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[[caption-width-right:275:Good Lord, [[http://isaia.deviantart.com/art/First-Crush-125866525 make it stop!]]]]

->''"You know the trouble with you lot? You're all in love with the wrong people."''
-->-- '''Mrs. Patmore''', ''Series/DowntonAbbey''

This is the state in which nobody seems to be allowed to reciprocate any romantic interest shown in them; since having some sort of love interest is standard for main characters in particular, this inevitably leads down the path of the LoveDodecahedron. Often, a story will begin with this trope, which then evolves into CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds and/or a less restrictive sort of Love Dodecahedron. Also, as the series ends, all bets are off and there might be some resolution.

When fans support relationships that involve unrequited love, you're looking at {{Starboarding}}. This might be resolved--or, alternately, made even more awkward--if the unrequited [[DidYouThinkICantFeel makes their feelings known]]. If all the unrequited love is directed at the ''same'' character, they just might be a MarySue. The IgnoredEnamoredUnderling may be working under someone ObliviousToLove. Any [[TriangRelations type 2 or type 5]] LoveTriangle falls into this category.

* AllLoveIsUnrequited/AnimeAndManga
* AllLoveIsUnrequited/{{Literature}}
* AllLoveIsUnrequited/LiveActionTV
* AllLoveIsUnrequited/{{Music}}
* AllLoveIsUnrequited/VideoGames
* AllLoveIsUnrequited/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Card Games]]
* The artwork for the Korean-exclusive ''"[[http://img3.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140510091341/yugioh/images/thumb/4/4b/GhostrickBreak-PRIO-KR-R-1E.png/299px-GhostrickBreak-PRIO-KR-R-1E.png Ghostrick Break]]"'' in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh TCG'' shows that Ghostrick Yeti has a crush on Ghostrick Yuki-onna, who in turn seems to have a crush on Ghostrick Stein. Unfortunately, Yeti is shown being heartbroken by Yuki-onna showing her affections for Stein ''(she's seen blowing icy hearts on his back)'', and Stein seems to be either too dim or oblivious to notice Yuki-onna.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* The ad campaign for the comic ''Young Heroes In Love'' explicitly plays with this trope, as does the comic itself.
* The ComicBook/SuperYoungTeam of Franchise/TheDCU has a love triangle (that's really more of a love line segment) along these lines; Big Atomic Lantern Boy loves Shiny Happy Aquazon who only has eyes for Well Spoken Sonic Lightning Flash who isn't interested in relationships.
* In the original ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' miniseries, Gert has a crush on Chase, who has a crush on Karolina, who has a crush on Nico, who has a crush on Alex.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'' has this trope as the norm: Unrequited love is practically the only kind of love featured throughout the series.[[note]]In the '90s, Charlie Brown had a girlfriend named Peggy Jean, and their feelings for each other were mutual. Until she broke up with him, anyways. Also, in the very early days of the strip, Patty and Shermy were a couple, but these strips are [[FanonDiscontinuity never considered canon by fans.]][[/note]]
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'', title character Curtis Wilkins only has eyes for would-be celebrity Michelle, and barely notices Chutney's crush on him.
* ''ComicStrip/DogsOfCKennel'' had Kenny trying to win over Cocoa's affections, [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption without any success]], making it something of a RunningGag.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'': "Insanity is In The Air" runs on a LoveTriangle of this nature--Andy is smitten with Maria, but she finds herself more interested in Calvin, who doesn't really care about love at all.
* The LemonyNarrator of [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]] often goes on a tangent on how she's been trying to get her [[PlayedForLaughs homeless friend, Crazy Larry, to fall in love with her.]] He doesn't seem to show any interest in her advances though.
* PlayedForLaughs in Chapter 64 of ''FanFic/YouGotHaruhiRolled'', which features a severely dysfunctional [[LoveDodecahedron Love Quadrilateral]] in which no crush is requited. To wit, [[HumanoidAbomination Kuyou]] plans to brainwash [[JerkAss Fujiwara]] into having sex with her, [[AllMenArePerverts Fujiwara]] tries to catch [[TheDitz Kyouko]] in the shower, [[SchoolgirlLesbians Kyouko]] practically {{Squee}}s over [[IncompatibleOrientation Sasaki]], and, to top it all off, [[{{Narcissist}} Sasaki]] makes the polygon open-ended by [[ScrewYourself attempting to kiss her own reflection]].
* In ''FanFic/SophisticationAndBetrayal'' this is a major source of angst for several characters.
