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The interactions between the guys are a gold mine for this.
  • In the "Between Frost and Flame" event, Percy seems to have a bit of Ship Tease with the player character. This changes in no way when the player character is selected as male.
  • The Dragon Knights are rife with this. Vane is devoted to Lancelot, following him everywhere and supporting him against all odds, in addition to plenty of homosexual coding. Even other characters lampshade on it. In addition, Lancelot's rather passionate about his mentor Siegfried.
    • In Vane's SSR episode, he and Lancelot went hiking in the mountains, also spending time alone in a campfire. Here, the narration makes it clear that they are very close to each other.
      Lancelot: No, Vane. You got it all wrong. The only reason I didn't cry was because I had you with me.
    • In October 2018, Lancelot and Vane got a combined Fire SSR unit in the gacha. Their first Fate episode solidifies their Heterosexual Life-Partners status, including scenes like Lancelot finding a lunchbox Vane made for him, the two spending an evening together, and them calling each other "pot" and "kettle".
    • They later got another combined unit in the form of a Summer version, which means more of these interactions. But this time, the boys are on their swimwear having fun on the beach.
  • In the "L.E.T.S. H.A.N.G." event, two of the Lowain bros trio has shades of this when they mention some of their male crewmates.
    Elsam: Yeah, like Lancey... He's got the looks and that White Dragon thing going on, right? Even my heart skips a beat when he's around.
    Lowain: Haha, nice one Vaseraga! I could kiss him!
  • Feather and Randall, who are known to be frenemies since childhood as the announcer of "A Thousand Reasons" puts it, are revealed to go way back ever since they were younger. In their Fate Episodes, their individual motivation for training and striving to become stronger stems from the idea that they want to meet each other again and spar in the near future.
  • Barawa and Chat Noir have this in spades, coupled with Foe Yay. Despite Barawa's incompetence, Chat considers him his great rival and will go out of his way to help him when he's in trouble, as seen in Barawa R's Fate Episode. Barawa also defends Chat's honor in his Cross Fate Episode with Catherine, who immediately picks up what's going on.
    Catherine: You believe in him, don't you? In Chat Noir. In the strange bond you share.
    • They have to team up in the "Unfortunate Fortune" event, where they discover they share a passion for beetles. And in the Bonus story from the event, Barawa even thinks of kissing Chat because he left him an extremely rare beetle.
  • Lucifer and Sandalphon's relationship, ooh boy. While there had been speculation of their relationship dynamic is meant to be since Sandalphon’s introduction and Lucifer’s official appearance in “What Makes The Sky Blue”, with some debates between fans on whether it was meant to be seen as platonic or romantic, in the more recent years they have developed the most blatant and abundant Ho Yay of any same sex paired characters in and out of the gamenote  pushing them more and more into the direction of appearing to be Star-Crossed Lovers. At this point, it’s all but stated by Word of God themselves that they were/are in love with each other.
    • Things are somewhat unresolved since the fallout of the death of Lucifer's creator and Sandalphon finding out what purpose he is created as and Lucifer's offer to stop Sandalphon to calm him down was absorb him to be part of Lucifer and worded as "He is inside of me now". Their encounter was heavily laden with Unresolved Sexual Tension up until 000. It helps a bit that both their voice actors, Takahiro Sakurai and Kenichi Suzumura had performed together before. This is taken even further with the events of " What Makes The Sky Blue: Part II " and Sandalphon's fate episodes with this event/fate episode going more into detail with their relationship. Following Lucifer's death Sandalphon even gives off the impression of mourning a lost lover. It's at this point not hard to think that they were more than just "comrades". Sandalphon’s character song “Ain Sophr Aur” is about all the things he can’t say to Lucifer after he dies in Paradise Lost. Lucifer effectively becomes a The Lost Lenore for Sandalphon following the formers death.
