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.
Often invokes trouble
for this character. He, though it can be she, loses the romance plot which draws the shippers
. Lose. 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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Anime & Manga
- Mahou Sensei Negima!:
- The titular teacher has this bad, as at least 15 girls, 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. Oh, and did we mention that he's still just 10-years-old? The scene that show this the best is when Akira tell him about some girls that like him, and he is completely shocked.
: 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.
- 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 affect 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.
- 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 its 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 Yoshii's sister noted in front of Yoshii, Minami, and Himeji that Yoshii 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.
- Kämpfer's Natsuru Senou: The densest material ever. The best example has to be Senou's date with Shizuku. He assumes its 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.
- Shinji Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion. Somewhat subverted in that all of his potential romantic interests have major issues as well, which would make starting anything with them difficult in the best of cases. That being said, Shinji could stand to be a LOT more assertive himself.
- A Certain Magical Index
- Kotetsu from Tiger & Bunny is more of 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.
- The Title Character of Naruto can come off as this, especially in fillers with the countless Girl 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.
- 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, he just sees him as a friend and doesn't even seem to notice Shiki is disturbingly rather close to him.
- High School D×D: Ironically enough, Hyodou Issei (a Harem Seeker!!) is one. 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.
- 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.
- Infinite Stratos gives us Ichika Orimura, who's being compared to Senou and possibly Negi as one of the most impossibly dense harem protagonists in Anime: He misunderstands Cecilia's sudden friendliness, Rin's promise to "cook for him every day", and Houki's demand that he go on a date with her 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 faking at least some of it, possibly so that he doesn't have to choose between five angry girls* with Powered Armor.
- 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.
- 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.
- Eita, unwilling protagonist of Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 mare's 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- Gilbert himself is also a Chick Magnet, but of the non-clueless kind. He's well aware at the start of the series all the girls in school want him, and he revels in it. At least until Anne breaks her slate over his head. Then he knows but doesn't care.
- Their son, Walter, is also a Clueless Chick Magnet. He's a dark-hair, dreamy-eyed poet and really has no idea the girls want him.
- 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!"
- Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy is completely oblivious to any girl showing interest in him. Anytime 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 borderlines 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 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".
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- 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 has 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.
- 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.