->''"Hold on, I have to appease the shippers now."''
-->-- '''Tommy Oliver''', ''WebVideo/TruncatedPowerRangers''

Many fans [[{{Shipping}} 'ship.]] These fans often do it ''all the time'' (context or no) especially in certain {{demographics}}. Producers, especially those who keep their finger on the pulse of the audience, not to mention their eye on the fan {{fora}}, know this. So, they decide to tease the fans with hints about possible romantic entanglements, and thereby build that emotional attachment between the show and the audience as much as they can. If the writers are particularly impish, they'll tease a relationship that either never comes up or takes a hard right just as it gets going. Like a sudden death. Sometimes, however, ship teases evolve out of the teasing stage.

See also: WillTheyOrWontThey, {{Subtext}}, {{Fanservice}}, NeverTrustATrailer, TonightSomeoneKisses, LiterallyFallingInLove, ImpliedLoveInterest. Can end up as a RomanticFalseLead. A best-case scenario is for a pairing to undergo a (canonical) RelationshipUpgrade. Occasionally cheated by way of AllJustADream or AlternateRealityEpisode. Probably the cruelest method of Ship Tease is the MomentKiller. Contrast ShipSinking.

[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn Striptease]]. ([[HehHehYouSaidX heh heh, it sounds like "strip"]])

!!Examples with sub-pages
* ShipTease/AnimeAndManga
* ShipTease/FanFiction
* [[ShipTease/{{Film}} Film - Live Action]]
* ShipTease/{{Literature}}
* ShipTease/LiveActionTV
* ShipTease/{{Theatre}}
* ShipTease/VideoGames
* ShipTease/VisualNovels
* ShipTease/{{Webcomics}}
* ShipTease/WebOriginal
* ShipTease/WesternAnimation


!!Examples without sub-pages


* In ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Charlie Brown and Peppermint Patty are often shipped. To make things better in the cartoon and theater adaption, Peppermint Patty sings a song to Charlie when he asks what is love. The title? "Poor Sweet Baby."

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{DCU}}'':
** Franchise/{{Superman}}:
*** There was considerable Clark Kent - Comicbook/LoisLane teasing in ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore''. Lois is jealous when a co-worker flirts with Clark and decides to pursue him aggressively. She even calls him her man.
*** In ''Comicbook/SupermanVsTheAmazingSpiderMan''. As usual in a Creator/GerryConway story, there's Franchise/SpiderMan/Mary Jane Watson and Lois Lane/Clark Kent teasing. At the end, both couples have dinner together.
** ''ComicBook/{{Batgirl 2009}}'':
*** [[TykeBomb Damian]] comments that he was "really hoping to meet [[TechnicalPacifist Cassandra]]. [[PrecociousCrush She sounds wonderful]]." [[FunPersonified Steph]] immediately worries what will happen when Damian hits puberty. (One wonders if the writer remembered that Damian and Cassandra are [[NotBloodSiblings technically siblings]].) When they actually meet in Gates of Gotham, however, Damian is incredibly hostile to Cassandra, which Tim says is because [[ParentalFavoritism Bruce chose her over him.]]
*** In a ''Streets of Gotham'', Damian asks Dick if ComicBook/{{Katana}} is seeing anyone. When Dick points out that Katana is a ''grown woman'' while Damian is only a child, he shrugs it off.
** [[Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} Dick]] [[LauncherOfAThousandShips Grayson]] generates this every time he shows up in a book that stars a female character. His appearances in Comicbook/{{Supergirl}} and Comicbook/PowerGirl are very notable among the shipping fandom.
* ''Franchise/MarvelUniverse'':
** Nico and Karolina from ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'', especially in the first issue after Terry Moore's run ended. After a game of "truth or dare" leads to Karolina stealing a magic staff from a bunch of white supremacists. Nico tells her "You pretty much always amaze me" with the two of them staring at each other. When pressed on whether Karolina, Victor or Chase is the better kisser, she eventually snaps and admits "Karolina". This is despite that they never actually got beyond AlmostKiss... as far as we know. Oh, and it ends with her chiding the boys for being "such 'phobes" while she and K have IntertwinedFingers.
