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Clueless Chick Magnet
aka: Clueless Dude Magnet

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There's a third woman interested in him, too.

MC: Mitsunari, you're a real ladykiller, huh?
Mitsunari: K-kill ladies? I would never do such a thing! I mean, I realize that we live in a period of war, but I firmly believe that women and children must be protected—
MC: Wait, wait, that's not what I'm talking about! I meant you're really popular with women.
Mitsunari: Haha, you're funny, MC. Women only like incredible men like Lord Hideyoshi. Even I know that.
MC (thinking): Oh, wow. He really is as dense as Ieyasu says. He just doesn't get what I'm saying.

A character who is his own worst enemy when it comes to love. In fact, he's pretty much his only enemy in this arena. Wherever they go, it seems that for some reason they attract some romantic attention, in theory, there is no reason why they couldn't go on to be The Casanova with a new person every night. The only problem is they are so unfamiliar with the dating scene they don't realize the girl who is hovering around him, batting her eyes, trying every excuse to make physical contact with them and suggesting they go back to her place qualifies as flirting and not simply being friendly.

Usually deliberately designed to be Mr. Fanservice. This character also tends to be Endearingly Dorky. Compare Accidental Pornomancer, Celibate Hero (who avoids romantic involvement that might interfere with The Cause) and Chaste Hero (who's too young, dumb or asexual to even be interested). See also Single-Target Sexuality, in which a character remains uninterested in potential love interests because they're only interested in one, Oblivious to Love, where there is one specific person who is clearly head-over-heels for them but they don't realize it, Chick Magnet (of course), Unwanted Harem and Hollywood Dateless. Remember that this character does not have to be male, although it usually is.


Often invokes trouble for this character. He, though it can be she, loses the romance plot which draws the shippers. On the other hand, if the character wises up, they often do so by losing what gave them the magnet. Again, lose. This character fails at romance, though not intentionally, like a Chaste Hero or Celibate Hero.


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    Comic Books 
  • The Black Knight is described on a number of occasions as being a "hunk", manages to attract at least five different specific women that we hear about — three of them at the same time — and also at one point draws the appreciative eyes of a cruise ship full of staring women. Yet he often acts like he's got no chance with the ladies and acts pleasantly surprised and eager to please whenever a woman shows him any attention.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW) issues 9 and 10 treat Big Macintosh this way; over of the course of the issues, at least three different mares (Fleetfoot, Tealove, and Princess Luna) show varying degrees of affection for him, and he never catches on. And that's not counting the numerous characters who make eyes at him, or Photo Finish, who attempts to shanghai him into a modeling job.
  • Nightwing has almost a dozen women who are totally attracted to him without even trying. His butt is apparently so perfect that it transcends species.note 
  • Where does one begin with Spider-Man? From boyhood he seems to have the amazing ability to make extremely pretty girls fall in love with him only to be completely oblivious to it half time and have his secret ID ruin it for him anyways once he finally manages to figure it out.
  • In Peter Pan, Peter catches the eye and attractions about just about every woman in the story. Unlike in the original story, this is presented in a pretty disturbing way, as most of them are clearly adults and their focus on him often coming across as predatory.

