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Playing With: Implied Love Interest
Basic Trope: Two characters seem to have an interest in each other, but it isn't exactly pointed out, only implied.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob seem to like each other, but it isn't implied if it is a like, or like-like.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob have gone on dates, watched each other sleep, and go out of their way to meet each other, but their love is still implied.
  • Downplayed: Alice and Bob share a single glance
  • Justified:
    • Alice and Charlie are together, but writers throw hints at Alice liking Bob.
    • There are a lot of complications in the plot that prevent Alice and Bob from being open about their feelings.
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob seem to hate each other, but it isn't exactly pointed out, only implied.
  • Subverted: It's eventually made explicit that Alice and Bob are in love.
  • Double Subverted: But then they have a quarrel that messes their relationship up and reverts them back to their status of ambiguously being in love afterwards.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Official Couple
  • Enforced: The work is intended for children; straight-out romance is going to appeal less to the target demographic.
  • Lampshaded: "Are they in love or not? Does anyone know what the deal is with them?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: "Gosh. Will They or Won't They??"
  • Conversed: ???

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