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26th Mar '17 9:44:14 AM mouschilight
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* Manga/{{Naruto}} over Sakura. While he still hopes for Sakura to reciprocate his feelings, he eventually dials down his more serious efforts and even holds back out of [[CharacterDevelopment maturity]] and [[InsecureLoveInterest guilt of not fulfilling his promise to her]] to bring Sasuke back. In the end,[[spoiler: he grows out of his crush, and ends up with someone else.]]

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* Manga/{{Naruto}} over Sakura. While he still hopes hoped for Sakura to reciprocate his feelings, he eventually dials dialed down his more serious efforts and even holds back out of [[CharacterDevelopment maturity]] and [[InsecureLoveInterest guilt of not fulfilling his promise to her]] to bring Sasuke back. In the end,[[spoiler: [[spoiler:After [[ShipSinking Chapter 469]], he grows out of his crush, stopped having a crush on her and ends eventually ended up with someone else.]] Hinata.]]
2nd Mar '17 12:53:35 PM ironballs16
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* Subverted by Private Zoller in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. He acts exactly like a romantic comedy protagonist, as this trope demands, but, of course, there are a few problems. Not least of all is the fact that, well, Shoshanna's (secretly) Jewish, she's already dating a black man Marcel, and he's a freakin' ''Nazi''! To squick us out even more, he hero-worships the man who slaughtered her family; both the audience and Shoshanna know this from the second scene we see him in. When she finally manages to get through to him that there's no way in hell that she'll ever be interested in him, he stops being so nice... Also, he uses his strong-arm Nazi position to force her on dates with him and to position himself at the theater she works in. Very very not nice.

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* Subverted by Private Zoller in ''Film/InglouriousBasterds''. He acts exactly like a romantic comedy protagonist, as this trope demands, but, of course, there are a few problems. Not least of all is the fact that, well, Shoshanna's (secretly) Jewish, she's already dating a black man Marcel, and he's a freakin' ''Nazi''! To squick us out even more, he hero-worships the man who slaughtered her family; both the audience and Shoshanna know this from the second scene we see him in. When she finally manages to get through to him that there's no way in hell that she'll ever be interested in him, he stops being so nice... Also, he uses his strong-arm Nazi position to force her on dates with him and to position himself at the theater she works in. [[EntitledToHaveYou Very very not nice.nice]].
2nd Feb '17 8:14:26 AM Morgenthaler
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* Cody on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' to Gwen, although he eventually decides IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy when she hooks up with his friend Trent. In the third season, ''TotalDramaWorldTour,'' he returns to the game and continues chasing Gwen (who has since broken up with Trent)...but when she hooks up with Duncan, [[TookALevelInJerkass he punches him in the face instead, and becomes more creeply obsessed with Gwen.]]

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* Cody on ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' to Gwen, although he eventually decides IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy when she hooks up with his friend Trent. In the third season, ''TotalDramaWorldTour,'' ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaWorldTour,'' he returns to the game and continues chasing Gwen (who has since broken up with Trent)...but when she hooks up with Duncan, [[TookALevelInJerkass he punches him in the face instead, and becomes more creeply obsessed with Gwen.]]
15th Jan '17 12:03:03 PM Xtifr
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* In ''Literature/RogueStar'', Andy Quamodian has always been in love with Molly Zaldiver, but she fell for the [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys roguish Cliff Hawk]] instead. When she sends him a message asking for help, though, he's still willing to drop everything and rush to her aid, dreaming the whole time that maybe this time she'll reciprocate his feelings.
14th Jan '17 4:44:16 PM Eievie
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* '''Spectacular Displays:'''
If Bob and Alice are strangers or distant acquaintances when he falls for her, after the first confession that was turned down, he will show his affection in more and more spectacular ways to prove his serious intentions. Sometimes, the people around them will expect that Bob will eventually get together with Alice. Once Bob's displays of affection convince Alice to change her mind about him and give him a chance, the two will be portrayed as a normal couple. This is frequently used by romantic comedies or other shows/movies where they want to keep the audience asking WillTheyOrWontThey
* '''Low-Key Yearning:'''
If Bob and Alice are either long time friends, or strangers who just got into a JustFriends relationship, Bob will take a more low-key route. Bob will likely begin by saying that he has his hopes for a more serious relationship, and he hopes Alice will eventually feel the same. He's content to be PlatonicLifePartners until that time comes. From here, he may remind her of his unrequited love every time he sees her, or he may never mention it again. Alice might refuse the RelationshipUpgrade because [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship she doesn't want to ruin this friendship]], or else believe that Bob just has a schoolboy crush he'll get over. If Alice is in a relationship, Bob might [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy try to accept it for Alice's sake]]. If Bob dates someone else in the interim, this may make Alice have a GreenEyedEpiphany and create a UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo.

