marked on the Buffy example. Giles and Calendar hooking up isn't a spoiler, but the part after is.

  • January 27, 2012
    randomsurfer
    • Newsradio, news director Dave and reporter Lisa. They tell their boss Jimmy, who says he is happy for them - and asks them which one is quitting. Office Romances aren't allowed. Jimmy then gives them a chance to take back telling him about it.
    • Cheers: Bar owner Sam and waitress Diane.
    • NYPD Blue was practically made of this: John Kelly and Janice Licalsi, Bobby Simone and Diane Russell, Andy Sipowitz and Connie McDowell, Greg Medevoy and Donna Abandando, James Martinez and...a civilian aide he knocked up & married - she wasn't an very important character. Honorable Mention: Sipowitz and Sylvia Costas (he's a detective, she's an ADA), Baldwin Jones and Valerie Heywood (ditto).
    • Mac Gruder And Loud: one season drama about two police officers who are partners and also secretly married to each other.
  • January 27, 2012
    AFP
    Real Life: A bit of slang for when this happens between two cadets at the US Air Force Academy is "Blue On Blue", a pun on both the color of uniforms worn by the cadets, and a military expression for a friendly fire incident.
  • January 27, 2012
    whereismytea
    • The Weatherman Is My Lover features an office romance between a stoic newscaster and his eccentric weatherman on an early bird tv program.
    • Virgin Love and its sequels follow the romance between two salarymen who have an anonymous one-night stand, only to discover a few weeks later they are now long-term business partners.
    • In Future Lovers, Kento gets drunk after his girlfriend rejects his proposal, and gets picked up by Akira at a bar. Not long after, Akira is brought in as a substitute teacher at Kento's school, and they start to develop a serious relationship.
    • Ewon gets strong-armed into working for loan-shark Mookyul in Totally Captivated as penance for cheating on his boyfriend (now Mookyul's lover) Jiho. After months of slave-labour and Belligerent Sexual Tension that everyone can see, Ewon and Mookyul fall for each other.
    • In Yellow, Taki and Goh are drug snatchers who work undercover and live together as a result. Goh, who is something of a Loveable Sex Maniac, eventually starts to put the moves on Taki, and after a lot of persistence, succeeds.

    And if we count military examples:

    • In Hyakujitsu No Bara, Taki is the head of his division and miles above his personal knight, Klaus, in rank. As if the difference in rank weren't forbidden enough, there's the matter of Taki's chastity and purity being somewhat sacrosanct making their relationship even more troubled, and total secrecy from the rest of the army vital.
  • January 27, 2012
    JamesDoyle
  • January 27, 2012
    MiinU

    Live action television

  • February 4, 2012
    Koveras
    @OP: Will you update this before launching?
  • February 4, 2012
    chicagomel
    Yeah, I'm just a bit slow with my updates. But it will be fixed.
  • February 4, 2012
    Koveras
    ^ OK, no pressure. :)
  • February 5, 2012
    Telcontar
    • The Proposal: Margaret asks her employee to marry her quite out of the blue, so that she can stay in America. He agrees, after little while.
  • February 6, 2012
    TrustBen
    Besides Jim and Pam, the US version of The Office also has:
    • Jim and Karen (before he was with Pam)
    • Pam and Roy ("" Jim)
    • Michael and Jan
    • Michael and Holly (who he ended up with)
    • Dwight and Angela
    • Angela and Andy
    • Andy and Erin
    • Erin and Gabe
    • Ryan and Kelly
    • Kelly and Darryl
  • February 6, 2012
    nielas
    Another Parks And Recreation example:

    • During the Valentine Day episode, Leslie finds out that that Anne might be on a date with Chris. Considering how much grief Chris gave Leslie and Ben over their Secret Relationship, Leslie is furious over the hypocrisy. It turns out that Anne is on a date with Tom
  • February 6, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    • Firefly: In "War Stories", it's revealed the Mal was very much against Zoe marrying Wash, for the breakup awkwardness mentioned in the description. It's a little unrealistic of him because, quite frankly, on-the-job romance is the only kind of romance available on Serenity.
    • House has done this on a few occasions, almost all of which are in later seasons.
      • Cameron and Chase, members of House's team (though not significantly until they leave his team).
      • Thirteen and Foreman, another two members of House's team. Also one of the only instances where the job and romance come into direct conflict.
      • House and Cuddy - House and his boss.

