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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.

The Implied Love Interest is when one character fills the role of a {{Love Interest|s}} to another character in the narrative, or otherwise has a lot of tropes related to being a Love Interest surrounding them, but nothing explicit in the narrative or from the creators is ever stated on the matter. One reason for this trope is in a serial work, it 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"). The writer may state that they HookedUpAfterwards, or leave it to the reader's imagination. Expect there to be at least some fans who pair the couple up regardless.

A variation also happens a lot in video games where the player has more than one possible love interest. One character will often be the "preferred" option, with the most work gone into their romantic "route," hints nudging the player in their direction early on (such as being the [[FirstGirlWins first one the player runs into]]), or just the easiest to connect with unless the player deliberately chooses to go with another choice.

Naturally, this goes hand-in-hand--though whether [[HoldingHands palms cupped or fingers laced, we couldn't tell you]]--with ShipTease. If the relationship is left ambiguous because the characters are of the same gender, it's HideYourLesbians, or if we are talking about characters who are close relatives with respect to each other, it's IncestSubtext.

Compare with TheNotLoveInterest, which is similar, but the romantic implications do not actually exist.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'' has an incredibly bleak example of this, with Levi and his NumberTwo Petra seeming very close but never openly affectionate. Petra's father even tells Levi that his daughter was thinking about getting married, unknown to [[DramaticIrony the fact that]] [[spoiler: [[TearJerker Levi just watched her die.]] ]]
* ''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.
* ''Anime/TheBigO'': All but outright stated in Roger and R. Dorothy's case. It isn't long before their friends and even their enemies become aware that there's [[UnresolvedSexualTension something between them.]] Further lampshaded by the lyrics of ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAg3qLkLPLU "And Forever"]]'', which plays during the end credits of each episode.
* Romance between Tai and Sora of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' was taken for granted back in the early days, however the show itself treated them as very close friends, and one of the [=OVAs=] that had them as dating ''also'' had them as squabbling over something incredibly petty, and none of that was ever mentioned again. So when [[Anime/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]].
** The [[ShipToShipCombat shipping wars]] have exploded with new ferocity thanks to Anime/DigimonAdventureTri basically reversing Matt and Sora's LastMinuteHookup and having all '''three''' pairings ([[FanPreferredCouple Taiora]], [[StrangledByTheRedString Sorato]] and [[HoYay Taito]]) being teased. Just in case things weren't confusing enough.
** In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', Riley and Yamaki seem to be more than just workmates, as evidenced by their numerous scenes together (unlike her fellow operator, Tally), though the show never explicitly states ''how'' close they are.
* Suzuna and Sena of ''Manga/{{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.
** From the same series, Mamori and Hiruma. They started butting heads a lot since Hiruma is a psychotic delinquent who [[TeamDad toughen up the team and motivate Sena through fear and pride talk]] and Mamori is the class rep who [[TeamMom protects the more vulnerable members like Sena and clean up after them]]. As the story goes on Mamori is one of the few that can tell when Hiruma is hiding his exhaustion and softens up to him while Hiruma, who is still confrontational but so with everyone else, relies on her a lot. Suzuna even become their ShipperOnDeck.
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Natsu/Lisanna initially, though later Lucy throws it to the ground. Lucy's the first girl introduced; she's the main heroine next to the main hero; they have several openings and closings that straight up imply at least Lucy's got a thing for him; the list goes on. Natsu/Lisanna shippers remain ever faithful but the amount of Natsu/Lucy shipping in the series is heavily outweighs the probably 3 or 4 times after Lisanna's [[BackFromTheDead been]] [[ExecutiveMeddling reintroduced.]] Even Lisanna pretty much admits that they make a cute couple during the Grand Magic Games. [[ShipSinking There's been like 3 scenes showing symbolism where Natsu/Lisanna has been replaced by Natsu/Lucy.]]
** [[BetaCouple Gray/Juvia]]. Juvia was very obviously ''always'' interested in him, but Gray tended to treat her as just an ally at first while rejecting her overt displays of affection. Later arcs have him slowly transitioning to tolerating to even reciprocating them, though never overtly.
** Lyon/Sherry similarly to the above, with Sherry being Juvia and Lyon the Gray in the situation, but Sherry eventually moved on to Ren, who reciprocated more openly to the point of them eventually being engaged, while Lyon got a crush on Juvia, though he stopped after seeing how much she pined for Grey.
** Gajeel and Levi, especially in later arcs. Almost constantly together, invested in each other's well being, etc. Gajeel remaining ObliviousToLove is much more played up.
** By the end of the manga, almost all of the couples are definitively resolved one way or another. The biggest one still up in the air is ironically [[spoiler: Lucy and Natsu]]. There's a lot of ship tease but the series deliberately ends on a MomentKiller and avoids a definitive answer.
* Unlike in the manga/''Brotherhood'' anime (where he is [[SingleTargetSexuality exclusively]] into Winry from the start), Edward does not have a clear love interest in the 2003 ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''. He has ShipTease with both Winry and Rose. On Winry's side, there is clear tease in [[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness early episodes]]; however, by the middle their relationship is more subdued to the point where it's ambiguous if it's meant to be romantic or familial; official art loves shipping them, though. A dubiously canon OVA featuring Edward's grandchildren includes a girl who looks exactly like Winry, although that could also imply Alphonse/Winry [[spoiler:or even either one marrying Winry's alter instead of the "actual" Winry]]. Rose clearly likes Edward, but whether he likes her back is ambiguous. He does blush when they dance together, though.
* While possibly not the case with their counterparts in ''Anime/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.
** As mentioned before, comic adaptations and the successor ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' are rather blatant that they are.
* ''Manga/InuYasha'': Rin's [[ShipperOnDeck observations]] and Kagura's thoughts imply that Kagura's in love with Sesshomaru. Moryomaru's comments and Totosai's observations confirm that Sesshomaru's got feelings for Kagura but Creator/RumikoTakahashi leaves the nature of their relationship [[ShipTease open to interpretation]].
