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.

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