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Our hero certainly spends a lot of time rescuing that [[SaveThePrincess princess]], so he must really care about her. And it's a safe bet that she really cares about him, so it's only natural to assume they're more than JustFriends, right?

But wait...had anyone actually [[WordOfGod said]] that the two of them are together, or are you just assuming? Is the character denying the truth or stating it when he says "SheIsNotMyGirlfriend"? Is it NotWhatItLooksLike -- or is it? We could ask questions all day.

Either way, in a serial work, this allows the author to gently cover their bums when it comes to either ShipSinking ("Hey, the ship never set sail in the ''first'' place") or CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds ("The potential was there from the start"). Expect there to be some fans who pair the couple up regardless - and the writer may state that they HookedUpAfterwards, or leave it to the reader's imagination. Naturally, this goes hand-in-hand[[labelnote:*]]Though whether [[HoldingHands palms cupped or fingers laced, we couldn't tell you]][[/labelnote]] with ShipTease.

If the relationship is left ambiguous because the characters are of the same sex, it's HideYourLesbians.


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Rin's [[ShipperOnDeck observations]] and Kagura's thoughts imply that Kagura's in love with Sesshoumaru. Mouryoumaru's comments and Toutousai's observations confirm that Sesshoumaru's got feelings for Kagura but Creator/RumikoTakahashi leaves the nature of them [[ShipTease open to interpretation]].
* ''TowerOfGod'': Baam chooses to follow Rachel where ever she may go, even if that includes fighting sea monsters even though he had to be taught why people would use violence at all few months prior. Many note that this has a romantic notion to it and the author (of course) hasn't said a thing about their relationship status. She could be a mother figure, big sister, best friend or love interest.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'' [[ShipTease does this a lot]]
** Natsu/Lisanna, though Lucy throws this one into rather gray territory, leaving Natsu with two implied love interests and nothing solid.
** Lyon/Sherry, though this was later busted for Lyon falling for Juvia and Sherry and Ren.
** Lucy has multiple potential love interests, the most prominent being Natsu and Loke.
** Gajeel and Levi, especially in later arcs. Almost constantly together, invested in each other's well being, etc., yet it still has not been clarified if they're a BetaCouple or PlatonicLifePartners.
* ''{{Mazinger}}'':
** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Sayaka were the TropeCodifier for BelligerentSexualTension, spending most of the time together and were very close at each other, and after the FinalBattle they traveled to America together, but they never became a couple. The anime makes Sayaka's feelings very explicit, but downplays Kouji's ones and showing him getting pervy about other women, but both manga versions (especially GoNagai's original story) are more explicit about them wanting to pursue a relationship. They never quite reach the OfficialCouple status, but most fans take that status for granted. In other continuities they did become OfficialCouple on panel, though.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Tetsuya and Jun did not get together on panel, but there were tons of ShipTease throughout the series. Jun spent the whole series chasing Tetsuya as he was ObliviousToLove, and he got jealousy when Jun got some suitor or he thought she would leave him.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Duke and Hikaru clearly cared for each other and loved spending time together, but it was never explicitly stated they were together.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has tons of UnresolvedSexualTension between Shinji and Asuka, together with [[LuminescentBlush Luminescent Blushes]], BelligerentSexualTension, LikeAnOldMarriedCouple, FirstKiss situations... and they clearly show they care for each other (Shinji leaping into a volcano to save Asuka, Asuka visiting him into the hospital after being swallowed by an Angel, Asuka trying warning him about Unit 03's pilot...). However, the nature of the show makes they are completely [[ObliviousToLove oblivious to each other's feelings]], and any attempt to establish a connection ends up in misunderstandings and trauma for both. Nonetheless, the final scene of End of Evangelion hints maybe they finally shall open up to each other; with some spin-offs like ''Manga/NeonGenesisEvangelionAngelicDays'' dropping the "maybe".
** In ''RebuildOfEvangelion'', Shinji's ImpliedLoveInterest is Rei instead of Asuka. [[spoiler:She's still a clone of his mother in this continuity.]]
