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Look at it this way: if a character is in Inazuma Eleven, there's a Ho Yay Fan-Preferred Couple for him.

  • It helps there is only one Official Couple, and it has two different outcomes.

Inazuma Eleven

  • The scene between Someoka and Fubuki in the second season episode pictured on the right is the more glaring example.
    • That's just the start. If one notices closer, they stand beside each other on nearly every single time they are shown on screen. And then there's their interactions and how much Someoka had to change after meeting Fubuki. Don't forget that Fubuki joined the team to somehow replace Gouenji, therefore Someoka didn't like him from the beginning acting hostile until he got to accept him as a comrade. Someoka seemed to have a onesided crush on Gouenji because of this. And there was that Dark Emperor Match, where it sounds like they are dealing with a bad break up.
    • Let's not miss the movie: The Strongest Army, Ogre! where Fubuki who came from the future ends up wearing Someoka's uniform.
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    • Taken Up to Eleven in Ares no Tenbin where Someoka joined Hakuren after Raimon split up.
  • Endou and Domon gets a moment as well, when they were talking about stars and planets and where Aliea Academy came from, cue both of them running together smiling at each other across space towards the Earth.
  • What does Ichinose tell Aki when he figures out she has a crush on Endou? This:
    "You like Endou-kun, don't you? I can tell... Because I like him too".
  • The seiyuu seem pretty keen on it too!
    • Kaji thinks of Kidou, Sakuma, and Fudou's relationship like a love triangle, with Sakuma being "the jealous girl".
    • He also comments in an interview alongside Konno (in an article based on their characters) that "if Ichinose and Domon were a boy and girl, they'd make a good husband and wife".
  • Continuing with Sakuma, he and Genda are pretty close, appearing in nearly every scene in the first season when not on the field together, especially in the roller coaster episode 38 when Genda is holding Sakuma in his arms and calling out his name over and over again. He also seems to be looking at him strangely.
  • Hiroto and Midorikawa. Saginuma sometimes is depicted in a love triangle with these two. Also, Burn and Gazelle.
    • Hiroto/Midorikawa is fueled even further when Midorikawa appears in GO as Hiroto's personal secretary.
  • Tsunami and Tachimukai manage to appear in almost all of the official art together, normally hugging or touching; and in the anime they have plenty of ho yay inducing moments, mostly due to Tsunami acting as Tachimukai's Big Brother Mentor.
  • Endou and Kazemaru are stated to be childhood friends. They also sit and stand together very often compared to other characters.
    • Episodes 15 and 16 are basically a two-parts yaoi fanfiction, because Kazemaru has to choose between staying in the soccer club and going back to the athletics club, which feels like he's stuck in the middle of a Love Triangle between Endou and Miyasaka.
      • To be fair, Endou doesn't really have a problem with which club he chooses, believing either way is the right choice. On the other hand, Miyasaka believes the athletics club is entitled to have him and when he confronts Kazemaru at the riverbank, he keeps pushing him to come back because he doesn't understand what his friend sees in soccer and is reluctant to come to the next match to watch him play a sport he dislikes, but comes either way because he has no choice. He even acts hostile towards Endou at one point. However, after seeing Kazemaru playing so passionately, Miyasaka finally understands why he loves the team and lets him go willingly.
