Created By: behkuh on April 5, 2012

Schroedinger's Ship Tease

The creator hints both for and against a particular pairing.

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Someone needs to submit this to TV Tropes. I have no idea how itís done though.


The creator must hint for and against a particular pairing The fandom must be split down the middle between those who call it canon and those who donít The creator, for whatever reason, doesnít let on, EVER.

Result: Schroedingerís Ship Tease.

Prime example: Heavy/Medic, of course.

Arguably John/Sherlock in the new series (either that or the writers have a fucking weird sense of humor)

NOT X-Files, because they went somewhere with it in the end.

Sam/Dean in Supernatural, apparently

Anyway, the point of the trope is that the creator has to swing it both ways without ever confirming or denying. Or something. I donít know, Iíve been distracted by TV Tropes again.

Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • April 6, 2012
    This might be too much YMMV to trope. People who want to see shiptease will. People who don't, won't.
  • April 6, 2012
    The Ninth: I took this trope to be an instance that results in the reaction you mention.

    These examples need to be elaborated though. What aspect of the relationship in Sherlock are you talking about? Do you mean the way they're always going "no, we're not a couple!" because it emphasises their closeness but also suggests that they're not actually gay? Or, er, something else? Also, I suspect that Heavy and Medic are from a video game but... what?
  • April 6, 2012
    Wait, actually, I might be wrong but doesn't Ship Tease by definition hint at a couple but only occurs between people who aren't already in a relationship? I mean, you can't have a Ship Tease between people in a relationship can you?
  • April 6, 2012
    I could see this if there were two options, such as a permanent Betty And Veronica... to continually Ship Tease both...?