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->''"QueenVictoria didn't even believe we existed (though I don't believe in monarchy, so I guess we're even)."''
-->-- ''Vice Magazine''.

The main character and her boyfriend share their FirstKiss onscreen and, from then on, we are treated to a pile of onscreen mushy goodness ([[ShippingBedDeath if we're lucky]]). The main character's best friend and [[CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds the boy that was after her]] get together amidst cheers and blushing. But wait, weren't they hinting at another couple? Oh, the SchoolgirlLesbians? Forget ever giving ''them'' a resolution -- at least onscreen. Heck, the plot won't even say that there is a relationship, so that technically, anyone arguing that there isn't one is not wrong. They may live together, they may never get with someone else, they may sleep in the same bed; but they ''will not'' say that they are a couple "that way". It's called "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_love_that_dare_not_speak_its_name the love that dare not speak its name]]" for a reason.

Canon homosexuality, except in [[YaoiGenre the genres that]] [[YuriGenre focus on it specifically]], is rare and sometimes restricted to subtext -- no outward shows of affection onscreen except for that which could be [[HeterosexualLifePartners interpreted as]] [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship just friends]] if you squint hard enough.

Happens most often in series aimed at kids or teenagers -- and as the name shows, most often to female characters. One of the reasons for that is a DiscreditedTrope: the idea that lesbianism was a form of {{asexuality}}. It was believed that the average lesbian wasn't actually attracted to women but was instead irrationally afraid of men (and therefore sex in general, because [[ValuesDissonance if there isn't a penis involved it isn't sex]]), usually because she had been hurt by a "bad guy". She chose women only because she still required ''emotional'' fulfillment, which was thought to be [[AllWomenArePrudes the only thing women wanted out of sex]]. This trope (and its much darker companion, the idea that a lesbian [[CureYourGays could be turned straight]] by a "good guy", even if he has to rape her) has been largely forgotten, but echoes still reverberate in many areas.

Part of the reason that {{Yaoi Fan|girl}}s and {{Yuri Fan}}s alike have reputations for pairing up any two guys or gals who interact with each other; most canon couples are reduced to subtext as is, so why not elaborate?

Do not confuse with ButNotTooGay; that trope is for when there is a confirmed same-gender relationship in the work, but the physical contact between the partners is much more G-rated than the opposite-gender couples. This trope is for when there is same-gender couple in the work that is never explicitly confirmed as a couple.

MinionShipping is generally immune, as villains can do ([[ButNotTooEvil almost]]) whatever they want without being called out on it.

Related to WillTheyOrWontThey, BaitAndSwitchLesbians, HaveYouTriedNotBeingAMonster, AmbiguouslyGay, ButNotTooBi. Compare NoHuggingNoKissing and ShipTease. See also BuryYourGays and GetBackInTheCloset. Naturally rife with UnfortunateImplications.

Contrast EveryoneIsBi, CastFullOfGay, HaveIMentionedIAmGay, and RelationshipReveal. The opposite of GirlOnGirlIsHot and GuyOnGuyIsHot (when the characters are old enough to make out and the act is fetishised).

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Pictured: Uranus and Neptune are heavily, heavily implied to be lovers in ''Franchise/SailorMoon'', without the word lesbian being brought up and nothing gets graphic. WordOfGod actually confirmed this on occasion, though, saying strong emotional bonds like friendship can become deep enough to evolve into love, regardless of gender.
** The Cloverway English dub of the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]] reworked the two to be cousins, which probably could have worked, [[KissingCousins if they did not keep all the subtext]]. They did more or less imply that Uranus had a crush on Mamoru/Darien.
** In the French version, Uranus disguises herself as a boy to protect their identity, and Neptune only pretends to be "his" girlfriend to help, with the voice indicating that she WAS a man in her civilian form. In the love contest episode, it was implied that Uranus posed as a boy. Mercury told that sometimes she wonders whether Uranus was a boy; ridiculous reactions from the others followed (because in the original version, [[CovertPervert Mercury wondered whether the two girls were lovers]]).
** In the Italian and Polish dub, they were simply "close friends".
** What takes the cake was the Hungarian dub, which explained that Uranus WAS a man in civilian form. The Russian dub did this as well (though ''only'' in the fifth season: the third, dubbed by a different company, kept Haruka female with much of the subtext left intact).
** The anime itself on two separate occasions. In their first formal appearance, Michiru denies being lovers (surprisingly, the line was changed in the Cloverway dub to being Michelle's "prince"). In the following episode, they drop out of a love contest so that Umino/Melvin and Naru/Molly could win, saying that someone in love deserved to win, implying that they're not in love. It is also stated that Haruka is shy about talking about romance in public, indicating all of her flirts are insincere. There's also lines going in the OTHER direction and imply it very strongly such as Haruka saying "I don't listen to talk like that outside of bed" or helping Michiru with her zipper. Also Haruka blatantly flirts with a Maid during the ''[=SuperS=]'' special until Michiru returns and interrupts, acting jealous. Then there's the scene from the third NonSerialMovie, where Neptune remarks that being an adult allows for more "fun", causing Uranus to blush and cough to hide embarrassment. (Odds are they won't pursue a relationship in the third season because they're [[AnchoredShip afraid it will distract them from their mission]]. At the end of that season they announce that [[RelationshipUpgrade their mission has concluded and...]])
** The second case was Usagi/Serena and Seiya. The anime changed Seiya from a crossdressing lesbian to an actual boy, in civilian form, to make their relationship opposite-gender. This was done to avoid controversy caused by Uranus and Neptune.
