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She is a basic average girl, with a crazy crush on a guy that, often, makes little to no sense. Sure, he may be hot, and you could understand a woman finding him attractive. However, the intensity is just too much to make sense.
This doesn't mean the girl's feelings aren't genuine. After all, girls who show this behavior tend to be very young and therefore naive. It's also very likely that her feelings will start as shallow ones, but grow deeper and more sincere as she becomes more mature, or fade when she gets more life experience. There's also the chance that the girl DOES have deeper reasons to like the guy - The Reveal that the dude helped the girl in the past or was friends with her before is quite common.
She may be a Stalker with a Crush and/or a Clingy Jealous Girl. Don't be surprised if the Smitten Teenage Girl gets over her crush and falls for the guy that was "always there for her", though as said above it's also very likely that she'll actually love the guy she at first just crushes on. If she does get over her crush, expect him to be Put on a Bus.
Anime & Manga
- Kyoko from Black Cat is this towards Train. Granted, she does have superpowers, and kind of sort of worked for the Big Bad (though she certainly doesn't act like it). She ends up falling in love at first sight with him when he saved her from some thugs. She proceeds to become his Stalker with a Crush, even crashing through the window of his apartment in the middle of the night while screaming his nickname ("KURO-SAMAAAA!!"). All of this, of course, is played for laughs, seeing as how Train would never return her feelings. She is never shown to get over it at the end, however.
- Sakura from Naruto crushed hard on Sasuke. She can be seen as a Deconstruction of the trope, however, as her crush and later love for Sasuke has brought the poor girl many problems. And while he does come to love her back and they have a daughter, things aren't stable for them for quite a while.
- Hinata seems to one to Naruto, too. Her feelings for him develop more as the series progresses and he loves her back. They're Happily Married at the end.
- The title character of Cardcaptor Sakura is ga-ga over her older brother's best friend. Of course, it turns out he's gay and in love with her older brother. She actually take it well and encourages their relationship, then falls for her male rival..
- Orihime Inoue from Bleach seems to be this, as she says that she likes Ichigo at first because she thinks his constant scowl is hilarious. However, she averts it: her feelings grow deeper as time passes (and even are a plot point at times) and she learns to use them as self-motivation to keep up with him. And again, he ultimately loves her back.
- Arguably, Kaorin from Azumanga Daioh is a Les Yay version. She crushes hard on poor Sakaki, imagining her as ... well, something she's not. She's still friends with Sakaki's friends (who don't really comment on things, aside from when her gushing adoration startles them). She definitely doesn't want to go with the other person who's smitten with her...
- Well, in the supplemental releases it turns out that Osaka did ask her directly about it during one of their beach trips.
- Ichigo Momomiya in Tokyo Mew Mew. Minto may also count - towards Zakuro.
- In Neon Genesis Evangelion, Asuka Langley Soryu is smitten with the much older Ryōji Kaji. He's not interested in her, mostly because she's only thirteen. This being Evangelion, she does not take this well.
- In Final Fantasy Unlimited, we have Lou Lupus, who falls madly in love with Kaze after he winds up saving her. He's enough of The Stoic to not really care when she attaches herself to his arm and doesn't let go, neither encouraging her nor discouraging her.
- Slam Dunk:
- Sakuragi's crush on Haruko is strong, but fairly reasonable for his love-obsessed personality - Haruko's one of the few girls who hae looked past his delinquent persona and befriended him, plus the only one who may give him a chance.
- The normally scary-faced Miyagi has been gaga over Ayako since they day he met her. Ever since the day he saw her in highschool, actually. A Prequel shows that they met as children and they did not get along at first.
- Pictured above: Haruko plays it straight to Rukawa, though she grows out of it a little and she admits that she has never really expected him to like her back.
- Ringo in Mawaru Penguindrum initially comes across as this, explaining away her relentless chasing of her symbol of affection (local Hot Teacher Tabuki) as "destiny". It later gets subverted when it's shown that she has much deeper issues and believes she's fulfilling the role of Replacement Goldfish for her dead big sister, Momoka, whom Tabuki once was in love with. As Ringo gets more Character Development, she grows out of it, and Shouma (who's Tabuki's student) becomes her Second Love.
- Karina of Tiger and Bunny starts developing a very obvious crush on Kotetsu from episode 4 onward. The fact that he's a widowed single father that's over twice her age and completely oblivious to romantic advances does not deter her in the least.
