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* PlayedWith in regards to [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. For the majority of the series, she ''seemingly'' played this trope straight--Naruto did grow to care for her quite a bit, but [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt her feelings for him]], even after the times she put her own life on the line to save him, and instead had a [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]] on [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]]. Even when [[ShipSinking he finally stopped bothering with Sakura]] after Chapter 469, and even when he and Hinata started having [[UnresolvedSexualTension significant]] [[HoldingHands moments]] [[MindlinkMates together]] from the WarArc onward, Naruto ''still'' never noticed Hinata's feelings for him. In the GagSeries spin-off and some of the anime {{Filler}}s, this situation was often parodied for the sake of comic relief. It finally got Subverted in the [[DistantFinale epilogue]], [[spoiler:where [[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]] are HappilyMarried with two children]]. It got completely Averted in the {{canon}} movie ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', where, judging by the dialogue from the other characters, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Naruto ''had'' been in love with Hinata for quite some time, but he couldn't fully realize it until the movie for two reasons. First, his emotionally-stunted childhood and lack of a stable and loving home environment left him unable to properly tell the difference between familial love or even the love for ramen from [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove romantic love]]. Second, Naruto confirms in his HeroicVow that, deep down, [[InsecureLoveInterest he's insecure around Hinata]] because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he never thought someone like her]] would genuinely [[WartsAndAll love him for him]]--which was implied by [[ShipperOnDeck Kiba]] in the WarArc]].

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* PlayedWith in regards to [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. For the majority of the series, she ''seemingly'' played this trope straight--Naruto did grow to care for her quite a bit, but [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt her feelings for him]], even after the times she put her own life on the line to save him, and instead had a [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]] one-sidedcrush]] on [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]]. Even when [[ShipSinking he finally stopped bothering with let go of Sakura]] after Chapter 469, and even when he and Hinata started having [[UnresolvedSexualTension significant]] [[HoldingHands moments]] [[MindlinkMates together]] from the WarArc onward, Naruto ''still'' never noticed Hinata's feelings for him. In the GagSeries spin-off and some of the anime {{Filler}}s, this situation was often parodied for the sake of comic relief. It finally got Subverted in the [[DistantFinale epilogue]], [[spoiler:where [[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]] are HappilyMarried with two children]]. It got completely Averted in the {{canon}} movie ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', where, judging by the dialogue from the other characters, characters ([[ShipperOnDeck including]] [[CoolBigSis Sakura]]), it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Naruto ''had'' been in love with Hinata for quite some time, but he couldn't fully realize it until the movie for two reasons. First, his emotionally-stunted childhood and lack of a stable and loving home environment left him unable to properly tell the difference between familial love or even the love for ramen from [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove romantic love]]. Second, Naruto confirms in his HeroicVow that, deep down, [[InsecureLoveInterest he's insecure around Hinata]] because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he never thought someone like her]] would genuinely [[WartsAndAll love him for him]]--which was implied by [[ShipperOnDeck Kiba]] in the WarArc]].WarArc.]].
22nd Oct '17 1:14:40 PM GlitteringFlowers
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This is starting to become either a DiscreditedTrope as romantic portrayals of females become less dependent on the male characters, or a DeconstructedTrope to showcase a point-of-view of it being an unrealistic idea of romantic love.

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This is starting to become either a DiscreditedTrope as (as romantic portrayals of females become less dependent on the male characters, or characters), a DeconstructedTrope to (to showcase a point-of-view of it being an unrealistic idea of romantic love.love) or a GenderInvertedTrope (since male examples are starting to be more common).



* Creator/MichiyoAkaishi's has two of these:

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* Creator/MichiyoAkaishi's has stories have two of these:



** Sylvie Arte, a woman who's in love with a BlitheSpirit friend of hers named Raphael [[spoiler:who simply cannot love her back because he was widowed in very tragic circumstances]]. The trope is also discussed, as Sylvie explains her situation and Raphael's to Nadja and warns her that not everything in love is happiness.

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** Sylvie Arte, Arte is a beautiful woman who's in love with a BlitheSpirit friend of hers named Raphael [[spoiler:who simply cannot love her back because he was widowed in very tragic circumstances]]. The trope is also discussed, as Sylvie explains her situation and Raphael's to Nadja and warns her that not everything in love is happiness.



* Surprisingly, once [[RareMaleExample his]] actual motivations are explored, [[spoiler:Juuzo Sakakura]] from ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' ends up fitting in this trope. [[spoiler:He loves Kyousuke Munakata deeply but knows he can't have his romantic affection, would rather step aside and give Chisa Yukizome the chance to love him and being loved back, suffers enormously for such feelings (even if he shows it in very different ways than the standard trope), and ends up dying in a terribly tragic manner to, among other things, protect Munakata with his life. His FamousLastWords are about how much he wants Munakata to live no matter what.]]

