There's a third woman interested in him, too.
Leonard: (regarding girls flirting with him)
Trust me, it doesn't [happen]. Alex:
I don't know, you're cute, you're funny. Maybe you are getting hit on and don't even know it. Leonard:
...pretty sure. (gives him the Puppy-Dog Eyes) Leonard: (ponders it for a moment) Hahahaha
, I got to get back to work, thanks for listening... hope no one rips my clothes off on the way!
A character who is his own worst enemy when it comes to love. In fact, he's pretty much his only enemy in this arena. Wherever they go, it seems that for some reason they attract some romantic attention, in theory there is no reason why they couldn't go on to be The Casanova
with a new person every night. The only problem is they are so unfamiliar with the dating scene they don't realize the girl who is hovering around him, batting her eyes, trying every excuse to make physical contact with them and suggesting they go back to her place qualifies as flirting and not simply being friendly.
Usually deliberately designed to be Mr. Fanservice
. This character also tends to be Adorkable
. Compare Accidental Pornomancer
, Celibate Hero
(who avoids romantic involvement that might interfere with The Cause) and Chaste Hero
(who's too young, dumb or asexual
to even be interested). See also Single-Target Sexuality
, in which a character remains uninterested in potential love interests because they're only interested in one, Oblivious to Love
, where there is one specific person who is clearly
head-over-heels for them but they don't realize it, Chick Magnet
(of course), Unwanted Harem
and Hollywood Dateless
. Remember that this character does not have to be male, although it usually is.
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Anime & Manga
- Where does one begin with Spider-Man? From boyhood he seemed to have the amazing ability to make extremely pretty girls fall in love with him only to be completely oblivious to it half time and have his secret ID ruin it for him anyways once he finally manages to figure it out.
- Nightwing has almost a dozen women who are totally attracted to him without even trying.
- The Black Knight is described on a number of occasions as being a "hunk", manages to attract at least five different specific women that we hear about—three of them at the same time— and also at one point draws the appreciative eyes of a cruise ship full of staring women. Yet he often acts like he's got no chance with the ladies and acts pleasantly surprised and eager to please whenever a woman shows him any attention.
- [[My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) issues 9 and 10 treat Big Macintosh this way; over of the course of the issues, at least three different mares (Fleetfoot, Tealove, and Princess Luna) show varying degrees of affection for him, and he never catches on. And that's not counting the numerous characters who make eyes at him, or Photo Finish, who attempts to shanghai him into a modeling job.
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Will wastes all his frustrated energy on swordplay because he's about the only person who can't see that Elizabeth is ready to jump his bones the minute she can get him alone. Jack Sparrow even lampshades this at one point.
- Granted, he may be aware of it; he just thinks that due to their difference in social class (he's a blacksmith's apprentice and she's the governor's daughter), it would be downright disrespectful of him to have feelings for her. This can be seen in his refusal to call her anything but "Miss Swann" for most of the movie, even though she keeps telling him to call her Elizabeth.
- A Princess Of Mars: John Carter of Mars just could not get it through his Heroic Skull that the most beautiful woman of two worlds was head over heels for him. She had to beat him over the head with an "I love you" stick.
- John Carter frankly admits he doesn't understand women but he does become clued in enough to recognize when other women fall in love with him - as they do with monotonous regularity to his considerable embarrassment. He develops an interesting strategy for dealing with the problem; he takes the girls home to Dejah Thoris. She apparently befriends them and sees to it they meet lots of attractive and available men until they find one that makes them forget John Carter.
- The Sharing Knife
Dag: Among Lakewalkers, a woman invites a man back to her tent...
Fawn: Among farmers, the boy asks the girl...
Dag: Really...How much time do you think we've wasted here, Spark?
- Oddly gender-flipped in L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables series. Anne has such a warped, idealistic view of what love and romance is that she doesn't realize that there are half a dozen men waiting in line to marry her. Including her former enemy turned friend, Gilbert Blythe.
- Derek of the web-novel Domina is continually blind to everyone's affections for him. Once, when two girls are having a heated argument over who gets his First Kiss, he thinks they're screwing with him.
- Miles Vorkosigan is a lot more attractive to women (and one hermaphroditenote ), for all his bodily deformities, than he even begins to realize - though his cousin Ivan surely does. He later begins griping that while he can find women to love, none of them will marry him. And most of the women who fell for him did so without any real effort on his part. Both times he does try, it doesn't go well. Elena married another man, and Ekaterin nearly kicked him out of her life entirely, since he did it dishonestly.