** ''ComicBook/UncannyAvengers'' has {{ComicBook/Rogue}} and ''{{Deadpool}}'' playing this trope big time. Rogue couldn't stand him at first, but they slowly developed a genuine bond -enough so that Wade takes Rogue to see his daughter, whom he asks Rogue to watch over if she becomes a mutant. Rogue readily agrees to have Ellie's back. In addition to shared moments here and there between the two that hint at deeper feelings. It finally comes to a head in chapter 22, when Rogue gives him a BigDamnKiss. Afterwards, Deadpool tells her that she deserves better, and that she only likes him because she doesn't fully know him. Rogue kisses him again -unmoving in her feelings. She tells him that the stuff in his head is a relief after having Red Skull in her's. He notes that as the most romantic thing anyone's said to him. In the next panel we see them continuing their kissing elsewhere.
*** WordOfGod states that the two seem very lonely, and admits that while many were rooting for Rogue and Gambit, he wanted to try something new and unexpected. Chapter 23's recap classifies Rogue and Deadpool's evening previous chapter as their first date.
** ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' and ''ComicBook/YoungAvengers'' both do this pretty often, but their ''Comicbook/CivilWar'' {{crossover}} really went crazy with it. Tommy calls Nico hot, Nico calls Eli cute, and Victor calls Cassie ''an angel'' after she saves his life (he didn't think people actually [[LampshadeHanging did that]]). On top of that, the Tommy/Kate/Eli LoveTriangle and the Vision's crush on Cassie are more apparent than ever.
** In the second volume of ''ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'', Peter Quill and Mantis have several moments, starting from early on. However, since the series was cut short, and the change of writers with the next series, nothing came of it.
** In ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen'', Magik is one of the three people who still trusts Cyclops as a leader, and there are plenty of [[HurtComfortFic moments]] where he comforts her [[spoiler:during the resurgence of her Limbo trauma]]. She later expresses relief upon finding out that he hasn't gotten back together with Emma. [[note]]Although given the age difference, some find this pairing squicky.[[/note]]
*** ''ComicBook/UncannyXMen2015'' had ''{{ComicBook/Sabretooth}} & [[Characters/GenerationX Monet]]. They're presented as having BelligerentSexualTension. Psylocke even points it out -entertaining the thought that their arguing may be how they flirt. Emplate (Monet's brother) doesn't like her close proximity with Sabretooth, saying he'll end up gutting her eventually. Monet just snarks at her brother looking down his trunk-like nose at the boys she hangs out with. Prior to that, Callisto refers to Monet as Creed's "little girlfriend" while telling him to fight back and show Monet what a beast he is. A big showing Creed's protectiveness comes when he allows Monet to feed on him after she's cursed with Emplate's vampirism. When the team disbands, He & Monet went off together, with the former wanting to continue trying to help her. Psylocke notes how weird they'd both been and compares them to [[OutlawCouple Starkweather & Fugate]].
** In ''ComicBook/MarvelOneHundredthAnniversarySpecial'', Kirby and Victoria apparently shared a kiss on a previous mission, and seem pretty bashful around each other. Interestingly, Kirby is the grandson of [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman]], while Victoria is the granddaughter of Doctor Doom.
* The title character and Michelle in ''ComicBook/CerebusTheAardvark''. They get along reasonably well, and there are mild implications that something intimate may have happened, but nothing comes of it and [[ShipSinking they eventually part on cool-but-not-completely-unfriendly terms]].
* ''ComicBook/DemonKnights'' does this ''relentlessly'' with Exoristos and Shining Knight.
* WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck get several in European comics.