    • What Makes The Sky Blue: 000 pretty much solidifies their relationship into canon and most certainly deliberate Ship Tease with the the two confessing their feelings to each other in Granblue’s roundabout way, with Lucifer’s expressing his feelings for Sandalphon mirroring the way Belial confirms that his feelings for Lucilius are romantic. Their entire, What is assumed to be last for now, interaction is heavily laden with both Ho Yay and the intention of drawing tears from the players as Sandalphon literally tears himself away from Lucifer before leaving him, after hesitating and giving off the impression that he’s trying not to cry. During that conversation, Sandalphon also admits to wanting to die to join Lucifer after fulfilling his promise. Lucifer is the first to see him genuinely smile. Lucifer and Sandalphon have a heart breaking final moment as Lucifer says he’ll be waiting for Sandalphon in the afterlife. As a perhaps final tribute to their relationship, Lucifer appears in’Sandalphon’s 5* uncap Paradise Lost charge attack, shouting his charge attack along with him. Funnily enough, and perhaps confirmation that Cygames wasn’t simply pulling the players legs with these interactions, Lucio, of all characters, ends up shipping Lucifer and Sandalphon together after the latters display of protectivensss over the former, even going as far as to refer to Lucifer as “Your Lucifer”note  in relation to Sandalphon, which Sandalphon doesn’t deny. It all has to be seen to be believed.
    • Sandalphon’s interaction with Lucio in God’s Reverie can be read as a subtle nod from the creators to Lucifer/Sandalphon fans, confirming that even though Lucifer is gone, Sandalphon will never stop caring about him.
    • A meta example has a chibified Sandalphon holding a Lucifer plush in the Granblue Fantasy 5th Anniversary merchandise. Along with that, Lucifer and Sandalphon have had an influx of official merch and art pairing the two together. As well, for the Tower Records Collab Sandalphon Art, they further associate Sandalphon with Lucifer. While the latter doesn’t appear in the art in full, Sandalphon is notably shown wearing a wristband with Lucifer’s belt buckle design on it.
    • More meta example include Sandalphons character song “ Ain Sophr Aur” which details the emotions he feels in Padaradise Lost singing about all the things he won’t get to say to Lucifer at the time of the event after his death. Along with that, the skin for the CD’s Flavor Text doesn’t hold back on further teasing their relationship, with the Japanese text referring to Lucifer as someone Sandalphon yearns for from the bottom of his heart with the English translation being more overt and describing Lucifer as someone he “loves so dearly.”
    • The actual music video for “Ain Sophr Aur” is pretty much an official, well animated Lucifer/Sandalphon AMV. In one part of the video, Lucifer can be seen caressing Sandalphon from behind in a loving embrace, nuzzling gently against his shoulder. Along with the video, The tie-in twitter art from the art team has Lucifer listening to a vinyl version of Sandalphon’s song while looking down tenderly at the album cover.
    • The cups Sandalphon is first believed to have been seen holding in his in-game white day cutscene are now heavily associated with him and Lucifer, to the point where it appears in merch where they’re paired together and they’re seen drinking out of them in the “Ain Soph Aur” MV, further solidifying it into canon.
    • As well, the chair first seen in Sandalphon’s anniversary skin can be seen again in the Lucifer art celebrating the release of the “Ain Soph Aur” character song as Lucifer is shown listening to the album, furthering solidifying their connection even though the two are apart.
    • Pash! magazines June edition Granblue Fantasy section detailing Lucifer’s character, role and fate at the end of the “What Makes The Sky Blue” trilogy and the “Ain Soph Aur” MV confirmed that Lucifer and Sandalphon have a deeply mutual longing for each other.
    • The Maydays summer event comes back to this, as the first event where Sandalphon could relax sort of because of the sharks. He still talks about Lucifer, speaking about reuniting with him.
    • Sandalphon has an unusually sentimental expression when he reminisces about Lucifer telling him about the view of the ocean, even saying it’s irreverent of him to presume he understands how Lucifer feels about the world by viewing the same scenery but acknowledging that Lucifer probably would have allowed him that luxury.
    • During his interaction with Sariel in episode 3 of May Days, Sariel talks about wanting to go the “rainbow” because he wants to see Belial again. When he says he wants to see him, Sandalphon’s mind instantly flashes to Lucifer, to which afterwards he mentions “a promise, and a wish”, heavily implying just how much he misses Lucifer and how he wants to see him again. He even allows Sariel to journey to find the dimensional rift and potentially open it likely because he understands and sympathizes Sariel’s desire to see Belial, even if it defies his duties as the Supreme Primarch.
    • His Summer unit fate episode is rift with hints toward his relationship with Lucifer until it’s confirmed at the very end. Particularly, the scene where Lyria and Sandalphon are picking out chairs for the summer food stall and Lyria suggests that they pick out benches because friends or lovers might want to sit side by side. After thinking it over, Sandalphon decides to buy benches. At the end of the fate episode, Sandalphon is detailed having a cup of coffee while sitting one of the benches outside of the food stall, with another filled cup set beside him meant for Lucifer.