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* '''Spectacular Displays:'''
*'''Spectacular Displays:''' If Bob and Alice are strangers or distant acquaintances when he falls for her, after the first confession that was turned down, he will show his affection in more and more spectacular ways to prove his serious intentions. Sometimes, the people around them will expect that Bob will eventually get together with Alice. Once Bob's displays of affection convince Alice to change her mind about him and give him a chance, the two will be portrayed as a normal couple. This is frequently used by romantic comedies or other shows/movies where they want to keep the audience asking WillTheyOrWontThey
* '''Low-Key Yearning:'''
*'''Low-Key Yearning:''' If Bob and Alice are either long time friends, or strangers who just got into a JustFriends relationship, Bob will take a more low-key route. Bob will likely begin by saying that he has his hopes for a more serious relationship, and he hopes Alice will eventually feel the same. He's content to be PlatonicLifePartners until that time comes. From here, he may remind her of his unrequited love every time he sees her, or he may never mention it again. Alice might refuse the RelationshipUpgrade because [[IDontWantToRuinOurFriendship she doesn't want to ruin this friendship]], or else believe that Bob just has a schoolboy crush he'll get over. If Alice is in a relationship, Bob might [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy try to accept it for Alice's sake]]. If Bob dates someone else in the interim, this may make Alice have a GreenEyedEpiphany and create a UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo.
14th Jan '17 4:43:49 PM Eievie
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11th Jan '17 6:12:02 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey, though not by any stretch of the imagination a loser and rather more self-aware than most, otherwise fits this trope nicely in his wooing of Harriet Vane.

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* Creator/DorothyLSayers' LordPeterWimsey, Literature/LordPeterWimsey, though not by any stretch of the imagination a loser and rather more self-aware than most, otherwise fits this trope nicely in his wooing of Harriet Vane.
9th Jan '17 3:15:15 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Manga/SuperGals'': Aya is this to Rei Otohata. She spends a lot of time pining after him and trying to get him open up to her. Otohata, being the insensitive type, usually regards her affections with indifference or annoyance. He gets especially impatient with her when she cries, [[FragileFlower which she does often.]]
7th Jan '17 11:32:16 AM NWolfman
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* The male lead in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' refuses to give up on his love interest, even though she's a lesbian which ''[[IncompatibleOrientation should]]'' make his efforts ultimately worthless... except for the fact that she's actually a bisexual who [[NoBisexuals decided she would be more accepted as a lesbian]].

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* The male lead in ''Film/ChasingAmy'' refuses to give up on his love interest, even though she's a lesbian which ''[[IncompatibleOrientation should]]'' make his efforts ultimately worthless... except for the fact until she reveals that she's actually a bisexual who [[NoBisexuals decided she would be more accepted as a lesbian]].lesbian]]. The second half of the movie becomes a deconstruction of this concept, eventually shifting from a story of unrequited love to a cautionary tale about forcing someone to love you on your own terms.
5th Jan '17 9:10:33 PM FuzzyBoots
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* In ''Film/GoodNeighbors'', Victor pines after Louise throughout the film, while she pays little notice to him and uses him several times when it suits her needs.



* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Gilbert Blythe is the epitome of the second variation. He makes a badly-time comment about Anne's red hair and falls for her the instant she smashes her slate over his head in retribution. However, Anne holds this grudge for five years or so, in which time he tries valiantly to convince her he's not the jerk he originally came off as. Once they're friends, he gently implies at times that he wants to be more than just friends, though since Anne is oblivious to both his feelings for her and her growing feelings for him, it goes over her head. He continues to try and be her friend even after she shoots down his marriage proposal and after she dates another man for nearly two years. It takes a near-death experience for Anne to realize she's in love with him, the poor guy.

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* ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'': Gilbert Blythe is the epitome of the second variation. He makes a badly-time badly-timed comment about Anne's red hair and falls for her the instant she smashes her slate over his head in retribution. However, Anne holds this grudge for five years or so, in which time he tries valiantly to convince her he's not the jerk he originally came off as. Once they're friends, he gently implies at times that he wants to be more than just friends, though since Anne is oblivious to both his feelings for her and her growing feelings for him, it goes over her head. He continues to try and be her friend even after she shoots down his marriage proposal and after she dates another man for nearly two years. It takes a near-death experience for Anne to realize she's in love with him, the poor guy.
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