Created By: 313Bluestreak on December 19, 2012 Last Edited By: 313Bluestreak on June 2, 2013
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Leniency For Perverts

Others don't mind a character being perverted, even if it was intentional.

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Whenever a man lusts after a really beautiful woman you can expect that this has disastrous results, or if a man is accidentally being a pervert, he is never cut any slack. Let's switch things up a bit, though. Whenever a man lusts after a woman, intentional or unintentionall, She lets him off the hook.

Reasons for her easy leniency can be based on the fact that, while the man may be perverted, he would never take it too far. Another reason for this would be that the woman actually likes being adored by men.

Another variant would be is that a character doesn't want anyone, including the guys, to find out he's a pervert, but eventually, they did. Not only did they not condemn him, they actually complimented him for having a fetish for girls. Mainly because, men would believe that were to be a loser or a homosexual if he didn't like sexual activities.

The Accidental Pervert and the Covert Pervert will receive this reaction if they're lucky. The Chivalrous Pervert's antics also often get a pass, because his friends know he wouldn't actually take advantage of anyone.

The polar opposite of Unprovoked Pervert Payback where the man is never a pervert, but still gets punished anyways. Often the reason why the character is a Lovable Sex Maniac. Somewhat Truth in Television, or at least some men expect this response.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Soul Eater: Tsubaki allows Black Star on peek at her when she's bathing, but only when he doesn't get caught doing so.

Live-Action TV
  • On a few occasions in The Benny Hill Show sometimes the pervert is a Dirty Old Man who is seen as harmless because even though he has the desire, he doesn't have the ability to follow through.
  • Joey from Friends is extremely promiscuous and often dishonest in his sexual behaviour, but the characters rarely call him out on it.

Professional Wrestling
  • WWE: Former diva wrestler Melina used to wear a shirt entitled on the front "It's Okay To Stare", which implies...

Video Games

Western Animation
  • Quagmire and Herbert on Family Guy. Everyone knows Quagmire is a sex pervert and Herbert is a pedophile, but they all seem to ignore it and look the other way.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • December 19, 2012
    KZN02
    Soul Eater: Tsubaki allows Black Star on peek at her when she's bathing, but only when he doesn't get caught doing so.
  • December 20, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Sometimes the pervert is a Dirty Old Man who is seen as harmless because even though he has the desire, he doesn't have the ability to follow through. Seen it a few times on The Benny Hill Show for example.
  • December 21, 2012
    Schizocarp
    One piece, Nami puts up with Brook asking to look at her pants because he is a skeleton
  • December 21, 2012
    Antigone3
    Truth In Television, or at least some men expect this response.
  • February 15, 2013
    Folamh3
    Would Joey from Friends count? He is extremely promiscuous and often dishonest in his sexual behaviour, but the characters rarely call him out on it.
  • February 15, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    That One Piece example makes no sense at all. I wouldn't call getting beaten the crap out of you very "lenient".
  • February 15, 2013
    313Bluestreak
    Would it be a subversion, then?
  • February 15, 2013
    313Bluestreak
    Well, since it doesn't make sense, then I guess I'll take the One Piece example away.
  • April 4, 2013
    Koveras
  • April 4, 2013
    willthiswork
    Physical violence as some sort of easy absolution for being perverted is a pretty common anime thing. Possibly a trope in and of itself. Basically Bab is a perv and whenever he perves on Alice she beats the shit out of him, but she never, like, stops hanging out with him, she never srsly calls him out on his behavior, their friends never srly call him out, and the narrative does not treat him like a bad guy. He got beaten up so all is forgiven! Also Bob always recovers from this particular brand of beat very easily, even if it is show to be really violent he never, like, breaks his leg and has to sit the next round of crazy adventures out and he NEVER is disuaded from perving again.

    Huh, now that I am actually reading Unprovoked Pervert Payback, why is just plain Pervert Payback not a supertrope?
  • April 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ I think Pervert Revenge Mode is pretty much that.

    EDIT: By the way, isn't this trope just Lovable Sex Maniac by another name? I mean, that is about perverts who get away with their antics because they're played for comedy.
  • April 4, 2013
    McKathlin
    The Chivalrous Pervert's antics also often get a pass, because his friends know he wouldn't actually take advantage of anyone.
  • April 4, 2013
    313Bluestreak
    ^You do have a point, but I was thinking that this trope deals with how others react to a pervert...except in a positive way.
  • April 4, 2013
    Paradisesnake
    ^ But the fact that the pervert gets away with it is already covered by the Lovable Sex Maniac trope. Do we really need two different tropes for the same thing - one for the character type and another for how other characters react to him?
  • April 4, 2013
    313Bluestreak
    ^Well, now that you put it that way, I don't know. And I do have a strange feeling that we may not need this trope.
  • April 13, 2013
    JonnyB
    Quagmire and Herbert on Family Guy. Everyone knows Quagmire is a sex pervert and Herbert is a pedophile, but they all seem to ignore it and look the other way.
  • June 2, 2013
    backpack
    Howard from The Big Bang Theory. At least the earlier episodes, he's starting to get better.
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