- Firestar from Warrior Cats didn't know Sandstorm and Cinderpelt were in love with him until the latter tells him about the former. As Erin Hunter jokingly said: "Stupid man cat!"
- Darryl, the protagonist of Heart In Hand. When an attractive woman at a nightclub mentions that she's cold, talks about "wanting something to warm me up" and spills a drink over her top, his only reaction is to give his sweatshirt to hernote .
Live Action TV
- Clark Kent in Smallville. He has more girls after him than you could count, but Chloe's long-time crush on him probably fits best, thanks to him being completely Oblivious to Love until Pete points out she's in love with him. Harsher in Hindsight when in Truth it is revealed Pete had a crush on Chloe.
- Simon Tam of Firefly, who is too focused on his medical career (and later, helping his Brainwashed and Crazy sister) to have much luck with the opposite sex (especially Kaylee, who has a crush on him from the beginning of the show). This leads to In Vino Veritas.
- Sheldon Cooper of The Big Bang Theory, who is unable to comprehend social niceties and appears to have no interest in the opposite sex at all. And yet, has managed to pick up five girls and a guy so far.
- In one episode Leonard was distracted by some issues (Penny was spending time with a male classmate) and while talking to a pretty female grad student named Alex she tried to comfort him about the situation by saying girls likely flirt with him without him realizing it, with her obviously flirting with him. He laughs off the notion.
- Friends: Chandler lampshades this trope when he's transferred to Tulsa and his collegue unexpectedly tries to seduce him.
Chandler: Whoa-ho, back off, Missy!
Chandler: I don't know; I'm not used to girls making passes at me! ...Wait a minute... am I sexy in Oklahoma?
Wendy: You are to me...
- Being Chandler, (genuinely not a chick magnet and totally crazy about his wife Monica) he instantly turns her down.
- Angel turned out to be this trope in his own show. Justified because before meeting Buffy he spend one hundred years as drunk homeless guy and a century before that as soulless demon guy. And he doesn't have a reflection.
- Poor boy genius Spencer Reid of Criminal Minds is like this. In one episode, he gets hit on and kissed by a movie star he is protecting, but writes it off as "transference". Later, while questioning witnesses to a crime, Hotch laments that they didn't get any information, but mentions that Reid was "propositioned by every prostitute we talked to".
Reid: [Re: his odd interests] Do you think that's why I can't get a date?
Elle: Have you ever asked a girl out?
Reid: ... no.
Elle: That's why you can't get a date.
- This trope is Played With in Season 2 of Glee with Blaine, the cute, openly gay prep school boy that Kurt has a crush on from minute one that he sees him. It's seems fairly clear that something's going to happen with them - they go every where together, Blaine has Kurt's coffee order memorized, they sing an incredibly flirty duet of "Baby It's Cold Outside"... Only to find out that Blaine honestly had no clue that Kurt had a crush on him, has never had a boyfriend before, only really been on one date with a guy who was really just a friend which ended up with him being beaten up by some guys for daring to go on a date, and so, because of his inexperience, really doesn't know the signs of someone showing romantic interest in him. This cluelessness is finally subverted by hearing Kurt sing Blackbird by The Beatles while in mourning for a pet canary. It Makes Sense in Context and is absolutely adorable!
- Taken to the next level with Coach Beiste, who has a huge crush on a college football recruiter but cannot fathom him being attracted to her. His many attempts to ask her out or otherwise show interest are completely rebuffed because she has no clue that's what they are.
- Stefan from The Vampire Diaries. Stefan attracted so much female attention when he first arrived at school but he was completely oblivious to all of the attention and brushed all of the girls off.
- Averted in Sherlock; while Sherlock dismisses the idea of love, he is fully aware that women find him quite attractive, and was once shown flirting with Molly in order to manipulate her.
- King's Quest's Alexander is a gentlemanly Tall, Dark and Handsome Prince Charming, who is often described as good-looking or even beautiful, and frequently has women (even non-human ones) gushing over/flirting with him. But he reacts to the attention with genuine embarrassment, bewilderment, and/or self-depreciation, as while he recognizes their interest he doesn't understand why, as he doesn't think he's anything special. And when he falls in love himself, he worries incessantly that the girl won't find him attractive/appealing.