* In Merlin fanfic ''FanFic/AVeryHairySituation,'' Merlin and Gwen are both in love with Arthur, who is in love with Gwaine. In the past, Gwen had a crush on Merlin, who didn't even notice. Due to his [[spoiler:MagicHair,]] Gwaine is actually a common target of unrequited love.
* In the ''Anime/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' FanFic ''FanFic/{{Sehnsucht}}'', the audience is initially led to believe that Cynthia, Noriko's past life, spared Daemon Spade after he betrayed the First Generation out of respect for her adoptive sister, Elena. [[spoiler:While that may have played a part, the actual reason why Cynthia spared Daemon was because she was in love with him]].
* ''FanFic/TransformersAnimatedCybertronianGenesis'': Both Optimus and Sentinel had feelings for their classmate Elita-1, who wasn't interested in any romance (though it's implied she felt something for Optimus), only dating the latter because he asked her out. Now, as Blackarachnia, she despises both of them. As for Optimus, he is still in love with her, won't even entertain the idea of entering a relationship with anyone else, and futilely hopes that she can still be redeemed.
* ''Fanfic/TheLightInTheDark:'' Mulciber only desires Maria Zabini physically, and is implied to be attracted to the power he can reap from her being involved with him.Whatever his motivations, he clearly does not love her, while she is either infatuated with or truly loves him. Severus is in love with Lily, but whether or not his feelings will be reciprocated remains to be seen. Karen Smith of all people has a crush on him, but the feelings are not mutual. Edmund Avery meanwhile is interested in her. James fancies Lily, but she refuses to go out with him due to his bullying of Snape and other students. Evangeline is interested in Kitty, Paris Nott's girlfriend. Bertha had a crush on Alton Avery, who chose her friend Florence instead. Leslie is strongly implied to have loved Veronica romantically, but Veronica dated Regulus Black instead behind her back.
* Happens to several characters in ''Fanfic/ForumOfThrones'':
** Rosalie has a one-sided crush on Philip. He does care for her, though decidedly not in a romantic way, but more in the way a father would care for his daughter.
** Irving Todd holds clear feelings for Maya, even outright admitting so to his drinking buddy Marak. While she is slightly aware of it, she has shown no signs of attraction towards him in return. Given that he is TheLoad, this is not particularly surprising, not even to him.
** There are also signs that this is the nature of Alysanne's feelings for Kersea, which are a bit too close to be mere friendship. However, while Kersea values Alysanne as a friend, she certainly harbours no romantic feelings for her.
* In ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'', Misty has a crush on Ash, which quickly develops into something much more serious. [[ObliviousToLove He's still not aware of this, and he only considers her a friend.]] The trope is somewhat subverted by the fact that he starts to show hints of being attracted to her as well as the story progresses, and WordOfGod is that her love [[RelationshipUpgrade won't remain unrequited forever]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ParaNorman'' [[TheBully Alvin]] has a crush on [[TheCheerleader Courtney]], and [[TheCheerleader Courtney]] has a crush on [[DumbJock Mitch]] [[spoiler:who is gay.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/EasterParade'': At least until about a half hour before the end, Hannah loves Don, Don loves Nadine, Nadine loves Johnny (for his money), and Johnny loves Hannah. Then, of course, Don loves Hannah ("Why didn't you tell me I was in love with you?"), Johnny gives his blessing, and everyone forgets about Nadine.
* In the Japanese DVD ''Film/SeaOfDreams'', one short centers around a group of five friends spending a day together at Tokyo Disney Sea park. The story is narrated by a boy who has unrequited feelings for a girl dating another guy in the group. Throughout the short, it is revealed that all five teens have unrequited love for another in the group, but no one really acts on these feelings and life goes on.
* ''Film/MiaoMiao''. The main three characters play this straight, but even the side characters get this to a platonic degree.
* In ''Film/RedRidingHood'', Valerie's sister is in love with Henry, who crushes on Valerie, who only sees Peter. Also, [[spoiler: Valerie's mother Suzette was in love with and had an affair with Henry's father and it's left ambiguous whether she loved Valerie's father at all.]]
* In ''Film/ShesTheMan'', Viola likes Duke who has a crush on Olivia who likes Sebastian (who is actually Viola in disguise). StalkerWithACrush Malcolm also likes Olivia. Eunice likes Sebastian (who is actually Viola) with Toby habouring a crush on her. Thankfully, this gets all sorted out in the end.
