An ugly or overweight female
is noticeably attracted to a male protagonist. Maybe she's even a little forward about it. The protagonist realizes this, and is profoundly uncomfortable with the whole idea, but the female character either doesn't realize he's not interested or is undeterred
. Yet the character is not just uncomfortable; he's shocked, horrified, or disgusted. Even a wave and a smile from her will be treated as a fate worse than death for the recipient. Hilarity Ensues
In some cases, the point of the joke is that the protagonist is too nice to say anything, thus allowing the situation to come up repeatedly. In others, just portraying the protagonist's reaction — which may be closer to mortal terror than awkwardness — is considered enough of a punchline on its own.
The Abhorrent Admirer differs from more sympathetic characters in one key respect: the audience is expected to find her both unattractive and extremely unsympathetic, and is supposed to feel sorry
for the protagonist because she has him in her sights and just won't take a hint
or proves resistant to the clue-by-four
These characters tend strongly to be female rather than male, as a result of a few different gender stereotypes. For one thing, No Guy Wants to Be Chased
means the mere fact that a woman takes the initiative in courting a man is often portrayed as evidence that she must have something wrong with her; for another, double standard rape
means that sexually aggressive women are viewed as less threatening, and therefore more comical, than men who impose their attentions on obviously unwilling women. However, in recent years the male "undesirable suitor" has become more common in comedies.
This trope is Older Than Print
: the original might be the medieval legend of the "loathly lady", which is the basis of "The Wife of Bath's Tale" in that thing
by Ye Father Engelishe Litterture
. Loathly ladies also figure in several Child Ballads
May or may not overlap with Stalker with a Crush
, though that one usually isn't Played for Laughs
. The Old Maid
, Grande Dame
, Brawn Hilda
and Lady Drunk
are likely candidates to act out this trope. Compare Extraverted Nerd
, Hollywood Nerd
, Beast and Beauty
. Contrast Ugly Guy, Hot Wife
. For versions where only the personality is a problem, see No Guy Wants to Be Chased
, Romantic Runner-Up
and Casanova Wannabe
. Kavorka Man
is an inversion... and overwhelmingly male
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- One ad for Pretzel M&M's has the pretzel trying to convince the M&M to hook up with an attractive woman across the party. The M&M protests, but the pretzel points out they exist to be eaten, "and I'd rather go with her than Hungry Eyes over here." The camera then pans back, showing a very unnerving man staring at them as "Hungry Eyes" plays.
- Ali Landry played the Doritos Girl, a sexy woman who ate Doritos. Her ads were full of male abhorent admirers. After an ad where she caught Doritos firing out of a laundry machine in her mouth this bleed into real life. Strangers would throw Doritos at Ali expecting her to catch them in her mouth which of course she couldn't do in the real world.
- A commercial for Ax Body spray features a regular guy who bumps into someone who uses this spray and gets on an elevator. An attractive woman takes a whiff of him, emergency stops the elevator and has sex with him off camera. She gets off the elevator and then the commercial has three different endings. In one of them another attractive woman gets on eluding to a repeat scenario. In another an elderly shrivelled up woman gets on and wants him. She smiles at him and gets ready to strip. And in another a woman who we don't see gets on with a large female great dane that has a pink bow on her head. The leashed dog barks at him once signalling that she is about to rape him.
- In a Free Credit Score Report Dot Com ad a band plays at a senior citizens gathering. At the end of show an elderly woman motions for the lead singer to call her. The much younger man smiles and waves at her uncomfortably.
- In a T-Mobile ad a little boy arranges for him to be alone with the beautiful Catherine Zeta Jones. He tries to seduce her with dim lights, an electric fireplace and soft music. She urges him to call his parents and is not amused.
Anime & Manga
- Allison Gross is a Child Ballad in which the eponymous witch, "the ugliest witch in the North Country" tries to coerce a man into becoming her lover.
- In Sir Aldingar, Sir Aldingar frames the queen for adultery by putting a leper into her bed, and makes much of her actually chosing such a repulsive lover.
- English folk-rock band Steeleye Span perform the traditional ballad King Henry, where the king and his court, out on a hunt, are assailed by a dread Grendel's Mother kind of monster, who demands first food, then drink, then the sexual services of the King. However, in the morning the spell is removed and she reverts to a beautiful woman...
- "Big" Ethel Muggs from Archie comics was originally created to facilitate this punchline. She was attracted to Jughead, who was notoriously uninterested in anything but food. She would have been unwanted anyway, so maybe they figured they'd make her unattractive just to underscore it, or perhaps they deliberately went with an ugly girl because it's one thing for him to say he's not interested in women (no other girl tries to so much as ask him out except under extraordinary circumstances), but if he turns down a hot one routinely he must be gay.
- Subverted in the Live-Action Adaptation Return to Riverdale. Set at and around the cast's 15th high school reunion, it reveals that Ethel was actually Beautiful All Along and is now a world-famous supermodel.
- Archie Comics have also downplayed this aspect of Ethel in later years. While she was as ugly as they come in her first appearances and used solely to torture Jughead, Ethel has since had some of her more distorted features toned down. She's still really tall with buck teeth and a big nose, but she's drawn much more normally — even pretty — and given trendier clothing. As well, she's more of a regular character now (being good friends with Betty), instead of a one-dimensional plot device.
- Subverted again in that Archie took her out on a casual date to a comedy club and museum and ended up preferring the fact that unlike Betty and Veronica, Ethel made no demands of him. He asked her out again after taking her home.
- Inverted in an issue where Cheryl Blossom tries to seduce Jughead, just to prove she can. She fails, but then sees Jughead trying to impress Ethel (who unbeknownst to Cheryl had a picnic basket full of food). Later on another character decides to practice some lines for a play, and Cheryl walks in on him apparently declaring his love for Ethel. The issue ends with Cheryl taking a photo of Ethel into a beauty parlor and demanding to be made to look "like this exotic creature".
- Subverted via the extended introduction of Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man. Peter assumed that anyone his aunt was trying to set him up with must be hideous, and spent years dodging MJ.
- Mark, the protagonist of Invincible was once almost forced to marry the princess of Atlantis (in this version of Atlantis, merpeople are half-fish all over their bodies, like a Lovecraftian horror). Subverted in that the princess would rather marry one of her race and with a cunning plan, Mark escapes to the surface and she happily marries a more suitable groom.
- The Mexican comic Simon Simonazo used this trope in a rather strange manner; the Admirer in question had a comically horrid face, her body on the other hand...
- In issue #30 of the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series, during the story Sky Highway, Raphael gained one with a German mutated human called Hildagaard Rail. In a dimension where there is an actual highway in the sky, Raphael fell in the passenger side of her car. She wore sunglasses, had her hair wrapped up in a scarf tied behind her chin and a black dress that showed off her ample bosom. Hildagaard had long legs and the body of a super model, but her lips were so enormous they went from ear to ear and almost from chin to forehead taking up most of the space on her face. She openly flirted with her "dollink" turtle telling him "You're the most sexy shade of green I've ever seen." When Raphael was about to leave her car he told her "It's been funfffh!" The ninja's words were cut short because Hildagaard grabbed him by the tails of his bandanna and said "Shut up and kiss me, you dumkoff!" With his head tilted all the way to the side she pulled him close to her and gave him a big passionate kiss that covered his entire beak. When he finally got away from Hilda she called out, "Auf Wiedersehen, loverboy!" Raphael referred to it as the biggest indignity he ever had to face as a hero. The turtle wiped off the giant lipstick imprint off of his face which wasn't sideways, but on straight making it seem like they locked lips for a while. At least long enough for Raphael's head to tilt.
