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Ship Tease: Web Comics
  • Bittersweet Candy Bowl loves this trope, in particular teasing at Paulo x Daisy quite a lot, though Mike x Daisy, Mike x Sue, and Lucy x Jessica all get teased at. In-character, the rest of the cast members tauntingly ship Mike x Paulo after the two end up sharing a room and get into a (rather noisy) fight over the bed that sounds like something else.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court: Certain fans have noted subtext suggesting romantic feelings between Annie and Kat. Other fans have noted text-text that seems to contradict it (namely, that both characters have encouraged the other's crush on some third party). And then there's this page, which simultaneously plays up the subtext and undermines it by putting it in the mouth of the resident Deadpan Snarker Jerk Ass. Whatever Tom Siddell has planned for the characters, he seems to enjoy messing with the fans' heads in the meantime.
    • Remember, said Jerk Ass called Annie "Surma" when they first met, and killed a man for the chance to be with Surma back in the day. And then we get these two strips...
    • Recent strips have gone almost beyond teasing for possible Beta Couple Parley/Smitty. It starts with Smitty admitting that he lets Parley push him around because she's hot, followed by both Reynardine and Annie remarking that she does so because she has a thing for him. Cue Smitty's spluttered denial, and Parley's return to the scene and quickly draped all over him. And then she accidentally teleports the group to her bedroom. It all finally culminates in a Relationship Upgrade in chapter 30 where Parley's experience with the ghost of Jeanne causes her to finally admit her feelings for Andrew.
    • Predictably, a lot of "Jack/Annie, Yea or Nay?" reactions resulted from this page's obligatory He Is Not My Boyfriend teasing. Much more predictable would be the reactions to later developments.
    • Tom just went absolutely crazy in zigzagging the trope for the entirety of Chapter 34, especially in regard to Jack/Annie, and towards the end manages to sneak in Kat/Paz and Kat/Annie too. As the troper Meta Four put it: "With one hand Tom sinks ships, and with the other he raises them from the briny deep."
  • The Wotch had a page supporting a Robin/Cassie pairing for April Fools day.
    • More recently, Robin has sought Cassie out and is spending a good bit of time with her. All friendly outings, but with just her. Maybe this ship has come in...
    • Supported more fully by this strip. Perhaps it's not that much of a joke after all.
  • Misfile. Dear god, Misfile. No matter whether you ship Ash/Missi or Ash/Emily, it's a bumpy ride either way.
  • Something Positive has teased fans by having PeeJee and Davan go through many relationship-like hurdles for years after Randy got sick of being asked the question. They both display forms of jealousy with other potential love interests, they spend a startling amount of time doing warm and fuzzy things together in a comic remarkably devoid of the same, and PeeJee even goes with Davan when he moves back to his home state of Texas. Since PeeJee is based on artist Randy's friend and Davan is an Author Avatar, he was encouraged to do this with the condition that it never actually happened, which was finally killed once and for all.
  • Looking for Group has this in the scene where Richard's spirit and Pella have a moment in a parody of the movie Ghost. After which we get the infamous "I thought we agreed no eye contact." and "You violated my spirit!" exchange. Way before all that, Richard had even declared "Can we keep her?" when having first met the dwarf. If you read in between the lines a few pages later on, in the scene right before she throws an axe into his forehead, he almost seems to be throwing a pickup line at her before being shot down. "I'd like to see more of that." indeed.
  • Questionable Content is occasionally doing this to Angus and Marigold. Like, here. And here. Poor Faye...
    • This strip contains some Marten/Hanners shiptease. Hanners immediately feels guilty, and goes to apologize to Dora....which immediately results in some Dora/Hanners shiptease.
    • And of course, the first 500 strips tease Marten/Faye to hell and back. It doesn't happen and it's never going to.
    • Now we have Martin/Claire...here. Of course this might be of note.
  • Homestuck writer Andrew Hussie just might be doing this intentionally. The first few acts have a lot of people making claims about who has fallen victim to the human weakness of amorous inclination. John tells Terezi that Karkat loves her, Dave accuses Kanaya of having a thing for Rose, Rose accuses Kanaya of having a thing for Dave, Rose accuses Tavros of aiming to couple with Dave, John accuses Rose of hitting on Dave, Dave tells Rose he loves John, and Dave flips out on Tavros at great length.
