Clueless Chick Magnet
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.


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  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts
    • Akihisa Yoshii has three girls pining after him: Minami, Himeji, and Minami's little sister Hazuki. At one point, Minami threatens to kill him outright to blackmail a date out from him, and Himeji makes lunches for him every day (which is a very bad thing, but it's the thought that counts). Yoshii never notices. Ever. He does know that Hazuki loves him, but that's because she loudly insists they're getting married when she grows up.
    • Another notable one was when his sister Akira noted in front of Minami and Himeji that he seems to only read porn about busty women in ponytails. Himeji immediately ties her hair into a ponytail, and the next day Minami (who always has a ponytail) comes to school with some sort of inflatable inserts. He still doesn't notice.
    • There are subtle hints in the novel that Hideyoshi might have a small crush on Yoshii too... and Kubo.
  • Kodaka Hasegawa from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems clueless about the fact that no less than six girls want his attention and have affection for him, which are his Childhood Friend, a Rich Bitch who secretly just feels very lonely, a Hot Mad Scientist, a Wholesome Crossdresser (who thinks she's a boy), and two Token Mini-Moe, one of which is a Child Prodigy and the other a Little Sister Heroine Elegant Gothic Lolita. Except we eventually find out that it's merely an act because he does notice their affection but doesn't want to break the heart of any of them by choosing one and thus rejecting the other five.
  • Godou Kusanagi in Campione! is this trope personified. Despite the fact that he's at least kissed four girls, he still thinks of them as friends. In this case, it's partially ignorance, and part Selective Obliviousness.
  • Akane of Castle Town Dandelion is unaware of the fact that she has a huge Instant Fan Club, with a predominantly male membership.
  • A Certain Magical Index
    • Kamijou Touma. Between his heroic tendencies and misfortune, every girl he meets falls for him in short order. But because of the aforementioned misfortune, he just assumes they're all screwing with him. Or doesn't notice at all, though that one is at least a little justified by the fact that he lost his memory and didn't have the heart to tell anyone. There is a fan theory that he is aware of the effect he has on girls, but is pretending not to know in order to avoid retribution from any of them that he doesn't choose (in fact, early on he says that "his type" is a Cool Big Sis kind of girl, which none of his harem fits personality-wise).
    • It also appears that alcohol functions as some sort of Amplifier Artifact on his ability to do this as well. When he gets drunk in Volume 2 of New Testament and starts wandering around Academy City, women just.... appear out of nowhere. In the end he takes no less than ten women home, simply through the virtue of walking to his apartment.
      Misaka Mikoto: [seeing this process underway] In no time at all, they were in all directions.
    • Kakeru Kamisato, being Touma's Foil, also has a harem of attractive girls that he's accrued in much the same way Touma did, by saving them with his power. Kakeru, however, ignores their advances as best he can, because he refuses to accept that any of the girls are actually in love with him, and instead are just enamored with "the hero who saved them", which he wouldn't be without his power. Touma thinks this isn't the case, at the very least not for the three girls who seem closest to Kakeru (all of whom he was acquainted with prior to gaining his power).
  • Female example: Satou from Detective Conan doesn't know that the whole police department all have a romantic attraction to her.
  • Yukiteru Amano somewhat started off as this in Future Diary. At least five other characters have either flirted with, hit on or kissed him, and (more egregiously) School Idol Yuno Gasai stalked him for a year without his noticing.
  • Ryuuichi from Gakuen Babysitters is one of the most fawned over guys in the class aside from Kamitani. However, he doesn't notice this, even when there are two girls showing much more obvious signs of attraction. Kamitani's case, however, is ambiguous, since it's difficult to tell from his personality whether he's actually clueless or just doesn't care.
  • Sekai Kamiki of Gundam Build Fighters Try: Being a character whose only interests are eating, sleeping, martial arts training, and longing to fight strong, honorable opponents, he has completely no clue (or if he has, it's definitely not in a romantic sense) as to why Fumina, Gyanko, and Shia are all attracted to him in one way or the other.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Hayate is an interesting case: He's not a Chaste Hero, in theory — he understands the idea of romance and attraction, and has a couple girls he's pining after, but he doesn't notice that every girl he meets falls in love with him. Yes, including the two he's in love with. The guys at school call him the Airhead Gigolo because of this: Part is his personality, part is just dumb luck, and there's even a little bit of Friend to All Living Things thrown in just for the hell of it.
    • It's shown that he is somewhat aware of his effect on girls and can actually play it up when he wants something, similar to his 'business smile' that he uses periodically. This often includes conjuring up love bubbles and bishie sparkle for extra charm. Possibly an extension of this is Hayate's 'Serious Mode' which ramps up his charm and charisma ten-fold and is even said to change the air around him with his confidence. To date it has been used exactly once; to make sure his date with Hinagiku was a complete success.
    • Hayate is deliberately inflicting this on himself however, stemming from what happened with Athena as a child, he doesn't seem to believe he deserves to be loved, and thus even if he is aware of the girls feelings about him, he won't act on it for that reason.
    • 13-year-old Wataru's doing pretty well himself. He has, mostly unwittingly, gathered the attention of several girls (Saki, Sonia, Aika, and possibly Sakuya), all of whom are older than he is. Well, an exception is that Wataru has been made all too aware about Sonia's affection for him.
  • Heivia of Heavy Object is incredibly irritated that the girls he and Quenser meet gravitate towards the latter. The fact that Quenser completely misses all the signs of their interest aggravates Heivia even more, leading to him desiring to punch Quenser and sometimes actually doing so.
  • High School D×D: Ironically enough, Issei Hyodou is one, despite being a self-declared Harem Seeker himself. This is justified because he has a huge inferiority complex after his first girlfriend killed him on their first date. However, the trope is later defied when his denseness finally gets to Rias enough to make her cry, at which point the rest of the harem hits him over the head with the fact that they really are in love with him. He then confesses to Rias, and they begin going out.
