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->''"...you cleaned his tonsils with your tongue! That's not a very 'motherly' thing to do!!"''
-->-- '''Creator/AmandaWinnLee''' on Shinji and Misato's relationship in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

Most people, after reading enough fiction, begin to have an idea of how relationships begin to fit together, [[GenreSavvy and can spot a budding romance a mile off]]. Sometimes, though, the writers break away from these conceptions and do something entirely unexpected. Normally the writers figure out what the relationship between two people should be in a series, then they take the [[LoveTropes stock derivatives]] and toss in cues to clue the viewer into how things are between those two people. When this trope crops up, however, it's usually the result of a writer breaking from the established relationship types and attempting to forge unusual bonds. To do this, they need to either re-use existing cues (and risk the viewer [[MisaimedFandom drawing the wrong conclusions]]) or create new ones (and risk the viewer drawing the wrong conclusions). Although sometimes a writer will pull it off, it more often leaves people with the completely wrong impression.

This trope isn't about writers fumbling the treatment of some relationship they ''meant'' to put in canon -- making it more sympathetic or less sympathetic than they intended (in nine times out of ten, the trope you get in that case is FanPreferredCouple). This is about a writer fumbling their treatment of something that wasn't supposed to be a relationship at all, so fans look at it and go "huh, seems like there's something there." Perhaps they accidentally made the protagonist and antagonist [[FoeYay a bit too chummy]], or put too much BelligerentSexualTension into SiblingRivalry, or even slipped off the tightrope of HeterosexualLifePartners. Regardless of how it happened, they managed to pull off a Relationship Writing Fumble and now the writers are stuck dealing with the consequences. In minor cases, it will just be popular {{Fanon}}, but sometimes you'll have entire fanbases assuming that's what the writer "really" intended.

The best ways to spot these fall into two groups -- WordOfGod meddling and series dissonance:
* The WordOfGod comes out to explain how things ''[[ShipSinking really]]'' are.
* The relationship gets StrangledByTheRedString.
* The relationship is reworked to either concede or prohibit the unintended consequences in an UltimateUniverse.
* The scenes and dialog in question are [[{{Bowdlerise}} overdubbed]], [[CanonDisContinuity excised]], or {{retcon}}ned.
* HoYay or UnfortunateImplications in a [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating G-Rated]] series.
* One or both of the characters in question is MasterOfTheMixedMessage.

This is highly subjective, of course. What may seem like obvious subtext to you might not be the case to another (in particular, a lot of plain old SiblingRivalry commonly gets [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation interpreted]] as BelligerentSexualTension). See also: HoYay, FoeYay, NoYay, IncestSubtext, and TheNotLoveInterest.



* This [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z5Ir6CzxKl4 remake]] of an [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4kNl7cQdcU 80's Folger's commercial]] has a reunion between a guy who came back from for Christmas to his younger sister. In the original this is innocent BigBrotherWorship due to her young age, but the remake ages her up and makes her actions seems rather [[IncestSubtext flirtatous]].
* A series of Renault Clio ads in the UK featured a pair of French people, a beautiful young woman named Nicole and a handsome old man - the viewer assumes from their ridiculous {{UST}} and the old stereotypes about French men that they're lovers, until TheReveal when the woman addresses him as "Papa". This doesn't dispel the sexual tension, though, and they just look like an incestuous pair. When Creator/PeterCapaldi was asked about his role in Series 8 of ''Series/DoctorWho'', he reportedly was adamant that his relationship with the companion Clara had no sexual tension or flirting at all, requesting "no Papa-Nicole moments".

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* While ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' is used in the quote above, that sort of thing was ''[[FanDisservice very much intended]]'' to add to the weirdness of the show and the psychological problems of the cast.
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'':
** Masashi Ikeda, the director of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', said in an interview that he didn't intend a romantic relationship between main characters Heero Yuy and Relena Peacecraft, considering the political and symbolic relationship between the two to be much more important than a romantic relationship. {{Yaoi Fangirl}}s love to hold this interview up as "proof" that Heero is gay to support their shipping him with Duo Maxwell. However, they completely ignore a few ''other'' things Ikeda said, like the fact that he considered '''all''' romance in the series ancillary to the overall plot, that he considers himself horrible at writing male-female relationships, and, most importantly, because Heero and Relena are not romantically involved in the series doesn't mean that they never will be; Ikeda even admitted that he could see it happening, after things have settled down. This is further aided by the fact that every official sidestory has a strong emphasis on Heero and Relena's romantic attraction to one another, and that most of the cast (including Duo himself) [[ShipperOnDeck tries to get them to admit their feelings for each other]].
** Likewise ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'', where the writers intended a romance between protagonist Shinn Asuka and teammate Lunamaria Hawke. Unfortunately, Luna only ever acted as a sort of sister figure to Shinn while openly crush on returning character Athrun Zala. In fact, they never hook up until Athrun (and Luna's sister Meyrin) are apparently killed (by Shinn!), the whole thing coming off more like survivor's guilt. And then in post-series interviews, the director called Shinn and Luna's relationship the only "pure" one in the whole show. The directors' claim could come from the films' compilations which expanded the relationship between Shinn and Luna making them the only couple that starts in the series. Meanwhile, most of publications by Sunrise state that Athrun was just Luna's idol and there was not love.
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory Gundam0083]]'' has a notorious example of this. The whole series develops a relationship between protagonist Kou Uraki and WrenchWench Nina Purpleton, and it does this well enough. But then in the penultimate episode, Nina reveals that she's in love with TheRival Anavel Gato completely out of the blue (and does so by shooting Kou, who's trying to prevent a ColonyDrop). The only foreshadowing viewers are given is an extremely brief scene in the first episode where Nina seems to recognize Gato, but it could easily be written off as her just having an OhCrap moment. This moment, combined with her early abrasiveness and seemingly valuing machines over people, has made Nina one of ''Gundam''[='s=] biggest [[TheScrappy Scrappies]]. The manga adaptation handles this much better by having a {{Flashback}} that shows how Nina and Gato first met and develops their relationship a bit before the betrayal.
** And while we're at it, let's talk about Amuro Ray, the ''original'' Gundam hero. In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' he has a vague romance with Sayla Mass which is thrown off when he meets his apparent soulmate Lalah Sune (who he then kills accidentally). In the sequel ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'', he got a new love interest, HotScoop Beltorchika Irma. Unfortunately, she became a ClingyJealousGirl in record time, so much so that fans ignore [[WhatTheHellHero other characters (including Amuro) calling her on it]], or her later CharacterDevelopment. Then in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack Char's Counterattack]]'', Amuro got a DisposableWoman, Chein Agi, whose relevance to the plot was basically nil. In fairness, a good bit of this was RealLifeWritesThePlot (Sayla's actress being unable to return for ''Zeta'', for example, but she made a small cameo in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Gundam ZZ]]'' -- the series in which Amuro ''doesn't'' appear).
** Creator/YoshiyukiTomino averted this somewhat in his novelizations, having Amuro and Sayla hook up in the original series novels, but the relationship is screwed up because Sayla is fixated on protecting the family name and begs Amuro to kill her brother right after they finish having sex. He wrote an alternate version of ''Char's Counterattack'' where Beltorchika is still around and is in fact pregnant with Amuro's child, but this was [[RecursiveAdaptation a novel based on the anime based on his first novel]].
* ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'':
** Mamori and Sena are supposed to be platonic friends, but apart from various references to Mamori's feelings for him being practically ''maternal'', some moments can be misinterpreted as ShipTease. Apparently they were supposed to be romantic at one time, but they eventually wrote that out and made them JustFriends.
** Agon's jerkass behavior towards his brother is limited to teasing and noogies while his brother, Unsui, wants nothing more then for Agon to live up to his full potential. In the anime this is {{flanderiz|ation}}ed into Agon being almost violently abusive to his brother and Unsui declaring that his sole reason for existence is to serve his brother. So a relationship that was meant to be fairly normal (Agon being a jerkass and Unsui being a bit of a prude), ended up having parallels to an abusive relationship.
* WordOfGod reveals that this trope occurred between Creator/{{CLAMP}} members in the early chapters of ''Manga/CardcaptorSakura''. The artist thought that Tomoyo had a crush on main character Sakura's older brother Touya, while the story writer actually meant for her to be in love with Sakura herself. When the artist found out her mistake, they quickly {{retcon}}ned the instances of Tomoyo blushing around Touya to be due to Touya (specifically, Touya's ears) reminding her of Sakura. [[http://usomitai.livejournal.com/68511.html CLAMP had a good laugh about this in a post-series interview]].
* ''Anime/CodeGeass'':
** After the series ended, the staff used post-series materials to pretty much answer the ShipToShipCombat between the fans of [[ActionGirl Kallen]] and [[MysteriousWaif C.C.]] by saying that Lelouch viewed C.C. as an equal. The problem came when they implied that C.C. essentially used Lelouch for her own emotional satisfaction, which blatantly contradicts her actions throughout the series, especially late in the series but especially in the final episode, where she's shown [[spoiler:crying as he's murdered, and happily speaking to his spirit in the final scene]].
** Kallen with Gino; A few scenes throughout the show seemed to establish a relatively [[FriendlyEnemy friendly rivalry]] between them, which could have served as the starting point for an eventual relationship, but they just didn't interact enough to properly develop it. The overall result looked more like Gino went from viewing Kallen as a WorthyOpponent to having a crush on her, but Kallen herself never visibly reciprocated. Considering that Kallen's focal relationship was supposed to be between Lelouch and herself, then Gino's advances falling short might be intentional.
** Rolo claims he sees Lelouch as his older brother, but in some scenes it seems more like [[HoYay he's in love with him]]. This is to the point where some viewers saw [[spoiler:his killing Shirley]] as a case of MurderTheHypotenuse when in fact it was because he wanted to murder Lelouch's real ''sibling'' Nunnally, and Shirley, who remembered Nunnally's existence and wanted to reunite Lelouch and her, was a threat to that happening.
* [[OsamuTezuka Tezuka's ]] Lost World originally had a plant woman and Kenichi as the OfficialCouple, but ExecutiveMeddling made him have to portray them as LikeBrotherAndSister. It doesn't work because of how the story invokes the [[spoiler: AdamAndEvePlot at the end]], and the art and body language still make it obvious they're supposed to be falling in love ''romantically''.
* This trope is probably the reason why [[HoYay the Kazuki/Soushi pairing]] is so popular among the fandom of ''Anime/FafnerInTheAzureDeadAggressor''
* ''{{Manga/Bleach}}'':
** Creator/TiteKubo came out and said that Ichigo and Rukia's relationship, as it stands, is very close but '''not''' romantic. The anime still inserted pro-Ichigo/Rukia ShipTease upon ShipTease.
** Kubo also says that Histugaya and Hinamori are LikeBrotherAndSister, but Hitsugaya's feelings [[ShippingGoggles sure don't seem familial to a good chunk of the fandom]].
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto and Sasuke share an AccidentalKiss in the third episode, have what can be interpreted as UST pre-TimeSkip, and Naruto seems to have a "broken heart" thing going on after Sasuke leaves.
