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->'''Becky:''' Were you ''stalking'' me?\\
'''Dave:''' Not like, in a ''threatening'' way.
-->-- ''Film/TheSorcerersApprentice''

Say you have a StalkerWithACrush. He relentlessly pursues his love interest, watching her as she sleeps, resorting to superfluous and often very disturbing lengths to protect her if he feels the need. She's probably going to be creeped out, right?

Wrong.

Instead of outright rejecting this guy's advances on the first go, the object of these advances isn't even irritated. [[ICantBelieveAGuyLikeYouWouldNoticeMe She's completely dazzled and views them as romantic]], completely overlooking the stalkerish implications of what he's doing.

Most characters of this type are intended to be sympathetic; the lengths the fella goes to is supposed to show just how much he loves his beloved (or she hers -- this can happen to characters of any gender). But characters like this can be ''very'' unnerving to readers and audiences who realize just how far things have gone.

There is an unfortunate DoubleStandard common in the depiction of this trope. Stalker type behavior in a man can make him a romantic hero but the same behavior will almost always make a woman dangerous or pathetic. Interestingly, the StalkerWithACrush trope features an exactly opposite DoubleStandard.

Some more forgiving depictions of this trope rely on the stalker simply being too shy to approach the object of his or her affections directly, and is otherwise harmless.

See also AbductionIsLove, DoNotDoThisCoolThing.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'' plays around with this trope regarding [[{{Yandere}} Yuno]] (the [[StalkerWithACrush stalker]]) and [[ActionSurvivor Yukiteru]] ([[ShrinkingViolet the stalk-ee]]). While Yuno certainly believes firmly in this trope to the point where [[spoiler: she actually traveled to a [[AlternateUniverse parallel space-time universe]] ''just'' to be with him again]], Yuki is...less than convinced. He falls in love with her by the end, if only because [[spoiler: [[BreakTheCutie he's just as messed-up as her.]]]]
* In ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'', although Tsuna is sort of creeped out by Gokudera's StalkerWithACrush tendencies, the show depicts him as being a very loyal and wonderful friend, writing off his desire to kill off anyone who gets close to Tsuna as being [[ComedicSociopathy comedy]].
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Sousuke is assigned a mission in which he must follow Kaname around and protect her from terrorists, all the while not letting her know. Although his actions are ''way'' overboard by any normal standards and could easily be constructed as stalking, Kaname seems to view it with a mixture of curiosity, annoyance, attraction, and a bit of amusement. The reasons are probably a mix of the factors that Sousuke's actions are ''extremely'' [[RefugeInAudacity outlandish even by stalking standards]], he appears to have [[ChasteHero as much grasp of romance and sexuality as her hamster]], and of course that he is [[BeautyEqualsGoodness extremely attractive]]. This disappears when she finds Sousuke on her balcony [[NotWhatItLooksLike with a pair of her panties in his hand]] (which, in fact, were snatched back from Shinji, who was the one trying to steal it), at which point she attempts to beat him to death with a baseball bat and completely refuses to trust or talk to him until he reveals the truth behind his actions.
** Leonard also seems to believe in this trope towards Kaname.
* ''TonaGura'': Yuuji Kagura towards Kazuki Arisaka. His efforts are clumsy, and easily turned away, and he does not insist on being and knowing her entire existence. Despite being mostly a ChivalrousPervert. Repeated beatings at her hands and the bullets of his little sister's guns do not seem capable of dissuading him from grabbing at her and raising her skirt, or trying to bear-hug her in a state of undress.
* Played with the usual amount of taste and seriousness ([[PlayedForLaughs that is, none at all]]) in ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'', where Matoi and Kafuka certainly believe this. Of course, Nozomu kindly informs her that ''[[CrossingTheLineTwice mutual suicide]]'' is true love. And then unfortunately informs her that he'd be happy to kill himself with her at any time, so she took up stalking him while her previous stalking victim started stalking ''her.''
** [[InsistentTerminology It's not 'stalking', it's 'Deep Love'!]]
** Which actually leads to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjnklo7QryU a chain of stalking]] HilarityEnsues
** Despite many of the girls in the class believing this, they are off-put by an expression by a (clearly perverted and weird) Buddhist Monk of this philosophy in one episode. The episode deals with different things in life being "previews" for later things, and the Monk claims that standing outside of your beloved's home is a preview for a date. His audience protests that this is just stalking.
** Arguably, the series (if only for RuleOfFunny) shows the philosophy validated. After a while, Itoshki seems completely used to Matoi following him everywhere, even into the bathroom, and is quite comfortable in one episode with her living in his home, and is also comfortable with Kiri Komori living in his closet, and she also followed him into the bathroom at least once.
*** Then again, it's pretty clear that none of these people, Nozomu included, could be considered even remotely well-adjusted.
* In ''AskDrRin'', this is Meirin, full stop. Maybe justified by the fact that she and Asuka are [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend childhood friends]], but that angle just makes it look even more awkward.
* ''{{Zetsuai1989}}'' is about a male singer named Kouji who's childhood crush on a male soccer star named Izumi that he fell for as a kid, leads to assorted sexual harassment when the two meet in person years later. The series romanticizes stalking and rewards the attacker in the end when the victim becomes comfortable with his stalker and stops running away.
