Created By: Xzenu on November 23, 2011 Last Edited By: Xzenu on July 11, 2014

Taboo Fetish

A character finds something or someone sexy, attractive or desireable simply because it is taboo.

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A character finds something or someone sexy, attractive or desireable simply because it is taboo.

In some cases, the character might even play Moral Guardian and try to make things taboo - so that he may revel in it's forbiddeness: A character with a Taboo Fetish is likely to see anything forbidden as Forbidden Fruit, and even make widely accepted "fruit" forbidden so that he may "steal" it. Note however that a Forbidden Fruit may be desirable even if no Taboo Fetish is involved.

When racist values forbids a Mixed Marriage, this trope can easily overlap with Race Fetish.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Played metaphysically with Azaka's character in Kara no Kyoukai. Every character in the series has an "origin", i.e. an abstract concept their personalities derive from entirely, and Azaka's origin is "taboo". As such, she is happily in love with her own brother because Brother-Sister Incest is just that.

Literature
  • In Prelude to Foundation, this trope is discussed after a woman from a society where each person is depilated at adolescence shows sexual interest in a foreigner's hair (it is claimed later she was pretending, but the truth is unknown).

Live-Action TV
  • In an episode of Friends, Ross and the student he's dating learn he isn't allowed to date his students. This is the effect that has on her.
  • The "Mouse Problem" Monty Python sketch has psychiatrist/magician The Amazing Kargol making this same argument about the appeal of pretending to be a mouse. Then he says it's the same with murder and arson.

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • In one Futurama episode a one shot character named Morgan Proctor falls for Fry simply because her fellow bureaucrats are obsessively clean and careful people, and Fry is a lazy slob.
Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • November 23, 2011
    Xzenu
    I love XKCD. :-D
  • November 23, 2011
    Topazan
    • In one Futurama episode a one shot character named Morgan Proctor falls for Fry simply because her fellow bureaucrats are obsessively clean and careful people, and Fry is a lazy slob.
    Don't know if this counts, but:

  • November 23, 2011
    TBTabby
    The "Mouse Problem" Monty Python sketch has psychiatrist/magician The Amazing Kargol making this same argument about the appeal of pretending to be a mouse. Then he says it's the same with murder and arson.
  • November 23, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • In an episode of Friends, Ross and the student he's dating learn he isn't allowed to date his students. This is the effect that has on her.
  • November 23, 2011
    Omeganian
    In Prelude to Foundation, this trope is discussed after a woman from a society where each person is depilated at adolescence shows sexual interest in a foreigner's hair (it is claimed later she was pretending, but the truth is unknown).
  • November 23, 2011
    Koveras
    • Played metaphysically with Azaka's character in Kara No Kyoukai. Every character in the series has an "origin", i.e. an abstract concept their personalities derive from entirely, and Azaka's origin is "taboo". As such, she is happily in love with her own brother because Brother Sister Incest is just that.
  • November 23, 2011
    Generality
    Closely related to Forbidden Fruit. Probably a subtrope, thinking about it.
  • November 23, 2011
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ This.
  • November 23, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Unfortunate Implications: Exotic brides from Russia/China/Africa.
  • November 24, 2011
    Xzenu
    Added.
  • November 24, 2011
    LordGro
    Like Race Fetish, cross-religious fetishes are in some way grounded in this, as in Shiksa Goddess and Matzo Fever. But this is a psychological analysis rather than a categorization; an instance of Race Fetish or Shiksa Goddess is probably not this trope so long as a character does not analyse/justify/rationalize his fetish like that in-story.
  • November 24, 2011
    DomaDoma
    The entire first act of The Fantasticks is about matchmaking through engineering a Star Crossed Lovers scenario. As with many examples, problems start when the romance is no longer forbidden.
  • November 24, 2011
    deuxhero
    Hitler and poop allegedly.
  • November 25, 2011
    LiberatedLiberater
    Just a little grammatical nitpick: you might wanna switch around the title to Fetish For The Taboo or something similar so that it won't be confused for a fetish that's taboo.
  • July 11, 2014
    DAN004
  • July 11, 2014
    Snicka
    A character with Taboo Fetish will easily fall for a Schmuck Bait.
  • July 11, 2014
    Quag15
    Don't forget to add No Real Life Examples Please.
  • July 11, 2014
    AgProv
    webcomic/Sexy Losers is built on this trope; from the mother obsessed with her son, to the undertaker's assistant interested in necrophilia. There are others too.
  • July 11, 2014
    randomsurfer
    Subverted in The Simpsons episode "The Last Temptation of Homer." Homer and Mindy, a new SNPP worker that Homer feels attracted to, are sent to Capital City to represent Springfield at an energy convention and are given a single hotel room.
    Mindy: I've got a really wicked idea that could get us into a lot of trouble.
    Homer: Mindy, we have to fight our temptations.
    Mindy: No Homer, let's do it ... Let's call Room Service!
  • July 11, 2014
    TwoGunAngel
    Fetish For The Taboo gets my vote.

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