Playing With: She Is Not My Girlfriend
: Two people who are not in a romantic relationship are assumed to be by others, leading to denials of such by one or both parties.
- Straight: Alice and Bob are Just Friends. Carol sees them together and asks Bob if Alice is his girlfriend. Bob immediately and loudly denies it.
- Bob corrects that they are not technically dating yet, though admits he likes the idea.
- Bob states this calmly, giving him credibility.
- Alice and Bob are asked if they're dating... and Bob says yes. Cue Relationship Upgrade.
- Alice is seen kissing Charlie, and Bob tells everyone "I told you she's not my girlfriend".
- Double Subverted:
- ...Except they were just pretending to be dating and later on go back to denials.
- Bob says yes, much to Alice's shock.
- Once Bob is alone he rages in jealously that Alice choose Charlie over him.
- Bob has to deny being romantically involved with Alice, Carol, Dana, Ellie, his sister Francine, his mother Georgia, his best friend Harry, and Imelda.
- Alice and Bob were making out when Carol walked up to them and asked if they're an item. Bob is insulted at the accusation!
- Alice and Bob are married and have been for a long time, but Bob still gets angry at the insinuation that they're together.
- Bob has been regularly dating Alice for a while, but insists they're only dating as friends. And later, he proposes to Alice...but only as a friend. And they get married...as friends. And have children...as totally platonic, non-romantic friends!
- Zig Zagged:
- Alice and Bob seem to confirm or deny their relationship at random.
- Bob says yes, Alice IS his girlfriend, much to Alice's shock... Because she was hoping he'd say so for quite some time, and is quite happy he finally has.
- Alice and Both say they are and they aren't at random because they're both The Gadfly and fell for each other for that reason. They are a couple, and enjoy taunting others.
- Averted: Alice and Bob are already in a relationship, hence making the point of any denials completely moot.
- Enforced: "How to establish Alice and Bob as the Official Couple... let's have everyone else assume they're already dating!"
- Lampshaded: "She's not your girlfriend? Yeah, I've heard that line before..."
- Invoked: Carol has noticed the UST between Alice and Bob and asks if they're dating to provoke a reaction.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Alice and Bob know of their constantly being linked together, and decide to fake a relationship in order to throw off inquiries.
- Discussed: "Do you think Alice and Bob are going out?" "Maybe, but I doubt they'd admit it."
- Conversed: "There they go, denying it again. Can't they just spit it out already?"
- Implied: Bob brushes off questions about Alice with "later, we have important things to do".
- Thanks to constantly having to deny having romantic inclinations towards Alice, Bob starts to resent the time spent with her and starts distancing himself from her.
- Alice and Bob really do not like each other, and being pushed toward each other causes resentment.
- Bob denies being anything more than Just Friends with Alice because if he did make a Love Confession to her, she'd go off the deep end, and everyone else's insistence that Everyone Can See It is no help at all.
- Reconstructed: Bob learns that, aside from the jokers just trying to give him a hard time, others are only saying all this because they truly think he and Alice would make a good couple and want him to be happy, or were trying to point him to the fact that Alice does indeed have feelings for him, or noticed Bob's feelings for her and were trying to help him realize those feelings and act on them.
- Played For Laughs: Someone asks Bob out of genuine ignorance if that girl Alice is his girlfriend. Cue Color Failure and high-pitched screaming.
- Played For Drama: Bob denies that Alice is his girlfriend, but Alice, who secretly (or not-so-secretly) likes him and has thought that he likes her back, becomes heart-broken by his statement and thinks he doesn't like her at all. Bob then has to sort out the mess (and his feelings for Alice).
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