    There.
  • February 6, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Do NOT just list the characters who are a couple. Actually explain the relationship. Otherwise it's a Zero Context Example and can not be on the trope page.
  • February 6, 2012
    Treblain
    It might be a good idea to YKTTW another trope for Office Romance Ban, for the thing that inevitably complicates office romances in fiction and will be mentioned on half the examples here.
  • February 7, 2012
    MorganWick
    Because most of a Work Com's cast will be coworkers, it's natural for the writers to pair up characters from among that group.
  • February 7, 2012
    Duckay
    In season one of How I Met Your Mother, Robin refuses to date Sandy, stating that it's because he's a co-worker. Sandy actually tenders his resignation as part of an attempt to convince Robin to date him. Later, Robin ended up in a relationship with Don for a while, despite him also being a co-worker.
  • February 8, 2012
    Psychobabble6
    Thought of a few more examples:

    • Dexter has the following, all from season four onward.
      • Laguerta and Angel, for two seasons. They're forced to marry to avoid having to break up due to office policy.
      • Deb and Quinn, with the former's promotion essentially ending the relationship.
      • Very briefly between Masuka and his intern.
    • Scrubs: Sacred Heart apparently has no policy whatsoever on this.
      • Carla and Turk.
      • J.D. and Elliot.
      • Although completely unrelated departments, Cox and Jordan technically work together.
      • A few of J.D.'s romances (Gift Shop Girl, Molly Clock).
      • Along with some of Elliot's boyfriends (Keith, Nurse Flowers).
  • February 8, 2012
    shimaspawn
    Don't just list the couples names with a Pot Hole. Actually explain the example and the relationship. Use a couple of sentences apiece.
  • March 5, 2012
    Koveras
    Looks good for launch (still needs a few formatting tweaks, though).
  • April 17, 2012
    chicagomel
    Can you mention the format tweaks? I do want to get it fixed and get this launched, but not sure where they're at.
  • January 20, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The Mentalist is listed twice.

    • Barney Miller: Wojohowicz and recurring female detective Wentworth realize they are attracted to each other. Barney is OK with it, but just as long as it doesn't show up on the job nor affect their work. It gets "resolved" by Wentworth's character being dropped for no in-universe reason. (She left to star on Alice1976.)

  • January 21, 2013
    MiinU
    The OP is loaded with zero context examples, those need fixing before launch.
  • February 7, 2013
    XFllo
    Live Action Tv

    • Zig Zagged on Friends with the Rachel and Tag story-line. Rachel was promoted and was supposed to hire an assistant. She chose Tag even though he was not very suitable for the job but she saw it as an opportunity to spend time with him. She then fretted because she couldn't date him, being his superior, but did all she could to prevent him from dating anybody else. For instance, she told him that all the women he had flirted with were gay. She invited him as a friend for their Thanksgiving dinner and blabbed that she liked him, but tried to take it back and say that it's just physical and doesn't want to pursue it. Tag, however, liked her too, and they started a secret office romance. They broke up when Rachel realized he's not mature enough and too young for her.
  • February 8, 2013
    StarSword
    Video Games:
    • In Alpha Protocol it's possible to romance Mina Tang, one of your handlers and an analyst at Alpha Protocol. The perk you get for completing her Romance Sidequest is even called "Office Romance".
  • February 8, 2013
    chicagomel
    Ill get to adding later today.
  • February 8, 2013
    TrustBen
    To the list from The Office you can also add Darryl and his warehouse replacement Val.
  • February 8, 2013
    Tiiba
    There is a Soviet movie whose title translates to this exact phrase. A man seduces his director to get a promotion, then it becomes real before he even notices.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0076727/
  • February 8, 2013
    Random888
    Dick and Mary on Third Rock From The Sun. When a three-episode arc had a character played by Laurie Metcalf take Mary's place in the office, Dick started to fall for her, resulting in this exchange which might make a nice page quote:
    • Harry: Well Dick, maybe it's the office, you know. Maybe you're destined to fall in love with whoever you share the office with.
    • Dick: That's ridiculous. If love worked that way, there'd be office romances all over the place. Businessmen having affairs with their secretaries, please!
  • February 13, 2013
    chicagomel
    Whoever helped me with the context and added some examples while I some how missed it being bumped, thanks a bunch, I love you for it.
  • February 21, 2013
    XFllo
    EDIT 2:
    • Some examples still need context. Especially Anime and manga section.
    • Some examples' description could use some re-vamping regarding style and clarity. I tried to improve style of some entries, especially in Live Action TV section.
    • I would not mind having the Fan Fic ban removed.
      • As far as I know, some popular fan fics even have their tv tropes page, so I don't see why they should be denied having tropes listed and cross-wicked, nota bene when it's a popular fac fic trope.
      • TV Tropes wiki covers fan fiction and fandom activities quite extensively, and even though it's not particularly my cup of tea, I don't mind it at all.
      • If the section with Fan Works gets too big, it can be safely moved to a sub-page, no?
    • I changed example indentation (see Example Indentation In Trope Lists).
    • There were some sentences like "I doubt" or "I think". First person used to refer to the editor is not allowed on the main pages.