      • In fact, Miyasaka seemed to be a Crazy Jealous Guy in general, even with his own track teammates. After they ask Kazemaru too many questions, he insists that he's the one who brought him there which leads one of them to sarcastically ask him about being Kazemaru's manager. Considering most of the managers have a crush on Endou, take of that as you want.
    • In the show's second season Endou was very affected by Kazemaru leaving the team.
      • If you think about it, the only difference about the consequences of the first fight with Genesis in both anime and game was that in the game, Kazemaru had to leave the team due to receiving a beat down while in the anime, he had a heroic BSOD and left on his own. Endou only had the Heroic BSOD in the anime. This implies that the only reason Endou was too depressed to even touch a soccer ball was because Kazemaru left the team on his own free will.
    • Then there's also Kazemaru's constant sacrificial play for Endou.
      "I have to do something, before Endou...!"
    • Then there's that whole episode on the Dark Emperors...
    • In the show's third season, after they won against Little Gigant Kazemaru was shown hugging Endou around the waist as the team celebrated.
  • Episode 46 makes it look like Kurimatsu has a crush on Kazemaru. Like Endou, he also got a Heroic BSoD after he left the team, which caused him to leave the team as well. He also has a brief hallucination of Kazemaru smiling at him at one point.
  • In the movie: The Strongest Army, Ogre! and in episode 27, Natsumi comments that when Raimon first met Kidou the only person he cared about was Gouenji.
  • Dark Emperors!Max and Dark Emperors!Handa created Revolution V, AKA "Gay Tornado". To top it off, the users of this technique wear numbers 6 and 9 on their jersey.
  • Everything Gouenji and Endou do in the same frame together is shipping fuel. Literally everything.
    • Taken Up to Eleven in GO when every time they're shown it seems like they're dealing with a bad breakup.
  • Fudou and Kidou enter this realm shortly after Fudou's Heel–Face Turn. Especially after Kageyama's death when — in the videogames — Kidou gets a Cry Cute moment and Fudou seems to be comforting him.
    • Then there is the moment when Killer Fields was created.
  • Aphrodi seems very interested in Fubuki when he joins the team. So much, that he plays an important role in motivating Fubuki to get out of his Heroic BSoD later. Aphrodi gets injured during Raimon's match against Chaos, but Fubuki visits him in the hospital and thanks him for his help.
  • Gouenji confronts Fubuki near the end of Aliea Arc at the riverbank and he (somewhat) comforts him when Fubuki is frightened by the thunder but afterwards leaves him alone. He later tries to make Fubuki understand, much like Aphrodi did during the match he hits Fubuki with a soccer ball and tells him that he doesn't have to feel alone if he knows how to trust and rely on his teammates a few times. They also come up with the new hissatsu wazza Crossfire instantly in the final game against Genesis after they combine their power to stop a shot, being a powerful combo in the games.
  • The blue kappa from episode 100 becomes a fan of Hiroto the first time he sees him and starts stalking him while he's training. He also asks Hiroto for an autograph and blushes when he gets it. Later, he challenges Hiroto and Kogure to a match against him and another kappa for the sole reason to see "Ryuusei Blade".