** And because Creator/NaokoTakeuchi apparently ''loves'' this trope, the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]] (and only the manga) has Minako and Rei develop a truly intimate friendship and be in rather ambiguous scenes and pictures (some of which compare them to Haruka and Michiru). Bonus point for them being respectively Sailor ''Venus'' and Sailor ''Mars'', whose planets are named after two mythological lovers.
* In ''Manga/TokyoMewMew'', Mint was actually allowed to give a love confession to her OneeSama Zakuro, but they were fighting at the time, and Zakuro never gives her answer onscreen. Compare to fellow minor teammate Lettuce, who was allowed to carry out a long and involved ShipTease LoveTriangle with ''two'' males, one of whom she actually kissed. The wording used by Mint in the anime is more ambiguous than the way Ichigo and Masaya confess their love to each other, which gives Mint's line a possibility to be taken in a more or less neutral "I pledge my loyalty" sense. Although the anime itself is greatly {{bowdlerise}}d in that aspect -- in the manga Mint's crush on Zakuro is increasingly more blatant and hardly allows for interpretations outside of the SchoolgirlLesbians concept.
* As ''MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' shows, MinionShipping isn't immune. Mimi and Sheshe's almost-kiss was cut from broadcast, while the main girls kiss their boyfriends all the time. If you take their group name literally, it could be Hide Your Incest too, but it's also quite plausible that they're not actually sisters and the name comes from either the OneeSama tradition or their shared origin -- either way, it's pretty badly hidden, all right.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has a male example of this with {{Starter Villain}}s Zabuza and Haku. Although it is never truly explained what their relationship was, it was ''heavily'' hinted that there was more than just mentor/student feelings between them, especially when you consider Haku's absolute devotion and Zabuza's parting words at the end.
* ''Manga/AzumangaDaioh'' had, already from its initial run, a fair amount of LesYay revolving around Kaorin's obsession with [[ShrinkingViolet Sakaki]]... Then, in the newly-released 10th anniversary manga, [[http://mangahelpers.com/s/megchan-scanlations/readonline/43115/12?t=1251048090 this]] situation arose...
* An odd example occurs in the manga ''Mugen Densetsu Takamagahara: Dream Saga''. In one world, Nachi is female in mind and body, while [[GenderBender in another]], she is {{transsexual}}. Her romantic subplots with Takaomi and Souta, both of whom are male, are almost exclusively given attention in Takamagahara, i.e. when Nachi looks female; in Nakatsukuni, it's reduced to EvenTheGuysWantHim gags.
* Nanoha and Fate from the ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' franchise likely have something more going on than just a [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship romantically tinged friendship]]. At least, they share a bed and [[HasTwoMommies adopt a child together]]. ''If'' that is indeed the case, they keep very quiet about it, since they don't do more in public than exchange glances. Although it's not just Nanoha and Fate - aside from Chrono and Amy, who never actually appear together after the scene that reveals they got married, ''none'' of the relationships are confirmed to be more than friendship, regardless of the genders involved, so this could be attributed to NoHuggingNoKissing.
** By ''[[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid ViVid]]'' this has gotten strange. Yuuno is no longer in the picture, and, for the last 4 years, Vivio has considered Fate as her other mother. Nanoha and Fate still live with each other when Fate isn't on a mission that takes her to other worlds; they still refer to each other as "best friends", but are referred to collectively as "The Takamachi Family." (They own a minivan.) The writers are taking it to the molecule-length of the line. '''Before''' ''Vivid'', Yuuno was explicitly mentioned as an important part of said Takamachi Family (on an official LoveChart no less).
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' excels at setting up [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship beautiful, romantic relationships]] [[SchoolgirlLesbians between female characters]] that [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians never quite]] [[RelationshipReveal make the leap into text]].
* Alicia and Akari from ''Manga/{{ARIA}}'' get ever closer and closer during the course of the series, culminating in the highly romantic ''Arietta'' {{OVA}}, only to have things blow up when [[spoiler:Alicia announces to get married--and not to Akari]]. This leads to exactly ''one'' short scene in which [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/alicia-akari-hug.png a seemingly heartbroken Akari gets comforted by Alicia]]--and that's that. Then again, she ''might'' [[spoiler:still be marrying ''another'' woman... like her former mentor, "Grandma" Akino, the only one seen constantly with Alicia in the end of the series]].
* The English dub of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura'' managed to turn an EveryoneIsBi series into a NoHuggingNoKissing one, removing all same-gender attractions and relationships. At least they were equal opportunity; even Sakura and Syaoran's relationship was excised.
* ''Anime/{{Noir}}'', which ''did'' in fact contain an explicit lesbian attraction, which [[spoiler:[[BuryYourGays ended badly for one party]]]], but the relationship between the leads is just ambiguous enough at the end that it could go either way.
* Kurogane and Fai from ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' are ''probably'' an official couple. But the [[Creator/{{CLAMP}} Sadistic Lady Mangaka]] being who they are, and the fact that Tsubasa is a shonen manga, we never found out for sure.
* In ''Anime/{{Mai-Otome}}'', about 90% of the eponymous otomes are strongly insinuated to be in lesbian relationships, but we never so much as see any handholding (except for one [[PsychoLesbian lesbian rape scene]]). In the sound dramas, Yukino tells Nao that while she is quite good at finding out information as president of Aries (including that Nao is leader of the Stripes gang), and has been friends with Natsuki and Shizuru for a long time, she still doesn't quite know the true nature of their relationship, although the scene in the spa seems to indicate that Natsuki and Shizuru are in a romantic relationship. Perhaps some hiding goes on in-universe.