* Romance between Tai and Sora of ''DigimonAdventure'' was taken for granted back in the early days... to the point that you'd get more flames than ''FanFic/MyImmortal'' for ''not'' putting them together. However, the show itself treated them as very close friends, and one of the OVAs that had them as dating ''also'' had them as squabbing over something incredibly petty, and none of that was ever mentioned again. So when [[DigimonAdventure02 the second]] season pairs her with another character, with Tai's full support, screen canon wasn't broken but the world's headcanon was. [[FanonDiscontinuity The rage still hasn't died over that one]].
* In several ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' adaptations Misty was this for Red/Ash. It's a point of controversy in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]: the original writers stated that the two are too young to recognise their feelings, and most of the dialogue implying attraction in the Japanese version leaned more towards PlatonicLifePartners than romance. The English dub just bluntly [[PromotedToLoveInterest promoted]] her to AllLoveIsUnrequited - many instances of dialogue were rewritten in an attempt to push the couple, and even more notoriously, Misty's farewell sequence had the scenes depicted in the flashback completely changed (the original focused less on her as a {{Love Interest|s}}, and more on her as a trainer and [[TrueCompanions as a friend]]).
** James and Jesse too, in the anime. There have actually been a few subtle hints that James ''does'' have feelings for Jesse, but never anything serious, but fans tend to think otherwise.
* Setsuna F. Seiei of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has two; RebelliousPrincess Marina Ismail and BridgeBunny Feldt Grace.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' is a confusing case. While there are undoubtedly several potential pairings who get enough ShipTease to justify calling it this, some characters are involved in more than one of these pairings, which leaves a situation where a character can have numerous other characters where a hook-up would have received enough subtext to not come as a surprise.
* While possibly not the case with their counterparts in ''GoLion'', Keith and Princess Allura in ''Voltron'' are widely considered the show's OfficialCouple, but their feelings for each other are never stated to go beyond friendship. It's possible that they are in love with each other and just don't realize it, but aside from a ton of ShipTease the show doesn't really portray them as a couple.
* Suzuna and Sena of ''{{Eyeshield 21}}''. The two have a {{meet cute}} introduction to each other, people often think they're a couple, and Suzuna states that she doesn't view Sena as a little brother (unlike Mamori). Sena's feelings for Suzuna are left rather ambiguous as well, other then the fact that he's rather protective of her.
* And then there's {{CLAMP}}. Hundreds of characters, dozens of [[FanPreferredCouple pairings]] and barely enough [[OfficialCouple actual couples]] to count on two hands. Well, [[ThisExplainsSoMuch it's CLAMP]].

* The Harvey Comics CasperTheFriendlyGhost series has him and Wendy, when the two cross over, as inseparable best friends who have been so since time out of mind. On top of that, the two are ''both'' good members of races that the world thinks are AlwaysChaoticEvil (in this comic, OurGhostsAreDifferent makes ghosts just one more of the Enchanted Forest's fantasy races, not dead humans or dead ''anything.'' Witches are also a WitchSpecies, though magic must also be learned. Usually, ghosts scare people and witches play magical pranks and both treat their job in life - yes, 'life' applying to ghosts too in this case.) Of course, we never get confirmed non-platonic-ness.

* Zach and Magenta in ''Film/SkyHigh''.
* Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia in ''Franchise/StarWars: Film/ANewHope''. The [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41ALruZJOuE original advertising]] even said that she and Luke were "in love", which, given how [[SeparatedAtBirth that worked out]], is now HilariousInHindsight. Even today, people who haven't seen all the ''Star Wars'' movies tend to assume that she is Luke's girlfriend.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Megamind}}'', Roxanne mentions that she was never in a relationship with Metroman, despite the public assumptions and the way he kept saving her from Megamind's schemes.
* In the {{DVD Commentary}} for ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'' they say there seems to be a spark between Maurice and Mrs. Potts, though they're just standing next to each other.
* ''Film/PacificRim'': Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket might also count, as it's unclear whether they are this, LikeBrotherAndSister, or JustFriends. The ending leaves it ambiguous when they share a HeadbuttOfLove instead of the expected BigDamnKiss.
* The XMenTrilogy leaves the relationship between Magneto and Mystique a little vague. Especially in ''First Class''.

