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7th Feb '17 2:03:39 PM amysteriousravioli
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* Very much Arthur of ''Literature/AlongTheWindingRoad''. Crippling social anxiety will do that, as will [[spoiler: being the cause of the apocalypse]].
29th Jan '17 9:31:04 PM thecarolinabull01
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* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Helga Pataki is madly in love with Arnold, but is too shy and insecure to tell him because she's afraid he'll reject her. So [[LovingBully she resorts to bullying him instead]].
30th Dec '16 4:24:05 AM TheAmazingBlachman
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* Extremely common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics that have a romance between Shinji and Asuka, as it would be perfectly in-character for Shinji to feel this way if he ever did get into a relationship, and Asuka has zero self-esteem:

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* Extremely common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics that have a romance between Shinji and Asuka, as it would be perfectly in-character for Shinji to feel this way if he ever did get into a relationship, and the fact Asuka has zero self-esteem:her own self-esteem issues does tend to make things a bit more complicated:
29th Dec '16 5:14:26 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Played for laughs at the end of the ''Series/JonathanCreek'' episode "Satan's Chimney", when Carla storms into the theatre Jonathan is working at demanding to know why he hasn't contacted her after their adventure:
-->'''Carla:''' ''[Imperiously]'' Before you say it Jonathan, you needn't say it. Clearly I was expecting too much, but I did just think you ''might'' have taken the trouble to ring me, you know? God knows it must have been obvious I wanted to hear from you! With your astute mind you must have figured that one out. ''[Jonathan tries to interject]'' And don't try to pretend I'm so repellent! Cause... I mean... I'm bright. I'm fun to be with. And well up to your speed. And plus! I did actually save your life if you remember! So I don't think it would have killed you to get in touch! Just to say hello or see how I was! After everything we went through together?\\
'''Jonathan:''' ... It only happened last night. It's only twelve o'clock now. I thought you'd be glad of some rest--\\
'''Carla:''' ''[In the exact same tone]'' Yes. Well. That's the other thing. [[InferioritySuperiorityComplex I'm also deeply insecure.]] And emotionally vulnerable. And frequently prone to irrational outbursts. So, now you know the whole picture, it's up to you whether you want to see me again or not.\\
'''Jonathan:''' Okay then, let's say tonight. Have a bite to eat or something?\\
'''Carla:''' I'll let you know if I'm free. ''[Storms off]''
9th Dec '16 3:35:45 PM SteveMB
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25th Nov '16 7:30:06 PM ectostar
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->''"So all anyone needs to do to get past your defenses is be your commanding officer or a pretty girl?"''
-->-- '''Sergeant Ebbirnoth''', ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''

In fictional bars, [[MsFanservice attractive women]] don't normally talk to men who are [[HollywoodHomely less than absolute studs]]. They certainly never flirt with or outright hit on such men...so when they do, something must be up. This is when a beautiful woman approaches a less-good-looking man in a bar because she's coldly trying to lead the poor guy to his doom or take advantage of him in a non-sexual manner with her [[BeautyIsBad tricky feminine wiles]].

The poor schlub will likely be ChainedToABed, humiliated in some other fashion, [[OrganTheft short a kidney]], or dead once the lady in question has what she wants from him.

See also HoneyTrap. The CasanovaWannabe is ''never'' GenreSavvy enough to suspect this might be happening. Contrast ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe, a romantic [[InvertedTrope inversion]].

This does not apply to the KavorkaMan, who somehow gets all kinds of action from hot women despite being objectively homely. And if the woman [[AvertedTrope turns out to be]] [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim genuinely attracted]] [[GiveGeeksAChance to the schlub]], well, there's NoAccountingForTaste. They might even wind up as UglyGuyHotWife.

A specifically sexual {{subtrope}} of TooGoodToBeTrue.

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->''"So all anyone needs to do to get past your defenses is be your commanding officer or a pretty girl?"''
-->-- '''Sergeant Ebbirnoth''', ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''

In fictional bars, [[MsFanservice attractive women]] don't normally talk to men who are [[HollywoodHomely less than absolute studs]]. They certainly never flirt with or outright hit on such men...so when they do, something must be up. This is when a beautiful woman approaches a less-good-looking man in a bar because she's coldly trying to lead the poor guy to his doom or take advantage
[[quoteright:300:[[Literature/InsecureInLove http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/51sv86_sl6l_aa300.jpg]] ]]

A form
of him in HeroicSelfDeprecation where a non-sexual manner with her [[BeautyIsBad tricky feminine wiles]].

The poor schlub will likely be ChainedToABed, humiliated in some other fashion, [[OrganTheft short a kidney]], or dead once the lady in question has what she wants from him.

See also HoneyTrap. The CasanovaWannabe is ''never'' GenreSavvy
character thinks they're not good enough to suspect for their LoveInterest. They may think this might be happening. Contrast ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe, while they're actually in a romantic [[InvertedTrope inversion]].

This does not apply to
relationship with said person (in which case they may break it off "for the KavorkaMan, who somehow gets all kinds of action from hot women despite being objectively homely. And other person's good"), or they may avoid pursuing them in the first place.

Done well, it can provide conflict, as well as maybe CharacterDevelopment. Done badly, it can come across as {{Wangst}}, especially
if the woman [[AvertedTrope turns out character [[InformedFlaw has no reason to be]] [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim genuinely attracted]] [[GiveGeeksAChance feel like this]], or worse, is seen as disingenuously fishing for compliments.

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to the schlub]], well, there's NoAccountingForTaste. They might even wind up as UglyGuyHotWife.

A specifically sexual {{subtrope}} of TooGoodToBeTrue.
IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. Also compare ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe. If this causes a breakup, they may say ItsNotYouItsMe (and really mean it).



* Happens to Lt. Havoc in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' with his new girlfriend, [[spoiler:Lust]]. Subverted, since it doesn't work. The man's a flirt, but he puts his job before pleasure.
** Despite not usually getting the girl Havoc actually isn't bad looking it's just that the women he's into end up liking his boss..more.
* Rena's father in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' gets it hard. The drop-dead sexy chick he met in a fishy bar and with whom he fell madly in love happens to be a specialist in badger games and [[GoldDigger only seeks to squeeze all the money she can out of him]] (which is a lot).

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* Happens ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'':
** Belldandy is this way towards Keiichi Morisato. Numerous times things happen that make it seem as if he's losing interest in, or cheating on her, and she more or less ends up asking if she's good enough. And every single time, he promises her that she is, considering the wish he made
to Lt. Havoc her in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' the first episode/chapter ("for a girl like her to stay with him forever" after being rejected by another woman), he doesn't intend to betray her trust.
** Keiichi himself is probably an even better example of this, particularly in the anime. He's quite aware that he is -- especially in the beginning -- an unattractive loser, and that by staying with him, Bell is taking a ''big'' step down. He often feels guilty for tethering her to him when he knows she could find someone better. The fact that ''both'' sides in this relationship are like this is one of the major contributors to the series' infamous CannotSpitItOut dynamic.
** Belldandy also believes that she doesn't deserve Keiichi [[spoiler:because she has been aware from day one of their relationship that Heaven messed with Keiichi's mind to keep him from consummating their relationship.]]
* In ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' despite how much he may [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend deny feelings for]] and [[RunningGag run away from]] [[{{Yandere}} Shouko]] and her [[ShipTease advances]] on a frequent basis, when Yuuji actually talks about his relationship with her, he makes it out like [[ItsNotYouItsMe it's all his fault that she's fallen in love with a worthless guy like him]].
-->'''Yuuji:''' ''I want to set her free.''
** Which hilariously backfires and only causes her to fall in love with him even more anytime he tries to convince her that she deserves a better guy than him.
* Annie Brighton from ''Manga/CandyCandy'' is this to [[spoiler: Archie Cornwall]], which isn't helped by his crush on the titular Candy [[spoiler: and how Annie, despite her and Candy's RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, is also jealous of her]]. [[spoiler: However, Archie soon realises that [[SecondLove Annie is the one he actually loves]], and they stay together.]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** [[GenkiGirl Yumi]]'s ex-boyfriend Haneda is still in love with her, but believes that he is unworthy of Yumi until he can win all seven professional shogi title tournaments.
** [[spoiler: Takagi]] sometimes shows shades of this trope towards his girlfriend [[spoiler: Sato]]. At some point he's seen in tears due to this, thinking of how he believes himself to not have what it takes to make her happy. [[spoiler: And then he's kidnapped and put in a DeathTrap. And one of the persons who saves him is Sato herself.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' [[spoiler:Jellal, after his HeelFaceTurn,]] firmly believes that he has no right to be with [[spoiler:Erza]] after what he's done, and even goes out of his way to [[spoiler:lie about having a fiance to get around the fact that she's in love with him]]. All this in spite of the fact that he was BrainwashedAndCrazy at [[spoiler: ''the age of eleven.'']]
** Juvia becomes this after she [[spoiler:takes down the {{Necromancer}} Keyes, by extension killing Gray's father.]] Instead of getting angry, [[spoiler:Gray holds her and tearfully thanks her for freeing his father.]]
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'': Main character Kyosuke is in love with Madoka, but he thinks he isn't and will never be good enough for her. He thinks that she's beautiful, intelligent, mature... and compared to her, he looks like a kid.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] with the relationship between [[LovableSexManiac Issei]] and Rias. Despite their love being blatantly reciprocated, Issei was - for quite some time - resigned to the mindset that she, a bonafide MsFanservice and a NiceGirl with a noble heritage, deserves better than a perverted guy like him. This, however, causes Rias to remain heartbroken when Issei answered her question on what she really is to him: he said she's nothing more than the president of the Occult Research Club and his master. It took the support of the other girls to let Issei battle
with his new girlfriend, [[spoiler:Lust]]. Subverted, since inferiority complex - caused by the trauma involving being killed on his first date by his ex-GF for being boring - and successfully hook up with Rias.
* Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spends a considerable amount of time angsting over how she feels unworthy of her {{Ojou}}-sama Konoka.
* Snow gives hints of this in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Aside from the occasional jealousy,
it doesn't work. The man's a flirt, but he puts his job before pleasure.
** Despite not usually getting
go anywhere. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied she hooks up with Ginta at the end anyway.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'', due to the nature of her situation, Subaru, who is a [[SweetPollyOliver
girl Havoc actually disguised as a boy]], is constantly worried that she either isn't bad looking it's just good enough for Jiro, or that the women he's into either dating, or likes someone else. Despite that, Jiro always tries to reassure her.
* Both halves of ''Manga/MyLoveStory's'' main couple experience this. Takeo primarily before their RelationshipUpgrade, Yamato after:
** Pre-upgrade, Takeo has spent his entire life up to that point seeing the girls he likes prefer his {{Bishonen}} best friend, Suna. So, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, it never occurs to him Yamato might reciprocate his growing feelings and he instead tries to play TheMatchmaker with her and Suna. This persists until Suna engineers a confession out of Yamato with Takeo in earshot. He's much better afterward, but self-aware enough of his faults that he's hesitant to make any big moves without first consulting Suna.
** Post-Upgrade, Yamato worries about being good enough for Takeo. Takeo's more old-fashioned values and putting Yamato on a pedestal cause her to worry that he will reject her because she desires to move their relationship forward; even with something as simple as holding hands. She also experiences some low key possessiveness because she can not comprehend that the {{Gonk}}y Takeo isn't typically popular with girls and frets about having to fight for him. Fortunately, once he's aware of these issues himself, Takeo assures her he'll be glad to move faster if that's what Yamato wants and that he loves her and only her.
* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Initially, Youko is merely [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] to the fact that Asahi has any deeper feelings for her than friendship. When the idea finally crosses her mind, she instantly shoots it down, convincing herself that Asahi is [[NiceGuy that nice]] to all his friends, and that he's far to polite to say that being her SecretKeeper is a pain in the ass. While Youko and Asahi do
end up liking his boss..more.
* Rena's father in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry''
getting together, it takes another 40 chapters to happen, and not before they both go through some pretty painful emotional torment.
** The trope
gets [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] after the RelationshipUpgrade, when TricksterMentor Akane calls Youko out on her uneasiness, saying "You're not thinking something stupid like 'I'm not good enough for him', are you? What's done is done, just go with it hard. The drop-dead sexy chick he met and be happy."
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto seems to display this trope to an extent. While not
in a fishy bar and romantic relationship with whom [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]], he fell madly states to Sai that he could not tell her how he feels because he couldn't keep his promise to her in bringing back Sasuke, implying that he feels unworthy of her. Though he's also a IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy character.
** Hinata is a more straight example. She has been
in love happens with Naruto since they were kids, but her crippling shyness and perceived weakness prevented her from ever pursuing him.
** Naruto is also this for Hinata. Kiba implies that this is the reason he tries to act so cool around her. [[spoiler:This was eventually confirmed in ''Film/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Part of why Naruto never noticed her affections for him is because he never believed [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he was ever worthy of such affection, let alone from someone as beautiful and as kind as Hinata]]]].
* PlayedForLaughs in one chapter of ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' when Tsurezure tries MeditatingUnderAWaterfall because he doesn't feel that he's handsome enough
to be a specialist Haru's boyfriend.
* Kenshin Himura from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' ofter wonders if he's good enough for his girlfriend Kaoru. It's rather justified
in badger games his case due to his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* This trope almost defines Kisa Shouta's angst
and [[GoldDigger only seeks to squeeze all feelings toward Yukina Kou in ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi''.
* In ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', Minato is plagued by
the money feeling that he isn't good enough for his BalancedHarem. He calls himself "unreliable", and worries that he's a worthless guy because of his failure to get into university twice, as well as being an ExtremeDoormat. Rather than allow this to consume him or damage their relationships, he resolves to become someone worthy of their love and trust, someone that will believe in himself enough to fully return their feelings. He declares this to them, and asks them to wait for him until then.
* Jin from ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' feels he's not worthy enough to be with his beloved childhood friend Misaki, due to her talents, such as in animation, and feels he would just [[TheLoad weigh her down]] if he tried to have a serious relationship with her. This despite the obvious signs that Misaki really wants to be with him.
* Sayaka Miki from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She has a crush on Kyousuke Kamijou but CanNotSpitItOut, ''especially'' once it is revealed that [[spoiler:becoming a MagicalGirl means effectively [[OurLichesAreDifferent becoming a sparkly lich]]. Sayaka feels
she can out of him]] can't ask for Kyousuke's love because she now considers herself a zombie, and the realization that she made her supposedly selfless wish for selfish reasons along with her good friend Hitomi [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom pushing the issue by giving her a one day headstart on confessing]] (which is she balks at)]]...it doesn't end well.
* Both protagonist of ''Anime/TokyoMarbleChocolate'' feel like this about each other: Yuudai thinks he's
a lot).[[LovableCoward coward]] and lazy guy that doesn't deserve Chizuru, while Chiruzu becomes [[CuteClumsyGirl really clumsy]] when she starts to fall in love and she fears that this will scare Yuudai away. Compound this with their previous bad experiences with romance.



* Played with in ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Goldie hits on Marv, but she's the one who ends up dead. She wasn't killed by Marv, though; she'd seen something someone didn't want her to see, leading her to hit on "the biggest, meanest lug around" for protection. Unfortunately, Marv got drunk and was passed out when what she was running from caught up with her. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Inverted somewhat in ''ComicBook/TheGoon''. Sexy bar singer Mirna tries repeatedly to talk to Goon, only for him to rebuff her with increasing rudeness. Eventually he snaps and tells her he doesn't know what she's selling, but he's not buying. He explains to Frankie that there's only one reason a girl like her pretends to be interested in a guy like him--he learned that the hard way. He realizes the truth too late, when Mirna leaves town.
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* Played Barbara Gordon alias Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}/Oracle [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] felt as though [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick]] was only in love [[LovingAShadow with in ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Goldie hits on Marv, but she's the one who memory of the girl she had once been]], rather than the [[HandicappedBadass woman she had become]].
* Tommy Monoghan of the ''{{Comicbook/Hitman}}'' comic book
ends up dead. She his relationship with Tiegel once and for all by pretty much telling her outright that he's a scumbag, and if they stay together he'd just keep letting her down and screwing up. He's saying it because it's true, but he's ALSO saying it because he's about to take on a pretty good sized chunk of the CIA and doesn't want her around for it. Whether or not a reader thinks he would have said/done it if not for the whole CIA thing varies.
* Frank Einstein Jr. is this to Henrietta in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'', specifically in the second album. He falls for her at first sight, but his feelings of being rejected and his own inferiority complex towards his physical appearance made him create an invention that makes people physically perfect. But that became dangerous because of Henrietta's [[spoiler:extreme bipolar disorder]]. After that, he's still very much in love with her, and Henrietta starts feeling the same for him, although they can't tell their own feelings for each other.
* Franchise/SpiderMan and Mary Jane Watson are this to each other. For Spider-Man, MJ is an incredibly beautiful, charismatic and talented young woman who is incredibly out of his league and would be far better off if she
wasn't killed by Marv, though; she'd seen something someone didn't want her to see, leading her to hit on "the biggest, meanest lug around" for protection. Unfortunately, Marv got drunk and was passed out when what she was running from caught up with her. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Inverted somewhat in ''ComicBook/TheGoon''. Sexy bar singer Mirna tries repeatedly to talk to Goon, only for him to rebuff her
him. For Mary Jane, Spider-Man is a selfless and brave superhero with increasing rudeness. Eventually he snaps amazing abilities. They each believe they aren't good enough for the other, and tells her that they are dragging the other person down.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} often sees himself as this. Although many women regard him as a hunky dreamboat and some kind of paragon, he sees himself as an ordinary man with exceptional skills or -depending on the era- an alien outcast. In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'',
he doesn't know what she's selling, but he's not buying. He explains get why his female co-workers like him since he thinks he is an outcast who is unable to Frankie have a healthy relationship with a woman. Regardless, he thinks his main love interests -Comicbook/LanaLang, Comicbook/LoisLane- are too good for him.
* Dale in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is always insecure about his relationship with Andrea, due to the fact
that there's only one reason he is [[MayDecemberRomance twice as old as her]]. Andrea shows a girl like her pretends few small shades of this, mostly whenever Dale mentions his late wife. [[spoiler: It ultimately works out until Dale's death, and Andrea is able to move on and be interested in a guy like him--he learned that the hard way. He realizes the truth too late, when Mirna leaves town.
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* Done by Sakura in ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja,'' who uses a sexy transformation to cozy up to a loser Iwa ninja in a bar, drug his drinks while pouring them for him, then kidnap him when he passes out while she's "walking him home" so she can [[spoiler:interrogate him about Naruto and Kakashi, who are being held prisoner]].

