But she's being so difficult!
~ The Beast upsetting that Belle refused to join him for dinner

This is the state in which nobody seems to be allowed to reciprocate any romantic interest shown in them; since having some sort of love interest is standard for main characters in particular, this inevitably leads down the path of the Love Dodecahedron.

Often, a story will begin with this trope. Also, as the series ends, all bets are off and there might be some resolution by getting to know each other or become friends before their friendship become romance

When fans support relationships that involve unrequited love, you're looking at Starboarding. This might be resolved—or, alternately, made even more awkward—if the unrequited makes their feelings known.

If all the unrequited love is directed at the same character, they just might be a Mary Sue. The Ignored Enamored Underling may be working under someone Oblivious to Love. Any Love Triangle falls into this category.

Reason WhyEdit

  • they don't get along because of their selfless, etc.
  • hate each other which they argue and stuff
  • trying their best to show their love interest that they still care, but the love interest refuse to admit or don't care by thinking that they're using them, etc.


(Anastasia and Dimitri left the Opera Box in the Russian Ballet and arrive at Dowanger Empress Marie's private balcony.) (Dimitri: Wait here just a moment. I'll go in and announce you properly.) (Anastasia stops him first.) Dimitri. (Dimitri: Yes?) Look, we've been through a lot together... (Dimitri: Uh-huh.) ...and I just wanted to... (Dimitri: Yes?) Well, thank you I guess. Yes, thank you for everything. (Dimitri goes to the private balcony of the Russian Ballet, but turns back first.) (Dimitri: Anya, I...) Yes? (Dimitri: I'm, mm...) Yes? (Dimitri: I wanted to wish you good luck. (shakes Anastasia's hand) Well, here goes.) (Dimitri sadly enters into the private balcony of the Russian Ballet, but approaches Sophie.) (Dimitri: Please inform her majesty, The Dowanger Empress, that I have found her granddaughter, the Grand Duchess Anastasia. She's waiting to see her just outside the door.) (Anastasia walks into the door of the private balcony as she listens to Dimitri.) (Sophie: I'm very sorry young man, but the Dowanger Empress, she will see no one.) (Marie turns her face towards Dimitri very stern.) (Dowanger Empress Marie: You may tell that impertinent young man that I have seen enough Grand Duchess Anastasias to last me a lifetime.) (Sophie has second thoughts and wants Dimitri to leave.) (Sophie: Um, you better go.) (Dimitri: Please, let me just...) (Dowanger Empress Marie: Now if you'll excuse me I wish to live the remainder of my lonely life in peace.) (Sophie: Come, I'll see you to the door. Come, come now, come to the door.) (Sophie closes the curtain that accesses Marie and leaves, but Dimitri ducks through it and sits himself down in a chair next to Dowanger Empress Marie.) (Dimitri: Your Majesty, I intend you no harm. My name is Dimitri. I used to work at the palace.) (Dowager Empress Marie: Well, that's one I haven't heard, I must say.) (Dimitri, running after the empress: Wait! Don't go, please. If you'll just hear me out.) (Empress Marie, suspiciously: I know what you're after. I've seen it who train young women in the royal ways.) (Dimitri: But if Your Highness will just listen - (Empress Marie, cutting him off: Haven't you been listening? I've had enough. I don't care how much you have fashioned this girl to look like her, sound like her or act like her.) (During the conversation, Anastasia presses her ear to the doorway, which is now open a crack.) (Empress Marie: In the end, it never is her.) (Dimitri: But this time it IS her.) (Empress Marie: Dimitri, I've heard of you. You're that con man from Saint Petersburg who was holding auditions to find an Anastasia look-alike.) (As soon as she hears this, Anastasia gasps.) (Dimitri: But, Your Grace, we've come all the way from Russia just to see - ) (Empress Marie: And others have come from Timbuktu.) (Dimitri: It's not that. It's not what you think.) (Empress Marie, shocked: How much pain will you inflict on an old woman for money?) (Anastasia gasps again after she found out that Dimitri lied to her from the beginning.) (Empress Marie, to her bodyguards: Remove him at once!) (Dimitri, struggling: But she IS Anastasia, I'm telling you! She's the grand duchess. If you'll only speak to her, you'll see!) (Dimitri is booted out of Empress Marie's private balcony at the Russian ballet and Anastasia becomes angry at Dimitri.) It was all a lie, wasn't it? (Dimitri, trying to reason with Anastasia: No, no...) You used me? I was just part of your con to get her money? (Dimitri: No, no, no, no - look, it may have started out that way, but everything's different now, because you really are Anastasia. You are!) (Anastasia gets really angry.) Stop it! From the very beginning, you lied! And I not only believed you, I actually... AAAARGH! (Dimitri, desperately: Anya, please, when you spoke of the hidden door in the wall opening, and the little boy, listen to me, that was...) (Anastasia refuses to listen.) NO! I don't wanna hear about anything that I said or remembered, you just leave me alone! (She slaps Dimitri powerfully across the face and storms off.) (Dimitri, desperately calling for her: ANYA, PLEASE! YOU HAVE TO KNOW THE TRUTH!) (Dimitri tries to call her, but fails and gets caught in the crowd)
~ Anastasia arguing with Dimitri after finding out that he lied to her from the beginning.

(Steven goes outside to walk Connie home.) We'll be fine! I'll be right back. I'm just gonna walk Connie out. Don't worry! I'm not going back into space or anything. (Steven laughs.) They're never gonna let me out of their sight again. Connie? (Connie walks off from Steven and Steven tells her what happened while he was on Homeworld.) Connie! I know you got to get home and get some sleep, but once you're all rested up, I can't wait to tell you about everything! Being on Homeworld was crazy! After I turned myself in, they put me on trial! And Lars was there. We got chased by killer robots. (Steven chuckles.) What a wild ride that was. And uh... I'm really happy to see you again. (Steven becomes concerned that Connie isn't speaking to him.) Umm... a-are you happy to see me, too? (Connie Maheswaran: Of course I'm happy to see you, Steven.) Uh, but? (Connie Maheswaran: But how could you just give yourself up like that?) Well, first, I said I was my dad, and then I said I was my mom. (Connie Maheswaran: No. I mean, you just gave up.) I had to. They were gonna take all those people. They were gonna take you! (Connie Maheswaran: But what about our training? Stevonnie. Jam buds. I believed in us. We could have done it together.) This is different. This whole thing was my fault, but I knew that I could fix it all if I turned myself in. And look -- No one got hurt. Well, except for Lars, but I saved him, too. (Connie Maheswaran: But... I'm hurt.) No, you're not. You're safe. You're here. I'm here. We're safe. Everything's fine. (Connie Maheswaran: It's not, though.) You know, it was a tough decision for me to make, but it had to be done. (Connie Maheswaran: You don't get it.) Get what? (Connie begins to lower her head and leave with Lion.) (Connie Maheswaran: Let's go, Lion.) (Lion squinty stares at Steven and Connie and Lion warp themselves somewhere far.) "Wow, Steven, that was so brave of you. I'm so glad you're back."
~ Steven Universe and Connie Maheswaran didn't get along after arguing that Steven and Connie didn't worked together to save their friends from Aquamarine and Topaz in the episode, "Dewey Wins".