* In the ''[[TheColSecTrilogy ColSec Trilogy]]'', there's nothing to [[ShipTease unequivocally establish]] Cord and Samella as an OfficialCouple. That said, it's pretty clear by the end of the trilogy that Cord is in love with Samella, and there are hints that Samella probably reciprocates.
* In ''Literature/ThievesLikeUs'', the exact relationship between Con and Motti is difficult to pinpoint. While the two mostly interact as friends and co-workers, there is one part in the first book where Motti looks after Con while she has a HeroicBSOD and admits he feels something for her, but suspects she wouldn't reciprocate. When she wakes up, she tells him she heard some of what was going on around her, and adds that he is the sort of guy she could be with. Even after this though, the two never actually share romantic scenes and show no indication that they might do so.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Generally assumed for Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, as well as Ben Jackson and [[OnlyOneName Polly]]. Ian and Barbara were eventually made canon by a throwaway line in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', which revealed that they had married.
** Despite being NoHuggingNoKissing the original series has several of the Doctor/companion relationships possessing a romantic tinge, namely Three/Jo, Four/Sarah Jane, and ''especially'' Four/Romana. Four/Sarah Jane was finally made canon after thirty years in the New-''Who'' episode "School Reunion", in which the Tenth Doctor told Sarah Jane that his Fourth incarnation had loved her but chosen not to pursue the relationship for various reasons.
** The Doctor and the Master are widely assumed to have either a highly dysfunctional relationship or a romance that went sour. Not at all hurt by the new series laying on ShipTease so thick it could be cut with a chainsaw.
** The Second Doctor and Jamie, mostly because the actors both thought it would be fun to play them like this. Keep in mind that this was in the 1960s, when homosexuality was still illegal in Britain (although by that point barely ever prosecuted).
** Rose's relationship with the lonely Dalek in the episode "Dalek". Both of them seem to fall in love with each other a bit, the Dalek agonising over the positive emotions it feels towards her and Rose herself being awed by the Dalek's [[TheGrotesque vulnerability]], [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome monstrous beauty]] and [[YouSexyBeast power]], but it's left implicit because having either character acknowledge it for the benefit of the audience would turn it from being heartwrenching into pure {{Squick}} due to the [[LittleGreenManInACan nature]] and [[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad personality]] of the Dalek species, as well as create a case of NeverLiveItDown for the reboot Daleks.
* In an alternate future of ''StarTrekEnterprise'', the now elderly Captain Jonathan Archer is being cared for by T'Pol. However, an injury prevents him from remembering all that's happened since he was last on the Enterprise. T'Pol says to him that she fully understands that he might consider all this to be an illusion or an elaborate deception. To alleviate his fears she tells him the story of an old girlfriend he wanted to marry back on Earth. The stunned Archer wants to know just what kind of 'relationship' he and T'Pol have that he'd ever tell her the story. She'll only say their relationship has "evolved".
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' did this to various degrees for Blake/Jenna, Avon/Cally, Tarrant/Dayna, and Avon/Soolin.
* ''Series/KeyWest'' only managed to last 12 episodes, but in those 12, Seamus O'Neill and Savannah Sumner would flirt with each other in ''every single scene'' they were in together. And this was way above and beyond the normal flirtatious manner that Savannah had due to her being the show's resident HookerWithAHeartOfGold. Fans of the show assumed they'd eventually hook up. The show was cancelled before anything concrete happened unfortunately.

* Jim Stafford's song "My Girl Bill", despite its name, uses ExactWords to imply that the (male) singer is in a relationship with a ''man'' named Bill, who he is calling "My Girl Bill." At the end, it [[TomatoSurprise turns out]] that [[spoiler:he and Bill are competing over the same woman; the singer has been saying "Don't get between me and my girl, Bill."]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* The best example would have to be Princess Peach from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'', and it may extend to Princess Daisy from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand''. No romantic connection was made explicit, yet everyone assumes.
** Lampshaded by Luvbi in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'', and it's shown that the other characters seem to be just as clueless about whatever's going on between Mario and Peach, which leads Luvbi to think it is an unrequited crush.
