Clueless Chick Magnet

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There's a third woman interested in him, too.

Leonard: [regarding girls flirting with him] Trust me, it doesn't [happen].
Alex: You sure? You're cute. You're funny. Maybe you're getting hit on and you don't even know it.
Leonard: Really?
Alex: Yep, pretty sure. [gives him the Puppy Dog Eyes]
Leonard: [ponders it for a moment] Hahahaha, I have to get back to work, thanks for listening.
Alex: No problem.
Leonard: Hope no girls rip my clothes off on the way! [leaves in laughter]

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.

Often invokes trouble for this character. He, though it can be she, loses the romance plot which draws the shippers. On the other hand, if the character wises up, they often do so by losing what gave them the magnet. Again, lose. This character fails at romance, though not intentionally, like a Chaste Hero or Celibate Hero.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 
  • 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. His butt is apparently so perfect that it transcends species.note 
    • He seems to have passed this trait onto his little brother Tim Drake
  • 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.

    Comic Strips 
  • Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Difficult as it is to believe, he is the object of affection for many of the strip's female characters, and a few more girls in the TV specials too. Unfortunately for him, he is completely oblivious to it due to his lack of self-confidence and his own hopeless crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl. Despite the girls swooning over him, he laments his inability to understand them. The affection gained by Royette, great-granddaughter of Roy Hobbs, actually led her to give him those two game-winning home runs in 1993. Or so she claimed. When he told her that Hobbes was a fictional character she... didn't take it well.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka liked Shinji, Rei cared for Shinji, and all of his females classmates had a huge crush on Shinji... and Shinji was completely clueless about it. He never ever noticed. It changed over the story, though. He accidentally got a hint Asuka was throwing herself at him and they got together... which eventually led to Rei spending more time with them AND all of their classmates deciding to chase him actively, much to his surprise and disbelief.
  • The grown up and ponified Godzilla Jr. seems to be flirting with this trope in once he ended up in Equestria during the crossover story The Bridge. In his new unicorn form he's no Prince Blueblood, but has a degree of Tall, Dark and Handsome to him by some mares' standards. Despite his Gentle Giant persona, he's lived his life so far without even giving romance a thought. When a guard named Blade Dancer starts flirting with him, he has no idea what she is doing and is somewhat creeped out.
  • Between books 1 and 2 of the Broken Bow series, Armani Dove attracts the attention of several wood nymphs due to his connection with Artemis.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji is a really thick and oblivious chick magnet. In a scene he's watching Rei trying to talk Asuka into sharing him… and he thinks that they can’t possibly want a threesome with him.
    Asuka: And I'm not sharing my boyfriend with you!
    Touji: Damn, Shinji, a lot of guys would kill for a deal like that,
    Shinji: I'm sure they weren't actually talking about sharing me.
    Rei: We were,
  • Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide doesn't get that he is amongst the popular boys of his class because he has quite the "cute factor" with the girls, being Tall, Dark and Handsome as well as having Innocent Blue Eyes. His old subconscious belief that everyone hates him still makes him paranoid.
  • The One I Love Is: Shinji drew women wherever he went... and he had absolutely no idea about it. He was genuinely shocked and surprised when Rei gave him chocolates and when Hikari told him that Asuka was in love with him because he was completely oblivious to their feelings and to the hints Asuka constantly dropped.
  • A running gag in Sunny, Moonie, Twily is the existence of a support group for stallions and mares unwittingly rejected by Twilight Sparkle. Apparently she takes all flirting literally, and nobody has ever successfully managed to ask her out before she mistakenly assumes they're there for her Lovable Sex Maniac roommate. The one pony that was going to ask her directly was preemptively recruited into the group on the assumption that he would have been rejected, much to his frustration. And then it turns out there's another group for those unwittingly rejected by Sunset Shimmer...

    Film 
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, 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 alonenote . 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.
  • The title character in the Australian film Alvin Purple and its sequels is a quintessential example of this trope. The opening scene has him being chased across Melbourne by a group of hysterical fangirls, and it all goes downhill from there.

    Literature 
  • Anne of Green Gables:
  • A Brother's Price: Jerin has no idea how many women are attracted to him. Part of this may be due to his very protective sisters - presumably women don't get to do more than gaze longingly at him. When he is old enough to get married and his sisters decide they can demand a brother's price (like a bride price, but for a bridegroom) of double the usual sum, he is very insecure about it, and thinks they're overestimating his attractiveness.
  • 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.
  • Ishmael from Don't Call Me Ishmael!. He doesn't think he's popular with girls, but by the end of the series quite a few girls have shown interest in him. He usually doesn't initiate contact with anyone, instead, some girls make moves on him.
  • 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 .
  • Harry has a bit of this in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He's confused by how popular the Gryffindor Quidditch team has gotten, and Hermione has to exasperatedly point out that people are only signing up because he's the captain and has become much more popular and attractive since the events of the last book.
    Hermione: You've never been more popular or, frankly, fanciable.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy is completely oblivious to any girl showing interest in him. Any time things actually get moving, it's because the girls themselves have instigated it out of pure frustration. Both Annabeth and Rachel kiss him first and Calypso has to borderline propose. Let's just say Annabeth's nickname Seaweed Brain is well-earned sometimes.
    • In the Sequel Series The Heroes of Olympus, he's improved enough to awkwardly refuse Reyna's advances, (as he and Annabeth have finally got together), but upgrades to a clueless guy magnet concerning Nico's feelings.
  • 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?
  • Miles Vorkosigan from Vorkosigan Saga 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!"