- In the Silver Age X-Men, Toad was this for the Scarlet Witch. In The Vision and the Scarlet Witch, he was Flanderized into a Ax Crazy lunatic whose only goal was to kill The Vision and anyone else who got in his way to make Wanda his wife.
- In a rather dark example, in Mark Waid's Irredeemable it's revealed that Modeus is this to the Plutonian. At first, the Plutonian finds it amusing, but eventually turns ugly as Modeus is more than willing to beat the crap out of him and super-rape him.
- Mortadelo y Filemón: Ofelia, to Mortadelo. Mortadelo's sister to Filemón in the second movie.
- Played with in Justice League Europe with Crimson Fox's ongoing sexual harassment (really, there's no better description) of Captain Atom. Interestingly, Crimson Fox is drop-dead gorgeous (and has pheromone-based mental manipulation powers to boot). It's really the fact that she comes on very strongly, and that she makes is blatantly clear that she is only interested in him physically and could not care less about his feelings.
- This was the original role of Gravel Gerty in the Dick Tracy comic strip; even grotesque villain the Brow was repulsed by Gertie's affections. She eventually met and married the equally grotesque B.O. Plenty, though B.O. was never used as an Abhorrent Admirer, just as a side villain and then a comic-relief hillbilly. Naturally B.O. and Gertie's daughter, Sparkle, is a stunner.
- Sea Hag was this to Wimpy in Thimble Theatre, Popeye's original comic strip. Wimpy wasn't attracted to her but he would have make-out sessions with her if it meant free food. She could use magic to make herself look more attractive, but unless she was feeding Wimpy he couldn't care less. In a comic book that depicted Popeye and Olive Oyl's wedding written decades later by Peter David, the Sea Hag caught the bouquet at the ceremony. Turning to Wimpy so they could be the next to marry, he ran for the hills. She chased after him.
- Heathcliff used to have one named Crazy Shirley, a white cat that was crazy about him and looked much goofier than his girlfriend Sonia. She even appeared in one episode of the Hanna Barbara cartoon. Crazy Shirley hasn't appeared in the comic strip for several years now.
- In Zits, Jeremy gets one of these in the form of Amber, a girl who obsesses about him for a week or so before she breaks up with him (via the Posse) and disappears. In a rare case, she is somewhat sympathetic and not the butt of the joke (one strip had Hector pondering why of all people she'd obsess over Jeremy).
- Mindy could count, however she is kind of an odd case in that she spends all of her time crushing after Peter but he remains more or less unaware of it (meanwhile, her friend keeps telling her that it's no good). It's not so much that she's unattractive, as he already has a girlfriend. It all comes to an end after she winds up going to prom with Peter's friend Steve and both hit it off very well
- Morton Goldthwait is a fairly straight example. He's a short, zit-faced, coke-bottle-lenses wearing nerd who obsesses over Paige and won't be dissuaded no matter how violently she reacts to his advances. Although in one storyline he does move on and find someone who returns his advances. Paige even asks him if he forgot about her and all the times he kept hitting on her, and he replies: "The truth is, I remembered."
- And Paige herself, along with her friend Nicole, sometimes are this, when they're stalking and shamelessly flirting with the various popular and good-looking guys.
- Al Capp's Lil Abner features many examples.
- First is Sadie Hawkins, A homely spinster at 35, she has a wealthy father who invented "Sadie Hawkins Day", on which women could propose to men. The character was so popular that the tradition caught on in real life, and outlived the strip character's fame entirely in the form of Sadie Hawkins dances. Also, the Sadie Hawkins strips always featured an abundance of abhorrent admirers, chasing their prospective husbands.
- Then there is former Trope Namer Lena the Hyena, who was described as "the ugliest woman in Lower Slobbovia" and initially left undepicted. Cartoonist Basil Wolverton famously won a contest to portray Lena. For those with a strong stomach, here's the picture.◊
- In the newspaper strip Curtis, the title character is this to Michelle. Curtis presses his suit despite Michelle doing everything short of calling the cops on him — up to and including repeatedly straight up telling him "Go away. I don't like you."
- No matter how pretty Sally might be, Linus would like to remind you that he is not her "sweet babboo".
- With regards to the Transsexual variant mentioned above, Viz occasionally featured a strip whose protagonist was cursed with the power of being a "Tranny Magnet". Women with facial hair (or men in dresses) just wouldn't leave him alone. He got no attention at all from real women, of course.
- In the Scottish comic strip Angus Og Angus was pursued, on and off, by Big Mairileen who was an Apron Matron in training. Although given Angus's own nature it can be said that it was probably Mairileen who had the lucky escape whenever Angus ran away.
- Taleof Solaron : Solaron inadvertently attracts the lust of an orc, which leads to Attempted Rape and a doppelganger who has copied his appearance
- You Got HaruhiRolled! : Kuyou seems to be one of these to Fujiwara as of late.
- Destiny Is A Hazy Thing: Karin to Kiba, at least at first. Now Karin is attracted to Kiba's chakra and this causes her to become depressed when not in his presence and think about how she needs him. Kiba is, naturally, unhappy about it since she practically lives in his personal bubble (since Karin lives with him as she is now technically "owned" by the Inuzuka and Kiba's mom just took a pragmatic view of the situation and outright says that Karin is "his mate") and he's uncomfortable with the situation (because of things like waking up and finding himself being cuddled by her).
- Least Noticeable And Little Flappy: In this My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fanfic, Half-Equid Hybrid Claire "Least Noticeable" Pie, a huge invisible Eldritch Abomination Inverted Expy of Wilbur Whateley's Twin from H.P. Lovecraft's The Dunwich Horror, attracts unwanted attention from evil cultists who want to use her for nefarious and possibly-sexual purposes:
The very few Ponies who were attracted to her all seemed unwholesome to her emotion-sense; she feared they wanted her for immoral and perhaps apocalyptic purposes. They mostly slunk into town in long black cloaks and hissed at her in languages she did not want to understand of vile secrets involving creatures far less friendly than Paradise, asking her to perform favors for them which were entirely out of the question.
Films — Animation
- Disney's Aladdin has one of these (after he encountered attractive female admirers) during his song "One Jump Ahead", the one whose line is "Still I think he's rather tasty!"
- Disney previously used it 42 years earlier in Cinderella, with the wicked stepsisters towards the prince. The third movie makes it more prominent with Anastasia, though in a slight subversion she is actually pretty sympathetic and the Prince and King do like her (the Prince just doesn't want to marry her and it turns out she doesn't want to marry him). This was also a conscious choice on the part of the filmmakers, as in the original story, the stepsisters were attractive.
- Although the she-squirrel who falls in love with Arthur in The Sword in the Stone is adorable and innocent, if not somewhat annoying, the fat one that pursues Merlin is rather repulsive.
- Dragon initially qualifies as this for Donkey in the first Shrek movie, but he warms up to her.
- In The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad, from "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" segment, there is a gag involving a short, fat woman (Tilda) who wants to dance with either Ichabod or Brom Bones at the Halloween party. The underlying implication is that whichever of them fails to win the lovely Katrina van Tassel will be stuck with Tilda.
- Mole from Disney's Atlantis The Lost Empire is this to Kida during her introductory scene. She immediately punches him in the face after he whispers something to her in French.
