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  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: England claimed this much to his frustration. Not that he wasn't happy for Germany, Italy, and Japan of course.
    "The three of you are idiots." Face-palm. "The choice should be obvious."
    England shook his head. "I saw this coming from a mile away. I always knew you three were too close to be just friends." He stomped his foot. "I KNEW IT!"
  • An astonishing number of South Park fanfics apply this trope to Stan and Kyle.
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    • Subverted. Shinji and Asuka used to be unable to see it, but in the beginning of the fic they at last realized each other's feelings. However they are keeping their relationship secret out of fear to be separated, so that they pretend they are still stuck in that phase, and everyone believe they can not see it despite of it being obvious.
      • Misato particularly thinks it is painfully obvious but they are oblivious and she must help them to realize it.
    • Played straight with Touji/Hikari. Asuka lampshades the absurdity of it and Shinji points out what they were doing the same thing.
      Asuka told him about Hikari’s raging crush on Touji. She’d been only slightly surprised when Shinji mentioned Touji’s matching infatuation with the petite Class Rep that he thought no one knew about. Asuka had laughed at the foolishness of the two of them liking each other but failing to see it was mutual, just dancing around each other for months… until Shinji had given her a smirk and a stare.
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  • A Crown of Stars: Everyone could see that there was something between Shinji and Asuka… but Shinji and Asuka themselves. Hikari lampshades it:
    Hikari: “There is something going on! I knew you two cared about each other! Everyone could see it!”
  • The Child of Love: Subverted. Most characters like Hikari think it is evident to everyone Asuka and Shinji like each other, but other characters like Misato do not realize Asuka’s feelings towards Shinji go beyond friendship.
  • Evangelion 303: The only ones did not realize what was going between Shinji and Asuka were Shinji and Asuka themselves (up to the chapter 5).
  • Ghosts of Evangelion: Asuka refuses to believe that Shinji likes her... until Touji and Hikari inform her that EVERYONE thinks he's in love with her.
    Hikari: Shinji confessed to her this morning.
    Touji: And that's bad?
    Hikari: She doesn't think he means it. She thinks it's an act or something, to make sure the doesn't cause anyone any trouble.
    Asuka: That's exactly it! If you could only see the way he acts toward me...
    Touji: Uh, Soryu... Look, you know I'm not exactly your biggest fan and all, but I think you're kinda off base here.
    Asuka: Then you're an idiot.
    Touji: No, seriously, what you're saying doesn't make sense. I spend more time with the guy than anyone, apart from you I guess, and he never talks about you embarrassing him or anything. He just wants to make you happy.
    Asuka: Of course he does. If he makes me happy he'll get praise, and then he'll feel like he's worth a damn. Same old Shinji.
    Hikari: Asuka, that's a really cynical way to look at it.
    Asuka: What are you talking about?
    Hikari: Well, it's true that he's always a little concerned or upset when he's talking about you, since that's just the way you two are... but even so, when he talks about something good that happened between you two his face just lights up, like he—
    Touji: Yeah! He'll get this stupid grin on his face, like he's the happiest guy on Earth.
    Asuka: That's... that's insane. You guys are just defending him!
    Touji: You think it's just us?
    Hikari: Everyone knows about it. It's, ah... it's kinda obvious.
    Asuka: No, he's just... I mean, it's Shinji, he... Everyone?
    Hikari: Well...
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  • In the Bleach fanfic series Heirverse, Rangiku, the Rumor mill, Kyouka and Shinsou know hell Yamamoto probably knew Aizen and Gin were in love before they accepted it.
  • HERZ: In the past Shinji and Asuka were unable to realize each other’s feelings in spite that everyone else did. That blindness nearly caused the end of the world and nearly got them killed several years before the beginning of the story.
  • It seems like this Sonic the Hedgehog Fan Fic applies this to Iltinis and Amy.
  • The One I Love Is: Everyone could see Asuka liked Shinji and vice versa. Everyone but Shinji, of course. When Hikari told Asuka liked him and she believed that they were a couple he was genuinely shocked.
  • The Second Try: Humorously inverted in this Peggy Sue fic. The rest of the cast assume this is the case with Asuka and Shinji. However, no one has any idea that, not only are they a couple, but they are also lovers, have been married for over 5 years, and raised a child together.
  • In Walking in the Shadow of Dreams, Shinji says nobody back in high school would have seen Asuka and him getting together. Touji replies EVERYONE saw it but the two of them.
  • As Ship-to-Ship Combat is averted in the Galaxy Rangers fandom, Fanon will have Doc and Zach taking this route when it comes to Shane and Niko.
