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->''"Okay! What is wrong with the two of you?! Seriously! He likes you, and you like him, and you should just be together! Jeez, Louise! Happiness is not ''that'' difficult!"''
-->-- '''Lily Aldrin''', ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''

When two characters are attracted to one another, but are both so [[ShrinkingViolet incredibly shy and awkward]] that neither one of them [[CannotSpitItOut has the guts to do anything about it]]. In the end all it usually takes is for [[TheMatchmaker some]][[ShipperOnDeck one]] (or ''[[InVinoVeritas something]]'') else to give them a gentle nudge in the right direction and they'll get together.

The pair usually comprises a regular character and a TemporaryLoveInterest, but it can also be a BetaCouple with a WillTheyOrWontThey plot of their own. It may also involve some DramaticIrony if the audience is made aware of the pair's mutual crush before they are.

Subtrope of BirdsOfAFeather. Compare with BelligerentSexualTension which also has trouble getting together, but for different reasons. May be a driving force behind WillTheyOrWontThey, JustForFun/NotToBeConfusedWith TheFirstCutIsTheDeepest, a trope also described as "once bitten, twice shy."



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
%%* Amata and Mikono in ''Anime/AquarionEvol''.
* Firo and Ennis in ''LightNovel/{{Baccano}}'' take this UpToEleven by engaging in InnocentCohabitation for [[spoiler: ''upwards of seventy years'']], despite his falling in love with her pretty much [[LoveAtFirstSight as soon as he met her]]. ''Somewhat'' justified since Ennis has a hard time figuring out what love, marriage, and sex even mean.
* In ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'', Mashiro's uncle and the woman of his dreams,Azuki's mom, were completely crippled by this. It's likely that Mashiro and Azuki would have fared even worse, if Takagi hadn't dragged Mashiro bodily into speaking with her and agreeing to draw manga.
* ''Manga/CaptainTsubasa'':
** The captain of the Furano team, Matsuyama, has this going with his assistant Yoshiko, At first it seems that he's ObliviousToLove regarding Yoshiko's feelings for him, but some ShipTease-ladden flashbacks state that he likes her too. The fact that [[spoiler: she has to leave for the USA due to her father's work]] doesn't help.
** To a degree, Sanae and Tsubasa fell into this trope during their RelationshipUpgrade manga chapter. She's been ''very'' smitten with him since childhood, but he seems to have only very recently caught up [[spoiler: thanks to Kumi's AnguishedDeclarationOfLove to him]] and since he's going to live abroads, he isn't sure of how to tell her.
* Ran and Shinichi of ''Manga/DetectiveConan''. Every single time Shinichi turns back, they just keep beating around the bush instead of telling each other how they feel. For 16 years (not in story). Straight. [[spoiler:Shinichi did end up giving Ran an indirect confession in the London Arc, though.]]
* Kiri and Elraine from ''Manga/DoubleArts''. She's too shy and thinks he's clueless about her feelings, and he's convinced that the boost in sexual tension caused by confessing to her would make life trapped together too awkward.
* Alzack and Bisca in ''Manga/FairyTail'', [[spoiler:until the timeskip]].
* In ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Sōsuke and Kaname fit this trope to the "T" -- ''especially'' later on. Kaname has problems taking on the aggressive role of romantically pursuing Sōsuke (as she's shown to constantly be waiting for Sōsuke to take the initiative, and is constantly disappointed when she finds out she misunderstood his actions as being romantic advances). And Sōsuke... has ''huge'' [[ChasteHero issues with romantic intimacy]]. He's shown to become very nervous when confronted with anything "inappropriate" and too sexual, and has a tendency to clam up or run away. The most he appears to be able to muster with Kaname is to shyly hold her hand, which results in some highly frustrating WillTheyOrWontThey.
** Examine the freak-out he had in the beautician shop (he didn't at ''all'' like the idea of someone holding blades near him.) Then examine how, with Kaname holding a pair of scissors near his head, he is somehow relaxed enough that he falls asleep while she's trimming his hair. He's not even that relaxed around Tessa, or Kalinin. They Will. [[spoiler: And They Did.]]
