Playing With: Oblivious to Love
Basic Trope: A character who is completely unaware of any romantic intentions.
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- Straight: Alice has a thing for Bob. She repeatedly hints that she'd like to ask him out on a date, but he either doesn't understand or ignores her hints.
- Alice goes the whole nine yards - she writes songs for Bob and buys him gifts. But at the end of the day, Bob still doesn't realize that she likes him.
- Bob doesn't just notice Alice's crush on him. He also didn't notice Charlotte's crush on Danny neither Ethan's crush on Francine.
- Bob noticed everyone else’s crushes, only he never notices Alice crush on him.
- Downplayed: Bob is not sure whether Alice is flirting with him or not.
- Bob is completely unaware of things like love and romance, so Alice has her work cut out for her.
- Bob is autistic and/or Literal-Minded.
- Bob knows that Love Hurts, so he protects himself with Selective Obliviousness.
- Bob has No Social Skills (can go hand-in-hand with being autistic).
- Bob is The Matchmaker, and he never sees love as something for himself.
- Inverted: Bob thinks everything that Alice says is a come-on - even when it's not.
- Alice is able to get through to Bob - he agrees to go out on a date with her.
- It turns out that Alice is an Unreliable Narrator, and never really got enough courage to give any good hint.
- Alice did drop hints, but ended up getting rejected multiple times by Bob.
- Bob knew along. He just played dumb instead of rejecting her because he didn't want to hurt her feelings or make things awkward between them.
- Bob knew Alice had feelings, and was manipulating her all along.
- Double Subverted:
- However, he had a vastly different understanding of what a "date" is.
- Bob only manipulated Alice because he thought her feelings were nothing more then physical lust.
- "What a strange thing for a woman who's not interested in me to do!"
- Bob makes every effort he can to be around Alice, but when anyone tells him it's obvious he's in love with her, he has no idea what they're talking about (and indeed, maybe he doesn't). Alice meanwhile, doesn't seem to think his advances are romantic, even though Bob told her he wanted to get her a ring. In other words, they're both oblivious, and Bob is a failure of a tsundere.
- Bob does a Sherlock Scan of two random strangers, picking up the subtle hints that they are in love, yet fails to notice Alice's far less subtle hints.
- Zig Zagged: Alice ignores Bob's advances, but then blushes towards small flirts, which she forgets, and then he moves on. Alice becomes jealous and takes Bob back for herself, but then forgets why the next day. Essentially, Green-Eyed Epiphany meets "Groundhog Day" Loop.
- Averted: Bob understands what Alice means the entire time.
- Enforced: "Alright, how can we drag out the sexual tension between these two?"
Bob: "How do you think I can find love?"
- "I don't get it, Maria. I keep trying to ask him out, but he keeps giving me these vague answers."
Charlie: "Well, getting rid of your Alice-shaped blind spot would help."
- Invoked: Bob is very aware of Alice's interest in him but doesn't want her as a girlfriend. So he hopes that by invoking this trope and feigning obliviousness she'll eventually stop trying to woo him.
- Exploited: ???
- Defied: Alice decides to sit Bob down and clearly enunciate her feelings for him.
- Discussed: "I don't understand it. How can Bob be a whiz at picking up non-verbal cues from everyone around him but fail to notice I'm crushing on him? He can't be faking it... right?"
- Conversed: "It's a wonder Bob is so clueless.", "Don't forget Alice, she could always just ask outright and see what happens."
- Deconstructed: Alice gives up on Bob because he never gets the hint. He misses out on what might have been an incredibly fulfilling relationship.
- Reconstructed: Alice eventually succeeds in letting Bob know how she feels.
- Played For Laughs:
- Alice tries to get Bob's attention to the point she kisses him, but Bob, as clueless as he is, wonders why Alice kissed him in the first place, causing a Mood Whiplash to her and the audience in the most hilarious way.
- Alice go to absurd lengths to let Bob realize her feelings, including holding a giant neon sing and numerous Zany Schemes.
- Played For Drama: Alice's inability to get through to Bob sends her into a deep depression.
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