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* Done Played straight and inverted by Sakura Erin in ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja,'' who uses a sexy transformation to cozy up to a loser Iwa ninja in a bar, drug ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues'', regarding her blossoming romance with Stephen. While [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe she does feel under his drinks while pouring them league]] and has been fighting self-confidence issues since the beginning of the series, she seems to be more concerned about getting hurt ''by him''. His [[TheCharmer ladies' man tendencies]] worry her a bit and she still has baggage from [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest what happened between]] [[LoveHurts her and L]] in [[Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury the first story.]]
** Speaking of, L is implied to be this in the prequel, especially in the companion 'shots. While it's suggested that he develops feelings
for him, then kidnap Erin he [[CannotSpitItOut never says a word about them]] and does not try to pursue a more intimate relationship with her. This may have been due to [[UnscrupulousHero how he is in general]] and [[AMatchMadeInStockholm the nature of what relationship they did have...]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/AllThingsProbableSeries "A Friend In Darkness"]]'', [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim's]] VisionQuest to rescue Ron from the SpiritWorld [[FightingDownMemoryLane dredges up uncomfortable memories]] of times she'd been thoughtless and condescending toward him. She decides that he deserves better and breaks up with
him when [[spoiler:until the end of the story]].
* Extremely common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics that have a romance between Shinji and Asuka, as it would be perfectly in-character for Shinji to feel this way if
he passes out while ever did get into a relationship, and Asuka has zero self-esteem:
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji thought he wasn't good enough for Asuka before and after hooking up with her. However Asuka disagrees and she always replies he's the only man good enough for her.
*** Ritsuko also feels unworthy of Maya's love since she had been involved in Gendo's plan for [[AssimilationPlot Third Impact]] less than 24 hours before hooking up with her. [[BrutalHonesty Rei has told her under no uncertain terms]] that
she's "walking entirely justified in thinking that way, but it doesn't mean that she can't ''[[TheAtoner become]]'' someone worthy of her affection.
** In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked
him home" so because he was only a wimpy kid and she can [[spoiler:interrogate was beautiful and smart.
** ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka can't understand why Shinji loves someone like her. She never figured it out, even though they were together during six decades. In a deleted chapter, Asuka tells Kaworu that Shinji is an idiot for loving her.
** In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like
him back, and heís damaged their relationship beyond repair.
** Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling''. Shinji thinks he isnít good enough for Asuka after he missed all of her hints, never helped her and let her die. However, Kaji warned him that attitude would hurt Asuka rather than helping her.
** ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Touji was frightened of asking Hikari out, even after Shinji showed him that Hikari liked him back.
* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10745563/6/OTP-Addiction OTP Addiction]]'', when [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha]] refuses to leave Jaune to his death.
-->''Mercury sighed and shook his head. "Trust me, there'll be other guys out there, ones actually worth your time."\\
Pyrrha smiled at Jaune. "I...I never met anyone...worth more to me than you."''
* Jessie and James shift this role back and forth for the first half of Cori Falls's series of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics. Either Jessie thinks she's too mean, bitchy, and coldhearted for someone as sweet as James, or James thinks he's too weak, stupid, and clumsy for someone as strong as Jessie. [[YoYoPlotPoint It gets pretty repetitive after the first five or so times.]]
* In an untitled [[http://theskyexists.tumblr.com/post/82412357567/unbreakable-red-ribbons-wrap-her-waist-her fic]] set after ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Homura becomes this trope. [[note]]To paraphrase [[ComicBook/XMen Emma Frost]],[[/note]] She's spent so long hating herself that she can't imagine anyone ''not'' hating her.
-->'''Madoka:''' I will say it again and again for all eternity if I have to, Homura-chan, until you get it. You are you and I will always save you.
* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has Lyra breaking up with Bonbon because she's unsure if she feels the same way
about Naruto their relationship as Bonbon does and Kakashi, who doesn't want to lead her on. This is almost universally regarded as a poor decision.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Jaune is sure that he isn't worth Pyrrha's attention because he himself isn't a badass. Yang, his dad and ''Pyrrha herself'' point out that this is absurd and there
are other reasons apart from being held prisoner]].a badass that she might like him.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Derpy]] in ''FanFic/WereGonnaGetThereSoon''. Her [[CuteClumsyGirl klutziness]], eye condition, and her [[WellDoneSonGuy poor relationship with her parents]] result in a mare who is very surprised when [[NiceGuy Thunderlane]] is interested in pursuing a relationship with her.
* [[Anime/YuGiOh Ryou Bakura]] feels this way about Tea Gardner in ''Fanfic/DesertedDistractions''. Not only is he so [[TheWoobie used to being ignored and abandoned]] that he has a hard time [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe believing he has the chance with beautiful, popular Tea]] who has several other romantic interests, but the perpetual taint of the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Spirit of the Ring]] causes him to feel weak and unworthy of her love when she offers it to him. The Spirit's [[VillainousCrush feelings]] for Tea also mean that being with Ryou puts her in constant danger.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' fanfics this is ''very'' common with both Hanzo and Junkrat, especially Jesse/Hanzo and Lucio/Junkrat works. While Hanzo makes some sense given his canon status as TheAtoner who in-universe feels he crossed a MoralEventHorizon by killing Genji and thus might well have weak self-esteem, Junkrat's is more based in his own rough background and more self awareness than Junkrat usually displays in canon.



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* Mystique and a prison guard from ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Sure, she drugged and injected him with iron, so that Magneto could ''rip it from his blood'' and escape, but he got to make out with Rebecca Romijn. Lucky bastard. This trope is basically lampshaded when Magneto [[BondOneLiner tells the guard]] that he should never trust a beautiful woman -- especially one who's interested in ''him''.
* The alternate ending to the remake of ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
* This happens several times in ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', a humorous scene involves Bond enlisting the aid of a husky Slav woman, Rosika Miklos, who works on the Trans-Siberian pipeline he's using to smuggle a defector across the border from Czechoslovakia to Austria. Her role is to distract the on-duty technician, which she accomplishes by unzipping her jumpsuit and [[MarshmallowHell shoving the man's face into her generous bosom]]. Once Bond is safely away, Rosika throws the technician back and slaps him soundly across the face, snapping, "What kind of girl do you think I am?!"
** In ''Film/GoldenEye'' with Xenia Onatopp, the woman whose M.O. is to [[OutWithABang sex you to death]] with her thighs.
* A genderswapped version appears in the 2009 movie ''Film/{{Duplicity}}''--hottie Clive Owen chats up a [[HollywoodHomely frumpy woman]] as a ploy to get her to take him back to her office in order to access the company's computer network. His female colleague is not happy about this tactic, despite the fact that she pulled the same stunt in their first meeting, in order to steal some files Owen was carrying.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', the group of shady security experts arrange a matchup through an online dating site between their leader's ex Liz (played by Creator/MaryMcDonnell) and a geeky employee of BigBad Cosmo, in order to obtain the employee's keycard and voice recognition codes for use in breaking into Cosmo's office. The second Cosmo hears of this he incredulously says "A computer matched ''him'' with ''her?''" and locks down the building, knowing it's a setup.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Narissa on Nathaniel. Nathaniel begins to realize he's a dupe when he sees a soap opera variant.
* This trope shows up in several ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' films.
** ''Film/SpaceMutiny'': Lea in a {{Squick}} moment. Although Lea's attractiveness is somewhat [[InformedAttractiveness informed]]. The riffing, naturally, lampshades the hell out of this: "You know, the last eight times this happened, the woman just wanted to get away!"
** This is roughly half the plot of ''Film/HighSchoolBigShot''; the popular Betty seduces bookish anti-hero Marv to get him to write an essay for her; the plan backfires and costs Marv his chance at a scholarship. This pushes him over the DespairEventHorizon, driving him to plan to steal a million dollars of [[TheMafia Mob]] money kept at the warehouse he works part-time at. All to get Betty's attention. [[EverybodyDies It doesn't end well]].
** Seen in ''Film/AngelsRevenge''. Especially {{egregious}} as they're dressed in bikinis on a ridiculously cold, foggy day on a deserted beach.
** And again, in ''Film/OperationDouble007'': the BodyguardBabes of the BigBad expand this trope into a scheme to steal some AppliedPhlebotinum from a military convoy in the middle of the deserts. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment The can-can dancer outfits and skunk costumes play a vital role... somehow]].
** And even more, with Watney Smith and the Queen in ''[[Literature/{{Gor}} Outlaw of Gor]]''.
* This happened more than once with Film/TheThreeStooges, typically to [[TheWoobie Curly]].
* Directly lampshaded by a girl in ''Film/ShesTheMan'', who tells a guy, "Girls with asses like mine don't talk to boys with faces like yours." Also inverted in that she gets dumped not only by her boyfriend, [[LesYay but by her]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser boyfriend's sister]].
* Done by the mermaids in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' to some unfortunate sailors. Not only do they kill them, they ''eat'' them.
** Notably, though, the sailors were (at least in part) trying to do the same to the mermaids, and they needed to capture one for reasons of their own.
* Done in the horror film ''Film/TrickRTreat'' by a [[spoiler:pack of female werewolves]].

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* Mystique and a prison guard from ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Sure, she drugged and injected him with iron, so that Magneto could ''rip it from his blood'' and escape, but he got to make out with Rebecca Romijn. Lucky bastard. This trope is basically lampshaded when Magneto [[BondOneLiner tells the guard]] that he should never trust a beautiful woman
[[folder:Films -- especially one who's interested in ''him''.
Animation]]
* The alternate ending to the remake of ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
* This happens several times
titular character in ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', a humorous scene involves Bond enlisting the aid of a husky Slav woman, Rosika Miklos, who works on the Trans-Siberian pipeline he's using to smuggle a defector across the border from Czechoslovakia to Austria. Her role is to distract the on-duty technician, which she accomplishes by unzipping her jumpsuit and [[MarshmallowHell shoving the man's face into her generous bosom]]. Once Bond is safely away, Rosika throws the technician back and slaps him soundly across the face, snapping, "What kind of girl do you think I am?!"
** In ''Film/GoldenEye'' with Xenia Onatopp, the woman whose M.O. is to [[OutWithABang sex you to death]] with her thighs.
* A genderswapped version appears in the 2009 movie ''Film/{{Duplicity}}''--hottie Clive Owen chats up a [[HollywoodHomely frumpy woman]] as a ploy to get her to take him back to her office in order to access the company's computer network. His female colleague is not happy about this tactic, despite the fact that she pulled the same stunt in their first meeting, in order to steal some files Owen was carrying.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', the group of shady security experts arrange a matchup through an online dating site between their leader's ex Liz (played by Creator/MaryMcDonnell) and a geeky employee of BigBad Cosmo, in order to obtain the employee's keycard and voice recognition codes for use in breaking into Cosmo's office. The second Cosmo hears of this he incredulously says "A computer matched ''him'' with ''her?''" and locks down the building, knowing it's a setup.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Narissa on Nathaniel. Nathaniel begins to realize he's a dupe when he sees a soap opera variant.
* This trope shows up in several ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' films.
** ''Film/SpaceMutiny'': Lea in a {{Squick}} moment. Although Lea's attractiveness is somewhat [[InformedAttractiveness informed]]. The riffing, naturally, lampshades the hell out of this: "You know, the last eight times this happened, the woman just wanted to get away!"
** This is roughly half the plot of ''Film/HighSchoolBigShot''; the popular Betty seduces bookish anti-hero Marv to get him to write an essay for her; the plan backfires and costs Marv his chance at a scholarship. This pushes him over the DespairEventHorizon, driving him to plan to steal a million dollars of [[TheMafia Mob]] money kept at the warehouse he works part-time at. All to get Betty's attention. [[EverybodyDies It
''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. He doesn't end well]].
** Seen in ''Film/AngelsRevenge''. Especially {{egregious}} as they're dressed in bikinis on a ridiculously cold, foggy day on a deserted beach.
** And again, in ''Film/OperationDouble007'':
believe Jasmine could ever love the BodyguardBabes real him and disguises himself as a Prince to become worthy of her.
* {{Implied}} with Xibalba in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. At
the BigBad expand end, when he [[spoiler:apologizes to La Muerte for all the trouble he caused, he adds in "you [La Muerte] deserve better than me"]]. [[WordOfGod Gutierrez]] stated that the reason Xibalba wanted to make it ''look'' like he was cheating on her was out of insecurity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', PJ is in
this trope into a scheme role. Bobby is willing to steal some AppliedPhlebotinum from flirt with Beret Girl, PJ is not. He says a military convoy in grand total of zero words to her, being visibly stunned speechless each time, until she decides to take the middle initiative and start flirting with him. At this point, PJ responds by reciting a poem about how nobody notices fat people no matter how they act. Beret Girl is both impressed and sympathetic, asks, "How could ''anyone'' overlook this bundle of yes-ness?" and asks him to dance. This is the deserts. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment The can-can dancer outfits catalyst for PJ's CharacterDevelopment: he immediately becomes a lot happier, less insecure, and skunk costumes play more confident.
* In ''Film/{{Mermaidia}}'', Nori feels that Nalu will never love her because of class differences. She vents these feelings by [[GreenEyedMonster bitching at]] Elina, who [[spoiler:she thinks]] is dating him. (Unusually for the trope, Nori resolves these feelings ''before'' starting
a vital role... somehow]].
** And
relationship with Nalu.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he is so hideous that
even more, with Watney Smith and the Queen in ''[[Literature/{{Gor}} Outlaw of Gor]]''.
* This happened more than once with Film/TheThreeStooges, typically to [[TheWoobie Curly]].
* Directly lampshaded by
a girl in ''Film/ShesTheMan'', who tells a guy, "Girls with asses like mine don't talk to boys with faces like yours." Also inverted in magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that she gets dumped not only by her boyfriend, [[LesYay but by her]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser boyfriend's sister]].
* Done by
the mermaids in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' to some unfortunate sailors. Not only do they kill them, they ''eat'' them.
** Notably, though,
the sailors were (at least object of his affections was already in part) trying to do love - the same to the mermaids, and they needed to capture one for reasons of their own.
* Done in the horror film ''Film/TrickRTreat'' by a [[spoiler:pack of female werewolves]].
thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].



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* [[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]] does this with the protagonist playing this role.
--> '''Bridget''': I read that you should never go out with someone if you can think of three reasons why you shouldn't.\\
'''Mark''': And can you think of three?\\
'''Bridget''': Yes.\\
'''Mark''': Which are?\\
'''Bridget''': First off, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I embarrass you. I can't ski, I can't ride, I can't speak Latin , my legs only come up to here]] and yes I will always be just a [[HollywoodPudgy little bit fat]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen believes that she doesn't deserve the love of someone like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
* This is why Audrey doesn't consider leaving the abusive "semi-sadist" Orin for her {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy coworker Seymour in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''; she likes Seymour, but she considers herself too dirty and worthless to be with him.
* In ''Film/MarriageBlue'', Vika is young and spectacularly sexy. Gun-ho is somewhat doughy and 18 years older than she is. This causes him anxiety and insecurity, which undermines their relationship.
* ''Film/ShesOutOfMyLeague'' is from the perspective of one of these; it's about a man who has found a very attractive girlfriend who really likes him, but he considers her way out of his league, leading him to sabotage things. It doesn't help that almost everyone around him appears to be an incredibly petty and spiteful person who either encourage him or actively attempt to sabotage things out of jealousy.
* At the end of ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'', Sugar decides to run away with Joe. He tells her that she deserves better than TheCasanova who put on a façade to win her heart, but [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she stays with him anyway]].
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* The ''Best-Case Survival Handbook'' (a parody, of course, of the ''Worst-Case Survival Handbook'' series) has an entry on (paraphrased, since I don't have it on me) "What to do if you are approached by a fantastically beautiful woman who invites you back to her hotel room for a night of athletic, no-strings-attached sex". It goes something like "'''Run.''' The only person this happens to is Film/JamesBond and she always puts a [[AnimalAssassin scorpion under the pillow]] or something."
* The second book of the ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' series invokes this when the beautiful younger sister of a major political player comes on to Sten. He recalls a training manual which stated:
-->"When approached on a sexual level, covert operators should remember that they have not necessarily been found attractive beyond the moon and the stars but rather that the person making the approach is allied with the opposition and attempting to subvert, to maneuver into a life-threatening situation, or to provide the opposition with blackmail material. In any event, until a life-threatening situation occurs, it is recommended that operatives pretend to be seducible. Interesting intelligence has been produced in such situations."
** This isn't quite a straight example, however, as Sten is noted to be attractive enough that women often ''do'' approach him just for sex or romance.
** Furthermore, it turns out to be a subversion. Her brother told her to seduce Sten, but she's not interested in helping her {{jerkass}} brother, and is genuinely interested in Sten.
* A short story by Creator/SpiderRobinson involved a painfully-awkward and very unattractive computer geek being approached by a memetic sex goddess. She puts a crown on his head, then takes him back to his apartment for all sorts of sex, saying, along the way, "Hurry, my lord, I'm positively ''dripping''", while other bar patrons stare at him. After lots of awesome sex, [[spoiler:he ends up figuring out that the crown is a recording device for a futuristic version of amateur porn. When you can experience the other person's point of view, a porn star is just too analytical to get the voyeuristic juices flowing]].
* In the Books&Braun series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, this happens to Mr.Books and starts the whole plot by getting him into the situation from which Ms Braun rescues him.
* In Patrick O'Brian's ''Literature/{{Aubrey-Maturin}}'' series, the wife of a captured sea officer is blackmailed into seducing spy/surgeon Stephen Maturin for intel. Except it doesn't work, because Maturin's GenreSavvy enough to know he's too ugly for her to be legitimately interested in him.
* In the Literature/{{Backstrom}} novel ''He Who Kills the Dragon'', a shady big-time art dealer who relies on Bäckström for "little services", (ie, corrupt favours) arranges him a high-class escort for the night as a "thank-you". Bäckström, vain, egotistical and with an exaggerated belief in his own pulling power, believes the beautiful woman who picks him up in the hotel bar and takes him home is genuinely attracted to him and finds him irresistable. It doesn't occur to him for one second that she's been paid for and it's a HoneyTrap to drag him deeper into corruption.