  • Infinite Stratos gives us Ichika Orimura, who's being compared to Natsuru and possibly Negi as one of the most impossibly dense harem protagonists in Anime: He misunderstands Cecilia's sudden friendliness after their first battle, Rin's promise to "cook for him every day", and Houki's demand that he go on a date with her (and by that he means "shopping trip") if she wins a tournament. The light novels, however (which are told from his perspective), make it clear that he's not quite as bad as he seems, and is probably faking at least some of it, so that he doesn't have to choose between five angry girls with Powered Armor.
  • Bell Cranel in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is so focused on Aiz Wallenstein that he doesn't even notice that he's gotten the harem he originally wanted. Hestia gave him a Love Confession in Volume 1/Episode 3 and it went completely over his head.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss. He is completely oblivious to the fact that most teenage girls find him attractive and he fails to notice the signs that Nanami is starting to fall in love with him. Which is odd considering how much he likes hanging around in the Red Light District.
  • Kämpfer's Natsuru Senou: The densest material ever. The best example has to be Senou's date with Shizuku. He assumes it's Not a Date... but she corrects him that no, it really is a date. He assumes she's joking. Cuz she does that all the time. Which then causes Mikoto to give him a couple of Megaton Punch attacks. Even Akane goes to his house afterward to find out why he took Shizuku out on a date, forcing him to take her on one as well in the next episode.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • The titular teacher has this bad, as at least 15 girls are interested, and there's only two that he's aware of. That's because two told him to his face that they love him. Naturally, this usually causes all sorts of problems, as he's extremely prone to I Didn't Mean to Turn You On type actions. To say nothing of the time when he accidentally leads on one of his students while she thinks that he's his own cousin. Chisame even points out that he's going to make a lot of girls cry in the future. And for the record he's still just 10-years-old. The scene that shows this the best is when Akira tells him about some girls that like him, and he is completely shocked.
      Akira: At this rate, I guess he doesn't know about Class Rep...
    • Kotaro has a case of this; even while still in his Girls Have Cooties phase he still has 4 girls, although he is starting to be aware that one of them might like him. She eventually has to literally beat it into his head before he gets the idea.
  • The title character of Naruto can come off as this, especially in fillers with the countless Girls of the Week that start to like him. Especially ironic since part of the reason he was so jealous of Sasuke (pre-timeskip) was because he was such a massive Chick Magnet.
    • In The Last: Naruto the Movie we see that he became this in canon. At the beginning of the movie we see lots of girls showering him with gifts all over the place, and other characters even comment that girls from other villages come just to meet and get pictures of him. Since he's long past his Glory Seeker phase, he has no clue what to do. Because he was so starved for affection at a young age, he is unable to actually tell the difference between The Four Loves.
  • Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Yet another deconstruction, though there are some genuine moments. Shinji's psychological issues and lack of self-esteem cripple almost any response to Asuka's hints; when he does respond, he performs so poorly that he feeds into Asuka's own self-esteem issues and hurts her. Rei grows to have feelings for Shinji, but doesn't fully realize it until just before her Heroic Sacrifice against the Angel Armisael, which is the reveal to Shinji. Kaworu, however, is forwardly (if ambiguously) affectionate to Shinji, and Shinji responds the most openly to him only to have to kill him when Kaworu reveals himself to be the final Angel. Even Misato possibly has an interest in Shinji, but their age gap and her being Shinji and Asuka's guardian would make it unorthodox and very inappropriate (her attempts are clumsy and badly received anyway).
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Even though Post-Gonk Alvida, the whole of Amazon Lily, and 'The World's Most Beautiful Woman' Boa Hancock are all in love with him, he still remains a clueless and Celibate Hero. He's at least figured out that Hancock loved him by the end of the two year Time Skip, only because she has outright asked him to make her his wife.
  • Eita, unwilling protagonist of Oreshura. Every female character with significant screen time is madly in love with him, and there's some Ho Yay vibes from his best friend; but he's so determined to be a Celibate Hero that even while four cute girls are hanging around him and openly fighting for his attention, he doesn't really seem to understand what's going on. Or he wants to pretend it isn't happening.
  • Gender-Inverted with Haruhi Fujioka of Ouran High School Host Club. Her backstory has her getting confessions in Junior High at least once a month, usually more. However, when some guys confess to her, she assumes they mean something like 'I want to go to Ouran as well' or 'want to go outside with me?' And that is not even counting the fangirls she has while dressed as a guy.
  • Ash Ketchum of Pokémon, despite the numerous girls (and Pokémon) who've shown interest in him. Even more so as the years have gone by, with him becoming completely Oblivious to Love, whether it's directed at himself or anyone else.
  • As Negi's grandson, Touta Konoe from UQ Holder! has the affection of most of the girls around him, yet remains utterly oblivious to their attraction despite at least one of them confessing. He is aware of Mizore, but that's only because it's near impossible to misinterpret "you will be my husband" without being a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Shuto Katsuragi, the titular Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain known as Ratman, is completely oblivious to the idea that his classmate Mirea Mizushima (who is part of the "evil" organization who turned him into Ratman) and Rio Kizaki (daughter of the Hero Association's president), or even Fatman's sister Anzu are interested in anything more than being nice and friendly to him. This even extends to a Ho Yay version where Shiki constantly calls him cute and has No Sense of Personal Space, and he just sees him as a friend and doesn't even seem to notice Shiki is disturbingly rather close to him.
  • Parn from Record of Lodoss War. Both Deedlit and Shiris are interested in him, but he doesn't seem to realize it and he remains a Celibate Hero throughout the series.
  • Kotetsu from Tiger & Bunny is more of a tsundere magnet than an actual Chick Magnet, but he is nonetheless oblivious to this ability. He just wonders why certain girls [namely his wife-to-be (during their high-school days) and Karina (during the course of the show)] keep acting all weird and contradictory around him.
  • Koutarou Amon, from Tokyo Ghoul. Tall, Dark and Handsome, he's completely oblivious to the attention of several female coworkers and misunderstands the various attempts to woo him with home-made treats. Part of this is because he's Married to the Job, but also because he still hasn't gotten completely over the death of a former classmate. It's only when Akira tries to kiss him, that he realizes her feelings.....and promptly rejects her due to his hangups.