*** The ''Paper Mario'' game before that seems to have [=NPCs=] throw out plenty of {{Ship Tease}}s, and the things Peach says while in captivity seem to imply that she thinks of Mario as a lot more than a friend, however the interaction with Luvbi is probably the only time where Mario and Peach's relationship is explored beyond the two knowing each other, unless you count Bowser accusing Mario of "trying to get between he and Peach".
** The various games and other sources seem to go back and forth with how "official" Mario/Peach is. Some outright confirm their relationship, others only imply it.
* The eponymous Princess from ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'' series of games. Note that technically this is [[IdenticalGrandson more than one]] princess and [[LegacyCharacter more than one Link]]. The romantic connection between varies greatly depending on the game, from strongly implied (like in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSpiritTracks Spirit Tracks]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'') to practically non-existent (like in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'').
** Link can get multiple Implied Love Interests in some games, which helps add to the ambiguity. [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime The Hero of Time]] had Saria and Malon in addition to Zelda as implies love interests, not to mention the one-sided (at the least) InterspeciesRomance crush that Ruto had on Link. ''Twilight Princess'' Link had Ilia as a more overt love interest, and Midna and (sort of) Zelda as possible implied ones.
* Essentially ''any'' time there's a possibility of the [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter potential player characters]] meeting in ''any'' of the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver main]][[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire line]] [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl games]] (Ethan/Lyra, Brendan/May, and Lucas/Dawn respectively, the other member of the pair being an [=NPC=]).
** [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Wes and Rui]] also qualify, very much in the [[RescueRomance same vein]] as Mario and Peach themselves.
** This is the situation between [[PlayerCharacter Rosa/Nate]] and Curtis/Yancy in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2''. It's painfully obvious that Curtis/Yancy has developed a major crush on Rosa/Nate, and if you follow his/her SidequestSidestory to [[GuideDangIt its conclusion]], the two eventually have a FerrisWheelDateMoment together.
* In ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'', it is implied [[TheLancer Riku]] has feelings for [[TheChick Kairi]]. Nevertheless, he lets [[OfficialCouple Sora and Kairi]] be [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy together]].
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' has a few of these, the most telling is the ambiguous relationship between [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl and Flonne]]. While Laharl repeatedly claims to [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend not like her]], his actions in the game suggest otherwise, going as far as [[spoiler:to attempt a HeroicSacrifice. At the time, she was NotQuiteDead in the canon ending while in the normal ending he really does go through with it.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is quite heavy with two of the LoveInterests, [[FirstGirlWins Yukari]] and [[RobotGirl Aigis]]. Yukari gets quite a few scenes with the protagonist in the beginning of the plot, though it dies down eventually. Aigis is a full-blown StalkerWithACrush, justified that she [[spoiler: sealed Death into the protagonist but doesn't remember.]] It should also be noted that [[spoiler: the protagonist dies in Aigis' arms in all versions of the game with the exception of New Game Plus in the PSP version.]] In both cases, completing the girl's Social Link makes her relationship with the protagonist overtly romantic, but since that's also the case with every ''other'' female Social Link in the game, none of whom are mutually exclusive, the issue of whether there can be said to be a canon LoveInterest and, if so, who it is continues to be a subject of debate in the fandom, with Yukari and Aigis as the two most likely contenders.
** It's worth noting that in "[[PlayableEpilogue The Answer]]", Aigis and Yukari are the two party members who take [[spoiler:the protagonist's HeroicSacrifice]] especially hard.
* [[RedBaron Yellow]] [[AntiVillain Thirteen]] and [[ActionGirl Yellow Four]] in ''VideoGame/{{Ace Combat 04|ShatteredSkies}}''. It's heavily implied after Yellow Four [[spoiler:is shot down ''by you.'']]
* ''VideoGame/BeyondGoodAndEvil'' fans, thanks to [[DevelopmentHell the continued non-existence of the sequel to confirm or deny their theories]], are still debating what Double H means to Jade. On one hand, he's extremely devoted to her, treats her with chivalrous kindness, and even gets to [[SmoochOfVictory kiss her once.]] On Jade's side, she gets in a [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend He Is Not My Boyfriend]] moment. One could interpret [[PhotoMontage certain parts of the ending]] as him moving in with her. On the other hand, he's [[MayDecemberRomance more than a decade her senior]], and while they do grow very close, the lack of any real statements on the nature of their relationship (BattleCouple, or just FireForgedFriends?) will leave fans debating until the sequel actually (if ever) arrives.