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* The ''Best-Case Survival Handbook'' (a parody, of course, of Both Jerin and Cira/[[spoiler: Princess Halley]] in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', though for different reasons.
* This is par for
the ''Worst-Case Survival Handbook'' series) has an entry on (paraphrased, since I don't have it on me) "What to do if you course in Creator/CatherineAnderson's novels, but Molly Sterling, Laura Townsend, Natalie Patterson and Bethany Coulter are approached by a fantastically beautiful woman who invites you back to her hotel room for a night of athletic, no-strings-attached sex". It goes something like "'''Run.''' The only person the biggest examples.
* Razz in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. While he is usually self-confident, he is
this happens to [[AcademicAthlete Sally]], believing that she is Film/JamesBond 'too ''everything''' for him.
* This is a constant problem for Georgina in the ''Literature/GeorginaKincaid'' series. She thinks she's not good enough for Seth
and she always puts a [[AnimalAssassin scorpion under is going to end up hurting him, because she's hurt people in the pillow]] or something."
past. That and she's a succubus, whereas he's a reserved and virtuous man.
* The second book of In the ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' series invokes last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[spoiler:[[CoolTeacher Lupin]]]] has this when the beautiful younger sister of a major political player comes on to Sten. He recalls a training manual which stated:
-->"When approached on a sexual level, covert operators should remember that they have not necessarily been found attractive beyond the moon and the stars but rather that the person making the approach is allied
problem with the opposition and attempting to subvert, to maneuver into a life-threatening situation, or to provide the opposition with blackmail material. In any event, until a life-threatening situation occurs, it is recommended that operatives pretend to be seducible. Interesting intelligence has been produced in such situations."
** This isn't
[[spoiler:[[ActionGirl Tonks]]]]--he turns her down because a.) he's [[MayDecemberRomance quite a straight example, however, as Sten is noted to be attractive enough bit (12 years) older than her]], b.) he has no steady means of support, and c.) [[spoiler:[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent he's a werewolf]]]], with all the danger and FantasticRacism that women often ''do'' approach includes. They wind up eloping sometime between the last two books, but he's so sure that this was a mistake that he tries to leave her (and their [[WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe unborn child]]) until Harry gives him just for sex or romance.
a WhatTheHellHero speech.
** Furthermore, it In the last book, this turns out to be a subversion. Her brother told her big part of [[ClassicalAntiHero Ron]]'s problem: with his low self-esteem he's convinced ([[WhyAreYouNotMySon among other things]]) that [[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] would never pick him [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle over Harry]]. Carrying around an ArtifactOfDoom that could give him a constant mental TheReasonYouSuckSpeech just brought all those issues to seduce Sten, but a head.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen feels that she doesn't deserve the unconditional love of a NiceGuy like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
--> '''Haymitch:''' You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know.
%% * Will Herondale from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': Vin and Elend provide a double example, Vin thinks
she's not interested in helping her {{jerkass}} brother, too BookDumb and violent for Elend, Elend feels he's too much of a passive screwup for Vin.
* Lauchlan Huxley, the main character of ''Literature/MixBeerWithLiquorAndYouWillGetSicker'' has some self-esteem issues. And self confidence issues. And self image issues. He just has a lot of issues period,
and is genuinely interested in Sten.
* A short story by Creator/SpiderRobinson involved
a painfully-awkward NervousWreck as a result. When the confronted with the possibility of a real, meaningful relationship, he's terrified, and very unattractive computer geek being approached by a memetic sex goddess. She puts a crown on his head, then takes him back to his apartment for all sorts of sex, saying, along the way, "Hurry, my lord, I'm positively ''dripping''", while other bar patrons stare at him. After lots of awesome sex, [[spoiler:he ends up figuring out honestly doesn't believe that the crown is a recording device for a futuristic version of amateur porn. When you can experience the other person's point of view, a porn star is just too analytical he deserves to get the voyeuristic juices flowing]].
* In the Books&Braun series by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris, this happens to Mr.Books and starts the whole plot by getting him into the situation from which Ms Braun rescues him.
be in a relationship at all.
* In Patrick O'Brian's ''Literature/{{Aubrey-Maturin}}'' series, the wife of a captured sea officer is blackmailed into seducing spy/surgeon Stephen Maturin for intel. Except it doesn't work, Both Michael and Mia in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', Michael because Maturin's GenreSavvy enough of feeling the constant need to know he's too ugly prove himself "worthy" of dating a princess, Mia due to her low self esteem for dating an attractive genius who is her best friend's brother.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' Watson
to be legitimately interested Mary Morstan in him.
* In
Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''The Sign of Four''. As a wounded retiree from the Literature/{{Backstrom}} novel ''He Who Kills the Dragon'', a shady big-time art dealer who relies on Bäckström for "little services", (ie, corrupt favours) arranges him a high-class escort for the night as a "thank-you". Bäckström, vain, egotistical and Afghan army with an exaggerated belief in little income, he feels that he has no right to even ''think'' about her, and things get worse when it turns out that she [[NotWithThemForTheMoney stands to gain a large sum of money]].
* Michael of ''Literature/TheTraitorGame'' is a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for Francis, constantly feeling insecure about their friendship. This is because Michael has trust issues after being bullied at
his own pulling power, believes the beautiful woman previous school, and [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe finds it difficult to accept that Francis - who picks him up in the hotel bar is "cool", "posh" and takes him home is "handsome" - would genuinely attracted want to him and finds him irresistable. It doesn't occur be friends with him]]. This leads to him for one second that she's been paid for and disastrous consequences.
* In ''New Moon'' of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much {{Wangst}} from both of them.
** Although in this case
it's a HoneyTrap less "I'm not good enough for you" and more "I'm finding it very difficult not to drag him deeper into corruption.[[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere eat you]].



* Catherine Weaver and the power plant manager in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Goodbye to All That".
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' inverts the trope. In "Fetal Attraction", handsome John Critchton hits on a much older Sebacean nurse with access to Aeryn. However she's suspicious and only relents when he throws in a cure for a disease running rampant on the station as well. That being said, he played the horndog well enough that, when he's captured, he's able to bluff a species that is mildly psychic that the reason he took Aeryn is because she was prettier than the nurse and he was planning to have sex and babies with her...which was technically the truth, but not the whole truth.
** The nurse is also the only Sebacean for light years, so Critchton plays the FantasticRacism card as to why he's not hitting on someone else: "I don't do aliens." Critchton is actually human, but [[HumanOutsideAlienInside she doesn't know that, as the species are outwardly similar]].
* No result as serious as death, but when Veronica flirts with Phil in ''Series/BetterOffTed'', you know that she has ulterior motives. Turns out that the "autograph" she wanted was on a waiver promising not to sue the company.
* Played with on ''Series/TheShield''. The Strike Team is tasked with investigating a series of robberies at a strip club--the girls proposition men for alley sex, but one of the girls has an accomplice who attacks the johns. Vic tries it, picks "incorrectly", and gets a blow job. Shane tries it and gets a tire iron to the head.
* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' did this to bad guys in nightclubs all the time.
* The title character from ''Series/{{Castle}}'' got seduced by an actress who wants a part in his movie. When he confronts her with the possibility, she breaks down in tears and asks "How could you? Do you know how ''hard'' it is for a woman in Hollywood?", leaving him feeling bad. Of course, she ''was'' just after a part. He ended up not rescinding his recommendation because she was a good enough actress to fool him into thinking he'd really hurt her with the accusation.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' episode "The High Road to China". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Drew awakens and finds himself stranded in China, on the Great Wall, with no money and without his passport]]. He thinks back to what he can remember "How could this have happened? I was at the airport, I was waiting to go to Winnepeg on a conference, a beautiful woman asked to buy me a drink...oh, what am I? Crazy? Why would a woman ever buy me a drink?!".
* Provenza and Flynn really should have figured this out a lot sooner in ''Series/TheCloser'' episode "Layover". Two stewardesses start dating them as a cover for their drug smuggling activities.
* Used numerous times in ''Series/{{Hustle}}''.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' has a gender-flipped version, where Neal Caffrey seduces a woman in a bar to find secret information on his boss. (Of course, she's not quite as [[HollywoodHomely unattractive]] as male examples usually are.) Similar tactics to this are a normal part of Neal's arsenal.
* Sarah Walker in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' once seduced a geek who had developed a secret weapon. Of course, she also attempted this with Chuck, although not in a bar, but in the Buy More, so the CIA could get their hands on the Intersect.
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice'' does this many times, but it's also subverted on a few occasions. For example, in one case she approaches a [[SafeCracking professional safe cracker]] with [[TheAlcoholic multiple arrests for drunk driving]] and tries to get him liquored up so he'll be arrested again and his team will be forced to call off the job they're pulling. Due to the fact that Fiona is way, ''way'' out of his league, comes out of nowhere and then starts proposing toasts to them with expensive champagne, he figures her for a HighClassCallGirl and leaves.
** Another time it works ''too'' well. Fiona tries to drug the guy with chloral hydrate in a martini, but he's more interested in her than the martini. So she switches to [[GrievousBottleyHarm a different approach]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] does this to a mark in "The Fifteen Minutes Job" in order to sell the con (no one would look twice at him if he hadn't gotten some minor media attention). [[ItMakesSenseInContext She didn't even stab him]]!
** [[ConArtist Sophie]] also does this somewhat frequently, though in her case it is usually somewhat justified in that her marks are often rather wealthy such that someone with her looks would logically be interested in them due to their success. It also doesn't hurt that as a sophisticated grifter she comes across as having class which also helps sell things.
* This came up in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as early as the pilot. A woman was seducing men from out of town, then knocking them out with a sedative applied to her nipple. She then robbed them blind.
* George Costanza on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' typically subverts this trope ([[KavorkaMan for a "short, stocky, bald man", he manages to date some real lookers]], if only briefly), but the episode where a gorgeous business woman seduces him on the subway ends up with him stripped, handcuffed to the bed, and robbed. Of course, since he lied about being a successful businessman, [[HypocriticalHumor the woman is pretty pissed to discover he's actually unemployed and only carrying a few bucks on him]].
* In the first episode of ''Series/FreshMeat'', Howard warns Kingsley about this when he pulls a beautiful blonde girl on their first night at the pub ("This does ''not'' happen! It's a trap! When you wake up [[OrganTheft missing a kidney]], don't say I didn't warn you.") Turns out she's not an organ thief...[[spoiler:she's an evangelical Christian, who talks Kingsley into setting up a standing order]].
* Lampshaded in ''Series/BetweenTheLines''. Mo is infiltrating an AnimalWrongsGroup, and tells them she's going to seduce a security guard working at the animal testing center they plan to attack. The security guard is actually Naylor, also working undercover. When someone asks why she didn't pick someone younger and better looking, Mo replies that men are like dog shit. "The older they are, the easier to handle." Naylor however is embarrassed as Mo is both his colleague and a lesbian. Eventually Mo has to tell him to start pawing her as the others are watching and "I'm supposed to be seducing you, not taking you by force."
* A pretty lawyer does this to get dirt on a witness in ''Series/BostonLegal''. Given that he's overweight and nerdy, he's immediately suspects that she's an escort girl, but she convinces him she just wants some casual conversation with someone who doesn't think he's TheCasanova.
* Played with on an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', with Special Guest Creator/JuliaRoberts. Roberts plays a girl that Chandler knew in middle school. They go on a date and she seduces him in the bathroom. [[spoiler: It's just a ruse to get him back for pantsing her when they were kids, however. She steals his clothes and leaves him in the bathroom, wearing just her underwear.]]

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* Catherine Weaver and Lennier never admits he loves Delenn until the power plant manager in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Goodbye to All That".
fifth season of ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' inverts the trope. In "Fetal Attraction", handsome John Critchton hits on a much older Sebacean nurse Season 3 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this is Angel's reasoning for ending his relationship with access Buffy before [[Series/{{Angel}} he moves to Aeryn. However she's suspicious and only relents when he throws in a cure for a disease running rampant on the station as well. That being said, he played the horndog well enough that, when he's captured, he's able to bluff a species that is mildly psychic that the reason he took Aeryn is because she was prettier than the nurse and he was planning LA]]. He wants her to have sex a relatively normal life and babies he feels that her being with her...which was technically him would make that more difficult.
** Spike in
the truth, but not the whole truth.
** The nurse is also the
comics. He doesn't think Buffy will love him after everything that's happened between them. [[spoiler: She proves him wrong and they get back together...only Sebacean for light years, so Critchton plays Spike to pull this again when they have to call on Angel to help with a Big Bad.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Occurred particularly between some of
the FantasticRacism card as to why companions.
** Rory thinks
he's not hitting on someone else: "I don't do aliens." Critchton good enough for Amy. So much so that he was too certain of rejection to ask her out, and is actually human, but [[HumanOutsideAlienInside constantly surprised whenever she demonstrates her affection for him. This gets a lot better though, and by the end of the series, he's thrown it off.
** This also happens to Amy herself. In series 7 Amy almost gets a divorce because [[spoiler: she's infertile and she knows Rory's always wanted children. Since Amy's bad at dealing with feelings, she never told him ''why'' she wanted a divorce. Of course, it turns out Rory
doesn't know that, as care and in an unshot scene we find out that they adopted a child.]]
** Clara and Danny grow fond of each other very quickly, but their own personal insecurities (often caused by trauma from
the species past) tend to hold them back or have them fall into awkward conversations and situations. This is not helped by Clara trying hard to keep her adventures with the Doctor and her ordinary life as a schoolteacher and Danny's girlfriend separate, only for the effort to get out of hand. Later on, it does look like she and Danny will be able to resolve their grievances, and even the grumpy Twelfth Doctor grows to respect their relationship. [[spoiler:This is cut short when Danny dies in an accident, and though he and Clara make peace before his, Clara's clearly heartbroken she lost him just as they were beginning to really understand each other and what pained them both.]]
** The Doctor himself feels this way about most of his major love interests, given that he leads a dangerous life, is a centuries old space alien and (particularly after the Time War) generally hates himself. As a general tendency, he's very quick to [[IWantMyBelovedTobeHappy leave them to find the happiness he can't give them elsewhere]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': [[{{StepfordSnarker}} Chandler]] is genuinely smart, funny, good-looking, has a very successful career and a very kind personality. However, he's had a traumatic childhood, bad luck with women, commitment phobia, and the gang constantly jokes that Monica 'can do better'. He also feels intimidated by the memory of Richard, whom the gang had idolised and whom Monica had truly loved. An alternate universe episode reveals that even when Monica is a fat, 30-year old virgin with an extremely boring boyfriend, Chandler still thinks he's not good enough for her. Fortunately, he and Monica
are outwardly similar]].OppositesAttract; he stabilises her neuroses while she builds his confidence.
* No result as serious as death, but when Veronica flirts with Phil in ''Series/BetterOffTed'', you know that she has ulterior motives. Turns out that the "autograph" she wanted was ''Series/GossipGirl'' Chuck Bass runs on a waiver promising not to sue the company.
* Played with on ''Series/TheShield''. The Strike Team is tasked with investigating a series of robberies at a strip club--the girls proposition men
this trope regarding Blair for alley sex, but one most of the girls has an accomplice who attacks the johns. Vic tries it, picks "incorrectly", and gets a blow job. Shane tries it and gets a tire iron to the head.
* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' did this to bad guys in nightclubs all the time.
* The title character from ''Series/{{Castle}}'' got seduced by an actress who wants a part in his movie. When he confronts her with the possibility, she breaks down in tears and asks "How could you? Do you know how ''hard'' it is for a woman in Hollywood?", leaving him feeling bad. Of course, she ''was'' just after a part. He ended up not rescinding his recommendation because she was a good enough actress to fool him into thinking he'd really hurt her with the accusation.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' episode "The High Road to China". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Drew awakens and finds himself stranded in China, on the Great Wall, with no money and without his passport]]. He thinks back to what he can remember "How could this have happened? I was at the airport, I was waiting to go to Winnepeg on a conference, a beautiful woman asked to buy me a drink...oh, what am I? Crazy? Why would a woman ever buy me a drink?!".
* Provenza and Flynn really should have figured this out a lot sooner in ''Series/TheCloser'' episode "Layover". Two stewardesses start dating them as a cover for their drug smuggling activities.
* Used numerous times in ''Series/{{Hustle}}''.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' has a gender-flipped version, where Neal Caffrey seduces a woman in a bar to find secret information on his boss. (Of course, she's not quite as [[HollywoodHomely unattractive]] as male examples usually are.) Similar tactics to this are a normal part of Neal's arsenal.
* Sarah Walker in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' once seduced a geek who had developed a secret weapon. Of course, she also attempted this with Chuck, although not in a bar, but in the Buy More, so the CIA could get their hands on the Intersect.
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice'' does this many times, but it's also subverted on a few occasions. For example, in one case she approaches a [[SafeCracking professional safe cracker]] with [[TheAlcoholic multiple arrests for drunk driving]] and tries to get him liquored up so he'll be arrested again and his team will be forced to call off the job they're pulling. Due to the fact that Fiona is way, ''way'' out of his league, comes out of nowhere and then starts proposing toasts to them with expensive champagne, he figures her for a HighClassCallGirl and leaves.
** Another time it works ''too'' well. Fiona tries to drug the guy with chloral hydrate in a martini, but he's more interested in her than the martini. So she switches to [[GrievousBottleyHarm a different approach]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] does this to a mark in "The Fifteen Minutes Job" in order to sell the con (no one would look twice at him if he hadn't gotten some minor media attention). [[ItMakesSenseInContext She didn't even stab him]]!
** [[ConArtist Sophie]] also does this somewhat frequently, though in her case it is usually somewhat justified in that her marks are often rather wealthy such that someone with her looks would logically be interested in them due to their success.
show's duration. It also doesn't hurt help that as a sophisticated grifter she comes across as having class which also helps sell things.
* This came up in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as early as the pilot. A woman was seducing men from out of town, then knocking them out with a sedative applied to her nipple. She then robbed them blind.
* George Costanza on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' typically subverts
Blair goes back and forth between reinforcing this trope ([[KavorkaMan for a "short, stocky, bald man", he manages to date some real lookers]], if only briefly), but the episode where a gorgeous business woman seduces belief and telling him on the subway ends up with him stripped, handcuffed to the bed, and robbed. Of course, since he lied about being a successful businessman, [[HypocriticalHumor the woman is pretty pissed to discover he's actually unemployed and only carrying a few bucks on him]].
* In
the first episode of ''Series/FreshMeat'', Howard warns Kingsley about this when he pulls a beautiful blonde girl on their first night at the pub ("This does ''not'' happen! It's a trap! When you wake up [[OrganTheft missing a kidney]], don't say I didn't warn you.") Turns out best man she's not an organ thief...[[spoiler:she's an evangelical Christian, who talks Kingsley into setting up a standing order]].
* Lampshaded in ''Series/BetweenTheLines''. Mo is infiltrating an AnimalWrongsGroup,
ever known and tells them she's going to seduce a security guard working at the animal testing center they plan to attack. The security guard is actually Naylor, also working undercover. When someone asks why she didn't pick someone younger and better looking, Mo replies that men are like dog shit. "The older they are, the easier to handle." Naylor however is embarrassed as Mo is both his colleague and a lesbian. Eventually Mo has to tell him to start pawing her as the others are watching and "I'm supposed to be seducing you, not taking you by force."
* A pretty lawyer does this to get dirt on a witness in ''Series/BostonLegal''. Given that he's overweight and nerdy, he's immediately suspects
all that she's an escort girl, but she convinces him she just wants some casual conversation ever wanted.
* In ''Series/NewGirl'''s season 1 finale, Schmidt ends things
with someone who doesn't think Cece because he's TheCasanova.
convinced she's too out of his league for him to ever make her happy.
* Played ''Series/NipTuck'' has Christian break up with on an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', with Special Guest Creator/JuliaRoberts. Roberts plays a girl that Chandler knew in middle school. They go on a date and Natasha because he thinks she seduces him in the bathroom. [[spoiler: It's just a ruse to get him back for pantsing her deserves better than TheCasanova like him.
* Rachel of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' displays signs of this
when they were kids, however. She steals his clothes Mike breaks it off. Despite all her explanations of how important she is to the firm, she still believes he looks down on her for never passing the [=LSATs=] and leaves him in the bathroom, wearing just her underwear.]] remaining a paralegal.



[[folder:Music]]
* The song ''Amanda'' has the line "Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife".
* Inverted in "Frozen" by {{Music/Delain}}, in which the protagonist's love interest clearly has issues preventing him from being with her.
* The James Ingram song "I Don't Have The Heart" shows a man who clearly cares about his woman but feels that he is not good enough for her.
* Seems to be the main theme of "She's Like the Wind" by Patrick Swayze.
-->I feel her breath in my face\\
Her body close to me\\
Can't look in her eyes\\
She's out of my league.
* Basically the premise to the Tal Bachman song "She's so High."
-->What could a guy like me ever really offer?\\
She's perfect as she can be, why should I even bother?
* Found in the Anna Nalick song "Sort of Delilah."
-->Once you were a tower, and given the power, how did I become the wrecking ball?\\
Didn't wanna hurt you, didn't deserve you, I'm usually the victim after all.
* The narrator of Flyleaf's ''There For You'' is a self-described "selfish fake" who has requited feelings for a friend.
-->You speak the unspeakable thought-\\
I love you too...
* "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" is basically a song about a man telling a woman that he's a no-good cheating rake and she's better off without him. Played with depending on the version: Marvin Gaye's is a quite up-tempo, as if the man is more matter-of-fact about it, whereas Paul Young's version is slower and melancholy, as if the man's genuinely in love with the woman but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy believes he can't make her happy]].
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* The fundamental premise of the video game ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''.
* Parodied in the ''Mark of the Assassin'' [=DLC=] for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. [[HitmanWithAHeart Tallis]] repeatedly uses this trope in order to get a key. Despite her claims that she's quite good at this, she keeps failing because the target a) doesn't have the key or b) isn't interested in her. She eventually gets so frustrated that she makes [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] have a try. Hawke can seduce the target as expected ([[BiTheWay which works equally well regardless of Hawke's gender]]), drug his wine, or just [[MundaneSolution punch the guy out and take the key off him]].
* Certain perks in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' allow a player of either gender to do this by bypassing skill checks or bribery options to seduce {{NPC}}s into giving you information or otherwise helping you out. Or, rather hilariously, convince a man he is NOT a zombie. Long story.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', Martine Burden commits adultery with the married elderly man Edward Knox to secure him as an ally against Stauf Manor's other guests. Both end up dead for their trouble, just like all the others.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards'': Granted, it's Larry who hits on Fawn. But it's her who decides she wants to marry him within just a few minutes. Poor Larry ends up [[ChainedToABed tied to the heart-shaped bed in the honeymoon suite]] with the red decoration ribbon, and Fawn gets away with all his money except for ten dollars. Good thing he's at the casino already so he can rebuild his wealth.

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* The fundamental premise of the video game ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''.
* Parodied
Almost every love interest in the ''Mark of the Assassin'' [=DLC=] for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. [[HitmanWithAHeart Tallis]] repeatedly uses this trope in order Most of them have self-esteem issues to get begin with, but romancing them tends to bring it to the forefront.
** Anders is
a key. Despite her claims mage living outside the Circle who has to look over his shoulder for Templars. He's also possessed by a very angry Spirit of Justice that she's quite good at this, she keeps failing because the target a) doesn't may or may not have become a full-on demon, and [[spoiler: by the key or b) isn't interested in her. She eventually gets so frustrated that she makes [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] have end of the game, he's plotting to blow up the Chantry.]] He's the most vocal about not having anything to offer, especially once supporting apostates is declared a try. hanging offense.
** Between being an [[FantasticRacism elf]], a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] and a FishOutOfWater, Merrill refuses to believe
Hawke can seduce feels romantic affection towards her until Hawke specifically tells her s/he does. Even after they've just had sex.
** Fenris is an amnesiac fugitive ex-slave whose former master is heavily implied to have sexually abused him. [[spoiler: After his first time with Hawke, he has a rush of memories from his old life and panics, feeling like a fool for thinking he could be with someone.]]
** By
the target as expected ([[BiTheWay which works equally well regardless of time Hawke's gender]]), drug his wine, or just [[MundaneSolution punch named Champion of the guy out and take city, PirateGirl Isabela is convinced the key off him]].
* Certain perks
two of them no longer have anything in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' allow a player of either gender to do this by bypassing skill checks or bribery options to seduce {{NPC}}s into giving you information or otherwise helping you out. Or, common. The codex notes that after telling Hawke that they were the only reason she came back, she runs away for two years.
** [=DLC=] character Sebastian is the least self-flagellating, possibly because he [[UptownGirl outranks Hawke socially]]
rather hilariously, convince a man he than vice versa.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' follows suit:
** Dorian, who constantly reminds the Inquisitor that their relationship will not be seen well, as Dorian
is NOT a zombie. Long story.mage from [[TheEmpire the Tevinter Imperium]], and it could cost the Inquistor goodwill. He's especially unhappy when the Inquisitor uses his influence to help Dorian get an amulet back, as he's afraid people will assume Dorian's merely cozied up to him to use his power for himself.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', Martine Burden commits adultery with the married elderly man Edward Knox to secure him as an ally against Stauf Manor's other guests. Both end up dead for their trouble, just like all the others.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards'': Granted, it's Larry who hits on Fawn. But it's her who decides she wants to marry him within just a few minutes. Poor Larry ends up [[ChainedToABed tied to the heart-shaped bed in the honeymoon suite]] with the red decoration ribbon, and Fawn gets away with all his money except for ten dollars. Good thing
** Warden Blackwall doesn't believe he's at worthy of the casino already so Inquisitor, and is also worried about their respective obligations and the fact that he's ultimately another soldier in her army. [[spoiler: The biggest reason turns out to be that he's a former war criminal trying to atone.]]
** Cullen also shows signs of this;
he has trouble believing that the Inquisitor would be serious about pursuing a relationship, especially if she's seen him in withdrawal.
* Ninian in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'' loves Eliwood, but feels she isn't worthy of him due to her secret heritage [[spoiler: as a half-Dragon]] and her guilt over having been an unwilling catalyst in [[spoiler: his father's death]]. Eliwood uses their A support to reassure her that he loves her no matter what.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', BadassBookworm Laurent becomes this if he falls in love with [[spoiler: Lucina]]. [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove In his own words during their S support]]:
-->'''Laurent''': "I was not worried about whether I was fit to support the army... I was worried I was unfit to support you. Thoughts of how I might better aid you and you alone consumed me! That was my true distraction from watching over the others (...) You're [[spoiler: Chrom]]'s daughter, and [[spoiler: in your veins runs the blood of exalts and heroes.]] ... [[UptownGirl So how could a common man such as I ever be worthy of you?"]]
** Sumia
can rebuild be this for a male Avatar until their S support, where she decides to stop hiding behind her books and [[BeYourself learn to love herself as she is.]] She actually shows traces of this towards all of her possible boyfriends; one of her event tiles with a lover has her openly ask him how come he hasn't found a prettier girl than her.
** Brady is implied to be this for a female Avatar, as in
his wealth.LoveConfession he tells her "I'll become a guy worthy of your love!"
** The male Avatar can become this for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Tiki.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Tiki is the daughter of an actual goddess and the only other man she has ever shown anything resembling interest in was the Hero-King Marth, a legendary KingArthur like figure [[Really700YearsOld by the time of the events in Awakening.]]
* Anju from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', [[ApologisesALot who seems plenty insecure to begin with.]] Her fiance, Kafei, has been missing for quite a while, and she's beginning to think that he ran off because he didn't really love her after all. This is not helped by her mother, who seems convinced that Kafei hooked up with Anju's best friend instead. As part of the game's most elaborate sidequest, Link must give her proof of Kafei's love for her, otherwise the poor girl will give up on him completely.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** NiceGuy Jacob feels this way towards both Miranda and female Shepard (if you romance him).
** [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] feels this way if male Shepard pursues a relationship with her. See the entry on IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. When you meet up with her again in the third game she's much more confident and this trope becomes averted.
** Garrus counts for slightly different reasons. He gets that you like him, but isn't quite sure how to go about a relationship with a human. He's also tired of losing people.
* Raven from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3''. If you marry her, much of your dialog with her consists of her being reassured that you love her and wanted to marry her.



[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', Nagisa initially acts like this when she and Tomoya start dating. Tomoya gets fed up with it pretty quickly and tells her to have more confidence in herself. He doesn't like anyone insulting his girlfriend, including herself.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Jessica Ushiromiya is in love with Kanon, one of the Ushiromiya family servants. Kanon does love her back, but he believes he isn't worthy of her love due to his insistence that he's "furniture". [[spoiler:As the story continues, it becomes clear that this isn't just {{Wangst}} and the real reason he's so insecure is quite complicated and tragic.]]
* Seizh of ''VisualNovel/UnderTheMoon'' is very hesitant in his pure love paths, and requires a lot of convincing on the point that, yes, the heroine really is in love with him. Justifiably so, [[spoiler:since he knows she was head over heels for his brother until she was [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wind-wiped]].]]
* In VisualNovel/AsagaoAcademyNormalBootsClub, Hana often feels this way towards [[spoiler:Jirard during his route]].
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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': Sahira attempts to seduce a guard named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Buzz Rickards]] in order to allow Heather time to break into a lab, only for him to see straight through her and [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this very trope...then give Sahira the video the girls were after anyway, leading to the two dating.

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* Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': Sahira attempts to seduce a guard named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Buzz Rickards]] in order to allow Heather time to break into a lab, only Dora of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' may well be the TropeCodifier for him webcomics. She's a ball of neuroses who is constantly worried that Marten, the first decent ''[[BiTheWay male]]'' she's ever dated - is going to see straight through leave her and [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this very trope...then give Sahira the video the girls were after anyway, leading because of her hangups. And also because she's convinced he's still pining for Faye, despite both of them saying that's never going to the two dating.happen. It does eventually split them up.



[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied with the psychotic ''WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses''. Even though the Love Martyr narrator tells him how amazing he is constantly, he'd rather be abused and told he's worthless.
* Molly from ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'' was this for Ralph at the beginning of their relationship. She's mostly overcome it now thanks to CharacterDevelopment.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'':
** Jay falls in love with a beautiful actress who swears to everyone that she genuinely loves Jay and isn't trying to butter him up for a good review. When he screens her film and discovers that her acting is God-awful, he decides to be honest and give an impartial critique of how terrible the movie is. Unsurprisingly, she immediately turns on him, giving away that indeed she was just using him to get good press ([[{{Irony}} and actually was a great actress when it came to tricking Jay]]). Of course, being a schlub of the highest (lowest?) order, Jay ''still'' tries to pursue the relationship even after finding out it was a sham.
** Played pretty straight in another episode where Jay is seduced by the woman working the projector. She has the sexy eyes that lure him to the booth for some loving, but she turns out to be nuts: kidnapping him so he can personally review every movie for her (she was sick of being embarrassed in front of friends by her inability to distinguish the quality of films).
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity has shown a few instances of this, and fandom extrapolated it into her standard M.O. [[UnEntendre when she needs something that a male can give]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Dumbbell Indemnity", an attractive woman at a club invites Moe to join her for a drink. Noticing that she mentions Bacardi rum in every sentence, he asks her whether she [[TheShill works for]] Bacardi. "[[SarcasmMode No. I'm in love with you]]," she says, then affixes a "Drink Rum" sticker to his forehead and walks off.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'':
** Jay falls in love with a beautiful actress who swears to everyone
''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' -- Robbie Valentino must have been pretty insecure if he was worried about that she genuinely loves Jay and isn't trying to butter him up for a good review. When he screens her film and discovers that her acting is God-awful, he decides to be honest and give an impartial critique of how terrible the movie is. Unsurprisingly, she immediately turns on him, giving away that indeed she was just using him to get good press ([[{{Irony}} and twelve-year-old boy would actually was a great actress steal his then-girlfriend, Wendy Corduroy.
* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' believes that he can't compete for the affections of his LoveInterest Sara with rival Jason Funderberker, who he says is "the total package" and "has his act together." [[spoiler: This is revealed to be ''entirely'' in his head
when it came to tricking Jay]]). Of course, being the audience actually meets Jason, who is only marginally more confident than pre-CharacterDevelopment Wirt and massively socially awkward. Sara is friendly toward him in a schlub pitying sort of way, but communicates that she's much more interested in Wirt clearly enough that only Wirt himself could miss the signals.]]
* Connie Maheswaran, the the ImpliedLoveInterest
of the highest (lowest?) order, Jay ''still'' tries to pursue titular ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', who doesn't understand how Steven, a boy with magic powers and a epic destiny awaiting him would be interested in a completely normal and mundane girl like her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', a large part of
the reason why CJ and Mordecai have relationship even after finding out it was a sham.
** Played pretty straight in another episode where Jay
troubles is seduced that despite Mordecai constantly trying to prove his dedication to her, she is afraid that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Margaret and when seeing the two together she tends to jump to conclusions. Which isn't helped by the woman working the projector. She has the sexy eyes fact that lure him to the booth for some loving, but she turns out to be nuts: kidnapping him so he can personally review every movie for her (she was sick of being embarrassed they regularly find themselves in front of friends by her inability to distinguish the quality of films).
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity has shown a few instances of this, and fandom extrapolated it into her standard M.O. [[UnEntendre
NotWhatItLooksLike scenarios when she needs something that a male can give]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Dumbbell Indemnity", an attractive woman at a club invites Moe to join her
they hang out and Margaret '''does''' still have feelings for a drink. Noticing that she mentions Bacardi rum in every sentence, he asks her whether she [[TheShill works for]] Bacardi. "[[SarcasmMode No. I'm in love with you]]," she says, then affixes a "Drink Rum" sticker to his forehead and walks off.Mordecai.
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[[quoteright:300:[[Literature/InsecureInLove http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/51sv86_sl6l_aa300.jpg]] ]]

A form of HeroicSelfDeprecation where a character thinks they're not good enough for their LoveInterest. They may think this while they're actually in a relationship with said person (in which case they may break it off "for the other person's good"), or they may avoid pursuing them in the first place.

Done well, it can provide conflict, as well as maybe CharacterDevelopment. Done badly, it can come across as {{Wangst}}, especially if the character [[InformedFlaw has no reason to feel like this]], or worse, is seen as disingenuously fishing for compliments.

Related to IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. Also compare ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe. If this causes a breakup, they may say ItsNotYouItsMe (and really mean it).

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A form
->''"So all anyone needs to do to get past your defenses is be your commanding officer or a pretty girl?"''
-->-- '''Sergeant Ebbirnoth''', ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary''

In fictional bars, [[MsFanservice attractive women]] don't normally talk to men who are [[HollywoodHomely less than absolute studs]]. They certainly never flirt with or outright hit on such men...so when they do, something must be up. This is when a beautiful woman approaches a less-good-looking man in a bar because she's coldly trying to lead the poor guy to his doom or take advantage
of HeroicSelfDeprecation where him in a character thinks they're not good non-sexual manner with her [[BeautyIsBad tricky feminine wiles]].

The poor schlub will likely be ChainedToABed, humiliated in some other fashion, [[OrganTheft short a kidney]], or dead once the lady in question has what she wants from him.

See also HoneyTrap. The CasanovaWannabe is ''never'' GenreSavvy
enough for their LoveInterest. They may think to suspect this while they're actually in might be happening. Contrast ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe, a relationship with said person (in which case they may break it off "for romantic [[InvertedTrope inversion]].

This does not apply to
the other person's good"), or they may avoid pursuing them in the first place.

Done well, it can provide conflict, as well as maybe CharacterDevelopment. Done badly, it can come across as {{Wangst}}, especially
KavorkaMan, who somehow gets all kinds of action from hot women despite being objectively homely. And if the character [[InformedFlaw has no reason woman [[AvertedTrope turns out to feel like this]], or worse, is seen be]] [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim genuinely attracted]] [[GiveGeeksAChance to the schlub]], well, there's NoAccountingForTaste. They might even wind up as disingenuously fishing for compliments.

Related to IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. Also compare ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe. If this causes a breakup, they may say ItsNotYouItsMe (and really mean it).
UglyGuyHotWife.

A specifically sexual {{subtrope}} of TooGoodToBeTrue.



* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'':
** Belldandy is this way towards Keiichi Morisato. Numerous times things happen that make it seem as if he's losing interest in, or cheating on her, and she more or less ends up asking if she's good enough. And every single time, he promises her that she is, considering the wish he made to her in the first episode/chapter ("for a girl like her to stay with him forever" after being rejected by another woman), he doesn't intend to betray her trust.
** Keiichi himself is probably an even better example of this, particularly in the anime. He's quite aware that he is -- especially in the beginning -- an unattractive loser, and that by staying with him, Bell is taking a ''big'' step down. He often feels guilty for tethering her to him when he knows she could find someone better. The fact that ''both'' sides in this relationship are like this is one of the major contributors to the series' infamous CannotSpitItOut dynamic.
** Belldandy also believes that she doesn't deserve Keiichi [[spoiler:because she has been aware from day one of their relationship that Heaven messed with Keiichi's mind to keep him from consummating their relationship.]]
* In ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' despite how much he may [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend deny feelings for]] and [[RunningGag run away from]] [[{{Yandere}} Shouko]] and her [[ShipTease advances]] on a frequent basis, when Yuuji actually talks about his relationship with her, he makes it out like [[ItsNotYouItsMe it's all his fault that she's fallen in love with a worthless guy like him]].
-->'''Yuuji:''' ''I want to set her free.''
** Which hilariously backfires and only causes her to fall in love with him even more anytime he tries to convince her that she deserves a better guy than him.
* Annie Brighton from ''Manga/CandyCandy'' is this to [[spoiler: Archie Cornwall]], which isn't helped by his crush on the titular Candy [[spoiler: and how Annie, despite her and Candy's RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, is also jealous of her]]. [[spoiler: However, Archie soon realises that [[SecondLove Annie is the one he actually loves]], and they stay together.]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** [[GenkiGirl Yumi]]'s ex-boyfriend Haneda is still in love with her, but believes that he is unworthy of Yumi until he can win all seven professional shogi title tournaments.
** [[spoiler: Takagi]] sometimes shows shades of this trope towards his girlfriend [[spoiler: Sato]]. At some point he's seen in tears due to this, thinking of how he believes himself to not have what it takes to make her happy. [[spoiler: And then he's kidnapped and put in a DeathTrap. And one of the persons who saves him is Sato herself.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' [[spoiler:Jellal, after his HeelFaceTurn,]] firmly believes that he has no right to be with [[spoiler:Erza]] after what he's done, and even goes out of his way to [[spoiler:lie about having a fiance to get around the fact that she's in love with him]]. All this in spite of the fact that he was BrainwashedAndCrazy at [[spoiler: ''the age of eleven.'']]
** Juvia becomes this after she [[spoiler:takes down the {{Necromancer}} Keyes, by extension killing Gray's father.]] Instead of getting angry, [[spoiler:Gray holds her and tearfully thanks her for freeing his father.]]
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'': Main character Kyosuke is in love with Madoka, but he thinks he isn't and will never be good enough for her. He thinks that she's beautiful, intelligent, mature... and compared to her, he looks like a kid.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] with the relationship between [[LovableSexManiac Issei]] and Rias. Despite their love being blatantly reciprocated, Issei was - for quite some time - resigned to the mindset that she, a bonafide MsFanservice and a NiceGirl with a noble heritage, deserves better than a perverted guy like him. This, however, causes Rias to remain heartbroken when Issei answered her question on what she really is to him: he said she's nothing more than the president of the Occult Research Club and his master. It took the support of the other girls to let Issei battle with his inferiority complex - caused by the trauma involving being killed on his first date by his ex-GF for being boring - and successfully hook up with Rias.
* Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spends a considerable amount of time angsting over how she feels unworthy of her {{Ojou}}-sama Konoka.
* Snow gives hints of this in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Aside from the occasional jealousy, it doesn't go anywhere. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied she hooks up with Ginta at the end anyway.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'', due to the nature of her situation, Subaru, who is a [[SweetPollyOliver girl disguised as a boy]], is constantly worried that she either isn't good enough for Jiro, or that he's either dating, or likes someone else. Despite that, Jiro always tries to reassure her.
* Both halves of ''Manga/MyLoveStory's'' main couple experience this. Takeo primarily before their RelationshipUpgrade, Yamato after:
** Pre-upgrade, Takeo has spent his entire life up to that point seeing the girls he likes prefer his {{Bishonen}} best friend, Suna. So, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, it never occurs to him Yamato might reciprocate his growing feelings and he instead tries to play TheMatchmaker with her and Suna. This persists until Suna engineers a confession out of Yamato with Takeo in earshot. He's much better afterward, but self-aware enough of his faults that he's hesitant to make any big moves without first consulting Suna.
** Post-Upgrade, Yamato worries about being good enough for Takeo. Takeo's more old-fashioned values and putting Yamato on a pedestal cause her to worry that he will reject her because she desires to move their relationship forward; even with something as simple as holding hands. She also experiences some low key possessiveness because she can not comprehend that the {{Gonk}}y Takeo isn't typically popular with girls and frets about having to fight for him. Fortunately, once he's aware of these issues himself, Takeo assures her he'll be glad to move faster if that's what Yamato wants and that he loves her and only her.
* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Initially, Youko is merely [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] to the fact that Asahi has any deeper feelings for her than friendship. When the idea finally crosses her mind, she instantly shoots it down, convincing herself that Asahi is [[NiceGuy that nice]] to all his friends, and that he's far to polite to say that being her SecretKeeper is a pain in the ass. While Youko and Asahi do end up getting together, it takes another 40 chapters to happen, and not before they both go through some pretty painful emotional torment.
** The trope gets [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] after the RelationshipUpgrade, when TricksterMentor Akane calls Youko out on her uneasiness, saying "You're not thinking something stupid like 'I'm not good enough for him', are you? What's done is done, just go with it and be happy."
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto seems to display this trope to an extent. While not in a romantic relationship with [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]], he states to Sai that he could not tell her how he feels because he couldn't keep his promise to her in bringing back Sasuke, implying that he feels unworthy of her. Though he's also a IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy character.
** Hinata is a more straight example. She has been in love with Naruto since they were kids, but her crippling shyness and perceived weakness prevented her from ever pursuing him.
** Naruto is also this for Hinata. Kiba implies that this is the reason he tries to act so cool around her. [[spoiler:This was eventually confirmed in ''Film/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Part of why Naruto never noticed her affections for him is because he never believed [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he was ever worthy of such affection, let alone from someone as beautiful and as kind as Hinata]]]].
* PlayedForLaughs in one chapter of ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' when Tsurezure tries MeditatingUnderAWaterfall because he doesn't feel that he's handsome enough to be Haru's boyfriend.
* Kenshin Himura from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' ofter wonders if he's good enough for his girlfriend Kaoru. It's rather justified in his case due to his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* This trope almost defines Kisa Shouta's angst and feelings toward Yukina Kou in ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi''.
* In ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', Minato is plagued by the feeling that he isn't good enough for his BalancedHarem. He calls himself "unreliable", and worries that he's a worthless guy because of his failure to get into university twice, as well as being an ExtremeDoormat. Rather than allow this to consume him or damage their relationships, he resolves to become someone worthy of their love and trust, someone that will believe in himself enough to fully return their feelings. He declares this to them, and asks them to wait for him until then.
* Jin from ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' feels he's not worthy enough to be with his beloved childhood friend Misaki, due to her talents, such as in animation, and feels he would just [[TheLoad weigh her down]] if he tried to have a serious relationship with her. This despite the obvious signs that Misaki really wants to be with him.
* Sayaka Miki from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She has a crush on Kyousuke Kamijou but CanNotSpitItOut, ''especially'' once it is revealed that [[spoiler:becoming a MagicalGirl means effectively [[OurLichesAreDifferent becoming a sparkly lich]]. Sayaka feels she can't ask for Kyousuke's love because she now considers herself a zombie, and the realization that she made her supposedly selfless wish for selfish reasons along with her good friend Hitomi [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom pushing the issue by giving her a one day headstart on confessing]] (which she balks at)]]...it doesn't end well.
* Both protagonist of ''Anime/TokyoMarbleChocolate'' feel like this about each other: Yuudai thinks he's a [[LovableCoward coward]] and lazy guy that doesn't deserve Chizuru, while Chiruzu becomes [[CuteClumsyGirl really clumsy]] when she starts to fall in love and she fears that this will scare Yuudai away. Compound this with their previous bad experiences with romance.

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* ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'':
** Belldandy is this way towards Keiichi Morisato. Numerous times things happen that make it seem as if he's losing interest in, or cheating on her, and she more or less ends up asking if she's good enough. And every single time, he promises her that she is, considering the wish he made
Happens to her Lt. Havoc in the first episode/chapter ("for a girl like her to stay with him forever" after being rejected by another woman), he doesn't intend to betray her trust.
** Keiichi himself is probably an even better example of this, particularly in the anime. He's quite aware that he is -- especially in the beginning -- an unattractive loser, and that by staying with him, Bell is taking a ''big'' step down. He often feels guilty for tethering her to him when he knows she could find someone better. The fact that ''both'' sides in this relationship are like this is one of the major contributors to the series' infamous CannotSpitItOut dynamic.
** Belldandy also believes that she doesn't deserve Keiichi [[spoiler:because she has been aware from day one of their relationship that Heaven messed with Keiichi's mind to keep him from consummating their relationship.]]
* In ''LightNovel/BakaAndTestSummonTheBeasts'' despite how much he may [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend deny feelings for]] and [[RunningGag run away from]] [[{{Yandere}} Shouko]] and her [[ShipTease advances]] on a frequent basis, when Yuuji actually talks about his relationship with her, he makes it out like [[ItsNotYouItsMe it's all his fault that she's fallen in love with a worthless guy like him]].
-->'''Yuuji:''' ''I want to set her free.''
** Which hilariously backfires and only causes her to fall in love with him even more anytime he tries to convince her that she deserves a better guy than him.
* Annie Brighton from ''Manga/CandyCandy'' is this to [[spoiler: Archie Cornwall]], which isn't helped by his crush on the titular Candy [[spoiler: and how Annie, despite her and Candy's RomanticTwoGirlFriendship, is also jealous of her]]. [[spoiler: However, Archie soon realises that [[SecondLove Annie is the one he actually loves]], and they stay together.]]
* In ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
** [[GenkiGirl Yumi]]'s ex-boyfriend Haneda is still in love with her, but believes that he is unworthy of Yumi until he can win all seven professional shogi title tournaments.
** [[spoiler: Takagi]] sometimes shows shades of this trope towards his girlfriend [[spoiler: Sato]]. At some point he's seen in tears due to this, thinking of how he believes himself to not have what it takes to make her happy. [[spoiler: And then he's kidnapped and put in a DeathTrap. And one of the persons who saves him is Sato herself.]]
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'' [[spoiler:Jellal, after his HeelFaceTurn,]] firmly believes that he has no right to be with [[spoiler:Erza]] after what he's done, and even goes out of his way to [[spoiler:lie about having a fiance to get around the fact that she's in love with him]]. All this in spite of the fact that he was BrainwashedAndCrazy at [[spoiler: ''the age of eleven.'']]
** Juvia becomes this after she [[spoiler:takes down the {{Necromancer}} Keyes, by extension killing Gray's father.]] Instead of getting angry, [[spoiler:Gray holds her and tearfully thanks her for freeing his father.]]
* ''Manga/KimagureOrangeRoad'': Main character Kyosuke is in love with Madoka, but he thinks he isn't and will never be good enough for her. He thinks that she's beautiful, intelligent, mature... and compared to her, he looks like a kid.
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] with the relationship between [[LovableSexManiac Issei]] and Rias. Despite their love being blatantly reciprocated, Issei was - for quite some time - resigned to the mindset that she, a bonafide MsFanservice and a NiceGirl with a noble heritage, deserves better than a perverted guy like him. This, however, causes Rias to remain heartbroken when Issei answered her question on what she really is to him: he said she's nothing more than the president of the Occult Research Club and his master. It took the support of the other girls to let Issei battle
''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' with his inferiority complex - caused by the trauma involving being killed on his first date by his ex-GF for being boring - and successfully hook up with Rias.
* Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spends a considerable amount of time angsting over how she feels unworthy of her {{Ojou}}-sama Konoka.
* Snow gives hints of this in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Aside from the occasional jealousy,
new girlfriend, [[spoiler:Lust]]. Subverted, since it doesn't go anywhere. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied she hooks up with Ginta at work. The man's a flirt, but he puts his job before pleasure.
** Despite not usually getting
the end anyway.]]
* In ''LightNovel/MayoChiki'', due to the nature of her situation, Subaru, who is a [[SweetPollyOliver
girl disguised as a boy]], is constantly worried that she either Havoc actually isn't good enough for Jiro, or bad looking it's just that the women he's either dating, or likes someone else. Despite that, Jiro always tries to reassure her.
* Both halves of ''Manga/MyLoveStory's'' main couple experience this. Takeo primarily before their RelationshipUpgrade, Yamato after:
** Pre-upgrade, Takeo has spent
into end up liking his entire life up to that point seeing the girls boss..more.
* Rena's father in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' gets it hard. The drop-dead sexy chick
he likes prefer his {{Bishonen}} best friend, Suna. So, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, it never occurs to him Yamato might reciprocate his growing feelings met in a fishy bar and he instead tries to play TheMatchmaker with her whom he fell madly in love happens to be a specialist in badger games and Suna. This persists until Suna engineers a confession out of Yamato with Takeo in earshot. He's much better afterward, but self-aware enough of his faults that he's hesitant [[GoldDigger only seeks to make any big moves without first consulting Suna.
** Post-Upgrade, Yamato worries about being good enough for Takeo. Takeo's more old-fashioned values and putting Yamato on a pedestal cause her to worry that he will reject her because she desires to move their relationship forward; even with something as simple as holding hands. She also experiences some low key possessiveness because
squeeze all the money she can not comprehend that the {{Gonk}}y Takeo isn't typically popular with girls and frets about having to fight for him. Fortunately, once he's aware of these issues himself, Takeo assures her he'll be glad to move faster if that's what Yamato wants and that he loves her and only her.
* ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'': Initially, Youko is merely [[ObliviousToLove oblivious]] to the fact that Asahi has any deeper feelings for her than friendship. When the idea finally crosses her mind, she instantly shoots it down, convincing herself that Asahi is [[NiceGuy that nice]] to all his friends, and that he's far to polite to say that being her SecretKeeper is a pain in the ass. While Youko and Asahi do end up getting together, it takes another 40 chapters to happen, and not before they both go through some pretty painful emotional torment.
** The trope gets [[DiscussedTrope discussed]] after the RelationshipUpgrade, when TricksterMentor Akane calls Youko
out on her uneasiness, saying "You're not thinking something stupid like 'I'm not good enough for him', are you? What's done is done, just go with it and be happy."
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'':
** Naruto seems to display this trope to an extent. While not in a romantic relationship with [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]], he states to Sai that he could not tell her how he feels because he couldn't keep his promise to her in bringing back Sasuke, implying that he feels unworthy
of her. Though he's also a IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy character.
** Hinata is a more straight example. She has been in love with Naruto since they were kids, but her crippling shyness and perceived weakness prevented her from ever pursuing him.
** Naruto is also this for Hinata. Kiba implies that this is the reason he tries to act so cool around her. [[spoiler:This was eventually confirmed in ''Film/TheLastNarutoTheMovie''. Part of why Naruto never noticed her affections for him is because he never believed [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he was ever worthy of such affection, let alone from someone as beautiful and as kind as Hinata]]]].
* PlayedForLaughs in one chapter of ''Manga/{{Ojojojo}}'' when Tsurezure tries MeditatingUnderAWaterfall because he doesn't feel that he's handsome enough to be Haru's boyfriend.
* Kenshin Himura from ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' ofter wonders if he's good enough for his girlfriend Kaoru. It's rather justified in his case due to his DarkAndTroubledPast.
* This trope almost defines Kisa Shouta's angst and feelings toward Yukina Kou in ''Manga/SekaiichiHatsukoi''.
* In ''Manga/{{Sekirei}}'', Minato is plagued by the feeling that he isn't good enough for his BalancedHarem. He calls himself "unreliable", and worries that he's a worthless guy because of his failure to get into university twice, as well as being an ExtremeDoormat. Rather than allow this to consume him or damage their relationships, he resolves to become someone worthy of their love and trust, someone that will believe in himself enough to fully return their feelings. He declares this to them, and asks them to wait for him until then.
* Jin from ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'' feels he's not worthy enough to be with his beloved childhood friend Misaki, due to her talents, such as in animation, and feels he would just [[TheLoad weigh her down]] if he tried to have a serious relationship with her. This despite the obvious signs that Misaki really wants to be with him.
* Sayaka Miki from ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica''. She has a crush on Kyousuke Kamijou but CanNotSpitItOut, ''especially'' once it is revealed that [[spoiler:becoming a MagicalGirl means effectively [[OurLichesAreDifferent becoming a sparkly lich]]. Sayaka feels she can't ask for Kyousuke's love because she now considers herself a zombie, and the realization that she made her supposedly selfless wish for selfish reasons along with her good friend Hitomi [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom pushing the issue by giving her a one day headstart on confessing]]
him]] (which she balks at)]]...it doesn't end well.
* Both protagonist of ''Anime/TokyoMarbleChocolate'' feel like this about each other: Yuudai thinks he's
is a [[LovableCoward coward]] and lazy guy that doesn't deserve Chizuru, while Chiruzu becomes [[CuteClumsyGirl really clumsy]] when she starts to fall in love and she fears that this will scare Yuudai away. Compound this with their previous bad experiences with romance.lot).



* Barbara Gordon alias Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}/Oracle [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] felt as though [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick]] was only in love [[LovingAShadow with the memory of the girl she had once been]], rather than the [[HandicappedBadass woman she had become]].
* Tommy Monoghan of the ''{{Comicbook/Hitman}}'' comic book ends his relationship with Tiegel once and for all by pretty much telling her outright that he's a scumbag, and if they stay together he'd just keep letting her down and screwing up. He's saying it because it's true, but he's ALSO saying it because he's about to take on a pretty good sized chunk of the CIA and doesn't want her around for it. Whether or not a reader thinks he would have said/done it if not for the whole CIA thing varies.
* Frank Einstein Jr. is this to Henrietta in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'', specifically in the second album. He falls for her at first sight, but his feelings of being rejected and his own inferiority complex towards his physical appearance made him create an invention that makes people physically perfect. But that became dangerous because of Henrietta's [[spoiler:extreme bipolar disorder]]. After that, he's still very much in love with her, and Henrietta starts feeling the same for him, although they can't tell their own feelings for each other.
* Franchise/SpiderMan and Mary Jane Watson are this to each other. For Spider-Man, MJ is an incredibly beautiful, charismatic and talented young woman who is incredibly out of his league and would be far better off if she wasn't with him. For Mary Jane, Spider-Man is a selfless and brave superhero with amazing abilities. They each believe they aren't good enough for the other, and that they are dragging the other person down.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} often sees himself as this. Although many women regard him as a hunky dreamboat and some kind of paragon, he sees himself as an ordinary man with exceptional skills or -depending on the era- an alien outcast. In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'', he doesn't get why his female co-workers like him since he thinks he is an outcast who is unable to have a healthy relationship with a woman. Regardless, he thinks his main love interests -Comicbook/LanaLang, Comicbook/LoisLane- are too good for him.
* Dale in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is always insecure about his relationship with Andrea, due to the fact that he is [[MayDecemberRomance twice as old as her]]. Andrea shows a few small shades of this, mostly whenever Dale mentions his late wife. [[spoiler: It ultimately works out until Dale's death, and Andrea is able to move on and be with Rick.]]

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* Barbara Gordon alias Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}/Oracle [[DependingOnTheWriter sometimes]] felt as though [[ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} Dick]] was only in love [[LovingAShadow Played with in ''ComicBook/SinCity'': Goldie hits on Marv, but she's the memory of the girl she had once been]], rather than the [[HandicappedBadass woman she had become]].
* Tommy Monoghan of the ''{{Comicbook/Hitman}}'' comic book
one who ends his relationship with Tiegel once and for all by pretty much telling her outright that he's a scumbag, and if they stay together he'd just keep letting her down and screwing up. He's saying it because it's true, but he's ALSO saying it because he's about to take on a pretty good sized chunk of the CIA and doesn't want her around for it. Whether or not a reader thinks he would have said/done it if not for the whole CIA thing varies.
* Frank Einstein Jr. is this to Henrietta in ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'', specifically in the second album. He falls for her at first sight, but his feelings of being rejected and his own inferiority complex towards his physical appearance made him create an invention that makes people physically perfect. But that became dangerous because of Henrietta's [[spoiler:extreme bipolar disorder]]. After that, he's still very much in love with her, and Henrietta starts feeling the same for him, although they can't tell their own feelings for each other.
* Franchise/SpiderMan and Mary Jane Watson are this to each other. For Spider-Man, MJ is an incredibly beautiful, charismatic and talented young woman who is incredibly out of his league and would be far better off if she
up dead. She wasn't killed by Marv, though; she'd seen something someone didn't want her to see, leading her to hit on "the biggest, meanest lug around" for protection. Unfortunately, Marv got drunk and was passed out when what she was running from caught up with him. For Mary Jane, Spider-Man is a selfless and brave superhero her. Cue RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
* Inverted somewhat in ''ComicBook/TheGoon''. Sexy bar singer Mirna tries repeatedly to talk to Goon, only for him to rebuff her
with amazing abilities. They each believe they aren't good enough for the other, increasing rudeness. Eventually he snaps and that they are dragging the other person down.
* Franchise/{{Superman}} often sees himself as this. Although many women regard him as a hunky dreamboat and some kind of paragon, he sees himself as an ordinary man with exceptional skills or -depending on the era- an alien outcast. In ''Comicbook/KryptonNoMore'',
tells her he doesn't get why his female co-workers know what she's selling, but he's not buying. He explains to Frankie that there's only one reason a girl like him since he thinks he is an outcast who is unable her pretends to have a healthy relationship with a woman. Regardless, he thinks his main love interests -Comicbook/LanaLang, Comicbook/LoisLane- are too good for him.
* Dale
be interested in ''ComicBook/TheWalkingDead'' is always insecure about his relationship with Andrea, due to the fact a guy like him--he learned that he is [[MayDecemberRomance twice as old as her]]. Andrea shows a few small shades of this, mostly whenever Dale mentions his late wife. [[spoiler: It ultimately works out until Dale's death, and Andrea is able to move on and be with Rick.]]the hard way. He realizes the truth too late, when Mirna leaves town.



