Not 'til the end of the manga, Lieutenant.
Where's Possible? Ron: She's not my girlfriend! Shego: Whoa
, there. Never said she was. [smirks] Ron:
Ooooh. Ah heh...awkward
Yes, she is. And if she isn't, she eventually will be. Resistance Is Futile
. Narrative Causality
A standard response in the face of an accusation that two characters are more than Just Friends
. Usually said with an exclamation point - or ten - at the end, and emphasis on the "NOT", maybe accompanied by breaking something.
"He is not my boyfriend!" is another version, albeit not as common, probably in a 65/35% ratio. There are also instances when the two accused say it simultaneously.
Is it true? Technically, yes. Hilarity
, if not bloodshed, ensues, because:
A common inversion, especially in the second case, is when the speaker is asked about the not girlfriend/boyfriend in question, and they respond with the line, even though the accusation was never brought up in the first place
. Alternately, the accusation is
made, but not the name
, which the defendant then gives up. In either case, cue satisfied smirk by the asker.
The amount of exclamation marks and how much the characters protest and try to convince people that they aren't
together is usually proportionate to the amount of Unresolved Sexual Tension
between the characters in question. Presumably characters who really aren't wouldn't feel threaten by the accusation.
Especially common in shows and on channels ("Teen" Nick goes crazy with this) where kids and/or preteens are the main audience. Quite interesting, as more often than not, most kids aren't ready for that kinda stuff yet, and therefore could use whatever interpretation comes their way. For some, the trope can be coupled with the fact that it allows for both a male and female protagonist in starring roles (thus reaching a wider audience) but is as far as the either the Media Watch Dogs
or writers will ever go in terms of illustrating romance and relationships in a series.
See also Relative Error
, for when the pair involved are relatives of each other, and Mistaken for Romance
One of the stock phrases for Tsunderes
(both genders), or one/both of a couple who are Just Friends
This does not result in The Not-Love Interest
Compare/contrast with Stupid Sexy Friend
, wherein deciding they should
just be friends is contrasted with the thoughts of being more than friends one can't get rid of.
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Anime & Manga
- Fairy Tail:
- Lucy has to deal with this trope a number of times. People have mistakenly hooked her up with Natsu, Gray, Loki/Leo, and Ren from Blue Pegasus.
- This occurs with Elfman and Evergreen as well during the S-Class Trial Arc.
- When they were younger, Gray would constantly follow Erza around and challenge her to fights. His peers teased him for this and asked if the real reason was because he was in love with her. He got embarrassed and denied it.
- Fullmetal Alchemist:
- Edward Elric says this frequently about Winry Rockbell. When Ed calls Winry to get his automail repaired after a run-in with the homunculi and Brosh asks him if he's calling his girlfriend. Ed gets so incensed by this proposition that his yelling reopens his wounds. Later Ed has a spectacular Spit Take at Hawkeye's suggestion that he loves Winry nearly drowns poor Hayate. It also happens in the 2003 anime after Edward passes the state alchemy exam and writes to Winry to tell her so, Nina says that "Winry is a pretty name" and asks if she is his girlfriend, at which point, he flips out to a comparable degree of his height Berserk Button.
- Winry insists to Rose that Ed is her childhood friend, despite the fact that she has already admitted to herself that she is in love with him.
- It has Inuyasha calling Kagome "shard detector" in early chapters/episodes to deny any relationship with the reincarnation of his old girlfriend. She resents it every time, at first because she's a person, not just a detector, and later because of the Belligerent Sexual Tension between them. The most famous instance of this is probably Miroku's entry episode (episode 16, "Mystical Hand of the Amorous Monk, Miroku!") near the end, where he denies a relationship... with Luminescent Blush and stuttering.
- Even before that Inuyasha has the famous We're NOT lovers exchange with Kagome in the Thunder brothers arc.
- Kagome also has several He is not my Boyfriend moments including one where her friends ask her about her boyfriend and she replies that they are not together and were thrown together by a cruel twist of fate. This confuses them greatly as they were referring to Houjo.
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- The standard response for Naru concerning Keitaro in Love Hina, only she goes further by rattling off his bad qualities defensively. She even does this once by reflex after they're engaged.
- Most of the romantic comedy in .hack//Legend of the Twilight revolves around Shugo's and Rena's attraction to each other — and their efforts to deny it — in the first half of the series (they stop being embarrassed about in the second half).
- The simultaneous version appears in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Asuka starts chewing out Shinji for not bringing their lunches, while he tries to get his side in. Toji tosses off a remark that they're arguing Like an Old Married Couple. Cue double Luminescent Blush (they HAD kissed not many days earlier), then simultaneous denial in perfect stereo. Sadly, this being Evangelion, it doesn't go anywhere.
- A similar version is executed in RahXephon with Ayato and Meg, the Shinji-Asuka equivalents of the show, down to the simultaneous blushing shout. In this case however, their statement is true: Meg does have a crush on Ayato but he's interested in Haruka.
- The title character from Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water obviously has feelings for Jean, but she declares otherwise to both Grandis and Marie when both call her out about it. (Naturally, since she has never known anything about love before, she does not know how to acknowledge it or express herself.)
- Haruhi Suzumiya:
- A large portion of their fellow students assume that Haruhi and Kyon are dating; Kyon's friend Taniguchi in particular is completely convinced of this, no matter how often Kyon says otherwise. Also, after Kyon and Nagato finally defeat Ryoko the Girl with Psycho Weapon, Taniguchi finds Yuki lying against Kyon while holding onto his arms, and now Taniguchi firmly believes that Kyon had sex with Yuki in the classroom... Kyon's heated (for him) over-explanation doesn't help. His friend points out that for both Kyon and Yuki to show that much emotion over anything is very suspicious. Which is absolutely correct.
- After Haruhi and Yuki, there is an inverted case in the 7th novel with Mikuru and Kyon. Kyon is asked if Mikuru is his girlfriend by some (apparently) random guy. Kyon actually replies that she is his girlfriend, to make the situation not any more awkward.
- Kyon seems to have a knack for this trope. The 9th novel mentions that people apparently thought his strange friendship with Sasaki meant that she was his girlfriend.
- Chiaki from Nodame Cantabile keeps denying vehemently that Nodame is his girlfriend — even though he spends massive amounts of time with her, mostly at his own place. Things don't get any clearer when he decides to bring her to see his father, which does lead to a temporary break-up though.
- Not to mention hugging her a few times, kissing her a couple of times, asking her to come to Paris with him, letting her stay in his room when he's not around, letting her share a bed with him... the man is stubborn.
- Second episode of Digimon Savers, as Masaru and Yoshino are arguing:
- Souichi from The Tyrant Falls in Love reacts violently when, after having sex, Morinaga suggests that they are "lovers" and later on, "sex friends" (his response to the latter is punctuated by dumping hot coffee on Morinaga's head). All this leaves poor Morinaga wondering just what kind of relationship they do have.
- The anime did this a few times with Ash being mistaken for being Misty's boyfriend, especially in the second movie.
- One rather serious time was when James and Jesse sprung their trap on the two (while they were riding on a blimp), but then, realizing Brock wasn't there, mistook them for lovebirds on a date. Of course, they both vehemently denied it and got angry... And then everyone realized no-one was piloting the blimp. It didn't end well.
- Misty was also asked if Tracey was her boyfriend. Naturally, she denied it.
- Also, Drew and May invoked this trope as well, when Harley directly asked them if they were dating.
- And in one episode, a couple accused Ash and May of being a couple.
- Pokémon Special toys with this in the Emerald arc. We may never know if Ruby actually forgot, refuses to admit his feelings in public, or secretly likes the reaction, but his feigned amnesia in regards to his confession to Sapphire at the end of the R/S arc drives Sapphire up a wall so goddamn hard.
- Makoto and Sekai in School Days do this constantly, even after they start sleeping together.
- Rina Touin from Mermaid Melody Pichi Pichi Pitch starts out saying this about Masahiro Hamasaki, especially in the manga (his anime incarnation gets off a little lighter, mostly because he's introduced at about the same time as Nagisa and he and Hanon need all the help they can get).
- Ranma ˝: Ranma and Akane repeatedly deny that they share romantic interest. In fact, whenever someone mentions them being engaged, they immediately try to explain that it was their parents' choice, not their own choice. Sometimes, however, when some other man is after Akane, Ranma doesn't deny it. He actually brings it up and says that she's his fiancée. It's one of his Crazy Jealous Guy habits.
- Rumiko Takahashi seems to like this trope, as it appears in Maison Ikkoku and InuYasha as well.
- Used twice in Naruto. First, with Kurenai-sensei and Asuma-sensei (turns out later they were dating and she's pregnant with his baby... too bad he's dead) and later with Shikamaru and Temari (although they weren't dating at the time, they hooked up at some point and were shown as married with a kid in chapter 700.)
- In one of the first arcs, Konohamaru asks Naruto if Sakura is his girlfriend, and Naruto says yes. Sakura was so furious she punched him.
- At a time when Naruto and Sakura are on a date, someone says to Naruto, "Treating your girl?" To which he responds in embarrasment: "No, it's not like that."
- Similarly, in a flashback, Sai asks Naruto if he likes Sakura, and he gives a typical reaction. He then responds to Sai's question of if she knows how he feels that he can't tell her how he feels as long as he hasn't kept his promise to bring Sasuke back.
- Edo! Minato - as in, Naruto's zombie dad - decides to ask if Naruto and Sakura are together in the middle of a war. Naruto replies "Sort of". Sakura gets angrily embarrassed and responds with violence once again. As it turns out at the end of the series, she isn't his girlfriend, and never will be.
Minato: ... Are you Naruto's girlfriend?
Naruto: Uh ... um, yeah! Well, that's more or less it ...
Sakura: [head butts him] SHUT UP! SAVE YOUR ENERGY!
- Axis Powers Hetalia:
- Sweden calls his partner Finland his wife, and so do fans. Finland denies it every time, partly because he's scared of Sweden.
- Another variation: Japan had sex with his close friend Greece (more exactly, Greece learns that Japan's sex life is rather "non active" and gives him a "private lesson" to help him) and is in denial about that too. "It was just a dream! A dream! A DREAAAAAAM!"
- And in another strip, while holding a practice conversation in Japanese with Greece, Greece asks him who "Nekojiro" [aka the pretend name Japan assumes for himself in that conversation] gets along with. Japan replies, "His friend, Nekokichi-san." Greece smiles and asks if he's "Nekokichi-san", which causes Japan to blush and stammer for a bit before replying with "No comment." Take from that what you will.
- And England gets it played straight in a certain drama CD when France calls an Anglo-American argument everyone was eavesdropping on a "lover's spat" which he of course denies.
