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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Marinette is in love with Adrien, but he, oblivious, always insists they are "JustFriends." On the flip side, his alter ego Cat Noir is in love with his teammate Ladybug, who he doesn't realize is actually Marinette. However, when questioned Ladybug just takes the HeIsNotMyBoyfriend route.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Marinette is in love with Adrien, but he, oblivious, always insists they are "JustFriends." On the flip side, his alter ego Cat Noir is in love with his teammate Ladybug, who he doesn't realize is actually Marinette. However, when questioned Ladybug just takes the HeIsNotMyBoyfriend route.route, because she also has no idea that Cat Noir is actually Adrien.



* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', has one of Star and Marco's favorite songs by [[FakeBand Love Sentence]] actually be called "Just Friends", which naturally has the lyrics match the UnresolvedSexualTension-filled dynamic that main characters have developed by that point. Later episodes would have the duo attempt to retain their "best friend" relationship, as [[spoiler:Star developed a crush on Marco while he was dating Jackie-Lynn Thomas, and Marco realizes his crush on Star after she gets back with her ex-boyfriend Tom]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StarVsTheForcesOfEvil'', has one of Star and Marco's favorite songs by [[FakeBand Love Sentence]] actually be called "Just Friends", which naturally has the lyrics match the UnresolvedSexualTension-filled dynamic that main characters have developed by that point. Later episodes would have the duo attempt to retain their "best friend" relationship, as [[spoiler:Star developed a crush on Marco while he was dating Jackie-Lynn Thomas, and Marco realizes his crush on Star after she gets back with her ex-boyfriend Tom]].Tom. Late in the final season, after Star and Tom have broken up again, Star and Marco [[LoveConfession confess that they love each other]] and realize there's no reason they can't be "best friends" ''and'' a romantic couple]].


* Katarina in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' obliviously manages to attract two members of royalty, the prime minister's son, her step brother and three girls only to firmly label them in her head under the 'friend' category except her step brother, who is off limits because he's her brother instead. Every time they bicker for her attention she fails to notice they're fighting over her and just assumes that they're all besties too.

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* Katarina in ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' obliviously manages to attract two members of royalty, the prime minister's son, her step brother brother, [[EvenTheGirlsWantHer and three girls girls]] only to firmly label them in her head under the 'friend' category except her step brother, who is off limits because he's her brother instead. Every time they bicker for her attention she fails to notice they're fighting over her and just assumes that they're all besties too.


* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Franchise/{{Batman}} insists that he and WonderWoman are just friends. No one really buys it, including Wonder Woman herself, since she wants a RelationshipUpgrade.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'', Franchise/{{Batman}} insists that he and WonderWoman Franchise/WonderWoman are just friends. No one really buys it, including Wonder Woman herself, since she wants a RelationshipUpgrade.


** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughTime "World Enough and Time"]], Missy wants to know what the Doctor calls his companions: [[TheWatson exposition]], [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], [[HumanPet pets]], [[BreadEggsMilkSquick snacks]]? When Bill says they're friends, Missy responds, "[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow Ew, Doctor!]] But think of the age gap!" The irony is that Bill is a lesbian and her relationship with the Doctor is indeed platonic.

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** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughTime [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughAndTime "World Enough and Time"]], Missy wants to know what the Doctor calls his companions: [[TheWatson exposition]], [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], [[HumanPet pets]], [[BreadEggsMilkSquick snacks]]? When Bill says they're friends, Missy responds, "[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow Ew, Doctor!]] But think of the age gap!" The irony is that Bill is a lesbian and her relationship with the Doctor is indeed platonic.


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* As written in the intro, this type of pairing often [[ShipSinking 'loses']] to BelligerentSexualTension pairings. [[Analysis/{{Nickelodeon}} Nickelodeon Analysis]] discusses why this is so especially in KidCom shows.

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* As written in the intro, this type of pairing often [[ShipSinking 'loses']] to BelligerentSexualTension pairings. [[Analysis/{{Nickelodeon}} Nickelodeon Analysis]] discusses why this is so so, especially in KidCom shows.shows.
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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Let's Kill Hitler" shows that Rory and Amy had known each other since primary school, and that Amy was the only girl Rory had ever shown an interest for the entire 10 years they knew each other. Amy has an extreme case of ObliviousToLove because she thought [[MistakenForGay he was gay]] due to the fact he hadn't shown any interest in girls the entire time they'd known each other.
** A DVD exclusive scene set after "Flesh & Stone" has the Doctor describing his previous companions this way. Unfortunately Amy tricks him into making the TARDIS computer display their images, and notes how many are young sexually-attractive females.

