->'''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 even their 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.
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!!Examples:
[[index]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt/AnimeAndManga
* EveryoneCanSeeIt/FanWorks
* EveryoneCanSeeIt/{{Literature}}
* EveryoneCanSeeIt/LiveActionTV
* EveryoneCanSeeIt/VideoGames
* EveryoneCanSeeIt/WesternAnimation
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[[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… butů\\
'''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!".
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[[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.
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[[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]] (at least until near the end of the movie, when he starts to return her feelings).
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[[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.''
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[[folder:Manhwa]]
* [[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.
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[[folder:Music]]
* "[[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
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[[folder:Theatre]]
* 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".
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[[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 ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyTrialsAndTribulations'' it takes everyone roughly 5 seconds of seeing Phoenix and Iris around each other or talking about each other to notice their feelings. Unusually for this trope "everyone" ''does'' include both of them. However in addition to trying to solve a murder case Phoenix is also trying to figure out Iris's secret([[spoiler: she actually dated him in the past while pretending to be her twin sister. Said twin later tried to kill him]]) while Iris thinks that Phoenix hates her because of it(he doesn't).
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* 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]].
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[[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.
* ''Literature/{{Starwalker}}'': A lot of characters have noticed that Starry and [[spoiler:Elliott]] 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.]]
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[[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]]
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