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->'''Homestar:''' Mainly, I just want to keep [Marzipan and The Cheat] from making out.\\
'''Strong Bad:''' Euw! The disgust! It won't wash off!
-->-- ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', "Date Nite"

A mostly comedy trope. Two people are in the process of getting together and having a date. The more they try to keep it on the down-low, the more likely it is that everybody they know is spying on 'em... possibly with the specific goal of [[MomentKiller ruining the thing]], which may result in a BadDate.

TruthInTelevision, although perhaps not as common as portrayed in fiction.


[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/AngelDensetsu:'' Ikuko, Ikuno and Takehisa follow Ryoko and Kinato around during a date and work to ensure that it isn't [[MomentKiller interrupted]]. Their efforts were completely in vain, as [[BackForTheFinale every important character in the series then proceeded to show up to do just that]].
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'': Sato and Takagi have a date in an AmusementPark with half the police force, trying to make it fail without being seen.
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': Miyuki and Nakajima's date in the third OAV. Small subversion in that the date was ''per orders'' of their boss, after a rather bad misunderstanding that involved them and Natsumi.
** And further subverted in that Miyuki was fully aware that they were being watched the entire time. When the romantic moment is ruined by an All Officers dispatch call, Miyuki looks straight at the bush her partner is hiding in and tells Natsumi that they had better get going.
** Perhaps played more straight in their dates afterwards, which usually have these not far behind; except in second season when Miyuki and Ken went to the amusement park with a mechanic's daughter. It was a change of plan which their would-be peepers are not aware of (The two originally planned to go to someplace else).
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** This happens during Negi's date with Nodoka at the school festival; there were at least 5-6 other girls there watching 'em.
** Earlier on, it's subverted. A couple of girls see Negi and Konoka and follow them around, thinking they're on a date. They even call the class president to inform her of what's going on, and she promptly drags both herself and Negi's roommate Asuna over to find out. Turns out that [[spoiler: Negi and Konoka were buying birthday presents for Asuna.]]
** Asuna's date with Takahata also has more than a few spies trailing along. Plus, Asuna and Negi's date in practice of ''that'' date had everyone aware of Negi's [[OvernightAgeUp aged-self]] tagging along.
** And [[LesYay Konoka's and Setsuna's]] "[[NotADate outing]]". Really, it would be easier to count the times Akamatsu hasn't done this.
** He even took it to the next level; people seeing DatePeepers they know may decide to start spying on the spies, and in turn may be noticed and followed -- to the point where almost nobody doing the peeping actually knows who's having the date, just that ''somewhere'' there is a date to be peeped on. It's implied to be so common as to be a standard Academy-wide student activity.
* When one of the girls in ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' tries to go out with the guy they are rivals for, the other two do this.
* The friends of main characters Haruna and Masaru in ''Manga/MonkeyHigh'' have become pure kings of this trope, spying on them at all times and popping up inopportune moments, even following them around school.
* ''Manga/{{Otomen}}'' also has this, though it's justified because Juta is [[ShowWithinAShow basing his story]] off of Asuka and Ryo's relationship.
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'':
** While [[BelligerentSexualTension Ranma and Akane]] have never technically been on a real date, whenever those two have a romantic (or assumed to be romantic) moment alone together at [[BigFancyHouse the Tendo's house]], you can be sure that the Tendo and Saotome families are either spying or eavesdropping. They've also been real [[MomentKiller moment killers]] every now and then due to this.
** A more specific example would include the time when Akane was tricked into going on a date with [[TheRival Ryōga]]. At first, she thought it was a challenge and that somebody wanted to fight her... then she finds out it's not and that Ryōga thinks it an actual date. Ranma shows up out of [[GreenEyedMonster jealousy]], pisses her off, she gives him [[MegatonPunch the good ol' megaton punch]], then decides that she really will go on a date with Ryōga. Ranma [[GreenEyedEpiphany shows up out of jealousy again]] and tries to mess it all up. HilarityEnsues.
