Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on September 18, 2011 Last Edited By: ChaoticDreams on March 26, 2013
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Lighthearted Sexual Harassment

EDITED IN: Ignore for now, haven\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t decided how broad or narrow trope is.

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Pucca... loves Garu... he's a pretty boy! Not as extreme since Pucca is 11 years old and Garu is 12 and the series is for kids, meaning she's limited to chasing him around and kissing him against his wishes, but the Double Standard is still obvious.
- An entry from the Rape Is Okay When It Is Female On Male page. Whether or not it belongs there can be discussed in the TRS thread.

Doing something like forcing a kiss on your crush or even following them around often enough can get you in a fair bit of trouble in real life. In the world of many childrens' cartoons, however, it's no big deal... or at least, how big a deal this is depends on who's doing this, and toward whom.

And as you might expect from something related to romance, the genders of those involved are a major factor in that. It's usually the least prone to being considered a big deal when from a girl toward a guy, then more prone when it's from a guy toward a girl, and when it's toward the same sex... well, that's rare in a kids' cartoon in the first place, but seems to be considered the darkest whenever seen.

So on one level, this trope is a form of Getting Crap Past the Radar, since even kids who have some familiarity with what romance is will not know all of what it's connected to.

It also serves as a more family-friendly counterpart to Rape Is Okay When It Is Female On Male, though understandably so, as kissing is more innocent than sex, but it might be worth noting that the stereotypes of young boys and girls with regards to attitudes to kissing are very different from the stereotypes of older men and women with regards to attitudes to sex.

EDITED IN: See laconic.

Examples:

  • Pucca, of course. She's a Stalker with a Crush who forces kisses on Garu often.
  • Similarly, the Sonic the Hedgehog series has Stalker with a Crush Amy Rose chasing Sonic around demanding he be hers.
  • The Billy the Cat series has a human girl who knows that Billy used to be human, and on at least one occasion, grabbed his face and forcefully kissed him, noticeably grossing him out.
  • Pepe Le Pew from Looney Tunes.
  • It's less "friendly" in Ranma 1/2 because the main cast are teens (and theres quite a bit of violence, even though it never leads to permanent injury) but just about every romantic rival in the Love Dodecahedron acts this way to Ranma or Akane.
  • Classic Looney Tunes would have loads of this, even male charactrs planting a big wet one on each other just to bug each other.
  • Gender inverted in Powerpuff Girls, when a guy tries to give girls unwanted affection, and though this isn't treated as trivial, the fright the girls feel towards it is portrayed as unreasoned, giving this a hint of Unfortunate Implications similar to those of its gender inverse. (Of course, this is the same episode where Prison Rape is alluded to, but it's done much more subtly.)
  • Halpxier of Macademi Wasshoi doesn't really do anything asides from forcibly french kiss the students and faculty. That said, the characters still treat his successful advances as reason to consider jumping off the Despair Event Horizon.
  • Kidflash in Young Justice does this to M'gann by way of telling her that she's "hot", "sweet", and calling her "sugar."
  • The Legend of Zelda has, in both the cartoon series and the Cdi games alike, Link frequently bugging Zelda for a kiss even though she is typically never interested, though it doesn't go to the extreme of him forcing it on her.
  • This rhyme:
    Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie, kissed the girls and made them cry...
  • Prince Diamond to Usagi in Sailor Moon. In the anime he tries to force two kisses on her and in the manga he gets away with it. He also stalks her.
  • The Kanker Sisters to the Eds of Ed, Edd 'n' Eddy.
    • In the episode "A Twist Of Ed" the Eds try to pursue the Kankers to get them off their backs. It works until the end of the episode when the Kankers go back to pursuing the Eds.
  • In Full Metal Panic! we have Leonardo to Kaname. He once plants a Forceful Kiss on her.
  • In Hey Arnold! we have Helga, a Tsundere who mostly just stalks and fawns over Arnold in secret while verbally harassing him in public, and Curly to Rhonda.
  • Girls Bravo. Yukinari, Kirie, and Koyomi are constantly hit on in this manner by the perverted Lisa, Kosame, and Fukuyama. Though Lisa, Kosame, and Fukuyama sometimes try to take it further.
  • Touga's interactions with Revolutionary Girl Utena. He likes to caress her hair, attempt to kiss her, and touch her a lot.
  • The "Huge Crew" and Missy all vie for Ned's affections in this manner in Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
Community Feedback Replies: 23
  • September 19, 2011
    EdnaWalker
  • September 19, 2011
    Psychobabble6
    Some examples are already muddled up in Rape As Comedy.
  • September 19, 2011
    arromdee
    Naming this Family Friendly has the potential to cause worse trouble with Family Unfriendly Aesop, which already got stuck in YMMV because people keep misreading it to mean "aesop that shouldn't be taught" instead of "aesop that is unusual". (Though I'd suggest keeping this one and renaming Family Unfriendly Aesop instead.)
  • September 20, 2011
    Unknown Troper
    What about Family Unfriendly Violence or Family Unfriendly Death? These titles obviously don't mean "they shouldn't be shown," just "they're considered inappropriate for children by modern standards." This is why I use family-friendly; to make clear that this is the child-friendly version of sexual harassment.