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' has ''three''--Saruhiko and Misaki, Kuroh and Shiro, and Seri and Izumo. In something of an aversion/subversion of HideYourLesbians, the last one there is the only het couple and the only ones who don't have a legitimate reason why they just haven't had a chance. As of the end of ''Return of Kings'', [[spoiler: Saruhiko and Misaki have just gotten back to being friends after three years of fighting, and Shiro just returned to his original body after being body-swapped for the whole time he's known Kuroh--the attraction was [[CrushBlush clearly]] there from the start but he was in a complete stranger's body, [[FridgeHorror so that would have been odd]].]]
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': The exact nature of Takaki's relationship with Yuuka is [[HomoeroticSubtext ambiguous enough]] that it borders on being a case of HideYourLesbians.
** There's subtle implications, such as when they arrived together for the student council's vacation to Okino Island, as if the were a couple. At other times, like the chapter 45 preface page[[note]]which shows them blatantly engaged in foreplay, while spooning together in lingerie[[/note]] the manga outright teases the possibility, though the page caption asserts it has nothing to do with the story.
** Despite this, it's still implied that EveryoneCanSeeIt, though no one ever actually confirms it. The closest instance being Takaki's concern during the time of Yuuka's capture. In chapter 81, Minori and the others each try to assure her that Yuuka would be fine. When Yuuka escapes and safely returns to Tenbi, it causes Takaki to [[NotSoStoic openly]] [[TearsOfJoy shed tears]] as Yuuka apologizes for making her worry.
* ''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 Creator/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.
* ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' has Kanna and Riko. Riko's feelings for Kanna are incredibly obvious (to the point that the anime turned it into a RunningGag), but Kanna's feelings are more ambiguous.
* Setsuna F. Seiei of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' has BridgeBunny Feldt Grace, especially in the movie. Setsuna and Marina are more like PlatonicLifePartners.
* ''[[Anime/{{Patlabor}} Patlabor: The Mobile Police]]'': The exact status of Noa and Asuma's relationship is difficult determine because the writers were so ambiguous about it, that fans have [[http://tsuzukusekai.wordpress.com/2010/02/01/the-eternal-patlabor-debate/ continued to debate the subject over 20 years later.]] In-series, their squadmates [[EveryoneCanSeeIt are convinced]] that their partnership goes deeper than [[JustFriends "just friends"]] and even [[IdolSinger Hana]] noticed it, during her brief stint with the [=SVU2=]. Several episodes even show them [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uanTC9ELCXk going out while off-duty]] and the last 2-3 episodes imply that the nature of their relationship [[MaybeEverAfter may be changing]], if it hasn't already.
** It's finally subverted in ''[[Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor The Next Generation]]'' live-action continuity, which is [[DistantFinale set 15 years after]] the OVA's conculsion and reveals that [[TheyDo Noa eventually married Asuma.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** In several adaptations Misty was this for Red's counterpart [[note]]there were no female player characters in ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue''[[/note]], though the games themselves have Red and Misty being buddy-buddy in at least one official art.
*** It's a point of controversy in [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]]: the original writers stated that the two are too young to recognize their feelings, and some of the dialogue implying attraction in the Japanese version could also be interpretated as leaning more towards PlatonicLifePartners than romance. The English dub [[PromotedToLoveInterest promoted]] her to AllLoveIsUnrequited--a few instances of dialogue were rewritten in an attempt to push the couple, and 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]]).
*** The first 4koma had Red drooling over Misty a few times.
*** Satoshi in ''Manga/PokemonZensho'' is implied to be attracted to her, [[SayItWithHearts even using a heart when he talks to her]] a few times.
*** ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'' rather famously heightened the {{UST}} between Ash and Misty far more than the anime ever did, giving them more blatant ShipTease scenes. It even went as far as to give them a MaybeEverAfter.
*** ''Manga/PokemonSpecial'' gave Red two in the form of Misty and a new character named Yellow.
** Jessie and James in the anime. There have actually been a few hints that James ''does'' have feelings for Jessie and vice versa, but the nature of their relationship is vague enough for fans to go either way and changes DependingOnTheWriter.[[note]]Literally in [[CampStraight James']] case.[[/note]]
* In every ''Franchise/YuGiOh'' series, the main group has [[TheSmurfettePrinciple exactly one female character the protagonist's age]], and there are occasional hints of feeling between her and the main protagonist, but the show emphasis on ThePowerOfFriendship means it has never been confirmed as canon. Examples include Anzu from [[Anime/YuGiOh the original]], Asuka from ''[[Anime/YuGiOhGX GX]]'' (later seasons add [[CuteMonsterGirl Yubel]] as well), Aki from ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]'', Kotori from ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal ZEXAL]]'', and Yuzu from ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV ARC-V]]''. Yuzu is the least ambiguous example.
** Also from the original, Jonouchi/Joey and Mai, which is more famous than Yugi and Anzu in some circles.
** Priest Seto and Kisara. WordOfGod outright states that Kaiba's obsession with the Blue-Eyes White Dragon is because of his past incarnation's deep feelings for Kisara, the origin of its Ka.
** Jack and Carly. Carly canonically has feelings for Jack, and Jack has ''something'' for her. However, very little of their relationship after the Dark Signers arc either confirms or denies Jack's feelings for her. It eventually came out that Carly's arc was changed because, as odd as it sounds, her original voice actress was fired after she was found to be a member of a cult.
** ''ARC-V'' gives Yuya and Yuzu at least three {{Identical Stranger}}s from three different dimensions, and at least two of the three pairs are this trope. Yuto with Ruri, and less ambiguous with Yugo and Rin. The relationship between Yuri and Serena however is unknown as of now.
* In ''Anime/Danganronpa3'', Chisa has explicit feelings for Kyosuke, but it's never shown if they were requited. Complicating the matter is that she's one of the two people Kyosuke trusts absolutely, his character arc revolves around [[spoiler:accepting his feelings over her murder and betrayal]], both characters have several flashbacks/monologues about how important the other is to them and their future, and [[spoiler:losing her causes--at the very least--a large part of Kyosuke's insanity]]. All this without a single kiss onscreen. Deepening the ambiguity is Kyosuke's comparison of her to Kyoko... ''another'' implied love interest, this time for the protagonist, Makoto.
** Speaking of... Makoto and Kyoko are shown to care a great deal for each other, [[spoiler:to the point she would rather die herself than kill him]], have a lot of ShipTease-y moments where they comfort or reassure the other, and a flashback shows Makoto blushing when he sees her smile. Episode 10 confirms that yes, he's in love with her, but her feelings are kept quiet.
