Shepard: Conrad. If you have some kind of weird shrine of me, I'm going to be very unhappy.What's a good way to show that a character is a bit more attached to someone than is really healthy? That this someone is a Yandere or a Stalker with a Crush or just very, very creepily obsessed? Have a special private place in the character's residence that is dedicated to the object of the person's obsession. A shrine to them of sorts. The contents of the shrine may vary, but they usually consist of photos of the stalker's obsession. Lots of photos. More rarely, newspaper and magazine articles, time lines, address book information or videos are added. If there's a statue or bust of the stalkee, it has probably been kissed. For extra creepiness factor, a couple of half melted candles are strategically located at the base of the shrine. There might also be locks of hair, trash, or other mundane items stolen from the object of the stalker's obsession. While encountering a stalker shrine is almost always a very creepy event, on rare occasions it can be strangely touching as well, if the stalker truly cares for the obsess-ee. The shrine is simply a substitute for their physical presence. A less creepy version replaces the shrine with a hidden stash of photos of the obsession taken in secret. Compare Shrine to Self, Shrine to the Fallen, Trophy Room, and Kitsch Collection. See also The Doll Episode. Compare Room Full of Crazy.
Conrad: It's just a poster with a few candles. It's very tasteful!
Conrad: It's just a poster with a few candles. It's very tasteful!
open/close all folders
Anime and Manga
- Although he's one of the good guys, Bak from D Grayman spies on Lenalee and has a few pictures of her that he secretly takes.
- Creed from Black Cat (during episode 20) is revealed to have made a giant sculpture in Train's likeness as well as a painting of Train and him together.
- Harry has tons of pictures of Melfina on his wall in Outlaw Star.
- Kuno in Ranma ˝ has a wall dedicated to Akane and the Pig-Tailed Girl. It was temporarily replaced by a Nabiki wall when the fortune-teller told him he was supposed to marry Nabiki.
- In Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei Matoi, the stalker girl, is shown having a wall covered with pictures of Nozomu Itoshiki.
- In Great Teacher Onizuka, one teacher had a wall full of (photoshopped) pictures of himself and the teacher he had a crush on in wedded bliss.
- Detective Conan has several:
- Ran mistakes the photos behind Judy's bathroom mirror to be this, and she's right, except on one thing: Judy's actually investigating Dr. Akai, and these are actually photos of Akai's—or, rather, Vermouth's—Stalker Shrine.
- Rose, one of the suspects in the New York arc, keeps a wall of photos in her dressing room like all of the other actresses, but Shinichi notices that they are all of the Archangel Michael, the character that the actor Heath plays in the musical that they are starring in. This turns out to be the motive for murder, as Rose is obsessed with the character to the point of believing that Heath will be killing the role with his retirement.
- In Okane Ga Nai, Ayase gets an insanely creepy Stalker with a Crush, Tokigawa Takaai, who makes one of these in dedication to Ayase. The whole room is filled with pictures he secretly took of Ayase, along with items Ayase discarded, such as water bottles, which he's been doing ever since high school.
- In the seventh Kara no Kyoukai film, Lio Shirazumi is shown to have one for Shiki, featured in the opening credits and later found by Mikiya.
- Not a shrine specifically, but in Rosario + Vampire Mizore collected all the articles of the school newspaper Tsukune penned (he's a member of the Newspaper Club) into a scrap book and showed it to him. He was a bit creeped out.
- Although less of a 'shrine', Kotone Kirishima of Nyan Koi! has most of her phone dedicated to Junpei. He is noticeably creeped out when he finds out. Her sister's reaction to this indicates that this may be normal for Kotone.
- This trope was Played for Laughs in an omake of Maria-sama ga Miteru where Yumi is made to be a stalker of Sachiko with her own Stalker Shrine.
- From Sgt. Frog, Momoka is rich enough to give her Stalker Shrine to Fuyuki its OWN BUILDING. And that's not the half of it, as her own bedroom has things like Fuyuki-cherubs decorating the bed, an alarm clock with Fuyuki's voice...
- One episode has Momoka coming to terms with the presence of "the other woman" (Chiruyo Tsukigami), and willingly taking down the Stalker Shrine. Her bedroom remains untouched though...