** Let's just face it. Everybody has spied on Ranma and Akane at one time or another. ''The entire freaking school'' spied on them once.
** When female Ranma goes on a date with an old man's spirit, Akane and the man's grandson follow them to spy. They watch from a bush, eventually.
* Also a very common theme in ''Manga/InuYasha''. Most intimate moments between Inuyasha/Kagome and Miroku/Sango involve the entire rest of the team watching from the bushes.
* Turns up in ''Anime/UruseiYatsura'', of course, most notably a date between {{Miko}} Sakura and bumbling dark wizard Tsubame. One RunningGag during the story was the watchers trying to find places to hide, only to find them already occupied by other couples trying to get a little heavy petting in.
* Also happens in ''Manga/MaisonIkkoku'', with Godai's grandma behind it. It's hardly surprising that all of his neighbors took part, considering how nosy they all are. See a pattern here? Creator/RumikoTakahashi apparently likes this plot.
* Happens a few times in ''Anime/SailorMoon''; the first movie pretty much ''starts'' with the team spying on Usagi and Mamoru.
* Used in one of the early second season episodes of ''Anime/CodeGeass'' when Lelouch and Shirley go to the mall together. Several of their friends from school follow them, since everyone knows Shirley has had a crush on Lelouch for a long time. Then there's the added twist that they are also being spied on by the Britannian government, since Lelouch is secretly Zero, a simultaneous MagnificentBastard, WellIntentionedExtremist, and DarkMessiah. Lelouch, naturally, proceeds to play everyone involved.
* In ''LightNovel/MariaSamaGaMiteru'', Yoshino spies on the date between her ''grande soeur'' (and cousin) Rei and one of the winners of the Valentine's Day contest.
* The date doesn't even have to be real to invoke this trope. In ''Manga/KamenNoMaidGuy'', when Naeka goes to the festival with the leader of the Breast Fanclub, she has the other two Fanclub members, her ThoseTwoGuys and both of her maids spying on her. Kogarashi attempts to boost the romantic atmosphere (and it ''works''), but Fubuki misunderstands and ends up ending the whole thing by knocking the leader's head through a tree when she flings a lamp at him.
* As pictured above, this trope was used in ''Manga/{{Naruto}} Konoha Gakuen Hen'', a comedic {{omake}} inspired by the second ''Naruto Shippuden'' ED which is set in a HighSchoolAU. Naruto goes on a date with Hinata and they're spied on by Sakura, Ino, Shikamaru, Chouji, Kiba, [[TheStoic Shino]] and even ''[[NotSoAboveItAll Sasuke]]''.
** In ''[[LightNovel/NarutoHiden Gaara Hiden]]'', Temari spies on [[spoiler:Gaara's]] "date" with his Hakuto, the woman [[spoiler:Sunagakure's elders]] [[ArrangedMarriage arranged]] for him to marry, wanting to see if everything is going well. To her surprise, it does.
* Subverted in ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', where the three times this trope is invoked... it's ''NOT'' a date, but something else. [[spoiler:Ryoma and Sakuno went out only to get her racket fixed by a CoolOldGuy that Ryoma knew beforehand, a gorgeous girl that Kawamura was seen with once was the mother of his ForgottenChildhoodFriend, and An only ''said'' she was in a date with Momo to keep him from running away from their friendly outing.]]
* In ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'', Skuld discovered that her attempt at apologizing to her first serious crush was spied on by Keiichi and both her sisters. [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Urd]] just laughed it off, [[UnluckyEverydude Keiichi]] tried to apologize while laughing nervously, but [[YamatoNadeshiko Belldandy]] looked positively mortified about what she was doing.
* Happened in one episode of ''Manga/KodomoNoOmocha'' when Sana, Akito and Tsuyoshi spied on Asako as she went out with a co star from one of her films, under the impression she was cheating on Rei. HilarityEnsues and of course, not everything is as it seems in the end.
* ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' plays with this. Sena finds a letter in his locker asking him to meet someone who is obviously a girl. Almost the entire Devil Bat team tries spying on him on this "date" for their own reasons. (The Huh-Huh Bros. can't believe Sena is getting some, Mamori is so happy to see him grow up, Suzuna is jealous, etc.) Turns out it's not a date, but a warning from their future opponent.
* Played completely straight in ''LightNovel/LadiesVersusButlers'' by [[{{Tsundere}} Sernia Iori Flameheart]] when her [[TheRival classmate and rival Tomomi]] goes on a date with her childhood friend [[TheHero Akiharu]] to resolve her feelings towards him. Not that it works much, seeing as the guy is basically an IdiotHero with a bad case of [[ObliviousToLove Obliviousness To Love]] and a certified [[MarriedToTheJob Marriage To His Job]].
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has this in the episode/chapter Hikaru and Haruhi go on a date. The other Host Club members are wearing {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s as they peep. In the manga the club members plan to spy on [[spoiler: Tamaki]] and Haruhi's first date... in {{Paper Thin Disguise}}s. Though in both dates, they do their best to help out the couple in question. And for [[spoiler: Tamaki]], they even stop [[spoiler: the Zuka club]] from trying to ruin his date.
* ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'' has Kaname going on a date. [[BodyguardCrush Sōsuke]] and Kyoko, however, takes it up on himself to make sure she's not disturbed. While the two are observing the date dressed in suits and wearing shades, some Yakuza start molesting Kaname. Cue Sōsuke [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome stealing his signature Bonta-kun costume and wiping the floor with the thugs]] without alerting Kaname to his presence -- or so he thought; Kaname knew it was him [[SomethingOnlyTheyWouldSay when he shot one of the thugs out of habit then quickly stuffed the gun behind his back upon realizing it]]. She appreciated it anyway.
* Parodied in a ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEEDDestiny'' H-manga. As Athrun is about to snog Meer Campbell, several characters peek their heads in the doorway. When Athrun stops to look, they pull out cameras. His response is to shoot at them, which sends them scattering.
* The ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' manga nearly has this as a RunningGag with poor Rina and Hamasaki.
* Happens in chapter 26 of ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke'', although Sawako and Kazehaya weren't officially on a date.
* In episode 14 of ''Manga/GirlsBravo'' Fukuyama and Kirie follow Yukinari and Miharu around on their date.
* In ''Manga/ToLoveRuDarkness'', Nana, Momo, Mea and Yami all group together to spy on a date between Run and Rito. Shortly after, [[spoiler: Yui]] also begins to spy on the two, though doesn't join with Momo's group.
* In the first ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' movie, Tenchi and his harem go back to the year 1970 to protect his parents from a time-traveling anomaly. While on a [[NotADate casual walk]], the two are interrupted by Ryoko and Ayeka, who egg them on. Tenchi scolds them for, basically, risking a GrandfatherParadox.
* ''VisualNovel/{{Shuffle}}'' has two potential love interests, one HandsomeLech, and one CameraFiend set up a date for a couple. Don't expect them to let the date happen naturally.
* ''Anime/OkusamaWaMahouShoujo'' has a beach episode where two people in a love triangle go out on a date. The third one isn't quite happy with that.
* This is basically the whole premise of episode 12 of ''Anime/{{Heroman}}''.
* ''LightNovel/ThePetGirlOfSakurasou'':
** Mashiro and Jin get followed by Misaki and Sorata in Mahiro's research date (LoveHotel included).
** And in episode 9, In episode 9, [[ClingyJealousGirl Mashiro and Nanami]] follow Sorata and Rita to a hotel. However, Rita was GenreSavvy enough to realize that they'd be following, so she greets them the instant they show up. Then she takes all of them to an art exhibit to show off Mashiro's final painting before she returns home to England.