* Feldt and Setsuna in ''Anime/Gundam00AWakeningOfTheTrailblazer'' show signs of this. Feldt's feelings for him are so obvious EveryoneCanSeeIt but Setsuna has his own [[TheStoic intimacy]] [[HatesBeingTouched issues]], not to mention [[spoiler:his recent transformation into an [[PsychicPowers Innovator]]]]. The farthest they get is a hug when Setsuna [[spoiler:wakes up from his ELS MindRape-induced coma]]... at least that's what we see; exactly what happened between the hug and Setsuna calling the bridge that he's taking the 00 Quan[T] (with a teary Feldt following closely) is left up for interpretation.\\\ However, Setsuna does directly address her and only her when he's about to sortie. After this, Setsuna ends up [[spoiler:leaving to the ELS homeworld]] , and the end of the movie fast forwards to many years later, leaving a giant gap in which the only details we know of being another war involving an "old human faction". Whatever may have happened between him ( [[spoiler:now likely immortal due to fusing with the ELS]] ) and Feldt (who is probably ancient unless she ended up assimilating like other humans are shown to have done in the future) will likely never be known.
* Ippo Makunouchi and Kumi Mashiba from ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo''. For reference, Kumi was first introduced in chapter 36, the manga is already past its 900th chapter.
* Suiren and Kawasumi from ''Manga/HibiChouchou''. She's shy and with bad social skills due to years of isolation, he's extremely awkward around girls.
* Junpei Manaka and Aya Toujo in ''Manga/StrawberryOneHundredPercent''. Actually, [[spoiler:this trope is even the main reason why this series DOESN'T end with a FirstGirlWins scenario]].
* ''Manga/{{Is}}'' would probably be about half the length if it weren't for this trope.
* Inverted in ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''. Both Kaguya and Shirogane are aware of each other's love and want nothing more than to provoke a LoveConfession to be the dominant one in the relationship (in a non-sexual way). However, they are entirely unaware of -- [[{{Tsundere}} and can't admit]] -- ''their own'' feelings.
* In ''Manga/KaseSan'', both girls get plenty of hints from the other that they're interested, but both are way too awkward and nervous to do anything about it for a full year in-universe time.
* ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'':
** Kind of exists between Kenichi and Miu. It's slightly subverted in that they're very good friends, but Kenichi is too nervous to take it to a romantic level, and Miu is [[ClingyJealousGirl incredibly jealous]] of any other girls who hang around with Kenichi, but she doesn't take the initiative either. Also a case of EveryoneCanSeeIt, as all of the masters are totally aware of it, and are watching to see what will happen.
** Later on in the series, this trope is subverted in a unique way. Both Kenichi and Miu acknowledge their feelings for each other (well before the end of the series at this point by a 100+ chapters mind you) but they decide not to date until Kenichi has enough power/skill to protect Miu. [[spoiler: In the last page of the entire series, a small picture is shown on the side of the page that depicts a small girl is shown between two unknown figures, implying that not only Miu and Kenichi started dating, but eventually married.]]
* Sawako and Kazehaya of ''Manga/KimiNiTodoke''. She's shy, innocent and unassuming to a fault, he's a truly genuine NiceGuy who doesn't want to push it. Without Yano, Chizu ''and'' Ryu nudging them, they would probably both graduate before they got around to doing so much as ''hold hands''.
* ‘’Manga/LovelyComplex’’ has Chiharu and Suzuki who are both so freaked out by talking to the opposite sex that they can do nothing but stand quietly and stare at each other until their friends push them into admitting their feelings for each other.
* ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' has been unable to comprehend both Hinata's feelings and his own as romantic, even after she spat it out to him and then [[HoldingHands they held hands]] in the WarArc. In ''Anime/TheLastNarutoTheMovie'', when [[spoiler:[[LoveEpiphany he finally realizes both her feelings and the true nature of his own for her]], he is [[EveryoneCanSeeIt incredibly unsubtle with his feelings]], effectively acting no differently than Hinata, ''[[ObliviousToLove who is completely unaware that he's in love with her]]'' -- the {{irony}} of which is not lost on ''anyone'']].