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* The ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Let's Kill Hitler" shows ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink "Blink"]]: Near the end, Sally says
that Rory this is all there is between her and Amy had known each other since primary school, and that Amy was the only girl Rory had ever shown an interest Larry. This lasts for the entire 10 years they knew each other. Amy has an extreme case all of ObliviousToLove because she thought [[MistakenForGay he was gay]] due to the fact he hadn't shown any interest in girls the entire time they'd known each other.
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** A DVD exclusive scene set after [[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E5FleshAndStone "Flesh & Stone" and Stone"]] has the Doctor describing his previous companions this way. Unfortunately Amy tricks him into making the TARDIS computer display their images, and notes how many are young sexually-attractive females.



** And in "The Impossible Astronaut"
--->'''Doctor:''' [[ScreamingWoman Shout if you get in trouble.]]\\

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** And in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E1TheImpossibleAstronaut "The Impossible Astronaut"
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--->'''The Doctor:'''
[[ScreamingWoman Shout if you get in trouble.]]\\



'''Doctor:''' Errr nothing...she's just a friend.\\

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'''Doctor:''' '''The Doctor:''' Errr nothing...she's just a friend.\\



** Clara attempts to indicate this with regards to her relationship with the Twelfth Doctor in "Mummy on the Orient Express", but the woman she mentions it to doesn't buy it. And neither, ultimately, does Clara as the episode ends with the formal establishment of a LoveTriangle scenario.
** In "Hell Bent", the Twelfth Doctor nearly utters the trope by name when claiming to Ashildr that Clara is "just a friend." This after he spent 4.5 billion years punching a wall 400 times stronger than diamond ''with his bare fists'', and executed a BatmanGambit to prevent Clara's [[spoiler: death]] - an act that threatens all of time and space because of the paradox. And ran away with Clara to the very last minutes of the universe. Needless to say, Ashildr's "yeah right" response is the personification of a DeadpanSnarker.
** In "World Enough And Time", Missy wants to know what the Doctor calls his companions: [[TheWatson exposition]], [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], [[HumanPet pets]], [[BreadEggsMilkSquick snacks]]? When Bill says they're friends, Missy responds, "[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow Ew, Doctor!]] But think of the age gap!" The irony is that Bill is a lesbian and her relationship with the Doctor is indeed platonic.
* ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'':

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** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E8LetsKillHitler "Let's Kill Hitler"]] shows that Rory and Amy had known each other since primary school, and that Amy was the only girl Rory had ever shown an interest for the entire 10 years they knew each other. Amy has an extreme case of ObliviousToLove because she thought [[MistakenForGay he was gay]] due to the fact he hadn't shown any interest in girls the entire time they'd known each other.
** Clara attempts to indicate this with regards to her relationship with the Twelfth Doctor in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E8MummyOnTheOrientExpress "Mummy on the Orient Express", Express"]], but the woman she mentions it to doesn't buy it. And neither, ultimately, does Clara as the episode ends with the formal establishment of a LoveTriangle scenario.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent", Bent"]], the Twelfth Doctor nearly utters the trope by name when claiming to Ashildr that Clara is "just a friend." friend". This after he spent 4.5 billion years punching a wall 400 times stronger than diamond ''with his bare fists'', and executed a BatmanGambit to prevent Clara's [[spoiler: death]] - [[spoiler:death]] ó an act that threatens all of time and space because of the paradox. And ran away with Clara to the very last minutes of the universe. Needless to say, Ashildr's "yeah right" response is the personification of a DeadpanSnarker.
** In [[Recap/DoctorWhoS36E11WorldEnoughTime "World Enough And Time", and Time"]], Missy wants to know what the Doctor calls his companions: [[TheWatson exposition]], [[PluckyComicRelief comic relief]], [[HumanPet pets]], [[BreadEggsMilkSquick snacks]]? When Bill says they're friends, Missy responds, "[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow Ew, Doctor!]] But think of the age gap!" The irony is that Bill is a lesbian and her relationship with the Doctor is indeed platonic.
* ''Series/{{Downton Abbey}}'':''Series/DowntonAbbey'':



* ''Literature/GossipGirl'': Vanessa and Dan. A strange version where they both apparently had some feelings for each other when they were younger, but it became PlatonicLifePartners until they had a drunken threesome with Dan's current girlfriend. That threesome revealed previously hidden (even to the audience) feelings for Dan towards Vanessa. They got together shortly afterward, but being a drama/soapy show, it hasn't been straightforward.

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* ''Literature/GossipGirl'': ''Series/GossipGirl'': Vanessa and Dan. A strange version where they both apparently had some feelings for each other when they were younger, but it became PlatonicLifePartners until they had a drunken threesome with Dan's current girlfriend. That threesome revealed previously hidden (even to the audience) feelings for Dan towards Vanessa. They got together shortly afterward, but being a drama/soapy show, it hasn't been straightforward.



* ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' did this with both John/Elizabeth and Sheppard/Teyla, neither of which ever went anywhere, but both ships were definitely teased.
--> Caldwell:''' You two (John and Elizabeth) are pretty close.\\

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* ''Franchise/{{Stargate|Verse}}'':
** ''Series/StargateSG1'' had this with Carter and O'Neill, going so far as to have the characters admit that they do have feelings for each other, but never letting them get together ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_evV0kDWa5E well...]])
*** Also used in the season 7 premiere when Daniel returns from being Ascended with no memory. Sam goes to talk to him and tell him how important he is and how much they miss him. Daniel asks if they were ever in a relationship; Sam replies that they're "just very good friends."
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''Series/StargateAtlantis'' did this with both John/Elizabeth and Sheppard/Teyla, neither of which ever went anywhere, but both ships were definitely teased.
--> ---> Caldwell:''' You two (John and Elizabeth) are pretty close.\\



* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had this with Carter and O'Neill, going so far as to have the characters admit that they do have feelings for each other, but never letting them get together ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_evV0kDWa5E well...]])
** Also used in the season 7 premiere when Daniel returns from being Ascended with no memory. Sam goes to talk to him and tell him how important he is and how much they miss him. Daniel asks if they were ever in a relationship; Sam replies that they're "just very good friends."
* ''Series/StargateUniverse'': Eli and Chloe. Poor Eli...
** Kinda sucks for him considering the guy on other side of the triangle is pretty much his best friend on the ship (they have something of a [[Series/StargateAtlantis Shep and McKay]] vibe at times). And the three of them got marooned together after missing the ship.
--->'''Eli:''' Talk about your third wheel.
** As of the season finale ''Incursion'', it's made perfectly clear that she isn't ObliviousToLove at all. She also drops some major friend zone bombs on Eli, and in a way tells him off for acting like her friendship is "second prize".

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had this with Carter and O'Neill, going so far as to have the characters admit that they do have feelings for each other, but never letting them get together ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_evV0kDWa5E well...]])
** Also used in the season 7 premiere when Daniel returns from being Ascended with no memory. Sam goes to talk to him and tell him how important he is and how much they miss him. Daniel asks if they were ever in a relationship; Sam replies that they're "just very good friends."
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''Series/StargateUniverse'': Eli and Chloe. Poor Eli...
** *** Kinda sucks for him considering the guy on other side of the triangle is pretty much his best friend on the ship (they have something of a [[Series/StargateAtlantis Shep and McKay]] vibe at times). And the three of them got marooned together after missing the ship.
--->'''Eli:''' ---->'''Eli:''' Talk about your third wheel.
** *** As of the season finale ''Incursion'', "Incursion", it's made perfectly clear that she isn't ObliviousToLove at all. She also drops some major friend zone bombs on Eli, and in a way tells him off for acting like her friendship is "second prize".



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* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'': [[TheHero Misho]] and [[TheLancer Marena]] are pretty much stuck in the FriendZone, though neither wants to be. Marena wants to be FriendsWithBenefits. Misho balks at that; he wants [[RelationshipUpgrade more than that]]. Marena won't entertain the notion of a more serious relationship [[spoiler:until she's satisfied that Misho sees her as she is now, not [[{{Reincarnation}} as she was when she knew him in her past life]], where they also stayed friends.]]

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* ''Webcomic/KeychainOfCreation'': [[TheHero Misho]] and [[TheLancer Marena]] are pretty much stuck in the FriendZone, as this trope, though neither wants to be. Marena wants to be FriendsWithBenefits. Misho balks at that; he wants [[RelationshipUpgrade more than that]]. Marena won't entertain the notion of a more serious relationship [[spoiler:until she's satisfied that Misho sees her as she is now, not [[{{Reincarnation}} as she was when she knew him in her past life]], where they also stayed friends.]]

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** Compare with Riki and Kyousuke: Riki is often distracted by his appearance and is very eager to please him, and multiple characters joke that they probably have crushes on each other. In one scene, Riki even admits that he does have feelings for him, but doesn't want to ruin their friendship, at which point Kyousuke suddenly starts giving off some ''very'' [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage mixed messages]] about whether or not he feels the same. But because this is a {{Bishoujo}} game, Kyousuke doesn't even merit so much as a mini-route, and though [[spoiler:their relationship is central to the true route in Refrain]], their romantic tension never explicitly goes anywhere.

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* In the original shorts for ''Series/TheAdventuresOfPeteAndPete'', Ellen would occasionally introduce herself as Big Pete's girlfriend, to which he would immediately correct her, saying, "You're a girl, and you're a friend, but you're not a girlfriend!"