* Spoofed in ''{{Durarara}}'' when Anri (jokingly) implies that she's been stalking Mikado. Upon hearing this, Mikado's brain starts zig-zagging the hell out of this trope (complete with Mikado's Inner Puppet Theater) like only a hormonal teenager can before Anri finally tells him she was kidding
-->'''Mikado:''' Oh, crap! Is she a stalker? Wait. If she's cute it's okay, rig—''No'', this is ''bad''. It might go like... She might stab me! Or set my house on fire! And what if she takes my parents hostage?... But, maybe she has a nice personality. Then it would be okay, right?... Wait. If she did, ''she wouldn't be stalking me!''
* Shuichi from ''{{Gravitation}}'' chases Yuki constantly, despite being rejected, verbally abused, and often being called a little brat. They eventually end up together.
* In ''KoharuNoHibi'' while Akira ''is'' freaked out by Koharu's StalkerWithACrush tendencies he still eventually ends up dating her because as he said he can't leave her alone.
* In ''[[RosarioToVampire Rosario + Vampire]]'', Mizore constantly stalks the main character by hiding in a dozen various places and spying on him because she has a crush on him. [[AboveTheInfluence Too bad he never notices]].
* Arima's dark side in ''KareKano''. Any time that he comes onto the screen, you just know Arima is seconds away from shattering. This is made worse because to the outside world, he appears to be a put together, genius with his only match being Yukino, his girlfriend. It's scary to slowly see his thoughts morph from wanting to be with Yukino, to wanting to isolate her from everyone and keep her just for himself. His fighting with these thoughts proves that Arima is a good guy, but him imagining tying Yukino in chains does not bode well for their relationship. This is a rare case of StalkerWithACrush in which not only is the stalker in a committed relationship with his crush, but he is also portrayed as so sympathetic that you just want to save him from himself.
* Played all over the place in ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex''. Mikoto is being stalked by the grandson of her school's dean. While he's pretty attractive, she still finds him creepy and she can't just [[ShockAndAwe zap him]] because of his status, so she enlists Toma to pretend to be her boyfriend long enough to throw him off. This doesn't work--because he's actually a spy sent to keep an eye on Toma's growing list of powerful TrueCompanions, specifically Mikoto. Except that he really is in love with her, and volunteered for the mission so that they wouldn't send someone else, who wouldn't have a problem killing her if she got difficult (and "difficult" is a pretty good way of summarizing Mikoto).

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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Siryn, from MarvelComics, specifically said she liked the part where Deadpool was just a romantic admirer. Considering the dangerous life she does lead, a super-powered bodyguard was kinda nice. It did help. Sadly, Deadpool swiftly slid from 'awkward romantic' into 'looney tunes whackjob' and it took a beating or seven before he got it in his brain to leave her alone.
** One time while watching her sleep, {{Deadpool}} laments that what he's doing used to be considered romantic, but now it's called "stalking" and generally considered "Trespass". But that's Deadpool.
* [[NewWarriors Speedball]] does not mind SquirrelGirl's [[StalkerWithACrush disturbing stalking]] towards him. In fact, he finds it very cute. And it doesn't hurt that he likes hazelnut.
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' fan fiction[[FanFic/TheNotSoShortSecondLifeOfBreeTanner The (Not So) Short Second Life of Bree Tanner]] the main character, Bree, is the object of some restraining order-worthy affection from [[spoiler:Alec]], though - unlike Bella with Edward -- she's not nearly as charmed by the creepily felonious antics or isn't shy about mentioning it.
* In ''Fanfic/CodeGeassMaoOfTheDeliverance'', Mao travels hundreds of miles to find C.C. again while listening to her voice constantly [[HeadphonesEqualIsolation on his headphones]]. She actually recorded this for him, however, and he is really just trying to [[spoiler: save her life (albeit against her wishes)]].
* Most ([[SturgeonsLaw but not all]]) ''Series/{{Glee}}'' fanfics that involve Kurt/Dave Karofsky will have this trope.
* ''WebAnimation/HappyTreeFriends''. In the fan anime version, [[FanPreferredCouple Flippy often does this to Flaky]].
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' fanfic ''Fanfic/MLPTheGamesWePlay'' is about one of Rainbow Dash's friends having a crush on her and using the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E8TheMysteriousMareDoWell Mare Do Well]] costume as a means to disguise their identity and get close to her without risking their friendship. Except "get close to her" pretty much ends up meaning "stalk and sexually harass her". [[ZigzaggedTrope Zigzagged]] in that Dash is very unhappy with this, but starts to reciprocate, and ends up feeling pretty damn confused.
* In the ''Manga/DeathNote'' [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''Fanfic/ThoseWhoStandForNothingFallForAnything'' L gets upset when Light ''stops'' blatantly stalking him.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WallE'': Wall-E starts stalking Eve shortly after they first meet. The love story between the two is the heart of the movie. It should be noted that Wall-E's obsession with her is pretty understandable, since Eve is the only non-cockroach he's seen in centuries. Also, while Eve is initially hostile about it, she later decides she doesn't care since a) Wall-E is pretty harmless and b) on the off chance he's not, Eve is capable of destroying mountains. The DVDCommentary pokes fun at this: "He's got stalker charm!"