** In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' despite Donald supposedly being in a relationship with [[OfficialCouple Daisy]] (not that she [[OldHeroNewPals ever appears]]), he has several seemingly romantic moments with [[PhysicalGod Xadhoom]] and [[RobotGirl Lyla Lay]]. In the sequel ''Pk 2'', he has this with co-worker [[LittleMissBadass Tempest Gale]].
** With the superpsy Kay K in ''ComicBook/DoubleDuck''. often seems very affectionate to Donald and sometimes flirt with him. Especially after her [[spoiler: HeelFaceTurn with she become one of the heroes working often with Donald, her official "partner"]]. Naturally she claim with Daisy that are JustFriends, but again she is a good liar.
* The final page of the final story in Volume 5 of ''Comicbook/{{Empowered}}'' shows the scantily-clad eponymous character giving the likewise scantily-clad Sister Spooky a big hug. She also appears to be stroking Spooky's hair.
* In ''ComicBook/KickAss'', for better or for worse, a lot of the scenes between Kick-Ass and Hit-Girl are framed from an odd angle where it looks like one is kissing the other (the dialogue bubbles dispel the notion, but the imagery is there), in addition to the two being about as close as anyone in the comic can be. The very large age difference may put it into NoYay territory, but Hit-Girl being both more mature and more experienced may not, so it's a [[ShippingGoggles YMMV/perception thing]].
* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'':
** In Issue #3 Rarity brought a picture of Spike with her to sleep with... and of Applejack as well, leading to [[https://twitter.com/PonyRoy/status/326890359361781761 this interesting Twitter conversation with Price and Cook]], unaware of the fandom's fascination with shipping.
** The Nightmare Arc might as well be called "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E10SecretOfMyExcess Secret of My Excess]], Part 2" for all the Spike X Rarity moments. [[spoiler:For one thing, Spike brings the Fire Ruby, plus Spike is one of the only two characters who could cause a reaction on Nightmare Rarity (the other is her sister Sweetie Belle) and it's Spike who delivers the final line that releases Rarity from the Nightmare's grip. [[http://derpibooru.org/346954?scope=scpe716f6936de6aa6f87f51c053da229f5fe021b55d The last panel of the arc's final page]] also speaks volumes.]]
** In Issue 9, Big Macintosh practically has to fend off all of his female admirers-- Sweetcream Scoops (who has been stalking him for several issues), Bon Bon, Fleetfoot (who gets an entire splash page and an alternate cover featuring her marriage fantasy about him), and even Princess Luna practically throw themselves at him. Zecora also follows him around, although if she's actually interested in him, she's at least more subtle about it than the other girls.
* Not even going over the amount of HoYay in ''[[ComicBook/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice Sam And Max]]'', the titular duo is constantly a: being "mistaken" for a couple, or b: having a character trying to get them dating, or c: being told that they are destined to be together.
* ''ComicBook/UsagiYojimbo'':
** Usagi and [[ActionGirl Tomoe Ame]]. The fans have requested some romance with the pair for years, but Stan Sakai has only lightly teased them, right before he has Tomoe's Lord decide she should be married [[ArrangedMarriage without bothering to ask if she wanted it in the first place.]]
** With Usagi and [[DarkActionGirl Chizu]], and with [[TheBigGuy Gen]] and [[TheTrickster Kitsune.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* In ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies The Secret of the Wings]],'' Periwinkle asks Tinkerbell (speaking of Terrence) "So is he your boyfriend?" "Uuuuhhhhh," cut to next scene without finishing sentence.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPanda'':
** Po and Tigress. It is said in the commentary for the first movie that Tigress is Po's favorite of the Furious Five, even though throughout most of the film, she's the one in the group who is the most vocal about her disdain for him. It takes until the end of the movie for her to respect him. In the sequel, while not romantic, the two share a lot of moments. When Po describes how confused he is about his past, and how Tigress wouldn't get something like that, she suddenly hugs him, much to the shock of the other Furious Five, and tells him she does understand. She then tells him that she can't watch her friend die, and to stay with Masters Storming Ox and Croc for his own protection. She also seems to be the most distraught out of the Five when Po is hit by Lord Shen's cannon. Later, when Po returns and is about to get hit by another cannon, she pushes him out of the way. In the wreckage of the cannon-burst, Po finds Tigress drifting and holds her hand briefly before pushing her out of harms way. After Po defeats Shen, he hugs her, with Tigress initially frozen in shock before a smile grows on her face, while everyone else looks on in shock.
