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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.

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 gender, it's HideYourLesbians.
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!!Examples:

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[[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 their relationship [[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'':
** 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.
*** It's subverted later on when the romance, especially on Levi's side (Gajeel remains ObliviousToLove) is much more played up.
* ''{{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 ''Anime/RebuildOfEvangelion'', Shinji's Implied Love Interest is Rei instead of Asuka. [[spoiler:She's still a clone of his mother in this continuity.]]
* 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]].
* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}''
** In several adaptations Misty was this for Red/Ash,[[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 most 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 - several 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.
** 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.[[note]]Literally in [[CampStraight James']] case.[[/note]]
* 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.
** As mentioned before, comic adaptations and the successor ''WesternAnimation/VoltronForce'' are rather blatant that they are.
* 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.
* Creator/{{CLAMP}} has hundreds of characters, dozens of [[FanPreferredCouple pairings]] and barely enough [[OfficialCouple actual couples]] to count on two hands.
* 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]]'', Aki from ''[[Anime/YuGiOh5Ds 5D's]]'', Kotori from ''[[Anime/YuGiOhZexal ZeXal]]'', and Yuzu from ''[[Anime/YuGiOhArcV Arc-V]]''.
** 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 neither confirms nor denies Jack's feelings for her, nor are they brought up.
* ''[[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 ''[[DistantFinale The Next Generation]]'' live-action continuity, which confirms they eventually did.
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[[folder:ComicBooks]]
* 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 their job in life - yes, 'life' applying to ghosts too in this case.) Of course, we never get confirmed non-platonic-ness.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Zach and Magenta in ''Film/SkyHigh''. 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]].
* 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, 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/XMen'':
** ''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.
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':\\\
Much like ''Last Stand'', it's left rather vague whether or not Bobby and Kitty had anything going on or not. [[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 basically reads, "Oh god, he has slept with my sister."
---> '''Erik''': She was... we were... I could see why she meant so much to you.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* 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.
* In ''{{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.
* ''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.
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[[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).
* 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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* 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."]]
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The best example would have to be Mario and 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 ''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 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.
** [[{{deuteragonist}} Luigi]] and [[TomboyPrincess Princess Daisy]] are also 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: "Thank you, sweetie!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70xFTWguDOc (seen @1:19-1:43)]]. They also act as each other's caddies in the ''VideoGame/MarioGolf'' series, further suggesting they may be a pair. And there's also [[http://www.mariowiki.com/images/7/7f/LuigiDaisyStaue.PNG this.]]
* ''Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** The eponymous Princess and Link. 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]]''). ''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 says [[IWillWaitForYou she'll wait]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4UYayCJM5U for him.]]
* ''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 games]] (Ethan/Lyra, Brendan/May, and Lucas/Dawn respectively, the other member of the pair being an [=NPC=]).
** [[VideoGame/PokemonColosseum Wes and Rui]], 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]].
** 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.
* ''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 consciously for most of the game]]. 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 Love Interest 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.
* ''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 you actually pursue a romance with her.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4 Arena}}'', being a sequel to both ''3'' and ''4'', quite notably adds some elements of this to two characters, one from each game:
** From ''Persona 3'', there's Elizabeth, whose driving goal in ''Arena'' is finding a way to [[spoiler:slay Erebes so that the protagonist's soul can be restored, as he will no longer need to act as a seal against Nyx]], and who has a notorious strongly-implied sexual encounter with the protagonist in ''Persona 3''.
** From ''Persona 4'', Naoto Shirogane interacts with Yu Narukami in a number of ways that make a lot more sense if one assumed Yu pursued her romance path in ''Persona 4''.
* [[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.
* ''Franchise/FireEmblem''
** 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. Nino and Jaffar also count, as do Hector and Lyndis, especially in [[PerspectiveFlip Hector's own story]].
** Either Prince Innes or Seth the Paladin for Eirika in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemTheSacredStones The Sacred Stones]]''. [[ShipToShipCombat Discuss with caution]].
** Like Eirika, Chrom from ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening Awakening]]'' gets two -- Sumia and the Female Avatar. [[ShiptoShipCombat Again, discuss with caution.]].
* The ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' 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, Sonic and Elise, 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.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'', Aerith was drawn to Cloud, whom she was strongly implied to have feelings for due to the similarities to her previous boyfriend, Zack[[note]]who happened to be Cloud's sort-of BigBrotherMentor in the backstory and in ''VideoGame/CrisisCore''[[/note]]. Though the Lifestream Event and WordOfGod confirmed Tifa as [[OfficialCouple his official love interest.]]
* ''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.
** Ashe and Balthier could be read as this, particularly from their scene together in the sequel.
* 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 LoveInterest 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 after when Irene became an AscendedExtra in ''DOA Dimensions'' and ''Ninja Gaiden 3'' she regains her position as Ryu's LoveInterest.
* Revan and Bastila in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic''. So implied that ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' went and canonized it.
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* Ren and Nora, of ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'', have such a close relationship that Jaune assumes it must be romantic, despite sharing a dorm with them for several months. Nora awkwardly claims that [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend this isn't the case]], but- given that the two are minor characters- we'll probably never know for sure.
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* 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'' 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.
* 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 ''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 couple. It's become so synonymous with the franchise that [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooDirectToVideoFilmSeries many]] ''[[Film/ScoobyDoo many]]'' [[Film/ScoobyDooTheMysteryBegins future]] [[WesternAnimation/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 ''WesternAnimation/ChalkZone''.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' 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 clear whether or not their relationship itself is actually a romantic one or "merely" friendly.
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