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** Creator/SimonPegg actually [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges this]] his previous work with Edgar Wright, Film/ShaunOfTheDead.

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** Creator/SimonPegg actually [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges this]] in his previous work with Edgar Wright, Film/ShaunOfTheDead.

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** Creator/SimonPegg actually [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges this]] his previous work with Edgar Wright, Film/ShaunOfTheDead.


** In Episode 1, the scene when Kaoru first meets Sentaro is blatantly ripped-off from some shoujo manga, complete with the pink background and the line "So, you have come to take me". It is explained later in the manga that [[spoiler: Sentarou thought that Kaoru was an angel who've come to take him away in his nap]], not helped by how Kaoru has been known as having a 'pretty face' according to Ritsuko (which she corrected into 'handsome' right away).

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** In Episode 1, the scene when Kaoru first meets Sentaro is blatantly ripped-off from some shoujo manga, complete with the pink background and the line "So, you have come to take me". It is explained later in the manga that [[spoiler: Sentarou Sentaro thought that Kaoru was an angel who've come to take him away in his nap]], not helped by how Kaoru has been known as having a 'pretty face' according to Ritsuko (which she corrected into 'handsome' right away).



** The anime version of the scene differs by showing the audience what Rei's doing. Shizuka is shown bent over the side of the bathtub with Rei fondling her breasts from behind. Though the animation [[NotWhatItLooksLike makes it seem]] that she's [[Radar/HighschoolOfTheDead doing Shizuka doggy-style]], making her breasts appear to be [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncing]] instead. When Saya looks over her shoulder to see what's going on, her eyes go wide in embarrassment and she quickly turn back around.

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** The anime version of the scene differs by showing the audience what Rei's doing. Shizuka is shown bent over the side of the bathtub with Rei fondling her breasts from behind. Though the animation [[NotWhatItLooksLike makes it seem]] that she's [[Radar/HighschoolOfTheDead doing Shizuka doggy-style]], doggy-style, making her breasts appear to be [[{{Gainaxing}} bouncing]] instead. When Saya looks over her shoulder to see what's going on, her eyes go wide in embarrassment and she quickly turn back around.



* ''Manga/MakenKi'': There are subtle and not-so-subtle hints that Takaki and Yuuka may be [[Radar/MakenKi more than friends:]]

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* ''Manga/MakenKi'': There are subtle and not-so-subtle hints that Takaki and Yuuka may be [[Radar/MakenKi more than friends:]]friends:



* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Ymir is [[WordofGay in love]] with Krista, but it isn't clear if her feelings are returned (though if later chapters are any indication, Krista cares a lot more about Ymir than for anyone else, herself included, and even states she doesn't care where she is or what sort of state the world is in, so long as she's with Ymir) It may be the only canon relationship in the manga [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/08/03-1/animagic-2014-tag-2-attack-on-titan-qa-panel according to producer George Wada]]

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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'': Ymir is [[WordofGay [[WordOfGay in love]] with Krista, but it isn't clear if her feelings are returned (though if later chapters are any indication, Krista cares a lot more about Ymir than for anyone else, herself included, and even states she doesn't care where she is or what sort of state the world is in, so long as she's with Ymir) It may be the only canon relationship in the manga [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2014/08/03-1/animagic-2014-tag-2-attack-on-titan-qa-panel according to producer George Wada]]Wada]].



* Whether or not [[FanPreferredCouple Lyra and Bon Bon]] of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' are this or just HoYay is a ''massive'' [[BrokenBase subject of debate]] within the fanbase. Stuff like [[https://derpibooru.org/915992 this]], [[https://derpibooru.org/915997 this]], [[https://derpibooru.org/934915 this]], and ''[[ShipTease especially]]'' [[https://derpibooru.org/952011 this]] are often used as "proof" that the two are in a QueerRomance with someone always being quick to argue they're "just friends": just look at the slew of comments on every single one of those links.


* While ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a canon lesbian character with Willow it still got in quite a bit of this trope too, namely in Buffy and Willow's friendship (before she came out) and Buffy and Faith's intense, emotionally charged rivalry. The guys sometimes got in on it too, with writer Jane Espenson [[WordOfGod confirming]] that Giles and Ethan were written like ex-boyfriends.