- Switzerland would also like to remind you that he and Austria had never, ever, ever been Heterosexual Life-Partners.
- Bakugan Battle Brawlers gets a few of these. Dan and Runo have the majority of these, more commonly in season 1, but Julie recently gave the "He is not my boyfriend!" line regarding Billy. This prompted a response of, "Now she's breaking up with me!" from Billy, who had an obvious crush on Julie from the very beginning. This was all of about a minute before things changed.
- Averted in the manga. After Rukia's habit of dragging Ichigo off to hunt hollows starts rumours flying around the school (actually, Keigo starts them to cause trouble but Ichigo never finds this out), the girls end up asking Rukia (to her Spit Take surprise) if there's anything going on and Rukia confirms there isn't. That is the end of it and this trope never comes into play. Word of God confirmed he wasn't interested in writing a romance story and views Ichigo and Rukia's relationship as close but not romantic.
- This trope is played straight in the anime, however, as the animators rewrote this scene to include rainbows and turn it into a Just Friends scene complete with all the romantic undercurrent this trope evokes. The animators have written this trope for Ichigo and Rukia into the anime on as many occasions as they can get away with, usually in filler scenes where they will use filler characters in an Everyone Can See It manner or even rewrite canon characters (such as Nel) in a Clingy Jealous Girl way to imply there's something going on between Ichigo and Rukia. None of it is based on anything from the manga, however.
- In "Memories of Nobody", Ichigo is forced to buy Senna a new ribbon after she accidentally steals one. The shopper keeper asks if it's a present for his girlfriend, triggering this trope.
- Camie the mermaid in One Piece does a variation of this trope when asked if she was Hachi's girlfriend, and her blushing and nervous reply neatly confirms her love for him, which had been strongly implied ever since his cover arc.
- Wanna see a funny face? Ask Eyeshield 21's Mamori if Hiruma is her boyfriend. By the end of the series, she's practically using the Subordinate Excuse.
- Taiga and Ryuji of Toradora! are a shining example of this. Taiga goes on a massive parade of destruction upon finding out that the whole class was gossiping about them. It doesn't help that Taiga hangs out at Ryuji's house and he makes her Bentou every day, and they go to and from school together and they eat dinner together just about every day.
- Note that at that point it's actually true — they eventually do get together, at which point the rumors have pretty much run its course because it's fairly obvious to all onlookers.
- Nagisa and Tomoya from CLANNAD anime, before they went on and became the Official Couple. And even then, the denial is relatively minimal. When directly confronted with the accusation that she and Tomoya might be dating, Nagisa hastily looks away with a nervous blush and replies with what basically boils down to, "May we talk about something else, please?" In the Visual Novel, Nagisa and Tomoya are more open about their relationship, although Tomoya still tries to hide it from Sunohara out of embarrassment (it doesn't work).
- Hilariously subverted in Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts. Emotionless Girl Clingy Jealous Girl Shouko denies it when someone accuses Yuuji to be her boyfriend... because to her, Yuuji is her husband.
- Fudo Yusei of Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds pulls this off after Aki's dad gets Yusei to help Aki after her duel with Misty. Martha jokes Yusei for crushing on Aki — a fact that Yusei vehemently denies.
- Was used before in Duel Monsters, when Mai saw Yugi and Téa hanging out (before the Battle City is announced) and asks if they are dating (technically they kind of were on a date, but Téa still points vehemently that they're just friends).
- Happens early in Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V to Yuya and Yuzu. Sora asks Yuzu to get Yuya to mentor him, saying he'd do it if his "girlfriend" asked him to. They both deny it(with Yuzu in particular blushing), but Yuya goes a step further by saying he wouldn't be with a "rude girl" like her. Cue paper fan smack from Yuzu.
- Said by Kousaka from Genshiken, in his usual flippant way. His "not girlfriend" tries to change this any way she can, with little success. This doesn't last very long (all of three chapters, in fact), as the Genre Savvy Genshiken tell him to just admit it. He does, and thereafter goes from denying it to just not making a big deal out of it.
- Gunslinger Girl. Said by Triela to Maria Machiavelli, when the latter hints that Triela is in love with her handler Hillshire. The usual awkwardness is absent as Triela makes it clear that even if she was in love, the fratello relationship doesn't work that way. At least it's not supposed to.
- DearS: In this case, Ren is not Kousaka's slave.
- Skip Beat! opens with Sho stating this about Kyoko, his childhood friend who his parents raised, who he was essentially using as a maid. Of course, after he says it enough times and she successfully enters show business, he realizes that it's not true - by which time she has stopped seeking his affections and is completely oblivious to the fact that he is now actually seeking hers. Sho and Kyoko continue to deny that they are or ever have been dating, even after he states that she BELONGS TO HIM and attempts to drive off his romantic rivals.
- A variation of this is found in Full Metal Panic! with Sōsuke about Kaname. During a dance party on the Tuatha De Dannan, Kurz mentions to Sōsuke that Kaname is very pretty, cute, and has a nice sense of style. Any man would fall for her in an instant. Sōsuke coldly and cuttingly replies that he wouldn't know, since he isn't interested. This is very interesting, considering that this might be one of the few instances where Sōsuke acts like a Tsundere (breaking from his usual stoic manner).
- Yuko from xxxHOLiC displays this kind of attitude in relation to her not-boyfriend Clow, and she tends to get rather vindictive should someone suggest she had some kind of relationship with the guy.
- Kanna and Motoki from Koe de Oshigoto! have this reaction to the suggestion that they're a couple, with the same Speech Bubble, no less.
- Trigun. When a couple bodyguards assume she's fighting with her "boyfriend", the Broom Boy (a.k.a. Vash the Stampede), Meryl Stryfe is very quick to inform them that not only is he not her boyfriend, but she doesn't even like him! Whatever she has to tell herself to get through the job.
- Often said by Yusuke in YuYu Hakusho about Keiko.
- Nana to Kaoru does this with both Nana and Kaoru simultaneously.
- In Bakuman。, Fukuda volunteers to help Aoki with her manga illustrations, but is keen to make it clear to his editor, who asks why he is helping a rival mangaka, that he has no interest her. It ultimately turns out that he really doesn't have any apparent feelings for her, since she ends up with Hiramaru without him being at all displeased about it, and it proves his commitment to "Team Fukuda" changing Jump.
Fukuda: And just for the record, I don't have feelings for her or anything. I actually kind of hate her.
Yujiro: You don't act like you hate her.
- Miu of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple complains loudly whenever anyone calls the title character her boyfriend.
Miu: He's not my boyfriend! He's more like a little brother, or even a dog, you know like a stray dog you bring home because you feel sorry for it?
Kasara: Hey, aren't you taking that a little too far?
- Ore no Imōto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai
- Spelled out by Kyousuke regarding Manami in episode 6. His friend Akagi calls him out on the seeming hypocrisy of his explanation.
Akagi: So basically she's nothing more than a childhood friend to you, you're not going out with her, you have no feelings for her, but you won't allow other guys to make a move on her?
Kyousuke: Yeah, so?
- The original novel, however, goes on with this Platonic Life Partners-ish excuse he makes to the reader when he feels his phrase sounded like he was in denial:
Well, the answer was my honest. I just don't think there is a sharp-eyed guy that could see the appeal behind Manami's homeliness, but if he does appear, I'm going to defend her with all I have. Got it? It's in her company I can relax the most, even with nothing romantic about that. I won't give in to anyone who'd try and take that away from me.
- In Lucky Star Most of the times Misao asks Kagami about Konata.
- In Darker Than Black: Shikkoku no Hana Misaki Kirihara was teased by a friend about her little obsession:
Kanami: [grinning] Is it, by any chance
, that you don't want to follow Contractors
, but a certain man
? Misaki: [turning to her, frowning, blushing, sweating and screaming]
Wha— That's not... Kanami: [cheerful]
Oh, I knew it! Your dear BK-201. Your panicking confirmation.
- Spice and Wolf has several instances of Lawrence calmly explaining to others that he and Holo aren't in that sort of relationship. At some point along the way, it starts becoming something of a lie.
- In Durarara!! people generally assume that Mikado and Anri are dating. When they explain that they aren't, the typical reaction is usually, "Really?... Sweet, I have a shot at her, then!" Note: They do not.
- Aoba also says this to his Blue Square members regarding Mairu and Kururi. Turns out it's rather tough to explain away that they both kissed him.
- Aria and Kinji of Hidan no Aria say that about each other several times.
- Fujimura from Fujimura-kun Mates insists that he and Eri are just friends. But he never completely rejects her constant advances.
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 features a rather hilarious subversion in it's second season when Mileina asks Setsuna and Marina if they are a couple. Both reply negative in complete deadpan (and in perfect sync) without a hint of embarrassment or sexual tension.
- In the ending of Muhyo And Roji, Busujima tells Imai that her "boyfriend" Roji got back together with Muhyo despite failing the advancement test, prompting her to get angry at the use of the term.
- In Martian Successor Nadesico, Akito repeatedly denies that Yurika is his girlfriend or that he's even interested in her. She refuses to believe that however, much to his chagrin.
- Shouma and Ringo from Mawaru-Penguindrum go through several rounds of saying this about the other.
- Gohan towards Videl in Dragon Ball Z. He continually denies that anything is going on between him and Videl, even when Everyone Can See It.
- Fruits Basket:
- In Kochikame, Komachi Ono's parents mistakenly believe that their daughter and Kankichi Ryotsu are a couple, despite her constantly trying to tell them otherwise. They also take the two's constant bickering and fighting as their cover for flirting.
- In Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! basically most of the interactions between Shinka and Kumin, regarding Dekomori in the movie and the 2nd Season.
- Taken a step further in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann when Kiyoh assumes that Gimmy and Darry are two kids that Kamina and Yoko had together.
Kiyoh: Yoko! When did you have children? Don't tell me you and Kamina-?!
Yoko: As if that'd happen!
- In Rave Master, Haru and Elie do this a lot, starting when Haru's father asks if they are together. They finally admit their feelings near the end of the story.
Gale Glory: Ha ha! You got yourself quite a catch there, son. Nice rack too.
Haru Glory: I told you... it's not like that.
- Tomoe and Nanami do this a lot in Kamisama Kiss. Though by chapter 38 of the manga Nanami privately admits to herself that she hopes to change that.
- In Detective Conan, Ran gets very flustered when her friend teases her about being Shinichi's girlfriend. Interestingly, this is averted at two points in the manga. The first is when Conan teasingly asks her if Shinichi is the guy she's interested in only to be surprised when she freely admits that he is. The second is during a later case, when a woman asks Ran if she has a sweetheart (or, depending on you translate it, a lover), to which Ran replies, "I do have a person I like! [...] He's really smart and he's good at soccer. He's ready to help at any time. He's really cool... He's even a better detective than Dad!"
