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Playing With / Friends with Benefits

Basic Trope: A couple that is sexually involved with one another, but not an Official Couple.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob have sex, and are good friends with one another, but not boyfriend and girlfriend.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob do nothing else together except have sex.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob flirt, and have made out on occasion, but they don't have sex, and they aren't together.
  • Justified:
    • Alice and/or Bob are involved with other people
    • Alice and Bob want sex, but not necessarily to be tied down.
    • Alice and Bob are going for a Relationship Upgrade. (YMMV as to whether they're going about it the right way or not.)
    • Alice and Bob are in the mood, and trust each other.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
    • Alice and Bob are attracted to one another, but the attraction is where it stops.
    • Alice and Bob decide to become an Official Couple after an accidental pregnancy.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Until they have a little too much to drink at a party and end up in bed together.
    • However they just don't love each other to marry, so they keep being Friends with Benefits even if that means they have an odd kid or two in the process.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob have had sex with all their friends.
  • Zig Zagged Alice and Bob are attracted to one another, but the attraction is where it stops...Until they have a little too much to drink at a party and end up in bed together...Except that in a bizarre turn of events that somehow involves Bob's old T-Bird, a flamethrower, and an industrial-size crate of bran muffins, they had not, in fact, done the dirty deed.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: They're teasing the shippers.
  • Lampshaded: "Wait, they're not dating, but they still, like, do it?" "Yeah, like that one Ashton Kutcher movie."
  • Invoked: Alice, unhappy in her relationship with Charles, is comforted (and ultimately seduced) by her friend Bob.
  • Exploited: Bob and Alice stay friends with each other for the sex.
  • Defied: Alice and Bob agree not to let raging hormones lead them to risk ruining their friendship
  • Discussed: "You know, I always wondered if you'd be interested in-" "Not gonna happen."
  • Conversed: "Oh come on. We all know that you'd have to be a friggin' sociopath to not get attached to your partner."
  • Implied: Alice and Bob, both known as very good friends who don't date, frequently disappear together before reappearing with slightly messed up clothing.
  • Deconstructed: It can lead to all sorts of awkwardness, especially if one is falling in love with the other, who isn't interested.
  • Reconstructed: Everyone is on the same page, and does not have any unrealistic expectations as to where this is (or may be) going. And who knows? It might become a real relationship with time anyway.
  • Played For Laughs: What Did I Do Last Night?
  • Played For Drama: Though Alice and Bob only view each other as friends, things become more complicated when Alice ends up pregnant. Their conflicting ideas on how to deal with that fact ends up damaging their friendship.

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