* Despite giving a page quote, ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' is an aversion. While Dug does follow Carl around, Dug is a [[TalkingAnimal talking dog]] that's only interested in the platonic relationship of a dog and his owner. Besides, this is pretty much how dogs display affection.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''TheBoyInThePlasticBubble''. The title character watches his crush a lot.
* Ben in ''TheGraduate''.
* Trinity in ''Film/TheMatrix'' likes to watch Neo as he sleeps.
* Lloyd Dobler in ''SayAnything''. [[spoiler:Standing outside her window holding up a boombox playing "In Your Eyes"? Come on!]]
** Considering that by that point, they had [[spoiler: made love in the back of her car, and she'd never dated before at all and was ultra-confused with everything happening in her life at that point]], that was less 'stalker', more 'I'm showing you how much I love you, so why did you [[spoiler:dump me?']] Bit of a different, possibly strange way to show it, but he was at least bothering to make the effort.
*** [[spoiler:Though the fact that it comes after a dozen or so unanswered phone calls pushes it back into the "stalker" category. At least this time he accepts that it's over between them.]]
* The Cary Grant movie ''Every Girl Should Be Married'' features a rare female-stalking-male example.
* The RomanticComedy ''Management'' was completely undermined by the fact that Steve Zahn and Creator/JenniferAniston's otherwise sweetly quirky relationship consisted of him stalking her across the country.
* The protagonist of ''{{Diva}}'' stalks an opera star, then finally meets her ... and she sleeps with him.
* The 2004 film ''Closer'':
-->'''Anna:''' Because you stalk me outside my studio.
-->'''Dan:''' I don't stalk, I lurk, and when I'm not there you look for me.
-->'''Anna:''' How would you know I look for you if you're not there?
-->'''Dan:''' Because I ''am'' there, lurking from a distance.
* We're introduced to Ricky in ''Film/AmericanBeauty'' when he's following Jane around with a video camera, filming her. Funnily enough she asks him to stop filming her and he puts the camera away, saying okay.
* In ''Film/KissingJessicaStein'', Jessica ends up with Josh who quite obsessively went through her personal files (including letters) at work. Apparently, because he was motivated by jealousy from their past relationship, this is fine.
* In the film version of ''Film/ScottPilgrimVsTheWorld'', it's [[http://www.flickfilosopher.com/blog/2010/08/081110scott_pilgrim_vs_the_world_rev.html noted]] in one review:
--> Scott falls in love with roller-skating, punk-haired Ramona Flowers at first sight, across a public space. He stalks her in a way that’s apparently meant to be adorable... To be fair, it's lampshaded right off the bat ([[FunWithSubtitles "And then... he stalked her..."]]) and played for laughs. She agrees to go out with him the next time they speak, and is never really aware of his previous stalking, but neither does she seem to like him any more than "meh, he's a nice guy."
** From what is shown of her various exes, she also has a tendency to date psychotic people. This includes Gideon, who creates The League of Evil Exes to keep her from dating anyone else and return to him, [[spoiler:brainwashes her into being with him again, and hits and shove her down some steps in [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything a decidedly non-comedic way]].]] Compared to that, a guy who shyly follows her around at a party would be normal.
* The obvious ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' rip-off ''Blood Red Moon'' features this, with the the male lead Victor. However he does it... poorly. As ''ObscurusLupa'' put it in her review:
-->''"At least Edward Cullen stood more than six feet away when he was stalking someone."''
* In ''Film/UntamedHeart'', Adam and Caroline's relationship really begins because he rescues her from attackers while stalking her. He also enters her room while she's sleeping which he somehow pulls off without her calling the police.
* Strongly represented in ''Film/CrazyStupidLove'' in the storyline of the son. Even to the point where the object of his desire is sending him messages to stop because he's making her uncomfortable. It's still presented as romantic, though.
* A blatant example in ''Film/MajorLeague'', Jake stalks his crush several times after Willy's character says to follow her home (Since he didn't know where she lived) and she seems to take this all with just a shrug of her shoulders despite telling him it's over several times. They end up together at the end of the film.
* In ''Film/{{Disturbia}}'', Kale watches Ashley from his bedroom, though rarely for things like undressing. He later tells her about all the little personal quirks and hobbies he knows about her from his spying, to prove that he understands her. They kiss right after this. Granted she does tell him that it's either "the creepiest or the most romantic thing [she] ever heard".
* Gary, the eponymous character in ''The Last American Virgin'' stalks Karen by leering at her at the ice cream parlor, by letting the air out of her bike's tires so he can give her a ride to school, following her around and watching her have sex with Rick.
* In ''Film/SupermanReturns'' the Man of Steel spends some spying on Lois at her house after finding out she's married now.
* ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'': Peter's love interest Gwen Stacy doesn't have much of a problem with finding out she graces the background of his computer, or him attending a tour of hers that he clearly didn't sign up for[[note]]he didn't sign up for the tour for her sake[[/note]], or him repeatedly visiting her room via the window rather than by the door[[note]]he explains it as being scared of the doorman the first time and by the second she knows he's Spidey[[/note]]. May be lampshaded by showing she owns several ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'' books.