- Rune from Karakuridouji Ultimo has this huge painting of his crush Yamato in his room.
- Koharu No Hibi: As of chapter 16, Koharu covers her walls in pictures of Akira, her crush.
- Me-Mania of Perfect Blue has one of Mima in his apartment.
- Ayaka in Mahou Sensei Negima!'s Alternate Continuity Gag Series Negima!? was known for having her room filled with Negi-themed merchandise including pillows, swimsuits and bread. It was every bit as creepy as it sounds.
- Akane Akaza, from Yuru-Yuri, has one... Of her younger sister, Akari. Complete with a dakimakura (Body pillow). Covered in lipstick kisses. Oh, and Akari is thirteen years old.
- One of the minor antagonists in Psycho-Pass has a room filled entirely with slashed photos of a woman he murdered.
- In Haiyore! Nyarko-san W, when the Pretty Freeloaders finally get their own (Bigger on the Inside) bedrooms in Mahiro's house, Cuuko does hers up as one of these, dedicated to Nyarko. It's full of pictures of her from the first season and a body pillow.
- Soushi of Inu X Boku SS has a photo-covered shrine to Ririchiyo in his apartment room.
- In a Bronze Age story about the Black Cat, she has been stealing numerous artworks connected to love. Since she has a known obsession with her father, Spider-Man assumes this is some sort of dedication to him, "as if she was making a shrine". He is wrong; she is making a shrine for Spider-Man.
- Another storyline has the Parkers' creepy neighbor building a shrine out of MJ's publicity photos.
- Hebe has one dedicated to Hercules in The Incredible Hercules.
- Played for Laughs on an Archie Comics cover, as Betty has apparently turned her entire bedroom into one to Archie. Actually, Betty often has a stalker shrine on covers or even in-story. It's usually never more than her locker or a wall in her room, but it's still kind of creepy. Occasionally, Archie does this for Veronica as well. Reggie, on the other hand, has a Shrine to Self.
- Superman used to have a bit of a habit about those. If you were one of his love interests, one of his enemies, or just someone he vaguely knew, there was a pretty good chance he had a room somewhere plastered with your pictures and complete with a life-sized statue. Here's one he made for Lois Lane◊.
- Powerboy had one of Supergirl, a wall of photos.
- In Black Betrayals Regulus Black has a secret room filled mostly with clippings and photos of Harry and his parents (with his dad crossed out), with a small section devoted to Sirius.
- In The Bachelor Harry has one date with an obsessed fan whose entire house is painted Gryffindor red and gold and filled with Harry Potter memorabilia, right down to a pair of Harry's boxers in a glass box hanging over the fireplace.
- In the Wreck-It-Ralph fanfic Mushy, Romance-y Junk, Gloyd Orangeboar has one dedicated to Taffyta, and the shrine has everything from statues to pictures to a spat out lollipop. This character, in addition to being played as an ignored enamored underling, effectively becomes an example of what not to do for Rancis.
- In One Hour Photo, the main character works at a photo development kiosk and prints extra photos from one family to display in his home and live vicariously through them.
- Mimic 2 had Remy's door, covered in pictures of herself, crying after some sort of poor experience with the person labeled under the photo
- Conspiracy Theory has the protagonist have one of the female lead.
- Celia has this in the 1991 Australian film Proof. Because her point of obsession is a blind man played by Hugo Weaving, he's unaware of it, even as he's standing in the room.
- Minority Report features a pile of photographs of the lead detective's missing son. It is, however, deliberately set up to get him to murder the patsy hired to frame him.
- Willy Wonka's dad turns out to have built one of these, as Charlie and Willy discover at the end of Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, including clipped newspaper articles about Willy's success. It serves as proof that Dr. Wonka truly cared about his son, and followed his rising career with genuine interest, despite initially deriding Willy's dream of being a candy maker.
- In Ace Ventura, Ray Finkle's room is a stalker shrine to Dan Marino...or at least, to the famous Super Bowl play that made Finkle a goat.
- In Perfect Stranger, it turns out that Miles actually made one of Rowena that's hidden in a secret room in his house.
- The B-Movie Black Belt (1992): muscleman serial killer with Mommy Issues keeps a shrine of a singer, adorned with dozens of candles.