* In ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' this is Mr. Boy, for Jetstream. Justified in-story, in that a hero like her could never notice someone in 'Hero Support'--not with the strapping, handsome, charismatic Commander around.
* In ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'', both Mikey and Vernon have made it clear that they are attracted to April but she either ignores their advances or brushes it aside.
* Happens to Tessa in the film ''Film/TheConstantNymph''.
* Happened to all the characters in ''Film/TheLoveOfSiam''.
** Played straight for Ying. She is in love with Mew, but Mew tells her he will always only see her as a good friend.
** Played straight for Donut and her love for Tong. Granted she actually did date him but Tong wasn't actually in love with her.
** Played around a bit with Tong and Mew. The two boys loved each other, but they ultimately couldn't get together due to reasons.
* Played straight in ''Film/LoveAndDeath'', where Boris has been in love with his cousin Sonja since they were kids, but she pines futilely for his idiot brother Ivan, who in turn only has eyes for Anna. Later parodied when Sonja's mopey cousin Natasha lists a long string of her acquaintances who are all pining after each other.

* ''Theatre/TheSeaGull'': Medvedenko for Masha, Masha for Treplev, Treplev for Nina, Nina and Arkadina for [[TheCasanova Trigorin]].
** Quite a few in ''Theatre/UncleVanya'', too. Chekhov sure loved his {{Love Dodecahedron}}s.
** And ''Theatre/TheCherryOrchard'' as well, mixed with CannotSpitItOut.
* Music/StephenSondheim's ''Theatre/{{Follies}}'' loves this trope. Buddy is having an affair with Margie, but it leaves him unfulfilled. All he really wants is for his wife Sally to reciprocate his feelings. But Sally has never gotten over having her heart broken by Buddy's best friend Ben, who married her best friend Phyllis. Phyllis still loves Ben, but has become increasingly bitter and jaded as she's grown to realize that Ben only loves himself.
* ''Theatre/{{Patience}}'' by Creator/GilbertAndSullivan: the soldiers love the maids, who love Bunthorne, who loves Patience, who [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove loves nobody]].
* ''Theatre/TwelfthNight'', up until Sebastian says "madam, I will".
* ''Theatre/ArmsAndTheMan'' by Creator/GeorgeBernardShaw: Raina does start out in love with Sergei, but she's more in love with the romantic ideas she holds about what he's doing out on the battlefield, and once Bluntschli shatters her notions of romantic battle (in the first scene), we've got… Raina starting to want Bluntschli, Bluntschli thinking she's far too young to pursue, Sergei still thinking he's going to marry Raina but really more lusting toward housemaid Luca, and Luca seemingly going to marry a fellow servant. Of course, near the end, Luca pulls the rug out from under this arrangement, and everyone falls over into the right arms.
-->'''Bluntschli:''' 23? ''23?!'' If you were 23 when you said those things to me, I shall take them very seriously indeed.
* In Jean-Paul Sartre's ''Huis Clos''/''No Exit,'' Estelle wants Garcin (more specifically, she wants a warm male body, and Garcin will do); Garcin, on the other hand, is attracted to the intelligence of Ines; but Ines is fixated on Estelle, who reminds her of her former lover Florence. The fact that they're stuck in a love triangle that will never be resolved is their chief torment in hell.
* In ''Theatre/TheHistoryBoys'': Posner loves Dakin, but Dakin is (if not in love with, then at least attracted to) [[spoiler:Irwin]]. More amusingly, Scripps has a theory that this is the defining characteristic of Christianity.
* Creator/TeamStarkid loves this trope. In both ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'', the sequel, '''and''' ''Theatre/MeAndMyDick'', unrequited love is '''everywhere'''. Just for the sake of listing, in ''A Very Potter Musical'' and its sequel, we have:
## [[AttractiveBentGender Draco]] and Ron both like Hermione and are in denial about it.
## Pansy likes Draco, who's just using her to cover up his crush on [[VillainousCrush Hermione]].
## [[TheChick Hermione]] likes [[TheLancer Ron]] (and, according to ''Theatre/AVeryPotterSequel'', [[TheHero Harry]]), but neither one is very nice to her.
## [[ChildhoodFriendRomance Snape]] liked Harry's mother, much to Harry's disgust. That, and Lily was married.
## [[TheSixthRanger Ginny]] likes Harry, who likes [[AlphaBitch Cho Chang]], who is dating Cedric Diggory.
## Ron is [[HoYay implied to be bisexual for]] Harry.
## Umbridge has a crush on Dumbledore, who's gay. Dumbledore also seems to have a crush on Snape.
## Bellatrix loves Voldemort, who seems to love Quirrel…
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': Nessa → Boq → G(a)linda → Fiyero. The only requited love is between [[spoiler: Fiyero and Elphaba]], the latter of whom thought it was unrequited at first.
