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Basic Trope: The target of a Stalker with a Crush finds out about them and is flattered rather than horrified.

  • Straight: Alice finds out that Bob has been spying on her for some time, taking pictures and yearning after her from afar. She finds this romantic rather than creepy.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Alice learns that Bob has been following her around, memorizing her schedule and keeping exhaustive records of her every move. Instead of barracading herself in the house and calling the police, she squeals with delight and embraces him.
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    • Alice and Bob are BOTH trying to stalk each other, but their gambits pile up and they keep missing each other by inches. May or may not be resolved by Last Plan Standing.
  • Downplayed:
    • Although while Alice is flattered and even reciprocates his feelings, she still is worried that there might be something wrong with him.
    • The "stalking" is not really stalking: e.g. no spying or personal invasion is ever committed, the attention is not unwanted even if it's not reciprocated, it's Played for Laughs or pathetic rather than creepy, and it's more of an exaggerated case of Groupie Brigade than actual stalking.
  • Justified:
    • Alice is desperate for love and never imagined anyone would take an interest in her, let alone this much interest.
    • Bob's stalking feeds Alice's ego.
    • Alice has been isolated through out almost all of life. Years of isolation have made it so that she craves attention and socialization so much that to her being stalked is a good thing. Alice has No Social Skills or any psychological or social knowledge, making her unaware of what kinds of people are stalkers and how inappropriate it is.
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    • In the second downplayed version, because the behavior is innocuous, if slightly inappropriate where there isn't an existing relationship. It might worsen into "real" stalking, or it could just be the person's clumsy way of demonstrating affection and interest.
  • Inverted: Bob likes Alice, and so he tries his best to avoid her as not to make a fool of himself in front of her. When Alice finds out about this, she finds it charming and romantic.
  • Subverted:
    • It seems like Alice finds Bob's actions romantic but it is later revealed that it was all a lie (out of fear that if she directly told him how she finds his actions revolting he would react rather violently.) Alice approaches Bob and tells him how flattered she is but when he gets himself ready to date her she leaves and when she is further away from him she calls the police and have him arrested.
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    • Alice is flattered by Bob's utter "devotion" to her. But then Bob reveals that he is a Stalker Without a Crush trying to get some dirt on her or intimidate her. As a result, she either quickly realizes how creepy it was in the first place or is left heartbroken.
  • Double Subverted:
    • However Alice had Bob arrested because she wanted to see just how serious of a stalker he is. When Bob breaks out of jail and tracks down Alice, she is flattered.
    • Bob later falls in love with her and starts stalking her again. He also begins sneaking into her house and leaving around chocolates and jewelry for her as an apology. Alice finds this sweet and they end up in a loving relationship.
  • Parodied:
    • Bob's devotion to stalking Alice is incredibly creepy, but Alice turns out to be a Nightmare Fetishist — which scares Bob off and reverses the entire situation, as she becomes his stalker.
    • Bob's stalking makes Alice fall for him... but everyone else is insanely squicked out by this and respond accordingly.
    • Or alternatively, Alice rejects or breaks up with Bob for stalking her and no one else sees what the big deal is.
    • People actually pay people to stalk them. note 
    • Bob is completely off the deep end in more ways than just one, but Alice is too ditzy to notice that his obsession with her is anything other than a normal, lovey-dovey relationship. She dies a gruesome death when she agrees with Bob how cute it would be for him to wear her skin like a suit.
  • Zig Zagged: Alice responds favorably to Bob at first, but as she learns more about the depths of his obsession, she wavers between feeling flattered and feeling deeply disturbed. Her friends and family also respond in varying ways, ranging from "Aww! How romantic!" to "Oh God what?!" and "Hang on, Daddy just has to get his gun..."
  • Averted:
    • Alice is not being stalked at all.
    • Alice is creeped out by Bob's inappropriate behavior and she files for a restraining order.
    • Alice never finds out that Bob is stalking her.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "So, instead of getting a restraining order, you sleep with him? Alice, you need help".
  • Invoked: "When Alice finds out I've been stalking her, she'll be so flattered, that she'll want me".
  • Exploited: It's well known in town that if you want a date with Alice, you'd better get a hold of her schedule and some binoculars.
  • Defied: "I'll see your psycho ass in court!"
  • Discussed: "I would have called the cops myself, but apparently Alice thinks Bob stalking her was really hot."
  • Conversed: "Liking the notion of being stalked is a dumb way to die. You have no idea whether the stalker likes you, wants to kill you, or worse... both."
  • Implied: When Carl asks Alice how she met Bob, Alice says, "Oh, we fell in Love at First Sight! Well, technically, he saw me long before I saw him, but still..." and shows off the engagement ring on her finger with a happy "Squee!" Carl's face freezes in an "Oh, Crap!" Smile as he realizes the significance of what Alice said.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's positive reaction to him adds fuel to the fire; however, after becoming her boyfriend, Bob finds that Alice is "changing" from the ideal image he'd constructed of her to something different. Something he doesn't like as much... The steps he takes to fix this mainly make matters worse, until the relationship comes to a painful, destructive end.
    • Alice is delusional and paranoid, and only thinks Bob is stalking her. Bob just happens to ride the same bus as her and lives down the street from her but has no real interest in her at all.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Despite his initial stalking attitude, Bob mellows out as his love for Alice grows stronger and learns to trust her. Alice, for her part, turns from Prone to Tears to a confident, happy young woman and both end up Happily Married.
    • Alice starts stalking Bob, and when he finds out he thinks it’s romantic.
  • Played For Laughs: Bob is incredibly bad at the "not being seen" part of stalking, and Alice has no ranks in Spot. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Played For Drama: Alice's parents find out that Bob has been stalking on their daughter for weeks and Alice seems to be flattered by it. Reality Ensues.
  • Played For Horror: Bob is a serial killer, and his victims are young lovers who see stalking as a potentially cute dependency. Since they allow him to stalk and profile them, Bob is able to set up his murders in ways that leave him less suspectable than if he were to kill people without knowing anything about them.

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