Though romance is important in many works, bonds of friendship between those of the same sex form some of fiction's most significant relationships. One common method of playing with these close relationships is to portray them similarly to romantic relationships, though the characters may feel nothing sexual for one another. For example, two male friends may [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple bicker in an exaggerated manner]], mirroring how television normally depicts [[AwfulWeddedLife husbands and wives]], or one friend may voice jealousy of another with lines lovers normally use.

The juxtaposition is often PlayedForLaughs, especially with male characters. Other such scenes may attempt {{fanservice}}, particularly when the characters are [[GirlOnGirlIsHot the opposite gender]] [[GuyOnGuyIsHot of the intended demographic]]. Rarer, the subtext is PlayedForDrama, using common romance tropes to heighten the strength of the relationship, although whether this means the writer supports interpretations that the relationship ''is'' romantic is usually left ambiguous.

In older media, when there were rules forbidding overt displays of homosexuality, writers who wanted to create gay characters would often resort to homosexual subtext.

See also HomoeroticDream.

'''This page covers only intentional examples''', chiefly those [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by characters, WordOfGod, laughter or awkward pauses. It does not cover fans' delight at or [[ShippingGoggles tendency]] to view any interactions as gay; for that, see HoYay. It also does not cover any {{Ship Tease}}s or [[QueerRomance actual homoerotism]], where the characters may indeed be gay or [[IfItsYouItsOkay bisexual for each other]].

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''
** Negi and Fate Averruncus. The subtext is noticed and lampshaded in-story with the girls wondering if they have a strong new rival for Negi. Even disregarding that both of them are around ten years old, at least one of them has/had a female LoveInterest.
** Much earlier, there was Negi and Kotarou.
** Konoka and Setsuna spent most of the manga in this state, with endless comedic scenes revolving around the latter's BodyguardCrush and the former's [[TheTease utter refusal to acknowledge it one way or the other]]. Then came the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue, [[spoiler:which heavily implied they married each other.]]
* In ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'', the way Izaya and Shizuo hate each other, the psychological games, constantly moving into each others' personal space, and their rather obsessive loathing - which is a very odd departure for Izaya who 'loves all humans' - tends to be where people stamp BelligerentSexualTension on their relationship. While the author is apparently annoyed to some extent by the people who ship it, he has apparently said 'Hell, why not' and put in some subtext in later volumes, and the producers[=/=]writers of the anime pushed this into the forefront right off the bat.
* As an extremely genre savvy shoujo manga, ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' plays up the homoerotic subtext for both fanservice and laughs. After all, a decent amount of YaoiFangirls have to be reading it. It's even invoked in universe when [[{{Twincest}} the twins]] play it up during club activities.
* The last episode of ''SeitokaiNoIchizon'' plays it for laughs where the protagonist is doing his best to avoid this as best he can and failing utterly until he finally manages to relax and give the other guy some advice. Curse you, Mafuyu!
* ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' might have some of this -- being a comedy that also has a few {{canon}} gay couples, it's hard to tell sometimes what is PlayedForLaughs and what is actual ShipTease.
* ''VideoGame/SengokuBasara'' lives and breathes this trope. Helps that 90% of the cast are male.
* ''Anime/Persona4TheAnimation''
** Episode 12 seems to have a lot of this between Yu and Yosuke. [[spoiler:Yosuke pulls Yu out of Mitsuo's Shadow's illusion, and they then look each other in the eye while in Jiraiya's arms. At the end of the episode, Yosuke calls Yu by his first name]]. Episode 19 has some tension during the group date. Yosuke says that he feels he was "about to cross a line that should never be crossed," and searches frantically for a drink.
** Episode 15 and the Love Hotel, Chie, Yukiko, and Rise in the rotating bed having giggle fits. Something similar happens when Teddie, Yosuke, and Kanji end up in a bed together, except in that case the only one laughing is Teddie.
* ''Manga/SakamichiNoApollon'' (also known as ''Kids on the Slope''). The anime is full of this (specifically between Sentarou and Kaoru). Even though the main characters eventually each have their own female LoveInterests, they have an equal amount of {{Fanservice}} with each other.
** Episode 1, the scene when Kaoru first meets Sentarou is blatantly ripped-off from some shoujo manga, complete with the pink background and the line "So, you have come to take me". It is explained later in the manga that [[spoiler: Sentarou thought that Kaoru was an angel who've come to take him away in his nap]]. The fact that Kaoru has been known as having a 'pretty face' according to Ritsuko (which she corrected into 'handsome' right away) doesn't help.