    • The live 3D performance of “Ain Soph Aur” at Granblue Fest 2019 continues this trend, with Sandalphon making longing gestures and vividly expressing his feelings for Lucifer through his singing and dancing as his performance also makes unsubtle call backs to Lucifers motifs, such as his scarf that appears in the latter half of Sandalphon’s act. The song ends with a single feather landing at the front of the stage as Sandalphon walks away. He briefly looks back at it, implying a sense of nostalgia or longing before turning and continuing his exit, concluding the performance.
  • Quite a few fans found Gran's relationship with Aaron, the Anime's Canon Foreigner to be this, finding that Aaron's role in Gran's life is very typical of the Love Interest in a story.
  • Zeyen notes in Chapter 94 that Rackam and Noa's bond is so strong that Rackam could've almost immediately completed his trials instead of having to rely on Tiamat to get through them.
  • In the collaboration Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu Fate Horizon event, there is some hoyay between the participating characters, but most prominently between Mikazuki Munechika, the nameless NPC Erune apprentice, and the blacksmith. One wouldn't be judged for believing the apprentice had some sort of crush on Mikazuki and same for the blacksmith to a less obvious degree.
  • Belial, hoo boy, and even moreso in the Japanese version. He explicitly asks Rackam if he wants to sodomize, and later expresses a desire to "train" Sandalphon until he's "submissive" and asks if he's a virgin. The man is a walking case of Ho Yay.
  • "The Other Side Of The Sky" introduces us to Tsubasa and his rival, Sho. Their rivalry is reminiscent of a Shounen manga rivalry.
  • After some complaints, The removal of gender restrictions on the Valentines Day and White Day events lead to both this and Les Yay, giving Gran and Djeeta the ability to gift and receive chocolate regardless of their gender and the ability for both female and male characters, should they so be inclined to, confess their feelings for the protagonist whether they’re male or female, making the characters inadvertently bisexual or just straight up Ambiguously Gay. Cue the fanbase crying “Gay Rights”.
  • In WMTSB 000, we get a glimpse at Belial and Lucillius’ relationship that was implied in WMTSB PT II, with Belial’s Undying Loyalty for his creator being put on full blast and making him come off as an Ignored Enamored Underling to Lucillius who treats him as coldly as any of his other creations. Belial spent 2000 years carrying out Lucillius’ orders, building up to the potentially world ending catastrophe that he planned and resurrected Lucillius so they could watch everything be destroyed together. It’s also shown that Lucillius seems to be the only person Belial seems to truly care about, despite the same notion not be shown in return. WMTSB 000 confirms that Belial’s feelings for Lucillius are romantic. He even goes as far as to follow Lucillius into the void where they’ll be together presumably forever.
  • Despite Baal’s blatant Ship Tease with Medusa, his skill fate episode heavily implies that he and Aoidos have mutual feelings for each other in Granblue’s notorious roundabout way. It’s all but outright stated, especially so given that Baal outright refuses to pursue a more personal relationship with Aoidos in a way that came off as an immortal not wanting to pursue a relationship with a mortal due to the May Fly December Romance issue, with even similar wording to the usual excuse. Aoidos argues that they should cherish what they have even if its in a short time as their music will help them understand each other. Baal also notably gets flustered at Aoidos, even coming off as a bit Tsundere toward him and his eccentric behavior. Regardless of whether the Ship Tease between them was intentional, they definitely have as much sexual tension between them as Baal and Medusa do, and perhaps even more chemistry.
  • While not as blatant as the other "gayngel" examples, there’s some subtle teases between Sariel and Belial due to Belial’s Pet the Dog moments toward Sariel in 000, Sariel’s Undying Loyalty toward Belial and Sariel stating that he received a black feather from an unknown sender in his valentines return gift message, presumed to be from Belial himself.
    • In the Maydays summer event, we’re treated to more Sariel and Belial content, at least on Sariel’s end, as Sariel talks about wanting to see Belial again and searching for the rainbow, which is actually the dimensional rift, for a chance to open it and free him. Sandalphon initially admonishes him and objects but due to their similar sentimentalities after him losing Lucifer, he allows Sariel to journey off to find the rift, leaving us to assume that Sariel will be the one who brings Belial back to the sky realm in a future event.
