The trope Just Partners
covers two characters that work together, and nothing more. They probably like each other, but their superiors forbid getting snugly, or their job is too dangerous to have such distractions. It could be nothing more than the writer being comfortable with writing drama, and being uncomfortable writing romance.
At the other end, there is the trope Office Romance
, where the two co-workers are very close, being quite touchy-feely at work, and possibly living near one another, or even being roommates. A work with this trope played straight tends to focus on the inter-character relationship as much or more as on their workplace assignments.
What troper X Filo
is proposing seems to cover the dicey space between those two previous tropes. The characters are partners, and like Just Partners
, haven't the luxury to be close and cuddly. However, there does exist an undercurrent of attraction, which can often function as a Character Exposition
device. In this case, the romance takes a back seat to the assignments.
Under these circumstances, there can't be a supertrope, except "Colleagues And Coworkers." That would be too all-encompassing. I proposed "Mostly Professional Relationship" to indicate that the romance barrier isn't absolute, as "Strictly" implies. Thus, we have the Three Workplace Tropes: the Absolute "Just Partners," the Pliable "Mostly Professional Relationship," and the Mushy "Office Romance."