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* Surprisingly, once [[RareMaleExample his]] actual motivations are explored, [[spoiler:Juuzo "Ultimate Boxer" Sakakura]] from ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'' ends up fitting in this trope. [[spoiler:He loves Kyousuke "Ultimate "StudentCouncilPresident" Munakata deeply but knows he can't have his romantic affection, would rather step aside and give Chisa "Ultimate Housekeeper" Yukizome the chance to love him and being loved back, suffers enormously for such feelings (even if he shows it in very different ways than the standard trope), and ends up dying in a terribly tragic manner to, among other things, protect Munakata with his life. His FamousLastWords are about how much he wants Munakata to live no matter what.]]



* Deconstructed in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' with Éowyn. She is beautiful, she is of noble birth, she falls in love with Aragorn, who is engaged to Arwen. She even actively works towards a tragic death. Aragorn ruins it all by [[spoiler: saving her life, enabling her to fall in love with and marry Faramir.]]

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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' with Éowyn. She is beautiful, she is of noble birth, she falls in love with Aragorn, Aragorn... who is already engaged to Arwen. Arwen and has been in love with her for a long time. She even actively works towards a tragic death. Aragorn ruins it all death, which doesn't work. And not only she's saved by [[spoiler: saving [[MedicalMonarch Aragorn]], but he had recognized her life, enabling her to fall feelings and ''specifically'' tells Éowyn's older brother Éomer that she's [[LovingAShadow more in love with the idea of him]] rather than with ''him'', in what's quite the direct pot shot to the trope itself. [[spoiler: Once Éowyn calms down and marry Faramir.]]
starts recovering, she bonds with the WarriorPrince Faramir, and they develop feelings for one another; the next time Aragorn speaks to them, he notes how she's much happier than before.]]



* Emily from Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' could qualify as one of these. A beautiful young woman murdered on the night of her elopement [[spoiler:by who she THOUGHT was her true love]], she who spent her afterlife heartbroken and longing to experience real true love. When she found it in Victor, he was already betrothed to a woman named Victoria, [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with whom he sincerely was in love.]] Albeit Emily initially insisted that Victor keep a promise to marry and spend eternity with her [[AccidentalMarriage that he made unwittingly]], in the end she was willing to let him go and spend his life with his own true love, rather than keeping him to herself ''and'' causing Victoria a pain that wasn't much different from the one she felt. Once this was said and done, Emily was finally free from her pain and was able to ascend to Heaven, [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth her undead body turning into butterflies that peacefully flew away.]]

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* Emily from Tim Burton's ''WesternAnimation/CorpseBride'' could qualify as one of these. A beautiful young woman murdered on the night of her elopement [[spoiler:by who she THOUGHT was her true love]], she who spent her afterlife heartbroken and longing to experience real true love. When she found it in Victor, he was already betrothed to a woman named Victoria, [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage with whom he sincerely was in love.]] Albeit Emily initially insisted that Victor keep a promise to marry and spend eternity with her [[AccidentalMarriage that he made unwittingly]], in the end she was willing to let him go and spend his life with his own true love, rather than keeping him to herself ''and'' causing Victoria a pain that wasn't much different from the one she felt. Once this was said and done, Emily was finally free released herself from her pain and was able to ascend to Heaven, [[ButterflyOfDeathAndRebirth her undead body turning into butterflies that peacefully flew away.]]



* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' has a few of these [[LauncherOfAThousandShips due to most characters being given multiple romantic partners]].

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* ''VideoGame/FireEmblem'' ''Franchise/FireEmblem'' has a few of these [[LauncherOfAThousandShips due to most characters being given multiple romantic partners]].



*** Sylvia also is this in the Oosawa manga. She fell in love with Lewyn [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe after he showed her the kindness nobody else would]] and proclaims her feelings for him more than once. However, Lewyn already has feelings for Ferry, whom he professes his love to during the Silessa arc, after apologizing to Sylvia due to being unable to like her back. When she confronts Ferry about it, rather than issuing a challenge over Lewyn like in the game, Sylvia explains her backstory and then runs away crying.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]] has a DoubleSubversion in [[WhiteMagicianGirl Priscilla]]. She ''does'' have a number of possible lovers she can Support with, but due to her status as nobility, she ultimately ends up in a StarCrossedLovers situation -- with all but one of them [[spoiler:the magician Erk, who has peerage only due to his tutelage under Pent, the Count of Reglay]].

