Created By: SalFishFin on June 13, 2011 Last Edited By: SalFishFin on June 20, 2011
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Sexy Sax Man

Man who plays sax gets girls.

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Alternate Titles: Sensual Saxophonist Sexually Successful Saxophonist

For some reason, playing a saxophone will make you more manly and sexy than if you played the other brass and woodwinds combined. Maybe it's got something to do with how the sax bends as a graceful, feminine curve towards the player's crotch, or the way his hands hold it in a similar way a lady's back could be caressed if she happened to be in its place. Whatever the cause, playing the Saxophone is a surefire way to get girls... or get them hot and bothered.

See also Sexophone, where Saxophone riffs are used as BGM for sexy scenes.

Examples

Anime:
  • Trigun has Midvalley The Hornfreak. He plays sax and he gets the babes. He also kills people with sound waves, but that's irrelevant.

Live-Action Film:

  • A frequent theme in Some Like It Hot, in which Marilyn Monroe's character has a Fetish for saxophone players, but believes they're all jerks. The main character in the film is a saxophone player, and a jerk. Right at the end, Daphne attempts to deflect the attentions of Osgood by telling him "I have a terrible past. For three years now, I've been living with a saxophone player."

Live-Action TV
  • On Parks and Recreation, straitlaced boss-man Ron Swanson leads a double life at night, moonlighting as smooth jazz saxophonist Duke Silver. Predictably, the Duke is a hit with the ladies.
  • Lackadaisy's jazz musician Zib invokes this, being both a clarinetist and a saxophonist.
    Q: "So I see that Zib plays the clarinet - why is he never depicted with one? (...)"
    A: "Vanity. He prefers being pictured with the sexyphone. (...)"
  • Diff'rent Strokes: Arnold pretends to play sax in order to get in some girl's pants. Problem is, he can't really play. He ends up getting Clarence Clemons to play Behind the Black while he lip-blew.
  • On, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will did something similar with another famous (at the time) sax player
  • Played with in one episode of Seinfeld, where Elaine's saxophone-playing boyfriend isn't as hot and heavy as she'd like him to be. He eventully does do what she wants him to do, which makes his mouth too tired to play the saxophone and he blows an audition.
  • Parodied on a Saturday Night Live Digital Short. Andy Samberg is, on account of a Gypsy curse, haunted by an incredibly-sexy saxophonist (played by a half-naked Jon Hamm) named Sergio who keeps barging in on his happiest life events and inevitably attracting the attention of whatever women happen to be nearby.
  • In Star Trek: The Next Generation, Commander Riker has been known to pick up the saxophone from time to time as part of his Ladies Man characterization.

Web Original:
Community Feedback Replies: 33
  • June 13, 2011
    peccantis
    Somehow, playing saxophone is way more manly and sexy than the other brass and wood winds combined. Maybe it's got something to do with how the sax bends as a graceful, feminine curve towards the player's crotch, and the way how his hands hold it in a similar way like a lady's back could be caressed if she happened to be in its place.

    • Lackadaisy's jazz musician Zib invokes this, being both a clarinetist and a saxophonist.
      Q: "So I see that Zib plays the clarinet - why is he never depicted with one? (...)"
      A: "Vanity. He prefers being pictured with the sexyphone. (...)"
  • June 13, 2011
    TonyG
    See also Sexophone, where the saxophone is used as a Mood Motif for sexiness.
  • June 13, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Diffrent Strokes: Arnold pretends to play sax in order to get in some girl's pants. Problem is, he can't really play. He ends up getting Clarence Clemons to play Behind The Black while he lip-blew.
  • June 13, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ An on that note (pun intended), we should have a name that makes it clear it's about the musician instead of background music.