"When I heard the song, I know that is you, mother"
- A plot-point in My Super Ex-Girlfriend; the Villain is the Super-heroine's old boyfriend, and he still loves her. The main character finds this out when he finds the shrine in the boy friend's house. The main character brings this up to stop the battle at the end.
- The Avengers (1998). Sir August has one to Mrs. Peel (or her clone) in his mansion above the Ominous Pipe Organ.
- In Better Off Dead, the walls of Lane Meyer's room are entirely covered with pictures of his girlfriend Beth, and he even has cardboard cutouts of her over each of his clothes hangers in his closet, so it appears as though she's wearing each of the items.
- In Halloween H20: Twenty Years Later, it is revealed that Dr. Loomis' office is a shrine to Michael Myers, with three decades worth of newspaper clippings about Myers taped all over the office walls. To add to the creepiness, he also has high school photos of Laurie (Michael's sister) stuck to the wall too.
- He Loves Me... He Loves Me Not shows one by the time one of the main characters finally starts putting two and two together.
- The Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (1973) keeps a painting of Queen Anne in a secret room surrounded by hundreds of candles. Possibly a subversion - since they're in love with each other, it comes across as romantic rather than stalkerish.
- In the 1996 movie Fear David is Yandere for Nicole so one of the creepy things he does is make one dedicated to her complete with doctored pictures of Nicole’s family—replacing Steven’s head with David’s—a pair of Nicole’s panties, etc.
- Madison turns it Up to Eleven with her crush on Ben in the 2002 movie Swimfan. Ben discovers a creepy shrine of his personal belongings that Madison had been secretly stashing.
- Jed Parry from Enduring Love toward Daniel Craig's character Joe. He creates a shrine (together with creepily writing Joe's name all over paper and photos), which Joe promptly trashes... only for Joe to find Jed nearby naked. God knows what Jed was doing with it.
- Helen Sharp in Death Becomes Her has one of her nemesis and rival Madeline Ashton.
- Vanko's basement in Iron Man 2.
- Ted has the titular teddy bear discover that Donny has covered his living room wall with old newspapers and magazines with his picture.
- In Muppets Most Wanted, Nadya has a locker filled with Kermit pictures in it.
- In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Max Dillon has one of Spider-Man.
- In Penn & Teller Get Killed, Penn and Teller's stalker has a shrine in his rat-hole apartment, including a video in which he's spliced himself into Penn and Teller routines.
- In I Wake Up Screaming, the innocent man sneaks into the apartment of the cop that's been trying to frame him for murder, and finds a whole apartment covered with pictures of the murdered girl.
- In In the Line of Fire, a shrine set up with newspaper clippings about JFK's assassination prompts the landlady of the apartment where the film's villain used to live to call the Secret Service, which starts up the hunt for the would-be assassin.
- Older Than Radio: Far from the Madding Crowd's Farmer Boldwood has a room full of jewelry and clothing in Bathsheba's favorite colors and styles labeled "Bathsheba Boldwood" which he's amassed at considerable expense and in considerable secrecy. Bathsheba has NOT agreed to marry him, despite his insistence that he deserves it.
- In A Certain Justice, by Ruth Rendell (at least in the TV adaptation), a lawyer who was a sort of mentor to the lawyer Venetia Aldridge obsessively keeps a scrapbook of newspaper clippings of her career. When she's murdered he puts her birth and death dates in big press-on letters.
- The second half of the The Chronicles of Amber reveals that there is an underground "Amber Cult" in the Courts of Chaos, where adherents have taken to fixating on individual members of the Amber royal family. Participants create shrines to their favorite Amberite, with images and paraphernalia — the more authentic, the better. Dara's shrine to Corwin contains a portal to a dungeon where Corwin himself is being held.
- In the Honor Harrington short story "What Price Dreams?", the suicide bomber who attempted to kill the princess had one of these. It was created by the people who warped his mind so that he would become a suicide bomber on command, so that any investigation would classify her death as the act of a deranged stalker. It would have worked had the man not been taken alive.
- In BIONICLE Adventures #1: Mystery of Metru Nui, Toa Nokama, while looking for her former student and friend Vhisola, breaks into her house to find it decorated with carvings of her, her achievements and copies of her awards, and practically nothing that would hint at the house belonging to Vhisola.