* ''Theatre/AMidsummerNightsDream'' has several human characters falling in love with one another, then out of love and into love with someone else, all at the wrong time, thanks to the fairies using love potions to mess with their already confused relationships for the lols.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/LittleBusters'', Sasami is interested in Riki's friend Kengo, but also attracts the attention of Aikawa, a very minor character whose love sickness Riki and Rin are asked to cure during one of Lennon's missions. The two succeed in helping him out not by playing TheMatchmaker, but by helping him realize his feelings are unrequited and helping him get back on track with his studying, which he was too distracted to do. Kengo is implied to have feelings for Miyuki Koshiki, [[spoiler:though she ended up committing suicide in the real world, making her TheLostLenore for Kengo]]. Although Sasami does become a heroine with her own route in the UpdatedRerelease, the fact that [[spoiler:her route takes place after the events of Refrain implies the other girls' feelings for Riki would be unrequited. The ending to Sasami's route even makes it explicit that Rin was jealous of Sasami when she revealed she was dating Riki]].
* In ''VisualNovel/MajiDeWatashiNiKoishinasai'',[[spoiler:Azumi's route, where Miyako is in love with Yamato who is in love with Azumi who is in love with Hideo who is in love with Kazuko who doesn't love him back.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl'' has a chronic case of this. Almost every character in the cast suffers from this trope at some point.
* The webcomic ''{{Webcomic/Supermegatopia}}'' features Grease Monkey in love with Weasel Boy, Weasel Boy in love with Tiger Lass, Tiger Lass in love with Mighty Yak, and Mighty Yak is [[TheDitz too dumb to notice]] the LoveDodecahedron. More links on the chain get added over time.
* In ''WebComic/SluggyFreelance'' Zoe cycles through this trope pretty darn quickly in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=980329 this]] strip. Before she'd always rejected Sam's advances, finding him creepy. Then, when he goes missing, she laments how she let her "last hope of true love" slip through her fingers. Then, when Sam turns up alive and well, she's back to thinking he's disgusting. ''And then'', no more thirty seconds later, she finds out Sam's gotten married. Instantly she's calling him her one true love again.
* The gods in ''Webcomic/AMomentofPeace'' form a love conga line. The god of Trust and Betrayal loves the goddess of Stories, who loves the god of In-Between Places, who loves the goddess of Glory.
* In ''Webcomic/AllRosesHaveThorns'', Galvan is in love with Auron, but Auron very obviously still has feelings for Collamair, and Collamair is in love with Faylin, but Faylin was in love with Isleen, but she rejected him. Wow.
* Davey of ''Webcomic/MaggotBoy'' is hopelessly in love with Sam, which will never go anywhere because he's dead, and she has a huge crush on her boss Lazaro, but ''he'' just hates everyone in general.
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'': Okay. Karkat had a confirmed one-sided crush on Jade, as did Tavros, and she rejected both. Gamzee at one point had a flushed crush on Tavros, and it's unknown how he responded. Vriska also had a ''very'' one-sided crush on Tavros and also had a crush on John that he [[spoiler:seemed to return at first but has since grown out of.]] Kanaya had a one-sided crush on Vriska. Karkat seems to still have feelings for his ex-girlfriend Terezi. Nepeta had a one-sided crush on Karkat, while Eridan was also after Nepeta for a while, as well as [[LookingForLoveInAllTheWrongPlaces half the cast]], but most dramatically a red crush on Feferi and a black crush on Sollux. Both Sollux and Equius had things for Aradia which were complicated after she died. [[spoiler:After being [[BackFromTheDead brought back to life]] [[CameBackStrong as a robot,]] Aradia seemed to retain some feelings for Sollux, at least to the point where her last action before [[ItMakesSenseInContext randomly causing herself to explode]] was to hug him, though at that point he was dating Feferi.]] Both WV and AR had things for PM which she never found out about [[spoiler:before AR died and WV was, at the least, gravely injured.]] PM has a black crush on [[spoiler:Bec Noir, who has a red crush on her.]] Finally, all of the Alpha kids have a crush on Jake, plus Roxy also has an unrequited thing for Dirk, while Jake [[spoiler:wouldn't have minded the idea of going out with Jane or Dirk, and tried to date Dirk, but isn't really that interested, and also has a crush on Aranea, who seems to have a pretty similar lukewarm interest in him.]]
