Playing With / No Yay

Basic Trope: Two characters end up having disturbing romantic or sexual subtext.
  • Straight: Alice ends up hunted by Sheriff Bob. Bob's tendency to grapple and try to hold her down and cuff her combined with his pursuit makes him seem like a pedophile.
  • Exaggerated: Every line Sheriff Bob says to Alice could be used in a rape scene unchanged and not seem out of place.
  • Downplayed: Sheriff Bob says something that could be construed as sexually predatory towards Alice, realizes how that sounded, and shuts up.
  • Justified: Bob actually is a pedophile.
  • Inverted: Strait-up, conventional Ship Tease with a pairing well liked by the fandom.
  • Subverted: Bob delivers a creepily sexual evil monologue describing what he's about to do to the listener. The camera then zooms out to reveal his grown-up mistress who enjoyed the speech very much.
  • Double Subverted: The mistress gets even more turned on when he adds "But that's nothing compared to what I'll do to Alice."
  • Parodied: Bob becomes a joke compared to the other threats in the next season. Everyone else in the syndicate thinks he's a pedophile.
  • Zig Zagged: (continued from Double Subverted)...Bob then says, "Ah, I love my dark sense of humor."
  • Averted: There is no disturbing subtext in the work.
  • Enforced: The author wanted to lend a sense of wrongness but considered making it actually what it resembled trite.
  • Lampshaded: "Shefiff Bob is a real creep."
  • Invoked: The writers want you to really find one or both characters disgusting, as Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "You actually WROTE a Bob/Alice Fan Fic? And made it consensual? Let me find the Brain Bleach".
  • Deconstructed: Bob really is a pedophile, and obvious enough about it to alert the watchdogs.
  • Reconstructed: Bob is also powerful enough that the populace lives in fear as much as they're disgusted by him.

Trust me. You don't want to go back to No Yay. It's too Sick and Wrong!