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->''"Pam is very attractive, no question. If I didn't have an award show to host, I could easily see having two or three seasons of will-they-won't-they sexual tension that ultimately goes nowhere."''
-->-- '''Creator/ConanOBrien''', Emmy 2006 opening skit, after crashing ''Series/TheOfficeUS''

Two characters, often combative but with obvious UnresolvedSexualTension, resist going into a full blown relationship for a rather long time. Usually the two characters will be presented so that "they will" is the conclusion to root for; only rarely is the question of whether the writers think they should in any real doubt.

Actually ending the dance is a tricky business. It is difficult for shows to recover from the loss of a major source of dramatic tension represented by an unrequited relationship. Many shows [[JumpingTheShark Jump the Shark]] or suffer ShippingBedDeath when the two characters finally get together. A common problem is that [[RomanticPlotTumor the show suddenly becomes about the relationship]] rather than remaining true to its original premise. Sometimes an attempt is made to introduce a new source of dramatic tension, but it is frequently cheesy and lame. To avoid this, many shows choose to answer the question and end the show nearly simultaneously via a LastMinuteHookup.

Of course, the opposite can also occur. Shows can go out of their way to avoid resolving the relationship, making ever-more-desperate narrative leaps. In longer-running shows, they may even have the characters hook up for a little while, only to split up over and over again, until by the time they finally let the characters get actually, technically married, the show has lost its viewership anyway. BelligerentSexualTension is often a victim of this.

Sometimes a LoveEpiphany can be used to have a character realize his/her feelings, but still not resolve the question, just add a new dynamic to it.

A fundamental {{Shipping}}-inducement strategy.

See also AlmostKiss, RelationshipUpgrade, LikeBrotherAndSister, MomentKiller, EveryoneCanSeeIt. When a series ends without even a [[MaybeEverAfter hint of resolution]] to will-they-or-won't-they, it's NoRomanticResolution. Contrast FriendsWithBenefits, where they ''definitely'' do it, but without the emotional baggage.

Compare JustFriends and TheyDo. Contrast PlatonicLifePartners -- they won't. See JustEatGilligan if it's a major plot point. See also BreakUpMakeUpScenario when they separate for some dramatic reason, spend a time apart, then reconcile (usually with a kiss, which breaks the Will They Or Won't They)

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Integra ''{{Hellsing}}'' and [[{{Dracula}} Alucard]] had this going on. Whether TheyDo or [[DidNotGetTheGirl They Don't]] is left relatively ambiguous, though WordOfGod said they were an OfficialCouple in the anime.
* The star of ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', for the love of ''God''. He and Miu have been at it for almost 400 manga episodes now, and it doesn't look like it will be solved anytime soon...
** In chapter 423, Miu and Kenichi have a fairly straight-forward conversation about their feelings for one another. While Kenichi doesn't say "I love you" out loud, he does promise Miu that he'll only say that phrase/ask her out when he becomes strong enough to protect her, to which Miu agrees by kissing him on the cheek. How much more strength Kenichi needs though is YMMV.
* ''Anime/WelcomeToTheNHK'' has the complex relationship between Satou and the girl acting as his "saving angel", Misaki.
* In ElementalGelade, Coud and Ren have yet to enter into a real couple relationship. Coud wants it badly but is too shy to confess his feelings to her during their journey to Edel Garden, and Ren did not show any strong romantic feelings towards Coud (at least in the manga).
* Most of the characters in ''SchoolRumble''. Nuff said.
* ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'' is all about the question whether the UnluckyEverydude and the {{Landlady}} will get together -- which takes ''96 episodes'' in total. Phew.
* In the same vein, ''KimagureOrangeRoad'', which took 48 episodes, 8 [=OVAs=], and a movie before ever resolving it. The second movie tried to revive it.
* Serge and Gilbert from ''KazeToKiNoUta'' have some major {{UST}} very early on in their relationship as roommates, and a good deal of the manga is leading up to whether or not they'll get together. There are many bumps along the way; homophobia, the social norms of the academy, [[SlapSlapKiss their own conflicting personalities]] (what with Serge being a good-natured NiceGuy with HairTriggerTemper and Gilbert being a promiscuous and [[BreakTheCutie severely messed-up]] BrokenBird), and Gilbert's uncle [[spoiler: and real father]], Auguste. Despite it all, they do eventually get together, [[spoiler: [[TearJerker although]] [[DrugsAreBad not]] [[StarCrossedLovers for]] [[BittersweetEnding very]] [[BuryYourGays long]]]].
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' has this between Ranma and Akane; in fact, it's what the entire manga is about aside from wacky martial arts.
** Answer: Probably yes, but [[StatusQuoIsGod not while we're still watching]].
** Lampshaded in ''[[RanmaAbridged The Abridged Chronicles]]'':
--->'''Ryōga:''' Quit wasting our valuable screentime with your will they/won't they antics!
** Same with Tofu and Kasumi, to a lesser extent (and mostly in the TV series).
* ''Manga/InuYasha''. I think Rumiko Takahashi just loves this trope.
** Subverted in ''the Final Act''. [[spoiler:Kagome marries Inuyasha. Sango marries Miroku.]]
* Most of the plot in ''LovelyComplex'' revolves around the question whether the HugeSchoolgirl female lead can get a hold of the shorter guy she's in love with.
* Hagino and Mari in ''BlueDrop'' get into a complex love/hate-relationship which leads to a lot of drama for most of the series. When they [[spoiler:finally do declare their love for each other, their happiness doesn't last long though.]]
* Quite possibly the entire point of ''RevolutionaryGirlUtena''. Only TheMovie finally resolved it, but considering what an MindScrew it was, confirmed LesYay was the least of the audience's thoughts.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' has several:
** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Setsuna and Konoka]] though it got kind of resolved by chapter 252, what's with the pactio and all that. [[spoiler:The WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue states they both married in the same year, it just doesn't say to each other (though it is implied).]]
** Nagi and Eva was regarded as one for some time but it as it turns out it didn't have a chance from the start.
** Negi and Asuna was regarded as one for a while, but for the most part, since ''Negima'' started as [[UnwantedHarem a harem series]], many of Negi's potential love interests could fall under this trope.
** Negi's [[FireForgedFriends friend]]/{{rival}} Kotaro seems to have something like that with his roommate Natsumi; since chapter 262 came around, it seems that Kotaro does indeed have feelings for her (though they still appear to be mostly brotherly). [[spoiler:The epilogue confirms they got married.]]
* This applies to ''HanaYoriDango'' in every adaption, mainly between Tsukushi and Tsukasa and Tsukushi and Rui. This is thanks largely to the huge difference in social class between Tsukushi and almost every possible love interest that shows his face -- though Tsukasa's personality certainly doesn't help matters.
* ''Anime/ElCazadorDeLaBruja'' appears to be the only series in Bee Train's "girls with guns"-trilogy where the two female leads [[spoiler:wind up with each other in the end]].
** ''Anime/{{Noir}}'' also seems to end this way, but Koichi Mashimo tacked on an ending suggesting that wasn't real, which led to InternetBackdraft.
* {{Inverted}}(!) in ''Anime/{{Naruto}}'', which pays zero attention to its several [[AnchoredShip inexplicably unresolved]] romances - until it suddenly does, and then it's all [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore big speeches, heartfelt confessions and revelations]]. And then [[SubvertedTrope it goes right back to pretending they're not there again]]. [[YoyoPlotPoint Repeatedly]].
* In ''ShakuganNoShana'' Yuji and Shana should have probably been making out by the fifth episode. Two seasons later they're still making gooey eyes at each other and wondering how the other one feels.
* Louise and Saito from ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''. They're almost exactly like Yuji and Shana, just with way more [[BelligerentSexualTension belligerence]] and KickTheDog parts.
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'' is full of this. The protagonist Lelouch is really popular with the ladies, even without anyone knowing that he's royalty, but he's too busy secretly leading a revolution to actively pursue romance. Nevertheless, he gets plenty of Will They Or Won't They with [[NaiveEverygirl Shirley]] (a classmate with a borderline-obsessive crush on him), [[ActionGirl Kallen]] (a {{Tsundere}} terrorist who would do anything for Lelouch's charismatic [[DarkMessiah Zero]] persona), and [[MysteriousWaif C.C.]] (the {{Kuudere}} witch he made a deal with in exchange for power).
* The closest to this in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'' are the relationships between [[{{Tsundere}} England]] and [[LoveFreak America]], and then [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]] and [[TheDitz Italy]]. Oh god, ''the ShipTease''.
* ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'' is littered with hints that Yumi and Sachiko might get a RelationshipUpgrade, which kept many [[YuriFan yuri fans]] hooked. [[spoiler:Nothing of the kind ever happens though, [[BaitAndSwitchLesbians despite many opportunities]]]].