- Frasier, in "The 200th Episode", has every one of his radio shows on tape - except one, which is accidentally destroyed. To replace it, he contacts an obsessive fan who pulls back the curtains of his apartment to reveal a giant wall of stalk, where his window used to be.
- One Tree Hill had an episode where an impostor of Peyton's brother does this. He had lost his girlfriend in a car accident and sought to use Peyton as a Replacement Goldfish. Needless to say, when Peyton discovers the shrine, still thinking that he is her real brother, she is terrified.
- This crops up quite a lot in the various CSI series.
- The episode of Seinfeld where Elaine enters the apartment of Crazy Joe Davola for the first time and finds a wall of pictures of her that serve as the first hint to her that all is not well with her new boyfriend "Joey".
- Desperate Housewives
- Lynette goes to give the neighbor who saved her life a cake, and discovers a basement full of toys and a wall covered in photos of young shirtless boys.
- In Season 7 Susan's old schoolfriend offers to give her a kidney, and then reveals himself to have a huge crush on Susan. When Susan invites him over in order to thank him, he brings a scrapbook full of her old school pictures, her lock of hair, her old English essay and her retainer. Lampshaded by Renee: "It's like the part of the movie when they go to the guy's basement and find the candles in front of the picture of the woman he's gonna kill!"
- There's also the "wall of VCR tapes" version; Law & Order: Special Victims Unit found a few of these in some of the houses of the pedophiles they were on the trails of.
- In an episode of Im Alan Partridge Alan is creeped out by the discovery that his "number one fan" has a room papered entirely with Alan's publicity photos. (Mind you, they're creepy enough even before being turned into an obsession.)
- In the... interesting TV movie She's Too Young, the Dogged Nice Guy happens to have a bulletin board covered in pictures of the girl he has a crush on. This is never commented on, even when said girl comes to his house.
- Abby's stalker has one of these in an episode of NCIS.
- Used as a setup in the TV show Castle. Turns out the guy who has it isn't the killer, however.
- John Doe has one about himself, as he tries to find clues about who he is. Upon discovering it, Karen comments that it looks like a serial killer's shrine.
- Sketch has one of Maxxie.
- Sophia has one of Naomi.
- Spike, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, has one of Buffy.
- In one episode, it is revealed that Marci Maven has a stalker shrine for Adrian Monk.
- In another episode, Monk observes that if the deceased person had been an obsessed fan, as the police assumed, one would expect some kind of stalker shrine in his apartment.
- Sam "Whiplash" McBride has a door full of photos of Bridget "Red Cap" Sullivan on The Unit
- JAG: DC Detective Frank Coster had one of these with secretly taken photos of Mac in the, rather aptly named, episode "The Stalker".
- One episode of The Mentalist has the team find one in the house of a suspected Red John copycat killer, showing the suspect photoshopped into pictures of the victim. It's actually fake — the suspect was just being set up to take the fall by the real copycats and wasn't actually stalking the victim.
- One episode of The Rockford Files featured one of these for Beth Davenport, but it mysteriously disappears before the police get there. It was actually made by her client at the time as part of a plan to be able to request a mistrial if she failed to clear him on the grounds that she was clearly distracted by the stalking.
- Barnaby and Jones discover one in a storeroom at the killer's house in the Midsomer Murders episode "A Rare Bird".
- An oddly heartwarming example in the VH-1 biopic on Meat Loaf. After a fight with his drunken father, (words were said, knives were thrown....) Meat runs away from home and becomes a famous rock and roll singer. Years later, when he's hit a rough patch in his life, Meat goes back to his childhood home to find his estranged father has built a shrine of Meat Loaf albums and photographs. Not sure if this is Real Life, since Meat made no mention of it in his autobiography.
- Happens to Nick in one episode of Grimm where he is searching for a Grimm vigilante and upon going into their bedroom, he finds that the walls are posted with dozens of pictures of Nick.
- A somewhat milder version of this in Doctor Who series five: young Amelia Pond, who met the Doctor briefly as a child, apparently became obsessed with him and made dolls, models, and drawings of him and his TARDIS for years. These can be seen strewn about her bedroom even fourteen years later, when he reappears as her Not-So-Imaginary Friend.
