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2nd May '18 12:54:00 AM JakesBrain
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* Cambridge don, medievalist, and ghost-story author Creator/MRJames was a lifelong bachelor -- although some who knew him have said that he was probably what we would call a "non-practicing" homosexual.


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* Author and artist Creator/EdwardGorey professed to be asexual and to find the whole question of sex "tiresome", and devoted his life to his work and his hobbies (like attending every performance of the New York City Ballet for about two decades straight) -- not that this stopped him from producing works that treated sex in a satirical manner, most notably ''The Curious Sofa''.
2nd Apr '18 2:13:26 PM Doodler
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* ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' has Pythagoras, who is explicitly more interested in his triangles than women.

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* ''Series/{{Atlantis}}'' has Pythagoras, who is explicitly more interested in his triangles than women. [[spoiler:Subverted when it's revealed that's because he's interested in men.]]
4th Feb '18 12:54:21 PM Jeduthun
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* TruthInTelevision: Historically, ''all'' dons at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford and Cambridge universities]] were required to take a VowOfCelibacy. This had a fair bit to do with the expectation that they would also serve in the priesthood or holy orders. The rule remained in place until the late 1800s.

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* TruthInTelevision: Historically, ''all'' dons at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford and Cambridge universities]] were required to take a VowOfCelibacy. This had a fair bit to do with the expectation that they would also serve in the priesthood or holy orders. The rule remained in place until the late 1800s. (Though by that time, it was tacitly understood as a prohibition on ''marriage'', not on love affairs.)
25th Sep '17 12:06:47 PM Jeduthun
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See also CelibateHero, ConfirmedBachelor, and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.

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See also CelibateHero, ConfirmedBachelor, and IntelligenceEqualsIsolation.
IntelligenceEqualsIsolation. Often overlaps with TVGenius and/or AbsentMindedProfessor.


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* TruthInTelevision: Historically, ''all'' dons at [[{{Oxbridge}} Oxford and Cambridge universities]] were required to take a VowOfCelibacy. This had a fair bit to do with the expectation that they would also serve in the priesthood or holy orders. The rule remained in place until the late 1800s.
12th Sep '17 9:16:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Creator/LewisCarroll is often interpreted as this, given that he ''was'' an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...''[[{{Lolicon}} unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon]] in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland that other Alice]]). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he ''did'' have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.

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* Creator/LewisCarroll is often interpreted as this, given that he ''was'' an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...''[[{{Lolicon}} ''[[PaedoHunt unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon]] in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland that other Alice]]). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he ''did'' have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.
30th Aug '17 1:59:00 PM thekineditor
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* Lise Meitner was a physicist who was a driving force behind the discovery and articulation of nuclear fission and even seemed to be a [[PlatonicLifePartners platonic life partner]] to her married collaborator Otto Hahn, yet there is no evidence of romance in her life.
27th Aug '17 8:01:11 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/LewisCarroll is often interpreted as this, given that he ''was'' an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...''[[{{Lolicon}} unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon in]] UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland that other Alice]]). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he ''did'' have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.

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* Creator/LewisCarroll is often interpreted as this, given that he ''was'' an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...''[[{{Lolicon}} unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon in]] uncommon]] in UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland that other Alice]]). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he ''did'' have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.
27th Aug '17 8:00:48 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* Creator/LewisCarroll is often interpreted as this, given that he ''was'' an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...''[[PaedoHunt unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon in]] UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland that other Alice]]). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he ''did'' have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.

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* Creator/LewisCarroll is often interpreted as this, given that he ''was'' an eccentric genius and a life-long bachelor. There's still debate as to whether he had certain...''[[PaedoHunt ''[[{{Lolicon}} unsavory]]'' sexual interests, as he sometimes took naked pictures of little girls (granted, [[ValuesDissonance this wasn't uncommon in]] UsefulNotes/VictorianBritain), and he hung around with a lot of little girls (like ten-year-old Alice Liddell, the inspiration for [[Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland that other Alice]]). But it's not certain that that behavior was due to any perversions, and even if he ''did'' have any shady urges, there's no evidence that he took his urges any further than that. What's more, Carroll appears to have had a number of love affairs with adult women, but his family swept those under the rug.
15th Aug '17 8:36:42 AM SeptimusHeap
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* The title character of the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries is one of these. The genius is [[InsufferableGenius natural]], the eccentricity is implied to be a coping mechanism, and he forces the celibacy on himself because he's [[MayflyDecemberRomance functionally immortal]] and [[{{Shotacon}} trapped in the body of a fifteen-year-old]], so things would be too confusing otherwise.

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* The title character of the Literature/MediochreQSethSeries is one of these. The genius is [[InsufferableGenius natural]], the eccentricity is implied to be a coping mechanism, and he forces the celibacy on himself because he's [[MayflyDecemberRomance functionally immortal]] and [[{{Shotacon}} [[{{Ephebophile}} trapped in the body of a fifteen-year-old]], so things would be too confusing otherwise.
14th Aug '17 5:02:03 PM DoctorCooper
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* Temple Grandin. At 69 years old she still hasn't had romance or sex (and adamantly refused to let the makers of the film about her, which has an entry on tvtropes, put romance in it) and wears cowgirl shirts even when not in Colorado where she lives and works in the cattle industry; in spite of being born to an upper class family in Massachusetts.

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* Temple Grandin. At 69 years old she still hasn't had romance or sex (and adamantly refused to let the makers of [[Film/TempleGrandin the film about her, which has an entry on tvtropes, her]] put romance in it) and wears cowgirl shirts even when not in Colorado where she lives and works in the cattle industry; in spite of being born to an upper class family in Massachusetts.
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