- In Attack on Titan, Ian at one point refers to Eren as Mikasa's boyfriend. She blushes and denies it.
- Kyouhei and ocassionaly Sunako from The Wallflower say this when other characters infer that they have a romantic relationship. The belligerant sexual tension between the two and the quite obvious fact that the two are the hero and heroine in a romantic comedy don't help matters.
- Kagerou Project:
- During Chapter 18 of the manga, Hiyori asks Momo about her 'boyfriend' Shintaro. Being brother and sister, the latter two blurt out this trope in mutual disgust.
- When Kano presses Ayano about Shintaro, she insists vehemently that there's nothing there. The rest of the cast and fandom disagree.
- A running gag involving Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter during the Mark Waid run on Captain America. Played with in that they used to date and have a very strained relationship at present.
- Peanuts: Linus is constantly telling Sally, "I'm not your sweet babboo!" In this case, HE means it, but SHE doesn't.
- The phrase became so popular that there’s even a strip compilation book entitled I’m Not Your Sweet Babboo!
- Y: The Last Man: Yorick frequently has to inform people that his bodyguard Agent 355 is not his girlfriend. Ironically 355 often pretends Yorick is her transsexual girlfriend in order to hide that he's the last man on Earth.
- In the Captain N: The Game Master comics from the Nintendo Comics System, Princess Lana acknowledges to Samus Aran that Kevin is Not Her Boyfriend. The result is your classic Betty and Veronica Love Triangle.
- Interestingly enough, Terry drops this quote verbatim in the Hush Beyond comic when Bruce calls Max his girlfriend. It appears to be a mix of Ship Tease and Everyone Can See It, but Played for Laughs rather than romantic tension.
- In Pocket God, Sun tells Toola that Ooga's not her boyfriend when she asks about their relationship.
- In Minimonsters, many people (mostly Victor) teases Frank about his not-so secret crush on Henrietta, and that makes Frank blushing and shout desperately that she's not his girlfriend.
- When Hermione is forcing Draco to take back his insults in A Very Potter Musical, Ron chimes in with this:
Ron: And that stuff about Hermione being my girlfriend, that's not even a little bit true!
- Evangelion 303: In chapter 5 Asuka spent a looong time berating Shinji, complaining about that idiot not calling her, not noticing that she was worried about him and making excuses for staying in his house and sleeping in his home. Jessika asked her if “idiot” was German for “boyfriend”. Asuka’s answer was as angry as predictable:
Asuka: WOULD YOU SHUT UP?
- In the Neon Genesis Evangelion Peggy Sue fic Once More with Feeling, a girl asks Asuka if Shinji is her boyfriend. When Asuka claimed they were Just Friends, the girl suggested maybe she would get him all for herself, then. Asuka chewed her head off.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series brings us a case of He Is Not My Girlfriend:
- Fakir claims this about Ahiru in a Princess Tutu Abridged episode.
- In Assumptions: The first sentence out of Rainbow Dash's mouth when Caramel introduces her to his siblings is clarifying that they aren't an item. His family exchanges bemused expressions, but they drop it when they decide to let the two figure it out on their own.
- In Reconciliation, a Katawa Shoujo fanfic that takes place after Hanako's bad ending, Hanako says this about Sho, her publicist and the closest thing she has to a friend as of the start of the fic. They eventually become a couple.
- In Point Of Succession Light gets annoyed when L proclaims him to be "my boyfriend" after they slept together once.
- In the Muv-Luv Alternative/Armored Core crossover Project Ignition, this is common enough with Adler and Selene, seeing everyone sees them as a couple. However, pressing the issue is dangerous as it appears to be one of Adler's Berserk Buttons. Sort of, because usually pressing his Berserk Button actually causes violence- in this case, it's just yelling.
- In A Gun to Love's Head despite the fact that Light and L insist that they aren't lovers Mello refuses to believe them until it becomes true.
- A Running Gag in I Won't Say:
Light: Hello, everyone, I'm Light, L's boyfr-
L: My co-worker!
- In the Courage the Cowardly Dog fanfic All Things End, Computer teases Courage about a dog he met in which he responds with this. He gets his revenge on Computer when Nina comes into the picture, playing up the same thing.
- Happens with Ruby and Sapphire in the Pokémon Special High School A.U. A Miscellaneous Tale of Night and Day:
- When Heimdall implies that Ayra is tied romantically to Nico in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians fanfic Aska, Nico answers like this for her, while laughing at the ridiculous idea.
- When Kira first gets a crush on Kid in the Soul Eater fanfic Black And Gold, he immediately lets her down easy by informing her he's engaged (something L.J. avoided doing until the last minute). L.J. then claims she wouldn't care if Kira did pursue a relationship with Kid, citing the trope name.
- Averted in Bravely Tangled Up With Dragons—Flynn asks Hiccup where his girlfriend went, referring to Merida, but Hiccup narrowly avoids saying this as Flynn took a tree branch to the face, swung by none other than Merida.
- In the Pokemon Mystery Dungeon fanfic Brave New World, Ash and Misty vocally claim not to be a couple, in spite of three Pokemon who consider them in specific terms to be their parents.
- Pikachu and the ninja Buneary get this a lot too.
- Played as straight as possible in the third chapter of the Full Metal Panic! AU fic Brothers in Arms, when Tessa very vocally denies that she has feelings for Garon. That stance lasts about two minutes.
- In the Pokémon fanfic Cindy's Story, during their Cyndaquil and Quilava years, this was the case with Cindy and Ty. In their Typhlosion forms, they are basically...er... Happily Married?
- Amber has denied that she has a crush on Sombra.
- Laura and Yussef through much of the Lyrical Nanoha AU Academy Blues.
- Allison does this regarding Noah in Endless Waltz.
- Draco towards Ebony in Ebony Darkness Dementia Raven Way Vs Canon. Justified, as, well, she isn't. Good luck telling her that, though.
- Gohan and Mayu in the Elfen Lied/Dragon Ball Z crossover Elfen Lied Children Of Destruction so obviously have feelings for one another, to the point that one of the minor side characters points it out, with this trope as the result.
- Almaz says this about Sapphire in Disgaea fanfic Fail To The King, leading Aria to amend her previous statement:
Aria: His girlfriend without benefits.
- Stated quite emphatically in Fallout: Equestria by both Calamity and Velvet Remedy in Stable 29. Littlepip doesn't buy it.
Littlepip: By the Goddesses, could they be any more obvious!
- Also an example of Self-Fulfilling Prophecy, as part of the reason they hooked up is because Littlepip thought it was inevitable.
- Averil, about Zack, in the Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle fic Freefall. No one believes him. Caleb has this regarding Finn later on, and eventually stops denying it since it's easier than trying to explain.
- Deidara denies being in a relationship with Hidan in chapter ten of Naruto fic Gender Confusion. Guess what happens a few chapters later?
- In Goosebumps Adventure Courtney and Justin both insist this, even though Everyone Can See It.
- Harry about Hermione in chapter 75 of Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality.
- Hermione followed suit a few lines later.
- This happens a lot to Lion-O and Jagra in the Thundercats 2011 fanfic Heroes Of Thundera.
- Peter Hawthorne and Lila Kirk early in the second story of International Academy of Hetalia Fanfiction.
- Beast Boy's reaction when Robotman refers to Jinx as his girlfriend in Teen Titans fic Jewel Of Darkness.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/The DCU crossover series Justice League of Equestria, Rainbow insists that Thunderlane is not her boyfriend, despite him being cute, a good conversationalist, and cute.
- In the Naruto AU Konoha No Senkou Arashi, Sasuke claims this about Naruto when Inari points it out.
- Chloe says this about Bobby in Chapter 6 of the Audition Online fanfic Learning From Nightmares.
- Dusk and Tootsie Flute have some of these moments in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Luna The Match Maker, until some pushing and manipulating by everyone around them convinced them to have a Relationship Upgrade.
- Uttered insistently by both Dr Drakken and Shego to anyone that will listen toward the end of Kim Possible fanfic Maslow. No one believes them.
- Hatake about the blacksmith's daughter in Naruto fic Mission Accomplished, also Punctuated! For! Emphasis!.
- In Equestrylvania, this is Twilight's reaction when her friends see Roaring Yawn's picture and tease her about him.
- Jonathan has the same reaction when people suggest this relationship between him and Charlotte.
- When Luna suggests Celestia has a crush on Julius Belmont, Celestia quickly changes the subject... but doesn't deny it.
- This is also Rainbow Dash's reaction whenever anyone points out the obvious Belligerent Sexual Tension between her and Shatterstorm.
- Harry and Lash in the The Dresden Files/My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover My Little Denarians.
- Twilight's reaction in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Nights Favored Child when Nightmare Moon jokingly suggests this about her relationship with Orion.
- In the Power Rangers fic Of Love and Bunnies, Tommy and Kim frequently do this.
- Subverted when a dream-interpreting fortuneteller assumes Adam is Kira's boyfriend (mostly because Kira was sitting on Adam's lap at the time). Since they aren't even remotely a couple (dating other people, vast age difference, barely know each other), they're rather confused by the assumption.
- In the Harry Potter Peggy Sue fic Oh God Not Again:
Remus: Nymphadora is not my girlfriend!
- In SpongeBob SquarePants trollfic One Less Lonely Gurl, Spongebob had to explain that C'ren wasn't his girlfriend even though he had her stay over at his house for the night.
- Almost every couple in Pokémon fanfic Overcoming The Clashing Tides.
- Jay and Ashley have admitted they do have feelings for each other but whenever an outsider points this out... Cue, death glares and denials.
- It doesn't happen often with Bronze and Lizzie, but it's there.
- When Raijin asks Haruto if Arisu is his girlfriend in Persona Ultraviolet, Haruto quickly denies it.
- Missy denies having any feelings for Dan in the early couple of chapters of Pokemon Storm Clouds. She's not fooling anyone.
- Shouted word-for-word by Sean after being asked about Maria in Power Rangers GPX.
- In Jackie Chan Adventures AU fic Queen Of All Oni, Jackie really wishes people would stop calling Viper "his girl".
- In the Danny Phantom AU Resurrection, Danni and Sam until the Relationship Upgrade.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! 5Ds fanfic Shadowchasers, Gears repeatedly denies that Mistle is his girlfriend. Of course, none of teammates (and Jalal) believe him.
- What Daichi says about Haruhi in the Rosario + Vampire/Kamen Rider Spirits crossover Showa & Vampire. Justified due to his girl problems.
