Self-Proclaimed Love Interest
A Comedy Trope
where one character claims that they are someone else's love interest, even though the two are not actually in love, dating, or (in extreme cases) even anything more than casual acquaintances. This character may exhibit traits of Stalker with a Crush
, although they will deny that they are any such thing. They will also become a Green-Eyed Monster
if they see their "boyfriend/girlfriend" anywhere near another boy/girl, even though they have no legitimate claim to the person.
For maximum comedy, the object of their "love" may find themself dragged out on a date against their will.
Can be Truth in Television
. The psychological disorder Erotomania causes an extreme manifestation of this trope wherein the afflicted individual comes to believe that a specific person is in love with him/her and acts based on that belief. The fixation can be triggered by something as innocent as a smile from the person as they pass the afflicted individual on the street.
Compare Clingy Jealous Girl
, Crazy Jealous Guy
and Stalker with a Crush
. Contrast She Is Not My Girlfriend
. Also, this kind of behavior is typical of the Yandere
Anime and Manga
- Peanuts: Sally is like this towards Linus. "I am NOT your sweet Babboo!"
- Stuntman Mike from Death Proof seems to have this for his victims, but he's a serial killer, and his feelings weren't Played for Laughs.
- The French film À la folie pas du tout (in English, He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not) features Audrey Tautou as an erotomanic who displays this behavior towards a happily married doctor who is barely aware of her existence. She takes his rejection about as well as you might expect.
- In Singin' in the Rain, the in-story main couple are rumored to be together—and Lina goes along with this, because she read it in the tabloids. A few scenes are devoted to Don trying to convince her it isn't true.
- Eddie Brock has this opinion of his 'relationship' with Gwen Stacy in Spider-Man 3. Gwen comments that all they've done is have coffee together.
- The romantic comedy When in Rome runs on this trope with several suitors enthusiastically chasing the protagonist around.
- He only lasted one Charmed episode, but a fellow half-whitelighter once came to claim Paige as his wife. He'd gotten advice from several fortune tellers that the two belonged together and wouldn't take no for an answer until Paige gets engaged to her actual love interest, Henry, though he doesn't do anything to force her into love or marriage. He seems content in trying to convince her, proving himself, and challenging Henry for her hand.
- Played for Drama on Dexter, when a murder victim's "girlfriend" turns out to be a stalker who killed him in a rage because he didn't return her feelings.
- C.C. Babcock on The Nanny sees herself as the only woman in Maxwell Sheffield's life, rather than Fran Fine, even though Maxwell sees her as nothing more than his business partner.
- Wizards of Waverly Place had Harper dabble in this trope for a few seasons with Justin before moving on to Zeke. She would routinely talk about her (imagined) relationship with Justin and claim that any other girl Justin dated was only a temporary fascination and that he would eventually find his way back to her.
- Panini is this towards the title character on Chowder. The Distant Finale has them eventually married.
- In an episode of Superman: The Animated Series, Superman frees a female Kryptonian named Mala from the Phantom Zone. After a while, she starts getting jealous of Lois Lane and, when a reporter asks Superman and Mala if they're a couple, Mala immediately says "yes" and is enraged when Superman disagrees.
- There was also Maxima, who wanted Superman to marry her, and not quite understanding why he didn't want to marry her, being used to always getting her way.
- On Total Drama, Sierra is definitely the Stalker with a Crush type, first to Cody and later to Cameron (mostly because Cody wasn't around and she kept hallucinating Cameron as him). Aside from putting Cody through hell and getting violently jealous/protective, she once tried to invoke an Accidental Marriage on him.
- Famously, a guy named John Hinckley, Jr. had an erotomanic delusion involving Jodie Foster. It led to him shooting Ronald Reagan to "impress" her.