Playing With / Ho Yay

Basic Trope: A scene or event between two characters of the same gender which implies sexual tension between them.
  • Straight:
    • Bob and Charlie, while canonically straight, have been known to hold hands, hug, and exchange flirty banter. They are subsequently shipped.
    • Alice and Diana doing the above with each other, with the same result.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: Bob and Charlie are openly gay/bi in canon, so a few fans decide to pair the two despite the fact that they're just great friends.
  • Justified: The show is full of so much Homoerotic Subtext that fans are surprised that they haven't yet been paired in canon.
  • Inverted:
    • Bob and Charlie are the Official Couple, but Bob has insane amounts of UST with Alice, so much so that Bob/Alice has become a Fan-Preferred Couple.
    • The romance is actually the text-text. Fans interpret this as a stealth hatred.
  • Subverted: Bob is exchanging flirty banter with Charlie. The fans don't like it.
  • Double Subverted: ...but then they change their minds.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig-Zagged: The subtext results in a Broken Base divided between Bob/Charlie shippers and people who insist the subtext is hardly as present as the shippers think it is.
  • Averted: It is clear in the work who is straight and who is gay, with no confusing subtext.
  • Enforced:
  • Executive Meddling says, "We want to attract a Periphery Demographic of Yaoi Fangirls, so you have to add in romantic subtext between the two male leads. Don't worry, you never actually follow through with it."
  • Although Bob and Charlie aren't intended to be any kind of romantic couple, the actors portraying them have clear chemistry and they play it up for a laugh. When the fanbase responds approvingly, the producers decide to just go with it.

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