- When Spike claims Amy is Sonic's girlfriend in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic/Sonic Generations crossover Sonic Generations: Friendship Is Timeless , Sonic quickly places his hands on his hips, telling him she is not (even though Amy thinks otherwise).
- And when Gilda claims Sonic is Rainbow Dash's girlfriend, Rainbow Dash quickly retaliates.
- In Star Wars Paranormalities Trilogy, Zolph tends to have this reaction when Grein assumes he and Dynn were in a relationship. At least, that was the case before Dynn's death.
- In the Super Robot Wars High series, Yzak Joule and Shiho Hanhenfuss keep claiming to anyone who will listen they are not a couple or have any feelings for each other aside from disdain. No one believes them.
- In Super Smash Brothers Guardians Arise, Link keeps saying Zelda is not his girlfriend, while Zelda keeps refusing to admit she has feelings for Link in the beginning of the story.
- In Pokémon fanfic Sword and Shield there's a two-way version between Mewtwo and Brenda, who have been growing closer and closer over the series but refuse to acknowledge it.
- In the Mahou Sensei Negima! fic Taken Day By Day, Setsuna can't seem to convince 3-A that she and Tsukuyomi are not in a relationship.
- Used (sometimes word for word) by Naruto whenever Jiraiya teases him about his relationship with Hinata in the fanfic Team 8.
- In the Rosario + Vampire fic Thawing Permafrost, this is played straight by Dan and Mizore in the Maid Cafe.
- Sonic in The CRONIES:
Sonic: WHAT?! Amy's... NOT... MY FLOOZY!!!
- Sherry and Sadiq after England and France attempted to get them to hook up with each other in Hetalia Axis Powers fanfic The Fanseries.
- Aigis says this about Minato in Persona 3/Persona 4 fanfic The Fools Turmoil.
- In Pokémon Special fanfic series The Forever Trilogy, this occurs nearly every chapter with Goldy and Sapph.
- Sapph is trying to change this, but with Goldy, well...
- Congrats, you have succeeded, Sapph! Goldy/Sapph is now canon!
- Crimson has to say this sometimes about Indigo.
- Crim even said this to Navy when Navy called Crim Indi's boyfriend.
Crimson: "SHE IS NOT MY GIRLFRIEND!"
- In the case of Neon Genesis Evangelion fanfic The Ikaris, where Shinji and Asuka get drunk and wake up married, it's "He is not my spouse".
- In The Legend of Spyro: A New Dawn, Pyrus and Delilah do this at the same time when one of Kaze's Quirky Mini Boss Squad say that Delilah is Pyrus' girlfriend. In this case, they're telling the truth, Delilah has already said she can tell someone else is meant for Pyrus and that she is about 200 years older than he is anyway.
- In The Settlers: Rise of an Empire fanfic The Mathematics of Deciet, between Marcus and Alandra. Suuuure she isn't, Marcus.
- Applejack's reaction when Granny Smith calls Dusk AJ's boyfriend in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic AU fic The Unexpected Love Life of Dusk Shine.
- Between Green Grass and Twilight in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Traveling Tutor And The Librarian.
- Waldo on Carmen in Where On Earth Spies.
- In Bleach AU fic Winter War, Kon claims that he and Mashiro are "just friends." Kensei is not convinced.
- On a much grimmer note, there's also this exchange, after Grimmjow, Kazeshini-controlling-Hisagi, and Hanatarou discover Nemu Prime:
Grimmjow: You’re in a mood to fight. Was she your woman, or something?
Hisaginote No. Not her. It’s just – some things are monstrous. Even by your standards, maybe.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic Within And Without, Rainbow Dash is too afraid to publicly admit her feelings for Pinkie Pie until she's called out on it.
- In the BIONICLE fanfic series Xaterex Multiverse Storyline, Shardak has a moment of this with Nightwatcher in Eternal Darkness, regarding Valkyria. Of course, Nightwatcher was right.
- Yuki in Mirai Nikki The Abridged Series episode 2:
Minene: Looks like your girlfriend's coming to save you.
Yuki: I do not know that person.
- In Boys Und Sensha-do, Akio says this when his mother asks if Miho is his girlfriend.
Akio: MOM! Miho-chan's not my girlfriend... she's my sensha-do team's captain.
- A subtler example happens after Akio ends up taking care of Miho while she's recovering from her injury in the match with Anzio, Senmonka comes to see him, and asks him what he and Miho did together. Akio says that he and Miho "spent some time working on some organizational stuff for the team," which is only part of what they did. Senmonka then decides to ask if they did anything else, making Akio want to hit him, but Akio inwardly concedes that the entire arrangement isn't so bad.
- Similarly, Tsubasa points out that Miho must be keeping Akio busy, but Akio points out that because of Miho's aforementioned injury, she has needed a lot of help. He then gets Tsubasa back by pointing out his relationship with Kazukonote , which Tsubasa can't deny.
- The Star Trek fanfic Written in the Stars revolves around this trope for the first part of the story. Fem!Kirk discovers from Spock Prime that he and her own Prime counterpart were married...and then the spirit of that counterpart gets stuck inside her head, and makes hints about the alternate two's relationship whenever she gets the chance.
- In A Far Green Country, chapter 12, when Surad mentions "your girlfriend", Elden says, "She's not my girlfriend." Surad still believes that Nellas is his girlfriend.
- Fire Emblem Awakening fanfic Pretender, Frederick has this reaction when Chrom tells him that he and Robin could adopt after Frederick complains that his mother pesters him for grandchildren. Although this is because Frederick does not desire to force Robin into a relationship nor break off their friendship.
- Ayame Ishikawa and Hikaru Nagai of Despair's Last Resort constantly make this claim in regards to each other. Everyone believes they're a couple, no matter how much they deny it, due to how close they are.
Films — Animated
- In Hercules, Megara's main song, "I Won't Say I'm in Love," is about the Muses trying to get her to admit she's fallen for Hercules.
- Treasure Planet: Doppler reacts this way when BEN thinks him and Amelia are a couple because he's carrying her. It's said with less denial and more tenderness than usually found in other examples, but that's because the film is hinting at their growing fondness for each other.
BEN: Awww, isn't that sweet? I find old-fashioned romance so touching, don't you? How about drinks for the happy couple?
Doppler: Ooo, uh- No. Thank you. We don't drink, and, uh- and, uh, we're not a couple.
- In the Frozen song "Fixer Upper," Kristoff's "family" of trolls immediately assume that Anna is Kristoff's girlfriend when they meet her (after all, she's the first girl he's ever "brought home") and continue blatantly shipping them in song. Though they do falter a bit at hearing Anna is engaged to Hans, they quickly get over it and even try to marry Anna and Kristoff on the spot anyway. They actually manage to get to the vows part before the accidental participants stop them.
Kristoff: ENOUGH! She is engaged to someone else, okay?!
Troll #1: So she's a bit of a fixer upper.
Troll #2: That's a minor thing.
Troll #2: Her quote "engagement" is a flex arrangement.
Troll Child: And by the way, I don't see no ring!
- In Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, Scowler teases Patchi for liking Juniper. Even Alex joins in!
Scowler: Patchi's got a girlfriend!
Patchi: She's not my girlfriend!
Alex: Eh, you might be crushing a little.
Patchi: Hey, whose side are you on, Alex?
Alex: My side.
- Corpse Bride has a variation. The maggot living inside the head of the recently wedded Emily insinuates that Victor is her "boyfriend". She immediately corrects him.
Maggot: If you ask me, your boyfriend is kind of jumpy.
Emily: He's not my boyfriend. He's my husband.
- In Flushed Away, upon Rita's introducing Roddy to her family, one of her sisters teases her about their relationship.
Rita's sister: So, how long have you been Rita's boyfriend?
Rita: He's not my boyfriend.
Rita's sister: [blows raspberry]
Films — Live-Action
- In The Big Lebowski, The Dude is quite insistent that Maude Lebowski is not his "special lady", but his "fuckin' lady friend, man!". Probably an example of Insistent Terminology too.
I'm just helping her conceive, man!
- In Entrapment, Sean Connery's character said this word for word unto Ving Rhames' character when his relationship with Catherine Zeta Jones' character was questioned.
- Friends with Benefits: Dylan and Jamie both say this for each other, but Dylan more strongly and harshly when pressed by his sister. Jamie of course overhears.
- Ghostbusters. Peter Venkman denies that a ghost-possessed Dana is his girlfriend. He claims to find her interesting, they share a lot of interests and she sleeps over the covers.
"Four feet over the covers."
- In How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, when Cindy Lou is interviewing adults about the Grinch:
- MirrorMask, when Helena insists to her mother that Valentine is not her boyfriend.
- No Strings Attached: The line is used word for word.
- The musical Oklahoma! has a song called "People Will Say We're In Love", where the two main characters (who get married in the end) tell each other how to behave so people won't assume they're sweethearts (doing each thing they describe themselves not doing, naturally).
- Pee-wee's Big Adventure - "...look, Dottie. I like you. LIKE. I - LIKE - you!"
- In Piranha 3D, Jake constantly denies that Kelly is his girlfriend, and the awkwardness is ramped up because he's on a yacht surrounded by beautiful porn stars. Kelly agrees to do a bodyshot off one of these porn stars just to rile Jake up a little.
- Joked about in The Silence of the Lambs. "People will say we're in love." Also a reference to...
- This Is Spinal Tap. In David's case, he insists that Jeanine is not his wife. (Not at the time of the film, anyway.)
- In The Little Rascals film, "Hi-Neighbor", this is Wally's response when Jane appears and Stymie says "Wally, here comes your girl." Stymie is not impressed with Wally's denial.
- In The Dark Knight Rises, after Selina beats up a bunch of mooks to help Bruce and Lucius escape:
Lucius: I like your girlfriend, Mr. Wayne.
Selina: He should be so lucky.
Live Action TV
- Daniel Jackson from Stargate SG-1 claimed as much when Vala said they had to reschedule their "date". Of course, no one believes him.
- Joan in Joan of Arcadia insists this regarding Adam about Once per Episode, until they finally kiss for the first time.
- Brief example happens in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode inheritance, where Data tells his "mother" Juliana (the wife of his creator Dr. Soong, she claims) that he's going to see Counselor Troi; Juliana assumes the two are close, and comments that she's glad that the accessories her husband designed that made him "compatible" with humans actually work. (Not a true example of the Trope, of course, because Troi is not Data's girlfriend; he was going to see her because she's the Counselor and Juliana misunderstood.)
