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Basic Trope: A male and female couple have all the traits of an official couple, but aren't one.

  • Straight: Alice and Bob spend almost all of their time together. Despite this, they aren't a couple.
  • Exaggerated: Alice and Bob kiss, hug and hold hands all the time. Despite this, they're not a couple.
  • Justified: They're Like Brother and Sister, and being a couple would be too weird for them.
    • They tried a relationship in the past, but it didn't work and they're better as friends.
  • Inverted: Friends with Benefits.
  • Subverted: The fans are told Alice and Bob are not a couple, yet the two are caught cuddling in bed.
  • Double Subverted: They were just cuddling; it didn't progress to sex.
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Deconstructed: ???
  • Reconstructed: ???
  • Averted: ???
  • Enforced: ???
  • Lampshaded: "You really expect me to believe that you two aren't a couple?" "Whether you believe it or not, that's the case."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Parodied: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Played for Laughs: ???
  • Played for Drama: ???

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