->''"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.

See also: WillTheyOrWontThey, {{Subtext}}, {{Fanservice}}, NeverTrustATrailer, TonightSomeoneKisses, LiterallyFallingInLove, ImpliedLoveInterest. Probably the cruelest method of Ship Tease is the MomentKiller. Contrast ShipSinking.

Not to be confused with [[YouCanLeaveYourHatOn Striptease]].

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

!!Examples without sub-pages

[[foldercontrol]]

[[folder:ComicStrip]]
* In the Peanuts series 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]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* 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.
* ''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.]]
* 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/{{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.
* 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.
* 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/{{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]].)
** 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.
* ''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.
* 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]].
* In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' despite WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck supposedly being in a relationship with [[OfficialCouple Daisy]] (not that she [[OldHeroNewPals ever appears]]) but he has several seemingly romantic moments with [[PhysicalGod Xadhoom]] and [[RobotGirl Lyla]]. In the sequel Pk2, he has this with co-worker [[LittleMissBadass Tempest Gale]].
* 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' and ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' crossover ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8116027/1/ Fantasy of Utter Ridiculousness]]'', there is a shiptease between [[DeadpanSnarker Jamie]] and [[IllGirl Patchouli]]. In the credits [[spoiler:Koakuma has to slap Jamie to make him stop hitting on her]].
* In ''Fanfic/KyonBigDamnHero'', Kyon has had ShipTease with every female character he's not related to. And one of his cousins, though that's one-sided. To be fair, though, he has that in canon, too.
* There are subtle hints of ship tease between [[TheHeart Fluttershy]] and [[VideoGame/AceCombat6FiresOfLiberation Shamrock]] in ''Fanfic/AceCombatTheEquestrianWar''.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': There was plenty teasing, mainly between Shinji and Asuka in the earlier chapters (such like Shinji staring at her bottom when she wore tight short pants or Asuka making excuses for sleeping in her bed) and between Rei and Kaworu later.
* ''Fanfic/FateStayNightUltimateMaster'' has some ship tease between [[Franchise/{{Ben10}} Ben]] and his Servant Avenger, very much in the same way as Shirou and Saber have in the original source material. Examples include both acting like a BattleCouple, Ben being clearly stunned by how beautiful she looks and Avenger insisting on sleeping in the same bed as him for better security measures.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': There were some Shinji/Rei and Shinji/Misato hints, but ninety percent of the teasing was Shinji/Asuka as soon as Asuka's first appearance (sooner, actually. Shinji was [[PsychicPowers scanning the ship mentally]], and when he found her mind burning with passion he was instantly drawn to it. And when they met [[HeroesWantRedheads he]] thought "So this is what lust feels like"). Teasing in that chapter included Shinji and Asuka sneaking peeks at each other when they were undressing and Shinji wondering if he could romance that [[BrokenBird wounded]], [[{{Tsundere}} hot-tempered]] [[FieryRedhead red-haired]] [[TheBerserker berserker]].
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has a lot of this, possibly, in part, thanks to its TrollingCreator.
** Most prominently, Loki/Sif, who, though EveryoneCanSeeIt and despite numerous shippy moments, even sharing a New Year's Eve kiss, haven't got together.
** Harry/Gwen Stacy is teased slightly, after they chat and when she gives him a kiss on the cheek in thanks for being nice to Peter Parker, who'd twisted his ankle. This elicits a LuminescentBlush, which Thor teases him for.
** Harry Dresden/Gemma Simmons, of all things, was repeatedly teased in chapters 43 through 45. Even [[CompanionCube Bob]] remarks on it.
** Though, as of chapter 61, it seems to have been subsumed by Dresden/Wanda Maximoff, the latter of whom slyly notes that he 'wears the hell out of a leather duster' and has a history of dating members of the TrenchcoatBrigade.
*** Though she does agree with Carol (and most of the fandom) that Clint [[spoiler: her ex]] has amazing arms.
** Despite repeated WordOfGod insistences that they're JustFriends, the idea of a Harry/Carol ship is constantly lurking. [[FridgeBrilliance This is probably because he's the first straight guy her age to treat her like an actual person for years - like, after she hit puberty - if not ever and she's the first girl his age to treat him like an actual person rather than a freak/saviour in pretty much ever]].
** Chapters 58 through 61 have hinted at Uhtred/Jean-Paul.
* ''Fanfic/{{Equestrylvania}}'' drops hints of [[BelligerentSexualTension Rainbow Dash/Shatterstorm]] and Applejack/Soarin'.
* In the ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'' fanfic based off ''HelpMeDoctorHazama'' called ''Disaster Piece Theatre'', there is quite a lot with Ragna and Noel. It is also heavily implied that there would be a fanfic that would delve more into it.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fic ''Heart of Azazel'', there is some huge teasing involving Rick and Twilight. According to his profile, he grew closer and closer to the mare as time went on. And then Discord came around, and made a big mistake corrupting Twi. [[spoiler:[[CharacterDevelopment As Rick, devastated by the loss of something so important to himself, realized how much of a mess he's made out of his life and dedicated his life to using chaos for selfless acts]]]]. And to a lesser extent, in the next one, Rainbow Dash and Vergil.
