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29th May '16 3:56:47 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Winner Sinclair in ''{{Karin}}''. Not only does he fail to notice that Karin isn't interested in him, he also doesn't notice that she's a vampire and that her best friend ''is'' interested in him.

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* Winner Sinclair in ''{{Karin}}''.''Manga/{{Karin}}''. Not only does he fail to notice that Karin isn't interested in him, he also doesn't notice that she's a vampire and that her best friend ''is'' interested in him.
4th May '16 10:30:04 PM Hailfire25
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* In ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', the main character Risa becomes a Dogged Nice ''Girl'' when she realizes her crush on the lead male Atsushi. It doesn't help that all of her friends are constantly encouraging her on in her pursuit of him. Though to be fair, [[{{Tsundere}} she's not always lovey-dovey to him...]]

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* In ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', the main character Risa becomes a Dogged Nice ''Girl'' when she realizes her crush on the lead male Atsushi. It doesn't help that all of her friends are constantly encouraging her on in her pursuit of him. Though to be fair, [[{{Tsundere}} she's not always lovey-dovey to him...]]]] and he's as dense as a brick when she flat out tells him her feelings.
16th Feb '16 5:22:51 AM zerohelix
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* For the flip side of the coin, GirlWritesWhat made this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XDb0nxSO4 video]] in defense of Nice Guys, highlighting the recent reactions to this trope compared to its DistaffCounterpart, specifically citing audience reactions to the female-leads in ''SomeKindOfWonderful'' and ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding''. They believe the recent backlash against DoggedNiceGuys (see TheArtOfManliness entry above) is attributable to the conflict between what the modern woman wants in her head and what the primal part of her wants.

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* For the flip side of the coin, GirlWritesWhat made this [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9XDb0nxSO4 video]] in defense of Nice Guys, highlighting the recent reactions to this trope compared to its DistaffCounterpart, specifically citing audience reactions to the female-leads in ''SomeKindOfWonderful'' and ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding''. They believe the recent backlash against DoggedNiceGuys the DoggedNiceGuy (see TheArtOfManliness entry above) is attributable to the conflict between what the modern woman wants in her head and what the primal part of her wants.



* Milhouse Van Houten of the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' definitely counts. He's flirted with Lisa too many times to count and even openly declared his love for her a few times, only for her to shut him down almost every time. Doesn't stop him from trying again...and again...and yet again....

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* Milhouse Van Houten of the ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' definitely counts. He's flirted with Lisa too many times to count and even openly declared his love for her a few times, only for her to shut him down almost every time. Doesn't stop him from trying again... and again...again... and yet again....



* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' becomes a mild version of this after he realizes that he like ''likes'' Lila.

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* The titular character of ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' becomes a mild version of this after he realizes that he like ''likes'' likes Lila.
16th Feb '16 5:17:05 AM zerohelix
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** [[AllLoveIsUnrequited every character in this anime has an unrequited love, in fact.]] Youta's and Ai's in particular are real {{Tear Jerker}}s.

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** [[AllLoveIsUnrequited every Every character in this anime has an unrequited love, in fact.]] Youta's and Ai's in particular are real {{Tear Jerker}}s.



* Used in most installments of the original UC ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' saga. A recurring theme throughout is that of the Dogged Nice Guy utterly failing in his pursuit because the woman has already pledged herself to a man with a much more open/stronger personality, or one or more participants in the LoveTriangle wind up dead. Worst of all is probably the sad, sad tale of 13-years-old Hathaway Noah of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', who can't even let go after the girl (Quess) is dead. In the sequel novel, ''Hathaways Flash'', [[spoiler:he leads a resistance movement against TheFederation to avenge her, fails spectacularly and [[KarmicDeath gets executed]] (under orders from his own father, no less, who doesn't even know he's a terrorist!). When he meets Quess in the afterlife, he finds out it was all for nothing because she never even liked him anyway. Ouch.]]

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* Used in most installments of the original UC ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' saga. A recurring theme throughout is that of the Dogged Nice Guy utterly failing in his pursuit because the woman has already pledged herself to a man with a much more open/stronger personality, or one or more participants in the LoveTriangle wind up dead.
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Worst of all is probably the sad, sad tale of 13-years-old Hathaway Noah of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamCharsCounterattack'', who can't even let go after the girl (Quess) is dead. In the sequel novel, ''Hathaways Flash'', [[spoiler:he leads a resistance movement against TheFederation to avenge her, fails spectacularly and [[KarmicDeath gets executed]] (under orders from his own father, no less, who doesn't even know he's a terrorist!). When he meets Quess in the afterlife, he finds out it was all for nothing because she never even liked him anyway. Ouch.]]



* David Qin in '' ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' seeks Katchoo out on a more or less daily basis, even though she explains repeatedly (and violently) that she's not interested in men. [[spoiler:It's revealed later on that his sister Darcy sent him to spy on Katchoo and Francine.]] She relents after he helps her and Francine through some rough times, and he moves in with them.

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* David Qin in '' ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' ''ComicBook/StrangersInParadise'' seeks Katchoo out on a more or less daily basis, even though she explains repeatedly (and violently) that she's not interested in men. [[spoiler:It's revealed later on that his sister Darcy sent him to spy on Katchoo and Francine.]] She relents after he helps her and Francine through some rough times, and he moves in with them.
16th Feb '16 5:15:06 AM zerohelix
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** Morinaga is an unusual example of this trope because he actually ''[[LovingForce rapes]]'' Souichi ([[FirstEpisodeSpoiler at the beginning of the story, setting off the plot]]). Normally this would disqualify him from DNG-hood, but his behavior afterword still counts as this trope, only new he's become more of The Conquerer as opposed to the Patient Friend.

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** Morinaga is an unusual example of this trope because he actually ''[[LovingForce rapes]]'' ''rapes'' Souichi ([[FirstEpisodeSpoiler at the beginning of the story, setting off the plot]]). Normally this would disqualify him from DNG-hood, but his behavior afterword afterward still counts as this trope, only new now he's become more of The Conquerer as opposed to the Patient Friend.
10th Feb '16 7:53:29 AM Prfnoff
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* In ''LovelyComplex'', the main character Risa becomes a Dogged Nice ''Girl'' when she realizes her crush on the lead male Atsushi. It doesn't help that all of her friends are constantly encouraging her on in her pursuit of him. Though to be fair, [[{{Tsundere}} she's not always lovey-dovey to him...]]
* Megumi "Nodame" Noda from ''NodameCantabile'' is another female version, after she falls in love with the ridiculously talented Chiaki. She needs no encouragement though...

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* In ''LovelyComplex'', ''Manga/LovelyComplex'', the main character Risa becomes a Dogged Nice ''Girl'' when she realizes her crush on the lead male Atsushi. It doesn't help that all of her friends are constantly encouraging her on in her pursuit of him. Though to be fair, [[{{Tsundere}} she's not always lovey-dovey to him...]]
* Megumi "Nodame" Noda from ''NodameCantabile'' ''Manga/NodameCantabile'' is another female version, after she falls in love with the ridiculously talented Chiaki. She needs no encouragement though...



* [[GenderFlip Gender-flipped]] and (possibly) non-romantic example: Sasada Jun from ''NatsumeYuujinchou'', a {{Muggle}} who repeatedly attempts to make Natsume admit that he has supernatural powers and generally shows a very large amount of interest in him.

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* [[GenderFlip Gender-flipped]] and (possibly) non-romantic example: Sasada Jun from ''NatsumeYuujinchou'', ''Manga/NatsumesBookOfFriends'', a {{Muggle}} who repeatedly attempts to make Natsume admit that he has supernatural powers and generally shows a very large amount of interest in him.



* This is basically Shi Ryuuki's approach to his relationship with Kou Shuurei in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari''. To Ryuuki's credit, it's less that Shuurei isn't interested in him personally and more that she has goals which preclude the thought of romance entirely; even more to his credit, he really does genuinely [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy want her to be happy]], which is why he doesn't, as TheEmperor, simply command her to be his consort and remain at the palace. But all things being equal, he'd prefer that she be happy ''with him,'' and he's prepared to wait forever, constantly giving her gifts and trying to think up ways to win her over.

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* This is basically Shi Ryuuki's approach to his relationship with Kou Shuurei in ''SaiunkokuMonogatari''.''LightNovel/SaiunkokuMonogatari''. To Ryuuki's credit, it's less that Shuurei isn't interested in him personally and more that she has goals which preclude the thought of romance entirely; even more to his credit, he really does genuinely [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy want her to be happy]], which is why he doesn't, as TheEmperor, simply command her to be his consort and remain at the palace. But all things being equal, he'd prefer that she be happy ''with him,'' and he's prepared to wait forever, constantly giving her gifts and trying to think up ways to win her over.
9th Feb '16 3:31:07 PM Adept
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* William Dobbin, the borderline LoserProtagonist of ''VanityFair'', by William Makepeace Thackeray. Except that Thackeray never met a trope he didn't [[ZigZaggingTrope mess with]].

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* William Dobbin, the borderline LoserProtagonist of ''VanityFair'', ''Literature/VanityFair'', by William Makepeace Thackeray. Except that Thackeray never met a trope he didn't [[ZigZaggingTrope mess with]].
22nd Jan '16 10:49:09 PM nombretomado
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** Although he quickly stopped being nice and switched to abuse and manipulation instead. This was done intentionally by StephenieMeyer in an attempt to make readers who shipped Bella and Jacob [[OfficialCouple ship Bella and Edward instead.]]

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** Although he quickly stopped being nice and switched to abuse and manipulation instead. This was done intentionally by StephenieMeyer Creator/StephenieMeyer in an attempt to make readers who shipped Bella and Jacob [[OfficialCouple ship Bella and Edward instead.]]
7th Jan '16 9:52:09 PM nombretomado
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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan.'' Peter Parker plays this role when trying to get Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant to be his date to the HighSchoolDance. He is thwarted in his efforts by his Aunt May, who frankly tells Betty that, at twenty to his sixteen, she's too old to be dating Peter. [[LikesOlderWomen Much to Peter's chagrin]], Betty takes this to heart, and turns Peter down.

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* {{Subverted|Trope}} in ''TheSpectacularSpiderMan.''WesternAnimation/TheSpectacularSpiderMan.'' Peter Parker plays this role when trying to get Daily Bugle secretary Betty Brant to be his date to the HighSchoolDance. He is thwarted in his efforts by his Aunt May, who frankly tells Betty that, at twenty to his sixteen, she's too old to be dating Peter. [[LikesOlderWomen Much to Peter's chagrin]], Betty takes this to heart, and turns Peter down.
19th Dec '15 4:37:57 PM nombretomado
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* Keisaku Satou from ''ShakuganNoShana'' is this for [[MsFanservice Margery]] [[BrokenBird Daw]]. She pretty much commandeers his home, drinks his home dry of alcoholic beverages daily, and generally tends to be really high maintenance. However, he keeps his mouth shut and helps her (as a MissionControl) with her job as a Flame Haze (even after his buddy Eita does an OptOut) due to having had a crush on her that turns into full blown romantic attraction. She tries to keeps him at arms length with her DarkAndTroubledPast, but this epically backfires, and by the end of Season 2 of the anime, she's rather aware he hasn't given up. In the final season, [[spoiler:she finally breaks down and reciprocates his feelings]].
* Manga/{{Naruto}} over Sakura. While he still hopes for Sakura to reciprocate his feelings, he eventually dies down his more serious efforts and even holds back out of [[{{CharacterDevelopment}} maturity]] and [[{{Insecure Love Interest}} 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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* Keisaku Satou from ''ShakuganNoShana'' ''LightNovel/ShakuganNoShana'' is this for [[MsFanservice Margery]] [[BrokenBird Daw]]. She pretty much commandeers his home, drinks his home dry of alcoholic beverages daily, and generally tends to be really high maintenance. However, he keeps his mouth shut and helps her (as a MissionControl) with her job as a Flame Haze (even after his buddy Eita does an OptOut) due to having had a crush on her that turns into full blown romantic attraction. She tries to keeps him at arms length with her DarkAndTroubledPast, but this epically backfires, and by the end of Season 2 of the anime, she's rather aware he hasn't given up. In the final season, [[spoiler:she finally breaks down and reciprocates his feelings]].
* Manga/{{Naruto}} over Sakura. While he still hopes for Sakura to reciprocate his feelings, he eventually dies down his more serious efforts and even holds back out of [[{{CharacterDevelopment}} [[CharacterDevelopment maturity]] and [[{{Insecure Love Interest}} [[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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