Created By: MeebleMarch 20, 2011 Last Edited By: MeebleMarch 28, 2011
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You're Not My Type

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A rebuff for unwanted sexual advances that is designed to make it clear that the speaker isn't interested in what the person they are addressing has to offer. In many cases, this Stock Phrase is used to get the addressee out of the speaker's hair, or to indicate that the character on the receiving end is too good (or not good enough) to spark their desire. If the speaker is known to be the type that Really Gets Around, a common retort may be "You have a type?"

Needless to say, this is quite often Played For Laughs.

In some cases, though, Youre Not My Type may be used to ratchet up the creepy factor when a rapist or pedophile has captured the protagonist. While the phrase spoken in this manner highlights the particular perversions of the villain in question, it can also serve as a means to relieve the audience that, while the villain may have some violent plans in mind for the hero, an on-screen sexual assault is not imminent.

If the addressee doesn't take the hint, this may lead to an Unrequited Love Lasts Forever situation. If the character on the receiving end is the protagonist, it is not uncommon to have a Hooked Up Afterwards reveal later on.

See Stock Phrase. Compare All Love Is Unrequited, Incompatible Orientation, and Dude Shes A Lesbian.

A supertrope of Sorry, I'm Gay, in which the phrase is used as part of The Reveal that a character is gay/lesbian (whether or not said statement is actually true.) Note that if a gay or lesbian character is talking to someone of their preferred gender but they're still not interested from some other reason, the example would instead be a part of this trope.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • In Sasameki Koto, one half of the main couple says this to the other half here. It drives the angst for most of the series.
  • Played For Laughs in a recent Chapter of One Piece. Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi says this is the reason that she won't marry Vander Decken. Considering that he's been using his devil fruit power to throw an object he can at her (from literally anywhere) for ten years, forcing her to hide away in her castle out of fear, practically everyone is surprised this is her main concern.

Apparel
  • Played perfectly straight with this T-shirt, which tells on-lookers that they are not your type in 13 different languages, including sign language. (Be forewarned, for those wishing to rush out and buy it, the sign language on the shirt is... well, pretty direct.)

Film
  • In The Alphabet Killer, when the eponymous serial rapist/murderer (who happens to only target pre-teen girls with Alliterative Names) captures the female cop who has been hunting him, he laughingly says this while driving to the place he plans where he plans to kill her and dump her body.
  • In the 2007 Nancy Drew movie, Ned is worried Nancy will fall for someone. Nancy tells Ned, "He's not my type." Ned responds with, "You have a type?"
  • From Casino Royale:
    Bond: "Don't worry, you're not my type."
    Vesper: "Smart?"
    Bond: "Single."
  • Played For Laughs in this exchange between the acerbic pair in Six Days Seven Nights:
    Quinn Harris: "If it makes you feel any better you're not my type."
    Robin Monroe: "Oh good, why?"
    Quinn Harris: "You talk too much. You're opinionated. You're stubborn, sarcastic, and stuck up! Your ass is too narrow and your tits are too small."
    Robin Monroe: "Hey, you wanna know why you're not my type?"
    Quinn Harris: "Nope."

Literature
  • In one Ciaphas Cain short story, Cain uses this as a Bond One Liner when he shoots a chaos cultist who tried to seduce (and allow a demon to possess) him.

Live Action TV
  • Not The Reveal, but on The Commish one of the officers is outed as gay and the others start giving him a hard time. At one point he says, "What, are you afraid I'm gonna come on to you? News flash, you're not my type."

Video Games
  • In the JRPG Knights Of Xentar, One character responds to the seductive advanced of a Cat Girl with "Sorry, not my type. Or species."

Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • March 20, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Title could probably be shortened to Not My Type. That avoids pronoun trouble in linking (e.g. he's Not My Type, they're Not My Type; versus Hes Not My Type and Theyre Not My Type)
  • March 20, 2011
    Thebes
    In Sasameki Koto, one half of the main couple says this to the other half here. It drives the angst for most of the series.
  • March 20, 2011
    Bisected8
    In one Ciaphas Cain short story he uses this as a Bond One Liner when he shoots a chaos cultist who tried to seduce (and allow a demon to possess) him.
  • March 20, 2011
    MegTheMaggot
    Seen It A Million Times, but I can't think of examples. I know a common reaction to being told that you're not someone's type is to say "You have a type?"
  • March 20, 2011
    HandsomeRob
    Played For Laughs in a recent Chapter of One Piece. Mermaid Princess Shirahoshi says this is the reason that she won't marry Vander Decken(sp). Considering that he's been using his devil fruit power to throw an object he can at her (from literally anywhere) for ten years, forcing her to hide away in her castle out of fear, practically everyone is surprised this is her main concern.
  • March 21, 2011
    TooBah
    In the 2007 Nancy Drew movie, Ned is worried Nancy will fall for someone. Nancy tells Ned, "He's not my type." Ned responds with, "You have a type?"
  • March 21, 2011
    Meeble
    "Title could probably be shortened to Not My Type. That avoids pronoun trouble in linking (e.g. he's Not My Type, they're Not My Type; versus Hes Not My Type and Theyre Not My Type) "

