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Basic Trope: Shippers of a pairing interpret every moment between the pairing participants as Ship Tease.

  • Straight: Alice/Bob is a Fan-Preferred Couple. Shippers interpret all of their interactions as Ship Tease and hold it up as proof that Alice and Bob will hook up.
  • Exaggerated: The most intimate of Alice and Bob's interactions is them standing together in the same scene. Fans analyze and examine it deeply to conclude they are in love.
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  • Downplayed: The shippers only do this for clearly significant interactions.
  • Justified:
    • The author of the work is known for slipping very subtle Foreshadowing in scenes for upcoming important events, and this includes pairings.
    • Alice and Bob have a lot of canonical Ship Tease and fans just take it to the extreme.
    • The actors who play Alice and Bob have a lot of chemistry.
  • Inverted: Fans deny any evidence that Alice and Bob may have a romantic relationship.
  • Subverted: Alice/Bob shippers see mundane interactions between Alice and Bob just as mundane interactions.
  • Double Subverted: ...but also think there may be a hint of something more to them.
  • Parodied: Alice and Bob have a friend named Charlie, who is a Shipper on Deck for them and interprets all of their interactions as romantic in hopes of pushing them together.
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  • Zig Zagged: The fandom is evenly split between pairing Alice and Bob and downright hating the pairing.
  • Averted:
    • The fans of Alice/Bob use indicative canon evidence to support their pairing, and not mundane things like having a conversation about the weather.
    • Alice/Bob shippers openly admit their pairing has no canon evidence, but still think they'd be cute together.
  • Enforced: The writers notice that Alice/Bob is a well-liked ship, and throw in ambiguous moments that could be seen as Subtext to stir up the fandom.
  • Lampshaded: "Sometimes I wonder if Bob has feelings for me. I mean, we talk a lot, and I think he looked at me that one time for just a bit too long..."
  • Invoked: Alice and Bob act ambiguously flirty with each other to mess with everyone else's heads.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: Alice/Bob shippers see that a casual glance between Alice and Bob is...just a casual glance, and move on their merry way.
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  • Discussed: "Some of these guys think that you walking past them secretly indicates that you're interested in them. I'd give them a wide berth if I were you."
  • Conversed: "Look, I know you think Alice and Bob look cute together, but they haven't even ever been in the same room. You're not that good at matchmaking. Leave them alone."
  • Deconstructed: Being aware of the possible interpretation of all their interactions being romantic creates an awkward rift between Alice and Bob.
  • Reconstructed: However, this makes them rethink their relationship, and come to terms with their feelings for each other.

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