Created By: SleetWintergreen on October 18, 2011 Last Edited By: eroock on May 18, 2016

The Horrors of Male Nudity

To straight male characters, a naked man is automatic Nausea Fuel

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"AAAAAAAGH, IT'S BRUCE LEE IN TINY PINK SHORTS!"

The tendency of male, heterosexual characters in fiction to react with horror/disgust at the sight of a naked man. Especially common in teen comedies.

Often can be interpreted as a form of Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?, but can also happen when the character is all alone.


Examples

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    Comic Books 

  • Scott Pilgrim is visibly freaked upon walking in on his gay roommate having sex. More justified than most examples as it was actual gay sex in stead of just nudity, and it was a friend of his as well.

    Film 

  • In American Pie, Jim is seeing trying to avoid looking at the men in a porn film. This is supposedly common in young boys who are just discovering porn, but Jim's a little old for that.

    Live Action TV 

  • While watching a porno in That '70s Show, Eric and company briefly recoil with disgust at "guy butt."

    Webcomics 

  • This is Sonichu's Weaksauce Weakness; anything phallic (even pickles on a hamburger!) makes him weak and nauseaus. Taken Up to Eleven when he sees drawings of his wife with a penis and vomits continously for the next few pages. His creator shares this weakness, see Web Original below.
  • The Penny Arcade strip above, though to be fair that was actual gay sex, not just nudity.

    Web Original 

  • The Spoony One does this on occasion.
  • Chris-Chan is well-known for this, having at least two videos that show him being unable to even say the word "dick" without grimacing in disgust.

Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • October 18, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Your trope is about males not liking to see other males naked. Your picture is about males not liking male homosexual content. It's totally different.
  • October 18, 2011
    SleetWintergreen
    From Gabe's reaction, I think we can assume there was some nudity.
  • October 18, 2011
    TwinBird
  • October 19, 2011
    pinkdalek
    @SleetWintergreen Isn't that begging the question? ...Well, begging the trope. You argue there was nudity involved from the fact that Gabe was disturbed. Presumably there was nudity involved, but the comic is really about a straight guy being squicked out by watching gay porn aimed at girls, which is a totally different thing.

    The reason I think it's important to separate this is because it's related to Male Gaze. This is why images of naked men get labelled 'gay' even when it's just a naked guy - the assumption is that the other man is male, because everyone knows straight women don't enjoy looking at naked men. So I think it is really, really important to make sure we seperate 'nudity' and 'gay' in the trope description and image.
  • October 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In an early episode of Malcolm In The Middle the father stands naked in the kitchen while their mother gives him his monthly body shave. The kids don't really react to this - they're used to it - until Hal's newspaper (which he's reading to pass the time) moves a bit and they can see his junk.
  • October 19, 2011
    Gatomon41
    • X Play had one segment of "Uncomfortable Moments in Gaming" focusing Metal Gear Solid 2. Specifically, it focused on "Naked Raiden", in which the playable male character is nude. Most of the segment was Adam Sessler screaming in pain, much to the enjoyment of the audience.
      Adam: Millions of male Metal Gear fans will forever have the image of naked Raiden doing cartwheels seared into their memory.
  • October 19, 2011
    pinkdalek
    To add to that X Play example: Sessler made the point just before the end of his rant that it was a weird Double Standard that he found the segment so uncomfortable, since women somehow manage with seeing Stripperific women all the time in games (this point was illustrated with footage from Dead Or Alive). His female co-host also laughed at his discomfort and told him "Welcome To My World - Welcome to my naked, cartwheeling world".
  • October 20, 2011
    RavenWilder
    On How I Met Your Mother this influences how Marshall describes a men's locker room.
    Marshall: Do you want to know what it's like in a men's locker room? Just a bunch of uncomfortable dudes trying to get out of there as quickly as possible. And one old guy just letting it all hang out.
  • October 20, 2011
    aurora369
    Averted in cultures that have public bath customs (such as Japanese or Russian).
  • October 21, 2011
    Trismegustis
    Can we please avoid saying that "It's justified because it's actually gay," please? It's said twice in the draft.
  • October 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Don't link to Or So I Heard like you do in the American Pie example. That trope is for in-universe uses only.
  • October 24, 2011
    PacificState
    Can we please not mention Chris Chan?
  • May 15, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Subtrope of Faux Horrific.
  • May 15, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ how?
  • May 16, 2016
    Diask
    ^A character gets terrified by something that isn't very terrifying.
  • May 16, 2016
    Morgenthaler
    Also, I agree that the image is Not An Example. The description is about an overreaction to male nudity, not about being uninterested in gay sex.
  • May 16, 2016
    DAN004
    ^^ it's not exactly terrifying, their reactions are more along the lines of S Quick. Therefore this isn't a subtrope of Faux Horrific.
  • May 16, 2016
    StrixObscuro
    Comic Books
    • In Runaways, Chase at one point sneaks into Victor's room for a late-night chat, and discovers that Victor sleeps in the buff. Naturally, he overreacts.

    (Incidentally, that scene might provide us with a better image for this trope, so I'll see if I can find it online...)
  • May 17, 2016
    poptartspower
    Male Nudity Is Gross?

    Maybe this could be one of those Double Standard tropes like Double Standard Male Nudity where female nudity is Fanservice while male nudity is sometimes fanservice for females but Squick for males.
  • May 18, 2016
    YasminPerry
    This seems like a PC complaining page made by SJ Ws
  • May 18, 2016
    DAN004
    ^ I don't think this has to be complaining...

    In fact, I believe there are cases of females (in universe mind you) who are horrified by male nudity, or even males who are horrified by female nudity.
  • May 18, 2016
    Gamermaster
    This is probably a result of Most Writers Are Male.
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