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27th Feb '16 5:24:18 AM Kitch
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* Team Rocket's Meowth in Anime/{{Pokemon}} has been through several infatuations over the years, and they've ended in just about every way imaginable. He learned to walk and talk to impress a girl Meowth, who was already in love with a Persian. He's also been hot for several Skittys, and a Glameow. His desire for a romantic companion has even led to him being tricked a few times; once by a Purrloin [[UnsettlingGenderReveal who was pretending to be a girl]], and once by a Zorua who turned into a girl Meowth to distract him and help thwart Team Rocket's latest scheme.
25th Jan '16 4:41:55 PM Gideoncrawle
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->''"[[TropeNamer Looking for love, in all the wrong places]]\\

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->''"[[TropeNamer Looking ->''"Looking for love, in all the wrong places]]\\places\\
14th Jan '16 10:26:05 AM Morgenthaler
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* Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character from FiveHundredDaysOfSummer.
* DianeKeaton's character in LookingForMrGoodbar, which is BasedOnATrueStory.
* After being dumped by his girlfriend of seven years, Peter from ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' has a series of meaningless one night stands in an effort to get over his ex.

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* Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character from FiveHundredDaysOfSummer.
Film/FiveHundredDaysOfSummer.
* DianeKeaton's Diane Keaton's character in LookingForMrGoodbar, Film/LookingForMrGoodbar, which is BasedOnATrueStory.
* After being dumped by his girlfriend of seven years, Peter from ''ForgettingSarahMarshall'' ''Film/ForgettingSarahMarshall'' has a series of meaningless one night stands in an effort to get over his ex.



* Jimmy of ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' clearly thinks of himself as this. As we find out in the companion novel ''TheYearOfTheFlood'', his lovers see him as more TheCasanova.

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* Jimmy of ''Literature/OryxAndCrake'' clearly thinks of himself as this. As we find out in the companion novel ''TheYearOfTheFlood'', ''Literature/TheYearOfTheFlood'', his lovers see him as more TheCasanova.
24th Dec '15 3:19:16 AM rafi
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* Mark Corrigan from ''Series/PeepShow'', whose never-ending search for "the one" drives a lot of the show's events.

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* Mark Corrigan from ''Series/PeepShow'', whose never-ending search for "the one" drives a lot of Deb in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has this syndrome, seasoned lightly with FatalAttractor and the show's events.CartwrightCurse.



* ''Series/TheFollowing'':
** Series BigBad Joe Carrol falls under this in the first season when he honestly thinks he can convince his perfectly sane and normal wife Claire Matthews to reconcile their marriage after he is exposed as a SerialKiller, starts a murderous cult, plants cultist Emma Hill (herself an example as she ''also'' is attracted to Joe) as babysitter for their son Joey, has Emma ''kidnap'' Joey, and goes so far as to have another cultist murder women with Claire's ''name'' to get to her. Needless to say, he's delusional, and by the end they are trying to kill each other.
** Season 2 has a particularly twisted example. According to her adopted son Luke, Lily Gray - a wealthy psychopath who fostered a large number of children she raised to be killers- spent years looking for a soul mate amongst the homicidal maniacs of the world, one being a SerialKiller who abducted prostitutes and [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunted them for sport]], the most recent being Joe Carroll himself, whom she saw as an "artist" and lured out of hiding (via orchestrating a killing spree in his honour) in order to be his lover and patron. Since Joe is a ControlFreak, [[EvilIsNotAToy he did not take this well]], and the two end up ''despising'' each other.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler and Monica. Chandler tries humiliating hook ups that never fufill him, or committing to women who cheat on him. Monica dates her [[{{MayDecemberRomance}} parents best friend]], a millionaire and several jerks. They finally realize the love of their life is living across the hall and end up HappilyMarried. Jeez, it wasn't like they had to look far.



* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler and Monica. Chandler tries humiliating hook ups that never fufill him, or committing to women who cheat on him. Monica dates her [[{{MayDecemberRomance}} parents best friend]], a millionaire and several jerks. They finally realize the love of their life is living across the hall and end up HappilyMarried. Jeez, it wasn't like they had to look far.
* Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Especially for the viewer, who already knows where he'll find his true love.
** Robin herself points this out to Ted. He chased her when he knew she was the wrong woman for Ted (didn't want kids, apprehensive of marriage, etc) and continued to harbor feelings for her even after their amicable breakup. He pursued Stella who was still in love with the father of her child. He went after Zoey who was married at the time and actively trying to destroy his career. His poor judgement gets called on several times by other characters.
** Also [[TheCasanova Barney.]]

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Chandler and Monica. Chandler tries humiliating hook ups that never fufill him, or committing to women who cheat on him. Monica dates her [[{{MayDecemberRomance}} parents best friend]], a millionaire and several jerks. They finally realize the love of their life is living across the hall and end up HappilyMarried. Jeez, it wasn't like they had to look far.
* Ted from ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Especially for the viewer, who already knows where he'll find his true love.
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love. Robin herself points this out to Ted. He chased her when he knew she was the wrong woman for Ted (didn't want kids, apprehensive of marriage, etc) and continued to harbor feelings for her even after their amicable breakup. He pursued Stella who was still in love with the father of her child. He went after Zoey who was married at the time and actively trying to destroy his career. His poor judgement gets called on several times by other characters.
** %%** Also [[TheCasanova Barney.]]



* Mark Corrigan from ''Series/PeepShow'', whose never-ending search for "the one" drives a lot of the show's events.



* Deb in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has this syndrome, seasoned lightly with FatalAttractor and the CartwrightCurse.
* ''Series/TheFollowing'':
** Series BigBad Joe Carrol falls under this in the first season when he honestly thinks he can convince his perfectly sane and normal wife Claire Matthews to reconcile their marriage after he is exposed as a SerialKiller, starts a murderous cult, plants cultist Emma Hill (herself an example as she ''also'' is attracted to Joe) as babysitter for their son Joey, has Emma ''kidnap'' Joey, and goes so far as to have another cultist murder women with Claire's ''name'' to get to her. Needless to say, he's delusional, and by the end they are trying to kill each other.
** Season 2 has a particularly twisted example. According to her adopted son Luke, Lily Gray - a wealthy psychopath who fostered a large number of children she raised to be killers- spent years looking for a soul mate amongst the homicidal maniacs of the world, one being a SerialKiller who abducted prostitutes and [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunted them for sport]], the most recent being Joe Carroll himself, whom she saw as an "artist" and lured out of hiding (via orchestrating a killing spree in his honour) in order to be his lover and patron. Since Joe is a ControlFreak, [[EvilIsNotAToy he did not take this well]], and the two end up ''despising'' each other. [[/folder]]

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* Deb in ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' has this syndrome, seasoned lightly with FatalAttractor and the CartwrightCurse.
* ''Series/TheFollowing'':
** Series BigBad Joe Carrol falls under this in the first season when he honestly thinks he can convince his perfectly sane and normal wife Claire Matthews to reconcile their marriage after he is exposed as a SerialKiller, starts a murderous cult, plants cultist Emma Hill (herself an example as she ''also'' is attracted to Joe) as babysitter for their son Joey, has Emma ''kidnap'' Joey, and goes so far as to have another cultist murder women with Claire's ''name'' to get to her. Needless to say, he's delusional, and by the end they are trying to kill each other.
** Season 2 has a particularly twisted example. According to her adopted son Luke, Lily Gray - a wealthy psychopath who fostered a large number of children she raised to be killers- spent years looking for a soul mate amongst the homicidal maniacs of the world, one being a SerialKiller who abducted prostitutes and [[HuntingTheMostDangerousGame hunted them for sport]], the most recent being Joe Carroll himself, whom she saw as an "artist" and lured out of hiding (via orchestrating a killing spree in his honour) in order to be his lover and patron. Since Joe is a ControlFreak, [[EvilIsNotAToy he did not take this well]], and the two end up ''despising'' each other.
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24th Dec '15 3:16:24 AM rafi
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* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', [[HandsomeLech Prince Kail]] has had ''many'' relationships with women, however none have been long-lasting. He has vowed to only take one legal wife, and since he's all but assured to be the next king, he wants to make sure that wife has the [[NiceGirl goodness]], [[TheSmartGirl intelligence]], and [[PluckyGirl inner strength]] to handle holding the second-most powerful position in the kingdom. [[spoiler:At one point, Princess Guzel tells Yuri that Kail never actually fell asleep with any of the women he slept with, herself included, implicitly because he wasn't able to let down his guard enough]]; therefore, the fact that [[spoiler: Kail is willing to sleep with Yuri in ''both'' senses (as in, have sex with her and stay the night) is a HUGE sign that [[LadykillerInLove she has the qualities he's been looking for]].]]



* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', [[HandsomeLech Prince Kail]] has had ''many'' relationships with women, however none have been long-lasting. He has vowed to only take one legal wife, and since he's all but assured to be the next king, he wants to make sure that wife has the [[NiceGirl goodness]], [[TheSmartGirl intelligence]], and [[PluckyGirl inner strength]] to handle holding the second-most powerful position in the kingdom. [[spoiler:At one point, Princess Guzel tells Yuri that Kail never actually fell asleep with any of the women he slept with, herself included, implicitly because he wasn't able to let down his guard enough]]; therefore, the fact that [[spoiler: Kail is willing to sleep with Yuri in ''both'' senses (as in, have sex with her and stay the night) is a HUGE sign that [[LadykillerInLove she has the qualities he's been looking for]].]]

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* In ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', [[HandsomeLech Prince Kail]] has had ''many'' relationships with women, however none have been long-lasting. He has vowed to only take one legal wife, and since he's all but assured The princess of {{Tengu}}, Kurama from ''Manga/UruseiYatsura''. Every potential mate is a failure. Ataru is a pervert, Mendo turned out to be the next king, he wants to make sure that wife has the [[NiceGirl goodness]], [[TheSmartGirl intelligence]], too pathetic and [[PluckyGirl inner strength]] to handle holding the second-most powerful position in the kingdom. [[spoiler:At one point, Princess Guzel tells Yuri that Kail never actually fell asleep with any of the women he slept with, herself included, implicitly because he cowardly, Ryuunosuke wasn't able to let down his guard enough]]; therefore, really a man like she thought and Rei seemed like the fact that [[spoiler: Kail is willing to sleep with Yuri in ''both'' senses (as in, have sex with her and stay the night) is a HUGE sign that [[LadykillerInLove one until she has the qualities he's been looking for]].]]saw he was really an idiotic tiger-cow.
13th Nov '15 10:19:04 PM Vios
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* In ''Literature/ApparatusInfernum'', Mikani has a long list of ex-girlfriends, none of whom lasted very long and almost all of whom are now on bad terms with him. His developing relationship with Ritsuko is a break from the pattern, and is considerably more solid even though it hasn't actually gone nearly as far.
3rd Nov '15 9:45:28 AM Willbyr
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->''"[[TropeNamer Looking for love, in all the wrong places]] / Looking for love, in too many faces..."''

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->''"[[TropeNamer Looking for love, in all the wrong places]] / places]]\\
Looking for love, in too many faces..."''



* Nana "Hachiko" Komatsu from ''{{Nana}}'' epitomizes this trope: she has the worst possible taste in men, falls in love at the drop of a hat, and throws away the one good relationship she gets into (with Nobu) to stay with SmugSnake Takumi,[[spoiler: who is also the father of her baby.]]
* GeniusBruiser Hanamichi Sakuragi from ''SlamDunk'' has fallen for 50 girls in his three years of junior high, and ''all'' of them have rejected him. Similarly, his friend and the team's FragileSpeedster Ryouta Miyagi has been hopelessly in love with his best friend, the {{Tsundere}} Ayako, but she's not receptive to his open affections. Curiously, the time they met Miyagi attempted to beat the shit out of Sakuragi after mistaking him for Ayako's date.