    Comic Strips 
  • Charlie Brown from Peanuts. Difficult as it is to believe, he is the object of affection for many of the strip's female characters, and a few more girls in the TV specials too. Unfortunately for him, he is completely oblivious to it due to his lack of self-confidence and his own hopeless crush on the Little Red-Haired Girl. Despite the girls swooning over him, he laments his inability to understand them. The affection gained by Royette, great-granddaughter of Roy Hobbs, actually led her to give him those two game-winning home runs in 1993. Or so she claimed. When he told her that Hobbes was a fictional character she... didn't take it well.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust: Asuka liked Shinji, Rei cared for Shinji, and all of his female classmates had a huge crush on Shinji... and Shinji was completely clueless about it. He never ever noticed. It changed over the story, though. He accidentally got a hint Asuka was throwing herself at him and they got together... which eventually led to Rei spending more time with them AND all of their classmates deciding to chase him actively, much to his surprise and disbelief.
  • The grown up and ponified Godzilla Jr. seems to be flirting with this trope in once he ended up in Equestria during the crossover story The Bridge. In his new unicorn form, he's no Prince Blueblood but has a degree of Tall, Dark, and Handsome to him by some mares' standards. Despite his Gentle Giant persona, he's lived his life so far without even giving romance a thought. When a guard named Blade Dancer starts flirting with him, he has no idea what she is doing and is somewhat creeped out.
    • This is taken to its logical conclusion when Godzilla Junior gets plopped into the middle of the Mermare capital, where he is the only male for miles. Naturally, just about every mermare (with the exception of his escort) wants a piece of him and aren't afraid to let him know. Even the queen of the mermares is interested! However, given this is Godzilla, he doesn't understand their strange behavior around him and unintentionally manages to cause much accidental humor in the process. Somewhat downplayed however, in that he's gotten better at understanding the idea of romance, he's just still not very good at picking up romantically oriented cues. Also, the queen is at least aware of his interest in another and doesn't want to interfere, although she's not against trying to woo him if his interest changes...
  • Between books 1 and 2 of the Broken Bow series, Armani Dove attracts the attention of several wood nymphs due to his connection with Artemis.
  • Children of an Elder God: Shinji is a really thick and oblivious chick magnet. In a scene, he's watching Rei trying to talk Asuka into sharing him… and he thinks that they can’t possibly want a threesome with him.
    Asuka: And I'm not sharing my boyfriend with you!
    Touji: Damn, Shinji, a lot of guys would kill for a deal like that,
    Shinji: I'm sure they weren't actually talking about sharing me.
    Rei: We were.
  • Le Commencement Du Diable Blanc revolves around the formative years of Gambit whose smile is already a weapon of mass seduction. Unfortunately for his young admirers, his eleven-year-old self is firmly stuck in the Girls Have Cooties mindset and females swooning and blushing in front of him comforts him in the assumption that the fair sex is inherently crazy.
  • Clueless Dude Magnet example in Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità. Italy had no idea that Germany, Japan, and Prussia were attracted to him. Or so it seems...
  • Izuku Midoriya is this in My Huntsman Academia. Due to spending the last thirteen years of his life as a laughingstock among his peers for wanting to become a Huntsman despite being a Moon Child, he's become thoroughly convinced that no girl on Remnant would ever want to date him. Because of this, he's utterly oblivious to the fact that his warm and understanding personality is winning him the affections of the many gorgeous girls around him, including Weiss, Pyrrha, Yang, and Blake. In the latter case, he even encourages Blake to ask out a guy she describes as "good", "kind and just", and "a stand up person", assuring her that this guy would definitely say yes if a pretty girl like her asked him out on a date. Meanwhile, Blake is wondering if the gods are trying to make her die of embarrassment with his cluelessness.
  • Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide doesn't get that he is amongst the popular boys of his class because he has quite the "cute factor" with the girls, being Tall, Dark, and Handsome as well as having Innocent Blue Eyes. His old subconscious belief that everyone hates him still makes him paranoid.
  • A side story of Pokémon Reset Bloodlines establishes that even when he was a kid, Ash was very popular with girls, but never noticed their affection. In the present time, he still remains this way to a degree, since he's unaware that his female companions all harbor a degree of attraction towards him. However, after the Sabrina arc, this is no longer in effect with Ash no longer being clueless and expressing interest.
  • A running gag in Sunny, Moonie, Twily is the existence of a support group for stallions and mares unwittingly rejected by Twilight Sparkle. Apparently, she takes all flirting literally, and nobody has ever successfully managed to ask her out before she mistakenly assumes they're there for her Lovable Sex Maniac roommate. The one pony that was going to ask her directly was preemptively recruited into the group on the assumption that he would have been rejected, much to his frustration. And then it turns out there's another group for those unwittingly rejected by Sunset Shimmer...
  • The One I Love Is: Shinji drew women wherever he went... and he had absolutely no idea about it. He was genuinely shocked and surprised when Rei gave him chocolates and when Hikari told him that Asuka was in love with him because he was completely oblivious to their feelings and to the hints Asuka constantly dropped.
  • White Sheep (RWBY):
    • Due to his earnest nature and habit of giving girls honest compliments on their looks, Jaune gets a lot of girls interested in him. He never notices them, partly because he grew up without any girls around but his sisters, who gave him a rather skewed definition of normal. Ruby, Velvet, Pyrrha, Blake (sort of), Emerald (a little), and Neo (a lot) all end up with crushes on him that he remains completely oblivious to. Ironically, he mistakenly believes that Yang is interested in him due to taking her promise of "it's a date!" literally. His behavior on these "dates" is so charming that she ends up falling for him despite her best efforts.
      Yang's brow twitched, and she vaguely remembered Summer once warning her about boys who made her heart race without meaning to. Those were the ones you needed to watch out for, or so Summer had said. They were dangerous, and could make you think dangerous things without meaning to.
    • Ren not only has Nora (his Childhood Friend who Cannot Spit It Out) crushing on him, but also slightly Blake, definitely Jaune's sister Lavender, and even High Leader Sienna Khan of the White Fang. At the end of the story, Jaune comments that he's glad he's not in Ren's situation, with multiple girls chasing after him. Weiss smacks him upside the head.
  • Hero Academia D×D: Izuku (much to his astonishment) is attracting pretty girls like honey attracts flies. As of Chapter 19, no less than ten girls have clear crushes (or more) on him, and he's bound to get even more attention as time passes. Ddraig tells him it's because he's more attractive than other males due to both the Boosted Gear and being part dragon.
  • Fate/Black Dawn: While Shirou is finally aware that he tends to attract women in the general sense, he is still absolutely terrible about recognizing when it is actually happening. Morgan comes within a heartbeat of dragging him into her bed (hell, when he was first summoned he found herself in her bed), and he never notices until she just flat-out does it. Even then, it takes him a while to realize she is falling in love with him rather than just using him.
  • Roxas in A Song of Fire, Ice, and Hearts fails to understand that his good looks and heroic behavior have made him very attractive in the eyes of almost any woman (and some men) he meets, chief among these admirers being Sansa Stark and Myrcella Baratheon.