** Sentarou and Kaoru constantly bickers in exaggerated manners, even though they actually get along pretty well, as stated by Ritsuko. Kaoru throws a ''fit'' when Sentarou agrees to play music with another man! (Rock and roll, no less. The horror!)
** There are many scenes in which Sentarou has no sense of space around Kaoru, including patting his head or shoulders, trying to share a jacket with him to shelter from rain, or [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything pining him down to his bed]] in a serious manner, much to Kaoru's surprise.
** Kaoru once literally states that Sentarou is so good-looking, he sometimes takes his breath away.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has only half an episode with Kaworu and Shinji and there's a lot of ways in which their interaction can be interpreted. That said, would-be shippers have ''a lot'' of material to go on from that mere half-episode - more material than ''NGE''[='=]s hetero-pairings ''put together''. Shinji's attraction to Kaworu and denial thereof is clear in the manga, and Kaworu's attraction is made ''very'' explicit, but left ambiguous in the anime.
** ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'' devotes half a '''movie''' to the same pairing, and two ''entire'' conversations are made to sound like they're talking about making love and not piano playing (which is what they were doing). Oh, and Kaworu manages to get a very suggestive pose in.
* ''{{Berserk}}'': Griffith is one of the few Guts allow to touch him and Griffith is all sorts of jealous towards Guts. Oh and Naked Water Fight. It goes straight into horrifying territory with the Eclipse and the events that lead up to it.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': To say [[{{Ninja}} Sui-Feng]] is attached to [[SexyMentor her mentor]], [[AmbiguouslyBrown Yoruichi Shihouin]], would be putting it mildly. Though the anime tends to play this up more than the manga does. One {{Omake}} has her conspire with Kiyone [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X6OXqS5e8k to try to get nude photos of Yoruichi]], while another has her [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gulQ1_gb0gM imagine being rescued by her.]]
* ''{{Pet Shop Of Horrors}}'' both [[PlayedForLaughs plays this for laughs]] and uses it to add more power to some [[TearJerker tear jerkers]].
* While Fai and Kurogane in ''TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' almost pass into [[YaoiBoys yaoi boys]] territory, the genre makes them into one huge [[ShipTease ship tease]] because the mangaka love to hear fangirls scream in frustration.
* ''Anime/LupinIIITheColumbusFiles''
** The beach scene with Jigen and Goemon. And yes, while the mouth-to-mouth is explained, why Goemon had to take most of his clothes off to do it is not.
** In the case of Rosaria and the amnesiac Fujiko; Rosaria jokingly asks Lupin if they can "share" Fujiko. Not that those two didn't have subtext before that.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' is rife with this, to the point that some fans jokingly refer to the series as "[[BreakTheCutie Miserable]] [[CastFullOfGay Lesbians]]: The Anime". Literally every pair of the five main girls who get some significant interaction have subtext (and for those that don't interact they have spin-off material, like Mami/Kyoko in ''The Different Story''), while Homura/Madoka is constantly taken to the bleeding edge of subtext and text. The staff are not only aware of this and toss out ShipTease like candy, but also occasionally reveal that they ship it too.
* ''Anime/BubblegumCrisis'': Priss's friendship with [[SexBot Sylvie]] had a large undercurrent of lesbian subtext. So much so, then when Priss [[spoiler: was forced to kill her]], [[HeartbrokenBadass she was left heartbroken over it]] and briefly quit the Knight Sabres because of it.
** Their leader, Sylia, was also [[UnresolvedSexualTension subtly implied to have hidden feelings for Priss.]] Which Lenna and Nene lampshade in the first episode, when Sylia was trying to hide her concern for Priss, during a news broadcast of a boomer attack. Lenna [[ShameIfSomethingHappened offhandedly mentions that Priss could be in danger if she ran into the boomer without her suit]], prompting Sylia to drop all pretense and immediately head for the changing room to suit up in order to save her. [[IKnewIt While Lenna and Nene have a giggle fit.]]
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[[folder:Fanfic]]
* In the DarkFic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak'', Sonic and Shadow's husband-wife relationship is very deliberate, with Sonic in the husband role. Their interactions ''scream'' SlapSlapKiss, except without the kissing, and Shadow quits complaining when Sonic calls him 'Girlfriend'. As well as the hilarious arguments, there are some very tender moments:
-->'''Sonic:''' Listen, Shadow-man, we're gonna get out of this place. I know it's possible. And you know what, Shadow? If you're right, and this plan doesn't work... I'm gonna keep trying more plans until we do. ''All'' of us.