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*** Sylvia also is this in the Oosawa manga. She fell in love with Lewyn [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe after he showed her the kindness nobody else would]] and proclaims her feelings for him more than once. However, Lewyn already has feelings for Ferry, Erinys, whom he professes his love to during the Silessa arc, after apologizing to Sylvia due to being unable to like her back. When she confronts Ferry Erinys about it, rather than issuing a challenge over Lewyn like in the game, Sylvia explains her backstory and then runs away crying.
crying, which brings Erinys to tears too.
** [[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Blazing Sword]] Blade]] has a DoubleSubversion in [[WhiteMagicianGirl Priscilla]]. She ''does'' have a number of possible lovers she can Support with, but due to her status as nobility, she ultimately ends up in a StarCrossedLovers situation -- with all but one of them [[spoiler:the magician Erk, who has peerage only due to his tutelage under Pent, the Count of Reglay]].



** In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' remake, ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', the GirlNextDoor Faye is quite in love with her childhood friend Alm and joins his group out of desire to stay with him, despite him having feelings for his ''other'' female childhood friend Celica. Her ending says [[TheOneThatGotAway she never fully gets over him.]]
*** Defied by a potential RareMaleExample, the CampGay archer Leon. He's secretly in love with his best friend Valbar and is perfectly aware that he's not likely to return his love (especially since Valbar is a CrusadingWidower), but he doesn't angst about it and all but states that he's perfectly okay with just having said feelings [[BashBrothers and being close to Valbar forever.]] If Valbar lives to the end, he opens a shop and they stay close; if Valbar dies, Leon becomes a well-respected military instructor [[TheMourningAfter but never gets over him.]]

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** In the ''VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden'' remake, ''Echoes: Shadows of Valentia'', the GirlNextDoor Faye is quite in love with her childhood friend Alm and joins his group out of desire to stay with him, despite him having feelings for his their ''other'' female childhood friend Celica. Her ending says [[TheOneThatGotAway she never fully gets over him.]]
*** Defied by a potential RareMaleExample, the CampGay archer Leon. He's secretly in love with his best friend Valbar and is perfectly aware that he's not likely to return his love (especially since Valbar is a CrusadingWidower), but he doesn't angst about it and all but states that he's perfectly okay with just having said feelings [[BashBrothers and being close to Valbar forever.]] If Valbar lives to the end, he opens a shop and they stay close; friends forever; if Valbar dies, Leon becomes a well-respected military instructor [[TheMourningAfter but never gets over him.]]



* [[spoiler:Beatrice]] from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' may qualify, depending on [[MindScrew which versions of reality you believe]].
* Subverted during [[spoiler: Shizune]]'s path in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. [[spoiler: Misha]] fits in this trope well... but [[spoiler: the person she's hopelessly in love with is ''Shizune'', not Hisao.]] Which also makes her the very rare [[spoiler: LesYay[=/=]SchoolgirlLesbians]] version of the trope.

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* [[spoiler:Beatrice]] from ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' may qualify, depending on [[MindScrew which versions of reality you the players believe]].
* Subverted during [[spoiler: Shizune]]'s path in ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo''. [[spoiler: Misha]] fits in this trope well... but [[spoiler: the person she's hopelessly in love with is ''Shizune'', not Hisao.]] Which also makes her the very rare [[spoiler: LesYay[=/=]SchoolgirlLesbians]] [[spoiler:the rare SchoolgirlLesbians version of the trope.]]



* Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can very easily be seen as being this for [[HomoeroticSubtext Rose Quartz]], who she was deeply in love with because she made Pearl feel like she was "everything". This [[HeroicSelfDeprecation and]] [[NervousWreck several]] [[NobleBigot other]] [[DevotedToYou factors]] left [[BrokenBird Pearl]] seriously messed up, and she's still reeling from [[TheLostLenore Rose's death]] [[TheMourningAfter after at least 14 years]].