  • The title character in the Australian film Alvin Purple and its sequels is a quintessential example of this trope. The opening scene has him being chased across Melbourne by a group of hysterical fangirls, and it all goes downhill from there.

  • Anne of Green Gables: Walter. He's a dark-haired, dreamy-eyed poet and really has no idea the girls want him.
  • A Brother's Price: Jerin has no idea how many women are attracted to him. Part of this may be due to his very protective sisters - presumably, women don't get to do more than gaze longingly at him. When he is old enough to get married and his sisters decide they can demand a brother's price (like a bride price, but for a bridegroom) of double the usual sum, he is very insecure about it and thinks they're overestimating his attractiveness.
  • Derek of the web-novel Domina is continually blind to everyone's affections for him. Once, when two girls are having a heated argument over who gets his First Kiss, he thinks they're screwing with him.
  • Ishmael from Don't Call Me Ishmael!. He doesn't think he's popular with girls, but by the end of the series, quite a few girls have shown interest in him. He usually doesn't initiate contact with anyone, instead, some girls make moves on him.
  • The Elenium: Berit is capable of attracting a harem wherever he goes, with no clue about what he's doing. When visiting Matherion the Atan girls fall over themselves trying to get him alone for a "sparring session". He responds by setting up a lesson program. In the end, Sparhawk offers that he should talk to the lad before he sparks a diplomatic incident, only to be shouted down by every woman in hearing range. Apparently, the innocent cluelessness is part of his charm.
    • Subverted by Bevier, who is well aware that pretty much every woman he walks past is making moony-eyes at him, but since he is angling at priesthood and fully occupied with his duties, he refuses to act on it.
  • Harry has a bit of this in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. He's confused by how popular the Gryffindor Quidditch team has gotten, and Hermione has to exasperatedly point out that people are only signing up because he's the captain and has become much more popular and attractive since the events of the last book.
    Hermione: You've never been more popular or, frankly, fanciable.
  • Darryl, the protagonist of Heart In Hand. When an attractive woman at a nightclub mentions that she's cold, talks about "wanting something to warm me up" and spills a drink over her top, his only reaction is to give his sweatshirt to hernote .
  • Beau in Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined has no idea that he has a lot of success with the girls at school from day one, not even when other boys start hanging around him just to get a share of his attention. Edythe later claims he has gathered ten admirers.
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Percy is completely oblivious to any girl showing interest in him. Any time things actually get moving, it's because the girls themselves have instigated it out of pure frustration. Both Annabeth and Rachel kiss him first and Calypso has to borderline propose. Let's just say Annabeth's nickname Seaweed Brain is well-earned sometimes.
    • In the Sequel Series The Heroes of Olympus, he's improved enough to awkwardly refuse Reyna's advances, (as he and Annabeth have finally got together), but upgrades to a clueless guy magnet concerning Nico's feelings.
    • He's never described as particularly attractive in the first series, but that's probably because it's told first-person from his own perspective. When other characters describe him in the sequel series, it's nearly always with a degree of approval.
  • In the first chapter of The Princess Bride, Buttercup doesn't understand why other girls have stopped talking to her until they tell her that it's because she's been drawing the attention of every boy in town away from them. She had noticed them trying to spend time with her, but hadn't thought of it as anything more than them being annoying.
  • A Princess of Mars:
    • John Carter of Mars just could not get it through his Heroic Skull that the most beautiful woman of two worlds was head over heels for him. She had to beat him over the head with an "I love you" stick.
    • John Carter frankly admits he doesn't understand women but he does become clued in enough to recognize when other women fall in love with him — as they do with monotonous regularity to his considerable embarrassment. He develops an interesting strategy for dealing with the problem; he takes the girls home to Dejah Thoris. She apparently befriends them and sees to it they meet lots of attractive and available men until they find one that makes them forget John Carter.
  • The Sharing Knife:
    Dag: Among Lakewalkers, a woman invites a man back to her tent...
    Fawn: Among farmers, the boy asks the girl...
    Dag: Really... How much time do you think we've wasted here, Spark?
  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle has Lux Arcadia, who has yet to realize the attention of the more than a dozen girls interested in him. This is despite several of them explicitly confessing their love and kissing him, in some cases more than once. His little sister Airi suggests that it's because he has too much emotional baggage and subconsciously rejects the idea of others being interested in him. This ends once the main conflict is (seemingly) over, with Lux acknowledging their attention.
  • Miles Vorkosigan from the Vorkosigan Saga is a lot more attractive to women (and one hermaphroditenote ), for all his bodily deformities, then he even begins to realize — though his cousin Ivan surely does. He later begins griping that while he can find women to love, none of them will marry him. And most of the women who fell for him did so without any real effort on his part. Both times he does try, it doesn't go well. Elena married another man, and Ekaterin nearly kicked him out of her life entirely, since he did it dishonestly.
  • Firestar from Warrior Cats didn't know Sandstorm and Cinderpelt were in love with him until the latter tells him about the former. As Erin Hunter jokingly said: "Stupid man cat!"

  • Gender-inverted in Juniel's "Pretty Boy" MV where the singer walks down the street, completely unaware that all these guys she's passed have fallen in love with her. A guy tries to glomp her but just goes right over her when she bends to pick up her lipstick, guys fight over the handkerchief that falls out of her bag and other guys (plus a little boy) have to be stopped from chasing her - and she notices none of it. However she is looking for love - just not with any of those guys, but with a Pretty Boy.

  • Dawn of a New Age: Oldport Blues:
    • Ciro's kind and innocent nature have drawn no less than four girls to him; however, that same nature renders him oblivious to their affections, even though he somewhat reciprocates one of them.
    • Ivy is shocked to discover that she was actually quite popular with the boys back in middle school. The multiple Valentines she received were genuine, and not just an act of courtesy. While it's ambiguous whether it still applies to her in the present, there is at least one girl crushing on her that she's still oblivious to.