* Done very well in ''VideoGame/CaveStory'', where the protagonist and his female counterpart Curly Brace are almost never seen in particularly romantic situations, but it's still clear that they care about each other in some way.
* Liara T'Soni in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. In ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' she was the only character who could be romanced by both genders, and by later games she gets upgraded to being "Shepard's closest companion" regardless of how you actually treated her in conversations. Most damning enough is that, before the extended cut of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', [[spoiler:she was always the player's final thoughts as Shepard dies unless they romanced Ashley or Kaidan]]. Regardless, it's [[BrokenBase a contentious subject amongst the Bioware fanbase]].
* Edge in ''VideoGame/AceCombat5TheUnsungWar'' is obsessed with Blaze [[PlayerCharacter (that's you, bub)]] and at the end she has a child. The obvious indication is Edge was with Blaze, assuming the player is male.
* The ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' series has a few of these:
** Julia or Lana for Seliph in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemJugdral Genealogy of the Holy War]]'', though the former is jossed upon [[spoiler: Seliph finding out they're related. It's more blatant in the Oosawa Mitsuki manga adaptation, though]].
** Lilina for Roy in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Sealed Sword]]''. They even get a special cutscene in the Good Ending if you get them to A support.
** Ninian for Eliwood in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe The Blazing Sword]]'', supported by the fact that Ninian is canonically in love with him.
** Either Prince Innes or Seth the Paladin for Eirika in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]''. [[ShipToShipCombat Discuss with caution]].
** Subverted with Princess Elincia for Ike in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]]''. There seems to be a teeny bit of ship tease between the two (mostly in the American localization) but in the end they remain platonic friends and in the sequel, Elincia is more or less canon with her loyal knight Geoffrey.
** Like Eirika, Chrom from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' gets two -- Sumia and the Female Avatar. [[ShiptoShipCombat Again, discuss with caution.]].
* The ''[[Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog Sonic the Hedgehog]]'' series generally avoids the subject of romance, aside from Amy's unrequited crush on Sonic, but there have been implications between Knuckles the Echidna and Rouge the Bat, and Sonic and Blaze the Cat.
* Ribbon from ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' is the closest thing to a love interest in the ''Franchise/{{Kirby}}'' series. If you get the good ending, which requires OneHundredPercentCompletion, Ribbon will give Kirby a kiss, making him blush. It depends on whether you interpret the kiss as a romantic one or just a simple "Thank you" kiss. This is probably why Ribbon is [[EnsembleDarkhorse so popular]] despite only being in one game.
* Cloud and Aerith from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII''. Although it is implied that Aerith was attracted to similarities to her previous boyfriend Zack ([[spoiler: who happened to be Cloud's sort-of BigBrotherMentor in the backstory and in ''Crisis Core'']]) and WordOfGod confirms Tifa is the official love interest, there's still massive amounts of subtext. The ''KingdomHearts'' games play into this by presenting Aerith as Cloud's implied love interest. It's also worth noting that in the romantic mini-game[[note]]That determines which of the playable females (or Barrett) will go on a date with Cloud in the Gold Saucer[[/note]], Aerith is the easiest one to get. In order to get Tifa, you must first alienate Aerith. [[spoiler: Then... Aerith dies, making a relationship a tad tricky]].
** ''Advent Children'' plays into this as well. Tifa and Cloud are living together but display no couple-type habits and their scenes together could easily be interpreted as a platonic bond. Then there's that flirty smile she gives him at the end. It also doesn't help that the movie presents Aerith as [[spoiler: TheLostLenore]], yet at end [[spoiler: she and Zack are seen TogetherInDeath.]]
