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* 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.]]



* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] with the relationship between [[LovableSexManiac Issei]] and [[RedHeadedHeroine 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.]]



* 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.]]

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* Snow gives hints Both halves of this in ''Manga/{{MAR}}''. Aside from ''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 occasional jealousy, girls he likes prefer his {{Bishonen}} best friend, Suna. So, despite mounting evidence to the contrary, it doesn't go anywhere. [[spoiler: It's heavily implied she hooks up never occurs to him Yamato might reciprocate his growing feelings and he instead tries to play TheMatchmaker with Ginta at 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 anyway.]]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."



* 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.



* 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.
* 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.]]
* Setsuna from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' spends a considerable amount of time angsting over how she feels unworthy of her {{Ojou}}-sama Konoka.
* 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.]]



* 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.]]
* ''LightNovel/HighSchoolDXD'' [[DeconstructedTrope deconstructs this trope]] with the relationship between [[LovableSexManiac Issei]] and [[RedHeadedHeroine 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.
* ''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."



* 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.[[/folder]]

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* 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.
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* Barbara Gordon of Batgirl/Oracle fame [[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]].



* Barbara Gordon of Batgirl/Oracle fame [[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]].



* ComicBook/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.

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* ComicBook/SpiderMan ''ComicBook/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.



* [[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.
* 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]].
* 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.



* Jessie and James shift this role back and forth for the first half of Creator/CoriFalls's series of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics. [[YoYoPlotPoint It gets pretty repetitive after the first five or so times.]]

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* Jessie 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 James shift this role back condescending toward him. She decides that he deserves better and forth breaks up with him [[spoiler:until the end of the story]].
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' has a few examples...
** ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji thought he wasn't good enough
for the first half of Creator/CoriFalls's series of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics. [[YoYoPlotPoint It gets pretty repetitive Asuka before and after hooking up with her. However Asuka disagrees and she always replies he's the first five or so times.]]only man good enough for her.
** In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked him because he was only a wimpy kid and she was beautiful and smart.
** In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like him back, and hes damaged their relationship beyond repair.
** ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Touji was frightened of asking Hikari out, even after Shinji showed him that Hikari liked him back.



* Jessie and James shift this role back and forth for the first half of Creator/CoriFalls's series of ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' fanfics. [[YoYoPlotPoint It gets pretty repetitive after the first five or so times.]]



* 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/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.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Touji was frightened of asking Hikari out, even after Shinji showed him that Hikari liked him back.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked him because he was only a wimpy kid and she was beautiful and smart.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like him back, and hes damaged their relationship beyond repair.

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* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'': Shinji thought he wasn't good enough for Asuka before [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Derpy]] in ''FanFic/WereGonnaGetThereSoon''. Her [[CuteClumsyGirl klutziness]], eye condition, and after hooking up with her. However Asuka disagrees and she always replies he's the only man good enough for her.
* ''Fanfic/ThousandShinji'': Touji was frightened of asking Hikari out, even after Shinji showed him that Hikari liked him back.
* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked him because he was only a wimpy kid and she was beautiful and smart.
* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like him back, and hes damaged their
her [[WellDoneSonGuy poor relationship beyond repair.with her parents]] result in a mare who is very surprised when [[NiceGuy Thunderlane]] is interested in pursuing a relationship with her.



* 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 ''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.)



* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen believes that she doesn't deserve the love of someone like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.



* 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/TheHungerGames'': Katniss Everdeen believes that she doesn't deserve the love of someone like Peeta. Haymitch agrees with her.
* 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.



* 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.



* 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]]."



* ''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.
* ''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]].



* Both Jerin and Cira/[[spoiler: Princess Halley]] in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'', though for different reasons.
* 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.
* 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.
* 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.



* 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.
* Razz in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. While he is usually self-confident, he is this to [[AcademicAthlete Sally]], believing that she is 'too ''everything''' for him.

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* ''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 ''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.
* Razz Both Michael and Mia in ''Literature/DontCallMeIshmael''. While ''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 is usually self-confident, feels that he is this has no right to [[AcademicAthlete Sally]], believing 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 'too ''everything''' a platonic ([[ShipTease or not]]) version of this trope for him.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]].



* ''Series/NipTuck'' has Christian break up with Natasha because he thinks she deserves better than TheCasanova like him.

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* ''Series/NipTuck'' has Christian break up with Natasha because Lennier never admits he thinks she deserves better than TheCasanova like him.loves Delenn until the fifth season of ''Series/BabylonFive''.



* Lennier never admits he loves Delenn until the fifth season of ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* 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.
* 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/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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Occured particularly between some of the companions.

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* Lennier never admits he loves Delenn until the fifth season of ''Series/BabylonFive''.
* 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.
* 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/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.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': Occured Occurred particularly between some of the companions.



* ''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.



* 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?

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* Basically the premise to the Tal Bachman The song "She's so High."
-->What could a guy like me ever really offer?\\
She's perfect as she can be, why
''Amanda'' has the line "Fate should I even bother?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.



* 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.
* Inverted in "Frozen" by {{Music/Delain}}, in which the protagonist's love interest clearly has issues preventing him from being with her.
* The song ''Amanda'' has the line "Fate should have made you a gentleman's wife".

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* The James Ingram Basically the premise to the Tal Bachman song "I Don't Have The Heart" shows "She's so High."
-->What could
a man who clearly cares about his woman but feels that he is not good enough for her.
* Inverted in "Frozen" by {{Music/Delain}}, in which the protagonist's love interest clearly has issues preventing him from being with her.
* The song ''Amanda'' has the line "Fate
guy like me ever really offer?\\
She's perfect as she can be, why
should have made you a gentleman's wife".I even bother?



* ''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.



* ''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.



* 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.

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* Parodied with the psychotic WebVideo/AskThatGuyWithTheGlasses.''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.



* ''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.



* ''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.



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* In ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'', Shinji is shy, insecure, and he thinks that Asuka hates him, she'll never like him back, and hes damaged their relationship beyond repair.
10th May '16 10:30:55 PM JJIncognitus
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* The titular character in ''Aladdin''. He doesn't believe Jasmine could ever love the real him and disguises himself as a Prince to become worthy of her.

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* The titular character in ''Aladdin''.''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''. He doesn't believe Jasmine could ever love the real him and disguises himself as a Prince to become worthy of her.
10th May '16 10:28:43 PM JJIncognitus
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10th May '16 10:28:12 PM JJIncognitus
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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.

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* The titular character in ''Disney/Aladdin''.''Aladdin''. He doesn't believe Jasmine could ever love the real him and disguises himself as a Prince to become worthy of her.
10th May '16 10:26:55 PM JJIncognitus
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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.
19th Apr '16 4:17:06 AM HappyMan
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* 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.
18th Apr '16 1:06:34 AM Tron80
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* In ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'', Shinji didn't think that Asuka liked him because he was only a wimpy kid and she was beautiful and smart.
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