- Scandal: Becky, Huck's girlfriend, has a secret room containing this and super-spy equipment. Sure, she's an assassin, but that's a lot of photos she's got on him....
- Doc Martin: After developing an obsession on Martin due to a medication issue Mrs Tishell constructs one of these in season 5 finale.
- Hiroki Makise of Kamen Rider Fourze holds one on the prettiest girls in school, and desired to crash a bus full of these girls off of an unfinished highway.
- In the Arrow episode "Draw Back Your Bow", Cupid has one of the Arrow.
- In the Hart to Hart episode "You Made Me Kill You" a woman named Peggy Mullen has one of Jonathan.
- In the video clip for George Michael's Father Figure, George has a shrine to the supermodel he carries around in his taxicab.
- Used twice in WWE/F. First was Diamond Dallas Page having a shrine set up for Sarah (The Undertaker's wife). A few years later Mickie James set one up for Trish Stratus.
- In TNA, Samuel Shaw had a shrine dedicated to Christy Hemme, as shown to viewers via supposed hidden camera footage. Bizarrely it seemed that Christy must have actually watched the show, as she called him on it the following week.
- Cia of Hyrule Warriors takes this clear beyond eleven. Her dimensional lair is, in itself, one gigantic stalker shrine to Link. Everywhere you go, portraits of him can be found here and there. Her backyard? A rose garden with statues of every single Link. Including Wolf Link and Young "Hero of Time" Link. Oh, and guess who you get to come here as, and who you're here to find? Simply delightful.
- The first area in the TV world of Persona 4 (The one with the noose) has photos of councilman Namatame's wife with her head cut out plastered all over the walls. It's the mental world of the first victim, who was in a relationship with Namatame. It's implied, given the state of everyone else's mental worlds, it was formed by her repressed envy towards Namatame's wife.
- Portal, in the Room Full of Crazy, has a photo shrine for the Companion cube.
- Persona 3 Portable in the Female Protagonist Magician Social Link, has the Protagonist get told by Junpei that someone took photos of her during gym class. Junpei briefly wonders why someone would do this but then gets quiet and tells the protagonist to enjoy the ramen. (They later find the culprit and Junpei fights with him offscreen)
- Dragon Age II - One of the creepiest missions in the game features one dedicated to a woman who bears an uncanny resemblance to Hawke's mother.
Fenris: This man is either very devoted or very insane.
- Mass Effect 3 - When Shepard asks Conrad if he lost anyone when the Reapers hit Earth, he eventually admits that the "wife" he's mentioned before doesn't actually exist. Shepard sees this coming a mile away, and sure enough Conrad lives down to their expectations.
- Deadly Premonition - Near the end of the game you enter George Woodman's home and in his basement is a shrine to Emily with photos of her and evidence bags containing items she used or touched hanging on the walls.
- In Borderlands' Secret Armory of General Knoxx DLC, there is an easter egg featuring a stalker shrine dedicated to Lilith, one of the protagonists.
- In Borderlands 2's Captain Scarlett DLC, Herbert has a stalker shrine dedicated to Scarlett.
- In Front Mission 5, there's a Running Gag of how cold hardass Lynn Wennwright has one such shrine of player character Walter Feng.
- In Gunnerkrigg Court, Chapter 18, "S1", Antimony and her True Companions stumble upon a room full of robots, and an adjoining chamber with a large portrait of Jeanne and a much smaller portrait of someone named Diego. They conclude that Diego must have put the whole thing together to honor Jeanne's memory; they disagree on what the relationship between Diego and Jeanne must have been, and consequently whether the construction of the shrine was something sweet or creepy. The story itself later reveals that Diego was in part responsible for Jeanne's death, and did his part out of jealousy, only to afterwards deny any association with the crime even from himself, only blaming others for what happened pushing it firmly into the creepy camp.
- Tycho apparently has one to John Romero.
- Driver of The Adventures of Wiglaf and Mordred has one of these to Mordred, complete with a life size plush doll and nude photos (from the back).
- In Homestuck, Vriska Serket keeps one for Nicolas Cage (or rather, Cameron Poe).
- In Kevin & Kell Kevin's first wife arranged a marriage for his adopted daughter Lindesfarne when the latter was a baby and the parents of the intended groom have one set up in their home.