** The basic premise of a girl wooing another girl into becoming her soeur also has something of this.
* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' can be seen as one long Will They Or Won't They between Keiichi and Belldandy, even though it's a foregone conclusion that they will be together in the end. The number of times they've kissed can be counted on one or two hands and the manga is currently on volume 37 (more than a hundred chapters)! If you count in all the animated series, you'd only need to use fingers ''and'' toes to count.
* The sneaky bastards behind ''LyricalNanoha'' took a different approach to this regarding the [[ShipToShipCombat Nanoha-related ships]] by [[TimeSkip jumping ten years forward]] then cranking the ShipTease all the way to the max [[ShrugOfGod without saying anything definite]]. Suddenly, the question mutated from "Will They Or Won't They?" to "DidTheyOrDidntThey?"
* ''AoiHana'' revolves around the growing relationship between childhood friends Fumi and Akira, although the issue is often obscured by Fumi's romantic entanglements with other girls.
* ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' starts as if it will follow this trope and then takes a hard right turn into PerfectlyArrangedMarriage. [[spoiler:At [[LastMinuteHookup the very end]], finally, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming they do]].]]
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' had Taichi and Sora, who were "very close friends", and were always looking out for each other. The biggest moment of "Taiora" was when Taichi actually cried because he might have killed Sora because he's an ass. Then there's "Our War Game." [[spoiler: [[DistantFinale Then there's the second season ending where she marries his best friend.]]]]
* Sunako and Kyohei from ''TheWallflower'', to [[ObliviousToLove ridiculous]] heights. So far, they've risked their lives for/saved each other countless times, kissed twice, confirmed they don't hate each other, gone out on a date and lived together for a period of time. And, yet, what is there for them to say at the end of the day? [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend "We aren't in a relationship."]] Ugh.
* Shiki and Mikiya in ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai''. He confesses to her early on, and is welcome to regularly drop in on Shiki, and its clear that Shiki [[{{Kuudere}} feels something towards him]], and yet in four years nothing happens; rather frustrating considering the lack of [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]]. Especially strange considering the games Nasu later came to be [[DeusSexMachina known for]].
* ''PokemonSpecial'' does this with Ruby and Sapphire. Even after the confession, Ruby ignores the topic, much to Sapphire's anger.
* Pointed out in ''SchoolRumble Z'' when Yakumo visited Tenma in the US. When Yakumo still cannot define her relationship with Harima, a very frustrated Tenma threatens to crash the car she's driving.
* The central question in ''Manga/ShoujoSect'' is whether Shinobu will get a hold of her childhood friend Momoko. [[spoiler:She does, but not before going through a harem of other girls]].
* There was a minor case of this with Ed and Winry in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', since there hardly were any other potential {{Love Interest}}s for either ([[spoiler:though they do marry in the final chapter]]). Now, Roy and Riza or Al and Mei, [[MaybeEverAfter on the other hand...]]
* In ''ScrappedPrincess'', the viewers keep expecting something to happen between Pacifica and Chris. But it never happens. Pacifica is with Leo, and Chris is with Winia. Nothing happens between Pacifica and Chris- but the UST seems to be there.
* ''SpiceAndWolf'', full stop. There are only two main characters. One of them is both a [[TheTease tease]] and a [[TheWoobie woobie]]. The other is a NiceGuy with a hint of [[DeadpanSnarker snark]]. They spar with words all the time, but it's pretty clear that they deeply care about each other. It still counts, though, because of an important [[MayflyDecemberRomance obstacle]].
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Revy and Rock. They even share an IndirectKiss (lighting a cigarette) in Chapter 9 of the manga and the equivalent anime episode.
* ''GhostInTheShell'' features this to a painful extent. While the tension is obvious in the movie adaptations, Stand Alone Complex takes it even father. Even the voice actors have been known to make jokes regarding the tension between them. And yet, no real resolution is ever reached, aside from a very faint Maybe Ever After in the end of Solid State Society. [[spoiler: Batou puts him arm around her and she doesn't throw him into the pool]]
* In ''Manga/{{Yamanko}}'', Neneko and Makoto show definite signs of being attracted to each other (especially from Neneko's side), but both of them have [[CannotSpitItOut trouble showing their feelings]]. The fact that [[SchoolgirlLesbians they are both girls]] might be a big factor in this.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' plays with this, like it does with most romance tropes. Kyon gets some fairly significant ShipTease with all the SOS girls, but there are fairly [[AnchoredShip legit]] reasons for "won't" beyond the standard CannotSpitItOut and ObliviousToLove (although the second one also seems to apply to both of them).
** He has reason to be wary of a relationship with Haruhi despite the [[EveryoneCanSeeIt obvious]] BelligerentSexualTension as [[RealityWarper her mood swings alter reality]]. [[LockedOutOfTheLoop And she doesn't know this]]. So a relationship could be a problem. She also started off as a {{Jerkass}}, which put him off at first. Even after she gets past that, the aforementioned reason still applies. Haruhi is either [[ObliviousToLove unaware of her own feelings]] or [[SelectiveObliviousness actively ignoring them]][[note]]You would think she would do something if she was aware of them. Subtle isn't really her style.[[/note]]. And it took Kyon 11 books to unambiguously admit how he feels ''in his narration''. The ''Surprise'' finale made it blatantly obvious, although it was strongly hinted at earlier.
** With the other two, there is the problem that Haruhi [[spoiler:has already almost rewritten the universe out of jealousy earlier]] (but she doesn't know this), which is a problem right there. Also, Mikuru [[TimeTravel isn't allowed to have relationships with people from the past]] and Yuki seems like she [[EmotionlessGirl cannot express emotions]]. And that is cannot in the same way that a blind person cannot see and a deaf person cannot hear. It seems she was not created with the capability.
* In ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'', Raku and Chitoge are both unable to admit any positive feelings they have for each other. Nearly every chapter either involves one of them (usually Chitoge) trying to get closer to the other or one of the side characters learning something significant about someone else. Of course, so far, there has been little progress--any attempt between Raku and Chitoge to do anything romantic that even makes it past the first step seems to involve [[CosmicPlaything the universe conspiring to keep their thoughts secret to each other]], and side characters seem to like keeping information to themselves and thus have no bearing on anything.
* ''Francise/KagerouProject'' is full of these, some more obvious than others. Takane and Haruka both have confirmed feelings for each other but have [[CantSpitItOut a number of]] [[LaserGuidedAmnesia hurtles in the way]], with Shintarou and Ayano their feelings have been heavily hinted at but they also have some [[GhostShipping major road blocks]], Seto and Mary are also heavily hinted at having deeper feelings, and Kido and Kano seem stuck in a never ending cycle of ''SlapSlapKiss''.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* ''{{DC Comics}}'':
** Dick Grayson with Barbara and Kori. ''Dear God, Barbara and Kori.''
** Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown. TheyDo - just then she dies, comes back and then... this trope UpToEleven. Almost every meeting has a flashback to them meeting/hooking up, or a reference to that, or nearly hooking up. Combined with Tim's oft-jerkiness or dark and broodiness (and being chaste and a man-slut simultaneously), and Stephanie trying to impress Batman, or otherwise prove herself to be a hero, this trope is pretty extreme for 16-18 year olds (post-relaunch). Notable that they have this after already being in a relationship together.
*** And [[TheNew52 now]] it looks like the whole thing may start all over again.
** Beast Boy and Raven have been going through this a lot lately.
** Cyborg and Sara Simms were originally intended to be a couple, but Marv Wolfman changed his mind. Instead, we were met with one of the longest "will they, won't they" segments in comic book history.
** Basically, if they are a popular teenage or young adult pairing in the DC universe, they will almost never get a happy ending together and will be subjected to a never-ending 'Will They or Won't They' loop for years and years on end. Case to point: Every teen pairing in the New Teen Titans and Young Justice.
* This was a very persistent question for the fans of ''ComicBook/CableAndDeadpool'' who were wondering if one of the writers would [[HoYay/CableAndDeadpool hook them up]] after they spent a series chatting each other up.
* ''JusticeSocietyOfAmerica'' featured LikeBrotherAndSister grouping Atom Smasher and Stargirl, implying they got married in the future. Subsequently, he quit the team and she started dating FanPreferredCouple-style with Billy "Captain Marvel" Batson. When they broke up, she openly moped about Atom Smasher's later FaceHeelTurn and near-death experience to the point where ''that'' seemed like a reasonable coupling once more, but after another near-kiss with Billy, it's been fully revealed that Courtney and Al love each other. Then the team elders put the kibosh on the whole thing because of Al's age.