** Hajime/[[spoiler:Izuru]] and Chiaki, although the subtext is so heavy the only reason it's "implied" is because there was never a RelationshipUpgrade. She's shown to have waited ''a whole year'' for him to return, and his [[spoiler:final thoughts, before undergoing [[DeathOfPersonality his transformation into Izuru]], were of her and how he wanted to be better for her]]. Episode 10 cements that his feelings for her were so strong that [[spoiler:Izuru, who claimed he had no former feelings or memories from his past life, started crying at her death. Then went on to spend years mourning her.]]
* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'':
** Midoriya and Uraraka. Early on, he's extremely nervous and agitated around her, but it's ambiguous whether it's due to having a crush on her or whether he simply wasn't used to talking to any girl, period, as once he gets to know her better their relationship seems mostly platonic. Later on Uraraka ''does'' admit to having a crush on him, but she deliberately decides not to think about it because they both have other important matters to deal with.
** Todoroki and Yaoyorozu hold a very strong mutual respect for each other and after being paired up during a training exercise, help each other work through their issues. Whether the relationship goes deeper than that is up for interpretation.
*** With these two, the author seems to be very aware of exactly what he's teasing. The spin-off series by the author's former assistant, ''SMASH'', which consists of several scenes that are mostly canon but unrelated to events going on in the plot, features a running gag of Todoroki freezing himself and Yaoyorozu sweating machine parts when they are too close physically. They also get a lot of attention on the second drama CD, where they attend a festival together and their classmates follow them around, trying to determine whether it's a date. The audience isn't quite sure either.

* The Harvey Comics ''WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost'' series has Casper and Wendy, when the two cross over, as inseparable best friends who have been so since time out of mind. 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 this as their job in life--yes, 'life' applying to ghosts too in this case.) Of course, we never get confirmed non-platonic-ness.
* In the ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise strip (also adapted in novels and movies) many people assume that the titular character and her sidekick Willie Garvin are an item, though in fact their relationship is strictly platonic. Lampshaded in the fact that many of Willie's real girlfriends are often portrayed as being jealous of his feelings towards Modesty.

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* 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 second movie when they get married.
* Judy and Nick in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}''. It's been clearly established by WordOfGod that they are best friends by the end of the movie. Whether they will remain that way in the future or develop a romantic relationship is an endless source of debate within the fandom. Even the writers, producers, and voice actors can't agree. One of the directors, in particular, doesn't get tired of hinting there's something between them and ''maybe'' they will become a thing in future works. The directors have fully acknowledged that this issue has to be addressed if a sequel is made.
* Poppy and Branch in ''WesternAnimation/{{Trolls}}''. Branch is heavily implied to be in love with Poppy, and she seems to reciprocate by the end of the movie, but in the end nothing is confirmed. It is worth noting that their most predominate duet together is Cyndi Lauper's 'True Colors", a classic love ballad and the scene itself gives off a rather romantic vibe. However, also worth noting is that they don't do anything more than hug, and romantic kissing among trolls is shown to exist in the film's opening number.
* Eggs and Winnie in ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls''. The two share several bonding moments, and are shown to really enjoy dancing with each other at one point, but nothing is confirmed by the end of the movie.

[[folder:Film - Live Action]]
* [[Creator/FredAstaire Fred Ayres]] and [[Creator/GingerRogers Honey Hale]] in ''Film/FlyingDownToRio.'' They're in each other's company a lot, they dance together (naturally), and the last shot is of them drinking champagne together. They seem like a BetaCouple except that they don't do anything overtly romantic onscreen.
* Zach and Magenta in ''Film/SkyHigh2005''. They're frequently together in scenes, both like to [[DeadpanSnarker snark]] at the rest of the cast, dance together at Homecoming (after snarking about how stupid school dances are), and he even [[ShesGotLegs compliments her legs]]… [[RuleOfFunny while she's in guinea pig form]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** 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.
** ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' seems to kind of be heading in the Rey/Finn direction, but there's very little concrete evidence to point to; it could all be read as platonic too. And ''who knows'' what the deal is with Poe![[spoiler:''Film/TheLastJedi'' reaffirms they’re just friends and instead focuses on the romantic tension between Rey and Kylo Ren/Ben Solo who share a Force connection.]]
** ''Film/RogueOne'' depicts a certain chemistry between Jyn and Cassian, which culminates in an intense HeldGaze during an elevator ride that leaves a lot of things left unspoken. All things considered, it's a case of "what might have been" [[spoiler:had they only had more time to share together before their deaths]].
* ''Film/PacificRim'': Mako Mori and Raleigh Becket, 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.
* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'':
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'':
*** The relationship between Magneto and Mystique is a little vague.
*** Sebastian Shaw and Emma Frost; his term of endearment for her is "love," and he calls her "the most exquisite thing I've ever seen in my life." There's also this line:
----> '''Emma Frost''': If that telepath gets inside your head, he won't be as much fun as I am.
*** Charles Xavier and Moira [=MacTaggert=] may have developed a romance while he was recovering from his injury because he kisses her at the end.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
*** Much like ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'', it's left rather vague whether or not Bobby and Kitty had anything going on. ''The Rogue Cut'' makes it explicit because they kiss twice. [[spoiler:Come CosmicRetcon, Bobby is back to being in a relationship with Rogue. Kitty and Colossus co-teaching a class may mean something between them as well.]]
*** Erik and Raven. When she's holding a spike to his throat, he just quips, "It's been a while since we were this close." There is also a hint when Charles asks Erik for the second time, "How is she [Raven]?", and Charles' facial expression when he hears the answer reads, "Oh, god, he has slept with my sister."
--->'''Erik''': She was... we were... I could see why she meant so much to you.
*** In the "Double Take: Xavier & Magneto" featurette on the Blu-Ray release, Creator/MichaelFassbender mentions that his character is "…very close to Mystique, he has very strong feelings for her." On one of the commentaries of ''The Rogue Cut'', Creator/BryanSinger states matter-of-factly that Erik was Mystique's lover.
* Marcus and Esca in ''Film/TheEagle''. While they do become FireForgedFriends, there's no mention of a wife or girlfriend for either of them--aside from Marcus checking out two native women. A planned end to the film had them discussing their plans for the future. There are also questionable lines like this.