* There is some Teasing for Izzy and Mimi in the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries''.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', there are a number of scenes that tease River/Jayne. The author does, however, twist these around quite a bit, and one of the most tense moments between the two is ruined by a realization that [[spoiler: psychic mind-manipulation]] was involved.
* Chapter 40 of ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' teases Luso/Kanin in it's climax and conclusion.
* ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'':
** The writer has some fun with this. He is believed to be the first person to ship [[CrackPairing Fujiwara/Kuyou]], and has since turned it into a RunningGag that the pairing is very much one-sided. Chapter 84 is devoted to [[VillainsOutShopping the Anti-SOS Brigade]] and deliberately has a lot of moments where Kuyou is affectionate towards Fujiwara. Fujiwara, who regards Kuyou as an AbhorrentAdmirer at best and a rapist at worst, promptly BreaksTheFourthWall and implores the author to stop it.
** He has also parodied the concept when Kyon becomes a pervert and starts propositioning every female character in the show, as well as [[BiTheWay some of the men]]. They all give him a slap in the face.
* [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Viral]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Tsuuma]] in ''FanFic/TengenToppaGurrenSolvernia''.
* ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' has no explicitly stated pairings whatsoever, but loves to drop hints regarding popular fandom pairings such as Marisa/Alice, Yukari/Yuyuko, [[FoeYay Kaguya/Mokou]], and [[NoYay Yuuka/Wriggle]]. There is also ''something'' developing between Rumia and [[spoiler:Rin Satsuki]], though what exactly is difficult to determine given the general MindScrew nature of their relationship.
* The ''Franchise/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles'' stories written by [[Website/FanFictionDotNet FF.net]] author Zarius tease the fanon pairings of Donatello/Irma and Leonardo/Lotus, and tries it's luck at a unique pairing by hinting at April/Michelangelo.
* ''FanFic/FallenKing'' has Ryou and Tea, but in a twisted way as he uses it against her and her friends.
* In [[BigNameFan The Kobold Necromancer]]'s fic ''TDWT: Reducks Redux,'' pretty much everything that's been published has been dedicated to this trope. [[OCStandIn Ezekiel]]/[[GranolaGirl Bridgette]], Ezekiel/[[GenkiGirl Izzy]], Ezekiel/[[SmoochOfVictory Lindsay]], [[OfficialCouple Courtney/Duncan]]/[[LoveTriangle Gwen]], Gwen/[[IronButtmonkey Tyler]], [[{{Otaku}} Harold]]/Bridgette, Harold/Lindsay, [[CasanovaWannabe Cody]]/[[LoonyFan Sierra]] and [[CharacterDevelopment Noah]]/[[DivergentCharacterEvolution Katie]]. Also [[EvilIsSexy Alejandro]]/[[SassyBlackWoman Leshawna]], Bridgette and girls in general, but that's sort of his schtick anyway.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': While primarily shipping Luna and Vaati, with some side flirtation between Rarity and Maulgrim, readers have also picked up hints of attraction between Twilight and Nigellas (though WordOfGod is that that last one was unintentional).
* ''FanFic/DespairsLastResort'' is filled with this, as the author wanted to keep all relationships ambiguous. The ones that are hinted at the most are Ayame/Hikaru, Shigeru/Naomi, Satoshi/Takara, Masaru/Takara, one-sided [[spoiler: Kazumi/Shizuka]], and [[spoiler: Shuuya/Miyako]]. It's also hinted that [[spoiler: Shizuka was involved with someone during their year at Hope's Peak from the 78th Class, but she can't remember if she was in love with him or if they were close friends.]]
* The last scene of "Fanfic/SolaereSsiunHnaifvdaenn" has some banter between Jaleh Khoroushi and Tovan tr'Khev about whether or not them having dinner together in his quarters counts as a date. After he suggests trying out a new holodrama, Jaleh decides that ''would'' be a date.
* ''Fanfic/TheBridge'': The author noted that he did not intend for any romance, but after the fans picked up on the subtext and commented on it, he decided to expand a bit on it.
** Godzilla Jr. has had a lot with Princess Luna (he gave her flowers for Hearts and Hooves Day, but thought they were for eating) and Blade Dancer, though it's stymied by his [[ChasteHero ignorance about romance]].
** Blade Dancer then starts having it with Junior's brother Xenilla.
** Aria Blaze has some with Monster X of all people. [[spoiler:His SuperPoweredEvilSide Kaizer Ghidorah briefly mistakes her for Monster X's late wife.]]
** Anguirus has some with Ki Seong.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Film - Animated]]
* ''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 first 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 Shen's cannon. Later, when Po returns and is about to get hit by Lord Shen's 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 ''Film/WreckItRalph'' Rancis Fluggerbutter is seen checking out Vanellope von Schweetz with interest several times after his memories, along with the other racers, have been restored and it's revealed that [[spoiler:Vanellope was the true and real ruler of Sugar Rush]]. The animators went so far to write a book about it, called One Sweet Race, where 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'' 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!
[[/folder]]

[[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 Rosa Mendes 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.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' teases Rod and Nicky from as early as the fourth song ("If You Were Gay"). Unfortunately for Rod, [[spoiler:Nicky doesn't return his feelings]].
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'' teases both Fiyero/Elphaba and Glinda/Elphaba from their first encounters - what with "What is this Feeling?" sounding like a love song (loathe and love aren't too far off), and Fiyero being just as much of a DeadpanSnarker to Elphaba as she is to him (that, and his lack of shock, disgust, or caring at the colour of her skin).
* ''Theatre/TwiceCharmed'' has this between Lady Tremaine and Franco.
-->'''Franco:''' You're ''so'' wicked!\\
'''Lady Tremaine:''' And you are a shameless flatterer.
* ''Theatre/PokemonLive'' teases Ash and Misty, Delia and Professor Oak, and there used to be a relationship between Delia and Giovanni.
[[/folder]]
----