** The ''Manga/RockLeesSpringtimeOfYouth'' spin-off often implies [[KissingCousins Neji and Hinata]], as it's quite obvious in some episodes that Neji has more than familial affection for Hinata. The most obvious scene is the one in which Neji imagines himself and Hinata in a Theatre/RomeoAndJuliet story, Hinata being, of course, his Juliet.
* Another HoYay example: ''Manga/GameXRush'', big time. It doesn't help that there are almost no major characters besides the two main guys, who spend the first volume in a platonic SlapSlapKiss states and the second volume having Deep Emotional Confrontations and Meaningful Looks and Intimate (not ''that'' intimate!) Physical Contact.
* ''[[Franchise/DotHack .hack//Legend of the Twilight]]'', particularly the anime adaption, writes the brother and sister protagonists, Shugo and Rena, in a way that came across as incestuous to a lot of viewers.
* ''Franchise/SailorMoon'':
** In the Cloverway English dub of the [[Anime/SailorMoon original anime]], the translators tried to [[HideYourLesbians hide lesbian couple]] Haruka and Michiru by making them "cousins." Unfortunately, they [[WhatAnIdiot didn't think they needed to remove]] any of the obvious subtext between the two, which was clear enough to be picked up on even by children who barely had a concept of homosexuality to begin with. So all they effectively did was to turn a lesbian couple into a ''furtively incestuous'' lesbian couple.
** In a late act of the original [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], Venus and Mars have a discussion about how they can't seem to hold down normal romantic relationships. After the foe of the day is vanquished, they realize that with their duties to the princess, they will never truly have the freedom to be devoted to someone romantically. Mars makes the comment "We don't need men. We have each other."
* Hiei and Kurama from ''Manga/YuYuHakusho''. Their relationship is depicted as very close. Inevitably, of course, people take it farther than that. The evidence for them liking girls (or at least not liking one another) are put out there, but are extremely thin. It also didn't help that the producers of the anime seemed to like playing up the idea of them being together (probably for the HoYay). The author said he never intended them to be a couple, but when fans asked him about it, he speculated that maybe he ''should'' have made them one. In the end, he said it's up to fans to decide.
* In ''Anime/YuGiOh'' Jounouchi and Mai are "JustFriends." Right. [[note]][[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries idon'tbelieveyou.]][[/note]]
* HoYay example in ''Manga/ZeroSevenGhost'': Teito and Mikage. Mikage tells Teito that he considers him to be as important as his own family (possibly meaning he considers Teito "family") before declaring "I love you, Teito." There's other suspect hints pointing to HoYay as well. Such as Mikage's running [[TheGlomp glomp]] upon meeting Teito again (complete with sparkles) and sleeping in the same bed together in the first episode.
* ''Manga/SoulEater'': WordOfGod says in an interview in the "How to make a deathscythe" guidebook that he doesn't plan to take any of the main characters' male-female relationships beyond [[JustFriends "normal" trusting relationships]]. Never mind that the way they're written, many fans are convinced that Maka and Soul (for example) are already well beyond that point. A girl hugging a boy is a little [[ShipTease tease-y]], but overall innocuous. A girl hugging a boy while both are naked? [[SarcasmMode It's purely platonic, of course. Strictly between friends. Nothing romantic whatsoever]].
* Even though ''OnePiece'' is a strictly NoHuggingNoKissing series as stated by the [[WordOfGod creator, Eiichiro Oda, himself]], fans ([[ShippingGoggles especially certain ones]]) were quick to notice a few... interesting facts. Luffy, a ChasteHero by default, nosebleeds after having seen a naked Nami, but he is not affected at all by witnessing the much more buxom Boa Hancock in that same state of undress (who is also nothing short of head over heels in love with him!). Oda's explanation for this? Something along the lines of "Luffy only acts this way around Usopp, who is a bad influence". [[CaptainObvious That is not a]] very convincing reasoning.
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** WordOfGod said that Misty and Ash were not supposed to be a couple. Their relationship does often come off as romantic though, be it unrequited on Misty's side or not. This was not at all helped by a music CD released in America after the show started picking up popularity. The CD features a song sung from Misty's perspective that flat-out says she loves Ash, but CannotSpitItOut.
** In later seasons, Zoey and Dawn had a noticeable fumble early on. Zoey constantly appears to be flirting with Dawn (especially in the Japanese version), Dawn's reactions don't help (especially the blush), and neither the "Prince and Princess" motif of their Contest clothing. Numerous fans thought that they were intentionally writing in a GirlsLove pairing, or at least a heavy HideYourLesbians slash RomanticTwoGirlFriendship case. They eventually toned it down though.
** Possibly Ash and ''both'' his companions in ''Best Wishes,'' Iris and Cilan. The former, mostly from their rivalry and from their PlotMandatedFriendshipFailure episode coming off like two lovers with broken hearts. Cilan and Ash's Pokemon pushing Ash to get back with her makes them all seem like [[ShipperOnDeck they ship it.]] Ash and Cilan get this with Cilan's very campy nature and HeroWorship of Ash, which often comes off as obsessive or romantic. The three were actually a popular OT3.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'' and its [[TheMovie movie]], ''Conqueror of Shamballa'', is rife with this. Probably the most unfortunate case is with Ed and Al, who seem [[IncestSubtext a lot more devoted to and obsessed with each other]] than merely ''brotherly'' affection would suggest. TheMovie arguably had some of this with Roy and Ed as well; Roy has basically [[spoiler:withdrawn from the military and his master plan to become Führer]], and it's only seeing Ed [[spoiler:return to Amestris]] that lifts him out of his funk. And then they fight alongside each other, completely ignoring Riza and Winry. There's also the intense fixation that Alfons Heiderich - Al's AlternateUniverse counterpart - has with Ed.
* ''Manga/{{Working}}'':
** Takanashi and Poplar, Poplar is completely Takanashi's [[CutenessProximity kind of girl]] and he shows a great deal of caring for her, and Poplar likewise seems to like him as well, though to be fair Poplar likes everyone, but she still seems to hold him dear a little more. This is even more noticeable when compared with Takanashi's OfficialCouple Inami, which feels like an abusive relationship in which he gets StrangledByTheRedString to justify just why he's with a girl that is everything he doesn't like and [[DoesNotLikeMen punches him all the time]].
** This also goes for Inami, whose RomanticFalseLead Kirio loves her lots and seems like the perfect match for her as he's the only guy able to block her punches, and in fact his love comes from her trying to punch him. She doesn't seem to dislike him either, but they don't get anything going on just because.
* Did ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' fumble in revealing that [[spoiler: Himari and Shouma are soulmates?]] Or was the ''entire show'' a precisely choreographed web of relationship fumbles? Depends on how you interpret it, much like the whole series.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'':
** An episode had Miyako and Mimi growing really close, and Miyako even has a [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment random]] {{Shoujo}}-styled ImagineSpot of herself and Mimi in {{Pimped Out Dress}}es looking deeply into each other's eyes. The implication was supposed to be that Miyako saw Mimi as a CoolBigSis, but some fans saw it differently.
** Miyako also has gotten quite a bit of LesYay with Hikari, especially in the episode where they are able to fusion digivolve their respective Digimon partners.
** This trope plays a rather big part in why the series' DistantFinale (where Yamato and Sora were revealed to be married) was controversial for many fans. Hiroyuki Kakudou [[WordOfGod states that]] he always intended for [[TheDeterminator Taichi]] and [[TheHeart Sora]] to be [[PlatonicLifePartners just friends]], and for Sora to fall in love with [[TheLancer Yamato]] as a way of subverting the usual pattern of the main boy and girl ending up with each other. This was also the plan for ''02'' until ''Our War Game!'' complicated this, because writer Mamoru Hosoda was unaware of the intended OfficialCouple and implied that Sora had a crush on Taichi in the movie. When Sora began dating Yamato in ''02'', many people were confused at the sudden change in love interest. Even the voice actors expressed surprise at this. In the English dub, the RelationshipUpgrade between Sora and Yamato seemed even more random and [[StrangledByTheRedString out-of-nowhere]]. Apparently, Jeff Nimoy, who was in charge of the English dub, [[WriterOnBoard shipped Taichi with Sora]], and thus the script changes made the dialogue look like Tai had a longtime crush on Sora while making the friendly conversations between Yamato and Sora rather awkward and even hostile at times.
* ''[[Manga/RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'': The fandom believed Ryoga and Ukyo were shaping up to become an OfficialCouple, due to all the ShipTease; particularly in the anime[[note]]which played this up even more; including by having Ryoga rescue Ukyo in the second non-serial movie ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GApD5uG5IlE Nihao My Concubine]]''[[/note]], [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aH9pwdGYOyY due to scenes like these.]] Rumiko tried to sink the pairing with the ''"Tunnel of Lost Love"'' story, then officially paired Ryoga with Akari. While Ukyo was given another would-be suitor, Konatsu. You can guess how well that ''[[FanPreferredCouple didn't work.]]''
* InUniverse in ''Manga/GekkanShoujoNozakiKun''. In the FictionalVideoGame ''Conversations with 12 Girls/Girl Princess'' within a TwoGamersOnACouch chapter, the NPC Tomoda is supposed to be the male friend of the protagonist that acts as MrExposition. However, he is being ''overly'' helpful for the protagonist, making the cast wonder if such dedication is, in fact, an InUniverse HoYay in a DatingSim with 12 ''female'' options.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The fan community of the Franchise/MarvelUniverse has long had rumblings of accusations that twins {{Quicksilver}} and the ScarletWitch were more than a little too close to be "just" siblings. This become canon in the DarkerAndEdgier UltimateUniverse.
* ComicBook/IronMan and Comicbook/CaptainAmerica [[HoYay/ComicBooks have a tendency]] to go on about each others eyes, risk life and limb for each other, do "buddy breathing", and that's not even touching on the time Cap rescued Tony from a burning building and the cover made it look like a romance novel, or Tony's speech to Steve's dead body in ''Comicbook/CivilWar: Confessions''. In an AlternateContinuity, Captain America ''married'' a female version of Tony Stark. Not only that, but Civil War never happened because they were together, and the world was actually a better place with their combined awesome.
* ''ComicBook/XMen'' characters Juggernaut and Black Tom practically lived in [[HoYay/XMen Ho Yay]] territory. Their concern for each other was unusual for villains and went beyond concern for a friend. Cain was so frantic when Tom's powers went haywire that he went to the X-Men for help, and Wolverine even called him out for caring more about his "boyfriend" than his own stepbrother. When he slept with She-Hulk (later {{Retcon}}ned into an alternate Jennifer), the way he said "Sometimes women are just plain better" sounded like he actually tried both.
* Creator/CarlBarks was apparently stunned by the UnfortunateImplications the censors found in ''Back to the Klondike'', wondering how he could have missed it all. In the original, Scrooge kidnapped Goldie and made her work in his gold claim for a month to pay off a debt. As the censors rightfully questioned, what did they do at night? Watch television?
* {{Franchise/Batman}} and Robin have [[HoYay/{{Batman}} literally decades of this trope behind them]]. Jokes about Robin's short-shorts aside, for most of the time the two are the most important people in each others' lives.