--> '''Marcus:''' I thought I'd lost you.
* Rita and Cage in ''Film/EdgeOfTomorrow'', at least in the original script. They develop their friendship through training and although neither shows overt romantic interest in each other, Cage clearly becomes quite attached to Rita and she to him. Rita's quick kiss before the final battle was an ad-lib by Emily Blunt--and things are left in a MaybeEverAfter situation.
* It's left open with Kaulder and Chloe in ''Film/TheLastWitchHunter''. A kiss between them was filmed but cut from the finished product. While she helps him get over his wife's death, Chloe is significantly younger than him (twenty years between the actors) and it's never stated whether things are romantic or more of a surrogate father/daughter pairing.
* In ''{{Film/Centurion}}'' Gorlacon was TheMentor to Etain, but he has no wife in sight and he displays particular affection for her.

* ''Literature/ChroniclesOfTheKencyrath'': Jame and Bane in the first book. They have serious FoeRomanceSubtext: they ''fascinate'' each other, and parallel each other as {{foil}}s. They could be quite the MindGameShip. Despite this, the subtext always stays highly ambiguous for a few reasons. In the first couple books--the ones Bane mostly appears in--Jame seems pretty {{asexual}}. At the end of the first book, they are revealed to be [[spoiler:half-siblings]], which is usually a form of ShipSinking.[[note]]This series [[BrotherSisterIncest doesn't play by those rules]], but readers don't find that out until several books later, so at the time it still seems like ShipSinking.[[/note]] Still, [[spoiler:their final meeting ends with a ForcefulKiss… but it's not clear whether attraction was really a motive. It was a KissOfDistraction, to catch her off guard her long enough Bane could push her through a hidden door. He also did it so he could bite through her lip--he was trying to do some BloodMagic.]] So who knows what to make of all that. All we can really say is that the first book manages to have a lot of subtext while staying very vague.
* ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' keeps the exact nature of the relationship between Cain and Amberly Vail deliberately ambiguous, what with [[UnreliableNarrator Cain writing the stories]] and [[UnreliableExpositor Vail editing them]]. The attraction is definitely there, and it's heavily implied they have a sexual relationship on the odd occasions they meet up, but anything more than that is in the realm of speculation. The closest it ever gets to confirmation is when a [[HornyDevils Slaaneshi]] [[TheVamp sorceress]] projects a {{Glamour}} that makes Cain see her as Vail, while the others with him see someone different, and afterwards he concludes that the glamour made the target see someone they care about.
* In ''Literature/{{The 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.
* ''Literature/TheGirlFromTheMiraclesDistrict'': Zelda and Nikita. It's very clear that Nikita cares deeply about Zelda, and Zelda seems to reciprocate the feeling, but neither is keen on making any move towards a RelationshipUpgrade, so they're stuck in a weird space in-between.
* Jerry and Penny for most of the Literature/PennyParker series.
* ''Literature/TheSnowQueen'' is a bit ambiguous about the relationship between Gerda and Kai. Near the beginning they're described as [[LikeBrotherAndSister friends who are as close as siblings]]; she does kiss him when [[RescueRomance she saves him]], but it's not clear if that's meant to be romantic. You can find adaptations where [[PromotedToLoveInterest they get together]], are just friends, or get [[RelatedInTheAdaptation actual rewritten as siblings]].
* In ''Literature/{{Speak}}'', there's a vague implication regarding the relationship of David Patrakis and the protagonist Melinda Sordino. David and Melinda share several classes, are lab partners in one. He is one of her only true friends (her being an outcast in school), Melinda even refers to him as "her hero", and they seem a bit protective of each other. It's more prominent in the book, with a few cute moments on Valentine's Day and mention that David watches her when he thinks she doesn't notice. For rather understandable reasons, though, it never really goes anywhere.
* 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.
* In ''Literature/TheTraitorSonCycle'', it's pretty obvious that there's ''something'' between Irene and Walks on Clouds, as the two are far more affectionate with each other than people tend to be after two weeks of knowing one another, but with Walks on Clouds, one never knows what he/she's thinking, and Irene's feeling are in enough non-romantic turmoil that she doesn't even begin to think about this.
* In ''Literature/VampireAcademy'', Janine Hathaway and Ibrahim "Abe" Mazur have very close interactions by the end of the series. Rose suspects that they are having SexWithTheEx and that she might get a "surprise sibling" of her own. Her suspicions remain unconfirmed.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/BlakesSeven'' did this to various degrees for Blake/Jenna, Avon/Cally, Tarrant/Dayna, and Avon/Soolin.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Generally assumed for most 1960s man/woman companion pairs -- Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright, Ben Jackson and Polly Wright, and Jamie [=McCrimmon=] and Victoria Waterfield. The first two of these were eventually made canon by a throwaway line in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', which revealed that Ian and Barbara had married and that Ben and Polly were a "couple". Jamie and Victoria got very {{Ship Tease}}y and then thoroughly sunk when Victoria decides to stay in the 1960s. Steven and Dodo were mostly immune, but the ExpandedUniverse goes into some heavy {{UST}} with Steven and Sara.
** 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 30 years in the New-''Who'' episode [[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E3SchoolReunion "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).
* ''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.
* In an alternate future of ''Series/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".

* 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, whom 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."]]

* ''Theatre/TheTwentyFifthAnnualPutnamCountySpellingBee'' has Olive and William. They're the last two spellers left in the competition by the end and their rivalry throughout the show quickly turns to mutual respect and companionship; in fact, their subplots are the only two that interact with each other, with the other characters being concerned with winning the Bee for their own reason. At one point, Olive shyly tells William her name is an anagram of "I love." Despite all this, the WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue simply calls them "friends."

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney'':
** Dick Gumshoe and Maggey Byrde. It's rather obvious that Gumshoe has a crush on Maggey, but it's not clear how she feels about him. She ''does'' accept weenies from him after third case in ''Trials and Tribulations'' and gives him new coat in the ending but it's still left in the air whether or not they're a couple.