    Music 
  • Gender-inverted in Juniel's "Pretty Boy" MV where the singer walks down the street, completely unaware that all these guys she's passed have fallen in love with her. A guy tries to glomp her but just goes right over her when she bends to pick up her lipstick, guys fight over the handkerchief that falls out of her bag and other guys (plus a little boy) have to be stopped from chasing her - and she notices none of it. However she is looking for love - just not with any of those guys, but with a Pretty Boy.

    Video Games 
  • Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy VII, over the course of the game, earns the affections of Tifa, Aerith, Yuffie, Jessie and Priscilla. He never clues in that it's possible that he may very well be a hit with the ladies.
  • Kaze from Fire Emblem Fates, according to his support conversations. Several of them feature him getting saddled with gifts from random women, and he's completely baffled each time. Corrin even hangs a bit of a lampshade on it in their supports.
    • That's rather funny, given that Corrin himself is one! His best friend Azura, his maid Felicia, Hinoka, Sakura, Camilla, and Rhajat are all either suggested to or outright stated to have felt some sort of attraction to him before the possible Relationship Upgrade. Sure, the first four don't really make any moves, but Camilla and Rhajat are very obvious about their interest in him.
  • 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.
  • The Legend of Zelda
    • When 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.
  • Persona 2:
    • Tatsuya Suou. 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.
  • Since Yandere Simulator will be a 10-week long game with a new rival each week, this means that Senpai has, completely by accident, managed to attract the attentions of 11 different girls. And Word of God is that Removing The Rivals by setting them up with other students will have him come to believe he's just not attractive.

    Visual Novels 
  • 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...
    Edgeworth: D-do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire from the female masses?
  • Emiya Shirou from Fate/stay night is one dense lady-magnet. By the time Fate/hollow ataraxia rolls around, he has Saber, Rin, Sakura, Rider, Caren, Illya, Issei, the entirety of the Archery Club, the 3 gossip girls from the school and arguably even Taiga. Despite finding many of these girls attractive, it rarely occurs to him that any might feel the same way about him, such that Rin and Sakura have an especially hard time getting him to notice their feelings in their respective routes.
  • Makoto in Shiny Days is truly dense, being the most popular guy in school yet failing to realize that anyone likes him at all. He's quite capable of seducing his friends, their sisters, mothers and complete strangers in a single conversation yet he only catches on once when someone likes him, and only then because she kissed him and already assumed she was dating him.

     Webcomic 
  • Elliot from El Goonish Shive had gained the affection of several girls all without him realising it. Ellen has this to say about her brother:
    Ellen: I'm betting the day Elliot actually tries to attract women will be the day that they collectively lose interest in him.
  • 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. From his own words, he never got the chance to be around attractive ladies before. His childhood was on a farm, soldiering in adulthood, and being a prisoner of an insane castle at his introduction. He's got neither the experience or the time to think about romance in Castle Heterodyne.
  • 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.
  • Gary, one of the protagonists of Ménage à 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".
  • David from Ow, my sanity is a variation of this. He is completely unfamiliar with the dating scene and implied to have zero experience in this field. Yet, wherever he goes, he attracts romantic attention—just never from human women. First he gains the interest of an Eldritch Abomination who takes the form of a pretty, Arabic woman after eating all David's flatmates... it goes downhill from there.
  • 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.
  • Elan of The Order of the Stick. He has an 18 in Charisma (the highest you can naturally get), but, due to his happy-go-lucky, childlike nature, he doesn't notice Haley's crush on him (even Belkar, with a notoriously bad Spot skill, notices). This is taken to extremes when Haley receives actual brain damage in keeping the secret from him (damage that is reversible); the damage causes her to spend an entire book (roughly 200 strips) speaking in a code requiring letter replacement to decipher (the code changes with different strips) - which no one does.

    Web Original 

    Western Animation 
  • 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.
  • Double D from Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy. While he is aware of the crushes Marie and Sarah have on him, he remains clueless that he attracts so many girls, both in- and outside their universe.
  • 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.
  • Teen Titans: In the episode where Aqualad's introduced, Raven and Starfire are instantly smitten. Aqualad doesn't notice until the very end of the episode, and quite frankly, those two scare him.
  • Steven Universe: Being made out of two children, Stevonnie is never aware why people seem to be so interested in them.


Alternative Title(s): Clueless Dude Magnet

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