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* Pearl from ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' can very easily be seen as being this for Steven's MissingMom [[HomoeroticSubtext Rose Quartz]], who she was deeply in love with because she made Pearl feel like she was "everything". This [[HeroicSelfDeprecation and]] [[NervousWreck several]] [[NobleBigot other]] [[DevotedToYou factors]] left [[BrokenBird Pearl]] seriously messed up, and she's still reeling from [[TheLostLenore Rose's death]] [[TheMourningAfter after at least 14 years]].
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[[BaseBreakingCharacter Fan reactions to her tend to be mixed.]] Many fans will cheer and push for the Maiden's success, to the extent of calling TheHero an UngratefulBastard if he doesn't fall at the girl's feet (because the--more often than not '''never asked for'''--pining and sacrifices are seen by fans [[EntitledToHaveYou as him owing her affection or sex, no matter what he actually thinks or says]]) or SlutShaming any possible female love rival (because TheHero is seen as [[DoubleStandard a tool of women's validation]] and some think that women [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy shouldn't act on their own romantic feelings if it interferes with others's]]); and if the Maiden doesn't succeed, much bashing of ''the author'' shall be expected. On the other hand, others will turn against the Maiden and call her insulting names, from "idiot" to "bitch" to "slut" to "bad example for women": this is especially obvious if either TheHero has another prospective love interest or female friend [[RealWomenDontWearDresses who's perceived as being "stronger" and "cooler"]] than the maiden herself (because again, TheHero is a tool for women's validation, and a woman seen as "strong" will not be fully completed if she doesn't have a love interest), or the Maiden has a second prospective male love interest whose canon-or-not feelings she passes up on to favor TheHero (because a woman's feelings for Man 1 are automatically less important than Man 2's feelings for her, and she ''owes'' Man 2 affection no matter what).

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[[BaseBreakingCharacter Fan reactions to her tend to be mixed.]] Many fans will cheer and push for the Maiden's success, to the extent of calling TheHero an UngratefulBastard if he doesn't fall at the girl's feet (because the--more often than not '''never asked for'''--pining and sacrifices are seen by fans [[EntitledToHaveYou as him owing her affection or sex, no matter what he actually thinks or says]]) or SlutShaming any possible female love rival (because TheHero is seen as [[DoubleStandard a tool of women's validation]] and some think that women [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy shouldn't act on their own romantic feelings if it interferes with others's]]); and if the Maiden doesn't succeed, much bashing of ''the author'' shall be expected. On the other hand, others will turn against the Maiden and call her insulting names, from "idiot" to "bitch" to "slut" to "bad example for women": this is especially obvious if either TheHero has another prospective love interest or female friend [[RealWomenDontWearDresses who's perceived as being "stronger" and "cooler"]] than the maiden herself (because again, TheHero is a tool for women's validation, and a woman seen as "strong" will not be fully completed if she doesn't have a the love interest), interest that fans want for her), or the Maiden has a second prospective male love interest (who's often male, but at times female) whose canon-or-not feelings she passes up on to favor TheHero (because a woman's feelings for Man 1 are automatically less important than Man 2's 2/Woman 3's feelings for her, and she ''owes'' Man 2 2/Woman 3 affection no matter what).



*** Defied by a potential RareMaleExample, the CampGay archer Leon. He's secretly in love with his best friend Valbar and is perfectly aware that he's not likely to return his love, but he doesn't angst about it and implies that he's perfectly okay with just having said feelings [[BashBrothers and being close to Valbar forever.]] If Valbar lives to the end, he opens a shop and they stay close forever; if Valbar dies, Leon becomes a well-respected military instructor [[TheMourningAfter but never gets over him.]]

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*** Defied by a potential RareMaleExample, the CampGay archer Leon. He's secretly in love with his best friend Valbar and is perfectly aware that he's not likely to return his love, love (especially since Valbar is a CrusadingWidower), but he doesn't angst about it and implies all but states that he's perfectly okay with just having said feelings [[BashBrothers and being close to Valbar forever.]] If Valbar lives to the end, he opens a shop and they stay close forever; close; if Valbar dies, Leon becomes a well-respected military instructor [[TheMourningAfter but never gets over him.]]
22nd Sep '17 7:49:23 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** [[DarkMagicalGirl Rue/Kraehe]] is set up as the hypotenuse of the LoveTriangle, TheVamp and temptress who wants to corrupt the heroic Prince. Once you discover [[DarkAndTroubledPast her very tragic reasons to be the way she is]], the massive pain she has gone through thanks to the BigBad and how she really ''does'' love Mytho underneath it all, though, she becomes more and more of [[AntiVillain a tragic character.]] Mytho starts out [[EmotionlessBoy indifferent]] to her despite Rue actually ''being his girlfriend'', and ends up [[spoiler: downright abusive once she contaminates what's left of his heart]], while he clearly develops feelings for Tutu. After Rue/Kraehe finally manages to express her love [[spoiler:via a mixture of AnguishedDeclarationOfLove and an HeroicSacrifice (and one that Duck/Tutu ''explicitely says that she would have NOT managed to pull off, were she in Rue/Kraehe's shoes'')]], however, [[spoiler: Mytho remembers their shared past]], [[spoiler: recognizes her love as well as his own love for her]], [[spoiler: rescues her from a cruel DeathTrap she's been put inside after her HeroicSacrifice]], and [[spoiler:[[HappilyEverAfter takes her as his princess]]]] at the end.