** [[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Apollo Justice and Juniper Woods.]] Juniper doesn't even try to hide that she has huge crush on Apollo, but like the example above, it's not clear if it's two-sided. It's worth noting that after Apollo eats lotus root Juniper gave him (which isn't meant to be eaten raw), he's worried that she'll think he's a weirdo, covers her from a bomb blast, and the wounds from said bomb blast are the only reason he didn't defend her later (he actually ''tried'' to defend her despite his injuries, but since he could barely stand, Athena changed him). At the same time, Athena's comment suggests he's ObliviousToLove. To complicate things further, in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneySpiritOfJustice'', Juniper [[spoiler:doesn't appear at all]].
* ''VideoGame/AceCombat''
** [[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'']].
** 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.
** Slash and Edge of the Ridgebacks in ''VideoGame/AceCombatInfinity'' have a very close relationship expected of a flight leader and his {{wingman}}, though [[CasualDangerDialog their mid-flight dialogue]] can be interpreted as signs of a deeper intimacy. Notably, [[spoiler:Slash's death at the hands of the Butterfly Master [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge sends Edge into a blind rage]] that she is barely able to be calmed out, and [[ItsPersonal Edge harbors a serious grudge]] against Slash's killer the next time they cross paths]]. However, once Arrowblades is formed after the first half of the campaign and Edge becomes [[PlayerCharacter Reaper's]] secondary wingman, she appears to become interested in him, [[DefrostingTheIceQueen slowly expressing her awe at Reaper's skill]] ([[{{Tsundere}} when she's not angry over Reaper kill-stealing, that is]]).
* ''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.
* [[AloofAlly Jin Kisaragi]], Ragna's younger brother in ''Franchise/BlazBlue'', has one in [[LadyOfWar Tsubaki Yayoi]]. They're ChildhoodFriends and she has an extremely obvious attraction to him, to the point where her closest friends play ShipperOnDeck for the two. Considering how much of an [[{{Jerkass}} asshole]] he is to virtually everyone else, the fact that Jin treats Tsubaki with genuine kindness only reinforces this.
* 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.
* Kasumi and [[VideoGame/NinjaGaiden Ryu Hayabusa]] 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 {{love interest|s}} Irene Lew. (Back then Irene was basically [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome all but forgotten about at the time]], aside from a brief mention in the first game.) However, once Irene became an AscendedExtra in ''DOA Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3'', she regained her position as Ryu's love interest.
* ''Franchise/{{Disgaea}}'' has a few of these, the most telling is the ambiguous relationship between [[VideoGame/DisgaeaHourOfDarkness Laharl and Flonne]]. While Laharl [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend repeatedly claims to 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.]]
* Bianca Whitaker from ''VideoGame/DragonQuestV''. Most official media features her more heavily than the other girls (to the point that she's become an unofficial mascot character of the entire ''VideoGame/DragonQuest'' franchise), and use her son and daughter for the promotional artwork. Even the official cover art has Bianca and the children sharing her hair color. [[StoryBranchFavoritism The story itself also nudges to player into choosing her as the bride as well.]]
* ''VideoGame/EarthBound'' has this with [[PuppyLove Ness and Paula]], [[ShippingGoggles despite what most people will tell you]]. Despite them not actually becoming an item, plenty of [=NPCs=] are [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers on Deck]] for them, and of course there's [[ShipTease the time where Paula is implied to decide against a love confession (she claims to have "forgotten")]].
* ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'':
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIVTheAfterYears'': Edward and Harley. There's plenty of [[ShipTease ship teasing]] and {{unresolved sexual tension}} between the two of them, and Tellah's ghost is practically a ShipperOnDeck, but the game never confirms if they become a couple.
** ''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. [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 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.
*** Ashe and Balthier could be read as this, particularly from their scene together in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIIRevenantWings the sequel]].
** ''VideoGame/LightningReturnsFinalFantasyXIII'':
*** Hope and Lightning get so much ShipTease the only conceivable reason they aren't an OfficialCouple is because the censors would have problems with them hooking up ([[OlderThanHeLooks as he is chronologically an adult but physically underage]]).
*** [[HoYay Fang and Vanille]]'s AmbiguouslyGay relationship is even ''[[UpToEleven less]]'' ambiguous here. Again, the only likely reason they aren't an OfficialCouple is because of problems with the censors.
* ''[[Franchise/ShinMegamiTenseiPersona Persona]]'':
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 3}}'' is rather heavy with one of the potential love interests, [[RobotGirl Aigis]]. She's a full-blown StalkerWithACrush, justified that she [[spoiler:sealed Death into the protagonist but doesn't remember it consciously for most of the game, so she feels a strong urge to stay by him without knowing why]]. Aside from the protagonist's [[HeartSymbol suggested attraction]] upon first seeing Aigis and a few scenes in which they [[HoldingHands hold hands]], the most notable implication is [[spoiler:the ending of the game, in which he dies after [[LapPillow falling asleep in her lap]]]] Since the game's Social Links officially give the player the final choice in the matter, this has caused a lot of debate in the fandom. Later installments in the series like ''VideoGame/PersonaQShadowOfTheLabyrinth'' and even the [[Anime/Persona3TheMovie movie adaptation]] also put more emphasis on their relationship. Lampshaded somewhat by Chie in Persona Q, who assumes the two are dating and asks without a reply.
** ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' manages to avert this for the most part. While one of the companions, Rise, has a blatant crush on the protagonist, and is seen calling out an anguished love confession during the ending movie as the protagonist rides the train out of Inaba, no one character is given more in-game moments than another. That was until the UpdatedRerelease, ''Persona 4 Golden'', introduced Marie. She holds a connection to the protagonist that none of his other friends do, she's frequently placed into ShesNotMyGirlfriend moments, she's one of the few love interests to actually kiss the player character and [[spoiler:the climax of her story carries a lot of romantic undertones regardless of whether or not the player actually pursues a romance with her. She also always shows up outside the Dojima house to give the player character chocolate, even if the PC didn't romance her or if he just got back from a date with someone else]].
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has many examples, though in most games the player can arrange for a wide variety of hook-ups other than the ones that are implied to be "correct."
** Julia or Lana for Seliph in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGenealogyOfTheHolyWar'', though the former ship is sunk upon [[spoiler:Seliph finding out they're related]], unless [[GoodBadBugs you keep her and Seliph glued to each other until she's captured]]. It's more blatant in the Oosawa Mitsuki manga adaptation, though.
