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  • Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts
    • Akihisa Yoshii has three girls pining after him: Minami, Himeji, and Minami's little sister Hazuki. At one point, Minami threatens to kill him outright to blackmail a date out from him, and Himeji makes lunches for him every day (which is a very bad thing, but it's the thought that counts). Yoshii never notices. Ever. He does know that Hazuki loves him, but that's because she loudly insists they're getting married when she grows up.
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    • Another notable one was when his sister Akira noted in front of Minami and Himeji that he seems to only read porn about busty women in ponytails. Himeji immediately ties her hair into a ponytail, and the next day Minami (who always has a ponytail) comes to school with some sort of inflatable inserts. He still doesn't notice.
    • There are subtle hints in the novel that Hideyoshi might have a small crush on Yoshii too... and Kubo.
  • Asta from Black Clover. Even though he's been turned down by Sister Lily, Asta continues to be fixated on her despite being told repeatedly that she's way older than him and she can't get married because she's a nun. As a result, he fails to notice that Mimosa is outright in love with him, that he's won Rebecca's heart by simply being a Nice Guy, or that Noelle randomly appears around him, because she's stalking him, and often turns bright red in his presence.
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  • Kodaka Hasegawa from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai seems clueless about the fact that no less than six girls want his attention and have affection for him, which are his Childhood Friend, a Rich Bitch who secretly just feels very lonely, a Hot Mad Scientist, a Wholesome Crossdresser (who thinks she's a boy), and two Token Mini-Moe, one of which is a Child Prodigy and the other a Little Sister Heroine Elegant Gothic Lolita. Except we eventually find out that it's merely an act because he does notice their affection but doesn't want to break the heart of any of them by choosing one and thus rejecting the other five.
  • Godou Kusanagi in Campione! is this trope personified. Despite the fact that he's at least kissed four girls, he still thinks of them as friends. In this case, it's partially ignorance, and part Selective Obliviousness.
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  • Akane of Castle Town Dandelion is unaware of the fact that she has a huge Instant Fan Club, with a predominantly male membership.
  • A Certain Magical Index
    • Kamijou Touma. Between his heroic tendencies and misfortune, every girl he meets falls for him in short order. But because of the aforementioned misfortune, he just assumes they're all screwing with him. Or doesn't notice at all, though that one is at least a little justified by the fact that he lost his memory and didn't have the heart to tell anyone. There is a fan theory that he is aware of the effect he has on girls, but is pretending not to know in order to avoid retribution from any of them that he doesn't choose (in fact, early on he says that "his type" is a Cool Big Sis kind of girl, which none of his harem - that he's aware of - fits personality-wise).
    • It also appears that alcohol functions as some sort of Amplifier Artifact on his ability to do this as well. When he gets drunk in Volume 2 of New Testament and starts wandering around Academy City, women just.... appear out of nowhere. In the end he takes no less than ten women home, simply through the virtue of walking to his apartment.
      Misaka Mikoto: [seeing this process underway] In no time at all, they were in all directions.
    • Perhaps the single greatest example of Touma's cluelessness is in New Testament Volume 12, where he's depressed over having to visit the Dianoid during Christmas due to feeling jealous of the couples there. Except that he's going there with Index and Othinus, two girls in love with him. He also complains about this to Mikoto and (a mind-controlled pawn of) Misaki, who are also in love with him.
    • In New Testament Volume 13, the High Priest sends Touma a letter asking to meet him, but Touma mistakenly believes the sender is a girl and it is a love letter. He becomes extremely excited and rejoices that at long last, a girl is finally interested in him. He completely ignores the shocked and outraged reactions of the girls around him, including Mikoto.
    • Kakeru Kamisato, being Touma's Foil, also has a harem of attractive girls that he's accrued in much the same way Touma did, by saving them with his power. Kakeru, however, ignores their advances as best he can, because he refuses to accept that any of the girls are actually in love with him, and instead are just enamored with "the hero who saved them", which he wouldn't be without his power. Touma thinks this isn't the case, at the very least not for the three girls who seem closest to Kakeru (all of whom he was acquainted with prior to gaining his power).