* In the Archie ''ComicBook/SonicTheHedgehog'' comic, this went on between Sonic and Sally for a long time. Then they started an official relationship, but had a fight, and broke up. Now they're doing it ''again''.
** Fortunately Archie opted to appease fans during this period by adding the AU ''Mobius: Twenty Five Years Later'' storyline as a back-up strip just to keep anyone from ditching the lead title as it went to hell creatively. This gave Sonic and Sally a more positive and progressive piece of character growth regardless of its canonicity. Two follow-up storylines set in this universe have since followed, though it could ease off a little on the constant time-travel plots...
* ''SpiderMan'': Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy do this straight starting from her first appearance. They broke up once, but would've, [[spoiler:if not for the fact that she had an affair with Norman Osborn, had his children, pissed the Goblin right off and died for her trouble, though she was brought back through cloning and dumped Peter when it was strongly implied that he had always been in love with Mary Jane even when he'd been dating Gwen (MJ made her debut BEFORE Gwen in the comics as the "blind date" foil for Betty Brant and Liz Allen), but because of Gwen's emotional problems, coupled with a promise to look after her to the dying George Stacy, he stuck with her out of principle.]].
** Which seems like an attempt to settle the decades-long feud over whether Peter loves Mary Jane or not.
* ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}'': Rogue and Gambit have been in a constant state of ‘on-and-off’ ever since Gambit first joined the X-Men, to the extent that it's practically a permanent sub-plot. While they both have declared love and devotion for one another on multiple occasions, the relationship never lasts too long before something happens and they end up separating again, only to reconcile at a later stage. This is partially due to the strain on the relationship caused by Rogue’s mutation, meaning the pair can never make physical contact, but also both partners carry some serious emotional baggage which surfaces every so often, sometimes leading to a break-up, whilst other times bringing the pair together
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[[folder: Fanfiction]]
* The [[WordOfGod promised]] (eventual) OfficialCouple of WIP ''FanFic/TheFledglingYear,'' Cor and Aravis, have been in love for some fifty chapters and counting, [[CannotSpitItOut without outright admitting]] their feelings on the subject (they’re usually [[BelligerentSexualTension too busy arguing]]). In the background, the BetaCouple (Corin and Hana) are giving them a run for their angst, with Corin being too impulsive and irresponsible to allow the steady, sensible Hana to accept her own feelings for him. The ShipTease is flying thick and furious, and it’s [[{{Squee}} fluffy]] as all-get-out, but no TheyDo yet.
* The ongoing ''SonicTheHedgehog'' fanfic ''Fanfic/PrisonIslandBreak'' is simply packed with this, thanks to the large number of relationships developed. There's definitely romance in the air; the author seems to be perpetually torn between who's going to get Doctor Amy Rose Blossom, and who's going to get Shadow.
-->'''Author:''' As ever I continue to work hard on this story, occasionally flipping a three-sided coin on which pairings to end with.
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The entire movie of {{Anastasia}}, including IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy and {{Almost Kiss}}es.
--->'''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick:''' "Ah, animosity! It must be love!"
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Iceman and Rogue in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. Iceman seems disappointed that Rogue "cured" herself, even though she did it for both of them. It's unknown what their relationship is now, especially since [[spoiler:the cure is temporary.]]
** Iceman and Kitty is hinted at, especially during the ice skating scene.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* OlderThanRadio:" Jane and Mr. Rochester in ''Literature/JaneEyre.'' Well...at first.
* In ''WarAndPeace'', this tends to happen a lot. The [[LoveTriangle Love Triangles]] don't really help in sorting it out. This trope applies most to [[spoiler:Pierre and Natasha]], as that one's foreshadowed relatively early in the book, and [[spoiler:Nikolai and Marya]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Ron and Hermione, starting in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Goblet of Fire]]'' and ending in [[spoiler: a LastMinuteHookup in ''Deathly Hallows''.]] (In the movie adaptations, hints are dropped about Ron and Hermione's mutual interest as early as ''Chamber of Secrets''.)
** Harry and Ginny. [[spoiler:TheyDo: as of the "fast forward several years" in the epilogue of ''Deathly Hallows'', Harry and Ginny are married with children.]]
* Harry and Murphy in ''TheDresdenFiles''.
* The ''StarWars'' ExpandedUniverse does this with Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade a bit.
** And it absolutely ''uses it to death'' with Jacen and Tenel Ka.
* In most Creator/JaneAusten novels.
** ''PrideAndPrejudice''. Not just Elizabeth and Darcy but Jane and Bingley.
** In ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' it's Elinor and Edward Ferrars.
** ''{{Literature/Emma}}'' - Emma and Mr. Knightley, with a few [[RomanticFalseLead Romantic False Leads]] along the way.
* Percy and Annabeth in ''PercyJackson and the Olympians''. It's pretty bad when even the daughter of the god of war thinks that it's about time when you finally get together.
* The ShipTease has been amped up in Literature/ArtemisFowl's sixth book, ''The Time Paradox'', especially when [[spoiler: after saving Artemis from a gorilla attack, Holly kisses him in her relief.]]
* Gaunt and Curth from ''GauntsGhosts'' are strongly implied to have feelings for each other in ''The Traitor General''. However, since the author never mentions any such relationship again (three books on and counting), this is probably more a case of the author forgetting rather than Will They Or Wont They.
* ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'' series brings us the relationship between Rand Al'Thor and Aviendha the ActionGirl, which lasts for an astonishing length of time.
** This is primarily motivated by Aviendha's own stubborness, combined with the HonorBeforeReason stance of her culture and the cultural differences between her and Rand and the fact that Rand is in love with ''two'' other women and is very queasy about it. [[spoiler: Until later anyway. The three women get together and basically force Rand to [[MarryThemAll accept a relationship with all of them]].]]
* Early on in the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' book, ''In Enemy Hands'', Hamish Alexander (the Earl of Whitehaven) suddenly gets interested in Honor, and Honor feels his interest through her empathic treecat. This is complicated by the fact that Hamish is also still very much in love with his wife, to whom he has been married longer than Honor has been alive. ''Two books later'' we're still getting this:
-->No other 'cat-human bonding had ever been so close, ever spilled across to the actual communication of emotions, and the depth of her fusion with her beloved companion was worth any price. Even this one, she told herself. Even the knowledge that Hamish Alexander loved her and of what might have been had the universe been a different place. Yet just as he would never tell her, she would never tell him ... and was she blessed or cursed by the fact that, unlike him, she would always know what he had never said?
** [[spoiler:TheyDo. Late in the series, they even marry as both Grayson and Manticore allow polygamous marriages.]]
* In the ''AuntDimity'' series, Lori's repeated flirtations with men other than her husband Bill are often handled this way. To date, [[spoiler: nothing more than the occasional kiss has happened, but]] there have been a number of close calls, often when one or both characters has gotten wet from rain and needs to dry off and/or warm up.
* Dorn and Kara in ''Literature/TheYearOfRogueDragons''
* Jace and Clary, to ridiculous levels in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments''. Nothing much ever seems to happen until they [[spoiler:figure out they aren't related.]]
* Brienne and Jaime in ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'' - they've got plenty of BelligerentSexualTension, with an interesting twist on BeastAndBeauty thrown in, but it's as yet unresolved. Were the series less infamously grim, the odds might be more in their favour.
* Jenny Ng and Calvin [=McGuirk=] in ''Lovely Assistant'': pretty obvious [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] from the first night they meet (Calvin insists she could stay at his place and nothing would happen, but they don't take the chance), and as [[TheLancer Heckler]] points out when [[spoiler: Jenny is kidnapped by the [[BigBad Big Bads]]]], EveryoneCanSeeIt. Unsurprisingly, TheyDo...but only [[FirstKiss for a moment]], in TheClimax, because fate has other plans (which also neatly [[AvertedTrope sidesteps]] any ShippingBedDeath).
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': The trope could very well be called "Ross And Rachel", except for the whole thing about not naming tropes after characters. For reference, the Ross/Rachel {{UST}} was introduced in the first five minutes of the PilotEpisode, and not fully resolved until the last five minutes of the GrandFinale. That's right, it was dragged out over ''literally'' the entire series.
** Well, they ended up together in the last moments of the SeriesFinale. They got together in season 2, broke up in season 3, and from that it was an [[RelationshipRevolvingDoor on-again-off-again thing]].
** Which is fairly amusing seeing as Ross/Rachel was never meant to go beyond the pilot but it was so popular they abandoned their original plan [[note]]Joey/Monica, which got [[DevelopmentGag the occasional reference of Monica having a crush on Joey when he moved in]][[/note]] . So the show's longest plot was almost the one that never was.
