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  • Alvin from ALVINNN!!! and the Chipmunks episode "Brittany the Body Snatcher". Brittany becomes more smitten with Alvin after that he defended her from some bitches. But Alvin, after he talked with his nerd schoolmate Kevin, mistakes all her hints, thinking that she is possessed by an alien.
  • In Beavis And Butthead, the episode "Vidiots" says it all. After they enroll in a dating service, they completely fail to realize the chicks who come by later are looking for them. And they wonder why they have trouble scoring!
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  • In The Boondocks, it is hinted that Jazmine has a crush on Huey. However, Huey seems to be oblivious to her feelings due to him focusing on social and political issues.
  • In the final episode of Braceface, Sharon is oblivious to Alden's feelings for her to the point where it's ridiculous.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
    • Gadget Hackwrench manages to be amazingly oblivious to the advances of both Chip and Dale.
    • Dale himself proved clueless about Foxglove's none-too-subtle advances in her one appearance.
  • Happened to an absurd amount in Clone High, with Abe completely oblivious to Joan's feelings until the final episode. When he realizes he loves her, he proceeds to ask Gandhi whether his feelings could be reciprocated. This causes 1. a flashback showing all the extremely obvious hints seen so far and 2. Gandhi slapping him in the face.
    Abe: ...I see.
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  • Danny Phantom remained completely oblivious to the affection of his best friend Sam until the final episode. This was to the point where everyone else, including Danny's Rogues Gallery, knew about it.
    Danny: This is Clueless 1. Why am I Clueless 1?
    Tucker: (To Sam) Tell him.
    Sam: (To Tucker) Shut up.
  • In the Earthworm Jim TV series, it's uncertain if Princess Whats-Her-Name is this due to her childhood as a self-taught rebel against her evil tyrant of a sister, or if she reacts with confusion (and a hint of irritation) whenever Jim goes on about their relationship because she isn't into him in that way, has never given him any sign that she was interested, and he keeps on insisting they are boyfriend and girlfriend because he's basically a Cloud Cuckoo Lander.
  • On Grojband, Corey is totally unaware of Laney's massive crush on him,to her endless frustration. In fact, Corey wasn't even aware that Laney's a girl for the first half of the series.
  • In Hey Arnold!, Arnold completely fails to realize that Helga is deeply in love with him (although the fact that she can only express it through insults may have something to do with it). And this does not even begin to describe how utterly dense Arnold is.
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    • In two occassions (the episode "Grudge Match" and the book "Arnold's E-Files"), Helga starts monologuing about Arnold right in front of him, but gets cut off each time. Arnold's response? He has none. No, really. He literally stands there and has no reaction.
    • In the episode "Girl Trouble", Arnold's grandpa literally spells it out for Arnold, explaining all of Helga's behavior perfectly and even adds in a story about how he went through the same thing at that age. Arnold brushes off this idea as crazy.
    • Then, in the movie, Helga pretty much screams her feelings for him to his face and gives him The Big Damn Kiss. His first thought afterwards? Complete shock and asking if he heard Helga right. She then wondered if he was deaf.
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, the title character doesn't realize that Heloise harbors a huge crush on him. And she's not exactly subtle about it either (and somehow less so as the series goes on). At one point, Heloise wonders why she likes him. Word of God it's because sweet, innocent guys like Jimmy appeal to the last bit of humanity left in her. However, it is hinted a few times later on that Jimmy may secretly be aware but chooses to ignore them for personal reasons.
  • Lampshaded in the Justice League Unlimited episode "Kid's Stuff" where Green Lantern, Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman are changed into kids. During the episode Wonder Woman is clearly showing her attraction to Batman, who seems to be too embarrassed to acknowledge it.
    Kid Green Lantern: (to an oblivious Kid Superman) Man, for somebody with, like, fifty different kinds of vision, you are so blind.
    Kid Superman: ... what?
  • Kappa Mikey had this from Mikey to Suki. Although one episode ended with him giving her a Longing Look...
    "Hey Gonard. I just realized something. Suki's a girl."
  • Kaeloo and Mr. Cat are both completely oblivious to the other's obvious feelings for them. It's incredibly obvious to all the other characters, so even Stumpy has figured it out, and yet neither of them manage to find out. In Kaeloo's case, it's partivularly egregious, since Mr. Cat has tried to hug her, kiss her and even asked to sleep with her.
  • Kim Possible
    • Ron apparently never realized that Tara or Yori liked him.
    • The titular character herself counts, especially in So the Drama, where Ron's feelings for her became very blatant. Though one could easily argue it went both ways, since everyone seemed to be aware that they were meant to be except for them.
  • In My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, it's possible that Rarity knows Spike has a crush on her, considering he's not very subtle about it. If she does know, she's being nice about it and hasn't outright rejected him, even when she was pursuing a different guy entirely. If she doesn't know... well, let's just say at one point he wore an "I <3 Rarity" shirt.
    • At the end of "Secret of My Excess", when Spike & Rarity are (seemingly) plummeting to their deaths, Spike starts to confess to her... only for Rarity to stop him and give a tearful smile, heavily implying that she already knows. Extended universe material does show she seems to underestimate his feelings for her though, as his love for her was what finally broke the Nightmare curse on her along with the friendship she had with her friends.
    • For an actual example: in Simple Ways, Rarity has a huge crush on Trenderhoof, who doesn't notice her because he's too busy having a crush on Applejack, who doesn't notice him (or at least realize why he keeps following her around) because she's too busy trying to get her farm work done.
      • Rarity tearfully asks Spike "How could you ever know what it's like to be totally obsessed with a pony only to find out they're obsessed with somepony else?" To clarify: she says this to the boy who has a crush on her while obsessing over the pony she has a crush on. Spike gives the audience a very aggravated Aside Glance to lampshade this.
