Redwall/Ho Yay

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  • A good majority of the interactions of the heroic duos, Those Two Guys, and Those Two Bad Guys end up being described with some oddly chosen words. Hopefully Brian Jacques chose them unintentionally, but while the constant use of the word "mate" to describe a same-gender friend might be explainable, some uses clearly specifically meant mates in a rather sexual manner. Oddly, Ublaz, who borders on being a Villainous Crossdresser, is less Ho Yay than self-yay—even his interactions with Rasconza lack much in the way of subtext, but you pity whoever was stuck cleaning Ublaz's mirror after the Villain Rant. The Accidental Innuendo isn't limited to this; an entire book is called The Sable Quean, which is a real word, but outside of Scotland tends to mean woman of ill repute. (Vilaya does kind of have a dominatrix thing going, insofar as you can when the book's meant for eight-year-olds ...) A particularly fun quote regarding one pair of Those Two Guys:

"This is the way ter do it mucker," Dingeye breathed excitedly. "Now lerrit go straight. It should go across the 'all, over the passage an' up the stairs."

  • Badrang and Clogg and Gabool and Graypatch have been described as having "bitter exes" vibes.
  • Blaggut's behaviour towards Slipp is faintly reminiscent of Smithers and Burns, and Blaggut's Mook Face Turn speech reads a tad like a bad breakup.
  • In The Bellmaker, Rufe Brush has moments of this with Fatch and Durry equally. His personality also goes from "strong and silent" in an earlier book to timid, cautious, dependent, and generally very Uke.
  • Brome and Wulpp. They've known each other for what, ten minutes, and Brome's rocking Wulpp to sleep? Brome's about ten at the time, but it doesn't seem like Wulpp notices this, given that he's also completely oblivious to the fact that Brome a.k.a. "Bucktail" is not a rat. ("Bucktail" is kind of a suggestive name, on top of everything else ...)
  • Clogg, apart from the "bitter ex" vibe he seems to have with Badrang, definitely has something deeply disturbing going on with Ballaw, who appears to be intentionally flirting with him. "D'you 'ear wot he called me? Sweet Cloggo. Ain't that 'andsome!" In the cartoon show, the searats give each other and the camera some very squicked looks when he says this. Getting Crap Past the Radar?
  • Outcast of Redwall features Sunflash the badger and Skarlath the hawk, who save each other's lives and go wandering together for several years. After Skarlath is shot and killed at the end of the book, Sunflash writes a sappy poem to Skarlath, including the line "O Skarlath, there was never one like you". Meanwhile, Sunflash's two otter friends Ruddle and Folrig live out in the middle of nowhere all by themselves, alternate between jokingly insulting each other and calling the other handsome, and take every opportunity to leap on each other and start wrestling/hugging. Also, they use a lot of nautical terms.
  • The Freud Was Right page discusses the blatant penis analogy with the Sword (even more so than most BFSs), and points out that this brings a whole new and frankly terrifying dimension to Cluny's recurring nightmare about being stabbed with it.
  • Captain Snow and Squire Julian could possibly have got away with this if not for their species. Even when this troper was a kid, she looked at them and wondered if they have a beautiful pea-green boat. Since it's hard to believe Mr Jacques had never even heard of that poem, it really makes one wonder if he meant it.
  • Craklyn and Piknim have a bit of a Romantic Two-Girl Friendship vibe, particularly when Craklyn sings a lament over Piknim's grave, during which she actually calls her "my beloved". Also earlier on, when they sing alternate verses of a light-hearted love ballad at one another.
  • Mokug the hamster was, in his youth, kept as a personal slave by King Sarengo because the king "liked [his] golden fur". Squick.
  • Rinkul's announcement that he intends to recapture Tammo and Midge and "take 'em somewheres nice'n'quiet where I'll do that pair 'ard'n'slow afore dawnbreak" left this troper, at the age of fourteen, re-reading the whole page about four times to be sure it really had said what she thought it said, and then giggling uncontrollably. (Death by Shonen-Ai!)
  • In the scene where Tam and Doogy are imprisoned and taken out of their cell to see the King and Queen, there's a detailed description of them putting their kilts back on, so apparently they were sitting around naked. Well, they were in a cell, all by themselves, there wasn't much else to do ...
  • Surely there was a way for Skipper of Otters to deal with Globby that didn't involve spanking him with an oven paddle?
  • According to one source on a forum, in the Russian version of The Taggerung, the translation made Eefera a girl, leading at least one Russian fan to believe (s)he and Vallug were a couple.
  • Does Cargo Shipping come under the heading of Ho Yay? Because Gabool completely ignores the "pretty mousemaid" Mariel in favour of pulling the I Have You Now, My Pretty routine on the bell.
  • Vurg and Beau in Legend of Luke grow very close in the latter half of their story, and occasionally act like an old married couple.