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Ho Yay

Homoeroticism, yay!

Those moments of plot, dialogue, acting, etc., that fans delight in interpreting as homoerotic.

It probably originates from the old days, when the homosexuality taboo was serious enough that every gay pairing was considered a Crack Pairing, so when authors wrote characters as very intimate with each other, everyone just accepted that they are just very good friends, and moved on, or when they wrote outright references to homosexuality, everyone just laughed at the sheer absurdity of the thought, and moved on.

With the emergence of Yaoi Fangirls and Yuri Fans, and the more open-minded writers, this changed forever. Nowadays, fans willingly interpret any interaction as potentially gay, even for characters without canon orientations and even for those specifically stated by their creators to be straight.

Cultural differences also have their say here. The level of accepted physical intimacy between close friends and adult relatives is hardly constant across various eras and nationalities, so, for example, the hugs and kisses which seemed mundane for an antiquated reader may appear blatantly erotic in the eyes of a contemporary one. In particular, the concept of Romantic Two-Girl Friendship, highly intimate yet platonic, only began falling out of use in the latter half of the 19th century.

For heterosexual versions, see Implied Love Interest and Ship Tease.

In the related trope called Foe Yay, even rivals or mortal enemies can get this treatment by fans and writers alike, especially if they have a more friendly past together, or one is inordinately obsessed with the other. In Fan Fic, this is the direct cause of many a Slash Fic.


Examples:


Good Eyes, Evil EyesBoys Love TropesIf It's You, It's Okay
Home PagePt/Índice de TraduçãoIdiot Ball
Genre SavvyAbridged Series TropesJust a Stupid Accent
High Heel-Face TurnGender and Sexuality TropesFoe Romance Subtext
Hilarious in HindsightAudience ReactionsHoly Shit Quotient
Homosexual ReproductionQueer as TropesIf It's You, It's Okay
Hot-BloodedJustForFun/Tropes of LegendFoe Romance Subtext
Butt MonkeyOverdosed TropesLarge Ham
Hot Skitty-on-Wailord ActionAdministrivia/No Real Life Examples, Please!I Banged Your Mom
How Much More Can He TakeProfessional WrestlingHSQ
Hot WindFanserviceIgnore the Fanservice
Star Trek: The Motion PictureImageSource/Live-Action FilmsPadding

alternative title(s): Les Yay; Men Yay; Gay Yay; Homoeroticism Yay; Ho Yay Shipping; Les Yay
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