- Hal in Megamind was this towards Roxanne. He was inappropriate and awkward enough with his advances to make Roxanne uncomfortable around him. This was not helped at all when he gets superpowers.
- In How to Train Your Dragon 2, Ruffnut isn't appreciative of Snotlout and Fishlegs' advances. On the flip side, Eret doesn't appreciate her advances. She at least warms up to the former two later on.
Films — Live-Action
- Ricky Smith, the obese, obnoxious neighbor in Better Off Dead who (with his equally grotesque mother) pursues in hideous fashion the gorgeous French exchange student Monique and with whom the audience is never meant to sympathize. By contrast, Hollywood Nerd Lane Meyer (John Cusack) in the same movie is treated like a loser by most of the characters, but is the hero of the film and gets Monique at the end. The film offers a subversion in that Ricky is granted a happy ending as well, meeting a girl who is a little more his speed.
- The corrupt, obese principal in Billy Madison overlaps with the Depraved Homosexual for the sake of two gags during Billy's graduation.
- The Hottie & the Nottie is about this trope: an unattractive woman tries to find a date, unaware that she inhabits a universe where everyone is either a self-obsessed pig, Paris Hilton, or both.
- Virtually every woman in the Deuce Bigalow movies.
- The eponymous Norbit (played by Eddie Murphy) is chased and lusted after by a grotesquely obese woman who looks like... Eddie Murphy.
- In Ella Enchanted, just like in Cinderella, Prince Char is disgusted and frightened by step-sister Hattie's advances. His reactions include shuddering and running away screaming.
- The fat, acne-ridden Eleanor Skepple in Good Luck Chuck starts out as an inversion, since Chuck has to pay her for a date in order to test whether he is cursed such that any woman he sleeps with to marry the next man he meets. But once he explain he wants to "get physical," she becomes terrifyingly eager about the whole thing, and he is shown frantically scrubbing himself in the shower afterwards.
- Inversion in Epic Movie, where a character gets a shapeshifter played by Carmen Electra to transform into an overweight grotesque with a monobrow because he prefers her that way. Said shapeshifter, by the way, to drive home the inversion... is a mishmash parody of Mystique, who is not only exceptionally beautiful herself, but can shift into any other beautiful woman she wants.
- Played straight in Robin Hood: Men in Tights with the witch/cook Latrine. It's also partially inverted, in that the sheriff DOES wind up marrying her... because the alternative was death. He starts questioning his own sanity afterwards, but she already has him in her clutches. Further irony is introduced when she shouts, "I always wanted to marry a cop!" despite most of what she does is in fact, outright illegal, according to period law (see: the original Costner version, or Catholic attitudes towards witches around that time).
- Maid Marian's lady-in-waiting, Brunhilde, is another example of this trope, as she literally throws herself at a panicked Little John.
- The Spleen in the film version of Mystery Men comes off this way in one scene when he attempts to flirt with Janeane Garofalo's character.
- The plump, voracious doorwoman in Mel Gibson's What Women Want. Even her thinking about Mel sexually is enough for him to flee in the opposite direction.
- Doubly Subverted in Brazil when the, ah, orthodonture-gifted young woman Sam's mother wants him to date eventually tells him, "It's alright — I don't like you either."
- There's Something About Mary does the male version with Chris Elliot's character, since he erupts into grotesque boils when he finally confronts the eponymous Mary. However, as befits the usual gendering of this trope, Chris Elliot's character already has an attractive, entirely subservient wife who does things like spontaneously bake him cookies and give him blowjobs while he watches football. ("Keep your head down, honey!")
- In the Rudy Ray Moore film Petey Wheatstraw, the Devil's Son-in-Law, the title character dies and is given a chance to come back to life by Satan. The catch: he has to marry the Devil's daughter. Who was described by one reviewer as "having fallen out of the ugly tree and hit every branch on the way down". Needless to say, Petey goes out of his way to try to weasel out of his end of the bargain.
- Played with in Shallow Hal, in which the title character has been hypnotized into seeing the "inner beauty" of an obese woman. She's so used to being treated like this that at first she thinks he's mocking her.
- In Friday, Craig's girlfriend hooks Smokey up with a friend of hers who claims to look like Janet Jackson. She doesn't.
- A hilarious scene in The Nutty Professor 2 shows the grandmother lusting after Buddy Love, thinking he's the stripper hired for Denise's bachelorette party. Buddy's reaction when she drops her dress, and panties with it, is priceless.
- Porkys Revenge: Porky's daughter is a butterface (if I may say so) who jumps Meat's bones, and who then gets her father to force Meat to marry her.
- You can bet that Bollywood, being what it is, has done this many a time. Ridiculous when the Abhorrent Admirer is Madhuri Dixit whom even the parents of the hero love, as seen in Pukar...
- Subverted in Hairspray. Tracy Turnblad's crush on Link, the hot male lead of The Corny Collins Show, is not only reciprocated, she also quickly becomes the show's most popular dancer. Tracy is not ugly like most of the other examples present here though; she is just fatter than most of the other women in the movie.
- The final scene of a villain in Trading Places has the villain in a gorilla disguise trapped in a cage with an actual gorilla. The gorilla is quite in lust with the villain, whom we finally see in a BSOD. Worse than that: The gorilla is male, and thinks the villain is a female gorilla. And then their clueless keepers ship them off to live in the wild together in Africa....
- Wickedly subverted by Stockard Channing in The Girl Most Likely To (1973). Fat, frumpish Miriam Knight is viciously rejected by various fratboys, each of whom gleefully humiliate her for good measure. Following a Deus ex Machina car accident, Miriam slims down to a svelte college beauty and murders each of her former tormentors in suitably ironic fashion.
- East is East has two young British Pakistani boys attempting to escape arranged marriages to the two hideous daughters of their father's acquaintance (the father is fully aware of how dreadful the girls look, but just wants the boys to settle into a traditional lifestyle and the imam introduced them so it's hard to say no...)
- Meanwhile, their younger brother has a more typical version of this relationship with a neighbour played by a young Ruth Jones.
- Merry Christmas Drake & Josh gives us Drake, dressing up as Santa at the mall. He is seen kissing a girl when all the kids are gone. Not long after, a rather large girl chases him around the mall asking Santa for a kiss.
- In Youth in Revolt, the girl at Sheeni's French prep school becomes disturbingly attached to Nick after he sends her a few flattering letters (to manipulate her). Possibly lampshaded when she starts doodling pictures in her notebook. She appears to depict herself as an amorphous-octopus-blob... thing.
- Once a young man went to visit his pastor. He was very depressed because he was overweight. In particular he felt doomed to never marry, because he was so unattractive due to being overweight. The pastor listened, and then told the young man he would take care of it. The next morning, the young man awoke to a knock on the door. There was this gorgeous single woman from the congregation. She said: "I don't know what this means, but the pastor told me to tell you that if you can catch me you can keep me," and then took off running. The young man ran after her, but could not catch her. This happened every morning for several months. The young man came closer and closer each day. Boy was he motivated. Then the day came, he knew he would catch her today. But when the knock came at his door, there was Lena Hyena. "I don't know what this means," she said, "but the pastor said that if I can catch you, I get to keep you." Immediately the young man began running. Boy was he motivated.
- Another version replaces the pastor with a gym trainer, and the woman with an attractive gym buddy and sexual favors... and also replaces Lena Hyena with a very large man, who is very intent on rape.
- And the French version of that version makes their first name rhyme with the sex act to boot.
- The Indian version replaces the pastor with a weight loss program. It also goes into some Adaptation Expansion: The program provides three packages: Lose weight in six months, three months, three weeks or: bonus special package: in ONE DAY. The young man orders the three month package, and a beautiful woman appears on the first week to be chased. He orders the second package right away to see what happens, and gets a really hot chick on the second week. Catching on to the pattern, he orders the third package on the third week, and gets a Memetic Sex Goddess. He trains with her for three weeks, becomes a pretty fast runner, and almost catches her. Excited, he orders the Special Package, ready and warmed up to catch the hottest chick of them all. The doorbell rings; and when he answers he finds a she-gorilla dropped off at his doorstep. There's a sign around her neck: "Meet Julie. She has been "specially" trained to recognize you by both scent and sight. If she catches you, she will rape you. Have a nice day."
- This joke is best told to a group of close friends that are okay with a little good-natured ribbing. It helps if one of your friends tends to be the designated Butt Monkey in your circle. Let's call them Aaron, Bob, and (Butt Monkey) Charles. (Feel free to Gender Flip the roles to suit the genders/sexual preferences of your friends) You tell these beloved friends of yours that one day, Aaron, Bob, and Charles died and went to Hell. The Devil walks up to Aaron and says: "Aaron! Welcome to Hell. I'd like you to meet your new wife!". At this, a door opens and out walks the most hideous woman either of them has ever seen. She grabs the helpless Aaron and drags him away screaming to her boudoir for an eternity of violent lovemaking. Then The Devil walks up to Bob and says: "Bob! Welcome to Hell. I'd like you to meet YOUR new wife!". Another door opens and out walks an even MORE hideous woman than the first one. She grabs the helpless Bob and drags him away screaming to her boudoir for an eternity of violent lovemaking. Charlie is terrified, but then a door opens up and out steps Angelina Jolie. Charlie can't believe his eyes, and she's even more gorgeous in person than on film. As Charlie is fumbling for something to say, The Devil says: "Angelina! Welcome to Hell. I'd like you to meet your new husband!".
- There's a similar joke about 3 women going to Heaven, and being warned not to step on the ducks. The first two women do so and get paired up with ugly men, while the last woman goes months without doing so, and gets a very handsome man paired up with her. When asked if he's her reward for doing well, he comments that "I have no clue - all I know is that I just stepped on a duck."
- There is an anecdote about an event said to have happened in Poland, several centuries ago: when a man was about to be hanged, the oldest whore in town ran up to the gallows, and shouted, "he is mine!", invoking an ancient custom allowing for the man to go free on the condition that they will marry. The man looked at the whore, looked at the executioner, looked at the whore, then again looked at the executioner and said, "let's hang, master".
- A variant in Tom Holt's J.W. Wells & Co. series: Rosie Tanner, who plays this kind of role to Paul Carpenter. She's a goblin. However, she does have the ability to shapeshift into a beautiful young human woman. It's just that Paul can't forget her real form, and she's also the mother of his sadistic boss.
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- The aging, overweight Hepzibah Smith is this to Tom Riddle, future Big Bad, in a flashback. Tom plays up to this by flirting with her just enough to stay in her good graces until he can get what he wants. Then he poisons her. Unlike most of the other examples, we aren't supposed to sympathize with Tom. Also, the whole thing is Played for Drama, unlike most other examples.
- Along with Riddle, each of the main trio has one. Though none of them are physically unattractive; it is mainly their personalities. Harry has Romilda Vane, who stalks Harry and at one point gave him cauldron cakes laced with love potion, which Ron ate with tragic results. Ron, in a slight subversion, has an Abhorrent Admirer in his girlfriend. At first he returns her affection, but soon finds that he's becoming more and more frightened of her, and her displays of affection gets more and more crazy. Hermione has the incredibly attractive and talented, but slightly deranged and QUITE egotistical Cormac McLaggen following her. Being a nerd, she isn't really blinded by his attractiveness, and sees him as the horrible, arrogant person he is.
- There's also Merope Gaunt. While we're meant to sympathize with her instead of the elder Tom Riddle, she otherwise fits the bill. She's a very ugly woman due to generations of incestuous in-breeding, mentally unstable, and obsessive over the attractive young man who catches her eye. She even feeds him love potions to win him, since he won't have a thing to do with her otherwise.
- Charles from Jade Green happens to be one of these for Judith. Though forty years old (as well as her cousin), he tries to get her to kiss him anyway, even though she is clearly in love with the miller's son Zeke. It is later revealed that he had also lusted for the title character as well in the past.
- A Gender Flipped version happens in Fablehaven, where Verl the satyr obsesses over (human and technically underage) Kendra. He does sort of realize the hopelessness, but that doesn't stop him from carving a marble statue of her likeness to give to her as a Christmas present.
- Both used and subverted in Diana Wynne Jones's Castle in the Air, a sequel to Howl's Moving Castle. Abdullah is facing an arranged marriage to "two fat brides" and while he has the standard reaction, he frantically tries to justify marrying them anyway so they'll shut up and not cry. He eventually decides not to for different reasons. Subverted because the brides eventually find someone who finds them attractive though he is a half-djinn, half-demon.
- Narcissa in Montmorency; here, it's mostly a hygiene issue.
- Creepella Von Cacklefur is this to Geronimo Stilton, although she is actually acknowledged to be drop-dead gorgeous. What makes her so abhorrent to Geronimo, however, is that she is a Perky Goth Nightmare Fetishist who lives in a crypt, while Geronimo is a major Cowardly Lion known for fainting at least once a book.
- A sympathetic example from The Circus of Doctor Lao; Mrs. Cassin is an older woman whose husband simply left her. Since she lost her looks and charm a long time ago, she has no luck in attracting men.
- The Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Fall of Yquatine has Chivalrous Pervert Fitz deal with one of these as a coworker at a pub: a much older woman, who also has a "flat, predatory face" and a mouth so big as to scare him, who wears tacky, revealing clothing which wouldn't even really suit a younger woman. She has a crush on him, to the point of touching his arse on the sly and getting jealous when he chats up an attractive customer around his age. However, this trope is subverted in that he's obviously trying to make an effort to be nice to her as a coworker, and she's just "an ageing and lonely woman".
- The Magic Kingdom of Landover book Princess of Landover has Mistaya, Ben Holiday's daughter, is proposed to by the odious Lord Laphroaig, who has been nicknamed "The Frog" for his habit of darting his tongue out of his lips when nervous and his squat body. Besides being ugly, Laphroaig's wives and children have a habit of dying from "mysterious illnesses." Correctly, Mistaya assumes Laphroaig only wishes to marry her in order to have access to Landover's throne. At the end of the book, the Big Bad forces Mistaya to marry Laphroaig through a Scarpia Ultimatum involving her current love interest.
- In The Elenium by David Eddings, The Hero gets sympathetic passage on a ship by claiming to be fleeing a wealthy but hideous heiress whom he accidentally offered to marry. He encounters the same ship in a later book; when the Captain asks what happened with the Ugly Heiress, he points to the young and beautiful Queen of Elenia and says "I married her."
- In the novel Ogre, Ogre, the female protagonist's wish to escape such an abhorrent admirer (a rape demon, more or less) is what kicks off the plot.
- Subverted with the Dolph/Electra/Nada Love Triangle that took up a couple of books. Prince Dolph finds himself engaged to two women, the beautiful Nada Naga, whom he loves, and the more ordinary Electra, who loves him. Nada considers Dolph to be this trope, as he is far too young and immature for her. Dolph thinks this of Electra, as while she is not unattractive, she can in no way compete with the knockout Nada. To compound matters, Dolph must marry Nada to ensure an alliance between two kingdoms, and he must marry Electra or she will die from a magical curse. Despite this, the three are friends, and eventually decide to Screw Destiny by having Dolph marry Electra, divorce her the next day, marry Nada, and fix the love triangle with the use of Love/Anti-Love potions. Then it gets double subverted when during their one night of marriage Dolph discovers he truly does love Electra, and they remain married. (In case you were wondering, the Nada thing is sorted when Dolph performs her wedding ceremony to another guy, as "to marry someone" also means "to perform their wedding vows".)
- Amelia Peabody's husband Emerson managed to attract the attentions of a loathsome woman who was convinced that she and Emerson had been lovers in Ancient Egypt. Being Emerson, he was as annoyed by the historical inaccuracies in her story of their past lives as he was by the lady herself.
- Gender-flipped with Mr. Boarham and Mr. Wilmot for Helen in The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. Mr. Boarham is a particularly interesting case as he would probably have been a better husband for Helen than Huntingdon, but he's still entirely unappealing.
- The narrator of Bill Crider's "My Heart Cries for You" married his in an attempt at her inheritance from her ailing millionaire father. Unfortunately, seeing his baby happy gave Daddy a new lease on life...
- In the second Emberverse trilogy, a persistent and Scarily Competent Tracker successfully tracks Ritva and Mary Havel. In single combat with Ritva, he finds her ferocity and competence exciting, and makes several very suggestive comments. For her part, she thinks he's weird and gangly and needs to make a closer acquaintance with bathing. Much later in the series they meet again; she's with her fiance and he's on his home turf, and he shows much better manners (though he has no regrets for his earlier actions).
- In Workaholics, Adam is this to Alice. Its not that he's ugly, he's just kind of a douche-and she's a very angry person by nature.
- The Big Bang Theory: Howard is this to Penny, and gets his nose broken when he tries to kiss her.
- In the Seinfeld episode "The Strike" (a.k.a. The One with Festivus), Elaine gains the attentions of three repulsive males: Kevin McDonald's denim-vest-wearing character and two sleazoids from an OTB parlor. (Elaine herself briefly becomes one too thanks to a hairdo-ruining steam bath, and Jerry is dating a woman who flips from ugly to pretty depending on the lighting.)
- An episode of Malcolm in the Middle had the boys getting a hot babysitter who had been a girl like this to Francis before he went to military school and back when she was overweight. Francis hadn't wanted to hurt her feelings, but towards the end of the episode, told her over the phone that he didn't find her attractive at all (not knowing that she had lost a considerable amount of weight and had gained the aforementioned hotness). It made him sound gay.
- Full House
- Mrs. Carruthers was like this to Joey as a Running Gag.
- Kimmy Gibler was like this towards several of the men on the show as well. Especially Jesse.
- Poked fun of in one episode where they envisioned what the future would be like. The men became old and frail while Kimmy Gibler grew up to be an extremely attractive woman. Kimmy pointed out that they should've been nicer to her when she was younger.
- The Full House team apparently loved this trope, because there was a character named Rusty that was depicted as such toward D.J. during the first half of season 4. The rub:His mom was dating Danny.
- Married... with Children was fond of the "mortal terror" angle.
- Bud in particular was often an Abhorrent Admirer's victim as a Running Gag of sorts.
- One episode had Al changing his mind and going for a ride with some middle-aged overweight women who decided he was very hot. Another time an overweight principal pinned him to the ground and kissed him on the neck. An old high school sweatheart who gained weight throughout the years still wanted him too.
- This trope made up the entirety of the recurring "Wanda Wayne" and "Vera de Milo" sketches on In Living Color!.
- Frasier As well as the running jokes concerning Lilith and Maris (Niles Crane marries one and sleeps with the other), there is Frasier's agent Bébé, who on one drunken night gets him into bed, leading to horrified responses from Marty and Niles. Bébé isn't ugly, but she's so histrionic, conniving, and amoral that others can't help but see her as a devilish temptress.
- The IT Crowd
- The show does this with Judy from series one, who has a thing for Roy. She has "hair on her eyes" and "three rows of teeth"
- Roy has a tendency to attract this type of woman; there was also the woman who, upon encountering a bunch of tramps on their date, began shouting at them that they owed her money. Played with, in that since Roy himself is usually pretty desperate, he often ends up sleeping with them anyway.
- The girl in the 'Friendface' episode who wears too much make-up. She's not exactly hideous, but her make-up and personality are both creepy. Roy tells Jen that "It was like breaking up with the joker".
- One episode of The Jamie Foxx Show had Jamie the victim of an Abhorrent Admirer named DAMN!!!
- Jamie Foxx is no stranger to this trope. He played this character himself, Ugly Wanda, when he was on In Living Color!. The episode might have been a Shout-Out to that.
- In Jeeves and Wooster, it seems anyone actually interested in Bertie is off the end of one scale or another, even though none of them actually look bad.
- Honoriah Glossop is not particularly good-looking, but more importantly, large and violent. Not exactly well-suited to Bertie.
- Lady Florence Craye is physically attractive, but with a horrifyingly caustic personality that makes anyone watching want to push her down a well.
- Madeline Bassett is also very attractive, but she is so sickeningly sweet.
- Deconstructed and subverted in Strangers with Candy since the protagonist Jerri Blank (being her 46-year-old ex-junky-whore self) in many ways embodies the trope. How she is treated because of that varies strongly throughout the series: sometimes her flirting (with guys and girls alike) is answered with total horror, but mostly she's just treated like a normal, if rather unattractive student and occasionally she lands attractive, popular boyfriends. A subversion is the fact that off-screen Jerri is ridiculously promiscuous and quite possibly leads the most active sex-life in the whole series.
- Family Matters
- Male example in (who else?) Steve Urkel, whose undying devotion to Laura is not received well at all. But that has just as much (or more) to do with his outrageously weird personality than the way he looks.
- There is also his cousin Myrtle Urkel, a Southern Belle with a crush on Eddie.
- There was an example in the Farscape episode 'The Flax' with the character Staanz developing feelings for D'Argo. It was made all the more hilarious by the fact that Staanz is only revealed to be the female of her species towards the end (though she does admit to not being 'cut from the standard mold', so how female is debatable) and is in fact played by a very male Ryss Muldoon.
- Chandler is repeatedly plagued by the unwanted advances of Janice who isn't unattractive to look at, it's her overbearing personality plus loud, nasal voice and annoying honking laugh that make her abhorrent. She's not entirely unwanted, however, as Chandler does (eventually) develop feelings for her; the two are actually in a seemingly stable relationship for a few episodes before she goes back to her husband.
- Chandler seems to be a magnet for these, as he also had to deal with the unwanted affections of overweight teenage Monica in the flashbacks. This is also a subversion, because Monica not only grew up to be quite attractive, but eventually became Chandler's wife.
- A further subversion comes in a later "alternate universe" episode where, among other changes, Monica is still fat. In this world, she still winds up with Chandler, proving that their relationship goes much deeper than looks, and Chandler's earlier reaction to her was simple teenage idiocy.
- Lois and Clark had, interestingly, a proto-Janice in the form of a black museum attendant named Veronica. Rather dishy, but her voice was terrrible, and her advances toward Clark were on the unclassy side. Clark is roped into a double date with Lois' hunky Scottish rebound boyfriend, and comes out looking like the loser of the two.
- The Office (US)
- Meredith occasionally hits on Jim. For example, when she breaks her hip she asks him to sign her pelvis cast and singles him out in particular to thank for visiting her in the hospital. Jim seems disturbed, but too polite to say anything.
- The Office likes this — Dwight is one to Michael and Michael is one to usually Ryan and Jim but also to other members of the office.
- In The Office (UK), David Brent tries to encourage the camera (and whoever's watching) to sympathise with him when his date turns out to be as overweight as he is, but she's a nice person and he's rude to her so it's almost an inversion.
- Played with on Top Gear, where Richard Hammond gets a fan letter, ostensibly from a mentally-disturbed prisoner about to be released on parole... named Stuart.
- Subverted on Arrested Development, as the plain, average Ann is considered an Abhorrent Admirer to George Michael — by his father. George Michael himself adores her.
- In The Suite Life of Zack and Cody, the eponymous Zack and Cody have, on separate occasions, and despite their best efforts, attracted the affections of Agnes.
- Harper and Justin from Wizards of Waverly Place are a good example of this. In earlier episodes, she was portrayed as Alex's weird friend who was convinced she was going to marry Justin despite his complete disinterest. Although in later episodes, Harper starts acting a little more calm around him and they become friends, Justin still seems highly uncomfortable when the subject of Harper's feelings for him come up.
- In the 80's sitcom about a girl robot named Vicky and her family Small Wonder, Harriet Brindle. Is treated as such by Jamie.
- April Rhodes, Mr Schuester's Abhorrent Admirer, is one of the rare examples where her abhorrence is related to her terrible personality. She's actually very pretty, if a little trashy compared to the very wholesome-looking rest of the cast.
- Subverted somewhat in two other cases as well. Rachel has an Abhorrent Admirer in Jacob ben Israel and Kurt has one in David Karofsky. In both cases, as with April Rhodes, it's not their appearance that makes them abhorrent, but their behaviour (they're both prone to acts of blatant sexual harassment and, in one case, death threats).
- Subverted completely in the case of Lauren Zizes — it initially looks as if she's being set up as an Abhorrent Admirer for Puck in episode 2x09, but by 2X12 he's completely fallen for her attitude and self-confidence and is desperately pursuing her.
- Lily on The Hard Times of RJ Berger. However RJ isn't disgusted with her so much as annoyed. The real disgust actually comes from his best friend Miles.
- In Zoey 101 there is Stacey to Logan.
- On Saved by the Bell, Screech is one for Lisa. However, she will occasionally reciprocate.
- Screech gained one himself in the made for TV movie 'Saved By The Bell a Wedding in Las Vegas.' While posing as escort his overweight pink dress wearing much older date Diana took an instant liking to him and dragged him into her pink limo. While feeling him up and complementing his physique, Screech bragged that he could do 5 pull ups. 6 with a boost. Diana winked at him and said she would give him a boost! He tried to distract her by turning on the TV, but she flirtingly turned it off with her foot and continued wooing him. Later they tangoed and she dipped Screech so she could give him an open mouthed kiss. He edged away but she hoisted him up and stole the kiss anyway. Next she got him back in the backseat of her limo and was all over him until he ran away. Towards the end of the film she spots Screech and declares they are meant for each other, all the more comedic since he just caught the bouquet at Zack and Kelly's wedding. Screech bails and the lovestruck Diana chases after him.
- In Night Court, Dan Fielding is forced to defer an evening's diversions with beautiful twin Swedish stewardesses out of concerns that he may have been bitten by a rabid dog. Grateful for his candor, one of the stewardesses decides to play straight (as it were) with Dan, admitting that the twins were at one time both men. Dan is unamused.
- One episode of NCIS has Ducky's senile mother become attracted to Gibbs. Fortunately she didn't appear again for the rest of the episode.
- Rose from Two and a Half Men would fall under this trope. Not because she's ugly (she's quite attractive) but because of her personality. She's a stalker, she would regularly climb over their balcony instead of visiting by using the front door and has engaged in elaborate schemes to make Charlie fall for her, including keeping him sick so she can play Florence Nightengale and, more recently, put on a fake wedding just to make him Charlie want her.
- Henry in CSI at one point is stuck in a BBQ joint miles from anywhere, being hit on by a woman who is, let's say, past her best. This exchange follows: "I'm engaged. I'm married, actually. I have syphilis." "Perfect. So do I."
- Star Trek
- Lwaxana Troi to Picard on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
- On Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Lwaxana seems to resume this role, this time with Odo as her "victim". However, this is partially a subversion, as their relationship turns into friendship and Odo genuinely starts to care for Lwaxana (albeit not in a romantical way).
- Dukat to Kira on Deep Space Nine as well. Initially Played for Laughs, until Nana Visitor put her foot down pointing out that due to their characters respective histories, this was essentially Hitler hitting on a Holocaust survivor being played for laughs. Especially since if it had happened during the Occupation, she wouldn't have been able to refuse him. The writers listened, and it took a much darker tone over the course of the series, and only served to fuel her hatred and disgust for him.
- Oleg the fry cook in 2 Broke Girls to both Max and Caroline.
- Hell, Oleg the cook to every female on the show.
- A.N.T. Farm's Angus is this to Olive.
- Ironically the actress playing Olive is this on Jessie to Luke more of a Stalker with a Crush though.
- Paula is this to Tim in Spy.
- Weird Ashley to Axl on The Middle.
- Gail the Snail on the series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Gail is seen as so abhorrent, the other characters will throw salt at her to thwart her advances.
- Nikki Parker to Professor Oglevee in The Parkers. In the series finale, They Do.
- Dońa Clotilde ("La Bruja del 71", or "The Witch of [Apartment] 71") towards Don Ramón (or rather, "Don RRRRRRRRRRamón") in El Chavo del ocho.
- In Degrassi, at first Liberty is one for JT who finds her unattractive and annoying. A few years later they dated and had a child together.
- Franklyn serves as this to Hannibal in NBC's Hannibal. Hannibal kills him by snapping his neck.
- And Hannibal himself is this to Will, once Will figures out what Hannibal is. Apparently he doesn't think that gaslighting Will, murdering the girl they have a mutual father-daughter relationship with, feeding Will her severed ear, and then framing Will for all of Hannibal's horrible crimes should be any barrier to them being best friends forever.
- In the Tales from the Crypt episode, "Til Death", a man uses a Love Potion on a wealthy widow, marries her and then murders her to get her fortune. She ends up coming back as a decaying zombie who's still in love with him. The episode, "None but the Lonely Heart" has an extremly similar premise and ending.
- In My Mad Fat Diary, Mrs Dewhurst is implied to have a crush on Rae, even though she is old enough to be her grandmother.
- In The Worst Year of My Life, Again, Big Hannah is briefly this to Alex in "Valentine's Day".
- Mel is always seen creeping out the band members of the Flight of the Conchords in her conversations with them. She's also their only fan and is clearly infatuated (and in-lust) with them, perhaps a bit too much.
- Pepe Le Pew in Bugs Bunny's Birthday Ball, who's fawning after Honey Bunny even as she's leaning against Bugs. He gets a faceful of perfume for his troubles.
- This was Goldust's gimmick, a rare male example of the trope. Goldust was a pan-sexual who would flirt with his opponents to gain a psychological advantage in a match by, for example, suddenly appearing to enjoy the grapple he's been put into or caressing his opponent in a hold.
- Goldust got the tables flipped on him by The Blue Meanie, who resurrected his "Bluedust" parody bit from ECW and subjected Goldust to all the flirting and psychological harassment that he'd used on his previous opponents.
- "Exotic" Adrian Street was working this gimmick before Dustin's daddy started wrestling, and though was less "pan sexual and more Ambiguously Gay than the Goldust gimmick. Gorgeous George was doing it even earlier
- Katarina Lea was one to many people in Family Wrestling Entertainment. Ivelisse Vélez had the crowd (and Maryse) cheering when she made her disinterest clear with a DDT.
- The Nosferatu from Vampire: The Requiem can be an interesting Deconstruction of this trope. Although their appearance suggests otherwise, the Nosferatu are not as susceptible to the caprices of the Beast as the other vampires are so they can still be quite human at heart (or not!), but this does not dismiss the fact that they can still feel attracted to (or even fall in love with!) others and when this happens they become Abhorrent Admirers. To make the situation more aggravating they are supernaturally hideous it means that it is simply impossible to love them. The core rulebook does point out how dramatic the experience can be, for both sides (especially if you are the receiver of the affection).
- Naturally, taken Up to Eleven in Warhammer 40,000 with Nurgle and Isha. Long story short, after the Chaos God the Eldar orgied into existence slaughtered almost their entire pantheon, Isha was saved because Nurgle decided to keep her for himself. Nurgle, being Nurgle, expresses his affection by imprisoning Isha in his throneroom and testing all of his experimental diseases on her (only able to survive due to being a deity of Healing), and if it is a success he unleashes it upon the universe. But this also allows Isha to whisper the cure to the universe as well, so it's all good.
- Not to mention that Nurgle definitely fulfills the "abhorrent" part. As the Chaos God of Pestilence, he is probably the most utterly repulsive thing in existence.
- Gilbert and Sullivan operettas use this trope fairly often, though not quite as often as people think:
- In Ruddigore Dame Hannah is loved by two different characters, and gets to have the one moment of genuine romance in the play. Admittedly, she's also accidentally abducted due to poor communication with flunkies, but the jokes are almost entirely at the kidnapper's expense, while she gets to show herself as a complete badass, completely capable of defending herself.
- Katisha in The Mikado is mostly a straight example. She does get the Act II song and recitative, "Alone, and Yet Alive" which describes the pain of being forever thwarted in love. Some modern productions play Katisha as the hero and Nanki-Poo as the Jerkass who jilted her. It's unlikely that Gilbert wrote with this intention, though, since he seemed to regard elderly spinsters as inherently funny.
- The Yeomen of the Guard has two straight examples:
- Sergeant Merryl has Dame Carruthers, whom he finds too old to be attractive.
- Phoebe has Wilfred Shadbolt, whom she detests for his occupation as jailer at the Tower of London.
- In William Shakespeare's early play The Comedy of Errors, Nell the Kitchen Wench becomes enamored of one of the Dromios. She's an offstage character, but is heavily described. "... she would have me as a beast: not that, I being a beast, she would have me; but that she, being a very beastly creature, lays claim to me." (III, ii). On the other hand, in something of a subversion, the other Dromio actually seems to like her back.
- In The Merry Wives of Windsor, Gold Digger Sir John Falstaff writes boilerplate love letters to two local wives, who find him repulsive (but humor him long enough to subject him to a Humiliation Conga).
- Stephen Sondheim's Passion works toward a subversion. The soldier hero pines for his beautiful (and married) lover Clara and is repulsed by the attentions of the unattractive and sickly Fosca. Eventually he realizes Fosca's love is more, well, passionate, to put it lightly, and gives in to her. Fosca suffers a very direct and literal Death by Sex afterwards, but still, victory!
- Tanz Der Vampire
- Herbert von Krolock is a borderline example of the male homosexual variety, depending on who's playing him. He might be handsome and endearing but he's also a clingy, aggressive vampire who's very intent on getting his teeth into vampire-hunting Tenor Boy Alfred.
- Rebecca, Chagal's wife, who presumably used to resemble her lovely daughter Sarah, has become one of these to her husband in the same show, driving him toward his beautiful scullery maid Magda. This is especially jarring in productions where she's not even played as particularly obnoxious or ugly. (However, the fact that he isn't particularly charming or attractive either renders him a genderswapped example of the same trope as far as Magda's concerned... until he bites her, at least.)
- The Changeling. De Flores has a terrible skin disease. He might actually be a Dogged Nice Guy.
- In the first scene of Thrill Me, Richard reacts to Nathan as if Nathan is a Gender Flip of this trope—Richard goes as far as saying that Nathan's obsession is the reason he transferred schools. And then we have, "There's Nothing Like a Fire".
- Super Mario Bros.
- Henry Hatsworth In The Puzzling Adventure
- During the Lance Banson boss fight, his fangirls (Banson being a famous opera singer and Sky Pirate) will rush out from time to time. Sometimes they're attractive and mildly replenish his health. If Henry screws up his singing via the Match Three Puzzle, they're rather plain and fat — Benson will freak out when they rush him, and their collision actually hurts him.
- Also, the first boss Lady D is this for Henry. He tells her he hasn't the time and she promptly tries to destroy him with her giant Wedding Cake Battle Fortress.
- Bit of a cutesy inversion in Fat Princess if you Fridge it.
- Inverted with Laharl of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness, who actually gets hurt by pretty, big-busted women. Though he shows no interest either way, romantically.
- Sam & Max: Freelance Police
- Inverted in "Chariots of the Dogs", where the titular lagomorph (Max) ends up being the object of obsession of the fairly attractive Momma Bosco. Max doesn't like girls (for the same reasons a 10 year old boy is disgusted by girls) and finds her advances on him to be gross. In the same game, a young version of Max tries to avoid going to the prom because there's a girl who has a crush on him who is apparently known for french kissing every boy she likes.
- In the "Tomb of Sammun-Mak" we have the Mole-girl, Nefertiti, who is hopelessly in love with a pre-vampire Jurgen.
- In Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp, a morbidly obese Eve chases Dirk thinking he's Adam.
- In Persona 4, it turns out Hanako had a crush on your main character throughout the game if you talk to her in the epilogue.
- Terk from the Tarzan world of the first Kingdom Hearts game falls in love with Donald Duck. Since her character can only speak to Tarzan and other gorillas, the rest of the cast pick up on this by the way she is lovingly gazing at the duck. It's not really known if Donald Duck is unattracted to her since he just remarks that his girlfriend Daisy would kill him if anything ever happened between himself and Terk. Although chances are Donald wasn't attracted to her since he has gained a few abhorrent admirers in recent years (see the Western Animation section below).
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim: After a drunken night that you cannot remember, you spend a hangover-esque day trying to piece together what happened to you. Eventually, you find out that you're newly engaged to Moira. A hagraven. Yeah. And your job is to get the ring back. This she doesn't handle well.
- At first, Taiga of Duel Savior Destiny is thrilled that someone as cute as Nanashi is after him. Then her arm falls off and she cheerfully informs him that she's undead. He is less than pleased.
