Pining

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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: yearning, longing, (maybe) unrequited love
Related: Angst
See Also: Eye Sex, UST
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Pining is a very popular trope in many ship-focused fanworks. It appears often in fanfiction, but also shows up in vids and fanart.

In some pairings (or unrequited-love ships), one half of the pairing is more often seen as the one pining for the other, who is often oblivious to the other's lust or love for them. (Often until they get hit by the clue bus.) In other pairings, either party is often seen 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.

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