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Celeb Crush
aka: Celebrity 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.

Teenagers everywhere of both genders 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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    Anime and Manga 
  • 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.
  • From UC Gundam series set between the One Year War and Char's Counterattack, Amuro and Char pick up a fair number of these:
    • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Amuro has Beltorchika Irma, while Char has Reccoa and possibly Emma.
    • In Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack, Quess Paraya has a crush on Amuro, but quickly deserts him for Char.
    • Char's Deleted Affair shows off Char's Chick Magnet skills, with Haman Karn (future evil overlord, now a mostly-cheerful and innocent schoolgirl), Oksana Boginskaya, and a young Nanai Miguel all attracted to him.
  • Slam Dunk: Haruko Akagi is perfectly aware that her feelings for Kaede Rukawa are this, ever since the beginning.
  • 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.

    Comicbooks 

    Fan Fiction 

    Film 
  • As part of their Batman Gambit in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the pirates must enact a ritual involving words spoken as if to a lover, but the pirates are all a Large Ham who've never known a love they didn't pay for... except one:
    Ragetti: [whispers tenderly] "Calypso... I release you from your human bonds."
  • There's that woman in Southland Tales who's obsessed with Boxer Santoros, and tries to force him at gunpoint to let her blow him.
  • Play Misty for Me and The Fan were about the Loony Fan variety.
  • The Fifth Element: Korben Dallas' hotel concierge lady has a crush on Ruby Rhod. I just love him. He's so talented, don't you think? He's so sexy.
  • Win A Date With Tad Hamilton was about exploiting the crush.
  • Prince Char from Ella Enchanted had mobs of screaming fangirls.
  • Borat is obsessed with Pamela Anderson.
  • In The Love Guru, Le Coq Grande has a thing for fellow French-Canadian Celine Dion.
  • Phil Foster from Date Night confesses to his wife that his "sex fantasy" involves Cyndi Lauper.
  • Broadway Melody of 1938 featured Judy Garland singing "You Made Me Love You" to a photograph of Clark Gable.
  • Love and Death on Long Island adapts the novel about a highbrow novelist who becomes obsessed with a Teen Idol.
  • In Kill Bill Volume 2, Bill's father figure Esteban Vihaio, a Mexican pimp, tells a story about how he once took Bill to the movies when he was a little boy. He could tell that Bill was drawn to blondes when he noted that the boy had a Precocious Crush for 1940s-1950s movie star Lana Turner.

    Literature 
  • 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 Clara Bow.
  • 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.

    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 Pfieffer, 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.
  • 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.
  • In the episode "Hollywood Babylon" of Supernatural, 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 had 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.

    Music 
  • "Your Voice" by The Downtown Fiction.
  • The Pixies' "Make Believe" is a joke song about drummer David Lovering's crush on Debbie Gibson.
  • "Superstar" by Taylor Swift.
  • "Pictures of Lily" by The Who, about a boy who falls in love with a picture of a dead celebrity.
  • "My Baby's in Love with Eddie Vedder" by "Weird Al" Yankovic.
  • "Élodie"note  by David Mead.
  • "Natalie Portman" by Ozma.

    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.

    Web Originals 

    Western Animation 

    Real Life 
  • In 2010, some guys at Auburn launched a website called "A Hug From Taylor Swift", which aimed to get exactly that. Taylor found the website, and proceeded to put them through three rounds of challenges if they really wanted one. They aced them. After they completed the final challenge—get people to an auditorium and lead them in karaoke—she popped up and gave them their hugs. And kisses. And concert tickets. And put on a bonus concert to boot.
  • Elvis, Michael Jackson and The Beatles had this problem in spades, to the point they had trouble going out in public.
  • The majority of the cast of the Harry Potter movies have fans with crushes and have since the first film.
  • Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby as well. To the point it was parodied by Looney Tunes. Porky hired chicken crooners based on each of them to make the hens lay eggs.
  • David Letterman has a Stalker with a Crush type Loony Fan.
  • Nicolas Cage has also had a Loony Fan break into his home naked.


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