  • In Love Never Dies, the semi-canonical sequel to Phantom Of The Opera Erik has managed to capture the affections of Christine and Meg, despite feeling that no one loves him because of his face.

    Video Games 
  • Dragalia Lost: The Prince/Euden is completely unaware of the many, many women who end up falling for him. Mym and Elisanne are the two main characters that are in love with him, among the side characters, Estelle and Malora. He even gets a male adventurer to fall for him in Orion, who would only bodyguard women due to falling in love with whoever he protects, but eventually admits that Euden has a charm that he doesn't understand and says he is the only man he'd want to protect.
  • Cloud Strife of Final Fantasy VII, over the course of the game, earns the affections of Tifa, Aerith, Yuffie, Jessie and Priscilla. He never clues in that it's possible that he may very well be a hit with the ladies.
  • Kaze from Fire Emblem Fates, according to his support conversations. Several of them feature him getting saddled with gifts from random women, and he's completely baffled each time. Corrin even hangs a bit of a lampshade on it in their supports.
    • That's rather funny, given that Corrin himself is one! His best friend Azura, his maid Felicia, Hinoka, Sakura, Camilla, and Rhajat are all either suggested to or outright stated to have felt some sort of attraction to him before the possible Relationship Upgrade. Sure, the first four don't really make any moves, but Camilla and Rhajat are very obvious about their interest in him.
  • Katalina of Granblue Fantasy. Despite attracting several admirers of both genders (Vira, Lowain, and Farrah to name a few), she's totally unaware of it.
  • King's Quest's Alexander is a gentlemanly Tall, Dark, and Handsome Prince Charming, who is often described as good-looking or even beautiful, and frequently has women (even non-human ones) gushing over/flirting with him. But he reacts to the attention with genuine embarrassment, bewilderment, and/or self-depreciation, as while he recognizes their interest he doesn't understand why, as he doesn't think he's anything special. And when he falls in love himself, he worries incessantly that the girl won't find him attractive/appealing.
  • Both Lloyd Bannings and Rean Schwarzer in the Trails Series have a number of women who would throw themselves at them in their respective arcs. Despite all that, however, the two protagonists don't see it themselves. Just to drive home the point, Rean currently has 12 girls who are romantically interested in him. Millium is the only main female party member who ISN'T an option, but she was one in the first games.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • When Link isn't depicted as a flat-out Chaste Hero, he's sometimes depicted as being receptive of female attention but unable to detect any sort of romantic element in it (even though said element is painfully obvious to the player).
    • Justified in the case of Ocarina of Time Link, since he's a kid. A kid who grew up with no adults around at all. No parents, no nothing. Taken a little further in the manga version, where Ruto outright proposes to him and he doesn't know what 'engagement' means. And he never really got the chance to learn about romance when he got older, given that he was in stasis.
    • So far, the only real subversion is the Link of Skyward Sword who, while still a Heroic Mime, seems to have a much closer and personal relationship with Zelda than any other Link has had with any girl. Rescuing Zelda is his main goal rather than just saving the world.
  • In Octopath Traveler, resident scholar Cyrus has been noted to be a very handsome teacher who has charmed many female students. Unfortunately for every girl concerned, Cyrus only ever cares about his teachings but has absolutely no idea about their infatuation for him, and it only gets worse when he freely describes women as gorgeous and facts, not compliments. This trait of his leads to the headmaster banning him from teaching because one of his infatuated students spread a rumor that he was romantically involved with the princess of the kingdom. Throughout his story, this becomes a point of hilarity to the player and anyone else who knows about his infamous reputation as a lady charmer. Even the Big Bad was subtly flirting with him but grew sick of the long speech of his ideals to share knowledge to the world instead of keeping it all for themselves.