-->'''Shadow:''' How do you ''do'' that?
-->'''Sonic:''' Well I just happen to be so awesome and-
-->'''Shadow:''' Not that, you ''idiot.'' The other thing. How do ''you'' stay so cheerful? Why don't ''you'' just kill yourself and get the pain out of the way? How can you face today, when it's so fucking awful? What do you do to bear it?
-->'''Sonic:''' Same thing you do, I guess... I look up at the sun every morning. And I race it to tomorrow...
-->'''Shadow:''' I thought I was the only one...
* ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'', given that it lampshades everything in the ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' fandom, inevitably has scores of this. Marisa constantly makes sex jokes regarding her friends, Alice is heavily implied to be crushing on her, Mima casually flirts with Reimu and Reisen, ''something'' develops between Rumia and [[spoiler:Rin Satsuki]], Mystia and Wriggle are MistakenForRomance, Kaguya and Mokou have their usual FoeYay, [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and]] Yuuka is all but outright stated to be a serial rapist who kept Wriggle as a "pet" for a while.
* ''FanFic/TouhouIbunshu'' has characters toss out "I love you"s with abandon, have no hesitation to get intimately close, with Remilia practically seducing Reimu, and [[AuthorAppeal have a tendency]] to end up naked with each other on a common basis. By the final arc the "subtext" part is dropped, with Kaguya and Eirin explicitly stated to have been married for centuries, and by the very end [[spoiler:Marisa and Alice]] are also a couple.
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[[folder:Film -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TopGun'' was rife with subtext. Years later, asked if his role in ''Film/KissKissBangBang'' was his first gay character, ValKilmer joked that it was - but only if you don't count ''Top Gun.''
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
** According to co-screenwriters [[WordOfGod Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz]] in the "Second Genesis" featurette (which was included on the DVD/Blu-Ray release), this movie is essentially a love story between Charles and Erik, with Raven and Hank being the BetaCouple:
--->'''Miller''': The story between Charles and Erik is on some level this tragic romance. You gotta arrange the other elements in that way, too.
--->'''Stentz''': Yeah, in this case you have Hank and you have Raven who end up being kind of the B-story version of the same thing you're seeing playing out with Charles and Erik. It's the making and breaking of a relationship.
** Creator/JamesMcAvoy called the movie a "love story" between Xavier and Magneto, even though, pressed for clarification, he admitted they were not gay. The film certainly did concentrate heavily on the two's relationship, and the final scene, in which the two split and their surrogate children chose sides, played out like a couple's divorce.
--->'''[=McAvoy=]''': It is a little bit of a mini-tragedy that [Xavier] and Magneto don't, you know, have sex and become married and become best friends.
* Gore Vidal claims to have inserted homoerotic subtext into the script of ''Film/BenHur'', treating two male characters as former lovers. The characters otherwise appear straight, and Charlton Heston later claimed complete ignorance of the subtext. (Heston's ignorance was a case of EnforcedMethodActing. Vidal told Stephen Boyd privately to act as if his character was in love with Ben Hur.)
* ''Film/ILoveYouMan'' tried to sell itself as "the first bromantic comedy." It covered the start and development of a male friendship much how other movies might a romance, and largely not as a parody.
* ''Film/ANightmareOnElmStreetPart2FreddysRevenge'' is an odd case. After its release many people noted its strange homosexual subtext. Years later the scriptwriter revealed that he intentionally added these elements to the story, but the entire rest of the production crew, the director included, simply never noticed. Creator/RobertEnglund has gone on record saying that he thinks that Freddy in this film represents Jesse's repressed homosexual desires. Mark Patton (who played Jesse) came out as openly homosexual after the film was released, and thinks that his self-doubts about his sexuality at the time when the movie was shot carried over into his performance.
* The [[http://www.ruthlessreviews.com/the-ruthless-guide-to-80s-action/ Ruthless guide to '80s action movies]] straight-out acknowledges the "hidden gayness" of '80s action movies and elaborates on it in detail. Top scorers are, of course, ''Film/TopGun'', ''Film/{{Commando}}'' and ''Film/RedHeat''.