* In ''Film/{{P2}}'', Thomas expects Angela to be attracted to him even after he kidnaps her, chases her through the parking lot, kills two of her coworkers, locks her in the trunk of a car, and sics his dog on her.
* Played for laughs in ''Film/TheresSomethingAboutMary'', in which the title character has ''several'' men who are stalking her and plotting to win her love.
* ''Film/GIJoeTheRiseOfCobra'': Ripcord's amorous designs on Scarlett tend to come off as being this, despite most likely being meant to be [[{{adorkable}} charmingly goofy]].
** Destro has this sort of relationship with the Baroness. Unlike traditional versions of the romance where it's entirely consensual, he seems ''very'' interested in the current one despite her showing only marginal interest in return. [[spoiler:He even has her husband killed for touching her.]] However, he also knows [[spoiler:she's mind controlled.]]
* In ''Film/YouthInRevolt'', [[spoiler: Trent]] eventually comes to believe this.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* In Ovid's ''Metamorphoses'' (specifically the Daphne and Apollo chapter), Apollo tells Daphne that he chases her not as a foe, but from love, making this trope at least OlderThanFeudalism.
** Not really; ''she'' certainly didn't see it that way.
* In the musical's sequel to ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', ''Theatre/LoveNeverDies'', [[spoiler:Christine realized long ago that she wasn't "looking with her heart" when she chose Raoul over the Phantom. So stalking and murder IS love in this version!]] It's especially sad considering that in the book Erik realizes that he's a sick, psychopathic, horrible stalker, but can't stop himself, eventually choosing [[spoiler:suicide]] as the solution. He may be TheWoobie, but the kind of Woobie who [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds doesn't mind killing hundreds of people to get the attention of his love-interest. ]]
** In ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera'', Raoul's claim to Christine's love is that he's been obsessed with her since he met her when they were children, becomes jealous and possessive the moment he suspects she's seeing someone else (Note that at this point he hasn't even spoken to her since they were children). And then he waits in the darkness outside her dressing room so he can sneak inside and search for The Phantom. And smell her clothing.
* In ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', Edward Cullen starts out by flat-out stalking Bella and watching her as she sleeps. Does she mind? No. Even as he tells her how dangerous he is, she still finds him attractive. He eventually takes Bella away from her human friends (that she never really liked in the first place) and her old life (that she hated) and she goes along willingly the whole way. He even [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this in the aborted prequel ''Literature/MidnightSun'', becoming disgusted with himself when he sneaks into Bella's window to watch her sleep and berating himself as a creepy stalker who ''should not be doing this''. [[IgnoredEpiphany It doesn't stop him from going ahead and doing it anyway.]] [[ParanoiaFuel Repeatedly.]] When he does finally confess that he has been watching her sleep, she is flattered. Yes, you read that right. She is flattered. By someone watching her sleep.
* In the KateDaniels novel ''Magic Strikes'', Kate learns that Curran has been breaking into her apartment to watch her sleep (and eat her snacks). While she calls him a stalker to his face and threatens to call the cops on him, [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent the shapeshifters]] consider this normal courtship behavior.
* In ''HushHush'', Patch constantly stalks Nora. Her being flustered and bothered by this is treated like a MeetCute, even though we later learn that [[spoiler:he initially was stalking her to learn how best to murder her]]. We also later learn that [[spoiler:he decided that he loved her during said stalking, before they even met once]]. [[SarcasmMode Not creepy in the slightest, oh no...]]
* This happens in the ''Twilight''-ripoff ''FiftyShadesOfGrey''. The title character actually tracks Ana via her cellphone, which, in addition to being creepy, is kind of illegal.
** In the same book, Grey also stalks Ana Steele across state lines when she goes to visit her mother in Savannah, Georgia. Ana calls it stalking, too; she's just unable to grasp that stalking is a ''bad'' thing.
* In the second book of ''Literature/SongOfTheLioness'', Alanna explicitly calls George's behavior "stalking" while he's doing his DoggedNiceGuy routine, and in the third he has a couple of his spies follow her into the desert (where she is trying to get ''away'' from this and other complications of Corus). Although Alanna is annoyed with these things at the time, she eventually marries him. Tamora Pierce has since acknowledged this as a major case of {{Values Dissonance}}, as stalking was much less understood in the '80s, and even says it's the one thing about the franchise she'd like to go back and change.
** Then ''The Immortals'' has Numair stealing a lock of Daine's hair without permission while she's suffering from a debilitating illness, which she doesn't mind at all since she suddenly realizes she's in love with him. It was actually so he'd have a way to magically track her if she went missing, but given the fact that Pierce had previously given us George and Alanna, many fans cried {{Unfortunate Implications}}. There's also the whole thing about her being 16 and him 30, and a teacher and student.
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''{{Buffyverse}}'':
** Angel in both his evil and not-evil incarnations. He met and fell in love with Buffy when she was 15. He then stalked her for a year before revealing himself and he's still up it on the fifth season of ''Angel'', despite being burdened with a desk job! (He has "a source" keeping tabs on her in Italy.)