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** [[DarkMagicalGirl Rue/Kraehe]] is set up as the hypotenuse of the LoveTriangle, TheVamp and temptress who wants to corrupt the heroic Prince. Once you discover [[DarkAndTroubledPast her very tragic reasons to be the way she is]], the massive pain she has gone through thanks to the BigBad and how she really ''does'' her ''actual'' love for Mytho underneath it all, are shown, though, she becomes more and more of [[AntiVillain a tragic character.]] Mytho starts out [[EmotionlessBoy indifferent]] to her despite Rue actually ''being his girlfriend'', and ends up [[spoiler: downright abusive once she contaminates what's left of his heart]], while he clearly develops feelings for Tutu. After Rue/Kraehe finally manages to express her love [[spoiler:via a mixture of AnguishedDeclarationOfLove and an HeroicSacrifice (and one that Duck/Tutu ''explicitely says that she would have NOT managed to pull off, were she in Rue/Kraehe's shoes'')]], however, [[spoiler: Mytho remembers their shared past]], [[spoiler: recognizes her love as well as his own love for her]], [[spoiler: rescues her from a cruel DeathTrap she's been put inside after her HeroicSacrifice]], and [[spoiler:[[HappilyEverAfter takes her as his princess]]]] at the end.



* There's one in Creator/MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo''. [[spoiler:It's ''not'' Mio Mizumori, who actually has her feelings for Shou requited very soon. It's actually Miyabi Fujiwara, the local {{Ojou}}, who falls for Shou at first, then is manipulated by Tadaomi due to her feelings... and ends up dying in a plane crash caused by Tadaomi in an attempto to kill Shou.]]
** Akaishi also provides the ''very'' RareMaleExample: [[spoiler:Naozumi "Kotaka" Yatsuka]] from ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''.
* [[spoiler:Shirley Marks]] from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. She loves [[spoiler:Stefan Levin]] deeply, can't tell him her feelings [[spoiler:because his dead fiancée Karen was her best friend]] and she clearly knows he simply can't love her back. This is [[LoveHurts a pretty sucky situation]], but the girl is somewhat [[GenreSavvy savvier]] than usual and she attempts to not complain about it.

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* There's one in Creator/MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo''. [[spoiler:It's has two of these:
** There's one in ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo''... [[spoiler:But it's
''not'' Mio Mizumori, who actually has her feelings for Shou requited very soon. It's actually Miyabi Fujiwara, the local {{Ojou}}, who falls for Shou at first, then is manipulated by Tadaomi due to her feelings... and ends up dying in a plane crash caused by Tadaomi in an attempto to kill Shou.]]
** Akaishi also provides the ''very'' RareMaleExample: [[spoiler:Naozumi "Kotaka" Yatsuka]] from ''Manga/{{Amakusa 1637}}''.
1637}}'', who's painfully and deeply in love with Natsuki and that ''really'' doesn't help him [[spoiler: when he's stuck in the past and ends up GoingMadFromTheIsolation.]]
* [[spoiler:Shirley Marks]] from ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa''. She ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'' loves [[spoiler:Stefan Levin]] deeply, can't tell him her feelings [[spoiler:because his dead fiancée Karen was her best friend]] and she clearly knows he simply can't love her back. This is [[LoveHurts a pretty sucky situation]], but the girl is somewhat [[GenreSavvy savvier]] than usual and she attempts to not complain about it.



** Openly defied: [[spoiler:The Baby deals several and ''extremely'' cruel {{Breaking Lecture}}s to Kagome, telling her that she's pretty much condemned to be this to Inu-Yasha himself, due to his feelings for his ex-girlfriend (and Kagome's past self) Kikyou. Kagome is ''this'' close to give in and have a FaceHeelTurn, which is the Baby's purpose... but then she [[ShutUpHannibal snaps back at him]] via first admitting that yes, she ''is'' often [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous of Kikyou]], but then adding that these feelings are [[HumansAreFlawed proper of human beings]], and finally stating that she ''does'' love Inu-Yasha anyway.]] Such emotional honesty, and specially coming from [[spoiler:a {{Tsundere}} and self-admitted ClingyJealousGirl]], is VERY welcome and refreshing. [[spoiler: And even more so when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it keeps her from]] going the "LoveMakesYouEvil" way.]]