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Happens between [[MinionShipping minions]]. Violetta and Snaug both crush on Moloch, who goes after Sanaa instead, who finds it stupid. However, things seem to change in favor of the Moloch-Snaug pairing.
** Happens everywhere in Paris. Colette has a crush on Agatha (though she might have been joking, and wasn't too worried about it anyway), while Agatha is still pining for [[LoveTriangle Gil and Tarvek]]. Hoffman has a giant crush on Colette, and while she admits he's not as bad as the blatant gold-diggers, she still dislikes how he [[{{Adorkable}} can't form coherent sentences around her]]. Larana has a crush on Hoffman, and is similarly incoherent around him, but he doesn't even notice. This gets worse when Larana finds out that Hoffman accidentally entered them into an ArrangedMarriage to keep her kingdom and his adopted kingdom from fighting.
--->'''Zeetha:''' ''Everyone'' in Paris can't be like this. I mean, I've seen ''kids''.
* In ''Webcomic/SandraAndWoo'' the AlphaBitch Zoey is revealed [[spoiler: to be a lesbian and has a crush on her friend Michelle]]. However, Michelle [[spoiler: is shown as being homophobic and doesn't return her feelings after she kissed her]]. [[JerkassWoobie Cue pity]].
* The Frederick, Leif and Canta triangle in ''{{Webcomic/Sire}}''. Frederick loves Canta who loves Leif who is withdrawn and closed off to everyone. It should be noted that as Lineage Children of [[ThePhantomOfTheOpera Raoul, Erik and Christine]] this alters their fated narrative a little bit.
* In ''{{Webcomic/Monsterpop}}'', love is ''everywhere.'' Sasha has a crush on George, who's in love with Marina, who turns out to [[spoiler: like Franny, who's in a relationship with Percy already.]]
* In ''Webcomic/NineteenDays'', it's lightly implied that He Tian might have a thing for Jian Yi, while Jian Yi is definitely in love with Xheng Xi.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In the Wiki/TVTropes original series ''WebVideo/EchoChamber'', [[PsychoExGirlfriend Shannon]] pines for [[InsufferableGenius Tom]], Tom pines for [[BestKnownForTheFanservice Porn Girl]], [[{{Cloudcuckoolander}} Zack]] pines for [[OnlySaneMan Dana]], and Dana [[WillTheyOrWontThey might or might not]] pine for Tom. Probably the only character who isn't in some way involved in the LoveDodecahedron is Mr. Administrator, and that would just be weird.
* A "story arc" on WebSite/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses, mostly centered around the PsychoticLoveTriangle of WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick, WebVideo/ToddInTheShadows and the only innocent one being [[Creator/AllisonPregler Obscurus Lupa.]] (The Chick not only kidnapped Todd multiple times, but turned into Alex Forrest when Lupa turned up in her apartment.)
-->'''Lupa:''' Did you just attack me with a butter knife?!\\
'''Chick:''' (licks blade) IT'S NUTELLA, BITCH.
* ''WebAnimation/RWBYChibi'': In the main show, Jaune liked Weiss for a while before moving on, Nora doesn't know how to tell Ren how she feels because she doesn't know if he reciprocates, and Pyrrha won't tell Jaune how she feels while Jaune is pining over Weiss. Chibi mocks the teenage drama during a skit where Jaune is rejected by Weiss when he wants to study with her. Dejected, he rejects Pyrrha who asks the same of him. Upset, Pyrrha then rejects Weiss, who wanted to study with her. Witnessing the entire thing, Ren declares it's unbelievable that they cannot see the obvious. Nora growls a sarcastic agreement while waving a placard at him that says "Notice me!".
* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Killdra ''yearns'' for her brother Killer to show her some compassion and give her time time of day, but he doesn't seem to want much to do with her. Whether her love for him goes beyond platonic is intnetionally left up in the air, though...

[[folder:Real Life]]
* While (thankfully) not always the case, this trope is often true of RealLife. As a rule of thumb, people tend to be most attracted to people who are [[BigManOnCampus "out of their league"]]: more attractive or talented or popular than themselves. As a result, almost everyone has had a lot more experience with unrequited crushes, both as the crusher and the crushee, than with actual successful relationships.
* Very often happens amongst taken [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend best friends]].
* ''Creator/DanteAlighieri'' is considered the posterboy for unrequited love (just check TOW), although his situation was CourtlyLove.