Ship Tease

    Everything About Fiction You Never Wanted to Know.
    A romantic sunset pink like the colour of love, a rowboat, a very slight Crush Blush... let's just hope The Reveal won't ruin everything!
    "Hold on, I have to appease the shippers now."
    Tommy Oliver, Truncated Power Rangers

    Many fans 'ship. These fans often do it all the time (context or no) especially in certain Demographics. Producers, especially those who keep their finger on the pulse of the audience, not to mention their eye on the fan Fora, know this. So, they decide to tease the fans with hints about possible romantic entanglements, and thereby build that emotional attachment between the show and the audience as much as they can.

    If the writers are particularly impish, they'll tease a relationship that either never comes up or takes a hard right just as it gets going. Like a sudden death.

    Probably the cruelest method of Ship Tease is the Moment Killer.

    See also: Will They or Won't They?, Subtext, Fan Service, Never Trust a Trailer, Tonight Someone Kisses. Teasing a Queer Romance which never materialises is called Queerbaiting.

    Contrast Ship Sinking.

    Not to be confused with Striptease (see here for that).

    No real life examples, please; this is a trope about how characters are depicted in media.

    Examples of Ship Tease are listed on these subpages: