->'''Ted:''' Guys, I think my feelings for Robin may be resurfacing.\\
''(everyone at the table laughs)''\\
'''Lily:''' Ted, honey, they were in a shallow grave.
-->-- ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''

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...except for them, of course.

This trope happens when two characters are just perfect for each other, but neither realizes it ([[ObliviousToLove or only one realizes it]]). However, everyone around them--such as their friends, family, and enemies--can see their obvious feelings for each other. This can also happen when people (outsiders) mistake them for a couple when they're not together, resulting in a SheIsNotMyGirlfriend situation, designed to show the audience (and the characters) just how strong/obvious their feelings for each other are.

One of the popular ways to do this is to bring in the RomanticFalseLead for an episode or a few, expressly in order to contrast this short-arc relationship with the long-arc relationship that's been developing. The RomanticFalseLead will be the character to comment on how perfect they are for each other.

This trope will require SelectiveObliviousness on both parts. Sometimes one or both of the prospective couple can see it, but nothing ever happens because they CannotSpitItOut (to the great annoyance of all observers).

A sister trope (sub-trope?) of ObliviousToLove (in which one character is oblivious to the unrequited love of and potential happiness with another character), Laconic/EveryoneCanSeeIt primarily has to do with the characters ''around'' the pair knowing how perfect they are for each other. It is also a frequent companion trope for BelligerentSexualTension. Compare ItMeantSomethingToMe, where one character defiantly denies they feel anything for the other.

It can also be seen as an IdiotBall or IdiotPlot, because the characters' stupidity about their feelings is what fuels the romantic (sub)plot. On the other hand, ShippingGoggles mean that "everyone else" is seeing feelings that really aren't there.

See also TheMatchmaker, ShipperOnDeck, and TransparentCloset. Contrast MistakenForRomance.


* Kyon and Haruhi in ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya''. This is rather difficult to tell, given Kyon is an UnreliableNarrator and half the time he's lying to himself, the reader, or other people. This has created a large WillTheyOrWontThey among the fanbase, considering Kyon's being especially vague and there being a larger ulterior motive behind everything he does that would normally be counted as romantic feelings. However, given the 95% chance he's probably getting with her, Kyon refuses to acknowledge the relationship and says nothing on the subject. This doesn't stop all of his classmates from assuming that he's Haruhi's first love interest in a while, adding to Kyon's reputation for liking "weird girls"...
* ''Manga/SevenSeeds'': Semimaru hides his feelings for Natsu, but Hibari, Chimaki, Arashi, Hotaru and even Matsuri by now have done slants at how obviously Semimaru likes Natsu. [[ObliviousToLove Natsu doesn't notice herself]].
* ''Manga/DetectiveConan'':
%%** Heiji and Kazuha. "It's so obvious it can be painful."
** And, to a lesser extent, Shinichi and Ran. Except for the fact that she blatantly tells "Conan" about her crush in the first episode. Still SelectiveObliviousness on his part though.
* Otani and Risa in ''Manga/LovelyComplex'' are shipped mercilessly by their friends well before they get into a relationship.
* Franchise/DragonBall:
** ''Manga/DragonBall'': [[ThirdEye Tien]] and [[SplitPersonality Launch]] get a bit of this, Launch is openly attracted to Tien while he's either oblivious or just shy. Even pervy pig Oolong makes note of it causing Tien and Launch to blush. Launch is unfortunately absent for most of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', but the reason Tien moves around so much is because it's hard to keep up the fighting-monk demeanor when there's beautiful woman chasing you around. Apparently Tien worked it out with Launch... Somehow.
** ''Anime/DragonBallZ'': [[KidHero Gohan]] and [[ActionGirl Videl]] got a lot of this especially by Chi-Chi, Krilln. Hell even Goku brings it up. Gohan often yelling the classic "she's not my Girlfriend" to shut them up, even at the victory party everyone their wants them to dance together and they do so shyly.
* The ''Mazinger'' series:
%%** ''Anime/MazingerZ'': Kouji and Sayaka. Everyone but Kouji can see it.
** ''Anime/GreatMazinger'': Tetsuya and Jun. Unfortunately, Tetsuya was even more oblivious. How oblivious? He thought Jun would replace him with Kouji in spite of: Jun barely knew Kouji; and she had spend the whole series trying Tetsuya noticed her.
** ''Anime/UFORoboGrendizer'': Duke averted this trope with Hikaru [[spoiler:and with Rubina.]] However, Kouji was absolutely oblivious to the feelings of Maria. Of course, he was the only one.
* ''Anime/{{K}}'' manages to combine this with FoeRomanticSubtext - Saruhiko defected from HOMRA to Scepter 4, and Misaki hates him as a traitor... but the rest of HOMRA are mostly cool with his decision, since they realize it was just what was best for him. Kusanagi in particular always responds to Misaki's rants about hating Saruhiko with a "Sure, keep telling yourself that," tone. [[spoiler: Misaki finally comes around at the end of season 2]].
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** Alphonse Elric gets some mileage out of teasing Ed and Winry about their ''obvious'' feelings for each other. Riza also makes Ed have a rather spectacular SpitTake on poor Black Hayate (resulting in a CrowningMomentOfFunny) when she addresses his love for Winry. As a note to just ''how'' obvious Ed and Winry are, not only can Al and Riza see it, but [[PluckyComicRelief Hughes]] assumes they are in a relationship already. Heck, [[PresidentEvil Bradley]] and ''[[SociopathicSoldier Kimblee]]'' seem to have figured it out, which should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about these two. When [[spoiler:the literal personification of Wrath]] and the genocidal MadBomber have picked up on it, it's pretty obvious that yes, ''everyone'' can see it.
** Meanwhile, the cast also ships [[ColonelBadass Roy]][=/=][[BodyguardCrush Riza]]. This is an odd case, however. It isn't quite so much that they're in denial about how they feel for each other, but rather that they're not allowing themselves to act on it for other reasons. (He's her direct superior in the military, and there's an indication that an anti-fraternization law is largely what's keeping them apart.) Everyone can still see it, though, and that unfortunately includes Bradley and his cohorts. In this series, NoLovesIntersect, but ''everyone'' can see ''all'' of them. [[ShipperOnDeck And ships them]].
* Touma Tokigawa and Nana Mizuha of ''Manga/CaheDetectiveClub''. The former is a SupremeChef who is also ObliviousToLove (until he shows signs of liking the latter), while the latter is a BigEater who can also cook. Their friends in two different schools are [[ShipperOnDeck Shippers On Deck]] for them, except Touma's sister Emina, who has a case of brother complex.
* This characterizes Cosmo's and Tails' romance in ''Anime/SonicX''--at least in the 4Kids dub. The Japanese version had them be more explicit about it.
* ''Manga/OuranHighSchoolHostClub'' has WholesomeCrossdresser Haruhi and her obvious feelings for the Host Club's King, Tamaki, and vice versa. The entire club, being in on the crossdresser thing, takes note of the impending coupledom before the characters in question even begin to entertain the idea. Of course, it doesn't help that Tamaki used to see himself as Haruhi's second father, and have we mentioned the whole crossdressing thing yet?
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** [[SchoolgirlLesbians Konoka and Setsuna]]. Everyone who sees them together immediately assumes the obvious. Including ''[[ChasteHero Negi]]'', who's the epitome of ObliviousToLove. Konoka is probably aware of this, but Setsuna takes a ''lot'' longer to catch on, finally getting it when [[spoiler:they finally make a pactio and the kiss lasts ''forever''...]]
** Nagi and Arika. Every single [[BadassCrew Ala Rubra]] member can see it.
* Kyohei and Sunako in ''Manga/TheWallflower''. By the manga's second half, the main plot question has gone from "Will Sunako ever become a lady?" to "Will these two dense idiots ''ever'' realize they're in love with each other?" Even their housemates are getting tired of it.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'':
** Hinagiku is clueless as to how everyone around her can see her crush. But then, this is a series where pretty much the entire cast is suffering from an ObliviousToLove epidemic.
** Hayate's crush on Hinagiku is even worse for being clear to everyone. He even tries to tell others that she couldn't possibly like him. There's also the incident in the elevator in the student council clock tower where Hayate completely failed to hide it from a [[PaperThinDisguise barely-disguised]] Maria.
** Miki, Maria, Nishizawa, and possibly even [[spoiler:Athena]] make it clear that they know about Hayate and Hinagiku's mutual crush. Even Nagi seems to know about it and has expressed both suspicion and jealousy at various points in the manga. Oddly enough, she let Hinagiku [[spoiler:go on a dinner date with Hayate to show his appreciation for all her help]] in Greece but refuses when Ayumu tries to do the same. Most likely, she guessed that nothing would happen. [[spoiler: She was waaaayy off]].
* Played with in ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke,'' when everyone jokes about Sawako and Kazehaya liking each other, only to have unknowingly spoken the truth.
* ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'':
** Throughout one of the Drama [=CDs=], it's rather explicit that the nation-tans see America and England (both real heavy on the {{Tsundere}} traits) in this way. In the last track, everyone else stranded on the island hears an exchange between England and America at night.
-->'''Lithuania:''' R-Russia! Everyone was pretending not to hear anything!\\
'''England:''' W-what? Everyone's awake, after all?\\
'''France:''' That's because you were having a lover's quarrel here.\\
'''England:''' Don't say it was a lover's quarrel!\\
'''Japan:''' Well, it's not like we were peeping and such...
** Even the ''dubbers'' can see it: one episode of the dub has France asking America and England if they're done "releasing sexual tensions".
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket,'' (manga only) everyone discusses how obviously in love [[spoiler:Tohru and Kyo]] are, but they just CannotSpitItOut.
* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'':
** In spite of the ending, Shinji and Asuka's relationship played into this. Touji even comments they bicker like an old married couple. It's deconstructed over the course of the series. Despite the fact that they kiss, visit each other when one of them is in hospital, she flirts with him and sleeps beside him when no one's around and he is attracted to her and [[spoiler: [[ADateWithRosiePalms jacks off]] [[NeverLiveItDown over her]] [[DudeShesLikeInAComa comatose body]]]], they never see it. That's what leads to that ending: [[spoiler: the world effectively ends, at least for humanity as we know it [[Main/AdamAndEvePlot aside from the aforementioned pair]]]], [[ForWantOfANail and it could very possibly have been averted if these two had realised]] [[ThePowerOfLove what they could have done for each other]].
** Asuka calls Hikari on her BelligerentSexualTension with Toji, saying that everyone can see it except for the "Three Stooges" (Toji, Kensuke and Shinji).
* Elie and Haru in ''Manga/RaveMaster'', to such an extent that the BigBad--who spends, at best, a total of one hour in contact with them over the course of the series--feels the need to tease them about how slowly they've been taking their relationship.
* The Yamamoto sisters in ''Manga/HanamaruKindergarten'' have Guiness World Record levels of [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness to love]]. This despite the fact that, in the older Nanako's case, even ''kindergartners'' realize Tsuchida is in love with her. Making it even funnier, Nanako is blatantly aware that Hanamaru-sensei has feelings for Mayumi, while Mayumi is likewise aware of Tsuchida's feelings for Nanako, and one episode ends with both of them expressing pity for the guys having to deal with such a clueless girl.
* In ''Manga/KazeHikaru'', most people are under the impression that Okita and Sei are a couple. Since Sei is [[SweetPollyOliver disguised as a boy]], this also means they're MistakenForGay.
* Mikado and Anri from ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}''. It's noted in the LightNovels that one of the only reasons people don't ask Anri out is that they just kind of ''assume'' she and Mikado are already dating.
* Deconstructed and later reconstructed in ''Manga/{{Berserk}}''. Before Guts leaves the Band of the Hawk, Judeau pushes the would-be relationship between Guts and Casca as a way to persuade him to stay (or rather, to get him to take her with him), [[IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy saying that they would be good together]]. However, Guts pulls the "JustFriends" routine, because he believes that Casca only has eyes for Griffith and that he was no competition for him. He couldn't have been more wrong, and only realizes this ''after'' he returns to the Hawks a year later when everything turned to shit [[spoiler:but luckily he and Casca get to share some joys in their new found relationship upon his return… [[FromBadToWorse before shit turns into deeper shit]]]].
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', everyone can see that Mikoto is completely and utterly smitten with Touma. Even [[SchoolgirlLesbians Kuroko]] can see it, [[ClingyJealousGirl much to her chagrin]]. Even ''her clones'' can see it, especially #10032 (aka Misaka Imouto) who happens to feel the same way and openly declares that she'll "take a different route than the original" before glomping onto his arm. Touma ([[WildMassGuessing probably]]) [[ObliviousToLove hasn't noticed]], but that's justified because [[spoiler:he has amnesia but refuses to tell anyone]].
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing'', about half the cast (primarily Duo, Trowa, Quatre, and Dorothy) recognizes the really close bond that Heero and Relena share, which has a ''really'' good chance to become mutual love, and [[ShipperOnDeck do their best to help things along]]. Unlike most instances of the trope, the two ''do'' get along quite well normally, but Relena (whose {{Image Song}}s outright say she's in love) [[CanNotSpitItOut won't press the issue]] because she doesn't want to force his hand and/or destroy the closeness they already have, and is just happy knowing that he's looking out for her. Not to mention, the girl is already very devoted to her cause for peace [[spoiler: as ''specially'' after being the Queen of the World ''and'' becoming Vice-Minister]]. Heero's own feelings are left more in the dark, but the common assumption is that he doesn't feel worthy of her, or possibly that his unusual upbringing means he doesn't quite understand his feelings for her. In any way, he ''does'' care for her and ''will'' help her when she needs it.
* Pretty much everyone in ''Anime/TigerAndBunny'' has caught on to the fact that [[{{Tsundere}} Karina]] has a giant, poorly-disguised crush on Kotetsu--except for [[ObliviousToLove Kotetsu himself]].
* A good part of the ''Anime/MawaruPenguindrum'' cast has at least commented once on Ringo [[{{Yandere}} Oginome]] and Shouma Takakura's odd relationship. Shoma's siblings, Ringo's mother, Ringo's crush as well as said crush's own girlfriend, [[spoiler: Kanba's ClingyJealousGirl…]]
* ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'': When it comes to [[OfficialCouple Ranma and Akane]], everybody but {{the rival}}s and [[UnwantedHarem Ranma's harem]] can see it. The entire school thinks the two of them will get together, because they argue so much, and they enjoy teasing them both about it.
-->'''Boy:''' Ooo, a lovers' quarrel!\\
'''Girl:''' Practically married already.
* In ''LightNovel/SwordArtOnline'': It takes people about five seconds of watching the pair interact to realize Asuna and Kirito are going to end up together. This can be heart-rending when the ones realizing this are girls who have [[ChickMagnet fallen for Kirito]].
* Revy and Rock in ''Manga/BlackLagoon''. It's so obvious that Eda constantly brings it up with Revy, and Bao flat out asks Rock if the two of them had a fight just because he happened to not be with her when Bao saw him.
* Ryuuji and Taiga in ''LightNovel/ToraDora'' spend a significant chunk of the series explaining to others how they're ''not'' going out and ''don't'' have feelings for each other. Yet somehow, nobody is surprised when the two of them show up in the middle of the night, [[spoiler:running away to elope]].
* ''Manga/{{Horimiya}}'''s main characters, Hori and Miyamura, both deny feelings for each other, although Hori's reasons are more that of a typical {{Tsundere}} and Miyamura's are more that of feeling unworthy. Of course, everyone else has a hard time believing it, even Hori's DoggedNiceGuy Ishikawa, though it does practically send him into a HeroicBSOD every time.
* Played with in ''Manga/BokuraNoKiseki''. Everyone living in the castle in Zerestria could tell that [[RebelliousPrincess Veronica]] and [[HeroicBastard Glen]] were a couple. But when Veronica's ArrangedMarriage is decided on and Glen's fellow squires all gather to comfort him, in surprise he tells them [[spoiler: that there was absolutely nothing between him and Veronica beyond a close friendship]]. The protagonist Harusumi, who is Veronica's reincarnation, confirms this. [[spoiler:However, a deeper look at their feelings shows it's likely they were merely both ObliviousToLove, thus playing this trope straight]].
* Averted for the most part in ''Manga/SakuraTrick'', as everyone comments on how Yuu and Haruka are a little too clingy for friends, but no one seems to notice the two are in a ''SchoolgirlLesbian'' relationship despite them being very bad at hiding it.
* From the series ''Manga/PlaceToPlace'', Tsumiki is ''very'' obviously crushing on Io and the only one who doesn't seem to notice it is Io himself. All the other characters ship them wholeheartedly and their reaction to learning they were compatible from a magazine's compatibility test basically amounted to "Well, duh!"
* ''[[Anime/{{Patlabor}} Patlabor: The Mobile Police]]'':
** It doesn't take long for Noa to form a close bond with her partner, Asuma. Nor does it take long for their squadmates to notice [[ShipTease they have chemistry with each other]]. Even [[IdolSinger Hana]] realized it, during her brief stint with [=SVU2=], which causes her to forego [[TwoGirlRomanticFriendship her own crush on Noa]], so she could be together with Asmua. Predictably, Noa and Asuma had no idea what gave her that impression and [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend deny it]]. Though the last 2-3 episodes of ''The New Files'' [[MaybeEverAfter imply otherwise]].
** ''[[Film/TheNextGenerationPatlabor The Next Generation]]'' is set 15 years after the OVA continuity's conclusion and serves as its DistantFinale, where it's confirmed that Noa and Asuma [[TheyDo eventually became an item.]]
* ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'': Similar to the ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' example, it's no secret to anyone at Bokutou Precinct that Miyuki and Nakajima are crazy about each other, except [[CannotSpitItOut they're both too shy to say anything]]. Natusmi and the others have even gone as far as to set them up on dates to try to get things going between them, [[StatusQuoIsGod but to no avail]][[note]]The closest they've ever gotten was when Nakajima nearly proposed to Miyuki during season 2 ("Fast & Furious"), 'til he chickened out at the last second. Miyuki understood what he was trying to say and tells him that [[IWillWaitForYou she'll wait for him]][[/note]].
* In ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic'', during a flashback of Alma Torran, everyone (except Ithnan) could see that Sheba nursed a PrecociousCrush on Solomon for five years. And after [[CoolBigSis Arba]] gave her blessing to be Solomon's wife, she had the difficult task of making Solomon fall for her, seeing how he treated her like a child. [[OfficialCouple He eventually reciprocated her feelings]].
* ''Manga/HighschoolOfTheDead'': It takes them awhile to get there, but by chapter 28, it's clear that Takashi and the others can see how things are shaping up between [[{{Megane}} Hirano]] and [[NerdsAreSexy Saya.]] When Saya admits she'd been watching him [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-58604-20/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-28.html so she could learn to fight like him]], it leads to [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-58604-22/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-28.html a tender moment]] where they exchange guns, which [[http://www.mangareader.net/170-58604-23/high-school-of-the-dead/chapter-28.html cause Alice to wave a pair of flags]] while the others smile knowingly.
* ''Franchise/{{Naruto}}'':
** Amongst all the ShipTease, Shikamaru and Temari were fairly obvious from the get-go, with Naruto even assuming they were on a date after he first came back to the village after the TimeSkip. [[spoiler:They eventually end up married as adults.]]
** Many in the [[HomeBase Hidden Leaf Village]] assumed Naruto was dating Sakura, though Sakura would angrily yell at them otherwise. When Sakura wouldn't give up her love for the dangerous [[EmoTeen Sasuke]] and everyone was sympathetic to Naruto even [[BadassTeracher Kakashi]].
** After the Invasion of Pain arc, where Hinata finally confessed her love to Naruto, ''everyone'' knows she loves him in ''that'' way… [[ObliviousToLove except for Naruto]], thanks to his emotionally-stunted childhood. [[spoiler:Come ''The Last'', Naruto turns out to be no better than Hinata at hiding his growing feelings, and much of the movie has many of the characters giving knowing looks to the (eventual) couple]].
* ''Manga/FairyTail'':
** Bisca and Alzack, minor characters who are the only ones unaware of the fact that their feelings are mutual.
** Juvia's crush on Gray, at first. Gray might be paying attention more often these days.
** Gajeel and Levy.
** Natsu and Lucy as well. Even little Asuka thinks they are dating.
* ''Manga/MakenKi'': It's a well-known fact at Tenbi Academy that Haruko is in love with Takeru. Mainly because [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/37/10/ she's so bad]] [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/37/11/ at hiding it]] that it's become [[RunningGag a running]] [[http://readpanda.net/Maken-ki/12/21/ gag.]] The only one she's fooling, [[BadLiar is herself.]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':
** Ash and Misty. Despite [[LovableSexManiac Brock]] doing his best to point out they clearly have feeling for each other. Every big argument Ash has with Misty is akin to an old married couple according to people who see them at it. It was only when Ash left for Hoenn that Misty realized [[BelatedLoveEpiphany why she feels so sad]]. When they meet again Misty is happy to see Ash but doesn't tell him why.
** Serena in the XY series finds out, much to her embarrassment, that her feelings for Ash are very obvious to just about everyone (the boys apparently don't see it, including Ash [[ChasteHero himself]]) they meet in their adventure. So far, Alexa, Miette, Bonnie, Shauna and Nini have noticed it; Miette even pretends to be a romantic rival to help push Serena into confessing, while Shauna rolled her eyes when she sees that Serena wants to keep Ash in the dark about it.
* SamuraiFlamenco: Goto and Masayoshi are [[HoYay pretty obvious.]] Mari calls them out on it several times.
* In ''Manga/KimiToBoku'' the fact that Masaki has a crush on Shun is noticeable to everyone ''[[ObliviousToLove but]]'' the object of her affections.
* ''Manga/SeraphOfTheEnd'': Numerous characters like Ferid, Krul, and Shinoa comment on [[HoYay Yuu and Mika's]] attachment to each other.
* ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers'': Nanoha and Vivio were a non-romantic example. ''Everyone'' knew from day one that Nanoha was the perfect person to adopt Vivio despite her various protests.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batfamily members]] Comicbook/{{Nightwing}} and Comicbook/{{Batgirl}}/Oracle are sometimes linked this way, though since they have a complicated story of [[WillTheyOrWontThey being attracted to each other but never at the right time]] since they were teens, their occasional [[ObliviousToLove obliviousness]] can come across as willful blindness. After a one night-stand between Nightwing and Comicbook/{{Huntress}}:
-->'''Huntress:''' Fine. So you and Oracle have a "thing" going on. I'm not jealous, but I'd like to think you feel that you could ''trust'' me with--\\
'''Nightwing:''' ''What? A what?'' A ''"thing"''? We--we're ''[[JustFriends friends]]'' but… but…\\
'''Huntress:''' Oh, I get it. You guys don't even ''know'' yet. How ''cute''.\\
'''Nightwing:''' I... don't know what you're talking about.
* In ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'', we have May Parker and Wes Westin. He's crazy over her, and only one person in school can't see it. Unfortunately for him, this person is [[ObliviousToLove May herself]]. In Spider-Girl: The End, the finale of Mayday's series, Wes reveals he has deduced her identity and finally manages to tell her how he feels, Mayday returns his feelings, and they have remained a couple ever since.
* ''ComicBook/XWingSeries'' (comics): Ibtisam and Nrin Vakil. She was a Mon Calamari, he was a Quarren, their species traditionally didn't get along and they argued often when they first joined the squadron... but one of their [[WingMan wingmates]] [[http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/4632/blz15.jpg predicted]] that if they didn't kill each other, they'd take union vows. Their wingmates even basically [[http://img182.imageshack.us/img182/4632/blz15.jpg played]] [[http://img12.imageshack.us/img12/2247/blz12z.jpg matchmaker]] with them. And what do you know, [[http://img136.imageshack.us/img136/1664/swrsmr313.jpg they did hook up]]. [[spoiler:Pity that Ibtisam died a few pages after that...]]
* ''ComicBook/MiniMonsters'' has Frank and Henrietta. They have mutual crushes on each other, but they can't be a pairing because of their shyness [[spoiler:and Henrietta's Film/KickAss alter-ego, Miss Hit]]. However, everyone thinks they are a couple, and whenever they say something about that, Frank, in denial, says: "SheIsNotMyGirlfriend!".

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/SafeHavens'', Samantha and Dave used to tell anyone and everyone that they were JustFriends. Absolutely ''no one'' bought it, especially their circle of friends. They eventually progressed to dating and OfficialCouple-dom but balked at attempts to go beyond "just dating", [[WillTheyOrWontThey physically]] or [[TheyDo legally]]. In 2012, however, they announced their engagement.
* Lemont of ''ComicStrip/{{Candorville}}'' writes a long-running newspaper serial that's implied to have very similar content to the comic itself. His AuthorAvatar and the stand-in for his female best friend are the FanPreferredCouple. Lemont calls ShippingGoggles on this, but accidentally undermines himself by talking about how the two characters make each other feel complete.

* An astonishing number of ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' fanfics apply this trope to [[HeterosexualLifePartners Stan and Kyle]].
* ''Fanfic/AdviceAndTrust'':
** Subverted. Shinji and Asuka used to be unable to see it, but in the beginning of the fic they at last realized each other's feelings. However they are keeping their relationship secret out of fear to be separated, so that they pretend they are still stuck in that phase, and everyone believe they can not see it despite of it being obvious.
*** Misato particularly thinks it is painfully obvious but they are oblivious and she must help them to realize it.
** Played straight with Touji/Hikari. Asuka lampshades the absurdity of it and Shinji points out what they were doing the same thing.
--->''Asuka told him about Hikari’s raging crush on Touji. She’d been only slightly surprised when Shinji mentioned Touji’s matching infatuation with the petite Class Rep that he thought no one knew about. Asuka had laughed at the foolishness of the two of them liking each other but failing to see it was mutual, just dancing around each other for months… until Shinji had given her a smirk and a stare.''
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': Everyone could see that there was something between Shinji and Asuka… but Shinji and Asuka themselves. Hikari lampshades it:
-->'''Hikari''': “There is something going on! I knew you two cared about each other! Everyone could see it!”
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': Subverted. Most characters like Hikari think it is evident to everyone Asuka and Shinji like each other, but other characters like Misato do not realize Asuka’s feelings towards Shinji go beyond friendship.
* ''Manga/{{Evangelion 303}}'': The only ones did not realize what was going between Shinji and Asuka were Shinji and Asuka themselves (up to the chapter 5).
* ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'': Asuka refuses to believe that Shinji likes her... until Touji and Hikari inform her that EVERYONE thinks he's in love with her.
-->'''Hikari:''' Shinji confessed to her this morning.\\
'''Touji:''' And that's bad?\\
'''Hikari:''' She doesn't think he means it. She thinks it's an act or something, to make sure the doesn't cause anyone any trouble.\\
'''Asuka:''' That's exactly it! If you could only see the way he acts toward me...\\
'''Touji:''' Uh, Soryu... Look, you know I'm not exactly your biggest fan and all, but I think you're kinda off base here.\\
'''Asuka:''' Then you're an idiot.\\
'''Touji:''' No, seriously, what you're saying doesn't make sense. I spend more time with the guy than anyone, apart from you I guess, and he never talks about you embarrassing him or anything. He just wants to make you happy.\\
'''Asuka:''' Of course he does. If he makes me happy he'll get praise, and then he'll feel like he's worth a damn. Same old Shinji.\\
'''Hikari:''' Asuka, that's a really cynical way to look at it.\\
'''Asuka:''' What are you talking about?\\
'''Hikari:''' Well, it's true that he's always a little concerned or upset when he's talking about you, since that's just the way you two are... but even so, when he talks about something good that happened between you two his face just lights up, like he--\\
'''Touji:''' Yeah! He'll get this stupid grin on his face, like he's the happiest guy on Earth.\\
'''Asuka:''' That's... that's insane. You guys are just defending him!\\
'''Touji:''' You think it's just us?\\
'''Hikari:''' Everyone knows about it. It's, ah... it's kinda obvious.\\
'''Asuka:''' No, he's just... I mean, it's Shinji, he... Everyone?\\
'''Hikari:''' Well...
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': In the past Shinji and Asuka were unable to realize each other’s feelings in spite that everyone else did. That blindness nearly caused the end of the world and nearly [[spoiler:got them killed several years before the beginning of the story.]]
* It seems like [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5691036/1/Iron_hands_and_fragile_roses this]] ''SonicTheHedgehog'' FanFic applies this to Iltinis and Amy.
* ''Fanfic/TheOneILoveIs'': Everyone could see Asuka liked Shinji and vice versa. Everyone but Shinji, of course. When Hikari told Asuka liked him and she believed that they were a couple he was genuinely shocked.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': Humorously inverted in this PeggySue fic. The rest of the cast assume this is the case with Asuka and Shinji. However, no one has any idea that, not only are they a couple, but [[spoiler:they are also lovers, have been married for over 5 years, and raised a child together]].
* In ''Fanfic/WalkingInTheShadowOfDreams'', Shinji says nobody back in high school would have seen Asuka and him getting together. Touji replies EVERYONE saw it but the two of them.
* As ShipToShipCombat is averted in the ''[[WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers Galaxy Rangers]]'' fandom, {{Fanon}} will have Doc and Zach taking this route when it comes to [[FanPreferredCouple Shane and Niko]].
* Tom Sawyer practically invokes this trope by name when trying to help his friend who just CannotSpitItOut in ''FanFic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain''.
* ''Tales of the Frog Princess, Confessions of a Vampire Prince'': Ben and Andy. Oh GOD, Ben and Andy. (No, Andy is not a guy!) Garrid begins to have his suspicions, and it's revealed towards the end that Ginny and Gwen, the twins, saw it too.
* The canon Everyone Can See It scenes for America and England are Taken UpToEleven in {{fanfiction}}; just ''try'' and find an {{UST}}-heavy America/England fanfic that doesn't portray them as practically the only ones in the world who don't realize that they're in love with each other with every single other character either [[LampshadeHanging commenting on this]] or trying to [[ShipperOnDeck push them]] into resolving their [[BelligerentSexualTension BST]] for once and for all. One example is ''FanFic/YouCantTakeTheSkyAwayFromMe'', in which even children and people who've chatted with just ''one'' of them for all of two minutes pick up on America and England's feelings for each other.
** Additionally, while America/England is easily the pairing that gets this treatment the most in fanfic, it's hardly the only one; there are a ''lot'' of fanfics where either Romano fervently denies that he has feelings for Spain and everyone else whispers "{{tsundere}}" behind his back, Germany says that he's JustFriends with Italy and everyone else wishes they would just get together ''already'', or Japan insists that he never had sex with Greece and everyone else goes "Riiiight." That's not even all the pairing examples; to list every one of them would essentially be listing every single APH pairing that has at least one member being {{Tsundere}} or ObliviousToLove.
* All over the place in the ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' and ''Manga/XxxHolic'' [[AlternateUniverseFic fanfic]] ''Fanfic/{{Freefall}}'', for at least three different pairings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' fic ''Fanfic/{{One Hundred Days|BuzzLightyear}}'', it seems that even the bad guys can tell that Buzz Lightyear and Mira Nova are made for each other.
* In the ''FanFic/TamersForeverSeries'', the only person blind enough not to notice Takato's "secret" crush on Rika, is [[ObliviousToLove Rika herself]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfic ''Fanfic/GuideMeHome'': Pretty much the whole Southern Water Tribe team can see how Hakoda and Ursa feel for each other a mile away in Qwi-Xux's fanfic.
* {{Fanon}} causes almost ''every'' [[Manga/{{Naruto}} NaruHina]] fic to treat [[ShrinkingViolet Hinata's]] crush on [[ObliviousToLove Naruto]] like this. In canon, only Hinata's teacher Kurenai is really observant enough to realize that Hinata has feelings for Naruto and Sakura (one of the characters in fanfics who most often facepalms at how clueless Naruto is about it) while Sakura never really realized it until later [[spoiler:after Hinata nearly sacrificed her life to save Naruto from Pain]].
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha Toward the World's End'', just about every single character other than themselves can see how Arthur feels about Nanoha. Jokes abound about "Lovers Intunition" between the two, and it is hinted that Nanoha even returns Arthur's feelings, except of course, just as she can't see his, he can't see hers.
* In ''FanFic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', there was a betting pool on when Fate would confess to Nanoha. Amy Haralown won.
** And in an ''omake'' Hayate was pissed cause if they had waited two more weeks ''she'' would have won.
* In ''Fanfic/KiraSweetheart'' Misa and Rem notice how close L and Light are before they do (or are willing to admit it):
-->'''Rem:''' I take it that Kira ''means something'' to you, human.
-->'''L:''' Yes... Kira is the one I am sworn to defeat.
-->'''Rem:''' No. He means more to you than that. You're just like Misa.
-->'''L:''' ''WHAT?''
-->'''Rem:''' When she thinks of him it makes her cheeks go all red too.
* ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'' has Rainbow Dash's crush on Shining Armor.
* In ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}'' fandom, it would be easier to list Steve/Tony fanfics that ''don't'' contain this trope. Steve and Tony are always the last Avengers to know how much they want each other. A very common ending to stories in which those two get together is money changing hands among the rest of the Avengers. Other pairings get this as well, but not to the same extent it seems like.
* Played with in ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfTime'', as [[WesternAnimation/SherlockHolmesInTheTwentySecondCentury Beth Lestrade]] is very aware of her feelings for Literature/SherlockHolmes and quickly confides in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS29E10Blink Sally Sparrow]]. Ironically, the Great Detective seems to be the only one who can't see that Beth is in love with him -- indeed, is quite uncertain of his own feelings for her. [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage His actions make that painfully clear]].
* This trope comes up in In ''FanFic/TheFledglingYear'', in which Cor and Aravis continually [[CannotSpitItOut refuse to admit their feelings for each other]], while Cor’s UnwantedHarem drifts around in the background, not wanting to come between them, and [[ShipperOnDeck Hana]] actually rebukes Aravis for even suggesting that anyone besides herself marry Cor.
* Used in the HungerGames fanfic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning''. While [[BrokenAce Obsidian]] isn't nearly as ObliviousToLove as [[TheIngenue Vale]], there's still a long list of people who realized his feelings for Vale long before he did: his fellow Careers, [[TheSneakyGuy Phlox]], [[ShipperOnDeck Vale's little sister Laurel]], Caesar Flickerman...
* In the ''Film/StarTrek'' fanfic ''Fanfic/WrittenInTheStars'', Fem!Kirk and Spock fall in love...and then find out that the rest of the crew were holding a ''betting pool'' over how long it would take them to get together. [[spoiler: Uhura won.]]
* ''FanFic/TheGodEmpressOfPonykind'' has Shining Armor and Cadence. Celestia picks up on their crushes right away, and in the last chapter Twilight casually asks them when they're going out. Even [[NoSocialSkills Luna]] is able to pick up on their feelings when she speaks with Cadence in ''The Warmistress Of Equestria'' and actively encourages Cadence to pursue Shining.
* ''FanFic/ChildOfTheStorm'' has Loki/Sif. Even [[AmicableExes Amicable Ex]] Thor (for Sif) and Fandral can see it -- and ship it. They themselves are aware of their feelings for each other, but Loki's density and obliviousness to Sif's feelings for him, along Sif's temper for said density are why they aren't together yet.
** It gets to the point where [[spoiler: the post-script of a letter from a future Harry contains a rather irritable exhortation for Loki to open his damn eyes]].
** There's also Harry and Carol. By the time ''Ghosts of the Past'' starts, literally everyone can tell that they're interested in each other as more than JustFriends like they insist, and are shipping them. For their part, Harry clearly wouldn't be adverse to a RelationshipUpgrade, but is giving Carol space since, while she appears to be attracted to him too, she's been burned before by guys pretending to be her friends just to get into her pants, so she's not emotionally ready for it with him.
* ''FanFic/{{Pretender}}'' has Robin/Frederick, all the Shephards with the exception of [[ObliviousToLove Chrom]] (and he eventually finds out as well) that Frederick has feelings for Robin and think they should get together. Although Frederick doesn't act upon his feelings at first because of Robin's feelings for Chrom.
* ''FanFic/MirrorsImage'': Everyone can see Prince Blueblood's crush on Twilight Sparkle. Everyone except Twilight Sparkle, that is.
* In ''Fanfic/HuntingSeries'' Dean and Neo being oblivious to each other in highschool, while Bobby, John and everybody else already knows.
* ''FanFic/TheEquestrianWindMage'': By Season 2, it's obvious to everyone that Vaati and Luna are infatuated with each other. However, both are hesitant to act on their feelings, especially Vaati, who can't quite get around what he perceives as beastiality.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': It's blatantly clear that Weiss and Ruby have feelings for each other from the first chapter. Weiss refuses to admit it until the Music Festival arc. But [[BigDamnKiss when]] [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming she]] [[OfficialCouple does....]]
** ''Fanfic/LucinaReacts'': Lucina and Robin clearly have feelings for each other from the get-go as well, to the extent that even Robin's daughter Morgan is sure Lucina is her mother. However, they do not confess until [[spoiler: ''Cordelia'', of all people, forces them to by giving them a TheReasonYouSuckSpeech.]]
* Larissa and Sofia from ''[[Fanfic/TheSurprisingAdventuresOfAGlaceonInUnova The Glaceon and the Shadow]]'' go through a whole lot of LesYay over the course of their friendship, so by the time they finally realize their feelings for each other and have their BigDamnKiss, it's a running gag that no-one they tell is in the least bit surprised.
* In ''Fanfic/FairyWithoutWings'' Kalina, Lucy, Mirajane and possibly even Jellal are already jumping on board with noticing that Lelouch and Erza might think of each other as more than [[BlatantLies Just]] [[JustFriends Friends]].
* In the ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'' fandom, most [[FoeYay Shizaya]] fan fics apply this trope, with varying degrees. Honestly, it'd be easier to list all the ones that ''don't''.
* In ''Fanfic/MasterPokemon'', Ash and Latias. They're clearly smitten with one another, though neither of them has sufficient relationship knowledge to actually notice for quite some time. Everyone else considers it blindingly obvious.
* In the Artemis Fowl/Avengers crossover ''Thrower of the Dart'', Artemis and Holly may not have worked out what their feelings are for each other, but everyone else who sees them together has figured it out. This includes the Avengers, who at the time they figured it out had known Artemis for about a day and Holly for less than an hour.
* Several of their companions take a decidedly mirthful view of the fact that they're all very aware that Alistair is hopelessly smitten with Elissa in ''FanFic/ShadowAndRose''.
* ''FanFic/HotspringSouls'': It's ''painfully obvious'' that the Chosen Undead and Rhea have a thing for each other. Even Garl Vinland, ''who they've just met'', points this out. [[ShipperOnDeck Solaire]] even goes so far as to make it his personal "mission" to get the two to hook up.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' ic ''[[http://archiveofourown.org/works/5843668 Shifting Desires]]''. When Andi claims that Harry and Molly are "a thing", on the basis that she saw them snuggling together, Georgia is skeptical- not because she thinks the idea is ''unlikely'', but because they've always shared that level of physical intimacy.
* Subverted in the ''Manga/YuGiOh'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6152681/1/Late-Night-BlueEyes Late Night BlueEyes]]''. Seto's 11-year-old younger brother knows- even before Kisara and Seto start dating- that they're attracted to each other, but not because the two are obviously affectionate. (In fact, they're quite the opposite.) He knows because the amount of people Seto voluntarily spends time with is just that small.
* ''Fanfic/NeonGenesisEvangelionGenocide'': When Shinji under duress publicly admits to Asuka that he cares about her, Asuka is rendered speechless, and can only gather herself enough to wonder "He cares?" out loud. Hikari nonchalantly responds that it was always rather obvious.
* ''Fanfic/ChildrenOfAnElderGod'': Everyone knew what Shinji and Asuka were falling for each other. However Shinji kept saying "It isn't like that!" and Asuka kept protesting "He's just a friend!" whenever someone brought the subject up, until they got together.
* ''FanFic/MidnightStarTheFrozenEmpire'': Everyone can see Sky Slicer really likes Copper Spark. Even Copper Spark himself grows to like Sky Back. However, when Copper starts showing he's willing to reciprocate, she acts belligerent and tries to put him down every time. He's thankfully willing to wait as long as it takes for her to realize how she really feels, though it takes Copper nearly dying for her to go through with it. In the epilogue they finally get married two months after Midnight and Wind Slicer do.
* A lot of the 2016 ''Film/{{Ghostbusters|2016}}'' fics seem to involve everyone in the world having realized that Erin and Holtzmann have fallen madly in love with each other except for two people. Those two people being Erin and/or Holtzmann themselves.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' fanfic "[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2212430/1/Aftermath-of-WannaWeep Aftermath of [=WannaWeep=]]]", nearly everyone thought Kim and Ron would be a couple and wonder why they don't go out. Even Tara and Josh, who are going out with Ron and Kim respectively, believed they should be together.
* ''FanFic/{{Rules}}'': Elijah/L and Lily. The UnresolvedSexualTension between them is so strong that their respective best friends, Light and Charlie, who ''hate'' each other, try to get along for their sakes. [[spoiler:Ironically, this leads to Light and Charlie becoming a couple before they do]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'', we already knew that [[TheLancer Buzz]] held a torch for [[AffirmativeActionGirl Jessie]] and that she probably returned his affections. In the third movie, it's obvious to the characters as well--especially when Buzz loses his memory and is accidentally reset into a Spanish mode:
--> '''[[LatinLover Buzz]]:''' "<My desert flower! [[RomeoAndJuliet I have never seen true beauty until this night!]]>"
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSwanPrincess'', by the time they were teenagers, Derek's friend Bromley teased him about being jealous about Odette and the villagers and the servants were singing about how they can't wait to see the wedding.
* Hugo and Rita from the Danish movie series ''WesternAnimation/JungledyretHugo''. It's so obvious to pretty much everyone so that they've to endure a lot of teasing from others, much to their embarrassment (or in Rita's case, annoyance when her younger siblings does the teasing). Even the bad guys can see it, like when Hugo and Rita have a heartwarming reunion, a couple of stray cats Hugo antagonized earlier mocks them for being out to "take a look at the moonlight", or like when [[BigBad Cupmann]] blames Hugo's defiance on Rita's "bad influence" over him, and so wants to [[MoralEventHorizon kill her to break that defiance]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/StrangeMagic'', [[spoiler: Marianne and the Bog King]] so much so that a {{crowd song}} of their subjects breaks out to encourage them to admit their feelings.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretLifeOfPets'', Gidget's crush on Max is blatantly obvious to everyone, [[ObliviousToLove except Max himself]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* When Harry and Sally finally hook up in ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'', their respective best friends remark to each other, "Finally." It's not that easy, sadly.
* Mu Bai and Shu Lien from ''Film/CrouchingTigerHiddenDragon'', who decided to remain JustFriends despite what they really wanted. Everyone, from their old friend Sir Te and the main character Jen, either urged or wished for the two of them to just get together.
** Justified in this case, as both openly acknowledged their mutual attraction but, due to loyalty to Shu Lien's dead husband (who was Mu Bai's best friend) they remain JustFriends.
* Sarah and Karl in ''Film/LoveActually'', to the point where her boss called her into his office to specifically talk to her about what she was going to do about it.
* In ''Franchise/StarWars'', everyone (including Luke, who has by [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack this point]] gotten over whatever crush he supposedly had) knows that Leia and Han Solo are perfect for each other, even if Leia tries denying it.
* In ''Film/FarAndAway'', the entire whorehouse knows that Joseph and Shannon aren't "brother and sister."
--> '''Molly:''' *after watching them argue* Oh, why don't you shag her and get it over with?
--> '''Joseph:''' She's...my sister!
--> '''Molly:''' [[AndImTheQueenOfSheba And I'm your mother.]]
* In ''Film/{{Gilda}}'', ''everyone'' can see that [[MagnificentBastard Johnny]] and [[FemmeFatale Gilda]] have [[SlapSlapKiss something]] going on.
* In ''Film/LoveBeforeBreakfast'', Kay and Scott have this dynamic. Bill, Kay's fiance, even {{Lampshades}} it.
* Will and Layla in ''Film/SkyHigh2005'' insist that they are JustFriends, but everyone (including the villain) can tell that Layla has a crush on Will--except for Will himself. He doesn't even realize it until it's pointed out to him by his archenemy.
* This is a source of embarrassment for Linda in ''Film/{{Mogambo}}'', since she is carrying on an adulterous romance with Vic. When she points out that everyone can see how he looks at her, Vic replies that while everyone ''else'' can, her clueless husband Donald can't.
* It seems like the entire ''country'' of Genovia has been waiting and hoping for Queen Clarisse and her devoted bodyguard Joseph to hook up when they finally get married in ''Film/ThePrincessDiaries 2''.
-->'''Clarisse:''' My lord Archbishop, I would like to take this man as my husband, if you please.
-->'''Archbishop:''' ''Finally.''

* In the Franchise/StarWarsLegends, Corran Horn comments that Luke Skywalker and Mara Jade were the only ones who didn't realize they were meant for each other.
* Tony and Lee in ''Literature/SmokeAndShadows''.
* Everyone opposed to Elinor's and Edward's budding romance in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' is convinced that the two will marry, no matter how much the two try to hide it (particularly from each other).
* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice,'' meanwhile, it's played around with more. Everyone who sees Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy spend any time around one another over the course of most of the novel is convinced that they're practically a confirmed item (whether they like it or not). On the other hand, Elizabeth's immediate family are uniformly taken completely by surprise when Darcy proposes, and she has to do a lot of convincing before her older sister and her father will believe her when she says she really does want to marry the man.
* In the novelisation of ''Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture'' -- [[WordOfGod written by]] Creator/GeneRoddenberry -- a footnote reveals that rumours about Kirk's [[HoYay relationship]] with Spock have been floating around even in-universe. In response, Spock merely raises an eyebrow and gives the inquirer the equivalent of a Vulcan glare, and Kirk [[http://www.alternateuniverses.com/judygran/footnote.txt infamously dances around the topic]] in a quote that doesn't really answer much at all. Yes, Kirk, ''everyone'' noticed.
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' stories, the relationship between [[spoiler:Honor and Hamish Alexander]]. The first six chapters of ''War of Honor'' are full of secondary characters who are restraining themselves from telling the two principals that they're only fooling themselves.
** And in the Creator/JaneLindskold short story "[[PunBasedTitle Ruthless]]", this trope is {{exploited}}: The long list of people other than Crown Prince Michael and Judith who can see it include a pair of plotters who intend to use their feelings for each other against Queen Elizabeth.
* By the time you get to the last book in the ''Literature/PercyJacksonAndTheOlympians'' series, it's pretty obvious that everyone around them can see that [[spoiler:Percy and Annabeth]] are in love with each other. It's made especially apparent towards the end of the book when they finally kiss and [[spoiler: Clarisse]] growls, "Well, it's about time!"
** It's actually a given that they're going to end up together since the goddess of love herself, Aphrodite, tells Percy she's going to set him up with Annabeth, but no one else heard it but him.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}:'' Despite initially trying to keep their relationship low-key, it was very apparent to everyone that Jake and Cassie were smitten with each other. Marco also sarcastically makes the same observation in an early novel regarding Rachel and Tobias.
--> '''Rachel (threateningly):''' What did you say?
--> '''Marco's thoughts:''' ''Like it was some big secret.''
* Ron and Hermione from ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Harry starts seeing it around [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheGobletOfFire Book Four]] (as did readers, which is why the films start the WillTheyOrWontThey in ''Movie Two''), and even basically shouts "Finally!!!" in his head after the BigDamnKiss in the final book (followed immediately thereafter by "...but can we finish the bloody war first??").
* The title character and Lord Sheftu in Eloise [=McGraw=]'s ''Literature/MaraDaughterOfTheNile.'' Sheftu is extremely put out when he realizes this is the case.
* [[MayDecemberRomance Tom Levin and Rose Casson]] from the ''Literature/CassonFamilySeries''. Rose takes a lot of guff for it due to her stubbornness and the fact that she can't see that she has a PrecociousCrush on him, especially in ''Permanent Rose''.
* Taken to almost a comical level in L.M. Montgomery's ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' series. While Anne is completely oblivious to the fact that her former enemy and childhood friend Gilbert Blythe is madly in love with her, everyone in the town of Avonlea are perfectly well aware. After Gilbert proposes and she refuses, everyone reacts with disappointment. This happens so often for awhile, it leads to this conversation:
-->'''Anne''': I wonder why everybody seems to think I ought to marry Gilbert Blythe.
-->'''Miss Lavendar''': Because you were made and meant for each other, Anne -- that is why. You needn't toss that young head of yours. It's a fact.
* In the ''LittleHouseOnThePrairie'' series, everyone but Laura herself seems to figure out rather early on just why Almanzo's willing to make the long, cold drive every weekend to bring her home from her teaching job. She's quite shocked when one of her friends clues her in, and initially panics. Fortunately, Almanzo sticks it out as a DoggedNiceGuy until she falls for him, too.
* Literature/TheDresdenFiles:
** Fairly [[AllLoveIsUnrequited tragically]], everyone knows that [[spoiler: Molly]] is head-over-heels in love with Harry. For [[{{Squick}} a]] [[MentorShip variety]] [[PowerPerversionPotential of]] [[AboveTheInfluence reasons]], this won't happen. After the events of ''Literature/ColdDays'', though, Harry doesn't rule out the possibility due to the shifted power dynamics.
** More conventionally, everyone from Harry's family to his perennial FriendlyEnemy can see that he and Murphy have feelings for each other.
* In ''Literature/{{Helm}}'', [[spoiler:Leland and Marilyn]].
-->'''Margaret de Noram:''' Don't you see it? It's plain as rocks to anyone else. You both sit in the same room trying so hard to ignore the other's presence that it's obvious you both want -- no, ''need'' to talk to each other.
* The consensus opinion of the villagers about [[Literature/AuntDimity Nell Harris and Kit Smith]] being a perfect couple is this trope, at least after the death of Prunella Hooper in ''Aunt Dimity: Detective''. [[spoiler: The process takes a few years (and a few novels), but after many postponements (for a variety of reasons), they wed at the end of ''Aunt Dimity Down Under'']].
* Very much the case in ''Literature/GreekNinja'', where everyone seems to notice the tension between Sasha and Daichi, whereas they are oblivious to it (or denying, like Sasha).
* ''Literature/GriffinsDaughter'': everyone knows Jelena and Ashinji are crazy about each other. Each denies it for differnt reasons: Jelena because she didn't want to get her hopes up that an elf prince could love [[FantasticRacism a "hikui"]], [[HalfHumanHybrid (a half-elf)]], like her. Ashinji because [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies he fears]] his sadistic brother will try hurt her just to spite him.
* It seems like everyone in Panem knows that [[Literature/TheHungerGames Katniss]] is in love with [[spoiler:Peeta Mellark]] before she does. Including the other guy in the love triangle.
* ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'':
** ''Literature/CaptainVorpatrilsAlliance'' centers on what the principals ''think'' is a [[CitizenshipMarriage quickie marriage of convinience]] between a runaway Jacksonian MafiaPrincess and a well-connected Barrayaran Officer who considered it a better option than the former throwing herself off his balcony to escape Immigration. Neither his relations (including the guy he ''thought'' he had roped into signing off on the divorce) nor hers miss the feelings they have for each other.
** In ''Literature/ShardsOfHonor'', Cordelia and Aral can't take their eyes off each other, and she reflects they'll have to work on that. A doctor calls Aral out on the unspoken relationship.
* At the beginning of ''Literature/EarthUnaware'' Victor's family elders sent his second cousin Alejandra to another clan's fleet because they noticed that they were developing feelings for one another even though they hadn't realized it, and endogamy is forbidden. After it's pointed out to him Victor realizes it was true and spends much of the book mooning after her.
* In ''Literature/{{Overenskommelser}}'' by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Sofia and Johan know that Beatrice and Seth should be together. [[IdiotPlot But alas...]]
* In the PrinceRoger series, Roger and Sergeant Despreaux spend a novel and a half in UST, partly because they're part of the same military unit and partly because she's one of his [[BodyguardCrush bodyguards.]] The other soldiers, instead of acting to stop this, set up a betting pool about when they'll get down to business.
* Happens in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries''. When Michael and Mia finally confess their feelings to one another, Lily comments that everyone already knew how they felt, and that they were only people who weren't aware of it.
* The companions all seem to regard Taran and Eilonwy's marriage as an eventuality, even before Taran's willing to admit how he feels about her and while he still has no idea if she's remotely interested, in ''Literature/TheChroniclesOfPrydain''.
* In ''Literature/LockwoodAndCo'', it is blatantly obvious to everybody who works for the titular agency (as well as a ghost in a jar functioning as a kind of TokenEvilTeammate) that Lucy has a thing for Lockwood... except for Lucy and Lockwood.
* The evil overlord in ''Literature/DeltoraQuest'' actually uses this to his advantage by using [[spoiler: a fake long-lost sister to lure Jasmine to the Shadowlands, knowing the only thing that would convince Leif to cross the border was a quest to save his friends. Wisely, he used the friend with lady parts for added incentive]]. Apparently they were so obvious even the goddamn Shadow Lord could see it.
* In ''Literature/TheWitchlands'', Merik is the last person aboard his ship to realize he has feelings for Safi. It takes Kullen (who's bedridden for most of the journey and ''still'' sees what Merik doesn't) suggesting that the two of them have a "tumble in the bedsheets" while on land for Merik to realize that yes, he's been attracted to this woman for quite some time now.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', Josh's love interest Joey Lucas, one of Donna's boyfriends, and just about everyone else can notice Josh and Donna's [[UnresolvedSexualTension UST]].
** This is taken UpToEleven in the fifth season, when Josh rants in the Oval Office about killing everyone involved with the Gaza bombing [[BlackDudeDiesFirst where Admiral Fitzwallace is killed]] and [[BerserkButton Donna is seriously injured]].
*** It's to the point where one of the White House reporters chooses to call Toby (whose ex-wife was in the same bombing but survived unharmed) rather than Josh because Josh is probably too upset over Donna. Toby [[LampshadeHanging has a few biting remarks to say about that.]]
* PlayedForLaughs in ''Series/TheMightyBoosh''. Howard and Vince are constantly mistaken for husband and wife and other characters imply that their relationship is more than just a friendship.
* ''Series/{{Psych}}'': Several characters, particularly Case of the Week characters, have commented on the potential romance/romantic feelings between Shawn and Juliet (some fans consider these to be {{Anvilicious}}).
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': According to Regina, everyone in Storybrooke can tell that Emma and Hook are ''not'' JustFriends.
-->'''Regina:''' Seriously? Are you really going to pretend nobody sees the yearning looks and doe-y eyes?
** Even the BigBad of Season 3, Zelena, can see it. After all, [[spoiler:why else would she curse Hook's lips if she didn't think he and Emma would be kissing]]?
* On ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', everyone could tell John and Aeryn were into each other--the crew of Moya, random one-offs, villains, and the entire planet Earth. Which makes John's attempts to keep his feelings hidden for [[ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies Aeryn's protection]] even [[TooDumbToLive stupider]].
* On ''Series/{{Bones}}'', characters have commented, primarily in the first season, about Booth and Brennan's possible feelings for each other and/or UST. It gets a little insane when their co-workers, Brennan's father, random one-shot characters, and even ''the families of the murder victims'' are shipping them.
** In the fifth season, Doctor Lance Sweets [[spoiler:reveals to doctor Gordon Gordon that he did not publish his book on Booth and Brennan because his book was finished with the conclusion that Booth and Brennan are in love with one another and that he can't say that to the entire world if they themselves can't admit it]]. Also [[spoiler:Booth finally acknowledges that he is in love with Brennan. He can't bring himself to admit it to her though]].
** As of the 100th episode, "The Parts in the Sum of the Whole" (5x16), [[spoiler:Booth has admitted his feelings, and Bones reciprocates but fears a relationship.]] So now Everyone Can See It. ''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Everyone]].''
** As of the "The Hole in the Heart" (6x22), [[spoiler:Booth and Bones have slept together--for comfort--after Vincent's death]]. In the season finale, "The Change in the Game" (6x23), the ending is the reveal [[spoiler:that Brennan is pregnant]].
** Surprisingly enough, [[spoiler:they get a lot fewer comments on it now that they are married with a daughter]].
* O'Neill and and Carter in ''Series/StargateSG1''. Sadly, the old no-fraternization rule keeps getting in the way.
** [[BetaCouple Daniel and Vala]] actually got teased about it in one episode--well, technically, Daniel was the one who got teased.
--->'''Daniel:''' [[ShesNotMyGirlFriend It wasn't a date]]!
** ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' has John and Elizabeth. Everyone from the team to visiting superiors learns ''very'' fast not to get in between the pair when one of them's in danger...or they're arguing...or just having private time on the balcony...
*** Hell, even the recurring ''villain'' knows what was going on. The amount of times he uses John or Elizabeth as leverage to blackmail the other makes him look like a ShipperOnDeck!
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder and Scully. Oh, sweet Jesus. Even people who met them earlier that day can see it.
-->'''Holiman:''' You spend every day with Agent Scully, a beautiful, enchanting woman. And you two never, uh...? ''[no response from Mulder]'' I confess I find that shocking. I've seen how you two gaze at one another. [[note]]"The Rain King"[[/note]]
** It gets to the point when even the cold, murderous, manipulative BigBad Cigarette Smoking Man berates Scully for not just admitting she's in love with Mulder. Literally every single character in the damn show saw it except for them.
** The fact that they're so obviously one another's LivingEmotionalCrutch means any BigBad who wants to piss off/hurt one of them does something nasty to the other. This never ends well for whoever gets between the two, but every now and again someone will be [[TooDumbToLive dumb enough]] to try.
* Subverted on ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' somewhat. When Elliot and J.D. eventually hook up, the hospital staff are pretty apathetic about it since they've seen it coming for as long as they have. Likewise for their subsequent relapses into coupledom. Amusingly, before they get back together [[TheyDo for the last time]] they had become closer and spent more time together than they ever did before, but remained platonic. The instigating event that brought them together is an innocent comment that they WERE a couple anyway, they just didn't let themselves see that.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Even though Angel broke up with Buffy, nearly every one of Angel's crew knows he still loves her. Even after a few years later, when Angel gets new friends that never saw him with Buffy (Gunn, Fred), they all take it as legitimate fact that Angel's not over her. Angel has never denied or confirmed this after S3 to anyone except Spike.
--->'''Doyle:''' ''[talking about Buffy]'' Maybe he's over her?
--->'''Cordelia:''' You have so much to learn, little Irish man.
** The crew all know there's something going on between Angel and Cordelia before even they do.
** Everyone but Angel knew Nina was attracted to Angel.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Everyone knew there was still something going on between Spike and Buffy after he got his soul, even though Buffy and Spike had denied it many times.
** For Buffy's inner circle, they all know Buffy still has feelings for Angel after breaking up with him years before.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Harry and Sarah. They argue/flirt in like, EVERY SINGLE EPISODE of Season 12. And then there's Terror of the Zygons. Lots of good Harry/Sarah moments in that one.
** Ian and Barbara. Where to begin?
*** When Vicki notices Barbara's bracelet in The Web Planet, she asks where it came from. Barbara tells her, "It was a gift." Vicki's immediate assumption is that it was a gift from Ian.
*** Even King Richard points it out. KING. FRICKEN'. RICHARD. Upon noting Ian's eagerness to go out and rescue Barbara, Richard asks the Doctor, "Is it love of peace or love of your companion that prompts his enthusiasm?"
** Romana II and the Doctor. Even when considering that, as the actors were dating at the time (they married a couple of weeks after she left the show), this effect was likely somewhat emphasized.
** [[TheNthDoctor The Ninth Doctor]] and Rose (in spite of [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend insistent denials from both parties]]). Even the ''Daleks'' call them on it.
** The Tenth Doctor and Donna are an inversion. A RunningGag throughout Series 4 was numerous people mistaking them for a couple whereas their relationship is more LikeBrotherAndSister
** Amy and Rory used to be this. Luckily, their best friend [[spoiler:and future daughter]] informed them that everyone could see it and gave them the push they needed to start dating before their first proper appearance. In a CrowningMomentOfFunny, due to Amy's obliviousness to his feelings for ''her'' and having never seen him interested in any ''other'' girl, up until then she had assumed Rory was ''gay''.
** When the ''Cybermen'' point out the Eleventh Doctor's sexual tension with Miss Clara Oswald, this trope could be happening with them too. The kids she used to babysit basically refer to him as her boyfriend and ignore all protests to the contrary.
** Applies with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara. Her ''actual'' boyfriend at the time, Danny Pink, noticed that Clara's feelings for the Doctor are more than just friendship. They are semi-mistaken for a couple by the woman they ''just met'', Maisie Pitt (the episode actually ends with Clara establishing a LoveTriangle). Ashildr's reaction at the Doctor's thin attempt to convince her (and himself, apparently) that Clara's only his friend also counts: she is not amused.
* ''Series/OneTreeHill'' has Lucas & Peyton. By the time the show skips ahead four years in the fifth season, everyone is able to see that Lucas & Peyton are still in love with one another despite their bitter break-up three years earlier. It's to the point that Lucas has to ''literally be told'' the novel he'd just written was blatantly a metaphor about his feelings for Peyton, and when they finally get back together, no-one's remotely surprised.
* Series/{{House}} and Cuddy. Several characters through the series comment on Cuddy's lenience with House and often question whether or not she loves/is attracted to him, which she obviously is but always seems surprised by the fact that others can see it, too. Strangely, people don't seem to suggest that House ''loves'' Cuddy, though this might be because of his deliberately open appreciation of her physical features, notably his sexual harassment of her (and all other female staff members), which causes people to take his advances less seriously, and in some cases see them as completely fabricated and done for the shock factor (as one of the women he interviewed for his new team did, knowing he liked to 'play games').
** With [[MentorShip House and Cameron]], on the other hand, there is no question. In just the first season, Wilson (House's best friend), Cuddy (his boss), a random clinic patient ("Do her. Or you're gay,") and even Vogler (an ArcVillain who stuck around for only five episodes) all figure out that one of them feels something special for the other, even if they do not realize that those feelings are mutual. Chase's reaction warrants a special mention: when Cameron first takes him up on his friends-with-benefits offer in season three, he suspects that she only does so in order to [[OperationJealousy make House jealous]], and when [[spoiler:the two of them divorce in season six]], Chase asks Cameron if she ever loved him. (She confesses that she doesn't know). Cameron and House, for their parts, do their best to deny their mutual attraction, even when that denial is completely implausible.
* The Jim and Pam WillTheyOrWontThey romance on ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' became so blatant that nearly every other character commented on it.
* Parodied on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' when Kramer makes a totally out-of-left-field attempt to [[EnforcedTrope enforce this trope]]. Jerry and Elaine are having a typical argument, which he interrupts, roaring, "Don't you two see that you're in love with each other?" They give him a look, shake it off and resume yelling at each other.
** Generally speaking however, this trope is in force with Jerry and Elaine, with many characters noting that they spend an incredible amount of time together despite being ex-boyfriend and girlfriend. Creator/JuliaLouisDreyfus even interpreted their relationship as such, stating that they were in love with each other but too immature to realize it.
* Done a lot in ''Series/TheNanny'', as virtually all characters (and of course the audience) knew about Maxwell and Fran except for them. When they're finally together for good, they enter the house by announcing Max said "I love you" to Fran, which surprises nobody. When Maxwell adds "and I'm not taking it back" they're all shocked (and happy about it, except for CC). Likewise, Niles confesses of his past attraction to a parlor maid who had since left, upon which he never acted on, and sighs about how nobody noticed. Max, annoyed, responds ''everyone'' saw it, and there was even a betting pool to see when he'd propose!
* The {{UST}} between Detective Kate Beckett and Richard Castle in ''Series/{{Castle}}'' is getting to the point where '''everyone in the world''' seems to be able to see it except Beckett. Complete strangers casually ask whether they're a couple, people who've never met one of them can tell that something's going on just from how one of them talks about the other, and it is awesomely line-dropped by Kate's BlackBestFriend Lanie Parrish:
-->'''Beckett:''' Anything else?
-->'''Lanie:''' You tell me.
-->'''Beckett:''' ''What''?
-->'''Lanie:''' Don't "what" me! Castle's lost love?
-->'''Beckett:''' Yeah, what about it?
-->'''Lanie:''' Girl, I'm gonna smack you! You work side-by-side every ''day'', he writes a sex scene in his book about ''you'' that had ''me'' reaching for ice water--and now Little Miss Bride shows up. Don't tell me you're not the least bit jealous!
-->'''Beckett:''' Oh, please. You've been inhaling too many...autopsy fluids.
-->'''Lanie:''' Honey, just because ''you'' don't see what's going on doesn't mean everyone ''else'' doesn't see [[UnresolvedSexualTension what's going on]]!
-->'''Beckett''': ''Shut'' '''''up'''''!!!
** [[spoiler:Castle finally admits his feelings when Beckett is shot at the captain's funeral in the finale of season 3 episode 24. In fact Beckett can see it too, and Castle calls her out on it earlier in the episode.]]
** Ironically, [[spoiler:when Castle and Beckett finally hook-up, they are able to hide this from their friends and family for quite some time primarily because everyone has gotten so used to the UST that it no longer crosses their minds that Castle and Beckett might actually become a couple]].
* ''Series/{{NCIS}}'': Tony and Ziva have had co-workers, witnesses and other people comment on their relationship. Even Gibbs has sort of commented; he has given meaningful looks and vague references.
** And one of the latest episodes has them "apparently" hooking up [[spoiler:on a mission in Paris]]. The episode heavily hints at it the entire way through, with even [[spoiler: the witness they had met a few days before]] commenting on it.
** In the episode "False Witness", even one-shot character Jerry, unfamiliar with the show's characters and their history, can see that there's something between Tony and Ziva, though they both deny it.
** In the episode "Housekeeping," former Tony flame EJ Barrett comments to Tony that he and Ziva have a special connection.
** In a weird way, this trope is almost subverted--at times, it seems as though ''even Tony and Ziva'' know they're in love with each other, they just don't act on it. There are several instances in which they correctly peg the other's jealousy when one of them (or both) are even remotely interested in someone else. And more than one occasion where Ziva flirts with a non-recurring character because she knows it drives Tony crazy.
* ''Series/{{Life}}'': Reese and Crews are often mistaken for a couple, and an FBI agent helping comments how he met met his wife in the bureau and that she was his partner. Only the word "too" is missing.
* ''Series/TrueJacksonVP'': True and Jimmy.
* ''Series/GilmoreGirls'' did this for ''five seasons''. Each season brought in a [[RomanticFalseLead new love interest]], for either Lorelai, Luke, or both of them, only for the relationship to dissolve because "you're in love with someone else." When [[spoiler:Lorelai and Luke finally got together in season five]], the entire town of Stars Hollow said, "Took you long enough."
** To a lesser extent Rory and Jess. Lorelai, Lane and Paris know, and the whole town notices even if they disapprove. Even Rory's boyfriend is all too-aware of their attraction. Hell, even [[{{ObliviousToLove}} Luke]] picks up on it!
* ''Series/{{Smallville}}'': Lana saw immediately that Lois and Clark were attracted to one another from the start of their friendship , even though Lois and Clark deny it (Clark insists that he and Lois are merely VitriolicBestBuds and Lana notes "the best ones always start that way"). One episode later, Chloe notices a spark of attraction between them during the dunk tank event at Smallville High, Jimmy repeatedly notices UST, Oliver makes his share of observations, and Jonathan and Martha both have their own bemused suspicions that Clark and Lois's VitriolicBestBuds routine is masking something else. By Season 8, the {{UST}} gets to the point where neither Lois nor Clark can deny it much longer.
* ''Series/{{Chuck}}'': By roughly the mid-way point of Season 3, Casey, Ellie, Captain Awesome, Morgan, Jeff, Lester, General Beckman and Big Mike (i.e. the entire cast) all ship Chuck/Sarah, and help try to make it happen. Most of their love interests see it too. Of course, for most of the show they were deliberately pretending to be in a relationship...
* On ''Series/TheVampireDiaries'', Stefan and Elena fit this. Almost all of the characters on the show can see or have commented on Stefan and Elena's undying love for each other. An example of this would be Klaus telling Damon referring to Stefan and Elena's love for each other: "Crazy or not, that kind of love never dies". A second example is when Caroline told Elena: "Stefan is your epic love". A third example is Lexi telling Elena referring to her love and relationship with Stefan: "When it's real, you can't walk away". Other characters on the show have noticed and commented on Stefan and Elena's love and devotion to each other, such as Damon, Katherine, Klaus, and Rebekah. Various characters on the show have also been shown to be Stelena supporters or shippers. Such characters include Klaus, Caroline, Bonnie, Matt, Lexi, Jeremy, Jenna, etc. The producers of the series, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have both referred to Stefan and Elena as being the true epic love story of the show. Kevin Williamson has repeatedly referred to Stefan and Elena as soul mates. He also suggests that although the plot is about a love triangle (between Elena, Stefan and Damon), the series revolves around Stefan and Elena's love story and that their relationship is the central plot and "anchor" of the show.
* Good God, ''Series/PhilOfTheFuture''. OnceAnEpisode at the LEAST. They were voted "Cutest Couple" by the ''whole school'', for crying out loud. And the student body cheered when they kissed for the first time.
* ''Series/{{Zoey 101}}'' has Chase and Zoey. Chase's love for Zoey is the school's worst kept secret, and Zoey's [[OblivioustoLove obliviousness]] is almost painful.
** In the third season premiere, Lola and Quinn try to tell Zoey of Chase's feelings for her. When Zoey doesn't believe them, Lola pulls a random student from the hallway to illustrate her point.
--->'''Lola:''' Ginny, could you come in here a moment?
--->'''Ginny:''' Sure, what's up?
--->'''Lola:''' ''Blank'' is in love with Zoey. Fill in the blank.
--->'''Ginny:''' ''[matter-of-factly]'' Chase.
--->'''Lola:''' Thanks for playing.
** In "The Play", the school's drama teacher wonders aloud whether Chase's casting of Zoey for the lead role in his play was due to her acting ability, or because there was a kiss written between their characters in the final scene.
** Even people who don't know them think they're together. In "PCA Confidential", Zoey and Chase (and Stacy Dillsen) act as a panel to answer questions about the school to potential students. The last question was asked by a girl who said she had a question for "Zoey ''and'' Chase" (this is actually the original quote; the episode was supposed to air at the end of the third season, but ended up airing after the fourth, after Chase and Zoey were already together).
--->'''Girl:''' Are you guys boyfriend and girlfriend?
--->'''Chase:''' No.
--->'''Girl:''' Have you ever been?
--->'''Zoey:''' No.
--->'''Chase:''' Why do you ask that?
--->'''Girl:''' Just a vibe I was picking up. ''[Chase/Zoey montage]''
** Michael tries to tell Chase that he's extremely obvious in his love for Zoey:
--->'''Chase:''' Would you stop saying that [that Chase is in love with Zoey] so loud?
--->'''Michael:''' Why?
--->'''Chase:''' I don't want people to know, okay?
--->'''Michael:''' Everyone on planet Earth knows you love her! The people on Neptune even know. Yeah, they're up there right now on Neptune saying... ''[mimics alien voice]'' "Did you know Chase loves Zoey?" "Why, yes, I do; the whole galaxy knows."
* Ross and Rachel on ''Series/{{Friends}}''. At one point Rachel realizes she's still subconsciously attracted to Ross and Phoebe tells her everyone just assumed she knew. "It's like telling Monica 'You like things to be clean.'"
** Surprisingly averted when Chandler and Monica start their SecretRelationship. The gang take ''months'' to figure out they're together, despite blatantly obvious hints. Possibly because the pair were extremely close before hooking up, sharing each other's deepest secrets and frequently seen [[{{NoSenseOfPersonalSpace}} cuddling up together]]. Their friends may not have noticed the change from platonic to romantic affection.
* A unique version on ''Series/Galavant'' as Galavant and Richard are both madly in love with Madalena who was with Galavant but married Richard. However, everyone ''but'' the two of them realizes Madalena is a selfish sociopath who used both of them to become Queen, carries on affairs with other characters, and plays the two off each other in order to gain more power for herself. By the end of the first season, both men seem to finally recognize it and end up joining together.
* Rigsby and Van Pelt in ''Series/TheMentalist''.
** Jane and Lisbon fit this, especially in season five. In the season 5 opener, Lorelei tells Jane that he is a little bit in love with Lisbon. In the season 5 finale, a character from Jane's past says that Lisbon was lying in bed thinking of Patrick and proceeds to say, "You're a little in love with him."
* ''Series/RookieBlue'' has Sam and Andy, whose chemistry is noticed by everyone including Luke, Andy's [[spoiler: ex-]]boyfriend.
* One-sided version: everyone knows that Niles is hopelessly in love with Daphne in ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', including him, but Daphne [[ObliviousToLove remains blissfully unaware for several years]], and everyone keeps quiet because Niles CannotSpitItOut, and they don't want to meddle in his business. When Daphne finds out about his feelings (without Niles knowing), it leads to a CrowningMomentOfFunny when she tells this to Roz with the air of disclosing a earth-shattering classified state secret, only for Roz's response to be "well, ''duh''".
* Fabian and Nina from ''Series/HouseOfAnubis'' embody this trope so much, it's almost painful to watch. It gets to the point where other students in the house (not to mention the entire fandom) are asking Fabian to please just ask her out already.
** This conversation alone proves it:
--->'''Mick:''' So, Fabian, who are you planning on asking to the prom?
--->'''Amber:''' A certain play-writing scholarship student with a thing for antiques and apple pie?
--->'''Mara:''' Of course he'll be taking Nina...if he ever gets around to asking her.
--->'''Fabian:''' I don't know what you're talking about. Me and Nina...[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend we're not an item]].
--->'''Mick:''' Come on. Everyone knows you two secretly like each other...well, not so secretly.
--->'''Mara:''' Yeah, so when are you going to put Nina and the rest of us out of our misery?
* On ''Series/BurnNotice'', ShesNotMyGirlfriend is a RunningGag, cropping up once every few episodes with Mike and/or Fiona saying it. And everyone else knows that they are.
* Harm and Mac on ''Series/{{JAG}}''.
* ''Series/{{Merlin|2008}}'': Arthur and Guinevere. And they consider it a SecretRelationship. Every single character manages to make the jump that they're together within days. Even Uther, the most GenreBlind character on the show, manages to figure it out (although luckily they convince him it was just an enchantment and aren't seen together in front of him after that).
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'': Matthew and Mary. So, ''so'' much. Even their [[spoiler:respective fiances]] see it.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Ted and Robin, where the first few episodes had them obviously attracted to each other but in very different stages of their lives (Ted is ready to settle down and start a family, Robin is MarriedToTheJob and uncertain of EVER getting married). They agree to remain friends and Robin becomes very close to him and his group of friends. They both insist there is nothing romantic between them but it's obvious to everyone and the viewers it's a matter of timing and not feelings. They officially get together in the second season and [[AmicableExes break up amicably]] towards the end, as we already know [[ForegoneConclusion Robin isn't the mother]]. Throughout the rest of the series, it is obvious those feelings haven't disappeared completely.
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Close associates and complete strangers alike can figure out in seconds that Jorah Mormont is in love with Daenerys. Actor Iain Glenn seemed utterly bewildered [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBzgvERBU10 when a journalist questioned him on the issue]]:
-->"I think I made it patently clear that I really, really fancy her. I ''really'' fancy her."
** In Season 6, Bronn remarks to Podrick that it's extremely obvious from the way she looks at him that Brienne of Tarth has feelings for Jaime Lannister. Though it's not as obvious in Jaime's case (and complicated by the fact that Jaime's main love has always been for [[{{Twincest}} his sister]] Cersei), Bronn also thinks that Jaime feels the same way.
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'''s Mr. Feeny thinks that he has been discreet about his feelings for Dean Lila Bolander. He is hilariously wrong.
-->'''Eric:''' Who knows who Feeny loves?
-->'''The Entire Class:''' ''[in perfect unison]'' The Dean!
* ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'': Fitz-Simmons are the only ones who seem remotely surprised to discover they might have romantic feelings towards one another. Everyone else seems to have been well clued in from the beginning, and have even been referring to them by their in-universe PortmanteauCoupleName since Day 1.
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': After Sylar uses his empathy power on Claire, he tells her that he knows [[LesYay she has feelings for Gretchen]].
* ''Series/{{Community}}'': Jeff and Annie are now this to each other, according to the rest of the school. In the third episode of season five, The Dean calls them out on it, saying "let me be the fiftieth person at this school" to wonder what's going on between them, since everyone can clearly see that they're head over heels for each other. During this conversation, however, both Jeff and Annie are in denial and insist they're JustFriends, but even the notorious Ass Crack Bandit chides them to find him and prove otherwise.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': The ever-lengthening list of characters to notice or comment in one way or another about the relationship between Oliver and Felicity includes:
-->John Diggle
-->Isabel Rochev
-->the entire staff of Queen Consolidated (according to Isabel)
-->Moira Queen
-->Malcolm Merlyn
-->Barry Allen
-->Iris West
-->Helena Bertinelli
-->Slade Wilson
-->Laurel Lance
-->Ray Palmer
-->Donna Smoak
-->Ra's Al Ghul
** Despite this long list, it took the two of them almost 3 seasons to mutually confess their feelings.
* Speaking of Iris West, everyone in ''Series/TheFlash2014'' see that she returns Barry's affection toward her despite her protests that she only likes him as a friend. [[spoiler: Eventually Iris' boyfriend Eddie leaves her partially because of this.]]
* ''Series/{{Superstore}}'': Everyone in the store senses the UST between Amy and Jonah. Both of them deny it (mostly because Amy is married--however, not altogether ''happily'' married.)
* ''Series/{{Star Trek Voyager}}'': Seven's lack of social skills at this point makes it [[ObliviousToLove near impossible for her to recognize it,]] nor properly reciprocate, but Harry is in love with Seven of Nine for the entirety of season 4 and everybody on the ship knows it [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend despite Harry's attempts to deny it,]] as B'Elanna lampshades:
-->'''B'Elanna''': Harry, you might as well wear a big sign that says "I'M IN LOVE", everyone sees it.

* [[BodyguardCrush Jinie]] from ''Manhwa/TheBreaker'', though she will always reply "HeIsNotMyBoyfriend!".
* Everybody can tell Jung Hyun has a crush on Rose in ''Webcomic/WelcomeToRoom305'' except Rose herself, nobody in their class wants to be the one to tell her.
* When Seol-A from ''Webcomic/FlutteringFeelings'' is talking her new friend No-Rae she doesn't realize she's gushing and rambling about her. Her friend on the other hand does. At this moment in the webtoon Seol-A hadn't realized she liked No-Rae yet.

* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsvMca0xG0c Everybody Knows (Except You)]]" by Music/TheDivineComedy is a variant, in that everyone can see that the singer is in love with the girl, except the girl herself. Of course, this IS because he just went around telling everybody and everything about it (to the point of driving his friends away and making a small boy cry).
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQ39ASplNV4 Something To Talk About]]" by Music/BonnieRaitt plays the trope straight. The singer hears rumors about her and a friend, and starts to realize that said friend is in love with her and she with them. Once they recognize the mutual attraction, the narrator suggests they give the rumor-starters "something to talk about".
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B1EN7eShBRQ Just Friends]]" by Music/TheJonasBrothers is a variation in which everyone can see it (including the narrator), except for the girl in question.
* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pd_rl5Fio6Q You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This]]" by Music/TobyKeith.
* "Rumor Has It" by Clay Walker