    • Still many examples need further attention and editing. And CONTEXT.

    • People shouldn't be adding hats just because they like the concept. It still needs polishing.
    • I probably like the name Office Romance best. It's clear and concise. Though some jobs are not conducted at offices...

    • I added a lot of examples from Friends and two from Secretary. Feel free to adjust them if you find them inaccurate.

    • Writing Playing With Wiki sub-page could be very useful.
  • February 24, 2013
    MiinU
    The examples for The Office reads like a list.
  • February 25, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ Yes. Ditto for NYPD and Scrubs. Also the manga and anime examples are very vague. Saying "show X is about lesbian pilots" does not say much about any specific relationships.

    If nobody who knows the show is willing to add any specific examples or proper context, then it had better be removed.
  • February 25, 2013
    IsaacSapphire
    I'm under the impression that this trope works quite differently in different countries, from being an expected norm in some to being prohibited in others (and hence sexy Forbidden Fruit).
  • February 26, 2013
    chicagomel
    All right, I'll do a fan works section, though I like the idea of moving it if it gets too big. I would also like to ask for some help from those who know the shows better to add the context, since they aren't ones I watch. Otherwise, yeah, I'll probably have to delete them.
  • February 26, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ You don't have to add the examples for fan fiction now if you do not particularly welcome it. Wiki Magic will take care of once the trope is lunched. I mean if the tropers who contribute to fan fic work pages find the trope fun and useful.

    Perhaps it might be useful to post at a forum -- there is a section for Live Action TV, perhaps there are also discussions about these shows. Fans would know the contex. The same for anime and manga.
  • February 26, 2013
    chicagomel
    Yeah,I could. The anime doesn't look so bad,really,it's the live action TV that needs help.

    I only worry on fanfic because there are sooooo many ship fics...maybe I could say fics with a trope page?
  • February 26, 2013
    XFllo
    You had better ask the moderators. My personal take would be this: no fanon and no Ship Tease as it has specific trope page. If it is fan fic that appeared online as "published", then why not, even if it doesn't have Tv Tropes page yet. If somebody cares enough to add it and if it was a memorable piece of writing, I really don't see why not. I actually never saw a trope page that would be overdosed in Fan Works and lacked examples elsewhere.

    However, if we do Playing With Wiki, then even unresolved examples would fall there.

    I read once again the manga and anime and agree that it's not as bad as The Office, NYPD and Scrubs. However, I have issues with these examples:
    • Kurogane Pukapuka Tai is about lesbian warship sailors. [So who dates who? Is it Love Dodecahedron? Or should I imagine wild orgies?]
    • Simoun has lesbian fighter pilots. [ditto]
    • Most of Yuri mangas that don't involve Schoolgirl Lesbians involve some sort of Office Romance instead. [examples would be nice]
  • February 27, 2013
    randomsurfer
    NYPD Blue: Are these adequete descriptions? Main reason I didn't include them the first time is the list is pretty long, I didn't want NYPD Blue to overwhelm the page. (Although I see that the Friends section is even longer.)
    • Detective John Kelly starts secretly dating officer Janice Licalsi. She is secretly working for the Big Bad, who is Blackmailing her because of her father, and wants her to kill Kelly. She kills the Big Bad instead.
    • Bobby Simone and Diane Russel are both detectives in the squad, but they aren't partners. They go out together and eventually get married.
    • Detective Andy Sipowitz starts out with an antagonistic relationship with ADA Sylvia Costas, but they eventually fall in love and get married. She bears him a son, and then gets caught in the crossfire when a man tries to kill his daughter's murderer.
    • Andy later falls in love with Connie McDowell, a female detective, after she starts babysitting his son by Syliva. They get married, and shortly after that she gets written out of the show.
    • Detective Greg Medevoy has an affair with Donna Abandando, a civilian aide at the squad, which ruins his marriage (but it was on the rocks to begin with).
    • After Abandando leaves, her replacement and Medavoy's partner James Martinez go out a few times; he knocks her up and then marries her.
    • Detective Baldwin Jones has an on-and-off relationship with ADA Valerie Heywood. He gets quite upset when, during the course of an investigation into an abortion clinic bombing, he discovers that she was a client there while they were going out.