    Sax Players Get The Chicks?
  • June 13, 2011
    JCCyC
  • June 13, 2011
    Koveras
    Gren from the Cowboy Bebop two-parter "Jupiter Jazz" is a sexy bishonen saxophonist who would get all the ladies he wanted... if he was interested.
  • June 14, 2011
    X2X
    Is this strictly in-universe?
  • June 14, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • Midvalley The Hornfreak. He plays sax, he gets the babes. He also kills people with sound waves, but that's irrelevant.
  • June 14, 2011
    jaytee
    • On Parks And Recreation, straitlaced boss-man Ron Swanson leads a double life at night, moonlighting as smooth jazz saxophonist Duke Silver. Predictably, the Duke is a hit with the ladies.
  • June 14, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^^^^I think the word "saxophonist" pretty clearly indicates that it's about the musician. Of course, Sensual Saxophonist isn't quite what this trope is about anyway - they don't actually have to be sensual, they just have to get the ladies.
  • June 14, 2011
    peccantis
  • June 14, 2011
    karstovich2
    • One of the most ridiculous examples: the Saturday Night Live Digital Short in which Andy Samberg is, on account of a Gypsy curse, haunted by an incredibly-sexy saxophonist (played by a half-naked Jon Hamm, as I recall) named Sergio who keeps barging in on his happiest life events and inevitably attracting the attention of whatever women happen to be nearby.
  • June 14, 2011
    Stratadrake
  • June 14, 2011
    X2X
    Seconding Sax Appeal.
  • June 14, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    Lulz, that one made me laugh, I like it.
  • June 15, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Sax Appeal is an awesome name.
  • June 15, 2011
    alias215
    Like
  • June 15, 2011
    elwoz
    In Star Trek The Next Generation, Commander Riker has been known to pick up the saxophone from time to time as part of his Ladies Man characterization.

    For the description: The saxophone is strongly associated with jazz and blues music, and musicians working in those genres have a certain ... reputation, If You Know What I Mean.
  • June 15, 2011
    ghaweyriao
    Played with in one episode of Seinfeld, where Elaine's saxophone-playing boyfriend isn't as hot and heavy as she'd like him to be. He eventully does do what she wants him to do, which makes his mouth too tired to play the saxophone and he blows an audition.
  • June 15, 2011
    jaytee
    I think Sax Appeal is a big step backward for trope name. For one, we completely lose the fact that this is about the musician and not the instrument (a concern raised even while "saxophonist" was in the name). This will absolutely cause confusion with Sexophone.

    If we're going to go with sex/sax puns, this article should be Sexophonist and Sexophone should be Sax Appeal. (I don't particularly like this solution either, but at least it maintains the clear separation of musician and instrument.)
  • June 15, 2011
    SalFishFin
    Well, I brought it to the Trope Repair Shop thread here. We'll see what that says about the name.
  • June 15, 2011
    RainyDayNinja
    Web Original: Saxophone "superstar" Sergio Flores tries to make the city sexier by playing a George Michael tune in public places, while wearing tight leather pants, no shirt, and making a general nuisance of himself.
  • June 15, 2011
    randomsurfer
    @elwaz: when did Riker sax it up? I know he's a tromboner, but I don't recall a sax.
  • June 16, 2011
    pinkdalek
    A frequent theme in Some Like It Hot, in which Marilyn Monroe's character has a Fetish for saxophone players, but believes they're all jerks. The main character in the film is a saxophone player, and a jerk. Right at the end, Daphne attempts to deflect the attentions of Osgood by telling him "I have a terrible past. For three years now, I've been living with a saxophone player."
  • June 16, 2011
    jaytee
    ^^^^They appear to be saying the exact same thing I did. Sax Appeal will absolutely cause confusion with Sexophone. The trope title needs to reflect that it's a musician.
  • June 16, 2011
    peccantis
    Add examples and I'll hat it.
  • June 18, 2011
    elwoz
    @randomsurfer: I can't remember the name of the episode, but it was the one with the alien jazz pianist. I don't remember him playing the trombone at all, tbh (but I have not seen all of the episodes)
  • June 18, 2011
    genewitch
    bill clinton had Sax Appeal

    @jaytee If the man wasn't holding a sax at the time would he still get the girl? If not, i submit that sax appeal is appropriate.
  • June 18, 2011
    KyleJacobs
    • Cowboy Bebop has Gren, who fits this perfectly except for the "man" bit... we think.
  • June 19, 2011
    randomsurfer
  • June 19, 2011
    SalFishFin
    I just thought of another name:

    How does "Hes Saxy" sound?
  • June 20, 2011
    peccantis
    The current title is good and has no need for ptitle.
  • June 20, 2011
    SalFishFin
    We don't Ptitle anymore. We can just make a custom title, which the Wiki Word will always reditect to.

    See Avatar The Last Airbender.

    Or... I guess it don't work on YKTTW.
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