** Lilina for Roy in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBindingBlade''. They have ShipTease moments even outside of support conversations (mostly Lilina making it blatantly obvious that she has feelings for him, with Roy [[ObliviousToLove just not catching on]]), their support chain is one of the fastest in any game, getting them to A-rank alters the ending, and one of the CG images in the music player depicts their first meeting as children. This even got two nods in prequel ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade''; one in the B-Support between Lilina's father Hector and Roy's father Eliwood, which has Hector dreaming of a not-yet-born Lilina playing with an unborn Roy in the future, and getting supremely annoyed at the possibility that he may lose his daughter to Eliwood's son, and the other in the epilogue, which shows the above-mentioned first encounter in cutscene form. Furthermore, [[https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ck-qvvEWEAAk55F.jpg:large an attention-grabbing card (lower-right)]] was made for the official ''TabletopGame/FireEmblemCipher'' card game.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTheBlazingBlade'':
*** Ninian for Eliwood, given the heavy amount of ShipTease between the two and [[spoiler: the fact that their A-Support alters the ending so that Ninian stays behind with her lover]].
*** Hector for Lyn. The two of them have a lot of ShipTease moments with each other as well as some altered scenes.
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'':
*** Chrom gets two -- Sumia and the Female Avatar. [[ShipToShipCombat Discuss with caution.]]
*** The Male Avatar and Lucina could also be seen as this, due to their relationship altering some of the scenes in the game's story as it does with the Female Avatar and Chrom. [[ShipToShipCombat Again, discuss with caution.]]
** ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'':
*** [[DanceBattler Azura]] is this for the Male Avatar. They get a lot of ShipTease on all three routes, and Azura has ''three'' unique {{Love Confession}}s and Support chains with him, compared to everyone else's one, [[spoiler: in spite of the [[KissingCousins true nature]] of their relationship]].
* In ''VideoGame/KidIcarusUprising'', Viridi is this to Pit. It's worth noting that she goes all {{Tsundere}} for him eventually, on top of one of Pit's weapons, the Viridi Palm, apparently only being usable by beings completely devoted to her (and its design being her face surrounded by weaponized hearts).
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** It is implied [[TheLancer Riku]] has feelings for [[TheChick Kairi]]. Nevertheless, he lets [[OfficialCouple Sora and Kairi]] be [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy together]].
** Even Sora and Kairi are just this. Plenty of ShipTease, but nothing happens in a NoHuggingNoKissing series.
** Roxas and Naminé first cross paths in the prologue to ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', and though they only interact a few times, the pair quickly build up a strong bond, with Naminé vowing that they will meet again one day, even if they initially aren't able to recognize each other. This is, of course, because they're the [[LiteralSplitPersonality Nobodies]] of [[OfficialCouple Sora and Kairi]]. There's even a scene before the final battle with Xemnas where, prior to their [[SplitPersonalityMerge complete]] [[FusionDance merger]], Kairi has Sora promise they'll spend every day together when Naminé expresses joy over the prospect of being reunited with Roxas.
** In an inversion to [[{{Canon}} the official status]] of the [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud-Tifa-Aerith]] situation, in ''Kingdom Hearts'', Aerith is implied to be Cloud's love interest, while Tifa is the manifestation of his inner light.
** The implications are no longer very subtle in the credits to ''[[CompilationRerelease 2.8 HD Final Chapter Prologue]]'', which features Sora/Kairi, Roxas/Naminé, and Cloud/Aerith among a montage of clips featuring very well-established {{official couple}}s from Disney.
* 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.
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous Princess and Link, throughout their multiple incarnations. They are the page image for a reason. 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 non-existent (like in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]''). ''VideoGame/HyruleWarriors'' plays off this a bit, revealing that the CanonForeigner villain of the game [[LoveMakesYouEvil became jealous]] of the connection that is always present between the two, having fallen for Link herself.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess Twilight Princess]]'', Link is implied to have [[ChildhoodFriendRomance romantic feelings towards]] Mayor Bo's daughter, [[DoesNotLikeShoes Ilia]], which [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Collin, Midna, and Telma make note of]] at different points in the game. There's even a SidequestSidestory dedicated to restoring her memories which concludes with Renado, Cor Goron, and the others [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone giving them a moment alone]]. After giving Link the Horse Call, Ilia tells him he needn't worry about her anymore and [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4UYayCJM5U says]] [[IWillWaitForYou she'll wait for him]].
** Played with in ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild Breath of the Wild]]'', where there are [[ChickMagnet at least]] three different girls with feelings for Link: [[spoiler:Zelda, Mipha and Paya. While Paya's nervous crush on Link never goes beyond that, both Zelda and Mipha are explicitly and unambiguously confirmed to be firmly in love with him]]. However, Link's own feelings are deliberately left ambiguous, one way or another, and likely intentionally left to the player's interpretation, to the point that, when it comes to [[spoiler:Zelda and Mipha]], the game has dialogue options that may imply he returns the feelings of [[OfficialCouple either of them]], [[CelibateHero neither of them]], or ''[[{{Polyamory}} both of them]]''.
*** The Japanese version plays the trope more straight. The journal entries in the Adventure Log are written there in the first person, as in Link being the writer, and he reflects his own thoughts in them. In many entries, specially in those from later in the game, Link [[spoiler:talks about Zelda [[ShipTease with significant romantic undertones]], strongly suggesting that he reciprocates her]]. This was removed from the Western localizations, however, where the journal entries are written addressing the player directly instead.
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** Essentially any time there's a possibility of the [[SchrodingersPlayerCharacter potential player characters]] meeting in ''any'' of the [[VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver main]][[VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire line]] [[VideoGame/PokemonDiamondAndPearl ga]][[VideoGame/PokemonXAndY mes]] (Ethan/Lyra, Brendan/May, Lucas/Dawn, and Calem/Serena respectively, the other member of the pair being an NPC); with the exception of [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite Gener]][[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 ation V]], where the other player character barely appears as TheCameo as your partner in the Battle Subway. However, this is usually restricted to really light ShipTease that may easily fly over the heads of some people, or may not have had any romantic undertones intended at all from the writers... [[spoiler:However, this trope is played completely straight for Brendan and May in the remakes of ''VideoGame/PokemonRubyAndSapphire'', if they aren't an outright [[NoHuggingNoKissing can]][[AvertedTrope on]] [[OfficialCouple couple]], where the two are actually shown ''dating'' at the end of the game.]]