* Played all over the place in ''LightNovel/InfiniteStratos''. Cecilia and Rin follow Charlotte and Ichika on a date. When Laura finds the peepers and is told what's going on, she shrugs and tries to just join the date, but Cecilia and Rin stop her.
* ''Manga/YugamiKunNiWaTomodachiGaInai'' has [[{{Narrator}} Chi]][[NiceGirl hiro]], [[{{Meganekko}} Kuzumi]], and [[SempaiKohai Kadota]] checking in on [[LonersAreFreaks Yugami]] during his date with Fujisawa.
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', Asahi and a female character ''cannot'' go out anywhere or have a private conversation without someone spying on them; with the twist that the people spying are usually [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers On Deck]] who planned the [[NotADate "date"]] in the first place. First, Youko plans to make Asahi and Aizawa go to the amusement park to spy on them, but fails. Then she (along with Shiho) succeeds in the summer festival. Later [[spoiler:Karen and Akane conspire to make Youko and Asahi go to the amusement park, the same way Karen did for Youko's parents in the past.]] Even later, in chapter 100 [[spoiler:Youko's mom and Akane use ''surveillance cameras'' to observe their (this time real) date and comment it like some kind of sports event.]]
* In ''Manga/ACentaursLife'', the main characters follow their friend Sasasuul on her date at an art museum. However, since she's an exchange student from reclusive Antarctica, she's ''also'' being tracked by security services and the three are almost picked up as terrorists.
* In ''Manga/AizawaSanMultiplies'', Nakamura, Ozeki, and Shiki watch the first date between Shino and Souta long enough to confirm that they're holding hands and thus moving forward in their relationship before leaving them to their date.
* In ''Manga/{{ReLIFE}}'', while not quite a date, Hishiro and Kaizaki stay to watch [[spoiler:Kariu and Ohga's confessions.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The core of the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic "Once Bitten, Twice Shy"'s humour lies in the GambitPileup between two vastly different sets of DatePeepers trying to give Twilight and Fluttershy help on their dates. Fluttershy's team: a down-to-earth farmer and a sophisticated dressmaker. Twilight's: a reckless speedster and a lunatic who is literally too weird for magic to explain. Is it any wonder everything went to Yeah That Place?
* Briefly discussed in another ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic, ''Fanfic/ADelicateBalance''. Pinkie expresses her intent to follow Applejack and Twilight on their date, but ultimately gets talked out of it by Rarity.
* Averted in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9910637/1/Non-Date Non-Date]]''. This is what Nora and Yang ''think'' they're doing. In reality, they're just watching two friends hang out together.
-->'''Blake:''' Hold on. How do we know this ''is'' a date?\\
'''Yang:''' How do we know that it ''isn't''?
* ''[[FanFic/MLPNextGenerationKnowFear MLP Next Generation: Know Fear!]]'': When Starburst and Golden Delicious admit to their feelings for each other and go on a date, their friends Claire, Cotton Candy, Prism Bolt and June follow them (though the latter's only there to keep the first three from interfering). And it turns out that Star and Del knew they were there the whole time, they just ignored them.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* A variation in ''Film/{{Wasabi}}'': as Creator/JeanReno's DisappearedDad character, Hubert Fiorentini, and his daughter are on a bonding ShoppingMontage, they are followed around by the Yakuza men. HilarityEnsues as Hubert uses creative ways to deal with them without her noticing.
* The "lovely" date between Darla and Alfalfa (including sabotage by the members of the gang) in ''Film/TheLittleRascals'' movie.
* Vada and Thomas J follow Vada's Father and Shelley on the Bingo date in ''My Girl''. She yells "Bingo!" in from the window and HilarityEnsues.
* Not just dates: [[MemeticMutation Ceiling]] [[Film/{{Serenity}} River]] [[MemeticMutation is watching you procreate.]]
* A highly comedic subversion happens in ''Film/ShootEmUp''. The baby alerts the hero to the presence of multiple hitmen during sex with his LoveInterest. He ends up dealing with them all without breaking stride, so to speak.