* ''TheMightyBoosh'', between Howard Moon and Vince Noir. Their relationship was a source of major speculation, but during it's three season run, it was never really resolved.
* ''Series/{{Californication}}'': Each season alternates between Hank and Karen hooking up, and Hank and Karen splitting up.
* ''{{Cheers}}'': Sam Malone and Diane Chambers, and later Sam and Rebecca Howe. Sam and Diane start their romance at the end of Season 1--then break up at the end of Season 2, with the tease of [[BreakUpMakeUpScenario whether they will make up]] being a focal point of Seasons 3 and 4, and the first half of Season 5. The second half of Season 5 [[spoiler: is a major {{They Do}}]]--but with a last-minute twist in the season finale. The show underwent a reboot where Diane went off and a new UnresolvedSexualTension with Rebecca was added.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder and Scully. Resolved sometime in season 7, but it was still only implied and some fans thought they were strictly platonic. Mulder was then PutOnTheBus and the tension and drama was found in other situations. In the second movie, they are in a relationship for real.
* ''Series/{{Moonlighting}}'', a popular '80s action/comedy starring Bruce Willis and Cybil Shepherd, tanked immediately after Bruce and Cybil "did it". The lesson was probably not lost on ThePowersThatBe, with the result that fewer WillTheyOrWontThey questions will be answered with "They Will". The ''last'' major Writers Guild of America strike torpedoed TV production right in the middle of this arc; a lot of ''Moonlighting'''s decline in quality came from the disruption this caused, and it's arguable that the change in relationship might have been handled considerably more successfully if the strike hadn't happened. Also, they [[http://www.npr.org/blogs/monkeysee/2009/09/what_really_happened_to_moonli_1.html couldn't get Bruce and Cybill together at the same time]] to make the show for ages. Also, Cybill's real-life pregnancy with twins.
* Niles and Daphne on ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', which rose, fell, switched back and forth, found new ways to express itself every few episodes, and progressed through Daphne's [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness]]; both of them being unwilling to even communicate their feelings, much less act on them, because Niles was married to Maris; the ''slow'', lingering death of Niles and Maris's marriage, complete with much backsliding, temporary reconciliations, and emotional and psychological abuse; heartwrenching silent years of UnrequitedLove on Niles' part; and Daphne coming within an inch of marrying her RomanticFalseLead; all before they so much as ''expressed'' their attraction to each other. It took another couple seasons for them to finally stabilize and marry.
* Caroline and Richard on ''Series/CarolineInTheCity''. By the time they finally got around to it, no one cared.
* Robert and Amy on ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond''. [[spoiler: TheyDo.]]
* ''Series/LoisAndClark'' (a.k.a. ''The New Adventures of Superman''). They did, in a marriage storyline that crossed over with the comics.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Clark and Lois. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWB-uvceV_k They will.]]]] [[spoiler: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PMMyTa-6-YI They did.]] Lois and Clark are ForegoneConclusion.
** Chloe and Clark, while DoomedByCanon, is heavily speculated on as many fans rooted for them to get together at least for a little while before Lois sets in. [[spoiler:Sadly, they didn't.]]
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Lieutenant Colonel (eventually) Samantha Carter and General (eventually) Jack O'Neill. They did, but only in {{Alternate Universe}}s. In the normal continuity, the fact that military officers are forbidden to be romantically involved with their subordinates always prevented anything from happening. WordOfGod says that Jack and Sam are romantically involved after the Season 8 episode "Threads".
** Daniel Jackson and Vala Mal Doran. Vala flirted with most of the main male characters, but more with Daniel than anyone else. Towards the end of the series we even learn that this has apparently grown from light-hearted teasing to actual affection, but what held the relationship back was that Daniel thought she was just doing it all for a laugh. They did, but again only in a reset timeline.
** In the sequel series ''Series/StargateAtlantis'', [[{{DeadpanSnarker}} John Sheppard]] and [[{{IronLady}} Elizabeth Weir]] take over from Sam and Jack. Complete with issues of fraternization (although no military, Elizabeth is John's superior on Atlantis) and disapproval from the powers that be.
* Fran and Max on ''Series/TheNanny'', but surprisingly, the show stayed funny even after they got together.
* Subverted in ''{{Newsradio}}'', wherein Dave and Lisa DO immediately before the second episode. (Creator and head writer Paul Simms states in DVD audio commentary that he hates this trope.)
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'', in which Captain Harmon "Harm" Rabb, Jr., JAGC, USN and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie, USMC finally hooked up at the end. ''JAG'' can be considered to be the example of the second kind of this trope. Most all of the fandom of the show was incredulous at the pathetic "rationale" why they couldn't be together until the last five minutes of the series finale.
* The new ''[[Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined Battlestar Galactica]]'' has two of these: one between Lee "Apollo" Adama and Kara "Starbuck" Thrace, and one between Admiral Adama and President Roslin.
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' prominently placed two of these: one between Mal and Inara, another between Kaylee and Simon. As of the end of the WrapItUp, Kaylee and Simon have, while Mal and Inara... actually, nobody's quite sure about them.
* ''NUMB3RS'': Charlie and Amita. They had to stay JustFriends as long as Charlie was Amita's thesis advisor, but after she graduated and became a fellow professor They Did.
* ''TheOffice'' in both versions with Tim/Dawn and Jim/Pam. Jim and Pam did get together at the start of season 4, and married early in season 6. Andy and Erin picked up the slack for awhile before getting (back) together near the end of season 8. However, the other couples (Dwight/Angela, Michael/Holly, Michael/Jan) have faded into the background, save for a few instances where they're suddenly brought back and teased, only to fall by the wayside again; Michael eventually broke out of this by proposing to Holly (which, by extension, wraps up the Michael/Jan pairing), but there's no proper resolution currently in sight for Dwight/Angela.
** Tim and Dawn got together too in the Christmas special that wrapped up the series.
** Dwight/Angela [[spoiler:is finally resolved via LastMinuteHookup when they get married in the series finale.]]
* ''Series/{{Glee}}'':
** It has had Rachel and Finn singing and dancing circles around each other since the Pilot.
** All the UnresolvedSexualTension between Kurt and Blaine in season 2, with several false leads.
** Due to Cory Monteith's [[AuthorExistenceFailure sudden death]], Rachel and Finn will not. [[WordOfGod But the creator revealed that he had intended to end the series with them getting together.]]
** Brittany/Santana (season 2-3) and Quinn/Puck (season 1-3) had this so very much and it's still going on apparently what with [[spoiler: the two pairings being hinted to have some story line together for the 100th episode.]]
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' had Josh and Donna from episode one. The two finally got together in the final season (seven seasons after the show began, and three after Aaron Sorkin left).
* Sorkin didn't do a good job with the same trope on ''Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip''. Or ''SportsNight'', for that matter (notably the infamous "dating plan").
* Series/{{CSI}}:
** Grissom and Sara, until they finally did.
** Their tension was replaced to a point by Catherine and Vartaan, but they didn't.
** Morgan and Hodges are the ones who might or might not get together.
* Danny and Lindsay on ''{{CSINY}}'' for two seasons until they eventually did.
* Fred and Wes on Series/{{Angel}}. They finally get together, and in the next episode [[spoiler: Fred dies.]]
* In ''Series/WhosTheBoss'', Tony and Angela danced around the subject for so long (and in such increasingly ridiculous ways) that the supporting characters more or less hung a permanent LampshadeHanging over it. It seemed they finally hooked up out of the desperation of the producers (they were an official couple only for half of the show's final season) than out of any real dramatic intent.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'':
** John and Aeryn. Notable as perhaps the only time where officially getting the couple together actually improved the show, as the writers found numerous ways to keep the tension going that wouldn't have worked if they weren't sleeping together. (Also unusual in that they had sex well before they officially got together.) However, Ben Browder had suggested that Aeryn and John have sex ''immediately'', only to spend the rest of the series denying it.
** To a lesser extent (as the relationship is dragged out over much a much shorter period than John/Aeryn), we have D'Argo and Chiana - there are several WillTheyOrWontThey moments throughout the early episodes of Season 2, before they finally kiss and eventually start sleeping together several episodes later (then it happens all over again when they break up in Season 3, before getting back together in Season 4).
* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** House with Cameron in Season 1.
** Stacy in Season 2.
** House also had a "Did They Or Didn't They" with Cuddy. [[spoiler: They seem to sleep together in the season 5 finale (just a dream) and then again in the season 6 finale (for real this time, though it doesn't last)]]
** Between Foreman and Thirteen. [[spoiler:Foreman and Thirteen did.]]
* Picard and Crusher on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. It was there from Season 1 but didn't really become much of an issue until the last few seasons. They never did (except in an crazy alternate future) and, honestly, that never seemed strange or convoluted, making this a pretty unusual example of the trope.
