Created By: Chabal2 on March 10, 2010 Last Edited By: Arivne on July 11, 2017

Doesn't Understand Sex

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This one occured to me recently, it's when a character overhears people having sex, but is either too young or stupid to understand what's going on. Which may elicit responses along the lines of "Is he hurting her?" or "If she keeps agreeing, why are they still making noise?"

May overlap with What Is This Thing You Call "Love"? and Chaste Hero. See also Harmful to Minors.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Happens from time to time in Crayon Shin-chan, for example when he walked in on his parents doing it, thought they were wrestling, and wanted to join in the fun.

    Comic Books 
  • In Watchmen, young Walter Kovacs does not understand what he sees in a flashback when he walks in on his mom servicing a client.

    Film 
  • Children Of The Revolution: Joe gets arrested for refusing to be drafted, and he and his girlfriend Anna, a policewoman, have sex in an interrogation room. Outside, his mother hears the thumping noises and thinks he's being beaten by the police. Somewhat justified in that, as a Communist, she sees the police as stooges of the oppressors, and can't consider that her son might be romantically involved with a policewoman.

    Visual Novels 
  • Due to Memetic Mutation (google "You lost me" meme), Shiro from Fate/stay night became this on the internet, despite having healthy amounts of sex in the original game.

    Web Comics 
  • Looking for Group: Richard in overhears Cale and Benny going at it and calls out encouragement, thinking he is torturing her.
  • Somewhat surprisingly, Norman the Anarchist from S.S.D.D. He seems to understand virtually everything else related to it, including pregnancy, but somehow manages to just not get it. Picture this: Richard's girlfriend, Anne, is visiting, and the two have withdrawn to their chambers for a while. Then Richard shows up in the living-room, naked except for a collar, and asks if he can borrow Norman's police-baton (why does Norman own a police-baton? Because his cattle-prod sometimes runs out of batteries, that's why.) Norman agrees with a shrug, and then muses "I wonder what he needed it for..." to a disbelieving Kingston. He also at one point wonders about how Richard's gotten more mature since meeting Anne, thinking "I dunno what they were doing when he went to study with her, but he always had the weirdest smile when he came back..."

    Western Animation 
  • Family Guy: Depending on the Writer, Stewie, the baby.
  • The Simpsons:
    • When Santa's Little Helper was in heat.
      Lisa: What's Santa's Little Helper doing to that dog?
      Marge: Uh oh...
      Bart: It looks he's trying to jump over her, but he can't quite make it. Come on, boy, you can do it!
    • And when Ralph Wiggum got in the adult video section of the comic shop.
      Everybody's hugging!

Rolling Updates, since it seems we don't have it.
Community Feedback Replies: 27
  • March 4, 2010
    TJ
    I don't know whether we have this, but I think it needs a different name. The current title made me think Asexuality.
  • March 4, 2010
    Chabal2
    I originally wanted to call it Doesn't Get Sex, but then realized it meant a guy who never gets laid. Ever.
  • March 5, 2010
    Lavalyte
    "Why is that dog playing piggyback with that other dog?"
  • March 5, 2010
    BlackDragon
    Somewhat surprisingly, Norman the Anarchist from SSDD. He seems to understand virtually everything else related to it, including pregnancy, but somehow manages to just not get it. Picture this: Richard's girlfriend, Anne, is visiting, and the two have withdrawn to their chambers for a while. Then Richard shows up in the living-room, naked except for a collar, and asks if he can borrow Norman's police-baton (why does Norman own a police-baton? Because his cattle-prod sometimes runs out of batteries, that's why.) Norman agrees with a shrug, and then muses "I wonder what he needed it for..." to a disbelieving Kingston.