  • Mario in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door. There's the obligatory implied romance with Princess Peach, but beyond that, every single one of his female party members develops a romantic interest in him. Random female NPCs will also flirt with him in their dialogue and even one of the baddies admits she finds him handsome. That said, he seems genuinely shocked when Flurrie and especially when Ms. Mowz flirt openly with him.
  • Persona 2:
    • Tatsuya Suou. The boy is absolutely oblivious to the affections of his childhood friend Lisa Silverman — who he sees more as a Clingy Jealous Girl. His cop brother's Katsuya not exempt from this, either. This even while they are both head-over-heels with Maya Amano.
    • How dense is Katsuya? One time, on Valentine's Day, a female cop gave him some chocolate. In his capacity as an amateur chef, he spent a while telling her everything that was wrong with the chocolate, from texture to flavor and asking why he was getting it since it isn't his birthday.
  • Shenmue: Ryo Hazuki blows all other competition out of the water in this regard. He could practically receive a concussion from all the girls beating him over the head with their attraction to him, and he just. Doesn't. Get it. Supplemental materials explain that Ryo is both preoccupied with getting revenge and deliberately averse to female attention because of a rough experience in his childhood, but this doesn't come across that well in either dub, making it look like it all simply goes in one ear and out the other.
  • Hyde Kido of Under Night In-Birth has a ton of different cute girls in his life, and he is completely useless with all of them. In fact, his interactions with women tend to be played for comedy more than anything. He keeps Linne and Vatista as Pretty Freeloaders in his house, doesn't realise Orie has a really strong crush on him, doesn't realise his old childhood friend Yuzuriha doesn't actually hate him as he believes, and he's the only person in the game who gets duped by Hilda's Femme Fatale act by virtue of being a horny teenager.
    • This comes up again in his depiction in Blazblue Cross Tag Battle, where most of his unfortunate moments come from dealing with the female characters of the cast. He gets dragged into a fight against Chie and Yosuke by Ruby, he rescues Weiss when she's being attacked by Azrael and Carmine only to get snarked at for his trouble, then he gets ambushed by Blake and Makoto and Gordeau has to bail him out, then he meets Yukiko and has to fight Noel and Platinum and has to eat Noel's lethal curry if he loses. Poor guy.
  • Aoife in Valkyria Chronicles 4 is a Gender Inverted example. She's so beautiful and sweet, with a habit of paying well-intentioned compliments to the men in her unit, that she has a huge throng of admirers who think they have a chance with her... and she is completely unaware of it. Her Squad Story is all about one of her squadmates trying to work up the nerve to confess his feelings, only to find out that she already has a fiancee, and all of the things that others mistook for affection were simply because she is very nice. One of her female squadmates ends up astonished by how much of an 'unintentional seductress' she is.
  • Since Yandere Simulator will be a 10-week long game with a new rival each week, this means that Senpai has, completely by accident, managed to attract the attention of 11 different girls. And Word of God is that Removing The Rivals by setting them up with other students will have him come to believe he's just not attractive.
  • Adonis of Ensemble Stars! thinks of himself as scary-looking and intimidating, and is generally very humble about himself, but he's incredibly kind, hard-working, and honest, making him unknowingly very charming. A common scene has Kaoru wanting to flirt with girls, only to see them all crowded around an oblivious Adonis. In one instantly famous scene, Adonis tells the player character that he wants to help her whenever possible because he loves her (using 'aishiteru', a very strong way to say 'I love you' in Japanese). When Anzu is immediately very flustered, he reacts with confusion - after all, he sings lyrics like that all the time on stage, so why would it be different in person?
  • The titular character in Wadanohara is oblivious that she is being crushed on Samekichi, Fukami, and Sal for most of the game, and ultimately ends up with Samekichi in the Golden Ending after she gets the hint.