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' does this with Lulu and Wakka. She previously dated his brother Chappu who died in battle. Tidus simply suggests to her that she get with Wakka instead at one point. She does share a tender moment with him in the middle of the game but it's left vague. The sequel is two years later and they're suddenly married with a baby on the way.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2'' also gives Rikku one as well. A lot of the scenes with Gippal are optional and if you miss some of them, it's this trope. If you get all of them (for 100% Completion) then it results in a MaybeEverAfter.
* All of the player characters in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII''. Vaan and Penelo have grown up together and they're certainly quite close. They are implied to be together by the end of the game. Balthier and Fran have also been partners (as in sky pirates) for years and there are obvious signs of flirting - as well as a handful of tender moments between them. Ashe and Basch do have an interesting relationship and this line from Penelo "I know Ashe misses Basch" implies some kind of romantic connection.
* Kasumi and [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]] are a known case of this in the VideoGame/DeadOrAlive series. Ever since Dead or Alive 2 came out plenty of fans deemed them to be the OfficialCouple of the series due to their interactions in the game forgetting about Ryu's original LoveInterest Irene Lew. (But in all fairness back then Irene was basically [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome all but forgotten about at the time]], aside from a brief mention in the first game.) However after when Irene became an AscendedExtra in DOA Dimensions and Ninja Gaiden 3 she regains her position as Ryu's LoveInterest.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Rai/Kim from ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'' is a very popular ship on FF.net, and while there are indications that they might like each other in the series (Rai dreaming about being on a date with Kim, Rai being the only one of the guys that Kim kisses on the cheek, the third season episode "Dreamstalker" confirming Rai's side), it is never outright stated whether Kimiko reciprocates or not.
* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Fillmore}},'' Fillmore and Ingrid.
* Did anyone ever watch ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'' and ''not'' assume he and Kelly had a thing for each other, despite no real evidence?
* Raven and Beast Boy in ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', despite WordOfGod that the team (barring [[OfficialCouple Robin and Starfire]]) view each other LikeBrotherAndSister. Bumblebee and Cyborg come at a close second.
* [[CloudCuckoolander Spongebob]] and [[TheSmartGuy Sandy]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants.'' It's occasionally implied SpongeBob has a crush on her, but nothing has been confirmed.
* [[OnlySaneMan Mac]] and [[ManicPixieDreamGirl Goo]] from ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends.'' Admittedly Goo's first appearance was filled with SheIsNotMyGirlfriend and a few bits of Mac accidentally [[ShipTease Ship Teasing]] himself with her, but throughout the rest of the series their relationship seems to be completely platonic. Though this dynamic could be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] by them being all of ''8''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** Deconstructed with Finn and Princess Bubblegum. Sure, Finn has a PrecociousCrush on PB and he frequently rescues her, but she only thinks of him as a close friend at most. They come ''very'' close to confirming their ship when she is de-aged, but it's thoroughly nixed when she returns to her original age. One episode involved him singing a song about how confusing it was ("What am I to you? Am I a joke, your knight, or your brother?") that also includes his sentiment that it doesn't really matter as long as they are ''at least'' friends and get to hang out. He eventually gets over the romantic aspects when he meets [[SecondLove Flame Princess]], although he makes a few attempts to re-kindle something with PB after ''that'' relationship ends.
* Aerrow and Piper on ''WesternAnimation/StormHawks'' are close friends and have several intimate moments throughout the series. Their relationship never goes into anything explicitly romantic, but you could hardly be faulted for assuming it was intended to be. Then again, they could just be PlatonicLifePartners.
* Fred and Daphne in the original ''ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' cartoon may very well be the Western Animation UrExample. In the original series, none of the character were [[NoHuggingNoKissing romantically linked.]] The closest the series came to outright ShipTease was occasionally having the pair dance together. This was enough for the general audience to assume they were couple. It's become so synonymous with the franchise that [[ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries many]] ''[[Film/ScoobyDoo many]]'' [[ScoobyDooTheMysteryBegins future]] [[ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated adaptations]] have took the subtext and just ran with it.
* Mulan and Captain Li Shang in ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''. They blush around each other and Mulan asks the captain to stay for dinner, but no one outright says that they are a couple. Subverted in the 2nd Mulan movie when they get married.
* Rudy and Penny of ''ChalkZone'' fame, if they're not a ToyShip.