    Add to Bones
    • Dr. Camille Soroyan, head of the Jeffersonian crime lab, has a relationship with one of the interns working there.
    • Another intern starts dating Cam's adopted daughter.
  • March 1, 2013
    chicagomel
    ok I fixed Bones and NYPD Blue, and I'll post at the forums tomorrow about The Office, then tackle the Manga. And if you want to start submitting fanfic posts, go ahead...but I also like the no fanon idea someone mentioned.
  • March 2, 2013
    StarSword
    ^Agree with Xfllo's suggestion: Add a comment to the Fan Works folder saying "No fanon unless we have a work page for it."

    Video Games:
    • In the backstory of X: Beyond the Frontier, Maj. Kyle Brennan and supporting character Maj. Elena Kho had a brief love affair during their eight years working together in the United Space Command.
  • March 3, 2013
    XFllo
    ^^ chicagomel, sorry if I am being over-anxious, but do you even read people's examples when you add them? This process is supposed to eliminate mistakes and add examples with proper style. I had to delete this from the example section: Are these adequate descriptions? Main reason I didn't include them the first time is the list is pretty long, I didn't want NYPD Blue to overwhelm the page. (Although I see that the Friends section is even longer.) It shouldn't appear on the main page as it's conversation which is OK for comments. Appropriate for randomsurfer's post, but never to be added as part of the example itself.
  • March 4, 2013
    chicagomel
    argh, sorry, that was what I got for doing it too late at night. Normally, I make sure any conversation is eliminated from the actual post.
  • March 5, 2013
    XFllo
    ^ I'm sorry for being cranky. This made a good progress (some examples still missing contexts, but yeah... I made my point pretty clear, I guess ;-) ).

    Perhaps I would add to the description something from Isaac Sapphire's comment that this trope might be played differently in various cultures. Mentioning Forbidden Fruit sounds ok as well, though I personally have to check that trope yet.
  • March 5, 2013
    chicagomel
    OK. And I'll check the Office forum later for replies, unless someone comes here to give me context. I did post, though.
  • March 8, 2013
    XFllo
    I slightly edited your draft. I hope it's OK, and you may of course change it back.

    Now I think it's launchable, if we comment out those Zero Contet examples or move them to the trope's discussion page. There are lots of examples anyway.

    Also, this sentence from your draft Examples from Fan Works are allowed but only submit fanon if we have a work's page for the Fan Fic in question is not for readers, but for editors. As such, I think we should also comment it out so that it would be visible to anyne who is editing, but it wouldn't disturb wiki's casual readers.

    What do you say? Launchable? No? Hats? Criticism? Title is OK?
  • March 12, 2013
    chicagomel
    Gotcha,I will fix that. and tend to the no context stuff...no forum answer yet.

    Is there a page that explains commenting out, so I get the format right?

    Thanks
  • March 14, 2013
    XFllo
    There is a thread at the forum in Projects: Long Term/Perpetual and there is a template for it. Have a look here. Or check pages like Hot Mum or Tall Dark And Snarky and see the mark up of the page. They have lots of examples that were commented out.
  • March 22, 2013
    chicagomel
    OK, got it. Does it look ok now for launch?
  • March 23, 2013
    XFllo
    My opinion - yes, it's good to go. :-)
  • March 23, 2013
    chicagomel
    OK, launching this baby...hooray.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/discussion.php?id=hupd6gobwwd2kbjxokorf753&trope=OfficeRomance