** Fred goes for Wesley in the end.
* Good Lord. Roughly half of all KoreanDrama. ''Series/FlowerBoyNextDoor'' for instance, starts out with such a scene within the first five minutes.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': West, toward Claire. He flew around outside her window (gee, can't imagine why). She is at first irritated, but accepts him a little too easily. Then again, Claire has a ''lot'' of issues. And whether this is stalking in the romantic sense is debatable since he seemed to be doing this to find out if she has powers, not in order to see her naked.
* Parodied in [[http://snltranscripts.jt.org/04/04qfunhouse.phtml this]] ''SaturdayNightLive'' sketch. Also, [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/40972/saturday-night-live-don-drapers-guide#s-p5-sr-i0 this]] spoof of ''MadMen''.
* Season 8 episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' "PS: I Love You" explores this and StalkerWithACrush, and basically says the difference between being a stalker and being romantic is whether the stalkee is interested in the stalker.
* In ''{{Oz}}'', Ryan O'Reily gets his brother to [[MurderTheHypotenuse murder Dr. Nathan's husband]], forces kisses on her, kills her rapist to avenge her, and out-and-out stalks her. At first Gloria isn't happy when she learns that Ryan [[YouKilledMyFather had her husband killed]], and initially suspects that O'Reily was the one who arranged for her to get raped after she rejected him. But after she learns Ryan had nothing to do with her rape and killed the guy who did attack her, her opinion of him starts to change. So it ''works'' (eventually), and she ends up falling in love with him. Though the show lampshades this as not being a very healthy relationship.
** Beecher and Chris have an off and on relationship mostly because of how possessive and violent Chris can be, seeing as how he killed every one of Beecher's former lovers. Even after Beecher tells Chris he wants nothing to do him, Chris continues to pursue him. At the end of the series, despite everything, Beecher admits he truly loved Chris.
*** Lee Tergesen and Christopher Meloni won GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) awards for their roles. Did GLAAD watch the show?!
* ''{{Dollhouse}}'' is a complex example. In the first season, Paul serves as a [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]] of TheDulcineaEffect, so while he ''is'' trying to save Echo, his actions come across as obsessive and weird at times, especially as he ignored a (seemingly) healthier romantic partner in Mellie. Eventually Paul and Echo get together.
** Alpha gets a bit of this, too, with a lot less subtlety. He's AxeCrazy and obsessed with Echo, but in [[GrandFinale The Finale]] he's apparently reformed, and it's hinted he still loves her (though he [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy would rather see her happy with Paul]]). So he apparently ''did'' really love her, despite his earlier psychotic actions.
* Jake upon his first(?) appearance on ''HannahMontana''.
* In ''PushingDaisies'' Ned impersonates someone from a temp agency so he can get a job at the same place as his girlfriend Chuck. She says it's sweet. [[OnlySaneMan Emerson]], watching them says "He's stalking you."
* Creator/StephenColbert's character on ''Series/TheColbertReport'' thinks this way about his [[KissingCousins cousin]] Charlene, as best exhibited in his song on the subject: ''I'm right behind you now, Charlene, waiting, watching, oh so close...''
* Chuck Bass does a lot of stalking of Blair on ''GossipGirl''. Though sometimes he leaves it up to his [[PrivateInvestigator PIs]] to do the actual legwork.
--> "There's a fine line between surveillance and stalking."
--> "Yeah, getting caught."
** [[spoiler:Dan ends up being Gossip Girl, running an intel scam that would make the [[Franchise/MassEffect Shadow Broker]] proud, all because he had the hots for Serena.]]
* Played with on ''Series/ThirtyRock'' when Jenna is upset after her creepy stalker loses interest in her. Not because she loved him, but because his obsession with her fed her ego. Their "break up" is played for DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
-->'''Maynard:''' I don't think I can stalk you anymore.\\
'''Jenna:''' No! You don't mean that!
* Used with a twist in ''TheVampireDiaries''. Stefan stalked Elena for a while after he [[spoiler: saved her from the car crash that killed her parents]], but this was for the quite sensible reason of wanting to find out if she was really his psychotic presumed-dead ex Katherine, and why exactly the two looked so similar. He didn't find out why, but was satisfied that Elena was a very different person, and realising he was starting to fall for her decided to stop the stalking and meet her properly.\\
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Similarly, Elena's younger brother Jeremy was seemingly stalked by Anna - though she constantly made jokes about it. But her motives were pure - she actually wanted to kill him and feed him to her mother. She fell in love with him later.
* On ''Series/AmericanIdol'', contestant Paul Marturano wrote [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=py6Y9j6WGfU this song]] for Paula Abdul in which he sings about stalking her.
* Ross on ''{{Friends}}'' ''obsesses'' over Rachel in seasons one and two.
* Averted in ''Series/StargateSG1'', where the {{ascend|ToAHigherPlaneOfExistence}}ed [[{{Precursors}} Ancient]] Orlin falls in love with Samantha Carter on another planet and follows her home. Carter explicitly tells him he's stalking her and that what they have is not a "relationship". She eventually warms up to him, but never falls in love with him in return.
* Played for laughs with a one-shot WWI-era couple in a DoctorWho Christmas special.