* Played straight and inverted by Erin in ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues'', regarding her blossoming romance with Stephen. While [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe she does feel under his league]] and has been fighting self-confidence issues since the beginning of the series, she seems to be more concerned about getting hurt ''by him''. His [[TheCharmer ladies' man tendencies]] worry her a bit and she still has baggage from [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest what happened between]] [[LoveHurts her and L]] in [[Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury the first story.]]
** Speaking of, L is implied to be this in the prequel, especially in the companion 'shots. While it's suggested that he develops feelings for Erin he [[CannotSpitItOut never says a word about them]] and does not try to pursue a more intimate relationship with her. This may have been due to [[UnscrupulousHero how he is in general]] and [[AMatchMadeInStockholm the nature of what relationship they did have...]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/AllThingsProbableSeries "A Friend In Darkness"]]'', [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim's]] VisionQuest to rescue Ron from the SpiritWorld [[FightingDownMemoryLane dredges up uncomfortable memories]] of times she'd been thoughtless and condescending toward him. She decides that he deserves better and breaks up with him [[spoiler:until the end of the story]].
* Extremely common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics that have a romance between Shinji and Asuka, as it would be perfectly in-character for Shinji to feel this way if he ever did get into a relationship, and Asuka has zero self-esteem:
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji thought he wasn't good enough for Asuka before and after hooking up with her. However Asuka disagrees and she always replies he's the only man good enough for her.
*** Ritsuko also feels unworthy of Maya's love since she had been involved in Gendo's plan for [[AssimilationPlot Third Impact]] less than 24 hours before hooking up with her. [[BrutalHonesty Rei has told her under no uncertain terms]] that she's entirely justified in thinking that way, but it doesn't mean that she can't ''[[TheAtoner become]]'' someone worthy of her affection.
** In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked him because he was only a wimpy kid and she was beautiful and smart.
** ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka can't understand why Shinji loves someone like her. She never figured it out, even though they were together during six decades. In a deleted chapter, Asuka tells Kaworu that Shinji is an idiot for loving her.
** In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like him back, and heís damaged their relationship beyond repair.
** Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling''. Shinji thinks he isnít good enough for Asuka after he missed all of her hints, never helped her and let her die. However, Kaji warned him that attitude would hurt Asuka rather than helping her.
** ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Touji was frightened of asking Hikari out, even after Shinji showed him that Hikari liked him back.
* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10745563/6/OTP-Addiction OTP Addiction]]'', when [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha]] refuses to leave Jaune to his death.
-->''Mercury sighed and shook his head. "Trust me, there'll be other guys out there, ones actually worth your time."\\
Pyrrha smiled at Jaune. "I...I never met anyone...worth more to me than you."''
* Jessie and James shift this role back and forth for the first half of Cori Falls's series of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics. Either Jessie thinks she's too mean, bitchy, and coldhearted for someone as sweet as James, or James thinks he's too weak, stupid, and clumsy for someone as strong as Jessie. [[YoYoPlotPoint It gets pretty repetitive after the first five or so times.]]
* In an untitled [[http://theskyexists.tumblr.com/post/82412357567/unbreakable-red-ribbons-wrap-her-waist-her fic]] set after ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Homura becomes this trope. [[note]]To paraphrase [[ComicBook/XMen Emma Frost]],[[/note]] She's spent so long hating herself that she can't imagine anyone ''not'' hating her.
-->'''Madoka:''' I will say it again and again for all eternity if I have to, Homura-chan, until you get it. You are you and I will always save you.
* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has Lyra breaking up with Bonbon because she's unsure if she feels the same way about their relationship as Bonbon does and doesn't want to lead her on. This is almost universally regarded as a poor decision.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Jaune is sure that he isn't worth Pyrrha's attention because he himself isn't a badass. Yang, his dad and ''Pyrrha herself'' point out that this is absurd and there are other reasons apart from being a badass that she might like him.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Derpy]] in ''FanFic/WereGonnaGetThereSoon''. Her [[CuteClumsyGirl klutziness]], eye condition, and her [[WellDoneSonGuy poor relationship with her parents]] result in a mare who is very surprised when [[NiceGuy Thunderlane]] is interested in pursuing a relationship with her.
* [[Anime/YuGiOh Ryou Bakura]] feels this way about Tea Gardner in ''Fanfic/DesertedDistractions''. Not only is he so [[TheWoobie used to being ignored and abandoned]] that he has a hard time [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe believing he has the chance with beautiful, popular Tea]] who has several other romantic interests, but the perpetual taint of the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Spirit of the Ring]] causes him to feel weak and unworthy of her love when she offers it to him. The Spirit's [[VillainousCrush feelings]] for Tea also mean that being with Ryou puts her in constant danger.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' fanfics this is ''very'' common with both Hanzo and Junkrat, especially Jesse/Hanzo and Lucio/Junkrat works. While Hanzo makes some sense given his canon status as TheAtoner who in-universe feels he crossed a MoralEventHorizon by killing Genji and thus might well have weak self-esteem, Junkrat's is more based in his own rough background and more self awareness than Junkrat usually displays in canon.

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* Played straight and inverted Done by Erin Sakura in ''Fanfic/AndTheStoryContinues'', regarding her blossoming romance with Stephen. While [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe she does feel under ''FanFic/NarutoTheSecretSongsOfTheNinja,'' who uses a sexy transformation to cozy up to a loser Iwa ninja in a bar, drug his league]] and has been fighting self-confidence issues since the beginning of the series, she seems to be more concerned about getting hurt ''by him''. His [[TheCharmer ladies' man tendencies]] worry her a bit and she still has baggage from [[TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest what happened between]] [[LoveHurts her and L]] in [[Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury the first story.]]
** Speaking of, L is implied to be this in the prequel, especially in the companion 'shots. While it's suggested that he develops feelings
drinks while pouring them for Erin he [[CannotSpitItOut never says a word about them]] and does not try to pursue a more intimate relationship with her. This may have been due to [[UnscrupulousHero how he is in general]] and [[AMatchMadeInStockholm the nature of what relationship they did have...]]
* In ''[[Fanfic/AllThingsProbableSeries "A Friend In Darkness"]]'', [[WesternAnimation/KimPossible Kim's]] VisionQuest to rescue Ron from the SpiritWorld [[FightingDownMemoryLane dredges up uncomfortable memories]] of times she'd been thoughtless and condescending toward him. She decides that he deserves better and breaks up with
him, then kidnap him [[spoiler:until the end of the story]].
* Extremely common in ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' fanfics that have a romance between Shinji and Asuka, as it would be perfectly in-character for Shinji to feel this way if
when he ever did get into a relationship, and Asuka has zero self-esteem:
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji thought he wasn't good enough for Asuka before and after hooking up with her. However Asuka disagrees and she always replies he's the only man good enough for her.
*** Ritsuko also feels unworthy of Maya's love since she had been involved in Gendo's plan for [[AssimilationPlot Third Impact]] less than 24 hours before hooking up with her. [[BrutalHonesty Rei has told her under no uncertain terms]] that
passes out while she's entirely justified in thinking that way, but it doesn't mean that "walking him home" so she can't ''[[TheAtoner become]]'' someone worthy of her affection.
** In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked
can [[spoiler:interrogate him because he was only a wimpy kid and she was beautiful and smart.
** ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka can't understand why Shinji loves someone like her. She never figured it out, even though they were together during six decades. In a deleted chapter, Asuka tells Kaworu that Shinji is an idiot for loving her.
** In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like him back, and heís damaged their relationship beyond repair.
** Deconstructed in ''Fanfic/OnceMoreWithFeeling''. Shinji thinks he isnít good enough for Asuka after he missed all of her hints, never helped her and let her die. However, Kaji warned him that attitude would hurt Asuka rather than helping her.
** ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Touji was frightened of asking Hikari out, even after Shinji showed him that Hikari liked him back.
* Lampshaded in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10745563/6/OTP-Addiction OTP Addiction]]'', when [[WebAnimation/{{RWBY}} Pyrrha]] refuses to leave Jaune to his death.
-->''Mercury sighed and shook his head. "Trust me, there'll be other guys out there, ones actually worth your time."\\
Pyrrha smiled at Jaune. "I...I never met anyone...worth more to me than you."''
* Jessie and James shift this role back and forth for the first half of Cori Falls's series of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics. Either Jessie thinks she's too mean, bitchy, and coldhearted for someone as sweet as James, or James thinks he's too weak, stupid, and clumsy for someone as strong as Jessie. [[YoYoPlotPoint It gets pretty repetitive after the first five or so times.]]
* In an untitled [[http://theskyexists.tumblr.com/post/82412357567/unbreakable-red-ribbons-wrap-her-waist-her fic]] set after ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'', Homura becomes this trope. [[note]]To paraphrase [[ComicBook/XMen Emma Frost]],[[/note]] She's spent so long hating herself that she can't imagine anyone ''not'' hating her.
-->'''Madoka:''' I will say it again and again for all eternity if I have to, Homura-chan, until you get it. You are you and I will always save you.
* The Blog/ReadingRainbowverse has Lyra breaking up with Bonbon because she's unsure if she feels the same way
about their relationship as Bonbon does Naruto and doesn't want to lead her on. This is almost universally regarded as a poor decision.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Jaune is sure that he isn't worth Pyrrha's attention because he himself isn't a badass. Yang, his dad and ''Pyrrha herself'' point out that this is absurd and there
Kakashi, who are other reasons apart from being a badass that she might like him.
* [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Derpy]] in ''FanFic/WereGonnaGetThereSoon''. Her [[CuteClumsyGirl klutziness]], eye condition, and her [[WellDoneSonGuy poor relationship with her parents]] result in a mare who is very surprised when [[NiceGuy Thunderlane]] is interested in pursuing a relationship with her.
* [[Anime/YuGiOh Ryou Bakura]] feels this way about Tea Gardner in ''Fanfic/DesertedDistractions''. Not only is he so [[TheWoobie used to being ignored and abandoned]] that he has a hard time [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe believing he has the chance with beautiful, popular Tea]] who has several other romantic interests, but the perpetual taint of the [[SuperPoweredEvilSide Spirit of the Ring]] causes him to feel weak and unworthy of her love when she offers it to him. The Spirit's [[VillainousCrush feelings]] for Tea also mean that being with Ryou puts her in constant danger.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' fanfics this is ''very'' common with both Hanzo and Junkrat, especially Jesse/Hanzo and Lucio/Junkrat works. While Hanzo makes some sense given his canon status as TheAtoner who in-universe feels he crossed a MoralEventHorizon by killing Genji and thus might well have weak self-esteem, Junkrat's is more based in his own rough background and more self awareness than Junkrat usually displays in canon.
held prisoner]].



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* The titular character in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. He doesn't believe Jasmine could ever love the real him and disguises himself as a Prince to become worthy of her.
* {{Implied}} with Xibalba in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. At the end, when he [[spoiler:apologizes to La Muerte for all the trouble he caused, he adds in "you [La Muerte] deserve better than me"]]. [[WordOfGod Gutierrez]] stated that the reason Xibalba wanted to make it ''look'' like he was cheating on her was out of insecurity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', PJ is in this role. Bobby is willing to flirt with Beret Girl, PJ is not. He says a grand total of zero words to her, being visibly stunned speechless each time, until she decides to take the initiative and start flirting with him. At this point, PJ responds by reciting a poem about how nobody notices fat people no matter how they act. Beret Girl is both impressed and sympathetic, asks, "How could ''anyone'' overlook this bundle of yes-ness?" and asks him to dance. This is the catalyst for PJ's CharacterDevelopment: he immediately becomes a lot happier, less insecure, and more confident.
* In ''Film/{{Mermaidia}}'', Nori feels that Nalu will never love her because of class differences. She vents these feelings by [[GreenEyedMonster bitching at]] Elina, who [[spoiler:she thinks]] is dating him. (Unusually for the trope, Nori resolves these feelings ''before'' starting a relationship with Nalu.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he is so hideous that even a magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that the the object of his affections was already in love - the one thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].

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[[folder:Films [[folder:Films]]
* Mystique and a prison guard from ''Film/X2XMenUnited''. Sure, she drugged and injected him with iron, so that Magneto could ''rip it from his blood'' and escape, but he got to make out with Rebecca Romijn. Lucky bastard. This trope is basically lampshaded when Magneto [[BondOneLiner tells the guard]] that he should never trust a beautiful woman
-- Animation]]
especially one who's interested in ''him''.
* The titular character alternate ending to the remake of ''Film/TheWickerMan''.
* This happens several times
in ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. He ''Film/JamesBond'' movies.
** In ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', a humorous scene involves Bond enlisting the aid of a husky Slav woman, Rosika Miklos, who works on the Trans-Siberian pipeline he's using to smuggle a defector across the border from Czechoslovakia to Austria. Her role is to distract the on-duty technician, which she accomplishes by unzipping her jumpsuit and [[MarshmallowHell shoving the man's face into her generous bosom]]. Once Bond is safely away, Rosika throws the technician back and slaps him soundly across the face, snapping, "What kind of girl do you think I am?!"
** In ''Film/GoldenEye'' with Xenia Onatopp, the woman whose M.O. is to [[OutWithABang sex you to death]] with her thighs.
* A genderswapped version appears in the 2009 movie ''Film/{{Duplicity}}''--hottie Clive Owen chats up a [[HollywoodHomely frumpy woman]] as a ploy to get her to take him back to her office in order to access the company's computer network. His female colleague is not happy about this tactic, despite the fact that she pulled the same stunt in their first meeting, in order to steal some files Owen was carrying.
* In ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'', the group of shady security experts arrange a matchup through an online dating site between their leader's ex Liz (played by Creator/MaryMcDonnell) and a geeky employee of BigBad Cosmo, in order to obtain the employee's keycard and voice recognition codes for use in breaking into Cosmo's office. The second Cosmo hears of this he incredulously says "A computer matched ''him'' with ''her?''" and locks down the building, knowing it's a setup.
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'': Narissa on Nathaniel. Nathaniel begins to realize he's a dupe when he sees a soap opera variant.
* This trope shows up in several ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' films.
** ''Film/SpaceMutiny'': Lea in a {{Squick}} moment. Although Lea's attractiveness is somewhat [[InformedAttractiveness informed]]. The riffing, naturally, lampshades the hell out of this: "You know, the last eight times this happened, the woman just wanted to get away!"
** This is roughly half the plot of ''Film/HighSchoolBigShot''; the popular Betty seduces bookish anti-hero Marv to get him to write an essay for her; the plan backfires and costs Marv his chance at a scholarship. This pushes him over the DespairEventHorizon, driving him to plan to steal a million dollars of [[TheMafia Mob]] money kept at the warehouse he works part-time at. All to get Betty's attention. [[EverybodyDies It
doesn't believe Jasmine could ever love end well]].
** Seen in ''Film/AngelsRevenge''. Especially {{egregious}} as they're dressed in bikinis on a ridiculously cold, foggy day on a deserted beach.
** And again, in ''Film/OperationDouble007'':
the real him BodyguardBabes of the BigBad expand this trope into a scheme to steal some AppliedPhlebotinum from a military convoy in the middle of the deserts. [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment The can-can dancer outfits and disguises himself as skunk costumes play a Prince to become worthy of her.
* {{Implied}}
vital role... somehow]].
** And even more,
with Xibalba in ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife''. At Watney Smith and the end, when he [[spoiler:apologizes to La Muerte for all the trouble he caused, he adds Queen in "you [La Muerte] deserve better ''[[Literature/{{Gor}} Outlaw of Gor]]''.
* This happened more
than me"]]. [[WordOfGod Gutierrez]] stated once with Film/TheThreeStooges, typically to [[TheWoobie Curly]].
* Directly lampshaded by a girl in ''Film/ShesTheMan'', who tells a guy, "Girls with asses like mine don't talk to boys with faces like yours." Also inverted in
that she gets dumped not only by her boyfriend, [[LesYay but by her]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser boyfriend's sister]].
* Done by
the reason Xibalba wanted mermaids in ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanOnStrangerTides'' to make it ''look'' like he was cheating on her was out of insecurity.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AnExtremelyGoofyMovie'', PJ is in this role. Bobby is willing to flirt with Beret Girl, PJ is not. He says a grand total of zero words to her, being visibly stunned speechless each time, until she decides to take the initiative and start flirting with him. At this point, PJ responds by reciting a poem about how nobody notices fat people no matter how
some unfortunate sailors. Not only do they act. Beret Girl is both impressed kill them, they ''eat'' them.
** Notably, though, the sailors were (at least in part) trying to do the same to the mermaids,
and sympathetic, asks, "How could ''anyone'' overlook this bundle they needed to capture one for reasons of yes-ness?" and asks him to dance. This is their own.
* Done in
the catalyst for PJ's CharacterDevelopment: he immediately becomes horror film ''Film/TrickRTreat'' by a lot happier, less insecure, and more confident.
* In ''Film/{{Mermaidia}}'', Nori feels that Nalu will never love her because
[[spoiler:pack of class differences. She vents these feelings by [[GreenEyedMonster bitching at]] Elina, who [[spoiler:she thinks]] is dating him. (Unusually for the trope, Nori resolves these feelings ''before'' starting a relationship with Nalu.)
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he is so hideous that even a magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that the the object of his affections was already in love - the one thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].
female werewolves]].



[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* [[Literature/BridgetJones Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason]] does this with the protagonist playing this role.
--> '''Bridget''': I read that you should never go out with someone if you can think of three reasons why you shouldn't.\\
'''Mark''': And can you think of three?\\
'''Bridget''': Yes.\\
'''Mark''': Which are?\\
'''Bridget''': First off, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking I embarrass you. I can't ski, I can't ride, I can't speak Latin , my legs only come up to here]] and yes I will always be just a [[HollywoodPudgy little bit fat]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen believes that she doesn't deserve the love of someone like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
* This is why Audrey doesn't consider leaving the abusive "semi-sadist" Orin for her {{Adorkable}} NiceGuy coworker Seymour in ''Film/LittleShopOfHorrors''; she likes Seymour, but she considers herself too dirty and worthless to be with him.
* In ''Film/MarriageBlue'', Vika is young and spectacularly sexy. Gun-ho is somewhat doughy and 18 years older than she is. This causes him anxiety and insecurity, which undermines their relationship.
* ''Film/ShesOutOfMyLeague'' is from the perspective of one of these; it's about a man who has found a very attractive girlfriend who really likes him, but he considers her way out of his league, leading him to sabotage things. It doesn't help that almost everyone around him appears to be an incredibly petty and spiteful person who either encourage him or actively attempt to sabotage things out of jealousy.
* At the end of ''Film/SomeLikeItHot'', Sugar decides to run away with Joe. He tells her that she deserves better than TheCasanova who put on a façade to win her heart, but [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys she stays with him anyway]].
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* Both Jerin and Cira/[[spoiler: Princess Halley]] in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', though for different reasons.
* This is par for the course in Creator/CatherineAnderson's novels, but Molly Sterling, Laura Townsend, Natalie Patterson and Bethany Coulter are the biggest examples.
* Razz in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. While he is usually self-confident, he is this to [[AcademicAthlete Sally]], believing that she is 'too ''everything''' for him.
* This is a constant problem for Georgina in the ''Literature/GeorginaKincaid'' series. She thinks she's not good enough for Seth and is going to end up hurting him, because she's hurt people in the past. That and she's a succubus, whereas he's a reserved and virtuous man.
* In the last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[spoiler:[[CoolTeacher Lupin]]]] has this problem with [[spoiler:[[ActionGirl Tonks]]]]--he turns her down because a.) he's [[MayDecemberRomance quite a bit (12 years) older than her]], b.) he has no steady means of support, and c.) [[spoiler:[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent he's a werewolf]]]], with all the danger and FantasticRacism that includes. They wind up eloping sometime between the last two books, but he's so sure that this was a mistake that he tries to leave her (and their [[WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe unborn child]]) until Harry gives him a WhatTheHellHero speech.
** In the last book, this turns out to be a big part of [[ClassicalAntiHero Ron]]'s problem: with his low self-esteem he's convinced ([[WhyAreYouNotMySon among other things]]) that [[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] would never pick him [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle over Harry]]. Carrying around an ArtifactOfDoom that could give him a constant mental TheReasonYouSuckSpeech just brought all those issues to a head.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen feels that she doesn't deserve the unconditional love of a NiceGuy like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
--> '''Haymitch:''' You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know.
%% * Will Herondale from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': Vin and Elend provide a double example, Vin thinks she's too BookDumb and violent for Elend, Elend feels he's too much of a passive screwup for Vin.
* Lauchlan Huxley, the main character of ''Literature/MixBeerWithLiquorAndYouWillGetSicker'' has some self-esteem issues. And self confidence issues. And self image issues. He just has a lot of issues period, and is a NervousWreck as a result. When the confronted with the possibility of a real, meaningful relationship, he's terrified, and honestly doesn't believe that he deserves to be in a relationship at all.
* Both Michael and Mia in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', Michael because of feeling the constant need to prove himself "worthy" of dating a princess, Mia due to her low self esteem for dating an attractive genius who is her best friend's brother.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' Watson to Mary Morstan in Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''The Sign of Four''. As a wounded retiree from the Afghan army with little income, he feels that he has no right to even ''think'' about her, and things get worse when it turns out that she [[NotWithThemForTheMoney stands to gain a large sum of money]].
* Michael of ''Literature/TheTraitorGame'' is a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for Francis, constantly feeling insecure about their friendship. This is because Michael has trust issues after being bullied at his previous school, and [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe finds it difficult to accept that Francis - who is "cool", "posh" and "handsome" - would genuinely want to be friends with him]]. This leads to disastrous consequences.
* In ''New Moon'' of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much {{Wangst}} from both of them.
** Although in this case it's less "I'm not good enough for you" and more "I'm finding it very difficult not to [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere eat you]].