  • Code Geass has the The Hero himself Lelouch vi Britannia. Can he manipulate on a string various people into doing as his bids without his Mind Control powers? Yes. Can he turn around an entire battle with just three orders? Yes. Can he Take Over the World? Yes twice! But can he understand when a girl is asking him out on a date? No. No he can't.
  • Katarina in Destruction Flag Otome knows that she's in the villain role from an otome game she played in a past life, so the idea that anyone would be interested in her just because she behaves totally different from the character she's supposed to be is beyond her. Not only did she accidentally seduce all of the heroine's love interests, she also seduced the rival heroines and the heroine herself!
  • Female example: Satou from Detective Conan doesn't know that the whole police department all have a romantic attraction to her.
  • Domestic Girlfriend: Natsuo is a downplayed example. He usually notices whenever Hina and Rui are flirting with him, but he consciously ignores them because he doesn't think they could really be interested in him. Whenever he's in a relationship, he becomes pretty much completely blind to any other girl showing interest. On the rare occasions he does notice (such as when a girl kisses him out of the blue), he does his best to pretend nothing ever happened.
  • Yukiteru Amano somewhat started off as this in Future Diary. At least five other characters have either flirted with, hit on or kissed him, and (more egregiously) School Idol Yuno Gasai stalked him for a year without his noticing.
  • Ryuuichi from Gakuen Babysitters is one of the most fawned over guys in the class aside from Kamitani. However, he doesn't notice this, even when there are two girls showing much more obvious signs of attraction. Even when he does get a love letter, something he can't ignore, he still refuses so he can focus on taking care of his brother. Kamitani's case, however, is ambiguous, since it's difficult to tell from his personality whether he's actually clueless or just doesn't care.
  • Goblin Slayer: The titular armored goblin-killing menace seems to be unaware, or simply doesn't care, that many of his female companions want to get close to him. From the lone survivor of an ill-fated squad of rookie adventurers to a former adventurer, now archishop, it's anyone's guess what they see in a man whose sole goal in life is rid the world of goblins.
  • Sekai Kamiki of Gundam Build Fighters Try: Being a character whose only interests are eating, sleeping, martial arts training, and longing to fight strong, honorable opponents, he has completely no clue (or if he has, it's definitely not in a romantic sense) as to why Fumina, Gyanko, and Shia are all attracted to him in one way or the other.
  • Hayate the Combat Butler:
    • Hayate is an interesting case: He's not a Chaste Hero, in theory — he understands the idea of romance and attraction, and has a couple girls he's pining after, but he doesn't notice that every girl he meets falls in love with him. Yes, including the two he's in love with. The guys at school call him the Airhead Gigolo because of this: Part is his personality, part is just dumb luck, and there's even a little bit of Friend to All Living Things thrown in just for the hell of it.
    • It's shown that he is somewhat aware of his effect on girls and can actually play it up when he wants something, similar to his 'business smile' that he uses periodically. This often includes conjuring up love bubbles and bishie sparkle for extra charm. Possibly an extension of this is Hayate's 'Serious Mode' which ramps up his charm and charisma ten-fold and is even said to change the air around him with his confidence. To date it has been used exactly once; to make sure his date with Hinagiku was a complete success.
    • Hayate is deliberately inflicting this on himself however, stemming from what happened with Athena as a child, he doesn't seem to believe he deserves to be loved, and thus even if he is aware of the girls feelings about him, he won't act on it for that reason.
    • 13-year-old Wataru's doing pretty well himself. He has, mostly unwittingly, gathered the attention of several girls (Saki, Sonia, Aika, and possibly Sakuya), all of whom are older than he is. Well, an exception is that Wataru has been made all too aware about Sonia's affection for him.