** Wes and Rui from ''VideoGame/PokemonColosseum'', very much in the [[RescueRomance same vein]] as Mario and Peach themselves, but it's unknown if its a RelationshipWritingFumble or intentional ShipTease.
** N and the player character could be said to have this relationship in ''VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite''. However, due to the presumed age difference between the teenage protagonist and the 20 year old N, and N's obliviousness to human society in general, this is highly debatable.
** 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.
** The player character and partner character in each game of the ''VideoGame/PokemonMysteryDungeon'' series has some ship teasing between them, but the pair in ''VideoGame/PokemonSuperMysteryDungeon'' is upgraded to this. While they don't say anything direct, a lot of their dialogue during and after the third act makes it apparent they may have more than platonic feelings for each other.
** The player and Shauna in ''VideoGame/PokemonXAndY'' get a heavy ShipTease moment at Parfum Palace... ''Especially'' if you're playing as Calem (whereas her dialogue to Serena is played up to be more platonic). This would just be an unusually heavy ShipTease moment if it weren't for WordOfGod confirming the romantic undertones, [[spoiler:sort of foreshadowing the RelationshipUpgrade Brendan and May get in ''Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire''.]]
** ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' is another case where the opposite gender character never appears, and instead all of the ShipTease ends up focused on the main character and Lillie, who is heavily implied but never stated to have a crush on the protagonist (regardless of what gender you choose) and who the protagonist helps throughout the game.
* While the DatingSim aspects of ''VideoGame/SakuraWars'' allows the player to chose which girl the main character ends up with, franchise poster girl Sakura Shinguji seems to be the main one for Ichiro Ogami, given her obvious attraction to him.
** In ''VideoGame/SakuraWarsSoLongMyLove'', Gemini Sunrise is this for Shinjiro Taiga; she's the first member of the team to befriend him ([[spoiler:despite being the last to actually join]]), has faith in his abilities right from the start, and even her [[VideoGame/ProjectXZone crossover appearances]] explicitly spell out how much she loves him.
* Flynn and Isabeau in ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIV''. Flynn is the player-controlled HeroicMime, but Isabeau displays a fairly transparent crush on him. Since she's the hero representing the Neutral alignment, she only remains Flynn's teammate if the player ends up siding with her ([[spoiler:in fact, she ''dies'' on the other two alignment paths]]), but the Neutral path in a given ''Franchise/ShinMegamiTensei'' game is [[StoryBranchFavoritism usually assumed canon]], and considerably more pieces of merchandise and official art portray Flynn with Isabeau rather than her respective Law and Chaos counterparts Jonathan and Walter. There are also a few hints that [[BigGood Stephen]] [[ShipperOnDeck is trying to nudge them together]].
* ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'': The games themselves generally avoid the subject of romance, despite [[StalkerWithACrush Amy's]] [[UnrequitedLove unrequited crush]] on Sonic. Though ''[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Sonic X]]'' changed it by adding bits of subtext [[ThrowTheDogABone so it wouldn't seem as one-sided]]. ''Anime/SonicX'' also added BelligerentSexualTension between Knuckles and Rouge, largely due to the latter being portrayed as [[TheTease a tease]]. The show was rather (in)famous among the shipping community for a reason.
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'':
** The best example in video games would have to be Mario and Princess Peach, and it may extend to Princess Daisy from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioLand''. No romantic connection has ever been 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 ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' game before that seem 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 me and Peach". The various games and other sources [[FlipFlopOfGod seem to go back and forth]] with how "official" Mario/Peach is; some outright confirm their relationship, others only imply it. ''VideoGame/SuperMarioOdyssey'' outright teases it in the ending where [[spoiler: Mario attempts to propose to Peach, only for Bowser to shove Mario out of the way so he could propose to her instead. The two men keep shoving their flowers in Peach's face waiting for an answer, which causes Peach to angrily shout "Enough!" and walk away in a huff. Mario and Bowser stare slack jawed in shock before crying over the rejection, but Peach then waves for Mario to come back home with her after she calmed down. The status quo thus remains.]]
** [[{{Deuteragonist}} Luigi]] and [[TomboyPrincess Princess Daisy]] are also [[PairTheSpares implied to be a couple]], or strongly believed to be one. In addition to various bits of ShipTease between games, Daisy's ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros SSBM]]'' Trophy mentions that gamers believe her to be "Luigi's answer to Mario's Peach". While in ''[[VideoGame/MarioTennis Mario Power Tennis]]'', if Daisy wins the trophy, Luigi will be the one who presents it to her -- to which she says [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70xFTWguDOc#t=1m19s "Thank you, sweetie!"]] They also act as each other's caddies in the ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'' series, further suggesting they may be a pair. And the center piece of the Daisy Circuit from ''VideoGame/MarioKartWii'', is [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/e/ef/LuigiDaisyStatue.PNG a statue of them dancing together.]]
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTillTheEndOfTime'' has Nel and Clair. They are [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship implied]] to ''[[HomoeroticSubtext possibly]]'' be a pair. In-game, Clair is always concerned for Nel's safety and, when she returns from rescuing Tynave and Farleen, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULB-xTWUnwI#t=4m they share a prolonged embrace.]] The manga version plays up the scene by having Fayt and Cliff [[http://mangapark.me/manga/star-ocean-till-the-end-of-time/s1/v4/c14/6 stare uncomfortably,]] as Nel and Clair [[HeldGaze gaze into]] [[http://mangapark.me/manga/star-ocean-till-the-end-of-time/s1/v4/c14/7 each other's eyes,]] until Cliff finally has to clear his throat to break them up.
* Harold and Judas in ''VideoGame/TalesOfDestiny2''. While the other party members are paired up in quite obvious fashions, these two get ShipTease moments (including a scene where Judas is specifically called out on only insulting [[MadScientist Harold]] [[{{Tsundere}} because he misses her]]) but no romantic resolution either way... Not helped by [[spoiler:Harold getting sent back to the past with no memory of their journey and Judas possibly getting ''erased from time''.]]
* ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'': Rita and Estelle's friendship is another case that borders on HideYourLesbians, since it's never officially confirmed.
