Created By: LokIago on May 27, 2011 Last Edited By: queenbri on February 12, 2013
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Strangely Arousing

I have no idea what's going on, but I LIKE it!

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"I have the weirdest boner right now."

Sometimes, someone will come upon something they don't understand, or simply cannot comprehend. Maybe it's two (or more) people engaged in something so Head-Tiltingly Kinky that it blows their mind. Maybe it is an Eldritch Abomination made of nothing but tentacles and gaping orifices. Maybe its Austalian-rules football. It doesn't matter. All that we know is that:

A.) They have no clue what is happening.

and

B.) It's HOT!

Strangely Arousing is a trope that takes people far beyond the brink of arousal, with no understanding of why.The confusing element doesn't even have to be sexual in ANY way. Nor does the character have to be one that responds sexually to everything. In fact, the trope works infinitely better if the inciting incident ISN'T indecent. Though if it is, it should be so far gone beyond "normal" sexuality it comes out the other side.

Compare Head-Tiltingly Kinky. Note that Stupid Sexy Flanders is a very mild form of the trope, limited only to an unusual homoerotic sensation. Can overlap Fantastic Arousal, but only when a party witnesses it without understanding it, or to further drive home a sense of Blue and Orange Morality. Can also be referenced later as a Call Back when we later find the character has embraced this trope and turned it into personal Fetish Fuel.

No Real Life Examples, Please!. After all, everyone is into something, and everything has someone into it.


Examples of this YKTTW include:

Film
  • In eXistenZ, the two main characters are in an advanced form of videogame where their characters suddenly feel aroused and start making out; At first they are confused but quickly figure out that the game's script calls for their characters to start a love affair, so they just go with it to advance the plot, all the while talking on a meta-level about the significance of the whole thing and their situation.
  • Clerks. 2. Upon witnissing the Donkey Show, Becky exclaims "I'm disgusted and repulsed and... and I can't look away."
  • * In Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy Will has a less bizarre version, saying, "I find... I find, I find you strangely attractive. [beat] You're not the sort of girl I normally go out with - I mean, you're loud, you're disorganized, your friends are an embarrassment. But I like you, I don't know why. Will you... will you... will you have dinner with me tomorrow night?"
  • Kinsey: In a meta-example, during one of the survey interviews, one subject claims he only ever achieved orgasm once, while playing Mozart. The interviewer is clearly confounded by the idea.

Live-Action TV
  • Community. Troy is so confused by the events going on around him, but somehow, he's turned on. "I have the weirdest boner."

Web Animation
  • Red vs. Blue. Upon learning multiple assumptions regarding the other cast members were wrong, Sheila the Tank says "I am confused. I thought your name was Lopez. And I thought you were a man. This is all so strange. I feel like my circuits are crossed... And I like it."

Western Animation
  • South Park. Butters, upon watching Back Door Sluts 9, experiences arousal for what we can assume is the first time. "What's going on down there?". Acts as a double-down of the trope, as both the porno AND his arousal are strange and exciting.
  • Family Guy. Quagmire finds it strangely arousing to see Lois beat up a bunch of New Yorkers. Not paying attention, he accidentally drops the window he opened up on his manhood and had to call 911.
    Quagmire: Hello, 911? Yea-yeah, its in a window this time.

Community Feedback Replies: 38
  • May 27, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    What is the difference between genuine and sexual arousal? Arousal is sexual by nature.
  • May 27, 2011
    Ardiente
    As in, when you watch the climax of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann and you feel like your entire body is traversed by electric current and your heart races and your mind is blown and it feel much better than cumming but there's nothing sexual involved.

    Or, a more minor example, from the very first episode's The World Is Just Awesome scene (it's the picture image too!): The heroes have been living underground for their entire lives, Fallout-style, digging tunnels like moles, and everyone else doubted them and their claims that "up there, there are the heavens, a place without a roof, full of light and color". An enemy invades their village. They uncover a secret weapon they found underground, which doubles as a digging machine, and, to their surprise, launch it: this is when the music kicks off defeat the enemy and in the same movement they dig their way to the outside world, with such impetus that they continue on upwards,and this is when the music gets is... relase... and goes softer and get a wonderful view of the setting sun, the rising moon, and the crater-ridden, river-traversed desert underneath.

    At the point of the "release", people have compared it to an orgasm. It was an overwhelming, fearful, hungry emotional high (extended version here) that concluded into a peaceful, triumphant fanfare (extended fanfare here).
  • May 27, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^ "...mix of geunine confusion and sexual arousal." (emphasis added)
  • May 27, 2011
    LokIago
    Its not an audience reaction. Its something a character says. Like if a character IN THE SHOW/MOVIE/etc witnessed something so bizarre it couldn't be described, but was somehow turned on by it. Another example might be in Clerks II, during the donkey scene, the line "I'm disgusted and repulsed and... and I can't look away." is a partial example, mixed with Head-Tilingly Kinky (a cousin of the proposed trope) and mixed with revulsion.
  • May 27, 2011
    c0ry
    For future reference, "arousal" is also a term used to refer to the experience of the fight-or-flight response, in which one is physiologically aroused (not that sexual arousal is not also physiological) and is marked by the postponement of digestion, increased blood pressure, and basically other bodily changes that facilitate rapid physical exertion.
  • May 27, 2011
    ginsengaddict
    ^^ Fix The Description