  • Heivia of Heavy Object is incredibly irritated that the girls he and Quenser meet gravitate towards the latter. The fact that Quenser completely misses all the signs of their interest aggravates Heivia even more, leading to him desiring to punch Quenser and sometimes actually doing so.
  • High School D×D: Ironically enough, Issei Hyodou is one, despite being a self-declared Harem Seeker himself. This is justified because he has a huge inferiority complex after his first girlfriend killed him on their first date. However, the trope is later defied when his denseness finally gets to Rias enough to make her cry, at which point the rest of the harem hits him over the head with the fact that they really are in love with him. He then confesses to Rias, and they begin going out.
  • Infinite Stratos gives us Ichika Orimura, who's being compared to Natsuru and possibly Negi as one of the most impossibly dense harem protagonists in Anime: He misunderstands Cecilia's sudden friendliness after their first battle, Rin's promise to "cook for him every day", and Houki's demand that he go on a date with her (and by that he means "shopping trip") if she wins a tournament. The light novels, however (which are told from his perspective), make it clear that he's not quite as bad as he seems, and is probably faking at least some of it, so that he doesn't have to choose between five angry girls with Powered Armor.
  • Bell Cranel in Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? is so focused on Aiz Wallenstein that he doesn't even notice that he's gotten the harem he originally wanted. Hestia gave him a Love Confession in Volume 1/Episode 3 and it went completely over his head.
  • Tomoe from Kamisama Kiss. He is completely oblivious to the fact that most teenage girls find him attractive and he fails to notice the signs that Nanami is starting to fall in love with him. Which is odd considering how much he likes hanging around in the Red Light District.
  • Kämpfer's Natsuru Senou: The densest material ever. The best example has to be Senou's date with Shizuku. He assumes it's Not a Date... but she corrects him that no, it really is a date. He assumes she's joking. Cuz she does that all the time. Which then causes Mikoto to give him a couple of Megaton Punch attacks. Even Akane goes to his house afterward to find out why he took Shizuku out on a date, forcing him to take her on one as well in the next episode.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima!:
    • The titular teacher has this bad, as at least 15 girls are interested, and there's only two that he's aware of. That's because two told him to his face that they love him. Naturally, this usually causes all sorts of problems, as he's extremely prone to I Didn't Mean to Turn You On type actions. To say nothing of the time when he accidentally leads on one of his students while she thinks that he's his own cousin. Chisame even points out that he's going to make a lot of girls cry in the future. And for the record he's still just 10-years-old. The scene that shows this the best is when Akira tells him about some girls that like him, and he is completely shocked.
      Akira: At this rate, I guess he doesn't know about Class Rep...
    • Kotaro has a case of this; even while still in his Girls Have Cooties phase he still has 4 girls, although he is starting to be aware that one of them might like him. She eventually has to literally beat it into his head before he gets the idea.
  • My Wife is the Student Council President lampshades and justifies it since Izumi is average looking and comes from a middle-class family. So he can't help wondering why several of the girls at his school have suddenly become interested in him; including a hottie like Rin.
  • The title character of Naruto can come off as this, especially in fillers with the countless Girls of the Week that start to like him. Especially ironic since part of the reason he was so jealous of Sasuke in Part I was because he was such a massive Chick Magnet.
    • In The Last: Naruto the Movie we see that he became this in canon. At the beginning of the movie we see lots of girls showering him with gifts all over the place, and other characters even comment that girls from other villages come just to meet and get pictures of him. Since he has long past his Glory Seeker phase, he has no clue what to do. Because he was so starved for affection at a young age, he is unable to actually tell the difference between The Four Loves.
  • Tomoko Kuroki, protagonist of No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!, moves into this as the series begins its Genre Shift. Her lack of social boundaries and disarming nature ends up attracting a surprising number of girls, but between her naivete when dealing with relationships and her apparently-closeted nature, she's barely aware of it.