    • PM gets this with WV quite often.
    • And now we get this strip, which teases Andrew/Ms. Paint.
    • The famous "Dave Smirk" sent a lot of readers into Dave/Jade mode, and various parts of the comic have subtly hinted at it, most notably of which was her revival of Dave's dream-self via kiss. The second intermission in Act 6 has Jade trying to underhandedly ask John what Dave's feelings for her might be. John responds by saying that he's sick of talking about shipping.
    • Seer: Descend has quite a bit of John/Rose shipping. Karkat and Jade have also shipped this. John, like Jade, also revived Rose via kiss.
    • Karkat and Terezi's relationship is...complicated. They have received many a tease over the course of the comic.
    • This strip has some between Gamzee and Tavros.
    • A combination of fetishes and call backs demonstrates really strong Jake/Jane shipteasing; both have a fetish (blue ladies and moustaches) that happens to be what the other was/had in the Beta universe (Jane was Nannasprite, a glowing blue lady, and Jake had a fantastic stache as Grandpa).
    • There's also been some very strong Dirk/Jake teasing. It was established pretty quickly that Dirk had a crush on him and was planning to do something about it, but for a while we had no idea how Jake felt. Then, it was revealed that Jake was already well aware of Dirk's feelings, and had actually been thinking about taking him up on it. He wasn't sure whether to or not, but then Jane persuaded him to actually go ahead with it and ask him out, although she did so accidentally while flubbing an attempt to confess her feelings for him. Suffice to say, the matter is far from settled.
    • During an episode where he was drawing "porn" of himself and his friends for uu, Dirk's shown already setting up the Dirk/Jake pictures before uu even requests it. And then uu tells Dirk he doesn't want it.
      TT: Lame.
    • Every single character combination has been teased at one point or another; most of these teases go nowhere (such as when Vriska was looking at Kanaya with obvious adoration and a heart appearing near her head; later on, Hussie stated that it was just an one-off gag).
    • Some Kanaya/Rose and Dave/Terezi, long before their respective Relationship Upgrades, when Karkat, made paranoid by John's riff on his earlier comment about "sloppy troll/human makeouts" in a letter sent in a bucket of the style used for fertilization by trolls, sees them as making eyes at each other.
    • One of the chatlogs teased Karkat/Jade by having Karkat's future self turn up and white knight for her against his present self.
    • Karkat/Dave has been teased quite a bit since they got on the meteor, despite having a contentious relationship due to having a shared interest in Terezi. This is first seen when Karkat and Dave have a fight over a pen due to Karkat attempting to draw a diagram to organize their romantic interactions. Both Karkat and Kanaya interpret this scuffle as an advance by Dave, and this isn't diminished by the fact that Dave attempts to troll Karkat by drawing penises all over his grid.
      • Later, it gets a lot more suggestive when Karkat sees Dave during the walk-around when passing through a dream bubble. Karkat is asleep, but because of the dream bubble his "ghost" appears next to his sleeping body. One of the first things Karkat asks Dave is to test whether he's still tangible to him. How does he want to test it?
    KARKAT: TOUCH ME.
    DAVE: what
    KARKAT: JUST GIVE ME A LITTLE POKE.
    DAVE: no
    KARKAT: DON'T BE LIKE THAT, JUST MAN UP AND TOUCH ME. MAYBE JUST BRUSH MY CHEEK GENTLY WITH THE BACK OF YOUR HAND. SOMETHING UNAMBIGUOUSLY PLATONIC LIKE THAT.
    • A few pages later, Dave doodles Karkat riding a penis into the sunset. No, seriously.
    • Dave/John is teased a little as well during the walk-around:
    ROSE: (sniggers)
    DAVE: fu
    • Jane and Roxy are seen going at it in a still insert in the second [S] Ride Easter eggnote , with cotton candy littering the floor in a nod to their Idiosyncratic Ship Name.
    • While Roxy has had ship teases with just about everybody (Jane, Jake, Dirk, Jane's Dad, UU/ Calliope, etc.) the odd ship out is John/Roxy; John sees her when she sleepwalks into a dreambubble and comments that she's attractive. Then, he pushes her out of the way of a trident (although admittedly he probably would've done that one anyway). Later, Roxy mentions that she wants to give the ring she found to the person she's going to marry. Guess who is currently in possession of said ring and has made similar comments?note  Eventually solidified when the two finally meet. John certainly acts smitten, and Roxy's inner monologue during John's exposition consisted of "boyfriend material? probably totes eligible. mental note: mack on."