* Sandra and Greta from ''{{Dramacon}}'' are never said to be a couple, but they certainly act like it: holding hands, sharing a bed, dancing together, etc. Greta even calls Sandra "love" at one point.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'', [[BodyguardCrush Setsuna and Konoka]] are heavily, ''heavily'' implied to be lesbians, but it is never stated outright. In the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, [[spoiler:it's mentioned that Setsuna got married in 2017, though it doesn't mention to who. [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Konoka also got married in 2017.]] And in the accompanying image Setsuna is carrying Konoka, [[BridalCarry bridal style.]] A very, VERY happy looking Konoka...]]
* In ''MagicalPokemonJourney'' a Squirtle has a crush on a male human, Almond. The English translators tried to censor it but the HoYay was still there. There's also Charmander who is implied to have a crush on Eevee, but it's never very explicit.
* In ''{{Canaan}}'', the title charachter and her "light" Maria are obviously in love, and Canaan's powers explicitly are tied with her love for Maria, but they never properly get together in the entire show. They refer to each other as friends, we get to see their thoughts for each other (but they never say them), and they go on dates but aren't allowed to kiss. They get like 2-4 hugs in the entire series, and hold hands twice, but are kept apart by what seems to be the power of this trope alone. They aren't even implied to finally get together in the end.
* In ''Anime/DotHackSign'', Tsukasa became the "Most Important Person" to Subaru; "despite being a girl." 10 years later, in the manga of ''.hack//Link'' she is living with her. This off-hand comment was dropped in the commercial translation of the manga.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''
** Played strangely with Madoka and Homura. Nothing in the show ever says or implies that they're straight and/or JustFriends, but on the other hand, it's never said that they're in love either, [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship though it is very easy to interpret the story that way.]] Basically, either way, it comes down to either assumptions or shipping.
** There's also copious amounts of evidence that Kyoko likes Sayaka (the inverse is less clear), especially in their [[spoiler:TogetherInDeath]] scene. The manga has a clearly romantic scene between them [[spoiler:in the afterlife]]. But they never hug or kiss except in a vague ImagineSpot, and the word "love" is never used.
** The spinoffs continue the trend. ''Manga/PuellaMagiKazumiMagica'' featured a magical girl who [[spoiler:wished to be like her dead friend, with the witch form of a giant heart]], and a scene where two characters leave for "dating" and seem to be alone when we next see them. [[Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica Oriko and Kirika]] in particular seem to make a living off of almost, but not quite, saying "I love you" - for instance, a scene where Kirika rants at Mami for [[InsistentTerminology using "affection" instead of "love"]] to describe her relationship with someone who is almost certainly Oriko. Nonetheless, no kissing (though hugging remains in place).
** The ''[[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion Rebellion]]'' movie inches a bit closer, with Sayaka and Kyouko holding hands in an extremely LesYay moment, still without saying anything about love. Homura says that she loves Madoka, but only indirectly--after doing something involving Madoka, she says love gave her the power to do it--and, well, [[spoiler:[[LoveMakesYouEvil she may not have chosen the best way to express her feelings]]]].
* ''FateZero'' has Waver and Rider who have been confirmed to have slept together sometime after episode 13. Too bad they don't show any affection/romance on screen.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Harley and Ivy]], from the comic of same name. Harley especially is very enthusiastically cuddly, and Ivy seems to be her fallback from the (more) abusive relationship Harley had with the Joker. When Batgirl discreetly asks if they're... you know, Harley responds "What, like what people say about you and Supergirl?". The matter is quickly dropped. In one scene it did look like Ivy was going to kiss Harley, only to be interrupted by angry AmbiguouslyGay characters. Made (sorta) canon in the final ''ComicBook/GothamCitySirens'' storyline. Harley taunts Ivy by telling her that she's always known that she only hates the Joker because she's secretly in love with Harley herself, and the following issue has Ivy admitting that she does indeed have feelings for her. [[WordOfGay Confirmed by the writer]], but within the comics and show you'll never see anything concrete between them.
* Danielle Moonstar and Rahne Sinclair of the original ''ComicBook/NewMutants'' (198x to present). No resolution after more than twenty years of dancing around the subject. It could be dismissed as a school crush, but these two were in each other's heads, by empathic link. Two bodies, one mind. At least when a halfway competent writer was writing them. Although in the early issues Rahne had a crush on Sam, at least until he got hooked up with Lila Cheney.
* Mystique and Destiny in the ''ComicBook/XMen'' comics. WordOfGod said theirs was a romantic relationship, but there was no definitive confirmation in the comics until after Destiny had died, and the confirmation was very subtle (a character refers to Destiny as Mystique's "leman" -- an archaic term for "lover").
* This is the whole reason why so many people like to deny the WordOfGay about Rotor in the ''[[ComicBook/ArchieComicsSonicTheHedgehog Archie Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' comics; according to the writer, the relationship between Rotor and Cobar (his significant other in the story that featured it) was made subtle for a reason (alternately to avoid any fan backlash and to get people used to the idea of a gay Sonic character), but proved to be ''too'' subtle for most readers to catch on. The fact that it was introduced in a TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture storyline that has since been discredited doesn't help matters, any.