-->'''The Doctor''': How did you meet? You and Reg, tell me how you met.
-->'''Madge Arwell''': He followed me home. I worked in the dairy, he always used to follow me home. He said he'd keep on following me until I married him! I didn't like to make a scene.
** Used before that in "Blink" with another one-shot couple. Kathy gets sent back to 1920 by one of the Weeping Angels. Ben is the first person she meets; they later get married. Ben does have an interest in being curious and concerned about Kathy, since she's clearly not from around the area and is quite distressed.
--->'''Kathy''': Are you following me?
--->'''Ben''': Yeah.
--->'''Kathy''': Are you going to stop following me?
--->'''Ben''': No, I don't think so.
* ''FamilyMatters''. Urkel's behavior towards Laura borders on this, even though it's played for laughs and seen as annoying even at its worse. Though a handful of incidents--his locker combination being equivalent to her measurements, him asking for a lock of her hair--leave her genuinely creeped out, by the end of the series, they're together.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Romantics' "Talking in Your Sleep".
* "Why Don't You Write Me?" by SimonAndGarfunkel is downright creepy, and captures the stalker's mindset perfectly.
-->Monday morning, sitting in the sun
-->Hoping and wishing for the mail to come.
-->Tuesday, never got a word,
-->Wednesday, Thursday, ain't no sign,
-->Drank a half a bottle of iodine.
-->Friday, woe is me
-->Gonna hang my body from the highest tree.
-->Why don't you write me?
* "Sometimes a Fantasy" by BillyJoel. The song is basically [[HarassingPhoneCall about a phone sex call]], but the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hhJg1finpyU video]] is ''creepy'' because some guy seems to be ''forcing'' Billy into having phone sex, and ''watching''. Guh?!
* "End of the Road" by Boyz II Men is another popular wedding song. The singer's heartbreak masks the extent of his obsession, but the opening lines lay it out rather plainly:
--> Girl you know we belong together
--> I don't have time for you to be playing with my heart like this
--> You'll be mine forever baby
--> You just wait
* "I Will Possess Your Heart" by DeathCabForCutie has shades of this. Is it romantic or just creepy?
* The music video for "Girlfriend" by AvrilLavigne. The dude doesn't even try to defend his girlfriend most of the time. Then again, it's apparently supposed to satire that exact attitude "It's okay that ''I'' follow him around and try to steal him from his girlfriend, because she's not as awesome as me!"
* "Stalker" by Goldfinger. Essentially, it's a guy that is being stalked by a woman he knows is totally insane (although nonviolent), but he falls in love with her anyway. In the last verse, she sends him a letter, saying that she's been arrested and sent to prison for going through his mail, and he's ''flattered'' that she says she'll keep tabs on him. It's PlayedForLaughs, though, and isn't ''half'' as creepy as some of the other examples on this list.
* The music video for "Obsessed With You" by The Orion Experience plays this trope for laughs. The entire band constantly follows a girl around, the lead singers even get into bed with her. She eventually kicks them out, but gets lonely and invites them back in, happily singing along at the end of the video.
* Hello? Clay Aiken?? ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XnRgbS4N1Vk If I was invisible/Then I could just watch you in your room...]]''
* {{Nickelback}}'s "Follow You Home" came across this way. "You can slap me in the face and you can scream profanity/ Leave me here to die alone, but I'll still follow you home ..."
* The video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_j_sblntjyA ''Technology'']].
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2smz_1L2_0 Paparazzi]]" by LadyGaga. ''"ImYourBiggestFan. I'll follow you until you love me ..."''
* The video for the TaylorSwift's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VuNIsY6JdUw You Belong With Me]]" takes some of the StalkerWithACrush vibe out of it by casting the singer as an UnluckyChildhoodFriend, but by the lyrics alone you wouldn't be surprised if the singer had some sort of shrine.
** The Music/WeirdAlYankovic parody plays up the stalker vibes, but in a less romantic way (and, being [[RefugeInAudacity Weird Al]], plays it so over the top it becomes genuinely funny); he replaces Swift's obsessive love song with a song about trying to avoid the paparazzi.
*** He's also got a straight-up version spoofing an ''Series/AmericanIdol'' song titled "Do I Creep You Out?", including such acts as saving chewed gum, carving the woman's name in his leg, and other decidedly creepy acts. PlayedForLaughs, naturally.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9HWRd-bns60 Grenade]] by Bruno Mars. He's probably supposed to come off as a love martyr, but it ''sounds like'' the guy is obsessed with her and [[ParanoiaFuel won't leave her alone]].
* In KeithUrban's video for "Raining on Sunday," there's a scene where Urban is watching his girlfriend sleep. The opinions of women were split between "Aww," and "Eww."
* Music/{{Blondie}}'s "One Way or Another" is about a woman who woman who claims she's gonna "get" some unknown man. Including driving by his house, following his bus, find out who he calls, etc. It's often used in commercials as a love song.
** Also the songs "Hanging on the Telephone" and "Accidents Never Happen". Blondie liked this trope.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv85y08aA2w "Happy Together"]] by The Turtles is about a guy who only sees a girl but doesn't talk to her and imagines her day and night.