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* Both Jerin The ''Best-Case Survival Handbook'' (a parody, of course, of the ''Worst-Case Survival Handbook'' series) has an entry on (paraphrased, since I don't have it on me) "What to do if you are approached by a fantastically beautiful woman who invites you back to her hotel room for a night of athletic, no-strings-attached sex". It goes something like "'''Run.''' The only person this happens to is Film/JamesBond and Cira/[[spoiler: Princess Halley]] she always puts a [[AnimalAssassin scorpion under the pillow]] or something."
* The second book of the ''Literature/{{Sten}}'' series invokes this when the beautiful younger sister of a major political player comes on to Sten. He recalls a training manual which stated:
-->"When approached on a sexual level, covert operators should remember that they have not necessarily been found attractive beyond the moon and the stars but rather that the person making the approach is allied with the opposition and attempting to subvert, to maneuver into a life-threatening situation, or to provide the opposition with blackmail material. In any event, until a life-threatening situation occurs, it is recommended that operatives pretend to be seducible. Interesting intelligence has been produced
in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', though for different reasons.
*
such situations."
**
This is par for the course in Creator/CatherineAnderson's novels, but Molly Sterling, Laura Townsend, Natalie Patterson and Bethany Coulter are the biggest examples.
* Razz in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. While he is usually self-confident, he is this to [[AcademicAthlete Sally]], believing that she is 'too ''everything''' for him.
* This is a constant problem for Georgina in the ''Literature/GeorginaKincaid'' series. She thinks she's not good enough for Seth and is going to end up hurting him, because she's hurt people in the past. That and she's a succubus, whereas he's a reserved and virtuous man.
* In the last two ''HarryPotter'' books, [[spoiler:[[CoolTeacher Lupin]]]] has this problem with [[spoiler:[[ActionGirl Tonks]]]]--he turns her down because a.) he's [[MayDecemberRomance
isn't quite a bit (12 years) older than her]], b.) he has no steady means of support, and c.) [[spoiler:[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent he's a werewolf]]]], with all the danger and FantasticRacism straight example, however, as Sten is noted to be attractive enough that includes. They wind up eloping sometime between the last two books, but he's so sure that this was a mistake that he tries to leave her (and their [[WhatIfTheBabyIsLikeMe unborn child]]) until Harry gives women often ''do'' approach him a WhatTheHellHero speech.
just for sex or romance.
** In the last book, this Furthermore, it turns out to be a big part of [[ClassicalAntiHero Ron]]'s problem: with his low self-esteem he's convinced ([[WhyAreYouNotMySon among other things]]) that [[TheSmartGuy Hermione]] would never pick him [[ImaginaryLoveTriangle over Harry]]. Carrying around an ArtifactOfDoom that could give him a constant mental TheReasonYouSuckSpeech just brought all those issues subversion. Her brother told her to a head.
* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen feels that she doesn't deserve the unconditional love of a NiceGuy like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
--> '''Haymitch:''' You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know.
%% * Will Herondale from ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* ''Literature/{{Mistborn}}'': Vin and Elend provide a double example, Vin thinks
seduce Sten, but she's too BookDumb and violent for Elend, Elend feels he's too much of a passive screwup for Vin.
* Lauchlan Huxley, the main character of ''Literature/MixBeerWithLiquorAndYouWillGetSicker'' has some self-esteem issues. And self confidence issues. And self image issues. He just has a lot of issues period,
not interested in helping her {{jerkass}} brother, and is genuinely interested in Sten.
* A short story by Creator/SpiderRobinson involved
a NervousWreck as painfully-awkward and very unattractive computer geek being approached by a result. memetic sex goddess. She puts a crown on his head, then takes him back to his apartment for all sorts of sex, saying, along the way, "Hurry, my lord, I'm positively ''dripping''", while other bar patrons stare at him. After lots of awesome sex, [[spoiler:he ends up figuring out that the crown is a recording device for a futuristic version of amateur porn. When you can experience the confronted with other person's point of view, a porn star is just too analytical to get the possibility of a real, meaningful relationship, he's terrified, voyeuristic juices flowing]].
* In the Books&Braun series by Pip Ballantine
and honestly doesn't believe that he deserves Tee Morris, this happens to be in a relationship at all.Mr.Books and starts the whole plot by getting him into the situation from which Ms Braun rescues him.
* Both Michael and Mia in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'', Michael In Patrick O'Brian's ''Literature/{{Aubrey-Maturin}}'' series, the wife of a captured sea officer is blackmailed into seducing spy/surgeon Stephen Maturin for intel. Except it doesn't work, because of feeling Maturin's GenreSavvy enough to know he's too ugly for her to be legitimately interested in him.
* In
the constant need to prove himself "worthy" of dating Literature/{{Backstrom}} novel ''He Who Kills the Dragon'', a princess, Mia due to her low self esteem shady big-time art dealer who relies on Bäckström for dating an attractive genius who is her best friend's brother.
* ''Literature/SherlockHolmes'' Watson to Mary Morstan in Creator/ArthurConanDoyle's ''The Sign of Four''. As
"little services", (ie, corrupt favours) arranges him a wounded retiree from high-class escort for the Afghan army night as a "thank-you". Bäckström, vain, egotistical and with little income, he feels that he has no right to even ''think'' about her, an exaggerated belief in his own pulling power, believes the beautiful woman who picks him up in the hotel bar and things get worse when it turns out that she [[NotWithThemForTheMoney stands to gain a large sum of money]].
* Michael of ''Literature/TheTraitorGame''
takes him home is a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for Francis, constantly feeling insecure about their friendship. This is because Michael has trust issues after being bullied at his previous school, and [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe finds it difficult to accept that Francis - who is "cool", "posh" and "handsome" - would genuinely want attracted to be friends with him]]. This leads him and finds him irresistable. It doesn't occur to disastrous consequences.
* In ''New Moon'' of the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' series, Edward leaves Bella because of this, resulting in much {{Wangst}} from both of them.
** Although in this case
him for one second that she's been paid for and it's less "I'm not good enough for you" and more "I'm finding it very difficult not a HoneyTrap to [[WarmBloodBagsAreEverywhere eat you]].drag him deeper into corruption.



* Lennier never admits he loves Delenn until the fifth season of ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* In Season 3 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this is Angel's reasoning for ending his relationship with Buffy before [[Series/{{Angel}} he moves to LA]]. He wants her to have a relatively normal life and he feels that her being with him would make that more difficult.
** Spike in the comics. He doesn't think Buffy will love him after everything that's happened between them. [[spoiler: She proves him wrong and they get back together...only for Spike to pull this again when they have to call on Angel to help with a Big Bad.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Occurred particularly between some of the companions.
** Rory thinks he's not good enough for Amy. So much so that he was too certain of rejection to ask her out, and is constantly surprised whenever she demonstrates her affection for him. This gets a lot better though, and by the end of the series, he's thrown it off.
** This also happens to Amy herself. In series 7 Amy almost gets a divorce because [[spoiler: she's infertile and she knows Rory's always wanted children. Since Amy's bad at dealing with feelings, she never told him ''why'' she wanted a divorce. Of course, it turns out Rory doesn't care and in an unshot scene we find out that they adopted a child.]]
** Clara and Danny grow fond of each other very quickly, but their own personal insecurities (often caused by trauma from the past) tend to hold them back or have them fall into awkward conversations and situations. This is not helped by Clara trying hard to keep her adventures with the Doctor and her ordinary life as a schoolteacher and Danny's girlfriend separate, only for the effort to get out of hand. Later on, it does look like she and Danny will be able to resolve their grievances, and even the grumpy Twelfth Doctor grows to respect their relationship. [[spoiler:This is cut short when Danny dies in an accident, and though he and Clara make peace before his, Clara's clearly heartbroken she lost him just as they were beginning to really understand each other and what pained them both.]]
** The Doctor himself feels this way about most of his major love interests, given that he leads a dangerous life, is a centuries old space alien and (particularly after the Time War) generally hates himself. As a general tendency, he's very quick to [[IWantMyBelovedTobeHappy leave them to find the happiness he can't give them elsewhere]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': [[{{StepfordSnarker}} Chandler]] is genuinely smart, funny, good-looking, has a very successful career and a very kind personality. However, he's had a traumatic childhood, bad luck with women, commitment phobia, and the gang constantly jokes that Monica 'can do better'. He also feels intimidated by the memory of Richard, whom the gang had idolised and whom Monica had truly loved. An alternate universe episode reveals that even when Monica is a fat, 30-year old virgin with an extremely boring boyfriend, Chandler still thinks he's not good enough for her. Fortunately, he and Monica are OppositesAttract; he stabilises her neuroses while she builds his confidence.
* ''Series/GossipGirl'' Chuck Bass runs on this trope regarding Blair for most of the show's duration. It doesn't help that Blair goes back and forth between reinforcing this belief and telling him he's the best man she's ever known and all that she's ever wanted.
* In ''Series/NewGirl'''s season 1 finale, Schmidt ends things with Cece because he's convinced she's too out of his league for him to ever make her happy.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' has Christian break up with Natasha because he thinks she deserves better than TheCasanova like him.
* Rachel of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' displays signs of this when Mike breaks it off. Despite all her explanations of how important she is to the firm, she still believes he looks down on her for never passing the [=LSATs=] and remaining a paralegal.

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* Lennier never admits he loves Delenn until Catherine Weaver and the fifth season of ''Series/BabylonFive''.
power plant manager in ''Series/TerminatorTheSarahConnorChronicles'' episode "Goodbye to All That".
* ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' inverts the trope. In Season 3 of ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', this is Angel's reasoning for ending his relationship "Fetal Attraction", handsome John Critchton hits on a much older Sebacean nurse with Buffy before [[Series/{{Angel}} access to Aeryn. However she's suspicious and only relents when he moves throws in a cure for a disease running rampant on the station as well. That being said, he played the horndog well enough that, when he's captured, he's able to LA]]. He wants her bluff a species that is mildly psychic that the reason he took Aeryn is because she was prettier than the nurse and he was planning to have a relatively normal life sex and he feels that her being babies with him would make that more difficult.
** Spike in
her...which was technically the comics. He doesn't think Buffy will love him after everything that's happened between them. [[spoiler: She proves him wrong and they get back together...truth, but not the whole truth.
** The nurse is also the
only Sebacean for Spike to pull this again when they have to call on Angel to help with a Big Bad.]]
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Occurred particularly between some of
light years, so Critchton plays the companions.
** Rory thinks
FantasticRacism card as to why he's not good enough for Amy. So much so that he was too certain of rejection to ask her out, and hitting on someone else: "I don't do aliens." Critchton is constantly surprised whenever actually human, but [[HumanOutsideAlienInside she demonstrates her affection for him. This gets a lot better though, and by the end of the series, he's thrown it off.
** This also happens to Amy herself. In series 7 Amy almost gets a divorce because [[spoiler: she's infertile and she knows Rory's always wanted children. Since Amy's bad at dealing with feelings, she never told him ''why'' she wanted a divorce. Of course, it turns out Rory
doesn't care and in an unshot scene we find out that they adopted a child.]]
** Clara and Danny grow fond of each other very quickly, but their own personal insecurities (often caused by trauma from
know that, as the past) tend to hold them back or have them fall into awkward conversations and situations. This is not helped by Clara trying hard to keep her adventures with the Doctor and her ordinary life as a schoolteacher and Danny's girlfriend separate, only for the effort to get out of hand. Later on, it does look like she and Danny will be able to resolve their grievances, and even the grumpy Twelfth Doctor grows to respect their relationship. [[spoiler:This is cut short when Danny dies in an accident, and though he and Clara make peace before his, Clara's clearly heartbroken she lost him just as they were beginning to really understand each other and what pained them both.]]
** The Doctor himself feels this way about most of his major love interests, given that he leads a dangerous life, is a centuries old space alien and (particularly after the Time War) generally hates himself. As a general tendency, he's very quick to [[IWantMyBelovedTobeHappy leave them to find the happiness he can't give them elsewhere]].
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': [[{{StepfordSnarker}} Chandler]] is genuinely smart, funny, good-looking, has a very successful career and a very kind personality. However, he's had a traumatic childhood, bad luck with women, commitment phobia, and the gang constantly jokes that Monica 'can do better'. He also feels intimidated by the memory of Richard, whom the gang had idolised and whom Monica had truly loved. An alternate universe episode reveals that even when Monica is a fat, 30-year old virgin with an extremely boring boyfriend, Chandler still thinks he's not good enough for her. Fortunately, he and Monica
species are OppositesAttract; he stabilises her neuroses while she builds his confidence.outwardly similar]].
* ''Series/GossipGirl'' Chuck Bass runs No result as serious as death, but when Veronica flirts with Phil in ''Series/BetterOffTed'', you know that she has ulterior motives. Turns out that the "autograph" she wanted was on this trope regarding Blair a waiver promising not to sue the company.
* Played with on ''Series/TheShield''. The Strike Team is tasked with investigating a series of robberies at a strip club--the girls proposition men
for most alley sex, but one of the show's duration. girls has an accomplice who attacks the johns. Vic tries it, picks "incorrectly", and gets a blow job. Shane tries it and gets a tire iron to the head.
* Sydney Bristow in ''Series/{{Alias}}'' did this to bad guys in nightclubs all the time.
* The title character from ''Series/{{Castle}}'' got seduced by an actress who wants a part in his movie. When he confronts her with the possibility, she breaks down in tears and asks "How could you? Do you know how ''hard'' it is for a woman in Hollywood?", leaving him feeling bad. Of course, she ''was'' just after a part. He ended up not rescinding his recommendation because she was a good enough actress to fool him into thinking he'd really hurt her with the accusation.
* {{Lampshaded}} in ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' episode "The High Road to China". [[ItMakesSenseInContext Drew awakens and finds himself stranded in China, on the Great Wall, with no money and without his passport]]. He thinks back to what he can remember "How could this have happened? I was at the airport, I was waiting to go to Winnepeg on a conference, a beautiful woman asked to buy me a drink...oh, what am I? Crazy? Why would a woman ever buy me a drink?!".
* Provenza and Flynn really should have figured this out a lot sooner in ''Series/TheCloser'' episode "Layover". Two stewardesses start dating them as a cover for their drug smuggling activities.
* Used numerous times in ''Series/{{Hustle}}''.
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'' has a gender-flipped version, where Neal Caffrey seduces a woman in a bar to find secret information on his boss. (Of course, she's not quite as [[HollywoodHomely unattractive]] as male examples usually are.) Similar tactics to this are a normal part of Neal's arsenal.
* Sarah Walker in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' once seduced a geek who had developed a secret weapon. Of course, she also attempted this with Chuck, although not in a bar, but in the Buy More, so the CIA could get their hands on the Intersect.
* Fiona from ''Series/BurnNotice'' does this many times, but it's also subverted on a few occasions. For example, in one case she approaches a [[SafeCracking professional safe cracker]] with [[TheAlcoholic multiple arrests for drunk driving]] and tries to get him liquored up so he'll be arrested again and his team will be forced to call off the job they're pulling. Due to the fact that Fiona is way, ''way'' out of his league, comes out of nowhere and then starts proposing toasts to them with expensive champagne, he figures her for a HighClassCallGirl and leaves.
** Another time it works ''too'' well. Fiona tries to drug the guy with chloral hydrate in a martini, but he's more interested in her than the martini. So she switches to [[GrievousBottleyHarm a different approach]].
* In ''Series/{{Leverage}}'', [[NoSocialSkills Parker]] does this to a mark in "The Fifteen Minutes Job" in order to sell the con (no one would look twice at him if he hadn't gotten some minor media attention). [[ItMakesSenseInContext She didn't even stab him]]!
** [[ConArtist Sophie]] also does this somewhat frequently, though in her case it is usually somewhat justified in that her marks are often rather wealthy such that someone with her looks would logically be interested in them due to their success.
It also doesn't help hurt that Blair goes back and forth between reinforcing as a sophisticated grifter she comes across as having class which also helps sell things.
* This came up in ''Series/{{CSI}}'' as early as the pilot. A woman was seducing men from out of town, then knocking them out with a sedative applied to her nipple. She then robbed them blind.
* George Costanza on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' typically subverts
this belief trope ([[KavorkaMan for a "short, stocky, bald man", he manages to date some real lookers]], if only briefly), but the episode where a gorgeous business woman seduces him on the subway ends up with him stripped, handcuffed to the bed, and telling him robbed. Of course, since he lied about being a successful businessman, [[HypocriticalHumor the woman is pretty pissed to discover he's actually unemployed and only carrying a few bucks on him]].
* In
the best man first episode of ''Series/FreshMeat'', Howard warns Kingsley about this when he pulls a beautiful blonde girl on their first night at the pub ("This does ''not'' happen! It's a trap! When you wake up [[OrganTheft missing a kidney]], don't say I didn't warn you.") Turns out she's ever known not an organ thief...[[spoiler:she's an evangelical Christian, who talks Kingsley into setting up a standing order]].
* Lampshaded in ''Series/BetweenTheLines''. Mo is infiltrating an AnimalWrongsGroup,
and all tells them she's going to seduce a security guard working at the animal testing center they plan to attack. The security guard is actually Naylor, also working undercover. When someone asks why she didn't pick someone younger and better looking, Mo replies that men are like dog shit. "The older they are, the easier to handle." Naylor however is embarrassed as Mo is both his colleague and a lesbian. Eventually Mo has to tell him to start pawing her as the others are watching and "I'm supposed to be seducing you, not taking you by force."
* A pretty lawyer does this to get dirt on a witness in ''Series/BostonLegal''. Given that he's overweight and nerdy, he's immediately suspects
that she's ever wanted.
* In ''Series/NewGirl'''s season 1 finale, Schmidt ends things
an escort girl, but she convinces him she just wants some casual conversation with Cece because someone who doesn't think he's convinced she's too out of his league for him to ever make her happy.
TheCasanova.
* ''Series/NipTuck'' has Christian break up Played with Natasha because he thinks on an episode of ''Series/{{Friends}}'', with Special Guest Creator/JuliaRoberts. Roberts plays a girl that Chandler knew in middle school. They go on a date and she deserves better than TheCasanova like him.
* Rachel of ''Series/{{Suits}}'' displays signs of this
seduces him in the bathroom. [[spoiler: It's just a ruse to get him back for pantsing her when Mike breaks it off. Despite all they were kids, however. She steals his clothes and leaves him in the bathroom, wearing just her explanations of how important she is to the firm, she still believes he looks down on her for never passing the [=LSATs=] and remaining a paralegal.underwear.]]