- On M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter has just become the unit commander and is getting up to speed on his staff. He calls a name, the person says "Here" (or the like), and then he reviews their record and makes some comments. He goes over Margaret Houlihan's record, compliments her, and then moves on:
Major Frank Burns. Houlihan: Just Friends
, sir. (realizes)
I mean, he's not here, sir.
- One of the running gags of the early years of Mash was Frank and Margaret trying to hide their relationship, even though everyone in camp knew they were an item.
- Happened a few times to the Doctor and Rose in the first two seasons of the 2005 revival of Doctor Who, apparently just because the writers were running out of ways to broadcast that the new show had romantic subtext.
- Subverted with the Doctor and Donna Noble, who seem to do this bit about once an episode. But Donna is something of a Not Love Interest because when they say it, it really is 100% true. It's entirely without the romantic tension.
- After River Song thoroughly distracts the Doctor in "The Impossible Astronaut":
Canton Delaware: So what's going on here?
The Doctor: Ah...nothing; she's just a friend.
Rory: I think he's talking about the possible alien incursion?
- Later, however, River becomes one of the very few of the Doctor's love interests to eventually avert this, with them flirting pretty openly and him outright referring to her as "wife".
- In a flashback scene in "Let's Kill Hitler", it's learned that Rory and Amy had denied any romantic involvement, only while Rory insisted that he and Amy were just friends, Amy at the same time said, "He's gay." She suspected his sexual preference because he had never shown the slightest interest in any girls...only to realize that he was interested in one girl. Her.
- The Doctor and Clara, less out of shyness or uncertainty about their feelings, but out of a wish to act mature and avoid unreasonable expectations in favor of preserving their deep, underlying friendship. The flimsyness of the denial varies based on which stage in their relationship we are talking about; In late series 7, it goes to the point of featuring plenty of touching and kissing (if rarely near the mouth), and everyone around them calling them an item despite their half-hearted protests to the contrary, but both their deliberate tolerating and indulging of the ambiguity comes back to bite them when they have to deal with hurt feelings anyway after his long stay on Trenzalore and subsequent regeneration. At the end of the next episode, he uses the phrase actually meaning to break it off (right before admitting that he ''did'' think of them as an item, but had come to see that as a mistake on his part) trying to at least salvage their friendship after she reacted negatively to his changed, notably older appearance (In truth, she couldn't care less what he looks like, but he didn't hear her make that speech, and she still can't help being somewhat off-put by finding his gruffer, less predictable and distinctly less touchy-feely demeanor much harder to read) but before long, regardless of their frequent fallouts and shift towards passive-agressive banter, he's back to constantly trying impress her, getting very competitive whenever anyone else tries to, giving her the occasional Longing Look, offhandedly referring to one of their meetings as a "Date"(!) when she's out of earshot, and acting blatantly flattered when he mistakenly assumes that she's settled for a lookalike. This progressively turns into a clusterfuck when it turns out that since he declared himself "not her boyfriend", she has started a serious relationship with a co-worker and winds up entangling herself in a web of lies to keep them from meeting since they almost instantly dislike each other.
- Parodied in Spaced, when Tim reacts indignantly in this fashion to a (sarcastic) suggestion from Daisy that his "boyfriend" Mike is on the phone for him... only to purr "Hi, babe." in a seductive tone as soon as he picks up the phone.
- Monk: Natalie is highly amused whenever someone thinks she suppresses romantic feelings for Monk.
- In "Mr. Monk and the Game Show", Monk goes on Roddy Lankman's show Treasure Chest. Before they begin the first round, Lankman asks Monk if there's anyone at home that he wants to say hello to. He mentions Sharona, causing Lankman to ask, "And how long have you and Sharona been married?" Monk quickly corrects him.
- Inverted in "Mr. Monk Gets Married", where to rescue Randy's mother Maria from gold-digging antiques dealer Dalton Padron, Monk and Sharona must infiltrate a marriage counselling camp by (of course) pretending to be a couple with severely exaggerated problems, with Monk playing a cowardly mop salesman and Sharona pretending to be his alcoholic wife. Their marriage is the absolute worst one in history. When at the end they reveal the ruse, the marriage counselor is relieved.
- In "Mr. Monk and the Class Reunion", Dianne Brooks finds Monk in line while people are turning in their registration forms. She asks him if he's dating, and he firmly replies no. When this happens, Monk is by himself as Natalie is heading back to her car. Later, though, Natalie has reconsidered and decides to stay with Monk for the remainder of the reunion. Naturally, when Dianne spots Monk and Natalie together at the cafeteria, this happens:
Dianne Brooks: Adrian! There you are. We've been looking for you. [Dianne notices Natalie]
Natalie Teeger: Hi! I'm Natalie Teeger. [Natalie and Dianne shake hands]
Dianne Brooks: Hi. Dianne Brooks.
Natalie Teeger: I'm his assistant.
Dianne Brooks: Ahh... Oh, so you two aren't... [she points between Monk and Natalie; Natalie laughs]
Natalie Teeger: [grins] No!
- Also happens in one scene in "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever," where Natalie is signing autographs, Monk comes up to grab some wipes from her purse and one of Natalie's fans asks her if Monk is her boyfriend. Natalie corrects the fan.
- Inverted again in "Mr. Monk is Someone Else". Panicked by unwanted romantic advances from Lola, Monk quickly blurts out that he already has a girlfriend, and her name "Natalie Teegerb" (it's French Canadian).
- In the Tie-In Novel Mr. Monk Goes to Hawaii, when Monk and Natalie first encounter Natalie's friend Candace, she seems to think that Natalie was exaggerating her claims about Monk's OCD compulsions, in part because she's never met Monk before and because Monk happens to be on an anti-OCD drug that he takes to control himself during flights. Due to Monk not acting like himself, Candace assumes that he's her boyfriend.
- Big Pete of The Adventures of Pete & Pete spells it out: "Look, you're a girl, and you're a friend — but you're not a girlfriend!"
- A frequent refrain of the two boys of Psych.
- Phil of the Future, in the episode in which Phil gets tired of being carted around doing "girl stuff" with Keely:
Phil: I don't wanna be your girlfriend, I wanna be your boyfriend!... I mean, your friend, who's a boy. A guy. A guy friend.
- And later in the same episode:
Keely: Phil, you can tell me anything. I'm your girlfriend... I-I-I mean your friend who's a girl. A gal. A gal friend.
- Seems to be a recurring motif with Keely's actress Aly Michalka. See Hellcats and Marti and Dan for details.
- A version appears on Friends after Chandler and Monica first had sex in secret.
Joey: Have you seen Monica?
Chandler: I'm not seeing Monica!
You and Lois
Lois? She's bossy. She's rude, she's conceited. I can't stand her! Lana:
The best ones always start that way.
- Ted's Girl of the Week in How I Met Your Mother assumes that Robin and Barney are going out.
Robin: No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
Barney and I are not together, no, no. Barney:
Really? Sixteen no's? Really?
- Robin and Barney also spend the season five premiere firmly denying that they are boyfriend and girlfriend. They seem to have no problem admitting that they are a couple, so long as the terms "boyfriend" and "girlfriend" aren't used.
- The X-Files: If it happened once, it happened a thousand times to Mulder and Scully, most notably in "The Rain King". Basically guaranteed to happen starting about mid-season four onward.
- It even happens in the 2008 movie, though in reference to being married.
Father Joe: No. I can see you're a woman of faith, but not in the same things as your husband.
Scully: He's not my husband.
- In That '70s Show, when Jackie and Hyde started their relationship, they wouldn't admit that they're together, even though they were making out all the time.
Jackie: He is not my boyfriend.
Hyde: I'm not her boyfriend. They just don't get it.
Jackie: No. Why would they? Let's go, baby.
- Bones and Booth do this many, many times.
- The West Wing: Josh denies a relationship between himself and Donna at least twice, once to Amy Gardner (who becomes his girlfriend after it's cleared up), and once to Lt. Commander Jack Reese (who dates Donna after confirming he's not getting in the way).
- Inverted with some irony on the campaign trail in the last season.
Josh: (into the phone) No, I don't have Donna!
- She's lying next to him at the time...
- In the 1990's Australian series Police Rescue the two main characters, Micky and Georgia, are going to interview a witness, who asks Micky: "Is this your girlfriend?" Micky responds truthfully that no, she's his (police) partner. He later gets snarked over this by Georgia, as while it's technically true, there's always been an obvious vibe between them.
- iCarly: In "iGo to Japan", the check-in clerk at a hotel mistakes the 15-year-old pair for a honeymoon couple. Freddie gives Carly an eyebrow raise and gets slapped across the face for his stupidity. In "iLike Jake", Carly gives Freddie a kiss on the nose for helping her to fix Jake's terrible singing voice, and Jake mistakes their kiss for them being together.
- In the Royal Pains episode "Am I Blue?", Evan's new just-friend is under the persistent impression that Divya is his girlfriend:
Evan: Uh, we're not really...
Anna: You'll make up! You're so good together.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Happened in, "Blood Ties".
Glory: (about Spike) He wakes up; tell your boyfriend to watch his mouth.
Buffy: He is NOT my boyfriend.
- In fact, Buffy often denies Spike being her boyfriend, even when it is revealed that she had slept with him.
Buffy: [Anya did] something very stupid.
Xander: With your boyfriend.
Buffy: He is not my boyfriend.
- Technically, it was true in both those cases, as they weren't having a relationship in season 5, and in the second example, she had already broken up with him. But Buffy denied it even while they were having an ongoing sexual relationship (granted, in this scene it was partly because she was being evaluated by a social worker and he wasn't the most presentable boyfriend):
Ms. Kroger: Um, Miss Summers, if you and your boyfriend would like to—
Buffy: He is NOT— (Spike looks over with a scowl; Buffy clears throat) ... not my, my boyfriend, he's, um, just... a... (Spike waits to hear what she'll say) Spike ... this nice woman is, uh, (meaningfully) from Social Services?
- Buffy even denies it to Spike when they're alone together; in fact his referring to her as "love" or "my girl" is a guaranteed Berserk Button as Buffy refuses to admit they are (or should be) having anything more than comfort sex. A notable use of this trope as it's not Played for Laughs but is a sign of their Destructive Romance. In the final episode of the series, Buffy gives the most truthful version of this trope when she says that Spike isn't her boyfriend, but "he is in my heart."
- The first time Buffy used this line on the show, however, it was about Angel - in season 3 episode "Revelations", when Buffy's friends finally learned that Angel was back from hell.
Buffy: What are you guys talking about?
Oz: Oddly enough, your boyfriend - again.
Buffy: He's not my boyfriend. Really, truly, he's... I don't know.
- Then we have the comics where Buffy learns Satsu is in love with her, and they sleep together. Willow finds out and when the topic is brought up Buffy denies that Satsu is her girlfriend, before they sleep together again.