* Batman and Franchise/{{Superman}} aren't as prolific, but they have their fair share of Fumbling. There is an Elseworlds set in medieval-ish Japan where "Superman" made out with a female "Batman".
* Lenore and Ragamuffin from ''Comicbook/LenoreTheCuteLittleDeadGirl''. Ragamuffin is portrayed as a monster at first, a vampire who massacres and eats people alive. He also wants to kill Lenore in the very first episode in which he appears, even though he doesn't succeed because he's trapped in a rag doll. In the later volumes, he cares for her so much that he becomes [[KnightTemplarParent overprotective]] and focused only on defending her when she gets in reckless situations. Even when he returns to his old vampire self, [[TheNotLoveInterest he remains by her side and puts himself in danger for her]].
* Marv Wolfman [[ShipSinking sunk]] the Cyborg/Sarah Simms relationship in ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''; Wolfman eventually hooked Cyborg up with black scientist Sarah Charles instead (at least for a while).
* ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'': Donald is supposed to be in a relationship with Daisy, [[OfficialCouple as always]]. However, [[PhysicalGod Xadhoom]] is a {{tsundere}} for him and most of their dialogue come off as flirting (she is the biggest offender, but he does return it and never seems to mind) and she straight up kisses him in one occasion. His only complaint is her high body temperature.
* ComicBook/SpiderMan [[DatingCatwoman and Black Cat]] had a fling in the 80s up until Peter realized that [[LovesMyAlterEgo she wasn't interested in having a normal relationship.]] Sounds simple enough, but even after getting HappilyMarried to Mary Jane, Peter ''still'' had baggage over the fact that Felicia liked Spider-Man more then him, leaving the implication that he wasn't as over her as he kept implying. Creator/KevinSmith even [[LampshadeHanging cast a lampshade]] over it in his Black Cat mini series.

* ''Fanfic/{{Deserving}}'' manages to do this with ''[[{{Squick}} two toddlers.]]''
* ''Hogwarts Exposed''
** Caitlin and Emily are basically sisters through adoption. They are constantly enjoying each other's company, sleeping in the same bed, and [[BreadEggsMilkSquick engaging in oral sex with each other]]. WordOfGod is that the oral sex is meant to be seen as a sign of the strength of their bond as sisters. A sporker of the series honestly couldn't tell if it was a joke or not when the girls declared themselves to be dating.
** The CardCarryingVillain school bully Dick Bancroft's interest in Jamie (who we're told he hates, and even tried to kill once) can easily be interpreted as romantic infatuation. Again, this hasn't been lost on sporkers.

[[folder:Films - Animated]]
* In ''Disney/{{Frozen}}'' Anna is interested in both Hans and Kristoff, with varied conclusions, but both fall into StrangledByTheRedString in different ways and Anna ultimately has ''way'' more romantic subtext with [[IncestSubtext her sister Elsa]] than either of them. It doesn't hurt that the act of [[ThePowerOfLove True Love]] that saves the day is between the two of them; in context it's sisterly love, but given Disney has spent almost a century showing True Love as romance and ''only'' romance, it's quite a mixed message.
* ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'' While they ''were'' siblings in the original book series, which started in 1918, the 1941 cartoon {{retcon}}ned them into lovers for the first time. Every subsequent adaptation tends to be ambiguous about it; the 1977 feature film has their duet, 'Candy Hearts and Paper Flowers', comes off as heavily romantic, with Andy stroking her hand, hugging her from behind, and a weird segment where he's hidden under her apron(!).
* Some fans assumed that ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}: The Legend Reborn'' was setting up Berix and Kiina as a "TinyGuyHugeGirl" couple -- they hate each other at first, continuously bicker, spend some time together after getting captured, make each other laugh, and after the final fight, Kiina's so glad that Berix is okay that she almost crushes him with her hug. But the writer of the books and comics (who only worked on the movie as a consultant) said no. Kiina was just worried for Berix's wellbeing because she's one of the good guys, but other than that, can't stand him. And they also belong to different species -- not that that kept Kiina from falling for Mata Nui, who was technically an artificial being, in the sequel novel.
* ''Disney/{{Bolt}}''. Bolt and Mittens. Between some of their conversations, the way they are written together versus with other characters, and their body language around one another, it draws a fine line between a close sibling-like relationship and InterspeciesRomance.

[[folder:Films - Live Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Freaks}}'', Hans and Frieda -- a romantic couple -- [[IncestuousCasting are played by brother and sister]] Harry and Daisy Earles. To prevent things from getting ''too'' freaky, their romance is very very much downplayed. There isn't even a kiss between them. We've got the BetaCouple for that.
* ''Franchise/StarWars'':
** In the prequels Anakin and Obi-Wan are hit by this trope hard. The most overt examples are Anakin showing more affection to Obi-Wan than he does to his wife, and Obi-Wan's continued reluctance to off the homicidal brat even after witnessing his deeds first hand. The {{Novelization}} of ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'' outright states that Anakin loves both Padme and Obi-Wan, that his fall to TheDarkSide was ultimately a choice over which one of them he loved more, and describes them during their fight as "closer than brothers, closer than lovers".
** Luke and Leia, and their behavior towards each other in ''Film/ANewHope'' and half of ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack''. Whether they were intended to be siblings from the beginning is one of many things that falls victim to Lucas' FlipFlopOfGod, but the end result is this trope. The Westermarck effect doesn't get a chance to kick in when you separate twins immediately after birth.
* The Mad Hatter and Alice are a bit on the edge in Creator/TimBurton's ''Film/AliceInWonderland''. It's some weird crossbreed between platonic affection for a savior and romantic affection for someone Hatter is confusedly attracted to. Actually, it was a [[SealedWithAKiss full-blown romance]] in the original draft of the screenplay.
* ''Film/XMen'':
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' is mostly about a heterosexual relationship, but the relationship between Wolverine and Sabretooth is too strong to be unintentional. While both characters repeatedly talk about how they're 'brothers', the constant SomethingElseAlsoRises, playful flirting, eyeing each other, phallic symbolism, and grappling each other while yelling "Feels good, doesn't it?" kind of ruins the 'brothers' vibe. It's worth noting that the comic-book version of Wolverine's childhood featured a significant redhead named Rose as his first love interest. The first scenes in the movie are copied almost directly from the comic, except with a young Sabretooth in Rose's place.
** In the first film, there is [[FanPreferredCouple Wolverine and Rogue]]. She follows him around like a schoolgirl with a crush - which she is, as it's mentioned at one point later that she's actually 'taken with him' - tells him that she wants to live her life on the road with him in the beginning, she walks into his bedroom at night, they hug, he goes after her and does everything he can to save her, he embraces her again and sticks his face to hers when she's unconscious so that he could give her his life force and, in the end, she tells him that she doesn't want him to leave, so he gives her his dog tags as a memory of him, which she keeps until his return.
* ''Film/HighSchoolMusical'':
** Ryan and Sharpay Evans; maybe the writers should have ''thought'' first before creating a pair of twins who are always hanging on and around each other, make a habit of [[IncestuousCasting playing romantic partners in theater]], and are even implicitly marketed in the franchise's posters and imagery as being a main couple.
** The Creator/DisneyChannel series ''Series/ShakeItUp'' ''deliberately'' invokes this trope in Gunther and Tinka - WordOfGod even states that this was done to poke fun at the relationship of Ryan and Sharpay as well as Gunther and Tinka's {{Expy}} status of those characters.
** There's an incredibly good reason why [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSBoARL2N3g this song]] was cut from the first movie. Go to 1:12 and tell me those characters are supposed to be brother and sister, especially a brother and sister who don't particularly have any strong emotional bond to justify it a little.
** Ryan and Chad introduce a HoYay Relationship Fumble in the second movie.
* ''Film/{{Push}}'': If the reviews and fan reactions are anything to go by, whatever relationship thirteen-year-old Cassie and twenty-three-year-old Nick were supposed to have wasn't what the audience saw. The worst offender was the hotel scene when Cassie leaves, "powers her use" by getting drunk, then returns to curse out Nick's actual love interest Kira, and falls asleep in a provocative position.
* During the wedding in ''[[Literature/{{Twilight}} Breaking Dawn Part 1]]'', the dance between Bella and Jacob had looked more natural with more connection and romance than the dance between Bella and Edward.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'': Just what on Earth is going on between [[spoiler:Bane and Talia]]? He practically [[spoiler:brought her up during her first 8 years of life]], she says her father disliked him because he loved her, she calls him her "friend" and so on. Is it LikeASonToMe, LikeBrotherAndSister, WifeHusbandry, BodyguardCrush...?
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'' omits almost all of Katniss' internal monologue. As a result, the fact that she's ''faking'' attraction to Peeta for the benefit of the crowd and her own survival doesn't come through fully, and by the end of the movie it looks like a genuine romance between the two instead of the tragically one-sided relationship of [[Literature/TheHungerGames the books]]. The love story is made to seem like [[spoiler:between Katniss and Gale, with Peeta and her public fake-romance with him being an obstacle to overcome]] while in the books it's actually [[spoiler:a love story between Katniss and Peeta, with Gale only in the mix for a triangle that never really kicks off and lasts only through the first half of the second book]]. And, most of all, for making the love story seem front and center when it's a side plot in the books. For [[Film/TheHungerGamesCatchingFire the second film]] the filmmakers chose, presumably in order to milk more out of the love triangle concept and even things out between the boys, to add relationship bits between Katniss and one guy and remove a lot of relationship bits between her and the other guy. Resulting in most people who have only seen the films and not read the books, including several film critics, believing that [[spoiler:Gale is Katniss' boyfriend]] when in actuality [[spoiler:he's her male friend who feels unrequited love for her]]. To the point where there's a lot of criticism against [[spoiler:both Katniss and Peeta over Katniss "cheating on" Gale.]]
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'':
** Yeah, Storm Shadow, you're killing the Baroness' husband on "Destro's orders." Sure... Doesn't help that they come off of as more of a BattleCouple than Scarlett and Snake-Eyes, the ORIGINAL pair of leading lady and badass ninja. The novelization seems to add considerable mutual witty banter and, yes, flirtation.
** The {{Novelization}} also offers HoYay for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, who seem to be matching OfficialCouple (sort-of) Duke and Ana/The Baroness flashback for flashback, meaningful look for meaningful look. (Bizarrely carries over to the ''Ninja Showdown'' kid's book.) Oddly out-of-place due to the gist of their past relationship being "We really, ''really'' don't like each other."
* The film versions of ''Film/HarryPotter'' actually ''added'' so many scenes of Harry/Hermione {{UST}} that weren't in the books, such as both Harry and Ron being jealous of her relationship with Viktor in the fourth film (it was just [[OfficialCouple Ron]] in the book) and the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment extremely strange dance sequence]] in the seventh, that numerous annoyed fans felt that the writers had gone past accidental romantic flubbing and into [[WriterRevolt outright attempted sabotage]] of the {{Official Couple}}s (while numerous other fans were left grinning at the fact that the writers seemed to [[FanPreferredCouple agree with them]]).
