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Basic Trope: A character freaks out because someone doesn't like them.

  • Straight: When the well-regarded Alice discovers that Bob dislikes her, she goes crazy trying to figure out why.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice is almost universally-beloved; however, when she finds out that Bob once said something bad about her, she has a mental breakdown.
    • Bob doesn't just "dislike" her, he utterly hates her guts because of whichever reason he does (or worse yet, he doesn't really have a reason to hate her, he just does, and he doesn't bother to question this lack of reason) and makes it his life's mission to make her life hell, to the point that having the rest of the universe on her side and constantly reassuring her really can't compensate for all the bullying of this one man.
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  • Downplayed: When Alice discovers that Bob doesn't like her, she is confused.
  • Justified:
    • Alice doesn't like when people dislike her; she tries to please people.
    • Bob openly disrespects Alice, which she naturally doesn't appreciate.
    • Alice is a die-hard perfectionist, and she takes Bob's dislike of her as a sign of a personal flaw she has rather than something irrational.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice is the biggest Jerkass imaginable. When she learns that Bob respects her and values her friendship, she wonders why. (Somebody Doesn't Hate Chris?)
    • Bob is the Protagonist. From his point of view, he seems to be the only man in town that has some amount (hell, any amount) of dislike for Alice the Walking Disaster Area (who has brought down unspeakable catastrophes to the town on a daily basis) and wondering why everybody else loves her ends up driving him insane.
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    • Alice likes or hates everyone except Bob.
  • Subverted:
    • Bob was in a bad mood when he said he didn't like her.
    • When Alice learns that Bob dislikes her, she's initially annoyed, but soon shrugs it off.
    • Alice replies "Whew, that's a relief, because I don't like you either", which stuns Bob.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Bob got better. He still doesn't like her, just not as much as he let on.
    • ...Until her friends walk away, when she starts obsessing over the fact that someone doesn't like her.
    • Now Bob is the one obsessing over the face that Alice doesn't like him! How could miss popularity who seems to like everybody not like Bob? So, now we have a weird situation of someone trying to get someone to like him that he doesn't even like.
    • Alternately, Bob was attempting to invoke this trope through reverse psychology, to try to get Alice obsessed with him. It backfired.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is an Obviously Evil Super Villain, but she still freaks out when she hears that Bob doesn't like her.
    • Alice discovers that the audience doesn't like her.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob is sometimes rude to Alice and sometimes nice to her. Alice alternates between obsessing over his dislike and not caring.
  • Averted: When Alice learns that Bob dislikes her, she doesn't care.
  • Enforced: "We can't make Alice too perfect, or she won't be relatable. Why not have one character who doesn't like her?"
  • Lampshaded: "How could anyone hate me?"
  • Invoked: Bob wants Alice to pay him some attention, but everyone fawns over her so it's hard to stand out. He decides to pretend to dislike her, hoping this trope will come into effect.
  • Exploited: Bob genuinely dislikes Alice, but when he takes note of her desperation to please him he doesn't mind getting a few favors out of her while it lasts.
  • Defied:
    • "He doesn't like me? ...what, you think I'm going to obsess over that? I have plenty of friends."
      • "He doesn't like me? ...Of course he doesn't. There's gotta be at least SOME people who don't like me, and a lot more who don't even know I even exist!"
    • Alice makes Bob like her. How she manages to achieve this, especially if Bob's militant about hating her, may wander into the realm of horror, though...
  • Discussed: "Wow, everyone loves Alice, don't they?" "Ah, somewhere there's got to be someone who hates her guts, and when she finds out it's all gonna kick off..."
  • Conversed: "Huh, you'd think Alice would take that in stride."
  • Implied: Bob is the only one among many characters who doesn't regularly talk to Alice.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's obsession with pleasing people who dislike her takes a toll when she focuses so much on Bob that she starts to ignore the people who already liked her. This causes her to lose all of her friends.
    • Alternatively, this happens to Bob instead because he ends up trying to make everyone understand that Alice isn't as great as they make her out to be. At least in his honest opinion. He doesn't even dislike her that much.
    • Alice hates herself, and so assumes that her friends and admirers either pity her or are Loving a Shadow. By contrast, she finds Bob's hostility validating and assumes he's Brutally Honest and/or that he sees through her "facade", prompting her to hopelessly court his friendship.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Laughs: Everyone hates Alice, but she takes the news that Bob dislikes her as a personal assault.
  • Played For Drama: Alice has a crippling personality disorder that won't allow her to accept the fact that people might not like her. Therefore, when she learns that Bob isn't fond of her, it tears her up inside.
  • Played For Horror: Either Bob is going to kill Alice because he hates her that much and believes he's doing mankind a favor or Alice will go full-on Yandere on Bob because she is that driven to have him like her. Though they're still afraid that the other will kill him/her first.

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