** Actually, there is a vague very-late-80s subtext in those early episodes that [[spoiler: Picard might have been Wesley's ''biological'' father, hence why his relationship with both Crushers seemed a little strained at times. Though this was completely dropped when Dr Crusher left the show for the second season, and wasn't picked up when she returned in season three.]]
** A couple things to consider is that Picard was a long time friend of Dr. Crusher ''and'' her dead husband. A later season episode combined ChainedHeat and AppliedPhlebotinum to make it very clear why it never happened.
*** In the post-''Nemesis'' continuity in the books, Picard and Crusher [[spoiler: marry and Crusher falls pregnant with their child. Though this is probably only because the ''Trek'' universe has rebooted and thus the books have been given more-or-less ''carte blanche'' when it comes to carrying on the TNG version of the universe, since it's highly unlikely we'll ever see it on screen again.]]
** And again with Riker and Troi, they did a couple of times and broke up a couple of times too.
*** After settling into the "just very good friends" mold for most of the last couple of seasons of TNG and the movies, Riker and Troi [[spoiler:finally get married immediately before ''Star Trek: Nemesis'', with Picard as the best man.]]
* Well before any of its spin-offs played with the idea, ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' experimented with the idea with the relationship between Captain Kirk and Yeoman Janice Rand: both had a mutual attraction to one another, but Kirk's position as Captain, and his feelings of responsibility as her commanding officer, were explicitly stated as the reasons why they ''didn't''.
* Subverted in ''Series/TheAdventuresOfBriscoCountyJr'': it looks like Brisco and Dixie are being set up for it, then they immediately jump in the sack. However, it's still more than halfway through the season before Brisco actually confesses that he loves her.
* Arguably, Gene and Alex in ''AshesToAshes''; they're conscious of the mutual attraction, but have both backed out at least once when acting on it seems like a possibility.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' did this fairly believably for the first season with Ted and Robin, even though we know from the first episode that they won't, ultimately, end up together. [[spoiler:At least until the last minute of the series finale...]] Currently, the WillTheyOrWontThey torch has been passed back to Barney and Robin, after they had dated, broken up and passed it on to Robin and Don.
** Barney and Robin's WillTheyOrWontThey is currently cleverly framed with a flashforward: we know that soon (it has to be soon, because Ted meets the mother at the wedding and the time limit for their first meeting, given their kids' ages, is running out), Barney will get married. We don't know to whom at first. The seventh season finale revealed the bride to be [[spoiler:Robin]]. So [[spoiler:They Will. They finally get engaged in season 8.]]
*** [[spoiler:Then it's revealed in the GrandFinale they get divorced]].
* ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' wrung every last drop of acceptable WillTheyOrWontThey juice out of Elliot and J.D. They ''did'' after two seasons of it, then broke up in excruciating fashion, cooled off for a few years, then picked back up very briefly again then dropped it again. They finally made up their minds and stayed together for good.
* Spinelli and Maxie on ''Series/GeneralHospital'' now have a year and a half of sexual tension that has only been broken twice for all the wrong reasons. The question here isn't really "Will they or won't they?", it's "Will they or won't they as an official couple?" A good portion of the fan base at this time would rather they stayed friends.
* Booth and Brennan on ''Series/{{Bones}}''.
** [[spoiler:They did at the second to last episode of season six,]] it wasn't made very clear until the next episode when she announced [[spoiler:she was pregnant with his baby.]] As of season nine, episode eight, [[spoiler: They Do]].
** Series/{{Bones}} loves this trope. Even more so than Booth and Brennan, there's Angela and Jack. They started off as friends, moved to UST, went on one date, decided it was too perfect and would end terribly, changed their minds, got engaged, found out she was [[AccidentalMarriage already married]], stayed together for awhile, broke up, dated other people (in Angela's case mainly) and [[spoiler: almost got engaged again because she thought she was pregnant with another man's child. Turns out she wasn't, but this prompted a LoveEpiphany that lead to a spur-of-the-moment jail cell wedding]]. Finally resolved now and [[spoiler: they seem to be HappilyMarried]]. WillTheyOrWontThey indeed...
* ''{{Psych}}'''s Juliet and Shawn, before finally getting together at the start of season 5.
* ''DawsonsCreek'' had two of these: Dawson and Joey, and Pacey and Joey. They dragged out that triangle until the last few minutes of the last episode.
* ''Series/TheAvengers'', between Steed and Mrs. Peel. In the end [[spoiler:her presumed-dead husband reappeared, and she left the series with him.]]
* Mike and Catlin on ''SpinCity''. They did it in less than a year, then Michael J Fox had to leave the show.
* ''Series/JeevesAndWooster'' has this in spades, although it's really more like They Should But Why Aren't They? What usually happens is that a couple will go in and out of engagements, seemingly to be made for each other in the end, only to eventually wind up with someone ''completely'' different. If a pairing only appears in one episode or a two-parter, they are ''much'' more likely to [[TheyDo stay together]], such as with Biffy and Mabel in "Pearls Mean Tears".
** The Gussie/Madeline relationship is probably the most on-again off-again engagement in the whole series. In the [[LastMinuteHookup last 2 episodes]], despite all the hoops that Bertie spends ''[[BritishBrevity four seasons]]'' jumping through to keep them together ( bike ride in the rain, anyone?), Gussie [[spoiler: winds up with Pauline Stoker's sister Emerald, who elopes with him ''the same episode she shows up,'']] and Madeline [[spoiler: marries ''Spode,'' of all people, in the last episode]]. Although, in his defense, [[spoiler: he ''was actually'' in love with her. She just married him for his title]].
* ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' initially tried to set this up between Jack and Gwen. Jack and Ianto are an aversion of this trope, as they went from threatening to kill each other to sleeping together in four episodes with very little lead up.
* Particularly irritating in Series/CenturyCity, which started as more Did They Or Didn't They, and proceeded to take the Unresolved Sexual Tension in no particular direction.
* Rigsby and Van Pelt in ''TheMentalist''. They suffer through being together, breaking up, being with other people, a baby thrown in the mix, until [[spoiler: TheyDo in season six, episode three.]] and when seen [[two years later are still together]].
** Then there is Jane and Lisbon. Although they had a lot of ship tease, there seemed to be little hope of them ever getting together. That is until the season four finale [[spoiler: Jane tells Lisbon he loves her. Which could well be platonic. When she asks him what he meant when he said "that thing" he pretends to forget.]]
** During season five different characters tell both Jane and Lisbon (mostly the latter) that they are a little bit in love with each other.
* Blair Waldorf and Chuck Bass on ''GossipGirl'' had a "will they/won't they" plot for a season and a half. The whole thing ''started'' with them having sex, then they were friends-with-benefits, they she ditched him and went back to his best friend. Cue half a season of will/won't that ended in the season one finally where they get together - and the episode ends with him standing her up for their trip to Europe. Season two had them in a constant struggle over pride and power, starting with who should say "I love you" to the other first. After a while Chuck pointed out they both know they love each other, but can't say it because they don't know if they can make it work as a couple at this point. A few episodes later they take the will/won't in a new direction when Blair tells Chuck she loves him, only to be blown off and mocked for it ([[spoiler:his father had just died and he was too self-destructive to accept her love]]). The rest of the season then consists of Blair trying to move on and Chuck getting in the way, loving her deeply but not believing he can make her happy. The season two finally has her once again declaring her consuming love for him only to be rejected once more. He then [[spoiler:returns in the last two minutes, finally telling her he loves her too, and all the hurt they've caused each other is forgiven and forgotten]]. Interestingly enough what kept these two apart was more about their own insecurities than about actual hurtful things they did to one another. For example when he learns that she [[spoiler:slept with his uncle, whom Chuck loathes]] he was angry but it wasn't an obstacle between them as a couple.
** As of season three they are now together, happy and aware that they belong together.
*** [[spoiler: It didn't last and we're back to square one.]]
**** [[spoiler: They married at the series finale and are happy with a kid.]]
** Blair and Dan as part of the LoveDodecahedron.
* Luke and Lorelai in ''GilmoreGirls''.
** Much like Friends, this was introduced in the first episode and was not resolved until the very last scenes of series finale. They finally got together in the 5th season only for it to be dragged on for the last two seasons. Unfortunately, because of this, it felt like a LastMinuteHookup.
** Also Luke's nephew, Jess and Lorelai's daughter, Rory. Jess is introduced at the beginning of Season 2, and the pair get together after almost a season and a half of dancing around each other. Although they later break up, the dynamic continues for the remainder of the show, and Rory is single at the end of the final season. Allegedly Word Of God reveals that had the series continued, they would have ended up together.