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* Nana "Hachiko" Komatsu from ''{{Nana}}'' ''Manga/{{Nana}}'' epitomizes this trope: she has the worst possible taste in men, falls in love at the drop of a hat, and throws away the one good relationship she gets into (with Nobu) to stay with SmugSnake Takumi,[[spoiler: who is also the father of her baby.]]
* GeniusBruiser Hanamichi Sakuragi from ''SlamDunk'' ''Manga/SlamDunk'' has fallen for 50 girls in his three years of junior high, and ''all'' of them have rejected him. Similarly, his friend and the team's FragileSpeedster Ryouta Miyagi has been hopelessly in love with his best friend, the {{Tsundere}} Ayako, but she's not receptive to his open affections. Curiously, the time they met Miyagi attempted to beat the shit out of Sakuragi after mistaking him for Ayako's date.



* In ''AnatoliaStory'', [[HandsomeLech Prince Kail]] has had ''many'' relationships with women, however none have been long-lasting. He has vowed to only take one legal wife, and since he's all but assured to be the next king, he wants to make sure that wife has the [[NiceGirl goodness]], [[TheSmartGirl intelligence]], and [[PluckyGirl inner strength]] to handle holding the second-most powerful position in the kingdom. [[spoiler:At one point, Princess Guzel tells Yuri that Kail never actually fell asleep with any of the women he slept with, herself included, implicitly because he wasn't able to let down his guard enough]]; therefore, the fact that [[spoiler: Kail is willing to sleep with Yuri in ''both'' senses (as in, have sex with her and stay the night) is a HUGE sign that [[LadykillerInLove she has the qualities he's been looking for]].]]

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* In ''AnatoliaStory'', ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', [[HandsomeLech Prince Kail]] has had ''many'' relationships with women, however none have been long-lasting. He has vowed to only take one legal wife, and since he's all but assured to be the next king, he wants to make sure that wife has the [[NiceGirl goodness]], [[TheSmartGirl intelligence]], and [[PluckyGirl inner strength]] to handle holding the second-most powerful position in the kingdom. [[spoiler:At one point, Princess Guzel tells Yuri that Kail never actually fell asleep with any of the women he slept with, herself included, implicitly because he wasn't able to let down his guard enough]]; therefore, the fact that [[spoiler: Kail is willing to sleep with Yuri in ''both'' senses (as in, have sex with her and stay the night) is a HUGE sign that [[LadykillerInLove she has the qualities he's been looking for]].]]
3rd Jul '15 8:39:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* Used in an episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' with a woman who quite literally had a sex addiction. However, this was not due to lack of affection but due to indirect sexual abuse by her father. It is presented as tragic rather than sexy or humorous.
* With ''TheLWord'''s Shane, it seems to be a toss-up between this and a benign lesbian TheCasanova, considering her 1000+ sexual conquests, propensity for one night stands, almost supernatural talent at seduction (e.g. while working at a wedding, managing to have sex with the mother and both sisters of the bride), compulsive cheating, and trail of broken hearts. The thing is, though, she's portrayed as an extremely caring person who gets laid so easily in part because of her empathy, and has genuinely fallen in love a few times, only to inevitably sabotage those relationships with her impulsiveness and pathological commitment issues. Her [[DisappearedDad long-lost deadbeat dad]] gives her behavior a FreudianExcuse as well as a hint of InTheBlood when she finally meets him and learns that he's a huge womanizer too.
* Charlotte in ''SexAndTheCity'' is all about this. While not really desperate, she has a string of bad boyfriends (and one husband), all because she's obsessed with settling down with a rich, handsome, tall man. She also has a weak spot for artists (she's an art dealer). [[spoiler: She settles for her bald and plump, but more or less nice and ''really'' good in bed divorce lawyer.]]