* Betty Buckley has said that, in the 1976 version of ''Film/{{Carrie|1976}}'', she played the gym teacher Miss Collins as a lesbian in order to invoke this in her interactions with Carrie.
* Original drafts of ''Film/HotFuzz'' had a love interest for Angel named Victoria. When the character was removed, much of her dialogue was given intact to Danny, leading to lots of subtext, which was then consciously played for laughs. [[RuleThirtyFourCreatorReactions When the writers and actors discovered]] ''Hot Fuzz'' SlashFic, they were amused, and even started [[Website/{{Twitter}} tweeting]] their own ''Hot Fuzz'' slash fanfiction.
-->'''[[http://www.edgarwrighthere.com/2009/10/20/the-steamy-hot-fuzz-slash-fiction-tweets-october-19th-2009/ Edgar Wright (via Twitter)]]:''' We wrote some Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman slash fiction. It was called ''Hot Fuzz''...\\
'''Commenter:''' You do realize this counts as {{canon}} to us now?
* Between Ripley and Call in ''Film/AlienResurrection'', which WordOfGod says was intentional.
* There are some serious guy-love vibes in ''Film/PainAndGain''.
* Along with tight action sequences, the homoerotic subtext is half the point of ''Film/SoClose''
* Almost all of Creator/KevinSmith's films in the Franchise/TheViewAskewniverse especially revolve around two men and their very close friendships. Some of these films (like ''Film/ChasingAmy'' between the protagonist and his male best friend) openly portray it as attraction, but most leave it as subtext. He acknowledged that he would put some of this content in his films as {{Fanservice}} directed at gay people.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/OscarWilde
** ''Literature/ThePictureOfDorianGray'' had enough that it was used as evidence when Wilde was tried for homosexuality.
** In his short story ''[[http://www.kingkong.demon.co.uk/gsr/portmrwh.htm The Portrait Of Mr W. H.]]'', the characters debate over supposed Homoerotic Subtext in Shakespeare's sonnets. Wilde plays with EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory, and even the reader starts wondering if the assumptions could be true.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Literature/EighthDoctorAdventures book ''Fear Itself'', Anji, via some Skype-like technology, "walks in on" Fitz and the Doctor having what initially looks like an intimate moment, although actually [[IntimateHealing the Doctor is injured and Fitz is tending to him]]. She jokes that maybe she should LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone. The whole series quickly became an exercise in how homoerotic Fitz and Eight could get without the censors catching on. When it turned out that the censors didn't even care much, the attraction between them became ''much'' more blatant and (after a few dozen books) turned into snogging, naughty dreams, and Fitz' inner monologues about how he wanted to get laid by the Doctor.
* ''Literature/FightClub'' was all about this, according to Creator/ChuckPalahniuk: an attempt to see how far he could push Homoerotic Subtext and not offend the manly men who read it.
* In ''Literature/JeevesAndWooster'', after Bertie has ended an argument with Jeeves:
-->''I felt like one of those chappies in the novels who calls off the fight with his wife in the last chapter and decides to forget and forgive.''
* In ''Literature/{{Psmith}} in the City'', after Mike gets moved out of Psmith's department, Psmith is deeply mournful and even quotes a song about lost love (the lyrics slightly altered to fit the situation).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}''
** In multiple episodes, Joey and Chandler have conversations about completely innocent subjects that sound ''exactly'' like those a couple would have. In one episode, Joey tells Chandler they should buy a new table for the apartment and Chandler worries it is "too soon". He starts talking about how things went when he brought furniture with his old roommate Kip, aggravating Joey ("I know all about Kip!"), who later asks Chandler if Kip was "better than me".
** In one episode, a conversation between Rachel and Monica about the fact that Monica has been shopping with Julie (Ross' girlfriend at the time) sounds exactly as if Monica has cheated on Rachel. Of course, FromACertainPointOfView, it is true. She's done something meaningful with Rachel's rival.
** In the first episode of ''{{Joey}}'', he frustratedly tells his sister "Chandler & me were not a gay couple!"
* In ''BostonLegal'', Alan and Denny would often joke about their relationship as if it were a sexual one. The nods came in almost every episode, and they even ended up dancing together once. In the final episode, they actually married each other, still maintaining a platonic relationship.
* ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}''
** Jerry Seinfeld's favorite episode portrayed the rise and fall of one of Jerry's friendships like the start and end of a romance. The two-parter was called "The Boyfriend."