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** Openly At some point, this is discussed... and ultimately defied: [[spoiler:The Baby deals several and ''extremely'' cruel {{Breaking Lecture}}s to Kagome, telling her that she's pretty much condemned to be this to Inu-Yasha himself, due to his feelings for his ex-girlfriend (and Kagome's past self) Kikyou. Kagome is ''this'' close to give in and have a FaceHeelTurn, which is the Baby's purpose... but then she [[ShutUpHannibal snaps back at him]] via first admitting that yes, she ''is'' often [[ClingyJealousGirl jealous of Kikyou]], but then adding that these feelings are [[HumansAreFlawed proper of human beings]], and finally stating that she ''does'' love Inu-Yasha anyway.]] Such emotional honesty, and specially coming from [[spoiler:a {{Tsundere}} and self-admitted ClingyJealousGirl]], is VERY welcome and refreshing. [[spoiler: And even more so when [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome it keeps her from]] going the "LoveMakesYouEvil" way.]]



* Played with in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', with Mero. She ''[[InvokedTrope wants]]'' to be the Unrequited Tragic Maiden to the man she harbors affection for, eagerly stepping on the sidelines and only wanting to be a tangential part of the protagonist's harem. Later on, after she has a brush with an ''actual'' tragedy, she decides that maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be.

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* Played with in ''Manga/DailyLifeWithMonsterGirl'', with Mero. She ''[[InvokedTrope wants]]'' to be the Unrequited Tragic Maiden to the man she harbors affection for, eagerly stepping on the sidelines and only wanting to be a tangential part of the protagonist's harem. Later on, after she has a brush with an ''actual'' tragedy, [[RealityEnsues she decides that maybe it's not all it's cracked up to be.]]



** The reason why [[ShippingTorpedo Sonoko]] dislikes Shinichi is because she thinks Ran will end up as Shinichi's UTM. For all that she knows, he's out there resolving cases while she pines endlessly for him! (Little do the girls know that Shinichi is the titular Conan, however.) [[spoiler:Sadly, the ''Stranger of Ten Years'' OAV implies that were Shinichi not to return to normal, ''[[IWillWaitForYou Ran would be very likely to play the trope straight]]''.]]

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** The reason why [[ShippingTorpedo Sonoko]] dislikes Shinichi is because she thinks Ran will end up as Shinichi's UTM. For all that she knows, he's out there resolving cases while she pines endlessly for him! (Little do the girls know that Shinichi is the titular Conan, however.) [[spoiler:Sadly, the ''Stranger of Ten Years'' OAV implies that were Shinichi not to return to normal, ''[[IWillWaitForYou Ran would be very likely to play the trope straight]]''.straight]]'', or at least he deeply fears that she would do it.]]



* In ''Manga/CandyCandy'', [[spoiler:Annie Brighton]] ''believes'' that she is this to her beloved [[spoiler:Archibald "Archie" Cornwell]] in the BoardingSchool arc, which does ''not'' mixes well with her strong self-esteem issues coming from both [[spoiler:her background as an orphan]] and [[spoiler:her secret jealousy of the titular Candy, the girl whom Archie seems to crush on]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: Annie's love for Archie ''is'' requited in the end, as he realizes that while he ''does'' care for Candy, [[SecondLove Annie is the girl he actually loves]]. And Candy is a ShipperOnDeck [[LoveHurts with her own romantic woes]], anyway.]]

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* In ''Manga/CandyCandy'', ''Manga/CandyCandy'';
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[[spoiler:Annie Brighton]] ''believes'' that she is this to her beloved [[spoiler:Archibald "Archie" Cornwell]] in the BoardingSchool arc, which does ''not'' mixes well with her strong self-esteem issues coming from both [[spoiler:her background as an orphan]] and [[spoiler:her secret jealousy of the titular Candy, her best friend and the girl whom Archie seems to crush on]]. It turns out that [[spoiler: Annie's love for Archie ''is'' requited in the end, as he realizes that while he ''does'' care for Candy, [[SecondLove Annie is the girl he actually loves]]. And Candy is a ShipperOnDeck [[LoveHurts with her own romantic woes]], anyway.]]



** The first is Ledania Francoise, a quiet and gentle young woman who holds secret feelings for him, while [[HelloNurse all the boys in town have crushes on her.]] Marion is polite to her but doesn't return her love, [[spoiler: and when Ledania ''does'' tell him about, he's already in love with Sara and rejects her]].