* ''Film/TheAvengers'':
** Like their comic counterpart, there's Cap and Tony. They spend most of their time bickering, Tony rants about him behind his back, Cap challenges him to 'go a few rounds', but when shit hits the fan, those two go together to fix the engine and work together surprisingly well. Basically, it feels like SlapSlapKiss kind of relationship more than a pseudo sibling rivalry like intended.
** Tony and Bruce, though possibly intended. Tony is the only one who doesn't treat Bruce like a timebomb, even playfully teasing him and trying to get him to open up, gushes about how awesome the Hulk is, while Banner seems to listen to him and is the only person who isn't annoyed by his antics, then later saves his life as the Hulk.
** Clint and Natasha. Natasha is unendingly loyal to Clint and wants to save him from Loki so much she at one point offers to free him in exchange for freeing Clint, while he seems to know more about her than anyone else. There wasn't anything explicitly romantic about them, but they're depicted as so close that they're the most popular Het couple in the fandom.
* The fumble between Warren and Layla in ''Film/SkyHigh'' is very famous in the fandom. Layla spends most of the movie [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend crushing on childhood friend Will]], who is [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] due to pining for, and eventually dating, the older, prettier Gwen. Layla cries on the shoulder of school bad boy Warren, who has his own reasons for disliking Will, and the two decide to [[OperationJealousy pretend to date to cheese him off]]. They have a number of cute scenes and even go to Homecoming together and by all appearances have a good time before the party is crashed by the bad guys. Will only learns Layla likes him in the last fifteen minutes (from Warren, no less) and just sort of realizes he likes her back without much buildup. This may or may not have been intentional; the film was originally planned as the first in a series of four, and [[WordOfGod according to one of the writers on IMDB]], Will and Layla wouldn't have lasted and she'd have "officially" gotten with Warren.
* In ''Film/EndersGame'', there is a ridiculous amount of apparent romantic subtext between Ender and his sister Valentine, to the point that she's appearing in his mind games as the princess that he has to rescue from a castle, and she's the one that Graff turns to in order to convince Ender to return to the Battle School after he suffers a HeroicBSOD. It's so prominent that the movie's attempts to hint at a romance between Ender and classmate Petra barely even register.

* At first in the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', Eragon's feelings for Arya seem forced. This ''was'' a problem in ''Eldest'', but he does improve in ''Brisingr'', two sharing more natural moments together. At the end of the series, Arya has developed feelings for him, but decides the only proper thing is a JailBaitWait. Eragon, meanwhile, thinks that'd be nice, and might give that a try, if he didn't have some important business to do--whoops look at the time! Not really their faults mind you since they both made promises they couldn't back out of and that those promises had to be fulfilled on [[spoiler: two separate continents...]]
* ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings'': When J.R.R Tolkien made Sam and Frodo one of fantasy's signature [[HeterosexualLifePartners BFFs]], he probably didn't realize that there would be those who interpret it romantically. The whole world he created in fact has different standards, standards that would normally be respected today. People are openly, emotionally and physically affectionate without it being perceived as emasculating or sexual. At the time he was writing, especially considering Tolkien's own life experiences, this sort of friendship was common and even encouraged -- although playing it for HoYay was not unheard of either. (See [[Analysis/TheLordOfTheRings analysis]].)
* ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'':
** [[DesignatedHero Bella]] and Jacob have a pretty popular fanbase due to Meyer actually taking the time to develop their relationship and stated that they knew each other as kids. Yet Jacob still ends up as the [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Unlucky Childhood Friend]], whereas no matter how much Meyer states that what the OfficialCouple Edward/[[JerkSue Bella]] have is [[SexEqualsLove "true]] [[StalkingIsLove love"]], it doesn't change that she wrote their relationship as creepy and obsessive.
** There's some scenes that can easily support [[LesYay Bella/Alice.]] This was almost certainly not intentional on Meyer's part, but it's still there.
** In ''[[BrokenBase Breaking Dawn]]'', Jacob/Leah seemed to be the obvious direction for the Unlucky Childhood Friend(s), especially because of the SlapSlapKiss involved. However, Jacob [[StrangledByTheRedString imprinted]] on [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything Bella's two-minute-old child,]] and that was that.
** In ''The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner'', Bree spends a lot of time wondering if Diego (her love interest) has some special bond with Riley (the leader of their coven) that means that he would be willing to betray her to Riley. This, plus a scene where it sounds like Victoria is suspicious that Riley's loyalties might be swayed from her (keep in mind that she controls Riley via his feelings for her) to Diego, makes it sound very much like Diego and Riley are lovers and his relationship with Bree is just platonic affection. It really doesn't help that Diego's interactions with Bree (a peck on the cheek, holding hands, etc) could just as easily be done between friends and that Bree's constant insistence that Diego trusts her over Riley sound like she's in denial.
* ''Literature/HowNotToWriteANovel'' warns against this, calling it "The Deafening Hug." It goes on to tell us what those who are GenreSavvy already know: people will [[ShippingGoggles see love interests everywhere]] so you'd better be careful when, say, writing cousins ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' style.
* ''Literature/TheGreatGatsby'' has Nick and Gatsby. Probably unintentional, but one of Nick's first descriptions of Gatsby was "there was something gorgeous about him." Then again, since there's more than a little evidence that Nick is gay or at least bi (including an ambiguous encounter with another man at a party), whether this was a Relationship Writing Fumble or deliberate SubText is a matter of considerable literary debate.
* It ''seems'' like Kristin Cashore does this in ''[[{{Graceling}} Fire]]'' with the title character and Prince Brigan, with his nearly 180 regard of her, going from ([[ItMakesSenseInContext understandably]]) absolutely ''despising'' her for being the daughter of a monster to honestly trusting her. It becomes FridgeBrilliance, however, once it's revealed [[spoiler:Brigan learned early on in the book that Fire [[SelfMadeOrphan killed her own father]] in order to save Brigan's life -- because Brigan's survival meant the difference between the kingdom's survival and the kingdom falling into complete ruin. It's a good enough reason for Brigan to seriously reconsider his initial hatred of her]].
* ''Literature/HarryPotter'':
** Harry and Hermione. Rowling said (in an interview for the book "Harry, A History" that came out in late 2008), "Now the fact is that Hermione shares moments with Harry that Ron will never be able to participate in. She shared something very intense with Harry. So I think it [who Hermione would end up with] could have gone that way." However, in other reviews, Rowling said Harry and Hermione are incompatible, so it's a bit vague-ish. Then there's a [[http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/02/02/j-k-rowling-says-hermione-should-have-ended-up-with-harry-potter-not-ron/ statement JKR released]] [[WordOfGod in an interview]] where she expressed regret over pairing Hermione with Ron after thinking seriously about it, remarking that Ron and Hermione would probably be [[RealityEnsues "ending up in marriage counseling"]].
** This also extends into the movies. Likely due to the fact that Dan and Emma had more natural chemistry, the amount of Harry/Hermione subtext in the movies is astounding. There are ''added'' scenes in almost every movie that (if were any other series), would suggest they were the OfficialCouple. There is a large group of fans who did not read the books and just watched the movies who were certain that Harry and Hermione were going to end up together.
** J.K. Rowling insists that she was never trying to imply Neville/Luna, despite plenty of background moments between the two that are easily interpreted in a cute shippy way. (They stare at each other on the train, at one point she helps him into a chair...) This apparently was enough for them to get [[PromotedToLoveInterest sorta-paired up]] in the movies.
* David Eddings seems absolutely incapable of writing a sibling relationship without getting a bit eyebrow-raisingly emotionally intense -- Polgara and Beldaran in the early parts of ''[[Literature/{{Belgariad}} Polgara The Sorceress]]'', especially, read rather more {{Twincest}}y than not. Although, how much of this is David and how much can be attributed to his Co-Ghost Writer and wife, Leigh Eddings, is really anyone's guess.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' -- The two {{Official Couple}}s are Elinor/Edward and Marianne/Colonel Brandon, yet Marianne gets all the interaction and conversations with Edward on the proverbial screen (because he and Elinor are TwiceShy), and Elinor and Colonel Brandon become such close friends and spend so much time together that the [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers On Deck]] understandably soon believe they are the OfficialCouple. Creator/JaneAusten frequently mocked {{shipping}} in her books (see ''Literature/{{Emma}}'').
* Kes and Bo, the central twin characters of the ''Literature/WindOnFire'' trilogy just adore each other, and as the characters age their love feels increasingly... Not siblingy. Whether this s a 'fumble' is a moot point: William Ncholon seems very confidant in his portrayal, never seeming to try and escape the slightly incesty tone of their relationship.
* In the teen novel ''Party'' by Tom Leveen, a character talks about his casual friend like he has a crush on her and is in denial. However nothing happens and he helps another guy get together with her with no sign of jealousy.
-->"She's very good looking but I'm not interested in her."\\
"I'm jealous of any guy who would date her."\\
"I can't be interested in her because my father wouldn't let me date a non-Muslim."\\

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* ''Series/{{House}}'':
** The friendship between [[HeterosexualLifePartners House and Wilson]] had such intense HoYay overtones that writer Doris Egan couldn't resist writing just a bit more of it each episode. This earned her the nickname "Saint Doris" among fans, but the other writers weren't quite on board and kept downgrading Egan's RelationshipUpgrade moments again. Showrunner David Shore had to WordOfGod nix the canon likelihood of House and Wilson becoming a couple in a semi-famous interview with TV critic Mo Ryan, after Doris Egan's writing on the "Amber" StoryArc made the subtext nearly text. This was not the first, the last, or even the most blatant hint for the two.
** The UnresolvedSexualTension and the [[NotSoDifferent surprising resemblance]] between [[MentorShip House and Cameron]] was written effectively enough, and Creator/HughLaurie and Jennifer Morrison had chemistry enough, that even after the two of them were paired off with different people, they could scarcely be in the same room for more than ten seconds without making many fans wonder how they hadn't already jumped each other's bones. It's possible that [[spoiler:Cameron was written off the show]] in order to [[ShipSinking put an end to any possibilities between them once and for all]].
* Franchise/StargateVerse:
** Cam Mitchell and Samantha Carter on ''Series/StargateSG1''. WordOfGod said that the Carter/O'Neill ship was OfficialCouple, nonetheless at one point the SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute page referred to Mitchell [[UnresolvedSexualTension picking up where O'Neill left off with Carter]]. Particularly the macaroons scene from "Line In The Sand".
*** Earlier, like all the way back in Season 1, there was Samantha and Daniel, who seemed to hit it off and share several very shippy emotional scenes. These dropped off significantly later on, so this can probably be chalked up to EarlyInstallmentWeirdness. However, in what was intended to be [[PutOnABus Daniel's swansong]], Samantha weeps over his fatally injured body saying she never told him how she felt about him. Which is just...weird.
** Elizabeth Weir and John Sheppard of ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. They're written like they're the show's blooming romance, and actors Torri Higginson and Joe Flanigan certainly play it like they're a couple. In spite of the relationship's popularity, the writers completely deny any such thing.
