The Marvelli
A lesbian sleeps with a man...but she's not bi, we swear.
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A character will all but categorically state that she is a lesbian, only for her to go on to sleep with a man. Outcomes may vary. She may feel that she doesn't have any interest in men. Or she may appear to have been "turned" straight by this man. However, she never stops to think that it might mean that she's bisexual - this would constitute an aversion since this trope ultimately misrepresents what it means to be a lesbian: that despite professing to only be interested in women, you will still be available to men under the "right" circumstances.

Related to No Bisexuals and But Not Too Bi but distinct from them in that it brings with it a particular set of Unfortunate Implications, namely that all a lesbian needs is a man to "fix" her.

Please note that this trope is only meant to be representative of a particular brand of ham-fisted writing and not as a means to condemn to gay women who have/had sex and/or a relationship with a guy.

Examples:
  • Skins: The temporary Trope Namer Tea Marvelli from the MTV series.
  • The Kids Are All Right has since suffered a lot of Hype Backlash from queer women as a result of this.
  • Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia provides an example of this with Adler that doesn't involve actual sex. Given that none of the other leads appear to be getting any, it fits with the tone of the rest of the series.
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