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** The first is Ledania Francoise, a quiet and gentle young woman who holds secret feelings for him, while [[HelloNurse all the boys in town have crushes on her.]] Marion is polite to her but doesn't return her love, [[spoiler: and when Ledania ''does'' tell him about, he's already in love with Sara and rejects her]].
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* Deconstructed in ''Literature/LordOfTheRings'' with Éowyn. She is beautiful, she is of noble birth, she falls in love with Aragorn, who is engaged to Arwen. She even actively works towards a tragic death. Aragorn ruins it all by [[spoiler: saving her life, enabling her to fall in love with and marry Faramir.]]
24th Jul '17 3:39:46 AM Piterpicher
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* There's one in MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo''. [[spoiler:It's ''not'' Mio Mizumori, who actually has her feelings for Shou requited very soon. It's actually Miyabi Fujiwara, the local {{Ojou}}, who falls for Shou at first, then is manipulated by Tadaomi due to her feelings... and ends up dying in a plane crash caused by Tadaomi in an attempto to kill Shou.]]

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* There's one in MichiyoAkaishi's Creator/MichiyoAkaishi's ''Manga/TenYoriMoHoshiYoriMo''. [[spoiler:It's ''not'' Mio Mizumori, who actually has her feelings for Shou requited very soon. It's actually Miyabi Fujiwara, the local {{Ojou}}, who falls for Shou at first, then is manipulated by Tadaomi due to her feelings... and ends up dying in a plane crash caused by Tadaomi in an attempto to kill Shou.]]
14th Jul '17 3:09:44 PM GlitteringFlowers
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11th Jul '17 2:21:14 PM arbiter099
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Compare to HopelessSuitor and RomanticRunnerUp, who is the brother of this trope but usually with a less tragic end. May wind up becoming TheLostLenore after death if the person they loved grieves for them, blames themselves for her death or else only discovers that he loved her when it was too late. Contrast to GreenEyedMonster, in which the woman is more prone to sabotage and a devious nature unlike the docile nature of the UnrequitedTragicMaiden.

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Compare to HopelessSuitor and RomanticRunnerUp, who is the brother of this trope but usually with a less tragic end. May wind up becoming TheLostLenore after death if the person they loved grieves for them, blames themselves for her death or else only discovers that he loved her when it was too late. Contrast to GreenEyedMonster, in which the woman is more prone to sabotage and a devious nature unlike the docile nature of the UnrequitedTragicMaiden.
Unrequited Tragic Maiden.



* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka Miki is a sharp, vicious {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She ''seems'' to play it straight at first sight (she yearns for Kyousuke's love, but he shows no romantic interest in her and [[spoiler:after Sayaka doesn't confess her love for him in time, he hooks up with Hitomi, who ''does'' come forward when she had the chance)]]... [[HiddenDepths but the truth is FAR more complex]]. [[ShyblueHairedGirl Sayaka]] already had serious self-esteem problems from ''before'' becoming a MagicalGirl, and when she's offered to become one and mentions that [[GreaterNeedThanMine she wanted to use her wish for Kyousuke's sake]], CoolBigSis Mami [[ArmorPiercingQuestion immediately questions her purpose.]] She makes her wish for him against Mami's warnings, since [[AFriendInNeed she sincerely believes it would still be worth it]]; only ''then'' Sayaka learns that being a MagicalGirl [[BlessedwithSuck is NOT as sparkly and beautiful as she thinks it is]], which clashes with her black and white view of the world ''and'' her emotional conflicts. While [[spoiler: losing in the LoveTriangle]] is a part of the reason why [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon she fell]] [[FaceHeelTurn out of grace]] and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie witched out]] and it took her [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion quite a while to recover]] ]], it's not the '''''only''''' reason... but [[FanDumb several of her "fans"]] peg the girl '''only''' as the local UnrequitedTragicMaiden, reducing her to a one-note character and little more.

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Sayaka Miki is a sharp, vicious {{deconstruction}} of the trope. She ''seems'' to play it straight at first sight (she yearns for Kyousuke's love, but he shows no romantic interest in her and [[spoiler:after Sayaka doesn't confess her love for him in time, he hooks up with Hitomi, who ''does'' come forward when she had the chance)]]... [[HiddenDepths but the truth is FAR more complex]]. [[ShyblueHairedGirl Sayaka]] already had serious self-esteem problems from ''before'' becoming a MagicalGirl, and when she's offered to become one and mentions that [[GreaterNeedThanMine she wanted to use her wish for Kyousuke's sake]], CoolBigSis Mami [[ArmorPiercingQuestion immediately questions her purpose.]] She makes her wish for him against Mami's warnings, since [[AFriendInNeed she sincerely believes it would still be worth it]]; only ''then'' Sayaka learns that being a MagicalGirl [[BlessedwithSuck is NOT as sparkly and beautiful as she thinks it is]], which clashes with her black and white view of the world ''and'' her emotional conflicts. While [[spoiler: losing in the LoveTriangle]] is a part of the reason why [[spoiler: [[DespairEventHorizon she fell]] [[FaceHeelTurn out of grace]] and [[AndThenJohnWasAZombie witched out]] and it took her [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion quite a while to recover]] ]], it's not the '''''only''''' reason... but [[FanDumb several of her "fans"]] peg the girl '''only''' as the local UnrequitedTragicMaiden, Unrequited Tragic Maiden, reducing her to a one-note character and little more.
8th Jul '17 8:11:14 AM FictionIsntReal
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* Molly Hooper on the BBC's ''Series/Sherlock'' spend almost the entire show not-so-secretly pining for the main character, with questionable and within the fandom, very debatable results.

