Created By: Hodor on March 12, 2013 Last Edited By: MokonaZero on March 19, 2013
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Mistaken For Object Of Affection

A character intends to engage in romantic/sexual contact, but does it with/to the wrong person

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This is a variation on Accidental Pervert, in which the accidental part is not so accidental.

This trope generally comes in two variations. First, are instances where someone intends to initiate romantic/sexual contact with a significant other or romantic interest, but touches the wrong person. This will usually be because someone looks similar to the real target of affection.

In other instances, a character actually means to sexually harass someone (usually a Ms. Fanservice character), but for the same reasons as above, picks the wrong person (usually a gonk or otherwise stern and/or unattractive character).

The perpetrator of this is pretty much Always Male and the victim usually female.

When the victim and perpetrator are both straight but of the same gender this may result in Ho Yay and Les Yay.

Compare/contrast with Bed Trick and Bride and Switch, wherein there is deliberate deception on the part of one of the parties involved.

Examples:

Advertising
  • The classic Grape Nuts commercial where a young man grabs his girlfriend's mother's butt in the swimming pool:
    "Mrs. Burke? I thought you were Dale!"

  • A Wendy's ad has a guy going to a restaurant where he meets an attractive lady at the drive-through window. Finally, he asks her out without looking at the window--but she's been replaced by a middle-aged man.

Artwork
  • A Sequential Art example: In one story by Wilhelm Busch. After having received a letter by Julchen (the object of affection) encouraging him, he enters her house at night. She intentionally misled him however, and he ends up in the room of her aunt, who is NOT pleased. (Neither is he, but for other reasons.) Confusion ensues.

Anime and Manga
  • In the Zero no Tsukaima anime Louise gets into the bed that she, Saito, and Siesta share. The problem? Well, she ends up being kissed by Siesta, who had mistaken her for Saito.

Film
  • In She's The Man, Olivia falls in love with her classmate "Sebastian", unaware that it's actually his sister Viola pretending to be him. One night she surprises her object of affection with a kiss... unaware that it's actually the real Sebastian, who has no idea who this infatuated girl is.
  • In The Big Easy after a night of lovemaking, Anne mistakes Bobby McSwain for his brother Remy, coming up behind him and pinching his ass. The brothers aren't all that identical, she just didn't expect another man in the kitchen.

  • The Film of the Book of The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything. Kirby Winter goes to his brother's house and goes to sleep in his bed. His brother's girlfriend Bonny Lee Beaumont slips into the bed, thinks he is his brother and starts to make love to him

  • The 1947 short "the Brideless Groom" starring The Three Stooges inverts this trope as it is Shemp Howard that Christine Mc Intyre's character mistakes for someone else. Christine is expecting her cousin, Basil, and thinking that Shemp is him, starts kissing him affectionately. When she gets a phone call revealing that her visitor is NOT her cousin, she really unloads on Shemp, resulting in a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.

Folklore
  • Invoked in a folktale involving a court jester and/or Trickster Archetype of the teller's culture wherein he offends the King and is told he will be executed unless he can apologize in a way wherein the apology is worse than the offense. He achieves this by groping the King from behind and saying "Sorry, I thought you were the Queen."

Literature
  • In one Guy de Maupassant story translated as "A Bad Error", a man is in a relationship with a woman who wanted it to remain platonic until they knew each other better, and they both take a vow of celibacy in the meantime. He doesn't stick to his vow, and starts up an affair with a beautiful maidservant of the woman, who had told him she was built similarly to her mistress. Things end badly when thinking it is the maidservant, he goes up to the woman and lifts up her skirts and kisses her on the behind.

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of Modern Family, Phil has a disastrous first meeting with his daughter's college roommate, grabbing her butt, thinking that she was his wife.

Video Games

Community Feedback Replies: 32
  • March 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    I think I'll take over if that's okay.
  • March 12, 2013
    Randomman5
    A rare example of a girl doing it to a man - Toakaka from Blaz Blue has a bizarre obsession with female characters' breasts. In the second game, she runs into the clinic run by resident Ms Fanservice Litchi Faye-Ling, and proceeds to grab Bang Shishigami's chest by accident. Tao, being an idiot, does not realize this for a little while.
  • March 12, 2013
    grenekni3t
    • The classic Grape Nuts commercial where a young man grabs his girlfriend's mother's butt in the swimming pool:
      "Mrs. Burke? I thought you were Dale!"
  • March 12, 2013
    Hodor
    ^ Hmm, that example reminded me that I remember seeing some kind of commercial online fairly recently (maybe a "banned commercial) that involved something similar taking place in a kitchen- it might have been for some kind of food product?
  • March 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Is the new title better than the previous one? The original was "Misapplied Grope".
  • March 12, 2013
    Tuckerscreator
    • In Shes The Man, Olivia falls in love with her classmate "Sebastian", unaware that it's actually his sister Viola pretending to be him. One night she surprises her object of affection with a kiss... unaware that it's actually the real Sebastian, who has no idea who this infatuated girl is.