    Visual Novels 
  • From Ace Attorney we have Miles Edgeworth, the handsome, smart, rich man who has many many girls falling for his charms and class... that he is completely unaware of. Even Maya comments on it at one point. Sadly, the only woman he does notice is the rather horrifying, age unknown, Wendy Oldbag. He has to refrain from bolting from the courthouse whenever she's a witness and absolutely loathes the nickname 'Edgey-Poo' that she's given him. Poor guy...
    Edgeworth: D-do I really inspire this sort of frothing desire from the female masses?
    • Juniper Woods from Dual Destinies is a Clueless Dude Magnet. Athena even lampshades how Junie's obliviousness only ever seems to make her more attractive to the guys seeking her attention. Humorously enough, she ends up developing a blindingly obvious crush on Apollo (to the point of knitting hearts whenever his name is mentioned) who is just a oblivious to her affections as she is to everybody else's.
  • Emiya Shirou from Fate/stay night is one dense lady-magnet. By the time Fate/hollow ataraxia rolls around, he has Saber, Rin, Sakura, Rider, Caren, Illya, Issei, the entirety of the Archery Club, the 3 gossip girls from the school and arguably even Taiga and Bazett. Despite finding many of these girls attractive, it rarely occurs to him that any might feel the same way about him, such that Rin and Sakura have an especially hard time getting him to notice their feelings in their respective routes.
  • Mitsunari in Ikemen Sengoku is an extremely beautiful and kind man who gets mobbed by women whenever he goes into town but, being a Ditzy Genius, doesn't have the faintest clue that these women may have more than a friendly interest in him. This extends to the poor female main character in his route; he utterly fails to realize that she's fallen for him or that he has fallen for her too, despite everyone around them knowing it and trying to not-so-subtly nudge them together.
  • Makoto in Shiny Days is truly dense, being the most popular guy in school yet failing to realize that anyone likes him at all. He's quite capable of seducing his friends, their sisters, mothers and complete strangers in a single conversation yet he only catches on once when someone likes him, and only then because she kissed him and already assumed she was dating him.

