Devoted to You

"Why is everyone so hot for this girl? Has she got beer-flavored nipples?"
Patrick Verona, 10 Things I Hate About You

I'm Hopelessly Devoted To You!

Some ladies (or men) are just special. With no conscious action on their part, they are able to create an almost inescapable devotion in would-be suitors. Neither time nor distance can tame this obsession, and in the unlikely event that it does fade, the slightest contact with the man (or woman) will bring the obsession back, often stronger than it was before. Often there is no real explanation given for this level of obsessed devotion in comparison to other women (or men) in the series.

Usually a woman, and can come from almost any background: An Ordinary High-School Student, a Girl Next Door, an Action Girl, Idol Singer, Tsundere, Beautiful All Along, or a recent widow, Tall, Dark and Handsome, Jerk with a Heart of Gold, Unlucky Everydude.

Related to the Chick Magnet, with a few key differences:
  • Rarely has more than 1 or 2 men chasing her at a time.
  • There is rarely an Unwanted Harem.
  • In shonen and seinen stories, is usually not the main character, in shojo or josei stories, almost always is.

What defines this Love Interest is the single minded devotion that is given to him. Even though she might not be the most attractive, wealthy, or interesting female in the group, her devotees will often discard any and all advances made by other women, up to and including no strings attached sex. Alternate takes are lovers who had to leave the girl for "her own good" often among tons of Wangst. But he will always be in their hearts, and none of their attempts to move on can possibly succeed. Prone to have a Hopeless Suitor, Dogged Nice Guy, or maybe even a Stalker with a Crush.

May not always be the True Love of the main character, but since the main has become a Hopeless Suitor he can't notice. This often results in a Type 5 Love Triangle. Sometimes, one of the two men going after her will gracefully bow out, promptly find a new girlfriend, and step aside for the new guy who will be obsessed to show up within an episode or two. (see Marmalade Boy).

Other common Triangle Types stemming from this trope are types 3, 4, 7, and 10.

Usually virginal, she is never a slut. Compare Hello, Nurse! and Even the Girls Want Her which usually don't apply, but is sometimes part of the package.

Romance writer Lani Diane Rich refers to this sort of thing as having a Glittery Hoo-Ha.


Anime and Manga
  • Kyoko Otonashi from Maison Ikkoku is a classic example, as both Unlucky Everydude Godai, and Bishie Sparkling Mitaka, are in a constant state of turning down many of their romantic prospects on the off chance that Kyoko is interested in them.
  • Ayukawa Madoka from Kimagure Orange Road: Kasuga Kyosuke is dating a cute girl named Hikaru, but it's her best friend Madoka who has his devotion.
  • Suzuka from Suzuka: The eponymous character of this show, as Yamato even when in other relationships, is obsessed with her. In the manga, he turns down other women who are interested in him, and even flat out refuses sex because of his obsession.
  • Lynn Minmei from Super Dimension Fortress Macross: Hikaru Ichijo is obsessed with her throughout much of the series, even when she specifically states she is interested in someone else. Ultimately subverted when Hikaru moves on and ends up marrying the other vertex of the Love Triangle, Misa Hayase.
  • Myung Fang Long from Macross Plus is obsessed over by Guld and Isamu after a several year absence. Isamu even leaves behind his new girlfriend, because of her.
  • Everyone in Ah! My Goddess is devoted to Belldandy. You'd be crazy not to be. Justified in that she is literally a Goddess.
  • In Yume De Aetara, the Official Couple of Masuo and Nagisa manage to catch each one some suitors of this kind. In fact, Masuo was one of these for Nagisa, but ascends to real love interest because his devotion and interest are proven as more genuine than his rival's.
  • Pandora Hearts: So much.
    • Gil towards Oz.
    • Oz and Jack towards Alice.
    • Glen and Jack (the latter, to a higher extent) to Lacie, which essentially fuels the plot.
    • Lottie towards Glen.
    • Leo towards Elliot.
  • Gokudera towards Tsuna in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!.
  • Hiren for Dante in Undertaker Riddle. Also Deconstructed since Hiren doesn't think on a plan or consecuences when Dante gets kidnapped by the Big Bad, just thinks in how much he wants to save him.
  • Di[e]ce is pretty much "Obsessive Devotion: The Manga". Kazuki and Haruki are "kings" in death games modeled after chess. The bishops and knights on both sides are completely devoted to them - and the bishops have been raised to protect them all their life. Sion and Naoto refer to Kazuki as their only reason for living; Gara and Kirito call Haruki their only reason for living. Kazuki and Haruki, though, only show that level of single-minded loyalty towards each-other.
  • Yasha towards Ashura in RG Veda. Just hours after he found Ashura, Yasha puts Ashura's wellbeing over his people's concerns and lives and devotes himself to protect the child for the rest of the manga, even against his own brother. It's revealed it's because a promise he made with Ashura-oh, but thanks to it, he recognizes Ashura as the most important person in his life. He also dedicated himself in looking over Ashura's slumber for centuries in hopes of him waking up again.