** "The Outing" deliberately played up all the subtext between Jerry and George when a reporter [[MistakenForGay mistakes them for a couple]] after they [[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple act the way they always act]] in front of her. It doesn't hurt that them being closeted gay men would make a lot of sense (''especially'' George).
* ''FullHouse'' starred three men living together in San Francisco, and some early viewers thought the characters Jesse and Joey were a gay couple. This quickly proved not to be the case, but the show did have some fun with the idea. In one episode, the two tried to bathe a baby, and one ended up singing a love song to the other rather than to the baby. A third character walked in, and this was a case of InnocentInnuendo — until he left with the baby and the two chose to stay in the tub together and the song resumed. A few seasons later, the two worked together and tried to convince their boss to let them work from home, saying, "Joey and I... we have a baby together."
* ''Series/{{House}}'' has this in egregious amounts, mainly between House, the DoctorJerk, and Wilson, his loyal {{Lancer}} and only real friend. Most of the time it's hard to point a finger at it though, because with House's personality, any of the sexually loaded comments (including some of the "I'm so gay for you" and "will you marry me" sort) could, and most likely are, just sarcasm so thick it's impossible to say what House actually means. Wilson, again, has learned to sometimes pay House back with the same thing. And in the end, the only thing actually happening between them is friendship and constant teasing; both have heterosexual interests and relationships/activity of their own.
* Raj and Howard from ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'', to the point where Leonard's mother asks when they're going to express their latent homosexual feelings for one another. They even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNvJ7VgPrTU virtually make out.]]
* ''Series/TeenWolf''
** Stiles is very interested in whether or not he's attractive to gay guys, and asks both Scott and [[StraightGay Danny]] whether they find him attractive. And Derek Hale does not care for anyone's [[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace personal boundaries]].
** This happens a lot. Scott pins Danny down and smells him during lacrosse practice, Derek really enjoys pinning Stiles to walls, and the males in this series are just really really touchy-feely.
** Scott seems utterly unfazed by Stiles coming in his window, hanging off his roof, etc.
-->'''Stiles''': ''(to Scott)'' Do you enjoy hurting me?
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is overflowing with bromance between Turk and JD, up to and including a duet between the two called "Guy Love" in the musical episode in season 6.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' and ''Series/TheColbertReport'' has this between Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert. The actors deliberately play it up in their characters.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'', mainly with Barney, Ted, and Marshall (in any combination of the three), though Lily and Robin have their moments, too (It's canon that Lily has some sort of sexual interest in Robin possibly a nod to AlysonHannigan's role in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''). The insane levels of chemistry among the cast members does ''not'' help.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'' did a non-stop torrent of jokes in later seasons about Cory and Shawn acting like couple. There was a break-up episode which revolved around this premise, Cory's fiancee Topanga admitted that she knew Cory loved Shawn more than her, Cory wished Shawn was there the night he lost his virginity ... it would be too much to list it all here. There was also a lot between Jack and Eric.
* Shawn and Gus in ''Series/{{Psych}}'' act like an old married couple CONSTANTLY and apparently can't spend more than an hour apart without repeated phone calls. Shawn likes to pretend they really are in a relationship around other people because it makes Gus incredibly uncomfortable.
* ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' plays into this trope with the title characters more and more with each passing season. The writers seem to take some sort of perverse delight in making the two seem like an old married couple, then swerve into talking about their relationships with men (or sometimes ''while'' talking about their relationships with men).
* In the ''Series/BabylonFive'' episode (5x4): "A View from the Gallery", a workman having listened to G'Kar and Londo bickering wonders aloud, "So, how long do you figure they’ve been married?"
* This trope may be the reason ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' keeps getting renewed. Sam and Dean constantly bicker like a married couple, Castiel spends a huge proportion of his screen time just staring at Dean, and the secondary characters are constantly make jokes about Dean's "boyfriends". In season 6, Lisa gives Dean a speech about how bizarrely close the two brothers are, and how she knew their relationship was over the minute Dean found out that Sam was still alive. In one episode, [[ItMakesSenseInContext Sam and Dean attend a ''Supernatural'' convention]], which mentions a panel named "the Homoerotic Subtext of ''Supernatural''". The fact that [[Creator/MishaCollins the guy who plays Castiel]] merrily confirmed the HoYay makes it all even better.
* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** The new series delights in this, occasionally taking it right into homoeroticism. The friendship between the Eleventh Doctor and Craig is the best example played to the letter, to the point where they get MistakenForGay by ''everybody''.