** No. According to WordOfGod, it's about a guy calling his girlfriend, and telling her how lonely he is away from her. He's so sad that by the end, he tries to change the subject by asking about the weather.
* The Vogues' '60s hit "Turn Around, Look at Me".
* The music video for MichaelJackson's "The Way You Make Me Feel" features Jackson following some random woman around a city block, singing about how much he loves her, and performing lewd dance moves. Rather than being annoyed or creeped out by this behavior, the woman in question is amused and the video ends with them embracing.
* The song "I Never Knew You" by rapper Music/{{Cage}} [[PlayingWithTropes plays]] with this trope. The narrator in the song sees a woman and falls in love at first sight, and begins following her home. The entire song he's smitten with her, even though he know [[LampshadeHanging what he's doing is extremely creepy]]. Nevertheless, he's hoping that she'll have the same feelings for him once they actually meet. At the end of the song, though, it's heavily implied that [[spoiler:he literally follows her all the way into her house and ''kills'' her (and possibly raped her beforehand as well)]].
* A few Music/{{Vocaloid}} songs are about stalking, like "Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance" and on a lighter note, "Spring! Cherry! Ninja!" On both, but mostly the former, she sure seems to think so...
** "Isn't that a stalker?" "it's not! It's ninja!"
** ''Rotten Girl, Grotesque Romance'' doesn't actually count as this trope, but straight-up StalkerWithACrush. Miku may be a stalker in that song, but this trope is where the feelings are actually requited by the stalked. Miku's lover is intensely creeped out by the girl who keeps following him ''and in one video murdered and mutilated a cat AND HIS FORMER GIRLFRIEND, sending him the remains.''
* "Every Breath You Take" by ThePolice is sometimes interpreted as being about this, but that one's really more of a straight-up ObsessionSong.
* "Right Behind Caroline" by Canadian indie pop singer Dan Bryk.
* In "What'll You Do About Me" (originally recorded by Music/RandyTravis and made famous by Doug Supernaw), the male narrator plays this for laughs with lines such as "You can call your lawyer, you can call the fuzz / You can sound the alarm, wake the neighbors up / There ain't no way to stop a man in love / What'll you do about me?" and "What in the world are you planning to do / When a man comes over just to visit with you / And I'm on the porch with a two-by-two / Lady, what'll you do about me?"
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* ''ForBetterOrForWorse'': [[CreatorsPet Anthony]] was introduced as Liz's secret admirer, following her around watching her every move while she was oblivious. It took her friend finally pointing him out for her to even ''notice'' him, after which they dated for a while, with nothing said against his questionable behavior. Of course, that was child's play to the turns the relationship took years later.
** Literally child's play- Anthony and Elizabeth were children when they met, so the behavior was less "questionable" and more "shy nerdy little boy with his first crush."
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* Used in-universe in ''{{Mongrels}}'' episode "Nelson and the Human". While Neil's pursuit of a woman is clearly obsessive stalking, Nelson sees it as romantic and tries to come up with a scheme to get the two lovebirds together. In the end [[spoiler: Neil shoots the woman and her boyfriend, then himself.]]
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* In ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedBrotherhood'', it is revealed in repressed memories that when Ezio initially met Cristina, after failing to get her attention on the first try, he proceeded to stalk her from the rooftops Le parkour style. This is glossed over of course because A) how else would you expect Ezio to use his family's natural skills to impress the ladies (don't answer that question) and B) because you proceed to save her from Ezio's arch rival whose [[FridgeHorror intent kind of makes the stalking pale in comparison]].
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', Elanee reveals that she was assigned by the druid circle of Merdelain to watch over your character, from birth (the story timeline was designed assuming a human character). Depending on your character's reaction, a male character can either play this trope straight or play it more realistically.
** In a variation, this seems to be a case of her falling in love with you ''while'' stalking, not stalking ''because'' of love.
* In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', the artificially intelligent computer, TEC-XX, expresses to [[DistressedDamsel Princess Peach]] (at the time, TEC's master's captive) that he has been overcome by strange feelings that compel him to continuously observe and eavesdrop on Peach. Peach's logical conclusion is that TEC is in love.
** Let's not forget that TEC first experienced these "strange feelings" when he ''observed her taking a shower''.
* In ''SonicTheHedgehog'', Amy Rose basically follows Sonic across the ends of the earth.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', if you recruit Tharja in Chapter 9, she instantly falls head-over-heels for your PlayerCharacter. This being a game where you can [[{{Shipping}} pair]] [[RelatioshipValues up]] (opposite-gender) couples, if you're playing as a male character you're free to return her feelings by raising the Support rank between you and her up to S if you wish.
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* Parodied in ''SamAndFuzzy'', where "Chronic Tragic Gothic Romanticism" is a common quirk/mental illness amongst vampires, which causes them to believe in this trope bigtime. The problem/good thing is, their "victims" do not, and sufferers of CTGR act so over-the-top that it's more 'pathetic' than 'creepy'.
* KarateBears [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/05/night-terror.html watch girls sleep sometimes]]
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* {{Fangirl}}s in the ''Official Fanfiction University'' series are often under the impression that their "Lust Objects" will like them back if they're just persistent enough. They generally get disabused of this notion with the application of extreme violence.