    He also at one point wonders about how Richard's gotten more mature since meeting Anne, thinking "I dunno what they were doing when he went to study with her, but he always had the weirdest smile when he came back..."
  • March 5, 2010
    mack
    Homer at the Zoo.
  • March 5, 2010
    StFan
    This seems to overlap a lot with the Chaste Hero.
  • March 5, 2010
    Evalana
    Happens from time to time in Crayon Shin Chan, though the only one I can think of off the top of my head was when he walked in on his parents doing it, thought they were wrestling, and wanted to join in the fun.
  • March 5, 2010
    Koveras
    Due to Memetic Mutation (google "You lost me" meme), Shiro from Fate Stay Night became this on the internets, despite having healthy amounts of sex in the original game.
  • March 5, 2010
    henke37
  • March 5, 2010
    randomsurfer
    ^^Stewie.

    On The Simpsons when Santa's Little Helper was in heat.
    Lisa: What's Santa's Little Helper doing to that dog?
    Marge: Uh oh...
    Bart: It looks he's trying to jump over her, but he can't quite make it. Come on, boy, you can do it!

    And when Ralph Wiggum got in the adult video section of the comic shop.
    Everybody's hugging!
  • March 5, 2010
    Amazingly Enough
    See also Harmful To Minors.

    • In Watchmen, young Walter Kovacs does not understand what he sees in a flashback when he walks in on his mom servicing a client.
  • March 10, 2010
    RichardAK
    In the film Children of the Revolution, Joe gets arrested for refusing to be drafted, and he and his girlfriend Anna, a policewoman, have sex in an interrogation room. Outside, his mother hears the thumping noises and thinks he's being beaten by the police. Somewhat justified in that, as a Communist, she sees the police as stooges of the oppressors, and can't consider that her son might be romantically involved with a policewoman.
  • March 10, 2010
    LeighSabio
  • March 10, 2010
    Stormtroper
    To add to The Simpsons example: In one episode he thinks that "birds want to make love with bees... or something like that". In another he thinks he impregnated a girl by kissing her.
  • March 10, 2010
    CastingCrowns
    Stewie from Family Guy doesn't even know what sex is. Despite constantly making sex jokes, when asked what sex is, he answers "Um, it's some kind of cake?".
  • April 26, 2011
    thewriter
  • April 26, 2011
    SmashingMelons42
    I could have sworn there was a YKTTW for this, since I remembering giving an example. Maybe that was something else. . .
  • April 26, 2011
    Fanra
    In Ken Follett's novel The Man from St. Petersburg, British upper class young lady Charlotte Walden, despite being about eighteen years old, has no idea what sex is. Being that the novel takes place just before World War I, this can be seen as Truth In Television.

    According to many stories, many women in the "Victorian" era knew nothing about sex. Their mothers would tell them a little just before their wedding night. The infamous quote "Lie back and think of England" reflects the idea that women knew nothing but to just allow their husbands to do what they wished so as to have children.
  • February 22, 2012
    pawsplay
    Sexually Innocent might be a more straightforward title.
  • February 22, 2012
    MorganWick
    Stormtroper, you may want to look at Miss Conception.
  • July 7, 2017
    lakingsif
    Wow, look at this! I feel like someone interested could easily write it into a comedy trope, any takers?
  • July 8, 2017
    WildKatGirl
    One advert for Flora has two children making toast for their parents on their anniversary. When they take it upstairs, they find their parents having sex. One of the children says "Mummy won't let us watch wrestling on TV, but she seemed quite good at it with Daddy".
  • July 9, 2017
    Arivne
    This proposal is suffering from the TLP bug that prevents edits from showing up in the display.

    Zero Context Examples have been marked as such. They need more information to show how they fit the trope. Please don't remove the marking unless you add enough context.
  • July 9, 2017
    lakingsif
    ^fixed bug, you can add edits
  • July 9, 2017
    MetaFour
    Often overlaps with Primal Scene.
  • July 9, 2017
    Malady
    Folderized, the unsorted examples are lacking the proper namespaces.
  • July 10, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Ordering the Unsorted examples to their respective categories. I was tempted to add some examples I found, but I wasn't sure about it
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