* Raku Ichijo and Kosaki Onodera of ''Manga/{{Nisekoi}}'' quite blatantly have feelings for each other, however they are unable to admit their feelings for each other. Of course, the fact that Raku has to pretend to be in a relationship with another girl due to family issues doesn't help. It takes over two hundred chapters for their relationship to change at all [[spoiler:when Onodera finally confesses and gets turned down. She was simply too late by that point because the entire manga had been spent developing Chitoge and Raku's relationship until he finally cared more for Chitoge instead of her.]]
* In ''Manga/NyanKoi'', both Junpei and Kaede like each other, but neither one seems willing to make the first move. Other girls expressing interest in him also serves to confuse Kaede as to whether he's dating them, or may not really be interested in her.
* In ''LightNovel/PapaNoIukotoOKikinasai'', both Yuuta and Raike are interested in each other, but neither one seems able to admit their feelings to the other.
%%* Haru and Elie in ''Manga/RaveMaster''.
* Kaizaki, main character of ''Manga/{{ReLIFE}}'', is the subject of an experiment which turns people into teenagers and sends them to high school again. Because of this he won't admit his growing feelings for Hishiro since she's 10 years younger than him and an actual high schooler. [[spoiler:Turns out she's also in the [=Re=]LIFE program and is having the same problems after realizing she might have fallen for ''him''.]]
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' went through this so long, it almost got annoying. Kaoru was too shy to tell Kenshin how she felt, and Kenshin wasn't sure if he deserved someone like her, especially since [[spoiler:he accidentally killed his first wife Tomoe]].
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'' has ShyBlueHairedGirl Mizuno Ami meet a similarly shy genius named Ryo Urawa (who also had PsychicPowers). Only the intervention of her friends (and her saving him from his [[EnemyWithin inner great monster]]) gets them on a date in one episode.
* Julia and Ran from ''Manga/StrawberryShakeSweet'': they're [[GirlsLove both girls]] and each assumes that the other is straight, so they spend a good chunk of the manga orbiting each other in an increasing spiral of UnresolvedSexualTension.
* Rito and Haruna in ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' are the very definition of this. Rito tries confessing a few times but is always interrupted. [[spoiler:She takes so long that while Rito still loves her, he also falls in love with Lala, making the situation even more complicated.]]
* This is one of the main draws of ''Manga/TonariNoKashiwagiSan''. Yuuto and Kotone share several traits that make most of their problems and mistakes come from assumptions based on their insecurities. In something of a twist, Yuuto actually confessed his feelings very early on (literally the same day as his LoveEpiphany), though he's still far to nervous to actually ask her out.
* ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' plays with this. In the beginning Syaoran and Sakura already too close but have yet to tell each other their feelings. However, Sakura's amnesia causes the relationship to reboot with Syaoran also distancing himself due to the fact that in order to help to her memories, he pays with all of her memories that include him. However, across the series the two start feeling attracted once again [[spoiler:until the two nearly die and confess their feelings.]]
* In ''Manga/YonaOfTheDawn'', Yona and Hak eventually become this once their feelings are mutual. For her, it's a simple case of them [[ChildhoodFriends being long-time friends]] and she's worried he doesn't feel the same and might even be ''creeped out'' by her feelings. It's a lot more complicated on his side of things, as he has ''always'' liked her, while she always liked their mutual friend Su-won. After Yona and Su-won's romantic future is destroyed by [[spoiler:[[LoveInterestTraitor Su-won killing her father]]]], he does try to pursue her for a while before Yona [[ObliviousToLove unknowingly rejected him]]. After a few more instances of misinterpreting her affections for him, he eventually seems to give up completely and absolutely refuses to admit how he feels for a long time. [[spoiler: Ironically, it's him who grows so irritated with the misunderstandings between them that he blurts out a sudden LoveConfession.]]
* ''[[Manga/YoureUnderArrest You're Under Arrest!]]'': Miyuki and Nakajima are in love with each other. [[EveryoneCanSeeIt Everyone at Bokutou Precinct knows it.]] It's even implied that they're both aware of how the other feels, but they can barely look at each other without blushing, or getting cold feet. Their friends have even [[TheMatchmaker set them up on dates, to give 'em a push]], [[StatusQuoIsGod but without success.]] Making the situation as frustrating for them, as it is for the audience.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the early ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' stories, Peter Parker tended to assume that his love interests simply couldn't be interested in a dweeby little science nerd. Once he hit off with Gwen Stacy, though, the rest was history.