* Website/{{Cracked}} has posted this as one of the [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18756_6-romantic-movie-gestures-that-can-get-you-prison-time_p2.html "6 Romantic Movie Gestures That Can Get You Prison Time."]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDlUWur3kEE The "Stalker Song"]], which is sung to the tune of "Happy Together".
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Shannon]] from ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'' seems to believe this, although it clearly [[AvertedTrope isn't true in the world of the show]]. Tom is actually extremely creeped out by her [[StalkerWithACrush stalking behavior]]. He only winds up dating her again because [[spoiler: she [[{{Yandere}} scares him into doing it]], and also [[AllMenArePerverts she has great boobs]].]]
* Subverted in[[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/161181 "There she is"]]. Granted [[BunniesForCuteness Doki is so cute]] about it. Poor [[CuteKitten Nabi]] is still reluctant to start a relationship with her. This has more to do with the way society looks at inter species relation then Doki's actions.
* In Machinima/RedVsBlue season 9, Church's plan is to [[spoiler:find and rescue Tex from the memory storage unit they're both trapped in by going down levels within the unit, which sort of replicates the outside world (including, he hopes, replicating the memory unit, in an {{Inception}} "dream-within-a-dream" sort of way), hoping that eventually, in one of the levels, they can meet up and escape]]. Tucker points out that he's essentially chasing [[spoiler:a dead girl and every time she escapes him, he either resurrects her or follows her down another layer]], and says it's stalking. Church protests that it's not stalking, it's romantic, to which Tucker points out that "romantic" only happens in movies. [[spoiler:It's subverted when he finally does find her and comes to the realization that Tucker was completely right and decides to let her go so he can move on with his life. While on the other side of things, his original self (it's complicated) was unable to do that and spends the remains of his time watching old videos of Tex on a loop and it's depicted as him being nothing more than a broken man trapped in the past.]]
* The ''Everything Wrong With'' series on Cinemasins.com has, among its many repeated jokes, that 'this movie suggests that stalking is an easy way to get girls to love you, when I can personally vouch that this isn't true in real life'.
* Parodied by ''TheOnion'' in [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/29546 "Romantic-Comedy Behavior Gets Real-Life Man Arrested"]]. That shows how much this trope reflects RealLife.
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* ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes'': The Pepe Le Pew cartoons in the original series are the freakin' textbook definition of this trope -- that includes the three where the cat Pepe goes after (known as Penelope today, but really, the cat either had no name or was named "Fifi" or "Fabrette") turns the tables on him.
** WordOfGod has said that the Pepe's odor is likely the only thing keeping him and Penelope from a true relationship. Indeed, Pepe usually doesn't even seem to know about his problem.
* Heloise on ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' is portrayed as having a {{yandere}} level crush on Jimmy, complete with a StalkerShrine, and yet it remains one of her most sympathetic aspects. Then again, considering [[EnfantTerrible her]] [[ForTheEvulz other]] [[MadScientist personality]] [[CuteBruiser quirks]], including working with ''{{Satan}}'', this really shouldn't come as a surprise.
* Like Heloise, Helga from ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' takes her crush for Arnold to stalking levels at times ([[StalkerShrine including the shrine]]) but is portrayed sympathetically. Although when she finally admitted her feelings to Arnold in TheMovie he was more shocked than impressed, and that's without even knowing the details. Though the shock might be more just from the fact that Helga overcompensates for her feelings by appearing to hate Arnold's guts.
* [[AvertedTrope Averted]] / Played with in ''TotalDramaWorldTour''--Cody does ''not'' appreciate [[StalkerWithACrush Sierra's]] torturous obsession with him for most of the season, but is generally touched when she remembers his birthday when [[ForgottenBirthday not even]] ''[[ForgottenBirthday he]]'' [[ForgottenBirthday did]]. Finally having him return her affection seems to prompt her to tone herself down. Somewhat, at least.
** Funny, he had no problem with stalking Gwen. Then,[[NoGuyWantsToBeChased when the roles get reversed, he's a bad guy]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'', [[HospitalHottie Jane Foster]] doesn't seem to mind Thor following her around (although being from another time period and universe, [[ValuesDissonance Thor may not realize]] the {{Unfortunate Implications}} of doing so).
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* Lampshading this trope has been a staple of stand-up comedy for years. Usually with a reference to a restraining order as the punchline.
* Wal-Mart once sold a men's shirt with "Some call it stalking, I call it 'love'" printed on it. In a red font. That looked like dripping blood. [[CrossingTheLineTwice Cute]].
* Gavin [=DeBecker=]'s book ''Literature/{{The Gift of Fear}}'' discusses this trope at length, with many examples of how the media often portrays stalking in a romantic or humourous light
** As well as the DoubleStandard. When a man acts like this, it's romantic. When a woman does, it's pathetic.
* Erotomania is a form of this, as discussed in the book ''Literature/{{I Know You Really Love Me}}''. Typically the affected person believes that a secret admirer, usually a stranger, high-status individual, or celebrity, is sending secret signals of affection through significant glances or telepathy. The patient then returns this perceived affection with a flood of gifts and notes, believing that any denial of the relationship is a ploy to conceal their forbidden love from the rest of the world.
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