- Aoi Kunieda of Beelzebub is the leader of the Red Tails, the strongest female gang in Kanto, a member of the four strongest delinquents in her school, is an expert with the sword, and is literally feared by all delinquents, male and female alike. But that all changed ever since he developed a teenage crush on our Hero Oga.
- Megan to Preacher in Pale Rider. What's really weird is that he's at least thirty.
- Lakhi and Wickham in Bride and Prejudice.
- The sixth Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, plays up Hermione's feelings for Ron to the point where, instead of simply being angry at Ron like she was in the book, she is completely devastated when he starts going out with Lavender.
- Bella Swan toward Edward from Twilight
- Ginny Weasley begins as one Harry Potter, starting about when she was ten years old and never actually ending, though she was convinced to hide it for a few years so that she could get to know him as a friend and then they fell in love for real.. Also, Lavender Brown for Ron Weasley in Half Blood Prince. Not Romilda Vane, though, who presumably only wanted Harry for the social status.
- The 39 Clues: Amy toward Ian, sort of. But that's an interesting situation....
Live Action TV
- Buffy crushed on Angel. Later on they evolved out of this, but in early seasons she was clearly Smitten.
- Her relationship with Parker had elements of this too. He was a jerk, but she probably wouldn't have been quite so devastated if she had been a little older and more seasoned romantically.
- When Cory's older brother Eric is a guest speaker in Mr. Feeny's class, Topanga gets a crush on him, which Cory mistakes for being on him. Eric lets her down gently, which seems to work. Possibly different as Topanga was preteen at the time.
- Angela Chase's crush on Jordan Catalano in My So-Called Life.
- Kate from Robin Hood. The dodgy writing of series three made it a bit difficult to fully understand what the actress/writers/show-runners were going for, but it's suggested that Kate joins the outlaws because she has the hots for Robin, spends the rest of the season aggressively pursuing him, and hints on a couple of occasions that although she's smitten with the hero, she knows very little about the man.
- Cyrano De Bergerac: At Act I Scene IV, the Buffet – Girl, a teen, after seeing Cyrano exploits, hears he has no money, so she offers him all his food free. Even when it’s the last scene of the girl in the play, is important, because this is the first clue of Cyrano’s issues, because it’s obvious to Le Bret and the audience that she is smitten with Cyrano (and that Cyrano can indeed inspire love in a woman), but Cyrano somehow would not acknowledge that.
The buffet - girl (coughing, behind her counter): Hum!
(Cyrano and Le Bret turn. She comes timidly forward):
Sir, my heart mislikes to know you fast. (Showing the buffet):
See, all you need. Serve yourself!
- In Amy Rose's first appearance in the Sonic the Hedgehog series, she was a Smitten Preteen Girl towards the titular hero. Later appearances aged her into her teens and made her part of Sonic's circle of friends, but has done nothing to curb her unreciprocated crush.
- Tsuruhime from Sengoku Basara falls for Fuuma, a legendary ninja who never speaks and disappears every time she tries to confess. She doesn't even know his name, yet she keeps running after him despite him showing no interest whatsoever and being way out of her reach.
- Alyx Vance displays characteristics of this toward the player character, despite the fact that she's in her early- to mid-twenties.
- Paz of Gunnerkrigg Court develops a rather ferocious crush towards Matt at the start of year three. Its unreciprocated unfortunately, much to her dismay.
- Kim Possible was smitten with Josh Mankey for the first two seasons of her show. He was then Put on a Bus. They didn't even show the two them breaking up.
- In Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, "Adventures in Squirrelsitting", one-shot character Tammy gets a crush on Chip, based on him saving her from a fall (that would generally be no problem for a real squirrel, but nevermind that) and some impressive backlighting. She comes to realize that she doesn't need to prove anything to Chip in order to be special, though whether she actually gets over her crush is unknown.
- Pepe Le Pew's spiritual successor Fifi La Fume. Babs is also sometimes like this to Buster, but not nearly to Fifi's extent.
- In Phineas and Ferb, Jeremy is one of the few things that can distract Candace from trying to bust her brothers.
- It's very common for girls AND for boys around 12-15 to get these types of crushes, generally on someone "safe" like a celebrity or fictional person.