    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...

  • 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.

  • 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 .
  • 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!"

    Live Action TV  
  • Angel turned out to be this trope in his own show. Justified because before meeting Buffy he spent one hundred years as drunk homeless guy and a century before that as soulless demon guy. And he doesn't have a reflection.
  • 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 (this provides the page quote). He laughs off the notion.
  • Spencer Reid of Criminal Minds is like this. He has an IQ of 187, but can't tell when a woman is hitting on him. He is convinced that he's unattractive and that women don't like him, despite all evidence to the contrary; he is hit on regularly, even by a movie star in an early episode. In another, he and the team hit the streets to question witnesses to a crime. They don't get any information, but Reid is propositioned by every prostitute they talked to.
    Reid: [regarding 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.
  • Doctor Who: Depending on the regeneration, the Doctor can come off like this, particularly in the revival era. While the Tenth Doctor appeared well aware that he was attractive to women - and some men, such as Jack Harkness - the Ninth and Eleventh Doctors appeared to be oblivious at their attractiveness to women, with Eleven caught offguard in "Flesh and Stone" when his companion, Amy, actually attempts to seduce him. The episode "Deep Breath" includes dialogue suggesting the Doctor unconsciously adopted younger-looking incarnations to be more attractive. So far, the Twelfth Doctor era hasn't played with this trope on screen, though there are a few exceptions, such as "Listen" when the Doctor is taken offguard when Clara compares his accent to mood lighting, and in "Mummy on the Orient Express" when one character assumes Clara and the Doctor are a couple.
  • Odo from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. Mentioned in a season 2 episode where Dax and Odo are in a runabout headed toward the wormhole, and Lt. Dax mentions that she has noticed that a certain Bolian woman had been making a lot of visits to the security office. Odo then replies that she had only been making those visits because her cousin was interested in a career in law enforcement; cue the 'yeah, right' look from Dax.
  • 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.
  • Friends:
    • Chandler lampshades this trope when he's transferred to Tulsa and his colleague unexpectedly tries to seduce him.
      Chandler: Whoa-ho, back off, Missy!
      Wendy: ...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.
  • Glee
    • This trope is Played With in Season 2 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.
  • Gentaro of Kamen Rider Fourze seems pretty surprised when he has multiple girls express interest in taking him to their prom (he's in the year below them). Some of them were formerly Zodiarts, too. There's also Miu, and in a later episode, Yukina. Lampshaded with Yukina, who tells Gentaro that she wants to be more than friends. Gentaro looks incredibly confused that anybody would reject friendship. The only woman he's ever actually expressed interest in is Nadeshiko, who first appeared in his crossover movie with OOO, and she's explicitly his first love.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.
    • For his defense and from his own words, he never got the chance to be around attractive ladies before, spending his times in farm, soldiering and being prisoner.
  • 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 ŕ 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.

    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