    ^ Uhm... yeah... I think Lok Iago's use of the word "arousal" in this case is fairly obvious.
  • May 27, 2011
    LokIago
    ^ Fixed-ish. Kinda slapped the old version together on the fly, as it was an observation made before heading out the door. Sorry about that.
  • May 27, 2011
    valbinooo
    EDIT: nevermind
  • May 28, 2011
    randomsurfer
    South Park: Butters is watching what he thinks is Lord Of The Rings but is actually Backdoor Sluts 9, the hardestcore porno ever produced. As he's watching it, he looks down at his crotch and says "Hey, what's happening down there?"
  • May 28, 2011
    Specialist290
    Title suggestion: Awkward Arousal
  • May 28, 2011
    Aielyn
    I agree with Specialist290, Awkward Arousal sounds better, and neither requires the aroused person to be male, nor requires an explicit level of sexual arousal - it can be nothing more than fascination with a sexual undertone.
  • May 28, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
  • May 29, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Not related to Fantastic Arousal.
  • May 29, 2011
    LokIago
    ^/^^/^^^/etc.: Top edited to include all current concerns. I went with "Strange" rather than "awkward" on the grounds that, while the initiating event MUST be outside the character's comprehension, their reaction to the arousal is not always one of shame. On the contrary, the character usually announces this fact in some way.
  • May 29, 2011
    Stratadrake
    Or perhaps Strangely Arousing (it's not about the arousal by itself, but that something strange triggered it).
  • May 30, 2011
    LokIago
    So.... launchable?
  • May 31, 2011
    Rolf
    No examples... hardly!
  • November 29, 2012
    DRCEQ
    • In Family Guy, Quagmire finds it strangely arousing to see Lois beat up a bunch of New Yorkers. Not paying attention, he accidentally drops the window he opened up on his manhood and had to call 911.
      Quagmire: Hello, 911? Yea-yeah, its in a window this time.
  • November 29, 2012
    StarSword
    Flagging as Up For Grabs since the OP hasn't been here since May 2011.
  • November 29, 2012
    LokIago
    Right here, actually. Hence the bump.
  • November 29, 2012
    StarSword
    Crap, sorry.
  • November 29, 2012
    LokIago
    How do you clear away tags? There's no reason to discard this!
  • November 29, 2012
    Stratadrake
    Call a mod.
  • November 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Right now you need a mod to clear tags for you.
  • November 29, 2012
    shimaspawn
    <Mod Hat>

    I'm going to remove the tags, but this page is going to need careful watching to make sure that it doesn't get too explicit and that it doesn't start acquiring wannabe troper tales.

    This needs a No Real Life Examples right from the start.
  • November 29, 2012
    MorganWick
    Yeah, it's hard to think of real life examples that wouldn't be glorified troper tales.
  • December 7, 2012
    Chernoskill
    In eXistenZ, the two main characters are in an advanced form of videogame where their characters suddenly feel aroused and start making out; At first they are confused but quickly figure out that the game's script calls for their characters to start a love affair, so they just go with it to advance the plot, all the while talking on a meta-level about the significance of the whole thing and their situation.
  • December 8, 2012
    LokIago
    ^: Not quite. That is more of a But Thou Must sitting rather oddly inside a non-interactive medium (albeit in a story about it). If they were both somehow turned on by that weird-ass bone gun, THAT would be Strangely Arousing.
  • December 8, 2012
    Chernoskill
    Fair enough :) It does fit the description, though :)
  • January 29, 2013
    lexicon
    I believe this counts:

    • In Pride and Prejudice a (later-day comedy) Will says, "I find... I find, I find you strangely attractive. [beat] You're not the sort of girl I normally go out with - I mean, you're loud, you're disorganized, your friends are an embarrassment. But I like you, I don't know why. Will you... will you... will you have dinner with me tomorrow night?"
  • January 30, 2013
    Arivne
    Namespaced and italicized the work names, added work types to the example section.
  • January 31, 2013
    lexicon
    Sorry for the confusion but Pride and Prejudice a (later-day comedy) is a film, not literature.
  • January 31, 2013
    NESBoy
    And the proper writing for the title is Pride & Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy.
  • January 31, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In a Looney Tunes cartoon Elmer Fudd's dog gets bitten by a flea and rubs his hindquarters around on the floor. Suddenly he stops in mid-scoot, turns to the camera, and says "I better cut this out. I may get to like it." Then continues rubbing.
  • February 1, 2013
    LokIago
    The dog example is a little too far afield. Dogs dragging their asses is a common enough occurrence, and the implication is that he could get into it. This trope is focused more on completely non-sequiter acts or sights immediately inspiring confusing levels of arousal.
  • February 6, 2013
    LokIago
    Can I get an amen yet? I'll take more examples, but I feel like this is more or less launch-able.
  • February 7, 2013
    CthulhuIncarnate15980
    would this by any chance have anything connected to fetish or fetish fuel?
  • February 12, 2013
    LokIago
    Only in really extreme definitions of "fetish", or really mild invocations of the trope. In either event, fetishism implies a prior knowledge of the sexual appeal on behalf of the character. Now, can there be a call-back showing the character now revels in it? You betcha.But incomprehension comes first.
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