  • Tom Sawyer practically invokes this trope by name when trying to help his friend who just Cannot Spit It Out in The Private Diary of Elizabeth Quatermain.
  • Tales of the Frog Princess, Confessions of a Vampire Prince: Ben and Andy. Oh GOD, Ben and Andy. (No, Andy is not a guy!) Garrid begins to have his suspicions, and it's revealed towards the end that Ginny and Gwen, the twins, saw it too.
  • The canon Everyone Can See It scenes for America and England are Taken Up to Eleven in fanfiction; just try and find an UST-heavy America/England fanfic that doesn't portray them as practically the only ones in the world who don't realize that they're in love with each other with every single other character either commenting on this or trying to push them into resolving their BST for once and for all. One example is You Can't Take the Sky Away from Me, in which even children and people who've chatted with just one of them for all of two minutes pick up on America and England's feelings for each other.
    • Additionally, while America/England is easily the pairing that gets this treatment the most in fanfic, it's hardly the only one; there are a lot of fanfics where either Romano fervently denies that he has feelings for Spain and everyone else whispers "tsundere" behind his back, Germany says that he's Just Friends with Italy and everyone else wishes they would just get together already, or Japan insists that he never had sex with Greece and everyone else goes "Riiiight." That's not even all the pairing examples; to list every one of them would essentially be listing every single APH pairing that has at least one member being Tsundere or Oblivious to Love.
  • All over the place in the Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE- and ×××HOLiC fanfic Freefall, for at least three different pairings.
  • In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command fic One Hundred Days, it seems that even the bad guys can tell that Buzz Lightyear and Mira Nova are made for each other.
  • In the Tamers Forever Series, the only person blind enough not to notice Takato's "secret" crush on Rika, is Rika herself.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic Guide Me Home: Pretty much the whole Southern Water Tribe team can see how Hakoda and Ursa feel for each other a mile away in Qwi-Xux's fanfic.
  • Fanon causes almost every NaruHina fic to treat Hinata's crush on Naruto like this. In canon, only Hinata's teacher Kurenai is really observant enough to realize that Hinata has feelings for Naruto and Sakura (one of the characters in fanfics who most often facepalms at how clueless Naruto is about it) while Sakura never really realized it until later after Hinata nearly sacrificed her life to save Naruto from Pain.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Toward the World's End, just about every single character other than themselves can see how Arthur feels about Nanoha. Jokes abound about "Lovers Intunition" between the two, and it is hinted that Nanoha even returns Arthur's feelings, except of course, just as she can't see his, he can't see hers.
  • In White Devil of the Moon, there was a betting pool on when Fate would confess to Nanoha. Amy Harlaown won. And in an omake Hayate was pissed cause if they had waited two more weeks she would have won.
  • In Kira Sweetheart Misa and Rem notice how close L and Light are before they do (or are willing to admit it):
    Rem: I take it that Kira means something to you, human.
    L: Yes... Kira is the one I am sworn to defeat.
    Rem: No. He means more to you than that. You're just like Misa.
    L: WHAT?
    Rem: When she thinks of him it makes her cheeks go all red too.
  • Rainbooms and Royalty has Rainbow Dash's crush on Shining Armor.
  • In The Avengers fandom, it would be easier to list Steve/Tony fanfics that don't contain this trope. Steve and Tony are always the last Avengers to know how much they want each other. A very common ending to stories in which those two get together is money changing hands among the rest of the Avengers. Other pairings get this as well, but not to the same extent it seems like.
  • Played with in Children of Time, as Beth Lestrade is very aware of her feelings for Sherlock Holmes and quickly confides in Sally Sparrow. Ironically, the Great Detective seems to be the only one who can't see that Beth is in love with him — indeed, is quite uncertain of his own feelings for her. His actions make that painfully clear.
  • This trope comes up in In The Fledgling Year, in which Cor and Aravis continually refuse to admit their feelings for each other, while Cor’s Unwanted Harem drifts around in the background, not wanting to come between them, and Hana actually rebukes Aravis for even suggesting that anyone besides herself marry Cor.
  • Used in the Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning. While Obsidian isn't nearly as Oblivious to Love as Vale, there's still a long list of people who realized his feelings for Vale long before he did: his fellow Careers, Phlox, Vale's little sister Laurel, Caesar Flickerman...
  • In the Star Trek (2009) fanfic Written in the Stars, Fem!Kirk and Spock fall in love...and then find out that the rest of the crew were holding a betting pool over how long it would take them to get together. Uhura won.