    • According to the Pash! Interview with Sariel’s voice actor, to Sariel, Belial is someone he loves even though they’re apart.
  • Lucilius’ interactions with Lucifer and how he regards him have sparked some popularity in the ship between them due to Lucifer apparently being the only character he treats “nicely”. His dialogue also suggests that upon finding out that Lucifer had been killed, despite initially being dismissive of it, he’s bitter and mournful, regarding him as “his only equal” and having an obvious preference for Lucifer over to Belial even in spite of the former being dead.
  • As per Anime/Code geass tradition, the Ho Yay between Lelouch and Suzaku carries on into the Granblue Fantasy collab event, exemplified with this exchange between the two of them.
    Suzaku: After all, with the two of us together...
    Lelouch and Suzaku stare at each other, their eyes full of trust.
  • During the Maydays summer event, we’re treated to Lucio returning to his The Gad Fly role and tormenting Sandalphon, which some fans have interpreted as him flirting with Sandalphon to get a rise out of him or because he has an unrequited crush. Unfortunately for him, Sandalphon doesn’t take to well to it and it comes off as incredibly one-sided due to Sandalphon’s annoyance and his ever insistent attachment to Lucifer. Lucio’s summer fate episode adds further clarity to this, as it veers more on Lucio simply attempting to get Sandalphon to become friends with him (Something he outright says) in order to no longer hurt him due to him sharing his appearance with Lucifer and him simply not being able to communicate this properly rather than anything inherently romantic. Despite their bickering and Lucio reverting right back to his The Gadfly tendencies by the end, Lyria and Vyrn note that they seem more like friends than before by the end of the skill fate.
  • Grimnir's Valentines fate Episode has a huge load of Ship Tease with the Captain. This changes in no way when you select Gran as your player character. Additionally, Grimnir's final uncap art happens to be the first example of having the captain themselves physically featured there, so you get a full view Grimnir having his head on the lap of Gran or Djeeta (Depending on who you play as).
  • Seox's heavy Ship Tease with the captain is just as prominent if the player is playing as male. It gets even heavier after Seeds of Redemption, and his event SSR version's fate. The fact that Seox is pretty much canonically considered part of the crew lore-wise, even if you haven't recruited him yet, also helps a lot.

     Les Yay
By the way, this is an official artwork for one character

The interactions between the girls are also notable.

  • Vira towards Katalina, to the point it isn't subtext at all. Farrah and Lyria are both charmed by her, too.
    • Vira shows a bit of interest to the protagonist, but mostly with Djeeta. Her skill fate episode has her say that for a moment, the image of Katalina and Djeeta merge as Djeeta saved her and sees her as a little sister. Even her birthday quote has her hint that she may see Djeeta in the same light as she did with Katalina. Not helped by the fact that Vira's second birthday line has her basically say "I love you" to the protagonist regardless of gender.
  • Claudia towards Lyria, not subtext either.
  • And Claudia's fellow co-worker Dorothy towards the protagonist regardless of the gender. But especially so with Djeeta.
  • Anyone who has played Rage of Bahamut and/or Shadowverse before might have been aware of the Anne-Grea yuri shipping. Their spotlight event Lonesome Dragoness even serves as a Mythology Gag from the original game focusing on how they became friends. Even the Grand Blues! comic strips acknowledge this in some panels, such as when Owen was left with tears of joy upon seeing that Anne and Grea get along well even in the dream world. Comic #1112 in particular, involves a Ship Tease of the two from another Granblue character.
    Jin: Anne, Please imagine yourself as the Ice Cream that Grea is enjoying... If you were to melt off the cone, where would you prefer to drip?
    Anne: I'd fall... On Grea's Treasure Chest!
    Jin: Correct!
  • Ange and Cordelia are extremely popular with the ladies. The latter even uses it to her advantage.
  • Cordelia and Bridgette, thanks to the quite ambiguous narration in the former's Fate Episodes, where Bridgette has long-time romantic feelings for her and Cordelia reciprocates them to some degree.
  • In a free quest in the Mist Isle, an NPC will squee at how strong the player is. But this is more seen if the player is selected as female.
  • Anthuria's interest in the protagonist. Doubly so if it's Djeeta you're playing as.