* There is a couple seasons' worth of UnresolvedSexualTension between Cal Lightman and Gillian Foster of ''Series/LieToMe'', especially now that [[spoiler: Gillian's single]]. She's the only one he trusts, he's afraid to hurt her like his ex-wife, and his daughter even sees them as an odd sort of family.
** In the end, the cancellation put an end to the UST.
* Tony and Ziva in ''{{NCIS}}'', with the ramped-up UnresolvedSexualTension [[spoiler:since Tony helped rescue Ziva from Somali terrorists suggesting they will, while the fact that Tony shot and killed Ziva's Mossad-agent boyfriend, precipitating her return to Israel that lead to her imprisonment in Somalia, suggests they won't.]]
** And then there was Paris. Is there a Did They or Didn't They trope?
*** Well, there was only one bed, and both of them lied about taking the couch. This doesn't mean anything.
** And the nineth season has clearly progressed beyond UnresolvedSexualTension and WillTheyOrWontThey into "taking the piss out of the shippers" territory. They've brought up Tony's [[DisposableFiance ex-fiancee]], Ziva's RomanticFalseLead "C.I. Ray", Tony's fear of children, and every other guest character either assuming Tony and Ziva are a couple or explaining why they'd make a great one...either they're setting up a case of "they will" or they're setting up the biggest chain yank in TV history.
** [[spoiler: TheyDo. They finally do. And according to Michael Weatherly, there was ''another'' kiss filmed much earlier that had never been aired.]]
* Kevin and Winnie in ''TheWonderYears'', though in the final episode [[spoiler: Adult Kevin, the series narrator, reveals they didn't]]
* Series/{{Castle}} and Kate Beckett. It's assumed that they eventually will, being the OfficialCouple and all. Castle even responds "Not yet" when someone asks if they're together.
** In interviews, the actors themselves cheerfully admit that the two will end up together eventually; [[UnresolvedSexualTension the fun is in seeing]] ''[[UnresolvedSexualTension how]]''.
** [[spoiler:As of season 4's finale, "Always", they finally get a RelationshipUpgrade. It remains to be seen how this will play out in the next season.]] The fake Richard Castle website included an article the week before where Castle talks about the perils of having long, dangling, unresolved plot arcs, which he calls "Ponzi Plots".
** Andrew Marlowe, creator of Castle, has talked about the Moonlighting case in particular when discussing the "Caskett" plot. Like this page, he doesn't believe resolving the UST screwed up the show. He also talks about other, unnamed shows (though fans always discuss "Bones" right about here) where the UST isn't resolved in time and the fans lose interest.
* The Carly/Freddie and Freddie/Sam pairings on ''Series/ICarly'' averted this. Carly and Freddie got together in ''iSaved Your Life'' then broke up at the end, and then Sam and Freddie got together in ''iLose My Mind'', which was 1 episode and 3 days in-universe after Sam revealed her feelings for Freddie in ''iOMG''. Whilst both sides had some obvious ShipTease, it was never UnresolvedSexualTension as neither couple could really qualifiy since Freddie liked Carly but she didn't like him back until ''iSaved Your Life'', and Freddie didn't like Sam until ''iLose My Mind'', and Sam had shown no indications she liked Freddie until ''iOMG''.
** Though it does end up resolved in the finale, where we find out [[spoiler: Carly and Freddie DID]]!
* Sonny and Chad in ''SonnyWithAChance'' danced around their obvious attraction to each other, and the Season 1 finale seemed to indicate that movement was happening. Season 2 has brought on this, and a lot more ShipTease. TheyDo.
* When [[spoiler:Goren and Eames]] left ''LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'' at the end of season 9, this was left deliberately ambiguous, since they are very much [[HeterosexualLifePartners life partners]], and for some fans, a LastMinuteHookup would have been upsetting, while others are free to imagine a HappilyMarried type scenario. They did have a very intimate, very touching AnywhereButTheirLips kiss before they left, and ''no one'' was unhappy about that.
** They returned for the final season, and again, the finale left the whole issue very open-ended. Given the nature of the final episode, however, with its emphasis on 'everyone wants to believe in true love' and [[spoiler:Goren calling Eames by her first name while she smiles at him]], the implication seems to be that eventually, they will.
* In the middle seasons of ''LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'', there did seem to be a bit of this between Elliot and Olivia, particularly after [[spoiler: Kathy left Elliot]]; even before she did, there were some moments where Olivia seemed hopelessly in love with him. The later seasons, however, stomp all over this, particularly as on [[NotQuiteDead Alex Cabot's]] return, the LesYay is stronger than ever. Having avoided a potentially disastrous plot twist, Olivia and Elliot are back to doing what they do best - being PlatonicLifePartners and kicking ass.
* Emma Tutweiller and Marion Moseby in ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'', they're the only major adults on the show! And they did in the finale.
* Jeff and Britta, in ''Series/{{Community}}''. [[spoiler:Invoked, lampshaded, and resolved in the "Modern Warfare" episode]].
** This is played with again in season two until [[spoiler: we find out that they did hook up again but the thrill was gone after it is no longer a secret]]
** Jeff and Annie have a bit of it in season one and more in season two. [[spoiler:They kiss at the end of season one but it goes nowhere and Jeff tries to pretend it never happened.]]
** As of the end of season two there is the possibility of one with Abed and Annie
** Thus far season 3 seems far more focused on the Jeff and Annie UnresolvedSexualTension than Britta/Jeff.
*** Meanwhile, Britta has been paired up with Troy, thus implying that Jeff and Britta's ship has sailed.
** S5 was very Jeff/Annie heavy and ended with the conclusion that Jeff's "burst of human passion" was caused by Annie. Now fans are waiting to see how the 6th season will resolve it... Will it continue the Will they? Won't they? or will they finally get together?
* Played with in Series 5 of ''Series/DoctorWho'' with Amy and Rory; they're already engaged, but the question is WillTheyOrWontThey get married as planned, what with Amy leaving with the Doctor the night before the wedding, Amy saying that she's running from the wedding, [[spoiler:Amy kissing the Doctor once they return to the night they left]], [[spoiler:Amy expressing surprise at seeing them still together in future timelines]], [[spoiler:Rory dying]], [[spoiler:Amy dying]], and [[spoiler:the universe being erased]]. By the end of the season, [[spoiler:TheyDo, and it seems [[AndTheAdventureContinues their honeymoon will be traveling with the Doctor]].]]
* ''RizzoliAndIsles'' - you imagine that they won't, because the producers are terrified of alienating a huge pack of their viewers by following through on it, but a girl can hope that all that LesYay will go somewhere.
** It's less likely the producers are terrified of alienating people and more likely that they won't do anything like that because it would be a massive deviation from the books the series is based on.
** No, the TV characters are very different from the book characters already and the author of the books [[OneOfUs has expressed interest in the idea as applied to the show]]. It probably is more about alienating people.
* Chuck Bartowski and Sarah Walker in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' [[spoiler:throughout the first two seasons]].
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Chuck [[spoiler:well after TheyDo get together]] when he, Sarah and Casey are trying to bluff their way past a security guard:
--> '''Chuck:''' Excuse me, sir? Look, I don't mean to bug you, but the cute little number that came in with me... the two of us have kind of had this will-they-won't they burgeoning office romance going; I'm really trying to impress her so could you help me out a little bit?
* Jaye and Eric in ''{{Wonderfalls}}'': a woman who is terribly afraid of intimacy and a man who was so badly traumatized by his wife cheating on him on his honeymoon that wedding paraphernalia makes him faint. Naturally, this combination does not make for the smoothest sailing. [[spoiler: The last episode ''seems'' to indicate that they will]].
* Alex and Dave in ''Series/HappyEndings'' despite the fact that they already did, lived together for years, got engaged and [[RunawayBride Alex left Dave at the altar]]. There are still plenty of sparks between them but they rightfully fear that they will just repeat the same mistakes that led to the humiliating and public breakup of the original relationship.
** They get back together in season 3 (after Dave was {{Shiptease}}d with Penny in season 2) and move back in together very quickly. All their friends it's a bad idea, but they spend the season actually working at their relationship and providing several sweet moments, especially in the episode 'Boys II Menorah" where Dave attempts a hilariously Deconstructed RaceforYourLove.
* Jerry and Bobbi from ''RaisingTheBar''. Every time they look to get going, they get thwarted by [[spoiler: her divorce, her ex's suicide etc. Finally, they do]].
* Lampshaded in an episode of ''That70sShow'' when, after Eric tells his friends hat he and Donna had sex for the first time, Hyde happily declares that he'd "Just about had it with all the 'will-they-or-won't-they?' crap!"
* [[HappilyMarried Andy and April]] on ''ParksAndRecreation'', as well as Leslie and Ben. TheyDo.
