Comic 496 - Friendzoned

18th Feb 2014, 7:11 PM in Ch. 20: Just a Quiet Weekend
Average Rating: 4.8 (10 votes)
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Jocelyn 18th Feb 2014, 7:11 PM edit delete
Poor Gavin. The guy just can't ever catch a break. Although, I guess "maybe, possibly someday" is infinitely better than "no". Isn't it?

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Lady Rheanon 18th Feb 2014, 7:35 PM edit delete reply
I'd rather take the "no". That way, I'm not left hanging.

I feel like Ana has accidentally planted a seed of false hope in Gavin. Probably not her intent, but that's why it's generally better to just say "No" rather than a "I dunno, maybe someday but not now".
j-eagle12212012 18th Feb 2014, 7:45 PM edit delete reply
Sorry Gavin but you have been friendzoned
Nightsky 18th Feb 2014, 7:56 PM edit delete reply
Not a fan of the term "friendzone", honestly.

Hope this works out for Gavin, though. He's been striking out for most of the comic.
Aislinn 18th Feb 2014, 8:05 PM edit delete reply
Hmm. I'm not sure I like Ana right now...
TransgenderAlterEgo 18th Feb 2014, 8:41 PM edit delete reply
I hate how the term 'friendzone' has become a bad thing. Some of the best relationships I've seen came out of friendship! I'm siding with Ana on this one.
Some Ed 14th Jun 2017, 9:14 PM edit delete reply
The term 'friendzone' has always been bad. But it's not this. Ana is refusing to decide until she knows people. That's very different from saying, "I could never date you because I like you too much!" Which is what friendzone is. I think what people really mean when they friendzone someone is, "I know I'm a horrible person and if you really got to know me, you wouldn't like me and I can't risk losing you like that." At least, when they're being honest about it. I've also seen women using that line with guys they wanted to have nothing to do with, because they were pretty sure the creep wouldn't stick around once he was clearly not going to get anywhere.

And as far as people actually doing as Ana indicated? I've done this. I was friends with my wife for over six years before we started dating.
Poster 19th Feb 2014, 1:17 AM edit delete reply
I am with Nightsky on this one. I do not like the term "friendzone" either. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth. We need a new term that implies "hey we are just friends and that is awesome because friends are awesome" without any of that icky entitlement being attached.
Jude P. 20th Feb 2014, 11:47 AM edit delete reply
Darn right.
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 3:05 AM edit delete reply
Agreed. What are your suggestions? :p
Blue 19th Feb 2014, 2:20 AM edit delete reply
Am I the only one who immediately thought demisexual/demiromantic reading Ana's lines? Of course, like Gavin said, that's pretty reasonable, so I might be overthinking it a bit.
Lex-Kat 24th Nov 2016, 3:08 AM edit delete reply
That's a new term for me. Looked it up, very interesting.
trilb 7th May 2019, 5:41 AM edit delete reply
I did that tooo
skrbunny 13th Sep 2022, 4:09 PM edit delete reply
my thoughts exactly... cos it sounded exactly like the kinda things i might say...

and yeah, usually it drives guys away pretty immediately :P lol ... which is fine, i guess.

ideally, i'd meet someone at work or hobbies, get to know them as friend over a long period of time... then at some point... things change...

well, isn't reality, but a girl can dream, right? :)
Moor 19th Feb 2014, 4:03 AM edit delete reply
Blue: I thought it too. You're not the only one.

Also, I'm agreeing with everyone else about the friend-zone thing.
Also-also, obligatory link whenever "friendzone" is mentioned:
Mackus 19th Feb 2014, 4:24 AM edit delete reply
The way I see it, all Ana said is that she in not interested in dating someone she doesn't know. And that people who confess to her when _they_ don't even know her creep her out.
Gavin does have better chance that people who already made bad impression. Its just not that much higher than people who never spoke to her.

I think being friendzoned implies that the person who is putting you in one already knows you are not romantic material for them.
And Ana does seems to want to know Gavin better.
Guest 19th Feb 2014, 9:16 PM edit delete reply
I think Ana wants to just trust Gavin first but not really friend zoning him
BiDeviant 22nd Feb 2015, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
I can't say I believe in that concept, but I ship Gavastatia
Tualha 4th Jun 2015, 4:00 AM edit delete reply
Oho. Introducing a demisexual character? (I see Blue and Moor beat me to it.)
Guest 30th Jul 2015, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
That's what I though!
Ky 30th Jul 2015, 9:12 AM edit delete reply
That's what I though!
Guest 15th Apr 2019, 1:12 PM edit delete reply
This page makes it really hard to like Gavin. He's come a long way from the early days of the comic, but he's still got a long way to go.
Haelwenn (lanodan) 7th Aug 2019, 1:25 AM edit delete reply
>thanks for coming out with me

Yeah yeah Gavin.
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