    EDIT: Removed the Sweet On Polly Oliver pothole because it's actually about a guy getting attracted to the disguised girl.
  • March 12, 2013
    Hodor
    ^^ Not sure. I think your alternative one is good. I don't really know the best/most indicative name for this (trying to think of something funny).
  • March 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Maybe something like: "Who's butt did I just touch?"
  • March 12, 2013
    Hodor
    ^ I was kind of thinking something like "Grope Before You Look", but that doesn't get at the mistaken identity part of it.
  • March 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    The only problem is the fact that it doesn't flat out mean groping. The original title was kind of misleading. Any other ideas?
  • March 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
  • March 12, 2013
    Hodor
    ^I'm not sure about that Love Hina example in that (as I'm understanding it), a character actually is deliberately disguising themselves as other people.
  • March 12, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Hm, good point. Deleted.

    Is there another trope for that?
  • March 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
    Twisted in Measure For Measure. Evil duke Angelo will only release Isabella's brother from prison if Isabella will sleep with him. But Isabella is a novice nun and won't do it, even though it will mean her brother's death. Instead, Marianna, who Angelo had promised to wed, is snuck into Angelo's bed so that he sleeps with her instead.
  • March 13, 2013
    Hodor
    ^ That's an example of Bed Trick.

    Anyone know what commercial I was thinking of. Its just some random stupid commercial, but wish I could remember what it was for, although I could probably add the example without knowing the product.

    One other thing, I need to find it, but I remember there was recently a YKTTW about the idea of trying to find someone in a crowd and approaching a stranger who looked identical from behind- that is definitely a related idea.
  • March 13, 2013
    randomsurfer
  • March 13, 2013
    Hodor
    ^Thanks.
  • March 13, 2013
    MokonaZero
    But isn't this just mistaking them in general? It doesn't have to be from behind.
  • March 13, 2013
    Hodor
    ^ It is- I just think the ideas are similar (so that if that is launched, and so is this, the page for this will say like "Compare Identical From Behind Gag".
  • March 13, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Good point. Now, out of all the titles proposed which one was the best?
  • March 14, 2013
    Frank75
    A Sequential Art example: In one story by Wilhelm Busch. After having received a letter by Julchen (the object of affection) encouraging him, he enters her house at night. She intentionally misled him however, and he ends up in the room of her aunt, who is NOT pleased. (Neither is he, but for other reasons.) Confusion ensues.
  • March 14, 2013
    SneakySquirrel
  • March 14, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In The Big Easy after a night of lovemaking, Anne mistakes Bobby McSwain for his brother Remy, coming up behind him and pinching his ass. The brothers aren't all that identical, she just didn't expect another man in the kitchen.
  • March 14, 2013
    MaxWest
    The 1947 short "the Brideless Groom" starring The Three Stooges inverts this trope as it is Shemp Howard that Christine Mc Intyre's character mistakes for someone else. Christine is expecting her cousin, Basil, and thinking that Shemp is him, starts kissing him affectionately. When she gets a phone call revealing that her visitor is NOT her cousin, she really unloads on Shemp, resulting in a No Holds Barred Beatdown.
  • March 15, 2013
    Arivne
    Film
    • The Film Of The Book of The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything. Kirby Winter goes to his brother's house and goes to sleep in his bed. His brother's girlfriend Bonny Lee Beaumont slips into the bed, thinks he is his brother and starts to make love to him.
  • March 15, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Anything to work on for hats?
  • March 16, 2013
    moriwen
    Biblical example: Jacob works seven years for Rachel's hand, only for her father Laban to give him Leah in her place (the bride wore a veil, so Jacob couldn't tell). He had to work another seven years to marry Rachel too.
  • March 18, 2013
    Hodor
    ^That would be a Bed Trick. What makes this trope different is that no one is (deliberately) deceiving someone else.
  • March 18, 2013
    moriwen
    You're right, my bad.
  • March 18, 2013
    MokonaZero
    Oh, three hats?

    Any input before I launch?

    Edit: I think I'll launch by tomorrow.
  • March 18, 2013
    MrInitialMan
    A Wendy's advert has a guy going to a restaurant where he meets an attractive lady at the drive-through window. Finally, he asks her out without looking at the window--but she's been replaced by a middle-aged man.
  • March 19, 2013
    MokonaZero
    In about an hour it'll be launched. Any objections?

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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