A Lime is a Fan Fic in which characters engage in limited sexual activity, without it being portrayed explicitly. Basically, the fanfic equivalent of soft-core porn. The term is less common than it once was, though by no means extinct.

Can be used as either a noun or an adjective: "It's a Lime story" and "It's a Lime" are functionally equivalent. The boundary between Lime and Lemon is not fixed: a reader unaccustomed to sex scenes may see a fic as a Lemon when a more experienced reader would consider it a Lime.

The term was originally specific to the anime fanfiction community, although by the early-middle 2000s it had spread to other fandoms alongside the term lemon. Its origin is obscure: most likely, it was formed by analogy to "Lemon." At one time there was an entire "Citrus Scale" with various fruit code names.

Compare Lemon, Porn Without Plot, Ecchi. See also Slash Fic, Rule 34.

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