  • Shinji Ikari in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Yet another deconstruction, though there are some genuine moments. Shinji's psychological issues and lack of self-esteem cripple almost any response to Asuka's hints; when he does respond, he performs so poorly that he feeds into Asuka's own self-esteem issues and hurts her. Rei grows to have feelings for Shinji, but doesn't fully realize it until just before her Heroic Sacrifice against the Angel Armisael, which is the reveal to Shinji. Kaworu, however, is forwardly (if ambiguously) affectionate to Shinji, and Shinji responds the most openly to him only to have to kill him when Kaworu reveals himself to be the final Angel. Even Misato possibly has an interest in Shinji, but their age gap and her being Shinji and Asuka's guardian would make it unorthodox and very inappropriate (her attempts are clumsy and badly received anyway).
  • Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece. Even though Post-Gonk Alvida, the whole of Amazon Lily, and 'The World's Most Beautiful Woman' Boa Hancock are all in love with him, he still remains a clueless and Celibate Hero. He's at least figured out that Hancock loved him by the end of the two year Time Skip, only because she has outright asked him to make her his wife so many times that even he could tell what was up.
  • Gender-Inverted with Haruhi Fujioka of Ouran High School Host Club. Her backstory has her getting confessions in Junior High at least once a month, usually more. However, when some guys confess to her, she assumes they mean something like 'I want to go to Ouran as well' or 'want to go outside with me?' And that is not even counting the fangirls she has while dressed as a guy.
  • Ash Ketchum of Pokémon, despite the numerous girls (and Pokémon) who've shown interest in him. Even more so as the years have gone by, with him becoming completely Oblivious to Love, whether it's directed at himself or anyone else. Justified in that he's only ten...still.
  • As Negi's grandson, Touta Konoe from UQ Holder! has the affection of most of the girls around him, yet remains utterly oblivious to their attraction despite at least one of them confessing. He is aware of Mizore, but that's only because it's near impossible to misinterpret "you will be my husband" without being a Cloudcuckoolander.
  • Shuto Katsuragi, the titular Anti-Hero/Anti-Villain known as Ratman, is completely oblivious to the idea that his classmate Mirea Mizushima (who is part of the "evil" organization who turned him into Ratman) and Rio Kizaki (daughter of the Hero Association's president), or even Fatman's sister Anzu are interested in anything more than being nice and friendly to him. This even extends to a Ho Yay version where Shiki constantly calls him cute and has No Sense of Personal Space, and he just sees him as a friend and doesn't even seem to notice Shiki is disturbingly rather close to him.
  • Parn from Record of Lodoss War. Both Deedlit and Shiris are interested in him, but he doesn't seem to realize it and he remains a Celibate Hero throughout the series.
  • Kirito from Sword Art Online attracts pretty much every girl in the series, including but not limited to his own cousin. However, apart from Asuna (his actual girlfriend) and the aforementioned example (because she blurted it out in front of him) he's largely oblivious to this. A few incidents show he's not completely clueless and plays up this angle at times to avoid making things awkward.
  • Kotetsu from Tiger & Bunny is more of a tsundere magnet than an actual Chick Magnet, but he is nonetheless oblivious to this ability. He just wonders why certain girls [namely his wife-to-be (during their high-school days) and Karina (during the course of the show)] keep acting all weird and contradictory around him.
  • Koutarou Amon, from Tokyo Ghoul. Tall, Dark, and Handsome, he's completely oblivious to the attention of several female coworkers and misunderstands the various attempts to woo him with home-made treats. Part of this is because he's Married to the Job, but also because he still hasn't gotten completely over the death of a former classmate. It's only when Akira tries to kiss him, that he realizes her feelings.....and promptly rejects her due to his hangups.
  • Majime of Wasteful Days of High School Girls naturally attracts and makes women fall for her simply by being nice. While she knows other women falls for her, she is clueless as to why. Lily is one such "victim" of this, and notes how scary it is that Majime effortlessly swept her off her feet without even knowing it.

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