* The first run of ''Franchise/AlienVsPredator'' comics had Jame Roth and her wife Cathie. In the novel ''Alien vs. Predator: Prey'', Jame is one of the eye level characters: the story is frequently from her point of view to the point where she could be called an outright main character. The fact that she's married to a woman is stated outright but never brought up as an issue and the pair are often overtly affectionate (and are among the few characters to survive to the end). In the comic version, both of them are shunted off into being side characters and most of their affectionate moments are cut out, to the point where you could be forgiven for thinking they're simply good friends.
* For much of the 80s, Franchise/{{Superman}}'s friend Maggie Sawyer was was just a [[ButchLesbian somewhat butch]] policewoman, who had a very good friend called Toby Raines, and who had got divorced and didn't intend to remarry because of reasons. The writers stopped dancing around the issue eventually, and currently she's [[ComicBook/{{Batwoman}} Kate Kane]]'s "Lois".
* During an infamous period in Creator/MarvelComics, then-EIC Jim Shooter mandated that ''no'' same-gender couples could be depicted in books. As the story goes, after a rather infamous story Shooter penned where Bruce Banner is sexually harassed in a YMCA got criticism for its depiction of {{Depraved Homosexual}}s. Shooter seemed to think that this meant that ''any'' depiction of gay people would be controversial, so he banned it, which included keeping a lid on ComicBook/{{Storm}} and Yukio (who were intended to be a couple), the above mentioned Destiny and Mystique, and meant that Northstar couldn't come out and plans to make ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} bisexual were scrapped, as well as any other plans Claremont had.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The film ''BendItLikeBeckham''. The heterosexual romance seems very tacked-on compared to the chemistry between the leads; it was originally written as a lesbian story (look at the title!), but was changed based on the assumption that (1) it would narrow the appeal, and (2) it would perpetuate the stereotype that [[LesbianJock sporty girls are all lesbians]]. To make up for it, the writers added a subplot about the heroine's male best friend coming out as gay.
* In the movie adaptation of ''FriedGreenTomatoesAtTheWhistleStopCafe'', the lesbian relationship between the two main characters (the ladies in the story, not Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy) was toned down to being only heavily implied rather so the film could be marketed to a more mainstream audience, a decision which led to lively criticism upon its release.
* The original movie adaptation of ''TheChildrensHour'' wrote out the lesbian plot, and replaced it with a Heterosexual one.
* When the Italian Horror AnthologyFilm ''I Tre volti della paura'' was dubbed into English as ''Film/BlackSabbath''[[note]]Yes, that is where Music/BlackSabbath the band got their name[[/note]], the segment "The Telephone" got this treatment: in the original version it was a plot point that Rosy and Mary were lovers, whereas in the English-dubbed version, they were apparently just close friends. To save it from any {{Dub Induced Plot Hole}}s (and possibly also to make it fit in more with the other segments), the ending was also significantly changed to involve the supernatural.
* In ''Film/SavingMrBanks'', absolutely no mention is made of the fact that, during the time of the film's events, P.L. Travers was engaging in an openly lesbian relationship with her live-in girlfriend, and the girlfriend in question is never once seen.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment''; [[spoiler:it's ''very heavily'' implied that Lofty and Tonker are romantically linked, and someone who's seen through the SweetPollyOliver disguise of one and not the other calls them a couple, but after they're both established as female it's talked around quite a bit. In this case it might be cultural, since it's just not something that occurs to them in their society. They advise the others not to think too hard about it.]]
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' has what are euphemistically known as "pillow friends", lesbian relationships that usually arise out of SituationalSexuality, like with the isolated trainees of the White Tower. For most of the Tower's instances, the relationship dissolves about the time they become full Aes Sedai. Moiraine and Siuan, for instance, had such a relationship in the prequel, only to distance themselves and in later books become involved with men. The issue of "pillow friends" is complicated by how the same term can denote either the aforementioned relationships, or just mean "close friends". Though fortunately there are non-ambiguous examples, in particular Elaida, Galina, and Thereva are clearly into women, and two of the Forsaken are bisexual.
* The Mord-sith in ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' have significant numbers of lesbian relationships, but the only one between two named characters had one of them die in the next book after she was introduced. The surviving member of that pair is implied to have started up a new relationship with another named Mord-Sith in the last book.
* While romance is a large focus for almost all of the characters in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'' by Meg Cabot, a romance between two girls is only hinted at and could be easily ignored. That is, until ''Volume X: Forever Princess'', when it's stated outright that the girls' dates are only to hide the truth from their parents.
* Tavore Parran and T'amber in the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'' series. Even {{lampshaded}} by one character who wonders why they bother hiding it, as the Malazan culture has no taboo against same-sex love. Turns out that they weren't hiding their relationship, but the fact that T'amber was giving Tavore (the commander of the Malazan army) swordsmanship lessons.
* In Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/UnderTheDome'', the relationship between Dodie Sanders and Sammy Bushey is referred to in conversation and in Dodie's thoughts as "you-know" and as "kid stuff" that they should have grown out of by now. Sammy has been married and has a baby, but it's also implied that many people in town know she has inclinations towards the other team; Dodie mentally equates her lesbian experiences with other immature and possibly immoral things she has a weakness for, such as smoking weed. The whole relationship is quickly obscured when Dodie is killed very early on. [[spoiler:Sammy later kills herself, which could make this a case of BuryYourGays if almost ''everyone'' in the town [[RocksFallEveryoneDies didn't also eventually die]].]]
* In the ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' series, the relationship between Rosethorn and Lark is apparently present the entire time, though completely invisible apart from a hint in the fourth book unless you know what you're looking for. (They even sleep in separate rooms.) However, in ''The Will of the Empress'', it is stated as fact, after [[spoiler: Daja realises that she is in fact a lesbian herself]].
