Created By: dogwolfman on May 28, 2012 Last Edited By: dogwolfman on May 31, 2012
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Comedy Sexless Robot

You ever notice how some characters are exempt from many gender stereotypes as a result of eccentricity?

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The shoes and football thing may be lazy generalisations but at least as generalisations they work. It canít be denied that most of the people at any given Jimmy Choo sale are women and most of the people at any given FA cup final are notÖ. I expect. Obviously I canít stand the thought of going to either and thatís why in comedy terms Iím classed as a sexless robot.

writer Bob wants to write a story about say....an eccentric detective who happens to a women. During the process of creating this charter Bob creates a list of normal human behaviours that his detective wont do. during this process he inadvertently includes a number of female stereotypes common in television.

this trope is pretty subjective but it can generally be determined to be present if a character is intended to me eccentric and in the case of a women is disinterested in some or all of grooming, fashion, romance and other people's emotions, or the case of a man is obsessed with cleanliness and order and disinterested in sports and sex.

Examples

LiveActionTV
  • Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory: his total obsession with order/ cleanliness and asexuality is in stark contrast to at least two obvious male gender stereotypes


Western Animation
  • Pinkie Pie in My Little Pony:Friendshipis Magic: her willingness to go out in public with messy hair and wearing bizarre costumes is in stark contrast to at least one if not more obvious female gender stereotypes


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Community Feedback Replies: 9
  • May 29, 2012
    youkeepusingthatword
    Am I missing something or is it just characters who don't match popular stereotypes?

    The David Mitchell quote sounds more like the comedy equivalent of a reductio ad absurdum poking fun at comedy that relies so heavily on these stereotypes.
  • May 29, 2012
    Jallen
    The Mitchell quote doesn't really work does it? It doesn't imply that he would be fine to be find to dress up as a woman. I can't think of anybody feeling more out of place wearing a dress than David Mitchell.

    The title also makes me think of Asexuality in general which doesn't equal having no gender identification. I think generally the trope needs to be worded a bit better because at the moment it seems to be just about people that are comfortable wearing the opposite sex's clothes. When really it's about, what? Being Gender Neutral?
  • May 29, 2012
    WackyMeetsPractical
    The name makes me think of actual robots, who literally have no gender, and are used for comic relief. But the trope definition doesn't seem to require any of these things, does it?

    I also agree with the above poster. The trope should be about characters who don't conform to the typical gender stereotypes, but also don't fall into the reverse stereotypes such as Tomboy or In Touch With His Feminine Side. They should be a character who's gender can be change in the middle of the story without it affecting the plot or the characters in any way and can go unnoticed. And although I like the idea, it might be Too Rare To Trope, since gender stereotypes have been, and still are, prevalent, and practically omnipresent, in all media, as well as in real life. It would be hard to find more examples without resorting to the Ambiguous Gender characters or the characters subject to Viewer Gender Confusion.
  • May 29, 2012
    dogwolfman
    @youkeepusingthatword it's characters who are weird but also don't match normal gender stereotypes because writers throw out the gender stereotypes along with normal human behaviour when they where making the character weird
  • May 29, 2012
    dogwolfman
    @Wacky Meets Practical not quite. listen I could possibly best explain this trope by giving an example of how I suspect it comes about: writer Bob wants to write a story about say....an eccentric detective who happens to a women. During the process of creating this charter Bob creates a list of normal human behaviours that his detective wont do. during this process he inadvertently includes a number of female stereotypes common in television
  • May 29, 2012
    MarkThis
    Sherlock Holmes would easily fit. Especially as portrayed by Robert Downey Junior.

    Monty Python as a whole, but especially Eric Idle.

    The Marx Brothers: Harpo.
  • May 30, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Find some other word than "robot," I think that's confusing the issue.

    ^All those are Zero Context Examples. In what way do they fit this?
  • May 31, 2012
    dogwolfman
    @randomsurfer the quote doesn't make sense if I do that
  • May 31, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Then I call Bad Trope Namer. I mean, what's more important - the trope, or shoehorning in a witty quote?
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