[[folder:Music]]
* The song ''Amanda'' has the line "Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife".
* Inverted in "Frozen" by {{Music/Delain}}, in which the protagonist's love interest clearly has issues preventing him from being with her.
* The James Ingram song "I Don't Have The Heart" shows a man who clearly cares about his woman but feels that he is not good enough for her.
* Seems to be the main theme of "She's Like the Wind" by Patrick Swayze.
-->I feel her breath in my face\\
Her body close to me\\
Can't look in her eyes\\
She's out of my league.
* Basically the premise to the Tal Bachman song "She's so High."
-->What could a guy like me ever really offer?\\
She's perfect as she can be, why should I even bother?
* Found in the Anna Nalick song "Sort of Delilah."
-->Once you were a tower, and given the power, how did I become the wrecking ball?\\
Didn't wanna hurt you, didn't deserve you, I'm usually the victim after all.
* The narrator of Flyleaf's ''There For You'' is a self-described "selfish fake" who has requited feelings for a friend.
-->You speak the unspeakable thought-\\
I love you too...
* "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)" is basically a song about a man telling a woman that he's a no-good cheating rake and she's better off without him. Played with depending on the version: Marvin Gaye's is a quite up-tempo, as if the man is more matter-of-fact about it, whereas Paul Young's version is slower and melancholy, as if the man's genuinely in love with the woman but [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy believes he can't make her happy]].
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* Almost every love interest in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Most of them have self-esteem issues to begin with, but romancing them tends to bring it to the forefront.
** Anders is a mage living outside the Circle who has to look over his shoulder for Templars. He's also possessed by a very angry Spirit of Justice that may or may not have become a full-on demon, and [[spoiler: by the end of the game, he's plotting to blow up the Chantry.]] He's the most vocal about not having anything to offer, especially once supporting apostates is declared a hanging offense.
** Between being an [[FantasticRacism elf]], a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] and a FishOutOfWater, Merrill refuses to believe Hawke feels romantic affection towards her until Hawke specifically tells her s/he does. Even after they've just had sex.
** Fenris is an amnesiac fugitive ex-slave whose former master is heavily implied to have sexually abused him. [[spoiler: After his first time with Hawke, he has a rush of memories from his old life and panics, feeling like a fool for thinking he could be with someone.]]
** By the time Hawke's named Champion of the city, PirateGirl Isabela is convinced the two of them no longer have anything in common. The codex notes that after telling Hawke that they were the only reason she came back, she runs away for two years.
** [=DLC=] character Sebastian is the least self-flagellating, possibly because he [[UptownGirl outranks Hawke socially]] rather than vice versa.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' follows suit:
** Dorian, who constantly reminds the Inquisitor that their relationship will not be seen well, as Dorian is a mage from [[TheEmpire the Tevinter Imperium]], and it could cost the Inquistor goodwill. He's especially unhappy when the Inquisitor uses his influence to help Dorian get an amulet back, as he's afraid people will assume Dorian's merely cozied up to him to use his power for himself.
** Warden Blackwall doesn't believe he's worthy of the Inquisitor, and is also worried about their respective obligations and the fact that he's ultimately another soldier in her army. [[spoiler: The biggest reason turns out to be that he's a former war criminal trying to atone.]]
** Cullen also shows signs of this; he has trouble believing that the Inquisitor would be serious about pursuing a relationship, especially if she's seen him in withdrawal.
* Ninian in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'' loves Eliwood, but feels she isn't worthy of him due to her secret heritage [[spoiler: as a half-Dragon]] and her guilt over having been an unwilling catalyst in [[spoiler: his father's death]]. Eliwood uses their A support to reassure her that he loves her no matter what.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', BadassBookworm Laurent becomes this if he falls in love with [[spoiler: Lucina]]. [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove In his own words during their S support]]:
-->'''Laurent''': "I was not worried about whether I was fit to support the army... I was worried I was unfit to support you. Thoughts of how I might better aid you and you alone consumed me! That was my true distraction from watching over the others (...) You're [[spoiler: Chrom]]'s daughter, and [[spoiler: in your veins runs the blood of exalts and heroes.]] ... [[UptownGirl So how could a common man such as I ever be worthy of you?"]]
** Sumia can be this for a male Avatar until their S support, where she decides to stop hiding behind her books and [[BeYourself learn to love herself as she is.]] She actually shows traces of this towards all of her possible boyfriends; one of her event tiles with a lover has her openly ask him how come he hasn't found a prettier girl than her.
** Brady is implied to be this for a female Avatar, as in his LoveConfession he tells her "I'll become a guy worthy of your love!"
** The male Avatar can become this for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Tiki.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Tiki is the daughter of an actual goddess and the only other man she has ever shown anything resembling interest in was the Hero-King Marth, a legendary KingArthur like figure [[Really700YearsOld by the time of the events in Awakening.]]
* Anju from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', [[ApologisesALot who seems plenty insecure to begin with.]] Her fiance, Kafei, has been missing for quite a while, and she's beginning to think that he ran off because he didn't really love her after all. This is not helped by her mother, who seems convinced that Kafei hooked up with Anju's best friend instead. As part of the game's most elaborate sidequest, Link must give her proof of Kafei's love for her, otherwise the poor girl will give up on him completely.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** NiceGuy Jacob feels this way towards both Miranda and female Shepard (if you romance him).
** [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] feels this way if male Shepard pursues a relationship with her. See the entry on IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. When you meet up with her again in the third game she's much more confident and this trope becomes averted.
** Garrus counts for slightly different reasons. He gets that you like him, but isn't quite sure how to go about a relationship with a human. He's also tired of losing people.
* Raven from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3''. If you marry her, much of your dialog with her consists of her being reassured that you love her and wanted to marry her.

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* Almost every love interest The fundamental premise of the video game ''VideoGame/{{Catherine}}''.
* Parodied
in the ''Mark of the Assassin'' [=DLC=] for ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII''. Most of them [[HitmanWithAHeart Tallis]] repeatedly uses this trope in order to get a key. Despite her claims that she's quite good at this, she keeps failing because the target a) doesn't have self-esteem issues to begin with, but romancing them tends to bring it to the forefront.
** Anders is a mage living outside the Circle who has to look over his shoulder for Templars. He's also possessed by a very angry Spirit of Justice
key or b) isn't interested in her. She eventually gets so frustrated that may or may not she makes [[PlayerCharacter Hawke]] have become a full-on demon, and [[spoiler: by the end of the game, he's plotting to blow up the Chantry.]] He's the most vocal about not having anything to offer, especially once supporting apostates is declared a hanging offense.
** Between being an [[FantasticRacism elf]], a [[BloodMagic blood mage]] and a FishOutOfWater, Merrill refuses to believe
try. Hawke feels romantic affection towards her until Hawke specifically tells her s/he does. Even after they've just had sex.
** Fenris is an amnesiac fugitive ex-slave whose former master is heavily implied to have sexually abused him. [[spoiler: After his first time with Hawke, he has a rush of memories from his old life and panics, feeling like a fool for thinking he could be with someone.]]
** By
can seduce the time target as expected ([[BiTheWay which works equally well regardless of Hawke's named Champion of gender]]), drug his wine, or just [[MundaneSolution punch the city, PirateGirl Isabela is convinced guy out and take the two key off him]].
* Certain perks in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' and ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' allow a player
of them no longer have anything in common. The codex notes that after telling Hawke that they were the only reason she came back, she runs away for two years.
** [=DLC=] character Sebastian is the least self-flagellating, possibly because he [[UptownGirl outranks Hawke socially]]
either gender to do this by bypassing skill checks or bribery options to seduce {{NPC}}s into giving you information or otherwise helping you out. Or, rather than vice versa.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' follows suit:
** Dorian, who constantly reminds the Inquisitor that their relationship will not be seen well, as Dorian
hilariously, convince a man he is NOT a mage from [[TheEmpire the Tevinter Imperium]], and it could cost the Inquistor goodwill. He's especially unhappy when the Inquisitor uses his influence to help Dorian get an amulet back, as he's afraid people will assume Dorian's merely cozied up to him to use his power for himself.zombie. Long story.
** Warden Blackwall doesn't believe * In ''VideoGame/TheSeventhGuest'', Martine Burden commits adultery with the married elderly man Edward Knox to secure him as an ally against Stauf Manor's other guests. Both end up dead for their trouble, just like all the others.
* ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards'': Granted, it's Larry who hits on Fawn. But it's her who decides she wants to marry him within just a few minutes. Poor Larry ends up [[ChainedToABed tied to the heart-shaped bed in the honeymoon suite]] with the red decoration ribbon, and Fawn gets away with all his money except for ten dollars. Good thing
he's worthy of at the Inquisitor, and is also worried about their respective obligations and the fact that he's ultimately another soldier in her army. [[spoiler: The biggest reason turns out to be that he's a former war criminal trying to atone.]]
** Cullen also shows signs of this;
casino already so he has trouble believing that the Inquisitor would be serious about pursuing a relationship, especially if she's seen him in withdrawal.
* Ninian in ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: The Blazing Sword]]'' loves Eliwood, but feels she isn't worthy of him due to her secret heritage [[spoiler: as a half-Dragon]] and her guilt over having been an unwilling catalyst in [[spoiler:
can rebuild his father's death]]. Eliwood uses their A support to reassure her that he loves her no matter what.
** In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', BadassBookworm Laurent becomes this if he falls in love with [[spoiler: Lucina]]. [[AnguishedDeclarationOfLove In his own words during their S support]]:
-->'''Laurent''': "I was not worried about whether I was fit to support the army... I was worried I was unfit to support you. Thoughts of how I might better aid you and you alone consumed me! That was my true distraction from watching over the others (...) You're [[spoiler: Chrom]]'s daughter, and [[spoiler: in your veins runs the blood of exalts and heroes.]] ... [[UptownGirl So how could a common man such as I ever be worthy of you?"]]
** Sumia can be this for a male Avatar until their S support, where she decides to stop hiding behind her books and [[BeYourself learn to love herself as she is.]] She actually shows traces of this towards all of her possible boyfriends; one of her event tiles with a lover has her openly ask him how come he hasn't found a prettier girl than her.
** Brady is implied to be this for a female Avatar, as in his LoveConfession he tells her "I'll become a guy worthy of your love!"
** The male Avatar can become this for [[OurDragonsAreDifferent Tiki.]] [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in that Tiki is the daughter of an actual goddess and the only other man she has ever shown anything resembling interest in was the Hero-King Marth, a legendary KingArthur like figure [[Really700YearsOld by the time of the events in Awakening.]]
* Anju from ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaMajorasMask'', [[ApologisesALot who seems plenty insecure to begin with.]] Her fiance, Kafei, has been missing for quite a while, and she's beginning to think that he ran off because he didn't really love her after all. This is not helped by her mother, who seems convinced that Kafei hooked up with Anju's best friend instead. As part of the game's most elaborate sidequest, Link must give her proof of Kafei's love for her, otherwise the poor girl will give up on him completely.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** NiceGuy Jacob feels this way towards both Miranda and female Shepard (if you romance him).
** [[WrenchWench Tali'Zorah]] feels this way if male Shepard pursues a relationship with her. See the entry on IJustWantMyBelovedToBeHappy. When you meet up with her again in the third game she's much more confident and this trope becomes averted.
** Garrus counts for slightly different reasons. He gets that you like him, but isn't quite sure how to go about a relationship with a human. He's also tired of losing people.
* Raven from ''VideoGame/RuneFactory3''. If you marry her, much of your dialog with her consists of her being reassured that you love her and wanted to marry her.
wealth.



[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'', Nagisa initially acts like this when she and Tomoya start dating. Tomoya gets fed up with it pretty quickly and tells her to have more confidence in herself. He doesn't like anyone insulting his girlfriend, including herself.
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', Jessica Ushiromiya is in love with Kanon, one of the Ushiromiya family servants. Kanon does love her back, but he believes he isn't worthy of her love due to his insistence that he's "furniture". [[spoiler:As the story continues, it becomes clear that this isn't just {{Wangst}} and the real reason he's so insecure is quite complicated and tragic.]]
* Seizh of ''VisualNovel/UnderTheMoon'' is very hesitant in his pure love paths, and requires a lot of convincing on the point that, yes, the heroine really is in love with him. Justifiably so, [[spoiler:since he knows she was head over heels for his brother until she was [[LaserGuidedAmnesia wind-wiped]].]]
* In VisualNovel/AsagaoAcademyNormalBootsClub, Hana often feels this way towards [[spoiler:Jirard during his route]].
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* Dora of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' may well be the TropeCodifier for webcomics. She's a ball of neuroses who is constantly worried that Marten, the first decent ''[[BiTheWay male]]'' she's ever dated - is going to leave her because of her hangups. And also because she's convinced he's still pining for Faye, despite both of them saying that's never going to happen. It does eventually split them up.

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* Dora of ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'' may well be Played with in ''Webcomic/{{Spinnerette}}'': Sahira attempts to seduce a guard named [[AwesomeMcCoolName Buzz Rickards]] in order to allow Heather time to break into a lab, only for him to see straight through her and [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] this very trope...then give Sahira the TropeCodifier for webcomics. She's a ball of neuroses who is constantly worried that Marten, video the first decent ''[[BiTheWay male]]'' she's ever dated - is going girls were after anyway, leading to leave her because of her hangups. And also because she's convinced he's still pining for Faye, despite both of them saying that's never going to happen. It does eventually split them up.the two dating.



[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied with the psychotic ''WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses''. Even though the Love Martyr narrator tells him how amazing he is constantly, he'd rather be abused and told he's worthless.
* Molly from ''WebOriginal/TheWarComms'' was this for Ralph at the beginning of their relationship. She's mostly overcome it now thanks to CharacterDevelopment.
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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' -- Robbie Valentino must have been pretty insecure if he was worried about that a twelve-year-old boy would actually steal his then-girlfriend, Wendy Corduroy.
* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' believes that he can't compete for the affections of his LoveInterest Sara with rival Jason Funderberker, who he says is "the total package" and "has his act together." [[spoiler: This is revealed to be ''entirely'' in his head when the audience actually meets Jason, who is only marginally more confident than pre-CharacterDevelopment Wirt and massively socially awkward. Sara is friendly toward him in a pitying sort of way, but communicates that she's much more interested in Wirt clearly enough that only Wirt himself could miss the signals.]]
* Connie Maheswaran, the the ImpliedLoveInterest of the titular ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', who doesn't understand how Steven, a boy with magic powers and a epic destiny awaiting him would be interested in a completely normal and mundane girl like her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', a large part of the reason why CJ and Mordecai have relationship troubles is that despite Mordecai constantly trying to prove his dedication to her, she is afraid that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Margaret and when seeing the two together she tends to jump to conclusions. Which isn't helped by the fact that they regularly find themselves in NotWhatItLooksLike scenarios when they hang out and Margaret '''does''' still have feelings for Mordecai.

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* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' -- Robbie Valentino must have been pretty insecure if he was worried about ''WesternAnimation/TheCritic'':
** Jay falls in love with a beautiful actress who swears to everyone
that she genuinely loves Jay and isn't trying to butter him up for a twelve-year-old boy would good review. When he screens her film and discovers that her acting is God-awful, he decides to be honest and give an impartial critique of how terrible the movie is. Unsurprisingly, she immediately turns on him, giving away that indeed she was just using him to get good press ([[{{Irony}} and actually steal his then-girlfriend, Wendy Corduroy.
* Wirt from ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall'' believes that he can't compete for the affections of his LoveInterest Sara with rival Jason Funderberker, who he says is "the total package" and "has his act together." [[spoiler: This is revealed to be ''entirely'' in his head
was a great actress when the audience actually meets Jason, who is only marginally more confident than pre-CharacterDevelopment Wirt and massively socially awkward. Sara is friendly toward him in it came to tricking Jay]]). Of course, being a pitying sort of way, but communicates that she's much more interested in Wirt clearly enough that only Wirt himself could miss the signals.]]
* Connie Maheswaran, the the ImpliedLoveInterest
schlub of the titular ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'', who doesn't understand how Steven, a boy with magic powers and a epic destiny awaiting him would be interested in a completely normal and mundane girl like her.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'', a large part of
highest (lowest?) order, Jay ''still'' tries to pursue the reason why CJ and Mordecai have relationship troubles even after finding out it was a sham.
** Played pretty straight in another episode where Jay
is that despite Mordecai constantly trying to prove his dedication to her, she is afraid that he still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend Margaret and when seeing the two together she tends to jump to conclusions. Which isn't helped seduced by the fact woman working the projector. She has the sexy eyes that they regularly find themselves lure him to the booth for some loving, but she turns out to be nuts: kidnapping him so he can personally review every movie for her (she was sick of being embarrassed in NotWhatItLooksLike scenarios front of friends by her inability to distinguish the quality of films).
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', Rarity has shown a few instances of this, and fandom extrapolated it into her standard M.O. [[UnEntendre
when they hang out she needs something that a male can give]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' episode "Dumbbell Indemnity", an attractive woman at a club invites Moe to join her for a drink. Noticing that she mentions Bacardi rum in every sentence, he asks her whether she [[TheShill works for]] Bacardi. "[[SarcasmMode No. I'm in love with you]]," she says, then affixes a "Drink Rum" sticker to his forehead
and Margaret '''does''' still have feelings for Mordecai.walks off.
21st Nov '16 7:51:06 AM JadedJellyfish
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* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he so hideous that even a magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that the the object of his affections was already in love - the one thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].

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* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', when his use of a [[LovePotion love potion]] goes badly, the Bog King becomes convinced that he is so hideous that even a magic can't make him lovable. [[spoiler: It turns out that the the object of his affections was already in love - the one thing that makes someone immune to its power]]. Bog is still fairly insecure though when it comes to his fairy beauty [[SecondLove second love]].
18th Nov '16 1:42:07 AM Kereea1
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'' fanfics this is ''very'' common with both Hanzo and Junkrat, especially Jesse/Hanzo and Lucio/Junkrat works. While Hanzo makes some sense given his canon status as TheAtoner who in-universe feels he crossed a MoralEventHorizon by killing Genji and thus might well have weak self-esteem, Junkrat's is more based in his own rough background and more self awareness than Junkrat usually displays in canon.
16th Nov '16 12:14:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Jaune is sure that he isn't worth Pyrrha's attention because he himself isn't a {{Badass}}. Yang, his dad and ''Pyrrha herself'' point out that this is absurd and there are other reasons apart from being a {{Badass}} that she might like him.

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* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Jaune is sure that he isn't worth Pyrrha's attention because he himself isn't a {{Badass}}. badass. Yang, his dad and ''Pyrrha herself'' point out that this is absurd and there are other reasons apart from being a {{Badass}} badass that she might like him.
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