* Duncan and Nicole on ''Series/TheClass''.
* Damon and Elena on ''TheVampireDiaries''. The entirety of season three capitalized on their UnresolvedSexualTension, culminating in a near-explosive kiss a few episodes before the finale. Then, of course, [[spoiler: she chose Stefan]].
** Season four has Elena [[spoiler: sired to Damon,]] which is why he doesn't want to be with her despite loving her, since her feelings are presumably produced by [[spoiler: the sire bond.]] In the season finale, Elena [[spoiler: (now freed of the sire bond) confesses to be in love with Damon and they are together in season five]] with agonizing from Damon that becomes a Will They or Won't They [[spoiler:stay together]].
** Also, Klaus and Caroline. It seemed one-sided until Caroline seemed to be attracted to him too, and hating herself for it. In the end, he leaves to [[Series/TheOriginals his own spin-off]], with a GoodbyeKiss (on the cheek) proclaiming that Tyler might be her first love, but he'll be her last. Though that doesn't stop him from popping back and them [[spoiler: giving into their urges]].
* [[BetaCouple Sean and Alex]] on ''Series/{{Nikita}}''. It is somewhat resolved when [[FlirtingUnderFire he finally asks her seconds before]] going after [[TheDreaded Roan]] [[spoiler: to stop him from from blowing up Washington DC]].
* Holly and Marcel from ''Series/CafeAmericain'', although the series ended before anything could be resolved.
* In early seasons of ''Series/{{Merlin}}'', Arthur and Morgana had a number of such moments and much UST. This plotline was randomly abandoned, and later she was revealed to be his sister.
* Joel and Maggie in ''Series/NorthernExposure''. They [[spoiler: eventually do start having sex, but then Joel's actor left the series.]]
* ''MyNameIsEarl'' gives us Earl and Catalina. Earl gave up the chance to be with her, so that Randy could marry her and get her back to Camden. But later Catalina used the PleaseDumpMe gambit on Randy, who lost all interest in her. It's not known whether or not their CitizenshipMarriage still stands, but the {{UST}} between her and Earl is definitely there.
* Martin and Louisa on ''Series/DocMartin'', and to some extent, Pauline and Al.
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* The Doubleclicks have a song called [[http://thedoubleclicks.bandcamp.com/track/will-they-or-wont-they "Will They or Won't They"]], comparing the narrator and some guy to multiple fictional couples.
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[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG had quite a bit of UST between Hertz and Naomi Carver, as well as Frozeen and Gromtin, with the question of whether or not they will get together in the end.
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' subverted the trope by making it seem as if there was a LoveTriangle between Cloud, [[MysticalWaif Aerith]], and [[GirlNextDoor Tifa]]. Though the Lifestream Event and the [[RelationshipValues high affinity version]] of ''[[PreClimaxClimax "The Night Beneath the Highwind"]]'' eventually confirmed [[OfficialCouple Cloud and Tifa's]] feelings for each other. Which was later reaffirmed by WordOfGod.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3'' had this almost all the way through with Naked Snake and EVA. [[spoiler:They end up having sex after the mission. EVA is later artificially impregnated with his clones. However, they never actually develop a relationship.]]
* In BrokenSword, George and Nico seems to have a thing for each other, but never confess to each other and they never even contact each other in between the games timeline. George said in the beginning of the 3rd game that "things between them don't work out".
* ''{{Tenchu}}'' fans have been at war since the beginning on whether Ayame and Rikimaru are just partners, clan brother and sister, or secret lovers. Though the extra fouton in what certainly LOOKS like Rikimaru's house in Tenchu Z makes this troper believe the latter...
* SonicTheHedgehog: Shadow and Rouge.
* Usually with Tales Of games, the canon pairing is right there as the lead male and female. ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' however, goes to great lengths of implying a will they/won't they relationship between ill tempered sorceress Rita and sheltered Princess Estelle ''as well as'' an Are They/Aren't They one with childhood best friends Yuri and Flynn. The PS3 version only intensifies it.
* ''VideoGame/DungeonMakerIITheHiddenWar'' has one between the female main character and Greg the apothecary. She thinks he's too much of a genius to approach. He's too bumbling and shy to tell her how he really feels. Despite this, they're clearly crazy about each other.
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* From ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' we have Detective Gumshoe and Maggey Byrde. It's all but said explicitly the Gumshoe has a huge crush on Maggey, going so far as to have Phoenix smuggle weenies into the Detention Centre when she's accused of murder (again) and 'confessing' to have committed a murder when he can see the evidence piling up to frame Maggey (again).
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* Any and Professor T.X. from ''Webcomic/M9Girls'' The tension comes from the obvious age difference, but mainly because the Professor's allegiance is still doubtful. Any does not seem to mind, tough.
* Lampshaded in [[http://girlyyy.com/go/52 this strip]] of ''{{Girly}}'', while playing the trope straight (no pun intended).
** [[spoiler:They do. BOY do they ever.]]
** [[spoiler:It's also good to know that the majority of the comic is the main couple together with very little romantic problems, most of the stress comes from other weird things happening and other characters getting together.]]
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Torg's been pining after Zoe for years. He even hooked up with the Zoe from an alternate dimension. However he [[CannotSpitItOut never tells her how he feels]], and if he did Oasis might kill Zoe for stealing Torg's affection. To be fair, alternate dimension Zoe did die, and Torg still blames himself for failing to keep her safe. So he's developed his fear of Oasis killing Zoe into more then just an excuse and well into realistic territory.
** And it is realistic. Oasis's jealousy lead her to kill ''ice-cream'' after Torg said he loved chocolate ice-cream.
** In a recent arc, the question was answered. [[spoiler:When Zoe was confronted by an old enemy, she was forced to come to terms with her relationship with Torg, and Zoe realized not only that Torg loves her, but she loves him back.]]
* In ''SomethingPositive'', Pee-Jee and Davan were like this for quite some time -- but [[WordOfGod as it turns out]], [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp05312009.shtml it's just the author messing with his reader's heads]]. (The ShipTease has dialed back considerably since Davan found a new girlfriend, of whom Pee-Jee is quite fond.)
* ''PunchAnPie'' plays with this by starting the two leads as a couple, breaking them up, and then leaving it deliberately unclear whether or not they will get back together.
* ''QuestionableContent'' was entirely built on the UnresolvedSexualTension between [[{{Tsundere}} Faye]] and [[UnluckyEverydude Marten]] for the first 500 comics until [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore the talk]], which killed whatever might have happened between them. However, the strip managed successfully to continue from that point and become arguably something different entirely, and nowadays Marten, Faye and a lot of the old gang have gone OutOfFocus in favor of [[MoeMoe Hannelore and Marigold]]. WillTheyOrWontThey also occurs in various other "relationships" that Faye lands into.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', Elan and Haley. It goes between them for a very long time, [[spoiler: until their lives depend on it]].
* ''RedString'': If recent events say anything, Eiji and Reika will be dancing around the issue until eternity.
** Update: [[spoiler:TheyDo. And there was much rejoicing.]]
* ''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Faith and Tiffany have had [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]] since the beginning of the comic. Tiffany's been fighting it because she thinks of Faith as her nemesis and because [[IfItsYouItsOkay she's straight]], though she's finally reached the point where she can [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/omigawd no longer deny the attraction.]] Faith has [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/official_girlfriend repeatedly]] [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/take_things_slow made her feelings clear]] on the matter and awaits Tiffany's decision.
* Ellen and Nanase from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''.
** This trope is referenced in the commentary of [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2009-10-26 this page]] regarding Agents Cranium and Wolf, with Dan Shive's aswer to the question being: "there is no 'will they, won't they' issue with Wolf and Cranium. They have, they will again, and they utterly fail at hiding it."
* ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'': Piro and Kimiko for the longest time. With their relationship now on pause, Piro/Miho are also on the list. Yuki and Kobayashi.
* Although it's far from a central plot element, the title characters of ''PennyAndAggie'' are an example, with speculation and shipping occuring both in-universe (Sara, from the early arc "The Ticket" to the present) and within the fandom (which also has many Penny/Aggie anti-shippers). Complicated by the attraction being entirely one-sided at first; Penny has erotic dreams and occasional daytime "twinges" for Aggie, but not vice versa, although Aggie's dream in "The Lady and the Tiger" suggests she's subconsciously aware of the other's feelings. Also complicating matters is that, despite WordOfGod confirming that both title characters have "bisexual leanings," their principal romantic plotlines for the vast majority of the comic so far have all involved boys. That Aggie did eventually decide she was homosexual doesn't appear to have cleared up the issue. More recently, [[spoiler: Penny made increasingly clear overtures to Aggie, and the interest was now seen to be mutual]], and they've now [[spoiler: shared their tentative FirstKiss]]. Then, judging from [[spoiler: [[http://www.pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=1168 their action, and their friends' discussion of it in this strip]], TheyDo]].