  • The God Empress of Ponykind has Shining Armor and Cadence. Celestia picks up on their crushes right away, and in the last chapter Twilight casually asks them when they're going out. Even Luna is able to pick up on their feelings when she speaks with Cadence in The Warmistress Of Equestria and actively encourages Cadence to pursue Shining.
  • Child of the Storm has Loki/Sif. Even Amicable Ex Thor (for Sif) and Fandral can see it — and ship it. They themselves are aware of their feelings for each other, but Loki's density and obliviousness to Sif's feelings for him, along Sif's temper for said density are why they aren't together yet.
    • It gets to the point where the post-script of a letter from a future Harry contains a rather irritable exhortation for Loki to open his damn eyes.
    • There's also Harry and Carol. By the time Ghosts of the Past starts, literally everyone, even people (or monsters) who met them five minutes before, can tell that they're more than Just Friends. Harry, though, sums up their mutual response in a short speech on the Just Friends quotes page - in brief, they both admit that they love each other, and more than platonically, but they also know that they're not ready to go further because both of them have epic issues and if they do get together, they want it to be because they're ready for it.
  • Pretender has Robin/Frederick, all the Shephards with the exception of Chrom (and he eventually finds out as well) that Frederick has feelings for Robin and think they should get together. Although Frederick doesn't act upon his feelings at first because of Robin's feelings for Chrom.
  • Mirror's Image: Everyone can see Prince Blueblood's crush on Twilight Sparkle. Everyone except Twilight Sparkle, that is.
  • Thundercracker and Skywarp from Rewrite the Stars, part of the Thundercracker's Glory series. Glory sees it and immediately sets about trying to get them to admit it. It's implied that Megatron and Soundwave know too, but don't care so long as they aren't neglecting their duties in the process.
  • In Hunting Series Dean and Neo being oblivious to each other in highschool, while Bobby, John and everybody else already knows.
  • The Equestrian Wind Mage: By Season 2, it's obvious to everyone that Vaati and Luna are infatuated with each other. However, both are hesitant to act on their feelings, especially Vaati, who can't quite get around what he perceives as beastiality.
  • Weiss Reacts: It's blatantly clear that Weiss and Ruby have feelings for each other from the first chapter. Weiss refuses to admit it until the Music Festival arc. But when she does....
    • Lucina Reacts: Lucina and Robin clearly have feelings for each other from the get-go as well, to the extent that even Robin's daughter Morgan is sure Lucina is her mother. However, they do not confess until Cordelia, of all people, forces them to by giving them a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Larissa and Sofia from The Glaceon and the Shadow go through a whole lot of Les Yay over the course of their friendship, so by the time they finally realize their feelings for each other and have The Big Damn Kiss, it's a running gag that no-one they tell is in the least bit surprised.
  • In Fairy Without Wings Kalina, Lucy, Mirajane and possibly even Jellal are already jumping on board with noticing that Lelouch and Erza might think of each other as more than Just Friends.
  • In the Durarara!! fandom, most Shizaya fan fics apply this trope, with varying degrees. Honestly, it'd be easier to list all the ones that don't.
  • In Master, Pokémon?, Ash and Latias. They're clearly smitten with one another, though neither of them has sufficient relationship knowledge to actually notice for quite some time. Everyone else considers it blindingly obvious.
  • In the Artemis Fowl/Avengers crossover Thrower of the Dart, Artemis and Holly may not have worked out what their feelings are for each other, but everyone else who sees them together has figured it out. This includes the Avengers, who at the time they figured it out had known Artemis for about a day and Holly for less than an hour.
  • Several of their companions take a decidedly mirthful view of the fact that they're all very aware that Alistair is hopelessly smitten with Elissa in Shadow And Rose.
  • Hotspring Souls!: It's painfully obvious that the Chosen Undead and Rhea have a thing for each other. Even Garl Vinland, who they've just met, points this out. Solaire even goes so far as to make it his personal "mission" to get the two to hook up.
  • Played with in The Dresden Files in Shifting Desires. When Andi claims that Harry and Molly are "a thing", on the basis that she saw them snuggling together, Georgia is skeptical - not because she thinks the idea is unlikely, but because they've always shared that level of physical intimacy.
  • Subverted in the Yu-Gi-Oh! fic Late Night BlueEyes. Seto's 11-year-old younger brother knows - even before Kisara and Seto start dating - that they're attracted to each other, but not because the two are obviously affectionate. (In fact, they're quite the opposite.) He knows because the number of people Seto voluntarily spends time with is just that few.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: When Shinji under duress publicly admits to Asuka that he cares about her, Asuka is rendered speechless, and can only gather herself enough to wonder "He cares?" out loud. Hikari nonchalantly responds that it was always rather obvious.
