Usually female, this character's sole purpose in the story is to [[PoorCommunicationKills misunderstand]], obstruct and otherwise torment the male hero, thus creating [[ThirdActMisunderstanding unnecessary complications]] of plot until the end, where she finally rewards the hero with her hand or other body parts.

This character trope is OlderThanPrint, dating back to the unreasonable lady-love of medieval romances. An especially irritating version is often seen in war movies or action films, whining about being "neglected" when her significant other is absorbed in vital, world-saving projects.

'''Please don't use this trope to pigeonhole [[DieForOurShip love interests you don't like]] for one or another reason'''.



[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* Akane Tendo ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' fits the role, although far more so in her anime incarnation than her manga version. Either way, Ranma doesn't get much more than to hold her hand... [[AllergicToLove not that he could handle much more]], given how a surprise ''hug'' blew his mind. And given [[LoveDodecahedron some of the other options]], he certainly could have done worse. Or [[{{Shipping}} better, depending on your view.]]
* Played for comedy in ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', with [[{{Keet}} North]] [[TheMillstone Italy]] being this to his [[HoYay partner]] [[DrillSergeantNasty Germany]].
** There are also two one-sided examples with Belarus and Russia and Belarus and Lithuania. Belarus stalks and terrifying her brother, certain she can get him to marry her, but her being his love interest is all in her head. Meanwhile, Lithuania sees Belarus as a love interest, while she's not interested but still breaks his fingers while on a date. Subverted with Hungary, who beat up her future husband Austria ''before'' she became his love interest.
* Played straight and depending on if you think it's funny, parodied in the {{yaoi}} title ''IllBeYourSlave''. The Obstructive Love Interest is a pretty boy, well aware of his looks, who's used to having his admirers doing everything for him. The seme becomes his dedicated slave to keep him co-operative in a modelling job. The boy abuses this to no end.

* In the film of ''Film/{{Stardust}}'', Victoria Forrester is a big one of these. We're not meant to like her, and TheHero comes round eventually. In the original book, she's a lot more sympathetic, mainly because she seemed to make her claim sarcastically and didn't actually expect the Hero to try to fulfill it, feeling guilty when he does.
* Jocelyn is this to William in ''Film/AKnightsTale''. Among other things, she has him lose battles intentionally (since any knight ever smitten by her good looks has tried to dedicate his victory to her, she asks for William to demonstrate his love by going against his own nature and losing for her instead), then after he goes through with it long enough to be almost knocked out of that tournament, she asks that he win all the battles left just to prove his love. Though the latter could be viewed as letting him off now he'd proved his sincerity, so YMMV.
* Mary Jane is the whining variant in ''Film/SpiderMan2'', with all her screentime devoted to Peter pining over her or her pining over Peter without much to add for herself.
* Chev's girlfriend in ''Film/{{Crank}}'' isn't the sharpest tool in the shed and can't comprehend the gravity of the situation Chev is in.

* Creator/GordonRDickson seems to have a weakness for this trope. In the ''Literature/ChildeCycle'', both Anea Marlivana from ''Dorsai'' and Melissa Khan from ''Tactics of Mistake'' are obstructive love interests in spades. (The latter is lampshaded in the later story "Amanda Morgan", where the title character observes that Melissa is terrific in a crisis, but incompetent the rest of the time.)
* The heroine of ''Literature/TheNightLand'' goes to absurd lengths to put herself and her rescuer in mortal danger to make sure he pays proper attention to her. But really, [[AuthorAppeal she just wants to be whipped]].
* The lady in Leigh Hunt's "The Glove and the Lions," which was based on a supposed actual event, tossed one of her gloves into a pit of vicious lions just so her significant other could "prove his love" for her by retrieving it. He reacted poorly to this, to say the least.
-->...The leap was quick, return was quick, he has regained his place,\\
Then threw the glove, but not with love, right in the lady's face.\\
"By heaven," said Francis, "rightly done!" and he rose from where he sat;\\
"No love," quoth he, "but vanity, sets love a task like that."

* Male version: [[TheScrappy Walter]] on ''Series/UglyBetty'' (actually, it seems that all of Betty's boyfriends will turn into this if they're around long enough).

* The love interest in ''{{Unfit}}'' exists entirely to make unreasonable demands for the main character to deal with. She is never in the right, she never shows any positive emotions towards the main character, and it's impossible to tell why he hasn't dumped her yet. In contrast, he's always a perfect saint towards her. (One can't help but suspect that the author had a failed relationship and is using the comic to work through his own issues.)

* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2'''s Rosemary. Raiden is off trying to save the world (or, at least, save the President of the United States and his entourage from a superpowered black-ops cell gone rogue, and with access to nuclear weapons) and all Rose can talk about is how he refuses to discuss their relationship and how his room in his home contains nothing but a desk and a bed. Poor Raiden can only sigh and try to insist that they'll talk about it ''after the mission'', but she won't let up. And creator Hideo Kojima supposedly based her on ''his wife''. It turns out, [[spoiler: Rose is intentionally screwing with his feelings under orders from the Patriots, in order to make sure the S3 training project can sufficiently compensate for personal emotional stress. This goes so far that Raiden is taunted by an AI copy of Rose during the final sequence of the game just to twist the knife into his psyche further]].

* Princess Zelda, in the animated ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfZelda'', drove Link [[WellExcuseMePrincess absolutely crazy]] with this sort of behavior. And the poor guy never DID get the kiss he was always hoping to win.
* Dana Tan had shades of this to begin with, but [[{{Flanderization}} they completely took over her character]] in the second season of ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond''. It was easing up in the third season before the show ended, and fully gone in the JusticeLeagueUnlimited DistantFinale "Epilogue".
* Julie in ''Ben10UltimateAlien'', which was frustrating since she wasn't like that in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce the previous show.]]