|Trope · Genre|
|Synonyms:||yearning, longing, (maybe) unrequited love|
|See Also:||Eye Sex, UST|
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In fanfic, "pining" is when one character spends a significant portion of the story loving another character in their secret heart, but not saying anything, usually because they assume the other party isn't interested. Meanwhile, the other party is sometimes written as oblivious (sometimes to a ridiculous extent) to the pining character's feelings. (Often until they get hit by the clue bus.) Variations include both characters pining for each other while being oblivious and one character knowing all along.
In some pairings, one character is more likely to be cast as the one pining for the other.
Many, though not all, fanworks that use the pining trope end up with the pined-for party getting clued in, returning the piner's affection, and finding their way to a happy ending.
- Angel: A Fight So Old by anythingbutgrey. (Lilah/Wesley)
- Archie - Friends Don't Let Friends Suffer Alone by tuesday (Betty/Veronica for Yuletide)
- Avengers - When Steve Ran by vassalady (James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers, Steve Rogers/Tony Stark) - In which Steve does not make the the same mistake twice (on staying silent while in love).
- Hawaii 5-0 - Home Improvement by JiM and Kalena. (Steve/Danny)
- Kimi ni Todoke - Meeting Halfway by highboys for Kaleidoscope.
- Merlin - Fools of Us All by adalegia. (Merlin/Arthur)
- Merlin - Ascension by myashke. (Merlin/Arthur)
- Naruto - Quiet Proposal by otherworldviolet (Naruto/Hinata, a pairing where the pining is canon).
- Sherlock - The Progress of Sherlock Holmes by ivyblossom. (eventual John/Sherlock)
- Stargate Atlantis - Five People Who Know by hestia_lacey (John/Rodney unrequited)
- Stargate Atlantis - It's Okay by hestia_lacey. (John/Rodney unrequited))
- Stargate Atlantis - pour myself like wine by busaikko. (John/Rodney unrequited)
- Stargate Atlantis - Every Day in Every Way by velocitygrass. (McShep)
- Stargate Atlantis - Loves Me Not by astolat. (McShep)
- Stargate Atlantis - The Mute Shepherd by Auburn. (McShep)
- Stargate Atlantis - Sheppard's Law of Martyrdom by pir8fancier. (McShep)
- SGA: Flinch by maisierita. ((John/Rodney, unrequited)
- The Sentinel - Lie Perdu by Sihaya Black. (Jim/Blair, mutual pining, contains mild BDSM)
- Starsky & Hutch - A Bargain at Any Price and Balance Due: mutual pining and misunderstandings
- Teen Wolf: We Should Catch Up (But Outside of Jail) by jettiebettie. (Derek/Stiles, unrequited)
- Merlin - Alone by sisabet. Arthur pines for Merlin.
- Merlin - Only In My Mind by Leanna. Merlin pines for Arthur.
- Stargate Atlantis - Four Years by Fabella
- Supernatural - My Freeze Ray by stephsuxx (on YouTube). Castiel kinda pines for Sam.