- Alternate Universe John Williams has one for Yoko Kanno.
- When KateModern's K-Team break into Justin's office in "WC ONE", they find that it is a repurposed disabled toilet with the walls plastered with notes, and photographs of Julia in a bikini and (bizarrely) Lee dressed as a jockey.
- The Spoony One joked about having one for Morgan Webb in his basement in his Phantasmagoria 2: A Puzzle of Flesh review, which apparently contains a desiccated human corpse.
- Ultra Fast Pony: after Twilight relocates to Ponyville, Princess Celestia demonstrates her obsession by maintaining Twilight's old room exactly as it was when Twi lived there. The room even smells the same as it used to.
- The Fairly OddParents
- Family Guy
- In the episode "Stuck Together, Torn Apart" Peter sees Lois talking to an old boyfriend and decides to respond in Operation Jealousy fashion. Unfortunately, one of the women he tries to pick up happens to be his old prom date, who has an entire hallway full of pictures of Peter. She is also wearing the dress that she wore to that prom... and hasn't washed the hand that touched Peter's since then... or flushed the toilet he used, for that matter.
- In the episode "Barely Legal" Brian took pity on Meg and took her to her prom, and she became violently obsessed with him. He discovers she made a shrine for him in her room.
- Quagmire has been shown to have a shrine for Lois.
Quagmire: A couple of teeth and some toenails, and we'll be ready for our date!
- Leela discovers one of herself while hiding from the angry-mob-of-the-week. The shrine belongs to her birth parents, who gave her up as a baby rather than raise her as a sewer mutant.
- Also Kif had one for Amy before they began dating.
- Hey Arnold!
- The intensity of Helga's love for Arnold was quickly established by showing that she kept a shrine of Arnold in the back of her closet that was shaped like his head and made out of his used chewing gum. Later shrines shown included one made out of an actual football and garbage, and another that was some sort of hat / mask thing that she put on and danced around in. About the only thing preventing this from being incredibly creepy is how it's Played for Laughs.
- Also Ernie one of the boarding house attendants has a shrine to Lola a tall fashion model who he has a crush on.
- Heloise of Jimmy Two-Shoes has a very Helga-esque shrine of Jimmy. Unlike Helga, though, her interest in Jimmy is downplayed and used as a cute contrast to the fact that she's a horrid little undead engineer who spends her days working to create instruments of torture, and her free time to beat or murder anyone who looks at her funny.
- Myron Reducto's not-so-well-hidden Booty Shrine in Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law.
- Berry has one for Bloo in Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, and it isn't even in her house. It's in the house of the family she's kidnapping in an elaborate plot to be alienate Bloo from his best friend so he can spend more time with her.
- Lorne The Friend for Life has one, glorifying his idols Sam & Max: Freelance Police:
Sam: Now about this shrine...
Max: What's the deal with these wax figures and yellowing news clippings? It's so outdated.
Sam: Yeah, a Sam and Max website is the way to go!
- A benign example Played for Laughs: Beetlejuice has a shrine to Lydia...in his head. She finds out in one episode where she gets stuck in his brain. (They do take donations for its upkeep.)
- The Zeta Project: Buzz had one for Ro, which seriously creeped her out.
- Candace from Phineas and Ferb has a shrine for Jeremy.
- In Fish Hooks, Clamantha has a shrine to Oscar in her locker, and Oscar has a shrine to Bea in his.
- In the Danny Phantom episode "Fanning The Flames", whilst under the effects of Ember's Love Spell, Danny constructs a mini-shrine to Sam, meditating over it. When Sam sees it, she's a bit creeped out.
Sam: O-kay, even the part of me that's liking the attention is really freaked out by this.
- Firefly in Batman: The Animated Series had one of these for the female singer he did pyrotechnics for. As Detective Bullock noted upon seeing it, "Oh, he's got it bad."
- Krazy Kat has one of Ignatz in the 1963 cartoon.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic episode "Simple Ways", Rarity had a shrine of Trenderhoof.
- Parodied in Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Star has a fangirl who has her locker filled with pictures of her, then Star shows her locker is filled with pictures of said girl.
- This trope is common for many fans who are obsessed with famous people. They take pictures or videotape shrines they have for their favorite actors, actresses, musicians, etc.