Pining can be the most satisfying and the most heartbreaking part of a television romance.
One one hand, it's fulfilling to see part of your ship crushing on their friend while they are completely oblivious, but on the other hand...well, pain.
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But secrets have a way of coming out, and on television, feelings are always addressed at some point.
We put together a list below of 23 characters who were secretly crushing on their friend!
Niles Crane - Frasier
Niles was hopelessly in love with Daphne for seasons, but he never summed up the courage to tell her. In fact, it took almost 8 years for everything to come to light. Once it did, however, Niles discovered that Daphne felt the same way about him, and they ended up getting married.
Jonah Simms - Superstore
Jonah was crushing on Amy ever since the pilot. He didn't find out she was married until a couple of episodes into the season, but you can't just shut off your feelings. The two became incredibly close friends and Jonah spent all that time secretly in love with her. In fact, the constant stuttering and inability to form sentences when Jonah finds out Amy likes him back deserves all the awards.
Simon Lewis - Shadowhunters
Simon was head over heels in love with his childhood best friend, Clary. Needless to say, it didn't work out because the chemistry between them was little to none. It's all okay though since Simon is slowly discovering that Isabelle Lightwood is the love of his life.
Gert Yorkes - Marvel's Runaways
Anyone could see that Gert was crushing on Chase despite him originally not showing much interest. She tried her best to deny it, but it was to easy to see right through her. Thankfully, Chase eventually realized that he had feelings for Gert as well.
Clarke Griffin - The 100
This one isn't actually proven, but it's pretty obvious how Clarke feels about her best friend. The amount of close-ups there are of Clarke looking longingly over at Bellamy while he's with his girlfriend is getting excessive.
Eleanor Shellstrop - The Good Place
When Chidi admitted to not having feelings for her, Eleanor tried to play it cool and say she felt the same way. But poor Eleanor was a goner for Chidi and has been for centuries. Literally.