  • Zeta and Bea, the two Vitriolic Best Buds of the Society, given that they appear in tandem for most of their events. In some cases, one gets relegated to an extra while the other takes the event's spotlight. Players have known them to be always together... in fanarts, promotional material and real-life merchandise.
    • Their inclusion in the "Brigade of the Sky" expansion pack of Shadowverse is also notable for having the pair side-by-side in the official trailer. And of course in terms of gameplay, Zeta summons a copy of Beatrix into the player's hand whenever she attacks. Even in a card game, the two are inseparable.
  • An R character, Nene mistakes the protagonist for her missing skyfarer husband in her fate episode... even if the one you're playing as is Djeeta.
  • Silva and Tweyen/Song gained steam as a Les Yay pairing since the release of Tweyen/Song's 5★ Upgrade along with Silva's shortly after. As both their 5★ Upgrade arcs are related to each other. Updates on October 2018 seem to nod to this, with the release of Silva's Light version (which means, both of them can be in the same elemental party), as well as their conversations in "Make Up and Go!" where Silva asks Tweyen for help.
  • The Cardcaptor Sakura collaboration event already has shades of this due to Sakura and Tomoyo's relationship and interactions within the event story.
  • The 5★ Fate Episodes of Ejaeli reveals a female NPC who admits falling in love to Ejaeli's talent even before the latter wore the mask. Though the dialogue tends to play this by having Ejaeli very much embarrassed upon hearing these words, it still opens up a possibility for this kind of pairing.
  • Yuel and Societte are Childhood Friends whose relationship borders on Romantic Two-Girl Friendship. Like Grea's case above, Yuel received a Summer version on 2019 with a swimsuit-clad Societte making a cameo in her Fate Episode. The episode itself revolves around the two Erunes planning to spend time with each other. And oh boy, Summer Yuel's uncap art has Societte gently caressing her hair.
  • Ilsa and the protagonist have a little bit of this in her Summer version's fate episode. Playing as Djeeta, the protagonist can choose to scare off a skirt chaser bothering Ilsa by claiming that she's her girlfriend. Ilsa plays eagerly plays into the ruse, calling the protagonist their lover and asking the skirt chaser to see if they can try to sell her on the appeal of a man.
  • Gabriel and Europa, stemming from their teacher-student relationship as a Primarch and a disciple respectively. Europa seems to think highly of Gabriel, even noted as one of her hobbies being tea time with Gabriel.
  • Milleore and Sahli Lao get mistaken by Lyria as romantic partners in their Cross-Fate Episode under the misconception that Sahli Lao is a man, but she really is a woman, and she grew tired of correcting people about this. Still, it doesn't stop Lyria to insist minutes later that the relationship of the two Harvins may be something more than just friends.
  • Halluel, a female Primarch, isn’t above flirting with female characters to the point where Malluel calls her out on it. Also, if it wasn’t for the fact that Halluel and Malluel are stated to be twin/sister angels, one would think they’re canon girlfriends due to their very un-sibling like pose with each other. She comes onto Lyria multiple times during their interactions, especially during the “The Maydays” summer event.
  • The Morrigna sisters could be added to this, due to their very un-sibling like uncap pose. At first glance,one would think they’re a trio of lesbians and not sisters.
  • At the end of Summer Europa’s fate episode, the MC “picks her up” as in asks her on a date in order to convince her to stay with the crew with options of either taking a walk or having tea together, as well as gives her the flowers she’s seen holding in her default summer art. The option doesn’t disappear or change in the slightest even if you’re playing as the female protagonist.
  • Both Meg and Mari from the event My Beloved Auguste are this, though in different ways. With Meg, she's lesbian coded in how she was written from the first chapter, despite her dreams of a Prince Charming. She later does have a meeting with a man (Albert) that meets the very exact qualifications of her Prince Charming...and she not only has no interest, but is confused by it. Who she does express interest in is Mari, who she's willing to put her life at risk for, though it's never stated whether it's love or just incredibly strong platonic feelings and Meg is asexual. Mari, however, develops a massive crush on Meg after the latter saves her, to the point where she has a harem of men following her because she rejected them all, despite having shown interest in them before. Instead, she's utterly infatuated with Meg, acts like she was stood up for a date when Meg shows up on Auguste (and is upset she missed her a month earlier), and her journal entry outright states that she wants the two to live a happy family life together.
  • While less noticeable, Silva and Tweyen essentially act like a married couple in their interactions.

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