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* Molly Hooper on the BBC's ''Series/Sherlock'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' spend almost the entire show not-so-secretly pining for the main character, with questionable and within the fandom, very debatable results.
29th Jun '17 10:32:19 AM mouschilight
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* Kaede Fuyou from the ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' TV series is a rather unusual example, as she plays this straight first... and then dips into ''{{yandere}}''. [[spoiler:Though she gets better, and [[DarkAndTroubledPast she has pretty good reasons]] for her {{Yandere}} episode.]] In the original VisualNovel, whether Kaede is this or not... it actually depends on the player.
* PlayedWith in regards to [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. For the majority of the series, she ''seemingly'' played this trope straight--Naruto did grow to care for her quite a bit, but [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt her feelings for him]], even after the times she put her own life on the line to save him, and instead had a [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]] on [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]]. Even when [[ShipSinking he finally stopped bothering with Sakura]] after Chapter 469, and even when he and Hinata started having [[UnresolvedSexualTension significant]] [[HoldingHands moments]] [[MindlinkMates together]] from the WarArc onward, Naruto ''still'' never noticed Hinata's feelings for him. In the GagSeries spin-off and some of the anime {{Filler}}s, this situation was often parodied for the sake of comic relief. It finally got Subverted in the [[DistantFinale epilogue]], [[spoiler:where [[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]] are HappilyMarried with two children]]. It got completely Averted in ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', where, judging by the dialogue from the other characters, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Naruto ''has'' been in love with Hinata for quite some time, but he couldn't fully realize it until the movie for two reasons. First, his emotionally-stunted childhood and lack of a stable and loving home environment left him unable to properly tell the difference between familial love or even the love for ramen from [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove romantic love]]. Second, Naruto confirms in his HeroicVow that, deep down, [[InsecureLoveInterest he's insecure around Hinata]] because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he never thought someone like her]] would genuinely [[WartsAndAll love him for him]]--which was implied by Kiba in the WarArc]].

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* Kaede Fuyou from the ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' TV series is a rather unusual example, as she plays this straight first... and then dips into ''{{yandere}}''. [[spoiler:Though she gets better, and [[DarkAndTroubledPast she has pretty good reasons]] for her {{Yandere}} episode.]] In the original VisualNovel, whether Kaede is this or not... it actually depends on the player.
* PlayedWith in regards to [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata]] [[NiceGirl Hyuga]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. For the majority of the series, she ''seemingly'' played this trope straight--Naruto did grow to care for her quite a bit, but [[ObliviousToLove he never noticed]] [[EveryoneCanSeeIt her feelings for him]], even after the times she put her own life on the line to save him, and instead had a [[LovingAShadow one-sided shallow crush]] on [[{{Tsundere}} Sakura]]. Even when [[ShipSinking he finally stopped bothering with Sakura]] after Chapter 469, and even when he and Hinata started having [[UnresolvedSexualTension significant]] [[HoldingHands moments]] [[MindlinkMates together]] from the WarArc onward, Naruto ''still'' never noticed Hinata's feelings for him. In the GagSeries spin-off and some of the anime {{Filler}}s, this situation was often parodied for the sake of comic relief. It finally got Subverted in the [[DistantFinale epilogue]], [[spoiler:where [[OfficialCouple Naruto and Hinata]] are HappilyMarried with two children]]. It got completely Averted in the {{canon}} movie ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', where, judging by the dialogue from the other characters, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:Naruto ''has'' ''had'' been in love with Hinata for quite some time, but he couldn't fully realize it until the movie for two reasons. First, his emotionally-stunted childhood and lack of a stable and loving home environment left him unable to properly tell the difference between familial love or even the love for ramen from [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove romantic love]]. Second, Naruto confirms in his HeroicVow that, deep down, [[InsecureLoveInterest he's insecure around Hinata]] because [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe he never thought someone like her]] would genuinely [[WartsAndAll love him for him]]--which was implied by Kiba [[ShipperOnDeck Kiba]] in the WarArc]].
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