    If people are going to jump to conclusions based on something that doesn't even follow from the title, that's their problem.
  • September 20, 2011
    Earnest
    Kid Friendly Sexual Harassment?

    • It's less "friendly" in Ranma 1/2 because the main cast are teens (and theres quite a bit of violence, even though it never leads to permanent injury) but just about every romantic rival in the Love Dodecahedron acts this way to Ranma or Akane.
    • Classic Looney Tunes would have loads of this, even male charactrs planting a big wet one on each other just to bug each other.

    If the aggressive character and the one they pursue are in some form of Masochism Tango, Can Not Spit It Out, Slap Slap Kiss or otherwise there's the subtext that they do like the other then it's "okay" because it's necessary for the romance.

  • September 20, 2011
    PapercutChainsaw
    Georgie Porgie, pudding and pie,
    Kissed the girls and made them cry...
  • September 20, 2011
    CommanderPanda
    Halpxier of Macademi Wasshoi doesn't really do anything asides from forcibly french kiss the students and faculty. That said, the characters still treat his successful advances as reason to consider jumping off the Despair Event Horizon.
  • September 22, 2011
    AP
  • September 22, 2011
    AmeliaDogwood
    Would Frolo's obsession with Ezmeralda in 'Hunchback of Nonrandom' count?
  • September 22, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Not quite. It involves groping instead of merely forced kissing, the alternative to marrying him is literally being burned to death, and overall it's played more seriously than qualifies for this trope. It's from a G-rated movie, (one that just barely qualifies as such as it is) but it isn't "kid-friently" in the sense this trope's referring to.

    Come to think of it, perhaps kid-friendly isn't the best wording for this. Lighthearted Sexual Harassment, perhaps? Any other suggestions?
  • September 22, 2011
    callsignecho
    G-Rated Sexual Harassment?
  • September 23, 2011
    AP
    ^ At least in the case of Maicchingu Machiko Sensei, it is very much not G-rated.
  • September 23, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Then I`m scrappin` it.
  • September 27, 2011
    queenbri
    Kidflash in Young Justice does this to M'gann by way of telling her that she's "hot", "sweet", and calling her "sugar."
  • September 29, 2011
    AP
    Machiko Sensei is actually from a kids' show. Since it was from Japan, it was seen in a more positive light.

    If you want something that is more "Western", then what about Link's constant demand that he recieved na kiss from Zelda in the The Legend Of Zelda cartoon?
  • September 29, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Forgot all about that one.
  • February 26, 2012
    ChaoticDreams
    Fifi Le Fume of Tiny Toon Adventures. She's a Distaff Counterpart of Pepe Le Pew to boot.
  • February 26, 2012
    ChaoticDreams
    • Yuno Gasai frequently to Yukiteru in Mirai Nikki. Upon first meeting him she kisses him. Although she sometimes goes past lighthearted.
  • February 26, 2012
    ChaoticDreams
    • Prince Diamond to Usagi in Sailor Moon. In the anime he tries to force two kisses on her and in the manga he gets away with it. He also stalks her.
    • The Kanker Sisters to the Eds of Ed Edd N Eddy.
  • March 1, 2012
    Wackd
    I wouldn't consider the Kankers examples, though we laugh at their pain the Eds are consistently depicted as terrified by them and the Kankers themselves as morally repulsive, moreso than in any other kids show adhering to this trope.
  • March 2, 2012
    Mimimurlough
    It's not only okay when it's female on male. Much like adult characters, little boys often force kisses on little girls and turn out to be right in the end, as happened in Modern Family to Alex.
  • March 2, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ I'm not familiar with such examples; in what I've seen, boys forcing kisses on girls seems generally more likely to be taken seriously than the gender-flip. This isn't to say every example of the former is treated worse than every of the latter, I'm just referring to apparent averages. (And for what it's worth, it also seems more likely that a boy doing this would be portrayed as in the right than that a girl doing this would be portrayed as in the wrong.)

    Part of the reason I found it noteworthy, though, is that the stereotypes about kids when it comes to kissing aren't even the same as those about adults when it comes to sex, so the reasons given for the double standards about rape itself don't apply here.

    Actually, in hindsight lumping stalking and forced kissing into the same article was a bad idea, as each has implications the other doesn't. Is there any way to put this YKTTW on hold until I figure out how broad or narrow I want it to be and why?
  • March 26, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Last edit: In hindsight, I since came across another trope that seems to get to what I was trying to get at a lot easier than this did. I will therefore discard this YKTTW, and look into what from it can go into that other trope.
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