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* Used in an episode of ''LawAndOrderSVU'' ''Series/LawAndOrderSVU'' with a woman who quite literally had a sex addiction. However, this was not due to lack of affection but due to indirect sexual abuse by her father. It is presented as tragic rather than sexy or humorous.
* With ''TheLWord'''s ''Series/TheLWord'''s Shane, it seems to be a toss-up between this and a benign lesbian TheCasanova, considering her 1000+ sexual conquests, propensity for one night stands, almost supernatural talent at seduction (e.g. while working at a wedding, managing to have sex with the mother and both sisters of the bride), compulsive cheating, and trail of broken hearts. The thing is, though, she's portrayed as an extremely caring person who gets laid so easily in part because of her empathy, and has genuinely fallen in love a few times, only to inevitably sabotage those relationships with her impulsiveness and pathological commitment issues. Her [[DisappearedDad long-lost deadbeat dad]] gives her behavior a FreudianExcuse as well as a hint of InTheBlood when she finally meets him and learns that he's a huge womanizer too.
* Charlotte in ''SexAndTheCity'' ''Series/SexAndTheCity'' is all about this. While not really desperate, she has a string of bad boyfriends (and one husband), all because she's obsessed with settling down with a rich, handsome, tall man. She also has a weak spot for artists (she's an art dealer). [[spoiler: She settles for her bald and plump, but more or less nice and ''really'' good in bed divorce lawyer.]]



* In ''TheFollowing'', series BigBad Joe Carrol falls under this in the first season when he honestly thinks he can convince his perfectly sane and normal wife Claire Matthews to reconcile their marriage after he is exposed as a SerialKiller, starts a murderous cult, plants cultist Emma Hill (herself an example as she ''also'' is attracted to Joe) as babysitter for their son Joey, has Emma ''kidnap'' Joey, and goes so far as to have another cultist murder women with Claire's ''name'' to get to her. Needless to say, he's delusional, and by the end they are trying to kill each other.

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* In ''TheFollowing'', series ''Series/TheFollowing'':
** Series
BigBad Joe Carrol falls under this in the first season when he honestly thinks he can convince his perfectly sane and normal wife Claire Matthews to reconcile their marriage after he is exposed as a SerialKiller, starts a murderous cult, plants cultist Emma Hill (herself an example as she ''also'' is attracted to Joe) as babysitter for their son Joey, has Emma ''kidnap'' Joey, and goes so far as to have another cultist murder women with Claire's ''name'' to get to her. Needless to say, he's delusional, and by the end they are trying to kill each other.
26th Apr '15 8:55:21 AM ThorennG
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* Nanase was like this in the backstory of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. She dated a large number of guys, never staying with any of them for more than a couple of weeks, and hoping that she would find one who was right for her. However, she never really felt anything for any of them. At the start of the comic, she's dating Elliot, the only guy she stayed with for any length of time. However, even though she likes him as a person, she isn't attracted to him. It isn't until Elliot's OppositeSexClone Ellen shows up that she [[ClosetKey realizes she's gay]] and finally has a successful relationship/

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* Nanase was like this in the backstory of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. She dated a large number of guys, never staying with any of them for more than a couple of weeks, and hoping that she would find one who was right for her. However, she never really felt anything for any of them. At the start of the comic, she's dating Elliot, the only guy she stayed with for any length of time. However, even though she likes him as a person, she isn't attracted to him. It isn't until Elliot's OppositeSexClone Ellen shows up that she [[ClosetKey realizes she's gay]] and finally has a successful relationship/relationship.
24th Apr '15 10:46:31 PM CompletelyNormalGuy
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* Nanase was like this in the backstory of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. She dated a large number of guys, never staying with any of them for more than a couple of weeks, and hoping that she would find one who was right for her. However, she never really felt anything for any of them. At the start of the comic, she's dating Elliot, the only guy she stayed with for any length of time. However, even though she likes him as a person, she isn't attracted to him. It isn't until Elliot's OppositeSexClone Ellen shows up that she [[ClosetKey realizes she's gay]] and finally has a successful relationship/
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