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* While ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' has a canon lesbian character with Willow it still got in quite a bit of this trope too, namely in Buffy and Willow's friendship (before she came out) and Buffy and Faith's intense, emotionally charged rivalry. The guys sometimes got in on it too, with writer Jane Espenson [[WordOfGod confirming]] that Giles and Ethan were written like ex-boyfriends. Likewise Spike with Xander or Andrew, and the latter with the other members of the Trio.


** Rei and Minako's relationship, especially in the [[Manga/SailorMoon manga]], is tinged with subtext, down to the fact the mythological Venus and Neptune were even lovers.


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** Parodied in an episode where Steve and his friends find a script for ''Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious'' next movie. The movie basically crosses into pornography as most of the male cast goes out of its way to either make out with each other or have on-screen sex. In order to get the movie made, they decide edit out the content and deliver to the producers, only to find out the producers actually expect the gay stuff in it, as they shoot the movie with it and edit out the outright sex and make outs in order to keep the subtext in those movies. Except on France, [[EverythingIsSexierInFrench on France they show the whole thing]].

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** Parodied in an episode where Steve and his friends find a script for ''Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious'' ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious'' next movie. The movie basically crosses into pornography as most of the male cast goes out of its way to either make out with each other or have on-screen sex. In order to get the movie made, they decide edit out the content and deliver to the producers, only to find out the producers actually expect the gay stuff in it, as they shoot the movie with it and edit out the outright sex and make outs in order to keep the subtext in those movies. Except on France, [[EverythingIsSexierInFrench [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench on France they show the whole thing]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'':
** Steve and Snot are often hinted towards may or may not be a couple.
** Parodied in an episode where Steve and his friends find a script for ''Franchise/TheFastAndTheFurious'' next movie. The movie basically crosses into pornography as most of the male cast goes out of its way to either make out with each other or have on-screen sex. In order to get the movie made, they decide edit out the content and deliver to the producers, only to find out the producers actually expect the gay stuff in it, as they shoot the movie with it and edit out the outright sex and make outs in order to keep the subtext in those movies. Except on France, [[EverythingIsSexierInFrench on France they show the whole thing]].


** Bubblegum and Marceline have all the signs of ex-girlfriends who had a nasty break-up but still want to get back together, starting in "What Was Missing" and expanded on in "Sky Witch", [[ComicBook/AdventureTime the comics]], and ''[[ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcelineAndTheScreamQueens Marceline and the Scream Queens]]''. WordOfGod is that they ''did'' use to date, but the threat of MoralGuardians means this will likely never be acknowledged in the show. [[spoiler: Spoiler alert: [[BigDamnKiss It got acknowledged.]]]]

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** Bubblegum and Marceline have all the signs of ex-girlfriends who had a nasty break-up but still want to get back together, starting in "What Was Missing" and expanded on in "Sky Witch", [[ComicBook/AdventureTime the comics]], and ''[[ComicBook/AdventureTimeMarcelineAndTheScreamQueens Marceline and the Scream Queens]]''. WordOfGod is that they ''did'' use to date, but the threat of MoralGuardians means this will likely never be acknowledged in the show. [[spoiler: Spoiler alert: [[BigDamnKiss [[TheBigDamnKiss It got acknowledged.]]]]


In older media, when there were rules forbidding overt displays of gay relationships, writers who wanted to create gay characters would often resort to gay subtext. See also HomoeroticDream.

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In older media, when there were rules forbidding overt displays of gay relationships, homosexuality, writers who wanted to create gay characters would often resort to gay homosexual subtext. See also HomoeroticDream.


In older media, when there were rules forbidding overt displays of homosexuality, writers who wanted to create gay characters would often resort to homosexual subtext. See also HomoeroticDream.

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In older media, when there were rules forbidding overt displays of homosexuality, gay relationships, writers who wanted to create gay characters would often resort to homosexual gay subtext. See also HomoeroticDream.


* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has this with nearly every combination of [[OneGenderRace the gems]], helped along by there being an actual lesbian couple (Ruby and Sapphire) and [[FusionDance gem fusion]] being an allegory for relationships (not necessarily romantic, but easily interpretable as such).
** Aside from Pearl and Garnet [[HasTwoMommies acting likes Steven's mothers]] (including arguing about parenting strategies), Pearl is near-constantly sidling up to, latching on to, or clinging to Garnet, and is desperate to fuse with her; just a demonstration of the dance is enough for Pearl to throw her head back with her mouth open and blushing. When they do fuse in Season 2, they blatantly flirt and have a dance that's almost erotic, and it results in a multi-episode arc about how much they love being together, but because Pearl is too dependent she lies to get closer to Garnet, who is furious and hurt at the betrayal. Despite all this, Garnet makes it clear she has no interest in a romantic relationship, since she already ''is'' a romantic relationship.
** Pearl and Amethyst have a dynamic near-identical to every BelligerentSexualTension couple out there. An OddCouple that couldn't be more different, they frequently get into arguments over the tiniest things and get on each others' nerves constantly, but in serious or intense situations they prove that they truly, deeply care for the other and can be amazingly supportive and caring when they put aside their differences, most directly shown in "On The Run".