  • Children of an Elder God: Everyone knew what Shinji and Asuka were falling for each other. However Shinji kept saying "It isn't like that!" and Asuka kept protesting "He's just a friend!" whenever someone brought the subject up, until they got together.
  • Midnight Star: The Frozen Empire: Everyone can see Sky Slicer really likes Copper Spark. Even Copper Spark himself grows to like Sky Back. However, when Copper starts showing he's willing to reciprocate, she acts belligerent and tries to put him down every time. He's thankfully willing to wait as long as it takes for her to realize how she really feels, though it takes Copper nearly dying for her to go through with it. In the epilogue, they finally get married two months after Midnight and Wind Slicer do.
  • A lot of the 2016 Ghostbusters fics seem to involve everyone in the world having realized that Erin and Holtzmann have fallen madly in love with each other except for two people. Those two people being Erin and/or Holtzmann themselves.
  • In the Kim Possible fanfic "Aftermath of WannaWeep", nearly everyone thought Kim and Ron would be a couple and wonder why they don't go out. Even Tara and Josh, who are going out with Ron and Kim respectively, believed they should be together.
  • Rules: Elijah/L and Lily. The Unresolved Sexual Tension between them is so strong that their respective best friends, Light and Charlie, who hate each other, try to get along for their sakes, because they know their relationship is an inevitability. Ironically, this leads to Light and Charlie becoming a couple before they do.
  • The Monkey D. Haru Series: Haru (Harry) and Ginny gradually develop feelings for each other over the course of Chamber of Secrets and Prisoner of Azkaban, and are only an "unofficial" couple because they're simply too young for that sort of relationship yet.
  • In Skyhold Academy, everyone is very much aware that Cullen is crazy about Evvy even if he Cannot Spit It Out. For some of their colleagues, it actually starts to become a bit annoying to see him so deep in denial.
  • In X-Men: The Early Years, everyone could see Scott Summers and Jean Grey loved each other... except for Scott and Jean, that is. Scott was utterly flabbergasted when Jean finally confessed.
  • Ladybug in a Half Shell: Alya has known April, Casey and Donatello (through a speaker and camera) for only a few hours and she quickly recognized a Love Triangle going on.
  • A common staple of Zootopia fanfics is that everyone in the ZPD precinct can tell that Nick and Judy have feelings for each other. In some stories, the various officers even take bets on when the two of them will finally realize they belong together.
  • In the Invader Zim fanfic Curiosity, everyone can tell that Zim and Dib have a thing for each other. When they agree to pair up on Valentine's Day, it turns out that their entire class placed bets on when they would hook up.
    GIR: I always knews it wud work out wit' 'em!
    Gaz: About time, you idiots. About damn time.
    Random Girl: I KNEW IT! Retch, you SO owe me ten bucks!
    Retch: What?! Billy, you said there was no way I could lose this bet!
    Billy: Aw, come on, dude! How was I supposed to know the two would hook up before the end of the year?
    (entire class explodes into chaos)
    Ms. Bitters: STUDENTS! In case you're forgetting, I was the one who put the idea [about the bet] in your worthless heads.
  • In May I Have This Dance?, Pyrrha's parents guessed she was in love with her best friend Weiss and questioned her on it even before Pyrrha told Weiss herself.
  • In Danny Phantom fanfic ResurrectedMemories: Danny and Ember/Amberline’s feelings for each other is rather obvious to all those around them. Even Zoe and Christopher, Ember’s new bandmates were able to tell that the two had feelings for each other early on.
  • In A Sky Of A Million Stars: Midoriya Izuku and Bakugou Katsuki have blatant crushes on each other, though it doesn't become obvious until they've long-since repaired their friendship.
  • To Hell and Back (Arrowverse):
    • Everyone and their mother can tell Oliver and Laurel have something going on. This includes poor Tommy, who has to watch his crush for years fall in love with his recently-returned best friend. Even so, it took them over sixty chapters for them to finally become a couple.
    • It's implied that Oliver was in a similar situation with Nyssa during his time with the League of Assassins. But, as this was the League, people knew better than to talk about it. Oliver and Nyssa themselves never acted on it, partly because they were oblivious and partly because Oliver knew that he was going to return to Starling City.
  • A Possible Encounter for a Phantom: Danny Fenton's crush on Kim Possible is more than obvious that she was able to figure out he was Danny Phantom because he kept acting like that around her.
  • Terix Gumball In Between Worlds: The people that can see that Gumball and Teri have a thing for each other are Dawrin, Carrie,Rob, their classmates, The Wattersons, The Pepakumas, and Mrs. Jotenheim.
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