** ''Series/StargateUniverse'' went the other way. Chloe Armstrong appeared to be developing a strong relationship with Eli Wallace, a somewhat chubby math geek. This was nixed when she suddenly started sleeping with Lt. Matthew Scott.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** Most ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' viewers assumed Captain Archer and Science Officer T'Pol were intended to be each other's main romantic interests since that's how they were written, until the writers put a stop to that by grabbing hold of T'Pol's BelligerentSexualTension with Trip.
** The ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' writers famously stopped giving Bashir and Garak so many scenes together when they found out the characters had a huge shipping following. It didn't help that the Bashir and Garak subtext was (according to Andrew Robinson, Ron Moore, and Robert Hewitt Wolfe) ''put there deliberately'' with the expectation that nobody would really notice. The same thing happened shortly thereafter with Bashir and O'Brien, but this time the writers realised the [[SlashFic slashers]] were gonna slash anyway, so they continued to emphasize that friendship.
** [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Kirk and Spock]] are either in love with each other, or this trope. It's possible they started out as the latter, but the writers were certainly aware of the former interpretation by the time ''[[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture The Motion Picture]]'' was filmed - the novelisation reveals that there are rumours about the relationship even in their universe. Instead of attempting to de-slash the relationship, the movies seem to take the subtext and run with it, to the point that the two of them can arguably be read as a married couple. "[[Film/StarTrekIIITheSearchForSpock The noblest half of myself]]", anyone?
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' actually managed this with a breakup: Kes dumps Neelix while possessed in "Warlord", yet everyone treated this as though it was a genuine end to the relationship and both were free to move on. They also managed enough HoYay to kill a slashficcer on contact, culminating in a StrangledByTheRedString relationship between Seven and Chakotay, ''both of whom'' had had more romantic chemistry with Janeway than they had with each other.
*** Website/SFDebris has pointed out in his reviews how scary it is how much chemistry Harry has with Tom than with any of the show's other characters. [[RunningGag "But I'm sure there's nothing gay about this."]]
* On ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', Chuck's interaction with Sarah is constantly shown as being platonic, but the way Chuck and [[IncestIsRelative his sister Ellie]] interact around each other is flat-out "[[JustFriends friends who want to be lovers]]" writing. He even does the falling-over-himself and stuttering bits that you expect from a [[HollywoodNerd TV show's portrayal of geek romancing]]. It turns out that Chuck was originally intended to have a love interest in his civilian life, but when it was decided that complicated matters too much, she was dropped... and many of her lines given to Ellie. The writers caught this subtext after the first season aired, and then started taking corrective measures.
* Claire and Peter in ''Series/{{Heroes}}'' have a whole lot of sexual tension going on, despite being related. It was originally unintentional, and they backed away pretty quickly. The big problems were that: 1) They had excellent in-character reasons to be thrilled to meet each other, and the fandom interpreted it as the start of a RescueRomance, and 2) The show hadn't revealed that they were related yet. It didn't help that the actors [[RomanceOnTheSet actually dated.]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Writers realized they were writing ''way'' too much SlapSlapKiss into Cordelia and Xander's interactions, so they just went with it and made them a couple.
** During an early Season Four episode Riley is seen comforting a depressed Willow at a party. Riley's sensitivity here and the chemistry between the two actors in this scene (arguably more than Riley had had with Buffy) led many viewers to believe the show was heading for a love triangle, with Willow stealing Buffy's not-yet-boyfriend.
* The writers of ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' seem to have given Justin and Alex, who are brother and sister, an almost SlapSlapKiss-like dynamic. It stems, just like the example from ''Series/{{Chuck}}'', from the fact that Justin was intended to be a next-door neighbour only for it to be switched late on in pre-production. It doesn't help that one episode featured Alex accidentally wishing that everyone forgot Justin was her brother, causing ''their own mother'' to comment that they'd make a cute couple. They try to remedy this by giving them both relationships, and the Justin/Juliet one almost works. Then they got rid of Juliet, [[PutOnABusToHell when they made her an eternal mummy slave]] [[TheBusCameBack and didn't bring her back until near the end of the series]]. And ''right after Juliet left'', Alex came and comforted Justin, giving him a big, consoling hug.
* ''Series/ICarly'':
** Carly and Spencer had an incestuous dynamic similar to [[Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace Justin/Alex]] or [[Series/{{Chuck}} Ellie/Chuck]].
** The blatant Sam/Carly undertones. Although the fumble may have been deliberate considering Creator/DanSchneider and his penchant for including hidden HoYay and LesYay in his supposedly teenage focused shows.
** Spencer/Sam. One episode had Spencer lean over and tongue Sam's ear so she could hear his pop rocks crackling, and a later episode stated that she had a crush on Spencer.
** A meta fumble, with the writers creating two opposing {{Shipping}} sects, with the JustFriends Carly/Freddie romance vs the BelligerentSexualTension couple Sam/Freddie, and then pushing each in multiple episodes, only to turn around and tell the audience they were watching the show wrong.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** At least for the latter's first few appearances, the relationship between the Doctor and the Master was [[FriendlyEnemy far too amiable]] for TheHero and his EvilCounterpart. As mentioned in FoeYay, their respective actors were good friends and this entered into their performances, but most later appearances extrapolated this into straight HoYay. Although while the "The Sound Of Drums"/"Last of the Time Lords" ("I like it when you use my name.") and "The End of Time" (Doctor in a bondage chair. Enough said.) drops hints all over the place between the two, it isn't certain how much of it is deliberate and how much is a Fumble, considering [[Creator/RussellTDavies the writer of these episodes]] [[RunningTheAsylum ships them]].
** The original series is firmly NoHuggingNoKissing, but numerous Doctor/[[TrueCompanions companion]] relationships have an element of romance to them, deliberately or otherwise, most notably with 4 and Sarah Jane Smith, a point that would later be revisited between her and 10.
** Romana was a very attractive woman (in both of her incarnations) and a Time Lord like the Doctor, thus removing the InterspeciesRomance issue entirely. She was his intellectual equal, and thus the usual mentoring overtones of his relationships with most other companions were absent and they came across more as (possibly romantic) partners. Tom Baker and Lalla Ward had a [[RomanceOnTheSet rather volatile real-life romantic relationship]] during their run on the show adding a large dose of RealitySubtext as well, which resulted in some Relationship Acting Fumble. In some episodes they come across as ridiculously in love and are clearly turning each other on a lot with their presence - and in others they won't even look at each other and stumble through their lines in a contemptuous monotone.
** During the Fifth Doctor's run, there was a no touching rule between the Doctor and his female companions to dispel the notion that he could be having a sexual relationship with either of them. It just made fans think he was having one with the token ''male'' companion of the time, who wasn't subject to those restrictions. Peter Davison noticed this himself during a DVDCommentary, musing that Turlough was created so that the Doctor would have someone he could "put his arm around".
** Inverted in the serial "The Mark Of The Rani." The novelization of the story makes it quite clear that The Rani wants ''absolutely nothing'' to do with The Master and sees him as a nuisance ([[WriterRevolt it almost seems as if Pip and Jane are expressing how they feel]] [[ExecutiveMeddling about The Master being added to the story in the first place]]). However, in the actual televised serial, Kate O'Mara and Anthony Ainley (''especially'' [[ChivalrousPervert Anthony Ainley]]) were clearly playing up the characters' {{U|nresolvedSexualTension}}ST for all it was worth.
** In "The End Of Time", Naismith and his daughter seem to have a ''lot'' of sexual tension going on, almost to the point of {{squick}}. Since the show is still aimed at kids, and the UST has no bearing on the plot whatsoever, it just comes across as random.
** There's a preposterous amount of sexual tension between Richard the Lionheart and his sister Joanna in "The Crusades". The original script did have them as an incestuous couple until William Hartnell objected.
** Whatever was going on between Steven and Dodo. In some stories, they get ShipTease (like "The Ark", "The Savages" and "The Gunfighters"), which is fine... except that "The Massacre" has Steven imply he thinks she may be ''his own'' descendent (he guesses she is the descendent of Anne Chaplet, but a 17th Century French woman wouldn't give her surname to her children unless she'd had them out of wedlock and there'd be no specific reason for him to expect that, [[BoldlyComing unless]]...). It's possible the implication of her descent from him was simply an oversight, or Steven being mistaken - it's also possible that Dodo and Steven's relationship was more familial as the WillTheyOrWontThey seems to exist mostly in other peoples' heads and Dodo's strange behaviour in "The Gunfighters" can be explained by [[CloudCuckooLander her being strange anyway]] - but it's unlikely that both of these were supposed to be true at the same time.
** Adric was a child and he was intended to have a mentor-student type relationship with the Doctor. Unfortunately, his chemistry with the Fourth Doctor comes across as [[HoYay strangely sexual]] in some stories due to bizarre dialogue, longing stares at the Doctor's mouth, and so on. (It's especially weird because [[CueIrony the actors could not stand each other in real life]]).
** Whether Jo is the Third Doctor's ImpliedLoveInterest tormenting the audience with {{UST}}, or whether she's a surrogate daughter figure, depends entirely on [[DependingOnTheWriter what works for that particular story]].
** Another Acting Fumble led to the Richard Hurndall First Doctor in "The Five Doctors" appearing, in one shot, to be checking out his own granddaughter. This scene was considered so bad it was cut out in several reruns.
* On ''Series/SoWeird'', the writers devoted ''a lot'' of screen time to the close relationship between Carey and Molly, for whatever reason. The writer's admit that Carey came off as too mature for it to have a mother/son vibe, and could easily be seen as a MayDecemberRomance.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** Sam and Dean are unusually co-dependent (to the point of it being unhealthy) for just being brothers. They risk their lives for one another countless times, and both of them readily admit they are each others' greatest weakness. In the early seasons especially, the brothers were ''very'' touchy-feely with each other, especially Dean towards Sam (though Sam gave as good as he got in Seasons 3 and 4, when he was pretty well permanently terrified that Dean was going to die). Throw in more emotional scenes, brotherly-devotion speeches, and {{Died In Your Arms|Tonight}} weepery, and they definitely stretched the idea of how "normal" brothers interact. In later seasons this seems to have calmed down, but the brothers have also finally learned how to hug. Eric Kripke, the creator, has admitted that he can see why so many fangirls see the HomoeroticSubtext between the brothers, lampshading it several times during the series, and one of the Exec Producers herself has been known to refer to the show as ''The Epic Love Story of Sam and Dean''.
** The same problem was introduced along with Castiel. The writers use dozens of [[YouAreWorthHell romantic]] [[HeldGaze tropes]] and hint that Dean is AmbiguouslyBi but deny there's anything between the two.
* It could be the acting, but watching Michelle and David on ''Series/{{Kings}}'' is like watching two inexperienced people who think that mutual values and an appreciation for the other's attractiveness means a relationship is a good idea, never mind if the agreement and appreciation actually equals genuine sexual/romantic attraction or not. Friendship-wise, they actually have good chemistry. Romantic-wise, they come across as children playing house.