* By the [[Creator/TamoraPierce same author]], Lalasa from ''[[Literature/TortallUniverse Protector Of The Small]]'', Kel's maidservant, is a lesbian. Aside from some subtext with one of her friends, it's never mentioned in the series proper, due to Lalasa being a small enough character that there wasn't space for it without invoking HaveIMentionedIAmGay.
** Thom and Duke Roger from the same universe's "Song of the Lioness" were intended to be a couple (something had to compel Thom to bring Roger BackFromTheDead, after all), but the publisher wouldn't allow it. Fan reaction was split when Tamora Pierce revealed this, as some were uncomfortable with the only gay characters in the series being villains.
* Played straight in [[OlderThanFeudalism Ovid's]] ''Literature/TheMetamorphoses'' with [[WholesomeCrossdresser Ifis]] and Ianthe: despite loving each other deeply, Ifis has to be turned into a boy via DeusExMachina in order to happily marry her.
* Played with in a ''Literature/JudgeKnott'' book. One lesbian couple in the [[DeepSouth small southern town]] the series takes place in remain very deeply closeted and it's a significant plot point in the book.
* The Creator/AgathaChristie novel ''Literature/AMurderIsAnnounced'', features two unmarried, middle-aged women, Miss Hinchliffe and Miss Murgatroyd who live together. Miss Hinchliffe looks and acts like a man and dislikes men, and [[spoiler:she's devastated when Murgatroyd is killed.]] The exact nature of their relationship, however, is not specified, and it's possible that the subtext isn't even intentional. Since there were certainly RealLife arrangements like this in a GenteelInterbellumSetting, it's even possible she based them on a genuine couple without realising that was the relationship. (The television series ''Marple'' ditched any ambiguity and made the characters an full-on lesbian couple for its adaptation, and also [[AdaptationalAttractiveness young and good-looking]].)
* Renly Baratheon and Loras Tyrell in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' have a relationship that is only [[http://www.angelfire.com/ma4/mlarchives/faq/lorasrenly.html hinted at in the books.]] WordOfGay says they had a sexual relationship. In the [[Series/GameOfThrones TV adaptation]] they don't try to hide it at all.
* (Jill) Banford and (Ellen) March in D.H. Lawrence's novella "The Fox", though any Literature teacher would tell you otherwise.
* Two of the {{Mauve Shirt}}s in the ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' novel ''Caves of Ice'', Sgt. Grifen and Cpl. Magot, were heavily implied to be involved, [[spoiler:to the extent of keeping each other centered while wandering through a ''Necron tomb'']], but don't get any real confirmation. Compare this to opposite-gender MauveShirt couple from ''For The Emperor'', who are much more touchy-feely [[spoiler:although AliensMadeThemDoIt, literally]]. The effect is downplayed, though, since the UnreliableNarrator is very careful [[IllPretendIDidntHearThat not to "notice" their relationship]] -- their being women is totally fine in his books, but a being of different ranks (and in one another's chain of command) is a serious breach of Guard protocol.
* The bisexuality of several characters is hinted at early in TheVAMPIREChronicles books, but isn't outright stated until ''The Tale of the Body Thief.'' It's been theorized it was softened in the earlier books by editorial mandate, and by the fourth book Anne Rice had enough clout to spell it out explicitly.
* ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' has this with Eugenie Danglers and her lover.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* In ''Series/BabylonFive'', there were definite, though [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar plausibly deniable]], indications that Susan Ivanova and Talia Winters were bisexual and involved with each other. The clearest one was a scene in "Divided Loyalties", where Talia, staying in Ivanova's quarters, reaches across the bed and is surprised to find the other side empty. The WordOfGod on the subject is that this relationship would have been more thoroughly developed if there had been more time before Andrea Thompson left the series. Ivanova more or less confirms this herself in "Ceremonies of Light and Dark".
-->'''Ivanova''' ''(confessing as part of Delenn's Rebirth Ceremony)'': I think I -- loved -- Talia
* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
** Admiral Cain and Gina at one point share a quick kiss. Compare this to practically any heterosexual relationship in the series, which at times seems determined to blur the line between space opera and soft porn.
** Cries of this also went up when Gaeta and Hoshi shared a kiss... in a series of webisodes that never aired on TV. After that, their sexuality and their relationship are never mentioned again, even after [[spoiler:Gaeta flips out, stages a mutiny, and is executed when it fails]]. In fairness, the webisodes were made ''after'' those [[spoiler:mutiny]] episodes despite being set and aired before them, and it was originally going to be Narcho (also a man), not Hoshi, that was Gaeta's lover. Actor availability struck again.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''
** Faith is very heavily implied to be in love with Buffy, but the only definite thing is said by a villain (impersonating ''another'' villain). The original script for "Enemies" had Faith kiss Buffy on the lips, but the network changed it to a more ambiguous forehead-kiss.
** Tara and Willow were on the line between this and ButNotTooGay originally, with a lot of their relationship confined to innuendo and implications. They only had their first kiss after one and a half seasons (while Buffy and Angel/Riley have plenty of loud make-outs and, in Riley's case, simulated sex on screen) in a scene that had to comply with a ridiculous amount of restrictions. When the show switched networks the couple became a lot more touchy-feely.
* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' writer Joe Mallozzi has announced that Alicia Vega, a minor recurring character in season five, was gay. However, in true hiding fashion, the scene meant to imply this fact (Her asking Dr. Jennifer Keller on a date) was cut from her introductory episode, along with all her other scenes meant to set her up as a character of importance. So, not only did they remove the oblique reference to her sexuality, but all the other scenes she was in, and then [[BuryYourGays killed her off in her next appearance]] to make sure they never managed to squeeze it in later. He also stated that he thinks of one of the male recurring characters as gay, but he will not say who. Still, we don't want whoever that is ending up dead too.
