Created By: ginsengaddict on May 21, 2011 Last Edited By: Arivne on October 3, 2015

Team Testosterone

That group of blokes who crowd around an attractive woman and try to get into her pants.

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Attractive women get a lot of attention. Sometimes, that attention leads to miniature fanclubs. This trope is those fanclubs, the men who see the gorgeous gal and think "I wanna bang her" - this leads them to do all sorts of gentlemanly things, and try to out-gentleman the other blokes surrounding the target of their mutual affections. It can be as simple as lighting her cigarette for her to offering to as involved as getting her a drink or walking her to her car. Team Testosterone is there to service the lady's every whim.

As for the lady herself, her response may vary. She might not want the attention. Then again, she may very much enjoy it. But the trope here is about that group of guys doing the crowding, so her response really doesn't matter.


Examples

Film
  • Singin' in the Rain: While at RF's after-show party, Lina has this going for her. She enjoys it.
  • Rear Window: At one point, Miss Torso (the ballet dancer) has several guys in her flat, all vying for her affection. She wants them to leave.
  • The entire plot of There's Something About Mary.
  • Conversed and deconstructed in A Beautiful Mind. John Nash makes an observation of game theory with the scenario of a beautiful blonde and some other less-striking girls, and some guys looking for company. If the guys crowded around the blonde, their efforts would cancel each other out, and then the other girls would give the guys the cold shoulder, because no one likes to be second choice. So the guys' best bet is to agree to leave the blonde alone, and each focus on one of the beta females.

Literature
  • Anita Blake has one wherever she goes. Somewhat justified in that she has vampire sex-powers and having sex with her is supposed to be mind-blowing and or give/you magic powers.

Community Feedback Replies: 29
  • May 21, 2011
    Bisected8
    The entire plot of Theres Something About Mary.
  • May 22, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Anita Blake has one wherever she goes. Somewhat justified in that she has vampire sex-powers and having sex with her is supposed to be mind-blowing and or give/you magic powers.
  • May 23, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Needs A Better Title...

    Wolf Pack? Pack Of Wolves? "Wolf" may not be the right implication.

    Pack Of... something...
  • May 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Coitus Crowd? Maybe not.
  • May 23, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    Fanservice Fan Club?

    Yeah, reaching in the dark here.
  • May 23, 2011
    Lightblade
    Would this trope include groups that try to impress the woman with machismo as well as chivalry? And would it include groups who outright harass a woman?

    Anyway, there's Penelope's suitors in The Odyssey, who Odysseus kicks out when he returns home to his wife after being presumed dead in the Trojan War.

    And if outright harrassment counts, then the first episode of Death Note has the example of the group of thugs who attempt to rape a woman. Light decides to write the leader's name in the titular notebook to see if it's power is real. It works, and so begins Light's quest to rid the world of crime (or whoever gets in his way) through the Death Note's power.
  • May 23, 2011
    blueranger
    Happens in the Charmed episode "Oh My Goddess". Phoebe becomes Goddess of Love and has a group of young men fawning over her in the house. Kaylee attracts some in the Firefly episode "Shindig" Sabrina The Teenage Witch conjures up an Australian soccer team to act as this to her and the girls on a bachelorette cruise.
  • May 23, 2011
    jate88
  • May 23, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ That's the female version.
  • May 24, 2011
    jate88
    ^ They seem slighty different. Estrogen Brigade seems to be about actors/fictional characters who get this reaction from a real life audience while this trope seems restricted to fictional examples only. Also Estrogen Brigade focuses on the character doing the attracting while this trope focuses on the people being attracted.

    Estrogen Brigade has a paragraph at the end saying males examples exist but are rare. Should we add female examples to Team Testosterone, should we rewrite Estrogen Brigade, or isn't their enough connection between the two tropes.
  • May 24, 2011
    McKathlin
    This sounds like the Gender Flip of Sexy Man Instant Harem. Since the male "harem" behaves differently from the female harem, I think this deserves its own page.
    • Conversed and deconstructed in A Beautiful Mind. John Nash makes an observation of game theory with the scenario of a beautiful blonde and some other less-striking girls, and some guys looking for company. If the guys crowded around the blonde, their efforts would cancel each other out, and then the other girls would give the guys the cold shoulder, because no one likes to be second choice. So the guys' best bet is to agree to leave the blonde alone, and each focus on one of the beta females.
  • May 24, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^ In light of that, better title: Sexy Woman Sausage Fest?
  • September 30, 2015
    DAN004
    What about when an attractive woman goes down the street, and then she attracts thugs one by one, who are going to rob and possibly rape her?
  • September 30, 2015
    bitemytail
    Theres Something About Mary example needs context.

    Also, does Handsome Lech cover this?
  • September 30, 2015
    Rjinswand
    Yeah, it sounds like a Gender Flip of Sexy Man Instant Harem. How about just Sexy Woman Instant Harem for a name?

    ^ Handsome Lech and similar tropes have a lot of overlap and misuse currently (see this thread), so it's not easy to determine clear boundaries there. However, I think the men in this trope don't have to be Handsome Leches, they're rather just random generic guys. The fact that they start hitting on the girl is played as a testament to her sex appeal rather than a sign of the guys' playboy tendencies.
  • September 30, 2015
    bitemytail
    Construction Catcalls would be a Sub Trope of this, yes?

    Wolf Whistle could probably use a mention as well.
  • September 30, 2015
    DAN004
    How would this relate to I Have Boobs You Must Obey?
  • September 30, 2015
    MiinU
    Wouldn't All Men Are Perverts already cover this?
  • October 1, 2015
    Arivne
    Film
    • Played For Laughs in Silent Movie. At a nightclub, Anne Bancroft has an entourage of four men with her. When she wants to smoke a cigarette all of the men light it at once, causing it to burn up.
  • October 1, 2015
    Arivne
  • October 1, 2015
    randomsurfer
    Saturday Night Live: A regular occurance during the Butabi brothers sketches (later spun off into the film A Night At The Roxbury). One of the brothers would ask a woman to dance, and then dance with her in a sexually suggestive manner, including bumping crotches. Meanwhile, the other brother would approach from the other side with his own crotch-bump, knocking the woman back and forth between them until she'd escape. Shown here with third "brother" Jim Carry.
  • October 1, 2015
    DragonQuestZ
    Name isn't good. This is basically about groupies, while "team testosterone" could be confused for an actual team that's heavy in testosterone (like the later The Fast And The Furious movies).
  • October 2, 2015
    Bisected8
    What about Creeper Club?

    Or would "Creeper" be too negative?
  • October 2, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^ Yeah, too negative in my opinion.

    The thing is, as I mentioned, this trope seems to be not really about the men's moral fiber, but rather about the woman being so irresistible she attracts men everywhere she goes.
  • October 2, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ that'd be Dude Magnet.
  • October 3, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^ Yes; and I think this trope is Dude Magnet's specific subtrope.
  • October 3, 2015
    DAN004
    Again, how is this not I Have Boobs You Must Obey?
  • October 3, 2015
    Rjinswand
    ^ That's about a woman using her female charms to get something she wants out of a man. Completely different.
  • October 3, 2015
    DAN004
    So this is more like "she has boobs, obey her", right?
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