* In ''Series/LifeWithDerek'', the titular character and his [[NotBloodSiblings step-sister]] have a [[FlirtyStepsiblings very flirty relationship with each other]]. A lot of moments between the two that ''may'' have been intended to be family-like are... not family-like. Huge emphasis on the ''may''. In later seasons, the writers became the [[MasteroftheMixedMessage Masters of the Mixed Messages]] and weren't really clear what the relationship between the two really is. WordOfGod states that Derek and Casey "care for each other more than anyone," but whether it's on a family level or a romantic level was left ambiguous (much to the displeasure of the [[PortmanteauCoupleName Dasey]] fanbase). And it doesn't help that the actor and actress who play Derek and Casey (Michael Seater and Ashley Leggat respectively) seem to support the Derek/Casey pairing and (most likely due to being good friends in real-life) had great on-screen chemistry.
* ''Series/{{Flash Forward|2009}}'' features a gay couple on their first date discussing getting married, having children, and saying things like 'I'd never leave you'. That doesn't happen the first time you go out for dinner (although, Janis does end up being put-off by the obsessiveness that her date ultimately displays). Furthermore, Janis has more chemistry with Demetri (who has a fiancee, with whom he has not a terrible amount of chemistry) than with the aforementioned date.
* Mulder and Scully of ''Series/TheXFiles'' are a classic example; the idea that the characters would have an intense platonic relationship but ''not'' be sexually or romantically interested in one another was firmly established in the original idea for the series, and the writers repeated it in interviews for years. But by around Season 5 or so the characters seemed to have different ideas, and eventually the writers went with it.
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'':
** Chloe and Clark, non-stop. The producers tried to sink it via WordOfGod multiple times, but the way they write their relationship, they just like torturing viewers. More than one article covering the special "Justice" made the mistaken assumption that Clark's jealous guarding of Chloe from The Flash--er, Impulse was on his own behalf rather than Jimmy Olsen's. Given that this behavior has been happening all the way up to and including Season 8, it's difficult to blame people for [[{{WMG/Smallville}} the Chlois theory]] when they keep doing this.
** [[HoYay/{{Smallville}} Clark and Lex]] in earlier seasons. There was a lot of unintentional(?) innuendo in their relationship, starting with Clark performing CPR on Lex in the Pilot. Director's commentary for the pilot suggests that they either invoked this intentionally or can see how they started it, joking about the CPR being Clark and Lex's first kiss.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'':
** We have the normal BettyAndVeronica dynamic for Lorelai and Rory's romantic interests. The WillTheyOrWontThey gets resolved between Luke and Lorelai for the 5th season. Dean gets awkwardly PutOnABus and [[ThirdOptionLoveInterest Logan Huntzberger]] complicates Rory and Lorelai's relationship for the first half of season 6. Then Luke suddenly finds out he has a daughter, drawing the WillTheyOrWontThey out until the series finale. In an attempt to "fix" the mistakes from the sixth season, Logan doesn't even end up with Rory while Luke and Lorelai finally get together in the finale, yet it feels more like a LastMinuteHookup.
** Jess and Rory: They had a very popular relationship in Season 3 that ended because of personal issues, bad-timing and Jess's spin-off. (Which was then cancelled). They continued to harbour feelings for each other and Jess returned as a mature, reformed man. He won over the rest of the viewers in persuading Rort to get her life back on track and reunite with her mom. (She'd become a college drop-out and party girl since meeting [[{{JerkAss}} Logan]]). Obviously the writers were heading toward Rory dumping Logan and moving past her mistakes like Jess did? Their timing is finally right. Um, no, she rejects Jess and returns to Logan who was pretty much hated at the time? What?
** Marty, a sweet fellow Yale classmate of Rory who seemingly combines the positive traits of Dean and Jess. Yet nothing ever happens and Marty gets written out to make room for Logan. Rather than giving the character a proper sendoff, Marty unexpectedly returns during the last season, having become a JerkAss seemingly only to strengthen the friendship between Rory and her [[ThoseTwoGuys two new Yale friends, who were mostly devoid of personality]].
** Many people believe that Paris' uncanny ability to insert herself into every facet of Rory's life, is proof that she's clearly enamoured with her, something that Rory is utterly oblivious to. Likewise, she displays far more chemistry with Rory than any of her so called "[[TheBeard Boyfriends]]".
* ''Series/TheMentalist'' has Jane and Lisbon, who the writers ''insist'' have a platonic version of BelligerentSexualTension. Fans didn't buy it, and in later seasons it seems as if the writers just ran with it. As of season 5 [[spoiler:Lisbon has begun to fall in love with Jane]]. Even Jane's [[spoiler:[[ShipperOnDeck hallucination of his daughter]]]] ships them.
-->'''Jane''': He does love you... how could he not?
* In ''Series/{{Neighbours}}'', Libby Kennedy and Stephanie Scully are meant to be 100% heterosexual. Their actors... do not portray them as 100% heterosexual.
* ''Series/{{Merlin}}'':
** Arthur and Morgana behave like FlirtyStepSiblings, with lots of SlapSlapKiss. In series two, the writers immediately backed off, leery about BrotherSisterIncest implications and the need to justify the increasingly marginalized Gwen by [[RelationshipUpgrade upgrading her to love interest]] for Arthur. But the third season has TheReveal that Morgana is [[spoiler:Uther's biological daughter and Arthur's half-sister]], throwing past Arthur/Morgana interactions into a whole new light. In the most of the well-known versions of Arthurian legend, Mordred is their son, not a kid who they rescue together, and in all of ''those'' they're usually brother and sister. ([[ItWasHisSled Mordred generally turns out]] to be a BastardBastard and attempts to get revenge on Arthur as a morality tale against out-of-wedlock relationships and incest.)
** In the first season of the show, before Arthur got roped into a for-life OfficialCouple, most of the fans thought that Arthur/Merlin was a legitimate thing, what with the long poignant gazes, the BelligerentSexualTension, and the Slash Dragon saying things like "A half cannot truly hate that which makes it whole" every two seconds. Consider the following dialogue between Merlin and his mother:
-->'''Hunith''': He must care for you a great deal.\\
'''Merlin''': Arthur'd do the same for any village. That's just the way he is.\\
'''Hunith''': It's more than that. He's here for you.\\
'''Merlin''': I'm just his servant.\\
'''Hunith''': Give him more credit than that. He likes you.
** While the respective actors of Arthur and Gwen have great friendship chemistry, but the moment she starts being all "I believe in you, Arthur," and he's all "I love you, but we can never be together," the whole scene starts reading like cardboard. Bradley James has said himself that when he's kissing Angel Coulby, it's very mechanical. Of course, this was a fumble that couldn't really be avoided, what with them being Arthur and Guinevere and making the move to have Gwen ''not'' be an arranged marriage princess.
** Some people were a bit confused as to why Gwen and ''Merlin'', on the other hand, seemed to be hitting it off rather... well during the first season. Gwen ''did'' have a crush on Merlin, but starting with episode 5 she was getting over it (to a certain degree of success). Too bad the writers rushed so many major developments, such as her and Arthur almost spontaneously developing feelings for each other in Series 2. It's probably for this reason that physical contact between Merlin and Gwen was limited from that point on, to tone down Colin and Angel's chemistry (the characters are meant to be LikeBrotherAndSister).
* Allegedly, the writers of ''Series/TinMan'' were going to ship DG and Cain, but Neil [=McDonough=] is ''very'' adamant about his characters not getting into romantic encounters, so they backpedaled it into an IntergenerationalFriendship.
* Season six of ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has a guy named Travis, who has a rather close relationship with his sister. A few lingering glances, asking her to stay home from work, and the BigBad talking about Travis wanting to "play house" with her makes their relationship seem... off-kilter.
* In ''{{Series/Suburgatory}}'', Tessa and her father George sometimes act more like a couple than a father and daughter.
* In ''Series/GoGoSentaiBoukenger'', Natsuki has no memory of anything that happened before she met Masumi - [[spoiler: her memories were erased to protect her identity as the last survivor of a destroyed civilization.]] They go everywhere together, do everything together, and Natsuki is explicitly stated to be "the light to Masumi's darkness" and the only one who can pull him out of a state of intense despair. They are one of the most popular ships in the entirety of the franchise, yet they never reached OfficialCouple status, and the actors stated [[WordOfGod in interviews]] that the characters' relationship was akin to that of parent-child or brother-sister.
* If the writers of ''The Series/InspectorLynley Mysteries'' wanted viewers to believe Havers and Lynley ''aren't'' falling head-over-heels in love throughout the course of the show, they ''really'' shouldn't have had them call each other [[spoiler:their reason to get up in the morning]], or given them the infamous CryIntoChest at the end of "In Divine Proportion" that looks like nothing so much as a man comforting his traumatized lover. Many, ''many'' fans have pointed out that Lynley has much better chemistry - and a much healthier relationship - with Barbara than he ever did with [[SatelliteLoveInterest Helen]].
* ''Series/{{Monk}}'': The relationship between Adrian Monk and his two attractive female assistants was certainly not an out-of-the-box relationship type. In spite of the obvious opportunities for sexual tension, there is virtually none of it, and the show is all the better for that. Overall, Sharona and Natalie are shown as feeling devotion and even love toward Monk, but in an utterly platonic, somewhat motherly way. Monk, for his part, was always dedicated to the memory of his late wife. However:
** In the episode "Mr. Monk Gets Married," where Adrian and Sharona have to impersonate a married couple, there is an eyebrow-raising tender moment where Sharona thanks Adrian for letting her wear his wife's ring to carry off the ruse.
** With Natalie, there were a few isolated incidents where she really seemed to be coming onto him. In particular, there are the several scenes in "Mr. Monk Goes to the Bank" where she fawns over how handsome he looks in uniform; and the downright bizarre stake-out scene in "Mr. Monk and the Genius," where Patrick Kloster spots her and Monk spying on him and Natalie inadvertently blurts, "We should kiss!"
* InUniverse in ''Series/FatherTed'': Ted and Dougal are attempting to write lyrics for an entry for [[EurovisionSongContest Eurosong]]. Dougal's first suggestion for lyrics for a song called "My Lovely Horse" is "My lovely horse I want to hold you so tight/ I want to rub my fingers through your tail and love you all night." When Ted points out that the lyrics should be about being best friends with the horse, not about being in love with the horse, Dougal proposes "Take this lump of sugar, baby, you know you want it."
* Jane and Maura on ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles'' are intended to be HeterosexualLifePartners, but unless one of them is literally in bed with someone else it's very easy to just pretend that they're married. Given the amount of time Jane spends are Maura's house, it wouldn't be difficult for a casual viewer to mistake them as living together. There has been no shortage of subtext, including multiple instances of falling asleep in the same bed, undressing in front of one another, Maura being the only non-family member present at Rizzoli family events (many of which Maura hosts), heart-to-hearts between both Maura and Jane and Maura and ''Jane's mother'', and long, significant glances and meaningful lines, as well as several probably unintentional but still rather poignant parallels. It's firmly established that Jane cares for Maura just as much as her brothers, and Jane is implied to be the first close friend Maura has ever had. The writers have tried to temper this by introducing a [[GuyOfTheWeek revolving door]] of increasingly [[CharacterShilling "perfect"]] love interests for both characters and putting more and more emphasis on their love lives with other people, but [[DieForOurShip to no avail]]. The end of season four has a scene where Maura ''starts crying'' after she finds out that Jane might get engaged ([[spoiler:she doesn't]]).
