She isn't the worst of his stalkers.
"I see all of my ex-girlfriends. Well, not so much see as watch."
A character noted for their obsession with another character. They claim that the motivation for their morally outrageous acts is a simple wish to gain attention from the crush-ee. Alternatively, the obsession may be explained as a misguided desire to "protect" note
the crush-ee, whether or not the crush-ee wants or needs such "protection". In any case, the more sincere they seem, the creepier they are.
Why does this happen? Because Love Makes You Evil
, and "If I Can't Have You
, No One Will!"
There'll usually be a Double Standard
at play with this trope. Male stalkers are more likely to be portrayed unsympathetically, and as an actual danger to their object of obsession. Female stalkers
, by contrast, are likely to be portrayed sympathetically, and typically portrayed as charming or cute
the Woman Scorned
This can be a minor character who is seduced to evil
by the Tragic Dream
of being able to get who they want.
If the stalker manages to score because
he's a stalker, it's because the target believes Stalking Is Love
If the stalker is chasing a celebrity, especially one who didn't know them before the stalking began, they're a Loony Fan
If the stalker sticks to a "hands-off" approach and simply attempts to spy on their target in explicit situations, they are The Peeping Tom
If the stalker wants their target's DNA as much as (if not more than) their love, that's a Stalker with a Test Tube
Contrast with Abhorrent Admirer
, where a Hollywood Homely
or average woman is considered the worst thing in the world simply because she is attracted to the protagonist, even though no stalking takes place. See also All Take and No Give
If a male stalker is particularly Wrong Genre Savvy
about his role and reception, he's most likely also a Prince Charming Wannabe
or convinced he's a Dogged Nice Guy
. Can easily double as a Crazy Jealous Guy
. A Hollywood Restraining Order
may be mentioned.
If the stalker's crush makes them go Ax-Crazy
at anyone who tries to interfere or even the crush-ee, the stalker is a Yandere
, especially if she's female.
Compare AND contrast with Stalker Without a Crush
, who can either seem similar to this through the "Does This Remind You of Anything?
" approach and/or become this through Character Development