** Several of the Sylvester [=McCoy=]-era stories include homoerotic subtext between many of the minor characters as part of the series' turn towards the political during this time, although unlike the below it generally didn't directly involve the main cast. In particular, "The Curse of Fenric" and especially "The Happiness Patrol" contain significant subplots as allegories for queer rights.
*** The classic series had the running case of Ace and her GirlOfTheWeek in several episodes, including "The Curse of Fenric", and "Survival", the latter of which was intentional on the author's part and even censored a bit by the BBC.
** Whilst the [[ChildhoodFriends Doctor/]][[FriendlyEnemy Master]] FoeYay has always existed, ''WebAnimation/ScreamOfTheShalka'' and the 2005 reboot took it further than it had ever been. Creator/PaulCornell [[WordOfGod confirmed]] that the Doctor and the android Master were in item in ''Scream of the Shalka'', while Creator/RussellTDavies has confirmed on multiple times that he believes the two to be almost soul mates, which is part of what makes it so tragic. Creator/StevenMoffat has also admitted to shipping them, going so far as to [[RelationshipUpgrade get them together]] at the end of ''Recap/DoctorWhoTheCurseOfFatalDeath'', after the Doctor regenerates into a female body.
* The BBC's ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' has enough of this that it's been [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] since the first episode, when one of the [[HeterosexualLIfePartners two main characters]] thought the other was hitting on him and their landlady [[MistakenForGay assumed they were a couple]]. Later episodes see John Watson [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday repeatedly telling secondary characters that he isn't gay]], and he does, indeed, date women.
* Often played for laughs on ''Series/BlueMountainState'', a show notable for its use of the TestosteronePoisoning trope as well. [[AmbiguouslyBi Thad]] has a penchant for finding ways to get the team naked and subjecting them to sadistic things, often as a part of hazing, or just for reasons that only make sense to him. Also, being a show about a bunch of {{Dumb Jock}}s constantly [[AnythingThatMoves thinking about, talking about and seeking sex]], this trope comes into play quite a bit. One player even mistakenly thinks he is being invited to a [[AThreesomeIsHot threesome]] with the coach and his wife and after some agonizing decides to go for it, and not just to have a shot at the wife.
* ''{{Angel}}''. A RunningGag with the title character is that he's often MistakenForGay, but when rival vampire Spike joins Team Angel in Season 5 the HoYay goes off the scale. This is lampshaded in the DVDCommentary for "Destiny".
-->"They're always up for a little homoeroticism — David and James."
-->"I think this was the scene when JossWhedon saw it shot he said, "Why don't they kiss already?"
* Troy and Abed from ''Series/{{Community}}'', and everybody knows it. To the point where, when Troy starts dating Britta, Abed is referred to as her "boyfriend's boyfriend". And when Abed starts spending time with a new friend, Troy becomes jealous and goes "all psycho girlfriend on him", in the words of Britta ''while she is on a date with Troy''.
* ''Series/EastboundAndDown''--The ongoing relationship between Kenny and Stevie is a terrific parody of a romantic relationship, Kenny being the (over)dominant personality and Stevie being the emotionally sensitive one.
* ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' has the famous, beloved relationship between Xena and Gabrielle, which had everything (including multiple on-screen kisses) short of explicit confirmation that they were a couple. The writers proceeded to then ramp up the subtext even further in the final seasons.
* While ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a canon lesbian character with Willow it still got in quite a bit of this trope too, namely in Buffy and Willow's friendship (before she came out) and Buffy and Faith's intense, emotionally charged rivalry. The guys sometimes got in on it too, with writer Jane Espenson [[WordOfGod confirming]] that Giles and Ethan were written like ex-boyfriends. As Creator/JossWhedon [[WordOfGod has said]], he writes all of the relationships in Buffy to be a little bit romantic, so his fans can "BYO subtext."
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[[folder:Mythology]]
* Gilgamesh and Enkidu in ''Literature/TheEpicOfGilgamesh'' is the UrExample.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''Radio/HelloCheeky'' took great delight in this trope...which is a bit strange, since two of the four main characters were married.
-->'''Barry:''' Oh, Denis, don't get upset. I do love you when you're angry...but don't get upset.
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* ''Theatre/AGentlemansGuideToLoveAndMurder'' includes an entire song between Henry and Monty, "Bettter With A Man," full of wordplay that deliberately evokes this.