- Andromeda: This happens to Dylan and Rommie at least once in the first season.
- And a very good thing, too, as we see later in the season what happens when an AI avatar gets too close to her captain.
- Castle has a variant; someone questioning whether Castle and Beckett are, you know, will get approximately this response:
Castle: Not yet.
- NCIS: Tony and Ziva. Almost a Running Gag.
- Happened on two related episodes of Law & Order: Criminal Intent. Bobby Goren's brother Frank assumes that Alex Eames, his police partner, is Bobby's girlfriend; Bobby corrects him, but it doesn't seem to sink in (possibly because Frank is a drug user). In the next episode, Bobby gets a phone call from his hospitalized mother Frances, who says that Frank told her Bobby has a girlfriend and she wants to meet the woman. Bobby tries to explain that she's not his girlfriend but his mother hangs up on him, leaving him embarrassedly telling Alex, "My mother wants to meet you."
- A variation on The Mighty Boosh. Lance Dior accuses Howard of being Vince's wife. Howard bursts out with "I'm not his wife am I! I don't know where he is at all times!" Lance is Not convinced. In another episode, a cabin owner thinks that Vince and Howard are together, but Howard denies it.
- Usually averted. Vince is mistaken for Howard's wife/girlfriend in many episodes, and instead of denying it - like you would expect two supposedly straight male friends to do - they just look slightly pained. Seemingly it happens so often they just gave up trying to protest.
- American Dreams has a couple examples with these mostly with Sam and Meg who can't get together due to Sam being black and it being 1966. JJ also gets this with a couple of his wartime romantic interests where he actually has no real interest in the girl because of Beth his fiancee back home. There was also a variation on this when one of the members of JJ's platoon is involved with a reporter, while he says this its implied they actually are he's just not telling, of course Everyone Can See It anyway.
- In the season 4 premier of The Big Bang Theory, Sheldon insists that the girl he met on a dating site who has been texting with him for four months and intends to bear his children is not his girlfriend.
Sheldon: Amy Farrah Fowler has asked me to meet her mother.
Leonard: Yeah. So?
Sheldon: What does that mean?
Leonard: Well, you know how you’re always saying that Amy is a girl who’s your friend, and not your girlfriend?
Leonard: You can’t say that anymore.
- They finally make a Relationship Upgrade in season 5 when Sheldon gets jealous of Amy dating other guys and ends up asking her to be his girlfriend.
- The first season had this exchange:
Mrs Cooper: (To Leonard and Penny) Might say you two make a cute couple.
Penny: We're not a couple.
Leonard: Us pshh no. We're just two singles. Like the cheese...individually wrapped. Not together.
Mrs Cooper: I strike a nerve?
Howard: Oh yeah.
(of course in this case it wasn't so much denial as it was trying to cover up his painfully obvious crush).
- In season five of Dexter, everyone who meets Lumen assumes that she is Dexter's girlfriend, but he insists that she is merely his "tenant". Though in fairness, she really wasn't his girlfriend at the time.
- Comes up nearly every episode on Burn Notice. Everyone except Michael knows that Fiona is, in fact, his girlfriend. Michael, for his part, is only tempted by ONE other woman over the course of the series, and she turned out to be an assassin deliberately playing on every weakness he had.
- Occurs in season two of Ashes to Ashes The Baby Trap episode, Gene and Alex have been *ahem* pulling all nighters in order to combat the corruption in the force, which the rest of the team tactfully ignore. Enter Jackie:
Jackie: Are you shagging my future husband?
- Bret and Jemaine from Flight of the Conchords are sometimes mistaken for a couple, specifically by Brahbrah, a woman they were both trying to impress. It was a fair assumption to make, given that they're two thirty-something guys who share a bedroom, and they spent quite a bit of the episode wrestling each other.
- Inspector Lynley and his partner Sergeant Havers. His own wife half-seriously suspects him of having an affair with her! And she's not the only one. They're not together... yet.
- In the Wizards of Waverly Place episode "Family Game Night".
- On the BBC show Sherlock, people often assume that Sherlock and John are a couple, and John corrects them, usually by saying "We're not a couple."
- "I'm Not Your Boyfriend" by 3OH3.
- 10cc, "I'm Not In Love".
- The song by Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean", is focused on this trope. But, it was implied that while Billie Jean was not his lover, her son was indeed his son.
- Mitch Hedberg: "I don't have a girlfriend, I just know a girl who would get really angry if she heard me say that."
- In Pokémon Heart Gold/Soul Silver, the grandmother of the opposite gender friend of the player character (can be either gender) suggests that the characters are boyfriend and girlfriend, and one of the characters immediately denies it.
- Inverted and then, well, blown up by Squall for otherwise uncharacteristic hilarity in Final Fantasy VIII. Squall is more or less forced into showing Rinoa around Balamb Garden, and stops in at Dr. Kadowaki's office. The following exchange occurs:
Kadowaki: Hi there, Squall! Oh my... it's not every day I see you walk around with a girl! Is she your girlfriend?
Rinoa: Are you serious?! Squall?! I'm gonna take it seriously.
Squall: I'm serious.
Rinoa: Woo. I'm speechless.
Squall: I'm seriously joking.
- Played with in the weirdest possible context in Psychonauts:
Raz: I don't know if she's really my girlfriend. I mean, I think she...
Lungfish Resistance Member: I only meant she was your friend who is a girl, Goggalor.
- In Beyond Good & Evil, when Jade first brings her new sidekick Double H home with her to the lighthouse, several of the orphans naturally assume he's her new boyfriend. Jade quickly tries to correct them.
Jade: I swear, he's not like the others!
- In Tales of the Abyss, there is one point where the party returns to the first real dungeon the game had. Luke and Tear, having been the only party members at that point, remark upon how it was night when they were last here, which leads to the rest of the party wondering why on earth they didn't know that Luke and Tear were "in a place like this, alone, at night." Luke quickly exclaims "It wasn't like that!" and starts hastily trying to explain himself when Tear suddenly states simply, "The very idea is absurd." Luke is visibly stung, indicating that perhaps he falls under the third example at the top. Of course, any sympathy the player may feel for Luke is immediately replaced by laughter over Jade's brilliant reaction to the whole thing.
Tear: The very idea is absurd. (walks away a bit, everyone else remains in place) What are you doing? Come on.
Luke: ...Now I'm mad.
Guy: Damn, that was cold...
Jade: (sounding VERY happy) Yes, it was.
Guy: You sound like you're having fun, Colonel.
Jade: More than you could ever imagine.
Guy: ...You're horrible.
- It happens a lot between the two. The second OVA has this frequently.
- In Tales of Rebirth, Tytree at one point refers to Claire as "Veigue's girlfriend", to which he calmly responds "She's just a childhood friend". It would be an inversion to the usual reaction a character is supposed to have, but then again, he's Veigue...
- In Hyperdimension Neptunia in the second game, Mk2, IF snaps when the rest of the cast is saying that they would like to have Compa as a wife, so she claims she belongs to her, immediately realizing what she just said and claiming that she didn't mean it like that. Something similar happens in the trailer of the videogame Geki Noire, with Noire talking without thinking about Neptune.
- In Castlevania, in both Sorrow games, Soma frequently feels the need to point out that Mina is not his girlfriend, despite the fact that its obvious to everyone else that she's his designated Love Interest. He will actually become Dracula if he sees his beau hurt, but she's n-n-not his girlfriend.
- This is actually said completely seriously in Portrait of Ruin. Whether or not Jonathan and Charlotte are still in the denial stage and/or just have really good poker faces is up to you:
Even so... the two brave vampire hunters! I envy you! or Vincent: (sigh)
The perfect couple! I'm slightly jealous! or Vincent:
Hi there... the young couple! So naive! Jonathan:
She's like my kid sister! Charlotte: Jonathan! Stop treating me like a child!
- Odd example: Mortal Kombat: Shaolin Monks. Kung Lao takes a jab at Liu Kang whenever Kitana is seen or mentioned with the former denying any relationship. In canon, it's heavily implied they are supposed to be just that.
- Given a nod in the latest game, during Kung Lao's story mode chapter wherein he and Liu Kang search for Kitana:
Kung Lao: I hope your girlfriend is worth Lord Raiden's anger, Liu Kang.
Liu Kang: Notice that I am ignoring you.
- There are examples of this trope in Baldur's Gate 2. Jaheira does it at least twice (once in an incident involving a magical locket, another when you are awakened by bandits).
- Implied usage in Half-Life 2: Episode 2. A random resistance member asks Alyx "So, is he your boyfriend or something?" in regards to Gordon. Gordon himself is out of earshot before her answer is heard.
- However, she doesn't really object when her own father hints at it being quite obvious. And she seems much more embarrassed about her father talking about such things, then about what he said.
- "Adell and I are enemies!" almost start becoming Rozalin's Catch Phrase in Disgaea 2 (and Adell is just as quick to deny it too). By this point, they fail to fool anyone.
- In Sam and Max Episode 201, Sybil and Abe Lincoln were not dating... up until Max begins insisting that the meeting is something absolutely crazy.
- Played with in Devil Survivor. When first speaking to Gin, he asks who the player is. The player can either say their name or "Yuzu's boyfriend". If the player chooses the "other" option, Yuzu gets very shocked.
- She has a similar reaction later, when Atsuro jokes that Haru might be her competition for the protagonist's affections.
- The same thing happens to Yuzu's Devil Survivor 2 counterpart, Io. During a Fate Event in which Io is trying to talk a boy out of suicide, the player can choose to introduce himself as her boyfriend. She of course denies it but, being a fairly bashful character, is more flustered than anything and decides to take it as a joke, as the player character apparently likes to joke a lot.
- Makes an appearance in Persona 3 Portable when playing as a female main character. If attending the Summer Festival with Akihiko, a takoyaki vendor will ask if she is his girlfriend, prompting him to stutter an angry denial. It's as if the idea had crossed his mind before... This also happens frequently with femele protagonist and Junpei.
- This is invoked in Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn when Ike asks Haar why Jill isn't with him. Haar denies anything beyond friendship towards Jill. Two chapters after this base conversation, Haar can recruit Jill into the Greil Mercenaries. Of course, if Haar and Jill get an A-Rank support formed, the ending will imply a marriage between the two without actually saying anything specific.
Haar: She is simply the daughter of my dead teacher. Nothing more.
- In Dead or Alive Dimensions, some characters ask this question about Ryu Hayabusa and Irene, prompting him to deny it.
- Ar Tonelico 2. Cloche would like you to know that Croix is her dog and bodyguard, NOTHING ELSE! The fact that she goes on dates with him is completely irrelevant.
