Playing With / Ho Yay

Basic Trope: Homoerotic Subtext occurres between same-sex characters, often canonically heterosexual, so they are shipped by the fans.
  • 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. It doesn't help that most of these fans are girls.
  • 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.

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