** To a lesser extent, Crane and Mei Ling in ''Secrets of the Furious Five'', where the feline ActionGirl is so nice and loyal to the bird in the AllOfTheOtherReindeer situation that many fans like to imagine them having a romantic relationship while they are at it.
* ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' teases plenty of Jack x Tooth - especially their hug at the end, and the little bit where they just stare at each other before Baby Tooth interrupts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Nine}}'', the title character appears to have a LoveAtFirstSight moment when he first meets [[ActionGirl 7]].
* There were a few moments teased between Dory and Marlin in ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''.
* In the ending of ''Disney/WreckItRalph'' Rancis Fluggerbutter is seen checking out Vanellope von Schweetz with interest several times after his memories, along with those of the other racers, have been restored and it's revealed that [[spoiler:Vanellope is the true and real ruler of Sugar Rush]]. The animators went so far to write a book about it, called ''One Sweet Race'', in which Rancis - sick of losing and never winning a Sugar Rush cup - gets Vanellope to help him build a kart to win a race for once.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH,'' the heroine Mrs. Brisby and the Captain of the Guard, Justin, flirt a few times, but both have more important things on their minds (not to mention that Mrs. Brisby is the widow of one of Justin's old friends).
-->'''Mrs. Brisby:''' ''[looking directly at Justin]'' Beautiful!\\
'''Justin:''' ''[blushes]'' Oh?\\
'''Mrs. Brisby:''' ''[giggling]'' The lights!
* ''{{Disney/Zootopia}}'': A favorite activity of the fandom is speculation on whether the relationship between Judy and Nick will remain as best friends or evolve into a romantic relationship. WordOfGod confirms that they have a very deep friendship and their final exchange onscreen leaves the state of their relationship open-ended...
-->'''Nick:''' You know you love me.
-->'''Judy:''' Do I know that...? Yes. Yes, I do.

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* NXT season 3 had two sets of male pros with female rookies. The first set Wrestling/{{Goldust}} and [[Characters/WWEDivas Aksana]] were given a storyline involving a CitizenshipMarriage while the second set Wrestling/AJLee and Primo got a more subtle tease. One episode had them trying to find a private place for an unrevealed reason, AJ loved to celebrate winning matches by jumping on Primo's shoulders, when she was eliminated from NXT she broke down crying in his arms and they finally kissed on the last episode.
** Similarly from the second season there was Layla and [[Wrestling/{{LowKi}} Kaval]] who also had an onscreen kiss.
* Wrestling/BillyGunn & Chuck Palumbo teased a gay relationship with each other, going so far as to declare each other "life partners" and showering each other with affection.
* Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Kurt Angle were involved as JustFriends in a love triangle with Stephanie's husband Triple H. Steph was originally planned to leave Triple H for Angle, but Trips used his creative control to stop it.
* Stephanie [=McMahon=] and Eric Bischoff initially were duelling General Managers of ''Raw'' and ''[=SmackDown=]'' in 2002 and got an onscreen kiss during a BigLippedAlligatorMoment of a Halloween party. There had always been a bit of friendly FoeYay between them.
* Trish Stratus got this a '''lot'''. She had it with Wrestling/JeffHardy twice, another time with her bodyguard Tyson Tomko, during a StalkerWithACrush storyline with [[HoYay Mickie James]] (that one she did kiss) and then there's [[AbhorrentAdmirer Viscera]].