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'' features one of the best known and longest running examples of this trope in the implied relationship between Xena and Gabrielle. Though the subtext becomes more and more explicit throughout the series, particularly during the final season, they're never officially confirmed to be anything more than HeterosexualLifePartners, and both characters are seen engaged in serious relationships (in one case, even a short-lived marriage) with male characters at various points throughout the series.
** One episode set in the modern day, with the Xena tv show existing had Xena reincarnated in one of Joxer's identical descendants, marrying Xena reincarnated in one of Gabrielle's identical descendants. Their friend was Joxer reincarnated in one of Xena's identical descendants. Then a later episode showed Ares appearing to switch them back into the bodies that look like they used to look, with the result being that Gabrielle and Xena were alive in the modern era and were about to get married as wife and wife. And they were cloned, with heavy implications that their modern day clones were a couple. And they met up as a completely separate reincarnation in the 1940's which ended up with the pretty explicit implication that Xena, reincarnated in her identical ancestor, and Gabrielle, reincarnated in her identical ancestor, would become life partners, though at the time same sex marriage was illegal.
** In ''You Are There'', a camera crew spends the entire time harassing Xena and Gabrielle about whether or not they're sleeping together. The trope is practically lamp-shaded in the final scene, when they force Xena to sit down and actually answer the question and then their camera's battery dies just as she starts to spit it out...
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' is notorious for the relationship between HelloAttorney Alex Cabot and ActionGirl Olivia Benson - while they both ''acted'' as if they were in love with each other ("Loss" being a particularly obvious example), there was never any confirmation that they were together. The producers figured this out and decided to roll with it, and have been including ShipTease scenes on purpose since about Season Three. Even Stephanie March has said that it is as likely that they have been quietly in love all these years as not.
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', none of the main characters is gay, but it's hinted in a sixth season episode that Margaret, Leo's assistant, might be into ladies. In the episode a string of men find laughable excuses to stop by an office to stare at a beauty pageant winner, and so does Margaret.
* Betty and Kate in ''Series/BombGirls'' until the final episode of Season 1. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that being an out lesbian in the 1940's was nigh-unheard-of and the creators wanted to take the relationship slowly.
* Madame Vastra and Jenny Flint in ''Series/DoctorWho'' started off as this, with [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p011gpsb/profiles/jenny-flint the BBC's official profile of Jenny]] saying she and Vasta are "good friends". As of ''[[Recap/DoctorWho2012CSTheSnowmen The Snowmen]]'' they are married and averted it... but then they went ''back'' to it, rarely showing any affection, never mentioning their relationship, and while ''the Doctor'' has kissed Jenny, Vastra certainly hasn't.
* InUniverse example in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryAsylum''. When Lana finally escapes [[BedlamHouse Briarcliff]], she writes a book detailing all the things she's been through. When on the subject of her roommate Wendy, she omits to mention that she was also her lover because it would apparently "distract" her readers from the message of the book.
* Postcards from ''Buster'', a PBS show that went around talking to kids about their families, interviewed some children who lived together with two mothers. The episode was never shown on TV.
* Myka and H.G. Wells from ''Series/{{Warehouse 13}}''. Helena's only claim to canon bisexuality is the half-joke, fully deniable [[AmbiguouslyBi "Many of my lovers were men"]]. Myka doesn't even get that much. All her outright-stated relationships and crushes have been on men. Nevertheless, they are quite obviously desperately in love, although circumstances prevent them from getting together. Come on, [[spoiler:H.G. abandoned her plan to destroy the world because she couldn't bear to hurt Myka, and Myka is clearly hurt in the episode where she finds out H.G. is in a long-term relationship and wants nothing to do with the Warehouse.]]
* Santana and Brittany on ''Series/{{Glee}}'' both slept with all the boys... and each other. They were very ''close'' and made tons of comments that hinted that they were more than friends. Viewers finally had enough and demanded the subtext either be dropped or for it to become canon and in Season Two, Santana began her bittersweet journey of coming out as a lesbian. In Season Three, she and Brittany officially became a couple.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5od0hNYlwk This scene]] from ''Series/OnceUponATime'' is said to be the one in which Mulan is revealed to be either lesbian or bisexual. However, its ambiguity leaves Mulan's sexual orientation up to the viewer's interpretation. She never explicitly says whether she is in love with Aurora or her husband Phillip.
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' introduced Agent Victoria Hand, who is a lesbian in the comics, to the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. However, she is [[spoiler:killed by Agent Ward]] before there is any in-universe confirmation that she is a lesbian.
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* The KidzBop cover of "Born This Way" by the (openly bisexual) LadyGaga left out the lyrics acknowledging LGBT people, in the process destroying the point of the song.
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* Elphaba and Glinda in TheMusical version of ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}''. The [[Literature/{{Wicked}} original book by Maguire]] shows the two of them sharing a [[LastKiss bittersweet goodbye kiss]] and oodles of sexual tension. The musical has... a hug, though some of the actresses have improvised and added a kiss. WordOfGay in both the musical and book continuities though.
* ''Theatre/{{Pygmalion}}''[=/=]''Theatre/MyFairLady'': Higgins and Pickering.
* Brandon and Philip in ''Theatre/{{Rope}}''.
