Not all stalkers are motivated by sexual or romantic desire
. Some are non-romantically obsessed with someone, some want a favor from someone, some just want to stalk someone for the hell of it
, or whatever other motive.
contrast Stalker with a Crush
. Contrast because it refers to motives other than having a crush on someone, and compare because it can often resemble that motive for stalking through the "Does This Remind You of Anything?
" approach. Also, sometimes a Stalker Without A Crush
can develop a crush on whoever they were stalking over time.
Anime and Manga
- Muteki Kanban Musume: At Episode 2A “Challenger: His name is Nishiyama Kankuro”, When Miki feels she is Being Watched, Akihiko invokes a Stalker with a Crush on her. Miki denies it, sensing agression. That agression is projected by Kankuro, who has come back to town to get revenge on Miki's bullying.
- This is used in same way in the two versions of Chuunibyou Demo Koi Ga Shitai, with only a few differences.
- Light novel: Rikka follows Yuuta around for a bit where she overhears him letting out his inner chuuni after he lends her his umbrella. This ends up putting them down the path to hitching up when she decides to make a contract with him.
- Anime: Rikka follows Yuuta around during the time that she's living with Touka right after her father dies but before they move into their grandparent's house, admiring him while he screws around in his Dark Flame Master persona. It's more ambiguous whether she had a crush on him or not.
- In the BW chapter of Pokémon Special, it turns out that N had been watching Black (and later White) for most of Black's initial journey.
- In the Pokémon fanfic "Xanthic Growlithe Contract", researchers would stalk a herd of Ponyta and Rapidash. This agitated them so much that the herd disbanded and did the Pokémon equivalent of miscarrying all their offspring.
- In the Harry Potter / The Dark Knight Saga crossover fanfic Ace Of Spades, Harry becomes one towards Commissioner Gordon after he comes to the conclusion that Gordon is Sirius Black with amnesia.
- In the novel Strangers On A Train, Charlie Bruno stalks Guy Haines after murdering his wife, in order to try and make Haines fulfill his end of the Murder Swap he never agreed to.
- In the Belgariad series, anyone who wants to be a disciple of Aldur has to stalk him until he gets irritated enough to grant their wish, just so they'll quit stalking him. The situation may be reversed when he wants you to be his disciple.
- In the Douglas Adams novel The Long Dark Teatime Of The Soul, private dick Dirk Gently explains that he will pick a random car to follow if he gets lost while he's driving. He finds that while often he never gets where he intended, he always ends up where he needed to be.
- In The Chronicles Of Vladimir Tod, Eddie Poe is one, following Vlad around for the perfect moment to snap a picture and expose him as a vampire, or rather an half-vampire.
- Granted, we don't actually know how the giant slug from The Night Land is feels about its quarry, but it's a pretty safe bet that it doesn't view them in that way.
- In Bones, the season four episode "Man in the Outhouse" has Noel Liftin, a stalker who was previously on the show as a Stalker with a Crush. Booth pays him $50 to "stalk" one of their suspects and get more information. He proves to be frighteningly good at it.
- In Teen Wolf, werewolf Derek Hale has a tendency to come off as this to people, including other werewolves and those he wants to join his pack. Stiles has even called him out on it. However, from hints throughout the series, it seems that this isn't too odd a behavior among werewolves as a whole.
- An episode of CSI: New York has a kid creepily following Stella around. When they finally confront him, they find out he thinks she's Mac's deceased wife, who gave the kid up for adoption 17 years ago.
- Subverted in an episode of Life On Mars, a gunman takes over the offices of a newspaper, holding the editor, a reporter, Sam and Hunt hostage, at one point he gives a detailed account of what everyone does after hours. The reporter accuses him of spying on them, it turns out he's worked there for the last eight years and has finally snapped after getting no recognition for what he does.
- Dilbert's Dogbert needed to do research on the customer base which consists of stupid rich people. In the next panel, he was revealed to be stalking a group of golfers.
- Dungeons & Dragons 1st Edition Oriental Adventures (1985) supplement. If an application to study with a martial arts master fails, the prospective student may begin courting the master, trying to gain his favor (e.g. by giving a small gift or offering). The hopeful student may continue until either they are accepted or they offend the master.
- In The Simpsons, Burns goes broke because of his Yes Man underlings, and is convinced that hiring Lisa would get him back on track what with her integrity. However, Lisa refuses to work for him, because she is convinced he does not deserve to be helped. Burns, in turn, follows her around in a very stalkerish manner, begging that she take the job.
- Adventure Time has the Ice King, who repeatedly stalks Finn and Jake because he's lonely and wants them to hang out with him, and do things such as read them his fanfiction, and watch secret tapes with them.
- In Danny Phantom, Vlad may be a Stalker with a Crush for Maddie, but he is equally willing to spy on and learn everything possible about her son Danny, who he'd just love to have as a son himself.
- Pinkie Pie becomes this multiple times in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, but given that she's stalking her friends it's fairly similar in themes to the stalker WITH a crush.
- "Griffon The Brush-Off" has Pinkie Pie following Rainbow Dash around a fair bit, but in a fairly cheerful way. Dash finds this slightly annoying at worst, but also amusing.
- "Party Of One" features a less pleasant variety when Pinkie's friends seem to be making excuses for why they aren't coming to her latest party. She puts on a "disguise" to spy on them, then Dash, who can tell it's Pinkie but not that she's trying to disguise herself, says "hi Pinkie" and then it gets worse; Pinkie chases Dash very aggressively and angrily, loudly asking what the real reason Dash doesn't want to come to the party is, and when Dash hides in Applejack's barn, Pinkie practically interrogates Applejack about why she's in there. It turns out they were only avoiding her to throw her a surprise party and didn't want the surprise ruined.
- In "Feeling Pinkie Keen", Twilight stalks Pinkie Pie from the bushes (with binoculars and a safari hat, no less) in order to conduct a scientific study of her behavior. Pinkie is perfectly aware of what Twilight is doing, but plays along anyway.
- Predators tend to stalk their prey, such as the cat stalking the squirrel in the page image.
- Stalking enemies for intimidation's sake is not uncommon.
- Private investigators can be hired to do this.