* In the first half of season two of ''Series/VeronicaMars'', the writers put Veronica and Duncan back together as a couple, and, according to what the writers and show-runner said in interviews, it was a supposed to be a happy, healthy relationship. It did ''not'' come off that way at all. Instead, it came across as a miserable relationship where Duncan was having dreams about his ex-girlfriend Meg, generally acting as though he would rather still be Meg, keeping secrets from Veronica. On top of everything, the sex was clearly lousy.

* In the ''Scars of Mirrodin'' Block of ''MagicTheGathering'', Venser is supposed to have a relationship with Karn akin to that of a long lost pupil meeting the remains of his mentor.... a relationship that was never developed beforehand (in fact, downrightly OutOfCharacter, considering both of them had more chemistry with Jhoira, Karn as a friend and Venser as a perv, and Karn actually disliked Venser), and this was never developed in the novel anyways.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/KingdomHearts'':
** The writers have a strong tendency to overdo the scenes with Sora and Riku. Most people seem to agree that the actual ''fumble'' comes when they reunite in ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsII'', in which Kairi and Sora simply have a hug, while in the reunion with Riku, he goes on his knees and cries his eyes out going "I looked for you!". At the same time, though, the series makes it very clear that Sora loves Kairi. At one point, also in ''KingdomHeartsII'', he even goes as far as to day-dream about dancing with her in a very romantic tone.
*** While it never quite gets to the level of that scene, pretty much all of Sora and Riku's interactions in ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts3DDreamDropDistance'' is heavy on the HoYay. This probably stands out most near the end [[spoiler:while Sora is comatose.]]
** The first two games also created a bit of subtext between Sora and [[Disney/TheLittleMermaid Ariel]], not helped by the fact that her canon partner wasn't in the first game. The first scene between Sora and Ariel does have something that looks like flirting going on. Ariel's desire to see other worlds is paralleled to Sora's ambitions at the start of the game. Plus they share a couple of intimate scenes and Ariel is the only one of the Disney characters to worry about never seeing Sora again. But Sora is clearly attracted to Kairi and Ariel gets paired up with Eric in the second game (something that Sora actually helps with).
** The Axel/Roxas subplot, which is absolutely dripping with [[HoYay/KingdomHearts Ho Yay]]. Trying to show it in a BigBrotherMentor light did nothing to help.
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTactics'', Agrias Oaks is a conflicted bodyguard to the princess. The princess gets captured, so Ramza offers to go along to help, despite his superior's objections. When his superior turns on Agrias in an attempt to kill said princess, Ramza fights him off. Later, the princess is captured once again and Agrias is forced to flee, getting saved by... you guessed it, Ramza. At this point in the game, however, she joins the rest of the generic player characters [[FinalDeath and can die permanently]]... Whereupon she gets a few lines of dialogue in the next fight, and then nothing whatsoever. The ''[[UpdatedRerelease War of the Lions]]'' rerelease then went and added an optional mini-event where Mustadio reveals his previously-unmentioned crush on Agrias, with the possibility that she might reciprocate. So, which character is supposed to be her romantic interest, again?
* All ''Franchise/FinalFantasy'' games suffer a little from this. Most of the times, [[CelibateHero the main hero usually doesn't show his emotions]] for other girls, or any kind of romantic fellings. That is somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]], since you can [[{{Shipping}} root for you favorite couple]], but at the same time, the canon couples tend to have a BrokenBase.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'' has Cecil/Rosa/Kain in a love triangle. The game makes you think that [[TheLancer Kain]] secretly loves [[WhiteMagicianGirl Rosa]] but Rosa prefers Cecil, and Cecil [[HoYay always seems more worried about Kain than Rosa]]. You think Cecil and Rosa get together later but actually, they already were a couple from the start of the game.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'': Terra has some ShipTease with any male character she talks to. At first, [[TreasureHunter Locke]] saves her, then [[PrinceCharming Edgar]] gives her a reason to fight, and [[BareFistedMonk Sabin]] helps her with her faith. Later she has a long talk about fellings with General Leo, and about not having fellings with [[{{Ninja}} Shadow]]. Her lover? No canon love interest.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'': Many gamers when playing VII for the first time thought Barret and Tifa were a couple.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' has Lulu and Wakka. They are completely different from each other, and sometimes they fight, and without any warning they are married in the sequel. [[BrokenBase Most fans didn't like it]]. There are approximately ''two'' scenes that ShipTease them in the first game. The first is an intimate moment between them in the Blitzball Tournament and the second is Tidus suggesting they hook up.
** ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXII'' has the least ShipTease of all series. Vaan and Penelo spend the whole game with as casual friends. The more the game goes, the less they talk to each other. And Balthier? All that casual flirting with Ashe and Fran for nothing. The result is a MaybeEverAfter for each possible pairing. Penelo is with Vaan at the end with the ambiguous line "every sky pirate needs a partner". Balthier and Fran share an intimate moment in the climax. There's also an interestingly worded line about how Ashe misses Basch.
* ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'':
** The relationship between the main character and his younger sister -- who is the crown princess and heir apparent of the queendom -- is, perhaps, depicted as being a little ''too'' close. While it does work the way it was probably planned -- making the player care for her, and providing a real motivation to rescue her when she becomes the prisoner of rebellious nobles early on -- it can easily be misconstrued as BrotherSisterIncest (and {{Lolicon}}, too, just for good measure). Especially considering that the two of them share a bed at one time, and that the "[[MultipleEndings Good Ending]]" has you, following her coronation as Queen, take on the position of General of the Armies, which is reserved for the Queen's Consort.
** If you talk to [=NPCs=] in Sol Falena before the final dungeons, they will say that your sisterly queen intend to radicaly reshape the state: turning the Queendom into a constitutional monarchy and abolishing the whole "tournament winner becomes Queens' Knight Captain and Queen Consort" tradition being at the top of her agenda. On the other hand, the good ending heavily implies that the prince ends up with Lyon, [[BrotherSisterIncest who also happens to be his sister]] albeit adopted... Well, at least, the children [[NotBloodSiblings won't be inbred]]
* ''Videogame/NeverwinterNights2'': Not so much a "writing fumble" as "[[DummiedOut forgetting to delete the dialogue]]", but the player character's relationship with either [[FanPreferredCouple Bishop or Neeshka]]. Depending on your dialogue choices, Neeshka can swear to a male PC that she [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming won't let anything happen to him and that he's her "most important person"]], while Bishop will flat-out ask a female PC to [[OutlawCouple run away with him]], and may later admit [[spoiler:to having romantic feelings for her]].
* The two main characters of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyCrystalChroniclesRingOfFates'' are the (twin) brother and sister pair Yuri and Chelinka. Presumably their interaction was intended to be platonic, but when Yuri is swearing to always protect Chelinka and never to leave her side, this gets a lot harder for the players to believe...
* X and Zero from ''Videogame/MegaManX'' are infamous for being the biggest [[HoYay/VideoGames Ho Yay]] couple in the series, despite only being best friends in official canon. The biggest source for this is ''X5'', which had some pretty heartfelt lines during the climax and ''especially'' [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/mmx5nomav-50.png this line]] from the ending.
* ''[[VideoGame/StreetFighterIV Super Street Fighter IV]]'' has Guy and Rose, most evident during their Rival Battle and during their endings. It seems as if Capcom was trying to [[ShipTease pair these two up]], ''[[TheyJustDidntCare despite the fact that Guy]] [[HappilyMarried is already married]] [[OfficialCouple to Rena]]'' (at least by the time of ''[[VideoGame/FinalFight Final Fight: Streetwise]]'', [[FanonDiscontinuity if one considers it canon]]). Never mind the fact that Rose would appear to be a {{Celibate Hero}}ine (at least, as long as Bison is still menacing the planet), meaning that [[TrueCompanions she and Guy]] were probably intended to be portrayed as PlatonicLifePartners.
* In ''Millennium: A New Hope'', an RPG by [[VideoGame/LaxiusForce Indinera Falls]], two of the main characters, Marine and Benoit, seem to have slight hints of ShipTease in their dialogue, despite the fact that they are [[IncestSubtext cousins]]. They even have their own mild ShipperOnDeck, a fairy named Jeanne.
* Isaac from the ''VideoGame/GoldenSun'' series, has a warning for his fellow {{Heroic Mime}}s: Don't have a [[RedOniBlueOni talkative best friend]] [[ExpositionFairy who constantly reminds you that]] [[SaveThePrincess you have to rescue]] [[ChildhoodFriendRomance your girlfriend]]. [[ShipperOnDeck The fealty to the pairing]] [[PoorCommunicationKills could easily be misconstrued]] [[TriangRelations as intent on him staking his own claim]]. Furthermore, don't make things worse by allowing [[TheSmurfettePrinciple another female]] [[FanPreferredCouple on the team]], [[WhiteMage no matter how]] [[TheMedic useful she is]].
* In the ''VideoGame/DynastyWarriors'' series, while Wang Yuanji is Sima Zhao's wife, she seems to show more affection towards ''his brother'' Sima Shi. This was remedied in ''[[VideoGame/WarriorsOrochi Warriors Orochi 3]]'' and the official sequel ''Dynasty Warriors 8'', where Yuanji showed a lot more affection and loyalty to Zhao.
* The sex scene in ''[[VideoGame/ChzoMythos Six Days A Sacrifice]]'' is a double version of this; Yahtzee intended for it to read as the ''opposite'' of a romantic scene (thanks to his own unique hangups on the subject of sex), but it ended up being just plain a romantic scene (that's count one), in a situation where a romantic scene had no business being (that's two). He's remarked that if he had the chance to remake the game he would turn it into a rape instead to properly convey the tone he was going for.
* In ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'', any and all {{Romance Sidequest}}s were reduced to this. It appears the reason for this is that Obsidian's Chris Avellone is quite anti-romance, and even goes on record that he doesn't want one in his games unless it ends badly.
* In ''VideoGame/TronTwoPointOh'' (alternate continuity than ''Film/TronLegacy''), Monolith seemed to be trying to imply some interest between Jet and Mercury, but the pair had a critical lack of scenes together, and Mercury spending half that screentime under a memory wipe put a severe damper on it.
* The OfficialCouple of ''VideoGame/TalesOfGraces'' is [[TheHero Asbel]] and [[TheChick Cheria]]. In hindsight, this should have been obvious - given that the only other women in the party include a) an underage [[spoiler:robot]] girl and b) a MadScientist who seems more interested in Asbel's younger brother. However, the romance was poorly done: with the supposed lovers never really interacting beyond a [[TrappedByMountainLions pointless kidnapping mini-arc]]: leading to a very shallow and token relationship tacked onto the end of a story that dealt with the relationship between Asbel, [[TokenMiniMoe Sophie]] and [[{{Bishounen}} Richard]]. It took an UpdatedRerelease to lay some actual foundations for their relationship, but then people were annoyed because the re-release part added ''so much obvious supertext'' between Asbel and Cheria, it didn't remove the feeling them being [[StrangledByTheRedString shoved together at the last minute]].