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* In ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon DS'' (girl version), instead of marrying a male character you can do the dating events with the girls to increase your "best friend meter" with them. When it gets high enough the proposal item becomes available, at which point you can have a "best friend ceremony" with them. After this it's no longer possible to have a relationship or marry a male character, and you can even adopt a child together, but you are still only "best friends". The American version seems to have the Blue Feather event disabled, so you can do everything ''up to'' the ceremony.
* Belaya and Juhani in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. If you play a male Light Side character, the closest thing to a hint that they're even ''friends'' is Belaya's relieved reaction when you convince Juhani to return to the order. If you kill Juhani, on the other hand, Belaya talks about how close they were, before [[PsychoLesbian leaving the Jedi, joining the Sith, and attacking you when you go to Korriban]]. Juhani is a LoveInterest [[GayOption for female characters only]]... consisting of five or six lines of dialogue, is completely ignored in all possible 1st-game outcomes setting up the second game, and Juhani is the one party member from the first game to never be mentioned or referenced in the second game. According to developer interviews, they had intended Juhani to be a more prominent party member and fully fledged romance for a female PC, but [[ExecutiveMeddling LucasArts blew a gasket]] at the idea of a lesbian Jedi, and only allowed Juhani in with almost all of her content cut. The relationship is incredibly blatant in the DummiedOut dialog; Juhani actually says that she loved Belaya.
* Lillet and Amoretta in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire'', Lillet turns down the closest thing to a male love interest, announces her love of Amoretta and lives with her in the end. But they don't technically "do" anything. (Technically, [[YoungerThanTheyLook Amoretta is a few months old]].)
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Lyn and Florina]] can get really REALLY close, but it's never said straight out that they're a couple. Florina even tells Lyn that she loves her, but [[LoveYouAndEverybody even that is vague]].
*** Raven and Lucius are also quite close and can only get a paired end with each other, despite women showing an interest in both of them. While they can be read platonically, the HoYay vibes are validated by Priscilla insinuating that even some lords might have fallen for Lucius.
** While it was [[AmbiguouslyBi ambiguous]] in ''Path of Radiance'', the HoYay between [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Ike and Soren]] is so thick in ''Radiant Dawn'' that it could survive a nuclear holocaust. What? They're "just friends"? Despite all of the LoveInterest tropes Soren fills? Ike does not marry at the end of the games he stars in, unlike every other Lord of the series, but instead [[spoiler:leaves the continent either alone or with Soren or Ranulf.]] But the localization of Path of Radiance played down the HoYay by throwing "friend" several times in their A support.
*** In the Japanese version of ''Radiant Dawn'', the thief Heather explicitly says that she joined the army to "meet pretty girls". Oddly, in the localizations, where that line is taken out, she is still flirty. Her attraction to women is still fairly explicit in the English localization at least, where she has to be recruited by the ShrinkingViolet Nephenee, and seems to join your side specifically based on how attractive she finds Nephenee. She stays with your army under her fangirlish obsession with Queen Elincia, reviled at the fact that a man might take her crown from her.
*** Kyza's line about having the love of his Commander Ranulf is taken out in localization, but he does still seem much more eager to have other men stay close to him in battle than the women (and hopes others are feeling [[CampGay as fabulous as he is]]). His crush on Ranulf is one-sided, however.
* Regarding the relationship between Fang and Vanille in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', the term "hiding" doesn't really apply. Even people who are not convinced that they are a couple agree that Square Enix definitely tried very hard to make it appear that way. ([[WordOfGod The creators did say]] [[WordOfGay they were a couple - just not in-game.]])
* The relationship between Shion and KOS-MOS in ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' isn't ever made explicit but the game beats you over the head with subtext to the point that they might as well have.
* The relationship between Nel and Claire in ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime''. In addition to the care and concern they have for each other, one of Nel's level up quotes is "I did it, Claire.", and in one of the endings Claire goes off on her father for suggesting she marry one of the male characters.
* While the first ''VideoGame/{{Mass Effect|1}}'' game gives Female Shepard and Liara the same amount of screentime as Male Shepard and Liara (though this romance has [[DiscountLesbians its own problems]]), the game contains DummiedOut code and sound files for same-gender romances with Kaidan and Ashley. Oddly, while Kaidan is finally reinstated as a same-gender love interest in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Ashley isn't.
* Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2''. The sole same-sex romance option, Kelly Chambers, gets almost no development, no romance scene, and you do not gain the Paramour achievement for going through with it. You can get a scene with Liara again, though, if you romanced her in the first game and have "Lair of the Shadow Broker".
* WordOfGod has always had interesting things to say about the antagonists Gulcasa and Nessiah in ''YggdraUnion'', claiming that Gulcasa trusts Nessiah more than anyone else and that the two are closer than anyone else in the Imperial Army. The issue is resolved in this particular game by never having them both onscreen at the same time, although Nessiah (a strict user of {{keigo}}) is shown to be [[FirstNameBasis on first-name, no-suffix basis]] with Gulcasa regardless. Three years after ''YggdraUnion'' was released, ''YggdraUnison'' came out, which allows everyone to interact with everyone--and in Nessiah's route, where he's portrayed as a VillainBallMagnet hated by almost the entire cast, nary a conversation between Gulcasa and Nessiah goes by without some form of playful flirting being exchanged. ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'', in which Gulcasa is the protagonist, has their relationship finally graduate into ButNotTooGay and spent its quota of subtext on the metaphorical equivalent of TheirFirstTime under [[MateOrDie extenuating]] [[SexAsRiteOfPassage and symbolic]] circumstances.