Inazuma Eleven GO

  • There is Tsurugi's "interest" in Tenma which starts out as Foe Yay until he makes a Heel–Face Turn. After which Tsurugi can almost always be seen next to and of near Tenma and he generally cares about him to the point where he helps Tenma release his keshin and is very satisfied with the results. Tsurugi also chose Tenma as his partner in the Fire Tornado Double Drive hissatsu, as he believed Tenma was the one to change him.
    • Not to mention Tenma loves glomping Tsurugi.
    • Since Tenma and Tsurugi are the Expy of Endou and Gouenji, everything that they do altogether in the same frame altogether is also a shipping fuel.
    • In the Holy Road finals, Tsurugi stops referring to him as "Matsukaze" in the decisive shoot.
    • The last parts of GO Galaxy had this all over, what with Tsurugi pulling off a temporary Face–Heel Turn, pushing Tenma to more desperate lengths to get Tsurugi back.
  • Also there is Taiyou and Tenma which doubles as Foe Yay only without the animosity. Taiyou had been interested in Tenma ever since he first saw Raimon's match on TV. It was implied he and Tenma were similar to each other in their love for soccer. Tenma had a Heroic BSoD after he realized Taiyou was risking his own life to play against Raimon. After the match against Arakumo, Tenma and Taiyou hold hands, promising to each other that they'll play together again someday.
    • In the game, there was a scene where Tenma saves Taiyou, who collapsed and fainted on the sidewalk and later at the hospital, Taiyou gives encouraging words to Tenma.
    • In the anime when they first meet.
    • KMC (one of the singers for the opening themes of the series) has even written a song dedicated to their relationship titled "Me and You and the Wind and the Sun".
  • Shindou and Kirino, they are almost always together and Kirino is always concerned about Shindou's well being especially after Shindou is hospitalized.
    • Nearly everything Kirino says in the game is related to Shindou in some way. This is not an exaggeration.
  • Kirino and Kariya, after they get over the Foe Yay. They seem to cooperate quite nicely.
    • In Chrono Stone Kariya easily reads Kirino's mind on how he's jealous of Shindou's strength. He later gives up his seat for France to Kirino (when Daisuke wouldn't normally change his mind) by claiming he had a stomachache.
  • Hayami and Hamano, who hang out often and also balance each other out in personality. The one running shop even found it odd when one afternoon she saw Hayami fishing but not with Hamano.
  • The word-for-word intent of Mahoro when he avoided Amagi all those years ago: he wanted to protect the smile of his first friend.
    • When Amagi was troubled about not knowing anything, Kageyama Hikaru comes up to support him and continues to be concerned about his senpai during the Genei match.
    • Hikaru continues to comfort him in the rain when he is surprised to see that Mahoro is the captain of Gen'ei and completely different then the childhood friend he remembers and holds an umbrella over him and helps him find a way to excert his pent up stress (AKA screaming) and it was adorable.
  • Tenma and Shinsuke became best friends so quickly you'd think they've known each other their whole lives.
  • Yukimura's reaction when he thought Fubuki betrayed him makes it look like he has a crush on his coach.
  • Minamisawa and Hyoudou. They often appear together as a pair.
  • Tenma and Fei in Chrono Stone is oozing with this particularly in the last arc of the show.
    • What's interesting to note in here is that one of the new hissatsus Tenma made when he played with Fei for the first time is called Aggresive Beat.
  • Shindou and Ibuki start out with a lot of tension in GO Galaxy and their character arcs develop in tandem together throughout the season. Eventually, they become very close.
    • In episodes 29 and 30 on the planet Gurdon, Ibuki and Shindou are separated from the team and eventually end up awakening their souls together.
    • Also while on Gurdon, there are several moments where either Ibuki or Shindou saves the other from falling into the lava or getting hurt. From here on out until the end of the season, Shindou and Ibuki share an alarming number of Held Gaze moments.
    • In an interview, creator Akihiro Hino stated that he created Ibuki specifically to form a special bond with Shindou.

Inazuma Eleven Ares

  • At the end of episode 8, Asuto squeeing after Kidou talked to him.
  • Nosaka and Nishikage are always seen together and have quite a bit of this, from Nosaka buying ice cream for both and giving Nishikage a bigger one, to Nishikage saying with a smile on his face how happy he is that he met Nosaka, who changed his life for the better, and Nishikage becomes angry when he finds out Nosaka told Anna and not him about his brain tumour.
    • At the beginning of episode 16 of Orion, Nishikage becomes jealous when he sees Nosaka and Ichihoshi getting along so well.
    • In episode 20 of Orion no Kokuin. Ichihoshi impressed Nishikage by remembering his favorite food. Nishikage seems to grow a little fond of him.
  • In Orion no Kokuin, there is the new pairing of Nosaka Yuma and Ichihoshi Hikaru.
    • Even if it turned out to be a trick, Nosaka risked his life to save Ichihoshi. Nosaka was also one of the few people who knew of Ichihoshi’s true identity.
    • When Ichihoshi tried to leave the team out of guilt, Nosaka promptly scouted him to become his personal tactical advisor, providing Ichihoshi with a place and reason to stay.
    • After the Ichihoshi ordeal, these two are more often seen together side by side. The Nosaka/Ichihoshi pair gets their own combo license with the title “Tactics Masters”. They have a combination hissatsu tactic “The General” and according to newest information from Inazuma AC, they will get a new hissatsu shoot together called “Blizzartornado”. It looks like the Orion version of Cross Fire and Fire Blizzard.
    • Word of God even refers to Nosaka and Ichihoshi as “Reinhard and Kircheis” from Legend of Galactic Heroes. And those two are something of an item in that franchise...
  • Of all hissatsu wazas seen so far, Flash Dance takes Ho Yay Up to Eleven, as it involves two boys dancing with each other slowly. Goujin getting angry at Hiyori for stealing his dance is the same as getting angry for stealing his boyfriend.