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->''"I see all of my ex-girlfriends. Well, not so much see as watch."''
-->-- '''Brian''', ''Series/{{Spaced}}''

A character noted for their obsession with another character. They claim that the motivation for their morally outrageous acts is a simple wish to gain attention from the crush-ee. Alternatively, the obsession may be explained as a misguided desire to "protect" [[note]](which often translates to ''isolate'' or ''smother'')[[/note]] the crush-ee, whether or not the crush-ee wants or needs such "protection". In any case, the more sincere they seem, the [[TermsOfEndangerment creepier they are.]]

Why does this happen? Because LoveMakesYouEvil, and "IfICantHaveYou, No One Will!"

There'll usually be a DoubleStandard at play with this trope. Male stalkers are more likely to be portrayed unsympathetically, and as an actual danger to their object of obsession. [[StalkingIsFunnyIfItIsFemaleAfterMale Female stalkers]], by contrast, are likely to be portrayed sympathetically, and typically portrayed as [[{{Moe}} charming or cute]] (though ''beware'' the WomanScorned!).[[note]]Partly due to perceptions of vulnerability given average differences in physical strength, and partly due to [[AManIsAlwaysEager the assumption that males aren't as picky when it comes to love or sex in the first place]].[[/note]]

Compare StalkerWithoutACrush, whose obsession is unrelated to romantic feelings.

!!Related Tropes:
* This can be a minor character who is [[TheDarkSide seduced to evil]] by the TragicDream of being able to get who they want.
* If the stalker manages to score ''because'' he's a stalker, it's because the target believes StalkingIsLove.
* If the stalker is chasing a celebrity, especially one who didn't know them before the stalking began, they're a LoonyFan.
* If the stalker sticks to a "hands-off" approach and simply attempts to spy on their target in explicit situations, they are ThePeepingTom.
* If the stalker wants their target's DNA as much as (if not more than) their love, that's a StalkerWithATestTube.
* Contrast with AbhorrentAdmirer, where a HollywoodHomely or average woman is considered the worst thing in the world simply because she is attracted to the protagonist, even though no stalking takes place. See also AllTakeAndNoGive.
* If a male stalker is particularly WrongGenreSavvy about his role and reception, he's most likely also a PrinceCharmingWannabe or convinced he's a DoggedNiceGuy. Can easily double as a CrazyJealousGuy. A HollywoodRestrainingOrder may be mentioned.
* If the stalker's [[LoveMakesYouCrazy crush makes them go]] AxCrazy at anyone who tries to interfere or even [[IfICantHaveYou the crush-ee]], the stalker is a {{Yandere}}, especially if she's female.
* Compare AND contrast with StalkerWithoutACrush, who can either seem similar to this through the "DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything" approach and/or become this through CharacterDevelopment.
* If the stalker once had a romantic relationship with the stalkee but no longer does, they're a PsychoEx.

!!Example subpages:
* StalkerWithACrush/AnimeAndManga
* StalkerWithACrush/ComicBooks
* StalkerWithACrush/FanWorks
* StalkerWithACrush/{{Film}}
* StalkerWithACrush/{{Literature}}
* StalkerWithACrush/LiveActionTV
* StalkerWithACrush/{{Music}}
* StalkerWithACrush/ProfessionalWrestling
* StalkerWithACrush/{{Theater}}
* StalkerWithACrush/VideoGames
* StalkerWithACrush/VisualNovels
* StalkerWithACrush/WebComics
* StalkerWithACrush/WebOriginal
* StalkerWithACrush/WesternAnimation
* StalkerWithACrush/{{Other}}
* StalkerWithACrush/RealLife