* Shakespeare's ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'' revolves around this trope. While Hero and Claudio are happily in love with their perfect romance, Beatrice and Benedick never lose an opportunity to [[BelligerentSexualTension mock]] each other (with sex jokes) or [[ShesNotMyGirlfriend deny]] their feelings for one another. It takes a bit of manipulation on Hero and Claudio's parts to bring them together.
* In ''Theatre/PokemonLive'', Brock can easily tell Misty loves Ash, though Ash himself is clueless.
* ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'': As in the animated film, the last people to figure out that Anya and Dmitry are in love are... Anya and Dmitry. Lily has her suspicions, Vlad ''definitely'' sees it, and the Dowager Empress calls refers to Dmitry as "your young man" and Anya's "different kind of prince."
* In the musical ''Anne and Gilbert'' (based on ''AnneOfGreenGables'') there's an entire song based around how obvious it is to everybody in Avonlea that Anne and Gilbert love each other. It is appropriately called "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPFciAHAL_E Gilbert Loves Anne of Green Gables]]". In fact this observation is considered as unremarkable as more mundane truths like "dogs bury bones" and "preachers talk a lot".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Early in ''VideoGame/{{Utawarerumono}}'', the villagers around Hakuoro drop some rather pointed hints concerning Eruruw that he apparently never catches on to. Such teasing more or less stops after [[spoiler:he becomes emperor and she becomes royalty as well]], but he still seems more or less oblivious.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Kelly Chambers says "You two would make such a cute couple!" in response to Tali (if Shepard is male) or Garrus (if Shepard is female) joining the crew. Those two are both possible love interests for Shepard of the indicated gender. Master thief Kasumi Goto also gets in on the action, thanks to the new DLC.
** In the Lair of the Shadow Broker DLC, Liara will tell a Shepard who is romancing Tali that Tali has been awestruck since she first joined the Normandy crew.
** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Ashley and Kaidan's complete lack of surprise when Shepard and Tali start flirting in the middle of a mission is telling.
* The male player character and Elanee in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', at least from Neeshka's general reaction to her.
** Though it works just as well in reverse if the player's relationship with Neeshka is higher than it is with Elanee.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'': Paraphrased from the game:
-->'''Wynne:''' So, you and [LoveInterest].
-->'''The Warden:''' You know about [LoveInterest] and me?
-->'''Wynne:''' ''Everyone'' knows about [LoveInterest] and you. Trust me, in Zevran's case, half the camp sleeping in their tents wishes they didn't.
** Notably, Anora--having seen both characters for maybe fifteen, twenty minutes at the most--can tell that a romanced Alistair is sweet on the female Warden [[spoiler:if you bring up the possibility of her and Alistair marrying]]: "I rather thought you and the boy...?"
* ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheSecondStory'' in regards to its two leads, Claude and Rena. They have a small problem of CannotSpitItOut, but it doesn't stop the rest of their friends from trying to spell it out for them. In fact, it was so obvious that even Dias (TheStoic, a childhood friend of Rena and a sort-of-{{rival}} for Claude) can see it.
* Fox and Krystal from the ''VideoGame/StarFox'' series are obviously attracted to one another, but rarely will they ever mention it. Pretty much everyone on the Star Fox team (and even some people who aren't) know that the two are in love with each other and will occasionally comment on it. At one point in ''Star Fox Assault'', Prince Tricky tells Fox and Krystal to come back to his planet for their honeymoon which causes Fox to get all embarrassed and yell at Tricky.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' [[MasterSwordsmen Cloud]] and [[GirlNextDoor Tifa]] get a lot of this in sector 7 of [[CityNoir Midgar]], this includes neighbors[[DatePeepers listing into their conversations ]] and friends trying to none so subtlety point out their relationship may be [[ChildhoodFriendRomance more]] than childhood friendship, but Cloud fails to understand and Tifa will act shyly.
** When [[MysteriousWaif Aerith]] joins the gang and immediately warms to Cloud, causing slight strife with Tifa, Cloud will once again be oblivious despite having [[LoveTriangle two young women attracted to him]] either way everybody can see it but Cloud himself.
* By halfway through ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'', even Squall himself can see that everyone he knows thinks he and Rinoa are perfect for each other (and is mostly annoyed at how obvious they're all being).
* ''KingdomHearts'' has Sora and Kairi. When Sora witnesses a Disney couple getting their happy ending (most prominently Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann), Donald and Goofy can tell who he's thinking about (Kairi) and call him out on it. Sora's feelings for Kairi are also the entire reason Saïx found kidnapping her to be useful. And a good third of the plot of ''Chain of Memories'' is caused by the villains knowing that Kairi is the most important person to Sora.
* Adell and Rozalin in ''VideoGame/Disgaea2CursedMemories'' eventually end up like this. Eventually lampshaded by Etna, who sees they've got "[[BelligerentSexualTension one of those relationships going]]".
** By the time of ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'', they have a hard time convincing people they're not ''married'' (though they... Uh, live in the same house together).
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTwilightPrincess'', Link and Ilia are childhood friends [[ImpliedLoveInterest and possibly more.]] The Ordon kids almost seem to think of them as parental substitutes; particularly when Collin notes how Link and Ilia always look after them. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB-05fHYSF0 It doesn't take Telma long to see it either.]] But the most telling instance is when, after Link helps Ilia recover her memories of their time together, Renado, Cor Goron and the others [[LeaveTheTwoLovebirdsAlone give them]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4UYayCJM5U their privacy]] (though Talo has to be [[DatePeepers yanked away from the window]] by Beth).
* Done [[{{Moe}} adorably]] in ''[[VideoGame/GalaxyAngel Galaxy Angel Moonlight Lovers]]'' with Vanilla who doesn't really understand what love is and thinks she's sick and dying. Finally Dr Creta gets Ranpha involved and Ranpha does a poor job of explaining that she's lovesick for Tact. As Tact himself doesn't even realize what's wrong with Vanilla the entire ship starts trying to get them together before Tact realizes what's happening and sits down with Vanilla to explain to her what love is.
* ''VideoGame/{{Wadanohara}}'': Pretty much everyone in town can tell how much [[spoiler: Samekichi and Wadanohara love each other. While Samekichi's feelings are a LOT more obvious despite how he tries to hide them, characters make comments about how the two of them "get along so well" and how cute they are together. Samekichi's feelings are so obvious that one character tells him "a thousand fish in the sea would all say they knew" when he confesses.]]
* There's that conservation among the Hyades in ''Third VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsZ: Tengoku-hen,'' where they're like "man Debaran needs to drop the pretense cause everybody knows he wants to jump [[spoiler:Elunaruna]]'s bones." "Yeah and when/if he tries, [[spoiler:she'll]] smash his balls into a fine powder and we'll get to laugh at him over drinks".
* Nash from ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'' assumes he is subtle and refined regarding his crush on Mia Ausa; he isn't, much to the amusement of Kyle and Jessica.
* Developed throughout ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsInTheSky''. [[spoiler: Estelle at first regards Joshua as [[LikeBrotherAndSister nothing more than an (adopted) brother-figure,]] denying any romantic connection to the (numerous) [=NPCs=] who ask. However, as the game proceeds, her feelings start to evolve and she begins to realise that she loves him in a much more romantic sense than she had first realised (with copious amounts of CrushBlush applied whenever the subject comes up). By the end of the game, her feelings are pretty evident to everyone, with Anelace commenting that they make a cute couple and Scherazard offering to educate Estelle in matters of the heart.]]

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'': EVERYONE can see that Sakura is absolutely head-over-heels for [[ObliviousToLove Shirou]].
* The entire orchestra in "[[http://lemmasoft.renai.us/forums/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=19641 a2 ~a due~]]" thinks that Hao and Sona like each other. Depending on your choice out of two dialogue options, they're all either very wrong, with Sona thinking to herself that she and Hao are only close friends, or they're very right, with Sona silently admitting that they might have a point.
-->'''French Horn Player:''' It's because you love us, don't you, Sona?
-->'''Cello Player:''' But not as much as you love Hao~.
-->'''Sona:''' You're getting your face punched in first, just so you know.
* In ''VisualNovel/NineHoursNinePersonsNineDoors'', everyone can see that Junpei and June are infatuated with one another.
-->'''Lotus:''' ''(after having to tell Junpei that a stack of plates are for seafood)'' If you ever take out a lady to dinner, you're going to embarrass yourself. I feel sorry for June.
-->'''Junpei:''' Wh...wh...wh...why the hell are you bringing up June!?
-->'''Lotus:''' The lady doth protest too much, methinks. You are not terribly subtle.
* A HoYay example would be Ryo and [[UnluckyChildhoodFriend Hibiki]] from ''VisualNovel/LuxPain''. It seems obvious to a lot of people that Hibiki has an obvious crush on Ryo but the latter is either [[MasterOfTheMixedMessage oblivious or purposely leading him on.]]
* Eri of ''VisualNovel/{{Nameless}}'' is involved in one of these with both [[HotBlooded Red]] and [[TheCasanova Yuri]] in their respective routes. It's both painful and cute. [[TheAce Tei]] gets mixed up with both of them, accidentally with Red and intentionally with Yuri.