- Tatsuya Suou from Persona 2. The boy is absolutely oblivious to the affections of his childhood friend Lisa Silverman - who he sees more as a Clingy Jealous Girl. His cop brother's Katsuya not exempt from this, either. This even while they are both head over heels with Maya Amano.
- Word of God confirms that his canon love interest is the very male Jun. It's part this, part he's simply not interested in Lisa like that.
- How dense is Katsuya? One time, on Valentine's Day, a female cop gave him some chocolate. In his capacity as an amateur chef, he spent a while telling her everything that was wrong with the chocolate, from texture to flavor, and asking why he was getting it, since it isn't his birthday.
- When The Legend of Zelda's Link isn't depicted as a flat-out Chaste Hero, he's sometimes depicted as being receptive of female attention but unable to detect any sort of romantic element in it (even though said element is painfully obvious to the player).
- Justified in the case of Ocarina of Time Link, since he's a kid. A kid who grew up with no adults around at all. No parents, no nothing. Taken a little further in the manga version, where Ruto outright proposes to him and he doesn't know what 'engagement' means. And he never really got the chance to learn about romance when he got older, given that he was in stasis..
- So far, the only real subversion is the Link of Skyward Sword who, while still a Heroic Mime, seems to have a much closer and personal relationship with Zelda than any other Link has had with any girl. Rescuing Zelda is his main goal rather than just saving the world.
- Shenmue: Ryo Hazuki blows all other competition out of the water in this regard. He could practically receive a concussion from all the girls beating him over the head with their attraction to him, and he just. Doesn't. Get it. Nor does he even give a damn in the first place.
- From Ace Attorney we have Miles Edgeworth, the handsome, smart, rich man who has many many girls falling for his charms and class... that he is completely unaware of. Even Maya comments on it at one point.
- Sadly, the only woman he does notice is the rather horrifying, age unknown, Wendy Oldbag. He has to refrain from bolting from the courthouse whenever she's a witness and absolutely loathes the nickname 'Edgey-Poo' that she's given him. Poor guy...
- Emiya Shirou from Fate/stay night has this in spades. By the time Fate/hollow ataraxia rolls around, he has Saber, Rin, Sakura, Rider, Caren, Ilya, Issei, the entirety of the Archery Club, the 3 gossip girls from the school and arguably even Taiga.
- In Girl Genius, Moloch possibly has some excuse in that he wasn't this trope before he Took a Level in Badass as Agatha's head minion, and indeed had a hopeless crush on one of the three women now interested in him, but he still misses some obvious clues.
- Gary, one of the protagonists of Ménage ā 3, is completely clueless about the effects that he increasingly has on women as the comic continues. This is nominally justified by his unhappy and repressive religious upbringing, but mostly it's just because he's an oblivious (but adorkable) geek who gains a peculiar but justified reputation as an oral sex master. The whole thing was maybe turned Up to Eleven when a rather scary dominatrix provisionally identified him as "the perfect sub".
- Vinnie, the werewolf from Skins. Rabbit's extremely hot sister is clearly still in love with him (even throwing herself onto him and kissing him passionately when they meet for the first time in years) but he dismisses it as her simply being happy to see him alive.
- Jake English from Homestuck has several girls (and one guy) who are interested in him. His level of cluelessness is zigzagged, but most of the time, he is cringeworthily oblivious to other people's feelings. And because this is Homestuck, this trope is repeatedly lampshaded.
- Donald Duck: Although in his youth, he was a bit of a Casanova, now he seems to have eyes only for his girlfriend, Daisy. But, in one cartoon, "Double Date Don", Daisy's neighbor Clara Cluck falls in love with him, with him mostly trying to fend her off and finish building Daisy a brick wall. This seems to happen in a few other cartoons as well. And in the comics, especially Double Duck and Paperinik New Adventures (more prominently in PK2) Agent Kay K and his friend's love interest, Stella, from their respective comic both flirt with him a little or praise him. And he doesn't quite know what to do with the attention.
- The Simpsons: Although he occasionally plays the role of a Kidanova, Bart Simpson is usually surprisingly clueless about the effect he seems to have on girls, some of which are quite a few years older than him.
- In Teen Titans the episode where the introduce Aqualad, Raven and Starfire are instantly smitten. Aqualad doesn't notice until the very end of the episode, and quite frankly, those two scare him.