* Trish and Lita were involved in some teasing with Christian & Chris Jericho that was ultimately revealed to be an example of TheBet. This lead to an 'intergender' feud between the two pairs, followed by a HeelFaceTurn for Jericho when Trish made her own FaceHeelTurn as Christian betrayed Jericho with her help.
* Wrestling/{{Melina}} and Wrestling/JohnMorrison got a little tease during a backstage segment in 2010 obviously meant as a MythologyGag to echo their off screen relationship. They had been an actual on screen couple years before but had been separated onto different brands and this quietly disappeared. So the segment was this trope at the time.
* Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio and Wrestling/RosaMendes got one during a segment at the TLC PPV.
* Melina and Alicia Fox actually kissed on TV. Ditto for Wrestling/WilliamRegal and Wrestling/ZackRyder, although that was meant as comedy.
* Wrestling/{{Kaitlyn}} and Derrick Bateman's "friendship" on NXT was this at first but they quickly became an OfficialCouple.
* Kaitlyn's done this quite a bit. She's had Wrestling/DolphZiggler, Wrestling/CodyRhodes and Hornswoggle. Funnily enough, her BFF AJ locked lips with the last two as well, and AJ is with Dolph Ziggler as of December 2012.
* Wrestling/{{LayCool}} were a lesbian couple for as much as PG television would allow. Getting each other matching necklaces, always hugging each other and attending Couples' Therapy. Then Michelle had to blow it all by saying they weren't a couple.
* Wrestling/BillyGunn and Wrestling/{{Chyna}} had this going on when the former returned in 2000 to console her after her break-up with Wrestling/EddieGuerrero. In {{Kayfabe}} interviews he would describe Chyna as "absolutely gorgeous" and they were shown to be very close. However whenever asked they would insist they were JustFriends. It never amounted to anything other than a friendship, though the 2001 Royal Rumble did have a very couple-y moment between them when Chyna was getting wheeled out on a stretcher.
* Maryse and Wrestling/TheMiz frequently throughout 2009. Maryse however was clearly just being TheTease, hoping to manipulate him into helping her. Miz sunk the ship at Night of Champions and pretty much told her to go to hell. However in real life the ship is sailing just fine for both of them.
* Wrestling/FinnBalor and Wrestling/{{Bayley}} since early 2016, when they were co-champions of their respective divisions in Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}. They've done the cutesy ClothingSwitch [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRr1boAj6KA]][[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dZICQ5-O70]], the Film/DirtyDancing [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgxK-EskYLE homage]], and even campaigned on social media to be each other's partner for the Facebook-exclusive [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StyprWbIYY8 Mixed Match Challenge]]. You can imagine the en masse disappointment when Finn was paired with Bayley's best friend [[Wrestling/SashaBanks Sasha]] instead.
* Speaking of the Mixed Match Challenge, Wrestling/BobbyRoode and Wrestling/CharlotteFlair have been in this position since they were paired up. The two are protective of one another and clearly very close, and have had multiple cutesy moments, such as Bobby twirling and dipping Charlotte [[spoiler: after their second victory]], or Charlotte teaching Bobby the famous Flair Strut. Not to mention they've probably known each other before they even joined WWE, and may have known each other during Ric's TNA run.
* Another Mixed Match Challenge example: Wrestling/AlexaBliss and Wrestling/BraunStrowman. Widespread shipping was inevitable due to their HugeGuyTinyGirl dynamic, but even beyond that, they've had several cute moments together. One of their first promos together involved a ClothingSwitch, which became a CrowningMomentofFunny due to their [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrRc4cZytdQ vast difference in shirt sizes.]] Another notable one was [[spoiler: Braun catching Alexa in his arms after Naomi enziguri'd her off of the turnbuckle during their second match.]] They also publicly called each other 'cute' in an interview following their first match.