* In the furry webcomic ''Webcomic/DividedSky'', Kittifox and Stryde are a good example of this trope, where the mute friend picks up on this and a blind angel says bluntly, "You love her."
* [[http://www.shapequest.net/?id=113 Tonya mentions this to Lance]] in ''[[http://www.shapequest.net Shape Quest]]''.
* Parley and Andrew Smith from ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt''. She's all over him ([[NoSenseOfPersonalSpace literally]]); he puts up with it because he thinks she's "hotter than hell", but he's [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=578 oblivious]] to (or in denial over) the fact that she likes him. [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=785 It takes a homicidal ghost chastising Parley for precisely this for them to see it]].
** Taken to a hilarious degree when her friends [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=953 see the two]] merely ''in the same room'', pretending too hard they have absolutely nothing to do with each other...and ''simultaneously jump to the correct conclusion''.
* Reika and Eiji were so obvious in ''Webcomic/RedString'' that their friends actually say "finally" when they--finally!--hook up.
* Agatha Heterodyne and Gilgamesh Wulfenbach from ''Webcomic/GirlGenius''. Partially subverted in that they themselves know, but just CannotSpitItOut.
** [[spoiler:Also subverted in that Gil proposes to Agatha at the end of the first story arc and later goes on campaign when she "dies", clutching his engagement "ring" close to his heart.]]
** Moloch von Zinzer's feelings for Sanaa--[[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080220 usually]] causing [[LoveMakesYouStupid all mental and motor activity to go haywire]] on sight--were (surprise!) [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20120730 rather obvious]] to other prisoners of the Castle:
--->'''Moloch:''' Did ''everyone'' know about that?!
--->'''Dr. Mittelmind:''' Hm? Oh, not ''everyone''...just those of us who noticed that anyone who got to your kitchen ''after'' Sanaa was served ''boiled sponge with gravy''.
* Haley and Elan in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0223.html Exhibit A]].
* Mike and Lucy in ''Webcomic/BittersweetCandyBowl''. Very far gone. [[spoiler:Until suddenly, it ''is'' gone. When Lucy finally realizes this, she is not a happy kitty]].
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'':
** Faye and Marten for the first 400+ strips. Then they have [[WhamEpisode "The Talk"]].
** Later, Faye and Angus, though it's more Faye saying that "nothing had been decided yet" when she likes him, he likes her, and everyone knows they're going to get together. As of [[http://www.questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=1736 Number 1736]], they're official.
* ''Webcomic/PennyAndAggie'': Aggie and Penny. It builds slowly, but by the evening they finally get together, ''everyone'' present seems to have realized [[http://pennyandaggie.com/index.php?p=1144 there's something there]].
* ''Webcomic/SequentialArt'''s [[http://www.collectedcurios.com/sequentialart.php?s=748 Valentines']] sequence: pleasant surprise, [[LuminescentBlush blush]], awkwardness, {{facepalm}}.
* Karkat and Terezi in ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', to the point where even the humans, who have just met them, comment on it.
** This is echoed with Kankri and Latula--Aranea mentions that, by the end, pretty much everyone was aware there was some UnresolvedSexualTension between them, even though Latula was apparently happily in a relationship with Mituna. Latula seems to know what's going on, but Kankri, as a dedicated CelibateHero, very much doesn't.
* Between [[spoiler:Elliot]] and [[spoiler:Susan]] in ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''. Not only do each of the main characters have at least some inkling of it, but [[spoiler:the [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2013-04-23 in-universe fandom]] for their movie review show]] ships them as well.
* ''Webcomic/SplitScreen'': Jan and Jeremy. Even someone who's only seen them react to a picture of the other can see it. Jan doesn't outright say she love Jeremy (to him), but she doesn't try to hide it. Jeremy insists there's nothing there, but his reactions are...[[MasterOfTheMixedMessage mixed]].
* Jackson and Olga from ''Webcomic/SisterClaire''. They act secretive for a time, but everyone knows. Even [[spoiler:Azi, a wolf witch]] can tell mere ''moments'' after meeting them.
* Mel Odious and Greta Goode in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''. They're eight years old and can't stand each other; and of course, [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/2131971/taking-bets/ you know what that means.]]
* Sun Jing is head-over-heels for Qiu Tong in ''Webcomic/TheirStory''. She barely makes an attempt to hide it around her. In one comic even a convenience store owner notices the chemistry between the two girls.
* ''Webcomic/StarMares'' has rivals Moontear and Wind Whistler, who while not necessarily ''romantically'' attracted to each other (the author has stated that it's supposed to be up to the reader whether they are or not) certainly put a higher value on one another's opinions than anyone else's. Everyone, including ponies who haven't actually met one of them, knows that they're more than just rivals. Moontear, of course, continually [[{{Tsundere}} denies that they're even friends]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Linkara and Marzgurl on ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses''. Whenever they appear together, about 90% of the comments will point this out. Apparently it's just good chemistry (and ShipTease), because Linkara later proved to have a real-life girlfriend known as "Iron Liz".
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic[=/=]WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick. It's one of the reasons why Nella forces her to go on the date with him, Mara wanted to kill the Chick because she needed to punish Critic more, and an earlier draft of WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee had even ''Mechakara'' trying to test 7-of-11's loyalty by making her shoot Critic. Of course, they know it too (and history with sexings have been confirmed by WordOfGod), but Critic is scared of what she could do to him and she hates admitting emotions.
* A lot of characters have noticed that Starry and [[spoiler: Elliott]] in Website/{{Starwalker}} mean a lot to each other but both of them show SelectiveObliviousness when someone tries to bring up the subject.
* Thalia and Apollo in ''Literature/ThaliasMusings''. Let's see, Apollo and Thalia have feelings for each other. Hephaestus sympathizes with her during the Daphne debacle, Eros and Aphrodite keep offering to set them up together. Even Artemis knows that her brother becomes afflicted with a case of LoveMakesYouStupid when he's showing off for Thalia. Also everyone in Olympus speculates about them.
* In ''WebVideo/DragonBallZAbridged'', upon finding out Bulma has a kid, Gohan and Krillin ''immediately'' guess it's Vegeta's. So do Goku and Piccolo, but they might not count-they already know thanks to said [[KidFromTheFuture kid coming back in time and telling them.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Number 3 and Number 4 of ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor'':
-->'''Number 2 and Number 5:''' Wally and Kuki, sitting in a tree! K-I-S-S-I-N-G!
-->'''Number 4:''' Shut up! [[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend It is *not* like that]]!
* Danny and Sam on ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'', to the point where their best friend, nameless classmates, Danny's usually-thick-headed dad, and villains who are usually ''in another dimension'' and wouldn't see anything all pointed it out. A RunningGag line, repeated by several characters throughout the series during moments when it appears as if Danny and Sam are doing something intimate, is "I always knew you two losers would wind up together." This immediately gets coupled with Danny ''and'' Sam retorting "[[SheIsNotMyGirlfriend S/He is not my girlfriend/boyfriend]]!"
* ''WesternAnimation/EarthwormJim'': Played with very oddly in the cartoon version; Jim himself insists that the relationship between himself and Princess What's-Her-Name is obvious enough to be just like this. The Princess herself, however, has no idea what the heck he's talking about whenever he refers to them as a couple, and Jim laughs at this.
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'': Dorkus reveals that everyone in Miseryville knows that Heloise is crazy for Jimmy, while Jimmy is so ObliviousToLove it boggles the mind.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutronBoyGenius'': Jimmy and Cindy. Extraordinarily so. First it began as BelligerentSexualTension, but gradually faded into a genuine attraction as time went on. The final episode had them flirting and acting all lovey-dovey (hell, they were playing ''footsie'' at one point), before finally kissing. It should be noted that during that episode, Libby exploited it for her gossip segment during the news show the main cast was making, as if to lampshade how obvious Jimmy and Cindy were being.
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'': Everyone in their lives can see that Phineas and Isabella are a great match but [[DownplayedTrope only Isabella agrees with them]].
** This goes UpToEleven in "Act Your Age" with [[spoiler: Phineas, who ''finally'' developed feelings towards Isabella in high school, being so shocked that Isabella not only had a crush on him but that ''everyone'' knew that he states his brain is broken and goes on a walk to clear his head.]]
** Everyone called it.
--->'''Vanessa:''' I never knew she had a thing for him.
--->'''Ferb:''' Seriously?
--->'''Vanessa:''' ''(laughs)'' Nahhh, I'm just messing with you. ''Everyone knew!''
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'': Robin and Starfire got so bad that people were shipping them on the Internet ''in their own universe''.
* Ulrich and Yumi in ''WesternAnimation/CodeLyoko''. The only two people that ''didn't'' consider them to be a couple were...[[UnresolvedSexualTension Ulrich and Yumi]]. [[spoiler:It's tentative, but they do decide to give it a shot at the very end of the last season]]. In ''Series/CodeLyokoEvolution'', they're ''right'' back where they [[UnresolvedSexualTension started]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'': Heather and Alejandro. Everybody saw that they had the hots for each other, and it only became more obvious as time went on.
-->'''Blaineley:''' Heather and Alejandro, just give it up and make out already!
** Carrie's feelings for Devin in ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaPresentsTheRidonculousRace''. The only reason Devin himself never noticed is because he could be the poster boy for ObliviousToLove.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' has the eponymous character and Lana. The two spend every single mission together in heated arguments to the point where one begins to wonder if it's a thinly-veiled attempt to get some kind of release. It's later lampshaded in "Heart of Archness: Part III":
-->'''Noah:''' ''[after a long pause after the two are done screaming at each other]'' OH MY GOD, JUST '''SCREW ALREADY!'''
-->'''Bucky:''' Seriously.
-->'''Rip:''' Then kill each other, and then shut up. And then kill each other again. And call me, so I can watch you do it.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited'': Between Batman and Wonder Woman. Green Lantern and Zatanna figure it out within minutes after hearing one talk about the other, and it's so obvious that even Circe, who had never even met Batman previously, figures it out when she sees the two together on a stakeout. Unfortunately, it's a ForegoneConclusion that they'll never stay together as a couple even if they ever get together, thanks to ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''.
** The tension between Hawkgirl and Green Lantern, meanwhile, is so evident that even ''the Joker'' notices. He doesn't ''care'', but he notices.
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': Ben and his "former" crush Kai Green. Their endless bickering grates on the nerves of ''everyone'', because the attraction between them is so obvious that everyone is shouting in their heads for them to just make out already. The Forever Knights even initially thought Kai was Ben's girlfriend, while Rook comments on their arguing as "romantic bantering".
* WordOfGod says that the GhostShipping in ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' is in fact canon, which may explain why almost everyone they meet in the Neitherworld clues in real fast to the fact that the title character is extremely attached to his MoralityChain.
* ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'': Kim and Ron for the first three seasons. Every character in the series, from their classmates and families to the villains to Kim's ''[[MissionControl ten-year-old, agoraphobic webmaster]]'' knew how those two felt about each other. Even [[AlphaBitch Bonnie]] knows, but is repulsed by it and the fact everyone else accepts it.
** They finally become the OfficialCouple in ''[[WesternAnimation/KimPossibleMovieSoTheDrama So the Drama]]''. After their latest mission is done, Kim and Ron walk into their high school prom holding hands, signifying their newfound status as a couple--while Kim's rival, Bonnie Rockwaller, tries making fun of them, everyone else in the gym cheers for them, suggesting that they expected Kim and Ron to eventually start dating and become a couple.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Trollhunters}}'', Blinky at least can tell that there's something going on between Jim and Claire.
* In ''WesternAnimation/SonicBoom'', various characters have commented on Amy and Sonic from Tails and Sticks. Heck [[ArchEnemy Eggman]] downright thinks they're dating.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Spanish Literature Nobel Prize winner Jacinto Benavente invoked this trope in one of his most memorable RealLife quotes, which nowadays is considered [[MemeticMutation a proverb in Spain]]: "Love is like fire. People on the outside usually see the smoke before the people on the inside see the flames."[[note]]In the original Spanish: "El amor es como el fuego. Suelen ver el humo los que están fuera antes que las llamas los que están dentro."[[/note]]