Celeb Crush

Celebrities.

They are The Beautiful Elite. Even the ugly ones are usually just Beautiful All Along.

In addition to their attractiveness, the talent — be it acting, singing, or something more strange and out there — is what gets the attention of the media, who then brings it to the hungry viewing world.

Take a gorgeous person, inundate the world with their image, and there's the illusion of closeness and attainability.

Thus people are prone to fall victim to the celeb crush, which can vary from hopeless, depressive mooning to innocent fantasizing to crazy schemes to meet and woo the object of their affections. Taken to the dark extreme, you get Stalker with a Crush on their celebrity.

Teenagers everywhere, of both genders, (and no small number of adults) will fall prey to the charms of the hottie du jour.

Happens in Real Life as well as in fiction. Fictional examples can include Yandere, Loony Fan, or Stalker with a Crush, though those can also be Ripped from the Headlines too. They may even be benign crushes, but where's the story in that? The opposite of this trope is Perverse Sexual Lust.

More than a roomful of fans crushing on a celebrity could be a fan mob, which is sort of the inverse of an Angry Mob. Fan mobs tend to want to pepper their crush with kisses while simultaneously ripping off clothing or props for souvenirs.


Examples:

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  • Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger & Bunny tends to collect fangirls like honey collects flies — including his partner Kotetsu's own preteen daughter. Kotetsu is a bit annoyed by this, particularly since Barnaby actively encourages it.
    Kotetsu: Don't you ever get tired of that?
  • In Gundam SEED Destiny Lunamaria Hawke, Meyrin Hawke, and Meer Campbell all have major hero crushes on Ace Pilot Athrun Zala, one of the protagonists of the previous series. They're all a little dissapointed when they meet the man behind the legend. Athrun for his part, doesn't even seem to notice their interest (and in Luna's case brushes her off by saying that "I can't allow your feelings to jeopardise the ability of this team to cooperate."), though he does act kindly towards Meyrin after she saves his life and they both defect, and later refuses to leave Meer alone with the enemy... then is VERY upset when she dies in an Heroic Sacrifice. (And the Extended Edition shows him alongside Meyrin, so the possibility of her developing real feelings for him is not necessarily outta the question.
  • From UC Gundam series set between the One Year War and Char's Counterattack, Amuro and Char pick up a fair number of these:
  • Slam Dunk: Haruko Akagi is perfectly aware that her feelings for Kaede Rukawa are this, ever since the beginning. Therefore she fangirls him from afar, but never really expects him to notice her. (And in the anime, when it actually sinks in, she's briefly drivn to tears)
  • Mentioned in Hourou Musuko. One of Nitori's classmates mentions to her that he likes Anna, a popular teen model. Nitori awkwardly says the same as she's in a Secret Relationship with Anna.