  • The entire plot of There's Something About Mary was based on the eponymous character being one of these.
  • Allison from Get Over It: Is a perfect example that the main character has to get over in order to meet his true love.
  • From Grease, Hopelessly Devoted To You!
  • Mikaela from the Transformers film series.
  • Kevin James' Love Interest in Hitch.
  • In The Book of Life, Manolo and Joaquin have both been in love with Maria since they were kids, ten years apart has not dulled their love for her at all. Joaquin is even shown to be popular with women but he still only has eyes for Maria. For her part Maria is just as devoted to them, if more platonically. To the point where she gets really annoyed when they start fighting each other over her.

  • Bella Swan from Twilight, which is just one of the reasons she is considered a Mary Sue.
  • Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter. Though she's had other boyfriends before him, she's always been in love with Harry. Even after they break up for a time, she remains fiercely loyal to him.
  • Both lampshaded and justified with Lotus Cloud in Bridge of Birds — this is part of the evidence that she's actually a goddess.
  • Basil Hallward to Dorian in The Picture of Dorian Gray, lampshaded. Though it can be justified with Dorian's beauty, which fascinates everyone.
  • Played with in The Hunger Games. Peeta claims that this is true of Katniss but we never see anything in the rest of the narrative that points to it. However, Peeta himself is head over heels for her and incredibly devoted to her so he probably just assumes everybody else will see her the way he does.
    • Then again, it could be she just doesn't notice.

Live-Action TV
  • Our Miss Brooks: Miss Brooks is devoted to Mr. Boynton, with Miss Enright often appearing as her rival for his affections. Miss Brooks wins, finally marrying Mr. Boynton in the cinematic grand finale.
  • Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Both Angel and Spike are classic examples of characters held in thrall by Buffy. Both before and after being with Buffy, they were creepy stalkers.
  • Veronica Mars: Duncan and Logan pretty much unable to ever forget Veronica, no matter how hard they try. Duncan was so devoted that he slept with her even when he thought she was his sister. May not count because Logan slipped him a roofie first.
  • Winifred Burkle from Angel: both Gunn and Wesley obsessed about her before and after their relationships.
  • Lana Lang of Smallville. Clark to a lesser extent.
  • Rory of Gilmore Girls. The number of boys in the entire series who aren't immediately attracted or enthralled by her can be counted on one hand.
  • Noah's Arc: Noah seems to have continuous access to deeply dedicated boyfriends, with little real effort on his part. At one point even a millionaire rapper pursues him.
  • Friends: Gunther, Ross and later Joey to Rachel.
  • Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood comes to mind. She's attractive, and can read minds, but Vampire Bill and Sam pretty much can't go for 30 seconds without thinking about her.
  • Olive from Pushing Daisies even sings I'm Hopelessly Devoted To You! once.
  • Delenn of Babylon 5. John Sheridan, of course, is hopelessly, passionately in love with her, and she returns his affection in equal measure. But her attache Lennier is also head-over-heels in love with her, and he has no chance whatsoever because Delenn is just as starry-eyed over Sheridan as Sheridan is over her.
  • For Gossip Girls Chuck Bass there has only ever been Blair in his heart. He remains devoted to making her happy even when she's with someone else, including giving food poisoning to the man who's trying to stop her wedding to Prince Louis.
  • Jessie has shades of this, with both princes and Julian becoming almost immediately enamored with her. It doesn't end well.
  • Elena from The Vampire Diaries. She has Stefan, Damon, Matt and Elijah fawning over her.
    • Also, Stefan. Stefan has managed to attract all of the female characters, including Elena, Katherine, Caroline and Rebekah. It has turned into an Unwanted Harem for Stefan and even a Psychotic Love Triangle in regards to Stefan/Elena/Katherine/Rebekah.


Video Games

Visual Novels
  • In Nameless all of Eri's (mysteriously humanified) dolls are attracted exclusively to her. This is explained to be due to her being their owner, and their sole source of affection until they became human. This is exemplified in a few ways.
    • Tei bluntly refuses all other girls' gifts and advances, until he starts trying to keep her away from him because he thinks he's bad for her (and he's not wrong).
    • Yuri's concept is to be highly desirable yet nonthreatening, always giving ladies just as much as they want. However, he flirts shamelessly with Eri, as opposed to his more suave interactions with other girls, which he usually doesn't initiate.
    • Yeonho, while surrounded by admirers, is completely willing to ditch everyone around him to plaster himself to Eri's side.
    • Lance, in a classic example, doesn't really like hanging out with anyone but Eri in any situation but work.

Alternative Title(s):

The Obsession