* ''ComicBook/CloakAndDagger'': Ty's too shy to ever think a girl like Tandy would be interested in him. Tandy thinks Ty only loves her as a friend. Cue the UST...
* In the early ''ComicBook/XMen'' stories, Scott and Jean could very well serve as the page image.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In a ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' arc, Paige and a boy in her class were in this situation, but overcame it and went to a school dance together. After this arc, [[ChuckCunninghamSyndrome the boy disappeared]] and Paige went back to her usual state of being unable to get a date.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Naruto and Hinata in ''Fanfic/EscapeFromTheHokagesHat''. Hinata's a ShrinkingViolet with low self-esteem who still thinks he holds a torch for Sakura. Naruto doesn't want to jeopardize one of the only healthy female relationship he has and is afraid to be rejected. It's takes a FreudianSlip to actually help them.
-->'''Naruto:''' If I was to ever date a girl, I hope she's as cute as you are. ''[beat; OhCrap face then {{facepalm}}]''\\
'''Hinata:''' W-w-w-well. I..I..I wouldn't mind.\\
'''Naruto:''' R-R-Really?\\
'''Hinata:''' Y-y-yes.
* In ''Fanfic/AGrowingAffection'', this is the reason Yahiko's OperationJealousy fails; Nagato and Konan are both afraid to alienate him, due to their respective pasts.
* In ''Fanfic/TomorrowsDoom'', it's quite obvious that Amaya and Tadao like each other, but neither wants to admit their feelings to the other. Aiko finally decides that enough is enough and nudges the pair toward each other during the festival.
* ''Fanfic/TheStalkingZukoSeries'', it becomes obvious to [[EveryoneCanSeeIt everyone]] that Katara and Zuko both like each other due to their history and self-esteem issues, they think they are not good enough for each other or are in love with someone else.
* Lance and Gwen's relationship in ''Fanfic/TheStudentPrince''. Neither can work up the courage to ask the other out for a long time, both of them thinking the other is out of their league.
* Hachiman and Yukino have a slight variation of this from ''Fanfic/TheEndOfTheAffair''. While neither is really shy in the conventional sense, they both refused to ever admit their feelings for each other due to their [[SillyRabbitRomanceIsForKids similar philosophies]] towards life.
* ''Fanfic/WeissReacts'': Ruby and Weiss. It takes Ruby making the first move, caught up in the surge of victory after winning the music festival, for her to confess to Weiss, and for Weiss to [[BigDamnKiss respond in kind]].
* ''Fanfic/LucinaReacts'': Lucina and Robin. It's immediately clear both have massive crushes on the other, but are too shy to express it. [[spoiler: It takes, of all people, [[NiceGirl Cordelia]], ''Chrom'', [[{{Tsundere}} Maribelle]] and Robin's sort-of sister [[{{Troll}} Reflet]] working together in tandem to get them to confess to each other, and even then Cordelia is forced to fall back on her second plan when her first plan backfires.]]
* Cullen and Victoria, in ''[[Fanfic/TwiceUponAnAge All This Sh*t is Twice as Weird]]'', are the only people in Haven who don't realize that their attraction is mutual. It provides a continual source of amusement to the others, particularly [[BigBrotherInstinct Mahanon]] and [[TheMatchmaker Varric]]. They do get better about it after the move to Skyhold.
* A platonic/familiar variation occurs in ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-32155/bakenandeggs+Influenced+Out+of+Normality.htm Influenced Out of Normality]]'' when [[Comicbook/IronMan Tony Stark]] learns that [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander Harris]] is his son. Both want to spend more time with each other but for weeks are worried the other doesn't want them in his life. A month after learning the truth about his father, Xander finally calls Tony and after that they spend as much time as possible together.
* {{Recurring Character}}s A.J and Jeanette Fisher in ''Fanfic/PokemonResetBloodlines'' quickly develop an attraction to each other, however, they keep it to themselves, deciding to take things slow. [[spoiler: With a little help from [[ShipperOnDeck their parents and their Pokémon]], they get a RelationshipUpgrade during the second [[ChristmasEpisode Holiday Special]].]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* {{Implied}} in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''--during [[WickedWitch Ursula]]'s VillainSong, she describes (along with magical illusions) a mermaid/merman pair who hooked up after [[IJustWantToBeBeautiful she made each one more attractive]] ("''This one longing to be thinner/That one wants to get the girl...''") It's possible to read this as the pair already liking each other, but each assuming they needed a DealWithTheDevil before the other would reciprocate.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/TheDish'': Glenn and Janine have this in spades. Drives others mental.