-->'''When a fellow needs a little helping hand/ Who'll be there? It's almost guaranteed/ No one else could ever really understand/ Only another man knows what you need/ And when a man has fallen down upon his knees/ In such a moment who'd be better than/ Someone who's self-controlled/ Someone who's strong and bold/ Someone as good as gold/ It's better with a man.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'', Fenrich is [[CrazyJealousGuy possessive enough]] of Valvatorez that Fuka wonders if he's gay for the vampire in question. He never says he isn't. This only increases with the Tyrant Valvetorz Flashback DLC.
* [[JerkAss Jin]] [[BrokenAce Kisa]][[AnnoyingYoungerSibling ragi]] of ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' has a [[AmbiguouslyGay severely]] [[{{Yandere}} disturbing]] [[DepravedHomosexual fixation]] upon his [[IncestSubtext older brother]], [[AntiHero Ragna]] [[OneManArmy the]] [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Bloodedge]]. On the one hand, WordOfGod has it that Jin is straight, [[OfficialCouple in love with]] [[FieryRedHead Tsubaki Yayoi]] and cannot concieve how his feelings for his brother could ever be interpreted by others as romantic in nature. On the other hand, the guys over at Creator/ArcSystemWorks are also having ''[[ComedicSociopathy WAAAYYY]]'' too much fun abusing Ragna's {{buttmonkey}} status by upping the subtext to nigh-canonical levels for anyone to really give a damn about their Word Of Straight.
* In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Michael and Trevor's relationship borders on this. Throw in RuleOfFunny and you get gems like:
-->'''Michael''': So you're taking me on a date, and you forgot your car, T?
* Leon Powalski, a character from ''[[VideoGame/StarFox Star Fox]]'', has a dialog with Panther when Wolf performs a secret taunt in the Lylat Cruise stage in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. Brawl]]''. This gives a rather ''interesting'' view to the character.
-->'''Panther''': A skirmish... Just the place for a bunch of space drifters like ourselves.
-->'''Leon''': Star Wolf is really giving it his all otu there. I'm more than a bit envious of him. Those razor-sharp claws. Those keen fangs. He moves wildly and fights with the spirit of a warrior possessed! Any prey he sets his eye on is doomed to be shredded to pieces!
-->'''Panther''': Umm... Leon? Are you feeling all right?
-->'''Leon''': Yes, of course! Fine! Just fine. Haa ha haaaaa ha haaahaaa...
-->'''Panther''': Set me straight here Leon. Are you envious of the shred-DER or the shred-DEE?
** And in ''Star Fox Command'' his ship is called the Rainbow Delta.
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* Issei and Shirou in ''FateStayNight.'' Shirou notices occasionally and is kind of bothered, though Issei seems oblivious as to how his behavior appears. As of ''FateHollowAtaraxia'', even the other students at their school notice it, mentally including Issei as part of the harem surrounding Shirou.
** While ''LightNovel/FateZero'' proper is quiet on the homoerotic tension between some of the Masters and their Servants, the Einzbern Consultation Room shorts are anything but.
-->'''Zecchan:''' The fanfic for those two[[note]]Waver and Rider[[/note]] is going to be ''so hot.''
* Charlotte and Mary in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth.'' The series is extremely fond of highly ambiguous writing and portraying non sexual things in a sexual manner, so [[spoiler:Charlotte's yandere devotion to Mary]] is probably not romantic. But damn is it hard not read it that way.
* ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'' is rife with this in Shizune's, Lilly's and Hanako's routes, to the point of ThreesomeSubtext. Early on Shizune and Misha are established as almost literally attached at the hip [[spoiler:before the reveal that Misha [[{{Gayngst}} really is]] [[IncompatibleOrientation in love with Shizune]]]], while Lilly and Hanako have the closest, caring, most emotional relationship out of anyone in the cast. Even if he's currently dating one of them, Hisao regularly acknowledges that the girls have a bond that he will likely never understand.
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* Ja Wangnan and Nya Nia from ''TowerOfGod''. Ja keeps commenting on how feminine Nia looks, has quite a few scenes with him, they share a room[[note]] Not by their own choosing[[/note]] and Nia's number is saved under "My Beloved Nia~♥♥". Subtle.[[spoiler: Ja Wangnan does not take his death [[{{Freakout}} well]], which in a society where you can die at any time and already seen countless deaths, ''means'' quite abit.]]