** Several in-game skits lampshades the implied attraction between them, such as when Yuri and Karol discuss how Rita always [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5lciiqp5Oo frets over Estelle's safety.]] A separate skit has Judith call Rita out for trying to make an excuse to visit her, while a third one has Yuri outright call them [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H5yexLrUfXI "Ristelle."]]
** Rita's also [[CrushBlush prone to blushing]] whenever Estelle pays direct attention to her, or anytime she gives Rita a compliment. Karol teases her about it in the following victory skit:
-->'''Estelle:''' Wow, Rita! That was SO cool!\\
'''Rita:''' ''[blushing]'' Really? Um, t-thanks...\\
'''Karol:''' ''[grinning]'' Oooo~ooo!\\
'''Rita:''' ''[flustered]'' Sh-shut up, YOU!!
** Further implicated by the live-action [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwC5VHMaI3Y "Tales of Ristelle"]] skit. During which, [[VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia Zelos']] [[Creator/MasayaOnosaka Japanese VA]] tricks [[Creator/RikaMorinaga Rita's VA]] into showing up by telling her Estelle would be there. When Rita calls him out for it, he and [[VideoGame/TalesOfXillia Milla's]] [[Creator/MiyukiSawashiro VA]] tease her for being {{Tsundere}} towards Estelle.

* Sollux and Aradia from ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}''. It's implied that they dated in the past, with Vriska outright referring to Sollux as Aradia's boyfriend immediately before [[spoiler: mind-controlling him into killing her]], but even that's relatively ambiguous (especially since trolls have [[BizarreAlienReproduction four forms of romance]]). As it is, there's a ''lot'' of ShipTease between the two and the occasional implication of an actual relationship, but nothing concrete either way.
* ''Webcomic/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.
* ''ComicBook/{{PS238}}'': Julie and Tyler. They spend a significant amount of time together, she keeps finding excuses to hug him ([[ManOfSteelWomanOfKleenex despite the fact that she's super strong and he's not]]), he gives her some confidence-building advice, she saves his life with a blood transfusion, and when they go to an alien planet he's even named as her "consort" (they're pretty sure that means "sidekick"). The only reason this is implied rather than actual is because [[ToyShip they're both ten years old]], and clearly haven't thought about anything like that yet.

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* In ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'', Chris implies that he's attracted to his partner, Jill Valentine, when he describes her as, "a hot straight-talking woman". Though it's never said how she feels about ''him''.

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* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' deconstructs this 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.
* Rudy and Penny of ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.
* [[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/GravityFalls'': Dipper's had a lot of ShipTease with Pacifica during [[Recap/GravityFallsS2E10NorthwestMansionMystery "Northwest Mansion Mystery"]]. That said, at the end of the show, Dipper DidNotGetTheGirl, leaving the whole thing open for interpretation. There's also the fact that the final episode implied a MaybeEverAfter situation between Dipper and Wendy.
* Did anyone ever watch ''WesternAnimation/HandyManny'' and ''not'' assume he and Kelly had a thing for each other, despite no real evidence?
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'':
** Gerald and Phoebe, the respective sidekicks of OfficialCouple Arnold and Helga, have a strongly implied mutual crush.
** There are repeated hints of an attraction between [[OppositesAttract slovenly Harold and pampered Rhonda]] but nothing is ever stated explicitly stated and in other episodes Harold is shown to be interested in PS-118's resident BrawnHilda, Patti.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'': When held prisoner by Gazan and Ming-Hua, Bolin makes three statements: That Gazan had a BadassMustache since he was ten, that he was raised by an older sister, and that he and Ming-Hua are mutually attracted to each other. They share a look, then Gazan tells Bolin he got two out of three right. [[spoiler:As both are dead by the end of the season, the viewers will never know either.]]
* Fred and Daphne in the original ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooWhereAreYou'' cartoon may very well be the Western Animation UrExample. In the original series, none of the characters 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 a couple. It's become so synonymous with the franchise that [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries many]] ''[[Film/ScoobyDoo many]]'' [[Film/ScoobyDooTheMysteryBegins future]] [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated adaptations]] have taken the subtext and run with it.
* [[CloudCuckoolander Spongebob]] and [[TheSmartGuy Sandy]] from ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants.'' It's occasionally implied [=SpongeBob=] has a crush on her, but nothing has been confirmed in the series itself (licensed products have confirmed it).
* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': Kanan and Hera act LikeAnOldMarriedCouple, serve as a pair of {{Parental Substitute}}s for the younger members of the crew, and have a few moments where [[AlmostKiss it looks like they're about to kiss]], [[MomentKiller only to pull back so the kids don't have to see it]]. The prequel novelization ''Literature/ANewDawn'' depicts a romantic tension between them, though one-sided on Kanan's part; while Hera likes him too, she's MarriedToTheJob. It's implied that while Kanan outgrew this infatuation to focus on commitments in wartime, his feelings still linger. This is most apparent in the episode (re)introducing Hera's father. As of Season 4 it's [[RelationshipUpgrade no longer implied]], complete with TheBigDamnKiss. [[spoiler:Then it's confirmed their relationship had been sexual by the appearance of a child in the finale]].
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'':
** The show sets up a lot of romantic tropes around Steven and Connie, including Steven working up the courage to talk to her followed by a CrashIntoHello, but it isn't immediately clear whether or not their relationship itself is actually a romantic or friendly one. Their relationship becomes more clearly romantic in nature later in the series, with Steven definitely having a crush on her and Connie implied to have the same, but neither character has admitted this to each other yet. This may be in part due to Steven not aging normally and potentially staying young forever complicating things.
*** Having only met them twice before, Kevin assumes they're a couple and spends a whole episode trying to get them back together again... [[spoiler: because he wants Stevonnie to liven up his party.]]
** Pearl and Rose. Pearl is ''heavily implied'' by the show, and outright stated by WordOfGod, to have been in love, but it's left decidedly ambiguous whether or not Rose returned those feelings.
* 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.
* 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.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': The episode "Frightmare" suggests that Danny has/had a one-sided crush on Star even though she made her dislike of him constant.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'': Kaeloo has never made it clear whether she has a crush on Mr. Cat or not, though the occasional HeIsNotMyBoyfriend and ShipTease moments suggest that she does.