* ''Film/{{Stargate}}'': When Daniel has a sensitive conversation with [[AccidentalMarriage Shau'ri]] and admits his attraction by sharing a long kiss with her, two local boys look in on them, apparently highly amused at this development.

* ''Literature/TheHoundOfTheBaskervilles'': Sir Charles goes out on the moor and stops Watson from accompanying him, as he's going to see Stapleton's sister. Watson, torn between his duty to keep guard on him and his morals preventing him from being a DatePeeper, settles for waiting on a nearby hill, where he can see without hearing things a gentleman should not be aware of. However, the wooing is interrupted by a furious Stapleton, sufficiently so that Sir Charles takes a humorous view of Watson's behavior. It's also a vital clue that [[spoiler:Stapleton's sister is actually his wife and reluctant accomplice.]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' has a twist on this. Leslie and Ben think that Ann and Chris are going out on an illicit date (Chris is Ann's boss and fraternization is forbidden), so they trail Ann to a restaurant, peek in the window--and find out that Ann is dating Tom.
%%* A hobby of [[Series/{{House}} Dr. House]] vis a vis Wilson, Cuddy... pretty much everybody.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'': The Camden family are close to being the TropeCodifier, as frequently they (pick any member) would sneak into their own family members or other people's dates to see their business, often becoming a MomentKiller. The family has never heard of "privacy".
* In ''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'', the other Rangers use their surveillance equipment to spy on Ethan as he has his first date with Cassidy. When things start going wrong, Tommy Oliver actually uses his invisibility power to provide assistance.
* Luke, Rani, and Clyde in ''Series/TheSarahJaneAdventures'', although they don't know that it's a date at first. [[ItMakesSenseInContext They thought she was hunting aliens.]]
* ''Series/WhiteCollar'': Peter has to pretend to be a wealthy bachelor as part of a sting to catch BlackWidow Selena. When she suggests they go to his place, he panics (since that would probably result in her figuring out that he's married), so he takes her to Neal's apartment instead, calling ahead so he can commandeer Neal's dinner with Sara. Neal and Sara get the call at the last minute and sneak into a side room to spy on Peter and Selena.
* During the big field trip finale movie of ''Series/NedsDeclassifiedSchoolSurvivalGuide'':
-->'''Crony:''' Would someone just kiss someone already!?

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'':
** The VideoGame/ArtOfFighting Team ending in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters XI''. Poor King... it had to happen [[{{Bifauxnen}} the first time she wears a pretty dress on screen]], doesn't it?
** Inverted in ''VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters'': KYO. [[TheHero Kyo Kusanagi]] and [[HeroWorshipper Shingo Yabuki]] spy on what it looks like a date between [[GentleGiant Goro Daimon]] and a beautiful OfficeLady -- but it turns out it was just a work meeting. ''Then'' the lady, a HotTeacher named Jokyojou, tells the rather embarrassed and angry Daimon "Well... who says we ''can't'' go out, huh?" So they go into a proper date... and by KOF 2000, they're very HappilyMarried [[BabiesEverAfter and already have a kid]].
* Not quite a date, but Anastasia and Joachim spy on Yuri and Karin during their blossoming romance in ''VideoGame/ShadowHeartsCovenant''. [[ShipperOnDeck Anastasia]] is rooting on Yuri to kiss her, which he fails to do, [[spoiler: and since she turns out to be his time-traveler mother, so much the better.]]
* The first appearance of the gym leader Misty in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' has you interrupting her date in Route 25.
