Playing With / No Guy Wants to Be Chased

Basic Trope: A guy is put off by how aggressively his would-be Love Interest pursues a relationship with him.
  • Straight: Alice wants to date Bob, and actively pursues a relationship with him. Bob does not approve of this.
  • Exaggerated: Alice literally chases Bob around, constantly asking and/or demanding that he date her.
  • Downplayed: Alice is attracted to Bob, and passive-aggressively pursues a relationship with him. Bob does not notice this.
  • Justified:
    • Bob simply doesn't like Alice in that way, and the fact that she not only doesn't accept that, but actively tries to force him to accept her only puts him off further.
    • Alice is an Abhorrent Admirer.
    • ...or Bob is just Allergic to Love.
    • Social mores dictate that it should be the men who pursue women. Alice's aggressive pursuit of Bob, even if he does like her otherwise, is damaging his social standing and making life for him and his family difficult.
    • The way Alice is aggressively pursuing Bob would be treated very differently if it was genderflipped to Alex and Bobbie.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: When Alice starts pursuing him, Bob is thrilled that she's so interested that she's actively coming after him and kick-starting their relationship.
  • Double Subverted: Though her obvious interest in him excites him at first, Bob soon realizes that her aggressiveness isn't charming so much as it is creepy.
  • Parodied: Bob has been fawning after Alice. But the moment she shows a hint of returning his affections, he panics and tells her to back off and stop being so pushy.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob can't decide whether Alice actively pursuing him is good or bad. His reaction to it depends greatly on how he feels about their relationship at the moment.
  • Averted: Alice's aggressiveness isn't a factor in Bob rejecting or hooking up with her.
  • Enforced: "Guys are usually put off by aggressive girls, so there's no way Bob would actually want Alice."
  • Lampshaded: "You're always chasing girls around and you don't score shit yet when one actually wants you, you turn her down?''
  • Invoked: Alice is afraid Bob will become attracted to her, and so deliberately becomes more assertive so as to be intimidating to him.
  • Exploited:
    • Bob wants to date Lola, who isn't interested; knowing that he doesn't like aggressive girls, Lola pretends to be suddenly super-obsessed with dating him, expecting that to drive him away.
    • Alice asks her friend Hannah for advice. Hannah secretly likes Bob herself, and deliberately leads Alice to think she needs to aggressively pursue him despite knowing he hates that sort of thing.
  • Defied: Bob reasons that a girl interested in him his a good thing, and accepts Alice's offer.
  • Discussed: "Maybe we should tell Alice that carrying around a net to capture Bob isn't going to make him like her?"
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Bob fancies himself a ladies' man, but the only girl who shows any interest is Alice, who uses all the same tactics he does.
  • Played For Drama: Alice just won't accept that Bob might not return her feelings. When she sees him with Carol, she goes full-on Yandere — even though he and Carol are Just Friends!

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