-->'''Cliff:''' He asked her out yet?\\
'''Mitch:''' No. ''[{{beat}}]'' Oh, this is painful.

* Magrat Garlick and [[spoiler:King Verence II]] in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''. Not only did he stick around, they got married.
* ''Literature/TheRemainsOfTheDay'' deconstructs this painfully.
* In ''Invisible Stanley'', one of the sequels to ''Flat Stanley'', Stanley helps a shy couple get married by creeping up invisibly behind the man, imitating his voice, and proposing to his girlfriend.
* Nick and Lirael had the subtlest of hints towards a mutual infatuation in ''Literature/{{Abhorsen}}'', which were complicated by his death. [[spoiler:Luckily he got better, or else Creator/GarthNix wouldn't have been able to ''confirm'' their infatuation in the short story "Nicholas Sayre and the Creature in the Case".]]
* Piro and Ibronka in ''Literature/TheViscountOfAdrilankha''.
-->'''Ibronka:''' My dear Viscount, come over here and kiss me before I die of embarrassment.
* Edward Ferrars and Elinor Dashwood in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility''. Both are calm people who do not crush easily and hide their feelings. Proper Elinor is aware that she must not appear too eager, especially when his family strongly disapproves of the match. Moreover, Edward is the MasterOfTheMixedMessage and involved with somebody else.
* BetaCouple Jane Bennet and Mr Bingley in ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice''. Jane is usually sweet but composed, so it's obvious only to her family and close friends that she likes Mr Bingley. Mr. Bingley thought she liked him but was easily persuaded by his friends that she was indifferent. Had there been no meddling, those two would have got engaged after the Netherfield ball in the first third of the book.
* ''Literature/ToLive'' has Fengxia and Erxi...and they are both absolutely adorable, [[RedChina especially considering the setting of the novel]].
* ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries'': Michael and Mia, who have to resort to sending anonymous love letters and replying via a computer program in order to get their feelings out in the open.
* ''Literature/EleanorAndPark'' begin like this, developing their romance just by sitting next to each other on the bus, not even speaking.
* The ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' book, "Robot Adept": Agape ([[FreakyFridayFlip in the body of Fleta the Unicorn]]) is approached separately by Trool, the Red Adept and the vampiress Suchevane. Trool (a literal troll) confesses he's head over heels in love with Suchevane, but fears Suchevane would never come to him, except out of fear or pity, and doesn't want to press the issue himself, not wanting Suchevane to think he's leaning on her. Suchevane, on the other hand, fell in love with Trool, the first man who's ever treated her as a person, rather than [[SoBeautifulItsACurse unapproachably beautiful or a concubine]]. Agape suggests Suchevane tell Trool her feelings, then offer her companionship to ease their mutual loneliness, until such time as he finds a more suitable mate. Agape assures her he won't look any further. (He doesn't.)

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Mavis Riley and Derek Wilton from ''Series/CoronationStreet'' were both incredibly shy and dithering, and this made their repeated attempts at a relationship very difficult.
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', Clark and Lana, and Chloe usually does the prodding when she is not head-over-heels for Clark herself. Lana on the other hand is not so happy about Clark and Chloe getting together.
%%* Cliff and a costume party guest in ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
* Manny and Roweena in ''Series/BlackBooks''. It takes Bernard bellowing "Offer her something, you fool!" at him to get Manny to make any headway with her.
* Jeff and Julia in ''Series/{{Coupling}}''. (A rare example where the new character actually stuck around, as opposed to mysteriously vanishing by the next episode.)
* Kaylee and Simon in ''Series/{{Firefly}}''. Although in Kaylee's case, it's less that she's shy (hell, she got her job on the ship thanks to a one-night stand with the previous mechanic), and more that she feels inferior around [[CityMouse Simon]].
%%* Andy and Erin in ''Series/{{The Office|US}}''.
%%* Alice and Hugo on ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley''.
* ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'':
** The page quote is from season 1, where Robin was pining over Ted who had been pining over Robin, [[UnrequitedLoveSwitcheroo but had just gotten over it]] and moved on.
** Barney and Robin in the fourth season. Funny when you consider how much of a HandsomeLech Barney is. It seems like that old stuff: quick flings are one thing, but getting into a steady relationship is something completely different.
* One episode of ''Series/SabrinaTheTeenageWitch'' had Valerie be too shy to ask out a guy. Sabrina decides to intervene by calling Cupid and asking him to make the guy in love with Valerie, but Cupid responds it would be a waste of an arrow because it's already clear that they both like each other.
* [[CombatMedic Julian Bashir]] and [[TheNthDoctor Ezri Dax]] certainly give off this vibe in the penultimate episode of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine''. In the end, [[spoiler:TheyDo]].

%%* "Girl Afraid" by Music/TheSmiths.
* "[[IHaveThisFriend I've Got This Friend]]" by Music/TheCivilWars, with the obvious implication that the "friend" each singer is talking about is actually themselves, while the other suggests that their "friend" sounds perfect for them.
* Music/HoneyWorks' "[[Music/ConfessionExecutiveCommitteeLoveSeries Friday's "Good morning"]] and [[PerspectiveFlip Friday's "Good morning -another story-]] tells the story of two students who see each other at the train car on their way to school everyday, and have spent weeks after weeks practicing saying "good morning" for each other, but neither ever worked up the courage to approach the other to say the simple greeting.

* Creator/AntonChekhov's play ''Theatre/TheCherryOrchard''. SelfMadeMan Yermolai Alekseevich Lopakhin, the buyer of the titular orchard, has a troubled relationship with Varvara aka Varya, the {{Tsundere}} adopted daughter of [[ImpoverishedPatrician its former owner]], Liubov Andreevna Ranyeshkaya. In one of the last scenes, he works up the courage to ask Varya to marry him, but ultimately feels too shy and guilty to do so. This scene fits in well with the overall tone of the play --which has all of its characters suffering because of their [[CannotSpitItOut inability to act decisively]].
* In the musical Double Digits, the duet "Oh, no!" is sung by a popular jock-boy and a quieter girl who is tutoring him in maths. To wit:
-->'''Boy:''' She's so smart, I'm so dumb.\\
'''Girl:''' He's so cool, I'm so glum.\\
'''Boy:''' Why would ''she''...\\
'''Girl:''' Why would ''he''...\\
'''Together:''' ... have any interest in ''me''?
%%* Rose Maybud and Robin Oakapple in Creator/GilbertAndSullivan's ''Theatre/{{Ruddigore}}''.
* OlderThanSteam: In ''Theatre/MuchAdoAboutNothing'', careful attention to Beatrice's dialogue reveals that, at least on her end, the BelligerentSexualTension between her and Benedick has something to do with this.
* Seymour and Audrey in ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors''. He is a poor grunt at a failing flower store who is constantly told he is an incompetent loser and thinks Audrey is just the prettiest girl ever, and she is an equally poor girl dating an abusive jerk and is also told constantly that she is dumb and worthless, and just thinks Seymour is the sweetest guy.

[[folder:Video Games]]
%%* Sora and Kairi from the ''VideoGame/KingdomHearts'' series. At least in the first game.
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheWindWaker'': In a subquest in Windfall Island, you can photograph two people who have this problem. (They share a look.) The quest-giver will then use this photograph to help them along.
** In ''[[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword Skyward Sword]]'', this is the situation between Pipit and Karane, Link's fellow students at the Knight Academy. When Karane receives a love letter from another student, Cawlin, her public rejection of Cawlin's affections leads to her and Pipit revealing their feelings for each other.
* Some ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' fans speculate that this trope is going on between the Lone Wanderer and Amata in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}''.
* A cut ending to ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic 2'' would have a female Exile's relationship with Atton resolved to look like this was going on for almost the entire game.
* Used as a running joke in ''VideoGame/Mother3'' between a woman and man, both with almost identical dialogue. Their relationship progresses through the game.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'': It's apparent, from the start, that [[ChildhoodFriends Shulk and Fiora]] are in love with each other, yet both are too shy [[RelationshipUpgrade to take the next step.]] It takes [[spoiler: Fiora almost dying during the Mechon's attack on Colony 9 and eventually being [[NotQuiteDead revealed to have survived]]]] to give Shulk the push he needed to finally convey his feelings to her.