- Makes an appearance in Dragon Age: Origins Witch Hunt when Ariane enquires about the exact relationship between a Male Warden and Morrigan. Apparently when they think no-one is looking, the Warden often absent-mindedly plays with the ring Morrigan gave them, causing Ariane to wonder if her knowledge of the significance of humans sharing rings is accurate.
- In Mass Effect 2, EDI and Joker strenuously deny they've been flirting. The entire crew of the Normandy aren't convinced.
- In Final Fantasy VII, Tifa says this to Aerith about Cloud. Cue Cloud and Tifa having sex at the end of Disc 2.
- In BlazBlue, Tsubaki has a crush on Jin, but tries to downplay it whenever pressed, usually going into this trope. Makoto is quick to point out that she's not fooling anyone, least of all her.
- Persona 4:
- During the later ranks of her social link, Yukiko tells the Protagonist that they have been spending so much time together that the staff at her family's inn assumes that he is her boyfriend. She denies it, of course, but by then it's pretty clear that she really wants to be proven wrong, the sooner the better.
- Chie and Yosuke. Kanji at first assumes they are a couple, much to Chie's annoyance. Speaking of Chie, if she's your romantic partner and date to the Summer Festival, she has this as a knee jerk reaction to a vendor calling him her boyfriend, only to realize that it is, in fact, true.
- Ace Attorney:
- Played with in the second and third games between Maya Fey and Phoenix Wright. Pearl assumes the two are a couple, and it seems no amount of red-faced protests will dissuade her.
- In the Phoenix Wright manga collection, Pearl asks Phoenix about his relationship with Maya, and is met with five Psyche-locks, which within the games, signify a secret that is as well-guarded as possible.
- Gumshoe pretty much outright uses this line for defense, as well, with regards to Maggey Byrde. Phoenix doesn't buy it for a moment.
Phoenix: (Note to self: Gossip with Maya about this later!)
- In Ace Attorney Investigations 2, Tateyuki asks if Kay is Edgeworth's girlfriend after he gives up his badge to continue defending her from murder charges. Edgeworth responds that she is his assistant and that he is responsible for her.
- Apollo has this reaction in Dual Destinies when Klavier assumes Athena is his girlfriend.
- Everyone seems to be under the impression that Toko and Reiji have some kind of relationship in Kara no Shoujo. Rather than being defensive about it, Reiji is mostly bemused.
- Yamato in Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai, regarding Miyako, all the time - though he's actually got a reason to do so. Except, of course, in her path, where he comes around rather quickly once he's made his decision. There are also choices in the game where, if you actually say she is your girlfriend, you'll immediately end up in an ending with her, whether you were joking or not.
- Rin Tohsaka in Fate/stay night can get like this. Especially prevalent in one scene in "Unlimited Blade Works", where Shirou can warn Lancer to stay away from Tohsaka, to which she keeps desperately denying that she and Shirou are in love, while Shirou just smirks and doesn't deny anything, and Lancer laughs his ass off at Rin's reaction.
Rin: Why are you not saying anything? This is looking as if we actually are in love!
Lancer: (laughing) Please. There's no "as if" about it!
- In Higurashi Daybreak, the Higurashi: When They Cry fighting game, when you're playing Story Mode as a Keiichi-Rena team, most of the adults will ask if you're a couple. Rena is delighted at the notion, but Keiichi protests. This actually becomes the stakes for the last two battles, thanks to a Love Triangle with Mion at her most Tsundere.
- Mike and Lucy in Bittersweet Candy Bowl, during the old series.
- Dragon Tails. No matter how upset he gets when he learns that she's taken quite a liking to a French gargoyle named Jacques, Lemuel stubbornly insists that his penpal Firewing is not his girlfriend.
- Agatha Heterodyne in Girl Genius gets steamed if anyone suggests she and Gilgamesh Wulfenbach are lovers... at first. Later she just stammers out flustered denials (usually to someone who would respond to screaming with a Boot To The Head). Her fangirling over his Death Ray working is entirely beside the point. Really.
Higgs: Uh- she- she ain't my Miss Zeetha, sir.
: Oh, heaven forbid
. I'm sure you'd desert your post and hare off to save any
- And of course parodied between Agatha and Moloch Von Zinzer, only the relationship in question is "minion".
Tarvek: You really are the best minion ever.
Moloch: I am not her minion!.
- Used by Ash in Misfile here, not even she believes that though.
- Inverted later on, with an example of "you are not my girlfriend".
- Konstantin with Anya in Experimental Comic Kotone. See here.
- Played with in Friendly Hostility: Fox normally has no problem in referring to Collin as his boyfriend, but when Collin shows up while his coworker Derringer is pestering him about becoming buddies, he quickly rushes to loudly introduce him to Derringer as his "BEST FRIEND". Collin just as quickly walks off before he gets mad enough to do something he'll regret.
- Issac and Joy in Namir Deiter, though it's only by mutual agreement (and a boatload of issues) that they're not.
- Except they've recently been upgraded to Beta/Tertiary couple, after an argument while on a double-date (with different people).
- Shadehawk and Crossroad in Antihero for Hire, though with all the UST between them, some feel it's only a matter of time. The most notable example is here:
Hector: Looks like your girlfriend's coming to the party.
Shadehawk: Ugh. You are such a depraved monster. Insinuating that she's my girlfriend, I mean.
- In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Bob frequently has to reiterate to his girlfriend Jean that there is nothing between him and the alien Princess Voluptua. Despite the fact that they have kissed. And that Voluptua is now stationed in Earth's solar system. And that she is a Stripperiffically-clad Hello, Nurse! of the first order. Because Bob knows that she is in fact, under her disguise, a giant alien bug.
- Boris, the robotic spider in Bugs, has shouted more than once that a real spider with a keen interest in him is not his girlfriend.
- Zoe from Sluggy Freelance invokes this trope after several of her friends hold an intervention for her because they think she's dating Torg.
- Kitti and Sky in Divided Sky are both in denial of their feelings for each other, despite everyone else picking it up.
- A customer in Welcome To The Convenience Store, when asked about his female friend, said she was a "friendly woman person".
- Lance says this about Silvia in Shape Quest.
- xkcd demonstrates that this retort can be defeated by statistics
- Sequential Art give us Art and Kat's reaction to the suggestion they are a couple. The next strip shows more.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court Zimmy offhandedly refers to Jack as Antimony's boyfriend after she restores his sanity and explains what happened leading up to it. Antimony thanks her, but adds "Also; not my boyfriend." This sets up the latter Ship Tease in this strip. Maybe because after this adventure Two Strange Girls already knew his attitude.
- However, in the short term at least, this turns out to be true. Jack has a crush on Zimmy of all people, and Annie, at the time of making the aforementioned statement, held a hidden grudge against Jack. They're likely in for more teasing of that sort now, though, considering that as far as their classmates are concerned Jack publicly gave Annie a note and some of them saw them amiably chatting then going off on their own for a night. Of course, there's a nonromantic explanation for those, but others don't know that.
- Liu Wong and Fang Lin in How I Killed Your Master.
- Far Out There had Trigger and Layla both respond in this manner when Ichabod suggested they were a couple. They actually mean it.
- Then it happened again. Unfortunately, it was Trigger's crush who though he and Layla were an item.
- When Lemon and Lime first meet Alice in Evil Plan'' they immediately that she's Kinesis' girlfriend. Alice's words say no, but her expressions says differently.
- General Protection Fault has Patty laying it on a bit too thick about her not-boyfriend:
Dwayne: That was quite an adventure you guys had. How's Dexter?
Patty: Argh! Not you too! Look, we are not dating! We made peace! That's it! Not seeing each other, not dating, not engaged, not getting married, not breeding! "Friends" is pushing the definition! We just aren't fighting anymore!
- Several people in Questionable Content refer to Angus as Faye's boyfriend or something similar before they are officially an item, but have admitted their mutual attraction. Faye denies this.
- Justin of El Goonish Shive insists vehemently that Elliot is not his boyfriend. He's telling the truth — Elliot is already taken and it wouldn't work out anyway.
- The eponymous Sarab say this about Karin. In front of her. She does not take it well.
- In Blue Yonder, Lena's saying this produces a rather different effect, as she faces him down for claiming it.
- In Ears for Elves, Donny sees Tanna walking arm-in-arm with Rolan. Donny infers that Rolan must be her boyfriend, and finds this disgusting; Tanna protests madly. A while later, Donny tells Tanna that her new boyfriend isn't so bad after all; her reaction is to say that Rolan is not her boyfriend.
- In one story arc for Cheer!, Lita forces Alex (who is a girl, yes) to take her out to dinner to a steak house. She also forces Alex to go to the dinner wearing a nice suit. Cue Alex spending most of the evening telling the restaurant staff that she is not Lita's date and not a "sir".
- In Footloose, Jenny refers to Keti as Dan's girlfriend - she, Dan, and Iordan insist she isn't in unison, Keti and Dan being genuinely Squicked by the idea, and Iordan having a vested interest in Keti being single.
- In Homestuck, Terezi seems to inspire a lot of this. Karkat repeatedly denies having a "thing" with her when numerous other characters notice their bond, and Dave denies dating her when Karkat starts getting jealous.
- As far as Lisa and Ally of Sunstone are concerned; she is just the woman I live with, have lots of kinky sexy with, and spend most of my time with. This delusion is upheld by the characters so they don't have to question weather they are homoromantic or if the other reciprocates; but all their closer friends can see through it.
- Rhapsodies Paul and Nancy insist they are Just Friends... good friends
- In The Guild, Codex insists that "there is no circumstance under which [she and Zaboo] are together in any shape or form". Zaboo feels differently.
- Simon from Shadow of the Templar takes this to new heights when he tells Jeremy that he's not even his friend despite them being familiar with each other in the horizontal position. He does answer "maybe" instead of denying the possibility outright when the criminal who kidnapped Jeremy asks him if he's his boyfriend, but goes right back to denying it soon after. Then when he finally overcomes enough (but not all) of his Selective Obliviousness and Tsundere issues to call Jeremy a friend, Sandra scoffs and says that they're "special friends" at the very least, to his chagrin.
- In "Thanks For The Feedback: Date With Doug", The Nostalgia Chick denies having any attraction to The Nostalgia Critic. It was a little too firm to be believed anyway, but lost all credibility when Doug and Lindsay confirmed later that the characters already had sex at this point.
- She does it again (just with the word "ally" instead of "boyfriend") when Mara Wilson wants to kill her to hurt him, but contradicts herself a few minutes later when they both mope about missing him.