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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' has this with nearly every combination of [[OneGenderRace the gems]], helped along by there being an actual lesbian couple (Ruby and Sapphire) and [[FusionDance gem Gem fusion]] being an allegory for relationships (not necessarily romantic, but easily interpretable as such).
** Aside from Pearl and Garnet [[HasTwoMommies acting likes like Steven's mothers]] (including arguing about parenting strategies), Pearl is near-constantly sidling up to, latching on to, or clinging to Garnet, and is desperate to fuse with her; just a demonstration of the dance is enough for Pearl to throw her head back with her mouth open and blushing. When they do fuse in Season 2, they blatantly flirt and have a dance that's almost erotic, and it results in a multi-episode arc about how much they love being together, but because Pearl is too dependent she lies to get closer to Garnet, who is furious and hurt at the betrayal. Despite all this, Garnet makes it clear she has no interest in a romantic relationship, since she already ''is'' a romantic relationship.
** Pearl and Amethyst have a dynamic near-identical to every BelligerentSexualTension couple out there. An OddCouple that couldn't be more different, they frequently get into arguments over the tiniest things and get on each others' nerves constantly, but in serious or intense situations they prove that they truly, deeply care for the other and can be amazingly supportive and caring when they put aside their differences, most directly shown in "On The the Run".


*** Then there's "Alone At Sea", which plays this as creepily and blatantly as possible with the abusive treatment. Lapis hates Jasper and frequently tells Steven she doesn't deserve to be happy and is a terrible person while admitting she misses Jasper. Meanwhile, Jasper has been stalking Lapis across the ocean looking for her, begging and intimidating her into fusing as Malachite again, complete with saying word-for-word "it'll be different this time! I've changed, you've changed me!" while having body language painfully accurate of husbands/wives about to hurt a spouse. While both have done terrible things to each other, Lapis was the first to be forced into making the fusion, and admits she never wants to go back to the way they were.
** Pearl and the Mystery Girl in "Last One Out of Beach City. The whole episode emulates an 80s teen romance film, with Mysterious Girl evoking desire within the insecure protagonist, having friends who urge her to pursue her feelings, getting over her shieness, and ending with the girl giving Pearl her phone number. Amethyst is even listed as "Ultimate Wingman" at the end of the credits.

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*** Then there's "Alone At at Sea", which plays this as creepily and blatantly as possible with the abusive treatment. Lapis hates Jasper and frequently tells Steven she doesn't deserve to be happy and is a terrible person while admitting she misses Jasper. Meanwhile, Jasper has been stalking Lapis across the ocean looking for her, begging and intimidating her into fusing as Malachite again, complete with saying word-for-word "it'll be different this time! I've changed, you've changed me!" while having body language painfully accurate of husbands/wives about to hurt a spouse. While both have done terrible things to each other, Lapis was the first to be forced into making the fusion, and admits she never wants to go back to the way they were.
** Pearl and the Mystery Girl in "Last One Out of Beach City. City". The whole episode emulates an 80s teen romance film, with Mysterious Mystery Girl evoking desire within the insecure protagonist, having friends who urge her to pursue her feelings, getting over her shieness, and ending with the girl giving Pearl her phone number. Amethyst is even listed as "Ultimate Wingman" at the end of the credits.


* ''Literature/{{Warrior|Cat}}s'': Ravenpaw and Barley are two male barn cats who live alone together and have gone on note that they aren't interested in she-cats. They're officially "[[HideYourLesbians best friends]]", but at least one writer [[WordOfGay thinks they're a couple]].

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* ''Literature/{{Warrior|Cat}}s'': ''Literature/{{Warrior|Cats}}s'': Ravenpaw and Barley are two male barn cats who live alone together and have gone on note that they aren't interested in she-cats. They're officially "[[HideYourLesbians best friends]]", but at least one writer [[WordOfGay thinks they're a couple]].


* ''Franchise/MetalGear'':

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