Somebody Doesn't Love Raymond
"Donít focus on the one guy who hates you. You donít go to the park and set your picnic down next to the only pile of dog shit."
Alice discovers that there's one person that just doesn't like her. She freaks out because she must
be liked by everybody. "How can Bob not like me? What's not to like?" Alice may go through every single event of her life trying to figure out what might have offended him. Sometimes, this type of story is used to teach the audience An Aesop
that "You can't please everyone." but other times Hilarity Ensues
For some reason, Alice never wonders why she even wants
to befriend someone who's consistently rude to her or blows her off despite her kindness. At worst, it's less about the other person and more about her ego
. Her attempts to reverse this dislike will only succeed in really
giving the other person a reason to hate her.
Arguably related to Unrequited Love Tropes
, if the hero romantically pursues the one person who can't stand him, which can range from "sweet if hopeless" to "You're only doing this for the challenge, aren't you?" to "Stalker with a Crush
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Anime and Manga
- In Fruits Basket, Tohru is deeply distressed at Akito's dislike of her. It stems from confusion over Akito's behavior (their first meeting had Akito being rather shy and eager to befriend Tohru, only for later meetings to have Akito revert back to Standard Creepy Mode) and Tohru's usual belief that if someone is angry with her, it's caused by some fault on her part and that she should do whatever she can to make amends for it.
- In one episode of Ranma Ĺ, a cursed brooch made Shampoo despise Ranma rather than love him madly as usual. Rather than being grateful that one of the most troublesome angles on his Love Dodecahedron had fixed itself, he took a massive blow to his ego and set out to win her back, just so he could feel manly.
- The World God Only Knows touches on this when a pop idol insists that The Protagonist love her music in order for her to have a sense of self-worth, ignoring the millions of cheering fans. Ultimately the trope is subverted; by the end of her arc Kanon is able to live with the fact that not everyone will be her fan, and Keima has come to like her music.
- Played for Drama in the comic series Irredeemable. The Plutonian has an intense, driving need to be loved by everyone around him and receives endless praise from being the world's greatest super-hero. But he's unable to get over the few people who don't shower him with praise, leading him to bitterly think that the entire population of Earth are nothing but selfish, ungrateful animals.
- Discussed in Wayne's World. Wayne mentions that it's okay if a few people don't like his show and explains it this way:
- A rare non-comic example may be found in author Flannery O'Conner's short story "Revelation". In it, smug Ruby Turpin is the well-bred wife of a successful farmer and highly respected by her town and church; she seldom lets anyone forget how blessed by God she is. Everyone goes along with this and with her constant passing judgments until a girl from a white-trash background insults Mrs. Turpin and hurls her philosophy book at her. (It's implied the girl is mentally disturbed.) Shaken, the older woman returns home, refusing any consolation, shouting at her black farm help who keep saying they admire her. Ultimately the girl's words leave Mrs. Turpin severely upset, recoiling at the unpleasant truths she sees about herself and railing at God.
- Twilight kicks off this way. After everyone Bella meets at school is friendly and welcoming to her, she is nearly driven to tears because Edward Cullen is distant with her. Instead of doing her best to ignore it, she does nothing but obsess of this. In later books, Bella has a paralyzing fear of even talking to Rosalie and Leah, because they are pretty much the only vampire and werewolf respectively who don't like her.
Live Action TV
- In the Ultra Fast Pony episode "So Random!", Pinkie Pie stakes her entire self-worth on being regarded as a hilarious comedian. Cranky doesn't think she's funny at all, so she becomes obsessed with convincing him otherwise. The absurdity is lampshaded at the end of the episode:
Cranky: Oh, I'm so happy now! Pinkie Pie, how can I ever repay ya?
Pinkie: Can you please tell me that I'm funny?
Cranky: I don't understand, we've only just met. Why does my opinion even matter?
Pinkie: Look, Lanky, if I can't get the approval of complete strangers for my sense of humor, then my life will never be validated!
- Homer Simpson goes through a degree of this when he gains a personal enemy in the appropriately-titled The Simpsons episode "Homer's Enemy". Word of God establishes that Grimes, the focus character of the episode, was meant to be a "real person" reacting to the nonsensical world of the show.
- In the same episode, Moe tries to comfort Homer by saying that there are people who don't like him, too. Homer refuses to accept this.
- This also happens in an episode where Homer and Marge go to a remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington where Homer gives the only negative review because it didn't have any mindless action or lowbrow humour. True to the pattern, the director (Guest star Mel Gibson) decides to listen to Homer and only Homer and allows him to advise on his next movie.
- The episode "Black Eyed, Please" focuses on a new replacement teacher (voiced by Tina Fey) arriving to Springfield Elementary and being a Bad Teacher to Lisa (and only Lisa), to the point that Marge and Homer have to take action about it. Turns out that, regardless of evidence saying otherwise, the teacher thought upon first entering the classroom that Lisa was a Dumb Blonde that lived off her good looks (like the ones that bullied her at school) and decided to make her life hell right then and there.
- The Recess episode "Nobody Doesn't Like TJ" has TJ obsesses over why Gordy doesn't like him.
- In The Weekenders, Tino spends an entire episode trying to get someone to invite him to a party, and he doesn't even like the guy.
- In an episode of Family Guy Brian finds out that Quagmire hates him. As you'd expect from any sitcom, he goes through several ordeals to improve their relationship, only to make it worse and horribly awkward (including thinking that Quagmire's sister [whose boyfriend is abusing her] is one of Quagmire's dates and tricking Quagmire into thinking that Cheryl Tiegs [the only woman whom Quagmire was really in love with; the break-up of which was what turned Quagmire into a sex addict] was taking him to dinner). When Brian asks him why he hates him, he replies with a long tirade based on viewers' complaints about Brian's personality.
- In another episode, this reaches the breaking point when Brian unknowingly sleeps with Quagmire's father, who just had a sex change. Tellingly, Quagmire was fine with this until he found out it was Brian.
- My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: The episode "A Friend in Deed" has Pinkie Pie encounter Cranky Doodle Donkey, the one creature in Equestria she's met who refuses to be her friend. She spends the rest of the episode trying to change that, and true to the pattern, makes it worse. She pulls it off by reuniting him with his lost love.
- Spongebob Squarepants has "Plankton's Regular" which features Mr. Krabs throwing fits and going to ever increasing measures to lure back the one, count 'em, one customer who ignores the Krusty Krab in favor of Plankton's Chum Bucket.
- One episode of the 2007 George of the Jungle has George growing increasingly upset over the one animal in the jungle who doesn't call him a friend, a sloth that shows no affection or even interest in him. He runs around screaming and crying himself into a complete nervous breakdown before finding out that the sloth actually does like George, but is very, very, very slow to show it.
- The late-fifties Terrytoons short "Flebus" about a guy who is genuinely liked by everyone. When he meets the one person who doesn't like him, Flebus starts obsessing over him. Turns out the guy who hates Flebus is obsessed with him as well, as he's the only one he hates.