  • Done several times in Sluggy Freelance.
  • Tessa, the artist and writer behind Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name might very well enjoy intentionally teasing her shipper readers, especially when it comes to Doc Worth, Conrad, and now Lamont. And it's awesome.
  • Tracy Williams, the artist of Goodbye Chains has made it very clear that she thinks being both the artist and the fangirl of such a comic is nothing short of the greatest fun. Dig through her deviantART gallery if you don't believe me. You'll see what I mean. You'll thank me graciously.
  • Penny and Aggie teased shippers of the title characters for over five years, whether through Sara first espousing the theory in-comic (and Lisa and Katy-Ann temporarily considering it); Penny's occasional blushing awkwardness around, and erotic dreams about, Aggie; a strip depicting either a possible future, or Penny's unconscious fantasy, where they end up together; note  and Aggie's dream in which Penny holds her hand and looks at her longingly. Furthermore, T Campbell dropped ambiguous hints in the forums and in his strip annotations in the P&APlus pay-site. The most straightforward comments he made on the issue before the finale were that both characters had "bisexual leanings" and that the issue of a mutual attraction had been part of the plan from the comic's beginning. They get together in the last "proper" arc; the Distant Finale reveals they broke up within a few months, and ends with some more Ship Tease between the two.
  • In The Dreamer, in the 18th - century part of the comic, although Bea/Alan is the official couple (for now), there is some teasing for Bea/Alex potential, such as Bea and Alex living together for a summer and this little comment from Alex in the third panel.
  • Used, and possibly alluded to by name, on this Higgs/Zeetha-heavy Girl Genius page.
  • The first VG Cats strip in 2010, along with being a Heartwarming Moment, did this and gave a rare canon hint of something more than what are usually seen between Aeris and Leo, inspiring a very good number of Fan Fics and Fan Arts in this subject.
  • Ménage à 3 features a lot of the same sex and heterosexual variety of this trope, most notably Zii and Gary.
  • There's plenty of this between Tanna and Rolan in Ears for Elves at the Taurëcuiva Festival. They walk around arm-in-arm, Rolan compliments Tanna's flowers in her hair...
  • Despite (or because of) her apparent Asexuality, Susan from El Goonish Shive gets this with a lot of characters, including Matt, Catalina, Justin and even Elliot. Whether or not any of these will lead anywhere remains to be seen.
  • The Sims 3 blog/webcomic Alice And Kev is doing this a lot with Alice and Zedadias. Recently, the creator introduced the character Shirley, who just has to be a Romantic False Lead. Has to be!
  • Todd Allison & the Petunia Violet does this with absolutely everyone. Paricularly, Todd Allison and Petunia, Meredith and Elijah, Elijah and Dylan, and Cyril and literally everyone he ever talks to. Ever.
    • Heck, possibly the only characters the author doesn't ship tease are Pentunia and Elijah, and even that's debatable.
  • In Joseph And Yusra, Joseph/Yusra shippers have been teased for a long time. They think each other the very best friends, really care the other, and there are a lot of Implied Love Interest, Accidental Pervert, or Not What It Looks Like scenes. Plus Mary told them that their superpowers actiate when someone who they "love" — that is, someone really precious for them — is in crisis. However, they still keep She Is Not My Girlfriend behavior and the relationship is still Like Brother and Sister or so good friends in spite of their power is continuing to strengthen. Moreover, Yusuf, so religious Muslim and Yusra's brother, watches them not to approach and overcome to sinful temptions, and there are another girl, Yael.
    • Implied Love Interest, Accidental Pervert, or Not What It Looks Like scenes... Yes, literally there are a lot of such matters...even without any spoiler-pages!
    • Also, don't forget Joseph/Yael shippers are also teased. Yael looks like falling in one-sided love, and they both are Jewish — say in other words, there are no religeous problems for them. However, Joseph doesn't give any special attentions for her, and no growth of their relationship.
    • Anyway, remember the introduction below:
    "Love, Friendship, Religion and supernatural powers?"

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