- Suikoden Tierkreis has Maybelle, who is absolutely convinced that she is a reincarnated "Warrior of Light" and the main character is the reincarnation of her true love. While she's not unattractive, the main character is so weirded out by her behavior that his usual reaction is to run away.
- In Ib, Garry somehow manages to get a little blue doll to fall for him. The doll follows him around and leaves him messages asking if they can play. Garry is terrified of the thing, and for good reason.
- The protagonist of Gingiva inexplicably gets a lot of these.
- Something: The Rip Van Fish from "The Only Water Level". If they see Mario, they immediately chase him. Also, they're dreaming about finding love since they create hearts when they're sleeping.
- In Poker Night 2, Claptrap is quite enamored with GLaDOS. She is... somewhat less than enthused by his flirtations.
: I might as well say it now- I've always loved you, baby. GLaDOS
: Were I outfitted with a dry-heave subroutine, I'd activate it now.
- Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
- Wendy Oldbag is attracted to several younger male characters over the course of the series, most notably Deadpan Snarker Miles Edgeworth. Part of the reason this is considered repulsive is probably the fact that Oldbag is a completely obnoxious Jerkass, and that she simply refuses to leave Edgeworth alone. And, just to top the whole thing off, she's obscenely old and no longer attractive.
- Sal Manella, a fat, sweaty, ugly geek who speaks in internet memes and "l33t speak", is this to Maya in one case in the first game.
- G-Senjou no Maou has an abhorrent admirer for the main heroine. All her talk of heroes and justice really grates against the amoral Kyousuke but the real reason is he knows her father ruined Kyousuke's family.
- While Fukawa from Danganronpa isn't particularly ugly, she's generally rather unpleasant and is very creepy about her affection towards Togami, eventually settling into a strange one-sided S&M relationship, which Togami tolerates only because he can take advantage of her when he needs to and generally treat her as a verbal punching bag. And that's not even getting into her Split Personality, Serial Killer Genocider Syo, who also has a crush on Togami.
- Carolina Bucci in Eisuke's route of Kissed By The Baddest Bidder is, although chubby, not a bad-looking woman, but she is extremely forward and persistent in her romantic pursuit of Eisuke, who can't risk hurting her feelings by directly rejecting her because offending her will sour his business relationship with her Mafia Don father. Carolina doesn't really hit this trope, however, until Eisuke and the protagonist manage to convince her that Eisuke's heart is spoken for... at which point Carolina promptly shifts her passion to Eisuke's buddy Soryu, to Eisuke's amusement and Soryu's considerable dismay.
- In Grisaia No Meikyuu and Grisaia No Rakuen a squadmate of main character Yuuji named Millie constantly pines after him and flirts with him even though she can't even remember his name correctly. Perhaps their relationship is defined by their first conversation: She challenged him to a duel and he punched her in the face before she could explain she wanted a sniping competition. In the ending and epilogue for the latter she isn't even mentioned while everyone else is on an island with him with at the very least an ambiguous edge to their relationship.
- Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic
- There's features an interesting take on Abhorrent Admirer in one story arc. It revolves around a queen with a trio of daughters who is making arrangements with another king to have his son marry one of her daughters to cement an alliance, with intent to betray him later and become absolute ruler of both kingdoms. The prince in question, however, is in every possible way disinterested. Not because the daughters are necessarily ugly, but because they're gnolls, and he's just plain not interested in an interspecies relationship (by gnoll standards they're actually pretty hot catches). Two of the daughters are incredibly forward and eager; it's never shown onscreen but when the middle daughter tries to actually use sex to win him over, it's implied he reacts badly. When he succumbs to the fact that he's not going to get out of this, he chooses the third daughter, who's surly and completely unwilling. When his father asks why he chose her over her cheerful, willing sisters, he points out that if he has to marry one of them he might as well choose the one he agrees with and who will, more importantly, be equally as miserable with the arrangement.
- When Gren briefly breaks up with Bob, she has Arachne set her up on a number of blind dates. All of the prospects are this in some way, either from being perverted (the kuo-toa), attractive but too sensitive (Turg), or absolutely disgusting (the otyugh and neo-otyugh). It's possible that Arachne did this on purpose, as she despises men and thinks Gren should as well.
- Torg's blind date from Sluggy Freelance. May or may not actually be a woman.
- Sherry from Out There finds her admirer Clayton fairly abhorrent, and while he has many flaws (surly, shiftless, dishonest, alcoholic), the other notable female characters seem to like him.
- Scandinavia and the World
- Sister Finland for Sweden, though it's less about her looks and more about her violent tendencies and his sexuality. That and Finland would probably try to maim/kill Sweden if the latter even touched his sister.
- Estonia, of the Baltic girls trio, just wants to party with the cute Nordic boys. They however hide from her in fear. Except for Finland, who does accept her booze before slamming the door in her face.
- In Dubious Company, Elly has three of them. While all of them are physically attractive, their personalities terrify him. Mary and Marty are also the bad guys.
- Typical Strange has a few: Penelope to Oscar, Oscar to Harley, and Wade to Penelope, Abigail, and Greta. Then there were the hillbillies who wanted to marry TK and Abigail.
- Another unconventional example is SamBakZa's There she is!!, a story in five "steps" about a relationship between Doki, a rabbit, and Nabi, a cat. In their society, friendly intermingling of felis and lepus is perfectly fine, but the reactions of others to a romance between the two highlights the still-somewhat-strained relationship between Japanese people and Koreans. In the first step, Nabi flees Doki's attentions more because of social norms than actual disinterest (although Doki's enthusiasm probably intimidates Nabi a bit, as well). The rest of the shorts are more about Doki and Nabi's attempts to cope with society's opinion of their relationship. The example works so well because the creators (Koreans) show both sides' crowds as being equally disapproving (removing bias) and refraining from demonstrating which country is represented by which animal.
- Fangirls and fanboys in the Official Fanfiction University series are not necessarily unattractive, but tend to have no grasp at all of personal space or no meaning no. Most of them are also underage, if the OFU is in a continuum where that applies, or even if it doesn't — milennia-old elves really do not see the appeal of thirteen-year-old girls. Plus the sheer number of them tends to get wearing. "Fangirl Stampedes" are not uncommon.
- The Starfish loves Charlie The Unicorn and WANTS TO BE WITH HIM FOREVER!
- The Nostalgia Chick to Todd in the Shadows. She's a pretty lady, but her personality and behaviour towards him is the reason why she's seen as abhorrent.note
- Todd himself is this toward Obscurus Lupa (who seems to bring this out in most of the males on the site), almost to the point of Single-Target Sexuality. It's unclear whether he really dislikes the Chick, or if he's just too blinded with love for Lupa to even notice her feelings for him.
- The Porn Critic for Sursum Ursa. From Busty Cops 2:
Sursum Ursa: Stop sending me boxes of condoms in the post, you creepy pervert!
Porn Critic: There's nothing wrong with sending a box of used condoms to a fellow Internet reviewer! What's wrong with that?
- In a homosexual example, as both people involved are transgender males: Lycere Cunningham notoriously mailed a prosthetic male organ to illustrator / comic book artist Fyodor Pavlov. Lycere said that it essentially constituted a sex act between himself and Fyodor, since it was a perfect replica of Lycere's own prostheses. He has also hacked into Fyodor's email accounts on several occasions, to "feel close to him."
- The Meme character "Overly Attached Girlfriend," describing creepy or desperate behavior that might be committed by a current or ex-girlfriend, or by someone who has a crush on the creator of the meme.