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- In Statless And Tactless Joe is convinced that Soo and Ian are dating because they occasionally allude to meeting offline. Any incident involving such an event getting mentioned invariably leads to the group getting sidetracked to refute it.
- Danny Phantom: Sam and Danny frequently insist "We're not lovebirds", even though they end up becoming just that in the Grand Finale.
- Also counts as ironic Book Ends- In the beginning of the first episode, they're protesting vehemently that they do not have a relationship. At the end of the last, they finally kiss.
- Teen Titans: Robin really ticks Starfire off when he says this in the episode "Stranded". Can't really hold it against him though, as thanks to her established role as The Ditz, Cloudcuckoolander, being raised by aliens, etc., he naturally assumed she didn't even know what a girlfriend was. He is sadly mistaken, as she is quick to inform him. It actually makes the current situation dangerous, as Starfire's powers depend on her emotions, and being confused makes her unable to use them; not good, seeing as they are on a planet with a hostile environment.
- Arthur: Francine and Arthur simultaneously fulfill this trope in an early episode.
- Codename: Kids Next Door: Nigel tells his friends this about Lizzie, who actually is his girlfriend, because he's embarrassed.
- Don't forget Wallabee and Kuki (Numbah Four and Numbah Three).
Numbah Two and Numbah Five: Wally and Kuki, sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
Numbah Four: Shut up! It is not like that!
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Obi-Wan's response to Anakin concerning Satine.
- Avatar: The Last Airbender:
- Zuko snaps "She is not my girlfriend!" at a waiter who calls a girl he was on a date with his "girlfriend", though it's not exactly an unreasonable assumption. Oddly enough, when Jun once called an archenemy his "girlfriend" a season earlier, he barely even reacted.
- Although they reacted far more strongly to Jun's accusation in the finale. (Sorry, wrong show.)
I see you worked things out with your girlfriend. Zuko: (spit-takes)
She's not my girlfriend! Katara: (simultaneously)
I'm not his girlfriend!
- Also in the second episode:
Sokka: (referring to Aang)
We're going to save your boyfriend. Katara:
He's not my... Sokka:
- French version of the above:
Katara: He's not my boyfriend.
Sokka: Not yet.
- Also happens when Toph meets Jet for the first time (not having joined the group until after his first appearance):
- Sequel Series The Legend of Korra continues the tradition in the episode "A Leaf in the Wind," when pro-bender and The Charmer Bolin decides to lie to his gym-owner to let his new acquaintance Korra backstage:
Bolin: So, you see, we're together...
Korra: Well, not together-together, more like friends.
Bolin: Right, friends... no, no, I didn't mean to imply...
Korra: Oh, you implied it.
- Played with in a late third season episode of Kim Possible, close to The Movie and its Relationship Upgrade angst bomb.
- Used in one episode of Wolverine and the X-Men where Nightcrawler and the Scarlet Witch are kidnapped and trapped in a huge dome with woods inside, which is being watched by the Big Bad .... gee, that sound familiar...
Voice ...And Nightcrawler tries to save the love of his life!
Nightcrawler She's not the love of my life...!
- The sentence on its own isn't even enough for Jenny in Sheldon's first appearance on My Life as a Teenage Robot:
Jenny: Okay... listen up, because I'm only gonna say this once: Sheldon is not my boyfriend! I don't even know him! He's just some crazy, loser, stalker geek! He's not my boyfriend, he's not my friend, he's not my anything!
- And Sheldon heard the whole thing. Ouch.
- It was bad enough that even the villains of the episode felt sorry for the guy.
- Said by Mac in the first episode of Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends featuring Goo. This was done not only due to Mac being eight years old and embarrassed, but also because it was true, and Goo was being a real pest to everyone. Naturally, no one believes him.
- Goo, who was living in her own little world at the time, probably never even suspected that anyone (let alone everyone) thought she was Mac's girlfriend.
- Chowder: the episode "Chowder's Girlfriend" was devoted to Chowder trying to convince Panini that he's not her boyfriend! Since that episode, he yells that at her if she so much as says "Hi!" to him.
- Oddly, most likely due to serialized series and a tendency to be aired "out of order", it's his response to her in the first aired episode as well.
- Even more strangely, at the end of the series Chowder is married to her. Or so Panini would lead the audience to believe.
- Tommy from Robot Boy doesn't like it when people call Lola his girlfriend.
- In the Ben 10: Alien Force episode "Plumber's Helpers", when Helen calls Kevin Gwen's boyfriend, she angrily denies that is so... despite the fact that a few episodes earlier, she was complaining that Kevin wasn't asking her out.
- Happens earlier in the series, too, in "What Are Little Girls Made Of?", though not as drawn-out. Gwen lets Ben and Kevin climb into her room through the window, and her father asks if he's her boyfriend. They both quickly reply "No!" and Gwen blushes.
- In another episode, Ben simply asks her where Kevin is, and Gwen launches into a full-blown rant about how he isn't her boyfriend.
- In Code Lyoko, Yumi and Ulrich frequently state these kinds of denial, mostly spurred by Odd's innuendos or, in Yumi's case, her brother Hiroki's hounding. Yumi also says "He's not my boyfriend" about William, but in this case it is genuine, especially once he becomes an enemy.
- Yumi manages to invert, then play the trope straight, in just one line:
Yeah? Well, it's not the same thing. I'm Ulrich's girlfriend
! I mean, I'm—I'm his good friend.
- The Simpsons
- Inverted in "I Love Lisa". Lisa Simpson to Ralph Wiggum. On a date. On live television. Preceded by a Big "NO!".
Bart: You can actually pinpoint the second when his heart rips in half!
- In the Treehouse of Horror segment "The Fright to Creep and Scare Arms", Lisa reads the tombstone of Billy the Kid.
Lisa: I dream of a world without guns. Don't we all, William?
Bart: Lisa has a dead boyfriend!
Lisa: He's not my dead boyfriend! He's a dead boy that happens to be my friend.
- Hilariously played with in "He Loves to Fly and He D'ohs", when Bart teases Homer about his appointment with Mr. Burns.
Bart: Hey dad! Have fun with your boyfriend!
Homer: HE'S NOT MY BOYFRIEND!
- Total Drama
- Courtney and Duncan.
- There's one between Heather and Alejandro shockingly. By the later episodes Chris and Duncan tease them about it.
- In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy:
Billy: (talking to Grim) She's not my girlfriend! I mean, she just happens to be a girl, who just happens to be my friend, just like I happen to be a boy, and you happen to be a skeleton.
- For the record, he was referring to Mandy. (They're in denial about their relationship. We all know that.)
- Aside from that denial, he is already incredibly whipped for an elementary school kid.
- And she made 'The Grim Reaper'' her bitch. Not challenging Mandy's dominance is probably the wisest thing Billy's ever done.
- Batman, in one of his very rare moments of flusteredness in Justice League: Unlimited, insists that his relationship with Wonder Woman is purely professional. It is then that he realizes that she's right behind him.
- In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Sheen desperately tries to make Libby hook up with him, but she tells him to "slow down" a bit.
- An episode of The Fairly OddParents had a group of aliens mistaking Vicky for Timmy's girlfriend. Naturally, Timmy is repulsed by the idea.
- Done in the first episode of season 3 in Atomic Betty. When Betty finds out her best friend Noah has been kidnapped, Sparky makes a quip about going to save her "boyfriend," which prompts her to respond with this trope. Also comes with the obligatory Ship Tease during the rescue of someone they think is Noah (but is actually a disguised infiltrator).
Sparky: "He's not her boyfriend." Yeah right! (turns to X-5) Would you kick that much booty if that were me dangling up there?
- A twist in W.I.T.C.H.: Irma initially can't stand geeky Martin, but an unintentional romantic moment between them leads him to spread the word around that they're dating. Eventually Irma does develop feelings for Martin, but by then has publically humiliated him and won't actually make a move. When Big Bad Nerissa comes to school disguised as the hot new girl and casts a love spell on all the boys, Irma has to adamantly remind herself that Martin isn't her boyfriend and she has no right to get mad at him for fawning over Nerissa.
- Hilariously played in a Ho Yay situation by Ren in The Ren and Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon episode "Ren Seeks Help". Ren decides to go to a psychologist and speak about his problems with controlling anger and thus his psychical and physical abuse of Stimpy. He starts with his childhood, naturally, and when he gets to the point of meeting Stimpy, he says a few words and then promptly stops.
- Oddly averted in Futurama: Leela wakes up from a dream about Fry (after the latter died), to find his jacket draped over her shoulders. She triumphantly yells "He's alive! HE'S ALIVE!", prompting her neighbor to yell through the wall "Shut up! My boyfriend's alive too!" Although Leela has been rejecting Fry's advances (and in obvious denial) for over two seasons by now, at the moment she's too ecstatic to remember that he's not supposed to be her boyfriend.
- Patrick had to go undercover (because he thinks someone is going to kick him out of town), so he dressed up as "Patricia". SpongeBob SquarePants had to tell a few folks "she" wasn't his GF.
- The Western Animation series of Earthworm Jim is an inversion of this, where the eponymous mutated annelid insists that the Action Girl Princess Whats-Her-Name (a Cute Monster Girl who is basically an alien bug) is his girlfriend, even though nobody else around seems to think they're together. This includes the Princess herself.
- On Daria, the title character kept saying this about her guy of the week, Ted.
- In Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012), Michaelangelo ribs Donatello about his obvious crush on April, and Donnie responds with this remark.
- Then in "Monkey Brains", there's this exchange:
Raph: *Laughing* You got beaten up... by a monkey... in front of your girlfriend!?
Donnie: She's not my girlfriend!
- On Sym-Bionic Titan, Octus says these exact words to Lance and Ilana after they catch him with Kimmy. Of course, they kiss and start dating shortly afterward. Also, Lance and Ilana, who're masquerading as siblings, are asked this by their Nosy Neighbor Barb. Ilana calmly states he's her brother upon first meeting her. However, they play this trope a bit straight when Siefert refers to Ilana as Lance's "lady."
Lance: [simultaneously] We're just friends!
Ilana: [simultaneously] He's my brother!
- The Secret Saturdays: A large chunk of the dialogue in "Curse of the Stolen Tiger" is devoted to Zak denying that he has a crush on Wadi.
- On Franklin, this happens with the title character and Beaver's cousin Betty in "Franklin and Betty." They really are just friends, and though the ribbing causes Franklin to briefly break off the friendship, the story ends with Franklin (with some prodding from Bear) deciding that it's okay to play with Betty, regardless of what anyone else thinks. As for Beaver, she's thrilled, as she was becoming annoyed by Betty's moping. This also comes up with Samantha in Franklin and the Turtle Lake Treasure, though by the end of the film, they definitely seem to be in Puppy Love.