* This is the entire premise of ''VideoGame/KittyPowersMatchmaker'', where the player watches their clients' blind dates through hidden cameras and offers advice through the client's earpiece.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Kyou Fujibayashi has a tendency to do this in ''VisualNovel/{{CLANNAD}}''. She pretty much orchestrates the entirety of Tomoya's relationship with her sister, either from the shadows or more commonly directly, but she also interferes on Kotomi's route.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* In the ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'' cartoon "Date Nite", Homestar and Strong Bad sneak along on Marzipan and the Cheat's date, and try (and fail) several times to sabotage it.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* [[http://img142.imageshack.us/img142/8051/nanorr39translatedps9.png Done by]] [[ThoseTwoGuys Alisa]] in the ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha'' FanWebComic ''[[http://www.entropymax.com/ Nanoha R'r]]'' when she noticed that [[ClingyJealousGirl Nanoha and Fate were getting a little too close for comfort]].
* [[http://www.daniellecorsetto.com/GWS043.html Early on]] in ''Webcomic/GirlsWithSlingshots''.
* We now have an [[http://www.misfile.com/?page=1604 official confirmation]] of this trope in ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}''.
* This happens in ''Webcomic/{{Sakana}}'' when [[CanNotSpitItOut Jiro]] finally gets on a date, and his big brother Taro and his best friend Taisei decide to spy on him [[JustifiedTrope because they are afraid he could get hurt in some way]] due to his shyness and his bad experiences with women. Might be not the best idea that they [[TheDragAlong dragged]] [[{{Jerkass}} Yuu]][[DeadpanSnarker dai]] along, though.
* [[Webcomic/{{Weregeek}} Bad Abbie!]] [[http://www.weregeek.com/2010/10/01/ No biscuit!]]
* Practically a tradition (lampshaded [[http://www.gpf-comics.com/archive.php?d=20040114 here]]) among the staff of ''Webcomic/GeneralProtectionFault''. Ki spies on two different dates of Nick's (one of which leads directly to their RelationshipUpgrade from co-workers to dating), then Nick and Dexter scope out a lunch date of Sharon's.
* In ''Webcomic/MenageA3'', [[http://www.ma3comic.com/strips-ma3/go_get_her_romeo after Zii has fixed Gary up with his first-ever date, with Sonya, she naturally wants to see how it goes - and she brings [=DiDi=] along.]] (Their disguises leave something to be desired.) By coincidence, Yuki and Kiley are also in the same restaurant.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': When Eric finally (''finally'') has his long-overdue LoveEpiphany concerning Clover, they kiss... [[http://yafgc.net/comic/0564-as-i-am/ and the entire population of a halfling village watching,]] with one guy going "[[{{Shipping}} Woo!]]" loud enough for them to hear.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Happened in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'' where the entire non-adult cast spy on Doug and Patty's first date.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheReplacements'', Reilly's entire family (including the talking car), spy on her first date, even going so far as to impersonate the wait staff in the restaurant.
* ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'': ''Both'' Danny and Sam spy on each other with their respective date with assumptions that their not-quite-not-yet-significant-other is up to no good. Not in the same episode.
* ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'': Helga loves doing this to Arnold.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'':
** Jenny, Brad, Sheldon and Tucker all spy on Nora Wakeman during her dates in "Mama Drama", though Nora isn't really trying to keep her romantic life secret.
** Sheldon goes to great extents with this when Jenny has a date.
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
** An episode has Peter going into OverprotectiveDad mode and infiltrating Meg's date dressed as a stereotypical Chinese man.
--->'''Meg:''' Dad, what are you doing here!?\\
'''Peter:''' Pee-tah? Who Pee-tah?\\
'''Meg:''' I didn't say "Peter", I said "Dad".\\
'''Peter:''' ''Ooohh.''
** Brian and Stewie also intruded at a date between Meg and Mayor West in an attempt to bring him down with a teenage sex scandal.
* The ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' episode "We Need To Talk" has the Gems spy on Greg and Rose while they're trying to do a FusionDance. Amethyst doesn't even bother to hide herself and just waves at them when they are spotted.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'', Elyon is annoyed and ultimately driven to tears when her friends ruin her date with a new beau by constantly interrupting them because they think he's a monster in disguise. Turns out, [[spoiler: he's not]]. Not that they were particularly subtle about it.