** [[spoiler: [[http://pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=1213 And now we can take it as confirmed]] ]].
* In ''KeychainOfCreation'', this is a major background element to Misho and Marena's relationship. Misho is of the "won't" mindset, while Marena... let's just say she's [[http://keychain.patternspider.net/comics/koc0302.png not entirely in agreement]].
* [[spoiler: Dr. Kinesis]] and [[spoiler: Alice]] in [[http://evilplan.thewebcomic.com/ Evil Plan]]. It's not for lack of trying, though. [[spoiler: Alice is clearly attempting to make moves, but seducing a sexually-repressed mad scientist is about as tough as it sounds.]]
* [[NoPinkPonies Jess]] and... unnamed guy ({{Fanon}} states his name is Cute Comic Guy or CCG for short)) in [[http://nopinkponies.keenspot.com/d/20060207.html No Pink Ponies]]. [[spoiler: They do]]
* In an early ''Webcomic/LeftoverSoup'' strip, [[http://www.leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=12 Ellen makes it absolutely clear that she and Jamie won't.]] Naturally, [[http://www.leftoversoup.com/archive.php?num=25 this doesn't even stop her best friend from betting it will.]]
* ''FauxPas'' has this with Randy and Cindy. Miscommunication and Randy's innocence keep getting in the way.
* Yun-lee and Dong-whi in ''Webcomic/NineteenTwentyOne''. Dong-whi does openly like her but after that and some slight jealousy it doesn't come up until it's resolved at the end.
* Viana Doesulen and Thomas Millwood are in this situation throughout ''Webcomic/DeerMe''. It's pretty clear the attraction is mutual, but each initially thinks the other isn't interested (or in the case of Thomas, fears that Viana would beat him up if he tried anything). While the webcomic has really presented several chances for a RelationshipUpgrade, it never reaches that point.
* Kat and Art in Webcomic/SequentialArt have been shown here and there throughout the series to have mutual interest in each other, but both seem unaware of this and too hesitant to do anything about it. Every time it gets brought up it feels like it's about to go somewhere, then doesn't.
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* Sasha Hunter and Daichi Hashimoto from GreekNinja.
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* Starfire and Robin of the ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'', from the day they first met (and [[LoveAtFirstPunch beat each other up]]), for the entire series.
** Many fans wondered this about [[RelationshipWritingFumble Beast Boy and Raven]], too. [[ShipSinking They didn't, after all]]. Still, the comics [[OfficialCouple paired them up]].
* Babs and Buster Bunny ([[RunningGag No relation]]) in ''{{Tiny Toon Adventures}}''.
* In ''ReBoot'', Bob and Dot. It took them until the end of the last season to get together and engaged -- but it wasn't even [[spoiler:the real Bob]] anyway. In the comic continuation, they keep trying to get married but something always comes up.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'': Fry and Leela. They have (technically) married twice, but both marriages were very brief, albeit for non-personal reasons. One involves [[spoiler:time going at accelerated speeds, due to one of Farnsworth's "brilliant" ideas]] the other [[spoiler:an aged version of Fry under an alternate persona who dumps Leela at the altar after realizing it will cause a time travel paradox.]]
** They are also HappilyMarried in an alternate universe, which still doesn't convince Leela that Fry could be a good husband.
** It's not so much that she doesn't believe he's got what it takes as he's still too immature for her.
** One of the main cornerstones of the series is for [[ThisLoserIsYou Fry to be a loser]] and either never succeed in anything he attempts or, if he does, for something to go horribly wrong to set things back to normal by the episode's end (or else [[NegativeContinuity there will be little or no mention of it ever again]], Roswell excepted). Whether relationships, money (he was a [[AFoolAndHisNewMoneyAreSoonParted '''billionaire''' for exactly one episode before he lost it all]] by [[WhatAnIdiot revealing his ''secret'' PIN]]), or anything else, Fry will invariably screw up. He also TookALevelInDumbass as the series went on, and absolutely will ''not'' get better permanently unless the series is ending (and will be just as quickly undone if it is renewed). All this naturally applies to his relationship with Leela...
*** ...that is, until "[[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming The Late Philip J. Fry]]"...
*** Also, the [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming ending to "Overclockwise"]] where they get a printout from [[spoiler:Bender during his [[DeusEstMachina brief time as a robot god]] telling them the [[BecauseDestinySaysSo future of their friendship/love lives]]]]. The facial expression suggest highly varying progressions of scenarios, the final reaction being a kiss.
* Green Lantern and Hawkgirl from ''JusticeLeague'' / ''JusticeLeagueUnlimited''. After they finally admit their feelings for each other (at the end of "Wild Cards"), the very next episode ("Starcrossed") involves a big [[TheReveal reveal]] that causes them to break up and Hawkgirl to [[PutOnABus leave]]. By the time she returns from her TenMinuteRetirement, GL is dating [[RomanticFalseLead another superhero]]. In spite of this, the two still have feelings for each other. They still aren't a couple by the end of the series, [[spoiler:but the existence of their KidFromTheFuture, Warhawk, implies that they do eventually end up together]].
** Word of God says they'll get together eventually.
** We also have Batman and Wonder Woman dancing to this, from Batman's insistence that they are JustFriends and frantically digging the rubble that had apparently buried Diana (even hiding his dirt-covered hands from her afterwards) and Wonder Woman herself flirting often with Batman and getting a bit shy after their FakeOutMakeOut in "Starcrossed".
* Ulrich and Yumi of ''CodeLyoko''. Their 4-season long [[GenreBlind on-again-off-again-]][[GreenEyedMonster green-eyed-monster]]-[[JustFriends just-friends]]-[[CannotSpitItOut not-just-friends]]-[[LastMinuteHookUp vague-implications]] dance makes even their ''shippers'' cringe. At the beginning of season four, we had the "I dump you but we're still friends and it's not dumping because we were just friends all along" scene (yes, this sums up how exaggerated this trope was) ''just after the [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse only really dangerous rival was turned into a]] BigBad's [[DeathOfTheHypotenuse minion]]''. It's even more ridiculous when you consider that ''[[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone but them]]'' considers the two a couple despite their constant [[JustFriends denials]].
* Batman and Catwoman in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'', despite Selina's countless attempts to seduce Bruce with her catty double entendres.
* Sam Manson and Danny Fenton/Phantom from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' have this throughout the entire series starting in the first few episodes. Continuous hints and leads point to this, to even a scenario where they both have the exact same dream of them dating, but nothing comes from it until [[spoiler: the last episode, where they have a LastMinuteHookup.]]
* Katara and Aang from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''. Many shippers were waiting from the first episode to see them get together (or rooting for Zuko to take Aang's place) and finally discovered that they [[spoiler: did get together in the last episode, and have three children in the future who are be present in the SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' :Tenzin the Airbender, Kya the Waterbender (named after Katara's mother) and Bumi (named after Aang's old friend.)]]
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': As of chapter 22, Velma and Shaggy: no. As of episode 24, Fred and Daphne: yes.
** [[spoiler: As of episode 26: No to both. Fred broke the engagement because of drama.]]
** [[spoiler: [[DoubleSubversion As of the ending,]] yes again. They admitted that they love each other and are apparently engaged in the new timeline.]]
** [[spoiler: Velma and Shaggy's relationship, however, is never even brought up or alluded to in Season 2. Even in the world without the Nibiru entity.]]
* Ant-Man and Wasp in ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes''. Three attempts he made during the first season to confess his love for her didn't go as planned, and [[spoiler: his quitting the Avengers further harmed their chances of starting a relationship]].
* ''IronManArmoredAdventures'' gives us Pepper and Tony. Though YMMV with the last episode of Season 2 [[spoiler: where Tony kisses her on the cheek]].
* ''CodenameKidsNextDoor'' has Numbah 3 and Numbah 4 filling this spot.
* Sterling and Lana Kane of ''{{Archer}}''. Lampshaded in part three of "Heart of Archness":
-->'''[[DavidCross Noah]]:''' Oh my God! Just screw already!\\
'''Buckey:''' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Seriously]].
-->'''[[Creator/PatrickWarburton Rip Riley]]:''' [[BelligerentSexualTension Then kill each other.]] Then shut up. Then kill each other again. Then call me, so I can watch.
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' has Alejandro and Heather. The two are perfect for each other and EveryoneCanSeeIt, but their competitive natures prevented them from having an actual relationship [[spoiler:which they both realized in ''All Stars''. Once they were both eliminated, they could finally be together, and are confirmed to to be a couple in the finale.]]
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