  • Elliot from El Goonish Shive had gained the affection of several girls all without him realizing it. Ellen has this to say about her brother:
    Ellen: I'm betting the day Elliot actually tries to attract women will be the day that they collectively lose interest in him.
  • Girl Genius:
    • Moloch possibly has some excuse in that he wasn't this trope before he Took a Level in Badass as Agatha's head minion, and indeed had a hopeless crush on one of the three women now interested in him, but he still misses some obvious clues. From his own words, he never got the chance to be around attractive ladies before. His childhood was on a farm, soldiering in adulthood, and then being a prisoner shipped off to an insane sentient castle, where he's got neither the experience or the time to think about romance.
    • Oggie never figured out why the woman who eventually became his wife chose to share his tent.
  • Gary, one of the protagonists of Ménage à 3, is completely clueless about the effects that he increasingly has on women as the comic continues. This is nominally justified by his unhappy and repressive religious upbringing, but mostly it's just because he's an oblivious (but endearing) geek who gains a peculiar but justified reputation as an oral sex master. The whole thing was maybe turned Up to Eleven when a rather scary dominatrix provisionally identified him as "the perfect sub".
    • The writers clearly like this character gag. In spinoff comic Sticky Dilly Buns, we get swimming instructor Andy, who never notices how much attention he's getting from women (and some men) until he becomes boyfriend to The Ingenue Ruby...
    • ... In the second spinoff Sandra on the Rocks, there's virginal teenager Alex, who fails to notice the interest shown by his childhood friend Marie, doesn't know that he's being targeted for a threesome by Marie's friend Ingrid, is just confused when trainee model Sandra keeps ending up naked in his presence for good plot reasons, and has his brain scrambled by the seduction attempts of Eloise, another model.
  • Elan of The Order of the Stick. He has an 18 in Charisma (the highest you can naturally get), but, due to his happy-go-lucky, childlike nature, he doesn't notice Haley's crush on him (even Belkar, with a notoriously bad Spot skill, notices). This is taken to extremes when Haley receives actual brain damage in keeping the secret from him (damage that is reversible); the damage causes her to spend an entire book (roughly 200 strips) speaking in a code requiring letter replacement to decipher (the code changes with different strips) - which no one does.
  • David from Ow, my sanity is a variation of this. He is completely unfamiliar with the dating scene and implied to have zero experience in this field. Yet, wherever he goes, he attracts romantic attention—just never from human women. First, he gains the interest of an Eldritch Abomination who takes the form of a pretty, Arabic woman after eating all David's flatmates... it goes downhill from there.
  • Vinnie, the werewolf from Skins. Rabbit's extremely hot sister is clearly still in love with him (even throwing herself onto him and kissing him passionately when they meet for the first time in years) but he dismisses it as her simply being happy to see him alive.
  • Homestuck:
    • John Egbert gets hit with this. At various points, he's macked on by Karkat, Vriska, Roxy, and Terezi, and Pesterquest implies Dave had a crush on him too. However, he's completely clueless about romance and sex, and fails to recognize these crushes until explicitly spelled out for him.
    • John's biological father Jake English is one of these too, as all three of the other Alpha Kids have crushes on him of varying strengths. It's hinted, however, that he may be subconsciously aware of their crushes and willfully ignoring them in order to pretend everything's fine.