    Personally, I would prefer leaving the "You're" in the main title to capture the stock phrase aspect of it, however we can add Not My Type as a redirect for easy linking to cover the other situations.
  • March 21, 2011
    Thebes
    ^I agree.
  • March 21, 2011
    BlackDragon
    I remember an old JRPG named Knights of Xentar (or something along those lines), where one character responds to the seductive advanced of a Cat Girl with "Sorry, not my type. Or species."
  • March 21, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Also often used as part of The Reveal that a character is gay/lesbian.

    • Not the reveal, but on The Commish one of the officers is outed as gay and the others start giving him a hard time. At one point he says, "What, are you afraid I'm gonna come on to you? News flash, you're not my type."
  • March 21, 2011
    Stratadrake
    @Meeble: Okay, that can work too.
  • March 23, 2011
    Premonition_45
    From Casino Royale:
    Bond: Don't worry, you're not my type.
    Vesper: Smart?
    Bond: Single.
  • March 23, 2011
    chihuahua0
    ^^ Then it's related to the YKTTW Dude, She's a Lesbian and Incompatible Orientation.
  • March 25, 2011
    Thebes
    ^ If he were talking to women. I think randomsurfer is talking about how a recently-outed homosexual character will assure his or her heterosexual friends of the same gender that they are not the type of people the first character is attracted to.
  • March 25, 2011
    randomsurfer
    Naw, chihuahua's got my meaning. I was thinking about something like
    Guy: You wanna go do something sometime?
    Gal: You're not my type. [[subtext:because you have a penis.]]
    or similar.

    The example I gave is more like what Thebes is saying though.
  • March 25, 2011
    Meeble
    I added a Buffy example, but I'm positive there were more examples in that series. Does anyone with a better memory than I remember any?
  • March 26, 2011
    neoYTPism
    ^^^^^ So, I take it the idea is that despite his womanizing ways Bond still limits himself to women who are single?
  • March 26, 2011
    MorganWick
    As described, it's hard to tell what separates this from Sorry Im Gay. Only the title and lack of references to homosexuality give it away... too bad Sorry Im Gay isn't listed as a subtrope or sister trope, implying it might be the same trope but has no awareness of that fact. (English really suffers from its lack of a subjunctive...)
  • March 27, 2011
    Thebes
    It could be different. I was reading it as Sorry Im Gay is for Incompatible Orientation and You're Not My Type as anything else. Reading the comments carefully though, it doesn't look like many other people think that.
  • March 27, 2011
    Meeble
    Hmm, thanks for pointing that out! I was not aware that Sorry Im Gay existed.

    I think it's an easy fix though, as Sorry Im Gay would obviously be a subtrope of Youre Not My Type. Youre Not My Type would be for general examples of the phrase, but uses that are specific to Gay/Straight/Lesbian issues would go to Sorry Im Gay.

    All we need to do is remove all of the Youre Not My Type examples that deal with homo/hetero-sexuality to Sorry Im Gay, and move any of the Sorry Im Gay entries that don't deal with sexual orientation to Youre Note My Type.

    This wouldn't hurt Youre Not My Type much, as only the Buffy example is specifically dealing with sexual orientation.

    What does everyone think of this solution? Am I missing anything?
  • March 27, 2011
    Meeble
    I went ahead and removed the Buffy example, moved some examples from Sorry Im Gay here, and modified the description to indicate that Sorry Im Gay is a subtrope of this one. Let me know if any further changes need to be made. If everyone is ok with the changes, I may go ahead and launch this tomorrow.
  • March 27, 2011
    TooBah
    BTW, before you rush out to buy it... For those who don't know sign language, the sign language on the T-shirt is... well, pretty direct.
  • March 27, 2011
    Rolf
    Yep. "F off" indeed. :P
  • March 27, 2011
    Thebes
    Where's the Youre Not My Type in the Transmetropolitan example?

    I think "I'm a eunuch" is closer to Sorry Im Gay, since it doesn't have to do with simple preference.
  • March 28, 2011
    Meeble
    Good point, I've removed those examples and will leave them to Sorry Im Gay.

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