** And then in Literature/ColdDays [[spoiler: Harry returns to Chicago alive and the two finally share a BigDamnKiss during a heated battle. And while they ''still'' aren't together by the end of the book, as Murphy feels that the Winter Knight's mantle has changed Harry too much, she does acknowledge that they've been past the point of truly being just friends for a long time, and that some day they might both be ready for an actual relationship. More than that, she makes it clear that whether or not they ever become lovers, she will always be at his side, no matter what. By this point, they seem to be less of "Just Friends" and more "Just Two People Who Love Each Other Platonically, and Hope To Become More Some Day, However Unlikely".]]

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** And then in Literature/ColdDays ''Literature/ColdDays'': [[spoiler: Harry returns to Chicago alive and the two finally share a BigDamnKiss TheBigDamnKiss during a heated battle. And while they ''still'' aren't together by the end of the book, as Murphy feels that the Winter Knight's mantle has changed Harry too much, she does acknowledge that they've been past the point of truly being just friends for a long time, and that some day they might both be ready for an actual relationship. More than that, she makes it clear that whether or not they ever become lovers, she will always be at his side, no matter what. By this point, they seem to be less of "Just Friends" and more "Just Two People Who Love Each Other Platonically, and Hope To Become More Some Day, However Unlikely".]]


* ''Manga/MedakaBox''[='s=] main characters Medaka and Zenkichi have known each other since they were two years old, yet they're seemingly no different than friends (with Zenkichi getting massively embarrassed when [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl Medaka changes clothes in front of him]]). However, both of them have deeper feelings but never act on them for various reasons: Zenkichi feels like she doesn't understand normal humans and doesn't think he can keep up with her. Meanwhile, Medaka think her feelings are one-sided because the first time she met, she proposed to him and he said no; again, Zenkichi was '''two years old''' at the time and doesn't even remember the meeting, but she seems to think he hasn't changed his mind. When Zenkichi proves himself by defeating Medaka in the student council elections, he also encourages her to find her own purpose in life [[note]]symbolically "freeing" her of her obligation to help others, which he unwittingly gave her back when they first met[[/note]], which leads to Medaka giving him a BigDamnKiss in front of the entire school. They're more open with their feelings from then on, but it still couldn't be called a RelationshipUpgrade because too much crazy stuff is going on to allow them to go on dates and such. It isn't until the WhereAreTheyNow epilogue ten years later where they decide to get married.

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* ''Manga/MedakaBox''[='s=] main characters Medaka and Zenkichi have known each other since they were two years old, yet they're seemingly no different than friends (with Zenkichi getting massively embarrassed when [[ShamelessFanserviceGirl Medaka changes clothes in front of him]]). However, both of them have deeper feelings but never act on them for various reasons: Zenkichi feels like she doesn't understand normal humans and doesn't think he can keep up with her. Meanwhile, Medaka think her feelings are one-sided because the first time she met, she proposed to him and he said no; again, Zenkichi was '''two years old''' at the time and doesn't even remember the meeting, but she seems to think he hasn't changed his mind. When Zenkichi proves himself by defeating Medaka in the student council elections, he also encourages her to find her own purpose in life [[note]]symbolically "freeing" her of her obligation to help others, which he unwittingly gave her back when they first met[[/note]], which leads to Medaka giving him a BigDamnKiss TheBigDamnKiss in front of the entire school. They're more open with their feelings from then on, but it still couldn't be called a RelationshipUpgrade because too much crazy stuff is going on to allow them to go on dates and such. It isn't until the WhereAreTheyNow epilogue ten years later where they decide to get married.

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* "Just a Friend to You" by Music/MeghanTrainor.


* ''Remote'': Randy invokes about Judy to Jamaal when itís suggested that they are romantically interested in each other.

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* ''Remote'': Randy invokes this about Judy to Jamaal when itís suggested that they Randy and Judy are romantically interested in each other.

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* ''Remote'': Randy invokes about Judy to Jamaal when itís suggested that they are romantically interested in each other.

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* The ''RWBY'' fic ''Fanfic/LearningToBloom'' changes Pyrrha and Jaune's relationship so that Pyrrha is strictly on platonic terms with her teammate and friend Jaune, while Jaune is the one who is hopelessly in love. Pyrrha gives into Jaune's advances and dates him for a few weeks, but it hurts her and she recognizes that she's just leading him on. They break up and Pyrrha ends up with the person she actually likes: Weiss.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'': Marinette is in love with Adrien, but he, oblivious, always insists they are "JustFriends." On the flip side, his alter ego Cat Noir is in love with his teammate Ladybug, who he doesn't realize is actually Marinette. However, when questioned Ladybug just takes the HeIsNotMyBoyfriend route.

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