    Web Original 
  • The Nostalgia Critic asserts that all guys are like this in "Dawn of the Commercials", coupled with No Guy Wants to Be Chased. Any time a woman expresses overt interest in a man, they won't pick up on it - exemplified by the Wicked Witch hitting on one of her minions, then the Critic, and finally Mark, from The Room, who took this trope Up to Eleven in that movie, but tells her off for sexual harassment. Bonus points for her going so far as asking Do You Want to Copulate? with none of them picking up on it.
  • Hiro The Dense (also, part 2) plays this entirely for humor. It stars a warrior sent to the (female and sexy) demon lord as a sexual offering by his Order. The problem is, he is an Idiot Hero who somehow is highly charismatic and also able to make a demoness gain an instant crush on him just by holding her hand. He simply doesn't understand the concept of sex, completely oblivious to any lewd things going on around him, and the as of yet unnamed Demon Lord speculates that the Order he serves specifically sent him deliberately just to make her life miserable. Her mother explains to her that there are those who are so incomprohensively stupid that even the most powerful romantic/sexual charms (both normal and magical) have absolutely no effect on them.

    Western Animation 
  • Donald Duck: Although in his youth, he was a bit of a Casanova, now he seems to have eyes only for his girlfriend, Daisy. But, in one cartoon, "Double Date Don," Daisy's neighbor Clara Cluck falls in love with him, with him mostly trying to fend her off and finish building Daisy a brick wall. This seems to happen in a few other cartoons as well. And in the comics, especially Double Duck and Paperinik New Adventures (more prominently in PK2), Agent Kay K and his friend's love interest, Stella, from their respective comic both flirt with him a little or praise him. And he doesn't quite know what to do with the attention.
  • Double D from Ed, Edd n Eddy. While he is aware of the crushes Marie and Sarah have on him, he remains clueless that he attracts so many girls, both in- and outside their universe.
  • On Miraculous Ladybug, both protagonists seem to attract a lot of admirers, in both their civilian and superhero identities. Marinette/Ladybug has Adrien, Theo (aka "Copycat"), Nathaniel, Luka, and Nino crushing on her at various points, while Adrien/Chat Noir has Marinette, Chloe, Kagami, Alya (as Chat, per Word of God), and Lila, as well as a small army of crazed fangirls due to his side job. Despite this, neither one seems to notice most of their admirers - Adrien, in particular, can be shockingly Oblivious to Love.
  • The Simpsons: Although he occasionally plays the role of a Kidanova, Bart Simpson is usually surprisingly clueless about the effect he seems to have on girls, some of which are quite a few years older than him.
  • Steven Universe: Being made out of two children, Stevonnie is never aware why people seem to be so interested in them. Of BOTH genders no less!
    • Pearl has gotten several phone numbers over the years (one of them with "Call Me!" written on it, another signed with a lipstick kiss), but doesn't know what they are and assumes it's some sort of code. Since she only ever had eyes for Rose Quartz and isn't familiar with Earth dating rituals, all of this just goes over her head. She's not even completely sure what a cell phone is for, even after she gets one for herself.
  • Teen Titans: In the episode where Aqualad's introduced, Raven and Starfire are instantly smitten. Aqualad doesn't notice until the very end of the episode, and quite frankly, those two scare him.


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Alternative Title(s): Clueless Dude Magnet


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"Mary Sue"

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