  • On Phineas and Ferb, Phineas manages to remain completely oblivious to Isabella's feelings for him. It's a particularly bad case, since Isabella is not particularly subtle about her crush. For example, she once does this. He still doesn't get it.
    • Turned Up to Eleven in the "Summer Belongs to You" double-length episode, where Phineas can notice the obvious attraction of all the OTHER couples around him, but the notion of him going on a romantic date with Isabella, in Paris, shortly after she finishes singing an adorable song about her affections (In a show known for leaning on the fourth wall) is completely alien to him, causing Isabella to grow increasingly aggravated. And causes her head to explode. In her mind, thank goodness.
    • However, The Movie showed he might not be so oblivious when Isabella kissed him at the end and he attempted to stop his memory from being erased.
    • Their roles switch in the period between the main series and "Act Your Age" with Phineas developing feelings for Isabella in high school (by which point she had given up) and her being completely unaware that he was crushing on her. Phineas reflects on this, and once they confront each other about it, they finally begin their relationship after so long.
  • Road Rovers: Hunter, it is hinted at throughout the series, but in the last episode it is made quite obvious that Colleen has a crush on Hunter. She asks him if he would like to go for walk on beach to which he responds with an enthusiastic "You bet!" Cut to Hunter as a regular dog with Colleen holding his leash.
    Colleen: "Not exactly what I had in mind."
  • Tommy on Robotboy, to Lola. Like most examples, Lola's not subtle about it…
  • Scooby-Doo: In keeping with Freddy's usual personality traits (that is, when he's given personality traits at all), he's shown in Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated to be just as dumb and naive about romance as he is about most everything else (except for traps). Daphne practically throws herself at him, and he's completely clueless.
    • Also deconstructed. He was raised by a tough love dad (later revealed to not be his dad, but was taken from his birth parents. He did a better job than birth parents and all of this was due to the machinations of the Nibiru entity.) His dad raised to be a typical manly-man with little focus on feelings. It takes him a while to come to terms with her liking him and him liking her.
    • Perhaps subverted in episode 24. They finally kiss and Fred apparently proposes to Daphne, although his phrasing is either a metaphor for marriage or a certification for van seating arrangements (Daphne and/or Velma are always riding shotgun).
  • The Simpsons:
    • In the episode "Colonel Homer", Homer becomes the manager of an upcoming country singer, Lurleen Lumpkin. He fails to notice that Lurleen is in love with him, even when she invites him to her trailer, and sings the highly suggestive song "Bunk with me Tonight" for him:
    Homer: Oh, that's hot. There isn't a man alive who wouldn't get turned on by that. (stands up) Well, goodbye!
    • In "The Bart Wants What it Wants", Rainier Wolfcastle's daughter Greta develop a crush for Bart. But he doesn't realize what his relationship with Greta means until Lisa scolds him for standing her up.
  • This is how Peter and Gwen's relationship started out in The Spectacular Spider-Man. They've wandered into Cannot Spit It Out territory now, though, and it will stay that way due to the show's cancellation.
  • In SWAT Kats, Jake/Razor doesn't seem to realize Callie's feelings towards him (doubly hilarious in that he and Chance/T-Bone have competed for her attention in the past.)
  • In Thundarr the Barbarian, Ariel is clearly in love with the titular barbarian and he has no idea whatsoever. His reactions to her are strictly due to friendship (and chauvinism).
  • In Total Drama Presents: The Ridonculous Race Devin of the Best Friends spends most of the season completely oblivious to the fact Carrie (the other Best Friend) is hopelessly in love with him and has been since they were little kids. Amusingly, as soon as Carrie decides to give up on Devin and focus on the race, he realises he's in love with her and she becomes oblivious to his love. Eventually he manages to spit it out and They Do.
  • The titular character of Yam Roll is oblivious to any gestures that aren't from Minamiko, who happens to only be oblivious to romantic gestures from him.
  • It seems to be a Running Gag in Young Justice
    • When it comes to Kid Flash/Artemis, Everyone Can See It… except them. There's hints that Kid Flash is aware he's attracted to Artemis, but won't pursue her due to her replacing one of his friends. Artemis takes a while to realize her own feelings.
    • Miss Martian doesn't really catch on to Superboy's affection for her until he kisses her.
    • And there's Dick Grayson, who's oblivious to his Unlucky Childhood Friend Barbara Gordon.
    • In a (possibly) platonic version, Blue Beetle seems oblivious to just how interested Impulse is in him. It's because Bart's whole purpose for being there is to stop Blue from making a Face–Heel Turn and destroying the Earth.
  • Egon is Oblivious to Janine's crush during the first seasons. He gets better with time. In Extreme Ghostbusters the crush of Eduardo over Kylie was at first treated as this, though some episode hinted that Kylie does knows and reciprocrates.
  • In Samurai Jack, the Daughters of Aku provide a particularly sad example: Watching a buck and a doe nuzzling, they're utterly confused as to what's happening. The girls have been abused and neglected to such a degree that don't even know what affection is.
  • Miraculous Ladybug
    • Adrien doesn't seem to grasp why Marinette becomes flustered and awkward around him. Of course, he has the excuse that his father has kept him shut up in their mansion his entire life, and thus hasn't had enough social experience to pick up on the obvious. In addition, he only has eyes for Marinette's alter ego, Ladybug. As the show goes on, he picks up more admirers, and each time he's oblivious until someone spells it out for him. "Stormy Weather 2" implies that he's aware of it on some level, but in denial because he has a hard time believing anyone could be into him as Adrien when compared to Cat Noir.
    • Despite all the flirting he does, Marinette never realized Cat Noir (Adrien's alter ego) has genuine feelings for Ladybug until "Glaciator".

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