* Fans interpretation of [[http://hiddendepths.smackjeeves.com/comics/1359293/006-charizard/ Charizard and Clefable's]] relationship in ''151 Hidden Depths''.
* Black and White from ''Webcomic/GreyIs'', their relationship has a lot of this. They bicker like a married couple and have no problem showing affection for each other.
* Vinnie and Rabbit from ''{{Webcomic/Skins}}''. They bicker constantly and argue LikeAnOldMarriedCouple.
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* ''WebVideo/DemoReel'' has [[BiTheWay Donnie]], who who [[OopsIForgotIWasMarried despite being married]] gets an entire episode's worth of focus on his heavily implied affairs with two male internet reviewers, titled appropriately enough, ''Lost in Translation: Bromance Version''. He also gets tons of ShipTease with the rest of the cast, especially [[HoYay Karl]], [[OneTrueThreesome Tacoma and Rebecca]].
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the subtext and ShipTease between Aang/Zuko, Sokka/Zuko, Katara/Toph, Roku/Sozin, and Azula/Ty Lee, among other couples, is completely deliberate on the part of the writers, between WordOfGod and in-show LampshadeHanging. The writers are very fandom-savvy, and at least half of the HoYay in the show was intentional.
* ''TheSimpsons'':
** Lenny and Carl. There have been a few jokes about this, of course.
-->'''Lenny''': ''[seeing Homer and Marge kissing]'' Remember when we used to kiss like that... with our respective girlfriends?
** Later season did the same for Wiggum and Lou. Wiggum is usually the overly [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything emotional wife/girlfriend]].
-->'''Wiggum''': Lou, you ''can't'' leave the force! I can ''change''!\\
'''Lou''': I just think there's more money in private security.\\
'''Wiggum''': What I'm hearing is I'm too fat! ''[Eats a sundae between sobs]''
** One episode brought Chief Wiggum and Homer together. There was a falling out between them when Wiggum became too needy but they kind of make up by the end.
** While Smithers would obviously prefer his relationship with Mr. Burns to be something different, the show often offered such jokes about their relationship earlier on.
** One episode had Apu and Snake seeing a therapist, acting like a married couple:
-->'''Apu''': He used to rob me 2-3 times a week. Now, I'm lucky if I get it once a month.\\
'''Snake''': He never initiates it. I have to do all the work. He just stands there...\\
'''Therapist''': Now, now, don't talk through him. Talk ''to'' him.\\
'''Snake''': ''(sighs)'' Apu, sometimes when I rob you, it's like you're not even there.\\
'''Apu''': That is because you are robbing my brother Sanjay!\\
'''Snake''': Dude, I didn't know...\\
'''Apu''': Oh, just shut up!
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has many jokes concerning Stan and Kyle's deep friendship. And even when it's not part of a joke, a lot of their deeper moments simply reek of HoYay.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb''
** Buford and Baljeet, up to having an episode about them titled "Bully Bromance Breakup", complete with breakup song.
** Doofenshmirtz and Perry the Platypus constantly have their FriendlyEnemy status played like a dysfunctional couple, the epitome of which was Doof [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything having an "affair" with another secret agent]].
* Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy from ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. In the episode where their partnership was formed, they walk around Ivy's secluded trailer in [[SexDressed nothing but dress shirts and underwear]] and constantly talk about how men are worthless, and in later episodes they share an apartment and continue to walk around in rather skimpy clothing (when Harley is not with the Joker). A later episode has the (scantily-clad) Ivy pushing the (scantily-clad) Harley down onto their hotel room's (single) bed with a pillow, at which point the scene abruptly ends. WordOfGod is that Harley & Ivy are indeed in such a relationship, off and on.
* Lemongrab and his clone, Lemongrab 2, from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. They live together, have babies together, nuzzle when naked, and even ''hug'' when naked. They act like a married couple, and Princess Bubblegum said she had created Lemongrab 2 for Lemongrab "to ''be'' with," in a rather suggestive voice. [[spoiler:And then in "Too Old" Lemongrab eats Lemongrab 2.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TimeSquad'' lived and breathed this trope, with Larry and Buck firmly established as Otto's [[HasTwoMommies parents]], though it pretty much became more "text" and less "subtext" around season two.
* The shorts featuring Ace and Gary (aka "[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Ambiguously Gay Duo]]") from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' were '''riddled''' with this, and lampshaded constantly by everyone who saw them in action.
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