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Unresolved Sexual Tension: Western Animation

  • Robin and Starfire from Teen Titans finally hooked up long after their mutual feelings were known to their teammates, their enemies, and random nerds on the Internet (in-show). This is based on a storyline in the comics.
  • Justice League
    • Green Lantern and Hawkgirl. It starts off as subtext, with them alternately bickering and rushing to each other's rescue. It grows to the point that the Genre Savvy Joker, watching Hawkgirl and Green Lantern deal with one of his booby-traps, feels the need to comment on it.
      Joker: Whew! Is it just me, or is there something going on between those two? "Will Green Lantern ever admit to his feelings? Will Hawkgirl ever stop sublimating her passions with that big honking mace? Will true love conquer all?"... Not on my show! **Boom!**
      • The episode ends this with blatant obviousness for a cartoon. After the UST is resolved, we hear an offscreen voice say "It's about time!" — and then a cut to a woman winning the jackpot at a slot machine. Hmm...
      • Also blatantly stated at by their Alternate Universe, where John even states they are sleeping together.
    • The resurgent UST between Green Lantern and Hawkgirl, and between Green Lantern and Vixen note  was Left Hanging at the end of the series. However, it's confirmed in a trip to the future that they eventually have a son together, Warhawk.
    • Batman and Wonder Woman. However, it's more or less only unresolved on Batsy's part, due to his... "issues". Wonder Woman is very open, even aggressive, about her desire to get together with him. A comic published at the same time plays with the same concept, but goes further by showing what life would be like if Batman and Wonder Woman got together. The tension is so strong that even when they were turned into children by Morgan Le Fey, their attraction was still noticeable.
      Kid Green Lantern: (to an oblivious Superman) You know, for somebody with like fifty different kinds of vision, you are so blind.
      Kid Superman: ...what?
  • Goldie Gold and Travis Jack from Goldie Gold and Action Jack.
  • Code Lyoko. Ulrich and Yumi (used to be the picture of this page). To a level at which all Western Animation examples will be compared. This couple may live on in infamy as the only one to ever sit half-naked in a heat bath together at 4 PM on Cartoon Network. And still not hook up. It takes until the last few minutes of the last episode of the series before there's any kind of resolution, and even then it's only a tentative "they will". It seriously borders on Mind Screw.
  • Kaeloo and Mr. Cat's relationship absolutely reeks of this. Their attraction to one another is painfully obvious, even to the other characters, who also happen to have had a few moments with the she-half of the budding couple.
  • Kimiko and Raimundo from Xiaolin Showdown, especially in the episode where Hannibal Bean intrudes Raimundo's head. He rests his arm on her shoulder in the cinema (only to find out that she is, in fact, Hannibal). However, since they never get together in-show, fans are left to guess on their own if it was resolved post-Grand Finale.
    • A new series has been confirmed though, so it's possible the results will be shown
  • Eduardo and Kylie from Extreme Ghostbusters. The two have a love/hate relationship going since meeting in the first episode. Many clues were given, such as when they went out of their way to save each other and most notably when Eduardo had an intimate dream about Kylie. Unfortunately, the show was canceled before there was any resolution. Darn. Here's hoping that they'll be in the new Ghostbusters movie.
    • It should be noted that Kylie showed absolutely no attraction to him whatsoever, appearing to tolerate him at best. Her attraction was often more focused towards men with high intelligence, something Edwardo definitely is not.
    • Also, in the last episode, Eduardo is obviously attracted by a girl named Amanda. Kylie doesn't seem to mind.
  • In Young Justice: The Animated Series, Superboy and Miss Martian have a lot of UST... until episode 11.
    • More so with Wally and Artemis...until the end of season one.
  • In Iron Man: Armored Adventures, especially in the new season seems to be filled with UST between Pepper and Tony.
  • Spoofed in an episode of American Dad!, where Haley says that Stan and Roger's rivalry over who's the "big dog" is due to UST and that they should just fuck already and resolve it. At the end of the episode, they end up trying to out-act each other in a play, taking a simple kiss scene and getting arrested for public indecencynote . As they cheerfully compliment each other's acting skills, Haley tells her mother "I told you they just needed to fuck."
  • On Curious George it's pretty obvious there's something going on between The Man With The Yellow Hat and Hot Scientist Dr. Wiseman, but sadly they're in a children's educational cartoon so they can't act upon their feelings.
  • The Legend of Korra is creating bucket loads of tension around a Love Dodecahedron of almost every possible pairing. First there was Mako-Korra. Then Mako-Asami. Then Bolin-Korra. And now Tenzin and Lin, in every single one of their dialogues.
    • It should be noted that most of the tension exists between eventual Official Couple Korra and Mako, however.
  • Spectacular Spider Man In Episode 7, Peter takes Mary Jane Watson to the dance, and the two are clearly attracted to each other. In the next episode, she tells him they're "just friends"; however, hints remain throughout the show of a lingering attraction between them, Peter calling her "gorgeous" in his head in Season 2 for example. Since the show was cancelled after its second season, this tension was never resolved. However, since Peter and MJ are the main couple in the comics, its highly likely that they would have ended up together.
  • Daria and Trent.

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