Two people who are Just Friends
do something that proves otherwise. Be it an Accidental Kiss
, Almost Kiss
, Fake-Out Make-Out
, Kissing Under the Influence
, or whatever. Afterwards, they will simply insist that It Doesn't Mean Anything
or didn't happen
. Their body language usually betrays their true feelings towards the situation, and one of the two will usually come right out and say "It Meant Something to Me
One common version of this is when, for one reason or another, character A asks character B to pose as his/her boy/girl-friend or significant other. Usually ending up with both characters awkwardly abling through being told what a cute couple
If this trope involves them insisting that a shared kiss didn't mean anything, the agreement will often be followed by a kiss. Nothing to do with word salads
, Faux Symbolism
, Death Is Cheap
or Speaking Simlish
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Anime & Manga
- Sagara and Inaba in Full Metal Panic! pretend to be boyfriend/girlfriend to impress Inaba's friends. While they are "practicing", Kaname keeps telling herself that this trope is at work.
- In order to protect themselves from a pissed off attacker, Keima pretends to be Tenri's lover in The World God Only Knows. This is something he's quite used to doing, but when Tenri (and Diana) remember afterward it gets trickier. Fortunately, Tenri knows it was all acting, but Diana is pretty annoyed and tries to make Keima marry Tenri.
- After an accidental kiss between the two, Kyohei convinces Sunako in The Wallflower that a passionless kiss doesn't mean anything and that she should just forget about it.
- They later begin using this same line of thinking when everyone tries to convince them that they're in love with each other, which is all but obvious to everyone but them.
- Cat from the Night Huntress series insists that her attraction to Bones is caused by alcohol, instead of being revealed by it.
- The Mirrorworld Series: Jacob more or less says this to Clara. She doesn't quite believe him. Neither does Fox. Come to think of it, he has his own doubts on the matter...
Live Action TV
- In Penny and Aggie, Penny reacts this way after her frenemy, Handsome Lech Stan, gives her a good-bye kiss out of habit (he'd ended up in her bedroom by accident) and they both get unexpectedly turned on. The scene pairs this trope with That Didn't Happen.
- In Bittersweet Candy Bowl, Lucy kisses Mike after a particularly unpleasant encounter with some youth gang members. She immediately denies that it meant anything, but it obviously did for both parties.
- In El Goonish Shive, Susan and Justin share a kiss at one point... while gender-bent and in a moment of emotional vulnerability, so hormones probably had something to do with it. Afterwards the two of them laugh it off and both agree it didn't mean anything, and nothing more is made of it.
- At the end of Greek Ninja, Sasha and Daichi have a moment, specifically he hugs her, in a way that is obvious it's not just casual. Such intimate contact is not common in Japan between friends, so when she questions him on it, he simply replies: 'I meant it the western way then.'
- Danny and Sam from Danny Phantom and their Fake-Out Make-Out to fool The Hunter Valerie. They obviously felt something, but deny it. This continues on throughout the rest of the series.
- When the crew goes on a cruise in Futurama, Leela pretends to be Fry's girlfriend so Zapp Brannigan will leave her alone. After she kisses Fry and Zapp leaves, she tells Fry, "That was for Zapp." Fry asks if she has anything else for him.
- In the same episode, Fry also ends up posing as Amy's boyfriend in front of her parents (for similar reasons). Leela is clearly upset but Fry assures her that his fake-relationship (and kiss) with Amy means nothing compared to his fake-relationship with Leela.