** The same games have [[ButchLesbian Zilva]] and [[BiTheWay Elena]], whose relationship reads rather a lot like StarCrossedLovers. ''VideoGame/BlazeUnion'' adds credence to the theory that there's something going on between them, implying that Zilva has come to view Elena as a ReplacementGoldfish for another girl she once had a crush on, a character who dies in the canon route of that game.
* Similar to ''HarvestMoon'', ''MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes''' GayOption is referred to as "Becoming Best Friends" with someone. This is despite the fact that the game has an openly gay character, and it's exactly the same as dating (HoYay and all).
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfTheAbyss'', there is one female NPC in the main character's hometown that has a habit of talking about resident ActionGirl General Cecille with hearts in her text boxes and saying things like "If only I were born a man". Unfortunately, this woman is hidden in an area of Baticul Port some players may constantly overlook in all of their playthroughs[[note]]And after a certain point, her lines change to something much less les-yayish[[/note]], making this more like a literal case of Hide Your Lesbians.
* While ''VideoGame/TheSims'' allows EveryoneIsBi for player-made characters, it seemed that a DLC town for ''The Sims 3'', released in early 2013, was to include a same-gender couple for the first time in the series' thirteen-year run. (There had previously been a few single characters who were implied to be gay, but had no love interests.) The family portrait shows two men with their arms around one another's shoulders (the standard pose for married couples in the game) and a young girl with a portmanteau of their surnames who is apparently their daughter. Upon loading the household, however, it emerges that the girl is the adopted daughter of only one of the men, and the other is not his boyfriend or husband but only his "Best Friend Forever".
* Riki and Kyousuke of ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'' are...kind of a confusing example. The two are extremely close and there are ''countless'' jokes and comments through the game about them being basically like a couple. But it all reaches a new height in one out of the way scene where it's revealed that Riki has a crush on Kyousuke... in such a casual way it's hard to believe the game really confirmed what it just did. Which counts for double since his feelings are never stated so explicitly ever again, though the subtext gets darned close at times. In the end, [[spoiler:it's never stated who Riki ends up with,]] which only makes the situation even more ambiguous. But while the subtext lives on in each supplementary material and adaptation, none have ever managed to clarify whether it really was canon way back in the original, and so the two seem to remain 'those two super close friends who act just like they're in love, wink wink'.
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* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' discusses this trope in the episode "Pirate Shipping".
-->'''Scootaloo:''' \\
'''Apple Bloom:''' No, Scootaloo, this is a kid's show! I mean, I get that they're trying to be accepting of all ponies, and that's good. But I doubt they'll actually put any gay ponies in.\\
'''Sweetie Belle:''' Yeah, Scootaloo, [[EskimosArentReal the gays and the Mexicans don't exist]].
* Among all the GettingCrapPastTheRadar that went on in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'', the only thing that actually sparked any controversy was when Andrea Jackson, the RPG's first explicitly gay character (and really one of only three, though one of the other two was TheGhost) was introduced. This led to the initial decision to keep her sexuality ambiguous, though a sub-plot implying a lesbian relationship with ActionGirl Maria was hinted at (complete with an implied sex scene). Fortunately, the parties which objected to this eventually relented, and this trope was ultimately averted.
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* Captain Maggie Sawyer was a recurring and supporting character in ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', and was originally part of Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s extended supporting cast in the comics. She has been an open lesbian in the comic books since 1988, but in the series there was nary a mention of her sexuality. In [[WhamEpisode "Apokolips...Now!"]], where Maggie is hospitalized after an attack by Intergang, she is visited in the hospital by a woman who comforts her and holds her hand. However, this woman is never identified, nor is their relationship explained. The credits and DVD commentary reveal her as Toby Raines, Maggie's long-time partner in the comics, and the producers explain that her inclusion in the hospital scene was their way of acknowledging the relationship in the comics, which could never be spoken aloud in the series.
* There is a retroactive hiding to be found in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Officer (later Detective) Renee Montoya was a character created for the show [[CanonImmigrant and then added to the comic continuity]]; since her role in the series was a police officer who occasionally assists the Bat-characters in their crime-fighting, without delving into her history or personal life, there was nothing that dealt with her sexuality in any way. However, after ''B:TAS'' had ended she became a starring character in ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'', with a story-arc involving her being outed to her friends, family and coworkers, and the revelation that she had been in the closet since she was fifteen; [[WordOfGod according to the writers]] this was not a {{Retcon}}, they were not "making her gay," but rather she had been gay the entire time and was just only now revealing it to the other characters (and the readers).
** Harley and Ivy, as stated above, though they put it in [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar as much as they could]].
* [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship Kitty and Bunny]] from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''
** Ever since "What Was Missing" there have been major hints - ''especially'' in [[ComicBook/AdventureTime the comics]] - that Bubblegum and Marceline are or were in a relationship with each other, but they're ultimately only hints and always sidelined by the numerous opposite-gender attractions and relationships, which are always explicitly stated.
** The Lemongrabs even more so, with such things as a (naked) HeadbuttOfLove within seconds of meeting each other and ''[[AdamAndEvePlot starting a family together]]'' in "All Your Fault!", but never getting any sort of confirmation that the other couples did. All of this is moot with the events of "Too Old", however.
* This is the reason why the ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode "[[http://tune.pk/video/1112751/banned-cow-amp-chicken-buffalo-gals Buffalo Gals]]" was banned after its initial airing. The episode's titular group was a biker gang of stereotypical lesbians that randomly breaks into people's houses and chews on their carpets.
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