Created By: Dragonmouth on May 20, 2012 Last Edited By: Pichu-kun on September 26, 2014

Sexually Repressed Psycho

Sexual repression causes characters to go insane.

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The sex drive is a natural part of most human beings. Those who deny these urges or claim not to have them seem strange to others. And fiction is very good at making unusual people seem scary. Some works will have these people channel their urges into violence, making many serial killer characters fit this trope. Other works will portray these characters more sympathetically, making the character himself the biggest victim of his repression.


  • Norman Bates from Psycho murders a female guest in the shower after seeing her naked.
  • V for Vendetta: Adam Susan, a genocidal dictator who is in love with a supercomputer, is a virgin.
  • In George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, the ruling Party creates the Junior Anti-Sex League hoping that repressed sexual urges will be channeled into zeal for the Party and hatred for its enemies. O'Brien claims that Party neurologists are working on a way to have reproduction without orgasm. Julia points out that if someone is sexually satisfied, they wouldn't care about the Party's plans and agendas.
  • Frollo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is driven insane with lust for the gypsy Esmeralda, eventually forcing her to either be with him or be burnt at the stake.
  • Several Armored Closet Gay characters, who repress their sexual orientation and have sex with members of the opposite sex.
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  • May 20, 2012
    One of the psychos in Dead Rising 2 is an overweight fellow with an unhealthy combination of fetishistic desires and religious upbringing. You find him trying to force a priest to marry him to a captured girl at chainsaw-point, because raping her before they're married would be 'sinful'... all while wearing one of the most toe-curlingly ridiculous gimp-suits ever seen in a videogame.
  • May 20, 2012
  • May 21, 2012
    Freudian psychology could be mentioned...
  • May 21, 2012
    In John Webster's play The Duchess Of Malfi Ferdinand goes mad and believes he's a wolf because (at least in part) of obsessive incestuous feelings for his sister.
  • May 26, 2012
    May I suggest a rename to "Sexually Repressed Sociopath", or even just "Sexually Repressed Psychopath"? I think they roll off of the tongue a bit better.
  • May 26, 2012
    Isn't this all covered under Sex Is Evil And I Am Horny?
  • May 26, 2012
    ^Well, there's also those who are virgins in spite of themselves or because of some non-ideological hangup, like having been abused as children.
  • May 26, 2012
    This was Played For Laughs in Brows Held High when Oancitizen thought he had to have sex or else he would turn into a murdering psycho.
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  • May 26, 2012
    Bones: in his final appearance, recurring villain Howard Epps is shown to have this as his backstory as part of his Freudian Excuse. His mother would never let him go out with girls since they're all whores, and would make him bathe in ammonia.
  • May 26, 2012
    • Norman Bates of Psycho and Howard Epps of Bones are both loosely based on the Real Life Ed Gein, who also inspired The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Buffalo Bill of Silence Of The Lambs. His mother was incredibly abusive, drilling into him that sex is evil (when she caught him masturbating, she poured scalding water on his genitals). It's impossible to know whether what role sexual repression played in his adult life, and his mother's tutelage is usually given all the credit. He kept his mother's corpse well-dressed in her favorite chair, decorated his home with bones, skin, and body parts (including female nipples and vulvae) acquired from the local graveyard, and confessed to the murder of two young women.
  • May 27, 2012
    Durarara has an inversion: Anri Sonohara is able to resist going violently insane because of her emotional and sexual repression; she is possessed by a demonic sword that uses the wielder's feelings of love to compel them to attack other people, and thusly would lose her mind if she could feel love. In the novels, now that she's starting to develop her first feelings of affection, she seems to be having more difficulty keeping it under control.
  • May 27, 2012
    At this door stood a fat repellent figure, dangling a bunch of keys--Tsotha's chief eunuch, Shukeli, of whom grisly tales were whispered--a man with whom a bestial lust for torture took the place of normal human passions. (The Scarlet Citadel)
  • September 26, 2014
    Yeah, I'm thinking that this is Sex Is Evil And I Am Horny.