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  • In P. G. Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster short story "The Love that Purifies", Aunt Dahlia has a bet with a friend that her son Bonzo can behave better than her Aunt Agatha's offspring Thomas while a mutual acquaintance is staying with Bertie; Bonzo is toeing the line so he can be worthy of movie star Lillian Gish, who he has a big crush on. Unfortunately, Thomas is behaving even better, because he has a crush on Greta Garbo.
  • In Cinder, Cinder's stepsisters have a huge crush on Prince Kai. So does Cinder herself, despite all her denial.
  • Love and Death on Long Island gives this a slight twist by making the crush befall a highbrow novelist who's totally oblivious to pop culture and celebrity. His crush leads him not only to stalking but appreciating art that he thought was beneath him.
  • In Newsflesh, Shaun Mason was the target of many a girl with a crush on him as a famous Irwin.
  • In Space Marine Battles novel Rynn's World, Maia Caglieri is heavily implied to have a crush on Pedro Cantor, only while she is a member of The Beautiful Elite as a noblewoman, he's a Space Marine Chapter Master, the Emperor's Angel of Death and actually asexual, like all of them.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Harmony clearly has one: "No threesomes! Unless it's boy, boy, girl. Or Charlize Theron."
  • In Smallville, while Clark has always been a super-Chick Magnet, he got his share of crazy fangirls when he becomes an in-universe celebrity in Infamous. Trust me, they aren't half as crazy as the real world fans of Tom Welling.
  • New Tricks has had a case or two of the trio being involved in a case where they fancied the person when younger.
  • The Brady Bunch: Marsha Brady had a crush on Desi Arnaz Jr. and later, Davy Jones.
  • On Night Court Harry Stone had a non-sexual crush on Mel Torme. Non-sexual...but still borderline stalkery.
  • Analysed in Coupling with Jeff's theory about what happens when two lovers' Celebrity Crushes meet — which occurs at the end of the episode, between Steve's crush (Mariella Frostrup) and Susan's (Angus Deayton). Jeff reckons this phenomenon is the reason there are so many celebrity marriages.
    Jeff: If you fantasize about someone else during sex, and so does your partner, and, you know, those two people that you're fantasizing about happen to meet while you're still doing it, they're bound to sense something, aren't they? Because they're connecting on, like, a virtual plane. So can you imagine what it was like when Posh first met Beckham? They were the epicenter of a non-stop, nationwide virtual shag!
  • Friends:
    • One crazy woman not only has a crush on actor Joey, but actually thinks he is a doctor called Drake Ramoray, a character he plays in Show Within a Show Days of Our Lives.
    • Rachel also had a Celeb Crush on Joey in "The One That Could've Been".
    • Monica has hots for the actor Jean-Claude Van Damme who plays himself as an actor in a film being made in New York. The gang is allowed to be on the set because they are friends with Marcel the monkey who used to belong to Ross. Rachel has guts to go to talk to Jean-Claude and he finds her cute and asks her out, and Monica thus thinks Rachel stole him from her.
    • In the one with the laminated list, Chandler introduces the concept of having an agreement with your partner about being able to have sex with five celebrities of your choice, should you have a chance to score.
      • Chandler's girlfriend Janice has the magician David Copperfield among her freebies.
      • Chandler's own list includes Kim Basinger, Cindy Crawford, Halle Berry, Yasmine Bleeth, and Jessica Rabbit.
      • Rachel promptly makes her selection on the spot: Chris O’Donnel, John F. Kennedy Jr., Daniel Day-Lewis, Sting, and Parker Stevenson.
      • Ross spends the whole episode trying to come up with a perfect list, and his final version involves Uma Thurman, Winona Ryder, Elizabeth Hurley, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Dorothy Hamill. He wanted to include Isabella Rosselini, but the guys convinced him that she's too international, so his odds would be very low. Too bad Rosselini did appear in their favourite coffee place; however, Rachel allowed him to hit on her despite being out of the list.
    • When Rachel and Phoebe discuss pregnancy hormones, Phoebe says she remembers trying to steal a cardboard cutout of Evander Holyfield when she was in her forth month. At the end we find out she did steal it and she offers it to Rachel. However, her affection for the cutout is too strong and she cannot bring herself to lend it to her. Quite an example of in-universe Perverse Sexual Lust.
  • Castle:
    • Ryan has a 'Free Five' list: five celebrities that he can sleep with and it 'won't count'. This causes problems, naturally, when one of those actresses works with the team briefly.
    • In "The Squab and the Quill", Ioan Gruffudd plays Eric Vaughn, a genius-level inventor, billionaire and all-round innovator. He's Famed In-Story and both Beckett and the coroner fancy him and gush about him being handsome, hot, rich, and having a British accent.
  • The Suite Life of Zack and Cody establishes that London and Maddie have a major crush on Orlando Bloom (which caused a Noodle Incident) and both are quite enamoured with Jesse McCartney as well, when he pops up as a Special Guest.
  • Mac from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia has a crush on Chase Utley. He insists in isn't sexual, but his friends are somewhat disbelieving.
  • The Colbert Report for a long time had a Running Gag of the fictional Stephen Colbert lusting for the real CNN anchorwoman Soledad O'Brien.
    • He also harbors one for Paulina Porizkova, which always pops up when her husband, Ric Ocasek of The Cars, makes appearances.
  • Not the Nine O'Clock News had a song dedicated to a woman's latest crush, Ayatollah Khomeini. The lyrics indicate she had a similar thing for Anwar Sadat, Menachem Begin and Helmut Schmidt.
  • In Mystery Science Theater 3000, Gypsy's infatuation with Richard Basehart is a Running Gag.
  • Supernatural:
    • In the episode "Hollywood Babylon", Dean has a crush on an actor named Tara Benchley. When he meets her on the set of a horror movie, they end up having sex in her trailer.
    • In "Rock and a Hard Place", Dean has sex with a fictional retired porn actress he was a huge fan of.
  • On the show Stargate SG-1, Jack O'Neill has a small crush on Mary Steenburgen.
  • On Spaced, Tim Bisley has a crush on Gillian Anderson.
  • On Parks and Recreation Leslie Knope's crush on Joe Biden is a bit of a Running Gag; when she gets engaged, her fiancé calls in favors to get her a meeting with Biden as an engagement present. (And yes, Biden appeared As Himself for the episode.)
  • Florence from The Jeffersons had a crush on Billy Dee Williams and got to meet him.

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  • The Beautiful People had a crush on Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin's husband, to the point they didn't even really know what Sarah herself looked like. Velvet Sky and Angelina Love anyway. Not Kip.
  • Jim Nye, science guy, for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey host, Astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson.

    Webcomics 
  • Several appear in Dork Tower over the years, most notably Matt with Sarah Michelle Geller and Carson the muskrat with Megan Morrone. Megan refuses to discuss whether her baby is actually Carson's...
  • Vriska from Homestuck has one on Nicolas Cage, complete with Stalker Shrine.
    • John, the guy who first showed a video of Cage to Vriska, has one on Liv Tyler. Or, if you ask Dave, Matt McConnaughey.

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Alternative Title(s):

Celebrity Crush