-->'''Shulk:''' ''[resolutely]'' [[DeclarationOfProtection I won't let you go, Fiora.]]
* A running theme in ''VideoGame/ImmortalSouls'' for John, who's too worried about others finding out about his secret life to seriously flirt, and Allison, who worries about whether or not he's doing OK too much to ever get a chance to get beyond that. Though Allison finally eventually perks up enough courage to ask him out for coffee by the end of the first game.
* ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'' has three cases:
** [[ShrinkingViolet Olivia]] can potentially have this going with [[MasterSwordsman Lon'qu.]] Specially bad because Lon'qu CannotTalkToWomen in general [[spoiler: for his DarkAndTroubledPast, in which his FirstLove Ke'ri was murdered before his eyes]] (though it seems [[LockedOutOfTheLoop Olivia never learns this little detail]]). Whether they properly develop a romantic relationship or not, it depends on the player.
** Olivia and [[LonelyRichKid Prince Chrom]] as well, if the player manage to get their supports. ([[GuideDangIt Easier said than done]]). This is played differently: Olivia starts out scared of Chrom [[UptownGirl due to his status as the Prince of Ylisse]], Chrom tries to approach her but only manages to scare her off due to his NoSocialSkills, and their support chain is laced with awkwardness until the end. Again, whether they fall in love or not depends on the player.
** [[spoiler: Lucina]] and a male Avatar have this going on in their S rank support. Their circumstances are just so weird that, through their supports as a whole, the Avatar actively tries ''not'' to fall in love with her, but if the supports are completed he does anyway. And who could blame him considering she's [[spoiler: his best friend Chrom's daughter from the {{bad future}}?]] If the Avatar comes clean to her in the S-Support, she's able to admit her own feelings as well.
* In ''VideoGame/FireEmblemFates'', it turns out that [[spoiler: Ryoma and Elise]] can fall into this if they reach S-Support, since during said support [[spoiler: Ryoma]] is under the mistaken impression that [[spoiler: Elise]] likes another guy rather than him...
** [[spoiler: Prince Forrest]] and [[spoiler: Nina]] can also have this going on, specially since she's a {{Socially Awkward Hero}}ine who puts her foot in her mouth once in a while regarding him in their supports.
* In ''Videogame/DragonAgeInquisition'', if neither are romanced it is implied that Blackwall and Josephine are secretly attracted to one another but both are too insecure and shy respectively to openly make any move.
* In ''VideoGame/UntilDawn'', Chris and Ashley

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* Bram and Henrietta in ''VisualNovel/ShikkokuNoSharnoth''. After a conversation with Mary, Henrietta decides to make her feelings clear. [[spoiler:Too bad Bram dies pretty much immediately after she calls to meet up with him.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Varied because they already went together, but fell apart then in [[https://web.archive.org/web/20160522113427/http://the-qlc.com/loserz/go/433 this strip]] of ''Webcomic/{{Loserz}}''.
* Emily and Matt in ''Webcomic/TheSenkari''.
* Elan and Haley from ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' are this for a while, which can be best seen in their WillTheyOrWontThey plot near the beginning of the Azure City arc. Due to character personalities, it's played out as Elan being ObliviousToLove and Haley deliberately refusing to ask Elan out because she is taught to mistrust people. But as it is seen in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0223.html this strip]] they are both attracted to each other for a very long time.
* Elliot and [[spoiler: Susan]] from ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' have gradually developed into this situation. The former [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-12-13 fails at perversion]] and needs to work on his introspective and guilt issues. The latter is a BrokenBird with a DarkAndTroubledPast, and wants to avoid causing a YokoOhNo situation. They're [[ObliviousToLove completely unaware]] that the other is attracted to them. Meanwhile, ''everyone else'' [[EveryoneCanSeeIt has either figured it out]] or at least [[ShipperOnDeck has some inkling of it]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Danny and Sam from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom''. Though it comes to a LastMinuteHookUp it's still freakin' annoying.