* Ike, TheHero of the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius'' games, has a very ambiguous sexuality that has been debated for years in the fandom. In the first game, it looked like he was bisexual on account of having massive amounts of ShipTease with [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Princess Elincia]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Soren]] (though Elincia's share of ShipTease [[DubText seems to have been added only the English script]]). In the second game, Ike's romantic subtext with Elincia was written out entirely, to both give way to Elincia being more receptive to Geoffrey's BodyguardCrush on her (which can end up in marriage if the player so desires) and ramp up the amount of HoYay between Ike and Soren, painting the second more as a StraightGay. Then ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' revealed a character named Priam, who wields Ike's sword and claims to be his descendant. While some fans have simply settled on believing Priam to simply be a descendant of Ike's sister Mist, which is a rather plausible idea due to [[VideoGame/FireEmblemAkaneia Marth being a descendant of Anti the Hero through Anri's brother Marcellus]], it's not necessarily a perfect theory, so any attempt to "prove" Ike's sexuality one way or another through the way inheritance now works have fallen through. As such, if Priam ''is'' Ike's direct descendant and Ike was intended to be either straight or straight-leaning bisexual all along, the writers on both sides of the ocean did a pretty terrible job of getting that across.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* While WordOfGod has it that Miho from ''Webcomic/MegaTokyo'' isn't gay, she does seem to have a [[RomanticTwoGirlFriendship very close, intimate emotional connection]] with [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Ping]]. Or rather, Ping has an emotional connection with Miho, but not vice versa, mostly caused by Ping being a naive cutie and Miho being a ManipulativeBastard.
* [=Davan/PeeJee=] in ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive''. WordOfGod claims it was fumble initially but turned into [[TrollingCreator trolling the shippers]] after they started asking when they would get together.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick'':
** During her ''Literature/TheBabySittersClub'' review, she comments that [[{{Tomboy}} Kristy]] and [[AsianAirhead Claudia]] share looks that [[LongingLook seem to go on just a bit too long]]. She also notes that the subplot about Kristy's VisitByDivorcedDad comes off like an awkward meeting with an "ex who lost a lot of weight." (Also, [[{{Squick}} burnt pancakes shaped like sperm]].)
-->'''Chick!Kristy:''' ''I'm just having an affair with my dad, you guys!''
** In her crossover review of ''WesternAnimation/TheChipmunkAdventure'' with WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic, he incorrectly refers to the villains as lovers, only for the Chick to comment that they're brother and sister. This just {{Squick}}s him out.
** In her review of ''Film/{{Matilda}}'' guest star Mara Wilson (yes, ''that'' Creator/MaraWilson) mentions how fans of the movie wrote a lot of slash fic between her character and the teacher (bear in mind, Matilda was six years old...). A clip of the two plays, and the Chick admits that she kind of sees it, to Mara's disgust.
-->"It's not ''not'' there!"

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'':
** Ben and Gwen are supposed to be cousins, but the writing style used is more like a persistent BelligerentSexualTension in a NoHuggingNoKissing world mixed with a bit of flirting. They obviously appear to like each other, helped by scenes like the HandsOnApproach slow-dance lesson. Originally, Gwen was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen supposed to be a classmate and close friend]] before the writers realized that they needed a good reason for her to accompany Ben and Grandpa Max on the road trip. In other words, the BelligerentSexualTension could have been a leftover from that earlier stage of development (but it is most likely just a pure fumble after the first season).
** Ben and Kevin have ''a lot'' of HoYay, especially during the time when [[MisterSeahorse Ben was pregnant]] ([[ItMakesSenseInContext don't ask]]). They change relationships every new season, since they switch between FoeYay and HoYay. Especially in ''Alien Force'', despite all the hate in the past, Ben forgets everything and trusts Kevin by the second episode (with bonus HoYay), and later when Kevin goes evil again Ben sounds like he is ready to kill Kevin but Gwen doesn't let him.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'':
** Azula's actions towards her [[BrotherSisterIncest brother]] are nothing short of [[TheVamp seductive]]. (Okay, admittedly, that's how she acts with pretty much ''everyone''.) No WordOfGod whether or not this is intentional. But they sure loved to tease the fans with this idea such as a possible pairing in the series being her and the Blue Spirit, aka Zuko's alternate identity.
** The OfficialCouple, Aang/Katara, wasn't as popular as it was supposed to be because Katara's status as the TeamMom made their relationship feel more like a kid and his babysitter than two people falling in love. Speaking of which, the fact that Aang was twelve during the series (and Katara two years older) made some people uncomfortable shipping him with anyone.
* [[MindGameShip Flippy and Flaky]] from ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends'' are victims of this trope, according to most fans. In spite of the fact that the creator has set two prominent [[OfficialCouple official couples]] (Cuddles/Giggles and Handy/Petunia), [[FanPreferredCouple a lot of fans still want to see Flippy/Flaky happening]]. There are many reasons this happened, but the most important ones are the fact that Flaky is the only one who has appeared to get closer to Flippy, becoming a potential good friend of him, which apparently determined him to stop killing her. She even made him return to his normal self once, although Flaky has developed a phobia for him and she has started running away from him in the latest episodes.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'':
** WordOfGod says that the main characters (with the notable exception of OfficialCouple Robin and Starfire) all love each other LikeBrotherAndSister, even Beast Boy and Raven. Although, it has also been stated that Raven and Beast Boy were written as '[[LikeAnOldMarriedCouple an old married couple]]' just without the relationship part, so really, the fumble was unavoidable.
** [[BigBad Slade]]'s obsession with making Robin, then Terra, his "apprentice" is borderline sexual. It doesn't help that he actually slept with Terra in [[Comicbook/TeenTitans the original comics]]. Raven, however, crossed the line.
** Robin and Raven also have a few moments like this. Cozy talks in romantic settings, and Robin literally ''going to hell'' in order to save Raven, and telling her she's what makes him hope.
** Cyborg and Bumblebee were initially written to dislike each other in hopes that the fandom [[UnfortunateImplications wouldn't assume she was his love interest]] [[TokenMinorityCouple just because they're both black]]. All this accomplished was making the pairing extremely popular in the fandom due to their constant bickering coming off as {{UST}}.
* In addition to all of his other similarities to ''Franchise/SpiderMan'', ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'''s relationship with his sister, Jazz, often resembles Peter Parker's with Mary-Jane (the [[HeroesWantRedHeads red hair]] doesn't help). You half-expect Jazz to say, "Go get 'em, tiger," at the end of "The Ultimate Enemy," especially after the hug, lovingly touching his hand, and considering their dialogue sounds strikingly similar to Danny's and Sam's during their LastMinuteHookup:
-->'''Jazz''': Don't think this means I'll stop being meddling and overprotective./'''Sam''': I just have to warn you, I still have my own way of doing things.\\
'''Danny''': Wouldn't have it any other way./That's what I'm counting on.
* The Ruby-Spears ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon [[http://jp.youtube.com/watch?v=jYA-j78XFn4 slipped up pretty damn bad]] in "Bro Bots." As an added bonus, in the last fight scene, [[spoiler:Protoman ends up more-or-less ''straddling'' his younger brother, who then wraps his legs around Proto's friggin' ''waist'']].
-->'''Megaman''': You and me. One on one. No PANTS.\\
'''Protoman''': You got it.
* ''WesternAnimation/IronManArmoredAdventures'' has this in spades. Pepper is always jealous whenever Rhodey looks at another girl and ''starts a fist fight'' over Rhodey wanting to hang out with another friend of his who's a girl. She also has a heart to heart and long, laughter filled date with Gene in one episode, after which she becomes his devoted Gene-can-do-no-wrong fangirl and texts/calls him constantly. Tony also comes across as flirting with Rhodey a lot of the time, made even more HoYay intensive whenever Rhodey yells at him to open up and stop blocking people out. They have so many heart to heart conversations and Tony apologizes to him so often it's more reminiscent of a squabbling couple than best friends. Then there's the way Whitney follows Tony around even when he's being an asshole to her (although given her abusive father, she might just be okay with it) and how far she'll go to save his life... And we're not even going to get into Tony's fanboying of Gene Khan. Oh, and in the last few episodes Rhodey seems to care a bit more about Whitney than he lets on.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' gives us a perfect example of HoYay overshadowing the possible love interests. Bugs is shown to be in a some-what relationship with Lola ([[StalkerWithACrush somewhat]]) but most of the dialogue (and premise) can be seen as Bugs and Daffy being married.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The episode [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS1E5GriffonTheBrushOff "Griffon the Brush Off"]] is ''very'' easy to interpret as a messy LoveTriangle centered around Rainbow Dash, with Pinkie Pie as the StalkerWithACrush and Gilda as the {{Clingy Jealous|Girl}} PsychoExGirlfriend. Even the opening is near identical to WesternAnimation/PepeLePew chasing his newest true love, complete with Pinkie performing his little love hop.
** What, exactly, is the relationship between Twilight Sparkle and Spike? They've shown signs of being friends, siblings, [[ParentalSubstitute mother and son]] (Twilight ''did'' hatch him, after all), and there's even evidence of Spike having a PrecociousCrush on her, given that he displays the same devotion towards and obsession with pleasing Twilight that he does towards Rarity (who he ''does'' have a crush on). Creator/LaurenFaust said that she considers Spike to have been raised by [[GodEmperor Celestia]], which would put them closer to siblings considering how motherly she is to Twilight, but she also stated that because she had already left the show this was only her personal interpretation.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', Jack and Arcee behave like they have ''something'' going on, despite one being a human teenager and the other being a fully adult transforming robot. Complete with Jack remarking that part of the reason he cares so much for her is that she was "his first" and Jack's mother remarking that Arcee "isn't the kind of girl I imagined him ditching me for".
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' [[{{Nightwing}} Dick]] and Artemis probably were only supposed to come off as friends or siblings, but their banter winds up coming playfully romantic, he already knew [[spoiler:who her parents were]] but still trusted her, and then she outright straddles him in "Darkest." (ItMakesSenseInContext.) Canonically she's dating his best friend, and they have enough [[HoYay/YoungJustice Ho Yay]] themselves that some fans just [[OneTrueThreesome ship all three together]].
* Jo and Brick from ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' would often compete with each other. It even happens in the show's opening. It was supposed to be a simple rivalry between a girl and a boy, but it could easily be interpreted as BelligerentSexualTension.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'':
** The Lemongrabs. Before the reveal by both WordOfGod and in the series itself that they were actually brothers, the ambiguous nature of their relationship caused many fans to assume they were lovers. It wasn't helped by scenes of them nuzzling each other when they first met, as well as calling their artificially created family of Lemon Children "[their] boys". Several disturbing scenes in later episodes however caused most shippers to ultimately [[AbandonShipping jump ship]].
** In "What Was Missing", Princess Bubblegum and Marceline were written almost exactly like bitter ex-girlfriends who had a nasty breakup. However while later entries like the "Sky Witch" episode and the ''[[ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcelineAndTheScreamQueens Marceline and the Scream Queens]]'' comic series further support this interpretation, it's unknown whether this is a genuine Fumble or deliberate ShipTease, as by that point the writers were well aware of the pairing's massive popularity.