* And {{Fanon}} in ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' uses this to explain why Phineas and Isabella aren't together yet. While Isabella has very clear attractions to him, she has yet to actually confess her feelings to him. Phineas, on the other hand, [[ObliviousToLove is so ambiguous towards her it rivals sadism.]]
** The movie more or less confirms this. [[spoiler: Right before they have their memories wiped, Isabella kisses Phineas. Phineas is both very surprised and very happy.]]
*** Again in "Act Your Age". [[spoiler: Phineas developed feelings for Isabella in high school but was convinced he was in the "friends zone" and Isabella had given up on him ever recognizing her feelings so neither of them said or did anything. After a [[TearJerker soul-crushing]] duet about [[ForWantOfANail what might have been]], Phineas ends up [[RaceForYourLove chasing after her car]] and they share their BigDamnKiss.]]
** Candace and Jeremy seem to be a canon example, though for a long time it was hard to tell if Jeremy even liked her back. Season two made it a bit more obvious that he was nervous around her, with the episode "Nerdy Dancing" specifically switching their usual dynamic (''he'' was trying to impress ''her'' rather than the other way around).
* ''Franchise/MyLittlePony'':
** Bright Eyes and Lancer in ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyTales'' until their friends' failed makeover attempts forced them to come clean and admit their feelings for each other in a BeYourself moment.
** ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': In "Hearthbreakers", Pinkie Pie introduces Marble Pie (her younger sister) to the Apple Family. It's obvious by the painfully little dialogue and subtle gestures of affection between Marble and Big Macintosh that the two have feelings for each other. [[ShipperOnDeck Pinkie Pie]] ends up speaking for both of them at the party at the end of the episode.
* On ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop'', PJ got a crush on a girl in his class, Rose Deckenbloom, after she recited a poem ''about'' being a ShrinkingViolet, which he could relate to and thought was beautiful while everyone else in the class hated it. Then he spends much of the episode following everybody's ''bad'' advice about how to get her to like him. He tries to give her a present, but is too shy, so he asks Max to do it for him, which he does. Rose mistakenly thinks Max likes her and is delighted, but once they are at the dance she and PJ start to hit it off at the punch bowl... until Pete comes in and "helps" [[PetTheDog (he was trying this time, honest!)]] which causes Rose to run away in tears, thinking PJ doesn't like her. He then recites the opening lines of her poem and confesses to all the things he tried, she says she likes his true self more, and then this happens:
-->'''PJ:''' I don't suppose you wanna... sorta dance?\\
'''Rose:''' Umm... okay...
* On ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice,'' ComicBook/{{Superboy}} and [[NaiveNewcomer M'Gann]] can be interpreted as one example of this. WordOfGod suggests that [[FragileSpeedster Wally]] and [[TheArcher Artemis]] are even more so, despite both always acting tough or flirtatious (toward other people) to cover it.
* The ''Franchise/EverAfterHigh'' characters Alistair and Bunny both believe that the other is friendzoning them. How they came to this conclusion is never explained.
* In ''WesternAnimation/OverTheGardenWall,'' [[SociallyAwkwardHero Wirt]] alludes to some kind of romantic trouble with a girl named Sara, complicated by another guy who is [[TheAce far too perfect]] for him to compete against. However, in the WholeEpisodeFlashback when we see these events, it's pretty clear to the viewer that Sara also likes Wirt, even if she isn't as [[{{Adorkable}} ridiculously awkward]] about it, and that she doesn't return [[ExtravertedNerd Jason Funderberker]]'s interest in her.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* The Yaghan language, spoken in Tierra del Fuego, is able to express this in one word. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mamihlapinatapai Mamihlapinatapai.]] "Two people are both at a loss as to what to do about the other."
* Creator/ErrolFlynn and Creator/OliviaDeHavilland, [[ThoseTwoActors who were often cast together]], both had crushes on each other but sadly didn't act on them before his death.
* Creator/IanMcKellen and Creator/DerekJacobi were classmates in their youth and each had a crush on the other. They would not admit this until many years later.
* Trevor Noah, the South African Comedian and Show host, tells in his autobiography how he was best friends with his crush for 3 years and how he wanted to ask her out for matric dance only to find out that she has a) moved away during summer break, b) to America, and c) was reciprocating his crush and only waited for 3 years to be asked out by him.